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July 2013 Issue 89

In-Patient A foreigner’s experience in Krabi Hospital

Becoming a Monk Well, why not?

Life Hacks Make it easy on yourself.

News, Eating, Travel, Activities, Reviews, Sport, Nature

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July 2013 – ISSUE 89 EDITOR: Paul Stretton - 087 266 4876 DIRECTOR: Pamela Huxley - 088 451 2178

There are fewer things finer in life than to have time out to smell the roses, take the weight off and kick back a bit. So I’ve been told, anyway.

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In-between stocking up with canned food and tin foil helmets, we’ve continued to make the most of what time we have left by kicking the staff out the door into the rain and telling them to get to it.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS: Paul Stretton, Pamela Huxley, Zina Docto, Emily Huang-Ramirez, Kristiina Hillerström, Patrick Bellanger, Nikki Thompson, Darren Brinkworth

A lot of you may have heard not-so-great things about the current Krabi Hospital, so this month we have a very interesting insight for you. Darren is a young man who has been in Krabi for just over a year and had an unfortunate motorcycle accident a few weeks back. He spent some time as an in-patient at the Krabi Hospital, and had a very positive experience there. Read all about it inside.

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We get an invite to a real-deal authentic Muslim wedding right here in Krabi and we thought that it would be a very interesting piece. The 3 tons of free food had nothing to do with our decision to cover it either - our journalistic code is too strong. Emily sat on us until we let her go, and she came back smelling of garlic. Read her tale within. After brushing her teeth and a good night’s sleep, Emily was up and off to Phuket for another of her fights. Yes, quite the Muay Thai-er is our Emily, and we thought we’d tag along this time to document the story. Girl likes to hit things, apparently. Makes her feel “better”, apparently. I moved slowly into my office and whimpered through the door casually suggested that Zina accompany her to the fight, as we all suddenly had other things to do that were less scary. Find out what happened inside. We also find a young Thai man who shaves all his hair off to become a Buddhist monk for a while, as is the tradition here in Thailand. A lot of young men go through the rite and we were rite there to see what happens, and more importantly - why? (See what I did there?) Life hacks are tricks you can do to make your life a little smoother - usually with the help of half a tennis ball, some sticky tape and an old shoe. If you have no clue what I’m on about, this was me until I reached enlightenment (someone told me). We decided that the world needed to know these gems and dedicated a section inside to them. Prepare to go “aaaaahhhh yes I seeeee!” The good old Secret Corner, new books to read, news, a chef’s collective, a warning about drinking water and much more all right here in your sweaty little hands. Read on and prepare to be amazed at what can be done with a work permit, a 15 year old copy of Microsoft Publisher and some idle threats. Enjoy!

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Contentsissue 88 THE PULSE


Some local and International things of interest happening now.


July 2013


Another chance to let of steam, cogitate, mull over and waffle a bit about things that irritate or enlighten us in this unique country.

Into the blue


More info and news on the diving side of life here in Krabi

The chef’s collective


There’s something going down in the culnary world at the mo. Lets see...



A selection of great places to go to eat and drink in the region. We’ve tested them ourselves, so we know. Yes, we do.

Monk for a month


A young man loses his hair and gains a new perspective in life.

Secret corner


The corner of secrets unearths a little place you’ll most likely never have found before now.

Life hacks



Hack your bad self and make your life a little easier with these tips and tricks.



There can be fewer finer things in life than to kick back with a good book. So we take a quick look at some reads to keep you riveted on those long days on the beach.

krabi hospital


No, the old one. We get a first-hand account from a foreigner who stayed there for 12 days.

Girl power



Our very own Emily likes hitting things. Especially human things. We thought it was time to warn the unsuspecting public.

Classifieds 44 It worked! You want to sell all your worldly goods for cold hard cash and we are here for you.

muslim weddings


We take a closer look at this beautiful, traditional ceremony.




Get the most out of Koh Lanta. Highlights, maps, reviews and articles: Koh Lanta Highlights: Lanta Features Activities: What to do on the paradisiacal isle. Yes, that is a word Eating Guide: A guide to the best eats on the island



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JUST FOR FUN Puzzles and stuff to keep you amused for a while.



Window the beaches


Ao Nang, at 20km from Krabi Town, is the most developed of Krabi’s beaches, a long stretch of white sandy beach with limestone mountains as a backdrop. It has a wide range of accommodation and services and the main shopping street features restaurants, bars, pubs, souvenir shops, dive centers and tour agencies, massage centers and spas. This is the hub from which to plan your trip at sea and to the nearby islands on a typical longtail boat.

Limestone mountains or karsts characterize most of the inland Krabi area, the most spectacular being the massifs of Sai Tai. Susaan Hoi is a 40 million year-old seashell cemetery; once a large swamp where freshwater crustaceans proliferated, today home to 40 centimeter thick, shell encrusted limestone slabs, a geological uniqueness not far from Ao Nang. One must find a broken edge to see the shells clearly, since all of those on the upper surface have been walked on and worn down by the elements and are hard to identify.

Noppharat Thara beach, just around the corner from Ao Nang, is 3km long yet still undeveloped, with only a few resorts and bars. Attractive because of its natural setting, this is where local youngsters and families gather at sunset and at weekends. Savour some local Muslim snacks at the beach stalls, or fill yourself with seafood in the local restaurants at the very end of the beach, near the Noppharat Thara National Park headquarters. At low tide, walk out together with millions of small crabs on the sandy pathways to the small islands near the beach. Railay beaches are split and separated from Krabi and Ao Nang by monumental limestone mountains. Railay has two sides, east and west, and its settings are simply marvelous: crystal clear waters, pure sandy beaches, lush mountains, rocky islands emerging from the sea. Railay can only be reached by boat, a 15 minutes ride from Ao Nang or 30 minutes from Krabi Town. Enjoy a cocktail in one of the beach bars, visit the Phranang Cave, challenge yourself on a rock climbing course, hike the limestone massif to a lagoon and a viewpoint, or simply chill out. Neighbouring Tonsai lies at the base of a cliff that divides it form Railay West. Tonsai has a shallow beach with slow gradients out to sea which is profoundly affected by the tide. Klong Muang beach is a further 20km away from Ao Nang; it is the up-market side of Krabi, the place to be if you are after a peaceful holiday. Catering to families and couples, it is here that you really get the so deserved repose, surrounded by pristine nature. Tubkaek beach is another real place to hide away; long, clean and peaceful, the area has breathtaking views over Koh Hong islands archipelago, and charming sunsets. From there you can venture inside the National Park and try a walking trail to a viewpoint and a waterfall. Koh Lanta beaches have a wide selection of resorts for all tastes and pockets. Lanta Yai island has long stretches of gleaming white sandy beaches and shallow emerald waters. Lined with tropical vegetation, a private spot is never more than a short walk away on a southern beach at Lanta Yai.

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, at 20km from Krabi Town, comprises waterfalls, streams, lush forests and caves. It is home to all kind of flora and wildlife and to the highest mountain in the region from which it takes the name. One of the features of the park is Huay Toh Waterfall where water runs down onto several huge pools. Tarnbok Khoranee National Park, in the north of the region, consists of limestone mountains, verdant tropical forest, caves and beautiful islands. It is well known for its different species of trees growing around a large natural crystal clear pool, and for the hundreds of birds’ species. Phi Hua Toh Cave, in the nearby Bor Thor area, surrounded by mangrove swamps and reachable by boat or kayak, is where to see pre-historic rock paintings depicting animals and humans. Sa Morakot, the Emerald Pool, is a natural wonder: a pond of turquoise water with an average temperature of 30-40C, fed by a hot spring in the middle of the jungle. Hot Springs of Klong Thom, natural Jacuzzis in which to lift away tensions and relieve body and mind with the mineral enriched waters falling into rocky ponds.

THE ISLANDS Hop on or hire a longtail, the local wooden boats with their picturesque prows. Sail away to Koh Poda, surrounded by turquoise waters, or to Koh Kai, shaped as a chicken and therefore called the Chicken Island, from where a walk on a sandy pathway connects it to Koh Tub. Make a longtail boat or speedboat trip to the Koh Hong archipelago, a group of limestone islands with hidden caves and lagoons perfect for kayaking or snorkeling. Join an organized tour to amazing Koh Phi Phi islands, full of marvelous bays, limestone cliffs, waters rich in marine life, caves where swallow nests are harvested, and much more.

on krabi Visit Koh Jum and Koh Siboya, small, unspoiled tropical hide-away that have a unique atmosphere. These islands give visitors the time to relax and recharge their batteries. Or venture out on Koh Lanta, the developing island at the southern end of the province home to sea gypsies communities, where you will meet nature and tradition. A National Park area that comprises many different islands surrounded by coral reefs, such as Koh Ngai and remote Koh Rok.

THE CULTURE Ban Natin, on the way from Ao Nang to Klong Muang, is the place to experience the peaceful lifestyle of the local Muslim community. Home accommodation is available, or you can simply make a stopover and see the production of handmade products such as batik paintings, pineapple-fiber paper and coconut shell carving. Wat Klong Thom Museum features various kinds of beads, stone tools, and stone and earthen ornaments in animal shapes of approximately 5,000 years old, uncovered during archeological excavations. Fire dancing, part of the beach culture, is a popular evening activity on the beaches of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi, performed by acrobatic boys who swing burning torches around their bodies, creating sparkling artistic pictures. Ban Sang-Ka-U is a sea gypsy’s settlement in southeast Lanta Yai. It is there that an old clan of traditional Chao Ley try to preserve a disappearing way of life in this fast-developing island.


Krabi Town is full of old buildings, bars and restaurants, local exotic marketplaces and food stalls at the old Chao Fa pier where to sample the local food. The Krabi motto is: “lively town, lovely people”; Krabi’s simple people are definitely proud of their town and of their warm and generous character. Hop on a longtail boat at Chao Fa pier and visit Khao Kanab Nam, the unique pair of hills facing each other on the opposite banks of the Krabi River, symbols of the town; or embark on a journey to Koh Klang, an island next to town on the mouth of the river, where you will experience lives lived by the local fishing communities; or charter a boatman for a visit to the mangrove backwaters.

top 10 Krabi Activities Kayaking This is a hugely popular activity in Krabi. The mangroves, caves and of course the beaches, provide plenty of great opportunities for kayaking. The Ao Nang/Railay area is popular as it’s close and convenient but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, book yourself on a tour to Ao Thalane or Bor Thor in Tarn Boke Koranee National Park. The caves, grottoes and lagoons make for a great day of fun and adventure. Wat Tham Suea A hike to Wat Tham Seua, otherwise known as Tiger Cave Temple is exhausting, exhilarating and ultimately hugely rewarding. Once you’ve climbed the 1,257 steps that lead to the hilltop temple, you’ll be met by stunning views over the surrounding Thai countryside having been transformed into swathes of lush greenery by the monsoon rain. Combine the temple with trips to other destinations like Sa Morakot or visit as a separate Krabi Town day trip and combine with trips to the market. SUNSET STROLL ALONG AO NANG ESPLANADE/NOPPHARAT THARA BEACH Sunsets over Ao Nang and Nopharrat Thara are probably some of the best you are ever likely to see. The monsoon rain brings storm clouds that hang ominously in the sky, creating spectacular sunsets that bathe the bay in a sumptuous light. Walk along the esplanade to get some great views of the longtail boats bobbing on the water, or just sit on a bench and watch as the sky transforms. Evening in the Last Fisherman Bar After a sunset stroll there’s no better way to finish off your evening than chatting over a cocktail or two or indulging in some great seafood. If you finish your walk in Ao Nang continue along the road by the police box until you come to the Last Fisherman Bar, one of Ao Nang’s best night-spots. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink by the ocean. The seafood restaurants at the other side of Ao Nang Beach or by the very end of Noppharat Thara beach are a must for local fish fare. Rock climbing and Railay Beach Combine a trip to Railay Beach with some

Krabi Province is a haven for sun worshippers and pleasure seekers and is also one of the world’s best destinations for activities such as rock-climbing, scuba diving and kayaking. Krabi Magazine gives you our top 10 list of activities to try here in Krabi:

rock climbing and serious beach time and then sample some of the local nightlife. Krabi is among the World’s best destinations for climbing. The Railay peninsula is home to the local climbing scene and is considered a mecca for the sport. There are hundreds of bolted routes in the Railay area as well as rock-climbing schools that can provide guides and equipment. Railay, once the sole preserve of backpackers, has become a favourite holiday destination, combining 2 world class beaches, excellent dining and some funky after hours haunts to down a few bottles of local brew. Markets Experiencing the hustle and bustle of a local market is great fun. Krabi and Ao Nang are blessed with some great markets, with Krabi town boasting the largest covered market in southern Thailand. There’s a market operating on any given day of the week selling everything from fruit and vegetables, household items, clothes and

shoes, snacks, BBQ meat, Muslim curries and more. Try the Thursday market or Saturday markets in Klong Haeng. Sa Morakot A trip to Sa Morakot or the ‘Crystal Pool’ can be combined with trips to other beauty spots such as the hot springs. The so called ‘Emerald Pool’ is fed by a natural spring and gets its name from the glorious colour of its water. Perfect for swimming, it makes a great day out and a nice break from the beach. The rainy season is a great time to go as there is more water and less people. The best way to visit is on a tour, making it easy to combine it with a trip to nature’s own hot tub – the namtok ron (hot springs) a series of splash pools fed by a natural thermal spring. Koh Hong Archipelago No trip to Krabi or Ao Nang is complete without a trip to Koh Hong, the stunning group of islands lying off the Krabi coast. The beaches of Kong Hong never cease to amaze visitors with their crystal clear water and stunning white sand. The beaches in Ao Nang can become rough and windy in the wet season, but the beaches on the islands lying in the Andaman Sea remain calm and good for swimming. Koh Hong has two glorious beaches, a lagoon and national park land – a real island paradise. Local Nightlife If drinking prodigious amounts of local brew is on your agenda then seek out one of Krabi Town or Ao Nang’s more lively night spots. In Ao Nang, Luna Bar is a popular joint for movers who want to bust some shapes on the dancefloor. Vodka or whiskey buckets are usually the order of the day. If you want to party ‘Thai style’, then head to Centerpoint in Ao Nang or Kansas Saloon in Krabi Town. With lots of whiskey on ice flowing, these places are an experience. Live music, dj sets and semi-clad dancing girls are what you can expect. For a less salubrious night out, try Soi Salai opposite McDonald’s in Ao Nang. This clusters of neon-lit ‘beer-bars’ are often friendly and good fun and many have cable TV and free pool on offer. The next place for entertainment are the bamboo huts opposite Siam Commercial Bank for a relaxed chillout evening.

