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Contents Aug 2011 - Oct 2011


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Interview with Scott Toon GM Paresa Resort Baan Kalim Restaurant Review Catch Beach Club Review Dokbua Restaurant Review Natai Restaurant Review A Day at Phuket’s Blue Elephant Cooking School Phuket Hoping to Become “City of Gastronomy” Villa Review Spa Review Ashtanga Yoga: An Ancient Practice to Purify the Body, Mind and Spirit Interview with Michael Ma Owner IndoChine Group

Lifestyle 60




Thai Barista Named International Champion

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by The Coffee Club Finding the True Key to Happiness Jui Tui Shrine Dr John Demartini: The Secret Wisdom of the Inner Voice Roam the City of Phuket by Pink Bus

Do a Good Deed: Earn Good Merit - Save a Turtle or Tortoise Today Social Circle a Photo Gallery of Phuket’s Best Events

Living 78 90

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Phuket Tourism Market increases 10%

from Weddings/Honeymoons


Interview with Wirachai Pranveerapaiboon

CEO Twovillas Group


Kenkoon Furniture Company Limited:

Inspiration is Wonderful when it happens


Trio Living Phuket


The Features of Sino-Portuguese


Special 102

Our Top 4 Phuket Museums

On The Cover Michael Ma Owner IndoChine Group

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Scott Toon GM Paresa Resort

“The Heaven of all Heavens�

First of all, can you give a small introduction about yourself please Certainly, I’m a New Zealander who has been living here in Thailand for two and a half years, and loving every moment of it. I studied hotel management whilst in New Zealand, but eventually travelled overseas to Australia, Asia and places like the Maldives and Malaysia, before ending up here in the best part of the world, Thailand. Paresa is my first work placement in Thailand, I joined before the resort was completed so was here for the pre-opening phase and was heavily involved in setting up and preparing, getting the team together and finally launching the property. We are now into our second year and for me it has been a great experience, and is a great place to be. We have stunning views and a top class team here, so I am more than happy with my situation.

What made you choose a career in the hotel industry? What really attracted me to the industry were the lifestyle and the interaction with so many different people. I was lucky enough to travel from a young age and spent a lot of time flying around and staying in hotels. I gained such an attraction to the hotels in which I stayed I decided that would be my career path. Andrew Turner GM Anantara Phuket


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Do you personally feel that it is important, in a role like yours, to experience work at the bottom of the ladder? Very much so, it gives you a good grounding to know what happens right on the front line, and I think most people have worked their way up through different areas of the hotel to become a General Manager. From my point of view, I’ve seen different areas; I’ve worked in the kitchen and in food and beverage, as well as wait on tables. This is as well as working in human resources prior to coming back to operations and managing a resort.

Can you tell us about the concept of the Paresa Resort? Well the concept is the heaven of all heavens. Paresa has stunning views and the colour of the sea water here is very unique. The owner who developed this beautiful resort saw this beautiful land and sea and believed it looked like heaven, and that is where the concept of the heaven of all heavens came from. They wanted to create a place where the villas felt like home, with great big open spaces, lots of privacy, beautiful swimming pools, all complemented with stunning views over the ocean. All of these factors were so important when developing this unique property, with views from all the villas, in this beautiful location surrounded by trees and bushes. This is along with our angels. All of our team are angels, they’re here to guide and look after you. That completes the heaven of all heavens

And how about your location? It’s absolutely fantastic here on the point of Kamala on millionaire’s mile. We have no other hotels around us, we just have this beautiful native Thai bush and beautiful big Banyan trees.

Luckily we managed to keep these and incorporate them into some of the buildings; we also built some of the buildings around the beautiful trees which were here originally. We wanted to immerse the resort in this wonderful area and make it a unique retreat. We’re much retreated here, with the stunning sea views and natural Thai bush, no noisy tuk tuks, it’s a very peaceful, relaxed hideaway style resort.

How do you see the situation here in Phuket with regards to tourist numbers and has it had any affect on the resort? We have actually grown and built over the past 2 years. Yes it’s probably not the best time to be opening a new resort in the current economic climate, but for us, we have done very well considering the current market. We are happy with our position and will continue to build our market and increase our number of guests. The climate has affected the way we thought we could market the resort and has affected the way in which we thought we could be growing the business, but luckily as we are a new resort we have been able to adapt quickly to the current situation. Being an independent brand makes it a lot harder in times of an economic crisis as many tour agents are cutting back on properties and not really


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now doing a lot of travelling to meet new agents and operators to get Paresa out there so everybody knows about it.

Why would you tell readers to choose Paresa above all other resorts here on the island?

taking on new properties and unknown brands like us. The first year was very much about looking at new markets and those markets have certainly helped us grow. However, we are starting to see the old markets come back and many of them are coming to Paresa wanting to market us which is very good.

Can you tell us about your marketing strategy? For us we look at the markets which are coming into Phuket and focus on those markets. Some of the traditional markets are very quiet at the moment so we are staying away from those. We are looking at new markets and developing our brand in those where we are able to get more attraction and more guests coming through and experiencing the Paresa brand. It’s really a lot to do with selecting certain markets for certain times of the year and slotting them all together to give bookings all year round. Our guests now are coming from all around the world. We have guests from America, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, Australia is a very good market at present and we think they will be a strong market for the coming seasons.

What for you is the most difficult part of your job? Definitely at the present time it’s getting new guests. So much of my time now is taken up with sales and marketing. Previously I spent more time in operations and other area. But nowadays the hardest part is working with the sales and marketing team to develop and build the business. We are


Primarily it’s because of the stunning location. There is no where else where every villa offers magnificent sunsets and sea views. Everywhere you go here, whether it’s the cooking school, the spa, the restaurants you are surrounded by great views. We are a luxury hideaway retreat offering great food, whether it is Italian or Thai, in a peaceful relaxed atmosphere.

Do you have a personal goal you still wish to achieve, either work related or personal and if so what is it? A golf handicap would be good or even just a day away at the gold course would be great. But I think really developing Paresa into a fantastic brand is going to be a great challenge for the next couple of years. We hope we can have more Paresa’s popping up around Thailand in the future, so that is the main challenge that we have ahead of us. We would like to thank Scott for taking time out and allowing us to interview him.

49 Moo 6 Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 302 000 Fax: +66 (0) 76 302 001 E-mail:


Thai, Chinese, Continental Cuisine Prepared By Highly Experienced Chefs Patong Beach


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Thaweewong Rd. Siam City Bank

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136 Thaweewong Rd., Patong Beach, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 76 341 171-4 Fax. +66 (0) 76 340 231

Italian Restaurant 324/15 Prabaramee Road - Kalim bay - Patong 83100 Phuket - Thailand Tel. 076 618127 Mob. 0872705929 Fax. 076 618130

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Where your indulgence will be completed! “Baan Kalim Restaurant and Seafood” located on the northern end of Patong beach where is a small charming beach with rocky points. Highlight in this special location is a restaurant that was opened on 21st January 2011 This restaurant, spread over three levels, offers a great atmosphere and more importantly great tasting and well presented food. Although “Baan Kalim restaurant and seafood” is fairly new, the expert chefs have extensive experience in providing guests with a vast range of cuisine from various areas around the world. The extensive menu offers Seafood dishes, Chinese cuisine, local Phuket, classic western and international dishes , along with authentic Royal Thai cuisine. From the moment you enter this high class eatery you


are welcomed with smiling, friendly faces and an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are dining in your own home, with the advantage of having your food prepared and cooked by some of the most experienced chefs on the island. To add to the restaurant’s atmosphere the kitchen is open view, allowing you to watch the experts go to work as they prepare and cook your chosen dishes, which we would like to point out, can be adapted to suit any palate. From your dining area, whether it is the ground floor area, the upper deck or the rooftop terrace, you will be amazed by the 180 degree views of the Andaman Sea and Patong Bay. It is highly recommended that you arrive in time to view the breathtaking sunset, which is possibly one of the best you will get to see on the island.

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For our visit we were recommended 5 dishes by Khun Arnon Phucharoen General Manager of Baan Kalim Restaurant and Seafood.Below we are going to give you a small sample of what’s offered on one of the best menus on Phuket.

Deep fried Phuket style sausage A deep fried Phuket sausage made from crab meat and pork and Thai herbs is aromatic and slightly sweet, comes served with a sweet and sour sauce. This is a perfect appetizer and we’re sure that it will be a favourite with all family members. So simple yet so very tasty!

Deep fried shrimp with salt, garlic and chilli Despite being just pan-fried, the shrimp retains its crispy and sweet integrity, and is an absolutely delight when combined with the irresistible but simple combination of salt, garlic and chilli. The smell of it alone as will have you salivating.

My grandma’s fish and ginger soup with sesame oil This is an unbelievable dish and the taste is so satisfying. The addition of ginger to the dish makes the soup very refreshing and the fish is cooked so that it is tender and succulent.

Crab curry served with rice noodles This Thai crab curry is unique in Thai cuisine. This Crab Curry is not heavy and the coconut flavor in the curry makes you feel like you are in heaven. Once you taste this crab curry, we bet it will always linger on your taste-buds. My mouth is yet watering just writing about it.

Deep fried fish with soy sauce and shallots Cooked to perfection - slightly crispy and lightly crusted on the outside, yet perfectly cooked and moist on the inside, this fish has the finest and softest texture that I loved! The fish being served with soy sauce further enhances its flavour. Highly recommended dish!


