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Seabreeze Café

Seabreeze Café offers top quality a la carte dining and lavish themed buffet dinners: • • • •

Live Action Wok Teppanyaki Grill Italian Pasta Corner Rotisserie Carving

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Make-to--Order Salads Fresh Seafood Ice Bar Sushi Counter Ice Cream & Desserts

Our “Kid’s Eat Free” program guarantees great value for families! Sumptuous Seafood Buffet: ++ per person Every Tuesday and Saturday @ THB 899++ Surf’n’Turf: Every Thursday @ THB 799++ per person Asian & Thai BBQ Buffet: Every Monday @ THB 599++ per person 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76370200 Email: dine@holidayinn-phuket.com


Be beautiful. Make friends. International DJs – Giant Rain Shower – Easy drinks & food Surin Beach, 076 316 580, 10:00-19:00 hrs, bimibeachclub.com


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EDITOR’S NOTE Leisure

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elcome to the 2013 high season issue of the island’s leading lifestyle publication, Phuketindex.com. If it’s your first visit to what is known to many as the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’, we can guarantee that although many of you are most likely here for the beaches, Phuket is a place that has so much more to offer than just sand and sea. And for those returning visitors who think you’ve seen everything the island has to offer there’s always something new popping up somewhere on the island that probably wasn’t here on your last visit. One of the latest public offerings is the Trick Eye Museum located in Phuket Town which is great for people of all ages, creeds and colours, and is well worth a visit. Just Google ‘Phuket Trick Eye Museum’ and you’ll be able to find out all the information you need on this fantastic attraction. It really is hard to find a place in the world, especially one that’s so small, that offers so much. Phuket is privileged to offer its vast number of visitors such history and culture, along with world class sporting events, attractions, great dining options and so much more.

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We hope that you enjoy your stay in Phuket and that what you experience will make you want to keep coming back for more.

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Publisher Guide Vision Limited Editor in Chief Jormnapa Utuchkul Phuketindex.com Team Arnat Utuchkul, Nunghatai Cholchawalit, Matthew Pond, Siripong Mukda, Paradorn Promkird, Sirisawan Hemtanon, Jiriya Detwarawit, Jariya Choomuang Advertising Enquiries sales@guidevision.com Subscription Enquiries subscription@guidevision.com Tel. +66 (0) 76 240 749 Fax. +66 (0) 76 240 750 www.facebook.com/phuketindex

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CONTENTS

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NOVEMBER 2013 – JANUARY 2014

On The Cover 36 Nutthawut Cholchawalit

Hotels & Resorts 32 Introducing Janet McNab - General

Auto & Marine 14 Introducing the Song Taew

Play & Show 36 Nutthawut Cholchawalit

Manager Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa

- Phuket 4 x 4 Center

Arts & Culture 18 The History of Phuket’s Tin Mining Industry

- Phuket 4 x 4 Center

Property & Home Décor 40 Setting New Standards for Phuket’s Property Market

Beauty & Wellness 22 Cool Spa - An Extraordinary Sensory Experience

Gladness & Joy 26 The Willpower Institute: A Simple

Meditation Technique for Everyone

Eat & Drink 28 Acqua Restaurant 5 Years On

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Tropical Luxury - Recommended Items

Shopping 48 Keng Tin Shop

- Traditional Sweets of the Island

Special Features 12 Phuket News Update 50 Social Circle www.phuketindex.com

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News Phuket News Update

Phuket

News Update Budget Supplies Launch

On 20th September 2013, a cocktail party was held to launch Budget Supplies, suppliers of a complete range of hotel & hospitality industry products aimed at Phuket’s and other major tourist cities including Chiang Mai, Samui, Pattaya’s international tourist market. With a combined 30+ years experience in the fields of logistics and supply chain management, the management team of Budget Supplies now offers a new one-stop “modern trade” concept to supply high quality hotel & hospitality industry products. Their emphasis is on supplying value for money products in a fast and efficient manner, and ensuring their service meets all customer’s requirements and expectations. Budget Supplies range of products includes: Room Toiletries & Amenities, Bedding & Linens and Window, Wall & Floor Coverings. Budget Supplies

8/61 Kwang Road., Tambol Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 521 860 Fax: +66 (0) 76 521 861 Email: support@budgetsupplies.co.th Website: www.budgetsupplies.co.th

Angsana Laguna Phuket receives Smart Travel Asia Hot Conference Hotels Award Angsana Laguna Phuket, the flagship property of Angsana Hotels & Resorts, has ranked among the top 25 conference hotels in Smart Travel Asia recent Best in Travel Poll 2013. Voted by visitors of Smart Travel Asia, the region’s widely read online travel magazine, Angsana Laguna Phuket has received the award for second consecutive year. Smart Travel Asia’s yearly Best in Travel Poll sets the benchmark for top facilities and service standards. Voted by hotel guests, travel agents and tour operators alike, award winners are recognised as hotels and destinations that have excelled beyond the normal call of duty.

Sri panwa Christmas Package Four nights/Five days stay in a one-bedroom Sri panwa ocean view pool suite over Christmas’s Eve costs from THB 134,700 – price includes a chilled bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne in your villa upon arrival, private round trip airport transfers, trip to nearby islands by speedboat, one time traditional Thai massage for 2 and more. Please contact their reservation team on +66 (0) 76 371 000 for bookings or more information.

“We’re honored to be the only resort in Phuket to receive this esteemed award.” said Kamolux Israngkul Na Ayuthaya, Public Relations Manager of Angsana Laguna Phuket. “Considering that we are only in our second year of operation, we are proud to already have gained a reputation for being the preferred destination for international MICE business in the region. We played a major role in some of the biggest events on the island such as the 3,000 persons NU SKIN beach party earlier this year and Amway China in 2012.”

