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Phuket’s beaches What’s On Movies Social Phuket Tide tables Nearby islands Window on Phuket classified advertising Useful numbers

Boating

20 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 “One of the best yet” 24 The Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous builds on last year’s success

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017

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How to spend 24 hours in Phuket

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Recipes and signature dishes

Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

Dining

34 Hot food promotions. Don’t miss out! 37 Recipes and signature dishes from Phuket’s top chefs 74 Book your restaurant table here

TRAVEL

28 How to spend 24 hours in Phuket 42 Untouched Thailand

LEGAL MATTERS

58 A legal professional’s plea 60 Due diligence

COVER: Phuket Walking Street Market, Phuket Old Town

PHUKET LIVING

Advertising enquiries

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BEACHES

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INFORMATION.PHUKET'S bEACHES

What's your favourite beach?

Sarasin Bridge

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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 12, you'll find most of Phuket's beaches. The number in the blue circle corresponds to the same number on the Page 12 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

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27

2

Saphan Hin Park 3

95 D4

26

27

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5

Yon Bay / Panwa

116 F2

25

6

7 8 9

10

Chalong Bay

11

110 G4

24 12 13 14 15

26

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Leam Ka Cape

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Rawai Beach

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To find all the great places in Phuket, get yourself a copy of STREETS of PHUKET - 188 pages of detailed street maps, landmarks and local information - with a series of comprehensive indexes. It’s the easiest way to find your way quickly around Phuket. Check www.streetsofphuket.com to find out where to get it – at only 399 baht it’ll save you time and fuel. There’s nothing nearly as good online!

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3 SEPTEMBER

17 SEPTEMBER

‘King of the Mountain Phuket Trail Run’ 2017. Beginners and experienced trail runners compete over three distances: 4km fun run, 8km and 15km, along steep hilly terrain amid the beautiful waterfalls of Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. www.thanyapura.com

3rd ACCOR HOTELS Heartbreak Hill Mini Marathon’ 2017. Annual fundraising event which supports the education and well-being of underprivileged children within the community. Raises funds for local schools in Phuket and nearby provinces and supports Accor ‘Yim Kids Project’. +66 76 602544 (Thai) +66 76 602541 (English). Facebook: HeartBreakHillPhuket

Running @ Thanyapura

Running @ Khao Kad, Panwa Cape

1 OCTOBER

Running @ Patong

3 SEPTEMBER

Mountain Bike @ Thanyapura Mountain Bike Classic 2017. A new mountain bike race through Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, highlighting ecological tourist destinations, following the popular King of the Mountain Trail Run on the same day. It features a route through northern Phuket’s 23 sq km rainforest. Bikers can test their endurance in four distances: 4-km fun race, 9-km, 18-km (two loops of 9-km laps) or 27 km (three loops of 9-km laps). www.thanyapura.com

The 10th Anniversary Millennium Resort Patong Phuket Charity Run 2017 is organised in conjunction with the Millennium’s 10th year celebrations. “Engaging with Autism” is the theme and the main objective is to raise funds by collecting participation fees. All funds will be donated to the Phuket Panyanukul School (PPS) to support and improve teaching-learning quality and to gain new and effective ways in educating children with autism. Entry fees: Mini Marathon: 10 km, 350 baht; Fun Run 5 Km, 300 baht. Online registeration at www.gotorace.com/event/millennium-charity-run.

5 OCTOBER

Cultural event @ Rawai Beach & Sapam village Loy Reua ceremony is observed by Moken or ‘sea people’ across Phuket. Participants build a boat from local palm wood and place wooden dolls made in their likeness in the boat before launching it. This removes bad luck, now embodied in the dolls. Witness the ceremony that finishes with ‘ronggeng’ dancing at Ban Sapam, Nga Cape, Rawai Beach, Si Rae Island, Lanta Island and Phi Phi Island areas.

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20-28 OCTOBER

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The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is a colourful event held over a 9-day period in October. It celebrates the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them achieve good health and peace of mind. Over the years the festival has grown and developed into a spectacular annual event attended by thousands, with participants flying in from China and other Asian countries.

Loy Krathong is a peaceful and significant festival of lights. Participants release – into the sea, a river or a lake – preprepared candlelit floating vessels, made from sliced banana-tree trunk, that they have filled with symbolic emblems, such as coins, hair snippets and nail clippings. The festival’s purposes are (1) to thank the Goddess of water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for the use water and to apologise for polluting it, (2) to pay respect to the Buddha footprints on Nammatanati river bank in India and (3) to symbolically let go of unhappiness and sickness

Cultural event @ Phuket Town

Festival @ All locations

1 november

Travel fair @ Patong beach Phuket Travel Fair welcomes in the tourist season. Many colourful activities are organised, including a merit-making ceremony, water sports contests and a ‘Miss Visitor’ contest. www.phuket.go.th

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what’s on. phuket eventS

19 november

8-10 december

The Laguna Phuket Triathlon features a 1.8km swim, 55km bike and 12km run. Over the past 20 years this race has attracted thousands of athletes from all age-groups, as well as several triathlon legends. www.lagunaphukettriathlon.com

Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR) 2017 returns for the second year. Infinite Luxury in collaboration with Kata Rocks again hosts the KRSR and bring back some of the world’s most iconic superyacht brands to Phuket, Southeast Asia’s leading luxury destination and superyacht hot spot. www.katarockssuperyachtrendezvous.com

Triathlon@ Laguna Phuket

23-26 november

Boat Show @ Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Superyacht show @ Kata Rocks

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2017. Highlights & activities: free yacht cruises, trial kayak, paddle boat. Food & drinks festival and live band. www.oceanmarinapattayaboatshow.com

4-7 JANUARY

Yachting event @ Royal Phuket Marina

3-9 december

Regatta @ Kata Beach Resort Asia’s biggest regatta, inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of the late King Rama IX of Thailand, the event has been held every in December. www.kingscup.com

The inaugural Phuket Rendezvous replaces the 14-year-old Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), Thailand’s first boat show. The marina will be transformed into a bustling hub for all things luxury. The10,000 expected visitors will be able to access over 50 yachts and meet with yacht brokers, high end property developers and bespoke travel organisers. www.thephuketrendezvous.com

Upcoming movies All the latest movies are on offer on the island SFX Coliseum cinema 3rd. floor, Central Festival, Phuket City +66 76 209000 SFX Coliseum cinema Jungceylon Shopping Destination, Patong Beach +66 76 600555 Catch up on your favourite SHOWTIME please visit our website at www.windowonphuket.com/ whats-on/movies.php

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SOCIAL

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SOCIAL scene.WHAT WAS ON IN PHUKET

Holiday Inn Express Krabi’s Ao Nang Beach opening party Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek @ Cape Panwa Hotel Above: Regatta founder & sponsor, Grenville Fordham, presents the first day prizes. Below: Opening ceremony & party

Phuket kids water safety training programme press conference @ Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa

Asian style buffet dinner @ Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Celebrating Mother’s Day @ Limelight Avenue Phuket

“Tour de Andaman” press conference @ Yacht Haven

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Family festival & pie eating contest @ Xana Beach Club Masterclass session with 2-star Michelin guest chef Stefan Heilemann @ Tre restaurant, Banyan Tree Phuket

Launching the newest desserts @ Blue Elephant Phuket

Limelight Avenue Phuket 2nd anniversary

Artists playground launch and dinner @ Pullman Phuket Arcadia

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Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017

“One of the best yet”

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PHUKET, Thailand – Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek welcomed 41 boats and over 500 sailors and friends for its 14th edition which was held 19 – 23 July, 2017 and saw four days of excellent warm water racing off Phuket’s southeast coast.

“We had an excellent, high quality fleet of boats and sailors this year ranging from a Swan 55 competing for the first time and the TP52 Team Hollywood (ex Origin) through to sports boats, as well as a very competitive group of 40-footers who enjoyed some close racing throughout.

Headquartered at the exclusive 5-star Cape Panwa Hotel, the regatta put on an excellent onshore programme of activities over four nights, culminating in a last night Gala Dinner attended by sailors and yachting and government dignitaries, which was matched by a top quality racing programme managed by a World Sailing International Race Officer and an experienced team of on-water professionals.

We broke our own multihull record this year with 21 boats competing over four classes, including the newly introduced Multihull Cruising. This year definitely had one of the most competitive fleets ever at Raceweek,” said Byron Jones, Managing Director of the regatta’s owner and organiser, Media Business Services Co., Ltd.

Spread across seven classes, the 41-strong fleet included the largest ever number of multihulls at the event, 21, as well as regional yachting luminaries and a diverse mix of sailors from more than 25 countries, including many charter teams from Australia, Japan and around Asia, as well as an all Chinese team chartering at the event for the first time.

