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Discovering the island’s Sino-Portuguese Style

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Recipe and signature dishes

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Unforgettable island adventures

Dining

26 Hot food promotions. Don’t miss out! 29 Recipe and signature dishes from Phuket’s top chefs

TRAVEL

36 A fun guide to language: Insider’s tips to speaking English in Thailand 42 Unforgettable island adventures

LEGAL MATTERS

56 Using your mind to filter for real legal information

COVER: Phuket Old Town

PHUKET LIVING 13 14 20 32 60 57

Obituary: Tom Howard Social Phuket Discovering the island’s Sino-Portuguese style People in business: Frank Grassmann, The Nai Harn Phuket Phuket Days: Temple lore - a flashback Your Phuket: Things to do on the island

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INFORMATION.PHUKET'S bEACHES

What's your favourite beach?

Sarasin Bridge

1 C2

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Phuket's fame and fortune is founded primarily from its stunning beaches – and they are still the fundamental reason most, if not all, holidaymakers hit this tropical island year after year. But how many are there? Where are they? Which is the most beautiful? Why? On this page, and on Page 9, you'll find most of Phuket's beaches. The number in the blue circle corresponds to the same number on the Page 9 map, making it easy to plan your beach itinerary. We recommend renting a car – and driving carefully!

Mai Khao Beach

2 A5

Nai Yang Beach

2

Bang Tao Beach

32 F1

39 B6

Surin Beach

31 D4

73 C3

Leam Sing Cape

118 E2

18

63 A4

Patong Beach

11

Karon Nui

14

88 E4

Karon Beach

122 G6

31 D6

Kamala Beach

19

40 G4

9

75 B2

Tri Trang Beach

99 A5

122 G4

74 e4

13

Kata Beach

16

Nai Harn Beach

19 C5

5

12

15

Ya Nui Beach

Layan Beach

8

Kalim Beach

10

9 A3

4

7

Hua Beach

Kata Noi Beach

Naithon Beach

3

6

Paradise Beach

5 D4

107 C4

17

Phromthep Cape

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Ao Por Bay

14 F6

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Saphan Hin Park 3

95 D4

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27

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Yon Bay / Panwa

116 F2

25

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7 8 9

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Chalong Bay

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110 G4

24 12 13 14 15

26

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Leam Ka Cape

24 25

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19 20

124 G3

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Until-15 May

Art @ VR Gallery, Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Phuket

Art Exhibition Nordics Lights: Tranquil, Exotic & Mysterious. The VR gallery is hosting the work of Norwegian artist Hilde Amdal Arnesan. +66 76 333568. info@villaroyalephuket.com

4 May

Music @ Café Del Mar Phuket

Dee Montero (Diynamic , Anjunadeep / Ibiza) at Café del Mar. +66 61 359 5500. www.cafedelmarphuket.com

4-7 May

UnKonscious Beach Festival@ Paradise Beach

Trance lovers gather to celebrate with old friends & new on a secluded private beach. 3 days of Trance music from 3 labels, 15 international artists & 6 DJs from around the region. +66 92 485 6250 info@paradisebeachphuket.com

5 MAY-28 JULY

Live music @ Mom Tri’s Wok Pagoda

Saturday Jazz Night. Every Saturday evening from May - July, Mom Tri’s Wok Pagoda presents Jazz Night from 6 - 8pm with live music & canapés & cocktails. Tickets 850 baht. The first Jazz Night on May 5 sees an extra hour with music from 6 - 9pm. +66 76 333568 fb@villaroyalephuket.com

10-13 May 5 May

Venetian Masquerade Party @ Kata Rocks

Kata Rock’s Collective Series 12 is a private penthouse party, 2,500 baht net, incl food & drinks from 6 - 9pm. DJ, dance & more until late. Best costume wins a 1-night stay at Kata Rocks (value THB 50,000). +66 76 370777 dining@katarocks.com

Golf @ Laguna Golf Phuket

Singha Laguna Phuket Open 2018. Phuket province has been selected to host All Thailand Golf Tour 2018’s “Singha Laguna Phuket Open”, a co-sanctioned golf event with Asian Development Tour (ADT). It will see top professional players vying for more than 2m baht prize fund. First tee time starts at 7am daily. Entry is free. www.lagunagolf.com/phuket

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Sport @ Thanyapura

Thanyapura Tri Dash Phuket 2018 is a sprint triathlon for beginners & seasoned athletes with a 400m, a cycle of a fast two loop course through rubber plantations & a run also with a multi-looped course. The Thanypura Tri Dash Phuket races are official warm up races for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. www.tridashthailand.com/phuket/

11 MAY

Competition @ The Nai Harn Phuket

JamesSuckling.com presents the third edition of the ‘Best Rosé in Thailand’ competition at the The Nai Harn Resort. The 2017 running saw more than 80 entries. Special benefits include daily buffet breakfast at Cosmo Restaurant, luxury 2-way airport transfers, participation in the Award Ceremony with James Suckling on May 11, one hour of SPA massage & complimentary WiFi. +66 76 380 200.

13 MAY

9-10 JUNE

Chiaro Edition – Take Off Concert 2018 in Phuket. CHIARO & companions introduce innovative performance “SingCom” (Singing Comedy). Stand up comedy & music from famous musicals & operas from around the world. From 4-6pm. Tickets 500 baht (350 children under 15). +66 81 487 8087 chiaroedition@gmail.com

Laguna Phuket International Marathon 2018. Celebrating its 13th year, numbers are expected to top 7,000 runners from over 50 countries, competing across five distances: 2km, 5km, 10.5km, Half Marathon & Marathon. The event is a fun & familyoriented experience that also supports local charities. www.phuketmarathon.com

Concert @ Phuket Mining Museum

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12-15 JULY

Multihull Solutions Regatta @ Phuket Yacht Club Open to all multihulls (catamarans and trimarans) that are acceptable to the Race Committee. Registration on the evening of Thursday 12th; racing on Friday - Sunday. Awards ceremony & party on Sunday. www.phuketyachtclub.com

12-15 JULY

Exhibition @ Royal Phuket City Hotel

Architect & Buildtech Exhibition. Trade show for construction tools, materials, architectural design & décor items. +66 76 217199 info@pic-phuket.com

29 JULY

Marathon @ TAT Phuket Office

Buakaw Ocean Marathon. World-renowned Thai boxing star, Buakaw Banchamek, invites both Thais & foreigners to join the 3rd Amazing Thailand Buakaw Ocean Marathon, a local running event on Phuket Island. +66 76 212 213. tatphuket@tat.or.th

5 AUGUST 18-22 JULY

Yacht racing @ Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket

The 15th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. The annual Phuket Raceweek presents 4 days of international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s east coast for a wide range of yachts & is popular with many of the serious racers around Asia. The after-race parties are legendary!. www.phuketraceweek.com.

Marathon @ Saphan Hin

Bangkok Airways Phuket Half Marathon 2018 has four categories: 5km, 10km, Half Marathon & full Marathon. +66 92 979 8287. info@teelakow.com

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TOM HOWARD One of the great characters of the Phuket boating community, Tom Howard, sadly passed away in April, following a short illness. Tom had been a full time Phuket resident since 2002, following his retirement from the IT business in the UK. During his years here, his passion was classic boats and the beautifully restored Seraph and Marie G (named after his much-loved mother) were familiar sights in the waters around Phuket. Born in the UK in 1951, Tom was one of seven children. Growing up, he had no interest in school books; all he wanted to do was indulge another of his passions, the game of rugby, together with a long line of girlfriends. Ever the independent fellow, he married none of them, but thirteen nieces and nephews, whose triumphs he followed closely, more than made up for having no heirs of his own.

He also enjoyed success on the athletics track as a 100 yard sprinter and a long jumper – all quite unbelievable for those who knew Tom only in Phuket! Tom had fantastic sporting success on the rugby field at school as a very fast winger. He also enjoyed success on the athletics track as a 100 yard sprinter and a long jumper – all quite unbelievable for those who knew Tom only in Phuket! After substantial success in the UK’s fledgling IT industry, most recently with his own business supplying IT and other office equipment, Tom cashed up and retired to Phuket, where he will be remembered especially by Phuket’s yacht

Tom’s pride and joy, the 110-year-old classic yacht Seraph

Tom was a pub landlord’s dream. If he chose to drink in your pub and felt he was looked after properly, it was jackpot time. racing community as the prime mover and stalwart of the Classic Class at Phuket Raceweek, presenting the annual ‘Seraph Perpetual Trophy’ to the winner of this stately, but hotly contested, class. Tom was a strong supporter of other local regattas too, making Seraph available as a committee boat on countless occasions. The quintessential bachelor, Tom was a pub landlord’s dream. If he chose to drink in your pub and felt he was looked after properly, it was jackpot time. You had a fiercely loyal customer on whose patronage you could rely for 365 days a year, except in cases of force majeure and Act of God… But let the standards slip one time too many, and your turnover would plummet as moved on. Despite the hours spent sitting in his local pub, telling stories and chewing the fat with friends, Tom had finally become semi-domesticated and spent his recent Phuket life with his Thai partner of many years, Pang. If ever there was an example of a man who lived his life to the full, that man was Tom Howard. He will be sorely missed by his friends – and the landlord of his (most recent) local pub!

