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OF THE HIGHEST PAYING

SECTORS IN THAILAND

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E-COMMERCE IS ONE

OF THE HIGHEST

PAYING SECTORS

IN THAILAND

JobsDB Thailand, a leading

employment portal, has made an

analysis of the top paying jobs in its

“Thailand Salary Report 2018”

Not surprisingly, e-commerce

jobs were topping the list as the

industry shows continued sky-high

growth. This is in keeping with the

fact that e-commerce and IT professionals

were the most sought after

people compared to people in other

job sectors.

The report pulled in its data

from 50,000 employers. On a broad

range of metrics, similar jobs by industry

and job level brought in similar

incomes compared to the year

prior, showing very low or event

stagnant wage growth overall.

Lower level e-commerce jobs

showed an average starting salary

of 21.787 to 37,181baht per

month compared to around 20,000

to 31,428 baht per month for other

industries.

Supervisors in the e-commerce

space can expect to secure a package

worth 35,885 baht per month.

E-commerce digital marketing managers

came in at the top spot for

all manager leveljobs, and could

expect to receive a salary in the

range of 55,738 to 94,842 baht per

month. At the very top, high-level

experienced personnel can expect

to earn as much as 145,000 baht

per month.

Other industries were also considered

as top payers. Insurance

executives in the position of “Head

of Insurance Operations” came in at

a close second position with a salary

range of 55,102 to 94,365 baht

per month. The highest salaries at

the top-level included technology,

engineering and medical services

posts and paid around 140,000 baht

per month.

Other management positions

that were in the top ten list included

legal consultant, supply chain consultant,

human resources manager,

international business manager,

regional account manager and accounting

and finance manager.

At the lower, “officer”, level,

where many begin their employment

journey, top paying positions

included translator and business

analyst officer, business development

officer, software development

officer, programmer, IT developer,

insurance officer, pharmacist, brand

manager, doctor, and energy or

chemical engineer.

Although there may not be a

correlating effect to salary levels,

the most needed job functions in

Thailand were sales and business

development at 17 per cent, e-commerce

and information technology

at 12 per cent, engineering at 10 per

cent personnel and human resources

positions at 9 per cent.

Less sought after positions included

those in the public relations

and marketing sector at eight per

cent, banking andfinance at five per

cent, food and beverage, travel and

hospitality at four per cent and both

transport and manufacturing,also at

around four percent each.

Other traits that employers look

out for include a positive attitude,

confidence in managing digital platforms,

good communication skills,

multi tasking abilities and being

open to changing and learning new

things.

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WHY INVEST

IN PATTAYA?

Formerly a quiet and peaceful fishing village, Pattaya began to grow

when the American GIs stationed in Vietnam chose it as one of their

privileged places to enjoy their permissions. To cope with the growing

amount of visitors, restaurants, bungalows and hotels gradually

started to emerge and progressively made of Pattaya a world

famous tourist destination.

Today, the city officially has a population

of just over 350,000 inhabitants, but in

reality, its population is estimated at about

a million inhabitants, making it one of the

most populous cities in the country. Pattaya

is also the Kingdom’s second largest tourist

destination with more than 12 million tourists

visiting it each year (the country hosts

totally just over 38 million visitors each

year).

Pattaya is mainly known for its nightlife

but by spending a few days there, you will

quickly realize that it has numerous other

assets that have fully participated in its development.

All this also has had a great impact

on the real estate sector, whether residential

or aiming rental incomes, allowing

Pattaya to become one of the spearheads

of the country in the real estate sector. Indeed

like the country, Pattaya has undeniable

assets allowing it to become a place

where it is good to invest in real estate,

here is why!

The reflection of a highly attractive country

Before speaking of Pattaya in particular,

it is worthwhile to dwell for a few

moments on the dynamism of Thailand in

general and its undeniable attractiveness

on various aspects, directly and indirectly

impacting the real estate sector. Indeed

speaking about economy, Thailand is, for

example:

- A 4% annual growth for 5 years.

- An only 1.2% unemployment rate.

- A founding member of ASEAN.

- The 2nd economic power of South-

East Asia.

- A solid industry (automotive, electronic

components, etc.).

- A strong agriculture (rice, shrimps,

rubber, wood, etc.).

- The first tourist destination of South-

East Asia (38 million visitors in 2018).

- Quality infrastructure (airports, highways,

hospitals, etc.).

- 3 cities ranking among the 20 most

visited cities in the world (1 – Bangkok,

12 – Phuket and 14 – Pattaya).

Regarding real estate, Thailand has

been able to stand out among numerous

countries in the world thanks to:

- A highly attractive tax system.

- Access to full freehold ownership for

foreigners.

- An average rental yield of 7%.

- An excellent quality / price ratio.

- Accessible prices.

- A growing market.

- A strong rental demand.

- A unique living environment.

Pattaya perfectly reflects the many

components making the Kingdom’s attractiveness

and holds numerous assets

attracting millions of visitors every year,

whether they are tourists here for a few

days or weeks or retirees and expatriates

wishing to settle there for long.

