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HE past year, 2010, was not a good one for most people, even for those of us lucky to be living and working in holiday resorts. The red shirt riots, which closed down Bangkok in April, left the Thai tourism industry floundering, while the rest of the world desperately tried to claw its way back from the brink of financial disaster. But here in Thailand, most people you speak to are optimistic about the year ahead. The tourists are coming back, and the future is looking bright. With the rest of the world feeling the same optimism, things are definitely â€˜on the upâ€™. The United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of the Forests, the International Year for People of African Descent, and the International Year of Chemistry, although what that all means is yet to be revealed. On the world stage, there are many great things planned, including NASAâ€™s first trip to mercury. In January, Hungary will take of the presidency of Council of the European Union, there will be a partial solar eclipse which will be visible over most of Europe, the Arabian peninsular, North Africa and western Asia. The US extradition treaty with El Salvador will take effect, and Southern Sudan will hold a referendum on independence. In February, the 2011 Cricket World Cup will be played in India, Sri lanka and Bangladesh, and the Space Shuttle will undertake its final mission before being retired. March will definitely be NASAâ€™s month, with its messenger space-
CONTENTS P.3 Lucky duck P.4 Whatâ€™s on Phuket P.6 Luxurious rides in Phuket P.9 Family night time hotspots P.11 Dining guides P.12 PIMEX P.13 Phuket map P.14 Sundays are feast days P.15 Live the dream P.17 Skal 15 years in Phuket P.21 â€˜Best in the worldâ€™ P.22 Walking in, floating out
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a roughly six degree area of sky, and in June there will be a partial solar eclipse above the Arctic, a total lunar eclipse over Africa, India and the Middle East. In July, Poland will take over the presidency of the European Union, there will be a partial solar eclipse off the coast of Antarctica, and the International Olympic Committee will announce the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Neptune will also complete its first orbit since it was first discovered in 1846, and Sweden will host the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.
In August, the comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will pass within 8,995,100 km of the Earth, and Madrid will host the XXVI World Youth Day. In September, New Zealand will host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and in October, the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport, the largest infrastructure project in Eastern Germany will be officially opened. A partial solar eclipse will occur over Antarctica in November, and in December, a total lunar eclipse will be visible over Asia, Australia and Alaska.
And if everything goes to plan, all US troops will have left Iraq by the end of the year. Other significant events this year will include the opening of the worldâ€™s largest solar power plant in California, electric vehicles will invade the motor car market, the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany will be completed, Bulgaria and Romania will fully implement the Schengen Agreement. And not forgetting the computer games about climate change, medical innovation and womenâ€™s rights that will be released. And finally, a new definition of the kilogram, based on universal constants will be announced at the General Conference on Weights and Measures.
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HUKET’S intrepid rubber duck racers will be going all out on January 23 in a bid to win more than 1.3 million baht worth of prizes, including a three-day sailing cruise for 10 people, while at the same time raising money for the Phuket Community Foundation. The annual Dream Gallery Great Rubber Duck Race Day, at Laguna’s Latitude marquee, will feature kayak races, home-made raft races and, dragon boat races as well as the signature Rubber Duck Race. “We will also reprise our cardboard box race for kids aged 10 to 15,” said Alasdair Forbes, the PCF’s vice-president and chairman of the Race Day committee. “The last one to sink is the winner.” Alasdair said this year’s event would be bigger and better than previous years. “There will be bigger and better prizes for the duck race, with 12 prizes worth a total of around 1.3 million baht. “The top prize is three days and two nights aboard the 5-star twin-masted sailing boat, the Silolona, for ten people, valued at 800,000 baht ($US 27,000). “If you win this one, your family and friends will be in your debt forever.” Other prizes include: a four night stay for two at the Banyan Tree Resort, a day trip aboard the luxury, high-speed motor yacht Splendor, a game fishing trip for six, three days and two nights at the Dewa Resort on Nai Yang beach, an Apple iPad, a one-day sailing trip for four with Yachtpro, a one-
year membership to the Phuket International Academy Sports and Leisure Club, tickets to Splash Jungle, and a dinner for four people at the Siam Indigo Exotique bar and restaurant in Phuket Town. Race Day is shaping up to be a fun-filled family day, with something for everyone in the way of entertainment. As well as the races, there will be plenty of food and drinks, souvenir Duck Race caps and t-shirts for sale, and DJs from local radio stations will be on stage to provide the commentary. Master illusionist, Joe Conrad, will perform some amazing magic tricks, and there will be a Delightful Ducklings contest for the tiny tots. There will also be plenty of activities to keep the kids busy, including a trampoline, an art corner, a beat-the-goalie competition with a former Tottenham Hotspurs player defending the goal, and rides in a fleet of classic cars from the Phuket Classic Car Club. But the highlight of the day will be the Duck Race, with thousands of rubber ducks launched onto the canal next to Latitude. “Each duck will have a number on it, and the first 12 to cross the finish line will win a prize for its owner,” said Alasdair. “There will be a couple of surprises along the way, but I’m not saying what they are.” Alasdair said this year’s sponsors had been particularly generous and had contributed more than 2.2 million baht to the cause. The PCF Race Day at Laguna starts at
