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Phuket: The Pearl of the Andaman
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La Flora Resort & Spa, Khao Lak
hat comes into the mind of travelers when they start to think about sea, sun and sand? Phuket is increasingly one of the answers to this…. and for good reason as the island offers warm tropical ocean, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a multitude of opportunities for exciting and fun activities. Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, is located 862 kilometers south of Bangkok. Often called the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, or ‘Pearl of the South’, its natural resources; rocky peninsulas, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it southern Thailand’s wealthiest, busiest, most visited and most popular island and province. Nestled in the tropical zone off the west coast of southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean, the province covers an area of approximately 543 square kilometers (excluding small islets). It is estimated that Phuket Province covers an area of approximately 590 square kilometers if its 39 other small islands are included. The island’s total length, from north to south, is estimated at 48.7 kilometers and it is approximately 21.3 kilometers wide. Phuket borders with Phang-Nga province to the north; connected by the Sarasin Bridge. The remainder of the island is encircled by the Andaman Sea; an area which is home to many of the best diving sites in the country. Staying on the island is easy, as there are only two seasons in the year - the rainy season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). The low season of Phuket is between September and October as these are the wettest months. The best period for a visit, is from November to February, when it is possible to see the clear blue sky, feel the fresh sea breezes and marvel at the crystal clear waters while lying on powdery, palm-fringed beaches. Average temperatures ranges between 23°C and 33°C. Phuket’s topology is exceptional with 70 percent of its area covered with mountains which stretch from north to south and the remaining 30 percent being plains located in the central and eastern parts of the island. The island does not have any major rivers, but has nine smaller brooks and creeks. Phuket has a lot more to offer than just its natural beauty. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to Phuket Town, while Phuket-style hospitality never fails to impress visitors from all walks of life. In addition, accommodation ranging from world-class resorts to tropical-style bungalows caters to the different needs of travelers. For seafood lovers, there is so much choice including Phuket’s famous lobster. Altogether, these characteristics make Phuket a truly unique destination.
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Just 1.5 k.m. south of Chalong circle by the traffic lights 14 Moo 5 Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 371 900 Fax. +66 (0)76 613831 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.serenityphuket.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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Contents LifeStyle The Guide Social Getting to Know... Olivier Gibaud Life’s a Beach The Dream Gallery Shopper’s Delight
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Watersports & Activities Hot Activities Day Tripper Giddy Up!!
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Hotels & Accommodation Hotel Highlights Phuket Pulse
PATA Travel Mart 2011
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Food & Restaurants In the Kitchen with...White Box Restaurant Highlights Wine Dinner Let’s do Brunch!
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Health & Beauty Holistic Health at Atsumi Spa Highlights An Apple a Day!
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8 / Lifestyle
The Guide Social British Business Association Bangkok Airways makes a of Phuket recently held the dream come true monthly meeting and dinner at the Mare restaurant of the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. From left: Harry Usher, Jamsri Collinge, Steve Wood and Wapee Wisitphanitchakam.
Mr. Urs Aebi, President of the Swiss Society Phuket (SSP) make a welcome speech for Swiss National Day celebration at Movenpick Resort, Karon on July 30, 2011
Bangkok Airways recently sent off children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Thailand who wish to have flying experience to Phuket. As a proud partner of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Thailand, Bangkok Airways makes it possible to make their wish come true.
Opening party of Six Senses Phuket Race Week 2011 Jens Jam Session on July 29, 2011 @Into the Sea restaurant, Evason Phuket & Bon Island From left: Harry Haan - Beverage Manager/Sommelier, Alain Ruffier - Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage, Evason Phuket & Bon Island, Jan Ganser - Managing Director of Fin Wine Distributor & Janpen Dechapan - Sales & Marketing Manager, Evason Phuket & Bon Island.
IBAP â€“ Phuket held the Photo from left : Pond Guinault, Suchitra Sirirak, Mr. Grenville Fordham, Yin Inmonthly meeting at Full chomchuen, Manatsavinee Gestin, YuMoon Brew Work , Jungcpaporn Kaewsawee eylon Shopping Center on August 12, 2011 Caryfish party at Two Chefs Kata Center on August 11, 2011
From left: Denny Bowman, Krystal, Voranai Vanijaka, Political & Social Commentator for the Bangkok Post, Sukij Thipatima, the owner of Full Moon Brew work. www.theguidephuket.com
Lifestyle / 9 Phuket Tourist Association organize Phuket Creative Tourism Forum II held at RPM Convention Hall Royal Phuket Marina on July 28, 2011
Beef Delicacies Luncheon At Mare restaurant, Centara Grand Beach Resort Bhumin Jagota, (1st right) Sales Manager of Jagota Brothers Trading Co., Ltd. in cooperation with Water Library recently hosted the Beef delicacies luncheon to introduced their premium delicacies product at Mare Italian restaurant in the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. An innovative 7course menu was cooked by Haikal Johari, (3rd from right) Chef de Cuisine of Water Library Restaurant Bangkok and Sandro Aguilera, (centre) Resort Executive Sous Chef. The luncheon was attended by executive chefs from Phuketâ€™s leading hotels and resorts.
First Friday Event at 88 EAST, Serenity Resort & Residence on August 5, 2011
In the photo: Mr. Paiboon Upattising, President of The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (left) and Mr. Somboon Chirayus, President of The Phuket Tourist Association (middle) give birthday congratulations to Mr. Vijitt Na Ranong.
Remember the King of Rock n Roll Elvis Presley at Margarita, Patong on August 16, 2011
Winner of The Frist Friendly Match of Billiards for Men event at Kata@Sportsbar on August 7, 2011
From left: Ms. Orwan, Mr. Lek, Mr. Chai, (the winner), Mr. Saman and Ms. Nid. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
10 / Watersports & Activities
Blue Elephant Cooking School
Hot Activities Kata Yoga
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. Located at Kamala Beach, mini buses run back and forth picking up customers from their hotels.
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.
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.
Xtrem Adventure Phuket
huket Butterfly Garden is the largest and most desirable butterfly garden in Thailand. In operation from 1990, it has become a magnificent place for families and loved ones to enjoy. Imagine the natural beauty that surrounds you as you walk in a tropical garden surrounded by an abundance of flowers and butterflies. Phuket Butterfly Garden is simply heaven on earth. 8000 butterflies per month inhabit the lush green tropical garden, enabling it to be a place of fun, tranquility and pleasure. Discover their secrets, search for hidden eggs, watch as they sip nectar and witness the emergence of new butterflies.
tep into the future with Phuket’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.
he latest harnesses and safety equipment, receive expert training and briefing, and then take on the 69 different treetop challenges of the Xtrem Aventure Park. All the installations are assessed by an independent professional company and checks are regularly performed by a botanical expert to preserve the health of the trees. With sites suitable for every age from four years and up, Xtremaventures Phuket is located near Big Buddha and Luang Pu Suppha Temple on Chaofa Road, just five minutes drive from Chalong Circle. Tel./ Fax : +66 (0)76 383 689 Mobile : +66 (0)81 536 8909
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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…!
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
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.
