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Dear readers, Welcome to the August-October 2015 issue of Phuketindex.com Magazine. The first issue appeared in August 2008 and from that edition to this one, the 29th, we’ve been publishing local-interest articles for seven years now. August to October is the time to start travelling or even to start planning for your holidays at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. So in this issue we suggest many travel options for you to visit; not only in Phuket but also in Malaysia, our neighbouring countries.

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Locally speaking, in this issue you’ll find a great experience at the Meka Restaurant and a beauty and fashion section for lady readers.

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- Madam Billboard : Natchanok Sucharitkul, Owner and Managing Director of Anda Focus

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Event Photo Albums - Pio Cesare Wine Dinner at Acqua Restaurant - The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo launch Xana Beach Club - Renaissance Phuket floating night market - Master Class Water, Wine & Food The Art of Pairing at Amari Phuket - Krabi Music Festival at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort - PP & FL Sunset Drink at Amari Phuket - FINA Scholars press conference at Thanyapura Phuket - Canal Village Summer Fair Laguna Shopping at Laguna Phuket - Temple Fair theme party at Kata Sea Breeze Resort Phuket - Love & Sharing Project with Kata Sea Breeze Resort Phuket

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- White & Wet Foam Party at Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong - Rawai City Full Moon at Two Chefs Beach Bar & Restaurant - Grand Opening The Emerald Ao Nang Condo, Krabi - Baba Poolclub present Underground Circus

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BRUNCHING @ THE COFFEE CLUB

The Coffee Club Thailand has 17 stores conveniently located across Thailand in Bangkok, Phuket, Samui, Chang Mai, Hua Hin, and Pattaya. The Coffee Club Thailand is part of Australia’s largest coffee chain specializing in UTZ certified coffee and all day brunch. Brunch at The Coffee Club is great value with all day breakfast, excellent coffee, and a relaxed convenient meeting place, the answer “where will l meet you”. For more information and reservation, please contact our stores. PHUKET STORE LOCATIONS: TURTLE VILLAGE: 076 314 805 JUNGCEYLON: 076 292 036 JUNGCEYLON 2: 076 366 875 KATA NIGHT PLAZA: 076 284 081 BANANA WALK: 076 340 870 PHUKET AIRPORT: 076 351 305


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Natchanok Sucharitkul Owner and Managing Director of Anda Focus

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ou must have noticed them: Many of the billboards around Phuket, especially the very large ones, are the brainchild of a company called Anda Focus. Phuketindex.com had the chance to sit down and chat with the lady behind the steering the wheel of the company - Mrs. Natchanok Sucharitkul, the owner and the managing director of Anda Focus Co., Ltd. “I’m originally from Bangkok, and came to Phuket to work at Phuket International Airport,” she says – which is something that comes as a bit of a surprise as she seems thoroughly at home in Phuket – just like a local.

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And of course we have to thank our customers who make us one of the leaders in the business today

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About 13 years ago there weren’t a lot of billboards around the island and Khun Natchanok was quick to realise that this was a business opportunity worth pursuing. She reasoned that if so many people were coming from all over the world and the tourism industry was booming, there had to be a lot of advertising to meet the growing needs. She reveals that it was the Coca-Cola logo that inspired her and she told her husband, “We have to do it!” This was the birth of Anda Focus which in

those days was known as AQP Media. The Anda Focus moniker came later when she realised that it was easier to remember and reflected the company’s aim in a better way. The much-needed break came in 2003 with the APEC Summit. “Our very first job was in Muang Mai. It was a 20-metre billboard, and then we erected one at the airport junction road then at Burasari in Patong. They were all fairly large and it was through them that we established our name and people began to take notice of us,” she says.

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Still, it wasn’t easy. She explains, “When you take on something big like this you have a lot of responsibilities. There have to be strong foundations, a solid structure, and top-rate instillation methods. We inspect our billboards monthly and report back to our customers.” The company is now known as one of the leading advertising agencies in Phuket, offering a wide range of services, both outdoors and indoors ranging from billboards, to inkjet printing, to stickers, events and exhibitions as well as all manner of advertising solutions. “We work with property agencies, resorts, chain restaurants like Minor Food Group, The Pizza Company, Swensen’s, Sizzler, as well as Bangkok Airways. They’ve all been our customers for a very long time.” One can easily see this, considering the amount of billboards around the island.

customers demand – quality products in the right place. But we don’t just sell; we offer solutions and make sure that our customers get their advertising in the best locations that make sure that the target audience is reached. In other words we take care of the image of our customers. We also make sure of the complete legality of the instillation so we all can have peace of mind in the knowledge that when they decide to work with us there’ll be no one asking them to uninstall or remove the billboard once it’s been erected. Anda Focus customises products based on standard materials and has a strong support team.

