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Managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort named honorary consul of Russia

Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital holds First Eastern Seaboard Cardiology Review

Central Festival Center holds ‘Kan Tok’ dinner on Valentine’s Day

Phyathai Hospital Sriracha opens Infertility Center

Manpower opens new branch office

Jumping for joy at Prachuab?

Belgian Buddhist Monk Visits Pattaya

Jesters receive first Platinum Sponsorship for 2004

Victor Kriventsov receives Ukraine Tourism Merit Award

Hard Rockers win the judges hearts at Valentine dinner table setting contest

Pattaya City Expats Club learns about dental care

“flow” flew through

Hundreds of choppers rumble into Pattaya for ‘7th Ride for Peace’ charity event

Managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort named honorary consul of Russia

The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Thailand, on behalf of the government of the Russian Federation recently appointed Mrs. Panga Vathanakul, managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort and PEACH (Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall) as honorary consul of the Russian Federation in Thailand in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the development of economic and cultural ties between Thailand and Russia.

At the official presentation ceremony were (right to left): Director General of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thanarat Thanaputti, Ambassador of the Russian Federation H.E. Yevgeny D. Ostrovenko, Under-permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand H.E. Virasakdi Futrakul, Managing Director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Mrs. Panga Vathanakul, and her husband Chan Vathanakul, Executive Director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Vathanai Vathanakul, Director of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Surakrai Lekklar, and Director of Sales for the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Mr. Victor Kriventsov.

Mrs. Vathanakul accepted her appointment at a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, attended by several ministry officials as well as H.E. Yvgeny Ostrovenko, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Thailand.

“By accepting this designation, I would like to express my strong belief in the importance of further enhancing the strong ties between our two nations,” said Mrs. Vathanakul in her acceptance speech. She then added, “You have my firm and faithful promise that such relations shall be even further improved with my service as honorary consul for the Russian Federation in Pattaya and I am greatly honored today to accept and fulfill the sanctioned role.”

When presenting the award, H.E. Virasakdi Futrakul, deputy permanent undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, paid a tribute to Mrs. Vathanakul’s achievements in several important areas, particularly her exceptional standing as one of the leaders of Thailand’s travel industry and praised her commitment to her newly-acquired responsibilities. He expressed confidence that she would successfully carry on her duties in her new role.

The title of honorary consul is only awarded to individuals whose extraordinary and continuous efforts significantly contribute to the improvement of relations between two nations.

As managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Mrs. Panga Vathanakul has been involved in several projects with the Russian community in Thailand. She also lends her support to numerous charitable causes, such as a trip of Russian orphaned children to Thailand, which she organized and sponsored together with the Russian Orthodox Church. Her work in the travel industry has received wide recognition outside of Thailand, with over 20 different awards of distinction bestowed on the Royal Cliff Beach Resort at numerous Russian trade fairs.


Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital holds First Eastern Seaboard Cardiology Review

Suchada Tupchai

Heart disease is one of the main causes of death in Thailand. Unfortunately, modern and easily accessible medical service for this killer disease is not available throughout the entire country.

Over 200 doctors and physicians from many hospitals in the eastern region attended the first Eastern Seaboard Cardiology Review held at Dusit Resort Pattaya.

On February 7, the Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital cardiology unit under the supervision of Doctor Nithi Mahanond, director, organized a one-day seminar under the theme ‘First Eastern Seaboard Cardiology Review’. Over 200 doctors and physicians from many hospitals in the eastern region attended the seminar held at Dusit Resort Pattaya.

Doctor Pirat Praditwanit, deputy director of Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital said, “This gathering of specialists is a vast step for the Kingdom’s improvement in the field of cardiology. Doctors gathered and shared their invaluable ideas on the issue.”

The deputy director added, “The meeting opened the door for doctors to achieve higher cooperation in academic, theoretical, and practical exercises. Doctors need to gain access to newer discoveries in cardiology. In the past, heart disease patients who lived in the countryside had to travel to Bangkok for a cure, but today Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital provides them convenience, early detection and treatment.”

Doctor Pirat said that cardiology has become an inescapable issue for Thais to learn about because the statistics show that in the last 10 years the death toll caused by heart disease was only second to accidents. The doctor added that it is risky for heart patients not to receive a proper diagnosis and immediate treatment.

Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital, one of the most progressive hospitals in the eastern region, has been increasing its scope of service on cardiology for some time and has achieved a level of excellence where heart patients are able to receive prompt and complete medical service.