Pattaya, an increasingly attractive destination

Indeed, in recent years, the government

has clearly shown its intention to turn

Pattaya, renowned for its nightlife and wild

nights, into a perfect family destination to

accommodate local and international tourists.

The restoration of several beaches,

actions to limit pollution, more frequent controls

and heavier penalties for offenders are

already in place to allow Pattaya to unleash

its full potential. Add to that, an ideal climate

that knows no (or very little) rainy season

and a wide variety of landscapes with a

modern city center, endless beaches, wild

and unspoiled areas, pretty islands in the

immediate vicinity (Koh Larn, Koh Samet,

etc.), Pattaya is probably the only destination

in the Kingdom offering a superb and

so diversified living environment, between

a dynamic city and a quiet seaside resort.

Pattaya is also a city where you will

find high quality infrastructures with an

efficient road network allowing a smooth

traffic, current and under construction highways

allowing an easy and fast connection

between Pattaya and the surrounding cities

(Bangkok, Chonburi, Si Racha, Rayong,

etc. .), a high-speed train project to connect

Pattaya to Bangkok in just 30 minutes,

a tramway project to improve transportation

in the city center, an ever-expanding

airport that welcomes more and more

flights, including international, deep-water

ports to increase the transport of goods,

and people. Pattaya also hosts several

high quality hospitals, the most famous being

the Bangkok Hospital.

Pattaya is full of activities for all tastes

and ages. In fact, you’ll find everything you

need, from the famous Walking Street with

its lively bars and nightclubs to Na Jomtien

and its excellent restaurants with a relaxing

atmosphere right on the beach as well

as shopping centers such as the brand

new Terminal 21, water parks, temples,

golf courses, beaches, tropical gardens,

boat trips, islands, delicious restaurants,

spas, animal parks, kart tracks, etc., the list

is endless and to sum it up, you will never

get bored!

A strong economy

In addition to these very important

aspects, Pattaya is also not left behind in

terms of economy. Indeed, it occupies a

central position on the Eastern Economic

Corridor (EEC), an investment plan of

more than 1.5 billion THB (47 million USD)

aiming to develop the infrastructure in

the region (Chachoengsao, Chonburi and

Rayong provinces): airports, deep-water

ports, high-speed trains, highways, etc. allowing

Pattaya to improve its accessibility

for the transport of goods and people. Secondly,

the objective of the EEC is to attract

major economic players in the area thanks

to newly renovated and improved infrastructures,

the creation of free trade zones

and by offering them other numerous advantages,

especially related to taxes and

employment. The operation has already attracted

several multinationals such as Airbus,

which is partnering with Thai Airways

to create the largest maintenance center

in South East Asia, or the E-commerce giant

player, Alibaba which is investing more

than 300 million USD to develop several

facilities including a logistics center to link

China and Thailand, a research and development

complex, and a university project.

It is also worth recalling the importance

of tourism, which occupies a major role in

Pattaya. Indeed, every year, the city welcomes

more than 10 million international

visitors, having made it the 14th most visited

city in the world in 2018, in front of

heavyweights like Milan, Hong Kong, Barcelona

or Bali. The profiles are very varied

among them with tourists from all around

the world visiting Pattaya for a few days or

for do several months. This makes it even

more interesting when talking about investing

in Pattaya real estate market in order to

capitalize on this massive influx of visitors

whose habits have changed enormously.

Indeed, most of them now prefer to rent an

apartment rather than to go to the hotel.

A very competitive real estate offer

The property market in Pattaya offers

many advantages. The first lies in the pricing

compared to other countries and even

other destinations in Thailand. Indeed, you

can find apartments in a new residence with

pool and gym from approximately 60,000

USD.

Another very important point and specific

Pattaya’s real estate market is the

great diversity of the offer in terms of price,

in terms of range, types of property or the

different objectives to which they respond.

Indeed, it is one of the only destinations in

the Kingdom in which you can find cheap

apartments, luxury apartments by the sea,

houses at competitive prices or beautiful

villas worth several million USD. This wide

range of goods can meet all types of needs:

A property as a main residence or a

second home.

A property aiming the rental income,

some even offering a rental guarantee and

a buyback guarantee.

A property with a great rental potential

that you can also use as your second home

Etc.

The highly attractive prices coupled

with the strong rental demand and very low

expenses (common area fees, taxes, etc.)

allow Pattaya to stand out in terms of rental

yields, indeed, it is not rare to exceed a 6%

annual rental yield.

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more insight about Pattaya’s real estate

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WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH

VIRTUAL REALITY?

By now, virtual reality (VR) has probably made it on to

your radar screen in some way. Maybe you’ve only heard

about it in bits and pieces, or maybe you’ve tried it yourself.

Whatever the case, virtual reality feels like it could

be the new generation of advanced technology.

Virtual Reality (VR) literally

makes it possible to experience

anything, anywhere, anytime

So – Virtual Reality, a definition

A realistic three-dimensional im

age or artificial environment that is

created with a mixture of interactive

hardware and software, and presented

to the user in such a way that

the any doubts are suspended and

it is accepted

as a real environment in which it is

interacted with in a seemingly real or

physical way.

