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People Focus

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INDEXERS 30

Dining

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Awning

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GM Talk: Dr. Jirachai Amornpairoj

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Contractor

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Shopping & Mart Talk: Jitti Indhrachareon

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Posh Life: Nooror Somany Steppe

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House Rental

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Home Automation

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Featured Dining

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Reasons to smile and why we have to laugh

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Health Care

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Central Festival Phuket

A self-proved masterpiece led by

Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree When talking about Central Festival Phuket, people automatically think about a shopping paradise, the new centre of Phuket’s community, the trend setter, or they might have their own word for it. To get to this level of success, Central Festival Phuket was once and is now again led by Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree or ‘Maew’, the General Manager who returned and pledged to make it a colourful destination. Let’s hear and read what she thinks:

Where is the place you belong? I was born, raised up and got a bachelor degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, before I decided to continue with an MBA at College of Notre Dame in US. I came back and began my career life with the world-famous advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather Ltd. in their Thai office. This was followed by AT&T, Coca-Cola (Thailand), and L’Oréal Paris all of which were very good companies to accumulate working experience at. I stepped into the retail business with Thailand’s renowned retail property development and management firms, Central Pattana and Central Retail Corporation, which thereafter offered me an opportunity to come to Phuket and set up Central Festival Phuket in 2004. As I loved challenges but was still in love with Phuket, I then shifted track to learn things in the luxury market by spending 3 years as a Marketing Director at Royal Phuket Marina. Then last year, I finally came back to Central Festival Phuket since I feel this is a place where I belong.

What is Central Festival Phuket to you? We intended to make Central Festival Phuket become the biggest shopping paradise in the south. We put heavy efforts into bringing together a wide selection of the world’s leading fashion brands, vast variety of foods from around the world, and many kinds of entertainment into one exciting package for Phuketians & tourists to enjoy all in one place. Considering the current situation, I think we have reached satisfying

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levels of achievement and have got a little bit closer to what we aim to be “the centre of the community”. Alongside the community, Central Festival Phuket also passed difficult times after the tsunami. But I think it was a test we got through and it was another step we had to take to become a leader in what we do.

What new developments are going to happen? For the 6th year anniversary, we will use this opportunity to re-launch our shopping center. With new decoration, renovation and expansion, plus the opening of the new zone, the community can expect a higher level of satisfaction. The highlight will be our new ‘Kids & Family’ zone, the recently opened 4th floor of Central Department Store and the soon coming June, “CFP Eduplanet” which occupies over a thousand square metres on the Parking 1 area next to Office Depot, featuring a selection of skill enhancement academies for all children. As well, you will see a 30-40% larger Tops Supermarket extended to be “Food Hall”, a first class supermarket that provides customers a broader range of imported food from around the world. We will make full use of our space so that it can support more activities we plan to organise. Whether it be a motor show, fashion show, or art exhibition etc., these will happen at least once in a month. Like fashion, we continually develop ourselves, to ensure that the number of years passed means better experience too.

Did working hard make you who you are today? From the moment I chose to leave Bangkok for the new challenge, I have to admit that I felt anxious and was on edge too. I knew no one here but my task, which was assigned by boss, was to grab big attention from every market segment in

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Phuket. Everyone had to notice it and our opening, which was scheduled in September 2004, had to become talk of the town. To be honest, that was not easy. However, the difficult mission was the way to prove my skills, competency and leadership. I had to dedicate myself and used every aspect of knowledge that I have gained through previous studies, work and life experiences to make it perfect. Because there were a lot of details to work on, to open a shopping complex, I was so happy that we got an over-expected positive feedback with the opening. I look back and found my previous thoughts about my career life were wrong. I had thought that it was because I had no luck for always being assigned big and tough tasks. But now I know that I was very lucky to have them as a stage to prove myself. Central Festival Phuket, for me as an executive, is a masterpiece and that for sure brings me much pride.

What is your self perception? I will determine myself as a working woman. Being an executive for such a large organisation, to lead and monitor many people, I prefer a working atmosphere that is full and reaches the level of creativity, respectfulness and communication among the team. I believe that working and problem solving are better when done cooperatively and “‘none’ of us is as good as ‘all’ of us”. For my personal life, I’m kind of lively, sociable and a fashion lover. I’m also a positive thinker who loves challenges, excitement and adrenaline. That is what I am.


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Saroch Tantipattanaseri Managing Director of Sea Sun Sand Resort

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Designer & Executive Two life roles of

Saroch Tantipattanaseri H is first intention was to stay in Phuket for just a few months, but life on the island for Saroch Tantipattanaseri, Managing Director of ‘Sea Sun Sand Resort’, a moderate size resort in Patong, is now reaching 30 years here. What made a successful architect leave his place of origin and lay his future on this island? Let’s find out the answer together, in how this architect–executive, designs and directs his life.

“For me, designing is like laying the foundation which needs to be strong for the frame and the building to be set and rise securely when completed.”

How was the beginning for Saroch Tantipipattanaseri? I’m a Bangkok native. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from Chulalongkorn University and spent many years after the graduation with Thailand’s major construction, trading and manufacturing group Italian-Thai Development PCL. One day when I was assigned a task in Phuket and had been working here for a period of time, I saw a business opportunity, as at that time Phuket was still short of a professional architecture company. After that my colleagues and I started up our own company named Project Management Consultants (PMC) which serves customers

for architecture & interior design, landscape work, consulting and construction, with the aim to bring professionalism into all the work. What makes PMC different? It’s the professionalism. Our job does not stop at the design on paper but we go beyond. We provide feasibility advice for the customers on matters that include budget management, marketing, investment and risk assessment. The reason why we pay attention to every process and focus so much on the design is because, for me, designing is like laying the foundation which needs to be strong for the frame and the building to be set and rise securely when completed. Our past projects range from hotels to residential projects. How did Sea Sun Sand Resort happen?

I can’t deny that the hotel business was very hot in Phuket. Anyone would want to invest in this market. At first, we were just an architectural company which could expect income only in the low season when the investors liked to construct or

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“Working environments that are full of conflict or fault-finding will not lead to good service and cannot build loyalty in any organization.”

renovate to support the next high season. To cope with the vacuum situation, we then thought about opening up our own hotel. That is the origin of Sea Sun Sand Resort in the prime location of Patong. At that time, Sea Sun Sand Resort’s concept was different from other hotels in Patong, which mostly focused on high buildings with luxurious design. We decided to go with a compact 78-room hotel that can be in harmony with the natural surroundings. We use plants to fill up what Patong always misses and we value good service the most, to keep occupancy high even in low season and to keep our guests returning again and gain. Is it true that another Sea Sun Sand Resort project is coming up? Yes, it is. As our existing Sea Sun San Resort at the present cannot sufficiently meet the consistently high demand for rooms anymore, we therefore ended up with a solution to expand the resort to another location on Prabaramee Road. Close to completion, the new phase of Sea Sun Sand comprises low-rise buildings that accommodate a number of guestrooms, hotel facilities and 54-unit apartments with rental management service and guaranteed rental returns for investors. All is coming with a more modern look but still sticking to easy access to the beach, privacy and comfort. In the designer role, what do you achieve? Ethics is what our company keeps following for a long time. We cannot only think about how ‘to gain’ but we have to think about how ‘to give’ as well. This is what I’m trying to cultivate in my subordinates and young generation. Because of that principle, our company can still stand in the industry for over a decade. In addition, in my opinion, to pass on knowledge and to train the new generation is very important. While they need both ‘knowledge’ and ‘opportunity’ and we have ability to give that, why not go for it? In the role of executive, how do you take care of your staff? For the hotel, service is the key. And I think, to deliver a good service, staff need to be treated well too. I take care of them like they are part of my family. We need to know their demands, satisfy & respect each other, plus allow them

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to think and be themselves. Everyone is their own boss. I strongly believe this is an effective way of human resource management for hotels. Working environments that are full of conflict or fault-finding will not lead to good service and cannot build loyalty in any organization. What is your real identity? I may have some aspects that people classify as an ‘oldie’. While I like to go to a temple, spend some time with myself in a quiet place, I’m still attracted to innovations or cutting-edge technology which is more likely to be a character of the new blood. Definitely, personal lifestyle can indicate identity of each person. But actually, what people think about you is not as important as how you perceive yourself. I don’t care what people think of me. Having a chance ‘to give’, being who I am now, is enough for me. What do happiness and success mean to you? I don’t think they mean so much. Expectation in life for me is what make us busy and suffer. Happiness depends on your way of thinking and doing. For success in working life, I just want to keep doing what I have been, to make it better as I think a good foundation makes life easier. Finally, as a hotel business operator, I would like to ask investors and entrepreneurs in Phuket to be more environmentally conscious. The natural environment doesn’t deserve to be destroyed for personal gain. We’d better help together, to save it for the benefit of the whole world.


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Where it’s worth a sit Spend a night out in Phuket

Baba Poolclub Here, the fun never stops. It’s been less than a year since Baba Poolclub opened its doors but that is not the big issue for them to build up a reputation as the queen of entertainment and become the talk of the town in such a short period of time. The place is clearly stylish and stunning with the views high above the Andaman Sea. Gourmet restaurant, bar, outdoor lounges, Baba 88 disco, 25 metre infinity edge lap pool, and so many more facilities stretch out over 5,000 sq. metres, to form the club. Highlights of Baba Poolclub should not be limited to its signature drink “Lycheetinis”, nor faces of international DJs and bands who come around each Friday and on other special occasions; it’s a friendly atmosphere that makes people keep coming back here again and again.

