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Vol.1 No.6 - December 2010

Maps Diving Tours Things to do Places to go Shopping Accommodation Restaurants and Much, Much More...


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Contents LifeStyle The Guide Update

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Christmas in Phuket

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Getting to Know... Martin Carpenter MBE

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Life’s a Beach

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Shopper’s Delight

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The Night Crawler

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Watersports & Activities Hot Activities

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Island’s Golf

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Khao Lak

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24 Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

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Water Activities

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Hotels & Accommodation

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In Bed with... Serenity Resort & Residences

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Hotel Highlights

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Food & Restaurants In the Kitchen with...Mövenpick

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Restaurant Highlights

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Restaurant Recommendations by Loung B.

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Cooking Thai

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Buffet Bites

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Health & Beauty Star Phuket Media & Design Limited Partnership 65/573, Moo 2, T. Vichit A. Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. +66 (0) 7651 3064, Fax: +66 (0) 7651 3016 Mobile: 089 474 4704 E-mail: info@theguidephuket.com, www. theguidephuket.com Managing Director: Punnaporn Eamso Guinault info@theguidephuket.com Marketing Consultant: Thidarat Jessadanongluk marketing@theguidephuket.com Sale Executive: Malisa Wangnurak sales1@theguidephuket.com Editor: Tom Greene editor@theguidephuket.com Designer: Alek E. media@theguidephuket.com

Learning Thai Massage

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Spa Recommendations

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Property Why is Now a Good Time to Buy?

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Property Highlights

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Transport on the Island

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Important Telephone Numbers

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Timetable Airport Bus Timetable

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Phuket Island

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Thai Airways Timetable

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Patong

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Bangkok Airways Timetable

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Kata, Karon

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The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing tourists and local ex-pats easy access to key information on Phuket. The Guide Phuket will cater to the needs of all, including the most up to date details on places of interest, where to travel, where to stay, where to dine, the best places for entertainment, dining and relaxation, in addition to business services, information and contacts. The Guide Phuket is published monthly and distributed to Bangkok Airways Lounge (Suvanabhumi International Airport and Phutket International Airport), Thai Airways Lounge, Phuket Airport Bus, major resorts in Phuket region, restaurants, spas, travel agent, car rental and cabinet of Phuket Info Center. Please direct all editorial enquiries and contributions to info@theguidephuket.com.


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Launch of ‘Gourmet Sunday + more’ at Pacifica restaurant, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boathouse appoints new Executive Chef

Photo by: Phuket Best Event

Mom Tri’s Boathouse is proud to announce the appointment of Thailand’s only Maître Cuisinier de France, Chef Jean-Noël Lumineau, as the Boathouse Wine & Grill’s Executive Chef.

Mr.Hansruedi Frutiger (the 2nd from right) General Manager with Food & Beverage staff and imported meat and seafood display for opening launch of ‘Gourmet Sunday + more’ at Pacifica restaurant, Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Karon Beach, Phuket on Sunday 7th November 2010.

Korean superstars and their team visited The Vijitt Resort

A very warm welcome to Mr. Baik Seung Hoon (second from the left) and Ms. Jang Mi In Ae (third from the left), Korean superstars and their team to The Vijitt Resort Phuket, by Mr. Peerawut Kunchorn – Hotel Manager (in the middle) and Ms. Kanokkorn Pruksakit-Assistance Sales Manager (third from the right), during their stay 5th-10th November 2010.

Katalina Collection Soft Opening Party Katalina Collection soft opening party at Boat Lagoon on 27th October 2010. www.katalinakollection.com

AirAsia add a new route starting 17th December 2010

Phuket Best Event 1st Year Anniversary Party at Indochine On Saturday, 6th November, 2010

AirAsia add a new route from Phuket – Bali four times per week. Flight will take-off from Thai Asia’s Phuket hub, while more Australian travelers are expected in Phuket as a result of this expansion In the photo Khun Bangornrat Srinaprayoon (2nd from left, Director of Tourist Authority of Thailand), Khun Tassapon Bijleveld (2nd from right, CEO of Thai Air Asia) and Khun Bhuritt Maswongsa (right, Vice President of Phuket Tourist Association)


Photo by Alasdair Forbes; alasdair.phuket@gmail.com

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Andara Events: Passion for Fashion Phuket Community Foundation (PCF) Race Day Launch Press conference with race organisers and sponsors take place at Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket Town. From left: Alasdair Forbes, Vice President of Phuket Community Foundation (PCF), Debbie Dionysius (Laguna Phuket), Esmeralda Paya, General Manager of The Dream Gallery, Punnaporn Eamso Guinault, Managing Director of The Guide Phuket Magazine, Grace Wilton, Pranee Sakulpipatana, President of Phuket Community Foundation.

Soft Opening On Saturday, 23rd October 2010. Under the stars and among the palms with a complimentary dinner and drinks by the poolside at the KEE Kitchen, The KEE Resort & Spa - Patong Beach

Urs Aebi – General Manager of Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket together with Blandine Cressard, GM of Novotel Panwa and other party guests.

Khun Gee, Sales Manager of Serenity Resort & Residences together with party guests.

Serenity Resort & Residences Marks the Launch of its East 88 Beach Lounge and the Start of the High Season with a Bang! On 14th November 2010 Phuket’s Serenity Resort & Residences hosted a Sunday afternoon Lift Off party to mark the launch of its re-branded East 88 Beach Lounge and the start of the high season. Over 200 industry professionals and local residents enjoyed great food, drinks and entertainment around the pool.

Andara Resort & Villas successfully brought Passion for Fashion to the fashionable of Phuket. The first ever runway show to benefit children’s educational charity Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation was held on the afternoon of Sunday, 12th September, 2010. Photo: Mr Andrew Whitaker, General Manager of Andara handing over funds to Ms Tina Hall, President of Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation, while Ms Pimpatai Techachukiat, Director of Marketing & Sales watches on.

Press Conference for 24th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2010

From left: Mr. Duncan Worthington, Media Director, Phuket Kings Cup Organising Committee, Khun Nivit Aroonrat, The Vice Governor of Phuket, Khun Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, The Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket’s Office, Khun Eam Thavornvongwongse, Director of Kata Group Hotels


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Christmas in Phuket T

hey say that Christmas comes but once a year....but it doesn’t half stay for a long time! If you are tired of seeing Christmas adverts from early October and Christmas sales until February, then you will be pleasantly surprised with how things are celebrated here in Thailand. Despite being a predominantly Buddhist country, Christmas does have its place here in Thailand, although largely for commercial, and nostalgic reasons. Thais don’t need a special reason to get festive, they are renowned for their capacity to take pleasure in the moment. The more fun the better, this is the Thai way and of course the local foreign community celebrate the season with the same zest as they would back home, sometimes too much zest! Many of the typical festive themes are seen throughout Phuket in the restaurants, bars and hotels and many many of the staff in these establishments with be wearing the obligatory Santa’s hat. You will find many will be serving traditional Christmas dinner; the local Christian community will undertake carolling, you’ll hear Christmas songs and see Christmas trees in the shopping malls, pretty much the only thing you wont see is a white Christmas! Despite all of these familiar sights, it has to be said that Christmas is rather short lived in Thailand, but of course Christmas is only the beginning of the holiday season, with New Year coming hard on its heels. The the Thais actually celebrate 3 New Years each year, confused? The other two are the Chinese New Year, and then later on in April, the Thai New Year. And all three are celebrated in style. However you choose to celebrate the season you’re in the right place; we hope you have a joyous occasion!


Hot Activities Kata Yoga

FISHO SPA Experience the first real Fish Spa of Phuket ! unique spa experience with hundreds of little fish simultaneously peeling and massaging your skin in a natural way. With our highly hygienic water treatment system we offer spa, foot and full body treatments. Unlike other fish spas we use only the genuine Doctor Fish (Garra Rufa). Fun, relaxing, skin caring, Fisho Spa is open daily from 10am to 1am. Located in Patong on the beach front after La Flora hotel and between the new McDonald’s and Air Asia.

Hot yoga, the most popular yoga for men and woman. 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.

www.fisho-spa-phuket.com

www.katahotyoga.com

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Tawan Sea Adventures

Blue Elephant Cooking School

awan Sea Adventures is Phuket’s newest fun activity on the water. Cruises amongst the famous sights of Phang Nga bay from your RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) and enjoy the bursts of speed when the boat will thrill you and ensure you go home with a big smile ! Safe yet great fun, these new boats are the activity you must not miss during your stay in Phuket. Contact our sales department for more information: sales@tawanseadventures.com or call 0818943234 (English/French) or 0898712176 (Thai/English).