Virtual reality is best understood

by first defining what it aims to

achieve – total immersion.

Total immersion means that the

sensory experience feels so real,

that we forget it is a virtual-artificial

environment and begin to interact

with it as we would naturally in the

real world. In a virtual reality environment,

a completely synthetic

world may or may not mimic the

properties of a real-world environment.

This means that the virtual

reality environment may simulate

an everyday setting (e.g. walking

around the streets of London), or

may exceed the bounds of physical

reality by creating a world in which

the physical laws governing gravity,

time and material properties no longer

hold (e.g. shooting space aliens

on a foreign gravity-less planet).

Key Elements of a Virtual Reality

Experience

1. Virtual World

A virtual world is a three-dimensional

environment that is often, but

not necessarily, realized through

one or more technologies, such as

head sets, gloves etc where one can

interact with others and create objects

as part of that interaction. In a

virtual world, visual perspectives are

responsive to changes in movement

and interactions mimic those experienced

in the real world.

- Mental Immersion – A deep

mental state of engagement, with

suspension of disbelief that one is in

a virtual environment.

- Physical Immersion – Exhibited

physical engagement in a virtual

environment, with suspension of

disbelief that one is in a virtual environment.

3. Sensory Feedback

Virtual reality requires as many

of our senses as possible to be simulated.

These senses include vision,

hearing, touch, and more, for example

smell. Properly stimulating these

sense requires sensory feedback,

which is achieved through integrated

hardware and software which

include head mounted displays

(HMD), special gloves or hand accessories,

and hand controls.

4. Interactivity

The element of interaction is crucial

for virtual reality experiences to

provide users with enough comfort

to naturally engage with the virtual

environment. If the virtual environment

responds to a user’s action in

a natural manner, excitement and

senses of immersion will remain. If

the virtual environment cannot respond

quickly enough, the human

brain will quickly notice and the

sense of immersion will diminish.

Virtual environment responses to interaction

can include the way a participant

moves around or changes

in their viewpoint; generally through

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Most people relate to VR in terms

of gaming, but in fact the scope for

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a specialist surgeon in say London,

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anywhere in the world using VR

and robots.

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VR experience …. And may be we

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Genomics is a specialist branch

of science that focuses on the structure,

evolution, function, editing and

mapping of genomes. Not to be confused

with genetics, which is a study

of individual genes and amongst

other things how they are inherited,

genomics is concerned with the

entire set of DNA of an organism. It

encompasses DNA sequencing and

bioinformatics to collectively understand

biological data.

The studies have great potential

to stop diseases and to eradicate

a number of medical conditions,

which still persist today. There have

been many leaps in the field in recent

years but as new technology is

developed the pace is only likely to

accelerate.

Genomics is at the forefront

of microbiology and is one of the

high-technology sectors endorsed

under the government’s Eastern

Economic Corridor (EEC) project.

As such, approval was given by the

cabinet to develop the genomics

sector during the period of 2020 to

2024 with an injection of up to 4.5

billion baht, in order to give Thailand

a competitive edge in the industry.

The EEC project will see Thailand

become a center of excellence

for Genomics and related industries.

Nathporn Chatusripitak, a

spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister

Somkid Jatusripitak, was quoted

as saying, "Genomics is a significant

technology that can help develop

Thailand as the region's medical hub.

The action plan should help draw private

investment and joint ventures

between government agencies and

potential private firms," adding, "The

EEC Office needs to team up with

the Board of Investment to work out

plans to promote the industry and

encourage related agencies to conduct

R&D and private investment."

Genomics really can help to save

a great deal of money in the medium

to long term as it can be the foundation

for understanding serious

medical conditions and can be the

building block for new drugs to combat

diseases.

It is estimated that savings of up

to 70 billion baht per year could be

made based on strides in the understandingof

just five key conditions

(cancer, HIV, diabetes, stroke and

acute coronary syndrome). As other

conditions are targeted, they could

collectively increase the savings by

a considerable margin.

In a related development the

cabinet also approved a 34.83 billion

baht budget for the medical doctor

development program, which aims

to increase the number of doctors in

Thailand to a ratio of 1 per 1200 head

of population. In the first three years

9,168 doctors will be developed with

a further 15,394 from 2022 to 2027.

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MARRIOTT TO INCREASE

ITS NUMBER OF HOTELS

IN THAILAND

Marriott International, which currently owns 44

hotels in Thailand, plans to expand markedly the

number of hotels it owns in the Kingdom. A 50 per

cent increase is being eyed over the next 3 or 4

years. More than half of the new properties will

be resorts and will cater to both Thai guests and

Chinese tourists who now make up nearly 30 per

cent and 25 per cent of Marriot’s customer base

respectively.

Marriot International has 14 brands under its

belt. Now under construction are a number of new

properties under brands such as Delta by Marriott,

Fairfield by Marriott and Moxy.

