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April 2014

THE GUIDE LIFESTYLE 14 20 32 50 55 56

Life’s a Beach Getting to know Govert Van Lankeren Matthes Songkran The Guide Social Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa Wedding Shopper’s Delight

Cover photo : Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club

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THE GUIDE ACTIVITY 10 16 18

Hot Activity Activities on the island Phuket FantaSea

THE GUIDE HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION 22 24 46 54

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Phuket Beach Clubs Hotel Highlights Centara Hotels & Resorts Phuket Pulse 36

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THE GUIDE DINING 28 30 34 36 38

Let’s do brunch Brunch at Twinpalms Restaurant Highlights Bill Bently Pub Koffee Culture

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THE GUIDE BEAUTY 40 42 43

Spa Highlight BeneÀts of Honey Senses Health & Beauty Clinique

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TIMETABLE 59 61

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THE GUIDE ANDAMAN 62 64

Northern Andaman Region Hotel Highlights Southern Andaman

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Activities

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

Tiger Kingdom

Kata Yoga

Phuket Fantasea

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

Hot yoga, the most popular yoga for men and women. It is the best 90 minutes workout, toning your muscles and getting you in shape fast! Beginners are welcome and it’s challenging for advanced practitioners, your instructor will guide you through the postures to provide you with the best workout ever. Sweat, detox and lose fat. No more stress, aches and pains. Kata Hot Yoga class is like a gas station, you gain energy instead of losing it. After the class you will feel amazing with a big smile full of vitality, wanting to come back for more. Get a healthy mind and a healthy body. Kata Yoga studio at the beach in Kata.

This is Phuket’s Mega show; it’s a cultural spectacle on the grandest of scales, complete with armies of warriors, vast troupes of dancing girls and elephants that literally rise up into the sky. The show takes place in the evening with a delightful dinner buffet. The park is the perfect family destination, rain or shine, offering a wonderful walking street with loads of traditional Thai handicrafts and colorful souvenir shops, exciting outdoor shows, fun arcade games and a tempting variety of delicious local foods. Located at Kamala Beach, mini buses run back and forth picking up customers from their hotels.

www.tigerkingdom.com

www.katahotyoga.com

www.phuket-fantasea.com

XD Theater

Luxurious Day

Tarzan Adventure

Step 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.

Charter “Isabella Rose”

Enjoy the thrills of Tarzan Adventure in a coastal enclave of soaring trees overlooking the sapphire seas on the beauteous coast of Cape Panwa. Tarzan Adventure offers an awesome combination of challenging obstacle courses, thrilling zip line rides and aerial adventures with 42 fun-inducing stations to conquer in a safe and controlled environment. The stations consist of ropes, nets, planks, cables and even a skateboard with high standards and the latest equipment throughout. The staff is friendly and well-trained and guides you through your adventure with a smile.

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Snorkeling in crystal clear waters, swimming at a secluded beach and discovering local island restaurants are all experiences we shared Àrst when we get home and these day trips are often the most memorable experience of a holiday. This magniÀcent 68ft Princess Fly Bridge Motor Yacht provided a huge outdoor areas for relaxing and sunbathing, as well as a substantial covered and indoor entertaining area. Contact: Asia Marine Tel: +66 (0)76 239 111 Mobile: +66 (0)89 508 1333 www.asia-marine.net

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Activities

Hot Activities

Thanyapura

Phuket Simon Cabaret

Flying Hanuman

Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC)

For more info, contact Tel: 076 336-000 Email: tslc@thanyapura.com

Since opening in 1991, Phuket Simon Cabaret has established itself as a market leader of professional entertainment venue. For sheer entertainment, our set designs are outstanding, costume extravagant and the performers glamorous ! In the exclusive, luxurious and intimate theatre with hi-tech sound and lighting equipment. Our show is truly international featuring modern and traditional acts from around the globe in English and alternative languages. You will arrive relaxed but will leave confuse as our performers are more of a man than you will ever be and even more of a woman too!

No other activity in Phuket will give you such a burst of adrenaline and excitement as the Flying Hanuman series of aerial rides through the treetops of a forest on a Katu hillside. This is an eco-friendly and completely safe adventure for kids as young as four and thrill-seekers as old as eighty. Zip lines, sky bridges and Flying Fox rides send you zipping through the upper canopy of trees at up to 60 kilometers an hour. You can make the experience “extreme” or relaxing….. just tell your guide how you want to play it. Flying Hanuman is all about adrenalin and fun!

www.thanyapura.com

www.phuket-simoncabaret.com

www.Áyinghanuman.com

Discover paradise at TSLC 230,000 sqm megaplex with extensive world-class sport facilities & leisure activities for everyone. Recently opened in Nov 2011, TSLC is a destination in itself. Get rejuvenated at Thanyapura Spa; Experience Divine’s signature dishes and drinks created from fresh local organic ingredients; Entertain yourself at Booster Bar with live sports on big screen. Tree Club service available for kids below 10 yrs old. Open 8am-8pm daily.

