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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.


PHU KET It’s a fairly big island offering all manner of things to do. However, it’s quite surprising that there are still a number of holiday makers who come to get away from everyday life but soon get bored with dreamy beaches, comfortable hotel rooms and fantastic food. They want to experience more. They want to see how the locals live and experience something different. Luckily, with Phuket being the island it is, there are a number of other options for those seeking something other than the norm. Here are The Guide Phuket’s options for an alternative Phuket holiday experience. • Crowded beach, quiet beach Find the one that you really want to spend your holiday time on. If you spend your time on Patong Beach, it’s highly likely that you will think all Phuket’s beaches are the same, crowded. However, while it’s true to say that Patong Beach is often bustling with people, there are others to where you can escape and find complete solitude. Drive away from Patong and you’ll soon come to realise that there are smaller, quieter beaches. And by the time you reach the far north or south of the island you’re guaranteed to find beaches that you’ll have virtually to yourself, even during the high-season. So remember, crowded beach or quiet beach, the option is completely yours. • Visiting Wats – Buddhist Monasteries All Buddhist monasteries are open to the public during the day, and visitors are usually welcome. Since these are active holy places of worship, and the residence of monks, visitors should show respecting keeping well dressed and remaining quiet, Mum and Dad; keep the kids on a leash and always be culturally sensitive. • Elephant Trekking The wild elephant population of Phuket was wiped out last century, but has been replaced in recent years by and influx of animals for the tourist trade. Today there remains just a few hundred elephants on Phuket Island, all domesticated, most working in tourism. Indeed, riding an elephant is an experience not to be missed. The lumbering monsters are incredibly agile.

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.

Catch Beach Club Phuket’s most fashionable beach club, and the hottest spot on Bang Tao Beach, is still showing new-comers to the beach club scene the way forward. They continue to develop their product with tasty brunch packages and ongoing investment in their full-on party atmosphere with the best DJs and a well-stocked bar.

HQ Beach Lounge Located on the northern end of Kamala Beach, HQ Beach Lounge offers the perfect setting to enjoy delicious food and carefully crafted cocktails while watching the sunset rest on the Andaman Sea. The menu reflects on its proximity with the sea and focuses on delicious seafood with an Asian twist. You can also rent beach chairs, cabanas and their unique beach nests as well.

Xana Beach Club With its stunning location, 35 meter pool, state-of-the-art sound system, cocktails and food menu to die for, Xana Beach Club, Phuket’s most stylish beach club, is the ultimate venue to enjoy the island at its best – day or night. With a pictureperfect backdrop by the sea, Xana features beach loungers, poolside daybeds and VIP cabanas to accommodate up to 10 people. It also lends itself perfectly for events of all kinds, from private gatherings to launches and weddings, with the added bonus on onsite accommodation at Angsana Laguna Phuket hotel.

Café Del Mar The iconic brand officially opened its door in Phuket in March 2018, offering the classic tunes that made this Ibiza-based franchise world famous to begin with. The beach club is separated into different areas, such as the dining venue, swimming pool, dancefloor, VIP seating and the al-fresco lounge by the beach. Large parking area is available on site!

Kudo Beach Club Kudo Beach Club is a great addition to the beach club scene in Patong, and is only a few steps away from the infamous Bangla Road on the shore of Patong’s sandy beach. Crazy pool parties organized every Friday and a Caribbean Carnival on Sundays. The food is inspired by Italy and the venue offers spectacular views over two levels on the Andaman Sea.

Coast Beach Club With four locations across Thailand, Coast Beach Club is a strong contender in the game, with its Phuket venue located at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket in Karon. The menu offers a nice selection of proteins and Neapolitan pizzas, alongside tropical cocktails served in a chill-out atmosphere. The use of Sino-Portuguese architecture reflects on Phuket’s heritage and the venue is certainly worth a visit.



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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. Tel. +66 (0)76 605 950

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. Tel. +66 (0)76 385 000

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 Tel. +66(0)76 323 311

Hot Activities Hanuman World

Luxurious Day

Splash Jungle

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. Tel. +66 (0)62 979 5533

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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



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Horse Riding

Phuket Simon Cabaret

Flying Hanuman

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! Tel. 076 342 011

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! Tel. 076 323 264


Hot Activities Thanyapura

Phuket Bird Paradise

Blue Elephant

Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC)

Phuket Bird Paradise is the ultimate family entertainment featuring an abundance of our delightful feathered friends spread about a lovely verdant parkland. From parakeets, lorikeets and parrots, to eagles and cockatoos all the most famous and colorful birds are represented and you can interact closely with them and have your picture taken covered in friendly birds! The hourly Bird Show is an amazing spectacle and it’s very exciting to enjoy the many tricks that the birds perform and to even join them on stage! Tel. 076 384681-3

Cooking School

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 Divine’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. Tel: 076 336-000

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. Tel. 076 354 355

With a vast array of different beaches on Phuket’s coastline why stick to just the one nearest your hotel? Take a look here at the choices available. · Mai Khao Beach North of the airport is a beach to really get away from it all. Mai Khao beach is very, very long, and very straight, so it misses the cozy feeling enjoyed by many of the other beaches on the island, but the sand and water here are just as stunning plus it’s almost empty! The place feels deserted even during high season when the beach umbrellas are five deep on Patong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Laem Singh Beach

· Nai Harn Beach

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.