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.

www.tawanseadventures.com

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Watersports & Activities / 11 Tawan Cruises

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awan Cruises is Phuket’s leading yacht charter company providing guests with a memorable day (or multiple days) out amongst the scenic islands and waters around Phuket on a luxurious motor yacht. Offering yachts in the 32 to 70 foot range and accommodating up to 25 guests on our largest yacht, we give a first class service with great food, wines and our attentive crew. Contact our sales department for more information: sales@tawancruises. com or call 0818943234 (English/ French) or 0898712176 (Thai/English).

www.tawancruises.com

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ere at our stable we offer you the greatest experience.Let your work worries and the pressure of modern society gradually fade away and nature take over. Whether a beginner or an experienced rider we have the right horse and the right program for you. Our knowledgeable staff will match you with horses that suit your riding skills. We offer more than 20 Australian, Appaloosa, Thai horses and ponies for riding, our horses and ponies are professionally trained and friendly; whether you are a novice or an experienced rider you will have great fun with us.


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Hot Activities XD Theater

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tep into the future with Phuket’s latest attraction; an 8 seat 4D motion ride. Choose a movie, slip on your glasses and be prepared to be whisked away on a journey to space or beyond. The moving chairs enhance the thrills of the 3D visuals making you feel you really are in a land undiscovered. We rode on the Cosmic Coaster which is a roller coaster set on another planet taking you through landscapes, plummeting off cliffs into cosmic lands. This virtual world is open to all ages and the shows run every 10 minutes, so step inside and let your imagination run wild.

www.xdtheater.thai-best.com

Diving with Sea Bees

Elephant trekking

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he wild elephant population of Phuket was wiped out last century, but has been replaced in recent years by an influx of animals for the tourist trade. Today there remains just a few hundred elephants on Phuket Island, all domesticated, most working in tourism. Indeed, riding an elephant is an experience not to be missed. The lumbering monsters are incredibly agile. Taking an elephant ride helps to keep the beasts employed, fed and out of the cities, where many can be taken by destitute owners in search of money and food.

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iving is a must-do activity in Phuket, crystal clear waters, an abundance of fish and coral, the surrounding dive sites are some of the world’s best but in order to enjoy them to the full you need to choose the right dive company. Sea Bees is a large operation with numerous offices around Thailand, their experience and wealth of knowledge are second to none. With friendly staff, highest quality equipment and large comfortable boats you are sure to have the best experience possible.

www.sea-bees.com


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The Haunted Mine

A journey down the mine, but there’s only gold for fools. This is a ride into the fire-filled depths of the earth and beyond...ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK…!

Jett and Jin

Snow Ride

Cosmic Race

Journey thru the Center of the Earth

Join Jett and his cat Jin as they snap into their self-made jet-packs and take off to make it in time for school. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you blast off with them. Outflank those cars as you fly by on the highway. Experience the thrills of this explosive adventure and above all: don’t be late for school!

Cosmic Coaster

This futuristic voyage will transport you to another planet! Speed through landscapes that you’ve never seen before, as you’re thrown from the highest cliffs, plummeting to the depths of an unknown, alien world...

Become a racing car driver and take part in an incredible race where you will feel an influx of adrenaline when flying at maximum speed through the streets of this futuristic city.

Race through snowcovered mountains, over shaky narrow bridges and through dangerous bat caves. This is one wild, icy ride that will give you both thrills and chills.

This exciting new film follows adventurers as you are plunged in a strange new world beneath the Earth’s surface where you embark on an amazing voyage and find incredible beauty amidst grave danger.

One of the most popular attractions in Thailand NOW OPEN! at 3rd floor, Jungceylon Patong Beach, Phuket.

Virtual crew (XD Theater) sent on a flight every 10 minutes. Anyone can be a passenger. Select the destination. Put on your super glasses. Fasten your seat belt. Flight time – 7 minutes. Acceleration rate 100 movements/second. Hold fast to the hand grips and fly into the world of mega-drive and weightlessness.

www.xdtheater.thai-best.com


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Martin Carpenter MBE M

artin Carpenter is a busy man; understanding of the many and varied deas Honorary Consul his work mands upon his time. British Ambassador falls into two main areas cover- Mr. Quinton Quayle, HM Consul Gordon ing Notary Services (official support let- MacLeod and all the embassy staff offer ters for British nationals) and Distressed constant guidance, local people in the British National (DBN) services that hospitals and other services, including cover everything from tourist guidance to Tim Gardener, Alistair Why and Kevin victims of crime, accidents and everything Moss from the Phuket Immigration and in between. It is estimated that there are Kathu Police volunteer unit all give incurrently around 5000 British nationals valuable assistance. Valued Thai mentors resident in Phuket and this figure is great- and friends have also been constantly suply increased by visitportive. He has spent the past 25 years ing tourists. Being Martin strongly Honorary Consul working in the hospitality industry believes in giving back here is therefore a in Qatar, Jersey in the Channel to the community and big job to take on, so he works tirelessly why did he welcome Islands, Papua New Guinea and for many charities in Hong Kong until he arrived in Phuket. His skills as this demanding role? “Because I can do it” a public speaker also Phuket 17 years ago. he says “I am task make him much in deoriented and the demands of the job play mand as MC and auctioneer for many loto my strengths”. Calm confidence indeed cal charity events. During his time at the but more than justified by his growing Blue Canyon Golf and Country Club he reputation as a caring and capable am- co-founded the Childwatch Charity Golf bassador for the UK. Tournament, which has already raised Martin came to Phuket 17 years over 10 million Baht to provide shelter ago, after years of experience in the and care for Phuket’s needy children. He hospitality industry, during his time was also Chairman of the British Business here he has held the top position at Association of Phuket when the tsunami Blue Canyon Golf & Country Club, devastated large areas of Phuket’s west opening GM for the Evason Resort and coast in December 2004. His organisaseveral years at Phuket Land Search. A tional skills were put into high gear at contented man, Martin has no plans to that difficult time and his achievements as leave Phuket and explains, “The whole a compassionate community leader were family loves the smaller, close-knit recognised when he was awarded the community of island life and the highly prestigious MBE (Member of the great environment and friend- British Empire) by HM Queen Elizabeth ly people, which really do II in December 2005. make Phuket the world’s Even with such a busy schedule Marbest destination.” tin still finds time to pursue his keen love Martin is quick to of golf and even manages to keep a single emphasise that his role figure handicap. This charismatic Honneeds support from all orary Consul has taken multi-tasking to sections of the communi- new heights. ty and acknowledges the Martin Carpenter MBE strong group that surBritish Honorary Consul - Phuket rounds him. His lovely Plaza del Mar, Cherngtalay, Phuket wife Lillian (Resort ManTel: +66 (0) 76 318188 ager of Dewa Resort) and Mobile: +66 (0) 854 890106 9 year old son Leon are his biggest fans and are very

Email: martin.carpenter-hon@fconet.fco.gov.uk


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Kata B e ach

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ith a vast array of different beaches on Phuket’s coastline why stick to just the one nearest your hotel? Take a look here at the choices available.

Mai Khao Beach North of the airport is a beach to really get away from it all. Mai Khao beach is very, very long, and very straight, so it misses the cozy feeling enjoyed by many of the other beaches on the island, but the sand and water here are just as stunning and there is nobody here! The place feels deserted even during high season when the beach umbrellas are five deep on Patong.

Nai Yang Beach Just south of the airport is Nai Yang, a charming beach with a unique atmosphere all of its own. With just a scattering of hotels and bars to entertain the few that stay there, Nai Yang is as relaxed as they get. Ever dreamed of eating seafood right on the beach? This is your spot.

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or many the hustle and bustle of Patong is just too much, yet the quietness of some of the more remote beaches on the island leads to boredom. So where can you go that strikes the balance just right? Just a 15 minute drive south of Patong is Kata beach, a quaint little area reminiscent of many Mediterranean beach towns with its small winding roads and street side hawkers; there is a definite lazy seaside town feel with everyone just going about their daily business. Many people relate Kata as being a ‘baby Patong’ but for me that just does not do it justice. For a start the beach itself is far more pleasant and interesting; for swimming and lazing it is second to none but it also has the added benefits of surf-able waves; good enough to host competitions such as the recent Quiksilver 2010, there is also some very interesting and easy accessible coral just

Nai Thon Beach offshore so snorkelling is superb. As a background to the beach activities there is a wonderful selection of bars and some of Phuket’s finest eateries including, amongst others, The Boathouse and Two Chefs . Fancy coffee and a muffin, traditional Thai lunch, a quick afternoon sandwich, pasta, pizza or world class seafood? You have it all here. On top of that there is great shopping as well, and unlike many of their arrogant brethren in Patong, the vendors of Kata seem to actually enjoy the bartering game so a bargain really can be found. So if you’re after a pleasant day at the beach but don’t want to have to worry about mealtimes, keeping the kids entertained or not being able to properly relax yourself then try out Kata Beach.

A little further south from Nai Yang is Nai Thon, possessing a similar feel to its big brother, Nai Thon has long been a favourite 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..

Layan Beach This is a small and relatively unknown beach, nestled in a shallow bay at the northern end of Bang Tao. You get there by following the small road that winds right through the back holes of the Banyan Tree Golf Club. Layan Beach is more of a bay than a beach, and although very picturesque the water is quite shallow; great for families but if you fancy a real swim its not the place to go.