Scuba diving Thailand has long been known as one of the best places for scuba diving in the world, and with good reason. The waters are warm, clear and teeming with marine life that makes it a fantastic place for beginners and seasoned pros alike. With gentle currents and relatively shallow waters (30 metres at Phi Phi) it really is the best place to take the plunge - so to speak - if you have always wanted to give it a go. With a plethora of dive operations all over the Krabi province, you are literally spoiled for choice when it comes to taking in some of the underwater world here. Many speak several languages as well, so you are almost certain to find one that you feel comfortable with.

Layana Resort and Spa Honoured during the 2013 Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Hotels Awards Layana Resort and Spa is proud to announce that it was chosen as a winner in several categories by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards as well as being awarded a TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence. Layana Resort and Spa was awarded #2 in the Top 25 Hotels in Thailand, #3 in the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in Asia, #4 in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Thailand, and #7 in the Hotels for Service in Thailand during the 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards. The 2013 Certificate of Excellence is awarded to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor with only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receiving this prestigious award. Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

The Layana Resort and Spa can be found nestled on Koh Lanta Yai Island, where you can discover the true meaning of escapism encountered in exploring a secluded island, or the bliss of simply doing nothing. As an exclusive haven of luxury, Layana Resort & Spa aims to offer the ultimate in individualized service. Throughout, guests appreciate the hospitality that is unobtrusive to preserve privacy, and yet attentive to give a sense of privilege and to fulfil every wish.

SOFITEL KRABI PHOKEETHRA GOLF & SPA RESORT CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF PLANET 21 Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and its Ambassadors celebrated the 1st anniversary since the implementation of “Planet 21” – Accor’s sustainable development program and continued with various activities throughout May. One of the activities was in cooperation with Hong Kong sustainable artist “Pui Pui Chau” who raises awareness of recycled materials and constructs her art pieces from recycled materials. The artist created a sculpture for the resort using plastic water bottles that were previously set up in guest rooms before the conscientious change to the set up of more sustainable glass bottles. The large sculpture is named “The Golden Cross” and is proudly presented in the hotel lobby. Moreover, the resort arranged other sustainable activities including mangrove planting and beach cleaning for ambassadors to join in through the month of April.

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The pulse thailand wins lonely planet award for second time

Tat photo competition - part 2

Thailand won the ‘Best Value Destination (International)’ award conferred by Lonely Planet Magazine India at its recent awards ceremony in Mumbai, India. This is the second consecutive year Thailand has won this award. Mr. Sethaphan Buddhani – Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mumbai received the award from Bollywood Actor Mr. Tusshar Kapoor. Another award that brought pride to Thailand was the ‘Best Hotel (Value)’ award won by Amari Watergate Bangkok.

TAT is pleased to announce the second TATNews Photo Contest, now being held through its official media website All photographers, tourists, travelers, media, and anyone with a camera are cordially invited to participate. The theme of this new contest is “THE MAGIC & MYSTERY OF AMAZING THAILAND.”

Mr. Sethaphan commented, “We are proud to be conferred these awards by the Lonely Planet, a world renowned travel publication. It is even more gratifying to be recognised by esteemed members of the Indian travel industry as a destination with a high value-for-money factor, world-class attractions and activities. This award affirms that we have been successful in achieving our marketing objectives.” Initiated in 2012, the Lonely Planet awards are one of the most credited awards in the travel industry, judged by a team of travel experts, authors, commissioning editors and selected members of the travel community. Lonely Planet Magazine India is one of the leading travel publications in India with a readership of about 400,000.

The aim of the contest is for you to show the world what Amazing Thailand looks like to you - through the lens of your camera - and to share your incredible Thailand experiences with like-minded souls everywhere. Plus, you get the chance to win cash awards totaling USD2000 as well as having your images of Amazing Thailand shared globally by the TAT. Contestants need simply register an account on and submit entries according to the rules stated on the website. The submission period is now open and will close on 2 August 2013; so get your pictures organized and select your favorite shots. You won’t have to choose only one to submit however since you can enter as many images as you like, along with a caption in English for each photograph. Three winners will be chosen. The 1st Place Winner will receive a cash prize of THB 30,000 (approximately $1,000 US), the First Runner-Up will receive THB 20,000 while the Second Runner-Up will receive THB 10,000 plus a Photo Contest Certificate for each. Submissions will be judged by a team consisting of Thai media experts, editors, and photographers. The winners will be announced on on 7 August 2013, and the three lucky winners will also be notified via email the next day, 8 August 2013. So look through your Thailand photographs now, or better yet, grab your camera and head to your favorite Thailand destinations to do some serious shooting. We want your original photographs that are exciting and inspirational, that tell a story or share an experience - in short, images that will motivate viewers to visit this spot and turn their own cameras to this and similar subjects. For more information and further details, contact

The return of the amazing adventure race to krabi

Once again, Sheraton Krabi is hosting the annual Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series-Krabi, brought to you by Active Management Asia (AMA), a professional sports event organizer. The series takes place at various locations in Thailand, and Krabi province is set to take the stage for the vent on September 21. Adventure racing is quickly exploding onto the scene in Asia, and Krabi province is proving to be a must for outdoor sports. This year’s race will involve mountain biking, woodland trails and off road running, sea kayaking, and an ocean swimming course that will include surprise


obstacles. Sheraton will be including some goodies in the registration fee as well as a gala dinner. Competitors must enter in teams of two, and is open to experienced racers as well as novice racers and weekend warriors. The AMA website provides a slew of pre-race information and logistics, as well as tips for novice competitors. Additionally, quality mountain bikes will be available for rental, and the kayaks are provided, making race participation fairly easy. Registration for the 2013 event is now open online at AMA’s website:

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thai islands voted best in asia by trip advisor Thailand, always a traveler favorite for places to visit, has garnered yet more awards in TripAdvisor’s Annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2013. In the “Top 10 Islands – Asia” category, Thailand ran away with 40% of the awards, placing first with Ko Tao, in Surat Thani Province. TripAdvisor (TA) writes about Ko Tao noting that: “White sand beaches sheltered by steep hills – some only accessible with four-wheel drive vehicles – and 300 days of sun per year invite long afternoons of lounging.” Ko Lanta in Krabi took the number 3 spot. TA raved about this beautiful southern island, saying, “Ko Lanta offers fantastic scuba diving with exotic marine life and grand coral reefs. The sunsets, too, are legendary…”

Ko Tao is the only island from Asia that made the “Top 10 Islands in the World” list, on which it came in 8th place. The top 3 islands in the world were listed as being in Belize, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and French Polynesia. 9 out of 10 of the top Asian islands are located in Southeast Asia, while the number 10 choice – Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands – is located in India. The prestigious, international survey reinforces the general opinion of Thailand’s premier, quality tourist attractions, of which her islands are always at the forefront. Many visitors to the islands also include Thailand’s major cities in their itineraries, as well as Thailand’s cool, mountainous northern regions.

The always popular Phuket came in 6th. TA commented: “Phuket offers a rainbow spectrum of spectacular vacation sights from blue lagoons and pink sunsets to orange-robed monks.” TA Ko Samui, on the eastern coast, captured 7th place in Asia’s top islands category, with the popular travel site noting that, “You’re on a gorgeous island off the coast of Thailand—it doesn’t get much better than this.” TA bases its awards on reviews of the top-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions over a 12-month period. More than 100 islands around the world were considered in TA’s annual round-up.

Jet-setting monk faces the music Luang Pu Nenkham, who has recently been at the centre of a lot of negative publicity, is getting ready to clarify his position on Sunday, the National Buddhism Office’s director Nopparat Benjawatananun said yesterday. “He will hold a press conference and I will be there to listen,” he added. Luang Pu Nenkham landed in hot water after a video clip of him on board a private jet, sporting brand-name sunglasses and a Louis Vuitton bag went viral. More questions arose when a photograph of him lying next to a woman started doing the rounds on the Internet.

Songkran wants the division to investigate the case on 13 fronts, including Luang Pu Nenkham’s status as a monk; his assets and the assets of those close to him; his donation campaigns; as well as his relationship with the woman seen lying next to him in the photo. The activist also urged the CSD to check the background of people working for Khantitham Khao Na Co Ltd, a company linked to Wat Pa Khantitham, where Luang Pu Nenkham allegedly serves as abbot. The temple is located on a plot donated by Lon Manas, who now wants it back. The 68-year-old donor said she had given the land to the monk in the hope that he would build a proper temple.

In addition, an activist lodged a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) against the monk yesterday.

“More than 10 years have passed and he has still failed to construct a temple,” she said.

“I think his behaviour goes against the rules and beliefs of Buddhism,” said Songkran Achariyasap, who chairs a network that monitors activities considered detrimental to national agenda, religion or monarchy.

Lon added that when she asked Luang Pu Nenkham about what had happened, he told her that if Wat Pa Khantitham gets registered as a temple, he would be subject to all kinds of scrutiny and so had decided against it.

Songkran, armed with documents and photographs, met CSD deputy commander Colonel Prasopchoke Prommoon yesterday. The CSD has agreed to investigate his claims.

“So, I will try to take the land back and ask other monks to help set up a temple instead,” she said.

“I have already assigned investigators to launch a probe. I will release the probe results at a later date,” Prasopchoke said.

Nopparat said Lon had the right to lodge a complaint and hand the land over to other monks. Story from The Nation

The pulse Global warming to flood almost half of bangkok Deckchairs appearaing on ao nang beach In the next two decades, about 40% of Bangkok capital, Thailand will be submerged by flood It looks as if there are some of the dreadded deck chairs starting water if the world did not achieve concrete step in efforts to prevent climate change. to appear on the sands of Ao Nang beach, along with the odd parasol. In the next 20-30 years, the average temperature of the earth will rise by 2 degrees C caused This maylevel not seem likeand a big deal to weather a lot of people, the lack the sea to rise, extreme eventsbut appear with high frequency leads to scarcity of both freshparasols water and and downs of and food deck shortages chairs on the beach has important. been a proud point of note for the beach town. the report, the global warming ItAccording appears asto if those responsible have land paperssituation that give today them when the average temperature is only 0.8 ° C higher than the pre-industrial era in the 18th century. Drought in the South of the the right to place them there. This is currently being disputed by Sahara and in Southeast Asia erosion has increased dramatically. The situation is expected to Krabi Tourism worsen in theofficers next two decades more.

Domestic tourism new focus

Rice pledging scheme to continue

The Thai government needs to support and pay more attention to the country’s domestic tourism, according to Tourism Council of Thailand vice president, Pornthip Hirunkate.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed the government will carry on the rice pledging scheme and has instructed relevant government units to explain to the farmers why the government decided to decrease the pledging price of rice.

She was commenting, Tuesday, on discussions with the deputy governor domestic marketing, Thawatchai Arunyik, who will become the next TAT governor this December. “We agreed that domestic tourism is vital and Mr Thawachai expects the sector will generate as high as the krabi beaches in Trip Advisor revenue top 10 awards international market of around Bt1.1 trillion per year, up from around Bt600,000 million.”two in Krabi province and one on Three beaches in Thailand,

Phuket island, were on Asia’s top 10 beach chart, according to Piyaman Techapaibul TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards. Foreign tourists pack at the popular tourist destinations like However, Phuket, the Philippines and India bothChiang had Mai, a strong Bangkok, Pattaya, Samui, Cha-am, Hat representation theThais chart, too, further indicating there is plenty of Yai, and Krabi, on while travel afield to secondary competition to capture the sun tan market. destinations. Released late last week, therevenue report was based on area feedback “Domestic tourists push to a wider and from are helping sustainability of “millions tourism of in travellers the long worldwide” run,” she what Tripthe Advisor claims are said. who post their opinions on the popular website. The TCTbeaches vice president the government to offer The Thai in the topwants 10 were: Railay Beach in third place; income taxBeach rebates if citizens Bt15,000 on domestic Phra Nang in fifth; and Naispend Harn Beach in sixth. Railay and travel. Phra Nang beaches are in Krabi province and Nai Harn Beach, well The tourism council president, agreed south of Phuket’s popular PatongPiyaman and KataTechapaibul, bays. saying the government should not overlook Thai tourists and should give them incentives that will boost the local Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Suraphon market. Svetasreni, said: “The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards provegovernment that our beaches remain a hit with tourists “The should encourage Thais to worldwide.” travel and spend money in the country, by reducing income tax, organising tourism seminars and offering incentive for Thai tourists.” Package price are also a factor and at the moment packages to overseas destinations are very competitive due to the strength of the Thai baht. Association of Thai Travel Agents president, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, requested the government to increase safety and security measure as a priority. “Local mafia particularly in popular destinations are causing massive security problems at tourist destinations and it is now a major threat for the tourism industry.”


PM Yingluck on Thursday indicated that the government’s decision to cut the pledging price was based on three factors—costs of production, fiscal discipline and global market price. Nonetheless, she insisted that the pledging price was flexible and could change in accordance with the market mechanism. Regarding assistance affected by the price had asked the Ministry to help support them parallel with rice.

for the participating farmers decrease, the premier said she of Agriculture and Cooperatives in planting alternative crops in

Ms Yingluck assured that the rice pledging program was capable of generating income for the farmers. The Thai Farmers Association earlier announced that it would not accept the National Rice Policy Committee’s resolution to reduce the pledging price to 12,000 baht a ton.

Viewpoint The inside of my head at the end of the Month. It’s dark in here.


felt compelled to write about this topic after having a rather unusual experience at a fruit stall the other day. I know, this sounds like an “a funny thing happened to me on the way to work” sketch, and I suppose in a way it is. Anyway, it was after I realised that I had ran out of coffee at work. If you are not already aware - Krabi Magazine is 78.3% pure caffeine, without it you would not be reading this. So I headed out on the trusty Dream to one of these many new coffee shops that seem to be springing up all over the place, in our local Klong Haeng village. It was closed. With the icy tendrils of desperation tickling my lower digestive tract, I chugged along all manic-eyed, desperately seeking some sort of coffee shop. I would have made it to Phuket if it were not for a small white piece of cardboard that had what I decided to be a children’s portrayal of King-Kong eating a sandwich on it. Yes, I know that seems weird - and it was. My attention suitably arrested, I veered over and squeaked to a stop next to the odd scribbling, only to see that it was now a loose representation of none other than a coffee cup. A coffee cup!? Underneath, the words “Fresh Coffee” assaulted my eyeballs and they squealed with delight. But something wasn’t right. I ducked under the sign and was faced with the grinning face of a local Thai Muslim lady and her vast array of bananas. They were everywhere. She also had pineapples that were delicately arranged as if a truck had just backed up and opened his tailgate in the place. There were 2 small, grubby kids running around and eating soup at the same time - an impressive feat by anyone’s standards. I was confused. This was not a coffee shop by any stretch of the imagination and I suddenly thought I had been duped by my own brain (not the first time) or a wily woman with a kettle and a bulk pack of Nescafé 6-in-One.

