By Peter Cummins
Although this story is prepared by myself, of course, I have
drawn on the experiences and anecdotes of founder/managing director Peter
Malhotra, the early staff and other sources.
Daniel M. Dorothy
Hence the first person plural ‘we’ is really the voice of
Peter and the earlier colleagues.
My joining the paper was as a ‘later edition (addition?) and it was via a
much-repeated anecdote. There I was, a little old Tasmanian wandering along
Beach Road, totally sober
- and it was already 10.30 a.m. I felt a light tap on my shoulder, looked
around and straight up to the eyes of a lobster fisherman-turned-editor: Dan
“The boss wants to see you”, said Dan grinning – or should that be
Within the hour, I was aboard as the first-ever yachting correspondent.
On Sunday, 23 July, 2006, the Pattaya Mail celebrates its thirteenth
anniversary - an incredible journey through a vastly-changed landscape,
political and social environment..
By the time the first issue of the Mail hit the streets in 1993, Pattaya had
already transmogrified from the former sleepy fishing village, to a dynamic
tourist resort, capitalizing on the “Visit Thailand Year of 1987” - a record
year for tourism in the Kingdom generally.
Now, on the eve of entering our fourteenth year of weekly productions, it is
almost another world out there: as the city expands to the four cardinal
points of the compass, the city-scape of the Pattaya-Jomtien area is
unrecognizable from the days of yore and our beloved city-by-the-sea holds
more than 200,000 residents in its thrall.
The Pattaya Mail has undoubtedly been the constant barometer measuring these
phenomenal changes, some for the better; others for the worse. From our
humble beginnings of 12 pages and a ‘skeleton’ staff, we have grown to a
massive 60 pages (this special edition will hit 64), a staff of some 50, a
German-language edition the Pattaya Blatt, launched on the 7th of July,
2002, the Chiangmai Mai”, started on the 26th of October that same year and,
now, our own news, entertainment and public information service, the Pattaya
Mail on Television broadcast on 4 cable stations across the eastern
This new service - or, should that read “news service”? – combines with the
Associated Press Television News, crossing a new frontier in TV
broadcasting, not just in Pattaya-Jomtien and around the burgeoning Eastern
Seaboard and Industrial Estates, but nation-wide.
As a relative new-comer (new kid on the block, syndrome), I entered the
hallowed corridors of the Pattaya Mail and, since then, have been able to
enjoy the company of some well-experienced, capable and qualified writers
attached to their respective fields.
Reports on medicine, haute cuisine, photography, the social and crime scene,
environment, Formula One motor racing, tourism, charity, sports, economics
and finance are all rendered by professionals in their genre.
Their lucid writings and musings have not only benefited our ever-increasing
readership but, I too, entered a learning curve, still learning - and still
Thus, from the fateful day, some seven years ago, when I was ‘”press-ganged”
on Pattaya Beach Road, to join the Mail, I was ushered into the productive,
precise and pulsating life of a living organ: the Pattaya Mail, the voice of
the people, voted again this year for the eighth time, as the best English
Language newspaper in the East - or, to say it more succinctly “The Best in
It has been, for me personally, working with these great, dedicated
colleagues and, of course, the man who made it all happen, whose initials
will be carried into perpetuity in the Pattaya Mail– Pratheep (Peter)
Malhotra. - an intimate journey into a city and way of life that would
otherwise have left me as simply a spectator.
For the years that I have been photographing and featuring snippets of the
life which make Pattaya so fascinating., I cannot recall one wasted moment.
In The Beginnings
As the idea of an English-language newspaper began to come into
focus, we rented an office on Soi Diana next to the Cafe Kronborg and began
to hire a team. An editor was brought aboard; unfortunately, he missed the
first issue, so another editor came - one who was to shape and mold ideas,
concepts and reports, into an actual newspaper.
A small sales staff was assembled, a photographer brought in (one with BBC
credentials), a sports reporter hired, two Thai reporters joined and slowly
the Pattaya Mail began to materialize.
Those first few months were anything but successful and if it had not been
for the determination and downright stubbornness of the small but
resourceful team, Pattaya Mail would not have lasted until Christmas, six
The offices upstairs occasionally looked more like the mayhem after a
bar-room brawl rather than ‘business discussions’, as differing ideas and
strong personalities clashed. The most often question asked during the
first, defining months was, “Will there be an issue next week?”
But the idea apparently was a good one, for once the first few issues were
out on the streets, there was no turning back. Causes were fought for and
boundaries pushed, sometimes too far, but the news began to emerge.
And to our collective surprise, the reading public began to snap up our
seven baht, 16 color pages of local news, sports and features. Before long
it even started to become fun to put our little newspaper together.
Over the first few months, we changed from full color to spot color, to all
black & white and back to spot color. We were proud when we were able to
produce 20 pages and keep it there. The “will there be an issue next week?”
question died out. Advertising sales began to pick up, and we were on our
The staff became regular employees and was expanded – a small but efficient
production department was put together to help the overworked editor who, in
the early days gathered in the news, sports and features from the various
contributors (including Thai news being translated into English by a
German), assembled it, designed the newspaper and laid out the pages, plus
designed most of the artwork for the advertising.
He eventually burned out and left after a little over three years and his
demise is reproduced hereunder. He now lives happily in Nakhorn Si Nowhere,
far away from the trials and tribulations of mankind’s often-futile
There was an army of skeptics and doubters who never thought we would last
out a month – let alone a year. Where are they now, thirteen years down the
line? With the introduction of our home page to the Internet in 1996,
Pattaya Mail took your voice to the world. The Mailbag overflows with
letters from the Americas, Asia, the Pacific region, Australasia and Europe,
proving that we have indeed grown into a global market.
The Pattaya Mail Story Continues
On the occasion of our fifth anniversary in 1998, Chuck Pringle,
the newspaper’s editor from day one, saw it this way, “Five years on; there
were many who, when they saw the first issue of the Mail five years ago,
were convinced that it would not last a year”
Perhaps, not surprisingly, there were some who still said something similar
on our first anniversary - and even - but not so vociferously - on our
second. By the third year, the doubters were drowning in our torrent of
But like any pre-pubescent, the Pattaya Mail was not without its growing
pains. In fact, several times it looked as if it would be still-born, with
the conceptual editorial staff themselves not even making it to the first
Founder, publisher and owner, Pratheep (Peter) Malhotra recalled those
painful early days. “In 1991, I realized that Pattaya needed a ‘voice’ to
protect ourselves (Pattaya City) from adverse publicity. I decided we needed
a ‘proper newspaper’ in English since the national dailies were not serving
the needs of Pattaya. In fact, in many cases it seemed they did not care
about Pattaya, or that we were just too small to worry about.”
