Magazine Vol.43

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People Focus


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Chef Talk



Hospitality Talk

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Dear Readers,



Do you know or are familiar with Phuket or the island’s identity? The concept of ‘Phuket’ in itself… and what do you think of it? The answer to these questions lies inside this period’s magazine. The cover is a painting that illustrates the vibrant relationship between local people, the sea, and marine life and how it’s possible to live together in happiness and harmony. Get to know ‘Nongjoong’, a naughty, food-loving lobster boy who’s willing to explore and learn new things – tasty food, fun things to do, and beautiful scenery. Tune into how the island’s hotels adapt their policies, projects, and activities to fit in with local Phuket practices.


People Focus


City Focus


Chef Talk


Hospitality Talk

As usual, we have a fascinating article about a Phuket high-end hotel, our usual signature dish feature, chef talk, GM talk and more. All good stuff to know if you wish to learn more and more about Phuket. Plus, get to know Raywat Areerob, the newly appointed Assistant Secretary to Deputy Minister of Public Health – a truly fascinating man – talking about his roles and responsibilities and what he projects he will do for Phuket. ‘Sharing is caring’ is a slogan that’s always our first priority, so we’re proud to present a zone chairman, Lion Igor Protasov, who will share his charity challenge’s plan. With Love,’s Team

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Lifestyle - From Cover


Porto de Phuket Painting Contest 2019

Award: 1st runner up of ‘Porto de Phuket’ painting contest 2019. ‘Cherng Talay Samphan’ is the name of a painting by Kantara Utuchkul, a 12-year old Phuket girl. The painting was entered in a contest under the theme of ‘My Cherng Talay’. The contest was held to promote the Cherng Talay sub district; its culture, art and community.


The picture illustrates the relationship between the local people, the sea and marine life and how it’s possible to live together in happiness and harmony. The painting also shows the friendly coexistence of Muslims and Buddhists in the Cherng Talay sub district, how folks read books to garner knowledge to be used in their community as they develop together as well.

Porto de Phuket is the first and finest Open – Air Lifestyle Retail that combines design, lifestyle and natural harmoniously in Phuket.


Lifestyle & Travel

People People Focus


10 - Raywat Areerob

34 - Mr.Igor Protasov

Assistant Secretary to Deputy Minister

Zone Chairman

of Public Health

(zone number 5 Lions Clubs in Phuket province)

Life 28 - Stephanie Rice Australian Swimmer

Restaurant Guide

& Triple Olympic Gold medalist

46 - Acqua Restaurant

City Focus

48 - Sway With Me Garden Restaurant & Bar

38 - Mr. Bhummikitti Ruktaengam

50 - Savoey Seafood

The President of Phuket Tourism Association Talk about Phuket Mascot Project

Signature Dish 56 - Sri panwa Maki

The Exclusive 44 - Natthakanya Saengpho Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket

Local Guide 58 - Phuket Philatelic Museum 59 - Sightseeing in Phuket Old Town

Chef Talk 52 - Mr. Visanu Konthong Executive Sous Chef The Naka Phuket

Kids’ Zone 60 - Por Tor Festival 61 - Explore Aquaria Phuket

Local Food Hospitality Talk

66 - Phuket Food Centre 62 - Pierre-André Pelletier Regional Vice-President, Operations Southern


Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives ONYX Hospitality Group

14 - Photo Albums


Lifestyle - People Focus

Assistant Secretary to Deputy Minister of Public Health 10

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aywat Areerob, the newly appointed Assistant Secretary

to Deputy Minister of Public Health, has been in politics for more than 30 years, with two terms as a Member of Parliament, ensuring that Phuket people have a clear voice to lead them to a better quality of life in society.

What services have you had experience in before? I have always loved doing community service, charities. I started by establishing ‘Rak Rawai’ (Love Rawai) to take care of people and the environment in the small sub-district of Rawai, and then expanded to provincial level.

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Describe your political roles in the past

What are your current political obligations?

In 2007, I was appointed by the Democrat Party to be a candidate as a Member of Parliament for Phuket. At that moment, Phuket was considered as a single constituency with two members, and K. Thossaphon Theppabut and I were elected. Again in 2011, I got the majority vote for a second term until the Parliament’s dissolution in 2013.

After the dissolution [of parliament] General Prayut Chan-Ocha led the caretaker government until the latest elections of February 2019. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a seat this time. However, when the Democratic Party formed part of the coalition government, I was appointed as Assistant Secretary to Deputy Minister of Public Health, under Dr. Satit Pitutecha.

What’s your vision of the future? Same as everyone, I really want to see Thailand progress, I want to see prosperity - similar to developed countries. But in order to achieve this, we need the help and support from every sector and party.

How do you develop your leadership roles?

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I have been a member of the Democrat Party for a long time - since 1986 - and have had experience in many roles. Also being a Member of Parliament for two terms has allowed me to learn from many talented leaders and I seized on this as inspiration.


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Who is your role model and why? I would say many people, but the best one would be K. Chuan Leekpai, the current Speaker of Parliament. He is a role model for many people on many sides, especially for his honesty. He considers the nation’s benefit as his main priority. I myself have had opportunities to discuss his ethics and have realized that he keeps working for the nation and tries his best to develop the country and has never left the people behind. When he can, he always visits his hometown and this is the way I follow. ima imag mage courtesy of Raywat Raywat Areerob Areerob

What needs to be developed in Phuket? Phuket need to be improved in three ways: First is the traffic crisis, we should have a better public transportation system, by bus, sky train or any other facilities to support locals and tourists. Second would be education. We now have a population of about 1.4 million in Phuket with a million non-registered people. The third factor is health services management. imag age e courte tesy sy of of Raywat ywa Are reerob erob

Your motto? Like K. Chuan my motto is honesty of course. I have faith in, and respect K. Chuan so much, he is so kind, honest and tries to alleviate the suffering of his people.

What are you the most proud of, being a politician? It’s all about how I can be the representative for Phuket people to solve their problems and listen to their ideas, to coordinate with the government and instigate ways to develop the city and the government’s health services.


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With your current roles and responsibilities, what can you do for Phuket? I am quite aware of the island’s issues already. So with my position, I am sure I understand and will try my best to improve these problems and to make sure people get proper medical services such as hospitals, medical professionals or even equipment. However, the most important thing is health; we need to educate people on how to live and eat healthily.