My table. I think it was

But then I saw the coffee machine next to the pile of mangoes. She had a menu, of sorts. Espresso. Americano. Cappuccino. Cappuccino?? Am I mad? Is she?? Bugger it - hallucinating or not, an imaginary cuppa is better than none at all and I ordered an Americano. This lady who looked as if she had been picking pineapples half her life set to the machine like she had been a barista for the other half. Pushing buttons, tamping the coffee, grinding beans and preparing my beverage, all while yelling at her kids for running with their soup. I soon had before me a hot cup of coffee, made with local beans, for the princely sum of 25 Baht. She invited me to sit down and “sabai” - relax - and that’s just what I jolly well did. I thought that this was just wonderful - and you know what? It made me realise something. I was enjoying my break much more right there, amidst the ‘nanas and snotty kids than any large chain coffee shop I might have tried in the local area. More and more, these International names seem to be creeping into Krabi, with their products universally known and undoubtedly appreciated by the masses, as they see fit to open branches here. In Ao Nang and Krabi, we now have burgers that taste exactly the same (so I’m told…) as in New Jersey, Dublin and Berlin. The ambiance and decor of such places is generally in keeping with the “Brand Colour Pallette” too, so you pretty much know what you’re going to get. I can see the appeal - kind of - with this idea. If you have been away from home for a few weeks and are desperately missing a familiar flavour, then

places can suffering give you thatfrom little hitwater you need to banish any homesick Phi like phithese island shortages blues that may be creeping in. Or if you really, truly cannot get something thatThe doessevere not existdrought in any other it may be my world,over where is format, threatening to allowed quickly(inspread I rule all). parts of the country, with water on the world-renowned many tourist getaway of Phi Phi Island set to run out as early as this If you have been here for 4 days, however, I think it’s daft. month. People come halfway across the world to one of the most exotic locations on the “Here, planet and heading some fastthan food one on day 4. rainend hasupnot fallenforfor more month already,” I’ve Weerapat seen it. I’veJantaro, witnessedchairman families walking food stalls of thepast Phithe Phidozens IslandofTourism selling everything from spring rolls, BBQ chicken, kebabs, salads, fried rice, Operator Club, said Thursday. noodles and even sandwiches andready burgers, go intofrom an air-conditioned The operators are getting toonly buytowater mainland for outlet Bt250Bt300 cubic metre to prevent disruption fastPhuket food chain and orderper mc-something-or-others all round. Daft. business. On to mytheir way to work yesterday, I was riding my bike behind a tuk tuk filled with visitors at 9am. Phankham theinside Ao Nang I could see a seaKittitornkun, of red cups andchairman cardboardof boxes as theyTambon tucked into Organisation, said although the privately theirAdministration authentic Thai breakfasts, courtesy of that Ronald. owned reservoir on the island still contained some water, it upwe byshould the end month. My would point islikely that Idry think try of to the make use of local products and services where and when we are able. Now, I’ll hold my hands up at this “So April arrives, operators for onathe will point andwhen say that I have been atourism regular 7-Elevener whileisland now as their order water from Phuket. paying fornow thebuy beerhave pricestoare usually the cheapest around. Besides But no longer. I will water, they will at have to payjust foracross transportation too, which is to from the little woman the market the road who, I have come evenis more costly,” he said. realise, cheaper. Bottled water on Phi Phi would be a few times more expensive that is onalso the mainland. She friendlier (not difficult), tries out her English on me and has a small Thethat Irrigation Department has cat sits on a cushion on her grubby warned farmers around Chao desk like it’s the queen of the the world. I have Phraya River basin not oftodried plant a to navigate through sacks chillies second ricegarlic croptothis and pickled get season. to the fridge, but this is part of life here and sometimes we Story do from Nation would wellThe to be reminded of this. It’s also preferable to navigating the people at 7-Eleven in general. Those who seem to buy their month’s groceries there - very slowly. Then they forget some face cream and leave the cashier to go and peruse the extensive selection as I wait a table... patiently with my dripping bottles, hands growing numb and smiling dumbly at the 12 year old cashier who now has time to send that text message. Or the kid who snipes my place in the queue just as I’m about to put my purchases on the counter and deposits a sweaty fistful of 25 satang coins to pay for some radioactive-looking object that may or may not be edible. Or the gaggle of floppy-necked teenagers with manga/flock of seagulls inspired haircuts that order things that need to be microwaved, sliced into little pieces and bagged individually, before paying with magnetic card that doesn’t work. Or the 85 year old farang man buying a small can of chang with 1000 Baht and taking 16 minutes to replace the resulting fistfull of notes in change back into his wallet, clip it up, put it back in his pocket, pick up the bag, turn around, shuffle away a step only to turn back - Columbo Style - with “just one more question”. Or the Burnt Drunk Tourist ( BDT) who shouts “40 Marlboro lights!” At the 12 year old cashier, who clams up in terror and pushes that call button under the desk, resulting in 32 other employees to come to her aid and stare at the BDT in unison - like a family of green and white striped meerkats. I could go on all day, but I think I’ve made my point. I prefer my impromptu Thai lessons with cat-lady and her chilli sacks, thank you. There are so many wonderful things to eat, drink, wear and more when you go to a local market - and all are sourced locally. They are cheaper, more authentic and just, well, better than the branded, International “alternatives”, in my humble opinion. So the next time you’re in the mood for a good espresso - take a look around you and you may be surprised at what you find for a fraction of the price and with soup-slurping kids as entertainment. No Wifi included.


Getting Around There are busses, taxis, tuk-tuks, motorcycles, minivans, coaches, scooters, sawng-thaews, longtails, speedboats and more all awaiting you with a smile. What can be tricky sometimes is knowing how much a trip costs, where to buy your tickets and how long a journey should take - things that are starting to become more obvious now than they were before.

From Krabi Airport

Air-Con Bus

Nice, clean, air-con cars are available to take you anywhere you want to go and can carry up to 4 people. Or you can buy a seat in a minivan for less, but as it can take up to 10 people you may have to wait until they fill it.

There is now a regular shuttle bus that runs between the airport and popular destinations like those mentioned above. It also stops at piers where ferries leave for places like Railay and Tonsai. This can be a great option if you are on a budget, but can take a while to get to where you want to go.






Krabi Town



Krabi Bus Station


Ao Nang



Krabi Town


Klong Muang



Lanta Pier


Tub Kaek



Ao Nang


Railay Pier


Tonsai Pier


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Ao Nang - Phi Phi Ao Nang - Lanta Ao Nang - Phuket Ao Nang - Phuket


Railay - Phi Phi Railay - Lanta Railay - Phuket Railay - Phuket


Phi Phi - Phuket Phi Phi - Railay Phi Phi - Ao Nang


Lanta - Railay Lanta - Ao Nang Lanta - Phuket (pass Railay,AoNang)


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243 Moo 2, Ao Nang Beach, A. Muang, Krabi 81000 Tel: (66) 075-637152/3, 075-637730 Fax: 075-637153 60/57 Moo 3, T. Rassada, A. Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: (66) 076-353211-2 Fax: 76-353212


Customs Thailand is one of those countries that have customs very different to what we might be used to in our home countries - and the Thais are extremely proud of that. As we are a visitor in their country, it’s only right and proper that we take a little time to understand some local customs - does and don’ts - that can make a huge difference in your encounters with the locals. They will really appreciate you making the effort and it can go a long way in making your stay here more fulfilling.


ere are a few of the more important things to remember - they are simple, cost nothing and are all based in common sense.


It’s one of the great ironies of life that the one place in Thailand that has the best beaches, ocean and blazing hot sun, is also one of the most conservative when it comes to dressing. The predominantly Muslim population here in the South can take real offense to any tourist wandering into their shop with just a bikini on, or tiny shorts for the guys. I know, you’re on holiday and you deserve that tan - I understand. But here, bikinis are for the beach and only the beach. Please, please, please try to appreciate the cultural differences here and cover up a little when heading to and from the beach. Guys, just pull on a pair of board shorts and T-shirt. No-one wants to see another pair of fluorescent Speedos making their way around the town. Ladies - simple. Sarongs. Dead cheap, available everywhere, take up no space, dry in a heartbeat and can be used a hundred different ways. Wrap one around your waist or shoulders when heading off the beach and you’re sorted.


The Thai Royal Family is revered and there can be no worse “faux pas” than joke about the King. Some have actually been thrown in jail for making “uncivil remarks” about their beloved leader. It’s serious business and you should take note. You’ll see his image absolutely everywhere, which should give you a good idea of the

respect and love he has from the Thai population. Just use common sense and you’ll be fine. If in doubt about what you should do in any given situation - just do what the Thais around you are doing and you can’t go wrong.


Respect is the name of the game when visiting a temple or encountering a wandering monk. Again, no speedos. As a rule of thumb, make sure that your shoulders and knees are covered (especially

the ladies) and you’ll be fine. Remember the mantra - “bring a sarong and you can’t go wrong”.


Buddhist monks are forbidden to make direct physical contact with women. This means that if a woman has to give anything to a monk, she must first hand it to a man who then can pass it on. Sometimes the monk will lay out a piece of his robe on the ground, where the lady can then place the object and he can pick it up.


Sacred and revered. Even if it’s a ruined, half destroyed statue of the deity - treat it with the utmost respect and you’ll shine in the eyes of the Thais. Common sense again - don’t clamber up onto one and make bunny ears behind it for a photo. If you want to take a picture of a statue, please do

so respectfully and, if possible, ask a passing monk if it’s ok to do so. It may seem a bit odd to us, but it’s a real big deal to Thai people - so who are we to argue?

Head & Feet

In Buddhism, the feet are seen as the lowest part of the body and the head the highest - both literally as well as figuratively. This means that you should never point your feet at a Thai, a monk or a statue of Buddha. Instead, sit with your feet under your knees like the statue of Buddha here or even crosslegged if you have glass joints like mine. Also, try never to step over someone who is lying in your path (sleeping, presumably) as the act of passing the soles of your feet across them can be just as bad or worse than the feetpointing. The head is seen as the most “holy” part of the body and as such, should not be touched. This means no playful ruffling of that cheeky boy’s hair or patting of kids heads. I know, to us it’s a gesture of affection. To Thais, it’s very offensive.


Easy, this one take your shoes or flip flops off at the entrance to any indoor space. If in any doubt, look for other flip flops at the doorway and leave yours there with them. Resorts are the exception to this, as are most restaurants - but absolutely take them off if entering a Wat (temple) or a Thai’s home.

Saying “Hi” - Thai Style

The “Wai” is the traditional Greeting here in Thailand - similar to the handshake in the west. It’s usually performed by a “lower class” of person when greeting a superior, who can then return the gesture. You’ve all seen it as soon as you arrived at your resorts - I have no doubt. The “Wai-er” places the palms of their hands together like their about to pray and then bends forwards at the waist. It’s good practice to return the gesture too and the Thais really appreciate it. Just put your hands together with the tips of your fingers touching your chin and bend forward a little while saying “Sawadee krap” if you’re of the manly persuasion or “Sawadee kaa” if a lady. You may notice that sometimes you are addressed as “Mr. Bob” or “Miss. Jane” instead of your family name. This is just the way Thai people address their peers, usually with the first name.


Public displays of affection are a big no-no all over Thailand, and should be avoided. No snogging in the restaurant please - or you will be faced with a sea of red-faced Thai’s all avoiding you.


Thailand is an excellent place to pick up some bargains, and haggling is expected amongst customers and vendors. Remember to take the “softly-softly” approach and don’t be aggressive. In some parts of the world, haggling can take the form of a shouting match with arms flailing, spit flying and lots of walking way and pulling back. Not so here. That kind of behavior will get you nowhere. Smile and ask what their best price is and take it from there. Keep your voice calm and quiet and never, ever lose your temper.

Some of the best things to buy here in Thailand are: • • • • • • • •

Leather Jewelry Silk Wooden carvings Art (Paintings, Batik, etc.) Ceramics Silverware Precious gems

So there you have it. Try these simple tips and know that you are immersing yourself more in the Thai culture and receiving genuine smiles back from the locals for your efforts.

Into the Blue Diving icon Hans Hass Dies aged 94 Austrian undersea explorer and writer Hans Hass has died aged 94. His expeditions, books and films were part of the pioneering 20th-century efforts to unlock the secrets of the deep. Sharks were his pet project. Hans Hass’ family announced on Saturday that the famous Austrian zoologist and undersea explorer died last weekend at the age of 94. Hass published 32 books and produced 73 films during his career on the seas in his “Xarifa” boat. He was born in 1919 in Vienna. Hass’ reports both funded his own adventures and brought images and descriptions of aquatic life into German-speaking living rooms. His 1951 film “Adventure in the Red Sea” was one of the first postwar films to make the underwater world observable to all. Hass was bitten by the bug early, publishing his first book, “Hunting underwater with a harpoon and a camera,” aged 20 in 1939. His career took him all over the world, with sharks his great underwater love.

Krabi Tides July 2013

circa 1945: Film producer, Hans Hass wearing scuba diving equipment underwater during the production of his film, ‘Under The Caribbean’. Hans Hass became a household face on television, starting to explore the depths as early as the 1940s “Today divers are ten a penny. When we started diving, we were the very first people to make such inroads,” Hass said shortly before his 90th birthday. Hass consistently campaigned for a better reputation for sharks, seeking to remove their stigma as savages of the sea. He released films including “People among sharks,” and books like “Among the corals and the sharks” or “The shark – the legend of a murderer” to seek to improve awareness on the animals. Hass was later nicknamed “The Lord of the Sharks” for his efforts. Hass developed a string of methods and tools to allow him to better scour the seas; he made the first working underwater camera, developed special diving fins and implemented a new diving kit with oxygen supply that enabled him to act more independently of his research ship. “I wanted to move like a fish among the fishes,” Hass once said of his work. Hass stopped diving himself decades ago, but remained a prolific write on the issue. He also continued to campaign for undersea creatures and became a keen advocate of ecologist causes in later life.

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“Wine and cheese -

Some of the finest culinary minds in the area came together this month to sit down, chew the fat (or lack thereof) and decided to put their collective strengths together for the greater good...

anytime, anywhere!” The main idea is create a “collective” of sorts, with each chef opening clear lines of communication between one other and trying to get the best deals from suppliers by buying larger quantities and dividing them out amongst themselves.

“It is the journey, not the destination that makes a successful chef”

“My favourite ingredient to cook with has to be seafood!”