Lifestyle / 17 Bang Tao Beach Bang Tao Beach has, in recent years, seen a lot of development with many 5-star luxury resorts in the area but the beach remains very pleasant. At certain times of the year swimming can be dangerous due to the strong tides. At the northern end of the beach the coral creates good opportunities for snorkeling.

Surin Beach

through the jungle. It is a nice small beach with white, soft sand and large rocks flanking either side of the beach.

Karon Beach Karon is another of the beautiful, west-coast beaches that have made Phuket famous. This beach is the first main stop south of Patong, and is separated from Patong by a large headland. A quick 10 minute drive connects the two.

Surin Beach is located between Bang Tao and Kamala beach. It is one of most beautiful beaches on the island with fine white sand and emerald sea. The beach can have rather strong winds which make it ideal for windsurfing. A lot of popular resorts surround this beach.

Just south of Kata Beach is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with only a few hotels and little other development.The beach is superb for snorkeling; many fish inhabit the rocks and corals along the beachless shoreline stretching south.

Laem Singh Beach

Ao Sane 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

Kamala Beach Kamala, a 3-kilometre long beach situated in the middle of Phuket’s west coast, has undergone recent developments to the main street but the beach remains largely unchanged. Behind the beach lies a growing village with two distinct communities; Buddhists by the beach and Muslims further back at the foot of the encompassing mountain range.

Paradise Beach Paradise Beach is a little beach just 5 minutes south of Patong. To get there follow a small cement road up to the hill

Kata Noi Beach

Ao Sane beach is a small bay and is located to the right side of Nai Harn beach. To get to this beach you need to go through The Royal Phuket Yacht Club. Ao Sane is a very small, rocky beach but it is peaceful.

Nai Harn Beach Nai Harn is one of the more isolated beaches, nestled at the southern tip of the island in a bay defined by headlands and islets. The beach is backed by the green of casuarina trees and coconut palms, acting as shade to the restaurants that now line the beach.

Yanui Beach Yanui Beach is a small bay, 10 minutes north from Leam Phrom Thep. It is not a popular water activity beach but nice to relax to get away from crowd. The beach is not so long and the sand is beautifully soft but not very white. It is a

favourite bathing and sunbathing location.

Rawai & Chalong Rawai and Chalong both face the southeast, and thus miss the brunt of the monsoon season wave action. The beaches themselves are less than desirable but still numerous restaurants, bars and guesthouses line the roads in this area which is particularly popular with Phuket’s expat community.

Laem Ka Beach The entrance of Laem Ka Beach is a small private road, it is one of those quiet and beautiful little beaches with a lot rocks. The sea here is very calm and clear and it is a favourite beach for the Phuket locals to relax with their familes.

Cape Panwa Perhaps the quietest corner of the island, just three up-market resorts are found on this long, southeastern peninsula, all ideal for those who really want a quiet corner to themselves.

Ao Yon Beach Ao Yon is another peaceful beach ideally suited for watching the sunset. It is located near Cape Panwa, 10km from Phuket town. Although quiet with beautiful emerald sea this beach is not really suitable for bathing or relaxing as the bay is usually full of boats and yachts.


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Land mass: 1,400 rai, 18 holes Par: 72 Length: 6,781 yards >>Course Tee-Boxes<< Red – Ladies & Juniors (5,203 yards) White – Beginners & Seniors ( 5,925 yards) Blue – Men (6,341 yards) Black – Professionals & Low Handicappers (6,781 yards) Opened Since: 1st May (2007 – 18 Holes) >>Course Description<< Transformed from a tin mine into a brilliantly designed golfcourse, Red Mountain works its way thru Phuket’s mountains leaving the surrounding natural habitat untouched creating some of the best views and golf on the island. Due to the surrounding mountains, forests, lakes and cliffs you feel a sense of privacy on every hole you play and just 10 minutes from Patong beach or 15 minutes from Phuket town our location in Kathu makes any golfers’ day that much more pleasurable. >>Grass Types<< Fairway Grass: Seashore Paspalum Green Grass: Bermuda Novotek Kiosks: 5 >>Hole Highlights<< Hole 1 Par 4: An opening hole that allows golfers to visually see all hazards clearly with the signature mountain face behind the green. 398 yards Hole 3 Par 3: A short par 3 with bushes, ferns and plants from Tee-to-Green. 167 yards Hole 16 Par 4: A reachable Par 4 for long hitters that offers a sea view experience at the Tee-Box towards Chalong Bay. 301 yards

Hole 17 Par 3: The signature hole at Red Mountain is not easily forgotten, the Teeto-Green drop of 50 meters gives your shot lets the ball fly much longer towards the green flanked with 2 greenside bunkers and the surrounding forest. 169 yards >>Course Designer<< PGA Professional - Jonathan Mark Morrow >>Rates<< Green fee 18 Holes 5,500 baht Caddy fee 18 Holes 300 baht Cart fee 18 Holes 700 baht Compulsory with 1 golfer/1 cart >> Tournaments held << • Asian Celebrity Golf Tour 2008 • Kasikorn Bank Group Tournament • Carnegie Golf Tour 2008 • Australian RV9 Tournament • Citibank Group • Isuzu Golf Tournament • Michelline Coporate Day • Siam Sanitary Ware Industry “SCG” • American Taiwan Biopharm Tournament • Stock Exchange Thailand & Bursa Malaysia Annual Golf 2008 • Honda Amateur Golf Tournament 2008 • Phuket Oilfield Classic 2009 • The 6th OHI VIP Invitation Golf Tournament 2009 • Canegie Golf Tour 2009 • MBK Golfer Tournament • ISUZU Thailand Master 2009 • Singha Friendship Golf Tournament • TAT Weekday Golf Tour @Phuket • Chang Light Amateur Chanpionship 2009 • Phuket Oilfield Classic 2010 • Sport Tips Tournament • The Tin Mine Open 2010 >>Awards<< ‘Best New Course in Asia 2007’ as voted by the reaers of Asian Golf Monthly. ‘Thailand’s Best Golf Course 2011’ as voted by Thailand Tatler Magazine.

RED MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB PHUKET >> 119 Moo.4 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand >> Tel: +66 (0) 76 322 000-1 Fax: +66(0)76 322 009 >> E-mail Contact : info@redmountainphuket.com >> www.redmountainphuket.com


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Phuket Golf Association organized an Amateur Golf Tournament at Loch Palm Golf Club on 11th September 2010.

158-160 Karon Beach Road, Karon, Phuket Tel. (66) 076 286 094, Fax: (66) 076 286 531 Contact: Mr. James Gautam or Mr. David Email: jamesphuket@yahoo.com or ram-gm@hotmail.com www.jamesfashionhouse.com

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Mr. Chamnan Pattanabout, Director of Loch Palm Golf Club takes a picture with the Board of Directors of Phuket Golf Association.

ignature designs, world-class craftsmanship, high quality imported fabrics and prompt, dependable service. Four things that make James Fashion House Phuket’s leading custom tailor and top provider of elegant - yet affordable suits and other clothes for men, women and even children. Over 925 kinds of fabric; 100% Thai silk, cashmere wool, cotton, probably the most extensive range of clothing materials you can find on the island. With a host of styles to pick, from modern to classic, casual to formal. Just tell us your needs and we’ll do the rest.

Phuket Orchid Resort

Hilton Acadia To Patong

Thavorn Palm Resort

Tommy Fashion

Bangla Rd.

Cloud19 Phuket held its first Invitational 27-hole Golf Tournament on Saturday 16th October at the Phuket Country Club. Here, with friends, M.L. Sukhathai Chumbala (2nd from left) owner of Cloud19. At the closing dinner an awards presentation took place at Cloud19 Lainapa restaurant, for more information visit www.cloud19phuket.com

Luang Phachuan Rd.

Cloud19 Stages Golf Tournament

James Island Yiew Dino Resort Park ATM Fashion To Kata

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Thai Silk

Long one of Thailand’s most famous products, silk weaving is still one of the major crafts in many rural areas. The variety of materials available in Phuket is wide, and varies both in design, from the traditional to modern to plain colours, and quality; 2-ply is thin and light, 3-ply or more becomes heavier

and more expensive. Tailors, jewellery 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.

Ceramics

The two major centres 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.

Woodcarving

Most of this comes from the craft centres of Chiang Mai, and again, Thai skills show through in a great variety of items that can be both novel and creative or entirely traditional. Buddha images are one of the standards, but you can find figurines of all kinds and many other offbeat items for home decoration. Thailand makes some great teak furniture, though only a little is available in Phuket. cont’d on p20

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emongrass House at Cherng Talay has become famous, not only in Phuket, but across the world for their fresh homemade spa products. Established in 1996, their vision came from being a pioneer manufacturer and supplier of spa products to spas and hotels. All the ingredients are fresh, derived from renewable sources, contain no animal products and are not tested on animals. These standards and ethics have endeared their products and practices to a grateful worldwide audience. With a vast selection of homemade essential oils, massage oils, blended aroma oils, aromatic room sprays, candles and incense, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, soaps and bath crystals, alongside therapeutic face & body creams, oils, scrubs and masks, Lemongrass House is at the top of the Thailand spa industry tree house looking down. If you are a spa or hotel owner, or simply someone who takes pride in their health and beauty products, Lemongrass House is your Mecca – accept no substitute! Lemongrass House Logo

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Antiques

Beware if you’re looking for genuine antiques, for this is one real danger zone in Thailand. Read the passage below on Instant Antiques carefully; and remember that most genuinely old pieces of traditional Thai art, including Buddha images, require permits to take from the country.

