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In contemporary Thailand, Buddhism is the state religion of the country, and according to the most recent census, approximately 94% of the 63 million Thais are Buddhist.


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We also touch on another issue which is of great importance to a large number of Thais, health. Read about the Thai form of Tai Chi, Dao De Xin Xi, which is medically proved to be of health benefits to the Thai elderly, and a unique Thai dietary supplement which is about to take the worldwide web by storm, Dokudami.


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In this issue of we touch on some of the most important issues when it comes to Thais and Buddhism, Morning Alms Giving & Buddhist Teachings.


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For Thais, being Buddhist is more a way of life than other religions. They don’t see the Buddha as a God but rather as a real person who reached enlightenment through meditation and leading a good life. When they pray, or pay respect to his image, they are promising him that they will do their best to be good.






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Aswin Wattanapramote President Prolac (Thailand) Co., Ltd

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Auto & Marine 14


Minibus & Driver Rental The Best Travel Option for Big Groups

Arts & Culture 18

The Ancient Tradition of Morning Alms Giving

Beauty & Wellness 22



Dao De Xin Xi - Proved to be of Benefit to Thai Elderly


Wellness House Naturopathic Guided

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Honeymoon & Weddings 64


Chef Talk with Dietmar Spitzer

Gladness & Joy

Hotels & Resorts 66

The best place to get close to nature


Tzu Chi Foundation

Property & Home DĂŠcor


Pra Sukun - Bringing Buddhist


AEC 2015 - What does the future hold

Teachings to the People


Tropical Luxury - Recommended Items

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Thai weddings - One of the most romantic in the world

Detox Center

Eat & Drink

Wat Directory

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Auto & Marine Minibus & Driver Rental

Minibus & Driver Rental The Best Travel Option for Large Groups


he island of Phuket is by no means small when compared to other islands in Thailand and there are many attractions for you to visit whilst you’re here. There are possibly some destinations you would also like to visit which are actually off the island. If you’re already here or are coming to Phuket as part of a large family or group, you may be wondering what the simplest and best way is of getting you all around, as a group, to visit these places. Unfortunately, Phuket’s public transport is very limited and taxis and tuk-tuks are usually an expensive option. The simplest, most convenient and comfortable way for large groups to sightsee in and around Phuket is to hire a chauffeur driven minibus for the day. This option is often similar to hiring a car and driving yourself, but saves you the potential problems of driving yourself


around a foreign country which you are unfamiliar with. You’ll also be able to relax and enjoy the scenery in air-conditioned comfort. All you have to do is decide where you want to visit and then let the driver work out the route. More than often, the driver will also recommend other places of interest for you to visit and act as a tour guide. There are only positives when it comes to hiring a minibus & driver and the main reasons are:

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Private - The minibus is for your group and your group only. Comfort - Phuket is a hot place and the roads are at times quite congested. An air-conditioned minibus, complete with luxury seating and on-board entertainment, makes things so much more enjoyable and comfortable. Speed - No pick up times or waiting - when you’re ready so are the drivers. Safety - Unlike many of the illegal (black plate) taxis that operate on the island, you can be sure you can travel safely in the knowledge that the driver is licensed and has full insurance for the vehicle and its passengers.

Minibus - Rental Prices & Service Options The service is divided into 2 types 1.

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What the price includes English speaking driver Petrol Full insurance Airport parking fee (should you wish to use for airport transfers) Cancellation terms & conditions: No show and cancellations made morning of departure will be charged at 25% of the pre-agreed rate.

The Vehicle When it comes to the type of vehicles available for rent, the most popular vehicle used by the rental companies here on the island, due to its fuel efficiency, is the Toyota HiAce Commuter D4D. The vehicles are all kept in first class condition and are usually no more than 2 years old. As a passenger, your ride will be very smooth and you also have no need to worry when it comes to safety. In-car facilities include Flat Panel LCD Monitor, CD-DVD System, Individual reclining seats with head rests and individual air condition.


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Services groups Minibus & driver rentals services are ideal for large families, large groups of friends, corporate events & meetings and weddings and other large scale events.

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Art & Culture The Ancient Tradition of Morning Alms-giving

The Ancient Tradition of

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“The act of giving alms to monks has been practiced by Buddhists for thousands of years. It’s associated with Buddhists belief that doing good things will bring peace and happiness to their lives.

