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January 2014

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Life’s a Beach Getting to know Jana Sasikova The Guide Social Serenity Resort & Residences Wedding New Year Shopper’s Delight

Cover photo : In Sea Seafood Buffet



Hot Activity Activities on the island XD Theater


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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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Experience the Ultimate Phuket Adventure! The huge Junceylon Shopping and Entertainment Center located right in the heart of Patong on Rat-U-Thid Road, boasts one of the world’s favorite and most exciting adventure rides in the shape of the world-famous XD Theater. This is the ultimate fun and thrill-generating experience for all the family, whatever your age and no matter which country or culture you come from.



The amazing 6 dimensional Àlms run every day and sitting in the special moveable and reacting seats designed with the latest Hollywood technology, you are guaranteed to have the ride of your life, no matter which of the many Àlms you see. The acceleration rate of the special seat technology is in fact up to 400 movements per second, which means that your body can feel the overload of the thrust up to a force of two times the strength of Earth’s gravitation force. In addition to this, there is also a combination of orchestrated surrounding sound; special wind effects; amazing and dynamic special effects; and sensational lighting and movement. All these and the 3D glasses you are wearing combine to give you a thrilling experience co of super-dynamic reality through all of yo your Àve senses! Th The Junceylon Patong XD Cinema is just one of this world famous chain of ju th theaters which are located all over the gl globe and can rightfully be described as the b most famous adventure m rride in the world. There are a wide number of Th ongoing Àlms to choose o from fro every day including such suc epics as the Cosmic Race; Ride the Future; Ra Aqua Aq Adventure; Ravine

Races; Snow Ride and the scary Haunted Mine…..but no matter which of these great trips you choose to experience you are guaranteed to leave the theater shaken, stirred, thrilled and very, very happy. XD Theater is located on 3rd Áoor SFC cinema zone. Open 11am - 24pm. More information please call 087 585 8474 (English and Russian) 082 462 6787 (Thai)



Getting to know

Jana Sasikova Owner/Manager of DaVinci Restaurant and Lifestyle Brand

Vivacious Jana Sasikova is an owner/manager of not only the iconic DaVinci Restaurant in Nai Harn, but of a burgeoning lifestyle brand that trades under the same name. We had the pleasure of catching up with her over canapés and wine spritzers. What Background do you bring to becoming involved in DaVinci? Strangely enough I studied Philosophy and History of Art at the University of Karlova IV Praze in the Czech Republic where I grew up which may seem particularly appropriate for managing a brand named after Leonardo DaVinci! But in fact, I come from a restaurant owning family and so in many ways what I am now doing is in my blood. My family owned the Àrst Italian restaurant in the Czech Republic and subsequently when I met my husband Claudio Pivotto, we opened and ran a couple of successful restaurants prior to our coming to Phuket. When I got here I thought I was just going to retire, but I met Mario at Capannina restaurant in Kata and ended up working with him for over three years. Then fate took a hand in my destiny! I had an accident on my scooter right in front of DaVinci restaurant and Mark Norris the manager and partner at that time came to my rescue. He took me into the restaurant to catch my breath and subsequently I became involved in DaVinci. How did you end up becoming the Owner/Manager of DaVinci? Once I got to know Mark Norris and his partner David Roberts we realized that there was a great “Àt” between my own background and experience and their vision for DaVinci. Also I fell in love with the style, food and friendliness of the restaurant. I joined them and soon after I became a partner, taking over the day to day management when Mark left in June 2012 to develop his own career.

How is DaVinci the Restaurant becoming DaVinci the Lifestyle Brand? It was always our vision that we should add to this restaurant dedicated to fine cuisine and dining, all sorts of other complementary lifestyle services. We gradually expanded into yacht chartering and luxury villa rentals and management and that side of our business is now growing considerably. Many of our guests in the villas were seeking in-home catering services and so this is another area that we have embraced and we plan to open a separate catering company dedicated to this area in the future. What Future Plans to you have for DaVinci Restaurant Itself? We are opening our second DaVinci restaurant in the Kata Beach area in December 2013 on the road between Kata and Kata Noi Beaches. This will be a smaller version with many of the same decorative icons and will have a menu that is sixty percent the same as the Nai Harn restaurant, with the balance of the food selection reÁecting the ideas of my husband Claudio who is Executive Chef of both restaurants and also our Italian Chef who will oversee our new DaVinci. We are also planning a series of wine dinners and also Medieval themed evenings in which we re-create and present a selection of meals and produce from the historical period from the 13th to 16th Centuries. It will be a unique innovation for Phuket and one of which I think Leonardo would be proud!