They want to come together to exchange ideas, compare their suppliers and prices and basically keep themselves updated with what’s happening in and around the region that might affect them. If they can promote this kind of initiative with other resorts and restaurants in the area, they can be stronger, more productive and more efficient than ever. So what better way for some chefs to meet and discuss ideas than over a meal? And so, the “Chef’s Lunch” was born. This brilliant idea was the brainchild of Frederic Molinielé, the Executive Chef at the Sheraton Resort and Spa in Klong Muang. His wealth of experience led him to start trying to collaborate with his peers based in other prestigious resorts around the Krabi area, to see if they can all benefit from being greater than the sum of their parts. The first “Chef’s Lunch” was held at the Sheraton Resort this month and, as expected with such guests - the food was exceptional. It was a prime example of what can be achieved

“Cooking is a question of generosity, light spirit and a huge heart”

“ I really enjoy usig eggplant and lemon in my cooking”

“I just love creating dishes with the fresh seafood available in Krabi”

with the right collaboration between these maestros of mealtimes and we were happy to be a part of it. As the current members come from such diverse countries as France, India and Thailand, each has their own unique take on food, flavours, ingredients and cooking in general that made for a fascinating conversation. A lunch with 6 of the top chefs in the region was as good as you might imagine it to be, and it was a resounding success with all the involved coming away with new and interesting information they might otherwise not have gleaned.

Collective The Culinary

This is a great initiative and one well worth having as everyone from the chefs themselves, the resorts that employ them and us mere mortals that devour their creations, gets to benefit!

For more info on the group, email Frederic at:

Let the Sun Shine

Eating Guide Carnivore - Steak & Grill

Soi Klong Haeng opposite Thai Village Resort, Ao Nang. They say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and the same goes for steaks. The quality of what this kitchen produces is extremely hard to beat - and the experience of the owner Gidi is evident as you walk into the elegant and pristine restaurant. Gidi worked for 15 years in the restaurant business before starting Carnivore back in 2003 - and he has never looked back. All main courses come with salad and a choice of six different potato dishes that include homemade french fries and mashed potato to die for. As well as the 5-star meat selection, Carnivore also offers some of the finest salads, soups, crispy baguettes, grilled sandwiches and warm starters around - as well as no less than 60 beers from around the world. Yes, 60.

Average price: 400-900+THB What to Try: The “Carnivore” signature Steak Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Open daily from 3pm - 11pm. (Kitchen open from 4pm - 10pm) Tel:+66 (0)75661061 Website:

Da Carla - Italian and Thai Restaurant Noppharathara Beach, inside Sabai Resort.

For some of the best Italian food you will find in Ao Nang and beyond, you should look no further than this place. Nestled just off Noppharathara Beach and next to Sabai Resort, Da Carla & Poan is a small, informal place owned and managed by an Italian couple who are long-time residents here. As well as great Thai food, this is the place for some real-deal homemade pasta just like it should be made. The hand-filled ravioli and homemade desserts that are on the menu are very hard to argue with. Great meat selection too, with quality steak and the freshest seafood you could hope to find. As you would expect, a good selection of imported wine is also available, as well as imported Belgian beers.

Average price: 250+THB What to Try: The hand-filled ravioli Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Open daily from 7:30am - 2:30pm and 5:30pm - 9:30pm Tel:+66 (0)75637791 Website:

The Irish Rover- Irish Pub & Restaurant

Heading towards Ao Nang beach on the “Mc Donald’s Road”, look for the pint of Guinness... The Irish Rover has one of the largest draught beer selections in Southern Thailand, including Kilkenny and a very nice pint of Guinness. Irish ciders Magners and Strongbow are also available for those hot days when nothing else will hit the spot. The kitchen is open until 1am, serving excellent food in generous portions. Expect to see homemade pies, tender steaks, juicy chops, shepherd’s pie (made with Guinness) as well as ploughman’s lunches, bangers and mash and more. Happy hours & drink specials are worth watching out for. Air-conditioned, live sports, pool table and a darts board all complete this little slice of Ireland right here in Ao Nang.

Average price: 250+THB What to Try: The home made pies Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Open daily from 4pm - 1am. Tel:+66 (0)75637607 Website:

TJ’s Sports Bar & Grill

Located on the road to Ao Nang beach, just past Mc Donald’s TJ’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place to go when you want to be yourself for a while. With live sport always running on their large projection wall and numerous big screen TVs, you will have the best experience you can without being on the playing field. In the bar they serve all the classic cocktails by the book and a lot new ones with that “TJ’s touch.” They also offer five different draught beers, English cider and 20+ different bottles of beer. Tj’s is under Swedish management and the kitchen with head chef Oskar cooks up a classic sports bar menu with that little extra - everything from nachos and smaller dishes to big homemade hamburgers and juicy steaks.


Average price: 220 THB What to Try: The home made burgers & nachos Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Open daily from Noon - Late Tel:+66 (0)75637119 Website:

Eating Guide Venezia @ Sofitel

Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

200 Moo.3 Klong Muang Beach, Tambon Nongtalay, Muang, Krabi

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort’s Ristorante Venezia serves up gourmet cuisine featuring traditional Italian recipes, pizzas straight from the wood-fired oven & a large selection of wines from all over the globe. Located on the first floor of the resort & next to the grand lobby, tables are available for either indoor dining or on the outdoor terrace, al fresco style, with panoramic views of the ocean and tropical gardens. Specialties include the Albero di Antipasti, at THB++600, a delicious selection of 6 of your favourite anti pasti choices, perfect when you can’t decide from their extensive menu choices. Another must try is the Ravioli Frutti di Mare at THB440++, delectable homemade ravioli stuffed with the freshest Andaman seafood and served in a mouthwatering creamy crab meat sauce!

Average price: 400++THB What to Try: BThe antipasti & ravioli frutti di mare Free WiFi?: No Opening Hours: Open daily from 6pm - 11pm. Tel:+66 (0)75627800 Email: Website:

Gecko’s restaurant @ The Sheraton Resort & Spa

155 Moo 2, Nong Thale, Krabi

The signature restaurant of Sheraton Krabi features fresh pastas, salads and delicious selections from authentic Italian home cooking to pizzas baked in a traditional wood burning oven. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views and the Andaman Sea breeze while dining at this prestigious resort, known the world over for it’s top quality dining experiences. With a mouth-watering array of choices on the menu, you are quite literally spoiled for choice when it comes down to it. Great food in a 5-star location with meticulous attention to detail. What more could you ask for?

Average price: 400-900++THB What to Try: The pizzas Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Open daily from 11am -11pm. Tel: +66 (0)75628000 Website:

Cleopatra - Egyptian Restaurant & Shisha

On the main road to Ao Nang beach, after Mc Donalds

This is without a doubt one of the best things to hit the Ao Nang dining scene this season. The food here is North African and Arabic, so think home-made hummus, baba ghanoush, eggplant curry, falafel and kebabs and you get some idea of what to expect. They have a vast array of dishes that ranges from lamb biryani and pasta to T-Bone steaks and mashed potatoes. Although you must banish any image of a greasy, late night kebab house - this place does it in style. This is the only place around that offers the traditional shisa pipe along with a variety of fruit flavours that are all worth a go - especially if you haven’t tried them before. They use a nontobacco formula that is pretty unique, and a lot better for you as well. They compliment their dishes with a selection of 6 different breads that are all baked on-site in a large outdoors bread oven. Their BBQ grill is just as impressive and there can be nothing better than sitting on the terrace sipping a cool drink and watching your selection being cooked in front of you.

Average Price: 250+THB Shisha: 200 - 450THB What to Try: Hummus, breads, lamb Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Daily from Noon - 2am Tel: +66 (0)82 1951982 email:

Tattoo de Café

On the Ao Nang Beach Road

The Tattoo de Café is something of an institution in Ao Nang as they have been on the beach for over 8 years and counting. With a fairly unique combo of tattoos and food, you can get inked and drinked (!) at the same time, with top quality in both areas. Forget instant “6-in-one” coffees here as only the freshest ground beans are used in their brews. For something sweet to accompany your cuppa, they offer some truly scrumptious homemade cheesecake and ice-creams that are becoming legendary. If you are after something hot, they have some great house specials that include “Khao Pad Plaa Salit” - fried rice with salted fish & dried chillies, and spaghetti with bacon and black olives. American and English breakfasts, salads, chicken wings, cheesy fries, sandwiches and more all make this place a great - and handy - stop on your way down the beach road.

Average Price: 100+THB What to Try: Grilled chicken & club sandwich, cheesecake Free WiFi?: Yes Tel: +66 (0) 81-9294766 email:

Eating Guide The Frog & Catfish - Restaurant & Country Inn

Din Daeng Noi, Nong Thale, Krabi Town 81000

Owned and ran by Gary and his wife, Bua, the Frog & Catfish is located in the Din Daeng Noi locality just a 10 minute drive from busy Ao Nang and is a gem of a place. The food here is nothing short of spectacular, with people coming from as far as Railay Beach just to eat for the evening. Top resorts have been sending their head chefs here to see what all the fuss is about, and with good reason. Think duck curries and freshwater fish. Lemongrass and mango fused with chilli and herbs. Sushi rollstyle spring rolls with a 7-herb dip. You get the idea. They use locally sourced ingredients and organically grown fish from their own stocks. There are also have a few western items on the menu that include their own take on the classic fish & chips with “proper chips”, a full English breakfast and fillet steak as well as pasta and a few others all prepared in their own impeccable style The location is stunning, the hospitality equally so and the food downright delicious. If you are looking to get away from the bustle of Krabi or Ao Nang for a while, this is the place to go.

Average Price: 150+THB What to Try: Whole fried fish in Boraan Sauce, Duck curry Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Daily from 10am-10pm Tel: +66(0)84 773 0301 Website:

U&P Homemade Bakery 401/4 Ao Nang, Krabi. End of Na Thai Road.

U&P Homemade Bakery has been around for a few years now and has secured itself a place in the hearts and stomachs of many locals and ex-pats in the Ao Nang area. Being one of the very few bakeries in town that bakes a good loaf of bread, U&P also have a great array - and display - of pastries, cakes, flatbreads, rolls, buns and even breadsticks to choose from. They have a fairly extensive menu as well, meaning you can get more than just a decent cup of coffee and croissant in the morning. Lunchtime is sorted with a great selection of western and Thai dishes the sandwiches being a firm favorite thanks to the freshness of the bread being used and the decent sized portions served up. Their early morning opening is perfect if you want to get a head start on your day, and the free WiFi makes hanging out here a longer pleasure as you can catch up with work or friends online. Located a little out of town for most of the tourist trade, they are certainly worth a look in if you find yourself in the Na Thai area on the outskirts of Ao Nang. You won’t be disappointed!

What to Try: Sandwiches Free WiFi?: Yes Average Price: 100THB Opening Hours: 6am - 5pm Tel.: 081-8956670

Wanna’s Place @ The L Resort North end of the Beach Road. Can’t miss it.

One of the very first restaurants in Ao Nang from 20 years ago, Wanna’s Place at the L Resort has hones it’s food and service to perfection. Owned and ran by A Swiss National, They offer an extensive range of Thai and Swiss food that is unsurpassed in the area. As well as the usual Thai dished you want to see, they have dishes like the original “Zurich Geschnetzeltes”, Schnitzel with cream sauce and noodles, or a veal sausage with Rösti. They serve “sizzling steaks” on hot stones for you to prepare just the way you like at your table. As a thank-you to the local community - as well as keeping their ingredients as top-notch as they can Wanna’s Place has their own organic farm that employs local people to grow their own produce. Perfectly located on the Beach road, the large, open restaurant is airy and roomy with great views of the ocean and an idyllic base for people-watching with a cool drink. Rated as the No. 2 restaurant in Ao Nang on Trip Advisor, this is a must-try place.

Average Price: 200+THB What to Try: Steak on hot stone Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: 7am - 10pm Tel.: 075 637 484 Website:

The Beer Garden @ Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort Right outside the resort on the main road towards Ao Nang Beach - beside Mc Donald’s

Simple yet very, very effective, The Beer Garden does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s an al fresco experience smack in the center of Ao Nang with tables and chairs set out on the sidewalk for you to indulge in some serious people-watching as well as sampling some great draft beers and food. I can’t think of anywhere locally that has Asahi beer on tap apart from here. Yes, draft beers are the way forward and they are all accompanied with some great Thai and German fare. As well as Pad Thai from a traditional cart to help soak up the beer, they also have several typed of German sausage on offer, as well as skewers from the charcoal grill that is fired up every day. Add to this some live entertainment and you have a combo that’s hard to beat. Draft beer, great music and grilled meat - what more could a body ask for on a hot day? Every Sunday in April at 7pm, “Joe’s Stammtisch” is a 3 course dinner with International beer tasting for just 250THB. Well worth a look-in.

Average Price: 120THB What to Try: The German sausages Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: 5pm - 10pm Tel: +66(0) 75 626 888 Email:

Eating Guide Khao Thong Terrace This place is the restaurant equivalent of a pot of gold at the end of a particularly spectacular rainbow. I’d bet my left arm that there is no way you would ever find the Khao Thong Terrace in a gazillion years until now. Heck, we had no idea it existed until a Thai friend told us about it. The food here matches the view - simply amazing. If you tire of the usual “Thai Tourist” fodder then imagine a herb salad consisting of ginger, lemongrass, carrot, lime, spring onion and chilli with a Thai sweet sauce relish, or “Laab Pla”, aka spicy, crispy fish salad and an amazing yellow curry with crab that has Thai locals honing in here from miles around. Don’t be worried that this is exclusively a Thai place though, as they cater for both local and notso local palates. Crunchy spring rolls, chicken satay sticks, fresh fish fried with turmeric, homemade fish cakes and chicken any way you like it are all possible, and all fresh from the water you gaze at while devouring.

Average Price: 120THB What to Try: The crab curry Free WiFi?: Thankfully not Opening Hours: Daily from 11am-10pm Tel: +66(0)83 107 4400 Email:

Washed down with a fresh cocktail - or even a mocktail for the drivers - Khao Thong Terrace promises to be an evening you won’t, and shouldn’t, forget.

Poppy’s Minigolf Garden & Kebab Cafe Soi 13, Ao Nang, Krabi

Poppy’s Special Offers... • • •

Chicken kebab with our famous garlic mayonnaise sauce and a Chang beer or Leo Draught beer: 159 Baht. 5 Chang beers for 200 Baht Chang beer+ Chicken Kebab + MiniGolf....just 300 that is the beer for free!

