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Talking Wheels April 2014


The dawn of ‘Eco Racing’

eco carsThe fastest growing category of racing cars this season will in fact be one that didn't even exist this time last year. And the road cars themselves from which the racecars are drawn didn't even exist until a few years ago. But the new generation of Thai 'Eco Cars', which have already struck a big chord with consumers, are now a hit with race drivers.

Thailand Super Series has wanted to keep one step ahead right through its big programme – and that desire can’t be any better summed up than by the introduction of ‘Super Eco', which is positioned right at the opposite end of the racing ‘food chain’ to the glamorous FIA GT3 machines which headline its bumper events.

The new generation of Thai built ‘Super Eco’ cars are not only driving the automotive industry exports forward, significantly, they have been a huge hit with domestic consumers and all these small cars are becoming fashionable accessories as well as highly economical ownership propositions.

There has also been a real keenness on the part of owners to get them onto the racetrack. The concept of the ‘Eco Car’ is very simple, low cost and ultra-efficient, they aim to provide a first ownership experience for consumers as well as being fun to drive. The concept of ‘Super Eco' is also very simple, low cost and ultra-efficient, the racing versions of the ‘Eco Cars’ aim to provide access to racing for potential drivers as well as plenty of fun.

Thailand Super Series was quick to understand that Super Eco would be a hit with motorsport fans and drivers alike and in time for last season found space for a new ‘Super Eco’ category. Albeit that space was at nine o'clock in the morning when only the hardiest of fans would be in the grandstands.

"We really wanted to provide a good opportunity for upcoming racers that wouldn't cost too much and where they would learn,” says Thailand Super Series Race Director Preeda Tantemsapya. “The cars are very competitive with each other, it’s not all about horsepower, it’s about how you drive it and suspension is the main area to get advantages.”

This year other series are joining the bandwagon, Only One and Super One Race have added classes for Eco cars, but it was Thailand Super Series that broke the ground and offered new drivers the chance to race Eco cars as part of the biggest and most professional race series in Thailand.

They took a punt and the jury was quickly out as at the first round, held last August at Pattaya’s Bira Circuit, as there were just three cars on the grid. It looked sparse.

However the jury was quickly back in as by the time the three round/six race inaugural ‘Super Eco’ series wrapped up in Bangsaen last December the grid had swollen to 16 cars and all the Thai ‘Eco’ car brands were represented bar Toyota, which had only launched its category contender, the new Yaris, onto the market just a couple of weeks beforehand and only offers an automatic version.

However with the Suzuki Swift, Honda Brio, Nissan March and Mitsubishi Mirage all in action on the street circuit, ‘Eco Racing’ had already come of age, all in just four months. And it wasn’t just the hatchbacks, the first ‘Eco sedan’, in the shape of Honda’s Brio Amaze, was also on the grid.

Keeping costs down has been the aim of all the organisers that have embraced the Eco racing concept. TSS methodically worked through the specifications of the ‘Eco’ machines to ensure drivers can build and run a pukka racecar for the lowest price possible. An example? “We have allowed flexibility in the use of gearboxes,” says Preeda. “On the Swift the new [manufacturer] gearbox costs say 130,000 baht but we are allowing the use of aftermarket boxes for the 1.5 and 1.6 that cost something around 25,000 baht and are a strong and capable low cost alternative.”

If the cars were diverse – then so were the drivers, ranging from fresh-faced novices to well known names. The latter category included top Thai drifting star Daychapon Toyingcharoen, better know to his many fans as ‘Pond Injec’, of the Krating Daeng Racing Team and Super Car Class 1 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driver Bhisanu Busitarnuntakul.

Within this influx has also arrived some of Thailand’s most promising lady drivers and to ensure Super Eco provides a genuinely level platform for everyone, Thailand Super Series has added a ‘Lady Cup’. Two girls were on the grid in Bangsaen, Tachanan Yooyen, who has switched to Super Eco after competing in ‘One Make’ racing for a few seasons, and youngster Umaporn Sangtong, who is a relative newcomer to competitive racing but wants to establish herself as a competitive driver.