Cute Duckie around 10 am on January 23 with dragon boat race heats, and will finish about 6.30 pm. The Duck Race will kick off at 4 pm. Admission to the event is free. Ducks will cost 150 baht each (US$6) and can be purchased either online at www. phuketcharity.org/duck, or from one of more than 40 outlets around the island. For a full list of outlets, visit: www.phuketcharity.org/ duck/where-to-get-duck-tickets
Funds raised at the event will be used to support the PCF’s charitable activities, including its ongoing programme to replace broken tail lights on motorbikes, its toy libraries in poor parts of the island, and providing grants for individuals and community groups with good ideas for improving Phuket. For further information, visit www.phuketcharity.org/pcf-race-day
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Whats on in Phuket Every Sunday - â€˜Gourmet Sunday Brunchâ€™ at the MĂśvenpick Resort. Every Sunday between noon and 3pm, the MĂśvenpick Resort & Spa on Karon Beach will showcase a wide variety of gourmet dishes, including pan-fried goose liver, fresh seafood, imported meats, a BBQ, sushi and sashimi, imported cheeses, Swiss specialties, as well as MĂśvenpick ice cream and coffee. For further information, call 076 396 139 or visit www.phuket.com/moevenpick/
January 3 - New Year public holiday Because New Yearâ€™s Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday (January 3) will be a public holiday throughout Thailand.
January 6-9 - PIMEX Boat Show - Royal Phuket Marina Asiaâ€™s biggest on-water boat show, PIMEX 2011 is held annually at the Royal Phuket Marina Exhibition and Conference centre with 2,500 square metres of air conditioned display space adjacent to the marina basin. This year will feature more than 40 boats on the water, ranging from tiny dinghies to luxury yachts and family cruisers. All the major brands will be represented, and it is here you can check out the latest nautical gear and gadgets. Luxury motor car brands Lexus and Jaguar will also have their latest models on display. Five restaurants on the boardwalk overlooking the marina will feature a relaxed carnival atmosphere during the show.
January 7 & 21 - Curry Fridays at Navrang Mahal Indian restaurant Curry lovers will be in their element with the all-you-can-eat curry buffet at the Navrang Mahal restaurant in the Karon Sand and Sea resort every second Friday. Cost is only 449 baht per person, and draft beer is available at 50 baht per glass. For further information, call 076 286 464.
January 8 - National Childrenâ€™s Day Every year, on the second Saturday in January, the Thai people celebrate the importance of their young people. Many events will be organized and many parks and zoos will allow children to enter for free on this day. This is a great time for you and your family so get out there and enjoy the festivities.
January 14 - IBAP meeting The International Business Association of Phuket meets on the second Friday of each month. This monthâ€™s meeting will be â€œNetworking, everyone meets everyoneâ€? held at the Thai Naan restaurant, opposite Central Festival. Everyone is welcome. Entry is 200 baht for members and 400 baht for visitors and includes a sumptuous buffet and complimentary drinks. For further details, visit www.ibap-phuket.org
January 15-16 - Phuket Airpark Fly-in Aircraft from all over Thailand and Malaysia will fly into Phuket for two days of fun and festivities. Meet the pilots, see their machines, and find out why they love to fly. The fly-in will feature flying games, a BBQ, and a bikini contest. For further information, visit: http://phuketairparkfly-inpilots.blogspot or call Mike Gillam on 0879 394 523.
January 22 - The 9th Annual QSI Phuket Fun Run At Bang Wad Dam in Kathu. Registration starts at 8am, advance at QSI School. There will be free water for the runners, great food and drinks, jumping castles, band and DJ, raffles and silent auctions, and more all for a complete family Fun Day! This annual event is the schoolâ€™s main yearly fund raiser and sports event. Organizers compromise of school Administration, Teachers, Students, and parents. More information, http:// phuket.qsischool.org
January 23 - The Great Phuket Rubber Duck Race Day - Laguna Phuket More than 2000 rubber ducks will race in a bid to win 1.2 million baht worth of prizes for their â€˜ownersâ€™. The first twelve numbered ducks to cross the finish line will each win a prize, with the top prize, three days and two nights aboard the 5-star twin-masted sailing boat, the Silolona, for ten people, worth 800,000 baht ($US 27,000). There will also be dragon boat races, kayak races, a home-made raft race and a cardboard box race for kids, as well as classic car rides and a Delightful Duckling costume. Master illusionist Joe Conrad will perform some amazing magic tricks, and all monies raised on the day will be donated to the Phuket Community Foundation charity. Itâ€™s guaranteed to be a great day out for the entire family. For further information, call Alasdair Forbes or Janyaporn Morel on 0878 849 964 or visit: www.phuketcharity.org/pcf-race-day.
