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Phuket 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
PH U 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.
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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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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
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 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
· 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.
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.
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.
· Nai Yang Beach
· Karon 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.
· Paradise 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
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.
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.
· Kamala Beach Kamala is a 3-kilometer long beach situated in the middle of Phuket’s west coast which has undergone recent developments to its main street, but the beach remains largely unchanged. Behind the beach lies a growing village with two distinct communities; Buddhists by the beach and Muslims further back at the foot of the encompassing mountain range. www.theguidephuket.com
· Ao Yon Beach Ao Yon is another peaceful beach ideally suited for watching the sunset. It is located near Cape Panwa, 10km from Phuket Town. Although quiet with beautiful emerald sea this beach is not really suitable for bathing or relaxing as the bay is usually full of boats and yachts.
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La Boucherie Chalong
Let us introduce you to Pascal Geudin, Executive Chef at La Boucherie Chalong, a stunning venue near Chalong Circle that serves a selection of premium cuts of meat and other food delicacies inspired from traditional French and Mediterranean cuisines.
Please tell us about yourself and your experience My name is Pascal Geudin, I am 48 years old and started cooking when I was 14. After attending the Culinary School in Strasbourg, France, I started working for various hotels and restaurants in France, then decided to explore different countries and moved to Senegal to get more international experience and learn about the local culture. I was 18 years old by then. I then moved to the Reunion for about a year but had to come back to France to complete my military engagements. I became a Chef for the Ministry of Defense, cooking delicious food for generals and other high-grade army personnel; I worked there for 20 years altogether. When I started my career, I was lucky enough to learn the art from some of the best chefs in France, such as Bernard Loiseau, and visited various restaurants to learn different skills and different styles of cuisine. After 20 years spent cooking for the Army, I moved down to the south of France, in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, where I was contacted by the Ambassador of France to Thailand, who I had met on a few occasions before, and was offered a job at the French Embassy in Bangkok. Throughout the past six years I have worked for three French Ambassadors in Bangkok as well as their guests. During my time there, I had the pleasure to cook for members of the Government as well as the Royal Family of Thailand, such as HRH Princess Sinrindhorn, for whom I created a delicious buffet. The last dinner I prepared was to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Franco-Thai relationship. In April 2017, I started working at La Boucherie Chalong as Executive Chef.
Which one do you think was the most challenging job? To me, I wouldnâ€™t say one job was more difficult or easier than another; the challenges have been very different. It is very important for a Chef to constantly renew dishes and their presentation, and improve on his skills, regardless of the place where they work. I must say I am very happy to embrace this new challenge at La Boucherie, as it brings back a lot of memories from when I was a young cook, and I am looking forward to welcoming each and every one of you to taste our food and enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant. What kind of food do you prefer to cook/serve? Foie Gras is a delicacy that I like to use in some of my dishes. Beef, Lamb, Salmon and Tuna are great proteins to work with and, of course, Thai Food; I really like the complexity of Thai cuisine and the balance of flavours.
Food & Restaurant
Big Fish Restaurant and Bar
Amazing food is often made more enjoyable when it comes with an amazing view, and Big Fish, located within the Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, offers you just that.
A good suggestion to follow this is the grilled red sea bass; the fish is grilled with salt and pepper, allowing it to keep its natural taste, and blended perfectly with a homemade spicy seafood sauce.
Immerse yourself in a cool, laid-back atmosphere as you face the endless turquoise ocean of Nai Yang Beach.
If it’s carbs you’re after then there’s the classic spaghetti seafood. The rich tomato sauce gives a mild sweet and sour touch that balances well with the taste of fresh giant prawns and mussels.
The Chefs at Big Fish are masters when it comes to seafood, and they can serve you catch-of-the-day platters, which, for the most part, are sourced locally from local fishermen moored directly in front of the property.
Aside from the seafood, mouth-watering Australian Angus tenderloin fettuccine with mushroom and truffle cream sauce is also a good option. Tenderful, perfectly cooked medium-rare beef, the beautiful pink colour of which marries so well with the fettuccini mixed in a thick creamy sauce with its aromatic scent of truffle.
