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Just a few moments away from Kata’s sandy beach, Kata Sea Breeze offers 330 breezy guest rooms & suites, 4 swimming pools with pool bars, spa & kid’s corner and lots of exciting activities for our guests to enjoy. 72 Kata Road, Karon District, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand Tel : +66 76 284300 - 4 Fax : +66 76 284307

For the best rates email us : kataseabreeze



The Coffee Club is the place to catch up with friends and family, providing


“The Coffee Club” is one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing locally owned café groups and has been serving in Thailand. From the premium blend coffee and the talented barista will assure that every coffee is the perfect cup for you. Come and enjoy our all day breakfast and the variety of delicious menu at all branches in Thailand.

For more information and reservation, please contact our stores. PHUKET STORE LOCATIONS: TURTLE VILLAGE: 076 314 JUNGCEYLON: 076 292 KATA NIGHT PLAZA: 076 284 BANANA WALK: 076 340

805 036 081 870

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Phi Beauty Clinic

Tiger Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts

Phi Beauty Clinic is a great option for those who seek to improve their appearance by means of plastic surgery. Using the most advanced techniques to reconstruct and repair every part of the body, patients can rest assured that procedures will be carried out safely and with satisfactory results.

At Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp, Phuket they offer the chance to train and prepare with others of similar skill levels and prepare and train for an MMA or Muay Thai boxing fight, and the body you want is just around the corner with help from their fitness programs.

1/27 close to Chalong Circle, Moo 5, Tambol Rawai, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand

7/6 Soi Tad-Ied, Moo 5, Tambol Chalong, Amphur Muang,Phuket 83100 Thailand

Contact person: Dr Sununtika Chitvarin Tel: +66 (0) 87 688 3999 Email:

Contact person: Reservations Tel: +66 (0) 76 367 071-2, +66 (0) 95 094 0780 Email:

Sabai Mansion

Phuket Country House

Sabai Mansion offers daily-monthly room rental for workers and tourists who want a clean and cozy place to stay at a friendly price. With a great location and facilities guests are sure to be pleased with all Sabai Mansion has to offer.

Phuket Country House has two affordable luxury properties available for short or long term rent. The first is located next to a jungle in Chalong; the second in a quiet location near Kamala Beach. Both are ideal for tourists or residents who want to live in peace but be close to the island’s popular attractions.

16/7 Soi Hatchananiwech 2/9, Anuphas Phuket Karn Road, Tambol Talad Yai, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Contact person: Khun Prasertsak Tel: +66 (0) 86 689 7510 (K.Prasertsak), +66 (0) 89 472 5454 (K.Ausa), +66 (0) 87 907 9387 (K.Suparat) Email:

Contact person: Reservations Tel: +66 (0) 89 875 5789 (Thai and English), +66 (0) 81 415 5522 (English) Email:

Our online bi-lingual (English and Thai) website,, provides daily news and information regarding the happenings on Phuket, which we believe are beneficial and interest to our readers.

Listing Page: A onetime fee of only 9,900 Baht and your listing will remain on all your business life.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Welcome to the 2014/15 high season issue of, Phuket Island’s leading lifestyle and living publication. Leisure



As some of you may be aware Phuket has a large Hokkien Chinese community who each and every year celebrate one of the country’s most unique cultural celebrations, the Vegetarian Festival. However, this year actually saw a second Vegetarian Festival as there are two ninth lunar months in the Chinese lunar calendar this year, a rarity as this only happens once every 100 years. In this issue of we bring you a photo special from the first and biggest of the two celebrations which took place from September 24 to October 2. If coffee is your thing, we give you the low down on some of Phuket Town’s most popular and unique cafes where there’s more on offer than just coffee. We also introduce you to two off the island’s newest dining establishments where authentic Thai and French cuisines are the main feature on the menu.

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In addition, if you’re here for Christmas and New Year then you should head straight for the ‘News Update’ feature, pages 12 & 13, where you will find what we believe are some of the best options there are for celebrating the festive season in Phuket. We hope you enjoy your time in Phuket!





Publisher Guide Vision Limited Editor in Chief Jormnapa Utuchkul Team Arnat Utuchkul, Nunghatai Cholchawalit, Matthew Pond, Siripong Mukda, Sirisawan Hemtanon, Paradorn Promkird, Pitchaorn Sukjitkasam, Pornkanok Poltawee, Tanyaluk Rossamai Advertising Enquiries Subscription Enquiries Tel. +66 (0) 76 240 749, +66 (0) 99 391 4056 Fax. +66 (0) 76 240 750





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Flying Hanuman - Together Everyone Achieves More


Where to Eat


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Phuket News Update

- Kōngkāng - Al-fresco Dining at its Finest - La Boucherie Chalong - Cette nourriture

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Travel Talk - Introducing the Phatharaworanee Family

- Aromatherapy

Everything You Need to Know

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Event Interviews

Phuket’s Chinese Shrines

- Suchada Sanksuwan

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- Enjoy a Coffee in Phuket Town Feature - Photo Special Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014


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Social Talk Live and Enjoy the Present


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House & Home - Enhance Your Home’s Exterior Using Tropical Flowers





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News Phuket News Update

PHUKET NEWS UPDATE New Front Office Manager at Amari Phuket

Christmas & New Year Celebrations at Regent Phuket

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Amari Phuket is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Jessica Lui as the new Front Office Manager. Ms Lui received her hotel management degree from the Institute Hotelier Cesar Ritz, Switzerland and studied another six years at Ashville College, United Kingdom. As a passionate fresh graduated, Ms Lui started her career in the hospitality industry in her home of Hong Kong. She has worked with a variety of five-star luxury properties including the JW Marriott, the Upper House and the Ritz-Carlton as a Club Manager. Upon moving to Phuket she joined the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket as a Business Development and Guest Relations Executive. With more than ten years of professional guest service experience, Ms Lui is now joining Amari Phuket and looking forward to tackling the challenges presented by the growth of the property, while also providing guests with enriching experiences to continue driving service to the next level. Address: Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150


Twinpalms Festive Events

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Regent Phuket Cape Panwa will offer a choice of Christmas & New Year celebrations during the festive period at the resort’s restaurants and bars.

Twinpalms Phuket has conjured up some first-rate food and beachside experiences for an unforgettable Christmas and New Year.

Christmas Eve - The Restaurant offers a Christmas Set Menu with turkey and mulled wine, and Christmas Carols in the evening. Price is 1,900++ per person including a complimentary glass of mulled wine. For an additional charge guests may select the wine set which includes a glass of sparkling wine and two glasses of white or red wine.

Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar Festive Sunday Brunch - December 21, 28 and January 4 - THB 2,200++ (Food only THB 1,900++) Traditional Christmas Eve Roast - December 24 - THB 2,900++ (Food only THB 2,000++) Christmas Day Brunch - December 24 - THB 2,900++ (Food only THB 2,000++) Twinpalms Gala Dinner - December 31 - THB 10,000++ includes entry to the Countdown Party New Year’s Day Brunch - January 1 - THB 2,900++ (Food only THB 2,000++)

Christmas Eve - The Grill celebrates with a special turkey main course; The Grill Lounge will serve winter specialties of mulled wine and eggnog pre or post dinner. Christmas Day morning - The Restaurant features an appearance by Santa handing out gifts for younger guests. The Christmas Set Menu at The Restaurant will be available Christmas and Boxing Day for lunch and dinner. The turkey main dinner course at The Grill will also be available on those days. On New Year’s Eve, they will be holding a Gala Dinner with a “VIVA LAS VEGAS” theme. Guests can enjoy welcome cocktails followed by a six-course set dinner. The New Year’s Eve Party including dinner and entertainment is Baht 8,800,- ++ per person subject to service charge and taxes. Room rates start from Baht 15,800 net per room per night and include breakfast for two. Terms & conditions apply. For more information or reservations, please call Tel +66 (0) 76 200 800, Fax +66 (0) 76 200 803, or email to

