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Songkran Escape Artistry

by John Borthwick

How — where! — to escape sodden Songkran, Pattaya’s annual festival of road carnage, ceaseless drenchings and blow-in bogans? There is still somewhere to run, somewhere to hide. But book now!

For escape artists who need “out” from Pattaya during April’s 10-day water riot (or at any time of year), Thailand’s neighbourhood offers good options, some economical, some pricier. Check out these nine escape hatches, in alphabetical order.

Bali. Fly direct from Bangkok, hit Denpasar, do not stop at Kuta. Go northeast to Tulamben for diving; directly north to Ubud for dining, resorts and (if you must) all that New Age stuff; even further north to Lovina for surf-free seas; or west to Canggu for waves. Rainy season has ended, Easter is over — and April is a fine time to be in Bali. Tips: for highland tranquility, head to Tagalallang north of Ubud. For good surf minus the Kuta circus, Balian or Medewi.

Burma. Cross by land at points like Ranong-Kawthuang (southwest) or Mae Sai-Tachilek (northwest) or fly Bangkok to Yangon. Check carefully your visa requirements (and Thai return status) well beforehand. Recommendations include Myanmar’s Andaman coast beaches like Ngapali and Ngwe Saung, the road (or train) to Mandalay, Pagan’s plain of two thousand temples and, if you have the time, a leisurely Pandaw cruise on one of the world’s great rivers, the Ayeyarwady.

Cambodia. “Cambo” is easy to reach via several Thai border crossings and regular coach services, as well as with flights to the capital and Siem Reap. Go for an on-line pre-arrival visa where possible. The great Khmer Angkor Wat complex is an “ought-to-do” in this lifetime, and nearby Siem Reap dishes up multiple eat-drink-sleep-play options. In Phnom Penh, it’s now time to skip the tired “war porn” sights like the Killing Fields — Cambodia has much better things to be remembered for. Sihanoukville aka “Snookyville” on the Gulf is a beachhead of nothing special to do but live well.

Laos. Luang Prabang is still a slice of Buddhist Brigadoon on the Mekong. Temple City — there are some 33 golden-spired wats here — is a place of sundowners by the river and monks collecting alms in the morning. A 1990s World-Heritage listing arrived in time to beat the massed trippers and fast-baht developers who might have turned this former Laos royal town into a Phuket-on-Mekong. Climb Phu Si Hill, visit Wat Xieng Thong, go upriver to the Pak Ou Caves. In the National Museum see the piece of moon rock that Richard Nixon presented to the Kingdom before he then bombed the smithereens out of the country.

 

Malaysia. Ride the rattler, or bus, to Butterworth then cross over to Penang Island. Its World Heritage-listed George Town as a Chinese-Indian-Malay spice pot of great food, sepia memories and theatrically-poured kopi tarik. Drink history in at the Hong Kong Bar on Chulia Street or quaff elegantly in the waterfront E&O Hotel. To mutate Dr Johnson's quip about London: whoever is tired of George Town is tired of life ... laughing, drinking and conversation, too. Alternatively, try another island: Langkawi, a relaxing, intensely green and well-mannered place whose beaches resemble Kuta in Purdah.

 

 

Maldives. It’s far more expensive than a week on the beach at Snookyville, but Bangkok Airways flies direct to Male. You’ll want to book a resort package beforehand. Your Male Atoll options include diving and surfing resorts (such as Cinnamon Dhonveli), honeymooning (Centara Ras Fushi) and many, many more resorts. Heading to the Outer Atolls by float plane reveals a vision of pearl islands stitched like buttons to a turquoise sea.

Nepal. K-K—Kathmandu is recovering from Nepal’s large earthquake of 2015 about as well as any 600 year-old cluster of gods and temples, mud brick, timber and lives can. Fly direct from BKK. Springtime brings on the Himalayan wildflowers and the rhododendron forests in bloom. A late-season trek in the Middle Hills gives you a change of altitude and attitude that Pattaya can never match.

Philippines. A favourite Pattaya persons’ April escape route. Fly Bangkok to Manila, flee the capital’s traffic and lurk merchants, and sample Spanish-flavoured towns like Vigan or Laoag in north Luzon. Or bump into own your neighbours in Angeles and Subic. Boracay’s White Sand Beach is overcooked these days but if you have enough spare loot Palawan’s El Nido region is still one of the loveliest, best-preserved zones of corals and cocktails in the whole Pacific.

