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Food Shopping / North Pattaya mall and hotel set to open Terminal 21 (Video)
« Last post by Newsy on September 20, 2018, 12:18:49 AM »
Terminal 21 Pattaya Jul 4, 2018

North Pattaya mall and hotel set to open

 LH Mall and Hotel Group is ready to open a North Pattaya mixed-use Bt6 billion mall and hotel project this year on a 52,800 square metre site.

Suwanna Buddhaprasart, CEO of LH Mall and Hotel Co Ltd, said there would be 396-room hotel, a 6,000 sqm water park and dedicated meeting and function rooms, Terminal21 Pattaya, a six-floor shopping centre with a cinema, supermarket, Pier 21 food hall and more than 500 shops.

It also boasts a 39-metre freestanding escalator, reportedly the longest in any Thai shopping centre. It is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors per day.
Sick attitude for grown up offspring! Why not let him enjoy his life while he still can? He'll be out of their way. Or is it something else they're worried about, like inheritance etc.?
General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor
« Last post by Johnnie F. on September 19, 2018, 08:59:15 PM »
Looks like our member lefty (Detlef) has also been busy in his kitchen for the last four years, not finding a moment logging in to this forum.
More to come soon on Sunday’s Seven’s top 10 tips - List Two :o until then here's an article from

Since my mother’s death, my father has moved to Thailand to live with a young woman

He went straight after my mum’s funeral, leaving my brother and me to cope. He seems to have no understanding of how his behaviour has upset the family

My father spends more than half the year in Thailand, where he has a girlfriend about 40 years his junior (Posed by models). Photograph: Alamy

My father, who is nearly 70, has in the last couple of years established a life for himself in Thailand and now spends more than half the year there, where he has a house and a girlfriend about 40 years his junior. My mother died three years ago, and he left for Thailand immediately after the funeral, leaving my brother and me to deal with the aftermath. My father had had a long-term affair with a young Asian woman while on business trips before Mum’s death, which created a huge amount of turbulence in the family. She forgave him, they worked it out, but she sadly died a few years later. A year after her death, my father was diagnosed with cancer while in England, which my brother and I nursed him through. He recovered and headed straight back to Thailand to continue his new life.

The lasting effect of all this is that my brother’s long-term partner cannot stand to be with my dad, as she feels his behaviour and attitude has been selfish and unacceptable, while my wife has witnessed the grief that my brother and I have suffered while he was away and has no love for him either, combined with a feeling that his reason for being in Thailand is rather seedy.

I do not begrudge him a new life, or have any major moral problem with his lifestyle (which he assures me is nothing like the stereotypes), but the thing that causes me such frustration is his lack of awareness that he may be upsetting people. He has reluctantly apologised for his behaviour after Mum died, but does not seem to understand why some people may feel continued resentment towards him, or that there might be anything untoward about his new life and how it impacts on the family. So there is now a rift in the family which is not going away and, if anything, is deepening.
General Discussions / Re: Tripadvisor - The O&D Pub & Restaurant
« Last post by thaiga on September 19, 2018, 06:28:04 PM »
O&D Pub & Restaurant

Oh! no i missed out the O&D Pub & Restaurant, can't have that it's one of our members favourite haunts, with it's hidden gem of a German cuisine restaurant. Know to most for the outstanding food and service. it has homemade bread, fine sauces and is highly recomended.  Big Screen for viewing pleasure and a nice little bar. moderately priced. good reviews all round for this place that's known for it's best western food in the area. Fantastic range of beers, many of which are imported. Is this the no.1 place i ask myself, can't see any complaints in the comments, but you never know with this outfit t/a.

O&D Pub & Restaurant
location:69 Moo 7 Ban Khok Sung, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000, Thailand +66 87 457 3998 info +66 63 251 9568 Hours 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

The diamond of Korat
The most amazing restaurant in all of Nakhon Ratchasima, Korat!. The food here is delicious and homemade!. Every single item on the menu is made with love and pride, and it’s guaranteed to melt in your mouth. The prices are fantastic here!