We have free WiFi, Free Ping Pong and if you want to make a Karaoke party, it is also possible and free. Our Facebook page is Poppy’s MiniGolf & KebabCafe

Average Price: Chicken kebab & beer for 159THB What to Try: The kebabs Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Lunchtime until last one goes home Tel: +66(0) 80 146 4977 Email:

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Professional tattoo artist - 15 years of experience - bachelors degree in fine arts. Operating under the name ‘Nut Tattoo Studio’ since 1998. New sterilized needles are used for each tattoo. Our Cafe has been open for 8 years and offers fresh coffee from our espresso machine. Serving American/English breakfasts, salads, sandwiches and house specials including: • ‘Khao Pad Plaa Salit’ (fried rice with salted fish and dry chillies) • Spaghetti with bacon and black olives • Fresh mango Smoothies

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Monk for a Month “If you have a daughter, the big event in her life is when she marries. If you have a son though, it is this. This is Rin’s last chance to clear his conscience, and also ensure that his mother and I can go to heaven,” Rin’s father explains as he tries to keep a solemn face. “I am very proud of my son.”

At this point, Rin has been at the monastery for three days cramming for the event. During the ceremony he will have to answer a series of questions confirming his eligibility, such as whether he has Epilepsy and if he is human. He will also recite chants and prayers in Pali, an ancient language still used by monks to recite chants and prayers.

Ella and I are standing with Rin’s father, on this, his big day. It is the defining moment of Rin’s life as he is ordained into the monastery at Wat Bo Lun. At what is considered the best age to do so – 25 – Rin is expected to come out of the monastery as a true man, ready for marriage, ready to continue to lineage of his family, ready to exemplify and propagate the teachings of Buddha when he returns as a layman, and bring merit to his parents for the afterlife. Like most Buddhist males in Thailand over the age of 20, he is ascending into monkhood to signify the end of his coming of age and entrance into a new era.

After Rin is dressed in his white robe, everyone heads into the Sala, or meeting hall, where the head monk delivers a sermon. The monks sit on a stage while everyone else sits on the floor, as no one is permitted to sit higher than the monks. And because they must eat before noon, family and friends place several tins and dishes of food on stage once the sermon is completed, and wait patiently while the monks eat. Typically, monks take to the streets barefoot every morning with their alms bowls, accepting whatever food is offered. Once they have eaten, they are only permitted to drink fluids for the remainder of the day. Rin will spend the next three weeks learning to subsist this way while he dedicates himself to understanding the teachings and purifying his mind and heart.

Soon after family and friends arrive, the hair cutting begins. Everyone takes turns each cutting three pieces of hair and laying them in the lotus flower leaf that Rin holds. Rin’s head will be completely shaved as well as his eyebrows, followed by elders giving him a bath and cloaking him in a white and gold robe. Rin’s parents will keep his hair somewhere special at home, as it is the symbolic token of the last bit of Rin’s childhood. I am a bit surprised when Rin looks at me and asks me to join in. I happily accepted and cut my three chunks to which Ella comments, “Wow, you cut a lot”…as in save some for the rest of us, Edward Scissorhands. And for this unrestrained commenting, I adore Ella and am glad that we are friends. Perhaps I was a little trigger happy in my excitement but luckily Rin’s head is loaded with hair. Later, Rin asked me how I felt when I cut his hair, and I told him I was extremely honored, especially because we had only known each other for like, 7.3 minutes. I‘ve only met Rin once before and he is quite reserved. This morning however he is giddy with excitement and also anxious about his performance during the robing portion of the ordination.


When the monks are finished eating, everyone else follows and eats to their fill. As expected, food is in abundant supply, and after everyone has eaten and rested for a period, it is time for the serious part of the day – the ordination ceremony. Rin’s mother grabs a large flowered ornament, his sister holds a golden tray with candles and silk lotus flowers, his aunt takes a bowl filled with coins wrapped in ribbons, and Ella carries a golden pillow. These items are sacred and always accompany the pre-ordained. The pillow is of great importance as it symbolizes a promise to commit to the one it is betrothed to. If a man does not have a girlfriend or wife, it is usually given to the mother. The procession heads for the ordination hall, or Ubosot, accompanied by musicians and dancing and it quickly becomes festive. We circle the hall three times together before Rin enters. The number three is an auspicious number in Buddhism and shows up often in rituals, activities, and even for durations of time.

As we drove to Krabi town earlier that morning Ella expressed her concerns about having to dance around the temple, which I totally get. I mean, you wouldn’t want the low point of your boyfriend’s ordination to be the sad display of moves from his farang girlfriend, especially since there is uncertainty about how one is supposed to dance and walk and hold the pillow? As a sign of support, I hide behind my camera, running ahead of the crowd to take pictures because well, I’m working. Once Rin finishes circling arrives at the entrance, prayers are said, and he is hoisted onto the shoulders of two male family members, slapping the top of the door three times prior to entering. Once inside, the ribbon wrapped money is thrown to the crowd outside, signifying both a blessing and a symbolic abstinence from money and material things while in the monastery. Inside, the monks begin to officiate the ceremony. ceremony begins. Rin makes offerings to the monks and also pays homage to his family. It is important for the pre-ordained to show gratitude towards his parents. Rin is then given his alms bowl and yellow robe to change into at the back of the Ubosot. As Rin re-enters draped in Marigold, he earnestly fights signs of emotion (he is to keep a sober disposition) but I can see that this monumental moment is consuming him. He is asked the eligibility questions and answers all of them correctly, after which he asks the abbot for permission to accept him.

“He is officially a monk.” Although the ordination itself is a somber event, Thais nonetheless enjoy a good celebration and some ordinations include a party complete with food, drink, live band and karaoke. Rin opted to forego such a festivity, however. If one of the tenets of entering monkhood is to focus on oneself without the clutter of consumerism and materialism, then Rin thinks now is as good a time as any to start. I greatly respect Rin for this. I see that he has a serious hunger for more out of this life than what lies on the surface. He is searching for spiritual and personal growth; to do right by himself and his family. I don’t think his dedication to this for the remainder of the month in the monastery will go unrewarded. After we take several photos with Luang Nong Rin (Luang is the respectful term I must now use to address him as a monk), his family takes his cell phone and the impetus of his simple life in the monastery really and truly begins. Congratulations and all the best to you, Rin. See you on the other side.


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Try your


Krabi is well-used to foreigners and most of the Thai people that deal with tourists on a daily basis will have a smattering of English to get by. The employees at your resort, for example. But if you want to try out a little of their own language, you will be rewarded by even bigger smiles and even the odd giggle. The Thais really do appreciate you making an effort to speak their language and just the odd word here and there can make all the difference in your relationships with them. Hello (male speaker)........................................................................... “Sawadee Krap” Hello (female speaker).......................................................................... “Sawadee Kaa” How are you?...................................................................................... “Sabai Dee Mai?” I’m fine........................................................................................................... “Sabai Dee” How much is this?................................................................................ “A Nee Tao Rai?” What is this?..................................................................................................“Nee a Rai?” Yes............................................................................................................................. “Chai” No..................................................................................................................... “Mai Chai” Sorry/Excuse me.............................................................................................“Kor Toht” I can’t speak Thai................................................................. “Poot Passa Thai Mai Dai” Can you speak English?..................................... “Khun Poot Passa Angrit Dai Mai?” I don’t understand.................................................................................. “Mai Khao Jai” Do you understand?..............................................................................“Khao Jai Mai? Help!..................................................................................................... “Chooey Dooey!” Spicy........................................................................................................................... “Pet” Not spicy............................................................................................................“Mai Pet” Is that tasty?................................................................................................. “A Roy Mai? Hot (Temperature)............................................................................................... “Rawn” Cold............................................................................................................................“Yen” Water................................................................................................................... “Naam” Where is the restroom/toilet?....................................... “Hong Naam Yoo Tee Nai? Can I have the bill/check?......................................................................... “Kep Tang” Where are you going?....................................................................................“Pai Nai? See you soon.........................................................................................“Pop Gan Mai”

And the one that rules them all - the 3 words that every Thai lives by and that can teach us stress-monkeys a thing or two about life…

It doesn’t matter No big deal Don’t worry about it Never mind

“Mai Pen Rai”

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Secret Corner

By Nikki Thompson

I love making the trip over to Old Town to visit

is the spectacular view from the stilted balcony

get as there is no set menu. As long as you are

Caoutchouc and its fantastic French and Thai

jetting out over the sea, which runs along one

not hard to please though, you should be more

owners, Patou and Zak. The drive over to Old

side and around the back of the building. There

than satisfied as the food is always cooked with

Town is lovely and always clears my mind and

is even a stunning view out of the window in the

thought and care. Last time I was there, Patou

lifts my spirits. I love the quiet, windy roads and

toilet! It is a truly calming and spirit lifting view

had just finished making a delicious ratatouille,

driving through the sleepy Muslim villages with

and is a great place to come and unwind for an hour or two.

something I haven’t eaten since I moved to Koh

cows, goats and chickens roaming outside the houses, children playing and old men mending fishing nets or lying in hammocks. Then, at the

Zak and Patou opened Caoutchouc two years

end of the wonderful journey, I have the delights


Zak is originally from Koh Bulon Leh,

of Caoutchouc awaiting me.

but, if you don’t feel like eating, it is still worth

don’t even know it is there and most people

I feel as

stumble across it by accident. It is one of my favourite places to visit on Koh Lanta though

Caoutchouc is hidden away right at the

and I would highly recommend seeking it out.

very end of the town. To get there, you drive to the end of the main shopping street and go straight on at the roundabout, then follow the little road right to the end, watching out for the

near Pak Bara, and Patou is from France but

hard to spot speed bumps.

lived in New York for years, where he managed a popular and successful restaurant before

It is always a total pleasure arriving at this

throwing in the fast paced, manic life to run his

destination. The restaurant itself is beautifully

own business in a truly relaxing and stunning

decorated, Patou and Zak are always friendly

part of Thailand.

and welcoming, and the view from the veranda is absolutely breathtaking. They have decorated

Whenever I ask Patou if he is going away at

the place in a colourful, tasteful and unique way

all during low season, he invariably answers

and each time I visit they seem to have made

“mais why would I want to leave here?” and he’s

changes or improvements, even though I had

right, it is very hard to move on once you have

thought it couldn’t be improved on any more.

sat down on the veranda with your drink and

The music is always nice and chilled out, there

taken in the view, staring at the distant islands,

are board games to play, hammocks, comfy

watching the locals fishing, and generally getting

chairs and cushions to lounge on, tasty food

lost in your thoughts. The food is delicious too

and drinks, plus free Wifi, but the real attraction

and you never quite know what you’re going to


Zak’s Thai and Chao Ley (Sea Gypsy) food great

Caoutchouc is so hidden away that many people

though I have stepped into an Asian Western film.

it. The salads and pasta are also delicious and

going just for a relaxing drink on the veranda.

On arriving in Old Town, it never fails to remind me of a Chinese style cowboy town.

Lanta three years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed

A Night on the Open Waves It’s a campaign for champagne aboard the Merdeka, Krabi Specialisten’s newest luxury yacht sailing the Andaman Sea. The Merdeka offers those with discernable tastes a chance to sleep in style. Yes, sleep. We had a chance to take the Merdeka out for a spin one afternoon. Leaving Ao Nang before the sun set, we climbed aboard the yacht and were greeted with Krabi Spesialisten’s signature fruit cocktails and beanbag chairs. If you are familiar with their fleet, then you know about the infamous beanbags on deck – brilliant. We took a tour of the yacht -wine in hand of course - and wouldn’t you know there’s a hot tub on board. This is the stuff that epic music videos are made of. Everything on the yacht was outfitted with lounging in mind: mats and pillows tossed about, beanbags (again with the beanbags!), and plush banquette seating in the rear alongside a large family style dining table. Speaking of dining, no detail was left unattended as we were treated to a decadent tapas style spread, which also included vegetarian options. There was even a chocolate sauce for our chicken, and yes, it was delightful. We watched the sunset while enjoying more bubbly and wine while taking dips into the sea in a secluded spot, location to remain anonymous. As usual, Krabi Spesialisten delivered the goods. The Merdeka has enough snooze room for you and seven of the most fun people you know. Double occupancy cabins have private bathrooms and comfy beds. The Merdeka can be rented overnight with customizable trip itineraries. The staff is nothing less than stellar, the food exquisite, and the adventure endless.

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Hong Island by Luxury Thai Longtail Boat

“Hong” in Thai means “room” and the literal translation of the Island’s Thai name is “the island with the room”, due to the gorgeous lagoon located at it’s centre. During this relaxing day-long excursion, as well as exploring Hong Island’s exotic beaches and it’s lagoon, you will also get to visit the surrounding sister islands of Bak Bia & Paradise Island. You will have lots of time to snorkel, swim and enjoy the sights and sounds of life on these incredible beaches! The journey to the islands takes about an hour aboard our special longtail boat which has been specifically designed & built by Krabi-Spesialisten with your comfort in mind.

ITINERARY 09:00 – 09:15 09:15 – 09:30 09:30 10:30 11:30 13:00 15:00 16:00

Pick-up Klong Muang / Tub Kaek Hotels (on request at Sheraton beach) Pick-up Ao Nang Hotels Departure from Hat Nopparathara Pier Arrival at Paradise for relax, snorkeling & swimming the beach. Leave Paradise island and cruise towards Bak Bia, where you can swim and relax while we set up a private, beautiful and delicious lunch. Departure Bak Bia to Hong Island and visit lagoon on the way Departure Hong island back to Ao Nang Arrive at Ao Nang beach and return to hotel

* Program can be changed according to the water level and weather conditions

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Use your smartphone and take pictures of friends holding things they are borrowing from you, so you can remember later. Use a beer coozie to store and transport camera lenses or your external hard drive. Oily skin? Stop by a Starbucks. Their recycled napkins are not like normal napkins; they blot oil. And if you’re wearing makeup, your makeup stays intact. Try to purchase something, though. It’s the right thing to do.

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Everyone likes to read a good book on holiday, so we take a look at 3 spankingly great reads this month that are perfect for whiling away your lazy days here in Krabi.

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The Time Keeper By Mitch Albom

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Mitch Albom, the inventor of the world’s first clock is finally granted his freedom after being banished for centuries, as punishment for trying to measure time. Under one condition - he must complete a mission. In order to redeem himself, he must set out to teach two people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world and embarks on an amazing journey with two unlikely partners: a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy, ageing businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. Like the other books written by Mitch, this one has his trademark vein of truth and an insight into humankind and the effect of each and very one of us has on each other’s lives.

Gripping, and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time and just how precious it truly is.

A Wanted Man By Lee Child

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Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise. When you’re as big and rough as Jack Reacher - and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose, patched with silver duct tape - it isn’t easy to hitch a ride.

But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn’t quit. And at last, he’s picked up by three strangers - two men and a woman. But within minutes it becomes clear they’re all lying about everything - and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys...Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?

Wedding Night

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By Sophie Kinsella

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Lottie is tired of long-term boyfriends who don’t want to commit to marriage. When her old boyfriend Ben reappears and reminds her of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance.

