Contents December 2016 16
THE GUIDE LIFESTYLE
43 Phuket Pulse 44 The Guide Social
Life’s a Beach
22 Getting to know
46 Shopper’s Delight
TIMETABLE THE GUIDE ACTIVITY 10
Activities on the island
20 Hanuman World
THE GUIDE DINING 25 Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort 26 Rossovivo
THE GUIDE BEAUTY 38 Spa Highlights 42 Healthcare
50 Thai Airways Timetable 57 Bangkok Airways Timetable
THE GUIDE ANDAMAN 52 54 56
Southern Andaman Region Hotel Highlights Southern Andaman Hotel Highlights Northern Andaman
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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 increasingly one of the answers to this…. and for good reason as the island offers warm tropical ocean, beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a multitude of opportunities for 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 most popular island and 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, palm-fringed 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.
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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. 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 orchid farm for all the budding botanists out there. • Jungle Trekking With most of 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 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 example 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 and 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 car 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 and when the heavens turn red, the view from any of the beaches can also be spectacular.
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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.
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 Floating Market
Phuket Floating Market is a centre of culture and this is highlighted with its daily traditional Thai show which is performed three times a day at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Featuring traditional folk music from the Isan (Northeast) and central regions, as the musicians play their unique Thai instruments they are accompanied by beautiful Thai women performing classic Thai dance whilst dressed in traditional Thai costumes. The performances really are something special and are great addition to what is already a fantastic attraction. What’s next for Phuket Floating Market? Market boat tours! (Weather dependant) More details to be revealed soon. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 · 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.
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· 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 Club short, rocky trail that is clearly signposted. Sports Leisure (TSLC) Paradise Beach offers the biggest If you are lucky and it’s not too crowded then Leam Sing daily beach party on the island, with Discover atstunning. TSLC, a 230,000 Beach is paradise absolutely international DJ concerts for Full sqm megaplex with extensive world· Kamala Beach moon, Half-moon and Black moon, class sport facilities & leisure activities Kamala is a 3-kilometer long beach situated in the middle of as well as many events. for everyone. Opened in Nov 2011, Phuket’s west coast which has undergone recent developments TSLC is a destination itself. Getremains largely Relaxunchanged. as you experience our 70 to its main street, but in the beach rejuvenated at Thanyapura Spa; creative along Fisherman Behind the beach lies a growing village with two shops distinct experience Divine’s signature dishes communities; Buddhists by the beach andWalking MuslimsStreets. further Dine in one of our back at thecreated foot offrom the encompassing mountain range. and drinks fresh local 5 stylish restaurants or jump into entertain yourself beach activities. ·organic Patongingredients; Beach at Booster with live sportson on the big island is The mostBar famous beach the center of sea water is awaiting The crystal clear screens. Tree Club service available for and hotels. entertainment, restaurants, shopping for you at Paradise Beach Phuket. kids below 10 yrs old. Open 8am-8pm Patong is indeed a famous beach with beautiful soft sands Opens from 09.30 am - late and daily.warm clear water. But right behind the beach is the Tel. +66business. (0)76 609 609 hustle and bustle at the center of Phuket’s tourism For more info, contact Tel: 076 336-000 email@example.com Here the hotels, restaurants, entertainmentEmail: and bar areas, Surin Beach Email: firstname.lastname@example.org street bazaars and shops are crammed in a colorful and lively mix that typifies a Thai tourist beach town. www.paradisebeachphuket.com www.thanyapura.com
Blue Elephant Cooking School 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
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.
Getting to know...
Penno General Manager of Best Western Patong Beach Tall and well-built, Jay Penno appears a little imposing when first you meet him. But as soon as you talk to this ex-world class snowboarder you realise he is the ultimate ‘people person’ and very much the heart of the Best Western Hotel in Patong. How did you get into hotel management? I grew up in a restaurant owning family in Melbourne so hospitality, food and beverage are in my blood. Like many Aussies I wanted to explore the world and at 20 headed off to Japan. I fell in love with the country, became an avid snowboarder and learned the language. I travelled the world snowboarding and worked, as an example, guiding helicopter snowboarding trips out of Queenstown New Zealand and in Val d’Isare in the French Alps. An unfortunate boarding accident left me with spinal damage and I decided to get back into hospitality, working in food and beverage in hotels in the US. Deciding I liked the life I took my Advanced Diploma in Hotel Management. I was working at a hotel in Papa New Guinea when a former colleague called me and offered me this position in Patong and so in June 2015 I arrived in Thailand for the first time.