Worth the visit.
Stopped in for lunch and had the best Gyro of my life ! The homeade bread and sauce were delicious.My wife and kids loved their meals too and they are very hard to please. Service was good and the owner is super. Highly recomend !

Thai Beef Tenderloin
Just finished a steak here I’m Australian but this meat was the most tender steak medium rare it melted in my mouth you have to try it

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Isaan News / 4 year old girl killed by pet dogs
« Last post by thaiga on September 19, 2018, 01:57:45 PM »
Girl killed by pet dogs  CHAIYAPHUM

A 4-year-old girl died after she was savaged by three dogs which broke loose from a nearby house in Ban Khwao district on Tuesday evening.

The young girl, was riding her small bicycle, with trainer wheels attached, along a path in Moo 2 of Khwao village when she was attacked.

Ban Khwao police inspector Pol Maj Thongsuk Ratsiwo said on Wednesday that charges will be  laid against the animals' owner, for caressly failing to keep her dogs - a poodle and two Thai breeds - under control, causing harm to other people.

Neighour said he heard a scream and saw the three dogs crowding around the girl and attacking her.

The dogs were usually well chained and detained on the house grounds. For some reason "they broke loose and mauled the child", he said.

The child had severe bites to her face and neck and was rushed to Ban Khwao hospital, but succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead on arrival.

Family members collapsed in anguish when they arrived at the hospital and saw her body.

"She died only a few days before Sept 30, when the family planned a celebration for her fifth birthday," the girl's greiving grandmother, said.

The death of the 4-year-old follows an attack on a 19-day-old infant by a rabies-infected dog in a village in Nakhon Si Thammarat's Chalerm Prakiat district earlier this month. The conmmunity was declared a rabies control zone.
General Discussions / What tourists in Thailand need to know according to an Aussie expat
« Last post by thaiga on September 19, 2018, 01:18:30 PM »
What tourists in Thailand need to know, according to an Aussie expat

WHEN it comes to tourist behaviour in one of our favourite holiday spots, an Aussie expat who’s lived there for a decade has seen it all.

TOURISTS don’t always have the best reputation in foreign countries.

As anti-tourist sentiment intensifies across Europe, and as travellers are blamed for ruining iconic sites and destinations, tourism is increasingly seen as a double-edged sword: great for the economy, but a lot for locals to put up with.

Schoolteacher Matthew Smith, 36, is an Aussie expat in Thailand, who moved there in 2007 after marrying his Thai wife.

And over the past decade he’s gained some startling insights into what tourists got wrong in his adopted home, and what Thai people really think of the half a million Australians who visit each year.

“To be honest, local Thais cannot usually distinguish between Australian tourists and other ‘western’ tourists,” Mr Smith told

“All western tourists are referred to as ‘farangs’. I usually can’t (tell the difference) either until I strike up conversations with them.”

But he said he has seen western tourists, and Australians among them, doing “little things that can upset locals”.

Many of them were on visits to Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site north of Bangkok.

“A few times in Ayutthaya, while visiting the historical city ruins district with my wife, we saw tourists fail to comply with the rules of etiquette,” he said.

“We saw tourists climbing on ancient walls, not wearing proper attire even after being told by ticket sellers or whatnot, being in spots to take photos that were not permitted.

“Several times my wife or I were put in a situation where we had to remind them, in a very friendly manner of course, but once we asked nicely they would generally stop the action. These small actions don’t really create large-scale negative impressions, though.”

Overly revealing clothes worn by tourists, especially near religious sites, has been a problem in other countries popular with Aussies, including Bali and Cambodia.

Last year US couple Joseph and Travis Dasilva, who had about 14,000 followers on their Instagram account called “Travelling Butts”, were charged with public indecency after posing for a bare-bottomed photo at Thailand’s sacred Wat Arun temple.

Mr Smith also found tourists in Thailand could be a bit naive about local customs surrounding public behaviour.

