Tourism plays an important role in the Asia Pacific region. For many countries it is the leading revenue generator as Asia is a popular destination for holidaymakers across the globe thanks to its climate, diverse offerings and it’s relatively low cost.
One of the great attractions of Vientiane is that there are no great attractions. The Lao capital serenely lacks the “must-see-must-do” icons that cities these days feel increasingly obliged to boast about.
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 !
Australia is now a recognised producer of some of the world’s best wines, it has won many awards for its quality produce and considering the relatively short life of the Australian wine industry this is quite some achievement.Literally hundreds of grape varieties are now being grown in various locations, and many new ones being added each year.
Today we venture out to Pattaya Sheep Farm and visit the wonderful Barn Steak House Restaurant. The first thing that holds your attention is the venue as it is quite unique in Pattaya and certainly very charismatic.
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.
It is that time of year again when we are on the precipice of an avalanche of Premier League football. It seems like the final whistle of the 2016/17 has just sounded, but here we are again waiting for the referee to blow and get things under way.
With W imbledon and Strawberry Teas percolating through the mind it seems apt that an article reflecting one of the world’s oldest games is due and so we take a look at the ten greatest tennis players of all time, five male and five female.
Another day dawned as golfers descended en masse on the Phoenix Gold course. The Lakes & Ocean nines were the allotted combination for a field of 116 keen but apprehensive players, including a good turnout of 18 Ladies.
I just came back from my best diving experience in Thailand ever. I went with Sail Rock divers, Kho Phagnan and would certainly recommend them.Choosing a good diving center is the first step towards having an amazing diving experience.
If you have been following the news over the past few years you will know that coral reefs worldwide are dying. Coral bleaching is a phenomenon that is happening all around the world at a speed never seen before, Pattaya has not been spared either.
I sometimes wonder why I ever got into fishing... I have won many competitions in my fishing career in team coarse fishing and a few for fly fishing but I suppose I will always have the memory of my first fish
On the 12th August 2017, Thailand will celebrate Mother’s Day which is of course the day that the whole nation celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, who is widely regarded as the Mother of all Thai people, and hence the name of this auspicious occasion is Mother’s Day.
It was a great honour when on Thursday May 25th as President of Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard I had the special honour to pin Ms. Kamala Skol, president of the Sukosol Hotels and Sukosol Group as our “youngest” Paul Harris Fedllow.
From the moment you enter the auditorium as you are shown to your seats by friendly smiling uniformed ushers it is impossible not to be swept along with the general air of enthusiasm. The music is rousing, the stage massive and the custom built tracking which provides the technical support for the overhead spectacles, impressive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.