· 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.

Success starts from love and care

Nongnuch ‘Nuch’ Buayai CEO of Hemingway’s Hotel With her passion in Thai architecture and hospitality, Nongnuch ‘Nuch’ Buayai started the first branch of Hemingway’s in 2004 with her partner in Soi San Sabai, located in the heart of Patong – the most popular and touristic spot in Phuket. The Thai modern style hotel of Hemingway’s has, since then, expanded to a second and third branch to support the large number of travelers visiting the sleepless city.

Why did you decide to invest in a hotel and why Patong? I could see the growing opportunities in the hotel industry in Phuket, especially in Patong. Patong is a very interesting location. There are an increasing number of tourists and guests from different countries in our hotels every year. Patong is the location that people recognize the most and it’s already a world tourism destination, which offers both nature and urban surroundings. More than 10 years ago, I could see that Phuket did not have enough hotels compared to the growing number of tourists, so I decided to invest in a hotel business. Plus, I think the hospitality industry is interesting and challenging. We chose the name “Hemingway’s” as a tribute to the famous novelist [Ernest Hemingway] because my partner loves to read and he explained that reading is the activity people do when they are relaxed, like when they stay at Hemingway’s. What is your managing strategy? I believe that service mind is the key to success. People who work with me must be service minded. I manage each department closely by giving advice and receiving reports as well as considering opinions from the manager or supervisor of each department. I trained each of them myself until we were all on the same page. People come from different hotels with different concepts and systems, so they have to understand the style of Hemingway’s before starting.



What are the outstanding points of Hemingway’s? We are in the heart of Patong, close to everything such as malls, entertainment avenues, the beach, restaurants, etc. Our guests can enjoy shopping, wandering around the city of Patong, or going out to a party within walking distance. We also provide trustworthy security onsite and at the entertainment avenues in our network. We provide a friendly and caring service for our guests. No matter what kind of problems our guests may experience or whatever their requirements are, we will try our best to assist them. Guests who do not speak English such as Russian, Chinese and Korean can also be assisted with our translators. Our restaurant menu is made in five languages including Thai, English, Russian, Chinese and Korean. We have an in-house maintenance team to keep the hotels new all the time. We have a swimming pool, all-day dining restaurant and banquet room for events. We also offer a great promotion for June; stay five nights, pay only four and stay 10 nights pay only eight with free drop-off transportation to the airport. Our guests will also receive a 10% discount on the menus at our alliance entertainment avenues and restaurants.

Hemingway's Hotel 188/17-20 Phangmuang Sai Kor Rd.,(Sai Sarm) Tel.+66 76 366 200-3 Email:

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Patong Hemingway's Hotel 179/95-98 Soi Sansabai, Phangmuang Sai Kor Rd., (Sai Sarm) Tel. +66 76 343 261-5 Email:

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FUN COOKING AT BLUE ELEPHANT Ever wanted to learn how to prepare and make authentic Thai dishes featuring the true taste of Thailand? Well now you can, and not only will they be authentic, they will be taught using the historic methods used in Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine, one of the best known Thai restaurants in the world. Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School Phuket is where you can learn to create true Thai dishes which have been devoured by literally thousands of diners each and every year for well over a decade.

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A cooking class at Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School Phuket will allow you to make Thai cuisine more creatively than ever before, and also to explore the real taste of Thai cuisine using ingredients that have been used in Thai kitchens used throughout the Kingdom for centuries. You are guaranteed to walk away from a cooking class at Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School Phuket with new skills and knowledge about some of the most popular Thai dishes known by virtually every household in the country. You will also walk away knowing exactly how the most popular Thai herbs used in this delicious cuisine can be of a health benefit to you. With Blue Elephant Royal Thai Cuisine being readily available in its 12 impressive locations in Bangkok, London, Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Lyon, Dubai, Beirut, Malta, Bahrain, Jakarta and Phuket, you can rest assured that the dishes you prepare will be as authentic as is possible to get and will taste exactly as they would when served in any of Blue Elephant's outlets. Cooking classes at Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School Phuket are available in either morning or afternoon sessions, and during each class participants will learn how to find and select the most popular and freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs during a unique trip to a local market. Once the ingredients have been selected, participants will be able to prepare and explore original Thai dishes including Kaeng Keaw Wann Kai, Tom Jew Nua, Chu Chi Pla Kra Pong, Satay Nua, Kaeng Massaman Kai, Hor Mok Poo Tod and more. But don’t take on this experience alone, as a cooking class at Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School Phuket is a whole lot more fun when done with friends during a “Joint Class”. But for those wanting a more personalised experience should try the “Private Class” with just the student and teacher.