Phra-kru Sukun Techatammoh from Wat Tha Rue Phuket tells us more about this ancient tradition:

There are many ways in which Buddhists can make merit and these include giving alms, living life according to Buddha’s teachings and praying.

n Theravada Buddhist societies, every morning at around 6am, monks gather their alms bowls and drums are beaten to wake local people to notify them the monks are coming. The monks then walk through their neighborhood collecting the food they will eat for the day.


Art & Culture The Ancient Tradition of Morning Alms-giving Alms giving is a common practice and is usually done at the break of dawn, when Buddhist monks begin their alms rounds. Locals will prepare food, or have water, and wait for the monks to approach them with their alms bowls. It is important to note, women are prohibited from any physical contact with a monk -regardless of her age, nationality or religion. All female alms donors must take care not to touch a monk when she is offering food to him. Once the food or water has been placed inside the bowl, the monk will place the lid back on his alms bowl and recite a prayer as a blessing to his donor, after which the merit-making will be considered as officially over.

Sukundacha Phra-kru Sukun e Phuket from Wat Tha Ru

Buddhists give alms for a number of reasons; one example is in honour of deceased loved ones, the belief is they will not have to suffer from famine in the afterlife. The common rule when making merit is to ensure the mind is purified. Only after that state has been accomplished will the Buddhist proverb ‘do good and good will come unto you’ ring true.�


Art & Culture The Ancient Tradition of Morning Alms-giving

Why Give Alms? Buddhists offer alms to monks so they can sustain themselves. At the same time, it’s also a way to practice giving and letting go. When a monk has food to nourish his body and mind, he will have energy to go about his day. The main duties are studying, spreading Buddha’s teachings and practicing meditation to purify the mind.

Meditation is a combination of mindfulness and concentration. Regular practice leads to wisdom. After years of practice, the monks share their understanding with the community, which is looking for guidelines on how to lead a happy and peaceful life.

Alms-Giving Beliefs Thai Buddhists believe in rebirth, which means the spirit lives on after the body has died. After the spirit has left the human body, it’s instantly reborn into another living form – as a human being, animal or angel, for example. Thai Buddhists often offer food to monks after a family member or friend has passed away because they believe their spirits receive the food. As a result, many people offer food their loved ones liked. In addition, most Thai Buddhists make a wish before offering food to monks. Many Thais also wish for wealth, good health & happiness.

How to Benefit From Alms Giving It’s important to have good intentions whenever you offer alms, and the money put towards alms giving should be earned in an honest way. In order to benefit the most from alms giving, the donor should be joyful before, during and after the offering.

Thai Buddhists make a wish before offering food to monks Always give alms of your own free will. It’s not important how much you offer, it’s your intentions that matter. Only offer what you’re able to give and feel comfortable with. Certain people give in to social pressures and end up offering more than they really can afford - this won’t do you any good.


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Beauty & Wellness Dokudami Interview

dokudami Immunomodulatory herbal extraction for suppotive treatment of cancer, viral infection, autoimmune and severe chronic disease

“Dokudami is a natural dietary supplement, and one bottle consists of approximately 330 ml of active herbal extract. The main ingredients of the product are: Houttuynia cordata thumb extract 99.3% and sugar cane powder 0.7%. Artificial flavourings and preservative are not present in the preparation. The normal daily dosage is 5-15 ml before meals and at bed time. Once opened, Dokudami should be kept in the fridge with its lid tightly closed” he advised.


s the popularity and user base of Dokudami has grown in Thailand, a significant degree of international recognition has developed for not only Dokudami, as a unique dietary supplement, but also for Thailand’s main producer of Dokudami, Aswin Wattanapramote, as an innovative corporate leader. To date, Dokudami has been distributed primarily in Thailand through 400 outlets, with 120,000 users who also promote the products in their local areas. Annual sales are 3 million-plus units per year. Prolac (Thailand) Co., Ltd is an eight-year-old company that has annual revenues exceeding US$55 million. The company has an annual net growth in excess of 25 percent.


“When we honor the earth we honor our essential health.” Benefits:

The herbal components of Dokudami can promote overall body health and balance and have the following properties.

Prolac International Corp.’s management believes the benefits of Dokudami should be shared with people throughout the world. In order to achieve that goal, on November 6, 2011, Prolac (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the producer of Dokudami, granted Prolac International Corp. an exclusive license to market Dokudami and all of the related natural products that are developed and produced by Prolac (Thailand) Co., Ltd., on a global basis outside of Thailand.

• • • • recently met with “Aswin Wattanapramote” President of Prolac Thailand and Founder of Dokudami. We spoke to Aswin to find out more about why Dokudomi is a miracle health product...