Bimi Beach Club Salad Bar & BBQ Lunch Platter daily through the festive season - THB 890++ Beach Dinner BBQ - evenings through the festive season THB 1,690++ (Food only THB 1,390++). Christmas Day Brunch - December 25 - THB 1,490++ (Food only THB 1,190++) Christmas Day Dinner BBQ - December 25 - THB 2,400++ (Food only THB 1,500++) New Year’s Eve Beach BBQ - December 31 - THB 10,000++ included entry to the Countdown Party Catch Beach Club New Year’s Eve Countdown Party - December 31 - THB 5,000++ (standing only) Catch will be serving up its a la carte menu daily from 11:00 till 23:00 throughout the festive season. Catch Seafood Festive Sunday Seafood Brunch - Dec 21, 28 and January 4 - THB 1,900++ (Food only THB 1,500++) Christmas Eve Seafood Grill - December 24 - THB 2,400++ (Food only THB 1,500++) Christmas Day Seafood Brunch - December 25 - THB 1,900++ (Food only THB 1,500++) Twinpalms Phuket 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay, Phuket 83110, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 316 500 Fax: +66 (0) 76 316 599 Email: Website:

News Phuket News Update

Laguna Phuket Golf Club Opens New Club House

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As part of the redevelopment project at Laguna Phuket Golf Club, the Clubhouse facilities have undergone a facelift. Previously voted in the top-10 best Clubhouse’s in Asia, extensive renovations have been made throughout the building. The Pro Shop has been relocated to give a larger, brighter space. Both male and female locker rooms have been upgraded, with the Ladies being relocated and substantially increased in size. Paul Wilson, PGA Director of Golf said, “We have seen an increase in Lady golfers visiting Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Relocating and expanding the Ladies locker rooms was a calculated decision based on this trend. Being at the centre of the family friendly Laguna Phuket resort, we pride ourselves on creating an unparalleled golfing experience for all the family”. Furthermore, the newly renovated Banyan Café introduces a menu showcasing a variety of international salads and sandwiches, a selection of pizzas along with signature Thai specialties and delicious fruit smoothies. Paul went on to say, “The design changes to the golf course have resulted in fantastic golf views from the Clubhouse. Banyan Café guests can relax under the shade with a cool drink, whilst watching the golfers play the 9th and finishing 18th holes.” The Clubhouse at Laguna Phuket Golf Club will be fully reopened by 1st Nov 2014, with the entire 18 hole golf course redevelopment due to complete by yearend. From now until 1st Jan 2015, golfers can enjoy special green fee rates and can still play 18 hole rounds by completing the front 9 holes twice. For more information please contact

Festive Season Dining at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s festive season kicks off with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 16 at 6:30 pm at Horizon Lounge. It will be followed by festive songs performed by the Dusit Thani Laguna Management Team and Resident Band, Jammers throughout the evening.

Phuket wedding planner hosts lunch for Pattaya Orphanage

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Food & beverage promotions: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - Traditional Christmas Eve poolside Christmas buffet including roast turkey, pork pate, oysters, grilled seafood and festive desserts. Children have their own special buffet corner and gifts from Santa. THB 2,900++ per person.

Phuket’s The Royal Wedding & Organizer recently teamed up with Kanuengtum Lawyer to host a lunch for orphans at the Pattaya Orphange in Thailand’s Chonburi province.

Christmas Day, 25 December 2014 - Complimentary Christmas day party and activities for children in the Laguna Café garden where Santa will come along with a clown and baby elephant. Whist the parents feast on a festive themed buffet brunch at Laguna Café. THB 1,450++ per person.

The Pattaya Orphanage was founded in the early 1970’s by Bishop Lawrence Thienchai Samanchit of the Diocese of Chanthaburi, Fr. Ray Brennan C.Ss.R. and a group of Vietnam War Veterans from USA.

In the evening, guests can choose from a four-course Italian Christmas set at La Trattoria - THB 1,500++ per person – or a Chirstmas Seafood & Barbeque buffet dinner at Casurina Beach Restaurant & Pub - THB 1,900++ per person.

From those humble beginnings, the Orphanage is now home to over 200 babies, toddlers, and school age children as well as college and university students.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014, Usher in 2015 with local atmosphere, colours and cuisne as Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket transform its pitch and putt garden into a fabulous New Year’s party. The New Year’s Eve celebration features cocktail reception, lavish buffet, live music, DJs and entertainment. A special buffet corner for children is also available. THB 9,800++ per person. Tuesday, 6 January 2015, Celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Eve and enjoy a feast on a white sand beach with stunning sunset views of Bang Tao bay. The THB 2,500++ per person.

The Royal Wedding Planner Phuket is the leading Phuket wedding planner. If you are dreaming of the most beautiful day in your life and want that dream to become reality with the best memories of love, then “The Royal Wedding & Organizer” is your answer. Address : 64/3 Luangpor Rd., Talad Yai, Muang Phuket 83000 Tel. +66 (0) 86 277 8844 Fax: +66 (0)76 680 122 Email:

50% discount for children 6–12 years old. For more information or reservation, contact our Food & Beverage team, Email: or dial +66 (0) 76 362 999 ext 7303


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Aromatherapy All You Need to Know


romatherapy is one of the oldest known methods of holistic healing, equipped to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit with the use of a fragrance or aroma. Aromatherapy is an alternative and complementary health science that uses the psychological benefits of herb essences to manage a wide range of illnesses. The volatile and essential plant oils (the pure essence of plants) are used, through the sense of smell, to promote health and in treating several diseases ranging from stress, arthritis, obesity, cancer, pain reduction and dementia.

What is the history of aromatherapy? Plant oils have been used by many different cultures for both medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Ancient Chinese cultures burned incense to foster harmony and wellbeing. The Egyptians used plant oils for cosmetic reasons, and are credited for inventing perfume. They also used oils from plants such as myrrh, cedarwood, cloves and nutmeg to embalm their dead. The Greeks and the Romans used the oils as perfumes, an anti-inammatory and to heal wounds. In the 11th century, an Arab physician named Avicenna developed distillation as we know it today. This enhanced the use of essential oils through the Middle Ages, where distilled oils were used as both a medicine and perfume. Today, aromatherapy is used in North America and Europe, particularly in France, for its therapeutic qualities.


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What are some common essential oils? • Lavender oil has a fresh and floral scent. Its relaxing fragrance helps with depression, anxiety and stress. • Rosemary oil smells herbaceous and fresh. Its uplifting scent commonly helps with fatigue. • Rose oil smells floral and sweet and helps with symptoms of depression. • Patchouli oil is a deep golden brown, and smells earthy and woody. It is commonly used to help with symptoms of stress and fatigue. • Sandalwood oil smells rich, earthy and sweet. The oil is clear and slightly yellow. It is used to help with symptoms of depression and stress, and for promoting happiness and peace. • Lemon oil has a bright citrus scent. It is used to help with fatigue, memory, concentration, and promoting overall happiness.

What are the principles of aromatherapy? Plant oils are distilled without the use of chemicals by heating the plant through boiling or steaming until the oil vaporizes. The oil is then used in a variety of different ways, such as for massage, as a steam inhalation, bath oil or as vaporizers for a living space.

• Sage oil is a bright, earthy and herbaceous oil used to help with symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and feelings of loneliness. • Peppermint oil has a concentrated minty scent and is used to help with symptoms of fatigue, vertigo, nausea, headaches, and to help with memory and concentration.

What are the benefits of aromatherapy? Different oils have different properties and can cause a variety of reactions depending on each individual. For instance, lavender oil is thought to have relaxing properties, so aromatherapists tend to use lavender oil on a client who is suffering from stress or anxiety. Lavender is also thought to act as an antiseptic on burns, acne and insect stings. Aromatherapy can be used to treat or lessen symptoms of stress-related conditions such as headaches and insomnia and to ease discomfort associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Topical treatments of certain essential oils can be used to treat skin problems, cuts and burns. Steam inhalations can be used for asthma and colds.

Is aromatherapy safe? If done correctly, aromatherapy is a very safe practice. However, because some plants contain harmful toxins, it is important to understand the oil and how to apply it. Never put undiluted oils directly on the skin (except lavender and tea tree oil for certain skin conditions), and keep them away from the eyes and from open flames. Oils should also never be swallowed.


