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‘The Chronicle of the Land No.8’ which has been erected here in Phuket was created by Arjan Tawee Ratchaneekorn and represents the King giving protection and peace to his people.

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The ‘Land Art’ is all part of a project ‘The Chronicle of the Land’ which was organized to honour H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th Birthday, through the creation of 9 pieces of ‘Land Art’ being erected in 9 provinces around Thailand, those being Khon Kaen, Nakhon Nayok, Songkhla, Chiang Mai, Trat, Sukhothai, Phuket, Chiang Rai and Bangkok. The created Land Arts have all been the created by 9 national and famous artists and each represents his Majesty’s talents and projects.

farmlands, local villages, temples and markets At Panta Phuket is the only resort on the island that offers stays in a replica of a traditional Thai village. At Panta Phuket is everything truly Thai!

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The Chronicle of the Land No.8


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High-tech skincare for men


“Buddhism” practices in the heart of a bustling city


Eat & Drink

Auto & Marine 14


Acqua & Gaja Wines Wine Tasting Dinner


Phuket’s Vegetarian Guide

Phuket’s Big Bikes

Arts & Culture 18


Nyonya - Traditional Peranakan clothing

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The Island’s Givers


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Auto & Marine Phuket’s Big Bikes

BIG BIKES Phuket’s

If there’s one thing Phuket is great for its riding big bikes. And for the growing number of big bike riders based here on the island they have the added bonus of not having to put their bikes away for the winter. In recent years, Phuket has seen a huge increase in the number of people riding big bikes and riding big bikes is a hobby for many Thais and expats who are based here. For big bike lovers there is nothing better than jumping on their machines in their free time, and riding around taking in the amazing scenery that Phuket has to offer and also enjoying the growing social side of what Phuket’s big bike scene has to offer. Phuket has not only seen an increase in the number of big bike riders, it has also seen growth in the number of shops selling these amazing and often

luxurious machines, and a variety of outlets that cater for the riders, be it in the form of bars and restaurants or tour companies that offer riders, both living here or visiting for a holiday, a chance to go out and be shown not only Phuket’s natural beauty but also that of its neighbouring provinces. A large number of people are also choosing to reach Phuket by means of their big bikes. This is especially the case in April of every year, when Phuket sees its annual Big Bike Week. Back in 1995 when it started, it featured only 150 bikes and around 300 visitors. The ride was organised by Phuket Riders Club and the Immortals Thailand Club, who were joined by big bike riders from Bangkok, Malaysia, Singapore and America. Next year will see the 19th Phuket Bike Week, and it is estimated the 2013 event will play host to more than 6,000 riders and bring no less than 600 million baht in revenue to the island.


Auto & Marine Phuket’s Big Bikes

Best of the Big Bike Shops WEST COAST RIDE THAILAND


West Coast Ride Thailand are probably the biggest of the growing number of big bike shops dotted around the island and are also the main organisers of the increasingly popular Phuket Bike Week Event.

Coffee Bikers is not just a shop, it’s a community. Yes Coffee Bikers does sell a large range of new and secondhand popular big bikes, from big manufacturers including Ducati, Kawasaki, Honda, Triumph, Harley Davidson and Suzuki. However, the outlet features a concept more similar to that of a coffee shop, selling a great variety of food and drinks, alongside a range of clothing and big bike part & accessories.

They sell and rent a variety of old and new major brand big bikes, with Harley Davidson unsurprisingly being the most popular in both categories. The engine sizes of their bikes start at 250cc and can go up to a staggering 8200cc. They also stock one of the largest ranges of parts, accessories and clothing and have a repair & service centre.

The shop is located directly opposite Phuket’s popular weekend market so is an even more popular hangout for Phuket’s Big Bike community come Saturday & Sunday.

West Coast Ride Thailand are not only a bike shop, they’re also the publishers of one of Thailand’s biggest big bike magazines, “Ride Thailand”, which is available nationwide, and organizer of some of the most popular tours around the South of Thailand.

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Auto & Marine Phuket’s Big Bikes

The Big Bike Big Brands

HARLEY DAVIDSON Probably the most popular and well known of the Big Bike Brands and founded in Milwaukee, USA during the first decade of the 20th century. The company sells heavyweight (over 750 cc) motorcycles designed for cruising. Harley-Davidsons have a distinctive design and are especially noted for the tradition of heavy customisation that gave rise to the chopper style of motorcycle.

TRIUMPH The original Triumph motorcycles started production in 1902 and is the the largest surviving UK motorcycle manufacturer. Triumph Motorcycles has always had its own distinctive character and a history of creating motorcycles that become design classics. At the heart of Triumph’s philosophy is a firm commitment to developing truly unique motorcycles that are distinctive in looks, design and performance.


Auto & Marine Phuket’s Big Bikes

KAWASAKI Kawasaki jumped into the motorcycle world in 1960. Kawasaki motorcycles are manufactured at plants in Japan, USA, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.

SUZUKI Suzuki started manufacturing motorcycles in 1952, the first models being motorized bicycles. During the 1950s, 1960s and the better part of the 1970s, the company manufactured motorcycles with two-stroke engines only. It was not until 1976 that Suzuki introduced its first motorcycle with a four-stroke engine.


Art & Culture Phuket Nyonya


Traditional Peranakan clothing


hen you come to Phuket, you might see a number of Phuketian ladies dressed in Nyonya. In Phuket, Nyonya refers to traditional ladies Peranakan clothing. Nyonya is suitable for weddings, ordination ceremonies, and other social activities and every Friday government officers wear Nyonya to work.

An Introduction to Phuket Nyonya: Nyonya outfits comprise of 4 items. The first are the beautiful blouses. These are made from traditional Nyonya fabric and lace. The former feature flowers in beautiful colours. The latter is simple lace. The blouses come in a range of unique colours.


Art & Culture Phuket Nyonya

Next are the Sarongs. These sarongs also feature flowers which match with the colour of the blouse. There are plain flower patterned sarongs, whilst some are decorated with colorful beads and others textured with gold paint. The next item is the elegant beaded shoes. These colorful beaded shoes are designed to match the beautiful flowered patterned blouses and batik sarongs. If you ever wear Nyonya, never forget the beautiful gold accessories! To begin you’ll need golden hair pins. Those who wear Nyonya usually accessorise their hair with beautiful hair pins. Golden blouse pins are another necessary accessories. These pins come in a form of 3-piece sets which are made from old coins, used as buttons. Most importantly, you cannot forget the gold necklaces, bracelets, and ankle bracelets.


Art & Culture Phuket Nyonya

Wearing Nyonya is slightly different when it comes in the form of bridal wear. Brides wear plain white blouses beneath long gowns, together with long bold Nyonya sarongs. Bridesmaids wear almost identical outfits, except they wear short lace blouses instead of a gown.

Colours of Nyonya As mentioned earlier, Nyonya blouses and batik sarongs are quite colourful. Softer shades of either warm or cool tones are worn! Blouses and sarongs are usually 2 contrasting colours, for example, red and yellow. However, you can wear any colour of blouse and choose a black batik sarong, which features flowers the same colour as those on the blouse. For example, you can wear a blue blouse and black batik sarong which has blue flowers. And white goes with any colour. If you are interested in trying, or owning this beautiful Nyonya, you can head to Thalang Road, in old Phuket town! There are many stores where you can shop for Nyonya. Nyonya are available for rent and sale. In addition, you can have them tailor-made for you. Nyonya blouses usually come in one size only and prices start from 800 baht going up to 3,000 Baht, while sarongs cost anywhere between 100 & 3,000 Baht.



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Beauty & Wellness APEX


skincare for men


owadays it’s not only the ladies who flock to the dermatologist’s office for a quick fix. An estimated 30% of patients are male and the number is steadily increasing. Men seek treatment for anything from excess body hair, love handles and acne scars to rosecea and skin rejuvenation. With today’s advancements in cosmetic science and laser technology, many of these problems can be zapped away faster than you can say “Beam me up, Scotty!”

I’ve finally gotten rid of my teenage acne but I’m left with ugly scars on my face. Is there a way to remove these?



It can seem like double punishment - first the acne and when that’s finally cleared up; you’re left with the aftermath in the form of unsightly marks. The good news is there are a number of safe procedures available in modern dermatology that can greatly reduce the appearance of acne scars. A dermatologist can advise which kind of treatment is most effective, depending on the kind of acne scars to be treated. For mild cases, micro-dermabrasion, also known as a chemical peel, may help improve the skin’s condition, while more severe cases call for stronger measures like laser resurfacing. The squeamish among you might be relieved to know that while there may be some mild discomfort, treatments typically involve little pain as the skin is first numbed using a local anesthesia. The newest laser resurfacing “weapon” is a procedure called sublative rejuvenation. This RF (radio frequency) technology effectively delivers heat energy into the dermis, stimulating the growth of new collagen and improving skin texture, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. One treatment is often enough for a significant improvement of acne scars. An added benefit is that it’s also capable of treating fine wrinkles, skin laxity and other skin irregularities.