Catch Beach Club Catch is a beach club operated by the renowned 5-star resort “Twinpalms”. So there’s no need to speak much about their top service and quality of the food which is guaranteed by its name. Catch Beach Club opens daily but Tuesday and Friday are the only two days you can have the freshest seafood in a BBQ on the beach from sunset onwards. Surin beach is lively under the sunlight but it turns even lovelier in the evening under the starry sky. When the moon is dark, the word “fantastic” for its setting and atmosphere seems understated. Make sure you check your calendar to catch a night at Catch Beach Club.

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Acqua is one of the most contemporary and chic restaurants in Phuket, with a high reputation for the searches and quality of its ingredients and for the extensiveness of the wine list where all the top of the top wines find their places. Chef and owner, Alessandro will introduce you in a culinary experience, where authentic Italian specialty with a contemporary fleur will make your experience unforgettable. Acqua can be booked for private lunches, dinners, parties-meetings.

324/15 Prabaramee Road - Kalim bay-Patong 83100 Thailand Tel. 076 618127 Fax. 076 618130 reservations@acquarestaurantphuket.com www.acquarestaurantphuket.com

Open everyday from 16.00 to 23.00

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Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge Being chosen as a top 4 romantic hotel in the world and top in Asia by TripAdvisor.com in its Travelers’ Choice Awards 2010, “Cape Sienna” deserves to be on traveller’s must-try-it list. For those who look for a romantic night in a hi-class setting, its Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge will please you even more. A specious patio offers charming views over the Andaman Sea and a range of cocktails to make the night stand out. Mark your calendar! This is a place to be on Friday evenings to sip and watch the world drift by. The Bar opens daily from 5pm to 12pm.

Climax Restaurant & Music Lounge On the rooftop of Patong’s newest designed resort, Absolute Bangla Suites, is an ultra modern poolside restaurant and music lounge where you can dine, drink and dance the night away with 360 degree panoramic views of Patong. Climax will give you a new perspective on nightlife. Start an evening out with a spectacular sunset scene over the ocean and when the night darkens move on to live music and DJ parties. These will keep you up and excited to the max all night. Open daily until very late!

The Surface Restaurant & Bar Let the last light of day and the final rays of sunlight over Andaman Sea soothe your senses. Minutes at dusk and afterwards on the rooftop Surface Bar of La Flora Patong will never disappoint you. Tune your every heart beat and every breath with the current of the sea and flow of the wind. Here you may indulge yourself with the signature drink “Siam Sunray” or one of the wide selections of cocktails, complimented by the light snacks and good live music. Just a few metres from Soi Bangla, you can’t imagine though how much it’s different. Open daily from 17.00 – midnight.

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p eople believe communication leads two people to a better understanding, time brings two people a little bit closer, and trust is what lengthens the relationship of two people, they will believe a romance is what keeps love alive.

Someone said love is about giving to your loved one and also to yourself; that encompasses romantic memorable moments which will inspire and nurture love to last. At Plum Fine Dining, your message is clearer, your gap is narrower, and the romance can linger a little bit longer. From the moment you step in, you will feel like being embraced by the atmosphere found nowhere else but here. Its ultra romantic setting will light up the spark in your eyes and give you a hint of what is waiting. The stunning views of the Andaman Sea will make

your heart jump while the sleek decoration and warm lighting soothe and slow your pace down. Don’t worry. Before someone goes wild, you will be taken care of by very attentive staff who dedicate themselves to supporting and secretly wishing you a night of blossom. Whether you dine in the air conditioning or alfresco, Plum Fine Dining, led by Indrajit Saha who has extensive experience for over 7 years in different restaurants ranging from Italian to French Rotisserie, will work their best to treat your palette with a fine selection of tantalizing Oriental dishes and some tropical spices with inspired menus. Every now and then, just for the two of you under the million stars of Andaman’s sky, don’t be surprised if you happen to hear Six Pence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me” or Rod Stewart’s “I’m In The Mood For Love” play softly in your heart. Many people have affirmed that Plum Fine Dining and Cape Sienna is a perfect destination for couples of all ages. Is it true or not? You only have to prove it yourself. Dinner is served from 6pm to 11pm. Plum Fine Dining closes on Mondays.

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Featured Dining

Romance lingers longer at Plum Fine Dining

Plum Fine Dining | Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas 18/40 Moo 6, Nakalay Road, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel. + 66 (0) 76 337 300 Fax + 66 (0) 76 337 399 Email: mail@capesienna.com www.capesienna.com www.phuketindex.com

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Wine Connection

Deli & Bistro makes wine more available for everyone

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ine Connection have stepped up to another level of success after they have become well known among wine lovers as a leading wine importer to many countries in South East Asia region for over 10 years. By using the new concept ‘Deli & Bistro’, Wine Connection which used to be only a “wine shop” in the public eye, has now become a meeting place & a relaxation area for everyone. No matter who you are, it’s your choice to choose between sitting down for a glass of wine, a croissant with a cup of coffee, a fresh cooked Mediterranean dish, or buying imported cold cuts to take back for your dinner at home. ‘Deli & Bistro’ for Wine Connection is considered a smart upgrade that not only helps provide new perspectives to consumers on wine consumption, but also can encourage more movements in their shops. By that, wine sales can see further big increases. Wine Connection’s Marketing Executive, Ms Penprapa Chooklin revealed to us that ‘Wine Connection Deli & Bistro’ was initiated around July last year (2009) at their Jungceylon Branch. As time passes, it has been proven that reshaping a wine shop to a bistro allows

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people to easily integrate it into everyday life as the right decision; their Chalong and Bangtao branches therefore followed in a short period of time in order to serve locals and tourists alike. Backed up by the successful Phuket branches, they took the concept and moved forward to Bangkok by launching another flagship store at K Village, Sukhumvit 26 in the city. So now, there are altogether four “Wine Connection” branches in Thailand that are operating under ‘Deli & Bistro’ concept. The comfortable and friendly atmosphere of ‘Wine Connection Deli & Bistro’ at the Chalong branch just finely reflects what they aim to be. Its liveliness tells us that although the location isn’t that so popular as Patong, they can still win the hearts of both Thais and foreigners, who visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner & in between. ‘Wine Connection Deli & Bistro’ Chalong branch opens daily from 07:00 to 23:00 (kitchen closes at 22:00) providing both alfresco and air conditioning seats. You can easily order a pizza, pasta, steak, etc. from a big menu book, choose your favorite wine from the nearby shelves, open and enjoy it with your friends. For those who have no clue on what to drink and those who love to explore something new, you can also pick one of the wines by glass from a short recommended list which will be switched around after a month; no need to buy a whole bottle. But after a try and if you find what you are looking for, do not hesitate to get it for any occasion. Wine Connection at present has total of 25 branches in different locations throughout Thailand, as well as in Singapore and Vietnam. They import over 600 types of wine from major wine producing countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia,to name a few, direct from vineyards to

customers’ hands. Without the middleman in the line, customers can buy good quality wines from their large selection with a reasonable price tag. For those who live in Phuket, you can visit their three stores, whether it is Jungceylon, Chalong or Bangtao for sipping, dining or taking home. For further information, please contact:

Wine Connection Phuket Office 19/54-57 Moo 8, Chaofa Rd., Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel.: +66 (0) 76 282 411 Fax: +66 (0) 76 282 416 www.wineconnection.co.th

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Pavarotti Ristorante & Pizzeria

PAVAROTTI

71/22 Soi 10 (Baan Hau Kuan), Moo 5, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel:+66 (0) 84 364 3892 Email: pavarottiphuket@yahoo.it

Ristorante & Pizzeria

Italian fine dining in Phuket Tucked away in a peaceful corner of delightful Kamala village, Pavarotti restaurant offers a romantic and intimate setting to savor exotic Italian cuisine. Chef Pepe, who enjoys cooking and loves to share his passion and creations with people, put a creative twist on dishes with an innovative presentation. Pavarotti also features a wonderful wine cellar, holding up an impressive selection of vintages from around the world. The open kitchen provides a visual experience that can make a simple meal even more memorable. The venue has been designed for either air conditioning or alfresco dining, both worth a try. The restaurant is attractive in light orange, cream and tan tones that inspire warm feelings during the sun’s working hours and a romantic ambience under soft candlelight at night. Chef Pepe and his team are friendly creating a special atmosphere and feeling just like you have at one of your best friends’ home and of course there is no doubt he is a talented chef. Open: Green season 2.00 p.m.-11.00 p.m. High season 11.00 a.m.-11.00 p.m. Credit cards: Visa, Master, JCB, Amex Established: Christmas 2008 Special Sunday lunch Italian buffet only 599 THB

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Phuket's culinary destinations The 9th Floor The 9th Floor possesses the highest Haute Cuisine vantage point in downtown Patong and is renowned for its extensive wine lists and range of award-winning dishes. Whether it’s Mediterranean fare or Swiss specialties; Thai gourmet cuisine or innovative fusion cuisine, its reasonable cost, excellent service and outstanding vista will simply blow you away. Tel: +66 (0) 76 344 311 Location: located on Rat-U-Thit Rd., opposite to Club Andaman www.the9thfloor.com

White Box A vibrant mix of hi-class eating and cool music lounge, the White Box nestles on the sands of Kalim beach overlooking Patong bay. White and blue colours and a minimalist style create a relaxed and uncluttered feel that reflects in the Mediterranean and Thai culinary inspiration. The white box has unobstructed sea views, nice music and great food. Served daily from 5 pm till late. Tel: +66 (0) 76 346 271 Location: located just closed to Kalim Bay www.whiteboxphuket.com