After three days of idyllic tropical sailing, it came down to a final day shoot-out to decide many of the podium places and while Ray Roberts’ Team Hollywood (AUS) dominated IRC I, it was a close tussle for second and third, which went to East Marine Emagine (AUS) and Loco (SIN) respectively.

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In IRC II, Phoenix (DEN) were the clear winners, while the all ladies team on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies (AUS) managed to claim second over Krabi Boat Lagoon Piccolo (GBR). In the Cruising class it was Lady Bubbly (AUS) who claimed the honours, while a fast finishing BeauX Esprits (AUS) leapfrogged into second ahead of Who Dares Wins (GBR) in third. Asia Catamarans Hurricane (AUS) defended their title in Multihull Racing while the trimaran Thor (GBR) finished second ahead of Phantom V (AUS) in third. In Multihull Cruising it was an Australian top three: DaVinci, Mojo, Siesta in first, second and third respectively. Another to defend their title, and in the process set a record for winning five consecutive years, was John Newnham’s Twin Sharks (GBR) in the Firefly 850 class. Although winning the last race of the series, the all-Japanese crew on Natsuki Motoyoshi’s Mil Grace (JPN) had to settle for third behind Blue Noze (GBR). The one-design Corsair trimarans racing in the Pulse 600 class went down to the wire with Java Racing (GBR) edging out Multihull Solutions H30 (AUS) for the win, and SuDu Red (AUS) placed third.

Preparing to celebrate its 15th year next year, the awardwinning Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek has a welldeserved reputation for delivering top quality racing, both competitive and fun, amongst the stunning island-scape off Phuket’s southeast coast, while hosting a beachfront social scene unmatched by any other regatta in Asia. “With the 2017 event being one of the best yet, we are already working hard to raise the bar further and make 2018 even better,” added Jones. Add next year’s dates to your diary: 18 – 22 July, 2018. For more information Website: www.phuketraceweek.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/PhuketRaceweekRegatta Twitter: www.twitter.com/phuketraceweek YouTube: www.youtube.com/phuketraceweek IMAGE asia is proud to support Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 as a Media Partner.

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TIDE TABLES

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September

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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

1

1.8

1.8

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.4

2.4

2.3

2.1

2.0

1.8

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.2

2.0

2

1.8

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.9

2.1

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.1

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.4

2.2

3

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.5

4

2.2

1.8

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.6

2.0

2.4

2.8

3.0

3.0

2.8

2.4

1.9

1.4

1.1

1.1

1.2

1.6

2.1

2.5

2.8

2.9

2.8

5

2.4

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.6

2.2

2.6

3.0

3.2

3.1

2.7

2.2

1.6

1.1

0.9

1.0

1.3

1.8

2.3

2.8

3.0

3.0

6

2.7

2.3

1.7

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.8

2.4

2.9

3.2

3.3

3.0

2.5

1.9

1.3

0.9

0.8

1.0

1.5

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.2

7

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.9

1.0

1.4

2.1

2.7

3.2

3.4

3.3

2.9

2.3

1.6

1.0

0.7

0.8

1.1

1.7

2.4

2.9

3.2

8

3.2

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.9

0.8

1.1

1.7

2.3

2.9

3.3

3.4

3.1

2.6

2.0

1.3

0.8

0.7

0.9

1.4

2.0

2.6

3.1

9

3.3

3.2

2.7

2.2

1.6

1.1

0.8

0.9

1.3

1.9

2.5

3.1

3.3

3.3

2.9

2.3

1.7

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.7

2.3

2.9

10

3.2

3.2

3.0

2.5

2.0

1.4

1.0

0.9

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.7

3.1

3.2

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.9

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.5

11

3.0

3.2

3.1

2.8

2.3

1.8

1.3

1.1

1.1

1.4

1.8

2.3

2.7

3.0

3.0

2.8

2.3

1.9

1.4

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.7

2.2

12

2.6

2.9

3.0

2.9

2.6

2.2

1.7

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.6

2.0

2.4

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.9

13

2.3

2.6

2.8

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.5

1.4

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.5

2.4

2.1

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.5

1.7

14

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.6

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.6

1.6

1.7

1.9

2.1

2.2

2.4

2.4

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.8

1.7

1.6

15

1.7

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.4

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.4

2.1

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.6

1.7

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.4

2.3

2.1

1.8

16

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.8

2.1

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.3

2.0

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.7

2.6

2.5

2.2

17

1.8

1.5

1.4

1.4

1.6

2.0

2.4

2.7

2.9

3.0

2.8

2.4

1.9

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.2

1.5

2.0

2.4

2.7

2.9

2.8

2.6

18

2.1

1.7

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.5

2.0

2.5

2.9

3.1

3.1

2.8

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.9

0.9

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.7

3.0

3.1

2.9

19

2.5

2.0

1.4

1.1

0.9

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.7

3.2

3.3

3.2

2.8

2.2

1.5

1.0

0.7

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.4

2.9

3.2

3.2

20

2.8

2.4

1.7

1.2

0.9

0.9

1.2

1.8

2.4

3.0

3.3

3.3

3.1

2.6

1.9

1.2

0.8

0.7

0.9

1.4

2.1

2.7

3.2

3.3

21

3.1

2.7

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.8

0.9

1.4

2.0

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Mija Galeon 460Fly ADVERTORIAL

Chartering your own yacht allows you to avoid the usual tourist crowds and routes to give you an unforgettable and unspoiled experience. From the moment we pick you up from your hotel in a private limousine or minibus you’ll never look back, and you’ll know immediately that you made the right choice. Our friendly crew will help you choose between a sea-kayak expedition around Phang Nga Bay, snorkeling in the shallows of the big blue, with a myriad of tropical fish at the Koh Kai Islands or a zoom around in our tender to discover the magic of the stunning limestone formations at Phi Phi Island. Our destinations: Similan, Racha, Phi Phi, south of Phang Nga Bay & Koh Kai group or Phang Nga Bay & Koh Hong Krabi. Go in luxury: Day Trip with MIJA The GALEON 460Flybridge. This brand-new motor yacht is fitted with many innovative features. From her automatic bow settee area that can be swiftly changed into a sundeck, her aft cockpit rotating-seat, to everyone’s favourite feature – the beach mode, with dropdown bulwarks creating a huge extended cockpit space.

2 Days 1 Night (6 Persons) MIJA is fully air-conditioned and has all the amenities needed to accommodate 6 guests in 2 double cabins with en-suite facilities and a further twin cabin. As well as the surprisingly spacious Flybridge, guests can also relax on the main deck featuring a dining area and a full-sized kitchen. Externally, the Galeon 460 proves to be very unique, with her ‘beach-mode’ set up. The huge aft cockpit opens out through an ingenious design. Specification: Launch: 15 Dec 2106 Length: 14.35m - 47.1ft Beam: 4.37m - 14.8ft Max. cruising speed 20 knots Prices Full day trips (9am-5pm) from 140,000 baht for 8 guests. Price includes: • Service of the crew • Soft drinks, water, ice and fruit • Lunch for up to eight persons • Land transfer, National Park fees, • Snorkeling gear, donut and towels • Four hours engines Price does not include: • Alcohol and wine • Similan on surcharge Prices 2 Days/1 Night from 280,000 baht (9am to 5pm of the next day)

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boating.THE KATA ROCKS SUPERYACHT RENDEZVOUS

ADVERTORIAL

THE KATA ROCKS SUPERYACHT RENDEZVOUS BUILDS ON LAST YEAR’S SUCCESS After the incredible success of the inaugural Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR), the 2017 KRSR returns from 8 to 10 December. International yachting giants are queuing up to support Asia’s leading superyacht event.

Asia, welcoming superyacht owners, Kata Rocks villa owners and the Asian glitterati. Guests can expect magnificent superyachts, bespoke activities and glamorous parties set in a relaxed and luxurious environment.”

By invitation only, the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous is designed to bring like-minded people together from a personally curated guest list. It features Kata Rocks villa owners, superyacht owners, and discerning guests interested in yachting and luxury lifestyle, industry professionals plus an influential mix of international and regional lifestyle, luxury travel and yachting media.

Last year, The KRSR welcomed 17 superyachts to Phuket’s sun kissed west coast including iconic superyachts such as the 93m Lauren L and 51m Northern Sun. We anticipate an even more impressive turnout this year as KRSR establishes itself as the ultimate luxury event in Thailand and the leading superyacht event in Asia.

This elegant location serves as an idyllic backdrop for a truly first class three-day programme. The event is open to both sailing and motor yachts measuring over 24 metres in length, visiting or based in Phuket – Southeast Asia’s leading luxury location and superyacht hot spot. The KRSR signals the opening of Phuket’s luxurious charter season offering superyacht owners a prime-time opportunity to showcase their flagship vessels.