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Oyster Bay Wine Dinner at Dusit Thani Phuket Photo Link Thursday 9th October 2014 saw La Trattoria, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket’s award winning restaurant host a very special Oyster Bay wine dinner in conjunction with Ambrose Wine Limited. The event gave both inside and outside guests to the resort a chance to experience an extraordinary wine testing experience which featured five amazing Oyster Bay wines paired with food created by the resort’s executive chef Silvano Amolini and his team. Oyster Bay’s principal – Mr. Joe Tan, was guest of honour at the event and gave details on the wines during the course of the dinner.


Ben Perera EAM – Food & Beverage “We’re very excited to have Oyster Bay Wines featured at this dinner tonight, and we would like to thank Ambrose Wines, who have a very extensive wine list, for continuing to bring some great wines into Thailand. Unfortunately, as the tax for wines is so high in Thailand the wines are very costly, but what we’re seeing now is that the wine quality is getting better but not at such a high price. “The wines we get from New Zealand are usually of a very high quality, and after speaking to Oyster Bay’s principal – Mr. Joe Tan, he explained that although the quality can be comparable with The Cloudy Bay, quite an expensive wine, the price is quite a bit less, so we’re very lucky to have these kinds of wines available.”

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Luce della Vite Wine Dinner VDO Link

at Acqua Restaurant

On Monday 6th October 2014, Acqua Restaurant held a Luce della Vite wine dinner which saw Chef Alessandro Frau prepare a 6 course menu which was paired with six fantastic wines from Luce della Vite winery.

Alessandro Frau – Proprietor/Chef Acqua Restaurant “Acqua Restaurant has held this very special Luce della Vite Wine Dinner to celebrate the inauguration of Acqua as a “Stella di Luce”

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(Star of Luce), an ambassador of Luce della Vite wines here in Phuket. Luce della Vite is one of the super wines from Tuscany, and Acqua is now recognised as one of the best restaurants in the world, and we’re so honoured and proud for this wine to be represented at our restaurant. I created a fantastic six course menu which has beautifully complimented the wines from the Luce della Vitel winery.”


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Renaissance Phuket R Chef Sharing Event VDO Link On Thursday 23rd October 2014, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa held their R Chef Sharing activity at Pan Yee Island, Phang Nga. The event, which gains International recognition, is an opportunity for Marriott Asia Pacific to showcase their culinary talent and let the local community see that they take the F&B business seriously. The event was held to deliver support to the local soccer team, regional youth champions for 7 consecutive years [1993-2000], who built their own floating soccer pitch from scrap wood. At the event, the Renaissance team handed over 2 mini football goals and 2 footballs to the team.


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Chris Dodds - Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa Executive Chef “This event being held today is to celebrate International Chef’s Day, a day celebrated all around the world. Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa decided that we should celebrate this day by giving something back to the community and we choose to do this with the Pan Yee Island community. We’ve come here and played football with the kids and also brought them an assortment of gifts. We hope that by doing this they will become more aware of what we do. We’ve also had time to cook them some treats such as crepes and pancakes, and we’ve also bought them ice creams and made them some special drinks. We can see that they’ve all really had a good day, which is what today was all about!”

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Laguna Phuket launched “Seedlings Phuket” Photo Link

Tuesday 21st October 2014 saw Laguna Phuket launch “Seedlings Phuket” the resort’s latest CSR initiative which aims to provide training and job opportunities for marginalized local youths, and cement Banyan Tree Group’s first social enterprise restaurant in Thailand. The initiative, comprising 18 months of food and beverage skills training and restaurant career mentorship programme, is targeted to realize the resort’s very first social enterprise restaurant and the second outlet under Banyan Tree’s group-wide mentorship programme in 2015, less than two years after the opening of its first edition “Seedlings Hoi An” by Laguna Lăng Cô, Laguna Phuket’s sister destination resort in Vietnam.

Claire Chiang – Senior Vice President, Banyan Tree Holdings “I feel very honoured and very happy because I’ve done this area of work for a very long time, and to have such a large number of different experts together to work out a collaboration model I think is tremendous. I don’t believe that any one company can do such a project alone, I don’t think a government can do it all, and I don’t think that tourism is going to thrive if it doesn’t have a good service attitude. So all in all, I think it’s a helping model, involving so many different people, that I feel it will make Phuket outstanding. Hopefully we can repeat this in many different parts of Thailand, and that we will help those young people, who do not have an opportunity, in other ways. So this is the business giving back, or should I say being socially responsible, for the people they care about and should care about.”


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JW Marriott Phuket’s VDO Link

Gourmet Weekend Press Conference

On Friday 24th October 2014, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa held a press conference to announce details of their Premier Gourmet Weekend. The resorts much anticipated Gourmet Weekend took place on November 14 to 16 2014, incorporating a series of specialist-led cooking demonstrations and set dinners and culminating in a Charity Dinner. The Gourmet Weekend fits perfectly with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s position as a leading epicurean destination in Phuket and indeed Thailand, offering plenty for both in-house guests and Phuket residents who adore fine dining, fine wine and healthy eating.


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Dietmar Spitzer – Executive Chef JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa “This event here tonight is to announce details of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s first ever Gourmet Weekend. For this event, we have invited five world class chefs to cook for our guests, Chef Peter Manifis is from the InContro Restaurant in Perth, Australia, Chef Norio Nomoto is the Japanese Chef form the JW Marriott Bangkok, Chef Nooror Somany-Steppe is from the Blue Elephant cooking school and restaurants, Chef Tim Butler owns Eat Me restaurant in Bangkok and me. Every night we will be featuring two restaurants and two chefs, each morning we will have cooking classes by these chefs, and the main highlight of the event will be on Sunday, November 16th when we will hold a Charity Dinner which will raise funds for the Marine Turtle Shelter & Education Center which will be built here at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa.”

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Amari Residences Phuket Welcomes the High Season VDO Link

On Saturday 25th October 2014, Amari Residencies Phuket proudly presented a selection of wine and special recommended dishes from the menu of La Gritta Italian Restaurant at an evening of celebration and networking at the Amari Residences Phuket sales gallery.

Avirud Diskul – Knight Frank Property Consultant, Residential Department “This ‘Welcoming High Season’ event is aimed introducing to our co-agents a newly launched phase 2 of Amari Residences Phuket, and also to thank them for their support thus far. We

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are also welcoming those who have never visited our property before to show them around the property. “Phase 2 of Amari Residences Phuket is also an investment property which features one or two bedroom accommodations. Our one bedroom properties are priced at 10 – 12 million baht, whilst the 2 bedrooms range from 20 – 23 million Baht. “With the investment we offer a 6% return for 3 years, and should you have any interest in Amari Residences Phuket please take the time to visit our sales gallery.”


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Flying Hanuman Together Everyone Achieves More

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ollowing its launch in Phuket, Flying Hanuman has created a new adventure tourism phenomenon with its unique way of experiencing Phuket’s untouched jungle and proving that the island has so much more to enjoy than just sea, sun and sand. Flying Hanuman takes you on a voyage of discovery not from the ground, but in the air as you soar above, through and below the leaves on ziplines. You are accompanied on this adventure by professional zipline guides who ensure your safety and allow you to enjoy the scenery and excitement to their fullest. Highlights on the course include 28 custom-built wooden platforms, all with safety lines, a 400 meter zipline that provides spectacular views and takes you over 40 meters above ground level, a 40 meter abseil down a centuries old tree and more. Flying Hanuman was the original zipline adventure in Phuket; however, many have followed in their footpath, but Flying Hanuman continues to be the leader with international standard safety and a range of unique activities. This statement can be backed up by the sheer number of customers who visit Flying Hanuman, which are increasing month on month and year on year, and by the attention it has gained from media from around the world. In this issue of magazine we show you an unseen side of Flying Hanuman which has never been revealed before. Find out more in the following pages!

