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The original foreigners’ advice forum,
with members’ e-newsletters continuously since 2001.
The Pattaya Expats Club!

Expats Helping Expats now in it’s 17th year
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PEC Meeting Programme
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Our Featured Speaker is . . .
Darren Mcgarry
PEC Sponsor & Visa Specialist (Key Visa Co)
Immigration Updates (Latest)

Tales of Joy and Sorrow in the Visa Business – May 2017 Update

There has been a lot happening in and out of Thailand with regard to visas for Thailand, and going outside of Thailand. Timely to have our chief Visa Expert and 12 Year Club Sponsor with us to help sort it all out. Darren will bring us up-to-date and share stories of success and problems people have encountered so that when you need to do something you can be on the success side. Come prepared with your questions so Darren can provide as much value as possible during his welcome talk.

About the Speaker:
Darren is Managing Director of the Key Visa Company Ltd. and their office is located next to Big C in South Pattaya.
The purpose of Key Visa is to help the client in all aspects of visa applications and to educate people who are wishing to reside in Thailand in the future. His team is highly trained in Thailand’s Immigration law (BE2522) and work very closely with the Chon Buri Immigration Department (Jomtien Beach Soi 5). He opened the Key Visa Company because he felt he could offer a specialized consultancy visa service for foreign nationals. Darren spent a lot of time looking carefully at the area and people’s needs and doing due diligence before committing to become a “specialist” visa consultant. Key Visa Co feels totally at home with the Expats and foreign community and aims to make every visa application a hassle free venture for their clients.

Contact info for Key Visa:
Darren: 081 004 5397,   Office Thai/English:  038 422 131
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Club News, and Notices
PEC President Niels Colov

Open Mic Forum
Club Member Brian Maxey
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And…  Sunday, 4 June 2017
Our Featured Speaker is . . .
Dr Mano Mettanando Laohavanich
Monk, Doctor and Political expert sharing his views on current events in Thailand from his unique perspective
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 NEWS.. PATTAYA SERVICE CENTRE is offering a NEW (Pacific Cross) Health Insurance – higher cost, higher cover,

initial application up to 80 years of age (renewal through to 90 yrs).
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NEWS.. A recently updated page to our Website is
‘Last Will and Testament (Thailand)’,
thanks to Kelvin Bamfield, CEO of Thai888 (Law Company)   +66 (0) 8 0102 8978.
Link:  PEC. . . last-will-and-testament-thailand/
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The next ACS Outreach to Pattaya will be 14 July 2017.
Appointments are not needed for consular services during outreach visits.
If you have any questions, please email
or call the American Citizen Services Unit at 02-205-4049, or visit website:
Outreach Events will no longer accept cash
(U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht)
for American Citizen Services.
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Our Sunday meeting venue is
The Mercure Hotel
Pattaya 2nd Road – Soi 15.
Entry price is now 220B for the large breakfast buffet & PEC Meeting.
(Sunday Morning only)

Don’t miss the Excellent Jazzman, a must listen to and catch live,
Hodgkins, every Saturday Evening, 6.30 pm during the
Seafood BBQ Buffet!

Each first Friday evening of the month is
‘Chill Out Friday’
At Mercure Hotel
(next event 2 June 2017)

Also each month has other
Specialty Food Events…
Don’t forget – special 15% PEC Members Discount
(Friday & Saturday Buffet)