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Hot Activities Horse Riding

Siam Niramit

Blue Elephant

Here at our stable we offer you the greatest experience.Let your work worries and the pressure of modern society gradually fade away and nature take over. Whether a beginner or an experienced rider we have the right horse and the right program for you. Our knowledgeable staff will match you with horses that suit your riding skills. We offer more than 20 Australian, Appaloosa, Thai horses and ponies for riding, our horses and ponies are professionally trained and friendly; whether you are a novice or an experienced rider you will have great fun with us. Tel. 076 324 199

Siam Niramit, Thailand’s Must-See show, can be seen both in Bangkok and Phuket. Winner of multiple awards, this visually stunning show explores the country’s rich artistic and cultural heritage, taking you on an ‘Enchanted Journey to the Kingdom of Siam’. Fantastic family entertainment, the show features a gigantic stage, over 100 performers, beautiful costumes and scenery, and state-of-the-art sound, lighting and special effects. As well as the spectacular show, there’s plenty to see and do at Siam Niramit, with a traditional Thai Village of the Four Regions to explore, and a range of pre-show performances of traditional music and dance.

Cooking School

www.phukethorseclub.com

www.siamniramit.com

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Blue Elephant Cooking School has recently opened its Phuket branch where you can participate in one of our world famous cooking classes. Learn how to cook Royal Thai Cuisine with experienced chefs who will take you step-by-step through each recipe. Enjoy a tour around the local market where we will show you what are the popular ingredients of Thai food. When the cooking is all over you can sit and enjoy all of you hard work. Morning and afternoon classes are available starting from 2,800 THB++ per person. www.blueelephant.com

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Activities

Life’s a Beach

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

North of the airport is a beach to really get away from it all. Mai Khao beach is very, very long, and very straight, so it misses the cozy feeling enjoyed by many of the other beaches on the island, but the sand and water here are just as stunning plus it’s almost empty! The place feels deserted even during high season when the beach umbrellas are Àve deep on Patong.

Surin Beach

· Nai Yang Beach

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

· Nai Thon Beach

A little further south from Nai Yang is Nai Thon, possessing a similar feel to its big brother, Nai Thon has long been a favorite with the regular visitors to the island. This quiet bay nestled at the foot of high hills has a Àne strip of sand and a handful of pleasant eateries are situated just off the beach.

· Layan Beach

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

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· Bang Tao Beach

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

· Surin Beach

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

· Laem Singh Beach

Laem Singh Beach is small and very popular; it is located between Surin and Kamala. To reach the beach you need to walk down a short, rocky trail that is clearly signposted. If you are lucky and it’s not too crowded then Leam Sing Beach is absolutely stunning.

· Kamala Beach

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

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· Patong Beach

The most famous beach on the island is the center of entertainment, restaurants, shopping and hotels. Patong is indeed a famous beach with beautiful soft sands and warm clear water. But right behind the beach is the hustle and bustle at the center of Phuket’s tourism business. Here the hotels, restaurants, entertainment and bar areas, street bazaars and shops are crammed in a colorful and lively mix that typiÀes a Thai tourist beach town.


· Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a little beach just 5 minutes south of Patong. To get there follow a small cement road up to the hill through the jungle. It is a nice small beach with white, soft sand and large rocks Áanking either side.

· Karon Beach

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

· Kata Beach

Kata is certainly one of the most beautiful of Phuket’s beaches; a half-moon crescent of white sand lining a bay cut deep between two green headlands. Crystal clear waters and soft coral offers excellent snorkeling and just outside the bay lies a small rounded island that seems to wave its coconut haircut to those on the beach.

· Nai Harn Beach

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

· Ao Yon Beach

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

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· Kata Noi Beach

Just south of Kata Beach is Kata Noi, a smaller beach with only a few hotels and little other development. The beach is superb for snorkeling as many Àsh inhabit the rocks and corals along the headland to the south.

· Ao Sane Beach

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

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Phuket FantaSea The Ultimate Cultural Theme Park

Phuket FantaSea is a 140-acre cultural theme park and show venue located in Kamala in Phuket. This night-time park offers a multitude of attractions such as: shopping street, 4,000-seat Thai food dining facility, 3,000-seat theatre that features Las Vegas style cultural shows and a number of other attractions. The theme-park is inspired by Thailand’s rich and exotic heritage. However, Phuket FantaSea not only showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with cutting edge technology and special effects. Phuket FantaSea features a myriad of attractions that are inspired by Thai culture and traditions and cannot be found anywhere else in the world!

1 Palace of the Elephants Theater

At the heart of Phuket FantaSea is the magniÀcent Palace of the Elephants, a state-of-the-art theater that seats 3,000 guests. Fronted by a glorious reconstruction of an ancient Sukhothai era stone palace, with 999 intriguing elephant statues, the theater puts on a spell-binding show that is beyond imagination!

2 ‘Fantasy of a Kingdom’ Cultural Illusion Extravaganza

The award winning, Las Vegas-style production spectacle colorfully blend the beauty of Thai culture with magical illusions, 4-D effects, aerial ballet, acrobatics, pyrotechnics, special effects, exciting stunts and elephant performances, featuring over 30 elephants, all into one unforgettably unique theatrical experience guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages. www.theguidephuket.com

3 Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant

Begin your journey of enchantment with the world’s grandest buffet! Amidst the mystical Himmaphan forest setting, visitors can indulge in a sumptuous feast of Royal Thai dishes and International delicacies, prepared by some of Thailand’s Ànest chefs.

4 Tiger Jungle Adventure

Take a magical adventure into an ancient, exotic realm of a primordial Tiger Jungle where you can catch a glimpse of the gentle, magniÀcent creatures that inhabit this enchanted Kingdom of Kamala. Tiger Jungle Adventure is a “Theatrical Safari”, an original concept that takes you on a journey through a theatrical environment of 12 exotic and mythical scenes inspired by timeless legends and ancient folklore, starring many local animals and cutting-edge special audio and visual effects!

