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HotActivities Horse Riding
o other activity in Phuket will give you such a burst of adrenaline and excitement as the Flying Hanuman series of aerial rides through the treetops of a forest on a Katu hillside. This is an eco-friendly and completely safe adventure for kids as young as four and thrill-seekers as old as eighty. Zip lines, sky bridges and Flying Fox rides send you zipping through the upper canopy of trees at up to 60 kilometers an hour. You can make the experience “extreme” or relaxing….. just tell your guide how you want to play it. Flying Hanuman is all about adrenalin and fun!
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HotActivities Tawan Sea Adventures
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TAI CHI KAMALA
reated by mystic Taoist sages, Tai Chi has been valued since ancient time for its refined art of self defense and positive effect on health. The Concept of harmony with nature is reflected in the slow , rhythmic movements practiced within fluid, changing moments The momentary release of worldy concerns calms the body and stills mind. Mon, Tue, Thr 09:00–10:30am Sat Morning 10:00–11:30am Tel.+66 81 728 9980
Rollerball or Zorb, as called in other parts of the world, is a specially designed plastic sphere which can safely descend a hill with two passengers, floating on the water inside, headfirst, feet first, backwards or upright. The experience is hard to define but the result is always the same, lots of fun, laughter and big smiles all round, GUARANTEED! Suitable for all ages, rain or shine. We have an amazing sun set view site at Kalim Bay, Patong, with two runs, straight and twist and can boast to be one of the longest in the world at 190 meters. Come and join us, play, drink and watch the sun go down into the beautiful Andaman sea. Open 10am.
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HotActivities Blue Elephant Cooking School
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.
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.
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Getting to Know
Kritidech Srabua Founder / CEO Oriental Events & Leisure By Vicki Gregory
Optimism is always refreshing but, when such optimism is combined with wide experience and keen insight, it can be truly inspiring.
ritidech (Krit) Srabua is a true Phuket icon and his wide circle of friends and business associates extend way beyond these island shores. Born and raised on the island his extended family is deeply rooted in its lush soils and his commitment has always been to preserve the best of island life. Hungry for knowledge, Mr. Krit has worked and traveled extensively over the past 25 years in order to gain ideas and experience in the international travel business. Building on this knowledge he established the highly successful Oriental Events company on Phuket more than 10 years ago and he and his creative and operational teams have set a benchmark for high-end event production throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia. Adding offices in Bangkok and Chiang Mai in recent years, he has also built on his international contacts and his close ties with Thai government tourist development agencies. An early driving force in the importance of the international MICE market he has worked tirelessly to promote Thailand as a premier resort destination. With yearly visits to trade shows and road shows in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia he is always watching and listening and always seeking the best travel solutions for Phuket and Thailand. A firm advocate of sustainable tourism, Mr. Krit also works hard to persuade others to respect the country’s and the island’s culture and traditions and to work in harmony with the rich natural resources. He understands well that perfection should always be aimed for but has the patience to work quietly in a more measured approach, “Phuket is filled with natural beauty and remains the very best value for money as a tropical island retreat” he proudly says, “but that is not to say that we do not still have some challenges to face.” www.theguidephuket.com
He is quick to acknowledge that the very success of Phuket as an international travel destination has sometimes come too quickly for timely private and government response and that we all have to work together on some pressing issues. He firmly believes that development of good public transport systems will bring many benefits to both local people and visitors and result in much needed improvements to road safety and traffic congestion as well as helping to ease some of Phuket’s conten-
Hungry for knowledge, Mr. Krit has worked and traveled extensively over the past 25 years in order to gain ideas and experience in the international travel business. tious taxi issues. This is one of the many ways in which good cooperation between government and private interests can bring long term benefits for everyone and he is always very happy to promote such positive solutions. This very optimistic Phuketian also has many pressing reasons for such a positive outlook on Phuket’s future. With over 100 staff in his organization, his lovely wife Mrs Pathitta at his side and four lively children,
ranging in age from 10 to 20 years, to carry on his legacy he is indeed a very busy man. So what is Mr. Krit’s advice on hosting a successful event in Thailand? “Work closely with a well established Thai company with strong local connections that can plan and react quickly to every eventuality” responds Mr. Krit. Very good advice from this well respected professional, who always remains calm under pressure and is truly the perfect ambassador for this island paradise! Mr. Kritidech Srabua (also affectionately known as Mr. Worapot until his spiritual advisor counseled that Kritidech was a name more suited to him) heads up the highly successful Oriental Events Company and also the Oriental Leisure Company, that arranges 5-star individual ‘tailor-made’ tours and DMC services throughout Southeast. He happily responds to both names, however, and is definitely the ‘go to’ man for all your event and party planning! Having established his companies in Phuket in early 2002, Mr. Kritidech has now expanded his offices into Bangkok and Chiang Mai and has built a strong team of in-house design and construction specialists that work miracles on a daily basis. The highly talented creative teams are led by Kai - Florist and flower designer, Somchai -Production Director, Zam - Creative Director and Kae - Chief of Graphic Design. This dynamic quartet inhabits a rare world of creativity and boundless energy and ensures that every event is unique and special. If you can dream it, they can create it! Already firmly established as the ultimate wedding specialist in the region, Mr. Kitidech has built a very impressive portfolio of discerning clients in this specialized field. The most respected wedding planners, agencies and event companies in Asia, India and the Middle East, as well as many A-list private clients, already have him on their speed dial! Telephone Hotline: +66 (0)81 8955664 Check out the full list of services offered by Oriental Events and Oriental Leisure at www.oriental-events.net
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“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
“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
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A Serene Sundown at Serenity Story By Baz Daniel
hhhh! Sunday in Phuket….a time for kicking back and relaxing with friends and family whether you are on holiday in the Pearl of the Andaman, or you are lucky enough to call the island your home. There’s something about Sundays that make you want to take things
easy, enjoy some great food and celebrate the passage of the sun across our dazzling blue skies with your best friends, some cool drinks and cool sounds in a beachside club with a great ambience. Well, East 88 Beach Lounge offers you all this and more in one of the island’s most stunning locations….looking out over the tranquil waters of Chalong Bay and the dreaming islands of Phang Nga. East 88 Beach Lounge sits right on the sands of Chalong Bay on Phuket’s east coast in the deep south of the island and commands fantastic views from one of the island’s best vantage points. Unlike the often sterile and featureless west coast, Chalong Bay is full of life and action. From the abundant array of islands, to the passing long tail fishing boats, pleasure craft and yachts, to the horse riders on the sands, to the abundant wading birds, to the occasional hunt-
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ing sea eagle, to the shell fish gatherers on the sandy flats at low tide, Chalong Bay is a kaleidoscope of action and fascination. A kaleidoscope of action and fascination also goes on in East 88 Beach Lounge itself from around 4pm on Sunday afternoons! Here the island’s in-crowd gather to chat, laugh, down cool beers, wines and cocktails and listen to the coolest sounds around Serenity Resort’s beautiful huge
azure pool. There’s an extensive menu of healthy and tasty cuisine to choose from and as the shadows lengthen and the sun loses its ferocity, the gathered crowd kicks back and rejoices in the finest sunset location in Phuket. It feels great to be alive and a part of this wonderful ritual and it is all available to you every Sunday at Serenity Resort and Residences, East 88 Beach Lounge.
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With 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.