January 26 - Australia Day
Aussies throughout Thailand, both tourists and expats, will celebrate their national day with cold beer, hot pies, a barbecue or two and lots of Aussie music. To join in the fun, head to the Aussie Bar in Soi Bangla, the AFL bar in the new complex behind Jungceylon, or enjoy the free BBQ at Lillyâ€™s Aussie Bar in the OTOP complex, opposite the Hard Rock Cafe at the south end of Patong.
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Live the dream at Sai Taan T
he Phuket property market is one of the worldâ€™s finest, not only because the houses are so affordable, but also because of the scenic environment and the high quality of design values. The Sai Taan Villas development is one of the best in Phuket, situated on the sunset west coast. These impressive single-storey modern tropical villas are individually set in at least 950sqm of land, which ensures privacy and seclusion of the highest order. Providing you with a great choice of 3 and 4 bedroom villas, you can relax in luxury with beautifully furnished interiors. The villas were created to seamlessly incorporate a modern design with indoor and outdoor spaces for that desirable open plan feel. Merging elegant interiors with traditional Northern Thai styled architecture, the warm embrace of these properties is very homely and classy in the same breath. Although the designs enjoy that Asian feel, the use of western technology provides those extra-special touches and creature comforts which are looked for in a residential property. Surrounded by perimeter walls, that enhance your sense of privacy and security, you delve inside to find a luscious landscaped garden still
The warm open plan feel of Northern Thai architecture. retaining the existing Banyan trees and sugar palms where possible. With outstanding features such as the large living rooms, set over 64.8sqm, pitched ceilings, breakfast bars, dining rooms and concertina windows that provide direct access to the garden and private swimming pool, these spacious villas are ideal for those seeking out a comfortable and luxurious residential home. Award-winning designers have created the elegant and subtle lighting in each room.
Couple these features with the option to install a remote control sound system you will raise the already high desirability of these villas to new levels. When you hear the words â€˜Sai Taanâ€™ in Phuket, you know you are receiving high quality properties with style for affordable prices. The developer, at this moment in time, has 65 villas across three projects, with only six remaining for sale. This is due to the desirability and design values of Sai Taan. Currently in their eighth year
of operation, the developers have justly earned a reliable and flexible reputation when adopting client variation requests. Their developments are one of the best selling on Phuket, which is a serious recommendation on its own. Continually recognized by their clients, competitors and government as being high quality in whatever they strive to achieve, including villa design, specifications and finishes, is an accolade of the highest order! The Sai Taan Villas are located
on a peaceful side street just inside the main entrance of the exclusive Laguna 5-Star resort complex within close proximity to the excellent facilities of the Laguna Phuket Golf Club and the world famous Banyan Tree Spa. With the beach just a five-minute stroll away and a host of top quality International and Thai restaurants nearby, the location of the development is second to none. Phuket International Airport is only a 20-minutes drive, as is western styled shopping centers. Situated on the sunset west coast of Phuket, you will be hard pressed to find a better residential home. For more information, Ms. Thipaporn Roersch (Kati) Tel: 076 271255 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sai-taan-phuket.com
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HERE are so many things to see and do in Phuket, and a holiday here simply wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the island’s more popular night time attractions. The Phuket Simon Cabaret, at the southern end of Patong, features a cast of elegantly dressed ladyboys and some of the most exquisite costumes on the planet. There are two shows nightly, one at 7.30pm and a late show at 9.30pm. The cabaret has become one of Phuket’s must-see shows, providing a night to remember as the ‘boys’ strut their stuff to a background of hi-tech sound and some stunning lighting effects. Book at your hotel travel desk, or simply turn up at the venue. Tickets are 800 baht per person. Phuket FantaSea theme park in Kamala showcases the unique charm and beauty of Thailand. The 140-acre, $US100 million facility combines cutting edge technology and special effects to provide a multitude of attractions, including a shopping street and carnival village where the accent is on fun and entertainment. There is also a grand 4,000-seat dining room where guests can fill up on both Thai and international cuisine before catching the show.
