Thailand Sinking Warships to Promote Reef Growth

The Royal Thai Navy has sunk a warship in the Gulf of Thailand. Don’t panic, the Kingdom is no under attack from a foreign power; the navy has purposely sunk the decommissioned RTMS Mattapone. After serving the nation faithfully at sea for the past 61 years it will now continue to fulfil a role for King and country by sitting at the bottom of the ocean.

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Retiring in Thailand: How easy is it?

Thailand is one of the world’s favourite retirement destinations with tens of thousands of people every year moving to the Kingdom after finishing their working life. The retirement influx is not just from a small number of countries, they are coming from North America, Western and Eastern Europe and even from other Asian countries – particularly Japan and South Korea.

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Pattaya Events Calendar 2013

The year is well and truly underway and the Pattaya events calendar for 2013 is beginning to look as busy as always. As one of Thailand’s most exciting cities, Pattaya hosts a plethora of annual and one-off events every year. The range and style of events on offer in Pattaya is truly astonishing and includes the traditional and modern, sporting and cultural, local and international reflecting the diversity and character of the city.

At this early stage of the year, some dates for some events have yet to be confirmed and no doubt plenty more will be added as we move through the year, but here are some of the highlights to look forward to in Pattaya in 2013.

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Chinese New Year 2013 in Pattaya: A Festival of Colour and Sound

Chinese New Year is one of the world’s greatest annual festivals celebrated by Chinese communities across the world. It is characterised by a riot of sound and colour, feasting and gift giving and for both participants and observers is a great event to experience. In Thailand, nowhere celebrates Chinese New Year more enthusiastically than Pattaya and 2013 will be no exception so whether you are a resident or visitor to the city, it is an event not to be missed. The date of Chinese New Year varies according to the lunisolar calendar and in 2013, New Year’s Day falls on February 10th – although events in Pattaya will take place over several days. Each New Year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac and 2013 welcomes in the Year of the Snake.

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Pattaya Property Market a Smart Investment Choice

Experts are increasingly pointing to Pattaya as one of Thailand’s most exciting rising property markets. The recent economic growth in the city allied to a forward thinking ambitious local government is driving property prices up, resulting in an increasing number of property industry experts predicting big rises in prices in the future.

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Honda LPGA 2013: World Class Golf in Pattaya

Pattaya is preparing to welcome the cream of international women’s golf in February when the Honda LPGA comes to town. The annual tournament is one of the Pattaya’s biggest annual sporting events, attracting not just the best of the world’s women golfers but also huge international crowds. This year, the event will be staged at the Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course between February 21st and 24th.

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When Santa Claus Came to Town – Thai Style

Every Christmas Santa Claus travels the globe bringing great joy to children across the world. Traditionally he accomplishes his incredible feat by travelling in a sleigh pulled by his team of nine reindeer flying through the night sky.

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Christmas Dinner Options in Pattaya 2012

For Pattaya’s expat community, the question of where to get the best Christmas dinner in town is one of the most hotly debated questions of the year. Some have their own regular favourites where they dine year after year on Christmas Day, while others like to try a new restaurant every year. There will also be thousands of western tourists in Pattaya looking to have a traditional Christmas dinner so we thought we would do a round-up of the best places and their offerings this Yuletide.

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Pattaya to Host Spectacular Countdown to New Year 2013

The New Year is racing towards us at breakneck pace and Pattaya City means to say goodbye 2012, hello 2013 in the grandest style. The Pattaya Countdown to 2013 is set to be bigger and better than ever with the city authorities already budgeting to spend 12.5mn baht on creating an event to remember for residents and visitors alike.

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Jet Ski World Cup Grand Prix comes to Pattaya December 2012

Pattaya is a city that thrives on its reputation for high octane adventure and great international sporting events. One of the most exciting annual sporting events that Pattaya hosts is the King’s Cup Jet Ski World Championship. The event takes place in the bay opposite Jomtien Beach and draws the world’s fastest jet ski races and throngs of crowds who pack the coastline to watch the exciting series of races. This year the event will take place from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 December, although there will be competitors on the water from the Wednesday taking part in practice runs and getting used to the course.

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Siam Royal View Koh Chang Receives a South East Asia Property Award

This week, Siam Royal View Koh Chang achieved another landmark in what has been an incredible year for the development. At a Gala event held in Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel and attended by the biggest luminaries in Asian property development, our Koh Chang development was awarded highly commended in the Best Villa Development category. This means that Siam Royal View’s project is considered to be one of the top 4 villa developments in all of Thailand.