Application was made for the Official License to publish a newspaper, but
that took almost two years to come through. By 1993, however, Peter was
given the green light to go ahead and publish the first English language
newspaper on the Eastern Seaboard.
Those pre-production days included settling on the name for the paper and
the design for the “mast-head” at the top. The font used to proclaim Pattaya
Mail is as original as the paper itself, “It was designed by a local artist
who made up t-shirts,” Peter recalled, smiling. “Although it may look
similar to other fonts, it truly is unique. Such was the spirit as the pace
continued and the date was set to publish Volume 1, Number1.
In the two weeks that it took to produce that first issue, Chuck Pringle had
filled the gap as Editor and a young American, Dan Dorothy, had been asked
to step in to cover the Sports Writer’s position, as the original writer had
been posted overseas.
An even younger Austrian, Andy Gombaez, who was on his way to Hollywood to
be a cartoonist, stumbled into the artist’s job after a conversation with
the company driver! That the first issue, dated 23rd July 1993, ever made
the streets, is a miracle in itself.
Dr. Iain Corness
Three weeks later, to coincide with H.M. the Queen’s Birthday, the second
issue came out, and then it became weekly thereafter. Chuck did admit “that
amazingly, every week there was a Pattaya Mail. Sometimes a day late, but it
DID come out!”
Dan Dorothy remembers on occasion asking Chuck as he brought in his sports
articles, “Do you think you’ll still be needing anything next week?” Of
course, he did and, of course, Dan kept producing.
The early editions were actually printed in Bangkok, as there were no local
printers then able to handle the job. Andy Gombaez’ memories of those early
days included “catching the bus to Bangkok to take the art-work to the
printers. This was sometimes after working all night.”
Chuck, too, remembers “18-hour days, day after day, problems with egocentric
journalistic and inexperienced clerical staff, the nervous wait for the
paper to arrive - hoping there were not too many mistakes this time. Not to
forget the spats amongst the management and editorial staff, caused by the
pressure under which both were working.”
Andy put it very succinctly, “They were tense times and we had apologies
every Tuesday!” (This was the day after the paper went to the printers.)”
However, Chuck still smiles and says, “Now, with the healing passage of
time, we can look back and laugh at some of our agonies. But of this we can
be proud, we maintained our stance and told the truth.”
There were times when that became very difficult. Pressure was brought to
bear by corrupt policemen, influential persons upon whose toes we had
stepped, disgruntled local politicians whose inefficiency or wrong doings we
exposed, but we followed the principle of that great publisher Randolph
Hearst whose immortal tenet was ‘Publish and be damned.’”
Peter Malhotra added, “that it was not just the power-brokers who were
occasionally upset. For example, in 1995, after publishing stories on the
local ‘mafia’, I was the victim of a serious assault and battery attack. The
Pattaya Mail had enough growing pains without giving me physical pains as
well, Peter surmised at the time.”
Peter’s cousin and erstwhile crime reporter, Amorn Malhotra said at the
time, “Pattaya had gone from being the ‘Wild-West of the East’, to becoming
a city with a semblance of order. The Pattaya Mail helped that progression,
by working hard to instill and promote some discipline.”
Chuck Pringle agreed whole-heartedly: “We can also be proud that our aims
were achieved. Campaigns initiated and/or supported by us, bore fruit and
gradually Pattaya changed and the perception of Pattaya, in the eyes of the
world, also changed.” But the rapid change brought its own price and,
eventually the weekly workload became too much for Chuck.
This precipitated the next major change in the paper. Dan Dorothy dropped
his copy in one evening to be met by Peter saying, “Hey Dan, do you want to
be the Editor?” Dan agreed he would try it for two weeks. That was seven
years ago and Dan’s philosophy is that “There’s no paper like us in the
world. It is unique in the fact that it is all locally written but with
international appeal. We are not restricted like the ‘big boys’. We are
restricted only by our conscience.”
Under Dan’s most able stewardship, the Pattaya Mail has grown and gained a
large following and readership along the Eastern Seaboard. Dan feels that
the paper has the potential to expand beyond our borders, by attracting good
writers admitting, however, that some of the old ‘ad hoc’ methods are still
with the paper.
Dan quotes an example of a true ‘hands-on’ approach when there was a change
made to the masthead. Dan described Peter sitting in a bar, chopping up the
masthead and sticking the words down on bits of paper to take to the
printers that evening. The pioneering spirit is certainly not dead!
That spirit is, in many ways, the act of commitment by the staff to the
paper and its ideals.
As Dan says it “the opportunity the staff have been given here is such that
it breeds loyalty, adding with his infectious grin: “After all, I’m a
lobster fisherman from Harpswell, Maine - where else could I be an Editor?”
Where else indeed?” Perhaps one could add to this, certainly in Dan’s case:
Talent triumphed. Rather than hauling in lobsters in those inhospitable
climes of the north eastern United States, he was casting for linguistic
purity. Why, he even caught a Tasmanian on Beach Road one day and this
Antipodean ‘fish’ is still very much a dedicated Mail writer/photographer.
Peter Malhotra summed up the progress rather succinctly, “Dan has overseen
growth and consolidation which has continued through to today. Our priority
of presenting readable editorial material has helped maintain the quality of
the paper. It has been my pleasure to be at the helm of this newspaper, only
made possible by the support all our staff have given us over the years. We
all look forward to many more”, said Peter, adding, “even our septuagenarian
The final quote came from ex-Editor Chuck Pringle, “Our commitment remains.
The whole truth, and by publishing this, to increase the awareness of
Pattayans and visitors alike to the fact that we have a precious jewel here
and we must guard and nurture it.”
