Issuu on Google+

March 09

T h e L e a d i n g C o m m u n i t y a n d Tr a v e l M a g a z i n e


EDITORIAL Perfect Bound!

Samui

+ Phuket

ใบอนุญาตเลขที่ 79/2548 Managing Director

Rico Stapel 08 66 900 444 rico@c-publishing.com

Editor in Chief

Glenn R. Wallis 08 4331 4653 glenn@c-publishing.com

Thai Language Editor Kanyanad Chaitawat 0 7745 8099

Sales Director

Ingmar Mier 08 9589 9908 ingmar@c-publishing.com

Bangkok Sales Executive Nantawan Prongnoy

(Pern) 08 9699 8405

Customer Service Chonthira Saiwaew

(Nim) 08 5887 7414

Graphic Design

Chukiat Yantaboot

(Two) 0 7745 8099

Accounting

Punyanud Rattanaruang (Nud) 0 7745 8099

Distribution ต้องการหนังสือเพิ่มเติม กรุณาติดต่อ Chumphol Promkan 08 9475 3523

Distribution ต้องการหนังสือเพิ่มเติม กรุณาติดต่อ Boonma Thongdongaw 08 1539 1255

There are some that choose to recoil and sit in the distance in times of trouble. There are some who choose to take the easy path and to be careful not to make any waves and remain unnoticed, doing what they think is best not to make matters worse for themselves…you understand…its that ‘just in case’ excuse. And then there are those of us who relish in the challenges of facing difficulties and taking the opportunity to move forward, and not to remain complacent with what we still have, unmoved by the fact that knocking on trouble’s door may cause us to stir sleeping giants. We are the ones who understand that when trouble finds us that it is our strength of spirit that allows us to rise even higher than we ever imagined. We put our minds to the test. We become creative in the face of tribulation, and we never look back to say we should have chosen a different path. C-holiday continues in these economic times of crisis to perfect what we began 6 years ago. We still knock on our customers doors reminding them that we are alive and well in Thailand, and we continue to pursue our endeavours in making our magazine the choice of both tourist and community readers. We know that you have to spend money to make money, that business is a sacrifice of gain at times, but that living by our code of being the best, prevails over all. This month we move yet again into a new format called ‘Perfect Bound,’ in order to make our magazine a better product. We spend the extra Bahts knowing that if we stand still, that we will dissolve into mediocrity, and we will have lost what is the most important thing to us…our integrity. Have you heard of Stumpy Grinder? Well, Stumpy Grinder and his wife Martha are from Portland, Maine. Every year they would go to the Portland Fair, and every year Stumpy would say, “Ya know, Mahtha, I’d like ta get a ride in that theah aihplane.” And every year, Martha would say “I know, Stumpy, but that aihplane ride costs ten dollahs .. and ten dollahs is ten dollahs.” So one year Stumpy says, “By Jeebers, Mahtha, I’m 71 yeahs old, and if I don’t go this time I may nevah go.” Martha replies, “Stumpy, that there aihplane ride is ten dollahs ... and ten dollahs is ten dollahs.” So the pilot overhears them and says, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say ONE WORD, then I won’t charge you. But just ONE WORD and its ten dollars.” They agree and up they go... the pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard. He does it one more time, and there is still no word... so he lands. He turns to Stumpy as they come to a stop and says, “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to holler out, but you didn’t.” And Stumpy replies “Well, I was gonna say something when Mahtha fell out ... but ten dollahs is ten dollahs.” Despite the fact that this joke epitomises the humour of how tightly we hold on to our hard earned money, we at C-holiday have learned that sometimes the greater value of things is in the undertaking, and not what it costs to get things going. Enjoy.

ภารกิจเพื่อความเป็นเลิศ บางคนเลือกที่จะถอยออกไปนั่งดูอยู่ห่างๆ ในเวลาที่เกิด ปัญหา บางคนเลือกใช้วิธีง่ายๆ ระวังไม่ให้เกิดแรงกระเพื่อม และไม่ให้เป็นที่สังเกต โดยทำในสิ่งที่พวกเขาคิดว่าดีที่สุดที่จะไม่ ทำให้เรื่องเลวร้ายลงไปสำหรับตนเอง คุณคงเข้าใจว่าเป็นการ “เผื่อไว้” เป็นข้อแก้ตัว แ ล ะ พ ว ก เ ร า ที่ ก ำ ลั ง เ ผ ชิ ญ กั บ ค ว า ม ท้ า ท า ย ใ น ก า ร เผชิญหน้ากับปัญหาและใช้โอกาสนี้เพื่อก้าวไปข้างหน้า เรายัง คงไม่ พ อใจกั บ สิ่ ง ที่ มี อ ยู่ แ ละหยุ ด ที่ จ ะก้ า วต่ อ ไปข้ า งหน้ า เพราะตระหนักถึงความจริงที่ว่าการเคาะประตูแห่งปัญหาอาจ ทำให้เราไปรบกวนยักษ์ที่กำลังหลับใหล เราเข้าใจว่าเมื่อเรา ประสบปัญหา ความเข้มแข็งแห่งจิตวิญญาณของเรานั่นเอง ที่จะทำให้เรายืนขึ้นได้ ซึ่งอาจจะสูงกว่าที่เราคิดเสียอีกเราได้ ใส่ใจลงไปในการทดสอบ เราได้กลายเป็นผู้ที่มีความคิดริเริ่ม สร้างสรรค์ในยามที่ต้องเผชิญ กับความยากลำบาก และเราไม่ เคยมองย้อนกลับไปเพื่อพูดว่าเราน่าจะเลือกอีกทางหนึ่ง ซี-ฮอลิเดย์ยังคงดำเนินงานต่อไปท่ามกลางช่วงเวลาแห่ง วิกฤติทางเศรษฐกิจเพื่อทำให้สิ่งที่เราเริ่มต้นเมื่อ 6 ปีที่แล้ว ดำเนินต่อไป เรายังคงเคาะประตูหาลูกค้าของเราเพื่อให้พวก เขารู้ ว่ า เรายั ง คงยื น ยั ด อยู่ ใ นประเทศไทยและเราจะสานต่ อ ความพยายามของเราในการ ทำให้นิตยสารของเราเป็นตัวเลือก ของผู้อ่านทั้งที่เป็นนักท่องเที่ยวและคนในชุมชน เรารู้ว่าเราต้อง ใช้เงินเพื่อสร้างเงิน และบางครั้งเราต้องเสียสละผลประโยชน์ เพื่อสร้างธุรกิจ และเราก็รู้เช่นกันว่าการใช้ชีวิตในรูปแบบที่ ดีที่สุดของเราอยู่เหนือสิ่งอื่นใด เดือนนี้ เราเริ่มก้าวสู่รูปแบบใหม่อีกครั้ง ซึ่งเราเรียกว่า “ภารกิจเพื่อความเป็นเลิศ” เพื่อทำให้นิตยสารของเราเป็นผลิต ภัณฑ์ที่ดียิ่งขึ้น เราใช้เงินมากเป็นพิเศษเพราะเรารู้ว่าหากเรายัง นิ่งเฉย เราก็คงจะยุบตัวลงเป็นนิตยสารธรรมดา และเราก็จะ สูญเสียสิ่งที่สำคัญที่สุด สำหรับเรา นั่นก็คือ เอกภาพของเรา คุณเคยได้ยินเรื่องสตัมปี กรินเดอร์หรือเปล่า สตัมปี กรินเดอร์และภรรยา มาร์ธามาจากพอร์ตแลนด์ รัฐเมน ทุกปี พวกเขาจะไปงานเทศกาลพอร์ตแลนด์ และก็ทุกปี สตัมปีจะพูดว่า “รู้ไหม มาฮ์ธา ฉันอยากจะขึ้นไปนั่งบนเครื่องบิน ลำนั้นจัง” และทุกปี มาร์ธาก็จะตอบว่า “ฉันรู้ สตัมปี แต่ถ้าจะ ขึ้นไปนั่งบนเครื่องบินลำนั้นต้องจ่ายสิบดอลล่าร์นะ และสิบ ดอลล่าร์ก็คือสิบดอลล่าร์” และมีอยู่ปีหนึ่ง สตัมปีพูดว่า “มาร์ธา ฉันอายุ 71 แล้วนะ และถ้าฉันไม่ได้นั่งตอนนี้ ฉันอาจจะไม่ได้นั่งอีกเลยก็ได้” มาร์ธา ตอบว่า “สตัมปีถ้าจะขึ้นไปนั่งบนเครื่องบินลำนั้นต้องจ่ายสิบ ดอลล่าร์นะ และสิบดอลล่าร์ก็คือสิบดอลล่าร์” เมื่อคนขับเครื่องบินได้ยินดังนั้นก็กล่าวว่า “นี่พวกคุณ ผมมี ข้อเสนอนะ ผมจะพาพวกคุณทั้งคู่ขึ้นไปนั่งบนเครื่องบิน และ หากคุณนัง่ เงียบๆ ได้ตลอดโดยไม่พดู แม้แต่คำเดียว ผมจะไม่เก็บ เงินพวกคุณ แต่หากพวกคุณพูดแม้แต่คำเดียว ผมจะเก็บ สิบดอลล่าร์” พวกเขาตกลงและก็ขึ้นไปนั่งบนเครื่องบิน จากนั้น คนขับ เครื่องบินทำทุกอย่างทั้งหักมุม เลี้ยวโค้ง หมุนตัว และปักหัวลง แต่เขาก็ยังคงไม่ได้ยินอะไรแม้แต่คำเดียวเขาทำอย่างนั้นซ้ำอีก ครั้ง ก็ยังไม่มีใครพูดอะไรแแม้แต่คำเดียว ดังนั้นเขาจึงนำ เครื่องลงจอด เขาหั น กลั บ ไปที่ ส ตั ม ปี ใ นขณะที่ พ วกเขาเดิ น มายั ง ที่ จ อด และพูดว่า “น่าแปลกใจจริง ผมทำทุกอย่างที่คิดว่าคุณจะตะโกน ออกมา แต่คุณก็ไม่” สตัมปีก็ตอบว่า “เอ่อ ฉันจะพูดอยู่เหมือน กันตอนที่มาฮ์ธาหล่นออกไป แต่สิบดอลล่าร์ก็คือสิบดอลล่าร์” ทั้งที่จริงๆ แล้ว เรื่องตลกนี้เป็นตัวอย่างชัดเจนที่แสดงให้ เห็ น อารมณ์ ขั น เกี่ ย วกั บ เรื่ อ งที่ ว่ า เรายึ ด มั่ น กั บ เงิ น ที่ ห ามาได้ อย่างยากลำบากของเรามากแค่ไหน แต่ที่ซี-ฮอลิเดย์ เราได้เรียน รู้ว่าบางครั้งคุณค่าที่มากกว่าสิ่งของต่างๆ อยู่ในงานที่รับผิดชอบ และไม่ได้อยู่ที่ว่า เราจะต้องใช้จ่ายอะไรบ้าง เพื่อให้สิ่งต่าง ๆ นั้น ดำเนินไป ขอให้มีความสุข

info@c-publishing.com editor@c-publishing.com sales@c-publishing.com www.c-publishing.com

c-holiday

3


as mentioned on:

07 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

BBC

Contributors and Reader’s Forum

March

One Giant Leap gives us a sneak preview of their new film ‘What About Me?’

20 MARTYN GOODACRE Football Fantasy

22 C-SCENE

CN

16

IN FOCUS

Martina Sager in India with exile the Dalai Lama

3.55 0 2 + * ** iland a h T d in n a L s T ALER posse Y T w R o E n PROP s can r e n g L I V E WS: Forei S W E N G NE N I K EA ** BR

w o n l l a c w o h w o n k e W

BC

09

Edition

14

LIFESTYLE

N

CN

Holiday Nepal through the eyes of Photo Artist Josh Bulriss

DW-TV

08 WORLD TRAVELLER

Community Events & News

TROPICAL LIVING

28

DINING OUT

32

Beautiful World – Inspired by the East Harry Bonning – Bursting Bubbles of Fortunes

Good Karma – Samui’s Newest Great Idea

PEOPLE

Samui - The Heroines of Healing Phuket - Philipp Graf von Hardenberg

36

HEALTH & SPA

42

ATTRACTIONS & MAPS

44

HOROSCOPE

52

Demystifying the MetroSexual – Men & Health

Scenic Wonders and Island Maps

English & Thai Fortunes

Ok Properties Samui 19 years experience

€ $ £

member of German Thai Chamber of Commerce

Member of british chamber of Commerce Thailand

Contact Details 08 2277 3069 / 08 1979 0432 norbert@coconut-land-house.com www.okproperties-samui.com Norbert Verweyen


Talent behind the scenes

Vitamin

Every month, individuals as well as groups of people who are directly affiliated with the success of each publication, assist us behind the scenes. We dedicate this section to thanking them for their tremendous efforts and input, without which, we would not be able to share with you such a wide variety of opinions and insights.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Khun Ponlert Ooncharoen, Chief of the Koh Samui Tourism Coordination Centre. www.tat.or.th

Martina Sager Currently works at the Santiburi Resort on Samui, specialising in Tibetan Energy Balancing & Reiki. www.tibetanenergy.com

for your Business

You need Better

Business NOW Where will you be if you do not have enough customers walking through your door today? What is your business worth if your tables or rooms are empty?

Martyn Goodacre Lives on Koh Samui, where he is now based and works in architectural and Travel photography. www.martyngoodacre.com

Josh Bulriss Continues on his global travels, recording through his own medium a world that inspires him. www.joshbulriss.com

Harry B. Bonning F.R.I.C.S. Chartered Surveyor, Managing Director of Ko Samui Properties www.kosamuiproperties.com

READERS FORUM Dear Editor,

เรียน คุณนิภาพร เกตุขน ุ ทด

I am a resident of Samui and have been a part-time reader of your magazine, and previously your newspaper. I have noticed the changes that you have been making over the past years, and more so than ever in the 2008 year. I have a stack of your magazines in my office, which I consistently use for my work to aid my clients in gaining a better idea of the island, and the life here. As I look at them, they have taken on not only a new shape and form, but the contents have also shifted from the Community to the Tourist. What I inquire is this. There is no ‘good’ community media on the island. The newspapers are propaganda devices written by foreigners with useless information, but I somehow still manage to not only buy them, but also read them. You have managed to keep your profile as a free Community magazine, but where is your newspaper? I want to know when you will once again give me something ‘good’ and worthwhile to read. As a resident I do not find all the information in the magazine targeted towards me, but more for the tourist, which I understand. What are you planning to do for the residents that loved your newspaper so much in the past? Will you sell me something I look forward to paying for?

ยินดีตอ้ นรับเป็นครอบครัวเดียวกัน ทีมงาน ยังคงพัฒนาและรักษาคุณภาพของนิตยสาร ให้ดขี น ้ึ ไปเรือ่ ยๆ ทีส่ ำคัญทีส่ ดุ คือ หากท่าน ผูอ้ า่ นมีขอ้ ติชมอย่างไร ช่วยแจ้งมายังกอง บรรณาธิการนะคะ ตามทีอ่ ยูข่ องบริษท ั ฯ หรือ ทางอีเมล์ท่ี info@c-publishing.com ยินดีรบ ั ฟังทุกท่านเพือ่ ปรับปรุงให้ดขี น ้ึ คะ สำหรับเรือ่ งทีถ่ ามมานัน ้ ดิฉน ั ได้ตอบอย่าง ละเอียดไปทางอีเมล์แล้ว ดังนัน ้ ขอกล่าวคร่าวๆ ว่า ด้วยงบประมาณของคุณนิภาพร แจ้งคือ ประมาณ 4000-5000 บาท ก็สามารถทีจ่ ะ ประชาสั ม พั น ธ์ กั บ ทางนิ ต ยสารของเราได้ สบายๆคะ ระยะเวลาการทำสัญญาเริม ่ ต้นจาก 2 เดือนขึน ้ ไป หากว่าตกลงทำสัญญาระยะยาว ยังมีสว่ นลดพิเศษให้อกี ด้วยนะคะ สำหรับ อาร์ตเวิร์คไม่ต้องเป็นห่วงเรามีทีมงานจัดการ ให้ฟรี ทัง้ นี้ คุณอิกม่าร์ เมียร์ ผูอ้ ำนวยการ ฝ่ายขายของเรา จะเข้าไปพูดคุยและแนะนำ แพ็คเก็จทีค่ ม ุ้ ค่าทีส่ ดุ ให้ คุณนิภาพร ทราบด้วย ตนเอง เพราะนอกจากบริษท ั ฯ จะผลิตนิตยสาร ฮอลิเดย์ นีแ้ ล้ว บริษท ั ฯ ยังเป็นผูผ้ ลิต อินโฟร์ แมบ (info Map) อีกด้วย ดังนัน ้ คุณนิภาพรค่อย ตั ด สิ น ใจทำการตลาดเมื่อ ทราบข้ อ มู ล อย่ า ง ครบถ้วนแล้วดีทส่ี ดุ คะ ขอแสดงความนับถือ

Francis Shoemaker -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Francis,

We have invested a lot of time, effort and most importantly heart and soul into our newspaper. These sacrifices were unfortunately brought to a sudden end by our Accounting Department. We therefore have dedicated our above mentioned efforts to serve readers like yourself in a different manner, by producing the leading Community and Travel Magazine. We always take your suggestions to heart, and please keep them coming as we are constantly thinking on how to implement them through our current and future publications. Rico Stapel -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Only well planned and professionally executed marketing can ensure a successful future for you and your business. We offer solutions for every budget, and will custom tailor our offers for every kind of business. You will never have to worry about getting customers again. Call me today and together, we will fight for your business, it is more affordable then you think.