Angsana Laguna Phuket Sri panwa

88 moo 8, Sakdidej Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 371 000 Fax: +66 (0) 76 371 004

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10 Moo 4 Srisoonthorn Road, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 324 101 Fax: +66 (0) 76 324 108 www.angsana.com/en/phuket


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‘Be Beautiful’ Photo Sessions at Bimi Beach Club

Introducing Chef Punchun - Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

Calling all young girls & boys, Bimi Beach Club invites you all to come to have fun, be beautiful, make friends and chill to cool DJ tunes at their brand new Surin Beach venue, especially each and every weekend when from 3pm - 6pm on Saturdays & Sundays they hold their ‘Be Beautiful’ photo sessions where their professional photographer

Chef Punchun, one of the most prominent Thai Chefs in the world, is currently working at “Krapood Restaurant” in Maerim, Chiang Mai where he is exploring and finding fresh northern ingredients to supply to Mom Tri’s Kitchen in the South. Former Executive Chef at Mom Tri’s Boathouse Wine and Grill, his journey started at the European Food Program of the Hotel & Tourism Training College in Chonburi, where he developed an appreciation for European cuisine. He quickly moved up the ranks developing his culinary skills at hotels including the Siam Lodge Hotel in Chonburi. He has also spent time abroad teaching Thai cooking with the Swiss Chefs’ Association, or cooking in prestigious chateauxs around France. From young he has enjoyed experimenting with different flavors and textures and Chiang Mai has offered him the opportunity to continue his experimental development. Chef Punchun explains ‘Local produce in Chiang Mai involves more herbs, vegetables, and fruits than Phuket where meals are very seafood-based. Here I can try new techniques.’ From 01 November 13 at Mom Tri’s Kitchen you can Chef Punchun’s dishes such as: Steamed Rainbows Trout with Lime sauce and Chef Punchun’s Egg plant salad.

snaps the island’s most beautiful people to post on the Bimi Beach Club Facebook page to show Bimi Beach Club to the world... In additional, all those snapped will be able to enjoy complimentary Sparkling Wine, Sangria and Shooters throughout the 3 hour photo session.

Bimi Beach Club Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

12 Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 333 568 Email: info@momtriphuket.com Website: www.momtriphuket.com

Surin Beach, Changwat, Phuket, Thailand 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 316 567 Open every day from 10:00 - 19:00

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Auto & Marine Introducing the Song Taew

Introducing

THE SONG TAEW

These vehicles are still used as a mode of public transport even today; they are commonly known in Chinese Hokkien as

Po Tongs and Song Taews in Thai.

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he Beginning of Phuket’s Iconic Bus

Between 1947 and 1967 Phuket saw major changes in its available modes of transport. During this time, a large number of Phuketians were lucky to have large increases in their incomes as a result of the island’s tin mining industry, and as a result, out went animal drawn carts and in came motorised vehicles. However, these vehicles faced one major problem, a number of the routes used were unsuitable for the new style vehicles. Kosimby Na Ranong, Governor of Phuket at the time, asked for assistance from owners of the island’s tin mining businesses to help develop roads to

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help take Phuket’s transportation system into a new era. As a result, the first official road to open in Phuket was Thepkrasattri Road, which was quickly followed by Phuket Road and Vichit Songkram Road. Having seen the development of a road system, the island soon saw a dramatic increase in the number of motorised vehicles using them. Not only were the locals able to use them for their personal cars, and businesses for their trucks, shipments coming from Penang were now able to be brought by medium sized trucks, a vehicle which would soon be modified and used as a mode of public transport. These simple trucks, with a driver’s cabin and low sided flatbed behind, saw the addition of a roof supported by wooden pillars covering the flatbed, and three rows of wooden seating fixed to the floor, two running along the side of the flatbed and one in the centre. A wooden ladder was placed at the rear to allow people to mount and dismount from the vehicle easily, and rolls of plastic sheeting were attached to the roof along the sides of the vehicle which could be rolled down to protect passengers from the rain.

A Song Taew, which basically translates as “two rows”, is a converted pick-up truck or lorry that acts as a taxi. It gets its name “two rows” because there are two fixed benches along the sides on which passengers sit. Song Taews are painted in a bright blue colour and are a cheap and convenient way to travel around the island. A journey on a Song Taew also provides passengers with great viewing opportunities be they of Phuket Town, natural landscapes or local living styles. However, the one downside is that a journey on a Song Taew can sometimes be a little slow, not because of the vehicle, but because along the route the driver will almost always stop to pick up a friend, relative, some kind of good which need delivering along the route, or other passengers going in the same direction. If you are in no rush and don’t mind the fresh air, it’s a great way to get around and an experience that should be tried at least once, or more if you enjoy it that much. Song Taew journeys cover the main routes between all the main beach locations and Phuket Town, but there are no official bus stops, passengers need to wave them down as they see them approach and ring the bell when they need to get off. Fares for most journeys start at only 10 Baht and go up to 40 Baht depending on the distance traveled. It should be noted that Song Taews usually only run from early morning until around 6pm, however some do run until later in the evening. The Song Taews going to the beach destinations leave every 30 minutes from the local bus terminal in front of the Central Market on Ranong Road.

These vehicles are still used as a mode of public transport even today; they are commonly known in Chinese Hokkien as Po Tongs and Song Taews in Thai. It is a mode of transport with great tradition passed down from generation to generation.

A great, cheap alternative For those staying in Phuket’s beach destinations such as Patong, Kata and Karon, the vast majority of the areas hotels are located in close proximity of the beach, shops, bars, restaurants and shopping centres, and are therefore easily accessible by foot. However, sometimes those staying in such areas want to get out and about and visit other areas of the island. There are also those who choose to stay in Phuket Town but want to visit the beaches. For these people there is a mode of transport that is a great alternative to a taxi or tuk-tuk, and that is the Song Taew.

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Auto & Marine Introducing the Song Taew Destinations

Bus Times

Kamala Beach

7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Kata Beach

7.30 – 18.00 hrs

Karon Beach

7.30 – 18.00 hrs

Nai Harn Beach

7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Bangtao Beach

7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Patong Beach

8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Rawai Beach

7.00 – 17.30 hrs

Surin Beach

7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Sarasin Bridge

6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Aoi Chalong

8.00 – 17.30 hrs

Aoi Makham

8.00 – 17.00 hrs

Amphur Kathu

7.30 – 17.00 hrs

Bangrong Pier

8.30 – 16.00 hrs

Aoi Por

8.30 – 16.00 hrs

Song Taew Production Nowadays, garages that make Song Taews are few and far between, but there are still some in operation. Khun Jarun Prasertsittikul is the manager of one such garage, Tammapong Garage Phuket, which has been producing Song Taews for decades. Khun Jarun says there are still a number of people interested in modifying their trucks into Song Taews which would be used to carry private or hotel passengers. Costs start at around 120,000 baht for

