The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing tourists and local ex-pats easy access to key information on Phuket. The Guide Phuket will cater to the needs of all, including the most up to date details on places of interest, where to travel, where to stay, where to dine, the best places for entertainment, dining and relaxation, in addition to business services, information and contacts.
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Paiboon Upatising The Guide Social Life’s a Beach Love is in the air….or possibly the beer Shopper’s Delight The Great Rubber Duck Race 2012 10 12 14 16 52 54 Watersports & Activities Hot Activities Phuket’s Southern Toe – Rawai & Nai Harn Activities On the Island Activities Off the Island Monkey God seen flying over Phuket 8 22 26 27 28 Hotels & Accommodation Phuket Pulse Hotel Highlights 42 20 Food & Restaurants 28 30 32 34 38 40 Health & Beauty 32 48 Star Phuket Media & Design Limited Partnership 65/573, Moo 2, T. Vichit A. Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. +66 (0) 76 513 064, Fax: +66 (0) 76 513 016 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www. theguidephuket.com Managing Director: Consulting Editor: Graphic Designer: Advertising: Distribution Manager: Celebrate Rossovivo’s In the Kitchen with... Summer Wind Restaurant Highlights Let’s do Brunch! Wine Dinner Punnaporn Eamso Guinault email@example.com Mobile: 089 474 4704 Barry Daniel firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 084 305 3974 Design 457 Studio email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 076 513 064 Mobile: 089 474 4704 Thitinan Thanatchantapoch Mobile: 086 911 5515 Spa Highlights Steps to Massage Heaven Provolution Wellness Center Oasis Spas 43 44 46 48 Property Property Buyer Guide 50 Timetable Bangkok Airways Timetable 55 Thai Airways Timetable 57 Important Telephone Numbers Transport on the Island 55 56 Maps Kata - Karon 36 Patong 53 The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing tourists and local ex-pats easy access to key information on Phuket. The Guide Phuket will cater to the needs of all, including the most up to date details on places of interest, where to travel, where to stay, where to dine, the best places for entertainment, dining and relaxation, in addition to business services, information and contacts. The Guide Phuket is published monthly and distributed to Bangkok Airways Lounge (Suvanabhumi International Airport and Phutket International Airport), Thai Airways Lounge, major resorts in Phuket region, restaurants, spas, travel agents and car rental. Please direct all editorial enquiries and contributions to email@example.com. 8 / Watersports & Activities Blue Elephant Cooking School B lue Elephant Cooking School has recently opened its Phuket branch where you can participate in one of our world famous cooking classes. Learn how to cook Royal Thai Cuisine with experienced chefs who will take you step-bystep through each recipe. Enjoy a tour around the local market where we will show you what are the popular ingredients of Thai food. When the cooking is all over you can sit and enjoy all of you hard work. Morning and afternoon classes are available starting from 2,800 THB++ per person. Hot Activities Kata Yoga H ot yoga, the most popular yoga for men and women. It is the best 90 minutes workout, toning your muscles and getting you in shape fast! Beginners are welcome and it’s challenging for advanced practitioners, your instructor will guide you through the postures to provide you with the best workout ever. Sweat, detox and lose fat. No more stress, aches and pains. Kata Hot Yoga class is like a gas station, you gain energy instead of losing it. After the class you will feel amazing with a big smile full of vitality, wanting to come back for more. Get a healthy mind and a healthy body. Kata Yoga studio at the beach in Kata. Phuket Fantasea T his is Phuket’s Mega show; it’s a cultural spectacle on the grandest of scales, complete with armies of warriors, vast troupes of dancing girls and elephants that literally rise up into the sky. The show takes place in the evening with a delightful dinner buffet. The park is the perfect family destination, rain or shine, offering a wonderful walking street with loads of traditional Thai handicrafts and colorful souvenir shops, exciting outdoor shows, fun arcade games and a tempting variety of delicious local foods. Located at Kamala Beach, mini buses run back and forth picking up customers from their hotels. NOW 4 CLASSES DAILY 8.00-9.30 10.00-11.30 17.15-18.45 19.15-20.45 www.blueelephant.com www.theguidephuket.com www.katahotyoga.com www.phuket-fantasea.com Lifestyle / 9 The Haunted Mine A journey down the mine, but there’s only gold for fools. This is a ride into the fire-filled depths of the earth and beyond...ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK…! Cosmic Coaster This futuristic voyage will transport you to another planet! Speed through landscapes that you’ve never seen before, as you’re thrown from the highest cliffs, plummeting to the depths of an unknown, alien world... Jett and Jin Snow Ride Cosmic Race Journey thru the Center of the Earth Join Jett and his cat Jin as they snap into their self-made jet-packs and take off to make it in time for school. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you blast off with them. Outflank those cars as you fly by on the highway. Experience the thrills of this explosive adventure and above all: don’t be late for school! Become a racing car driver and take part in an incredible race where you will feel an influx of adrenaline when flying at maximum speed through the streets of this futuristic city. Race through snowcovered mountains, over shaky narrow bridges and through dangerous bat caves. This is one wild, icy ride that will give you both thrills and chills. This exciting new film follows adventurers as you are plunged into a strange new world beneath the Earth’s surface where you embark on an amazing voyage and find incredible beauty amidst grave danger. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 10 / Lifestyle Getting to Know Face to Face with Paiboon Upatising Chief Executive of the Phuket Provincial Administration As controller of Phuket’s local administrative budget Khun Paiboon is a very important and busy man. We caught up with him at a Chinese New Year marketing and media conference at the Royal City Hotel in Phuket Town. What are the main elements of your job? Phuket’s local administrative budget is derived from VAT as well as taxes on hotel rooms and the like. This year it will total some 800 million Baht and my role is to supervise its ex- p e n d i t u r e www.theguidephuket.com to maximize the benefits it will bring to Phuket and the local populace. As such we are responsible for such things as promoting the island as a tourist destination; training and helping local people find employment; development and construction of infrastructure and supporting security, medical services, and education and so on. I am elected by the local people and am just about to complete my first four year term in this role and I will stand for re-election in May this year. ple and visitors, and I am confident we will have an efficient mass transportation system from the air port operating very soon. The airport upgrade is proceeding and all budgets for that are approved. We are also hopeful that we will host the Yingluk government’s cabinet meetings in Phuket very soon, which will I hope result in greater central budget support for road upgrades, environmental protection, the convention center and so on. What are the main problems What are the promotional priand opportunities facing Phuket orities for Phuket’s budget? In-bound arrivals are moving away right now? We have been successful in promoting Phuket as a discreet destination apart from the rest of Thailand and so many visitors are now coming here directly and bypassing problems of security, politics or flooding which have plagued other parts of Thailand and in particular Bangkok. We will see up to 6 million arrivals this year, but we need to smooth out the arrival pattern as they are concentrating too much in the peak high season right now, which causes problems like traffic congestion and environmental impact. We also want to move visitors all over the island, not just the obvious beach areas. Hence a lot of the events we will stage for Chinese New Year, Loy Krathong and the Vegetarian Festival etc will be in Phuket Town and other non-beach areas, in order to benefit Phuket residents from all parts of the island and expose visitors to the real lives and culture of Phuket’s people. We are addressing security issues through spreading CCTV camera distribution to increase protection of our peo- from Europe who is mired in economic problems and so we are focusing on short hall arrivals from China, local Asian markets, Russia, India, the Middle East and of course Australia is our number one market right now being close, with a strong currency and having an abundance of direct connections. Our road shows and promotional efforts will be concentrating on these major markets going forward. What experience and qualifications do you bring to this very important role? My first degree was in Engineering and then I obtained a Masters in Business Administration from the Frostburg University of Maryland. I worked in the private sector in management for many years and was Chairman of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club prior to becoming involved in government. Most importantly I think is that I am a local Phuket boy born and bred, with ancestors who moved here from Hokkien three generations ago. You could say that ‘Phuket is in my blood and so its best interests are close to my heart!’ Hot Activities Tawan Sea Adventures T awan Sea Adventures is Phuketâ€™s newest fun activity on the water. Cruises amongst the famous sights of Phang Nga bay from your RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and enjoy the bursts of speed when the boat will thrill you and ensure you go home with a big smile ! Safe yet great fun, these new boats are the activity you must not miss during your stay in Phuket. Contact our sales department for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0818943234 (English/French) or 0898712176 (Thai/English). Watersports & Activities / 11 XD Theater S tep into the future with Phuketâ€™s latest attraction; an 8 seat 4D motion ride. Choose a movie, slip on your glasses and be prepared to be whisked away on a journey to space or beyond. The moving chairs enhance the thrills of the 3D visuals making you feel you really are in a land undiscovered. We rode on the Cosmic Coaster which is a roller coaster set on another planet taking you through landscapes, plummeting off cliffs into cosmic lands. This virtual world is open to all ages and the shows run every 10 minutes, so step inside and let your imagination run wild. T S Xtrem Aventure Phuket Phuket Simon Cabaret he latest harnesses and safety equip- ince 1991, Phuket Simon ment,opening receivein expert training and Cabaret established itself a marbriefing, andhas then take on the 69as different ket leader of professional entertainment treetop challenges of the Xtrem Aventure venue.AllFor entertainment, our set Park. thesheer installations are assessed by designs are outstanding, costumecompany extravaan independent professional gantchecks and theare performers ! Inby thea and regularlyglamorous performed exclusive,expert luxurious and intimate theatre botanical to preserve the health of with hi-tech sound and lighting equipthe trees. ment. Oursites show is trulyfor international feaWith suitable every age from turing modern and traditional acts from four years and up, Xtremaventures Phuket thenear globe in Buddha English and isaround located Big andalternative Luang Pu languages. You will arrive relaxed Suppha Temple on Chaofa Road, but justwill five leave confuse our performers are more of minutes driveasfrom Chalong Circle. Tel./ a man than you 383 will689 everMobile be and :even Fax : +66 (0)76 +66 more (0)81 of a 8909 woman too ! 536 CPBR ad. for Andaman Travel Booklet size 14.5x10 cm..ai 1 09-Nov-11 5:11:53 PM www.tawanseadventures.com www.xdtheater.thai-best.com www.phuket-simoncabaret.com www. xtremadventuresphuket.com Welcome to the Splash Jungle The new Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket is located on Mai Khao Beach, the longest and quietest stretch of beach on the west coast of Phuket. Designed around a water park with 12 waterslides, including the huge and exhilarating Boomerango, the Super Bowl slide and a long lazy river, the resort offers fun for families, couples, and everyone intent on pure pleasure. Special Introductory offer, starting at THB 3,400++. Valid from now to December 24, 2011. Contact reservation centre : T +66(2)101 1234 Ext 1 E email@example.com For more information or book online, please visit www.centara.co.th www.facebook.com/centarahotelsresorts www.facebook.com/theguidephuket Twinpalms Phuket have thrown a Year End Party at Catch Beach Club New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebration at RE KA TA Club on the Beach New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebration at Sala Phuket New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebration at Serenity Resort & Residences 1st Year Anniversary of Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong on December 26, 2011. New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebration at Centara Grand Phuket Official Opening Flying Hanuman at Kathu, Phuket on December 27, 2012 Countdown Party 2012 at Margarita Live Music Patong www.theguidephuket.com Christmas Eve Celebration at IndoChine Phuket Christmas Eve Celebration at TwoChefs Bar & Grill Christmas Eve Celebration at Serenity Resort & Residences Grand Opening Simon Star Show on January 19, 2012 Central Festival Phuket celebrate National Childrenâ€™s Day at Ban Koh Naka School on January 13, 2012 White BOX Restaurant 4th Year Anniversary on January 19, 2012 Christmas Eve Celebration at Centara Grand Phuket www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 14 / Lifestyle Life’s a Beach W ith a vast array of different beaches on Phuket’s coastline why stick to just the one nearest your hotel? Take a look here at the choices available. Laem Singh Beach Mai Khao Beach North