NEWS – Pattaya local telephone numbers
Emergency & Utilities
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Phyathai Sriracha Hospital
Special monthly health check up promotions available’
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Pattaya City Hospital
Special Packages change each Month
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PEC Finance Reports now available on-line:
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Important change to rules for Land-Border-Entry to Thailand:
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The Thai Consulate, Birmingham (UK)
Is now CLOSED permanently.
There are 6 other Consulates in the UK.
Please NOTE:
Not ALL Consulates can issue all types of visa.
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When you attend our Sunday meetings.
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Please…  Remember our venue is an operating hotel
they need the lobby in the mornings so do not show up and queue from 9am for the meeting.  If you arrive early please do not crowd the lobby near the entrance.
Also, the WiFi Internet usage in the Restaurant is now free and we can use the
Lobby computers for a small charge.  Please do not use the Business Center computers they are for the hotel guests only.
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Collecting Your ‘PEC Member’ Lucky Draw Prize.
PEC Meeting Managers have decided that irrespective of the Manager knowing a club regular to be a member and recalling seeing a Winners membership card before – ALL MUST SHOW A CARD each time to claim their prize.
So please bring your member card to the club each meeting.
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Meeting Managers are Dan SchwartzJahir Khan, John Coughtrie, Bob Donald and Richard Ravensdale who plan the meetings and link the programme announcements – give them any programme content you’d like to include on the day and as they each represent our Board of Trustees, bring to their attention any club policy matters.
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Open Mic Forum
This week we have Club Member Brian Maxey, back as Moderator
for the interactive discussion session.
A lively mutual exchange of information, with a little humour and advice from Asia hands and ‘ex-pats’ in the meeting room.
This is PEC’s Forum segment, for all those practical questions on life in Thailand in general, and in Fun-Town in particular.  During this session if you are new in town or to the meeting, feel free to grab the microphone and introduce yourself to the group and ask any questions you may have.

Club TV Reports.
Our PEC weekly meeting content has a generous segment on Pattaya People Television, shown on Sophon Cable, Bang Lamung Cable and Jomtien Cable here in our local area.
Some past Reports are available on YouTube . . .
And on Pattaya People website . . .
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Please suggest Main Feature Speakers for our weekly Meetings and contact Dan Schwartz ( or, PEC’s Programme Manager.
See Loran Davidson at the Meeting
Give your suggested ‘lead’, with contact info but please do no
t fix dates in advance. (Next available date is: 11 June 2017).
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In the Hotel main lobby are our Sponsors, with information and staff representing their businesses.
All information from their representatives during this time is free to Members.

Although PEC Sponsors may request a table in the Foyer Area of Mercure Hotel on Sunday Mornings, we cannot guarantee their appearance.
Here are their formal business contact details.

PATTAYA SERVICE CENTRE Insurance – Neng on 08 4003 6030, Medical, accident, car, motorcycle, house, condo, boat, shop, office and travel cover. 2 special discount group medical schemes for PEC members.
(New 2017 cover available – see NEWS above)
PATTAYA SERVICE CENTRE Travel – Jahir on 086 394 0863,
For Tours & Travel – air tickets, package tours. Property sales & rentals. Business services, company formations, contracts, work permits, visa, accounting. Legal civil / criminal litigation and Notary services.

EXPAT LAW CO. Ltd, 24 Hour Emergency Cover – call 09 1239 3495, email:  Full legal services – business start-up – corporate matters – criminal & civil litigation. For information meet the staff of Expat Law Thailand in the Foyer each Sunday, or located at 65/42 Thepprasit Road, Soi 7 Moo 12, Nongprue, Banglamung 20150.

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL – Soi 4 on 2nd Road, 038 428 374
Regular FREE testing of blood group and pressure, and on the first Sunday of each month blood-sugar level tests. (A blood sugar test requires fasting for 8 hours prior to the test).

For legal query and free advice from lawyer Khun Suthipong Trakulsak. 038-413616, or 081-914 8193. 3rd Road 247/122 Moo 10, Pattaya 3rd Road.

HEALTHUT (Former NUTRITION CLUB):  Khun Wan & Pascal 099 391 5664.  For a healthier and stress-free lifestyle, with weight loss suggestions, diets, Nutrition questionnaire and tests on the spot.
Healthut – Organic & Natural Health Products and Nutrition Services.
Located on Soi Town In Town  –  Website:

KEY VISA Co Ltd, Darren Mcgarry, 08 1004 5397,
Free advice on expats’ Immigration queries. A service, handling Income letters and UK Passport renewal – approved by the UK Embassy. Now at a more centralized location, directly opposite the car park entrance of BIG C in South Pattaya. Skype account at:  KEYVISACO.

