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The Pearl of the Andaman
What comes into the mind of travelers when they start to think about sea, sun and sand? Phuket is an increasingly popular answers to this…. and for good reason as the island offers a warm tropical ocean, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a multitude of exciting and fun activities. Thailand’s largest island, Phuket, is located 862 kilometers south of Bangkok. Often called the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, or ‘Pearl of the South’, its natural resources; rocky peninsulas, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it southern Thailand’s wealthiest, busiest, most visited and popular province. Nestled in the tropical zone off the west coast of southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea and the Indian Ocean, the province covers an area of approximately 543 square kilometers (excluding small islets). It is estimated that Phuket Province covers an area of approximately 590 square kilometers if its 39 other small islands are included. The island’s total length, from north to south, is estimated at 48.7 kilometers and it is approximately 21.3 kilometers wide. Phuket borders with Phang-Nga province to the north; connected by the Sarasin Bridge. The remainder of the island is encircled by the Andaman Sea; an area which is home to many of the best diving sites in the country.
Staying on the island is easy, as there are only two seasons in the year - the rainy season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). The low season of Phuket is between September and October as these are the wettest months. The best period for a visit, is from November to February, when it is possible to see the clear blue sky, feel the fresh sea breezes and marvel at the crystal clear waters while lying on powdery, palmfringed beaches. Average temperatures ranges between 23°C and 33°C. Phuket’s topology is exceptional with 70 percent of its area covered with mountains which stretch from north to south and the remaining 30 percent being plains located in the centraland eastern parts of the island. The island does not have any ma jor rivers, but has nine smaller brooks and creeks. Phuket has a lot more to offer than just its natural beauty. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to Phuket Town, while Phuket-style hospitality never fails to impress visitors from all walks of life. In addition, accommodation ranging from world-class resorts to tropical-style bungalows caters to the different needs of travelers. For seafood lovers, there is so much choice including Phuket’s famous lobster. Altogether, these characteristics make Phuket a truly unique destination.
A LT E R N AT I VE
PHU KET It’s a fairly big island offering all manner of things to do. However, it’s quite surprising that there are still a number of holiday makers who come to get away from everyday life but soon get bored with dreamy beaches, comfortable hotel rooms and fantastic food. They want to experience more. They want to see how the locals live and experience something different. Luckily, with Phuket being the island it is, there are a number of other options for those seeking something other than the norm. Here are The Guide Phuket’s options for an alternative Phuket holiday experience. • Crowded beach, quiet beach Find the one that you really want to spend your holiday time on. If you spend your time on Patong Beach, it’s highly likely that you will think all Phuket’s beaches are the same, crowded. However, while it’s true to say that Patong Beach is often bustling with people, there are others to where you can escape and find complete solitude. Drive away from Patong and you’ll soon come to realise that there are smaller, quieter beaches. And by the time you reach the far north or south of the island you’re guaranteed to find beaches that you’ll have virtually to yourself, even during the high-season. So remember, crowded beach or quiet beach, the option is completely yours. • Visiting Wats – Buddhist Monasteries All Buddhist monasteries are open to the public during the day, and visitors are usually welcome. Since these are active holy places of worship, and the residence of monks, visitors should show respecting keeping well dressed and remaining quiet, Mum and Dad; keep the kids on a leash and always be culturally sensitive. • Elephant Trekking The wild elephant population of Phuket was wiped out last century, but has been replaced in recent years by and influx of animals for the tourist trade. Today there remains just a few hundred elephants on Phuket Island, all domesticated, most working in tourism. Indeed, riding an elephant is an experience not to be missed. The lumbering monsters are incredibly agile. www.theguidephuket.com
Taking an elephant ride helps to keep the beasts employed, fed and out of the cities, where many can be taken by destitute owners in search of money and food. • Phuket Town Phuket Town is small but incredibly interesting, a potpourri of different cultural influences of markets and shopping centers, restaurants and other entertainment facilities. Anyone spending a few days on Phuket Island should take time to visit, be it for sight-seeing, cultural or historical interest or shopping. • Cultural Village Cultural shows featuring skilled Thai dancers from the different regions of the country, martial arts demonstrations, elephant rides and Thai dinners are all brought together at Phuket’s original cultural garden; there is also attached an orchid farm for all the budding botanists out there. • Jungle Trekking With most of the rainforest on Phuket long since eaten up by rubber plantations, it is not easy to find ideal trekking grounds. Again, it’s best to sign on with a company providing this service. Often they take their trekkers right off Phuket into neighbouring Phang Nga province, where some beautiful areas of forest remain. • Spas Massage and herbal steam rooms health resorts, spas and herbal saunas are proliferating, and some fine examples offering a wide range of treatments are now found on Phuket. Thailand has its own traditional herbal saunas, and there are several local ones around the island. While many large resorts now feel they are incomplete without a spa, there are also several independent establishments. • View Points Phuket’s most famous view point, Laem Phrom Thep at the very bottom of the island, is on the ‘must see’ list for every Thai visitor to the island. Thus it attracts a fleet of tour busses and cars each evening as people come to witness the sun fall into the Andaman Sea. Indeed, it’s often a spectacular sight, but there are many quieter places. The view point on the hill behind Kata Noi attracts fewer people when the heavens turn red, the view from any of the beaches can also be spectacular.
Cherngtalay Branch 1 14 Bandon-Cherngtalay Road (Near Laguna Phuket) Tel: 076 325 799
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Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Branch 3 Srisoonthorn Road, Bangtao Beach, Cherngtalay Tel: 076 360 600
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Natural and clean Park Tigers at Tiger Kingdom are hand raised by their trainers from 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 humans and often see us as one of the family. You can touch & play with real tigers and they are not aggressive as you would think. Tiger Park & Restaurant Open daily 9am – 6pm Buffet Lunch 11am – 3pm
Hot yoga, the most popular yoga for both men and women. It is the best 90 minute 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. At 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.