Our herbal ingredients are processed in an anaerobic process (meaning in the absence of air) that retains the proactive essence of the plant prior to fermentation. This special process stimulates the “probiotic response”.

Increases energy Antibacterial and antiviral activity Anti-inflammatory activity Improves immune defense mechanisms


Beauty & Wellness Dokudami Interview

Sustainable Farming for a Sustainable World: Our farm in Thailand’s Lopburi Province is the central growing center for the natural herbs and plants that are used in Dokudami liquid supplements. Chainarai Farm has been set up both as a center for teaching sustainable farming methods to Thai farmers and as an innovative center for biosynergistic farming methods. Over 30 different herbs are grown on the land. The cultivation process uses all sustainable methods, with an emphasis on keeping the land and wildlife in a natural state. Patches of forest break up the growing fields, and many of the herbs for the Dokudami mixture are harvested in these wild terrains throughout the year.

Aswin Wattanapramote President of Prolac Thailand and Founder of Dokudami

Friends telling friends - That’s how many people begin the life-changing journey with Dokudami. As a natural herbal liquid supplement Dokudami helps bring your body into balance. We believe that good health is the foundation for a good life. “A TEASPOON IN THE MORNING AND 1 TEASPOON BEFORE BED helps to restore HIV patient’s health.” HIV and Cancer are heartbreaking diseases with a high impact not only on patients but their loved ones. Patients who use Dokudami often experience more robust health during routine prescribed treatments for diseases like HIV, cancer, and diabetes. Some effects are as follows: • Helps maintain patients’ general immunity and overall vitality during chemotherapy treatments. • Has successfully killed HeLA cancer cells in vitro trials. • Has raised CD4 numbers in HIV patients after sustained use. • The Dokudami donation programs with HIV patients have helped restore health to many users.


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This program is endorsed by Dr. Somsong Rugpao. MD, former Director General Medical Science Dept/ Communicable Diseases Control Dept in Thailand.

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Philanthropy: If each person would do one small act of kindness every day, our world would be a different place. Prolac International’s core ethic is to improve people’s lives in large and small ways. Our ongoing philanthropy programs are central to how we share with the world. Over half a million people in Thailand are living with HIV. The Dokudami Donation Program has been active since 2005. The focus is patients with extreme diseases and HIV/AIDS. Our outreach has included treatment programs at Plapak Hospital in Nakornphanom Province.

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Best Enterprise 2012 and Best Manager of The year 2012 Europe Business Assemble, London, UK.

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Awards: Prolac International continues to break ground with awards for our outstanding service, commercial distinction and humanitarian efforts. Here a just a handful of some of the awards which Prolac International have won to date.

The Asia Pacific Best City Business Leader Supreme Award 2009 awarded by The Asia Pacific Best City Forum (ESCAP) Bangkok, Thailand.

The Majestic Five Continents Award for Commercial Prestige 2011 Otherways Management Association, Rome, Italy.


Golden Europe Award for Quality and Excellence 2011 Otherways management Association, Paris, France.

Star Award for Quality and Management 2012 Business Innitiative Direction Club, Geneva, Switzerland.

Rakang Thong Award Best Person of The Year 2012 Brodcaster and Journalist’s Assembly of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

Sing Thong Award 2012 Leadership for Good Governance His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Kamthon Sindhvananda, Bangkok, Thailand

Beauty & Wellness Dokudami Interview

website do so in the same way as purchasing any product online, with the product being shipped directly to their required destination. However, purchasers are offered the additional choice of joining the website’s one tier referral program. Once signed up to this program, members can enter the email details of a referral, who will then be sent a link to the sign up page. Once that referral has signed up to the program and starts to make purchases, the referrer will be rewarded for each purchase made. Although not a high paying referral program, Daniel firmly believes that anyone who can refer 10-15 people, who then go on to purchase the product will be able to get their product for free.

E-commerce Taking Dokudami to a wider market Sales of Dokudami have, until now, been gained in Thailand purely via multi-level marketing (mlm). However, as part of Prolac (Thailand) Co Ltd’s desire to market their product to a global market they have now extended their marketing platform to cover e-commerce, and have appointed Belgian born entrepreneur Daniel van den Enden as Director of e-commerce.