How is Best Western Patong positioned in the market? Situated in the heart of Phuket’s most exciting holiday destination, we offer stylish and affordable accommodation surrounded by the city’s top attractions. Patong Beach is a leisurely 10-minute stroll away and Jungceylon Shopping Centre and the nightlife district on Bangla Road are very close. www.theguidephuket.com
Our clean and contemporary rooms are elegantly furnished and feature flat screen televisions, refreshing rain showers and private balconies. We target 25 to 35-year-old singles and young families who want to kick back and relax at the rooftop pool with chic cabanas and refreshing drinks from the pool bar, or dine at our trendy street-side Mana Restaurant which offers great local and international dishes. In summary, I would say we offer four-star luxury at three star prices.
What is your management style? I am very much a ‘hands-on’ manager who believes that happy staff make for happy hotel guests. I am open and approachable and aim to be a teacher on the job for my staff and the always-present face of the hotel to my guests. I live next door and am always available 24/7.
What’s new for the high season? We have recently opened a classic American-style BBQ and smokehouse, serving the finest slow-cooked meats, poultry and sea food. With those amazing aromas wafting into the heart of Patong, I think it will be irresistible!
190 Pangmuengsai Gor Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150 Tel. : +66 76 360 200 Fax.: +66 76 360 201 Email : email@example.com
LET’S DO Twinpalms brunch Every Sunday from 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs. The place to see and be seen is the Sunday brunch at The Oriental Spoon. A highly fashionable international crowd browse the abundant food offerings from fresh seafood and cold water NZ oysters, to sushi and sashimi. • THB 1,690++ including bottle of wine (red/white/ sparkling) per person • THB 7,380++ per couple, including a bottle of French champagne Tel : 076 316 577 www.twinpalms-phuket.com
Brunch! Hilton Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs. Enjoy our lavish international buffet with friends and family each Sunday at Sails! Their live band sets the mood for a relaxing afternoon with delicious food, live cooking stations, refreshing drinks, and good company. Sunday Brunch at Sails – a Hilton Experience Prices from • THB 1,400++ per adult (includes free flow of selected beverages) • THB 700++ per child/ages 5-12 (includes free flow soft drinks) *All prices are in Thai baht and are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT. Tel: 076 396 433 www.phuketarcadia.hilton.com
Metzo’s Mediterranean Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 11.30 – 15.30 Hrs.