What skills are required for being a politician?

I really want to see


prosperity – similar to developed countries

Only you have the determination to develop Phuket, so you can go for it - everyone is welcome, no matter what age, gender or education. Many opportunities are open - local or national politics can be participated in. I believe many people want to help, so no skills are absolutely required, you only need to be diligent, patient and honest, to follow your heart to make our city better.

Finally, thanks to PhuketIndex magazine for this interview. And I would like to invite everyone to help develop Phuket together, whether with your ideas, your knowledge or your abilities. I always listen and am open, whatever you can suggest, just let me know. I am a Phuketian and so proud to be the voice of Phuket’s people and ready to be a part of Phuket’s future. Thank you.


Lifestyle - Photos: Event

2019 Women in Leadership On Tuesday 4th June 2019 – Le Meridien Phuket held the event “Women in Leadership” at the Karon Ballroom. The event was to celebrate the diversity of Marriott International’s workforce and to celebrate the contributions of women leaders, particularly in Southern Thailand. Apart from great food and entertainment, the event featured two highly successful women leaders who shared invaluable insights on empowering women, Ms.Renate Prandl – Awardwinning high performance coach and Ms.Wimintra Raj – Founder and Editor-in-chief, Event


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Charity Dinner Open Your Heart by Lions Club On Saturday 15th June 2019 – Lions Club of Phuket Pearl held the charity dinner “Open Your Heart” at Maikhao Garden Grill & Restaurant (MBC Condotel). The event is a yearly fund raising by Lions Club of Phuket Pearl for community projects aimed to help children in need. The activities included an opening speech by Mr.Prakob Wongmaneeroong – Phuket Vice Governor and Mr.Igor Protasov – Zone Chairman (zone number 5 Lions Clubs in Phuket province), live music and an auction. Event


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Phokeethra Gallery 2019, Phuket On 21st June 2019 – Novotel Phuket Phokeethra held the event “Opening of Phokeethra Gallery Exhibition 2019” at the hotel. The exhibition started on 17th May 2019 and lasted until 17th July 2019 at the hotel lobby. More than 14 Phuket artists joined the exhibition, with more than 20 paintings and sculptures. Event


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The Return of Two-Time World Acrobatic Pizza Champion On Tuesday 25th June 2019 – JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa hosted a fun-filled gourmet experience for the Phuket media at Cucina Italian Kitchen titled “The Return of Two-Time World Acrobatic Pizza Champion” by Pizzaiolo ‘Pasqualino Barbasso’ guest chef from Italy. The event was held on 25th – 29th June 2019 from 18.00-23.00hrs. Chef Pasqualino made the most authentic and delicious Italian pizzas, and also showcased his incredible dough-tossing skills that left guests spellbound. Event


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Barefoot BBQ at XANA beach club On Thursday 4th July 2019 – Angsana Laguna Phuket held the opening of Barefoot BBQ at XANA beach club. Experience an evening of casual beachfront dining, great service and amazing views. With sounds of the ocean in the background, the tropical breeze through your hair and your feet in the white sand while enjoying great food and good drinks. Special show “Fire Performance” start from 19.30 onwards. Price THB 1,450++/person, every Monday and Thursday. Event


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2019 Bartender of the Year Championship at Le MERIDIEN Phuket On Friday 5th July 2019 – Marriott Resorts in Southern Thailand held a competition “2019 Bartender of the Year Championship” at Le MERIDIEN Phuket Beach Resort. 8 hotels - JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, The Naka Island, Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, Le MERIDIEN Phuket Beach Resort, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa Nai Yang Beach joined the competition to show their concoctions. The Winner was Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa Team. The 1st Runner Up went to JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and the 2nd Runner Up was Le MERIDIEN Phuket Beach Resort. Event


Lifestyle - Photos: Event

Family by JW On Friday 19th July 2019 – JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa held an event titled “Family by JW.” Family by JW is a global initiative that prioritizes the need for families to spend quality time together. Stephanie Rice, Australia’s greatest Olympic swimmers, winner of three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and world record holder, was invited to come and join this event. So the guests were able to share together experiences with her and their kids joined an exclusive, semi-private masterclass by Stephanie, too. Event


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The 10th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Release On Saturday 27th July 2019 – JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa held the event “The 10th Annual Mai Khao Marine Turtles Release” at the hotel’s beachfront on Mai Khao Beach. The event was held to released 40 green turtles in celebration of H .M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s Birthday (Rama X). Event


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The 4th Blood Donation at The Plaza Surin Phuket On Friday 30 August 2019 – Phuket had an event “The 4th Blood Donation” at The Plaza Surin Phuket. Blood donation activities were held for King Rama X merits. The event was organized by the cooperation of Paradise Group, Andara, Phuket Red Cross Society, Phuket Tourist Police, Royal Thai Police and people in the Kamala area.



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Art @Chaofah – “Contrasts”, Phuket On Monday 26 th August 2019 – Ramada Plaza Chao Fah Hotel hosted the opening of Gallery Exhibition “Contrasts” by Montian Yanthong & Mekphat Srinantaphan at Peranankan Courtyard.



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Staff Party 2019 – Andara, Silk, Lan Kwai Fong Group and Paradise Group On Wednesday 18th September 2019 – Phuket had an event “The Mask Night Party 2019” at Poolside – SILK Restaurant, Andara Phuket. The parties are held every year to honor staff members for their great efforts to drive force behind the organization’s success throughout the year. This year the theme was “The Mask” and there were many fun activities and lucky draws. Event


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HAVANA CUBA MUSIC CLUB Hotel Mai Khao Beach Condotel, Phuket On Wednesday 9th October 2019 – Hotel Mai Khao Beach Condotel held the event “First day of HAVANA CUBA MUSIC CLUB” at Hotel Mai Khao Beach Condotel. HAVANA CUBA is a well known live music band in Cuba and from now they will perform as the hotel’s band. The band will perform at the hotel every night from 20.00 – 23.00 hr. More information please contact +66 (0) 84 745 4497 Event


Lifestyle - Photos: Restaurant

Sunset Buffet Dinner at Renaissance Phuket


iscover paradise at Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa. Located on a wildly beautiful beachfront setting on Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, the resort offers 5-star service and luxurious amenities.

