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Issue 117 # january - february 2019

REGULARS 6 10 12 40 62 65 66

Phuket’s beaches What’s On Movies Nearby islands Classified advertising Useful numbers Entertainment / Regular events

BOATING

16 Tide tables sponsored by Royal Phuket Marina 18 Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous raises the bar again

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Boutique Travel

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Street art scene

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Khao Sok national park

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Recipe and signature dishes

DINING

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

TRAVEL

42 Boutique Travel: News & Views 52 Jungle fishing for the ferocious Giant Snakehead 56 Off the beaten track: Khao Sok National Park

LEGAL MATTERS

50 Important considerations when setting up a Thai company

PHUKET LIVING

14 Social Phuket 32 Street art scene 54 Your Phuket: Things to do on the island

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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 8, you'll find most of Phuket's beaches. The number in the blue circle corresponds to the same number on the Page 8 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

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Kata Beach

16

Nai Harn Beach

19 C5

5

12

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Ya Nui Beach

Layan Beach

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Kalim Beach

10

9 A3

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7

Hua Beach

Kata Noi Beach

Naithon Beach

3

6

Paradise Beach

5 D4

107 C4

17

Phromthep Cape

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“This is paradise. The sun, the sea, and the sand. Just steps away.” Every gesture makes for a warm welcome at The Boathouse It’s the perfect setting. Palm trees swaying gracefully with the breeze, against the gentle lull of Andaman Sea. The very best of nature is only matched by the unforgettable service at The Boathouse, a charming resort at Kata Beach with a well-loved restaurant and impressive wine cellar. Just the place to indulge in a glass of bubbly paradise.

THE BOATHOUSE’S NEWLY RENOVATED ROOMS OCCUPY A PRIME SPOT, OVERLOOKING THE WARM TURQUOISE SEAS.


BEACHES

INFORMATION.PHUKET'S bEACHES

BEACHES

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Ao Por Bay

14 F6

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2

Saphan Hin Park 3

95 D4

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5

Yon Bay / Panwa

116 F2

25

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Chalong Bay

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110 G4

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Leam Ka Cape

24 25

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124 G3

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Rawai Beach

123 D5

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UNTIL 8 JANUARY

Market @ Saphan Hin Park

Brand Phuket Festival 2018 features food brands & entertainment with street food & dishes from luxury restaurants +66 76 354875. www.tourismthailand.org/phuket

15-31 January

Art exhibition @ Mom Tri´s VR GALLERY

Art exhibition @ Mom Tri´s Wok Gallery Kitchen Dissolution in Steel by ML Tri. Unlike canvas/acrylic works, these STEEL PAINTINGS must be looked at from all perspectives.. +66 76 608899 www.villaroyalephuket.com

Abstract paintings on display and for sale by Egyptian ‘outsider’ artist Hesham Wafaie – a contemporary painter of mostly abstract acrylic paintings. His technique consists of carefully layering colours on canvas or paper. This is an important artist to watch and encourage; his works sell to a vast international clientele and collectors. info@villaroyalephuket.com

10-13 JANUARY

1 FEBRUARY-31 MARCH

Thailand Yacht Show & Rendezvous. Event organisers unite to create one boatshow, capitalising on Thailand’s place as the yachting hub of Asia. www.thailandyachtshow.com

‘EXISTENCE’ by Phuket artist, Robin Gillow. Well known locally & internationally, ‘Existence’ is her first exhibition after a forced 5-year break +66 81 797 1421 robinzart@gmail.com

UNTIL 31 JANUARY

Yacht Show @ Royal Phuket Marina

Art exhibition @ Mom Tri´s Wok Gallery Kitchen

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Features healthy 5km, family healthy 5km & super healthy 12km. Register online at www.phukethealthseriesrun.com or at Thalang Hospital, Patong Hospital and the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office in the office hours +66 76 211330 #1440

Qualifier 4. The top 10% of teams from each qualifier get entry to the Thailand Final. Thailand Final winners get an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Final at Oitavoss Dunes in Cascais, Portugal, valued at (500,000 Baht). +66 95 075 0368 events@foremanagement.com

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Phuket Health Series Run @ Patong Hospital

WCGC Thailand 2019 @ Laguna Golf Phuket

FEBRUARY (DTB)

Festival @ Heroines Monuments & Thalang area Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival. This festival has a strong historical connection to the island. The fair lasts many days and mostly consists of sporting and cultural experiences

FEBRUARY(DTB)

Phuket’s Old Town Festival @ Phuket old town

Held in the historical centre of the Old Town along Thalang, Krabi & Phuket roads, which are turned into walking streets. There’s a Baba Light Show, cultural parades and much more.

13-17 FEBRUARY

Bay Regatta @ Ao Po Grand Marina

The 22nd unique sailing regatta, exploring stunning race courses with parties under the stars leading resorts. bayregatta@regattas.asia

16 FEBRUARY

Phuket Night Run @ Phuket Old Town

3.4km night walk, 5.6km fun run, 10.8km mini marathon. Limited edition applicants get T-shirts & medal. Some proceeds will be donated to a Phuket charity. +66 88 757 4119.

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23 MARCH

Comedy @ Phuket Marriott Merlin Beach

Legendary comedian, Tom Green on his debut Asia Tour. See this Hollywood star up close and personal in an intimate venue with his debut Asia Tour in April 2019. Get tickets before they sell out! 1,400 baht for general admission. 2,000 baht for VIP Admission. www.ticketflap.com/tomgreen-phuket19

FEBRUARY (DTB)

Annual Temple Fair @ Chalong Temple

Wat Chalong Fair is Phuket’s biggest. Shop for everything imaginable. Kids will love the darts & shooting games, ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds and playground areas. There’s always food too. Some people also pay religious respect at the temple.

2 MARCH

Open Swim League 2019 @ Thanyapura

The object of this swim league is to give all the local swimmers a chance to compete locally and to make the team competition significant by having a team score. Participation costs 400THB per swimmer per session. Details at +66 76 336000. info@thanyapura.com

17 MARCH

Run4Blood 2019 @ Karon Park

Event categories include: 10km Mini-half Marathon, 5km Fun Run & 3km Fun Run. www.facebook.com/RUN4Blood

BRITISH BUSINESS CENTRE BANGKOK

Available for private functions, meetings, networking events, product displays, seminars, presentations and training, receptions and press conferences. British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT)

7th Floor, 208 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Tel: +66 (0) 2651-5350-3 Fax: +66 (0) 2651-5354 www.bccthai.com Email: jintana@bccthai.com

23 MARCH

Super-event @ Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina

Phuket’s Best Burger #5. Everyone loves a great burger. So many factors go into determining whether a burger is worthy of the label “Phuket’s Best Burger”. New this year, we’ve added the Phuket’s Best Vegetarian/Vegan burger. +66 86 943 7840. www.facebook.com/PhuketsBestBurger/

Upcoming movies

Some movies may not available ; please check with online version

All the latest movies are on offer on the island

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SOCIAL scene.WHAT WAS ON IN PHUKET

Botanica Villa Thank You Party Media masterclass of Australian new age chef, Stuart Chant @ Banyan Tree Phuket Italian family dinner @ La Trattoria, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Cooking class demonstration with chef Evert from Soleil KL @ The Boathouse Phuket The Pavilions Phuket’s first Symphony of Flavours - Chef Shinichi Maeda

The perfect pair @ Chalong Bay Rum

2018 - 2019 Season opener exclusive dinner @ Tre Restaurant, Banyan Tree Phuket

Mom Tri’s ‘Dissolution in Steels’ grand opening @ Mom Tri’s Wok Gallery Kitchen

Porto de Phuket open house @ Three Monkeys Restaurant

Banyan tree Phuket’s ‘Guest Chef Series‘ @ Saffron Restaurant

Casanova di Neri winemaker dinner @ The Naiharn Phuket

Media mixer @ Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang

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31st Anniversary Charity Gala Dinner @ Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2018

Joe Louis traditional Thai puppet theatre opening @ Central Phuket

Grand opening of Utopia NAIHARN Jungceylon Thank You Press party @ Wyndham Grand Phuket

COMO Point Yamu launches the new ‘Friday Barbeque Dinner’ @ COMO Beach Club

Angsana appreciation event @ Xana Beach Club

25th Laguna Phuket Triathlon pre-race press conference

Christmas tree lighting ceremony @ Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

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Kata Rocks 4th Anniversary

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TIDE TABLES

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16 INFORMATION.tide tables Tide Tables sponsored by Royal Phuket Marina January

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1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.4

