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October 2013.

+ SPA’S HEALTH BENEFITS

+ NANG YUAN ISLAND Discover the Paradise Island

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The Phuket Digest is a monthly magazine for the English speaking community in Phuket. Whether tourist, expatriate or just somebody who wants to know what’s happening on the island, the Phuket Digest is for you. Each month, the Phuket Digest will be featuring the best restaurants and the coolest bars and hang-outs, along with a selection of suggested activities to entertain you. The Phuket Digest will also help you discover interesting facts about Thai culture and traditions. How do you introduce yourself in the best way? How do you order food? Where do you go to find the best Thai food in your area? Or how about finding an Irish bar near you, with the finest live entertainment? The Phuket Digest will help you. Readers will learn about the finest spa treatments at the most beautiful spas. The Phuket Digest will also run hints and tips, dos and don’ts on how to behave in the fascinating “Land of Smiles,” Thailand. Please direct all editorial enquiries and contributions to

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+ CONTENTS + + UPCOMING Events in Phuket

+ Mother’s Day + Vegetarian Festival

+ LIFESTYLE

+ Blazing Nightlife in Phuket

+ LIVELIHOOD

+ Thai Noodle Soup

+ SPECIAL FEATURE

+ Leisure Time business

+ HEALTH & BEAUTY

+ Jellyfish Sting First Aid Remedies

+ TOURISTS DESTINATIONS in Phuket

+ Phuket’s Magnificent Beaches

+ COVER FEATURE

+ NANGYUAN: Discover The Paradise Island!

+ Shopping & adventure

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+ PROPERTY & INVESTMENT

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+ FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

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+ GEMS FOR THOUGHT

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+ LISTING & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

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+ TRANSPORTATIONS

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+ MAP OF PHUKET

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Gift of Love and Life

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+ UPCOMING Events in Phuket

Gift of Love and Life Editors’ Desk

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated to honor mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and influence of mothers in society, that is observed in different ways throughout the world. The celebration of mother’s day began in the United States in the 20th century which is not related to many other celebrations about motherhood such as the Greek cult Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. But in some countries, Mother’s Day become similar with these older traditions. Traditionally, Mother’s day involves presenting mothers flowers, cards, and some other gifts. Sometimes a program or a party is prepared to give honor to mothers. Mother as the “Light” of the Home Mother is considered to be the “light” of the home. Her influence in the home is immeasurable as she inspires and gives life to her household. The wellbeing of the society, the success of the community, and the prosperity of the nation as a whole, greatly depends upon home influences, thus, the home should be a little heaven on earth, the very place where affections are cultivated most importantly the love, and respect to one another. Troubles may arise in the home environment yet the mother’s heart bears and surpasses them all.

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It is a great privilege and sacred duty for her to train all those who are under her care and her influence by her teachings and example especially in the molding of the characters of her children. Indeed, there’s no nobler task than to raise the future generation. If Washington’s mother had not been of strong character in molding young George’s mind, and talents, her son would not become a man of strong disposition and moral power and beauty. His mother gave him the lessons for practical life. She inspired him with principles of life and firm integrity--his true greatness. She helped to achieve the revolution—she shared the richest enjoyments of its success; but she did it through her heroic son.

me to fructify.” --AH EG White Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children (William Makepeace Thackeray). It is at our mother’s knee that we acquire our noblest and truest and highest ideals, but there is seldom money in them (Mark Twain), for they are priceless. That’s why the one who takes the child by hand takes the mother by the heart (German proverb), for a child is a mother’s life and real treasures. Give the respect due to your mothers, obey and be kind to them, for if you lost your mother—you lost the best of all!

John Quincy Adams once paid the following tribute to his mother: “It is due to gratitude and nature that I should acknowledge and avow that such I have been, whatever it was, such as I hope to be in all futurity, must be ascribed, under providence, to the precepts and example of my mother.” The German philosopher Kant remarked, “I shall never forget that it was my mother who caused the good that is in

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+ UPCOMING Events in Phuket

PHUKET VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket is a colorful event held over a nine-day period in October, celebrating the Chinese community’s belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar will help them obtain good health and peace of mind. Though the origins of the festival are unclear, it is commonly thought that the festival was bought to Phuket by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell ill with malaria while performing on the island. They decided to adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and pray to the Nine Emperor gods to ensure purification of the mind and body. To everyone’s amazement the opera group made a complete recovery. The people celebrated by holding a festival that was meant to honor the gods as well as express the people’s happiness at surviving what was, in the 19th century, a fatal illness. Subsequently the festival has grown and developed into a spectacular yearly event that is attended by thousands with participants flying in from China and other Asian destinations.

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One of the most exciting aspects of the festival are the various, (and sometimes gruesome) ceremonies which are held to invoke the gods. Fire walking, body piercing, and other acts of self-mortification undertaken by participants acting as mediums of the gods, have become more spectacular and daring as each year goes by. Men and women puncture their cheeks with various items including knives, skewers and other household items. It is believed that the Chinese gods will protect such persons from harm, and little blood or scarring results from such mutilation acts. This is definitely not recommended for the fainthearted to witness. In 2011 some 74 people were injured with one death reported. Injuries are usually sustained from the indiscriminate use of firecrackers so beware of this pitfall and stay well away from this deafening and sometimes frightening aspect of the Vegetarian Festival.

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+ LIFESTYLE

LIFESTYLE

DAZZLING NIGHTLIFE IN PHUKET! Phuket would come to life at night! Music, sports, food, drinks, family entertainment and a lot more attract visitors from all over the world.