Now the resort has a special dinner buffet on Fridays called the “Sunset Buffet Dinner” with a live DJ on the beachside at Sand Box Restaurant and Bar, their beach restaurant which is the perfect setting to gather with friends and family.

Experience: “Sunset Buffet Dinner”


Dress Code: Smart Casual

– THB 1,000++ per person – Free for kid below 7 year

Available time: Friday 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm. (contact the resort first) Reservation: Recommended Mobile phone allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit card: Accepted


Contact information: Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa 555 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 76 363 999

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THE COFFEE CLUB at Turtle Village

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uality coffee comes first at COFFEE CLUB” and “Our team of chefs and specialists come up with a new idea to refresh our menu” these two sentences show the intention and attention to the quality and service that they will provide to their customers.

THE COFFEE CLUB is long known for breakfast and brunch offerings served all day long. There are many branches in Phuket; Kata, Karon, Patong and Mai Khao. We visited the Turtle Village Mai Khao Beach branch, with a convenient car parking and ideal location, it is your great choice when you are looking for a restaurant in the Mai Khao area. The restaurant provides both Western-style and Thai dishes. Dress Code: Casual

Recommend dish:

Available time: Everyday 7 am – 10 pm Mobile phone allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit card: Accepted

– Raspberry Frappe – Passion Manga Frappe – Roasted Salmon – Caesar Salad – Classic Eggs Benedict Smoked Salmon

Contact information: THE COFFEE CLUB, Turtle Village Mai Khao Beach Website: Tel: +66 (0) 92 248 6890

– Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl


Lifestyle - Life


RICE Australian Swimmer & Triple Olympic Gold medalist


ately, a ‘Family by JW’ program was held at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa to celebrate an outstanding array of activities which included a once-in-a-lifetime swimming Master Class with Stephanie Rice, one of the best-known competitive swimmers in the world. With her stunning performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she won three gold medals and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. 28

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What is a typical day like in Australia?

What age were you when you started swimming?

Who is your favourite sports hero?

A typical day in Australia is waking up around 7 a.m., enjoying a healthy breakfast, exercise, meditation and then usually I get into some office work. Then spending good quality time with my family in the afternoon and the evening - make a healthy dinner together, that’s a typical day for me.

I started swimming at around six months old. I learned to swim as a baby and progressed all the way through. Then I started doing squad training around the age of seven or eight and started taking it seriously at 13, when I was really committed to be an Olympic swimmer.

When I was growing up, I always looked up to and admired Suzy O’ Neal. She’s an Australian swimmer and has won Olympic gold medals. I wanted to be able to go to the Olympics and win medals just like her. Besides swimming, I really like what she was doing in the media and she had these amazing opportunities, so I really wanted to be like her.

Are you excited to be invited to teach the young children @ Family by JW Campus event?

How did you become a professional swimmer?

Yes, I’m really excited to teach the children here at JW Marriott Phuket. It’s such a rewarding experience for me to do a Master Class with the kids and to share my swimming skills and then pass them onto the next generation. Especially to do it at such a beautiful hotel, it’s been so special.

To be a professional swimmer, an Olympic swimmer, it requires a lot of dedication, consistent swimming. We trained almost 50 weeks over a 52week year which is a lot of hours. But I’ve always loved it and have had such a passion for it and really wanted to be an Olympian, so I worked very hard.

What is your favourite sports quote? When it comes to quotes, I’ve always liked things that are quite mindful. So one of my favorite quotes is ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve which is Napoleon Hill’s quote. That’s all about whatever you believe in your mind, if you believe it, totally you can do it. So you have to believe in your mind first.


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Who do you wish to watch you perform? When I was at the Beijing Olympics, I just wanted my family there. They’re the ones who have seen me train day after day, year after year. They understand the highs and the lows and they were fully committed, so I was really fortunate to have all of my family there watching me in Beijing. And of course my coach, who was someone that I really felt so blessed to have as part of my life. So yes, my coach and my family.

What skills or talents are essential to being a successful swimmer? To be a successful swimmer, dedication and consistency are very important. Doing things you sometimes don’t want to do, like waking up early in the


morning for training or when you’re tired from school going to training in the afternoon, you have to definitely be consistent and be dedicated. You also need to have a passion for something inside you that you really want to achieve. So those two things are really important.

What is your favourite food to eat the night before a big competition? I always really want something quite simple, rice with a little bit of meat or tuna or something like that with some vegetables. Not a lot of sauces nor spices since I didn’t want to have anything to upset my system. So, something really plain the night before and I always make sure I have a good breakfast on the day of the competition.

What mental tools do you use under pressure? When it comes to sports and performance and pressure, not a lot of people are able to handle the mental pressure that goes along with performance and expectation. So I think it’s really important to believe in yourself, believe in your ability to do well - that usually comes from training really hard. And making sure you have a really good supports around you that are going to be proud of you and happy for you. Regardless of the outcome, that definitely takes a bit of pressure off.

What do you do to keep fit? I am a vegan, so I don’t need any meat or dairy products and that definitely helps me stay healthy.

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What three words would you share with young kids who would like to be professional swimmers? So three words that I’d like to share with other kids that are also hoping to become an Olympian or an athlete at the professional level would be do something that you’re passionate about. Because you need to have an inner passion to help you gone through the harder days, when you’re tired or when something goes wrong. Definitely having a passion to believe in yourself, mentally have the ability and know that you’ve got the confidence to do well. And having a really good support system around you whether your family, friends or coaches. Pick your support system that will support you regardless, that’s really important.

Anything else that you would like to say to your fans? I’m just so grateful to be here in Thailand and to stay at the JW Marriott here in Phuket, it’s so beautiful. Thank you so much for welcoming me and I hope there’ll be some amazing Thai swimmers at the Olympics in the future.

I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. I also try to eat local food. I get to enjoy some of the beautiful things like flowers and amazing produce and plants that come especially from Thailand which is really nice. I exercise almost every day, meditate every morning. Having mindfulness, exercise and the right kind of food is really great.

If you could play another sport what would it be? When I was growing up, I really liked hockey, also I was picked for the Junior Olympic cycling team so I did a lot of sports. I don’t think I would have wanted to have done any other sport because I did a lot when I was a kid. And I chose something which was my favourite, so I wouldn’t have done anything else. But I really enjoy having the opportunity to play both hockey with a team and then cycling as well.