Cooking classes at Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School Phuket are available Monday – Saturday with morning sessions running from 9:30AM – 1:30PM, and afternoon classes from 1:30 PM– 5:30PM. There is also a Sunday morning class which runs from 9:30AM – 1:30PM. All classes are conducted in English and full rates areTHB 3,296 net per person. Blue Elephant Phuket Location: Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion, 96 Krabi Road, Phuket Old Town, Phuket 83000 Tel: 076-354 355-7 Fax: 076-354 393 Email:


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" Bored and wondering what to do on weekends in Phuket, especially

on rainy days? Let's eat! There are a variety of restaurants and hotels on this paradise island providing Sunday brunches and buffets, ranging from low and medium prices to high-end. Go out and explore now


Twinpalms brunch

The Vijitt Resort Phuket

Every Sunday from 12.00 – 15.00 Hrs.

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.

Enjoy Vijitt Resort Phuket’s expansive mouthwatering Seafood Buffet; Sushi, live cooking stations, BBQ, Western and Thai hot dishes, and our all you can eat home made desserts. • Baht 1,299 net per person with free flow soft drinks. • Baht 1,899 net per person with a bottle of grapes per couple. • Baht 3,199 net per person with a bottle of fizz 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 Email:

• THB 1,690 ++ including half bottle of grapes (red/white/ sparkling) per person • THB 7,380 ++ per couple, including a bottle of French fizz. Tel : 076 316 577 Email:

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 grapes, hobs and cocktails • Half price for children aged 4 to 12 For reservation, please contact Metzo’s at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

Join the team of Roydee in Kata Beach for a culinary extravaganza where Thai dishes, Thai Seafood and Meat BBQ are all served ‘buffet’ style. Roydees’s chef prepares ‘authentic’ Thai dishes, the freshest seafood sourced directly from local fisher-man and also the primest cuts of meats for this special event. Roydee Thai and BBQ Buffet is held every Friday at the Lobby Terrace (weather permitting) from 7pm-10pm and is pried at THB900++ per person.

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Roydee Thai and BBQ Buffet Every Friday from 7 PM - 10 PM

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Restaurant Highlights

• The Fat Chef Thailand


Eurasian Food Celebrate the art of eating at The Fat Chef Phuket, a comfortable restaurant located in Koh Kaew, on the eastern part of the island. They offer a mix of East meets West, with creative dishes such as Phang Nga Crab Meat on Ciabatta Crisp and The Fat Chef’s Cured Salmon Carpaccio. Book your table today to guarantee your seat, available in the evenings from 5:30 pm onward." Location: Koh Kaew Tel.076 609 298

Seafood and Thai Enjoy the freshest and tastiest crabs, other seafood and Thai favorite dishes at Crab House on Thanon Phangmeuang, the road behind Jungceylon in the heart of Patong. Equipped with protective bibs, hammers and pliers do battle with tasty, crunchy fresh crabs in many glorious dishes all built around the fabulous flavors of local crab and seafood. Savor great cocktails, wines and beers and a lively atmosphere where every night is happy a crabthemed party. Location: Patong Tel: 076 687 065

• Wanon Restaurant at Hanuman Thai and International food Dining at Wanon Restaurant is a thrilling and unique experience featuring mouthwatering authentic Phuket and southern Thailand dishes served amidst a fabulous environment of original rainforest trees and vegetation, spread across a lovely hillside in Phuket’s Kathu district. The restaurant is part of the famous Hanuman World Eco-Adventure Park and features a comprehensive menu of authentic southern Thailand dishes plus breakfasts, salads, stir-fried dishes, western foods, soups, vegetarian dishes, fish, seafood, burgers, pasta and a broad selection of desserts. Location: Chaofa West Tel: +66 76 390 189

• The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub Phuket Irish Pub & Restaurant This traditional Irish pub allows you to get into the true Irish sprit, together with craic and all, with a full and rich selection of sprits, and on tap ales and lagers along with a great choice of food accompanied with great live music and ma jor sporting events screened live. The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub Phuket is located on the 1st floor of Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach With Happy Hour from 11am - 7pm. Location: Patong Tel: 076 337 000