2.4

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.3

2.0

2

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.6

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.8

2.8

2.6

2.3

3

1.9

1.5

1.2

1.2

1.3

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.2

1.9

1.5

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.6

2.0

2.4

2.8

2.9

2.9

2.6

4

2.2

1.8

1.3

1.1

1.0

1.2

1.6

2.0

2.4

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.4

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.7

2.1

2.6

2.9

3.0

2.9

5

2.5

2.1

1.5

1.1

0.9

1.0

1.3

1.7

2.1

2.5

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.0

1.6

1.2

1.1

1.1

1.4

1.8

2.3

2.8

3.1

3.1

6

2.8

2.4

1.8

1.3

0.9

0.8

1.0

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.7

2.6

2.3

1.8

1.4

1.1

1.0

1.2

1.5

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.1

7

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.1

0.8

0.9

1.2

1.6

2.1

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.8

2.3

2.8

3.1

8

3.1

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.3

0.9

0.8

1.0

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.7

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2.3

1.9

1.4

1.1

1.0

1.1

1.5

2.0

2.6

3.0

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3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.1

0.9

0.9

1.2

1.6

2.1

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.3

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.8

2.3

2.7

10

3.0

3.0

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2.4

1.8

1.3

1.0

0.9

1.1

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.7

2.6

2.3

1.9

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.6

2.1

2.5

11

2.8

3.0

2.9

2.5

2.1

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.7

2.1

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.1

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1.4

1.2

1.2

1.5

1.8

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12

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2.8

2.8

2.6

2.3

1.8

1.4

1.1

1.1

1.2

1.5

1.9

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.7

2.0

13

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.0

1.7

1.3

1.2

1.2

1.4

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

14

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2.3

2.5

2.5

2.4

2.2

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1.6

1.4

1.3

1.3

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1.8

2.1

2.3

2.4

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2.4

2.2

2.0

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2.2

2.3

2.4

2.3

2.1

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1.6

1.5

1.4

1.4

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1.8

2.0

2.3

2.4

2.4

2.4

2.3

2.1

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2.2

2.3

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2.0

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1.5

1.5

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2.3

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1.9

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2.4

2.6

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18

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1.4

1.2

1.3

1.5

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2.3

2.4

2.4

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1.3

1.2

1.2

1.4

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1.0

1.1

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1.8

2.3

2.8

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1.9

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0.8

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1.8

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0.8

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0.9

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2.9

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1.7

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2.9

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2.6

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1.4

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2.8

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1.9

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2.7

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1.9

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1.8

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2.5

2.4

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1.7

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1.6

1.9

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2.5

2.6

2.5

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1.7

1.5

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1.5

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2.2

2.2

2.2

2.1

1.9

1.7

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1.4

1.4

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1.7

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2.2

2.3

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1.8

1.7

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1.7

1.8

1.9

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2.0

2.0

1.9

1.8

1.7

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2.2

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KATA ROCKS SUPERYACHT RENDEZVOUS 2018 RAISES THE BAR AGAIN World’s most influential yachting brands gather in Phuket as KRSR 2018 gets down to business

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ata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2018 (KRSR 2018) is being celebrated by industry leaders as the definitive superyacht event in Asia, hailed as an outstanding success both in terms of prominent yachting brands on display and its relaxed and productive business setting. Over 350 invited personalities including local and international VIP guests, major trend-setters in yachting and luxury partners attended the KRSR 2018 that celebrated the superyacht lifestyle with lavish events, private gourmet dinners and luxury guest experiences. “I’m very proud of our team who created the best KRSR yet. It is really gratifying to create a relaxed fun environment where this industry’s leaders in Asia can genuinely get down to business.” Kata Rocks & Infinite Luxury CEO Richard Pope said. “We were also delighted to add Oceanco this year. We feel they are an ideal fit for the KRSR as they are perfectly aligned with Kata Rocks’ spirit of innovation and luxury.” Oceanco Group Marketing Manager, Paris Baloumis agreed, “Oceanco is very pleased to have supported the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous as the sponsor of the Owners’ Dinner as it helps us get to know both the region and the people much better. The KRSR promotes Phuket and all the essential advantages it has as a world-class cruising destination: beauty, luxury, diversity, Thai culture and charm plus the infrastructure to support superyachts.”

The Kata Superyacht Rendezvous 2018 brought together some of Thailand’s most influential business leaders (from left) Vrit Yongsakul, Frederick Patten, Mink Yongsakul, Bill Heinecke, Dr. Chettha Songthaveepol, Richard Pope, Michael Nurbatlian and Geoffrey Bond.

As always, the KRSR 2018 guest experience included lavish cocktail parties, gourmet dining and meaningful press announcements. Royal Huisman and Berret-Racoupeau Design made waves with its KRSR launch in Asia. They teamed up to produce custom-built multihull superyachts, both power and sail, that redefine luxury catamaran design from the waterline upwards. Camper & Nicholsons Asia Chairman, Mr Lester Lam said, “The KRSR is a unique opportunity where owners and enthusiasts interact at well-organised events and casual gatherings. Southeast Asia is truly uncharted grounds, and KRSR has shown everyone the region’s potential.”

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New initiatives focused on sustainability were also prominent at the KRSR 2018. SeaKeepers Society was on hand to raise local awareness of the current situation of the world’s oceans to protect, conserve, and restore where possible. Torqeedo also promoted a green ethos at the Rendezvous with its water-based electromobility, sustainability, and clean energy with its all-electric and solar powered ribs and tenders. This year the KRSR 2018 fleet featured another spectacular gathering of superyachts including MY Xanadu, MY Nymhaea, SY Aphrodite, SY Dallinghoo Schooner and MY Sanook to name just a few. All joined in the annual KRSR superyacht fleet cruise up Phuket’s sun kissed west coast to feast on a champagne beach BBQ at The Surin Phuket. It proved hugely popular for the third consecutive year, with participants enjoying beautiful weather, epic cuisine, and water activities. The Oceanco Owners’ Dinner was very well attended by Asia’s more prominent superyacht owners and prospective buyers, while the inaugural Captain’s Dinner with Benetti and Hemisphere Monaco helped promote Southeast Asia and encourage more captains and owners to visit Phuket and the region. Other highlights include the Royal Huisman and Campers and Nicholson opening night cocktail party, Hemisphere Monaco Gin Party, Northrop & Jonson Brunch on-board MY Xanadu, and the Media Champagne Brunch by Benetti. The media brunch was attended by top international and regional luxury lifestyle and yachting media. Michael Howorth, superyacht journalist and presenter with Superyacht Radio, said the KRSR far transcends what can be achieved at boat shows. “For those who see the KRSR as a Monaco Yacht Show held in tropical Phuket, it’s time to think again. It is Asia’s most promising and rewarding superyacht event that allows yacht owners, both actual and potential, to meet with captains, managers, builders and brokers while mixing and mingling in a relaxed fun filled environment.” The opening party was inspired by Phuket’s unique Peranakan heritage and Sino-Portuguese heritage of old Phuket Town. While the KRSR Charter Season Opening Party brought the Infinite Luxury CEO Richard Pope (left) & Gulu Lalvani, Chairman of the Royal Phuket Marina.

The stunning MY Xanadu at anchor in front of the resort for KRSR 2018.

Rendezvous to a close in grand style, celebrating the start of Phuket’s yachting season with a Mediterranean lifestyle theme enjoyed by all. It is one of the most important dates on Phuket’s maritime calendar and delivered another fantastic evening of hip entertainment and cool sounds for the VIP guests in attendance. Popular singer Eka Liu performed a lively set on a stage set up in the middle of Kata Rocks signature 35- metre infinity pool. It provided an ideal showcase for SeaJet’s high-performance state-of-the-art jet watercraft as it circled the pool during her masterful performance. The KRSR smartphone application made its debut this year and helped participants enjoy fuller and richer experiences at this year’s Rendezvous. Yachting brands were curious how the app will help shape the future of superyacht event management and technology in years to come. The success of KRSR 2018 reflects Infinite Luxury’s development strategy, launched three years ago ,to place Phuket on the global superyacht map. The KRSR’s position as the definitive superyacht event in Asia is secure through its invitation selection process for attendees, sponsors’ events, exclusive owners and captains’ dinners, plus ongoing public relations and marketing initiatives organised throughout the year. It is perfectly positioned to remain a major and proactive player in the development of the industry, permanently hoisting the colours of international superyachting in Phuket, the heart of Southeast Asia. Next year the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous is scheduled for 12 to 15 December 2019.

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30 years of excellence: The Boathouse Phuket HPL (a Singapore plc). Max has managed the renovation, rebranding and re-launch.

“It’s going to be massive,” he says about the 30-year benchmark, adding that many of the staff have been in place for most of those 30 years!

From left: Chef Jonathan Bruell, GM Max Chin, F&B Manager Pinyo Thippimas

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ebruary marks 30 years since The Boathouse Phuket opened its doors, quickly establishing itself as one of the island’s top dining choices. Indeed, living in Bangkok in the mid 90s, it was the only ‘happening’ Phuket place. Now in its “3rd generation” of ownership, we talked to the trio who now pull The Boathouse strings.