Hot Activities Hanuman World
Discover fun in the world of Hanuman, the newest adventure activity in Wichit. Hanuman World offers a good adrenaline rush with a 500 meter and 40 meter high zip line, long plus a zip line coaster that lets you fly at high speed. Meanwhile, Hanuman World also offers a Sky Walk activity for those who prefer to chill. The beautiful bridge high in the tree tops allows you to gaze at the surrounding green nature. The restaurant, Wanon, serves delicious local and Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner with an amazing view of Phuket city and seas.
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Snorkeling in crystal clear waters, swimming at a secluded beach and discovering local island restaurants are all experiences we share when we get home, and these day trips are often the most memorable experience of a holiday. This magnificent 68ft Princess Fly Bridge Motor Yacht offers huge outdoor areas for relaxing and sunbathing, as well as a substantial covered and indoor entertaining area. Tel: +66 (0)76 239 111 Mobile: +66 (0)89 508 1333 www.asia-marine.net
Phuket’s Wettest Wildest Water Park providing gallons of excitement for the whole family. The Water Park offers fun for the whole family whether you are after a relaxing day in the water or an adrenaline rush, Splash Jungle has it all. The Park has trilling rides such as the Boomerango & Superbowl as well as six-level Wave Pool and an aqua pool for the children. Also featured is a 335 meters lazy river. Operation Hour 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Tel. 076 372 111
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Phuket Simon Cabaret
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
Since opening in 1991, Phuket Simon Cabaret has established itself as a market leading professional entertainment venue. For sheer entertainment, our set designs are outstanding, costumes extravagant and the performers glamorous ! In the exclusive, luxurious and intimate theater 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 Kathu 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!
Hot Activities Thanyapura
Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC)
Paradise Beach offers the biggest daily beach party on the island, with international DJ concerts for Full moon, Half-moon and Black moon, as well as many events.
Discover paradise at TSLC, a 230,000 sqm megaplex with extensive worldclass sport facilities & leisure activities for everyone. Opened in Nov 2011, TSLC is a destination in itself. Get rejuvenated at Thanyapura Spa; experience Divineâ€™s signature dishes and drinks created from fresh local organic ingredients; entertain yourself at Booster Bar with live sports on big screens. Tree Club service available for kids below 10 yrs old. Open 8am-8pm daily. For more info, contact Tel: 076 336-000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.thanyapura.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.
Relax as you experience our 70 creative shops along Fisherman Walking Streets. Dine in one of our 5 stylish restaurants or jump into beach activities. The crystal clear sea water is awaiting for you at Paradise Beach Phuket. Opens from 09.30 am - late
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 five deep on Patong.
· Nai Yang Beach
Just south of the airport is Nai Yang, a charming beach with a unique atmosphere all of its own. With just a scattering of hotels and bars to entertain the few that stay there, Nai Yang is as relaxed as they get. Ever dreamed of eating seafood right on the beach? This is your spot.
· 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 fine strip of sand and a handful of pleasant eateries are situated just off the beach.
· 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 fine white sand and emerald sea. The beach can have rather strong winds which make it ideal for windsurfing. A lot of popular resorts surround this beach.
· 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 typifies 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 largerocks flanking either side.
· Karon Beach Karon is another of the beautiful, west-coast beaches that have made Phuket famous. This beach is the first main stop south of Patong, and is separated from Patong by a large headland. A quick 10 minute drive connects the two.
· 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.
· 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 fish 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.
· Laem Singh Beach
· Nai Harn Beach
· Kamala Beach
· Ao Yon 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 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. www.theguidephuket.com
Nai Harn is one of the more isolated beaches, nestled at the southern tip of the island in a bay defined by headlands and islets. The beach is backed by the green of Casuarina trees and coconut palms, acting as shade for the restaurants that now line the 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.
Nestled on the serene coast of the Andaman Sea, at North Patong Beach, Sea Salt Lounge & Grill The Restaurant opens and welcomes you with a full range of international style surf and turf, mixed Asian contemporary alongside great refreshments, which can be devoured while gazing at the breathtaking ocean view directly from your seat. The restaurant opens from 11 am until midnight so you can choose this indulgent eatery for lunch, brunch or dinner. The venue has been neatly designed to give you an absolute fine dining experience but with a laid-back vibe. Entering Sea Salt you will find a gigantic white awning and elegant marble bar with great, quality drinks including signatures such as Phuket Paradise and Andaman Fizz. You can choose to dine indoors, alfresco style at the wide sofa area or at the sand-based pavilion.
The sight of the rocky coast together with the sea breeze and blue sky will wind you down as you sip on your favorite tipple. One of the perfect hours to be at Sea Salt is just before sunset. The golden reflection of the last rays of sun falling on the endless Andaman Sea, and the dusky sky makes for a stunning backdrop for your dinner table. Join us from 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm and receive 50% discount on selected drinks! Before your order kicks off, you will be served a hot baked bread basket featuring many types of delicious loaves. For entrĂŠes, we were served salmon tacos wrapped in fresh green lettuce. The salmon was cooked to tenderness and absorbed well the tomato salsa, avocado and cream.
Following the fish was poultry, a classic but perfectly cooked deep-fried chicken topped with crispy Thai basil, Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken. The tender meat, being hidden under the basil, gives a herbal aroma with every forkful. Another unforgettable dish is Pad Kee Mao, black ink spaghetti with a full course of shellfish featuring softshell crabs, clams, calamari, prawns, sea grapes, seaweed and fresh roe. The spaghetti incorporates some Thai twists making the dish even more flavorful. After warming up the digestive system, a gigantic platter of fresh Andaman seafood arrived at the table. The grilled seafood platter featured a giant lobster, tiger prawns, crabs, white seabass, clams and calamari with garlic jam and a selection of sauces served aside. They are cooked perfectly offering the natural sweetness from the fresh products. Sea Salt has not only nailed the seafood but also the red meats, such as our main course, Wagyu beef steak, cooked perfectly to medium rare from the lava-stone live grill station. Wagyu is a guarantee of quality beef worldwide and the seasoning of the steak was exceptional.