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“We are the world, we are the children” Khun Siwaporn Poochanasri (Kungnang) General Manager of Flying Hanuman Image Copyright Flying Hanuman

“We believe that local society is an important part of our success and we recognize that we have received many opportunities due to the local community. Flying Hanuman likes to be seen as part of this community and to create opportunities for the community in return. It is our aim to bring smiles to the faces of everyone, especially disadvantaged groups. In 2013, the management team and staff of Flying Hanuman decided to partake in social activities to help and deliver happiness to children of The Kathu Special Edition Center, a place that opened to take care of children with special needs. Now, on a regular basis, the team goes to the centre to take food and sing and paint with the kids as well as donate money. It’s as though they’ve been waiting for this chance for a life time as the center is not taken care of enough by the government. It’s an amazing experience for our team to see the joy the children get from our visits, and we are committed to encouraging these children to continue to live with courage and faith. We’ve been so much luckier in our lives and we understand that giving and sharing to those less fortunate is something very precious for both the giver and receiver.”

Every single one of us different, and we are all meant for greatness. The only thing is, not all of us will find that greatness, and use it to change the world. It starts with passion, the passion to improve, to build, to change. If you’re not passionate about something, anything, then you’re not on track to find what you were put on this earth to discover, your purpose. Always remember though, that if you have a heartbeat and air in your lungs, you still have a purpose.


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Hanuman Volunteers

One of the songs we sing regularly is ‘We are the world’, the reason we chose this song is because it has such a good meaning and we need to communicate to the children that they have not been abandoned, and that there are those of us who care about them and want to make them happy.

Phusanisa Chimthap (June) – Reception

Anuruk Agsornchai (Tee) – Guide Manager

Pornpan Theppipat (Gift) – Sales Manager

I’m so pleased that we have the opportunity to help these kids and I can actually feel their gratitude that someone is going to visit and spend time with them doing activities. I now understand the importance of doing work like this and I actually intend to go to meet with the children in my own free time and donate what little I can to make a difference for these kids lives.

In life, we think of ourselves too much. I believe that what we should be doing more in our lives is giving. We live in a society where people are a lot worse off than ourselves, and society should pay more attention to those that are in more need than us.

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I must admit that I have never done any charity with children before and have never really thought about doing so. However, since we have started helping out at the center it has really changed my attitude, I now realise how valuable we can be and how we can help others in so many different ways.

Pipat Pupanna (Phat)- Zipline Guide

I would like to thank Flying Hanuman for doing this activity. It has made all the business’ employees work more closely together and we have got to know each other in a completely different way. It’s good that we can be more honest with each other and do something good together.

Supachai Kleangkhan (Bike) - Zipline Guide

I’m so glad that I’ve had an opportunity to help and encouraging the staff at the Kathu Special Edition Center. They have so few people at the center that it’s not easy for them to take care of nearly one hundred children with special needs. It is these people who sacrifice so much, and I want them to know that I respect them very much. Vatpisit Phermphoon (Games) - Zipline Guide

The Kathu Special Education Center in Phuket caters for disabled, autistic and deaf children from ages four to sixteen. The centre has a number of volunteering opportunities and need donations from you. Location: 75/5 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu, Phuket Tel: 076 319 062 / 076 321 249



Flying Hanuman

Where Italian dining experience meet art and passion !

By Alessandro Frau Chef/Patron

324/15 Prabaramee Road

Kalim Bay - Patong - Phuket Tel 076 618127 email:

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Social Life Social Talk Khun Kwan had always had a dream to develop a small project by the sea; she wanted to do the project alone and wanted to learn more. This is when she returned to university and studied management. However, following her graduation she actually decided to join a Canadian public mining company, a big change from architecture. Within this company Khun Kwan was the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and an Executive Director, she handled the office management and dealt with local, government, political and legal issues. During her time here she learnt a lot about international business including how to raise funds from stock markets. The role also meant she had to deal with people including ministers and politicians but also local poor people. She saw life in many different ways and too much politics was involved, it was not what she wanted, she quit and in 2006 moved to Phuket to do the business she loves, away from the city.

What’s your experience in Phuket’s real estate industry? When I moved to Phuket I already had a small plot of land at Niyang Beach, I wanted to build my dream project but faced many problems, so in 2007 I decided to sell the plot which brought a good return and gave my business a great start.

Suchada Sanksuwan Live and Enjoy the Present


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uchada Sanksuwan (Khun Kwan) was born and grew up in Bangkok, she is a graduate of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Architecture where she gained an Honors Degree. 10 years later she mastered in Management at the university’s Sasin Graduate School of Chulalongkorn.

Khun Kwan began her business career working as a freelance architect and architectural illustrator. Unlike today, at that time, there were no computers to make 3d perspectives so each drawing had to be done by hand. Around 1989, when Thailand’s real estate industry was booming, she done illustrations and presentations for many developers, after seeing what they done she became more interested in that side of the industry. Soon after she joined a small development company who bought and renovated an old house to sell, she also did some turnkey interior design and landscaping work part-time. She then worked in Hong Kong and later returned to Bangkok to work with a big developer as part of its project management team.


With that money I bought two pieces of land. On one plot, near Bangtao Beach, I started the Miramare condominium project. At first I thought positively, if I sold 40% of the project off plan I could build without getting a bank loan. So I finished all the design work and got the permit, I was ready to build. However, the financial crisis started in America and I only sold 15% and it wasn’t enough. I decided to sell the whole project and the investor built the project following my design, so that was really positive. That project taught me dreams and realities are not the same. Dreams are nice and easy, but in reality it was stressful, I wore so many hats at the same time, it was too tough! Now I’m working on a smaller project, 2 sea view villas in Bangtao. One villa is nearly finished, the other I will continue next year. I have invested low profile with money I already have, so if I can sell that’s great, if not I will keep it, no loan, no pressure!

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I don’t call myself a developer, I’m not up to that, I’m an architect who builds from my heart, even if it’s not perfect I’ll be proud of it!

Dreams and realities are not the same

How do you feel when people refer to you as a “Smart Woman”? I feel OK; people have good values in different ways! I would be more proud if they say I have a good heart. To be talented and successful doesn’t mean you’re a valuable person!

Tell us about your social life and fashion style In my first 3 years in Phuket I didn’t go out much, I only started going out 5 years ago and went to every party near my house. I felt great and made many friends, Phuket is like a small town, everyone knows each other. Anywhere you go you’ll meet people you know, you won’t be alone. I like that feeling; it’s like a big family. However, in the last 2 years I haven’t been out much, I’m concentrating on my work and meditate, I’m happy to stay quiet. Although I do go for brunch or dinner with friends or family or we eat and drink at home and talk and relax. But I still go to some special parties once in a while.

With regards to fashion, I like to shop at the wholesale market Prathunam and the Platinum Mall in Bangkok, I’ve shopped there since I was a teenager. My family’s not rich so I always bought fabric and mom made dresses for me. I like to wear cheap things that look good. I do pay more for some unique items, but at Platinum you can buy quality goods at 3-4 times less than a normal shopping mall. Even though I have more money now my taste’s still the same. Brand names are nice but too expensive for me, I have bought copies for fun because they look good and are cheap, and I always tell everyone it’s a copy. I’m not against others who like brands; everyone chooses what makes them happy.

How do you take care of your health? I believe health and mind are related. I had a stroke 4 years ago and it affected my mouth, I couldn’t speak well and even now it’s not 100%. The doctor couldn’t find anything wrong from my check-up so they thought it was stress related, I was so stressed about many things for many years and my mind was tired and weak. Stress can put many toxins in your body.


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What do you do to make sure you have a happy life? I have some concepts to be happy; First; realize that nothing is permanent, happiness, sadness, love, hate, anger, money, fame, honor, everything comes and goes so I try not to hold on to anything. It doesn’t matter if I live in a big house or a small room, eat in a hotel or on the street, drive sport cars or old trucks, success or not success, have a partner or be alone…I feel happy the same. Image Copyright Suchada Sanksuwan

So I tried to find a way to reduce stress and suffering in life, the Buddhism philosophy and meditation helped a lot, I don’t know about for others but it works for me. I also exercise, do simple Yoga, drink lots of water, eat lots of vegetables and be happy, it’s helped a lot!