Beauty & Wellness APEX What can I do about the red veins in my face which makes it look like I’ve been drinking too much? Healthy looking skin can go a long way toward making a favourable first impression and the last thing you want is people to think is that you have a drinking problem. Persistent redness in the central part of the face, especially around the nose area, is a common complaint. The exact cause of rosecea is unknown but researchers suspect ageing and sun damage, as well as a combination of hereditary and environmental factors are to blame. There are several treatments available to effectively treat this common skin disorder, such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and laser procedures GentleYag and Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL). As the name implies, IPL produces a spectrum of light to target the enlarged blood vessels and stimulate the absorption of red blood cells. GentleYag zaps the spots on the skin that are made up of blood and blood vessels, while patients with a more aggravated condition whereby red bumps or pustules are visible on the face, may benefit from PDL. Each of these procedures will most likely require several sessions before the skin is completely clear, depending on the gravity of the skin condition.

ageing. Men typically use Botox to remove those two vertical lines between their eyebrows that make them look angry, or to smooth out the horizontal creases in their foreheads. Botox can also be used to lift up the eye area, making it a good, non-surgical alternative to remedy droopy eyelids. The “coffee break” procedure takes mere minutes, is virtually painless (apart from some needle stings) and results take full effect within a few days. Results typically last between anywhere from four to 12 months.

Is there any way to diminish the wrinkles and sagginess on my face without having to go under the knife? Generally speaking, men are fortunate to age better than women physically. Thanks to their thicker skin, men show wrinkles and other unpleasant signs of ageing less readily. However, there comes a time when even men look in the mirror and realise that no matter how well they’ve taken care of themselves, the years have finally caught up with them. Sagging cheeks, droopy jowls and loose skin beneath the chin can make a person look tired and worn.

An estimated 30% of patients are male

How can I permanently get rid of the excess hair on my back? Waxing will keep unwanted body hair at bay for a while, but for a more permanent solution laser hair removal is your best bet. A popular treatment for men at the cosmetic dermatologist’s office is “manscaping”. This procedure is not much more painful than waxing although the sensation is more like a rubber band snapping against the skin. A course of six to eight treatments may be required for permanent removal.

No matter how hard I exercise, my love handles refuse to budge. Are there any non-invasive treatment options? If a sensible eating plan and exercise regime have failed to produce desired results, it’s worth giving newly developed body contouring treatments such as Zeltiq or Zerona a shot. Both laser procedures use a low-energy “cool” laser to emulsify fat cells and help reduce stubborn fat deposits, which otherwise have proven impossible to lose. Zeltiq is milder and more suitable for spot reduction, while Zerona is good for larger areas of fat reduction. Needless to say, candidates for these procedures should have a healthy lifestyle and be fit.

I’m considering Botox to achieve a more refreshed look. What can this procedure do for me? It will come as no surprise that Botox injections are equally popular among both sexes to combat the early signs of

For individuals with mild to moderate skin sagging, or for those not keen on surgery, there is a growing trend towards non-invasive skin tightening treatments. The two most popular among these are Thermage and Ulthera. While they utilise different technologies, both aim to promote the regeneration of collagen and lift skin tissue. Thermage has been around for years and is used for tightening and gently lifting the more superficial layers of the skin, while recently developed Ulthera targets the deeper fibro-muscular layer, resulting in deep lifting. Both treatments can also be combined for overall rejuvenation of the face. As with all cosmetic dermatology treatments, a specialist can advise which procedure(s) will yield the best results.

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Beauty & Wellness Meditation in Phuket

“Buddhism” practices in the heart of a bustling city

“To practice in Buddhism simply means to apply Buddha’s teachings to your daily life.”


ne way to experience the real Phuket is to experience Thai Buddhism - for its culture and religion cannot be separated. Many Thai people spend a great deal of time at their local wat (temple or monastery), a place where people come to worship, attend sermons, seek advice on family matters, meditate, receive advise about traditional medicine or in many cases send their children for academic purposes. Thais are more than welcoming when it comes to foreigners coming to practice the teachings of Buddha. The extremely supportive environment of a good Thai wat or Buddhist practice centre provides both inspiration and an opportunity for spiritual development that is rare in the world today.


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Choosing a Wat or Buddhist’s practice centre in Phuket Wat Sapam

Wat Jareon Samanakit

Wat Sapam is the local temple for Ban Sapam, a small fishing community on the east coast of Phuket. The temple is built on a small hill overlooking Sapam Bay, with the main temple at the highest point, the monk’s rooms on the hillside and the monk’s dining hall lower down. It’s a beautiful location, and also being so peaceful is suitable for meditation. Around the interior walls of Wat Sapam you will find some very colourful paintings depicting scenes from the life of Buddha. Wat Sapam is tranquility at its very best.

Wat Jareon Samanakit sits on a hill behind Phuket Provincial Court and is divided into three levels: the top level is home to all religious buildings, the second level is the monk’s dormitory and the lower has a chapel, kitchen, visitor’s shelter and the shrine hall (or ubosot) which is where most religious ceremonies take place. This beautiful building with its triple roofs gets busy on important Buddhist days such as Buddha’s birthday and the Sart Thai Festival. Wat Jareon Samanakit is considered a holy object by Phuket residents. Over the years, the local government has also used this place as a training centre for different subjects such as culture, health and careers.

Practice Time: Daily 6.30pm - 8.30pm Location: Thepkrasattri Road, Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket

Wat Khao Rang Built long ago on the hillside of the popular Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town, Wat Khao Rang features Phuket’s original Golden sitting Buddha. The atmosphere of the temple is very peaceful and it is not a touristic attraction. Wat Khao Rang’s grounds are divided into two areas. The original building, with its numerous rooms and the sitting Buddha situated on its roof, with its back against the stunning green hillside backdrop. The new building, this stands at the long set of concrete steps decorated with the usual green Naga snakes, more quiet than the original building but with good views of a temple located across town.

Practice Time: Daily 7.00pm - 10.00pm Location: Toh Sae Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket (Behind Phuket Provincial Court)

Practice Time: Daily 6.00pm - 6.30pm Location: Khao Rang Hill, Phuket Town (take the road Soi Vachira, leading from the Vachira Hospital)

The Five Precepts of Buddhism

Practice ethics

1. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking life. 2. I undertake the training rule to abstain from taking what is not given. 3. I undertake the training rule to abstain from sexual misconduct. 4. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech. 5. I undertake the training rule to abstain from fermented drink that causes heedlessness.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Wear only white clothing. No mobile telephones. Come and go quietly. No drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of intoxicants on the premises. No smoking. No engaging in idle gossip or loud meaningless chatter. Sit in a dignified manner. Participants should, at all times, maintain a respectful demeanor.


Eat & Drink Acqua & Gaja Wines

Acqua &

Gaja Wines

Wine Tasting Dinner On the evening of Sunday 8th July 2012, Phuket’s award winning Acqua Restaurant together with Italian winery Gaja Wines and Wine & Taste Wine Importers Phuket hosted a grand Gaja Wine Tasting Dinner featuring gastronomic delights paired with a superb selection of Italy’s most revered wines. Acqua’s proprietor & Executive Chef Alessandro Frau pushed his creative culinary mind to the limit with this Wine Tasting Dinner and his 7 culinary pairings with the choice of wine was exceptional. Not only did the food

“It’s a pleasure to have been invited for this great experience. The food and wine have been fantastic and you can tell the wine is unique. The wines have been outstandingly paired with the food.” Jan Osterby

“Because I’m French, I hardly drink Italian wines, but these are fantastic. It may come with a big price tag but its great value for money.” Rudolf Borgesius General Manager Le Meridien Phuket


taste amazing but its presentation was outstanding. Chef Ales certainly did himself proud in the kitchen and also in the dining area as host of this great evening. Prior to each course Gaja Wines Michela Inghese gave diners an insight into the wines they were about to sample, what the tasters should experience upon tasting and explained why Chef Ales had chosen to pair the wines with the dishes that he had. As always, Acqua’s long standing and devout kitchen and service teams were professional and exemplary throughout and ensured that the evening was perfect and went without fault.

“I’m happy I can be here with Ales, who in my opinion is one of the best in Thailand. We at Wine & Taste are proud to have the Gaja range of wines on our portfolio because it is one of the best and most famous wines in the world.” Robert Wigman Wine & Taste Phuket

“I feel very happy to have been invited here and taste the great wine and food. It’s been a great experience.” Than

Eat & Drink Acqua & Gaja Wines

The Winery The Gaja Winery was founded by Giovanni Gaja in 1859 and has been owned and operated by five generations of the Gaja family. Giovanni Gaja was the great-grandfather of Angelo Gaja, the Winery’s current owner. In 1994, GAJA acquired its first wine estate in Tuscany, Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino. This estate produces three Brunello di Montalcino wines- including the single vineyard Sugarillefrom vineyard holdings totaling sixty five acres. In 1996 Gaja acquired a second property in Tuscany, Ca’Marcanda, located in Castagneto Carducci in Bolgheri. Of the property’s 200 acres, 150 have been planted with new vineyards: primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, as well as Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Currently, the Gaja Winery owns 250 acres of vineyards in Piedmont, located in the Barbaresco district (Barbaresco and Treiso) and the Barolo district (Serralunga d’Alba and La Morra). Since its inception, the Gaja Winery has continuously evolved in ways that have always focused on meticulous care of and attention to the quality of its wines.

The Culinary Creator Anybody who’s been in Phuket for a good length of time knows what to expect with Acqua Restaurant. Established in 2009 by Alessandro Frau, Acqua is Phuket’s best known and most loved Italian restaurant and Chef Ales is one of the most reputed chefs on the island. Acqua has won numerous awards, the most recent being the 2012 Thailand Tatler’s and Asia Tatler’s Best Italian Cuisine in Thailand, a first for an Italian restaurant here on the island. Moreover, it has been voted as having the Best Cuisine in Phuket. Acqua was the only Italian Restaurant in Thailand to receive 10 points for its cuisine, and the only restaurant in Phuket to receive 10 points. Originating from Sardinia, Chef Ales’ puts his own unique touches to some classic Sardinian dishes which are edgy yet rich in flavour. Chef Ales specialises in creating new and exciting Italian dishes which you can be sure use only the freshest of ingredients, sourced from only the best producers both local and international.