of the airport is a beach to really get away from it all. Mai Khao beach is very, very long, and very straight, so it misses the cozy feeling enjoyed by many of the other beaches on the island, but the sand and water here are just as stunning plus it’s almost empty! The place feels deserted even during high season when the beach umbrellas are five deep on Patong. Nai Yang Beach Just south of the airport is Nai Yang, a charming beach with a unique atmosphere all of its own. With just a scattering of hotels and bars to entertain the few that stay there, Nai Yang is as relaxed as they get. Ever dreamed of eating seafood right on the beach? This is your spot. Layan Beach This is a small and relatively unknown beach, nestled in a shallow bay at the northern end of Bang Tao. You get there by following the small road that winds right through the back holes of the Banyan Tree Golf Club. Layan Beach is more of a bay than a beach, and although very picturesque the water is quite shallow; great for families but if you fancy a real swim it’s not the place to go. Bang Tao Beach Bang Tao Beach has in recent years seen a lot of development with many 5-star luxury resorts in the area but the beach remains very pleasant. At certain times of the year swimming can be dangerous due to the strong tides. At the northern end of the beach the coral creates good opportunities for snorkeling. Laem Singh Beach is small and very popular; it is located between Surin and Kamala. To reach the beach you need to walk down a short, rocky trail that is clearly signposted. If you are lucky and it’s not too crowded then Leam Sing Beach is absolutely stunning. Kamala Beach Kamala is a 3-kilometer long beach situated in the middle of Phuket’s west coast which has undergone recent developments to its main street, but the beach remains largely unchanged. Behind the beach lies a growing village with two distinct communities; Buddhists by the beach and Muslims further back at the foot of the encompassing mountain range. Patong Beach Nai Thon Beach A little further south from Nai Yang is Nai Thon, possessing a similar feel to its big brother, Nai Thon has long been a favorite with the regular visitors to the island. This quiet bay nestled at the foot of high hills has a fine strip of sand and a handful of pleasant eateries are situated just off the beach. www.theguidephuket.com Surin Beach Surin Beach is located between Bang Tao and Kamala beach. It is one of most beautiful beaches on the island with fine white sand and emerald sea. The beach can have rather strong winds which make it ideal for windsurfing. A lot of popular resorts surround this beach. The most famous beach on the island is the center of entertainment, restaurants, shopping and hotels. Patong is indeed a famous beach with beautiful soft sands and warm clear water. But right behind the beach is the hustle and bustle at the center of Phuket’s tourism business. Here the hotels, restaurants, entertainment and bar areas, street bazaars and shops are crammed in a colorful and lively mix that typifies a Thai tourist beach town. Lifestyle / 15 Ao Sane Beach Paradise Beach Paradise Beach is a little beach just 5 minutes south of Patong. To get there follow a small cement road up to the hill through the jungle. It is a nice small beach with white, soft sand and large rocks flanking either side. Karon Beach Karon is another of the beautiful, west-coast beaches that have made Phuket famous. This beach is the first main stop south of Patong, and is separated from Patong by a large headland. A quick 10 minute drive connects the two. Kata Beach Kata is certainly one of the most beautiful of Phuketâ€™s beaches; a half-moon crescent of white sand lining a bay cut deep between two green headlands. Crystal clear waters and soft coral offers excellent snorkeling and just outside the bay lies a small rounded island that seems to wave its coconut haircut to those on the beach. Kata Noi Beach Just south of Kata Beach is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with only a few hotels and little other development. The beach is superb for snorkeling as many fish inhabit the rocks and corals along the headland to the south. Ao Sane beach is a small bay and is located to the north of Nai Harn beach. To get to this beach you need to go through The Royal Phuket Yacht Club. Ao Sane is a very small, rocky beach but it is peaceful. Nai Harn Beach Nai Harn is one of the more isolated beaches, nestled at the southern tip of the island in a bay defined by headlands and islets. The beach is backed by the green of Casuarina trees and coconut palms, acting as shade to the restaurants that now line the beach. Yanui Beach Yanui Beach is a small bay, 10 minutes north from Leam Phrom Thep. It offers kayaking and snorkeling with equipment hire, both off the beach itself and around the small island about 500 meters distant. The beach is not so long and the sand is beautifully soft and rarely crowded. It is also a favorite bathing and sunbathing location. Ao Yon Beach Ao Yon is another peaceful beach ideally suited for watching the sunset. It is located near Cape Panwa, 10km from Phuket Town. Although quiet with beautiful emerald sea this beach is not really suitable for bathing or relaxing as the bay is usually full of boats and yachts. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 16 / Lifestyle Danze Fantasy opens at “Fantasy Central”...aka... Soi Bangla L et’s face it, the whole of Soi Bangla features the world of illusion and fantasy to one degree or another, so the fact that the world-famous Danze Fantasy has opened its show Genesis at the Rat-U-Thid end of the “Soi of dreams” is a bit like taking sand to the Sahara. The new theatre for the show is situated upstairs at the Bangla end of the newly-developed Promenade Shopping Plaza which runs in an L-shape from Soi Bangla emerging opposite to Jung Ceylon. The theater is set up in an intimate space with large group tables at which the audience sits in the auditorium, very close to the stage itself. The stage is large enough for the company’s eight dancers and sizeable machinery that is used in the magic acts and also features a full line up of musical instruments. The 80 minute show features Joe Labero who is a major super-star of magic and illusion. In 2009, he received the Illusionist of the Decade award at the Magic World Cup in Beijing, an honor which had also been given to David Copperfield in earlier years and possibly several Soi Bangla Lady Boys! The production team from Danze Fantasy is renowned in entertainment circles as one of the world’s leading producers of musical and magical stage performances. www.theguidephuket.com things that can be improved. They have performed all over My belief is in always looking the world from Vegas to Sentoand preparing for the next step. sa Island, and even on pleasure It is an evolution in learning reships such as Star Cruises in the ally. ” waters around Asia. Joe Labero started his ca“We love visiting Phuket reer at the age of 12 when he and have always wanted to received a magician’s kit from launch a show here,” says Ben his parents. His magic shows Russell, the dynamic young Ben Russell became a popular element durDanze Fantasea producer. “We decided to go where the people are look- ing children’s parties and school dances, ing for entertainment and you can’t get a and now he is one of the most astonishing illusionists in the world today. better location than Soi Bangla.” Lindy Russell is the troupe’s Artistic Joe Labero has toured the world with Danze Fantasy since 1996 perform- Director. She has had an impressive caing from Monte Carlo to Australia but reer first as a dancer in musical theatre in spends much of his time setting up his London’s West End and later turned her own productions in his native Sweden. In talents to choreography and creating her the Soi Bangla show he is supported by a own shows that have toured around Eutalented cast of professional dancers from rope. Over the past thirty years, she has Europe, England and America who wear mounted magic and dance spectaculars dramatic costumes and make-up giving around Europe, Australia and Asia. “We the show a sense of Gothic have an international team. Our costume fear and suspense which designer works out of Las Vegas and our keeps the audience on the choreographer, Dana Aber, is based in edge of their seats. Another New York. When we decide to build a highlight of the Genesis new production, I gather our team in our production is the juggling London offices where we have a great time talents of Romano Frediani designing the show,” explains Lindy. Genesis is an absolutely world class who is an eight generation production of magic and illusion, filled Italian circus performer. Performance is not only a job for Labe- with knives, guns, motor bikes plus suro, it is a lifelong passion. He is a living perb dance and music. There is no doubt proof that dreams do can come true. He that you will be thrilled and amazed if and says: “As an artist, you cannot really ever when you choose to spend an evening of be completely satisfied; there are always illusion on Soi Bangla. Lifestyle / 17 www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 18 / Lifestyle Love is in the air…. or possibly the beer. H Saint Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for romance, flowers, candle-lit dinners and the whispering of sweet nothings into the shell-like ear of the object of your affections. But in Phuket there can be other distractions. www.theguidephuket.com istory is unclear on whether any of The Beatles had journeyed to Thailand before they wrote their 1964 smash hit with its charmingly quaint lyrics…..“Money Can’t Buy Me Love.” Clearly the lyricist Paul McCartney had never had the pleasure of a wander down Soi Bangla around midnight on almost any evening. Had he of done so, he would have certainly witnessed plenty of filthy lucre being exchanged for love….or something that looks suspiciously like it, at all sorts of local entertainment venues. In fairness John Lennon did eventually come to his senses a few years later when he was quoted as saying, “Anyone who says that money can’t buy me love….isn’t shopping in the right places.” Possibly there’s some confusion between “love” and its close semantic and linguistic bedfellow, “lust” going on here in Phuket. But after a few of the local Chang beers….it’s a case of: “Will you stop nit picking? Look she just finds me irresistibly attractive, OK?” Traditionally Valentine’s Day honors a series of ‘Valentines’ who were in fact Christian martyrs. One Valentine in particular was secretly performing marriages at a time when the Roman Emperor Claudius II had enforced a law in which all young men were to remain single so that Claudius could improve the quality and size of his army. So, what a romantic he was…. forget L’Amour, let’s get on with the slaughter. There’s little doubt that ‘The Pearl of the Orient” holds abundant opportunities for Saint Valentine’s romance, whether on a short term, financial, basis, or featuring the more stable traditional manifestation of the phenomenon. While acolytes of the former may flock to Bangla and its fleshpots, the traditionalists can avail themselves of wondrous beachside dinners, bathed in Prosecco and moon glow, in which to plight their devotions….if they can afford the tab that is. Local resort and up-market eateries are always quick to jump aboard any marketing bandwagon whenever one happens to trundle along and there are few better occasions for a male to lose his normal financial sanity than in pursuit of L’Amour. St Valentine’s is big business in Phuket…..no matter how long the commitment is going to last. Many a male has been so caught up in the romance of Phuket’s tropical island splendor, as to throw all caution to the monsoon winds and actually pop the question at said beachside dinner on February 14th. Beware….Phuket is one place where romance is certainly in the air …..as well as the beer….and the Prosecco. In all this perhaps Dorothy Parker’s wise observation is a pertinent last thought. Acerbic as ever, she remarked that the difference between sex for love and sex for money is that sex for love costs you a hell of a lot more! Happy Valentine’s. Lifestyle / 19 Mass Phuket Wedding for Saint Valentine’s T his year Phuket is really going to celebrate Saint Valentine’s in tremendous style with no less than 108 enthusiastic young couples planning to tie the marital knot at the island’s famous southernmost Prom Thep Cape between February 14th and 29th. Entitled “Flowers and the First Step of Love” the events will attract couples and their families from all over the world….Asia, Russia, China, India, Europe and the Americas…all will be here to celebrate this great Phuket Valentine’s Love-In. The couples and their guests will be met at the airport and then treated to several days of cultural shows and visits to local sites of interest as well as sumptuous local food dinners and stage events. The girls will have spa treatments and hair styling in order to get them looking their finest for the great event. And then of course the great ‘Wed-In’ itself will follow. There will also be an exhibition and various beautiful flower and garden arrangements to celebrate this great festival of love. Naturally tremendous media and PR coverage will be generated by this uniquely Thai way of celebrating this glorious festival of love, which will bring a great deal of global attention to Phuket. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 20 / Hotels & Accommodation Hotel Highlights KATA BEACH PATONG Amari Coral Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 106-14 Andaman Beach Suites Hotel +66 (0) 76 341 879-83 B-Lay Tong +66 (0) 76 344 999 Banthai Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 850 Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong +66 (0) 7634 9800-7 Deevana Patong Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 341 414-5 Duangjitt Resort & Spa + 66 (0) 76 342 090-4, 340 310-1 Le MĂŠridien Phuket Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 680-5 Holiday Inn Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 608-9 Horizon Beach Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 292 526-30 Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort and Spa +66 (0) 76 370 999 Patong Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 551-4 www.patongresorthotel.com BluEco Hotel +66 (0) 76 333 315 www.thebluecophuket.com The 9th Floor Residence +66 (0) 76 344 987 www.roomsatthe9th.com The Royal Paradise Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 666 www.royalparadise.com The Nap Patong +66 (0) 76 296 631-4 Thara Patong Beach Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76-340 520 Impiana Resort Patong, Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 138 www.impiana.com Merlin Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 294 300 www.merlinphuket.com Mercure Patong +66 (0) 76 302100 Novotel Phuket Resort +66 (0) 76 342 777 Patong Bay Garden Resort +66 (0) 76 292 914-5 Patong Merlin Hotel +66 76-340 037-41 Patong Paragon Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76-290-555 Royal Pawadee Village Hotel +66 (0) 76 344-622 Safari Beach Hotel +66 (0) 76 341 171-4 Salathai Resort +66 (0) 76 296 631 Sawaddi Patong Resort +66 (0) 76 343 444 www.theguidephuket.com KARON BEACH Hilton Phuket Arcadia +66 76 396038-44 Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 555 Karon Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 330 006-8 Karon Sea Sands Resort +66 (0) 76 286 464 Karona Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 286 406-10 MĂśvenpick Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 396 139-48 www.moevenpick-phuket.com Marina Phuket +66 (0) 76 330 497 Phuket Orchid Resort +66 (0) 76 396 519-23 Ramada Phuket Southsea +66 (0) 76 370 888 The Front Village +66 (0) 76 398 200-5 Capannina Inn +66 (0) 76 284 450 www.phuket-capannina-inn.com Club Med +66 (0) 76 330 455-60 Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel +66 (0) 2 659 2888 Kata Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 330 530-4 Kata Plam Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 334-8 Katathani Phuket Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 330 124 Sugar Palm Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 404 The Beach Boutique House +66 (0) 76 333 113 Two Chefs Bungalows +66 (0) 76 284 155 www.twochefs-phuket.com BANG TAO BEACH Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 201 234 www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cpbr Amora Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 021-2 Bangtao Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 270680-5 Banyan Tree Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 374 Hotels & Accommodation / 21 Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 324 324 MĂśvenpick Residence +66 (0) 76 396 139 Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas +66 (0) 76 336 900 Laguna Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 352 Maikhao SURIN BEACH Amanpuri +66 (0) 76 324 333 Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort&Spa +66 (0) 76 271 271 Courtyard Phuket at Surin Beach +66 (0) 76 303 300 The Surin Phuket +66 (0) 76 621 580 The Evason Phuket +66 (0) 76 381 010-7 www.sixsenses.com/Evason-Phuket/ The Vijitt Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 363 600 The Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club +66 (0) 76 381 360-6 NAIYANG & Naithorn Twinpalms Phuket +66 (0) 76 316 500 www. twinpalms-phuket .com KAMALA BEACH Aquamarine Resort & Villa +66 (0) 76 310 600 Cape Sienna +66 76 337 300 Kamala Beach Estate +66 (0) 76 324 111-4 Kamala Beach Hotel & Resort +66 (0) 76 279 580-5 RAWAI BEACH & Nai Harn All Season Naiharn Phuket Hotel + 66 (0) 76 289 333 Friendship Bungalow +66 (0) 76 288 996 Goden Tulip Mangosteen Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 289 399 Dewa Phuket +66 (0) 76 372 300 Indigo Pearl +66 (0) 76 327 006-9 Naithon Buri Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 318 700 Naiyang Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 328 300 Trisara +66 (0) 76 310 100 The Imperial Adamas Beach Resort +(66) 76 316 000 Lâ€™esprit de Naiyang Resort +66 (0) 76 510 032-5 Airport Resort & Spa Naiyang Beach +66 (0) 76 327 771-4 Kasalong Phuket Resort +66 (0) 76 205 208-10 Sala Phuket Resort and Spa +66 (0) 76 338 888 www.salaphuket.com Anantara Phuket +66 (0) 76 336 100 Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 363 999 JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 205 379-80 Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Maikhao Beach +66 (0) 76 603 699 CAPE PANWA Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket +66 (0) 76 391 123-5 The Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket +66 (0) 76 391 514 Radisson Resort Phuket Panwa Beach +66 (0) 76 602 500 Sri Panwa, Phuket +66 (0) 76 37 1 000 PHUKET CITY i Pavilion Phuket Hotel +66 (0) 76 210 445-7 Katina Hotel +66 (0) 76 223 111-9 Phuket Merlin Hotel +66 (0) 76 212 866-70 Rome Place +66 (0) 76 223 560 Royal Phuket City +66 (0) 76 233 333 Sino House Phuket Hotel +66 (0) 76 232 494-5 The Metropole +66 (0) 76 215 050 One Stop Service for BABY EQUIPMENT Serenity Resort & Residences +66 (0) 76 371 900 www.serenityphuket.com RENTALS Tel. 086 911 5515 or 085 571 1970 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 22 / Watersports & Activities Phuket’s Southern Toe – Rawai and Nai Harn T he second in our regional Phuket features concentrates on the island’s southernmost promontory the “big toe” of Chalong-Rawai and Nai Harn that protrudes into the Andaman Sea pointing due south towards the Racha Islands and beyond to the Straits of Malacca. The region stretches from the infamously congested Chalong ‘turning circle’ and Chalong Bay, down through Rawai, on to Promthep Cape and Thailand’s southernmost lighthouse, then west and north to diminutive Ya Nui Beach and then its bigger sister…beautiful Nai Harn Beach. It is an area with a laid-back Bohemian charm, where the ravages of development have not yet reached every nook and cranny and where many Thais and foreign ex-pat residents make their homes and raise their families. It is quieter and a lot less hectic than Patong or Surin and a loss less hectic than Phuket Town and tends to attract far more residents than tourists as its main demographic. The Rawai Nai Harn Business Association is a group of independent companies in the south of Phuket who have joined together to promote this lovely region and in particular Rawai and Nai Harn. The association has 9 main sponsors: The Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort & Spa, Serenity Resort & Residences, The Vijitt Resort Phuket, Atmanjai Detox & Wellness Center, The Davinci Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Atsumi Healing Wellness Retreat,Phuket Consult, Sea Bees Diving and BlueD.Zine In addition to these nine main sponsors, other independent businesses in the south of the island have joined the association to promote their business and the area. One of the main advantages of the association is the Rawai Nai Harn Benefits Card which offers a minimum of 15% discount at all of the participating businesses. Additional discounts with the Benefits Card can be found on each company’s individual website. The Main Businesses in the Rawai-Nai Harn Business Association Serenity Resort & Residences always surprises and delights its privileged guests. Just 64 rooms; sumptuous, oversized suites; and pool residences, some enjoying their own private pools. Serenity Resort and Residences is also ideal for private events and parties, weddings and executive gatherings, which can be held either in one of the many spectacular locations within the resort or at the trendy East 88 Beach Lounge. Located on secluded Friendship Beach, The Vijitt Resort Phuket features private villa accommodation among its lovely environment and indigenous tropical flowers. The result is a piece of paradise….an ideal escape for relaxation and privacy. www.theguidephuket.com If you want to relax, rejuvenate, or restore health and energy –Atmanjai Wellness Center @ Friendship Beach offers the most powerful programs available in Thailand. The relaxing waterfront location provides a comfortable and peaceful environment to enjoy your personallydesigned and professionally managed wellness program. Davinci is not just a restaurant, it is a location where you can relax and enjoy great food, wine and music in alfresco garden dining. Relax with a cocktail from the V Lounge or enjoy a pizza in a relaxed atmosphere while your children play in the children’s play area Enjoy fine Italian cuisine from seafood to great steaks and great wines from around the world. Watersports & Activities / 23 Atsumi Healing Wellness Retreat provides a tranquil escape from the stresses of everyday life, a place to embrace holistic change and replenish your body’s precious energy. We invite you to enter a physical, mental and emotional transformation that promises to be a life changing experience that will improve every aspect of your health and vitality. The center provides a selection of well-proven, safe and effective Fasting and Detoxification programs, utilizing high quality natural organic herbs, raw and living foods, cleansing drinks and colon cleansing. During your stay you can enjoy many healthy pursuits including yoga, meditation, tai chi, chi gong and relaxing spa treatments. Phuket Consult provides personal executive assistance and understands that local knowledge is invaluable. They can help in negotiating the sale of a property or vehicle; assisting in times of emergency; police matters; or with relocation and property maintenance. Phuket Consult also provides mediation and translation services and helps in dealings with local institutions. The Golden Tulip Mangosteen Resort & Spa sits on a private hillside with stunning sea views over the Andaman Sea and Phuket’s outlying islands. Enjoy 41 villa-style rooms in the middle of lush tropical gardens, plus oversize swimming pool, gourmet restaurant with underground wine cellar, exclusive Ayurveda Spa, Fitness Center and Lounge Bar. Blue D.Zine is an established IT company located at the Software Park. They have been providing software development, web design services and delivering business solutions to clients worldwide since 2003. The Nai Harn Area in Detail A quiet area at the southern end of Phuket, Nai Harn is one of the island’s most beautiful locations and most popular places with in-the-know locals. This tranquil place has only a few hotels including the The Royal Phuket Yacht Club and is a favorite anchorage for boats during the high season. Great for swimming from November to April, however care should be take in the low season (May-October) when there can be strong undertows on occasion. The local restaurants just above the beach make a great place to relax with a sundowner. Sea Bees Diving, established over 20 years ago, is an SSI Diamond Instructor Training Facility that caters to all diving needs. On the daily dive trips and live-aboard friendly, professional staff ensure an unforgettable time. Just north of Nai Harn, along the coast, is Nui Beach…. small, secluded and difficult to access. Further south is Ya Nui, a sandy cove that attracts snorkelers and divers. Another out-of-the way spot nearby is the tiny beach of Ao Sane, a great spot for snorkeling, reached by taking the little road that starts through the car park of the Royal Phuket Yacht Club Hotel. Nai Harn beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket with its excellent water quality. It’s framed on both sides by jungle-covered mountains and there’s a large freshwater lagoon inland. Never overloaded, even in high season, Nai Harn’s usually busier www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 24 / Watersports & Activities Rawai Beach at weekends as it is popular with both Thais and expats. All year round the water is a comfortable 29°C. Flat lakelike crystal-clear water invites you for a dip November to May. From June to October on occasion there can be days where larger waves attract surfers and prevent swimming however these days are rare. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food at Nai Harn. You can order sandwiches, ice creams, cut fruit and a range of drinks that includes beer, soft drinks and juices directly from your sun-bed rental people, so you don’t even have to interrupt your tanning. There’s a wealth of choices at restaurants that line the top of the beach. Most are very reasonably priced and have menus that seem to go on forever. Pretty much any Thai dish you could want will be available in addition to many international favorites. www.theguidephuket.com Chalong Bay in Detail Chalong’s muddy east coast shoreline makes it unsuitable for swimming but it’s an ideal spot for yacht mooring and so Chalong is a center for intense boating activity. Early mornings and late afternoons are the busiest times, when diving and day trip groups are bundled on and off boats. The Ao Chalong Yacht Club, which organizes regular sailing races, makes its base here and its bar is a favorite spot for sailors to swap yarns and party. Chalong’s most noticeable feature is its 720-meter long, seven-meter wide jetty, which replaced the rickety old wooden pier in 2001. A parking area and a number of restaurants, shops, tourist information kiosks and open-air waiting areas have been built to serve the many visitors passing through. Coral Island (Koh Hae) Chalong is also close by nearby islands where many people enjoy taking day trips. One is Coral Island about four kilometers southeast of Phuket. This lovely island is Coral Island (Koh Hae) home to many hard corals (i.e. brain, boulder and table corals) and a rocky sea bed. It’s a good spot to view many interesting types of tropical marine life such as parrot fish, groupers and butterfly fish. Coral Island is quite small, only 800 meters from north to south, and about three kilometers from east to west. The island’s two beautiful white sandy beaches are ideal to relax on after swimming and snorkeling. Chalong is a favorite destination for yachtsman to drop their anchors. Within immediate walking distance of the pier, newcomers will see vari- ous types of eating venues, big and small, old and new. The cuisine is not limited to only Thai and seafood but it covers good range of international tastes. Such places include Kan Eang@Pier, Tasanee Seafood, Captain Hook, The Lighthouse and the Anchor Bar. The Rawai Area in Detail Rawai became the very first tourist beach on Phuket, many years ago when people from Phuket Town would drive the 17km to Rawai on weekends to while away the afternoon Watersports & Activities / 25 