Sea Salt Lounge & Grill 225 Prabaramee Road, Patong Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150 For reservations: +66 76 623 555 Facebook/ Instagram @SeaSaltPatong www.seasaltpatong.com
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It’s been the talk of the island recently that the famous “Killer Ribs” from Bali are now available close to your doorstep. The Guide Phuket proves to you what Naughty Nuri’s have claimed from the very beginning, that they make “possibly the best ribs in the world”. First of all, the name “Naughty Nuri’s” got us a little curious and finally it was revealed by one of the staff members that this name comes from a combination of the names of the husband and wife owners, “Nuri” is the wife’s name and “Naughty” is the husband’s character. Wow! This story brings a wide smile. We were taken into the restaurant where we were impressed by the spacious dining area with raw and semi-natural forest design surrounded by the Balinese vibes and of course, warm and welcoming smiles from the staff. “The Killer Ribs” were served within a short time of placing our order and were followed by some interesting dishes we wanted to and were recommended to try. Well, the look of the ribs got us very excited, and yes, they look very photogenic on our Instagram account too. The first taste of the ribs was heavenly; the sauce is mixed harmoniously with the soft meat which melted away in our mouths. Now we genuinely believe why they claim this menu to be “Killer Ribs”. And here comes one of our favorite parts of the experience, “The shake, shake dance” With every glass of their special beverage ordered comes the dancing bartender crew with their signature “shake, shake song” right at your own dining table. We recommend you “do not miss” this fun! Naughty Nuri’s is located in a prime area of Patong and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for fun activities and good promotions.
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If you just wish to relax yet take part in some water activities, the Lazy River is the go-to option; a 335 meter ride that will slowly move you around the gardens and the different areas Splash Jungle has to offer. Fancy grabbing some food? The park offers four different dining and snacking options, including the Splash Bar, their very own pool bar, Jungle Deli and the newly opened Island Bar. Splash Jungle Waterpark is located in Mai Khao, on the northern end of the island, close to Phuket International Airport, It opens daily from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm and tickets can be purchased from their website www.splashjungle.com. They also offer a complimentary transfer from Central Festival and can arrange transportation from your hotel which incurs a small fee.
Splash Jungle Water Park 65 Moo 4, Mai Kao Soi 4 T. Mai Khao, A. Thalang Phuket 83110 Thailand T: +66 (0)76 372 111 E: email@example.com www.splashjungle.com
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• The Fat Chef Thailand
Eurasian Food Celebrate the art of eating at The Fat Chef Phuket, a comfortable restaurant located in Koh Kaew, on the eastern part of the island. They offer a mix of East meets West, with creative dishes such as Phang Nga Crab Meat on Ciabatta Crisp and The Fat Chef’s Cured Salmon Carpaccio. Book your table today to guarantee your seat, available in the evenings from 5:30 pm onward." Location: Koh Kaew Tel.076 609 298 www.thefatchefthailand.com
• Wanon Restaurant at Hanuman
Thai and International food Dining at Wanon Restaurant is a thrilling and unique experience featuring mouthwatering authentic Phuket and southern Thailand dishes served amidst a fabulous environment of original rainforest trees and vegetation, spread across a lovely hillside in Phuket’s Kathu district. The restaurant is part of the famous Hanuman World Eco-Adventure Park and features a comprehensive menu of authentic southern Thailand dishes plus breakfasts, salads, stir-fried dishes, western foods, soups, vegetarian dishes, fish, seafood, burgers, pasta and a broad selection of desserts. Location: Chaofa West Tel: +66 76 390 189 www.hanumanworldphuket.com
• The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub Phuket Irish Pub & Restaurant This traditional Irish pub allows you to get into the true Irish sprit, together with craic and all, with a full and rich selection of sprits, and on tap ales and lagers along with a great choice of food accompanied with great live music and ma jor sporting events screened live. The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub Phuket is located on the 1st floor of Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach With Happy Hour from 11am - 7pm. Location: Patong Tel: 076 337 000 www.thedrunkenleprechaun.com www.theguidephuket.com
• THE CRAB HOUSE
Seafood and Thai Enjoy the freshest and tastiest crabs, other seafood and Thai favorite dishes at Crab House on Thanon Phangmeuang, the road behind Jungceylon in the heart of Patong. Equipped with protective bibs, hammers and pliers do battle with tasty, crunchy fresh crabs in many glorious dishes all built around the fabulous flavors of local crab and seafood. Savor great cocktails, wines and beers and a lively atmosphere where every night is happy a crabthemed party. Location: Patong Tel: 076 687 065 www.thecrabhouse.net
• etHo' s Restaurant & Lounge
Mediterranean Food Stunning etHo‘ s restaurant and lounge nestles on a beautiful hillside overlooking sensational vistas of Kalim Beach and the Andaman Sea. This gorgeous fine dining restaurant offers both sumptuous indoor, plus stunning al fresco dining on their amazing terrace. Using only the finest ingredients, etHo‘ s sets the benchmark for finest quality dining, beautiful waitress service and design bringing the epitome of modern Mediterranean cuisine to this delightful corner of Phuket. Location: Kalim Tel.+66 (0)93 530 6006 or +66 (0)76 608 654 www.ethos-restaurant.com
• Le Panier Gourmand Phuket French britro & traiteur
Le Panier Gourmand is a dining experience in-house with a typical bistro ambiance & also offers a take away service . The menu features te finest French and global cuisine. Inquire about their special dish of the day or weekly menu, Marc will reply to you by email Open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am – 6 pm Location: Rawai Tel.085-7875009 www.facebook.com/lepaniergourmandphuket
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• PANWA HOUSE
