The Hana Highway, Hawaii’s most beautiful drive, is making a fool of me. This tenacious, twisting road clings to the northeast coast of the island of Maui for 100 dramatic kilometres and on its way crosses 59 bridges and winds through 620 bends.It starts from the sugar-and-surf town of Pa’ia on the north shore, heading towards Hana village out on the eastern tip of Maui.
So as this issue of The Pattaya Trader is a “green issue” I thought Bargain Hunter should take a look at one of the greenest islands in Thailand: Koh Chang. So named I discovered, because of its large size rather than the fact that there are elephants on the island - although elephants there are and the occasional traffic stopping monkey !
Thailand’s mother river, the Maenam Chao Phraya loops like a signature through the landscape, scrawling as it goes the history of the kings of Siam and their serial capitals, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya and today’s Krung Thep.
There is a new kid on the block when it comes to coffee houses in Pattaya. Situated on Jomtien Second Road opposite the Atlantis Condominium, is a brand spanking new edition to Pattaya’s thriving coffee shop scene.
Growing up, my family and I ate take out Chinese food at least 3 times per month. My mother would send me to this tiny little shack next to a strip-mall called Moon Palace and I’d pick up various sundry bags filled with those cool little takeout Chinese food cartons.
Indian By Nature is used to high praise but 2016 proved to be a great year for the restaurant when it was granted the Traveler’s Choice Award 2016 - recognizing the top 10 restaurants across Thailand and also placed amongst the Top 25 fine dining restaurants in Asia
Istanbul offers a fusion of Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Balkan cuisine resulting in a diverse and expansive variety of luscious delicacies, it is easily possible to bombard oneself with a culinary feast.
If you were to ask somebody in London or New York to name an authentic Thai dish they probably would utter Tom Yam or Green Curry, the same could probably be said of some expats living in Pattaya or Phuket.
If you’re hankering for a Sunday roast but live in Jomtien and don’t want to travel into town there’s a new kid on the block. The Corner House bar at The Rompho market has made a bold move and against a trend of nearby bars looking sad,.lonely and decorating their frontages with “For Sale” signs, The Corner House bar has decided to invest and make a go of it.
You might remember my last article in the trader: “Eating Monsters” which featured me consuming various snake concoctions plus copious amounts of creepy crawlies. Well as promised I ventured to the Philippines to face my fears, in the form of the dreaded Balut, a medium boiled duck embryo.
Located in Soi Sukhumvit 89 you will find Peter De Kegel's smart new dining experience Aroi Pub Resto. Aroi Restaurant is one of the new breed of quality eateries popping up on the Dark Side bringing the once unfashionable area right to the front of cutting edge Pattaya cuisine.
However, I feel the best way to describe how this season has gone is to use the Noun definition of the word: the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way
Having fished and won tournaments on some of the richest coarse fishing canals and lakes in Ireland for Future Image Dublin, it was only right that fishing the lakes of Pattaya would be on the cards after my move from Bangkok.
As we go to print the Premier League is not quite done and dusted as there are still weeks 37 & 38 to play. However only a fool would back against Chelsea as the four times previous Premier League Champions are due to be crowned for a fifth.
It has come to that time of the year again when the first major tournament of the golfing calendar is to be competed for.The Masters always heralds the start of a new golfing season in terms of the four majors.
Hi Folks, I took my mate John for a day’s fishing. We started at 7.30am fishing for live bait at Naban on Koh Larn. I wanted the finger sized red sand fish (bpla si deang) and all we got were nokaling, which are a second rate bait.
Every four years baseball players from around the world gather together to compete against the world’s Best but unlike the “World Series”, this truly is a global sports event. With the supposedly waning interest in the USA for their national sport The World Baseball Classic is still keenly anticipated.
This story starts with a career girl in her 30s who worked in the heart of the corporate business hub of Europe. In a world where what one wore and drove made the difference and working 80 hours a week was the norm, feeling tired did not seem strange.
I have always liked the Pratumnak Hill area and even though there were ominous grey clouds overhead when I last visited there recently it was even more of a treat to go as I was on my way to meet a young lady I had never met before.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Asalha Bucha Day also known as Asahna Bucha Day is another highly important date in the Buddhist calendar and one that is respected and celebrated throughout Thailand.This special day normally takes place on the second full moon day, of the eighth lunar month. In 2016 it will take place on Tuesday 19th July and is a celebration of events that happened around 2,500 years ago. Asalha Bucha meaning to pay homage to the Buddha.
Growing up in the Seventies, the Golden Days of boxing was as much a backdrop of the times as the FA Cup final or wearing flared trousers. This was the age of heavyweight boxing with such luminaries as; Smokin' Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton and of course the king of them all, Muhammad Ali.
While still reeling from the devastating loss of David Bowie it was apparent that 2016 would be the grimmest of reaper years for music when the even more shocking death of Prince was announced on April 21st.
All the major Buddhist holidays are celebrated in Thailand and most of them are national holidays in respect. Living in Thailand it is impossible not to realise the impact that the Buddhist faith has on everyday life and the value placed of making merit.
With the onslaught of summer upon us, keeping cool is definitely the order of the day. For those readers who like myself, live somewhere that does not have a swimming pool where can you go? The obvious answer is to potter down to the beach, but there are a great number of people who hate sand getting into their prawn sandwiches, and a similar number dislike getting pestered by beach hawkers.
I remember when I first heard from my Thai friends how many holidays they were given annually that I was quite aghast to learn most of them received only six days a year or if they were lucky perhaps seven or eight.
So almost one year on from my last interview with Dr Peter Lewis I found myself again at the the bright, light clinic within the grey building at the top of Soi 6 to ask him what has been happening at Surecell and in particular at the Pratumnak Clinic since last we met.
The new German ambassador, H.E. Peter Pruegel,Mr Enno Droffenic, ambassador of Austria and Rudolg Hofer Honorary Consul were welcomed to the Thai Garden Resort by Gerrit Niehaus to officially open the new German/Austrian consulate situated at the resort.
Pattaya hosts the ultimate in alternative cabaret shows through its colourful performing arts scene. The elaborate shows have gleaned world-wide fame, due to the stunning ladyboy entertainers who are the finest and most beautiful on the planet.
Our next foray into the world of personalities in Pattaya, took the editor and myself to the Baan Souy Resort Jomtien. The sun was high in a cloudless sky forming a beautiful day, and we were both excited to meet up with somebody that has been part of the Pattaya Gay Scene for many years.
Growing up a Soul Boy and being the pretentious brat of a fifteen year old Soul DJ in mid-70’s Liverpool, slabs of 7 inch plastic Northern Soul records were constantly on my decks at school dances and community halls.I had just missed the heyday of the Northern Soul movement mid 60’s, and the famous venues of the Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca, Twisted Wheel and the Golden Torch, but the music was still very much in vogue.
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.
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.
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."
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
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).
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I got an email from a reader last week asking if she should use a “wrap” to hold her investments as her adviser had recommended. In the US the concept of Fund Supermarkets is very well developed and most retail investors would use these.
Since British people woke up to the news that their country has voted to leave the European Union, there has been turmoil in financial markets – the pound hit a 30-year low and the FTSE dropped almost 10 percent Though the Brexit process will probably take at least two years (and the UK will remain a full member of the EU in the meantime), some aspects of the decision have affected British people straight away.