Instant Antiques

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, takes the pressure off the genuinely old things, and, best of all, virtually no-one can tell the difference between the real thing and the reproduction that you place in your home.

Custom Tailoring

This is definitely bargain country in Phuket. Tailors can import their wares easily to Phuket, and their overhead costs are low. Skills range from excellent to barely adequate, so look carefully and you can go home with both quality and real savings. It is important to start with a tailor early in your visit because at least two visits will be required, and those who are a little more finicky should plan on three visits to get things just right. Allow two or three days between each visit. The Guide Phuket recommends: Mister Singh’s Fashion Gallary, Patong Beach, www.fashiongallery.com. James Fashion House, Karon Beach, www.jamesfashionhouse.com.

The Dream Gallery Chinese Antique Studio Jewellery

Bangkok is the undisputed gemstone capital of the world. A large portion of the world’s diamonds, rubies and sapphires and other precious stones are imported raw into Thailand, cut and set by Thailand’s skilled workforce, and exported - often back to the countries they came from. Most of South Africa’s diamonds, Australia’s opals, Burma’s rubies and Sri Lanka’s varied gems pass through Bangkok for processing. Thailand is definitely the best place to purchase precious stones and jewellery, and with transport costs so low all of these bargains can be found also in Phuket but be warned: purchase only from a well-established shop, and hopefully you will know at least a little about the gemstones you desire before entering the shop.

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hinese antiques are becoming more and more fashionable but it can be difficult to find original and interesting pieces. The Dream Chinese Antique Studio was the result of, you guessed it, a dream in which the owner was summoned to come to Phuket by Buddha. The owner, already being a long time collector and enthusiast of ancient Chinese ornaments, opened her gallery with a small collection at first which has now grown into a such diverse and interesting range of artefacts, trinkets and other paraphernalia there really is something for everyone. New items are added regularly, hand selected and imported directly from China. The Dream Chinese Antique Studio is open from 10am – 7.30pm, closed on Mondays.


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24 / Watersports & Activities

Khao Lak Pu be rch f re ore ase ce 2 y iv 6 N ou e r 10 ov ev % em en di be t p sc r a ou an ss nt d

Khao Lak is wonderful. You can take is as a day trip; returning to sleep on Phuket, or you can easily find accommodation and stay overnight. Khao Lak is one of the up-and-coming satellite resorts that is growing rapidly to satisfy the demand of those wishing to get further away from Phuket.

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o get to Khao Lak, where most of the accommodation is found, it takes just two hours from the southern tip of Phuket, and little more than an hour once you have crossed the Sarasin Bridge onto the mainland. There are however many interesting distractions along the side roads to extend your journey including several waterfalls along the east side of the road, many of which are clearly sign-posted. At Tap Lamu there is a fishing and navy port from which many tour boats leave for the Similan Islands. After leaving Phuket Island the drive is long and flat, till the road winds up over the mountain at the tiny Khao Lak National Park. After crossing the forest-engulfed peak, the road suddenly noses out to the edge of the mountain, giving panoramic ocean views of the coast stretching northwards. A small road-side restaurant clings to the side of the mountain here, offering some of the the best views of the entire drive. This mountain marks the beginning of miles of quiet beach where many new bungalow resorts are springing up among the casaurina trees, making it very easy to find accommodation. A full range of accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops are now available creating a very self-sufficient town; you could hap-


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In Bed with ...

SERENITy Resort Discover Your Dream

Serenity Suites are created to meet the expectations of today’s most experienced and selective travelers, the suites combine sleek contemporary design with exotic Thai touches and all the state of the art features you would expect. Available with Garden or Sea Views.

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scape to a unique world of luxury and self indulgence at Serenity Resort & Residences, Phuket Previously known as Outrigger Serenity Terrace, this stunning property was rebranded Serenity Resort & Residences on 1 June 2010. Named as a ‘place of balance and peace’ in Chalong Bay SERENITY offers a spectacular beach front setting over the Andaman sea on Phuket’s Eastern pen-

insula. The property enjoys majestic sea views and a secluded location with a tranquil white-sand beach, yet is just 20 minutes from the shopping district of Patong. Catering for honeymooners, families and groups alike, the 63 guestrooms comprise of either one or two bedroom suites and 4 private beach access Residences. The resort offers guests the best of both worlds: the seclusion and space of their own private suite or Residences, and


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access to the facilities and services of a worldclass hotel. The beautiful four-storey design building follows the resort’s architectural principles that no building should be higher than coconut palms. Large open balconies, brightly colored artworks, private kitchenettes, modern technology (LCD TV’S, IPOD stations) and marble floors are part of the hotel’s distinctive design. Serenity Resort & Residences - redefining luxury amongst Phuket Hotels

14 Moo 5, Rawai, Phuket 83130 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 371 900 Fax: +66 (0) 76 613 831 E-mail: rsvn@serenityphuket.com sales@aspirahospitality.com www.serenityphuket.com


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Hotel Highlights

Mercure Patong

Patong Resort Hotel

The Nap Patong

Merlin Beach Resort

Location: Patong

Location: Patong

Location: Patong

Location: Patong

239/14 Raj-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd. Patong, Phuket 83150

208, Raj-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd. Patong Beach, Phuket 83150

5/55, Patong Beach Road Patong Beach, Kathu Phuket 83150

99, Muen-Ngoen Road Tri-Trang Beach, Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150

Tel. +66 (0) 7630 2100 Fax: +66 (0) 7630 2111 www.mercurephuket.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7634 0551-4 Fax: +66 (0) 7634 0189 www.patongresorthotel.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7629 6631-4 Fax: +66 (0) 7629 6635 www.thenappatong.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7629 4300 Fax: +66 (0) 7629 4310 www.merlinphuket.com

Patong Merlin Resort

The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa

B-Lay Tong

Impiana Resort Patong, Phuket

Location: Patong

Located: Patong Beach

Location: Patong

Location: Patong

44, Thaveewong Road Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket

135/23, 123/15-16, Raj-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach Kathu, Phuket 83150

99, Muen-Ngoen Road, Tri-Trang Beach, Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150

41, Taveewongse Road Patong Beach, Phuket 83150

Tel. +66 (0) 7634 0037-41 Fax: +66 (0) 7634 0394 www.patongmerlin.com

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

Tel. +66 (0) 7634 0666 Fax: +66 (0) 7634 0565 www.royalparadise.com

The South Sea Resorts

Tel. +66 (0) 7629 4300 Fax: +66 (0) 7629 4310 www.merlinphuket.com

Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

Tel. +66 (0) 7634 0138 Fax: +66 (0) 7634 0178 www.impiana.com

Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel

Location: Karon

Location: Karon

Location: Karon

Location: Kata

683 Karon Beach, Patak Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100

204 Karon Road, Muang Phuket 83000

3 Soi Karon Soi 2, Karon District, Muang Phuket Phuket 83100

88/8, Kata Road, Karon Muang, Phuket 83100

Tel. +66 (0) 7620 1234 Fax: +66 (0) 7620 1235 www.centarahotelsresorts. com/cpbr

Tel. +66 (0) 7637 0888 Fax: +66 (0) 7637 0899 www.southsearesorts.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7628 4555 Fax : +66 (0) 7628 4381 www.horizonbeach.com

Tel.+66 (0) 2659 2888 Fax: +66 (0) 2659 2889 www.ibishotel.com


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Hotel Highlights

Tinidee Hotel @Phuket

SALA Phuket Resort & Spa

Sheraton Grande Laguna

Pearl Hotel, Phuket

Location: Kathu

Location: Maikhao

Location: Cherngtalay

Location: Phuket Town

42 Moo 5, Vichitsongkram Rd., Kathu District Phuket 83120

333 Moo 3, Maikhao Beach Thalang, Phuket 83110

10 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang Phuket 83110

42 Montri Road Phuket 83000

Tel. +66 (0) 7632 4101 Fax: +66 (0) 7627 1466 www.luxurycollection.com/ phuket

Tel. +66 (0) 7621 1044 Fax: +66 (0) 7621 2911 www.pearlhotel.co.th

Tel: +66 (0) 7632 1925 Fax : +66 (0) 7632 1926 www.tinideehotels.com/ phuket

Twinpalms Phuket

Tel. +66 (0) 7633 8888 Fax: +66 (0) 7633 8889 www.salaphuket.com

Serenity Resort & Residences

Radisson Resort Phuket Panwa Beach

DEWA Phuket

Located: Surin Beach

Location: Rawai

Location: Panwa

Location: Nai Yang

106/46 Moo 3 Surin Beach Road Cherng Talay, Phuket 83110

14 Moo 5, Viset Road Rawai, Phuket

44/5 Moo 8, Sakdidesh Rd. Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000