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.
Laem Singh Beach
Laem Singh Beach
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.
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. Kamala Beach Layan Beach is more of a bay than a beach, Mai Khao Beach and although very picturesque the water is Mai Khao Beach quite shallow; great for families but if you North of the airport is a beach to really fancy a real swim it’s not the place to go. get away from it all. Mai Khao beach is very, Bang Tao Beach 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 Kamala Beach empty! The place feels deserted even during Kamala is a 3-kilometer long beach situhigh season when the beach umbrellas are ated in the middle of Phuket’s west coast five deep on Patong. which has undergone recent developments to its main street, but the beach remains largely unchanged. Behind the beach lies a Bang Tao Beach growing village with two distinct commuBang Tao Beach has in recent years nities; Buddhists by the beach and Muslims seen a lot of development with many 5-star further back at the foot of the encompassing luxury resorts in the area but the beach remountain range. mains very pleasant. At certain times of the Nai Yang Beach year swimming can be dangerous due to Patong Beach Nai Yang Beach The most famous beach on the island the strong tides. At the northern end of the Just south of the airport is Nai Yang, a beach the coral creates good opportunities is the center of entertainment, restaurants, charming beach with a unique atmosphere for snorkeling. shopping and hotels. all of its own. With just a scattering of hoPatong is indeed a famous beach with tels and bars to entertain the few that stay beautiful soft sands and warm clear water. there, Nai Yang is as relaxed as they get. But right behind the beach is the hustle Ever dreamed of eating seafood right on the and bustle at the center of Phuket’s tourbeach? This is your spot. ism 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 Surin Beach town.
Surin Beach is located between Bang Tao and Kamala beach. It is one of most Nai Thon Beach beautiful beaches on the island with fine Nai Thon Beach white sand and emerald sea. The beach can A little further south from Nai Yang is have rather strong winds which make it ideNai Thon, possessing a similar feel to its big al for windsurfing. A lot of popular resorts brother, Nai Thon has long been a favorite surround this beach. www.theguidephuket.com
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.
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islets. The beach is backed by the green of Casuarina trees and coconut palms, acting Just south of Kata Beach is Kata Noi, a as shade to the restaurants that now line the smaller beach with only a few hotels and lit- beach. tle other development. The beach is superb for snorkeling as many fish inhabit the rocks Yanui Beach Yanui Beach is a small bay, 10 minutes and corals along the headland to the south. north from Leam Phrom Thep. It offers Ao Sane Beach kayaking and snorkeling with equipment Ao Sane beach is a small bay and is lo- hire, both off the beach itself and around the cated to the north of Nai Harn beach. To get small island about 500 meters distant. The to this beach you need to go through The beach is not so long and the sand is beautiRoyal Phuket Yacht Club. Ao Sane is a very fully soft and rarely crowded. It is also a faKaron Beach Karon is another of the beautiful, west- small, rocky beach but it is peaceful. vorite bathing and sunbathing location. coast beaches that have made Phuket faAo Yon Beach mous. This beach is the first main stop south Ao Yon is another peaceful beach ideally of Patong, and is separated from Patong by a suited for watching the sunset. It is located large headland. A quick 10 minute drive connear Cape Panwa, 10km from Phuket Town. nects the two. Although quiet with beautiful emerald sea Kata Beach this beach is not really suitable for bathing Kata is certainly one of the most beauor relaxing as the bay is usually full of boats tiful of Phuketâ€™s beaches; a half-moon cresand yachts. cent of white sand lining a bay cut deep between two green headlands. Crystal clear Nai Harn Beach waters and soft coral offers excellent snorkeling and just outside the bay lies a small Nai Harn Beach Nai Harn is one of the more isolated rounded island that seems to wave its cocobeaches, nestled at the southern tip of the nut haircut to those on the beach. island in a bay defined by headlands and
Kata Noi Beach
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taken by destitute owners in search of money and food.
ON The Island
t’s a big island, offering all manner of things to do. It’s surprising that so many holiday makers, who are trying to get away from it all, soon get bored with that dreamy combination of a perfect beach, a comfortable hotel room and great food. After a few days, most people want more. They want to go places, to see how the local people live and to experience new things. Happily, with Phuket being a large island, about 50 kilometres long, there are all sorts of interesting things to do here. Below we offer some suggestions.
Phuket Town is small but incredibly interesting, a potpourri of different cultural influences, of markets and shopping centres, restaurants and other entertainment facilities. Anyone spending a few days on Phuket Island should take time to visit, be it for sight-seeing, cultural or historical interest, or shopping. should show respect in keeping well dressed and remaining quiet, Mum and Dad; keep the kids on a leash and always be culturally sensitive.
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.
Crowded Beach, Quiet Beach - Find the one that suits you
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. www.theguidephuket.com
By the time you get to the top of the island you’re guaranteed kilometres of sand to yourself, even in peak season, so remember crowded beach, quiet beach; the choice is there.
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
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, fed and out of the cities, where many can be
Phuket’s only zoo is small, but pleasant, displaying some of Thailand’s almost vanished wildlife. Their tigers are fed well enough that one can sit with them and have a photo taken. We recommend going early or late, to avoid the tour buses that arrive mid morning and mid afternoon. It is in a small road off the east side of Chao Fah Road, about half way between the town and Chalong’s 5-way intersection. The turnoff is well signposted and easy to find.
Consider yourself adventurous? Got real guts? If you haven’t tried bungee jumping yet, you should take the ride to the top with a big rubber band around your ankles 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
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themselves off and experience a rush like no other.
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. While many large resorts now feel they are incomplete without a spa, there are also several independent establishments.
Created by mystic Taoist sages, Tai Chi has been valued since ancient time for its refined art of self defense and positive effect on health. The Concept of harmony with nature is reflected in the slow, rhythmic movements practiced within fluid, changing moments the momentary release of worldy concerns calms the body and stills mind.
Mon, Tue, Thr : 09:00 – 10:30 am Cultural shows featuring skilled Sat, Morning : 10:00 – 11 : 30 am Thai dancers from the different The Tai Chi Center regions of the country, martial Phuket Kamala Nathong House arts demonstrations, elephant 99/148 Moo 3, Kamala Beach, Phuket 83150 Tel.+66 81 728 9980 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org www.taichiphuket.com rides and Thai dinners are all brought together at Phuket’s original cultural garden; there is also an attached orchid farm View Points for all the budding botanists out Phuket’s most famous view there. point, Laem Phrom Thep at the very bottom of the island, is on the ‘must see’ list for every Thai visitor to the island. Thus it attracts a fleet of tour buses and cars each evening as people come to witness the sun fall into the Andaman Sea. Indeed, places. The view point on the heavens turn red, the view from it’s often a spectacular sight, hill behind Kata Noi attracts any of the beaches can also be but there are many quieter fewer people and when the spectacular.
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.
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half the fun. The other reward is finding remote places with few other people. There are bungalow resorts on Phi Phi, Koh Mai Thon (up-market) Koh Racha, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Naka Yai and along the Krabi Coast.
Phang Nga Bay
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.