5 Carnival Village Shopping Paradise

Come to the amazing Carnival Village for a truly unique shopping experience! Here, visitors can buy a wide range of high quality souvenir products and enjoy all-night-long festivities, parades, craft demonstrations, street shows, live bands, elephant rides, games, and much more!

6 Similan Entertainment Center

Come join in the fun and games with their friendly sea creatures at Phuket FantaSea’s one of a kind undersea arcade and shopping attraction – Similan Entertainment Center. Fun lovers of all ages are invited to test their skills with exciting games speciÀcally designed to celebrate the resplendent beauty of marine life in the Similan Islands!


7 Viva Bangkok Stage Theater

A stunning new architectural design and a larger and d more dynamic stage area, replete with the latest in n sound, lighting and special visual effects. The revitalized d performance space will showcase the unique synergy y of Bangkok through new production numbers such as Suvannabhumi, Rattanakoson, TrafÀc Jam, Welcome to the City of Angels, Bangkok City Beat and many others in a dazzling musical tribute to one of the most colorfully unique cities on earth.

8 Magic Mountain

Inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the mountain range ange in the South, Magic Mountain is where mystical Àgures from ancient legends and folklore gather together to welcome all the guests of Kamala Kingdom.

9 Luminarie

The traditional practice of Songbird competitions in the South gives inspiration to this attraction, where birds of ancient legends serenade guests with melodious songs under a canopy of festive lights.

10 ‘Iyara Spectacular’ Fireworks Extravaganza

Hundreds of Kamala villagers gather in front of the statue of their beloved Prince of Kamala to chant and pray for his return.

11 Kamala Floating Market

A one-of-a- kind treasure trove which celebrates the way of life of the men and women of Kamala Kingdom. Experience the rich tradition of Royal Thai river culture aboard the golden vessels in the Anodat pool, where visitors can buy a wide range of luxury souvenir products while enjoying Thai artistic craft demonstrations.

Located on Kamala Beach, just st 9 km from Patong Patong, Phuket FantaSea offers a one-of-a-kind experience of culture and fun that no visitors to Phuket should miss! Operating Hours: 17.30-23.30 pm daily except Thursday. Reservation Hotline: 076 385 111 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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Lifestyle

Getting to know

Govert Van Lankeren Matthes of Kata Hot Yoga

Overlooking Kata Beach there’s a sanctuary of yogic good health and exercise called Kata Hot Yoga. Overseeing activities is the owner, an inspirational Dutch yogi named Govert, who we had the pleasure of meeting. How did you become a Yogi in Phuket? I grew up in Holland and until a few years ago made my career as a carpenter working in construction in many different countries. I then became a building contractor with as many as 24 laborers working for me, but I felt the toll this kind of work was taking on my body which always seemed to ache. I did a yoga class in Amsterdam and found it really relieved my body aches, so I started to get interested in the whole yogic process. I resolved to undertake a teacher training certificate in yoga in Hawaii which was very tough, but after graduating I decided I would like to open a yoga studio. I had visited Phuket since I was an 18 year old back-packer and many times subsequently and so I arrived about Àve years ago after my yoga training and looked around for a good location. I found this space above Kata Beach Road and overlooking Kata beach, which was ideal for me as I love the water and wanted to be close to the sea. I launched Kata Hot Yoga Àve years ago and it was successful pretty much from day one. We appeal to both local residents and many visiting tourists as well. We seem to span cultures, countries and nationalities and a lot of local Thais also take the classes and have become regulars. Also we have a great location and offer bungalow accommodation to those who want to combine Hot Yoga practice with a beachside holiday. So, I think all of this has contributed to our success. What are the beneÀts of Hot Yoga practice? I think yoga is something that everyone should try. For those that practice it regularly, the results manifest a new, fresh and improved version of yourself. SpeciÀcally, Hot Yoga refers to yoga exercises performed in a room heated to around 40 degrees Centigrade and high in humidity. The term “Hot Yoga” is used to describe a yoga style that use heat to increase the individual’s Áexibility in the poses. It is a 90 minute open-eyed meditation which calms the mind and is a good work out for the body, while making it more Áexible as well. At the same time your organs are Áushed with fresh blood thereby sweating out toxins in a cleansing process. It also makes you breath in the right way, which complements the exercises, leading to all round healthfulness. www.theguidephuket.com

What sort of people come to Hot Yoga? All sorts of people participate from Àt thiathletes and Muay Thai trainers through to people wanting to lose weight and detox. Also those recovering from injury and operations, through to ordinary people wanting to look good and stay healthy. Age is no barrier to joining and we also have many visiting and returning teachers from many countries that come and stay and give classes for us. I personally teach classes every day and now I feel healthy and pain free as a part of my life. Certainly Govert is an inspiring example of what can be achieved through regular Hot Yoga practice which strongly suggests we should all give it a try. Kata Hot Yoga 217 Khoktanod Road, Kata Beach, Phuket Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 605950 www.katahotyoga.com


Catch Beach Club

The Guide to Beach Clubs Beach clubs have become synonymous with

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

What to expect?

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 Ànd 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

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. Each beach club prides its self on their differences to their competitors, in turn making it a dif±cult 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.