Khun Jarun Prasertsittikul

a pickup truck to be modified and larger vehicles such as 6 wheel trucks cost somewhat more. For Khun Jarun’s team to complete the modification of one Song Taew takes roughly one and a half months, it’s a job that requires a great deal of expertise and purism. Furthermore, there are now very few Song Taew mechanics still working today and the new generation of mechanics lack the knowledge required to be able to work as a Song Taew mechanic. For more information about Song Taew conversions please contact +66 (0) 76 211 085

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Art & Culture The History of Phuket’s Tin Mining Industry

The History of Phuket’s Mining Industry

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ccording to the evidence which is available, it appears that Phuket’s tin mining industry began as long ago as 1528 A.D. during the reign of King Ekatossarot of Ayudhya. Prior to this time, the Portuguese had occupied Malacca, which was the trade center for their Asian operations, and in 1583 they opened a tin warehouse in the Thalang district of Phuket. In 1626 the Dutch pretty much took over Java and King Sontham agreed that the Dutch be the sole agents for the tin trade in Thalang. In 1667 the people of Thalang rose to fight the Dutch and subsequently expelled them from the Island.

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In 1772, the British Captain, Francis Light, who was also very busy in Penang, came to establish a tin trading station at Baan Tharua. Subsequently he became very good friends with the Governor of Thalang. In 1809 tin minerals were found at the then named Baan Ket-ho, now known as Kathu, leading to more and more Chinese migrating to Phuket to work in the growing number of tin mining operations. At the time tin was panned from the streams using simple tools, but in the Mhuang Lan or Mhuang Khra area, operators with greater capital used powered water hoses to break down the soil and rocks of nearby hills. In addition to the harvesting of ore by the aforementioned


Art & Culture The History of Phuket’s Tin Mining Industry

In 1907, when Phraya Radsadanupradit (Khorsimby Na Ranong) was a regional dependant of Phuket, Edward Thomas Miles, an Australian captain established the Tongkah Harbor Company and it began to run the Mhuang Rua Khud mine at Thungkha Bay. It was the first tin mining operation in the world to use marine vessels for dredging ore from the sea bed and later it was ingeniously adapted to be used inland too. The Mhuang Rua Khud mine needed high capital investment and required a large open space; its success eventually attracted other companies and for Mhuang Rua Khud a new mining era was born. In 1930, the “Mhuang Chao Fah” mine was opened. It was the first Mhuang Soob in Thailand. It needed a large plain, a lot of equipment and a variety of vehicles. Therefore, dikes and rail tracks for the movement of mineral ore were built. methods, there was also another method used. This involved digging into the soil, crumbling the rocks and following the visible ore pipe. There were at least 100 workers at the Mhuang Harb mine working over a wide area. The Mhuang Jor-Ngun mine was on flat ground where there was already an exposed rocky mineral line. In 1861, Phuket was promoted as a leading city and was to be answerable directly to Bangkok, and as a result of the expansion in mining Thalang became an important town under the jurisdiction of Phuket. The government began collecting taxes by means of “Mhao Muang’ and in 1876 Chinese workers became unhappy and started rioting and united together to become the “Ung Yee”. They complained about the shortage of water needed for separating soil from ore as well as the decrease in incomes caused by the “Mhao Muang” tax system and further worsened by lowering tin prices.

In 1963, the Thai Sarco Company was founded and implemented the first tin melting plant in Phuket and the tin ore it produced made a lot of people wealthy. In 1967, Temco Company requested government permission to operate deep sea mining, but the Phuket residents protested. In 1973, the Tourism Authority of Thailand announced its plans to develop Phuket into a major center of Tourism. In 1975, the government cancelled all ore mining concessions for Temco Company and allowed the formation of the Phuket Tourism Business Club. In 1988 there was the “Tantalum” case which saw a large number of people from Phuket protest strongly against the building of an ore smelting factory. Mining businesses closed down and the tourism industry era began. Information Source: Wikipedia, Thailandmagic.com

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Art & Culture The History of Phuket’s Tin Mining Industry

Kathu Tin Mine Museum The informative Kathu Mine Museum opened its doors in August 2009, and it has quickly become one of Phuket’s most cultural and historical attractions. The museum offers exhibitions both inside and outside of its grand building highlighting the following: • • • • • • •

Understanding the beginning of the world Phuket people’s way of life during the tin mining era The various tin mining processes A smelting demonstration, and products made out of brut tin The journey of Chinese merchants The reconstruction of Kathu during the tin mining era A walk within the tin mining landscape The Kathu Tin Mine museum is a great reminder of the major part tin mining played in the island’s history and represents an important step in Phuket Administration’s ongoing strategy of promoting not only the island’s natural landscapes, but also its cultural and industrial heritage. The museum is open every day from 9am to 4pm and entry costs 100 baht per adult and 50 baht per child under 15 for foreign tourists, and 50 baht per adult and 20 baht per child for Thai visitors. Students in uniform, Thai citizens over 60 years old and disabled people benefit from free access. The museum can be accessed by turning off Thepkrasattree Road (going north) between the bypass road junction and the entrance to the Boat Lagoon, then going past the British International School. The entrance – a rather majestic gateway in the middle of the countryside – is about a mile further on and cannot be missed.

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Beauty & Wellness An Extraordinary Sensory Experience

An Extraordinary Sensory Experience

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ool Spa by Sri panwa Phuket is a full service spa and wellness zone. Completely secluded by lush tropical rainforest, and set within its own private tropical water garden, Cool Spa is an oasis of serenity offering truly Thai treatments and tailored holistic experiences. At the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards, Cool Spa was voted as the “2013 Best Luxury Resort Spa� in recognition of their unsurpassed service excellence. Designed to resemble a traditional Sino-Portuguese residence, and with its distinctly relaxing azure blue colour, reflecting its ocean location, Cool Spa is set within beautifully landscaped spa gardens with the sight and sound of waterfalls creating a calming environment for total wellbeing. Six private treatment rooms, each with their own Jacuzzi bathtub, and two outdoor pavilions, all with thatched roofs, gives a distinctly Asian feel.

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All treatments at Cool Spa use Sri panwa’s own Thai product line created using local, natural and seasonal indigenous ingredients including mango, papaya, rambutan, coconut and tamarind sourced from the local market or from Sri panwa’s own kitchen garden. Guests can also have bespoke scrubs and soothing lotions especially created from blended fruits, yoghurt, honey, teas and oils that are good enough to eat.

