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CONTENTS

December 2013

THE GUIDE LIFESTYLE 14 20 50 57 58 60

Life’s a Beach Getting to know Theeraphan Choprasertchok The Guide Social Centara Wedding Christmas in Phuket Shopper’s Delight

THE GUIDE ACTIVITY 10 16 18

Hot Activity Activities on the island Phuket Fantasea

Cover photo : Diamond Beach Club

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THE GUIDE HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION 22 24 46 56

THE GUIDE DINING 28 30 32 34 36 38

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Phuket Beach Clubs Hotel Highlights The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket Pulse

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Let’s do brunch Brunch at Vijitt Resort Phuket Wine Dinners Restaurant Highlights Diamond Beach Club Koffee Culture

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THE GUIDE BEAUTY 40 42 44

Spa Highlight Exploring your comfort zone Sukko Spa

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TIMETABLE 65 66

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THE GUIDE ANDAMAN 68 70 72

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NOW 4 CLASSES DAILY 08.00 - 09.30 am 10.00 - 11.30 am 05.15 - 06.45 pm 07.15 - 08.45 pm

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TIGER KINGDOM

tep into the future with Phuket’s latest attraction; a 10 seat 6D 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.

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iger at Tiger Kingdom are hand raised by their trainers since young bonding with it throughout development process. The trainers employ a combination of repetition trust and encouragement to train their big cats and over time the big cat are use to human and often see us as one of the family. You can touching & playing with the real tigers they are not aggressive as you think. Tiger Park & Restaurant Open daily 9am – 6pm Buffet Lunch 11am – 3pm

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Fabulous Fun-filled FantaSea! There is a word in the Thai language, ‘sanook’, that means fun and it is widely believed that if something is not ‘sanook’ the Thai people will not touch it with a ten foot pole! Little wonder then that the amazing FantaSea complex keeps growing in popularity with both Thai people and international visitors to this beautiful tropical island of Phuket. Designed as the first Thai cultural theme park, FantaSea opened its doors on 20th December, 1998 and is now the longest running permanent show in Asia. This ground breaking enterprise was conceived and created by the prominent and farsighted Thai businessman, Mr. Pin Kewkacha and both he and his talented son and daughter, Kittikorn and Sopida are still closely involved in every aspect of the day-to-day operations. Attention to even the smallest detail is the key to FantaSea’s great success and the whole operation moves like a well oiled machine with only one aim, to ensure that all visitors have a fun-filled experience. The FantaSea park covers around 14,500 square meters of land just outside the popular beach resort of Kamala, 30 minutes from Phuket airport and close to all the main beach resorts of the island. The imposing entrance to the park leads you into ample parking areas and well lit drop points for cars and busses. You immediately sense an air of excitement as the bright lights and theme features come into view and you enter a world of enchantment. You can linger awhile at the main entrance to feed the tumbling rush of large fish that inhabit the lake area and then take a leisurely stroll across the ornate bridge that leads into the main village area. Here you will find everything to delight, educate and amaze! A beautiful shopping village awaits you, with handicraft demonstrations, carnival games, cultural parades and street shows. A stunning Chinese Dragon Dance was in progress on my last visit and

the music and color set the scene for what was to come. A safari adventure walk, complete with some beautiful white tigers, has recently been added and lots of tasty snacks are on offer at the many stalls, as well as a spacious beer garden for the more ‘relaxed’ visitors. A stroll through this vibrant landscape brings you to the amazing area of the Floating village. Ornate Thai golden barges float on the waterways as you cross the bridge to the superb restaurants that form the culinary heart of the park. The Golden Kinnaree buffet restaurant and the Suriyamas Seafood Restaurant welcome you to a sumptuous feast in spacious and comfortable surroundings. FantaSea encourages their guests to purchase a combined ticket that includes both the spectacular theater show and the pre-show dinner and most guests choose this option. There is a choice of Thai and regional fare at the main buffet or a more expensive seafood and western food option and both are well worth trying. Dinner service starts at 5.30 pm and continues until the main theater show starts at 9 pm so the restaurants are never crowded and the multiple service points mean that there is never a queue for food. Just across from the Floating Village is the beautiful Palace of the Elephants Theater which celebrates the ancient architecture of Thailand in all its magnificent glory. It is a most imposing building with large paved terraces and a spacious central square that bustles with elephants! Here you can take the opportunity of riding one of these magnificent beasts and getting a true taste of old Siam! As you cross the bridge to enter the Palace you sense the excitement of what is still to come. I must have seen the show at least ten times over the last 14 years and it just keeps getting better!


As you wend your way through the entry to the main theater you glimpse the photographs of the hundreds of celebrities who have experienced the show before you and you certainly do get caught up in the glamour of it all. The theater is spectacular with 3,000 seats each with an unimpeded view of the action that takes place over a stage frontage of over 60 meters with state-of-the-art sound and light and special effects. With plush seating and comfortable climate control the entire theater complex is also Asia’s largest permanent show facility and a true icon of Thailand’s entertainment industry. The large assembly of elephants (the largest number in the world for any indoor theater show), tigers, goats, chickens and assorted birds are ably joined by the 400 human cast and crew to create 70 minutes of fast-packed action and special effects. The mythical adventure traces the exploits of the young Prince of Kamala, together with his magic elephant Iyara, who is a direct descendant of the ancestral elephant lords who built the kingdom. The Prince sets out to rediscover his true Thai heritage, with all its diverse regional cultures, win the heart of the lady and defeat the half man and half buffalo warriors led by the Àendish Demon Lord. All in a normal day’s work for the energetic young Prince! Music is the main medium of the story and the very little spoken dialogue is in both Thai and English languages, so a real feast of enjoyment for all nationalities. The sound and light effects of the production are truly magical and I am still pondering how they could recreate a tropical storm, complete with torrential rain, on stage. Amazing costumes, great choreography and a ballet sequence that has to be seen to be believed all combine to bring the best of modern theater to the rich cultural heritage of this Land of Smiles.

No visit to Phuket would be complete without experiencing this magical experience. mited Phuket FantaSea Public Company Limited 99 Moo 3 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 385111 Email: ticket@phuket-fantasea.com www.phuket-fantasea.com

Uniquely Thai, Distinctively Phuket Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa is a brilliant Phuket hotel that shines above the other accommodation choices on the island. An embracing array of services and facilities awaits, going above and beyond the resort’s 4-star rating with atmospheric dining, distinctive guestrooms, spa, dazzling swimming pool and much more means that Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa is a destination in itself. All surrounded with styling influenced by Phuket’s very own Sino-Portuguese architecture. If location is what you want, the sea, sand and waves are only steps away.

ANDAMAN EMBRACE RESORT & SPA Telephone: +66 (0) 7637 0000 Facsimile: +66 (0) 7637 0001 2 Hadpatong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 E-mail: rsvn@andamanembrace.com Website: www.andamanembrace.com

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Getting to know

Sittichai Tanakorncharoen General Manager of SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong Patong is one of the country’s main entertainment and shopping areas, with an abundance of restaurants, bars, night clubs, shops and obviously the beach, it makes it the ideal location for almost all walks of life. SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL is a brand new hotel which will be fully operational in Q1 2014. The Guide Phuket Magazine recently had a chance to get to know a little more about GM of the hotel Mr Sittichai, or Khun Bird, and his hotel. Please tell us about your background I’ve had vast experience in the hospitality and retail industries and have gained extensive customer service skills. I stepped into the hotel industry in an HR role to learn about a hotel’s structure, human resources management, and the creation of a quality team who can provide customers with ultimate satisfaction. I have continuously progressed in my career and have always looked for openings. I was lucky enough to work as a secretary for a GM in a hotel and that was a significant opportunity that allowed me to learn and participate at corporate management level within all departments including accounting, admin, public relations and marketing. Now I’ve earned the trust of Khun Theeraphan Choprasertchok, owner of SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL @ Patong, and he has appointed me as General Manager of the hotel. I am now responsible for organizing all sections of the hotel and have played a big part in the design of the hotel’s living spaces and facilities. Ongoing, I am responsible for building the structure of the hotel and its future direction. What is your management style? We need to understand our customer’s behavior, we need to understand what our partners want, we must consider our staff as much as possible, and we need to understand the task of every department so that we all work together effectively. We also need to think and work harder than the salary we receive. This is my work, my job and my passion. www.theguidephuket.com