Max Chin, GM: Starting out as a chef, Max has 27 years experience in hospitality across Asia, including six years as chef-owner of his own restaurant in KL. He joined The Boathouse under the ‘Gen2’ owners and stayed on after the acquisition by current owners,

“It will be a strong call for the brand.” he says, “With one of the largest wine lists in south Phuket, a location to die for and a very good chef, it’s up to us to make the most of the opportunity.” Plans are still afoot as to how exactly they will capitalise on the celebrations, but expect special celebratory dinners, original Boathouse recipes on the menu and special anniversary room rates for returning guests. On where he sees The Boathouse fitting into Phuket dining scene

in 2019, Max is bullish. “I feel we rank high. The brand is well known. We’ve got one of the best beachfront locations ever, so that sets us apart. Then there’s our great F&B team.” He accepts that they can’t stand still. There must be change – they must move with the times. “The space for fine dining is smaller than before. People prefer casual; they don’t dress up for dinner like they used to. We must follow trends, be careful not get stuck in the old ways.” About change, “We need to be accessible to a broader range of people; maybe we have to look at our pricing. People think we’re a fine dining place, but we’re not any more. For example, we stopped ‘dressing’ our tables in white cloths back in ‘Gen2’. Now we’re more relaxed. We’ve gone back to

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ll Phuket’s foodies know that Michelin has been and gone – leaving one unsurprised champion, several moderately satisfied folk and a few downright disappointed, even angry, restaurateurs and chefs in its wake. For the record, the Phuket ‘body count’ was: One 1-star, 12 Bibs & 25 ‘Plates’, making a total of 38 Phuket restaurants recognised by those famed inspectors.

But let’s backtrack and look at what Michelin means to restaurants and – more importantly(?) – to those who eat in them. Born in 1900 as a travel guide (created by a tyre company), The Michelin Guide’s raison d’être was encouraging France’s car owners to travel more and, therefore, buy more tyres. It was about where to go and where to eat; chefs didn’t figure.

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Going forward, The Boathouse wants to be seen as a boutique hotel with a great restaurant, not the ‘restaurant with a few rooms’ as it used to see itself. “We’re now a professionally run and branded boutique hotel with 37 sumptuous rooms and a great beachside restaurant. The image we want to project is that of a ‘warm house by the sea’’.” Pinyo Thippimas, f&b: 30 years ago, Pinyo worked in a palm oil factory. After a year, realising this was not for him, he headed to Phuket and got a job as busboy at the newly-opened Boathouse. F&B Manager for 13 years, he’s the only member of ‘the trio’ who has worked under all three owners.

Fast forward to today and Michelin will tell you it’s still all about the restaurant. Whatever chefs would have you believe, there’s no such thing as a Michelinstarred chef. Restaurants may promote themselves using the enticement of having a ‘Michelin-starred chef ’ at the helm. But the reality is that they don’t exist. Stars are awarded to the restaurant, not the chef. According to former International Director Michael Ellis (since 17 Sep 2018, replaced by Gwendal Poullennec, the man who launched Michelin on Thailand) there are just five criteria: “quality of ingredients; flair and skill in preparation and combining flavours; the

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Looking to the future, Pinyo sees his team having to learn more about Asian tastes in food and drink, as well as service, but is not too concerned about one sector ‘forcing out’ another. “There’s no real conflict because in the high season we have mostly European guests, in the low season Asian. It’s almost like we’ll have to develop two different products.” He acknowledges the importance of the local resident population, but also recognises how hard it can be to reach them. “I was suprised to learn that Thais ranked 4th in our top five nationalities in the local market. We must work on developing our communications with them too,” he concluded. Jonathan Bruell, CHEF: The only member of the trio to join after the recent renovation, Jonathan has been at the kitchen ‘helm’ for just one year. 18 years in Australia were followed by stints on Naka Island and at Angsana Laguna.

chef ’s personality as revealed through their cuisine; value for money and consistency of culinary standards.” To achieve its objectives, Michelin claims to have a battlefield force of full-time inspectors munching through ten meals a week. They’re anonymous, pay their bills and experience exactly what any other diner would experience at that time on that day ordering that meal. If you’re being considered for a star rating, expect to receive several visits a year. Now, let’s say you’ve got a star, how could you lose it? Well, if your restaurant’s standards slip (remember that key criterion: consistency), your stars slide away alongside with them. Michelin claim to re-review every starred restaurant every 18 months unless they receive a complaint, in which case they put together an instant strike force and descend on the hapless establishment. One famous London restaurant lost two stars in one ‘strike’ following a complaint. The owner was personally mortified. He cried! Because, when a restaurant earns its stars, it’s always the top dog who gets the praise and recognition – and therefore

Jonathan, the ‘newcomer’ has taken to his role like a yacht to water and has become one of the essential ‘Boathouse characters’ in a very short time. Asked how he feels working for a famous hotel that’s been around for 30 years, he noted that he’s no stranger to iconic establishments, having worked at Sydney’s Observatory and The Sebel Townhouse, the latter famed as the unofficial home of the Australian music industry in the 1970s and 80s. And how to celebrate 30 years? “The Boathouse is the Mandarin Oriental of Phuket. We should find a way to highlight who has stayed here over the 30 years – the Boathouse’s crowning moments.” On where The Boathouse sits in the market, “It’s very much price-based, so we slot into the place occupied by 5-star hotels, but we’re trying to create a more personalised service from the kitchen. Interact more with guests. Listen to what people want and do it, not just do what we want to do. If something’s not on menu, be flexible. Give the customers what they want – be that ‘special’ place.” And a final note on possible future trends, “It would be nice to go back to what the hotel used to do… flambé services, carvery trolley etc. Nobody does that any more.”

it’s on his or her head when it all goes wrong. Also, despite that ‘no-starred chef claim’, make no mistake: a chef leaving can be enough to cause Michelin to withdraw its star. Go figure. So it’s hardly surprising that, never mind how it should work, we’ll always be hooked on the idea of the ‘Michelinstarred chef ’ – whether such a beast exists or not.

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For those not blessed with the coveted star, there’s the ‘Bib’. In 1955, Michelin introduced a second designation – a red ‘R’, which in 1992 morphed into ‘Repas’ (French for meal – but you knew that, right…). Bib Gourmand is its descendant — and ‘Bib’ restaurants are now indicated with an icon based on ‘Bibendum’, the character we all know as the Michelin Man.

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About the anniversary, he laughs and says most of the long-serving people can’t believe they’ve been there so long! One thing Pinyo hopes to see during the anniversary year is the return of some of those original recipes – and he looks forward to pairing some of the New World wines in today’s Boathouse cellar with the meals of yesterday, which 30 years ago would most likely have been enjoyed with a French or Italian label.

Asked about changes he’s seen and those he anticipates, Pinyo mused, “Our traditional market has got smaller – in numbers and in spending power – and, alongside those smaller budgets, tastes now dictate a wine cellar with more New World labels than in the legendary Boathouse cellar of years gone by.”

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Michelin awards a ‘Bib Gourmand’ to restaurants considered by inspectors to offer good value. Presenting “carefully made meals at modest prices”, they are restaurants where you can get two courses and a glass of wine or a dessert for THB 1,000, excluding tax and tip. The 12 ‘Bib’ restaurants in Phuket include one near Sarasin Bridge, one in Pa Klok and another in Chalong. The rest are in Phuket Town. Notably, not a single ‘Bib’ was awarded to restaurants in the island’s major tourist spots…

Then there’s the ‘Plate’ (L’Assiette Michelin)

Born in the 2016 Paris Guide, the ‘Plate’ replaces a curious blank space next to a restaurant’s name. While listed in the guide, nobody knew why such restaurants were there – or what their inclusion signified. Another logo did the trick! The ‘Plate distinction’ indicates that the restaurant has quality food, and particularly recognises restaurants that serve a good, simple meal with an emphasis on “good cooking; fresh ingredients, capably prepared”, but which have so far missed out on stars and bibs.

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You might think that Michelin wants to be seen as ‘inclusive’ in a world where nobody’s excluded... where everyone’s a winner...

You might think that Michelin wants to be seen as ‘inclusive’ in a world where nobody’s excluded... where everyone’s a winner...

The last word?

So we have the ‘Forks’ and the Monopoly-like ‘Pavilions’… and ‘Notable Wine List’ and (at least in Thailand) ‘Interesting Cocktail List’ and ‘Interesting Beer List’ and… but we’ll leave them for another day.

Anyone who wants to know more about the inner workings of Michelin, find a copy of L’inspecteur se met à table, a book published in 2004, written by Pascal Remy – a 16-year Michelin ex-inspector who reveals all… or at least his side of it all.

Bib Gourmand:

“Good quality, good value” and “simple yet skilful cooking” that costs THB 1,000 or less.

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“Fresh ingredients, capably prepared: simply a good meal,” and “good cooking.”