That was how we saw our seventh birthday in 2000, with a huge party at the
Dusit Resort. Now six years later, the Pattaya Mail continues to grow - both
in actual number of pages and in its content. Executive Editor Dan Dorothy
keeps an almost-avuncular eye over the entire paper every week, while trying
to keep the sometimes unruly band of writers - both local and expats - under
linguistic control. Faces change, but the concepts and the principles remain
Signs Of The Times
Or, should that read “the time of the signs? “U-Tapao Airport to
go commercial in 18 months”. So said the front page of the first issue of
Pattaya Mail back on July 23rd, 1993. It’s hard to believe that 13 years
have passed since that day and, even this week as we see the ubiquitous
signs for the Pattaya marathon, we are reminded that its been thirteen years
since that first issue hit the streets.
Some may remember that the Pattaya Marathon was a “Roaring Success” when
Nicodemus Ongeri from Kenya crossed the finish line first after a grueling
run of 42.2 km.”. It appeared also on the front page story from our first
edition, noting also that the event 2 years ago was named the “Pattaya
Queen’s Cup Marathon”, in honour of HM the Queen’s sixth-cycle, 72nd
birthday - fully covered by our pages.
Our most prolific contributor, Dr Iain Corness writes and provides
photographs for so many columns on which he has great expertise that we
almost need another newspaper. For example, Formula One and auto news,
photography, medicine, restaurants, F&B: you name it; Doc has done it - even
skydiving. He has a huge following, as one would expect from such a broad
Meantime, back to the founder: “After having seen all these messages
flooding in, congratulating the Pattaya Mail on our 10th anniversary, from
so many friends and fans, not to mention articles by our very own writers, I
didn’t feel like I needed to say anything at all. Rather, I said to Dan our
Executive Editor on that occasion: “You guys are saying it all, I have
nothing else to add.” (This writer’s aside: I doubt, that, Peter!)
The stories of the early days, throughout the years, have been told over and
over again, but they are very fond memories. Sometimes just reminiscing them
had us in fits of laughter and more than once, close to tears. Each and
every one of us has recollections of the times and life of the Mail and our
own individual experience therein.
Thirteen Years of Civic
PM AND PM
Some have been with us from the very beginning like Dan Dorothy, who is now
our fearless editor. Fearless in a sense that he has never ever let the
company down. I remember Dan saying to me a long, long time ago. ‘Peter, you
gave me a job as the editor and by golly I am going to do that job to the
best of my ability. If we don’t see eye-to-eye sometimes we’ll talk about it
and we’ll find a way to come to an understanding. If ever I am not able to
fulfill my responsibilities, I’ll quit’
As Peter Malhotra said, “These words of Dan have been embedded in my brain
ever since and I repeat them constantly, with all my staff, old and new,
instilling into them the ethics of responsibility and integrity.”
“I have so many close friends in the Pattaya Mail. Not even for one moment
have I ever considered them other than being part of my family. We have
worked closely together through thick and thin, helping each other along the
way. Now, my two elder sons Prince and Tony are integrated into the
management of our Pattaya Mail empire”, Peter continued.
The helm of this undertaking has taught me to persevere and keep trying,
never give up! The Pattaya Mail has given me the greatest opportunity to
meet people from all echelons of society and many walks of life. My job has
taken me to many places where I experienced the pain of people suffering,
anything from hunger to sickness, to injustices caused by other human
beings. The Pattaya Mail has been my vehicle to reach out and give any
assistance that we possibly can. How would I have been able to do that if it
wasn’t for Pattaya Mail.
Pattaya Mail does business with the highest levels of integrity and honesty.
We assist those that need our help when they are starting up new businesses,
rarely worrying if, in fact, we would be repaid financially or rewarded
socially. We believe in keeping the economy rolling. Let the people have an
opportunity to trade their unwanted articles through the pages of our paper.
This will in turn encourage others to do the same. The economy thrives.
The Pattaya Mail is always at the forefront when it comes to serving the
community, in any way or form. Our newspaper is made available, to be of use
if it can help in any way, directly or indirectly to alleviate the hardships
of others. This has been one of my greatest satisfactions. This is what
keeps me going.
The success of the Pattaya Mai”, of course, bred contempt, competitors,
imitators and detractors. In spite of this, however, we are, by far, the
leader in readership, sales, distribution and circulation (over 500 outlets
in Pattaya and the eastern seaboard). Pattaya Mail is available in Bangkok,
Chiangmai, Samui and Hua Hin. On top of that our readership on the web
numbers hundreds of thousands.
There are so many facets to life in Pattaya, and the Pattaya Mail touches
them all at some stage. The news sections inform the readership just what is
going on, both from the municipal point of view, with our editors being
invited for information sharing sessions with City Hall; The police news
reports on some of the more nefarious members of the community; the enlarged
sporting section covers the local sports; the Mail Market has 16 broad based
sections with items for sale, jobs, business opportunities, real estate and
more, covering a dozen pages or more each week.
Automobiles, films, TV and book reviews are there too, and not downloads
from the Internet, but reports of what is happening right here in Pattaya.
With an English language newspaper, there are also international reports
covering the English-speaking world from films, entertainment and sports.
International news is directed straight to the editorial news desk from the
prestigious Associated Press, with the Pattaya Mail being a major conduit
for transmitting this information throughout the Kingdom.
As Bureau Chief Denis Gray, a long-time colleague of several of us at the
Mail, said it at the signing of the agreement on 23 November, 2001: “The
Associated Press has been around since 1848 and has enjoyed a very strong
presence in Bangkok for decades. But, it was not until we signed a contract
(with the Pattaya Mail”) did the world’s largest news organization enjoy
full exposure in Thailand’s provincial areas”, said Denis. “That day we were
proud to offer our news and photo services to this key and expanding news
outlet on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard”, Denis added.
Peter says, “As the newspaper embarks on its fourteenth year of publication,
the staff has expanded too, with some of the accredited experts in their
field writing for the newspaper. For example, Peter Cummins has been the
only Thai-based yachting correspondent ever sponsored to cover the America’s
Cup Challenge Round finals in New Zealand in May, 2000 and the Olympic and
ParaOlympics at Sydney also in 2000.” He has written prolifically through
the pages of the Mail numerous stories about the Royal Family, the King as a
Gold-medal helmsman, birthday specials for Their Majesties on the occasion
of their respective sixth-cycle birthdays (HM the King on 5 December, 1999
and HM the Queen on 12 August, 2004. Published by the Pattaya Mail, these
publications have been distributed to the Palace, the international media,
the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Thai Government and Thai nationals
resident abroad, through the diplomatic service. Copies have also been
registered with the United Nations.”