The menu at Big Fish Restaurant features a variety of dishes, which once experienced will leave your palate wanting for more. Start with the popular flourless crab cake made with fresh crab meat; the tender crab meat has its natural mild sweetness matched perfectly with the bitterness from grated lemon skin and onions, the textures of which go magnificently with the crispy deep-fried breadcrumbs outside.
A perfect meal usually ends with the sweet treats and at Big Fish Restaurant we were served a beautiful portion of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream topped with caramel. The texture, the balance between the rich dark chocolate cake, moist caramel and frosty vanilla ice-cream topped off with pie crumb sprinklings.
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As for digestifs, why not try one of Big Fish Bar cocktails, Andaman or Isaan. The first is a sour drink made with local Phuket rum, and with a rich but refreshing taste; the latter is made with sweet mangoes mixed with Thai liquor giving it a light and satisfying taste. Take a glass of your choice, rest yourself on the deck, lay your eyes over the edgeless sea, breathe in the sea air and cherish a quiet moment at one of the most serene restaurant location to be found in Phuket.
Like and check-in on Facebook fan page of Big Fish Restaurant & Bar to receive a 10% discount on food! For more information or reservations, please contact Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach Big Fish Restaurant & Bar 076 625 555
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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 half 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! The Vijitt Resort Phuket 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 076 363 600 www.vijittresort.com
Metzo’s Mediterranean Sunday Brunch Every Sunday from 11.30 – 15.30 Hrs. 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: email@example.com Facebook: facebook.com/MetzosBistroandBar www.theguidephuket.com
Pink Sunday Brunch At The Edge Beach Club, Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort On select Sundays in July, 16th and 30th, 2017, The Edge Beach Club at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort holds its Pink Brunch Party featuring live DJ performance by DJ Lada. This fantastic event kicks off at noon and enjoying the Sea View Pool and beach activities until 7pm. Priced at only THB 550++ per adult, with children under 12 eligible for 50% discount, this delicious and valuable brunch is certainly not to be missed. Do not forget to wear pink to receive a complimentary drink upon arrival. Tel: 076 602 500 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Family Brunching 101
At Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort Hotel When my wife said she wanted a good value Sunday Brunch, but without the hassle of Phuket’s traffic, where our two children would be entertained and happy, I knew this was a potential banana skin waiting for me to fall flat on my face. Then a stroke of genius struck. I’d heard that brunch at Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Hotel offered wonderful comfort faire, at exceptionally good prices, with several swimming pools and stunning ocean vistas, and we wouldn’t have to engage with Phuket’s febrile traffic to get there. The lovely Pullman Resort overlooks sparkling Makham Bay, with white sandy beaches and three lovely swimming pools, plus every brunch comes with full use of the resort’s wide array of facilities and kid-friendly activities to keep our little ones amused. The resort is located on Cape Panwa, which is a charming quieter promontory in Phuket’s southeast, just 15 minutes from Phuket Town. Our family arrived in fine fettle, parents relaxed after our easy journey along the wide, quiet roads, and the kiddies, having had no time to get bored, were thoroughly excited about their impending afternoon of great comfort food followed by swimming, building sand castles, enjoying treasure hunts and the like.