East 88 Beach Lounge


Xana Beach Club with Attica

OBC Ocean Beach Club 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 Xana Beach Club with Attica With its stunning location, 35 meter pool, state of the art sound system and cocktail and food menus to die for, XANA, Phuket’s most stylish beach club, is the ultimate venue to enjoy the island at its best – day or night. The brainchild of the renowned Singapore club Attica, XANA beach club was launched in Laguna Beach Resort, Bang Tao, in 2012. It is an entertainment led venue that offers a lot more than just beautiful surroundings, delicious food and perfectly mixed drinks. As a leading event company put it, ‘XANA is Phuket’s Àrst REAL beach club’. With a picture-perfect backdrop by the sea, XANA features beach loungers, poolside day beds and VIP cabanas to accommodate up to 10 people. It also lends itself perfectly for events of all kinds from private gatherings to launches and weddings, with the added bonus of onsite accommodation at Angsana Laguna Phuket Hotel. www.xanabeachclub.com Pearl of Surin Beach Club The deÀnitive choice in luxury, exclusivity, & beauty. This incredible beach club sits Àrmly at the top of Asian hottest destinations. “Pearl of Surin” is an oase of serenity located on the beautiful West Coast of Phuket with amazing views and beautiful sunsets. On the surface “Pearl of Surin” is stunningly designed with beauty and elegance, but take a closer look at our services and facilities and you will experience the very best in French Cuisine and other Àne dining, exquisite deco, furnishings and impressive hospitality. During daytime you can relax and drift away on Àne rattan woven sun loungers or on one of the signature square white leather beds that gives you a wonderful sensation of afÁuence and luxury. For the adventures, you can chill out in the azure blue Andaman sea on our waterbeds while having a drink in our Áoating Ocean Bar. There is a raised VIP zone, massage zone, all offering the best in services and brands. www.pearlofsurinbeachclub.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

+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 www.patongsawaddi.com

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

KATA BEACH

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 SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel @ patong +66 (0) 76 360 333 www.sleepwithmehotels.com

KARON BEACH

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

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 www.patongresorthotel.com www.theguidephuket.com

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

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Maikhao Beach

+66 (0) 76 288 996

+66 (0) 76 381 360-6

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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Asia’s leading active and healthy lifestyle destination, Thanyapura Phuket, recently held a successful Thanyapura SUPERKIDZ Triathlon event welcoming young athletes and enthusiasts of all nationalities and ages to its worldclass sports facilities. There were a total of 110 individuals and 28 teams comprising nearly 200 participants from Thailand and from all over the world; including, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, France, Switzerland, and more. The race was a lot of fun but quite challenging in Phuket’s tropical climate. However, all participants managed to Ànish the event with big smiles. The age groups and distances for the SUPERKIDZ triathlon are as follows: • Tri-tots aged from 4-5 were swim 25m and run 250m. • For ages 6- 8 were swim 50m, bike 3km, and run 500m. • For ages 9-12 were swim 150m, bike 6km, and run 1,500m. • For ages 13-18 raced 300m swim, 12km bike, and end with a 3,000m run. The triathlon event provided young athletes a chance to experience the world-class sporting facilities at Thanyapura Phuket including its 50m Olympic standard outdoor pool. The bike route was set within the surrounding nature of Khao Phra Thaew National Park and the race ended with the run leg on Thanyapura’s cushioned athletics track. The SUPERKIDZ Triathlon was successfully hosted with support from Thalang Police Authority and the Chief of Thalang District, Mr. Supoj Chanakij, ensuring the safety of both competitors and spectators throughout the morning. Thanyapura would also like to thank ClassAct Media, Sports Authority Of Thailand, Phuket International Hospital, Coca Cola, Secure Wealth Management and CBRE for their support and giving young local Thai athletes the opportunity to train and join the race. Thanyapura will launch its next SUPERKIDZ race series of events in May 2014. Train hard and train smart with Thanyapura Triathlon Academy. For more information, please contact triathlon@thanyapura.com or call +66(0)76 336 000.


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LET’S DO BRUNCH! Thanyapura SUNDAY BRUNCH

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 Áow 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 Áow non-alcohol drinks • Adult THB 1,800* per person • Child THB 900* per person Buffet with free Áow wines and selected cocktails • THB 2,150* per person *Price is subject to 10% service charge and 7% applicable government tax. TSLC members discount beneÀts is not applicable. For reservations, please contact DiVine Restaurant Tel: +66 (0)76 336 000 www.thanyapura.com

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Twinpalms brunch Every Sunday from 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs.

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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

The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Vijitt Resort Phuket

SUNDAY LUNCH

Every Sunday From 12.00 – 3.00 Hrs. 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 Áow 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 InÀnity 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


Brunch upon a time.... ...there was Twinpalms

Twinpalms is located close to the sands of gorgeous Surin Beach and adjacent to “Millionaire’s Mile” and reigns supreme as one of Phuket’s most fashionable resorts. In many ways it is the epicenter and social barometer of all things trendy in Phuket. It’s as if on the Phuket social scene Twinpalms leads and then the rest of the island falls into line and tries to keep up.

pre-mixed and with the basic materials for the DIY enthusiast with all sorts of sauces and… Oh Joy!….. artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes to die for.

Certainly it was this way with the bringing of a revolution to Phuket’s tranquil Sundays in the form of something called “doing brunch”.