เรียน บรรณาธิการ หนังสือ C-holiday

Nidorigroup Co., Ltd. 187 Moo 4 T. Maret · Koh Samui · Suratthani 84310 Tel/Fax: 0 7745 8099 info@c-publishing.com LETTERS POLICY: The C-holiday welcomes responses, comments or opinions relevant to its articles in the form of letters to the Editor. C-holiday is published by Nidorigroup Co., Ltd. 12 times a year on the beginning of each month.

+66 (0) 8 9589 9908 sales@c-publishing.com

Copyright ©2009 Nidorigroup Co., Ltd. (Thailand). The titles and associated logos or devices, and all content of C-holiday are property of Nidorigroup Co., Ltd. (Thailand) without exception. Reproduction of the magazine and its contents, in whole or in part, without permission of Nidorigroup, is strictly prohibited.

6

c-holiday

ดิฉน ั มาย้ายจากกรุงเทพฯ มาทีน ่ เ่ี กือบจะปี ชอบอากาศและบรรยากาศมาก ไม่คดิ จะย้าย กลับไปกรุงเทพฯเลย ติดตามนิตยสารของ ท่านมาระยะหนึง่ รูส้ กึ ชอบและรอคอยฉบับ ใหม่ทกุ ต้นเดือนแล้ว ดิฉน ั มีธรุ กิจเล็กๆ ของ ครอบครัว สนใจอยากประชาสัมพันธ์ผา่ น นิ ต ยสารของท่ า นแต่ ด้ ว ยงบประมาณที่ มี จำกัด จึงอยากจะสอบถามเกีย่ วกับอัตราค่า โฆษณาของท่านว่าเป็นอย่างไร หากดิฉน ั มี งบประมาณสัก 4000 ถึง 5000 บาท จะ ได้พน ้ื ทีต่ รงไหนขนาดเท่าไหร่คะ และระยะ เวลาสำหรับการทำสัญญาต้องเป็นอย่างไร รวมทัง้ ขอรายละเอียดอืน ่ ๆ ด้วยคะ

ชลธิรา สายแวว (นิม ่ ) ฝ่ายลูกค้าสัมพันธ์

Got a story for us? So, anything funny happen on your holiday? Anything exciting or just plain crazy? Why not write us a letter to tell us about it? Tell us about a particularly special trip you took; or a meal you ate and will remember, for better or worse, for the rest of your days. Did you meet anyone new and interesting? Did you take a journey to hell and back? Or spend an afternoon in heavenly bliss? Whatever your experience was, write it down and send it to glenn@c-publishing.com You never know, it could be your story in the next edition…………….

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The opinions expressed in this feature are not necessarily those of the publisher, and reflect the ideas and concerns of the reading public. No liability can be implied or accepted for the content of items published in this column. Your letters can be mailed to: info@c-publishing.com

The Magic Begins Here

Additional

15%

OFF

from food only with this Ad.

Tel. 077 230 222

ขอบคุณคะ นิภาพร เกตุขน ุ ทด c-holiday

7


WORLD TRAVELLER

Josh Bulriss takes a photographic journey into

NEPAL A JOURNEY FOR THE SOUL IN A LAND WHERE ALL RIVERS LEAD TO ONE OCEAN If you talk to any young traveller, or any middle-aged explorer for that matter, you may find a common place on the globe that they have travelled to in their worldwide journeys. The country of Nepal has a certain magnetism about it that somehow lures many people into its borders. You will find that if you speak to world tourists, not only has Nepal given them an experience they will forever cherish, but it also has instilled within them a newfound inner peace that they radiate when speaking of their passage. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. This photo journey is a land of Yaks and Yetis, Stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya’s most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great minikingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.

“A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one..” - Henry Ford If you are in Business then you need Better Business Now, call me at: 08 66 900 444

8

c-holiday

c-holiday

9


WORLD TRAVELLER

Behind the Vishnu shrine of Ichangu Narayan, northwest of Swayambhunath in the Kathmandu Valley, rises the ‘Abode of Snows’ (Himalaya in Sanskrit), a magnet for trekkers and mountaineers the world over. Only in Nepal can you trek for weeks without the need even for a tent. No longer does your name have to be Tenzing or Hillary to set foot in Everest Base Camp. Out of the mountains, get your adrenaline kick from worldclass white-water rafting, kayaking and mountain biking, or from the spine-tingling sight of your first tiger or rhino in Royal Chitwan National Park Nepal has several ancient pilgrimage sites. Each temple is attached to a legend or belief that glorifies the miraculous powers of its deity. Kathmandu Valley is home to the famous Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Stupa and several other famous temples. Nepal is also the Gateway to Kailash Mansarovar, the mythical abode of Lord Shiva. Devotees from various parts of Nepal and India throng the temples during special festivals. Even though weak infrastructure renders some places hard to reach, efforts are being made on national levels to develop and promote some popular sites. For what used to be a faraway possibility, travelling through or to this destination on top of the world, the times have brought us good fortune. Visiting Nepal has become an easy choice for adventurers, and this spiritual journey can be booked from agencies all around the globe. So...step away from the TV, and go pack your bags!

JOSH BULRISS REVEALS THE ESSENSE Josh Bulriss was born and raised in Rochester, NY, recently creating a home base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Over the past few years it was here that he discovered his passion for the art of photography, and a journey began for him that has altered his life. In a curious search to record the beauty of nature, people and the inspiring moments he encountered, he set out to travel the world, camera in focus. In three years, Josh has visited sixteen countries as a freelance photographer, having spent more than 1 year successfully capturing the essence of humanity in Southeast Asia. Never having spent a day in the classroom, Josh Bulriss has received his education by spending his time witnessing and living amongst the exquisiteness that this world has to offer through the eyes of his camera. Nepal was such an inspirational trip for me. It’s just so good to see and learn first hand about other cultures from such an amazingly stunning country. In Kathmandu, I was struck by the under saturated tones of the old buildings, juxtapositioned against the extremely vivid colours of the native’s clothing! I began my trip in Kathmandu and moved into Pokhara Nepal for a 4-day trek, and experienced the extreme temperature conditions in the Himalayas. This photographic journey ended in an area in southern Nepal close to India, where the dryness broke apart the earth and the sounds of the wildlife within the jungles reminded me that there is still more for me left to explore. www.joshbulriss.com email: division9jmb@hotmail.com

10

c-holiday

c-holiday

11


Selected Pre-owned Boats

International Yacht Charters

Searay 40 Sundancer • Length: 12,49 m / 41 feet • Speed: 30 knots • Year: 2007 • Price: USD 420.000,-

Azimut 50 Length: 16,02 m • Speed: 23 knots • Year: 2006 • Daily: THB 146.000,- all inclusive •

YACHT SALES

YACHT CHARTERS

Lagoon 420 Hybrid

Princess 36

Lagoon Catamaran

Riviera 40 Flybridge

• Length: 12,61 m / 41,36 feet • Speed: 7-8 knots • Year: 2007 / Model 2008

• Length: 10,95 m / 35,92 feet • Speed: 26 knots • Year: 1996

• Length: 11,55 m • Speed: 8 knots • Guests Sleeping: 8

• Length: 14,11 m • Speed: 23 knots • Guests Sleeping: 5-7

• Price: Euro 358.000,-

• Price: THB 4.750.000,-

• Daily: from Euro 1000,-

• Daily: THB 96.000,-

Kha Shing

Beneteau Oceanis Clipper

Performance Catamaran

Classic Schooner

• Length: 15,84 m / 52 feet • Speed: 17 knots • Year / Refit: 1980/1993/2005

• Length: 11,98 m / 39 feet • Speed: 6-7 knots • Year: 2003

• Length: 50 feet • Speed: 8/15 knots • Guests Sleeping: 10

• Length: 30 m • Speed: 9 knots • Guests Sleeping: 12

• Price: USD 160.000,-

• Price: Euro 100.000,-

• Weekly: Euro 8750,- (int’l only)

• Weekly: Euro 21.700,- (int’l only)

Riviera 40

Searay 460 Sundancer

23m Princess

Siam Junk

• Length: 14,11 m / 46,28 feet • Speed: 25 knots • Year: 2004

• Length: 14,02 m / 46 feet • Speed: 27 knots • Year: 2001

• Length: 23 m / 75,6 feet • Speed: 24 knots cruising • Guests Sleeping: 10

• Price: USD 450.000,-

• Price: USD 480.000,-

• Daily: THB 440.000,-

• Length: 34,2 m / 112 feet • Speed: 9/10 knots • Guests Sleeping: 16 • Daily: THB 200.000,- only

Gaff Rigged Schooner

Sunseeker Superhawk 48

The Rover

Twinpalms One

• Length: 8,8 m / 28,86 feet • Speed: 4-7 knots • Year: 1981

• Length: 15,15 m / 49,69 feet • Speed: 47 knots • Year / Refit: 2002/2003

• Length: 52 feet • Speed: 20 knots • Guests Sleeping: 6

• Length: 23 m / 75,6 feet • Speed: 20 knots cruising • Guests Sleeping: 8

• Price: USD 65.000,-

• Price: THB 8.500.000,-

• Weekly: Euro 10.500,- (int’l only)

• Daily: THB 180.000,-

Tel +66 8 66 900 444 · Email rico.stapel@simpsonmarine.com for more information.

12

c-holiday

Tel +66 8 66 900 444 · Email rico.stapel@simpsonmarine.com for the full charter catalogue.

c-holiday

13


LIFESTYLE

Da la i L ama F

or spiritual beings on this world of ours there are many attractions that are revered, bringing people from continents away to worship, learn and to listen. Annually, followers of religions are found to congregate at specific landmarks and historic sites to acknowledge the power that emanates from these holy venues, and often to renew their faith through the teachings of the masters that reside therein. Many worshipers have adopted a lifestyle to match those whom they honour, accepting the teachings of old, as well as the wisdom of those who dedicate their lives to continuing the passage of their leaders before them. And sometimes, no matter where they are, it is a person that is the draw for the following. Since 1959, the Dalai Lama has presided over the Central Tibetan Administration, which is based in Dharamshala, a small town in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, considering itself to be a government in exile. The Dalai Lama is believed to be the current incarnation of a long line of Tulkus, or Buddhist Masters, who have become exempt from the wheel of death and rebirth. These ascended masters have chosen of their own free will to be reborn to this place in order to teach humanity. It is to this teacher that people flock to see, and it is his teachings that they have adopted as their own map to their lives. The Dalai Lama travels the globe to share his knowledge with the world, and to seek wisdom from other leaders to the reinstatement of his own country of Tibet. For the time being, he shares his insight and gives guidance to a better lifestyle with those who come to see him. “My Religion is very simple… My Religion is Loving Kindness.” The Dalai Lamai There is one such individual, amongst a few others on the island of Koh Samui, who has taken the teachings of the Dalai Lama into her own life, and journeys whenever possible to visit the Holy Leader. Her lifestyle emanates from her spiritual guidance that she has received, and most treasured of these are the teachings of the Dalai Lama. Martina Sager is a German citizen who hails from Baden-Wuertemberg, and is specialized in Tibetan Energy Balancing, a master and teacher in REIKI, Magnified Healing, and Raindrop-technique; in addition, she provides consultative services for Bachflower-Remedies. Since 1998 Martina has lived on the island of Koh Samui, Maenam Beach in Thailand, where she practices at the Five-star Santiburi Resort and Spa. In November 2000 she travelled to Nepal to visit Tibetan exiles, and from them she increased the level of her understanding of Tibetan medicine and Buddhism. In May 2003 Martina was privileged to undergo joint teachings and Initiations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the Tabo Monastery in Northern India, and completing a pilgrimage to the holiest mountain on the earth ‘Mount Kailash’ in Tibet in May/June 2007. In September of 2008 she returned to the Dalai Lama in India, finding herself immersed in a learning experience that would continue to change her forever. Martina recounts her journey during dangerous times in India, in the search for wisdom, balance, happiness and to rejuvenate her lifestyle. “The Dalai Lama looked at me as if saying… Oh, it’s you again.”

14

c-holiday

“I am just a simple Buddhist monk - no more, nor less.” His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

20. September: I am sitting on the terrace of Kunga Guesthouse in Mc. Leod Ganj, widely known as Upper Dharamsala, a small town; cozy nestled in the Dhauladhar Mountains in northern India. Since 1959 it is the exile home of his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. I arrived 1 week ago in Delhi, 3 hours after 5 bombs went off... the city was in a state of emergency, police everywhere, totally helpless from my point of view. I spent 2 days in my room, as suggested by the authorities, watching ‘breaking news’ every 15 minutes on the TV… I could physically feel the fear of the Delhi population, and of course my own fear…if it wouldn’t have been for meeting the Dalai Lama, I would have gone straight back home to Samui. But then I reminded myself that life is never safe, and it always ends with death. So I went out and into town booking my train-ticket to Pathankot, the closest Railway station to Dharamsala. 24. September I had my first visit to Namyal Monastery, the main Temple of the Dalai Lama, where around 250 people have signed up for the teachings, giving us the privilege to sit in the ‘Gompa’ with His Holiness. About 5000 people are expected to join the teachings. Today the little town seems to burst…people everywhere… Tibetans, as well as countless foreigners. 25/26/27 September The teachings are very intense…Simply sitting in the presence of this highly evolved spiritual being, the Dalai Lama, creates a shift in ones energy field, and of course the wisdom transmitted is amazing. His Holiness also includes a lot of jokes during his teachings, practicing the expertise of a public speaker. I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to join, as his Holiness had cancelled all teachings outside of India due to health problems, and after our teachings he was to be hospitalized for an operation. I really felt blessed. Now, 6 months after the teachings, I feel something happened to me in India. Perhaps I am more compassionate, loving, forgiving, and more aware. Since I specialize in Tibetan Energy Balancing, my work with clients is more powerful than ever before. I am grateful that I took the challenges of this trip through India, and as you can only imagine, it certainly is VERY challenging as a blonde western woman. Martina Sager www.tibetanenergy.com martinasager@hotmail.com 08 6940 3589

c-holiday

15


1 GIANT LEAP

IN FOCUS

THE MOST INSPIRING FILM EVER MADE? Movie-Stars, Rock Aristocracy, Spiritual Leaders and Grass Roots Activists together in a Grammy Nominated Innovators New Film…

What About Me? 1 Giant Leap, the global philosophy and music concept band, which brought us the double Grammy nominated Unity Through Diversity, returns with yet another astounding multimedia masterpiece. On Saturday March 14th at 8:15 pm, at the Kamalaya, Koh Samui, Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, a screening of this remarkable film will be unleashed to the public. There will be an entrance fee of 400 THB with all profits forwarded to the Lotus Flower Foundation, which is a Thai-based non-profit organisation that aims to eradicate the abuse of children in Thailand. www.thelotusflowerfoundation. org Through music and film, 1 Giant Leap explores the universal complexities of human nature. Jamie Catto (Faithless co-founder) and Duncan Bridgeman set out on their journey, recording musical jewels and words of wisdom with the cream of the world’s thinkers, writers and entertainers along the way. The duo travelled to the furthest corners of the planet, to ensure immense cultural diversity in this time capsule of humanity at its most inspirational. “We’re on a mission to make self-reflection hip for just a moment, just long enough to save us.” Jamie Catto What About Me? gives a fascinating insight into universal issues and our collective insanity: how we are ego-driven, insatiable in desire, wounded by childhood and unable to stop thinking, whilst leaving viewers feeling overwhelmingly inspired and empowered.

16

c-holiday

COME TO THE EDGE WE SAID AND THEY SAID NO… IT’S TOO HIGH COME TO THE EDGE WE SAID, AND THEY SAID NO… WE WILL FALL COME TO THE EDGE WE SAID,

Unscripted, with no story board; insightful conversations are captured with some of the most influential people of our era, from Noam Chomsky, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and Sir Bob Geldof, to Gabrielle Roth, Ram Das, Susan Sarandon and Billy Connolly. Equally insightful contributions come from unknown people just getting on with their lives, from a tribal woman in Africa to an ostracised gay man in America. Together their words reveal how we are connected not only through our creativity and our beliefs but also through our madness. The stunning music was interwoven, beginning with a pre-composed backing track which then grew and developed as each layer was added by a different musician in a different part of the world. Featuring legends such as REM’s Michael Stipe, Alanis Morissette Maxi Jazz, Stewart Copeland and Carlos Santana, alongside African tribal and Bedouin musicians, Chinese rappers, Gabonese Pygmies and Tuvan throat singers. 4-years, 5 continents and 50 countries later, What About Me? is an explosion of music and philosophy, an exquisite feast for the senses and the soul. Jamie Catto (musician, director, producer, creative catalyst) is also a founder member, singer and director of Dance Music super-group Faithless. He has also been a Producer/Composer for globally renowned artists such as Dido (over 30 million CDs sold) and Emiliana Torrini. As the art director for Faithless’ Cheeky label, Catto has directed critically acclaimed videos for their artists, including Faithless’ stunning sign language film for God Is A DJ. Jamie continues to play an instrumental activist role in a number of campaigns covering environmental and social issues. Duncan Bridgeman (Artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist) has worked with Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Shakespeare’s Sister and Sir Paul McCartney. He enjoyed tremendous commercial success producing Transvision Vamp and, later, Take That’s first album Take That And Party. For information on the screening of, What About Me? Contact Kamalaya at: +66 0 7742 9800 or visit their website www.kamalaya.com

AND THEY VERY RELUCTANTLY CAME AND WE PUSHED, AND THEY

FLEW… c-holiday

17


IN FOCUS

Us… Following the success pf their first double Grammy nominated film and album, What About Me? Is the latest offering from 1 Giant Leap. This visionary project took Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgemen to over 50 locations as they explore through music, the complexities of human nature on a global scale, and aims to reveal how we are all connected through our creativity and beliefs, but most of all through our collective insanity. Covering Universal topics such as God, Sex, death and Money, What About Me? Features an incredibly diverse collection of collaborators from Noam Chomsky to Will Young, Maxi Jazz to Tim Robbins, Billy Connolly to Michael Stipe, Eckhart Tolle to Baaba Maal, among many others. Encompassing a TV series, film and album, this is a poignant, emotional and entertaining time capsule of humanity at its most inspirational. Our Journey… We travelled for 7 months through all 5 continents, and recorded in over 50 locations to create the most inspiring film and album we could imagine. Our mission was not only to gather insights on the huge universal themes of life from the most inspiring and illuminating people we could find, but also to seek out the cream of the world’s musicians and compose immense multilayered music with them.

