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MAGAZINE

KRABI Issue #135 March 2018 www.krabi-magazine.com

THINKING OF MOVING TO THAILAND?

SOME SUGGESTIONS

INSIDE

What to do in Thailand’s most beautiful province,

Answers and more,just a page away

DINING TRAVEL ACTIVITIES BEACHES LOCAL


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Once Again, Layana is “Top Hotel in Thailand” Trip Advisor 2018 Awards

For the second consecutive year, and the third time in the past 4 years, Layana Resort & Spa, owned by MBK Hotel & Tourism (MBKHT), has been voted the “Top Hotel in Thailand” in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards! As well, the resort features prominently in a number of specific categories, with the full list of honors being: 1) Top: #1 Top Hotel in Thailand, #11 Top Hotel in Asia 2) Romance: #2 in Thailand, #4 in Asia, #20 in the World 3) Luxury: #1 in Thailand, #8 in Asia, #17 in the World 4) Best Service: #1 in Thailand, #11 in Asia T hese awards are a tremendous honor for Layana Resort & Spa, and we are extremely proud of this superb achievement, a testimony to the efforts of the Layana team whose service levels continuously achieve the highest levels of exceptional service. The TripAdvisor awards are unique in that they are based on the reviews and opinions expressed by millions of travelers around the world, and, thus, we must profusely thank all its incredible guests for their support in sharing their Layana experiences. Stefan Heint Heintze, the outgoing General Manager of Layana Resort & Spa, was absolutely thrilled with the Awards, and said: “This is a wonderful finale to my 7 years at Layana, and I would like to pay tribute, both to our guests who, through their reviews have made this possible, and to the loyal and happy team at the resort who have accompanied me on this incredible journey. As I leave them now for pastures new at MBKHT’s The Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok, I know I am leaving Layana in the capable hands of my successor, Ansgar Schlemmer, and I wish him, and all the staff, continuing success in the times ahead”


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March The world is big, the world is vast, the cultures and languages that cover our planet number in the hundreds. The planet can be a daunting place, and now that your out of your comfort zone and out into the vast unknown we understand your feeling. Should I rub the cute Thai boy’s head? I heard I shouldn’t go into temples in a bikini, right? What side of the road should I drive on? How to I say ‘Thank you’ in Thai? Where should we eat tonight? There are just a handful of the thousands of questions you and hundreds of other visitors in Krabi ask themselves everyday. Thats where we come in, Krabi Magazine is your go-to guide for everything Krabi (and Thai). We try to dispel some of the myths, give you some good recommendations on places to eat, go and play. As well as how to get by with some simple Thai phrases and of course the Do’s and don’ts of Thailand. We are a locally supported magazine so we have our advertisers to thank for being able to bring you the words in these pages, therefore if you visit one of the businesses in our magazine, please let them know you saw them here in the Krabi Magazine. Relax, enjoy your time in the Emerald of the Andaman, and never forget to…….. SMILE

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Contents

KRABI MAGAZINE

March 2018

FEBRUARY FEATURES 16 Thinking of moving? We outline some need-to-know facts when considering buying property in Thailand

28 Detoxing in Krabi? Why you might want to consider doing some detox work when you’re in Krabi

38 Some spiritual help in Bali

LOCAL PULSE 14 Window on Krabi What to do in this amazing little province

20 Koh Hong Why it’s becomming one of the most sought after places in Krabi

26 Krabi activities

HERE TO THERE 12 Dengue fever What to know how to avoid it

46 Shark finning

What to do while you’re in Krabi

Some numbers about this terrible and brutal practice.

34 Ao Nang Dining Guide

62 Tide tables

42 The perfect island hideaway

Our top picks for dining while in Ao Nang

Find the best time to visit our beloved beaches

Koh Jum is closer and bigger than you might have thought.

50 How about a Thai lesson?

66 Koh Lanta activities

Some helpful words and phrases to make your time in Krabi all the better

What to do while you’re on Krabi’s largest island

Thinking of where to spend some quality time, we’re got your palce!

52 What will Koh Lanta evolve into? It’s anyones’ guets but if we look at Phuket as an example of the islands potental then we’d say now is a good time to buy!

58 Vegetarian at it’s finest Why you’ce got to visit this amazing vegetarian restuanrt

70 Unplug in Koh Jum Take a break and step back a few years in time on Koh Jum


Indulge with Full-Body So SPA Package at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

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njoy a day of pampering at So SPA with L’Occitane, a beautifully designed Thai style spa located on the grounds of Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort. The luxurious So SPA package includes a 30-minute Steam Bath followed by a 60-minute Body Scrub, and ending with a 60-minute traditional Thai Massage. Steam baths are known to be very detoxifying, loosening up arteries,

increasing blood flow, and improving the circulatory system, while body scrubs exfoliate and hydrate the skin, leaving it smooth and supple. A 60-minute traditional Thai massage by So SPA’s talented masseur rounds things off, ensuing you leave the spa feeling revived and rejuvenated. Prices start at THB 4,000++ per person, with couple price set at THB 7,000++ and an exclusive offer for a group of 4

people set at THB 12,000++ (with presign upon reservation). Discover your personal spa sanctuary at our award-winning So SPA with L’Occitane.

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DENGUE FEVER: SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND TREATMENT Most people are aware of the most common diseases carried by mosquitos such as Yellow Fever and Malaria. However, many are less familiar with another mosquito born virus, Dengue Fever. It can be found in 128 countries of the world and is most prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical countries and makes an appearance in many more temperate climate countries as well. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that there could be up to 400 million cases of Dengue fever each year and the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that worldwide, there are 22 000 deaths from Dengue Fever, mostly among children. The numbers have increased in recent years due to a better reporting and diagnosis and with the movement of urban populations into rural areas. HOW IS DENGUE FEVER CONTRACTED? The disease itself can only be passed to humans from an infected mosquito. The offending breed of mosquitos are identified by their stripes that are light grey to white. It cannot be passed from human to human but first has to be carried by a mosquito host. WHAT ARE DENGUE FEVER’S SYMPTOMS? The onset of the disease can be very similar to a case of the flu. Symptoms, which usually develop in three to eight days after exposure, are chills, fever up to 104° F, headache, pain upon moving the eyes, loss of appetite, lower backache and pain in the legs and joints. These will subside after a few days and a couple of days later the fever will return and a red, itchy rash can break out all over the body, except the face. Also, the palms of the hand and soles of the feet may turn red and become swollen. WHAT TO DO? If you think you may have been exposed to Dengue Fever and develop these symptoms, you must see a physician immediately. Testing has been perfected and can identify the antibodies in the blood that will occur if the fever is present and a diagnosis can be quickly given. HOW TO TREAT

DENGUE FEVER? Since the dengue fever is a virus, no specific medications or antibiotics have been developed to treat it. With rest and good hydration most people will make a full recovery. However, a severe form of the disease known as Dengue Hemorrhage Fever (DHF) can develop and the infected person can begin bleeding from the gums and in the digestive system along with vomiting and stomach pain. DHF can also get more serious involving the heart and lungs and needing hospitalization. Self-use of no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and aspirin is not recommended as they can promote bleeding and should be administered only under the supervision of a doctor. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or codeine are usually given to relieve pain. Dengue is fatal in less than 1% of the cases. The acute portion of the disease with fever and body pain will usually last about one to two weeks. The period of convalescence and the feeling of weakness may take several weeks to pass.

SO HOW CAN I AVOID DENGUE IN THE FIRST PLACE? Good mosquito hygiene and common sense are your best weapons. When appropriate, wear long sleeves and clothes that will cover the legs. Sleep in mosquito-free spaces, keep windows and doors without screens closed to keep mosquitos out. Use insect repellents that contain DEET, they are effective in repelling mosquitos. Almost all “natural” repellents and vitamin patches will do absolutely nothing to keep mosquitos away. Mosquitos can detect the carbon dioxide exhaled in human breath, they will follow the trail back to you if you stay in one place too long. Also, mosquitos are poor fliers and have difficulty moving where there is wind. You can get some real relief from them on windy days and even sitting in front of the breeze stirred up by a fan can help keep them away. Enjoy your vacation in this beautiful and relaxing tropical location but be aware that trouble can come from small things in these wonderful places. Use common sense and avoid those irritating little mosquitos as much as possible. Be aware of Dengue Fever’s symptoms and seek for medical help if you begin to display them.