A successful Twinpalms brunching experience takes careful planning and judicious timing. There is so much on offer and much of the “I-can-resist-anything -except-temptation” ingredients are in the Ànal furlongs, so you MUST pace yourself.

When it was Àrst introduced to Phuket in the early “naughties” this latest social and gustatory phenomenon was as much about dressing up in one’s Ànest and going out to “see and be seen” with the island’s glitterati, as it was with the grazing on the bounteous buffet of wonderful foods. Twinpalms brunches soon became legendary as “THE” place for Phuket’s high rollers to partake in Sunday’s longest, most languorous indulgence in Àne food and wine. If that weren’t enough, the lovely beach and the resort’s Catch Beach Club are just a short canter away and so Sunday afternoons easily segue onto the sands and continue into the sunset hours. As you wander into the relaxed open space that is the Oriental Spoon Restaurant you’ll see the limpid pools of water, hear the sophisticated background sounds, see the lovely smiling staff and realize this is going to be a long, lovely Sunday in Heaven. Just grab a complimentary Bloody Mary to dispel Saturday night’s cobwebs and you’re away. The abundant spread of crab, clams, lobsters and imported oysters on ice are amazing and a good place to start. The sushi and sashimi are so fresh and tasty that they also have to be savored. Then there are the brimming salads, both www.theguidephuket.com

The famous Swiss Raclette cheese is a specialty that you won’t want to miss. Try it with meted with fresh cut ham and melon for a superb starter.

Think about the chocolate fountain with fresh berries and fruits and the famous crème brûlée, or traditional Thai mangoes and sticky rice and a panoply of ice-creams and you’ll soon realize why the hardened Twinpalms bruncher plans the afternoon with strict precision. And it’s not over yet, on offer is one of Phuket’s Ànest selections of cheeses with breads, biscuits and grapes and heaven-sent complementary Taylor’s Port just to confirm that you’ve discovered Nirvana. Most Sundays there won’t be a single table free so advanced booking is certainly recommended. The Twinpalms brunch costs 3,490 baht++ per person, including a bottle of champagne per couple. Or 1,490 baht++ per person, including a bottle of wine per couple. Or 1,190 baht per person, for brunch alone. Revservation Tel: 66 (0) 76 316 500 Email: book@twinpalms-phuket.com


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n a r k Song The Original New Year Phuket celebrates the original Thai New Year with much of the same elan as the rest of the country. Traditionally, there was only one ‘New Year’ in Thailand. Songkran, the start of the Buddhist year, is still celebrated between the 13th - 15th April, at the height of the hot season. Translated literally as “the passing of”, Songkran marks the beginning of the solar calendar, when the sun passes from the sign of Taurus into Aries. In the rural community - and until recently Thailand was almost entirely an agricultural society - this has been a perfect time to take a break from the business of earning a living. The rice harvest is in, and replanting has to await the coming of the rains. For centuries, this has presented an opportunity for young men and women to meet socially, turning the lull in the seasonal cycle of labor to matters of courtship. It is a time of joy, and Thais have long marked the occasion by making merit - by offering food to monks and by releasing caged birds, turtles, and Àsh. The latter custom had its origins where vill villagers would collect Àsh stranded in the pools lef left as the ponds and se canals dried up in the searing heat, saving them ’till Songkran for re release into the river. Not only was this a mea means of making merit, it served as an effect effective conservationist program. You still se see vendors offering these creatures for re release in many parts of Bangkok as we well as in rural areas, tin wooden cages pyramids of tiny twi Àlled with twittering birds, metal tanks swim swimming with turtles, eels, and Àsh. Water is a key element in the festi festival. Buddha images, public and private, both p are w washed with lustral water, while the whole wat house is given an especially thorough e

cleaning. The idea seems to be to start the New Year fresh and clean both in body and spirit. Most noticeable to the casual visitor are the water Àghts. Thais and foreigners alike spend the days dousing each other (and any unlucky bystanders) with water - a Àne and refreshing experience, given the prevailing weather. The custom of throwing water is probably in part only an exuberant spillover of the tradition of pouring lustral water over the hands of monks and respected elders. More basically, however, the return of water to the parched soil is an expression of hope and anticipation, an invitation to the cooling, life-giving rainy season to come. This practice migrated long ago to Thailand from India by way of Burma. It thus came Àrst to Chiang Mai, where it is still practiced with special enthusiasm. In those early days, there was little communication and no easy links between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and the water-throwing took a long time to reach the capital. When it did, though, it was embraced with such abandon that the police ofÀcially had to ban it as a trafÀc hazard. The prohibition has never really taken hold and today if you ride a Bangkok bus during Songkran you must still be prepared for a drenching. Along the streets you Ànd gleeful knots of people heaving buckets of water at any passing vehicle. If you’re driving, keep your windows closed. If you’re on foot you may get ambushed by a careening tuk-tuk jammed full of young revellers armed with pails of water. It’s all in the spirit of good fellowship and people are pleased to receive as good as they give out. Have fun! Story by... CP


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Restaurant K OL JKK WV + LJ

• 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.co.th Location: Kata

• Acqua Restaurant Italian Acqua’s superbly creative owner/ chef Alessandro Frau selects the Ànest 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 Lacation: Patong

• 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 Áoor of the sky Inn Condotel, is a hidden treasure dedicated to the enjoyment of Àne, 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.the9thÁoor.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 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