Chalong Bay “All the flavours of typical Italian cuisine with the atmosphere of Italian festive days” Open daily from 11am till late Phone / Fax: +66 (0) 76 284318 www.capannina-phuket.com 30/9 Kata Road T.Karon A.Muang Phuket 83100 THAILAND underneath the beach’s Casuarina trees rather than risk the (then) dangerous drive over the hill to Phuket’s west coast. Nowadays Rawai is a ‘working beach’ and a launching point for day boat excursions out to Phuket’s surrounding islands. Many long-tail boats are available for hire lining its shores, where you can arrange a trip to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island, or a fishing or snorkel trip. The beach is also used as a mooring point for the many fishermen who live in the area. Rawai is home to the fivestar resorts, Evason and Mangosteen and quite a few of Phuket’s foreign expat population live in the area, lending a Bohemian and laid-back flavor to the way of life. Favorite haunts are Friendship Beach, towards Chalong, and Rawai’s beachfront bars including the iconic Nakita’s. “We are just a few steps away from Kata Beach, one of the most attractive beaches in Phuket” Phone / Fax: +66 (0) 76 284450 www.phuket-capannina-inn.com 98/84-85 Kata Rd., T.Karon, A. Muang Phuket 83100 THAILAND www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 26 / Watersports & Activities A c t ivi t ies ON t he Island Visiting Wats – Buddhist Monasteries All Buddhist Monasteries are open to the public during the day, and visitors are usually welcome. Since these are active holy places of worship, and the residence of monks, visitors should show respect in keeping well dressed and remaining quiet, Mum and Dad; keep the kids on a leash and always be culturally sensitive. Elephant Trekking The wild elephant population of Phuket was wiped out last century, but has been replaced in recent years by an influx of animals for the tourist trade. Today there remains just a few hundred elephants on Phuket Island, all domesticated, most working in tourism. Indeed, riding an elephant is an experience not to be missed. The lumbering monsters are incredibly agile. Taking an elephant ride helps to keep the beasts employed, t’s a big island, offering all manner of fed and out of the cities, where many can things to do. be taken by destitute owners in search of It’s surprising that so many holiday money and food. makers, who are trying to get away from it all, soon get bored with that dreamy combination of a perfect beach, Phuket Town a comfortable hotel room and great food. Phuket Town is small but incredibly After a few days, most people want more. interesting, a potpourri of different They want to go places, to see how the cultural influences, of markets and local people live and to experience new shopping centres, restaurants and other things. Happily, with Phuket being a large entertainment facilities. Anyone spending island, about 50 kilometres long, there are a few days on Phuket Island should take all sorts of interesting things to do here. time to visit, be it for sight-seeing, cultural or historical interest, or shopping. Below we offer some suggestions. I Crowded Beach, Quiet Beach - Find the one that suits you Cultural Village Cultural shows featuring skilled Thai dancers from the different regions of the country, martial arts demonstrations, elephant rides and Thai dinners are all brought together at Phuket’s original cultural garden; there is also an attached orchid farm for all the budding botanists out there. Jungle Trekking With most of the rainforest on Phuket long since eaten up by rubber plantations, it is not so easy to find ideal trekking grounds. Again, it’s best to sign on with a company providing this service. Often they take their trekkers right off Phuket into neighbouring Phang Nga province, where some beautiful areas of forest remain. Spas; massage and herbal steam rooms Health resorts, spas and herbal saunas are proliferating, and some fine examples offering a wide range of treatments are now found on Phuket. Thailand has its own traditional herbal saunas, and there are several local ones around the island. Zoo While many large resorts now feel they are Phuket’s only zoo is small, but pleasant, incomplete without a spa, there are also displaying some of Thailand’s almost several independent establishments. vanished wildlife. Their tigers are fed well enough that one can sit with them and View Points have a photo taken. We recommend going Phuket’s most famous view point, Laem early or late, to avoid the tour buses that Phrom Thep at the very bottom of the arrive mid morning and mid afternoon. It is island, is on the ‘must see’ list for every in a small road off the east side of Chao Fah Thai visitor to the island. Thus it attracts Road, about half way between the town a fleet of tour buses and cars each evening and Chalong’s 5-way intersection. The as people come to witness the sun fall turnoff is well signposted and easy to find. into the Andaman Sea. Indeed, it’s often Spend most of your holiday in Patong and you might think the beaches of Phuket are crowded. While Patong buzzes with people and activity, there are many other beaches to which one can escape in complete solitude. You just have to drive. As one moves away from Patong the beaches become progressively quieter. By the time you get to the top of the island you’re guaranteed kilometres of sand to Bungy Jump yourself, even in peak season, so remember Consider yourself adventurous? Got real crowded beach, quiet beach; the choice is guts? If you haven’t tried bungee jumping there. yet, you should take the ride to the top with a big rubber band around your ankles www.theguidephuket.com and fight the internal struggle that every jumper meets when standing 54 metres above the ground. Logic might tell us it is quite safe, but another part of our body screams “No! Don’t jump!” But with their friends at the bottom, waiting expectantly, most people manage to throw themselves off and experience a rush like no other. a spectacular sight, but there are many quieter places. The view point on the hill behind Kata Noi attracts fewer people and when the heavens turn red, the view from any of the beaches can also be spectacular. Watersports & Activities / 27 Phang Nga Bay A visit to Phang Nga Bay on the east side of Phuket is the one big ‘musts’ for visitor to this region. Photos of this bay, with its mystical rock formations towering vertically out of green waters, are almost as well-known as Phuket itself. There are many tour options, with the many tourists taking one of the inexpensive bus-and-boat trips. By far the best way to see the beauty of this bay and avoid mass tourism is to take one of the boat trips that depart from Phuket Island itself. James Bond Island This strange but overrated rock was featured in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun and has never had a quiet day since. The mass of tourists who take the standard bus-and-boat tours to Phang Nga Bay are all deposited on this island where they are besieged by trinket vendors. The day boat tours generally just pass by this islet, giving tourists only the quick glimpse that it deserves, so that they can spend their time amongst the more spectacular parts of the bay. Sea Gypsy Village (Koh Pannyi) This village balancing on stakes out in the bay is also a part of the standard bus-andboat tour of Phang Nga. At lunch up to 3,000 tourists are all deposited here to eat and shop. Indeed, the village is fascinating, but again it’s best if you can take a boat tour that avoids the midday crowds. And just for the record, there are no ‘Sea Gypsies’ in this misnamed village. The people here are all in fact Muslim fishermen. Island Getaways Getting to some of the many little resorts on remote islands in this region is not so easy. But for those who succeed, that is half the fun. The other reward is finding remote places with few other people. There are bungalow resorts on Phi Phi, Koh Mai Thon (upmarket) Koh Racha, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Naka Yai and along the Krabi Coast. beautiful times and are free of the mid-day masses. Krabi Facing Phuket from the east side of Phang Nga Bay this region of soaring rock walls and stunningly beautiful beaches is now famous as a destination in its own right. Those who have time are strongly recommended to make a visit here, either by driving a rented car, or by taking a ferry from Phuket Town pier. The car trip takes one through attractive rural countryside with rice fields, rubber and palm oil plantations nestled amongst towering rock cliffs and mountains. The famous portion of Krabi is a peninsula that is entirely isolated by sheer cliffs and can only be reached by boat. A c t ivi t ies OFF t he Island Sea Canoeing With reason, this is now one of the most popular day tours out of Phuket. There is no better way to appreciate the inner world of strange geographic formations, plant and animal life of Phang Nga Bay than to be paddled quietly through its caves and lagoons in sea canoes. This is a more satisfying tour of Phang Nga than the junkets to James Bond Island. Phi Phi Island This pair of islands 40 kilometers southeast of Phuket is justifiably famous for the spectacular rock walls rising from crystal seas and the stunning scenic beauty of its beaches and coves. Unfortunately, mass tourism has now found these islands, with hundreds of trippers being deposited here every day. But even this cannot destroy the overwhelming beauty of the place, and Phi Phi is still worth a visit. There are many small bungalow resorts here and it is undoubtedly best to stay overnight. The evenings and early mornings are the most www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 28 / Watersports & Activities Monkey God seen flying over Phuket Reports of sightings of weird flying entities over the Kathu Waterfall region of Phuket were at first thought to be the exaggerated ramblings of inebriated revelers returning from late nigh adventures in the Soi Bangla party zone. But closer investigation by our intrepid reporter has uncovered a radical new aerial adventure which you will definitely want to try! H anuman is of course the rather naughty and rambunctious Monkey God from the epic Hindu story the Ramayana which is enacted in mythical song and dance as the Ramakien in Thailand. The Hanuman character who liked to fly though the mythical historical forests has been cleverly incorporated into the branding of Phuket’s newest air-borne adventure park named “Flying Hanuman” which is situated on a deeply forested hillside above Soi 6 off of the famous Soi Namtok Kathu….the “waterfall road” in Kathu. What can you expect when you pay a visit to the Flying Hanuman? You drive onto a steep hillside car park set within the native trees of the area. You are then greeted by your guide who will take you through the dare-devil aerial rides, but first you are shown a safety video and taken through all the zip lines and modes of attachment and safety mechanisms that will allow you to impersonate an air-borne Simian from an earlier stage of our human evolution. Safety is of course a hugely important part of the adventure and the training and safety procedures are extremely thorough, so much so that kids as young as four, or ageing thrill-seekers of eighty can take part in the adventure. The emphasis is also very much on an eco-friendly adventure in which the participants get to experience the upper layers of the rain forest and the mature old growth trees within it in a totally The zip lines send you zigzagging through the natural maze created by the forest’s heights at speeds of up to 60 kilometers an hour. natural way which has no impact on the environment. The zip lines send you zigzagging through the natural maze created by the forest’s heights at speeds of up to 60 kilometers an hour. In many ways this is a recreation of what it must have been like for our Simian ancestors as they swung about in the arboreal foliage thousands of years ago. The experience is the most extreme of its kind in Phuket www.theguidephuket.com Watersports & Activities / 29 and so you are accompanied by two guides for each group who help you get the most excitement and thrills from the rides and they also point out all sorts of fascinating ecological and natural wonders for you to savor. You can make the experience “extreme” or relaxing….. all you have to do is tell your guides how you want to play it. The site itself is huge covering 80,000 square meters of forested land and the entire adventure will take you about two and a half hours to enjoy. So, pre-booking is very much advised so that you are locked into a specific time slot for your adventure and can arrive accordingly. Zip lines are the biggest part of the Flying Hanuman adventure and the longest one sends you 400 meters from one side of the site to the other….that’s 60 seconds gliding along with the sea on one side and thick forest on the other! There are also many other fun elements to the experience….sky bridges; a sky rail; dual zip lines to enjoy with a partner, and three spiral staircases. The highest abseil in the adventure drops you down 40 meters no less to the forest floor before you zip line away to the next platform. Flying Hanuman is all about visiting Adrenalin City….make no mistake about that! Flying Hanuman 89/16, Moo 6, Soi Namtok Kathu Tel: +66 (0) 7632 3264-5 Email: email@example.com www.flyinghanuman.