65 Moo 1, T.Sakoo A. Thalang, Phuket 83110

Tel. +66 (0) 76 316500 Fax: +66 (0) 76 316599 www.twinpalms-phuket.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7637 1900 Fax: +66 (0) 7637 1982 www.SerenityPhuket.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7660 2500 Fax: +66 (0) 7660 2555 www.radisson.com/ phuketth_plaza

Tel. +66 (0) 7637 2300 Fax: +66 (0) 7637 2399 www.dewaphuket.com

Koh Yao Yai Village

Phi Phi Island Village

Six Senses Sanctuary Phuket

La Flora Resort & Spa

Location: Yao Yai Island

Location: Phi Phi Island

Location: Naka Island

Location: Khao Lak

78 Moo 4, Koh Yao Yai Amphoe Koh Yao Phang-nga 82160

49 Moo 8, Loh Ba Gao Bay Phi Phi Island, Muang Krabi 81000

32 Moo 5, Tambol Paklok Amphur Thalang Phuket 83110

59/1 Moo 5, Khuk Kha Takuapa, Phang Nga 82190

Tel. +66 (0) 7636 3700 Fax: +66 (0) 7621 4918 www.kohyaoyaivillage.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7636 3700 Fax: +66 (0) 7621 4918 www.ppisland.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7637 1400 Fax: +66 (0) 7637 1401 www.sixsenses.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7642 8000 Fax: +66 (0) 7642 8029 www.lafloraresort.com


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Gourmet Sunday

at Mövenpick

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he Mövenpick Resort & Spa in Karon Beach recently launched its “Gourmet Sunday + more” at the Pacifica restaurant signifying its position as one of the best Sunday brunches in Phuket. Hosting an array of fabulous food, highlights of this feast include fresh seafood (including French oysters, lobster, crab, prawns, squid, salmon, tuna, red snapper, sushi & sashimi), pan-fried foie gras, and a selection of fine meats (including imported Wagyu beef, veal, sirloin, Australian tenderloin and succulent New Zealand lamb). As if that wasn’t enough there is a sizable range of imported cheeses available along with a countless number of delectable pastries including waffles and pancakes served alongside world famous Mövenpick ice cream and Mövenpick coffee. The quality of the food and presentation is superb and the setting is wonderful; plenty of room inside or out, and you can even enjoy a swim at the nearby pool, great for the little ones! All of this for just 1,800 THB net, including wine and cocktails or 1,500THB net without alcohol. Children aged 4-12 years are ½ price. The brunch takes place every Sunday from 12pm till 3pm. For further details and bookings contact Carlos Vizan, Director of Food & Beverage at carlos.vizan@moevenpick.com or phone 076-396-139.


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32 / Food & Restaurants

Sushi BOX

Davinci Restaurant

Japanese Cuisine

Sushi Box is a new restaurant located in the newly renovated Central Food Hall at Central Festival, Phuket Sushi Box offers the largest selection of sushi in Phuket with over one hundred different kinds of sushi and salads. Everything is freshly rolled to order with a take away section prepared daily.

Italian Cuisine

Set in a courtyard and offering friendly al fresco dining conducive to relaxing meals with happy gatherings of family and friend, children are welcome. Tel. 076 289 574 www.davinciphuket.com Location: Nai Harn

Location: Central Food Hall at Central Festival, Phuket

Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine

Taking a grand location in the governor mansion in old Phuket Town this beautiful restaurant serves traditional royal Thai cuisine and holds daily cooking classes as well. Tel. 076 354 355, 076 354 357 E-mail phuket@blueelephant.com www.blueelephant.com Location: Phuket Town

Wellness Inspired Gastronomy

Food and healthy dining form an integral part of our wellness concept. Dietary requirements of our guests are taken into consideration and sometimes adjusted as the outcome of a holistic consultation upon arrival with our wellness team. Tel. 076 371 400 Fax : 076 371 401 E-mail : reservations-naka@sixsenses.com www. sixsenses.com Location: Naka Island

serenity phuket International & Thai

The East88 Beach Club boasts a contemporary fusion menu of Mediterranean, Asian and traditional Thai dishes. Our chefs have created an array of signature dishes that will tantalize your palette and with their unique blends of different regional cuisines and flavors. Tel. 076 371 900 Email: rsvn@serenityphuket.com www. serenityphuket.com Location: Rawai

Giogiorne Restaurant Italian & Thai Food

Newly opened Giogiorne Italian & Thai Restaurant in Kata Beach serves a range of delicious Italian and Thai delights. Located on Kata Road just before the Kata Palm resort. The restaurant is open from 10.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 23.00 daily. Tel. 076 330 679, 081 797 0679 E-mail giogiorne@hotmail.com Location: Kata

White Box Fusion Cuisine

This is an up-market beachfront restaurant and bar fit for James Bond and friends. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss it standing pristine in white at the northern end of Patong Beach; minimalist in style, themed in white and blue to create an atmosphere that reflects Mediterranean culinary inspiration. Tel. 076 346 271 to ensure a table. www.whiteboxrestaurest.com Location: Patong Beach

SALA Restaurant International cuisine & Thai food

SALA Phuket Restaurant offers an exceptional blend of mouthwatering international cuisine and scrumptious traditional Thai delicacies. Serve fresh seafood, exceptional international cuisine and Thai favourites. Tel. 076 338 888 www.salaphuket.com Location: Maikhao


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oung B is an adventurous man of fine taste who has been resident in Phuket for the past 12 years. His life-long passion for good food coupled with an inherent fear of cooking keep his hunt for the perfect restaurant very much alive.

MOM TRI BOATHOUSE An exceptional setting on Kata Beach for a romantic dinner. I savoured the gourmet French menu; delicious pan-fried duck’s liver, ravioli with shrimp, lamb fillet and passion fruit sorbet, 1,500 THB++ There is also the option of the gourmet Thai menu and a large choice à la carte. Fine cooking, perfect service. Location: Kata Beach www.boathousephuket.com

CHEZ PAPA Grill and Bar Offering French cuisine there are many specialities depending on availability, turbo hollandaise sauce, pigeon, hare civet, or special dishes like “petit salé” with lentils or couscous. You can check what is on offer when you make reservation at 081 397 65 90. I tried the French oysters followed by imported prime rib (you can have for one or two, a house speciality), accompanied by fried potatoes and helped down with a glass of Chilean Cabernet-Merlot, it was excellent. The setting is nice and you will also find a selection of pizzas and Thai dishes. Location: Dibuk Road, Phuket Town

LE CELTIQUE French specialities; snails, white asparagus, scallop saffron sauce and an excellent pork hock or a rack of lamb with goat cheese. Bertrand is the king of sauces, and Lek always welcomes you warmly. Tel. 076 613 098 E-mail: celtiquethai@hotmail.com Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai

Norbu Steakhouse Beside the Rawai Temple it offers a theatrical setting. A real must for beef lovers offering great steaks with pepper or béarnaise sauce served with fries or potatoes, they also offer excellent smoked salmon and exquisite Thai food. Free pickup service in Rawai. Tel. 081 367 5416 or 081 367 5416 Location: Rawai www.norbusteakhouse.com


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RISTORANTE PIZZERIA LOUNGE BAR FINE ITALIAN DINING WOOD FIRED PIZZAS COCKTAIL & WINE BAR FREE PARKING CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA

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his refreshing marriage of citrus fruit, chicken, prawns and typically Thai seasoning makes a splendid starter. It can be prepared a short time in advance and set aside, but preferably not in the refrigerator.

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Ingredients (Make 1 serving) 80 g pomelo or grapefruit 2 pcs prawns cooked, shelled, deveined and headless but with tail attached 20 g cooked shredded white chicken meat, skinned 1 tbsp ground dried shrimps 1 tbsp roasted peanuts 1½ tbsp desiccated coconut For Salad Dressing ½ tbsp Nam Prik Phao 1 tbsp palm sugar ½ tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp tamarind juice ½ tbsp fish sauce

For The Garnish 1 tbsp deep fried shallot for sprinkling 4 pcs fried dried small red chillies

Preparation 1. Sauté the desiccated coconut in a non-stick frying pan without any oil until light brown. 2. Put all the ingredients for salad dressing in the bowl and mix well together. 3. Add the chicken and the cooked prawns and mix well. 4. Add the pomelo flesh and mix in lightly. 5. Combine the dried shrimps, roasted peanuts and roasted coconut together in a bowl, and then mix in lightly. 6. Arrange the salad leaves on a serving dish and place the pomelo on top; dress with the deep fried shallot, quail’s eggs and deep fried small chillies. Serve at room temperature.