Each night, a Las Vegas-style cabaret is presented in the 3,000seat theatre, showcasing traditional Thai life, complete with 44 dancing elephants, six buffaloes, 400 birds, 40 goats and whole lot of chickens. There are also some amazing aerial acts performed high above the audience. Baby monkeys and tigers can be cuddled and hand-fed while you have your souvenir photos taken by the ever-attentive staff. Tickets for dinner and the show are 1900 baht for adults and 1700 baht for children aged 4-12 are 1700 baht. Show-only tickets are 1500 baht per person. For further information, contact the travel desk at your hotel. Master illusionist, Joe Conrad, performs two shows daily with some amazing magic tricks, such as sawing a lady in half with a giant chainsaw, levitating another
lady five metres into the air, and making a real live elephant ‘disappear’. The former Las Vegas performer is soon to open the new purpose-built, 700-seat theatre in the Jungceylon complex, and will perform two 75-minute shows nightly, one at 6.30pm and a second show at 9pm. The act features a menagerie of dogs, a cockatoo, a toucan, macaws, doves, rabbits, ducks, parakeets, exotic cats, and, of course, the baby elephant. Tickets are available from most hotel travel desks and through online ticket agencies, and cost 900 baht for adults and 600 baht for children. For further information, please visit www.joeconrad.com Get away from the crowds and sail into the stunning sunset on board a traditional Chinese junk, the June Bahtra. Enjoy this unique and original experience as you lie back on deck cushions with a gentle evening sea breeze blowing over you while the experienced crew takes care of the sailing. You will cruise as the last rays of sunshine cast reflections over the amazing scenery of Phang Nga Bay. Cruise in serenity and calm while enjoying a superb five-course buffet dinner. Take your camera
Palazzo Theatre Restaurant and be ready for a stunning vista and a magical experience. One of Phuket’s newest attractions is the Palazzo Theatre Restaurant in Kathu, where Russian acrobats, Vladislav and Alexandra have put together an amazing three and a half hour dinner show like you’ve never seen before. The theatre is designed along traditional European circus lines, with enough tables to seat 200 guests, ranging from the more intimate tables for two, to larger booths for families or parties. The ticket price of 3200 baht for adults, or 1900 baht for children, includes the spectacular show as well as a sumptuous fivecourse dinner. The Palazzo Theatre Restaurant is open six days a week, from Tuesday to Sunday. The show
starts at 7.30pm, but be there by 7pm. To book, call 076 202 277 or visit www.phuket-palazzo.com The Joe Louis puppet show troupe of traditional Thai puppeteers has moved from Bangkok to the Jungceylon shopping complex in Patong. The troupe, founded by the late grand master puppeteer Sakorn ‘Joe Louis’ Yangkhiawsod, features a Thai traditional puppet play, known as Hun Lakhon Lek. Diners can enjoy a Thai meal while watching this amazing puppet show. A collection of the intricately detailed Joe Louis puppets is also on display. Performances, which last for an hour and a half, are held twicedaily, at 5pm and 8pm. Tickets are 1000 baht per person.
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INDING a good restaurant in Phuket has never been easier, thanks to a team of stunning ‘Dining Guides’. The girls, decked out in distinctive black and white uniforms, will patrol the main tourist strip in Patong, providing both visitors and locals with advice and information on where to eat, with a smile.
The project is supported by the Patong municipality and many of Phuket’s most popular restaurants. “I think this new service is a great initiative and it has my full support as well as that of the municipality,” said Deputy Mayor of Patong, Chairat Sukban. “This service will help to promote Phuket as a warm and welcoming
place full of friendly people who are happy to offer good advice to tourists and visitors,” he said. The Dining Information team will spend most of their time on the glitter strip, Jungceylon and the beach road, the highest concentration of people, offering dining advice to anyone who may need help in choosing where to go.
They will be out and about every day from noon until 3pm, and from 5pm until 8pm. Robert Leticq, a director of the Dining Information Service, said the reaction from restaurant owners had been very positive. “They recognize there is a real need for this service and that people are more open to accepting
dining recommendations from people who are not promoting just one restaurant,” he said. Mr Leticq said the ‘Dining Guides’ could offer advice on the best deals, and in many cases, provide people they spoke to with generous discount vouchers for the restaurants they recommended. “But they will only be promoting restaurants which meet our strict criteria for quality food and service,” he said. “We currently have more than 60 venues, including 30 restaurants.” Mr Leticq said the girls would also be available to distribute brochures for local businesses which either couldn’t or wouldn’t put together their own promotional teams, or who were unable to obtain the necessary approvals to hand out flyers. He said the Dining Guides were based on the world famous Meter Maids from the Australian Gold Coast. “We don’t have parking meters in Phuket, but we do have girls who are just as pretty, if not prettier, than the girls of the Gold Coast,” he said. For further information, call Michael on 0816 077 233.
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F boats are your thing, you won’t want to miss this year’s Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) at the Royal Phuket Marina, between January 6-9. Now in its eighth year, this is the largest on-water boat show in the region and it’s where you will find all things nautical, including the latest in gear and gadgets. A large variety of international boat brands will be available for inspection and purchase, and everything from speedboats and dinghies to superyachts and sail boats, will be on display. There will be more than forty boats on the water, ranging from fishing boats to luxury sailing yachts and family cruisers. Most of the major brands will be represented, including Azimut, Bavaria Yachts, Beneteau, Benetti, Boston Whaler, Chris Craft, Corsair Marine, Cranchi, Custom Line, De Birs, Fairline, Ferretti Yachts, Fontaine Pajot, Formula, Hanse, Horizon, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Majesty Yachts, Mustang, Nautor’s Swan, Northrop & Johnson, Oryx, Pershing, Prestige Yachts, Princess, Riva, Riviera, Sea Ray, Seawind Catamarans, Silvercraft, and Sunseeker. Millions of dollars worth of deals are done every year at this show, and last year, between eight
3,0(;ZLOOEHKHOGDWWKH5R\DO3KXNHW0DULQD and ten boats were sold for a total of about $US 10 million. “This year we are hoping to surpass that with more than 1 billion baht’s worth of sales,” said show director, Andy Dowden.
