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  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Royal Orchid Sheraton Wins Luxury Hotel & Restaurant of The Year 2018

    Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is honored to be announced as the latest winner of the 2018 Luxury Travel Guide Awards, “LUXURY HOTEL & RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018” in Thailand.

    “We are honored to have received this outstanding recognition for our hotel services and facilities together with our exquisite culinary experiences that we offer to guests as we are constantly endeavoring to exceed our guests’ expectations, ” said Michael Schlueter, General Manager at Royal Orchid Sheraton.

    The Luxury Travel Guide Awards represent the pinnacle of hospitality achievement, championing the best in their respective fields. The awards celebrate the very best accommodation providers in the most sought after destinations throughout the world. All winners of the awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by in-house professionals and celebrity judges to ensure only the most deserving companies and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.

    Royal Orchid Sheraton situated on the enchanting Chao Phraya River, all of 726 guest rooms showcase unobstructed river views. The hotel also features over 2,800 square meter (30,000 sq.ft.) of conferencing and meeting facilities, as well as venues for stylish and exquisite events and weddings. Four restaurants with a wide range of cuisine include international buffet, traditional Thai, delicious Italian and a stylish bar & grill by the riverfront. The hotel offers complimentary river shuttle boat to and from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station, two resort-style swimming pools, 24-hour fitness center, a tranquil spa, tennis court and lush meditative gardens for an unforgettable stay.

     

    For more information, please call 02 266 0123, e-mail: royalorchid@sheraton.com,

    Line@: @rosheratonbangkok, Facebook: www.facebook.com/royalorchidsheratonhotel, or

    website: www.royalorchidsheraton.com.

  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018 15:26 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    SO SOFITEL BANGKOK and BMW Group Thailand Present a Donation From SO FIT SO FUN RUN to BAAN Gerda and Hands Across The Waters

    SO Sofitel Bangkok led by Mr. Torsten Richter (2nd right), General Manager, and Ms. Nusara Arampienlert (far right), Director of Talent and Culture, together with BMW Group Thailand, led by Mr. Lars Nielsen (2nd left), Sales and Marketing Director, and Mr. Krisda Utamote, Director Corporate Communications (far left), presented a donation of one million baht in funds raised from SO FIT SO Fun Run to Ms. Kwanjai Sarnswang (3rd left), Vice President of Children’s Rights Foundation representing Baan Gerda Project, and to Mr. Peter Baines (3rd right), the founder of Hands Across the Water. The donation will be used to support HIV infected and affected orphans at Baan Gerda and education for orphaned children at Hands Across the Water.

    The charity run was held in May at Lumpini Park and was joined by 1,200 runners. The next SO FIT SO Fun Run will be held on 3rd March 2019. Please visit https://www.sofit-sofunrun.com/ for updates and information.

    Baan Gerda in Lopburi province is the only children's shelter in Thailand that provides care and treatment for HIV-infected and affected orphans in family-style homes. The shelter plays an enormous role in the recovery and continued well-being of the children – including regular school attendance.

    Hand Across the Water is the project which operates social enterprise for fundraising to cover all administrative costs, helping children that have no other option in life, providing them with a place to be loved and an education.

    All donations are welcome and appreciated through www.facebook.com/BaanGerda for Baan Gerda, and http://handsgroup.com.au for Hand Across The Water.

  • Monday, July 23, 2018 16:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)






    Bangkok’s grilling scene is set for a revolution 

    coming her way.

    World's leading barbecue manufacturer Weber puts extra sizzle in the grilling scene in Thailand with the launch of its new store and training center in Bangkok



    Weber, the world’s premier brand of barbecue grills, led by (photo from left) Nicolas Pang, Peerada Pintusophon, Brad McElroy, Brian Hendricks, Steven Lim, Anthony Allarey and Desmond Tan is set to revolutionize the way people grill their food in Thailand with the official launch of the new “Weber Store and Training Center” in Bangkok at Sukhumvit Soi 39.

     Through this initiative Weber is offering barbecue enthusiasts a unique opportunity to learn new techniques and to improve their grilling skills. No longer will it be “throw the chicken wings on the barbie.”

     The new Training Center will provide regular ‘Interactive Hands-On’ cooking sessions that will demonstrate the participants on how to get the best results from a barbecue grill. Follow the Weber Asia Facebook page to get updated on the Interactive Hands-on session. Through this initiative Weber aims to provide a perfect platform for barbecue enthusiasts keen to master the art of grilling right and impart the confidence that with Weber by their side, they can grill anything.