DaVinci Restaurants and Lifestyle Services Tel: +66 (0) 76 289 574


Hotel & Accommodation


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

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 201 234

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

+66 (0) 76 349 800-7

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

Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 340 608-9

+66 (0) 76 294 300

+66 (0) 76 330 124 Sawaddi Patong Resort

+66 (0) 76 343 444

Sugar Palm Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 284 404

The Beach Boutique House

+66 (0) 76 333 113 Impiana Private Villas

Novotel Phuket Resort

+66 (0) 76 342 777

Club Med

+66 (0) 2 659 2888

Duangjitt Resort & Spa

Merlin Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 370 999 Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 414-5

+66 (0) 76 292 526-30

Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort and Spa

66 (0) 76 330 455-60

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

Horizon Beach Resort Hotel


Mercure Patong

+66 (0) 76 330 770

+66 (0) 76 302 100 Salathai Resort

+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


Capannina Inn +66 (0) 76 284 450

Hilton Phuket Arcadia

+66 (0) 76 396 038-44

Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 284 555

Karon Sea Sands Resort

+66 (0) 76 286 464 Karona Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 286 406-10 MĂśvenpick Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 396 139-48 Patong Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 551-4

Marina Phuket

+66 (0) 76 330 497

Two Chefs Bungalows

+66 (0) 76 284 155

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+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

Thanyapura Retreat

+66 (0) 76 336 000

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas

+66 (0) 76 336 900


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


+ 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


+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



+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

Anantara Phuket


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


The Racha Resort

Aquamarine Resort & Villa

+66 (0) 76 310 600

+66 (0) 76 355 455

+66 76 337 300


+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



The ďŹ rst

Thanyapura Junior Challenge Triathlon Event Saturday, November 30, 2013 Asia’s first active and healthy lifestyle destination, Thanyapura Phuket, held a successful Thanyapura Junior Challenge Triathlon Event seeing athletes and enthusiasts of all abilities and ages at its world class sports facilities. This event was held as part of the Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri Fest 2013. There were a total of 220 participants from Thailand and from all over the world; including, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, Russia and more. The event was presided over by Vice-Governor of Phuket Dr. Sommai Preechasilpa, who presented the awards to the winners. The participants were divided into Junior [6-8 years], Intermediate [9-12] and Senior [13-18] categories, the triathlon event gave the young athletes a chance to experience the world class sports facilities at Thanyapura Phuket including its 50m Olympic standard outdoor pool with biking routes set within the surrounding nature of Khao Phra Thaew National Park and ending with the run on the cushioned track. The overall winners age group for males: age 6, Timofei Aleksandrow; age 7-8, Rowan McCallum; age 9-10 Mathew Trott; age 11-12, Russell Liew and age 15-18,

Caleb Sadler. The overall winners by age group for females: age 6, Chiara Jessica Egger; age 7-8, Georgina Hagger; age 9-10 Siobhain Doyle; age 11-12, Sharifah Nuraisyah Syed Yusof; and age 15-18, Hinako Kawai. The Thanyapura Junior Challenge Triathlon was hosted with the support from the local Thalang Police Authority and Chief of Thalang District Chief, Supoj Chanakij, ensuring the safety of both competitors and spectators throughout the weekend. Event supporters include: Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), COKE, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, CBRE, Phuket Gazette, Phuket Gazette TV and 91.50FM Phuket. For further inquiries, please contact the Thanyapura Triathlon Academy T: +66 (0)76 336-000 or email



Live every Sunday at Sunset

Mai Khao Beach,Phuket Telephone:(66) 7633-8888


Food & Restaurant

LET’S DO BRUNCH! Twinpalms brunch



Banyan Tree


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

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:

Sunday Brunch at Thanyapura


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

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Trisara Sunday Brunch


Every Sunday from 11.30 – 15.30 Hrs.

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

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

Vijitt Resort Phuket


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

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


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Banyan Tree Brunch

It had been another busy week in Phuket…..getting up at 6am to cope with the trafÀc and then going out every evening as the high season parties started to kick in with a vengeance. We decided we needed a Sunday of indulgent relaxation, with great cuisine and a bottle of chilled Rose to bring a touch of healing balm to our frazzled souls. Where better then than the Laguna area’s lovely Banyan Tree Resort and Spa’s Sunday Brunch to kick back for a long, languorous experience stretching well into the afternoon with fabulous cuisine; a terriÀc wine and drinks selection; and live jazz to ensure you really recover from the stresses of the rest of the week in Phuket? As we walked into the huge, airy brunching area, with the lovely verdant Banyan Tree’s grounds dappled with cool lakes and pools outside the huge windows, we immediately felt a sense of relaxing anticipation waft over us. We settled into our window seat overlooking the brightly diamondiferous lake outside and ordered a chilled bottle of sparkling Rose from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. We realized that this was going to be not just another Sunday brunch, but something very special and memorable. After a Àrst sip of wine to toast our good fortune at having chosen this terriÀc venue to re-charge our batteries, we took a walk around the extensive salas Àlled with abundant cooking stations and food displays. The center of the main room at the Banyan Tree’s brunch sets the stage for its highlight of live seafood ranging from Canadian lobster and tiger prawns, to blue crab and red snapper, to crayÀsh and mussels all ready to be cooked for your delectation exactly as you desire. Then there’s the wide range of cooking stations, each manned by a Master Chef ready to do your culinary bidding in cooking any speciÀc dish which you wish. The range of produce and