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If you choose to visit Baan Kalim Restaurant, which we recommend you do, we’re sure you will agree that it certainly lives up to its slogan “Baan Kalim - where your indulgence will be complete” If you choose to visit Baan Kalim Restaurant, which we recommend you do, we’re sure you will agree that it certainly lives up to its slogan “Baan Kalim - where your indulgence will be completed”

Baan Kalim Restaurant & Seafood Open daily from 11.00 am - 24.00 pm 221, Prabaramee Rd, Patong, Katu, Phuket, 83150 Mobile : +66 (0)8 180 6936 Telephone : +66 (0) 76 618 125 Fax : +66 (0) 76 618 247 Email : Website :



The Coffee Club is a welcoming, relaxed meeting place offering All Day Breakfast, Gourmet Sandwiches, Salads, Pasta from 165 baht, Grills, Light Meals and Thai dishes for 100 baht. Join us for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a relaxing coffee and cake. With two great locations in Phuket we look forward to meeting you at The Coffee Club. :: FREE WI FI :: NO SERVICE CHARGE

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Catch Beach Club

Phuket’s Most Fashionable Beach Club


atch Beach Club restaurant and bar adds style to the tropical pleasures of sun, sea and sand. From their absolute beachfront location in Surin bay along Phuket’s west coast, you can enjoy superb views across the turquoise sea and their signature friendly service. Lounge on the sumptuous beach beds and sofas in the shade and indulge in an exotic meal and flavourful cocktails.. Take your libation in the luxury beach lounge as the sun kisses the vibrant, distant, multi-hued horizon. Refresh in the private shower rooms and enjoy complimentary fresh fruits, cold towels and magazines (bookings recommended.) Catch Beach Club brings a sophisticated edge to fun in the sun and excitement after dark. Nights at Catch Beach are classy, sexy and electrifying, with their talented DJ mixing some cool tunes in rhythm with the ocean waves.


Whether you come for lunch or dinner, their chic setting and culinary offerings are sure to impress. Treat your taste buds to a delicious wood-fired oven pizza, magnificent pasta or super-fresh and succulent Phuket Lobster, Alaskan King Crab and Andaman Tiger Prawn dishes. For some added sizzle, try our Beach Bonfire and Barbecue every Tuesday and Friday evening.

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For special events, Catch Beach Club is second to none. Their parties, weddings and other events are legendary. And whether you’re in a romantic party of two or joining a group seeking a big night out, you’ll be treated to their exceptional standards of service.

Opening Hours 09:00 - 19:00 Sun Beds on the Beach 09:00 - 01:00 Catch Beach Terrace 11:00 - 01:00 Catch Restaurant (Kitchen, last order 22:30)

Beach Club Access 1 day access to Catch Beach Club for THB 1,500 per person including: eat and drink for THB 1,500 sun chair rental use of two towels* use of shower and toilet friendly service * A security deposit of THB 500 per towel is required.

Catch Beach Club Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 316567, Fax: +66 (0) 76 316599 Email: Web:


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Outstanding for all kinds of seafood ‌.. live & fresh Serve a unique style of barbeque, local Thai specialties and selected Japanese dishes. Kan Eang @pier has been a favorite restaurant among locals and visitors looking for the best seafood for more than 30 years.


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Dokbua Restaurant


aikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa is a deluxe villa resort nestled in a romantic tropical setting on the North West Coast of Phuket Island. The resort has been designed to blend in with its natural, beautiful surroundings. To the rear of the first floor of Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa’s main building is their signature restaurant Dokbua. Dokbua Restaurant is an all day fine dining venue which offers diners luxuriant culinary delights within a relaxed a friendly atmosphere.

Within Dokbua there are two separate dining areas both designed in the same sophisticated contemporary style. A great deal of thought has gone into the furnishings, from the chic and elegant tablecloths and designer cutlery, through to the turquoise serviettes and seating cushions, which is the colour of choice for the Maikhao Dream brand. This is luxury dining at its best. Dokbua restaurant offers diners modern Mediterranean a la carte cuisine for lunch and diner. Dishes from the extensive menu include Three Pepper Soup, Duck Pastille, Snow Fish and Australian Grain Fed Lamb to name but a few. At Dokbua Restaurant we can guarantee that your senses will be pampered with a gastronomic experience like no other.

Dokbua Opening Hours: Daily 12noon – 3.00PM (a la carte lunch) Daily 7.00PM – 11.00 PM (a la carte dinner)

Maikhao Dream Villa Resort and Spa, Phuket 138/21 Moo 4, Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket, Thailand 83110 Tel: +66 (0)76 371 371 Fax :+66 (0)76 371 372 Reservations: For a list of special food and beverage promotions please visit


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Natai Restaurant


atai Restaurant is an indoor restaurant located in the luxurious surroundings of the five star Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai Beach, Phang Nga.

This authentic Thai restaurant is situated on the beachfront, providing diners with stunning views of the sandy golden shores of Natai Beach. Guests can dine whilst enjoying the warm tropical air and cool sea breeze of the Andaman Sea, further enhancing the dining experience. The venue is designed to follow the resorts theme of a local fisherman’s village and natural, light colours are used throughout its classic interior décor. Tables are positioned ensuring guests dine in private and there are also 2 dining bays which allow guests to enjoy the ultimate in intimate dining experiences. The menu allows diners to experience the delights of Thai cuisine in its entirety. Natai Restaurant presents distinctive delicacies from various regions of Thailand. The chef created his culinary masterpieces using the freshest ingredients and takes the utmost care in ensuring the classic; century old recipes are prepared and presented to perfection.


Natai Opening Hours: Daily from 6.00PM – 11.00PM

Maikhao Dream Resort and Spa, Natai, Phang Nga 55 Moo 6, Kok Kloi, Takuathung, Phang Nga, Thailand 82140 Tel: +66 (0) 76 401 301 Fax: +66 (0) 76 401 305 Reservations: For a list of special food and beverage promotions please visit:

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f you’re an enthusiastic home cook, would highly recommend The Blue Elephant Cooking School. If you take one look at the dishes taught in half-day sessions, you’ll immediately want to sign-up. If you want to learn about Thai cuisine, a class at The Blue Elephant is certainly the best place to start. Although the emphasis is on authentic Thai cooking at The Blue Elephant’s cooking school, many dishes uncover slight influences from other cuisines. The class the Phuketindex team attended struck a balance between the two. On the agenda was Keang Ka-Ree Koong Subparod (Yellow Curry with Prawns and Pineapple) and Yam Som O (Grapefruit Sald). The Blue Elephant’s Phuket location is in the restored Phra Pitak Chinpracha Mansion on the Krabi Road in Phuket Town. The interior is an oasis of calm. Heavily polished floors and teak furniture are refined and welcoming. The course begins, with a trip to a local fresh market. Every stall is busy with the activity of buyers examining produce and haggling over cost. In the bustling market our class is, not surprisingly, a bit of a spectacle. We block the paths between vendors as we position ourselves to hear the instructor’s discourse on the various herbs, vegetables and pastes available to us.


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Back at the school, armed with a beginner’s knowledge of Thai produce, we begin our lesson. The teacher’s assistant hands out copies of our recipes the chef begins demonstrating in the bright, airy exhibition kitchen. We observe every movement on the counter and are encouraged to jump in with questions. When questions were asked, the instructors respond quickly and in detail, peppering their answers with titbits on the history and techniques of Thai cooking. After each demonstration we stand in a semi-circle around the preparation table to taste the chef’s creation and are, again, encouraged to ask questions. The open discourse and casual sampling of the food creates a sense of camaraderie within the class. We then file into the well-stocked kitchen to try our hand at each dish. Despite the clear instructions and a team of assistants overseeing our work, we manage to blunder in our recreation of the recipes. The experience of working in the pleasant kitchen is enhanced all the more by the knowledge that I will not be called upon to wash a single dish. At the end of the class, we find ourselves hesitant to leave the kitchen and return to the hot chaos we know awaits outside. The school seems to have anticipated this, and invites students to eat their creations in the restaurant’s dining room, only after filling our arms with a certificate of completion and a bag of Blue Elephant-branded spices and seasonings.

Although The Blue Elephant is an international organisation that now boasts restaurants in locations around the world (including Paris, Moscow and Dubai), the value it places on the cooking school is evident. The quality of ingredients, the thoughtful design of the space, and the shared knowledge of experienced chefs make the experience one that I would happily repeat. In the end, The Blue Elephant Cooking School easily wins us over, and we will jump to recommend it to other enthusiastic cooks who will be traveling to Phuket. A half-day course at The Blue Elephant Cooking School is priced at 2,800 ++ Baht (approximately 100 USD/70 Euros). Course descriptions are available on the school’s website.

Blue Elephant Governor Mansion Cooking School & Restaurant 96 Krabi Road, Tambon Taladyai, Amphur ph hur Muang, Mua ang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 354 355 & +66 (0) 76 354 54 357 35 57 57 Fax: +66 (0) 76 345 393


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huket is not only famous for its tranquil nature, but also for its traditional local food which has been well maintained and passed on from generation to generation. The unique local cuisine now has become another boosting element for tourism. How? In May 2011 the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture decided to nominate Phuket to the UNESCO’s Creative City Network project under the category Phuket- the City of Gastronomy.