     With the launch, Thailand joins a host of other countries in Asia that have embraced the art of grilling. The training promises the best grilling experience available at a retail space.

     Weber believes in setting trends through product innovations that meet its customers’ needs. The company is already recognized internationally for its invention of the covered grill concept.

     At the new Weber Store, Weber will showcase a comprehensive range of high-quality, yet simple to use barbecue grills and accessories.

     “Weber aims to create succulent moments that draw family and friends closer together through great food, grilling fun and unforgettable memories,” said Steven Lim, Vice-President and Managing Director for North and Southeast Asia of Weber-Stephen.

    “In many countries, Weber is generic for grilling. We are proud to be selected in Thailand to work with Weber, the recognised global market leader. Outstanding product and backup" Brad McElroy, Managing Director – The Barbecue Store, Weber Authorized Dealer in Thailand said.

     Chef Nicholas Pang, Weber’s Brand and Training Manager-North and South East Asia, has specially curated an exclusive menu that features a wide choice of appetizers, main courses, desserts and side dishes suitable for a variety of occasions.This inclusive approach of easy buy, easy learn and easy cook by Weber will turn anyone into a “Grill Master” in no time!

    No one takes grilling more seriously than Weber

     This philosophy reflects the quality that accompanies every product and support Weber provides its customers. With a wide range of products including charcoal and gas grills, you can grill anytime, anywhere.

     Weber has a grill solution for everyone; portable grills for those who enjoy the outdoors, compact grills for those who enjoy a more intimate setting at home, and larger grills for those big family gatherings. Weber also offers an assortment of accessories to suit the needs of the grillers.

     A variety of cooking styles like roasting, smoking, frying, poaching and even baking can be explored with the Weber range. What sets the brand apart is its commitment to customer service. From the moment a customer purchases their first Weber grill, the brand promises assistance and support every step of the way.

  • Friday, July 13, 2018 10:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Feast Wins Travel and Hospitality Award as   

    “RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018 IN THAILAND”

    Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is proud to announce that its renowned restaurant, Feast has been awarded as “RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018 IN THAILAND” by Travel and Hospitality Awards.

    “My team and I are delighted to win Travel and Hospitality Awards as the restaurant of the year 2018 in Thailand. I am so proud of what we achieved and looking forward to what the future brings as we continue to deliver exceptional culinary experience to our customers,” said Mr. Mathieu Bellec, Director of Food and Beverage at Royal Orchid Sheraton.

    Travel and Hospitality Award is an annual celebration of excellence across all sectors of high-end travel. Travel experts, along with a panel of trusted judges, have travelled the globe to introduce our readers to the best hotels, spas, restaurants and tour operators. The nominees were judged from services offered, local knowledge, facilities, marketing, location, diversity, customer reviews and industry knowledge criteria. The award is given to hotels and tour operators that go out of their way to please their guests, those that provide a personal level of service and take the time to get to know each visitor so that they might anticipate their every need.

    Feast is a “world cuisine” restaurant offers an array of succulent dishes atop a plentiful buffet spread. Sourced with both local and international flavors, Feast’s global selection includes Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Western, and Thai specialties. Personalized pizzas and pastas are handcrafted in the dynamic open kitchen. Additionally, interactive cooking stations prepare made-to-order dishes upon request, tailored to your specific tastes. Feast’s delectable range of options—from freshly rolled sushi and wood-fired pizza to exotic Asian desserts—is sure to satisfy guests of every age and appetite.

    For more information, please visit http://www.royalorchidsheraton.com or reservations, please call 02 266 0123, e-mail: events.rosh@sheraton.com, Line@: @rosheratonbangkok, Facebook: www.facebook.com/royalorchidsheratonhotel, or website: www.royalorchidsheraton.com
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018 15:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Bangkok Land Prices Increase 1,000% in 30 years

    Bangkok, 11 July 2018 – Land prices in Central Bangkok have increased by 1,000% since 1988 when CBRE established an office in Bangkok 30 years ago.



    Land prices rose dramatically during the Asian Tiger boom years from 1988-1996 before the market came to a grinding halt in the 1997 financial crisis.

    Land price growth resumed in the early 2000s and there has been a rapid escalation of prices over the past two years for prime central business district (CBD) sites.