All treatments at Cool Spa use Sri panwa’s own Thai product line created using local, natural and seasonal indigenous ingredients.

The full spa menu includes both traditional and truly indulgent treatments that can be enjoyed either in a private treatment room or outside in a secluded sala - everything from full body traditional Thai massage, and Indian massages using aromatherapy disciplines, to herbal Thai Prakob to ease away aches and pains and stretch muscles, and Anti-Oxidant Green Tea massages to calm the skin after a hot day in the sun are available. Guests will be able to relax before and after treatments in hot and cold plunge pools, vitality pools, ‘experience’ rain showers and steam baths, and also enjoy stretching and yoga sessions at a completely secluded outdoor spa terrace with sunset and ocean views. A delicious menu of light, healthy nutritional dishes and herbal juices are also available for refreshment and served at a juice bar within the water gardens, and there is a full salon service for manicures, pedicures and any finishing touches that guests may require.

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Introducing the Innovative Blood Type Therapy Sri panwa has launched an innovative new treatment range at Cool Spa based on the specific needs and idiosyncrasies of the four different blood types. Masterfully created by Cool Spa’s therapists, Blood Type Therapy is an exciting, new range of treatments based on the relation of blood type to holistic wellness. Based on the same rational as Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s famous blood type diet, popular with celebrities, the treatments have been devised according to different energies in each blood group and their effect on an individual’s health and wellbeing. For this treatment Cool Spa has partnered with professional skin care company Immunetra, who specialise in products relating to blood type wellness. The new selection of treatments include a range of body scrubs, body masks and massage therapies that have been individually created to suit blood types A, B and O. Those with AB blood type can select from either A or B. Cool Spa offers individualised programmes with personalised treatment oils created from the finest botanical extracts, vitamins and essential oils.

Blood Type O Personality traits: Ambitious, self-confident, robust

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Type O benefits most from antioxidant treatments. The Soya Gem Srub contains lavender, green tea and tourmarline gems to cleanse both the skin and mind. The Deep Sea Mask nourishes and cleanses the skin and helps type O’s to detox. As type O’s are more prone to allergies, particularly recommended is the Detoxifying massage, created to help stimulate cellular metabolism and alleviate minor redness of the skin whilst enhancing circulation.

B Blood Type B Personality traits: Creative, flexible, individualistic, passionate

A Blood Type A Personality traits: Conservative reserved, patient, a perfectionist. Treatments for blood type A include an invigorating body scrub rich in oats, coffee beans, soy and carnithine performed to stimulate metabolism and enhance circulation. A green tea body mask detoxifies the skin and draws out impurities, before a decadent honey moisturiser is applied to nourish and restore the balance. Particularly recommended is the Stress Harmony massage which targets type A’s underlying stresses and tensions.

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Immunetra Rice Gem Scrub is the perfect exfoliation for type B skin. Natural ingredients of oats and rice flakes work to remove dead cells, whilst the combination of fruit enzymes and pink tourmaline crystals partner to rejuvenate beautiful skin. A warming Oriental Spice body mask blended with deep sea algae, liquorice, fruit extracts, purified green tea extract and tanaka refreshes blood type B’s skin. Particularly recommended is the Intensive Relaxing massage, designed to balance the immune system which is essential for type B blood.

Cool Spa guests can choose to enjoy the full Blood Type experience, or book an individual body scrub, body mask or massage treatment according to their own blood type. For further information on the Cool Spa at Sri panwa please visit: www.sripanwa.com Email the Cool Spa team directly at spa@sripanwa.com Call +66 (0) 76 371 000


Gladness & Joy The Willpower Institute

The Willpower Institute A Simple Meditation Technique for Everyone

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he Willpower Institute was established to assist those interested in understanding meditation through theory and practice. The Institute believes if enough people develop a consistent meditation practice, world conflict will be reduced. The main goal of meditation is to accumulate mind power. With increased mind power, people can control their emotions, reduce violence and increase harmony in relationships. Today, The Willpower Institute has 75 branches around Thailand as well as branches in the USA and Canada.

The main goal of meditation is to accumulate mind power.

Luangphor Viriyang Sirintharo

About the Course A comprehensive Meditation Course has been developed by Phra Dhammamongkolyarn, Luangphor Viriyang Sirintharo, Lord Abbot of the Dhammamongkol Temple in Bangkok. With over 80 years of experience Luangphor Viriyang is seen as a Master Teacher of Meditation. The course is taught in centers across Canada and the United States by Luangphor Viriyang Sirintharo and/or his certified graduate students. The Master Teacher attends orientations, provides guest lectures and leads the examination process as well as meditation retreats. This is a rare opportunity to study his teachings for personal development or to become certified by one of the most renowned Master Teachers of Meditation.

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Luangphor’s roots are based in Buddhism; however, meditation is not a religion. This course focuses on teaching meditation not religion. People of all faiths are welcome. The class consists of lectures on the principles of meditation, practical application of the theory, as well as discussions and review sessions. Students taking part in the course who wish to be certified are required to take an exam at the end of the course and will also be given an opportunity to attend a meditation retreat.

The Learning Approach The course focuses on Shamatha meditation. Shamatha is a Pali word which translates into English as calm abiding, which nicely describes both the technique and state of mind in this form of meditation. In terms of meditation technique, through focusing our attention in specific ways, we learn to stay present in the moment without engaging in whatever distractions our environment or mind may create for us. We are present, but not engaged in the world around us or in us is what is meant by abiding.


Gladness & Joy The Willpower Institute

are required to take an exam at the end of the course and will also be given an opportunity to attend a meditation retreat.

Take the Meditation Course for Free Currently, the Willpower Institute offers a free Meditation Course that is suitable for both novice and experienced meditators. The course is offered for both personal development and in depth study. If you are interested in personal development, there are no attendance requirements.