RIP Tom Howard

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SOCIAL scene.WHAT WAS ON IN PHUKET

The Slate’s Sunday brunch

Choop.me application launch @ HomeWorks Phuket

El Gaucho Phuket grand opening night

Saint Patrick’s Day @ The Drunken Leprechaun Phuket

Thai Wine Festival @ Blue Elephant Phuket

Art Exhibition Nordics Lights - tranquil, exotic and mysterious @ Villa Royale Phuket

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Jazz night @ Marina Café, Marina Express-AVIATOR-Phuket Airport Michelin Star Chef Phatchara Pirapak @ Banyan Tree Phuket

Blood & organs donation camp @ Sleep With Me Hotel

A taste of Malaysia @ Ginja Taste, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

Re-opening celebration of KEE Sky Lounge

XANA 6th anniversary Pink Party @ XANA Beach Club

1,000 baht ‘free-flow’ Friday Wine Lunch @ The Boathouse Phuket

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TIDE TABLES

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INFORMATION.tide tables

May

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

Sunday

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1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

1

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.9

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.6

3.1

3.4

3.3

3.0

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.9

0.9

1.2

1.7

2.2

2.7

3.0

2

3.0

2.8

2.3

1.8

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.2

1.7

2.3

2.9

3.2

3.3

3.1

2.7

2.1

1.5

1.1

0.9

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.5

2.8

3

3.0

2.9

2.5

2.1

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.2

1.5

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.2

3.2

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.7

2.2

2.6

4

2.8

2.8

2.6

2.3

1.8

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.8

3.1

3.1

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.6

1.3

1.1

1.3

1.6

2.0

2.4

5

2.7

2.7

2.7

2.4

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.7

2.1

2.5

2.9

3.0

3.0

2.7

2.3

1.9

1.5

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.8

2.2

6

2.4

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.6

2.8

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.5

1.7

2.0

7

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.4

2.3

2.1

1.9

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.9

2.1

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.1

1.8

1.7

1.6

1.7

1.8

8

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.9

1.9

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.1

2.0

1.8

1.8

1.8

9

1.8

1.9

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.2

2.1

2.0

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.2

2.3

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.4

2.3

2.1

1.9

1.8

10

1.7

1.7

1.8

1.9

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.9

1.8

1.9

2.0

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.6

2.5

2.4

2.1

1.9

11

1.6

1.5

1.5

1.7

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.6

1.7

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.4

2.1

12

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

2.0

2.3

2.7

2.9

2.9

2.8

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.4

1.6

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.8

2.4

13

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.6

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.1

3.1

2.8

2.4

1.9

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.5

1.9

2.4

2.8

3.0

3.0

2.8

14

2.3

1.8

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.8

2.4

2.9

3.2

3.3

3.1

2.7

2.2

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.1

1.5

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.2

3.0

15

2.7

2.1

1.6

1.1

0.9

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.6

3.1

3.4

3.4

3.1

2.6

2.0

1.3

0.9

0.9

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.8

3.2

3.2

16

3.0

2.5

2.0

1.3

0.9

0.8

1.0

1.5

2.2

2.9

3.3

3.5

3.4

3.0

2.4

1.7

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.4

2.9

3.2

17

3.2

2.9

2.3

1.8

1.2

0.9

0.9

1.2

1.8

2.4

3.0

3.5

3.5

3.3

2.8

2.2

1.5

1.0

0.8

0.9

1.4

2.0

2.5

3.0

18

3.2

3.0

2.7

2.2

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.6

3.2

3.5

3.4

3.1

2.6

2.0

1.4

1.0

0.9

1.1

1.6

2.1

2.6

19

3.0

3.0

2.9

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.7

2.2

2.7

3.2

3.4

3.3

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.3

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.8

2.2

20

2.6

2.8

2.9

2.7

2.4

2.0

1.6

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.9

2.3

2.8

3.1

3.2

3.1

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.4

1.2

1.3

1.5

1.9

21

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.3

2.0

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.4

2.7

2.9

3.0

2.9

2.6

2.2

1.8

1.5

1.4

1.4

1.6

22

1.9

2.1

2.4

2.5

2.6

2.5

2.4

2.1

1.9

1.7

1.7

1.8

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.3

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

23

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.1

1.8

1.5

24

1.4

1.5

1.7

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.1

1.9

1.7

1.7

1.8

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.8

25

1.5

1.3

1.4

1.6

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.8

2.9

2.8

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.8

2.8

2.8

2.5

2.1

26

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.3

1.6

2.0

2.4

2.8

3.0

3.0

2.9

2.5

2.1

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.5

1.8

2.2

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.8

2.5

27

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.6

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.2

3.1

2.8

2.4

1.9

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.7

3.0

3.0

2.7

28

2.3

1.8

1.4

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.8

2.4

2.8

3.3

3.3

3.1

2.7

2.2

1.6

1.2

1.1

1.2

1.5

2.0

2.5

2.9

3.0

2.9

29

2.6

2.1

1.6

1.2

1.1

1.2

1.5

2.0

2.6

3.1

3.3

3.3

3.0

2.5

1.9

1.4

1.1

1.0

1.2

1.7

2.2

2.7

2.9

3.0

30

2.8

2.4

1.9

1.4

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.7

2.3

2.8

3.2

3.3

3.2

2.8

2.3

1.7

1.2

1.0

1.1

1.4

1.9

2.4

2.8

3.0

31

2.9

2.6

2.2

1.7

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.5

2.0

2.6

3.0

3.3

3.3

3.0

2.5

2.0

1.4

1.1

1.0

1.2

1.7

2.1

2.6

2.9

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Our work is done with the expertise of a European manufacturer

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Cholamark Boat Co., Ltd. is the local dealer for Williams Performance Tenders and is a service station for Avon Inflatables Limited and DSB of Germany • Wide range of inflatable boats made from Neoprene/

Hypalon • In addition to our Cholamark models we also offer

Williams & Highfield tenders • Professional repairs of all Neoprene & Hypalon Dinghies,

re-tubing & general inflatable dinghy overhauls • Stock in our showrooms includes RIBs & soft floor dinghies • Manufacturer of dinghy covers, sun shades, cushions

with closed cell foam; supply & use anti-skid mats • Licensed to repack liferafts. Pick up & delivery service • Parts for dinghies - repair sets, air pumps, paddles, oars

& dinghy wheels • Rental of dinghies • Outboard engines, life rafts, self inflating life jackets,

hand flares & parachute flares • Stainless steel work (316), Argon Welding & perfect polishing Open in Chalong from 08:30-17:30, Monday-Saturday. Office and shop located opposite Soi Sukee on Chaofa Road, Chalong - very close to Chalong Bay. The dinghy ramp at the opposite end of Soi Sukee and close to “The Lighthouse” makes for easy collection & delivery, subject to tidal restrictions (see page 30 for tide tables).

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PHUKET LIVING.Helicam

Lookout for the all new...

PATONG poster 2018 limited edition

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Patong Poster: Size 85cm x 60cm

Year 2006, Helicam Company Limited produced a unique poster to showcase Patong as never done before. Once this poster went into circulation it soon became in high demand. Limited offset printed stocks were soon sold out. Now Helicam have recently re-photographed this Patong poster and updated all the major destinations and points of interest. These destinations have more than doubled since 2006. Latest camera technology allows for far greater detail. See clearly where all points of interest are located and favourite bars or restaurants. If you would like to display a poster in your outlet or become a re-seller or simply take one home call Helicam now and find out where you can get your copies. A perfect souvenir for all visitors. Read online

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THB 315,000

Mazda 2 XD High

Toyota Vios S

THB 599,000

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PRE-OWNED: White, 2012, 1.2 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Standard Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 62,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: HB Diesel Red, 2016, 1.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, DVD, 36,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2014, 1.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 66,xxx KM.

Toyota Altis G

Suzuki SX4

Mazda 3 Skyactive

THB 430,000

THB 350,000

THB 775,000

PRE-OWNED: Silver, 2011, 1.6 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, 148,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: Orange, 2010, 1.6 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Standard Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, 115,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: SP Sport NAVI Red, 2014, 2.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, NAVI, 33,xxx KM.

Toyota Fortuner (V)

Toyota Innova (G)

Honda CRV (S)

THB 940,000

THB 630,000

THB 580,000

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PRE-OWNED: White, 2013, 2.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 48,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2010, 2.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, Cruise Control, 77,xxx KM.

Nissan Teana

Isuzu Dmax Cab4

Toyota Vigo

THB 695,000

PRE-OWNED: 250XV ( V6) Black, 2012, 2.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, Cruise Control, 108,xxx KM.

THB 540,000

PRE-OWNED: Hi S.Titanium White, 2011, 3.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, NAVI, USB, DVD, 139,xxx KM.

THB 680,000

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To Airport

Baan Lipon School

To Phuket City Monument

Phuket Villa Tesco Lotus California Market

To Chalong

Thai Watsadu

37 B2

Chaofa East Rd.

Phuket 93 Villa 3 A6

To Phuket City Phatthana Thong Thin Rd.

Yaowarat Rd.

To Central

Thepkasattree Rd.

Merlin Hotel

Thepanusorn Rd.

To Airport

To Wachira Hospital

Kwang Rd.

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Uniquely Phuket: Discovering the island’s

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travel.Discovering the Island’s Sino-Portuguese Style

Two styles of buildings became popular in Phuket during the 18th century: shophouses and mansions depicting the Sino-Portuguese style of design and architecture.

Soi Rommanee is a charming lane perfect for photographs and selfies

Phuket is a diverse island. Popular for its plentiful beaches, the island boasts a wide variety of activities to please holidaymakers. Beyond the beaches, Phuket is most famous for its party scene and glitzy lifestyle, however, there is another side of this tropical paradise that is well worth exploring. Phuket truly has a unique culture and an interesting history. During the 18th century, much of Phuket’s booming tin mining was carried out by Hokkien Chinese. It was the Hokkien Chinese who be-came most invested in building the part of the island that is now referred to as Phuket Old Town. Two styles of buildings became popular during this time: shophouses and mansions depicting the Sino-Portuguese style of design and architecture.

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Phuket Old Town’s famous Thalang Road is alive colorful Sino-Portuguese shophouses and unique street art

Up close and personal with the old town’s shophouses Centered around Dibuk, Thalang and Krabi roads, Phuket Old Town is a must-do when visiting Phuket. Take a walking tour around the old town, famous for its SinoPortuguese buildings and cultural heritage. This central area of Phuket provides an interesting glimpse into local life set against the backdrop of colourful, beautifully preserved shophouses. Many of the shophouses have been passed down through generations of local families, and even today, families both live and conduct business in the shophouses of Phuket Old Town.

Built in rows, the island’s shophouses are all similar in make and design. Each shophouse is approximately five meters wide, but can be up to fifty meters long.