dishes on display represents something of a gastronomic voyage around the globe and some of the great food cultures of the world and so a well thought-out plan of dining is probably a key adjunct to getting the most out of the extraordinary array of possibilities on offer. Tempting delicacies such as pan-seared foie gras, wok-fried Manila clams and Japanese sushi, sashimi and a salad and cold cuts selection that leave you salivating were all extremely tempting. But it’s important not to go too overboard on all the starters and main courses as a meander through the decadent dessert selection will quickly reveal to you. Featuring pastries, tropical fruits, freshly prepared crêpes, ice creams and Thai desserts it’s another tempting world unto itself. And be sure to leave a little room to savor the generous assortment of French and Italian cheeses to Ànish things off. Banyan Tree’s Sunday Brunch offers a dedicated Kids Club with entertainment for the little ones and prices start at 2,600++ THB per person including free Áow soft drinks and beer. For only 3,200++ THB per person, each couple will enjoy a complimentary bottle of Àne French bubbly. Kids up to 8 dine for free at Banyan Tree and children between the ages of 8-12 receive a 50% discount as well as free Áow soft drinks. Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Talang, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 76 372 400 E-mail:

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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: Website:



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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 Location: Kata


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 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


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 Location: Patong


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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 Location: Cherngtalay


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 sumptuous 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: 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: Location: Phuket Town

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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 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 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 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


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Great Seafood and Value at Chalong’s new “In Sea” Restaurant A new restaurant creatively named “In Sea” recently opened in Chalong on Chao Fa West Road close to Chalong Temple and as the astute reader might surmise, seafood is most deÀnitely on the menu. In addition this huge 200-seat restaurant offers a refreshing concept in dining upon the region’s abundant piscine and crustacean denizens in the form of an all-you-can-eat buffet for just 880 baht net per person. Not content with this great value dining, “In Sea” also features an enticingly inexpensive free-Áow drinks option. For an additional 400 baht net per head you can unleash a veritable torrent of free-Áow, beer, wine and soft drinks to slake the most ardent thirst and send you home with a large grin on your face. If you don’t want to push the drinks boat out quite so far, wine, beers and soft drinks are all available by the glass at attractive prices. Great value combined with great food in a fun environment is the seemingly simple, yet often difÀcult to Ànd, concept at “In Sea” and it’s already packing in many happy visitors to its burgeoning buffet tables as we discovered on our early December visit.

You can’t really miss the big signage for “In Sea” as you drive along Chao Fa West and so we easily turned out of the careening trafÀc, slid into the capacious car park and entered the already bustling restaurant. We started the evening at the welcoming bar downing a brace of bracing Chalong Bay Rum cocktails featuring that excellent libation from south

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Phuket’s very own all-natural boutique distillery. This had the desired effect of dispelling the psychic horrors of dicing with Phuket’s homeward-bound rush hour and prepared us for a good wander around the bountiful tables loaded with delicious cuisine. This was an edifying and necessary preamble to dining, as there’s a great deal of tempting food on offer and we needed a plan of campaign to sort out our gustatory priorities. There’s freshly rolled sashimi, or fresh clams, mussels, prawns, squid, crab and of course abundant Àsh on offer, plus a myriad of complementary sauces and dips with which to embellish these. There are also a large number of cooked dishes such as beef stew, pastas with various meats or seafood, roast beef, chicken, lamb and braised vegetables, not to mention all sorts of carbohydrates from potatoes to rice and pasta. The seafood is all super-fresh and wild rather than farmed, while the salad bar is multifaceted and fresh. Plan well ahead because there’s also a tempting array of desserts, tiramisu, Opera Cake, Thai Kanom, various ice creams a fruit selection and even a chocolate fountain to bring the extended munching to a glorious close. “In Sea” is a great location for parties, being huge and also offers private rooms in which karaoke can be set up, so that clients can both dine and celebrate ofÀce parties, birthdays and anniversaries etc. “In Sea” is also very family-friendly and a number of happy groups with kiddies were gleefully tucking in when we visited. All in all “In Sea” is a great new addition to south Phuket’s dining scene, so get along there soon and don’t forget to take a hearty appetite with you!