The Vijitt Resort Phuket It’s a matter of taste. Feast until your heart’s content on their Mediterranean menu of mezzo, tapas and charcoal grill specialties served to your table while you enjoy time with family and friends. After brunch, why not relax and take in the view of the Andaman Sea with complimentary access to the resort swimming pool. Younger visitors will also enjoy access to their Koh Kids Club. • THB 990++ per person • THB 2,290++ per person including selected wines, beers and cocktails • Half price for children aged 4 to 12 For reservation, please contact Metzo’s at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Tel: 076 360 600 www.outrigger.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: facebook.com/MetzosBistroandBar www.theguidephuket.com
Every Sunday from 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs. Enjoy Vijitt Resort Phuket’s expansive mouth-watering buffet among swaying coconut palms and with breathtaking views of Friendship Beach. Choose from sumptuous choices of salad bar, fresh oysters and seafood on ice, Sushi and Sashimi, live cooking stations, seafood and lamb BBQ, Western and Thai hot dishes, foie gras, and all you can eat homemade desserts. • THB 1,299++ per person with free flow soft drinks • THB 1,899++ per person with a bottle of wine per couple • THB 3,199++ per person with a bottle of champagne per couple Half price for children aged 4- 12 years old and free for children under 4 years old, plus free entry to their Kids Club. Complimentary use of 40 metre - long infinity edged swimming pool for everyone. Advance reservation required : Email: email@example.com Tel: 076 363 600 www.vijittresort.com
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Brunching with Passion(Fruit) Phuket is renowned for many enticing things and certainly relaxing ocean-side Sunday brunches with superb views, cuisine and drinks is certainly one of them. A recent addition to the pantheon of first class Phuket brunching spots is the Hyatt Regency Resort whith its new casual Sunday brunch which offers the finest in cuisine with fabulous surroundings and views and a laid-back ambience that welcomes families with kiddies as much as it does hip and trendy couples and singles. As you meander through the resort’s verdant landscaping adjacent to the huge 72 meter infinity pool, you’ll be struck by how perfect the location of the open-sala Pool Bar restaurant that is home to Phuket’s newest brunching spot. On this quiet west coast promontory, far from the hustle and bustle of many parts of Phuket, airy breezes cool the midday glare of the sun, while birds twitter happily in the surrounding trees and the views across Kamala Bay entice. This is an ideal spot to while away a lazy hedonistic Sunday with family and friends, and the cuisine served includes a wide selection of dining stations complemented
by barbeque and carved meat selections all delicious and very fresh. Head Chef Alessandro Martinelli hails from northern Italy and has carefully crafted this delightful brunch experience to feature a variety of live stations, traditional roasts, casual seafood BBQ, freshly shucked French Fin de Claire oysters, a fresh pasta station, wood-fired pizza and throughout there is an emphasis on healthy fresh and organically grown produce. At the end of the meal is a selection of cheeses and naughty desserts with fruit, ice cream and condiments around off a perfect afternoon of dining. Children are very welcome at the brunch and can be left in the capable hands of the staff at the Camp Hyatt kiddies’ club which will keep them amused with funny face mask making, balloon sculpting, music and games. Brunch is served every Sunday from 12 pm - 3 pm. Prices start from THB 1,200++ and THB 600++ for adults and children respectively. Children under the age of six dine for free with their parents.
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Mario Rossi, the new owner and chef of Rossovivo Ristorante Italiano E Pizzeria at Fisherman Way Gardens in Chalong, has over 25 yearsâ€™ experience in Italian restaurants in both in Italy and Thailand.
Marioâ€™s special menus and Chef recommendations feature high quality imported ingredients such as Pathe, Deer, Bottarga, Italian veal liver,
Rossovivo is an Italian restaurant that serves superbly fresh, authentic Italian food that is reasonably priced. The indoor dining area is welcoming and charming with air conditioning, while there are also sofas and tables outside on the terrace at which guests can enjoy their meal al fresco.
Begin your wonderful meal with the five kinds of mixed seafood starter with a selection of breads, baked daily in the restaurant. Follow on with black squid fettuccine with fresh salmon and vegetables; tagliatelle with fresh local lobster; or imported sole with a zesty sauce of clams, Prosecco and saffron. To polish it all off, try something from the range of homemade desserts.
Rossovivo serves original authentic Italian food from an a la carte menu. There are appetizers of fresh seafood and meat; homemade pastas; main courses of fresh seafood and Thai and imported meats, wood-fired oven pizzas, and fresh homemade desserts. Thereâ€™s also a selection of fine wines and beer to enjoy with the meal.
Rossovivo, which was recently awarded the coveted Ospitalita Italiana Award for culinary excellence also offers a set lunch menu from Monday to Friday for just 290 Baht including a starter, main course and bottle of water.