“We will have luxury automobiles, including Jaguar, Lexus and Land Rover, priced from 10 million baht and boats worth a total of more than 600 million baht, with buyers coming from all over
the region, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and Hong Kong. “This is a great opportunity for marine businesses to reach a wide target audience.”
The RPM setting is postcard perfect and the exhibitions, demonstrations and displays are simply spectacular. More than 6000 people are expected to turn out for this year’s show. Mr Dowden, said PIMEX always attracted good flow of local and international visitors, including many serious buyers. “Each year the show continues to drive the marine business in Phuket and the rest of Thailand’s marine tourism sector,” he said. “The global economic woes have passed over the marine industry here in Phuket, and the future looks bright.” He said Pimex had generated more than 8 billion baht for Phuket’s marine and leisure industries over the past two years. “PIMEX 2011 is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet; the range and number of boats on display is more than you will find anywhere else in Asia and this combined with the exhibitors in the Hall and the luxury car companies taking part this year, means that PIMEX 2011 is truly a lifestyle show like no other,” said Mr Dowden. PIMEX 2011 will be at the Royal Phuket Marina from January 6-9. Entry is free. For further information, visit www.phuketboatshow.com
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UNDAY brunches at the Movenpick Resort in Karon are more an event than a meal. The array of food on offer is a full-on feast, and is guaranteed to leave even the most discerning diner wide-eyed with anticipation and his, or her, mouth watering. The serving tables are loaded to the max with delicacies including lobsters, tiger prawns, crabs, sushi and sashimi, imported oysters, pan-fried goose liver, cured ham platters, and a wide selection of top-quality meats including Australian Wagyu beef, New Zealand lamb, Argentinian beef and veal, just itching to be barbecued. And the desserts are to die for. For a very reasonable 1800 baht per person, you can eat and drink for three hours in the poolside Pacifica restaurant, or for 1500 baht (half price for children aged 4-12), you can have just the buffet, and buy your drinks separately. The wine list is extensive, as you would expect from a five-star resort such as the Movenpick, and you can enjoy a glass or two of sumptuous wine, or even a delicious cocktail with your meal. The buffet would have to be one of the world’s best, with literally dozens of dishes to choose from, including marinated mussels with
Desserts to die for. lentil and salsa and rolled beef with crispy vegetables. And after filling up on appetizers, head to the outside deck where a team of chefs will be waiting to cook your meat or fish to order. But it’s the desserts that really leave the big impression. There are so many to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. The assortment of chocolate dishes are like miniature works of art, with an extensive range of Swiss chocolates, all made to traditional Swiss recipes, cheese cakes, a jackfruit pancetta, and much, much more. There are even traditional Aussie
lamingtons, and of course, there is the world-famous Movenpick ice cream, which comes in a range of deliciously tangy flavours, especially the mango and passionfruit. There is also a wide selection of imported cheeses to round out what would have to be the perfect Sunday brunch. And being buffet-style, you can keep going back for more! A Movenpick Swiss coffee, only available at the resort, provides the perfect finish to a perfect meal. Head chef, Ameer, is proud of the fact that everything he serves is freshly made.
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How many slices sir? He even personally selects the cuts of imported meat. “The different meats, from Argentina, Australia and other countries, each have their own distinct flavor,” he said. “And we only buy the very best.” Movenpick general manager, Hansruedi Frutiger, said the Sunday Brunch would continue throughout the high season, and possibly become a permanent fixture. “We want to share our gourmet experience and set what we believe will be a new standard in Sunday d. lunches in Phuket,” he said. The Sunday Brunch is designed
to be a family affair, and once the dining is done, you are free to use the resort’s huge swimming pool and the Play Zone, the littlies can be supervised and entertained while the adults get down to the serious business of eating and drinking. This is one great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Sunday brunch at the Movenpick Resort, on the beach at Karon, runs from noon until 3pm throughout the high season. Cost is 1800 baht for both food and wine, or 1500 baht for food only. For information, call 076 396 139 or visit www.movenpick-phuket.com
Stay alive: Don’t dive into dangerous waters
HUKET’S beaches are amongst the best in the world, but they also have a dangerous, killer side to them. Dozens of tourists drown every year in Phuket after becoming caught in the death-dealing riptides, and it is important that all visitors understand and respect the local beach warning flag system. If the flags on the beach are red, it means the beach is unsafe, so DON’T swim there. Don’t even wade into the water for a paddle because the rips and undercurrents can be very strong, even a few meters from shore, and are powerful enough to sweep you off your feet and into deeper water. The undercurrents are particularly dangerous during the summer months, from May until November, when the seas are stirred up by the monsoon winds and become even wilder than usual. Even good swimmers, including former lifeguards, have ended up dead
after ignoring the warning flags and being caught in the rips. There are lifeguards on duty at most Phuket beaches, but they are usually poorly trained and ill-equipped to handle difficult rescue operations. The best defence against an accidental drowning is to be aware of the beach flags, and obey any instructions or advice offered by the lifeguards on duty. They may be poorly trained, but they know more about their own beach than anyone else. Stay safe and don’t become another statistic. We need all the tourist we have and we can’t afford to lose any.