When asked about Anda Focus’s strong points Khun Natchanok says, “We provide exactly what our

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In order to satisfy customers, having a professional team is a must and Khun Natchanok says she’s blessed by having the very best team: “They believe in the company. They’re very honest and loyal. ‘We’ make Anda Focus today not only me. It’s impossible to do this alone.”


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She adds, “And of course we have to thank our customers who make us one of the leaders in the business today. They rely on us and pass on the good news to others by word of mouth so we constantly have new clients.” Anda Focus is also community-conscious, providing grants to local students and making donations to charities as well as erecting billboards for public services. Last but not least, she says that a good ethic is invaluable: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Treat others the way you want to be treated.” She adds, “I think I treat my staff in a way that I consider to be fair and fulfilling. For customers it’s just the same: You have to be sincere, honest and professional.” And what about the future? Khun Natchanok says that Phuket will see a lot more of Anda Focus. Think about billboards. Think About Anda Focus.

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Pio Cesare Wine Dinner at Acqua Restaurant

The Pio Cesare Wine Dinner was held at Acqua Restaurant on Saturday May 23. Mr. Pio Boffa owner of the Pio Cesare winery attended the dinner and passed on precious knowledge of wine pairing to go with Chef Alessandro’s creations.

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The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo launch Xana Beach Club

The Naked Feet Beach Party invited partygoers to trip the light fantastic with bare feet on the soft white sand of Bangtao Beach and groove to the music as global superstar Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas dropped the beats. The party was for strictly naked feet; guests’ shoes were donated to underprivileged teenagers and adults through the Child-Watch Phuket Foundation and partygoers were able to walk home with complimentary stylish XANA beach flip-flops.

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Renaissance Phuket floating night market

On Thursday 11 June Renaissance Phuket held a floating night market. A lifestyle event with culture, food and beverage and a party atmosphere, designed to reveal the destination’s unique local charm.

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Master Class Water, Wine & Food The Art of Pairing at Amari Phuket

On Monday June 15th, San Pellegrino, supported by Wine n’ About and GFour Wines, organized a workshop for food and beverage professionals in Phuket at Amari Phuket Patong Beach. During the event, the 60 attendees from the most prestigious hotels, resorts and restaurants in Phuket, had the chance to learn more on the importance of Mineral Water, and how to pair it with wine and food, as well as how to correctly serve water and wine. Due to the large attendance, the event was divided into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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Krabi Music Festival at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

On Saturday 20th June, the Krabi Music Festival took place at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort. A mini-concert by Jetrin Wattanasin was the highlight of the event. The concert-goers were also entertained by DJs spinning contemporary and classic tracks for dancing.

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PP & FL Sunset Drink at Amari Phuket

On Wednesday 24th June, Amari Phuket hosted a party on the rooftop at the clubhouse. The occasion was for the Phuket International Women’s Club (PIWC), a non-profit organization formed by women for women living in Phuket to form new friendships and to enjoy social activities.

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FINA Scholars Press Conference at Thanyapura Phuket

On Monday 29th June a Welcoming of the FINA Scholars press conference took place at Thanyapura Phuket. Thanyapura Phuket was selected as the Official FINA Training Centre in SEA and Welcoming FINA Scholars for Southeast Asian Swimmers TARGETING RIO 2016. The Minister of Tourism & Sports and team (the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Sports Authority of Thailand) presided over the event as guests of honour.

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Canal Village Summer Fair at Laguna Phuket

On Thursday 1st July Canal Village Summer Fair Laguna Shopping happened at Laguna Phuket. The fair started with an exciting Dragon Boat Race at 3pm. Various boutique shops had their collections on offer at a whopping 20-50% discount. Also, Summer Family Packages were offered by Phuket’s leading tour operators. The fair also had a band and a wide variety of stage entertainment.

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Temple Fair Theme Party at Kata Sea Breeze Resort Phuket

Kata Sea Breeze Resort Phuket presents a Temple Fair every Thursday from 4pm to 10pm to give visitors a taste of the traditional festivals of Thailand. Enjoy fun fair games, local Thai food stalls, a seafood market and Thai Boxing at 7:30pm. No entrance fee!!!

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Love & Sharing Project with Kata Sea Breeze Resort Phuket

On Saturday 4th July, Phuket had an event called Love & Sharing Project at Kata Sea Breeze to donate clothes, food and necessities for retired people at the Elderly Nursing Home in Pa Khlok. To donate to or to visit the the Elderly Nursing Home please contact 076 269699-700.

