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THE GUIDE LIFESTYLE 14 20 26 50 55 56 64

Life a Beach Getting to know Paponphat Niyomadul The Guide Night life The Guide Social Event Phuket Shopper Delight Laguna Events

Perfect Phuket Weddings at Serenity Resort and Residences

Tours • Things to do • Places to go • Shopping • Accommodations • Restaurants • Spas and more ...

Cover Photo: Serenity Resort and Residences



XD Theater Hot Activity Activity on the island


Phuket Beach Club Hotel Highlights La Flora Patong Phuket Pulse

THE GUIDE DINING 30 32 35 38 40


Let’s do brunch Hilton Phuket Restaurant Highlights Sawaddi Patong Koffee Culture


Spa Highlight BeneÀts of Apple Cider Vinegar Coqoon Spa



Thai Airways Timetable Bangkok Airways Timetable

THE GUIDE ANDAMAN 66 68 69 70 72

Northern Andaman Region Hotel Highlights Northern Andaman Koh Yao Yai Village Southern Andaman Region Hotel Highlights Southern Andaman

+66 (0)84 006 4743



Titaree Taweekit Mobile. +66 (0)86 816 0516

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

a thrilling experience of super-dynamic reality through all of your Àve senses!

The amazing 6 dimensional Àlms run every day and sitting in the special moveable and reacting seats designed with the latest Hollywood technology, you are guaranteed to have the ride of your life, no matter which of the many Àlms you see. The acceleration rate of the special seat technology is in fact up to 400 movements per second, which means that your body can feel the overload of the thrust up to a force of two times the strength of Earth’s gravitation force. In addition to this, there is also a combination of orchestrated surrounding sound; special wind effects; amazing and dynamic special effects; and sensational lighting and movement. All these and the 3D glasses you are wearing combine to give you

There are a wide number of ongoing Àlms to choose from every day including such epics as the Cosmic Race; Ride the Future; Aqua Adventure; Ravine Races; Snow Ride and the scary Haunted Mine…..but no matter which of these great trips you choose to experience you are guaranteed to leave the theater shaken, stirred, thrilled and very, very happy.

The Junceylon Patong XD Cinema is just one of this world famous chain of theaters which are located all over the globe and can rightfully be described as the most famous adventure ride in the world.

XD Theater is located on 3rd Áoor SFC cinema zone. Open 11am - 24pm More information please call 087 585 8474 (English and Russian) 082 462 6787 (Thai)



NOW 3 CLASSES DAILY 9.00-10.30 17.15-18.45 19.15-20.45




tep into the future with Phuket’s latest attraction; a 10 seat 6D motion ride. Choose a movie, slip on your glasses and be prepared to be whisked away on a journey to space or beyond. The moving chairs enhance the thrills of the 3D visuals making you feel you really are in a land undiscovered. We rode on the Cosmic Coaster which is a roller coaster set on another planet taking you through landscapes, plummeting off cliffs into cosmic lands. This virtual world is open to all ages and the shows run every 10 minutes, so step inside and let your imagination run wild.

Place That Truly Takes You to Meet the Stars! The Simon Star Show is proudly presented by the Phuket Simon Cabaret a new branch of the famous and luxurious theater which seats an audience of 600, right in the heart of Phuket Town. Our new fabulous stage design is enhanced by a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. You will be astounded and entranced by the glittering and extravagant costumes and our new generation of ambitious performers. The new dimensions to our stage and the sheer scale and ambition of our performances will give you a night to remember. Come and enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Simon Star Show Phuket.














GETTING TO KNOW Paponphat Niyomadul, Managing Director of Kalima Resort and Spa It’s another lovely sunny day in Kalim as Khun Paponphat (Ton) and I sit down in the airy, expansive main restaurant of his resort and take in the stunning views across Kalim Bay and the verdant headland beyond which lies Patong.

How did you and your brothers get into the Phuket resort business? My two younger brothers and I grew up and went to school in Phuket and you could say that “catering and service is in our blood.” Our father and his brother founded the famous Laem Ton Restaurant in Phuket Town and we grew up watching the daily food preparation and customer service. That early exposure stood us in good stead for a life in the service and tourism sector I think. I went to university both in Texas and then the Gold Coast in Australia, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management then worked with established resorts such as Le Meridien, Banyan Tree and then in property sales to gain “real life” experience and to make lots of contacts. Finally, in 2009 we decided the time was ripe to go it alone and we started to build our resort on this stunning piece of hillside land overlooking Kalim Bay that our parents had acquired 30 years ago. We took two years constructing, then soft-opened for three months, and Ànally had our “Grand Launch” in November 2012. What are the concept and design elements that make Kalima Resort different? I worked personally with the designer and architect to create a functionally modern resort but with recognizable Thai touches such as all the lovely wood highlights. Location and aspect are of course critical to a resort’s success. Here we have terriÀc hillside vistas across Kalim Bay, but we are just a short ride to Patong, so our guests can enjoy the restaurants and nightlife there, but retreat to a quiet, relaxed and stunning home base. After your Àrst high season, who are your key customers? We have 190 keys in total and a broad range of accommodation types from deluxe condos, to honeymoon suites, to private pool villas, so we appeal to an equally broad range of demographics. Certainly Asians and Korean honeymooners Ànd us very appealing, as do younger Aussies who like the access to Patong nightlife, as do older couples who like the privacy of our pool and duplex villas, our huge swimming pool, the hillside restaurant and the spa facilities.

How is 2013 shaping up for Kalima? We have been through a steep learning curve I think and we are still Ànding our way in terms of marketing and promotion. The “Green Season” will also be a time of upgrading physical elements of the resort such as opening a second swimming pool in front of the villas and maintaining the walkways and building roofs over them as they can get slippery. We are also having a big push on building our reputation and a strong “word-of-mouth” among Thai audiences through hosting various TV personalities, fashion shows and TV programs, and we believe that we will really take off next High Season.


Hotel & Accommodation


Patong Bay Garden Resort

Phuket Orchid Resort

+66 (0) 76 340 106-14

Patong Merlin Hotel

Ramada Phuket Southsea

Amari Coral Beach Resort

Andaman Beach Suites Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 879-83

+66 (0) 76 292 914-5

+66 (0) 76 340 037-41

Patong Paragon Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 290 555

Royal Pawadee Village Hotel

+66 (0) 76 396 519-23 +66 (0) 76 370 888 The Front Village

+66 (0) 76 398 200-5

+66 (0) 76 344 622 Safari Beach Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 171-4

Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 370 000

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

B-Lay Tong

+66 (0) 76 344 999 Banthai Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 340 850

Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong

The 9th Floor Residence +66 (0) 76 344 987

Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel

+66 (0) 76 341 414-5

+66 (0) 2 659 2888

Duangjitt Resort & Spa

Kata Beach Resort

+ 66 (0) 76 342 090-4, 340 310-1

+66 (0) 76 330 530-4

Le MĂŠridien Phuket Beach Resort

Kata Palm Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 340 680-5

+66 (0) 76 284 334-8

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

+66 (0) 76 292 526-30 Merlin Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 294 300 Novotel Phuket Resort