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 30 / Food & Restaurants Celebrate Rossovivoâ€™s first anniversary on February 10th R ossovivo is the delightfully authentic Italian restaurant that has been bringing red Italian life to Rawai for the past twelve months. Wise locals and savvy visitors who keep their fingers on the pulse of Phuket have discovered in droves this wonderful new Italian Restaurant at the recently-opened Fisherman Way Business Park, near to Tesco Lotus on the Rawai Road. The restaurant has been quietly building a savvy local clientele of regular customers and through word-of-mouth already has a considerable following. Rossovivo literally means red life in Italian and the restaurant is indeed a large striking vision in scarlet and white, with an inviting outdoor wooden deck upon which comfy loungers and dining tables are just waiting for you. The large, modern open kitchen serves all the classical Italian dishes from great salads, bruchetta, plates of cold cuts, carpaccio, clams and mussels, soups, and local seafood starters, through to delicious home-made pastas and wood-fired oven pizzas and on to superb meats and fish dishes and tempting gelato and desserts. All the food is fresh and delicious and very reasonable priced and served by lovely and helpful waitresses so that you are enticed to linger long into the evening enjoying the relaxed ambience. On Fridays and Saturdays thereâ€™s also live music performed on the outdoor deck adding a party atmosphere to that end of the week feeling which everyone enjoys. On the evening of Friday February 10th Rossovivo will celebrate their first anniversary with a fabulous evening of food, fun and great music. There will be special promotional giveaways from the menu and the wine cellar and it promises to be an event not to be missed. Rossovivo Restaurante 14 Moo 5, Viset Road, Rawai, Phuket Tel: 076-384 686 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rossovivo.asia.com www.theguidephuket.com Food & Restaurants / 31 Boathouse Wine and Grill French and Thai cuisine at its best with Jean-Noel Lumineau at the helm. ‘Best of Excellence’ Wine Spectator award winning cellar. Book the throughout February. Reservations for 4-8 persons. Visit our website for special events and guest chefs’visits. Restaurant is open everyday from 6.30 am - 11 am. 182 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Phuket 83100 Tel: +66 (0) 76 330 015-7 Fax: +66 (0) 76 330 561 Email: email@example.com www.boathousephuket.com The Ultimate Outing - day and night Enjoy the fresh contemporary cuisine of Chef Bryan at the chic new RE KÁ TA Beach Club. Fabulous food, awesome cocktails, amazing sound system, beachfront pool and sundeck chairs and a relaxing day spa. Day pass of THB1,000 redeemable for food, beverage and/or spa. No day pass required after 5 pm or to simply use the bar and restaurant at anytime (Opening hours 9 am - midnight) Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm daily 184 Koktanode Road, Kata Beach, Phuket (Next to Boathouse) Tel : +66(0)76 330421 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.rekataphuket.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 32 / Food & Restaurants In the Kitchen with... Summer Wind brings a breath of fresh air to Patong P the owners of the famous Margarita Bar and atong continues to grow and develop Club on the nearby corner of Soi Bangla. The with many fascinating innovations Margarita bar is itself something of an icon in springing up at alarming pace. One Patong and has been providing great live musuch is the new Promenade walking street sic, drinks and food on this very lively corner which links Soi Bangla with Rat-U-Thid for many years and so the owners certainly Road, emerging just opposite to the Junceyknow a thing or two about running a suclon Center. This is a huge new development cessful club and restaurant. with an abundance of indoor and outdoor The first thing to notice about the new shopping opportunities, plus lovely brightly Summer Wind is the large bowls of live sea painted Sino-Portuguese-style shop houses food….Phuket loband a laid-back ambience that encourages sters, Blue Swimyou to linger You can find plenty of frozen mer Crabs, churnand savor the seafood on offer in Patong, ing Snapper and beguiling eatGrouper… on display ing and coffee but live and extremely fresh at the front of the culture at any offerings are another matter restaurant. You can time of the day and Summer Wind prides itself find plenty of frozen seafood on offer in Paor night. The on serving the very freshest tong, but live and extremely fresh offerings Tiger Group and are another matter and Summer Wind prides Seduction are seafood in town. itself on serving the very freshest seafood in founder members of the businesses joining this enterprise and there’s no doubt town. The downstairs eating area is a breezy open sala type space that the new Promenade will become another central focus of Pafrom which you can see the passers-by ambling along the new tong life. Right at the start of the Promenade walking street opposite walking street outside and of course many of them seem to be ento Junceylon is a new restaurant and nightclub combination from ticed into the restaurant by the lively welcoming atmosphere and www.theguidephuket.com Food & Restaurants / 33 good food aromas emanating from the kitchen. The menu features a full array of Thai and European dishes but with the emphasis very much on the fresh local seafood specialties. Prices are very reasonable too and Summer Wind offers a good selection of wine by the bottle and by the glass, as a well as beers and cocktails. The staff is friendly and energetic and all in all it is a great night out to dine in such pleasant and lively surroundings and at such reasonable prices. But that is not all!! Upstairs at Summer Wind is the live music venue, with the enticing balcony overlooking the walking street below being the ideal location for people-watching in this lively part of Patong. A huge stage houses the twelve piece Thai-Philippine band who from 10 pm each evening light up the night with their Latino, Reggae and Salsa-Jazz musical pyrotechnics. Thereâ€™s also a chill out area with a large screen showing all the latest sport and music action. You can even have a late night meal upstairs listening to the band and there are a broad selection of pub-style nibbles and lite bites served at the many tables. All in all Summer Wind is indeed a breath of fresh air on the Patong scene and one that is sure to become another iconic entertainment venue in the not-too-distant future. Summer Wind Club & Restaurant Tel. 076 341 587 or 080 699 2629 www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 34 / Food & Restaurants Restaurant HighlightS The 9th Floor Bar and Restaurant Mediterranean The 9th Floor Bar & Restaurant, Patong’s highest ‘open-air’ restaurant on the top floor of the Sky Inn Condotel, is a hidden treasure dedicated to the enjoyment of fine, fresh Mediterranean, Alpine and Thai food, a comprehensive list of some of the best wines available, beautiful well-trained waitresses and a warm, elegant ambience reminiscent of a sophisticated members’ club. Tel. 076 344 311 www.the9thfloor.com Location: Patong SALA Restaurant International & Thai SALA Phuket Restaurant offers an exceptional blend of mouthwatering international cuisine and scrumptious traditional Thai delicacies. Serve fresh seafood, exceptional international cuisine and Thai favourites. Tel. 076 338 888 www.salaphuket.com Location: Maikhao A Spa with men in We are the 1st luxury spa for men located among peaceful nature about 200 meters away from Kathu community area, only 10 minute from Phuket town and 15 minute from Patong Beach Hiranyikara is the perfect soothing haven to hide away from the city’s turbulence, where you can indulge yourself in the various relaxing spa and health treatment to soothe your pains, calm your mind and up lift your spirits. White Box Fusion The cuisine here is refined. Stand out dishes include the tuna carpaccio and tuna tartare, ribeye and tenderloin beef. My personal favourite is the wagyu tartare, just a little bit spicy to help compliment the flavor of the meat. For fish lovers there is the excellent snowfish, and for Asian food there is a variety of dishes including Massaman curry. A great choice of wine, friendly welcome and beautiful surroundings. www.whiteboxrestaurant.com Location: Patong Beach Sushi BOX Japanese Further information pls. visit www.hiranyikara.com or send me an e-mail at email@example.com TEL.+66 (0) 76 203280-1 , MB + 66(0) 81 370 0202 www.theguidephuket.com Sushi Box offers the largest selection of sushi in Phuket with over one hundred different kinds of sushi and salads. Everything is freshly rolled to order with a take away section prepared daily. www.facebook.com/PhuketSushibox Locations: Central Festival Phuket, 1st floor Ocean Plaza Bang-la 2nd Floor Jangceylon Port Area Food & Restaurants / 35 Restaurant HighlightS The East 88 Beach Lounge International & Thai East 88 Beach Lounge is Phuket’s coolest restaurant and bar located right by the sea within Serenity Resort & Residences. Lounge or dine in style and enjoy the view over Chalong Bay while being pampered by our team, food, drinks and cool vibes. “Special events, theme evenings and happenings” Happy hour from 17.00 – 19.00h. Free use of pool facilities for customers. Tel. 076 371 900 Nz mussel’s gratin Deep fried seabass slices Milanese style Bbq skewer Squid Mini parmigiano baguette with smoked salmon Lasagna beef Parma Ham and Melon Chicken breast, romaine leaves, mustard cream Bruschetta Fresh tomato, mozzarella cheese and Italian basil Vegetarian Pan Pizza Baked potatoes rosemary Flavor Location: Rawai www.serenityphuket.com CapaNnina LIVE MUSIC FROM 8 PM MARIE & HER BAND NINJAZZ Italian This place offers the best pizza in Phuket, by far, with good choice and quality ingredients. Mario, the boss, is “al forno” making pizza himself. The pasta dishes are also perfect, We recommend the 4-cheese penne, seafood spaghetti ‘scoglio’ red sauce or tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms. There is also a great variety of fresh and cooked salads for the lighter option. Tel. 076 284 318 www.capannina-phuket.com Location: Kata Two Chefs International We are proud to introduce our delicious food - imported juicy steaks, fresh seafood, pasta, modern Thai food and much more. Enjoy your food in one of our nice restaurants with a good glass of wine from our extensive international wine list. We also serve breakfast, lunch, texmex menu, and Saturday Brunch. Open Daily 0800 - 2400. Kata : 076-28 41 55 Kata Centre : 076 33 00 65 Karon : 076-28 64 79 www.twochefs-phuket.com Location : Kata, Karon EVERY TUESDAY & SATURDAY FROM 19:00 TO 21:00 @ LUNA BAR U N L I M I T E D TA PA S 1,400 BAHT NET INCLUDING ONE BOTTLE OF WINE PER PERSON Reservation recommended to 076 201 234 Full Moon Brew Work International Small batch, handcrafted beer served with freshly made food. What else could you ask for? A relaxed atmosphere and good prices? Ok you got it! Open daily for lunch and dinner this is Patong’s only micro-brewery. Tel. 076 366 753 www.facebook.com/fullmoonbrewwork Location: Patong www.centarahotelsresorts.com www.facebook.com/centara.cpbr www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 36 / Food & Restaurants Restaurant Highlights Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine Taking a grand location in the governor mansion in old Phuket Town this beautiful restaurant serves traditional royal Thai cuisine and holds daily cooking classes as well. Tel. 076 354 355, 076 354 357 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org www.blueelephant.com Location: Phuket Town Davinci Restaurant Italian Cuisine Set in a courtyard and offering friendly al fresco dining conducive to relaxing meals with happy gatherings of family and friend, children are welcome. Tel. 076 289 574 www.davinciphuket.com Location: Nai Harn www.theguidephuket.com Food & Restaurants / 37 Restaurant Highlights Giogiorne Restaurant Italian & Thai Food Giogiorne Italian & Thai Restaurant in Kata Beach serves a range of delicious Italian and Thai delights. Located on Kata Road just before the Kata Palm resort. The restaurant is open from 10.30am â€“ 23.00 daily. Tel. 076 330 679, 081 797 0679 E-mail: email@example.com Location: Kata LE CELTIQUE French & Thai French specialities; snails, white asparagus, scallops, saffron sauce and an excellent pork hock or a rack of lamb with goat cheese, also large choice of Bretain Crepes, salty or sweetie Bertrand is the king of sauces, and Lek always welcomes you warmly. Tel. 076 613 098, 089 588 9517, 084 842 6233 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai Sala Bua International Where East Meets West; this stylish restaurant serves creative food right at the waters edge. Tel: 076 430 138 ext. 8301 www.impiana.com Location: Patong Beach IndoChine Waterfront Restaurant Indochine & European In the same concept as the iconic Singapore Waterfront restaurant, famous Indochine and European dishes are served. Open 17.00 to 23.00 hours with Sunday Brunch starting at noon. www.indochinephuket.com Location: Kalim Beach www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 38 / Food & Restaurants Get the Weekend Going with the Two Chefs SATURDAY Brunch Yes, you read that right! Those doyens of Scandinavian fine food and good living, the two eponymous chefs who own the Two Chefs Bar and Grill at Kata Center between Kata and Karon Beaches opposite the Dino Park, kick off the Phuket weekend early with their all-you-can-eat brunch every Saturday from noon until 3pm. The formula is an extremely beguiling one with an array of around forty freshlyprepared dishes from which to choose including fresh seafood, wonderful cuts of meat and Scandinavian specialties including Skärgårdstallrik (‘archipelago plate’; a platter of cold fish, including strömming, gravlax and a variety of herring and white- www.theguidephuket.com fish) as well as a wide range of Thai dishes, desserts and freshly prepared banana and strawberry pancakes. The restaurant itself is a warm inviting space, where couples and families happily mingle while the unplugged trio of Megan berg and wines thrown in with the food, to and MJ sing and play their soothing mu- really get the weekend off to a flying start! sic that seems to make the food and drinks all the more enjoyable and Saturday after- Two Chefs Bar and Restaurant noons drift indulgently by. Kata Center, Karon Road For 395 baht you can enjoy the all-youPhone: 076 330 065 can-eat food only option, or for just 695 Email: email@example.com baht go wild and have the free flow CarlsWeb Site: www.twochefs.com Food & Restaurants / 39 Let’s do Brunch! Sunday Brunch Sunday Lunch Vijitt Resort St. Tropez Beach Club Every Sunday from 12.00-15.00 Every Sunday From 12.00-15.00 Every Sunday From 12.00-15.00 The place to see and be seen is the Sunday brunch at The Oriental Spoon. A highly fashionable international crowd browse the abundant food offerings from fresh seafood and cold water NZ oysters, to sushi and sashimi. • 3,490++ THB per person including a bottle of champagne per couple • 1,490++ THB per person including a bottle of wine per couple • 1,190++ THB brunch only Enjoy our expansive mouthwatering Seafood Buffet, Sushi, Live cooking