“In Thailand, locals usually don’t do things that would make another ‘lose face’ in public, including yelling at another person if a mistake has been made,” he explained.

“At times, I have witnessed tourists, not sure if Australian or not, lose their temper at a Thai or another visitor, and start yelling and carrying on. In Thailand, this sort of reaction does more harm than good.

“If something upsets you while visiting here, remaining calm and talking through the problem is a much better solution. If you make a Thai lose face, then it’s very difficult to get their respect back.”

While Aussie tourists are often associated with wild, booze-fuelled nights out in places like Pattaya and Koh Phangan, Mr Smith reckons we’re generally well-respected in Thailand.

“Aussie tourists tend to be laid-back and just want to enjoy the sites that are on offer,” he said. “And this is generally the case for most Western tourists that come here.

But there are some things he said Australians needed to remember — and one of them was that we’re not above the law here.

“I hate seeing tourists falling into trouble with local authorities, especially when it is something they expect to get away with here, but wouldn’t get away with in Australia,” he said.

“For example, driving without a license seems like quite a trivial thing, but I have seen many tourists get into trouble due to driving without a recognised license. If you are caught in Australia without a recognised license, you will get into trouble, same in Thailand. So why do it here?”

He also urged Australians to avoid getting aggressive on nights out.

“Fighting is rarely seen, especially between a tourist and a local, but when it does happen, it never turns out great for the tourist,” he said.

“I have never seen a physical conflict end well, whether it is due to an injury, or police interception. Never ruin a fantastic night out with a silly act of aggression … remember there is no place like Thailand’s night-life, so enjoy it.”

He also said tourists should stay away from drugs, not least because the Thai government had a particularly no-sympathy, hard line attitude towards drug users, dealers and carriers.

And as a final word of warning, Mr Smith said tourists should stay well clear of jet ski renters.

“I would love to be able to stamp this sentence in every tourists passport as they enter the Kingdom,” he said.

“Jet ski renters are a scam. Places like Pattaya and Phuket are constantly seeing jet ski ‘companies’ rip off tourists. It doesn’t seem to matter if police are brought in or not.”

In jet ski scams, tourists rent a jet ski and take it out for a ride, and when they return it, the renter will claim it has been damaged, charging massive amounts of money — sometimes more than $1000 — even if the tourist did nothing wrong.

“Thais know of this scam and stay well away,” Mr Smith said. “I highly suggest tourists reading this do the same.”

Mr Smith’s comments came as new research by expat health insurance company Aetna International found expats were feeling the heat from tourists’ bad behaviour in their adopted countries and worried they were being tarred with the same brush.

In a survey of expats, in Thailand, a whopping third of respondents said they felt locals viewed them as “insensitive”.

About 28 per cent thought Thai locals saw them as “destructive” and 30 per cent said they thought they were seen as “rude”.

But for Mr Smith, life in Bangkok has been “fantastic”.

“From the moment I arrived here, I was thrust into Thai culture, so I learned many of the ‘uniquenesses’ pretty quickly,” said the teacher, who works at one of the region’s most prestigious international schools.

“The culture and lifestyle that is offered here is second-to-none. The people are generally very friendly, its relatively safe, the food is unbelievably delightful and the standard-of-living when compared to Australia cannot be beaten.

“Of course, there are some negative things that I have learned to live with, and even some things that I still struggle to cope with, like insanely terrible traffic conditions, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.”
General Discussions / Re: Finding a Wife or Girlfriend - Sunday’s Seven’s top 10 tips
« Last post by thaiga on September 19, 2018, 01:01:01 PM »
some of the original post is true, how awful and spiteful some expats can be, reading the news on a forum, i read that the famous Richard Gere was to become a dad at the age of 69, the first comment made below it said