LIVE MUSIC Live music bars flocked together mostly in Patong beach area or around Phuket town. Wide range of music from blues to jazz, rock, and even heavy metal are practically played by talented bands and musicians every night while you enjoy your favorite drink. Live music is a fantastic tool for tweaking your mood, making the night eventful!

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THAI BOXING Thai boxing attracts fighters and boxing lovers from all over the world with their extreme Muaythai real fight every Monday and Thursday nights.


PHUKET FANTASEA Phuket FantaSea is the island’s biggest show. With trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds, performing elephants and other animals and an exotic storyline that blends tradition with fantasy you’ll have a wonderful evening out here. FantaSea also hosts one of the biggest buffets in Asia and is set in a theme park that offers carnival-like games, lots of shopping opportunities, a Palace of the Elephants, a Similan Adventure Centre and several other food outlets. It’s spectacular, it’s extravagant, it’s impressive and great entertainment value for all.

SIMON CABARET Phuket It’s a magnificent exhibition of art, beauty, and fun. Simon cabaret is one of the most famous entertainments in Southeast Asia drawing thousands of visitors around the world. The shows include musical theatre from cultures around the world with their displays of classical drama and song.

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SIAM NIRAWIT Lavish yourself with the quality family entertainment Siam Nirawit provides. Siam Nirawit is one of the largest stage productions in the world! It provides spectacular show of Thai Arts and Culture with the amazing special effects using State-of-the-Art Technology. SUNSET BARS Phuket is surrounded with great and relaxing sunset views. Bars could be found in most beaches and viewpoints making the night more tranquil and eventful! Pictures: (recommendation) Bars above Kata Noi beach Catch Beach Club in Surin 360 Degrees Restaurant in Layan beach Ratri Italian Bar and Grill in Kata beach Joe’s Downstairs in Patong beach Sala Phuket Restaurant and Beach bar at Mai Khao beach Diavolo Restaurant in Kamala beach Ska Bar in Kata beach GAY PHUKET-Hot spots Many male visitors look for male companionship, sometimes for the duration of their holidays, sometimes for much longer. In Patong, an estimated half of the businesses there are run by, or are catering to gay people. Many are small bars with a selection of young men who sit, talk and share drinks with their guests.

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Virtuous Woman

Interviewed by AL Snow Original Phuket settlers work on their fishing boats. The family members are hardworking in order to earn a living. Through time, people from everywhere visited the island and some decided to stay and put up their own businesses. Phuket began to flourish as more and more visitors discovered the magnificent paradise island. Businesses of all sorts progress as tourists (especially) from all other the world crowd the beautiful beaches during holidays and summer time. Charoy, a mother of three, decided to put up a mini mart business on a retail and wholesale basis in Phuket about two decades ago. Her family migrated to Phuket for more business opportunities. Now, as a retiree, she decided to spend more time for her mom and grandchild. As her strength is failing her for the mini mart business, she decided to hand it to her son and daughter-in-law. “I’ve been working in this retail business for quite sometime, now that I’m old, my son and daughter-in-law can take care of the business,” she said confidently. “I can take good care for my mom and look after my grandchild,” she added.

Fortunately, her grandchild is lucky enough

to have a grandmother like her. A lot of children are not so fortunate, unattended and left to themselves. She’s hoping that she could be of great help for her grandchild. She hopes to give him proper guidance and inspiration, share valuable wisdom, and values that will be treasured for a lifetime. “I hope we could raise him to be good and responsible person, strong in character and true to principles,” she said.

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+ LIVELIHOOD

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LIVELIHOOD NOODLE SOUP

Self-employed individuals in small-scale businesses are very common in the streets around the Kingdom of Thailand. Food is ever present since it is one of the basic necessities of life. One of the most favorite is the noodle soup that comes in different flavors. People from all walks of life would crowd especially in the late afternoon, for many locals and tourists find it irresistible. Most Thai noodles are made from rice while some are made of wheat and eggs. Woon sen are mung bean noodles that turn translucent when cooked (and are often referred to as cellophane noodles in English). There are different kinds of rice noodles: sen yai (very wide, flat, soft fresh noodles), sen lek (thin, flat, usually dried noodles), and sen mii (thin, round noodles) are the most common. Thai noodle soups are either served with spicy red pork (moo daeng), chicken (on the bone), beef, and occasionally coagulated pig’s blood. Naam, naam tom yam, naam-tok. Naam are just plain broth, usually pork or beef, which has been simmered with aromatics and spices for hours — most vendors have their own special broth. Naam tom yam is seasoned in the tom yam-style. Naam tok is broth where blood has been blended into the stock. Most vendors add meat to match their broth. Luk chin are firm meatballs; luk chin mum are soft meat balls are also added. Muu daeng (roasted, seasoned pork loin, the seasoning gives it a red color), and many others, including liver, blood cake, and dumplings filled with ground meat or shrimp called giow are some of the choices. Vegetables are also added according to your preference. Vegetables usually served in separate plate and other spices such as fish sauce, ground hot chili, ground peanut, sour sauce or soy sauce is also added as desired.

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+ SPECIAL FEATURE

Leisure Time Business Interview by AL Snow

Nighttime businesses in Phuket have many kinds. Businesses come in various ways and sizes. There are bars, nightclubs, restaurants, shops selling drinks, and many more. Most of the owners have a hefty income, especially during the high season when they make more profit many times more than usual months. Our team interviewed a handsome and openhearted fellow, who is the owner of a snooker lounge. Why did he choose this business, and how much does this kind of business really make? What enticed this man to open up a shop?

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Many people in Phuket call this fellow Goh(in South Thailand it is used to address for elder) Siang. Mr. Siang told us that snooker is just his past time because he has many friends and that he likes to relax during his leisure time by playing snooker. Apart from this, playing snooker could help someone practice concentration, planning, and patience.