Moreover, The KRSR will be welcoming an even more impressive list of leading luxury, lifestyle and superyacht media to this year’s event. Last year’s KRSR generated excellent value and exceeded all marketing goals. Numerous media endorsed the fact that thanks to Kata Rocks Phuket is now firmly on the global superyacht map.

Infinite Luxury, the resort developer in collaboration with Kata Rocks is very proud to again host the KRSR and bring back some of the world’s most iconic superyacht brands to Phuket.

Michael Nurbatlian, Director of Marketing Infinite Luxury said: “Last year we achieved exceptional results in media coverage for all the participating brands. This year we endeavour to expand all our objectives to increase both media coverage and the number of participating superyachts.”

Kata Rocks and Infinite Luxury CEO Richard Pope, said: “The KRSR is the most exclusive invitation-only superyacht event in

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Richard Lambert, head of Global Sales Burgess said: “We were very impressed with the inaugural Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous. It was a professionally organised event with an excellent social programme and an impressive array of yachts joining the rendezvous. As well as launching the Asia charter season we are confident that the KRSR will become an important fixture in the international yachting calendar.” Highlights from the fun-filled and action-packed programme that are too extensive to list in detail here include welcome reception on a superyacht plus a cruise with the fleet to a secluded beach for a gourmet BBQ at The Surin Phuket. There are also sunset cocktails, a ‘yacht hop’ and ‘big boy’s toys’

dating back to 1849, increases its involvement in the 2017 event as a co-sponsor while hosting the exclusive superyacht owner’s dinner for a second consecutive year. Feadship is recognised as the world leader in the field of pure custom superyachts in terms of craftsmanship, design, engineering and construction. In addition, Benetti, one of Italy’s most prestigious motor yacht brands, returns this year as a participating partner and host of the Benetti and Vista Jet Owner’s Dinner. Based in Italy and with over 144 years of history, Benetti epitomises the finest craftsmanship and a refined sense of Italian design. “We are pleased to announce that Vista Jet, one of the world’s most innovative private jet companies, will be joining the KRSR. There are incredible synergies between superyachts, luxury villas, and private jets and this partnership will further position Phuket as an elite yachting and luxury destination in Southeast Asia,” said Scot Toon, General Manager of Kata Rocks. Other partners returning for KRSR 2017 include Lee Marine who will host a private champagne tasting; The Surin Phuket which will again host the private beach barbeque on day two. Also, back for a second consecutive year are Burgess, Hemisphere Monaco, Northrop and Johnson, Bristol Charter, Benetti, Princess, Sea-Doo, and Seal Superyachts. Additional partners will be announced shortly.

during the on-the-water showcase. This is followed by the exclusive ‘Feadship Owner’s Dinner’ and ‘the Benetti and Vista Jet Owner’s Dinner’ in Kata Rock’s iconic Sky Villa Penthouse and a grand finale that concludes with the Rendezvous closing party. All the latest Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous (KRSR) news and updates, full programme details and much more can be found at www.katarockssuperyachtrendezvous.com. To request an invitation, please email info@infiniteluxury.com.

IMAGE asia is proud to support The Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous as a Media Partner.

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boating.Cholamark

Cholamark Boat Established in Phuket in 1989, the company has about 30 employees and builds inflatable boats and RIBs in the range of 2.1 to 7.5 metres. Cholamark also offers a repair service, general overhauls and tube replacements.

Our work is done with the expertise of a European manufacturer

ADVERTORIAL

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).

Cholamark BOAT

110 G3

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Cholamark Boat Co., Ltd. School

To Phuket City

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THB 570,000

Toyota Vios (E)

Toyota Yaris G

THB 430,000

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THB 450,000

PRE-OWNED: Gray, 2014, 1.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 45,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2013, 1.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Standard Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 61,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: Red, 2014, 1.2 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Standard Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 11,xxx KM.

Toyota Altis (E)

Honda Accord (EL)

Nissan Juke (V)

THB 420,000

THB 650,000

THB 595,000

PRE-OWNED: Gold, 2011, 1.6 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Standard Seats, ABS, CD, MP3, 109,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2011, 2.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, BT, Cruise Control, 73,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2014, 1.6 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, BT, 29,xxx KM.

Honda CRV (E) 4WD

Toyota Avanza (S)

Toyota Fortuner (V)

THB 859,000

THB 450,000

THB 730,000

PRE-OWNED: White, 2013, 2.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, BT, Cruise Control, 67,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2013, 1.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Standard Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, USB, 69,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: 4WD Black, 2009, 3.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, DVD, USB, 121,xxx KM.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport THB 720,000

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4WD THB 775,000

Toyota Vigo Prerunner (V) THB 630,000

PRE-OWNED: GT 4WD , White, 2011, 2.5 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, DVD, 135,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: White, 2012, 3.2 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, BT, Cruise Control, 129,xxx KM.

PRE-OWNED: Silver, 2012, 3.0 Auto, Electric Wing Mirrors, Central Locking, Mag Wheel, Leather Seats, ABS, Airbag, CD, MP3, DVD, BT, USB, 122,xxx KM.

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To Airport

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Phuket Villa Tesco Lotus California Market

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Merlin Hotel

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To Airport

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Kwang Rd.

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Hiring a car with driver for the day will get you around the island from top-to-bottom. It’s not expensive, but don’t be persuaded to let the driver take you ‘shopping’ – he or she will almost certainly take you to places that pay a commission but have nothing you want to buy... If you really must go shopping, head for one of the island’s main shopping centres. Watch planes coming in for a landing at Nai Yang Beach

If you have touched down in Thailand and only have 24 hours to spend on the tropical island of Phuket, it’s best to put your travel exhaustion on one side and brace yourself for a fun-filled day of visiting all the special spots that the island has to offer.

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Shaded by trees, Nai Yang Beach is a great place to gather with friends and relax

Stop off at Nai Yang Beach A short five minute drive south of Phuket International Airport, Nai Yang is a popular local beach. Featuring a long stretch of sand shaded by casuarina trees, Nai Yang Beach is a shady spot perfect for relaxing. The beach vibe here is strong and the entire area is laid back. Part of Nai Yang Beach is located inside Sirinath National Park and there is a reef to the northern end of the beach with great snorkelling. Nai Yang Beach is the perfect spot to jump in the sea for a quick swim and get your bearings, especially if you’ve just arrived off a long flight into Phuket.

One of Phuket’s loveliest beaches, the vibe at Nai Yang is friendly and laid-back

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Experience local food Declared a ‘City of Gastronomy’ by UNESCO in 2015, Phuket has a wide variety of cuisines to satisfy all palates, but the local food is the real showstopper. It would be a shame to leave Phuket without sampling a unique local breakfast, traditional Thai sweets or a hearty curry. Wandering one of the local markets gives visitors the chance to experience real life in Phuket, and also munch on some of the wonderful delicacies found on the island. For those traveling on a budget, the local market is a sound choice for feasting on a variety of items at an affordable price.

The Big Buddha is a huge statue that sits atop the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, and is one of the most important landmarks in all of Phuket.

if you’re looking for an early morning fix, Phuket’s local breakfasts offer choices such as dim sum, fried noodles, rice noodles with spicy fish curry, chicken with saffron rice and rice porridge. It doesn’t matter what you choose – all of Phuket’s local breakfasts are delicious and will supply the nutrients needed to power through 24 hours of island exploration.

Breakfast Phuket-style

Culture trip at Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Two of Phuket’s main sightseeing attractions are located just minutes from each other in Chalong. Both highlight the Buddhist religion and provide a culture trip into local Buddhist customs and beliefs. Known in English as Chalong Temple, ‘Wat Chalong’ is Phuket’s largest and most revered Buddhist temple. The temple complex houses many Buddhist statues and a stunning Grand Pagoda. The Grand Pagoda is home to a splinter of Lord Buddha’s bone, and so considered a sacred place for Thais.

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The Big Buddha and Wat Chalong (above) are two of Phuket’s must see attractions

The Big Buddha is a huge statue that sits atop the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata, and is one of the most important landmarks in all of Phuket. The Big Buddha is 45 metres tall and offers sweeping 360 degree views of the island. Remember, when visiting temples or places of religious significance in Thailand, be sure to dress appropriately and be respectful at all times.

Breathtaking views across the Andaman Sea add to Phuket’s charm

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Longtail boats await you @ Rawai Beach

Head south of Chalong Circle The southern Phuket neighborhood of Rawai is a charming seaside village that is home to the ever-popular Nai Harn Beach – one of Asia’s top 10 beaches according to Tripadvisor. As well as the beach, there are many affordable fresh seafood restaurants, small coffee shops and souvenir shops to explore in this neighborhood. Rawai is also a great jumping-off point to hire a longtail boat and explore some of the islands off of Phuket’s southwest coast. Daily rental rates are negotiable and it’s possible to hop on a boat for just a ouple of hours when time is short.