• etHo' s Restaurant & Lounge Mediterranean Food Stunning etHo‘ s restaurant and lounge nestles on a beautiful hillside overlooking sensational vistas of Kalim Beach and the Andaman Sea. This gorgeous fine dining restaurant offers both sumptuous indoor, plus stunning al fresco dining on their amazing terrace. Using only the finest ingredients, etHo‘ s sets the benchmark for finest quality dining, beautiful waitress service and design bringing the epitome of modern Mediterranean cuisine to this delightful corner of Phuket. Location: Kalim Tel.+66 (0)93 530 6006 or +66 (0)76 608 654

• Le Panier Gourmand Phuket French britro & traiteur Le Panier Gourmand is a dining experience in-house with a typical bistro ambiance & also offers a take away service . The menu features te finest French and global cuisine. Inquire about their special dish of the day or weekly menu, Marc will reply to you by email Open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am – 6 pm Location: Rawai Tel.085-7875009

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Restaurant Highlights

• PANWA HOUSE Thai Cuisine Offering stunning view of the peaceful beach at Cape Panwa Hotel, Panwa House offers a list of delicious Thai cuisine in a truly antique Sino Portuguese décor. For an even more romantic experience, a private dinner right on the beach can be set on request with lovely decorations, tasty food from a live cooking station and absolutely charming surroundings for a very special night. Location: Cape Panwa Tel: 076 391 123-5

• EAST 88 RESTURANT & BEACH LOUNGE International & Thai East 88 Restaurant & Beach Lounge is Phuket’s coolest restaurant and bar located right by the sea within Serenity Resort & Residences. Lounge or dine in style and enjoy the view over Chalong Bay while being pampered by our team and enjoying food, drinks and cool vibes. “Special events, theme evenings and 0ne of happenings often held”. Location: Rawai Tel: 076 371 900

• ROYDEE RESTAURANT @NOOK-DEE RESORT Thai & International Roy-Dee Restaurant (means “Very delicious" in Thai)focuses on authentic home-cooking using the best of grannies recipes and secret tricks, together with fresh organic ingredients and herbs. All this is presented in a very “boutique way with a fine-dining concept” Reservations are highly recommended. Location : Kata Tel.+66 76 688 888

• RESTAURANT HIGHLIGHT LA BOUCHERIE CHALONG French Bristro La Boucherie Chalong offers a variety of meat cutlets, all perfectly cooked with a French savoir-faire, and paired beautifully with a selection of wines from France, Italy, Chile and Australia. Located on Chao Fa East Road, a short distance from Chalong Circle, this vibrant venue allows diners to enjoy their meals al fresco or in their air-conditioned dining area. Location: Chalong Tel: 094 807 6831 www.LABOUCHERIE-CHALONG.COM

• TIGER KINGDOM Thai & International Dine overlooking the exciting tiger enclosures on their wonderful balcony restaurant. This is an ideal spot for families to enjoy the a la carte menu, or the all-you-can-eat buffet encompassing a huge section of Thai, Asian, Chinese and European dishes upon which to graze while watching the tigers. Both the a la carte and buffet are extremely good value and the location and views make it one of the most stunning places to dine in all of Phuket. Location: Kathu Tel: 076 323 311

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

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HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS ʇPATONG Amari Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 106-14 Banthai Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 850 Deevana Patong Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 341 414-5 Duangjitt Resort & Spa + 66 (0) 76 342 090-4, 340 310-1 Swissotel Resort Phuket Patong Beach +66 (0) 76 337 000 Impiana Resort Patong +66 (0) 76 340 138 La Flora Patong +66 (0) 76 344 241 Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 340 680-5 Holiday Inn Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 340 608-9 Horizon Beach Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 292 526-30 Merlin Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 294 300 Millennium Resort +66 (0) 76 601 999

The Marina Phuket Hotel Tel.+66 76 345 888

Journey Hub Phuket Tel.+66 76 627 999

Best Western, Patong Beach

+66 (0) 76 360 200

Sawaddi Patong Resort

+66 (0) 76 343 444

ʇKARON BEACH Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 201 234 Hilton Phuket Acadia Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 396 433 Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 555 Karon Sea Sands Resort +66 (0) 76 286 464 Mövenpick Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 396 139-48 Phuket Orchid Resort +66 (0) 76 396 519-23 Ramada Phuket Southsea +66 (0) 76 370 888

Grand Mercure Phuket Patong

+66 (0) 76 231 999

The Boathouse Phuket

Tel.+66 76 330 015-7

Hemingway's hotel patong beach Tel.+6676 540 895

Novotel Phuket Resort +66 (0) 76 342 777 Patong Merlin Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 037-41 Patong Paragon Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 290 555 Andaman Embrace Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 370 000 Patong Resort Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 551-4 Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 370 500 Salathai Resort +66 (0) 76 296 631 SLEEP WITH ME HOTEL design hotel@patong +66 (0) 76 363 333 The 9th Floor Residence +66 (0) 76 344 987 THE KEE Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 335 888 The Nap Patong +66 (0) 76 296 631-4 The Royal Paradise Hotel +66 (0) 76 340 666 Hemingways silk hotel Tel.+6676 540 895