Another reason why Mr. Siang opened up a snooker shop it is because he has many friends and he wanted to be able to welcome them and give the opportunity to practice snooker more than making money or business. Right now, Mr. Siang works in law offices more than he does at the snooker lounge. There are many snooker establishments in Phuket and some have 10-12 tables. Before one can have this kind of business, a permit and registration as a club must be secured beforehand, otherwise it will be illegal. The price of registering is fairly high so it would be wise to have many tables. For Mr. Siang he has only one table in an air conditioned room to entertain his friends and all the rest are open air tables. How to play snooker: Step 1: Obtain the proper equipment. Snooker is played with 22, unnumbered object balls, divided into two groups of 15 red balls, 6 balls of different colours and one white ball (the cue ball). Each ball has a different point value: red=1, yellow=2, green=3, brown=4, blue=5, pink=6, and black=7. Step 2: Understand that you’re trying to score a higher number of points than your opponent by potting the balls, i.e. sinking the red and the coloured balls alternately into the table pockets.

Step 3: Toss a coin to decide who is to play first. The first player has to cause the cue ball to contact a red ball. If he fails to do this, the other player tries. Step 4: The first player to cause the cue ball to contact a red ball continues by potting or touching one of the coloured balls and then a red ball in sequence until he fails. Then, the turn is moved to the other player, who has to pot a red then a coloured ball in sequence until he fails. Step 5: Continue in that manner as long as there are still red balls on the table. As long as there are red balls on the table, all the potted coloured balls return to their original position on the table. Step 6: Pot the lowest value to the highest value of coloured balls in sequence after the red balls run out. From then on, the coloured balls are no longer placed back in their original position. Step 7: The snooker game ends when there are no longer balls on the table. The winner is the player who had scored the highest number of points. Losing points, the player might lose points in some cases such as: • The player knocks the white cue ball into the pocket. • The player strikes the white ball and does not hit the designated color ball as in the rules. That’s how easy to play an enjoyable and relaxing snooker game. “Anyone who is interested to try his hand and enjoy this game may drop by my place,”Mr. Goh Siang said. His snooker lounge is located in Cherng Talae. He can be reached through his email at: 1801phuket@gmail.com

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+ HEALTH & BEAUTY

Jellyfish Sting Remedies Don’t spoil what you had expected to be an enjoyable and a memorable holiday in Phuket with a least expected jellyfish sting. And if you are really bent on venturing into a water sport or two in the Andaman Sea, the more that we should remind you that jellyfish sting should be at the top of your list of cautions. Thailand sea coasts host one or two of the less than a hundred considered dangerous jellyfish types.

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There are around two thousand species of these brainless sea creatures across the globe. Yes, Mother Nature did not give jellyfish any brain at all. But watch out because the most dangerous species, the Box Kelly, as reported some years back by the New Scientisl magazine is not just and ‘dim-witted ocean drifters’ but actually ‘fast, active predators that hunt and kill with incredible speed and brutality. Every centimeter of the Box jellyfish’s tentacles has three million stinging cells through which it releases its poison. The fact is it is the most poisonous creature in our planet. It will immediately kill its victim in a matter of two minutes, or even less. The identified jellyfish infested shores would normally have signposts bearing a warning. If you see one, you better stay away from the water and avoid the deadly creature at all cost. Problems on Box Jellies occur between the months of October and May. The victim would usually show symptoms such as severe pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, redness of swollen skin or would, difficulty in breathing, difficulty swallowing and speaking, sweating, shivering, and sometimes even experiencing pulse or heart failure

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Here are treatments that were effected to Box Jellyfish victims and were proven effective. First, pour vinegar over tentacles or remove them with a stick. Next, tie a light bandage above and below the sting. After that, splint the stung part and keep it at heart level; as with it too high could cause venom to travel to the heart while with it too low would cause more swelling. Avoid drinking alcohol, taking medicines and eating food. Urgently seek medical treatment, and if anti-venom is available immediately apply it. In addition, the following treatments can also be tried for general jellyfish stings. Rinse the stung part with sea water (not fresh water as it will only worsen the symptom). Also, do not apply sun lotion or spirit-based liquid to the affected area. Pour vinegar into it and lift off the remaining tentacles with a stick; or dust it with flour and carefully scrape off the tentacles with a blunt knife. A cold pack can then be tried next. It the swell persists apply a hydrocortisone eczema cream or any light steroid cream. See a doctor. There are sophisticated suits that offer protection from jellyfish sting. They are available in many of the water sport shops on Phuket. Get one before taking a plunge into the sea. Mother Nature equipped you with a brain. Do not be outwitted by the lesser, brainless ocean drifters. AL Snow

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Coffee The Arabs were the first, not only to cultivate coffee but also to begin its trade. By the fifteenth century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia and by the sixteenth century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. European travellers to the Near East brought back stories of the unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent.

Despite such controversy, in the major cities of England, Austria, France, Germany and Holland, coffee houses were quickly becoming centers of social activity and communication. By the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London, many of which attracted patrons with common interests, such as merchants, shippers, brokers and artists. In the mid-1600’s, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, a location later called New York by the British. In only 100 years, coffee had established itself as a commodity crop throughout the world. Missionaries and travellers, traders and colonists continued to carry coffee seeds to new lands and coffee trees were planted worldwide. Plantations were established in magnificent tropical forests and on rugged mountain highlands. Some crops flourished, while others were short-lived. New nation’s were established on coffee economies. Fortunes were made and lost. And by the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world’s most profitable export crops. Coffee shops like the one next to Karon police station will give you a relaxing aroma of the coffee of your choice on your busy days, making you alive and alert all day!