Doctor Pirat said the hospital has gathered a team of doctors specializing in the topic to share useful information and has high-tech equipment for more effective cure. The doctor hoped that with collaboration of skilled doctors in the eastern region, new light could be shed on cardiology and its management by having Bangkok-Pattaya as a center.

On the day, 10 cardiologic doctors from different hospitals in the eastern region took their turn to lecture on different areas of cardiology including arteriosclerosis - a systemic disease; metabolic syndrome - a new risk factor; medical treatment and its optimal treatment. Booths exhibiting information about cardiology were set outside the seminar room for public to learn more about the topic.


Central Festival Center holds ‘Kan Tok’ dinner on Valentine’s Day

Central Festival Center organized a special lovers’ feast of cuisine from northern Thailand on this special day. The main hall was decorated in Lanna style and ‘so sueng’ Thai musical instruments were played throughout the evening. Snacks of different styles from the north were offered while many games were played. Lucky winners walked off with free movie tickets. Additionally, there were many shows on stage to entertain the audience.

Valentines Day lovers enjoyed the kan tok dinner at Central Festival Center.

Kan tok is a traditional northern Thai dining style. The main dish is cooked rice, accompanied by curries, chili paste, spicy salad, and boiled vegetables.

Lanna people consume three meals a day. Breakfast is called khao ngai, lunch is called khao ton, and dinner is khao laeng.

Kan tok is made of rattan or the like, used for placing the food tray so that the food is raised above the ground. Spoons were originally made from coconut shells, and in the olden days, such utensils were so scarce that very often there was only one spoon at the dinner table to be shared by everyone. Rice boxes were made of bamboo and lined with bamboo leaves to keep the rice warm.

The ideal place to have kan tok meals are usually on the porch in front of the house and the seating is usually in a circle on the floor, which creates a very casual and cozy, family-like atmosphere.


Phyathai Hospital Sriracha opens Infertility Center

Phyathai Hospital Sriracha now provides infertile mothers an opportunity for treatment through the new Infertility Center that opened on Valentine’s Day. Dr Thanakhom Manthananont, managing director of Phyathai Hospital Sriracha, administration group and all staff welcomed Chonburi Governor Phisut Khetpasook, who cut the ribbon with other honored guests, and officially opened the new center located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.

Dr Thanakhom Manthananont (4th right), managing director of Phyathai Hospital Sriracha, Chonburi Governor Phisut Khetpasook (4th left), Ittipol Khunplum (2nd left), Chonburi parliament member and spokesman to Ministry of Tourism and Sport and other local dignitaries at the opening ceremony.

Dr Thanakhom said, “The hospital has invested more than 10 million baht to import modern technology for both operation rooms and medical supplies to respond to the needs of infertile women.”

Hospital staff provides expert care to this infant born on Valentines Day.

After the opening ceremony, Dr Suchada Mongkolchaipak, obstetrician at Phyathai Hospital Sriracha and Dr Theeraporn Wuttayawanitch, infertility treatment expert presented a video presentation of the methods used to treat infertile women. The hospital administrators then led the honored guests on a tour of the new facilities.

The infertility Center at Phyathai Hospital Sriracha has comfortable care and is not far from Bangkok or Pattaya. In addition, the treatment fee is cheaper than the hospitals or centers in Bangkok. Infertile women who are interested in the modern technology of Phyathai Hospital Sriracha, please contact the Infertility Center at tel. 038 770200-8 ext-2424 daily.


Manpower opens new branch office

Suchada Tupchai

Simon Matthews, country general manager of Manpower Inc., presided over the opening ceremony for the newest Manpower Co. Ltd. office located on 131/56 Moo. 9 Nongprue District in Banglamung, near Sukhumvit Road. The opening was celebrated on February 6 and attended by Manpower staff, honored guests and customers from the industrial estates.

Simon Matthews, country general manager of Manpower cuts ribbon with Rungnapha Damrongboon, ESB Area manager.

Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the staffing industry, providing workforce management services and solutions to customers through 3,900 offices in 63 countries.

Manpower annually provides employment to more than two million people worldwide. In the Asia-Pacific region, Manpower works through a network of over 200 offices in 12 countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Manpower in Thailand was established in March 1998. Now there are 6 branch locations servicing Thailand; five branches in Bangkok, one on the Eastern Seaboard in Sattahip and now their new office in Pattaya.