+66 (0) 76 342 777

+66 (0) 76 370 999

66 (0) 76 330 455-60

Deevana Patong Resort & Spa

Horizon Beach Resort Hotel

Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort and Spa Club Med

+66 (0) 76 349 800-7

+66 (0) 76 340 608-9


Katathani Phuket Beach Resort Sawaddi Patong Resort

+66 (0) 76 343 444

Mercure Patong

+66 (0) 76 302 100 Salathai Resort

+66 (0) 76 330 124

Sugar Palm Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 284 404

The Beach Boutique House

+66 (0) 76 333 113 Impiana Private Villas

+66 (0) 76 330 770

+66 (0) 76 296 631 The Nap Patong

+66 (0) 76 296 631-4 The Royal Paradise Hotel

+66 (0) 76 340 666

Thara Patong Beach Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 340 520 Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central +66 (0) 76 360 000


Hilton Phuket Arcadia

+66 (0) 76 396 038-44

Capannina Inn +66 (0) 76 284 450

Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa

+66 (0) 76 284 555 Karon Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 330 006-8 Karon Sea Sands Resort

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

+66 (0) 76 286 406-10 MĂśvenpick Resort & Spa Patong Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 551-4

+66 (0) 76 396 139-48 Marina Phuket

+66 (0) 76 330 497

Two Chefs Bungalows

+66 (0) 76 284 155

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+66 (0) 76 324 021-2 Bangtao Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 270 680-5 Banyan Tree Phuket

+66 (0) 76 324 374

Angsana Laguna Phuket

+66 (0) 76 324 101 Mövenpick Residence

+66 (0) 76 396 139

The Vijitt Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 363 600

Thanyapura Retreat

+66 (0) 76 336 000

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas

+66 (0) 76 336 900


JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

All Season Naiharn Phuket Hotel

+66 (0) 76 338 000

Friendship Bungalow

+66 (0) 76 603 699

The Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club


+ 66 (0) 76 289 333

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Maikhao Beach

+66 (0) 76 288 996

+66 (0) 76 381 360-6

Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket

+66 (0) 76 391 123-5 NAIYANG & NAITHORN Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 362 999


+66 (0) 76 324 333

Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort&Spa

+66 (0) 76 271 271 The Surin Phuket

+66 (0) 76 621 580

The Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket

Dewa Phuket

+66 (0) 76 391 514

Indigo Pearl

+66 (0) 76 602 500

Naithon Buri Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 371 000

Naiyang Beach Resort

+66 (0) 76 302 940



+66 (0) 76 372 300

Radisson Resort Phuket Panwa Beach

+66 (0) 76 327 006-9

Sri Panwa, Phuket

+66 (0) 76 318 700

Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach

+66 (0) 76 328 300 +66 (0) 76 310 100

The Imperial Adamas Beach Resort

+(66) 76 316 000

L’esprit de Naiyang Resort

+66 (0) 76 510 032-5

Airport Resort & Spa Naiyang Beach

+66 (0) 76 327 771-4 Kasalong Phuket Resort

+66 (0) 76 205 208-10

i Pavilion Phuket Hotel

+66 (0) 76 210 445-7 Phuket Merlin Hotel

+66 (0) 76 212 866-70 Royal Phuket City

+66 (0) 76 233 333

Sino House Phuket Hotel

+66 (0) 76 232 494-5 The Metropole

+66 (0) 76 215 050 MAIKHAO Twinpalms Phuket

+66 (0) 76 316 500

Anantara Phuket


Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa

The Naka Island A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Phuket

+66 (0) 76 336 100 +66 (0) 76 363 999

+66 (0) 76 371 400 RACHA ISLAND


The Racha Resort

Aquamarine Resort & Villa

+66 (0) 76 310 600

+66 (0) 76 355 455

+66 76 337 300


+66 (0) 76 324 111-4

The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa Phuket

Cape Sienna

Kamala Beach Estate

Kamala Beach Hotel & Resort

+66 (0) 76 279 580-5 Andara Phuket

+66 (0) 76 338 777

Sala Phuket Resort and Spa

+66 (0) 76 335 600

+66 (0) 76 338 888



The Nightlife in Phuket is unique and not to be missed. The cauldron of action of action is centered on the Àery beach front on the southwest side in the infamous Patong. Beach area. The nightlife in Patong never fails to attract curious visitors every evening. Like a magnet, all are attracted to Soi Bangla, the heart of the bar scene. The ever enchanting bar girls, neon lights and exaggerated sound systems compete for the attention of all who fail to resist pleasures of Bangla.





Sexy and stylish are two words you will instantly relate to once you have visited Seduction. It promises big nights out and it delivers regularly. The Àrst Saturday of every month is a “must-attend” for all serious party goers Seduction is the very best Phuket has to offer in terms of quality international DJ’s and high tempo club nights. If you’re looking for the clubbing scene then Seduction is the place to be.

New to the constantly evolving Bangla is the Red Hot Club. Bringing with it a host of quality live music from their very own house band and a welcoming theme and environment that seems to capture the ambience of a Canadian or Austrian wooden chalet, set high in the mountains where drinks are plentiful and good times are rife. The house band of seven includes several individually talented performers and the two ‘front men’ interact with the crowd all night on stage and off stage whilst producing quality vocals. It’s easy for these two to take all of the crowd’s attention. That is until the solo guitarist and the soulful reggae vocalist get their turn to impress the passionate spectators.

Phuket Town boasts a good selection of bars and more relaxed watering holes. With its own character, it offers more authenticity and space when compared to the crowds of Patong and a great night out can be had by all with a little help and a small push in the right direction from The Guide.





With two Áoors, each with its own bar and seating areas, you can stand on the balcony and watch the band ignite the crowd, or be captured by the energy on the ground Áoor leaving you with no choice but to dance and have a good time.


Timber Hut offers arguably one of the best atmospheres in Phuket. Exceptional live music and popular bands play in the center of the venue surrounded by a welcoming crowd all moving to the music.


The trendiest hangout in Phuket Town, complete with a chic and sophisticated setting, this is the perfect spot to impress a date, or enjoy with a small group of friends. With crisp off an endlessly stylish feel. This fashionable venue features live music several nights a week offering an intimate yet exclusive atmosphere

Rom Dee is a small bar that caters for those wishing to get away from the extravagant music of the larger venues. Located next door to Sanaeha, Rom Dee is a quaint place for drinks and cozy conversation. A popular alternative to the powerful dance clubs and lively bars, Rom Dee suits locals and tourists alike. Not just another live music bar, Rocking Angels brings together musicians of Phuket and from other nations who all wish to Jam and participate. The owner leads by example, happily taking requests and having a huge passion for playing all night long. The main focus of the music normally circles around Blues, Rock and Roll and Roots however don’t be surprised to Ànd that the Blues inÁuence will take over as the night goes on.


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Blue Elephant d staurant Phuket was honore Re & ool Sch g kin Coo ne isi Royal Thai Cu Thailand Group. to welcome Les Clefs d’Or

Les Clefs d’Or Thailand Group is a group of people who work in the hotel concierges from 3-5 stars in Thailand who strive to be the most professional in customer service. They meet as a group to exchange the best practice of customer service and promote the hotel events and Thailand tourism.