(how nice when the kid grows up he will be able to push him about in his wheelchair) do we realy need people like that, why i ask myself, i can only think
the person is so unhappy, i almost feel sorry for him.
Yes i read that comment, the actual words were (Shame the kid won't be able to 'play with Dad', just push his wheelchair around.) if you look at the guys avatar you will see he has a pint of beer in his hand. the comment below that ( Just proves that if you are rich, relatively famous, and reasonably good looking, you too can have a trophy wife 34 years younger than you, and have sex with her! lol ) wrong mate you don't need to be rich, relatively famous, and reasonably good looking, a sense of humour would be a step in the right direction ;)

China vows to hit back as Trump targets $200bn in goods

China on Tuesday vowed to retaliate against the United States and warned of "uncertainty" in trade talks after President Donald Trump targeted another $200 billion in Chinese imports with tariffs starting next week.

Trump ratcheted up pressure on Beijing as the new round of levies will bring the amount of goods hit by duties to roughly half of Chinese exports to the US. He also threatened to go after all Chinese goods.

"For months, we have urged China to change these unfair practices and give fair and reciprocal treatment to American companies," Trump said in a statement on Monday.

"These practices plainly constitute a grave threat to the long-term health and prosperity of the United States economy," he said

"But, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices," including theft and force transfer of technology.

Once the new round of tariffs takes effect on September 24, punitive duties will be in place on $250 billion in goods the US buys from China -- its largest source of imported merchandise.

The latest round of imports will face 10 percent tariffs through the end of the year, and then the rate will jump to 25 percent.

"In order to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and the global free trade order, China has no choice but to take countermeasures in lockstep," the Chinese commerce ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement did not mention Beijing's earlier threat to add tariffs on $60 billion in US imports if Washington imposed this new wave of levies.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing that China will announce details about its countermeasures "at the appropriate time," adding that "the protectionist and unilateral measures taken by the US side are very unacceptable for us."

Trump warned that "if China takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries, we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately $267 billion of additional imports."

That would mean imposing new taxes on all of the goods the US imports from China.

"Once again, I urge China's leaders to take swift action to end their country's unfair trade practices," Trump said. "Hopefully, this trade situation will be resolved, in the end, by myself and President Xi of China, for whom I have great respect and affection."

Smart watches spared

The new taxes will hit a broad swath of products, including billions in Chinese-made voice data receivers, computer memory modules, automatic data processors, and accessories for office equipment such as copiers and banknote dispensers -- instantly making widely used goods more expensive.

However, senior administration officials told reporters the initial list announced in July was reduced by 300 product lines after the administration received 6,000 written comments from consumers and businesses.

The products spared included consumer electronics like smart watches and Bluetooth devices, child safety products such as high chairs, car seats and playpens, and certain health-and-safety products such as bicycle helmets, the officials said.

The officials said China had been given "chance after chance" to change the trade practices considered unfair to US businesses, but "have remained obdurate."

Only last week, Beijing said it welcomed overtures from US officials offering to restart trade talks, but the new tariffs could cause China to call off the negotiations.

The commerce ministry said the new tariffs "bring new uncertainty to the consultations between the two sides."

"It is hoped that the US will recognise the possible negative consequences of such actions and take convincing means to correct them in a timely manner," the ministry said, without directly addressing if the talks would go forward.

The escalating confrontation shook up global stock markets. Wall Street closed the day solidly in the red But Chinese stocks closed higher after Shanghai tumbled to its lowest level since 2014 in early trading.

While officials said the impact on the US economy has been minimal, firms across the country report lost businesses, layoffs and possible bankruptcies as input costs rise and exports fall.

They officials told reporters the lower initial tariff rate would give US businesses time to find new suppliers.

That could soften the blow to US consumers and manufacturers among others ahead of key US congressional elections in November.

Lobbying against the tariffs has risen sharply in Washington but Trump's policy has left candidates in competitive races for November's hard-fought midterm congressional elections in awkward positions.

Some Republicans in export-dependent areas have fallen silent on trade or sought to push back. But some Democrats, who broadly oppose the president's agenda and are banking on his unpopularity, have adopted critical views of trade agreements and free trade.
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