Both clearly have plenty of circuit racing skills and both are expected to see their careers head upwards, using the Super Eco platform as a launch pad. Certainly Tachanan and Umaporn demonstrated much promise in Bangsaen and both were in the thick of the race action. More lady drivers are preparing to join Super Eco this year and they include Thailand's top lady pickup truck racer, Pusita Supattatanakul, and two wheel turned four wheel racer, Poiz Kumpheng.

The second season of Super Eco looks to be rosy. “We’re very happy with how the first year has gone,” says Preeda. “At the beginning we only had three cars but this year we are expecting full grids and we will continue to waive the entrance fee.”

The popularity of the ‘Eco’ car breed with Thai consumers needs to be reflected in the promotion of Super Eco, Khun Preeda also reckons. And that will come into play when TSS comes to Pattaya's Bira Circuit in mid August. “They are cars that buyers are very familiar with so we want to connect the Super Eco cars with our spectators. So for example at Bira we are going to put the Super Eco pit on the spectator side, so they will see the cars and understand them. This will be an added benefit as the races are early so not many spectators are at the track then. We also hope that introducing the Eco race cars to the public will help drivers raise sponsorship.”

With Eco grids filling out in other series this year, including the newly launched Super One Race, Eco drivers will be able to race their cars in more than one championship buoyed by the low or zero entrance fees that organisers are offering to keep in the spirit of the low cost concept.


Motocross hits Sri Racha, again

Motocross World Championship action came to Sriracha for a second consecutive year and there was a big contingent of bike racing fans from Pattaya that made the short trip northwards to enjoy the spectacular action of a sport that has often been dubbed as something of a cross between motorbike racing and ballet.

toyotaWith the skywards leaps of the riders one minute and the flying mud as they fight through the deep ruts, it’s certainly a sport that has simply to be seen in real life to be really understood.

This was the second consecutive year that the FIM Motocross World Championship had travelled here (the organisers currently have a three year contract) and again it delighted a large crowd that lined the riding banks and grandstands around the course and enjoyed further entertainment in the bustling activity village.

The event, dubbed the 'Motocross Grand Prix of Thailand', as usual attracted the world's best riders and teams who went head-to-head for both the winners’ trophies and championship points as this is the second round of this year’s series.

For the fans the results were almost incidental, most were here to absorb the action while for the visiting contingent – and the riders on the track – absorbing the forty degree plus heat was one of the key priorities. In fact in that level of heat the organisers reported that they sprayed around 50,000 litres of water on the main day as they kept the track to the conditions expected of an MXGP, and that basically translates into lots of mud.

Despite the heat and humidity, at the front of the big pack it was basically a repeat of last year as the Red Bull KTM factory team’s riders dominated proceedings. Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings took two wins apiece in MX1 and MX2 respectively. The KTM pit was easily the most popular with the fans and they put on a real show of strength over a course that most of the visiting riders described as challenging.

Carioli was in untouchable form, the Italian rider had almost 15 seconds in hand over Belgian Clement Desalle in the first race and half a minute over third placed Jeremy Van Horebeek, also from Belgium, while in the second race it was an almost carbon copy, Carioli crossing the finish line with 13 seconds over Desalle and 30 seconds on Van Horebeek.

In MX2 Herlings repeated his form here of last year to take a five second win over fellow Dutchman Glenn Coldenhoff while in the second race he had almost eight seconds in hand over British rider Max Anstie. Both Caroli and Herlings left Sri Racha leading the championship standings in MX1 and MX2 respectively.

Demonstrating just how much Thailand is part of a world championship, the riders travelled to Sri Racha after kicking off the year the weekend before in Qatar and then heading off for round three in Brazil.

Up against a world class field, the Thai riders were always going to struggle somewhat but bringing a round of the world championship here is providing them with the best possible platform on which to improve their skills – by going head-to-head with the sport's best. You couldn’t have a better learning curve. And that clearly showed through as the Thai riders’ real benchmark, their own times versus their times last year, showed solid improvements. The ‘locals’ are well on their way to claiming a place at the top table.


SIDE BOX:

Trader exclusive: A chat with Kraitos Wongsawan, MXGP organiser

Putting on this world-class event came with the backdrop of the long running political situation in Bangkok and the knock-on effect it has had on everything from numbers of overseas visitors to sponsors holding back involvement. Thai MXGP organiser Kraitos Wongsawan admitted this was really a “survival year”, but come race weekend it was one that fulfilled all the promise.