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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. • 3,490++ THB per person including a bottle of champagne per couple • 1,490++ THB per person including a bottle of wine per couple • 1,190++ THB brunch only Tel : 076 316 577

Hilton Sunday Brunch Every Sunday From 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs.

Enjoy our lavish international buffet with friends and family each Sunday at Sails! Our jazz band sets the mood for a relaxing afternoon with delicious food, live cooking Hilton SUNDAY BRUNCH stations, refreshing drinks and good company. Balloon artists entertain the little ones with face painting and kids’ activities. Sunday Brunch at Sails – a Hilton Experience • THB 1,400++ per adult (includes bottle of house wine per couple) • THB 1,100++ per adult (without wine) • THB 700++ per child* (Ages 5-12) *All prices are in Thai baht and are subject to 10% service charge and 7% VAT Tel: 076 396 433

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Vijitt Resort Phuket SUNDAY LUNCH

The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Every Sunday From 12.00 – 3.00 Hrs.

Enjoy our expansive mouthwatering Seafood Buffet, Sushi, Live cooking stations, BBQ, Western and Thai hot dishes, and our all you can eat Home Made Desserts. • Baht 1,099 net per person with free flow soft drinks. • Baht 1,399 net per person with a bottle of wine per couple. • Baht 3,099 net per person with a bottle of champagne per couple. HALF PRICE for children from 4 to 12 years old FREE for children under 4 years old Complimentary use of our 40m Infinity Edge Swimming Pool Kids Club for 4 to 12 years old. Tel: 076 363 600


Sunday Brunch Trisara

Every Sunday from 11.30 – 15.30 Hrs. Come and indulge on Laurent Perrier Champagne or a wide variety of wines. Trisara’s Kids Club welcomes all children with complimentary snacks. Reservations are essential as we limit the number of guests to keep the brunch intimate. • 3,900++ THB per person including a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne Brut for two • 2,900++ THB per person including a bottle of your choice of sparkling white, rose or red wine for two • 2,100++ THB per person brunch only. Tel: 076 310 100

The Cornerstone of Phuket’s Sunday Brunch

Live music, played alongside a large buffet, overlooking a clear blue swimming pool on a Sunday afternoon characterizes the Sunday Brunch as a true Hilton experience. Their goal is to satisfy Phuket’s tourists, expats and the resort guests. Hilton’s variety of international dishes captures all three regardless of where one is from. The afternoon starts with a ‘make-your-own’ salad station where options such as Caesar or Greek Salads are available. For the seafood lovers, two stations are dedicated to the freshest “Treasure from the Sea”. Other stations offer Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Western and Thai cuisine that includes salads, dumplings, sushi, curry and many other ingredients tailored to every palate. There are stations dedicated to distinct soups, breads and cheeses. The live cooking station adds to your Sunday afternoon with freshly-roasted BBQ offerings. The culmination of the Sunday Brunch ends with an extensive selection of desserts like tarts, cakes, cookies and mousses. Cakes ranging from raspberry, chocolate, fudge, peanut crunch and black forest gateau are among the offerings. Executive Chef Joseph Nagy leads a culinary team that not only originates from all corners, but has also honed their skills from all parts of the globe. Their global experience takes you on a memorable gastronomic journey. They have their own Indian chef who deploys

the exciting world off spices and curries such h as chicken tikka masala, combined with creamy y dal, and crispy papadams for all to enjoy. This wealth of talent within the culinary team also extends to the art of producing popular Thai dishes like the tangy Thai papaya salad. Since the island turned from a Àshing village to a world-class tourist destination, Hilton’s Sunday brunch has remained a cornerstone of exciting family dining for Phuket’s community. Through experience and tradition over the years, the resort reinvents its dining experience through the new culinary team, building on an already popular Sunday Brunch. For 1,400++ baht, diners are treated to an exciting dining journey combined with a bottle of great wine. For 700++ baht, children dine to tailored kids’ dishes and are entertained with fun activities such as a balloon artist. The friendly service reÁects Hilton’s approach in displaying their “warmth of hospitality”.

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa 333 Patak Road, Karon Beach, Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 7639 6433 Fax: +66 (0) 7639 6136 Email:

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PHUKET’S Princes of Pasta April 25th saw the Hilton Phuket Arcadia host the Italian Chamber of Commerce’s “Ospitalita Italiana Phuket Award Ceremony” in which the five very best Italian restaurants in the region were honored and recognized and endorsed by each receiving official diplomas. The five chosen restaurants in Phuket were: • Acqua • Da Maurizio • Da Vinci • Maggie and Mario’s • Salvatore All five restaurants met the strict criteria of quality of ingredients, authentic Italian recipes and wines, chefs with direct experience in Italy and a strong overall commitment to spread and enhance Italian culture overseas. Phuket is blessed indeed to pay host to such an august selection of fine Italian eateries.

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This restaurant offers the best pizza in Phuket, by far, with good choice and quality ingredients. Mario, the boss, is “al forno” making pizza himself. The pasta dishes are also perfect. We recommend the 4-cheese penne, seafood spaghetti ‘scoglio’ red sauce or tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms. There is also a great variety of fresh and cooked salads for the lighter option. Tel: 076 284 318 Location: Kata


Acqua’s superbly creative owner/ chef Alessandro Frau selects the finest and freshest ingredients from around the globe to create the most exciting, healthy and delicious ltalian cuisine. Acqua overlooks Kalim Bay just north of Patong on Phuket’s west coast and is open every day from 16:00 until 23:00. Tel: 076 618 127 Lacation: Kalim Bay


ROYDI Restaurant is at Sawaddi Patong Resort on Sainamyen Road. Enjoy tasty homemade dishes of organic and vegetables for your health, with special set for two and daily chef recommend. Tel: 076 343 444


The 9th Floor is the most elegant restaurant and bar on the Patong skyline and is located on the top floor of the sky Inn Condotel, is a hidden treasure dedicated to the enjoyment of fine, fresh Mediterranean, Alpine and Thai food, a comprehensive list of some of the best wines available, beautiful well-trained waitresses and a warm, elegant ambience reminiscent of a sophisticated members’ club. Heavenly food served by angels. Tel: 076 344 311 Location: Patong


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BLUE ELEPHANT Royal Thai Cuisine

Taking a grand location in the governor mansion in old Phuket Town this beautiful restaurant serves traditional royal Thai cuisine and holds daily cooking classes as well. Tel: 076 354 355, 076 354 357 E-mail: Location: Phuket Town


The newly opened Seafood Restaurant at Trisara is set in a stunning beachside location within the Trisara luxury resort development overlooking Nai Thon Beach. The seafood in Mediterranean style are fresh, beautifully prepared and delightfully served and the wine cellar is comprehensively impressive. All in all it’s a wonderful dining experience at one of Phuket’s most stylish locations. Tel: 076 310 100 Location: Cherngtalay


Wine Shop & Restaurant

Come and enjoy all flavors of International and authentic Thai cuisine. Choose your favorite wine at our shop and get it served from our friendly restaurant staffs. No service charge. Opening hours are from 8am till 12pm. Tel & Fax: 076 384 663 Location:Viset Road,Rawai

