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The Riviera Jomtien

Posted on 15 October 2014 by ABPC

The Riviera Jomtien follows on from the hugely successful Riviera project in Wongamat and again gives clients the opportunity to purchase a 5 star condominium at very reasonable prices.  The project is located on Jomtien 2nd Road between Soi Watboonkanchana and Soi Chaiyaphruek but comes with direct access to Jomtien Beach Road via a private road.  This 46 storey project is set on over 10,000sqm of land and comes with over 1000 units ranging in size from 33sqm studios to 76sqm 2 bedroom units.  These will be divided up into 285 studios, 702 1 one bedroom units and 58 2 bedroom units with commercial properties, onsite, also being available.

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The project boasts 2 infinity pools that are located on the 37th and 42nd floors and each pool come with a 360 degree panoramic view across Jomtien, Koh Larn, Pattaya and beyond.  The Riviera has a complete floor dedicate to recreation that includes a fully equipped, state of the art gym and fitness centre, Jungle Bamboo Forest, Jacuzzis and Salas.

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The project offers excellent payment terms with an excellent 70% payable on completion.  This attractive offer, on top of the success of the previous project in Wongamat is sure to add to the already anticipated high demand.  This not only makes the project more affordable to those who are perhaps waiting to sell other properties or waiting for bonds to mature but also gives clients confidence in a group who were relative unknowns in Pattaya prior to their first project in Wongamat.

For those unaware of the background of The Riviera Group, they are owned by Winston Gale who was the co-developer of The Palm project also in Wongamat.  The group has strong financial backing and with the owners drive and enthusiasm combined with the award winning team of architects and designers that they have at their disposal, The Riviera Group is striving to become a major force not only in Pattaya but in the whole of Thailand.

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If you are interested in the Riviera Jomtien or indeed the Riviera at Wongamat it is well worth making a move early.  The Riviera at Wongamat is selling extremely well with construction already underway and the attractive presales prices that are on offer for the project in Jomtien won’t be around forever.  Don’t miss your opportunity to bag a bargain and get in early and be the envy of all your friends!

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The Orient Jomtien

Posted on 01 October 2014 by ABPC

Two of the most widely respected and well established developers in Pattaya have joined forces in a new project called The Orient which is located in just off 2nd Road in Jomtien – an extremely popular area with a number of well established projects close by.  The condo is around 800 metres from Jomtien beach with all the facilities that you would expect such as 7 Eleven and restaurants close by.

The project will comprise of 3, 8 storey buildings on just over 6 rai of land so it will certainly have a spacious and airy feel.  The Orient has a total of 526 units comprising of 25sqm studios, 35sqm 1 bedroom units and 70sqm 2 bedroom condos all situated around a large swimming pool.  The pool area itself will have a large adult pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi, pool bar as well as ample sun lounges for everyone.

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The project also has all the usual features that you would expect such as WiFi, CCTV and housekeeping but also has a state of the art fitness centre and underground parking.  Naturally there is a key card security system as well as guards patrolling 24 hours a day.

The condos come fully furnished and include a 2 burner ceramic hob with extractor fan.  The bathrooms have hot water, bathroom counter and mirror as well as all the sanitary fittings that you would expect.  The living area includes a sofa, TV cabinet, flat screen TV, coffee table, side table and naturally an air conditioning unit.  The bedroom includes a queen sized bed, bedside table, TV cabinet, wall décor and a built in wardrobe.

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The Orient is based on the World famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore and will make the ideal holiday home, home from home or investment with an onsite rental service and resale management service also available.  The project offers interest free credit over the construction period with just a THB50,000 booking fee payable and 25% on signing of the contract, 25% payable of completion and the remaining 55% payable whilst the project is being built.

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Introductory prices start at just THB1.59 million but are sure to rise with the expected high demand.  Get in early to secure the lowest price possible and bag yourself a real bargain in one of the thriving and up and coming areas in both Pattaya and Jomtien.  This is a rare opportunity with these 2 major developers working together for the first time.