Window on Krabi Islands

Parks

KOH PODA This is the iconic island of Krabi and the first and most dramatic one you can see from Ao Nang beach. Hop on a longtail boat - the local wooden boats with their picturesque prow and sail away surrounded by turquoise water.

THA POM NATIONAL PARK Thapom is a simple local national park, not the easiest to access, but certainly worth the trip. Just outside Ao Nang, Thapom is a place where salty seawater and freshwater from the mountains mix perfectly creating an observable stratified layer, where both sea fish and freshwater fish live separately but together. Close to Ao Thalane Bay, Thapom is a 30 minute drive from Ao Nang.

CHICKEN ISLAND This should be next on your list as it is right next to Koh Poda. From the right angle when passing Chicken Island (Koh Gai) you can catch a glimpse of a chicken’s neck and head, some would argue more like that of a turkey but it’s up to you. The second island, Koh Tub, is connected to Chicken Island by a sandy isthmus and people can walk from one to another at low tide. KOH HONG This island archipelago demands everyone’s attention as it is one of the highlights of Krabi Province. The Archipelago, a group of limestone islands with many hidden caves and lagoons makes it perfect for snorkeling and exploring. Make sure you visit Lading and Pakbia islands before Koh Hong as they are much less visited and sport a blend of both lush jungle and tropical waters. Koh hong is usually crowded until 3pm so we recommend visiting other Lading and Pakbia in the morning, then going to Koh Hong after the crowds have started to leave. KOH PHI PHI Private bays, limestone cliffs, waters rich in marine life and caves where swallow’s birds nests are harvested are all here on the island that Leonardo Di Caprio once rolled his hot bod in while filming ‘The Beach’ at the now iconic Maya Bay. KOH JUM & KOH SIBOYA Both are unspoiled tropical hide-aways that have a unique atmosphere. Tune in to the slow culture here, imbibe the peace and recharge your batteries with the soundtrack of lapping waves.

KHAO PHANOM BENCHA NATIONAL PARK At 20 km from Krabi Town, the Khao Phanom Bencha national park 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 it’s name. One of the features of the park is Huay Thoi Waterfall where water runs down onto several huge pools. TARNBOK KHORANEE NATIONAL PARK Located in the north of the province, Tarnbok Khoranee national park is made up of limestone mountains, verdant tropical forest, caves and beautiful islands. It is well known kayaking explorers as there are a number of tributaries curving into a number of small caves boasting ancient cave paintings. SA MORAKOT, THE EMERALD POOL Truly a natural wonder of Krabi: a pond of turquoise water with an average temperature of 30-40°C fed by a hot spring in the middle of the jungle in Klong Thom district, 70 kilometers from Ao Nang. HOT SPRINGS Situated in Klong Thom district, These natural hot springs are natures jacuzzis. They melt away tensions, relieve the body and mind with the fresh spring water running over mineral enriched limestone rocks.

KOH LANTA The developing island at the southern end of the province known for its prime sunset views, heaps of activities and glimpses into sea gypsy life. Koh Lanta is also a National Park that comprises many local islands surrounded by coral reefs, such as Koh Ngai, Koh Mook and the remote Koh Rok.

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Reminder When visiting many of the national parks in Krabi there is often an entrance fee which you need to pay by cash at the time of entrance. This fee can vary but it is always between 90thb - 400thb per person. If you do book a tour through a local operator, please make sure to check with them prior to departing as to whether or not the tour price includes this national park fee.

Beaches AO NANG BEACH: At 20 km from Krabi Town Ao Nang Beach is the most developed of Krabi’s many beaches. Ao Nang Beach is famous for it’s white sand beaches and large limestones karsts towering over the eastern edges. All of your accommodation, shopping and service needs can be found here. It is the hub from which to plan your trip to sea as well as to any number of the nearby islands. NOPPHARAT THARA BEACH Just around the corner from Ao Nang, yet still undeveloped with only a few resorts, bars and restaurants, Noppharat Thara beach offers a bit more “local” feel than it’s sister Ao Nang. Attractive because of its natural setting, this is where local youngsters and families gather during sunset and on weekends. Savor some local Muslim snacks at the beach stalls, or fill yourself with seafood in the local restaurants at the end of the beach neat the Noppharat Thara National park headquarters. At low tide, walk out together with millions of small crabs on the sandy pathways to a small island on the western edge of the beach. KLONG MUANG BEACH A further 20 km away from Ao Nang Klong Muang is the up-market side of Krabi, the place to be if you are after a peaceful and hassle free holiday. Catering to families and couples, it is here that you really get that well deserved repose, surrounded by pristine nature.

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TUBKAEK BEACH Next to Klong Muang Beach, Tub Keak beach is another place to just get away; long, clean and powerful, the area boasts breathtaking views over the Koh Hong archipelago and provides for wonderfully charming sunsets. From Tubkeak beach you can venture inside the National Park and try the nature trail “Naga trek” to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Krabi. RAILAY AND TONSAI BEACHES Are split and separated from Ao Nang by a limestone mountain range. Railay has two sides, east and west, and its settings are simply marvelous: crystal clear waters, pure sandy beaches, lush mountains and rocky islands emerging from the sea. Both beaches are known all over the world for their famous climbing routes. They can only be reached by boat, a 15 minute 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 or ‘deep water solo’ cliff jumping into the sea, hike the limestone trail to a lagoon or the viewpoint or simply chill out and watch the day pass you by. KOH LANTA BEACHES Koh Lanta has a wide selection of resorts for all tastes and pockets. Koh 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.

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So you want to buy some land and build your dream home here in

Thailand ? You might have heard some rumours about the processes available to foreigners and are a little bit confused. We’re going to try and clear up the process and make it all the simpler for you because the process is really not that difficult.

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First off, lets start with the basics, land ownership. According to Thai Law, foreign nationals are not allowed to own outright a piece of land anywhere in the kingdom of Thailand. This is true, you cannot directly have the title deed (chanote) in your name if you are a foreigner, but you can still retain rights over the land, this is where things get interesting. As a foreign national and in an effort to drive foreign business Thailand has allowed for foreigners to open businesses in their names which will give them more opportunities to work and contribute to the Thai economy, this practice has been going on for decades now, this is no surprise, what is interesting and essential to know is how your company can be used. Your company is a means for foreigners to work and create wealth for themselves and their community, but as any company there

are certain rights open the these companies, the rights we’re talking about are simply asset ownership. Under Thai Law a company is allowed to have land assets under its propriety as long as the the majority of the company shares are in Thai hands. This means that as long as 51% of the shares in your company are owned by Thai people then there is no worry about land ownership. Now you might be wondering, well if 51% of the shares of my company are in the hands of Thai people, then I do not have any rights over decisions and company policies anyways. This might make you nervous, but when you start a new company there is a grace period during which all papers and documents are organised for the company and and taxes are lined up accordingly, after this period (between 3-6 months) as the company owner you can transition yourself to the Managing Director with full signatory

powers over company decisions. This process is normal and almost all previous foreign owned companies have gone through this process before to offer their foreign owners full transparency and security in the eyes of the government. After you secure the land under your company name it’s all yours to do with as you like. There are a number of building restrictions to take into consideration when creating that dream home you’re always wanted but the regulation in Thailand is far less than what Western countries experience. So don’t worry get in touch with a builder and start you’re journey to building the dream home you’ve always wanted. If you have any further questions on company formation or taxation we recommended you contact Krabi Visa at: www.Krabivisa.com