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Happy hour is from 5 pm to 7 pm. Order a glass of wine, or a cocktail and you will get a free snack to go with it. Open daily for lunch and dinner: 11:00 - 23:00 Phone/RSVN: 076 384 686 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/rossovivoristoranteitaliano Trip advisor: Rossovivo Ristorante Italiano E Pizzeria Rossovivo Ristorante Italiano E Pizzeria 5/38 Viset Road, Rawai, Muang, Phuket, Thailand 83130
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• KAN EANG @ PIER Seafood & Thai Cuisine
• BLUE ELEPHANT
The amazing waterfront location with a stunning view of Chalong bay... day or night. Outstanding for locals and visitors for an idyllic setting outdoor and indoor eating areas. Served a unique style of seafood barbeque. Tel. 076 381 212, 083 173 1187 www.kaneang-pier.com Location: Chalong Bay
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: email@example.com Location: Phuket Town
• LE CELTIQUE
• LA BOUCHERIE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai
LA BOUCHERIE is a famous and successful French restaurant chain which was originally established in France and now has over 30 themed branches located in Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Russia and Thailand. Tel: 094 807 6831 www.laboucherie-asia.com Location: Chalong
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• 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 dishes. Savor great cocktails, wines and beers and a lively atmosphere where every night is happy a crab-themed party. Tel: 076 687 065 Facebook: The Crab House - Patong. Phuket Location: Patong
• LEONARDO DA VINCI
Italian Leonard Da Vinci is a beautiful indoor and outdoor restaurant situated on the headland road between Kata and Kata Noi Beaches. Enjoy fabulous authentic Italian cuisine lovingly prepared by our Italian Chef and featuring the freshest and tastiest local and imported ingredients from both Phuket and around the Mediterranean. Our welcoming bar and fine wine cellar will grace your dining with superb accompanying cocktails and wines, and our staff are not only friendly and well informed, but always delighted to see you. Tel: 076 604 296 www.leonardodavinci.asia Location: Kata
• 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, private dinner right on the beach can be set as request with a lovely decoration, tasty food from live cooking station and the absolutely charming surroundings for the special night. Email: email@example.com Tel: 076 391 123-5 www.capecollection.com Location: Cape Panwa www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
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• The 9th Floor Mediterranean
The 9th Floor is the most elegant restaurant and baron the Patong skyline and is located on the top floor of the sky Inn Condotel. It is a hidden treasure dedicated to the enjoyment of fine, fresh Mediterranean, Alpine and Thai food, a comprehensive list of some of the best wines available, beautiful well-trained waitresses and a warm, elegant ambience reminiscent of a sophisticated members’ club. Heavenly food served by angels. Tel: 076 344 311 www.the9thfloor.com Location: Patong
• East 88 Resturant & 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 18.00 – 19.00 Hrs. Tel: 076 371 900 www.serenityphuket.com Location: Rawai
• Rossovivo Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria Italian
For authentic Italian cuisine served in beautiful indoor and outdoor terrace surroundings at very reasonable prices visit Rossovivo at Fisherman Way Business Gardens on the Rawai Road. Italian owner Mario Rossi has over 25 years of experience with fine Italian cuisine both in Italy and Phuket. See weekly Chef’s specials, plus special lunch menu changing every day - Monday to Friday. Tel: 076 384 686 Location: Rawai
• Tiger Kingdom Thai & International Dine overlooking the exciting tiger enclosures on our 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. Tel: 076 323 311 www.tigerkingdom.com Location: Kathu
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Serenity Resort & Residences, Phuket combines exquisite architecture and a comfortable and cozy feeling of living in a luxury home condo. The shady garden surrounding the avenue plus the stunning ocean vista of Chalong Bay and its tropical islands offers the most memorable and perfect backdrop for your wedding or event. To create a truly special day, your wedding requires a personal touch, and at Serenity Resort & Residences, we are committed to making that happen. Our wedding options can be tailored to your particular needs, while our dedicated team of professionals – including Wedding Planner and on-site caterers – will ensure your day goes smoothly, creating a lifetime of treasured memories.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.serenityphuket.com Tel +66 (0) 371900
Sawaddi Patong Resort
+66 (0) 76 343 444 www.patongsawaddi.com
Grand Mercure Phuket Patong
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Mรถvenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach +66 (0) 76 396 139 www.movenpick.com
Hotel Novotel Phuket Vintage Park Resort +66 (0) 76 380 555 www.novotel.com
Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 370 000 www.andamanembrace.com
Best Western, Patong Beach