52 year Daniel studied industrial engineering up until the age of 22, when he then started his own venture in the music business, organizing concerts for the likes of Tina Turner and Fats Domino. After several successful business ventures, in Daniel van den Enden - Director of e-commerce 1992, when he was first came to be based in Thailand, Daniel met Prolac As previously mentioned, Thailand has been the main customer (Thailand) Co., Ltd’s MD Aswin Wattanapramote, whom he base of Prolac’s products. However, with the release of the did business with for a number of years, before setting off website, which will soon be available in 5 languages, and on another business venture. the referral program, it is hoped the customer base will grow significantly, especially throughout Asian countries, which Daniel It was earlier this year that Daniel reconnected believes are the main and biggest market for the products, with Khun Aswin, found out about Dokudami, more so Japan, where the main ingredient for Dokudami originates. and decided it was a venture he would like to be involved with. It was For Daniel, his main challenges are firstly getting people to Daniels’s proposal to Khun Aswin to believe in the company, and secondly ensuring people are able join together and start up the e-comto find Dokudami via search engines, both of which he realizes merce side of Prolac (Thailand) and will take a little time. bring Dokudami to a wider market. Daniel believes with Phuket being one of the world’s best health and wellness destinations, there was no better place to startup this side of the business than here, and his first task was to set up the company website, something which was never done in Prolac’s previous 10 years in operation. Having established the website, it is now Daniels task to start to get the required hits to the website. Daniel believes that one of the main ways of getting the hits, rather than just waiting and hoping people will come across the website, is to offer people an online referral program. People who purchase products via the

With regards to targets, within a year Daniel hopes they should be selling 1,000 bottles per month via the website, something which he is sure they can reach once consumers are aware of the many benefits of Dokudami. For more information Prolac (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 279 M.9 Tambon Umong, Muang, Lampoon 51150 Tel: +66 (0) 84 177 5979 Skype: aswinprolac Email: Website: Buy online at



Beauty & Wellness Dao De Xin Xi

Dao De Xin Xi Proved to be of benefit to Thai elderly


dvances in medical technology have led to a longer living population, which additionally results in an increased number of elderly people. Elderly people are faced with many health problems contributed from physical decline. Falls are recognized as the most common and major health problem among the elderly, and falls are the leading cause of major injuries such as fractures and head traumas. Falls are the cause of around 70% of accidental death in people aged 75 and older, and falls result with

psychological traumas such as a loss of self confidence and fears of more falls. Put all of these factors together leads to a functional decline in daily activities and a low quality of life for the elderly. A number of studies have been performed to determine causes, risk factors, and intervention to prevent falls among the elderly. Exercises and other forms of physical activity; such as swimming, yoga, walking, jogging, aerobic and Tai Chi Chaun, are recommended to prevent falls. Tai Chi Chaun or Tai Chi (TCC, TC) was originally developed in China and is a slow and graceful Chinese exercise that includes a form of mindfulness meditation. TCC consists of series of individual movements linked together in a continuous manner that flow smoothly from one movement to another. TCC is now used worldwide for health benefits. Now in western cultures, TCC has been modified in different forms. Long forms of TCC, which often use at least108 movements, is a lot more difficult for elderly people to learn than short forms which consist of 8–13 movements. Short forms of TCC are much easier to learn than the original form and are becoming better known and more popular in urban and city areas. Thailand has developed its own form of TCC exercise, known amongst Thais as Dao De Xin Xi.


Beauty & Wellness Dao De Xin Xi

Dao De Xin Xi was created in Bangkok in 1998. Dao De Xin Xi is a modified short form of TCC which uses 9 selected movements believed to have health benefits for 9 physiological systems in the body such as the cardiovascular system, digestive system, respiratory system etc. Dao De Xin Xi is a lot easier to perform than the original TCC; it is also softer and gentler and flows more slowly in a repetitive left to right circular manner. Deep breathing and mental concentration are also required when participating in this exercise form. In addition, each of the movement of Dao De Xin Xi is performed simultaneously with Thai versions of 9 easy-listening Chinese songs which feature a Dao Xin melody arranged in.

Elderly people are faced with many health problems


Beauty & Wellness Dao De Xin Xi

The meaning and theme of all 9 songs are about mercy of mankind according to philosophical aspects, mentioned to improve mental functions by meditative effects. Today, Dao De Xin Xi exercise is now well-known in almost all provinces in Thailand, nowhere more so than here in Phuket, which has now formed the Phuket Dao De Xin Xi Association and counts more than 500 members on the island alone. Many of the members of the Phuket Dao De Xin Xi Association told us of how they are benefitting from this exercise with improved health and well being.