LE CELTIQUE French & Thai

French specialities; snails, white asparagus, scallops, saffron sauce and an excellent pork hock or a rack of lamb with goat cheese, also large choice of Bretain Crepes, salty or sweetie Bertrand is the king of sauces, and Lek always welcomes you warmly. Tel: 076 613 098, 089 588 9517, 084 842 6233 E-mail: Location: Saiyuan Road, Rawai

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SALA RESTAURANT International & Thai

SALA Phuket Restaurant offers an exceptional blend of mouth-watering international cuisine and scrumptious traditional Thai delicacies. Savor fresh seafood, exceptional international cuisine and Thai favourites. SALA Phuket Restaurant now on a trip advisor. Tel: 076 338 888 Location: Maikhao

TWO CHEFS International

We are proud to introduce our delicious food – imported juicy steaks fresh seafood, pasta, modern Thai food and much more. Enjoy your food in one of our nice restaurants with a good glass of wine from our extensive international wine list. We also serve breakfast, lunch, texmex menu and Saturday Brunch. Open Daily 08.00-24.00. Kata: 076 284 155 Kata Centre : 076 330 065 Karon: 076 286 479 Location: Kata, Karon

THE EAST 88 BEACH LOUNGE International & Thai

East 88 Beach Lounge is Phuket’s coolest restaurant and bar located right by the sea within Serenity Resort & Residences. Lounge or dine in style and enjoy the view over Chalong Bay while being pampered by our team, food, drinks and cool vibes. “Special events, theme evenings and happenings”. Happy hour from 17.00 – 19.00 Hrs. Free use of pool facilities for customers. Tel: 076 371 900 Location: Rawai

2 GETHER 2Gether has long been know for it’s great pizza menu. Thai food choices are also accommodated on this extensive menu that also features tasteful European delights from Sweden and surrounding countries. Tel: 084 840 0704, 085 292 5652


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A PalDce Է Fun, GoRd FoRd

and Vɪlue iɚ the HHɈԭ Է PDtoQg

The road running behind Junceylon in Patong is probably best described as a “work in progress” these days, as it’s a crazy mayhem of billowing dust, chaotic trafÀc and abundant potholes. Driving down here you quickly seek a sanctuary in which to regain your balance and fortitude. Turn inland at a set of (non-functioning) trafÀc lights down Sainamyen Road and you will Ànd exactly the sanctuary you need in the welcoming shape of the Sawaddi Patong Resort. Sitting opposite a kaleidoscopic array of fruit and Áower stalls, the resort’s enthusiastic and friendly staff welcomes you in, displaying a dedication to hedonism and pleasure which immediately rejuvenates your soul after the chaos of Patong. The Resort is the choice of a large number of visitors to Phuket who seek a great time, with great food, at great value and everything about Sawaddi Patong Resort is dedicated to providing this winning formula. For example, the Resort stages regular events that are all great fun and extremely good value and certainly get the party going. On Mondays enjoy free-Áow Sangria and Tapas from 3pm to 5:30pm for just 399 baht….. a terriÀc way to start the week. Wednesdays see the beer buffet and Thai Tapas from 6pm to 8pm for 499 baht take off. Or get the weekend going at the Saturday BBQ

Buffet with wines for just 699 baht. All these events are often held around the Sawaddi Patong Resort’s big swimming pool and see participants quickly divesting their clothing and diving into the water to bop and groove the evening away. Many local residents living nearby also come by to use the Resort’s swimming and kiddies’ pools, gymnasium, pool table and other facilities, all of which are free of charge when you dine there. There is also a daily Happy Hour with a 50% discount on local beers and cocktails from 16:30 to o d 20:00 hrs at the Pool Bar and e from 19:00 to 20:00 hrs at the Pleondi Lobby.

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On my visit we started off at the welcoming Ploendi Lobby Lounge bar where we enthusiastically downed some of the signature cocktails - Sawaddi Tropez Smash (with abundant Stolichnaya Vodka) and Man Goes Nuts (with abundant Mangoes …..get it??) while watching the passing paradew on the soi outside the glass windows. We then sat outside in the front forecourt enjoying the daily BBQ skewers and all-you-can-eat salad bar, amazingly good value at 159 baht a person. There’s also free WiFi and good Chilean wine by the glass for just 99 baht, which has to be one of the best bargains in all of Phuket! We also managed to Ànd tummy space to savor some of the Chef’s wonderful mango salad, grilled Tiger Prawns in tamarind sauce, seafood on a hot plate and rounded all this off with an amazing mango pie and cream. Sawadi also offer a take-away service on their menu which is much loved by the many resident ex-pats who live nearby. This dedicated Palace of Hedonism and Great Value is just an 800 meter, ten minute walk from Patong Beach, but even offers a tuk-tuk service to take you there. In fact Sawaddi Resort has thought of everything!

Sawaddi Patong Resort 21, Sainamyen Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Phone: +66 (0) 7634 3444 Fax: +66 (0) 7634 3443


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Phuket ’s KԵfȭɏ Culʤʦrɏ Kȭʑps On GUowiQg!

You know that feeling? It’s 11am and it’s getting hot outside. You need a really good cup of coffee, possibly a naughty Apricot Danish, the latest newspapers and maybe a place to log onto the ‘Net, all in a nice relaxing environment with friendly staff.

Where do you turn in Phuket?

Well, the short answer is: “an increasing number of places” as Koffee Culture has taken of big time around the island and there are more and more great locations for super coffee and food with all the creature comfort of the finest coffee shop that you might find back home. Here are three great locations to get you start on the Great Phuket Koffee Hunt.

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HIGHLIGHT SALA SPA Sala Spa: Exotic, mysterious, decadent total indulgence awaits! 5 indoor treatment rooms and 3 beachfront massage stations. Facilities also include sauna and steam rooms. For more details please refer to the spa menu In your room. Reservations are essential to avoid disappointment. Please press the spa button on your phone or Ext: 5000. Offer not to be used in conjunction with any other promotions. Tel: 076 338 888 THE V SPA The V Spa aims at bringing back guest to nature, built in the shape of a villages style the pretty small straw roofed Salas blend totally with the natural beauty of the jungle. Each has been designed with nature at heart and fashioned. When in Thailand, don’t forget to have a Traditional Thai Natural Touch Treatments. At The Vijitt Resort Phuket, you can have one right on the private spa executive room or at the open air Salas. Traditional Thai Natural Touch Treatments is soothing and relaxing it’s deÀnitely worth it. Try also the resort’s Aromatherapy oil massage, Thai essential oils are used to penetrate your body and ensure long lasting health and beauty. It removes body aches, loosens knotted blood vessels, cures beriberi and helps your body systems recover from stress and anxiety. You will surely feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Tel: 076 363 600 ext.703