Oh Aew

“Oh Aew”

“Oh Aew” many of you have probably heard people talk about this before. Oh Aew is a popular dessert which originates from Phuket. Oh Aew is made from jellied banana-flour mixed with boiled red bean, ice and sweet red syrup.

On May 24th, the City Mayor signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture. Both offices agreed upon joint efforts in preparing and gearing up Phuket to be listed in UNESCO Creative City Network in the field of Gastronomy. The signing was witnessed by a Phuket Vice governor, residents and media members. Under the agreement the Office of Phuket City is responsible for creating and developing local food to meet the criteria required for UNESCO application, as well as seeking assistance from other local organisations and agencies in promoting Phuket in the field of Gastronomy. The office also agreed to be responsible for the publicity of the program to spread awareness among local people leading to public participation and cooperation. On the Office of Contemporary Arts and Culture side, they will be responsible for funding research work on the city’s Gastronomy’s potential and its development. Here are some of the dishes which we hope will help Phuket gain the title of the “City of Gastronomy.”


Oh Tao

“Oh Tao”

“Oh Tao” is a local Phuket dish. O-Tao is a delicacy made of flour and taro, added together with small oysters, bits of crispy pork rasher and spring onions. It is best taken with a sweet and spicy sauce that further enhances the flavor. To start the dish, taro is cut into cubes, steamed and then dipped in flour. It is then soaked in oil and fried in a hot pan. The oysters, pork and spring onions and are added and the ingredients are mixed together. The dish is then seasoned with pepper, garlic sauce and white sugar. The finished dish is served in a bowl and eaten with pork cracking and bean sprouts. One of the popular restaurants that serve this dish is Mee Sapam.

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“Mee Hoon Kradook Moo” “Mee Hoon Kradook Moo” is another local dish popular in Phuket. It is vermicelli noodles fried in soy sauce & garnished with fried onion flakes & fresh chopped Chinese chives. The dish is usually taken with pork soup.

Mee Hoon Kr adook Moo

“Hokkien Mee”

There are many different varieties of Hokkien Mee. However, the most popular version here in Phuket is the Chinese version. Hokkien Mee are round yellow noodles, bigger than normal noodles. They are similar to Japanese type ‘So Ba’. There are two choices of Hokkien noodles, with or without soup. But the most popular among locals are fried Hokkien noodles with sauce & meat ingredients like pork, fish, squid & mussels. The noodles are fried then served in a bowl in which a medium boiled egg is prepared. It’s served hot, with shallots and ground chili. Cooking oil, meat such as squid, pork, fish ball slices & soy sauce are added as the main ingredients. Then sugar & vegetables are added. It depends on the heat & techniques used as to how the finished dish tastes. Strong or less fire or heat influences the taste. The more the dish is stirred & moved, the more delicious it gets.

Hokkien Mee


“A-pong” is a sweet rolled pancake made from flour and egg and topped with bananas, sweet corn and a sprinkling of sugar. A-pong is best eaten hot straight from the pan.



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Leisure Shopping Destination


entral Festival Phuket is known for being the island’s best shopping centre. However, it’s also increasingly becoming known as one of the island’s best food centres. With a recently increased overall space of 53,000 square meters, possibly a quarter of that space is dedicated to food. There are now three dedicated areas within Central Festival that give shoppers a chance to dive into delicious international cuisines whether it be Japanese, Italian, Western, Asian and of course, Thai. On the first floor is the Central Food Hall. Taking a walk around this 3,500 square meters area is an experience in itself, and determining what to have for lunch is nothing less than a daunting task you’re faced with. A quick browse around reveals an astonishing array of nothing else but food and more food. This is the home to the best known fast food chains as well as stalls offering local delicacies. There an abundant amount of ice cream parlours and cafes and many eateries where you just can sit relax and enjoy a light snack.

Set in the centre of the shopping complex on ground level is Central Festivals Dining Circle & Lan Lom Bar. This outdoor restaurant and bar area provides visitors with an alfresco dining & bar circle where they can indulge in modern international restaurants and bars with a 360-degree panoramic view. The third floor offers possibly the biggest area and food option, the Family Food Area. Within the mall Central Festival Phuket reflects the Thais’ delight in international cuisine. Here you can find tasty Thai and yummy Japanese, Italian, Chinese, and Western fare. Also within the third floor is the Food Terrace, here you can go local and enjoy authentic local and Asian dishes. Clean, quick and tasty, this is the bustling venue of noodle vendors & quick rice dishes. Favourites include: Pork Leg and Rice, Pad Thai, and Hainan-style chicken. Although the main seating area is inside amongst the hustle and bustle there is also a large terrace which overlooks the central Lan Lom Bar area which makes for a lot quieter dining experience.


Leisure Ze n i t h Hol i d a y

One Bedroom Oceanfront Pool Suites Each of these suites within the JW Marriott Phuket Resort is designed for those who seek total solitude and a model tropical resort experience. Each offers a 98 sq m indoor living space. The large marble bathroom offers an oversized soaking tub, along with a separate shower and his and hers vanity units. Within the suite are a sofa and oversized chair with ottoman and there is a dining area with seating for four people. The terrace features sun loungers and a Thai style Sala and the 18 sq m infinity pool allows guests to experience the ultimate island lifestyle.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa 231 Moo 3 Mai Khao,Talang, Phuket, 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 338 000 Fax: +66(0) 76 348 348

Ocean Spa Villa Private and accommodating, that’s probably the best way to describe IndoChine Resort and Villas. The living area features a gourmet open plan kitchen, with full cooking facilities, and includes a dining area. The living room flows into the terrace with sundecks on either side of the infinity-edge plunge pool. Two generous-sized bedrooms border the living room and give direct access to the sundecks. The master bedroom features ample dressing space with its walk-in closet. The large spa bathroom offers a separate shower and large bath tub. There is also a games room with darts, table football and mini bar allowing for a small family party.


IndoChine Resort & Villas 328 Prabaramee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 380 800 Fax: +66 (0) 76 380 898 Email:

“Spoil your senses!” @ The Chava Resort Surin Beach

The Chava resort is located on Phuket’s exclusive Surin Beach, which features perfect white sand and crystal clear waters. A crescent shaped bay with rocky headlands at the foot of forest-fringed cliffs, this is Phuket’s premier beach and has become one of the most desirable and exclusive holiday destinations. The Chava combines modern comforts and 5-star facilities in a relaxed tropical setting just a stroll away from the white sands and crystal waters of Phuket’s exclusive Surin Beach. The Chava is the perfect destination for pleasure or business. Whether you’re a family, couple or on business, The Chava Resort’s luxury apartments will relax your mind, spoil your senses and fulfill your every need!

The Chava Resort

113 Moo 3, Tambon Cherng Talay, Thalang District, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 372600 Fax: +66 (0) 76 372606 Reservations:

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Beachfront Grand Pool Villa 1 Bed The La Flora Resort Patong has a modern unique style and is ideal for those who seek a getaway to a luxurious tropical paradise. The one bedroom provides a massive 169 sqm of space, a private sundeck and a dining area with a panoramic view of Patong Bay. The villa boasts 159 sq m of indoor living space and a generous dining area adjacent to the swimming pool. The bathroom has a separate walk in shower and bathtub, complete with full amenities.

La Flora Patong 39 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 76 344 241 Fax: +66 76 344 251 E-mail:

Pool Suite Villa These Villas, with private swimming pool on the side, provide a spectacular view of Kata Noi beach These are very private villas that offer an open floor plan comprised of an extra large king-sized bed & sitting area. The bathroom has a separate shower and bathtub. Entry is through the balcony which also enjoys an outdoor bathtub and rainwater shower in addition to an enclosed private pool.

Mom Tri’s Villa Royale Phuket 12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi Beach, Phuket, 83100 Thailand Tel: +66 76 333 568 Fax: +66 76 333 001 E-mail:


The décor and furniture of the beautiful villa is contemporary complimented with Thai traditional design and include a 32” flat screen TV, DVD player and mini refrigerator. The villa is ideal for 2 people. However it cannot accommodate 3 with ease.

Leisure Spa Rev i e w

Anantara Spa Anantara Spa of Anantara Phuket Villas is designed in the style of an original Thai themed house “Ruan Thai� and offers a warm, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The spa facilities include 5 luxurious treatment suites, 2 suites with private terrazzo soaking tubs and a dedicated Ayurvedic suite with steam room. There is also an al fresco Thai sala available for private massage and yoga. Anantara Spa opens daily from 10.00 - 22.00 Spa Reservations E-mail: Tel + 66 (0) 76 336 100-9

Palm Spa To experience a lasting sense of inner peace, contentment and fulfilment, visit Palm Spa and health centre at Twinpalms Resort & Spa. With a real sense of privacy, luxury and exclusivity, Palm Spa takes a holistic approach to your wellbeing by combining ancient Eastern therapies with the latest Western techniques to encompass mind, body and spirit. The serene and soothing setting of this extraordinary spa is enhanced by the caring nature of the dedicated team of Thai spa therapists, who will nurture you through the rejuvenating and healing process to achieve total wellness. Spa Reservations E-mail: (Spa Manager) Tel: +66 (0) 76 316 500



Italian Restaurant The true taste of Italian cuisine in Phuket Town

Great tasting original Italian cuisine served in an inviting atmosphere! Salvatore’s Ristorante Italiano is open twice daily Tuesday to Saturday

from 12p.m-2.30p.m and 6.30p.m-11p.m and Sunday and Monday

from 6p.m-11p.m only!