Lifestyle - Property Guide

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- Property Guide

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Zone Chairman (zone number 5 Lions Clubs in Phuket province) 34

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ore than a century, when caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing-and an incredible feeling for everyone involved, that’s Lions. During his period of being a Zone Chairman, Lion Igor Protasov, many activities has been contributed locally and internationally to support our society by helping the underprivileged and people who’s in need under the motto “We Serve”.

Tell me about yourself and your responsibility Hi, my name is Lion Igor Protasov, the Zone Chairman for Zone Number 5 of the Lions Clubs in Phuket province. My responsibility is to internally coordinate all six Lions Clubs in our province with our district governors, to make our services more functional, also to lead our club members for our activities.

Most of our activities is about to coordinate with local government.

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Telling your charity of Lion plans of this year Our main plan comes from our headquarters in Chicago. For this year, we have 5 main topics which are Hunger, Diabetes, Youth Cancer, Environment and Regions which is similar to every year, just slightly difference according to the request of the people’s needs. We have local special activities, especially for Thailand. For this year in our district 310B, which is southern Thailand, we have “Peace Poster Contest” which is international, also we have “Saranukrom Competition” (Thai Junior Royal Encyclopedia contest) for local schools which is still in process. We take care about the youth, especially for education. We support children from underprivileged families, also local people, so they have an opportunity to be educated, this is very important.


Lifestyle - Charity Dr. Sumet, has joined us every year and led our club in Thailand. The 2nd Project is “Peace Poster Contest (Journey of Peace)” which is international, the winner’s work is to be sent to Chicago and will be presented in an annual International Convention which will be held in Singapore this year, and we hope that Thai Children can be the winner, which would be nice. However, it doesn’t matter what nationality or religion you are, we are all together - we try to save the world and people should believe in humanity and help each other.

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What motivates you? What are your personal goals? I am proud to be a member of Lions Club International, for the last 5 years. I’ve been motivated with what Lions Club International is doing. This is the big community which contains more than 1.4 million Lions around the world, in almost every country. This club was started by Melvin Jones who was the insurance broker in Chicago for over 100 years ago and now spread all around the world in different countries, different regions. Lions Club International made such a great thing, our motto is “We Serve” and we have tried our best during the past century. The best motivation is our activities, when we help children with cancer, when we help people with diabetes, when we fund scholarships to schools or distribute free glasses, to upgrade their education on necessary level and many other things which we made for our society and I am proud to be a part of it. My goal is to continue doing what our club does for our district, with my soul, together with Lions club International.

What have you been doing to keep up to date? We have International and Local projects which I mentioned already. During this fiscal year which started in July, we did 2 activities. One is the local “Thai Royal Encyclopedia Project” for Thailand, we invited local schools and distributed encyclopedias, then children can prepare for the contest, this to encourage children and pupils to read more and do their own exploring and research. This project has been established by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who initially allowed Lions Club to Thailand. Also his secretary,


Our motto is

“We Serve”

Lifestyle - Charity How is the charity’s work communicated to the public?

What do you expect to be earning in 3 years?

Most of our activities are about coordinating with local government. For example, we join to “Disable’s Day” with Phuket Disabled People’s Association at Rajabhat University. We support “Children’s Day” which is held every year in January by distribution toys, candies or cakes for children which make them happy. We also communicate with local municipality to be aware on their needs. Last year, Lions with Health Department and Municipality, donated 2 AED machines which help to restart the heart in case of emergency - one for local emergency car, another for local small hospital. Keeping in touch with government can give us the ideas on who’s in need and if we are able to help, we try to do.

I am very proud to get this position this year, so thanks to our district governor for selecting me and hope we can moving forward together. Actually, we have informal discussion about the Region Chairman position and if the governor is willing to trust to me, I would be ready and happy to help them. Anyway, each Lions is so equal doesn’t matter what position you hold, president, governor or simple members, all of them have the same goal.

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For further details, please see our global website Here will explain our goal, strategy and what we are doing. Maybe, one day you will be interested to be a part of us. The most important thing is to think about the humanity, don’t leave the people who is in need nearby you - if you can help, then try to help as much as you can. Another thing is do not forget our family, they are the first priority, if you can help them - please do it.

I am proud to be a member of Lions club International

What is the long-term strategy of the charity? Long term strategy is what I said, we try to serve the community and we will continue doing what Melvin John started. The most important for us is to keep the quality of services and quantity of members. Our members have to be kind and right, that’s why we keep open for new members. If you are interested, you can contact local Lions Club and if you passed the necessary requirements, one day you can join our family.

What challenges are you looking for in this charity? The global challenge is serve and we try to do our best. Every year we have our fundraising by having a Charity Dinner and we did quite well for the past 2 years. We appreciate all the sponsors and people who joined, with these people we are able to collect some funds and use them for the right place, in the right time and for the right people. We try to continue doing the fundraising and find the people who really need help. In Lions Club, we try to do everything to serve people and for the benefit of our organization.

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Lifestyle - City Focus Phuket Identity

“NONGJOONG” a naughty, food-loving lobster boy who is willing to explore and learn new things - tasty food, fun activities, and beautiful scenery. Proud to present his experiences of Phuket to his friends around the world. “NONGJOONG” was born from the idea of Mr. Bhummikitti Ruktaengam, the President of Phuket Tourism Association, on how to improve the tourism industry in Phuket.


RUKTAENGAM The President of Phuket Tourism Association Talk about Phuket Mascot Project 38

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Lifestyle - City Focus Phuket Identity

And the last one is how to design the gestures, because when we transform a mascot into a souvenir, it has to be in many postures and characters. So it was a long process until we finally got “NONGJOONG”.

What’s next for “NONGJOONG”?

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The origin and purpose of the Phuket Mascot Project Due to the change of tourists’ behavior, we now have Gen C instead of Baby Boomer, Gen Y or even Millennium, which makes the tourism industry even more complicated - the “Sun Sea Sand” might not attract enough. Therefore, the Phuket Tourism Association has an idea of creating the new content to reach all people of any age or gender - the mascot is the answer. Since we needed various ideas from all over Thailand, we then established the Phuket Mascot Project and got a lot of feedback from the designers with 230 design works joining the contest. After the long elaborate process, we finally got the winner named “NONGJOONG”.