The move comes as the company is already

maintaining an expansion phase. Throughout the

APAC region the company owns 710 hotels and

hopes to increase this number to above 1000 by

2020.

Rajeev Menon, chief operating officer of Marriott

International Asia-Pacific, was quoted as

saying, "We don't really see it as an acceleration

from our perspective," adding, "Marriott acquired

Starwood Hotels in 2016, which had a larger presence

than us in Asia at the time, and as we came

together we have had a very healthy pipeline of

new hotels in Asia."

The company is unfazed by occasional shortterm

blips in Thailand’s economic outlook.

Mr. Menon was also quoted as saying, "We've

seen business slow down dramatically, but the incredible

thing about Thailand is it always bounces

back quickly. As long as we have political stability

and economic stability, people want to keep coming

back."

OCCUPANCY RATES FOR

FACTORIES AND WAREHOUSES

SET TO RISE

According to SET listed Frasers Property, demand

for ready built factory space and warehouse

space is on the rise with the e-commerce sector

in particular driving business activity with regard

to the latter. The industrial real estate developer

is looking to increase occupancy rates to 80 per

cent during 2019, up from 73 per cent in the previous

year.

President, Sopon Racharaksa, was quoted

as saying, "Leasehold industrial property development

continues its upward trend with favorable

factors including increased trade and domestic

consumption, economic drivers surrounding Thailand

4.0 policy and tremendous growth of e-commerce,”

adding, "We are confident our goal for

fiscal 2019 of total occupancy for ready-built factories

and warehouses of 80% will be achievable.”

SUMMER POWER DEMAND

EXPECTED TO SPIKE

With the summer months on their way, and

with temperatures expected to reach potential

highs of up to 42 to 43 degrees centigrade, power

demand is expected to rise as air conditioning is

used more.

Usage is expected to peak at up to 35,889

megawatts, an increase of 4.6 per cent per cent

on last year’s summer season.

However, Thailand’s power generation capabilities

remain well poised to take up the challenge

with more than a large buffer zone already

in place.

Sarawut Kaewtathip, deputy permanent energy

secretary, was quoted as saying, “Demand

during the peak will not affect the country's total

power generation as reserves of 56,034MW remain

20% higher than the demand projection.”

Summer temperatures are keenly watched

since for every 1 degree of temperature rise, an

additional 400MW of power is required. Currently

consumers use approximately 20 per cent of all

power, businesses use 22 per cent and industry

accounts for more than 40 per cent.

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SENDING YOUR OVERSEAS

PENSION TO THAILAND

As we all know the retirement

visa rules have recently changed

and many embassies no longer issue

proof of income letters which many

retirees here used to extend their retirement

visa.

In future if you wish to use the

monthly income method then you

will need to transfer 65,000 THB per

month to your Thai account

from overseas.

The Thai account must

be in your name, it cannot

be in your wife or girlfriend’s

name or a joint account. If

you don’t already have a

Thai bank account, please

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You can either ask your

pension provider to pay

your pension directly into

your Thai bank account. For

this purpose you will need

to ask the bank to provide

you with a Swift or IBAN

code suitable for international transfers.

We suggest trialling an overseas

transfer before you commit to

receiving monthly payments in this

account.

We suggest this for two reasons,

#1 to make sure that everything is

working correctly and #2 to check

on the exchange rate. Depending on

the bank which your pension provider

uses to transfer the money you

may not get the best exchange rate

possible.

The alternative to this is continue

to receive your pension into your

local bank account in your home

country and then transfer it yourself

to Thailand.

This should be done by electronic

transfer and if you have online

banking, this is normally a simple

process. Depending on your bank

account, you may need a card reader

or phone number which can be

used for verifying the international

Different banks have different

systems and use different exchange

rates. In the UK, international transfers

typically vary between £9 and

£20 and there is usually a mark up

on the exchange rate plus bank fees

from the receiving bank here in Thailand.

Another way to send money

from abroad to Thailand or any other

country is Transferwise, this is an

online borderless account which enables

you to send money anywhere

in the world at very low cost. You can

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for an account - transferwise.com

Expats renewing their visas in

the first half of 2019 may still be

able to use income letters previously

obtained as most letters have a six

month validity. But after this, you will

need to understand and adhere to

the new rules on bringing your pension

to Thailand every month in order

to use the income method next

year.

If you have any concerns

about retirement visas and

whether you are still eligible

under the new rules, don’t get

stressed - contact Darren by

email, info@keyvisathailand.

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Big C, South Pattaya.

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In addition to the video segment, the

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Krittee Manoleehagul, managing

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growth for corporate users apart from

its strength in consumer businesses,”

adding, “This will enable Tencent to

serve corporate customers in Thailand

in line with our global direction

expanding into more industry-based

solutions.”