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RARINJINDA RarinJinda Wellness Spa is one of Thailand’s leading wellness spa with expert therapist and latest spa technologies. RarinJinda Wellness Spa offers clients wellness, good health and luxurious pampering in a spa sanctuary. RarinJinda is an urban spa fully equipped with all the latest spa technology ad facilities of the highest international standards, yet deeply rooted in the Thai massage and healing traditions. RarinJinda is an oasis of health and wellness in Thailand’s tourist capital, located adjacent to the back of Jungceylon Shopping Center. Tel: 076 366 724, 076 366 800-2 LET’S RELAX SPA Relaxing the mind and revitalizing the body seems to be what everybody needs nowadays, after a hectic schedule, a busy lifestyle and a stressful city living. But when and how can you afford to take time off to free yourself from so much stress and take time to relax your body and revitalize your senses with your busy lifestyle? At Let’s Relax, you can let loose, reward yourself, indulge, relax and enjoy the Àneness pleasure of pampering yourself. Tel: 076 346 080 THE OASIS SPA PHUKET The ultimate spa experience where treatments are created combining ancient secrets and advanced discoveries in beauty and wellness. Luxurious spas designed with a Thai atmosphere to allow clients to enjoy superior service without unnecessary formality. 3 branches in Phuket Laguna, Bang Tao, Kamala, Kata Phuket. Tel: 076 337 777 SENSES HEALTH & BEAUTY CLINIQUE Welcome to Senses where international health and beauty has been taken very seriously since July 2004. Luxurious treatment rooms, professional staffs, a vast range of high quality, natural products and treatments for all forms of pain and stress relief will leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for a most interesting beauty experience. Tel: 076 271 373-4 www.senses 5 STAR MASSAGE 5 star Massage in Patong is a Unique, elegant, modern and comfortable salon where the very well-trained staff offer a complete range of massage and beauty treatment services at reasonable prices. 5 Star Massage is French owner and managed. All The massage girls are certiÀed form massage school in Thailand and only offer authentic massage services that will make you leave refreshed, revitalized and rejuvenated. Open daily 10.00 – 23.00 and offering great value for money. Tel: 089 535 4637 VARA SPA At Vara Spa, from the moment you step through the door, you become the center of our attention. Every element has been carefully designed for your comfort. Indulge in sensuous soothing and pampering which will completely revitalize and recharge both your mind and your body. Vara Spa where Thai local wisdom matched with Western contemporary ideas creates immaculate beuty and skincare. Tel: 076 343 444

10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar 1. Balance your inner ecosystem: The body constantly strives to achieve a state of equilibrium. One way to do this is by keeping the body’s pH balance (or acid-base balance) within the normal range of 7.35 – 7.45. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) lead to a lack of energy, excessive production of mucous and higher incidences of infection. 2. Cleanses the body: As part of balancing the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar is useful in overall cleansing of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. It also helps break up mucous throughout the body and helps cleanse the lymph nodes. 3. Weight loss: Data shows some limited, albeit signiÀcant, weight loss beneÀts from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is abundant in apple cider vinegar). In one study it was found that people who consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced signiÀcant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides.

4. Cure for Allergies: Research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help reduce the effect of allergies on your body, mostly by reducing mucous and sinus congestion. A sign of a distressed immune system is an increase and thickening of mucous; apple cider vinegar helps reduce the build-up and congestion, thereby reducing your susceptibility to allergies. 5. Cure for sinus infections: Reducing the effects of allergies can also reduce the frequency of sinus infections and the symptoms associated with them, such as sore throats and headaches. Boosting your immune system can also curb bouts of the Áu.

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6. Clears acne, dermatitis, warts and other skin problems: Some practitioners recommend mixing one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water and dabbing the solution on each pimple. For warts, some recommend soaking a cotton ball in an apple cider vinegar solution then placing it over the wart with a band-aid overnight. The skin will swell some as it reacts with the solution and may throb; it may even turn black after a few days. Once it falls off, though, continue the treatment for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return. 7. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol: One of the most important “healing” qualities of apple cider vinegar is its ability to lower blood pressure and triglycerides, the bad cholesterol. Try 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar in about eight ounces of water; if you want, add a teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable. 8. Kills Candida and fungus: This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of Candida – a genus of yeasts which can cause thrush, and is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections. 9. Eases arthritis, stiff joints and gout: Regular use of apple cider vinegar can be tied to a decrease in joint pain and gout by reducing inÁammation. 10. Strengthens stomach acid: There is research suggesting that apple cider vinegar works by treating low acid and thereby reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief – unless your problem is ulcers – very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water.

COQOON SPA What does one think of when the word Spa comes to mind? Is it for wellness, health or relaxation accumulated to the point of its medicinal values that enhance the body to perform at its peak when required? There are many ways that the body can absorb, endure or restore itself to establish the body’s energy Áow. Enjoy the fused essential oils that are combined with the coarse salt leaving the body feeling rejuvenated and skin glowing. Try the Vichy shower inspired with the micro jets above the treatment bed that improves circulation and includes a massage. Or why not take the time to soothe your aching muscles with compressing: a combination of Thai healing herbs that are heated and applied to the body while incorporating acupressure and Thai stretches? By all means be adventurous and inquisitive by taking time to pursue your treatment menu when you visit The Coqoon Spa so that you beneÀt as an individual, physically, mentally or spiritually.

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The Coqoon Spa at Indigo Pearl resort Phuket comprises uniquely designed treatment rooms, a comfortable spa suite with its own pool, Vichy rain shower, private steam room and sauna. The unique “Nest� is located 10 meters up in the tree tops designed to resemble a nest that allows guests to get back to nature. Romantic couples can enjoy the time provided together to revitalize their relationship with the warmth of the herbal remedies and traditional revitalizing massages. On arrival you will be met by the spa executives who will go through the journey and design a spa program which is fun but will also meet your goals and objectives. These can include diet, exercise, activity, rest and relaxation and spa treatments. The focus is for you to balance and rejuvenate the Mind, Body and Spirit whilst having a joyful experience. Coqoon Spa at Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach & Nation Park Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel.+66 (0) 76 327006


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Flawless La Flora! Right in the very heart of Patong, just a stone’s throw from Party Zone Central on Soi Bangla, is a very special boutique resort called La Flora. There are extremely few luxury resorts with beach access to Patong’s sands and which are also just a short stagger from the bright lights, bars, shopping and restaurants of the heart of Patong and La Flora is one. That in itself makes it a highly desirable place to stay and although quite compact, La Flora’s creative design has allowed them to pack, not just one, but two extensive lap swimming pools, a spa, gymnasium, business center, reading corner and two excellent restaurants into their verdant plot directly abutting the golden sands of Patong Beach. Although right on Beach Road, as soon as you enter the cool modern architecture of La Flora, you feel as though you have entered a gentler, saner parallel universe, where the staff is smiling and attentive and you immediately begin to relax and unwind.