Experts like our own Dr. Iain Corness, write for the publication of medical
matters, and experienced doctors and psychologists inform the readers every
week of happenings in their fields, financial consultants help you keep your
money, a restaurateur’s reviews showing the places to dine.
Even Pattaya’s most famous (and most quoted) Agony Aunt Ms. Hillary is there
with her inimitable advice for the lovelorn.
And Into The Future
With many service clubs and charities in Pattaya, the Pattaya Mail covers
them all, not just with a photo of an event, but with real positive
assistance and promotion where needed. The charities know that even after 13
years they still have a true friend and ally in the Pattaya Mail. Just ask
the people who have benefited from the Jesters Children’s Charity Fair or
the Pattaya Mail PC Classic Royal Cliff Beach Resort International Regatta.
However, one important – and ever-expanding - aspect of the Pattaya Mail has
been its unwavering promotion of Pattaya and its tourist opportunities to
the world. In 2006, the 67th Skal World Congress, one of the largest tourism
professionals group in the world is being held here. The Mail began lobbying
for this event more than four years ago and was present at the world
congress in Australia when the vote was taken, helping make Pattaya the most
popular proposed venue for 2006.
Just last year, the Mail was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Australian
Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards 2005.
The Pattaya Mail really IS Pattaya. Now here for 13 years, and the best is
yet to come! Our vast readership knows that this weekly publication will
continue to report honestly, with sensitivity, and uphold its
responsibilities of teaching and inspiration for the years to come.
This, then, is an overview of the life and times of our Pattaya Mail and
more importantly, the dedicated crew who have ‘manned the ship’ kept her
afloat and tacked, when directed by the skipper, into the innumerable
wind-shifts driving her towards shoals.
One of the most significant contributions the newspaper has made over these
13 years, is environment protection, be it the natural ecology or the social
milieu: events like the annual Pattaya Mail PC Classic Royal Cliff Beach
Resort International Regatta fulfill both of these ideals. While a yacht
race is the most environmentally-friendly pursuit, giving great exposure to
Pattaya’s beautiful shore-lines, beaches and water-ways, the proceeds which
emanate from this nature-loving past-time go directly to helping those
denizens whom Nature has not blessed: the disadvantaged, the abandoned and
the forgotten of our people, especially the young and the old.
Many of these dispossessed segments of our society have felt the warm
embrace of the Pattaya Mail munificence: Father Ray’ Orphanage, the
Redemptorist School for the Blind, the Old Age People’s home, scholarships
for underprivileged children. The list is endless; the need is great.
The Pattaya Mail is here to help physically and indirectly by bringing the
plight of all our fellow human beings to the attention of the
The Pattaya Sports Club is very pleased to offer
congratulations to the Pattaya Mail on the occasion of its 13th anniversary.
For these many years it has been a great pleasure to have the full editorial
support of the Pattaya Mail for the many sporting and charity activities the
Pattaya Sports Club is constantly engaged in.
The membership of the Pattaya Sports Club sincerely wishes the Pattaya Mail
many more years of community support for which it is truly noted.
Pattaya Sport Club
I might be new to the business, having joined just two
years ago, but I’m not new to this city. I was born here and over the past
20 years I have seen great economic, social and structural development. The
Pattaya Mail has been an exciting venture, right at the forefront of change,
ever since my beloved father, Peter, began publishing what has since become
a household name along the Eastern Seaboard, thirteen years ago. It was also
(and perhaps inevitably) Peter’s vision, which led to Pattaya Mail on TV,
which is constantly setting new standards in innovation and production. The
Media company is another logical and natural progression, and the Pattaya
Mail ’s continued growth reflects the booming economy of ‘fun’ city and our
responsibility towards it. Peter’s dedication and vision (I promise you he
works 24/7) and the contributions of everyone in the family, have brought us
to where we are today; at the cutting edge of news reporting and feature
writing, locally and regionally and in association with AP, globally.
We have built our reputation with care and respect; it is the same genuine
regard for people that Peter and all the company members show to each other.
On a personal note, I am grateful and excited at becoming Editor, proud to
take on greater responsibility, as we chart a course towards continued
growth and success in our fourteenth year and beyond. Sometimes, the waters
can be rough, occasionally the winds of fortune may threaten to blow us off
course, but we will not be deterred. Embarking on a venture such as the
Pattaya Mail is a great odyssey and we have an extraordinarily talented and
dedicated team, working around the clock to bring the best of the East and
the best of the rest, to your front door.
May all our geese lay golden eggs as we work and play together towards a
Thanks for reading, thanks for watching.
Kamolthep ‘Prince’ Malhotra,
General Manager and Editor
|The Paper That Never Sleeps
It has been a consummate privilege to be a member of the
Pattaya Mail family for the past two years. On the occasion of the
Mail’s thirteenth birthday, my wife and I are only too delighted to
offer our heartfelt congratulations.
Andrew writes: These are exciting times. The Pattaya Mail is in the
vanguard of embracing a future overflowing with possibilities. In
the five years since we came to live in Thailand, there has been a
massive economic resurgence along the Eastern Seaboard. Consumer
confidence is back to stay, and it appears to me that an institution
like the Pattaya Mail (and we think of it as an institution!) has
had a lot to do with it. To us, a newspaper is the voice of a
people, bringing hope, humour and the vision of better times when
the world seems a darker place, and celebrating successes, sharing
good fortune and forging ahead with imagination, compassion and
creativity when times are good. The Pattaya Mail is the light, and
there are many very good reasons why the Mail remains the undisputed
leader in regional news coverage. Having travelled and worked across
the globe over the past twenty years, we remember very well the
sensation we felt on becoming involved with the newspaper. “At
last”, we agreed, “an organisation of integrity, strength of
character and purpose”.
“Learn to Live to Learn” was a great way to bring important
educational issues, so often left untouched, into the public domain.
The positive response to the column was both overwhelming and
humbling and I am delighted that it’s going to be returning soon.