Dr. Wethanee Karnkorkul

Dao De Xin Xi is marvelous and has so many health benefits. I really like meditation but when practicing Dao De Xin Xi, we get meditation and so much more. It has been proved that if we are in a good and relaxed state of mind, you will automatically feel a sense a natural power. When I am doing Dao De Xin Xi I can really feel the blood circulating around my body. If teenagers can be educated in Dao De Xin Xi and its benefits it would be great. Dr. Wethanee Karnkorkul Sopin Koaysomboon

I would encourage everyone to practice Dao De Xin Xi. It’s a wonderful form of exercise that is not only good for you physically; it also sharpens your mind, gives you grace and a sense of purpose. To be honest, since I have been participating it has kept me sane. One of the things I really like about Dao De Xin Xi is that it teaches you to have a good heart and not to be narrow-minded. If you are narrow minded this usually means that you are only concerned about yourself and your family. Now we must change to help the society Sopin Koaysomboon


Beauty & Wellness Dao De Xin Xi

I have previously enjoyed doing exercise such as swimming, jogging and yoga. However, recently I have found this to be too excessive for me. I was recommended Dao De Xin Xi by a friend, and I have to say it has changed my life dramatically. Vichitra Vinyupradit

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Dao De Xin Xi is a great thing for the public to practice, and once they have learnt the movements and have practiced for a while they can apply it to their everyday life and can practice anywhere. Those who practice Dao De Xin Xi can see the advantages of it after a very short period of time.

Vichitra Vinyupradit, Nantinee Kerdwongbundit

Nantinee Kerdwongbundit

In 2011, the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok performed a 12 week study to evaluate the effects of 12-weeks of Dao De Xin Xi exercise on balance and the quality of life of some of Thailand’s elderly. A number of healthy Thai elderly women over the age of 60, either patients or workers in the hospital were recruited to participate in 60-minute Dao De Xin Xi exercise classes, 3 times per week for 12 weeks.

• Significant improvements were also found in 4 domains of quality of life, including physical health, psychological, social relationship and environment.

Most participants had dyslipidemia and hypertension which could be improved or maintained by medications. However, no walking aid was required by any of the participants. 14.3% of the participants had suffered a fall in the 6 months prior to the study. 50% of the participants wore glasses and 35.7% of the participants performed other forms of exercise such as tennis, jogging, aerobics, and swimming.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Phramongkutklao Hospital has adopted Dao De Xin Xi exercise for patients since 2006.

At the start of the study and at the end of the 12 weeks, participants were tested for their static balance (Single-Leg Stance Timed Test with eyes open and close) and dynamic balance (Expanded Timed Up and Go Test). Their quality of life was also measured using the abbreviated Thai version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire. In January 2012 the results of the study were released and the findings were as follows: • Static and dynamic balance improved significantly after a 12-week of Dao De Xin Xi exercises. • An increase in the SLST-test with eyes closed after the exercise, with significant difference found only for the left leg SLST-test. • Dao De Xin Xi exercise significantly improved dynamic balance.

Their conclusion was: 60-minutes of Dao De Xin Xi exercise, 3 times per week for 12 weeks may help Thai elderly female participants improve both static, dynamic balance, and quality of life.

Here are just a few of the places you will find growing numbers ofPhuket’s elderly practicing this amazing exercise Suan Luang Rama 9 (Monday - Friday 6.30 am - 8.30 am) Address: Chaofah Road, Tambol Taladnua, Amphur Muang, Phuket Contact Person: Wethanee Karnkorkul Tel: +66 (0) 81 979 0451 Queen Sirikit Park Phuket (Monday - Friday 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm) Address: Near TAT Phuket office, Thalang Road, Tambol Taladyai, Amphur Muang, Phuket Contact Person: Sopin Koaysomboon Tel: +66 (0) 81 691 9327 Taosin Thalang Club (Monday - Friday 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm) Address 2nd floor, Tessabaan Thalang Market, Tambol Thepkasattri, Amphur Thalang, Phuket Contact Person: Junya Jinasena Tel: +66 (0) 89 652 0041


Beauty & Wellness Chiropractic

Wellness House Naturopathic Guided Detox Center


est of Friendship Beach, close to the southernmost tip of Phuket lies the Wellness House & Living Food Cafe. They are the home and workplace for Dr. Richard Cracknell, a unique complementary medicine practitioner and for over forty years specializing in ‘Body Work and Chiropractic Care’. Dr.Cracknell integrates modern scientific advances of conventional medicine with traditional healing arts and a holistic approach to provide you with the highest quality solutions to your health needs. His services are primarily oriented towards those looking to improve overall health and prevent disease. As a health care professional in touch with the latest concepts of healing, he can offer new insights and hope to patients suffering from chronic disease; offering different therapies along with other complementary modalities that help you attain radiant health.