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Day Tripper T
here are scores of alternative tours on offer in Phuket: boat
Phang Nga Bay Day Trips (or James Bond Island)
ists seeking the cheapest way.
No visit to Phuket would be really complete if one never got to see and wonder at the geographic grandeur of Phang Nga Bay. Every visitor, surely, must have seen photos of Phuket’s neighbouring bay of gigantic rock mountains rising vertically from calm, olive-green waters even before getting here. The sight of Phang Nga is dramatic, and being surrounded by these towering rocky monoliths is surely one of the highlights of a visit to Phuket. We strongly recommend a visit here.
Boat cruises to Phang Nga
The boat tours to Phang Nga Bay – the kind that leave from Phuket Island - usually cruise past the James Bond commotion without stopping, continuing their quiet journey through the bay of mountains. This is by far the molst preferable way to visit this geographically spectacular region.
Many visitors consider a canoeing trip into the ‘hongs’, the hidden caves of Phang Nga, the highlight of their visit to Phuket. This mystical world of collapsed caves connected to the sea by dark tunnels has been eroded from the limestone mountains over time by the rise and fall of the sea. Numerous companies have sprung up, and it is worth looking around to avoid the cheap quickies. Sign up with one of the well-established companies, or with original company that discovered the hongs and began it all, Sea Canoe. This can be an unforgettable trip well worth the time and money.
trips; pristine tropical islands;
sunset cruises; eco-tours; jungle trekking, elephant rides etc. We consider only a small number of these to be quality experiences. Price is not the only factor, though generally you do get what you pay for: buy the cheapest tour and you can expect to spend the day with a crowd of other tour-
Koh Pannyi – also in Phang Nga Bay (or Sea Gypsy village)
Following the visit to crowded James Bond the cheaper tours shepherd their clients to Koh Pannyi island, the stilted water village seen in so many postcards. Often given the tourist name of Sea Gypsy village, it is in fact a community of Muslim fishermen, not sea gypsies. This village is indeed fascinating. It’s a pity about the tourist crowds; all tours companies arrive here at the same time for lunch, bringing up to 2-3,000 people every day. Although worth a visit, there are better ways to get to Pannyi than by mass tourism.
Renting your own speedboat Interestingly, most of the beautiful images of tranquil little islands and fabulously clear waters are taken on the outlying islands, not on Phuket itself. The only way to get to these islands is by renting a boat, and since there are few regular services your only option is to privately hire a speedboat for the day, although this is expensive it will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.
he ongoing success of both the original Twinpalms Resort on Surin Beach and its recentlyopened new property, Club Yamu on Phuket’s peaceful east coast owe a great deal to their savvy GM Olivier Gibaud. Being somewhat renowned for NOT talking to the media, we felt privileged in recently spending some quality time with him.
How goes the current year for your businesses?
We have now multiple businesses but our main focus is the original Twinpalms which is about to celebrate its seventh anniversary, that said we recently-opened Club Yamu as well as Andaman Cruises and the Bake and Flame restaurant outlets. All are doing exceptionally well this year and we project growing occupancy and income over the next season. We are finding that both the internet and the strength of currencies and economic fundamentals are key drivers of our businesses. Well over fifty percent of bookings come via the internet these days, both directly and through agents, and of course currency strength is a great arbiter of geographic catchment for us. We see many more Australians as well as Swiss, Germans and French guests, Brits have never been in great number at Twinpalms Phuket and are reducing in numbers because of their preference for more traditional Thai styles of accommodation.
How do you differentiate your two resorts?
The original Twinpalms Phuket has built its success by offering ‘affordable luxury’ to holliday makers and timestressed couples and singles. The property features an open tropical modern environment which is design with modern, contemporary and style in mind. It’s all about hedonism and relaxation. Club Yamu by contrast is family and children-focused with apartments having a minimum of two bedrooms with superb indoor space of 200sq meters each. Here we offer all sorts of activity and diversions for families with children and all the support and staff backup needed to make family stays happy and stress-free.
Getting to know…
Lifestyle / 13
Olivier Gibaud GM of Twin Palms and Club Yamu
So the two resorts appeal to totally different target groups, with totally different personal agendas.
Catch Beach Club and your Sunday Brunches in Oriental Spon seem to be an important part of the Twinpalms mystique, is that deliberate?
Catch Beach club offers a unique beach environment right on possibly Phuket’s most beautiful beach and so is a tremendous draw card for us and it generates a lot of positive feedback from satisfied guests. The Tuesday’s and Friday night barbeques are a terrific social scene and are doing very well. Likewise we have been able to establish Oriental Spoon’s Sunday brunches as THE place to see and be seen when you are visiting Phuket or if you live on the island. We see these regular, sociallyfocused, events as fantastic opportunities to drive the appeal of our brands and so we have been at pains to make them successful. We are about to introduce a new dining concept at Catch Beach Club with various food-stall type outlets offering a broad range of dishes to our guests. And we probably shouldn’t forget to mention our annual anniversary parties which are hailed as the island’s best bashes on yearly basis. Our seventh birthday party is coming up on Friday September 24th and we hope to make it better than ever!
We are about to introduce a new dining concept at Catch Beach Club with various food-stall type outlets offering a broad range of dishes to our guests.
Who are your most difficult customers?
Strangely and fortunately enough we don’t have difficult customer however, often our ‘repeat visitors’ are the hardest to please. It seems that just like that magical first date with a beautiful woman, the second time around can never quite live up to the memory of the first time. Maybe that’s just human nature, but as a result, and as we are always happy to see previous visitors coming back to stay with us, we have to go out of our way to please them with new experiences www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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Life’s a Beach
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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 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
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 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 Sane Beach
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.
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.
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PATA Travel Mart 2011 / New Delhi, India September 6-10, 2011
Welcome from the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation Dear Friends of Phuket,
n behalf of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) I am delighted to see the ongoing development of global tourism industry promoted through the PATA Travel Mart here in New Delhi, India; the world’s largest tourism trade show. In the last year the world has seen many problems that have affected tourism, thankfully disruption to Phuket’s tourism industry has been minimal and tourists continue to arrive and enjoy our world famous beaches, cutting edge hotels and our legendary service largely due to an overwhelming cooperation between both buyers and sellers within the private sector. With this continually increasing cooperation, together we will be able to create a positive and sustainable impact on Phuket’s tourism industry for the future. We at Phuket Provincial Administration Organization will continue to develop Phuket’s ability to serve in order to continue our reputation as being a world class destination capable of accommodating all the demands of the tourism industry. Finally, to all of Phuket’s business operators, from all of us here at PATA Travel Mart, we wish you every success for 2011. Yours sincerely, Mr. Paiboon Upattising President of The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization
Welcome from the Phuket Tourist Association Dear Participants of PATA Travel Mart 2011,
am very pleased to see all the support from the members of Phuket Tourist Association and Thai Hotels Association (Southern Chapter) which are involved in PATA Travel Mart 2011. This support is one of the many reasons that tourism professionals and tourists alike see the potential of Phuket province as a world leading tourist destination. It is great to see once again the high levels of cooperation between the private sectors and local government, especially The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization, who are always a major sponsor of various activities that encourage Phuket’s tourism industry. Last year’s tourism numbers were slightly lower than in previous years due to many factors affecting not just Phuket, but the whole world, however, this has not stopped the potential of Phuket, nor has is stopped the local business owners from providing their world class services, therefore at PATA Travel Mart this year, I expect to see just as much interest and as much success as always. If you have any questions or comments whilst at PATA Travel Mart regarding our operations or the tourism industry in Phuket we will be more than happy to help you. Yours sincerely, Mr. Somboon Chirayus President of The Phuket Tourist Association
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Amora Beach Resort Phuket
AYARA HILLTOPS BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful white sands and blue waters of Bang Tao Beach, Amora Beach Resort Phuket is situated on its own private section of Bang Toa Beach and has beautifully landscaped gardens which provide a relaxating haven. Amora Resort Phuket offers 255 delightfully furnished guest rooms ranging from Garden View rooms to the luxurious Andaman Suite. All rooms offer private balconies, air conditioning and the full range of facilities you would expect from a deluxe resort. Our two large pools, Thai restaurant on the beach, Garden CafĂŠ, Pool Bar and Lobby Bar ensure that all the facilities you require to relax are at your fingertips.