LAND FOR SALE

For those of you looking for that plot of land to build your dream home on, or maybe a resort or small development this could be the right place for you. Situated between Ao nang and Krabitown this land sports stunning mountatin views in a traquil setting offering guests complete privacy yet still having quick and easy access to the main road with 22.5 meters of road frontage. 2 Rai (3,200Sq. meters) with Chanote title deed. The land is ready to build on, it only needs a new owner with some inspiration and ideas. Price: 9M THB Contact: 085 787 7106 (Thai) 082 800 3944 (English) 18

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HEROIC FITNESS CLUB 1,500 THB\MONTH

HEROIC FITNESS CLUB RECEPTION NO: 075-661333 EMAIL ADDRESS : INFO@HEROICFITNESSCLUB.COM TEAM LEADER : RICARDO 090 950 1498 LOCATION: BEHIND NAGAPURA RESORT 109 MOO 3, AONANG SUBDISTRICT, MUANG DISTRICT, KRABI PROVINCE 81000 THAILAND

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HONG ISLAND

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Belonging to the National Marine Park, the four islands of the Koh Hong Archipelago are set against the spectacular backdrop of Phang Nga Bay with its rocky outcrops. The small group of tropical islands is considered as one of the most beautiful of Krabi Province. The Andaman Sea is dotted with hundreds of small limestone islands, called karsts, of various sizes. making them really quite unique. The karsts have been formed over millions of years as softer rock around the limestone is eroded creating gigantic pillars of stone. When you arrive, you will be dropped at the Hong Island artificial pier before the boats tie up. After paying the National Park Fee, it is a just a small walk down the floating pier onto the beach. If you walk a bit further along, you get to a beautiful sheltered cove with a white sandy beach called Pelay. A perfect spot to snorkel and there is always a good variety of small colorful fish. The beach is lined by trees providing plenty of shady places to sit back and marvel at the view. The beach is protected on three sides by rock cliffs, just a narrow entrance to the open sea which makes it a perfect place for beginners snorkeling just by standing in the water to get a glimpse of the underwater world. The archipelago is about 45 minutes by longtail boat from Ao Nang or 25 minutes by speedboat. Here no one is trying to sell you anything, just a lone lifeguard stationed at a desk which is a rare thing in Southeast Asia! It truly is a little piece of paradise that is genuinely relaxing. Koh Hong is also just a day trip rather than an overnight destination. Its National Park status thankfully means there can be no development, no resorts and certainly no private beaches on the islands. Hong is the Thai word for ‘room’, so literally translated, it means Room Island. There is a very good reason for this as right as its center is a lagoon completely surrounded by cliffs. The entrance to the lagoon is quite narrow making the whole experience quite spectacular. The longtail and speedboats pass right into the lagoon where the water is at about waist height at low tide

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and perfectly calm. It is surrounded by mangroves with their incredible root systems. So once you are there you have only one mission, to kayak around to the back of the island and find your way into the ‘‘room’’ – a secret lagoon. You just have to paddle past the island’s majestic cliffs and duck through a low-hanging arch before nosing your way into the lagoon via a passageway that would be easy to miss if you weren’t looking for it. The Islands that make up the Hong Islands are: Hong Island Lagoon, an amazing lake with tree covered cliffs climbing up all around that you can reach by boat right into the very heart of the island. Hong Island Bay (Pelay beach), a beautiful beach with white sand, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The bay is sheltered from the sea meaning the water is very calm and clear with good visibility for snorkeling. Lading Island, traditionally this was a place where the locals came to collect the valuable vital ingredient for bird’s nest soup. Now, it is one of Krabi’s most amazing sights. There is a small beach but the stop there is more about the amazing rock formations and caves which you can see. Pakbia Island is a labyrinth of caves eroded into the cliffs by the sea. There is a small but very nice beach on Pakbia. On one side of the island there is a rocky section in the beach shallows which is another great place for snorkeling and getting to see some fish. On the side with the boats parking, there is a longish beach trees with along the edge. This is also a great place to lie back and relax and ideal for kids who want to play. Daeng Island is famous for its coral reef which, at low tide, can be seen clearly from the surface. This island is about half way between Ao Nang and Hong Islands. The island does not have a beach but as long as the waves are not too big it is a great place for snorkeling off the boat.

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Train Muay Thai boxing while in paradise at Holiday Inn Resort Ao Nang

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K R A B I THAI COOKING CLASS AT AO NANG THAI COOKERY SCHOOL

FISHING AT EXOTIC FISHING THAILAND

SCUBA DIVING AND SNORKELING AT AQUA VISION

If you want to take home some techniques of the famous thai cuisine you must stop off at Ao Nang Thai Cookery School, opened since 2001.

Looking to hook massive fresh water species? Then look no further than Exotic Fishing Thailand situated in beautiful Phang Nga. You will find more than sixty species such as Jau Catfish, Vundu Catfish, Piraiba Catfish, Goonch, Chinese Black Carp, Yellow Cheek Carp, and dozens of others. Exotic Fishing Thailand offers a special stocking program to ensure that their fishing only gets better and more interesting. 

With Krabi being host to over 100 islands, it’s makes perfect sense for you to venture out and see some of the nooks and crannies which this beautiful province is home to.

Learn how to cook Royal Thai Cuisine with experienced chefs who will take you step by step through each recipe with the exotic herbs and spices that make Thai cuisine one of the world’s culinary delights. One of the main instructor SOW, whom has 10 years cooking and culinary experience in some of Thailand’s five star hotel and restaurants. At Ao Nang Thai Cookery School, you will be able to learn by choosing your own dishes to cook. Back home, impress your friends with green Thai curry fragrant soups or stir fried chicken with cashew nuts, spring rolls, chicken satay, pad thai and many more recipes.  When the cooking is all over you can sit and enjoy all of your hard work. Ao Nang Thai Cookery School is just the thing you need when you want a break from the beach and discover the authentic thai culture.

The lake is over 25 rai (nearly 10 acres) and is one of the largest fisheries in southern Thailand.  At Exotic Fishing Thailand, they offer fishing packages for all levels. Most of clients stay for a few days to have the chance to catch as many species of fish as possible. You will not be disappointed with the huge variety of fish stocked in this beautiful pond. It is also possible to enjoy a nice and reasonable priced meal or a real Thai cooking class at the Mountain View Restaurant.

Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Phone number: (+66) 088-379-9377 www.exoticfishingthailand.com

The Andaman sea is home to a range of creatures, from the illusive nudibranchs to the streamlined white tipped and black tipped reef sharks. There are even sightings of whale sharks which occasionally carouse the waters. It’s not just that, there are thousands of parrot fish, schooling travelies, clown fish and territorial damselfish. All that is just below the waves and waiting for you to visit. Aquavision is one of the first dive companies in Ao nang, they pride themselves of their attention to detail and safety protocol, rest assured when you’re diving with Aquavision.

Phone number : +66 (0) 75 637 394 www.Aqua-vision.net

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AC T I V I T I E S HORSEBACK RIDING AT KRABI NATURE HORSE RIDING

GET YOUR FLEX ON AT MARINA YOGA

ENJOY A UNIQUE SHOW AT BLUE DRAGON CABARET

Have you ever dreamed of  a romantic horse rides  on the beach with the one you love ? Have you ever dreamed of escaping your busy lifestyle to a relaxing holiday with your family or friends ? Then Krabi Nature Horse riding is the place for you.

Take a break from the beach and try another way to enjoy your holidays. Marina yoga offers a systemic and flexible approach to yoga that will suit anyones needs. At Marina yoga, it’s not about pushing yourself, it’s about finding your center through the guidance of the caring and professional teachers.

Blue Dragon Cabaret Show gives you one of the warmest welcomes you can find in the land of smiles and does so in many different languages. Thailand is well known for ladyboys and Blue Dragon shows them doing what they love the most: dressing up and performing. Some of these ‘ladies’ have features that would make women jealous. The performers are keen to entertain and put on a good show and the best way to enjoy it is to don your imaginary feather boa and embrace their world of glitz, glamour and over-the-top drama.