• 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

• 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

• 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 www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


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Bill Bently Pub Entering the peaceful Mai Khao region of north Phuket north of the airport and far from a hustle and bustle of Patong Beach and currently known as a luxury remote resort destination of peace and tranquility. There’s a stand-out traditional English pub with live entertainment conveniently located in the central part of a mini shopping plaza named Turtle Village. The welcoming Bill Bentley Pub is conveniently located on the 2nd Áoor of Turtle Village shopping plaza which is just two minutes walk from JW Marriott Phuket and Anantara Phuket Villa Resorts and, right in front of Anantara Vacation Club. There are two stair cases available from left and right sides of the turtle fountain, at the center of the Shopping Plaza which give access to the pub. Upon arrival at this one and only 80’s style English pub in the area you will see, the menu is displayed at the entrance, with plenty of food options from all around the world, from breakfast in high season for the long stay guests within the area who would love to try something new, to pub-style lunch and dinner. There are three outdoor terrace areas accommodating 10-15 persons and each is available for www.theguidephuket.com

a private party hire. Stepping inside you would Ànd a long eye-catching shufÁe board game, probably the longest on the island, plus pool table and table soccer games available for those who enjoy pub games. Walk further inside and you will Ànd abundant comfy cushion seating which caters for as many as 100 people with ease. The Bill Bentley pub is open from 11am until midnight, serving lunch through to dinner as well as all sorts of drinks and the most importantly, live entertainment on LCD & TV screens featuring live sports worldwide from Olympic to World Cup soccer games. For hungry BBQ lovers, the famous pork spare ribs is one of the highly recommended dishes at the pub. By ordering this sumptuous dish during 6-9 pm every Saturday with homemade fries, coleslaw and Texan bled beans, a complimentary ribs reÀll


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will be granted at only Baht 540+ while a Bill Bently Burger is a perfect option for those who love love their beef.. Thai favorite dishes from Tom Yum Kung and Phad Thai to a light and yet spicy chicken satay are also listed on the menu. The bar in the middle of the pub’s huge space provides a huge selection of draft beer, ciders and spirits with Happy Hour during 4-6pm and again at 9-11pm for house pour spirits and beer as well as a live band throughout the week to keep everyone happily entertain. Good to know: •For those who plan to visit the pub, there’s a parking lot available in the basement just on your right before you reach the Turtle Village and the parking gate is on the left side after the security kiosk. •For Mai Khao resort’s guest, there’s also Turtle Village Tuk Tuk available for pick up and drop off at a scheduled time. •Food and drink prices are subject to 7% VAT, no service charge applies. Bill Bently Pub 889, Turtle Village 1st Floor, Mai Khao, Amphoe Thalang, Phuket, 83110 Tel: 076 314 898 www.billbentleypub.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket


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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 oơ 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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Asia’s Leading Destination for Active Health & Family Care Thanyapura Integrative Health Centre is dedicated to being your family’s leading destination for health, offering medical care for children as well as adults. ‡Vaccinations ‡Child Development Programs ‡Allergy Testing ‡Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing ‡Predictive Genetic Testing ‡Intravenous Vitamin Supplementation

‡Routine Check-ups ‡Customized Health Programs ‡Nutrition ‡Ultrasound ‡Physiotherapy ‡Chiropractic

Opening Hours Monday- Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 For bookings, E: ihc@thanyapura.com or T: +66 (0)76 336 000 ext. 5080 www.thanyapura.com

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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

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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 www.vijittresort.com 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


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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 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 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 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

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Benefits of Honey Honey is a sweet food which has a long history

of human consumption. However researchers are turning up abundant new evidence of honey’s wide range of medical beneÀts, from helping cure conjunctivitis in the eyes, to athlete’s foot. Honey’s powerful healing attributes have been used for thousands of years and have been known to promote the healing of cuts, and curing of ailments and diseases for many generations.

Honey is made by bees using nectar collected from Áowers and there are many different varieties depending upon the type of bee, or insect which does the collecting and the Áowers from which the nectar is gathered. Honey bees transform nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation and then store it as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside the beehive. Honey gets its sweetness from the mono-saccharides, fructose and glucose and has approximately the same relative sweetness as granulated sugar. One of the greatest fascinations of working with honey is learning about all the different Áoral varieties, plus their appearance and quality and then experimenting with each to discern their unique taste and Áavor. An easy way to detect natural honey is by keeping it in a glass bottle and leaving it for a while, until you see the pollen Áoating on the top. Honey has a far wider range of beneÀts than most people appreciate including antiseptic, antioxidant, vitamin B and C, phosphorus, calcium, minerals and amino acid properties.

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Health Applications of Honey •

Mix three teaspoons of raw organic honey,with three teaspoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar and mix with a glass of water and drink every morning, to help stimulate your entire system and balance your body and weight.

Honey, papaya, banana, orange, yoghurt and raisins when mixed together, make an excellent breakfast.

For insomnia, a spoonful of honey mixed with warm water, or hot milk is a miracle antidote that helps you have a good night’s sleep. It is even more powerful if you also meditate before going to bed.

Honey is a natural cleanser which exfoliates skin from the inside to bring out radiant and clear skin on the outside. Blend pure honey with banana and apply to your face for 10 – 15 minutes. It works wonders for ironing out Àne lines and lightening the skin.