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8 Great Things You Should do Everyday to Enhance Your Life

Posted on 20 September 2014 by ABPC

We are all looking to improve our lives in anyway possible.  Most of us think of money, a good job, a sexy girlfriend or that nice car will be the answer.  Maybe they would, but what can we do on a daily basis that will make us feel better and improve our quality of life? Here are 8 ideas:

  1. Be positive

It is surprising what a difference being positive has on the quality of your life.  If you can see the good things, it gives you a better chance of being able to deal with the things that perhaps aren’t so great.  It will also impact on those around you.

  1. Smile

In the land of smiles a simply simile will make you feel better. If you smile at someone they will probably smile back.  See you have just made someone else feel better! Don’t you feel better now? Who knows, it may help you find that sexy girlfriend!

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  1. Be kind to others

‘Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’ is an old fashioned saying but surprisingly accurate.  If you are kind to someone they will probably be kind back and this will certainly make your life easier and enhance your quality of life!

  1. Try to relax

Easier said than done but when we are relaxed we are happier, more practical and generally in a better position to deal with the everyday demands that life throws at us.  If we are relaxed it will be recognised by others and hopefully it will be replicated. If you find it hard to relax try a daily massage in one of mainly massage parlour around Pattaya

  1. Enjoy your surroundings

Sometimes we take our natural surroundings for granted as we see them everyday.  You might have stunning sea views, a beautiful garden or something else that others would be envious of.  Appreciate it for what it is – it certainly can’t harm your life and will hopefully enhance it! Maybe a walk along the beach would be a good daily activity

  1. Eat healthily

We all know we should do it but how many of us actually do? If we eat healthily our bodies will function better, we will feel and this will certainly enhance our lives.  There are lots a fruit stands around Pattaya that there really is no excuse

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  1. Do more exercise

Without sounding like repetition we all know we should but…  Exercise is good for us and our bodies.  Just a few minutes exercise each day will release hormones making you feel better and therefore, guess what… enhancing our lives! Tony’s gym has over 10 locations now and are very cheap to join

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  1. Appreciate what you have

Sometimes we forget how lucky we actually are.  Let’s not forget that there are far more people in a worse situation than us! Just drive out of Pattaya and look around, you will see

Enjoy the day ahead!

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First Reports of The Cartoon Network Water Park

Posted on 13 September 2014 by ABPC

The Cartoon Network Amazone finally opened it’s door on 31 July after several delays. The long anticipated water park is located in Bang Saray, about 15 minutes drive to the south of Pattaya and features a total of nine entertainment zones that are based on Cartoon Network’s shows. Six zones are already completed with the remaining three due to open later in the year. When everything is completed it is reputed to be the largest water park in Asia.

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The park has drawn the usual criticism for it’s dual pricing policy. Foreigner adults are charged THB1590 and children THB1190 so it isn’t a cheap family afternoon. Thais nationals are charged THB1290 for adults and THB890 for children. Annual passes are available ranging between THB7000 and THB12,990 for adults.

We spoke to the Martin family from Scotland to give us their thoughts. Mr. Martin said “the kids really enjoy it and the choice of slides, flumes etc is fantastic. It was a great day out for the family but a little expensive to go more then once in our 2 week holiday”

Another guest who we spoke to was Mr. Martinez originally from Florida but now working over here. Mr Martinez was also complimentary about the facilities on offer commenting that “these are comparable with the great water parks in Florida. They really have done a great job. To be honest I am a little surprised how good it is and was very sceptical. The kids have been pestering to come since they found it had opened.” Mr Martinez son Josh went on further. “The place is really swell! I want to come every week! I will never get bored of a place like this!”

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Generally speaking people seem very impressed with the facilities and excited to see the entire park open. A quality water park has been required for some time with Pattaya Park in Jomtien still popular, but starting to show it’s age. The fact that it is backed by the Cartoon Network and the large amount of money (reportedly THB1 billion) that has been invested in the project certainly helps. Everything appears to be of good quality, which you would expect, only drawback seems to be the price but it could get reviewed at a later date if needed, only time will tell!

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Review of the Pattaya Sheraton

Posted on 03 September 2014 by ABPC

The Sheraton Resort is a 5 star hotel located in the Pratamnak area of Pattaya offering stunning, panoramic views across to Koh Larn and beyond.  The oceanfront restaurant gives you the opportunity to make the most of these views that are particular spectacular and romantic in the evening when you can make the most of the sunset.