What are your favorite hobbies? I like to go to the beach with my dogs, go sailing, watch the sunset, and I enjoy nature. I also read a lot of philosophy, watch movies that are good for my mind and meditate as much as I can; it brings me energy and inner peace. You can meditate anywhere and at any time.


Second; to be a good hearted person, kind, honest and forgiving, nobody is the same like you so accept them as they are, you’ll never know what they think so don’t try to know, try to think never mind, don’t worry, keep cool, little by little and then you will feel good. The last concept is live and enjoy the present, the past is passed and you have to let it go, learn from it and move on, and don’t expect or worry about the future too much, it hasn’t come yet, when it comes if there’s problems solve them, don’t let them make you suffer! If you can do these things you’ll find real happiness, it’s not easy and I can’t do 100%, but I think I can do quite a lot so I’m happier at the present, the here and now!

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in Phuket Town Holidays in Phuket should be all about relaxation, and one of the best places to unwind will be inside one of the many fine cafes to be found on Phuket town. Visiting one of these venues can be particularly nice during the middle of the day when the heat outside becomes a bit excessive – these establishments will usually have air conditioning. Most cafes also offer free Wi Fi, and many have a selection of books and magazines that customers can enjoy with coffee and cakes.

Tai Tong Cafe Possibly one of the most popular cafes in Phuket Town, Tai Tong Café is one place coffee and cake lovers should not miss! Located in the heart of the old town, Tai Tong cafe is a charming and cozy coffee shop decorated in a vintage style, which offers a great range of coffees and cakes, along with a full food and beverage menu. Tai Tong Café is the ideal location for friends and families to sit and enjoy true Thai hospitality with a friendly and punctual service. Cakes and coffee are both freshly made and taste absolutely amazing. Tai Tong Cafe is located close to Soi Romanee on Thalang Road and is open daily from 8.30am - 20.00 pm.


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There are two branches of Kopi de Phuket both being strategically placed in Phuket town, and make for a great pit stop while shopping or exploring in town. The original is located within the On On Hotel (made famous in the movie The Beach), and the second is on Phuket Road. If you stop in for lunch order the famous Phuket Kopi – a glass filled with concentrated milk and coffee. This is the most popular local coffee which can be enjoyed hot or cold, but either way, it won’t disappoint! Although famous for its Phuket style coffee, Kopi de Phuket also has a wide variety of herbal and imported teas. Some favorites include lychee tea, lemon tea and ginseng tea. Another must try drink item on the menu is the Sweet Lemon Beer Shake. Kopi de Phuket is open every day from 10.30am - 22.30pm.


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B Cat Cafe and Restaurant If you’re somebody who likes good food, coffee and drinks or just wants to play with some friendly cats then B Cat Cafe & Restaurant is definitely one place to check out! Definitely one of the nicest cat cafes in Thailand and the restaurant side speaks for itself as one of the most popular restaurants in Phuket Town with 5 years at its previous location. The cat side of the Cafe is beautiful and clean. A great environment for playing with some cats, you clean your hands and remove your shoes before going in to keep it hygienic for people and cats alike. If you like cats a lot you can stay and play with the cats


(and sometimes even kittens) for at least an hour or more. The food and drinks at B Cat Cafe & Restaurant are terrific and very reasonably priced for good quality cafe food in Phuket, and the staff are always friendly and the service prompt! If you adore cats you’ll love this place and we definitely recommend a visit! B Cat Cafe & Restaurant is located at 33/34 Thepkasattri Road, Amphoe Muang, Phuket and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00am – 22:00pm.


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:, Website:

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014 At 4pm on Tuesday September 23rd 2014, nine lantern poles were raised at Phuket’s Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng shrine to mark the beginning of the nine day Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014. During the nine days of the festival observers make offerings to the gods by purifying their mind and body and wear white. Furthermore, they must refrain from harming lives and live in peace and harmony with one another. The main and most popular of the festival’s events, which draws thousands to line the streets of Phuket Town, is the

Tee Kong Tua Shrine (opposite to Thepnimitr Temple)


spirit mediums, or “Ma Song” processions. Ma Song, or entranced horses, are devotees whom the gods enter during the fest. They manifest supernatural powers and perform self-tortures in order to shift evil from individuals onto themselves, and to bring the community good luck. Ma Song falls into two categories: those who, having had an intimation of impending doom, want to extend their lives; and people specially chosen by the gods for their moral qualities. Throughout the parade fireworks and drums are sounded. It is believed that the louder they are the better, because the noise drives away evil spirits.

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Lim Hoo Tai Su Shrine (Samkong Shrine)

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Where to

eat Savoey Seafood Savoey Restaurant is one of Phuket’s oldest and most popular seafood restaurants and is one of the largest and best known seafood restaurants not only in Phuket but in the whole of Thailand.. Savoey Restaurant is a large, open-plan restaurant, where up to 300 guests can enjoy dining either in the open air or in the restaurant’s covered sala area, both of which provide comfortable seating and a casual Andaman Sea ambiance. With Phuket now receiving such a mixed blend of nationalities Savoey make sure they have all bases covered with their extensive menu being available in not only English and Thai but also Korean, Russian and Chinese. The most popular choices on the menu toady include chef specials such as Shrimp Pad Thai, Stir-fried Crab in Yellow Curry Powder, and Fried Mantis Shrimp in Garlic and Salt served with a choice of three dipping sauces, each of which not only taste fantastic but look great when served. 136 Thaweewong Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 171-4



n Phuket Islands, sunny beaches, and stunning scenery ensure a variety of activities for visitors. For as many fun and leisure options that are available on the island, diners will find an equal number of restaurant styles and possibilities for satisfying every taste.

Regardless of whether vacationers are searching for a quiet, romantic dinner for two or an affordable meal for the whole family, there are countless ways to dine in Phuket. Here are just a handful of restaurants would like to recommend.

acqua reStaurant Since opening its door 5 years ago, Acqua has always been in the forefront of modern Italian fine dining restaurant in Thailand. The multi-award winning restaurant never lacks creativity in both the atmosphere and certainly in its dishes as Alessandro Frau, the Sardinian born chef and owner of Acqua, personally searches the world for the best ingredients to deliver an eclectic yet unpretentious selection of traditional & contemporary Italian dishes. The dedication in delivering unparalleled dining experience stretches out to Acqua’s clean lines, futuristic design and great views out over the Andaman. The chic Black & White theme, completed with imaginative lighting, imparts senses of class & style. Trendy and cutting edge without going overboard, Acqua promises an informal yet aspirational ambience complemented by a culinary voyage that really is unique. 324/15 Prabaramee Rd., Kalim Beach, Patong, Phuket, Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 127

Kee SKy Lounge Looking for a unique dining location, then look no further than the 7th floor of The KEE Resort & Spa where you will find the their KEE Sky Lounge. Reached via a glass-walled illuminated lift, KEE Sky Lounge has two alfresco dining levels and an enclosed dining room, which offers the ultimate intimacy. The KEE Sky Lounge menu boasts a range of unique and flavourful ‘East-meets-West’ fusion dishes which Executive Chef Khun Sonthaya has painstakingly designed mixing a range of local and imported ingredients. He also creates weekly signature dishes, whilst the restaurant hosts a variety of themed buffet style dinners. Some of the favourites from the extensive menu include Spicy Crispy Calamari, Wasabi Crusted Tuna Steak with Herbs & Potato Salad, and Sesame Crusted Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Soy Sauce & Asian Vegetables, and for those who love desserts the Lava Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice-Cream is an absolute must! 152/1 Thaweewong Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 335 888

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Baan KaLIM reStaurant & Seafood

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Baan Kalim Restaurant and Seafood offers a mouthwatering and taste-bud tingling range of dining choices from Seafood, Chinese dishes, Royal Thai cuisine to classic Western dishes made to suit all tastes and prepared under the guidance of highly experience chef and served by a professional restaurant team.