Over time, this practice creates calmness or tranquility in the mind. Shamatha is the foundation of any good meditation practice, including Vipasyana (insight meditation). The theory and practice of Vipasyana is discussed, but is not conducted in practices. This is because it takes some time to create a firm foundation of Shamatha which is necessary for Vipasyana practice. The class consists of lectures on the principles of meditation, practical application of the theory, as well as discussion and review sessions. Students taking part in the course who wish to be certified

The Willpower Institute is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote world peace through meditation. As a result, there is no tuition fee. There is a nominal textbook fee which is paid in order to cover printing costs. Students are not required to purchase the textbooks, but it is recommended if you are planning to become certified. For more information

The Willpower Institute, Phuket Branch Address: 145, Phang Nga Road, Tambol Talad Yai, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 217 321 Open: Monday - Friday 17.00 hrs - 20.30 hrs Website: www.samathi.com, www.samathiphuket.com Facebook: samathiphuket

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Eat & Drink Acqua Restaurant 5 Years On

Alessandro Frau

5 Years On Alessandro Frau is proprietor/head chef of possibly the most successful restaurant on the Island, Acqua. Since opening in 2009, Acqua has received much recognition for Alessandro and his team’s efforts in making Acqua what it is today, including being the only Phuket restaurant ever to be included in the Miele Guide’s Top 5 Thailand Restaurants.

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huketindex.com recently met with Alessandro to find out the secrets to his success and his plans for the future.

You were a successful chef in a large hotel before investing in Acqua, why did you make the decision and was it an easy decision? For me it was very easy! I believe it’s a dream for every chef to own their own restaurant with their own design and food concept. For me personally, staying at the Sheraton Phuket for 4 years was enough for me. I had reached the level of executive chef so I either moved to a new hotel, into food & beverage management, or started my own restaurant. Being so passionate about being in the kitchen as a chef, the only choice I had was to open Acqua.

Did you ever think starting Acqua was too ambitious? No, when you have a passion for something, you’re still young and want to follow your dream nothing should come in the way. Obviously when you first open your own restaurant you face some difficulties, people don’t know you and in Phuket you’re in a seasonal place, but I was convinced I could make my idea work.

What motivates you to do your best as owner of Acqua? Acqua is my baby, it has been my dream! I’ve grown with Acqua and I’m the face of Acqua so motivation isn’t a problem. We always strive to find new ingredients to use, we continue to create new dishes, and always try to improve the look of the restaurant. We now have our new walk-in wine cellar with over 430 labels, so really my motivation is trying to bring something new to our customers.

What is the best thing you’ve learnt related to Acqua? When we first opened everybody was asking why are you opening a high end restaurant like Acqua in Phuket and saying it was not going to survive. Nearly five years later we are one of the most successful famous restaurants in Thailand. We’ve received every award possible in Asia; we’re in the Miele Guide’s top 5 restaurants in Thailand, the first restaurant in Phuket to be there. So I have learnt to follow my heart and not want people try to tell me.

How important are good employees to your success? I can’t do everything myself so they’ve been very important. I’m lucky to have staff here now that has been here since the beginning, they’re my key players!

What challenges have you faced since opening? I faced some problems during the first year in operation, but I haven’t faced any challenges as such. At Sheraton I was operating eleven outlets, so running just one restaurant is quite simple. However, I am now finding staffing becoming a problem.

If you had the chance to start Acqua again, is there anything you would do differently? I would do everything the same but if anything I would change the location and would choose a non-seasonal one. I’m in Phuket which has 6 good months and 6 not so good months, so I would choose a place that had 12 months of continuous business. But I’m in a place I love and I wouldn’t change that for anything!

How do you find people to bring into Acqua that care about it the way you do? I run my restaurant like it’s my house, I try to stay as close to my staff as possible. If I find something which isn’t right I’ll explain to them immediately how to correct it. The guys here now act like Italians but they’re Thai, we have to appreciate that. If they can’t adapt to the western way in a western restaurant, unfortunately they’re not for Acqua.

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Eat & Drink Acqua Restaurant 5 Years On

to experience the top restaurants and see new trends, new ingredients and get inspiration to bring back and implement to Acqua.

What has been your most satisfying moment since opening? Seeing Acqua built! I designed it centimeter by centimeter and when it was actually finished it was amazingly satisfying. I was proud not only of myself but what the team had achieved. The entire project was done from a picture in my mind, and when you see the result, the exact picture of your imagination, it’s an amazing feeling.

There are many restaurants on Phuket, what makes Acqua so special? How do you build a successful customer base? We try not to disappoint anyone; of course we make mistakes, but we try to keep mistakes to a minimum. If a dish isn’t 100% perfect, we’ll make a new one. Running a restaurant isn’t just about making money, some restaurants don’t want to throw away a lobster and they’re happy to serve one which isn’t perfect to customers, we won’t do this. The most important thing is to give the right food to the customer, if this is not your mindset you can cause your restaurant many problems. In my opinion, it’s better to keep a customer waiting and prepare a new dish rather than presenting them with a bad dish. A small complaint about waiting a little longer than expected is nowhere near as damaging as receiving a complaint about poor quality food.

How do you generate new ideas for Acqua? As a passionate chef I always look at new books, magazines and TV shows to generate ideas. I also visit Hong Kong, Asia’s top restaurant destination, every year

Acqua never compromises on quality! We are the only restaurant that offers such a wide range of quality ingredients imported from Europe. We have a unique selection of ingredients that even 5 star hotels cannot afford to have.

Do you have further plans to expand your Acqua brand? I’ve just returned from Hong Kong where I was evaluating a proposal to open a restaurant. However, it won’t be branded as Acqua as there is already a one in existence. I am currently working on a different name and it’s possible I might use my name. We’re at the stage where we’re nearly ready to inspect locations for the venue, and I’m hopeful in the next three weeks we’ll have some kind of confirmation.

Where would you like Acqua to be in 5 years time? The main thing is to get our restaurant open in Hong Kong and then if everything goes well to open more concepts. I don’t use the word restaurants as it can be a different concept similar to here in Phuket with our Boccocino Deli Cafe in Surin. In addition, I would also like to start doing the importing of ingredients ourselves so they are exclusive for us. Acqua Restaurant is open every day from 16.00 until 23.00. 324/15 Prabaramee Road, Kalim Bay, Patong, Phuket, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 127

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an Italian experience‌

Alessandro Frau Chef/Patron

324/15 Prabaramee Road - Kalim Bay - Patong - Phuket Tel 076 618127 email: reservations@acquarestaurantphuket.com www.acquarestaurantphuket.com


Hotels & Resorts GM Talk

Introducing

Janet McNab General Manager The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Please could you introduce yourself and tell us about your background? My parents immigrated to Australia from Italy in 1957, so I’m Australian born but of Italian decent. It was actually a strange upbringing for me growing up in Brisbane, my parents didn’t speak English so I was Italian when I was at home, but as soon as I left the house I became Australian as obviously none of my friends spoke Italian. However, it was great experience because I was raised with a completely different culture from the country in which I lived.

