Cape Fahn to open on private island near Koh Samui

Cape and Kantary Hotels plans to open its new property, Cape Fahn, next month on a private island close to Koh Samui.   This luxury hotel is set on its own small island just off Choeng Mon Beach on the north-east corner of Koh Samui with independent villas tucked into green gardens and beside pristine beaches.   Prices for rooms on this luxury Island resort will range from Bt20,000 to Bt117,000 per night. This boutique resort is made up of 22 one- and two-bedroom villas, each with its own large…

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Habitat Group launches three projects worth Bt3 billion

  Popular property-for-investment trend to drive group sales Record Bt1.9bn sales recorded in H1 2018 Habitat Group will launch three new projects with a total value of Bt3 billion in the second half of this year. Recognising the growing trend of buying properties for investment, the company has revealed that this sector is growing 10-20% per year and internationals looking to invest in property assets are making up a increasing part of that growth. The group has had a record H1 2018 with sales of Bt1.9bnt, a 63% increase on 2017,…

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England World Cup football: Can’t be done … can it?

  Denying your feelings is no protection against disappointment England are still in the World Cup – even if it is by the skin of their teeth. When the team missed the middle attempt in the five-penalty shootout against Colombia I got that familiar, sinking feeling. I defy any English fan to say that he or she didn’t think the same. It has been drummed into us so many times that England simply don’t win shootouts at major tournaments that any fan would be forgiven for thinking the worst. But the…

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New Bt500 and Bt1,000 notes to be released July 28

  The Bank of Thailand will release new banknotes nationwide on mark King Vajiralongkorn’s birthday The bills will begin circulating on July 28. The back of the largest denomination – the Bt1,000 note – will portray King Vajiralongkorn and his father King Bhumibol, (King Rama IX) on the back. The reverse of the Bt500 notes will feature King Ananda Mahidol  (Rama VIII), with King Prajadhipok (Rama VII).

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Chiang Rai cave rescue: All footballers in good condition

MAE SAI — The latest on the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach in a cave in northern Thailand. The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing when flooding trapped them after entering the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province on June 23. 8:30am A Thai provincial governor says the 13 people who had been missing for more than a week have all had an “informal” medical evaluation inside the cave and most are stable and none are in critical condition.…

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England World Cup football: England wanted to win – really?

  England have lost a World Cup match. Get over it! The defeat served to quell the disproportionate euphoria and expectation that followed putting six past Panama. No bad thing. I am now starting to wonder if England ever really wanted to win against Belgium. Manager Gareth Southgate made all the right noises before the match about looking for a victory. But did his actions match his words? Consider this – is putting out a team of reserves the act of a man who really thought it vital that we…

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Japan shows interest in investing in Thailand EEC

Japan has expressed interest in investing in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) while Thailand has indicated a desire for the country to provide human resources, science and technological development in support of target industries. Thai prime minister General Prayut Chan-ocha welcomed Japanese minister of foreign affairs Taro Kono to  the third Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD III). The PM expressed his condolences to the minister over the fatal earthquake that recently hit Japan’s Kansai region and assured him that Thailand is ready and willing…

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England World Cup football: Do England want to finish second? 

  June 28 Do England want to finish second?  Discuss… The benefit about hosting a “debate” in which only one person puts his thoughts forward is that there can only be one winner – me! I want to examine two propositions … the first is would it be in the best interests of the England team to finish second in their World Cup group? And the second is, should England field a so-called “weakened” team against Belgium?     Let’s kick-off with this concept of finishing second. That’s the worst…

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Airbus and Thai Airways to establish MRO facility at U-Tapao

Airbus and Thai Airways International have signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture maintenance and overhaul (MRO) facility at U-Tapao International Airport near Pattaya. The accord was signed on Friday, 22 June, at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse by Usanee Sangsingkeo, acting president, Thai Airways; and Eric Schulz, Airbus chief commercial officer in the presence of Thai prime minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and Guillaume Faury, president Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The new MRO centre will be one of the most modern and extensive in the Asia Pacific region, offering heavy…

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‘An Elegant Class Above’ – The Riviera Monaco launch party

The Riviera Monaco in Na Jomtien is the 3rd luxury high rise development from the renowned Riviera Group headed by Winston and Sukanya Gale, founders and developers of the multi-award winning projects The Palm Wongamat Beach, The Riviera Wongamat and The Riviera Jomtien.  On Saturday evening (June 23) the group celebrated the launch of its newest project, The Riviera Monaco, with an amazing and, of course, ultra-glamorous launch party. More than 1,300 people gathered to celebrate the launch of the project which will become a landmark on the Na Jomtien…

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