The meaning of the Mascot During the contest, we let the designers explain their ideas and the stories of each work, finally the selected one is the “Lobster”. In term of names, it connects to “Phuket Lobster” which is compatible with Phuket. This lobster was named by the designer as “NONGJOONG” since his close friend, a black sea urchin, cannot pronounce his name correctly, so instead of “NONGKUNG” he says “NONGJOONG”. After that, we named the urchin as “CHAOKUAY” but the main character still be “NONGJOONG”.

Why “NONGJOONG” win the contest? First of all, let me tell you about the process of contest. From more than 200 pieces of work, we used the local judges for the first round and we got pearl, pineapples, lobster or even Hokkien Noodle. Then for the final round, the professional designers had to consider this into 2-3 topics. First is about the scale, we have to understand that the drawing and the actual figure would be different. In the drawing, it might look good, look cute, but when we actually create it, the scale must shrink or stretch out, so it might not be as cute as a drawing. Therefore, the experienced designers had to decide if it would be flexible enough or not. Second is the suitability of being a mascot. For example, Japan has a lot of black bears, so the bear can be a mascot to present that area. In the same way, we have to think about what can remind tourists of Phuket?

The mascot would be represented in 2 dimensions, first is with someone inside and movable - to walk in the parade and join with tourists or even attend the events, inbound and outbound. Second, we plan to make this mascot in various characters i.e., sunbathing, surfing or running, then display in tourist attraction spots. The next step is to develop into a souvenir format such as umbrellas, T-Shirts and postcards. So if anyone has some interesting ideas and wish to use “NONGJOONG”, you can contact the association for the permission but the most important thing is you cannot change the scale of the mascot. And you will see “NOONGJOONG” in the Patong Carnival this year definitely.

CONCEPT NONGJOONG is a 3 year old lobster boy, born in the middle of the Andaman Sea. A naughty, food-loving boy who is willing to explore and learn new things - tasty food, fun activities, and beautiful scenery. He plans to visit every corner of Phuket and is proud to present his experiences to friends around the world. He follows the sea urchin, his close friend with unclear accent, we called him “NONGJOONG”.

“NONGJOONG”, Phuket’s mascot, designed from the idea of Phuket Tourism Association on how to improve the tourism industry in Phuket. Since the population living in Phuket is quite diverse, the Gypsies, Chinese, Malaya, Thai and foreigners - hence, the mascot could not be very specific. The “Lobster” is the most common thing which has been promoted for Phuket for a long while. Due to the unique character, good image, easy to remember and it has never been yet used as the mascot anywhere in the world. Also using the new generation boy who is willing to learn, is eager for new experiences, and has a good relationship with his surroundings. So we created a cute lobster boy, adorable and colorful named “NONGJOONG”.

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Lifestyle - City Focus Phuket Identity


AMORNRATTANAKIJ DIRECTOR OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS JW MARRIOTT PHUKET RESORT & SPA “PHUKET” WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT? Pristine beaches, gorgeous Andaman Sea. Those are also the main reasons that I decided to relocate from the life in the city of Bangkok to live and work on Phuket Island.




JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa is a place that opens guests up to its destination. We create an authentic sense of place, allowing our guests to immerse themselves and be enriched by culturally genuine experience. As we would like our guests to leave richer than when they arrived. We have been promoting and offering a lot of activities for our hotel guests. Hosting the numerous activities and events that are related to our local Phuket’s history, cuisine, festival, culture and community. The resort is located on Mai Khao Beach and adjacent to the Sirinat Marine National Park where there is a protected marine turtle nesting area. We have an on-site Mai Khao Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Center where our dedicated team educates about marine ecosystems not only for hotel guests, but it’s also open to the public. The shelter also is a home to 4 injured and disabled marine turtles at the moment. Every year, we also host 2 major events with regard to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and invite people to participate on the annual events. For the culinary journey, Our Thai chef @Ginja Taste restaurant proudly presents the ‘Ancient Wild’ signature set menu whose dishes reflect the local cuisine. The exceptional dishes are inspired by the home grown herbs, spices and local products. Resort activity programs, our recreation team also provides the daily arts & crafts activity program to our hotel guests such as Batik painting, Thai cooking class, bike tour to Phu Jae San Lake and Mai Khao area, etc. Team building combines with Corporate Social Responsibilities initiative programs. The corporate groups will have a chance to travel by Song Taew / Po Tong (Phuket’s signature blue wooden bus) to Mai Khao Gypsy Village and learn the way of island life through the activities, to build some wooden squid traps, make bracelets with local people, etc.

Lifestyle - City Focus Phuket Identity


ASST.DIRECTOR OF MARCOM AND PR PHUKET MARRIOTT RESORT AND SPA, NAI YANG BEACH “PHUKET” WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT? Beautiful beaches and authentic culture! Phuket is Thailand’s most popular resort destination and it is synonymous with golden sands and turquoise seas. Whenever you type “Phuket” into an internet search engine, you are presented with endless images of beaches and resorts. But Phuket offers much more than this; the unique Peranakan culture and Sino-Portuguese architecture, with old shophouses, bustling markets, traditional villages and fantastic food, are all here for curious guests to discover.

WHAT ELEMENT OF PHUKET DOES THE HOTEL TAKE OR ADAPT TO THE HOTEL, AND IN WHAT WAY? We believe that Phuket is one of the world’s most welcoming islands, with people that provide hospitality and service that is as warm as the climate. This is what we also aspire to offer at our hotel. Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach, provides a connection between our destination and our brand. Our aim is to create a personal touch, respond to our guests’ needs and ensure that every visitor is able to unwind in comfort and style, while also reflecting Phuket’s authentic culture. This begins with a warm welcome at the Great Room (Marriott’s lobby) where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea and sip our homemade flower tea. Our restaurants specialize in locally-inspired cuisine, including ingredients sourced from nearby farms and suppliers. Phuket’s culture is also reflected in our unique room design and amenities, and our local team provides a constantly comforting and welcoming presence. One of our emblems is the red whiskered bulbul, a native bird that can be seen around the resort and is woven into the fabric of our design. With these touches, we hope to reflect the essence of our island’s exquisite culture, allowing our guests to be at one with Phuket.