How did SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL come about? Khun Theeraphan, the owner of our company, has a keen interest in real estate and he started his business with 2 luxury condominium in Kalim, The Baycliff and The Privilege Residences, and also ME Serviced Apartments in Patong. He took part in an auction for long term rental of one of the most valuable pieces of land in Patong, adjacent to Jungceylon, which he won, and that is how he started SLEEP WITH ME, his first hotel project. Please tell us about your hotel SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL is conveniently located in Phuket’s main leisure district, Patong, and provides a modern, inspiring and trendy lifestyle experience with a full range of modern facilities, personal service and international standards of comfort. However, the SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL has its own individual character and will reflect its own local flavours. The hotel features 258 rooms, from superior rooms to suites, all designed for maximum comfort and satisfaction, and each provides guests with advanced in-room technology. Our rooms have been designed with the diverse needs of today’s world travelers in mind. Whether they’re business, leisure, families, groups, or couples, they will find that all the details and amenities, as well as our location within Patong are suited for everyone. What’s your customer target? We focus on a wide variety of markets based on geographic areas with the following principles: Europe, Asia and Australia are our primary target, the Middle East, North and South America and also Africa are our secondary market. Product divisions are divided into 3 main customer groups, customers booking through electronic systems (Internet), through dealers (Travel Agents) and walk-in bookings. For more information www.sleepwithmehotels.com www.facebook.com/sleepwithmehotels For reservation please contact : rsvn@sleepwithmehotels.com


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The Guide to BEACH CLUBS Beach clubs have become synonymous with Phuket over the years and beach club era is still booming with new additions every year. From party venues to relaxed lounge areas, each Beach Club something to offer and whatever your preference; sitting by the beach has never been so fashionable.

East 88 Beach Lounge

Follow the lady in the pool. Located strategically within the grounds the Serenity Resort & Residences in the south of Chalong. Best for families and groups, with a vast pool that’s open all night with a nightly performance from their incredibly talented resident DJ. During the day you’ll find a host of activities, a selection of Mediterranean dishes and on a Sunday the burger buffet and salad bar is affordable and not to be missed. Chalong.www.serenityphuket.com

OBC Ocean Beach Club

What to expect? Each beach club prides its self on their differences to their competitors, in turn making it a difficult task to put them under the same category. However there are always similar foundations for each beach club; signature cocktail menus, international DJs and stunning aesthetics that follow each beach clubs individual concept.

Overlooking the azure Andaman Sea at Karon Beach OBC Ocean beach club within Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa offers a different beach club approach, aimed at the higher society offering a delightful menu featuring prime cuts of meat and daily, fresh from the ocean seafood. An impressive cocktail menu and charismatic bar teams provide the foundations of a classy evening in Phuket. Patak Road, Karon Beach. www.phuketarcadia.hilton.com

RE KA TA Beach Club

O2 Beach Club

RE KA TA in affiliation with Boathouse is the place to take it easy, kick back and listen to the waves roll in across the sands of Kata Beach. A cool ambiance and warm, friendly atmosphere make this the perfect place to relax on a date, or in a group. With cool house music and friendly bar staff you’re bound to lose track of time as the evening unfolds. Thursday nights is Ladies’ Night and is popular with locals and visitors alike. There are free manicures and a free martini upon arrival for the ladies and a 50 % discount off the drinks price list all night long. Kata Beach, Kata www.rekataphuket.com

Catch Beach Club

Phuket’s most fashionable beach and the hottest spot on Surin Beach is still showing new-comers to the beach club era the way forward. Having recently hosted their 8th Anniversary White Party for almost 2,000 people, they continue to develop their product with tasty brunch packages and continued investment in their full on party atmosphere with the best DJ’s and a well stocked bar. Surin Beach, Chengtalay. www.catchbeachclub.com

Phuket’s newcomer, the sexiest flirt place in phuket, the O2 brand has finally reached the shores of Chalong. Promoting a sexy and chic atmosphere that’s focused on heir extravagant pool and bar area that stretches the entire length of the enormous waterfront. The focal point of the club atmosphere can be found directly in front of the pool area on a large sandy dance area, shadowed by an impressive sound system and DJ podium. Ao Chalong Beach, Chalong. www.thailand-resort.net

Diamond Beach Club, Phuket

Affordable luxury has finally arrived on Phuket’s exclusive Surin beach. Retire to the large outdoor bar area under the shade of coconut palms and enjoy a cocktail or two, view the famous Surin sunset from the best spot on the stretch with glass of champagne in hand and then walk into our extensive wine cellar to choose your favorite drop for dinner at an absolute minimal make up. That’s affordable luxury ! Surin Beach, Cheng Talay. www.dimondbeachclub.com


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Hotel & Accommodation

HOTELHIGHLIGHTS PATONG

Patong Bay Garden Resort

Phuket Orchid Resort

+66 (0) 76 340 106-14

Patong Merlin Hotel

Ramada Phuket Southsea

Amari Coral Beach Resort

Andaman Beach Suites Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 879-83

+66 (0) 76 292 914-5

+66 (0) 76 340 037-41

Patong Paragon Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 290 555

Royal Pawadee Village Hotel

+66 (0) 76 396 519-23 +66 (0) 76 370 888 The Front Village

+66 (0) 76 398 200-5

+66 (0) 76 344 622 Safari Beach Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 171-4

Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 370 000 www.andamanembrace.com

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 201 234 www.centarahotelsresorts.com/cpbr

B-Lay Tong

+66 (0) 76 344 999 Banthai Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 340 850

Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong

The 9th Floor Residence +66 (0) 76 344 987 www.roomsatthe9th.com

Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 414-5

+66 (0) 2 659 2888

Duangjitt Resort & Spa

Kata Beach Resort

+ 66 (0) 76 342 090-4, 340 310-1

+66 (0) 76 330 530-4

Le MĂŠridien Phuket Beach Resort

Kata Palm Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 340 680-5

+66 (0) 76 284 334-8

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

+66 (0) 76 292 526-30 Merlin Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 294 300 Novotel Phuket Resort

+66 (0) 76 342 777

+66 (0) 76 370 999

66 (0) 76 330 455-60

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

Horizon Beach Resort Hotel

Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort and Spa Club Med

+66 (0) 76 349 800-7

+66 (0) 76 340 608-9

KATA BEACH

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort Sawaddi Patong Resort

+66 (0) 76 343 444 www.patongsawaddi.com

Mercure Patong

+66 (0) 76 302 100 Salathai Resort

+66 (0) 76 330 124

Sugar Palm Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 284 404

The Beach Boutique House

+66 (0) 76 333 113 Impiana Private Villas

+66 (0) 76 330 770

+66 (0) 76 296 631 The Nap Patong

+66 (0) 76 296 631-4 The Royal Paradise Hotel

+66 (0) 76 340 666

Thara Patong Beach Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 340 520 Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central +66 (0) 76 360 000 www.holidayinnexpress.com/phuketpatong

KARON BEACH

Hilton Phuket Arcadia

+66 (0) 76 396 038-44

Capannina Inn +66 (0) 76 284 450 www.phuket-capannina-inn.com

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 Patong Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 551-4 www.patongresorthotel.com www.theguidephuket.com

+66 (0) 76 396 139-48 Marina Phuket

+66 (0) 76 330 497

Two Chefs Bungalows

+66 (0) 76 284 155 www.twochefs-phuket.com


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HOTELHIGHLIGHTS BANG TAO BEACH Amora Beach Resort Phuket

+66 (0) 76 324 021-2 Bangtao Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 270 680-5 Banyan Tree Phuket

+66 (0) 76 324 374

Angsana Laguna Phuket

+66 (0) 76 324 101 Mövenpick Residence

+66 (0) 76 396 139

The Vijitt Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 363 600 www.vijittresort.com