Ayara Hilltops is a 48 suite boutique resort & spa, set amidst exotic sloping gardens in the village of Surin Beach, Phuket. Facilities and service are inspired by the singular goal of helping each guest create their own journey of respite from the rigours of civilization. The four acre site, strategically located on Surin Hill, offers panoramic views of sandy beaches and the Andaman Sea beyond. Whether you venture only as far as the boundaries of the resort or go further afield, the days are yours to create and ours to fulfill. Welcome to the private world of Ayara Hilltops!
Mr. Jean-Pierre Dousse - General Manager
Ms. Chatkaew Siriphatrawan - Director of sales
Amora Beach Resort Phuket
322 Moo 2, Bang Tao Beach, Srisoontorn Road, Cherngtalay Talang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 314 236-7 Fax: +66 (0)76 314 239 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.phuket.amorahotels.com/
Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort & Spa
125 Moo 3, Surin Beach, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 271 271 Fax: +66 (0)76 271 270 E-mail: email@example.com. www.ayarahilltops.com
BANTHAI BEACH RESORT AND SPA
bundarika villas & Suites, phuket
4 Star Resort with 290 rooms set in the best central location of Patong Beach, the most famous beach in Phuket, Thailand. It is nestled among beautifully sculptured gardens filled with a soothing gentle breeze from the sea, easy access to the beach and various shopping, restaurants, nightlife in nearby locations. Please visit our website: www.banthaiphuket.com or contact Director of Sales & Marketing: mobile +66 089 9738104.
Situated on Layan Beach, on the peaceful and idyllic northwest coast of Phuket, Thailand.
1. Ms. Oranooch Boonpong - Director of Sales & Marketing Banthai Beach Resort & Spa 2. Mr. Dittawat Kichkla - Director of Sales & Marketing Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa
This unspoiled corner of the island provides the perfect setting for Bundarikaâ€™s 47 luxurious pool-villas and 30 suites, nestled amidst coconut palms, and looking out across picturesque Layan Bay. Mr. Bhummikitti Ruktaengam - Chief Executive Officer
BANTHAI BEACH RESORT AND SPA
94 Thaveewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 340 850-4 Fax: +66 (0)76 340 330 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Bangkok Office: Tel. +66 (0)2 278 2185-7 Fax: +66 (0)2 278 2189 E-mail: email@example.com www.banthaiphuket.com
Bundarika Villas & Suites, Phuket
168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 317 200 Fax: +66 (0)76 317 299 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bundarika.com
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Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa
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Set a short distance back from the beach, Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa is surrounded by lush vegetation, raised slightly on the hillside. Its elevated position ensures great views and its tranquil setting is peaceful and private. The resort is of contemporary Asian design and is comprised of two wings separated by a central raised entrance and lobby area. Each wing is surrounded by nature and has its own pool complex. Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa covers 16,000 sqm. of land.
TOUR PHUKET.COM provides a full range of Travel Services in the beautiful regions of Phuket, Khaolak, Krabi, Lanta Island, Samui and Phangan Island. Our services include Tours, Holiday Packages, Resort & Hotel bookings, Activities & Beach Excursions, Boat Trips and Car Rental at the most competitive prices.
1. Mr. Chaiyuth Sophannarat - Managing Director
Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa
I Phuket Co., Ltd. (TAT 34/00384)
1. Mr. Javed Shaikh - Chief Executive Officer 2. Ms. Jenjira Sanguannam - Sale Manager
3, Karon Soi 2, Karon District, Muang Phuket Phuket 83100 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 284 555 Fax: +66 (0)76 284 381 E-mail : email@example.com www.horizonbeach.com
171/8 Moo 5, Srisoonthorn,Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel. +66 (0)76 527 327, +66 (0)76 527 357 Fax: +66 (0)76 527 328 Mobile: +66 (0)88 334 4488, +66 (0)87 1199 888 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com www.i-phuket.com www.tourphuket.com
KATA PALM RESORT & SPA
Patong Beach Hotel
Kata Palm Resort & Spa a four star resort is your perfect choice of your great and memorable holidayâ€”provides high quality rooms, facilities, services, great and easy access to the beach with a short walking distance, or get free shuttle service to the beach where we provide free sunbed & umbrella, close to shopping center, restaurant and bars. Our resort features 184 guest rooms, 2 large free-form swimming pools with swim-up bars, 3 restaurants and facilities.
Patong Beach Hotel is the first hotel on the fabulous 3km. long sparkling powdery Patong Beach, bordered by the emerald Andaman Sea, Patong Beach Hotel is proud to present excellent service, intimate privacy and charming dĂŠcor, a distinct land of east and west. Perfect in its natural setting you will be delighted with the unique elegance of this place.
Participant: Mrs. Nitaya Plungsuchon - Group Director of Sales & Marketing
Ms. Sumonrat Na Takuathung Group General Manager Sales and Marketing
KATA PALM RESORT & SPA
60, Kata Road, Tambon Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 284 334-8 Fax: +66 (0)76 284 342 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.katapalmresort.com
Patong Beach Hotel
124, Taweewongse Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 340 301-2 or +66 (0)76 340 304-6 Fax: +66 (0)76 340 541 E-mail: email@example.com www.see2sea.com
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Patong Resort Hotel
PEACH GROUP RESORT, PHUKET
The hotel is a superb resort that occupies one of the best locations in Phuket. Set close to Patong Beach, the resort is ideally situated for an enjoyable island holiday with the whole family. The resort is just a few minutes walk from the beach, great shopping opportunities and Patong’s famous nightlife.
Peach Group Resort included four 4 star resorts in Kata Beach and Karon Beach, Phuket. - Andaman Cannacia Resort & Spa, a boutique spa resort, is for couple and honeymooners. - Peach Hill Resort and White Peach Hotel is the complex of hotels and plaza located at the center Kata town and only 7 minutes walk to the beach. - Peach Blossom Resort, newly modern resort on family style, is located at Karon Beach.