Eat & Drink Acqua & Gaja Wines

The Menu Octopus alla diavola, potato, rosemary and fava beans


Gaja Ca’Marcanda Magari 2009

Sicilian prawn served in its own juice

Magari showcases the essence

Gaja Ca’Marcanda Promis 2009


A delightful wine combining the elegance and suppleness of Merlot and Syrah with the austerity of Sangiovese.



of the upper Maremma. It’s a full, rich, well-rounded wine with an elegant, silky finish.

Wagyu Beef tagliata all Toscana and Laudemio extra virgin olive oil Brunello di Montalcino Pieve Santa Restituta 2007 This wine expresses ripe tannins, integrated acidity, rich structure and a lingering finish.

Duck liver lollipop, onion marmalade heart Sito Moresco 2010 A fruity, elegant taste; good balance in the mouth and a fresh fruity finish with very fine, silky tannins.

Lamb crusted and minted green peas


6 7 Slow cooked (15 hours) beef short rib Dagromis Barolo 2007 Solid structure and a rich softness as well as a lingering finish.


Barbaresco 2008 Long, complex finish with fine, silk-like tannins and good acidity; dense structure, full of super-ripe fruit.

Grilled Pecorino fiore Sardo DOP cheese with honey & figs Sperss 2007 Deep structure and lots of ripe tannins. Dense, massive yet seamless, this wine possesses low acidity and a terrific finish.


Eat & Drink Phuket’s Vegetarian Guide


Vegetarian Guide

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t is not unusual for Thai’s to turn vegetarian at some point in their lives. There are a large number who stop eating meat for their entire lives. However, it is more common for them to do it on a temporary basis. Most Thai’s become vegetarian or mang sa wirat in Thai, as a way of cleaning their body after being ill or sometimes as a way of improving their karma. Phuket, like most Thai cities, is a city of food and it’s not really known for its vegetarian dishes. However, if you’re one of the Westerners who’s brought your vegetarian diet with you, getting meatless meals is easier than you think. Among the chicken, beef, pork and seafood dishes, there are a number of vegetarian options for you to discover. Thai dishes, along with the people who cook them, are very adaptable for different tastes, flavours and dietary needs.


A way of improving karma When it comes to restaurants, the best or safest options for vegetarians are Indian and Chinese restaurants and the noodle shops, which can be found on nearly every street on the island. Indian restaurants have to have vegetarian dishes for their Hindu guest, whilst Chinese restaurants have Chinese Buddhist customers who also need to keep to their strict vegetarian diets. The Noodle shops are a great option as their dishes are cooked in front of you and you can tell them exactly what you want or don’t want in your meal.

Eat & Drink Phuket’s Vegetarian Guide

There are two very good Thai vegetarian restaurants in the heart of Phuket Town. Ruam Jai and Hoesan on Ranong Rd are popular and clearly labeled, serve a buffet style breakfast and lunch (both close around 4pm). Choose from different Thai-Chinese style veggies and curries to go with your steamed rice or opt for a noodle dish. The staff at both places is friendly and can point out which dishes are spicy and which are not. Meals are around 45/50 baht per person. If you really want to try out some fantastic Thai dishes which usually use meat as part of a dish, the meat can easily be removed, or substituted for tofu, egg or another vegetarian protein.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 15-23 October 2012 The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as “Ma Song”. Throughout the festival hundreds of food stalls will sell a variety of vegetarian food such as curries and sweets, noodles and more. Many restaurants will offer special vegetarian menus and many stop selling meat. Participating restaurants will fly a yellow flag showing their participation in the event.

10 RULES FOR THE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL 1. Cleanliness of bodies during the festival 2. Clean kitchen utensils and use them separately from others who do not join the festival 3. Wear white during the festival 4. Behave physically and mentally 5. No meat eating 6. No sex 7. No alcohol 8. People mourning should not attend the festival 9. Pregnant ladies should not watch any ritual 10. Ladies menstruating should not attend the ritual


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Gladness & Joy Phuket Charity

The Island’s Givers

Phuket is renowned for giving visitors enormous pleasure, not only because of its exquisite tropical setting but also because of the Thai people, who are usually pleasant and laid-back. However, for some of these people life here on Phuket is by no means easy. When you’re here, you are more than likely going to come across or see someone who appears to be in need. Beyond the largely beach-bound screen of the tourist industry - the sophisticated resorts, villas and restaurants Thai people are quite simple and in many cases quite poor. The Thai’s often easy-going nature sometimes actually hides the struggle many of them face.

campaigns or fundraising events, for Agencies or Projects they support.

Luckily for Phuket, there are a number of people here, both foreign and Thai, who will bend over backwards to try to help those people who are in need and have therefore set up charities to help those people.

In the following article, we provide you with some information on the main charities here in Phuket. If you would like to help in any way you feel appropriate, please read the information in the following pages and please contact them.

There are a now a number of charities here on the island that endeavor to raise funds, either from special


But whatever the charity, and its purpose, - all of them seek donations.

Remember, the wonderful thing is that on a small island it is really possible to make a difference.

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Phuket sunshine Village Foundation

center. Because the Lions Clubs are a multinational club and have very good worldwide connections, they managed to raise 1.1 million Euros, and with this money purchased land in Koh Sirae and officially setup the PSVF. Unfortunately, although the Lions Club had the ability to raise the funds and run the project, they realised they didn’t have the skills to run the child care center itself. Therefore, they called on Dr Supaluck from Child Watch Phuket to see if they would be

The Phuket Sunshine Village is a residential community constructed for less fortunate children in Phuket, following the Tsunami disaster in 2004. The Foundation, with support of donors from around the globe, was able to buy land in Koh Sirae, an area hit by the disaster. The Village focuses on family-based, long-term care of children. The children will experience reliable relationships, meaning they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults or until the family situation improves drastically. They assist their children to achieve a better future through developing their social skills, knowledge about Thai society and culture, teaching them about family values and responsibilities. An upbringing in a loving family-like environment with a nutritious diet and good health care are the most important aspects to ensure a better future for these children.

interested in becoming a partner in the project, to which they agreed, and Dr Supaluck is now President of the Foundation. The Foundation was fortunate to subsequently secure an agreement with the French Red Cross, who financed and managed the construction of the village buildings. The Village was completed after one year and was officially opened on the 29th June 2007 by the Governor of Phuket.

“ Franco Ferri Franco Ferri was born to German and Italian parents. He has resided in Phuket for over 12 years, is a member of the Lions Club Phuket Andaman Sea and also a member on the Board of Directors of Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation (PSVF). Phuketindex recently went to chat with him more in-depth about the Foundation. After the Tsunami in 2004 the Lions Club Phuket Andaman Sea had the idea to establish a childcare scheme and child care

This made me even more dedicated to setting up the foundation

After the tsunami occurred, there was a lot of actionism on the island. Franco tells us “Everyone wanted to do something, and lots of people were running around raising funds. Although they were successful in raising the funds, unfortunately, many were raising them for their own pockets and this is something I will never forget.” Another thing that sticks in Franco’s mind about the tsunami is visiting Koh Sirae School, which housed children affected by the tsunami, many of whom are now housed in the PSVF Village. Franco said “We went to visit the children in the school and they looked at you with their big eyes, and even after all they had been through they still managed to smile.This made me even more dedicated to setting up the foundation and


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around 500,000 Baht a year. There are also a number of powerful Australians who help; the permanent English teacher at PSVF is funded by Phuket based and Australian owned Shades Co Ltd. One of the owners raises the funds every year to pay for the teacher. There are also a number of Lions Clubs, from around the world that frequently helps. A member of a German Lions Club recently passed away, and it was his last wish that instead of buying flowers for his funeral, people should make a donation to PSVF and amazingly this raised around 6,000 Euros. Franco advises anybody who wants to hold any kind of fundraising event to help PSVF, to contact their local Rotarian or Lions club in the first instance, ensuring the event can be seen as credible and there will be control over any proceeds coming from an event. Running the Village certainly needs continuous funding; it costs no less than 500,000 Baht per month to run. PSVF have now purchased another piece of land beside the Village, which they hope will house a sports and recreational and visitors area. Plans are currently being discussed and it is estimated they will require around 5 million Baht for the project. Once the final numbers have been calculated the Foundation will go about trying to receive the donations they require.

The entire Board of directors at PSVF works on a voluntary basis and Franco himself handles all of the Foundations communications. Most of the Directors spend up to 15 hours a week dedicating their time to the foundation.

There are some very generous local organisations who offer free time and facilities to keep the children occupied in their free time. Phuket Yacht Club in Ao Yong is a fine example, as every Sunday for the past 3 years they have taken the children to the club and taught them the skills of yachting. As a result of this, one of the eldest children will travel to Holland in August and compete in an International sailing event for his age category. Franco hopes any other local organisations in the same position as Phuket Yacht Club will someday approach them and offer their time and facilities and let the children of PSVF enjoy some of the things many of us take for granted.

PSVF would love to be able to have more volunteers working for them and they frequently receive requests from foreigners wishing to volunteer their time. However, due to labour laws they’re unable to take them on. However, there are a growing number of local volunteers who come frequently to visit the children and give their time participating in numerous activities with the children.

PSVF continue to look to increase their numbers of both local and international supporters and there are many ways in which we all can help them. If you’re interested in helping this great foundation in any way you can, please make contact with them or visit their website and you can obtain all the information you need.

Luckily for PSVF they have many potential donors from outside of Thailand. A gentleman from Luxemburg who lost his wife and daughter in the tsunami set up his own foundation purely to help PSVF. From this foundation PSVF receives

Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation Phone & Fax: +66 (0) 76 252 204

helping those kids. Now I have to say this is one of the best things I’ve done in my life.”