Thanyapura Retreat

+66 (0) 76 336 000 www.thanyapura.com

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas

+66 (0) 76 336 900

RAWAI BEACH & NAI HARN

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

All Season Naiharn Phuket Hotel

+66 (0) 76 338 000

Friendship Bungalow

+66 (0) 76 603 699

The Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club

CAPE PANWA

+ 66 (0) 76 289 333 +66 (0) 76 288 996

+66 (0) 76 381 360-6

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Maikhao Beach

Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket

+66 (0) 76 391 123-5 NAIYANG & NAITHORN Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 362 999 www.dusit.com

SURIN BEACH Amanpuri

+66 (0) 76 324 333

Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort&Spa

+66 (0) 76 271 271 The Surin Phuket

+66 (0) 76 621 580

The Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket

Dewa Phuket

+66 (0) 76 391 514

Indigo Pearl

+66 (0) 76 602 500

Naithon Buri Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 371 000

Naiyang Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 302 940

Trisara

PHUKET CITY

+66 (0) 76 372 300

Radisson Resort Phuket Panwa Beach

+66 (0) 76 327 006-9

Sri Panwa, Phuket

+66 (0) 76 318 700

Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach

+66 (0) 76 328 300 +66 (0) 76 310 100

The Imperial Adamas Beach Resort

+(66) 76 316 000

L’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

i Pavilion Phuket Hotel

+66 (0) 76 210 445-7 Phuket Merlin Hotel

+66 (0) 76 212 866-70 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 MAIKHAO Twinpalms Phuket

+66 (0) 76 316 500 www.twinpalms-phuket.com

Anantara Phuket

NAKA ISLAND

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa

The Naka Island A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket

+66 (0) 76 336 100 +66 (0) 76 363 999

+66 (0) 76 371 400 RACHA ISLAND

KAMALA BEACH

The Racha Resort

Aquamarine Resort & Villa

+66 (0) 76 310 600

+66 (0) 76 355 455

+66 76 337 300

SIRAY ISLAND

+66 (0) 76 324 111-4

The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa Phuket

Cape Sienna

Kamala Beach Estate

Kamala Beach Hotel & Resort

+66 (0) 76 279 580-5 Andara Phuket

+66 (0) 76 338 777

Sala Phuket Resort and Spa

+66 (0) 76 335 600

+66 (0) 76 338 888 www.salaphuket.com

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Eat, Chill, Dance and Be Seen at the North Phuket Culinary Arts Festival 2013 Mai Khao Beach situated in Northern Phuket will play host to the – 4thannual North Phuket Culinary Arts Festival, from December 6th– 8th 2013. The festival celebrates the culinary talent and attractions of this unspoiled part of Phuket. ɻ Friday, December 6th, 2013 “Join us”for another epic North Phuket’s longest dining table at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa and Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. Spanning over 300 meters between both luxury resorts, the spectacular culinary setting marks the milestone for the beginning of this year’s event. Dine on Phuket regional cuisine and indulge yourselves with complimentary beer, wine & refreshments whilst enjoying great entertainment and modern art by local artists, on this once in a life time opportunity.

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ɻ Saturday, December 7th, 2013 Anantara Phuket Villas and Anantara Vacation Club presents ‘Infinity Sunset Grill’

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With selections of a char-grilledAndaman delicacies, Provincial authentic Thai cuisine and interactive drink stations across the Pool deck and beachside, indulge in our culinary talents for a night of inspirational food, beverage and entertainment! get up North to get down with style. Starting from 7pm to late! JW Marriott Phuket Res

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JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa “The Best of the West Vs the Feast from the East Buffet”…. a bounty of sophisticated tastes from the JW Marriott’s 11 restaurants and bars stations for you to savor! Enjoy JW Marriott’s restaurants under the stars and experience a truly memorable evening, whilst enjoying great entertainment from our live acts. Kids will also be entertained with free access to ‘Kids Pavilion’. Starting from 6.30pm!

Prices start from THB 1,600 net per adult for a single pass event; THB 4,200 net per adult for a 3 day pass and kids under 12yrs of age 50% and kids under 7yrs of age free!

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For reservations and further information: • Sala PhuketResort and Spa Tel: 076 338 888 Email: events@salaphuket.com • Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa Tel: 076 363 999 Email: rhi.hktbr.fb.sales.executive@renaissancehotels.com • Anantara Phuket Villas Tel: 076 336 100 Email: phuket@anantara.com • JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa Tel: 076 338 000 Email: mhrs.hktjw.fbdiningexperience@marriott.com


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Mai Khao Beach,Phuket www.salaphuket.com Telephone:(66) 7633-8888

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LET’S DO BRUNCH! Banyan Tree

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Banyan Tree Sunday Brunch

Every Sunday From 12.00 – 15.30 Hrs. For truly luxurious dining in a relaxed lakeside setting. Sip champagne and enjoy the live jazz band as only the very freshest local and imported seafood is prepared to your individual taste. Foie Gras, flown in fresh from France and a superb international cheese board are just some of the delights for you to savour. Advance booking are recommended and there is a ‘Kids Club’ too! • Baht 3,200++ per person with a bottle of champagne per couple • Baht 2,500++ per person with free flow soft drink and beer • Kids up to 8 dine for free and children between the ages of 8-12 receive a 50% discount as well as free flow soft drinks Tel: 076-372400 for reservations: fb-phuket@banyantree.com

Twinpalms brunch

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Twinpalms

Every Sunday from 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs. 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 Tel : 076 316 577 www.twinpalms-phuket.com

Sunday Brunch at Thanyapura

Thanyapura SUNDAY BRUNCH

Every Sunday From 11.30-14.30 hrs. High quality imported Oysters, Lobsters, Grilled Seafood, Wagyu Beef and a sumptuous choice of homemade desserts with free flow beverages including wines and cocktails. Get Free Day Pass to Thanyapura facilities valued at 600THB and free access to kid’s club. Buffet with free flow non-alcohol drinks • Adult THB 1,800* per person • Child THB 900* per person Buffet with free flow wines and selected cocktails • THB 2,150* per person *Price is subject to 10% service charge and 7% applicable government tax. TSLC members discount benefits is not applicable. For reservations, please contact DiVine Restaurant Tel: +66 (0)76 336 000 www.thanyapura.com

Centara Grand Sunday Family Lunch

SUNDAY FAMILY LUNCH

Centara Grand

Come and enjoy this spectacular lunch every first and third Sunday of the month. Savor a fabulous meal accompanied by our music band from 12.00 PM to 03.00 PM. Finished with lunch? Your whole family is invited to enjoy our swimming poor, kid’s pool, lazy river, jumping cliff and water slides! • 1,490 THB net per person included softs drinks, water, coffee & tea • 1,890 THB net per person with one bottle of red, white or rose wine per couple • Free for children under age 5 & half price for children ages 6-12 Valet parking services provided, limited booking for 80 people Tel. 076 201 234 E-mail. marermcpbr@chr.co.th www.theguidephuket.com


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Come and indulge on Laurent Perrier Champagne or a wide variety of wines. 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. • 3,900++ 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 • 2,100++ THB per person brunch only Tel: 076 310 100 www.trisara.com

The Vijitt Resort Phuket Every Sunday From 12.00 – 3.00 Hrs.