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Pum Restaurant & Cooking School Pum started cooking when she was very young; she found her Grandmother’s recipes complicated, so she simplified them. Pum Restaurants offer a simple side to Thai food. Clean and healthy dishes produced using only the freshest ingredients all presented in a warm and friendly environment. Taste their delicious food first then come back to take part in one of their fun cooking classes. Tel: +66 (0) 76 346 269 Location: 2 minutes walk from Bangla Road past the Jungceylon Complex www.pumthaifoodchain.com


Sumptuous dining and a variety of culinary styles to complete your holiday experience. Thai, Asian, Continental and seafood specialties; all expertly prepared

Rim Talay Thai Restaurant

The Grange Steak & Seafood Grill

CafĂŠ Loma

Andaman Pool Bistro

Bangtao Bay, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 324 352 Fax: +66 (0) 76 324 353 Email: info@lagunabeach-resort.com www.lagunabeach-resort.com


Mom Tri’s Kitchen

at Villa Royale

Elegant Dining by the Sea Thai & Mediterranean Cuisine Awarded Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence

12 Kata Noi Rd. Kata Noi Beach, Phuket 83100 e-mail : info@villaroyalephuket.com www.villaroyalephuket.com

Reservation Call : 076-333 568


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Reasons to smile

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Smiles and laughter are natural expressions that we learn since we were very young. It is generally accepted that they are good for both physical and mental health. Smiling and laughing can create and attract positive energy, as well as be able to push negative energy away. No matter how hard it is, no matter if they’re real or fake, keep smiling and laughing for yourself. It has a tremendous effect on your life in a way that you can’t imagine. Here are some good reasons to wear a smile on your face and keep laughing.

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It makes one more attractive I don’t know why but I’m more than sure people would love to see a smiley face than a frown, scowl or grimace when it is safer hesitating and keeping some distance. You don’t have to born with a pretty face but you can look attractive with a beautiful smile.

It changes one’s mood It takes many more muscles and is more tiring to frown than to smile. So every time when you feel depressed or find that you’re are slipping into a bad mood, try tricking yourself with a smile or a big laugh. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your energy and mood can be changed. It is contagious in a positive way Smiles and laughter not only makes you happy but it can do the same to others too. Who knows when your smile can make someone’s day turn around and will return to help soothe your bad day some day in the future. The sight of smiling and the sound of laughter make the world happier, don’t you think?


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It boosts happy hormone levels One other way to boost endorphins (natural pain killers) and serotonin is to smile or laugh. Studies say that the facial muscles that engage in the formation of a smile and a laugh trigger endorphin release by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. That’s why it makes you feel good.

It makes one look younger You don’t have to spend a penny on surgical face-lifts or bioxin treatments. Just relax and show a bright smile, from your heart, then the lines will be visually softened. This makes you feel good about yourself and can help you appear years younger than what you really are. It opens the door to success Smiling and laughing brings confidence back to you. When you feel good about yourself, knowing that you are able to do anything, you seem more likely to be promoted and more likely to be approached.

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It reduces stress A hectic, chaotic lifestyle some have increases our stress level that may lead to other illnesses. Smiling and laughing helps to prevent us from stress. When we smile, our body relaxes thereby reducing at least four neuroendocrine hormones associated with stress response including epinephrine, cortisol, dopac, and growth hormones in the blood stream.

It keeps one staying positive “Life Is Good.” No matter what happens, it happens for the best of your life. Seeking ‘good in bad’ is easier than seeking ‘bad in good’. Thinking positive keeps us smiling and vice versa.

It strengthens immune system There is a connection between mind and body. A healthy mind helps the immune system to work better. Smiles and laughter increase the number of “killer cells” and antibodies in your body, preventing you from the flu and colds or helps speed up your recovery. It lowers one’s blood pressure Give it a try - smiling and laughing are good for your heart. Whether you believe it or not, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure when you smile and laugh especially. Ten minutes of hearty laughter have been shown to produce a 10 to 20 mm drop in blood pressure that lasts for 20 minutes after the laughter stops.

Smiling and laughing are two precious capabilities we all have - use it, don’t lose it!

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For those spa goers or beauty-loving ladies, ‘Paraffin Wax Treatment’ is nothing new. But for those who are not, the term may not be in your dictionary and may make you puzzled. This should help: What is Paraffin wax treatment? Paraffin wax treatment is a kind of spa treatment that is most often applied to the hands and feet as a part of manicures and pedicures. Paraffin wax (or simply ‘paraffin’), which is the essential substance used for treatment, is unlike spa wax used for hair removal. It is a softer wax mostly white, odorless and tasteless, with a typical melting point between about 47 °C and 64 °C which is lower than normal temperature.

How does paraffin wax treatment benefit you? When it melts and gets warmer, the paraffin wax will help moisturize dry and chapped skin making it soft and smooth. It is also helpful for people with arthritic problems, relieving joint pain and muscular aces. Calming scented oils such as lavender, rose, orange etc. are often added to the wax for the aroma-therapeutic effect.

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What will the treatment look like? Spa specialists or beauticians will melt blocks of paraffin wax in a double boiler while preparing your hands and/or feet by washing and drying. They will test if the wax has the right temperature for you. When ready, the specialists will have your hands or feet gently and slowly dipped into the warm melted paraffin wax – from your fingers to your wrists, from your toes to your ankles, and hold for just an instant. They allow the wax to set and form a thin layer, then dip repeatedly until you have several layers built up. After that, the coated part will be wrapped with a plastic liner, covered with terrycloth mitts, booties or blanket and left to ‘soak’ in the layer of wax for at least 20 minutes. Now you can take your time, relax yourself with a nice magazine, some good music or a peaceful nap, waiting for the hardening wax to peel off and find your skin left hydrated, smooth and soft. You can do paraffin wax treatment by yourself at home with a home wax kit available in beauty supply shops. But please note that the double boiler is necessary for safety purposes; while those with dermatitis, burns, skin rashes, open wounds and any such skin condition should avoid paraffin wax treatment. However, for a better experience of being pampered, you can also have the treatment at a spa or salon.


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Home & Décor Dé c o r Talk

Go creative and innovative with

Chanjit Langji of Artizarn80

“I would like to deliver new creations to Phuket. Through quality products and professional service, Artizarn80 will modernise simple roofing, window coverings and curtains to become beautiful designer works that are controlled by advanced technology. Your place will be enhanced to be even more fascinating,” said Chanjit Langji, the founder of Artizarn80. Phuket is fully stepping into a modern era. Designers of hotels, lodges, resorts, villas etc. place importance on harmonious combinations between modernity, aesthetics and functions for both interiors and exteriors. This idea guided Mr. Chanjit Langji to start up Artizarn80 with the intention to provide a new dimension to the province. Mr. Chanjit recalls: “I have seen business opportunities by observing Phuket’s hotel and property industry that keeps growing every year. I tried to look for the type of products and services which will support these potential businesses. When combined with my own interest on design, I then decided to jump into the Window Covering, Awning Solution, Fabrication, Skylight Roof and Interior Design products and services, offering excellent solutions for buildings, homes, or other particular spaces.” “The distinctiveness of our products is the automated systems that help make any curtain or window covering more convenient to use, offer long duration and the flexibility that allows the installation meet the needs of users the most. For roofing, we design it keeping in mind the aesthetics and at the same time are able to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays or let the light in whenever you want. This is just a sample of our products and services.” “Artizarn80 exists to meet customers’ satisfaction. Along with imported high quality products and impeccable after-sales service, we can guarantee our expertise with our successful installations for many 3-5 star hotels and all levels of customers in Phuket. I truly believe that with an experienced and professional engineering team, Artizarn80 will give a different perspective to your place.”

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Colours Set Mood

Colours affect the mood of the observer. Different shades and tones give different feelings as we all know. Therefore colours become one of the elements we pay much attention to when it involves interior or space decorating. Unfortunately for those who buy a home in housing development, they not only get almost twin-like appearances but also an interior that is so neutral. White, Beige, Grey, or Black are common choices for developers as these colours give the effect of a spacious look and inspire a peaceful atmosphere. But does this sometimes look somewhat boring, something inactive?

No need to get upset. Neutral colours somehow have good points. Having them as a base plus a good application of knowledge about the psychological effects of colour, may mean you find it’s easier to add subtle colors for variety, warmth, and interest in your space. These tips may help you pick the proper colours for your mode:

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Add energy to your working space with warm colors like red, orange or yellow. They not only can keep you awake but stimulate creativity. Yellow even can relieve depression. Also why not find a small area on your table to put a colourful frame with a photo of you and your colleague(s) taken during your team building trip or a wild shot of your high school gang.

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Choose green, blue and pale pink when you are looking for something to calm you down. These three colours can be a good choice for a bedroom. You may play with the drapery, pillow cases, lamps or flowerpots. It could also be a lemon coloured modern alarm clock, kitty pink slipper or your favourite abstract wall art. To create a calm warm ambiance in family areas like the living room, look for items that are coral, coral pink or apple green. Light pillows and fabric accents like curtains are fantastic ideas to add accents into your rooms without a great investment of time or money. Cool colours like blue, indigo blue, or violet, have a very soothing affect. They often make people calmer after any emotional disturbances. The psychological effect of these colours is quality that will benefit learning; you may apply them in a study room or in the library.

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Set the mood of your kitchen or dining area with yellow, orange, red and green that link to the colours of fruits and vegetables. They are beneficial to your digestive system. Think about corn, carrot, cucumber, watermelon etc. and pick up the colorful accessories to add vim to the space.