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The hotel itself offers spacious, modern guest rooms that are complimented by the naturally friendly and helpful Thai staff giving it a real sense of warmth and tranquillity.  The tropical gardens that overlook the sea are well maintained and add to the whole ambience and experience.  The facilities include as you would expect include swimming pools, fitness suite, restaurants and bar along with the award winning Amburaya Spa that has 6 treatment rooms.  The hotel can also cater for meetings, conferences and weddings.

As you would expect from any fine hotel, the Sheraton offers are number fine restaurants offering a variety of menus.  The Sheraton offers 2 excellent restaurants as well as the Latitude Lounge overlooking the sea.  The Latitude Lounge is an excellent place to relax and unwind over a tropical-inspired cocktail, a glass of wine or anything else that you may wish as the lounge offers an impressive wine cellar and full bar.  Drinks can be complemented by food from the gourmet tapas menu.

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Elements is a bright and comfortable restaurant that offers indoor seating in a modern, Thai style dining room.  The large windows offer sweeping views across the lush gardens and the Gulf of Siam. The menu is mainly Thai but also includes many original dishes from the West and other parts of Asia.  The emphasis of the restaurant is top quality, fresh authentic ingredients that are prepared under the supervision of the Executive Chef.  The food is again complimented by excellent wines and a wide selection of other beverages.  The restaurant is open throughout the day and casual dress can be worn.

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The other restaurant is known as Infiniti.  Infiniti is ideally placed on a cliff side offering fantastic views once again.  The food is contemporary and prepared using only the freshest, finest and most authentic ingredients.  The restaurant also serves salads, pizzas, pasta, burgers and sandwiches.  The food is cook in a wood fired oven or over hi-tech griddles adding to the taste.  The bar offers wonderful wines and a wide range of cocktails.  The restaurant is open from 11.00am until 10.30pm and casual dress may be worn.

 

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Regents International School

Posted on 15 August 2014 by ABPC

Regents International School Pattaya, formerly known as The Regent’s School Pattaya, Thailand, is a British International School located on the Gulf of Thailand which offers British and international education to students age 2 until the age of 18 (Nursery to Year 13).

Founded in 1995, it began as a small school with 40 students but has since grown to possess a student body of over 1,000 pupils, with over 100 of those boarding on site. The school began as a response to cater for the growing number of expatriate families whose jobs were based in Pattaya or on the outskirts of the city.

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Regent’s is located about 25 minutes from Pattaya Klang, right off of a main highway.  This makes access in and out of the school extremely convenient.  Parking is a slight issue if you’re a parent wanting to park right in front of the school but there are plenty of parking options available around that aren’t more than a 100m walk.

Though most of its students are day students, there are many students that reside on campus as it is also a boarding school. As a boarding school, Regents has a strong sense of community seven days a week. The boarders, who come from Thailand and across the world, are cared for by a professional team of boarding specialists.

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Within the gigantic campus the school includes a 25-metre swimming pool, a full sized rugby and football pitch, a double gymnasium, and a 430-seat theatre. The school offers a unique approach to education in Thailand, it’s named High Performance Learning. As a result, their students develop into advanced thinkers. They become confident, curious, and open-minded, prepared to take risks and persevere.

The way teachers are interested in a child’s individual progress really attracts a lot of parents and quickly made the Regent’s school a popular choice here in Pattaya.

Regent’s School of Pattaya is definitely one of the better schools available in the area assuming it’s within your budget. A Year 1 (UK) student is approximately 150,000/term with three terms per year.

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The Regent’s campus itself has a very classic look that’s very fitting with the name and British origins of the school.  Everything is clean and well kept with red brick construction.  All of the basic facilities you could expect such as a swimming pool, large athletic yard, and decent quality playground equipment for younger students are located on-site in a central area.

Arrival at the Regent’s Pattaya, even unprompted scheduled, is a good experience.  There is no problem getting a campus tour and introduction to the early year’s headmaster.  All of the staff are very involved with prospective parents

Three years ago the school opened their new Early Years/Admin Center.  This building primarily contains classrooms for Pre-nursery, Nursery, Reception, and Year 1 (UK) students.  The entire building is climate controlled so no matter what the weather there outside, the students are always able to play in the indoor play area.