Our gang sauntered down to the open sala brunching area beside the glimmering aquamarine swimming pools overlooking the bay with its verdant headlands. Cool DJ sounds filled the air and our little two rascals let fly with whoops of delight when they saw the array of salads, burgers, pizzas, pastas and chef-prepared noodle dishes waiting for their ravenous attention. I warned them to leave some “tummy space” for the delicious bounty of desserts….. not that it did any good! Madame and I kicked back with chilled rose wine, served by-the-glass and the brunch took off with a swing. After about an hour, the kiddies were splashing about in the pools and Madame had fallen asleep on a lounger in the vaulting shade of a palm tree. This allowed me to craftily enjoy a tipple from the Happy Hour drinks menu, just 190 baht ++ from 1 to 3 pm. As I sat there with my Watermelon Gold cocktail (refreshing and naughty in equal measure) I realised what a lucky man I was to have such a lovely and relaxed family with whom to share such quality time…..and to have discovered the wonderful Pullman Panwa Beach Resort’s Sunday brunch. Sunday Brunch is 550 baht++ for adults and half price for children, with under twelve years free www.facebook.com/theguidephuket
Food & Restaurant
• AMOR RESTAURANT Thai & International The elegant all-day dining dining restaurant serves the international buffet and a la carte. menu featuring the best of Western and Asian cuisines with live cooking stations. Children's policy applies. For more information and reservation, call 076-397777 Email H9932@accor.com Open time: 06:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Location : Phuket Town
• Wanon Restaurant at Hanuman World Adventure Park 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. Drop into Wanon for an experience to remember! Tel: +66 76 390 189 Website: 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. Tel: 076-337-000 Email: Phuket@thedrunkenleprechaun.com
• 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
• 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. Tel: 076 687 065 Facebook: The Crab House - Patong. Phuket Location: Patong
• SUNSET BAY PHUKET Seafood & Thai Cuisine Allow The Guide Phuket to introduce you to the latest addition to Phuket's restaurant scene, Sunset Bay Phuket, which can be found in the heart of Kalim. Open daily from noon through midnight, this perfect new venue offers tantalising seafood alongside delicate Thai cuisine. With spectacular views over the Andaman Sea, this restaurant is an ideal choice for pre-dinner cocktails or to indulge in their selection of wines by the glass. The venue can be found directly opposite the Centara Blue Marine. Open Time: 12pm - 12 am Tel: 098 017 3252
Food & Restaurant
Food & Restaurant
• 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. Email: email@example.com Tel: 076 391 123-5 www.capecollection.com Location: Cape Panwa
• 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”. Happy Hour from 18.00 to 19.00hrs Tel: 076 371900 www.East88phuket.com Location: Rawai
• ROYDEE RESTAURANT @NOOK-DEE RESORT Thai & International Roy-Dee Restaurant (means “Very delicious" in Thai) focuses on authentic homecooking 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. Tel.+66 76 688 888 Email.firstname.lastname@example.org Location : Kata 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. Tel: 094 807 6831 www.LABOUCHERIE-CHALONG.COM Location: Chalong
• 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. Tel: 076 323 311 www.tigerkingdom.com Location: Kathu
• BLUE ELEPHANT Royal Thai Cuisine Taking a grand location in the governor mansion in old Phuket Town, this beautiful restaurant serves traditional royal Thai cuisine and holds daily cooking classes as well. Tel: 076 354 355, 076 354 357 E-mail: email@example.com Location: Phuket Town
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High above the rushing tumult of Patong, yet only a ten minute drive from the heart of town, a stunning new luxury resort has opened featuring the most wonderful range of accommodation, facilities and dining for both residents and visitors.
Crest Resort and Pool Villas is an inspiring and radical new luxury eco-themed resort specifically designed for a diverse array of discerning travelers. Certainly those seeking a rejuvenating weekend getaway, a relaxing long stay, a honeymoon hideaway, an adventure-filled family vacation, a gala wedding, or even stimulating corporate meetings and events, are all superbly catered for in Crest Resort and Pool Villas's delightfully bright, airy environment. Perched on a hillside, high above beautiful Tri Trang and Paradise Beaches, just outside Patong, and surrounded by tropical rain forest and stunning 240 degree views of the turquoise waters of the famous Andaman Sea, Crest Resort and Pool Villas is the perfect venue for a well-deserved natural getaway holiday within an enchanted setting. Crest Resort and Pool Villas has a broad selection of 144 different rooms from extraordinarily spacious sea-view rooms, the unique designed individual villas, to family villas all perched on the Patong Peninsula Mountain Range, Phuketâ€™s oldest, unspoilt rainforest, with breath-taking sea views, a natural environment and vast slopes of greenery in every direction. If you love to dine on fresh, healthy cuisine amidst abundant verdant greenery with the most breath-taking views across ocean and headland vistas, then any of the restaurants in Crest Resort and Pool Villas are definitely for you. All four food outlets boast fabulous views, plus impeccably healthy dishes utilizing the freshest local and imported produce. This combination of cuisine and ambience creates a unique flux of tranquillity, leaving you feeling replete and content after every dining experience.