Thai Cuisine Offering stunning view of the peaceful beach at Cape Panwa Hotel, Panwa House offers a list of delicious Thai cuisine in a truly antique Sino Portuguese décor. For an even more romantic experience, a private dinner right on the beach can be set on request with lovely decorations, tasty food from a live cooking station and absolutely charming surroundings for a very special night. Location: Cape Panwa Tel: 076 391 123-5 www.capecollection.com
• EAST 88 RESTURANT & BEACH LOUNGE International & Thai
East 88 Restaurant & 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 and enjoying food, drinks and cool vibes. “Special events, theme evenings and 0ne of happenings often held”. Location: Rawai Tel: 076 371 900 www.East88phuket.com
• ROYDEE RESTAURANT @NOOK-DEE RESORT Thai & International Roy-Dee Restaurant (means “Very delicious" in Thai)focuses on authentic home-cooking using the best of grannies recipes and secret tricks, together with fresh organic ingredients and herbs. All this is presented in a very “boutique way with a fine-dining concept” Reservations are highly recommended. Location : Kata Tel.+66 76 688 888 www.nook-dee.com www.theguidephuket.com
• RESTAURANT HIGHLIGHT LA BOUCHERIE CHALONG
French Bristro La Boucherie Chalong offers a variety of meat cutlets, all perfectly cooked with a French savoir-faire, and paired beautifully with a selection of wines from France, Italy, Chile and Australia. Located on Chao Fa East Road, a short distance from Chalong Circle, this vibrant venue allows diners to enjoy their meals al fresco or in their air-conditioned dining area. Location: Chalong Tel: 094 807 6831 www.LABOUCHERIE-CHALONG.COM
• TIGER KINGDOM Thai & International Dine overlooking the exciting tiger enclosures on their wonderful balcony restaurant. This is an ideal spot for families to enjoy the a la carte menu, or the all-you-can-eat buffet encompassing a huge section of Thai, Asian, Chinese and European dishes upon which to graze while watching the tigers. Both the a la carte and buffet are extremely good value and the location and views make it one of the most stunning places to dine in all of Phuket. Location: Kathu Tel: 076 323 311 www.tigerkingdom.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. Location: Phuket Town Tel: 076 354 355, 076 354 357 www.blueelephant.com
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Recently I had the pleasure of cycling with Greg Ward, one of my oldest friends, during his first visit to Thailand. We headed off island to the sports-orientated Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and discovered some great cycling and some great goat curry to boot!
Chances are you've seen the fantastic Phang Nga Bay seascape in some coffee table book titled “The Most Beautiful Places on Earth”. But unlike so many dream destinations, which hardly measure up to the dream, this multi-island paradise reveals itself more fully and more wonderfully mile after calm nautical mile.
My great friend Gregory Ward is one of those people who seems to effortlessly excel at many things. He’s not only a highly regarded Canadian novelist, but subsequently took up the oboe and is now a professional oboist as well. Greg visited me in February and being a keen cyclist, more used to the rural leafy rides of southern Ontario than the daily tumult of Phuket, we decided to seek some quieter rides adjacent to the lovely Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Resort, situated on the edge of Klong Muang Beach to the west of Krabi Town amidst the fabulous sea and mountain views of Naga Head Mountain.
These islands are actually karsts...limestone stacks squeezed heavenward from the seabed eons ago until, for sheer, towering other-worldliness, they rival the sandstone formations in Arizona or Utah.
You can catch the daily ferry from Rassada Pier in Phuket Town to Noppharat Thara Pier close to the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra, but lucky Greg traveled to the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra from Ao Por Pier across Phang Nga Bay on the resort’s luxurious cruiser, while I drove our pickup, with mountain bikes lashed to the flatbed, around the coast road. Here is Greg’s impression of his journey across the Bay.
My own dream excursion, by private cabin cruiser with a dynamic guide called Poppy and a full crew, came courtesy of my generous hosts at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra, the ma jestic seaside resort that would be my ultimate destination and home for two days. En route, Poppy and I swam inside one karst into a luminous mangrove forest and held exquisite baby swordfish in the palms of our hands. We paddled into Koh Hong and discovered a hidden lagoon surrounded by towering cliffs, draping limestone daubed with mineral oxides like a massive, 360 degree abstract painting. At Tam Lod we navigated a subterranean labyrinth of sea caves, thanks to Poppy’s unwavering sense of direction, and burst into glorious sunlight at its secret heart.
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We spotted sea eagles and sidestepped a lazy water snake and marveled at a three thousand year old rock painting, clearly identifying one of the six species of dolphin that still show up regularly, for sanctuary, in this placid bay. Then it was on to Koh Panyee, the Muslim fishing village on stilts with its own golden-domed mosque right there in the middle of the sea! And of course we had to (celebrity) worship at Koh Ta-pu or Nail Island made famous (and termite touristy) by the long ago James Bond movie in which it featured. Rich and famous, that was me, at least for one all too short day aboard (and overboard) my private Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra cruiser in Phang Nga Bay. Island hopping through calm, emerald green waters, nibbling prosciutto and passion fruit, it was a case of: “Eat your heart out Mister Bond”. Once ensconced in luxury within the huge grounds of the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra, Greg and I set out at dawn the next day to cycle the flat, coast-hugging ride past Tub Kaak Beach northwest to Klong Sai National Park. Chaining our bikes to a decrepit park sign, we hiked ever-upwards for an hour through primal, rain-dripping forest to the peak of the mountain. Every March this is the scene of the Nong Talay Naga Festival which draws a big group of participants for the hill running and mountain biking events in the park. We were more than happy just to walk it and then return to the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra to feast on their massive buffet breakfast!