In hot, tropical Phuket, many may wish for that perfect day at the beach to linger on a little longer. BIMI Beach Club is now fulfilling this desire with its dazzling new indoor restaurant allowing for extended opening hours well into the sultry night.

Great emphasis is placed on Thai hospitality with lots of interaction between the servers and guests. The restaurant has an array of fresh seafood ranging from live lobster, tiger prawns and crab through to a variety of local fish which can be prepared to suit individual tastes. In addition, Baan Kalim features an exhibition kitchen - their main focal point, where guests can view the food preparation while their senses are put into overdrive with the enticing aromas and sizzling sounds of good food being cooked. The restaurant has stunning views overlooking the beautiful Andaman Sea and panoramic views of the famous Patong Bay. The Sunsets from here have to be seen to be believed - a stunning, breathtaking view. 222 Prabaramee Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 125 or +66 (0) 88 180 6936 E-mail:

concaved Beach reStaurant For dining with the best views of Patong Beach it’s hard to beat ‘Concaved’. Concaved Beach Restaurant is located right in the very center of Patong bay and boasts the best view for diners in Patong. The blend of indoor and outdoor dining areas and the perfect white-on-white theme creates a charming and amazing atmosphere. Concaved Beach Restaurant offers diners authentic French cuisine prepared by a highly experienced French chef, and also serves seafood, Thai and international cuisine. Enjoy a range of dishes including Lobster Thermidor, Centuni, Pork Filet Mignon Chef de Cuisine, Mixed Grilled Poisson et sa creme de crustaces served in an amazing beachside setting. 11 Thaweewong Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 171 ext 501

Diners will relish the added room and comfort of BIMI’s cool covered space, yet still feel connected to the sea, with its sandy and wood tones vividly splashed with BIMI’s signature blue and golden pillows. So, once you’ve found the most appealing spot to dine, what’s on the menu? Well, BIMI brings a host of beachside culinary delights and their chefs have honed the menu to come up with the right blend of light and hearty, sweet and savoury… all delicious. The BIMI “Wow” Seafood platter brings lobster, oysters, crab, shells, prawns and seared tuna to your table, while the nightly BIMI BBQ features a chef’s selection of the freshest meats and fish, with lobster and oysters on request if you’re feeling a little indulgent. And with the arrival of their new giant grill from Australia, BIMI’s all fired up and ready to create some super juicy flavours perfect for a seaside dining session. Surin Beach, Tel: +66 (0) 76 316 580


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Al-fresco Dining at its Finest ining at its finest is found in dramatic al-fresco settings that simply cannot be replicated within the confines of a walled structure. Even the most opulent interior design fails to achieve the splendour of a sunset, and no amount of indoor originality can compare to the liberating view of a seascape.


If you’re looking for an al-fresco dining experience in Phuket which not only offers a delectable menu but also fantastic views that will take your breath away, would suggest you head to the recently opened Crystal Wild Resort Panwa Phuket and try out their Kōngkāng Restaurant, where every seat offers panoramic views of Chalong Bay and a spectacular sunset as the sun slowly disappears in the distance behind the island’s giant Big Buddha, creating a peaceful, sensually indulgent and romantic setting. Blessed by a cool breeze and with a wonderfully relaxing ambience, Kōngkāng offers a scenic change to Phuket’s city stuffiness. Kōngkāng entreats you to share lavishly simple moments. Its simple-chic design serves as a natural complement to the beauty of the views. Intimate yet dramatic, Kōngkāng thrusts you into the infinite horizon.


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Royal or standard restaurant fare. These same dishes also reflect a melting pot of cultural influences that have been passed down from generation to generation. Kōngkāng dishes are light yet flavorsome and made from fresh, local ingredients. The highly attentive staff will ensure the spice factor is tailored to suit your palette.

At Kōngkāng the finest authentic Thai cuisine, along with fresh local seafood, a wide variety of western and fusion food is prepared with heart and soul. Each bite tells a story – a connection to the land, to personal memories, to emotion and history. Sense this connection in the exquisite flavours and aromas of Kōngkāng. The fresh-caught seafood is delicious, but the curries and typical Thai dishes are what really shine at Kōngkāng. The delicious creations are drawn from family dining tables and childhood memories rather than

Accompanied with a wide selection of international wines, cocktails, classic mixers and international beers, Kōngkāng has all the makings of perfection. Nothing is left to chance at Kōngkāng but chances are you’ll remember this restaurant for a long time to come. Kōngkāng Restaurant at Crystal Wild Resort, Panwa Phuket 39/65 Ao Yon – Khao Khad Road, Tambol Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 315 293-4


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LA BOUCHERIE CHALONG Cette nourriture est délicieux


aving served up delicious French faire to a large number of happy customers in Patong where its first restaurant is located, La Boucherie has now branched out east to Chalong. The new La Boucherie sports an all French team – from the manager - Mr. Yann Booquin through to the very experienced chef - Philippe Rinaudo who painstakingly prepares La Boucherie -styled dishes using only the freshest and best imported and locally sourced ingredients.


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The restaurant is decorated with its trademark red and white stripes and “la vache” - the black and white mascot cow. There’s a cool and spacious air-conditioned dining room, the walls of which are punctuated with monochrome photos of iconic French characters and places. The al-fresco dining space is informal and welcoming, while the VIP rooms are ideal and private enough for work meetings and family gatherings. Meat lovers are sure to love the imported beef cubes, grilled with colorful pepper

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pieces, whilst those looking for alternative delicacies should not miss out on La Boucheries’ classic dishes which include foie gras, garlic butter-coated snails, sliced beef with green pepper and parmesan, or prime steak served with a variety of accompanying sauces. And of course, we can’t forget to let you know about some of the mains which include a range of delicious chicken and fish dishes, all served with vegetables of your choice, and cooked to perfection!

Looking for a real French dining experience then look no further than La Boucherie Chalong! La Boucherie Chalong is located on Chao Fah East Road (near Woody’s Sandwich Shoppe) and is open daily from 11am – 11pm. Te: +66 (0) 94 807 6831 or +66 (0) 87 629 4434

To round off a perfect meal, La Boucherie offers a fantastic dessert menu which includes some tasty classics such as chocolate mousse and Tiramisu. Their wine cellar is also very well stocked with a range of fine French wines with prices that suit all budgets.


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Introducing the Phatharaworanee Family OWNERS OF KATA SEA BREEZE RESORT


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s Phuket continues to be a popular tourist destination the number of both budget and luxury resorts continues to grow. Thai and foreign hotel chains continue to invest in the island’s tourism industry, but there are also local business families, seen as somewhat heroes to many Phuketians, because they were, and still are, seen as pioneers of Phuket’s tourism industry, and it is these people who have really made Phuket the leading tourism city it is today.


Travel Life Travel Talk One such family, who would like to introduce you to, is an all woman team who are founders and directors of a popular resort located on Kata Beach. In the following article you will get to learn more about the “Phatharaworanee family”, owners of Kata Sea Breeze Resort.

Mrs. Supaporn Phatharaworanee Managing Director 20 years ago, Khun Supaporn started developing land in Phuket and actually entered the real estate business with an apartment in Bangkok. Late in 1990, just as Phuket’s tourism industry really started to take off, Khun Supaporn opened the Phuket Inn, an economy hotel in Phuket town; this was

From left to right : Miss Kanokkorn Phatharaworanee (Khun Som) - Deputy Managing Director, Miss Phanwara Phatharaworanee (Khun Zea) - Assistant Deputy Managing Director, Miss Anchisa Phatharaworanee (Khun Fon) - Assistant Deputy Managing Director

followed by Patra Mansion, the first serviced apartment in Phuket. In 2000, Khun Supaporn and her husband (Khun Phatarasin Phatharaworanee) saw the potential of Kata beach, so decide to buy a piece of land close to Kata Beach, an area which had already started to become popular with foreign tourists, but was still undeveloped in terms of holiday accommodation. Later that year, the Phatharaworanee family opened their first beach hotel, a simple, 60 room property named Kata Sea Breeze Resort. Within a short space of time, the resort’s popularity was far greater than Khun Supaporn had ever imagined, and in 2014 Kata Sea Breeze Resort expanded to become a 330 room property with improved amenities and facilities, an expansion which was needed to cater for the increasing number of guests to the resort.