15 Rasada Road, Tambol Taladyai, Phuket Town, Phuket. Or mail to:

Leisure Spa Rev i e w

Quan Spa

Quan Spa is located in the heart of the Renaissance Resort & Spa in Mai Khao Beach.and uses water as its main theme; there is a large water feature in the centre around which 8 private Treatment rooms are positioned. The 8 treatment rooms are divided into 4 categories: 2 Single Treatment Rooms, 2 Zen Treatment Rooms, 1 Bathing Suite and 3 Double Treatment Rooms. There is also a beauty saloon where manicures and pedicures and a whole range of hair and beauty treatments are performed. Quan Spa opens daily from 10:00 - 22:00hrs Spa Reservations Email: Tel: +66(0) 76 363 999

Senses Spa

Senses Spa at Serenity Resort & Residencies, Rawai is a sanctuary of health and wellness where you can indulge in signature treatments in a relaxing and unhurried environment. Senses Spa is inclusive of 3 luxurious private treatment rooms, a pampering steam room, private showers, and 2 changing rooms all in a stylish and serene setting. Senses Spa opens daily from 11.00 - 23.00hrs. Spa Reservations E-mail: Tel. +66 (0) 76 371 900

Cool Spa

At Cool Spa, Sri panwa Resort, traditional techniques are offered alongside modern treatments such as sport massages, refreshing herbal exfoliation and soothing full body wraps. Thai traditional massage traces its roots back more than 2500 years to the arts of Chinese medicine and Indian Yoga. Treatments can be enjoyed either in the professional treatment rooms at Cool Spa Phuket or if you are a guest at Sri panwa, in the comfort and privacy of your villa. Spa Reservations E-mail: Tel: +66 (0) 76 371 000


Leisure Ashta n g a Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga

An ancient practice to purify the body, mind and spirit


shtanga Yoga, which literally means “Eight-Limbed Yoga”, is a traditional system taught by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois at Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in South India. He passed away in 2009 at the age of 93, after seven decades of continuous teaching. However, the lineage is carried on by his daughter and grandson who remain teachers at KPJAYI, as well as by teachers from all over the world who have been authorised/certified. The Ashtanga method emphasizes “vinyasa”, a Sanskrit word meaning “breathe linking movement”. Each asana, or posture, is linked to the others through breathing and movement, creating a flowing sequence. The practice, if done correctly under the guidance of a qualified teacher, naturally generates intense heat in the body, facilitating the removal of toxins and the purification of the internal organs. Excess characteristics, such as extra weight or physical tension, are gradually diminished. The result is improved health, strength, and flexibility.


Named after the city in South India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family currently teach, “The Mysore Class” is unique among yoga classes. Students are taught asanas individually, so they can progress at their own pace, receiving guidance and assistance from the teacher when necessary. This method is ideal for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. More importantly, the quiet and peaceful environment allows students to easily observe their breathing - the intimate bridge between body and mind. Over time, this awareness transforms the mind, leading to calmness and tranquility. Article courtesy of Suchavadee (Sasha) Chalermwongsawet Coordinator of Ashtanga Yoga Phuket Center at Sukko Spa Consulting Editor for Yoga Journal-Thailand; Teacher authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to teach traditional Ashtanga Yoga

Leisure Ashtanga Yoga

“O Yogi! Do not do asana without vinyasa.” “It is impossible to try to describe the sweetness of sugar. Only by tasting sugar can the experience of sweetness be had,…, so will people too experience the happiness of [this] asana by practicing it.” “Yoga Mala”, by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Sukko Cultural Spa & Wellness 5/10Moo 3 , Tumbon Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket, Thailand 83000 Tel +66 7626 3222 Fax +66 7626 4533


Lifestyle Peo p l e Foc u s

Michael Ma Owner IndoChine Group


Lifestyle People Focus

Michael Ma, Owner IndoChine Group


wenty two high quality restaurant and bars across Asia and in Europe-plus an exceptional boutique hotel at the IndoChine Group property in Kalim, near Patong. Not bad for a 42-year-old, Laotian, Thai, Australian raised, “bloke” who never worked behind a bar or waited on tables in his life. But Michael Ma, otherwise known to hundreds of his closest friends as, “The Dude,” is no ordinary “bloke.” In 1999,, he started IndoChine Group of bars and restaurants with a philosophy of integrated cuisine drawn from his roots in Asia, a Laotian mother, a Thai father, a sense of Asian history and an innate talent for partying. Michael recently sat down to tell how he’s done it in just over a decade.

In His Element Michael Ma’s unrelenting, energetic enthusiasm for building the IndoChine empire is undiminished after more than a decade.

The Phuket property-“our second biggest investment ever”-has six bars, restaurants, Surin beach club and a total of just under 300 rooms across villas, condos and a five star boutique hotel in possibly the best location in Asia. [IndoChine’s first venture into the hotel business]. Add in magnificent two to six bedroom villas, two to four bedroom condos and studio apartments and the site can cater for any type of visitor. Says Michael: “Overall it is the best site you can have in Asia. It combines great views, a beach nearby, rain forest and being on the side of a mountain, all close to the large population centre, Patong.” He also looked at other places like Bali and Uluwatu, Indonesia; Sawarak, Malaysia; India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Krabi and Koh Samui, but found there was no comparison to the Phuket site. The Kalim Beach enterprise is the Thailand platform for further expansion. Michael hints at other Thai investments in the future. IndoChine Group is already 50-50 partner in a management company with two highly successful American resort companies, ResortCom and LaTour Group. But that’s the now.


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Michael sees development of the IndoChine signature experience as taking the best of every possible culture, cuisine and lifestyle to develop “hybrids,” a cross pollination of ideas. And what you will definitely find in every IndoChine bar/restaurant outlet, is a party.

Party Animal Keeps on Going. Michael’s unrelenting partying days started at around 14 years old. As he says: “It’s in my DNA. When I first started I had a day job, but my night job was partying.” Does he get tired of it? The answer is an emphatic “no.”

What about the before with Michael Ma? How did he achieve such success in a relatively short space of time, particularly his preparation for being an award winning entrepreneur, award winning host and all round “cool dude” was not exactly textbook.

An Unconventional Path Like other successful entrepreneurs-Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Tony Fernandes of Air Asia-both friends of Michael, Michael Ma is a bit off the wall. It’s the secret of their success. Michael started his career on the edge early; he got kicked out school aged four for stealing fighting fish from school boarders. The fish went in his pocket but he went out of the school, expelled! The incident underlined his love of animals and led to his long career in conservation, working with global environmental NGOs such as IUCN. After obtaining a double major in economics and marketing in Australia and a successful career as an economist and commodities trader he started his first IndoChine restaurant and bar in Singapore in 1999. All that without serving behind the bar or being a waiter! Michael’s explanation for this somewhat strange phenomenon is that he learned on the job. “We listen to our customers. I am a customer. We do continuous testing. You can go out and spend time working in a bar and a restaurant, but the reality is that running a business is not that simple.” In the early days this desire to make a strong statement, meant Michael having the confidence and drive to beat the competition. “Being cheeky I said to myself I could outrun these guys. From the outset I wanted to be at the top. I sized myself up against others regionally and globally.”


And why shouldn’t he when IndoChine is regarded as “the “iconic place to go in Singapore and, now, with the opening of Surin Beach Club: Stereolab at Surin Beach, on Phuket? The beach club, which Michael’s sister Sue, who is responsible for the Thailand development, initiated and put in place, is packing in late night party goers from nearby up market hotels and around the island. It is being further extended from the nightclub and restaurant area out onto Surin Beach. As Michael describes it: “It [Surin] is a beach going F and B [food and beverage].” Other developments in Thailand are in the works, but cannot be divulged yet. Abu Dhabi and Dubai outlets, or joint ventures, are also on the radar screen. For Michael Ma, father of two children, peripatetic regional traveler, party animal, businessman, environmentalist and host-with-most, Thailand is very much, at present, a positive work in progress.

A “must restaurant to visit”

Kan Eang @pier, Chalong bay, Phuket

Call : + 66 (0) 7638 1212, + 66 (0 ) 8 3173 1187

E-mail :

VSET, pronouce “V- sate”, Chalong bay’s very first gastronomic restaurant, serving “Modern Western Cuisine” created by celebrated Master Chef Ronnie Macuja. Its name has a wonderful Thai meaning of “Extraordinary” A “restaurant at its


VSET Restaurant Chalong pier, Phuket (next to Kan Eang @pier ) Tel + 66 (0) 7638 1159 , + 66 (0) 8 9970 7348 E-mail :

Lifestyle Thai Bari s t a

Thawatchai Moonyong (Dan)

Thai Barista named


champion by The

Coffee Club



e all love to read a good success story and we’re so pleased that in this issue of we have a success story that is hard to beat.