Discover a haven of tranquillity at Crest Resort and Pool Villas’s PRIMA Holistic Wellness Village Center, with a range of individual rooms for both wet and dry treatments, including stunningly-equipped spa suites with individual Jacuzzis.
ties, while the resort’s meeting facilities somehow seem to be able to blend combine work and play seamlessly together.
The state of the art treatments and expert therapies are inspired by balance, and incorporate elements of Thai culture blended with the latest techniques.
Crest Resort and Pool Villas is also the perfect destination for a gorgeous wedding day with its romantic setting overlooking the Andaman Sea, surrounded by stunning tropical forest and perched upon the most beguiling hillside
Spa programs are complemented by the Island Spa Rejuvenation Menu and superb panoramic views, leaving you feeling blissfully relaxed and energized.
All these stunning features complement each other beautifully to make Crest Resort & Pool Villas the unforgettable and rejuvenating natural getaway.
The resort’s signature Kids’ Club is designed to inspire your youngsters with intelligent and fun activi-
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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We all need some “V” time especially after a hectic working week. And a visit to V Spa on a hassle-free day over the long-awaited weekend is a perfect option. Ring up your besties, but it’s quite possible they’ll be sick in bed from the hardest TGIF party the night before, go for a double espresso and get your five senses prepared to be revived and spoiled.
The V Spa is your destination with its reception designed like a large open-air cottage and its location hidden amongst a beautiful garden in The Vijitt Resort. Once you arrive you will immediately be attracted by the nature of the garden, the well thought out design of the reception area and warm-welcoming smiles of the receptionists. We were approached by our therapists who offered us an option from six treatments which would take us on our soon-to-be lost in heaven journey. The “V Body Scrub” was my preferred choice after having been briefed on all the spa products used, all the ingredients of which are all well-selected and organically produced. And “The Brightening V Facial by Jurlique” was recommended by the spa manager as my skin is sensitive. We were taken to a lovely private cottage a short walk away through the garden. Each cottage has been designed attentively to detail and have an ecoenvironmental concept, and each has its own outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the lotus pond and with panoramic views of the lush garden and even partially of the sea. Our therapists were amazing with the soft touches of their palms on our bodies, and the pleasing aroma of the spa products together with the sound of relaxing melodies got us a pretty much as close to heaven as can be. Ahhh, this visit to V Spa really is going to be two hours of magic, I could sense it. The highlight of our treatment was the open-air Jacuzzi, with a flower tucked behind the ear, eyes closed, smile on your face, hands and shoulders spread wide, this was the perfect way to round of the treatment. If you’re into selfies then take one here, you’ll be amazed by the number of “Likes” you’ll receive. The “V Spa” is strongly recommended for a weekend retreat on any occasion, it’s only 10 minutes from Chalong circle towards Rawai. For more information or reservations please contact The V Spa Tel.076 363600 Ext 703 www.vijittresort.com
Multiple honors for Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach
Rock Star ‘Toon’ makes surprise appearance at Laguna charity activity On Monday 5 June, 2017, Laguna Phuket together with “Toon” from Bodyslam visited Phuket Panyanukul School for children with disabilities and presented donations raised from the cancelled “Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016”. After announcing the cancelation of the concert, Laguna Phuket said money left from non-refunded tickets would go to the school. Some 510,800 baht was raised and will be managed by a fund specially set up for long-term charitable partnership between Laguna Phuket and the school.
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is celebrating after winning multiple ma jor honors at the Asia Pacific Property Awards. It was a hugely successful night for the resort which opened in June 2016. In total, the beachfront property took home Five awards including “Thailand’s Best Interior Design Hotel”, “Thailand’s Best Wedding Venue”, and “Asia’s Best Wedding Venue”. These awards are testaments to the quality of the resort’s design, and the consistent high standards achieved since the property opened.
Dates announced for Laguna Phuket Marathon 2018 Lions Club of Phuket Pearl Brings Smiles to Kids of the Sunshine Village Foundation On May 21, 2017, a charity bowling game named “Smiling Day” took place at CS Bowling in Big C mall, Phuket, chaired by Igor Protasov, President of Lions Club of Phuket Pearl, along with the club members. 82 underprivileged children from the Sunshine Village Foundation joined the fun activity. The revenue of the charity competition will be donated to the foundation.