The Sino-Portuguese buildings of Phuket provide a certain charm to Old Town and are lovely backdrops for photographs

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Thai Hua Museum is a glowing example of the beautiful Sino-Colonial architecture

Built in rows, the island’s shophouses are all similar in make and design. Each shophouse is approximately five meters wide, but can be up to fifty meters long. The sheer length of the shophouses offers spacious living quarters for families and an interesting area to admire and explore when permitted. Most feature a living room as well as another space that is open to the sky, allowing cool air to flow in. The rear of the shophouses tends to feature a kitchen and wash room, while up-stairs is the family’s private area and bedrooms. There is no doubt that the Sino-Portuguese shophouses are lovely. Each colourful shophouse features distinct architecture and a colorful facade. Many of the shophouses have been restored to quite close to their former natural state. The Sino-Portuguese shophouses are the darlings of Phuket Old Town and make for stunning photographs. Intricate details are everywhere in Phuket Old Town

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24 Massive, a bit worse for the wear and majestic in their ruin, these old, abandoned Sino-Colonial mansions really do showcase so much character. The mansions truly are beautiful, and when standing in front of one, appreciating its detailed design, it is easy to imagine a very different Phuket. 100 years ago or more, these mansions surely must have been the talk of the island while being constructed as well as have given a certain sense of affluence in the community to their owners.

Baan Chinpracha is a living museum open to the public

Sino-colonial mansions in Phuket If you find the Phuket Old Town shophouses to your liking and have a passion for old houses, it is definitely worth exploring a bit further afield. Keep a sharp eye out and you are sure to discover some of Phuket’s amazing old mansions, many of which are hidden just behind or amongst some of the more modern buildings that have taken over the island. A small number of Phuket’s old mansions have been restored and are fully functional. These buildings now serve as government offices, museums, kindergartens, boutique hostels and restaurants. These restored mansions are a real reflection of the colonial period, and without a doubt add a bit of unexpected charm to any visitor’s Phuket experience. Even so, it is the now unoccupied, dilapidated and even a bit eerie mansions that are the real treasure.

Massive and majestic, the old mansions evoke memories of a very different Phuket

Hidden in Phuket Town, the Limpanon House is one of the most beautiful Sino-colonial mansions on the island

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Mansions in the Sino-colonial style started popping up all over town during the tin mining boom, as many wealthy Chinese immigrants built them to use as their family home. Most of the mansions were designed with a large covered porch leading to the main entrance of the house. A terrace on the upper floor and a courtyard in the middle of the mansion were also notable design features. Interestingly enough, the courtyard was also the location of the family well, which often made it a busy place. Water would be brought to the master’s quarters by servants, and the courtyard is where general washing and bathing would also take place.

Tai Hua Museums, Luang Amnart Nararak Mansion, The Mansion of chinpracha

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Thalang, Phang Nga Road 81 B5

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Philatelic Museum 81 D5

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A few of Phuket’s larger Sino-colonial hidden mansions have more than one courtyard. Although it is left to the imagination, it is quite easy to assume that the owners of these mansions must have amassed an awesome amount of wealth. The tin mining industry brought much prosperity to Phuket, and it is good that we can appreciate today through these lovely shophouses and mansions left behind. Phuket’s history truly is eclectic and intriguing. There is more to this island than just beaches and parties. So much of Phuket’s true heritage is uniquely preserved through the restoration and upkeep of Phuket Old Town’s famous Sino-Portuguese style shophouses and the exquisite Sinocolonial mansions – Phuket’s true hidden gems.


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Singapore soft shell chili crab burger @ Dream Hotel Phuket Singaporean Chef Alfie Jerome brings you the world famous Singapore Soft Shell Chili Crab Burger – served with spicy yet fragrant crab sauce coupled with spicy mango salad & crispy French fries. Two burgers served. 500++ baht. Daily. Sunday roast @ Two Chefs (Kata, Karon, Patong) Weekly specials including traditional Sunday Roast, every Sunday all day & all night! All you can eat for only 445 baht including: roast Aussie beef, pork loin, chicken, roasted or mashed potatoes, roasted mixed vegetables flavoured with thyme & garlic, Yorkshire pudding & red wine gravy. Tuesday night is Thai Night @ Border Town Horizon Beach Resort & Spa 7-10 pm. Live Thai dance. Thai & International buffet dinner. Adult 699 baht. Child 399 baht. Special promotion red or white wine 900 baht net.

Royal Thai set lunch by the lagoon Royal Thai Set Lunch by Lagoon @ Ruen Thai Restaurant 11:30PM - 2:30PM Royal Thai family-style set lunch a beautiful lagoon: for four Available daily,in except Monday enjoy six dishes at 1,999++ baht & for six enjoy eight Ruen Thai Restaurant offers Royal Thai Family-Style lunchdishes at 2,499++ baht. Tuesday -inSunday,11:30am - 2:30pm. A la carte a beautiful lagoon setting. menus also available. • Royal Thai Set Lunch of 4 persons enjoy 6 dishes at THB 1,999 net • Royal Thai Set Lunch of 6 persons enjoy 8 dishes at THB 2,499 net * A la carte menus are also available Price is subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax

Seafood Night Buffet @ Rim Talay Restaurant, Amari Phuket Extensive assortment of mouth-watering seafood. Hot & cold appetisers, mixed your own salad, mini-cocktails & light soups. Many food stations, including sushi & sashimi, Thai & western dishes cooked from chicken, lamb, fish & vegetables. Poached & grilled seafood stations are the highlights with many dipping sauces. Finish with sweet treats: cakes, tarts, mousse, ice-cream & exotic fresh fruit. 890 baht++. Every Wednesday 6.30-10pm. Sizzling Night @ Casuarina Beach Restaurant This panoramic beachfront restaurant flames up the BBQ grills Thursday & Sunday evenings from 6-10pm. Grilled seafood, premium meats, sushi corner, salad bar, savoury appetisers & desserts. 1,390++ baht. 50% off for kids 6-12. Sangria & Paella Thursdays @ The Cove Phuket Enjoy this Spanish special for just 1,190++ baht at this beautiful location at Ao Yon Beach.

Tapas experience @ Paresa Dining Daytime tapas experience! Choose three tapas & a carafe of white or red wine or a jug of Sangria. Choices include signature dishes such as Chorizo, Ceviche, Gravlax, Lolly Pops & Mini Bombs; vegetarian dishes such as Olives & Pickles, Babaganush & Humus along with Ibérico, Herring Smorrebrod, Boquerones, Chicken Stripes & Pulpo. Every day,11am - 5pm. 666++ baht or 999++ baht with a carafe of wine or jug of Sangria.

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shrimp paste served with vegetables, deep-fried fish with lemon grass & steamed rice. For dessert, try tamarind sherbet, ice cream or mini dumplings in coconut cream. Drinks such as traditional Thai iced milk tea, Roselle juice, bael juice, longan juice and lemongrass juice are included. All for 1,400++ baht per set. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 6.30 to 11pm.

Wine Lunch by The Boathouse Phuket @ The Boathouse Phuket For the unbelievable price of just 1,000 baht net, enjoy the new ‘Boathouse Phuket Friday Wine Lunch’ – featuring a 3-course set menu concocted by Executive Chef Jonathan & free flow wine from 12 - 2.30pm. Without a doubt the best deal on the island to kick-start the weekend! The menu is guided by Chef Jonathan’s creativity, combined with the best produce available in the fresh market. Select your Friday lunch from a choice of starters & main courses, followed by a dessert created for you by The Boathouse Phuket’s talented pastry team. Wind up with with freshly brewed coffee or infused teas.

Indian set menu @Baluchi Restaurant, Horizon Karon Beach Resort Enjoy an Indian set menu (Jain, Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian) at Baluchi Restaurant, Horizon Karon Beach Resort everyday from 6:30-11pm. 600++ baht per person and 1,000++ baht for 2 persons. Saturday & Sunday Burger & Beer @ Two Chefs Bar & Grill Every Saturday & Sunday 595 baht. Any burger from our menu and get one free pitcher of Chang draft beer. Come and follow your favorite Rugby teams. Come for the food. Stay for the fun!!

Collective Series 12 ‘Venetian Masquerade Party’ @ Kata Rocks, 5 May Kata Rock’s Collective Series 12, a private penthouse party, returns as a ‘Venetian Masquerade Party’. 2,500 baht net per guest, inclusive of food & drinks from 6 to 9pm. Live DJ entertainment, dance & acrobatic performances, and more, until late. Win a one-night stay in a Kata Rocks’ Ocean Loft Sky Pool Villa (valued at THB 50,000) for best costume. The Slate’s Sunday Brunch @ The Slate Phuket The ultimate in weekend dining – flavours of the land and sea, with free-flow bubbly every Sunday. This is one of the island’s original & highly-regarded brunches, featuring a plethora of the finest dishes. With free-flow Piper Heidsieck Champagne: 6,050 baht per person. With free-flow wine & sparkling: 3,450 baht per person. With free-flow soft drinks: 2,450 baht per person. Kids 5-11, 50% off, 4 and below, complimentary. Southern Platter @ Panwa House, Cape Panwa Hotel Three-course set menu. Start with a choice of appetisers which include a glass-noodle salad with vegetables or fruit salad. The southern platter is served ‘Khantoke’-style, featuring southern Thai dishes including Stir-fried crab with curry powder, fried tiger prawns with tamarind sauce, sour Thai fish soup & young coconut shoots, smoked shrimps with spicy windowonphuket.com

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Thai Food Lovers Night, Thai Buffet @ Mangosteen Restaurant Every Monday from 7 to 9:30pm our Chef presents a delicious Thai buffet with a large variety of authentic local specialties. We beautifully present some notorious classics as well as some rare specialities. Thai cuisine is famous for its intense tastes, herbs and spices and variety. The Thai Food Lovers Buffet Night is ideal to get to know Thailand’s famous cuisine! Mondays have become so popular with our guests, we do recommend reserving your table in advance. Vouchers can be purchased online at a special price! The Thai Food Lovers Dinner is 750 baht net per person.

‘Go Live’ Sunday seafood brunch @ The Watercourt, Banyan Tree Phuket Live seafood stations and music entertainment every Sunday from 12-3.30pm. Price starts from 2,800 baht net per person. Free flow beer and bubbly packages are also available.

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DINING.NIKITA’S

A beach-side dining experience. On the water´s edge, serving a full range of fresh Thai seafood, international dishes oven-fresh, wood-fired pizzas.