Note that too many colour accents can also irritate your eyes, so the proportion is very important. Keep bearing in mind this basic rule of thumb: the proper proportion for two colours should be 70-30 or 60- 40 and 60-30-10 for three colours. You don’t have to be in a hurry with the decorating. Take your time to look for items you love, unbound your creativity and have fun!

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In d e x Awn i n g

Phuket Awnings Services Co., Ltd. 108/92 Moo 5 Chalermprakiate R.9 Road, Tambol Rassda, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 612 870 Fax: +66 (0) 76 612 869 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 788 1639 Email: sunshadesystems@yahoo.com Website: www.phuketawnings.com

Professional Awning Maker Phuket Awnings Services Company Limited is a professional awnings and sail making company with over ten years experience in the field. Our products range from tensioned membrane fabric roofs through yacht sails to shade sail structures. All materials used are imported and are of premium quality designed for functionality as well as longevity. In addition to providing protection to you and your property from the effects of the sun, our imaginatively designed products can also enhance the aesthetic appearance of your home.

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Construction & Maintenance Services Naruemit Engineer & Surveyor Co., Ltd. is a leading construction service company in Phuket. We have focused on building excellence for our clients for over two decades, by delivering the highest quality projects at competitive prices in the required amount of time. Our team of qualified and experience engineers, project managers and supervisors pledge to pay close attention and are willing to dedicate themselves to satisfy your needs at every level. Beyond engineering, we also offer services for legal consultations, building permits, project management, site supervision, turnkey projects, cost control To Airport and quality control. Airport

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Décor It e m s

Tropical Luxury

Recommended Items

Wrought Iron Fish School Sculpture Fish represents spiritual growth and transformation in dreams. For Chinese, fish mean prosperity. Choose this item to create a ‘surrounding’ that attracts good fortune to your area.

Water Hyacinth Accent Recommended for indoor decoration, this water hyacinth accent piece is 100% handmade. Its texture and outstanding shape creates a stylish sense by itself. Great to either stand alone or showcase any light-weight item, it will add interest to any empty corner.

Jackfruit Low Vase Inspired by the shape of delightful tropical jack fruit. It has an interesting characteristic you can’t resist. Design comes together with function in polished pewter that will never tarnish. Ideal for floating flowers, scented candles or larger arrangements.

Very Orange Mosaic Chair Add a bit of sparkle to your living room with this eye-catching mosaic chair in a sunset-orange shade. Its curvy look can also help soften the visual impact of any frigid cold space.

Brown Leather Storage Chest Manufactured with top quality real cow leather. This dignified leather chest is an excellent storage solution without compromising on style. The chest has contemporary brass handles and lock while it features some smaller chests inside.

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Rattan Coffee and Side Table The set has been sleekly designed, smartly finished and built to last. Made from natural rattan, the classic style adds a casually elegant silhouette to any tropical home, and its versatile dark colors can enhance any living ensemble.

Natural Wood Coffee Table This real conversation piece is a simple combination of wood top and stainless steel frame allowing it to easily blend into many settings. It works perfectly alongside a rustic modern décor.

Fiber Glass Home Accent This Toddy Palm inspired fiber glass home accent is a work of art. The designer created organic forms that finely blend synthetic material with the gracefulness of nature. It can also be applied for a vase.

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How to

increase your property value 1. Create a good first impression Collect points from the very first second the potential home buyers visit your house. The outside is what they see at the first glance. So you have to make sure everything in sight is in good shape and looks fresh. Get rid of trash and waste, trim the shrubs, mow the lawn, and add accents to the landscape. Flowering plants in bloom and a fresh coat of paint to the door can make a big difference and also mean more money to go into your pocket.

2. Build an extension Professionals suggest that well-proportioned extensions that go along with the design and proportions of the original house tend to give the highest return compared with other changes though it requires a bigger budget. You may increase the number of bedrooms to suit the market demand as long as it makes sense and doesn’t destroy the atmosphere of the house.

3. Clean Show buyers how well you take care of your house. Remove stains, leaks, dirt and deal with unpleasant smells that may be caused by food, cigarettes, or pets. Cleaning and fresh paint are the easy and economical ways to change your house perception. Instead of unusual odors or a reek of dusk flying around, welcome potential buyers with a scent of hygiene and healthiness when they walk through your front door.

4. Repairs We hardly buy anything that will cause us hassle and may cost a lot more with the maintenance later. So do the potential buyers. Logically, they will ask you to cut the price down which is usually about double the cost of the repair. It’s obvious that you’d better finish the repairs yourself for more negotiating power in comparison to that of your buyer.

5. Lighting A perfect use of colours and lighting can convince a buying decision. Make your home lighter to create a warmer and more inviting ambience. When they come, leave the lights on and the curtains or blinds open to let some light in

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wallpaper, hardwood flooring, a stone countertop along with state-of-the-art appliances for the kitchen. Replace worn tiles, towel racks, sink, faucets or light fixtures to give a clean appearance to your bathroom.

7. Garage A garage, or carport for at least a car, can pretty much increase your property value when it comes into the equation if the location of your property doesn’t allow you to easily find a parking space. This involves the security issue as well. for a more spacious look. An energy efficient system will add to your competitive advantage.

6. Pay attention to bathroom and kitchen The bathroom and kitchen are two most important rooms for most buyers. It has been proven the right improvements for these areas can help boost the marketability and value of your property. Consider new

8. Personal Touch Clear clutter and remove personal belongings to make your house look like a mock up so that the space seems larger and potential buyers can conveniently tour around. The vacancy allows buyers to imagine themselves living there better and that helps increase sale-ability.

Remember that buying and selling depend on the satisfaction of both sellers and buyers. Sellers would love to gain the most. Buyers expect to get value for money in return. When these basic requirements are met, the deal happens. The idea is by attending to details that can have a positive impact on the value, sellers’ change to attract potential buyers who are willing to pay the asking price or even more!

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Boutique Golf Villa At Phuket Country Club


Where

space function lifestyle & design

are blended without compromise


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Golfer’s Paradise where life is just like a dream Picture yourself waking up in the morning with the sound of birds at the same moment as the first light of the sun appears behind the mountain and gradually chases the dark away from the rolling fairways. It’s not easy to get yourself out of bed but a nice breakfast is also important to start a perfect day. You walk down the stairs, cook a healthy meal in the kitchen and finish it a few minutes later at the pool deck, where

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the air is so fresh. Get yourself ready, then carry a golf bag to the course just a few steps away for a game with or without your friends, to keep fit. Come back, lie down in your private jacuzzi and let the tropical wind blow your exhaustion away. Set the pool deck area for a casual BBQ party that will help establish a tighter bond between you, family and friends. Spend your time together and end the day with a goodnight kiss from your beloved. This is cool and can be true at Boutique Golf Villa at Phuket Country Club.

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Land & Property Proj e c t Overview

Boutique Golf Villa is a brainchild of Kris Tengamnuay, Manta Group’s director and a golf fanatic who believes his development is offering residents a lot more than the look, saying “It’s space, function, lifestyle and design that are blended together.” The location of Boutique Golf Villa is perfect for those who are golf lovers, as it is situated just beside the beautiful fairways, greens and scenic lake of Phuket’s first and one of the most challenging golf courses, Phuket Country Club – a 27 hole golf course built over a reclaimed tin mine in 1989. Phuket Country Club comprises the Old Course, a 18-hole resort layout golf course and Country Club Course, a 9-hole championship layout golf course and centrally within both courses is also a 52-bay Driving Range for professionals and amateurs to enjoy the game or practice. For the sake of exclusivity, there are only seven units on offer. They come with a choice of three to four bedrooms; the two-storey villas have been carefully designed in the “Tropical Modern” style with a “Low Maintenance” concept; and they are set on spacious land plot of 700 sqm up to 870 sqm with a built-up area of 600 sqm more or less. Its “Double-Front” configuration of the land plot and a large open living space allow the residents to easily be exposed to nature and enjoy the privileged views the villa provides.

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Featuring in each villa are a private 4x15 metre straight swimming pool, Jacuzzi, a Thai style pavilion called Sala, a well landscaped garden, a fully-equipped premium modern kitchen, air conditioning system, hot water, built-in closet, advanced security system, automatic gate, maid/service quarters and three covered carports. All are tailor-made with high quality materials and fittings. The selection is to ensure lifestyle and living can be comfortable and convenient to the max. Four of the seven villas are completed and sold out. The three villas left are almost finished and available for sale with a Chanote title deed for each plot at prices starting from 24.8 million Baht. Phuket Country Club memberships are also available as an additional option on limited quantity for the home buyers. It’s easy to visit and observe the actual site. Boutique Golf Villa is set in Kathu district. Just at the centre of the island, you can reach 10 minute - drive from Patong Beach or Phuket Town, 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport and 15 minutes from British International School - all major facilities and amenities are within a short distance.

Manta Group 91/134 Moo 7, Vichitsongkram Rd., Kathu, Phuket 83120 Tel: +66 (0) 81 628 5166, +66 (0) 86 952 7142 Fax: +66 (0) 76 319 931 Email: info@boutiquegolfvilla.com www.boutiquegolfvilla.com www.phuketindex.com

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Phuket Park Hill Built for practical living in city

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huket Park Hill is a 75-unit residential development in the city of Phuket, located within a few minutes from downtown, just a stone’s throw from Mission Phuket Hospital, Rajabhat Phuket University and commercial banks. The location is perfect for those who have been searching for a convenient place to fulfill the needs of city folk. The gated community is scattered over a 28 rai land plot, tucked away in a secluded area against a lush hill and Rungnapa Wijarnphuthorn Project Developer

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tropical blue sky backdrop. Rising on an elevated position, it allows the residents to enjoy some of the best city views yet benefit from the sunshine and the seasonal and local winds that will blow through all year round. Optional one and two storey contemporary style villas are offered in three open-plan layouts on various plot sizes starting from 51 sq.m. to above 300 sq.m. with manicured lawns, gardens and swimming pool features in some of them. The villas will be finished with high quality materials and workmanship, so the prices starting at THB 4 Million are not overstated and can be considered an excellent investment for a rental prospect or to live in yourself.