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“High-quality cooking” with meals “carefully prepared to a consistently high standard” and Michelin “worth a stop” There are less than 2,000 one-star restaurants.

Two Stars:

“Excellent cooking”, “expertly crafted”, “refined, inspired, and sometimes original” and “worth a detour” There are only 342 two-star restaurants.

Three Stars:

“Worth a special journey”, providing “exceptional cuisine”, “elevated to an art form.” There less than 100 three-star restaurants worldwide.

PRIME TIME! This newly-opened, exclusive little jewel, Prime @ Rock Salt, with just 14 seats, is perched on the Rock Salt rooftop at Nai Harn and offers an assortment of roasted, smoked and chargrilled creations from custom-built kitchens, featuring a woodfired brick oven. Al fresco dining with unobstructed views across the whole of Nai Harn Bay and impeccable service, complemented by fine wines selected by global wine critic James Suckling. Sounds worth a try. Open for dinner only. Read online

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Project Artisan

Phuket’s first dedicated breakfast and brunch café features some great creative choices, and claims to advocate “good taste, good times and good manners” in equal measure. Poached serves up heaping plates of comfort foods – with a twist. We recommend the Pulled Pork Eggs Benny – slow cooked pulled pork shoulder piled atop sourdough and served with poached eggs, apple cider hollandaise, green apple, pomegranate and mint. Worth mentioning for coffee lovers, this place has Nitro Brew on tap. Where & when: Chalong, daily 6.30am - 3.30pm

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Flip Side is a beach diner that offers enough variety to please everyone. The breakfast menu is a mix of smoothie bowls, avocado toast combinations, classic egg favourites and breakfast burgers. Portions lean on the large side and the ingredients are really top quality. Flip Side is laid back and casual. It’s a pleasant place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or just your morning coffee. Highly recommended is the Breakfast Burger, stacked high and topped with a sunny-side up egg.

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Where & when: Right across from the beach in the heart of Rawai, daily 8.30am - 10.30pm

Project Artisan is a trendy place featuring a Garden Eatery and a Tipsy Bar. Promoting healthy food and inspiring design, as well as a love of arts and crafts, their unique approach and eclectic design are matched by the food. A recommended breakfast is the Belgian waffles with fresh fruit, granola and organic yoghurt. The coffee here is smooth and artisanal teas are available too.

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Unni’s Restaurant

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Unni’s offers a hand-crafted breakfast menu of high quality on Nai Harn Beach, with a range of healthy options to fuel up on before heading to the beach. Recommendations include the Homemade granola served with tropical fruits and natural yoghurt and the filling Avocado toast (beetroot hummus with smashed avocado on wholemeal toast and pumpkin seeds). Where & when: Nai Harn Beach, daily 8.00am - 9.30pm

Atsumi Raw Café

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A spin-off from Rawai’s Atsumi Detox centre, The Raw Café serves raw vegan and vegetarian breakfasts. Chill out in their ‘secret’ garden with covered seating, free Wifi and complimentary tea while you kick off your day with one of these ultra-healthy options: Apple Breakfast Muffin, Tropicana Granola or the ubiquitous Breakfast Bowl. Where & when: Viset Rd, corner of Soi Mangosteen, daily 9am - 8.30pm

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Andaman Seafood BBQ Buffet night @ On Top, Swissôtel Resort Phuket Patong Beach On Top Rooftop Pool & Bar is renowned for its mouth-watering seafood buffet with live band entertainment. Experience a taste of Andaman seafood with platters of locally sourced prawns, crabs, oysters and New Zealand mussels, vegetable skewers as well as a temping dessert station. 750++ baht per person. Half price for children between 4-12 years old. Every Tuesday & Friday at 6.30-10.30pm The Boathouse Phuket Book now Valentine’s Day special ONLINE @ The Boathouse Phuket Surprise your loved ones at The Boathouse Phuket’s iconic dining location over-looking the pristine waters of Kata beach and its romantic sunset. Seaside Candle-lit Dinner: 4-course romantic dinner with a glass of rosé sparkling wine w/ live trio band. 2,000 baht++ Sunset Terrace Dining: 5-course romantic dinner incl bottle of rosé sparkling wine. 13,000 baht++ p/couple (limited seating). Sunset Bliss Exclusive Romantic Dinner: Private romantic 6-course dinner with private chef & a bottle of Rosé Champagne. 28,000 baht ++ baht p/couple (only 1 table!).

‘Go Live’ Sunday seafood brunch @ The Watercourt, Banyan Tree Phuket Brunch features live fresh, local and imported seafood with lobster dishes, Japanese starters, meats, Asian wok and western grill treats. Live Jazz and a Mixology cocktail package. Sundays from 12-3.30pm. From 2,800 baht net. Friday BBQ buffet @ Karlsson’s All you can eat BBQ spare ribs, sausages, pork steaks, chicken skewers, prawns, crab, fish, mussels, salad bar, sauces and dips, tsatziki, potato salad, local Thai specialities and more. 399 baht. Every Friday from 7pm til late.

Super Value Buffet Festival @ Le Bayon, Phuket Orchid Resort & Spa Enjoy buffet lunch or dinner with Seven great days, Seven great buffet dinner offerings start from 399 baht per person and the young ones eat free. It’s a great deal for families.

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XANA ‘Sunday Fun Brunch’ @ Xana Beach Club Enjoy a one of a kind Sunday brunch buffet by the ocean! Sundays from 12-4pm. 1,850++ baht. 1,250++ baht for children under 12 and free for kids under 6. Additional 1,000++ baht with free flow of alcoholic beverages.

An Italian Journey @ Red Sauce, Rosewood Phuket Embark on a delectable journey through authentic Italian flavours. Indulge yourself in a four-course culinary adventure with selected Italian wines. 2,500 ++ baht per person. 5,000 ++ baht/person with wine paring. Daily 6-10 pm.

The ‘Great Nai Harn Phuket Book now ONLINE Sunday Brunch’ @ The Nai Harn Phuket Guest can savour delectable creations prepared by culinary maestro, Executive Chef Mark Jones, while enjoying spectacular views over Naiharn Bay and listening to the sounds of Resident DJ Sun. Every Sunday from 12.30-3pm. 5,500 baht net per person with free flow Metodo Classico and Martini Bar. 2,200 baht net for children aged from 6-18 years with free flow juices and soft drinks.

Book now The Boathouse ‘Best Brunch‘ ONLINE @ The Boathouse Phuket Indulge in full gastronomic delicacies ranging from a selection of oysters, Maine lobsters, foie gras, charcuterie platter, prime beef, French cheeses and a lot more. Served with free pour of Piper Heidsieck Brut for 3,990++ baht per person. Every last Sunday of month from 12 noon-3pm.

Sizzling steak @ Sala Bua Beachfront, Book now ONLINE Impiana Resort Patong This new lunch/dinner promotion combines sizzling steak and a special glass of crisp wine, New Zealand beef tenderloin, rib eye or other steak meat perfectly cooked by Chef Wayne, a competition guest on Iron Chef Thailand, in the evenings. 850 baht.

Surf & Turf Platter @ Sea salt Lounge & Grill Surf & Turf Platter (Canadian Lobster, Wagyu Rump, Tiger Prawn, Scallop on Shell and Lamb Shoulder) 3,990++ baht.

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Italian Buffet Night @ On Top, Swissôtel Resort Phuket Patong Beach Savor Italian flavours with a live band entertainment, Come by to enjoy delicious antipasto, risotto, freshly made pasta, distinctive pizza crafted by our team of talented chefs. 650++ baht per person. Half price for children between 4-12 years old. Every Monday & Thursday at 6.30-10.30pm.

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An Italian Valentine’s evening @ Portofino, Le Meridien Phuket Who knows romance and love better than Italians? That’s why we invite you to a 6-course set dinner in Portofino, crafted by our passionate Italian Chef Jacopo Di Michele on February 14th. Family Sunday Brunch Book now ONLINE @ COAST Beach Club & bistro, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket Relax with a beachfront brunch at COAST Beach Club & Bistro, where the buffet comes to you!!! Family Brunch: 1,400 baht net per person includes soft drinks. Gold Brunch: 1,900 baht net with a bottle of house wine between 2 guests. Platinum Brunch: 2,990 baht net per person with free flow soft drinks, selected wines, beers, cocktails and spirits. Every Sunday at 1.00-4.30pm. Skip the usual breakfast and join us for a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

Chill & Grill BBQ Night @ On Top, Swissôtel Resort Phuket Patong Beach Indulge in the ultimate international barbecue buffet dinner with live band entertainment, featuring a wide selection of allyou-can-eat freshly grilled meats and more. 650++ baht per person. Half price for children between 4-12 years old. Every Wednesday & Saturday 6.30-10.30pm. An Italian evening @ La Trattoria, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Join us for the relaunch of our award-winning Italian restaurant La Trattoria and enjoy ‘An Italian Evening’ by Chef Mirka Sernissi – all complemented by 14 fine Italian wine labels. 1,999 baht net per person. Saturdays 6-10pm. Book now Sunday brunch @ Dream Beach Club ONLINE Brunch features lobster, BBQ, Japanese kitchen, carving stations, imported meats, pasta station, tapas, sumptuous salads, delicious desserts and international cheese selection! From 12-4pm. 1,690++ baht (1,490++ baht for Dream VIP member) and 3,190++ baht with free flow.