In Sea Seafood Buffet 3/8 Moo 7 Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0)91 035 5616


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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 started on the Great Phuket Koơee Hunt.

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Impressa Xs9 Classic Aroma+ One touch cappucino Anyone thinking of coffee today no longer only conjures up visions of espresso and café crème, but also of contemporary coffee specialities such as latte macchiato or cappuccino. This development also calls for a solution for small shops, ofÀces and catering establishments. All demands are more than met by the IMPRESSA XS9 Classic aroma+ which prepares twelve different products – including the trend beverage latte macchiato – at the touch of a button.

Design The design control elements not only look great, they also make navigation really simple. Ecological intelligence The IMPRESSA XS9 Classic aroma+ helps you protect the environment and save money. With the Energy Save Mode (E.S.M.©) the machine uses up to 60% less power. One Touch This coffee machine prepares your speciality coffee with milk at the touch of a button without you having to move the cup. All-round coffee solution Together with an optionally available cup warmer, a matching milk cooler or a vending interface, the machine can be extended to create an all-round coffee solution.

To experience more of Jura Coffee Machines, please visit our Boncafe Phuket Showroom, or call Christophe Centlivres (0)87 266 45 83


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 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 deÀnitely 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

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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 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 Àneness pleasure of pampering yourself. Tel: 076 346 080 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 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 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 certiÀed 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 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


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Aroma & Spice The art of aromatherapy can be traced back over 5000 years to the Egyptian, Chinese and Greek civilizations. Oils were extracted from aromatic plants which were used for everything from medicinal purposes to cosmetics and embalming. However, now in Thailand aromatherapy is often associated with massage and body treatments. Essential oils are used to create a soothing and relaxing ambiance and each have healing properties which can be beneÀcial for frazzled holiday makers. Massages which

use essential oils also tend to be of the gentle variety with long, restful strokes which will send you into a blissful stupor. These essential oils cannot be directly applied to the skin because they are too strong, so they need to be diluted by using a carrier oil such as almond and only one to two drops of the essential oil are needed for every tablespoon of carrier oil. Essential oils are not only applied to the skin during massage but can also be absorbed through smell. This is particularly useful during facial aromatherapy massages where inhalation is encouraged through hot and cold compresses.It is important to advise your massage therapist of any health issues or problems you may have before undertaking any treatments.

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5 Key Aromatherapy Oils Lemongrass has a refreshing and toning effect with a sweet citrus scent. It combines well with basil, cedarwood and lavender and is used mainly for muscle aches and pains, fatigue, stress and indigestion.

Ylang Ylang is great for high blood pressure, stress and anxiety. It has a heavy, sweet aroma and is most well known for having an aphrodisiac effect and is sometimes used to help sexual dysfunction.

Ginger is a warming essential oil which has a number of uses, but is particularly helpful for colds and flu, sinusitis, poor circulation and constipation. It has a spicy and woody smell.

Sandalwood helps skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It also soothes sore throats and nervous tension as it has warming and relaxing qualities.

Jasmine has a warm, Ă oral scent and is known to soothe headaches and help coughs, laryngitis and catarrh. It is also very good for sensitive or dry skin.


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Vara Spa Peacefully but Conveniently located on the west coast of Phuket Island I’ve just discovered a real hidden gem amidst the hustle and bustle of Patong. Only a few minutes walk from the mega shopping complex at Jungceylon nestles a quiet oasis, the Sawaddi Patong Resort, where the beautiful Vara Spa is to be found. Situated just off the main pool area of the resort, which affords lovely views of the surrounding hillsides, you enter a peaceful world of discreet opulence. Soft music and seductive scents greet you and the attentive staff, led by Khun Rosanat (Gay) the Spa Manager and Khun Da the Spa Supervisor, guide you through your chosen session. Lots of treatments are on offer including choices of traditional Thai, Swedish or special sports massages and a wide selection of body scrubs and oils (hot and cold) that make every spa session a truly individual experience. Whether you are suffering the after-effects of the tropical sun, or just the travel weariness of all that shopping and good living, Vara Spa has a perfect solution for all that ails you. All the products used at the spa are derived from nature and celebrate the healing herbs and plants of Thailand. Most of them sound good enough to eat too and it was a delight to explore all the possibilities. I settled upon 2.5 hours of deliciousness, opting for the ‘Thai Essence’ treatment, which is a special offer from the Spa (Thai Baht 1,995) and really great value for money! The delightful spa treatment rooms incorporate an herbal steam room, full bathroom, Jacuzzi and two very comfortable massage tables. Subtle lighting and cool music enhances the ambience and makes the experience both very private and very restful – the perfect atmosphere for couples or lone travelers looking for a calm, spiritual retreat.