The SIS Kata, Phuket +66 (0)76 609 555 Thavorn Palm Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 396 090 The Front Village +66 (0) 76 398 200-5 ʇKATA BEACH Alpina Phuket Nalina Resort and Spa +66 (0) 76 370 999 The Yama Hotel Phuket +66 (0) 76 303 456 Sawasdee Village +66 (0) 76 330 979 Club Med 66 (0) 76 330 455-60 Ibis Phuket Kata Hotel +66 (0) 2 659 2888 Beyond Resort Kata +66 (0) 76 330 530-4 Kata Palm Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 334-8 Katathani Phuket Beach Resort

HOTEL HIGHLIGHTS +66 (0) 76 330 124 Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Phuket +66 (0) 76 333 568 Sugar Palm Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 284 404 Impiana Private Villas +66 (0) 76 330 770 Nook-Dee Boutique Resort Tel.+66 76 688 888 ʇBANG TAO BEACH Angsana Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 101 Amora Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 021-2 Bangtao Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 270 680-5 Banyan Tree Phuket +66 (0) 76 324 374 Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket +66 (0) 76 362 999 Laguna Holiday Club Resort +66 (0) 76 271 888 Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach +66 (0) 76 310 400 Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas +66 (0) 76 336 900

Twinpalms Phuket

+66 (0) 76 316 500

+66 (0) 76 310 777 Cape Sienna +66 76 337 300 Kamala Beach Estate +66 (0) 76 324 111-4 Kamala Beach Hotel & Resort +66 (0) 76 279 580-5 Paresa Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 302 000 Novotel Phuket Kamala Beach +66 (0) 76 303 700 ʇNAIYANG & NAITHORN Dewa Phuket +66 (0) 76 372 300 The Slate Phuket +66 (0) 76 327 006-9 Naithon Buri Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 318 700 Naiyang Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 328 300 Trisara +66 (0) 76 310 100 L’esprit de Naiyang Resort +66 (0) 76 510 032-5 ʇMAIKHAO Anantara Phuket +66 (0) 76 336 100 Blue Canyon Country Club +66 (0) 76 328 088 JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 338 000 Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 371 371

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort Tel.+66 (0) 76 360600 ʇSURIN BEACH Amanpuri +66 (0) 76 324 333 Ayara Hilltops Boutique Resort&Spa +66 (0) 76 271 271 Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort +66 (0) 76 303 300 The Surin Phuket +66 (0) 76 621 580 ʇKAMALA BEACH Andara Phuket +66 (0) 76 338 777 Aquamarine Resort & Villa +66 (0) 76 310 600 Ayara Kamala Resort & Spa

The Vijitt Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 363 600 Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Maikhao Beach +66 (0) 76 603 699 Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa +66 (0) 76 363 999 Sala Phuket Resort +66 (0) 76 338 888

ʇRAWAI BEACH & NAI HARN All Season Naiharn Phuket Hotel + 66 (0) 76 289 333 The Naiharn +66 (0) 76 380 200 Friendship Beach Resort and Atmanjai Wellness Spa +66 (0) 76 288 996 Serenity Resort & Residences Phuket +66 (0) 76 371 900 ʇCAPE PANWA The Kantary Bay Hotel, Phuket +66 (0) 76 391 514 Sri Panwa, Phuket +66 (0) 76 371 000

Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket +66 (0) 76 391 123-5 Phuket Panwa Beachfront Resort Tel: +66 (0) 7630 2944 The Panwa Beach Resort Phuket +66 (0) 76 393 300 Amatara Resort & Wellness +66 (0) 76 318 888, +66 (0)76 200 800 ʇPHUKET TOWN Ibis Style Phuket City +66 (0) 76 563 333 Phuket Merlin Hotel +66 (0) 76 212 866-70 Royal Phuket City +66 (0) 76 233 333 The Metropole +66 (0) 76 215 050 The Westin Siray Bay Resort and Spa Phuket +66 (0) 76 335 600

Hotel Novotel Phuket Phokeethra +66 76 397 777

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

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

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

Vara 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

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

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

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Enjoy Phuket’s Sun and Sea in Style With 224 stylish rooms, an exquisite restaurant and an infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea, this modern seafront hotel takes midscale style to a whole new level! 190 Pangmueng Sai Gor Road., Patong, Kathu, Phuket Thailand 83150 | Tel: +66 76 360 200 Fax: +66 76 360 201 | | BestWesternAsia FIND YOUR BEST WESTERN LOCATIONS IN ASIA | Bangladesh | Cambodia | Indonesia | Japan | Laos | Malaysia | Myanmar | Pakistan | Philippines | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Vietnam