‘Lazy Sunday’ lunch @ Firefly, The Pavilions Phuket Featuring made to order dishes and live stations, handmade pasta with cheese wheel, chilled seafood platters, rotisserie, chargrilled imported meats, ‘The Dessert Factory’, live entertainment and much more. January 6 & 20, from 12.30-4pm, priced at 1,000 baht++ Wine lunch @ The Boathouse Phuket Book now ONLINE Start your weekend right with The Boathouse’s Friday Wine Lunch. Relish an exceptional 3-course set menu concocted by Executive Chef Jonathan and served with a free flow of premium red and white wines, followed by a choice of freshly brewed coffee or selection of teas, at only 1,000 baht net. [Ed. This currently represents the best lunch value on Phuket!]

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Seafood Night buffet @ Rim Talay, Amari Phuket Enrich your dinner with an extensive assortment of seafood cooked to mouth-watering perfection. Hot & cold appetisers, mix your own salad, mini-cocktails & light soups. The many food stations include sushi & sashimi, Thai & western meat & vegetable dishes. Poached & grilled seafood stations are the highlights with many dipping sauces, especially spicy Thaistyle ones. End with our sweet treats. Price: 890 baht ++ per person. Every Wednesday at 6-10pm. ‘APERITIVO’ WOW @ Vanilla Sky Bar & Gastro Pub, Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas Delight yourself…and enjoy the sunset with our Live Band Trio & delicious aperitif snacks for only 890 baht net per set. Trio Band starts 6pm till 9.30pm. Every Saturday night! windowonphuket.com

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15% discount on food Book now ONLINE @ Two Chefs Bar & Grill Two Chefs Bar & Grill is giving out Two Chefs Member Cards! Phuket residents can now get special discounts such as: • 15% discount on food / 25% discount on monthly events • Access to our EXCLUSIVE deals monthly • A choice of FREE drink on your birthday Here’s how: go to the top of our timeline at www.facebook. com/twochefsthailand and you’ll see a pinned post with a link to a sign-up form. Click the link, fill out the form, submit, and wait for our email within 24 hours regarding your pick up details. That easy! Don’t miss out on our crazy deals! Like and follow us on Facebook and make the most of your dining experience with Two Chefs Bar & Grill. Scan this QR code to get ALL the restaurant Come for the food… contact details online Stay for the fun!

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

Nikita’s Live Seafood / Pizzas / Thai / International Daily 9am until late Created by its Thai owner 25 years ago, Nikita’s enjoys a sensational location oceanside at Rawai Beach. Customers dine in a lush garden setting right at the water’s edge, with white sand underfoot, and enjoy spectacular ocean and island panoramas during the day and a romantic atmosphere at night. The latest addition to Nikita’s offering is a full range of live seafood, delivered daily to their live seafood tanks. Feast on Tiger prawns, Phuket lobster, black crab, oysters and more. Nikita’s boasts no fewer than 35 cocktails and there are more than 40 labels in their new wine cellar, including several 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. Though Nikita’s emphasis today is on live seafood, there is an impressive range of authentic Thai and international dishes. And, of course, Nikita’s is famous for its thin-crust pizzas – all cooked in a wood-fired oven and celebrated for their lavish toppings. We finish our meal 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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Grilled Wagyu Striploin Beef by Pano Executive Lounge Ingredients 190g Wagyu striploin beef | 50g green pea seeds | 30g parsnips | 1 baby carrot | 1 asparagus | 30ml red wine sauce | 3 vine tomatoes | Fresh rosemary | 60ml whipping cream or heavy cream | 60g unsalted butter | 2 garlic cloves | 1 lemon wedge cut (30g) | 60ml olive oil | Sea salt for seasoning | Crushed black pepper for seasoning | 3 red radish, thinly sliced | Parsley for garnish | Fresh lemon thyme for garnish | Edible flower for garnish Method Make green pea purée by blending green peas, whipping cream, olive oil and salt altogether. Cut and steam parsnips then blend with whipping cream, olive oil and salt, put in a squeeze bottle. Reheat the red wine sauce in a saucepan. Put in the wagyu striploin, pre-seasoned with sea salt and crushed black pepper, into a high-heated saucepan. Grill both side evenly, add garlic, lemon wedge, rosemary and unsalted butter, keep applying hot oil around steak until it become medium rare. Rest the steak on a plate with napkin paper for 3 minutes. Season vine tomatoes with olive oil and salt then place in an oven at 280˚C for 2 minutes. Boil the baby carrots and asparagus until cooked, plate then sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt. Plate the reheated green pea purée, followed by 3 pieces of cut Wagyu steak. Plate vine tomato, asparagus, baby carrots, red radish and sauce. Garnish with fresh herbs and edible flower before serving.

About the chef Chef Prasong Thaochan Chef Prasong Thaochan started his culinary journey in a local Phuket restaurant at the age of 19, then gradually learned international culinary arts across six different countries. He has worked in many overseas restaurants, including Banyan Tree (Mexico) and Angsana Velavaru (Maldives). He specialises in Thai cuisine and fusion cuisine and now oversees three restaurants at Crest Resort and Pool Villas: ATMOS Restaurant, PANO Read online Executive Lounge and DIVA sky lounge. Crest Resort & Pool Villas www.crestphuket.com windowonphuket.com

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PLUM Prime Steakhouse / Vanilla Sky Bar & Gastro Pub Steakhouse / Gastro Pub dishes Plum 6-11.30pm / 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. Live band Trio will set the mood on every Saturday from 6pm to 9.30pm. 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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Fresh Paint: Phuket’s Blossoming

In recent years, a lot has been done to make the streets of Phuket Old Town more aesthetically pleasing. Sidewalks have been repaved, ugly overhead electrical wires removed and buried underground, and many an old Sino-Portuguese building has been given a colourful facelift. Phuket Old Town has always been popular because of its old-world charm, but perhaps more so nowadays due to the current application of fresh paint on old-standing buildings in the form of some extremely colourful pieces of street art.

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n mid-2016, an initiative between a well-known property developer and a local artist came to fruition. The initiative took on the name ‘F.A.T. Phuket’ (Food Art Town) and the project instantly became the talk of the town. Local artists and some of Thailand’s most famous street artists quite literally canvassed the streets to give the town yet another renovation as colourful paintings and murals started popping up all over the place.

It is no secret that street art tends to be a controversial subject, quite possibly because the concept is often misunderstood. The days of young kids with paint cans spraying graffiti all over the place are mostly past. These days, street art takes on more creative and artistic forms; artists have become more innovative in their approaches, cumulating in some really great murals and gorgeous pieces of art. Capturing the ‘shabby-chic’ essence of Phuket Old Town, street-art pieces and various murals have brightened up street corners, adding flair to external restaurant walls and noodle shops, enticing tourists as well as locals and expats to wander into previously dark alleys, and have generally added a colourful character to the already charming Old Town district of Phuket. It’s now common to see people posing for pictures in front of these large, colourful pieces of art. Show-stopping red turtle, symbolising the red turtle sweet cake – a symbol of long life and good fortune – served during the ‘Por Tor’ festival

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Street art murals are getting people out and about, and producing some outstanding images on social media

Each unique, the murals and street-art pieces add a welcome dash of colour and a fresh coat of paint to the old town’s once-dreary Sino-Portuguese shop-houses in. The depictions are bright and cheery and some vividly display local culture. Take two examples, both by a popular Thai street artist with a deep-rooted Peranakan theme running through them, touching on Phuket’s prominent Thai-Chinese heritage. One features a character in an intricate batik sarong and kebaya – traditional garb worn by Phuket’s local Baba community – while the other is a large-scale interpretation of the annual ‘Hungry Ghosts’ (Por Tor) festival, the massive piece a showstopping red, painted in the form of a turtle, symbolising the red turtle sweet cake – the symbol of long life and good fortune – served during the ‘Por Tor’ festival.

Murals have added a splash of fresh paint to Phuket’s Sino-Portuguese buildings and shophouses

Other scenes often appear to pop up out of nowhere; as you wander the streets of the old town, an impressively large lion’s head graces the entrance to a parking garage while a pastel-rendered bird with large protruding eyes has made the side of a famous local eatery its ‘nest’. A hornbill, a native of the region, is brought to life under an abandoned awning, while a dancing Chinese troupe ups the ante of the entrance to a small but popular Chinese shrine. Indeed, wandering the streets of Phuket Old Town affords the opportunity to get up close and personal to this unique street art and provides a chance to see just how detailed the works actually are. Whether Phuket’s authorities have fully realised it or not, street art is a fantastic way to promote tourism: it is seen as fresh and contemporary and in today’s social media age the murals in Phuket have proven to be very interactive, prompting people to pose in front of, or alongside, the works while their photograph is taken and promptly uploaded and shared to a worldwide range of social media sites. This can only be a good thing.