How would you describe your management style?

Janet McNab

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anet McNab was appointed Area General Manager, South Thailand; and General Manager of The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket in June 2013. Janet has brought with her a wealth of knowledge and professional experience which she has gained at various Starwood Hotels & Resorts over a 25 year period. Phuketindex.com recently managed to get Janet to take a break from her busy daily schedule and tell us more about her and Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket.

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I think people who know me well would say that I’m firm but fair. However, before I left my previous role to join Westin Siray Bay, I asked my department heads to answer 3 questions about me; what they thought about me, what they thought I could do better, and what they would recommend my new team. From the replies I received there was an overriding theme that to work with me you need to have a sense of humour, you need to be honest, and that if you make a mistake you should tell me about it, one of my pet hates is when people try to hide something from me. This is something which I brought with me and presented to my new team


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so people could know me for what I am and not jump to conclusions without knowing me.

What are your main priorities here at Westin Siray Bay?

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Every effort earns success

First and foremost it’s my people, I want to develop my people and build team of core members that are going to want to stay working with me here. I also have to look at the business here and make sure we’re delivering what the owners and customers want.

How do you define success in your job? My personal goalpost is financial success, I’m very goal driven so I want to make sure all targets are reached.

I don’t really care if we’re not the best hotel in the Starwood Group, or the best hotel in Phuket, I just want us to be the way we are supposed to be. I also want to be able to look into the development of our people, people won’t remember me for profit margins, they will remember me for how I have developed the team, which for me is a very rewarding.

What differentiates your property from others in the region? First and foremost, we’re in an area where there aren’t really any other properties, so we can’t be compared to other properties like would be the case if we were in Patong or another main tourist area. We are unique in that we’re in an area which is still very natural and undeveloped; we’re very close to the charming Phuket Town, every room here offers a fantastic view, and many have their own pool. It’s a nice relaxing environmental area to be in; it’s safe, very family friendly and definitely has a place in its market. www.phuketindex.com

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Hotels & Resorts GM Talk What motivates you in your job?

When you visit other hotels what do you observe/ judge?

In this particular property there is so much work to do and I’m challenged by it. I can walk around here and get so excited about the amount of things we can do. I also like the fact it’s not an easy property to manage, there are a lot of beautiful differentiators about this property that make it so special and which make it such a great challenge for me.

I’m never one to complain because I understand how hard it is to run a hotel, if things don’t go right I’m not bothered by it. I recently went on a 10 day holiday and where I went had 4 or 5 Starwood hotels and I chose not to stay in any of our hotels because you can’t stop looking and comparing things to your own hotel. However, saying that, it is always good to visit other hotels because it can always help you stimulate ideas.

Which travellers are your main targets? We have a very strong group mix, and by that I mean we have a very good MICE customer base, and we also have those seeking high leisure, and within this group our top markets are Japan, Korea, Thai, and Australia.

What are the main challenges you face here? One of the main challenges is the hotel’s utilities and infrastructure, being built on the side of a mountain doesn’t make it easy to get water and electricity here, but those kinds of issues are out of my hands. The upkeep of the buildings themselves is also a challenge, due to our climate and the fact the property is sea facing means a lot of work has to go into keeping it in reasonable shape. Furthermore, Phuket is a competitive market and we have to fight along with everybody else for our market share and also to keep our associates.

What’s your motto in life? One thing that I’ve always said is “Every effort earns success”, I’m a firm believer that nothing is ever given to you, you have to work for it!

What do you hope to accomplish in your time at Westin Siray Bay? I would like to get this hotel to a level where it’s producing in line with everybody’s expectations, and for it to be known as one of the best Westin resorts in our network. In my regional capacity I hope to be part of developing and opening new hotels that we have in the pipeline for Southern Thailand.

How do you balance your business and private life? I can’t say I’m doing that very well at the moment, but given that I’m only 3 months in I think that’s acceptable. But I do try to exercise most days, and in time I will get some outside interests which I’ve not had time to do yet, otherwise you can become too reliant on being in one area and I don’t think that’s healthy.

How are occupancy levels and forward bookings? September was a little slower than we had expected; we ran at 72% but expected 76%, but this is quite common on the island. But moving forward, our bookings for October, November & December are very strong, we see the PACE as being strong and we are quite confident about our position, but you can never take your eye off the ball!

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The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa 21/4 Moo 1 T.Rasada A.Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand Phone: +66 (0) 76 335 600 Fax: +66 (0) 76 335 700


Play & Show Phuket 4 x 4 Center

NUTTHAWUT

CHOLCHAWALIT

PHUKET D

4X4 CENTER

rive along any main road on the island and it won’t be long until you see a modified pick-up truck slightly resembling Bigfoot, the original monster truck, but not on such a grand scale.

Unlike other provinces in Thailand where pick-ups are modified in such ways, the monster trucks in Phuket aren’t modified to enable the drivers to have access to palm oil plantations located in uneven, unpredictable, and often near inaccessible terrain, but purely for fun. The drivers of these modified pick-ups have had them modified to go off-roading, an activity which sees these vehicles driven on unsurfaced roads or tracks, made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, rocks, and other natural terrain, and an activity which is becoming increasingly popular with a number of locals and expats based here in Phuket.

Phuketindex.com would like to introduce you to Nutthawut Cholchawalit, known as Kho Soon amongst his friends, Kho meaning brother. Khun Soon was born and raised in Phuket, studied Mechanical Engineering at Rajamongkorn university in the northern province of Chiang Mai, and is the owner of the Phuket 4 x 4 Center, the island’s leading 4 x 4 modifiers, and the place responsible for converting a great number of the modified 4 x 4s you see on the roads in Phuket. Phuket 4 x 4 Center is a world-class vehicle maintenance and restoration operation which combines experienced craftsmen, top quality materials, the latest technology and professional customer service in their mission to be the partner of choice when it comes to getting the most out of your 4×4 vehicle. They offer a wide range of ‘made to order’ products and accessories for all 4 wheel drives that increase the efficiency, comfort and beauty of the vehicle.