Vijitt Resort Phuket

SUNDAY LUNCH

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. • Baht 1,099 net per person with free flow soft drinks • Baht 1,399 net per person with a bottle of wine per couple • Baht 3,099 net per person with a bottle of champagne per couple HALF PRICE for children from 4 to 12 years old. FREE for children under 4 years old. Complimentary use of our 40m Infinity Edge Swimming Pool Kids Club for 4 to 12 years old. Tel: 076 363 600 www.vijittresort.com

Hilton Sunday Brunch

Every Sunday From 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs. Enjoy our lavish international buffet with friends and family each Sunday at Sails! Our jazz band sets the mood for a relaxing afternoon with delicious live cooking stations, Hilton SUNDAY BRUNCH food, refreshing drinks and good company. Balloon artists entertain the little ones with face painting and kids’ activities. Sunday Brunch at Sails – a Hilton Experience • 1,400++ THB per adult (includes bottle of house wine per couple) • 1,100++ THB per adult (without wine) • 700++ THB per child* (Ages 5-12) *All prices are in Thai baht and are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT. Tel: 076 396 433 www.phuketarcadia.hilton.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


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Great Cuisʖnɏ , Jazz and Views at

Vijitt’s Friendly Sunday Lunch

Ah….another lazy Sunday in Phuket with at last a little time just to relax and indulge in some great cuisine and live jazz overlooking one of the island’s most sensational vistas, while the little ones are taken care of in the Kids’ Club. That’s the magic formula which has made the delightful Vijitt Resort’s Family Sunday Lunch so well-loved and successful. You descend through Vijitt’s extensive verdant grounds beside cascading, lily-filled pools and waterfalls, then past their huge beach-side swimming pool and enter the breezy open sided sala, or enclosed air-conditioned section of their Savoury Restaurant. Somehow you immediately start to feel supremely relaxed and happy. You’re greeted by smiling staff who lead you to your table commanding the most stunning views across Chalong Bay with its dreaming offshore islands and the more distant karsts of Phang Nga Bay etched onto the horizon. You savor the delicious aromas of the cornucopia of foods on offer, tune into the cool live jazz and let the children loose to explore the huge grounds, or go swimming, or hit the Kids’ Club. Yes indeed you think…. life doesn’t get much better than this! Now, where to start on the sumptuous array of food choices? How about fresh sushi and sashimi? Or maybe a platter of oysters, shellfish, prawns and lobster accompanied by selections from the abundant salads? Oh, but wait! There are also the various cooking stations where the chefs will conjure up foie gras, or a selection of fish, meats and poultry prepared to your own specifications. Oh, and don’t forget the Thai food, or the pastas and pizzas and of course you simply MUST leave space for a sampling of the desserts, homemade ice cream, fruits and then a selection of cheese and biscuits! AND don’t forget the chocolate fountain!!

Hmmm…why can’t it be Sunday seven days a week?

OK, this is getting complicated you think and needs some thoughtful planning. I know, let’s just start with a crisp glass of cold white wine and saunter around taking it all in so you can formulate your “lunching strategy”…..and so the perfect Sunday lunch begins to unfold!!

Sunday Lunch is B1,099 per person with free soft drinks or B1,399 per person with a bottle of white or red wine per couple, or B3,099 per person with a bottle of bubbly per couple. The Rawai-Nai Harn Business Association’s card gets you a 15% discount and kiddies are half price and ankle biters of four and under are free!

The Vijitt’s Sunday Lunch Buffet is from 12-3pm, but quite Frankly, with so much choice and with such a seductively laid-back atmosphere, many guests take advantage of the offer to linger longer and swim in the pool, or just continue to relax and enjoy the wonderful grounds until the 6pm Happy Hour kicks in!

The Vijitt Resort Phuket Friendship Beach, Rawai, Phuket Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 363600 Email: reservation@vijittresort.com www.vijittresort.com

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ACQUA PHUKET RESTAURANT ORGANIZED EXCLUSIVE TUSCANY WINES WINE DINNER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PHUKET AND PROBABLY IN THAILAND ON 22ND OCTOBER 2013

THE REGENT CAPE PANWA HOSTED THE LA CHAÎNE MONTHLY AMICAL DINNER ON 30TH OCTOBER 2013 Chef Justin Paul Baziuk and his team made the evening unforgettable with fine food, wine and service.

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CAPANNINA Italian

This restaurant 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

ACQUA RESTAURANT Italian

Acqua’s superbly creative owner/ chef Alessandro Frau selects the finest and freshest ingredients from around the globe to create the most exciting, healthy and delicious ltalian cuisine. Acqua overlooks Kalim Bay just north of Patong on Phuket’s west coast and is open every day from 16:00 until 23:00. Tel: 076 618 127 Lacation: Kalim Bay

ROYDI RESTAURANT Western & Thai

ROYDI Restaurant is at Sawaddi Patong Resort on Sainamyen Road. Enjoy tasty homemade dishes of organic and vegetables for your health, with special set for two and daily chef recommend. Tel: 076 343 444 www.patongsawaddi.com

THE 9th FLOOR BAR AND RESTAURANT Mediterranean

The 9th Floor is the most elegant restaurant and bar on the Patong skyline and is located 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. Heavenly food served by angels. Tel: 076 344 311 www.the9thfloor.com Location: Patong www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


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TRISARA SEAFOOD Western & Thai

The newly opened Seafood Restaurant at Trisara is set in a stunning beachside location within the Trisara luxury resort development overlooking Nai Thon Beach. The seafood in Mediterranean style are fresh, beautifully prepared and delightfully served and the wine cellar is comprehensively impressive. All in all it’s a wonderful dining experience at one of Phuket’s most stylish locations. Tel: 076 310 100 www.trisara.com/seafood Location: Cherngtalay

TABLESPOON CAFÉ

Western & Thai local Phuket cuisine

“Tablespoon” is the only restaurant at Central Festival Shopping Complex that serves authentic Phuket cuisine, plus many other delicious Thai and International dishes, and more than 70 kinds of beer! Outdoor seating area where you can lounge about in sumptous furniture while enjoying our drinks and easy listening cool music. Special Promotion: Mojito season Buy 1 get 1 free 4.00pm–7.00pm Tel: 076 307 227 Open Hour: 10.30am – 10 .30pm Everyday Location: Outdoor Larnlom Courtyard Central Festival Phuket

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: celtiquethai@hotmail.com Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai

BLUE ELEPHANT Royal Thai Cuisine

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


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SALA RESTAURANT International & Thai

SALA Phuket Restaurant offers an exceptional blend of mouth-watering international cuisine and scrumptious traditional Thai delicacies. Savor fresh seafood, exceptional international cuisine and Thai favourites. SALA Phuket Restaurant now on a trip advisor. Tel: 076 338 888 www.salaphuket.com Location: Maikhao

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 08.00-24.00. Kata: 076 284 155 Kata Centre : 076 330 065 Karon: 076 286 479 www.twochefs-phuket.com Location: Kata, Karon

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 – 19.00 Hrs. Free use of pool facilities for customers. Tel: 076 371 900 www.serenityphuket.com Location: Rawai

2 GETHER 2Gether has long been know for it’s great pizza menu. Thai food choices are also accommodated on this extensive menu that also features tasteful European delights from Sweden and surrounding countries. Tel: 084 840 0704, 085 292 5652 www.2getherguesthouse.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


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The luxuriously designed and furnished Diamond Beach Club commands the most spectacular location, rightonthe-sands overlooking the dancing diamondiferous waters and fabulous pyrotechnical sun sets of Surin Beach and the Andaman Sea. This unbeatable location and setting has established Diamond Beach Club as preeminent among this increasingly crowded scene. But in its one year of existence, Diamond has gone much further in leaving the rest of the burgeoning beach clubs in its wake by putting great emphasis on “affordability” and “good value” as two of its mainstays. This is highly reassuring for its guests, as the rush to the Beach Club idization of Phuket has lead to much overblown pricing and quite frankly blatant price gouging of customers in other venues.

The affordable luxury of Diamond Beach Club is found in both its outdoor and indoor areas for dining, drinking, dancing, relaxing and indulgent sun tanning, making it most certainly an all-weather and all-season environment. The indoor restaurant and bar includes a wine tasting/ dining room, walk-in wine cellar and a fresh roasted coffee bar. The large outdoor bar and dining area offer their gorgeous sunset views of the crystal clear Andaman waters and glorious sun sets and it was here that we started our own culinary adventure with a couple of superb cocktails.


The culinary team at Diamond Beach Club couples familiarity with uniqueness in serving the tastes of its global and often highly sophisticated audiences. The PHQX UHÁHFWV WKLV FRQFHSW ZLWK IDPLOLDU :HVWHUQ DQG Thai dishes such as Beef Carpaccio, Fresh Tuna Salad, Caesar Salad, Tom Yum Goong, and Phad Thai, whilst providing more exotic offerings such as their Chiang Mai sausage dish. The food emphasis is on “lighter beach bites” and there’s a large selection of no fuss dishes designed for easy beach-style eating. Diamond Beach Club is dedicated to developing the wine culture in Thailand by encouraging their guests to GULQNÀQHUZLQHVDWPRUHDIIRUGDEOHSULFHV7KHLUZLQHOLVW represents some of the world’s best wine producers, all available by the glass and very attractively priced. Diamond Beach Club offers the most evocative venue for corporate events, weddings and any other special occasions. For these special events you can choose from several catering packages, or the Diamond team can FXVWRPL]HDXQLTXHPHQXWRPHHW\RXUH[DFWVSHFLÀFDWLRQV Diamond Beach Club are introducing BBQ in the evening DOOLQFOXVLYHVXSSHUEXIIHWVDQGDOVRIDEXORXVÀUVW6XQGD\ brunch on the beach coming soon with the live band from Timber Hut in Phuket Town.

