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February 2011 ISSUE 62

NORTHERN TREASURES •TRAVEL•CULTURE•AO NANG•LANTA•LEISURE•NATURE•


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rabi Province is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in a beautiful country. Krabi has it all, from the limestone karsts that characterize the region to world-class beaches, islands, temples, markets, nightlife and shopping, the list is seemingly endless. Gastronomes will find Krabi a sanctuary of fine dining and lovers of the great outdoors will find plenty to keep them occupied - waterfalls, hot springs, national parks, elephant treks are all on offer and Krabi is also one of the world’s premier destinations for rock climbing and scuba diving. The coral reefs of the Andaman Sea are among the world’s best and the Railay Peninsula attracts climbers from all over the world. We are in the peak of the tourist season and Krabi Magazine has a new set of articles to stimulate your reading taste buds. The cover story takes us to the amazing northern province of Ao Luk, on a tailored 2 days trip that took us cycling, trekking and kayaking in some of the most unique natural places in Krabi in the company of a community based ecotourism group. Also in this issue: Our team travelled to a special school in the Khao Lak area to see what is being done to help out kids orphaned by the 2004 tsunami. Getting wedded in Krabi seems to be the latest fashion, and it is no wonder since it is all perfectly organized by veterans Krabi Spesialisten. Read about Krabi Walking street, it is on every weekend in town; about football aficionados Bigfoot Kickers; and about Kuan Yin, one of the most popular deities in Asia. Our men in Koh Lanta have been busy gett ing massaged at Maneelanta, doing retreats at The Retreat, being spoiled with a stay at stunning Alanta villas by Saneh, and watching lots of Swedish TV. Contributor Kate emailed us a nice account on life in charming Koh Lanta. If you are after a property in Krabi, there is so much to read in our real estate section. House renovations and improvements, tips to sell your property, the new Krabi land zoning, analysis of the perfect bedroom, and the building of the death railway. Our ever-popular magazine is being successfully distributed all over Thailand in most Asia Books/Bookazine stores, including at the airports, and Krabi is being given the attention it deserves. This will help tourists plan their trip to our province in advance, it will make Krabi an interesting option for potential visitors to the area, and it will give our sponsors a much wider exposure. It does not end there! Watch out for our extremely popular Krabi 81000 Miniguides that are massively available to visitors to Krabi and Islands, complementing the magazine and helping you with your search for the best eats, nightlife, activities, boats and buses timetables, doctors and banks, events; an endless array of information to make your stay reasonably organized from Kitdee Media & Design. Find the above products in your hotel lounge, in restaurants and pubs, at airports and boat piers or in your favourite local travel agency. Browse them avidly and make use of our local expertise. Look out for our logos, and BEWARE OF IMITATIONS! We hope you find Krabi Magazine inspirational and helpful whether you come to Krabi to eat, drink and relax on the beach or participate in any of the numerous activities on offer here in Thailand. And if you are not in Krabi yet, what are you waiting for? Enjoy the magazine, enjoy our printed products, and above all enjoy your holiday in Krabi!

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A Window on Krabi

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Cover Story

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Paths to Charity

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Agenda

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Highlights of this amazing province: town to temples, beaches to Islands, natural hotspots to cultural places.

A tour into Ao Luk province in the north of Krabi region uncovers a wonderful escape to the tourism trap. Swimming, kayaking, trekking, cycling, it’s all there for you to enjoy it, and in a ‘green way’ PLUS: Factfile: Ao Luk and CBT Geographica: Sand Boils Where to Stay: Raipreda Homestay

Near Khao Lak, the Thai province hard hit from December 2004 tsunami, there is a school that is not just a school. There are several kids, and the place is stunning, but there is a lot more then this!

A wedding is already an unforgettable event in se; if you wish to add up a dream destination to it, talk to Krabi Spesialisten: they will make your wedding day unique.


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Event Management

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Cultural

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In Town

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Sport

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Koh Lanta

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Scandinavian weddings have found a new overseas destination Krabi, bounded by the emerald green and blue seas and lush green mountains.

Commonly known by the Thai-Chinese as Chao Mae Kuan Yin, she is one of the most popular deities throughout Asia.

‘Krabi Walking Street’ or as it’s sometimes known ‘Krabi Weekend Market’ happens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening and draws a crowd of Thai and foreigners.

The Bigfoot Kickers club is about a group of guys, expats and Thais, who live and work in Krabi and who are very passionate about Football. Fancy joining them?

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Get the most out of Koh Lanta. Highlights, maps, reviews and articles: Koh Lanta Highlights: Lanta Features Destination: Love the Koh Lanta Charm Health & Living: Retreats Programs at The Retreat Where to Stay: Alanta Villa in Klong Khon Therapy: Manaeelanta Massage Center Media: STV World Swedish Television

Real Estate

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Purchasing and making real estate investments made simple with Krabi Magazine. Architect Tips: Home Improvements Construction: The Railway of Death Showcased: The Bedroom Know the Law: Building Regulations Property Search: 10 Tips to Sell Your House

Directory

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Media Kit and Businesses listed in the Krabi Magazine


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A window on Krabi

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. 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 which 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.

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NATURAL HOTSPOTS 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. 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 mineralenriched waters falling into rocky ponds.

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 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.

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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. 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 re-charge 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.


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THE TOWN Small, charming, silent at times, nice for a day’s walking tour. 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.

THE TEMPLE Located just 9 km from Krabi Town the Wat Tham Seua, or Tiger Cave Monastery, is one of south Thailand’s most famous and interesting forest temples, as the monks live, meditate and worship within a maze of natural caves in an overgrown jungle valley. Many Thai women live out their oldage there as nuns. Explore the inner cave used by monks for meditation. Climb the 1,237 steps up a limestone tower to see the statue of the Buddha and the “footprint of the Buddha” embedded in the rock, and to enjoy one of the best viewpoints of the area. Take the circular walk through Krabi’s rarest of all features, a pocket of primary lowland forest, a circular rocky basin enclosed by high cliffs. Here, along a pathway used by monks to meditate and amongst a number of magnificent trees you can be amazed in front of the largest flared root base of any tree remaining in Thailand.

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Text by : Thomas Gennaro l Photos by: Nattaphat Sunthornphuriwat

Northern Treasures A tour into Ao Luk province in the north of Krabi region uncovers a wonderful escape to the tourism trap. Swimming, kayaking, trekking, cycling, it’s all there for you to enjoy it, and in a ‘green way’

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t was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to spend a couple of days with Khun Gift and with members of one of the Ao Luk Community Based Tourism, the one at Tham Seua Noi village. We had been out with them to visit Khao Garos Mountain last year in March, and a new exciting adventure was what we expected for this two-days trip.

DAY 1 The center point of Ao Luk district is the Than Bok Khorani National Park that can be reached easily by road from Krabi Town and Ao Nang respectively in about 40 minutes. Upon our arrival at Raipreda Homestay, the resort that would provide our team with accommodation, we were offered traditional snacks like sticky rice and beans on banana leaves, and coffee. We had a chat with affable Khun Gift, whose English is excellent, and her father Khun Uray, one of CBT’s official explorers and discoverers, and chose our mountain bikes for the afternoon activity. Cycling around Tham Seua community was a marvelous experience. We followed our group leaders along a paved road and took a detour on a dirt track to reach Tham Seua Noi cave, inside a broad limestone outcrop. This cave is home to a monastery and meditation centre, the Tham Seua Noi Temple, where a couple of monks were doing their cleaning chores. In the part of the cave behind the nicely decorated big Buddha we walked with torches to a narrow cave with a low ceiling and reached a small underground pond where the air was stale and humid. The guide pointed his torch to the far end of the cave to observe hundreds of bats flying in the hollow cavity not far from us. It was spooky but interesting indeed. We then continued our cycling tour, pedaling through rice fields and rubber and palm oil plantations along hilly tracks, avoiding holes, negotiating steep hills and breaking hard during descents until we reached a dead end where we were made to stop, abandon our bikes and proceed walking. What expected us five minutes later was a show of nature I had never seen in my life. Something resembling a small dried up lake in the midst of forested lowland was surrounded by a man-made platform on stilts that encircled the area. After a closer look, I realized that the pond sand floor was covered by a 1cm layer of water. As we looked on, the guides clapped their hands vigorously,

and at doing so, the sand started bubbling up, releasing water from under the ground. I initially thought this would be a hot spring, but the water was cold. We all had a ball making as much noise as we could and watching the sand bubbling up more and more. Someone stuck a wood stick into the sand, which was immediately pushed out by the sand mass. The guides reassured me these are not quicksand so I leaned on the raised platform and stuck a whole forearm inside the sand, only to feel a mix of sand and water bubbling up around it. No one could explain to me what exactly was causing that (one of the guys told me we were connecting with mother earth’s forces of the underground). The locals were told about this place by the elders, who recommended that nobody steps on the ground there, so there is an aura of mystery and respect surrounding the place they have come to call Nam Pud Prop Mue – or Spluttering Water at Hand Clapping. I promised myself to make a Web search on the subject. The rest of the cycling tour took us to the end of the paved lane, where a river separates the provinces of Krabi and Phan Nga, on the other side. On the way back, the fittest of the team followed the guide to an arduous trek to the base of one of the limestone karsts where, partly hidden by thick jungle, a massive group of caves unveiled itself to us. These caves were recently discovered by a member of the community, and we were practically the first foreigners to explore the area. There was no sign of human passage; we climbed a steep path to reach the cave upper level where, torches lit, we ventured inside darkness. A narrow passage developed into a wide cave with lots of stalactites and stalagmites, alive and dripping in the never-ending process of change inside these unique monoliths where once an ancient civilization lived. I was one of the last to turn back, and got to explore a good kilometer of the cave with one of the guides, passing through areas as narrow as my body, by several little calcified water deposits, before we decided to turn back. The guide told me we could be going for ages inside that maze, and that there was a real danger of loosing the way if we were not over careful to remember the way we had come from. Not an easy task I realized on the way back, since all rocks looked the same, and totally different from what they had looked on the way in.