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uto Express Dot Com Co., Ltd founder, Khun Sompop Jaruthawarat, had a vision to import European and Japanese cars into Thailand because of the growing demand in this high endmarket sector. With five showrooms already in Bangkok, the recent launch of the Phuket branch is providing the island a much needed service. Have you noticed that cars on Phuket roads are all the same brands, models and makes? This is set to change as Auto Express is unleashing a vast array of highend automobiles on Phuketians as we speak. Imagine rolling down Bangla Road in a Mercedes Benz E-Class Coupe CGI or a Rolls Royce Ghost? Cruising up the sunset west coast on a Sunday afternoon in a Porsche Panamera, Lexus or BMW will turn that already beautiful journey into the drive of your dreams. The Auto Express is well connected with all the major players and suppliers of high-end vehicles in not only Europe, but also the world over. Gaining popularity and respect for their major role developing the importation of overseas cars to Thailand, their company policies and philosophies rely on
,PDJLQHUROOLQJGRZQ%DQJODLQWKLVEHDXW\" precise deliveries and their honest and truthful attitude towards their customers. The main policies of Auto Express include: tProviding a vast selection of models to suit the lifestyle of their target consumers tVisionary attitude towards opening this market sector to a wider audience in Thailand tHigh quality products, after sales and services at European standards
Over the past 10 years, Auto Express has imported more than 800 vehicles into Thailand. During that same amount of time, they have also forged sales representatives and agents in countries such as Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. The increase in market demand for high end luxury and performance cars has quadrupled during the past few years, opening up the gateway for Auto Expressâ€™ long term vision.
The upturn of growth in the industry has now made it essential to tap into the Phuket market with the opening of their newest showroom on the Bypass Road. With more showrooms to open during the next two years in major Thai cities such as Korat, Chon Buri and Chiang Mai, the future is bright for not only Auto Express, but also those wanting to own a high performance vehicle. The wide range of models that Phuketians can now enjoy
come directly from world famous brands such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Mini Cooper, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen and many more. This is a major scoop for Phuket, enjoying an established dealership importing cars from such grandiose automobile makers from across the globe. Phuket is changing, providing services and products that other islands struggle to attain. This is yet another step in the right direction, forging Phuketâ€™s already glittering reputation as the island where you can get anything you desire. Auto Express Dot Com is making all the right moves and will be inundated with interest at their new showroom. For more information call 084 655 366 or 089 866 7892
Movenpick chef Ameer and Uliana Egorova
Peter Smith, Blandine Cresser and Eric Lim
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Illusionist Jow Conrad kept the crowd enthralled with his magic tricks
Svetlana and Artem
Skal celebrates 15 years M
ORE than 75 people turned out to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Skal Phuket club with a gala dinner at the Movenpick Resort in November. Skal represents all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, and its members include senior managers and top executives, who all share a common aim: to promote global tourism and to provide a voice for hospitality and Tourism organizations in Phuket and Southern Thailand. The first Skal club was formed in Paris in 1932 by travel trade managers who had been on a tour of Scandinavia. The club now has almost 25,000 members in more than 500 clubs
in 80 countries and is recognised as the worldâ€™s largest travel and tourist organization. The Phuket chapter was first formed in November, 1985, primarily for local members, but now encompasses all of southern Thailand, including Krabi. The 15th anniversary dinner attracted a host of dignitaries, including Phuket TAT director, Mrs Bangornrat Chinaprayoon, Paiboon Upatising, the Chief Executive of the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organizationt and a 13-member delegation from Phuketâ€™s Malaysian sister club, the Penang Skal club. Master illusionist Joe Conrad enthralled the crowd with some amazing magic tricks, including