1. Mr. Bhuritt Maswongssa - Deputy General Manager 2. Ms. Kulisara Kaenleksuk - Assistant Sales Manager
Participants: Patong Resort Hotel
208, Raj-Uthit 200 Pee Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 340 551-4 ext. 1108/1109/1110 Fax: +66 (0)76 340 189 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.patongresorthotel.com
1. Ms. Angkana Tanetvisetkul - Managing Director 2. Ms. Viparat Klinprayoon - Sale Manager
Peach Group Resorts
Sales Office : 2, Leamsai Road, T. Karon, A. Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 333 292, 371 647 or +66 (0)76 371 600 ext. 825 Fax: +66 (0)76 330 895 or +66 (0)76 371 648 E-mail: email@example.com www.peachgroup.co.th
The Merlin Phuket Hotel & Resorts
Located on the stunning Southeastern tip of Phuket, Sri Panwa offers 52 units of luxurious private pool villas & residences. Each villa is nestled within its own infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi, commanding breathtaking panoramic views of the Andaman Ocean. Interiors embrace the essence of Tropical Contemporary design by integrating its natural surroundings with the modern comforts of luxury living. Sri Panwa’s extensive facilities include the Cool Spa, Baba Poolclub, Baba88 Disco and much more. Enjoy absolutely personalized and outstanding service at your fingertips.
The Merlin Phuket Hotels & Resorts has 4 properties. Patong Merlin Hotel; a deluxe resort in the heart of Phuket’s exotic Patong Beach. Merlin Beach Resort; a luxurious resort, situated on its own secluded Tri-Trang Beach, which is 3 km. from Patong Beach. Khaolak Merlin Resort; a deluxe resort, set amongst peaceful tropical and tranquil beaches. Phuket Merlin Hotel; 180 rooms in the heart of Phuket Town.
1. Ms. Suki Yu - Hotel Manager 2. Ms. Janpen Sirithawornwong (Jeab) - Business Development Manager
Sri Panwa Phuket
88 Moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, A. Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 371 000 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sripanwa.com
The Merlin Phuket Hotel & Resorts
c/o Patong Merlin Hotel 44, Thaveewong Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Phuket Sales Office: Tel. +66 (0)76 212 866-70 Fax: +66 (0)76 234 930 E-mail: email@example.com www.merlinphuket.com
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The Nap Patong
Style and Fashion blend seamlessy at The Nap The ultimate HIP HOTEL is just a short stroll to the bustling capital of Phuket’s nightlife, while tucked away in the heart of Patong Beach. Delivering a balance of calm, style and uncompromising quality. Nap is a chic haven for those in search of a holiday to remember.
THE OLD PHUKET – KARON BEACH RESORT
The Old Phuket at Karon Beach is a Sino-Portuguese style creation that evokes memories of the 19th Century, perfectly combining Sino-Portuguese architecture with modern hotel facilities and amenities. The resort is surrounded by a lush tropical landscape with a serene and quiet environment with two swimming pools, only 15 minutes away from Patong Beach and 20 minutes drive to Phuket Town. The 184 rooms comprises with 88 rooms in Sino Wing and 96 rooms in Serene Wing.
Mr. Mongkol Boonporn - Group General Manager
The Nap Patong
THE OLD PHUKET – KARON BEACH RESORT
52/55 Haad Patong Road, Patong Beach Kathu, Phuket 83130, Thailand E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thenappatong.com
The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa
Located in central Patong, the island’s popular beachfront and night life district. The four-star property, just a short walk from the beach and the shopping centre, is perfectly located to enjoy a relaxing and rewarding holiday in Phuket.
1. Dr. Jirachai Amornpairoj - General Manager 2. Ms. Rosarin Sritabutr - Assistant Director of Sales
The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa
135/23, 123/15-16, Rat-U-thit 200 Pee Road Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 340 666 Fax: +66 (0)76 340 565 E-mail: email@example.com www.royalparadise.com
1. Ms. Piyaphorn Tanphan - Managing Director 2. Ms. Katesaya Vetchatam - Executive Assistant Manager
192/36, Karon Road, Karon Beach, A. Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 396 353-6 Fax: +66 (0)76 396 357 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.theoldphuket.com
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100/429, Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road, Phuket 83000 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 610 365-6 Fax. +66 (0)76 610 367 E-mail: email@example.com
Mr. Somboon Chirayus President Phuket Tourist Association
Mr. Bhuritt Maswongssa Vice President / Marketing Phuket Tourist Association
Mr. Mongkol Boonporn Marketing Committee Phuket Tourist Association
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Karon Sea Sands Resort +66 (0) 76 286 464
Amari Coral Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 106-14 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
Patong Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 551-4 www.patongresorthotel.com Royal Pawadee Village Hotel +66 (0) 76 344-622 Salathai Resort +66 (0) 76 296 631
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 201 234 www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cpbr Karona Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 286 406-10 enpick Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 396 139-48 www.moevenpick-phuket.com Phuket Orchid Resort +66 (0) 76 396 519-23 Ramada Phuket South Sea +66 (0) 76 396 611-7
Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort and Spa +66 (0) 76 370 999 The Royal Paradise Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 666 www.royalparadise.com Impiana Resort Patong, Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 138 www.impiana.com
BluEco Hotel +66 (0) 76 333 315 www.thebluecophuket.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 Merlin Hotel +66 76-340 037-41
The 9th Floor Residence +66 (0) 76 344 987 www.roomsatthe9th.com The Nap Patong +66 (0) 76 296 631-4 Thara Patong Beach Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76-340 520
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
Capannina Inn +66 (0) 76 284 450 www.phuket-capannina-inn.com Club Mediterane +66 (0) 76 330 455-60 Kata Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 330 530-4
Hotels & Accommodation / 23 Kata Plam Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 334-8
Two Chefs Bungalows +66 (0) 76 284 155 www.twochefs-phuket.com Katathani Phuket Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 330 124 The Beach Boutique House +66 (0) 76 333 113
BANG TAO BEACH
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 Dusit Laguna Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 324 324 Movenpick Residence +66 (0) 76 396 139 Out Rigger Phuket +66 (0) 76 336 900 Laguna Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 352
The Surin Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 017-20 Twinpalms +66 (0) 76 316 500
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
Serenity Resort & Residences +66 (0) 76 371 900 www.SerenityPhuket.com The Evason Phuket +66 (0) 76 381 010-7 The Vijitt Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 363 600 The Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club +66 (0) 76 381 360-6
NAIYANG & Naithorn Dewa Phuket +66 (0) 76 372 300 Naithon Buri Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 318 700 Indigo Pearl +66 (0) 76 327 006-9
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 +66 (0) 76 603 699
Cape Panwa Hotel , Phuket +66 (0) 76 391 123-5 www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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In the Kitchen with...