Diamond Beach Club Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 621 651 Email: sales@diamondbeachclub.com www.diamondbeachclub.com

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Phuket’s Koffee Culture KEEPS ON GROWING!

You know that feeling?

It’s 11am and it’s getting hot outside. You need a really good cup of coơee, possibly a naughty Apricot Danish, the latest newspapers and maybe a place to log onto the ‘Net’, all in a nice relaxing environment with friendly staơ.

Where do you turn in Phuket?

Well, the short answer is: “an increasing number of places” as Koơee Culture has taken of big time around the island and there are more and more great locations for super coơee and food with all the creature comfort of the Ƥnest coơee shop that you might Ƥnd back home. Here are some great locations to get you start on the Great Phuket Koơee Hunt.

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SPA

HIGHLIGHT SALA SPA Sala Spa: Exotic, mysterious, decadent total indulgence awaits! 5 indoor treatment rooms and 3 beachfront massage stations. Facilities also include sauna and steam rooms. For more details please refer to the spa menu In your room. Reservations are essential to avoid disappointment. Please press the spa button on your phone or Ext: 5000. Offer not to be used in conjunction with any other promotions. Tel: 076 338 888 www.salaresorts.com THE V SPA The V Spa aims at bringing back guest to nature, built in the shape of a villages style the pretty small straw roofed Salas blend totally with the natural beauty of the jungle. Each has been designed with nature at heart and fashioned. When in Thailand, don’t forget to have a Traditional Thai Natural Touch Treatments. At The Vijitt Resort Phuket, you can have one right on the private spa executive room or at the open air Salas. Traditional Thai Natural Touch Treatments is soothing and relaxing it’s definitely worth it. Try also the resort’s Aromatherapy oil massage, Thai essential oils are used to penetrate your body and ensure long lasting health and beauty. It removes body aches, loosens knotted blood vessels, cures beriberi and helps your body systems recover from stress and anxiety. You will surely feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Tel: 076 363 600 ext.703 www.vijittresort.com

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RARINJINDA RarinJinda Wellness Spa is one of Thailand’s leading wellness spa with expert therapist 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 the latest spa technology ad 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 capital, located adjacent to the back of Jungceylon Shopping Center. Tel: 076 366 724, 076 366 800-2 www.rarinjinda.com 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. 3 branches in Phuket Laguna, Bang Tao, Kamala, Kata Phuket. Tel: 076 337 777 www.phuketoasis.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 staffs, 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: 076 271 373-4 www.senses .co.th 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 owner and managed. All The massage girls are certified form massage school 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 VARA SPA At Vara Spa, from the moment you step through the door, 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 contemporary ideas creates immaculate beuty and skincare. Tel: 076 343 444 www.varaspa.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


Exploring

your Comfort Zone

Whilst on holiday in Phuket it would be a crime not to have a massage or health treatment. Phuket is justly famed for its abundance and variety. So don’t be tempted to just head down to the nearest salon and ask for a ‘head, back and shoulders’ or a straightforward foot massage. There are many more exciting and adventurous treatments out there and by deliberately trying something new you might find the perfect health treatment for you. Hot Stone Massage The kindest and most soothing of remedies; smooth, polished basalt and marble stones are heated in water, soaked in warm oils and placed on key acupressure points on your body, deeply penetrating tight muscles and softening tissue through the heat and weight of the stones. Many spas on the island offer hot stone massage, but a few go a step further and provide something called the ‘fire and ice’ massage. This uses alternating heated black basalt stones with iced white marble stones.

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The warm black stones expand the blood vessels, pushing blood and waste through the body while the cool white stones cause the blood vessels to contract, stimulating the nervous system. Historically health benefits have long been ascribed to shocking the body with very hot and extremely cold temperatures and this massage draws on those ideas, aiming to create a balance allowing stress to be released from the body. Fish Reflexology This is a relatively new type of massage on Phuket, and has come from Singapore and Malaysia where it is increasingly popular. This really isn’t for the faint-hearted as you are placed on a long bench over a rectangular pond and asked


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to place your feet in the water. As soon as you do lots of little fish come up and start nibbling your pinkies. They will take away your crusty dead skin and leave your feet feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom. However, while this is happening people do tend to have quite extreme reactions and the most common is absolute hysterics as the feeling of lots of little mouths all over your feet is a very ticklish one. These fish don’t have teeth so you are not about to be chewed up and spat out by piranhas. However apparently you do need to watch out for fraud salons where the fish might actually have teeth. This adds a little extra danger and excitement to the choices. Once you have finished with the fish you usually have a short, normal foot reflexology massage, from a human, which is a relaxing way to recover from the experience. Shirodhara Part of the Ayurveda holistic system of natural medicine, this therapy involves a stream of warm medicated oil - or coconut oil - being poured continuously onto your forehead. This may sound suspiciously like water torture, but is actually rather pleasurable and is supposed to be very good for sinus congestion, insomnia and even clarity of mind. Colonic irrigation There isn’t much to say about this technique that you don’t already know. People do seem to fall into two camps regarding colonics; those who love the idea of a truckload of water and coffee swooshed around their insides, and those who would rather die. You probably already know which camp you are in but if you are wavering at all, then do consider not only the health benefits – weight loss, clearer skin and bright eyes just for starters – but the fabulous anecdotes to take home regarding that little tin soldier you lost as a five year old or that scrabble tile that ruined every game thereafter making a triumphant return from your nether regions. Although Phuket is full of the usual health treatments and massages, it is also home to some weird and wonderful moments. Try something different. Even if you find that small fish chewing steadily on your feet doesn’t rock your world, it will make for an unforgettable holiday experience.

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Sukko Spa The Absolute Happiness

Jantra Private Spa Ultimate privacy is what sets the Jantra Spa Villa experience above all others. Richness and rituals are the integral parts of all treatments and products to provide the absolute Thai spa experience Facilities: Private Villa with en suite spa treatment room, steam room, Jacuzzi, rain shower, dressing room, lavatory and veranda Signature Treatments Sukko Synergy Body Massage (120 minutes) 3,100 THB++/person

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The Massage is performed with Sukko’s custom blended aromatic oil. An ideal combination of aromatherapy and acupressure massage, the process creates a synergy, an effective remedy for the stress and strains of work, travel and computers. The movements are gentle and rhythmic, with attention on pressure points and muscles along the body’s energy lines of Prana or life energy flows. Every part of the body is unlocked and comforted, leaving you more peaceful and relaxed.


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Massage Remedy Massage is much more than simply the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It is a touch. It is a healing art. It produces therapeutic effects on the systems of the body, the mind and the soul. “Crown of Sukko” Thai Head Massage (60 minutes) 1,300 THB ++/person The head, neck and shoulders are classic places in which physical and emotional stresses are held. “Crown of Sukko” is a fantastic way of alleviating and preventing the build-up of stress and strains. It is highly recommended for guests with stress and exhaustion caused by overwork, travel or spending too much time on the computer. The massage is given without oils and guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing. It is performed slowly in gentle and rhythmic movements, applying appropriate pressure on points and muscles of the head, neck, shoulder, upper back and arms. After the session, serious stress points in those areas are addressed. The circulation to the brain, scalp, face, neck and shoulders are improved. The mind and body is allowed to switch off and recharge. Alertness is encouraged, concentration is improved, and creativity and new ideas flow much more easily. A feeling of vitality is the result. Sukko Spa 5/10 Moo 3, T. Vichit. A. Muang, Phuket Thailand Email :sales@sukkospa.com www.sukkospa.com