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“They feel they have made a difference to the children’s lives”

Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation Established after the Tsunami in 2004, Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation (PHBGTUF) was set up in order to improve the economic opportunities and life chances of young people, by funding and implementing high quality, practical English language education in government schools on Phuket Island. The Foundation creates vocational opportunities by developing English skills both through formal education as well as after school and non curricula activities. The Foundation teaches English to over 860 children in two Government schools; employing qualified, fluent English-speaking teachers to provide the best possible English language education. They also run an extracurricular program, Coconut Club, for children who are orphans or whose families are not able to look after them. Each day after school and on Saturdays the children come to the club to join in sports, arts and crafts programs. The aim of the organisation is to help Thai youth become capable and confident English speakers so they can secure well paid employment in Phuket’s tourism industry.

Tina Hall Born in the UK, Tina Hall attended University in London where she took a degree in Business Studies. Tina had a career in London and Australia as an event and conference organiser.

i was amazed by the work the teachers and volunteers were doing

Almost 4 years ago Tina and her husband took a break from corporate life and visited Phuket to see if they would enjoy the lifestyle and if they could settle and call it home. Unlike her husband, who was happy to spend his time playing golf, Tina didn’t want to sit around and do nothing, so she decided to volunteer at Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation (PHBGTUF). Although she had no teaching background, she helped out in the classroom and at the Foundation’s


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Coconut Club, a club that provides after-school, weekend and inter-session experiences, for the 160 residential students of the Rachaprachnukroh School in Kamala. Tina decided to enroll in a TEFL course, “During my time as a volunteer, I was amazed by the work the teachers and volunteers were doing. The teachers run amazing classes and created excitement and fun for the children. I enrolled to understand more about what the teachers and volunteers were actually doing in the school” she said. After 6 months as a volunteer, it was Tina’s intention to return to the cooperate world in Australia. However, prior to the end of her contract Tina became aware the position of Director of Operations at PHBTUF was to become vacant. She spoke to the Director of Operations about the requirements of the role and was sure it was something she could do. She has been here ever since! Along with raising funds, another of Tina’s duties is finding volunteers. Many volunteers learn of the opportunity from people who have already volunteered themselves, and returned home and shared their experiences with others. “They will tell people how they feel they have made a difference to the children’s lives and how enjoyable the experience is” Tina said. They also do leaflet drops around the island hoping to get locals and expats interested in helping and also place ads on websites specialising in volunteer work abroad. Tina told us one of the main problems for them, and other charities here who rely on volunteers is volunteer workers


still need to have a work permit and business visa. It is an expense that comes from the Foundation’s funds. Foreigners cannot come here and do short time volunteer work, the minimum time they would have a volunteer for is 6 months. Even then, they are just getting into the job and they have to back home again. When Tina took her business degree, she did so thinking she would run her own business. She believed everything she put in and got back would be for her. However, she never run her own business and whoever she worked for always got 100% out of her. Tina told us “You end up doing this for self satisfaction, knowing you’ve done a good job. However, it’s not you that benefits, it’s the company for whom you’re working. Now I’m at the Foundation, every minute I work means a child’s education might be better than it had originally been. This job really has a meaning and is so satisfying!” Many things have happened in her time with the Foundation, but there is one story that really sticks in her mind, and it relates to the after schools Coconut Club, originally started when it was noticed school boarders weren’t moving as quickly with their education as those who went home at the end of the school day. Tina went on to tell us, “There was a young boy called Bank, he was 2 or 3 years older than the others in his class and really stood out from the others. The Thai teachers thought he was surly, a bully and trouble maker. However, our teachers could tell he was clever and wanted to work hard. When children

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in his class teased and bullied him he got very embarrassed. One night at the Coconut Club he was picked by a helper to play golf and it was noticed he had a really good swing. A short while after we held a golf tournament to raise funds, Bank was chosen to receive lessons from the golf pros and show our supporters how good he was. The following week, Bank was in class as a completely different person. He was showing the others how to play golf and explaining how he was chosen to go and represent the rest of the children. His teacher really noticed this as a big turning point for him. He gained a lot of respect from the other children and he also gained a lot self respect too.” As there’s only Tina and her small team of volunteers organising fundraising events and seeking sponsorship they’re expanding slowly. They have 5 paid teachers and 2 volunteers, and don’t have money to get more. Once they have the funds, they would like to teach in kindergarten at Kamala School, and provide other schools with free English lessons, from fluent native English speakers. If you would like to be involved with PHBGTUF, you don’t need to speak Thai or be a qualified teacher. The Foundation welcomes visitors to the afterschool programme where you can help with projects and expose the students to many different English accents. If you’re Thai and you can give one hour a week you would be helping. With regards to donations, the more money PHBGTUF raises the more teachers they can provide. If you’re interested in donating, visit their website to see how donations can be made. But at the end of the day, it’s not

only money people can donate. PHBGTUF accept all kinds of donations helping them save money, exercise books, photocopy paper, ink cartridges and stationary are things they need that cost money. Even if you’re here on holiday and want to leave something for them, you can leave anything at your hotel and the items will be collected. Anything that helps the Foundation would be very much appreciated. Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation 80/14 Moo 3 T.Kamala, A. Kathu, Phuket, 83150 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 278 146 Fax: +66 (0) 76 341 534


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ell known Thai composer, songwriter and arranger Pongprom Snitwong Na Ayuthaya decided to extend his birthday greetings to His Majesty the King with a “music and art” project, entitled “Nitarn Pandin” (“The Chronicle of the Land”). Pongprom had planned to come out with this work to mark the King’s 84th birthday anniversary last year but because of the severe flooding postponed the project.


in Chiang Mai, Pairoj Wangbon in Trat, Panya Vijinthanasarn in Sukhothai, Suriya Namwong in Chiang Rai and Kamol Tassananchalee in Bangkok. Pongprom said “I am very proud to unveil these historical art pieces inspired by H.M. the King’s devotion to his subjects and the Kingdom. We hope all 9 Land Art locations will be visited by art lovers and travellers, so all can see just why “Miracle Thailand” is an amazing land for all to enjoy”

The project is made up of two parts. The first being a song entitled “Nitarn Pandin”, which narrates the meaning of “king” or “raja” in different eras and features lyrics in ancient languages.

“My aim is for everyone to be happy with what they are doing for the King, just as the King does so much for us. Our budget was insufficient at just Bt8 million but the project has still gone ahead because I believe in miracles,” he said.

The second, entitled “Niwet Silpa” or “Land Art” features original ‘Land Art’ installations that have been created for the occasion by Tawee Ratchaneekorn here in Phuket, Sakarin Krue-on in Khon Kaen, Nopadon Viroonchatapun in Nakhon Nayok, Amrit Chusuwan in Songkhla, Thongchai Srisukprasert

In addition to the music and art, “Nitarn Pandin” is also an app on iPhone - iPad, allowing everyone to learn about the royal projects and contribute towards the land art. Simply select the location, add to the installation then share it on Facebook.

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The Chronicle of the Land No.1 By Nopadon Viroonchatapun Nopadon has employed 1,999 yellow hay stacks to form the Thai number ‘9’ which is 399 metres long and 109 metres wide. Following the exhibition, these hay stacks can be used to cover the bases of palm oil trees, which will be used to produce alternative energy in the future. Nopadon has also created a permanent shrine with a portrait of H.M. the King shaped in a Pho tree leaf surrounded by Pho tree leaf bells to contribute to the peaceful ambience of the site. Location: Royal Experimental Study Poject initiated by H.M. the King, Baan-na, Nakhon Nayok Province For more information: TAT Nakhon Nayok Office, Tel. +66 (0) 37 312 282

The Chronicle of the Land No.3 By Thongchai Srisukprasert Thongchai feels that fertile soil is vital. Therefore, Inspired by H.M The King’s Royal Soil and Water Project, he has created a work of art by digging a moat which can feed the land with water. The work represents His Majesty’s concern for Thai farmers as well as all his subjects with the rings symbolising Thai unity. Moreover, Thongchai uses the ancient Lanna flag as a sign of people’s devotion towards His Majesty. The 84 flags celebrate H.M. the king’s 84 golden years with smaller flags representing the people flying above the centre of the ring binding all together, the monarchy, the people, and the kingdom.

The Chronicle of the Land No.2 By Sakarin Krue-on As a reflection of His Majesty’s Sufficiency Economy philosophy, which emphasises close community ties, Sakarin has divided a large rice paddy area into 5 smaller fields of 1.2 metres each. Shaped in circles, their diameters range from 50-70 metres and all are intertwined (much like the Olympic rings). Each is then planted with a total of 200,000 rice plants and sugar cane, which in the future can be harvested for local consumption.