stations, BBQ, Western and Thai hot dishes, and our all you can eat Home Made Desserts. • 999 THB net per person with free flow soft drinks. • 1,299 THB net per person with a bottle of wine per couple. • 2,999 THB net per person with a bottle of champange per couple. See the glistening Andaman Sea, jungle clad mountains and crazy Patong skyline. Hear the sounds of the coolest local and international DJ’s spinning chilled out Sunday tunes. Taste a selection of delicious Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese and Mediterranean dishes and sublime tropical beverages. Brunch experience at 700 Baht / person and special for IndoChine members. Tel : 076 316 577 www.twinpalms-phuket.com Tel : 076 363 600 www.vijittresort.com Tel. 076 380 860, 086 470 2122 www.indochine-group.com Twinpalms Sunday Brunch www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 40 / Food & Restaurants Phuket Wine Dinners to dine for Phuket is witnessing an accelerating sophistication in the range and quality of wines on offer and delightful wine The Evason Six Senses in Rawai The Evason Six Senses Resort (www. dinners during which they are served. firstname.lastname@example.org) on Here are three of the finest locations Chalong Beach believes that great settings and creative themes are essential ingredito sample wine dinners. owners Sonu and Eva Shivdasani. They agree that the opportunities that Phuket offers to pair food and wine with glorious settings and themes like music, art and film, is second to none. In the past they featured a Francis Ford Coppola wine night, with a representative from their Californian vineyard presenting the wines and the Godfather movie on a huge screen above the infinity pool. More recently they paired Alsace wines with local street-style Thai food to great fanfare and appreciation ents for great wine drinking experiences. They conduct weekly wine tastings and every property in the group has its own resident sommelier as well as cellars and tasting rooms. The wine dinners they stage are always in lovely surroundings and of course that is an essential part of the ultimate wining and dining experience. The Baan Rim Pa Group The central role that wine plays in the With three award-winning restauculture of the stylish Evason Six Senseâ€™s rants under its wing the Baan Rim Pa empire is a reflection of the passion of its Group (www.baanrimpa.com) has recog- Fantastic View - Great Cocktails & Meals Elegant Romantic Breeze Opening hours 17.00 - 24.00 For private candle light dinner or any special private event Please contact the Front Desk: T+66 (0)7634 9800 E email@example.com www.theguidephuket.com Food & Restaurants / 41 nized the immense marketing attraction of coupling wine and food in themed dinners. “We stage wine dinners in all of our restaurants from time to time. They are very popular with the local expat residents as well as many tourists who are pleased to find there are special dinners available to them in which world class wines are featured,” says Sue Ultmann the Director Marketing Communications. “We have run several types of dinner over the years. At any particular event, we might feature different Phuket wine importers such as Envision, the Andaman Wine Club, or Wine Connection, as well as international wine makers who come to Phuket to promote their wines. We might feature a particular country, or a specific varietal such as Pinot Noir, or we might follow a specific theme like biodynamic wines, or wines that complement spicy Thai food. Sue Ultman agrees that location is an essential part of the ultimate wine dinner: “At Da Maurizio, Joe’s Downstairs or Baan Rim Pa, we are able to combine food, wine and an ocean-side location which few destinations can match”. For example MomTri’s hosted an exclusive wine dinner featuring wines from Chateau Los Boldos, a leading wine producer from Chile located at the foot of the Andes in the Rapel Valley. Master Chef Jean-Noël Lumineau created the menu for this 5-course gourmet dinner which was unsurprisingly sold out. Whatever the cost, whatever the theme, the boom in Phuket’s love affair with wine and wine dinners shows no sign Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is a creation of of abating. We’ll drink to that! renowned artist and architect Mom Luang Tridhosyuth Devakul, better known simply as Mom Tri, a descendant of the King Mongkut Rama IV. Mom Tri opened his private summer home as a boutique resort on the headland overlooking Kata Beach ten years ago, to provide guests with a truly royal experience. Mom Tri’s own passion for fine dining and wines was then infused into the culture of all the Group’s activities. The Group (www.villaroyalephuket. com) has its own Wine Director Georges Civet who working with the kitchen team has produced some of the most sensational wine dinners on the island. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 42 / Lifestyle New RE KA TA Beach Club Heading up Phuket’s trendy new RE KÁ TA Club on the Beach, are the following key players in their “Chill” Team: Jon Butt - Manager (the man who knows how to mix a mean cocktail) Australian born Jon Butt heads up the team at RE KÁ TA, overseeing all operations including the gourmet café, cocktail team, spa, boutique, entertainment and leisure facilities. Bryan Burger – Chef South African born, Chef Bryan knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a Chef and spent much of his childhood in the kitchen with the ‘world’s best cooks’ Songkhla, Hat Yai and was educated at Thaksin University in Songkhla. She previously worked at Horizon Karon Beach Resort and Spa BAKE launches its own coffee brand The BAKE bakery operated by Twinpalms Resort and Spa is launching its own coffee under the name “Akha”. With beans derived from the Mae Suai Mountains of northern Thailand and traditionally harvested by the Akha tribes people, this superb 100% Arabica coffee is now available from BAKE’s Cherngtalay outlet. Serenity Terraces appoints new Office Manager Ms. Chutimaporn Phunlurk (Yui) has been appointed as the new Front Office Manager at the stylish Serenity Terraces Beach Resort overlooking Chalong Bay. Yui hails from www.theguidephuket.com Movenpic Karon Beach gains Green Globe certification Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket has been certified for its sustainable operation and management. The Phuketbased resort achieved a score of 78% of all criteria in its audit and has become the first Green Globe certified hotel in Phuket. – his grandparents. Nareerat Keawlungklom – Spa Manager Ms Nareerat Keawlungklom joins the RE KÁ TA team from her most recent role as Holistic Consultant and Senior Spa Therapist at Trisara Phuket. She brings a wealth of knowledge and International experience to her position, having also worked for Banyan Tree in Shanghai and the Seychelles. The Phuket International Blues and Rock Festival is in now its seventh year and moves to its new host venue at Laguna Phuket on the weekend of 24th and 25th February 2012. Trisara hosts fabulous gourmet events In February that haven of all things stylish Trisara Resort and Spa situated on its own beautiful headland overlooking the Andaman is hosting a number of elegant gourmet events. On 3rd February 2012 award-winning master chef Edouard Loubet returns to Trisara to cook; 10th February sees the master of foie gras Alain Rougie at work and on Sunday 12th February Trisara hosts a fabulous Dominus Estate Wine Dinner. Phuket Island Radio to sponsor Blues Festival Phuket FM Radio broadcasting on 91.5 FM will, after four years of supporting the annual Blues Festival, step up as the event’s Title Sponsor for 2012, 2013 and 2014. Meet the “Chill” Team @ Phuket’s Blood Donation at Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach The Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao Beach joined with the Phuket Regional Blood Center run by The Thai Red Cross Society to participate in a blood donation drive at the hotel’s ballroom to build up stocks of all blood types. More than 50 donors participated including not just team members of the Holiday Inn Resort, but Mai Khao villagers and local taxi drivers. Health & Beauty / 43 SpaHighlight Let’s Relax Spa Relaxing the mind and revitalizing the body seems to be what everybody needs nowadays, after a hectic schedule, a busy lifestyle and a stressful city living. But when and how can you afford to take time off to free yourself from so much stress and take time to relax your body and revitalize your senses with your busy lifestyle? At Let’s Relax, you can let loose, reward yourself, indulge , relax and enjoy the fineness pleasure of pampering yourself. Provolution Center Phuket Provolution Center Phuket is the Phuket wellness center of Michael & Orranut Stephens offering reiki energy therapy, intuitive card reading, meditation classes, reiki certification, and free personal development books and downloads. Tel. 081 446 7714 www.provolutioncenter.com Tel. 076 346 080 www.letsrelaxspa.com The Oasis Spa Phuket The ultimate spa experience where treatments are created combining ancient secrets and advanced discoveries in beauty and wellness. Luxurious Spas designed with a Thai atmosphere to allow clients to enjoy superior service without unnecessary formality. Open 3 Branches in Phuket Laguna, Bang Tao Phuket Kamala Phuket Kata Phuket Tel. 076 337 777 www.phuketoasis.com RarinJinda RarinJinda Wellness Spa is one of Thailand’s leading wellness spa with expertised therapists and latest spa technologies.RarinJinda Wellness spa offers clients wellness, good health and luxurious pampering in a spa sanctuary. RarinJinda is an urban spa fully equipped with all of the latest spa technology and facilities at high international standards, yet deeply rooted in the Thai massage and healing traditions. RarinJinda is an oasis of health and wellness in Thailand’s tourist capitals, located adjacent to the back of Jungceylon Shopping Center Tel. 076 366 724, 076 366 800-2 www.rarinjinda.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 44 / Health & Beauty Steps to Massage Heaven A holiday in Phuket is not complete without at least one massage. An hour of physical release can be an invigorating experience after a night out, a blissful cool down for a sunburned body, a relaxing treat for stressed-out workaholics or a deep and intense attempt to deal with sports injuries or aches and pains. Whatever your reason for delving into the world of massage – on Phuket there is a treatment for you. On the island’s beaches you can be pummeled, in tropical gardens you can be pampered and in cool salas you can fall asleep to lilting music and soft hands. Heaven is only a pressure point away on Phuket – but be warned, this is an addictive experience and can take over your entire holiday. Sightseeing tours and island adventures cancelled for the lure of soothing hands and sleepy caresses.The traditional Thai massage dates back to ancient India, even before the lifetime of the Lord Buddha. It has been practiced in Thailand for hundreds of years and many Thai people believe it cures common ailments such as aches and pains, fevers and even nervous dispositions. Contrary to popular belief, clothes should stay on during Thai massage. The technique is about manipulating the energy which travels through your body and this can be done through loose, comfortable clothing. On the beach One of the best ways to experience an authentic Thai massage is to head down to one of the island’s beaches and answer the call of the massage ladies that lie beneath their bamboo shacks. Good beach massages can be found all around the island. Some resorts have staff working for them and other times the massage ladies are freelance. Whatever the deal you can be sure that you will be usually massaged www.theguidephuket.com by someone with plenty of practice. It isn’t usually a gentle experience. These ladies are often from the old school of Thai massage and grin and cackle as your joints crack in protest and you let out inadvertent squeals of pain. They will push and pull, poke and prod and throw you about with unexpected strength before jumping energetically on your back and making you wish the ground would open up and swallow you – or her. However, after the torture is over, a sense of well-being quietly settles in and your body feels a lot more relaxed – and healthy. areas with thin mattresses for oil or Thai massages in private. Get physical Thai massage schools aren’t that plentiful on Phuket. These places offer skilled therapists (you can tell as they all wear a uniform) who probably trained at Wat Po, the premier massage school in Bangkok, and these guys can deal with specific injuries and other health complaints. However, it is generally a good idea to point out particular problems to focus on before you begin. Focus your mind Day spas can usually be found near the beach or in the mountains. Many focus on health massages, which are often combined with steam or herbal compresses and other health treatments. Here you will be expected to take your massage treatment very seriously – frivolity not encouraged. If you aren’t looking for health benefits so much as pure and utter indulgence then head to a resort spa. Go local A step up from beach massage is to visit the small massage shops found on every street. These usually specialize in reflexology, easily recognized from the foot diagram prominently displayed outside. Inside they range in ambiance from fluorescent lights and plastic furniture to Thai silk furnishings and trickling water features. But they all have comfortable recliners for foot massages and softly spoken massage therapists. What you get here is usually a ‘by rote’ experience. In other words, they aren’t going to identify problems or focus on particular areas but will still leave you feeling relaxed and well prodded. There will also be curtained-off Ultimate Indulgence Spas found in resorts offer the ultimate in luxurious extravagance. Many offer packages of five hours or longer and leave you in a state of tranquility. These massages are generally more about relaxation than health and usually take place in peaceful (but manufactured) surroundings. They often have a bath or Jacuzzi and also offer facials, Indian head massages and body wraps. Everything from chocolate to sesame seeds and mud will be smeared over you as the spas fight to provide more and more temptations. However, the basic aromatherapy massages are always a treat and are usually very well administered. Health & Beauty / 45 SpaHighlight Vara Spa At Vara Spa, from the moment you step through the doors, you become the center of our attention. Every element has been carefully designed for your comfort. Indulge in sensuously soothing, pampering, and you will be completely revitalized and recharged both mind and body. Vara Spa where Thai local wisdom matched with Western contemporary ideas creating innovative beauty and skincare. Tel. 076 34 3 444 www.patongsawaddi.com Hiranyikara Spa Indulge your body, mind and spirit. Located in peaceful surroundings, Hiranyikara is the perfect, soothing haven to hide away from the cityâ€™s turbulence, where you can indulge yourself in the various relaxing spa and health treatments to soothe your pains, calm your mind and uplift your spirits. It is an ideal place to recharge your batteries after a long hard day. With our range of spa services we can pamper you with our highly experienced male therapists. Tel. 076 20 3 280 www.hiranyikara.com 5 Star Massage 5 Star Massage in Patong is a unique, elegant, modern and comfortable salon where the very well-trained staff offer a complete range of massage and beauty treatment services at reasonable prices. 