Nikita’s Thai/Seafood/International Daily 9am until late Created by its Thai owner 23 years ago, Nikita’s enjoys a sensational location oceanside at Rawai Beach. Customers dine in a lush garden setting right at the sea’s edge with white sand underfoot and enjoy spectacular ocean and island panoramas during the day and a romantic atmosphere at night. Nikita’s boasts no fewer than 18 cocktails, but we settle for a traditional gin and tonic. A Tomato Bruschetta comes as appetizer, followed by an unusual dish, a spicy salad with glass noodles and peeled prawns. The wine list is well chosen – 12 whites and 15 reds, plus five choices available by the glass. A competitively priced Santa Alicia cabernet sauvignon from Chile – full bodied with supple tannins – provides a perfect complement to our meal. Seeking something distinctive for the main course, my friend orders a firm-fleshed and succulent Mahi-mahi (dorado). Served with a creamy white sauce laced with Thai herbs and mashed potato, it is pronounced superb. My choice is a whole, Deep-fried white snapper in fish sauce (sweet and sour sauce is also available) with a Thai inspired salad of crisp slivers of green mango and peanuts. Delectable. It is worth noting that many of the vegetables served here are sourced from Nikita’s own farm. Famous for its thin-crust pizzas – all cooked in a wood-fired oven – the choice includes classics such as Margarita with mozzarella, tomato and basil. All Nikita’s pizzas are celebrated for their lavish toppings. Then there’s English style fish and chips, coated in beer batter, a house speciality. Though Nikita’s emphasis is on seafood and international dishes, there is an impressive range of authentic Thai dishes. We finish in style with a slab of hot, dark chocolate mousse and a scoop of fragrant ice-cream. A sensational and contrasting mix of flavours, textures and temperatures. A visit to Nikita’s certainly leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth…

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Mangosteen Salad by Mangosteen Restaurant For the salad 80g mixed salad leaves | 20g yam beans | 20g green papaya | 4 steamed medium sized prawns | 2 cherry tomatoes | 20g roasted cashew nuts For seasoning 2 tbsp pure virgin olive oil | ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar | ½ tbsp red wine vinegar | 1 small red onion thinly chopped | 3 leaves of fresh mint thinly chopped | 1 bird chili thinly chopped | salt & pepper For decoration 1 red cabbage leaf (the whole leaf ) | a few mint leaves (whole leaves) | chives | 2 cherry tomatoes | 1 tsp deep fried red onion, shredded | 1 mangosteen fruit (seasonal availability) Preparation Mix the ingredients of the salad. Prepare the seasoning by mixing the ingredients in a bowl; add the mixed salad. On the plate lay out the red cabbage leaf, garnish with the seasoned salad and top with the deep fried shredded red onions. Decorate with the mint leaves, the chives, cherry tomatoes and the mangosteen fruit.

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Suriyan Kitsalai

Khun Mek ‘Suriyan Kitsalai’ has worked in the Mangosteen’s kitchen since the opening of the resort in 2003. Over the years, he gained valuable experience from working with several international chefs. Some special Mangosteen signature dishes are prepared using secret recipes, all of which he has known by heart since day one. He is our Chef’s right-hand man and most valuable for continuity and teamwork. Read online

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DINING.PLUM PRIME STEAKHOUSE / VANILLA SKY BAR

PLUM Prime Steakhouse / Vanilla Sky Bar & Gastro Pub Steakhouse / Gastro Pub dishes Plum 6-11.30pm, Closed Mondays Vanilla 5pm-midnight Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas brings sophisticated style to the tropical beauty of Phuket with its two unique dining venues – both with outstanding service, fine cuisine and views to match. It’s chic, it’s modern, it’s hip, it’s laid back, it’s Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas! PLUM Prime Steakhouse: Dinner is a great experience and at PLUM we are all fired up! At the centre of your experience is the charcoal burning oven, bringing out the succulent best from our prime cuts of US and Australian beef. Equal attention is given to the fresh fish and seafood, along with an appealing choice of à la carte dishes and fine wines. Innovative and modern… walking a tasty line between ‘steakhouse’ and ‘fine dining’. Come relaxed... leave inspired! Vanilla Sky Bar & Gastro Pub: The pinnacle of the resort, serves creative craft cocktails and modern stylish gastro pub dishes, backed by a breathtaking view of Kamala Bay. “Gaze out over an amazing sunset whilst sipping an ‘Elderflower Old Town’ or enjoying a cold Belgian Draught Beer, tasting some of the delicious ‘Pub Grub’ brought to new modern heights…. life is good!” For us, it’s about just doing everything the best we can, sending out the best food…pouring the finest drinks… making people feel at home. Ultimately sending you away as happy as we can. We’ve got a little dream team going on. It will be love at first sight. Daily Happy Hour: Get 30% discount on all drinks, except wines, champagnes and super premium spirits, from 5-6 pm. Experience Cape Sienna and be surprised by the amazing location, delicious food, great drinks, good music and stunning view. Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, Kamala Cliff +66 76 337300 www.capesienna.com, fb@capesienna.com

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SIGNATURE DISH Product images are for illustrative purpose only

Poo Phad Phong Garee Stir-fried crab with curry, egg, onions, celery, tomato, capsicum and spring onion

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Frank Grassmann

General Manager of ‘The Nai Harn’ Resort

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A man on a mission

W

e meet in the lounge area of the Cosmo Restaurant, an opulent setting high above the golden sands of Nai Harn, the hotel flags fluttering in the sea breeze. The location is unique: to the west the ultramarine waters of the Andaman Sea; to our left the wide sweep of a bay flanked by lush headlands. This is ‘The Nai Harn’, an island icon founded in 1986, the only resort with direct access to one of the world’s premier beaches. Frank Grassmann, the affable and dedicated general manager who joins me here, is in his element – a distinguished hotelier presiding over a magical institution. Hospitality was not Frank’s original choice of career. After coming within an ace of joining Lufthansa as a pilot, he settled on an alternative career. As a young man, he had occasionally travelled with his salesman father and, as a result of staying in many hotels, he became interested in the hotel business. Frank went on to serve an apprenticeship at the Albrecht Durer Hotel Management School in Dusseldorf, Germany before embarking on a career which has gone from strength to strength and from country to country. His impressive CV includes postings at The Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof in Frankfurt, the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel, London’s The Savoy, Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Thani Manila and Phuket’s Dusit Thani Laguna. Frank had not planned to come to Phuket – though he had “always wanted to go to Asia”. It was, in the way of these things, “mostly coincidence”. But once here, he fell in love with the place, conscious of an infectious friendliness and a sense of freedom that is part of Thailand’s charm. “Phuket” he says, “ has been good to me”

But once here, he fell in love with the place, conscious of an infectious friendliness and a sense of freedom that is part of Thailand’s charm. At The Nai Harn, he enjoys a considerable degree of managerial independence. As he says, “Where else could I design my own china ware?” He has been here at high-end resorts for 15 years, including a four-year spell at the nearby Evason Phuket from 2008 to 2012, when that resort closed pending development and rebranding. Still with Evason’s owners, Six Senses, Frank then had the opportunity to work at the Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood, one of the most elaborate resorts in Thailand. Back to The Nai Harn... Here, in late March, and two years into a recent and ambitious refurbishment stage-managed by Frank, it is still operating close to capacity. Its cachet as one of the world’s iconic hotels is reinforced by a guest list which has included Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Prince Albert of Monaco and artistic legends such as ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, as well as actors Peter Ustinov and Roger Moore. More recently, the resort has been granted the Gold Medal of the prestigious Green Hotel Award. This honour has been bestowed on only three resorts on the island (the others are Le Meridien and The Dream Hotel), windowonphuket.com

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a tribute to Frank’s ongoing concern for ecological matters and for the continued well-being of an island in danger of being swamped by capricious development. I ask what The Nai Harn is doing to merit this award. “Well”, says Frank, pointing to his orange juice, “a small example is this straw. Paper, not plastic.” Such attention to detail is remarkable. But the bigger picture is not ignored. Solid refuse is sorted and weighed. Organic waste is re-cycled. An emphasis on self-sufficiency means that not only is water piped in from local sources near Rawai Temple, but is treated and then released in the hills above the hotel where it provides irrigation for all the verdancy, especially the coconut palms that grace the hillside site.

Its cachet as one of the world’s iconic hotels is reinforced by a guest list which has included Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Prince Albert of Monaco, artistic legends such as ballet star Rudolf Nureyev and actors Peter Ustinov and Roger Moore. Naturally, The Nai Harn is now a ‘listed’ establishment, so Frank’s zeal for innovation – and it is everywhere apparent – is tempered by the need to preserve the existing framework. Nonetheless, a strong artistic sense coupled with keen operational skills have seen him introduce new features; for instance a cold room where meat from sustainable sources is transformed into delicious delicacies such as local ham, breakfast sausage and a range of succulent steaks. A carnivore’s heaven. Both restaurants and all rooms have been extensively remodelled. What Frank modestly calls “fine tuning” has seen him bring Salim Khoury from The Savoy in London to create a range of signature cocktails, and to ask James Suckling, one of the world’s leading wine experts, to devise the house list. Despite the pressures of his job, Frank is a dedicated family man. He met his English wife in Germany – “childhood sweethearts” who attended the same school – and they have been married for 24 years. Son Piers, having completed his studies at University College, London, is in public relations, while daughter Nina is just completing a degree in Psychology at Bath, and plans to research for an MSc. Naturally they are, like their talented father, trilingual – a huge asset in today’s world. The family live nearby on Soi Naya, but they also have a home in Piedmont in northern Italy. There Frank can relax and indulge his passion for fine food and wine. In the meantime, there is a wine tasting At The Nai Harn on the 11th of May . This writer – and Frank – will certainly be there… by Window Watcher Read online

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LEMONGRASS HOUSE fresh handmade spa products

Don't you think it's amazing how the best things in life come in small packages? But small things don't necessarily equate to small visions. Lemongrass House in Cherngtalay has become famous, not only in Phuket, but across the world for its fresh homemade spa products. Established as far back as 1996, Lemongrass House has constantly punched above its weight, dedicating its existence to the perfection of spa products concocted from natural elements.

Their formulas are based on a deeply rooted environmental commitment and all of their ingredients are fresh and derived from safe, renewable resources. They contain no animal ingredients and have not been tested on animals. Simple but attractive packaging made from recycled or recyclable materials is used. Lemongrass House is a pioneer manufacturer and supplier of aromatherapy products to major hotel spas in Thailand and around the world. Integrity, creativity and quality has been the driving force in the development of their product line over the years leading to a superb selection of delightful and innovative products. We believe that the secret of their success lies in the quality and concentration of essential oils and the loving care with specialised hand-blending resulting in unique aromatic effects in each product.

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If you live locally, you can drop by the shop and chat to the in-house experts to see and smell the products firsthand.