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We arrived back at Raipreda, dropped the bicycles, showered in the outdoor bathrooms of our bungalows at sunset time, and joined the group for a lovely dinner and to discuss the day after itinerary. Sleep came fast that night, at the sound of cicadas and birds…

DAY 2 The alarm clock went off at 5am. Why are we waking up so early? Where am I? – I wondered. I looked out in the dark from my elevated terrace and saw pick-up trucks getting organized in the parking area below. I remembered where I was, and what we were doing. We were off to another unusual experience. We amassed at the back of one of the pick-up trucks and enjoyed the chill morning air, until we reached the river. At the small pier, we boarded a longtail boat and headed off upriver, only to get off, 10 minutes later, in an unassuming beach siding a foggy mangrove forest that did not look anything special at first glance. The river water was cold when we got off the boat. On the way to the shore, we realized there was something different. The water under our feet was warmer in some places, and warm was also the sand we stepped on. What initially had looked like morning mist were in fact the vapours from hot river water. It was an amazing feeling and we soon learned to step away from areas where the sand was way too hot. There was the real danger of getting seriously burnt as our bodies tended to sink in the hot sand. The guides set tables and chairs and prepared coffee, while the Thai ladies who accompanied us on the trip placed bamboo beds on the riverbed and got ready to give us a therapeutic mud mask. The sun was rising fast and the river water was getting hotter and hotter, boiling in some places where the sand was unbearably hot. The supposed therapeutic qualities of hot sand, in particular black sand, continue to be exploited around the world. Hot spring therapy or hot sand spa is quite popular in Japan and is called Arenation: hot sand is applied, sprinkled upon an individual, or walked on. This hot sand mud can be used as mudpack for a massage or for facials. Once again I was surprised to find this phenomenon here in Ao Luk, since it is normally found in areas that sit right on a volcanic belt, which as far as I knew was not the case for this area. By 7.30 am we were back at Raipreda Homestay where we had just enough time for breakfast before leaving to the last leg of the adventure: paddling a kayak at picturesque Bor Thor, located on the banks of the Bring River, a mangrove lined saltwater river that winds through peaceful countryside until it finally empties into Phang Nga Bay. The best way to explore the maze of mangrove canals is by kayak, with the karst scenery that the area is so famous for providing the caves we would paddle to – or through: Tam Lod Nua, the ‘cave passing through’; Tam Lod Thai, a cave that winds its way past beautiful stalactites and leads to a stunning lagoon known as Tham Khao Wong; and Tham Pee Hua Toh or ‘Big Head Ghost Cave’, a huge chamber accessible only on foot where various paintings or pictoglyphs on the cave walls from a civilization that lived here 3,000 years ago offer a fascinating glimpse into Krabi’s rich cultural past. We ended our tour with a lovely Thai lunch and a chat to Khun Gift to gather information about CBT and Raipreeda, as well as to recap all the activities done in the short span of two days. Amazing Ao Luk, we are surely bound to be back every year for more adventure of this kind. Visit this area if you have the chance, it will not disappoint your thirst for adventure.

Ao Leuk Community Based Network (CBT) can be contacted through Khun Gift at 087 4706661 or at 075 634072. Check their website www.aoluktoday.com

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Factfile Ao Luk Ao Luk District is a commercial center and town. The majority of tourist attractions here are natural. From the intersection of Ao Luk North market, along the Ao Luk-Laem Sak Road, one arrives at Thanboke Khoranee National Park, an emerald-green pond set amidst a diverse species of trees. From Thanboke Khoranee National Park, one comes upon the pier to kayak or catch the chartered long-tailed boat to Phee Hua Toe and Lod Cave, a limestone mountain of unusual shape, plumb in the middle of the water. The boat can pass through the grotto where awaits beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Mangrove forests, providing fertile feeding grounds for monkeys, the floating fish farms and the Phee Hua Toe Cave are some of the attractions along the way. There, some 100 prehistoric murals on cave walls, depicting man, beasts, hands and feet, make for interesting reading. Particularly the depiction of men with animal heads, complete with horns in red horizontal motif, all over the cave ceiling that can be traced back over some two-three centuries. Delicious dishes of blanched conches and spicy shrimps, eaten in pleasant environments, and hundreds of acres of pineapples, rubber trees and palms plantations, are some of the things to look forward from a trip to Ao Luk.

Community Based Tourism Over the past few years the people of the Ao Luk have honed in on developing tourism in a handful of traditional Thai villages. Some of the many activities on offer include exploring hidden caves complete with ancient cave paintings, kayaking through mangrove forests with chattering monkeys, wandering through preserved community forestland, or mucking it up at a natural mud spa in a misty tropical setting. The rural tour operations are run by the local people themselves. This type of local ‘Community-Based Tourism’ (often referred to as ‘CBT’) has become a key phrase in the eco-tourism world. While eco-tourism covers a broad spectrum of activities, Community-Based Tourism is run by the communities themselves rather than outside developers. Locals welcome tourists into their homes and villages to share their traditional ways of life. CBT offers home stay accommodations and opportunities to participate in activities taking place in the surrounding community and natural environment. This type of tourism provides added income for rural communities, in turn offering incentive to protect natural areas. Since the tour operators are personally tied to the land and to their livelihoods, there is also the desire to assure that any development that occurs is done so in a sustainable way. In 2009, 8 communities in the Ao Luk district joined together to form the Ao Luk CommunityBased Tourism Network with the assistance of Ao Luk’s mayor Prasit Phuchachvanichkul. Mayor Prasit was previously the mayor of Koh Lanta, providing him with valuable insight into working with tourist communities. The main focus of the network is to encourage conservation of nature and culture in these rural communities. One could easily spend a week or more exploring the area taking advantage of the variety of bungalows, raft houses and home stay accommodations available throughout the CBT network communities. Thai cooking, Thai massage and batik fabric painting are just some of the additional activities one can enjoy when they aren’t kayaking, hiking, cycling or just kicking back and enjoying the Thai countryside.

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It was roughly 4am and I was going through that deep, dream-intensive slumber that seems only to come in the last hour of sleep. The day before I had been on a beautiful, adventurous day and I had seen sand boiling in that rough terrain. I woke suddenly, with that image of sand in my mind. I had to find out what that thing was, so I turned on my Mac and started searching‌

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hey are called Sand Boils (or Sinking Sand, or Liquefaction). Unfortunately there is mixed, incomplete and wrong information about this phenomenon in the Net. Some sites compare it to quick sand, which is not. Google informs me that sand boils are almost entirely bad: several pages lead me to broken levees, levee failure during flooding, the aftermath of earthquakes, houses subsided into liquefied ground and more to prove these sand boils are portents of doom, signs of catastrophic failure.  You have to click your way past dozens of these disasters before you hit the truth. Sand Boils are underwater fountains kicked up by spring water rising through a sand mass, sometimes a result of a continuing quiet process lasting a few thousand years. Normally, layers of sand and silt underground bear the weight of whatever is on top of them through a network of contacts between individual soil grains. Practically, sand boils occur when water under pressure wells up through a bed of wet sand. During an earthquake, this network is disrupted, but what is on top is still there, being all heavy and giving away pressure. When the sand is wet, anything that jiggles it, agitates it, shakes it, joggles it, jolts it, quakes it, quivers it, shudders it or vibrates it, make the overburden pressure to be transferred to the water which, squeezed up, can find a suitable weak spot and will squirt out into a sand boil. This is the reason why we triggered the sand boils by the simple clapping of hands: we sent sound waves out. You can have a practical experiment to prove this. Put some sand in a bucket, place a small block on the top of the sand, and gradually saturate the sand with water. The block still rests on the surface. Now, strike the bucket sharply, and watch the block quickly drop. It is basically like shaking a can of a fizzy drink. Pressure builds up, and when you release it, the fluid comes shooting to the surface. So why did that sand not support any weight yesterday when we tried to sink in a wooden stick? While sand can act like a fluid, it is a non-Newtonian fluid which means it will not act like water. You can stand on it when it is stationary, for example, but not when it is fluidized.

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Where to Stay

Raipreda Homestay

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he Raipreda Homestay is a very worthwhile experience. They have comfortable bungalows right below the mountains; they are clean and charming, with air-condition and fan, Queen size beds, TV, high speed Internet, Western toilets and natural outdoor showers to give you the experience of outdoor living with some of the Western comforts. Camping is also available, with space for up to 200 people on the surrounding areas shaded by an impressive palm oil plantation. Raipreda Homestay is indeed a family affair. “Our homestay history begins with our ancestors” – states proudly Khun Jatuporn Aram, the manager and owner. “Our grandfather Khun Klam Aram was a pioneer in the cultivation of rubber and rice in the area. Our father Khun Preeda Aram and our mother Khun Prapapan Aram changed the cultivations to fruit and palm oil trees. We continued the family tradition after the death of our father, and followed his ideas and missions: preserve the environment, no deforestation, contribute to the local community interests and benefits and to the local temple Wat Tip Pree Da Ram, follow the ideas of our beloved King: sustainable economic development through the sufficiency economy philosophy, and finally unity, harmony and good relationship in our family”. The Aram family is environmentally and socially friendly indeed. Raipreda Homestay and resort support mangrove forests ecology and biological diversity including fruit trees plantations, wild animals, vary of species of bird in their forests and aquatic animals in Ao Luk. They employ local people and support tourism in their economy by teaming up with a local Community Based Tourism to provide the ultimate experience to visitors. At Raipreda Homestay you will be welcomed as a member of the family. Don’t miss this wonderful way to authentically see some of the most breathtaking sights of Southern Thailand. Raipreda Homestay is an alternative choice for tourists who like to stay in touch with nature and to be embrace by it. Raipreda Homestay, 105 moo 5 Ao Luk Tai, Krabi 81110 http://www.raipreda-homestay.com/ raipreda@hotmail.com tel 0066 (0)89 8664954

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Paths to Charity

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Near Khao Lak, the Thai province hard hit from December 2004 tsunami, there is a school that is not just a school. There are several kids, and the place is stunning, but there is a lot more then this!