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White & Wet Foam Party at Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong

There was a White & Wet Foam Party on July 3 at Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong. Many people went along for the fun party and to watch the great dancing.

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Rawai City Full Moon at Two Chefs Beach Bar & Restaurant

The Rawai City Full Moon party took place at Two Chefs Beach Bar & Restaurant, Serenity Resort & Residence Phuket. The July 4 party was under the full moon, which resulted in high jinks, wild dancing, and guests jumping in the swimming pool.

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Grand Opening The Emerald Ao Nang Condo Krabi

On Friday 10th July, the Emerald Development Group organised the Grand Opening of The Emerald Ao Nang Condominium Party at their sales gallery at Ao Nang, Krabi Province. The party had the theme of White Blue Sky Night and the guests who joined in were customers, media groups, and property agencies.

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Baba Poolclub Present Underground Circus

On August 1st, 2015 Sri panwa present Underground Circus. The party was start at 8pm at Baba Poolclub. Guests were got the experience with tech/deep house music by DJS; Sunju Hargun (Turbo recordings/Viva music/ Inhale exhale), Dan Buri (555 music/ Envisions) and Nutt (Sri panwa Resident DJ). And awesome drinks by Nikola & Viktor.

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“Melasma No More” Visitors to Phuket should be aware that they’re especially susceptible to melasma because of the sun’s strength here...

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What is Melasma? Melasma is a common skin problem and appears as a grey-brown mask found on the face; cheeks, nose, forehead, chin, and above the upper lip. Melasma can also appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the neck and arms. Melasma is more common in women than in men.

How melasma appear? Melasma is thought to be the stimulation of melanocytes on the skin that are exposed to sunlight and ultraviolet rays. Some cases are caused by sexual hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, ovarian dysfunction and autoimmune thyroid dysfunction. Melasma is particularly common in pregnant women. Melasma can also be found in people affected by chemicals found in cosmetics and some medicines such as Phenytoin.

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Pregnancy Birth control pills Progesterone Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) Family history of melasma Sun exposure

What are the types of melasma? There are three areas of distribution: • Centrofacial: forehead, cheeks, nose, upper lip and chin • Malar: cheeks and nose • Mandibular: along the jawline In some cases melasma appears on the arms and upper chest, too

How to treat melasma? For pregnant women melasma usually disappears after giving birth or after stopping oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. In other cases, treatment depends on medical diagnosis, and post treatment avoids any risk factors.

Treatment 1. Topical therapies: Use medicine on the problem spot, to stop darker pigmentation. Medicines usually used are hydroquinone, tretinoin, azelaic acid glycolic acid. Effective within two months, the symptoms are usually fully removed by six months 2. Chemical peeling: Use Salicylic acid to improve skin by removing the dead skin cells 3. Laser therapy: Q-switched ruby, fractional and dermabrasion

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Can melasma be prevented? The best and easiest way to prevent melasma is to avoid the sun especially from 10:00 – 15:00. Of course we cannot escape sunlight all the time, but we can protect ourselves by wearing sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days. Choose gentle skincare products and avoid risky behavior such as waxing or going outside without protection.

How to use sunscreen? Choose a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15-30 or more, and zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to physically limit the effects of the sun’s rays on your skin. Apply around the face and neck and other areas exposed to sunlight. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply at least every two to four hours.

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Care should be taken not to use any treatments that contain mercury as they can whiten the skin but cause ochronosis. Some types of melasma are extremely difficult to treat and you should always consult an expert to prevent any problems resulting from the wrong treatment of melasma.

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igh above the dazzling Andaman Sea is the island’s latest gastronomic hotspot, The Meka. Set in The Naka – one of Phuket’s newest design hotels, you’re guaranteed dazzling views from this location.

Skillfully led by Chef Mark Web, The Meka serves a variety of international dishes and selections of Thai and European fusion. A wide range of a-la-carte dishes start from 180 - 1,400 THB.

The Meka takes up the topmost floor of the resort’s ‘facilities box’ located at the west end of this exclusive spot. You‘ll be stunned by the unobstructed panorama The Maka provides and you’ll certainly be enticed to take a table by the metre-high Perspex barrier to make the most of the fabulous views. Take your time and let the tropical sea breezes embrace you.

You may want to kick start your meal with sweet mango and an avocado tower along with mixed greens and prawns in a Thai marinade. The dish is simply delicious. The refreshing taste of tropical mango from the east and avocado from the west are perfectly matched; an excellent choice to make for an appetizer.