The day was spentt llounging the enormous swimming Th d i iin th i i pool (three Olympic lengths apparently), trying our hand at archery and making complete buffoons of ourselves in the aqua-aerobic class. Yes, the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra is nothing if not sports-orientated, but certainly compensates for all the exercise with an excellent spa and delicious cuisine. Our evening ride took us south from the resort along the coast as the sun commenced its evening pyrotechnics across Phang Nga Bay. We visited the opulent gates of the Royal Residence on the tip of Hang Nak Cape and then inland to Klong San Temple and finally south and along Hat Noppharat Thara Beach with its burgeoning tourist development. After a swim and a hot shower back at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra we experienced a strange craving for a spicy goat curry and found a superb example of the genre at a little beachside restaurant just across from the resort. Yes, there’s certainly nothing crabby about this part of Krabi….but goaty? Well, that’s a different matter! Story by ByBaz Daniel and Gregory Ward Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort 200 Moo. 3, Tambon Nongtalay, Amphur Muang, Krabi 81000 Tel: +66 (0)75 627800 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sofitelkrabiphokeethra.com www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
►PATONG Amari Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 106-14 www.amari.com Banthai Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 850 www.banthaiphuket.com Deevana Patong Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 341 414-5 www.deevanapatong.com Duangjitt Resort & Spa + 66 (0) 76 342 090-4, 340 310-1 www.duangjittresort-spa.com Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach +66 (0) 76 337 000 www.swissotel.com Impiana Resort Patong +66 (0) 76 340 138 phukethotels.impiana.com.my La Flora Patong +66 (0) 76 344 241 www.laflorapatong.com Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 680-5 www.lemeridienphuketbeachresort.com Holiday Inn Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 608-9 phuket.holidayinnresorts.com Horizon Beach Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 292 526-30 www.horizonbeach.com Merlin Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 294 300 www.merlintritrang.com Millennium Resort +66 (0) 76 601 999 www.millenniumhotels.com
The Marina Phuket Hotel Tel.+66 76 345 888
Journey Hub Phuket Tel.+66 76 627 999
Best Western, Patong Beach
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The Boathouse Phuket
Tel.+66 76 330 015-7 www.boathouse-phuket.com
The SIS Kata, Phuket +66 (0)76 609 555 www.thesiskata.com Sawasdee Village S awasdee d Vill Vil lage +66 (0) 76 330 979 www.phuketsawasdee.com Club Med 66 (0) 76 330 455-60 www.clubmed.co.th Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel +66 (0) 2 659 2888 www.ibis.com Beyond Resort Kata +66 (0) 76 330 530-4 www.katagroup.com/kata-beach Kata Palm Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 334-8 www.katapalmresort.com Katathani Phuket Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 330 124 www.katathani.com Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Phuket +66 (0) 76 333 568 www.villaroyalephuket.com Sugar Palm Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 404 www.sugarpalmgrand.com Impiana Private Villas +66 (0) 76 330 770 phuketprivatevillas.impiana.com.my Nook-Dee Boutique Resort Tel.+66 76 688 888 www.nook-dee.com
►BANG TAO BEACH Angsana Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 101 www.lagunaphuket.com/angsana Amora Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 021-2 www.phuket.amorahotels.com Bangtao Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 270 680-5 www.bangtaobeach.com Banyan Tree Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 374 www.banyantree.com Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 362 999 www.dusit.com Laguna Holiday Club Resort +66 (0) 76 271 888 www.lagunaholidayclub.com Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach +66 (0) 76 310 400 www.movenpick.com Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas +66 (0) 76 336 900 www.outrigger.com Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Tel.+66 (0) 76 360600 www.outriggerthailand.com ►SURIN BEACH Amanpuri +66 (0) 76 324 333 www.aman.com/resorts/amanpuri Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort&Spa +66 (0) 76 271 271 www.ayarahilltops.com
+66 (0) 76 316 500 www.twinpalms-phuket.com Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 303 300 www.novotel.com/Phuket_Surin The Surin Phuket +66 (0) 76 621 580 www.thesurinphuket.com ►KAMALA BEACH Andara Phuket +66 (0) 76 338 777 www.andaraphuket.com Aquamarine Resort & Villa +66 (0) 76 310 600 www.aquamarineresort.com Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 310 777 www.ayarakamalaresort.com Cape Sienna +66 76 337 300 www.capesienna.com Kamala Beach Estate +66 (0) 76 324 111-4 Kamala Beach Hotel & Resort +66 (0) 76 279 580-5 www.kamalabeachestate.com Paresa Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 302 000 www.paresaresorts.com
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All Season Naiharn Phuket Hotel + 66 (0) 76 289 333 www.allseasons-naiharn-phuket.com The Naiharn +66 (0) 76 380 200 www.thenaiharn.com Friendship Beach Resort and Atmanjai Wellness Spa +66 (0) 76 288 996 www.friendshipbeach.com ►CAPE PANWA The Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket +66 (0) 76 391 514 www.kantarybay-phuket.com Sri Panwa, Phuket +66 (0) 76 371 000 www.sripanwa.co.th Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort Tel: +66 (0) 7630 2944 www.phuketpanwabeachresort.com
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Highlights Kanokpat Beauty Art
Jungceylon Plastic Surgery Clinic
Siam Spa Extra Virgin
Artist Pan offers 3D, 6D, 9D and more patterns of eyebrow tattoos, semi-permanent makeup such as eyebrow liners, eyeliners, pink lips liners, baby hair liners; with natural, young-looking style, as well as Fengshui-oriented makeup and tattoos. We service you with international standard colouring products of Biotouch, imported form USA. Facilities and equipment are hygienic and 100% safety guaranteed. Our anesthetic is imported from USA and Korea. Tel: 080 544 6665 www.kanokpatbeautyart.com
While Phuket is known primarily for its stunning beaches, the island is home to a number of state-of-the-art plastic surgery centres; and at the top of the chain is Jungceylon Plastic Surgery Clinic. Conveniently located at the Royal Place, opposite of Tesco Lotus in Phuket Town, the clinic specialises in Hair Transplantation, Eyelid Surgery, Rhinoplasty, Facial Implants and Breast Augmentation. Contact their English-speaking staff today for more information www.jungceylonclinic.com.