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Universal Love

he minivan jetted along the highway in the very early hours of a warm Thai morning and arrived at Beluga School in less then a couple of hours. We were all pretty excited about the experience that awaited us; I had already got some information from their website www.beluga-schoolforlife.com . The event of the day was the official celebration for the opening of the new school building, presided by a delegation of Buddhist monks, and with the King’s secretary and wife who would pay honour to all those involved in the Beluga School for Life project. But I would like to talk to you about the kids first, and about the spirit of the school founder, Mr. Niels Stolberg, and the school director, Mr. Thiemann. The youngest kid in the school is 2 years old and attends the kindergarten. The oldest is 17 and will soon enroll in university. The young actors of this fine project are 152, the kids orphaned of their fathers, mothers or of both by the 2004 tsunami. It is also kids from poor background that here find a family, an extended family that involve 72 adults who operate it, most of them survivors from that fatidic day in Khao Lak. Amongst those, only one foreigner, German Anne TischRottensteiner, whom I thank for helping me understand what is Beluga School for Life. Anne is 26 years old; after obtaining a diploma at the MSC Tourism and International Development, she was contracted for 1 year by Beluga Shipping GMB, a founding partner of the school. Her smile is contagious: “I love this experience and I think I will renew my contract next year”.

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Qualified teachers take care of teaching the standard Thai school curriculum with standard schoolbooks from 8.30am to 2pm, in accordance with the requirements of the Thai Ministry of Education. After 2pm the school adds 2 hours of intensive and comprehensive activity. At present, the school has 6 learning centers. Lessons and projects are held by German volunteers, currently 2 males and 3 females. Janine Allenbackher is 19 and hails from Neustadt/Aisch. She told us about her experience: “I have just completed 3 months as a volunteer in Beluga. We volunteers take part of all activities in the 6 learning centers, and this gives us the opportunity to, after the first 6 months of volunteer work, make a choice: decide to keep being an operator in the learning center we like most, or go back home with the heart still throbbing from the emotions just experienced”. The exhaustive form to request to be a volunteer in the school can be found on Beluga website. Beluga School for Life is located in the middle of a lush valley cultivated with coconut trees; its enchanting architecture is respectful of Thai traditions. The charming atmosphere made my visit to the place incredibly pleasant, and really I felt I was learning something. The welcome word “sawatdee krup” from the kids at our passage was the best way to start the day; they would create a reverential path by standing on the sidelines all the way to the ceremony, and if you gave them a smile, they would give you a caress in the forearm as a thanks gesture for the love they receive. I asked Yayah Saithong, Beluga School for Life Charity Travel’s tourist coordinator, if it is possible to spend a day here with the kids during a normal school day. “The Beluga School for Life project has undertaken the road to self sustainability. In the school kitchen we are already using products from our farms, and we are also a special kind of resort. We have 15 bungalows, with nicely decorated and well-equipped bedrooms; some of them can accommodate a family of 4 people. The school is no profit and cannot generate profit, so we give back the profit to the school to help it achieve self-sustainability. To the visitors who want to stay with us, we offer tour packages, without the obligation to follow our school activities. Visitors can spend a sunny day at the bar lounge or swim in our pool, enjoying a Jacuzzi or having a Thai massage in our Spa”. Beluga School for Life is a project of human charity; the spirit that motivates this school and the atmosphere lived here fill the heart with happiness. Kids live in small communities comprised of 6 to 10 of them of different age, with a teacher that shares their space in lovely twostorey houses. The typical day starts at 5.30am; at 6am kids do some physical activities and at 7am they have their breakfast. Lessons start at 8.30am - at that time the kids’ minds are already well active - and end at 4pm. They dine as a whole group at 6pm and end the day with their individual group in their family homes. At 7pm their teachers allow them some TV with international documentaries on DVD, and 9pm is bedtime. Sunday is their day off, when there are no lessons but interesting opportunities instead, like fun/learning trips to nearby locations.

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The learning centers aim at generating profit in order to reduce the operational costs. Kids learn by looking at volunteers work. In this way the learning process is practical and of immediate effect. Kids’ strong curiosity pushes them to learn, having fun in the process. The learning activities are: ORGANIC FARMING: An area of 38,000sqm 8km from the school with livestock, fruit and vegetables farms. There the kids are introduced to organic farming in the production of fruit and vegetables. Kids see their efforts growing through farming of products that they will use to cook dishes that will be eaten by all in the canteen. BODY & SOUL: A small building inside the massage, yoga and Spa compound, decorated in Thai style and comprised of two Spa, a solarium and two comfortable massage benches. Different scents permeate the air, the best place to enjoy a traditional Thai massage and a tea, or fresh seasonal fruits. A football pitch completes the learning center. NUTRITION & HEALTH: A pavilion reserved to a canteen and a professional restaurant kitchen that also functions as a bakery. Part of the teaching is held by the Hotel Technical Trainings Institute (HTI). For those spending their holiday here, the opportunity to take part of a cooking class by head chef Khun Na, to discover the secrets of Thai cuisine. HTI also holds course of 8 to 10 months to adults guests, with a final certificate issued to them. CULTURAL HERITAGE & DEVELOPMENT: An amphitheater for music, dance and art, where the cultural and music events are held. CULTURE SENSITIVE TOURISM: 18 pavilions, a swimming pool and a restaurant, with resort bungalows decorated by the school kids. It is here that kids have the chance to be in touch with foreigners and make experience in the tourist sector. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION: A modern space of two bungalows with computer and language classes, where the kids get to learn about new technologies of global communication and take English classes. Kids have found a home and good life conditions at Beluga School for Life, and on their faces is the manifestation of happiness. Here they have found the opportunity to learn, to study and to learn a trade, to get a degree and to continue operating in the school once they reach adulthood. These unlucky kids are no different to the others, and can find a better future here. But how to keep funding this foundation? The answer comes from Yayah Saithong: “Numerous benefactors have been to great help for our school, we list them all in our website www.beluga-schoolforlife.com we are ever grateful to them. There are currently 40 kids being funded by German benefactors, with a long-term commitment of 70 Euros per month. There is also the possibility of partial funding of short duration, for 30/40 Euros per month”.

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Let’s not forget to thank German RTL Television that has donated 20 millions thb for the construction of the new school building, and that has filmed today’s event. A special thanks goes to Neil Stolberg, the school founder. “The spontaneous gratitude in the caress of a child warms the heart. Those who have had the fortune of spending their holiday in Thailand know the effect this country produces. Often the lucky ones, upon returning home, start planning their next visit. You can easily fall in love with this nation. There are also those who find love here, a love searched and finally found in the smiles of this country, in the beauty of its places. But it is today that I have found the true universal love. Someone who lives far from here has showed it to me.” - Roberto Spezzani “Our mission is to fill the human heart with compassion, mercy and universal love, which should radiate to all countries, nations and peoples of the world. To make a true religion of the heart as the ruling factor in one’s life. To enable each one to love God, love all, serve all, and have respect for all, as God is immanent in all forms. My goal is that of oneness. I spread the message of oneness in life and living. This is the way to peace on earth. This is the mission of my life, and I pray that it may be fulfilled.” - Kirpal Singh

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oing something good and enjoying it – there seems to be nothing more satisfying. When visiting the Beluga School for Life in Phang Nga you will experience just this. Right after the Tsunami in 2004, when the enormous tidal wave hit the Southeast Asian coastline, the Beluga School for Life in the south of Thailand was founded – a place of hope and sustainable help for all children in need. Today, after almost six years of construction work, development of a modern educational concept and well structured and loving family like surrounding, a unique community has developed with more than 150 children and 90 adults living together in a stimulating alliance. The children visit the

project own school, kindergarten or small kids’ house, they participate in many practice orientated projects or study at the hotel training center on site. They live in family like settings and are raised in love and dignity. As a guest you can be a part of this special project. When visiting the Beluga School for Life guests are taking social responsibility and support the future development of the school, as one hundred per cent of the spending comfortable, well-decorated and unique pavilions visitors have all the comfort they are looking for. The pavilions are appointed with outdoor shower, air conditioner, shower, WC and TV. When

relaxing on the terrace of the cabin, you have an amazing view over the grounds of the Beluga School for Life. Besides from staying in the Beluga School for Life you can take part of many different trips, e.g. experience the jungle or explore the fascinating beaches at Khao Lak. You will come as a guest and leave as a friend.


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Story by : Roberto Spezzani l Photos by : ton® & Limzenith

A Dream of a Wedding

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ow many question marks we have when facing the choice of marriage! The first one is surely the right choice of partner; once this is out of question, we need to be thinking of how to organize our wedding day. All those who plan a wedding wish that day to be an unforgettable one, one that remains indelibly printed in our memory. So, where to celebrate such an important event in our life? Maria and Jonathan Färnstörm are a young and blond Swedish couple. They celebrated the official religious function in their home country before deciding to spend their honeymoon here in Ao Nang. “Six years ago we came on holiday here. Since then, we have dreamed of celebrating our wedding ceremony in a special place like this. What we did not know was that our lovely kids Ester e Edrin would have been here with us on that day…”

A wedding is already an unforgettable event in se; if you wish to add up a dream destination to it, talk to Krabi Spesialisten: they will make your wedding day unique.