A White Box
Art & Culture
Full of Romance
f set out to find the most romantic spot in Phuket to take that special person in your life, you could do a lot worse than head over to White Box restaurant and bar right on the foreshore at Kalim Beach. The menu presents a culinary display It’s a startlingly pretty building, bristling with elegance and style, formerly a white- of creativity and a detailed attention to washed residential house, commanding quality. Talented Chef Christopher Verdisensational west-facing views across the no incorporates some of the freshest and twinkling lights of Patong Bay and out tastiest ingredients of the Andaman region and from around the over the Andaman. Upon entering The upstairs bar is famous for its globe into succulent Asian specialties you will be struck immediately by the tapas menu and is currently running and Mediterranean clean, minimal struca Friday night promotion offering as delights. Wanting to imture and décor, which in a palette of white much tapas as you wish plus a bottle press my girl friend we paid a visit to and blue reflect the of wine all for 1,200 baht. White Box last deep hues so remimonth. niscent of the MediWe started the evening by ascending terranean. And indeed the restaurant’s central ethos and menu focus on an ‘east to the top of the building where a cool meets west’ array of sumptuous dishes from chic bar features stunning sunset vistas if you manage to correctly time your arwhich to choose Aside from the spectacular views, rival as we were able to. Kier Royales with White Box holds the true key to success…. Prosecco and Cassis were the order of the day, served by efficient bar waitresses clad delicious food and a great wine cellar. www.theguidephuket.com
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in white uniforms which might well inspire naughty thoughts of “Night Nurses go Wild” and the like. This bar is one of the hottest that Phuket has to offer with regular weekend evening parties featuring visiting spin-meisters from around the globe during the high season. Tonight however, all is subdued lighting, subtly seductive jazz sounds and the twinkling lights of the squid boats far out at sea. The upstairs bar is famous for its tapas menu and is currently running a Friday night promotion offering as much tapas as you wish plus a bottle of wine all for 1200 baht. Alternatively you can currently order a starter, main course and dessert plus a glass of wine in the downstairs restaurant all for 1100 baht. Two really generous promotions so that everyone can sample the White Box magic. We opted to savor some of the dishes on the new season’s menu and were bowled over by the opening salvo of Potato Cream Soup with Pan-Fried Porcini, Foie Gras, White Truffle Oil and Garlic Emulsion paired with Mint Marinated Red Tuna with Tomato and Mango Spring Rolls. For a main course we devoured Pan Fried French Duck Breast with Duck Liver Ravioli and Red Wine Sauce paired with Pan-Fried Snow Fish with Raspberry Sauce & Risotto Parmesan. Finally dessert brought us the delights of Strawberry Soup with Peppermint Espuma. Complemented with a bottle of fine sparkling wine at 1600 baht and the crashing surf almost below our table and I believe we’d discovered the most romantic dinner in Phuket!
The White Box
245/7 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu 83150 Thailand Phone: (+66) 076-34-62-71 Fax: (+66) 076-34-62-72 www.whiteboxphuket.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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Restaurant LE CELTIQUE French Cuisine
French specialities; snails, white asparagus, scallops, saffron sauce and an excellent pork hock or a rack of lamb with goat cheese. Bertrand is the king of sauces, and Lek always welcomes you warmly. 80/90 Moo 7, Soi Samakea 4, Saiyuan Road, T. Rawai, Phuket. Tel. 076 613 098 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai
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 email@example.com www.blueelephant.com Location: Phuket Town
LUNCH : 11.30 to 14.30 hours
IndoChine Waterfront Restaurant Indochine & European Cuisine
DINNER : 18.30 to 22.30 hours
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
Davinci Restaurant Phuket (Governor Mansion) 96, Krabi Road, Phuket Town (Previously Pra Phitak Chyn Pracha Mansion) คฤหาสน์พระพิทักษ์ชินประชา Tel. +66 (0) 76 354 355-7 Fax. +66 (0) 76 354 393 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Bangkok Tel. +66 (0) 2 673 9353-8 Fax. +66 (0) 2 673 9355 E-mail: email@example.com www.blueelephant.com
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
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HighlightS The East 88 Beach Club 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 Location: Rawai
CapaNnina Italian Cuisine
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
Full Moon Brew Work
We are pleased to welcome you to The Cove Restaurant’s buffets. We invite you to broaden your culinary horizons by experiencing our Thai, Seafood, Mediterranean, Asian, and Steak nights for which our chefs prepare an amazing selection of tasty dishes for you to enjoy. • Welcome to Thailand • Seafood Safari • Mediterranean Night • Silk Road Night • Steak House Night
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Dinner with a Show Our theme nights are also accompanied by spectacular shows in every Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, starting at 8 p.m. Sunset Happy Hours and Ninjazz Live Band @ the Luna Bar Also, don’t let pass the Sunset happy hours between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. when we offer you a ”Buy 1 get the same one free” promotion.
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
For information and reservations, please contact at 076 201 234 The Cove Restaurant or the Luna Bar.
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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 cuisine & Thai food
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
“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
Giogiorne Restaurant Italian & Thai Food
Newly opened 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 – 23.00 daily. Tel. 076 330 679, 081 797 0679 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Kata
White Box Fusion Cuisine
“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
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
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Thai and French cuisine quality Open every night from 19.00pm. to midnight. Quiet and charming restaurant, 24 seats, with garden terrace.
Steak: meat imported excellent sauces, mashed, au gratin, ratatouille, etc. French cheeses and cold cuts. Succulent Thai dishes. Warm welcome and very good value for money.
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Dusit Thani Laguna Hosts an Extraordinary Wine Dinner
ugust saw The Dusit Thani Laguna Resort hosting an extraordinary wine dinner in collaboration with The Village Farm and Winery to present and celebrate fine Thai wines beautifully paired with Thai cuisine at Ruen Thai restaurant. The wine dinner showcased the perfect pairing of impeccable wines with a fabulous fivecourse menu for both guests of the Dusit and Phuket residents. The evening commenced with scallops and glass noodle salad with chili and fresh coriander vinaigrette, served with a delicious Chenin Blanc Village Cellar, 2007. The second course consisted of a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Village Cellar, served with marinated chicken breast on a
lemongrass skewer served with deep fried som tam. The main courses were the great combination of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Des Brumes 2009 and a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Des Brumes Le Prestige 2007 accompanied by grilled tiger prawns with a light tamarind sauce and coconut rice and a pan-fried Australian beef tenderloin with black pepper and garlic sauce and morning glory. The last course was the highlight of the night! The classic Thai dish of mango sticky rice was melted in a surprise wine by The Village Farm and Winery, sending the happy diners home with a smile upon their faces.