La Flora is the only boutique resort in central Patong that offers pool villas, some of them right on the beach. There are 67 rooms in total which also feature Sea-view Suites plus Pool-view and Pool-access Suites. Our own suite opened out right onto a patio with loungers which gave immediate access to one of the large swimming pools, and so

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early morning and dusk swims were very much a feature of our stay. In fact you can almost swim onto Patong Beach itself at the end of the lap pool, and so dips in the Andaman Sea were also a feature of our stay. La Flora is ideal for those seeking a romantic getaway or honeymoon and viewing the hand-holding and cuddling from many of our fellow guests, it appeared that a lot of the other visitors fell into these categories. The room décor is modern and comfortable and seems to incorporate every convenience you could ask for such as WiFi, large Áat screen TV’s, spacious bathrooms, balconies and patios plus swift and efÀcient room service, should you need it. There’s also a very relaxing spa, a business center and reading corner with computers. One of the really great highlights of La Flora is the rooftop restaurant named “Surface” which overlooks the beach and the Andaman Sea. Supper there as the westering sun does its pyrotechnic best to amaze you, is a real treat. The menu of Executive Chef Thanasak Thipayaroek features many classic western and Thai dishes including terriÀc Àsh and seafood, Àne Aussie beef and New Zealand lamb, plus pastas, salads sandwiches and naughtily tempting desserts. There’s a good selection of cocktails, beers and wines by bottle and glass and most importantly the prices are very reasonable. All in all, the phrase “Flawless La Flora” seems to perfectly sum up this gem of a resort right at the heart of Patong. La Flora Patong 39 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel. +66 (0) 76-344241 www.laÁ




Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket was honoured to host ‘the 2013 Chapitre and Dinner’ of The Chaînedes Rôtisseurson last 19 April 2013, at the award winning Italian restaurant, La Trattoria. The Chaînedes Rôtisseurs, is the oldest and most prestigious international gastronomic society, devoted to the promotion of fine dining and the camaraderie and pleasures of the table. There are members in more than one hundred countries in all parts of the world. In Thailand there are nearly two hundred members in three Bailliages in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Phuket Bailliage members include several leading Chefs, wine and food importers, hospitality professionals and food and wine aficionados representing diverse backgrounds who partake in local fine and casual dining events in style.



Island Bliss Fashion Show 2013 at Trisara on April 27, 2013

Twinpalms Phuket launch The New Sushi Bar at Cherngtalay on 12th April 2013

Mr. Kittikorn Kewkacha Ceo Of Phuket Fantasea, Welcomed And Presented A Gift To Mr.Truman Hunt President And Ceo Of Nu Skin Taiwan, Hong Kong & China On The Occasion Of The Event At Phuket Fantasea.

A unique cooking class, Music, Food and Love By Mr. Guo Yue from Beijing, China on April 20th, 2013

Congratulations to Olga! April female winner of the monthly fitness challenge! She lost 8Kg in 8 weeks with Pt with Coach Eddie! At Thanyapura

SERENITY RESORT & RESIDENCES PROMOTES NEW MARKETING AND EVENTS COORDINATOR Miss Amornrat Phrammanee (Mook) has been promoted to be the new Marketing and Events Coordinator at Serenity Resorts and Residences. Mook graduated from the Tourism Industry Program at Phuket Rajabhat University and was previously a Reservations Supervisor at the resort.

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Mystic Mirage wows guests Local charity Phuket Has Been Good To Us recently awed guests with the Mystic Mirage fundraising event. On 26 April 2013, around 150 ‘desert chic’ adorned guests enjoyed an exotic Arabian Nights themed party, raising more than 750,000 baht for the charity. All money raised from this event goes towards the charity’s English education programme. Phuket Has Been Good To Us teaches more than 900 local Thai children in 2 government schools. For more information on the work they do please visit

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PHUKET PULSE BANGKOK AIRWAYS LAUNCHES ITS 5 AIRLINE MASCOTS Bangkok Airways led by Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, the airline’s President, organized the launch of 5 cartoon mascots with super stars; Mario Maurer, Mai Davika, Kimbery, Ken Phupoom, Kong Saharat and 5 young stars at Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Screens hall, Siam Paragon.

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SALA PHUKET RECOGNIZED BY TATLER BEST RESTAURANT GUIDE 2013 The SALA Restaurant at SALA Phuket Resort and Spa has been selected by Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant Guide for 2013, Thailand’s deÀnitive guide to top restaurants in the country. The award-winning SALA Restaurant under the direction of International Chef Jan Hollister offers a variety of dining venues such as the open-air beachfront restaurant, romantic rooftop, or a private dining beach gazebo where one can enjoy an exceptional blend of international and Thai delicacies. Chef Jan commented “It’s a great privilege and very rewarding to have SALA Restaurant’s efforts recognized by such a prestigious magazine.”

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Perfect Phuket Weddings

Serenity Resort & Residence Phuket overlooking the magical Chalong Bay and Lon Island proves yet again to be the magical dream wedding location for another very happy couple. Monique and Scott from Australia had decided they would tie the knot, but Monique just couldn’t decide where would be the ideal location for the happiest day of her life. Then Monique’s parents who had previously stayed at Serenity Resort & Residences, told her about the sensational resort and its wonderful location and service standards. Monqiue’s brother also happened to live in Rawai, so one evening he came to East 88 Beach Lounge at Serenity with his family and spent time swimming, enjoying a drink and dining. They were all very impressed and suggested to Monique that Serenity would be the ideal choice as the unforgettable location to tie the knot. She checked out the website and contacted Serenity about her wedding plans and then decided Serenity Resort & Residences could stage her dream wedding. The bridal couple and their guests had a very happy experience at Serenity Resort & Residence and their wedding ceremony

and the following dinner and party celebrations were perfect. So much so in fact, that they were happy for us to use their true life case to suggest to other loving couples that if you want the perfect wedding….Serenity is the perfect location! Serenity Resort & Residence Phuket Event contact : Khun Gee Tel.+66 76 371900



















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Island Perfection

Pimalai Resort and Spa

Pimalai Resort & Spa is located on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta three hours drive south of Phuket. The resort is without doubt one of the most fabulous in southern Asia and is set within a natural hillside amphitheatre of indigenous rainforest. Pimalai commands incredible views of pristine Ba Kan Tiang Bay, with the Andaman Sea spread beyond with dramatic limestone karst cliffs etched into the heat haze of the horizon. The Resort is dedicated to providing every luxury and pleasure with a fabulous environment, beach, facilities, cuisine, activities and trips. The fact that the staff is as charming as they are beautiful is yet another bonus of this unique escape from the travails of modern life!

The Infinity Pool at the Hillside Villa Estate Set some 50-meters above sea level, this even longer infinity-edge pool offers a180 degree view of the bay below and out across the Andaman Sea.

Facilities and Services The Infinity Pool at the Resort The stunning 35-meter long, fresh-water infinity-edge swimming pool is perfect for lap swimming, or enjoying the invigorating Jacuzzi jets, or lying on the loungers under the palm trees while savoring the stunning view.

Recreational & Sporting Facilities Sailing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, body-boarding, beach volley ball and beach football are all available plus a large fitness center and an outdoor sports ground, plus two floodlight tennis courts. The dive center can arrange trips to some of the best spots in Thailand.

Pool Bar An informal spot for refreshing drinks and light snacks while sunbathing around the swimming pool. Lobby Bar The lobby bars offers unrivaled views across the Ba Kan Tiang Bay towards the brilliant Thai sunset and is an ideal spot to access the complementary wireless internet while sipping a cool drink.