Khun Pan, the owner, will help you explore and discover Krabi by horse riding along the white sandy beaches and thai countryside, and even swimming with horses by high tide. You just have to choose between a one hour trek, a two hours trek, a half day trip or a whole day trip. Krabi Nature Horse riding offers a variety of horse riding activities suitable for all the levels. The horses are selected to match with wide range of your riding skills to ensure that you will enjoy your ride.

Open everyday 8.30am-4.30pm Phone number : 075 662 305 / 0810 085 9627

Marina yoga classes integrate the use of many different postures (Asana), breathing (Pranayama), relaxiation (Shavasana), and meditation (Dhana) to relieve pain, prevent injuries and promore general well being. Yoga practice is the best way to tone your muscles, get you in shape fast while developing you from the inside out, this is done by putting a strong focus on awareness and control during all classes. The incorporation of mind and body helps reduce both physical and mental stress. Yoga can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, strength or flexability. At Marina yoga, no more aches and pains, through increased oxygem flow throughout the body you will actually gain energy as opposed to loosing it and end every class feeling reinvegorated and fresh again.

Phone number : +66 (0) 94-320-5335 www.marinayoga.com/

If you want to enjoy an amazing show with beautiful costumes, fun dancing, great lip syncing, the Blue Dragon Cabaret show is a must see with very professional Lady Boys. Blue Dragon is the first cabaret show in Krabi, very entertaining to watch, located in Ao Nang’s Center Point on the third floor. Three shows are scheduled every nights, at 8 pm, 9.30 pm and 11 pm and each one of them lasts one hour. If you go before and between the shows you may have the chance to take photos with the transgender performers trying to bring in more customers by parading on the sidewalk.

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Retreat in Krabi, Thailand Detox while you enjoy the fresh sea breeze, delicious food and wonderful Thai culture‌.


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here do I start? This is one of the first questions asked when it comes to deciding to do a Detox Retreat. There are so many things to consider when making a choice as to what type of retreat is going to best suit your needs. There are so many factors to consider and it is wise to ensure that you find a detox environment that is going to be the best fit for you. If you are going to invest your hard earned money on a Wellness Holiday then you want to do a little bit of research to find the place that is best for you. Without further ado we are going to offer you some things to consider when planning the perfect Detox.

Questions I should ask when considering a Detox Program

What am I wanting to achieve from the Detox Program? Firstly, there are many different types of Detox Programs offered throughout the globe and they can be very different in by the modalities offered. You will want to narrow down your desired outcome.

• Weight loss • R&R

• Increase in energy and stamina

• Spa and pampering

• Education and counseling

• Introduction to Health and Personal Well-being

• Fitness and healthful eating

• Spiritual guidance

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Where do I want to experience my Detox Program? Where you choose to go is as equally important as what you want to achieve. Your environment will have an influence on how quickly you allow yourself to unwind and begin to flow with the program. You may feel the need to have a more guided experience and hand holding. Or you may want to get lost in the crowd of health and fitness nuts. Too, your financial situation will effect whether you go to a high end spa facility or you fly to another country to experience detox as well as a new culture.

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Do I want a Set or Customized Program? This is also important for you to consider as you narrow down your choice. Different programs may provide a variety of services and you will want to ensure that you are posturing yourself for an amazing experience.

• Water or Juice fast

• Plant based meals

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• Detox with the aid of natural herbs and supplements

• Fitness Detox

• Yoga, Tai Chi and soft flowing exercise programs

• Added services and special excursions

Do I want to focus on both mind, body and spirit?

This can be a sensitive question to answer because you might feel exposed and somewhat vulnerable. However, it may be the exact thing you might want to at least consider. You can always say “No” once you’ve been introduced to some of the more internal or eternal perspectives. Either way this will be an opportunity to reset your emotional switch and gain perspective for what matters most to you.

• Raw food course

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• Meal planning and Nutrient Intake Customization We’ve helped hundreds of people reach their Detox and Wellness goals throughout the years. Instead of having you do all the research we thought it best to give you a head start in finding a Detox Program that is going to meet you right at your personal point of need. We’re here to be a part of your Wellness journey. Available to customize an experience of a lifetime and for a lifetime. Contact: Get Juiced for Life www.getjuicedforlife.com

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Bouganville Pizzeria I Pure Italian 723 Moo 2 Soi 9 Ao Nang Krabi

Bouganville also offers a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options for the more health conscious tourists and locals. All dishes are prepared fresh daily with all natural ingredients imported directly from Italy.

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Govinda’s Restaurant I Vegetarian food 115/1 Moo 3, Ao Nang, Krabi

Looking for high quality vegetarian or vegan food? Well you’ve found the best there is in town, managed and owned by a groupod of devote vegans Govinda’s serves freshly made sandwiches, cakes, lasagna Falafel and much more. Come down fora visiti and you’ll leave happy.

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A festival unlink any other happening in April right in our own backyard. Here are some details about the festival and why you might want to consider attending it in April this year

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BALISPIRIT FESTIVAL CONTINUES TO SUPPORT CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION: FOR ATTENDEES, COMMUNITIES AND BALI BaliSpirit Festival is one of South East Asia’s biggest and longest annual yoga, dance and music festivals. The goal of the BaliSpirit Festival is to awaken and nourish each individual’s potential for positive change within, leading to a greater positive change in our homes, in our communities and around the world. BaliSpirit Festival is a non profit event and operates 3 year-round outreach programs: AYO! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS (HIV & AIDS awareness and education program for schools in Indonesia) Bali Conference (A music and arts education and community program) and Bali ReGreen (A bamboo reforestation program in impoverished areas in Bali). The next BaliSpirit Festival will be the 11th edition and will take place in Ubud, Bali from April 2-8 2018. There is a new format for 2018: 6 days of full programming including yoga, dance, meditation and breathwork workshops and 7 nights of night music concerts, all taking place at Bhanuswari Resort, Ubud. WHY TRAVEL TO UBUD, BALI FOR YOGA? Bali and particularly Ubud, is one of the leading destinations for yoga, healing and wellness. More and more people are visiting Bali as a destination to pursue yoga and meditation, and to journey into self-discovery. Yogis flock to Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub to immerse themselves into the plethora of yoga and healing centers, temples, the spirituality and rich culture of the Balinese, healthy vegetarian and vegan restaurants and breathtaking scenery. Ubud is a small but busy town that provides plenty to see and do, as well as a tranquil environment for reflection, spiritual realization and for travelers to take their yoga practice to the next level.

“As we move into our 11th year, we’re happy to announce that BaliSpirit Festival’s day-time and night-time events will finally be unified in the same venue! We aim to create a seamless experience with less travel between locations and more time to relax and enjoy the good vibes and great music” – Rob Weber, BaliSpirit Festival Musical Director and CoFounder 40

THE BALISPIRIT FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE What makes BaliSpirit Festival unique is the diverse West meets East cultural fusion across the festival programming and venue. Attendees experience Balinese culture, spirituality and mesmerizing nature, the perfect setting for attendees to evolve, connect to each other and be creatively inspired. The feeling of community and practice of karma yoga and giving back is strongly felt at BaliSpirit Festival. Over USD $100,000 has been raised by BaliSpirit Festival for its annual outreach programs and partner charities which includes environmental conservation, multi-cultural and performing arts education, healthcare and HIV & AIDS awareness. The scenery and overall environment of Bali makes it a perfect destination for attendees to deepen their understanding and transform their yoga practice and way of living, whilst knowing their actions are making a difference in giving back to Bali and Balinese communities.