Already last year the company invested

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Li Kaichen, director of strategy

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Tencent considered that Thailand's

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well as the fact that there are many

Chinese tourists in Thailand that may

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The company started its video

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The studio has been behind the creation

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Mr. Li was also quoted as saying,

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At the same time advertising revenues

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After the start of the WeTV app

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The company has tapped into

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Staff attentiveness, hands-on

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The Sportsman may well be classified

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Along with their selection of traditional

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On Sundays, the all-you-can-eat

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12:30pm and 8:30pm. The carvery is

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joints, a special steak and kidney pie,

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On the other four days the pub

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Tuesdays are pints of Guinness at just

180 baht, again, all day and all night;

Thursday’s special is Tiger Draught

There is a good quality pool table

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You’re ready to get fit, but the sticker prices

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The solution here? Buying used. There

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The reality is that fitness is a personal

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What Do You Like?

If you love to run but hate weights, take

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If you hate running, you don’t need to

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The goal here is to understand that just

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Don’t feel pressured to buy a specific

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What Are Your Goals?

Different goals call for different equipment

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you’ll need various fitness equipment

than someone looking to drop 150 pounds.

Take into account your current fitness

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2. Take Stock of Your Space

Space restrictions are going to be a big

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For small spaces, weights, resistance

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just those things!

But if you have the room, a stationary

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It’s important here to measure, remeasure,

and then measure again.

3. Research the Price

So this is a tricky one.

When you buy fitness equipment new,

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This is, basically, a kind of rubber

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10 Million Baht with a bank which is

registered in Thailand and has Thai

nationals holding more than 50 percent

of its shares; or

• Evidence of investing in the purchase

of government or state enterprise

bonds of no less than 10 Million

Baht; or

• Evidence of making an investment

as set out in Criteria (3), (4), or

(5) with a total value of not less than

10 Million Baht.

The different investment options

above can be combined. Therefore it

is possible to qualify for the Investment

Visa by purchasing a condominium

unit for less than 10Million

Thai Baht and, in addition, deposit

the balance of 10 Million Thai Baht to

a fixed deposit account at a qualified

Thai bank.

Restrictions

Holders of this type of visa are

strictly prohibited to work in Thailand.

Furthermore, you must report to the

Immigration Office in your area of

residence every 90 days during your

stay in Thailand. During this period,

you need to apply for and obtain a

single or multiple re-entry permit at

the Immigration office if you wish to

leave and re-enter the country. Otherwise,

the permit for you to stay for

the rest of the visa duration will become

invalid.

Validity

Once approved, the investor will

be issued an initial three-month Visa.

You must then take the same set of

documents to immigration, within

two weeks of its expiration date, for

1-year extension. This can be renewed

annually as long as you maintain

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Many clients come to us after

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In these situations I am always

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Over many years of working with

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It is absolutely fine if you don’t

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of your own business, however

you need to understand that

things work much better if you have

some input into the type of audience

and locations targeted in your digital

marketing campaign.

Many clients come to us, explaining

that their campaign didn’t work

and blaming the agency for not being

creative enough or coming up with a

good enough strategy. They often

fail to realise that they are the expert

of their business and a digital marketing

agency is there to help them

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marketing strategy through a combination

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and the clients expert knowledge of

their business.

So, if you choose to work with a

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before you start you should be aware

that you need to be involved with

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this information only gives them a

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A taste of Toscana

in your own home!

Luca Marchetti, the genial host of the Toscana Italian restaurant on Beach

Road in central Pattaya, is very proud of the fact that he makes good use of

the produce of his organic vegetable and natural animal farms for the meals

that he serves to diners, and is happy to supply outside orders for non-diners.

When you consider just how many

restaurants there are in the Pattaya

area, Toscana is arguably about

the only one which can trace the vast

majority of its food products from the

‘soil to the table’ and the ‘cradle to the

grave’ as it were.

The commitment to providing genuine

quality to diners is evidenced by

the continuing popularity of both Toscana

and its associated Moom Talay

Thai restaurant. The key to running any

successful business across the longer

term is to have repeat custom, and

that’s what Toscana certainly achieves.

One aspect of the operation that

many customers may not be aware of

is the preparedness to sell a vast range

of the produce of the two farms to customers

who might want to get the Toscana

food experience but not necessarily

come in night after night to dine

at the restaurant itself.

A classic example would be the

free-range eggs, whether the standard

chicken eggs, or the more exotic quail

or guinea fowl eggs.

While the chicken eggs which Luca

sells are 10 baht each, so 120 baht for

the dozen, the quality is unmatched. As

Luca points out, “The chickens people

buy cheaply in the market have been

fast-tracked to growth, maybe they’re

a kilo in weight after only a month. My

chickens are allowed to grow naturally

and it takes my stock around six

months to get to that size.”

Obviously, a chicken grown as fast

as possible in order to be sent to market

in as short a time as possible is not

going to cost as much as one which

is allowed to mature naturally. So, the

actual turnover of chicken numbers on

Luca’s organic farm is far less than a

standard commercial operation.


Being allowed to grow naturally, the

hens are also allowed to lay eggs as

naturally as possible. As Luca notes,

it is easy to check the quality of an

organically-farmed egg compared to

its more production-line sibling. “Each

organic egg will be slightly different in

size and texture. When it’s broken open

for eating the colours will vary slightly,

all because of what the hen was eating

before it laid the egg.”