Today, the day to day operations of Kata Sea Breeze lay in the hands of Mrs.Supaporn’s three daughters, each has their own responsibility, but as a family unit they are united in ensuring their family business remains strong in what is now a majorly competitive industry. Khun Kanokkorn is the eldest of the three sisters, she studied hospitality and tourism management and her roles are encompassing the design and creating interest for the resort as well as carrying out general management administration duties. Khun Kanokkorn told us “Kata Sea Breeze Resort is a perfect place to relax, the property comprises of 5 separate buildings with panoramic mountain views and a tropical garden.


Travel Life Travel Talk The youngest daughter, Miss Phanwara Phatharaworanee, takes care of the resort’s marketing; she added “In our early years, Kata Sea Breeze Resort relied heavily on tours companies and travel agents. In recent years the market has changed dramatically and there are now large groups, who prefer to book via websites, and this number is increasing month on month, therefore we are now focusing on promoting to these groups via media publications and online media. Our main customer base is Scandinavians, Russians, Chinese and Koreans, but in the future we want increase the number of Europeans and Australians who make Kata Sea Breeze their resort of choice. We’re confident that we can win these groups as we know what they want

The resort is the perfect place for all family members to relax and they can spend all day long within the resort, it’s also only a short walk to Kata beach. The resort features 4 swimming pools with Jacuzzis and 2 separate kid pools, a Thai and international restaurant, massage and spa, indoor and outdoor kid’s zone and all the facilities needed to fulfil a relaxing vacation. Our 330 comfortable rooms comprise of 5 room types, Sea Breeze Rooms, Greenery Rooms, Aqua Pura Room (with directly access to the pool), Family Breeze Suites and Splendid Suites. The main advantage to our rooms is that they are bigger than our competitors. Khun Anchisa is the middle daughter and is responsible for general office management; she told us “Although we’re a family run business it is important that we get as much information and feedback as possible from employees at all levels, they’re the ones who are in direct contact with our customers, and if there are comments which need addressing we also ask for their input on how to resolve those issues in the long and short term. These kinds of issues should not only be down to a GM to resolve, we all help each other and this helps us to make decisions more quickly. One of the main strengths of our resort is that we offer a family-style service, over time, a lot of new hotels have opened in Kata and we need to ensure we always keep our hotel fresh and in line with what other hotels offer. This is why it’s important for us to do small or big renovations on a very regular basis. We have a lot of return guests, and we want them to continue to appreciate our place.”


and that we are very competitive compared with other resorts in Kata; we have large rooms which are ideal for families and long stays, we have the full range of facilities such as a spa, kids club and fitness centre, and we know for sure our prices are extremely reasonable.”

Looking to the future Next year, 2015, the Phatharaworanee family will start on a new project, a new four-star hotel close to Kata Beach. The new hotel will be modern and will once again feature amazing sea views. Stay tuned for more information as the project is due to be complete in 2017.

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What are your visions for Kata Sea Breeze in the short & long term?

Mr. Matthew C Hindmarch General Manager VDO Link A British national, Matthew Hindmarch has resided in Thailand for almost 26 years. Matthew studied Business, Travel and Tourism Management in the UK’s Durham University before joining Europe based ILG Travel Group before taking a position in Bangkok to join a team opening their new long haul destination – Thailand. In the late 1990’s, Matthew changed his career path by joining a local hotel group and has ever since been involved with the day to day operations of several family owned hotels and resorts in Thailand.

“Kata Sea Breeze is owned by a Phuketian family and they’ve had this resort for 13 years, however, they now understand that the resort needs modernising. So in the short term we want to encourage all our department heads to become more modernised and get involved more with the day to day operations of the property and bring more ideas on how we can bring the property more up-to-date. We need the resort to be more fun, relaxing and family friendly by having more activities going on, but also staying in-trend. “In the long term, we need to expand our customer base. We have previously relied heavily upon tour operators and tour companies, we now need to be focused more on online marketing as this is now the main source of holiday bookings. We have already started to bring this into the resort and it is already showing positive signs. We’re also looking to open up a lot more to families; the property is already geared up to deal with them but we’ve never really had them as our main customer target.”

Kata Sea Breeze Resort 72 Kata Road, Tambol Karon, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83100 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 284 300-4 Email:


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Architectural Features of Phuket’s Chinese Shrines


or thousands of years, industrious and ambitious Chinese have left China in search of wealth in other Asian lands. One such place is Phuket, where Chinese residents descend from those who emigrated from southern China a few centuries ago to work in the tin mines, and were responsible for much of the island’s sudden economic transformation. China’s influence on the culture of Phuket is evident in the numerous Chinese shrines found around the island where the sea-borne immigrants settled, and these shrines have many key features of traditional Chinese architecture. The basic feature of these shrines is the rectangular units of space joined together into a whole. This style combines rectangular shapes varying in size and position according to importance into an organic whole with each level and component clearly distinguished. This combination of units of space follows the principles of balance and symmetry. The main structure is the axis, and


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the secondary structures are positioned as two wings on each side to form the main rooms and yard. The distribution of interior space reflects Chinese social and ethical values. Another characteristic of these Chinese shrines is the use of a wooden structural frame with pillars, beams, and earthen walls surrounding the building on three sides. The main door and windows are in front. This feature has been preserved up to the present. Roofs usually slope in the usual fashion. However, traditional Chinese buildings have curved eaves, symbolic of the spirit of Chinese culture. While the building itself is relatively plain and straightforward, the ridge and eaves of the roof introduce a more intricate aspect in the form of upward-curving eaves. Three special architectural features resulted from the use of wood. The first is that the depth and breadth of

interior space is determined by the wooden structural frame. The second is the development of the technique of applying color lacquers to the structure to preserve the wood. These lacquers were made in brilliant, bold colors, and became one of the key identifying features of traditional Chinese architecture. Third is the technique of building a structure on a platform, to prevent damage from moisture. The height of the platform corresponds to the importance of the building. A high platform adds strength, sophistication, and stateliness to large buildings. The sundry colored sculptures and murals found on Chinese shrines range from dragons and phoenixes to flowers, and birds. Clearly these color sculptures and murals have both symbolic and aesthetic significance. Such sculptures and murals give the structure an elegant and florid effect.


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Enhance Your

Home’s Exterior Using Tropical Flowers Tropical gardening is not much different than any other types of gardening and using your imagination they will enhance your exterior design dreams.

Whether you’re in a bungalow, a villa, a house, renting or owner, growing tropical flowers will create the perfect atmosphere for your premises.

Tropical flowers still share the same basic needs such as: healthy soil, water, proper fertilization, sunlight and grooming. With tropical gardening, however, you don’t have to worry about over-wintering your plants since these climates remain warm year round.

All you need to do choose the appropriate flowers that will enhance your particular setting. Here are some of our recommendations!

Bromeliads Previously, bromeliads were considered advanced or expert plants; however, bromeliads can be easily adapted to regular conditions. Bromeliads are available in an astonishing array of colors and textures. Even discounting their showy flower displays, bromeliads are beautiful foliage plants, with strappy leaves in red, green, purple, orange, yellow, banded, stripes, spots or other combinations. As a general rule of thumb, bromeliads will thrive in the same conditions as epiphytic orchids. However, they are considerably more tolerant than orchids of fluctuations in temperature, drought and careless feeding.


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Orchids Orchids have a mystique that seems to set them apart from most other flowers: They are elegant and almost unreal in their perfection. Even though orchids are one of the largest flowering plant families, every orchid species has a unique look. Orchids of some type can be seen nearly everywhere in the world -- indoors, in gardens or in the wild. Why are orchids so special? If you ask orchid lovers, you’ll get any number of answers, but the most obvious reasons that these elegant blooms are special may lie in their uniqueness.