Nikita´s Restaurant @ Rawai Beach

A trip to southern Phuket would not be complete without stopping at the island’s most famous viewpoint, ‘Laem’ (Cape) Promthep. Promthep Cape is the island’s most-photographed destination and rightly so, as it offers up epic sunset views on a nightly basis. Promthep Cape also features a restaurant and souvenir vendors. It’s a good place to visit any time of the day, but if it is a quintessential sunset photograph you’re after, then this is the spot.

Phuket’s famous Promthep Cape is located in the southern neighborhood of Rawai

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Dance your way down Bangla Road Bangla Road is one of Phuket’s top attractions. It’s the kind of place that has to be seen to be believed. Essentially, this is the party headquarters of Patong Beach – indeed of Phuket Island. The road is lined with a variety of pubs, nightclubs, cabarets and touts offering specials on tickets and drinks. The nightlife is of epic proportions, and the loud music, neon lights and cheap drink specials only enhance the feeling. If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime fun night out, or would just like to spend a bit of time people-watching before you depart Phuket, then Bangla Road is the place.

Bangla Road is one of Phuket’s top attractions. It’s the kind of place that has to be seen to be believed.

With only 24 hours to spend in Phuket, these suggestions provide a great overview of the island as well as offering some small insight into local culture and beliefs. Hopefully next time, you’ll plan to stay longer!

Patong’s Bangla Road is where the party happens. It’s definitely worth visiting.

Bangla Road is one of Phuket’s top attractions

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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The Cove seafood platter @ The Cove Phuket

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The Cove Phuket is a perfect place to wind down, relax and enjoy a jug of tropical white wine sangria by the beach, with a fresh and tasty Ao Yon seafood platter featuring sashimi with mojito dressing, prawn cocktail, seabass tempura, BBQ squid, prawn and blue crab, served with our delicious garlic bread for as little as 1,500 baht ++. +66 62 242 3442. Buffet nights @ The Cliff Restaurant & Bar Quality dining restaurant offering stunning view of the Andaman Sea and featuring a delicious seasonal buffet promotions or Mediter-Asian menu with emphasis on fresh products and creative presentations. 6.30 - 9.30pm +66 76 372 299. 88 F5

MeEt the MeAt Book now ONLINE @ Kenny Rogers Roasters Grilled Australian lamb rack only 700 baht. Australian Black Angus/200 grams only 580 baht. Australian Angus beef burger only 290++ baht. Great value! Hard to bEAt! +66 76 608771. 26 G5

Friday BBQ buffet @ Karlssons Barbecued spare ribs, sausages, pork steaks, chicken skewers, prawns, crab, fish, mussels, salad bar, sauces and dips, tsatziki, potato salad. Local Thai specialities and more. All you can eat for 399 baht. Every Friday from 7pm to late +66 76 345035.

‘Go Live’ Sunday seafood brunch @ The Watercourt, Banyan Tree Phuket Go Live Sunday seafood brunch. Every Sunday from 123.30pm. Prices starts from 2,800 baht net per person. Free flow bubbly package experience is also available. +66 76 372400. 25 D1

5 Gems of Asia buffet night Book now ONLINE @ Mangosteen Restaurant Every Thursday, 7pm to 9.30pm, try dishes from Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, India and China. Every Asian country has its unique favourites and you get to try many of them on just one evening. Starting from homemade Japanese sushi, steamed snapper, Indian kadai chicken curry, Vietnamese spring rolls to the (in)famously popular grilled beef teriyaki. 650 baht instead of 950 baht per person only! (SPECIAL RATES FOR PREPAYMENT AVAILABLE ONLINE). www.mangosteen-phuket.com 120 E5

Mussel Mania @ Rock Salt, The Nai Harn It’s no exaggeration to call mussels a culinary miracle. They are easy to cook, highly nutritious and go well with a multitude of flavours and sides. Rock Salt will continue offering a special promotion for diners that enjoy delicious imported Australian mussels, with a limited number delivered fresh every Friday. 116 G1

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‘Steak Night Buffet’ @ Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket Steak Night Buffet every Friday, from 7-10pm at the Café Andaman restaurant, Cape Panwa Hotel. Enjoy beef, lamb, chicken and salmon cooked to your liking, a wide range of hot dishes and salads plus mouthwatering desserts. Enjoy this culinary delight for only 950++ baht. Children under 12 get 50% discount. +66 76 391123. 116 G2

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Here at The Nai Harn we take pride in the freshness of our produce, so be sure to book your mussels early. Friday for dinner until stocks last. +66 76 380020. Peking duck set menu @ The Royal Kitchen Restaurant, Book now ONLINE The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa Peking Duck 1,999 baht for 4 persons with free Chinese tea or chrysanthemum tea at The Royal Kitchen Restaurant, 25th floor. +66 76 340666. 75 C2

Tuesday Thai night Book now ONLINE @ Border Town Restaurant, Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa Come and join our Thai Buffet Dinner with an array of succulent and scrumptious dishes to please your palate and be entertained by traditional Thai dance from 7pm 10pm. 599 baht per person. Advance bookings get 20% off. +66 76 284555. gro@horizonbeach.com 107 C1

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ONLINE Western set menu @ Beach Bar & Restaurant Kata Beach Resort Enjoy western set menu only 550 baht net per person: • Grilled Beef Sirlion with red wine sauce • Caesar Salad with Chicken • Pumpkin Cream Soup with Bread Crouton • Banana Fritter with Ice Cream Attentive service in a romantic and sensual atmosphere right on Kata Beach. You wouldn’t want to miss it. Reservation call +66 76 360300.

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Pinto A-ma Book now ONLINE @ Blue Elephant Phuket Enjoy a Phuketian menu created by Chef Nooror on weekends from 11.30 - 5pm. Sea Bass Hormok: Sea bass soufflé steamed in a banana • leaf with Blue Elephant red curry paste, coconut cream and Indian Mulberry Leaves, used in Thai traditional way to reduce cholesterol. Crab Curry with Betel Leaves: A very spicy Phuket • specialty! Turmeric crab curry served with vermicelli noodles. Haadyai Crispy Chicken & Spicy Som Tum: Fried chicken • with turmeric-coconut cream sticky rice and a green papaya salad. Kluay Leb Meu Nang Buad Chee: Original sweet • banana from Chumporn Province in coconut syrup with pandanus aroma. Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am - 5pm. 390 baht++ per person. +66 76 354355. www.blueelephant.com 81 B4

Whole fish promotion @ Baan Talay Angsana Laguna Phuket Baan Talay offers an extensive menu of a whole fresh fish specialities for a truly authentic Thai dining experience. Pla Luy Suan (deep fried snapper served with spicy salad), Meing Pla Phao (salt crusted grilled white snapper with rice vermicelli) and Pla Thod Kamin (tumeric spiced deep fried red snapper served with homemade pickles). 25 D3

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Seafood BBQ & buffet dinner @ Millennium Resort Patong Join us in our 10th anniversary celebrations with sumptuous seafood buffet. Adult 980++ baht. Every 2nd adult 100++ baht. Child (5-12 years) 490++ baht. +66 76 601704. 75 C3

Seafood BBQ buffet @ Sleep With Me Hotel Sleep With Me Hotel at Patong presents fresh seafood and delicious dishes from the menu at the garden restaurant & bar every Wednesday & Saturday 6.30-10.30pm. 699 baht net per person including appetizer, salad bar, BBQ station, main dish and desserts. Stylish buffet night with great music. +66 76 363333. 75 C3

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ONLINE Australian lamb rack @ SALA Restaurant, The SALA Phuket Resort & Spa 3 A2

Australian lamb rack, with the fat cap on, rubbed with herb olive oil, barbequed, served with grilled vegetables and truffle mashed potatoes and red wine sauce. +66 76 338888. Book now Oriental buffet dinner ONLINE @ Bubbles Restaurant, Grand Mercure Phuket Patong Resort & Villas Grand Mercure proudly presents its sumptuous ‘Oriental Buffet Dinner’ at Bubbles Restaurant from 6pm - 10pm. This great culinary feast a tempting promotion of ’4-Eat-3-Pay’. Enjoy a lavish array of Thai, Chinese, Japanese and other Oriental recipes. An evening to remember every Wednesday for only 999 baht per person. +66 76 231999. h8109@accor.com. 75 B4

Maine lobster promotion Book now ONLINE @ at Beach Restaurant Maine lobster, fresh from the cold, clean seawaters of Maine, USA, and famed for its enormous meaty claws, is on the menu from now until 30 September at Beyond Resort Karon. Try Maine lobster fried with cashew nut, onion, mushroom and dried chilli; sautéed with red curry paste and coconut milk; or prepared as a tropical fresh fruit salad. All priced at 450 baht++ suitable for sharing. +66 76 330006. rsvn-brkr@katagroup.com 74 G4