“Due to the difficult situation we wanted to do something to show the world that we could do it with spirit,” he exclusively told Pattaya Trader. And the world was certainly watching, “last year we had 85 million viewers live on TV, this year we had 100 million watching.” He puts much of this down to new TV deals by the series organisers that have expanded the global reach. “There were new networks that brought in more fans from the USA,” he explained.

Kraitos sees the MXGP as being an international flagship event for Thailand. “It’s been very good in terms of tourism, lots of foreigners have come, more than Thai’s, this is a good thing,” he says. Certainly there was a big influx from Pattaya where all bike sports have a loyal following.

“The track is one of the fastest and the MXGP is established, all the people are happy with it,” reckons Kraitos. “It’s going to be even better next year, we will do everything better for the fans.”

Talking Wheels April 2014


The dawn of ‘Eco Racing’

The fastest growing category of racing cars this season will in fact be one that didn't even exist this time last year. And the road cars themselves from which the racecars are drawn didn't even exist until a few years ago. But the new generation of Thai 'Eco Cars', which have already struck a big chord with consumers, are now a hit with race drivers.

Thailand Super Series has wanted to keep one step ahead right through its big programme – and that desire can’t be any better summed up than by the introduction of ‘Super Eco', which is positioned right at the opposite end of the racing ‘food chain’ to the glamorous FIA GT3 machines which headline its bumper events.

The new generation of Thai built ‘Super Eco’ cars are not only driving the automotive industry exports forward, significantly, they have been a huge hit with domestic consumers and all these small cars are becoming fashionable accessories as well as highly economical ownership propositions.

There has also been a real keenness on the part of owners to get them onto the racetrack. The concept of the ‘Eco Car’ is very simple, low cost and ultra-efficient, they aim to provide a first ownership experience for consumers as well as being fun to drive. The concept of ‘Super Eco' is also very simple, low cost and ultra-efficient, the racing versions of the ‘Eco Cars’ aim to provide access to racing for potential drivers as well as plenty of fun.

Thailand Super Series was quick to understand that Super Eco would be a hit with motorsport fans and drivers alike and in time for last season found space for a new ‘Super Eco’ category. Albeit that space was at nine o'clock in the morning when only the hardiest of fans would be in the grandstands.

"We really wanted to provide a good opportunity for upcoming racers that wouldn’t cost too much and where they would learn,” says Thailand Super Series Race Director Preeda Tantemsapya. “The cars are very competitive with each other, it’s not all about horsepower, it’s about how you drive it and suspension is the main area to get advantages.”

This year other series are joining the bandwagon, Only One and Super One Race have added classes for Eco cars, but it was Thailand Super Series that broke the ground and offered new drivers the chance to race Eco cars as part of the biggest and most professional race series in Thailand.

They took a punt and the jury was quickly out as at the first round, held last August at Pattaya’s Bira Circuit, as there were just three cars on the grid. It looked sparse.

However the jury was quickly back in as by the time the three round/six race inaugural ‘Super Eco’ series wrapped up in Bangsaen last December the grid had swollen to 16 cars and all the Thai ‘Eco’ car brands were represented bar Toyota, which had only launched its category contender, the new Yaris, onto the market just a couple of weeks beforehand and only offers an automatic version.

However with the Suzuki Swift, Honda Brio, Nissan March and Mitsubishi Mirage all in action on the street circuit, ‘Eco Racing’ had already come of age, all in just four months. And it wasn’t just the hatchbacks, the first ‘Eco sedan’, in the shape of Honda’s Brio Amaze, was also on the grid.

Keeping costs down has been the aim of all the organisers that have embraced the Eco racing concept. TSS methodically worked through the specifications of the ‘Eco’ machines to ensure drivers can build and run a pukka racecar for the lowest price possible. An example? “We have allowed flexibility in the use of gearboxes,” says Preeda. “On the Swift the new [manufacturer] gearbox costs say 130,000 baht but we are allowing the use of aftermarket boxes for the 1.5 and 1.6 that cost something around 25,000 baht and are a strong and capable low cost alternative.”

