29 septembre 2009

Un article intéressant



http://www.worldhum.com/features/travel-interviews/interview-with-lawrence-osborne-bangkok-days-20090430/

24 septembre 2009

Un million de baht pour le vaccin contre le sida?

Ah bon cela n'a rien à voir?
Bonne nouvelle: enfin un test pour un vaccin anti sida s'avère positif : http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/155212/aids-breakthrough-as-vaccine-cuts-infections

Sinon, le fameux menu à un million de baths s'était la semaine dernière: http://www.bangkokpost.com/entertainment/entertainscoop/23681/

Le menu:
CANAPES
- tartare de taureaux séché avec caviar Sevruga et sauce soja au wasabi
- Pain avec maki de boeuf de Matsuzaka et la sauce à l'ail
- Ravioli de bresaola de boeuf avec du fromage truffled de ricotta
- truite saumonée fumée au bois de Petunia, crême d'aneth et de citron de confit
- Jambon d'iberique de Bellota sur croutons à l'abricot et aux noix
- Œuf de caille et caviar

APERITIFS
- Petite salade avec d'haricots verts, d'amandes et de truffes d'été
- Trio de foie gras
- Consommé de rôti de canard avec canard émincé, shiitake, anis étoilé et cannelle

PLATS PRINCIPAUx
- Poulet de printemps nourri au mais avec la jus de romarin en casserolle, champignons et chanterelles de la forêt alpestre
- Échine de porc ibérienne noire espagnole rôtie sur la crème d'ail, saucisse braisée de ventre et de morelle, courge de beurre et artichauts de Poivrade
- agneau australien élevé en plein air avec des graines de cacao

SORBET
- Sorbet d'estragon et d'absolut de mandarine

FROMAGES
- Brie de Meaux Napoleon, Bleu de Bresse mou sur poires caramélisées
- Cerbelle de Canuts, Mimolette Vieille sur raisin et compote de raisin sec

DESSERT
- Granit de bergamote de chaux avec la mousse de mangue, sucrerie de pamplemousse de yuzu
- Terrine sicilienne de pistache et de chocolat d'alpaco, pêche blanche rôtie, ganache des Caraïbes, quenelle de Gianduja, sauce ene ivoire, éponge rouge de chocolat de praline

PETITS FOURS
- Sucette de pistache et Sucette de chocolat, creme de cassis dans une tasse de chocolat avec framboise croquante
- Guimauve de fleurs de violette avec groseille rouge fraîche
- marcaron tarlette de pomme verte
- Palet d'Or Valrhona
- tuile orange.

Vin
- Champagne Crystal Mangnum
- Château Yqem 2001
- La Tache 1990
- Mouton Rothschild 1986

23 septembre 2009

Recherche cobayes pour tester le métro de l'aéroport

Le 5 décembre commencent les tests du nouveau métro (bizarre je l'ai vu rouler le 11/09/2009), voyages gratuits: http://enews.mcot.net/view.php?id=11659

17 septembre 2009

Mafia à l'aéroport de Bangkok


Rien de bien nouveau sous le soleil : la mafia (hum hum... les business men importants fortement "soutenus" par les "élites politiques") gangrènent le premier aéroport de Thaïlande. 750 taxis illégaux contrôlés en un mois cela n'a pas l'air de déranger grand monde. Surtout pas les personnes concernés, avec 20€ d'amende ils rigolent doucement... Une course avec un japonais et l'affaire est remboursée.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/23487/airport-crackdown-shows-results

Airport crackdown shows results

Over 1,000 unlicensed taxis, guides arrested

Writer: AMORNRAT MAHITTHIROOK
Published: 9/09/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News

A special security team at Suvarnabhumi airport has arrested 750 unlicensed taxi and limousine drivers and 405 illegal tour guides in the space of just one month, officials say.

The security team, made up of police, airport security guards and land transport officials, began a crackdown on illegal activities at the airport on July 31 after a flood of complaints from tourists. Airport director Niran Thiranartsin yesterday said illegal taxis were initially targetted, but tour guides operating without permission were included from Aug 9.

Despite the huge number of arrests, a Bangkok Post investigative report on Sunday showed many more illegal operators were continuing to plague the airport.

Mr Niran said the situation remained serious despite the initial success of the security team in tackling the problem.

Illegal operators still needed to be targetted and "we have to keep on seriously enforcing the security measures", he said.

Any leniency now would only cause a setback to Airports of Thailand Plc's renewed attempt to clean up the airport by weeding out illegal operators and corrupt officials.

AoT president Serirat Prasutanond said earlier the gangs which ran the illegal operations had indicated to him in a phone call that they would flood back in once the crackdown lost steam.

The maximum fine that could be imposed on the illegal operators was 1,000 baht. Mr Niran said many of those arrested were repeat offenders and it was necessary to produce factual information to increase the penalties against them.

Besides the special security team, assigned to patrol the airport around the clock, a new airport unit has been set up to deal directly with illegal taxis and tour guides and to support the team's work, Mr Niran said.