The resort can arrange snorkeling island excursions, elephant riding, national park trekking, mangrove discovery tour, Lanta island sightseeing, car rental, Thai cooking classes, or a romantic dinner by the beach. Library & Internet Room The Library adjacent to the resort shop has an extensive selection of reading materials as well as computers with Internet access. The Spa The Spa is set in a natural lush tropical environment, making this wonderful garden a perfect place to relax while enjoying an aromatherapy, or a traditional Thai massage. Restaurants and Bars An exciting choice of eight restaurants and bars including an ever-popular beach bar, offer an extensive variety of cuisines to suit every taste. Each restaurant has its own style and ambience, with superb views of the pool and/or the Andaman Sea. Pimalai Resort & Spa 99 Moo 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach Koh Lanta, Krabi 81150, Thailand. Tel: +66 (0) 75 607 999 Fax: +66 (0) 75 607 998

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Join the Laguna Phuket International Marathon Events

The famous Laguna Phuket International Marathon will be staged this year on Sunday 9th June. This is a fun, family affair with races for all levels and ages including the marathon itself, half marathon (21 km), 10.5 km Fun Run, the 91.5 FM radio station 5 km community walk/run and a 2 km kid’s run.

There will also be a post marathon Pool Party at XANA Beach Club from 1pm which everyone is welcome to attend! For Race Registrations, Accommodation Packages and Entry Status, visit

The course is very scenic taking participants through local villages, rubber plantations and lush tropical vegetation.

Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival Kids will once again be center stage at Laguna Phuket from mid-May onwards when the resort’s Summer Family Festival swings into action with a treasure trove of fun and games for kids - and cost-saving for parents. Hotel beneÀts extend right across Laguna Phuket’s Àve star properties from 15 May through 31October, when kids can stay and dine for free at hotels,*play golf for free at Laguna Phuket Golf Club with a full-paying adult and enjoy free tours on selected Laguna Tours and excursions. From 29 June to 31 August Latitude Marquee at the heart of the resort will be transformed into a carnival playground, providing youngsters with a bouncy castle, visits from a baby elephant, fun and games and much more. And while the kids are enjoying all this their parents can relax with Happy Hour drinks, music and entertainment. For more information, schedule of events and details on promotions: family-festival.



w o n k o t g n i Gett the Northern Andaman Region

of Khaolak, Phang Nga Just an hour’s drive north of Phuket in mainland Phang Nga province, Khaolak is a beautiful area with long, sandy beaches fringed by the many surrounding national parks offering nature lovers a pristine landscape of beaches, jungle-covered mountains, forested valleys, mangroves and estuaries. There’s an ab abundance of comfortable resorts and bungalows blending into the scenery scene along the coastline and b being more low-key than, Phuket, it’s a place to take it easy, read a book and

get back k to nature. Go for long walks lks on the beach, take a nature tour and explore the interior, go sightseeing by elephant, trek through the jungle, or go rafting along the local rivers with one of the daily Eco-Tours. Khaolak is also a great jumping off point in the high season for a trip to the Surin and Similan Islands, renowned for world-class scuba diving, or for the gorgeous Khao Sok National Park further to the north.

Activities in the Khaolak, Phang Nga Nature Tours As Khaolak is surrounded by national parks, an eco-friendly nature tour is a must. A typical tour with pick you up about 09:00 and you’ll be driven to a Àshery to have a look at the many exotic species there, and then taken to an elephant camp. Riding an elephant through the jungle is a life-enhancing

experience and you’ll be amazed at the gentleness of these huge beasts. After lunch you are bussed up to a camp in the mountains where bamboo rafts then take you downriver. Trekking in Khao Sok National Park to the north is sublime and there are riverside cottages for rent, plus river rafting and tubing. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Beginner courses and daytrips for experienced divers are freely available, most groups making up about six divers maximum. For those who can’t get enough of the vivid underwater life in this area there are also live-aboard trips. Due west from Khaolak is the Similan Island group with the Surin archipelago to the northwest and by speed boat you can reach the Similans in about 90 minutes from Taplamu Harbor to the south of Khaolak.


Sea Kayaking

Sea Fishing

There are several companies offering sea cave kayaking tours from Khaolak to nearby Phang Nga Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the departure point, the ‘mother ship’, which also transports the kayaks, takes you to limestone islands that have collapsed into themselves leaving the yy interior intact and untouched over many years. Sea caves lead into these lagoons agoons and when the tide is right the e result is akin to visiting a parallel world where time stands still.

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


Wining and Dining Khaolak has an abundance of great Thai and international restaurants, pubs and bars, some offering music and all are welcoming and friendly. Home Stays and Environmentalism North of Khaolak there are many Muslim villages offering fascinating home stays linked to local culture, agriculture and the environment. All are well worth visiting and of course help the local economies.



•Phang Nga Hotel Highlights •

The Paradise Koh Ya o Boutique Beach Resor t & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 450,

Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 371371 Ranyatavi Resort Phang Nga Tel. +66 (0) 76 580 800 The Hotspring Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 580 000-28 Bor Saen Villa & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 418 888 Kho Yao Bay Pavilions, Koh Yao Noi Tel: +66 (0) 76 597 441 Koh Yao Island Resort, Koh Yao Noi Tel. +66 (0) 76 597474-6 Elixir Resort Koh Yao Tel. + (66) (0) 87 808 3838 The Sarojin Te. +66 (0) 76 427 900-4 Casa de La Flora, Khao lak Tel. +66 (0)76 428 999 www.casadelaÁ JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 888 Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 500 Ramada Resort Khao Lak Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 777 Kantary Beach Hotel Villas and Suites, Khao Lak Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 700 www. Khao Lak Orchid Beach Resort Tel : +66 (0) 76 486 141

& Spa, Khaolak La Flora Resort 8 000 42 76 ) Tel. +66 (0 www.laÁoraresor

Khaolak Merlin Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 300, +66 (0) 76 443 300 The Shambhala Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 486 600 Khaolak Bhandari Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 751-4 Mukdara Beach Villa & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 429 999 Khaolak Paradise Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 429 100 Khaolak Oriental Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 443 480-3 Khaolak Bay Front Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 641 Apsaras Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 444 Monochrome Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 700 The Briza Beach Resort Khao Lak Phang Nga, Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 600 Baan Krating Khao Lak Resort (Next to Khao Lak National Park) Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 188-9 Luckanawadee Boutique Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 85 477 3271 Khaolak Countryside Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 474-6

Koh Yao Yai Village by treasury Vi llage Group Tel. +66 (0) 76 363700 www.kohya oyaivillage.c om

The Sands Khao Lak by Katathani Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 800 Beyond Resort Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 300 Khaolak Sunset Resort Tel. + 66 (0) 76 485 075-77 Baan Khaolak Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 485 123-4 The Andamania Beach Resort Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 666 Palm Galleria Resort, Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 427 000 Khaolak Wanaburee Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 385 333-5 Mai Khaolak Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 000 Khaolak Diamond Beach Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 600 Khaolak Emerald Beach Resort & spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 700 upto 28 Royal Bangsak Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 555 Sansimar Khaolak Beachfront Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 900 -5 Andaman Princess Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 592 222-9