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 wellknown as Phuket itself. There are many tour options, with the many tourists taking one of Sea Gypsy Village the inexpensive bus-and-boat trips. By far the best way to see (Koh Pannyi) This village balancing on the beauty of this bay and avoid mass tourism is to take one of stakes out in the bay is also a the boat trips that depart from part of the standard bus-andboat tour of Phang Nga. At Phuket Island itself. 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 James Bond Island Muslim fishermen. This strange but over-rated rock was featured in the James Island Getaways Bond film The Man with the Getting to some of the many Golden Gun and has never had little resorts on remote islands a quiet day since. The mass of in this region is not so easy. But tourists who take the standard for those who succeed, that is www.theguidephuket.com
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 Phi Phi Island This pair of islands 40 kilo- that is entirely isolated by sheer meters southeast of Phuket is cliffs and can only be reached by justifiably famous for the spec- boat. tacular 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 Game Fishing Phuket is not that famous worth a visit. There are many small bungalow resorts here for game fishing - more due to and it is undoubtedly best to the lack of modern, fast boats than the number of fish. In fact the seas surrounding the island team with a variety of good game fish, principally sailfish, Wahoo, barracuda, tuna, marlin and bottom fish are also common. During the winter months sailfish congregate around the islands south of Phuket in such stay overnight. The evenings incredible numbers, and jump and early mornings are the most so regularly, that fisherman beautiful times and are free of can enjoy an all-day dance and splash show around their boat the mid-day masses. as these speedsters of the ocean round up schools of bait fish.
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
Serious SCUBA divers everywhere know Phuket as one of the world’s top spots for undersea adventure. The most famous sites are out in the Andaman Sea near the Similan Is-
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Traditional longail boats are available from most beaches. They are always available at Chalong Bay or Rawai Beach where a range of these fun craft is limited. A speedboat can take you on a private tour of Phang Nga Bay with time to spare for swimming, snorkeling and a picnic lunch on a quiet island. Speedboats vary in price and quality, from a WATER TAXI, to cheap craft from local operators off the beach in Chalong and Rawai.
lands. Here one will see incredible numbers of reef and pelagic fish and have a good chance of encountering shark, turtles, rays and whale sharks. Manta rays are common, the coral is exceptionally varied and colorful and the water is incredibly clear, warm and calm. To enjoy Boat Cruising this underwater fantasyland For those who want the one needs join a live-aboard ultimate experience in Phang trip, readily available through Nga Bay there is only one way many operators on Phuket. take an overnight cruise and enjoy the most beautiful times Sailing of day, sunset and early mornThe Andaman Sea is fast ing, in this sea and mountain catching up to such traditional wonderland. There are a numsailing grounds as the Carib- ber of charter boats available bean and Mediterranean with with captain, crew, great cooka reputation for excellent cruis- ing and fresh seafood from loing and sailing. The winds are cal fishing craft. Again, a major good during many months of charter agent like Asia Marine the year, the anchorages are can find the right craft. located in spectacular scenery, the waters are warm and clear Self-drive Tours and the locals are especially If you want to see Phuket friendly. Asia Marine operates you simply have to rent either a a full fleet of bare-boat char- car or motorcycle and drive. The ters here and privately owned island is large and public transyachts are available through the port does not reach many beaumajor charter company. tiful beaches and places of inter-
Longtail and Speedboat Rentals
For those who want to enjoy Phang Nga Bay, or some of the many small islands in private style, renting one’s own ‘longtail’ or speedboat for the day is the way to go.
way. It’s easier than one might tours out of Phuket. There is no think. better way to appreciate the inner world of strange geographic formations, plant and animal Koh Samui The second of Thailand’s life of Phang Nga Bay than to tropical resort islands is not be paddled quietly through its far away, yet the atmosphere caves and lagoons in sea canoes. of Samui, which basks in an This is a more satisfying tour of entirely different ocean, is low- Phang Nga than the junkets to key and laid-back compared to James Bond Island. Phuket. One can drive across the Thai peninsula in four hours, then catch the hourly car ferry to Samui. But the easiest way is via the regular daily flight with Bangkok Airways just a half an hour’s flight. This is also a rewarding way to stop off on the way back to Bangkok. Check BKK AIR schedules, which vary with the seasons.
est. The first thing to do is drive the west coast road that takes you to all of the major beaches of Phuket. These range from crowded Patong to remotely quiet Nai Thon Beach and a couple of other small, hard-tofind ones without names. To see more of the region drive right off Phuket into Phang Nga province or on to Krabi. All routes in these provinces pass through magnificent scenery, and accommodation can be found in all directions. Sea Canoeing Pick up some maps and go. You With reason, this is now can ask questions along the one of the most popular day
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Flutter over to Phuket’s Butterfly Garden By Baz Daniel
f you are seeking a fascinating and uplifting way to spend a few hours, whether as a tourist to Phuket, or as a local, and most certainly if you have children, then a visit to Phuket’s charming Butterfly and Insect Garden situated not far from Tesco Lotus and the Bangkok Phuket Hospital on Soi Paneung on Yaowarat Road is an absolute ‘must’. The Butterfly Garden and Insect World is one of Phuket’s original attractions which opened in 1990 and is well recognized as one of SE Asia’s best butterfly and insect exhibitions. The gardens are laid out over an extensive area, with pools full of fish and abundant vegetation and plants upon which the butterflies feed, as you walk amongst them. There www.theguidephuket.com
are a whole range of fascinating exhibits and videos depicting the life of insects and butterflies as well as a good collection of various types of spiders, wasps, bees and much more. Throughout the exhibits a strong environmental message is communicated and the Gardens do much important work in breeding and releasing butterflies which are so important as agents of plant pollination, as well as being aesthetically delightful of course! Over the years, the venue has been through a number of
renovations and changes and the latest innovation includes Pym’s indoor café and restaurant where you can enjoy all sorts of good food and beverages during your tour. You will find a great deal for your children to do while visiting, including feeding both the fish in the pools and the butterflies themselves and also seeing the grubs feeding, the pupae maturing and even the mating of the paired butterfly species. The gardens constitute one of those hard-to-find experiences which combine a good, fun time with learning and education for kids. The outdoor tropical garden itself is a colorful, plant-filled area in which the Farm’s breeding pool of around 6,000 – 8,000 butterflies and up to 30 species flutter freely while you walk amongst them watching their
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fascinating behavior at very close range. The best time to visit is on a sunny day as butterflies are usually more active the brighter the day. Their wings are in fact composed of thousands of tiny platelets which act as organic solar panels absorbing the sun’s radiation to energize them. Before entering the unique butterfly breeding section, visitors can observe the caterpillar display stations close up and personal. It is always fascinating to learn how Nature works her magic turning the caterpillars via two other intermediary stages into beautiful butterflies. And be sure not to miss the exhibition of the rare specimens such as stick insects, tarantulas, leaf insects and scorpions On the way out visitors also visit a well-equipped silk mu-
seum. A demonstration shows how the humble cocoons turn into expensive material as well as demonstrating local methods of the looming and dyeing which have been passed down from generation to generation. In addition to Pym’s Café for good food and coffees, there is also a small gift shop for those who want to bring home some unique butterfly souvenirs such as framed butterflies and insects, jewelry and key-chains. Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 – 17:00 Location: Soi Paneung on Yaowarat Road in the Samkong Area, not far from Tesco-Lotus Supermarket and the Bangkok Phuket Hospital. The farm is well sign-posted. Tel: +66 (0) 76 210 861 www.phuketbutterfly.com The Phuket Butterfly Garden & Insect World is the first-of-its-kind in Thailand and was created by breeding and preserving rare and endangered species.