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Krabi Spesialisten Managing Director Ms. Ingeborg Fallet Kristensen has come to their help, realizing the couple’s dream. “More and more couples dream to celebrate their wedding in an exclusive location. With its unpolluted islands, white sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets, Ao Nang is one of the most requested destinations. This year we have observed an increase in such requests: in the past 2 months we have arranged 15 weddings and have sometimes had to multiply our efforts in order to fit 2 weddings in the same day. Couples using our services can chose between a real religious ceremony and a commemorative celebration of the event. We are also able to take care of legal practices, though in this case we need more notice and time to get organized. In brief, Krabi Spesialisten is able to satisfy all client’s requests” – she tells me matter-of-factly. Krabi Spesialisten offers a good range of packages and locations. Destinations where to celebrate the event include Krabi, Phuket, Khao Lak, Koh Lanta and more. Todays’ ceremony officiant is Dirk Fletchner. Dirk speaks fluent English, German and Swedish, his mother tongue, and has been working for Krabi Spesialisten for 2 years. “Our clients usually decide to stay local. We have the fortune of being in a tourist destination where most proposed locations for a wedding event are stunning to say the least. The range goes from Noppharat Thara Beach and Phra Nang Beach on the mainland, to little islands reachable on an half hour trip by longtail boat, like today’s destination: Tub Island. Further out at sea there is Pak Bia Island, with its warm crystalline waters, as well as Koh Nok, a ‘rock’ located in the Phang Nga Bay with a small and candid sandy beach of an


incommensurable beauty. There we offer clients to celebrate their wedding and later spend the night in the ‘lodge’ reserved for the occasion. Spending their first night there, with a romantic dinner and Champagne must indeed be an unforgettable experience”, jokes Dick. At 5pm we board a fast longtail boat, Krabi Spesialisten ‘Queen of Ao Nang’. In 30 minutes we reach Tub Island, simply a reef with a tongue of sand that extends itself towards the sun that is setting at this time of day. Krabi Spesialisten team is already there; they have been decorating and setting the beach area for the ceremony. A scenery until then only seen in a movie or on a catalogue opens real and perfect in front of my eyes. The sun is setting, the perfect time for photo shooting. The bride and the groom are the last to descend from the boat, following their kids and the procession of family members and friends arrived from Sweden to join the jolly event. Smartly dressed Dirk reads out the wedding rituals, a few and essential words, after which the newlyweds exchange rings and a promise of reciprocal help and marital fidelity under an auspicious rain of rice and a toss to the happy couple. The photographers then begin their job, asking the newlyweds to assume classic and extravagant poses. With the several islands that surround the group of Koh Poda and the sun setting as a backdrop, what a great photographic album they will take back home! The sun finally departs and the longtail boat starts the journey back to Noppharat Thara. Upon arrival, we take leave of Maria, Jonathan, family and friends with a ‘long live the newlyweds’. The party for them has just begun: they are looking forward to a special dinner and a special night to complete a splendid experience.

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Event Management

Thailand wedding travel destination Scandinavian weddings have found a new oversea destination Krabi, bounded by the emerald green and blue seas and lush green mountains.

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ore and more Scandinavians are choosing Krabi for wedding functions for the last three years, say Thai tourism board officials and Norwegian owner of event management company Thailand Travelling, Ingeborg Fallet Christensen. In an interview with KM, she said she has organized over 52 weddings in Thailand this year, with several functions already been booked for next year. Thailand Travelling takes up the entire responsibility of organizing the weddings - right from transfer to and from airport in Krabi, holding the wedding ceremonies, reception, shopping and local transport.

Marriage tourism on the rise While Bangkok has been hosting most wedding functions for the last few years, Krabi is increasingly emerging as a definite site for such events, say tour operators and Thailand tourism board officials. This has given rise to what is being touted in Thailand as “marriage tourism� which also affords an opportunity for a honeymoon for the newly wed couple on the exotic beaches and islands in and around Krabi without much additional charges.

A wedding and honeymoon package The travel to and from Thailand for weddings and the honeymoon can be had as part of a package which works out cheaper for people wanting to avail the opportunity, say Ingeborg. The holding of Scandinavian weddings in Thailand has helped give a boost to burgeoning number of tourists from Scandinavia to this country whose six per cent of GDP is contributed by the tourism sector.

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Kuan Yin

Commonly known by the Thai-Chinese as Chao Mae Kuan Yin (also spelled Kwan Im or Quan Yin), one of the most popular deities throughout Asia is also known as the Goddess of Compassion or the Goddess of Mercy. Revered by Buddhists, Chinese Taoists and Christians, Kuan Yin is immortal and is often depicted as meditating or sitting alongside one of the Buddhas.

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iterally in the Chinese language, Kuan Yin means ‘observing the sounds’. Kuan Yin is a bodhisattva (an enlightenment-being) associated with compassion and venerated as a female, as she who always observe all the sounds from the world and always listen to requests from her worshippers, pouring out her compassion onto the world – as she does from a vase at Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi. Beautifully crafted Kuan Yin statues can be found in different parts of Asia. In Singapore, the Thong Hood Cho Temple in Waterloo Street is popular with Chinese Singaporeans. In Thailand, you can find beautifully standing Kuan Yin statues on a hill of Hat Yai Municipal and at the Thien Fa Foundation along Yawoarat, in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Krabi has 2 finely crafted Kuan Yin statues, both huge in size. One is enshrined in the pagoda of Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple). Walk to the end of the walkway, passing the start to the climb up to the Buddha on the hill, to find the pagoda. You will marvel at the exquisite detail and craftsmanship of this beautiful golden Kuan Yin with a vase, standing atop a dragon statue alongside with two children. In Chinese art, Kuan Yin is often depicted either alone, standing atop a dragon, accompanied by a bird, flanked by two children, or flanked by two warriors. The two children are her acolytes who came to her when she was meditating at Mount Putuo. The girl is called Long Nu and the boy Shan Tsai. The other is found at the Wat Bang Riang temple, which lies just outside the Krabi Province, a 1-hour drive away from Ao Nang. There, the Kuan Yin white and gold statue is a massive 20 meters high, one of the largest of its kind in the south of Thailand. Both sculptures are truly remarkable.

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In Town

Story by : David Raine l Photos by : Nattaphat Sunthornphuriwat

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ll Thai people love a good market and there is a buzz in the Krabi air when any of the temporary, traveling markets comes and set up their tents and stalls in town. They normally come around the time of one of the festivals and attract people from every district in the province who come with their entire family looking to do a bit of shopping or have a good gossip with friends they haven’t seen for a while. It was a great bonus and a timely welcome for Krabi town, when in 2009, the local council and Krabi Chamber of Commerce decided to set up ‘Krabi Walking Street’ or as it’s sometimes known ‘Krabi Weekend Market’. This now happens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening on what was vacant land behind Krabi town’s main department store Vogue. You can access it from the main Maharat Road entrance, just next to the 7–eleven, or from the back entrance on the soi which runs parallel to Uttarakit Road. It’s real easy to find, ask someone if you are not sure, and can be walked to from most of the hotels and guesthouses in town. Starting around 5pm, locals come and set up their stalls, selling a huge range of wares (some items rather better than others!) and going on to about 10pm. There are literally hundreds of stalls, fantastic, friendly food and drink hawkers, foot massages from the excellent ladies based at Wat Po Krabi, a large selection of local OTOP (One Tambon One Product) stuff, and for kids there is a bouncy castle, ice creams and plenty to do.

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IRISH ROVER LIVE MUSIC MON: Brook House Road TUE: Mat Paradise WED: Brook House Road THU: Mat Paradise FRI: Brook House Road SAT & SUN: All live sports Everyone loves a bargain and this is the place to go if you are looking for reasonably priced and kooky gifts for friends at home. Along with the usual and often naff selection of clothing, footwear and jewelry, this market is also an outlet for Krabi’s artistic scene and many of the souvenirs are homemade, albeit with varying degrees of originality. There are handmade t-shirts, key rings, lanterns and paintings for sale, temporary henna tattoos, and locals kids sometimes come and bask with their guitars or with traditional Thai musical instruments, you may even see a mime artist with a crowd stood around staring at him not sure what to do! Market stall holder Khun Kanchana Niheem, who sells some original clothing, has seen the market expand to what it is now since it opened and she has noticed a more varied degree of products for sale too, which goes to show the popularity of the market with both locals and tourists. There is a large stage set up at the front of the area with tables and chairs for a rest from shopping; you may have to wait for a free table some nights as it can get really busy. It’s all self service so grab a cold beer and one of the many delicious snacks. The super, freshly made pad thai is always a winner! From this vantage point you can really soak up the atmosphere and watch the locals having a jig. A must see is the Elvis impersonator who, when I talked to him, told me he often tries singing other non Elvis songs but they aren’t as well received so Elvis it is! Check out the local teen break-dancers, the traditional Thai dancing, fire shows, as well as the obligatory karaoke, which can be hit or miss and sometimes clears the seating area!

PADDYS LIVE MUSIC MON-WED-THU Live Music

As with so many things in Krabi this is a real cultural experience and a view into the real life of the locals. It’s a great place to spend a night wandering around and eating local food, drinking and doing some shopping, suitable for all the family.

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Sport

Bigfoot Kickers!