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Welcome to Hair Studio 9. Our experienced staff members are committed to providing the most professional services possible. We are one of the most well-known hair salons in Phuket, bringing superior services and satisfaction to our customers.

Our hairstylists have more than 10 years’ of experience and specialise in hair extension, cuts, style and colours for women, men and children. At Hair Studio 9 we offer the very best colours and shades available in the industry. Hair studio 9

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Our approach reflects the latest in great looks and fashion from around the world and our colour lines are manufactured by professional experts in the field such as Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal, Wella, Schwarzkopf and Kudu.

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Here's what we offer • Shampoo and blow drying / hair cutting • Natural hair perm / natural hair styling • Colour: Highlighting, multi-dimensional weaves and foils, colour-correcting, permanent and semi-permanent tinting • Natural hair extensions with 100% human remy hair which you can perm or apply colour to. They can also be matched to your hair colour with a completely natural look: available in 50cm or 60cm lengths. Hair extensions take about 90 minutes and last for six months with normal use. They can also be removed and replaced later if you wish • Permanent tattooing • Deep-conditioning treatment for both hair and scalp • Permanent waving and relaxing • Hair-cleansing support: Beautiful hair begins with clean hair and a clean scalp: Scalp therapy/hair growth support. Our hair is so fragile, yet we treat it harshly. Protect your hair with our customised More Hair! salon hydrotherapy treatments formulated to restore balance and vital elements to the hair and scalp for optimal hair growth. Our blends of powerful ingredients along with our de-chlorinated water infused with vitamin C provide treatment plans to recover and nurture you, your hair, and your scalp back to health • Hair colour support: Natural and organic hair colours which are gentler on your hair • We do special-occasion styles for weddings, black tie events, and proms


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However, a tiny issue dogged them like a shadow: most of the time no one could comprehend much of what they were saying!

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Two problems arise when talking to Thais in English: One is the accent dilemma, as most locals apply Thai rules when pronouncing English, and the other is a vast difference in grammar and sentence structure. Some of us who’ve settled in Thailand have learned to break into those insights and have adapted accordingly. But I’ve discovered that in order to avoid comical and frustrating scenarios, most Englishlanguage native speakers could well benefit from a few language tips. As an Englishlanguage teacher here for about two years before becoming a writer, I quickly identified a couple of problem areas.

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Language tip My English students were all adults, typically placed into one of three groups: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. Yet, I quickly learned that pronunciation was a problem of the same intensity at all levels. In fact, I found that it was easier to teach beginners how to speak properly than it was to correct those who were already fairly fluent – old habits die hard… But there was no way around it, so with patience worthy of an army officer, I created entire classes focused on pronunciation practice. Initially dreaded by my students, those classes quickly became rewarding little niches full of fun and laughter – and surprisingly, they turned out as

valuable for me in my own study of Thai. You see, in Thai there are sounds that come about by joining consonants we know. Not only there are d’s and t’s but there are also their combinations of /dt/, there are p’s and b’s but also a mix: /bp/ and so on. Furthermore, there is an array of sounds that don’t get pronounced at the end of words – following a (Thai) rule that makes all t’s, d’s, n’s, and s’s almost silent. When applied to English, as we all know, this creates linguistic chaos.

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Imagine that what’s in brackets in the words below isn’t pronounced but that those exact words are indeed being referred to: Wi(ne), wi(fe), whi(te), sou(nd), tow(n), smi(le), hou(se), ki(nd) Basically, most of the time, while you don’t quite understand what your smiling waiter is saying, it’s safe to assume he is ‘swallowing’ the second half of words. So in pursuing clarity, slow down and repeat the key one(s) while accentuating their second half (“You mean, how is my wiNe or my wiFe?”). Also, spelling important words out often helps. As I’ve already mentioned, Thais’ pronunciation conceals their knowledge and, unless beginners, they tend to read and write with more understanding than you would assume.

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Proper English – when you are the one who’s being misunderstood.

Language tip Ever asked for a knife at a Thai restaurant but got a napkin instead? It can be frustrating indeed… But each time you are misunderstood by a local, there are things you could’ve done to prevent that from happening. Firstly, although its alphabet is complex, thankfully Thai is a language with a simple sentence structure made up of subject-verb-object or an adverb. There are no articles, no tenses, and no plurals. In reality, if you’re having an important conversation with a local and measurement of some sorts is a crucial piece of information, I would suggest that you double- and triple-check that you really understand one another. For example, if a Thai colleague tells you: “I go to Phuket Tow(n) with my frien(d)”, it theoretically remains unclear whether they're referring to a single or several friends. Not only that, but this may be an invitation to go with them (tonight, tomorrow, next week) or simply a sharing that the event has already taken place. Some of those parameters may naturally reveal themselves through the context of the entire conversation and this is often the case. But when talking about quantity, however, I always accentuate

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TWO menus or FIVE plates, and when talking about time I make sure my todays, yesterdays and tomorrows are clear as crystal as well. Furthermore, expressing politeness in these two languages is as different as night and day. While Thais add a polite ka/krab at the end of every single sentence, in addition to frequently smiling, wai-ing and nodding, in English we use long strings of words to express the same notion. But if we know that, in Thai, these points are achieved quickly, it is no surprise that expressions such as, “Would you be so kind as to…” or “Do you think we could possibly…?” are met with blank stares. All those words without even reaching the key one? Quite a challenge! In the end I wish you good luck and great experiences in The Land of Smiles. A knack for languages is a good talent to have, I’ll admit; but I also know that even the smallest of efforts to expand our communication skills is often vastly rewarding. Try adapting your English a bit while here and see what happens. It’ll often be for the good.


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Islands around Phuket One of the great things about sophisticated Phuket is that, if you want an uninhabited 'island of your dreams' experience, you only have to look east and take your pick! As the map on Page 41 reveals, there are HUNDREDS of islands – accessible by boats of every kind – just waiting to whisk you away to dream for a day... or longer.

Unless otherwise credited, photos are provided courtesy of Southeast Asia Pilot www.southeastasiapilot.com

Koh Ping Kan (James Bond Island) 3

Koh Pak Bia

Koh Hong, Phang Nga

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Koh Khai Nai 4

Koh Kudu Yai

Koh Panyi 5

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Koh Khai Nok

Koh Hong Krabi 7

Koh Yao Yai

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Koh Dam Khwam 9

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Koh Yung, Koh Mai Pai & Hin Klang Reef 13

Koh Bida Nok

Koh Racha Yai 11

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KOH PANYI

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KOH NOM SAO NOI KOH RAYA RING KOH PING KAN KOH MAK (JAMES BOND )

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PHANG NGA

AO LUK

KOH CHONG LAT KOH NA KHAE KOH HONG

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KOH NAKAYA

KOH PHANAK

YACHT HAVEN MARINA

LEAM TAENG

KOH YAI

KOH BATANG

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KOH BOI NOI KOH DANG

KOH BOI YAI

KOH PHUDU YAI

KOH KUDU YAI

KOH RAI

LONG BEACH

KOH YAO NOI 2

AO PO GRAND MARINA

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PHUKET BOAT LAGOON

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KOH NGANG

KOH NAKHA NOI

KOH RUNG NOK

KOH SUP

KOH PHAE

KRABI CITY

KOH HONG (KRABI)

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KOH NAKHA YAI

KRABI

KOH PAK BIA

KOH NUI

AO NANG

KOH YAO YAI

KOH YAMAN KOH SAMET KOH PODA

KOH RANG NOI KOH LIPI KOH RANG YAI

ROYAL PHUKET MARINA

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KOH SIRAE

KOH SI BOYA

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KOH KHAI NOK

HIN MUSANG SHARK POINT

KOH TAPHAO NOI

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KOH AEW

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KOH MAITHON

KOH HAE

KOH KAEO NOI

KOH YUNG KOH MAI PHAI

KOH PU

KOH DOKMAI

KOH LON KOH BON

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KOH KHAI NAI

AO CHALONG

KOH KAEO YAI

AO KRABI

KOH DAM HOK-DAM KHWAN KOH KHOM

KOH YAWASAM

KOH MAPHRAO

PHUKET CITY

KOH MAN

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AO RAILAY

KOH DAENG

KOH PHI PHI DON

KOH PHI PHI LE 12 KOH KOH BIDA BIDA NOK NAI

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KOH LANTA NOI 16

KOH RACHA YAI

KOH LANTA YAI KOH RACHA NOI

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Koh Phi Phi Le

Koh Phi Phi Don 14

Koh Lanta KOH HA YAI

KOH NGAI

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KOH KRADAN

KOH ROK

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Unforgettable Island

in the North Andaman Sea A sleepy coastal town, Kuraburi is nevertheless a jumping-off point to adventures further afield. The small pier north of the town centre is home to a variety of long-tail boats and speedboats ready to take day-trippers and holidaymakers to lesser-developed islands, such as Koh Phrathong and the stunning turquoise waters of Mu Ko Surin National Park.

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Seeking solitude in Koh Phrathong Koh Phrathong is a rare treat; it’s one of those ‘off the beaten track’ islands that we are sometimes led to believe no longer exist in Thailand. The island is nearly deserted and barely receives a Wi-Fi signal. It’s oddly quiet and amazingly calm. With its stunning scenery and rugged patches of landscape, Koh Phrathong conjures up images of wild adventures and uncharted territory. The coast of Koh Phrathong is hugged by tall, willowy casuarina trees and coconut palms. In various parts of the island, some trees have been uprooted or fallen, their giant trunks and immense gnarled roots adding character to the already unique terrain.

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Koh Phrathong’s beaches feature expansive stretches of soft sand and, as it’s a rather large island, it’s easy to wander the beaches without seeing another soul for hours. The northern tip of the island plays host to a few small bungalow operations and the horizon here appears to stretch on forever. Nature is abundant here. There’s a healthy population of large hermit crabs as well as many hornbills high in the trees that begin singing just before the sunset paints the sky fiery hues of orange and red. Koh Phrathong’s interior has yet to be developed and is an amazing contrast to the island’s tropical coastline. The central part of the island is covered in white sandy dunes and tall grass. The trees are tall and barren,

Nature is abundant here. There’s a healthy population of large hermit crabs as well as many hornbills high in the trees that begin singing...

many with their bark peeling off. With the exception of a small dirt path, the interior of the island does not have a road. In fact, the interior of Koh Phrathong closely resembles the African savannah and adds to the distinctive charm of the island. This is the perfect escape from it all, and it’s well worth spending a few days there wandering the beaches, dipping your toes in the sea and generally relaxing.