Location: Chiang Mai Art Museum, Rongwuadang, San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai Province (Currently under construction but visitors can still see the ‘Land Art’, which will become a permanent museum exhibit.) For more information: TAT Chiang Mai Office, Tel: +66 (0) 53 248 604, +66 (0) 53 248 607 or +66 (0) 53 302 500

Location: Agricultural Technology Park, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen Province For more information: TAT Khonkaen Office, Tel: +66 (0) 43 244 498-9


Gladness & Joy Creating Art & History The Chronicle of the Land No.4 By Amrit Chusuwan Amrit has created a Chaipattana Windmill replica with a diameter of 40 metres by linking thousands of light bulbs to outline its shape and cast light on Songkhla Lake. This piece was inspired by His Majesty’s composition,”The Chronicle of The Land” and offers a beautiful sight to mark the end of the day tranquility of the night. Location: Songkhla Lake, Koh Yor, in front of Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Centre 4 (Songkhla), Songkhla Province For more information: TAT Hat Yai Office, Tel: +66 (0) 74 231 055, +66 (0) 7 4238 518 or +66 (0) 74 2 43 747

The Chronicle of the Land No.5 By Pairoj Wangbon To create a better understanding of “Sufficiency Economy”, Asst. Prof. Pairoj has created his art piece using 7,000 mangrove seedlings to form a circle of dew drop shapes on a 15.8 acre coastal plot that forms part of the 4,745 acre Baan Pred Mangrove Forest, ranking second in Thailand and twenty-sixth in the world for size and ecology. Location: Ban Pred Nai Mangrove Coastal Ecosystem Study Centre, Muang, Trat Province For more information: TAT Trat Office, Tel: +66 (0) 39 597 259-60

The Chronicle of the Land No.6 By Panya Vijinthanasarn Panya has created an impressive work of art on a 3.5 acre paddy field at Jaegun Junction on National Highway 12, to pay homage to H.M. The King. The structures for 1,200 scarecrows have been placed on this field and the public is invited to join Panya in creating this work by donating clothes to dress these figures. Location: Jaegun Junction, Mueng Kao, Mueng, Sukhothai Province For more information: TAT Sukhothai Office, Tel: +6 (0) 55 616 228-9


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The Chronicle of the Land No.7 By Suriya Namwong Inspired by the “Phra Mahachanok” story, Suriya has created an art piece on a mound in Chern Tawan Dhamma Centre, Wat Pa Vimuttayalaya, Chiang Rai. Seven 80 metre rings circling a Pho tree, which symbolises Phra Mahachanok, are fed with water to symbolize the seven days he swam in the sea. For those who come to view this Land Art, they are able to meditate by walking around the art piece. Location: Cherntawan Dhamma Centre or Wat Pa Vimuttayalaya, Chiang Rai Province For more information: TAT Chiang Rai Office Tel: +66 (0) 53 717 433, +66 (0) 53 744 674-5

The Chronicle of the Land No.8 By Tawee Ratchaneekorn Inspired by the prestige of His Majesty the King that is spread everywhere in Thailand, Tawee has created an art piece in a compass-like shape, consisting of Pho leaves pointing outward in many directions. The Pho leaf is a heart-shaped leaf which represents Dhamma and the Virtues of the King. It reflects his royal speech “We shall reign with the righteousness for the welfare of Siamese”. Location: At Panta Phuket, Baan Don, Tambol Cherng Talay, Amphur Thalang, Phuket Province For more information: At Panta Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 275 002-14

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The Chronicle of the Land No.9 By Kamol Tassananchalee Inspired by H.M. the King’s Royal Rainmaking Project, the last great art work was created by Kamol by combining clouds on canvas above moving neon lights that depict rain drops falling from the sky. Kamol also buried a projector to create an atmosphere of light, colour, sound, and grace, as well retelling the stories of Royal Projects, here on the grounds of the 11th Infantry Regiment. Location: The 11th Infantry Regiment, Bang Kaen, Bangkok Province For more information: TAT Contact Center 1672

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The Pho leaf is a heart -shaped leaf which represents Dhamma and the Virtues of the King.

Tawee Rajaneekorn Awarded National Artist status in 2005, 77-year-old veteran artist Tawee Ratchaneekorn has been one of Thailand’s most idiosyncratic creators for over 50 years. A versatile artist known best for his painting, but who has also worked in drawing, print, mixed media, and sculpture, Tawee is recognised for his raw, expressive, socially critical interpretations of the modernising face of Thai society. In recognition of his service to local art, Silpakorn University is exhibiting over 200 works by the retired lecturer. Under the subtitle “Society, Sins and Hell,” the exhibition is rich with the artist’s familiar crude caricatures of the human condition, often intersected with menacing bestial metaphors.


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Project Volunteer’s Being a resort that prides itself on being a true Thai cultural retreat, which offers its guests a stay in a replica Thai village, where everything on offers is truly Thai, At Panta Phuket and their team could not resist the invitation to take part in creating and exhibiting a piece of ‘Land Art’ that would be part of the iconic ‘The Chronicle of the Land’ project. The management team of At Panta managed to gather a group of around 200 volunteers, made up of resort staff, TV representatives, local teachers and school children, members of rescue foundations, staff from AirAsia and local business people, who worked tirelessly in creating this amazing piece of ‘Land Art’ over the duration of two days.

Teerapong Soyson Baan Bang Tao School Teacher “I’m so proud to be part of this amazing project ‘The Chronicle of the Land’. I found out about the idea via a media channel and I felt that I wanted to help in my community. One of the most important things we do in our school is to teach children about social responsibility, and I always tell my students that anyone can build a good society, and that’s why I’m so glad to be here.”

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Manassawee Aeamtanwong Baan Bang Tao Student “I love The King and love my home town! This is a great fun activity for me and my friends. I hope everyone will come and visit and are as impressed with the land art as me. I have invited a lot of my family from other provinces to visit here, welcome to Phuket Ka!”

“This is one of the biggest things that’s happened in Phuket and the incredible land art has been created by the skill of a Thai national artist. We don’t only have beaches for travel but we also have a land of true natural beauty. I would recommend some get togethers at the newest viewpoint of Phuket.”

Sojirat Sibunruang ThaiPBS TV Producer “I think this Land Art is a new attraction place for Thai and foreigner travelers. This really shows original Thai culture and represents His Majesty King Bhumibol’s genius to give knowledge for development of many modern ideas, particularly in the field of modern science and public life. The role of the monarch is deeply ingrained in Thai life and the people of Thailand know that their King loves them.”


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Bridal Bouquets Where did they come from? Of all the flowers at a wedding, the bridal bouquet is probably the most important and noticed. The history of bridal bouquets dates back several hundred years, when instead of flowers, brides actually carried a bouquet made of various aromatic herbs and spices. It was believed that the scents of these bouquets had mystical powers and were used to ward off evil spirits. Over time, the herbs and spices were replaced with colourful flowers with pleasant scents and ribbons tied in a knot around them, this symbolised the bride’s purity and beauty. Originally, lilies and orchids were the most used flowers and then as time went on these were replaced with violets, azaleas and pansies. Nowadays, bridal bouquets are more of a fashion statement. Many florists develop unconventional bridal bouquets that match everything about the wedding and their choice of flowers seems to be endless. However, roses are always a popular choice. Roses are a symbol of love and affection and as bridal bouquets are now often picked to match the bridesmaid’s dresses and roses come in so many colors, it is easy to see why they are so popular.

Catching the bouquet At the end of a wedding ceremony, it’s tradition that the bride throws her bouquet into the crowd of single female guests, with the catcher being the next to marry. It is believed that by throwing the bouquet the bride is spreading her happiness onto someone else.

Types of bouquets There’s a large choice when it comes to bridal bouquets, the right bouquet adds the finishing touch to a gorgeous bride.


Nosegay: Small to medium in size and typically designed as a round cluster of flowers with minimal greenery. White or pastel flowers are more classic choices in this type of bouquet. Cascading arrangement: Popular in formal weddings and consisting of a central arrangement with flowers aggregating downward giving the appearance of a cascade. Roses and lilies are traditional used with moderate greenery. Hand-tied bouquets: Perfect for casual weddings, hand-tied bouquets can be designed in a number of ways. Arm bouquets: These arrangements look elegant and can range from simple to elaborate. Single flower: This minimalist look provides a clear focus on the beautiful bride without sacrificing the floral tradition. Pomander ball: This round, floral piece is held by ribbon rather than the traditional stems for a lovely look. Teardrops, crescents, and fans: Similar to cascades, these arrangements contain flowers and greenery created in the desired shade.

Meaning of flowers Orchids - Purity, Fertility, Wealth, Refinement Roses - Love, Romance White Calla Lily - Beauty, Innocence Lily - Chastity, Virtue Jasmine - Grace, Elegance Lily of the valley - Return of happiness, Purity of heart, Sweetness Lotus - Estranged love. Email: Website: Tel: +66 (0) 76 258 100


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Hotels & Resorts Hostels Back in Trend


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lthough some types of accommodation here in Phuket may slightly be feeling the effects of the economy crisis, and we do mean slightly, there is one accommodation type that is not feeling the effects and are actually seeing an increase in popularity and they are hostels. Everybody has their own thoughts on what they believe is a hostel. Many imagine long dark corridors and rooms full of bunk beds. However, Phuket is now seeing a number of newer, trendier hostels, making budget travel once again a pleasurable experience and these hostels often rival boutique hotels when it comes to facilities and location.

Many hostels offer private rooms, en-suites bathrooms, free internet, bars and restaurants and a unique social experience which cannot be matched by hotels. It is always most people’s belief that these hostels are just for the young gap year backpackers. However, this is definitely not the case with a growing number of families and businessmen and women checking in. Older holiday-makers also stay in hostels because they offer great city locations, at a fraction of the price of a hotel. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular in and around Phuket’s increasingly popular tourist area.

Baan Kamala This new property in the heart of Phuket’s Kamala district offers three types of accommodation for either long or short term rent, each of which is clean, light and secure.