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Starting with a 15 minute herbal steam bath and a cooling shower we proceeded to a 30 minute body scrub. Sesame, oats and tamarind essence were expertly applied in order to clean and smooth the skin and I could really feel an immediate difference to my skin texture. Another cleansing shower, more big white, Áuffy towels and I was ready for the next process. Traditional Thai massage is now known the world over and the lovely girls at Vara Spa are well trained in this ancient art. Using aromatherapy oils for this one hour treatment they managed to reach and ease those old aches and pains, sooth my troubled brow and leave me weak at the knees and ready for more. My last treatment in this great package was a very expert facial that the Spa calls ‘Queen of Plants Essence’. It was a totally relaxing hour of gentle massage and soothing products, including an icy cold cucumber paste, herbal steaming and numerous mouth-watering lotions that cleansed and nourished my tired skin. A marvelously refreshing experience that left my skin feeling so much smoother and looking so much brighter – an amazing difference. So there I was, two and a half hours later, weak at the knees, relaxed in composure, feeling deÀnitely lighter and brighter and being fed butter cookies and delicious herbal teas by the Spa’s attentive staff. What a perfect way to spend a relaxing few hours in Paradise! Sawaddi Patong Resort. 21 Sainamyen Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Phone: +66 (0) 7634 3444 Email:

Patong Resort Your Home Away From Home Patong Resort’s enviable location, well appointed rooms, excellent facilities and extensive grounds make it the perfect choice for any visit to the tropical paradise of Phuket. Just 45 minutes from Phuket International Airport. Patong Resort hotel is a superb resort that occupies one of the best locations in Phuket. Set close to Patong Beach, the resort is ideally situated for an enjoyable island holiday with the whole family. Although the resort is just a few minutes walk from the beach, great shopping opportunities and Patong’s famous nightlife, guests may not even wish to leave the grounds of this fabulous property. The resort’s extensive gardens and numerous high quality facilities and attractions provide fun and excitement for all ages. Patong Resort comprising of 111 Deluxe rooms, 11 Premium Deluxe rooms, 10 Executive Suites and 2 Grand Suites, some are overlooking Patong Bay and situated in the elegant high-rise building with the main lobby hall designed and decorated in a unique Chino-Portuguese architecture. In addition, there are 70 Premium deluxe rooms in wing 1 and 22 deluxe rooms in wing 3 set in the lush tropical

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gardens with modern low-rise building, with space of 44-46 Sq.M. 99 Standard rooms are also located in the greenery area, these budget rooms are in the low-rise building - the old fashioned resort style. All 325 rooms are equipped with modern facilities. All 325 rooms are non smoking and equipped with excellent facilities including air-conditioning, refrigerator, mini bar, television, telephone, bathtub with shower, and hot and cold water. Hotel Facilities • 2 outdoor swimming pools • 1 children’s pool • 2 Tennis courts • Conference and function facilities • 24 Hours Reception • Complimentary parking • Free Wi-Fi spots (available at The Emerald Coffee Shop) • Coffee Shop and Marble Lounge • 5 Restaurants • Sauna room • Jacuzzi Conference Facilities There are four function rooms with a total seating capacity for 250 people, perfect for residential conferences and weddings, New conference and function packages catering for all styles of events have be released by our Executive Chef.

Patong Resort Hotel 208 Raj-Uthit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Tel.+66 (0)76 340551-4 Email :

Distance To Phuket International Airport — 40 km. (45 minutes drive). Distance To Phuket Town—15km. (20 minutes drive).

6DQVLULKHOGH[FOXVLYH$JHQWSUHYLHZRIu%DDQ0DL.KDRv Baan Mai Khao is Sansiri’s Àrst Phuket development that features a professional concierge service exclusively for owners. Developed with the theme of ‘Unforgettable’, Baan Mai Khao is situated right on Mai Khao beachfront, an elite neighbourhood amidst many Àve-star Phuket beach resorts, that is famed for its priceless natural beauty. This ‘Unforgettable’ development conveys a superior level of living amidst the embrace of nature, sea, sand and sun – an occurrence that, once experienced, will linger long in memory. The entire project comprises six three-storey condominium buildings and three Àve-storey buildings – a total of 206 residential units ranging in size from 59.50 to 263.50 sq.m. Prices range from 7 to 53 Million Baht.





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*LYHV%DFN7RWKH&RPPXQLW\ Centara Grand Beach Resort chose to celebrate its 3rd Anniversary by hosting 100 local students from 6-12 years old and teachers from local school, Wat Suwan Kirikhet, at the resort for lunch and fun activities.