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The Bell

Pool Villa Resort Phuket

The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket, Offering Presidential Private Pool Villa 4-Bedroom, Luxury Private Pool Villa 3-Bedroom, Family Private Pool Villa 2-Bedroom and Honeymoon Private Pool Villa 1-Bedroom. We are here to take care of your every need and have incorporated this by giving each villa the 24-hour butler service to take all the weight off your shoulders, allowing you to completely relax and enjoy your holiday without any hassle. Guaranteeing complete privacy, all our private pool villas are luxurious, spacious and perfect for creating fantastic holiday moments. The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket is located in Kamala, which is on the west coast of Phuket, 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport alongside the beautiful turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Only a quick 2 minutes free, scheduled, shuttle ride to Kamala Beach, each of our Phuket pool villas have beautiful 360-degree tropical jungle and scenic mountain views, which enhance the relaxed feeling that only Phuket can provide all traveling guests. “Your True Boutique Experience. Your Luxury Private Pool Villas�

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Primary to assist with all you needs, we want to enhance your experience by giving you a familiar face to help settle you in, plan your days away, make sure that all services are to the highest standard and be there for your farewell - it’s a full service designed solely for you. Our unique and friendly 24-hour butler service is available to all guests with all staff being contactable by using our free mobile phone service, inside your villa. Should you have any further assistance, please feel free to contact us at anytime. In Villa Breakfast Your breakfast is served inside your private pool villa, meaning that guests are free to enjoy their breakfast in complete privacy. Zhong Lounge and Restaurant Brand new to The Bell Pool Villa Resort Phuket, Zhong Lounge and Restaurant offers guests the opportunity to relax and have a truly unique experience that seduces the senses the moment you arrive. With an extensive food and drinks menu that enhances the ‘chilled out’ atmosphere, Zhong Lounge and Restaurant has a vibe that is un-matched in Phuket. 24 hour butler service Providing more than just a service, we want to ensure that all our guests enjoy themselves and return home satisfied after having a great holiday. With the introduction of our 24-hour butler service team, we are able to cater for all your needs & requirements giving you the full experience.

THE BELL POOL VILLA RESORT 41/31 Moo 5, Baan Hua Khuan, Soi Bell, Kamala, Phuket 83150, Thailand tel. : +66 (0) 76 279 914 fax : +66 (0) 76 279 412 reservation@thebellphuket.com www. thebellphuket.com

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The Royal Kathin Ceremony On Saturday November 2nd 2013, Managing Director of Panason Group - Mr.Thatapong Ittinantawan, Panason staff and local Phuket people joined The Royal Kathin Ceremony held at Wat Mongkolnimitr, Muang,Phuket. Phuket Governor - Mr. Maitree Inthusut joined a further ceremony held on Sunday November 3rd 2013.

Tri Property launches “Zcape 3” At Phuket’s new trendy business junction appoints COO to accommodate ambitious target of THB7 billion project value in 5 years Tri Property, leader in stylish property developer for new generations, expands it footing in Phuket’s prime business district after successfully launched two condominium projects. Zcape 3, a THB1 billion condominium project, is located at the heart of Phuket’s business and commercial zone of modern days, an area that possesses great potential to become the new business hub for Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Tri Property has named a reputable financial expert as its new Chief Operating Officer to help manage the company’s investment portfolio as part of its attempt to achieve long-term target of boosting combine project value to THB7 billion in five years. www.theguidephuket.com

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$QLPSUHVVLYHZHGGLQJFHUHPRQ\DW3KXNHW)DQWDVHD On October 19th 2013 at the Golden Kinnaree Restaurant, Phuket Fantasea, Managing Director of Phuket Fantasea (Public Limited Company) - Dr.Phin Kiwpaisaan sent good wishes to the wedding couple Miss Xinyu Hao (daughter of Mr. Hongwei Hao and Mrs. Suyun Yan) and Mr.Phanthil Jongjitrtrakul (son of Mr.Chaiphan and Mrs.Nithatsanee Jongjitrtrakul’) who held their wedding ceremony at the restaurant. Both Thai and Chinese guests got to enjoy the warm atmosphere of the ceremony, which they all said was great and very impressive. www.theguidephuket.com


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3UHVVFRQIHUHQFHWKHWK$QGDPDQ7UDYHO7UDGH On November 14, 2013 : Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Phuket Tourist Association held a press conference to announce dates and details of the 6th Andaman Travel Trade 2013 to be held from 21th – 23th November 2013 at the Duangchanok Convention Hall, Duangjit Resort and Spa. www.theguidephuket.com


THANYAPURA PHUKET HOSTS PIONEERING FUTURE OF EDUCATION CONFERENCE WITH MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY AND MIND & LIFE INSTITUTE Thanyapura Mind Centre is hosting the “Future of Education Conference: Contributions of Contemplative Practices and Perspectives” in co-operation with Thailand’s Mahidol University and the global Mind & Life Institute on Sunday, 3 November, 2013 and focus on the hot topic of mindfulness in education. b

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Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket General Manager Mr. Serm Pisitkasem (2nd right) recently welcomed the Head of SME Customer Relationship Management Department and First Vice President Kasikorn Bank Public Company Limited Mr. Varatad Tantivorawong (2nd left) and a famous lecturer Mr. Paothong Thongchua (center) after their participation at a seminar held at Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket.

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Amari Coral Beach Phuket showcases ‘new look’ and ‘new name’.

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A life to celebrate love Create your own dream wedding with the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. Conveniently located on Karon, one of the most beautiful beaches of Phuket, Centara Grand Beach Resort offers unforgettable wedding and honeymoon experiences. Whether you are looking for a small intimate wedding or a traditional big celebration, we have the right solution for you. With our 262 rooms and 9 room categories, we are able to accommodate every type of guest. Our 8 meeting rooms including Phuket Grand Ball Room provides you with a wide choice for your wedding venue with capacity of up to 820 people. Whatever your dream entails, we’d love to make it come true with breathtaking views, flawless service and enough romance to last a lifetime. Our highly professional, dedicated banquet team can prepare a menu to accommodate your desires, from pan-Asian to Italian cuisine or basic gourmet, helping you create a day to remember. Centara Grand Beach Resort has direct access to magnificent Karon beach and we are glad to help you turn your wedding into magic moments. This idyllic location gives you perfect opportunity not only for the unforgettable wedding experience, but also a superior photo shooting scene. All our weddings will be tailored to your needs to make it Your Unique Event. Our wedding planner will be in touch with you to assist you in any matter. Whether you want Thai Traditional Wedding or prefer Western Ceremony, we have choice for you. If you want to have less formal and beach style wedding, we have Hip and Funky package for you.

Your wedding should be the most beautiful day of your lives and at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, we strive to deliver a unique, personal and unforgettable experience to enhance the love in your relationship. We offer many kinds of heartwarming wedding events that will be memorable for you and your family. You can rest assured your wedding will be a special day full of love. From the moment you arrive, our wedding planner will take personal care of your every need, working with other departments to deliver perfection. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Let this day be memorable and unforgettable for you at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 683 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83100 Phone: +66 (0) 7620 1234 E-mail: cpbr@chr.co.th www.chr.co.th www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


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Christmas in Phuket

Christmas is barreling down upon us like a Phuket pick-up truck and the local geese are getting nervous. Or they would be if they lived in cooler climes, but out here in the tropics the geese tend to be spared at Christmas time, as we’re more likely to consume fresh Andaman seafood on the beach washed down with a cool crisp bottle of Prosecco. Ahhhh, Christmas in Phuket….you can’t beat it! The weather is fabulous, the beaches are glorious, the sea is eminently swim-able and there’s an abundance of superb parties, dinners and events to choose from offering wonderful cuisine, cool evening cocktails, lashing of bubbly, great music and fun, fun, fun. Phuket is without doubt of the most fabulous places on Earth in which to spend Christmas and New Year and of course hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers totally agree as they fly into Phuket and the Andaman in droves from all over the world at this time of year to indulge in the hedonistic pleasures and warm Thai hospitality that makes the Pearl of the Andaman justly famous. Starting with the huge annual King’s Cup sailing regatta based around Kata Beach at the start of December, this time of year offers up an abundance of events, parties and social activities that can keep the active party-animal and socialite fully engaged right through until March. The King’s Cup offers nightly beach parties as well as hugely exciting daily

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sailing races with over one hundred boats and thousands of attendees letting the collective hair down. That sets the marker for a huge array of subsequent beach bound events such as the Super Yacht Invitational, being held this year at the newly opened Kata Rocks luxury development, as well as all the Christmas and New Year dinners and parties that most of the big resorts and hotels offer in abundance. In fact, there’s just so much to choose from that a little help doesn’t go amiss, so we have included in The Guide Phuket a handy guide to many of the very best Christmas and New Year parties and events that are going on this year. So, jump into your beach wear, put a sprig of Mistletoe behind you ear, grab a bottle of bubbly and head out into one of the biggest Christmas parties on Earth.