Vietnam. The place is booming and if you can cross the street in Saigon (they’ve never shortened its “new” name to Ho City, perhaps for obvious reasons), surviving its tsunami tides of motorcycles, then you’ll probably want to quit the cities while you’re ahead. Try the cool, former colonial hill station of Da Lat, or the former prison island of Phu Quoc in the Gulf, or a number of beach towns such Nha Trang up the Central Coast. The old port of Hoi An is still authentic; meanwhile, way up north near China, the terraced, mountain town of Sapa with its hill tribes and cold, cold nights illustrates beautifully that timeless travelogue/travel blog cliché about “Welcome to a land of contrasts.”

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Vientiane, Mekong Capital of Calm

Vientiane, Mekong Capital of Calm

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.

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ISTANBUL – The Mystery of the East and the Practicality of the West.

With flights to Istanbul costing from as little as 18,000 Baht and the visa waiver for Thai citizens, Istanbul has become a very accessible holiday destination for Expats and Thais alike.

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Whilst most visitors come to the Land of Smiles to lay on pristine white beaches and enjoy the incredible food and culture, there are others who visit Thailand for a completely different reason.

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INDONESIA: THIRTEEN-THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

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Sticking a pin in the map is one option. “Indo” has more fascinating places to visit than a dozen lifetimes might allow, yet most of us fixate on only one, Bali.

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Voluntourism … low-impact travel … carbon offsets …. As travel becomes ever more complicated, how can we trip the planet fantastic — or at least Thailand — without trashing it further?

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BARGAIN HUNTER DOES KOH CHANG !

BARGAIN HUNTER DOES KOH CHANG !

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 !

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Chao Phraya: River of Kings, River of Things

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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.

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Unspoiled Thai Islands

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Thailand has 2700 km of shoreline and miles of isles. Try skipping the major moshpits like Phuket and head for a few of these islands where taxis and bucket booze don’t yet define “paradise”.

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Go Green Drink the Local Wines

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So in this issue of the Trader while we are considering our carbon footprints maybe now is the time to think of the ecological as well as economic cost of the wine we drink.

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The Barn Steak House

The Barn Steak House

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.

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Australian - Reds

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For a long time the wines of Australia were termed: New World Wines. This caused traditional European wine growing countries to treat Australian wine with some disdain and not that much respect.

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Gerry’s Bar & Restaurant

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For those readers who are fortunate enough to live in the Pratumnak area, there is a delightful watering hole on soi 4 that you should really pop in to and say “Hello”.

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The Coffee House

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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.

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Authentic Chinese Food in Pattaya?

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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.

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KONG JUU RESTAURANT

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New Nordic's Kong Juu Restaurant had its official opening aptly on the 28th January 2017 Chinese New Year which heralded in The Year of the Rooster.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO INDIAN BY NATURE !

CONGRATULATIONS TO INDIAN BY NATURE !

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

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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.

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THAILAND REGIONAL CUISINES

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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.

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CORNER HOUSE - ROMPHO MARKET , JOMTIEN

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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.

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Pig face and the dreaded balut

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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.

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PAGS Tournament from Phoenix Gold

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88 players, including a good field of 14 ladies, made the short journey to the Phoenix course, where we played the Mountain & Ocean combination.

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Go Green & Root For Your Team!!

Go Green & Root For Your Team!!

In keeping with the “environment” theme of this month's Pattaya Trader magazine we wanted to cover a handful of sporting stadiums that have taken the decision to go green.

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Dive Tribe fights for our coral reefs and you can help

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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.

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The Eco (Highlander) Warrior … Go Go “Ma”

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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

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PAGS Tournament Phoenix Gold Lakes & Ocean

PAGS Tournament Phoenix Gold Lakes & Ocean

The last Wednesday of the month rolled around, with a good turnout of 126 players, which included 12 Ladies, for the 3rd PAGS Tournament of 2017.

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TR MOTORSPORT

TR MOTORSPORT

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

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GO FISHING – “NO WAY JOSE”

GO FISHING – “NO WAY JOSE”

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.