18

c-holiday

c-holiday

19


A GOODACRE Day It’s not going to happen… But I fantasize that I receive a phone call from soccer-ubber-god David Beckham, or to be more realistic in my fantasy, from one of his assistants. It went something like this… “David would like you to photograph his new villa on Samui, and when you’ve finished do you mind taking a few extra shots of Mr. Buckram and his wife Victoria relaxing in the Jazz. You could syndicate the pictures and live happily ever after on the royalties.” As I say, it’s not going to happen, but last month I did get a call from the Mail on Sunday in the UK, asking me to zip up to Bangkok and take some portraits of the Thailand football Manager Mr. Peter Reid. Not only that, but I was to get a photo pass to an International Match at the Rajamangala National Stadium featuring Thailand against Iran. I have to admit that I know very little about soccer after giving it up for skateboarding in the late 70’s, but that didn’t stop me from getting on the first flight out of the fog of paradise on Sammie to find myself on the touch line of an important International soccer game, surrounded by a pack of professional sports photographers with lenses that look like telescopes. Not really having the arsenal (pardon the pun), I decide the best plan was to forget about the game and instead concentrate on the crowd. A strategy that worked for Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby. This proves the best entertainment and I snap off a few great images of a quite bonkers-looking group of enthusiastic fans. I also try to get as close to Mr Reid as possible, and grab a few shots of him shouting from the bench. I was close enough to have heard a few blue words being uttered after a nasty tackle by an Iranian defender. The match ends in a nil-nil draw, which is a good result for Thailand against fan-favourite Iran. The next day I find Mr. Reid relaxing by his hotel pool, sipping a fresh orange juice and enjoying a Van Morrison CD. Exhausted but happy with the result of the match, I drag him in to a nearby noodle shop to get a few shots. Within minutes, he is surrounded by fans asking him to pose for their mobile phone cameras. I wonder how anyone can understand his Scouse brogue, but he has a great enthusiastic talent of making everyone feel relaxed in his company, including myself. I grab a few shots and head back to Samui feeling hopeful for Thailand’s football team, and realising I will have something to talk about with Mr. Beckham. You know, when he does finally get round to calling me. Martyn Goodacre www.martyngoodacre.com

20

c-holiday

c-holiday

21


SAMUI SCENE

Consumer Choice

Summer Escape

Meet the ladies behind AtZeroPercent. com an integral For Sale by Owner, For Rent by Owner property website. A simple, wallet friendly, solution to the headaches and financial pain normally associated with selling or letting a property! Jo Reynolds and Lorraine Clark are creating a storm with their customer friendly, value for money, way to buy, sell, rent or let your home or investment property! Featuring properties from Asia Pacific, marketed to the World.

This summer, eliminate stress and worries, by escaping the hectic of everyday life, in favour of breathtaking views and therapeutic calm. Be pampered by Amari hospitality with Summer Escape 2009. Purchase your Summer Escape vouchers today, and travel to the Amari destination of your choice, throughout Thailand, from 1st February – 30th November 2009. The offer is limited and vouchers are only on sale now until 30th April 2009. Prices start from 2,999Baht (based on 2 persons sharing per room per night), with extra special offers available for selected locations. The voucher is available for Thailand residents only. (expats welcome)

at Amari Hotels and Resorts

Vote with your Wallet!

Thai Airasia

Celebrates Inaugural Flight from Bangkok to Bali Thai AirAsia, an associate of AirAsia Group, the leading and largest low cost carrier in Asia, recently officially launched its direct daily flights to Bali, the “Island of a thousand temples” from Bangkok. The route, which was open for booking on December 17, 2008 marks another milestone for the airline and further strengthens AirAsia’s aggressive expansion, plans in becoming an ASEAN airline. The historic ceremony was graced by the CEO of Thai AirAsia, Mr Tassapon Bijleveld, and CEO of Indonesia AirAsia, Captain Dharmadi, Ms Porn Makornpan, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia & Philippines Office, Ms Titin Suriah, Special Advisor, Economic, Science & Technology, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Indonesia and distinguished guests from the various state government 0ffices, media, hoteliers and travel agents. Contact the Thai AirAsia Communications Team: Dutduan Jarukakul: Office No : +66 2315 9810 E-mail: dutduanj@airasia.com Wipoosana Tedwisan: Office No: +66 2315 9817 Email : wipoosanat@airasia.com

Reservations Department: 0 2255 3960 or send an email enquiry and visit www.amari.com

They have cut out the middleman. You list your property into our website, they do the marketing and customer enquiries are sent directly to you. A very modest one off listing fee when you list to sell your property, land, or business online At Zero Percent.com The property stays live until sold, or removed by you! No repeat fees. Rentals get maximum exposure for a modest annual fee. The virtual one stop property shop… www.AtZeroPercent.com info@atzeropercent.com

Sunday Brunch Koh Samui

Since the inaugural Sunday Sessions in January, the weekly brunch and after brunch party at Beach Republic has quickly become the talk of the island. Sunday Sessions guests enjoy free-flowing Tapas, gourmet wood fired pizza, international cheese board, salads and a selection of beers and wines. The after brunch party is a mellow affair with easy ambient grooves by live DJ’s and the daily Sundown Salute Happy Hour. For further info on events and facilities contact: Nathan Vogts Marketing Manager Royal Nirvana Resorts Tel. +66 8 9973 6733 Fax. +66 7796 0767 Email. nathan@royalnirvana.com URL. www.royalnirvana.com

Banrak Beach Clean Up

Bandara Resort and Spa is proud to present renowned jazz vocalist Cherryl Hayes in concert on Saturday 28 March 2009. Join them in their lush garden for an enchanting evening under the stars. While Cherryl’s voice enraptures your sense of wonder, allow Bandara to enthrall your taste buds with delectable cuisine. For only 1,495 Baht net per person you can be a part of this special occasion. The price includes a delicious 3 course dinner, 3 sets of jazz with Cherryl Hayes and a welcome cocktail on arrival. Reservations are essential as there is only one performance and seats are limited. Contact Khun Niracha at 0 7724 5795 or samuisales@bandarasamui.com in order to reserve your seat at this very exciting event.

A Warm Welcome Centara

Jacques Mury (right), General Manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort. Samui recently welcomed H.E. Rodolphe Imhoof (left), Ambassador of the Swiss Embassy to Thailand, and Mrs. Martine Imhoof (centre), during their visit and stay at the hotel. Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui Tel. 0 7723 0500 Fax. 0 7742 2385 E-mail: salcsbr@chr.co.th Website: www.centarahotelsresorts.com

C-holiday Party

Get Together at Hotel Ibiza

Cher yl Hayes

Bandara Resort and Spa is proud to present renowned jazz vocalist Cherryl Hayes in concert on Saturday 28 March 2009. Join them in their lush garden for an enchanting evening under the stars. While Cherryl’s voice enraptures your sense of wonder, allow Bandara to enthrall your taste buds with delectable cuisine. For only 1,495 Baht net per person you can be a part of this special occasion. The price includes a delicious 3 course dinner, 3 sets of jazz with Cherryl Hayes and a welcome cocktail on arrival. Reservations are essential as there is only one performance and seats are limited. Kindly contact Khun Niracha on 0 7724 5795 or samuisales@ bandarasamui.com in order to reserve your seat at this very exciting event.

Frederique Deleage, Boris Burgess, Khun Pom (TAT) and Liz Luxen

The Designer Fashion Models of 69 Slam

SAMUI SCENE

Jazz Under the Stars

The Management and Staff of C-holiday Magazine were proud to host an informal get together at the Hotel Ibiza on February 8th, where 69 Slam presented a remarkable fashion show supported by a Multi-Media presentation of Chronos Dynamics. www.hotelibiza-samui.com www.chronosdynamics.com www.69slam.com


PHUKET SCENE

4TH

PHUKET JAPANESE FESTIVAL Their aim is to provide the opportunity to the local people working in tourism and for local students interested in Japan and Japanese people, to gain an in depth look at a plethora of Japanese culture and foods. They also hope that this festival will enable Japanese children living in Phuket to improve their knowledge of their homeland. This festival is supported by; the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Phuket Office), Japan Embassy in Bangkok, The Japan Foundation, Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, and the Japanese Association in Thailand, as well as Fujifilm and Japan Airlines acting as special sponsors. The highlights of the festival are “Free photo with Kimono by Fujifilm” and a “JAL Air Ticket to Japan” for the lucky draw. Also, In order to promote further exchanges between Japan and the Mekong Region Countries (Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Union of Myanmar, Kingdom of Thailand, and Socialist Republic of Viet Nam), it was decided at the Japan-Mekong Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in January 2008 to celebrate the year 2009 as the “Mekong-Japan Exchange Year.” The Thailand Government in co-sponsorship with The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, will also screen 2 movies as a film festival for the occasion.

The Phuket Japanese Association will organize The 4Th Phuket Japanese Festival on the 7th of March 2009, at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town.

More information Contact: TAT Phuket Office Tel. 0 7621 2213, 21 1036 or Phuket Japanese Association Tel. 0 7623 4446

March at Kamalaya ... “feel life´s potential” Available until March 6: Karina's focus is always to open the heart: "When the heart opens, healing becomes possible", "Touch of Love" is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Session of 90 minutes: THB 6,900++ March 7: 6-7 pm with Winnie Rode. THB 300/guest

Soi Dog Foundation

March 14: 8.15 pm An explosion of music and thoughts. 1 Giant Leap have travelled the world finding the beauty and inspiration amongst the madness. Join us for Thailand’s first screening of this extraordinary film.

The Soi Dog Foundation is proud to present “Salsa”, a private beach party starting at 6pm and finishing at 11pm. on the 27th of March. Dress code is party/salsa attire, and your ticket price of 2,500 baht will include a fantastic buffet dinner plus free flowing margaritas, beer, wine and soft drinks.

(Pre-booking required). THB 400/guest including light snacks (all profits to The Lotus Flower Foundation) March 23 – July 23 An exhibition of impressionistic photography by Sandy Shum.

Wave Entertainment Phuket will provide music with the Sayonara Bella band and DJme. Salsa dancers will also be performing and Gary Holden will MC the event.

March 23, 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Opening night All welcome to view these very special pieces and for informal discussions with the Artist. Canapés and light beverages will be served.

To help raise more funds at the event there will also be a silent auction and raffle with some great prizes up for grabs! See you there! Date Hours Location Contact Phone Email Website

Mar 27, 2009 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm The Chedi, Surin Beach, Phuket Cristy 085-473 4636 cristy@soidog-foundation.org www.soidog-foundation.org

Singha Thailand

March 29: 6-7 pm with Winnie Rode. THB 300/guest

Open 2009 Pro-Am

1.Have you ever wondered what it was like golfing with a professional? 2. Would you be interested in golfing under championship course conditions? 3. Are you thinking about coming to Thailand in early March? If so, why not consider Phuket? 4. Do you want to be eligible for a FREE Thailand golf souvenir? Sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, you can win a chance to play in the Pro-Am on March 1, the day before the Singha Thailand Open 2009! The event will make an emphatic return to the Asian Tour schedule from March 5 to 8 at the Laguna Phuket Golf Club and boast prize money of US$500,000.

info@kamalaya.com I www.kamalaya.com

It will be a full-field event on the Asian Tour and in another boost for the event US PGA Tour star Daniel Chopra will compete. The Swede is a two-time winner in America. The final 2 rounds of the Thailand Open will be broadcast live on Star Sports. The event will showcase world class golf facilities, gracious Thai hospitality, and the great value for money that Thailand represents. Date Hours Location Contact Phone Email Website

24

c-holiday

Mar 5 - 8, 2009 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Laguna Phuket Golf Club Manachai 02-513 4996 manachai@tropicofcancer.info www.singhathailandopen.com

c-holiday

25


TROPICAL LIVING - PHUKET

Inspired by the East with the Western home in mind

“I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.” Oscar Wilde There are many furniture outlets in Thailand; as a matter of fact this is a complete understatement! There are literally thousands of furniture stores and shops scattered across the Kingdom with their goods filling their front windows, featuring designs from the extravagant to the minimalistIC. There are few however, who focus on where their furniture and accessories come from, how they are made, and even fewer who dominate the market through their creations that inspire and boast an unprecedented originality. One of the finest comprehensive suppliers of quality furniture and home décor products is the Beautiful World chain of furniture stores, with showrooms in Samui, Hua Hin and Koh Phangan and now opening their latest showroom in Kamala, Phuket. Make your world a Beautiful World…………… It’s very unlikely that as you walk out of one of the Beautiful World locations that you will leave empty handed. Beautiful World offers a fully comprehensive over-sea’s shipping service that can either ship small or container loads anywhere in the world, using their extensive network of Asian manufacturers. “A fair amount of our products are original designs, and as we work on low margins our price just cannot be beat” explains Karl Graham, Beautiful World’s Managing Director (Phuket) Co. Ltd. “However, with our extensive client base coming from the UK, USA, Europe, Hong Kong and the Middle East, these individuals bring different ideas and styles that they would like us to emulate. There is a lot of fusion between our designers and the individual customers’ requests.” The use of natural materials lends to a blending of tropical combinations with the selective tastes of the Modern homeowner. In the presence of a demand for high-end furniture at a competitive price, Beautiful World is a welcome alternative to obtaining attractive and unique furniture that cannot be compared nor found elsewhere in Thailand. Using art as a basis for the creativity this company exudes; they skilfully integrate the ‘contemporary’ with the ‘natural’ to create a strong harmony with the environment, willingly providing the perfect compliment for tropical homes or the modern condo.

BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Beautiful World proudly specialises in products made from environmentally sound materials such as the aquatic weed - Water Hyacinth; Para Wood - the timber of Thailand’s rubber tree; and bamboo. They also use teak, but stress that they source it from plantations operated by the Thai Forestry Commission or Reclaimed teak from Burma, and advise against buying teak products from anyone who cannot verify the wood’s origin. “Hardwoods are preferred in areas of the South, they are more resilient to the temperature changes as well as the moisture,” says Karl. “One of our company’s most popular materials is water hyacinth. It is a very eco-friendly material and can be used in conjunction with a variety of other materials such as teak, stone, leather and bamboo. Another popular product is the Synthetic Rattan furniture woven from High-grade polyurethane HULARO plastic, imported from Germany and manufactured in Thailand. This product is extremely durable against harmful UV rays. Beautiful World sends out a kind warning to furniture buyers, indicating that there are some unscrupulous suppliers who purchase this plastic from China. This inferior product will last only a few months before the cheap plastic used will start snapping, as it is designed for northern hemisphere countries with less UV. They also import from Java, Vietnam and Cebu in the Philippines. The furniture created by Beautiful World ranges in a variety of Asian styles, from Chinese colonial to chic Japanese, giving life to the products used from Asia herself. ‘Many of these, especially the water hyacinth products, are of inspired designs that seamlessly meld Oriental underpinnings with contemporary functionality and style.’ They also offer a range of externally sourced accessories such as woodcarvings and cushions. Customizing services to property developments across Thailand, Beautiful World offers free interior design services to anyone purchasing a full turnkey package for a minimum of one unit. This includes consultation for every detail, from the colour of the fabric, wood finishes and furniture, to completion. Special discounts are available for drop shipment consignments. The Beautiful Phuket Promotion: Mention this article at the new Phuket location, and receive an additional 10% off of your purchase. Beautiful World (Phuket) Co Ltd. 29/17 Moo 6, Tambon Kamala Amphur Kathu, Phuket For more information call: 08 1956 0337 www.beautifulworldthailand.com