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Event & Promotion THANYAPURA • Christmas Tree Lighting Cocktail & Dinner at Booster bar Friday, 6th December at 6.00pm-10.00pm Light up your night with our Christmas tree. Join us for this special Christmas tree lighting with special food and drink arranged. Oyster Bar, BBQ, Sushi & Sashimi, and many snack items are available with 40% discount on drinks to brighten up your night. • Christmas Day Brunch at DiVine Wednesday, 25th December at 11.30am-3.00pm Delight yourselves and family on Christmas day with our extensive brunch, fresh selection of seafood, meats, cheeses, organic ingredients from our farm and much more. THB 1,200++ per person. For more information please contact +66 (0)76 336 000 www.thanyapura.com

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET Tuesday, 24 December 2013 Sees a traditional Christmas Eve with a special poolside Christmas buffet that includes seasonal favourites like roast turkey, scallops, grilled seafood and festive desserts. Children are catered for with their own special buffet corner and gifts from Santa. The Christmas Eve gala dinner buffet is priced at THB 2,900++ per person. Christmas Day, 25 December 2013 Guests will be delighted with the day and night programs, starting with the Christmas day, The resort will host a complimentary Christmas party and activities for children in the Laguna Café garden where Santa will come along with a clown and baby elephant and entertain the young ones with fun games, activities and a magic show. A special discount of 50% for children aged from 6–12 years will be applied to all festive dining programs. For more information or reservation, contact our Food & Beverage team, Email: dtlpfb@dusit.com or dial +66 076 362 999 ext 7303

SERENITY RESORT & RESIDENCES PHUKET Tuesday 24th December 2013 from 19:00h Christmas buffet including welcome cocktail THB 2,500++ per person, THB 1,000++ for kids below 12. Price subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT. Featuring Thai dance show, children’s choir, lucky draw & Santa Claus Fun activities for the kids from 16:00h with Christmas tree decoration, handicraft & painting on the lawn. For more information please contact +66 (0)76 371 900 or Email: events@serenityphuket.com

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Peter Stone Peter Stone Jewelry, an American owned Thailand company established in Bangkok in 1987, is defined within a Collection of more than 39 niche jewelry lines from Designer Jewelry to Wildlife Animal collections to our Venus and Mars collection.

Peter Stone was created by a desire to travel and explore the gem mines of the world, and Thailand being the one of the largest gem-cutting centers in the world among it’s other great assets, I began my business of jewelry design and creation here. The initial demand for the jewelry lines came mainly from the places I enjoyed traveling to: mostly seaside resorts such as Key West, Ocean City and Cape Cod in the USA then to coastal Oregon and California a few years later. I traveled on to Australia’s Gold Coast and North Coast as well as Sydney and Perth. I was inspired by everyplace I experienced and thus designed more jewelry for each of these markets. The Peter Stone Jewelry lines continually grew over the years. $IWHUIHHOLQJ,KDGVXIÀFLHQWO\EXLOWWKHFRPSDQ\LQWKHVHDUHDV I moved on to the UK and Europe, all the while maintaining a home in Thailand. Peter Stone jewelry UK was established in Bridport, England in 2007, where I moved, family and all! The lines were well received there as they continue to be to date. Again I stayed long enough to expand the brand of Peter Stone all the while enjoying the British hospitality and experiencing the UK and Europe through the many jewelry trade shows there. All allowing additional travel experiences to many new and interesting places. Today Peter Stone employs over 90 people at our jewelry manufacturing location in Bangkok. Many of the same staff and employees started back in 1993‌.. 20 years a team! We support one another in the right ways. Our Team in Bangkok, the hands that make the exquisite Peter Stone Jewelry creations are the people that get the credit for such beautiful designs. With years of dedication to one another we have created a team second to none. We create custom designs just as your own personal jeweler would. We meticulously follow every design process, step by step, involving the client in each process to assure their personal jewelry creation is precisely as their desire. Please visit Peter Stone Jewelry and DiveSilver Jewelry at the Boat Lagoon in Phuket or visit our home RIÀFH MHZHOU\ PDQXIDFWXULQJ RXWOHW QH[W WR 6XYDUQDEKXPL Airport in Bangkok or simply visit anyone of our Branded websites at: www.peterstone.com, www.divesilver.com, www.breezeestone.com, www.magicksymbols.com, or www.justlikesilver.com. www.theguidephuket.com

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GETTING TO KNOW the Northern Andaman Region of Khaolak, Phang Nga

Just an hour’s drive north of Phuket in mainland Phang Nga province, Khaolak is a beautiful area with long, sandy beaches fringed by the many surrounding national parks offering nature lovers a pristine landscape of beaches, jungle-covered mountains, forested valleys, mangroves and estuaries. There’s an abundance of comfortable resorts and bungalows blending into the scenery along the coastline and being more low-key than, Phuket, it’s a place to take it easy, read a book and get back to nature. Go for long walks on the b beach, take a nature tour and explore the interior, go sightseeing by elephant, trek through the jungle, jun or go rafting along the local rivers with one of the daily Eco-Tours. K Khaolak is also a great jumping off point in the high season for a trip to the Surin and Similan Islands, ren nowned for world-class scuba diving, or for the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park further to the north.

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Nature Tours As Khaolak is surrounded by national parks, an eco-friendly nature tour is a must. A typical tour with pick you up about 09:00 and you’ll be driven to a fishery to have a look at the many exotic species there, and then taken to an elephant camp. Riding an elephant through the jungle is a life-enhancing experience and you’ll be amazed at the gentleness of these huge beasts. After lunch you are bussed up to a camp in the mountains where bamboo rafts then take you downriver. Trekking in Khao Sok National Park to the north is sublime and there are riverside cottages for rent, plus river rafting and tubing. www.theguidephuket.com

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Beginner courses and d daytrips for experienced divers are freely available, ab ble, most groups making up about six divers ma maximum. aximum. For those who can’t get enough of the e vivid underwater life in this area there are als also so live-aboard trips. Due west from Khaolak hao olak is the Similan he Surin archipelago Island group with the to the northwest and by speed boat ilans in about 90 you can reach the Simi Similans minutes from Taplamu amu Harbor to the south of Khaolak.


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Sea Kayaking There are several companies offering sea cave kayaking tours from Khaolak to nearby Phang Nga Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the departure point, the ‘mother ship’, which also transports the kayaks, takes you to limestone islands that have collapsed into themselves leaving the interior intact and untouched over many years. Sea caves lead into these lagoons and when the tide is right the result is akin to visiting a parallel world where time stands still. Wining an and Dining Khaolakk has an abundance of great Thai and international restaurants, pubs and bars, some offering music and all are welcoming and friendly.

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Home Stays and Environmentalism North of Khaolak there are many Muslim villages offering fascinating home stays linked to local culture, agriculture and the environment. All are well worth visiting and of course help the local economies. Sea Fishing Abundant fishing opportunities are available offshore from local line angling to big game chasing farther afield.