If the cars were diverse – then so were the drivers, ranging from fresh-faced novices to well known names. The latter category included top Thai drifting star Daychapon Toyingcharoen, better know to his many fans as ‘Pond Injec’, of the Krating Daeng Racing Team and Super Car Class 1 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR driver Bhisanu Busitarnuntakul.

Within this influx has also arrived some of Thailand’s most promising lady drivers and to ensure Super Eco provides a genuinely level platform for everyone, Thailand Super Series has added a ‘Lady Cup’. Two girls were on the grid in Bangsaen, Tachanan Yooyen, who has switched to Super Eco after competing in ‘One Make’ racing for a few seasons, and youngster Umaporn Sangtong, who is a relative newcomer to competitive racing but wants to establish herself as a competitive driver.

Both clearly have plenty of circuit racing skills and both are expected to see their careers head upwards, using the Super Eco platform as a launch pad. Certainly Tachanan and Umaporn demonstrated much promise in Bangsaen and both were in the thick of the race action. More lady drivers are preparing to join Super Eco this year and they include Thailand's top lady pickup truck racer, Pusita Supattatanakul, and two wheel turned four wheel racer, Poiz Kumpheng.

The second season of Super Eco looks to be rosy. “We’re very happy with how the first year has gone,” says Preeda. “At the beginning we only had three cars but this year we are expecting full grids and we will continue to waive the entrance fee.”

The popularity of the ‘Eco’ car breed with Thai consumers needs to be reflected in the promotion of Super Eco, Khun Preeda also reckons. And that will come into play when TSS comes to Pattaya's Bira Circuit in mid August. “They are cars that buyers are very familiar with so we want to connect the Super Eco cars with our spectators. So for example at Bira we are going to put the Super Eco pit on the spectator side, so they will see the cars and understand them. This will be an added benefit as the races are early so not many spectators are at the track then. We also hope that introducing the Eco race cars to the public will help drivers raise sponsorship.”

With Eco grids filling out in other series this year, including the newly launched Super One Race, Eco drivers will be able to race their cars in more than one championship buoyed by the low or zero entrance fees that organisers are offering to keep in the spirit of the low cost concept.


Motocross hits Sri Racha, again

Motocross World Championship action came to Sriracha for a second consecutive year and there was a big contingent of bike racing fans from Pattaya that made the short trip northwards to enjoy the spectacular action of a sport that has often been dubbed as something of a cross between motorbike racing and ballet.

With the skywards leaps of the riders one minute and the flying mud as they fight through the deep ruts, it’s certainly a sport that has simply to be seen in real life to be really understood.

This was the second consecutive year that the FIM Motocross World Championship had travelled here (the organisers currently have a three year contract) and again it delighted a large crowd that lined the riding banks and grandstands around the course and enjoyed further entertainment in the bustling activity village.

The event, dubbed the 'Motocross Grand Prix of Thailand', as usual attracted the world's best riders and teams who went head-to-head for both the winners’ trophies and championship points as this is the second round of this year’s series.

For the fans the results were almost incidental, most were here to absorb the action while for the visiting contingent – and the riders on the track – absorbing the forty degree plus heat was one of the key priorities. In fact in that level of heat the organisers reported that they sprayed around 50,000 litres of water on the main day as they kept the track to the conditions expected of an MXGP, and that basically translates into lots of mud.

Despite the heat and humidity, at the front of the big pack it was basically a repeat of last year as the Red Bull KTM factory team’s riders dominated proceedings. Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings took two wins apiece in MX1 and MX2 respectively. The KTM pit was easily the most popular with the fans and they put on a real show of strength over a course that most of the visiting riders described as challenging.

Carioli was in untouchable form, the Italian rider had almost 15 seconds in hand over Belgian Clement Desalle in the first race and half a minute over third placed Jeremy Van Horebeek, also from Belgium, while in the second race it was an almost carbon copy, Carioli crossing the finish line with 13 seconds over Desalle and 30 seconds on Van Horebeek.

In MX2 Herlings repeated his form here of last year to take a five second win over fellow Dutchman Glenn Coldenhoff while in the second race he had almost eight seconds in hand over British rider Max Anstie. Both Caroli and Herlings left Sri Racha leading the championship standings in MX1 and MX2 respectively.