Naturally, there is also electric nightlife, world-class restaurants and exciting bars to be enjoyed in the popular resort areas. These attractions, combined with the idyllic climate, make the island a wonderful destination for a winter escape, and travelers now come from all over the world to enjoy Phuket’s beautiful beaches and captivating culture. This is truly a destination not to be missed!


Lifestyle - City Focus Phuket Identity



“PHUKET” WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT? When it comes to Phuket, I always think of its diversity. From beaches, foods, people to the rich culture and history. I think the food cultural here is very distinctive and of course delightful. Many of Phuket’s dishes tell the history and the way of living.



WHAT ELEMENT OF PHUKET DOES THE HOTEL TAKE OR ADAPT TO THE HOTEL, AND IN WHAT WAY? At Renaissance, we always connect our guests to the local throughout our activities and services. Our guests can grab a bottle of Kopi while going for the morning walk on the beach. Our Navigators are always keen to recommend the guests to experience the local restaurant. Also, to encourage and excite them to discover Phuket Town, we have created a graffiti hunting game which they can redeem the small gift from hotel.

Lifestyle - City Focus Phuket Identity



WHAT ELEMENT OF PHUKET DOES THE HOTEL TAKE OR ADAPT TO THE HOTEL, AND IN WHAT WAY? First, the hotel has promoted Phuket as a travel destination, tourist attraction, activity and local food. We use all of our communication channels that we have to promote the unique culture of Phuket as on our website and direct recommendations to our guests. And we always present to worldwide media who visit our hotel about Phuket in order to spread out to the world that Phuket has many good things. In addition, the hotel has the Seedlings Phuket Restaurant which provides Phuket local food dishes as Moo Hong, Naam Shoob Yum, Mee Hoon with Crab Curry, Tom Som Pla, Yam Pak Kood, including Oh Aew, all with a taste that is truly Phuket style.


The first thing that comes to my mind is the white sand beach, deep blue sky and the beautiful view of Andaman Sea. I love Phuket’s golden sky during the sunset it is a great scene and I also like a cozy atmosphere on the beach. In addition, I think of the Phuket Old Town area with colorful SinoPortuguese architectural buildings. In Phuket Old Town there are street art paintings, which are the best places to take pictures. Phuket’s delicious foods are indispensable and are so important as Namprik Goog-Seab, Chicken Curry and Roti, Hokkien Mee, Oh Aew, Ah Pong and many more. Phuket is considered a city that combines various cultures to become a city with its own identity. And in 2015 UNESCO Creative Cities Network declared Phuket a Creative City of Gastronomy.


Lifestyle - The Exclusive


SAENGPHO Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket



- The Exclusive

on 4 December 2018. Moreover, I celebrated the Inauguration Ceremony of the Honorary Consulate of Mexico to Phuket on 9 August 2019 with the chairman of the ceremony, Charge d’Affaires Juan Manuel Gonzalez Bustos of the Embassy of Mexico to Thailand, Consul General, Consul, and Honorary Consul dignitaries to Phuket, executives, chiefs of government and private agencies, media members and distinguished guests. The Honorary Consulate of Mexico to Phuket is the third Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Thailand.

What does the post entail?

Phuket now has an Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket, Miss Natthakanya Saengpho. would like to present some basic information on this matter for its readers.

The Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket is the representative between the two countries to work to provide protection, care and assistance for Mexican nationals and to be an advisor on Thai laws, labour protection laws, employment, investment and tourism in Thailand with the consular district covering three provinces; Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Nga

How do you feel about being appointed Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket? It is a once-in-a-life-time honour for me to be the representative between the two countries in diplomatic relations, trade, investment, tourism and the socio-cultural dimension.

History of Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket Thailand and Mexico have maintained good relations for many years. In terms of politics, both countries have established official diplomatic relations for 44 years. Thailand officially opened its embassy in Mexico in 1978 while Mexico inaugurated its embassy in Bangkok in December 1989.

Declaration The Honorary Consulate of Mexico to Phuket, by command of his majesty, the King of Thailand. The undersigned, Minister of Foreign Affairs, having duly examined the commission dated 28 May 2018, by which the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States signed the nomination and appointment of me as Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket authorized

How to contact the Honorary Consul of Mexico to Phuket Honorary Consulate of Mexico Address: The Plaza Surin 3rd Floor, 5/50 Moo 3 Cherngthalay Sub-district, Thalang District, Phuket, 83110

Telephone: (+66) 76 270 555, (+66) 76 271 638 Fax: (+66) 76 271 242 Email:, Website: Office Hours: 08.30 – 12.00, 13.00 – 17.30 (Monday – Friday)


Travel - Restaurant Guide

Acqua Restaurant Alessandro Frau

Following a black-and-white theme that gifts the restaurant clean lines and a good sense of proportion, Acqua’s design fully complements an all-round satisfying dining experience. The restaurant has imaginative lighting, nowhere more so than at the bar. Trendy without being gratuitously chic, cutting edge without going over the top and spacious without being cavernous, Acqua’s décor balance practicality and aesthetics in a fine dining environment in Phuket.

Chef and Owner

Acqua Restaurant is the first of a series of restaurants designed by Alessandro Frau, as Alessandro dedication for culinary doesn’t stop to cooking but also to project and design restaurants and concepts. Chef Alessandro Frau was the Winner of Iron Chef Thailand on November 2013. Find more about Alessandro by visit In 2013 Acqua Restaurant was appointed as one of the Best Italian Restaurant in Phuket and Thailand from Ospitalita’ Italiana in the World.

Guide Cuisine: Italian Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: every day from 16:00 – 23:00 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit cards: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 76 618 127 E-mail : GPS/DD: 7.916537, 98.290996


Recommended Dishes 45-minute slow cooked egg on a Parmesan cheese fondue, fresh black truffle and crispy pancetta powder

Sous-vide cooked octopus salad, marinated in extra virgin olive oil, lemon and vinegar, fennel leaves, celery and taggiasche olives DOP

Pan-fried USA scallops with duck liver, chili jam and truffle pumpkin sauce

Trenette pasta with Alaskan king crab in its own jus with sliced Sardinian tuna bottarga

Wood-fired roasted suckling pig, saffron and violette potatoes, broad beans in its own sauce

Where Italian dining experience meet art and passion

324/15 Prabaramee Road – Kalim Bay - Patong - Phuket Tel 076 618127 email:

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Korn Chumthong Director of operation

Sway With Me Garden Restaurant & Bar

Caesar salmon salad with parmesan cheese

Sway With Me Garden Restaurant & Bar is a wonderful place for a culinary evening out in Patong. The restaurant serves contemporary western and classic Thai dishes along with modern drinks.