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Amazing Health Benefits of

Thai Cuisine There is growing admiration to Thai food for the last few decades not only for its taste but foremost for its health benefits. With its mouth-watering blend of both fresh and dried herbs and spices, Thai food offers an enjoyable way of availing the nutrients your body needs. Aside from the nutrients it provides, herbs included in Thai cuisine contains a lot of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and other disease-fighting phytochemicals that provides natural healing especially to common diseases. Immune System Boosters Carcinogenic substances could be found in many foods. Common Thai ingredients such as turmeric, coriander, galangal, and basil have powerful antioxidants that help fight inflammation and protect the body from damage by toxins and free radicals. Cardiovascular Health Cardiovascular disorder is one of the most prevalent causes of death. Chili pepper and coconut milk were found to have significant contributions in the maintenance of a healthy heart. Chili is not only good source of vitamins but it is also good as appetizer making one crave less for salt. Coconut, especially virgin coconut oil is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. And its benefits don’t end in the gut. Coconut milk makes for an effective beauty product as well. Harmful Microorganisms

pancreas, liver, bladder etc. • Helps to improve the digestive system • Helps to improve blood circulation • Helps to cope with excessive fats in body • Helps to deal with menstrual problems • Proves beneficial to cope with acne and pimples Anti-aging Properties Cosmetics are always in demand for both male and female. People invest so much money for their appearance especially as one grows older. Thai holy basil, coconut milk, plus the numerous vegetables used in Thai cooking (such as broccoli, sprouts, and other “greens”) offer anti-aging benefits. From calming elements (as in Thai holy basil), to the skinenhancing fatty acids in coconut milk/oil, and the anti-inflammatory protection of turmeric (which also fights arthritis), Thai food has so much anti-aging benefits which is so affordable and without side effects. Improves Sleep Study shows that consuming just a little chili pepper (fresh or dried) and lemongrass added in food or it can be used as tea everyday improves sleep. Friends With these benefits, a single Thai dish one could avail numerous health blessings. Healthy choice of food brings healthy mind, body, and soul.

by Leirom Serdna

Lemongrass is the main ingredient in Thailand’s favorite soup (Tom Yum Soup). Lemongrass has long been used in Chinese medicine as a tonic for fighting off flus and colds. Lemongrass also relieves headaches and stomach cramps commonly associated with such viruses. Health Benefits of Lemongrass 

 • Helps to cope with fever • Helps to cope with cough and cold • Helps to cope with stress • Makes coping with high blood pressure easier • It lowers the cholesterol level • Helps to cleanse the body by eliminating toxic substances • Cleanses other organs of our body including kidney,

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SPA’S HEALTH BENEFITS Words by Mei Shang

People believe that spa treatments could improve their physical and mental health, which offers rest, relaxation, exercise and pampering. Spas are providing a myriad of opportunities for the improvement of the mind and body. Wide range of body and facial therapies are available in many areas to even cater personalized needs. The following are some of the benefits of spa.

life more enjoyable and productive.

o Reduces Stress Spa treatments may not only relieve existing symptoms but they also provide the tools for long term prevention of the factors that cause stress in your life. The spa experience can assist you to live a life of greater health, energy, and happiness. Having the feeling of being cared for reduces any level of stress.

o Weight Lose & Diabetes Going to spas on a regular basis is a great help for weight control. As the mind is rejuvenated, it aims for higher and healthier goals in terms of lifestyle. The mind is disciplined to choose healthy and nutritious foods. The mind is more conscious about the benefits of exercise. The mind and body is thus improved giving health as the top priority above wants.

o Healthy Body Tensed muscles can be treated with a body massage that could improve alertness, flexibility, and other body functions. Massages at spas usually come with aromatic oil that invigorates the spirit. It may relieve pain caused by heavy work or lack of exercise. It provides a pleasant feeling of satisfaction making

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o Mental Health As the body obtains physical health, so is the mind. A healthy body with low level pain or tensions usually it also has a sound mental ability. As the body is relaxed at spas, the mind’s energy is easily renewed and fortified.

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, used hot tub therapy for only 30 min within 6 days showed significant effect. There is decrease in plasma glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin. Further, it resulted to improved sleep and better sense of well-being (New England Journal of Medicine, 1999).


o Arthritis The use of hot tubs does not only preserves joint’s strength and flexibility but it also prevents further damage. Exercise improves coordination and endurance, ability do tasks and improve self-esteem. The use of buoyancy on the water lessens joints’ stress and allows the building of muscle strength (Arthritis Foundation). o Youthful Appearance Obtaining a sound mind and body at spas would eventually help someone look and feel younger. As people feel the care and attention (being paid or not), it has a great impact to someone’s life. People who were given attention and care are more confident and more positive in their outlook in life. Wrinkles would seldom appear as smile often seen in the faces of a happy and contented individual. o Regulate Blood Pressure Heartbeat is stimulated but it doesn’t increase blood pressure when soaking in spas. Study shows that soaking in spas decreases blood pressure instead. When spas and hot tubs are used regularly, it has the same benefits with that of exercise with less heart stress (Mayo Clinic). o Improves Sleep In addition to a relaxing massage, soaking hot for about an hour and a half will induce deep sleep as it triggers the internal thermostat to a lower temperature.

o Detoxification While spas care for other body needs like body and facial therapies, it also offers way to clean the body inside out. Detoxification of the body may be a giant step toward wholesome life. The body has its natural healing system provide the essentials elements are available for the body. In many ways natural sources of food facilitate the processes in detoxification. Naturally, man’s diet is of plant origin. Many diseases nowadays are due to intolerable meat, sweet, fat consumptions and artificial food additives. Spas may offer detox services that may help release unnecessary food residues that cause pain, indigestion, and a variety of illnesses. o Back Pain Research shows according to British Journal of Rheumatology (1994) that participants with chronic back pain who used the spa therapy experienced increase back flexibility, reduced pain duration, and lessened the use of analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs as compared to the controlled group.