sawing a girl in half with a giant chain saw. Some great prizes, including a return trip to London, were up for grabs in the mandatory raffles and auctions. More than 150,000 baht raised on the night will be used to support children orphaned by the Tsunami in Khao Lak and Rawai. The clubâ€™s dinner meetings, held on the third Thursday of each month, offer members a venue for networking and discussion. The monthly meetings usually feature a presentation by a notable speaker or a prominent member of the local business community. For further information, visit: www.skalphuket.org
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Q: Are the staff who work in the small roadside massage parlors fully trained, and would it be safe? A: If you are looking for a â€˜properâ€™ massage in the hands of a fully WUDLQHG VSHFLDOLVW LW ZRXOG EH EHWWHU WR YLVLW D UHDO VSD RU KHDOWK FOXE WR HQVXUH \RX UHFHLYH WKH EHVW VHUYLFHV SRVVLEOH 7KH URDGVLGHPDVVDJHVKRSVDUHYHU\KLWDQGPLVVDOWKRXJKWKH\DUHTXLWH cheap â€“ you get what you pay for. Q: Are there any poisonous or dangerous animals or insects? A: Yes there are a few poisonous animals in Thailand, although there are very few incidents. Generally speaking, you will only come into contact with venomous creatures when in countryside or jungle enYLURQPHQWV7KDLODQGKDVSRLVRQRXVVQDNHVVFRUSLRQVMHOO\ÂżVKDQG FHQWLSHGHVEXWSHUFHQWRIWUDYHOHUVQHYHUKDYHDQ\SUREOHPV Q: What are the penalties for drug possession in Thailand? A: If you are caught in possession of drugs in Thailand, whether it is a VRFDOOHGÂľVRIWGUXJÂśVXFKDVFDQQDELVRUD&ODVV$QDUFRWLFVXFKDV KHURLQ\RXZLOOEHLQGHHSWURXEOH$OWKRXJKVRPHIRUPVRIUHFUHDWLRQal drugs are more socially accepted in Europe, you face the harshest punishments in Thailand, and you could end up spending 25 years LQ D 7KDL SULVRQ 6WD\ DZD\ IURP GUXJV RU LW FRXOG EH D PLVWDNH youâ€™ll regret for the rest of your life. Q: In case of emergencies, how good are the hospitals? A: ,I \RX KDYH KROLGD\ LQVXUDQFH ZKLFK FRYHUV PHGLFDO ELOOV IURP DFFLGHQWVRULOOQHVV\RXZLOOPRVWOLNHO\EHWUHDWHGLQRQHRIWKHQDWLRQÂśV LQWHUQDWLRQDOKRVSLWDOVZKLFKDUHDORWOLNHÂżYHVWDUKRWHOVZLWKSULYDWH rooms and extensive food menus. The facilities in Thailandâ€™s internaWLRQDOKRVSLWDOVDUHSUREDEO\EHWWHUWKDQWKRVHRI\RXURZQFRXQWU\7KH\ really are that good.
DOâ€™S&DONâ€™T IN THAILAND Thai social nuances are different to those in the western world. Whereas we reserve the rights to speak out against how our countryâ€™s affairs are conducted, Thailand is a little different.
DONâ€™T say anything negative about the Thai Royal Family Thailandâ€™s Royal Family is revered across the nation and must be treated with the utmost respect at all times. Never criticize the King of Thailand or DQ\PHPEHURIWKH5R\DO)DPLO\RU\RXFRXOGÂżQG\RXUVHOIFKDUJHGZLWK /HVH0DMHVWHZKLFKFDQLQFXUDKHIW\ÂżQHRUHYHQDOHQJWK\SULVRQVHQWHQFH It has happened before and it will happen again. Be warned.
DONâ€™T think a zebra crossing is safe In the western world, zebra crossings are safe zones, where drivers are obliged to stop as you cross. In Thailand, cars wonâ€™t always stop for someone on a crossing, so look both ways before you step onto the road, and be careful.
DONâ€™T cause a Thai to lose face Thailand is a non-confrontational nation and Thais would rather smile than argue. Never ridicule a Thai in private or public, because this will make them lose face. This is an important aspect of Thai culture and should always be remembered.
DONâ€™T wait for all your food to come before you start eating It is normal in Thai restaurants for all your food to come at the same time. The dishes will often come at staggered intervals, so DO NOT wait for all your food to come before you start tucking in.
DONâ€™T wear skimpy clothing in a temple When visiting a Buddhist Temple, wear appropriate clothing. Skimpy clothing should be reserved for the beach and the discotheques. It is especially important that women DO NOT wear short skirts, low-cut shirts or revealing shorts when visiting a place of worship in Thailand.
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DO leave tips in restaurants and bars In Thailand, it is customary to leave a tip after paying your bill in bars and restaurants. If the service has been good, leave at tip. In most bars and restaurants, 20-100 baht will be very much appreciated by the lowly paid staff, many of whom rely on their tips to pay for lifeâ€™s basics.