Phuket night market @ Rim Talay restaurant, Amari Phuket Explore our endless selection at the ‘Phuket Night Market’ themed buffet. Start with local dishes journey on to the mixed salad and BBQ corner. WOW! your senses at the live cooking station, with dishes such as O-tao (fried baby oysters with taro and sauce). Spoil yourself with the desserts. 690++ baht. Every Monday 6.30pm-10pm. +66 76 340106-14 ext. 8027. 74 G4

All the dishes are prepared using traditional methods that highlight Thai flavours and spices, including lemongrass, turmeric and galangal. Enjoy enjoy these various tastes of fish at only 750 baht++ per dish. Every day from 6pm to 11pm. Call 076 358 500 ext. Baan Talay. For information about Streets of Phuket

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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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Barceloneta Seafood Rice by @ Kata Rocks Oceanfront Restaurant Ingredients 8-10 raw red prawns | 250g calamari | 250g cuttlefish | 1 large onion chopped | 1 red bell pepper | 100g Spanish rice | 1 garlic clove chopped | Saffron | 400g grated red tomatoes | 300g mussels | 100g green peas | Extra virgin olive oil | monkfish, shrimps and crab Method Fry the red prawns, chop the cuttlefish and calamari with the extra virgin olive oil; reserve the prawns. Add chopped onions, garlic and bell pepper and cook until soft. Add grated red tomatoes and cook until brown colour. Add rice, salt, saffron and seafood stock. Cook for 12 minutes, and then add the mussels, green peas and red prawns. Finally cook for 5 minutes until the rice is cooked.

About the chef Chef Laia Pons Executive Chef, Laia Pons, brings her wealth of knowledge and international perspective while leading the talented culinary team at Kata Rocks. With an impressive career history spread across many fine establishments, Chef Laia provides a wealth of inspiration and enthusiasm in the culinary department. Originally from Spain, Chef Laia developed her knowledge and experience in iconic restaurants, including the two-star Michelin restaurant Abac and one-star Michelin restaurant Caelis, both in Barcelona. After working in acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants, Chef Laia felt that the time had come for a new challenge and moved to Asia. She initially worked with Raffles Hotels and The Opposite House in Beijing, where she further fine-tuned her true passion for the culinary arts. Since Visit us ONLINE the beginning of her role at Kata Rocks, Phuket, Chef Laia Pons has infused the team with a sense of creativity, passion and originality in her approach to fine dining Kata Rocks Oceanfront Restaurant

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DINING.PLUM PRIME STEAKHOUSE / VANILLA SKY BAR

PLUM Prime Steakhouse / Vanilla Sky Bar Steakhouse / Tapas Bar 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 laidback, 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 a 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: The pinnacle of the resort, serves creative craft cocktails and exclusive artisan tapas, backed by a breathtaking view of Kamala Bay. Gaze out over an amazing sunset whilst sipping a Grand Chili Moon Martini or a Mandrin Lemongrass Mojito, tasting our Premium Tapas in slightly oversized format…life is good! Daily Happy Hour: Get 30% discount on all drinks, except wines, champagnes and super premium spirits, from 5:30-6:30 pm. Experience Cape Sienna and be surprised by the amazing location, delicious food, great drinks, good music and stunning view… Book now

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The Cliff Seafood Combination Mouthwatering combination of sea prawns, Phuket rock lobsters, blue crabs, seabass, squid and giant green mussels with dip, served with pineapple fried rice with seafood, stir fried vegetables, tom yum seafood and tropical fruit platter.

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Hair Studio 9

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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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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Surin Shop (Near Surin Beach) 106/13 M.1 Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand 83110 Tel: +66 76 621661

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Rawai Shop (Fisherman Way Business Garden) 5/46 M.5 Viset Rd, Rawai, Muang, Phuket, Thailand 83100 Tel: +66 93 673 4409

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Karon Shop 603 Patak Road, Karon, Muang Phuket, 83100 Tel: +66 88 761 4361 Open daily 10.30am-10.30pm

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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They are open daily from 9am to 8pm, Lemongrass House and are located in Cherngtalay, on Srisoonthorn Road on the way to Surin Beach. If you do not live in Phuket, you can use the contact details below and make enquiries directly to the shop. Hoteliers, spa owners and anyone interested in health and beauty products will be warmly greeted.

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Seen from a travel perspective the north-eastern part of Thailand, or Issan as the Thais know it, is relatively untouched, which is all the more reason to go.

The best way to experience Issan is by road. The region is the least developed in Thailand and although cities like Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani are rapidly developing, the vast majority of Issan comprises swathes of arable land and misty mountain ranges intercepted by roads of varying standards that connect the many small villages. Public transport is surprisingly effective, extensive and affordable, but to really get up close and personal with these roads less travelled, rent a vehicle and go explore on your own. The people of Issan are some of the friendliest and most hospitable you’ll meet

Distances are not great and you can traverse the region on a motorbike in a day or two

A good place to start is in Ubon Ratchathani. The city, in the easternmost part of Thailand close to the border with Laos, is anything but a backwater – except perhaps in conventional tourism terms – and visitors will perhaps be surprised to see hip cafés and stylish boutiques next to traditional wet markets and modest street kitchens.

Public transport is surprisingly effective, extensive and affordable, but to really get up close and personal with these roads less travelled, rent a vehicle and go explore on your own.

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Left Northeastern Thailand is the most rural part of the country with most of the population employed in agriculture Right Talat Ha in Ubon Ratchathani is a great place to visit to become familiar with some of the regional dishes of Issan

Ever since a group of Lao princes fled Vientiane and was given royal protection by King Taksin in Ubon, the city has been a place of convergence for various peoples and nationalities, most notably Laotians, but also Chinese and Vietnamese. The diversity is first and foremost felt in the local dishes, which are a mix of pungent salads, spicy soups and fresh spring rolls. A good place to sample the food on offer is Talat Ha (market five). Drive north along the border to Mukdahan, a small trading town on the banks of the Mekong River. The province is home to a number of ethnic minorities as well as sizeable

A local speciality: ant egg soup with bamboo shoots and fermented fish sauce

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groups of people from Laos and Vietnam, but it’s the drive into town that’s the most compelling reason to visit as it takes you along winding roads through lush forest, rolling hills and open fields. Once you enter the city, make your way to the river bank and marvel at the variety of bits and bobs on offer at the roadside market. Maybe you won’t find that rare piece of jewellery or an ancient Buddhist relic but you’ll no doubt be amused and entertained by the local colour.

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Left A typical Issan meal consists of young papaya salad, minced duck salad, sticky rice and herby greens Top right Grilled chicken is the order of the day in Khon Kaen Bottom right Pork in various forms: fermented sausages, fried, dried and cooked

From Mukdahan head west and let Route 12 take you through swathes of more or less arable land, through the province of Kalasin until you reach Khon Kaen, one of the largest cities in Issan and a technological and educational hub. Apart from Khon Kaen University and the city’s silk production, Khon Kaen is known for its grilled chicken, one of the cornerstones in what Thai people consider a typical Issan meal. In fact the people of Khon Kaen province have perfected the art of grilling chicken and in the district of Khao Suan Kwang the dish is considered to be a bit of an art form.

Farming conditions can be difficult in the Northeast, especially during drought

Khao Suan Kwang is located some 40km from Khon Kaen City, but what better way to end a road trip in Issan than by enjoying a meal of somtam (green papaya salad), sticky rice and grilled chicken in this beautiful area of Thailand where few tourists go?

Buffalos are still used in many small farming villages

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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 48 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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ADVERTORIAL

Crest Resort & Pool Villas

“Where Nature Heals” Crest Resort & Pool Villas is luxury resort in a quiet and natural setting appropriate for a short getaway or longer stay. The resort caters to travellers of all types from families, couples seeking a romantic stay, weddings and to business meeting sessions. Located on a hillside and surrounded by a tropical rain forest on Tri Trang Beach close to Patong, Crest Resort & Pool Villas boasts breathtaking 240° views of the Andaman Sea. Tropical gardens are prominent on the grounds providing not only plenty of privacy, but also a beautiful setting outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate and enjoy. The resort offers a selection of 144 spacious rooms and pool villas tastefully designed and furnished, havens for relaxation and rejuvenation and reflect a back to nature theme that is eco-friendly. Tucked into a lush tropical setting, the accommodation is enhanced by the views. Guests are offered the choice of four venues for dining that provide creative, healthy and organic dishes. The main restaurant is ATMOS, which offers international and Thai food along with wines from around the world. PANO has panoramic views over Patong Bay by which guests can enjoy exquisite snacks and tapas. Take a dip in the infinity H2O Pool and enjoy health drinks, smoothies and the like. The rooftop DIVA Sky offers stunning views of Phuket Island and the sea. Diners can enjoy seafood and meat BBQ delights with live entertainment complementing the evening experience. Crest Resort and Pool Villas is a luxury international spa and holistic wellness spa destination boasting the PRIMA & Holistic Wellness Village Center where guests can indulge in treatments and programs from a comprehensive menu.