Phuket Park Hill 1/149 Moo 3, Soi Siangtai, Thepkrasattri Road, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. 076-219368 Fax. 076-219422 Mobile: 089-8732088 Email: info@phuketparkhill.com www.phuketparkhill.com

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In d e x Development

Company Vauban Co., Ltd. Bangkok Sale Office 424 Sukhumvit Road, Kwaeng Klongtan, Klongtoey District, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 2 260 5317 Mobile: +66 (0)85 227 7175 Email: contact@companyvauban.com Website: www.companyvauban.com

Phuket Sale Office 171 Moo 7, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 7 631 0507 Mobile: +66 (0)85 227 7175 Email: contact@baanyamuphuket.com Website: www.baanyamuphuket.com

Baan Yamu: Sea, space and serenity On a pristine seafront location on Phuket’s east coast, Baan Yamu Residences offers a tranquil, high-end lifestyle. The fully built, low-density development is characterised by spacious modern design that integrates its villas, penthouses and condos with an exceptional provision of outdoor space. The island-dotted Phang Nga Bay is on both sides of the development, which is on the exclusive Baan Yamu peninsula. Residents’ shared facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a clubhouse, spa, gym and restaurant.

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A new condominium emphasizing convenience A definition of city life has been redesigned. The Rich Condo offers you a living experience that is unique, private yet comfortable. The convenience of the location cannot be overstated, as it is just 10 minutes from Patong Beach and 5 minutes from Phuket Town, 2 minutes from a golf course and opposite Patong Go-Kart Speedway. Be the first and few to own one of the limited 14-units low-rise condominiums featuring the lush tropical mountain views of Kathu village. Seize the opportunity!


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La Colline Phuket Sale Office 3/10-11 Moo 5, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 271 770-1 Fax: +66 (0) 76 271 783 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 862 0808 Email: info@property55.com Website: www.property55.com

La Colline: “Sanctuary of Serenity” La Colline: encapsulating a total area of 33,000 square metres, La Colline plays host to 23 spacious villas, each with 700-800 sq.m. of built up area. Nestled among Layan Hill, La Colline benefits from deep, lush green surroundings all year round and also from the scent and colours provided from tranquil acres of tropical flowers. Most notably however, La Colline boasts a stunning unobstructed panoramic view of Phuket’s azure blue Andaman Sea. La Colline is a perfect setting of pure serenity, utmost privacy and unrivalled natural beauty.

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Escape to Eternity La Colline is located in Layan and benefits form a peaceful and picturesque setting as well as beautiful panoramic views. Strategically located, La Colline is an exceptionally well designed project with striking architecture. Each Villa gives off an aura of complete relaxation and quality upon embracing your very first steps. Modern tropical style villas are comprised of three stories and boast 15 metres infinity edged swimming pools which fade away beautifully into the endless horizon. An accompanying poolside sala provides the perfect place to relax as you watch the sun go down.

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he wealthy community is expanding from Phuket to Natai Beach, Phang-nga.The Loft Natai is nestled among the gorgeous scenery of lagoon and beach front view. Delight in an eye-catching 5 storey building, 3 bedrooms, the landscaped garden features a 3 by 8 metre swimming pool. The perfect location is on north of Phuket, merely 30 minutes commute from Phuket airport to The Loft Natai.

The Loft Natai Natai Beach 79/2 Moo 8, Nateoy, Taimuang, Phang-nga 82120 Tel: +66 (0) 81 806 6930, +66 (0) 81 956 1077 Email: sales@theloftnatai.com Website: www.theloftnatai.com


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GM Talk

Think Big “No matter whether it is for my personal business, for the community, for the public, or for patients, the quantity is not what I’m focusing on. It’s the quality and the goal I’m holding onto.”

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Dr. Jirachai Amornpairoj General Manager of ‘The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa’


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Dr. Jirachai Amornpairoj General Manager of ‘The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa’

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he Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa has a tall building significantly towering above its neighbors and can be seen from every corner of Patong. Besides its outstanding look, the wisdom of its top executive is another aspect that will add an interesting aspect to these few pages, with his thoughts that reflect who he is and what runs in his head. It was very surprising to learn that that Dr. Jirachai Amornpairoj is not only the General Manager of The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, but also a doctor by profession - an Orthopedic Surgery specialist at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, also an associate judge of the Juvenile &

Family Court of Phuket, and the President of Patong Hotels Association. “Many people may wonder how I can do these jobs simultaneously. Actually, you only need good time management, practical planning, an effective management and knowledge to delegate the right man for the right job. Different roles also mean different goals that I have to achieve. No matter whether it is for my personal business, for the community, for the public, or for patients, the quantity is not what I’m focusing on. It’s the quality and the goal I’m holding onto.” Patong is known as the most important economic landmark of Phuket. The number of tourists visiting Phuket is probably more

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I hope to see other hotels or organizations pay attention to the environmental issue and take eco-friendly practices seriously, because it’s good for themselves, good for others and good for the world

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than 6 million people per year and almost 6 billion baht revenue is circulated on the island, mostly coming from Patong’s tourism. For this reason, Patong has a lot of hotels, lodges and other kind of accommodations - small to large. “As I was honored to be the President of Patong Hotels Association, I try to bring together hotel entrepreneurs in the area and strengthen our commitment to run our businesses in an ethical manner by focusing on the public’s interests and environmental problems first, so that we can continually generate income for Phuket in the long term. I believe most visitors expect to see the unspoiled nature of Phuket but we can’t deny that the growth of the hotel industry in the area is also a major cause of the environmental problems and inseparable social issues.” It’s not easy to freeze the number of hotels from increasing in future. “As long as Patong is still a colourful destination that is filled with fun

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activities for 24 hours a day through a variety of activities from the beach to the nightlife and as long as Patong beach remains Phuket’s long & friendly swimming beach, Patong will always be loved and attract more tourists to visit.”

the environmental issue and take eco-friendly practices seriously, because it’s good for themselves, good for others and good for the world as well.”

Nowadays, awareness about environmental conservation is rising all over the industry. But for The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, which over 10 years ago joined the ‘Green Leaf ‘ Foundation that promotes the development of environmental management in the workplace, the issue then started to be the hotel’s area of concern since environmental protection was still a melodramatic phrase that was not being spoken about much, 10 years ago.

It was exciting news of the year when The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa announced collaboration with some other organizations in Thailand to co-host a professional snooker tournament “SangSom Phuket Cup 2010” in Phuket which was considered one of the important major international sporting events on the island. The event was partially driven by Dr. Jirachai with the intention to use sport to promote Patong’s and Phuket’s tourism.

“I personally always believe that it’s impossible for any tourist business to lack a good environment. Therefore we take it into action. Joining with the Green Leaf Foundation and following the well defined standards in an integrated way, helps reduce costs in our hotel in several sectors, instills pleasant values in our employees and creates an impressive image among guests. I hope to see other hotels or organizations pay attention to

“It was a very good opportunity for Phuket to be chosen to organise the tournament which drew many world-class players to participate. They are like our presenters and they guarantee that Phuket is ready for any big events to come. And this will have a positive impact on tourism and economy of Phuket in the future.”


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Rawai

Grand House True embodiment of paradise getaway

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The Look Situated close to Rawai and Nai Harn Beach on the peaceful south coast of Phuket, just a few minutes away from Promthep Cape that is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful sunset view points in Phuket and in Thailand, Rawai Grand House is infused with modern simplicity and green surroundings, offering its guests the ultimate in privacy and comfort.


Recreation & Rooms Zenith Holiday The Room Rawai Grand House offers 4 types of accommodation, 24 rooms in total, including 12 superior rooms, four studio rooms, four one-bedroom suites, and four three-bedroom suites. Each room has been stylishly decorated and equipped with modern facilities and amenities featuring LCD TVs with Russian and foreign satellite television channels, DVD player, safety box, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, Wi-Fi Internet, with the garden views from private balcony.

The Activities The place is perfect for anyone to spend quality time with their beloved one or family. Enjoy a 25-metre swimming pool, spend some time at the hotel’s gym, sauna and spa, chill out at the beach, or go out and explore a variety of activities awaiting. The Extras A kitchenette and other amenities are also available for long stay. Rawai Grand House provides around-the-clock reception, laundry service, parking space, excursion desk, free shuttle bus to Nai Harn Beach as well as cars and taxis for rent.

The Food & Drink ‘Rawai Grand House’ restaurant and bar, located by the main pool, serves up gourmet Thai selections along with Russian and international cuisines for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in between. The lovely restaurant provides separate areas with air conditioning or an open air experience. The bar invites guests for lazy afternoons and romantic evenings with a cup of coffee or tea, cocktails and a range of drinks from around the globe.