There will be no dates and no engagement—just a straight wedding march to the altar! Next comes the honeymoon on the Greek island where they first met. But not everyone is thrilled with Lottie and Ben’s rushed marriage, and family and friends are determined to intervene. Will Lottie and Ben have a wedding night to remember … or one to forget?

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After 13 months in Krabi and 21,000 kilometers travelled on motor-scooters without (major) incident, I found myself lying on the road, outside Tesco Lotus, with my foot nearly backwards on my leg, and a rapidly swelling stump where my foot should have been. I had been on my way home from work when someone in a pick-up did a u-turn and then stopped dead just in front of me. I slid down the road for a few meters with the bike on top of my leg and came to rest with a newly reversed foot. “This isn’t good” I thought and I crawled to the median strip in the middle of the road...


raffic started building up behind me and people were getting out of their cars. They seemed more interested in photographing and videoing me with their phones than helping me. I have learned that becoming frustrated doesn’t help, no matter what the situation, so with one hand holding my leg up and my other hand giving the “V” peace sign, I put on my best smile and posed for some photos.

A surgeon explained that he would re-position my foot and I would need to rest for 3 days, before undergoing surgery later in the week. He spoke good English and explained that he had extensive experience with my injury. He answered my questions and allayed any concerns that I had. I was given anesthetic and woke up 30 minutes later with my leg in bandages and a cast, and my foot thankfully facing the right way.

After the photo shoot I decided to try and get some action. “Please call an ambulance” I said in English, which was returned with blank looks, so I followed it up with “Chooey dooey krap” (“Help me please”, in Thai).

I was taken to the Orthopedic ward of 3 rooms, each room with 8 beds and put onto a firm, comfortable bed. This was to be my home for the next 12 days. My room had men with various injuries, feet, hands, legs and arms were all bandaged, the unluckiest had both arms and legs bandaged. Most were from motorcycle accidents, but there were also a few workplace and home injuries. As far as I could tell, I was the only Westerner in the hospital.

Two police officers emerged from their car and began directing traffic. I called out to one officer “Jep muk muk. Bpai hospital dai mai?” (“It hurts a lot. Can we go to hospital?”). Unfortunately I didn’t know the word for hospital (rohng pai ya bahn) at that point, but it’s now etched into my memory, should the need arise to use it in the future! Once traffic was moving, the police pulled their car up next to me, opened the back door and signaled for me to get in. So after around 20 minutes on the road, I was finally being rushed to hospital, though in a leisurely manner. We pulled up at Krabi Hospital and I was loaded onto a bed and wheeled into emergency. A doctor took some details from me, examined my foot and manipulated it a bit. He then told me I was going to need surgery and went away to consult with some other staff. Shortly after I was wheeled to radiology for x-rays and then into the operating theatre. Krabi Hospital doesn’t seem to have the best reputation amongst many of the local expat population and similarly some of my Thai friends don’t seem to hold it in high regard. My previous experience with the hospital had been positive and given me faith. I had been happy with their service, and had found them to be helpful and efficient. If you need hospitalization while in Krabi and you expect a modernlooking hospital of International standards, then maybe Krabi Hospital is not for you. There is an International Hospital being built in Krabi Town that is due to open later this year, but it is currently behind schedule. At the moment travelling to Phuket is probably a better option for you.


A central ceiling fan and 4 smaller rotating fans provided ventilation. Louvre windows covered by fly screens also allowed breeze to pass through and the shaded surrounds outside ensured the room never became overly hot. Entertainment was limited, there was no television in the ward so, I had a friend bring my laptop and I watched television series and movies, which kept me amused. Private rooms at the hospital do have televisions, air conditioning and a fridge, as well as a private bathroom with shower and toilet, but none were available when I was admitted. I was offered a private room later, but I found life in the ward quite entertaining and so I declined. In Thailand, nursing staff don’t perform the same roles as nurses in Australia, many roles that nurses do in the West are left to the family here, such as bathing and feeding. Thai nurses deliver medication, check blood pressure, change bandages, dress wounds, and do administrative tasks. Each night my ward was filled with family members of patients, camped out between or under beds. These family members often not only cared for their own loved ones, but also helped other patients, sometimes feeding or bathing them.

Stay in a ward, it’s much more interesting than a private room! The day in the ward began before 6AM, with the lights being turned on. Patients shuffled to shower and toilet, and nurses checked patients’ temperature and blood pressure. Breakfast was served at 7AM and medications were dispensed around 7:30AM. At 8AM visitors were asked to leave and the fans in the ward shut down and the ward

swept and mopped. Bed sheets were then changed and nurses changed dressings on wounds and tended patients. At around 9:30AM the fans were turned back on, visitors returned and patients could do what they wanted. Lunch was served at 11AM and dinner at 4PM.

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r staying in Krabi Hospital. Some go .. od books 2. A la ptop loa ded up w ith movie 3. An E s nglish-T hai dictio nary 4. Mos quito re pellant 5. Pers onal fan 6. Your best sm ile!! 1.

In-between meals, patients were free to entertain themselves however they wished, with most opting for sleep. I have previously observed that Thai people seem to have a marvelous ability for being able to sleep, anywhere, anytime and for prolonged periods, which is useful where entertainment is lacking.

The meals were quite good compared to Western hospital food, provided you like Thai food, which I do! As is common everywhere else in Thailand, there was always an abundance of food. Family members returning to the ward never came empty-handed, there was always fruit, or food from the local market in ready supply, and was usually shared with everyone in the ward. There was a sense of camaraderie among the patients and their carers and a sense of community within the room. As well as food, toiletries and other items were also shared and exchanged. New patients and old quickly become friends, and everyone smiled, and everyone helped each other. On more than one occasion I was pushed in a wheelchair to the bathroom by someone who could barely walk himself.

As there were no English speakers in my ward , this gave me a good opportunity to practice and learn more Thai. “Wheelchair”, “leg”, “ankle”, “broken”, “nurse” and “it hurts” are all words in my Thai repertoire now. I also gave some English lessons to interested parties, my presence seen by some patients and staff as an opportunity to broaden and practice their English. And giving English lessons was a great way to make new friends, as well as pass the time. And so my recovery? After 12 days in the ward I was released home and I am recovering well, although I am on crutches for 2 months. I am very grateful to the staff of Krabi Hospital, as well as the patients of my ward and their families for their help and assistance. My experience was a positive one and I appreciate the level of care and competency that I experienced while I was at Krabi Hospital. Would I stay there again? Absolutely! Has the experience changed me? Well, I guess airport security will never be the same again...


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l r i G By Zina Docto What is this insatiable desire to watch woman fight? I’m not talking about woman placed in a pool of mud, clad in skimpy bikinis. No Sir. This lady prefers to climb into a boxing ring with a pair of gloves and a bright pink mouth piece.

I recently spent some time with Emily Huang-Ramirez, who specifically decided to come to Thailand to eat, sleep and breathe Thai boxing. She came with the intention of spending a full year training with some of the best fighters in the world and to experience first-hand, Thailand’s national sport of Muay Thai. She, like most women that are involved in Muay Thai, says that she feels ‘empowered’ by the sport. I know in today’s woman’s movements around the West this word is tossed around quite frequently. But, what does Emily mean by ‘Empowerment”? She said that fighting is her way of having a voice. Please let me clarify that Emily is not some shy, backwards individual. On the contrary. She left a highly lucrative profession back in America to pursue her heart’s passion for “the ring”. She said that as far back as she can remember, hitting something always gave her an emotional release. It gave her an opportunity to use the ring to show that she can express yourself and say what she wants by showing it and not necessarily verbalizing it. One of the things that impressed me about this lil’ powerhouse was that Emily is not some young, wet behind the ears, ditz. She is 30+ years of age and willing to take on the workout regimen of an authentic Muay Thai fighter. Her typical day consists of a 6-13k run, 2.5 hours of a grunting workout, bag work, pad work and sparring. Not just once a day, but twice. This routine goes on for 6 days a week in preparation for a fight that will last 10 minutes max. Woman fighting in the ring only fight 5, 2 minute rounds with a 2 minute rest interval. Unlike their male counterparts who fight 5, 3 minute rounds with a 2 minute rest. I asked Emily if she feels that she is treated any differently in a predominately male sport. She said, “Absolutely not”. As a matter of fact she truly is treated as an equal. She loves the balance of being respected as a woman in the sport but disciplined just as a man would be. Even when it comes to sparring, she finds herself having to train toe to toe with her male counterparts. She likes the fact that after training with men who are - most of the time stronger than her, that when it comes to fighting, she doesn’t feel as much pressure coming up against a woman.

I recently had the opportunity to go and watch Emily fight in Phuket. Phuket is known as the most popular place in Thailand to witness foreigners from around the world try to come and fight against the Thai nationals in their illustrious sport. Often times, foreigners find themselves pitted against another foreigner. The simple fact is that we have so many foreigners coming to fight here that there are just simply not enough Thai woman fighters to meet the demand of foreign contenders. Such was the case for Emily. She was matched with a woman from Australia who, like Emily, came to Thailand to experience the “real deal”. The women completely embraced the true essence of Muay Thai as they both performed a beautiful Wai Kru/Ram Muay (Showing of respect/Fighters Dance). In the West today you will see very little of the Wai Kru or Ram Muay. It is a shame, as both of these elements truly signify the sport of Muay Thai. They took the first two rounds to check in on one another. Seeing how strong their bone density was and to see who would be the counter or offensive fighter. By round two, I must say; “It was on”! They both showed prowess as they executed punch combinations, followed by body or leg kicks, using great footwork, which showed their experience level. They even touched gloves at the end of each round, which demonstrated mutual respect as they walked to their apposing corners for a quick massage, drink of water and of course, instruction from their corner men. Emily won the bout. Although she was outweighed by at least 5 kilos, she dominated when it came to the clinch. Emily was able to lock her opponent up through the clinch and then proceed to rack up points by firing off one knee strike after the other. After the bout I asked Emily if she thought her age plays a factor to her training and fighting. She laughed and said; “No, but the recovery time does take a bit longer than it used to”. She said that she does not consider her age when it comes to the sport. She loves it and that is all that matters. I agree with her and am happy to say that, at almost 50 years of age, I am still participating in the sport of Muay Thai. I love that it doesn’t matter what your age is. This sport is a great tool to gain self-confidence, personal achievement, weight loss, self-defense and much more. I see most individuals who are involved in Muay Thai working together as a team and family. This sport as a whole promotes humility, honor and unity. I am happy to have had an opportunity to witness Emily in action. Muay Thai fighters are known throughout the world as being called, “The Kings of the Ring”. In Emily’s case we must convert this crown by calling her, “The Queen of the ring”.

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is in the Air... By Emily Huang Ramirez

I love wedding receptions. I always have a fabulous time, although sometimes this isn’t verified until I see photos the day after. We eat tons, we sing and dance hard, and we generally get more awesome as the night goes on. I’ve never known a reception to be anything else, and since I’ve moved to Thailand I’ve hoped for a peek at something different. Every culture has wedding shenanigans of its own, but there’s usually an undeniable jovial sentiment underlying every celebration, and as I expected, it is not any different on this side of the earth...

A friend of mine invited me to a Muslim “dteng ngan” – wedding reception - and of course I was elated to attend. The ring ceremony took place a month before, as it is commonplace to organize a reception afterwards. The reception starts early and takes place for the better part of the day, so in the morning I joined a large family piled into a truck and headed for Nuea Khlong. If you’ve been here long enough you know that Have you eaten? is a more proper greeting than Hello. But at a dteng ngan, never mind all that. Before we could say hello to anyone, our entire group was ushered into one of the homes as all of the outside tables were full, and a procession of food was laid out in front of us: sticky rice, beef curry, papaya with seafood, mango salad, and fresh vegetables to dip in a spicy coconut sauce. A cacophony of sensory input exploded in our faces before a word could be uttered; my favorite style of greeting thus far. Let the marathon begin. Everything was made from scratch and every bit as extraordinary as you can imagine. The preparation began the night prior and into the early morning hours, with everyone taking turns killing it on the mic…someone obviously remembered the karaoke machine. Even working through to dawn, things were just getting heated. The affair was set to begin at nine in the morning and throughout the day people came in droves to fill their face holes with the homemade grub. The massive production was never ending, and there was never a shortage of singers ready to slay another Thai song for our enjoyment. After round one, I paid my respects to the beautiful bride and groom -decked out in ivory glory - and watched as others blessed the happy couple with money. In return, the couple sprinkled open hands with candy and posed for pictures in front of a decorated backdrop of lace and flowers. The bride and groom had no idea who I was, had never even met me, but none would be the wiser as they graciously accepted my well wishes, and lead me by hand to have pictures taken with them, veiled in a kinship I didn’t know we had. Amazing Thailand.

I paused for a moment at the vendors who set up stands right in front of the party. Fruit, balloons, popcorn, and candy for sale, obviously aimed at disarming the wallets of parents by infiltrating their children’s uncontrollable desires. It was the perfect sell, as children can always be baht. The celebration was meant to be unpretentious; casual but no less joyous. Invite whomever you want, the more the merrier as they say. Women donned gorgeous dresses, and beautifully embroidered and beaded hijab’s, the traditional Muslim head covering for women. Some opted for less extravagant adornments, but no one cared either way how you showed up. Eat, sing, eat again and enjoy. Allow your self to become intoxicated with merriment and stay awhile. A panoramic sweep of the guests and the bustle cast a certain romance over the event, in the sense that people were celebrating not just the couple, but each other. This discernable warmth diffuses easily and quickly through the air, and one can’t help but get lost in it. For this, I adore Thailand and its people. However, there was no cake, and usually feelings go well with cake. I’m not sure if baked goods are just a Western wedding idea or if this reception in particular didn’t have any. By the time I thought of it, it didn’t matter anyway; I was having a lovely time. At two o’clock and after my third lunch, I was laid out on the floor of someone’s living room pretending to watch Saturday fights on television but really fighting to keep my eyes open. I’ll have you know that they are almond shaped so they already appear to be partly closed – it was a losing battle. After we left the wedding, we headed back to a friend’s house, just in time before the downpour came. Waiting for the rain to stop so I could ride my motorbike home, we decided it had been too long since we’d eaten (two hours possibly), so we ate takeout…from the wedding, naturally.

No matter where in the world you are it’s safe to say that we are united in the celebration of nuptials, although the details may differ. We are connected by the common denominators of food, family, friends, and fun. It was a beautiful day, and that kind of day never gets old...