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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 Impiana Privete Villas +66 (0) 76 330 770 www.impiana.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
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 Angsana Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 101
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HotelHighlights 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
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
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
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
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
Sala Phuket Resort and Spa +66 (0) 76 338 888 www.salaphuket.com
Serenity Resort & Residences +66 (0) 76 371 900 www.serenityphuket.com
Anantara Phuket +66 (0) 76 336 100 Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 363 999 JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 338 000 Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Maikhao Beach +66 (0) 76 603 699
Thanyapura Retreat +66 (0) 76 336 000 www. Thanyapura.com
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
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
Out of the Island
Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island +66 (0) 75 627 300 Khao Lak Seaview Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 429 800 La Flora Resort & Spa (Khao Lak) +66 (0) 76 428 000 The Racha Tel. +66 (0) 7635 5455 The PARADISE KOH YAO Boutique Beach Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 584 450 The village coconut island +66 (0) 76 352 148 Zeavola Resort +66 (0) 75 627 000
Thanyamandra +66 (0) 76 336 000 www. thanyamandra.com
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Phuket Vintage Park N
ovotel Phuket Vintage Park is a 4-stars resort featuring contemporary mixed South East Asia architecture and modern equipment. The hotel is a few steps from shopping centers and Patong’s lively nightlife,40 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport. The Novotel Phuket Vintage Park offers a wealth of varied activities for everyone to enjoy. From waterbased activities in the 2,000 sqm swimming pool to aerobic classes, Thai cooking classes to batik painting.
The Novotel bedroom : your own living area
Enjoy the simple pleasures
• The Square Restaurant (06.30-22.30 hrs.) • Night Blooming Lobby Lounge (15.00-1,30 hrs.) • Velvet Pool Bar (10.00-19.00 hrs.) • 24 hour room service
Meeting@Novetel : expert advice
• Three meeting rooms cater for up to 320 delegates • Free WIFI internet access • Pillarless ballroom • Sound Proof • Latest high-tech audio visual equipment
• 303 rooms: 207 Superior, 74 Deluxe, 14 Pool Access, 7 Family rooms and 1 Suite Family & Novotel : the family spirit • Private Balcony with Pool View • Accommodation and breakfast free • Individual Air Conditioning for two children under 16 years old • Satellite TV Channels sharing room with their parents • Free WIFI internet access with existing bedding • Coffee/tea making facilities • Kids Club for all children over 4 • Electronic Safety deposit box
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years old with daily activities program • Outdoor kid’s pool • Play Station and Toys • Baby-sitting available at extra charge • Open daily from 10.00 am until 06.00 pm
In Balance by Novotel : a healthy getaway fitness
• Web corner on a Mac • Free WIFI internet access • Concierge service • Porter / Bellman • Local Newspaper • Safety deposit box • Minimart
• 2000 sqm swimming pool with daily activities • Health club-Fitness • In Balance Spa • Steam room • VIP room
Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road Patong Beach Tel. 66 (0)76 380 555 Fax: 66 (0)76 340 604 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
After more than 10 years of creating and managing premier weddings and events in Thailand, Oriental Events is proud to offer our unique production services for your special occasion.
Indian Wedding• Theme parties • Product Launch• Anniversary • Birthday party
Contact us at: Hotline Telephone: +66 (0)81 895 5664 Email: email@example.com www.oriental-events.net www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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4Great Food and Value! By Baz Daniel
hree great restaurants in southern Phuket offer unrivalled food, great value and all round good fun. The Two Chefs chain of three restaurants have definitely found that magic formula that spells success. You know you are entering a successful restaurant offering great food, fun and value when it just happens to be packed with
customers on a rainy Wednesday evening as the low season begins to bite. That was the case at the regular Wednesday TexMex Night over at Two Chefs on the Karon Beach walking street close to the turning circle in early April. As thunder clouds circled and lightning danced an eerie Bolero above the treetops the Two Chefs indoor/outdoor entrance presented a warm and inviting aspect to the passers-by. And judging by the large number of happy diners inside, more than a few of them had chosen to accept the invitation to dine
and enjoy inside the welcoming restaurant. There was up-tempo live music, the Tex-Mex buffet brimming with a huge range of tasty dishes, copious drinks being quaffed and an all round feeling of happiness laughter and fun. You immediately felt that this was exactly the place to be this rainy old Phuket night and that all the savvy â€œin crowdâ€? were here with you enjoying the scene. The buffet which fairly groaned under the weight of assorted dishes ranging from salads, smoked salmon, red and
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black snapper fillets, chili con carne and pork fillet skewers. There are also Mexican favorites like tacos, nachos and chicken fajitas and hardcore cowboy tucker such as hickory flavored pork ribs. At Two Chefs it’s important to plan your dining campaign so that you leave some room for desserts such as cheese cake, chocolate cake, apple crumble with homemade vanilla sauce, strawberries and whipped cream. Two Chefs launched their first outlet in Kata Village in 2,000 followed by their Karon Beach eatery and then their Kata Hill restaurant opposite the Dino Park. From the get go Two Chefs got it right. The switched-on Swedish owners realized that what Phuket most loves is good food, plenty of hooch, live music, all brought to you at reasonable prices, so that the end result is
lots of fun and good times. It’s a formula they have stuck with since they opened and their current popularity is proof positive of their insightful reading of Phuket’s tourist and local residents sectors. On Mondays Two Chefs offer their Surf Night Buffet at the Kata Beach outlet for just 495 baht for the all you can eat seafood buffet. On Wednesdays it’s Tex Mex Night at the Karon Beach restaurant that we had the great pleasure of attending. Again just 495 baht for the buffet plus an extra 300 baht for free flow beer and or Sangria all evening. On Saturdays Two Chefs leads Phuket’s weekend charge into brunch mode with their Kata Village restaurant offering their all you can eat brunch buffet for 395 baht, plus an additional 300 baht for the free flow beer and/or wine option. Kiddies dine for just 250
baht a head at any of these events and they are made most welcome at Two Chefs. All these prices are net – with no additional costs….surely some of the best value in Phuket!! All these great special evenings feature live music with the very comely raven-haired Philippina singers Megan and Mia weaving their happy magic backed up by drummer and guitarist.
InMay/June Two Chefs are opening a new bakery and coffee shop outlet on Patek Road and on May 11th they will also stage a New Orleans Night with Creole food BBQ and musical accompaniment at the Kata Central outlet. Be part of the in-crowd who continues to enjoy Two Chefs special brand of food, fun and value, every night of the week.