6XSHUQDWXUDO(QWHUWDLQHU/LYH6KRZDW6RILWHO.UDEL3KRNHHWKUD *ROI 6SD5HVRUW Internationally acclaimed mind reader Mr. Lior Suchard put on an electrifying live show at SoÀtel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort last weekend where he dazzled 500 guests with his unique and world famous blend of supernatural mind reading and psychic performances. The audience were enthralled, entertained and mystiÀed in equal measure and left the show with broad smiles on their faces!



Wedding at Serenity Serenity Resort & Residences, on the island of Phuket and overlooking the Gulf of Siam, is the perfect venue for your wedding. Set amongst a tropical plantation, our boutique resort with luxurious suites, private residences, exclusive venues combined with the uniqueness of Thailand’s culture ensures that your wedding day truly is unforgettable! Ideally located on the quiet and tranquil east coast of the island. Serenity Resort & Residences combines convenience and accessibility with the unsurpassed beauty of Phuket. Indeed, upon entering our gates you and your guests will become aware that you have arrived somewhere quite special and unique. After all, the resort combines exquisite architecture, sweeping sea views and classic terraces for an idyllic year round wedding venue, guaranteed to deliver a warm welcome and a stunningly photogenic setting for your special day. Serenity Resort & Residence Phuket Event contact : Tel.+66 76 371900

SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL GHVLJQKRWHO#SDWRQJ opens in Patong As of January 2014 the seductively named SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong is now fully operational. Situated on bustling Rat-U-Thit Road adjacent to the huge Jungceylon Shopping and Entertainment Center right in the heart of Patong and just three minutes walk from the sea. The new hotel is the brainchild of well known and respected property developer Theeraphan Choprasertchok who already has two distinctive luxury condominium developments, The Baycliff and The Privilege Residences in Kalim, as well as ME Serviced Apartments in Patong to his credit. The SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong is just the Àrst hotel in what is intended to evolve into an expanding brand which will have many future properties within its portfolio. The General Manager is Sittichai Tanakorncharoen who brings to this role extensive experience in the hospitality and retail sectors. He not only brings great expertise to the management, future direction and growth of the hotel, but even played a signiÀcant role in the design and execution of the hotel itself. The brightly decorated and designed modernist hotel offers 258 rooms from superior to suites and all of them feature the latest in-room technology to guarantee the comfort and convenience of their guests. The central thematic of the hotel is a modern, inspiring and trendy lifestyle which also offers the unique service and culinary beneÀts of being located within the tropical Thailand idyll of Phuket. The rooms have been designed with the diverse tastes and needs of today’s globally sophisticated travelers in mind. Whether the guests are business, family, leisure, groups, or

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couples travelers, they willl Ànd the amenities, location n and service of the new hotel very much to their taste. Talking of taste, the hotel also features no less than Àve different themed restaurants such as SMILE WITH ME lobby bar; SABAI WITH ME all day dining ; SWAY WITH ME garden restaurant and bar; SWING WITH ME the chill out bar; and SANOOK WITH ME pool bar and sky lounge.

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SLEEP WITH ME Hotel’s marketing thrust will target leisure travelers, couples, corporate and MICE audiences, booking through the three main channels of the Internet; travel agents and walk-in visitors. Geographically, audiences will be drawn from Europe, Asia and Australia as primary sectors, with the Middle East, North and South America and continental Africa as secondary source markets. The hotel has already very extensive stafÀng with 200 willing and well-trained team members serving every whim and desire of their treasured guests, who are already pushing the occupancy levels to almost one hundred percent over the New Year period. It does indeed seem that a great number of happy guests are electing not only to sleep, but to dine, stay and have fun at this terriÀc addition to the accommodation scene in Patong. THE GUIDE PHUKET would like to apologize for any confusion caused by the “Getting to Know Sittichai Tanakorncharoen” article that appeared in our December 2013 issue.

THANYAPURA GOES INTERNATIONAL AS 4-TIME TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPION CHRIS MCCORMACK TAKES REINS IN Thanyapura Phuket has appointed multiple world champion athlete, Chris McCormack, as Executive Chairman of the island’s world-class megaplex as it takes a big stride into the future with the establishment of Thanyapura International to take its unique and ground-breaking Thanyapura Active Healthy Lifestyle concept to the world. Mr McCormack will take up the reins at Thanyapura Phuket on 1st December, 2013 and be joined by new Chief Executive OfÀcer Michael Gilliam. Michael Gilliam, or ‘MG’, has not only been a Àxture in ‘Team Macca’, as the McCormack juggernaut is known, since its inception but for 20 years has been a k respected sports personality in Australia. As coach to many of the country’s elite Chris McCormac athletes, he founded the LifeVision personal training brand of gymnasiums and Sportoga, both of which he recently sold to concentrate on his new challenge in Phuket. The team will be charged with further advancing Thanyapura Phuket’s Active Healthy Lifestyle concept across all areas of sports, mind, health and education, including developing the junior athlete programme at the Phuket International Academy Day School.