ดลใจให้สรรสร้างโลกสวยงามแบบดั้งเดิม มีร้านค้าเฟอร์นิเจอร์หลายแห่งในประเทศไทย แต่ยังถือว่าน้อยกว่าความ เป็นจริง เพราะจริงๆแล้วยังมีร้านเฟอร์นิเจอร์หลายพันแห่งทั่วประเทศมีสินค้า วางโชว์เต็มตู้ กระจกหน้าร้านทั้งที่ออกแบบหรูหราจนถึงแบบเรียบง่าย แต่ มีไม่กี่ร้านที่สนใจที่มาของเฟอร์นิเจอร์และเครื่องประดับวิธีการทำและผลงาน สร้างสรรค์ที่ ดล บันดาลให้เกิดความคิดริเริ่มที่ไม่เคยมีมาก่อน หนึ่งในผู้จัดหาเฟอร์นิเจอร์และผลิตภัณฑ์ตกแต่งบ้านมีคุณภาพครบวงจรที่ สุด คือ บิวตี้ฟูล เวิลด์ เฟอร์นิเจอร์ แอนด์ อินทีเรีย ซึ่งกำลังจัดแสดงสินค้า จากโรงงานที่ภูเก็ต เกาะสมุย เกาะพงัน หัวหิน พัทยา กรุงเทพ และเชียงใหม่ “แรงบันดาลใจจากโลกตะวันออกกับบ้านสไตล์ตะวันตก” การใช้วัสดุธรรมชาติก่อเกิดการผสมผสานของเขตร้อนกับรสนิยมที่คัด สรรของเจ้าของบ้านสไตล์โมเดิร์น เนื่องจากความต้องการของเฟอร์นิเจอร์ แบบไฮเอ็นด์ในราคาสมเหตุสมผล บิวตี้ฟูล เวิลด์ เป็นทางเลือกที่น่า พอใจในการหาเฟอร์ นิ เ จอร์ ที่ มี เ สน่ ห์ แ ละเอกลั ก ษณ์ ที่ ไ ม่ ส ามารถเปรี ย บ หรือพบที่ไหนได้ในประเทศไทย บริษัทแสดงการใช้ศิลปะเป็นฐานในการสร้าง สรรค์หลอมรวม “ความร่วมสมัย” เข้ากับ “ธรรมชาติ” อย่างมีชั้นเชิงเพื่อความ กลมกลืนกับสภาพแวดล้อม และ จัดหาสิ่งดีเลิศสำหรับบ้านเขตร้อน ประมาณ 70 เปอร์เซ็นต์ของเฟอร์นิเจอร์ที่ผลิตในประเทศ ซึ่งช่วยทำให้ เกิดการจ้างงานกลุ่มที่เกี่ยวข้องต่างๆ บริษัทเชี่ยวชาญในผลิตภัณฑ์จากวัสดุที่ เป็นมิตรต่อสิ่งแวดล้อม เช่น วัชพืชน้ำ ผักตบชวา ไม้ยางพาราไม้ยางของไทย และไม้ไผ่ บริษัทยังใช้ไม้สัก ซึ่งพวกเขาได้จากสวนของคณะกรรมการป่าไม้ไทย และไม่ แนะนำให้ซื้อผลิตภัณฑ์ไม้สักจากบริษัทที่รับรองแหล่งที่มาของไม้ไม่ได้ นอกจากจะให้บริการกับโครงการพัฒนาอสังหาริมทรัพย์ทั่วประเทศ บริษัท ยั ง ออกแบบภายในฟรี แ ก่ ผู้ ท���่ ซื้ อ แพ็ ก เก็ จ เหมาเบ็ ด เสร็ จ อย่ า งน้ อ ยหนึ่ ง ยู นิ ต รวมถึงการให้คำปรึกษาสำหรับข้อมูลทุกประเภท ตั้งแต่สีผ้า ไม้ เฟอร์นิเจอร์ และการตกแต่งจนเสร็จ บริษัทยังมีเครื่องมือครบครันสำหรับทำงานให้กับโครง การพัฒนาอสังหาริมทรัพย์ขนาดใหญ่ สำหรับโปรโมชั่น บิวตี้ฟูล ภูเก็ต เพียงคุณอ้างบทความนี้ที่ร้านใหม่ในภูเก็ต คุณจะได้ส่วนลด 10 เปอร์เซ็นต์ในการซื้อผลิตภัณฑ์

26

c-holiday

c-holiday

27


TROPICAL LIVING - SAMUI

Bursting Bubbles of Fortunes I arrived on the shores of Koh Samui nearly eight years ago after some 30 years of working in International real estate in the UK, Germany, The United Arab Emirates and the USA. Having started my career in the UK as a young estate agent selling houses in Leicestershire, it seemed life had taken a full circle by way of International corporate investment to selling houses on a tropical island in South East Asia. Certainly having an office that can boast banana and mango trees in the garden, and the occasional exotic snake winding its way back into the hills, is quite a change. My first visit to Samui was on behalf of a Bangkok client who was interested in buying some land here for a golf course, and had asked me to check it out for him. At the time it was clear that the land in question – some 600 rai – had many problems and hundreds of different ownerships and titles. This was not an acquisition to be taken lightly, and best not by a foreigner. This was going to take a well-connected Thai to resolve all the issues. As it happens we were right to leave it alone, as the land in question was what is known as The Peak, and it has taken all these years to get the titles and various issues sorted out. I still have the Feasibility Study for the golf course on that land in my office. The course stretched from the Bang Rak Road, around both sides of the hill and down as far as the Golf Driving Range and Bandon Hospital. There were water catchment reservoirs, clubhouse, hotel and houses. Over the years, of course, the available land became smaller due to sales and clarification of land titles, and this land is now the site of a large new development – without a golf course. During our visit to look at this land we recognised the potential of the island. There were only four developers and four agents on Samui, and we decided that life here would be far preferable to life in Bangkok. We secured our office on the ring road in Chaweng and opened for business. Back in the early years of this decade, life was very different here. Land was still cheap and there was not a great deal of choice of new properties. I recall selling one rai of land on the beach in Taling Ngam for Baht 2 million. People would laugh at that price today, where such land would now command upwards of Baht 15 million. The same goes for hillside land that could be acquired for less than one million Baht per rai, and beautiful sea view land I sold for Baht 2 million would now sell for upwards of Baht 12 million per rai. Facilities were limited and there were no traffic lights. There were no large supermarkets, no cinema, no golf course, Mazda was the only main dealer and service centre, few 7-11’s, only two private hospitals, a couple of dentists, no main water supply, etc. Inspecting hillside land required a good 4-wheel drive vehicle and there was an abundance of beach land. Many of the back packers of the 80’s and 90’s, now successful in their careers, and with money in their pockets, returned to revisit their youth and discovered that they could afford to buy property at reasonable prices, especially by International standards. The runaway economies and wealth of the late 90’s and early years of this decade, particularly of those now working as expatriates in Asia, produced substantial amounts of free capital, which many did not wish to repatriate to their home countries, and a holiday home in Samui was an ideal investment. This demand fuelled a proliferation of development in all price ranges.

Demand outpaced supply in all sectors and naturally prices increased rapidly. More and more developers arrived, new modern hospitals were built, Tesco with its cinema and Big C arrived, as did a massive expansion of 7-11’s. The Golf course was completed and redevelopment and refurbishment of older hotels and resorts continued. Then three years ago, the bubble burst due to a combination of bad publicity over dubious land titles and motor cycle gangs – only part of which, when the facts came out was true – but the real killer was the Coup, peaceful as it was, and the subsequent proposed changes to the Foreign Business Act, initiated by the ousted Prime Minister Shinawat Thaksin’s sale of his media company to the Singaporeans using nominees and the tax free windfall he received. That rumbles on to this day. The past three years have therefore been pretty dire for real estate, not just in Samui but in all parts of Thailand that attract foreigners. That is not to say that the market has been dead. There are always people out there with money, but at times like these, they know that cash is king and it can drive hard bargains. With supply now far exceeding demand, they can pick and choose. The present world economic crisis has inevitably had its effect, and simply the fall in the value of the Pound against the Baht has made purchases for UK buyers 20% more expensive over a three-month period. Australia has done even worse in this respect with a 30% fall in value. The US Dollar has perhaps surprisingly remained strong against the Baht and the Euro fairly stable, but both these currencies are based in areas where credit is still a major problem and spare cash for the acquisition of vacation homes is not available. Having painted a somewhat bleak picture, it is not all bad. For whatever reason we are seeing a correction in values, and after 30 years in International real estate I have seen this many times before, both in Europe and America. The market will come back and values will rise again. Predicting how long this will take is the question I suspect no one can answer. I am pretty sure it will not happen within the next 12 months and possibly not for a couple of years, but it will happen. The fact that values have fallen – or appear to have fallen – does not mean you have lost money. You only lose if you sell. The other positive to come out of this is that there is a great deal more professionalism about how acquisitions by foreigners are carried out. Properly constructed 30-year leases with options and correctly formed Thai companies are now the norm, and confidence in legal ownership is being restored. Koh Samui has gone through some tough times recently and has a few more to wade through, but there is an underlying confidence in the island despite the gloom mongers. Koh Samui cannot fight the world economic situation, or the politics of Bangkok, but it is gradually shrugging on a mantle of respectability that will bode well for the future. Harry Bonning can be contacted at: Ko Samui Properties www.kosamuiproperties.com hbonning@kosamuiproperties.com Tel: 0 7723 0606 Mobile:08 1741 6443

Of course not everyone wanted to invest in real estate and many were wary of the Thai land ownership restrictions, and were not content with 30-year leases. Nevertheless the demand from high net worth individuals for vacations in Samui increased, and accordingly so did the demand for high quality, International standard five star hotels.

28

c-holiday

c-holiday

29


DINING OUT - SAMUI And there’s MORE! The owners of the Good Karma are a fun team, and they have devised an itinerary to fill the week with exciting entertainment, from the casual to the.. unusual. Mondays fill the Chaweng skies with environmental music from Brazil Salsa; while Tuesdays complete the music portfolio featuring music from the 70’s and 80’s. And then, just to fill up your holiday with a whole lot of wild exhilaration, on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month Speed Dating takes place from 18:30 to 21:00, completing the list of greatness with unusual merit. Open every day from 8am until late, Good Karma can keep you on your toes with the intensity of Speed dating, or off your feet in their Jacuzzi or massage parlours, all the while lounging like a Persian King or Queen in their distinct settings.

GOOD KARMA G

SAMUI

ood Karma Provokes Greatness

Laurent, Virginie and Vincent had a great idea. As a matter of fact the idea was so great that they decided to put it into action. But there was something particularly unusual about their plan, and for a moment let’s look at the word ‘great’. Great – adjective 1. Unusually large in size or dimensions: 2. Considerable in degree, power, intensity: 3. Wonderful; first-rate; very good: 4. Being such in an extreme or notable degree: 5. Remarkable; exceptionally outstanding: 6. Distinguished; of noble or lofty character: 7. Having unusual merit: Or as the French would put it…Grand And grand it would be! They would combine all the elements of a holiday vacation into one location, a wonderful and first-rate venue, and create it within the ambiance of a garden restaurant theme. But there would be much, much more. These partners met in a discothèque in France some 20 years ago and instantly became friends, parting as all friends do, with the hopes of seeing one another again. As fate would have it, they ran into each other decades later on the streets of Samui, and began to focus jointly on the possibilities of creating a perfect business ensemble on the Chaweng strip. They would incorporate distinguished ideas and inspirations that were unlike any other combination that had been put together on Samui. They would call it… ‘Good Karma’. The space that they would assume was unusually large in dimensions, previously a combination of businesses, one of which was a salon for massage, and still had the facilities in order. Despite the fact that the direction was in developing a restaurant, the doors flew wide open with the range of entertainment and leisure that they could now encompass. On the 17th of January 2009 their doors were unhinged to display an establishment well planned out, and the amenities developed to an extreme and notable degree. Highlighting a French influenced menu from Leone with a touch of Thai, a few tastes of the exceptionally outstanding items featured are; Kobe Beef Carpaccio served on a bed of Tomatoes & Onions, drizzled with Olive Oil & Parmesan Cheese

30

c-holiday

Honey & Cinnamon Duck Breast with Apple & Raspberry Vinegar Glaze And… Homemade desserts such as; Crème Remversee au Caramel and Chocolate cream with Sweet Spice Blend With the menu established as magnificent, remarkable and great, the ambiance would solidify the integrity of their plan.The space that hosts the Good Karma facilities is no less than spacious, stunning and diverse. There is a front-end dining room that faces onto the street of Chaweng, allowing for some people watching and catching the sounds and scenes of passers-by. The internal facility takes a completely different turn. As you pass into the lounge area you experience a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman, and Indian architectural styles, simulating one of the noble and lofty charismatic great rooms of the Taj Mahal itself. Located in the centre of this secret garden area is a tiled Jacuzzi pool, bubbling languidly, inviting guests to kick off their shoes and rest for a while. Upstairs lie private facilities, enticing guests to entertain their own functions with the Good Karma staff providing the elegance of an a la Carte menu for special occasions. Two massage Parlours are also operational on this floor, for guests wishing to completely beat the heat with an afternoon, morning or evening massage before dining. The potential of the Good Karma is endless. Breakfast & Jacuzzi is served starting at 8:30am, Jacuzzi parties fill the evenings, and the multiplicity of the space gives way to endless possibilities of occasions.

กู๊ด การ์มา ก่อกำเนิดความยิ่งใหญ่ ลอเรนท์ เวอร์จินี และวินเซนต์เกิดความคิดอันยอดเยี่ยม อันที่จริง ถือเป็นความ คิดที่เยี่ยมยอดมากที่พวกเขาตัดสินใจลงมือทำ พวกเขาเรียกมันว่า ‘กู๊ด การ์มา’ บรรยากาศกอปรกับเมนูอาหารที่สรรสร้างอย่างดีเลิศ โดดเด่นและยอดเยี่ยม ช่วยเสริมสร้างให้แผนการของพวกเขาเกิดความเป็นเอกภาพ กู๊ด การ์มา มีพื้นที่ให้บริการอำนวยความสะดวกอันกว้างขวาง น่าตื่นตา ตื่นใจและหลากหลาย ห้องอาหารบริเวณด้านหน้าที่หันหน้าสู่ ถนนหาดเฉวง ทำให้ ผู้ รั บ ประทานอาหารได้ เ ห็ น ภาพและสั ม ผั ส เสี ย งของผู้ ที่ สั ญ จรผ่ า น ไปมา สิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกภายใน แตกต่างกันอย่างสิ้นเชิง ในขณะที่คุณ เดินผ่านบริเวณรับรอง คุณจะสัมผัสได้ถึงรูปแบบสถาปัตยกรรมที่ เป็นการผสม ผสานกันระหว่าง สไตล์เปอร์เซีย ตรุกี และอินเดีย โดยจำลองห้องอันโอ่อ่ายิ่งใหญ่ และมีเสน่ห์ดึงดูดของพระราชวังทัชมาฮาลมาไว้ที่นี่ ฟองผุดพรายจากสระน้ำจา กุซซี่ซึ่งตั้งอยู่ใจกลางสวนอันเงียบสงบแห่งนี้เชื้อชวนให้ผู้มาเยือนถอดรองเท้าและ ลงไปพักผ่อนในสระ ชั้นบนเป็นพื้นที่ให้บริการอำนวยความสะดวกแบบส่วนตัวที่ เชิญชวนให้ผู้มาเยือนได้เพลิดเพลินกับกิจกรรมของพวกเขา โดยที่พนักงานร้าน จะจัดหาเมนูอาหารอาลาคาร์ทสำหรับโอกาสพิเศษไว้คอยบริการ ในชั้นนี้ยังมีห้อง นวดสองห้องไว้บริการแขกที่ ต้องการคลายร้อนกับการนวดช่วงกลางวัน ช่วงเช้า และช่วงเย็นก่อนรับประทานอาหาร ศักยภาพของกู๊ด การ์มาไม่มีที่สิ้นสุด อาหารเช้าและสระจากุซซี่เปิดให้บริการ ตั���งแต่ 08.30 น. ปารตี้ที่สระจากุซซี่จะเติมเต็มค่ำคืน และความหลากหลายของ พื้นที่ทำให้จัดงานต่างๆ ได้อย่างไร้ขีดจำกัด ในวันจันทร์ ทางร้านเติมเต็มหาดเฉวงด้วยบรรยากาศของดนตรีเต้นรำแบบ บราซิล ซัลซ่า ในขณะที่วันอังคารจะเป็นดนตรียุค 70’s และ 80’s จากนั้น เติมเต็ม วันหยุดของคุณด้วยความสนุกสนานมากมาย ในวันศุกร์ที่ 1 และ 3 ของทุกเดือน กิจกรรมหาคู่แบบด่วนเริ่มตั้งแต่ 18.30 ถึง 21.00 น. ตบท้ายรายการแห่งความยิ่ง ใหญ่ด้วยประสบการณ์ดีๆ ที่ไม่ธรรมดา Good Karma Chaweng For Reservations & Info: 08 3394 9907 infos@goodkarmasamui.com www.goodkarmasamui.com IM. goodkarmasamui Drop in with your laptop and enjoy free Wifi access Located across from the Centara Grand Beach Resort

c-holiday

31


SAMUI TAMARIND RESTAURANT

We named this restaurant to highlight the resort’s landmark, a Tamarind Tree over 150 yrs. old, which stands elegantly in the middle of Impiana Samui Resort & Spa. Tamarind is an eclectic restaurant, featuring exotic Pacific Rim cuisines brimming with mouthwatering authentic Thai flavors. For a romantic evening, the Tamarind is the perfect place for a superb alfresco dinner. Located at Chaweng Noi Beach- Phone: 0 7742 2011

THE PAGE RESTAURANT

Open your book, and turn to The Page. With an open-air deck and terrace that runs alongside this beachfront location, the design is expressively elegant and refreshingly modern. Enjoy a fine selection of wines to complement the Thai and Western contemporary cuisine, while you discover a new lifestyle of the dining experience at The Page. Unlike any other on Samui, The Library resort and it’s novel masterpiece restaurant The Page will leave you looking for the sequel. Chaweng Beach Road. Please call 0 7742 2767-8 or visit www.thelibrary.name

ZICO’S BRAZILIAN GRILL & BAR

Samui’s first and only “Churrascaria” Brazilian BBQ. Plentiful and delicious satisfying. The cuisine of Brazil with all of its sun-washed and pulsing flavors and Brazilian house music entertainment nightly. You’ll be able to see 15 different varieties of meat revolving on spits in the “show” kitchen with the incredible 50-item salad bar. Opposite Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui. For reservations, please call 0 7723 1560

Recipe

RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS

VIA VAI ITALIAN RESTAURANT

The Cappuccio brothers hale from Naples the home of pizza, which may help explain why theirs rates among the best on Samui. Baked very, very, briefly in the wood-fired oven, their pizzas are guaranteed to be uniformly thin, crisp and delicious. Center Chaweng Beach Road (near Swensens) Tel. 0 7741 3431

OLIVIO RESTAURANT

Duck Breast with Cherry Chutney

Probably the most romantic setting in Chaweng. Metres from the water’s edge with stunning views over the bay and mountains beyond. Featured are modern and classical Italian cuisine, complimented by an extensive wine list at reasonable prices. Baan Haad Ngam Boutique Resort. Free round Trip transfer on request. North Chaweng Beach, Table Reservations 0 7723 1500

Method for Chutney and Glaze: Heat oil in a 2 to 3 quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook onion, garlic, and shallot, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Add tomato paste, black pepper, cumin, hot pepper flakes, and 1/4-teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium and add bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in wine, vinegar (to taste), and sugar and simmer approx 5 minutes. Stir in mustard, 1 1/2 cups cherries, and remaining 1/2-teaspoon salt and simmer 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly, and reserve all but ¼ cup of the mix to the side. Place1/4 cup mix in a blender and puree until very smooth, about 1 minute (use caution when blending hot liquids). Reserve for glazing duck. To finish the chutney, add the remaining 1 ½ cups of cherries, tarragon, chives and all the golden raisins. Can be prepared one day ahead.

