77 years and still on top


Looking back on his 77 years, Gerrit Niehaus, owner of the Thai Garden Resort, sees one consistent theme: “I can say that even now, I still enjoy every day of my life.”

Niehaus celebrated his birthday Feb. 5 amongst friends at his Pattaya hotel. Many flew over from Germany for the occasion, including Reiner Calmund, a famous soccer presenter, Franz Walter, an emeritus chief judge at the Higher Regional Court, and well-known politician Juergen Koppelin. He welcomed them and members of Pattaya’s community individually with a handshake, assisted by his beautiful wife Anselma.

Lovely damsels snuggle up to the birthday boy. (l-r) Menchu Asuncion, Anselma Niehaus, Gerrit Niehaus and Nasrin Gross.

After the guests were seated, Gerrit gave a welcome speech and thanked everyone for attending. He said that he met so many people in his life and he was always lucky to find amongst them real friends with whom he could celebrate.

Walter took over, sharing anecdotes about Niehaus’s life and their mutual experiences. Koppelin joined the felicitators and said he was very proud to call Niehaus a good friend.

Germany’s favourite son, the ever jovial Reiner ‘Calli’ Calmund (left) with Rene Pisters GM of Thai Garden Resort.

The honorary consul general of Austria and honorary consul of Germany, Rudolf Hofer also offered the birthday boy his heartfelt and good wishes.

The dinner was served at the tables to spare the guests from standing in queue at the buffet and everyone seemed to enjoy it very much as well as the beautiful event.

We at the Pattaya Mail Media Group extend our birthday wishes and hope that Gerrit Niehaus stays healthy and blithe for many, many more years to come.

Dr. Franz Walter flanked by Nita Walter and Ivy Schlageter.

“It really happened like this”, Juergen Koppelin (right) seems to be telling to his friend.

Rene Pisters (right) ensured that Gen. Boongird and his wife Oranonga were well looked after.

(l-r) Honorary Consul General for Germany and Austria Rudolf Hofer, Juergen Koppelin and Reiner Calmund.

Family friends, Elfi Seitz (left) Executive Editor of Pattaya Blatt and Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail Media Group.

Ference Fricsay and Khun Chan enjoy a good laugh while Gene Toebosch and Guenther Mueller are in heavy conversation.

(l-r) Anke Gauch, Princess Iris von Sachsen and Kevin Mehling thoroughly enjoying themselves.

A group of happy friends, (l-r) Dr. Franz R. Walter, Axel Borsdorf, Michael and Gigi Wuensche.

Heiko Klimanschewsky and Sylvia Calmund cuddle up to each other.

Birthday boy Gerrit Niehaus welcomes the guests.