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Phuket’s Magnificent Beaches

Hat kata (Kata Beach) Located approximately 17 kilometers from Phuket City are Kata Noi (Small Kata) and Kata Yai (Big Kata) Beaches. Both are renowned for snorkeling to see the coral, tropical fishes and the seas eco-system. Also worth visiting is Koh Pu, a small uninhabited island located off Laem Sai8. Most visitors find snorkeling along the islands rich coral reef enjoyable. Diverse beach activities are available on both beaches. Accommodations on Hat Kata are set amidst tropical and cliff settings. Visitors can choose to stay in budget to top end accommodatins according to their preference. Well known hotels located here are Club Med and the Boat-house. Fot more information on how to get there, please refer to the transportation section in Hat Karon.

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Hat Karon (Karon Beach) Lacated so9uth of Patong Beach, Hat Karon is a curving beach that lies beautifully in the sun with small sand bunes, casuarinas and palm trees. The crescent bay is the beach’s signature that drawing travelers attention. From May to October, the beach may be affected by serious undertows, as the bay open. Watch out for those warning flags before going swimming or surfing at the southern end of the beach. During the high season, the beach is ideal for relaxation, swimming or sunbathing. A wide range of accommodations, from topend to budget and mid-range, are available. Other facilities such as nightclubs, restaurants and other evening entertainment are located along the beachfront road. Hat Kalim (Kalim Beach) Locatede north of Patong Beach is a secluded beach dotted with rocks and coral reefs. Accommodations and restaurants are available. Another interesting stopover is Freedom Beach which is located around the head of Laem Ka Sai Rot and is accessible by a chartered long-tailed boat. Hat Kamala (Kamala beach) Located approximately 26 kilometers from Phuket City, Hat Kamala is a relatively secluded 2-kilometer beach that is suitable for total relaxation. Accommodations are available. Hat Patong (Patong Beach) This Beach is the most developed, most vibrant, most visited beach of Phuket that never fails to impress visitors. Located approximately 15 kilometers from the City, the beach has a wide range of accommodations and shopping arcades, and provides

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commercial beach with a second-to-none pristine beach. The Beach is home to a well-established community of Phuket s Chao Le people (sea gypsies). In addition, from this beach visitors can charter boats to explore other offshore islands. Hat Laem Kha, located to the northeast of the beach, is the departure point for those wishing to visit Koh Lon, and Koh He. Laem Phromthep, Phukets landmark, is located at the southern end of the beach. This cape is an ideal spot for diving and lows to middle range resorts. Getting to the Beach is easy by songthaeos, which cost approximately 20 baht / person / trip. Songthaeos depart from the stop at the circle of Ranong Road, whike chartered Tuktuks will cost more at 150 baht / trip. magnificent leisure activities and energetic night-time entertainment. It is a picture perfect postcard view of a 3-kilometer long white sandy beach that is perfect for swimming, lazing, and enjoying challenging water sports such as jet skiing, windsurfing snorkeling, sailing and parasailing. In addition, Patong offers gastronomical delights for seafood lovers. There are plenty of good restaurants located along the beach. Hat Nai Han (Nai Han Beach) Located a few kilometers from Kata Beach, next to Phromthep Cape, approximately 18 kilometers from town is Hat Nai Han, an extra-ordinary beach that has white powdery sand and crystal clear water. The beach borders on two charming landscaped lagoons surrounded by rubber trees and other tropical plants. As the beach has not yet been fully developed to its full potential, it is less crowded, more peaceful, thus is ideal for people seeking solitude. Holidaymakers are not recommended to swim during the monsoon season from May to October. Watch out for the red flag!

Hat Surin (Surin Beach) Located approximately 24 kilometers from town and only in a short distance north of Laem Sing is an enchanting beach lined with casuarinas trees. Isolated and secluded, the beach is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. The beach, however, is not suitable for swimming as it has a steep sloping beach and the weather fluctes during the southwest monsoon. In addition, there is a golf course which was established in the reign of King Rama Vll. Several Muslim fishing communities are located nearby and Mosques are situated to the west of the beach. The local Mosque, Matsayit Mukaram, is worth visiting as it is an elegant whitewashed structure with lacquered wooden doors. To get there, travel along Route No. 402, after reaching the Two Heroines Monument, turn left and proceed for approximately 12 kilometers.

Despite having a rather limited selection of accommodations, they range from budget bungalows to the top-class Yacht Club. Check with the TAT Phuket Office for more up-to-date information and room rates. This beach can be reached by songthaeos, which leaves from the intersection of Ranong Road and the fountain circle. The fare is 25 baht / person / trip. In addition, visitors can also charter tuk-tuks which costs a lot more at 150 baht to 200 baht / trip. Hat Rawai (Rawai Beach) Located approximately 17 kilometers from town is the less crowded, more peaceful and less

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+ COVER FEATURE

Nangyuan

is one of the most beautiful beaches where you can relax and enjoy the ebbing of the sunset waves on the beach. The serenity and the refreshing atmosphere of the place enable you to unwind from our tiresome routines or travels. For diving enthusiasts, at any level, Koh NangYuan resort offers good accommodation at reasonable prizes including friendly, multilingual and certified divers that will guide you and make your holiday experience a wholesome one.