Jumping for joy at Prachuab?

Or perhaps jumping with Joy!

Pattaya’s premier paratrooper, Patrick Van den Berghe, has arranged a Thai Boogie Special for all those who would like to try a tandem parachute jump. This will be held between March 9-20 at Prachuab, close to the beach.

The jumps will be from a Hercules C-130 at up to 15,000 feet, which allows for a 60 seconds free-fall. This is the same plane that was used to set the world record mass jump at Khorat in February this year, and is set up for skydiving.

To be able to prove that you really did do it, video and photos during the dive are arranged, and provides positive proof that you have nerves of steel.

Prachuab airspace is ideal for skydiving at present, and the Thai Boogie Special includes transport from Pattaya to Prachuab, one night in the hotel and all meals, the tandem jump plus video and photo, certificate and return to Pattaya. Pick-up is from Pattaya hotels or from the central point, Patrick’s Belgian Restaurant, opposite Mike Shopping Mall. The cost for the entire package has been pegged at 15,000 baht.

Further details are available from Patrick’s Belgian Restaurant and Cafe, 216/51-52, Moo 10, off 2nd Road, Pattaya 20260, Chonburi, Thailand, email [email protected], website http://patricksresto pattaya.com, phone and fax 038 720 300, mobile 01-6872410.


Belgian Buddhist Monk Visits Pattaya

Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu, or Phra Nicholas Thanissaro as he is also called, has been visiting Pattaya recently and has already helped lead a meditation and relaxation programme at the Glao Kesa Institute at the invitation of the owner Khun Songphol Phusansa-ard.

Last week he was one of 20 monks that were invited again to the Institute (The Hairdressing and Beauty School in Pattaya Klang) for their annual Tamboon along with many Thai dignitaries.

Phra Nicholas, on being invited to share some of his techniques with the Pattaya City Expats Club, said he was excited to be able to offer the relaxation exercises to foreigners and help them find some personal means of meditation. Phra Nicholas went on to say that he would be willing to lead the members on Sunday 29th February during the regular breakfast meeting at 10.30 at Henry J. Bean’s on North Beach Road and that he would provide exercises that they could do right their in their chairs without having to adopt any yogic positions. He said he would also be willing after the meditation to answer any questions relating to Buddhist ritual and doctrine or about himself as a ‘foreigner” who has adopted the Buddhist religion or indeed anything else related to the practice of the religion here in Thailand. Phra Nicholas is very approachable and though a native of Belgium will answer all questions in English and looks forward to meeting as many members of the Pattaya City Expats Club and their guests on Sunday.

Anyone who wants to have a preview of some of the practices of meditation can go to the website at www.dhammakaya.or.th


Jesters receive first Platinum Sponsorship for 2004

Peter Stonebridge hands over a cheque for 100,000 baht (Platinum Sponsorship) to Lewis Underwood, chairman of the Jesters Care for Kids Charity Drive 2004 on the occasion of the Classroom Charity Classic golf tournament.


Victor Kriventsov receives Ukraine Tourism Merit Award

Victor Kriventsov, director of sales at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort was recently bestowed with the Award of Merit in Tourism of Ukraine. Kriventsov received this award for his significant contribution to the development of tourism between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Thailand.

From left to right: charg้ d’affaires of Ukraine in Thailand Igor Hummenyi; head of the Ukraine State Tourism Administration, Valery Tsybukh, and director of sales at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort Victor Kriventsov.

The head of the Ukraine State Tourism Administration, H.E. Valery Tsybukh presented Kriventsov with the award at the official ceremony that took place at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort.

HE Tsybukh stated that so far, Kriventsov is the only person in the Asia-Pacific region to hold this prestigious award.

The charg้ d’affaires of Ukraine in Thailand, H.E. Igor Hummenyi also joined in to congratulate Kriventsov on his success.

The “Award of Merit in Tourism of Ukraine” is Ukraine’s highest state decoration in the area of tourism and travel.


Hard Rockers win the judges hearts at Valentine dinner table setting contest

Romance and artistic talent were highlighted during a recent contest held at the Royal Garden Plaza to challenge teams to create the most beautiful and romantic table setting for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

The Hard Rock Hotel’s team won the top prize in the recent Valentine dinner table setting contest.

Aimed to encourage contestants to be creative by using a variety of materials to come up with various ways to set dining tables, this imaginative concept drew a huge and appreciative audience who gathered to watch this unusual event.