Luca said, “My chickens lay a lot

less eggs than a typical factory-farmed

chicken. So, yes I charge 10 baht

an egg, compared to maybe

3.5 baht for a factory

chicken, but the difference

is in the

quality

and, of course, the more natural vitamins

and minerals which are in the

eggs from my farm.”

While hens will lay eggs all year

round, “provided it’s not too hot or too

cold,” according to Luca, guinea fowl

only lay their eggs between March and

September, as do pheasants and turkeys.

Apart from chickens and their eggs,

non-diners can order rabbit, quail, pigs

and almost

any product from the other creatures

that Luca has on his farm. All

of which gives you the opportunity to

‘bring home the bacon’ as it were and

dine Toscana-style in the comfort of

your own home.

And customers of the Toscana

Italian restaurant who are already

aware of the vast selection of cheeses,

homemade breads and desserts – all

of which are made fresh every day at

Toscana from natural ingredients – will

want to add their own favourites to that

‘shopping basket’,

Simply drop in to Toscana or contact

Luca by way of the website and

ask about the products you’re interested

in trying. You’ll be glad you did.

which are

made fresh every day at Toscana

from natural ingredients – will want to

add their

own favourites to that ‘shopping

basket’,

Simply drop in to Toscana or contact

Luca by way of the website and ask

about

the products you’re interested in trying.

You’ll be glad you did.

The Moom Talay Thai

Restaurant and

Trattoria Pizzeria

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If you want to get away from it all and live

in peaceful surroundings, but yet still enjoy

everything that Pattaya has to offer, then

Nong Pla Lai is a great place to live.

Nong Pla Lai is a district that is situated

to the north east of Pattaya city. At its western

tip it is within 1km of the coast and runs

parallel with the main Sukhumvit road that

stretches northwards from Naklua.

It is in this part of Nong Pla Lai, that Villa

Asiatic can be found, a special development

of outstanding villas and townhouses.

Residents are very happy to have all the

hustle and bustle of Pattaya a stone's throw

away, but not on their doorstep. Nong Pla Lai

doesn’t boast itself as a tourist zone, so you

wont find huge condos, large hotels, noisy

bars and traffic congestion here. Instead it

is a tranquil area that straddles the end of

highway 36 on both sides and is close to the

Pattaya end of the motorway that joins Pattaya

with Bangkok.

As such, travel is very easy since there is

a link road to the main expressway enabling

quick access to the rest of the Eastern corridor,

both north to Laem Chabang, Sri Ratcha

and Chonburi, and south to Sattahip and

Rayong. The main Bangkok Pattaya hospital

is just 7km away and there is easy access to

Naklua Beach and North Pattaya.

Within the district, residents are well catered

for. There are a number of local shopping

destinations such as Mini Big C and

Lotus Express as well as a choice of great

fresh markets.

A range of International schools are also

located in the vicinity including the very well

regarded Regents International School, the

International School of Chonburi, Ban Santikham

Schooland the Maryvit School Pattaya,

making Nong Pla Lai an ideal place for

family living.

For coffee shop lovers, Bianco Coffee

and Bakery is located just 2 minutes away

from Villa Asiatic and serves great fresh coffee

and a range of delicious cakes.

There are a number of restaurants in

Nong Pla Lai including Krua Ban Pa Boon

2, a popular Thai restaurant, which is set

around an artificial lake and serves delicious

Thai food.Tangke Seafood restaurant is also

a stones throw away as is Tong Dee Seafood

restaurant and Café, which boasts a great

menu as well as a wide range of cakes and

deserts.

Along the coast, within 10 minutes travel

time from Villa Asiatic, is the Café De Beach

restaurant and bar which is nestled right on

the beach front with panoramic views of the

ocean. As well, you can also take advantage

of dining options at the Cholchan Pattaya

beach resort just nearby, which is a landmark

in itself, also located on the seafront.

Other family attractions in the area include

the ice sculpture wonderland called

the Frost Magical Ice of Siam, the famous

Million years Stone Park and Pattaya crocodile

farm, The Big Bee Farm and the Pattaya

Sheep farm. Also worth a mention is

the nearby Monster World and Aquarium,

a huge place featuring an overhead walkthrough

aquarium with sharks and big fish

and another six outside zones, showcasing

rare ponies, rabbits, tortoises and exotic parrots,

amongst plenty of other animals - great

for kids.

For golfers, Siam Country Club is only

around 15 minutes away providing seasoned

players and beginners alike with a great local

golf course that is internationally renowned.

Since there is virtually no traffic congestion

in the area it is easy to reach places of

interest. This is great since it

means that you are not affected by the high

season that afflicts Pattaya city, where traffic

can grind to a halt and make getting around

difficult. Nong Pla Lai really is a

hidden treasure.

Villa Asiatic is set in an oasis of peacefulness

and calm. You can choose from

several different types of villa layout and

you can then customize the property to your

own liking. On site there is a beautiful swimming

pool, a natural large green park, a fully

equipped gym, a children’s playground and

a sun deck.