TwoChefs @ Kata Beach 229, Koktanod, Kata Beach, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 Phone: (66) 076 284 155 Mobile: (66) 081 979 6285 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TwoChefs @ Kata Center 32, Karon Road Karon sub-district, Muang district, Phuket 83100 Mobile: (66) 089 195 7928 E-mail: email@example.com TwoChefs @ Karon Beach 256-7, Patak Road T.Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 Phone: (66) 076 286 479 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Truly Grand Sunday Lunch By Baz Daniel
he wonderfully-situated Centara Grand adjacent to the luscious sands and sparkling Andaman Sea on Karon Beach has just launched a new Family Sunday Lunch that is as spectacular in its cuisine, libations and ambience as the name Grand suggests. Grand by name and Grand by nature is most definitely the style of this new lunch. A truly memorable Sunday lunch demands a terrific location and there in no doubt that the Centara Grand has one of Phuket’s most perfect lunching spots for a relaxed and ebullient Sunday with family, friends, or both! The airy, expansive opensided sala of Mare Restaurant in which the lunch is cited overlooks the beautiful beach and sea, with festoons of verdant vegetation www.theguidephuket.com
and tropical flowers gracing the gardens around it. The sun dances, cool winds caress and the happy throng of diners breathes a deep sigh of satisfaction as they settle into the enjoyable task at hand. Mare’s huge open spaces encourages walking around, checking out the abundant and tempting food stations, while chatting with friends and the many other guests who seemed to have found this lovely new Sunday option from the first day of its initiation. The food includes irresistible cold water imported sea foods such as French oysters, giant Canadian crab claws, lobster and crayfish, all of which were a mega-hit on the Sunday of our visit. The sushi and sashimi station drew an enthusiastic crowd as the offerings of tuna, salmon, yellow fin, seaweed, ginger and the like with soy and wasabi were fresh and extremely tasty. Then there are plain and pre-mixed salads to cleanse the palette prior to taking on the full array of meats…steak, lamb, pork, fish and fowl, or the many cooked dishes is their silver salvers that are set out along the fringes of Mare’s huge, state-of-the-art modern kitchen with its retinue of attentive
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chefs awaiting your every request. We found the New Zealand lamb cooked exactly as we requested to be a highlight, but quite frankly there is so much great cuisine on offer that we were only able to sample a few of the temptations that abounded! A word of caution, as the offerings at this new lunch are so abundant and spectacular that you MUST pace yourself and leave some space for the desserts, ice creams and fresh fruit and particularly the HUGE array of cheeses which are set out in their own cool room….without doubt one of the best selections we have seen in Phuket. A wandering singer and guitarists walk among the happy throng playing requests…. which included a couple of birthdays with lovely cakes brought on to the surprised recipients during our afternoon there. Doubtless this Family Lunch will become a birthday favorite for kiddies and adults alike and the easy informality of the afternoon will be an attractive enticement to families for sure. The only things not Grand about this new lunch is its happy informality and the price with the all you can eat food option priced at 990 baht per person and the food option plus a half bottle of lovely wine per
guest at 1,390 baht and remember children under 6 are free and from 6 to 12 are half price. Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 683, Patak Road, Karon Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Phone: +66 (0) 76 201 234 Fax: +66 (0) 76 201 235 Email: email@example.com
Centara Grand Sunday Family lunCh Looking for a family-friendly place to spend your Sunday afternoons? Mare Restaurant at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket is proud to present the Phuket’s most extensive “Sunday Family Lunch”. Come and enjoy this spectacular lunch every first Sunday of the month. • 990THB net per person included softs drinks, water, coffee & tea
• 1,390THB net per person with half bottle of red, white or rose wine
• Free for children under age 5 & half price for children ages 6-12
Valet parking services provided.Limited booking for 80 persons. To join us, please make a booking in calling the 076 201 234 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing you! C e n ta r a G r a n d B eaC h reSO rt phuket
683 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100 T : +66 (0) 7620 1234 www.facebook.com/centarahotelsresorts - www.centara.co.th
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Let’s do Brunch! Sunday Brunch
Every Sunday from 12.00-15.00
Every Sunday From 12.00-15.00
Every Saturday 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.
The Two Chefs Saturday Brunch is not an ordinary brunch, it is a brunch with carefully chosen home made specialities ith the scandinavian flavours that you miss from home. With their own smoked salmon, moked prawns a large variety of meat and a lot more for only 395 THB and if you add an extra 300 THB you get to drink as much Carlsberg Draught beer or wine as you like.
Tel : 076 316 577 www.twinpalms-phuket.com
Tel : 076 363 600 www.vijittresort.com
Tel. 076 330 065 www.twochefs-phuket.com
Fantastic View - Great Cocktails & Meals Elegant Romantic Breeze
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Let’s do Brunch! Sunday Brunch
St. Tropez Beach Club
Every Sunday from 11.30am – 16.00pm
Every Sunday from 10.00am – 15.00pm
Every Sunday From 12.00-15.00
Come and indulge on Roederer Champagne or a wide variety of wines whilst Trisara’s Kids Club welcomes all children with complimentary snacks. Reservations are essential as we limit the number of guests to keep the brunch intimate. • 3,800++ THB per person including a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne Brut for two • 2,900++ THB per person including a bottle of your choice of sparkling, white, rose or red wine for two.
There is so much wonderful cuisine on offer at so many enticingly different food stations that it is imperative that you have a well thought-out STR-ATEGY! Enjoy RE-KA-TA Sunday brunch from 10am till 3pm for 1,200 baht per head for food only, or 1,500 baht per head including one bottle of wine per couple, plus tax and service charge. Children under the age of six eat free.
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.
www.trisara.com Tel : 076 310 100
Tel: 076 330 421 www.rekataphuket.com
Tel. 076 380 860, 086 470 2122 www.indochine-group.com
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2Earth 0 1Hour2 Evening Gathering
usit Thani Laguna Phuket joined the worldwide Earth Hour effort on Saturday 31 March 2012 at 8.30 – 9.30 (Phuket local time). To mark the occasion the lights were switched off on the exterior of the building, as well as the lobby, restaurants and some public areas for an hour. Meanwhile the Casuarina beachside restaurant and pub also created a special event ‘2012 Earth Hour Evening Gathering’ set on a long dining table right on the beach allowing the assembled guests to share a candlelit dinner together. The Resort’s guests and Phuket residents enjoyed a four course wine dinner which the chefs prepared using carefully chosen locally grown and sourced organic ingredients perfectly paired with selected wines. While the many guests savored the wonderful cuisine and wines, the in-house band performed an unplugged miniconcert throughout the night.
Course 1 - squid and scallops.
Homemade ravioli with duck ragout, rosemary jus and Foie Gras.
RE KÁ TA
Club on the beach welcomes 3 Michelin star chef, Jordi Roca
huket’s trendy new RE KÁ TA Beach Club hosted an exclusive culinary evening on April 6th with Jordi Roca, the youngest of the internationally renowned Roca brothers and a celebrity of the culinary world, Chef Jordi is known for his innovative and inherently creative style in desserts and for touching personal emotion through his cuisine.