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Where to stay The Moken Eco Village is a delightful, environmentallyfriendly resort that prides itself on sustainability. The 13 bungalows and cabins are made from natural materials and each accommodation draws on the history of the island and is designed to highlight the local natural wonders. For example, one bungalow is named ‘Hermit Crab’ and is built over a hermit crab colony.

The Moken Eco Village is a delightful, environmentally-friendly resort that prides itself on sustainability.

The bungalows at the Moken Eco Village all use solar panels to generate electricity and there is a small garden on the premises where the restaurant grows herbs and vegetables. Little touches such as this really do go a long way, and it’s refreshing to see the staff so dedicated to the environment and general upkeep of not only the resort, but also the island. Accommodation ranges in price from roughly 3,000 baht to 3,600 baht a night during the peak season – breakfast included.

The Moken Eco Village is a stunning, environmentally friendly resort perfect for relaxing. Ideally located on the beachfront, the resort is enhanced by breathtaking sunsets

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Snorkeling the Surin Islands A popular excursion from Koh Phrathong is a one-day trip to the Surin Islands. Located within Mu Ko Surin National Park, the Surin Islands are pristine and a mustvisit for any beach enthusiast or nature lover. A day trip focuses on a visit inside the national park grounds to Mai Ngam Beach and Ko Surin Tai as well as snorkeling in Sapparod Bay and Bon Bay and also exploring the underwater world at Pak Kard Bay and Pae Rock. These destinations are absolutely breathtaking and both are surrounded by verdant growth while the beaches are covered in powdery soft sand and the water sparkles with amazing shades of turquoise. The flora and fauna of the Surin Islands is lush and tropica, and you’ll find slow lorises, water monitor lizards and huge sea turtles.

A popular excursion from Koh Phrathong is a one-day trip to the Surin Islands.

Snorkeling spots host an array of healthy corals and plenty of schools of fish, but perhaps the most prominent fish to be seen in its natural habitat is the clownfish, most commonly known as ‘Nemo’. One of the snorkeling spots is known as ‘Nemo’s aradise’ where day-trippers can observe (but NOT feed!) the clownfish up close. A trip to the Surin Islands is not complete without a visit to the Moken Sea Gypsy village. The Moken Sea Gypsies are a semi-nomadic group of people who until recently led a very traditional way of life. A visit to their village of thatch-roofed houses on stilts is an interesting and educational experience and a small learning centre has been set up at the back of the village explaining their previous nomadic way of life. Written in English, the explanations are useful to visitors. It’s quite enjoyable to walk around the village and mingle with the locals who have many smiles to exchange and if you’re lucky, a few interesting stories to share. Mu Ko Surin National Park is an island lover’s dream and a snorkeling paradise The Moken sea gypsy village shows a different way of life lived by sea nomads

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Getting there To Kuraburi Kuraburi is approximately 190km from Phuket; a scenic three-hour drive. Take Route 4 just after Sarasin Bridge and follow the signs north to Kuraburi. Daily buses depart from Phuket to Kuraburi from 7am until 6pm. Tickets are under 200 baht and the journey takes up to four hours. To Koh Phrathong and the Surin Islands Kuraburi Pier is located approximately 7km north of Kuraburi Town. Although boat rentals from here are quite easy to negotiate, it’s best to book a ticket beforehand. Greenview Tour has an office at the pier where it’s possible to book tickets to both Koh Phrathong and the Surin Islands.

How to go There are only a few tour operators who visit the Surin Islands, but Greenview Tour comes highly recommended. Based out of Kuraburi, this tour operator offers an extremely personalised tour with knowledgeable guides who speak a variety of languages. In addition, the guides are also environmentally conscious and do their very best at educating guests on the importance of keeping both the water and the national park clean.

Contact Information Moken Eco Village Resort +66 81 895 6186 / +66 99 126 9296 moken.ecovillage@gmail.com mokenecovillage.com Greenview Tour +66 76 472 0701 / +66 86 268 6888 / +66 91 523 3088

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The boat ride to Koh Phrathong takes approximately one hour and, if you wish, you can make a few stops along the way. On leaving the mainland, the boat passes through a seven-metre deep canal that plays host to a mangrove forest and an abundance of natural wildlife including starfish, numerous varieties of crabs, tropical birds and sand worms just to name a few. Greenview Tour also facilitates pick-up times in Phuket to Kuraburi Pier. This option leaves Phuk et as early as 5.30am, but it’s worth it for an exceptional day trip.

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Property / HOMES / INTERIORS.Botanica Luxury Villas

ADVERTORIAL

Botanica Luxury Villas Winner of Best Luxury Villa Development Phuket at The Dot Property Thailand Awards 2017, the Botanica Luxury Villas property development boasts 21 custom-built elite residences of large open plans, bespoke design and sophistication. As exterior design characteristics in the villas don’t change, buyers are free to fulfill a wish list, with the architects and developers assisting to personalise the future owner’s dream home. Located in a desirable spot in the Bangtao/Laguna area, there is a an eight-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach close by, along with boutique shops and restaurants and an abundance of activities for the family to enjoy. Laguna Phuket Golf course and the shopping centre, Canal Village, are just minutes away. Botanica Luxury Villas is the brain child of Khun Attasit Incharooti of AAP Architecture Properties & Development, who paired his artistic vision with functionality of indoor and outdoor living space in a tropical climate to produce a unique design. One ingenious solution to create more covered space outside was to create a covered terrace that can be used as a lounge or dining area with wooden columns. This signature feature interconnects all spaces in an agreeable and appealing manner. In addition, the tiling in the front room and the terrace match, thus making for a seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor.

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The villas are an ideal investment for people wishing to use them as short term rental accommodation for part of the year and use the remaining duration for personal use or family vacations. Houses of 700 square metres can host four couples plus visitors, while smaller houses of three bedrooms can accommodate three couples or more, making a comfortable and homey place for hoidaymakers. In addition, Botanica Luxury Villas can guarantee five years of rental income through these lettings, while responsibility for all aspects of holiday rental management will be achieved by an established tour operator based at the reception office. A natural stone-tiled, infinity-edge swimming pool forms the centre of each villa. Villas feature free-flowing floor plans with folding doors, transom windows above the doors and vaulted ceilings; all residences enjoy these exterior characteristics. A buyer can choose from three standard designs and the home is then custom built, ensuring future owners get a villa that suits their style. The architectural team is available to modify and enhance designs over the course of the year that it takes to build the residence. Villas are of three to five bedrooms with usable areas from 265 to 700 square metres of space. These elite homes will see natural wood blended with natural stone, imported kitchen cabinetry and high specification smart home technology. The project has a staffed reception and lobby service, along with 24-hour security. Residents may also wish to take advantage of the boutique coffee and cafĂŠ.

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People interested in purchasing a residence at Botanica Luxury Villas are encouraged by the developer to take a visual tour, see the show villa and discuss their aspirations and dream list. Villas are available under a freehold or leashold title. Launched in January 2018, the 21 units will be completed by January 2020.

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Property / HOMES / INTERIORS.Utopia Loft

ADVERTORIAL

Utopia Loft

Phuket’s Top Developer 普吉顶级の开发商

Utopia Loft is part of the Utopia Naiharn Project. The main feature of this project is the first loft-style condominium with a water park in the south of Phuket. It comprises 237 units, all fully furnished to 5-star resort quality. The benefit for owners at Utopia Loft is that they can use all facilities in the Utopia Naiharn project at no extra entry cost. LOCATION Utopia Naiharn is a short 10-minute walk to Naiharn Lake, Naiharn Beach and Rawai Beach. Naiharn Beach is voted Phuket’s top beach destination by many reviews and TripAdvisor. Rawai Beach is famous for its fresh seafood market by the pier, where the seafood is caught and sold daily at local market price. You can also rent a longtail or speedboat to explore the nearby islands from Rawai Pier.

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PROPERTY DETAILS Price: THB 3.1-5.1m Bedroom: 1-2 Built-Up Area: 37-53 sqm (2 floors) Land Area: 4 Rai Total Units: 237 Developed Area: 4 Rai View: Mountain, Pool Furniture: Included Swimming Pool: Shared/Private Parking: Shared Ownership: Freehold/Leasehold Rental Program: Yes Construction Date: Jan 2018 Completion Date: Aug 2019 Location: Naiharn Reference Code: UTL

International Property Advisory : +66 80 886 9660 utopia@ipa.black www.ipa.black

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Property / HOMES / INTERIORS.Rawai VIP Villas & Kids Park

Rawai VIP Villas & Kids Park

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Situated in Rawai just 300 metres from the beach and a few kilometres from Nai Harn and Ya Nui Beaches as well as Cape Phromthep viewpoint, Rawai VIP Villas & Kids Park is a family community comprising 40 luxurious modern Thai villas and a family-friendly park designed with kids of all ages. The villa community is a gated estate of two- to six-bedroom pool villas ranging from 150 to 450sqm+ for one or more families. Each villa includes: spacious and luxuriously furnished living and dining rooms and bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, en-suite bathrooms, a swimming pool, terrace, and parking space. Amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV, security, and a sizeable shared private park along with breakfast, reception service, housekeeping and utility bills. The lush and friendly Rawai Park has a protected area for kids aged one through 10 years old. The largest kids’ park on Phuket includes waterslides, outdoor and indoor playgrounds, sandbox and a spacious family restaurant, Love Rawai Cafe, with its special Kid’s menu. Guests who book villas directly from the Rawai VIP Villas & Kids Park have unlimited access to all park areas.

Playground with its four slides, swing and trampoline while being shaded from the sun. Parents can join in activities with their small children in the Indoor Playroom. There are toys and spaces for activities, a labyrinth, trampoline, kids’ houses and bicycles. Children eight years and older can partake in climbing activities on the Rope Climbing Tower. Safety is ensured by a large net seven metres off the ground. Personnel at Rawai Park also organise activities and games, face-painting in addition to special events and parties. Kids can delight in free balloons at weekends. Love Rawai Cafe is Rawai Park’s restaurant, which serves kid-sized portions of Thai and international foods. It’s an ideal place for family celebrations, birthdays and kids’ parties. Wi-Fi in the restaurant is free.