Dr. Richard Cracknell


In 1991, after spending many years in Hawaii as a building contractor, Dr Cracknell moved to Lamphun in northern Thailand to teach English. After two years, he moved to Kata in Phuket where he started his Chiropractor practice and worked for many years as a chiropractor, acupuncturist and general health healer. Two years ago he established the Wellness House and more recently The Living Food CafĂŠ came about from him wanting to make good food for himself and his guests, and teach others how to do the same. He now makes his living in Phuket healing those who come to him, and providing counsel to those in need of it. He hosts people from around the world who come for natural detox and healing sessions. Some people stay for a day, some stay for a week. They all come out healthier, and appreciative of the help they received.

Beauty & Wellness Chiropractic

Pain Relief Treatments Chiropractic Care (spinal adjustments relieving nerve impingements) is one of the foremost pain relieving therapies for neck, back, shoulder, leg and body pain.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing technique that incorporates the insertion of needles in specific points of the body to bring balance to the system. Acupuncture can be used to treat pain very successfully. Acupuncture can also be used for other health issues including colds and flu, insomnia, fatigue, allergies, menopause, PMS and much more.

Crainio-Sacral alignment and balancing addresses many pain syndromes including migraine headaches.

Homeopathic Remedies; specific mixtures have been created to address many pain syndromes including arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, frozen shoulder, tendonitis and much more. These remedies greatly enhance the physiological healing mechanisms of the body. The results often seem miraculous.


Fasting & Detoxing Our bodies have the innate ability to eliminate wastes, but sometimes it is hard to properly get rid of these stored toxins. This is either due to nutritional deficiencies or poor organ function. Wellness House will set up a personalized detox program for each individual. These programs help you stimulate and support your body’s natural detoxification processes. Supplements and treatment strategies are chosen based on the individual’s health history, your personal goals for this detox and the period that you will participate (number of days/ weeks).

Raw Food Detox (by the day) • Accommodations - only four rooms, occupancy is limited • Breakfast - Jaogulan Tea and Fruit Salad • 2 Raw / Living food Meals off the menu daily (lunch and dinner) • 2 juice (carrot, celery, apple) or coconut water daily • 2 fruit smoothies (frozen fruit and coconut water) daily • Organic, vegan, live food, gourmet meals at our Living Food Cafe • morning Yoga classes • daily reflexology - foot massage • Raw Food Prep Classes, every Thursday (learn how to make fabulous, delicious, live food meals, juices, breads & more!) • Access to the pool, • infrared saunas,

Michael Arbinge I live in Sweden and I have a recurring problem with my neck & my back. I often come to Phuket on holiday and after the long flight the problem always comes back. It was about 3 years ago that a friend of mine recommended Dr Richard to me and I always come to him if I have a problem. I am very confident and have a lot of trust in Richard as he has many years of experience behind him.

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“Living Food Cafe”

the only Raw Food Restaurant in Phuket Living Food Cafe is a haven in Phuket, Thailand for those looking for delicious fresh imaginative Raw Vegan Cuisine. They also offer fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, wheatgrass juice, and delicious tonics. They use organic as much as they can get it. All the produce is washed in pure water with ozone to insure its cleanliness. They dehydrate their own fruits, vegetables and other ingredients to add to their gourmet recipes. Lunch or dinner at Living Food Cafe is a pleasure and a feast for all of the senses. The reasons why Richard started a raw food restaurant are simple. Firstly it was to feed him, secondly to feed the clients in his detox programs, and lastly to offer the public an alternative to the unhealthy food that is easily available. Ideally offering people the tools for continued optimal health. The Living Food Café was conceptualized as an addition to the Wellness House Detox program and Dr Richard’s kitchen. Walk into the Living Food Café and take a look at the menu and you will see a number of dishes that you would see on any menu anywhere in Phuket: spaghetti, lasagna, burgers etc. When creating the menu the focus was kept on Dr Richard’s emotional attachment to food. The foods at Living Food Café respond to the visual taste, smell and kinetic. As an example, you pick up


your burger here in the same way you would pick up a burger anywhere. This ensures that your emotional attachment is satisfied while you eat healthy, living food full of enzymes, minerals and vitamins. For those of you who have not yet experienced in the benefits of Raw/Living Food the best introduction is to come and try it for yourself. Their café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Lunch daily and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Dinner Wed thru Sunday.