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GETTING TO KNOW the Southern Andaman Region of Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta

as it could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. The main attraction for visitors to Railey Beach is the adrenaline pumping activity of cliff climbing. The limestone cliffs on the huge headland between East of Railey Beach and Phra Nang cave, as well as other nearby islands provide world-class rock climbing facilities against a stunning backdrop of the sea with approximately 700 routes of mid to high difficult rating. Pra Nang Beach Connected to Railay by a small path, Phra Nang is on the outermost headland, backed by limestone cliffs soaring above the beach. At the bottom of the cliff lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok where local fishermen leave offerings for good fortune. Three hours drive south from Phuket through stunning limestone cliffs and dense forest brings you to the southern playground of the Krabi region of the Andaman overlooking Phang Nga Bay with its many scattered islands, hidden bays and beaches. Throw away your watch and bask in nature’s beauty or snorkel, dive, rock climb, fish, kayak, hike, sail, party, spa or wine and dine to your heart’s content – this region has it all. Ao Nang Beach Just 18 km from Krabi Town is beautiful Ao Nang with its 83 scattered islands. Each island is only a short distance from the next and so during low tide you can wade to a neighboring island, many with sandy beaches and crystal clear water and majestic limestone cliffs rising straight from the clear waters of the sea. Ao Nang has several famous beaches including East Rai Le, West Rai Le and Phra Nang cave which stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range. Noppharat Thara Beach Just 20 km west of Krabi and three miles long, this beach is lined with majestic Casuarina trees and is in fact part of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Marine Park and is the location of the Park headquarters. As with Ao Nang, it’s possible to reach other islands in the bay on foot during low tides. Railay Beach This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Railey provides visitors with peace and quiet as it is a broad sandy beach with fewer facilities than Ao Nang. East Railey which lies across the peninsula from West Railey is different from other beaches in the area

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Klong Muang Beach/Tubkaak Krabi’s latest beach destination, Muang Klong boasts both 5-star and boutique hotels like the Sheraton Krabi Resort, the Nakamanda and the Tubkaak Resort and offers powderwhite sand and safe swimming. The Lanta Island Group About 53 islands are included in this group situated at the southern limit of Krabi Province. Koh Lanta Yai is the largest and is both a traveler’s and up-market vacationer’s paradise and is as yet relatively undeveloped. You can get to Lanta on the regular ferry from Jao Fah Pier in Krabi Town. The prime attractions are its long beaches, clear water, laid back atmosphere and scuda diver’s paradise where most of the nicest beaches and tourist attractions are located. The Phi Phi Islands Known for phenomenal natural beauty, particularly the famous twin bays with their the curving beaches upon which lies the largest town. Phi Phi islands are some of the most beautiful in the world with superb scenery, silvery sand beaches and Emerald green seas with coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Hardly two hours journey by boat from Ao Nang, the twin islands Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh provide excellent accommodation options and are known as major “party islands.” Poda Islands Situated south of Ao Nang, 8 Kilometers offshore, Koh Poda or Poda Group Islands are fringed by clear waters and offer white sandy beaches, as well as, pristine coral reefs. These islands are not affected so much by the monsoon therefore are year-round attractions and an excellent place for fishing. Poda island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise seawater abounded with schools of colorful fish.


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HIGHLIGHT ATTRACTIONS.. Emerald Pool Emerald Pool or Sra Morakot in Thai is located at Klong Thom District. This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest. The intensity of the pool’s turquoise colored water varies according to the light and time of the day so a good time to visit is at dawn or early morning.

Bird Watching A trip to Krabi can be a very rewarding visit for any bird lovers. With easily accessible mangroves and low lying forests, there are many places to spot rare birds. Two excellent locations are Khao Kanat Nam, close to Krabi Town, and Khao No Chuchi Forest Preserve.

Tiger Cave Temple Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua in Thai is located about 3 kilometers from Krabi town. The inside of this cave features tiger prints captured in stone and is in the middle of an abundant forest with gigantic ancient trees. This place is remarkable archaeologically as many artifacts have been found on the premises including tools, pottery and the mold for the Buddha’s footprint.

Partying Phi Phi is known worldwide as “Party Island central” and Koh Lanta is not far behind. Krabi Town is more sedate, but there are plenty of good bars and a live music scene to enjoy.

HIGHLIGHTS & ACTIVITIES... Rock Climbing Apart from marine sports, Krabi is also an ideal place for rock climbing. Lines of sheer limestone cliffs along Tham Phranang and Rai Le Beaches have challenged thousands of climbers from all over the world every year. The levels of difficulty of the various routes vary, so Whether you’re a professional or just an aspiring adrenalin junkie, the craggy karsts of Krabi offer a huge array of bolted mounts. Diving Both scuba and snorkeling are widely available in warm, coral and fish infested waters with full PADI accreditation courses and live-aboard adventures. Sightseeing by Canoe or Kayak Many companies offer sea canoeing and kayaking adventures around Phang Nga Bay and into the many coves, caves and islets dotting the otherworldly shores around Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Fishing Abundant sea and even freshwater fishing is available all over this region, from squid boating, to line fishing in Phang Nga Bay, to big game adventures off the Continental Shelf drop-off. Don’t let that big one get away!

Shopping Outlet Village Krabi is located on Phetchakasem Road. It is on the way from the city to the local airport and features a tall lighthouse near the entrance and 6,000 sqm of retail space. Throughout the year, many Thai and foreign travelers visit this outlet which offers over 100 selected leading brands for all ages. Clothing discounted up to 70% is available here. It is open daily from 11:00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Enjoying the Local Seafood Have a seafood feast and savor the fresh day’s catch in any number of a fun, laidback, or fine-dining restaurants all over this region.

GETTING THERE By road from Phuket Take a minibus or frequent local bus from Phuket Town’s bus terminal with information regarding timetables, taxi or mini-van shuttle services readily available at hotels, travel agent or Phuket Airport. Renting a car is also a good option and the roads are wide, modern and relatively quiet. To Krabi and Phi Phi by boat It is possible to charter a speedboat or similar transportation to Krabi or Koh Phi Phi, or there are frequent daily ferries operating between Phuket and Phi Phi Island and then on to Krabi, or via the Koh Yao Islands, each taking about two hours.

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•Krabi Hotel Highlights •

Pimalai Resort & Spa - Koh Lanta Tel. +66 (0) 75 60 7 999 www.pimalai.c om

The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 400 www.tubkaakresort.com Amari Vogue Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 777 www.amari.com/Krabi_Vogue_Resort Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 000 www.starwoodhotels.com Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 111 www.ritzcarlton.com Anyavee Tabkaek Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 200 www.anyaveetubkaekbeachresort.com Mercure Krabi Deevana Tel. +66 (0) 75 639 999 www.mercure.com Aonang Phu Petra Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 626 666 www.aonangphupetra.com Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 789 www.centarahotelsresorts.com Aonang Villa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 270-4 www.aonangvilla.com The L Resort Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 485 www.thelresort.com Aonang Ayodhaya Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 661 555 www.aonangayodhaya.com Krabi Resort Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 030-5 www.krabiresort.net Aonang Buri Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 499 www.aonangburi.com

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Peace Laguna Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 344-7 www.peacelagunaresort.com Krabi Sands Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 600 027 www.krabisands.com Railay Beach Rayavadee Tel. +66 (0) 75 620 740-3 www.rayavadee.com Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 819 451-4 www.bhungathani.com Railay Village Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 819 412-3 www.railayvillagekrabi.com Anyavee Railay Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 819 438 www.anyaveerailay.com Railay Bay Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 622 998-9 www.railaybayresort.com Koh Lanta Layana Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 100 www.layanaresort.com Rawi Warin Resort & spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 400-498 (98 lines) www.rawiwarin.com Twin Bay Resort Tel. +66 (0) 84 305 4288 www.twinbaylanta.com Nakara Long Beach Resort Tel. + 66 (0) 75 684 198 Crown Lanta Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 626 999 www.crownlanta.com

Sofitel Krabi Phok eethra Golf & Sp a Resort TTel. +66 (0) 75 62 7 800 www.sofitel.com w

Lanta Pura Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 668 299-301 www.lantapura.com Lanta Castaway Beach Resort Tel. + 66 (0) 75 684 851 www.lantacastaway.com Anda Lanta Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 665 018 www.andalanta.com Royal Lanta Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 684 361 www.royallanta.com Andaman Lanta Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 684 200-2 www.andamanlanta.com Lanta Marina Reaort Tel. +66 (0) 75 684 168 www.lantamarina.com Phi Phi Island Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island Tel. + 66 (0) 75 627 300 www.ichotelsgroup.com Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 900 www.outrigger.com Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel Tel. +66 (0) 75 601 170-7 www.phiphi-cabana.com Zeavola Tel. +66 (0) 75 627 000 www.zeavola.com Phitharom PP Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 601 121 www.phiphiresortphitharom.com



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