Rawai Grand House 86/22-25 Moo 2, Soi Wasana, Viset- Nai Harn Rd., T. Rawai, A. Muang, Phuket 83130, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 613 903-4 Fax: +66 (0) 76 613 905 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 087 0508, + 66 (0) 82 280 2196, +66 (0) 80 718 3161 Email: info@rawaigrandhouse.com, rgrhp@yahoo.com www.rawaigrandhouse.com

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Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa

Located in Maikhao sub-district in the northern part of Phuket island, adjacent to Sirinath Marine National Park, with 17 kilometres of pristine stretch beach set alongside, The Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa is Marriott International’s first Renaissance hotel property in Phuket and the third in Thailand, after their Samui property has firmly set its presence there and the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel has vigorously celebrated its opening earlier this year. The design of the resort blends the touch of contemporary with the charm of tropical traditions which can be seen through an intelligent use of tiles, slate, wood, marbles, fabrics, and objects d’art. Colour combinations throughout the resort are inspired by the natural surroundings, deriving from the sky, the sun, sand, sea, coral, and tree leaves etc. The creation makes the resort far more interesting for an ultimate escape than its unparalleled location alone. The 180 stylish guestrooms include 150 deluxe rooms, four one-bedroom suites, 25 one-bedroom villas with private pool and one oceanfront three bedroom villa that come together with oversized living space, private terraces, scenic views, state-of-the-art facilities and in-room amenities for comfort, convenience and entertainment of the guests.

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Recreation & Rooms Zenith Holiday

A new destination for an ultimate getaway experience in Phuket To dine, The Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa offers five sophisticated restaurants to satisfy each individual taste, style and flavour. Those are the beachfront ‘Takieng’ that serves delightful Thai cuisine; a cool relaxation space during daytime called ‘Sand’ located below ‘Takieng’ that turns to be a chic bar and BBQ restaurant when the nights falls; ‘Loca Vore’ is all about fresh seafood; ‘The Lounge’ is positioned in heart of the resort welcoming any social or business meetings; and ‘Doppio’ where bakery, deli and hot beverages are a focus.

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Scheduled to be completed later this year, an award wining ‘Quan’ spa, when ready, will provide a range of treatments and therapies that are based on its own water philosophy and time-honored local practices. For those who would like to either heal, revitalize or uplift their physical, emotional and mental quality, ‘Quan’ will give you a unique spa experience found nowhere else. With thousands of square feet in space, the hotel also features three meeting rooms, seating up to 160 people, fully equipped with high technology equipment and facilities. Its certified planners and energetic teams are available to help any event go smoothly and successfully.

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For lifestyle that’s different, fitness, kid’s club, barber/beauty shop, library, activities center, and other personalized services can also be found there. Now you know that just 10 miles from Phuket International Airport, you can find somewhere you can really feel a world away and allow yourself to immerse in the beauty and tranquility of a hidden sanctuary.

Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 555, Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket, 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 363 999 Fax: +66 (0) 76 363 988 www.renaissancephuket.com

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In d e x House Re n t a l

The Crystal Lake 176/16 Moo 3, Srisoonthorn, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 82 819 0980 Fax: +66 (0) 76 258 312 Email: may@crystallakephuket.com Website: www.crystallakephuket.com

Where you can have real peace of mind The Crystal Lake is a private villas development for rent, embraced by peaceful surroundings, located near the Two Heroines monument in Tarua Sub-district. A total of 10 villas form a small gated community with safety and privacy some of the major attributes. Each of the modern villas were built on 59 sqm land plots. Fully furnished and finished to the highest standard, the villa comprises with a unique bedroom, specious living area, pantry, parking space, landscaped garden, and private balcony for guests to enjoy spectacular views of serene lake and lush garden. An inspection is welcome by appointment. Mai Khao Beach

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Phuket Pearl and the National

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This is another memorable moment: one of Thailand’s leading pearl producers ‘Phuket Pearl Industry Co., Ltd.’ brings pride to Phuket again. The company’s outstanding performance in the industry got praise by others for ‘Phuket’s Pearl’ as a precious treasure just like the island’s nickname “The Pearl of the Andaman”. that passed the assessment and were selected as the best in our business. Why do you think Phuket Pearl was selected? I think it’s simply because our practices are corresponding to their requirements. Though we are just a small business, we are able to carry it all from the very beginning to the final stage ourselves. We have our own farm. We use local designers. We find market and do marketing ourselves. You might say that we’ve come this far by folk wisdom and that, I believe, is the real reason that made us win the judge’s heart.

The local company recently won “Award of Excellence” from 2nd Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) National Awards 2009 Business Type: Accessory /Jewelry organised by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP). The following short interview with Mr. Jitti Indhrachareon, Managing Director of Phuket Pearl Industry Co., Ltd. may help you get a clearer picture of what they have done and what they are doing: Please tell us about the award? This award is given to the SMEs that reached the desired standards of performance excellence called ‘Thailand Quality Award’ (TQA) – the National Quality Award which uses the same criteria as the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), a US-developed standard used by over 70 countries around the world. The objectives are to improve Thai SMEs organizational performance and competitiveness. We at Phuket Pearl were the only entrepreneurs from Phuket

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Besides a trophy and a certificate, what more can you get from the award? It was a good decision to participate in this project. The committee had thoroughly evaluated us in many aspects and that allowed us to know ourselves better. We realized what our strengths were and what should be improved. Of course, it also brings pride to everyone in the team. What is Phuket Pearl’s direction after this? We always keep improving ourselves. I’m confident that with our knowledge and our experience, we can make Phuket’s pearl widely recognized as a quality product on the international stage. What we are focusing the most on now is to create awareness of the product’s value that the industry has underemphasized. I want people to see how much effort and how many procedures it takes to make a fine pearl. If we achieve this, I believe the pearl of Phuket is more likely to have a bright future.


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The Plaza Surin A unique shopping destination

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ho says a shopping destination has to be in the city? The Plaza Surin ignores that norm and gives new meaning to shopping. On a compact site, conveniently connected to the main road, only a few hundred meters away from Surin Beach, meet a 3-storey building standing out. It’s a creation of a high-profile designer that has combined East with West, brought imagination to reality, added art on function, just like it offers on the inside – unique but reachable. The Plaza Surin houses:

VG 21 Gallery

Numsang Hi-Fi

Pewter, silk, crystal, and sculptures displayed here contain characteristics of quality, uniqueness, originality and beauty. A limited collection of Samurai Costume wall art is a highlight.

Be it for one room or for the entire house, Numsang Hi-Fi is simply one of the best shops to find excellent electronic solutions with trusted quality in Phuket. Numsang Hi-Fi is an official distributor for world class brands e.g. BOSE, Yamaha, etc.

Soul of Asia Ginger Galerie Martini This is one of the great places in Phuket for an art lover to observe and pick up a painting for your house. The gallery often showcases new discoveries.

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Ginger is for high-end, designer clothing, trendsetting accessories and whimsical home décor items. Specially for those who breathe “hip” in and out, this preternatural store lies on the ground floor.

The gallery gives more a feeling of a museum than anything else. Mr Eric Smulders invites everyone to come and enjoy a mish-mash of master paintings, Asian antiques, furniture, rugs, and porcelain that truly represents the soul of Asia and a special collection of his favourite Chagall, Dali, Picasso and Warhol.


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Fine 9 Design Malisa Darbhatisha helps make your life more stylish and beautiful with a wide range of designer decorative items she collects by herself from all over Thailand and neighbouring countries, such as Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam etc.

Lamont Icons, decorative accessories, lighting, furniture, limited editions, rare objects, and sculpture by renowned designer Alex Lamont and his team. All pieces are infused with a rich palette of natural and traditional skills.

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Exactly for ladies. The store is a collection of clothes and accessories considered fine and tasteful handicrafts to suit tropical climates and any casual lifestyle.

Aleenta opens its other show room here in Phuket on the ground floor of the plaza. Whether it is shopping for a new home, souvenir or gift to give, you can find premier quality spa products, clothing, swimwear, accessories, music CDs, furniture, home accents and kitchen utensils here.

Candere Gallery Check out here for brica-brac, handmade jewelry, original handicrafts along with eye-catching home furnishings made of different materials. Lines of candles, incense, gift sets and export-quality spa products labeled “Absolutely Fine� are also available.

Dedon A truly global brand for luxury outdoor furniture, products are woven from its own synthetic weather-resistant DEDON fiber for durability in all weathers. Brought to you by Chanintr Living.

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Training & Education

Adverto r i a l

What awaits Phuket in Central Festival Phuket's next project? The soon-to-open ‘CFP Eduplanet’ on a thousand square metres near the Parking 1 area, next to ‘Office Depot’ will open an opportunity for children to enhance and develop their all-round skills.

Gymboree Play & Music A global leader in early childhood development programs, Gymboree Play & Music with over 30 years of experience providing classes for kids ages 0-5, is soon being brought to Phuket. Through various programmes i.e. Play & Learn, Music, Art, School Skills, and Preschool Classes, children will learn as they play, to build key social, emotional and intellectual skills needed for school and future life.

Yamaha Music Academy Yamaha Music Foundation provides music education through courses designed for small children from age 3.5 to adults, from beginners to those who wish to acquire a high-level of music ability. Music popularization activities, regularly conducted in our school, offer further motivation and opportunities for students to develop their talents, through adequate exposure to class concerts, recitals, music workshops and even international festivals. You are assured of the best teaching methods and standards with international recognition in more than 47 countries!

ECC Foreign Language Institute Boasting itself as the largest private language and computer school in Thailand, with more than 50 branches in Bangkok and all over Thailand, ECC offers a wide variety of courses from general conversation to specialized test preparation for people at all ages. Beginners to advanced learners, all are welcome.

Computer Click Arm your children with computer skills. Classes and courses at Computer Click from something as basic as getting to know a computer, to a far more complicated application use, will prepare them for a fast growing cyber-world.