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Buffet Bites Sunday Brunch at Pacifica restaurant, Mövenpick Resort & Spa

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he ‘Gourmet Sunday + more’ is a new campaign from Karon Beaches leading resort and will showcase the wide variety and gourmet dishes created by Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket. The Sunday brunch takes place every Sunday starting from from 12:00 – 15:00.. The highlight includes Pan-Fried goose liver, fresh seafood imported meats and a BBQ where meats are grilled to your liking, sushi and sashimi, live cooking stations, imported cheeses, Swiss specialities, Mövenpick ice cream and Mövenpick coffee. www.movenpick-phuket.com

Sunday Brunch at Oriental Spoon

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ome and enjoy our unique flavours every Sunday from noon to 3pm. Freshest selection of Seafood, Oysters, Smoked Salmon, Roasts, Cheeses, Chocolate Fountain with Fresh Berries and our famous Crème Brûlée. THB 1,490 per person including a bottle of Wine per couple, THB 3,490 per person including a bottle of Champagne per couple, (Brunch Only: THB 1,190 per person). Prices subject to tax and service. Call 076 316 577 and ask for Sunday Brunch reservations. www.twinpalms-phuket.com

Sunday Lunch at The Vijitt Resort Phuket

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very Sunday from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm., bring your family and loved ones to experience our fine cuisine in relaxing buffet style. Enjoy fresh seafood, Sushi, salad, Som Tam station, BBQ, and much more mouthwatering Western and Thai dishes & desserts. Special promotion: THB999 net per person, including free flow soft drink, THB 1,299 net per person, including a bottle of wine per couple, THB 2,999 net per person, including a bottle of Champaign per couple. Children aged 4-12 get 50% discount. Tel. +66 (0)76 363600 ext. 823 www.vijittresort.com

Sunday Brunch at Indigo Pearl

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very Sunday From 12:00 to 15:00hrs with free flow of sparkling wines, selected cocktails, house wines and Belgium beers. Featuring live band and live cooking stations… Baht 1,690++ or Bht 1,490++ with soft drinks and juices 50% off on selected beverages after 15:00hrs 50% off for Children 5-12 years Free for Children 5 years Tel. +66 (0)76 327 006, +66 (0)76 327 015 www.indigo-pearl.com


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38 / Health & Beauty

Learning

Thai Massage A Spa with men in mind 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 cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Further information pls. visit www.hiranyikara.com or send me an e-mail at info@hiranyikara.com TEL.+66 (0) 76 203280-1 , MB + 66(0) 81 370 0202


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hilst on your holiday in Phuket you will probably have a Thai massage. In fact, no Thai vacation is complete without this experience. Being pulled and prodded will leave you feeling more relaxed and healthier. However, the popularity of Thai massage is such that now there are courses in actually giving them, so that when you return home you can not only share your holiday anecdotes but spread a little of the Thai good will with your hands and feet as well. Thailand has a long history in traditional medicine and massage techniques, and in recent years trends in health and wellbeing have bought these approaches into the mainstream. There is now a real demand for training in Thai massage and Thailand of course offers the most authentic experience for learning these particular techniques. To cater for the increasing demand for training, numerous commercial centres have been established to complement the more traditional institutions, such as Wat Pho in Bangkok, which have existed for hundreds of years. The commercial courses are specifically aimed at visitors with English instruction taking place alongside Thai practitioners. There are a few excellent places on Phuket to take a course in Thai massage, most of them are spas in their own right and specialise in this type of treatment. Expert instructors will teach beginners and even help professional therapists hone their skills and learn new techniques. Traininf is provided by certified and qualified massage therapists and integrated with an education on healthy living for mind and body overall. A good course should be easy to understand and be well structured. You can learn over 100 Thai massage postures and techniques and how acupressure points can relieve ailments such as headaches, insomnia and arthritis.

The herb balls are steamed and act as a heat therapy during a Thai massage. One of the best parts about any course is that you will have to practice on each other. This means undergoing a Thai massage at least an hour or two every day as other participants try out their skills on you. This will leave you feeling reinvigorated and prepared for the next day of training. For the last 2000 years, Buddhist monks have practiced this healing art on their communities in order to make them more robust and able to work. The process of learning Thai massage should help you gain a better understanding of Thai culture and its history and people.


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Health Highlights Swasana Spa

Hiranyikara Spa

A place of true indulgence, our spa treatments are based on ancient South East Asian massage techniques so whether you are a seasoned spa visitor or newcomer to spa delights our staff will guide you through the treatments at a leisurely pace. The combination of pure natural ingredients, the touch of professional therapists and the relaxing paradise-like setting will ensure a pampering time of rejuvenation.

Indulge your body, mind and spirit. Located in peaceful surroundings, Hiranyikara is the perfect, soothing haven to hide away from the city’s turbulence, where you can indulge yourself in the various relaxing spa and health treatments to soothe your pains, calm your mind and uplift your spirits. It is an ideal place to recharge your batteries after a long hard day. With our range of spa services we can pamper you with our highly experienced male therapists.

Tel. +66 (0) 7634 0138 www.impiana.com

Tel. +66 (0) 7620 3280 www.hiranyikara.com

Fasting & Detoxing with Atsumi Healing

The main reason people come to The Atsumi Retreat Healing Center in Thailand is to “Fast and Cleanse” their system of physical and emotional toxins that accumulate from modern stressful lifestyles. We strongly recommend a ten day fasting program, in which time the blood is completely purified. Naturally you will lose weight, usually one kilo per day for men, and half a kilo per day for women. For those with little time or who want to “dip their toes in the water,” we also have four day programs. Tel. +66 (0) 8 1272 0571, Thai enquiries: +66 (0) 8 4051 7455 www.atsumihealing.com

HEARt of wellness - six senses

Creates the opportunity for total wellness through the complete assimilation of services from the realms of Spa, Holistic Fitness and Integrative Health; enriching people’s lives by means of developing a balance of wellbeing that integrates and inspires all the senses. This takes place in the Heart of Wellness – our space of Wellness. Tel. +66 (0) 7637 1400 www.sixsenses.com

Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness is the world’s first cultural spa with the unique Thai cultural service and design of architect derived from the ancient capital of Siam, with three categories of rooms and 160 treatment beds in the new five-star day spa in Phuket. We provide individual packages based on the philosophy of Thai Ayuraveda as well as full wellness facilities and other ancient wisdom passed down through the generations. Tel. +66 (0) 7626 3222 www.sukkospa.com

Smile Island Dental Clinic Initiated by Dr. Authen Hatsadee (D.D.S.). Smile Island Dental Clinic offers a complete range of cutting-edge and some specialized dental practices. State-of-the-art technology and equipment, a relaxing atmosphere and a high standard of sterilization, all promise you an expert dental treatment with us & a pleasant pain-free one. We have the advantage of in-depth consultation before any procedure, to ensure the best restorative care possible. Tel. & Fax: +66 (0) 7660 4411-2 www.dental-clinic-phuket.com


Watersports & Activities / 41 Diving in Phuket

Watersports

Phuket, and its surrounding Andaman Sea, have gained international reputation as one of the world’s top diving destinations. The Similan Islands in particular, are frequently ranked among the world’s top ten. Several advantages make this region one of the best for both learners and experienced divers. For learners there is world-class instruction at economical prices, and an abundance of aquatic life inhabit these warm and comfortable waters. If you’re scared of sharks, don’t be, any of the graceful specimens found here are harmless and relatively rare. Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean at over 10 metres long, are at the other end of this equation, being more common here than in any other part of the world. Experienced divers the world over migrate to the Similan Islands knowing they have a near certainty of swimming with whale sharks. While large fish are not so common in Phuket’s waters, the variety of corals, both soft and hard, is striking. But perhaps most important for all divers, warm water and year-round clarity makes this a great place to be down with the fishes.

Learning to Dive

There are any number of places to learn to dive on Phuket. Just look for any 5 star PADI facility. A dive course will usually take 3 or 4 days, starting in the classroom, then moving to the swimming pool and finally the open ocean. The result is a diving certificate recognised around the world, as well as a lot of fun and new experience.

Diving Day Trips

For those who already have their diving certificate, a good range of day trips is available. A variety of diving destinations include the two Racha islands south of Phuket, several pinnacles in the direction of Phi Phi, and one large wreck of a car ferry that sank in a 30 metre location in the lower Bay.

Diving Liveaboards

Enthusiasts come from around the world for these liveaboards. Some run for up to 10 days and visit neighbouring countries, usually Burma. Most divers book these trips well in advance, but those with time and flexibility can book a number of trips right here. The Similan Islands, 90 kilometres Northwest of Phuket, is the most common liveaboard destination. In good conditions the water visibility here can be astounding, though it’s generally in the range of 20-30 metres which is still excellent. The Andaman Sea is generally quite calm, making diving here easy and pleasurable.

Fishing

With so much water out there, there has to be fish, right? And of course there are fish out there – big fish, fighting fish, the sailfish. It’s Phuket’s one boast to fishing fame – there are few places in the world where one can catch sailfish so regularly. Boats invariably head to the Racha islands south of Phuket where deep, clear waters attract the sailfish and their prey. At certain times of year thousands of sailfish congregate in very small areas, constantly leaping out of the water to land on their sides

with the biggest splash – rounding up schools of smaller bait fish. Even when one can’t catch them, the very sight of so many huge, leaping fish is a worthwhile spectacle. Though they can be caught all year round, the monsoon season is particularly good. A wide variety of other fish are also plentiful including small tunas, Spanish mackerel, wahoo, dolphin-fish, barracuda. Bottom fishing can give an even greater variety in the catch. There are few sharks left in these waters. Some dedicated souls make the hours-long pilgrimage out to the continental shelf drop off, where the water suddenly drops to hundreds metres, and where, it is said, huge marlin rule the depths.

