Coco Fitness Pattaya

Coco Fitness located on the 4th floor at Mike Shopping Mall, Pattaya Beach Road is a brand new state-of-the-art gym and fitness centre catered for health-conscious people who appreciate professional service and a highly personalised approach to fitness. Stay energized, work up a sweat, cool down, stretch out and take in the stunning view over Pattaya Bay as Coco Fitness has everything you need to meet your health and fitness requirements. Pattaya’s only fully air con gym and fitness centre really does stand out from the crowd boasting 5 STAR…

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Property Talk – Andromeda Condominium

  Apus Development Group Pattaya have launched ‘ANDROMEDA’ a new luxury condominium on Pratumnak hill, with the design creating 270 degree sea views at every unit with prices starting from 2.8 million baht. The company targets to have 1.5 billion baht in total pre sales by the end of the end and plans to launch 3 new condominium projects worth a combined 5 billion baht in 2018 in Pattaya, Sri Racha, Rayong and Bangkok.       Project: Andromeda Developer: Apus Development Group Product: Condominium Location: Pratumnack Hill, Pattaya Launch:…

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Wow! What a Room! Getting Emotional Over Interior Design

  Normally, when we are talking about interior design, our concern is with the aesthetic elements. How do we get a certain look? Which décor style should we project? What colors are hot this year? But these are only superficial considerations. Something that is rarely talked about is the psychological effects interior design has on our subconscious and our mental state. Can a room make you sad, or happy or energetic? Could the way your home is decorated cause your life to have more anxiety, or joy or romance? Believe…

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Discovering Nong Palai

  Nong Palai and the surrounding areas of East Pattaya are fast becoming one of the top destinations for Thais and foreign nationals alike to settle and call home. I guess it’s important to ask why and what it is not is a tourist zone. You won’t see any tour buses, nobody is trying to sell you a suit or screaming massage from across the street. There isn’t a Starbucks on every corner and while there are plenty venues for you to enjoy an evening out you won’t see go-go…

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What Ever Happened to Jim Thompson? – Part II in a series on the life of Jim Thompson

  No shortage of theories about Thailand’s “Silk King.” Mr. Thompson was an intriguing figure indeed. A wealthy American socialite; an architect; a soldier; a spy and ultimately the most famous foreigner ever to live in Southeast Asia. I tipped my hat to Jim Thompson and called him my hero because of his uncanny ability to reinvent himself seemingly at will. One would think a life so well-lived would be enough to make a person famous, but in the case of Jim Thompson, it was how his story ended that…

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Trying not to live in the past – The pros and cons of going ‘home’ by Dave Buckley

  It’s about 18 months since I reluctantly quit Thailand’s shores to return to the UK. Given that Christmas and the New Year (the Western one, not the mad Thai one) are traditionally a time for reflection and for contemplating the future I thought it might be an opportune moment for me to share some of what has happened and a little of what, I think, lies ahead.     First, I ought to give this some context. I used the word “reluctantly” to describe my departure – kicking and…

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Language Limbo Do you really need to speak Thai?

  Probably the first thing that overwhelms visitors and newcomers to Thailand is how completely alien the language is. Most westerners have been exposed to enough Latin and Germanic languages to work out some words or phrases when we travel. Some of us studied widely spoken languages like Spanish, French or German in high school or college. An increasing number of us learn Asian languages like Chinese or Japanese. But, I wager a fair sum that none of us had ever heard Thai, or Laos or Khmer until we landed…

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New Qatar Airways Flights…. A Huge Boost for Koh Chang Tourist Industry

Qatar Airways are the first Middle East carrier to announce direct flights into Thailand’s third international airport, U Tapao- Rayong Pattaya International Airport (UTP). Starting with four flights a week from 28th January 2018, the airline will use their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 232 seats in economy and 22 seats in business class from Doha. With more and more flights into U Tapao expected, and a new ferry service close to the airport directly to Koh Chang, this news will have an enormous impact on the region and in…

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