The Kids Park has three play areas that youngsters will love playing in. The Water Area is a large, safe kids’ pool that is 40cm deep and features slides. Kids can run, play and jump at the Outdoor

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Kamala: Luxury penthouse with sea view. Private pool on the terrace. 3 bedrooms each with en- suite bathroom, living room with 2 sitting areas. Inside and outside dining tables.

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Nai Harn: Luxury villa in a development in a valley with unobstructed views and quiet area for indoor/outdoor living. 4 bedrooms can accommodate up to 9 guests. Terrace, pool and Jacuzzi. Sala with BBQ.

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Seaview Penthouse 12,000 Baht /night

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Nai Harn: Villa with spacious interior and maximum exposure to the natural surroundings. Large master suite, bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. Living room, kitchen, dining room and Jacuzzi.

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Surin: Villa overlooking the Surin, Bang Tao and Laguna areas of Phuket’s west coast with stunning sea, mountain and valley views. Built in aspacious open-plan style with 6 bedrooms spread on 5 floors.

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Layan: Boutique resort with private pool villas. Well designed, furnished, of modern and tropical style. Quiet, private setting, for living or holiday. Relaxed ambience, with tropical gardens, hills and lagoon.

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Rawai & Nai Harn: Boutique villas in Balinese style. Private gardens, swimming pools with L-shape design around it. One main pavilion (master bedroom) connected to a large living and dining area.

6 Bedrooms villa

Nai harn: Luxury villa in modern Asian style in a secure development with garden, pool with sunbeds, outdoor dining area, 1-car garage, and pond. The 3 bedrooms have wall-to-wall sliding glass windows.

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Surin: 1 bedroom apartment located in Surin Beach, close to Surin and Bang Tao Beaches. Rooftop infinity swimming pool with view on Bang Tao Beach. Guests have free access to the complex fitness center.

The Promenade Villa 150 USD/night Rawai: 3 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, living and dining area, western kitchen. Jacuzzi in master bathroom. Up to 6 guests. Indoor swimming pool on ground floor. Third floor has a terrace, Jacuzzi, dining table.

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HÄFELE SMART MIRROR: See your bathroom in a new light.

ADVERTORIAL

The sound system is controlled via smartphone or tablet

‘Häfele Smart Mirror’ transforms every bathroom into a spa quickly and easily. The product comes fully assembled and unites the functions of make-up light, room lighting, mood lighting, mirror defogger and sound system in an elegant design.

Mirror functions are controlled via touch keys.

The front light – in cool and warm white – with memory function offers excellent colour trueness that exceeds the market colour rendering indexes making it very suitable as a make-up light. All other functions are controlled via touch keys that are incorporated into the mirror. The product is certified and offers splash protection (IP44). The mirror is available in 3 sizes: 900x600 mm, 900x900 mm, and 1200x900 mm.

Häfele Design Center Phuket Opposite Big C, 81 Moo 5, Chalermprakiet Ror-9 Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000 : +66 76 304460 info@hafele.co.th www.hafelethailand.com

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which includes consultancy, the supply of a wide range of accessories and machinery for installation and finishing, as well as care and maintenance products. Visit our website www.tile-asia.com for more information on our tiles, accessories and service. Scan the QR code below for quick access. Or drop by and visit us. Our Phuket showroom is located in an easily accessible area of Cherng Talay at Baan Wana Park, not more than five minutes from the Two Heroines Monument.

Are you a home owner searching for tiles that are ‘different’ – with a touch of class? You’re yet to be inspired by anything you’ve seen? Then a visit to our professional, friendly team at tile-it will be the answer. Our unconfused showroom displays take the ‘bazaar’ out of tile selection, while our knowledgable showroom team are happy to listen to your needs and to offer real solutions – based on a stunning range of imported Italian tiles, as well as our own range of porcelain floor tiles, made to European standards, from China to cater for tighter budgets. Or are you a developer looking for a reliable, serviceoriented and knowledgeable supplier of top quality imported porcelain tiles who won’t let you down and will always go that ‘extra mile’. Service is key at tile-it, both the tendering of expert pre-sales advice and an impressive after-sales service,

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Using your mind to filter for Real legal information

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urrently, ‘fake news’ and misleading information is a serious global phenomenon that various state authorities are trying to redress by intervening in the actions of private companies who use data within their systems and business models. The recent U.S. intervention in the handling of data by Facebook, Inc., as well as other countries such as Singapore and the UK, demonstrates how important information is in our daily lives and how important that it be handled correctly. Unfortunately, when many authors of articles containing legal information commit fingers to keyboard, the constraints of space and time, or the underlying motive for writing the article, can result in confusion for readers and, more widely, the market. It is this confusion that has lead to fundamental misinterpretation, oversimplification or – at worst – ‘fake information’ being provided to non-lawyers. The following topics are those in which I believe there exists the most conflicting and unclear body of information for readers or internet users: 1. The real meaning in law of a 30-year registered lease in Thailand 2. The meaning and purpose of a promise to carry out a legal act in the future, but not register such act, such as a ‘lease renewal’ 3. The extent to which the law regulates consumer rights in a condominium

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If I were a ‘layperson’, non-lawyer, and searched for information on these topics, I would be no closer to getting a conclusive or helpful answer than when I thought of the question, without actually discussing the matter with qualified competent advisers. There are also many legal articles written that are simply designed to ‘scare’ or worry readers into consulting lawyers, which overall has a detrimental affect on investment behaviour and approach. A good market is a market that operates with a minimum of interference, has the backing of a regulatory system, but can also be self-regulating subject to checks and balances. However, the ideology of a good market cannot be imposed over a market that has inherent weaknesses. When you read legal articles insisting that your entire investment may be at risk “now”, or that what you bought isn’t real, or that you have little or no legal rights, keep calm and, if you are so inclined, make a cup of tea and consider further the purpose of the dissemination of the article. I’m not suggesting that there is never any cause for concern in relation to legal matters which may affect investments, but I strongly recommend that all information out there is subject to a strong degree of scrutiny and skepticism, to at least the same degree you would apply to a news article on your newsfeed, before any hasty actions are taken, at your expense.

4. Whether or not an individual, group of people, or a rental programme operator needs a hotel license 5. The actual meaning of a developer promoting it has ‘EIA’ approval, and understanding that approval to do something is not evidence that something has been done or that laws and regulations have been complied with 6. The real meaning, from the perspective of the Thai authorities, various Government departments and enforcement bodies (such as the Department of Special Investigations) of ‘nominee shareholders’ relating to the circumvention of restrictions on the conduct of certain businesses under the Foreign Business Act, and the restrictions in the Land Code relating to ownership of land in relation to non-Thais 7. The practical consequences of not having a Thai will in Thailand relating to specific Thai matters, and the real work an executor of an estate has to carry out, dealing with the administratively difficult procedures of banks and other parties in relation to the wishes of a deceased person and the interests of beneficiaries 8. Understanding what actually happens in a Thai civil court and the process for preparing information, making submissions, what the style of advocacy comprises, the system of law including appeals, the manner in which costs are dealt with in judgments and enforcement.

Desmond Hughes By Desmond Hughes, Senior Partner of Hughes Krupica. Hughes Krupica is a law firm which specialises in Real Estate; Construction; Hospitality; Corporate; Commercial; Personal Injury; Dispute Resolution; and Litigation, operating in Bangkok and Phuket, servicing clients in relation to their business activities in Thailand and in other regions of Asia. www.hugheskrupica.com

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This is a public park located by the sea at the end of Phuket Road. There’s an old dredger-shaped monument called (somewhat unimaginatively) the ‘60 Year Mine Monument’, which was built on the headland at the southern end of Phuket Road in 1969. This monument commemorates one Captain Edward Thomas Miles, an Australian who brought the first metal ore-dredger to Phuket in 1909, hence the ‘60 year’ bit. In former times, Sapan Hin was regarded as the gateway of Phuket because the promontory was the chief trading port for freighters. As time went by, more land was reclaimed and developed into parks and public facilities, which now include a sports centre, large playing fields, restaurants and the island’s main boxing stadium. It’s also the site of two colleges – Phuket Community College and Phuket Vocational College. Every day many Phuket residents visit Sapan Hin to jog or just to enjoy walking along the mangrove-lined paths. In the evenings people turn out to play tennis, basketball,

volleyball, soccer, lawn bowling and takraw. Others come to picnic and enjoy snacks and drinks available from the small market. At the south end of Sapan Hin is the Kiew Tian Shrine, which plays a significant role in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival; all the street processions end here. To get to Saphin Hin just hop in a Tuk- Tuk or taxi; they all know it.

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The most popular of all the temples in Phuket is Wat Chalong, built during the reign of King Rama II (18091842) and since subject to much extension. The temple contains several structures and halls, one of which features a gilt-covered statue of the famous and revered Luang Poh Cham, plus statues of Luang Poh Chuang and Luang Poh Gleum, all ex-abbots of the temple. The Grand Pagoda is decorated with wall paintings of scenes from the Buddha’s life and features various Buddha images. windowonphuket.com

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Surfing The waves at most beaches, while not huge, are predictable and fun to ride during the southwest monsoon season (May to October). Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll find the beaches at Kata, Kata Noi, Karon and Nai Harn ideal for honing your skills, while some beaches offer surf shops and tuition. The sea during the southwest monsoon season can be dangerous, with strong rip tides in many places. If you are a beginner and/or not a strong swimmer, please pay careful attention to instructions issued by life guards and obey red warning flags prohibiting swimming.

Lardyai Market Lardyai Market: Sunday from 4pm.-11pm. Thalang Road becomes a pedestrian zone where numerous shops selling local products – such as food, souvenirs, jewelries and clothes – at affordable and negotiable prices, line both sides of the sidewalk. 81 d5

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Muay Thai (Thai boxing) If you prefer a quiet gym, then Rawai Muay Thai Camp or Tiger Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts on Chaofa West Road, in the south of the island, might suit you. If you plan to watch a Muay Thai fight for real, you should visit the boxing stadium located in Bangla Road, Patong. Bouts are held every Friday evening from about 8pm. windowonphuket.com

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A hundred years ago, Phuket was a prosperous tin mining town and was an international centre with a large community of Chinese and Europeans. They built beautiful homes in the style called SinoPortuguese – terraced townhouses with narrow frontages and accommodations stretching back from the road. The beautifully furnished interiors often included walled gardens and Chinese inspired decorations. Explore Rommanee, Talang, Yaowarat and Dibuk Roads, where the buildings have been lovingly restored to their former glory and now feature antique shops, speciality restaurants and more.