Sailing

Of all the ways to see and enjoy the beauty of the Andaman, sailing is surely the ultimate. There is nothing better than spending days cruising island to island, and waking up each morning in the shadow of a different island. Sailing, unhurried and serene, allows one to really unwind and absorb the incredible surroundings. When cruising Phang Nga Bay and the outlying islands of Phuket and Krabi you will shares the occasional well known anchorages with a few other yachts, but otherwise meet only fishermen selling their catch.


Photo by Duncan Worthington/ Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

photos by Guy Nowell/ Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

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th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta T

he Phuket King’s Cup Regatta enters its 24th year with a growing fleet and growing international reputation. A record 111 entries, the re-introduction of dinghy racing and sailors of 33 nationalities coming from all corners of the world to take part made 2009 a successful event. The organisers are expecting and planning for an even bigger and better 2010.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta attracts sailors from a diverse background: from cruisers to grand prix racing yachts; monohulls and multihulls; charterers; families; friends. Over the years the Regatta has attracted many of the top professional sailors and 2009 was no different. Former CEO and Skipper of BMW Oracle Racing in their 2007 America’s Cup campaign, Chris Dickson was Tactician on Full Metal Jacket and was joined by a crew sailing pro’s with vast America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Trophy, Volvo Ocean Race and Audi Med Cup experience. The Phuket King’s Cup has established itself as the top regatta in Asia, the one everyone wants to win. Wordof-mouth around the globe ensures the Regatta continues to attract a growing number of international sailors as much for the competitive sailing as the tropical environment and the on-shore fun. The 2010 Regatta is shaping up with the organizers recently announcing new classes and an IRC Combined Fleet Race and OMR Combined Fleet Race on the final day; a first for this region of the world. www.kingscup.com


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Phuket Property:

Why is Now a Good Time to Buy?

Tara Sudlow, Director of Phuket Realty is a fully accredited property specialist based in Phuket for the past 15 years.

Y

ou would have heard it a thousand times already, ‘The Global Financial Crisis’, also known as the GFC or that annoying blimp in the economy over the past couple of years. It has been a sad time for so many people, some countries and even some towns hurt more than others. It has had a roll-on effect in almost every facet of business, lifestyle and leisure.

Take for example a penthouse 100m from the beach, on the market for 14.5 million Baht now selling for 9.95 million Baht So where are we now? Or even more importantly, where are we headed? The most interesting part of the whole crisis from my own point of view, as someone that meets a myriad of people from all over the world and social backgrounds every single day of the year, is the effect it has had on peoples psyche. One of the most positive results of this once in a lifetime event, is that I get to see how people and families have changed. In most cases they actually change for the

better. I saw providers realising the fragility of the family unit and the importance that time spent together really meant, more than the hours spent in the office. It is a fact of life that we need to work to provide for not only ourselves but also our loved ones. Yet every once in a while there is a gentle, or in this case, strong reminder that what really matters is what we have in our own home, our own world, our true meaning to life... family and friends. There has been this overwhelming shift in thinking, most noticeably in Phuket over the last two years where more and more families are choosing to settle here. We have seen expatriates from Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and other Asian countries, families from Europe, America and Australia all moving to Phuket. Their backgrounds are all unique, however the importance of a better life is always the same. As Phuket’s infrastructure expands and provides for all the necessities of the family unit on an international and award winning scale, the convenience, low cost of living and of course pure beauty that Phuket provides is making this Asia’s favoured destination to live. With all these positive attributes, there is still one more reason you need to know that will help make it completely clear why buying property in Phuket right now is one of the best investments you can make. The reason? Because like the rest of the world, some people need to urgently sell their properties, which means BARGAINS!! We see some amazing deals showing up lately, property that is selling less than what the original developers are selling for. Take for example a penthouse 100m from the beach, on the market for 14.5 million Baht now selling for 9.95 million Baht (the rental return possibilities alone are incredible). Even on the higher end, we have property selling at US$6 million and an owner who needs a quick sale and dropped the price to US$4.5 million. It is irresistible, to buy a property at a bargain price, have a wonderful lifestyle, live in a peaceful and stunning location, be able to provide your family with all the comforts of home at a fraction of the cost and spend the most memorable of times together. Who can resist?


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Property Highlights The Park Limited edition 10 luxury pool villa homes near Laguna Phuket. 3-4 Bedrooms, 84 sqm. Pools, Plot sizes + 1,000 sqm. Remaining units 5 only from THB 38,000,000 Call 076 326 177 for viewing www.richmondth.com

The Charm Residence “Own the Nearest Residence to Patong Beach Front” You can own your holiday destiny with 1 minute walk to Patong Beachfront, also enjoy superb facilities like infinity Edge Pool at rooftop, Lagoon Style swimming pool, Excellent restaurant and Bar. For investors, we offer the great deal; 10% Guarantee Return - Fully Furnished - Foreign Free Hold For more information call 076 344 499 info@thecharmphuket.com www.thecharmphuket.com

Land & Houses Ladawan, the brand-new Lakeview homes in Land and Houses Park Phuket, comfortable with spacious 3 bedrooms and just add “your own style furniture” to this ready-to-move into modern style building. Enjoy your daily leisure with professional-designed gardens or holidays relax in our resortstyle clubhouse. For further information call 076 381 151-2

Karon Butterfly Condominium Karon Butterfly Condominium incorporates the best of Thai and Italian designs, creating a modern style that combines the best from the two cultures. The project is in a beautiful location on the hills and only 400m from the beach and the shopping area. Prices from 4.2 to 8.3 million THB. www.karonbutterfly.com


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Property of the month

This month we have some remarkable sale and rental deals available. Please take a look at our website or call us directly. We look forward to introducing you to the very best properties in Phuket and the luxury of being part of this truly exotic tropical paradise.

Mobile: 081 892 4741, 081 979 3369 info@phuketrealty.net www.phuketrealty.net

PHUKET THAILAND

THE RESIDENCE PHUKET

LOW SEASON - FINAL PHASE SPECIAL OFFERS As we move into low season and with the final phase under construction we are offering immediate buyers varied incentives on a select number of pool villas and pool town homes. There is no better time than now to make your lifestyle investment and take advantage of certain special offers. On specific units offers include: • FREE furniture package valued at THB 1,000,000 or • Guaranteed rental income of 5% for first 2 years, or • Generous cash discount The Residence by Richmond Group is a pool villa and pool town home resort located near Bangtao Beach on the famed west coast of Phuket. This exclusive gated community features Spa, Gym, Café/Bar, Beach Shuttles, 24/7 Security. Learn more about The Residence: www.richmondth.com TRY BEFORE BUY : THE RESIDENCE EXPERIENCE The Residence Experience programme, price at just $200, offers prospective buyers the opportunity to see, touch feel and experience the property, facilities and location before buying. The offer includes: • 2 nights stay in a luxury pool villa • Spa treatments • Airport transfers • Welcome drink • Breakfast at The Café Please contact crm@richmondth.com for further informations. For more information about this exclusive promotion or to make a reservation, please contact E-mail: sales@richmondth.com Phone: +66 (0) 76 326 177 Mobile:+66 (0) 8 7888 4577 Web: www.richmondth.com


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The NighT crawler Kata Dino Park Around the corner, a collection of small souvenir shops and cafés line the narrow street leading to Karon Beach road. It’s also the location for one of Kata’s famous attractions Dinopark. A Minigolf with a difference, the course features a man-made exploding minivolcano which erupts on cue every hour.

Nightlife Viewpoints Looking out over Kata Noi on Kata Hill are two extremely popular adjacent venues, Small Viewpoint, and After Beach. These restaurant-bars are all about reggae music and have developed from quirky begin-

Party Time Vanilla Sky

Fridays Tapas Night : “All you can Eat” Tapas with 2 glasses of Premium wine for only THB 899++ Saturdays Chill Out : From Jazzy House to Remixed Retro & Disco songs from ’70 to ’90... chill out & prepare for a night ‘out’... www.capesienna.com

nings to successful sunsetviewing party locations. To get there, head up the steep hill in south Kata (you’ll need transport) and carry on for a kilometer.

Patong Margarita With live music every night this open air bar creates a ggeat atmosphere located at the top of Bangla Road. Tel. 080 699 2629

Phuket Town Timber Hut Timber Hut, a mainstay on the Thai pub scene, attracts its fair share of westerners, and is also located on Yaowarat

Road, not far from the old town area. There’s an upstairs seating area if the tiny dance floor is too claustrophobic for you. Location: Near the Merlin Hotel junction on Yaowarat Road.