Phuket International Dance Academy No matter whether it’s Classical Ballet, Be-boy, Free Dance, Modern Dance, Jazz Move, or Cover Dance, all dances always allow children to be artistic and help improve their creativity. Phuket International Dance Academy opens a door for those who dream of being a professional dancer or would simply like to have fun.

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Vehicle & Technology

H3 Digital – Smart Homes

Index Home Automation

19/7 Moo 7 Srisoonthorn Road, Srisoonthorn, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 620 116-7 Fax: +66 (0) 76 620 028 Email: info@h3-digital.com Website: www.h3-digital.com

One-stop ‘Smart Home’ Service Provider Established in early 2004 to provide a one-stop ‘Smart Home’ service for luxury properties, H3 Digital was founded by a family team with a passionate interest in the application of technology in the home. H3 Digital’s Smart Home systems guarantee the very highest levels of quality, stylish designs and ease of use, our designs are energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

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ooror Somany Steppe’s childhood was like many other Thais, whose girls normally start to learn cooking when they are very young, like 9-10 years old or even less. It’s a norm for Thai people. She was raised up among cooking aficionados and spent a lot of time in her mom’s kitchen learning authentic recipes from her elder sister and mother. Now she has become the spearhead of ‘Blue Elephant’, a world leading brand for Thai restaurants that roots the national cuisine in quite a lot of foreigners’ hearts. The classic Chinpracha Mansion, built in the reign of King Rama V, is part of Phuket’s priceless architectural heritage, and has recently been renovated and refurbished by Blue Elephant International to host its 13th restaurant here in Phuket. Phuketindex.com takes this opportunity to let you get to know this genuine Thai restaurant and real Thai Chef Nooror Somany Steppe through the following 13 questions & answers:

How was your childhood? I was born in Chachengsao province and grew up among a family that loves to cook authentic traditional Thai cuisine. The first thing that I learnt was to pound the curry pastes which was part of our family business at that time. We sold them at the nearby fresh market. (Blue Elephant’s curry pastes are now exported to over 30 countries around the world). I began to enjoy cooking and gradually I found myself falling into it more & more ever since. That’s the origin of my passion and how I started to learn cooking techniques of Thai cuisine.

What is Thai cuisine’s charm? Thai food offers an excellent variety of flavors and tastes. Each dish has a balanced mix of hot, sour, salty and sweet. Playing an important role in most Thai dishes are Thai herbs such as ginger, lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, chili, tamarind,

sweet basil leaves, etc. that give Thai food unique flavors and taste. Apart from that, Thai herbs are also good for health.

How did Blue Elephant start? When I was 16, influenced by my brother, I moved to Brussels, Belgium where he was studying Hotel Management at that time. I met Karl Steppe there and married him a few years later. Then in 1980, Mr. Somchai Wayno and Mr. Somboon Insusri, our good friends, convinced us to open a Thai restaurant in Brussels. We therefore became a business partner operating the first Blue Elephant which will celebrate its 30th Anniversary this year. Now we have a total of 13 branches located in many destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Asia i.e. Brussels, London, Copenhagen, Paris, Lyon, Dubai, Moscow, Beirut, Kuwait, Malta, Bangkok, Jakarta and last but not least Phuket.

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“As an artist, I will continue doing this, which is also what I love. Promoting Thailand’s gastronomy to the world makes me happy and gives meaning to my life as well.” What was your reason for choosing Chinpracha Mansion? Phuket is always one of the most popular tourist destinations, while Chinpracha Mansion represents a somewhat classic culture. Its elegance, interesting background, yet good location in Phuket old town can add extras to any dining experience. These factors fit well with what Blue Elephant is looking for to accentuate Thai-ness through architecture, design and atmosphere. We thus decided to revive the building.

What is your expectation for Phuket? Firstly, I have to tell you that I love Phuket. The island is colourful and always exciting. The city especially, in my opinion, looks different from the past few years. It looks like they have some more interesting things that can attract tourists to stay a bit longer. Phuket people are very friendly. I feel safe and warm every time I visit. My wish is to hear that Phuket locals and tourists have

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a good impression about the restaurant. We are here to offer everyone a choice. So please come and experience Thai cuisine in Blue Elephant style!

What are on Blue Elephant’s menus? At Blue Elephant, you can experience 3 styles of Thai Cuisine including ‘Thai Cooking of the Past’ with a range of ancient Thai cuisine that has its origin, legend, or interesting history; ‘Thai Cuisine of Today’, popular Thai dishes; and ‘Thai Kitchen of Tomorrow’ that combine old tradition with international twists. Whether it is dishes that are almost forgotten, all time favourites, or most innovative creations, we serve them all.

What is Blue Elephant’s secret of success? My team and I specially focus on the quality of the ingredients and the standard of flavors and taste most of the recipes. I believe that cooking should come from the heart and that is what I keep reminding all my chefs: to


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cook delicately and pay attention to every detail. For our success, I would praise the goodness of Thai cuisine.

How is the Steppes’ family’s support? Karl Steppe, my husband, will take care of the administration, about managing financial concerns - things I have no idea about it. I take the cooking part. Sandra, my eldest daughter, helps us look after our Bangkok branch. Kim, my second son, is here in Phuket to set up and operate the new branch. Chris, our youngest son, is studying in Brussels. In terms of business, we share, support and respect each other.

What is your ‘One Fine Day’? When I’m free from work, I probably spend my leisure time listening to some good music, shopping, travelling, going to a spa or dining. I’m a kind of easy-going and an independent person so I prefer causality rather than formality.

What is your favourite dish? My favourite dish is ‘Nam Prik Pla Tu’ (Fried Mackerel with Shrimp Paste), a classic dish for Thai people. A fresh-baked croissant is enough for me to start the day or if I want something more than Thai cuisine, I have steak, French fries and fresh mayonnaise.

What is your principle for life? I don’t think we have to be too serious about life. I do not expect much in anything, to avoid putting too much pressure on myself. Instead, I will be focusing on what I am doing and I have to do. As an artist, I will continue doing this, which is also what I love. Promoting Thailand’s gastronomy to the world makes me happy and gives meaning to my life as well.

What is your goal? I’ve come this far pursuing my dream - that is to make Thai cuisine renowned among the international audience and now with what we have achieved, I’m so happy. For the next step I would take - to fulfill my passion - I will be more than happy to see Thai cuisine as a composition for a gala dinner or a luxury banquet since I believe it has an unquestionable potential to be there. I’m confident that with a creative twist, Thai cuisine can be everyone’s favourite for such an occasion.

What is your pride? I had a chance several times to cook for the royal family. Looking back, it was when we just opened Blue Elephant in Bangkok - less than two weeks later I was called to cook for HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana. I was very proud that my cooking skills have been recognized at a high level. Another is being the only Thai chef - and one of the few female chefs - to win the Hospitality Asia Platinum Award (HAPA) 2008-2010.

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Phuket Smile!

in the Eyes of Government

‌A smile makes the world delightful because it is the best & most powerful body language that can change the world‌

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‘Phuket Smile’ means getting smiles from Phuket people. Making ‘Phuket Smile’ is the important mission of government administrative organizations in Phuket. Let’s see the points of view of the local administrators who are the key people to make smiles happen everywhere on the island.

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Smiles happen when people make each other happy and smile to each other.

I believe that people are satisfied and smile when we serve them services that cover their needs. Consequently, Phuket City Municipality provides various services, such as a health security project cooperating with local hospitals and medical clinics. We look after people since they were born and later provide them education with our six schools operating from kindergarten to high school level. The schools’ curriculum has emphasis on IT, foreign languages, sport, arts and culture. Now, there are lots of manifest outputs of our educational policy: they are quality human resources with capability and good health. I believe that they will be the key factors to move Phuket City forward sustainably. Besides, we efficiently manage the province’s main incinerator, located in Phuket city area, in order to avoid side effects that may affect people living nearby the area. The increasing amount of rubbish in Phuket leads us to construct a second incinerator and we expect that it will be completed soon. As you can see, now there are more parks and green areas in Phuket city. We develop the parks as the recreational areas where people can relax and play sport. The most popular park in town is Sapan Hin. We are developing the park under the ‘Sea in Town’ concept. It’s not only the city park, but it’s also the city sports center.

Somjai Suwansupana Mayor of Phuket City Municipality

Finally, the highlighted activities held in Phuket town are the Vegetarian Festival and Phuket Old Town Festival which is annually held to promote Phuket’s original way of life, including Baba culture, Sino – Portuguese Architecture, and local cuisines to Phuket’s new generation. Phuket City Municipality: 52/1 Narisorn Rd., Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. 076-212464 Fax. 076-213374

The smile of Rassada people is also our goal. Therefore, we have worked under the policies which mainly help to improve peoples’ quality of life including hiring professional service providers to keep the roads, residences, and other places in Rassada clean; we often listen to people’s opinions and problems to ensure that our staff can perform their duty fast and mostly sooth people. We cooperate with Mission Phuket Hospital to provide medical checks for people in Rassada. Moreover, we send volunteers to take care of elders, disabled, and HIV patients. We also continuously support our kids in morals and education.

“I believe that ‘Phuket Smile’ impresses people coming to Phuket, hence, we should always smile because it’s another good thing of Phuket apart from our beautiful tourist destinations.” Suratin Lian Udom Mayor of Rassada Municipality

The new innovation in Rassada is the alternative energy generator, from the water treatment system. We will develop the landscape in Koh Sire and make it to be a new tourist spot of Rassada. All these things are our intention to make smiles in Rassada.