Siam Herb Extra Virgin produces and supplies the most premium grade spa products along with fruit soaps with the true aroma of fresh fruits when they’re at their ripest. If you’re looking for spa products, or if you like the sound of the fruit soaps, visit one of either of the stores on bypass road near Thanachart Bank or Soi Tan in Patong. Phuket Call Center: 092 461 9605 Pattaya Call Center: 086 888 0600
The V Spa
Deep Relax The V Spa aims at bringing back guest to nature. Built in the shape of a village style, the pretty small straw roofed Salas blend totally with the natural beauty of the jungle. Each has been designed with nature at heart. When in Thailand, don’t forget to have a Traditional Thai Natural Touch Treatment. At The Vijitt Resort Phuket, you can have one at the private spa executive room or at the open air Salas. Traditional Thai Natural Touch Treatment is soothing and relaxing it’s definitely worth it. Tel: 076 363 600 ext.703 www.vijittresort.com
With outlets in Changmai and at the entrance to the Laguna in Cherntalay, Phuket, Deep Relax Spa offers the ultimate pampering and rejuvenation though spa, massage and reflexology as well as facials, pedicure, manicure and waxing. From fullbody hot oil deep relaxing massage, to after-sun cooling Aloe Vera treatments, to Royal Siam full body massage, to anti-ageing facials Deep Relax Spa has it all. Tel.076 325 799 , 099 4059229 www.deeprelaxspa.com
At Vara Spa, from the moment you step through the door, you become the center of their 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 beauty and skincare. Tel: 076 343 444 www.varaspa.com
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Third edition of Thailand Yacht Show delights guests Novotel Phuket Phokeethra joins 10th Phuket Local Food Festival
From 20th-24th January, 2018, the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization held the annual Phuket Local Food Festival at Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town, with the aim of showcasing the island’s UNESCO-listed cuisine. Novotel Phuket Phokeethra was an integral part of this event, offering delectable Phuket food so that the general public could sample the amazing array of food available at the hotel. Meanwhile, Mr. NifaridWeaka ja, a waiter who competed in the mocktail contest, won 2nd place for the best mocktail.
Thanyapura Phuket hosts ‘Coolsculpting’ event featuring Kaanda Beach Life
On 27th February, 2018, Thanyapura Phuket held a special “Coolsculpting” event, which also featured a fashion show by Kaanda Beach Life. The event was held to introduce to the local media the recently added coolsculpting service now on offer at Thanyapura Phuket and to showcase the new collections of beach wear from popular label Kaanda. The increasingly popular “Coolsculpting” treatment is an innovative fat freezing technology, designed to safely target and kill fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissues.
On 22nd February, 2018, the official opening ceremony of the 3rd edition of Thailand Yacht Show took place at Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket. The ceremony was presided over by Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat (4th from left), Minister of Tourism and Sports and he was joined by Mr. Prakob Wongmaneerung (6th from left), Vice Governor of Phuket; Mr. Andy Treadwell (5th from left), CEO and Founder of the Thailand Yacht Show together with many VIP guests and members of the yachting community.
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort’s TV chef teaches kids how to cook On 20th February, 2018, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort held an exclusive cooking workshop with children from Krabi International Montessori Academy, featuring their TV celebrity Chef Rahul Negi, who visited the school to teach the kids about cooking for restaurants. Chef Rahul has an impressive culinary background and impressed the children with his talent and cooking skills. Together they created a healthy green salad using fresh fruits and vegetables, which the kids enjoyed at the end of the class.
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Social Laguna Phuket Marathon to provide authentic Phuket experience This year the Laguna Phuket Marathon will put Phuket food centre stage with athletes getting a taste of locally grown fruits available at stations on the half marathon and full marathon courses. On 9th June the event will start with the Kids Run followed by the 5km and 10.5km distances. On 10th June the 21.097km (half marathon), 42.195km (marathon) and Marathon Team Relay runners will compete.
Dates Announced for 2018 Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival Following the success of its inaugural edition in 2017, Laguna Phuket announced on 2nd March, 2018, that the 2nd annual “Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival” will take place from Friday 27th April to Sunday 29th April.
Sansiri hosts media thank you party On 16th February, 2018, well-known property development company Sansiri held a media thank you party to show their gratitude to local media for their ongoing support. The event was held under the theme “Sansiri Happy Chinese New Year 2018 - Shanghai Night” at The Barrel Wine Beer & Bistro Bar and all attendees enjoyed all the food, beverages and activities on offer.