Demonstrating just how much Thailand is part of a world championship, the riders travelled to Sri Racha after kicking off the year the weekend before in Qatar and then heading off for round three in Brazil.

Up against a world class field, the Thai riders were always going to struggle somewhat but bringing a round of the world championship here is providing them with the best possible platform on which to improve their skills – by going head-to-head with the sport's best. You couldn’t have a better learning curve. And that clearly showed through as the Thai riders’ real benchmark, their own times versus their times last year, showed solid improvements. The ‘locals’ are well on their way to claiming a place at the top table.


SIDE BOX:

Trader exclusive: A chat with Kraitos Wongsawan, MXGP organiser

Putting on this world-class event came with the backdrop of the long running political situation in Bangkok and the knock-on effect it has had on everything from numbers of overseas visitors to sponsors holding back involvement. Thai MXGP organiser Kraitos Wongsawan admitted this was really a “survival year”, but come race weekend it was one that fulfilled all the promise.

“Due to the difficult situation we wanted to do something to show the world that we could do it with spirit,” he exclusively told Pattaya Trader. And the world was certainly watching, “last year we had 85 million viewers live on TV, this year we had 100 million watching.” He puts much of this down to new TV deals by the series organisers that have expanded the global reach. “There were new networks that brought in more fans from the USA,” he explained.

Kraitos sees the MXGP as being an international flagship event for Thailand. “It’s been very good in terms of tourism, lots of foreigners have come, more than Thai’s, this is a good thing,” he says. Certainly there was a big influx from Pattaya where all bike sports have a loyal following.

“The track is one of the fastest and the MXGP is established, all the people are happy with it,” reckons Kraitos. “It’s going to be even better next year, we will do everything better for the fans.”



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National Elephant Day

National Elephant Day

Almost twenty years ago the Thai government declared that the 13th of March should be Chang Thai Day or National Elephant Day. This annual day of celebration was created in order to promote awareness in the conservation of Elephants and to reinforce the act of 1963 by the Royal Forest Department naming the white elephant as the national animal of Thailand.

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Gorgeous George

Gorgeous George

In a grim year when far too many talented artists were snatched from us I was saddened to read that “George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.” With the voice of an angel who some may have considered fallen.

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National Children’s Day 2017

National Children’s Day 2017

Saturday, January the 9th heralds National Children’s Day in Thailand, and this year Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has created the slogan, “Knowledge and virtue together will move us into the future”.

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National Teachers Day - January 16th 2017

National Teachers Day - January 16th 2017

Being tasked with writing about this auspicious day, I must admit that I was unaware that it actually existed. However, as somebody who has a teaching certificate and knows what it is to teach English in Thailand, I was keen to delve deeper into the matter.

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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Today, Thailand has 20 constitutions and charters since the change from absolute monarchy in 1932.Up to the 24th of June 1932, the Kingdom had an absolute monarchy, when a bloodless revolution took place by a group of young intellectuals seeking democracy.

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It Seems Like Yesterday

It Seems Like Yesterday

I still remember my first trip to Thailand some 18 years ago. There were ups and downs during that visit but the ups certainly outweighed the downs. You could say it was love at first sight; love for a country and people so different to everything I was used to.

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Another great event from the Movers and Talc Shakers of Souled Out at the Access Inn

Another great event from the Movers and Talc Shakers of Souled Out at the Access Inn

Proceeds from this event went to Take care kids to find out more about this very worthy, local charity go to their website www.takecarekids.org or check out their Facebook page Take Care Kids Onlus

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Pattaya Attractions and What To Do With Your Kids This August

Pattaya Attractions and What To Do With Your Kids This August

It is that time of the year again; the schools holidays when bored kids can be seen shuffling around the house looking for entertainment. It is enough to drive any parent to distraction trying to find suitable things to do to keep their brood happy. However, one of the biggest benefits of living in Pattaya is that there are a number of great things to see and do.

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6 ideas to transform your garden

6 ideas to transform your garden

If you are fortunate enough to have a garden at your home in Thailand you may be wondering how to make the most of this space. Use it as an extension of your home and it is essentially an additional room for you to use. Make sure you think about how best you will utilise the space before getting your hands dirty.

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Quick ideas to brighten up any outdoor space.

Quick ideas to brighten up any outdoor space.