Honey is a great conditioner for your hair. Mix honey with olive oil and apply this mix onto well-shampooed hair. Leave it on for 3- 5 minutes then wash off to experience very shiny and silky tresses in a jiffy.

These are just a few of the many health and beauty beneÀts of honey, so make sure to try out these amazing uses and very soon you will want to make honey an integral part of your ongoing beauty regimen.

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Phuket’s

best kept hair care secret... I’m sure that every girl has dreamt of the day that she can wash their hair and simply leave the house without a good old fashioned blow-dry whilst still boasting of fabulous looking hair. Ladies, that day is today with the spectacular Brazilian Blowout and here is how I came to know about Phuket’s best kept hair care secret. Last week, I was lucky enough to visit Senses Health & Beauty Clinique for a brand new treatment and I was excited to say the least after hearing all the latest gossip from the professionals in the industry. But what exactly is the Brazilian Blowout? I’m sure I’m not the Àrst girl to ask this puzzling question, despite the rave reviews of fantastic long-lasting, faultless results. Well according to my best friend Google – the Brazilian is the only professional smoothing treatment that gives you smooth, shiny and frizz – free hair without using any

potent chemicals like those used in other straightening and smoothing methods. So how long do these organic results last? Well my in-depth research discovered that the results can last between 10 and 12 weeks and I’m pleased to say I can see no loss in quality to this day. Think of the results you’ve experienced from the best deep conditioner you’ve ever used and then multiple by three months and you’ll be close to the predicted quality found with the Brazilian Blowout. As I arrived, I was introduced to Kitty, who was to be my hair specialist for the following hours. We began the process and I was Àrst invited to the shampoo bowl where I was treated to a special shampoo and conditioner wash that is renowned at the Senses Health & Beauty Clinique for being of the highest standard. With my frizzy and dried hair, I was Ànally introduced to the highly anticipated treatment. After being pleasantly surprised that I could detect no potent chemicals in the appearance or scent, the ever skillful and deft hands of Kitty, started to comb the Brazilian Blowout Professional Treatment through each section of my hair from root to tip lightly coating each section with the solution.

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It was hard for me to believe this could actually do anything, beneÀcial or otherwise to the maintenance and quality of my hair, but Kitty explained that the solution surrounded each hair strand with protective protein layers to smooth and support each hair cuticle. She then continued to explain the additional beneÀts of the Brazilian Blowout. The well-known techniques of thermal reconditioning or Japanese straightening from the US are currently embroiled in controversy as they contain formaldehyde to preserve that sleek tame Ànish, a strong chemical known to cause long-lasting damage to hair. Compared with this product, the Senses Health & Beauty Clinique offers a professional smoothing treatment containing amino acids plus protein derived from natural ingredients rich in amino acid such as acai berry, camu camu and annatto seeds. The treatment is formaldehyde-free. It creates a protein layer around the hair strand to protect and improve the health of hair. The treatment’s aim is to coat the hair cuticles and Àll in the gaps and breakages caused by chemical treatments, without changing the bonds of the hair. It is not a straightening treatment. As the hair cuticles smooth out, the hair appears silkier and very curly hair becomes wavy, while already wavy hair transforms to smooth and manageable.

After the treatment, my hair remained thicker, more polished and a whole lot healthier to the touch and appearance. The shine is unbelievable and with the saran-wrap effect, these results I believe will ensure hair dryer hibernation for at least two months. My straighter, more manageable hair will probably enjoy this new freedom for four months. Since enjoying the treatment at Senses Health & Beauty Clinique it has been two weeks and my hair still looks and feels incredible. Story by ... Plalida

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Blue Marine Resort & Spa Centara’s latest resort in Phuket

Set on the cliff at the quiet northern end of Patong Beach, The Blue Marine Resort & Spa Managed by Centara has a dazzling view of the Andaman Sea and is backed by green forest, a location that combines gentle sea breezes and the fragrance of the tropical woodland. This tranquil spot is however only minutes away from the centre of Patong, with its endless leisure attractions, shopping opportunities, and amazing nightlife. From spacious rooms to villas set in a secluded location, through to pool access rooms, the resort offers a range of accommodation that provides Áexibility for couples and families, and for groups of friends travelling together. The minimalist décor has warm tones and wood accents to provide a soothing setting, and all rooms have a bathtub and shower. The villas are all located to enjoy the famous Phuket sunsets, facing west across the ocean. The three large swimming pools, and the submerged sun loungers and great ocean vistas make it impossible to resist an early swim or a lazy afternoon. There is a spa offering pampering and deep relaxation for singles and couples, and also a fully equipped Àtness centre.