Kata apartment named â€˜best in the worldâ€™ A
PHUKET penthouse has been named the worldâ€™s best apartment at the world finals of the prestigious International Property Awards held at a gala dinner at the Lancaster Hotel in London. The Kata Rocks Club Penthouse, on the Kata headland, won the top award, beating entries from more than 110 countries worldwide. The dinner was attended by over 500 guests, with several countries sending their ambassadors as representatives. The International Property Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Television and Google, are judged independently by 54 international experts from all areas of the property profession. After being presented with the award, Kata rocks developer Richard Pope said the win was â€˜simply astoundingâ€™. â€œTo have an independent panel of very credible international experts deem our apartment to be the â€˜Best in the Worldâ€™ is fantastic,â€? he said. The penthouse was also named the â€˜Best Apartment in Thailandâ€™
and the Kata Rocks project was highly commended in the â€˜Best Development in Thailandâ€™ category. The impressive apartment covers 460 sqare metres over two levels and boasts a private infinity swimming pool with uninterrupted views across the Andaman Sea to Ko Phu island. The luxury oceanfront development between Kata and Kata Noi beaches, on Phuketâ€™s west coast, includes 34 Sky Villas ranging from one-bedroom to the four-bedroom Club Penthouse. The apartments are expected to be completed early next year. Mr Pope said Kata Rocks was â€˜the ultimate in Thailand villa and apartment livingâ€™. â€œOur Sky Villas are a cross between a villa and an apartment,â€? he said. â€œThey are much larger than most apartments, they all have their own private swimming pools and there is a maximum of three units in each block giving them the very intimate feel of a villa.â€? The interiors have been designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE and lighting guru, Rob Clift, with
.DWD5RFNV&OXE3HQWKRXVHEHVWLQWKHZRUOG amazing lighting combinations featuring literally hundreds of lights in each apartment. Smart home technology means you can change the lighting, close the blinds, alter the air conditioning, or adjust the music with a simple tap on an iPad screen. Mr Pope said each apartment was fitted with superb western kitchens and stunning bathrooms, all built with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Facilities include an oceanfront Club House, perched just above the rocky shoreline, with a large pool, a sunset bar and bistro, a luxury spa and gym, and a quiet reading lounge and function room. With direct access down onto the rocks, drinks can be served right next to the Andaman Sea, making it perhaps the most exclusive oceanfront resort in Thailand. The luxury spa has five treatment rooms offering various specialist
treatments including vichy showers. Also included is a fully equipped gym with the latest equipment including Pilates reformers. Kata Beach is only a two minute walk away and buggies are available to take residents down for dip. A company spokesman said sales had been strong with contracts already signed on nine of the ten Club Penthouses. For further information, visit www.katarocks.com
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Soak away the aches & pains
elaxation and revitalization are main features holidaymakers seek when deciding on which destination to visit. The Hot Spring Beach Resort & Spa at Phang Nga is one such retreat that instantly realigns your karma and uplifts your mind, body and soul on arrival. As the name might suggest, the resort was constructed on a hot spring source that was found over 40 years ago. The water originally sprung from the ground at 3.5m in height, but since due to land development and the building of a concrete wall has reduced the water to nearly 1.5m. Situated in the Thai Muang district of the ever-beautiful Phang Nga province, this unique resort and spa is the ultimate destination for those looking for that relaxing holiday with the trappings of luxurious creature comforts at their fingertips. The resort provides 75 guestrooms which fall under eight accommodation varieties: Deluxe Pool Access – These rooms have direct access to the swimming pool and the hot springs pool. Deluxe Sea-View – Containing two twin beds with separate shower and bathtub. Enjoy those dramatic seaviews within untold luxury.
Grand Sea-View – These uniquely styled rooms are duplex set over two floors, ideal for families with two bedrooms and two bathrooms alongside those picturesque sea-views. The Suite Corner – These luxurious suites have pool views, and also enjoy the added benefit of a living room, private terrace and a dining area. Grand Sea-View Suite – This duplex ssuite set over two floors owning 180 degree sea-views, with two king-size beds, a private living room and a Jacuzzi, you can enjoy your holiday in majestic style. Honeymoon Pool Villa – The rooms have king-size beds, a private swimming pool, Jacuzzis, open-air showers and relaxation areas. Grand Pool Villa – These private villas are set over a space of 110sqm providing elegance for couples. Bask in your own private Jacuzzi, swimming pool, outdoor shower and resting area. Hotspring Pool Villa – This luxurious suite enjoys a private swimming pool, relaxation pavilion and your very own hot spring pool set over an area of 110sqm. Mineral Hot Spring This unique feature of the resort was first found 40 years ago and is now an intricate part of the
therapeutic properties of this fivestar retreat. The natural spring is certified and tested to have minerals such as calcium, magnesium chloride, fluoride, manganese, nitrogen sulfur, ammonia and iron. The therapeutic benefits of the spring are endless and include: tCleansing of the skin tRelief for aches and pains alongside soothing joints and muscles tEasing tension and de-stressing as the water temperature is 45 degrees. tThe heat from the water acts as a massage which is ideal before receiving a treatment More Options The Hotspring Spa is set over 5 private spa pavilions and contains hot spa Jacuzzis, massage treatments. All spa services are created to realign your energy and reenergize your mind, body and soul. The resort also offers a day pass option for those that wish to visit and use the hotspring and spa. The resort has everything under one roof. Take advantage of the onsite bars and restaurants such as the Patcharin Restaurant, Patcharin Bar, The Pool Bar and the wonderful sea-views at the Sala Thai Restaurant. For more info, contact: www. thehotspringbeach.com
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