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ello to all you football fans in Thailand, especially Krabi. Did you know that we have our own expat team here in Krabi called the Bigfoot Kickers? You didn’t? We are a group of guys, expats and Thais, who live and work in Krabi and who are very passionate about this beautiful game. The Bigfoot Kickers club was officially formed about a year ago and has been going from strength to strength ever since. We play and train twice a week and have our own home pitch. What is really great is that while playing together we have made many new friends from all over the world. Currently our squad hails from Ireland, England, Switzerland, Cameroon, Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, and of course Thailand. We have players as young as 22 years old right up to the more seasoned veterans (they asked not to print their real ages…). Bigfoot Kickers like to enter mini tournaments when they can; one of these was the International soccer 7-a-side tournament that was held in November at Phuket. We believe that tournaments are a great way to meet new people and to bring a competitive edge to the game of football. We were also very happy to invite local Thai teams to take part in the competitions, as we are all part of the local community. It is always great to see people who may not speak the same language getting together and having a great day out through their mutual love of the beautiful game.

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Recently we were proud to host our first tournament here in Krabi, with participant teams from Phuket and Krabi. Our tournament, which was played in Nuea Klong in February, was a great success. We were very lucky to have Sangthong Vittaya School in Nuea Klong supporting us, and we would especially like to thank P’Goong for his generosity and support. P’Goong is the principal of Sangthong Vittaya school and has been playing football at a high level for many years. On a lovely hot Thai morning the teams arrived and began to warm up. Friends from previous tournaments were greeted with a bit of friendly banter about who may win. We played the sevens format with twenty-four minutes a game. From group stages, the two teams battling for the tournament win were Phuket Morning Star and Nuea Klong United. The team from Phuket went on to become eventual winners after a close fought game. Congratulations to them. The B final was played between Krabi’s Bigfoot Kickers and Sangthong’s Tipsy. The Kickers were gunning hard to avenge an earlier 1-0 defeat from team Tipsy in the group stages. Once again it was a close game with the Kickers just edging out team Tipsy to take the B final. Refreshments and food after the tournament were much appreciated by all teams that took part. We are always on the look out for new players. Ability is not an issue, as we believe the social aspect and taking part are the most important for having fun and getting healthy. So if you or you know someone who would like to join, you can contact our team captain (Soony) at soontorn@gmx.net Soony will be happy to answer any further questions you may have. The future looks bright for football here in Krabi and we will be entering and facilitating more tournaments in the future. We are currently training hard for the Far Eastern International 7-a-side Tournament in Bangkok in April. All teams and players are welcome to come join in. We look forward to seeing you on the pitch. The Bigfoot Kickers Football Team


SAILOR BOB’S CRUISE

Sailing Snorkeling Kayaking Fishing Cliff Jumping Cave Exploring Times to suit your day PRICES INCLUDE: Snorkel Set, Fishing Gear, Shoes Lunch, Drinks, Fruits, Water, Snacks Unlmited free beer on some programs Kids aged up to 15 go free Most programs 1pm to 7pm

Canadian Captain BOB: 084 8486970 Captain Sunshine: 089 6780898 www.saildiving.com

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Scandinavian Residence Guest House and Restaurant Dansk smørrebrød, øl & snaps Bar & Swimming Pool - Free WiFi

www.scandinavianresidence.net scandinavianresidence.aonang@gmail.com 087 264 6123 / 075 695 622 Location: see the Ao Nang map

The Rooftop bar, Krabi Town I TA L I A N

R E S TAU R A N T

A little taste of Italy Home Made Pasta Lasagna - Ravioli Tagliatelle - Italian Sauces Pizza and Focaccia ITALIAN APERITIF DAILY AT 5PM LIVE SPORTS ON FLAT TV - INTERNET AVAILABLE Jinnie Place

Muay Thai Stadium

Pavillion Queen’s Bay

National Park

Hippy Bar

Sabai Resort Ayudhya Resort

OPENS DAILY 8.30 am to 11pm

Aquamarine Resort

ALTA MAREA Happy Bar

Noppharat Thara Beach

Pakasai Krabi La PLaya

Krabi Resort

Ao Nang Beach

noppharat thara beachfront - ao nang

Roof of Hello KR Mansion Happy Hours 4 – 7pm Chao Fa Rd, Krabi Buy 1 get 1 free from 8 – 9pm Tel 075 612761 Great food available Next to 7- eleven The best views & sunsets in town


Minibus to Krabi

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Wanna’s Place

Center Point NG AO NAPARADE OD SEAFO

Seafood Street

Sala Bua The Longtail Boat & Lo Spuntino

RA BIENG TALAY

ACH E B A R H A A T P R A T H P O

Noppharat Thara Pier, Boats to Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket

Minibus to Ao Nang-Krabi Muslim Food Stalls

Tsunami Memorial Sculpture

HOLD ME CLOSE

Food Courts Fish Restaurants

Soi 8

Restaurant

Mosque

Bergers

Minibus to Ao Nang

Burger King

Cobra Show

Mod Kaew Pub

Ao Nang Paradise Resort Chandee Buffet

Viewla villa Resort

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Lai Thai Apartments

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St.Agnes Church

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Hippy Bar Ben Beach Bar

NOPPHARAT THARA

KLONG HAENG VILLAGE

Ao Nang Gardens

Thursday Market

Alta Marea Italian Restaurant

Ao Nang Beach Resort

Kitdee Media & Krabi Magazine

Aning Restaurant

Nadivana

Ayudhya Suites

Azzurra Restaurant Jeanette's Restaurant Kings Tailor Eden Restaurant

To KLONG MUANG

Absolute Tailor

SupsaengDao Resort

Nok Minimart

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WALKING STREET

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Hotel, Ko Lanta


Koh Lanta

Koh Lanta Highlights

K

oh Lanta is situated in the southernmost tip of the Krabi province. It consists of two islands, Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai. Koh Lanta Noi is the smaller of the two islands and does not have tourist facilities. Visitors traveling by road from the main land pass through the smaller island on the way to Koh Lanta Yai, the center of the tourist operations. Ban Sala Dan village, in the north 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 new comers on the island. The bulk of the Lanta beaches lie along the west coast of the island and can all be reached by road: Kho 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. The east coast of Koh Lanta Yay 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 see 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. For boat schedule to/from Koh Lanta consult our Krabi Miniguide 81000.

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 an 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 - www.tungyeepeng.com, or book a tour with friendly and experienced Sun Tours - www.lantalongtail.com

Nature 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, these Chinese timer shop-houses date 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.

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 to 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.

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Destination

Text by : Kate l Photos by : Nattapat Sunthornphuriwat

The Koh Lanta Charm Having been in Koh Lanta now for a month and realising it is the kind of place that people find hard to leave, I thought I would find out a bit about this little island in the south of Thailand. Most importantly I wanted to speak to some people who have moved out here and find out what makes Koh Lanta so hard to leave.

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irst of all let me tell you what brought me here. After 10 years living in London with various short trips to far-flung places I decided I needed to get this ‘travel bug’ out of my system once and for all - or at least try to. I have done quite a bit of travelling in the past 5 years, however not for longer than 4 months at a time. This was to be different. I had no itinerary and no return date. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to gain from this trip; a sense of myself, some fun, and some unforgettable memories. I decided to start the journey in Thailand and I would start by continuing my love of scuba diving by doing a Divemaster course. But where? I had been to Thailand a few times before and knew a bit about where to go. Due to the weather and advice from various friends I decided to head south and after hitting Phi Phi, I headed to Koh Lanta. Now this was more like it: one main road on which you find an abundance of different beaches dotted along the coastline, bars, restaurants, cheap roadside food stands and a lot of friendly, fun loving people... oh, and dive shops – and with dive shops comes divers, and lots of them! As soon as I arrived I felt this place had character. It had a good ‘vibe’. This was the place for me. I realised very quickly that this is the sort of place that is hard to leave. Within a week I was imagining what it would be like to stay here long term; and I quickly discovered that a lot of people here obviously felt the same way. I have met countless Brits and Swedes who have ‘set up shop’ here, I wanted to find out why; what brought them to Lanta and more to the point, what kept them here? It seems appropriate to start my quest with Mellisa, the part owner, and mentor to the many Divemaster trainees at Blue Planet Divers. When I arrived at the dive shop merely to making tentative enquiries about doing a Divemaster, I somehow managed to leave having been introduced to most of the staff, signing up for the course and feeling like I had found a home away from home. The Blue Planet Dive shop is the sort of place you hang out at even when you don’t have to be there. And Mellisa runs a tight ship... but a fun one too. She has found that difficult balance between boss and mate. So why did she end up here? Well it would seem that almost four years ago whilst running a dive shop in Greece she got a job here on Lanta... and she’s been here ever since! It was the sun and the local atmosphere that kept her here, “you feel very at home very quickly here. It is not as hectic or touristy as Phuket and doesn’t have the seediness that you see on some other islands. You feel you can live here, not just party here.” When I spoke to Will at Ling Uan he spoke of a similar fondness of Lanta. He came here to run a bar for a season and then walk back the UK (yes you read correctly, walk back to the UK, what’s more he bought a tent in which to sleep!!). A year and a half later and he owns a restaurant/bar and whilst he still has the tent he sees himself here indefinitely. “I saw people working hard in the UK to save up enough money to go on holiday to islands like Lanta so why not earn a little bit less but live here?” So that’s what he did. It seems the lifestyle makes the cut in earnings well worth it. That is a logic I can understand!