“Our commitment to the environment and the people of Bali is not just in our message, but in our action as well” – I Made Gunarta, Festival CoFounder and Cultural Liaison Over the last 10 years, BaliSpirit Festival has continued to grow and now attracts approximately 7000 people from over 50 different countries each year to Ubud, Bali. Past BaliSpirit Festival attendees have described their experience as ‘life changing’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘inspirational’. BaliSpirit Festival attendees connect to themselves and each other through yoga, meditation, movement and breathwork in a safe community of likeminded people. BaliSpirit Festival provides transformational and spiritually enhancing experiences for attendee’s year after year.

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BALISPIRIT FESTIVAL FORMAT There are over 200 workshops in yoga, healing, personal development seminars, music, dance throughout the week and a range of different tickets to choose, from 1-day Spirit Pass to the all inclusive weekly Abundance Pass. Yoga styles include: Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Acro, Hatha, Power, Children’s Yoga, Laughter Yoga and many more… Monday April 2nd – Special events and the opening party Tuesday April 3rd through Saturday April 7th: Daytime programming of yoga, meditation, dance, seminars and breathwork workshops between 7am and 6pm. Followed by Bhakti night music performances until 10pm. Sunday April 8th: Community day (for kids and family) followed by the magical closing party.

PRESENTERS AT BALISPIRIT FESTIVAL 2018

“The unifying principle is simple: BaliSpirit’s artists are inspired by a higher power and transmit that love through their music. Expect uplifting, inspiring concerts charged with love and positivity” – Rob Weber, BaliSpirit Festival Musical Director

To learn more and book tickets:

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BaliSpirit Festival attracts a large number of world-class yoga teachers, healers, breathwork and movement facilitators from all over the globe to share their knowledge and practice. Full daytime line-up will be released soon, the current line-up for BaliSpirit Festival 2018 can be found here. CONFIRMED HEADLINERS FOR BALISPIRIT FESTIVAL 2018: Dana Trixie Flynn (Laughing Lotus Yoga Founder), Janet Stone, Danny Paradise, Tymi Howard, Duncan Wong, Petros Haffenrichter and over 50 more MUSICIANS AT BALISPIRIT FESTIVAL Our music line-up will feature established conscious-festival headliners, authentic world music masters, and up-and-coming underground artists. Headline musicians for Bhakti night concerts will be revealed soon.

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An idyllic island for a

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Koh Jum (aka “Ko Pu”), a relatively unknown tropical island paradise in the Andaman Sea only thirty minutes by boat from Krabi mainland. The island with its great beaches and ultra relaxing atmosphere has been mostly left untouched and has few visitors, which makes it an idyllic island for a hideaway holiday. The northern part of the island is locally known as “Ko Pu” whilst the southern part, and the actual name of the island itself, is called Koh Jum. Although some consider the

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island remote it really is not. Koh Jum is easily accessible from Krabi and there are daily long-tail taxi boats going to and from to the main land Krabi. Whilst neighboring Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi have been invaded by mass-tourism, Koh Jum’s local communities managed to preserve the island, its culture and its natural surroundings. Koh Jum is really the last great place for those seeking what Thai beach life was all about several decades ago. Koh Jum’s coast is dotted with colorful long

tail boats which are still used for fishing. Three small villages thrive mostly on fishing but there are a few places that have setup great little hang-outs to welcome travelers that visit. There are great little places around the island to meet people although quite a few places do close down during the rainy season. Koh Jum Beach Villas and a handful of other places remain open however because despite term “rainy season” the weather is often still very pleasant. Also, the lush forests thrive during

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A luxury eco chic beach villa hideout

the evening or late night showers. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed either as the lush and dense forests on the northern part of the island are truly fantastic and full of wildlife. Guests may explore the forest with the help of experienced guides. Around the island are lush mangrove forests which protect the beautiful beaches and its animal kingdom. The coral sand on the beaches, it’s clear and clean aquamarine water and of course the amazing sunsets with Phi Phi in the background assure visitors to Koh Jum to have a great time. Koh Jum is located very close to the Phi Phi National

Marine Park and surrounded by stunning reefs it makes it a great place for diving and snorkeling. Believe it or not, even with lots of visitors to Phi Phi or Koh Lanta there are still quiet places around and the dive school on Koh Jum, knows exactly where to take you for quiet snorkeling or diving if so desired. The really great thing about Koh Jum itself is that its away from busy tourist destinations. Here one can often wander around the island or even go island hopping without ever meeting another traveler. Having a stroll on the wide golden sandy beaches quite often means that you won’t see anybody else.

ABOUT KOH JUM BEACH VILLAS Set amidst the jungle and lush tropical gardens of Koh Jum, Krabi, Thailand, Koh Jum Beach Villas is a hidden gem where nature, relaxation and luxury combine. Our boutique resort offers twenty individually designed villas, several with private pools, to relax and unwind, with great sunset views into the Phi Phi National Marine Park. Our bespoke villas, ranging from one bedroom up to five, are inspired by local culture, featuring elegant art and antiques within each of the spacious rooms and gardens - a sanctuary where guests can indulge in serenity, privacy and personalized Asian hospitality while surrounded by nature. Koh Jum is centrally located in Krabi while just only one hour away from Krabi International Airport, so ideal for exploring Krabi’s amazing natural beauty, nearby islands or exploring one of Thailand’s last great places - Koh Jum itself. You could also just lie by your private pool and read a book (or write one) – the choice is yours!

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A story of how this quiet island shows positive signs of large expansion in the coming years.

Located to the south of Krabi, Koh Lanta has been steadily changing over the last fifteen years.

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n almost identical island to the world famous and well respected Phuket in terms of the quality and the number of beaches. Koh Lanta has been a part of the local tourist scene in Thailand for the past 15 years when the first primitive beachside bungalows began popping up, followed soon after by larger and more luxurious resorts being built. The Island has since been a hot bed for tourism and shows no signs of stopping. The somewhat remote and isolated feeling one used to get when coming to Koh Lanta has since changed some two years ago when the first bridge connecting Koh Lanta Yai to Koh Lanta Noi was built. The second bridge which will connect the mainland to Koh Lanta Noi is scheduled to begin construction in 2020 and plans to be completed sometime in 2024. If we use Phuket as a shining example of what potential Koh Lanta has for future development, we can see striking similarities. Both islands share perfect western facing beaches. The islands shape, geography, weather. The crystal clear water and soothing temperatures of the water lapping at the islands shores, similar sunset views make Koh lanta an ideal place for anyones holiday. Proximity to international airports is also of paramount importance. In the near future, Koh Lanta has plans to expand it’s infrastructure further by building a second bridge over the second waterway. Even before the 2024 watershed date, Koh Lanta is seeing a massive surge in growth and development. Phuket was transformed from a small sleepy island some 40 years ago to the massive tourist hub that we see today, taking in nearly 10,000,000 tourists annually. Koh Lanta has all of the ingredients to become a secondary major tourist hub for the region. WE can be assured that Phuket’s little sister will transform into a powerhouse of development in terms of sustainable tourism, housing growth and business opportunities in the very near future. There is one added bonus that Koh Lanta has been gifted with and that which Phuket is lacking, the perfectly clear waters as well as the unpolluted beaches.

Phuket

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It is an undeniable sign that there is much more to come...... This growth has come with mixed reactions from the local Koh Lanta community, and given that

Koh Lanta has up until recently been a hidden gem, the new phenomenon of self-imploding unregulated development has prompted the local government to implement many sensible changes. Due to the large number of hotels, guest houses and other forms of developments springing up like fast growing bamboo, the government of Koh Lanta has temporarily put a moratorium on all new large scale developments being implemented on the island for a period of a maximum of 5

Koh Lanta, an island of more than 40 kilometers in length and 15 kilometers in width has a population of just over 30,000 full time local residents. The numbers of visiting tourists to this ‘quiet’ island in 2017 topped 1,000,000 making it the second most visited island in Krabi province after Koh Phi Phi. This surge in tourists coming to Koh Lanta has resulted in a massive growth in the quality of accommodation options, roads, expanding piers and overall general infrastructure development.