    Two landmark transactions in the late 1980s were the acquisition of an 8-rai (3.17-acre) site on Sathorn by the original developer of Empire Tower for around THB 125,000 per square wah and the acquisition of a 21-1-08 rai (8.5-acre) site on Wireless Road, which was then the Standard Chartered Bank manager’s house, by the M Thai Group for around THB 250,000 per square wah which is now the All Seasons Place development.

     

    The latest sale in Sathorn was the 8-rai site of the Australian Embassy for THB 1.45 million per square wah in 2017. In Lumpini, SC Asset paid THB 3.1 million per square wah for an 880-square-wah site on Soi Lang Suan. The largest land sale in terms of value was the sale of the 23-rai British Embassy site in 2018 to the Central Group / Hongkong Land joint venture.

    The increase in land prices has not been uniform and there has been a huge change in the development patterns in Bangkok.

    Historically, the commercial city centre was on Charoenkrung Road and the Government Centre was on Ratanakosin Island.  In the 1950s and 1960s, the commercial centre moved to Silom and Surawongse Roads.

    Bangkok grew in the 1970s and 1980s, but did not have a clearly defined city centre and development spread as new roads were built, but this has now changed.

    The two big changes have been the opening and extension of the mass transit system with the first BTS Line in 1999 and the MRT Dark Blue Line in 2004.

    The mass transit lines have changed the way that Bangkok residents work, live and play.  By the mid 2020s, Bangkok should have about 460 kilometres of mass transit lines, compared to the 402-kilometre London Underground system.

    The popularity of Bangkok’s mass transit routes with over 1.2 million users a day has increased land values next to stations, but not every line or station is equally attractive. Land values have been partially determined by the popularity of a line and a station.

    “The other big determinant of land prices has been urban planning and building regulations, particularly those governing how much space can be built, obviously if less space can be built on a site then the land is worth less,” commented Ms. Kulwadee Sawangsri, Executive Director, Capital Markets – Investment & Land, CBRE Thailand.

    Planning and building regulations have become increasingly stricter and more sophisticated and are now a key factor in determining land price.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, Bangkok spread further and further outwards, but in the 2000s, Bangkok has become more inward looking with the adoption of high-rise condominium living and the growth of modern office space.  The city centre is now becoming more clearly defined and the next round of development will be built on many of the remaining under-utilised sites such as the 105-rai Suan Lum site of the One Bangkok development on the corner of Rama 4 and Wireless Roads.

    Land prices are starting to form a much greater proportion of total development costs as they have risen at faster rates than construction costs.  The total development costs, mainly due to the increase in land prices, have risen, driving condominiums prices higher and raising the revenue needed to make rental projects feasible.

    CBRE expects that Central Bangkok will continue to be the most preferred location for the best hotels, offices, retail centres, residences and other types of buildings such as hospitals.  Bangkok will have a clearly defined city centre with extended development along the mass transit line routes concentrated in clusters around the stations.

    The rate of increase of land prices will depend on the level of development activity and the returns that can be generated from development.

    This will vary depending on what can be built and how much customers can afford to pay either to buy or rent in the completed developments.

    As the number of freehold potential development sites in Central Bangkok declines, CBRE expects that land prices will continue to rise.

    In some cases, land prices will be higher than the value of the existing building on the plot and we will see more older buildings being demolished and the sites being redeveloped.

    We have already started to see this happening with the demolition of Kian Gwan Tower I on Wireless Road and Vanissa Building on Chidlom Road. There are also plans to demolish the Dusit Thani Hotel and redevelop the site.  So far, it has only been single ownership buildings that have been demolished.

    At the moment, the condominium law requires that 100% of co-owners agree to revoke the condominium enabling it to be sold and redeveloped.  This has not happened to date although there are now some condominiums where the total value of all the units is less than the vacant possession value of the land on which the condominium has been built.  The sale of all the units and the redevelopment of the site has taken place in other countries, particularly in Singapore where the number of co-owners needing to agree to a block sale is lower. CBRE thinks it will be very difficult to get 100% of condominium owners in Bangkok to agree to sell all the units to a developer.

    “Assuming that planning regulations do not change and the amount of space that can be built on sites remains the same, then Bangkok’s CBD land prices are likely to continue to rise,” concluded Ms. Aliwassa Pathnadabutr, Managing Director of CBRE Thailand, who has worked for the company for 30 years since its establishment in Bangkok.