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So Mellisa came out here to work and never left. Will came here travelling and never left. Joyce at Red Snapper had a slightly different entrance into life in Lanta. Her parents lived here so she got to know the island when visiting them, but when she received a call one day from her parents saying a property had come on the market she and her partner decided to make the move. Within the month they had got married, quit their jobs, sold their house, packed up and moved out! But why? “It’s pretty diverse. The nature, the beaches are all different. There’s a nice mix of life between Thai people and Western people. And it’s still pretty quiet here... it’s not a party island.” And 7 years later they have no plans to leave. Susannah came here from Santa Cruz almost 9 years ago to teach art for 4-5 months at a school in Old Town. She recalls how she sat, one day, looking out across the water thinking what she needed was a man with a boat and when she met Captain Sun she had found what she was looking for! They got married and they started Lanta Longtails together. When the Tsunami hit on Boxing Day in 2004 Susannah was out on her longtail boat. When she came back, like so many others on the island, she had lost everything. Rather than leaving and heading back to the States where she is from, she stayed. This was her home. She helped raise a million baht to restore Lanta Old Town, with her primary focus on getting the fishermen back into the water to earn money for themselves. Six years later and Susannah has certainly kept herself busy. She has the longtail boat business as well as 3 pole houses which she rents out (which recently got chosen in the top 26 out of 50,000 ‘interesting’ places to stay). She has continued her art as well, and does both watercolours and batik. And when trip advisor picked Koh Lanta as the third best place in Asia the only business that got mentioned was Sun Tours... another of Susannah’s strings in her bow. So it seems that the people who come here may not intend to stay so long when they arrive, but find it hard to resist the charm of Lanta once they get here. In the short time I have been on this island I have realised why people can’t seem to bring themselves to leave. There is a certain charm here and the friendly nature of the people who call Koh Lanta home means that those who do leave usually come back year after year. But what seems very clear is that you won’t get bored here. Everyone has a tip on what to fill your days with. Obviously there’s the fabulous diving in clear, warm waters which Blue Planet (amongst others) offer - and as a diver how can you resist the underwater cathedral at Koh Haa or the beautiful mantas that circle Hin Daeng. But then there are the waterfalls and elephant treks. If sitting on a beach and reading a book is your thing you have something like 14 beaches to choose from. Snorkelling around the Eastern islands might be more your thing? Or spending a night camping on a local island? If food is your passion you won’t be disappointed either; there are a huge amount of restaurants to choose from ranging in price and variety. If you want to have a go at cooking some traditional ThaI dishes there are also a variety of cooking courses. Or for the more adventurous you can learn ThaI at the local language school. If, however, you are more into meditation and yoga your needs are also catered for on this diverse and beautiful island. There is very little you can’t do here it seems... and I am still trying to find the time to do half of them. So. If you are visiting Thailand and can’t decide where to go, you really can’t go wrong with Koh Lanta. And as I sit here listening to the cool clear water slapping against the white sandy beach with a cold drink in my hand and the sun beating down I wonder if I will ever escape the charm of Lanta and make it to my next destination.. more to the point, do I really want to?

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Text by : The Lanta Retreat

Health & Living

The retreat concept

Yoga and meditation All weekdays we offer drop-in Astanga yoga and meditation. We offer diving/meditation retreats, yoga/meditation/detox retreats, private retreats and silent retreats. We also offer retreats in Europe during off season.

Ran Gai Sabay´s fruit bar Wonderful freshly made fruit drinks and shakes, herbal and vegetables drinks, mixed fruit with home made yoghurt and detox muesli, home made soya milk, ecological coffee and tea. Take a break from the beach and enjoy our peaceful garden.

Fruit catering Ran Gai Sabay wants to share one of the true treasures of Thailand, the fruits. We want people to experience more than watermelon, pineapple and bananas when they spend time on our beautiful island. We deliver freshly cut fruit every morning.

A shop with lovely things, food for the spirit, body and mind the Latest contribution to this joy is beautiful clothes from Swedish designer and interior decorator Elina Lehtimaki. She runs TurQuoise in Stockholm and her creations can be found both in Saint Tropez and in Juan Les Pins, and now also at Koh Lanta. Buddhist amulets and statues, hand made soaps and other products for body care from nature, Thai ecological coffee and tea, yoga mats and other yoga items. And our own healthy necessities in life, our detox muesli that we eat with mixed fruit every morning, the nut mix and the gojii berries

Medical Thai massage Lanta Healthy massage only works with staff educated in medical Thai massage, so you are in good hands. They recommend the hot herbal compress the first time you take massage in order to increase the blood circulation. This is preparing your body for the medical Thai massage the next day. They offer of course all the different treatments, and the ambition level is high with home made coconut oil as one type of massage – a true treat for your body. Their baby massage is very popular amongst the young ones.

This article is provided by Annelie at The Retreat, located in Klong Dao Beach. Contact them for more information on 08 46751094 or check www.theretreatthailand.com

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Where to Stay

Alanta Villas A

secluded private and impressively peaceful gateway to Koh Lanta Island

New boutique development Alanta Villa comprises of four 2-bedroom pool villas named Villa Mal e, Villa Shaba, Villa Kanika and Villa Dhala. Identically laid out and built with tropical living in mind, these lovely residences are set on 275 square meters plots. I stayed at Villa Malee for a couple of nights, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and the magical pool, especially when the sun was at its peak. Villa Malee, as all Alanta Villas, is fully furnished with quality furniture and comprises of two air conditioned en suite bedrooms - outdoor toilet and shower are a cool detail - an open expanded and comfortable living area, a fully furnished dining area with all amenities and fully equipped with kitchenware all overlooking the tropical garden and the private pool. All villas have cable TV and High Speed Wi-Fi Internet. Alanta Villa is the latest exclusive project by French architects Oxyde, creators of the neighbouring Saneh Villas. Alanta villas are designed with passion, in traditional Asian style, and decorated using authentic materials and features from around the region. A unique develoment for the discerning traveler who can enjoy moments of relaxation in a remarkably peaceful ambiance. Villa Alanta is conveniently located just a stone’s throw away beautiful Klong Khong Beach. Nestled on a hillside and set amongst beautiful flora and fauna, these villas are perfect for those looking for seclusion and privacy, yet near the beach and restaurants and services.

INFO Alanta Villas feature 24 hours security, a complimentary usage of a local mobile phone during your stay, front office service from 9am to 6pm, daily maid cleaning and linen change. For rates and availability, check on www.alantavilla.com. Discounts are available for long stays. For information please contact info@alantavilla.com or call +66 (0)85 4744 944 ESCAPE CABIN FEB09+.pdf

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Therapy

Ancient Massage Art

at Maneelanta massage center and school N uad Phaen Boran, better known as Traditional Thai Massage, is believed to have been developed in India by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a close friend and doctor to the Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago. Buddhist monks there kept this knowledge alive and recorded, teaching it primarily through the healing monasteries in Thailand, which was the crossroad between India and China. This location may explain the development of the combined cultures that are clearly reflected in Thai traditional medicine. Nuad Phaen Boran is more energizing and rigorous than other classic forms of massage and is also sometimes referred to as ‘Thai Yoga Massage’, as the therapist uses their hands, feet, knees and legs to move you into a series of Yoga-like stretches. Throughout the sessions, clients are put through a series of muscle compressions, joint mobilizations and acupressure’s.

Khun Santinee Uthaikorn (Khun Nee), the owner and head therapist at Maneelanta, has been practicing Nuad Phaen Boran for several years. The basis of her knowledge as well as inspiration came down to her from her family, who has been practicing the healing arts for around 150 years. Her great grandfather recorded some of this knowledge in a book and this has had a strong influence on Khun Nee and remains a valuable resource. Khun Nee is today a qualified teacher of these techniques, having passed relevant exams at the Thonburi Rajabhat University in Bangkok. She sees her profession as a vocation, and has seen her treatments help many different problems, both physical and emotional. The additional therapists at Maneelanta are all fully qualified at diploma level, having either attended Thonburi Rajabhat University or more recently the school at Maneelanta. Khun Nee’s methods are aimed at aligning the body energies using gentle pressure on specific points, as well as compressions and stretches. She uses self-made herbal oils and hot herbs called ‘Luk Pra Kob’. This includes bags of herbs used as hot compresses, which relax tense muscles when applied, making bodies respond much quicker to the Thai massage and reflexology treatments. This massage therapy is extremely beneficial to people leading a busy lifestyle, suffering from what is now commonly referred as ‘work-related stress’. To book a treatment or to visit Maneelanta Center, contact: 470, moo 3 Saladan Ko Lanta Krabi 81150 – phone 081-597-5996 – fax 07-568-4565 - Email : info@maneelanta.com or browse www.maneelanta.com

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LaNta aNImaL WELfaRE

DID YOU KNOW....

All profit from Time For Lime goes directly to the charity LANTA ANIMAL WELFARE So.. come Learn, Eat & Drink your hearts out! AND FEEL GOOD

Cooking School thai & fusion Restaurant

Is a Non - Profit organization. We help keep the Island safe for you by conducting Sterilization & Rabies vaccine programs. We give first aid to injured & abused animals.

Fun & Professional evening Cooking Classes on the Beach Front

DOGGIE WALKING at 5 PM ! ! 30 shelter dogs would be truly grateful to get your love & affection. You can adopt as well! Volunteers & donations are greatly appreciated and NEEDED.

FANTASTIC 6 dish Tasting Menu that changes every evening

8 years with Quality & Funky Atmosphere

Beach Bar

HAPPY HOUR 5.30-6.30 On our FAMOUS Cocktails

Bungalows

PLEASE HELP US TO CONTINUE THIS WORK

8 cozy air-con & fan

www.lantaanimalwelfare.com 084 304 4331, 089 967 5017

KLONG DAO BEACH - KO LANTA Tel: 075 684 590 www.timeforlime.net

Semester eller andra hem i solen? Sveriges Televisions utlandskanal SVT World sänder i dag till Europa, Asien, Australien, Afrika och Nordamerika – dygnet runt och året om!