ZAZEN RESTAURANT

If you are looking for something different, Zazen restaurant is the place to discover. Their Belgian Master Chef emphasizes the use of healthy organic ingredients, naming his style as “Organic & Orgasmic Cuisine”. The wine cellar boasts a selection of more than 80 different varieties of wine. Zazen is truly one of the most romantic & serene beachside dining restaurants on the island. It is magnificently lit with over a hundred candles every night. A real dining experience & great memories guaranteed! Bophut on the Beach, for reservation please call 0 7742 5085

PADMA RESTAURANT

Our ambition is to provide a collage of gastronomic experiences under one roof. Fresh market cuisine, comforting and fun, with activities throughout the day. The service is friendly, polished and none intrusive, executed by a professional team with a genuine background. Padma is beautifully located with sweeping views over the Gulf of Thailand. Padma is located between Chaweng & Choeng Mon, please dial 0 7723 4500 to book your Padma experience.

BBC RESTAURANT

BBC Restaurant (Big Buddha Café) has one of the most extensive Thai and European (Kiwi) menus on Koh Samui, and one of the most interesting locations. Located in the shadow of a large Tamarind Tree and right beside Samui’s famous Big Buddha, BBC boasts a myriad of views, including fishing boats, the Koh Phangan ferry, beautiful sunsets, and the speed boats racing across to the monthly full moon party. Located in Bangrak call 0 7742 5089

CAPTAIN KIRK RESTAURANT

If you desire something unique, try this roof garden restaurant. A surprising oasis in the heart of Chaweng beach, specializing in Thai and International cuisine. Most recommended is the mixed seafood plate fresh from the grill, and the Australian beef tender loin. Complement your dinner with a fine selection of wines at very reasonable prices. Let us beam you into a culinary galaxy. Chaweng Beach Road, next Via Vai - Telephone: 08 1270 5376

RISTORANTE ”EXCLUSIVE” ITALIANO VILLA BIANCA

Tastefully re-designed, and located at the beach, Villa Bianca features lobster specialties, and other superb cuisine prepared by it’s own Italian chef. Excellent wines & French champagne compliment all dishes. A unique experience that leaves diners wishing to return for more. Bophut Beach, Telephone 0 7724 5041 & 08 1535 4578

DAARAADAT RESTAURANT

Dining at the Daaraadat authentic Thai restaurant offers you a gastronomic journey not found anywhere else on Koh Samui. Serving the freshest local ingredients, hand picked and selected daily, you will enjoy Thai cuisine once reserved for royality, all while dining next to the ‘infinity edge’ swimming pool, surrounded by the Bang Rak Bay with its spectacular sunset views of the nearby islands Koh Som & Koh Phangan. At Punnpreeda Hip Resort, Bang Rak Beach. For reservations, please call 0 7724 6222

DR FROGS RESTAURANT

You’ll find Dr Frogs in Chaweng Noi on the way to Lamai, perched above the rocks overlooking Chaweng beach. Stunning views, a lively air-conditioned bar with comfortable sofas and bar stools, two generous wooden decks for dining on, all comfort you while enjoying the vista. Dr Frogs... Cool...Calm...Cozy... the place to go for lunch, dinner or just to shoot the breeze with friends. Telephone numbers 081 895 1186 or 077 413 797.

32

c-holiday

Ingredients:

Prepare the Duck:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup chopped onion (1 small) 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot ½ teaspoon black pepper ½ teaspoon ground cumin Scant ¼ teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes ¾ teaspoon salt ½ cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper (½ medium)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Score duck skin in a crosshatch pattern with a small sharp knife and season duck all over with salt and pepper.

1 plum tomato, coarsely chopped ¼ cup dry red wine 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 can (3 cups) Bing cherries, quartered ½ cup Golden Raisins 10 (6 oz.) boneless duck breasts with skin 2 tablespoons water 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or chives

Transfer duck to a plate and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet. Brush duck all over with cherry glaze and return to skillet, skin side up.

Heat water in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over low heat until hot, then add duck, and skin side down. Cook duck, uncovered, over low heat, without turning, until most of fat is rendered (melted) and skin is golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Roast duck in oven until thermometer registers 135°F, about 8 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Holding a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, cut duck into slices. Serve with cherry chutney and molasses whipped sweet potato.

sponsored by

c-holiday

33


PEOPLE - SAMUI

R

esting beside the still beast on the dusty edge of the road, hers are the only tears shed for this forgotten creature. With a quick injection the pain subsides, and cradled in the arms of a stranger, gasping for its last breaths of life, the eyes of the car-stricken mangy dog gaze up and into those of the gentle soul who holds him. Briefly their teary eyes are locked together in life, and then with a tender unspoken goodbye, the final moment is a thankful one. Vacationers from all around the world come to the healing isle of Samui, to relinquish their busy lives back home, to forget about their work, their problems and the agony of everyday life that follows all of us. They yearn to see the beauty of the sea, the flora and fauna of the jungles, and the whitened smiles of a people who are frozen in a timeless culture. For many who travel it is not an unfamiliar scene to see free dogs and cats wandering the beaches in search of food and companionship, and all of us at some point have witnessed a poor mutt with its skin sagging down and bones protruding under a hairless ravaged body of open sores. This is not the sight that one wishes to capture in the memories of a holiday, but for some, these animals are exactly what they are looking for. There are three women on the island who have chosen not to waste away their time on this earth by lounging on the sands of Samui’s shores, or by enjoying the delights of spas and therapies that are the greatest features on this island. They have elected to devote the days of their week to not only search out the thousands of hungry and sick dogs who inhabit this tropical paradise, but in founding a strategic effort to enhance their lives. They all began as volunteers at the Dog & Cat Rescue Centre Samui, and for years have spent their time caring for the sick and motherless puppies dropped off at the shelter, nursing many back to health as well as breaking their hearts over those who could not recover. These three women have managed to stay in Thailand, spending their own money, sweating in the tropical heat and making their way through the Monsoon rains to be sure that the puppies who were brought in the day before, would be bottle fed with milk 4 times before the day was over. And if this were not possible, they would often bring the animal home to be certain they would be properly cared for. They have made a difference at the shelter, working with the owners who have created this network of aid celebrating its 10th year of solely operating on donations from

supporters worldwide, changing their own lives so dramatically that words cannot give justice to the unseen deeds they perform. For each of them going to the shelter had only been intended as a visit, and now it has claimed not only their hearts but their aspirations, transforming their previous duty on this planet into a lifestyle of hope. Collectively, this trio took note of the need that was apparent within the countless temples on the island, which were used as drop off points for animals nursed back to health, or for those who would for the rest of their lives require special attention. Until this point, food had been provided to the Monks who cared for these animals, but no specific attention to their ailments was available, unless the Monks themselves contacted the shelter for help. The day that the Temple Island Project was born is one that has now been praised worldwide. YouTube, Google, Yahoo and other Internet facilities boast their work with videos and photographs, as well as before and after profiles of those they have rescued, the triplet of healers shyly avoiding the cameras.

to help, and they will do whatever it takes to change the lives of those who would otherwise perish unnoticed. They did not know each other before they arrived in this Kingdom, and representing three continents they have united in a passionate cause. There are few on this globe who would dedicate their lives with no return, there are even less who would rather feed a starving dog or cat than feed themselves. In order to choose this type of lifestyle takes a great personality, a fantastic love of all life, and a heart that holds such an unbreakable compassion for man (and woman’s) best friend that these three can only be proclaimed as a gift from the gods. For J, Linda and Kelli, volunteers at the Dog & Cat Rescue Centre Samui, life will never be the same. And for the animals that find refuge under abandoned buildings, for those who lie wounded in the dirt at the side of the roadways, for the dogs and cats that have been forgotten by mankind and hunger for love and affection, they have found that their lives have been blessed by the friendship these three offer without hesitation. The Dog & Cat Rescue Centre Samui www.samuidog.org Come and meet these wonderful Volunteers as they Celebrate 10 Years on April 1st 2009 at the Taling Ngam Rescue Centre. Feel free to hug the girls and pet the dogs!

Working together they devised a plan to visit these temples on their own accord, making contact with the Monks and assisting the animals that were in need. The task was a thankless one, and the initial welcome from the Monks difficult due to the language and gender barriers that faced them. They persisted nonetheless, and today they are often wakened from their beds by a cell phone call from the wardens at the temples, requesting their presence. The unconditional love that this small group of healing heroines demonstrate for these animals has touched the Monks so dearly that they have befriended them, and have taken the girls under their own wings, often feeding them and praying for them daily. They are never at rest. They are now linked to the greatest deities on the island, and the action of volunteering has altered into a way of life. You can see them on the roadsides as they travel from temple to temple, surrounded by dogs that pack to them as if asking for help themselves. You will notice their personal vehicles, plastered with the Dog & Cat Rescue logos on the hoods and panels. You will know who they are from the shirts they wear, proudly displaying the Rescue insignia. And you will know that they love what they do if you look closely through the tears they shed on a sad day, and find a smile as you simply pet a free dog. They are silent in the limelight they stand within, and do not wish to be applauded as heroes or glorified as saviours. They only want

THE HEROINES OF HEALING The Volunteers of the Samui Island Temple Project

34

c-holiday

c-holiday

35


PEOPLE - PHUKET

A

government-approved, welfare boarding school for Orphans and children of the poorest of the poor, in the South of Thailand.

Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg is the Founder and Chairman of one of the most instrumental life-giving foundations that has yet to grace Thailand. We met up with this active and progressive player, focused on the rehabilitation of those who have suffered from the disastrous Tsunami that struck Thailand’s Western Coast, as well as attacking the ubiquitous poverty that inhabits many of the children’s lives left in the aftermath. Their purpose and aim can best be described in this excerpt from their dossier. “There are many countries in the world where people are so unbelievably poor that they cannot provide their children with adequate food or water – let alone a sufficient education. Natural disasters, which often happen in these areas, aggravate this situation. In order to be of long-term and sustainable help it is necessary not only to convey values and education but as well practical skills to those children in great need, so they will have a chance to live a better life. It must be accomplished that they will be able to permanently break out of the cycle of poverty.

Breaking the Bonds of Poverty One Child at a Time Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg & Yaowawit School – Kapong A ‘Children’s World Academy Foundation’ Project

36

c-holiday

With our first project, the Children’s World Academy Foundation, we want to help the poor in the south of Thailand. Even before the Tsunami in 2004, many families in this area lived in very poor conditions. To help these people we bought a 22-hectare large plantation to build a School Community in February 2005. The project is called Yaowawit School. When it is finished it will be a school for 180 boarders and about 50 external students. The property is located approximately 1 1/2 hours north of the city of Phuket and about 30 minutes east of the tourist spot Khao Lac. In February 2006 we registered the Children’s World Academy Foundation as a Government approved Thai foundation. This foundation is the responsible body for the Yaowawit School. The first section of the boarding school was opened on April 24th, 2006 in a festive ceremony in the presence of HRH Princess Maha Sakri Sirindhorn. More than 1000 guests came to celebrate with the staff and the children. Regular school operation started as a Public Welfare School on May 17th 2006, with 79 boarding school children ages 3 to 14. The boarding school is designed for children and orphans who are suffering from the aftermath of the tsunami, diseases like aids, live in unacceptable social evils, or in absolute poverty. They are orphans, half-orphans and children of the poorest of the poor who have to live in circumstances that do not give them any room for a humane childhood. Many of them cannot afford the school fees but are forced into beggary or prostitution. The Yaowawit School, Kapong is a place where these children are taken care of. Here, they will be given professional and medical attendance. An excellent education as well as future-oriented practical training will be provided, and all children will find a secure and loving home. The concept of this project is based on the ideas of Professor Juergen Zimmer and Philipp Graf von Hardenberg. Professor Zimmer lectured education at the Freie Universität Berlin. He is well known by his many publications on school reform projects. Zimmer runs the School for Life, Chiang Mai, a similar school to Yaowawit. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg is an entrepreneur, who lives with his family in Hamburg, Germany. Graf Hardenberg has been involved in many honorary educational projects, as well as private schools and boarding schools. He managed Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation in Germany and, together with a team of highly professional experts, developed pedagogical teaching materials on these subjects.

c-holiday

37


PEOPLE - PHUKET

Graf Hardenberg was instrumental as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the International School Berlin/Brandenburg (ISB) in developing concepts for the rescue and further existence of the nearly bankrupt school. Today ISB is a successful, internationally accepted private school. He was chairman of the board of the Stiftung Louisenlund, one of the leading state approved private boarding schools in Germany with 360 pupils until 2007, when he returned the leadership to the founder after rehabilitating the facilities.” Yaowawit School, Kapong, is a community where the wellbeing and care of all people is our highest mission. We pledge to provide a first class education to help our children to become open-minded, confident, caring and happy people. This will enable them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty. Yaowawit School, Kapong benefits its neighbourhood and will make a positive difference in everybody’s lives. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg 1. C-holiday: Your Mission Statement pledges to make this school a facility to provide first class education to assist these impoverished children in creating a better happier life; who are the educators within this facility? Are they volunteers or salaried employees? Philipp: The staff is comprised of 36 full-time employees and proper teachers. We also have 2–3 foreign volunteers on hand who teach English, Arts and Sports to the children. Our goal, beyond giving the children a better education, is to teach them how to take care of this school and its facilities, as well as taking care of their own future. My role was strictly to be the Founder and visionary of the project and to put together a team to run the project. Today, all the decisions are made by Thais, and I am merely a coach and a supporter of the everyday functions. 2. C-holiday: How does this facility benefit the neighbourhood and make a positive difference in everyone’s lives? Philipp: With or without the catastrophe of a Tsunami, the need was still apparent. You can see this all over the world, when natural disasters strike impoverished or even rich countries, it is the poor who take the hardest blows. Through the creation of this School and the Foundation we aim to help the poorest of the poor. The School is essentially a Village within a Village, and here we teach our students entrepreneurship, giving each an individual trade as well as holding them solely responsible for taking care of their homes, their clothing and their belongings. We give them pocket money every Sunday to do with what they will, and we award them monetary prizes for having the cleanest rooms and so on. This money is put into a private personal savings account for this student, which they will receive in full when they have turned 18 years of age. We are giving them strength as individuals, a trade for a profession, money to begin a new life when they leave us that they have gained through their own merit, but most importantly we teach them integrity. Our children reach out to help the poor around us, setting examples for the community and assisting in projects where lending a hand is needed, such as helping restore the District Hospital which was a complete mess. 3. C-holiday: Tell us about your success in ‘Breaking the Cycle of Poverty.’ Philipp: Children need to learn and to be educated in self-confidence, and given the chance to become somebody, things that you would never be able to learn from within the depths of poverty. If you are a beggar’s son, you too will probably become a beggar. We give them the skills to start their own careers, allowing them to gain more of a drive to succeed and break away from the complacency of being poor. 4. C-holiday: What have been your major accomplishments over the past 3 years in growing students who attend this facility into productive members of society? Phillip: We have not reached the point yet where we will watch our children venture out and into the real world. But I wait with eager anticipation. As far as accomplishments, there are many. Take for example the situation of