This stunning mural enhances the natural beauty of the Shrine of Serene Light on Phang Nga Road

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About the artists: Mue Bon Bon is a Bangkok-based visual and creative street artist skilled in a variety of media including installation, painting, video and performance art, as well as mixed-media. He is well known for his colourful street murals in Thailand and across Southeast Asia. Alex Face Patcharapol Tangruen is popularly known as ‘Alex Face’. One of Thailand’s most influential street and graffiti artists, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine and Applied Arts from Bangkok’s King Mongktut Institute of Technology. An artist with a social conscience, his ‘Baby with the third-eye character’ can be found all over Thailand. Ludmila Letnikova Well known by her colourful hair and striking clothes, Luda is a Phuket-based expat artist originally from Russia. Luda is trained in graphic design, post production, illustration and art direction. She often collaborates with the Attitude Club and is a member of Phuket Sketchers. Rukkit Khuanhawate Rukkit is a popular street artist and graphic designer from Bangkok. Graduating with a degree in Art Education from Chulalongkorn University, he started painting street murals by stencil in 2011. He’s famous for his colourful and geometric style, and has painted street art in such places as far apart as Hong Kong, India and Dubai. Thaweesak Srithongdee Better known by his nickname ‘Lolay’, Thaweesak is a well-respected Thai graphic designer and a well-versed artist. Largely known for his local designs and acrylics, Lolay also draws on his international experience as he’s participated in several solo and group exhibitions abroad – and in 2005 enjoyed an artist residency in Japan. Pichit Paidan Hailing from Mae Hong Son, Pichit is a prolific artist whose works depict life in the Kingdom in an epic manner. He is famous for bridging the gap between artists and communities, as well as local and national governments. His impressive paintings are an ode to society, mixing images of life in both northern and southern Thailand. Ton Lim (P7) Bangkok-based, P7 is an artist and designer who merges contemporary fine art with street-art sensibilities – no mean task. Interestingly, P7 is self-taught. He works all over Thailand and has also displayed on the international market. His work typically intertwines cartoon-like shapes, colours and figures.

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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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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.

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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.

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BOUTIQUE TRAVEL NEWS & VIEWS

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oined in 1984 by Steve Rubell, co-owner of New York’s Morgans Hotel, the term ‘boutique hotel’ became increasingly popular towards the end of the 80s. When it opened in 1988, The Boathouse was just a restaurant; the rooms were added a little later, making it almost certainly Phuket’s first ‘boutique hotel’ – so how fitting that these pages are sponsored by The Boathouse Phuket. In 2016, the third generation of Boathouse owners arrived on the scene, Singapore’s publicly listed HPL (Hotel Properties Ltd). The Boathouse belongs to the hotels and resorts division’s ‘Boutique

The Boathouse Phuket

Collection’, which owns the Hard Rock Hotel brand. The group has twelve units in Malaysia, Bali and Thailand – with many more spread further afield, including Four Seasons and Hilton

Funding passion through… Airbnb?

properties. The Thailand hotels include Pattaya’s Hard Rock Hotel, Bangkok’s Metropolitan by COMO and Phuket’s Point Yamu by COMO – as well as The Boathouse. Keeping good company!

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assion maybe isn’t the first word that springs to mind when thinking about an automated digital room booking platform, but the reality is that recent Airbnb data shows there are something like 2,000 Airbnb hosts in Thailand who work in the creative ‘industry’; artists, designers, musicians and so on, who finance their passion for creative expression by the typically mundane ‘business’ of renting rooms to Airbnb travellers.

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The unconventional appeals to these young creative entrepreneurs and Airbnb seems to fit their bill; they’re comfortable with, and embrace, digital platforms to help support themselves, finance their passions and, in some cases, showcase their work. Most of them share their unused living space through Airbnb Homes. Others share their passions and craftsmanship by hosting Airbnb Experiences, handcrafted activities for small groups of guests. They generate revenue, while potentially building a following for their creative work. But isn’t all this illegal? Yes and no. If you own units in a condo and rent them (whether through Airbnb or not), yes you’re breaking the law – a law whose teeth, it seems, are not exactly long and sharp; the applicable law provides

There’s no legal burden on homeowners as long as they register themselves as homestays. However, to be sure of...

for a maximum fine of 20,000 baht and a daily fine not exceeding 10,000 baht a day for as long as the violation continues. In two recent landmark court cases in Hua Hin, the fine actually applied was 5,000 baht, with the daily fine reduced to a negligible 100 baht a day. A slap on the wrist; almost as if to say, “Go away and carry on as before – but don’t get caught!” Aside from condos, the situation is less clear. According to Thailand’s Department of Provincial Authority, existing laws allow private

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properties to operate as small tourist accommodations – or homestays. It seems that, as long as it’s your own home, it’s not a hotel; there’s no legal burden on homeowners as long as they register themselves as homestays. However, to be sure of their legal status, homeowners who wish to rent out their spare rooms are advised to register with the Department of Local Administration (DLA), an agency 100 percent behind the concept of homestay as a means to help develop ‘rural’ tourism.

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“The Mustang Nero Hotel is one-of-a-kind. I’ve put a lot of effort into the design and décor to ensure our guests have a truly unique stay, and at the same time...

Indeed, last year Airbnb announced what it called a ‘partnership’ with the DLA to promote local entrepreneurship. According to Mich Goh, Airbnb head of public policy for Southeast Asia, this was the first official Airbnb partnership with Thai authorities, to be followed later in 2018 by the more obviously significant

deal with the Thailand Boutique Accommodation Trade Association (TBAA). Airbnb claims to be the first travel platform in Thailand to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the TBAA. Through this partnership, Airbnb and the TBAA will bring Thailand’s boutique

hotels onto Airbnb’s global platform and connect them to its international network of travellers. Sounds super... Which brings us conveniently to creative Airbnb host, Ananda Chalardcharoen and her Mustang Nero Hotel on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit soi 46, a short walk from the Phra Khanong BTS (skytrain) station. Ananda transitioned from Airbnb traveller to host to boutique hotel owner. As the images on these pages suggest, she has a background in fashion design. Each of her hotel’s ten rooms is intricately decorated and named after an animal, from ‘The Zebra Song’ to ‘Black Bird’ and ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. “The Mustang Nero Hotel is one-ofa-kind. I’ve put a lot of effort into the design and décor to ensure our guests have a truly unique stay, and at the

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shares local insights and knowledge with her guests through a self-curated local guidebook – that includes her tips and secrets to the neighbourhood in Thai, English and Chinese. To round off our peek into the world of Airbnb, let’s flashback 10 years to when they first burst upon the accommodation scene as a ‘disrupter’ in the mode of Uber. Now, though, with these government and trade association

‘partnerships’, don’t they sound the very essence of ‘establishment’? If you love disruption, there are others in the market place, not so much on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but maybe just a little less cosy with the bogeymen. Try Tripping.com, HomeToGo, FlipKey, HomeAway, VRBO, HouseTrip, VayStays, VacayHero – and doubtless a bunch more that I haven’t heard of yet…

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plus visitors, while smaller houses of three bedrooms can accommodate three couples or more, making a comfortable and homey place for holidaymakers. While responsibility for all aspects of holiday rental management will be achieved by an established tour operator based at the reception office. 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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What you should know about setting up a new Thai company today

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remember many years ago, when clients used to come in to my office to speak with me about making structural changes to their Thai companies, it was all too common to hear that they had no idea how to get in contact with their co-shareholders. I’d often ask – have you ever met your shareholders? This question was also all too frequently responded to with a resounding, “No. I actually have no idea who they are.” This obviously made it difficult for my team to assist with the requested structural changes to the Thai companies, which are normally changes to directors, shareholders, shareholding classes, capitalisation and the articles of association – to name a few – as these type of corporate actions must ordinarily be approved by a resolution of shareholders at a meeting of shareholders properly noticed according to the relevant company’s articles of association and/or the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand. Thus, I ordinarily had to return advice to the clients that we just could not do what they were asking for, which was often not well received! Most people find it unbelievable that anyone would willingly agree to take on partnership venture in a new business with persons that you have never met before, unless there is some kind of trust arrangement in place with a professional trust company. But this simply is not the case in Thailand, as trust arrangements with shareholder and director nominees (as they are known in some common law jurisdictions) are just not recognised here. Moreover, the notion of using nominees, where a Thai person holds shares on behalf of foreign beneficiaries, is strictly forbidden by law with particularly harsh penalties including potential criminal penalties on a proven Thai nominee. There appears now to be a wave of new enforcement on Thai companies, following the reports of foreigners opening Thai companies with illegal nominees that assist them to operate restricted businesses, such as tour company operations. So it seems like a good time to set forth a list of what you should do and what you shouldn’t do, which is intended to help assist anyone considering setting up a new Thai company to operate a legitimate business in Thailand.