Climate Best time to go? The climate here is tropical and usually rather pleasant all year round, but it might rain more from September until December due to the tropical monsoon season.

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Utility List Koh Nangyuan Facts Koh means: Island in Thai language Contains of: Three small islands connected by a beach Location: In the Gulf of Thailand, next to Koh Tao Province: Changwat Suratthani What to do? Relaxation and water sports is probably two most fair answers to this question. Diving and snorkeling is popular, with many good diving sites such as Twin Peak, White Rock and Green Rock. Rock climbing (be careful), kayaking and canoeing are also rather common activities on this “Three Piece Island�.

How to getting there? By Car Surat Thani City. By Bus Call the southern Bus Terminal tel: 0 2434 5557-8 or visit www.transport.co.th

By Train to Surat Thani. For further details, please call 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th By Air For more information, contact their Bangkok office at tel. 1566, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or get your on-line e-ticket at www.thaiairways.com By Ferry The Catamaran High Speed Ferry are provide all convenient facilities service, fully air-conditional, include standard security system. You can book your seat online at www.lomprayah.com

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+ Shopping & adventure

SHOP PHUKET!

What to buy and where to go? Phuket Island, the pearl of the Andaman Sea is one of the world’s most unforgettable travel destinations with beautiful white sandy beaches and green vegetation across the island. Apart from Phuket’s exquisite natural beauty, the island has also become a world class shopping destination as well, which is continuing to grow and prosper from the constant patronage by millions of foreign travelers from around the world each year. During your stay in Phuket there are lots of different things to see, do, and buy depending on the personal tastes of each individual. To help make the best out of your time in Phuket, I have put together a list of many of the biggest shopping attractions and venues throughout Phuket, to allow you to choose the best places to go and enjoy your Phuket shopping experience. When coming in to town from the airport you will pass our first venue:

2. Thalang Road

1. Sri Supphaluck Orchid/Cashewy (Thalang district) Sri Supphaluck Orchid or best known as “Cashewy” is a well-known tourist stopover where you can buy many kinds of assorted delights, candies, and other kinds of sweets, and much, much more. One of Cashewy’s best known products is its cashew fruit juice, cashew nuts, and cashew nut products. Go and sample the different kinds of wonderful flavors available for your delight all under one roof. There is also a Cashewy branch in the Chalong area. As we continue on our way into town we can stop by the Phuket old town and arrive at our second famous destination:

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Thalang Road is the center of Phuket old town and is built in the Shino Portuguese architectural style which has been preserved by Phuket’s residents throughout the years. Thalang Road is famous for its “Go Bpee” the local Phuket name for coffee. There are also many shops selling beautiful local fabrics and clothing such as the Baba and Yaya styles influenced by Chinese culture and design. For a look into the past, stop by the Thalang Road tourist information center for a glimpse into Phuket’s history and buy a souvenir to take back with you. For those backpackers who would like check out Phuket town on foot, you can find accommodations in Thalang Road and Soi (street/alley) Romanee which is located at the middle of Thalang Road. Further down the road you can stop by the Tai Hua Museum and continue on to the Chin Pra Cha House Museum and Blue Elephant Resaurant which is a huge mansion surround by a big grass lawn. Just one block away from Thalang Road is our next place of interest:


4. Tai Rod Naka Tai Rod Naka (Weekend evening free market) Tai Rod Naka is a great place to walk around and have fun. There are a tremendous assortment of souvenirs and, clothing, and great deals to be found throughout the many stalls selling goods. Along with the broad range of items for sale, there are many kinds of food and flavors to try as you walk around the market. Tai Rod Naka is a great place for a taste of the Asian shopping experience and a wonderful place to find that memorable souvenir that you just got to have.

5. Expo Another well-known shopping destination for clothing, bags, and other items is the Expo shopping center located only a walking distance away from the Royal City Hotel. Expo is the place where many of the locals go to buy nice clothing at a good price. Down the road a little ways from Expo you can stop by the Mathee store for assorted foods and sweats similar to those found at Cashewy.

3. Downtown Market When looking for local fruits and vegetables there is no better place to go to than where all the locals go, the Down Town Market. The Down Town Market is your typical Asian market with an assortment of everything that you’ll need to cook your favorite everyday meals. For those looking to buy exotic Asian fruits and vegetables that are in season at a low price in an authentic Asian atmosphere, this is the place to go. Now that we are in the center of Phuket Town, we have many choices about where to go for shopping from here. Let’s start with the famous local places first.

6. Central Festival Central Festival is the biggest department store near Phuket town. Central Festival is a fairly new shopping outpost with all of the modern conveniences that you can find in a department store. Central Festival has many shops, a food court, and a classy state of the art theatre as well.

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7. Jungceylon Jungceylon is Central Festival’s bigger and even grander counterpart that is located near Patong Beach.

10. Phuket Pearl Factory One big attraction for tourists visiting Phuket is the island’s pearl farms and exquisite pearl jewelry. If you want to see how pearls are made and buy some quality pearls, then check out the Phuket Pearl Factory located in the Sapum district. On your way to Phuket international airport or going off the island you will pass the last stop in this list of places to pleasures you senses: 8. Big C and Tesco Lotus These two big department stores are located near each other not far from Central Festival.

11. Khun Mae Ju

9. Wang Talang International Lapidary Co., LTD If you’re looking for quality top notch jewelry than you can stop by Wang Talang and have a look.