Thalang National Museum Built more than 20 years ago, it depicts scenes of times past with life-sized mannequins. The main tableau features the legendary Phuket Heroines, Lady Chan and Lady Mook, whose clever battle tactics saved the island from the invading Burmese forces in 1785. Another scene shows King Rama I honouring the sisters for their bravery and bestowing them with the titles Thao Thepkrassatri and Thao Srisunthorn. 37 C3

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Sea canoes Sea canoes make a silent exploration of beautiful tidal sea caves and remote tropical coastlines, promoting alternative non-polluting marine leisure activity. Professional guides and attention to safety standards make the whole delightful experience convenient and safe, even for young children. To find all these great places get yourself a copy of STREETS of PHUKET - 188 pages of detailed street maps, landmarks and local information - with a series of comprehensive indexes. Check www.streetsofphuket.com to find out where to get it – at only 399 baht it’ll save you time and fuel.

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Temple lore: a flashback offering in funerary ceremonies. Thais traditionally burn three sticks of incense, one for the family (sangha), one for truth (dhamma), and one for the Buddha, but originally it is said that the custom also served a more practical purpose, a way of masking the stench of rotting human flesh.

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t was a sweltering New Year’s afternoon in Chalong. The year? 2004. Almost a year to the day before the cataclysmic moment of the tsunami. A strange impulse had brought me to this place of worship, perhaps an opportunity for quiet contemplation. A chance to recharge run-down batteries after two days of frenetic partying.

But the Buddhist temple (wat) was hardly tranquil: it was thronged with people, mostly tourists, taking ‘selfies’ against the backdrop of a golden chedi. A focal point, 61metres high, the chedi had gained a reputation throughout

I had consulted my Rough Guide to Thailand, but wondered, patronisingly, if my fellow tourists were aware of these matters. Thailand as a repository for a priceless fragment of bone from the Lord Buddha. Less contentiously, it contained a statue of the wat’s most revered abbot, Luang Po Chaem, honoured for resisting an opium-fuelled uprising from Chinese tin workers in 1876. I had consulted my Rough Guide to Thailand, but wondered, patronisingly, if my fellow tourists were aware of these matters. A Chinese group – safety in numbers – announced their holiday mood with ‘We Love Phuket’ T-shirts; elderly, sallow-skinned Caucasians peered uncertainly at food and drink stalls selling brightly coloured liquids, fried rice in its many guises and sprays of African marigold and lotus flowers. The locals, however, were there for altogether more serious reasons – to make merit. Garlands, bought along with joss sticks, were lit and placed in sand-filled jars. Within the main hall of the temple, pilgrims were carefully sticking pieces of gold leaf to the image of Luang Po Chaem. Outside, an exotic odour, a blend of gunpowder and the sweet fragrance of herbs and essential oils, permeated the air. The notion of lighting joss sticks before a shrine or religious divinity is a stratagem originally intended as a sacrificial

Most of these gestures, like letting off fireworks to celebrate a lucky outcome, involve spending money. Ironically, in a location dominated by religious icons and normally reserved for contemplation and the promotion of inner and outer peace, a deafening rat-a-tat erratically shattered the calm – as red rolls of celebratory fireworks were ignited inside an oval brick structure. The resident pigeons waited until the final percussive boom, before circling skywards in a sympathetic clatter of wings. I would, in time, learn there are many ways in which Thailand’s Buddhist population makes merit. Monks achieve a state of grace by meditation and chanting, ordinary mortals by offering gifts of food, robes or money, even by temporary ordination into the sangha or community of monks. Most of these gestures, like letting off fireworks to celebrate a lucky outcome, involve spending money. Thais, who are the most bountiful people on earth, love giving alms to charitable causes. And New Year, even western New Year, is a propitious time for a fresh beginning, a time to change one’s luck. Luck is like money – and Buddha dispenses it, giving it to those he considers worthy of it. That it seems so unequally shared around is something conveniently forgotten – at least most of the time.

When you vacationed in Europe or America, many aspects of life – people, manners, food, even language – were not so out of the ordinary as to be disorientating. Such ceremonies, like everything else about Thailand, were new to me. I had never before visited Asia, but had, on a whim and encouraged by friends, decided to spend a vacation in Phuket after the break-up of a long relationship. Now in my sixties, I had taken early retirement from my university post. I had only arrived two days before in the ‘kingdom’ and this was my first taste of a Buddhist culture that would baffle and intrigue by turns. A kingdom… Not many kingdoms left these days. I had come with a group of friends. Only one of us – Peter or PD, who in an earlier incarnation had owned night clubs in Ibiza and who had been enthusing windowonphuket.com

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about the place for years – had been to Thailand before, though we had heard plenty of stories, mainly about encounters with Thai women. When you vacationed in Europe or America, many aspects of life – people, manners, food, even language – were not so out of the ordinary as to be disorientating. But everything about Phuket seemed new and unfamiliar. The temple interiors, with their brooding, disturbingly lifelike statues of abbots plunged you straightaway into the inscrutable world of the orient.

At the time, I had no idea what the hell was going on. Later, I realised it was one of the multifarious ways in which locals try to make money – for each of these places was paying a retainer for every bemused traveller. Even the 40-kilometre midnight drive from the airport to the hotel in Karon two nights before, had been unsettlingly different, something completely outside my experience. The shanty shops tricked out with fairy lights all along ‘Disneyland’, the occasional surges of stifling heat when the sliding door of the minibus was opened, a language so alien I couldn’t make sense of a syllable, the acrid Asian whiff of fried chillies or something worse.

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The journey had taken forever. Every so often, as though on a vexatious whim, the driver would stop at wayside venues. A small hotel, a travel agency where we were all given brochures about day trips, a small stall dispensing takeaway food. Why? At the time, I had no idea what the hell was going on. Later, I realised it was one of the multifarious ways in which locals try to make money – for each of these places was paying a retainer for every bemused traveller who stepped inside. Tourist venues such as Phuket were dedicated to the pursuit of money. If you had cash to burn and flaunted it, you were straightaway elevated to the title of ‘Master of the Universe’, or to put it another way, to Mr ATM, or Automatic Telling Machine. If you ran out of money, you would find your ‘selfie’ grin impossible to hold for long in the ‘Land of Smiles’. Undisturbed by such thoughts, and tired out by the long journey, I checked in and crashed out on the enormous king-sized bed. Small people, big beds…

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EntertainmenT Choices Rawai Wednesdays Live Music with Italian Couple Leo & Jenn @ Mangosteen. Enjoy a great meal (Thai or Western) with music played their very own style. Jazzy, fresh and cool sounds, paired with amazing food and a great wine selection from our underground wine cellar. +66 76 289399.

patong DJs @ Hollywood Phuket. This remains one of the premium nightclubs in Phuket. Two separate rooms for partyers to enjoy, each playing different kinds of music. While it has resident Thai DJs, international names play here on a rotating basis.

patong Live music @ The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub Phuket. Enjoy live music and be entertained by our little people. Our house runs best on love, laughter and lots of beer. Live sports schedule for all sports fans!! +66 76 337000.

phuket city Live music @ Bebop Live Music Bar & Restaurant. A new place to hang out... a fresh and lively atmosphere for people to listen to jazz, soul, Latin, blues and pop. Live music starts about 9:30pm.

kamaLa Live entertainment @ The Pool Bar, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort. Enjoy live music from the resident band ‘2gigs’. From Saturday until Thursday from 7-11pm at the Pool Bar.

phuket city Live music @ The Column Phuket. The house bands play a mix of international rock and pop hits as well as popular Thai music.

phuket city Jazz @ Music Matters Jazz Bar. Music does Matter! Great Jazz, Salsa, Caribbean, African, South American and other exotic music can be enjoyed at little hidden place in Phuket City.

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Timber Hut phuket city Bar Bands @ Timber Hut. Typical Thai pub scene in Phuket Town; a fun place featuring one of Phuket’s great bar bands. There’s a dance floor and both a live band and DJ providing the nightly phuket city Live jazz @ The Route Café & Music Bar. Live music every weekend: pop, soft rock, jazz – all cool styles of music are played here and musicians are welcome to jam later on. patong Dance and house music @ White Room Nightclub. The impressively large dance floor in the middle of the long room is filled with trendy young dancers grooving to a good mix of the latest R&B, hip hop, dance and house music.

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Phuket International Women’s Club. Various meetings. +66 76 316711. info@ phuketiwc.com www.phuketiwc.com Grumpy Old Men’s Society. Meets 1st and 3rd Monday each month. vguytonbeck@gmail.com Rotary Club of Patong Beach. Meets each Tuesday at 7pm. www.rotarypatong.org

Phuket Yacht Club. Club racing on 6 & 20 May & 17 June. All welcome. If you want to crew on a boat, just turn up before 10am at the club. It usually works out... Dinghy sailing lessons & RYA training courses available. www.phuketyachtclub.com windowonphuket.com

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of each month. Puying Hash (for families) middle Sunday each month. Kamala Koma Hash (mixed adults) last Tuesday each month. www.phuket-hhh.com Skal International Phuket & South Thailand. Monthly dinners, usually with speaker. www.skalphuket.org Alan Cooke Cricket Ground. Family touch rugby on Saturday afternoons. For more information call Gary on +66 81 968 3707. www.acgphuket.com British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (BCCT). BCCT holds about four Phuket business dinners per year, with excellent topical speakers. www.bccthai.com


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Useful Telephone numbers Emergencies Diving Medicine Center 1719 Emergency Hotline (Fire / Police) 911 Marine Police +66 76 211883 Narenthorn Emergency Services 1669 Tourist Police 1155 +66 76 223891-3 Travel Airport Bus Airport Meter Taxis AirAsia Bangkok Airways China Airlines Nok Air Orient Thai Airlines Silk Air Thai Airways

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Hospital +66 76 249400 Phuket Provincial Hospital (Or Bor Jor) +66 76 358888 Thalang Hospital +66 76 311033-4 Vachira Hospital +66 76 361234 +66 76 211155 Government Offices Phuket Customs Harbour Master Immigration Authority TAT, Phuket Office Department of Labour

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