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FOREIGN CURRENCY UPDATE

TheU.S. Dollar gained ground

even as the Federal Reserve re-iterated

it had no plans to raise rates.

However news that if could react either

way as data came in supported

the greenback. The DXY index, (an

index that measures the U.S. Dollar’s

value against a range

of major currencies), rose

slightly from 96.40 to 96.96

after hitting a high of 97.42.

Against the Thai Baht, the

U.S. Dollar also rose by the

same amount indicating

that the Thai Baht has been

relatively steady for the last

month or so. The USD/THB

rate moved from 31.61 to

31.77.

Where the British

Pound is concerned, exhaustion

appears to have

settled in with a further Brexit delay

keeping many to the sidelines.

The Pound has remained broadly

in the range of 1.2950 to 1.3150 to

the US Dollar with the boundaries

narrowing slightly. Dips towards

1.2940 have been recently bought

up, bringing the currency back into

the range. Worth pointing out is that

a flat market is one where there

are an equal number of buyers and

sellers and so there is really maximum

disagreement about future

direction of the currency. As such, a

breakout in either direction could be

quite sharp. Against the Thai Baht,

the pound reached a high of

41.91 but has mainly been flat at

around 41.50 for most of the last

month.

The U.S. Dollar vs. Japanese

Yen cross-rate has seen a little

more volatility than other currency

pairs, with trade reaching a low

of 109.84 before rebounding to

112.06. Most of this move can be

attributable to the Yen itself, with its

safe haven status unwinding in the

face of a stronger than expected

U.S. earnings season. Against the

Thai Baht, the Yen rose very slightly

from 0.2815 to 0.2868 only to then

settle back to 0.2815.

The Russian Ruble moved from

63.80 to 65.60 to the US Dollar, and

then reversed course to return to

the 64.00 handle. This move shows

a slightly increased level of volatility

but it is still muted compared to the

Russian currency’s medium term

movements. Against the Thai baht

the Ruble strengthened slightly

from 0.491 to 0.498 after dropping

to a low of 0.476.

The Euro vs. the U.S. Dollar

cross-rate saw a high of

1.1410 and a low of a 1.1195,

however it settled in the middle

of the range at 1.1306.

Continuation of European

Central Bank stimulus and a

dovish stance from ECB President

Mario Draghi did little to

move the currency, with most

of the news already baked

in. Less volatility was seen

against the Thai Baht with

the rate moving from 35.84 to

35.59 and then back to 35.87.

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SINGAPORE'S “JEWEL”

COMPLEX AT CHANGI

AIRPORT OPENS

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ASIA BUSINESS ROUND-UP

EU-VIETNAM FTA

COMES INTO FORCE

LATER THIS YEAR

Having negotiated a Free Trade

Agreement with the EU over a period

of 3 years, and signing a bilateral

agreement in Dec 2015, Vietnam is

poised to reap the benefits from the

of the tariffs will be reduced immediately

once the EVFTA is effective,

with the rest reduced over a period of

seven to ten years.

Jean-Claude Juncker, President

of the European Commission, was

quoted as saying, “The trade and investment

agreements with Vietnam

SOUTH KOREA’S

SECOND LARGEST

AIRLINE TO SELL STAKE

If you have traveled to Singapore

recently then you may well have noticed

a lot of construction work going

on at a huge site near to the airport

terminals. Well, the construction is

complete and the airport operators

have unveiled a new mega mall complex

called “The Jewel Changi Airport”.

The building covers 135,700

square meters over 10 stories and

cost some S$2.3 billion. Within the

complex there are 280 restaurants,

gourmet food outlets and retail shops.

The interior has been designed

with nature in mind and includes a

rain forest and the largest indoor waterfall

in the world.

The complex is connected to

terminals 1, 2 and 3 and has been

created with the aim of appealing to

transit passengers.

Sabrina Stefani, a visitor who

was able to see the new mall at a

pre-opening event was quoted as

saying, “Singapore is always trying

to be in the forefront of technology

and has its own definition for airports.

This is not just an airport but is really

like a masterpiece in architecture,

and in greenery and landscape.”

While bar charts, line graphs and

simple numbers are hardly capable of

providing the defining answer to many

economic, social and political questions,

they are certainly a good way

of obtaining a general overview of any

particular subject.

Each month the Business Supplement

will look into a brace of statistical

information and provide readers with

what we consider to be the central elements

of these figures.

MOST OF THE WORLD’S

TOP 20 BUSIEST

SHIPPING PORTS

ARE IN ASIA

Certainly some interesting facts

emerge when it comes to looking at

shipping ports across the world. They

are of course the lifeblood of international

trade with more than 90 per cent

of all products in the world at some

point having travelled by sea.

Shipping volumes are enormous

and growing fast. One standard measurement

is the TEU, which stands for

“Twenty-foot or Equivalent Unit”, i.e. a

standard shipping container. A 40-foot

container, also ubiquitous these days,

is equivalent to 2 TEUs.