Fråga efter SVT World på ditt hotell – du får en naturbok! Skriv kortfattat vad hotellet svarade på din fråga. Notera hotellets namn, och e-postadress samt om SVT World finns i alla rum, bara i lobbyn eller inte alls. Skicka uppgifterna till oss. Posta: SVT World, Sveriges Television, SE-105 10 Stockholm E-post: svtworld@svt.se eller fyll i blanketten på vår hemsida: svt.se/svtworld För abonnemang: ConNova TVX, svtworld@connova.se +46 (0)141 - 20 39 10, www.connova.se

Lanta PIZZERIA BAJEN STEAKHOUSE

Tel: 081-677 84 95

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Media

STV Swedish TV

SVT Word (former SVT Europa), the international channel of the Swedish public service broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT), has been available in Asia since 2005 and is broadcasted via two satellites: Eurobird 9A covering Europe, North Africa and West Asia and Thaicom 5 with coverage over Africa, Asia and Australia. SVT World target group are Swedish expatriates, living temporary or constant outside Sweden, but as SVT World is the only Scandinavian channel broadcast outside of Europe it is of interest for all Nordic expats. Programs are mainly Swedish productions from SVT’s domestic channels. SVT World broadcasts 24 hours a day. Programming covers a multitude of subjects - news, public affairs, sporting events, children´s programmes, entertainment, drama and debates - and they are mostly transmitted simultaneously with the Swedish transmissions in Central European Time (CET). This makes that programs shown prime time in Sweden are broadcast night time local time in South East Asia, but with a recordable DVD it is easy to “time shift” and see the programs next day. Program listings can be found at svt.se/svtworld - “tv-tablå”. SVT World is transmitted digitally and encrypted using Viaccess conditional access system, version 2.6. Reception requires a satellite dish, a receiver with embedded Viaccess and a smart card from SVT World´s customer service. Due to the large footprint of Thaicom 5 satellite, reception requires quite big dishes: according the satellite company 2,4 m dish in Thailand and 3 m dish in other countries in South East Asia. In practice it has turned out that 1,8 m antenna is big enough in most parts of Thailand and 2,4 m dish in other countries. Most viewers have their own antenna, but it is also possible to use a joint dish, if the houses are situated near each others. It is to recommend that a fiber for SVT World is installed together with fibers for telephone, Internet and Thai cable TV already during the construction. Then a joint antenna can be used for reception and every household has an own receiver and smart card. It is much more costly to install fibers afterwards. In accordance with the provisions of the Swedish Radio Act, stated by the Swedish government the operations of SVT World must be self-financed by subscription fees. The subscription fee for private households is SEK 1358 (152 Euros) per year including the card fee. For hotels and public viewing for example at embassies, schools and companies there is a special price list applied. Most viewers in Asia live in Thailand, but the number of subscribers is unfortunately not big enough to cover the satellite hire. SVT Worlds viewers also have access to SVT`s teletext and two Free-To-Air radio channels: Radio Sweden and SR P4.

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KOH LANTA YAI NORTH

Passenger  Post Office Ferry Car Ferry to Lanta Noi  & mainland

KAW KWANG BEACH Kaw Kwang Resort Blue Planet Divers

Lanta Diver Lanta Sailing Ko Lanta Diving Center Blue Planet Divers The Frog

BAN SALADAN

Minivan Station

to Lanta Old Town

Sunday Market Costa Lanta Resort Laguna Beach Club Mike’s Collection Eden Bar&Dining

Phone +66 (0) 75 68 41 24-27 Fax +66 (0) 75 68 41 28

Cafe’au Lait Southern Lanta Resort The Retreat Chaba Bungalows Maneelanta Lanta Island Resort

KLONG DAO  BEACH

E-mail : info@lantaislandresort.com Website : www.lantaislandresort.com

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Enjoy tasty Thai dishes European Food New Zealand Beef Fillet Pizza & Pasta Wines & Cocktails

Lanta Car Rental SK Optik

Minivans to Krabi/Phuket Congrit Resto Everything Shop Ancient Realm Resort & Spa

Elephant Trekking

Time for Lime Cooking School & Restaurant Klong Dao boxing stadium Holiday Villa Lanta Resort Lanta Sand Resort   Expat Cafe’ Escape Cabins Poseidon Villas  Lanta Diver Lanta Tavern  Ozone Bar  Dreamy Spa I-Yarade Real Estate Lanta Palm Beach  Lanta Law Thanee Layana Resort & Spa Tides Restaurant Lanta Casuarina Resort  Dive & Relax

KOH LANTA

PHRA AE  LONG BEACH

White Flower  Bajen Sports

Lanta Castaway Resort EXOTIQ Koh Lanta Real Estate Lantanian Center  Desjoyaux Pools Andaman Sunflower

Klong Dao Main Road Beside PT Petrol Station For Reservations Contact Khun Supavadee [Azmi] : 086 8840052 - Mr. Markus : 083 1066606 www.eden-restaurant-lanta.com, e-mail : mail@eden-restaurant-lanta.com

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Home Improvements Whether increasing the value of your villa, or simply making your home more comfortable to live in, Ton Company helps you plan and deliver the right upgrades

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ome makeovers have been in fashion for the last decade and the trend for all things déco seems here to stay. But what if the changes you wish to make to your home are not in the DIY category of painting walls or replacing the drapes? For any substantial refurbishment, such as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, it makes sense to call a professional to help. Be wary, however, of the jack-of-all-trades who claims he can do it all. A basic kitchen refitting will require the skills of a draughtsman; a carpenter; an electrician; and a plumber – and this without including any finishing such as tiling and stone cutting (for countertops), all of which require specialist attention to be carried out properly. This is why, in response to the increasing local demand for home improvement work, Ao Nang’s Ton Company has invested in a team of experts in each of these fields who come together on projects such as at Baan Lompai, to ensure the vision of the homeowners is translated correctly and to the proper standard. The growth of home renovation in Krabi can partly be put down to the availability of new materials. “The recent opening of stores such as Home Pro has really changed the way people think about their homes,” says Pierre-Yves Loriers (Ton), the managing director of Ton Company. “If your house was built even five years ago, chances are you had an extremely limited choice of sanitary ware; built-in units were not an option; and instant electric heaters were the only way to get hot water.” The improvement in the choice and standard of materials in Krabi now makes home upgrading almost a necessary investment in order to safeguard the value of your house. “In the villa rental market especially, we see more properties appearing,” says Ton. “It is important for owners to maintain quality in this competitive market.” Some changes recommended by Ton Company to stay on top of the game are cosmetic: changing floor tiles to create a more modern look; or adding a semi-outdoor “spa-style” bathroom, for example. But some are also structural: redoing the plumbing to add a more energy efficient hot water boiler; or retiling the roof with the latest Dry Tech technology are just some ideas. If possible when undertaking work, provide your building company with the original house plans. These are important in order for them to understand the way the plumbing and electrical systems – among other things – are laid out. “One of the biggest difficulties when carrying out a refurbishment is the unknown – you are never certain what you will discover once you start to break walls!” says Ton. “In order to avoid nasty surprises later (which could entail more work than originally planned), we try to assess all the risks from the start.”

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Kitchen Before

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BAAN LOMPAI: RENOVATION CASE STUDY The owners of this private pool villa (available for rent through www.krabivilla.com ) decided to modernize the property, which was built in 2003. The first task was to retile the entire floor surface, which had to date been covered with a motley collection of shades and patterns, in a neutral palette. Using the same, light-coloured tile throughout creates an impression of space and “flow” in the house. Next was the creation of a new master suite, in a previously dark bedroom at the back of the villa. This was opened up with French windows onto the rear patio, and closet space was built in. Finally a new en-suite bathroom was added in an extension at the side of the house. This was designed in the latest “spa” style, with the use of plants and natural stone surfaces. The oversized bathtub and rain shower area are housed under a transparent, semi-open roof to allow maximum light. The other two bathrooms in the house were also refitted with new sanitary ware and tiles, and each now has a walk-in rain shower. The kitchen - which beforehand had limited built-in storage, as well as a breakfast bar and sink at an awkward height - was also completely renovated. The main counter was lowered, and built-in cabinets and a broom cupboard were added for storage. The sink was repositioned with a new grease trap, and a dishwasher added. Finally Ton Company customdesigned a movable storage island and all counter tops were laid with black granite. With such a major project, Ton Company also advised the villa owners to take the opportunity to redo the outdated electrical and plumbing systems and so Baan Lompai now has up-to-date wiring and a closed-in technical room at the rear of property conveniently housing the water filter, pressure pumps and new hot water boiler. Finally, outside the main house, the perimeter wall was extended higher; and a new pool shower was added. Unlike many contractors, Ton Company undertakes each project to the finish, which means that all the cleaning, repainting and replanting after such a massive job were taken care of, allowing the owners to move directly back into their transformed living space. For more information on the comprehensive villa design, construction and management services offered by Ton Company Ltd, please contact 075 695-633 or by email at: Ton@TonCompany.com. www.KrabiArchitect.com - www.TonCompany.com - www.KrabiVilla.com

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Construction

A Bridge too far

The construction of the Death Railway

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anchanburi Province is located approximately 120 kilometers (72 miles) west of Bangkok and shares a border along the complete length of its western edge with Myanmar (Burma). Kanchanburi town is a very quaint and friendly place with hospitable and amenable people who take pride in their picturesque location. The town has its fair share of inspiring Buddhist temples, lush landscapes, and breathtaking waterfalls alongside captivating mountain scenery. However, Kanchanburi is made more famous (or infamous) by the Death Railway which is located close by; this was a railway line constructed during World War II by the Imperial Japanese Army, which cost the lives of over 100,000 Prisoners Of War, Westerners, Burmese & Thai’s alike! The Burma Railway - also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand-Burma Railway and similar names - is a 415 km (258 mile) railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built during World War II, to support its Japanese forces in the Burma campaign. The railway, designed by S.O. No, was estimated to be built and finished in five years. This time frame was not acceptable to the Imperial army, so P.O.W.s and Asian workers were press-ganged into the construction. It is believed that up to 250,000 in total worked on the construction of the railway line. In 1942, Japanese forces invaded Burma from Thailand and seized the colony from British control. To maintain their forces in Burma, the Japanese were required to bring supplies and troops to Burma by sea, through the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. This route was vulnerable to attack by Allied submarines, and a different means of transport was needed. The obvious alternative was a railway.