    The increases will not be constant and will be in stages in line with the economy and property development cycle.

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  • Friday, July 06, 2018 13:20 | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel Appoints Chef Benz

    As Chef De Cuisine of Zoom Sky Bar &Restaurant

    and Zoom Sky Lounge




    Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel is delighted to announce the appointment of Chef Surasak Charoenchane as Chef de Cuisine at ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant and ZOOM Sky Lounge.

    A Thai native with 12 years of impressive culinary experience, Chef Surasak Charoenchane (better known as Chef Benz) brings fresh inspiration to his exciting new role. Passionate about innovative cooking techniques, he infuses the flair of molecular gastronomy to Thai and global dishes.

    Chef Benz has held Executive Chef Positions for the past 4 years and has worked at several renowned establishments in Bangkok, including the Mandarin Oriental, Mango Tree and Rosemary Restaurant. He joins the talented chef brigade of Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel from an Executive Chef position at Carbu Cafe Restaurant. He has also been a Specialist Culinary Trainer at the Rajmangala and Rajabhat Suansunandha Universities in Bangkok, is a member of the Thai Culinary Academy, and since 2014 has won numerous national chef competitions in Thailand, Myanmar and China.

    Now cooking to impress for the discerning guests of Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, diners can savour Chef Benz’s creative modern cuisine of Asian and global flavours in designer sky high spaces. Zoom Sky Lounge on the 38th floor offers a swanky urban den with a city-view bar and cosy dining booths. Just steps away, Zoom Sky Bar & Restaurant reveals panoramic rooftop views from the central light bar, plush dining areas and hidden lower sofas.

    Discover trendsetting city dining by Chef Benz – exclusively at ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant and ZOOM Sky Lounge.

    For reservations and more information:

    Please contact 0 2210 9000 Ext. 4304 or email fb_co@anantara.com.


  • Wednesday, July 04, 2018 11:07 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    CBRE LOOKS BACK 30 YEARS ON THE BANGKOK CONDOMINIUM MARKET


    Bangkok, 4 July 2018 – CBRE is celebrating its 30th anniversary of the opening of the company in Bangkok and Ms. Aliwassa Pathnadabutr, managing director of CBRE Thailand, looks back at the last 30 years of condominium development in Bangkok. “When I first joined the company, which was called Richard Ellis in 1988, there were only about 2,600 completed condominium units in downtown Bangkok and now there are 140,000 and about 630,000 in the whole city.”




    In 1988, it was possible to buy a condominium unit off-plan in downtown Bangkok for around THB 20,000 - 25,000 per square metre, but purchasers got a bare concrete shell with a very basic bathroom. There were no wall, floor or ceiling finishes, no fitted kitchen, air conditioning, lighting or electrical outlets provided by the developer. Today most condominiums are sold on a fully-fitted basis, including air conditioning and kitchens with appliances and purchasers just need to provide loose furniture.

    Prices for new buildings have risen by more than 1,000 per cent with many new condominiums selling for over THB 300,000 per square metre in prime locations. In the late 1980’s, the most expensive condominium project was Somkid Gardens, behind Central Chidlom, where you could have bought a unit off-plan for around 35,000 baht per square metre. Today the most expensive condominium development in Bangkok is 98 Wireless where the developer, Sansiri, says they have sold a unit for more than THB 700,000 per square metre.

    The Condominium Act permitting the sale of freehold strata title condominium property came into effect in 1979 and for the first few years there was only limited development.

    The late 1980’s and early 1990’s were Thailand’s “Asian Tiger” years where more than 90,000 condominium units were built in Bangkok. The condominium market was highly speculative with people trading off-plan contracts as if they were shares, with little thought about design, specification or who the end-user target market was.

    The result was that some of the developments from that period were quite poor quality. The speculative bubble started to cool in 1994 and finally burst in 1997 with the Asian Financial Crisis. The market came to a halt with construction stopping on half-built projects and no sales. Prices did not immediately fall as the foreclosure process was so inefficient and it was not until the early 2,000’s that unsold inventory was cleared and unfinished projects started to be completed. The first new launches did not take place until 2003.

    Since then there has been a big jump in demand, especially in the midtown areas, as young people now leave home before marriage and can afford to buy their own home. It is this social change and increase in disposable income that has fuelled the mainly one-bedroom midtown condominium market.