The majority of condominiums and apartments come with a bit of outdoors space, whether that is a balcony or terrace. Make the most of this extra space and turn it into a usable extra addition to your home following these five ways to brighten up your outdoor space.

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Is Urban Farming Sustainable in Pattaya?

Is Urban Farming Sustainable in Pattaya?

Many people from the UK have been born and bred with the concept of allotments and kitchen gardens and have followed their parents’ examples of having a small plot of land dedicated to growing vegetables and herbs.

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Things to know before investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds

Things to know before investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds

Let’s face it; nobody ever became a millionaire just by saving money. If you want to increase your wealth to its full potential, you have got to invest it wisely over a period of time.

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Pattaya Personality - John Collingbourne

Pattaya Personality - John Collingbourne

When John Collingbourne tells you he is 75 years old and then talks about what he’d like to do when he eventually retires- you get a measure of the man ! His extraordinary energy and fun loving personality make him a worthy recipient of this month’s Pattaya Personality slot as anyone who has been to one of his auctions will attest.

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Dr. Waraporn Klanwarin Dermatologist at Pattaya International Hospital

Dr. Waraporn Klanwarin Dermatologist at Pattaya International Hospital

Dr Klanwarin is the charming, attractive head of the Dermatology department at Pattaya International Hospital. Looking much younger than her long history of practising medicine would suggest, she really is a great personal advertisement for this department of the hospital.

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Magna Carta's Free offer for Flower Seeds

Magna Carta's Free offer for Flower Seeds

Pattaya Lawyers Council would like to invite the people of Pattaya

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Musical Pattaya

Musical Pattaya

Pattaya is renowned for being the entertainment capital of Thailand, it has a plethora of venues, live acts, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars and hosts many music and sporting events.Major acts regularly visit the seaside resort and perform in the dozens of live music venues that feature live bands every day of the week. There is also a growing swell of local Pattaya artists and bands that regularly can be seen performing around town.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO RELEASE MONEY FROM YOUR UK PENSION? - QROPS v SIPPS

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RELEASE MONEY FROM YOUR UK PENSION? - QROPS v SIPPS

Despite the changes to UK legislation it is still possible to transfer your UK pension offshore in what is known as a QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme). However, for this to be possible it has to meet certain requirements set out by HMRC.

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Pattaya Personality - Tino Valentino

Pattaya Personality - Tino Valentino

This month’s Trader Pattaya Personality delves into the exciting world of live radio. Although many of our readers may be familiar with our personality’s voice over the airwaves on Kiss FM, we thought it was time to expose the man behind the voice.

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Back to the roots.

Back to the roots.

A look at why traditional models of finance are increasingly inadequate at explaining stock market movement and why the fledgling discipline of behavioural finance may hold some of the answers.

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Beware the scam artist brokers in Thailand.

Beware the scam artist brokers in Thailand.

For many years I have been an advocate of using a locally based offshore adviser who has roots here, and has been living here for at least a decade, owns property here, has a Thai wife or partner and who has committed his future to living here.

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Pattaya continues to be rebranded.

Pattaya continues to be rebranded.

The Thai Tourism Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, plans another rebranding exercise for Pattaya and four other destinations, with the aim of making it widely known that Pattaya is a family friendly quality beach resort as opposed to one known for its nightlife.

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Growth rate in Thailand

Growth rate in Thailand

Thailand's economic growth rate is likely to be less than one per cent for 2014, while the 2015 target of four percent looks increasingly difficult to attain, due to a weak global economy according to Kasikorn Research Center. The think tank's managing director, Charl Kengchon, said, "What we are most concerned about is next year's growth figure since 4% is challenging and it is still uncertain whether we can achieve that growth rate."

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Bringing money in to Thailand to buy a property

Bringing money in to Thailand to buy a property

When buying a property in Thailand, one of the stipulations is that you will need to bring the money in from overseas. There are plenty of ways to do this but getting the best rate is key. Since you will bring in a large mount of money for the purchase of a property, every percentage point of exchange rate change will cost or save you a good deal of money

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Business news in brief

Business news in brief

Due to an improving economic recovery that will undoubtedly spur spending, Thailand's household debt is expected to rise next year and possibly for the next few years. Credit card use will be one of the factors behind the expected increase according Kasikorn Research Center (KResearch).