Tuna salad with pomelo

It’s a great venue for seafood buet theme nights every Wednesday and Saturday, at only 699 baht per person.

Lobster bisque soup

Guide Cuisine: Seafood & Modern Drink Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: 18.30 - 22.30 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit cards: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 76 363 333 E-mail : GPS/DD: 7.891068, 98.297887


Recommended Dishes

Steamed vegetables with prawns and butter

Vegetable lasagna

Seafood BBQ

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Savoey Seafood Supit Jararith Asst. Manager

Open since 1980, Savoey Seafood is considered one of the landmarks of Patong Beach. This popular and bustling restaurant not only has a wide array of fresh seafood but also offers competitive prices.

Baked lobster with butter and garlic sauce

Savoey Seafood is a large, open-plan restaurant with a seating capacity of 400 plus, but you would never know. Despite its size, with 50 staff members the service is excellent, polite and considerate.

Tom yum koong

Savoey Seafood is very popular and getting there early is recommended. It would be a real shame if you missed the opportunity to dine at this first-class seafood restaurant during your stay on Phuket.

Stir-fried crab with spring onions, ginger and garlic

Guide Experience: Seafood and Thai cuisine Reservation: Recommended Dress Code: Smart-casual Open: 10:30 – 24:30 Mobile phones allowed: Yes Car parking: Yes Credit card: Accepted Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 171 – 4 E-mail: GPS/DD: 7.894471, 98.295719


Recommended Dishes

Stir-fried crab with curry powder

Steamed fish with lime juice and chili sauce Deep-fried fish with sweet chili sauce Stir-fried mussels or clams with roasted chili paste sauce Oven-barbecued fish Stir-fried mixed vegetables in oyster sauce

Travel - Chef Talk


Travel - Chef Talk Chef Visanu Konthong has 17 years’ experience, both in Bangkok and five-star hotels in Phuket such as Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa, Holiday Inn Mai Khao, Dewa Nai Yang Beach Resort, and has been an Executive Sous Chef for The Naka Phuket for the last three years.

What is your inspiration? I love cooking, I love life in kitchen and I love my colleagues. We work very hard here but I’m happy. Half of my life has been spent in the kitchen!

Special Dish:

My recommended dish today is roasted rack of lamb with herbs and port wine sauce. The special ingredient is the imported Australian lamb, roasted with green herbs, served with potato, vegetables and our special wine sauce.

I love cooking, I love life in kitchen and I love my colleagues.


Travel - Chef Talk The Naka Phuket has three top-class restaurants serving exquisite cuisine, prepared with the freshest ingredients available.

The Meka Sky Lounge

offers 180-degree panoramic views over Nakalay Beach with a range of meals and drinks, Thai, European, Italian and French. This is the perfect place to enjoy sunsets and truly appreciate the ingenious design of the entire resort.

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Nana Restaurant

, the ideal place to hang out, relax and enjoy the good coffee and baked goods, or even the casual barbecue prepared on the food truck for dinner.

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, The resort’s principle restaurant, serves a combination of classic and popular Thai & Western dishes as well as some surprises which are a combination of both.


From strolling along secluded beaches Naka Phuket welcomes everyone to reward yourself here, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Andaman Sea and exotic hideaways together with the highest quality dining and service in Phuket


Travel - Local Guide

Local Guide Phuket Philatelic Museum


hen you hear the Phuket Philatelic Museum some of you won’t know what type of Phuket museum this place is. Don’t worry we can tell you that the Phuket Philatelic Museum is also known as the Phuket Post Office museum.

Perhaps a Post Office museum won’t be on your list of things to do or places to visit in Phuket. However there are plenty of people who might actually enjoy this unusual museum. The Phuket Post Office museum is located in the old Phuket Post Office in Phuket City which of course is the most suitable venue for a philatelic museum in Phuket. When you approach the old Phuket Post Office you will see the old sign which reads Post & Telegraph Office. Below that ssign Philatelic you will also see a banner which clearly states that the Phuket Philate Museum is located inside.


Travel - Local Guide If you are travelling to Phuket and want to discover the real island – not just a sea sand and a sun trip – we can help you. Besides its natural beauty, Phuket has its own distinguished style of buildings located in Old Phuket Town. Most of the buildings were built nearly 100 years ago. In this edition let’s visit Phuket Philatetic Museum and tour around Phuket’s old town area.

Sightseeing in Phuket Old Town


isit Phuket’s famous attractions place with This time we will show you Phuket Old Town Zone. There are many thing to do here ; shop, chill, coffee, take a photo or only walk along the street and get through Phuket’s old time by seeing SinoPortuguese Buildings. Thalang Road is known as Phuket’s ‘historical road’ and is located in Phuket City Municipality. It was formerly the trading center of Phuket and most of the houses located along this road were owned by wealthy Phuket people. The houses were built in Sino-Portuguese styles which reflect unique combinations between Chinese and Portuguese architectures. Krabi Road is in the old town area has the Phuket Thai Hua Museum, originally a

Chinese school. It features exhibits about the history of Phuket, concentrating particularly on the role Chinese immigrants played in Phuket’s development. The museum is located at on the end of Krabi Road. Phang-Nga Road has the On-On Hotel, Phuket’s oldest hotel established in 1929. The other buildings in this area such as the restaurants, banks and shophouses all have original Sino Portuguese architecture. Dibuk Road runs directly to the north of Thalang Road and is home to a number of popular eating establishments. This road also features a range of coffee shops. Ratsada Road is alway busy in business time, many bank offices are located here. And you can found a hidden museum “Thavorn Museum” inside Thavorn Hotel.


Travel - Kids’ Zone

Kids’ Zone

Here are great kids’ activities spread in Phuket in this period; join Por Tor Festival at The Por Tor Kong Shrine and visit Aquaria Phuket. Let’s go, shall we?