AA INSURANCE – The PEC’s own ‘low cost group health policy’, available alongside many other types of Insurance. If it can be insured we will insure it. Home, condo, car, motorbike, health and life here in Thailand is all in a days work for us.
038-415795, or  or

FIRE SECURITY PATTAYA Co. Ltd. –  A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR ONLY 100 BAHT PER YEAR – 5 Years guarantee – Proof for insurance – Maintenance service – 10% Member Discount – 354/36 Moo.9 Sukhumvit Soi 51 Pattaya 20150.  E- mail :  (Office): 08 66 26 16 08   (Mobile): 08 38 99 54 36

ABSOLUTE HEALTH, –  A Clinic on North Road Pattaya, providing Anti-Aging, Integrative and Advancement in Medicine for individualized treatment programs for patients of all ages and with various disorders. Natural Hormonal Replacement to optimize the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Free Quantum Scan one time!
038 423 213/4/5  Web –

TIP4BUY Co., Ltd. – Harbor Mall, Pattaya Central Road, Floor 4. Professional Video Security Solutions – Alarm Systems – GPS Navigation & Tracking Systems – Dashboard Cameras – Gadgets – Smart Android TV Boxes.
We will never compromise on Quality & Customer Service.
call 038 195 937, 082 465 6340, email

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PEC Life Membership is just 600 Baht and only by personal application at any meeting of the Club.  This one-time joining fee provides a Photo-ID Card – no renewals needed, and offers a free copy of Pattaya People Newspaper on Sundays by showing your entry ticket and member card, entry to our weekly lucky draw, discounts from some area businesses as well.  Bring two very small photos and your card will be prepared and laminated by our club staff. Our membership table is open from approximately 1015am until 1130am.
Have you lost your PEC Life Member Card? 
We can trace records in our database and via paper application forms, to re-issue a card, for a service fee of 100 Baht.

PEC has 7 different ‘Help Contacts’, from our volunteers
For General Inquiries email <>.
Or call Richard on 081 001 6372.
Or Bob on 098 579 9886.
Or Jahir on 084 348 9501.
Or Brian on 089 604 3646. 

For Legal assistance call Lawyer Khun Suthipong Trakulsak, 081 914 8193, ( (Emergency cover 24/7)
For Legal assistance call EXPAT LAW CO. Ltd, 091 239 3495, email: ( (Emergency cover 24/7)

British Embassy – If you require any advice including emergency assistance, please telephone the British Embassy (Consular Section) in Bangkok on 02 305 8333. The Bangkok Office can produce document authentication for Immigration purposes by mail. Go to their website for address. (
Remember visits to the Embassy are ‘BY APPOINTMENT ONLY‘ now.
If you are in the UK please call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office London on 020 7008 1500 for assistance.

US Embassy has a local Pattaya representative for help. Warden Bobby Brooks (email: call 084-158 0785.

PEC Special Interest Groups– these are all FREE access for those holding a club membership. Some incur costs.

Six-A-Side Football for PEC Members, Now every Wednesday from 1700, members are invited to play a social game of six-a-side football at the state-of-the-art artificial grass stadium, “Planet Football” located on Siam Country Club Road, Cost is now only 40B per person. Information Phone: 038 248 212. Open Daily 8am to midnight.

The Club’s deep sea fishing trips are organised monthly by James Duffy, call 082 211 4879 for dates, or email: Trips leave 4am and return 6pm, usually from Sattahip. Show member card please.

Join our Badminton group – currently played by our members at Diamond Badminton Centre on Pattaya Third Road, near Soi 17 traffic lights, at 6.30 pm two evenings per week. Ask Meeting Manager Jahir, call him on 084 3489 501, and please show member cards.