    Wealthy Thais have also started to favour living in a condominium, especially as Bangkok has become a more geographically centrally focused city with the best offices, shopping centres, restaurants and hospitals being in the city centre. The mass transit system has anchored the city centre which is now far more clearly defined and condominium developments have been clustered around mass transit stations in the centre and midtown and suburban areas.

    Overall the Bangkok condominium market has seen 15 years of growth with only a brief slowdown during the 2008 global financial crisis.

    The Bangkok market still has one feature that makes it different to many other property markets around the world and that is the relatively low level of secondary sales. Most Thai buyers still prefer new properties bought off-plan or on completion. There are speculative buyers who purchase with intention of reselling before completion of construction, but a relatively low level of re-sales after completion. The gap in pricing between new and old condominiums is growing and only few buildings more than five years old have prices that are close to the prices of new projects in the same location. In Singapore, owners of some older buildings have agreed to sell the whole block in a collective sale for redevelopment where the land value now exceeds the total price of all the units, but that has not happened in Bangkok, partly because the Thai condominium law requires 100% agreement of all co-owners to revoke the condominium.

    “I have seen a huge improvement in design, specification and build quality over the last 30 years with developers clearly focused on end-user requirements,” said Ms. Aliwassa. “Looking forward, the market will fluctuate depending on the economic climate and we may see a more active interest in older buildings as purchasers start to see the value in renovation, but there will, as with all cities, still be demand for new buildings.”

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  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 09:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Baan Dek Foundation leverage networks and technology to educate vulnerable children in Thailand


    Through the MIT Solve platform in 2017, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) formed a partnership with Baan Dek Foundation to support the “Digital Superheroes Academy.” This educational app teaches life skills, soft skills, and tech literacy to children living in urban slums and construction site camps throughout Thailand. These skills are taught in the form of ‘superpowers,’ and as children successfully complete each superpower, they graduate as superheroes!  

    This collaboration between the Australian DFAT and BDF has extended far beyond a traditional financial partnership. In December 2017, Ambassador Paul Robilliard from the Australian Embassy in Bangkok visited BDF’s office and field programs in Chiang Mai. In learning about the Digital Superheroes Academy’s potential for scale-up, Ambassador Robilliard discovered that the Project Staff need to find a mobile app developer, but they were struggling to find someone with the desired skillset and budget.

    Ambassador Robilliard activated his personal network and put BDF in touch with DollarSmart Global, a FinTech start-up based in Thailand, whose CEO Dwight Willis quickly matched BDF with a team of mobile developers who were an excellent match for the unique needs of the Digital Superheroes Academy. Today, this team of mobile developers are working closely with BDF to transform the Digital Superheroes Academy from a web app into a mobile app, which will make it possible for children and families to access the app from their own smartphones anywhere in Thailand.  

    The Australian DFAT has also provided BDF with a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, who is assisting project staff to develop robust tracking of the project’s social impact. This specialized expertise will further enhance project scale-up and results.

    Also in December 2017, the Australian Embassy in Bangkok’s Direct Aid Program announced funding to improve the physical infrastructure of these children’s living environments. This project has led to transformative WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) improvements in slums and construction site camps where these children live. This project also educates communities about ways to improve and maintain WASH standards in their own living environments.  

    From improved standard of living in these communities to the international scale-up of the Digital Superheroes Academy, these collaborations between BDF, the Australian DFAT, and the Australia Direct Aid Program exemplify how meaningful partnerships can successfully address global challenges.

    BDF would like to thank its partners the Australian DFAT, MIT Solve, and the Australian Direct Aid Program on their wide range of contributions to the Digital Superheroes Academy. To learn more about these projects, contact BDF Director of Strategy & Partnerships Allison Sanders at allison@baandekfoundation.org.

    The Digital Superheroes Academy is supported by the Australian Government and the ENGIE Foundation.

    Source: http://www.baandekfoundation.org/blog


  • Monday, July 02, 2018 15:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Seven New Marinas to Support Tourism

    Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya is investing 100 million baht to increase the number of berths for yachts.

    Marine tourism in the Gulf of Thailand is set to grow significantly as the government readies plans for seven new marinas.

    Scott Finsten, harbour master of Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya, said the new marina projects will be build along the east and west coasts.

    Targeted locations are Chumphon, Trat and Sattahip district in Chon Buri, as well as on Koh Samui and in Prachuap Khiri Khan (possibly Pran Buri district).