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Baan Kamala’s 3 accommodation types are split between 2 buildings. There is a building to the rear of Baan Kamala which houses an exclusive rooftop suite, which is a 1 bedroom suite with full utilities and spacious terrace area. This building also boasts 16 spacious rooms, each with its own shower and toilet, air-con, cable TV and refrigerator. For budget travellers, the main building offers 5 dormitories, each able to sleep 6 people and each dormitory has its own toilet/shower room. Address: 74/44 Moo.3 Ban Kamala Phuket, 83150 Kamala Beach Tel: +66 (0) 76 279 053


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A chic and trendy hostel, which offers snug and friendly accommodation. 9 private double or triple rooms and 4 dormitories, all decorated in a modern boutique style. The private rooms feature a private bathroom and the dorms have either a shared bathroom or en-suite. Each accommodation offers card access & air-con and complimentary toiletries, breakfast, drinking water and Wi-FI. Address: 243/245 Talang Road, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 216 464 E-mail:

Baan Sutra Offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms; it provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Fitted with wooden furnishings, the rooms have a cable at-screen TV and refrigerator. Address: 7 Deebuk Rd, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 211 779 Mobile: +66 (0) 86 612 8866 or +66 (0) 81 893 4005 E-mail:

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Phuket346 Offers only three rooms, which are simple in design but feature all creature comforts. Each has a bathroom with shower; king sized bed, cable TV, Wi-Fi, fresh towels and bed linen. Phuket346 has 3 components: guesthouse, a cafĂŠ and an art gallery showcasing interesting Thai & Asian contemporary art. Phuket346 Address: 15 Soi Rommanee, Talang Road, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel/Fax: +66 (0) 76 258 108 Mobile: +66 (0) 86 740 2320 E-mail:


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Thalang Guest House A well-maintained Sino-Portuguese shop house with 12 standard rooms, with double or twin bed, each room has air-conditioning, cable-TV (True), free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with hot/cold shower. Address: 37 Talang Road, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 214 225 Fax: 66-76 215892 E-mail:

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Lub sbuy Guest House The newly opened guest house offers 19 rooms which are all newly built and very clean. There are standard air-conditioned rooms, standard fan rooms and dorm fan room. And you can choose mix dorm or female dorm. They also provide all facilities including private bathroom with hot water shower and shared bathrooms. Lub sbuy Guest House

Address: 183/79-80 Phang-nga Road, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 232 210 or +66 (0) 76 233 180 Fax: +66 (0) 76 23 3180 E-mail:

i Hostel Offers 6 super clean and colourful dorm types varying in size from 4 to 10 beds. All dorms feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Guests can enjoy on-site features like airport transfer, free Wi-Fi, laundry/dry cleaning service, tours and restaurant. Address: 100-395 Srisuchart Grand Ville, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 261 562


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Hotels & Resorts Hostels Back in Trend Blu Monkey Hostel Blu Monkey offers 35 rooms; it contains all the amenities and services you would expect. Guests will find Wi-Fi internet, shower, balcony/ terrace in each room, air-conditioning, Cable TV, hot water shower, towels, complimentary toiletries and drinking water. Address: 113/3 Hongyok Utit Rd, Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 8300 Tel: +66 (0) 76 212 433 Mobile: +66 (0) 84 689 2755 E-mail:

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Phuket43 Guest House 9 individually decorated rooms to suit your preference, featuring blackout drapes/curtains, city views, desk, kitchenettes, private bathroom with hot water shower and bidets, free Wi-Fi internet and complimentary breakfast. Phuket43 Guest House

Address: 43 Talang Road, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 258 127 Mobile: +66 (0) 83 280 0407 or +66 (0) 81 614 2401 E-mail:

Lard-Yai Hostel This one is cheapest hostel in Phuket Old Town and is simple, friendly and clean. The backpacker dormitory at Lard Yai has beds at very low prices which includes breakfast and Wi-Fi internet. Address: 9, Thalang Road, Tambol, Taladyai, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 255 199

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Play & Show Soccer Yard

SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS NOW A THING OF THE PAST Phuket’s Soccer 7 venues You don’t have to be in Phuket long to realise how popular football is amongst the Thai community. However, once you’ve been here a while, you realise they don’t only enjoy watching football but also playing. Until recently, almost every evening, groups of young Thai men could be found playing football in the school playgrounds or in fact any where there was an area large enough to play. However, playing football in those areas is quickly becoming a thing of the past, with a increasing number of top class soccer 7 facilities appearing all over the island. These 7 a-side artificial turf football pitches can be spotted easily in the evening with their high voltage spot lights lighting up the action and groups of men standing around waiting for their team’s time on the pitch. It has finally been realised these young men want a decent venue to play their football and these venues allow them to do just that, with the added bonus of venues offering facilities which make them not only a place to play football but a place socialise with friends both old and new. Let us introduce you to the one of the first soccer 7 venues that arrived to Phuket.


Play & Show Soccer Yard

7 Soccer Club Phuket FIFA approved 7 Soccer Club Phuket is a high quality, open air, 7 a-side football venue, which along with its pitches offers great club house style facilities. It was one of the first Soccer 7 projects to arrive to the island and is situated on a 5 rai plot of secluded land, in a private zone surrounded by nature, in the heart of Phuket City. The venue features three 7 a-side artificial turf pitches (34 x 38 meter) with “Monofilament Duotone” turf which has been imported from Europe, and is as close to natural grass as you can get, both in looks and touch. This turf also ensures player comfort and safety being softer than previous fiber turf. Whether performing sliding tackles during a game or speed drills in practice, players are better protected against skin abrasion injuries. The football field is designed and built according to FIFA Quality Concept standard which has also been used by Manchester United Football Club and Bolton Wonderers Academy. The pitches also boast an underground drainage system, allowing play to continue should there be a downpour, and spotlights surround the pitches ensuring players can play late into the night. 7 Soccer Club Phuket is also the first football venue of its type to pass FIFA 2 Star Field Test. There venue also boasts a large grandstand and plenty of seating allowing non-players to sit in comfort and watch the action. Customer Groups 1.Children and youths interested in being trained by foreign and Thai coaches. 2.Staff from the private sector including hotels, banks and local government organisations. 3.General office employees and local residents who enjoy playing football. Facilities 7 Soccer Club Phuket provides a wide range of facilities for both players and spectators including restaurant and bar, changing rooms with personal lockers and showers, large car park, wireless microphone and outdoor stereo too support organised events, benches next to the sideline, waiting area, free Wi-Fi internet and large LCD TVs. Football School 7 Soccer Academy provides many organised football activities for Phuket’s kids. They also provide lessons by professional coaches. 7 Soccer Academy is the perfect place for kids to enjoy learning to play the game alongside other kids!

Opening Times Open daily from 6:00am - 12:00am - Advanced booking is required. Prices 06:00am - 06:00pm = 1,000 Baht per hour After 06:00pm = 1,500 Baht per hour. (Special for members 1,200 Baht per hour) Address / Contact 7 Soccer Club Phuket Near Dowroong School, Chaofah Road, Vichit, Muang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 87 624 0077, +66 (0) 89 728 9665 E-mail: Facebook:

Alternative 7 a-side soccer venues in Phuket Phuket Soccer Arena Ong Sim Phai Road, Talad Yai, Muang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 83 392 2244, +66 (0) 84 899 8558 E-mail: Website: Football Island Headstart International School 41/6 Moo 5, Vichitsongkram Road, Muang, Phuket Tel: Eng +66 (0) 85 585 1133, Tha +66 (0) 80 538 8214 Website: TX Park Soccer Stadium 99/19 Moo 6, Rasada, Muang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0) 76 523 319, +66 (0) 91 034 5638 Website:


Play & Show Flying Hanuman

Flying Hanuman Testimonials I saw the Flying Hanuman brochure in my hotel and wanted to come and come and try it out. I‘ve seen the natural forest before, but seeing it from so high up in the trees is amazing, you really feel like you’re flying like a monkey between the trees. It’s a really exciting time! Anybody who visits Thailand should head for Phuket and experience Flying Hanuman; it’s an experience that you will never forget!

Mr Ibrahim - Nigeria 56

We found out about Flying Hanuman from the internet and the hotel told us that it’s really exciting and we should come and try it. It’s so crazy, I felt like a monkey! It’s the best experience ever! I really recommend this place to everybody!

Mr Denis & girlfriend Los Angeles USA

Play & Show Flying Hanuman

A very good friend of mine was here last week and recommended Flying Hanuman to me. The feeling of flying freely between these trees is great. If you read this you have to come to Flying Hanuman, it’s something you will never forget.

In-Sen Choi & girlfriend Germany Somebody at our resort told us their son had been to flying Hanuman and loved it, so they told us to come along. It’s amazing, awesome and fantastic! You really are amongst nature here and the sights and smells are incredible. I will be coming back in October and make sure I bring all my family to come and experience Flying Hanuman.

We heard about Flying Hanuman on Tripadvisor and as it says on there the experience is amazing.

Linda Kemp & Family Australia

It was so much fun and the guides make it even more enjoyable. It really is an adrenaline rush! We would recommend Flying Hanuman to anyone who comes to Phuket; it’s a once in a lifetime experience! An awesome time!