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GrabTaxi Beta Launch in Pattaya at the Royal Marina Pattaya

GrabTaxi Beta Launch in Pattaya at the Royal Marina Pattaya

With the motto “Safety Speed and Certainty” GrabTaxi plans to organize the taxi service in Pattaya for the better of both passengers and drivers. Pattaya Trader Magazine was there to cover the Beta Launch of the mobile app, which was held at the Royal Marina Pattaya on September 17

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Investing in Oil and the Energy Markets

Investing in Oil and the Energy Markets

Dealing in oil and energy markets may seem like an unusual investment to make, but oil is a commodity that tends to have fairly volatile prices and, as compared with precious metals, has a much more direct-use feature about it. It is a necessity for all car owners, airlines, and for a large part of the industrialised world. Unlike gold or silver, for example, that are bought to hold or to be admired for their ornamental qualities, oil is most commonly bought, in the end, to be burned!

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Baht goes down and the Baht goes up

Baht goes down and the Baht goes up

I well remember when the Baht collapsed in the late nineties. One week I was getting 35 baht for every pound sterling I proffered to the bank. The following week I was getting 70.

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LETTERS FROM READERS

LETTERS FROM READERS

Hi Pattaya Trader – Thank you for an always very interesting read. Is there any way you could publish this – I would dearly like to help the Mabprachan Animal shelter – I know they are not the only ones looking after stay and abandoned animals, but they have my undying gratitude for the way they helped me Yours very sincerely, Rick Walton Soi 11 Thappraya Road Jomtien 0892 465 210

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Five important things to know before buying or building a swimming pool at your house in Thailand

Five important things to know before buying or building a swimming pool at your house in Thailand

Thailand is one of the top countries in the world where expats go to find an easier, more fulfilling life. One of these reasons is the tropical climate, which enables constant outdoor relaxation that’s simply not possible in many other parts of the world.

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TRENDS FOR BEDROOMS IN 2017

TRENDS FOR BEDROOMS IN 2017

More and more the master bedroom is seen not just a place to sleep but almost a home within a home. An all-in-one space where you can enjoy a calm,serene retreat.

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TRENDS FOR BATHROOMS IN 2017

TRENDS FOR BATHROOMS IN 2017

Bathroom designers tell us that 2017 is going to be marked by the return to the organic and all-natural. Bathroom style”s direction will be: super clean colours, seamless lines and useful, simple arrangement of space with the dash of natural coziness and elegance.

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TRENDS FOR 2017

TRENDS FOR 2017

This is the cheery shade of green you'll see in home decor, fashion and commercial design in 2017. Named the 2017 Pantone Colour of the year "Greenery" is meant to represent refreshment and revitalization.

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Resemble a five - star hotel at home

Resemble a five - star hotel at home

There are so many reasons people like staying in a hotel. A chance to get away, ring up for room service and a good night’s sleep.

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Top tips for the DIY enthusiast wishing to add a little Luxury

Top tips for the DIY enthusiast wishing to add a little Luxury

First impressions count. Keep the front of the property tidy, water plants and ensure there is no peeling paint or cracked exterior walls.

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Luxury Properties

Luxury Properties

What constitutes a luxurious home? Is it the location, or perhaps the design and build? Or is it a spacious grand villa with expansive land and manicured lawns? Perhaps a state of the art penthouse apartment in a swanky condominium? There is no definitive answer as everybody’s taste is different and what to some people might be the ultimate in luxury, to other people might be an over furnished and cluttered living space.What cannot be disputed, however is that the location can add that extra zing to any type of property.

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Ten tips to increase the value of your property

Ten tips to increase the value of your property

Research has confirmed what many have suspected: that the differentials between a top-end property and a truly luxurious one are increasing.

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Common mistakes agents make

Common mistakes agents make

Competition is stiff in the property world. If you don’t provide your client with the best possible service, they could go elsewhere. We have selected some of the industries faux pas for you to take heed of.

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Savvy Gardening for Balcony Spaces

Savvy Gardening for Balcony Spaces

Living in a condo or an apartment does bring its challenges to growing plants and forming a green haven outside your window. But it does not necessarily mean that it is impossible to have a great garden full of colour.