Chef Jordi Roca Slow cooked beef striploin with lagavulin whisky
from left: Marie-Laure Fleury (General Manager of Boathouse), Mr. Jean-Noel Lumineau (Exc. Chef of Boathouse Wine & Grill), Mr. Jordi Roca (3 Michelin star guest chef), Mr. and Mrs. Leon, Mr. Bryan Burger (Chef of RE KA TA Seafood Beachfront Restaurant)
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The Secret behind the Jungceylon Galleon By Baz Daniel
he Full Moon Brew Work is situated right behind the huge Jungceylon galleon and is worth discovering as it is one of Phuket’s best dining and party venues. The huge Chinese ship that graces the entrance to Patong’s Jungceylon shopping and entertainment center actually hides an important secret that you should take the time to discover. If you walk around BEHIND the big ship you will find yourself outside the Full Moon Brew Work, which is not only Phuket’s only craft beer brewing microbrewery restaurant and bar, but a delightful location to meet your friends and enjoy terrific food in a happy welcoming environment. Khun Sukij is the friendly and extremely knowledgeable owner and manager and he and his friendly staff will welcome you whenever you drop in for a pint, some great food and a chat. After studying brewing in Berlin and then working in small scale craft breweries, he decided to go it alone and pioneer Phuket’s first craft brewery and in particular introduce unique beers made with specific Thai ingredients such as black sticky rice and coriander. On regular offer at the Brew Work are a pale, refreshing Thaistyle Phuket Lager made with Thai Gaba rice from the King’s Royal project which delivers a sweet and malty aroma. They also have a Dark Ale which uses www.theguidephuket.com
black sticky rice combined with caramel and chocolate malts making it a richly flavored dark colored brew. There’s also Oriental Wheat Beer which combines wheat, oatmeal, Thai tangerine peel and coriander to create a fresh buttery textured white beer. All the beers are hand crafted and use only natural ingredients with no artificial additives.
made with a mix of German and Australian hops which bring out passion fruit notes with a smooth, clean, crisp taste A Wild Honey Pale Ale and Oatmeal Stout will soon be introduced and a number of “Guest Beers’” are also planned. Like any good pub, the food selection is also sensational with a full menu available and items
The pub also offers a full range of Craft Cocktails which use only fresh fruit plus wild honey, palm sugar and the best selection of spirit ingredients in the whole of Phuket. The special cocktail is Thailand’s official signature drink, “Siam Sunrays” which features fresh Thai herbs blended with super premium spirit. The response to all these innovations was so good that Khun Sukij has now introduced Bohemian Lager a Czech-inspired pale golden style lager
like the steak and ribs in wild honey, Bourbon and dark beer sauce being best sellers. The Aussie tenderloin, American burger with onion marmalade and traditional fish and chips are also hot favorites. New on the Brew Works menu are great food and beer pairings, where beer and food complement each other, such as: Pkuket Lager with Grilled Norwegian Salmon Steak. Here the unique characteristics of the light sweet and malty aroma of the special lager fit very well
with the grilled Norwegian salmon steak with pepper puree cream sauce and served with homemade mash potato. Dark Ale with Full Moon Brew Work’s Signature Ribs. In this pairing the intense and well rounded flavors of the chocolate and caramelized malt complement the intense flavor of the Full Moon Brew Work’s signature dish - the BBQ Ribs. They are juicy and tender and topped with Dark Ale and Tennessee Bourbon and wild honey BBQ sauce. Oriental Wheat with Phuket Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice. Here the light citrus flavor with spices from the Thai tangerine peels and coriander make this rice dish a hero featuring locally grown pineapple and shrimps from the Andaman Sea. With all this fabulous innovation of both food and beer happening at the Brew Works there is only one thing to do. Get on over there and say… “CHEERS!” Full Moon Brew Work Micro-Brewery and Restaurant is located behind the Big Chinese Junk at Junceylon Shopping Center
Tel: +66 (0) 76 366 753 www.fullmoonbrewwork.com Facebook.com/Fullmoonbrewwork
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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 Location: Rawai
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 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
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Restaurant Highlights 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: email@example.com Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai
White Box Fusion
Unveil the Ratri Italian Bar & Grill with stunning sea views overlooking Kata Beach! We bring our Italian mama's recipes served with our warm Thai hospitality.
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
KanEang@Pier Seafood & Thai Cuisine
The amazing waterfront location with a stunning view of Chalong Bay... day or night. Outstanding for locals and visitors for an idyllic setting outdoor and indoor eating areas. Served a unique style of seafood barbeque. Tel. 076 381 212 www.kaneang-pier.com Location: Chalong Bay
Sala Bua International
74/1 Patak Road, Karon, Phuket 83100 T: 076-333 538 F: 076-333 539 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.theguidephuket.com
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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 – 23.00 daily. Tel. 076 330 679, 081 797 0679 E-mail: email@example.com Location: Kata
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
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
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CREMESSO - COFFEE CAPSULE SYSTEMâ€¨Engineered in Switzerland
n innovative and elegant compact automatic coffee capsule machine brings convenience into every household. The compact range sets the standard for sophisticated coffee culture at 19 bar barista level. Enjoy your coffee after a warmup time of 15 second, crowned by a unique crema. A smart energy saving concept, the latest technology and stylish design make the coffee pleasure perfect. Available in automatic version in 3 colors that go perfect with every setting. The intricate design that comes in BURGANDY RED, PIANO BLACK and TITAN SILVER and user-friendly system makes every push an extravagant experience. With seven different capsule blends like Ristretto, Alba, Espresso, Crema, Leggero, Per Macchiato and Decaffeinato to choose from, all you will need to do is drop the capsule, push the button and there you have your perfect cup of coffee every day. Appealing and Delicious - Premium Swiss Quality Boncafe is proud to present CREMESSO- the next best thing in the coffee drinking experience.
Contact Information: Boncafe Phuket 455-457, Yaowalard Road, Mooban Samkong, Talardyai, Amuphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: (076) 355-600-1 Fax: (076) 524-099 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.boncafe.co.th, shop.boncafe.co.th
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DELISH by Name…Delicious by Nature I
f you are searching for an ideal place to meet up with friends, have a business meeting, check your email or just relax and enjoy great food and service, then Delish Cafe is it. Only 2 minutes from Chalong Circle, this Mecca for espresso addicts has ample off-street parking and is in a peaceful garden setting away from the busy Rawai traffic. The Cafe is air-conditioned and also has outdoor tables and there is even a supervised playground next door. Delish Cafe produces virtually all food and beverage onsite using fresh ingredients. The features are: • Some of the best espresso coffee available on Phuket, freshly made juices, ice teas
and coffees, fresh fruit smoothies and shakes; • Home-baked delicious cakes, cupcakes, muffins, croissants, biscuits, savory tarts, frittatas, tortillas; • A big range of breakfast items, including the freshest eggs, home-made muesli pancakes. Sausages, hash browns, roasted vegetables and more. • Fresh salads, hamburgers and toasted sandwiches for snacks or lunch. Delish also specializes in producing great cakes for catering and parties and catering for groups can be either onsite or at the customer’s venue. The staff is well-trained and very friendly – so that every visit is enjoyable.
Fisherman’s Way Business Garden, Rawai, Phuket. Phone: +66 7638 4680 www.delishcafe.net
Sandwich Shoppes …and so much more!
omputer guru and author Woody Leonard is something of a legend around Phuket and his chain of somewhat eccentric Coffee Shoppes are a testament to his innovation and good taste. His growing chain of shoppes spans Patong Beach just off Rat-UThid Road; Cherng Talay at the entrance to the Laguna Complex; In Chalong at Fisherman Way Center on Chaofa East Road; In the Villa/Homepro Shopping Center on Chaofa West Road and coming soon to the Boat Lagoon. And what’s so special about Khun Woody’s Shoppes? Well….. Air conditioning, cool and crisp. No street noise. Free, fast broadband Internet, available via Wi-Fi or two desktop PCs. Large two-, four-, and eight-person tables. Strong wooden chairs, and some deep comfortable overstuffed chairs & sofas-you won’t see those weak wobbly plastic chairs in our place. Nobody hurrying you to finish, or shooing you away from the table to make room for the next customers. Electrical outlets, properly wired and grounded 3-pin type, for your laptop computers & cellphone rechargers. The latest newspapers free-to-read-and-return. De-motivational posters, Escher art, free tourist maps, even art for sale. Free self-serve ice water. Clean, tasty food. A free-to-use conference room in our Laguna Shoppe. What’s not to like? Sandwich Shoppe in Patong. Tel. (0)76 290 - 468 Sandwich Shoppe in Laguna. Tel. (0)76 324 - 313 Sandwich Shoppe in Chalong. Tel. (0)76 282 - 403 Sandwich Shoppe in Villa Market, Chalong. Tel. (0)86 470 - 6025 www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
Luxury Chocolate Fix It is not often that one of Thailand’s most acclaimed spa sanctuaries will recommend the great benefits of chocolate, but the innovative folk at RarinJinda are now doing just that.
eems that cocoa powder (from which chocolate is made) is a wonderful and powerful antioxidant that protects and clears the skin of those free radicals that cause significant damage to your epidermis and so those talented folks at RarinJinda have just introduced a highly effective Moor Facial Mask, made from chocolate. This amazing new facial treatment is just packed with beneficial antioxidants and is highly effective in nourishing and moisturizing your skin.