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa announces appointment of new GM Discover delectably crafted Thai cuisine at Café Andaman Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket can make your trip more special with their Thai cooking classes available Friday and Saturday at 11.30am at Café Andaman. Let these wonderful cooking classes tempt you for only 2,400 Baht net per guest for a two-day course and 1,500 Baht net per guest for a one-day course. Prices include all crafted dishes perfectly prepared by their team of chefs, lunch, Chef’s hat, apron, recipes and a certificate. More details are available via 076-391-123 or

Kata Sea Breeze Resort awarded Thailand MICE Venue Standard Award Kata Sea Breeze Resort is now certified by the Convention and Exhibition Bureau Thailand as a MICE Venue with its Sea Sky Conference Room meeting the required standards. The resort is now able to be showcased worldwide as a 3 star + plus international MICE venue. Group Director of Business Development of AKSARA Collection Ms. Rutchaneegorn Chalayondeja received the award from Minister of Tourism and Sport Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat during an award ceremony recently held in Bangkok.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is delighted to announce Matthias Y. Sutter as its new General Manager bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and hospitality expertise. In this role, Matthias will be primarily responsible for managing the hotel operations and maintaining the services of the Phuket resort located on Mai Khao Beach. Matthias obtained his degree at the Swiss Hotel Management School, Zurich Belvoirpark abd received his Masters of Business Administration at the Zurich Graduate Business School of Administration.

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas hosts 5th annual Turtle Release ceremony On April 14, 2018, Mr. Nikolaus Priesnitz, Cluster General Manager; Dr. Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, Director of Phuket Marine Biological Center; Ratree Suksuwan, Head of Phuket Aquarium, and Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Deputy director-general of the National Park Wildlife and Plant Department, welcomed participants to release sea turtles and bamboo sharks into the Andaman Sea for the 5th annual Turtle Release ceremony. With mobile phones, tablets and cameras in hand, everyone cheered as each turtle and shark started its journey back to the sea.

Laguna Phuket Food & Music Festival attracts thousands, raises big funds for Phuket orphanages The weekend of 27-29 April, 2018, saw Laguna Phuket host its 2nd annual Food & Music Festival, a three-day East-Meets-West grub and groove extravaganza. Attendees got to enjoy a wide range of food booths from top restaurants, tourism communities and local vendors who were selling tantalising international and Peranakan cuisine. The opening ceremony took place on Friday 27 April with Phuket Governor Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Laguna Phuket’s managing director Mr. Ravi Chandran and SVP – property development’s Mr. Stuart Reading, as well as the night's two performing bands “Bodyslam” and “Sweet Mullet”, jointly officiating the occasion. The Friday saw Bodyslam and Sweet Mullet wow more than 5,000 concert-goers, Saturday 28 April’s charity concert was a “Jazz Night” featuring Thailand’s leading artists and vocalists “Koh Mr. Saxman” and “Pui Duangpon”, Russian pianist and opera singer Ivan Sharapov and Phuket-based Black ‘n’ Blue band, and Sunday 29 April was a pop night featuring leading duo Joe & Kong with Black ‘n’ Blue closing the Festival. The Festival generated approximately 10,000 participants and raised THB 527,066 for Children First Fund (CFF), established to support seven orphanages in Phuket, housing more than 400 children. The Festival’s 3rd annual edition is scheduled to take place in March 2019.

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Chaine dinner at The Boathouse PHUKET: On Saturday April 21, 2018, Phuket's most romantic restaurant The Boathouse overlooking the glorious sands of Kata Beach hosted the annual Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner. A glittering cast of Phuket's movers and shakers, the grand, the rich and the simply beautiful, dined long into the night enjoying Executive Chef Jonathan Bruell's magical creations paired with treasures from the extensive cellar.

Birthday glitter disco party at Glam Habitat Hotel On Thursday May 3, 2018, Khun Piraya Kuwanant president of the Glam Habitat Hotel in Kamala invited agencies and Phuket media to attend the Piraya Exclusive Birthday Glitter Disco party, a party held at the hotel. The event was also held to say thank you to agencies and Phuket's media, who together with celebrities celebrated the event late into the night.

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Jazz Night at Mom Tri’s Wok Pagoda On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Mom Tri’s Wok Pagoda invited media and friends to their inaugural Jazz Night, which is now set to happen every Saturday of the month. Guests were served a range of delicately crafted snacks and appetizers while overlooking the stunning view over Kata bay, and all while listening to the tunes of their fantastic Jazz band.