Naturally, there’s a great range of drinks to be enjoyed at The Meka. Grab a blue kamikaze or an ice-cold beer or even a vitamin-packed and refreshing smoothie.

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northern Thai-style dressing. Traditional salmon tartare is presented in the Thai style of laab (diced) in a northeastern Thailand twist. This dish is certainly an eye opener and makes for a refreshing change with new tastes and textures to savour. Another highly recommended dish you shouldn’t miss at The Meka is its khao soi curry. The taste of the north with Burmese influences comes with Udon noodles and rock lobster tempura. The curry and coconut flavoured soup has an appealing presentation and a unique aroma that lends a depth of flavours that is irresistible.

The Meka is quite simply a cool place to hang out whether you’re dining there or not and its setting, decor and even background music all whisper one word: ‘Class’. Try out its exotic drinks list – there are six standard cocktails to choose from with a great choice of worldwide wines and liquors. Soak up the relaxing atmosphere and take in the cool, laid-back vibe here.

the Meka is open from 4pm - 11pm daily. the naka Phuket 1/18, 1/20 Moo 6 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 337 999 Fax: +66 (0) 76 337 990 Email: info@thenakaphuket.com Website: www.thenakaphuket.com

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MyCafé Phuket Coffee & Dessert

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yCafé is a chic café and restaurant in Phuket Town; a place where you can spend quality time with your friends. All dishes are created by the owner and are presented in a modern and appetising way. Recommended dishes are cloudy affogato, pancake burger, creamy omelette and don’t miss the Vietnamese drip coffee.

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Open for: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Open: 11:00 – 22:00 hrs. Dress code: Casual/smart Mobile phones allowed: Yes Contact information: MyCafé Phuket Coffee & Dessert 268/8 Yaowarat Road, Muang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 99 362 4465


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The Savoury Restaurant at The Vijitt Resort Phuket

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his breezy sea-view restaurant is situated by the expansive resort pool and beachfront – an uplifting location to enjoy a social gathering or an intimate dinner. The elegant all-day dining venue serves a generous buffet breakfast with Asian and international choices and for lunch and dinner there are excellent a-la-carte choices. The Sunday brunch is a favourite with local residents who return time and again to enjoy the leisurely ambiance and service from the friendly wait staff.

Open for: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Open: 06:00 – 23:00 hrs. (A-la-carte last orders 22:30) Dress code: Casual/smart Mobile phones allowed: Yes Parking: Yes Contact information: The Savoury Restaurant, The Vijitt Resort Phuket 16 Moo 2, Viset Road, Rawai, Muang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 363 600 www.phuketindex.com

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Breakfast Buffet at Loca Vore Restaurant, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa

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Open for: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Breakfast buffet: 06:30 – 11:00 hrs. (price: 700++ baht) Dress code: Casual/smart Mobile phones allowed: Yes Parking: Yes Contact information: Loca Vore Restaurant, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 555 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang Phuket, 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 363 999


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Phuket’s Classic Buildings a Taste of the Past

Sure, Phuket’s known for its beautiful beaches but there’s much more to the island than that: Its classic architecture – a mix of Sino-Colonial designs – is testimony to Phuket’s rich and varied history and there are many beautiful buildings downtown Phuket which are helpful in explaining the island’s past. Here are just five examples.

Phuket City Hall Located on Narissorn Road, at the Narissorn–Surin Road intersection, this two-storey building was built in the classic colonial style by an Italian architect in 1908 at the time that the influential Kor-Sim-Bee Na Ranong was Phuket’s governor. Initially it featured 99 doors and no windows! Nowadays it is the workplace of the island’s governor and the large grounds house several governmental offices.

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Phuket Post Office (Philatelic Museum) This charming and compact 80-year-old building is located on Montri Road adjacent to Phuket’s busy downtown post office, a buzzing hive of people coming and going. The building was formerly the residence of Phraya Phuket (Lumduan) the son of Phraya Vichit Songkram, one of the island’s key historical figures. A visit here reveals not only period stamps but also antique furniture, old postal equipment and posters, as well as telegraph gear and weighing machines.

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Thai Airways Phuket Office Building Located on Ranong Road near Phuket’s newly renovated downtown market, the original owner of this fascinating building was Phra Aram Sakhorn Khet (Tan Pek Huad). This 70-year-old building was sold to the Thai Airways Company in 1947 and, like so much other standout historical architecture in Phuket Town, is built in the Sino-Portuguese style – an attractive mix of classic Chinese and European influences.