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There’s also a meditation space to complement the pampering experience. Leisure options include the unique pool for swimming and playing. Children also have the option of playing in the resort’s signature kid’s club, which offers youngsters fun activities to keep them entertained. There is also one ballroom for corporate meetings and special events that can accommodate both small and large functions. It’s also the perfect venue for a wedding. Crest Resort & Pool Villas is the ideal place for a natural getaway holiday with everything complementing each other in this eco-designed resort. Crest Resort & Pool Villas : +66 76 310088 info@crestphuket.com www.crestphuket.com

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

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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

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KRABI

KOH PAK BIA

KOH NUI

AO NANG

KOH YAO YAI

KOH YAMAN KOH SAMET KOH PODA

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KOH AEW

KOH MAI PHAI

KOH PU

KOH DOKMAI

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KOH KAEO YAI

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KOH RACHA YAI

KOH LANTA YAI KOH RACHA NOI

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Koh Lanta KOH HA YAI

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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, guests who book villas directly from the Rawai VIP Villas & Kids Park have unlimited access to all park areas.

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 Playground with its four slides, swing and trampoline while being shaded from the sun.

Phuket9 Co.,Ltd. 90/22 Moo 6, Chao Fah Road T.Chalong A. Muang Phuket 83130 Mr. Andrey Kozhushnyy Founder / CEO : +66 92 953 5654 (WhatsApp, Viber) www.rawaivipvillas.com 103 C4

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PROPERTY / HOMES / INTERIORS.THE SUKSAN GROUP

THE SUKSAN GROUP Villoft Zen Living – Resort & Spa in Layan New sales and resales: Villa Sunpao in Layan Completed villas: Villa Suksan in Nai Harn (including 1-Year builder’s guarantee)

From 2,900,000 ADVERTORIAL

The Suksan Group has been a landmark on the Phuket property scene since 2005, building and delivering over 40 villas in six developments for international buyers and investors from all around the world. As one of most successful privately owned property development companies in Phuket, The Suksan Group has a reputation for delivering quality villas in some of the island’s best locations. This is the case for their most recent success story; Villa Sunpao at Layan Beach, which was built and sold in less than 20 months. The last remaining property available at Villa Sunpao is a spectacular custom designed four-bedroom villa which takes full advantage of the spectacular views overlooking the valley

below and the hillsides above. This villa is now available for immediate occupancy at 34M baht for the discerning buyer who is looking for something really special. Contact us for other villas that may also be available for resale starting at 10M baht. In Rawai, where The Suksan Group first started selling villas, we have two villas available that have been completely renovated, located just two minutes from the world-renowned Nai Harn Beach. These three- and four-bedroom pool villas are built in a Thai-Bali style that is one of the most popular designs for villas in Phuket. At 11.9M baht – 14.9M baht, they’ll not be available for long, so contact us now for a personal viewing. Following on from this past success, The Suksan Group is anticipating the launch of Villoft Zen Living – Resort & Spa, which will be the most beautiful and prestigious yet. Contact us now to get involved in this new opportunity.

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Each development is professionally managed by Holiplanet, another member of The Suksan Group. Through their optimal Channel Management System each owner is able to maximize their rental income if they choose to rent out their villa. This service is now being offered to villas throughout Phuket and around the world so contact us now to increase your rental return.

The SUKSAN GROUP 21/3 Moo 6 Baan Layan Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 : +66 86 686 2389 or +66 83 388 9339 sales@thesuksangroup.com or andrew@thesuksangroup.com www.villoft.com, www.thesuksangroup.com 99 C6

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LOFTY GROUP

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The Lofty Group is an experienced hospitality and vacation rental management company founded in 2013 when Wade Leathem and the brothers Sammy and Wahid Baht entered the hospitality business in Phuket.   The increasing number of visitors to the island had created a demand for alternative accommodation. CEO Mr. Leathem and the brothers helped satisfy this demand by converting short-stay guesthouses into unique serviced apartments, similar to those found in major cities worldwide. With the learning curve of this type of business in Phuket behind them they sought to expand into property management. In return for a percentage of the income generated, Lofty takes care of all guest interaction, provides a 24/7 concierge for guests, reservations, online marketing, bill payments, property inspections and integral maintenance for individual property owners on the island. Owners receive a full set of professional photos upon signing up to the service, weekly property inspections are complimentary as well as access to an online account that allows them to view their property calendar, to see how much money is in reserve on their behalf, allowing them to make their own bookings. For luxury villa owners, Lofty offers a premium service that only charges 5% + for full time services like private chefs, villa managers, and maids. Lofty Group sources its customers through a wide range of agent channels – online and offline, local and international –

primarily through a vast network of agencies and its own website. The company has also strong connections with the Chinese marketplace and sources a growing number of bookings through connections with Chinese agencies and other platforms. Mr. Leathem says, “China is Phuket’s largest source market and its fastest growing market. Considering less than 5% of Chinese nationals even have passports Phuket is just experiencing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Chinese tourism. By understanding the nature of this market and what our customers are looking for, we are expanding our activities into the property market to keep delivering total satisfaction to our stakeholders.” Lofty’s entrepreneurial CEO is launching a Real Estate business as a natural expansion of its activities: “By understanding the nature of this market and what our customers are looking for, we are expanding our activities into the property market to keep delivering total satisfaction to our stakeholders,” stated Mr. Leathem. The company has invested according to it’s Lofty forecasts: with a highly valued office directly on Patong Beach road and hiring the most qualified professionals in the field, the CEO is betting his company has the edge it takes to succeed in the competitive real estate market in Phuket. For more insights regarding hospitality, property management and real estate businesses in Phuket, chat with Wade at +66 (0)9-2475-4984 or email him at Wade@LoftyPhuket.com To see a list of current vacation rentals managed by Lofty, visit www.LoftyVillas.com or visit www.LoftyPhuket.com for more information on becoming a Lofty Group member. 76 F2 LOFTY GROUP 26/11, Sainamyen Rd, Kathu, Phuket 83150 : +66 92 475 4984 Wade@LoftyPhuket.com www.LoftyVillas.com

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Property / HOMES / INTERIORS.Utopia Naiharn

Utopia Naiharn

ADVERTORIAL

Phuket’s Top Developer 普吉顶级の开发商 Utopia Naiharn is a hidden development in the centre of Naiharn, Rawai and Yanui beach. It is comprised of 110 condominium units all at a spacious size of 42sqm, fully furnished from electrical to cutlery and even bedding to toiletries. This development is not only a condominium project but also combined with 9 individual modern designed pool villas to complete the whole development into a beautiful modern resort set in the midst of a jungle surrounding, quiet from all the hustle and bustle yet walking distance to all that surrounds. The resort has its own facilities same as any 5-star hotels would have including 24-hour lobby, security, laundry and in room dining service from our rooftop restaurant. The spa and fitness centre with 2 swimming pools, one on the rooftop and the other on the ground floor for the children.

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Besides the low entry price for these units we also offer rental guarantees of up to 10% per year based on the amount of years you wish to join and of course during the course of the rental period there are no maintenance or utilities to be paid, and you can enjoy 40 nights of free stay per year. LOCATION Utopia Naiharn is a short 10-minute walk to Naiharn Lake, 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 are 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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Holiplanet Holiday Rentals

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Nai Harn: Located in a tranquil compound, a few minutes drive from Nai Harn Beach. This villa features 3 large bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, a private swimming pool with sun loungers and a fully equipped western-style kitchen. Superbly managed.

VILLA

Nai Harn: Pool villa in Thai-Ayuddhya style. Garden, teak wood, 4 bedrooms in 3 separate buildings. Main structure has 2 king size bedrooms. Other two units have queen size bedrooms. Superbly maintained and managed.

27 USD/night

KATA: 2-bedroom apartment with a breathtaking view on Kata and Karon beaches. Shared swimming pool. Perfect place to have a swim while enjoying the spectacular Phuket sunset. Free access to the complex fitness centre and sauna.

The Promenade Villa 150 USD/night Rawai: 3 bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, ample living, dining space, fully-equipped western kitchen. Jacuzzi in master bathroom. Up to 6 guests. Private indoor swimming pool on ground floor. Third floor terrace, Jacuzzi, dining table.

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

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

Villa Baan Tukae

Bang Tao: Villa with unique concept. Luxurious but affordable vacation villa. Modern and tropical design. Laguna Phuket area, surrounded by nature, secluded. Near beaches, restaurants, shopping malls, boutiques, golf courses and health spas.