38

c-holiday

one of our students who could not see, we aided in her receiving 6 operations to regain her eyesight. Another student lost a leg, surely to become a beggar in the future, or die from any number of causes. Today I watch him play soccer on our fields. Many of the children that we have here are traumatised from their recent pasts; having been witness to the loss of their families, or in the case of one young child whose Mother was beheaded, completely silenced by the event. I see these children today with a different look on their faces, and with smiles that have conquered their tragedies. 5. C-holiday: Who is qualified to attend and how are they chosen? Philipp: This is truly the most difficult thing to do! We have many people helping us to find the poorest and most in-need children. There is a nearby Headmaster who directs us, some of them come to us brought by their families, and we also have insight from the Director of Education. Once a child is located, two of our employees are sent out to that child’s home where the parents or guardians are interviewed. If the situation is acceptable to take the child under our wings, we then process the applicant and an Acceptance Board reviews the information and makes the decision. 6. C-holiday: What would you like to tell our readers? How can they help? Philipp: We look at children as human beings who we cannot make into what we want them to be, but we support them in becoming the best that they can be. We accept and honour their Thai culture and traditions, but introduce them into other cultures such as some of the Christian values. They sing Christmas songs, but we do not want them to become Christians, they are Buddhist. We want them to be all that they can be by helping them, by supporting them and encouraging them to learn. We don’t need people here helping us who are ‘Know it Better People’; we only need partisans helping us to achieve success. Tell your readers to come here, experience what we do and to get involved. You really have to see it, to feel it, in order to know how you best can help. And we do need help! For more information on how you can help or sponsor a child, contact: Children’s World Academy Foundation, Thailand And Stiftung Children’s World Academy, Germany Philipp Graf von Hardenberg Tel.: +49 17 2311 6050 Fax: +49 40 8519 7187 E-Mail: phardenberg@childrensworldacademy.com Yaowawit School, Kapong Piwit Wjarusathorn, Director 29/55 Moo 1, Maw Kapong, Phang Nga 82170 Thailand Tel.: +66 7649 9508 Mobile: +66 8 5781 8128 E-Mail: wjarusathorn@yahoo.com

ปลดเปลื้องพันธนาการแห่งความยากจน องค์กรวัน ไชลด์ แอท เอ ไทม์

มร ฟิลิฟ กราฟ วอน ฮาร์เดนเบิร์ก ผู้ก่อตั้งและประธานมูลนิธิให้ชีวิตใหม่ ซึ่งเพิ่งก่อตั้งในไทย เรามีโอกาสพบกับท่านที่กระตือรือร้น และมีหัวก้าวหน้า ซึ่ง ให้ ค วามสำคั ญ กั บ การฟื้ น ฟู ผู้ ป ระสบทุ ก ข์ ย ากจากภั ย พิ บั ติ สึ น ามิ ที่ ถ ล่ ม ชายฝั่ ง ตะวันตกของไทย และซ้ำเติม ความยากจนของเด็กๆ หลายชีวิตที่ชีวิตรอด บทตัดตอนจากเอกสารของมูลนิธินี้สามารถบอกวัตถุประสงค์และจุดมุ่งหมาย ของมูลนิธิได้ดี “มีหลายประเทศในโลกที่คนยากจนมาก พวกเขาไม่สามารถหา อาหารหรือน้ำให้กับเด็กๆได้เพียงพอ การศึกษาที่เพียงพอนั้นไม่ต้องเอ่ยถึง ภัย ธรรมชาติซึ่งเกิดบ่อยในพื้นที่ ซ้ำเติมสถานการณ์ให้แย่ลง ในการที่จะช่วยอย่าง ยั่งยืนในระยะยาว จำเป็นต้องถ่ายทอดค่านิยม การศึกษา รวมถึงทักษะเชิงปฏิบัติ ที่จำเป็นแก่เด็กเหล่านั้น เพื่อโอกาสชีวิตที่ดีขึ้น จะต้องทำให้พวกเขาหลุดพ้นจาก วัฏจักรแห่งความยากจนอย่างถาวร มูลนิธิชิลเดร้นส์ เวิลด์ อแคเดมี เป็นโครงการแรกของเราเพื่อช่วยเหลือคน ยากจนทางภาคใต้ของไทย ก่อนหน้าเหตุการณ์สึนามิ ปี 2547 หลายครอบครัว ในพื้นที่นี้อยู่ในสภาพยากจนมาก เพื่อช่วยเหลือพวกเขาเราจึงซื้อสวนขนาดใหญ่ เนื้อที่ 220,000 ตารางเมตร เพื่อ สร้างชุมชนโรงเรียนเมื่อเดือนกุมภาพันธ์ 2548 โครงการนี้เรียกว่าโรงเรียนเยาววิทย์ เมื่อโรงเรียนนี้สำเร็จจะกลายเป็น โรงเรียนสำหรับ นักเรียนประจำ 180 คน และนักเรียนไปกลับอีก 50 คน ใช้เวลา เดินทางมาที่นี่จากทางเหนือของเมืองภูเก็ตประมาณ 1 ชั่วโมงครึ่งและ จากตะวันออกของเขาหลักประมาณ 30 นาที เมื่อเดือนกุมภาพันธ์ 2549 เราได้จดทะเบียนมูลนิธิชิล เดร้นส์ เวิลด์อแคเดมี ให้การรับรองโดยรัฐบาลไทยและเป็นหน่วยงาน ที่รับผิดชอบโรงเรียนเยาววิทย์ ส่วนแรกของโรงเรียนประจำเปิดเมื่อวันที่ 24 เมษายน 2549 ในพิธีการเฉลิม ฉลองรับเสด็จ สมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดาฯ สยามบรมราชกุมารี และแขกกว่า 1,000 คนมาร่วมฉลองกับเจ้าหน้าที่และเด็กๆ โรงเรียนเปิดดำเนินงาน ตามปกติ ในฐานะ โรงเรียนประชาสงเคราะห์เมื่อวันที่ 17 พฤษภาคม 2549 มีนักเรียนประจำ 79 คน อายุตั้งแต่ 3 ถึง 14 ปี โรงเรียนประจำ ออกแบบเพื่อเด็กๆ และเด็กกำพร้า ซึ่งประสบความทุกข์ยากจากสึนามิ โรคภัยไข้ เช่น โรคเอดส์ การมีชีวิตท่าม กลางภัยสังคม หรือความยากจน พวกเขาเป็นเด็กกำพร้า เด็กกึ่งกำพร้า และเด็ก ที่ยากจนที่สุดในบรรดาเด็กยากจนที่ต้องอยู่ในสภาพแวดล้อม ที่ไม่ให้โอกาสพวก เขาได้ใช้ชีวิตวัยเด็กที่ควรได้รับความเมตตากรุณา เด็กหลายคนไม่มีเงินจ่ายค่า เล่าเรียน แต่ถูกบังคับให้ขอทาน หรือค้าประเวณี โรงเรียนเยาววิทย์ อำเภอกะปง เป็นสถานที่ที่เด็กเหล่านี้จะได้รับการดูแลเอาใจ ใส่ทั้งในเรื่องวิชาชีพและด้านการแพทย์ เด็กจะได้รับ การศึกษาที่ดีเยี่ยมและการ ฝึกอบรมเชิงปฏิบัติเพื่ออนาคต เด็กๆ ทุกคนจะพบบ้านที่ปลอดภัยอบอวลด้วย ความรัก

c-holiday

39


HEALTH & SPA gain for personal pride in my own appearance, but what I had truly become was a MetroSexual! This term originated in an article by Mark Simpson (“Here come the mirror men”) published on November 15, 1994, in The Independent. It was here that Simpson first wrote: “MetroSexual man; the single young man with a high disposable income, living or working in the city (because that’s where all the best shops are), is perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade. In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ, in television advertisements for Levis jeans or in gay bars.” Today, he is everywhere… and he’s going shopping. We now find that the term MetroSexual has increased in popularity, and crossed over the boundaries of relating to only single men, to the point that we have decided that we should not remain sexist in our display of the attributes of the Spa and it’s wonderful features directed at satisfying the women of this planet, but that we should be politically correct and include the male species. So we will write that article another time, and with men included in our rhetoric. So now that I have raised the topic, and professed my admittance to the fact that I just may be after all, a MetroSexual, let’s look into the mysticism that surrounds being a creature drawn to the fiery light of self-indulgence and body care. It is stated that the typical MetroSexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis – because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object, and pleasure as his sexual preference.

Demystifying The

METROSEXUAL W

e had proposed to write an article for this edition on the mystique that is the Spa phenomenon within Thailand. We had thought that you, our readers, would find the variety of Spa and Spa techniques interesting, and that the women who come to Thailand annually would benefit from having us explain the differences and benefits of these Spa facilities that pepper our shores and mountainsides. What occurred was something unanticipated. We discovered through our research, that a growing number of men have become the sexual populace of many of the spas that we visited. Now don’t get us wrong, the finer gender are the majority of those inhabiting the Day Spas, and Resort Spas that we went to on the islands of Samui and Phuket, but the number of men who lie still, bodies covered with Algae Wraps and Eyebrow Wax was quite unexpected. Now I have to admit that my wife takes pride in my appearance. She is not fond of my finger and toenails growing longer than hers, and my body hair conquering the regions of my body that simply don’t need it. She actually revels in the fact that she doesn’t need to call up one of her girlfriends to have a day out at the Spa… when she can take me. As many other men have had their inauguration into the Spa scene initiated by a spouse or lover, it suddenly struck me that men have in fact found themselves beginning to crave for this extravagant body care, and the desire to attend has become more of an enjoyment than initially imagined. The thought of relaxing in the hands of an expert masseuse, or within the chair of a 2-hour facial including manicure and pedicure, now drift through our minds as we casually look to see if our fingernails or nose hairs require immediate attention. And this is one for the record books… I have even considered going without my wife. When I came to this reality, I chose to label this concern for body care as the

40

c-holiday

It’s true that for some time now, old-fashioned (re)productive, repressed, un-moisturized heterosexuality has been given the pink slip by consumer capitalism. However the marketing gurus of our time have come upon a new scheme. Accepting the fact that the stoic, self-denying, modest straight male didn’t shop enough, after all, his role was to earn money for his wife to spend, and so he had to be replaced by a new kind of man, one less certain of his identity and much more interested in his image – that’s to say, one who was much more interested in being looked at. And that’s where the MetroSexual comes in.

Mentioning this term a few years ago may have resulted in a raised brow and confused expression, but the term MetroSexual is now a concept known worldwide. There are however, some people that have different definitions of what actually makes a man a MetroSexual. It’s time to find out the truth behind this mystique once and for all. In the beginning, a MetroSexual was a term that described a heterosexual man who acted homosexual or bisexual. This word has come a long way and now includes more depth to it than originally thought. Being a MetroSexual is now celebrated as a lifestyle and doesn’t simply represent a straight male who likes to act in a homosexual or bisexual manner. A true MetroSexual man is one who embraces his feminine side in terms of caring about his appearance. Now keep in mind that if your boyfriend or husband appears overly concerned about his outward appearance, this doesn’t necessarily mean he is a MetroSexual. The difference between a straight male who cares about his looks and a MetroSexual is that MetroSexuals go over the top when it comes to their physical appearance, their clothes, material possessions and how they live. Most die-hard MetroSexuals spend a lot of time and money investing in a top-notch wardrobe and frequenting nail salons. These are the guys you may

c-holiday

41


HEALTH & SPA see next to you getting a manicure and a pedicure. With such care and attention to oneself also comes the possibility that too often people mistake a man possessing one or two of these traits as a complete MetroSexual. There is nothing wrong with being MetroSexual, but some men tend to hate being classified or labelled as such, which is why it’s important to know if one really is and lives the MetroSexual life, before calling him out. Here are a few tips Ladies. If your man has nails, skin and a wardrobe that is better than yours, he may be a true MetroSexual - especially if you already spend a small fortune to keep up your look and lifestyle. If your guy doesn’t mind getting his nails done once in a while but doesn’t show any other MetroSexual tendencies, don’t be quick to hide your beauty products. Instead, applaud him for caring about his appearance. There are many men out there who are ashamed to show their feminine side or admit they care about catering to their appearance, for fear that they will be unfairly labelled as a MetroSexual. Now you men out there, if you’re trying to find out if you classify as MetroSexual, check out your surroundings: do you spend a lot of time in and out of the priciest clothing stores and accessorizing outfits? Are your nails and toenails immaculate and neatly filed and trimmed? Is your bathroom stocked with the best quality skin care and beauty products? Do you only shop and eat at the most posh places? Do the hair stylists know you by name whenever you walk through the door? If so, then I’m afraid to say that you may be a true MetroSexual. So what’s the lesson behind all this mysticism? I think that there really isn’t one. MetroSexual men can either be a girl’s dream come true or her worst nightmare. If your man displays MetroSexual tendencies, don’t call him out on it or make fun of him. Praise him and show him that it’s okay to care about how his appearance. If anything, having a man who has one or two MetroSexual traits can work in your favour when it comes to your relationship and things that interest you. On the other hand, if your sweetie is at full-blown MetroSexual status, there may be some things you’ll need to get used to…like sharing the bathroom mirror. Now I have to leave you, I have an appointment at the salon for a few touch ups. I’ll be back next month to fill you in on the ‘Unisex’ Spa facilities that I love to go to. Just one last thing before I go…Does my hair look okay to you?

42

c-holiday

ไขข้อข้องใจเรื่องผู้ชายเจ้าสำอาง การค้ น หาทำให้ พ บว่ า ผู้ ช ายจำนวนมากขึ้ น กลายเป็ น สมาชิ ก ของสปา หลายแห่ง อย่าเข้าใจผิด เพศที่สวยงามกว่ายังคงเป็นลูกค้าส่วนใหญ่ของ เดย์ และรีสอร์ต สปาบนสมุยและภูเก็ต แต่ไม่คาดคิดว่าผู้ชายจำนวนหนึ่งจะนอน นิ่งๆ พันตัวด้วยสาหร่ายและแว็กซ์ขนคิ้ว ผมยอมรับว่าภรรยาภูมิใจในภาพ ลักษณ์ของผมมาก เธอไม่ชอบให้เล็บมือและเท้าของผมยาวกว่าของเธอ รวมถึง ขนตามร่างกายของผม เธอยอมรับว่าเธอไม่ต้องเรียกเพื่อนสาวของเธอไปพัก ผ่อน กันที่สปาอีกในเมื่อเธอสามารถพาผมไปได้ เมื่อผมตระหนักความจริงนี้ ผมเลือกนิยามการดูแลร่างกายเพื่อความภูมิใจ รูปลักษณ์ของตนเอง และสิ่งที่ผมเป็นว่า ชายเจ้าสำอาง! เมื่ อ ผมยกเรื่ อ งนี้ ขึ้ น มาพู ด และก็ ไ ด้ ย อมรั บ ว่ า ผมเป็ น ชายเจ้ า สำอาง ลองวิเคราะห์ดูเรื่องแปลกๆ ที่ล้อมรอบสิ่งมีชีวิต นำไปสู่แสงสว่างแห่งการตาม ใจตนเองและการดูแลร่างกาย กล่ า วกั น ว่ า ชายเจ้ า สำอางตามแบบฉบั บ ต้ อ งเป็ น ชายหนุ่ ม ที่ มี เ งิ น อาศัยในหรือใกล้เมืองหลวงที่มีร้านค้า สโมสร โรงยิม และร้านทำผมดีๆ เขาอาจ เป็นเกย์โดยเปิดเผย เป็นชายแท้ หรือไบเซ็กชวล แต่ไม่สำคัญ เพราะเขารักตน เองและพอใจในความนิยามทางเพศของตน คุณผู้หญิงทั้งหลาย นี่เป็นเกล็ดเล็กน้อย หากคุณผู้ชายของคุณมีเล็บ ผิวและตู้เสื้อผ้าดีกว่า เขาอาจเป็นชายเจ้าสำอางตัวจริง เพียงคุณใช้เงินเพียงเล็ก น้อยเพื่อดูแลภาพลักษณ์ในชีวิตประจำวัน หากผู้ชายของคุณไม่เกี่ยงที่จะทำ เล็บสักครั้ง แต่ก็ไม่มีอะไรอีกที่บ่งว่าเขาเป็นชายเจ้าสำอาง อย่าด่วนซ่อนผลิต ภัณฑ์ความงามของคุณ แต่ควรชื่นชมที่เขาดูแลภาพลักษณ์ตัวเอง สำหรับคุณผู้ชาย หากกำลังพยายามค้นหาว่าคุณเป็นชายเจ้าสำอางหรือไม่ ลองมองรอบๆ เช่น หากคุณใช้เวลามากในหรือนอกร้านเสื้อผ้า เครี่องประดับ ราคาแพง เล็บมือและเท้าของคุณสะอาด ตะไบและตัดอย่างประณีต ห้องน้ำคุณ เต็มไปด้วยผลิตภัณฑ์ความงามและบำรุงผิวที่คุณภาพดีที่สุด คุณช็อปปิ้งและ ทานอาหารเฉพาะในร้านเก๋ไก๋ที่สุด ช่างผมจำชื่อคุณได้เมื่อคุณเดินเข้าไปในร้าน ถ้าเป็นเช่นนั้น ผมคงต้องพูดว่าคุณอาจจะเป็นชายเจ้าสำอางตัวจริง เราต้องเรียนรู้อะไรบ้าง ผมคิดว่าไม่มีเลยสักอย่าง ชายเจ้าสำอางเป็นได้ทั้ง ฝันที่เป็นจริงหรือฝันร้ายที่สุดของสาวๆ อย่างไรก็แล้วแต่ ชายที่มีหนึ่งหรือสอง ลักษณะของชายเจ้าสำอาง อาจทำให้คุณชอบจนอยากสร้างสัมพันธ์ด้วยหรือมี หลายสิ่งที่คุณสนใจ ในทางกลับกัน หากที่รักของคุณเป็นชายเจ้าสำอางเต็มตัว อาจมีบางสิ่งที่คุณต้องทำความคุ้นเคย เช่นการใช้กระจกห้องน้ำร่วมกัน ผมต้องไปแล้ว ผมมีนัดขัดหน้า ผมจะกลับมาเดือนหน้าเพื่อเล่าเรื่องสปา ที่ผมชอบไป ก่อนไป คุณว่าทรงผมของผมดูเข้าท่าไหม

c-holiday

43


Wonders & Attractions

Phuket Fantasea The very biggest of all Phuket’s extravaganzas! Fantasea brings Hollywoodsized, Las Vegas-style entertainment to the island. Remarkable acrobatics, dazzling light work, stunning set design and a host of animal action, combine in a song and dance spectacular that brings to life tales of history and mythology that will leave the visitor without a doubt that Phuket was at least, if not more, exciting in ancient times.