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Thai Hua Old Building Originally set up in a shrine place, the Thai Hua building eventually became a Chinese-language school and nowadays this recently renovated and outstandingly beautiful building is used as a museum and exhibition centre. Built in 1934 by Mr. Eaw Nga Ean, there are more than 12 different exhibition rooms that each go into Phuket’s fascinating history. In 2008 Thai Hua was awarded for its leading role in architectural conservation.

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Liquor Distillery Excise Department Phuket Located in Kathu, this lovely old building is also designed in the Sino-Portuguese style. It was financed for renovation in 2009 and work was completed in 2014. Nowadays it is part of a leisure park and many people congregate early morning and evening to exercise and relax there.

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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, numsang_hifi@hotmail.com Website: www.numsang-hifi.com

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Phuket neWs uPdate A beautiful blooming moment for mums at Amari Phuket’s Breeze Spa

A family vacation in Phuket with Regent’s family package

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Amari Phuket launches a “Blooming Beauty” spa promotion for mothers with a holiday pampering at Breeze Spa. Guests are invited to experience a rejuvenating selection with five facial treatments to stop ageing, balance facial features, and build a stronger and lighter skin. The spa promotion includes Firming and Hydration Facial Treatment, Deep Cleansing Facial Treatment, Sensitive and After-Sunburn Treatment, Brightening Facial Treatment and Anti-Ageing Facial Treatment.

Regent guests will also enjoy the benefits of free Wi-Fi, an iPad for usage, a wide selection of in-room movies, access to infinity pool, fitness center, tennis court and scheduled shuttle service to Phuket Town, subject to availability. Guests staying in a pool Villa will receive the extra perks of complimentary selected alcoholic mini-bar, complimentary eight pieces of laundry or pressing daily, a 24-hour Resort Butler Service and daily afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

The treatment starts from 2,900 THB net. Each guest availing of this facial treatment will receive a complimentary 30-minute back massage, along with a Jasmine N’ Melon hand and nail cream; valid from 1 August to 30 September 2015. Terms and conditions apply. For more information: Tel: +66 (0) 76 340 106-14 ext #8809 E-mail: phuket@breeze-spa.com

Reservations : Tel +66 (0) 76 318 888 E-mail: reservations.phuket@regenthotels.com

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Beach Cleaning for World Environmental Day

Kata Sea Breeze Resort support World Blood Donor Day 2015

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket led by Mr. Darren Shaw, Area General Manager, together with resort staff organised a beach cleaning day at Karon Beach recently. This activity is a part of Centara Hotels and Resorts commitment to the environment and to support World Environmental Day.

Thai Red Cross Society launched activities to thank you blood donors and hotels which always support the society on the 12th June 2015 at Phuket Regional Blood Donation Centre. Kata Sea Breeze Resort is one of the main supporters, continuing join the blood donation campaign for the Thai Red Cross as part of the hotel’s CSR activities. Ms. Ornchaporn Sangsre, Public Relations is the representative who receives an award certificate in recognition of our long-standing support for blood donation.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 683 Patak Road., Karon Beach, Muang, PHuket 83100 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 201 234 ext #1300 Fax: +66 (0) 76 201 235

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Offer is subject to room availability. A minimum of 2 nights stay is required. Rates are in Thai Baht, non-refundable and non-changeable, and require full pre-payment upon confirmation. There is a maximum of one child in a Suite and two children in a Pool Villa. The above activities are offered for up to two children per room per stay.

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Malaysia’s aMuseMent Parks This issue we suggest many travel options for you to visit Malaysia. Thank you helpful information from Khun Nikki, PR representative from Tourism Malaysia www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my

LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort brings together a LEGOLAND park, a water park and a hotel in one LEGO® themed location. It’s a family holiday destination with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows, and attractions. Almost everything is hands-on, so you can push, pedal, programme, or steer, squirt and splash, your way through a truly interactive experience – and of course there’s building with LEGO too.

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Features - Travel Destination Malaysia’s Amusement Parks

Genting Highlands Genting Highlands is an integrated resort development comprising hotels, casinos and a theme park in Pahang, perched on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali 1,800m high. Located near the border of Selangor within an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur (about 35km), Genting Resort offers a popular weekend getaway from the city heat, conveniently connected by the Karak Highway and major trunk roads, along with a cable car service from the satellite town of Gohtong Jaya. On a clear day, the peak overlooks lush valleys of rainforest stretching towards KL, a breathtaking view for visitors as they enjoy the cool weather and serene mountain environment.