Ankur & Shreya Mathur New York USA

Skytrek Adventures Co., Ltd. 89/16 Moo 6, Soi Namtok Kathu, Wichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Thailand 83120 Enquires Tel: +66 (0) 76 32 3264-5 Fax: +6 (0) 66 76 32 3233 Reservations: +66 (0) 81 979 2332 Email:


Property & Home Décor Phuket Condo Buyer’s Guide

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PHUKET CONDO Buyer’s Guide

The Phuket condo market has expanded since the 1990’s, in line with the growth in its tourism industry. The Phuket condo market is well positioned within the island’s supporting infrastructure including world-class amenities, leisure facilities and an International Airport offering good accessibility. Many investors choose to invest in the Phuket condo market as it offers a combination of western & eastern luxury and an exotic tropical lifestyle. On the following pages, offers you a comprehensive list of condominiums for sale with price tags that suit all budgets.

dcondo Creek: July 2012

dcondo Creek The dcondo Creek project is located on an area of 8 rai on Wichit Songkram Road. The project comprises of four low-rise eight-storey buildings with a total of 806 units in two room types - 750 studio units and 56 two bedroom units. Prices Start at 1.1 Million Baht - Call 1685 dcondo Creek


Project Progress 50%

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

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Property & Home Décor Phuket Condo Buyer’s Guide

dcondo Kathu-Patong: July 2012

dcondo Kathu-Patong

dcondo Kathu-Patong dcondo Kathu-Patong is conveniently located and easy to reach. It is situated close to main facilities such as hospitals, shopping malls and schools. The project has three buildings comprising of 653 studio units. Prices Start at 1.1 Million Baht - Call 1685

Project Progress 60%

Kathu Golf Condo: July 2012

Kathu Golf Condo

Kathu Golf Condo Kathu Golf Condo is set in the heart of the scenic Kathu Valley, adjacent to the Phuket Country Club golf course! You can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area from your own private balcony which benefits from unrivalled views of the golf course, with a backdrop of lush tropical vegetation and the Kathu Mountains beyond. Prices Start at 2.2 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 84 543 5435

Project Progress 70%

Phuket Avenue Located in the heart of Phuket Town, Phuket Avenue brings a high quality condominium to Phuket Island. If you like the rhythm of life and love modern design, the units they have in their condominium are for you. Prices Start at 2.1 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 373 199 Phuket Avenue


Project Progress 100%

Property & Home DÊcor Phuket Condo Buyer’s Guide Good Condominium Good Condominium offers you tranquility from the outside & inside. The design gives you an enhanced feeling of space and with the large windows it maximizes not only the view but also the intake of natural light. Prices Start at 0.89 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 81 476 6723

Project Progress 15%

Good Condominium: July 2012

Good Condominium

Sugar Palm Suan Luang

Supalai City Resort

Supalai City Resort

Sugar Palm Suan Luang : July 2012

Sugar Palm Suan Luang A luxury condo development surrounded by nature, Sugar Palm Suan Luang project is located in Amphur Muang, Phuket. The condo building is 13 stories tall, with two stories allocated for car parking. Prices Start at 1.85 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 88 546 8899


Project Progress 5%

This modern city resort style condominium is ideally located within a short drive to Tesco Lotus on Bypass Rd, Central Festival Phuket, Big C, Homeworks, Index, and more. Prices Start at 1 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 217 299

Project Progress 100%

Property & Home Décor Phuket Condo Buyer’s Guide

Supalai Park @ Downtown Phuket

Supalai Park @ Phuket City

Supalai Park @ Downtown Phuket: July 2012

Supalai Park @ Downtown Phuket This 15-storey condominium is built on 4 rai of land near Seng-Ho Book Store. Unit spaces vary from 29.5 - 66 sqm. The condominium is designed under “Green Concept” and captures the best of both Phuket’s views and energy conservation. The condo is graced with a swimming pool, fitness center, landscaped garden, parking area, 24 hr security including CCTV, smoke & heat detectors, fire alarm, access is gained by both magnetic card & finger scanning. Price Start at 1 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 219 888

Supalai Park @ Phuket City: July 2012

Supalai Park @ Phuket City This condo features an outstanding design and residents can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Phuket from the roof garden. In addition, all facilities such as swimming pool, fitness centre, parking lots and wireless internet are provided. There are many types of rooms including 32-71 sqm rooms and 2-bedroom studios. Price Start at 1 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 218 888

Project Progress 5%

Project Progress 70%

The Base Downtown Phuket

The Base Downtown Phuket: July 2012

The Base Downtown Phuket This new 311 unit condominium project is located directly across the street from Central Festival and features one and two bedroom units. Prices Start at 1.9 Million Baht Call 1685


Project Progress 5%

Property & Home Décor Phuket Condo Buyer’s Guide

The Green Places

The Green Places: July 2012

The Green Places The Light Suanluang

The Green Places condominium offers a new community-based lifestyle in the heart of Phuket, set amidst a beautiful, hilly, natural environment. Prices Start at 1.3 Million Baht - Call +66 (0) 76 217 849

Project Progress 80%

The Light Suanluang: July 2012

The Light Suanluang The Light Condo is located in the heart of Phuket city and is close to the shopping centre, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Light is the dream of many people and will meet all your needs. All units are decorated in modern and luxurious style. Prices Start at 1.3 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 223 344

Project Progress 60%

The Square Kuku

The Square Kuku Located in Kuku in Phuket Town, The Square Condominium’s units are now on sale. The condominium offers a wide variety of unit designs and sizes, making the accommodation suitable for individuals, couples, and families. Prices Start at 1.3 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 240 030

Project Progress 100%


Property & Home DÊcor Phuket Condo Buyer’s Guide

Plus Condo 2 The Royal Place

Plus Condo 2 Plus Condo Project 2 is located on Vichitsongkram Road, Kathu District. It is one of the most exquisite condominiums in Phuket and features luxurious and stylish designs. Prices Start at 0.90 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 87 883 3945

The Royal Place Located on Bypass Road, The Royal Place offers studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. Units range in size from 30 sqm up to over 100 sqm. There are also many facilities and convenient amenities provided on this property. Home owners and residents will feel extremely comfortable living here. Prices Start at 2.3 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 304 080

Project Progress 100%

Project Progress 100%


The WIDE The WIDE condominium delivers a dream life in a paradise town. Its units offer a modern living style and design at a reasonable price. Prices Start at 1 Million Baht Call +66 (0) 76 355 700

The WIDE: July 2012


Project Progress 30%

Property & Home DĂŠcor DĂŠcor Items

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

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

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


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

Property & Home Décor Décor Items

Cozy Company

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

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

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

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

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


Shopping Phuket Souvenir

“It’s time for Souvenir Shopping!” I

f you’re here on holiday, I’m sure there are people you’re thinking about at home that you would like to buy something for to let them know where you’ve been. In fact, you will probably even want to buy something for yourself as a reminder of your time here. If you’re buying for someone else, you’re usually buying them something to let them know they were on your minds, sometimes it might even be a way of telling them you wished they were here with you. For most, a souvenir from Thailand would usually be a bargain item you’ve bartered for in markets here, the ones which are full of fake designer goods such as handbags, sunglasses or t-shirts. On the other hand, you may be one of the many had the pleasure of experiencing buying a Thai made handicraft from one of the hundreds of beach sellers which I’m sure you must have been approached by on one of the tourist beaches here in Phuket, such as Karon or Kata beach or the even more touristy Patong, where beach sellers flock the beach and walk up and down offering you their range of goods. Many tourists


have purchased small items after having fun haggling with such beach vendors. Many ending up with wooden elephants, bed covers, bandannas, sarongs, tuk tuks made out of old tin drink cans and carved soap, to name but a few. A lot of visitors to tourist attractions such as Big Buddha want to take home a replica Buddha statue or image to remind them of their visit to the attraction. Thailand has strict controls on Buddha images and what can be taken out of the country. Small Buddha images such as those sold in souvenir shops can be taken out with no hassle. However, all Buddha statues which are larger than 12cms in height must have an export permit to be allowed to be taken out of the country. There are also many shops here that are purpose-built souvenir shops. They sell Thailand made products that are hard to find in ordinary stores. Here are some of the most popular item visitors to Phuket take home as a souvenir of their time in the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’.

Shopping Phuket Souvenir

Pearls These have got to be one of the island’s best buys. Many pearl farms have been established on and around Phuket, and due to this cultured pearls sold in Phuket are both good quality and large in quantity. They are available either as a simple pearl or as items of jewelry.

Ceramics Handmade ceramic products are one of the most popular and memorable souvenirs. The quality native clay is used to make elegantly designed household articles, kitchenware and decorative items.

Batik Phuket’s Batik is designed with the makers using inspiration from the island’s natural surroundings, sea and marine life. Batik products include shirts, sarongs, skirts, bags and handkerchiefs.

Seashells Seashells are made into ornaments and items, such as necklaces, rings, bracelets, brooches, lampshades, photo frames, etc.

Cashew Nuts Cashew nuts are a local product of Phuket. Due to Phuket’s climate, cashew nuts here are often said to be better than those from anywhere else in the world. You can buy different types of cashew nut products such as roasted cashews with salt, cashew nuts fried with garlic, cashew nuts coated with chocolate, honey coated cashew nut brittle and even cashew apple juice.


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HIDDEN BEACH 1. Yanui Beach

Yanui Beach is a quiet little cove located near Nai Harn Beach and Phrom Thep Cape. It’s a beautiful little cove perfect for snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. During high season there are sun loungers for hire as well as a stand that rents out snorkeling equipment, kayaks and body boards for very reasonable prices. The sand is beautifully soft and children love to collect shells on this beach. There are a couple of restaurants here which sell great seafood and Thai dishes.

Yanui Beach

2. Banana Beach

Banana Beach is gorgeous as well as nearly abandoned. It’s occasionally known as ‘Banana Rock Beach’ or ‘Hat Hin Kluay’ and isn’t known by many locals because it’s fairly remote. Even so, it truly is among Phuket’s most sparkling jewels when it comes to beaches and contains the atmosphere of a ‘hidden beach’. The name of the beach in Thai is not really banana. It is called after the rock form located in the area which symbolizes the beach. Banana Beach is located between Bang Tao and Nai Thon Beach.


Banana Beach

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Visit Top 5 hidden beach

3. Ao Sane

Ao Sane, a small rocky beach, can be found on Nai Harn’s northern end and is one of the island’s loveliest secrets. While it is not the best beach for sunbathing, it’s one of the best for snorkeling and diving as it boasts an abundance of sites. The beach is fringed by lush, green vegetation and trees that give a nice natural shade. This 200-metre long beach has a small restaurant and a few budget bungalows. You’ll meet some visitors here but the area never gets crowded.