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Younger guests will be kept busy and happy with two children’s swimming pools, in addition to a professionally supervised Kids’ Club offering a programme of daily activities and two games rooms, one of which provides video games for the teens. With dining, too, there is something for every taste. Blue PaciÀc is the all-day restaurant, serving international and Asian favourites. Deep Andaman Restaurant serves authentic local, Asian and international dishes with the emphasis on fresh seafood that reÁects Southern Thailand’s culinary heritage. Tub-Tim Royal


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Thai Cuisine is a casual eatery where the tantalising Ă avours of Royal Thai Cuisine and barbecue dinners are to be enjoyed indoors or on the spacious terrace that overlooks the beach. The resort connects to Patong by complimentary shuttle service, while excursions and activities can be arranged via the tour desk. The Blue Marine Resort & Spa Phuket, Managed by Centara 290/1 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Thailand 83150 Phone: +66 (0)76 370 400 E-mail: cmp@chr.co.th www.centarahotelsresorts.com

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OUTRIGGER LAGUNA PHUKET BEACH RESORT Opens Tennis Center On Saturday 1st March 2014, Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort held a free Tennis Centre Open Day for Phuket residents and guests under the theme of A Savitar Festival of Tennis – free mini tennis for kids and free coaching tips for adults by Savitar, Singapore-based tennis coaching provider. ort Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort 323, Moo 2, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Bangtao Bay, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0)76 360 600 www.outriggerthailand.com


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Phuket Tourist Association with members from Phuk et meeting with the agents at ITB Berlin 2014 during 5- 9 Marcthe h 2014.

held a special one-off ood restaurant Kan Eang@Pier nMob Phuket’s longest running seaffor il, Singapore On Exxo from staff of p team building cooking class a grou Thursday 13th March 2014.

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house in Cherngtalay on Saturday, March 1, 2014 20th Anniversary of the Phuket Gazette, at the owner’s

Resort by Hilton Phuket - Surin Team members from Doubletree of “Beach Cleaning” on 28th Beach joined in an activityDoubleTre e by Hilton CARE culture. the of one as February 2014, www.theguidephuket.com

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Michael Nielsen (ce nter), hotel manage r of Centara Grand Beach Resor t Phuket presents a 21in screen TV to Red Cross Tha iland and Red Cro ss Phuket. Sirinee Leelanon (right) , ass the donation at Phuke istant district ofÀcer, receives t District OfÀce. This activity is part of Centara’s corporate social res ponsibilities policy. Also seen in the photo is Natchaya Sittipraser t (left), assistant sales and PR manager of the resort .

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students of ntly Thanyapura Phuket staff rece in 2005 to ed blish esta , Yaowawit School in Phang Nga in December 2004. ami Tsun the wing follo ans house orph ura staff was donated to 21,635 baht raised by Thanyap ty of gifts and goods to varie a Yaowawit together with continuing education. and support the children’s welfare


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Wedding at

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa One of Asia most popular destinations wedding are beach front venue in Phuket. While the couple could desire their seasonal theme, fantasy themes on the beach lawn before sunset right after your ceremony facing the Andaman Sea. From the point of preparation for pre-wedding, family and friends gathering or your actual big day, their R wedding expert onsite would help you go through your day at easier than ever to tie the knot in distant romantic place. Their Western Ceremony includes an arrangement of western wedding ceremony by a celebrant for wedding vow and ring exchange ceremony, the greenery grass lawn by the beach will be decorated by white canopy including archway, altar and chair backs. Bridal room will be upgraded to Pool Villa for a very memorable moment of aisles walking photography. Corsages for the groom and special guests will be provided. One bouquet for the bride and Ă ower shower are things not to be missed. Other package elements such as bottle of champagne for toasting, wedding cake, photographer service and spa treatment for bride and groom prior to the wedding date as well as in-villa treats will also be included. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 555 Moo 3 Mai Khao BeachTalang Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0)76 363999 phuket@renaissancehotels.com www.renaissancephuket.com

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

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001-800-11-535-0660

Australia

076 372 600

Ireland

076 281 273

AMEX

02 273 5544

Master Card

001-800-11-887-0663

Austria

076 248 334-6

Italy

076 381 792

Czech Republic

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USA

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Korea

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Germany

076 610 407

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076 318 188

INTERNATIONAL CALLS DIAL: +66 - 76, INSIDE THAILAND CALLS DIAL 076- FOR PHUKET Muang District Police Station

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Phuket Airport

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Tourist Police

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Kamala Police Station

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Kathu Police Station

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Bangkok Phuket Hospital

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Thalang Police Station

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Mission Hospital

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Phuket Provincial Immigration Office

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Patong Hospital

340 444 or 342 633-4

Phuket Deep Sea Port

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Phuket International Hospital

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Phuket Post and Telegraph Office

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Vachira Phuket Hospital

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SCHEDULE TO/FROM PHUKET EFFECTIVE : 30 MARCH - 25 OCTOBER 2014 PHUKET TO BANGKOK (SUVARNABHUMI)

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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

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


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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 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.

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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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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 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

SoÀtel Krabi Phok eethra Golf & Sp a Resort TTel. +66 (0) 75 62 7 800 www.soÀtel.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


Beach Dining Lunch Buffet: THB 990++ (food only) – every Sunday 12.00-16.00 hrs. Lunch a-la-carte menu is available on all other days. Dinner Buffet: 1,290++ (food only), 1,590++ with 1/2 bottle of wine per person – every Mon/Tue/Fri 19.00-22.00 hrs. Dinner a-la-cart menu is available on all other days. All prices in Thai baht

We offer the finest selection of salads, pizzas, pasta, shawarma, Thai food dishes, rotisserie selections, a sushi and sashimi counter and much more. Sweets include the chocolate fountain with selections of fresh fruit, tiramisu, desserts by Bake Bakery and Thai desserts.

Phuket’s Most Fashionable Beach Club Surin Beach, 076 316 567, catchbeachclub.com Taxi: ўѥчѝѫі ѧьъіҙшікеҖ ѥєдѤэѱікѰієъњѧьюѥјҙ єѝҙ ѓѬѯдѶш



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