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Features - Travel Destination Malaysia’s Amusement Parks

Sunway Lost World of Tambun If you’re planning on making this holiday or weekend a fun and adventurous one, make a trip up to the Lost World of Tambun! The park has sections comprising of a water park, an amusement park, a ‘lost world’ petting zoo, a ‘lost world’ tiger valley, a tin valley and an adventure park. This is the place to spend a full day of family fun.

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Features - Shopping Lifestyle

Zoom In

Ornchaporn

Sangsre (Koy)

Phuketindex.com was lucky enough to get to know K. Koy when we were recently invited to visit Kata Sea Breeze Resort. We’d only known each other briefly before but as Koy is so open and friendly we really felt that we’d been friends for a long time as things really ‘clicked’ between us. We decided to get to know her even more and to share this special person with you – not just professionally, but personally too. We zoomed in to have an intimate look!

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Eyebrows are the soul of the face Koy frankly told us that she wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without her eyebrow liner and that she’d feel naked without ‘doing’ her eyes before heading out.

Her branded watch “I’ve had my watch for about five years now. It was the first branded item I’d ever saved up for and I bought it when I was studying in the US. You could say that I’m very proud of it.”

Her earrings These are some of her most favourite items. “They seem to suit most things I wear at different events. I couldn’t tell you why but they match a lot of stuff and you could say that I love them because they’re important to me when it comes to clothes.”

Her wardrobe She’s a practical type of person: “Pretty casual and neutral, I’d say. Versatility is the byword; it’s better to have dresses both for work and afterwards without having to change and that’s what makes up most of my wardrobe.”

Her lucky stone Hey, it’s not fashion, but her lucky stone fulfills her spiritual needs. “Each stone has its own different meaning so I have fun picking one that matches my mood for each day.”

Smartphone “It’s not just a phone; it’s almost everything for me, my schedule, appointments, memos, everything is in there. I must say it’s hard to work without one nowadays and I’m pretty sure many people feel the same way.”

Her Favourite Shoes Koy says that her definite choice is black high heels. They’re so adaptable for every occasion and says that she looks and feels great every time she wears them.

Her first gig “My first event was the ‘Open House’ day at Kata Sea Breeze Resort. This was the first time I was a PR person and while I was welcoming the press, the media and agents I had the feeling that the sentiment was mutual: that they were welcoming me, too. It was an unforgettable moment and it remains with me to this day.” Ms. Ornchaporn Sangsre ( Koy ) was recently appointed as Public Relations Manager at Kata Sea Breeze Resort. Khun Koy graduated from Bangkok University having attained a Bachelor’s Degree in English. After graduating, Khun Koy studied in Australia and America before returning to Thailand to work for a regional airline then bringing her international skills and knowledge to Kata.

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Features - Shopping The Guide

sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. Sunscreens labeled with SPFs higher than 100 are also available. Though higher numbers do mean more protection, it doesn’t mean that you should apply your sunscreen less often. Apply sunscreen at least once every two hours, more often if you swim. Please note that there is no sunscreen that protects you completely.

HOW TO CHOOSE A

sunscreen

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he sun’s rays are known as a major factor in causing skin damage and even cancer. People who get a lot of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays are at greater risk of skin cancer and it’s recommended that you avoid exposure to the sun. However it’s almost impossible to completely stay away from the sun, so to limit your UV exposure is the way. There are some steps you can take such as to stay in the shade, to protect your skin with clothing, to wear a hat and sunglasses and to use sunscreen. When it comes to sunscreen (and there are so many on the market at the moment), trying to compare one sunscreen with another can be complicated and even if you’ve chosen the best, how you use it is another important factor. Here’s a brief guide to sunscreen.

Read the labels You should look for a sunscreen with broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum protection for both UVB and UVA rays. Sun protection factor (SPF) values of 30 or higher are recommended.

SPF or UVB Protection:

The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. A higher SPF number means more UVB protection. For example, when applying an SPF 30 sunscreen correctly, you get the equivalent of one minute of UVB rays for each 30 minutes you spend in the sun. So, one hour in the sun wearing SPF 30 sunscreen is the same as spending two minutes totally unprotected. However, SPF 30 isn’t as twice as strong as SPF 15. It actually means, SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50

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Sunscreens with an SPF lower than 15 can only help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.

UVA Protection: There is no rating to tell you how good a sunscreen is at blocking UVA rays. So look for label that says ‘broad spectrum’. Water-resistant sunscreen:

Choose sunscreens which are water resistant If you’re going to be exercising or in the water. Read carefully how long the sunscreen is effective in the water. You’ll need to reapply it regularly.