The Michelin Guide launches Phuket and Phang Nga listings On May 15 2018, After a successful launch in Bangkok last year, The Michelin Guide is coming to Phuket and Phang Nga this year. The team hosted a press conference at the On-On Hotel, in Phuket Town. Which restaurants do you think would make it on the list? Only a few more months to find out.



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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: Website: 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.

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The choice of goods is world-class, comprising well over 300 shops with ample car parking space, restaurants, bars, cinema and bowling alley along with everything else you could possibly need for a busy day shopping. Banana Walk The area’s newest shopping center is located just 100 meters south of Soi Bangla on the beach road, right next to Banana Disco. The mall is multilevel (three floors) and its overall design leans toward minimal and modernistic, At night the lighting, ranging from blue to red, gives Banana Walk the feeling of entering a spaceship dock in a science fiction movie. Shopping, dining and cosmetics are the three main thrusts of this complex in which you can find almost anything to eat, drink, or buy. You can even improve your well-being at a spa or make yourself even more beautiful at an aesthetic center or at the onsite hairdresser.



KATA & KARON BEACH Kata Plaza Nowadays there are in fact two distinct shopping malls with a bazaar-like feel to them, both are located close to the Kata Palace Hotel and Club Med along Kata Road which runs parallel to Kata Beach Road. The newer of the two is flanked by tailor shops, a pharmacy, and a cozy fan-cooled café along with a minimart and the inevitable optician’s shop. The two-lane plaza really is a one-stop destination for all your holiday souvenirs. Karon Bazaar A large, covered market-like shopping centre set in the central area of Karon Beach Road, right between Woraburi Phuket and Moenvenpick Resorts. The bazaar features just about everything you’ll ever need. Karon Bazaar is a smaller beachside version of the famous Phuket Weekend Market in Phuket Town. Aimed at tourists, the place is a great opportunity for an evening stroll.

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PHUKET TOWN Central Festival Central Festival Phuket is an air-conditioned, fully equipped one-stop shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. The Central store plays host to over 120 outlets selling products ranging from up-market clothing, fashion accessories, silk goods, bedding, household goods, toys and children’s accessories, travel bags, food, and drinks. There are also watch and jewellery counters here. It’s literally possible to spend a full day here - shopping, catching the latest movies, and dining out at the range of international restaurants that offer everything from French and Japanese cuisines to local Thai dishes.

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Limelight Avenue Limelight Avenue Phuket is located in the heart of Phuket Town, on Dibuk Rd. This exciting new avenue features a wide range of food options including famous-brands from Bangkok as well as popular local eateries such as Lemongrass, Pint Factory and so many more. In addition, there are plenty of retail shops, a supermarket, health and beauty shop, coffee and bakery shop, ice cream shop, education and activity shop and food court. The venue is open from 10am - 10pm (except Tops Daily which opens from 6am until midnight and Tom n Tom Coffee which is open 24 hours) to fit in with the lifestyle of local people and tourists who want to experience real Phuketian life under the slogan, Urban Lifestyle Mall. This mall is the complete answer for the whole family’s activities. Premium Outlet Phuket Brand-name clothing and sports accessories at bargain prices, it’s located on the bypass road. Apart from Thai brands, other international names are on sale including Lacoste, Guy Laroche, Hush Puppies, Warner Bros, Pierre Cardin, Van Heusen, Levi’s, Lee, Nautica, Adidas and Nike and feature discounts of up to 70%. Phuket Weekend Market Situated opposite the Naka Temple, which is also worth a visit outside of Phuket Town, and just 5 minutes from Central Festival on the Chao Fa West Road lies Phuket’s equivalent to Bangkok’s JJ Market. Here you will find all manner of things for sale from seemingly useless second-hand house hold junk and cute little trinkets to garden ornaments, clothing and ideal presents for all your friends and family. There is also



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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.

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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.

Pra Nang Beach Connected to Railay by a small path, Phra Nang is on the outermost headland, backed by limestone cliffs soaring above the beach. At the bottom of the cliff lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok where local fishermen leave offerings for good fortune. Klong Muang Beach/Tubkaak Krabi’s latest beach destination, Muang Klong boasts both 5-star and boutique hotels like the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort has rebranded to Dusit Thani Krabi Resort since July 2015, the Nakamanda and the Tubkaak Resort and offers powderwhite sand and safe swimming. The Lanta Island Group About 53 islands are included in this group situated at the southern limit of Krabi Province. Koh Lanta Yai is the largest and is both a traveler’s and up-market vacationer’s paradise and is as yet relatively undeveloped. You can get to Lanta on the regular ferry from Jao Fah Pier in Krabi Town. The prime attractions are its long beaches, clear water, laid back atmosphere and scuda diver’s paradise where most of the nicest beaches and tourist attractions are located. The Phi Phi Islands Known for phenomenal natural beauty, particularly the famous twin bays with their the curving beaches upon which lies the largest town. Phi Phi islands are some of the most beautiful in the world with superb scenery, silvery sand beaches and Emerald green seas with coral reefs and an abundance of marine life. Hardly two hours journey by boat from Ao Nang, the twin islands Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh provide excellent accommodation options and are known as ma jor “party islands.” Poda Islands Situated south of Ao Nang, 8 Kilometers offshore, Koh Poda or Poda Group Islands are fringed by clear waters and offer white sandy beaches, as well as, pristine coral reefs. These islands are not affected so much by the monsoon therefore are year-round attractions and an excellent place for fishing. Poda island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise seawater abounded with schools of colorful fish.