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MAI KHAO BEACH Turtle Village The exclusive shopping destination for the best dining and shopping on Mai Khao Beach. Cuisine choices match wonderfully with the gift, souvenir, antique and clothing selections. Outlets include Bill Bentley Pub, the only English pub on Mai Khao Beach; The Coffee Club; Swensens; Supermarket Turtle Mart; Jim Thompson; Narai Phand; Tanya Living; Thai Souvenir; Triumph; Surfers Paradise; Esprit Outlet; A.Prime; Custom Tailor; Tara-Leather products; Private Collection; J&P Gems; Mt. Sapola; Ferera; Their Nibs; The Handmade; Thai Express and Noodle Bar. BANGTAO & SURIN BEACH Canal Village Located in the heart of Laguna Phuket Destination Resort, CanalVillageLagunaShoppingisabeautifullylandscapecourtyard surrounded by more than 30 shops and offers the finest selection of quality goods and services available in Phuket. Whether you desire local or regional handicrafts, clothing, jewellery, daily necessities, tours and excursion options, and delicious dining, chances are you will find it at Canal Village. Indulge yourself and your loved ones for a day at the superb retail outlets the serene shopping retreat has to offer. Address: 390/30 Moo 1 Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel: 076 362 330 Email: email@example.com Website: www.lagunaphuket.com Surin Plaza Located between Cherng Talay and Surin Beach, Surin Plaza is a one-off, high-class, three-storey shopping emporium. Here, you can buy unique jewelery, designer clothes, objects d’art and antiques – all in a very attractive setting. Shopping here is a fascinating experience and retailers generally open and close late, typically from 10:00 – 20:00. Tesco Lotus Park This shopping square offers easy shopping and leisure options to Cherng Talay and Surin Beach residents and has facilities for expats and hotel guests as well as locals. A large Tesco Lotus supermarket with parking space is at its nucleus while diagonally opposite stands a McDonald’s branch with both indoor and outdoor seating. Sells everything from food and drinks to household goods and is open from 06:00 – 22:00. PATONG BEACH Jungceylon ‘Jungceylon’ was the old name for Phuket when it was still a prosperous port town and trading in the region was at its peak. This shopping mall retains a lot of the old history of Phuket in its architecture and style and is a joy to visit for this alone. www.theguidephuket.com
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The choice of goods is world-class, comprising well over 300 shops with ample car parking space, restaurants, bars, cinema and bowling alley along with everything else you could possibly need for a busy day shopping. Banana Walk The area’s newest shopping center is located just 100 meters south of Soi Bangla on the beach road, right next to Banana Disco. The mall is multilevel (three floors) and its overall design leans toward minimal and modernistic, At night the lighting, ranging from blue to red, gives Banana Walk the feeling of entering a spaceship dock in a science fiction movie. Shopping, dining and cosmetics are the three main thrusts of this complex in which you can find almost anything to eat, drink, or buy. You can even improve your well-being at a spa or make yourself even more beautiful at an aesthetic center or at the onsite hairdresser.
KATA & KARON BEACH Kata Plaza Nowadays there are in fact two distinct shopping malls with a bazaar-like feel to them, both are located close to the Kata Palace Hotel and Club Med along Kata Road which runs parallel to Kata Beach Road. The newer of the two is flanked by tailor shops, a pharmacy, and a cozy fan-cooled café along with a minimart and the inevitable optician’s shop. The two-lane plaza really is a one-stop destination for all your holiday souvenirs. Karon Bazaar A large, covered market-like shopping centre set in the central area of Karon Beach Road, right between Woraburi Phuket and Moenvenpick Resorts. The bazaar features just about everything you’ll ever need. Karon Bazaar is a smaller beachside version of the famous Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town. Aimed at tourists, the place is a great opportunity for an evening stroll.
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PHUKET TOWN Central Festival Central Festival Phuket is an air-conditioned, fully equipped one-stop shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. The Central store plays host to over 120 outlets selling products ranging from up-market clothing, fashion accessories, silk goods, bedding, household goods, toys and children’s accessories, travel bags, food, and drinks. There are also watch and jewellery counters here. It’s literally possible to spend a full day here - shopping, catching the latest movies, and dining out at the range of international restaurants that offer everything from French and Japanese cuisines to local Thai dishes.
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Limelight Avenue Limelight Avenue Phuket is located in the heart of Phuket Town, on Dibuk Rd. This exciting new avenue features a wide range of food options including famous-brands from Bangkok as well as popular local eateries such as Lemongrass, Pint Factory and so many more. In addition, there are plenty of retail shops, a supermarket, health and beauty shop, coffee and bakery shop, ice cream shop, education and activity shop and food court. The venue is open from 10am - 10pm (except Tops Daily which opens from 6am until midnight and Tom n Tom Coffee which is open 24 hours) to fit in with the lifestyle of local people and tourists who want to experience real Phuketian life under the slogan, Urban Lifestyle Mall. This mall is the complete answer for the whole family’s activities. Premium Outlet Phuket Brand-name clothing and sports accessories at bargain prices, it’s located on the bypass road. Apart from Thai brands, other international names are on sale including Lacoste, Guy Laroche, Hush Puppies, Warner Bros, Pierre Cardin, Van Heusen, Levi’s, Lee, Nautica, Adidas and Nike and feature discounts of up to 70%. Phuket Weekend Market Situated opposite the Naka Temple, which is also worth a visit outside of Phuket Town, and just 5 minutes from Central Festival on the Chao Fa West Road lies Phuket’s equivalent to Bangkok’s JJ Market. Here you will find all manner of things for sale from seemingly useless second-hand house hold junk and cute little trinkets to garden ornaments, clothing and ideal presents for all your friends and family. There is also
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The Southern Andaman Region of Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta
Three hours drive south from Phuket through stunning limestone cliffs and dense forest brings you to the southern playground of the Krabi region of the Andaman overlooking Phang Nga Bay with its many scattered islands, hidden bays and beaches. Throw away your watch and bask in nature’s beauty or snorkel, dive, rock climb, fish, kayak, hike, sail, party, spa or wine and dine to your heart’s content – this region has it all. Ao Nang Beach Just 18 km from Krabi Town is beautiful Ao Nang with its 83 scattered islands. Each island is only a short distance from the next and so during low tide you can wade to a neighboring island, many with sandy beaches and crystal clear water and ma jestic 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 ma jestic 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 as it could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. The main attraction for visitors to Railey Beach is the adrenaline pumping activity of cliff climbing. The limestone cliffs on the huge headland between East of Railey Beach and Phra Nang cave, as well as other nearby islands provide world-class rock climbing facilities against a stunning backdrop of the sea with approximately 700 routes of mid to high difficult rating. www.theguidephuket.com
Pra Nang Beach Connected to Railay by a small path, Phra Nang is on the outermost headland, backed by limestone cliffs soaring above the beach. At the bottom of the cliff lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok where local fishermen leave offerings for good fortune. Klong Muang Beach/Tubkaak Krabi’s latest beach destination, Muang Klong boasts both 5-star and boutique hotels like the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort has rebranded to Dusit Thani Krabi Resort since July 2015, 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 ma jor “party islands.” Poda Islands Situated south of Ao Nang, 8 Kilometers offshore, Koh Poda or Poda Group Islands are fringed by clear waters and offer white sandy beaches, as well as, pristine coral reefs. These islands are not affected so much by the monsoon therefore are year-round attractions and an excellent place for fishing. Poda island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise seawater abounded with schools of colorful fish.