Eight teams had to use a 3x3 carpeted space provided for them, but the participants had to bring in their own tables, chairs, food and other accessories. Each team was required to have up to three members and to finish their decoration within 2 hours.

First prize went to the team from Hard Rock Hotel, and they walked away with 20,000 baht. The second prize of 10,000 baht went to The Proposal from the Marriott Resort and Spa, and the 5,000 baht third prize went to the Eternal Love team, who were eternally grateful.


Pattaya City Expats Club learns about dental care

Suchada Tupchai

Dr Ketsuda Pornpreecha, an expert dentist from Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital, was the guest speaker at the Pattaya City Expats Club weekly meeting February 20 at Henry J Bean’s Bar and Grill at the Amari Orchid Resort in North Pattaya.

Dr Ketsuda Pornpreecha, an expert dentist from Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital, received assistance from a willing member of the audience to demonstrate proper dental health techniques and ways to protect one’s mouth and teeth.

Dr Ketsuda used overhead projections and a willing member of the audience to demonstrate proper dental health techniques and ways to protect one’s mouth and teeth. She also answered various questions from members about this topic.

The Pattaya City Expats Club, led by its president, Drew Noyes, holds meetings every Sunday morning for members to meet other expats in the area and learn from expert scholars from various organizations. One of the goals of the club is to follow current trends and explore the lifestyle of foreign people and tourists in Pattaya City.


“flow” flew through

The hard-working rock band, “flow”, flew into Pattaya last week for a one night concert at Shenanigans, as part of their Thailand tour. Led by songwriter and vocalist Rick Montembault, the four man group entertained the audience with numbers from both their CDs “seeds” and “roots”.

The hard-working rock band, “flow”, thrilled the crowd at Shenanigans Pattaya last week during their one night concert as part of their Thailand tour.

The Pattaya Mail’s CD reviewer, Mott the Dog was seen wagging his tail enthusiastically, but his response was no greater than the rest of the pub goers, who were also seen to be tapping feet and clapping in appreciation of the original work coming from this Thai based band. They did play a few covers, but the vast majority of the numbers were Rick Montembault originals.

To find a group writing their own numbers and not just slavish covers, no matter how close to the original group, is a refreshing change. “flow” certainly was refreshing and a pleasant fun-loving group.


Hundreds of choppers rumble into Pattaya for ‘7th Ride for Peace’ charity event

Suchada Tupchai

Over a thousand big choppers rumbled onto Pattaya’s roads and highways on February 13, as Prasan Nikaji, president of Burapha Motorcycle Club Thailand, led the riders on the ‘7th Ride for Peace’ in collaboration with the Burapha Motorcycle Club Thailand, American Classic Car Club, Classic Old Bike Club, and Cowboy Club Thailand.

The ground literally shook as the big bikes rumbled into town for their 7th annual Ride for Peace charity event.

Prasan explained the 3-day bike-riding event was initiated to promote tourism in many aspects - aiming to raise awareness of eco-friendly tourism, carbon monoxide reduction, and to generate understanding amongst the public that bike riders such as his group love peace and social harmony.

Prasan said it was common in some parts of the world to see chopper bikers as troublemakers, but his group is made up of respectable people with jobs and businesses who just happen to love big bikes. They genuinely desire to uphold peace and interact with the community in a responsible way.

Proud owners put their big bikes on display for all to see.

“Our members are also involved in many charitable events,” said Prasan. The group leader said his squad endorses the campaign for 4-stroke motorcycle engines to help reduce CO2 emission, the wearing of helmets and switching on headlights for safety, Asian-European-American relationship strengthening, and fundraising for Pattaya student scholarships and improvement of facilities.

Prasan said, “This year over one thousand riders of different nationalities, including Thais, Germans, Dutch, Swedes, British, Australians, Singaporeans, and Indonesians joined in a huge parade which started from North Pattaya Road, proceeded to Beach Road, continued to Pratamnak Road, and ended at Na Jomtien. Tight security was enforced by local police and volunteers and the event came off without a hitch.”

The bikes attracted a cheering mob of spectators as they snaked their way along the parade route. Several shows took place at the event ground in Jomtien including a chopper bike show, jet ski show, para-motor show, Miss Chopper pageant, a Cowboy and Cowgirl contest, and Tom Dandee, a famous Thai country singer, performed for the happy crowd.




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