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Khun Mae Ju which is the Thai name for “Mother Ju”, is one of Phuket’s most famous tourists stops for assorted foods and sweats. Of all the delicious delicacies offered at Khun Mae Ju, two of the most renound products are Nam Prik Goong Siab or shrimp chilly paste, and Gang Tai Bpla or fish curry paste for cooking. Enjoy your shopping experience in Phuket! By JP Andaman


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Sea Canoe

is always exploring, and new adventures are created every year. We have recently found a new area to explore in southern Thailand, where caves and “hongs” have been reported. If you are interested in joining us on the trip, please contact. info@seacanoe.net We have got many enquiry e-mails from the experienced kayakers asking for “Light Touring Kayak” (sit-inside kayak). We are now also able to provide for requested kayak in our kayaking self-paddle programs upon your requirement or even for kayaking rent. “Light Touring Kayaks” are suitable for protected coastal and inland waters. These designs are intended for relaxed fun paddling on placid rivers, lakes and sheltered coastal areas. They are optimized to be as user friendly as possible. The most obvious difference is that they are shorter than other types of touring kayak, making them easier to handle both on and off the water. Other features are large cockpits for easy entry and exit, strong stern profiles to boost tracking and cross-sections shaped to maximize initial stability. As with the kayaks in the touring category, the backrests are higher and more supportive than in the sea kayak range, providing increased comfort over long periods of time in the more relaxed, fun and far less demand-

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+ PROPERTY & INVESTMENT

PROPERTIES

Phuket Island has many great attractions and is surrounded with more than 50 beautiful beaches of every type, some with pounded by big surf and some with wonderful corals that are teeming with brilliant tropical fishes only meters from the shore. Many are within sight of hotels, shops and bars, while others may have only a local little restaurant that will make your food to order. It also offers endless opportunities for diving and sailing. It has superb golf courses and an international airport as well as a huge variety of international and local cuisine.

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Business Opportunities are on the increase in Phuket as a result of a very active economy.


Phuket attracts people from around the world and has always been a popular choice for tourists. In that last ten years Phuket has become an increasingly popular investment choice for homes, second homes, investment properties and retirement villas. The property market is still booming. Phuket continue to lure investors because of business opportunities. The island has a laid back attitude compared to life in the west and is blessed with many stunning beaches. Its first class infrastructure and modern amenities such as international schools and hospitals, post offices, fast internet connections and stylish shopping venues make it as ideal for families with small children as it is for career couples and retirees.

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Choosing to invest in an island that enjoys a thriving tourist industry is very promising. With an increasing amount of visitors choosing to rent private villas instead of staying in a hotel is a great option for them as it cater the needs. Some may choose to buy a plot of land and design and build the home of their own. Some would simple buy properties since options are available which may be suited to their demand and needs. Some may choose to buy a condo close to the nightlife or somewhere more relaxing such as Rawai or Nai Harn, where property is still very affordable. Terms and conditions regarding buying land or any property is easy and there is a lot of help available in different companies or agencies to be lest assured of safe and worthwhile investment.

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Choices of property available for investment include luxury villas, houses and condominiums. There is also a large range of apartments that offer a high potential rental yield. The real estate market in Phuket is very well established and there is a large resale property market should you wish to move on or cash in your investment. If you are thinking of buying land and building your own home there is quality selection of sea view land available with spectacular views to the ocean. With its all year round climate and immense choice in property style it is not hard to see why Phuket is one of the most popular property investment locations in the world.

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+ FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS

Communication: The Strength and Success of Family Relationships By Moriel Andres

Effective communication within the family provides healthy and wonderful home atmosphere and better relationships between the members of the family. Love, trust, and respect for each other would eventually flourish as family members learn to share their thoughts and concerns. Problems could easily be resolved and conflicts could be avoided. Communication, therefore, has a vital role for strong, satisfied healthy families affecting marital, parent-child, and sibling relationships.

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Benefits of Healthy Communication Self-Esteem Healthy communication in the family fosters better relationship within the family circle. When parents will communicate their appreciation and trust to their children, young people tend to prove themselves that they are trustworthy and often develop a positive attitude toward responsibilities of life, open-minded to ideas, and establish self-worth. Once the members of


the family have great satisfaction at home, this will aid them to have a better outlook in life which then be manifested with their dealings with other people in the community, involvement to a good cause, and the success and productivity in their workplace. Resolving Conflicts When feelings are effectively communicated, arguments and conflicts could be more manageable, problems could easily be resolved, and sharing thoughts and ideas openly allows the person to unload his burdens and cares. With these, problems will be addressed properly and solutions are most likely to surface. Strong Bonding Taking time to communicate with family members especially with children who are in need of quality time and guidance from parents would avoid “attention-seeker� related problems. Shocking tactics of children and teenagers to get attention from parents could be avoided. Young people who are neglected at home, no words of appreciation and encouragement, usually lost their interest to achieve and be productive in school. Oftentimes, when home fails to address the needs because of lack of time to

communicate, young people tend to find refuge to friends and other company with uncertain values. Spending time to effectively communicate at home will not only develop the listening skills, but most importantly it will be valued and carried on as children move through their lives. Love, care, and respect are the fruits of healthy communication. Values well communicated at home would greatly influence the success of the childre

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+ GEMS FOR THOUGHT

GEMS FOR THOUGHT The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

by Eleanor Roosevelt

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+ LISTING & EMERGENCY HOTLINES

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+ +USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON PHUKET International calls dial: +66-76 Inside Thailand calls dial 076Muang District Police Station

212021,212115

Phuket Airport

327230-37

Tourist Police

219878 or 1155

Tourism Authorities (TAT)