PHUKET PULSE SOFITEL KRABI PHOKEETHRA GOLF & SPA RESORT NAMED AWARD WINNERS BY 2013 WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS Krabi, November 2013 – The stunning resort featuring 276 colonial-style rooms & suites, SoÀtel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has taken the crown as the Best Luxury Family All-Inclusive Resort at 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony held in Phuket recently.


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Phuket, November 2013 – Gerard Caleo, General Manager of Hard Rock Café Phuket recently announced the appointment of Naruemol Thierkarochanakul, as the new Director of Sales.

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Khun Naruemol holds a Bachelor Degree from Bangkok University. She carries with her extensive experience in Sales & Marketing. Most of her experience is from leading hotels, including Amari Atrium Hotel, Windsor Suites Bangkok, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui as the Sales & Public Relations Manager. Before joining Hard Rock Café Phuket, she was Public Relations Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin.


The UFE Phuket organization arranged and administered the second annual Phuket French Fair from November 29 to December 1, 2013. The French Fair is a celebration of all things Francophone and provides a forum for the display and interchange of French goods, products and businesses to enable them to connect with their audiences in Phuket and the Andaman region. The Vice Ambassador of France and the Phuket Governor and Vice Governor attended this enlivening celebration of French culture.

Phuket French Fair

Three New Years for the Price of One!

Making New Year’s resolutions (and then often immediately breaking them) is an age-old tradition all over the world. Here in Phuket, you get not just one, but three clear chances to make and then try to keep your resolutions, as we celebrate three separate New Years! On January 1st of course, we will enter the year 2014 on the Gregorian or Western calendar and in Phuket this is an occasion celebrated with great beachside dinners, lashings of bubbly and bursts of fireworks and illuminated Thai lanterns Àlling the midnight sky. On January 31st 2014, we’ll celebrate Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, as we enter the Year of the Green Wood Horse…. a creature renowned for its extroversion, who loves crowds, parties and festive gatherings… animal who will certainly feel right at home in Phuket. Finally, Thai Buddhist New Year’s Day, or Songkran, will be celebrated from April 13th to 15th giving you another great opportunity not only to make your resolutions, but to get a free shower, as water is thrown about with gay abandon all over Phuket during this holiday. So, with ample opportunity to make resolutions for a new and improved version of yourself, let’s take a look at some of the most popular things people promise they are going to do and how to stick to these promises in Phuket. • Health and Fitness This one is a biggie, as we all want to be seen on Phuket’s beaches looking trim, muscular and sexy. Yet as all New Year’s festivals are celebrated with lashings of great food and drink, this can be a difÀcult challenge. However, Phuket is a great place for exercising and being outdoors, jogging on beaches, swimming, hiking mountain trails, cycling, sailing, playing golf, scuba diving, or taking a yoga class. So, no matter how much wonderful food you eat in Phuket, there is an abundance of ways to turn calories into lean trim muscle.

• Kindness and Consideration to Others These very qualities are of course important central tenets of Buddhism and such considerations are often a part of everyday life in Phuket. Thailand has historically been revered for its consideration towards other people and welcoming of foreigners to its shores. So, this New Year let’s all remind ourselves to be kind to others as a great way of being kind to ourselves. • Smile and the World Smiles with you It’s been proven scientiÀcally that smiling and laughing, even for no particular reason, releases endorphins – those “happy, feel-good chemicals” into your blood stream. So, here’s yet another reason for sharing your gorgeous smile with everyone you meet this New Year. Of course Thailand is known as “The Land of Smiles” for the way in which people express almost everything from humor to embarrassment through a smile. Join the fun in 2013 and get your gnashers whitened at one of Phuket’s many cosmetic dentistry clinics and then get your newly gleaming smile into full time operation! • Enjoy a Glass (or two) of Wine Yes, more great scientiÀc news that a couple of glasses of red wine releases a tide of polyphenols into your blood stream which then mop up free radicals. So, responsible drinking is actually very good for you and as Phuket has a thriving wine culture, there are abundant wine stores, dinners and tastings in which to give your health a boost by imbibing Àne wines. So, your resolutions can actually be very enjoyable and happiness-generating things and with no less than three New Years in Phuket in which to make them, we are blessed indeed.