Use of the physical fitness facilities are also built into the curriculum so students definitely get an opportunity to use it.  Physical fitness features highly into the early year’s program and the swim instructors are very patient when working with children during their weekly lessons.

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Classes

Regent’s Pattaya Early Years classes are small with approximately 12-15 students in each class.  All of the classes have native English teachers as the primary instructors who do an excellent job of laying out a course structure that keeps parents and students involved.  Each class also has a Teacher’s Assistant who can be either English or Thai.  Having a Thai TA was an initial concern of mine, but the school does a good job of ensuring that students only speak English during school hours.

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Instruction at Regent’s Early Years is very traditional.  There’s group reading, individual art activities, and class plays.  Technology such as computers is utilized, but does not even begin to replace the child/teacher interaction.  This is a very big plus to many parents who send their children to regents.

Another thing which is unique about Regent’s is the large mix of nationalities in the classes.  The brochures don’t lie about this.  Often classes are made up of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, British, Russian, and Italian children.  Thai students are actually in the minority, so it really is an international experience.  Parents also come from all walks of life and classes, so there’s a great mix for the parents also.

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Famous People Coming to Pattaya

Posted on 10 July 2014 by ABPC

Over the years Pattaya has been awash with famous people coming to the city for a variety of events.  The city is obviously seen as a popular place where these people can come and ply their trade sometimes for personal gain and sometimes in the name of charity.  It seems that every month at least there will be someone famous in the city, be that DJ’s, sportsmen or women and celebrities from the world of entertainment.

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Every year we have LPGA Thailand open that is held at the Siam Country Club golf course in East Pattaya.  All the top players from around the world descend on Pattaya to take part in this prestigious competition.  It really does go some way to prove how well the courses are thought of in the area when a competition such as this comes to town.

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We then frequently get stars from the world of snooker, an extremely popular sport here in Thailand amongst both Thais and foreigners.  As regular guests we have Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and Stephen Hendry who all come to play some exhibition matches often taking on locals for at a game of pool.  Last year we had the Manchester United Legends come to Pattaya including Andy Cole, Denis Irwin and Lee Sharpe who all came for a few rounds of golf and some evening functions all in the name of charity.  From the world of Boxing we have former World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe who again came to help out local charities.

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From the world of entertainment we have had the guitarist and leader of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page who is another regular visitor to our shores.  For the ladies we have had Gary Stretch, the actor, former boxer and model to make sure that they don’t feel left out and some of the entertainment has some interest to them!  The local nightclubs are popular with international DJ’s and most weekends they come to play a set in one or more of the nightclubs in Walking Street.

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Pattaya really is a place to be seen and the celebrities are recognising this.  If you are new to Pattaya and wanting to find your way around or perhaps you are one of the people who likes to see and be seen there are venues to suit all.

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Places to live in Pattaya

Posted on 03 July 2014 by ABPC

Pattaya is undoubtedly a great place to live but there are so many different areas to choose from that choosing what is right for you can be a difficult task.  What suits one person, doesn’t always suit another.  Some people are looking to be at the heart of the action, some people have families and want to live somewhere quiet, whilst others may want a bit of both!

Central Pattaya

Central Pattaya is one of the more popular areas of the city with bachelors of all ages who are looking to stay close to the main action areas of Walking Street and Soi Buakhao.  The advantages of this area include the fact that everything is in close proximity and either within walking distance or a short motorbike taxi ride away.  The area has baht buses close by for those looking to travel slightly further afield. Living in any major city can have its drawbacks. Depending on the locale certain areas are noisier than others but for the majority of city dwellers there are few complaints.

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Naklua

Naklua is a little bit of a mix.  The area is close to nice beaches and slightly more upmarket with prices similar to Central Pattaya although the room sizes are often slightly bigger.  The area is within easy travelling distance to the entertainment areas although this would need to be taxi or baht bus ride. The area is far quieter than central areas and is a favourite for the corporate family working on the Eastern Seaboard

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Pratamnak

Pratamnak is very similar to Naklua but with better quality beaches. The area is again suitable for families and within easy travelling distance to the entertainment areas although this would need to be taxi or baht bus ride. Pratumnak is especially well known as a weekend retreat for some members of the Thai Royal family who own a very nice beachfront property which is of course extremly secure.

