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    Pattaya vineyard dreams big

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    Pattaya vineyard dreams big

    Concert hall, water park to draw tourists

    Silverlake Vineyard is turning its grape vineyard and winery in Pattaya, Chon Buri, into a major leisure destination with the goal of attracting both Thai and foreign tourists.


    Surachai Tangjaitrong, president of the Silverlake Group, stands in front of a poster for a Kitaro concert at its vineyard on March 26. The group is spending 150 million baht to build an amphitheatre, concert hall, hotel and water park on its property in Chon Buri.

    Silverlake Group will invest 150 million baht to build facilities and fixed assets on 1,200 rai of land, including a 2,500-seat amphitheatre, a 1,200-square metre concert hall, and a 32-room four-star hotel.

    The company will start construction of its Tuscany-style hotel and the 12-million-baht concert hall in May this year and both are scheduled to open by the end of the year. The concert hall will host classical concerts and private parties.

    "I have a passion for music and have worked with several artists for years. I would like my complex to become a global destination for music lovers," said Surachai Tangjaitrong, the group's president.

    Apart from concert facilities, part of the land will be developed into a water theme park. An investor from Europe purchased a 100-rai plot at the Silverlake complex to develop the water park. It will be developed and designed by White Water from Canada. The water park is now under consideration for Board of Investment privileges.

    Mr Surachai said it recently set up a new subsidiary to operate its full-scale live entertainment business in partnership with JSS Production, which is owned by Jesada Pattanatabut, who will be in charge of technical productions for concerts. Mr Jesada has been involved in the local music industry for 25 years.

    The company plans to organise about 10 major concerts a year with local and international artists and bands.

    The vineyard sells fresh grapes, juice, jams and wine. The company produces about 30,000 bottles of wines annually. About 1,000 visitors travel to its vineyard on weekdays and up to 3,000 on weekends.

    Yesterday, Silverlake Entertainment announced its first big concert titled 'Kitaro: The Silk Road, East & West Live' at Silverlake Vineyard on March 26. The concert is expected to draw between 4,000 and 4,500 music lovers.

    "We are negotiating with many well-known artists, such as Larry Carlton, Diana Krall, and Earth Wind & Fire, to perform their concerts at our complex. We also plan to organise a two-day music festival in February next year," he said.

    The company expects sales of 77 million baht this year, rising to 100 million next year thanks to the concerts.
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    Kitaro, bloody hell he knows how to pull them in.

    What next month, Kenny G?

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    Really nice place for those that have the time to drop by and my mate got married there and it was probably the nicest wedding I have ever attended.

    Good luck with the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Kenny G?
    He did a gig at Horseshoe Point equestrian center, not far from where I lived then outside Pattaya, some four years ago. Pattaya has kultur you know.

    It does not however have a decent quaffable wine as yet, and I would suggest the proprietors of Silverlake sort this out before proceeding with such grandiosity.
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    I like kenny G .

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    The water park seems somewhat out of place. With the Buddha on the mountain and the beautiful temples nearby that area has a sophisticated peacefulness to it, and it attracts intellectual tourists. The vineyard and the high class restaurant fit in well, but a silly water park would make it just another cheap tourist attraction.

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    Earth Wind & Fire can imagine millions wanting a ticket for that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    Earth Wind & Fire can imagine millions wanting a ticket for that one
    too right....sax in the city.....bit of AWB go down well too.

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    Tropical wine. What a joke. These bourgeois Thais have too much time on their hands.

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    Earth Wind and Fire? Kool and the Gang? And a bloke who actually admits to liking Kenny G?

    Excuse me while I go and top myself with rat poison-laced Thai wine.

    (Actually if it's like any of the Thai Wines I've tasted, it's probably toxic enough on its own).


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    As such applies to the European variety of wines, doesn't one need a particular latitude, micro-climate and conditions to secure a decent wine-making grape?
    Last edited by Rural Surin; 24-02-2011 at 05:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    doesn't one need a particular latitude and micro-climate
    altitude can substitute for latitude and soil is the most important element.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert View Post
    Tropical wine. What a joke. These bourgeois Thais have too much time on their hands.
    I think it's just a money-laundering operation tbh.

    Earth, Wind, & Fire would be Kool and the gang though. Boogie Wonderland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    doesn't one need a particular latitude and micro-climate
    altitude can substitute for latitude and soil is the most important element.

    cool evenings assist with wine producing grape quality as well.

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