Dusit Thani Laguna Resort 390, Srisoontorn Road, Cherngtalay, Talang Phuket 83110 Tel :+66 (0) 7636 2999 Fax :+66 (0) 7636 2900 www.dusit-thani-phuket.com
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Another Sumptuous Wine Dinner at the Evason
vason Phuket & Bon Island, has established a formidable reputation for staging the most elegant and pioneering wine dinners in Phuket. Set in their lovely ‘Into the Sea’ restaurant overlooking the dreaming islands of Andaman Sea, it’s perhaps no surprise that a loyal crowd of sophisticated gourmands await their every offering. The evening of Friday July 29th was no exception to their impeccably high standards when resident Executive Sous Chef Lluis Cantons Pesarrodona teamed up with Michelin Starred culinary wizard Jens Jakob and team, to present a fabulous wine and food extravaganza themed “Jen’s Jam Session.” Chef Jens has had a superb career in the culinary arts and trained in the kitchen of world famous Chef Klaus Erfort who is
a holder of three Michelin Stars. He then opened his own restaurant “Le Noir” in 2008 in Saarbrücken where he received his first Michelin star. That doyen of up-market wine suppliers FIN Wines supplied the selection of hand-crafted boutique wines to complement the fabulous cuisine and the pairings were exquisite. Jen’s Jam Session presented an enticing array of dishes served in small portions of three or four mouthfuls so that the gathering of delighted diners could fully enjoy each flavor before moving on to the next. It made for an intimate, engaging dining experience in one of the most beautiful settings in Asia with panoramic views across the Andaman Sea.
Evason Phuket & Bon Island 100, Viset Road, Moo 2, Tambol Rawai, Amphoe Muang, Phuket 83130, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 381 010 Fax: +66 (0) 76 381 018 email@example.com
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Let’s do Brunch!
A Chocoholic’s Sunday at
Sunday brunchtime visit to Les Anges on the fashionable boardwalk right at water’s edge in Royal Phuket Marine presents the most wonderful range of choices for dining in a stunning setting where multimillion dollar yachts and cruisers gently bob on their moorings. The restaurant is welcoming, light and airy with huge windows, relaxing sounds and the latest newspapers, or you can nonchalantly take a seat outside and pretend to be the multimillionaire owner of one of the stunning luxury craft that are within touching distance of your table. Either way you have a wonderful selection of dining possibilities from which to choose as Les Anges as Chef and General Manager Bernard Garcia are at pains to offer many gourmet experiences all rolled into one cafe, deli, bakery, restaurant and bar. The bakery serves a selection of homemade breads and is famous for possibly Phuket’s best selection of cakes and pastries, while the deli serves imported cold cuts, cheeses and made-to- order sandwiches and salads. For the indulgent or those looking for gifts, there is also the chocolate counter, ice-cream parlor and a selection of fine wines and champagnes. For your brunch you could happily opt for pastries, cake, chocolates and fine aromatic coffee. Or go for a full breakfast offering everything from healthy cereals, fresh-squeezed juices with eggs Benedict or Florentine and a mixed pastry basket. www.theguidephuket.com
Les Anges offers a huge selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and mains from steaks to fish, as
just 200 baht for a generous glass. Then we marched onwards to the fresh salad bar with which to fortify and strengthen our resolve as we tackled the main courses selected from the blackboard and a la carte menus…..baked salmon for ‘Madame’ and penne with tuna for me, post my carb-depleting swim earlier that morning! Les Anges offers a huge selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and mains from steaks to fish, as well as Thai food….any of which can be built into your brunch selection. Friday nights feature a hugely popular all-you-can-eat Indian food buffet in which Gulu Lalvani’s own personal chef weaves his culinary magic…all for 495 baht! While the island’s rhythmically-enhanced denizens can be seen performing their sensuous moves on the Boardwalk every month at the Salsa Party evenings as those million dollar cruisers sway at anchor under the stars.
well as Thai food Les Anges at Royal Phuket Marina The Sunday brunch itself offers a starter plate of extremely fresh cold cuts, cheese, olives and nuts….which we washed asunder deploying ice-cold draughts of Louis Felipe Edwards 2009 Chilean rose at
68 Moo 2, Thepkasattri Rd., Kohkaew, Muang, Phuket 83200, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 360 803 Fax: +66 (0)76 360 805 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The NighT crawler PATONG
Margarita; With live music every night this open air bar creates a great atmosphere located at the top of Bangla Road. For enthusiasts of live music performed with an Irish flavour, Patong offers a few lively Irish pub options. Scruffy Murphy’s on Soi Bangla is the place for chilled Guinness, good pub food and nightly live music. If you are on Beach Road head over to Molly Malone’s which has a similar offering with outside seating. The new night life venue which just opened in November is the trendy Factory Bar on Soi Bangla. With a chic industrial theme, a huge bar, great cocktails and cool sounds ranging from R&B to House to Techno, this is THE latest place to see and be seen.
Tel. 080 699 2629 E-mail: email@example.com www.margaritaphuket.siam2web.com
Rockin’ Angels Bar is a must for both lovers of live music and for performers who would like to jam along. The Singaporean owner is a guitarist and singer and an all-round nice guy. From the Rassada Road traffic circle head up Yaowarat Road and the bar is on the left-hand side. Ka Jok See is a Phuket Town institution and one of the most successful restaurants on the island. It’s a great place for a candlelit romantic dinner or a boisterous night out, as later in the evening the owner Khun Lek starts playing hot music which turns Ka Jok See into a huge party, with even dancing on the tables!
Situated along the north end of Surin Beach, Catch Beach Club is a fashionable eatery with cool music, a chic outdoor cocktail bar and a wonderful seafood buffet. Catch often features international musicians performing their own compositions, plus visiting DJ’s and regularly throws some of the island’s most amazing parties full of beautiful people. Stereo Beach Club and Lounge is at the southern end of Surin and has recently joined forces with the famous IndoChine group to launch one of the hippest late night spots on Phuket. It usually gets busier later in the evening but is also a great place to go for an early evening drink and to catch the sunset. The décor is outstanding featuring a beach bar with white rattan chairs and tables and they offer a full bar, a wine cellar and a tapas menu.