Television has been a natural and hugely enjoyable progression and
being part of a PMTV team with outstanding technical expertise
combined with an unceasing imaginative and creative soul has been
simply fantastic. Making “Perspectives” and “Beyond the Beach” has
been and continues to be, great fun. Thanks to the very many people
who make life at the Mail such a profound pleasure. I am deeply
Sharona writes: “A Female Perspective” is great fun to write, and
whilst it pokes quite a lot of fun at the male half of my marriage
in particular, I hope that the column serves an important function.
There is a strong sense of the pioneer in us and both my husband and
me feel a strong sense of commitment to social justice. So I very
much enjoy writing about a subject which allows me to combine both
of these passions. I hope you enjoy reading the column as much as I
enjoy writing it! It has definitely enriched my life and I hope it
has helped a few people along the way.
We would both like to thank the ‘Captain of the Ship’ Peter
Malhotra, who has been an inspiring and often hilarious presence. He
is a genuinely paternal figure to us; loving, caring, encouraging,
cajoling. He has shown us great loyalty, demonstrated great faith
and the very least we can do is to repay him in kind as we aspire to
match his levels of ambition and dedication. Thanks also to the
people for whom the paper exists – you, the reader. Your
encouragement, feedback, criticism and complaints have all been very
welcome. Thank you!
The next year promises much. Continued expansion will bring new
opportunities. The Pattaya Mail’s sense of unity, purpose and its
unstinting commitment to celebrating all that is positive in this
buzzing city, sets the moral tone for the region and we are proud to
be a part of it. Happy 13th Birthday, to the paper that never
Sharona and Andrew Watson
Thirteen done and
year fourteen underway
Superstitious or not, celebrating ‘Thirteen’ for a year is hardly necessary
as July 23rd 2006 initiates the fourteenth year of publishing Pattaya Mail,
the City’s first English language newspaper.
Tuesday is ‘Holy Day’, or Press Day, and the day when sixty pages are put to
bed for the week.
So, unless you have an amazing ‘Scoop’ to file, or need to change a
potentially libelous piece of copy, don’t even think about calling Peter
Malhotra while he co-ordinates mayhem in the editorial control tower.
“From little acorns, large Oaks do grow”, and that saying is never more true
than in the case of Pattaya Mail and Pattaya Mail Publishing, with Pattaya
Blatt and Chiangmai Mail and many print publications. But not only the
press, as Pattaya Mail Television broadcasts daily now on four cable
networks covering Pattaya, Chonburi, Jomtien and Sattahip with, no doubt,
more coverage to come.
However, covering the Eastern Seaboard is just the tip of the iceberg as the
Internet has made Pattaya Mail an international publication, available
worldwide as the weekly line-in to Pattaya and the Eastern Seaboard for the
many regular visitors to Thailand.
The Internet has greatly simplified the whole process of media communication
and provided the means to easily research virtually any event or topic, in
preparation for filing a press report or preparing a feature to present on
Contributing voluntarily as a ‘special correspondent’ to Pattaya Mail
Publishing and PMTV, primarily in the areas of golf and charity work, I
continue to be impressed by the ease of communication with the Pattaya Mail
editorial and PMTV production departments. Simply due to the willing
cooperation that is always forthcoming.
Finally, congratulations to Peter Malhotra for another year of Pattaya Mail
success and expansion. As the energetic head of the Pattaya Mail ‘family’
and the team leader he continues, somehow, to make it all happen.
I am pleased to be named as part of that team.
Pattaya Mail plays a major role in providing news
coverage to tourists and foreign residents of Pattaya. On the
occasion of your 13th anniversary and as the paper steps into its
14th year, I hope Pattaya Mail continues with its excellent
reporting and always remains a part of our city.
Mayor of Pattaya City
Congratulations on your 13 years of unbiased
reporting and social commentary. It has been a pleasure to see the
Pattaya Mail go from strength to strength, here’s looking forward to
the next 13 years and beyond.
All the very best
Alan Bolton Property Consultants
Congratulations for bringing us the news for the
past six years that I’ve been here and what a quality paper for the
East Coast of Thailand.
Hard Rock Hotel
Heartfelt “Happy Birthday” to your fantastic
newspaper. A sincere “Thank You” to you and your team for keeping us
informed, promoting Pattaya in such a professional way, enabling us
to get more and more visitors.
Hans H. Spoerri
Siam City Hotels & Resorts
May I offer you my heartiest congratulations on
achieving this remarkable milestone in your company’s history, on
behalf of the entire team here at the Chaophya Park Hotel.
Your publication goes from strength to strength and
has become the ‘must read’ publication of choice for anyone that is
interested in the happenings within the city and for anyone
interested in the well being of this remarkable city.
Pattaya the Village; Pattaya the mini-Metropolis;
Pattaya the Resort; Pattaya doing Business; Pattaya at Play and
Pattaya being Sociable - every journalistic aspect of this wonderful
city is covered professionally, without bias and most importantly in
the world of publishing...ALWAYS on time.
Congratulations once again and may you continue to
gain strength and repute for many, many more years to come.
Andrew J Wood
Skål International Councillor-Thailand
Chaophya Park Hotel & Resorts, Thailand
Time always flies when you are having fun. It’s hard
to believe that 13 action packed years have passed since you first
started reporting on the dynamic and ever changing commercial and
social landscape that is Pattaya and the East. Swiss International
Air Lines sends hearty congratulations to you for your diligence and
enthusiasm in presenting the news in such an agreeably digestible
fashion. We also thank you for providing a robust and flexible
platform for our commercial messages to the travelling public who
continue to respond to our offers in encouraging numbers. We look
forward to reading the Pattaya Mail and working with you all in the
years ahead and in doing so we wish you “ Many Happy Returns.”
Birthdays that is, not unsold newspapers. Ha Ha and Cheers.
With best regards,
General Manager for Thailand, Myanmar, Laos,
Swiss International Air Lines
I congratulate the Pattaya Mail on their thirteenth
anniversary. The Pattaya Mail provides outstanding, professional,
top quality news services. The management and staff have always
been strong supporters of charitable and service organizations in
the Pattaya community. I look forward to reading the Pattaya Mail
each week and watching PM-TV to learn about important happenings and
positive news about the Eastern Seaboard. Congratulations to Peter
Malhotra and his team; as it says at the top of page one of every
Pattaya Mail , you truly are the “Best in the East”.