Pattaya People Radio 96FM  &  Kiss 91.75FM.
Available in Pattaya local area + Worldwide via Pattaya People website

At our Sunday Club Meetings:
Our ‘Club Shop’
(next to the entry ticket sales point) – has low cost shirts with the club handshake logo and tropical blue silk shirts with our club palm tree motif. Light and mid-blue shirts, cotton silk mix at 379 B with club badge in stock. A low-cost practical guide booklet on the subject of Thai Wills, death and funeral arrangements has been written by PEC’s Meeting Manager John Coughtrie, only 20 THB. All sale proceeds (as the print run was sponsored) will go to John’s nominated charity project Thais4life. We also sell Tony Crossley’s excellent practical guidebook for condo owners, Condo’s In Thailand, Your Rights for only 250 B (retail shop price 395 B). PEC’s governing Constitution is also publicly available, price 30B.

The PEC’s free ‘DVD and Book Swap’ table, in the Pool area next to the buffet, is a ‘member to member’ service. Donate stock and take 1:1. Please bring books, magazines and DVD’s you’ve already enjoyed, and swap them. Our DVD stock is shrinking. Please be fair – This is a swap (not swipe) initiative! Plus, our take-away Information Centre leaflets, publications and business cards from hundreds of ‘member to member services’ in Pattaya, is also out at the Pool-side each meeting.

Pattaya International Hospital Health Desk has a medical team in our foyer. If unwell, make your way to the Health desk or alert staff immediately. Hospital admission is just a few minutes away – at Memorial or PIH.

Another great reason to be a member and attend Pattaya Expats Club Meetings is that Lucky Draw Prizes are drawn each Sunday, based on your entry ticket number.  Absolute Health 5,000B Checkup Voucher, Grand Mercure Food Discount Voucher and a Free Entry Ticket for next week’s meeting plus an assortment of other donated prizes.

We meet at the Hotel Mercure, doors open for Buffet Breakfast at 09:50am entry fee is just 220B for Members and Guests. If you arrive after breakfast ends at 11:20am, then cost is only 100B for all, including Coffee, Tea, Water and the excellent support facilities in the room. Speakers from 11:30 am. The table plan is usually in friendly format tables for four – so please allow the ‘gaps’ to be filled by new arrivals at your table. We are a friendly Expats helping Expats advice forum. (GPS location is: 12.928067,100.881182)

Please dress appropriately for a hotel restaurant setting.
Thai culture is governed by respect, so the way you dress reflects how you respect yourself and others. However we are informal, so short sleeved shirts covering shoulders and chest and shorts are fine.

Why not come along next Sunday morning (09:50am Brunch, 11:20 after Brunch, 11:30 Programme start) to the Hotel Mercure, 2nd Road, Soi 15, behind The Pattaya Avenue Shopping Mall. Hotel Mercure address: 484 Moo 10, Pattaya Second Road Soi 15, 20150. The Hotel website has a location map: <> Soi 15 runs from 2nd Road to Soi Bua Khaow. If you walk through the PATTAYA AVENUE Shopping Mall (where Villa Supermarket is located), on 2nd Road, to the back, you will be on Soi 15, turn right, walk about 50 meters, and you will see the Mercure Hotel on your left. Why not bring a friend. (GPS location is: 12.928067,100.881182)

For location, website & email see:

Register for our weekly e-newsletter, via PEC website home page where you will see boxes for your name and e-mail address. When you receive a confirming e-mail, click on the link to start receiving the e-newsletter.

PEC’s Other Language Groups – meet at other times and locations…
For full information visit
German Language Pattaya Expats Club
Deutschsprachiger Pattaya Expats Club.

French Language Pattaya Expats Club.

Finnish Language Pattaya Expats Club.

English Language Chiang Mai Expats Club (CEC)