27-year-old Thawatchai Moonyong (Dan) was born and raised on the outskirts of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Dan, who is a qualified music teacher, has always had a great passion for great tasting coffee and started to learn the art of making this many years ago. In 2008 Dan heard of a new brand of coffee outlet which was coming to Thailand, and due to his love of coffee and passion for making it, he knew he wanted to be part of the team of the new outlet, now popularly known in Thailand as The Coffee Club. In January 2009 Dan started working at The Coffee Club’s first Thailand outlet which is located in Turtle Village Mai Khao Beach Phuket. He joined the team as a trainee barista* and from the very start Dan loved serving the customers and gained great satisfaction knowing that a customer had an excellent coffee experience.

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It was noticed from early on by The Coffee Club Thailand’s GM Michael Chick that Dan had a certain talent when it came to making coffee. Due to this, late in 2010, Michael decided that he should put forward Dan for The Coffee Club’s Barista of the Year Competition. For this event, which is held over six months, baristas battle it out to earn a spot in the finals where they are given 30 minutes in which to serve four perfect coffees and four identical signature drinks. Competitors are judged on everything from extraction times, use of the grinder, milk texturing and presentation. Dan eased through the 6 month battle and was rewarded with a place in the final, in which The Coffee Club’s six best baristas compete in Brisbane in a fast-paced brewing competition to pour the perfect coffee. Nine judges critique each coffee on its sensory experience and the Barista’s technical skills. Amazingly Dan took the title in a close contest. However, not only did he win The Barista of the Year title but also won the ‘Signature Drink’ challenge. The Signature Drink Award encourages baristas to come up with a new style of drink that could be served at The Coffee Club. In fact, the winning drink does go on the menu for everyone across The Coffee Club chain to try! Dan won with his with his original, Thai-inspired ‘Chilli Kiss’ coffee containing hints of lemongrass, lime and spice. Dan, who as the winner collected a prize of $3,000 cash, said “I was very excited and honoured to receive the award. I will keep learning and improving my skills and setting new goals. I am so happy I had the opportunity to travel and compete in Australia with such talented Baristas.” The inspiration for his signature drink was his homeland and its culture, particularly the herbs and spices used in everyday

cooking, “I used some of our favourite ingredients, chilli and lemongrass, and blended them with espresso to create a memorable and unique drink,” he said. His secrets to making coffee include using your hands, mind and heart, believing it is the way you make very special coffee. “I truly love making coffee for people. It’s great to see customers smiling and enjoying the experience.” Asked what he will do now that he’s the winner, and whether he felt he was an inspiration to others Dan replied “I really enjoy working at The Coffee Club. I think it’s important to keep learning and improving myself. My dream is to one day go back to Australia and study English and do a management training program.” Dan who is now based in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport outlet is very happy with the opportunities that working for The Coffee Club has brought. He is now the Barista Trainer for the brand in Thailand and also has opportunities to travel to new store openings to train new entrants, the most recent being to Guangzhou, China for The Coffee Club’s first store in China. *A Barista is a coffee-making specialist who is specially trained in espresso coffee and espresso-based coffees such as Cappuccino.


Lifestyle Happin e s s


the True Key to Happiness

It is natural for every body to seek happiness. Some people strive to seek material happiness in this world away from religion, thinking that this is the true happiness... To reach true happiness, we need to know the purpose of our life, how to reach success in the hereafter, and to fulfill the requirements of reaching this success by respecting the many different religious beliefs.

Bhuddist Pra Sutee Tansakul : Wat Thavornkunaram (Saen Suk), Phuket says... Buddhist teachings can be understood and tested by anyone. Buddhism teaches that solutions to our problems are within us not outside. Buddha asked his followers not to take his word as true, but to test the teachings for themselves. In this way, each person decides for themselves and takes responsibility for their own actions and understanding. This makes Buddhism less of a fixed package of beliefs which is to be accepted in its entirety, and more of a teaching which each person learns and uses in their own way. Perhaps with more than any other religion, Buddhism is associated with happiness. According to Buddhist thinking, happiness and sorrow are our own responsibility and completely within our control.Buddhists say everything comes from the mind, If we train our mind properly, happiness will be the result. It seems quite a claim that mental training can make you happy, no matter what happens to you.

Pra Sutee Tansakul


And The message of the Buddha is traditionally known as the Four Noble Truths. The last of these four truths sets out eight steps to happiness, which are: skillful understanding, skillful thinking, skillful speech, skillful action, skillful livelihood, skillful effort, skillful mindfulness, and skillful concentration.

Lifestyle Happiness


Pastor Ganokorn Moody

Ansorri Mansuri




K.Jayaram : Phuket Thendayudapani Temple says... Ordinarily what we call happiness [sukha] and misery [duhkha] are relative experiences. They are termed dvandvas-dualities. We must rise above these dualities in order to discover and experience real happiness.

Pastor Ganokorn Moody : Phuket Christian Centre says... The dictionary defines happiness as well-being or contentment. This is certainly true in the long-range sense. The short-range view could be defined as a state of joy, pleasure, goodness, and satisfaction. Regardless of the level of happiness one may achieve in life, the fact remains that it can last only for a lifetime, and man is incomplete without a relationship with God. Only a long-range fulfillment can be defined as true happiness, and there is much in the Bible that tells us how to obtain well-being. But there are a simple ways to make happiness .

Ansorri Mansuri : Mosjed Yameav Mosque, Phuket says... Accept the pains. You must get in touch with your situation. Sometimes people deny their hardship, thinking that if they don’t face them, they will be happier. But it’s the other way around. Forgive yourself, other people. But before forgiveness comes in, think about how other people hurt. Then realise that you can see yourself for what you actually are and not how. Learn to let go and trust yourself. To be happy means letting go of your own or other peoples expectations. You can’t always have your way. Keep the faith alive. There’ll be points in your life when you can’t handle problems alone. Think about SOMEONE who’s more powerful,and who loves you dearly to take care of you. Money isn’t everything. People accumulate more and more money but the amount of happiness they can “buy” gets smaller and smaller. Although more money may bring greater feeling. Discover the best friend in you. We can all change for the better. You can be happy even with yourself by discovering the best friend in you. Get real. Don’t be hard on yourself

Where do we find this real happiness? It is inherent within each one of us. Where is it located? It is not located as such: it is we ourselves. Ourselves? Oh, yes, we are of the nature of bliss. What does this mean? We are bliss. Our nature is one of immortal bliss. We have forgotten this simple truth. Then, what is this experience which we are calling happiness? This so-called happiness is only a faint reflection, a little spark of the brilliant sun of bliss which is hidden within. This is only a shadow of that eternal bliss that is waiting to be exposed. Our so called happiness and misery now, are nothing but different states of mind. Real happiness, called ānanda in Sanskrit, is the goal of all beings. All are seeking that goal only some ignorantly, some with knowledge.

Prayer is a simple but very important and vital belief because it is how we communicate with God and how he sometimes communicates with us. A prayer has four simple steps: Address God, Thank Him, Ask Him, and Close in the Name of Jesus Christ. Also, prayer can be said in one’s mind or out loud. I personally find that praying out loud makes it easier for me to focus my thoughts on what I’m saying.


Lifestyle Photo o f Phu k e t


Lifestyle Photo of Phuket

Jui Tui Chinese Temple

Jui Tui Temple was previously located in Soi Romanee and was moved to the current location after a fire destroyed it many years ago. The temple is one of the most important in Phuket and plays a pivotal part in the famous annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Location: On Soi Phuthorn, Ranong Road, not far from Phuket’s main market.


Lifestyle The Se c r e t of Wis d o m

The Secret Wisdom

opened wide with gratitude your inner voice becomes loud and clear, and your most life expanding messages enter into your mind with ease. If your heart is filled with gratitude, it is almost impossible to stop your inner voice from speaking clearly and profoundly. Many great spiritual revelations and mental attributes are suddenly birthed from within you when your voice on the inside becomes louder than the many voices or opinions on the outside.

of the Inner Voice

The immortal masters of life have been those who have mastered the ability to attune to their great inner voices. Those great beings that mastered this talent left their marks in history. From Christ, who listened to his heavenly Father, to Dante, who listened to Beatrice, to Walt Whitman and many others who listened to their guiding whisper, all have impacted humanity with the resultant immortal expressions of their inner voice.


hat better way of creating a more fulfilling life than by mastering the art of tuning into your most inspired and ingenious self, your inner voice? This voice is your guide of all guides to a life of greatness. You cannot attune to this inspiring voice without living a more inspiring life. Genius, creativity, and a silent power emerge from your heart and mind the moment you do. The secret of tuning in to its magnificent messages is having a heart filled with gratitude. When your heart is


As your voice on the inside grows in clarity and strength so will your inspiration when you listen. Begin to attune to that inspiring station from within. Listen as it guides you to new levels of creativity and operation. Your inner voice will put few or no limits on your life. Only the many outer voices of others who allow them selves to live a life of mediocrity will do so. Decide now to expand your wisdom and fulfillment through such careful listening. Follow the steps below and commune with this wise inner guide. It will help you create a greater contribution to others and possibly even a legacy. 1. Stand relaxed with your hands loosely at your side. Take a few deep breaths. Inhale and exhale through the nose slowly.

Lifestyle The Secret of Wisdom

For decades many psychologist have considered individuals who have heard their inner voices as bordering on the edge of sanity. But, if you look carefully at the many great spiritual leaders, scientists, artists, musicians and social leaders, they regularly listened to their inner voices. They gratefully awakened this special inner communion regularly. The great philosophers have stated that they would rather have the whole world against them than their own inner soul. Today, you have an opportunity for expanding your greatness. When your wise and masterful voice on the inside becomes greater than the many little voices on the outside a life of great fulfillment, wisdom and genius can become yours.