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years. This ban was implemented IN 2017, with 4 years remaining on the building hiatuses. The government of Koh Lanta is well aware of global warming issues, with much of this shift due to human activity. The world is a fast changing place. Population shifts, mass migrations, wars, economic and social issues, development in terms of technology and easy cheap air access to new destinations have all contributed towards infrastructure and housing patterns changing at record rates. The housing and infrastructure development is taking more and more of the local land and converting it into human habitable space. This however comes at an unacceptable cost. There is a major issue in the fact that when raw land is converted into roads, or traditional buildings, this directly impacts on the carbon footprint that this brings to the land. The amount of energy that is required, plus the resources it takes to maintain that structure are immense. Traditional concrete buildings are some of the world’s worst contributors to global warming by utilising concrete - an extremely harmful product in terms of carbon emissions - and ultimately global warming.

Green is in!!!!

More and more designers and architects are successfully altering and influencing the way in which we think and the way that they design and construct buildings to impart them with a less damaging impact on their environment. The public is calling out for more and more work in embracing research and development to be carried out on green building, and thereby having a more synergetic sharing of ideals with their environment. A seamless blend of technology and nature to give a more harmonious relationship. This is where we would like to be instrumental in introducing you to Lanta House and Land, an international real estate agency whose prime focus is on the sensible and sustainable development of land throughout Koh Lanta, to pair investors with the right projects to meet their needs whilst at the same time advising

them and guiding them through the current building regulations and restrictions on Koh Lanta. Lanta House and Land has a number of different projects both large and small to fit most developers ideal ‘wish lists’ and budgets. There are a number of world class stunning land plots featuring Western facing sea views of which most are difficult to beat. One of the featured properties currently in the development stages is aptly named ‘The Beach’ located on a 23 rai plot of beach front land on Klong Kong beach. The project manager in charge of the team responsible for overall strategic planning is Nic Koppala. A highly talented and accomplished Swedish building expert, fully qualified in architectural, structural and building engineering. Nic is also the driving force, partner and face of Lanta House and Land. Nic also offers a complete bespoke A - Z turnkey planning, management, design and building service combined with and after sales property management, overseeing such areas such as marketing, rental management and general maintenance. Currently in the planning stages, The Beach is a unique one - of - a - kind eco resort project which

will feature a number of individual private villas for investors to purchase for their own use, as well as providing as income by being entered into the resorts rental inventory, and subsequently expertly managed by the resorts professional branded management team. The resort will be a tipping point for Koh Lanta and will further contribute and drive the islands synergic

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orientation towards the environment. The project as well as a number of other conscientious and environmentally friendly exciting land opportunities can be found on the website for Lanta House and Land. Lanta House and Land is a professional specialist in real estate investing in Koh Lanta. With modern offices based in a prime location on Koh Lanta, as well as international coverage of affiliated property markets and investment opportunities throughout Koh Lanta, Lanta House and Land is your exclusive go - to agent on Koh Lanta. For more information on land ownership, villa purchase, turn key operation, company formation

and all other property services, contact Nic and his professional friendly team at Lanta House and Land, who are all fluent in English, Swedish and Thai.

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Why open a Vegetarian Restaurant in Ao Nang? 59 March I 2018


Well this is the most asked question that we get from people when inquiring about us. And the simple answer is: because there was a need for it. How do we know? Because we ourselves being vegetarians experienced the necessity to have one. And here is where we can tell you about our story and who we are… We are a half Canadian and half Chilean family. Me (Sebastian), and my wife (Lila), got married in Chile in 2005, and then started our journey, going first to Canada and having 3 of our babies: Shyama a girl, then Chandra a boy and Kalavati a girl. Then, when our baby Kalavati was just born, in 2010, we decided to move to India as we wanted to do some studies and live in a Hare Krishna community. Later we had our fourth child, Subal. From India we would come every year on Holydays to Krabi for few weeks. And then was when we had our first experience as vegetarians that there was a need for a vegetarian restaurant in Ao Nang. At that time, we either had to go every day to Krabi town for food or cook in our rooms in a rice cooker. Not the most convenient thing to do as you can imagine. And why not eat some vegetarian option from any restaurant? Well usually for many of us strict vegetarians, eating in a place where they are cooking meat and using non vegetarian sauces is not so appealing, therefore we prefer to eat at a vegetarian place better. Hence, after coming for 5 years every summer to Ao Nang, and hearing from our friends here that there were many people under a

similar difficulty, we decided that we should start something here. Moreover, we already had some experience from before, having a successful restaurant in Chile for 4 years. And that’s how we became determined to the idea of starting a vegetarian restaurant here in Ao Nang. Ok, then the next question is, why be a vegetarian in the first place? Well to be honest there are many reasons why someone would change his/her diet to a vegetarian one, and here I will provide you with some reasons: 1. It makes economic sense: A vegetarian diet is not only good for one’s personal health; it’s also good for any nation’s economy. Five diet-related chronic diseases cost the U.S. economy a staggering $1 trillion each year! This is an estimate of direct medical costs and the indirect

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impact of productivity losses due to illness and premature death associated with chronic heart disease and stroke, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Diet-related diseases are costly and preventable, so the message is clear. Eat healthier now or pay later for increased health care costs. 2. Help end World Hunger: On average, 40% of global grain production is used to feed livestock, although in richer countries the proportion of grain used for animal feed is around 70%. “If all food crops grown globally were fed directly to humans instead of animals, around 70% more food would be added to the world’s supply, which would be enough to feed 4 billion additional people.

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Rather than cycle crops through livestock, that sudden surplus alone would be enough food to feed over half the humans on earth, let alone the 795 million who face hunger every day.” 3. Is good for your Health: Vegetarian diets tend to be naturally lower in saturated fat and cholesterol and have a higher intake of plant nutrients than most meat-based diets. Vegetarians have been shown to have a 24% lower risk of dying of heart disease than non-vegetarians. Also there is evidence that vegetarians tend to have a lower overall rate of cancer compared to the general population. Furthermore, flesh foods can harbour contaminants such as hormones, herbicides and pesticides, and antibiotics. As these toxins are all fat-soluble, they concentrate in the fatty flesh of the animals. Not to mention the viruses, bacteria and parasites such as salmonella, trichinella and other worms, and toxoplasmosis parasites. A 12-year Oxford study published in the British Medical Journal found that vegetarians outlive meat eaters by six years. Plant-based diets are generally rich in fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which in turn strengthens the immune system and slows down the aging process. Additionally, a vegetarian diet can prevent and reverse certain chronic diseases so it makes sense that vegetarians have a longer life span! 4. Have compassion for animals: Animals on today’s factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions. A vegetarian lifestyle awakens our spirit of compassion and guides us towards a kinder, gentler society in which we exercise a moral choice to protect animals—not exploit them. 5. The spiritual reason: For those that are following the spiritual path, a diet is something that reflects your state of awareness, as unnecessary violence is not a helper in the uplifting of our consciousness. Therefore, many saints and renowned philosophers advocate for a vegetarian diet, like: Buddha, Saint Francis of Assisi, Pythagoras, Socrates, Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Einstein, Tesla and many others.

our own sense gratification. And taking care, of our perhaps less intelligent little brothers animals, is our duty as responsible humans. It doesn’t matter from which religion we belong to; this is just simple common sense. God doesn’t like to see humans exploiting animals because they are less intelligent, or cannot communicate their thoughts. And I am certain that there is no religion or spiritual path that would oppose a vegetarian diet. Therefore, a diet free from animal products is the most suitable for a merciful and responsible human being. Finally, I must say that due to the influence of internet, and its overwhelming source of information, more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle, and thus is a growing trend in our modern world. Of course this is a good thing for my business, but more importantly, is a good thing for the whole world, and we invite all of you to try it and discover by yourself the benefits of it, and how it feels to be part of the solution to many of the problems of our current world.