Vice President of Asia Operations
Emerson Climate Technologies
Congratulations Big Mama! 13 years is a tender age
for a Big Mama. Well - in years Pattaya Mail just became a teenager
- in reality it is our Big Mama, our supporter and our idol. Pattaya
Blatt likes to congratulate Pattaya Mail on its 13th anniversary and
hopes it can be still under its wings for a long time to come.
Congratulations to Peter Malhotra and his “gang”,
the best ever and to which we are happy and proud to be part of.
We couldn’t be happier about our cooperation with
the Pattaya Mail. From the start it has been far more than just a
straight commercial relationship. The Mail staff, some of them our
friends now, couldn’t be more helpful - like when we need an urgent
photo from Pattaya way. And we love to see our stories, especially
the features, in your newspaper - they are always given a great,
professional display. Congratulations on your first 13 years. Hail
Chief of Bureau
The Associated Press, Bangkok.
13 Years and Still Going Strong! Congratulations
from all at Symphony Restaurant.
Your excellent newspaper is like wine: the older,
the better! Congratulation and best wishes for your 13th
anniversary! On behalf of Rotary and of the Rotary Club Pattaya
Marina, I also would like to take this opportunity to thank you very
much for all the support you give to Rotary since the beginning.
Keep on doing your good job!
Yours in Rotary
Dr Olivier Meyer
President Rotary Club Pattaya Marina (2006-07)
On this 13th Anniversary of Pattaya Mail - my
congratulations. A growing town like Pattaya now approaching a
small vibrant city needs a good paper. Pattaya Mail backed up by
the foresight, imagination and determination of Khun Peter and his
team has done a fine job representing Pattaya. As the quality of
Pattaya Mail continues to improve I can say quite confidently that
the sky is the limit.
Dr. Sunya Viravaidya
Pattaya International Hospital
Happy Birthday to Pattaya Mail and congratulations
to Peter Malhotra and all the fine people there. For me, and as I
believe, for most of my friends and guests Pattaya Mail is an
indispensable resource of information, communication within the
community and entertainment - week after week, year after year.
Thanks for your excellent work; wishing you what you deserve ‘The
Best of the Best…’
Art Café Pattaya
Pattaya Mail provides news, political and tourism
coverage to foreigners and plays a very valuable role in our city.
Congratulations on your anniversary. I sincerely hope that Pattaya
Mail always remains a part of Pattaya. Thank you.
Member of Pattaya City Council
Congratulations to Pattaya Mail on your 13th
anniversary. Your dedication to the newspaper business and more
especially for the well being of the community throughout the years
is most commendable. Keep up the good work.
Kannikar & Ib Ottesen
Residence Gardens & Jomtien Boathouse
Pinnacle Jomtien Resort & Spa is delighted to
congratulate Pattaya Mail Publishing Co. Ltd. on its 13th
anniversary and gives you 13 reasons why the paper has established
itself as the leading media along the Eastern Seaboard: P-eter is
Great, A-adorable News team, T-remendously experienced Reporters,
T-imely Distribution, A-lways up-to-date, Y-et so old, yet so young,
A-stonishing insight in stories. M-asterpieces of editorials,
A-vailable in more than 500 outlets locally and through the
worldwide Web, I-ndependant news coverage, L-engthy coverage of
local and international news, 1-a news reports, 3-different
publications, all based on the initial success of Pattaya Mail .
All the best for the future to come
Ingo G. Raeuber
Director of Operations
Pinnacle Hotels, Resorts & Spas
We hope fate continues to smile upon Pattaya Mail
during your 13th birthday celebrations! Happy Birthday, and many
more of them. It seems extraordinary that the 13th anniversary is
here already. We have followed you from day one. May you continue
along your successful and greatly respected path.
You are doing a wonderful job in presenting all
aspects of Pattaya to the public, both local and overseas. In doing
so you have made many friends and supporters, and we are sure that,
like us, they are cheering you on during this anniversary time. The
very best of luck to you now and always.
13 is lucky for some! Pattaya Mail especially,
although the luck has no doubt been worked for every day of the past
13 years. We wish you more and more success, and even more!
Congratulations on the 13th Anniversary of the
Pattaya Mail newspaper. What a tremendous milestone. Your paper is
truly the BEST one in Pattaya. It is informative and up to date
with current happenings around the Eastern Seaboard and the world.
I enjoy reading the paper when I am in Pattaya and also when I am in
the United States. I access the website to stay informed while I am
away. Also, congratulations on the high quality content of Pattaya
Mail on TV. Your multi-media company is truly “The Best of the
PP Jomtien Pattaya Rotary
Secretary Pattaya International Ladies Club
On behalf or the Jesters Care for Kids Charity
Drive, we would like to congratulate all of you at the Pattaya Mail
on the occasion of your 13th anniversary. We thank you profusely for
all your support, service and extensive exposure over the years
through your newspaper, television channel and printing company. We
would not have been nearly as successful in raising so much money
for the kids without your irreplaceable help. We wish everyone at
the Pattaya Mail all the best and continued success for evermore.
Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive 2006
Thirteen long years ago Pattaya Mail was born and,
with the untiring efforts of its proprietor, Peter Malhotra and his
team, it dragged its way up, kicking and screaming, from obscurity
to become the award winning local newspaper it is today.
I had the privilege of assisting at the birth as its
first news editor…hectic and fraught days (and nights), which, in
memory, were some of the most interesting (in the Confucian sense)
of my life.
Now with a competent and sometimes inspired team
producing the paper and its sister, the Chiangmai Mail every week,
it is a force to be reckoned with.
Long may you continue, Pattaya Mail, as a source of
good, unbiased local news.
Ban Bon Doi
Congratulations on the 13th Anniversary of the
It has always been a pleasure to read your
publication, which I find interesting, informative and full of
snippets on Pattaya Life.
The community services you perform are also a
reflection of your sense of corporate responsibility, an area
frequently overlooked in the quest for financial success.
I wish you many more years of continuing success
Liam’s Gallery and CEO of Property Care Services
Congratulations on your 13th Anniversary, it has
been a pleasure working together so far and I am sure that it will
continue to be so for many, many more years. May it be a Lucky
Kilkenny Irish Pub
The Pattaya Mail has been the driving force of
community information in Pattaya since day one and is still leading
the way!! Also the sincere and scientific ways you tackle sensitive
local matters without for publicity’s sake turning reports into
potential bombs has impressed me over the years. Always looking
forward to the next issue...keep it up!!