Should do

• Do make sure you know who your co-shareholders, both foreign and Thai. are. If you are considering operating a business in Thailand, make sure you set up the company with shareholders directly vested in the company

• Do make sure you capitalise the company correctly

and that a true transaction record is produced showing payment of the share capital by all shareholders.

• Do ensure the initial capital of the company is deposited to a company established bank account shortly after the company is set up with a declaration of all share capital being paid up in full.

PRESSMASTER / SHUTTERSTOCK.

• Do issue to all shareholders of the company a valid, director-signed and stamped, share certificate.

• Do ensure a properly maintained and updated

shareholders’ book is kept with the company documents at all times. The shareholder book should reflect the history of shareholders and capitalisation of the company and include information on each shareholder’s notification address and the number of shares each holds. It is also required to be updated when share transfers or new allotments of shares are issued.

• Do ensure that all shareholders have an opportunity

to read and understand the company’s articles of association, and make one available for inspection by shareholders upon written request.

• Do strongly consider entering into joint venture

agreements between all shareholders as this will set forth the corporate governance provisions of the company, and also set out any terms and restrictions relating to share sales and transfers.

• Do ensure that proper shareholder meetings are noticed

and held in accordance with the laws (which is at least one time within the first six months of incorporation, and at least one time per annum following the first meeting) and that formal minutes are kept at all meetings of shareholders.

• Do ensure the company obtains good accounting advice and representatives.

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Shouldn’t do

• Do not simply select a company capitalisation based on

arbitrary values. The capital of the company should be reflective of matters such as the number of work permits to be issued to foreigners and the value of the assets to be acquired at incorporation.

• Do not set up a new Thai company with shareholders that

are not genuine shareholders and venture partners. All shareholders should have a genuine stake in the company.

• Do not produce pre-signed blank share transfer forms that

are intended to somehow transfer shares of a shareholder at some point in the future. These documents are arguably void at best, and completely illegal at worst (in the case of nominees.)

• Do not set up a foreign-owned company, that is a Thai

company with more than 49% of the share capital held by foreign persons or companies, without the proper foreign business licensing.

• Do not go into business with shareholders you have never met or do not know.

Obviously the above list is not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other considerations when setting up Thai companies, and people should always Read online consider the applicable regulations with relvant advisors. But these points should at least cover the important basics at start-up in order to keep a business above the water in Thailand from the outset.

By Robert Krupica, 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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FISH THE EXOTIC

Jungle fishing for the ferocious Giant Snakehead

If you’re looking for truly wild freshwater fishing, then Cheow Lan Lake or Rajjaprabha Dam Reservoir, located in the centre of Khao Sok National park, should not be overlooked.

bait casting or spinning equipment. If you’re lucky enough to subdue one of these brutes. then a word of caution when removing hooks: these fish have no qualms about taking a chunk out of your hand or a finger. A Boga grip and long nose pliers are a must.

The huge 160sq km lake was created when the dam was built to generate electricity in 1987.

Another common predator caught on just about any lure is the Hampala Barb, or more aptly named Jungle Perch. They also take top water baits but will take crank baits spoons or just about any minnow-imitating lure.

The scenery is breathtaking with picturesque jungle-covered mountains surrounding the lake. The dense rainforest provides a home for some amazing wildlife, including wild elephants, otters, monkeys, bears and countless bird species. This really is pristine jungle at its best. Fishing is done from long tail boats piloted by local guides who know the waters like the backs of their hands. There are no hydrographic maps here; local knowledge is essential as you definitely wouldn’t want to run into an underwater hazard in such a remote area.

Remembering the fact that 90 percent of fish come from 10 percent of the water fished makes fishing with a knowledgeable guide essential. If you want to put the odds in your favour, I strongly recommend contacting Neil Robinson www.fishing-khaolak.com, who has fished these waters for years. This vast area is truly a lure fisherman’s paradise and should not be overlooked by any serious lure casting enthusiast.

A two- or three-day trip is suggested because a two-hour car ride from Phuket airport, then a lengthy boat ride to prime fishing areas, doesn’t make a one-day trip worthwhile. Local accommodation is available, ranging from Thai style bamboo huts to a recently added air conditioned bungalow resort. There are many fishing opportunities available. Lure fishing using top water baits to structure or balls of fry is probably the most exciting and productive method. The snakehead guard their fry with a vengeance and will have no qualms attacking a lure they think is a predator trying to devour their young. Accurate casting is paramount when it comes to catching these fish. Repeated casts to the same target until the fish finally reaches a breaking point make the difference on the catch report at the end of the trip. Toman as they are also called put up an extremely strong and acrobatic fight and will test any medium- to heavy-action

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Things to do in Phuket

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Try local foods

Kiteboarding

Want to know more about Phuket’s marine life? Phuket Aquarium is the answer.

Don’t miss the opportunity to sample Phuket’s mouthwatering and unique offerings.

Learn or improve your skills; take lessons or rent gear in Rawai, Nai Yang or Krabi.

Phuket Thai Hua Museum

Thai Cooking Classes

Sailing & boating

An exhibition centre for Baba arts & culture in Phuket’s oldest Chinese school.

Love Thai food? Want to learn how it’s done? Enrol on a Thai cooking class for a day or two.

From day trips to sailing lessons through yacht charters, Phuket is a yachting paradise.

Tin Mining Museum

Old Phuket Town

Parasailing & Paragliding

Khao Kad Viewpoint

...a wild-eyed mannequin with matted hair, crouched in a cave, stone-age tools in hand...

Explore the restaurants & shops along Rommanee, Talang, Yaowarat & Dibuk Roads.

Fly like a bird, soaring and diving effortlessly with the wind in your face.

Great views from a different perspective - Cape Panwa - but with a stiff climb up 138 steps.

Thalang National Museum

Spa & massage

Surfing

Rang Hill Viewpoint

Features the ‘Phuket Heroines’, whose battle tactics saved Phuket from invading Burmese.

Spas & traditional Thai massage are as much a part of Phuket as the beaches & balmy seas.

Waves, while not huge, can be fun to ride from May to October. But obey red flags!

Northwest of Phuket City, the hilltop has been landscaped into a park with fitness facilities.

Weekend market

Snorkelling

Windmill Viewpoint

‘Talad Tai Rot’ for clothes, electronics, handicrafts, ‘used’ books - & even Thai snacks.

Crystal waters, coral & prolific marine life; an underwater paradise from November-April.

The hilltop, between Nai Harn & Promthep, boasts a windmill – the only one on the island.

Chillva Market

Horse riding

Kata-Karon Viewpoint

A trendy market for teens and hipsters. Good mix of shops & stalls, often has live music too.

A relaxing way to explore Phuket’s natural beauty or a brisk canter along the beach.

Between Nai Harn & Kata Noi, the famed ‘Three BayViewpoint’ – one of the island’s best views.

Wat Koh Siray

Lardyai Market

Go-karting

Laem Singh Viewpoint

Its reclining golden Buddha sits on a hilltop with spectacular views of adjacent islands.

A Sunday pedestrian zone with food, souvenirs, jewellry & clothes lining the sidewalk.

A behind-the-wheel adventure racing around a track. Kids love the thrill - and so do adults!

Popular road stop between Kamala & Surin. Impressive view of Laem Singh Beach.

Wat Phra Tong

Sapan Hin

Movies

Monkey Hill view point.

Golden Buddha image appears to sprout up from the ground. Also houses a museum.

Public park commemorating an Australian who brought the first tin dredger to Phuket in 1909.

Raining? Need a break from the beach? There are 3 multiplex cinemas showing latest movies.

Bristling with masts, it towers over Phuket City. There’s a jogging track & wild monkeys...

The Big Buddha

Bangla Road (Patong)

‘Radar Hill’ Viewpoint

A gleaming presence that can be seen from clear across the south of Phuket Island.

In the heart of Patong - don’t miss this international icon of the hedonistic lifestyle.

The highest viewpoint in Phuket, the panorama through 360 degrees is breathtaking.

Wat Chalong

Explore the island

Built during the reign of King Rama II (1809-1842). The most popular of all Phuket’s temples. It hosts the island’s biggest annual temple fair.

Rent a motorcycle or car & explore Phuket by yourself. Get IMAGE asia’s free Map of Phuket & you won’t get lost, but take care driving!

Cable Ski Great for speed-lovers: Phuket Wake Park, in Kathu

Phromthep Cape The most popular of all Phuket’s viewpoints. The sunsets are breathtaking.