Villa Sunpao

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5-Bedroom Pool Villa 390 USD/night

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2-Storey Pool Villa

180 USD/night

Rawai: Spacious living room, fully-equipped western kitchen. Direct access to swimming pool, integrated Jacuzzi corner. 3 bedrooms on first floor; master bedroom has private bathroom, bathtub. 2 king size bedrooms, bathrooms. 10 minutes from beach. windowonphuket.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.

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 if you’re on a visit to Bangkok, drop by our showroom at Brighton Place in Huay Kwang. Phuket Baan Wana, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay. : +66 76 620168 : +66 76 620169 To Bang Tao Beach

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• 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.

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Service is key at tile-it, both the tendering of expert pre-sales advice and an impressive after-sales service,

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The tile-it team Supplying the dream

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e meet in the tile-it showroom at Wana Park in Cherng Talay. I’m early and they’re exceedingly busy: taking calls, checking drafts of quotations, checking samples, arranging schedules. For the sales team, tonight Bangkok, next week Koh Samui. A human dynamo, Sales Director Alan McAllister shuns publicity : he is, by his own admission, a very private person. A boyish, be-jeaned figure, just graying at the temples, he began his commercial career in Italy in the natural stone business, pioneering the use of diamond-wire technology for the extraction of marble in the quarries of Northern India. He speaks several languages, including Thai – essential, he maintains, for success in business here. The business specialises in stocking and supplying the high-end property market with porcelain tiles from Italy, the world’s leading producer of ceramic tiles, and glass and ceramic mosaics. tile-it is the exclusive importer in Thailand for six Italian brands, while also supplying its own brand range of porcelain floor tiles, made to European standards, from China to cater for tighter budgets. Their clients include the Thai building industry and an impressive list of private clients. More than 80 per cent of the business is

Their clients include the Thai building industry and an impressive list of private clients. More than 80 per cent of the business is concerned with high-end private villas and developments in Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi. concerned with high-end private villas and developments in Phuket – amongst them X2 Vibe, Ka Villas, Kata Rocks – and in Koh Samui and Krabi. The capacious showroom in Thalang is the hub for most of this business. But it would be wrong to characterise tile-it merely as a retail outlet. True, great care is taken to present the impressive range of sample tiles to best advantage, with user-friendly displays set against matt black walls. But Alan is at pains to emphasise the holistic and aesthetic nature of the enterprise. Service is key, both the tendering of expert pre-sales advice and an impressive after-sales service which includes consultancy at all stages, the supply of accessories, including a unique levelling system involving the use of wedges and clip supports (ensuring quality tile installation) and both grouting and cutting machines. Alan is never satisfied until the customer is happy. “We must have a passion for what we do,” he says.

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Moreover, great care is taken with what is, after all, a medium to high-end niche market. All written material is bi-lingual and all the staff are assiduously trained to be self-reliant. If Alan is away, then his Thai team must be able to handle all aspects of the business – from advising clients to arranging deliveries. And the team is constantly on the look-out for new opportunities, visiting developers, architects, and designers – as well as advertising in ‘Window on Phuket’ and ‘The Phuket News’.

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comparison when it comes to durability – or resistance to termites! Nonetheless, the company is open to new ideas; it is, for instance, considering introducing a natural option based on wafer thin slate veneers, which can be used both indoors and outdoors for floors and walls, and has recently also been trialed with applications to bespoke furniture on a project in Koh Samui tile-it has two showrooms. The other is on Petchburi Road in Bangkok’s rising star Huay Kwang district. A third showroom was open for 13 months in Chalong, but was closed when work on the new underpass strangled access to the facility. But they were quick to seize a promotional opportunity; the tile-it logo still shines bright and a banner on the building is themed on the film ‘The Great Escape’. It declares: “Building a tunnel? Come and see us at our new, expanded showrooms in Cherng Talay”.

Though floor, wall and mosaic tiles have been around since the Egyptians and Romans, huge strides have been made in recent years in their design and manufacture. It is now a highly technical business with, for example, different levels of permeability or water absorption required for wall tiles and floor tiles.

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A legal professional’s plea

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lthough I have contributed in the public domain a fair number of articles, covering myriad legal topics, in my eight years in Thailand, my partner has been the primary contributor to this publication over the course of our firm’s operations.

I often find myself admiring my partner’s practical, straight forward, concise and common sense approach to writing legal articles, which tend to resonate the current hot topic ‘du jour’, and often are the catapult for subsequent discussions or evening chats with clients, local friends and professionals in the Phuket community. That said, when my partner asked me this week if I would like to write a piece for Window on Phuket, I jumped on the opportunity to contribute, as it had been some time since I last wrote an article here.

Over the course of the past week, I pondered what issue I should focus on this time around, and thought to myself, “What should I write about that is currently on the mind of Phuket residents – both locals and tourists alike?” Thai Real Estate? Nah, not this time, as that has been done and dusted dozens of times, not only by yours truly… Foreign investment rules, limitations and structuring? No. Too many re-stated statutes, rules and regulations to cite, and I’d rather just talk to people in person about the topic in any event. Employment Law? Naturally, a topic always on the mind of Phuket business people, but also a topic full of legal jargon and jibberish. How about legal liability relating to negligent road accidents, in particular accidents caused by “brake-failing” buses and the like? Bingo. Certainly, the spate of recent well-publicised bus accidents on Patong Hill alone are a cause for serious concern and discussion in the whole of the Phuket community. However, this serious, potentially life-threatening, issue does not seem to be limited solely to Patong Hill, or even Phuket for that matter. As I write this article, I have read that yet again an inter-provincial bus located out of Ubon Ratchatani has slammed into a truck stopped in the middle of the road, causing yet another death and at least a dozen more injuries in Nakhon Rachasima. The bus is ostensibly owned by a ‘tour’ company, according to the report.

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When and how will this end? In the wake of the recent accidents at Patong Hill, authorities have promised to conduct various public hearings, hold land transport committee meetings and to set-up police ‘check points’ in an effort to discuss how to resolve the problem and help curtail the sheer number of road accidents. Sure, this could be helpful in certain aspects, and it appears good-intentioned proposals have been made (including going forward with the now infamous Patong Hill tunnel project), but I suspect a lot more will need to be done to really get to the root of the problem. Sometimes, we are asked whether bus or van owners or tour companies can be held liable for the actions of their employed or contracted drivers who cause harm, injury or death to others in road accidents. The general answer is “maybe”, assuming that some agency and/or principal liability can be attributed to the owner or company conducting a tour, or that the owner or tour company acted negligently and breached their duty of care in respect of the use or operation of the bus in question. Thai law does have certain, but limited, provisions covering these legal circumstances and does permit recovery for injured persons where an owner or tour company is found negligent or reckless, or is found to have somehow committed a “wrongful act” causing the harm.

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However, these legal principles have limited value, and are applicable only in the context of the harm having already occurred. Furthermore, connecting the owner or tour company to negligence can give rise to several legal issues and defences, thereby further limiting the legal application in practice.

Government agencies and private companies must also continue to work to improve road conditions and step up the traffic law enforcement. Whatever it is, there is no overnight solution, and only robust and cooperative efforts among various sectors of society will ultimately reduce the tragic occurrence of road accidents.

It is no wonder, then, that police only mention the names or companies of the buses in the accidents, and ultimately, at least so far as we are aware, charge only the drivers with reckless driving causing serious injury or death. Overall, therefore, the law does not currently seem to be an effective deterrent to poor driving and maintenance.

In my home country, the United States, this article could be interpreted by some to be a form of ‘ambulance chasing’ advertisement. However, I can say for myself, that I would just like to see the number of ambulances dispatched for road accidents greatly reduced and eventually stopped.

It may, nonetheless, be that there is a a role for lawyers and law firms to take private action on behalf of the countless innocent victims harmed as a result of the high number of road accidents, where authorities have not done so. That being said, it will inevitably require a far broader community effort to quantitatively reduce the number of bus and other road accidents in Phuket and in greater Thailand. Driver education and greater responsibility from owners and tour companies is obviously necessary, as is a continued effort from the media to report and investigate all major accidents and subsequent actions taken by authorities to apply appropriate pressure to work for change.

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My plea is therefore to all who have some role in improving the situation, including the authorities, bus and tour owners, drivers, lawyers, the police and educators, to help and cooperate with one another to improve road safety for all local residents and visitors alike. By Robert Krupica, Senior Partner, 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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In Phuket, land use restrictions are encompassed under three laws with the relative ministerial regulations. • The Building Control Act • The City Planning Act • The National Environmental Control and Maintenance Act All of these have been enacted within the last 40 years. Due diligence is implemented basically on the title deed, the building, the owner or holder of the immovable rights and legal relations between them and third parties. The title allows certain private use and grants rights to use, possess, own, or to transfer rights by freehold and leasehold. There are three titles to be considered: the Nor Sor Sii Djor (chanote), the Nor Sor Sam Gor and the Nor Nor Sam. The due diligence report regarding the title deed will show all historical transactions and any encumbrances as servitude or mortgage.

