Demystifying the Chinese. What do we really know?

  Sometimes I think I come from the most racist and bigoted country on the globe. We like to pigeon-hole people. All Russians are evil, all Arabs are terrorists and the Chinese all want to come take our jobs with their robots. The truth is, the average American knows very little about any of these people. “Ignorance is bliss” should be our national motto.           But it’s not just us ignorant Yanks who take the cultural low road. Many of the expatriates and locals I interact…

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LIFE OF PAI

  PAI  once a quiet village, is now a thriving town, situated between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai.     Pai offers so much for the intrepid traveler due to its landscape boasting waterfalls, hot springs and many mountains. Many backpackers flock to Pai due to its stunning scenery and culture along with its many hill tribes and elephant camps.     Pai is north-west of Chiang Mai and only 150km from the Myanmar border and lies on the river Pai, its last known population count was less than…

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I Can’t Believe this is Pattaya IV

  When living in Bangkok, I always use the city’s spectacular collection of hotels like public spaces. Whether I’m slurping cocktails at trendy bars, gorging myself at five star restaurants or crashing by the pool, I can get my luxury fix at dozens of great venues. From opulent to funky, they give good hotel in Bangkok. But what about Pattaya? Is it possible to go hotel-hopping in Pattaya? More importantly, is there a reason to? Ok, let’s say you woke this morning with an overwhelming desire to have a great…

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Infrastructure Sandwich – Investment in East Pattaya Part II

  Almost every real estate boom in developing countries is at its core an infrastructure play. Did you ever notice that new airports are usually on the edge of town while those more than 20 years old seem to be in the middle? That’s because infrastructure of that magnitude tends to reorient the nucleus of a metropolitan area. A good example is the rise of Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Eight years ago it was a far flung outpost. Now industry, commerce and residences have swollen up all around Asia’s…

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98 Wireless

  Located on the tree-lined Wireless Road, Bangkok’s most prestigious boulevard 98 Wireless offers the ultimate location with privacy and exclusivity.       The 25 storey tower promises to be one of the most luxurious condominiums in Southeast Asia. Sansiri corporation was founded with a simple concept: “Constructing life, not just buildings”. They have certainly achieved this goal mainly through their design and eye for detail. This has drove the company forward from its launch in 1988 and remains their key philosophy. No expense has been spared with the…

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Not All Studios Are Created Equal

  According to a newspaper report in The Bangkok Post, the average size of a condo sold in Bangkok last year was 29.9 square meters in size; 31.1 in 5 neighboring provinces. Where I come from, the average hotel room is bigger. Still, I have become accustomed to living in more confined spaces. While I cannot personally imagine myself residing in such a small space longer than a holiday, my appreciation for making them “livable” has grown since living in Asia. The “studio” apartment is now the hottest selling product…

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Sukanya Gale, Life as The Riviera Queen, The Women behind The Riviera Group

  Call it ‘destiny’, call it ‘only a matter of time’, call it ‘stylish’,‘originality’, ‘forward-thinking’ or just maybe ‘market-alignment’,call it ‘timing’, call it what you will, but in the Real Estate market of Pattaya’s Eastern Seaboard, no other developer has shined through the last three years as The Riviera Group has done. High-rise, high-end developments that have the overwhelming desirable edge over most other like-for-like high-rises, it’s no wonder they have been picking up prestigious awards after awards of late a swe featured in last months REM edition. This month…

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