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Ao Sane

Paradise Beach

4. Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a beautiful little beach located just to the south of Patong. The beach, which can be no more than 100 meters in length, is set in a secluded bay with soft pale sand, surrounded with beautiful green forests and palm trees. This private bay is very clean and well maintained and is somewhere to go to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach, and to make things even better no jet skis or beach hawkers are allowed here. The water at Paradise beach is a beautiful turquoise colour and is crystal clear. Due to the fact that there are large granite rocks at both ends of the beach there is a great feeling of privacy and there is a coral reef about 100 meters from the beach, which makes for perfect snorkeling.

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Laem Ka

5. Laem Ka

Just north of Rawai beach is a small rocky bay, known as Laem Ka. Laem Ka is the only eastern-facing beach in the south of Phuket that offers good swimming and it’s a total full-on Thai experience. This sheltered, 150 metre long, boulder-framed beach is the ideal picnic spot, as from midday on it is shady and cool. For many locals it offers the opportunity to chat away Sunday afternoons while their children splash around in Laem Ka’s safe and blue waters just metres away.


Directory / Restaurant

Catch Beach Club

Baan Kalim

Come and join their delicious daily beach buffet during lunch or dinner. They offer the finest selection of salads, pizzas, pasta, shawarma, Thai food dishes, rotisserie selections, a sushi and sashimi counter and much more.

A mouthwatering and taste-bud tingling range of dining choices from Seafood, Chinese, Royal Thai cuisine, Western classic dishes to suit all tastes.

Come and experience this restaurant in Phuket, rated the best Italian food in Asia by Condé Nast Traveler, offered in an upbeat setting with authentic Italian fare.

A memorable dining experience, from traditional Italian cuisine, sophisticated international favourites, to Thai dishes with exotic tastes, textures, and style. Open for lunch and dinner.

Area: Cherng Talay Cuisine: International, Seafood and Thai Pricing (THB) Starters: 350 - 490 Mains: 500 - 1,200 Deserts: 120 - 310 Wines: 1,310 - 15,500 Hours: 09:00 - 01:00 hrs daily

Area: Kalim - Patong Cuisine: Seafood, Thai, Chinese and Western Pricing (THB) Starters: 200 Mains: 150 Deserts: 200 Wines: 800 Hours: 11:00 - 24:00 hrs daily

Area: Mai Khao Cuisine: Italian Pricing (THB) Starters: 240 - 480 Mains: 400 - 1,400 Deserts: 240 - 280 Wines: 1,650 - 28,500 Hours: 18:00 - 24:00 hrs daily

Area: Mai Khao Cuisine: Italian - Thai Pricing (THB) Starters: 190 - 395 Mains: 220 - 1,900 Deserts: 195 - 395 Hours: 09:00 - 23:00 hrs daily

Contact Twinpalms Phuket T: +66 (0) 76 316 567 E:

Contact Patong beach, Kathu, Phuket T: +66 (0) 76 618 125 E: baankalimrestaurant

The Surface


East 88 Beach Lounge

Firefly Bar

“A true ocean view the gem of Patong” Enjoy the real beauty of Patong beach from the Surface a rooftop open air restaurant & bar.

For over 20 years Savoey Seafood has been one of Phuket’s most popular seafood restaurants. Savoey is located in Patong, the most active beach in Phuket.

The East 88 Beach Lounge boasts a selection of contemporary international cuisine with some of the best club sandwiches and burgers you can find anywhere.

Unwind with a collection of cocktails and snacks and panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. For hookah lovers, a collection of premium tobacco will complement a wonderful evening.

Area: Patong Cuisine: Thai Pricing (THB) Starters: 200 - 350 Mains: 390 - 790 Deserts: 200 - 220 Wines: 1,100 - 7,800 Hours: 17:00 - 24:00 hrs daily

Area: Patong Cuisine: Seafood, Thai and Chinese Pricing (THB) Starters: 100 - 300 Mains: 300 - 1,600 Deserts: 50 - 200 Wines: 1,100 - 2,900 Hours: 10:30 - 24:00 hrs daily

Area: Rawai Cuisine: International Pricing (THB) Starters: 200 Mains: 300 Deserts: 200 Wines: 1200 Hours: 06:00 - 24:00 hrs daily

Area: Natai Pricing (THB) Foods: 200 - 330 Beverages: 150 - 295 Hours: 16:00 - 01.00 hrs daily

Contact La Flora Resort Patong 39 Thaweewong Road., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 T: +66 (0) 76 344 241 E:


Contact 136 Taweewong Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150 T: +66 (0) 76 341 171 E:

La Cucina

Contact JW Marriott Phuket 231 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83110 T: +66 (0) 76 348 300

Contact Serenity Resort & residences 14 Moo 5, Muang, Phuket 83130 T: +66 (0) 76 371 900 E:


Contact Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach Mai Khao, Talang, Phuket 83110 T: +66 (0) 76 603 699 E: www.holidayinnresort

Contact Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai 5 Moo 6, Kok Kloi, Takuathung, Phang Nga, 82140 T: +66 (0) 76 401 301 E:

Directory / Hotels & Resorts


Mom Tri’s Villa Royale

Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao Beach

Pura Vida Villas Phuket, a boutique development of three-bedroom pool villas designed for the epitome of chick tropical living. With bold, original design, luxury features including private pool and steam room, Pura Vida offers iconic luxury holiday homes just minutes from stunning beaches, golf course and the Airport.

An exceptional blend of its original elegance and traditions with a distinctly contemporary style. Renowned French designer Fredo Taffin successfully fused classic architectural symmetry with modern chic to create the ultimate in luxurious beachfront relaxation.

A boutique hotel situated on a headland overlooking the Andaman Sea and the white sand beach of Kata Noi. There are 12 types of suites to choose from, including a private pool suite or suites in the new and secluded Ocean Wing.

The most recent international hotel brand to the tranquil northwest coast of Phuket, embracing the pristine and scenic Mai Khao Beach. The hotel’s unique Thai hospitality caters for all types of travelers.

Area: Nai Yang - Nai Thon Rates Low Season THB 13,000 High Season THB 15,000 Peak Season THB 18,000

Area: Kata Rates Low Season THB 4,750++ High Season THB 9,600++ Peak Season THB 11,600++

Area: Kata Noi Rates Low Season THB 7,900++ High Season THB 12,900++ Peak Season THB 14,900++

Area: Mai Khao Rates Low Season THB 2,720++ High Season THB 3,995++ Peak Season THB 5,992++

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 510 160 F: +66 (0) 76 510 163 E:

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 330 015-7 F: +66 (0) 76 330 561 E:

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 333 568 F: +66 (0) 76 333 001 E:

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 603 699 F: +66 (0) 76 603 555 E: www.holidayinnresort

Maikhao Dream Villa Resort & Spa, Phuket

Holiday Inn Resort, Patong

La Flora Resort Patong

Maikhao Dream Resort & Spa, Natai

22 exquisite pool villas in a romantic tropical setting on popular Phuket Island. Nestled on the northwest coast of the Island, it blends in perfectly with Phuket’s natural beauty.

An oasis in the middle of Patong and is within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and night life and just steps away from the beach.

A modern unique style. It is only the boutique resort in the central Patong Beach area that offers pool villas. This trendy resort showcases a high-end lifestyle,complete with two sparkling swimming pools,stylishly

An intimate 56-room Resort featuring deluxe pool or sea view rooms, and spacious 2-storey duplexes. Elegantly designed to reflect traditional Thai architecture and décor.

Area: Mai Khao Rates Low Season THB 36,000++ High Season THB 40,500++ Peak Season THB 58,500++

Area: Patong Rates Low Season THB 5,200++ High Season THB 6,900++ Peak Season THB 7,700++

Area: Patong Rates Low Season THB 6,600++ High Season THB 9,700++ Peak Season THB 12,000++

Area: Natai Rates Low Season THB 8,280++ High Season THB 11,160++ Peak Season THB 13,320++

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 371 371 F: +66 (0) 76 371 372 E: maikhaorsvn

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 370 200, +66 (0) 76 349 991-2 F: +66 (0) 76 349 999 E:

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 344 241 F: +66 (0) 76 344 251 E:

Contact T: +66 (0) 76 401 301, +66 (0) 76 401 301 F: +66 (0) 76 401 305 E:

Pura Vida Villas Phuket


“follow the lady in the pool” Cool food – Cool drinks - Cool sounds - Cool vibes

14 Moo 5 Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130 Thailand Tel. +66 (0)76 371 900 E-mail:

2km south of Chalong circle. Just follow the lady in the pool

STAY RELAXED @ TERRAZZO! Located opposite the beach on Patong Beach Road, Terrazzo (part of Holiday Inn Resort Phuket) is the ultimate place to sit back, relax and watch the crazy world pass by in Patong. Enjoy great food from the open kitchen, great cocktails at the bar & terrace and great service from all our friendly staff! Authentic Italian cuisine at great value prices: hand made pasta, wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood, imported steaks and all time favorite Italian classics, served 11am to 11pm every day. Classic cocktails, fresh fruit creations and ice cold beers are the order of the day at the bar. Happy Hour is 4pm to 6pm every day, making this the ideal place to kick-start your evening! Give us a call, check us out on TripAdvisor or just walk on in! Terrazzo Ristorante Bar, 52 Thaweewong Road (Beach Road), Patong, Phuket, Tel: +66 (0) 7637 0200

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