Por Tor Festival

Por Tor Festival would like to present one of Phuket’s all-time favourite traditions, the Por Tor Festival and this is an activity that you should not miss. The Por Tor Festival takes place on the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar (around August or September), if you visit Phuket during this time don’t miss a visit to the Por Tor Kong Shrine.

How to get there


The Por Tor Kong Shrine is located in the heart of Phuket Town, on the way to Saphanhin Park. It is on the street corner behind Bangneaw School.

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Note: 1. The Por Tor Festival, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, is one of the most religious and culturally rich festivals celebrated in Phuket. 2. The red turtle cakes consumed during the festival (ang koo), come in various sizes and are made from flour and sugar, or sweet sticky red rice.

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Explore Aquaria Phuket

Explore Aquaria Phuket with Muse & Fuu,’s youngest team members! Aquaria Phuket, the biggest aquarium in Thailand, is located at B1 Floor of Central Phuket Floresta. It’s an underwater journey that’ll take you and your kids through the wonders of the ocean and the mysteries of rivers. Aquaria Phuket also hosts the AR Trick Eye Museum as well as a mermaid show as a VDO presentation. Please contact staff members about dates and times.

How to get there Located at the B1 Floor of Central Phuket Floresta, Aquaria is easy to reach and accessible by two main roads; Wichitsongkram Road and Chalermprakiat Rama IX Road. Map

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Travel - Hospitality Talk

Pierre-AndrĂŠ Pelletier


Travel - Hospitality Talk

With over 25 years of service at ONYX Hospitality Group and Amari Hotels


ierre-André hails from a family of Swiss hoteliers and restaurateurs. He graduated from École Hôtelière de Lausanne and joined Amari in 1993. He was recognized with the prestigious ‘Young Hotelier of the Year’ award from the International Hotels and Restaurants Association in 1998 and was General Manager of Amari Watergate Bangkok for close to 12 years.

With over 25 years of service at ONYX Hospitality Group, and Amari Hotels Pierre-André is nowadays the company’s Regional Vice-President of Operations for Southern Thailand, Vietnam and the Maldives, providing leadership for the group’s growing portfolio of hotels and resorts in these fast-growing regions.

What motivated you to go into the hotel industry? My parents. They own hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, so I grew up into this industry and have it in my DNA. This is where I started. Afterward, I went to the École Hôtelière de Lausanne which is one of the top schools in the world for hospitality.

Who inspires you and why? It’s a long story, but my first big mentor was Mr. Kurt Rufli, who was the CEO of Amari hotels and resorts. He gave me my first chance by my coming here to Thailand in 1992. He inspired me by

being a fantastic leader, leading at the front, leading by example when I was at a young age and early on in my career. He gave me the opportunity to develop myself, to develop my skills and made sure that I could grow up in the organization. Nowadays we are still friends.

What were your career steps before coming to Amari Phuket? After finishing the École Hôtelière de Lausanne I helped my parents in our restaurants and hotels in Switzerland. After that I came over here to Thailand, worked for the Mandarin Oriental and the Amari Airport Hotel. Then I went to the Amari Pattaya as the GM and came back to our flagship hotel in Bangkok, Amari Watergate. Finally, being here for six years at the Amari Phuket, our flagship resort, as the Regional Vice President for South Thailand, Maldives and Vietnam.

What is essential for you to be successful as a manager? What are the key points? The few key points are being hard working and passionate in what you strive for. Never give up, reinvent yourself on a daily basis and never stop learning. Those are the few key points in my career. image imag mage ccou urtessy of Am urte ur mar ari a rri Hote Ho ot llss


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What is your favourite part about working in the hotel business? My most favourite part of working in hospitality is to see happy people - happy team members, and happy guests, those make me happy. So being in an industry which is diversified and cosmopolitan inspires me the most to work in hospitality.

How do you stay up to date with trends and regulations in the industry? With plenty of things. I believe in learning and growing, I believe in working with the


My parents, They own hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, so I grew up into this industry and have it in my DNA. best practices throughout the industry. Also working with people like colleagues, the Tourist Authority of Thailand or people from overseas to follow trends in general and anticipating trends, being at the forefront. Sometimes I’m inspired by my own team here because there’s a lot of things that we don’t know, if we don’t ask. If you ask you get it. You need to adjust yourself to current and upcoming trends but I think being inspired and try to anticipate trends is the most important thing nowadays.

What are the main differences between hospitality in Western and Asian countries? Actually, everyone in our industry is doing the best they can. The only thing we have an advantage of here in Asia, especially here in Thailand, is the amount of people that we can afford. Compared with Switzerland, for example, there’s a lot of positions that they cannot

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afford but fortunately here in Asia in Thailand we can make it. And I think what we can find here in Thailand through hospitality is a feeling from the heart which is really unique. In general, I would say there’s not much difference between one country and the other but here in Thailand we have a cutting-edge when it comes to hospitality.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge hotel companies will face within the next 10 years? I think there are a few; one is technology, also climate change will be a big thing. Another one as well will be the geo source of how people are travelling today. That will be different. In the future people will move much more at short notice. Those are the few points that I would think will be important in

the next few years. And again you never know in terms of technology what could happen. If you look back over the last 10 years, a lot of things have changed and I think a lot of things will happen in the next 10 years too.

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow in your footsteps? To follow in my footsteps? Just be passionate, never give up. Being happy every day when you wake up, then going to work to inspire other people is very important. It’s not only about yourself but if you can inspire other people it means you are doing a big part of your job to step up into the hospital industry, so good luck.


Travel - Local Food


Mee Hoon Kraduk Moo


ould you like to try some local dishes shes in Phuket? Well, one of the best choices oices is behind the Bangneaw School opposite pposite the Por Tor Kong Shrine. Here, there are e many delicious dishes such as O Taw (a small oyster omelette with taro), Por Pia Sod (Phukett fresh spring rolls), Mee Hoon Kraduk Moo (fried ed rice noodles with pork bone soup) and many y more dishes. The food centre has about six shops included beverage counters and you can n order dishes separately and then wait at you at your table.

O Taw

OPEN: 2.30PM. - 6.00PM.


Por Pia Sod

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