Koh Lanta highlights Koh Lanta is situated at the southernmost tip of the Krabi province.


t consists of two islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta Noi is the smaller of the two and does not have tourist facilities. Visitors travelling by road from the mainland pass through the smaller island on the way to Koh Lanta Yai - the center of the tourist operations. Ban Sala Dan village on the north side of the island is Lanta Yai’s commercial center and the pier where visitors arrive on the island. It is a row of shops, seafood restaurants on stilts, dive shops, tour operators, banks and guest houses that cater for newcomers on the island. The bulk of the Lanta beaches lie along the west coast of the island and can all be reached by road: Khao Kwang, Khlong Dao and Phra Ae all have long stretches of white sand facing the Andaman sea, while Khlong Khong, Khlong Nin and Ba Kan Tiang and other smaller bays are all nice to relax and swim.


he east coast of Koh Lanta Yai is flat and has many local villages scattered along its coastline. Koh Lanta has a very diverse cultural mix of people who have lived on the island in harmony for hundreds of years: Thai-Muslim, Thai-Chinese and the original sea gypsies still inhabit the place in harmony. The biggest town on the island is Lanta Old town. Boat trips to Koh Lanta are available during the monsoon-free period from October to April. May to November sees the closure of some of the island businesses and of the boat passenger services due to rough seas. A minibus service is the alternative way to reach the island via land. Lanta Old Town It was once called Ban Si Raya and was the commercial port for Chinese and Arabic trading boats that sailed between the ports of Phuket, Penang and Singapore. Today it is a village with a few rows of stilted shop houses home to an ancient community that was established on the island long ago. It is a picturesque place with Chinese timer shop-houses dating back 100 years, from the old days of sea trading. Near the shacks along the coast, local

fishermen dock their longtail boats giving the whole scene a very Thai look. Ba Kantiang Beach Spectacular crystal–clear seawater and soft white sand, romantic sunsets in utmost privacy. This is why Ba Kantiang has come to symbolize a hideaway in Lanta for relaxing in natural surroundings. Lighthouse on Lanta Located in Tanod Cape on the southernmost tip of the island, the lighthouse tower of Lanta is the perfect symbol of solitude. It is the place where immaculate nature still survives as it is rarely reached by tourists due to the rugged road conditions. Koh Lanta National Park The park covers a marine area dotted with several small sandy islands surrounded by coral reefs. The headquarters is located on the island’s southern extremity. Ban San-ka-u A sea gypsy’s settlement in south-east Lanta Yai. It is there that an old clan of traditional Chao Ley try to preserve a disappearing way of life in this fast-developing island. Eco-tours These are run all year round from the east coast of Lanta Yai, not affected by the low season rough seas. Make your way to Thung Yee Pheng village for a trip with a local community, or book a tour with friendly and experienced local companies. Nature Because of its bio-diversity and richness of natural resources, Lanta is a good place for trekking. Explore limestone cave chambers and passageways in the Lanta caves, or walk upstream to the spring water waterfall where you can swim in cool rock pools. Fire Dancing This is definitely one interesting part of the Lanta beach culture. A fire dancing show is usually performed by young boys performing twisting acrobatics swinging burning torches and ropes lit on fire around their muscular bodies. A distinguishing show that sparkles in the dark.

What to do? Scuba Diving & Snorkelling You do realise that you are in one of the best locations in Thailand and beyond for diving, don’t you? Yes? If you did - good for you! If you already have your certification or never tried it in your life - you’re in luck. There are no fewer than 19 dive operators on Koh Lanta and most of them - if not all - will be qualified to take first-timers out for a fully supervised scuba dive. Trust me, as a diver myself - you won’t regret it!

Dive sites nearby include the worldfamous Phi Phi islands as well as the Koh Haa archipelago - all of which are within easy reach. The price you pay will generally include all equipment rental, lunch, fruits and drinking water and as a bonus, the dive sites and boats will be much quieter at this time of the year. A lot of the dive operators speak a variety of European languages, so there’s a good chance you can get an instructor that quite literally - speaks your language. Check out our diving section “Into the Blue” for more information. If you’re dead set on staying well and truly within reach of the water’s surface, then no problems at all. Snorkelling is the way forward and many of the dive boats also welcome snorkellers on board as well as divers. This is great for families with children, where some members want to dive and others snorkel. Usually


the operators will provide the masks, snorkels and fins, as well as a dedicated staff member to guide the snorkellers in the water. Thai Cookery Thai food in the west is generally quite expensive, creamy and “toned down” in comparison to what you find in this country. Here, in contrast, it’s very cheap, plentiful and packs much more of a punch. Learning to cook authentic Thai food in Thailand is about as good as it

gets, and many of the kitchens are openair or even on the beach front - just to add to the experience. Classes are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon if the weather is a little wet for other outdoor activities, and you get to eat everything you make too so you don’t have to worry about what’s for lunch! Rent a Moped and Explore Mopeds are everywhere in Thailand, and Lanta is no exception. They’re cheap, easy to operate and are hard wearing judging by the state of some I’ve come across that are held together with string and a prayer… In Saladan you can hire them absolutely everywhere. You might have to leave your passport with the rental agency, but don’t worry - this is standard practice. Everyone does it. It’s an insurance for

them that you’ll bring the bike back, is all. As tempting as it might be (and it is!) to roar off into the sunset, laughing madly with the wind in your hair - don’t. Those that do often round a bend, collide with a passing goat and end up in a sobbing mess in the local clinic. Wear a helmet. That’s all. Simple, yet effective at prolonging your holiday to the last day Bike fuelled and helmets on, the roads are yours to explore. Head south out of Saladan and you will discover another side of Lanta that is very different to the

bars and restaurants of the north. Isolated beaches, rockier roads and local residents are all here, and the feeling you are stepping back in time is overwhelming. You will come across a junction after a while, with a right turn towards Klong Nin. This is filled with smaller beachbungalow-type places to stay and similar bars & restaurants to match. Expect to find locals lounging in hammocks strumming guitars and sipping cold beers. This is a good indication of how they do things here… If you don’t take that right turn, the road will turn into a winding, twisting hilly serpent that leads you to the east of the island, where the “sea gypsy” people have lived for 500 years. This is a very interesting part of the island, but visitors here should respect the privacy of these “Chao Ley” people and remember they

are not a tourist attraction. That aside, they are a warm and welcoming people and are fascinating to experience. Remember to take a map with you just in case, and keep your eyes open for the “gasoline shacks” that dot the roadsides, just in case. Watch the fuel gage and you’ll be fine. Biking around Lanta is the best way to truly explore all it’s nooks and crannies, and you might even come across a few surprises along the way…. Have a Massage If the thought of even standing upright is just to much congratulations: you have successfully integrated into the

Help local animals Rated on TripAdvisor as the No.1 activity on Koh Lanta, Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) is a non-profit organisation working to relieve the suffering of local animals through sterilization, vaccination and medical care. Its’ sterilization and health centre, which currently cares for over 60 dogs and cats, is open daily to visitors who can tour the facility and meet the animals. Whether you’re interested in taking a dog for a stroll on the beach (some of the dogs love to swim!) or are happier cuddling one of the many affectionate cats, LAW is the place where you can get your furry fix while contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Lanta way of life. If you have reached this point in your stay here, then it’s time for a massage. Only in Thailand can you engage in an “activity” while lying perfectly still for a hour. I love this country… If you have never had a Thai massage, you’re in for a treat. Unlike the more traditional notion of a massage, the Thai version does not use soothing strokes as it rubs scented oils into your tired body. Oh no. It uses a “pressure point” method that means lots of hard pressing, twisting, cracking of joints and squealing. That last part is usually from me. But it’s not anywhere as bad as it might sound - otherwise n one would do it. It’s invigorating and totally relaxing all at once, and after a hour of this, you feel like you’ve had a great workout and your body will be rid of any niggling aches and pains - I guarantee it. Probably one of the best things about getting a Thai massage in Thailand is it’s availability to everyone on any budget. You can choose to luxuriate in one of the breathtaking spas that Lanta has on her shores, or you can find a small massage hut somewhere. While the surroundings will not be on par with the spa’s, you can still get a great massage for a couple of hundred Baht, which can’t be argued with.

Koh Lanta Ferry to Mainland


s to K Ao N oh Jum ,K ang, Raila rabi, Ph iP y, Ph uket hi


Khaw Kwang Beach

Ferry to Mainland

Cha-Ba Bungalows

Lanta Car Rental

Time for Lime

Klong Dao Beach

Layana Resort & Spa

Mangrove Forest Agrotourism Center longtail boat trips

Lanta Castaway Resort

Phra Ae

Thung Yee Pheng village

Long Beach Lanta Animal Welfare

Klong Khong Beach Koh Bubu DID YOU KNOW....

Our profits are donated to the charity LANTA ANIMAL WELFARE So.. come Learn, Eat & Drink your hearts out! AND FEEL GOOD

Cooking School Restaurant

thai & fusion

Beach Bar

Fun & Professional evening Cooking Classes on the Beach Front

HAPPY HOURS 3 - 6 pm On our FAMOUS Cocktails

Jee Lee village

Klong Tob Beach Rawi Warin Resort

Lanta Old Town Mai Kaew Cave

Klong Nin Beach

FANTASTIC 6 dish Tasting Menu that changes every evening


8 cozy air-con & fan


Tham Seua Cave

Lanta Hospital

Klong Nui Beach

9 years with Quality & Funky Atmosphere

Koh Lanta Yai

Closed Mondays

KLONG DAO BEACH - KO LANTA Tel: 075 684 590

Klong Hin Beach Ba Kantiang Bay

The Houben


Pimalai Resort & Spa

Ao Nui Bay Klong Jark Bay May Pai Bay

NEED HELP? Tourist Police - 1155 Police - 075 668 192 Lanta Hospital - 075 697 176 Dr. Salarin - 075 684 522 Clinic in Saladan - 075 668 170

National Park Headquarters




ater is important to the mechanics of the human body. The body cannot work without it, just as a car cannot run without gas and oil. In fact, all the cell and organ functions made up in our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water for their functioning. Water regulates body temperature. It moistens tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose. It lubricates joints, protects organs and tissues. Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver; by flushing out waste products. Helps prevent constipation. Helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them usable to our body. In addition, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Wow, we really do need water, pure H20! Recently one of our residents sent us an article that she discovered. She was alarmed that she had never heard this information before...

Bottled water in your car is very dangerous! On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue. Sheryl Crow’s oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. Pass this on to all the women in your life. This information is the kind we need to know that just might save us! Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic!

This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center...

No plastic containers in microwaves. No plastic water bottles in freezers. No plastic wrap in microwaves. Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to cells in our bodies. Don’t freeze plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently the Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin into the food. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same result, but without the dioxin. Such things as TV dinners, instant soups, etc., should be removed from their containers and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s safer to use tempered glass, such as Pyrex, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the styrene foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Cling film, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Many thanks to our concerned resident. Having lived here for many years, she knows that during your visit here to Krabi, you will more than likely be walking around most of the time carrying your hydrating elixir, water. The hot weather will find you glistening with none other than ‘sweat’. You will quickly discover how our tropical climate brings you to the need of replenishing yourself with ‘liquid life’ throughout the day. So as you frolic around out in nature, lie on the beach or next to the pool. Be sure to keep that plastic water bottle “under cover”. We want to be sure that during those moments when you feel that you are dying of thirst. That you are actually reaching for water that can truly quench it.

Why is Water so Important?

60% of the human body is water.... 90% of our lungs 83% of our blood 75% of our brains 75% of the body’s lean muscle tissue 22% of our bones 10% of our body fat


Eating Guide koh lanta Seven Seas Wine Bar & Restaurant @ Pimalai Resort & Spa 99 Moo 5, Ba Kan Tiang Beach. Head south, turn right at the Klong Nin junction and keep going. A truly stunning place that demands you stand slack-jawed as you walk into it. Open-plan everywhere - even the kitchen - with some of the best views you can hope to witness whilst enjoying your meal. Their chef is a talent to behold, and the food from the kitchens here is top-notch indeed. The restaurant and its show kitchen offer a comprehensive “a la carte” fusion style dinner menu which means that superior ingredients from all over the globe are marinated, cooked and served together on the same plate - generating a symphony of flavours. The presentation of the food is beautiful and it’s a feast for the eyes even before you pick up your fork. A wide-ranging collection of international wines has been assembled from which you can select an ideal accompaniment to your meal.

Average price: 400-900++THB What to Try: The Boeuf Charolais Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: 6:30am - 10:30am & 3pm - 11pm Tel: +66 (0) 75 607 999 Website:

Tides Restaurant @ Layana Resort & Spa

272 Moo 3 Saladan, Phra-Ae Beach, Ko Lanta. Head South and look for the sign on the right side. A formal restaurant perched on the very edge of the beach overlooking the sea and open to the cooling sea breezes. Guests have the choice of a cool interior venue or an al fresco beachside setting on the deck in front of the restaurant. Serving a mouth-watering a la carte selection of international dishes, as well as traditional Thai fare and seafood specialties all made from the freshest of ingredients. The chef, Khun Apichai, grows his own herbs in a beautiful garden right on the premises and the presentation of his food is straight out of a Monet. The menu quality is matched by an extensive wine list to compliment the food perfectly.

Average price: 400-900++THB What to Try: The Healthy Spa Cuisine Menu Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: 6:30am - 10:30am & 11:30am - 6pm Tel: + 66 (0) 75 607 100 Website:

Time for Lime - Thai & Fusion Restaurant 72/2 Moo 3, Saladan, Koh Lanta 81150. Head South and look for the sign .

This place opened it’s doors 10 years ago. A little place, with a big passion for food, and a huge heart as their profits goes to support Lanta Animal Welfare. Time For Limes legendary; Creative Thai Cooking School, the first on the Island, is famous for it’s approach combining professional cooking classes with a great and fun atmosphere. The restaurant offers 3 tasty appetisers and a “Main Dish of the Day” that changes every day, where you can choose from meat / sea food or a Vegetarian version. A tasty western dessert changes daily as well. Their signature cocktails are the talk of the town! Lemmongrass or chilli Margarita anyone? Their friendly staff welcomes you to enjoy your time on the beach front, and you can feel good by supporting a good cause at the same time too!

Average price: 150 - 350 THB What to Try: The fresh Dish of the Day Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: 5pm - 10.30pm except Sundays Tel: +66 (0) 75684590 Website:

Beachcomber Restaurant @ Lanta Castaway Resort 299 Moo 2 Phra Ae, Saladan, Koh Lanta,

If you’re searching for a laid-back, yet stylish beach-front dining experience , then Beachcomber is the place for you. The restaurant features a terrific menu selection and is best known for its authentic TEX-MEX dishes. You’ll also want to try the large selection of savory Thai, Western and Seafood BBQ dishes. The open-air restaurant is situated near the beach and there is also plenty of outdoor seating on the beach-front deck and in the garden. The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff is friendly, and the setting is beautiful with a lovely garden and a terrific view of Long Beach and the Andaman Sea. You’ll also want to enjoy a before and/or after dinner drink at our beach bar which serves up a wide variety of cocktails and delicious frozen drinks.

