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Privilege News October 2015


Dear Members,

Sawasdee kha! and welcome to the October issue of our newsletter. May we first start by saying how honored we all are in being able to service you our members. Your satisfaction is our ultimate goal and everyone from the front line, the member contact center, Elite Personal Assistants, porters and Elite Personal Liaison (EPL) officers to everyone else in the background sees this as a great privilege.

Our Member Contact Center is available to assist you in any way and we are able to provide you with any information you may require. If you would like to know about your membership benefits, call us. Our Member Contact Center is open everyday with our English operators available 24 hours while our Mandarin, Japanese and Korean assistants are available from 6AM to 9PM also daily.

Most members may already know our Elite Personal Assistants by now, as they are the beautiful ladies dressed in immaculate golden silk dresses, who are on hand at the Suvannabhumi International Airport and Phuket International Airport, to welcome you and see you off on your departure and arrived.

Another of our not-so-well-know but most useful staff are the Elite Personal Liaison officers. In this issue, we will let you in on the secret of this very helpful service.

In addition to letting you in on this we will be telling you of the exciting festival known as Tesagarn Aharn Jay, Vegetarian Festival, and highlighting some very useful business partners.






Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar and this year runs from the 15th to the 23rd of October. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day (devout followers start the diet one day before the actual festival) vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as "Ma Song".

Most of the ceremonies of the festival take place in the vicinity of the six Chinese temples scattered throughout Phuket. The main temple is Jui Tui Shrine close to the Fresh Market in Phuket Town. The first event is the raising of the Lantern Pole, an act that notifies the nine Chinese gods that the festival is about to begin. The pole is at least ten meters tall and once erected, celebrants believe that the Hindu god, Shiva, descends bringing spiritual power to the event.

In addition to the visual spectacle of this festival, visitors can enjoy the specially prepared vegetarian cuisine made available at street stalls and markets around the island during this time. The vegetarian dishes are not easily distinguished from regular dishes - soybean and protein substitute products are used to replace meat in everyday Thai dishes. They look and taste uncannily like meat. Look for the yellow flags with red Chinese or Thai characters to find vegetarian food stalls and restaurants.

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Rainy Weather Survival Guide

Imagine having to deal with a government office where many obstacles will make you spend practically the entire day there. Then picture your EPL guiding you through the maze of hallways, advising you of the required papers, making sure you overcome any language barriers. Simply request the assistance of our EPL with details of what you need done and we will let you know what the requirements are. On the date, your EPL will accompany you to the relevant government agencies and help you with the many procedures. Their main duty is to reduce and possibly prevent any mistakes from happening due to language and cultural differences.

Several members have made use of our Elite Personal Liaison when dealing with The Immigration Bureau in visa matters or with the Ministry of Land Transportation when applying for a drivers license. Our EPL services is useful when opening bank accounts or other financial services.

The first use of our EPL services is free of charge and subsequent requests have a small fee attached. As this is a highly sought after service we require a 5 day advance notice so we can make sure every document is prepared and all steps will be in order.





Doing business in a foreign country may be daunting due to the different laws, rules and regulations. These three world class businesses have been selected to be featured because of their reliability, range of services and proven track record.

Bangkok Bank

A pioneer in Thai banking, Bangkok Bank has long been synonymous with the progress of the country. The bank has grown and matured with Thai people and their business interests and today is renowned for its size, stability and partnership approach.



The bank is driving innovation in new products and services and building on its inherent scal advantages to meet the challenges of a changing financial landscape and consolidate its leadership position for the future. The bank more than welcomes foreign customers and has services to cater to the modern financial world.

Bangkok Bank has special privileges for Thailand Elite members, such as a fixed fee of Baht 200 per transaction for international inward remittance and international outward remittance. The maintenance of your account is also free of charge. Our Elite Personal Liaison is available to accompany you when dealing with the Bangkok Bank headquarters only.

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Deloitte Touch Tohmasu & Jaiyos

A leading legal service provider they provide audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. Deloitte’s approximately 200,000 professionals are committed to becoming the standard of excellence. Today, their team of 50 Thai and international partners and directors and over 800 client services and support staff.

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Dherakupt International Law Office Ltd.

Since its founding in 1989, Dherakupt has developed extensive legal and tax experience with proven results. Now one of the country’s leading law practices.

Dherakupt provides practical, innovative and effective legal and tax solutions to a wide array of multinational, regional and local clientele. They provide comprehensive services ranging from legal and tax services for all types of corporate and personal activities to client representation in a diversity of court proceedings.

For more information : Click Here!





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