Sightseeing by Canoe or Kayak Many companies offer sea canoeing and kayaking adventures around Phang Nga Bay and into the many coves, caves and islets dotting the otherworldly shores around Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Fishing Abundant sea and even freshwater fishing is available all over this region, from squid boating, to line fishing in Phang Nga Bay, to big game adventures off the Continental Shelf drop-off. Don’t let that big one get away! 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.
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. 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.
Highlights & Activities... Rock Climbing Apart from marine sports, Krabi is also an ideal place for rock climbing. Lines of sheer limestone cliffs along Tham Phranang and Rai Le Beaches have challenged thousands of climbers from all over the world every year. The levels of difficulty of the various routes vary, so Whether you’re a professional or just an aspiring adrenalin junkie, the craggy karsts of Krabi offer a huge array of bolted mounts. Diving Both scuba and snorkeling are widely available in warm, coral and fish infested waters with full PADI accreditation courses and live-aboard adventures.
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. Shopping Outlet Village Krabi is located on Phetchakasem Road. It is on the way from the city to the local airport and features a tall lighthouse near the entrance and 6,000 sqm of retail space. Throughout the year, many Thai and foreign travelers visit this outlet which offers over 100 selected leading brands for all ages. Clothing discounted up to 70% is available here. It is open daily from 11:00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Enjoying the Local Seafood Have a seafood feast and savor the fresh day’s catch in any number of a fun, laidback, or fine-dining restaurants all over this region.
GETTING THERE By road from Phuket Take a minibus or frequent local bus from Phuket Town’s bus terminal with information regarding timetables, taxi or mini-van shuttle services readily available at hotels, travel agent or Phuket Airport. Renting a car is also a good option and the roads are wide, modern and relatively quiet. To Krabi and Phi Phi by boat It is possible to charter a speedboat or similar transportation to Krabi or Koh Phi Phi, or there are frequent daily ferries operating between Phuket and Phi Phi Island and then on to Krabi, or via the Koh Yao Islands, each taking about two hours.
g n i t t e G o t 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 beach, take a nature tour and explore the interior, go sightseeing by elephant, trek through the jungle, 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, renowned for world-class scuba diving, or for the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park further to the north.
Phang Nga Hotel Highlights Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 371371 www.maikhaodream.com Ranyatavi Resort Phang Nga Tel. +66 (0) 76 580 800 www.ranyatavi.com The Hotspring Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 580 000-28 www.thehotspringbeach.com Bor Saen Villa & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 418 888 www.borsaenvilla.com Kho Yao Bay Pavilions, Koh Yao Noi Tel: +66 (0) 76 597 441 www.koyaobay.com Koh Yao Island Resort, Koh Yao Noi Tel. +66 (0) 76 597474-6 www.kohyao.com Elixir Resort Koh Yao Tel. + (66) (0) 87 808 3838 www.elixirresort.com The Sarojin Te. +66 (0) 76 427 900-4 www.sarojin.com Casa de La Flora, Khao lak Tel. +66 (0)76 428 999 www.casadelaflora.com JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 888 www.marriott.com Le MĂŠridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 500 www.starwoodhotels.com Ramada Resort Khao Lak Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 777 www.ramadakhaolak.com Kantary Beach Hotel Villas and Suites, Khao Lak Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 700 www. kantarybeach-khaolak.com Khao Lak Orchid Beach Resort Tel : +66 (0) 76 486 141 www.khaolakorchid.com
La Flora Resort & Sp a, Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 00 0 www.lafloraresort.co m
Khaolak Merlin Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 300 www.merlinphuket.com The Shambhala Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 486 600 www.shambhalakhaolak.com Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 751-4 www.khaolakbhandari.com Mukdara Beach Villa & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 429 999 www.mukdarabeach.com Khaolak Paradise Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 429 100 www.khaolakparadise.com Khaolak Oriental Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 443 480-3 www.khaolakoriental.com Khaolak Bay Front Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 641 www.khaolakbayfront.com Apsaras Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 444 www.apsarasresort.com Monochrome Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 700 www.monochromeresort.com The Briza Beach Resort Khao Lak Phang Nga, Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 600 www.brizakhaolak.com Baan Krating Khao Lak Resort (Next to Khao Lak National Park) Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 188-9 www.baankrating.com Luckanawadee Boutique Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 85 477 3271 www.lackanawadee.com Khaolak Countryside Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 474-6 www.thekhaolakcountrysideresort.com www.khaolakcountrysideresort.com
Wanakarn Beach Re sort & Spa Tel: +66 (0)76 584 30 0 www.wanakarnresort.c om
The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 800 www.thesandskhaolak.com Beyond Resort Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 300 www.katagroup.com/beyond-khaolak Khaolak Sunset Resort Tel. + 66 (0) 76 485 075-77 www.khaolaksunset.com/ Baan Khaolak Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 123-4 www.baankhaolakbeachresort.com The Andamania Beach Resort Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 666 www.andamania.com Palm Galleria Resort, Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 000 Khaolak Wanaburee Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 385 333-5 www.wanaburee.com Mai Khaolak Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 000 www.maikhaolak.com Khaolak Diamond Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 600 www.khaolakdiamondresort.com Khaolak Emerald Beach Resort & spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 700 upto 28 www.khaolakemeraldresort.com Royal Bangsak Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 555 www.royalbangsakresort.com Sansimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 900 -5 www.khaolak-beachfront.com Andaman Princess Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 222-9 www.andamanprincessresort.com The Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Beach Resort & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 450, www.theparadise.biz
Iniala Beach House Tel. +66 (0) 76 429 439 www.iniala.com
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The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing monthly for tourists & local expats easy access to key information on Phuket....
Published on Apr 2, 2018
The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing monthly for tourists & local expats easy access to key information on Phuket....