Sightseeing by Canoe or Kayak Many companies offer sea canoeing and kayaking adventures around Phang Nga Bay and into the many coves, caves and islets dotting the otherworldly shores around Krabi, Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Fishing Abundant sea and even freshwater fishing is available all over this region, from squid boating, to line fishing in Phang Nga Bay, to big game adventures off the Continental Shelf drop-off. Don’t let that big one get away! Bird Watching A trip to Krabi can be a very rewarding visit for any bird lovers. With easily accessible mangroves and low lying forests, there are many places to spot rare birds. Two excellent locations are Khao Kanat Nam, close to Krabi Town, and Khao No Chuchi Forest Preserve.

Highlight Attractions.. Emerald Pool Emerald Pool or Sra Morakot in Thai is located at Klong Thom District. This hot spring originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest. The intensity of the pool’s turquoise colored water varies according to the light and time of the day so a good time to visit is at dawn or early morning. Tiger Cave Temple Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua in Thai is located about 3 kilometers from Krabi town. The inside of this cave features tiger prints captured in stone and is in the middle of an abundant forest with gigantic ancient trees. This place is remarkable archaeologically as many artifacts have been found on the premises including tools, pottery and the mold for the Buddha’s footprint.

Highlights & Activities... Rock Climbing Apart from marine sports, Krabi is also an ideal place for rock climbing. Lines of sheer limestone cliffs along Tham Phranang and Rai Le Beaches have challenged thousands of climbers from all over the world every year. The levels of difficulty of the various routes vary, so Whether you’re a professional or just an aspiring adrenalin junkie, the craggy karsts of Krabi offer a huge array of bolted mounts. Diving Both scuba and snorkeling are widely available in warm, coral and fish infested waters with full PADI accreditation courses and live-aboard adventures.

Partying Phi Phi is known worldwide as “Party Island central” and Koh Lanta is not far behind. Krabi Town is more sedate, but there are plenty of good bars and a live music scene to enjoy. Shopping Outlet Village Krabi is located on Phetchakasem Road. It is on the way from the city to the local airport and features a tall lighthouse near the entrance and 6,000 sqm of retail space. Throughout the year, many Thai and foreign travelers visit this outlet which offers over 100 selected leading brands for all ages. Clothing discounted up to 70% is available here. It is open daily from 11:00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. Enjoying the Local Seafood Have a seafood feast and savor the fresh day’s catch in any number of a fun, laidback, or fine-dining restaurants all over this region.

GETTING THERE By road from Phuket Take a minibus or frequent local bus from Phuket Town’s bus terminal with information regarding timetables, taxi or mini-van shuttle services readily available at hotels, travel agent or Phuket Airport. Renting a car is also a good option and the roads are wide, modern and relatively quiet. To Krabi and Phi Phi by boat It is possible to charter a speedboat or similar transportation to Krabi or Koh Phi Phi, or there are frequent daily ferries operating between Phuket and Phi Phi Island and then on to Krabi, or via the Koh Yao Islands, each taking about two hours.

Krabi Hotel Highlights The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 400 Amari Vogue Krabi Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 777 Dusit Thani 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 Deevana Plaza Krabi Aonang 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

Pimalai Resort & Sp a - Koh Lanta Tel. +66 (0) 75 607 999

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

Be yond Resorts by Ka ta Group Tel. +66 (0) 75 628 300 www.kata

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

Sofitel Krabi Phokeeth ra Golf & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 75 627 80 0

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 JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 888 Le MĂŠridien 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

La Flora Resort & Sp a, Khaolak Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 00 0 m

Khaolak Merlin Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 428 300 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

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 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 Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Beach Resort & Spa Resort Tel. +66 (0) 76 584 450,

Iniala Beach House Tel. +66 (0) 76 429 439

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The Guide Phuket June 2018  

The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing monthly for tourists & local expats easy access to key information on Phuket....

The Guide Phuket June 2018  

The Guide Phuket is an exciting publication aimed at providing monthly for tourists & local expats easy access to key information on Phuket....