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East Pattaya

East Pattaya is where most of the housing estates are.  The villages range in price and are more suited to families rather than singles that are out here alone.  There is plenty of entertainment in its own right over ‘the dark side’ but it is some distance away from Walking Street and Soi Buakhao.  This is probably the best area for families but less appropriate for people looking to be at the heart of the action.

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Outside

Outside Pattaya is somewhere like Huay Yai or Bang Saray.  These areas have quality housing and offer different opportunities.  They are both well away from the ‘action’ but within easy travelling distance to these areas.  Again this locale is are more at families.

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If you are interested in looking around these different areas then please feel free to contact us

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Housing Development in Huay Yai

Posted on 13 June 2014 by ABPC

Huay Yai is located a little over 10 kilometres from Central Pattaya to the south of Pattaya heading towards Sattahip. You can get there a few ways such as by travelling down the Sukhumvit Road, along the road that runs beside the railway line or, depending on your location from the Highway 36. There are of course other routes but I am sure you could find these quiet, picturesque routes in your free time!

Huay Yai is largely unspoilt at present although does have all the amenities that you would expect in any area of the city. There are plenty of 7 Elevens and markets were you could get your essentials but the drive back into Pattaya is very straight forward. There a number of good restaurants in the area such as The Glasshouse and The View. Nearby is the newly opened Mimosa entertainment complex that has a theatre, shops and shows. Also close by is the floating market that is located on the Sukhumvit Road close to the turn for Huay Yai. Slightly further away is the Cartoon Network water park and Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, both of which are located on the Sukhumvit Road as you head towards Bang Saray. There are also a number of golf courses nearby such as the Phoenix Golf Club which is highly rated by many golf societies.

In Huay Yai itself there are no real condo’s to speak of although there are some in the nearby area of Na Jomtien. There are a number of high quality housing estates such as the Baan Balina villages, Paragon Park and Huay Yai Villas. All of these villages are well built and well maintained, usually coming with private pools and are considerably cheaper than what you would pay for a similar property closer to Central Pattaya. A quality 3 bedroom, 2 bedroom house with private pool in the area starts at around THB4 million although obviously houses without pools are much less. At the top end you may be looking to pay in excess of THB20 million but you will get considerably more for your money than you would in other popular areas.Huay Yai

If you are at all interested in this area please visit our website to see what properties are available and book an appointment with one of our sales professionals to go check them out

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Thailand’s Coup Season

Posted on 23 May 2014 by ABPC

To the outside world, the current protests in Thailand are large demonstrations of people protesting actions of a recently dissolved majority government. But up close, other than troops on the ground you , wouldn’t even know it was going on. Everybody goes about performing their daily routine with minimal interruption. Since 2005, protest movements and political crises similar to the recent one have come and gone with fluid regularity while the party in power after each new election has remained the same. For us guys that live here, we have experienced this many times before. This is actually my 3rd Coup, 1991, 2006 & 2014.

From an investment stand point, these types of protests have happened before and will happen again. They tend to create news outside the country that distorts investments in Thailand long enough to create opportune times to invest. A popular saying amongst savvy investors in Thailand is “buy on coup, sell into election.” The functions of the economy are largely unaffected by these political actions, although there is an impact on investment psychology which needs to be monitored for such events as the 1997 collapse of the Thai Baht. Posturing between parties and political actions of citizens has minimal impact on the day-to-day business climate. As for tourism, while it experiences blips from these political movements, “tourism’s resiliency is strong, the tourist always come back to savour Thailand’s natural beauty.

The current military coup can be viewed as a positive, it creates a more stable environment. It is also positive for financial markets in the near term by reducing uncertainty and lowering the risk of the political standoff turning violent.

These events are unfortunate and here in Pattaya life goes on as normal with little disruption. For those that require more information keep in touch and watch this space.

Martial Law Imposed Across Thailand As Political Conflict Continues

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