2. Tilt your head up 30 degrees. 3. Turn your eyes up another 30 degrees, until you are looking forward and upward. 4. Close your eyelids and let them become relaxed. 5. Think about something or someone you are truly and deeply grateful for. 6. Keep thinking and thanking until you feel your heart has truly opened up and you have even experienced a tear of inspiration. 7. Upon attaining a grateful state, now ask your inner voice for any guiding message. Ask, “Inner voice do you have a message for me at this moment?” 8. When you are grateful enough and you ask for a message a message will clearly come. 9. Write this message down. 10. If your message does not become immediately and clearly revealed, repeat steps 6 - 10 until it does. When you are truly grateful you will receive amazing and inspiring inner messages. These messages will be more powerful than might at first be apparent. The master, the genius, is the one who listens carefully. When you are grateful and your heart becomes opened, you will have revealed before your mind, the inner message you would love to fulfill. These priceless gems of guiding revelation will assist you in living a life of greatness. Be sure to act on your inspirations as soon as possible. When you don’t follow the inspirations and intuitions of your inner voice promptly you can begin to emotionally beat your self up. This is not terrible though for it is simply part of the grand and magnificent design of conscious evolution. It is a blessing for it assures that no matter what happens, you will eventually learn and gradually or immediately unfold your inner spiritual mission, talent, and destiny. Life events will at times force you to listen to that wise voice within. The inspired beings throughout history learned to follow it. Those who have ignored it have passed by many opportunities it could have provided.

Article courtesy of Dr John Demartini human behavioural specialist, educator and author. For more information about Dr Demartini and his Methologies please visit: or contact: or call 0110119093 (Johannesburg)


Lifestyle Local Trans p o r t

Paiboon Upatising - the president of PPAO

Roam the City of Phuket by Pink Bus


ublic transit vehicles can be lively, as well as useful visual elements of everyday urban life. The sweet pink public bus organised by Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (PPAO) is no exception.

After its launch Paiboon Upatising - the president of PPAO said “I realised the public transportation available in Phuket cannot meet the residence demand, and people have waited for a solution for a long time. Therefore, I brought up the idea of the local bus called “Poh Thong” which is Fujianese (Chinese) and means a vehicle with a wooden frame with eye-catching colour paint. We can say that this kind of vehicle is a part of Phuket’s heritage. The pink buses are already proving to be a big hit with local residents and gaining recognition nationally, after winning an award for “Local Innovation” from the Prime Minister’s Office last year”

Come explore the streets of Phuket This city bus tour puts you right in the midst of the locals as they shop, get together, and enjoy all that Phuket has to offer. The buses operate from 6am to 8pm You can get off the bus at any of the numerous stops along the way, explore the places in detail then get back on the bus. Fares are 20 baht for per journey.


Somkiat Sriraksasin, General Manager of Pink Bus

Route 1: Big C - Tesco Lotus - Vachira Hospital - Satree Phuket School - Tai Hua Museum - Jui Tui Chinese Temple - Soi Phuthorn - Fountain Circle - Bus Station - Surin Circle Clock Tower - Sapan Hin recreational area - Chalermprakiat School - Phuket Cocation College Route 2: Supercheap - Phuket Rajabhat University - Phuket Wittayalai School - Phuket District Office - Satree Phuket School - Provincial Hall - Bus Station - Explore Shopping Arcade - Local Market (behind Robinson Shopping Center) - Bang Niew Intersection - Local Market on Chaofa Raod Route 3: Sapan Hin recreational area - Chalermprakiat School - Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office - Fountain Circle - Phuttamongkol Nimitr School - Satree Phuket School - Post Office - Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation Hospital - Rassada Pier - Koh Sireh

Hotline 1131 or +66 (0) 76 210 806


Local Transport

Opinion Mook, school student “I can earn money and experience during the school breaks by being a bus conductor, I’m happy to do it” Grand Mom Chamroen, 72 year old “I’m Phuketien and need to make trips to visit doctors at Vachira Hospital, I often use the pinky bus and it’s comfortable” Boonyarak, bus driver “Every bus is installed with GPS which limits the speed to 50 km/hour we and have to follow the traffic rules. To begin with I felt like I was falling asleep as I use to drive very fast, but now it does not matter to me, I drive following all the rules, listen to chilled music, enjoy the views road and ensure the passengers are safe.” Pattaraporn, Chalermprakiat School Student “By using the pink bas I can keep my mom’s fuel cost low and take care of myself. Mom also has confidence in the buses” Manit “I take can ring pulls to Vachira Hospital to go towards prosthesic production, I only pay a few Baht for the journey but it gives me a lot of happiness”

Public transit is about pooling and sharing resources. Somkiat Sriraksasin, General Manager of Pink Bus, said “The most important part of the local bus management is about punctuality, driving speed (limited to 50 km/hour) and traffic rules. We also instrut the conductor to be polite, honest and think about the service they are offering to passengers. I understand that the bus needs to be properly maintained and all of these factors will show that we provide an efficient operation for residence and tourists. View

Pink buses are here to improve the safety on Phuket’s roads and to help keep traffic to a minimum. The service has been highly praised by locals and tourists. Tourists who board the bus can enjoy some fantastic sights due to the height of the bus. Pattaraporn, Chalermprakiat School Student

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n Thailand, turtle release has been a traditional way of merit making for most Thais for all occasions, such as birthdays, on auspicious occasions as well as when life is not going so well.

Phuket Turtle Release is held on 13 April of each year at Naiyang Beach, a beach where for many years sea turtles have laid their eggs. It is also on this day that Phuket has its National Fish Bleeding Day. Turtle Release Fair is the mental strategies of conservation and for marine environment. Consideration of other creatures that are still required to rely on each other.

The mental activity at Mai Khao Beach The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation was launched during the Grand Opening Celebrations of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in March 2002, with a cheque for two million Baht that was presented by Marriott International Inc and Royal Garden Resort Ltd., to start the fund.


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Different turtle species will have varying amounts of eggs per nest, or clutch. The Hawksbill may only have about 70-90 eggs per clutch, while the Green Turtle may have as many as 130 eggs per clutch. Eggs incubate on beach areas until the conditions are right and they hatch.

Turtle conservation With love and understanding Dr.Kongkiet Kittiwattanawong, Marine Technical Specialist of Phuket Marine Biological Center, said that turtles will usually lay their eggs between November and March every year. Sea turtles are nesting at several beaches in Phuket. Thus, all sectors will need to avoid disturbance to the beach because the turtles will come to spawn less. In addition, garbage must not be left in the sea, the reefs must not be destroyed and sea grass must be conserved as this is the turtle’s food.

Tony Pedroni, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation President, said of their project “We release baby turtles to their natural habitat to increase the sea turtle population and we try to protect and expand the existing sea turtle nesting and foraging habitats. It is also a great way of bringing awareness to tourists, children and local people with which we hope will achieve change for the better.

From nursery to Andaman Sea After being raised by Phuket Marine Biological Center, a year-old sea turtle, being roughly one foot in length, healthy and has enough courage to face a new life in the Andaman Sea may become a marathon swimmer and arrive on the shore of the Indian Sea. Or perhaps go even further than that in its continued journey seeking food. After surfing the ocean and the growing middle-aged, mother turtles will be back to beach that they left and Phuket must be ready for them and the 70-150 eggs which they will lay.

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New Look Celebration 14 May 2011 at Central Festival Phuket

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FLAME – Grand Opening Garden Party 09 July 2011 at Flame by Twinpalms

Grapes and Grazing Week 13 July 2011 at Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa


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Grapes and Grazing Week 14 July 2011 at JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa

Grapes and Grazing Week 16 July 2011 at Anantara Phuket Villas


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increases 10% from Weddings/ Honeymoons Suwanchai Rittirak, Advisor to the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said “at present Thailand has been chosen as favorite destination for weddings and honeymoons. This is not only in Bangkok but also in major tourist provinces such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, etc, in which each province will have a different point of sale. When tourists come to Thailand for a wedding or honeymoon they can be sure they will have a great choice of options, as each area will have a ceremony that offers a different theme, such as Phuket sells their old traditional culture, Krabi offers rock climbing marriages and Trang underwater weddings. It will also be at far less expense than in their home country.”


Suwanchai added “the marriage and honeymoon market is fast becoming more popular in Thailand than in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and India, because the cost is far less in Thailand. We also have many facilities for this market, resulting in continued growth.”

While Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket director Bangornrat Chinaprayoon said “in the past, Phuket has been chosen as a destination for weddings and honeymoons. This is due to the readiness of places such as the beautiful sandy beach or because of the ease of arranging the facilities for the ceremony, whether it be Western or traditional Thai. The result has seen market growth of 10-15% per year. However, because Phuket is well known to tourists the public relations presentations have to present the various facilities for these events to show that we are ready. Especially that the accommodation here is enough to support people’s needs and also to show the variety of atmosphere which is offered.