A wonderfully relaxing hour in their luxurious spa and the skilled ladies at RarinJinda will pamper your face with a soft and glowing confection – good enough to eat and with not one calorie added! This glorious ‘spa facial’ really does help rejuvenate the skin and leaves you with a wonderfully fresh feeling, evening out the skin while providing considerable cellular benefits. Definitely a treatment to add to your ‘must do’ list and such a delicious aroma. RarinJinda Wellness Spas
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in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket have long been recognized both locally and internationally for their unique natural products, expert therapists and the international standards of their latest spa technologies, but they also remain deeply rooted in the Thai massage and healing traditions. A real oasis of health and wellness in Phuket and located close to JungCeylon Shopping center in the heart of the bustling west coast resort of Patong. Prime Minister H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra visited RarinJinda Wellness Spa & Resortâ€™s Booth at Miracle Year Amazing Thailand 2012 at Impact Muang Thong Thani on Thursday 29th March 2012. Other distinguished guests include Mr. Chumphol Silpa-Archa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mrs. Thitima Chaisaeng, Deputy Secre-
tary General to the Prime Minister and Mr. Surapon Svetsreni, TAT Governor. RarinJinda Wellness Spa & Resort has been selected by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as a Thai Spa Showcase in the Wellness Section, one of the seven product offerings highlighted. The distinguished guests took time to sample and discuss the large range of Spa Products displayed at the booth and to meet the talented owners of the spas. For more information on all the unique treatments to be found at RarinJinda, please call 076 366 800 or visit their great website: www.rarinjinda.com where you can also check out their special discount packages. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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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. 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
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.
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
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
RarinJinda Wellness Spa is one of Thailand’s leading wellness spas 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 of the highest 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
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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 sensuous soothing and pampering which will completely revitalize and recharge both your mind and your body. Vara Spa where Thai local wisdom matched with Western contemporaryideas creates immaculate 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
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Radenska for a healthy body and soul
adeska is a globally-renowned company that transforms nature’s untainted wealth into commercial water and beverage products of the very highest quality. Founded 140 years ago by the visionary physician Karl Henn, he first tapped the waters of renowned “bublja” and he guided his successors in further exploiting and establishing Radenska’s fine mineral waters. Radenska today responds rapidly to changes and trends by transforming nature’s untainted wealth into commercial products of the highest quality. This quality that is not coincidental, but rather the result of the joint efforts of those whose goal it is to meet the growing demands of discerning customers. Radeska bottles and markets natural mineral and spring waters and non-alcoholic beverages and depends heavily on the careful management of the environment and its resources and springs
but much more. The trend of drinking bottled water, especially natural mineral water, has therefore moved onto the tables of the most fashionable restaurants and bars. In prestigious restaurants, special menus for natural mineral water and other waters are no longer rare, but to be found alongside the wine menu. In some places, “water bars” are popular, where only finest water is served. Natural mineral water offers special pleasures in consuming food and drinks, depending on the mineral content and carbonation. It can be served as an appetizer, inducing the appetite with its carbon dioxide bubbles or as a light drink that goes well with meals and snacks.
Radenska Products • Radenska Classic • “Naturally sparkling mineral water” By drinking Radenska Classic you will Why drink natural mineral waters? provide your body with the correct amount Natural mineral water has a special sta- of minerals, especially calcium and magnetus among connoisseurs. For some time, it sium, which are found in the optimum ratio, has been not only a drink to quench thirst 2:1, for absorption in the body. The content
of carbon dioxide gas, present at the source, makes it possible for the naturally present minerals to remain dissolved and thus available to the body. Radenska Classic is recommended for quenching thirst as well as for supplementing lost liquids and minerals after physical strain and during sport and recreational activities. • Radenska Naturelle • Radenska Naturelle natural mineral water contains important trace minerals that are dissolved in such a way that they can be easily absorbed into the body. Due to its unique characteristics, it stands out from the Radenska natural mineral waters family on the basis of its appearance. It is pink in color, a recognized feature for quality natural mineral waters worldwide.
Radenska (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 1/34, Katanoi Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket Tel : +66 76 510195 Fax: +66 76 510196 firstname.lastname@example.org www.radenska.asia
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Aloe By Emmanuelle Ghobert
Meet the plant of Immortality and its Phuket Guru
mmanuelle Ghobert is a most unusual and gifted Belgian woman who has brought her flair for cosmetology and indeed life to Phuket. Let us introduce you to her stunning gifts that may change your life forever! Emmanuelle Ghobert started her voyage of creative discovery by specializing in the hospitality sector and in particular the wonderful world of French gastronomy working for seven years producing wonderful French cuisine. But after her initiation into the world of creativity, she branched out from food to beauty as it were. She became entranced by the world of beauty and appearance and general good health and decided to study for a Masters Degree in Cosmetology. She remarks that cosmetology keeps on evolving and developing through time and advances in modern science and technology are continuing to have a huge impact on the world of beauty and the treatments designed to enhance and capture it. Cultural influences are also important in cosmetology and with globally instantaneous communications, we now inhabit a world in which learning from every country and culture can be assimilated and applied here in Phuket to produce the most wonderful results in pursuit of beatification.