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The said building has also to be free of any debt, charge or other restriction of private or public laws other than the usual easements. To avoid future legal litigation, the construction must correspond to the correct permit issued. In condominium projects, rules and regulations are even stronger, and some developers use the word ‘condominium’ only for marketing purposes with the result that at the end of negociations the condominium license won’t be issued and the unit will not be registered under your name. In the case of land and building, the owner of both can differ, in this case, one of the assets can be subject to checks made for each particular owner as to his/her criminal and civil background which could impact on the legal process of acquisition. A Thai company can also be the owner of the whole asset. In this case, the buyer can purchase shares and become director of the company. The due diligence procedure will request specific verification in accounting and tax domains. For the above reasons, the first step of your real estate investment should be followed through with due diligence. It makes perfect sense.

By Frédéric Rétif (Legal advisor, Titulaire du C.A.P.A) Ake & Associates Ake & Associates is a law firm with in-depth experience in both civil and criminal law and regularly handles real estate transactions on behalf of Thai and foreign clients who want an experienced local law firm. 367/2 Yaowarat Rd., Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket. akelawyer@gmail.com, ake@golawphuket.com www.golawphuket.com : +66 76 355425 : +66 92 679 5999

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PHUKET’S VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL What’s it all about? Each year at this time, the area around Phuket’s ‘Fresh Market’ becomes congested with food stalls; everywhere is festooned with red lanterns and Chinese dragons, all centred on the Jui Tui shrine. One of the fascinating aspects of Phuket’s cultural traditions is the complex fusion of Chinese religious beliefs with those of the original inhabitants of the island.

One of the strange and even controversial aspects of the various processions is the activities of the Ma Song or ‘possessed horses’

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It all began in the early 1900s, when tin ore was discovered in the Kathu area and hundreds of Hokkien Chinese were drafted in to do the mining. They either brought their families with them or intermarried with the locals. A thriving community blossomed and, in 1825, the Governor Praya Jerm moved the provincial capital from Ta Reua to Kathu. The Chinese community had such critical mass that an itinerant Chinese opera company visited to entertain them. Here the story gets a little confused, but basically the whole area was struck by a major epidemic and almost everybody except the opera players became sick.

On the first night of the ninth lunar month, the sacred 10-metre lantern pole is raised to facilitate the arrival of the gods, and at midnight, nine lanterns are suspended, one for each god

Following their beliefs, the players had stuck to their religious calendar, which at this time of year required that they observe a strict vegetarian diet and offer prayers to two Chinese gods, Kiew Ong Tai Teh and Yok Ong Sone Teh. The residents attributed their invulnerability to these religious observances. An alternative explanation may be that since Kathu was a swampy jungle and it was the time of the monsoon rains, the visitors may have introduced a malarial strain – to which they themselves were immune – to the local mosquitoes, which thrived in the damp conditions. When the rains stopped the insects’ breeding ponds disappeared and the epidemic abated naturally. Be that as it may, the following year, the Haio Lan and Lian Tui regalia and sacred scripts were brought from China. When this precious cargo arrived at Bang Niao, the whole community went there to welcome the ship.

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...and perform acts of mortification which range from climbing ladders with steel blades for rungs, walking across red hot coals and immersing themselves in hot oil.

The tradition of processions was thus born. On the first night of the ninth lunar month, the sacred 10-metre lantern pole is raised to facilitate the arrival of the gods, and at midnight, nine lanterns are suspended, one for each god. In a slightly anomalous add-on, the Hindu god Shiva is also believed to be present, and just to be on the safe side, offerings are also made to Lam Tao and Pak Tao. The festival then continues for nine more days with much burning of incense, banging of drums and letting off of fireworks to ward off evil spirits. One of the strange and even controversial aspects of the various processions is the activities of the Ma Song or ‘possessed horses’. These religious zealots transform themselves into a trancelike state and perform acts of mortification, which range from climbing ladders with steel blades for rungs, walking across red hot coals and immersing themselves in hot oil.

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In a further, rather gruesome, practise, adherents pierce their faces and tongues with everything from skewers to bicycle spokes to axes. Oddly enough, this self mutilation results in little bleeding or subsequent scarring. Stranger than fiction. However it’s not for the queasy, so probably best not to bring the kids!

For most, however, the festival isn’t so fraught. Many restaurants and stalls all over the island will fly yellow banners decorated with red script, proclaiming that they are offering authentic vegetarian dishes – and they are delicious. Somehow the cooks manage to prepare dishes, which are just as tasty as normal meaty fare, but without the meat.

If you wish to practise a strict observance during the festival, here are the ‘rules’: • Maintain maximum body hygiene • Use specified kitchen utensils only for the festival • Dress in white or in very light colours • Behave yourself, physically and mentally • Abstain from eating meat, fish, eggs and milk • No sexual intercourse • Stay away from alcoholic beverages and tobacco • People in mourning should not attend ceremonies • Pregnant women should not attend ceremonies Major shrine locations

This year the festival will be held from 20-28 October 2017

For more info see www.phuketvegetarian.com

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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.

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A headland on the extreme southern end of Phuket about 19 km from Phuket City, this is the most popular of all Phuket’s viewpoints,. There are walking paths from the cliffs to the water’s edge for the adventurou. The sunsets are breathtaking.

Spa & massage There’s nothing quite like a visit to one of Phuket’s many spas to re-invigorate tired minds and muscles. Qualified and experienced masseurs and masseuses will smooth away all those aches and pains and make you feel younger. Luxurious treatments pamper you and leave you looking more beautiful and at peace with your inner mind. Spas are as much a part of the Phuket scene as the beaches and balmy seas. For quality spa products to take home to remind you of the Thai spa experience, visit Lemongrass House. Branches in Cherngtalay, Surin beach and Chalong. Open daily from 9am-8pm. See page 41 for more details. Spoil yourself.

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The Hotspring Beach Resort & Spa The perfect healthy escape. This resort on Natai Beach boasts 75 guestrooms, decorated with traditional Thai silk and furnishings, and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, hot spring pools and an icy pool. Visit us today! Only 400 baht for a one-day pass!

Experience magical moments Discover an unrivalled experience and hunt the latest trends of fashion treasures from over 300 world-renowned and iconic local brand labels. Elevate ordinary lifestyle to superior with an array of chic international gastronomic delights and exotic entertainment venues. Jungceylon, a truly new-era shopping and dining paradise all under one roof. The International Shopping & Leisure Destination +66 7660 0111-115 www.image-asia.com/q/75

Sea View ATV Enjoy a fun drive with our ATVs. Our vehicles are fully automatic, easy to control and very safe. Once in your life experience a real jungle off-road motor trek, driving slowly with our guide through verdant hills and mountains. Our ATVs are suitable for a single rider or rider with passenger; we have tour programmes suitable for both experienced and inexperienced riders. +66 81 719 3289 www.image-asia.com/q/77

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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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1719 +66 76 254425 Dibuk Hospital 076 298 298 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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EntertainmenT Choices 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 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.

Jazz live @ 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. phuket city

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.

Ploenchit Pub & Restaurant, Phuket City 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 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. phuket city Live acoustic music @ The Barrel. The Barrel features live acoustic music in the evenings and great nightly specials on drinks and food. Seating is comfortable and ample. patong DJs @ ZIMPLEX. A mixology laboratory – the brainchild of a very hip and artsy Thai couple – ZIMPLEX features DJs most nights of the week. 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 soundtrack.

The Drunken Leprechaun Irish Pub in Patong 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.

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 phuket city

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. Bangtao Jazz n’ Blues @ SALA Phuket. Live funky jazz n’ blues with happy hour and complimentary sunsets at SALA Phuket. +66 76 338888 phuket city Live acoustic music @ Comics Café & Bar. Live acoustic music most nights or a DJ. Comics Café & Bar serves many imported beers and craft beers, as well as large cocktails. patong Live music @ Tai Pan. Classic rock, and the latest dance hits every night with international singers

Regular eventS Phuket Yacht Club. 10 September: Series 2, Race 3. 24 September: Series 2, Race 4. 8 October: Series 2, Race 5. 22 October: Series 2, Race 6. Dinghy sailing lessons and RYA training courses available. www.phuketyachtclub.com 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 Lions Club of Patong Beach. Dinner 2nd Tuesday of each month. +66 81 374 2088 www.lions-club-patong.org Phuket Hash House Harriers. Regular hash every Saturday. Tinmen Hash (male only) 1st Wednesday of each month. Iron Pussy Hash (female only) 2nd Wednesday 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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