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“The Developer of Phuket’s New Lifestyle of Living” Mr. Wirachai Pranveerapaiboon


owadays, the environment is a big problem affecting the whole world. Natural disasters, global warming and pollution are happening in every country. One important issue the EU is particularly interested in is the organic system, which is conscious of the importance of the environment. The focus is on developing their industries, without the use of synthetic chemicals, by improving pollution technology and adopting the use of renewable energy. Many business owners in Phuket have been aware of the importance of reducing environmental pollution. Twovillas Group is one company that has started. Real estate is a business that will be responsible for reducing chemical use by using the organic system, reserving the natural environment and being environmentally friendly. recently spoke to Mr. Wirachai Pranveerapaiboon: CEO of the Twovillas Group about his identity and their vision of the organic project.

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Who is Mr. Wirachai Pranveerapaiboon? I was born in Phuket but went to study Architecture at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang in Bangkok. After that, I came back to work in Phuket and was able to get a great opportunity to work in architecture, which is my passion. I worked for about 7-8 years with ROOF Company Limited. Fortunately, this time also gave me an opportunity to meet old friends with whom I use to study. With ROOF I was able to create a new standard of design and construction for Phuket. At this time, I think what we had to offer was on a par in quality with that which was on offer in Bangkok. The experience I gained with ROOF was a great start to my career.

The Twovillas Group was established because...? After ROOF launched into the market and gained such great feedback, I decided to move up a step and open a new property company named The Twovillas Group. The company was started in cooperation with many real estate companies, architects and international entrepreneurs. Twovillas Group offers a range of creatively conceived contemporary properties whose areas also include property management services. We wanted Twovillas Group to offer lifestyle options for people seeking the perfect property for either a permanent, temporary or holiday home.


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New ways of The Twovillas Group are? I am confident that we are part of a new standard of residential construction in Phuket. I always wanted to find new ways in which we could bring the development of The Twovillas properties into a new era for properties in Phuket. I also think we will sell beautiful buildings. We are firm believers of being conscious of the spirit of the buyer. Our world today has more and more natural crises happening near to us. I had an idea to do a project which focuses on helping to reduce these problems. It is Twovillas main belief that respect for nature and living as part of the environment is a way we can help resolve the problems and the keyword for this approach is “organic.

How are Organic and Properties linked? Twovillas Group has initiated a project to its Saiyuan Estate Project that reduces chemical use, uses energy saving devices and saves water, creating a safe natural environment for the residents in the project. The principles of the Organic Home Project must be to use organics in all project areas. Organic is a must for chemical free use in common areas and in the villa. A wastewater treatment system must be installed in every house; every house must have a separate waste, landscape architecture must reflect natural materials that reduces pollution by reducing the


destruction of natural resources and uses wood from the industrial park. Homes have been designed to have more natural light and are well ventilated, reducing the use of natural energy. In addition, the project has also been organised to encourage customers to realise the importance of the environment that is friendly to nature. Although the Organic Project is difficult and will require high budgets, Twovillas Group policy is to use the Organic System in all of its projects. This is because in the long term it will be of great benefit to the Phuket environment. Phuket will be a beautiful city to live forever!

The Twovillas Group 100/1000 Moo 5, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel : +66 (0) 76 261 999 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 970 0743 E-mail:

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This property is set in 1.5 Rai (approximately 2,400 sqm) of land on Cape Panwa with stunning views over the sea and of the islands to the east and southeast of Phuket Island. It is conveniently situated to be within easy reach of schools, hospitals and shopping yet in an idyllic private and secluded location.

The second floor features the entrance hall and large reception area with marble floor and sweeping staircase to the floor above. This floor has three rooms, a study or library, one bedroom in “empire” style and one French style, all filled with antique furniture.


The lower floor was originally designed as the servants’ quarters but with four rooms they are so extensive as to be able to be converted for any number of uses . There is currently a bedroom, living room, utility room and a kitchen plus a separate 100 sqm office. A waterfall feature hides a wine cellar or storage area.

The property is off ered at 6.5 million US Dollars, or nearest off er. For sale by the owner. The property is fully furnished to the highest standard with classic, period and antique furniture and carpets, which are included in the price.


The property was designed by a Chiang Mai architect who incidently also designed the Regent (now 4 Seasons) hotel in Chiang Mai. Construction of the residence took a period of two years and is structurally extremely strong. The grounds were lovingly landscaped with large trees and many fruit trees to give a really country estate feel to the property. The property is Thai style on the outside whereas the inside is full of teakwood and imported marble in typical European style.

The property boasts 10 telephone lines and extensive satellite TV facilities with four receiving dishes giving upwards of 250 channels. All areas are fully air conditioned using cassette style ceiling units which ideally blend with the sumptuous surroundings. This is a home of distinction probably suited for an ambassador or a governor and one could easily imagine this mansion hosting superb garden parties.


The property is available with full freehold title under a Thai company


The top floor has an approximately 250 sqm master bedroom with views of sunrise and sunset over superb ocean scapes. The 3rd floor has an expansive living and dining area covering about approximately 200 sqm and a Japanese room with expensive teakwood used throughout.

Contacts Luxury Phuket Villas Real Estate Ltd. Phuket: +66 (0)85 064 4806 Hong Kong: +852 9412 4544 China: +86 18666 857002 Email:

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Within a short putt of the 13th green, and with an expansive view of Loch Palm Golf Course and lakes, this property is a golfer’s dream home or eminently suitable for someone wishing to relax in a quiet location yet close enough to be able to be at major shopping centres, schools, hospitals and even Patong’s nightlife within a 10 minute drive.

Each guest bedroom is fully ensuite and also each has their own separate large patio and garden area ideal for relaxing in private.


The kitchen is fully fitted with expansive cupboard space with gas hob/oven plus extraction and enough preparation space to cater for any party.

The property is also available for long term (6 month+) rental May – October 180,000 Baht monthly; November – April 250,000 Baht monthly.

Separate maid accommodation has a bedroom, kitchen and inside dining and outside cooking and dining area. A separate maids entrance makes for convenient and unintrusive access.

The property is offered at 43 million Baht for sale by the owner.


With a total usable area of 610 sqm (internal area 335 sqm and external area 275 sqm), The property boasts a master bedroom plus three guest bedrooms. The large master bedroom has a full ensuite bathroom with shower and bath and walk-in changing area and has uninterrupted views over the golf course with full width sliding windows which open straight onto the patio and the 12 metre pool.

A large living room also opens directly onto the patio and swimming pool and a poolside area suitable for BBQ and relaxation. The garden has a lawned area and ornamental water garden.

There are a number of covered parking spaces within the gated and walled compound with full 24 hour security guard. The property is airconditioned in all rooms and has full services and has three telephone lines and internet connection.


Available with full freehold title under a Thai company.

Contacts Luxury Phuket Villas Real Estate Ltd. Phuket: +66 (0)85 064 4806 Hong Kong: +852 9412 4544 China: +86 18666 857002 Email:

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Thai-Balinese Style Luxury 4 Bedroom Private Pool Villas


re you considering bringing your family here to the warmth of Phuket Island? Phuket Island is a naturally abundant land, well known worldwide for its attractive scenery, white sandy beaches, clear Blue Sea and excellent choice of facilities. Green Hill Villas Phuket is located opposite to Phuket International Academy School

and is set in a secluded, private and peaceful atmosphere. The Green Hill Vilas project is surrounded with lush beautiful green hills. The villas have been designed in a Thai-Balinese style and each offers living space of 460sqm (based on a 4 bedroom villa). Villas offered range from

4 -7 bedrooms. The fully equipped kitchen and dining area is open plan so you can enjoy the company of your guests whilst cooking your favourite dishes. You can also enjoy al-fresco dining on your luxurious and spacious decking area which is perfectly situated right next to your infinity swimming pool. High spec security systems are installed in each villa and cover all locations within the property, ensuring confidence that your family are secure and well cared for and makes sure that every day becomes your relaxation day.

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SOFA BED Whether used as a sofa in the lounge or an extra bed in the den or bedroom, the unusual design of this sofa bed makes it a striking piece of furniture. Made from banana leaf but getting its inner strength from a stainless steel frame, it provides comfort for either function. Popping in for coffee, or unexpectedly staying overnight, your guests will appreciate your taste.

Wooden Tripod Lamp The lamp bears the classic look of an old wooden tripod for a turn-of-the-century camera crafted in solid wood and accentuated with solid cast aluminum. This well appointed floor lamp features a machine-turned gear mechanism, a telescopic tripod base with adjustment so that it can stand on a table or the floor. Comes with a black lamp shade.

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Vase This large contemporary ceramic vase was made and created by a Thai designer who uses a special technique to achieve this fantastic and unusual textured finish. A great piece that would look stunning in any room of any home.


Happy Man This modern metal sculpture, finished in black, has been named the happy man by its Thai designer. This large sculpture would make a stunning focal point in a modern home.

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Resin Lady Figurine This lady figurine with a meaningful gesture has been crafted using a relatively lightweight resin mix with a wonderfully authentic bronze and gold finish. This piece will make a stunning focal point in any home.

Ceramic Stools These colourful contemporary ceramic stools would look wonderful either indoors or outdoors. The paint work is in a Batik style using the original Batik technique.

Whale Bone Sculpture A fossilised whale bone figurative sculpture set on a metal stand. What a centre piece this would make in the home. It would certainly draw a lot of attention and make a great topic of conversation. Hade made by a Thai designer.