The airport was also installing 50 more security cameras in the arrivals hall and in front of the passenger area on the second floor, he said.

But one area where it was difficult to conduct surveillance was around the baggage carousel where porters with clearance passes who work for the airlines could approach passengers to help them with their luggage.

Mr Niran said many of the porters were like "outsourced" workers for the gangs and it was difficult to expose them.

The AoT has been forced to tighten its security measures at the trouble-plagued airport as the gangs had almost free rein there for three years.

However, an AoT source said despite tougher measures, including the planned transfer of staff suspected of being involved in the illegal operations, the gangs would not be easily contained.

"These gangs still do their business as usual," he said.

The AoT needed more cooperation from airport staff at the operating level. But many were found to lack morale and appeared uninterested in the problem because it was supposed to be the responsibility of the special security team, he said.



15 septembre 2009

Prix des appartements à Bangkok


En gros le prix dépend de la zone d'habitation, plus vous êtes prêt des transports en commun, plus c'est cher : en moyenne 70000 thb/m2 et 84500 thb/m2 dans les emplacements "up". Jusqu'à 120000 thb/m2 pour les emplacements les plus chers.

Conseils : méfiez vous des agences qui vous conseillent d'investir dans un condo pour y passer vos vacances ou comme placement. Il y a une certaine chasse à "l'étranger" et vous pouvez vous faire saisir votre appartement si votre agent n'a pas été très prudent. En plus les prix de location
qu'ils vous promettent sont très fantaisistes, ie très surévalués. Il faut savoir que dans le quartier de Onnut on trouve facilement un studio de 30 m2 pour 6000 thb/mois.

D'après l'article : http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/economics/22703/

Mass transit still a big draw for condos

Writer: KANANA KATHARANGSIPORN
Published: 26/08/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Business

Despite a housing market contraction in the first half of the year, condominiums near BTS and MRT routes continued to sell better than those in other areas, according to a recent survey.

The best condo sales rates were in Lat Phrao and mid-Sukhumvit (between Phra Khanong and Onnuj), near MRT and BTS stations, with average sales rate of 79% and 78% respectively.

The average sales rate in the overall market was 64% - or 46,137 out of 71,581 units offered at 173 active sites in August 2009 - according to the property developer and consultant Aquarius Estate Co Ltd.

"The key success factor for best-selling projects was location within 500 metres' walking distance to BTS and MRT stations," said Yongyutt Chaipromprasith, the company's chief executive.

He said the condominium market in the first quarter was sluggish but improved in the second quarter, highlighting the rising sales volume of grade B properties.

The company classifies condominiums in terms of prices and materials - higher than 120,000 baht per square metre for grade A; 90,000 to 120,000 baht for grade B+; 60,000 to 90,000 baht for grade B; and 30,000 to 60,000 baht for grade C.

In the first eight months of the year, 38 new condominiums were launched with a total of 12,864 units, 5,450 units of which, or 42%, were sold. Average prices in the surveyed zones were 84,500 baht per sq m.

The company surveyed nine zones: Phaya Thai-Ratchathewi, Rama IV-Yaowarat, Ratchadamri, prime Sukhumvit (Chidlom-Ekamai), mid-Sukhumvit, outer Sukhumvit (Onnuj-Udom Suk), Phahon Yothin, Thon Buri and Rama IX.

The average price per square metre rose by 28% from 2007 to 2008, climbing from 57,600 to 74,000 baht. However, the price dropped to 70,000 baht per in the first eight months of 2009 as most of the supply was grade C.

"New condominium development has moved to locations near mass transit," he said. Newly launched projects near transit routes this year accounted for 55% of the market, up from 39% in 2007 and 32% in 2008.

The survey found that many developers were using eased payment terms as a strategy to speed up buyers' decisions. Some developers faced problems like tighter project finance by banks, environmental impact assessments and other regulations related to construction.

Between January and May this year, housing market ratios changed slightly from all of 2008. The proportion of newly registered detached houses rose from 34% to 39% but the condominium ratio declined from 48% to 44%. Townhouses and shophouses were little changed, from 15% to 16% , and duplex houses dropped from 3% to 1%.


Téléphoner moins cher depuis la Thailande


Vous avez un téléphone portable et une carte Sim Thai (disponible dans tous les 7 eleven pour une centaine de Bath) True, One2Call ou Happy/DTAC. Vous voulez téléphoner à l'étranger sans vous ruiner. Plusieurs solutions:
- Acheter une carte internationale telle que celles photographiées dans ce post.
- Ajouter 009 devant le numéro de votre correspondant (au lieu de 001), par exemple 009336... pour un appel en France.
- Profiter des promotions de votre opérateur. True par exemple propose une tarification réduite en utilisant le 006 à la place du 001, par exemple 006336... pour un appel en France.


Pour plus d'informations : http://monbangkok2.blogspot.com/2007/08/les-telephones-portables-en-thailande.html
http://www.lensophonecard.com/en/Home.asp
http://www.samartwip.com/voip/index.jsp

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