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The Vijitt Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 363 600 www.vijittresort.com
Amatara Resort & Wellness
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CENTARA GRAND WEST SANDS RESORT & VILLAS
Hotel & Accommodation
Beautifully situated on Phuket’s west-facing Mai Khao Beach, the Centara West Sands Resort and Spa commands a superb beachfront setting and is perfectly endowed with huge areas of prime, palm-fringed, grounds in which guests can relax and play. The resort’s huge size and extensive grounds create a laid-back sense of freedom and space, with the ability to wander happily onto the enormous swathe of golden sands of pristine Mai Khao and indulge in the inviting, azure waters of the Andaman lapping seductively beyond. There are also plenty of opportunities for family fun with the fabulous water park, swimming pools and slides, not to mention no less than eight restaurants and bars. Try the fabulous Thai and international cuisine at breakfast, lunch, or sitting under the stars at Sunset Breeze Restaurant and Bar, or the finest home-style authentic Italian faire at Azzurro, or the flavorsome Thai cuisine using the freshest local seafood and ingredients and served in a dramatically romantic setting at Suan Bua Thai Restaurant. Then there’s the hip, laid-back funky flair of Big Sur, Jungle Deli, Coconut Café and Splash Bar outlets in which to slake that thirst and fulfil the appetite generated by hours of fun in the pools and Splash Jungle water park. Here the adrenaline really starts to pump as you and your family shriek your way through the spectacular rides and thrilling slides. Alternatively, you can just kick back and relax at the intimately-sized Spa Cenvaree, or go out for a lovely, long
sunset wander across the fine sands of spectacular Mai Khao Beach, which is right at your doorstep. Younger guests will enjoy diving into a world of excitement with the fabulous childrens’ water play area, two kids’ clubs, several swimming pools and the endless list of activities tailored exclusively for their entertainment. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodation options running from opulent beach-side pool villas and penthouses, to family-friendly residences and suites, as well as a host of facilities and activities make the resort an ideal destination for an adventure-filled holiday with your family, or a laid-back holiday with your friends. What’s more, the good times begin almost from the minute you touch down in Phuket, as the resort is a mere 15-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and so you don’t have to deal with the island’s increasing traffic volumes to get there! Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket Mai Khao Soi 4, Maikhao, Thalang, Phuket
Highlights Kanokpat Beauty Art
Siam Spa Extra Virgin
Kanokpat Beauty Art Brows Design Institution by 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. We also do eyebrow wax, body wax, and bikini wax by Wax@XXX. Tel: 080 544 6665 www.kanokpatbeautyart.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. Why not make the most of the Siam Herb Extra Virgin Big Sale where you can buy a fantasy fruit soap scented with mango, watermelon or strawberry for only B20. This one day offer is on 23rd of each month only. Phuket Call Center: 092 461 9605 Pattaya Call Center: 086 888 0600
The V Spa
Vara Spa 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 www.theguidephuket.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
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 full-body 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
THE EMERALD CENTRAL CONDOMINIUM
With its aim to provide luxury condominium living at affordable prices, The Emerald Central Condominium on Thailandâ€™s holiday island of Phuket will been designed under the concept of quality, design and functionality of healthy living, Materials used, along with the design, are not only artistically unique but also fully-functional. Owners can enjoy every amenity right on site and will not have to look any further afield. Shopping for all kinds of goods such as clothing and groceries is planned to be readily available, thus, making life at the Emerald Central Condominium an easy, healthy and relaxing one.
The Emerald Central Condominium is not far from many amenities however; it is situated centrally where nothing is too far away, no matter what you’re looking for. It is minutes from first-class shopping malls, local Thai markets, tourist destinations, international hospitals, golf courses and more. It really is an ideal location for those who need to be in the city but still want to enjoy a peaceful standard of living. That’s why it is deserving of a place in the ‘Best of the Best Residences in Southeast Asia 2016’. Available units range from 39sqm studios up to two-bedroom options, with prices ranging from THB 2.3 million to THB 17.5 million. All come with furnished packages. The Emerald Central Condominium provides 80 percent car parking for its units. Additional facilities include a first-class fitness center, three-levels of swimming pools, a BBQ area and Jacuzzi pool. Spacious and natural gardens are spread throughout the project, forming unique art and thus making the Emerald Central truly one of a kind.
Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute awarded JCI-benchmarked certification
Kata Group to be Phuket King’s Cup Regatta’s host sponsor for 18th year The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta under Royal Patronage will once again be hosted at Kata Beach Resort & Spa. Pramookpisitt Achariyachai, President of Kata Group Resorts Thailand, said, “Kata Group Resorts is proud to be supporting one of HM the late King Bhumibol’s worthy causes, namely his dedication to sailing in Thailand. To host the regatta is an honor and I personally believe Phuket has all the right ingredients for the Regatta to keep growing. Being host sponsor of such a prestigious event can draw in crowds and interest on the global scale, helping promote Phuket as one of the top sailing destinations.”
On November 1, 2016, Dr. Sanguan Kunaporn, Director of the Phuket Plastic Surgery Institute (PPSI) led his medical team to welcome a delegation from nib Options, led by their general manager Mr. Christoph Ochsenbein. They were on a visit to present an official certification in recognition of high medical standards of the plastic surgeons at the institute. Such certification from nib Options is generall y awarded to a panel of doctors with reference to the patient safety standards of Joint Commission International (JCI).
Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort wins two international awards Outrigger in Phuket Wins ‘Best Luxury Family Hotel’ Award The Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort has won “Best Luxury Family Hotel – Southeast Asia” in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016. Sammy Musa, Outrigger Resorts Middle East representative accepted the award at the World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony, October29, 2016, in Qatar. “The award shows real recognition for the hard work and dedication of the Outrigger hotel staff,” said Tony Pedroni, General Manager of the Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.
On October 4, 2016, Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort was presented the Bronze Award from SPIA Asia in the category “Best Hospitality, Recreation or Leisure Offering in Sports of the Year”. Then on October 15, 2016, it was named Asia’s Leading Sports Resort at the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala. “This is a great honour and the ultimate validation of the industry-leading health and fitness model we’ve established,” stated Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, Thanyapura Health and Sports Resort’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
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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, Noodle Bar. Bangtao & Surin Beach Canal Village Located in the heart of Laguna Phuket Destination Resort, Canal Village Laguna Shopping is a beautifully landscape courtyard surrounded by more than 30 shops, offers the finest selection of quality goods and services available in Phuket. Whether you desire local and 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
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 centre is located just 100 metres 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 centre or at the onsite hairdresser.
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. 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 centre is located just 100 metres 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 centre 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.
Central Festival Phu Jungce ylon
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. Phuket Town Tops Supermarket Tops Supermarket at Central Festival Phuket and Central East, Robinson Phuket, Robinson Junceylon and Limelight Avenue offers the finest selection of local and international produce, all at the best price. As part of Thailand’s leading Central Food Retail supermarket chain with 147 nationwide branches, Tops is able to offer the finest produce of every kind including quality natural meat free from hormones; the freshest fruit and vegetables; freshly caught seafood, plus a fabulous selection of wines, beers and spirits and the latest health and beauty products. 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 jewelery 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.