Ton Sai & Bang Pae Muay Thai (Thai boxing) Learn Muay Thai. Check out gyms in Chalong. To watch a fight, head for Patong.

These waterfalls, at 18m high, are the tallest on Phuket. Combine with a visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre.

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Off the beaten track :

National Park Just a couple of hours from Phuket lies one of Thailand’s most spectacular national parks

Several tour companies arrange trips on the Cheow Lan Lake.

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There is an abundance of exotic flora and fauna and a good chance to see wild animals.

Khao Sok National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise. It’s covered by one of the oldest evergreen forests in the world – believed to be over 160 million years old.

For the longest time, travellers to Thailand have traditionally headed to the north of the country for jungles, wilderness and mountains and to the south for sea, sand and sun. Yet with Khao Sok National Park right on Phuket’s doorstep, it doesn’t have to be like that – it’s actually possible to sunbathe on Phuket’s lovely beaches in the morning and find yourself in the almost untouched wilderness of Khao Sok in the afternoon. And getting to Khao Sok is easy: Most tour operators can arrange transport and, with local roads in good condition (in the dry season), renting a car and driving yourself is also an option. The latter also gives you the opportunity to explore the national park on your own once you get there.

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The lake is surrounded by verdant and thick jungle and parts of it have become popular photographic spots due to the huge blocks of limestone karst jutting out of the water, forming majestic islands.

A network of smaller or larger trails snake their way through the park and, if you’re lucky (and stay quiet), you might be able to see some of the park’s rare wildlife. There is a 300-baht entry fee which comes with a detailed map of the park. If you’re not comfortable with roaming around on your own, guided tours can also be arranged at the park entrance. Covering more than 700sqkm, Khao Sok National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise. It’s covered by one of the oldest evergreen forests in the world – believed to be over 160 million years old – complemented by huge limestone mountains that rise up here and there, dramatic waterfalls, inviting and cooling swimming holes, deep lakes and mysterious caves. With all this wilderness, the park is home to an astonishing array of wildlife, including wild elephants, gibbons, tapirs, tigers, deer and wild boar.

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Covering more than 700sqkm, Khao Sok National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise.

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travel.Khao Sok

Most people just make a day trip to Cheow Lan Lake but staying overnight is actually an attractive option, with several places offering accommodation in floating bungalows The main attraction of Khao Sok National Park is the vast 165sqkm Cheow Lan Lake, created in 1982 following the construction of the Ratchaprapha Dam. The hydropower generated from it supplies electricity to much of the region. The lake’s main pier is located around an hour’s drive from the park entrance and there is never a shortage of long-tail boats ready to take you out on the water. Several tour operators also arrange tours. Nepenthes amullaria jack

Ratchaprapha Dam

The limestone karsts shoot up from below the surface.

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A quiet moment on the lake.

The lake is surrounded by verdant and thick jungle and parts of it have become popular photographic spots due to the huge blocks of limestone karst jutting out of the water, forming majestic islands. Most people just make a day trip to Cheow Lan Lake but staying overnight is actually an attractive option, with several places offering accommodation in floating bungalows – essentially rooms built on stilts or on pontoons on the water. Depending on where you want to stay, the bungalows range from the most basic form to more luxurious options offering air conditioning and hot showers. As the night falls and the day-trippers leave, use the opportunity to take a dip in the lake while staff members prepare a meal of freshly caught fish on the barbecue, then fall asleep to the sound of the water lapping against the bungalow stilts and the distant calls of monkeys.

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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

Phuket International 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

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Airport Meter Taxis AirAsia Bangkok Airways China Airlines Nok Air Orient Thai Airlines Silk Air Thai Airways

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Hospitals Bangkok Hospital Phuket

1719 +66 76 254425 Dibuk Hospital +66 76 298298 Hyperbaric Services +66 76 342518-9 +66 89 871 2335 Mission Phuket Hospital +66 76 237220-6 Patong / Kathu Hospital +66 76 344034-5 +66 76 342633-4

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Music videos @ Prohibition Bar. Videos from the ‘60s to the ‘90s are not on the prohibited list at this venue with a speakeasy theme, but are a star attraction for clientele.

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EntertainmenT Choices

Live music @ Bebop Live Music Bar & Restaurant. A new place to hang out... Fresh & lively atmosphere... Listen to jazz, soul, Latin, blues & pop. Live music starts about 9.30pm.

Phuket Yacht Club. Regular friendly racing programme. Dinghy sailing lessons & RYA training courses available. www.phuketyachtclub.com Phuket International Women’s Club. Various meetings. +66 76316 711. info@phuketiwc.com www.phuketiwc.com

Friday Hip-Hop LIVE show @ Illuzion. The Notorious Friday HipHop LIVE Show with MD Mochio Official – Dj Weezii. Two hours of live Hip-Hop party with the best RnB. DJs @ Hollywood Phuket. Two separate rooms, each playing different kinds of music. While it has resident Thai DJs, international names play here on a rotating basis.

Live music @ Ploenchit Pub & Restaurant. This is more for local people who love nightlife, but why not give it a try? Live bands start at 9pm every night.

Combined chambers of commerce. Phuket business dinners and ‘Sundowners’ during the year, with topical speakers. www.bccthai.com and www.austchamthailand.com

Guest DJs @ Cocoon Phuket. The classy open-air bistro-nightclub perched on a big terrace. Deep house, underground & electro swing grooves spun by guest DJs.

Bar bands @ Timber Hut. Typical Thai pub scene in Phuket Town; fun place featuring one of Phuket’s great bar bands. There’s a dance floor with a live band & DJ nightly.

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

Entertainment @ Samutr Bar, Amari Phuket. JT Duo Band Mon, Wed & Thurs; DJ A Tues & Sat; DJ Bee Fri & Mr.Tom on Sax Sat. From 9.30-11pm. Happy Hour 5-7pm & 9-11pm.

CHALONG/RAWAI

Live music & DJs @ Tantitium. An allround entertainment centre with live music & DJs spinning late into the evening. Cocktails & massages too.

DJs @ Z1MPLEX Mixology Lab. DJs play a wide range of music at ‘The Lab’ including electronic, house & R&B.

Dance & house music @ White Room Nightclub. The large dance floor in the middle of the long room fills with trendy young dancers grooving to a mix of R&B, hip hop, dance & house music. Live music @ Tai Pan. Classic rock, & the latest dance hits every night with international singers.

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

Live jazz @ The Route Café & Music Bar. Live music weekend: pop, soft rock, jazz – all cool styles of music & musicians can jam later on.

REGULAR EVENTS

Lions Club of Patong Beach. Dinner 2nd Tuesday each month. www.lions-club-patong.org

Live music Wednesdays @ Mangosteen Phuket. Enjoy a great meal (Thai or Western) with music by Italians Leo & Jenn. Jazzy, fresh & cool sounds, paired with amazing food & a great wine selection from the underground wine cellar.

Phuket Hash House Harriers. Regular hash every Sat. Tinmen Hash (male only) 1st Wed of each month. Iron Pussy Hash (female only) 2nd Wed of each month. Puying Hash (for families) middle Sun each month. Kamala Koma Hash (mixed adults) last Tues each month. www.phuket-hhh.com

Live music @ The Column Phuket. The house bands play a mix of international rock & pop hits as well as popular Thai music. Live acoustic music @ The Barrel. The Barrel features live acoustic music in the evenings & great nightly specials on drinks & food. Seating is comfortable & plentiful.

Skal International Phuket & South Thailand. Monthly dinners, usually with speaker. www.skalphuket.org Alan Cooke Cricket Ground. Family touch rugby on Saturday afternoons. Call Gary on +66 81 968 3707. www.acgphuket.com

KATA / KARON & PATONG The Dim Sun

CHERNGTALAY

Trilogy

Get Jazzy @ Trilogy, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa. Contemporary jazz music performed by a 3-piece live band at the signature Trilogy restaurant! Every Tuesday & Friday 6.30pm onwards.

Sunset DJ @ The Dim Sun, Avista Grande Phuket Karon - MGallery by Sofitel. Come and join us every Thursday to enjoy the sunset of the Andaman Sea with DJ Live Set and Delicious Cocktails! Only through Live music @ Two Chefs. The Two chefs band will take your back to the 70s & 80s with some old school song to sings along with! January 2019.

KAMALA

DJs @ Coast Beach Club & Bristro, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. DJs play a wide range of music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday

LAYAN

Blues night @ Jazz U Garden Resort. Blues night Fridays with Dou T&O.

DJs @ Dream Beach Club. Dream combines poolside cool & beach side chic & features world-class performers, artists, International DJs, seductive parties & exclusive events. Live band Fridays @ Vanilla Sky Bar & Gastro Pub. ‘JACKY’ Live band will set the mood from 6-9.30pm. Daily Happy Hour 5-6pm: 30% discount on all drinks except wines, champagne & super-premium spirits.

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