As a Holistic healer, The Living Food Café was an inevitable step. There are so many people with health challenges that are caused by what is at the ‘end of their fork.’ The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ is so very true. For me providing an alternative was necessary. As Hippocrates wrote ‘Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.

Dr Richard Cracknell

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Eat & Drink Chef Talk


Chef Talk


Spitzer D

ining inside the popular JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has gotten a little hotter with the addition of new executive chef 43 year old, Austrian born Dietmar Spitzer. Dietmar arrived on the island three months ago and prior to this he served as executive chef of the 2011 Best Newly Opened Hotel, the Ritz Carlton Shanghai Pundong, where it was his role to open and manage the hotel’s kitchen operations and culinary enterprises. His previous roles have taken him across continents, into the kitchens of some world-class properties.

Dietmar Spitzer Executive Chef JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

The most important thing is the taste

From a very early age Dietmar knew he wanted to become a chef. His father, although not a professional, was a great cook and Dietmar believes this is where he gained his great interest in cooking. At the age of 13, his father got him a placement in a Michelin starred restaurant in his hometown and this was where his culinary journey begun. Nobody could be more passionate about their job, or food, than Dietmar, and every day he continues to fulfill his dream and passion creating food. Dietmar recently took some time out to speak to about his role as executive chef of JW Marriot Resort & Spa and to share some of his culinary secrets with us.


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to set menus which are focused on our Asian clientele, and when we have mostly Westerners I have to adapt the menu for them.

What is your food philosophy? Well my personal food philosophy is very simple. You buy good ingredients, you cook them as fresh as is possible, and you create something beautiful for the plate. I’m not a chef who is into fusion cooking, I believe in very good basic food, which uses the best ingredients possible.

If there was one dish you could, but have never been able to put on a menu what would it be?

What changes will you make now you’re here? Well the changes have already started, and in the three months I’ve already been here we have completely changed the menus in all our outlets, and now we’re working on setting up some new chef promotions for the coming high season. I’ve already arranged for my old Japanese Chef from the Ritz Carlton to come over in January to do a 10 day promotion. We also have a very special local lady, a brilliant chef, who comes in and prepares food which is all made from ingredients picked from the rainforest 2 days before the dinner, and this is Thai food as it was 250 years ago. I’m really excited about this promotion as when I first arrived she came here and cooked dinner for us and for me, even being an executive chef, it was absolutely mind-blowing, and we were still talking about it one week after. We have already held the first dinner with her and we will now have one every month. It’s not a cheap dinner, but it is a unique dining experience which any big food lover really should come and try. Chef’s Tables will start in November. They will be held in one restaurant per week, and will feature a special menu which will be prepared for a limited number of 10 guests.

What are the main challenges you face when implementing a new menu or dish? Changes are difficult for anyone in any situation in life. However, in my opinion a lot of it has to do with training and how well you are prepared for the changes. As mentioned before, I have changed the menus in all our outlets and we had no issues when implementing them. I work well ahead of time, and everything that needs to be done is done ahead of time. One of the most important things for me is that not only the chefs, but also the serving staff have full knowledge of what they are selling. Therefore, I want them to try and see the foods beforehand so they can explain in their own way what the food is that we have on offer.

What do you have to take into account when developing a new menu or dish? The most important thing is the taste. However, menus change according to seasons, and also we have to adapt menus for our changes in customer type. In the summer we have mainly Asian guests so I have


Well, that’s a good question but there is actually a very special dish in Austria which uses the lung of a cow and I absolutely love it. It’s slow cooked and served in a sauce made from vinegar and flour and with a dumpling. I know for sure if I put that on any menu people would not buy it because they don’t know what it is.

What does the future hold for Chef Dietmar? At 13 I said I wanted to be a chef, and I have achieved that goal. I’m 44 next year and I still want to be a chef. I enjoy what I’m doing and I still love to see food being prepared in the kitchen. I’ve often been asked if I want to move into F & B management but as a chef I know what I’m doing and that I do it well, why would I want to change that. I’m living my DREAM --- and for me happiness is being a Chef!

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Gladness & Joy Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi



he Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966 by Venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen on the poor east coast of Taiwan. For over 46 years, the foundation has been contributing to building better social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world. From the first 30 members, housewives who saved two cents from their grocery money each day to help the poor, the foundation now has volunteers in 47 countries, with 372 offices worldwide. Master Cheng Yen firmly believes suffering in this world is caused not only by material deprivation but, more importantly, by spiritual poverty. She feels the lack of altruistic love for others has been the root of many of the world’s problems.