If you’re interested in trying some of this amazing vegetarian food, feeling good while you eat then try out one of these Sebasitan’s restaurants. Govinda’s Restaurant: Hours: Daily 12-3 and 6-9 115 Moo 3, Ao Nang, Muang Krabi 81180 Across the street from Alisea Boutique Hotel 099-363-2158 Govinda’s buffet: Hours: Daily Above the ECHO Bar and Restaurant on Ao Nang street Govinda’s Take Away: Hours:

Since coming to Ao Nang, Sebastian and his family have built 3 vegetarian restaurants Govinda’s cafe located on Klong Heang Road, Govinga’s BUffet located next to Krabi Resort on Ao nang Road and Govinda’s take away on Railay.

Indeed, the concept that God has created this world for our pleasure is erroneous and the source of most of our current problems in the modern world. This world was created for the service of God, and we are part of it, with higher power and therefore higher responsibilities to care for the rest of the creation, or our world. Not to exploit it for

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Whats at the bar?

You’re on holiday so why not try a few while you’re here.

Here are some brain tinglers to get you thinking to sip on over tonights meal.

Old Fashioned:

The origins of the word “cocktail” are lost to history, but the first definition we find in print comes from an 1806 newspaper from upstate New York. A cocktail is called “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters...” Over the course of the 19th century, the cocktail picked up a number of additions and refinements: liqueurs, fortified wines, various bits of garnish, et cetera. Eventually, some drinkers came to prefer a simpler form of cocktail, the type their grandfathers might have enjoyed, and so they’d ask the bartender to make them an “old-fashioned” cocktail, of booze, sugar muddled into water to form a syrup, and bitters. If you want to experience the ur-cocktail, or if you just enjoy deliciousness, the Old Fashioned is the drink for you. Note that the original definition called for spirits of any kind. You can make a tasty Old Fashioned from whiskey, of course, but also from tequila, mezcal, brandy, rum, genever, and to a lesser extent, aquavit or gin. I have even been desperate enough to attempt a vodka old fashioned, but I can’t say I enjoyed it. Stick with more robustly flavored spirits.

Additional drinks to consider any day of the week

Pina Colada:

Daiquri:

Mai Thai:

Cuba Libre:

First made in Puerto Rico back in 1952, with this rum, pineapple and coconut cream cocktail in your hand all you’ll be missing is the sand between your toes. It’s a must have while in Krabi

The lime and sugar in a daiquiri complement the rum and highlight its flavors. The more you sip, the more you can learn about the rum used in your Daiquiri, ask your bar tender what brand they are using as some can be overpowering.

It ain’t every bar that does a Mai Tai correctly; in fact, it’s probably still relatively rare to find one that does, unfortunately, all the more reason to try one at every chance you get.

Created during the SpanishAmerican war, this simple cocktail has taken on many different forms, whiskey and coke and rum coke are a few to name.

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Tide tables for the month of

March

Krabi boasts over Longtail boats can 150 islands to explore be chartered easily above sea or the at any of the major underwater world, beaches in krabi, the they are scattered prics vary you can throughout the always try yout best province and offer at haggling depending many new places to on the season. explore

Sunscreen is a mush when visiting any island or just spending a day out on the water. Don’t let the lack of clouds fool you, UV rays go straight throught them.

Looking to go out for a day in the sun and wondering what time high or low tide is? Well for the month of October we’ve got you covered.

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THE SUNSET ISLAND Koh Lanta is made up of 2 main islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai, Koh Lanta Noi is the smaller and less developed of the two but offers some special adventures for a certain traveler. Koh Lanta Yai is fully loaded with resorts, restaurats, activites such as kayaking, islands hoping, scuba diving companies and more.

Welcome to Koh Lanta

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Saladin is the main township located in the north of Koh Lanta Yai, it is home to the majority of the islands banks, restaurants, cafes and general shopping areas. Saladan is also home to a number of stilted houses and businesses which extend out into the ocean on the Northern most edges of town. Each shop is different in it’s

own right but they all have the same relaxed feeling much of the island is famous for. There are a number of other regions all over the island though and each has it’s one little charm to offer, and truth be told a great way to see the island is to rent a motorbike or car and just go North to South, it’s cheap, fun and offers

numerous opportunities to stop and explore at your own leisure. To the South of Koh Lanta is the famous Lighthouse which features a nature walking trail, 2 beaches and one of the best vantage points for dramatic cliff photography on the island. So what are you waiting for, get going and explore this not so small island. www.krabi-magazine.com www.krabi-magazine.com


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L A N T A Thai cooking classes at Time for Lime

Scuba diving at OK Club Diving Center

Help local animals at Lanta Animal Welfare

If you are looking to learn how to cook authentic

If you want to discover scuba diving and the amazing

Rated on Tripadvisor as the No 1. Thing to do on Koh

Thai food then you must stop by Time For Lime,

underwater world of Koh Lanta with all its great dive

Lanta, Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) is a non-profit

where cooking classes are conducted in an open-air

sites and marine life, Ok Club Diving Center will make

organisation working to relieve the suffering of local

beachfront cookery school kitchen.

your dream comes true.

animals through sterilization, vaccination and medical

This year they will also offer a fun “Cooking &

Ok Club Diving Center is the opportunity to dive with

care.

Cocktail Experience”. Designed for partners or friends.

highly qualified instructors in a very well organised

The rescue center is open daily to visitors who can

The pairs will get equal time in the kitchen as well as in

establishment and learn through a friendly and

tour the facilities and meet the animals. Whether you

the bar learning how to make some of Time for Lime’s

professional approach. The courses and programs are

are interested in taking a dog for a stroll on the beach

best cocktails, tips and tricks in wine pairing.

available in english, german, italian, polish, french and

(some of the dogs love to swim) or are happier cudling

Kiddos and adults can cook together in their Family

russian. The Center offers unique sessions of cave

one of the many affectionate cats, LAW is the place

daytime classes too!

diving, an extreme activity demanding high requirements

where you can get your furry fix while contributing to

Junie started Time for Lime out of a love of food. She

for equipment configuration and reliability, as well as

a worthwile cause.

wanted to give people amazing food experiences on a

divers skills, physical condition and mental strength.

full-time basis. Her passion for food led her to create a well designed and laid-back atmosphere for people. Her

If your wish is to explore some underwater treasures

work is known for its cross-cultural and disciplinary

then opt for safari diving tours and choose between

surprises.

exotic Myanmar, the famous Similan Islands or Komodo

She also founded Lanta Animal Welfare out of a love

Park in Indonesia.

of animals and the profits from Time For Lime goes to LAW.

Phone number : +66 (0) 75 68 4590 / +66 (0) 89 967 5017 www.timeforlime.net

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Phone number : +66 (0) 84 304 4331 www.lantaanimalwelfare.com

Phone number : +66 (0) 88 019 5640 www.okclubthai.com

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AC T I V I T I E S Namaste at Oasis Yoga

Enjoy fire shows at Why Not Bar

Snorkeling and fishing at Lanta Dream & Paradise

Yoga is a great way to take back control over your

Located right on the beach at Kantiang Bay View

Looking to discover the beauty of the Andaman Sea

holistic, mental and emotional health and Oasis Yoga is

Resort, the Why Not Bar host live appearances from

in a friendly and easy going atmosphere then look no

an exceptional place to do so.

popular bands in Thailand and hold beach parties about

further than Lanta Dream & Paradise, a company

once a month. With a live band every night, fireshows

specialized in private snorkeling and fishing trips.