The Island Hideaway of Koh Yao Yai Village Koh Yao Yai Village is an island hideaway; a private and peaceful retreat on the gentle shores of Koh Yao Yai Island that captures the enchantment of an unspoiled heritage. The 32 acre retreat is entered through a landscape of sub-tropical rainforest and rice Àelds and fronts a 400 meter private shoreline with a vista overlooking the grandeur and magniÀcence of Phang Nga Bay and Phi Phi Islands. Location Koh Yao Yai Village is located in the heart of 42 beautiful Islands of Phang Nga Bay in the Andaman Sea and is within easy access from Phuket, or Ao Nang in Krabi, via a short crossing of 30 minutes by the resort’s speedboat. Accommodation Each of the private 73 sqm Deluxe Bungalows are individually styled in soft furnishings and decorated in Thai Folk Art, handcrafted from wood produced by the local islanders. The outdoor living area literally invites in the natural tropical forest surroundings. The Deluxe Bungalows offer full amenities plus large en-suite bathrooms with outdoor rain showers. Just imagine the view as you open your doors onto rice Àelds and coastal shores, with a private terrace waiting for lazy days. The utterly private and quiet villas are perfect for honeymoon couples, offering an expansive 117 sqm of open-plan living tastefully designed with the master bedroom featuring French doors which opens on to a large outdoor balcony. All 12 villas beneÀt from the use of the chic 400 sqm inÀnity-edge swimming pool. Dinning The restaurant at Koh Yao Yai Village is an open-air affair offering an array of local fresh seafood and international specials and is located overlooking the inÀnity pool with a panoramic view of “Pah Koh” the group of Islands in Phang Nga Bay that makes for a truly romantic setting.

Facilities & Services Include - Reception, International Restaurant, 700sqm InÀnity Pool with Pool Bar & Jacuzzi, Activity Center, Spa, Gift Shop, Thai Cooking Classes, Internet Library, 2nd inÀnity pool of 400 sq m with pool bar and Jacuzzi and Krachang Grill & Bar. Recreation The Activity Center provides guests with an extensive list of outdoor adventures and services to help assist them in discovering the many interesting and beautiful places in and around Koh Yao Yai Island. Sightseeing programs include - Phang Nga Bay Adventure, James Bond Island, Phi Phi Islands Tour, Island Discovery of Koh Yao, Snorkeling, Bicycle Tours, Jungle Walks, plus an opportunity to experience the local way of life in Koh Yao Yai. Resort Land & Sea Transfer Service Operated by the Resort’s speedboat from Ao Po Grand Marina, Phuket direct to Koh Yao Yai Island providing a most comfortable & convenient service by taking approximately only 30 minutes. Rate From 85 USD, Check latest room rates at Contact Resort Address 78 Moo 4, Koh Yao Yai, Amphoe Koh Yao, Phang-nga 82160 Thailand Phuket Head OfÀce 97/193-5 Virat Hongyok Rd., Moo 4, T. Vichit, A. Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 363700 Fax: +66 (0) 76 363789 E-mail:



Getting to know the Southern Andaman Region of

Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta Three hours drive south from Phuket through stunning limestone cliƨs 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, Ʃsh, kayak, hike, sail, party, spa or wine and dine to your heart’s content – this region has it all.

Ao Nang Beach Just 18 km from Krabi Town is beautiful Ao Nang with its 83 scattered islands. Each island is only a short distance from the next and so during low tide you can wade to a neighboring island, many with sandy beaches and crystal clear water and majestic limestone cliffs rising straight from the clear waters of the sea. Ao Nang has several famous beaches including East Rai Le, West Rai Le and Phra Nang cave which stretches to the foot of a prominent limestone range. Noppharat Thara Beach Just 20 km west of Krabi and three miles long, this beach is lined with majestic Casuarina trees and is in fact part of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Marine Park and is the location of the Park headquarters. As with Ao Nang, it’s possible to reach other islands in the bay on foot during low tides.

Railay i 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 classiÀed as a mud Áat, especially during low tide. The main attraction for visitors to Railey Beach is the adrenaline pumping activity of cliff climbing. The limestone cliffs on the huge headland between East of Railey Beach and Phra Nang cave, as well as other nearby islands provide world-class rock climbing facilities against a stunning backdrop of the sea with approximately 700 routes of mid to high difÀcult rating. Pra Nang Beach Connected to Railay by a small path, Phra Nang is on the outermost

headland, backed by limestone cliffs soaring above the beach. At the bottom of the cliff lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok where local Àshermen leave offerings for good fortune. Klong Muang Beach/Tubkaak Krabi's latest beach destination, Muang Klong boasts both 5-star and boutique hotels like the Sheraton Krabi Resort, the Nakamanda and the Tubkaak Resort and offers powderwhite sand and safe swimming. The Lanta Island Group About 53 islands are included in this group situated at the southern limit of Krabi Province. Koh Lanta Yai is the largest and is both a traveler’s and up-market vacationer’s paradise and is as yet relatively undeveloped. You can get to Lanta on the regular ferry from Jao Fah Pier in Krabi Town. The prime attractions are its long beaches, clear water, laid back atmosphere and scuda diver’s paradise where most of the nicest beaches and tourist attractions are located. The Phi Phi Islands Known for phenomenal natural beauty, particularly the famous twin bays with their the curving beaches upon which lies the largest town. Phi Phi islands are some of the most beautiful in the world with superb scenery, silvery sand beaches and Emerald green seas with coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Hardly two hours journey by boat from Ao Nang, the twin islands Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh provide excellent accommodation options and are known as major “party islands.” Poda Islands Situated south of Ao Nang, 8 Kilometers offshore, Koh Poda or Poda Group Islands are fringed by clear waters and offer white sandy beaches, as well as, pristine coral reefs. These islands are not affected so much by the monsoon therefore are year-round attractions and an excellent place for Àshing. Poda island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise seawater abounded with schools of colorful Àsh.

Highlight Attractions.. Emerald Pool Emerald Pool or Sra Morakot in Thai is located at Klong Thom District. This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest. The intensity of the pool’s turquoise colored water varies according to the light and time of the day so a good time to visit is at dawn or early morning. 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 difÀculty of the various routes vary, so Whether you’re a professional or just an aspiring adrenalin junkie, the craggy karsts of Krabi offer a huge array of bolted mounts. Diving Both scuba and snorkeling are widely available in warm, coral and Àsh infested waters with full PADI accreditation courses and live-aboard adventures.

Sightseeing by Canoe or Kayak Many companies offer sea canoeing and kayaking adventures around Phang Nga Bay and into the many coves, caves and islets dotting the otherworldly shores around Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Fishing Abundant sea and even freshwater Àshing is available all over this region, from squid boating, to line Àshing in Phang Nga Bay, to big game adventures off the Continental Shelf drop-off. Don’t let that big one get away! 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. 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 Àne-dining restaurants all over this region.



•Krabi Hotel Highlights •

Pimalai Resort & Spa - Koh Lanta Tel. +66 (0) 75 60 7 999 www.pimalai.c om

The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 400 Amari Vogue Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 777 Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 000 Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 111 Anyavee Tabkaek Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 200 Mercure Krabi Deevana Tel. +66 (0) 75 639 999 Aonang Phu Petra Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 626 666 Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 789 Aonang Villa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 270-4 The L Resort Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 485 Aonang Ayodhaya Beach Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 661 555 Krabi Resort Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 030-5 Aonang Buri Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 637 499

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

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

SoÀtel Krabi Phok eethra Golf & Sp a Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 62 7 800 ww w w.soÀ

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

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