Rassada Sub-district Municipality: 17/58 M.3, Rassadanusorn Rd. Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel : 076-525779 Fax: 076-525788

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If Phuket people can have good quality of life and stay in a safe and beautiful environment, they will be happy and it’s not hard for them to smile.

The policies that make people in Vichit smile are public utility developments which meet the needs of people such as roads, electricity and waterworks, tourist spots’ development at Kao Kad View Point and Klong Mudong Viewpoint, sport and recreational area development and local landscape amendment. We also focus on keeping our area clean by promoting ‘Plastic Bag Free’ in Phuket and often holding clean up activities to make people realize that it’s their duty to make the community clean. CCTV also ensures the safety of people’s lives and properties. Mini marathon running–walking competitions are held annually to promote good health, which makes people happy and makes the kids see how important exercise and spirit is. We stress on children’s development by supporting them with good education and encourage good relationships in their families. Many activities are held to teach children about good culture and community responsibility. Now, we provide ‘Vichit Wifi’, a free internet service that helps us to keep in contact with our people by using new modern communication channels. Vichit Sub-district Municipality: 54/1 M.1, Chaofa Rd., Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. 076-525100 Fax. 076-525101

Kreeta Saetan Mayor of Vichit Municipality

“ Phuket Smile happens once all the government sectors perform the right services that really benefit and meet the needs of Phuket residents.” To make our people smile, we have to know what our people need, what their problems are and what they want us to improve. We work for them as they are our boss and we have to work diligently. We maintain the roads and the important infrastructures, keep public places clean and try to avoid floods in the rainy season by constructing a new manhole system, to reduce traffic jams on rainy days. It’s our duty to keep the roads clear since they connect Muang district and Thalang district. We also expand waterworks systems covering all our areas of responsibility. Our residents are Buddhists and Muslims living in the same area. Therefore, we often hold activities for both religions. It helps to ensure that people with different religious beliefs can live together peacefully. The most important thing, for us to perform the good services, is efficient management and administrative strategy performed in a friendly way to our people. It not only makes them smile, but it’s also the best reward for our hard work. Koh Kaew Sub-district Administrative Organization: 1/20 M.1, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. 076-239263 to16 Fax. 076-239263 to15

Kuekait Jitkue Chief Executive of Koa Kaew Sub-district Administrative Organization

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Nuttapong Wimonpan Chief Executive of Chalong Sub-district Administrative Organization

People who see a smile are as happy as people who smile. Why don’t Phuket people smile more to each other?

The visitors’ smiles are the best output of Phuket people’s duty to impress and make everyone happy coming to the island.

People are the most important part of local society. Therefore Chalong Sub-district emphasizes on human and family relationship development, such as supporting educational facilities in schools and preschool centers for children, developing people in sports, morals, knowledge, alternative careers and self sufficiency for adults. We also support senior and disabled people by sending volunteers to look after them.

Rawai is the location of Promthep Cape, a well known landmark of Phuket. The cape attracts a lot of people coming to witness its stunning landscape and scenery. That’s why we have to provide a professional security service by installing CCTV in the cape area, to keep an eye on the visitors and to assist them immediately in emergency cases. We are confident that Rawai is one of the best places with the best security policy on the island.

We believe that strong families make a strong community. Family members live together in the eyes of our Civil Security Volunteers and CCTV.

Rawai is also the home to Chao Thai Mai or Sea Gypsies. These people are rich in their unique culture and original lifestyle. We realize and help them to conserve their beautiful way of life.

We are lucky that our area is quite peaceful, as there is the holy Chaitararam or Chalong Temple located here, where both Thai and foreign visitors come to visit and get good feelings back. Chalong Sub-district Administrative Organization: 38 M.4 Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel. 076-383775 to 7 Fax. 076-282255

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People in Rawai are educated in how important environmental preservation is, with many activities held by Rawai Municipality. We believe that tourism which grows along with trusted security management and good environment will help locals and people smile. Rawai Municipality: Viset Rd. M.6, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel. 076-613801 Fax. 076-289055


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At Maikhao Sub-district Administrative Organization; all the staff are ready to help people with any system and use the most soothing manners with people. Especially, we listen to people’s opinions and let them join the projects helping to develop Maikhao Sub-district. We support education by establishing Maikhao pre-school to develop local children in academic and cultural values. In addition, we lead them away from drugs by holding many ‘Against Drugs’ camps. Furthermore, we were awarded the prize called ‘Outstanding Community Health Innovation in the Provinces’ from the National Public Health Foundation and National Health Security Office, when we performed local Health Security Fund help in Maikhao area, because we believe that good health creates sustainable happiness and makes Maikhao people smile. Maikhao Sub-district Administrative Organization: M.5 Maikhao, Thalang, Phuket 83140 Tel. 076-352170 Fax. 076-348039

Jutha Dumluck Chief Executive of Kamala Sub-district Administrative Organization

Peaceful living makes people in Phuket smile. We should maintain it.

A long time ago, Kamala was not mentioned as much as Patong. Yet, a few years ago, it was supported by both government and private sectors to be a new tourist spot in Phuket. As a representative of Kamala people, we plan to develop Kamala as the best place in Phuket. We wish this will help people smile. We hold the Kamala Festival 2010 to tell people in Phuket and tourists more information and background of Kamala. In the future, we strongly believe that there will be increased tourism activities in our Kamala Sub-district.

Kamala people wish that their homeland will be developed. They wish that their heirs will have permanent careers and live happily in Kamala. Likewise, I hope their wish will be true and make people smile. It’s the best reward of my work. Kamala Sub-district Administrative Organization: 29 M.2, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel. 076-385640 to 1 Fax. 076-279769

“In my opinion, we can make Phuket people smile when we develop their quality of life and community. This makes the phrase ‘Phuket Smile’ more meaningful.”

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“Career, residence & life security are the main factors that make Phuket people happy and smile.” Thepkrasatri Sub-district covers a large area of Thalang district. The majority of people here live their lives in agricultural ways. The advantage of Thepkrasatri is the abundant natural resource and quiet atmosphere that is hard to find elsewhere in Phuket. People live and help each other, yet they still prefer privacy on their own vast land. That’s why we provide the Civil Security Volunteers to keep an eye on them and their properties. We believe that people in Thepkrasatri will smile once they have sustainable careers, income, standard public utilities, and life security. So, we provide convenient services, even without their request. Thepkrasatri Sub-district Administrative Organization: 361 M.1, Thepkrasatri, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel. 076-311994 Fax. 076-313616

Somphob Konkaew Chief Executive of Thepkrasatri Sub-district Administrative Organization

“Making families smile is the beginning of a strong community. If all families smile, it’s not hard to create the ideal society.” There are property developments establishing in Paklok, including housing estate projects and hotels. The main roads are improved to facilitate the expanding community. It may affect locals’ way of life; consequently, we have to make the locals understand what we do. We support people to use alternative energy to reduce housing expenses and preserve the environment. We are one of the first groups of people who use a new source of energy and we are sure that people must have a look at our way in the future. To make people happy, the government organization must realize benefits for people. Sometimes there might be troubles, but that helps us prove that we can help to create a better life for people. Sometimes people have bad attitudes about government officers; we have to overlook this and prove ourselves.” Paklok Sub-district Administrative Organization: 98/3 M.2, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel. 076-529500 Fax. 076-273027

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Athipong Kongnam Chief Executive of Paklok Sub-district Administrative Organization


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Phuket

Smile Postcards

These two postcards show those photos that won the people’s hearts and won the judges’ choice from the Phuket Smile Photo Contest by Phuketindex.com. Hope the inspiring smiles spark more smiles for all receivers!

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Photography: Sean Sapstead

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: Really funny

Photography: Jirapong Wongwiwat

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Religious beliefs are connected to conflicts in some communities, yet, in Phuket, people with various religious beliefs live together peacefully. Their happiness is one of the most beautiful things on this island.

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One of Phuket’s charms is the tranquil atmosphere of people with diverse lifestyles, traditions, religions and cultures, as they live on the island without any conflicts and, importantly, they respect each other. This makes the island an ideal tourist destination. The main group of original residents in Cherng Talay is Muslims. But there are also Buddhists and people who moved from other provinces or countries staying in the area as well. Growing hotels and accommodations bring these people to stay in Cherng Talay. The different lifestyles and religions do not seem to affect their way of life. People help each other and join the activities in the community which make the relationships between them stronger. People can smile when there’s nothing making them unhappy. We work hard to get rid of their problems and we hope that our work will maintain the friendly ambience and contribute to Cherng Talay’s Development.

Manoch Panchalad Chief Executive of Cherng Talay Sub-district Administrative Organization

Cherng Talay Sub-district Administrative Organization: 247 M.5, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherng Talay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel. 076-271096 Fax. 076-271096

“Phuket Smile is the smiles of people, from children to elders, reflecting the quality of life in the whole Phuket society.” From my point of view, the group of people, that help society develop, is the elders. When parents are busy working, the elders are the best primary teachers in the family, who teach children ancestral knowledge and morals and tell them to be away from bad things such as drugs. Children will be the important power to move our society forward; therefore, we emphasize the policy to enhance primary education standard and provide children with an opportunity to study in their home areas. Even though we cannot stop the growth of business in our area, we can take advantage from it in the right way, together with preserving our original lifestyles. The environment around us may be changed; but the tranquil living of people in Sakoo will remain. People should always help and smile to each other.

Surapong Panyawai Chief Executive of Sakoo Sub-district Administrative Organization

Sakoo Sub-district Administrative Organization: 24 M.3, Sakoo Naithorn Rd., Sakoo, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel. 076-205328 Fax. 076-205328 ext. 18

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