Phuket Butterfly Farm & Insect World Pay a visit to one of the world’s best butterfly gardens. Living here are a wide range of magnificent butterflies and strange insects inhabiting the Tropical Gardens. Located in Phuket Town in the district named Samkong, you can find the homes of butterflies set in a natural rainforest.

Old Phuket The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops, which are still well preserved. The architectural style, typical of the region, is described as Sino-Portuguese, and maintains a strong Mediterranean character. Shops present a very narrow face onto the street, but stretch far back into the town.

Phi Phi Islands Of the two islands, Phi Phi Don is the lager and more developed. The smaller, Phi Phi Le, took the title role in the film adaptation of The Beach, also starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Despite misinformed protests and bad press regarding environmental damages to the island during filming, Phi Phi Le is, in fact, in better condition now than before filming began.

Phuket Zoo Displaying over 3000 animals on show, including 600 species of birds, 100 specimens of reptilian nature and 45 mammals, Phuket Zoo offers an unparalleled diversity of animal life, all in one place. All five continents are represented, from Himalayan Vultures, to Australian Wallabies, African Victoria Crown Cranes, Hornbills, Ostrich, Camels, and of course the Tigers. ith a unique eco-system, are prized by scientists searching for clues regarding adaptation and evolution.

44

c-holiday

Samui Na Muang Waterfall Half way between Hua Thanon and Nathon, in the southwest of the island, the Namuang waterfall is easily accessible and popular with visitors of all ages. There is a large pool at the base of the waterfall that’s perfect for bathing, although sharp rocks are hidden beneath the surface so caution is advised. A small souvenier market leads to the falls and there is also Elephant trekking.

Na Muang 2 Waterfall Situated close to the first Namuang waterfall, a sealed road leads off the main island ring road to the higher Namuang 2 falls, which can be accessed on foot via a rocky path that leads up the mountainside and brings you to the base of what many consider the most spectacular waterfall on the island. Elephant treks also leave from here.

Hin Lad Waterfall Popular with Thai visitors, these high falls cascade down the hillside just south of Nathon. The climb to the top is quite steep and takes around forty minutes, but once there you are treated to a truly tropical experience with roaming jungle scenery and the spectacular power of the falls. There is an interesting forest temple at the base of the falls accessed by a small bridge.

Hin Ta and Hin Yai These two strange rock formations are known as Grandmother and Grandfather because their shapes resemble male and female phallic symbols. The stones are popular on island tours and attract local as well as foreign day-trippers. The road leading to the rocks is lined with some interesting craft stalls with products made from both mango and coconut palm wood.

Overlap Stone On the opposite side of the ring road from Hin Ta, Hin Yai, not far past Lamai, a huge rock sits precariously on a cliff top high above the coast. It’s a steep walk from the main road to the top, but the views are superb. Remember to take plenty of water. c-holiday

45


Samui’s towns and beaches

Chaweng

Laem Yai

Koh Tao 1h 30 min

Koh Tao 1h 30 min

Bo Phut

Koh Ra Hin

Ph

Sunset Pier

(see Detail)

Siam Natural History Museum

Koh Tao 2h 30min

Health Center

Speed Boat Pier, Tours to Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Koh Nang Yuan, Angthong National Park

Highway Dep.

Post Office

Koh Farn Noi

Police Station

Post Office

Big Buddha Temple Laem Suan Naram

Koh Farn

Police Station

322

4171

Laem Mai Kaen

Baan Plai Laem

Bang Rak Pier

Santiburi Samui Country Club Mountain Viewpoint

4169

464

Hope of Church

Nathon

ni

ha ratt

Su 2h

City Hall Post Office

Seatran Car Ferry

to Donsak

Koh Phangan, Koh Tao Suratthani Donsak

Ayuthaya$

District Office /Police Station

TAT

Samui Everest Viewpoint

$ Krung Thai Bank

Bus

$ Bank of Ayuthaya

View Top

Baan Lipa Yai

Water Works

Lipa Noi Viewpoint Wanorn Waterfall

Agro Tourism Village

Samui Naval Base

Temple Koh Samui

min

630 Viewpoint

635

Uncle Nim’s Waterfall & Magic Garden

Khao Yai

350

4169

Bophut

4169

Land Transport Office

Raja Car Ferry Donsak 1h 30

(see Detail)

Radar Station

205

Koh Samui School

Laem Chon Khram

Chaweng

Baan Saket

Temple Nara Charoensuk

Airforce Camp

to Donsak

573

Police Station

Elephant Stone

(fall 79 metres)

Elephant Trekking

Baan Lamai

565

Buffalo Fighting Stadium

Police Station

Namuang Waterfall I

4170

Baan Taling Ngam

Baan Durian

163

Police Station

Elephant Gate

Baan Nok Sai

Khao Kwang Koh Thala

410

Koh Samui Provincial Court

Coral Buddha

Radio Station

Hin Da Hin Yai Temple Sila Ngu

Samui Sport Stadium

Temple Samret

Banakai School

Baan Harn 4170

Triple Coconut Tree

Mosque

Lipa Noi and Taling Ngam

Lamai

(see Detail)

Laem Lamai

South of Nathon, Samui’s coast draws out into a series of bays which overlook the spectacular Angthong Marine Park, offering the most idyllic locations to watch the sun set into the sea. This coast retains excellent seafood restaurants scattered amongst the beachside bungalows and the decadent resorts, making Lipa Noi and Taling Ngam undoubtedly two of the most popular areas for dining and choice of accommodations. For some alternative enjoyment, rent a jeep and explore the many side roads and small bay areas that make this one of the islands most attractive coastlines.

Hua Thanon

Buddha Footprint

Baan Phang Ka Temple Hin Lad

Grandfather & Grandmother Rock

Market Muslim Village

Monkey Theater

Baan Mai

4170

Temple Phang Ka

$

4169

Snake Farm

Koh Malaeng Pong

Laem Nan

Baan Hua Thanon

Living Thailand Cultural Center 4173

Wild Life Park

community office

$

Incinerator

4169

Temple Praderm

Buddha Statue

Koh Chetta Mon Koh Dia

$ $

Post Office

Baan Tha Po

355

$

$

Elephant Trekking

Temple Khunaram & Mumified Monk

4170

Koh Mae Thap

Overlap Stone Viewpoint

Wangsaothong Waterfall

Buffalo Fighting Stadium

Temple Kiri Wongkaram

Market

Viewpoint

(fall 18.5 metres)

Elephant Trekking

Temple Lamai & Cultural Hall Bank of Ayuthaya

Saw Doi Viewpoint

Land Office

Taling Ngam

Bophut stands out as the only village on Samui that exudes authentic island charm. It consists of a single street lined with traditional shophouses, many of which have been converted into restaurants, sales shops and guesthouses. The distinct designs of the beachside dining sector, as well as the chosen cuisine that is available, have created an exceptional Mediterranean atmosphere. Bophut is expanding constantly, generating new wining and dining options every year. Despite its growth, the essential seaside appeal remains, making it one of the island’s most attractive locations.

Viewpoint

Namuang Waterfall II

Buffalo Fighting Stadium

Accommodation along the sedate beaches of Mae Nam range from cheap bungalows to top end resorts. The beach itself is a huge horseshoe of soft sand that offers a spectacular view of the neighbouring island of Koh Pangan. There are a number of good local restaurants and businesses along the beach, as well as located on the main ring road. Mae Nam is home to many of the island’s residential developments with a growing quantity of long-term visitors and expats, giving the area a strong sense of community. The hills behind Mae Nam provide the location for the island’s spectacular world-class golf resort.

Elephant Trekking

Wangmaidaeng Waterfall

Baan Thong Sai Baan Cho Kram

$

394

575

Wang Pea Waterfall

Elephant Trekking

4174

Bangkok Samui Hospital

423

Yaod Khao Viewpoint Baan Lipa Noi

Police Station Market

Temple Jee Kong

Woodland Park View

Baan Laem Din

$ Siam Comercial Bank

$

Post Office

Bank of Ayuthaya $

Fire Department Municipality Office

Temple Samut Tararam

$

$

Hin Lad Waterfall

4172

Electricity-works

Mae Nam

Koh Matlang

Baan Pah

Baan Sawang Arun

Catholic Church

Temple Hin Lad

Koh Samui Church

If your stay is brief, Big Buddha offers convenience due to its close proximity to the airport, as well as to boats chartered for Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The resorts on this beach range from top end boutique quarters to budget bungalows, most offering a relaxed beachside atmosphere that may make you wish to extend your stay. Prices for accommodation and provisions remain reasonable, and there are a growing number of fine dining options to compliment the local Thai restaurants and beach bungalow cuisine. Facilities and services are abundant along the main road, making this one of the best locations for a vibrant night-life.

43

Samui International Hospital

Temple Chaweng

Police Station

Temple Khong Kharam

Bus Station Immigration Office Samui Hospital

383

Samui Gallery Hill

Big Buddha Beach

Monkey Theater

265

Baan Ang Thong

30 min Donsak 1h

Samui Airport

Thai Inter Hospital

Mountain Waterfall

Temple Chaeng

Tourist Police Marine Police

Bandon Intern. Hospital

Samui Shooting Ranch

$ Siam City Bank

$ Thai Farmers Bank

Crocodile farm

God Brahma Pragasid Shrine Island Safari Elephant Trekking Samui Yewon Church

$Bangkok Bank $ Government Savings Bank

Siam Comercial Bank $

Temple Bang Rak

4169

Song Rua Waterfall

St. Anna Catholic Church

n 1h

Boats to:

Temple Sietavib

(see Detail)

Koh Ph anga

Rocky Bay (Thong Rang)

Baan Bang Rak

Temple Bophut Police Station

Mountain Viewpoint

Triple Coconut Tree

Hyperbaric Chamber Post Office

Health Center

$

467

Buffalo Fighting Stadium

Seashell Museum

Go Kart

Temple Pukhao Thong

Bird’s Garden

Lamai

Lamai has often been referred to as Samui’s second beach, but there are many who believe it has a greater beauty than that of Chaweng. The waters are excellent for swimming and the beaches and streets are less crowded. The southern end of the bay features elegant granite boulders while the beach itself seems endless. The nightlife in Lamai tends to be slightly seedier than in Chaweng, but it hosts some excellent restaurants and bars scattered along its strip. Accommodation options here range from high-class resorts to basic bungalows. The surrounding area notably hosts some of the islands best spas and health resorts available..

Samui Baptist Mercy Church

Bang Rak

(see Detail)

Speed Boat Pier

Choeng Mon

h

h

Ko

3,3 Koh Tao Pun

)3 an Su

4169

Temple Sisu Wanna Ram Baan Thai

Koh Ra Thian

in

Laem Samrong

Koh Som

g an n (L po um Ch

n ga an

Hin Kong Noi

m 20

Koh Tao 1h 30 min

(see Detail)

Temple Na Phra Larn

Koh Phangan 20min

Maenam

Laem Na Larn

Koh Phangan 20min

Koh Samui is the 3rd largest island in Thailand, located within the calm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. This beautiful tropical paradise has been charming its visitors ever since the first tourists arrived in 1971. Originally established as a coconut plantation, the body of the island has been basically divided into beaches, with each one maintaining its own special atmosphere and attraction. Its hinterland consists of forested hills of limestone and granite, and the shoreline is made up of countless palm-fringed beaches and bays. Those who experience Samui are rewarded with an idyllic tropical retreat featuring white-sand beaches, a sapphire-blue sea, an abundance of tantalising Thai cuisine, and an extraordinarily warm and friendly native people. Koh Samui is 21 kilometres at its widest point and 25 at its longest, taking only about an hour to drive around. There is one major road, which circumvents the island, the ‘Ring Road’, while smaller roads track off to various areas of attraction and accommodation. There is something for everyone on Samui. Sophisticated retail outlets and a buzzing nightlife give way, for those with a sense of adventure, to the dramatic scenery and remote natural retreats still found within the interior. Rice paddies, jungle mountainsides, and the never-ending coconut plantations remain to this day, the beauty of Koh Samui.

Chaweng is the longest and most popular beach on Samui. It is also the largest tourist centre, boasting hundreds of hotels and bungalows that stretch out along its fine white sands, as well as inland. 5 Star luxury resorts share the space with more economical accommodation choices, along with a 5 kilometer street of stalls and shops that sell everything Thailand is famous for. Prices are a little higher here than in other areas of the island, but the range of choices in food, accommodation and entertainment is impressive, making this beach and its surroundings, the center of activity for many visitors.

Samui Aquarium

Baan Thong Krut

Baan Bang Kao

Butterfly Garden

Laem Na Thian

Temple Santi Karam

Laem Set

Laem Hin Khom

Phang Ka

Khao Prabat Pagoda

Thong Krut

Used by more than 20.000 visitors every month and available at over 300 distribution points. For advertising call: 0 81535 5853

46

c-holiday

Laem Sor

Bang Kao

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Tourist Police . . . . . . 1699 Police . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Immigration . . . . . . . 0 7742 Ambulance . . . . . . . 0 7742 Tourist Information . . . 0 7742 Harbour Master . . . . 0 7742

1069 1230 0504 1245

Samui Airport . . . . . 0 7742 5012 Lost Credit Cards American Express . . 0 2273 0022 Diners Club . . . . . . 0 2238 3660 Master & Visa . . . . . 0 2299 1990

Hua Thanon

The Muslim fishing village of Hua Thanon offers a handful of seafood restaurants, but its main attraction lies in the ancient cultures of the local fishermen. Intricately painted wooden boats are used to this day to catch and deliver fish directly to the local markets. The beach is a working environment and not very pleasant, but take a stroll through its market and capture a glimpse into the lives of one of the island’s original communities. Beyond Hua Thanon, the southern coast offers some of the most unspoiled natural scenery on Samui. You will find quaint local villages and coconut plantations that have endured the test of time. The pace of life here remains as it has been over the past 50 years, or more.

Nathon

This is the island’s main administrative centre. All government offices, banks, as well as the main ferry pier are located in Nathon, making it the most important place for communication with the Thai mainland. You will find shopping less expensive here, but also less varied than in Chaweng or Lamai. The ring road stretch that passes through the town of Nathon holds the majority of the shops available, and many restaurants and hotels reside close to the pier for those travelling to or from the nearby port of Donsak, near Suratthani. Nathon also boasts a number of original teak shop-houses, lining the quiet middle roads, showing the more traditional, Chinese influenced, Samui life. Any major local events, ceremonies or celebrations are held in the car park in front of the main pier in Nathon. A nightly food market establishes itself here regularly, giving visitors their first taste of the delights available on Samui.

c-holiday

47


Phuket’s towns and beaches

Patong Beach

Patong is the most famous - some would say infamous - beach resort on Phuket. With its wide variety of activities and nightlife, Patong is an ideal place to party and play. By night the town has a bustling nightlife, which includes literally hundreds of restaurants, chic lounge bars, beer bars and of course discos. Visitors hoping for a glimpse into the exotic East will likely not find it here among the McDonald’s, KFC, Boots and Starbucks outlets, although the steaming hot streets, neon lights and chaotic atmosphere of Patong can be overwhelming for the new arrival. The key to full enjoyment is to pace yourself, drink lots of water and learn the meaning of ‘mai pen rai’ - which translates roughly to ‘It doesn’t matter’ or ‘Don’t worry, be happy’.

Karon Beach

Karon Beach, featuring a long stretch of squeaky white sand, is less hectic than Patong but still offers a full range of facilities, dining and activities. The side soi’s are worth exploring, particularly the one that leads to a small art community, where some budding Thai painters have built a complex of huts, pubs and art galleries, in which they live and work. Aroona Plaza, which opened a few years ago, houses a range of handicraft shops, good restaurants and cafes, a few bars and a hotel modelled on the Sino-Portuguese architecture of Old Phuket. The wide beachside avenue is ideal for taking an evening stroll and doing some shopping. The north end features Karon Circle, with its sculptures of workers commemorating Phuket’s tin-mining and agricultural past..

Phuket is Thailand’s largest island lounging on the Indian Ocean Coast well below the latitudes of destructive tropical storms. Phuket’s balmy tropical climate is tempered by cool NE breezes from November to March, and by fresh on shore winds in the summer months. Enchanted with magnificent coves and bays, palm fringed powdery white beaches, crystal clear seas with picturesque landscapes, sincere and hospitable people, diverse accommodations, superb seafood, waterfalls, parks, and island getaways, this island’s elements have created a captivating ambiance perfectly suited for total relaxation. Economy-class hotels are countless throughout the island, while first-class resort hotels with spectacular views, provide the tourist who desires a 5 star package the perfect luxury accommodation. Littered across Phuket’s most popular beaches and into the coastal hills, perch cabin and bungalow complexes, and other ‘native-style’ housing built of bamboo, rattan and nipa palm thatch, offering cosy and relatively inexpensive accommodation. Secluded coves lie hidden among densely forested cliffs tumbling into white beaches. Tailored towards every age group, the tourist mecca of Phuket provides the visitor with an island of charisma and character, as a truly unique destination.