Mata Hari Restaurant
In my role as a member of Pattaya City Council and
chairman of the Tourism and Sports Committee, I deem Pattaya Mail a
media worthy of full support. As the newspaper completes its 13th
year and enters its 14th, I wish it continued development and
longevity. Pattaya Mail provides coverage and reading enjoyment to
the general public, especially the young and foreigners who live and
work in Pattaya. Thank you for doing such good work.
Pisai Panomwan na Ayuthya
Member of Pattaya City Council
The Rotary Club Eastern Seaboard likes to express
its gratitude to Pattaya Mail for all the coverage and support we
received since our club was founded. On your 13th anniversary we
wish you all the best and many more years of great success.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya I
would like to congratulate the Pattaya Mail on the auspicious
occasion of Thirteen Years providing news and information to the
residents of Pattaya and worldwide.
The Pattaya Mail has always supported Rotary in all
projects and has fund raised millions of Baht in the past for
Community Projects throughout Thailand. In particular The PC Classic
raises funds every year to help disabled, flood victims, tsunami aid
and many more. I have seen the Pattaya Mail go from strength to
strength over the years and is still gaining media awards. I look
forward to many more years of good honest constructive reading.
Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya
On behalf of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital -
International Marketing Communication Division we would like to
extend our congratulations to Pattaya Mail’s 13th anniversary, we
also would like to extend our sincere appreciation for all the
valuable support that was given for the past 13 years. We are
wishing you all the best for more fruitful years to come.
Bangkok Pattaya Hospital
It is easy to be in the media business just to
report news. However, what you and Pattaya Mail have done for the
city is exceptional. You are the voice of Pattaya and the rightful
representative of Pattaya to serve the expatriate community here. As
a Thai resident in Pattaya, I would like to extend my sincere thanks
to Pattaya Mail for your outstanding contribution to the local
May you continue to report wisely, be read widely,
and enjoy prosperity for always. Congratulations on your 13th
Member of Pattaya City Council
We would like to congratulate Pattaya Mail on its
13th Anniversary. A great media, helping to improve our living
standards through the good and difficult times. All our compliments
and best wishes to the Pattaya Mail for the future.
Pascal and Kim Schnyder
Casa Pascal Restaurant
The Pattaya International Ladies Club (PILC)
established in 1990, has long had an association with Pattaya Mail,
ever since you established the paper in 1993. Over the past 13
years, “PM” have run countless announcements for coffee mornings and
luncheons on our behalf, run our articles, helped with the
publishing of our monthly newsletters, and otherwise supported us
unstintingly in our social and welfare projects and events around
All the members of the present PILC would like to
join together to say a great big “CONGRATULATIONS” on the occasion
of the Pattaya Mail’s 13th anniversary, to Peter Malhotra and his
team. Thank you all very much indeed, and here’s to the next 30 from
all of us!
Pattaya International Ladies Club
It is my distinct pleasure to congratulate Pattaya
Mail on the thirteen anniversary which falls on July 23, 2006. It is
the result of the hard work of hundreds of staff and volunteers who
have dedicated themselves to make Pattaya Mail what it is today. Let
me also congratulate Khun Pratheep Malhotra who has given his heart
and soul to lead Pattaya Mail then Pattaya Blatt and Chiangmai
Mail to be recognized among the people in the Eastern provinces, the
Northern provinces of Thailand and World wide. Wishing you many more
anniversaries to come.
Past District Governor
District 3350 Rotary International
As Pattaya Mail enters its 14th year, may I wish
management, reporters and employees continuing success and
prosperity. May Pattaya Mail always remain part of Pattaya.
Pattaya District Chief
On behalf of the Chonburi Juvenile and Family Court
and Diana Group, we would like to say “Happy Birthday” to Pattaya
Mail and wish you great success in the years to come.
Just a short note to thank you and all the staff at
Pattaya Mail for the excellent newspaper covering every thing in our
little city. On behalf of Nova Group I would like to express our
delight with the good response we receive from our advertisements in
your paper and you can be sure we will support you in the future.
In Europe they claim that 13 is not a lucky number,
but I don’t agree to that in your case!
All of us here at the Eastern Seaboard and beyond,
have been very fortunate to have the Pattaya Mail around for the
past 13 years.
You keep us informed as to what is happening in our
community and your efforts are highly appreciated. We look forward
to the continuation of this excellent newspaper.
GM Thai Garden Hotel
With modern communications, sources of news and
information through the Internet and e-mail may seem to be adequate
and efficient, but the public still cannot forsake their search of
knowledge of newspapers. This is because the newspapers are there
all the time and you can access them tangibly without having to use
However, bad newspapers are a waste of time. Lucky
enough for foreigners in Pattaya, since it is essential for them to
look for correct and verified sources of information in English,
they have Pattaya Mail, an English newspaper serving the community
for the past 13 years.
Congratulations for your great achievement and I
hope that you will stand firm, taking no sides and serve the
benefits of the readers, both Thai and Farang, forever.
Past District Governor
District 3340 Rotary International
Jural Law Office
My sincere congratulations on the auspicious
occasion of Pattaya Mail’s 13th Anniversary. To have witnessed
Pattaya Mail’s growth over the years with its very impressive and
dedicated commitment to Pattaya City’s community, it is today,
without hesitation, a valuable partner of the city’s positive
I am very confident that Pattaya Mail newspaper will
maintain its analysis of the local news and continue being the best
selling newspaper in the East.
In this upcoming 13th Anniversary, may God bless the
management and staff of Pattaya Mail with happiness and prosperity.
Tiffany’s Show Pattaya Co., Ltd.
Woodlands Hotel & Resort Co., Ltd.
Pattaya Mail is about to enter its 14th year, and as
Pattaya’s first English language newspaper it recently acquired a
German sister publication. I have to say that the management has
great developmental skills that have resulted in the newspaper
growing and evolving, and continually providing interesting
coverage. I hope Pattaya Mail continues to prosper and to benefit
visitors and residents alike.
Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City
Eastern Seaboard without Pattaya Mail is like a
Dinner without friends. We expatriates don’t lack on information but
we need the right information for business and life in Thailand.
This and much more is provided by “PM” which means Pattaya Mail and
also as a brand name for Peter Malhotra.
I wish all the best on the occasion of the 13th
anniversary of Pattaya Mail and every success in the future.
Managing Director TGI-ITS
On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of Pattaya
Mail and as the newspaper enters its 14th year, on behalf of Pattaya
City Council I would like to extend our praise and thanks. Pattaya
Mail is a newspaper that all foreigners in Pattaya, whether they are
tourists or residents, read to keep them up to date on local
happenings. As a mirror reflecting the development of Pattaya it
does so in an honest and just manner, and it is my hope that Pattaya
Mail continues to preserve these standards.
Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City
Associated Press (AP) Television News congratulates
Pattaya Mail on its 13th Anniversary, and is proud to support its
community television service. AP Television News supplies
international news to over 500 broadcasters worldwide, however we
are particularly proud of our relationship with Pattaya Mail TV. We
commend your vision of giving audiences an international
perspective, whilst ensuring your news content stays relevant to the
interests of the people of Pattaya. Best wishes on your 13th
AP Television News (Asia)
Pattaya Mail was the city’s first English language
newspaper, and now it is entering its 14th year with a sound
reputation and solid readership. I hope the newspaper continues to
grow with the city of Pattaya, and I wish all Pattaya Mail employees
health, wealth and happiness.
Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City
Hello! We, Redemptorist school students are grateful
for the opportunity to say ‘Happy 13th Birthday’ to Pattaya Mail. We
wish Pattaya Mail continues to give us quality and informative news.
We are looking forward for Pattaya Mail’s production in the
following years. We all congratulate you, Pattaya Mail.
For Pattaya Mail’s 13th birthday, we hope Pattaya
Mail carries on giving quality information to people and keeps
growing together with Pattaya city forever from students at
Redemptorist school for the blind.
Redemptorist School for the blind
On behalf of the Father Ray Foundation, we would
like to congratulate Pattaya Mail for going into their 14th year of
business. We would like to thank them for their contributions for
the Father Ray Foundation over the years and we wish them many more
years of success.
Street Kids Home
Congratulations on the 13th anniversary of Pattaya
Mail and every success to you in your 14th year. I wish happiness,
good fortune and success to everyone working on the newspaper.
Pol Lt Col Somchai Phongsai
Traffic Inspector at Pattaya Police Station
Congratulations and best wishes to everyone at Pattaya Mail on
celebrating your 13th anniversary. May you continue to succeed, and
may you always be part of Pattaya City.
Pol Capt Chirawat Sukontasaph
Deputy Inspector of Pattaya Tourist Police
All the best to everyone at Pattaya Mail on your 13th anniversary
and the beginning of your 14th year. I hope Pattaya Mail continues
to be the best media in the Eastern Part of Thailand for many years
Congratulations Pattaya Mail on your 13th anniversary! I hope every
step you take will get better and better, and that you are able to
maintain the quality of your newspaper. Finally, I hope and believe
that Pattaya Mail will bring all the news, with quality, to the
people of Pattaya City and world wide forever. Thank you.
Pattaya Immigration, with its direct
responsibilities concerning foreigners in Pattaya City, appreciates
that Pattaya Mail is invaluable reading for foreign visitors and
residents alike. Congratulations on your anniversary and coming 14th
year. I wish you even more success for the future in carrying on
your vital work of keeping overseas visitors advised of movements
and events in and around Pattaya.
Pol Col Ittipol Ittisarnronnachai
Superintendent at Pattaya Immigration
We would like to take this opportunity to thank
you for the past 13 years of fine journalism and exemplary
commitment in community service. The growth and success of our city
is largely dependent on having bighearted and fine citizens like
you, and we recognize the contribution you make in helping maintain
Pattaya City an enjoyable place that it is today. We hope that you
will remain a good friend and partner of Dusit Resort, Pattaya for
the many years to come and we offer our congratulations on your 13th
General Manager Dusit Resort, Pattaya
Hello Pattaya Mail! Congratulations! It is the best newspaper in
town and always has been the best, and I hope that it will be the
best forever. Stay with us here in Pattaya, and happy birthday!
Manager of Thoss Co Ltd
I hope that Pattaya Mail remains a part of Pattaya and continues
with its English language reporting for many more years. Thank you
for producing such a fine newspaper.
General secretary, Pattaya City Council
Pattaya Mail is the kind of newspaper an international city needs,
giving news, views and entertainment in true English-language
newspaper style. I believe this is an excellent medium for all
visitors and residents, and the team does an exceptionally good job
in reporting and presenting life in our city. Congratulations to
Peter Malhotra and everyone on Pattaya Mail, and all prosperity and
happiness to you.
Deputy Mayor of Pattaya City
On behalf of Pattaya City Council, I wish Pattaya Mail well. This
was Pattaya’s first English language newspaper and the management
and staff are to be congratulated on their 13th anniversary. I hope
Pattaya Mail continues with its high quality reporting and tourism
information for many, many more years to come.
Member of Pattaya City Council
From the Fountain of Life, I would like to wish Pattaya Mail
blessings and happiness as they start into their 14th year and we
thank them for the coverage that they have given to the works of
Jesters and to the works that Jesters have done for the Fountain of
Fountain of Life
On behalf of everyone here at YWCA, I would like to sincerely
congratulate you on the 13th years anniversary of the first English
language newspaper in Pattaya City. Pattaya Mail newspaper has
contributed so much for the Pattaya community and the Eastern
Seaboard. I must say that I am not surprised to see you come this
far through the great teamwork and friendliness of your
organization. Wishing you the best, and more happiness.
Chairwoman of YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center
Pan Pan sends all good wishes to everyone at Pattaya Mail for its
14th year, and we congratulate you on your progress and in supplying
Pattaya residents with such a good and satisfying read every week.
Pornchai Somsee of Pan Pan restaurant, Jomtien
All of us at Ban Jing Jai, children and officers alike, join in
congratulating you at Pattaya Mail for all the work you do for
society, and our thoughts and thanks go to you. We wish Pattaya Mail
prosperity, and more and more success. Happy birthday, Pattaya Mail.
Ban Jing Jai