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ne innovation of enormous importance in the world of beauty is the discovery and use of the so called “plant of Immortality” or Aloe Vera. This most amazing plant can be traced back to the time of the Pharos and has been used since Egyptian times 3,050 years before the birth of Christ. In fact it is depicted in hieroglyphics carved into the stone walls of Pharos’s tombs, so important was it to these ancient people. Preparations made from the plant itself are often used in the cosmetic and alternative medicine industries which make claims for its soothing, moisturizing and healing properties. Aloe Vera gel is also used as an ingredient in commercially available lotions, yogurt, beverages and even some desserts. Thailand is blessed in that it has the perfect climate for growing Aloe Vera and happily enough this wonder plant can be used for the treatment of many of the con-
ditions that Phuket’s climate may induce. The sun and rains can be destructive to the natural beauty of one’s skin, but this wonder plant can be sued to counteract the effects. In addition Aloe Vera is used topically to treat wounds and many skin conditions and it can even be taken orally as a laxative. Today, in addition to traditional uses people take Aloe orally to treat a variety of conditions, including diabetes, asthma, epilepsy and osteoarthritis. People also use Aloe topically for osteoarthritis, burns, sunburns and psoriasis. Aloe Vera gel can be found in hundreds of skin products, including lotions and sun-blocks, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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has approved it as a natural food flavoring. Indeed Aloe Vera is a wonder pant a true gift of Immortality in the pursuit of beauty and we have an abundance of it here in Phuket. Aloe Vera product can be found on www.siam-cosmetic.com
Open every day from 10am until midnight
5 Star Massage and B Beauty ty y SSalon l Address: 225 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road (opposite Holiday Inn Resort) Mobile: 089 535 4637 (Isabelle), 083-395-7877 E-mail: email@example.com www.5starmassage.net www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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Phanason Residential Resort Pacific House
he Phanason Residential Resort at Leam Hin is an exceptional architectural development offering residents a range of attractive designs, equipped with modern lifestyle features such as outstanding functional spaces, an excellent environment, privacy and tranquility. The surrounding area in which the resort is situated is also full of lush natural beauty and scenery leading to an overall feeling of relaxation for body and soul. Phanason Resort also provides you with a wide range of superb modern facilities, including underground electrical systems, fiber optic telephones, high level security, surveillance cameras, water supply systems Arctic House
with a water tank for every house, plus a comfortable club house and the latest fitness facilities and swimming pool. The project includes 6 styles of houses as follows: • Andaman House, 3-storey single house, 340 square meters of utility space, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms kitchen, dining room, living room, maid’s room and 2 car garage. • Arctic House, 3-storey single house, 240 square meters of utility space, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, maid’s room and 2 car garage. • Caribbean House, 2-storey single house, 220 square meters of utility space, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining Caribbean House
room, living room, maid’s room and room and 2 car garage. • Pacific House, 3-storey single house, 370 square meters of functional space, 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, maid’s room, swimming pool and 2 car garage. • Mediterranean House, 3-storey single house, 225 square meters of utility space, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, maid’s room and 2 car garage. • Atlantic House, 3-storey single house, 350 square meters of utility space, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room, maid’s room, swimming pool and 2 car garage. Club House
Phanason Resort, Leam Hin, 8 Moo 7, Thephkasattri Road, Koh Kaew sub-district, Muang Phuket district, Phuket 830000 Tel. & Fax: 076-373290-1 www.phanason.com www.theguidephuket.com
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PropertyBuyerGuide Phanason Resort Laem-Hin Type: Caribbean House Area: Laem-Hin Price: 5.9 Million THB Contact: T. 076 373 290-1
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Kathu Golf Condo
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Type: Condominium Area: Kathu Price: 4.4 Million THB
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Type: Condominium Area: Kata Beach Price: 3,022,500 THB Contact: T. 076 330 888 087 019 3555
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Kathy’s exhibition on Friday 16th of March 2012, at Boathouse Resort on the beach
Pat and Barry Daniel, Ms Helen Fallon-Wood, Sue Ultmann and Alex Locchi
Lori Ashton, Marie-Laure Fleury, Kathy Manthei Coulson, Bernt Moehrle.
Mandy Kealy, Wandi Pattrawee, Kathy Manthei Coulson.
Novotel Phuket Vintage Park host soft opening for media and agents in Phuket
Boochai and Kannika Jivavisitnon (owner)
Sopa Sorn-in - Director of Sale & Marketing (middle) with team SWEETLAND TRAVEL & TOURS CO.,LTD. “Phuket’s Largest Most Trusted Excursion & Sightseeing Company” Special Price Package Tours (Thailand & Indochina) • Tours For Special Interest Groups • Local Daily Tours • Worldwide Air Ticket • In-out bound Tours Operator • Ground Handing Agent • Tailor Made Program • Hotel Reservation
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Faris Al Sultan Training at TSLC
Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Clubâ€™s (TSLC) Triathlon Academy Director and former Ironman champion, Jeurgen Zack welcomed Faris Al Sultan, Triathlon Ironman World Champion Kona 2005 and 70.3 Sri Lanka 2012, at TSLC. Faris was training at TSLC for an upcoming competition. For this occasion he also presented his racing shirt from Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team to TSLCâ€™s Booster Bar as a souvenir.
Twinpalms launch new outlet Pasta â€“the authentic Italian pasta bar on April 2, 2012
Mr. Michael Marchbank, Mr. Michael Cowan, Mrs. Nina Cowan and Mr. Sittichai Jitnatham
Mr. Olivier Gibaud and Mr. Michael Cowan
1st Anniversary Phuket News
Ratri Italian Bar & Grill Soft Opening on April 4, 2012
Mr. Barrie Duck & Mr. Simon Samaan
From left: Denis Thouvard - General Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket; WinWallee Pachantabuth from Kaneng@Piea and fried Hancke, Kanokros Sakdanares - Group Director of Marketing Communications of CenVSET (middle) & guests tara Hotels & Resorts and Carloalberto Molina - Restaurant Manager of Ratri Restaurant.
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Lifestyle / 57 The SALA Phuketâ€™s Greatest Team
Management and staff members from SALA Phuket Resort and Spa enjoyed a fantastic fun filled race day @ Pru Jae Son Lake on Thursday 29th March 12, they found out that teamwork can result in great success and can be great fun at the same time.
Ratri Bar and Grill re-launched with new manager
The Centara Group is re-launching the iconic Ratri Jazz restaurant on the hillside overlooking Kata Beach as the Ratri Bar and Grill and has appointed Carloalberto Molina as the Restaurant Manager. Carlo is an Italian national who graduated from the Business Management School in Switzerland.
Indigo Pearl Unveils New Private Pool Villas
The Indigo Pearl Resort and Spa played host to the regional glitterati and media at an exclusive launch party hosted by the owning Na-Rarong family to celebrate the unveiling of its new spectacular Private Pool Villas, designed by the renowned architect Bill Bensley.
Outrigger CEO Honors two Phuket Employees
Hawaii based Outrigger Enterprise Group CEO and President David Carey visited Phuket recently and presented awards to two Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas hosts for outstanding service. Pongsak ‘Aey’ Thongwarothai the Rooms Division Manager and Monrudee ‘Jim’ Srijun the Training Manager received the 2011 Values Awards.
Ninth PIMEX Boat Show a Success
A successful ninth edition of the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) came to a close with high sales levels and hot leads reported from exhibitors. The four day Show held at RPM is the largest consumer Boat Show in the region.
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Long one of Thailand’s most Most of this comes from the famous products, silk weaving craft centers of Chiang Mai and is still one of the major crafts in again Thai skills show through many rural areas. The variety of in a great variety of items that 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. 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.
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.
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 excel-
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
lent 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
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 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.
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1771 Phuket to Samui
Samui to Phuket
Phuket to Pattaya
Phuket to Bangkok
Bangkok to Phuket
Pattaya to Phuket Flight
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
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
076 234 452
02 273 0022-44
076 378 365
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
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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.
ow much of Phuket have you actually H 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.
is the ‘song taew’; a truck 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. Songtaews 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 song-taews 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 tuk-tuks 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 There are few buses on Phuket and the nerve wracking, way to get around. All main form of transport from beach to town fares must be negotiated before the ride.
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 roads are good and the scenery spectacular, making for a great day out.
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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 port may be, enjoy exploring the island, there is plenty to see and do, more than you even by chartering yachts. Whatever your chosen mode of trans- might have realized. Happy hunting! www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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