Situated at Klong Dao Beach, Oasis Yoga welcomes

on the beach and great cocktails, there’s a buzz going

Aboard authentic longtail boats with a professional

you to discover restorative health with laid back island

on there every night.

team, Lanta Dream & Paradise offers you unique trips

relaxation and a chill seaside attitude. Whether you

with exclusive itineraries by discovering and exploring

are a seasoned yoga practioner or want to try your

Fire shows at Why Not Bar are some of the best you

the heart of Marine National Parks of Koh Phi Phi,

first practice in a unique atmosphere, Farra Williams, a

will see on the island and are a must see during your

Koh Bamboo and so many more. If you want to cut

certified yoga instructor, is here to help you develop

stay in Koh Lanta. They normally start after 10pm but

off of the world for a short time you can choose a

the tools to take the peace of holistic health home

if you want a good seat in the bar you will need to

camping trip program in Koh Rok and Koh Kradan or

with you.

get there a little earlier. Just sit, relax and enjoy a laid

pass a fishing day on the sea in Koh Haa with Captain

back atmosphere, great vibe and a very entertaining and

Boo.

Phone number : +66 (0) 85 115 4067 www.oasisyoga-lanta.com

welcoming staff.

Phone number : +66 (0) 83 644 1333 www.facebook.com/ WhyNotBarKohLanta

All tours include transfers go and back from your hotel to the boat, Marine National Park entrance fees, snorkeling equipment, Thai buffet, fresh water, fruits, fishing equipment (for the Fishing Trip), camping tents 2/3 people (for the Camping package), life jackets and insurance for passengers. 

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Dining Guide / Koh Lanta

Time for Lime - Thai & Fusion

Tides {Layana Resort & Spa} - Fine Fusion

A small funky place with passion and soul, on the beach front for over 12 yrs. Not only a famous professional Cooking School, but also a place for adults to meet, wine and dine. New additions to the Time for Lime Experience: • Fun 1-hour interactive (that means drinking!) COCKTAIL CLASSES, includes tips and tricks with wine pairing. • Thai-Fusion Tapas plates of the day, fresh ingredients with surprising tastes

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.

72/2 Moo 3, Klong Dao, Saladan

272 Moo 3 Saladan, Phra-Ae Beach, Koh Lanta

The menu quality is matched by an extensive wine list to compliment the food perfectly.

What also makes this place unique is they are the major sponsor of Lanta Animal Welfare. Average price: 250 What to try: The lemongrass or chili Margarita Free WIFI?: Yes Opening Hours: 5.30 - 10.30. Closed Sundays Tel: +66 (0)75 684 590 Website: www.timeforlime.net

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

The Crown Reggae Bar - Thai

The Beach Comber{Lanta Castaway Resort} TexMex & Thai

315 Moo 1, Saladan, Koh lanta A breathtaking sunset environment serving happy hour cocktails, complimentary snacks and sinner nightly. Enjoy your evening sitting beachside in a cabana, a treehouse or on our backdeck. The Reggae Bar features weekly fireshows as well as live music on the rocks. The Reggae bar serves traditional Thai and Western cuisine.

Average price: 490THB for the 6 dish tasting menu What to Try: Mojito and Fajitas Free WiFi?: Yes Opening Hours: 5:30am - midnight Tel: +66 (0)75-626-999 Website: www.crownlanta.com

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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 TEXMEX 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 beachfront deck and in the garden. You’ll also want to enjoy a before and/or after dinner drink at the 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?: Bungalow guests only Opening Hours: Daily from 7am - 9pm Tel: +66 (0)75 684 851 Website: www.lantacastaway.com

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UNPLUG ON K

oh Jum Island is still the quintessential destination in Krabi province if you are looking for authentic Thai village life and development that is still a small footprint.

Geography brought electricity to Koh Jum late in 2009 as the island was in the direct path of the new underwater electric cable connecting Koh Phi Phi to the mainland. So now that Koh Jum is plugged-in, has it lost its reputable character that has attracted intrepid travelers over the past couple of decades?

KOH JUM

We are pleased to report that Koh Jum is still as tranquil and laid back as it always has been. In fact, what is most noticeable are the lack of noisy generators at most of the islands resorts. Folks come to Koh Jum to tune out; the island’s nature and culture dominate the minimal tourist infrastructure. The existing resorts on Koh Jum all have their own family-run character, ranging from the backpackers paradise to luxurious beach villas..... Koh Pu Mountain is the dominant geological feature on the island at over 400 meters. It’s a great hike for the adventurous and a vital refuge of native habitat still harboring Asian Pied Hornbills and Burmese pythons. The three villages; Koh Pu, Ting Rai and Koh Jum are situated on the back side of the island, amongst the mangroves while the resorts are located opposite, facing the open Andaman Sea. This division allows the villagers to remain authentic without a significant tourist infrastructure while the resorts are all located on the beaches. Koh Jum is predominately a large Muslim populated subdistrict of Krabi, home to over 1,500 inhabitants. The locals of these villages engage mostly in fishing, rubber cultivation and the local crafts of cloth weaving and painting or ‘batik’ as it is known as here. While the north is mountainous, the south is comprised of dense jungle, cashew nut trees, rubber plantations, casuarinas and nipa-palms. Since all the resorts face West, there are epic sunsets to be had all along the island. The renowned Koh Jum Lodge is an excellent place to stay for a few days, and has superb views to boot. Access to the island is by longtail taxi boats which leave from the mainland at the port town of Laem Kruat. There is now a songthaew you can take direct from Krabi Town to Laem Kruat. During the high season most visitors come to Koh Jum using the Krabi-Koh Lanta ferry which stops at two locations on Koh Jum, both of which are offshore so local longtail boats will come from the island to pick up passengers. The lack of any deep ports on the island keep the ferry boats out at sea and almost prevent large masses of tourists from 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.

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Getting to Koh Jum can be very simple or a bit of a nightmare, it all depends on how much you know about it. This is where Krabi magazine can help, we recently took the trip to Koh Jum ourselves and have decided to share the adventure with all of our readers. There are 2 ways to get to Koh Jum- by passing ferry or longtail boat. There are ferries that leave from Koh Lanta at 8am and from Krabi at 11am, both ferries stop as they pass alongside Koh Jum and signal to longtail boats to come and pick up visitors to land ashore Koh Jum. Koh Phi Phi also has ferries which leave at 2pm and operate on the same principle as above. The second way to get to Koh Jum is to go to the port town of Laem Kruat, from where you can catch a longtail boat directly to Koh Jum- this was our favorite of the 2 methods of travel. If you are driving, it takes about one hour to get from Ao Nang to Laem Kruat. You just head to Tesco Lotus and then continue until you see the large overhead signs which tell you to turn right for “Koh Jam”. This road will lead to the small locality of Laem Kruat, where you will find a large pier with boats going to Koh Jum. If you don’t have transport of your own, you can always catch a blue and yellow “songthaew” - the local buses that have benches in the back. On the side of the “songthaew” will be written – Krabi, Bus Station, Tesco, Big C, Laem Kruat, they are frequent and easy to spot. These buses will leave from all of these locations at intervals throughout the day and will take you directly to the Laem Kruat pier.

WELL WORTH THE EXPERIENCE

Now, the pier is a bit misleading. We waited at the end of the pier before realizing the longtail taxis were passing us by and docking at the mainland. Then we went back and followed our noses along past the shops until we saw a slipway with goods and people being unloaded. It was the second slipway we needed to get to “Moo Too”, the place on Koh Jum we were being collected from. If you know the name of the pier on Koh Jum you need to get to, just ask anyone in this area and they will direct you to the correct boat. We got on and soon were chugging along through the mangroves with a boat full of happy local Muslim women that looked as they hadn’t changed a bit since 1925. We arrived at Koh Jum just 45 minutes later, paid our 70thb fare and were taken by “taxi” (a battered old pickup truck) through the winding dirt track until we reached our destination resort. Give it a go and you will see a different side of Thailand from years gone by.

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Krabi Magazine March 2018  

Check out the recent issue of Krabi Magazine. Read on about possibly moving to Thailand and buying land, how to speak Thai, where to eat, pl...

Krabi Magazine March 2018  

Check out the recent issue of Krabi Magazine. Read on about possibly moving to Thailand and buying land, how to speak Thai, where to eat, pl...

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