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Pattaya and Koh Chang Gearing up for Loy Krathong

While the New Year of festival of Songkran is the most intensely celebrated event on the Thai calendar, there is almost universal agreement that Loy Krathong is the most beautiful. The festival of light is a visually stunning event and leaves people who see it for the first time gasping in wonder. In both Pattaya and Koh Chang, preparations are already being made for the event.

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Thailand Property Awards

On Saturday night, leading real estate developers, architects, designers and realtors gathered at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok for the Thailand property industry’s most important annual event, the Thailand Property Awards. The event, established in 2006 and sponsored by Ensign Media’s Property Report Asia, is considered the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.

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World Class Jazz Comes to Pattaya

Cultured residents of Pattaya who are unfortunate enough not to have discovered the excellent Silverlake Vineyard can enlighten themselves in October when Silverlake hosts a world class evening of jazz. Mediterranean Jazz Night at Silverlake Vineyard will combine fine dining in the wonderfully ambient setting with truly outstanding musical entertainment provided by the feted Luca Ciarla Quartet. The evening will take place on Wednesday 24th October.

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Siam Royal View Shortlisted as Finalist for two Thailand Property Awards

We are delighted and honoured to be shortlisted as finalists in two of the categories of the 2012 Thailand Property Awards. Siam Royal View is the finalist in two of the Eastern Seaboard award categories, in both cases for aspects of the company’s property development on Koh Chang. The shortlisting for the prestigious awards, sponsored by Ensign Media, are recognition of the hard work of the entire Siam Royal View team and the quality of design and construction at the project.

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The Best Thai Restaurants in Pattaya

Pattaya is a great city for foodies. Great cuisine from around the world can be found here at restaurants ranging from five-star dining of the highest class to tiny roadside stalls serving some of the best street food in the world.

However, when in Thailand, one should surely do as the Thais do and eat the local fare. This is especially true as Thai cooking is internationally recognised as one of the finest and most popular cuisines in the world. By way of acknowledgement, this month we will look at the best Thai restaurants in Pattaya.

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A Pattaya Beach Guide

For both tourists and international residents one of the biggest draws of Pattaya is the beach. Pattaya is one of Asia’s greatest beach cities; a modern thriving metropolis that can offer all the joys of a beach lifestyle. Although the curving four kilometre crescent of sand in Pattaya beach is the most popular, there are also a number of other beaches within easy reach – all of which we look at in our Pattaya Beach Guide.

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Pattaya Tourism Set for Record Year

A market research report published by the specialist hospitality consulting firm C9 Hotelworks has revealed that Pattaya is on course for a record year in terms of tourist numbers. The company predicts that in 2012, the city is on course to break through the 8 million visitors-a-year barrier, indicating that Pattaya is appealing to a broad market.

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Pattaya Condo – City Wants Foreign Ownership Exemption

Pattaya city officials have petitioned central government for a relaxation of the laws on foreign ownership of condominiums. Currently, foreign ownership of Pattaya condos is restricted to just 49% of the total of any individual building. The city wants to raise the limit to 70% as it continues to position itself as a major Asian hub ahead of the foundation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

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Fine dining in Pattaya

Pattaya is rapidly transforming itself into one of the trendiest cities in Asia and as a result, is increasingly attracting an international jet set crowd who demand the better things in life.

The influx of people who are used to high quality living has resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of restaurants at the top end of the market – the bar has been raised to an entirely new level.

There is some excellent fine dining in Pattaya and our review of the restaurants below gives you a taste of the quality food and ambience available in the city. 

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Thailand tourism continues digital push with ‘Thailand in Your Hand’

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is continuing to keep ahead of the competition in the use of digital technology to promote the country as a tourist destination. A couple of weeks ago, the TAT has launched its own webpage , making 19 Thailand tourist related phone apps available as free downloads. The apps can be used across a spectrum of digital devices including IPhone, Ipad, Android, Blackberry and Nokia. including IPhone, Ipad, Android, Blackberry and Nokia.

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Five Leading International Annual Pattaya sporting events

For the sports fan, Pattaya is a great city. Not only does it host to many international sporting tournaments on an occasional basis, it also holds a number of leading international sporting events every year. For people living in the city, the event offers an opportunity to see international sporting stars and great sporting action up close.

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