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The Football Season So Far

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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.

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Mermaids Dive Center

Mermaids Dive Center

Dive with us every day at the Pattaya Far Islands or Samaesan.

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BIRA CIRCUIT CELEBRATES ITS THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY

BIRA CIRCUIT CELEBRATES ITS THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY

Pattaya’s Bira International Circuit has just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a very special day that brought two- and four-wheel motorsport heritage together for real trip down memory lane.

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Germany v England - More Than A Game?

Germany v England - More Than A Game?

The English National Football Team will face the world champions Germany on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017. The event will take place at the daunting home of Borussia Dortmund.

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Football Crazy

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At the moment it is hard to keep up with all the important matches that are currently being played.

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eSports - Pro Gamers?

eSports - Pro Gamers?

“Pro-Gamer” a term that is becoming better known of late refers to people who play games on the PC or console.

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Pattaya Personality - Kwaang

Pattaya Personality - Kwaang

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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An Expat’s Guide to making life just that little more bearable

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Being an expat invariably means missing things from an old home whilst enjoying what’s available in a new one.

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Asalha Bucha Day

Asalha Bucha Day

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.

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Muhammad Ali – Simply “The Greatest”

Muhammad Ali – Simply “The Greatest”

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.

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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.

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PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL LADIES CLUB 11

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL LADIES CLUB 11

The Pattaya International Ladies club is committed to working with existing Thai charities and other charity organizations to aid and support people who are poor or marginalized in the Pattaya area.

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AN AMERICAN IN PATTAYA

AN AMERICAN IN PATTAYA

I don’t know why the universe sent me to Pattaya. I mean I know why I came to Thailand but that is not the story I want to tell.

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Modern Eco Friendly Developments In The Building World

Modern Eco Friendly Developments In The Building World

​Nearly everybody has heard about eco-friendly building, but what really lies behind all the hype and talk of carbon neutral homes, alternative energy sources and those peculiar and unfamiliar building techniques? Admittedly there is an urgent need to address the great challenges currently in front of us. Namely, climate change, resource depletion, and pollution.

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PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL

Celebrating 40 years of medical services with fair and affordable prices Pattaya International Hospital has captured the hearts of both Thais and Expats alike.

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Pattaya Personality - Andy Harrison

Pattaya Personality - Andy Harrison

This month’s Pattaya Personality feature enters the world of education and focuses upon one of the leading figures in education on the Eastern Seaboard.

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Green Pattaya Celebrating 70 Cleanings

Green Pattaya Celebrating 70 Cleanings

It all started with a man running in the hills of Pattaya Thailand. While running, he noticed how much garbage had been dumped in clearings and in the green areas. When you drive car or motorbike you hardly have time to see all of it but when walking or running you become very aware.

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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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Doing the Pools in Pattaya

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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.

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COOLING DOWN BY GOING NORTH

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Before you know it, it is that time of year again that sends people scurrying for cover and running for the air conditioning. Yes it is time again, love it or hate it, that summertime is here.

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National Holidays In May

National Holidays In May

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.

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Keeping Cool This Summer

Keeping Cool This Summer

Well as the Peak Season and the cooler temperatures are now behind us, we can look forward to the “Summer” and soaring temperatures.

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DR PETER LEWIS

DR PETER LEWIS

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.

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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

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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

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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

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Investing in Oil and the Energy Markets

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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

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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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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

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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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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Is Your Business Addressing The Pink Baht?

Is Your Business Addressing The Pink Baht?

Thailand attracts visitors for many reasons: the glorious climate, the fabulous sandy beaches, the exotic islands, the sumptuous food, and the fascinating friendly people.

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Essential Marketing Guide to Starting a New Business in 2017

Essential Marketing Guide to Starting a New Business in 2017

Starting a new business is demanding at the best of times; however, starting one with increased competition in an almost saturated marketplace requires a real appetite for success.

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Good news for investors in a New Year

Good news for investors in a New Year

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.

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How to Tell if your Interviewee is Being Economical with the Truth

How to Tell if your Interviewee is Being Economical with the Truth

Part and parcel of running any successful business is making sure that you have the right people in place.

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