KARON & KATA
Coming up from Karon Beach and the traffic circle, take the first soi on the left and you’ll fund a veritable warren of fun bars. The Terrace Bar is an upstairs bar on the corner and is a great people-watching spot. On the opposite side there is a handful of bars with well priced drinks, chaotic music, friendly hostesses and good humor. For a quieter pint try Angus O’Toole’s Irish pub on the left at the end of the soi, serving international beers and all-day pub food. There’s no ear-splitting music, but they show all the sports on the huge screens, have the day’s newspapers and offer a genuine cozy pub atmosphere. The Ska Bar at the southern end of Kata Beach is built on huge granite boulders and has an outstanding view along the sand and out to sea. Here you can enjoy the cool reggae flavor, with friendly dreadlocked staff and terrific inexpensive cocktails. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
34 / Health & Beauty
Atsumi Holistic Health at
n today’s stress-filled world we need to bring balance into our lives by taking time to rest and recharge our batteries. Compare it to getting your car serviced, every year you get a full MOT, cleaning the engine and the filters so the car performs at a better level. It’s similar with our bodies, the precious vehicle that is designed to carry us through our entire lives. We have to clean out our filters and remove built up wastes, fungus, parasites, bacteria and toxins so we can function with optimal energy. If you are overweight, have medical problems or experience symptoms such as stress, obesity, cellulite, acne, digestive problems, bloating, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, relationship difficulties, low self esteem, lack of life direction, addictions, anger, worry, fears, guilt, or restlessness then cleansing could be the solution. Founded in 2002, Atsumi Healing wellness retreat is Phuket’s original fasting and detox center. The retreat offers 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 places great emphasis on the benefits of retreat because it provides a tranquil escape from the stresses of everyday life, a place to embrace holistic change and replenish your body’s precious energy. All of the well-proven, safe and effective cleansing programs utilize high www.theguidephuket.com
quality natural organic herbs or raw and living foods to support the body nutritionally combined with fiber cleansing drinks to bind toxins and cleanse the digestive system. Every program is complemented with a daily massage and steam sauna and twice daily colon cleansing which helps to accelerate the removal of internal wastes and leaves you feeling invigorated and refreshed. During your stay you can enjoy many healthy pursuits including Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Thai boxing, mountain and beach walks or you can choose to reward your efforts by indulging in some of the detoxifying spa treatments. For those people wishing to lose weight and tone and shape the body additional abdominal workouts, fat burning sessions and circuit training classes are offered and Atsumi has a fully-equipped gym should you wish to incorporate personal training with one of the professional fitness instructors. The center offers a wide range of experienced therapists to assist you in your transformation. During your fast, you may find that your Holistic Self is more open and receptive to benefiting from these healing therapies, as detoxification purifies both the physical and emotional body. Atsumi is an investment in your health and so that you can move forwards and continue to reap the benefits, nutritional talks are included designed to educate
Health & Beauty / 35 you about sensible food choices, Candida and weight management. Also on offer are weekly raw food classes so you can learn to create some of the delightful raw recipes that are on offer in the raw cleansing programs. Once you have completed your program, you will no longer be a slave to bad habits, you will look and feel great and from a position of strength you will be
20% Discount Excludes Buddha House Accommodation from April 1st until October 31st 2011. able to take back control of your body and food choices. Please visit our website at www.atsumihealing.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
“This really has transformed me mentally, spiritually and physically. I’m not just in this for the short run, but the long run. Atsumi made me realize what I’ve been eating has severely damaged my health and well-being. As a result I’m excited about starting my healthy new life”. – Juliette, Oct 2010 .“Those wishing to relieve distress and restore balance in their busy, stressful lives can find Atsumi Healing Spa a refreshing and peaceful break from which to begin their journey to transformation. Taking out time for yourself takes courage and Atsumi Healing retreat rewards that courage with a truly life changing experience that you won’t regret!” – Neil, May 2010 “I can’t explain how amazing I feel. I take away everything I came for. I quit smoking after 10 years and I just feel full of energy and proud about myself that I did it! All my thanks for a great time and I will be back!” – Lidia, June 2011
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Spa Highlight Fasting & Detoxing with Atsumi Healing
The main reason people come to The Atsumi Retreat Healing Center in Thailand is to “Fast and Cleanse” their system of physical and emotional toxins that accumulate from modern stressful lifestyles. We strongly recommend a ten day fasting program, in which time the blood is completely purified. Naturally you will lose weight, usually one kilo per day for men, and half a kilo per day for women. For those with little time or who want to “dip their toes in the water,” we also have four day programs. Tel. +66 (0) 8 1272 0571, Thai enquiries: +66 (0) 8 4051 7455 www.atsumihealing.com
Hiranyikara Spa Indulge your body, mind and spirit. Located in peaceful surroundings, 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 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. +66 (0) 7620 3280 www.hiranyikara.com
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.
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. 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
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Outrigger Opens ‘Panache’ Restaurant at the Laguna Resort
Panache, the new restaurant by Outrigger in Phuket, opened its doors for the first time on August 15th. Under the guidance of Austrian chef Robert Czeschka, the 100-seat restaurant poolside al fresco and indoor restaurant will serve the best of Asian and international cuisine with panache.
Marie Fleury to be new GM of Boathouse Kata Beach
Narong Pattamasaevi, Chairman, Montara Hospitality Holdings has announced that Marie Laure Fleury as the new General Manager of Boathouse, the legendary 37-room boutique resort on Kata Beach. She will oversee the lead-up to the reopening of the resort in October 2011, following extensive renovations. Prior to her appointment, Marie Laure Fleury was Resort Manager for the worldrenowned destination, Trisara, Phuket, also owned by Montara Hospitality Holdings. Montara Hospitality Holdings acquired the Boathouse, as well as adjacent Oasis Restaurant, at the end of 2010 and closed them from June this year for extensive renovations.
Seven is Heaven at Twin Palms
Without doubt one of the coolest and best attended parties in the Phuket social calendar will occur on the night of Friday September 24th when that haven of everything fashionable Twin Palms Resort on Surin Beach throws its seventh anniversary birthday bash. Expect to see the Phuket Glitterati out in force, dressed to kill and in full-on hedonistic mood. Great music, wild dancing, lashings of great drinks and mad cavorting will go on late into the night at The Catch Beach Club right on Surin Beach. What more could anyone want??
Trip Advisor Honors Phuket Resorts
Satisfied guests reward two Phuket’s most fashionable resorts with a high score for excellence on the TripAdvisor usergenerated travel website. The Pavilions Phuket overlooking Layan Beach and the recently-opened Centara Grande right on Karon Beach have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2011. The award honors top-rated hotels, restaurants and attractions, reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site. To qualify the resorts maintained an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on Trip Advisor.
According to data released by C9 Hotelworks arrivals in Phuket in the first half of the year increased 20% over the same period in 2010. These numbers are straining the handling capacity of the airport with Airports of Thailand expecting 7.95 million passengers (including domestic passengers) this year, which will exceed the stated capacity by 22%. A USD164 million expansion plan that will increase handling to 12.5 million by 2014 will start construction next year.
Introducing Joe Sutherland, E-Commerce and Revenue Manager at Serenity Resort & Residences
I’ve been in Phuket for around nine years. I started work as an English teacher at the JW Marriott and was introduced to hospitality that way. I then worked at Acadaia and then Hilton Arcadia and then finally moved over the Crowne Plaza and changed into sales and marketing when Moevenpick came in. After that, I went to Hotel Travel and then started my own small online OTA specializing in luxury villa rentals. I have just joined Serenity as the E-Commerce and Revenue Manager and am having a great time here with Urs and the team.
Phuket arrivals forecast to top 4 million in 2011
With tourism numbers surging, Phuket Airport is expecting a record four million passenger arrivals this year. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
40 / Watersports & Activities
oin us for a relaxing horseback riding tour along one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches and experience a day like never before! If you enjoy horseback riding and experiencing glorious beachside scenery with your family or friends, then the Phuket International Horse Club is the place you’ve have been looking for. Phuket International Horse Club is the island’s first and leading riding club and was launched in 1997 with its stable located at “ Laguna (Bangtao) Beach ’’ just in front of the entrance of the Laguna 5 hotel complex.