Expiration dates: Check the expiration date to be sure it’s still effective. Most sunscreen products are good for at least two to three years but may be less for those that have been exposed to heat for long periods. Make sure you shake the bottle to mix up ingredients before using.

Applying the sunscreen properly Follow the label directions:

Pay close attention to areas such as your face, ears, neck, arms, and any other areas not covered by clothing. Remember to put sunscreen on before insect repellent or makeup if you’re going to wear any.

Apply right amount: About a shot glass or a palm-full (1 ounce) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck, and face of the average adult. To maintain protection, you need to reapply it at least every two hours or more often if you perspire or swim and then wipe off with a towel. It’s recommended to test for allergies before use as some sunscreen products can irritate your skin. Simply apply a small amount to the soft skin on the inside of your elbow every day for three days. If there’s no sign of irritation then the product is fine for you. Don’t forget to protect your lips, too. Lip balm with sunscreen is also available on the market.


Features - Shopping Showcase

Elegant Earrings Andara Boutique Shop at The Plaza Surin, +66 (0) 76 271 241

Bracelet Andara Boutique Shop at The Plaza Surin, +66 (0) 76 271 241

Thailand Classic Purse (Small) THB 990 at Robin Ruth Shops

Flower Brooch Andara Boutique Shop at The Plaza Surin, +66 (0) 76 271 241

Thailand Classic Tote Bag (Big) THB 1,390

Linen White Dress Hartford THB 8,900

Brown Lady’s Hat Helen Kaminski THB 9,900 at RE KÁ TA, +66 (0) 76 330 015-7

White Linen Shirt Beach Set TRYST BEACH at The Plaza Surin, +66 (0) 76 271 241

La Chemise Tropezienne THB 8,400

Green Hawai Short Europann THB 5,700 at RE KÁ TA, +66 (0) 76 330 015-7 www.phuketindex.com

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Features - Property Buying Property in Thailand

Buying ProPerty in thailand

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o many visitors to Thai shores, the country is an almost unbelievably idyllic paradise. With soft tropical breezes; white-sand beaches; exotic food and welcoming, hospitable people it’s no wonder that so many seek to find ways to stay here. It would seem logical, then, to buy property here in Thailand but the crunch is that by law foreigners are not allowed to own property. Disappointed? Don’t be… there are several options that do not break or indeed circumvent the law and that make it possible for you to stay.

Options If you’re determined to buy, there are three main options: You can take out a maximum 30-year leasehold or purchase the property you’re after through a limited company or you can purchase a condominium.

Leasehold If you choose the leasehold option (which is more likely if you eventually marry a Thai national) you have to be absolutely 100% sure that all documentation is genuine and to do this it’s best to go to a lawyer with a cast-iron reputation and pedigree in this area of certification. The correct land titles are mandatory here and it is extremely important that the correct leasehold period is clearly stated on the documentation in the event of you wanting to sell on the property. There are seven types of land titles but only three of them can be leased: Chanot, Nor Sor Saam Gor and Nor Sor Saam. If you marry a Thai national then your partner can buy the land and stipulate a lease agreement with you. At the very least a leasing agreement will state the amount of time you will be leasing the land, the registration fee, and the buyer’s right to resell.

Setting up a Limited Company

30 Year

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Purchase a condominium

As mentioned, the other way of owning property here is to set up a Thai limited company. As a foreigner in Thailand you cannot by law own half or more than the company’s shares which means that your company has to be 51% owned by a Thai citizen who can eventually choose to sign over their company rights to you.


Features - Property Buying Property in Thailand

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Buying a Condominium

Other Costs of Property Purchasing

This is a popular way of purchasing property in Thailand – buying a condo or an apartment would, on the surface, seem simpler than other options but again you, as a foreigner, and legally not allowed to own the entire property and again, you are only entitled to a maximum of 49% of the purchase and will have to sign over at least 51% of it to a Thai national but you will have the privilege of having a ‘Freehold’ title.

These all fall under the aegis of ‘setting up’ fees. Of course, if you’ve done it all by the book you’re obviously going to incur lawyer’s fees but in the long run you’ll come out on top as many disappointed buyers have discovered when their papers were found not to be in order after the purchase. Physically setting up house here in Phuket is a lot more comprehensive than it was only a few years ago with many furniture and household outlets dotted across the island. Getting a telephone landline is slightly more problematic so make sure to apply for one as early on as possible if indeed you want one. You’ll also find that setting up an internet account is as easy as pie – there are many internet companies round the island.