5 Star Massage is French owned and managed. All the massage girls are certified from massage schools in Thailand and only offer authentic massage services that will make you leave refreshed, revitalized and rejuvenated. Open Daily 10.00-23.00 and offering great value for money. Tel: 089 535 4637 www.5-star-massage.com SenSes Health & Beauty Clinique Welcome to SenSes where international health and beauty has been taken very seriously since July 2004. Luxurious treatment rooms, professional staff, a vast range of high quality, natural products and treatments for all forms of pain and stress relief will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for a most interesting beauty experience. Tel: 076 271 373 â€“ 4 www.senses.co.th www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 46 / Health & Beauty Provolution T ucked away in the sleepy village of Pakhlokon Phuket is a homely wellness center, situated on the second floor of an unassuming town house. While it may look humble, great things are happening there. Between 2006 and 2010 Michael Paul Stephens took time out of his corporate training to write the book entitled “Provolution – A Guide to Changing the World Through Your Personal Evolution”, which was published in the UK by O-Books. A year later Michael was changing the world through his own little evolution by opening The Provolution Wellness Center, an oasis of spiritual learning on the quiet eastern side of Phuket. www.theguidephuket.com on The Quiet Side of Phuket Run by Michael and his Thai wife, Orranut, the Provolution Center offers personalized therapies and wellness courses, Reiki healing and certification, intuitive card readings, meditation retreats and classes such as yoga and movement therapy. Michael says “We opened The Provolution Wellness Center to offer the Phuket community something useful. It’s not located in a tourist area, so we cater to the local community, expatriates and holiday makers who are genuinely seeking something different to change their lives and create a happier more peaceful future for themselves and their family.” It is a center which reflects Michael, and Orranut’s life philosophy. They offer gentle guidance, practical meditation and powerful wellness techniques that people can take away with them to apply in their daily lives to attain real-world benefits. “When we published our second book, Equanimous”, says Michael, “The idea was not just to tell people why they are unfulfilled or unhealthy, but to give them some very practical ways to turn their life around. So, we offered the book for free on our website and filled it with lots of meditations and a great way to set up your own little spiritual group when you return home. Half of it is also full of the amazing channeled material that Orra- Health & Beauty / 47 They offer gentle guidance, practical meditation and powerful wellness techniques that people can take away with them to apply in their daily lives to attain real-world benefits. nut has become famous for in the region and so has become very popular as a source of inspiration too.” Since its publication in June 2011, Equanimous has already been downloaded nearly 2,000 times from their website and is a testimony to their growing reputation as leading lights in the field of spiritual writing, guidance and therapy in Thailand. To underline their commitment to helping people create real change, Michael is hosting three wellness retreats in 2012: a Reiki 1 Certification Retreat in February, a retreat based upon the Equanimous Book in April and the Evolution Retreat in July, based upon his book Provolution. “We are in a process of developing the center into a spiritual base and a nexus for other Phuket healers and guides to work from too and invite them to use our center for their work”, says Michael. “The objective is to offer real wellness teaching and therapies that are genuinely effective. This is not packaged or recycled wellness. It is offered to people who really need it from therapists truly dedicated to offering service that comes from the heart to people who are open to receiving from the heart.” On the quieter side of Phuket, something is growing. As the local Thai people go about their daily routines on the AoPor Road today, some may not notice the unassuming center that sits in the middle of their old community. But few can miss the Provolution Wellness Center’s reputation for effective spiritual workshops, therapies and classes that grows louder by the minute. The Provolution Center, Phuket 3rd Floor, 222/3 Moo 8 Palm Place Village, Paklok, Thalang, 83110 Call: 08-0883 0998 www.provolutioncenter.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 48 / Health & Beauty Oasis Spas in Phuket, Thailand F ind out for yourself why Oasis Spas have received the coveted “Tourism Award of Excellence Day Spa” multiple times along with many other prestigious awards at any of their three Phuket locations. Take an interlude from the beach to discover Oasis Spas with their distinctive Lanna identity. Famous for combining ancient Thai therapy with the latest discoveries in beauty and wellness, you will love the extreme relaxation and rejuvenation ….the refreshment and revitalization … the re-centering and renewal. Oasis Secret Garden Spa, Laguna Nestled by the lagoon of a tropical paradise there is a hidden sanctuary devoted to your relaxation, peace, and the rejuvenation of body, spirit, and soul. Each of the five individual treatment villas and private outdoor showers overlook the tranquil waters of an inland lake. Find your way to us on Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, near the entrance to Laguna Resort and discover a secret garden. 47 Moo 1, Lagoon Road, Chengtalay, Talang, Phuket. Oasis Royal Thai Spa, Kamala Situated within view of perfect sunsets, an unspoiled tropical beach and vaulting mountains lies a modern and beautifully-appointed day spa housed in a traditional Thai-style structure. You will be pampered in one of the eight elegant treatment rooms, each equipped with its own Jacuzzi, Herbal Steam room and shower, with a maximum capacity of 12 clients. Set the date, a majestic experience awaits. 128 Moo3, Rimhad Road, Kamala Beach, Kathu, Phuket. Oasis Sky Breeze Spa, Kata With breathtaking views that include the Andaman Ocean and Phuket’s Big Marble Buddha, this spa truly affords a ‘mountaintop experience.’ Leave the hustle and bustle of modern life behind and reconnect with the beauty of the Earth, hear the message on its gentle breezes, and restore harmony within. 26, Soi Plukjae, Karon, Muang, Phuket. www.theguidephuket.com HOT IN PHUKET Oasis Summer Days 3 hours to BEAT THE HEAT Buy 1 Get 1 Free @ Oasis Spa P rotect and restore your skin from the damage of the sun’s rays with our new 3-hour spa package called, Oasis Summer Days. Begin your treatment with your choice of Aloe Vera Mint Body Scrub or Aloe Vera Mint Body Wrap … then indulge yourself in a cool and refreshing Body Massage … and finish with a Biodroga™ After Sun Facial Treatment that protects, repairs, and smoothes the skin. Oasis Summer Days (3hrs spa treatment) is great value at 4,900++THB, but a bargain because when you Buy 1, YOU Get 1 Free. Make your appointment today, available now at Oasis Secret Garden Spa, Oasis Royal Thai Spa Kamala and Oasis Sky Breeze Spa in Phuket. For more information and reservation please call 076 337 777 or visit www.oasisspa.net Health & Beauty / 49 The Art of Relaxation Open every day from 10am until midnight ty SSalon l 5 Star Massage and Beauty Address: 225 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road (opposite Holiday Inn Resort) Mobile: 089 535 4637 (Isabelle) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www. 5-star-massage.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 50 / Property PropertyBuyerGuide Phanason Resort Laem-Hin Kathu Golf Condo Type: Caribbean House Area: Laem-Hin Price: 5.9 Million THB Type: Condominium Area: Kathu Price: 4.4 Million THB Contact: T. 076 373 290-1 Contact: T. 084 543-5, 076 319 194 E. kathu-golfcondo@ hotmail.com www.phanason.com www.kathu-golf-condo-phuket.com Cherngâ€™Lay Condominiums 2 The Beach Condotel Type: Condominium Area: Cherngthalay Price: 3.5 Million THB Type: Condominium Area: Kata Beach Price: 3,022,500 THB Contact: T. 076 271 770 E. info@phuketasialand. com Contact: T. 076 330 888 087 019 3555 www.phuketasialand.com www.theguidephuket.com www.thebeachcondotel.com Property / 51 PropertyBuyerGuide PHUKET@TOWN 2 Type: Modern Nature Town Home Area: Phunphon Rd., Phuket Town Price: 2.49 Million THB Contact: Hotline 084 753 1222 www.sittarom.co.th/phuket Phanason City Condominium Type: Condominium Area: Phuket Town Price: 960,000 THB Contact: T. 076 612 648-9 www.phanason.com The Light Suanluang Contact: T. 076 22 33 44 076 22 44 55 E. info@thelightcondo. com Advanced System Security Protect your family, Secure your property before it is too late ! www.thelightcondo.com Palm Breeze Resort Type: Apartment Area: Rawai / Nai harn Price: 3-3.9 Million THB Membership Price: 3-500,000 THB Contact: T. 084 843 3677 E. email@example.com www.palmholidayclub.com Alarms system Video monitoring IP Cameras CCTV Mobile: 085 798 9469 www.alarms-phuket-services.com Type: Condominium Area: Chao Fa Road Price: 1.7 Million THB firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 52 / Lifestyle Shopper’s Delight ative and interesting. There is a fair range spread around the island, but you’ll have to drive and hunt to find it all. Thai Silk Long one of Thailand’s most famous products, silk weaving is still one of the major crafts in many rural areas. The variety of materials available in Phuket is wide and varies both in design, from the traditional to modern to plain colors, and quality; 2-ply is thin and light, 3-ply or more becomes heavier and more expensive. Tailors, jewelry and souvenir shops in all areas carry silk. Many shops will tailor modern dresses or shorts from silk at a fraction of the price you would pay back home. Woodcarving Most of this comes from the craft centers of Chiang Mai and again Thai skills show through in a great variety of items that can be both novel and creative or entirely traditional. Buddha images are one of the standards, but you can find figurines of all kinds and many other offbeat items for home decoration. Thailand makes some great teak furniture, though only a little is available in Phuket. ning entrepreneurs crafted and carefully ‘aged’ wood, bronze and stone artworks to sell off as genuine antiques. But they produced such beautiful things that demand grew, and the industry came out into the open. Today whole villages of skilled workers produce beautiful objects of art that appear ancient, but which are sold cheaply as ‘reproductions’. This makes ‘antiques’ available to everyone and takes the pressure off the genuinely old things. Best of all, virtually no-one can tell the difference between the real thing and the reproduction that you place in your home. Custom Tailoring This is definitely bargain country in Phuket. Tailors Instant Antiques Ceramics The two major centers for ceramic production are the well-known Chiang Mai, and Ratburi west of Bangkok. They produce an amazing range of wares from very traditional Thai and even Chinese tableware and decorative items to modern home decor items, the biggest of which you’ll need a truck to move. Some of these more modern items are crewww.theguidephuket.com This sounds like a contradiction, but this is now a thriving new industry in Thailand that arose in response to the overwhelming demand for beautiful old things and the short supply. Originally, cun- real savings. It is important to start with a tailor early in your visit because at least two visits will be required, and those who are a little more finicky should plan on three visits to get things just right. Allow two or three days between each visit. The Guide Phuket recommends: Mister Singh’s Fashion Gallery, Patong Beach, www. fashiongallery.com. Central Festival Phuket - Phuket Town With over 120,000 square meters bursting with prime shopping opportunities and world-class products it is easy to see why this consummate one-stop shopping and entertainment complex is so popular amongst Phuket residents and visitors. With a large selection of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, plus a supermarket and cinemas you can enjoy the largest, most complete shopping and entertainment complex in southern Thailand. Jungceylon Patong Beach can import their wares easily to Phuket and their overhead costs are low. Skills range from excellent to barely adequate, so look carefully and you can go home with both quality and Located centrally in Patong Beach is the newest addition to the growing trend of shopping malls in Phuket. ‘Jungceylon‘ was the old name for Phuket when it was still a prosperous port town and Lifestyle / 53 trading in the region was at its peak. This shopping mall retains a lot of the old history of Phuket in its architecture and style and is a joy to visit for this alone. The choice of goods is world-class, comprising well over 300 shops with ample car parking space, restaurants, bars, cinema and bowling alley along with everything else you could possibly need for a busy day shopping. Weekend Market - Phuket Town The Jatujak (or JJ) weekend market in Bangkok is world famous but few people realize that there is an equally good alternative here in Phuket, albeit on a smaller scale. Situated opposite the Naka Temple (which is also worth a visit) outside of Phuket Town, just 5 minutes from Central Festival on the Chao Fa West Road lies Phuketâ€™s equivalent to Bangkokâ€™s JJ Market. Here you will find all manner of things for sale from seemingly useless second-hand household junk and cute little trinkets to garden ornaments, clothing and ideal presents for all your friends and family. There is also an abundance of food and drink stalls to keep the energy levels up whilst you wander around. The market starts in the afternoon and goes on until the evening time when it can get really very lively. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 54 / Lifestyle The Great Rubber Duck Race 2012 T he Phuket Community Foundation has twice held its annual Race Day, which includes the Great Rubber Duck Race. Each time has been a great success, mixing fun and fundraising, and allowing the PCF to help many individuals, schools and communities around Phuket. This year 2012, race Day and the Great Rubber Duck Race will be held on the 5th of February in and around the Latitude marquee at Laguna Phuket (opposite Canal Village). Families and their and friends are sure to have more fun than ever before! There will be many great activities such as our famous Dragon Boat Race, Cardboard Box Race for kids, DJ’s, Battle of the Young Bands, BIS Buddy’s activities for young kids, plus Bouncy Castle and Trampoline. This year’s event will start at midday and run through until late afternoon, so go early to have lunch as well. Delicious foods and drinks will be served during the day for all. And then enjoy all the activities for all the family. At the climax, we will launch thousand of rubber ducks on the Laguna canal. The first few ducks to reach the finish line will win amazing prizes for their “owners”! a team please contact the club who will fill you in on all the details. Teams can be as few as 12 with a maximum of 18 (plus your own drummer to keep you in time!). Obviously the more members you have the faster you will go, but this is just for fun, so sign yourselves up as a team and join in (minimum age: 12). You will need to register on the day at a cost of 4,000 THB per team, all going to the charity, between 12.00 noon - 12.30pm TRAINING As a club we will be offering training to any teams that need it, either at our home in Nai Harn on regular training days, or during the afternoon before, Saturday 4th February at the Laguna, Phuket for just 100 baht per paddler (to cover expenses). And at the same time you’ll be helping us to raise funds for grants towards worthwhile projects that will make Phuket an even better place than it is now. Participants, please sign up for the Dragon boat race at Rawai/Nai Harn Dragon boat club page: http://www. rawainaiharndragonboatclub.com/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/pages/Rawai-Nai-Harn-DragonBoat-Club-Phuket/190267887668532 DRAGON BOAT handled by NAI Legend Music is Supporting the Pcf: HARN DRAGON BOAT Rawai/Nai Harn Dragonboat Club is Proudly Supporting PCF (Phuket Community Foundation) RACE DAY 2012 DRAGONBOAT RACING will start at around 1 pm. If you would like to enter www.theguidephuket.com The aim of the day’s fun-filled activity is to raise funds for the Phuket Community Foundation. Legend Music will be hosting the live entertainment for the day, which starts at midday and runs into the late afternoon. As part of the live entertainment Legend Music will host (but not judge) a battle of the young bands. We know there are many great young bands on the island and we hope to attract a minimum of four bands to take part. Entry rules are: • Entry into the competition is Baht 500 per band member. • Band members must be 18 years or younger. • Any genre of music is welcome. • Minimum 3 members per band, maximum 8 members. • Band members can play in only ONE band in the competition. • Bands will be allowed to perform a maximum of THREE songs for the competition. • Judges’ decision is final (and will be very much swayed by the crowd reaction – so bring supporters!!) • Entries must be received by no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, 25 January, 2012. • A minimum of 4 bands required for the competition to be fun • To enter, register your band and band members by emailing the details to email@example.com. Prizes for the winning band will be announced in about 10 days – and will be worth the entry!! We look forward to seeing your band on stage!! Transportation / 55 Call Center 1771 Phuket to Samui Samui to Phuket Phuket to Pattaya Flight Dep. Arr. Days Flight Dep. Arr. Days Flight Dep. Arr. Days PG252 0945 1040 Daily PG251 0815 0915 Daily PG252 0945 1225 Daily PG260 1235 1330 .23.56. PG259 1100 1200 Daily PG282 1510 1650 Daily PG262 1235 1330 1..4..7 PG255 1500 1600 Daily 1810 1910 1..4..7 1810 1910 .23.56. PG256 1645 1740 Daily PG261 PG258 1940 2035 Daily PG257 Phuket to Bangkok Bangkok to Phuket Flight Dep. Arr. Days Flight Dep. Arr. Days PG270 0700 0825 Daily PG271 0805 0930 Daily PG272 1020 1145 Daily PG924 1145 1310 Daily PG907 1400 1525 Daily PG273 1345 1510 Daily PG274 1610 1735 Daily PG277 1730 1855 Daily PG278 1945 2110 Daily PG279 2015 2140 Daily PG280 2225 2350 Daily PG220 2200 2325 Daily Pattaya to Phuket Flight Dep. Arr. Days PG281 1300 1440 Daily Phuket Town: 076 225 033-5 Phuket Airport: 076 205 401-2 Suvarnabhumi International Airport: 02 134 3888-89 (ticket) Check-in Domestic: 02 132 0342-54 Check-in International: 02 132 0331-39 Important Telephone Numbers Telephone numbers of the consular representatives functioning in Phuket Lost Credit Cards Austria 076 372 600 Ireland 076 281 273 Austria 076 248 334-6 Italy 086 689 6819 Visa 02 299 1990-29 Czech Republic 076 076 249 400 ext 1501, 3330 USA 076 342 270 AMEX 02 273 0022-44 Denmark 076 378 365 Korea 076 234 452 Master Card 02 299 1990-2 Finland 076 330 530-4 Norway 076 237 156 Diners Club 02 238 3000 France 076 273 511 Sweden 076 380 000 JCB 001 800 000 900 09 Germany 076 610 407 United Kingdom 076 318 188 International calls dial: +66 - 76, Inside Thailand calls dial 076- for Phuket Muang District Police Station 216 856 Phuket Airport 327 230-37 Tourist Police 219 878 or 1155 Tourism Authorities (TAT) 211 036, 212213 Kamala Police Station 279 058 Bangkok Phuket Hospital 254 421-30 Kathu Police Station 342 719/21 Mission Hospital 237 220-9 Thalang Police Station 311 123 Patong Hospital 340 444 Phuket Provincial Immigration Office 212 108 or 221 905 Phuket Tourist Association 610 365-6 Phuket Deep Sea Port 391 155 Phukiet International Hospital 212 853 Phuket Post and Telegraph Office 211 020 or 216 951 Vachira Phuket Hospital 211 114 www.facebook.com/theguidephuket 56 / Transportation Transport on the Island H ow much of Phuket have you actually seen? Wouldn’t you like to explore some more? Well, here we list some of your options for getting around the island’s highways and byways. To and from the airport Airport transfers are relatively simple. The airport is at the far north of the island, some 30 kilometers from Phuket Town and even further from most of the popular beaches like Patong and Karon. It is best to use one of the two official transport companies with booths right inside the arrival lounge, you can’t miss them. Private Airport Limousines or minibuses are available to get to the major beaches at the south or west of the island. Metered taxis are also available and are cheaper than the airport limousines, as are ‘private’ taxis but we suggest you avoid these since problems have been known to occur. The Airport Bus is a cheaper alternative as long as you are not in a rush. Ask at the airport for their current departure schedules and pricing. Car rental is available and companies, such as Budget and National have offices located in the airport. Airlines in & out of Phuket A multitude of airlines now run scheduled flights to and from Phuket and during high season chartered flights are also available. Budget airlines such as Air Asia, Nok Air and One-2-Go Air all run convenient and economical flights to other provinces throughout Thailand. Song-taews There are few buses on Phuket and the main form of transport from beach to town is the ‘song taew’; a truck www.theguidephuket.com converted to carry passengers in the back on two long benches. They are usually colorful with a sign on front showing where they are going. These vehicles leave from a set stop by the fresh produce market in Phuket Town, reaching every major beach area on the island. They run approximately every hour but there are no fixed schedules, and they run when there are sufficient passengers. When leaving the beach areas to head back to town they usually cruise slowly around the streets picking up passengers. Song-taews are slow but cheap with the fare from Phuket town to Patong now set at just 25 THB per person! ‘Tuk-Tuks’ If you want your own private taxi, look for a tuk tuk, a tiny mini-truck converted in the manner of the bigger songtaews mentioned above to carry about four (or more!) passengers. The tuk-tuk gets its name from the noise its little engine makes. There are fleets of these in all major tourist areas and they will take you anywhere for a price. The going rate for the relatively short ride between Patong and Phuket town can be as much as 450 THB, one way! You can attempt to bargain but don’t expect much movement on their prices and be aware that at night the price of tuk-tuks shoots up. You can also rent one of these tuktuks for the day. Expect to pay around 2,000 THB or more. This can be a good way to get about the island if you prefer not to drive yourself. Motorcycle Taxis These will be a new experience for many people and are a convenient, yet nerve wracking, way to get around. All fares must be negotiated before the ride. These taxi motor cycle drivers are easily identified by their special colored jackets showing the location of their home base. Many have the word ‘taxi’ written in English on this jacket. Do not take a taxi from anyone who is not wearing one of these jackets. Renting a Motorcycle Motorcycles, big and small, can be rented all over the island and are a popular choice for many tourists. Zipping around with the breeze in your hair is tempting for anyone but do be careful, the hospitals here see a never-ending stream of foreigners arriving with skin missing from arms and legs, or sometimes worse. The accident rate on Phuket is one of the highest in Thailand, with 90% of road accidents involving motorcycles! Note that Thai law requires the driver to carry a valid license at all times and all riders to wear helmets – even though most Thais (including the police!) ignore the regulations. Also motor cycle lights must be turned on at all times, including during the daytime! The police occasionally enforce all these laws, so beware. The real danger in Phuket is this: NONE of the motorcycles rented here have insurance. If you rent one and cause damage you will be held fully responsible, with some greedy owners charging significantly more than the real cost of the damage. Be extremely cautious! Renting Your Own Car Since Phuket is quite a large island, renting your own car can be one of the most pleasant ways to get around and it gives you freedom to go where and when you want. Renting is easy; private rental cars are readily found in every beach area and major rental companies operate in most resorts. When renting private vehicles from the side of the road be aware that few of these vehicles have insurance and this can prove disastrous in the event of an accident. Renting a car allows you get off the island and see the beautiful, neighboring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi. The Transportation / 57 Timetable Flight Dep. Arr. Days EFFECTIVE : Now - 24 March 2012 TG638 1445 1915 Daily PHUKET - HONG KONG Flight Dep. Arr. Days HONG KONG - PHUKET PHUKET - BANGKOK BANGKOK - PHUKET Flight Dep. Arr. Days Flight Dep. Arr. Days TG609 0905 1140 Daily TG201 0745 0910 Daily TG226 0725 0850 Daily TG203 0830 0955 Daily TG202 1010 1140 Daily TG205 1000 1120 Daily TG204 1055 1225 Daily TG211 1215 1335 12.4.6. Flight Dep. Arr. Days TG206 1210 1335 Daily TG485 0035 0750 ...456. TG215 1430 1550 Daily TG208 1330 1455 Daily TG217 1650 1810 Daily TG230 1425 1550 1..4.6. TG221 1820 1940 Daily TG486 1605 1730 ...456. TG223 1920 2040 Daily TG214 1625 1750 Daily TG485 2145 2305 ..345.. TG216 1645 1810 Daily TG225 2240 2359 Daily TG218 1915 2040 Daily TG222 2040 2205 Daily TG224 2140 2305 22.214.171.124 CHIANG MAI - PHUKET Copenhagen - PHUKET Flight Dep. Arr. Days Flight Dep. Arr. Days TG129 1340 1535 Daily TG953 2045 1320 ..3.5.7 PHUKET - Perth Perth - PHUKET Flight Dep. Arr. Days TG486 0910 1425 ...456. PHUKET - Seoul (Incheon) Flight Dep. Arr. Days TG654 2225 0625 .2.4.6. Seoul (Incheon) - PHUKET Flight Dep. Arr. Days TG655 0815 1305 ..3.5.7 Phuket Reservation Call 0-7636-0444 Monday - Sunday, 0800 - 1700 www.thaiairways.com roads are good and the scenery spectacular, making for a great day out. Regional Buses The long distance bus station is in Phuket Town is directly across from the Royal City Hotel. From here both air-con tour buses and cheap, ‘orange crush’ buses leave for destinations north, south and east. There are regular services to Bangkok, Krabi, Surat Thani, Nakorn Srithammarat, Trang, Haad Yai and other minor provincial capitals. Most of the tour buses to Bangkok leave around 5pm arriving in Bangkok about 6am the following morning. Tickets can be purchased either at the bus station or through travel agents. Transport by Boat Regular ferry boat services from Phuket run only to the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Yao Noi and Krabi. There are unscheduled boats to Koh Bon, Racha Yai and Koh Yao Yai. You can get to Koh Lanta by changing boats at Koh Phi Phi. Most people get to the other smaller islands by renting their own speed boats or even by chartering yachts. Whatever your chosen mode of trans- port may be, enjoy exploring the island, there is plenty to see and do, more than you might have realized. 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