Police Statio

Phuket Gate Way

Kata Beach

Saikaew Beach

The pleasant bay of Kata, just a few minutes south of Karon Beach, entices and charms many visitors with its white sands and clear waters. Very popular with families, Kata is an all round favourite due to its spectacular palm-lined beach, great restaurants, lively but not raucous nightlife, and varied accommodation options - all close to the beach. From May to October surfers flock to catch Kata’s waves, and from November to April the beach is alive with sun seekers.

Yacht Haven

Mangrove Forest

Maikha Beach Radio Control

Maphrao Bay

Ngam Island

Sirinat National Park

Highway Police

Nai Yang Beach

Kata Noi Beach

La Wa Yai Island

Lame Sai

Phuket International Airport

Agro Tourism

This cosy little bay is found at the end of a dead-end road, just a few minutes drive over the hill from Kata beach. There’s not much to do in Kata Noi apart from admiring the wonderful scenery, which is precisely the point of coming here. Relax; take a walk along the soft sands, snorkel or swim. It’s long been a popular spot for surfers in the monsoon season of May to October, though swimming can be dangerous during this period. The popular Kata Viewpoint, offering a stunning vista across the three bays of Karon, Kata and Kata Noi, is only a 5-minute drive along a winding road towards Nai Harn.

Naithon Beach Bang Pae Waterfall

Layan Beach

Thalang District Pra Nang Sang Temple

Kata Island

Bang Tao Beach

Naka Yai Island

Por Pier Bang Rong Pier

Pra Tong Temple

Naka Noi Island

Tonsai Waterfall

Thalang Hospital

Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao is a study in contrasts, with the luxurious resorts and villas along its 6km (4 mile) stretch of beach just a few minutes away from the town of Cherng Talay, where many villagers still make their living as their ancestors did - by fishing, farming and rubber tapping. The northern tip of the beach, so far untouched by development, is still an area where visitors might find that they have the beach to themselves. Apart from going to the beach, and a few bars and restaurants, there’s really not much that you need to leave your resort for.

Pansea Beach Surin Beach Sing Cape Kamala Beach

Heroines Monument

Thalang National Museum

Phuket Fantasea

Rang Noi Island Rang Yai Island

Laem Hin Pier

Maphrao Island

Laem Singh Beach

Nakalay Beach Kalim Beach

Laem Singh Beach is one of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches hidden away on the west coast between Kamala and Surin beaches. ‘Laem’ is Thai for ‘cape’, and this 150 meters beach is indeed situated under a steep outcrop, nestled in a hidden bay surrounded by palm trees and dotted with giant boulders. It has the feeling of a secret beach. Due to its limited size, Laem Singh gets crowded during the high season, but is pleasantly vacant during low season sunny days.

Kathu District Siray Island

Patong Beach Tritrang Beach

Prince of Songkla University

Freedom Beach

Phuket Town

Phuket Abalone Farm & Restaurant

Karon Noi Beach

Rawai Beach

Karon Beach

Rawai holds the distinction of being the very first tourist beach on Phuket. Nowadays, Rawai is a ‘working beach’ and a launching point for day boat excursions out to Phuket’s surrounding islands. Many long tail boats available for hire line its shores, where you can arrange a trip to Coral Island, Koh Lone or Racha Island, or charter a fishing or snorkel trip. The beach is also used as a mooring point for the many fishermen who live in the area. Quite a few of Phuket’s foreign Expat population live in the area, lending a bohemian and laid-back flavour to the way of life. Up the hill going westward out of the village lays Cape Phromthep, one of Phuket’s most famous viewpoints.

Nai Yang is only a five-minute drive south life is all about. Fringed with Casuarinas vendors. Laid back to the extreme, most Sirinath National Park, which also includes the

48

c-holiday

Nai Yang Beach

of the airport, and is very popular with Thai locals. Here you’ll find what beach trees providing picnic areas for locals, it’s a shady spot for souvenir and food people who stay here find absolute relaxation. Parts of the beach are inside reef at the north end of the beach.

Chalong Temple

Palai Bay

Pier View Point Chalong Bay Yon Bay

Kata Beach

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Tourist Police . . . . . . 1699 Police . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Immigration . . . . . . . 0 7621 Ambulance . . . . . . . 0 7625 Customs . . . . . . . . . 0 7621 Harbour Master . . . . 0 7639 Phuket Airport . . . . . 0 7632

Kata Noi Beach

2108 4425 1105 1174 7230

Friendship Beach Ka Cape

Ao Sane Nai Harn Beach Yanui Beach Promthep Cape

Khao Khat Hill

Lone Island

Tapao Noi Island Tapao Yai Island Makham Bay Port of Phuket

Panwa Cape Phuket Aquarium Mai Thon Island

Rawai Beach View Point

Bon Island

Aew Island

Lost Credit Cards American Express . . 0 2273 0022 Diners Club . . . . . . 0 2238 3660 Master & Visa . . . . . 0 2299 1990 c-holiday

49


HOROSCOPE It’s important to do your best to help others this month but equally as important not to be taken for granted. Use your intuition not your emotions to decipher where your best efforts should be placed. You can make a difference.

ราศีเมษ การงาน ท่านจะมีศตั รูในวงงานเพิม่ ขึน้ ทำให้มอี ปุ สรรคในการขอความร่วมมือเพือ่ งานใหม่ๆ การเงิน เริม่ ดีขน้ึ เนือ่ งจากท่านมีรายได้เพิม่ ขึน้ ทัง้ ในส่วนของงานประจำและงานพิเศษ แต่รายจ่ายก็เพิม่ ขึน้ มากเช่นกัน ความรัก แม้จะมีคนมาให้ทา่ นเลือก แต่ดเู หมือนว่ายังเลือกไม่ได้ และถึงแม้เลือกได้ ก็ไม่ยนื ยาว ทางทีด่ ชี ว่ งนีไ้ ม่ควรเลือก ใครจะดีกว่า สุขภาพ ให้ระวังโรคเกีย่ วกับฟันและเหงือก You must pick and choose your moments to make moves, comments and decisions regarding your professional future. You must focus on protecting your security, position if you don’t want to end up a statistic of the economic crisis.

ราศีพฤษภ การงาน ช่วงนีเ้ ป็นช่วงดีในเรือ่ งงานของท่าน จึงควรเร่งคิดและตัดสินใจทำงาน เพราะเป็นโอกาสเหมือนน้ำ ขึน้ ให้รบี ตัก การเงิน รายจ่ายเพิม่ ขึน้ มากเกินคาดหมาย จึงทำให้เงินขาดมือ และอาจเป็นหนีไ้ ด้ ความรัก ไม่ราบรืน่ เนือ่ งจากคนรักเป็นคนเจ้าอารมณ์ และแสดงออกในทางรุนแรง จึงเป็นเหตุให้เกิดความขัดแย้งได้งา่ ย สุขภาพ ให้ระวัง โรคติดต่อ เนือ่ งจากการคลุกคลีกบั คนหรือสัตว์เลีย้ งทีเ่ ป็นโรคระยะแพร่เชือ้ Don’t let anything or anyone slow you down. You have the potential to finagle your way into the perfect position. You will learn quickly and should be on the go as much as possible this month. Love is in the stars and all inspiring.

ราศีเมถุน การงาน ช่วงเวลาจากนีไ้ ปไม่เกิน 2 เดือน จะได้รบั การเกือ้ หนุนจากผูใ้ หญ่ และได้รบั ผลดี การเงิน คล่องตัวดี ทัง้ รับและจ่าย จึงไม่มเี หลือเก็บ เข้าทำนองได้มาจ่ายไป แต่กด็ ที ไ่ี ม่ตอ้ งเป็นหนี้ ความรัก สดใส ผูใ้ หญ่เห็นด้วยและเปิด ทางให้คบหากันด้วยความสะดวก แต่กอ็ ย่าทำอะไรให้ผดิ กฎเกณฑ์ จะเป็นผลร้ายในภายหลัง เมือ่ ผูใ้ หญ่ไม่ไว้ใจ สุขภาพ ให้ระวังอุบตั เิ หตุ ไม่ควรเดินทางหรทอทำงานเกีย่ วกับเครือ่ งยนต์กลไก ในขณะทีท่ า่ นพักผ่อนไม่เพียงพอ Don’t let love lead to financial loss. You have to be smart with your investments even if someone tempts you with a deal of a lifetime. Nothing will be as perfect as it appears so bide your time and take a wait and see attitude.

ราศีกรกฏ การงาน ให้ระวังศัตรูในวงงาน จะทำให้เดือดร้อน เนือ่ งจากความบกพร่องหรือผิดพลาดของท่านเอง จึงไม่ควรไว้ใจใครและนำใครมาร่วมงาน โดยทีไ่ ม่ศกึ ษาดูภมู หิ ลังให้ดกี อ่ น การเงิน รายจ่ายสูงขึน้ โดยไม่คาดฝัน จึงทำให้ เดือดร้อนและพบกับปัญหาเงินสดขาดมือ ความรัก ไม่คอ่ อยราบรืน่ และโอกาสนำไปสูก่ ารมีปากเสียงกัน เนือ่ งจาก มีมอื ทีส่ ามเข้าแทรก สุขภาพ ให้ระวังอย่าให้เรือ่ งเล็กน้อยเข้ามาทำให้เกิดความเครียด และเป็นเหตุให้โรคเก่ากำเริบ

Nothing will be cut and dry and if you let your emotions lead the way you are bound to make a few mistakes that could cost you personally. Travel and romance will go hand in hand.

ราศีสงิ ห์ การงาน ไม่ราบรืน่ เนือ่ งจากมีปญ ั หาเรือ่ งเงินหมุนเวียนไม่พอ ทางเดียวทีแ่ ก้ได้คอื จะต้องลดรายจ่ายลง การเงิน บุตรหลานของท่านจะสร้างปัญหาเรือ่ งเงินให้ปวดหัว เช่น ค่าการศึกษา และกิจกรรม ทีฟ่ มุ่ เฟือย ความรัก คนรักเอาแต่ใจตัวเอง ขีง้ อน ทำให้เกิดปัญหาขัดแย้งกัน มองหาทางแก้ให้ตรงจุด เสียสละเวลามาเอาใจคนรักบ้าง ก็จะแก้ปญ ั หาได้ สุขภาพ ให้ระวังโรคเกีย่ วกับระบบขับถ่าย จะเป็นเหตุให้นำไปสูก่ ารเจ็บป่วย เช่น อาหารไม่ยอ่ ยและท้องอืด You are overdue for some changes at home and within your personal relationships. Consider who drags you down and who supports your efforts and make adjustments to these friendships.

ราศีกนั ย์ การงาน คนในบ้านอาจทำให้ทา่ นเสียงาน เนือ่ งจากทำเอกสารตกหล่อนหรือสูญหาย การเงิน เงินทอง คล่องตัว เนือ่ งจากมีรายได้เพิม่ ขึน้ ในส่วนของงานประจำ ความรัก คนรักจะช่วยให้เหลือเกือ้ กูลให้ทา่ นพบกับความ สำเร็จใน ด้านการเงิน และนีเ่ องคือจุดเร่งให้ทา่ นตัดสินใจหมัน้ หรือแต่งงาน สุขภาพ ให้ระวังโรคหัวใจหรือตับกำเริบ เนือ่ งจากอาการเครียด You’ll have greater opportunities to make changes at home that will be more conducive to your comfort and ability to get things done. Love is on the rise allowing you greater options regarding lifestyle. Take action and get your way.

ราศีตลุ ย์ การงาน ท่านทีท่ ำธุรกิจหรือเป็นลูกจ้างในกิจการบันเทิง ช่วงนีโ้ ดดเด่น และได้รบั ค่าตอบแทนสูง การเงิน ได้เงินก้อนโตจากธุรกิจเสีย่ งๆ หรือธุรกิจเก็งกำไร ท่านทีช่ อบเสีย่ งโชค ช่วงนีข้ อให้ลองดู มีโอกาสได้เงิน ความรัก คนรัก ค่อนข้างเจ้าอารมณ์ และระแวงสงสัยในพฤติกรรมของท่าน จึงควรเปิดเผยทุกเรือ่ งทีเ่ ห็นว่าไม่รู้ สุขภาพ ให้ระวัง การเจ็บป่วย เนือ่ งจากทำงานหนัก พักผ่อนไม่เพียงพอ You’ll want to push for change but in hindsight you will probably wish you held off. There are too many unanswered questions to proceed with wishy-washy plans. Someone is not telling you the truth. You need to do more investigating.

ราศีพจิ กิ การงาน ท่านจะเดือดร้อนเกีย่ วกับงานในหน้าทีแ่ ละความรับผิดชอบ เนือ่ งจากของหายหรือปัญหาทุจริต และโยงใยมาถึงท่าน การเงิน จะเสียเงินก้อนใหญ่ เพือ่ วิง่ เต้นเกีย่ วกับคดีความหรือซ่อมแซมของใช้ ความรัก สดใส มีทง้ั คนเก่าและคนใหม่มาให้ทา่ นเลือก และดูเหมือนท่านจะเลือกได้ดดี ว้ ย สุขภาพ ให้ระวังอุบตั เิ หตุจากการเดินทาง

Put your money where your mouth is and you will make headway. Don’t be afraid to be different. It’s your unique approach that will gather attention and support, enabling you to make the changes that will better your life.

ราศีธนู การงาน งานพบอุปสรรคเกีย่ วกับเอกสารบกพร่องหรือผิดพลาดต้องทบทวน ทำให้เกิดความล่าช้า การเงิน พบปัญหาติดขัด เนือ่ งจากการเบิกจ่ายล่าช้า ไม่เป็นไปตามเป้าหมาย ส่งผลให้เงินขาดมือ ความรัก ให้ระวังรัก ทีเ่ กิดขึน้ กะทันหัน ซึง่ น่าจะเรียกว่าความต้องการมากกว่า สุขภาพ ให้ระวังโรคติดต่อ ไม่ควรคลุกคลีกบั ผูป้ ว่ ยทีอ่ ยูใ่ น ระยะแพร่เชือ้

Don’t let a lover lead you on. Be honest about what you need before grabbing hold of what you want. There will be a fine line between winning and losing, so secure your position and do not lose sight of your financial goals.

ราศีมงั กร การงาน งานก้าวหน้าและมีผลตอบแทนดี แต่ให้ระวังศัตรูในวงงาน จะทำให้ทา่ นเสียชือ่ การเงิน รายจ่ายสูงขึน้ กว่าทีค่ าดไว้ เนือ่ งจากมีปญ ั หาเกิดขึน้ โดยไม่คาดฝัน ความรัก ค่อนข้างสดใส แต่เป็นคนทีใ่ นวัยสวนทาง ความนิยม คือ ผูห้ ญิงอายุมากกว่าผูช้ าย ซึง่ ทำให้ทง้ั ท่านและคนรักตกเป็นเหยือ่ ของการนินทา สุขภาพ ให้ระวังโรคเกีย่ ว กับระบบหายใจ เช่น ปอดหรือหลอดลมอักเสบ

Help others to help themselves and you will be ahead of the game. If you do too much of the work you will end up exhausted and defeated. Delegating must be incorporated into everything you do this month if you want to make gains.

ราศีกมุ ภ์ การงาน จะสะดุดหรือหยุดชะงัก เนือ่ งจากเกิดอุปสรรคปัญหาขาดแคลนเงินสดหมุนเวียน การเงิน รายจ่ายสูง ในขณะทีร่ ายรับลดลง ทำให้เกิดปัญหาเงินสดขาดมือหรือเกิดการขาดสภาพคล่องทางด้านการเงิน ความรัก ไม่สดใส เนือ่ งจากคนรักไปฟังคำยุแหย่ของคนรอบข้าง สุขภาพ ให้ระวังโรคนิว่ ในไตหรือตับพิการเนือ่ งจากรับประทาน ยามากเกินไป

Secrets regarding medical, legal and financial problems will lead to trouble. You need to express your position if you want to be able to put a plan in motion that will help you reorganize budget and reposition yourself for the future.

ราศีมนี การงาน ท่านจะได้ลาภก้อนใหญ่จากงานประจำหรือจากงานจรทีเ่ กีย่ วข้องกับงานประจำ จึงควรเริม่ งานใหม่หรือ ปรับปรุงงานเก่าทีเ่ ห็นว่ามีทางได้เงิน การเงิน มีโอกาสได้เงินก้อนใหญ่จากธุรกิจเก็งกำไรหรือจากการพนันทีท่ า่ นเองก็ไม่ คิดว่าจะได้ ความรัก ท่านอย่าหลงกลคนทีเ่ ปิดทางให้ทา่ น หากไม่อยากเดือดร้อนในอนาคต อันเกิดจากความต้องการ เพียงชัว่ ระยะสัน้ ๆ สุขภาพ ให้ระวังอุบตั เิ หตุ อันเกิดจากการเดินทางไกลหรือเครือ่ งยนต์กลไกทีใ่ ช้เพือ่ การทำงาน

50

c-holiday



C-Holliday