Following the success of the Laguna Phuket Marathon 2017, the 2018 edition of Southeast Asia’s leading destination Marathon has been officially announced to take place at Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket. The two-day “Sunset to Sunrise” Marathon will be held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, 2018. The event comprises race distances for everyone in the family; 2Km Kids Run, 5Km Community Run, 10.5Km Mini-marathon, 21Km Half-marathon and 42Km Marathon. Register now at www.phuketmarathon.com for Super Early Bird discount.
The G u ide
Social Naughty Nuri’s Phuket Groundbreaking Ceremony On 18 May, 2017, Naughty Nuri’s Warung broke ground to mark the commencement of construction of the first Naughty Nuri’s restaurant in Thailand. The outlet, estimated to cost USD 2 million, is strategically located in central Patong. The Balinese-Asian fusion BBQ restaurant will be situated in a tranquil forest just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the island’s ma jor entertainment hub.
Chaîne des Rôtisseurs at CATCH BEACH CLUB On June 6, 2017, Catch Beach Club was the chosen venue to host the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner, all those gathered for the latest of what is a regular occasion dressed to follow the fun theme of the night, Gatsby. And of course it would’t have been a Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Dinner without good food and fine beverages.
The SIS Kata Grand opening On Saturday June 17, 2017, The SIS Kata Phuket officially hosted its grand opening with hundreds of attenders including Phuket VIPs, celebrities, local media, family and friends gathered on the roof top, where plenty of food and refreshing beverage were served with a stunning panoramic view of Kata Beach. The SIS Kata Phuket is a project of three Phuket sisters; Khun Supaporn Pattarawora-nee, Khun Kanokkorn Pattaraworanee and Khun Anchisa Pattaraworanee, who managed to build a dream hotel thanks to their knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry. The opening event was chaired by Pol Ma j Gen Chalit Kaewyarat, Region 8 Deputy Police Commander, alongside the three sisters and the hotel executive team led by Mr. Mat Christie, General Manager.
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TIGER KINGDOM On May 22, 2017, the islandâ€™s family friendly attraction, Tiger Kingdom Phuket, invited business connections including tour agents, tour guides, taxi operators, media and other relevant business persons to gather at the Duangjitt Resort & Spa in Patong to join a dinner of thanks. Kotchakorn Chaiyabutr, Managing Director of Tiger Kingdom gave a speech on his business outlook for the coming year.
Shining Success at Inaugural Singha Phuket Open Hosted by Laguna Golf Phuket On 28 May, 2017, the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and All Thailand Golf Tour (ATGT) reached its climax at Laguna Golf Phuket. The event saw over 300 top male and female international professional players vying for over 2 million Baht prize fund. Players competed at the awardwinning Laguna Golf Phuket course and were welcomed by enthusiastic spectators from around the island.
International runners dominate Marathon On Sunday June 4, 2017, more than 4,000 runners lined up to run the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon. With a record turnout of almost 7,000 runners over the two day event, the Marathon and Half Marathon have proved the most popular and with more than 1,600 in the Marathon distance alone, the largest field of Marathon runners ever at the Laguna Phuket Marathon.
Beauty on the Beach On 2 June, 2017, the magnificent Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, located in the quiet southern comer of Cape Panwa, held an event to give thanks to associates who have given them continued ongoing support. The event was held under the theme of "Beauty on the Beach" with all those in attendance getting into the spirit of the occasion.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
One More Wave
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
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. One More Wave A brand founded by young successful people who love extreme sports, waves, surfing and traveling. OneMoreWave Clothing is sewn in Russia from European 100% natural cotton. OneMoreWave - a convenient, high-quality clothing for a casual life, as well as for water sports both on the ocean and on the terms of city surfing. Phuket Boat Lagoon Unit no.A11, Lagoon Quay, 22/1 Moo.2 Thepkasattri Rd, Kohkaew, Muang Phuket 83000 Tel. +66 82 517 2729 Instagram: onemorewave_phuket
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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 major 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 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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