Frangipani Nothing evokes that tropical feeling quite like the frangipani. Their sweet scent and sheer beauty make them universally loved and the blooms look sensational on the tree and as a cut flower. Most familiar in their white and yellow form, they also come in loads of tropical and sunset colours, becoming more colourful the closer to the equator you go. Frangipanis are also tough plants that can survive neglect, heat and drought and still fill the garden with a wonderful perfume. What more could you ask for in a tree?

Sampaguita Jasmine Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac) is a sweetly scented tropical flower and a native to southern Asia. The Sampaguita flowers bloom either singly or as bundles of blossoms at the top of the branches. Blooming all through the year, Sampaguita are pure white, small, dainty, star-shaped blossoms. The flowers open at night and wilt in less than a day. There are three varieties of Sampaguita, commonly referred to as Single Petal, Double and Double-Double. Sampaguita’s distinct sweet, heady fragrance is its unique feature.

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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.

s m e t I d e d n e Recomm 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.


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.

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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:

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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Swimming with the Best in Phuket Phuket has a number of swimming clubs and the standards of the swimmers at these clubs are varied. However, there is one particular club we would like to introduce, the Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club, a club which we believe is of special interest as the club was founded by Khun Torwai Sethsothorn, who is also the clubs head coach.

Who is Torwai Sethsothorn? Torwai is a retired Thai swimmer who specialized in long distance freestyle; however, he also competed in the backstroke and individual medley. He is a single time Olympic Games and a multiple time Asian Games and SEA Games gold medalist. At the 2001 Southeast Asian Games held in Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, he won a total of three gold medals in the 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle. Thus, Torwai is one of the best swimmers in the history of Thai swimming. Following his retirement, Torwai served as a lecturer for the Thailand Swimming Association and also started working as a freelance swimming coach at various locations in Phuket including British International School, Headstart International School and Phuket International Academy. In addition, he also started to hold extra classes at weekends to meet the demands of a growing number of parents who wanted to improve their child’s swimming abilities. Shortly after, Coach Torwai had such a number of swimmers, some highly skilled, that he decided to open the Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club so that he could start to send some of the better swimmers to compete in local and national competitions. Khun Torwai told us “Since being founded two years ago many of our young swimmers have climbed from being in the Top 100 swimmers in Thailand to the Top 10, they have also taken home


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a number of medals and trophies from local tournaments and given our club the opportunity to compete at a higher level, this is such a great life experience for young swimmers. I truly believe that I have the ability to help and motivate the children so they’re able to compete for our country’s national team. However, the most important thing is that they are trying and dare to dream, it’s not easy to be a top level athlete, and to be one requires patience and discipline. This is what I try to teach the youngsters, in a very straightforward way, because they’re at an age where they can search for themselves. I’ve been through that period in my life and I understand and know how to manage it and I hope my experiences I can pass on to the members of the club.” He added that any youngsters who enjoy swimming, either for fun or at a competitive level, are welcome to join the club. “Swimming is a low impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits. “Swimming is a great form of exercise in which your whole body moves against the resistance of water. Some people who enjoy swimming want to take it to a competitive level; this can provide the health benefits of a vigorous workout as well as the fun and thrill of competition. The main strokes used in competitive swimming are breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. “The distances swum in competition swimming can vary from 25 meters in a pool to much further distances in open water. In addition, swimming is one of the most recognized calorie burners around. It is awesome for keeping weight issues under control. It is difficult to determine the number of calories you burn when swimming; this depends on your own physiology and the intensity you swim. However, our swimming lessons are appropriate for everyone!” Khun Torwai concluded.

this pool is located in the Boat Plaza area and is supported by several local businessmen who wish to see more choice of sports for the younger community. The pool is managed by a team of national coaches.

Earlier this year, Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club opened its very own international standard swimming pool which they have called the “Phuket Aquatic Center”,

For more information on Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club please visit


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FENCING CLUB Fencing is a form of martial art which uses blades as its attacking and defensive weapon. The most common version of fencing today, also called Olympic fencing or competitive fencing, is divided into three weapon categories: foil, sabre and épée. Classical fencing uses the same three weapons, but approaches fencing as a martial art. Competitive fencing is one of five activities which has been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games. In Phuket, it was previously hard to find somewhere to learn or partake in fencing, but in 2013, the Andaman Phuket Fencing Club was initiated by Khun Aroondetch Sae-Iew, a bronze medalist in the 1998 Men’s Junior Thailand National Fencing Championships, and the former fencing coach of Khon Kaen University. After several years of competing he decided to retire from professional fencing and returned to do business in Phuket. He wanted to give young people the chance to learn about fencing and therefore opened a small club with professional standard equipment and he became Phuket’s very first fencing instructor.


During a recent interview, Khun Aroondetch told that fencing is a great form of cardiovascular exercise. It increases stamina, reduces stress and that the mental discipline required challenges your mind. He also said it helps to develop flexibility, coordination and muscle strength. Furthermore, it is also a social activity that can be enjoyed at a recreational or competitive level. This makes fencing a well-rounded form of exercise with benefits that extend to every aspect of a healthy and happy life, and he believes this is good for everyone because fencing teaches to both win and lose honorably and is fun to play. Some members of the Andaman Phuket Fencing Club have already taken home medals from the Thailand National Fencing Championships and have competed in the Sabre Junior World Cup 2014 which was held in Bangkok.

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The Andaman Phuket Fencing Club offers Foil and Sabre fencing classes for children over 7 year-old upwards. What is fencing? The sport of fencing is fast and athletic, a far cry from the choreographed bouts you see on film or on the stage. Instead of swinging from a chandelier or leaping from balconies, you will see two fencers performing an intense dance on a six-feet-by-40-feet strip. The movement is so fast touches are scored electrically The main object of a fencing bout (what an individual “game” is called) is to effectively

score 15 points (in direct elimination play) or five points (in preliminary pool play) on your opponent before he scores that number on you. Each time a fencer scores a touch, they receive a point. Direct elimination matches consist of three three-minute periods.

Foil - The foil has a flexible rectangular blade, approximately 35 inches in length, weighing less than a pound. Points are scored with the tip of the blade and

must land within the torso of the body. The valid target area in foil is the torso, from the shoulders to the groin, front and back. It does not include the arms, neck, head and legs. The foil fencer’s uniform includes a metallic vest (called a lamé) which covers the valid target area, so that a valid touch will register on the scoring machine. A small, spring-loaded tip is attached to the point of the foil and is connected to a wire inside the blade. The fencer wears a body cord inside his uniform which connects the foil to a reel wire, connected to the scoring machine.

Sabre - The sabre is the modern version of the slashing cavalry sword, and is similar in length and weight to the foil. The major difference is that the sabre is a thrusting weapon as well as a cutting weapon (use of the blade). The target area is from the bend of the hips (both front and back), to the top of the head, simulating the cavalry rider on a horse. The sabre fencer’s uniform includes a metallic jacket (lamé), which covers the target area to register a valid touch on the scoring machine. The mask is different from foil, with a metallic covering since the head is valid target area.


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How does fencing benefit children? Khun Chanipha Sawatwongchai - Manager of Andaman Phuket Fencing Club said “Fencers learn good sportsmanship, selfdiscipline, how to compete independently and also gain quick reflexes. They gain a sense of accomplishment when winning

and learn to profit from their defeats. They learn to make complex decisions, analyze problems, and think fast on their feet. These ideals help children reach their potential in many areas other than fencing. “Fencing helps children learn to pay attention and to develop their decision-making abilities. Because fencing is an individual sport, the fencer is solely responsible for their success or failure, which becomes a great lesson in responsibility. At the same time, being a member of a fencing club gives the fencer an opportunity to participate in a group setting, where friendships are made and true sportsmanship is encouraged. “Finally, many great colleges have fencing teams and are always looking for experienced fencers. While scholarships are few and limited to top-level competitors, having fencing on your college resume provides you with another way for your child to market themselves.”

Andaman Phuket Fencing Club 21/2 Moo 9, Soi Kawna, Sakdidej Road, Tambol Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 84 850 6165 (Khun Aroondetch or Toon) Email:



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