Ongoing Costs As Thailand does not have the equivalent of a Poll Tax your ongoing costs are largely limited to upkeep and maintenance. In coastal regions such as Phuket however the ongoing maintenance bills get exponentionally higher the closer your property is to the beach due to salt erosion. If you live in a private gated community costs to be factored in are security guards and regular maintenance fees but, to many buyers here, these are welcome advantages over owning a non-maintained property with its day-to-day responsibilities.

Of course it’s a challenge and of course it’s not exactly cheap to purchase property in Thailand but if your heart is set on it, it’s more than possible. Good luck with your new home!

Sales Taxes If we break down the taxes involved in purchasing a property here it looks like this: Transfer fees: 2% of the registered value of your property Stamp duty: 0.5% of the registered value Withholding tax: 1% of the appraised value of the property as valued by the Land Department Business tax: 3.3% of the appraised value payable if your property is sold within five years of its purchase You’ll find that it’s usual for the buyer and seller to share the transaction costs but in some cases the property developer may offer to pay all taxes excepting the transfer fee.

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Features - Property Land Values

Phuket

Land Price

Taweewong Road 80,500 – 150,000 baht / sq. wah

Patong Beach

Phuket Town

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Rassada Road

Taweewong Road

140,000 baht / sq. wah

1 2 3 Rassada Road

4 National Highway 4233

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5 Kata Beach

77,000 baht / sq. wah

Land closed to National Highway 4233 69,000 baht / sq. wah

Remark Official assessed value of land is the overview of the land value according to each road which cannot be reference for each land plot. For those who would like to know official assessed value of each land plot, please contact local Land Department or Regional Treasury Office.

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VS Commercial Building (Royal Place)

Information from : Official assessed value of land in financial year 2012-2015

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Billion Plaza

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Bypass Square

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Phuket@Town Punpol

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The Beach Center

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Laguna Phuket

77,000 baht / sq. wah

77,000 baht / sq. wah

77,500 baht / sq. wah

94,500 baht / sq. wah

35,000 baht / sq. wah


Features - On the beach

Phuket BeaChes PHUKET IS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL BEACHES During the peak season from November to April, visitors flock to the island’s white-sand shores to sunbathe and play in the surf. Most of Phuket’s best beaches are situated on the western side of the island and are great for swimming and water sports. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the west coast’s finest beaches.

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Features - On the beach

Ao Sane A small picturesque bay next to Nai Harn accessible through the Phuket Yacht Club hotel, Ao Sane has eye-catching granite boulders, rough sand and fantastic snorkelling. It also plays host to a family-run restaurant and rustic bungalows.

Kamala Beach Kamala is a Muslim area with a village-like atmosphere. It’s not as developed as other west coast beaches but can get busy at nighttime as coaches and minivans arrive for the nightly Phuket FantaSea theme park spectacle. Check it out!

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Karon Beach Some 20 kilometres from Phuket Town, Karon is a long banana-shaped beach and a popular sunbathing spot. However it’s dangerous to swim there because of the sharp drop off. Karon’s sand is distinctive as it crackles underfoot as you walk along the beach. Try it!

Kata Beach Just to the south of Karon and about 17 kilometres from Phuket Town, Kata comprises Kata Yai and Kata Noi. Swim out to nearby Pu Island for some great snorkeling, scuba diving or even fishing. There are several classy restaurants, hotels and shopping opportunities at Kata.

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Features - On the beach

Mai Khao Beach Located in the Nai Yang National Park in the north of the island, this is the longest beach in Phuket. It’s a peaceful and serene place, ideal for walking but unsuitable for swimming. Like Nai Yang, Mai Khao Beach is where sea turtles lay their eggs.

Nai Yang Beach Near Mai Khao Beach, you can see turtles laying their eggs here and watch baby turtles being released back into the sea during the Songkran Festival (April 13-15) at Nai Yang Beach. There are also bungalows for hire here.

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Patong Beach The busiest beach on the island, teeming with all kinds of accommodation and activity by day and by night (Patong is known as ‘the town that never sleeps’). Patong is for those who prefer a lively holiday rather than a peaceful one. With great shopping and nightlife, it’s the island’s west coast hub.

Surin Beach Surin is beautiful but not recommended for swimming because of the tide’s very strong undertow and steep drop off. However there is good seafood available at its beachfront restaurants and there is a nine-hole golf course nearby.

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Phuketindex.com Magazine vol.29  

Phuket Lifestyle Living and Travel Guide in Phuket Thailand

Phuketindex.com Magazine vol.29  

Phuket Lifestyle Living and Travel Guide in Phuket Thailand