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Play & Show Phuket 4 x 4 Center From a young age Khun Soon had an interest in mechanical engineering, however, if you can imagine how Phuket was 40 years ago, when Khun Soon was a youngster, you can also imagine why he also had an interest in adventure travel and outdoor life. It was a combination of these interests, and also the off-roading possibilities that led Khun Soon to hit his workshop and modify his first vehicle. In time his passion for 4 x 4 modifications grew, as did Phuket 4 x 4 Center, and

today Khun Soon, with his vast years of experience, is the first port of call for any Phuketian, Thai or foreign, looking to modify their 4 x 4 vehicle. As stated previously, the people in Phuket who’ve had their 4 x 4s modified mostly do so for off-roading experiences, and it’s these people’s love of Thailand’s natural scenery, or possibly their fullness of urban life, that make them so passionate about off-roading. To these people there is nothing better than jumping in their modified 4 x 4s and driving through forests, rivers, muddy bogs, mountainsides and over boulders to get as close to Thailand’s nature as possible. However, there are also those who modify their 4 x 4s to make their vehicles stronger, more reliable, more comfortable, better looking, easier to use and more than often a combination of several of these factors. Various levels of modification can be carried out on vehicles depending on the owner’s requirements, these can be from low level to extreme and can cost anywhere between 100,000 THB and 350,000 THB, sometimes even more. Modifications can include anything from simply adding front and rear bull bars, additional spotlights or winches, through to body lifts, raised suspensions, upgrading existing shock

absorbers, coils and leaf springs and for more extreme modifications the addition of full roll bars, side rails, side steps and snorkels, used to protect 4 wheel drive engines from the hazards of dust and water commonly encountered in touring and off road adventures. Khun Soon is not only the founder of the Phuket 4 x 4 Center; he is also the founder of the Phuket 4 x 4 Club, a club which growing numbers of likeminded off-road enthusiasts is keen to join. However, to be able to join it is essential that members appreciate and respect the natural surroundings encountered on off-road adventures, prepare themselves and vehicles for off-road adventures, and most importantly ensure they have the essential items required for any off-road adventure such

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as first aid kits, food, water, radio communication, camping gear and full vehicle rescue equipment in case of breakdowns or other unforeseen issues. For those interested in modifying their 4 x 4s, or getting involved with Phuket’s off-road scene, there are some basic things Khun Soon says you really need to know. First and foremost, you should ascertain whether you want your 4 x 4 modified purely for efficiency or look, or whether you are modifying the vehicle to enable you to go on off road adventures, there is a big difference between the modification requirements for each purpose. Once you know the reason for your modifications you then need to plan the modifications as per your individual needs and desires. For those wanting to join the Phuket 4 x 4 Club for an offroad adventure there some important factors which need to be adhered to. The Phuket 4 x 4 Club follows strict rules and regulations with regards to safety and nature and these must be strictly followed by anybody who joins them on their adventures. These include understanding what is possible or

impossible on any off-road adventure, respecting the natural environment in which venturing, especially with regards to taking with you any refuse you may accumulate during the journey, and most importantly that you, your team and your vehicle are safe at all times. Khun Soon has now been modifying 4 x 4s at Phuket 4 x 4 Center for almost 40 years and is possibly the most knowledgeable, skilled and experienced person on the island when it comes to vehicle modification. He and his team guarantee you will receive a world class, professional service whatever your requirements, and that you will never be let down. For more information about Phuket 4 x 4 Center or Phuket 4 x 4 Club: 64/74 Srisutat-Koh Siray Road, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand Telephone: +66 (0) 76 212 649 or +66 (0) 76 218 326 Facsimile: +66 (0) 76 224 649 E-mail: soon4x4@gmail.com

S E R U T N E V D A 4 X 4 D A O OFF- R With numerous dirt roads and some fairly extreme terrain, off-road driving in Phuket and its neighbouring provinces is a little known secret among adventure enthusiasts, young and old. An off-road 4x4 trip is an amazing way to get to see some of the most pristine wilderness and spot some of Thailand’s exotic wildlife. Dirt roads, desert sanded roads, jungle trails, high hill side tracks, waterfalls, streams, wild cattle, and more await you on your adventure!

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33/7-9 Vichitsongkram Rd., Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 2807, +66 (0) 86 662 7766, +66 (0) 76 219 406 Email: info@numsang-hifi.com Website: www.numsang-hifi.com

Numsang Hi-Fi

Music, video & home automation - anywhere life takes you


Property & Home Décor Phuket’s Property Market

Setting New Standards for

PHUKET’S PROPERTY

Market

Phuket’s property market has being seeing growth of between

30 & 40

percent per year

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n recent years Phuket’s property market has being seeing growth of between 30 & 40 percent per year, and is said to be worth hundreds of billions of baht. It is now not only local property developers who are investing in developments, many new projects are being developed by national developers such as Sansiri, Supalai, Pruksa and land & House to name a few. This is especially the case when it comes to Phuket’s condominium market which has seen significant signs of improvement over the past two years. In the early days of the condominium market, units were aimed at the low-end Thai market, which had a large customer base. These projects were tremendously successful with most, if not all units selling within a couple of days of the development’s launch. The success of these projects led to both local and national developers considering the possibility of developing projects in Phuket similar to projects which had already been successful in areas such as Hua Hin and Pattaya and would appeal to both Thai and foreigner investors.

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These new projects have brought significant changes to Phuket’s real estate market, they are projects developed by national developers who are not only reliable, but don’t need to rely on cash flow from sales to start their constructions, meaning their projects can commence immediately. This in turn creates increased buyer confidence than for those projects developed by new or lesser known developers who have limited budgets. These larger companies have also brought a different level of product and expertise to Phuket, and are seen by many as being more professional. From the quality of the sales showrooms through to the actual products, a new standard for the Phuket property market has been created.


Property & Home DÊcor Phuket’s Property Market

Phuket Condominium Sales Record Real Estate Affairs Company Limited (AREA), have recently released figures summarising the current condominium market situation in Phuket. The figures reveal there are a total of 15,500 units with a total value of approximately 34.6 billion baht.

Total 15,500 units approximately 34.6 billion baht

75%

(23.7 Billion Baht)

Their research shows that 75% of these units have already been sold, and these have a combined value of 23.7 billion baht. The monthly turn- over of new units is about 1,630 units. From the number of new condominium launches they estimate about 60% of the units are to be purchased for residential purposes and 40% for investment purposes. AREA is unable to give clear figures until 2014 - 2015 when construction of the condominiums is complete.