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Using Technology In Your Home To Save Energy

Using Technology In Your Home To Save Energy

In this month’s Green Property Trader we thought it would be a good idea to highlight how new technology can save energy around the home and be a good investment. At present this sort of technology is usually used to bring a Wow factor to your home but to coin a regularly used phrase in the property world :ROI (Return on Investment), this technology can be used to conserve energy in the home and save money.

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MAKING THE MOST OF A SMALL SPACE

MAKING THE MOST OF A SMALL SPACE

Doing any kind of DIY or home improvement can either be a great boon to your property as an investment or a complete disaster needing costly corrections.The main thing to consider in any refurbishment is planning.

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Bringing Your Property Business into the 21st Century

Bringing Your Property Business into the 21st Century

Buyers have changed. The Russian numbers have dropped significantly and the Chinese have shown signs of moving in, along with their Korean and albeit in smaller numbers Japanese counterparts.

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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Banner Advertising!

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Banner Advertising!

Getting ahead in business nowadays very often means doing the things that your competitors aren't doing .When it comes to websites and digital marketing there are nearly always things you can do to help raise the profile of your business and generate more enquiries.

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Get addicted when you’re young.

Get addicted when you’re young.

This came to mind watching young and middle-aged farangs in Walking St. I wondered how many of them had a regular savings habit and how many just squandered their earnings as they came ? Let me ask you how many retired people you know who have no regular savings and just get by on state pensions from their country of origin? If they had been forced to make pension contributions while working, then their golden years would not be impoverished ones.

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Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

The Last Will and Testament is a declaration of intent concerning disposition of your assets or other matters which shall take effect, according to law, after your demise.

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AMAZING DEALS ON LAND AND PROPERTY

AMAZING DEALS ON LAND AND PROPERTY

If you’ve ever wanted to live directly on the beach look no further than this fabulous 3 level home located at a great Waterfront location in Na Jomtien. Boasting 6 magnificent bedrooms and bathrooms 2 living rooms and a stunning sea view swimming pool it is set in beautiful landscaped gardens and is available complete with luxury furniture, fixtures and fittings.

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If you have a Thai wife-Face Reality.

If you have a Thai wife-Face Reality.

Many “farangs” living happily in Thailand, with a young Thai wife and small children, live with their head firmly in the sand. Some are afraid to look at their future and what will happen to their children when they pass away.

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City Garden Tower - New Sales Office

City Garden Tower - New Sales Office

The Global Top Development, City Garden Tower is a centrally-located luxury condominium that is setting new standards in design and sophistication for city living in Pattaya. City Garden Tower’s high-rise domination of the Pattaya skyline is both awe inspiring and inviting at the same time.

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Costs Costs and more Costs

Costs Costs and more Costs

There is forever a debate in our industry about costs, whether it’s the cost of advice, the cost of products or the cost of investing.

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Starting a Blog in 2017!

Starting a Blog in 2017!

As avid readers of the Property Trader, I am sure I don’t need to remind you that we have been covering how to market a new business in 2017. Following on from the last two posts, “Essential Marketing Guide to Starting a New Business in 2017” & “Why PPC Marketing Makes So Much Sense in 2017!”, we are now going to take a look at starting a blog . So first thing’s first, it is probably sensible to examine what actually constitutes a blog.

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Pattaya Property

Pattaya Property

There are many outstanding property developers in Pattaya with an incredible portfolio of projects in all areas across the city. The demand for an ocean view has not waned, but there is also a growing requirement for condos and houses in the city.

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Why PPC Marketing Makes So Much Sense in 2017!

Why PPC Marketing Makes So Much Sense in 2017!

You might remember that in last month's edition we explored the subject of “Essential Marketing Guide for Starting a New Business in 2017”. As promised, this article is a follow up to that feature, only this time we are going to explore the key benefits that a PPC campaign can bring.

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I Thought New Nordic’s Castle was a Crazy Idea

I Thought New Nordic’s Castle was a Crazy Idea

It’s a horrible feeling, but I’ve become totally apathetic about Pattaya real estate. Perhaps “jaded” or “over-exposed” or “saturated” are better words to describe how I feel. Indeed, condo sales pitches are inescapable here in Fun City. From every billboard, magazine and radio station the offers come.

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