DAY BED Again, for the den perhaps, or if used as a functional but somewhat decadent sofa in the lounge, this piece is perfect to give a good night’s sleep to those guests who call in unexpectedly and maybe have a little too much to drink to drive home. Can be split into two separate beds.


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The Drea m Gallery The Dream Gallery, located within the luxury surroundings of Boat Lagoon Marine, Koh Kaew, Phuket is an establishment which offers clients high range imported Chinese products including antiques and artefacts. Also included in this grand collection are new hand made and hand painted quality porcelain products which include tea/coffee sets with tea/coffee pots, cups and saucers and mugs and also porcelain ashtrays.


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Kenkoon Company Limited is one of Thailand’s leaders in the production and export of teak wood garden furniture. Based in eastern Bangkok, Kenkoon specialises in the production of outdoor furniture such as loungers, tables, parasols, benches, planters and other related products. Kenkoon emphasises on the craftsmanship of their products and outstanding qualities of teak – a beautiful blond wood, capable of withstanding the most extreme weather conditions. Kenkoon’s craftsmen can also produce items tailor made to individual customer’s requirements.

Kenkoon also manufacture outdoor furniture using a combination of solid teak, cypress or sadoa wood and stainless steel or high quality solid brass. With more than 21 years experience you can be sure Kenkoon make high quality products for the top end of the garden furniture market.

Manrat Suensilipong

Business Development Manager Manrat devotes his attention to business development and exploiting the business opportunities that are presented to Kenkoon. Their products are now available in 18 countries around the world. Vancouver / Chicago / Amsterdam / Vienna / Dubai / Hong Kong / Singapore / Tokyo / Seoul / New South Wales

Thai Furniture to World Arena Due to their prominent designs, which have won numerous awards domestically and internationally, Kenkoon has been invited to participate in worldwide exhibitions such as: Index Dubai, United Arab Emirates Maison et Objet, Paris, France Accordingly, Kenkoon has received positive feedback from its customers right from the start.


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Manrat Suensilipong Metchanun Suensilpong

Metchanun Suensilpong (Mark) Head of Design Division

Mark Metchanun has Interior-Architect design degree from MJM art school in Paris, France. His furniture designs have been featured in Canadian Design Magazine and Home and Garden Magazine Thailand. He has the inspiration to design quality furniture using sophisticated engineering of stainless steel and wood, making his design not only elegant looking but also ensuring they will last a life time.

Their creations are not only charming and useful furniture, they also extend the frontier of Kenkoon elegance to some accessories such as gazebos and or anything an individual may desire. Kenkoon presents neat, rigid and confident items for all times, all days and all seasons.


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TRIO LIVING PHUKET “TRIO LIVING PHUKET” was established by a group of companies, who have a passion for beautiful, innovative designs. Corner 43 Décor, Stone and Steel, and Hygge have long been designing and manufacturing furniture for discerning customers in Bangkok for decades.

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passion with woods - simplicity - functionality With their past experience in timber and wooden products, within several industries, collecting many years knowledge of understanding wood, the wood working techniques, and carpentry, Hygge uses these fundamental skills and improvises with the modern technology available. Therefore, they can provide products wood lovers will appreciate. Thorough details in designing processes, considering the originality and creativity of the designs with the use of woods, together with high quality craftsmanship on production, Hygge finally create simple and elegant timeless piece of furniture.


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Starting at only 13,650,000 Thai Baht, the villas offer over 300 square metres of usable area comprising of 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, open-plan living and dining areas, private pool and a covered carport.

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innovative - original - high quality - practical - fine contemporary furniture Founded in 1989 by a group of Thai designers in Bangkok, STONE & STEEL have been well recognised as one of Thailand’s prominent modern furniture companies. The design team has been setting goals to introduce streams of unmatched creative works to customers who have always appreciated masterpieces as the essence of their modern living. To obtain consistent high quality products STONE & STEEL put emphasis on every single detail starting from the distinctive design and production technology, to the best craftsmanship and the best combination of unique materials and fabric used.”

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Maintaining artisan production and refined craftsmanship since 1987, home decoration boutique Corner 43 Décor creates contemporary furniture, sculpted by hand, using carefully selected raw rattan from the region. Wicker Rattan furniture is durable for both indoor as well as outdoor settings, offices, luxury suites, common areas, dining and living rooms, patio settings and much more. Corner 43 Décor hope you will agree that the result is beautiful furniture and decorative accents which have been inspired by heritage, creativity and originality.


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Living Architecture Original Sino-Portuguese houses would have to have been protected from both sunlight and thunderstorms whilst still allowing ventilation. To solve this problem wooden shutters were installed on the outside of windows. Wood shutters not only provided shading to the interior, but also allow ventilation. Each of these beautiful Sine-Portuguese shophouses would have been complemented with an intricately carved Chinese door and individual decor. By the 1930’s the architecture had developed into a more EuropeanSino-Thai style. However, the decorative forms of the earlier period were still incorporated. Some of the mansions and shophouses in Phuket have been beautifully restored, with many still inhabited by local families.


huket Island is best known as a beach resort, and the old architectural within the busy city area often goes unnoticed. The main architecture to be found in old Phuket Town is Sino-Portuguese buildings i.e. the shophouses and mansions. One of the main features of these shophouses is the verandas at the front which join to form a shaded walkway, this is known as a five-footway. The five-footway also functions as a pedestrian walkway and are attractively ornamented by a succession of arcades. Complex early 19th century European and 16th century Renaissance-style rendered designs grace the fronts of the shophouses. The interiors are a combine Chinese and European decor, and most boast a large central living room with ceramic tiles used as the flooring, most of which would have been imported from Italy, designed with old elaborate European designs. Most of the furniture is intricately carved wood, typical of Chinese furniture of the time, while wall hangings and other decor similarly recalls old China.


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Phuket Museums

Most of Phuket’s museums house collections of rarities and unusual items from Phuket’s history. There are some that include items from Thai waters, such as seashells, golden pearls, rocks, stones and fossils, and some with collections from Phuket’s long history such as antique pottery, ancient weapons, ancient artifacts and paintings. The discovery of paradise will begin once you start stepping into Phuket’s museums. Each museum presents Phuket in a different way but reflects the same thing - Phuket’s mystery and charm.

Let’s take you on a tour of our top 4 Phuket Museums. We’ll start with our number 4.


The Phuket Philatelic Museum

The Phuket Philatelic Museum is also known as the Phuket Post Office museum. Perhaps a Post Office museum won’t be on your list of things to do or places to visit in Phuket. However there are plenty of people who might actually enjoy this unusual museum. The Phuket Post Office museum is located in the old Phuket Post Office in Phuket City. Inside the building you will come across a lot of original equipment used at post offices around the country. However, the highlight of the museum is its outstanding collection of Thai and Siamese stamps. For those of you who don’t know, Thailand used to be known as Siam before 1939. There are plenty of other things to view including a collection of old telephones, old staff uniforms, various tools used by postmasters and a collection of writing desks where clients use to sit and write letters, telegraphs or simply the addresses on envelopes.


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3. The Phuket Seashell Museum

Phuket Seashell Museum is located near Rawai Beach on the island’s south western shores. For thirty years the Patamakanthin brothers have been searching the world for the most beautiful and unique seashells. Today their collection of over 2,000 species is displayed at the Phuket Seashell Museum. Visit the Phuket Seashell Museum and you will see one of the rarest golden pearls, the only left-handed Noble Volute, giant clams, and fossils dating back 380 million years! Shell Collectors from around the world have proclaimed this collection to be one of the most extraordinary collections to be found anywhere. The Phuket Seashell Museum

You haven’t experienced Phuket if you haven’t seen the sea, the sand, and the Phuket Seashell Museum

The Phuket Thai Hua Museum

2. The Phuket Thai Hua Museum

The Thai Hua School at Krabi Road, Phuket, is the oldest Chinese school in Thailand, founded in 1911. Built in 1934, it is a splendid example of European-Sino-Thai architecture of the 1930s, when Phuket architecture began to depart from the Straits Settlements style. When the school moved out to new, larger premises in the late 1990s, the Alumni Association initiated a project to conserve the old school building. In mid-2005, The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, of Thailand’s Cultural Ministry, decided to refurbish the Thai Hua School into an art gallery. The purpose was to promote Phuket’s artists as a contribution to post-tsunami recovery. The repairs and renovation were completed in one or two months.

1. The Thalang National Museum

This building has gained a second lease of life as an exhibition and performance space.

The Thalang National Museum is the National Museum of the Phuket Province. At the beginning of the 1790’s, Phuket was an important factor in the protection of Thailand’s independency from the invading Burmese; two Thai heroines repulsed the Burmese Army from Thai territory. The place where the Thai Army withheld the Burmese was at the city of Thalang on the Island of Phuket. It is from this historic event that the museum takes its name of Thalang National Museum. In 1985, on the 200th anniversary of the Thalang War, Phuket Province, with the cooperation of the Fine Arts Department, established the Thalnag National Museum and was inaugurated on March 14, 1989 by H.R.H. Princess Sirinthorn. The museum is a repository of history, archaeology and culture of the Phuket Province and its surrounding area along the Andaman Sea. In addition, the museum continues to preserve the cultural heritage and serves as a source of information to those who visit Phuket.

The Thalang National Museum


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