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The Japanese forces started the project in June 1942. They intended to connect Ban Pong in Thailand with Thanbyuzayat in Burma through the Three Pagodas Pass. Construction began at the Thai end on the 22nd of June 1942 and in Burma at roughly the same date. Most of the construction materials, including tracks and sleepers, were brought from dismantled branches of the Federated Malay States Railway network and from the Netherlands East Indies. On 17 October 1943, the two sections of the line met about 18 km (11 miles) south of the Three Pagodas Pass at Konkuita (Kaeng Khoi Tha, Sangkhla Buri district, Kanchanburi Province). Most of the P.O.W.s were then transported to Japan. Those left to maintain the line still suffered from appalling living conditions as well as increasing Allied air raids. The most famous portion of the railway is Bridge 277, ‘the bridge over the River Kwai’, which was built over a stretch of river which was then known as part of the Mae Klong. The association with the ‘River Kwai’ came from the fact that the greater part of the Thai part of the route followed the valley of the Khwae Noi. In 1960, because of a discrepancy between fact and fiction, the part of the Mae Klong that passes under the famous bridge was renamed as the Khwae Yai. This bridge was immortalized by Pierre Boulle in his book and the film based on it, The Bridge on the River Kwai. However, there are many who claim that the movie is utterly unrealistic and does not show what the conditions and treatment of prisoners was actually like. The first wooden bridge over the Khwae Yai was finished in February 1943, followed by a concrete and steel bridge in June 1943. After the war the railway was in inadequate state to be used for the civil Thai railway system, and needed heavy reconstruction. On 24 June 1949, the first part from Kanchanburi to Nong Pladuk was finished; on 1 April 1952, the next section up to Wang Pho (Wangpo); and finally on 1 July 1958, up to waterfalls. The portion of the railway still in use measures about 130 km (80 miles). Beyond the waterfalls, the line has been abandoned. Steel rails have been removed for reuse in expanding railway yards, reinforcing and rehabilitating railway tracks, and constructing new branch lines. Parts of it have been converted into a walking trail. Since the 1990s various proposals have been made to rebuild the complete railway, but these plans have not yet come to fruition. Since a large part of the original railway line is now submerged under a hydroelectric dam, and the surrounding terrain is mountainous, it would take extensive tunneling to reconnect Thailand with Burma by rail. There are several museums dedicated to those who lost their lives constructing the railway, the largest of which is at Hellfire Pass (north of the current terminus at Nam Tok), a cutting where the greatest number of lives was lost. There is also an Australian memorial at Hellfire Pass. Two other museums are in Kanchanburi, the Thailand-Burma Railway Museum (opened in March 2003), and the JEATH War Museum. At the Khwae Bridge there is a memorial plaque and a historic locomotive is on display.

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Showcased

The Bedroom

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n a functional plant of a house where the space is well organized, the bedroom is usually placed behind the more withdrawn area of the house, the room furthest away to any potential sources of noise such as a staircase or a lift compartment. Also, if dimensions allow it, there should be a mobile division such as a screen or a folding room divider that will separate the area that face the bathrooms and bedrooms doors. This is aimed at reducing the discomfort of someone having to go from the bedroom to the bathroom when there are guests in the living room, or if there is someone waiting to use the bathroom. The modern furnishing criterion also contemplate a bedroom with useable spaces, where to arrange a work & study corner, an area for reading or listening to music; spaces where to place unconventional furniture. The best solution would be to arrange fitted wardrobes in the access to the night-area, or a walk-in closet nearby the bedroom. Once you have tucked away the wardrobe, the room can then be furnished with a studio or with a small living room. The most suitable beds for this kind of bedroom are those padded up. You can also avoid the bedside tables and add a support platform with doors in natural wood. A chest of drawers will be enough to have everything handy; the rest of the space can then be destined to a library with a bookstore and a writing desk, or to a couple of seats with a hollow desk where to store work. If there is no other option but to place the wardrobe inside the bedroom, the space then needs to be cut in two with a piece of furniture placed perpendicularly with respect to the walls, hence creating a sleep area and a dressing area. The room will feel more private and comfortable. The bed head will be placed against the back of the wardrobe, which will need to be covered up with the same kind of fabric used in the bed, or with wallpaper. This sort of division is possible only when the area is rectangular or squared in shape and have a side of at least 4.6 mt. When the bedroom is smaller - and this is usually the case in houses of recent construction - and it is not possible to divide the room or use unconventional furniture, then we will need to make it as airy as possible, trying to avoid dark wood furniture, which are heavy and bulky. The best bed in this case is one without head, with the wall protected by a panel or by a hanging carpet. In order to avoid cluttering the area, the wardrobe needs to have sliding doors, a bright finish and internal drawers. We can then place a couple of wheeled boxes at the side of the bed, and a few shelves that can go well with the walls or with the furniture. And if you want to enlarge the space visually and add light to the room, then you can cover the wardrobe doors with mirrors.

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Bedrooms should have windows facing east, so to receive the sun in the morning. If they are facing south or north instead, they would then need a thermally insulated window to protect the house from the tropical heat. Should the room receive too much light, we can then tone it down by using colours like green or beige. If the light is instead insufficient, use colours like yellow, light green, orange or white. If the space is small, avoid cluttering items and elements that may reduce the space, like too detailed and curled curtains with side panels and a header. Better to use Roman shades or roll shades. The bedspread should be smooth, with no curling or draperies, and of a single color or with light, small patterns. Same concept with the paint: single color for walls and ceiling for a small room. The accessories will later have the function of ‘breaking elements’. Stefano Gonella is MD Houseware Sales Manager and designer. MD Houseware is located in Krabi Town, on the Uttarakit Road in proximities of Talat Kao, and is opened Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. For further information on their products and ideas for your house, browse www.mdhouseware.com

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rabi is being controlled by the ‘Krabi Environmental Regulation’, breaking down the province into four different zones; this came into effect on July 31, 2010, lasting 5 years. As it often happens, most landowners and developers seem to have pushed through their building plans and permissions before this date.

New building restrictions are being implemented in Krabi and other provinces like Phuket and Phang Nga in order to protect the environment against degradation.

Let’s analyze these regulations. Starting from the oceanfront, there are (as a general rule - though there are a few exceptions) designated zones each with different parameters. Taking the most relevant in turn, in the first zone which extends from the mean high line back 50m, no building may be constructed in the first 20m. In the remaining 30m, structures may only be up to 6m in height (effectively a one storey house or a low ceilinged, flat roofed two storey building). These may occupy up to 25% of the titled/usable area, leaving 75% of the area according to the new open space requirements. The zone then extends more 150mt from the beachfront can have buildings that are up to 12m in height and occupy 60% of the available land. The next zone back (which runs as far at the base of the hills) allows buildings up to 12m in height (previously 16) and an open area requirements of 40%. It was the implementation and enforcement of these codes that stopped the continued building of high rises. Strict regulations for the treatment of wastewater are also in place, and so are requirements for fire safely parking and disability access. Hillsides are a popular place to build dream ocean or mountain view homes. To preserve Krabi’s green hillsides and hilltops, the codes allow only buildings that are on land up to 80m above sea level. As a safety consideration, building plan submissions are also subject to regulation based upon hillside gradient, as well as to a limit of 12mt building height. The Krabi Provincial Planning Board, under the Department of Public Works, will be responsible in ensuring all projects adhere to these regulations, which are enforced to protect the environment and to keep Krabi green.

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1 – Before you put your home on the market it pays to do some research. The quickest and easiest way of doing this is by looking at a few property classifieds in your local newspapers or magazines, or by talking to a reliable and well-known agent. This way you can gather information regarding what prices houses similar to yours, are currently selling for. 2 – It’s important that you find yourself a good agent to sell your home. Rather than going with the first one you come across, spend time doing a little research into each one. Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family members and work colleagues, if they can recommend someone to you. Exotiq Krabi (www.exotiqproperty. com) is a good starting point for real estate brokerage in the whole Krabi area, Koh Lanta included. 3 – It’s vital that you put yourself in the shoes of any potential buyer and make a list of the house’s positive features. Think of ways you can enhance these to get a more positive reaction from those that view it. Your agent can help you on this. 4 – Getting your house looking great inside is crucial but you need to make sure that it looks great outside as well. Remember the first thing that is going to be making an impression on any prospective buyer of your home is the front area. Make sure that this area is kept clean and tidy at all times.

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5 – Although you may like the lived-in feel to your home, if you want to sell it then you need to make sure that you show it to its full potential. You need to remove as much clutter as you can from your home. If there is too much in any room it can make them look much smaller than they really are. 6 – Repair jobs that seem like a waste of time and money to you, can actually stop you from getting the price you want when selling. Spending a little could end up making you a lot more than you originally expected. No one wants to buy a home where they are going to have to spend money on making it livable for them. 7 – Although you don’t think your home needs it, repainting the main rooms in your home in neutral fresh colours is a good idea. Prospective buyers will be able to see the rooms more clearly, and get a feel for whether their own belongings will fit into them. 8 - It is important that before every viewing you make sure that your house is clean and tidy. This is especially important if you have pets, as although you may not be able to smell the odours, potential purchases will. 9 – Spend time on ‘staging’ the rooms to show them off to their full potential. Ensure that the focal point in each room stands out.

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10 – Put the coffee machine on prior to any potential buyers arriving. It may seem silly, but the smell as they come into your home makes it more warm and inviting, also giving them the feeling of how loved the home has been. For further tips on real estate, our Property Guru can be contacted through krabi@exotiqproperty.com. Feel free to email him and ask any questions or doubt about real estate in the area.

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