Bang Tao Siam Supper Club This gorgeous long bar and wellappointed restaurant serves ‘West Coast Cuisine’; meats, fish and pizzas. It is one of the most popular hang outs of local residents as well as regular guests to the island. Enjoy their jazz and lounge music and check out their long drinks list. Booking in advance is suggested. Open: 18:00 – 10:30 (last orders) Bar closes at 01:00. Location: Tinlay Place. Tel. 076 270 936

1st Year Anniversary Celebrations @ Margarita

Next Party Coming Up 24th December - Christmas Party 31rd December - New Years Eve and every Wednesday “Happy Night” @ Margarita Club. Tel. 080 699 2629

Bar Opiume

Networking Fridays 17.00-19.00 Buy One Get One Free


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The Margarita Bar is an open-air bar with live music every night of the week, with 2 professional bands each night playing a range of music. Our highly skilled bartenders are ready to serve you with a full range of cocktails and other drinks. 86 Bangla Rd., Patong Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel. 080 699 2629 E-mail: petch_margarita@yahoo.com www.margaritaphuket.siam2web.com

Situated in the centre of Patong's busy night-life area our friendly service staff will treat you like family. When in Phuket, come to The Margarita Bar and experience our relaxed atmosphere, live music and great drinks.

WWP Launches New Calendar Photo by Alasdair Forbes: alasdair.phuket@gmail.com

A

fter the successful Carnival of Colour event on November 5th held at Cape Sienna with over 250 people attending, the WWP ladies are now ready to sell their 2011 Charity Calendars to benefit the Phuket Shelter Home. Ms. Jiranun, President of the Phuket Shelter Home was heartfelt while making her speech at the event saying that the WWP ladies care enough to help create exposure for them through lots of hard work in making this beautiful calendar. Calendars are being sold at all 7 branches of Seng Ho Bookstore in Phuket for B299 each. Bulk prices are available for purchase of 50 calendars or more. Theme of the calendar this year features key destinations in Phuket to showcase the beauty of Phuket. With your support, we hope to raise lots of money for charity. For more information please contact www.wwpphuket.com

The WWP calendar models with the Head of the Phuket Shelter for Children & Families, Jiranan Jiamjarern (3rd from left)


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Transport on the Island

H

ow much of Phuket have you actually seen? Wouldn’t you like to explore some more? Well, here we list some of your options for getting around the island’s highways and byways.

To and from the airport

Airport transfers are relatively simple, the airport is at the far north of the island, some 30 kilometres 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. Prices are fixed: 600 THB for an Airport Limousine or 150 THB per person for a minibus to get to the major beaches at the south or west of the island. Metered taxis are also available and are cheaper than the airport limousines, as are private taxis but we suggest you avoid these since problems have been known to occur. The Airport Bus is a cheaper alternative as long as you are not in a rush. Ask at the airport for their current departure schedules and pricing. Car rental is available and companies, such as Budget and National, have offices located in the airport.

Airlines in & out of Phuket

A multitude of airlines now run scheduled flights to and from Phuket, and during high season chartered flights are also available. Budget airlines such as Air Asia, Nok Air and One-2-Go Air all run convenient and economical flights to other provinces throughout Thailand.

Song-taews

There are few buses on Phuket, and the main form of transport from beach to town is the ‘song taew’; a truck con-

verted to carry passengers in the back on two long benches. They are usually colourful, 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 around the streets, slowly, picking up passengers. It is slow, but cheap, with the fare from Phuket town to Patong now set at just 25 THB per person!

‘Tuk-Tuks’

If you want your own private taxi, look for a tuk tuk, a tiny mini-truck converted in the manner of the bigger song taew 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.

Motorcycle taxis

These will be a new experience for many people and are a convenient, yet nerve wracking, way to get around. All fares must be negotiated

before the ride. These taxi riders are easily identified by their special coloured jackets identifying the location of their home base. Many have the word ‘taxi’ written in English on this jacket. Do not take a taxi from anyone who is not wearing one of these jackets.

Renting a motorcycle

Motorcycles, big and small, can be rented all over the island and are a popular choice for many tourists. Zipping around with the breeze in your hair is tempting for anyone but be careful, the hospitals here see a neverending 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. The police occasionally enforce both laws, so beware. The real danger here 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 easily found in every beach area, and major rental companies operate in most resorts. If renting private vehicles from the side of the road, beware: few of these vehicles


Transportation / 49 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, neighbouring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi. The roads are good and the scenery spectacular, making for a great day out.

Regional buses

The long distance bus station is in Phuket town, directly across from the Royal City Hotel. From here both air-con tour buses and cheap, ‘orange crush’ buses leave for destinations north, south and east. There are regular services to Bangkok, Krabi, Surat Thani, Nakorn Srithammarat, Trang, Haad Yai and other minor provincial capitals. Most of the tour buses to Bangkok leave around 5pm arriving in Bangkok about 6am the following morning. Tickets can be purchased either at the bus station or through travel agents.

Transport by boat

Regular ferry boat services from Phuket run only to the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Yao Noi and Krabi. There are unscheduled boats to Koh Bon, Racha Yai and Koh Yao Yai. You can get to Koh Lanta by changing boats at Koh Phi Phi.

Most people get to the other smaller islands by renting their own speed boats or even by chartering yachts. Whatever your chosen mode of trans-

port may be, enjoy exploring the island, there is plenty to see and do, more than you might have realised. Happy hunting!

Timetable EFFECTIVE : 31 October 2010 - 26 March 2011 PHUKET - BANGKOK

 BANGKOK - PHUKET

PHUKET - HONG KONG

Flight

Dep.

Arr.

Days

Flight

Dep.

Arr.

Days

Flight

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Days

TG 201

0740

0905

Daily

TG 226

0725

0850

Daily

TG 638

1300

1740

..3.5.7

TG 203

0830

0955

Daily

TG 202

1005

1135

Daily

TG 638*

1300

1740

1.345.7

TG 205

0950

1110

Daily

TG 204

1050

1220

Daily

TG 207

1055

1215

Daily

TG 206

1205

1330

Daily

TG 211

1235

1355

Daily

TG 208

1310

1435

Daily

TG 215

1410

1530

Daily

TG 212

1450

1615

Daily

TG 217

1600

1720

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TG 214

1530

1655

Daily

TG 221

1820

1940

Daily

TG 486

1535

1700

...456.

TG 223

1915

2035

Daily

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1620

1745

Daily

TG 225

2240

2359

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TG 218

1825

1950

Daily

TG 671

1845

2010

.2.456.

2050

2215

Daily

2130

2255

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CHIANG MAI - PHUKET Flight

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TG 222

TG 129

1240

1435

Daily

TG 224

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TG 609

0800

1020

..3.5.7

TG 609*

0800

1020

1.345.7

Phuket Reservation Call 0-7636-0444 Monday - Sunday, 0800 - 1700 www.thaiairways.com *TG 638 HKT-HKG OPERATE MON/WED/THU/ FRI/SUN EFF.1AUG10 *TG 609 HKG-HKT OPERATE MON/WED/THU/ FRI/SUN EFF.1AUG10


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Phuket Town: 076 225 033-5 Phuket Airport: 076 205 401-2 Suvarnabhumi International Airport: 02 134 3888-89 (ticket) Check-in Domestic: 02 132 0342-54 Check-in International: 02 132 0331-39

Call Center

Phuket to Samui

1771 Pattaya to Phuket Flight

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PG281

1300

1440

1.3.5.7

Phuket to Pattaya

Samui to Phuket

Flight

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Days

Flight

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PG252

0935

1030

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PG251

0805

0905

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1635

1730

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1505

1605

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2035

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1805

1905

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1145

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1220

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1355

1520

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1610

1735

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2110

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2355

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1855

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PG279*

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Daily

PG280*

Important Telephone Numbers Telephone numbers of the consular representatives functioning in Phuket Lost Credit Cards

Austria

076 372 600

Ireland

076 281 273

Austria

076 248 334-6

Italy

086 689 6819

Visa

02 299 1990-29

Czech Republic 076 076 249 400 ext 1501, 3330 USA

076 342 270

AMEX

02 273 0022-44

Denmark

076 378 365

Korea

076 234 452

Master Card

02 299 1990-2

Finland

076 330 530-4

Norway

076 237 156

Diners Club

02 238 3000

France

076 273 511

Sweden

076 380 000

JCB

001 800 000 900 09

Germany

076 610 407

United Kingdom

076 318 188

International calls dial: +66 - 76, Inside Thailand calls dial 076- for Phuket

Muang District Police Station

216 856

Phuket Airport

327 230-37

Tourist Police

219 878 or 1155

Tourism Authorities (TAT)

211 036, 212213

Kamala Police Station

279 058

Bangkok Phuket Hospital

254 421-30

Kathu Police Station

342 719/21

Mission Hospital

237 220-9

Thalang Police Station

311 123

Patong Hospital

340 444

Phuket Provincial Immigration Office

212 108 or 221 905

Phuket Tourist Association

610 365-6

Phuket Deep Sea Port

391 155

Phukiet International Hospital

212 853

Phuket Post and Telegraph Office

211 020 or 216 951

Vachira Phuket Hospital

211 114


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