Trade amongst the top 50 ports has

increased nearly 8 per cent in the last

4 years with 5.86 million TEUs being

shipped worldwide.

Yet it is data on the top 20 ports

that make for some interesting reading.

Only 3 are in Europe and only one is in

the U.S. (Los Angeles). The rest are in

pact as early as mid 2019, once the

deal is ratified.

The EU-Vietnam free trade

agreement (EVFTA) will see tariffs

cut on 99 per cent of products coming

into and out of Vietnam and could

make Thailand’s exports less competitive,

at least for a time. Around two-thirds

JUST THE STATISTICS

Asia with China taking a commanding

lead.

Top of the list is the port of Shanghai,

which handled 37.1 million TEUs in

2016, a 14 per cent increase from 2012

numbers.

Singapore is second on the list with

30.9 Million TEU’s, but over the same

period volumes have actually fallen

very slightly by around 2 per cent.

China has 8 ports in the top 20

and 6 of these are in the top 10 including

Shenzhen in 3rd place, Ningbo-Zhoushan

in 4th place, Hong Kong

in 6th place, Guangzhou harbour in 7th

place and Qingdao in 8th position.

are exemplary of Europe’s trade policy.

They bring unprecedented advantages

and benefits for European

and Vietnamese companies, workers

and consumers. They take fully into

account the economic differences between

the two sides.”

Guangzhou and Ningbo-Zhoushan

have seen a 28 per cent growth rate in

the period with current volumes of 21.6

million and 18.9 million TEUs respectively.

The highest growth rate (34%)

was also in China at Xiamen port where

9.6 million TEUs were handled.

Other ports in the top 20 in Asia (but

not in China) include Port Klang in Malaysia,

Busan in South Korea, Keihin in

Japan, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

INBOUND TOURISM

NUMBERS GROWING

STEADILY IN ASIA

Tourism continues to grow in the

Asia Pacific region with Thailand being

just one of many countries enjoying a

brisk uptick in tourist numbers.

In South East Asia, from 2013 to

The holding family of Asiana Airlines,

South Korea’s second-largest

airline, is to sell approximately a 33

percent stake in the business in order

to assuage creditors and enable the

airline to raise much needed cash.

Asiana has significant debt and

creditors were demanding a cash infusion

before considering increased

lending facilities.

The airline has a number of niche

routes from South Korea including

direct flights to Jakarta, Istanbul and

Venice.

The sale comes at a time when

there is considerable scrutiny of large

South Korean companies that are essentially

closely held family interests.

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2017, Thailand lead the way in terms of

both visitor numbers and money spent

in the country. Some 35.6 million people

visited the Kingdom in 2017, up from

26.55 million 4 years earlier. Expenditure

topped US$62.16 billion.

Second on the list was Malaysia

with 25.83 million visitors spending

US$18.35 billion.

Singapore was a close third in terms

of visitor numbers with 19.23 million visitors

in 2017, however their spending hit

US$19.71 billion.

Indonesia saw more than twice the

number of visitors than the Philippines

did with the two countries receiving

14.04 million tourists and 7.13 million

tourists respectively in 2017. In Indonesia

they spent collectively US$10.3

billion whilst in the Philippines the total

was US$8.35 billion, indicating the

amount per head was higher.

In the next 5 years, Asia Pacific

inbound tourist numbers are expected

to rise by another 5.5 per cent, with

Vietnam, Laos and Papua New Guinea

seeing much higher rises of 14 percent,

12.3 per cent and 12.7 per cent respectively.

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SUDOKU

These Sudoku puzzles are pitched at a middle level: not too easy,

and not too frustratingly hard, for the average person.

3 9

7

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We will publish the solutions in next month’s issue.

ACROSS

1/ Musician (9)

5/ Polo sticks (7)

8/ Seed (3)

9/ Demolish (7)

12/ Responses (7)

CROSSWORD

DOWN

1/ Third sign of the Zodiac (6)

2/ Cover (5)

3/ Rodent (3)

4/ Dullness (6)

6/ Strong tree (3)

7/ Mariners (7)

10/ Express Mail Service (init) (3)

11/ First name US baseball player Cobb (3)

TRIVIA Quiz

1. In which country would you find Mount Sinai?

2. How many countries and principalities share a border with France.

3. Which sign of the zodiac would you be if your birthday was on the 18th

October?

4. Which European country had three kings named Leopold who reigned

for the majority of the years between 1831 and 1951?

5. Of what is semiotics the study?

1 2 3 4

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6. In a standard UK Monopoly game, the green set consists of Bond Street,

Regent Street and which other?

7. Which birthstone is associated with the month of May?

8. Which country has the internet domain extension .hu?

9. What does UNESCO stand for?

10. Which measurement of speed is equivalent to one nautical mile

per hour?

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1. Egypt 2. 8 (Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and

Spain) 3. Libra 4. Belgium 5. Signs and symbols 6. Oxford Street 7. Emerald 8. Hungary 9.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation 10. Knot

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ACROSS 1/ Guitarist 5/ Mallets 8/ Nut 9/ Destroy 12/ Answers

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