25%

(10.9 Billion Baht)

Available Sold out

Total 15,500 units approximately 34.6 billion baht

60% CONDOMINIuM

CONDOMINIuM

40% PuRCHASE FOR RESIDENTIAl

INvESTMENT PuRPOSES

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Property & Home DÊcor Phuket’s Property Market

Phuket Housing Demand Continues to Grow Sansiri has realised that the demand for residential projects in Phuket is continuing to grow among both locals and foreigners, especially for homes priced between 2 and 5 million baht, and have pretty much taken control of the supply of these properties.

Amphur Thalang 2,300 units

Recent figures show that the current number of detached, semi-detached, townhouses and commercial buildings being built in Phuket were estimated to be in the region of 8,750 units, up 8% on 2012 figures, and worth a total of approximately 31,500 million baht. In Amphur Muang there were 6,200 units, Amphur Thalang 2,300 units and in Amphur Kathu 250 units. The 8,750 units comprise of 3,400 detached houses, 2,750 townhouses, 1,700 semi-detached houses, 750 commercial buildings and 150 abandoned developments.

Amphur Kathu 250 units

Amphur Muang 6,200 units

Property type

2,750 units Townhouses

3,400 units Detached Houses Phuket’s economy still appears to be strong with promising trends such as further urbanisation and economic development. The number of Thai and foreign business people in the province has also seen relatively high growth, significantly affecting the demand for housing.

1,700 units Semi-detached Houses

150 units Abandoned developments

No. of units 0

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Property & Home Décor Décor Items

DESIGN MIRROR

TREE BRANCHES WALL DÉCOR

An eye-catching mirror design that cleverly uses the natural beauty of wood. It’s an elegantly simple design: a frame for the mirror is formed with two pieces of wood running either side. This design mirror is never more at home than when reflecting the greenery of the world outside.

As if it sprouted on your wall, taking in warmth and tender spirit of your home for nourishment, this beautiful stainless steel tree branch wall hanging is eye-catching. A great way to bring a touch of nature to your space.

Recommended

Items

y r u x u L l a c i Trop LOTUS FLOWER TEA LIGHT HOLDER & BOWL Both decorative and functional, these beautiful stainless steel open lotus flowers are designed to hold a tea lights and potpourri. A great feature in any room in any house.

JADE SCULPTURE RECTANGULAR CERAMIC VASE This contemporary style vase would make a great conversation piece in any home. Perfect for tall stem flower arrangements, this vase series is tall and strong.

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A hand carved red jade sculpture set on a copper coloured stainless steel base. Handmade by a Thai designer.

DECORATIVE CERAMIC BOWL This one of a kind ceramic bowl has been handmade and formed This beautiful porcelain bowl does double duty. Hang it on the wall, it becomes a work of art on the table it serves food magnificently. Use it as a beautiful fruit bowl.


Property & Home Décor Décor Items

Cozy Company

1/1 lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket Thailand 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 270 847 Fax: +66 (0) 76 270 633 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 970 8272 Email: cozy_company@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT METAL WALL MIRROR This beautiful hanging mirror will beautify any room. The frame is handcrafted, breathtaking in designs & an instant eye catcher.

CERAMIC VASE This handmade brown and white vase is crafted of ceramic and acts as a simple accessory piece to existing décor. Place anywhere in your home for visual interest.

PETRIFIED WOOD CANDLE HOLDER Bring a unique piece of nature into your home with this beautiful hand carved petrified wood candle holder.

GLASS TEARDROP TEA LIGHT HOLDER These are very attractive retro items, an ornate brushed steel base with a delicate glass shade which features gold leaf mosaic design.

STONE TOPPED TABLES Wood & stone make up this table’s simple, modern design. With a distinctive granite stone top, and a wooden base, these tables are a true reflection of natural beauty.

LEATHER & STAINLESS STEEL CHAIR This modern leather chair has a steel frame of dependable sturdiness with a high-shine chrome finish. The chair is ideal for a waiting room or office, but is versatile enough to be used in a variety of settings.

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Shopping Keng Tin Shop

Keng Tin Shop

Traditional Sweets of the Island

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f you’re here and you’re looking for authentic, local island sweets and desserts you have to look than Keng Tin Snack Shop. Keng Tin Snack Shop is a legendary shop for delicious, local Chinese Hokkien style snacks and as it was established in 1942 it’s the oldest dessert shop in Phuket. Each dessert is handmade individually according to the original recipe. Inside the shop there’s an array of local snacks on offer. All are delectable with a truly tasty island flavor.

Khun Kee in Manager Keng-T

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Take a bite into any of Keng Tin’s desserts and you will find that they are especially sweet. This is the reason why most residents of Phuket drink tea, coffee, or something bitter to balance out the taste. If you’re worried about calories, you’ll be happy to know that some of their dessert recipes have been changed to include less sugar to meet the demands of customers.

Although Keng Tin serves ancient desserts, these sweets are still very popular in today’s modern world. To keep up with the times, the shop has changed its packaging to be more colorful, and each comes with a factoid about the sweets inside and a brief history of the shop. Here’s our guide to some of Keng Tin’s desserts you really should try!


Shopping Keng Tin Shop

Phuket Bird Biscuit light and sweet bird shaped cookies.

Tao Sor Pia A famous local pastry with a green bean or salted egg filling, so you get either a sweet or salty taste, great with tea or coffee.

Black Pepper Cookies A sweet, slightly spicy flavoured cookie.

Phuket Taro Sesame Puff Taro Sesame Puffs are made from a soft and smooth mixture of taro root and rice flour, and are sprinkled with charcoal roasted sesame seeds.

If you want to try these delicious local snacks from “Keng Tin” why not order online at: www.shopping.phuketindex.com/brand-kengtin-phuket Or visit the shop at: 344 Phuket Road (near Bang Neow intersection), Talad Yai, Muang Phuket

Pung-Pia (White Flaky Puff) local sweet powder puff snack made using the traditional method, with no baking powder or synthetic additives.

Open 7.30 am – 7.00 pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday Tel: +66 (0) 76 212 185

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Social Circle Andara Staff Party 2013 On Friday 20th September 2013, Andara Resort & Spa held their annual Staff Party at H2O Pub & Restaurant.

Budget Supplies Product Launch Event On 13th September 2013, Budget Supplies held a product launch event at Casa de Playa, Kamala Beach.

Central Festival Phuket’s 9th Anniversary On 7th September 2013, Central Festival Phuket held its 9th Anniversary celebration.

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