Event & Promotion THANYAPURA • New Year Eve and Countdown Night at DiVine Tuesday, 31st December 2013 at 7.00pm – 1.00am Let’s get together to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the extensive buffet dinner in uniquely decorated Thanyapura sport theme with live band at DiVine, and countdown with Àreworks at Booster Bar. THB 1500++ per person for New Year Eve Buffet Dinner with a glass of Prosecco to start. • New Year Family Brunch at DiVine Tuesday, 1st January 2014 at 11.30am-3.00pm Reward your Àrst day of the year with family and friends with our seafood brunch while your kids enjoy a variety of fun games including water jumping castle, balloon arts and face painting. THB 1,500++ per person (food and drinks) THB 1,200++ per person (food only) 50% discount for children from 6-12 years old For more information please contact +66 (0)76 336 000

DUSIT THANI LAGUNA PHUKET Monday, 6th January 2014 Enjoy a spectacular feast along with family and friends on a white sandy beach with stunning sunset views of Bang Tao Bay. Our magnificent festive buffet dinner features delicious seafood, appetisers, salads, hot & cold dishes and sensational desserts, complemented by selected fine wines from around the world. Live music, special DJ, entertainment and much more. Let us bring you good cheer and create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere. Commences at 7 pm on 6th January 2014 at Casuarina Beach Restaurant & Pub. THB 2,500++ per adult and THB 1,250++ per child, aged from 6 - 12 years. For reservations or more information, please contact our Food & Beverage Team: or dial +66 (0)76 362 999 ext 7303

SERENITY RESORT & RESIDENCES PHUKET East 88’s New Year’s Party Tuesday 31st December 2013 New Year’s Buffet including welcome cocktail entertainment, show, Àreworks and lucky draw. 3,200++ adults, 1,000++ kids below 12, 1,600++ (excluding buffet) including a bottle of sparkling wine. Price subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT. For more information please contact +66 (0)76 371 900 or Email:







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. After feeling I had sufÀciently built the company in these areas 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 ofÀce jewelry manufacturing outlet next to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok or simply visit anyone of our Branded websites at:,,,, or

Peter Stone Jewelry manufactures for several different markets starting from the Export jewelry market then at the wholesale level for stores and catalog houses worldwide and we sell retail direct at such locations as our Phuket Store and Bangkok Airport ofÀce locations and, of course, online. All orders are custom created for a 100% Àll rate so that businesses always get their best selling merchandise when they need it: On time… Every time. We provide the same express service for our retail direct clients whether we are making one design or one thousand! The client gets the same quality of attention to the creation of their Jewelry. Please stop in to our Boat Lagoon location or see us in Bangkok, just 9 minutes from the airport.



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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. Khaolak is also a great jumping off point in the high season for a trip to the Surin and Similan Islands, K rrenowned for world-class scuba diving, or for the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park further to the north.


in the Khaolak, Phang Nga

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 Àshery 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.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Beginner courses and d daytrips for experienced divers are freely available, most groups making a able, up about six divers ma maximum. aximum. For those who can’t get enough of th the he 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 milans in about 90 you can reach the Sim Similans minutes from Taplamu mu Ha Harbor arbor to the south of Khaolak.


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.


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 Àshing opportunities are available offshore from local line angling to big game chasing farther aÀeld.



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

as it could actually be classiÀed as a mud Áat, 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 difÀcult 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 Àshermen 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, Àsh, 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

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 Àshing. Poda island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise seawater abounded with schools of colorful Àsh.



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 difÀculty 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 Àsh 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 Àshing is available all over this region, from squid boating, to line Àshing 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 Àne-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.



•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 Amari Vogue Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 777 Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 000 Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 111 Anyavee Tabkaek Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 200 Mercure Krabi Deevana Tel. +66 (0) 75 639 999 Aonang Phu Petra Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 626 666 Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 789 Aonang Villa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 270-4 The L Resort Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 485 Aonang Ayodhaya Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 661 555 Krabi Resort Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 030-5 Aonang Buri Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 499

by Kata Group Beyond Resorts 8 300 Tel. +66 (0) 75 62 com p. ou gr ta www.ka

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

SoÀtel Krabi Phok eethra Golf & Sp a Resort Te T l. +66 (0) 75 62 7 800 www.soÀ w

Lanta Pura Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 668 299-301 Lanta Castaway Beach Resort Tel. + 66 (0) 75 684 851 Anda Lanta Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 665 018 Royal Lanta Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 684 361 Andaman Lanta Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 684 200-2 Lanta Marina Reaort Tel. +66 (0) 75 684 168 Phi Phi Island Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island Tel. + 66 (0) 75 627 300 Outrigger Phi Phi Island Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 900 Phi Phi Island Cabana Hotel Tel. +66 (0) 75 601 170-7 Zeavola Tel. +66 (0) 75 627 000 Phitharom PP Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 601 121

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