211036,212213

Highway Police

411350

Customs

211105

Immigration

212018

Post Office

211020

Tourism Authority

212213

Phuket Airport

327230-37

Phuket Harbour Master

391174

Phuket Deep Sea Port

391155

SW Meteorological Center

327191

SouthwesternMeteorological Center

327191

Chalong Police Station

381247 or 381974

Khao Pro Taew Wildlife Conservation

260492

Cherng Talay Police Station

270043 or 324086

Songserm Travel Center

222571-4

Kamala Police Station

324310

Bangkok Phuket Hospital

254 421-30

Kathu Police Station

342719/21

Mission Hospital

237 220-9

CONSULATES

Phuket Provincial Police Headquarters

212046 Or 212194

Austria

248334

Pat Sompot Hospital

214 428

Denmark

221159

Thalang Police Station

311123

Finland

248334

Patong-Kathu Hospital

310 444

France

391152

Marine Police Division 5

211883 or 214368

Germany

354119

Phuket Adventist Hospital

212386

Italy

381792

Phuket Provincial Immigration Office

212108 or 221905

Norway

230130

Phuket International Hospital

249 400

Sweden

327006

Phuket Customs Office, Region 5

211377 or 221105

Phuket Deep Sea Port

391155

Siriroj Hospital

212853

LOVST CREDIT CARDS Visa

02 2991990-29

American Express

02 2730022-44

Master Card

02 2991990-2

Diners Club / Citicorp

02 2383600

JCB

001 80000090009

EMBASSIES Australia

02 8272680

Belgium

02 679 5454

Canada

02 636 0540

China

02 245 7032

Greece

02 679 1462

191

Japan

02 252 6151

Fire Brigade

199 or 211111

New Zealand

02 254 2530

Tourist Police National

1155

Russia

02 268 1169

Tourist Police Phuket

1699 or 225361

Singapore

02 286 2111

Phuket police

212115

Spain

02 252 6112

Marine police

211883

Switzerland

02 253 0156

Ambulance

254425

UK

02 253 0191

Decompression Chamber

342518

USA

02 205 4000

Phuket Post and Telegraph Office

211020 or 216951

Vachira Phuket Hospital

211114

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Emergency

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+ TRANSPORTATIONS

TRANSPORTATION

Airport Bus provides transportation service between Phuket Town and the Phuket International Airport. At the Airport, the Bus stops directly at the Departure Terminal. Airport Bus Phuket is a Government official Bus. It is safe and affordable. Pre-arranged Hotel Transfer where hotels offer this service at an extra charge is another option. Buses to nearby provinces and to Bangkok are also available. There are regular bus services (VIP, air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) to neighboring provinces such as Krabi, Phang-nga, Chumphon, Ko Samui (bus/boat), Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ranong, Surat Thani, Satun, Hat Yai, Takua-Pa, Trang, and to Bangkok.

Songthaew In Phuket Town, Songthaew buses leave from Ranong Road and serve most of the island with a regular service, travelling between the hub at Phuket Town and the destination. Usually, the destination is written in English on a sign on the side of the bus. A number of pink Songthaew buses operate on some routes from Phuket City to Big C and Tesco, Super Cheap to Chaofa Road, and other areas. Blue Songthaews also operate on different routes from Phuket town to Kamala, Thalang, Chalong, and Patong

Taxis There are few metered taxis operating in Phuket. These metered taxis can generally be found outside of Phuket airport to the right of the main terminal building. There is also an official limousine service that operates from Phuket airport. There are many private taxis that offer taxi services and airport transfer service in Phuket and the surrounding region. These can be booked by telephone. Shared mini van could be the cheapest choice if you are a couple or travelling alone. Otherwise a metered taxi may be more expensive. Basically this is a mini van that holds up to 10 passengers. Once full, the van will drop off passengers directly at their hotel, but not before stopping at a travel agency in order to verify your final destination.

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Tuk-tuks Tuks-tuks come in many colors usually blue or red mini vans with open side. They are available throughout Phuket especially in Patong and they can be hired if empty. Prices are generally fixed, especially when taking a tuk-tuk from a long queue. Bargaining is possible; it is very advisable to carry this out in a friendly manner before departure.

Ferries Ferry services are available to all the major islands in the region including Phi Phi Island and Koh Lanta and also between Phuket and Krabi. Most ferries from Phuket travel to Phi Phi first before travelling onwards to Krabi or Koh Lanta. The larger catamarans leave from Rassada Harbour in Phuket Town and there are a number of companies that operate from the port.

Motorcycle taxis It costs approximately 20-50 baht per person per trip on a 3-5 km. Other alternative is that motorcycles can be rented from several operators along beaches and other business areas. The cost may vary from 150 baht 300 baht / day.

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+ MAP OF PHUKET

Kalima Resort & Spa

Patong Paragon

Sea Side Residence

Amber

Sweetland Suwan Kiriwong Travel School

B-Lay Thong

Ibis Hotel Tune Hotels Oriental Thai Massage

The NAP

Montes Bar & Restaurant

The Sea Patong Hotel

Holiday Inn Express

Novotel

Baan Boa 1 Nipa Villa

Impiana Resort Patong LH-Bank K-Bank Udom Agg The Kee Plaza

The Kee

Rarin Jinda Spa

Rock City Baan Sukho Thai

Chang Hotel

Nanai Grand Villas

Patong Promenade

Navarang Mahal

Bangkok Residence

R.K. Fashion Viridian Resort

Serenity

Baan Laimai Resort Laimai Restaurant

B-Bossa

Destination

Centra Ashlee Hotel Mercue Patong

Simon Cabaret Patong Hill Estate

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Crystal Beach

Hilton Phuket Acadia Karon Hill

Daimond Cottage Kata Expo

Margherita

The Beach Condotel Rama Kata Beach Hotel

Kata Night Plaza

Foto Hotel

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Anantara Phuket JW Marriotte Resort & Spa Sala Phuket Resort & Spa

Makro

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