Phuket International Horse Club is one of the few riding stables in Thailand offering every sort of ultimate horse ride…. from Beachside… to Forests…to Lagoons… and all easy and quickly accessible from the stable in as little as 15 minutes. Whether you are an absolutely beginner, an intermediate, or an experienced rider at our stable we will select for you a well-trained horse to perfectly suit your level of riding experience. For beginner and intermediate riders, basic instructions are provided in order to insure your comfort, especially if this is your first horse riding experience. Our friendly
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Watersports & Activities / 41 Can you imagine how wonderful it is to take horseback riding together with the one you love along the most beautiful and peaceful beach, as the sun slowly sets into the sea?
guides are spread throughout the riding group to help you to control your horse and build your confidence so you can enjoy your experience as much as possible during the trip At the first session we commence with a comprehensive safety briefing and riding instructions. We then set off through the beautiful landscape of Laguna, passing forests, an elephant camp, blue lagoons and then we hack gently down to the beach. All this takes only about 15 minutes!!! Upon arrival at the beach you will enjoy the cooling environment’s peaceful-
ness, the pounding of the waves, the vast stretches of white sandy beach fringed by the bluest sea and the fresh aroma of salt on the gentle sea breeze. This is truly heaven on earth, where the stress and bustle of modern society fades away and the beauty of Nature takes over. Along the beach, experienced riders have the freedom to trot or canter their horses. Intermediate and beginner riders will be assisted by our guides in learning to walk and trot their horses allowing them to quickly discover how easy, relaxing and enjoyable horse riding really is. If you are looking for a truly roman-
tic trip for you and your lover, or family, we highly recommend that you take our “Sunset Beach Rides program”. Can you imagine how wonderful it is to take horseback riding together with the one you love along the most beautiful and peaceful beach, as the sun slowly sets into the sea? This will be your most memorable experience when you think back of the wonderful tropical island of Phuket and the opportunity it gave you to live your fantasy. If you have further enquiries, need further information, or are interested in riding with us, please contact us at (076) 324199 or see our website www.phukethorseclub.com.
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The Green Places Condominium
by Phanason for a privileged life
he Green Places condominiums by Phanason and Green Empire & privilege life, offer a new community-based lifestyle in the heart of Phuket set amidst a beautiful, hilly, natural environment. The Green Empire development of around 50,000 square meters is designed for Luxury Condominiums by the Phanason Group. Fine architecture is joined with a natural way of life. The condominiums are arranged around the green and natural surrounding areas, with the The Green Places Condominiums buildings and residential elements blending seamlessly by Phanason sits on the natural hill into Nature. The environaround The Green near to the center of Phuket Town. ment Places Project encompasses trees, plants, and hills. Everything is built for your familyâ€™s happiness. www.theguidephuket.com
The Green Places Condominiums by Phanason sits on the natural hill near to the center of Phuket Town. Only five minutes from Surakul Stadium and five minutes from the Samkong community. The condos address is, Akwanit-Samkong Rd., Rassada Sub-district, Muang Phuket district.
Phanason Green Places Co., Ltd. 6/1 Moo 6, Wichitsongkram Road, Kathu District, Phuket 83120 Telephone: +66 (0) 76 217 841 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.phanason.com
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Beautifully designed 3 bedroom villa located within walking distance to Bangtao Beach. The villa is set on a large 940 sqm plot with spacious pool deck and ample room for outdoor entertaining.
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VILLA - NEAR LAGUNA A fantastic investment property ideal for long term rentals or private use. One bedroom villa with living room, kitchen, undercover parking, oversized bedroom with four poster bed, walk-in-robe, office, large bathroom with tub and outdoor shower. All topped off with a private 9m lap pool and water feature.
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The Dream Gallery offers fabulous first anniversary bargains
he marvelous home of exotic furniture, jewelry, artifacts and collectables is celebrating its first anniversary in September….but you will be receiving the presents! For the whole of September the gallery is offering 30% off all furniture items so don’t miss this great opportunity to purchase that special something for your home, or as a gift for a friend or loved one. The beautifully-named ‘Dream Gallery’ is located in Phuket’s Boat Lagoon and imports a wonderful selection of Chinese artifacts, furniture, jewelry and all sorts of exotic collectables. The owner is a fascinating lady who loves writing, designing and creativity of all kinds. In January 2007 the Gallery owner had a vivid and life-changing dream in which the Lord Buddha appeared to her dressed in gold and showed her a footprint immersed in water. For its first anniversary Dream Gallery is of- She eventually discovered that this was a symbol for fering 30% discount on all furniture items. a location close to Phuket and realized that she had to come here and open her wondrous emporium. Naturally enough she called it ‘Dream Gallery’. The owner says, “The Dream Gallery is a part of myself because I sell only what I like and what attracts me. Initially, many newly-made items like jewelry, silk arts and crafts and porcelain sets will be designed by me.” The studio, which opened in September last year already has a vast and impressive collection of Chinese antiques and artifacts. There are framed pieces of handembroidered dress material, hand-painted porcelain, including complete dinner sets and traditional tea sets, framed antique advertising posters, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-carved wooden furniture, and ornate wooden
Chinese lanterns. Many more items that can’t fit into the studio can be seen by visiting the web site: www.thedreamgallery. com “Everything is made in China and most were originally hand-made for wealthy families some dating back hundreds of years. Throughout our anniversary month of September we are offering 30% off the price of all furniture items, so it’s a great opportunity to get a bargain,” says the owner. Prices range from as little as 400 baht for decorative Chinese tasseled ornaments and shipping to anywhere in the world can be arranged.
The Dream Gallery
BOAT LAGOON No. 23/122 Moo 2, Thepkasatri Rd., T.Kohkaew, A.Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel : +66 (0) 76 27 34 87 E-mail : email@example.com Website : www.thedreamgallery.asia
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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.
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 creative and interesting. There is a fair range spread around the island, but you’ll have to drive and hunt to find it all.
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.
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, cunning 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.
This is definitely bargain country in Phuket. Tailors 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 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.
James Fashion House, Karon Beach, www.jamesfashionhouse.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
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 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 Phuket’s equivalent to Bangkok’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.
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Transport on the Island
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.
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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!
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.
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 eas-
ily 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
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PHUKET - Perth
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**From 19 May 2011
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.
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. Happy hunting! www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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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 Phuket to Samui
Samui to Phuket
Phuket to Pattaya
Phuket to Bangkok
Pattaya to Phuket Flight
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1771 * indicates the flight has Blue Ribbon Class (Business Class) available.
Important Telephone Numbers Telephone numbers of the consular representatives functioning in Phuket Lost Credit Cards
076 372 600
076 281 273
076 248 334-6
086 689 6819
02 299 1990-29
Czech Republic 076 076 249 400 ext 1501, 3330 USA
076 342 270
02 273 0022-44
076 378 365
076 234 452
02 299 1990-2
076 330 530-4
076 237 156
02 238 3000
076 273 511
076 380 000
001 800 000 900 09
076 610 407
076 318 188
International calls dial: +66 - 76, Inside Thailand calls dial 076- for Phuket
Muang District Police Station
219 878 or 1155
Tourism Authorities (TAT)
211 036, 212213
Kamala Police Station
Bangkok Phuket Hospital
Kathu Police Station
Thalang Police Station
Phuket Provincial Immigration Office
212 108 or 221 905
Phuket Tourist Association
Phuket Deep Sea Port
Phukiet International Hospital
Phuket Post and Telegraph Office
211 020 or 216 951
Vachira Phuket Hospital