    But development is subject to further study, and some projects may be built by the private sector.

    There are four marinas operating in the country, three of which are in the Gulf of Thailand: Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya, Siam Royal View Koh Chang and Racer Marina in Pran Buri, with a total capacity of 615 berths. Phuket in the Andaman Sea has 736 berths.

    Mr Finsten said the government aims to promote Thailand as a hub of marine tourism in Southeast Asia by investing in the Thailand Riviera project in the gulf at an estimated cost of 7 billion baht.

    He pointed out that Pattaya on the eastern gulf coast is now able to link with Hua Hin on the west coast via ferry service, making Pattaya a travel hub on the east coast.

    Pattaya is also growing as a business hub because of the government's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme.

    Mr Finsten said the marine industry on the east coast is picking up steam, with charter and day trips up 20% year-on-year and the number of new boats sold up 10%.

    "International yachts visiting the area are also increasing after the government allowed yacht visitors to stay 12 months per visit, up from less than six months in the past," he said.

    Overall, Thailand has more berths than Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia combined. The cost of rental, maintenance and services is also lower in Thailand.

    With about 30% lower expense, Thailand has a chance to become a marine tourism hub in the region, Mr Finsten said.

    "At Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya, we are investing about 100 million baht in expanding berth capacity and services, which will be completed in August this year," he said. "Once completed, we will be able to cater to the increased demand by raising berths by 15% from 380 currently to 440 berths."

    Pattaya's popularity as a seaside destination is at an all-time high, with more than 14 million visitors in 2017. The figure is set to rise further with planned additional capacity at U-tapao airport and as the EEC starts to take shape.

    Ocean Marina said it invests more than 10 million baht each year to host the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, a key platform to boost business and tourism in the region.

    This year's 7th Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is scheduled for Nov 29-Dec 2 and is expected to generate more than 2 billion baht for the industry.

    Napong Paripontpochanapisuti, acting managing director of Ocean Property Co, said the boat show has shown steady growth over the last six years, with the number of visitors reaching a record high in 2017 of nearly 6,000, up 23% from the year before.

    Last year, Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya took in 200 million baht in revenue. The club expects 10% growth this year.

    Source: Bangkok Post



  • Friday, June 29, 2018 10:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Class of 2018- Outstanding KIS Students, Are Welcomed By Top Universities


    Congratulations to the graduates of KIS International School Class of 2018!

    Our class of 2018, a close-knit group of 34 students from 13 countries, has been offered 112 places by 79 universities in 10 countries. Almost all of these universities are top-ranked in their country and in the world. This year’s graduating class also received university scholarships worth more than an astounding 2,000,000 US Dollars.  

    Our students will be taking majors in many different areas. They will study Aviation, Psychology, Environmental Science, Marketing, Medicine, Media & Reporting, Marine Biology, Engineering, Film, Screenwriting, Fashion, Maths, Business, Finance, Design, Architecture, Computer Science, Music Production, Science, Design, Communication and International Justice & Human Rights.

    Some of the universities they have been accepted at include:

    University of Toronto (Canada); University of California – Berkeley, UCLA, University of Southern California, Amherst College, Colby College, Wesleyan University (United States); Durham University, University of Warwick, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, University of Bristol, King's College London (United Kingdom); Monash University and University of Melbourne (Australia- TBC); University of Amsterdam, University of Leiden (Netherlands); University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong), and many more.

    Congratulations to the class of 2018. We wish them all the best for their bright futures!

    If you would like to be a part of KIS’ success stories, please contact: admissions@kis.ac.th

    KIS International School is an IB World School, offering the International Baccalaureatefor children from 3- 18. This academically rigorous and balanced curriculum consists of the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma. KIS has around 700 students from 55 countries. 

    KIS is a medium-sized school with a warm and caring atmosphere. The campus, located close to the centre of town, is green and spacious and has elaborate facilities. Our exceptional, vibrant and supportive teachers encourage our students’ love of learning.KIS graduates go to excellent universities around the world.

    KIS International School is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education.  It is an active member of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) and East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).  KIS is authorised by the International Baccalaureate and is an accredited member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). 

    www.kis.ac.th

    Contact: 

    Linda Belonje

    Director of Marketing and Development

    KIS International School

    02-2743444 ext 4116, linda@kis.ac.th 


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