Average price: 250-350THB What to Try: The Tex-Mex food Free WiFi?: For bungalow guests only Opening Hours: Open daily from 7am - 9pm. Tel: +66 (0) 75684851 Website:

Crown Lanta Resort & Spa

315 Moo 1, Saladan, Koh Lanta Yai. Off the ferry, turn left at Salaldan junction and first right. Look for sign. This may not be known to you as many places on Koh Lanta are only discovered on the Internet or by following your nose down the hundreds of side streets that appear to go nowhere. It would be a mistake. The food here is not what you might expect from a resort. No touristy bland curries here, oh no. With a Thai chef that has been doing his thing since a child and a Thai GM that has worked in the Waldorf Astoria, you can expect great things from the kitchen here. Thai food with class and bursting with flavour is fused with European classics such as prime steaks and fresh seafood platters to satsfy the mose discerning and demanding palates. Start the evening with drinks and nibbles at the Crown Reggae Bar and head here for the main event with a spectacular view to boot.

Average price: 250++THB What to Try: Pan-fried sea bass and the steaks Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: Open daily morning to night Tel: +66 (0) 7562 6999 Website:

Koh Jum Island Plugged In but still unplugged Story by : Jeffrey Dietrich


oh Jum Island is still the quintessential destination in Krabi province if you are looking for authentic Thai village life

was in the direct path of the new underwater

and development that is still a small footprint

mainland. So now that Koh Jum is plugged in, has

on this tranquil island. Geography brought

it lost its reputable unplugged character that has

electricity to Koh Jum late in 2009 as the island

attracted intrepid travelers over the past couple

electric cable connecting Koh Phi Phi from the

of decades? We are pleased to report that Koh Jum is as tranquil and laid back as it always has been. In fact, what is noticeable are the lack of noisy generators at most of the resorts. Folks come to Koh Jum to unplug; the island’s nature and culture still dominates the minimal tourist infrastructure.

to Krabi Town

The Cove, Krabi Asia Tropical Homes

The existing resorts on Koh Jum all have their own family run character ranging from the back


Krabi Sunset Properties

Long Beach Hat Yao

packers paradise Bo Deng run by two laughing souls, Dila and Rosa, all the way up to the stunningly beautiful Koh Jum Beach Villas, an eco villa resort with exquisite villas tucked in an incredible botanical garden.

Laem Hin

Koh Pu Mountain is the dominant geological feature on the island at over 400 meters. A great hike for the adventurous and a vital refuge of native habitat still harbouring Asian Pied Hornbills and Burmese Pythons. The three

Ban Klong Toh Ban Koh Siboya

Koh Siboya

villages, Koh Pu, Ting Rai and Koh Jum are situated

Pattanarak eco-tourism Ban Sai Tok

on the back side of the island amongst the mangroves. Resorts are located facing the open

Laem Kruat

Andaman Sea. This division allows the villages to remain authentic without any significant tourist infrastructure while the resorts are all located on the beaches.

Koh Hang

Access to the island is by longtail taxi boats located on the mainland port town of Laem

Ban Koh Pu Piman Pu Villa

Kruat. There is now a songthaew you can take direct from Krabi Town to Laem Kruat. During

422 mt

Koh Lanta Krabi Ao Nang 1hr Boat drop-off point

Oon Lee Bungalows

the high season most visitors come to Koh Jum

Ting Rai village

two locations on Koh Jum out at sea where long

Koh Talang

tail boats come out to meet passengers to take them ashore.

Season Bungalows

Koh Jum Lodge

The lack of any deep ports on the island keep

The Urban Cafe’

Koh Jum Beach Villas Bluejuice Diving

Woodlands Bungalows Joy Bungalows Coco Bar

using the Krabi – Koh Lanta Ferry that stops at

the ferry boats out at sea and also prevent large

Koh Jum village

masses of tourists from ever overcrowding the island. Getting here is an adventure and this ends up defining the interesting community of resorts and visitors that have made this island their home and the place they return to year after year.

Koh Jum

FirstImpressions... As I drove to the entrance of the Ao Nang Princeville Resort, I experienced how true my first impressions were upon this lovely boutique Resort and Spa. Here’s where the “First impressions” made its mark. The security officer greeted me with a beaming smile and a “Sawasdee Krap” (hello). He then picked up my bags and ushered me directly towards reception. As it was my first time there he kept pace with me as I slowly walked into this amazing garden-like setting, past a gorgeous custom designed swimming pool and up to the reception area, where again I was greeted with the all familiar Thai smile and ‘hello’. I had yet to be at the resort for more than 2 minutes and was already feeling quite welcomed and comfortable. The receptionist checked me in and then handed me an iPad, informing me that the iPad, known as “iButler” was a courtesy to their guests to use for any assistance or services they may need whilst staying at the resort. I received a brief tutorial on how to use the device and was whisked away to my room. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of the room. I had a beautiful four poster bed and a magnificent bay window that overlooked the swimming pool. I had every intention of getting down to the pool for a dip and to dine in their restaurant that specialized in halal food. I only had a bit of work to do and then I could relax and explore! After a while, I started to feel hungry and considered ordering some room service. IButler to the rescue! I was able to quickly place an order for a delicious meal to be sent directly to my room and at the time that I wanted it delivered. I didn’t even have to pick up the phone to do so. Being a vegetarian, I was able to give specific instructions as to how I would like my ordered prepared. The meal arrived at the exact time that I specified and I even received a message though the iButler, informing me that it would arrive within 10 minutes. After my meal and completing my work, I was finally able to go and explore a bit. I discovered their luxury spa and trendy koffee klatch. I took a moment to enjoy an evening dessert of fried bananas and a banana split (Yes, I over indulged). As I was heading back to my room, at pool side, there was a corporate party taking place. Thailand is famous for their unquenchable love for Karaoke and the guests were singing to their hearts content. I must admit, the thought went through my head, “I’m going to have to listen to Karaoke all night long” Not so. In my room there was not a sound to be heard. I felt as if the resort owners took every little detail in to consideration to make sure that the stay of each individual would be the best that it could possibly be. With this new technology married with old-fashioned hospitality and Thai warmth, the Princeville Resort & Spa is a one-of-a-kind place in Krabi, and well worth a look...

NorthernExposure Blessed with a cooler climate than Bangkok and surrounded by lush mountains, Chiang Mai has long served as the gateway to Thailand’s northern reaches. An influx of Thai artists and Western expatriates has turned this quiet city into a vibrant destination in its own right. Design studios have sprung up in town, fusing traditional Thai with modern twists. Traditional Lanna curries are now paired with wines, croissants and fantastic, trendy eateries. There are areas packed with Art Deco homes, contemporary art galleries, and a good array of nightlife.

Must See & Do Chiang Mai Zoo (Next to the Chiang Mai Arboretum, Huai Kaew Road, on the way to Doi Suthep) A 210-acre wooded land, home to over 7,000 animals in a natural environment. A couple of pandas from Sichuan, China, and four koalas shipped from Australia to mark the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the Throne make this one of the must-visit place for both Thai and foreign visitors.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (15 km from Chiang Mai) This temple, about 3,500 feet above sea level, is an important landmark of Chiang Mai. Built in 1383, its special feature is the 300-step naga stairway leading to the temple. The temple’s golden pagoda contains holy Buddha relics. Chiang Dao Cave (Km. 72 on Route 107) Being part of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain this 10 km. long cave has some Buddha images enshrined. The deep recesses can be explored with local guides and lanterns. Legend claims of years.

Bosang Umbrella Village (9 km on Route 1006 out of Chiang Mai) In this village of cottage industries, visitors can view young women in traditional costumes hand-paint silk and cotton umbrellas in various animal and floral designs. There are also craft shops selling an assortment of northern Thai handicrafts.

Mountain Biking in Chiang Dao The area provides some of the most spectacular bike trails in northern Thailand, where one can enjoy beautiful landscapes and scenes of peaceful small villages and ethnic hill tribes.



Night Bazaar (Chang Khlan Road, outside the city gates) A popular night market that consists of a great number of shops and street vendors, many of whom are hill tribes. On offer is a large variety of Thai and northern Thai goods, especially handicrafts and souvenirs, at attractive prices. A must for shopping-oriented visitors and bargain lovers.

Kum Kantoke (139 Moo 4, Nong Pa Khrang. Phone: 053-304-121) - an authentic Thai restaurant with a Thai folkdance show that entertains diners while waiting for their food.

Sunday Market (Ratchadamoen Rd, inside the city gates) All traffic is halted every Sunday as people flock to this thriving and ever-expanding shopping haven. You won’t have the hassle of cars and motorbikes whizzing by while you search for a bargain amongst numerous sellers and buskers..

Classy Beds Chayayon Boutique Lodge & Spa Discover a distinctive contemporary design tucked away in a friendly local community and a wide range of exclusive Thai health and spa treatments available. Unique airy and spacious rooms, displaying a range of tasteful furnishings and sumptuous contemporary decor. Room rates start at 3.000 baht. Sofitel Riverside Chiang Mai (33 Changklan Rd, near the Ping River) 74 Deluxe and Suite rooms with private balcony and river views. It combines ancient Chiang Mai heritage with modern amenities. Open July 1st. Room rates start at 6.400 baht.

Vieng joom On Teahouse Vieng Joom On (meaning Pink City) Teahouse is indeed a unique, full of character place, a pink building neatly sited by an alluring Ping River. Contemplate the colors of Indian and Oriental antiques while tasting the 50 varieties of high quality tea blends available, assimilating their fragrant scent, kidnapped. An enchantingly mellow place where to while away in bliss. 53 Charoenrat Road, 053 303113,

Nightlife Bubbles (B1, Porn Ping Tower, 46 Charoen Prathet Road) - This would be just another cheesy hotel disco if not for some good DJs and enthusiastic crowds; it’s a packed and fun hotel disco on weekend nights. Cover 100 baht including one drink, open until 2.00 am.

Chiang Mai’s original name is Nopburi Srinakornping Chiang Mai or Veing Ping. King Meang Rai founded the city as a capital of the Lanna Kingdom in 753, during the period of the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom.



Mix and match tours tailored in our private car: jungle trekking, elephant riding, hot springs, river boat cruise, waterfall, temple visit and much more.

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Witholding Tax EXPLAINED What is the Withholding Tax? Withholding Tax is a tax collected by a deduction made on a payment when said payment is made. The payer who will remit it to the Revenue Department on behalf of the payee collects the tax. The tax the payer collect and remit to the Revenue Department on behalf of the payee will become a credit that will apply against the income tax (personal or corporate) due by the payee.

Common WHT deduction rates:

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Royalties Royalties Interest Interest 1% Dividends Dividends Prizes Prizes Software Software Water & Electricity Life Insurance Public Transportation

3% 2% 3% 3% 10%




f you forget to collect the withholding tax when you make a payment to a supplier you might have problems to claim it back

from the supplier. Among other, there is 3% withholding tax on services invoices, 5% on rental invoice (if the payee is a juristic person) and 10% if the payee is a taxable foundation. For example, your company hired a service provider in Thailand and need to pay a service fee of 100,000 THB to said service provider. Now your provider should calculate in its invoice as follows: 100,000 THB +VAT@ 7% (7000 THB of

VAT) = 107,000 THB 100,000 THB – Withholding Tax @ 3% (3000 THB of Withholding Tax) = 97,000 THB Amount your company will have to pay to the service provider: = 97,000 THB (100,000 THB-3% Withholding Tax) + 7,000 THB of VAT = 104,000 THB Amont your company will have to pay to the Revenue Department on behalf of your service provider: = 3,000 THB http//

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Land Ho There can be a lot of confusion and even the odd legal battle from the mind-bending array of terms for land areas in Thailand. It pays to know exactly what you are talking about if you are considering purchasing or building a property of your own here, so here is a table breaking down the Wahs, Ngans and Rais so you can see at a glance what’s what. As a rule of thumb, the Rai - the most common unit of land in purchasing deals - is just under 1/2 acre, or 17,222 sq feet Always make sure that both parties are crystalclear in the amount of land being discussed, especially before any contract is drawn up and signed...


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Love Your Patio

Patios are usually surfaced with brick or stone. If you opt for concrete, consider adding texture and color to imitate stone for a more natural look. Design the patio to be an extension of your home’s architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.

Make it Private

Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.

Be Shady

Even sun worshippers welcome a little shade. You’ll enjoy your deck or patio more if you can provide relief from the sun. Choices for providing shade include mature trees, umbrellas, retractable awnings, or even pergolas and arbors planted with vines.

Define Your Space

A gazebo adds another level of luxury to your outdoor oasis. Whether attached to the deck, set near a pool, or planted in the landscape, a gazebo is an outdoor room in its own right and offers a protected spot for dining, cooking, or relaxing.

Furnish for Comfort & Durability

Wrought iron and cast iron, wrought or cast aluminum, and traditional wood are classic options. New synthetic, weatherproof patio furniture and fabrics are also now available, offering the same style and comfort as anything you would have inside your home.

Cook Out If you grill at least twice a week from spring through fall and if you love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen. You don’t need a fancy grill, but a countertop for food prep and conveniences such as closed storage and a separate side burner will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience. Add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and cleanup even easier.


Solutions 1. Cry all the way to the bank 2. The stakes are high 3. That’s too bad 4. Eyes in the back of my head 5. Miniskirt 6. All in All

The Brain Drain



26. Feel

1. Health farm

29. Classified ____

2. ____ capita

30. Gets up

3. Extreme anger

32. Visible to the

4. Christmas Glitter


5. Gladden

35. Name word

6. Tinter 7. Small arrow 8. Act like 9. Luau garland 10. Munch 11. Payable 17. Sandwich store

ACROSS 1. Ill will 6.Ike’s monogram 9. Guided 12. Jeopardy 13.Sweet potato 14. ____ de toilette 15. Sports locale 16. Learned 18. Frighten 20. Actress Meryl ____

23. Pseudonym 27. Metal spike 28. Tiny speck 31. Not home 32. Classic song 33. Charged particle 34. Lack of secrecy 36. Lions’ homes 37. Coins from Mexico 38. Come out 40. Knife or fork

36. Franklin ____ Roosevelt 39. Imitate 41. Paradise 42. Destitution 43. African antelope

19. Orchard fruit

44. Pull apart

20. Be nosy

45. Raised railroads

21. Brownish gray

47. Co. abbr.

22. Ceremonies

48. Agent Smith’s

24. More frosty


25. Accompanying

49. Historic time

43. Small Bomb 46. Bangor’s Estate 50. Nothing 51. Mild exclamation 52. Not outer 53. Raises 54. Culmination 55. Hot chocolate

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