Limelight Avenue Limelight Avenue Phuket is located in the heart of Phuket, 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, WOW Way of Wine, 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 items on sale include 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 The Jatujak (or JJ) weekend market in Bangkok is world famous but few people realise that there is an equally good alternative here in Phuket, albeit on a smaller scale. 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 an abundance of food and drink stalls to keep the energy levels up whilst you wander around. The market starts in the afternoon and goes on until the evening time when it can get really very lively. www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
Transport on the island How much of Phuket have you actually seen? Wouldn’t you like to explore some more? Well, here we list some of your options for getting around the island’s highways and byways. To and from the airport Airport transfers are relatively simple. The airport is at the far north of the island, some 30 kilometers from Phuket Town and even further from most of the popular beaches like Patong and Karon. It is best to use one of the two official transport companies with booths right inside the arrival lounge, you can’t miss them. Private Airport Limousines or minibuses are available to get to the ma jor beaches at the south or west of the island. Metered taxis are also available. The Airport Bus is a cheaper alternative as long as you are not in a rush. Ask at the airport for their current departure schedules and pricing. Car rental is available and companies, such as Budget and National have offices located in the airport. ‘Tuk-Tuks’ If you want your own private taxi, look for a tuk tuk, a tiny mini-truck used to carry about four (or more!) passengers. The tuk-tuk gets its name from the noise its little engine
makes. There are fleets of these in all ma jor tourist areas and they will take you anywhere for a price. The going rate for the relatively short ride between Patong and Phuket Town can be as much as 450 THB, one way! You can also rent one of these tuk-tuks for the day. Expect to pay around 2,000 THB or more. This can be a good way to get about the island if you prefer not to drive yourself. Motorcycle Taxis These will be a new experience for many people and are a convenient, yet nerve wracking way to get around. All fares must be negotiated before the ride. These taxi motorcycle drivers are easily identified by their special colored jackets showing the location of their home base. Many have the word ‘taxi’ written in English on this jacket. Do not take a taxi from anyone who is not wearing one of these jackets. Renting a Motorcycle Motorcycles, big and small, can be rented all over the island and are a popular choice for many tourists. Zipping around with the breeze in your hair is tempting for anyone but do be careful, the hospitals here see a never-ending stream of foreigners arriving with skin missing from arms and legs, or sometimes worse. The accident rate on Phuket is one of the highest in Thailand with 90% of road accidents involving motorcycles! Note that Thai law requires the driver to carry a valid license at all times and all riders to wear helmets. Also motorcycle lights must be turned on at all times, including during the daytime! The police occasionally enforce all these laws, so beware. The real danger in Phuket is this: NONE of the motorcycles rented here have insurance. Renting Your Own Car Since Phuket is quite a large island, renting your own car can be one of the most pleasant ways to get around and it gives you freedom to go where and when you want. Renting is easy; private rental cars are readily found in every beach area and ma jor rental companies operate in most resorts. When renting private vehicles from the side of the road be aware that few of these vehicles have insurance and this can prove disastrous in the event of an accident. Renting a car allows you get off the island and see the beautiful, neighboring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi. The roads are good and the scenery spectacular, making for a great day out. Regional Buses The long distance bus station is in Phuket Town and across from here both air-con tour buses and cheap, ‘orange crush’ buses leave for destinations north, south and east. There are regular services to Bangkok, Krabi, Surat Thani, Nakorn Srithammarat, Trang, Haad Yai and other minor provincial capitals.
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Transport by Boat Regular ferry boat services from Phuket run only to the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Yao Noi and Krabi. There are unscheduled boats to Koh Bon, Racha Yai and Koh Yao Yai. You can get to Koh Lanta by changing boats at Koh Phi Phi. Song-taews There are few buses on Phuket and the main form of transport from beach to town is the ‘song taew’; a truck converted to carry passengers in the back on two long benches. They are usually colorful with a sign on front showing where they are going. These vehicles leave from a set stop by the fresh produce market in Phuket Town, reaching every ma jor beach area on the island. They run approximately every hour but there are no fixed schedules, and they run when there are sufficient passengers. When leaving the beach areas to head back to town they usually cruise slowly around the streets picking up passengers. Song-taews are slow but cheap with the fare from Phuket Town to Patong now set at just 25 THB per person!
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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 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 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.
Krabi Hotel Highlights 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/vogue Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 000 www.dusit.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 Deevana Plaza Krabi Aonang Tel. +66 (0) 75 639 999 www.deevanaplazakrabi.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
Pimalai Resort & Sp a - Koh Lanta Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 999 www.pimalai.com
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
Be yond Resorts by Ka ta Group Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 300 www.kata group.com
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
Sofitel Krabi Phokeeth ra Golf & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 627 80 0 www.sofitel.com
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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