Thus, the foundation’s guiding principle on charity is “help the poor and educate the rich.” Tzu Chi’s missions focus on giving material aid to the needy and inspiring love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment of a marrow donor registry. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Through helping those in need, Tzu Chi volunteers take on the path of bodhisattva practices, the way to Buddhahood.

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Mission While the Tzu Chi Foundation has Buddhist origins and beliefs, the organization is also popularly known for its selfless contributions to society in numerous ways in the areas of Charity, Medicine, Education, and Culture. The official motto or concept behind the Tzu Chi Foundation is “Four endeavors, eight footprints”. The eight footprints are charity causes, medical contributions, education development, humanities, international disaster assistance, bone-marrow donation, community volunteerism, and recycling. An excerpt from the Official Tzu Chi Global Website, says the following: “We work in missions of Charity, Medicine, Education and Culture with the spirit of sincerity, integrity, trust, and honesty. We believe in equality of all beings and the Buddha-nature potential in every person. Through charitable hearts, the privileged obtain blessings and joy, and the impoverished receive security and peace”.

Time Magazine states that Tzu Chi Foundation is known for its “astonishing speed and efficiency with which it brings aid to victims of natural disasters. Wherever calamities occur, Tzu Chi volunteers and experts arrive promptly, dispensing food, medicine, blankets and warm clothing...and, in the long term, rebuilding homes, clinics and schools. Countless numbers have drawn succor from Tzu Chi’s beneficence.”

Building better social and community services


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Tzu Chi Volunteers in Phuket

Miss Onanong Chinwaraporn

Mr Chamnian Chinwaraporn

Miss Jinny Lionu

After the tsunami in 2004, which caused a great deal of damage along the Andaman coast, many people were caused suffering and pain. Miss Onanong Chinwaraporn joined as a volunteer to help some of those who were suffering. At the time there were many charity organizations offering help to people. However, Miss Onanong decided to join Tzu Chi Foundation, and she soon came to realize this group does very good deeds, without wishing for anything in return. Miss Onanong said “My husband - Mr Chamnian, my friend from Taiwan Miss Jinny Lionu and I have been volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation since 2005. We would like to open out the Tzu Chi Foundation in Phuket to help the society, doing good deeds is a privilege. It is not something available to everyone, and we believe if you’re given an opportunity, you have to take it. Tzu Chi volunteers not only offer their services voluntarily, they also pay their own expenses for all operations they undertake. The foundations funds come from several donors, who pledge monthly contributions, and from many fund raising activities.” Volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation are also known as “blue angels” and carry out their missions anywhere in the world. The Tzu Chi Foundation is an international humanitarian organization and the largest nongovernmental organization in


the Chinese-speaking world. Their blue and white uniforms signify the blue sky and white clouds and are easily recognizable and the Foundation conducts its missions by an international network of volunteers. The Tzu Chi logo consists of a lotus a flower and ship and it delivers some meaning to its volunteers. The Tzu Chi logo symbolizes they can make the world a better place by planting good seeds. Only with these seeds can the flowers bloom and the trees bear fruit. A better society can be created with good actions and

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pure thoughts. We should not idle away our time, and drift in frivolous thoughts. It is best to nurture our innate goodness and develop our ability to help others. Tzu Chi missions have gone across religions, nations and people, spreading universal love and compassion and the Tzu Chi volunteers’ work has touched many people’s hearts. Through providing material and spiritual support for people in need, Tzu Chi volunteers hope to create a harmonious and peaceful society and make the world a better place to live. “I deeply appreciate the help the volunteers gave me after I moved from Taiwan to Phuket. It was a really difficult time for me when I moved to a different country with a very different culture. I decided to join Tzu Chi so I can help other people when they need it, the same as they helped me when I needed it. I think I’ve had some really good luck being able to work with this team.” Jinny Lionu

How to Help Make a Donation Wanting to help others but don’t know how? Or, perhaps because of your busy lifestyle, you haven’t got round to it? Don’t let it slip away, seize the moment of kind thoughts and follow this easy way of helping others. Be a Tzu Chi Thailand member and make a monthly donation to support Tzu Chi’s Missions. The amount you can donate is flexible and your donations to Tzu Chi are tax-deductible, for which you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Also, your employers may partake in a corporate gift matching program where they will match a percentage of your donation.

Thai Bank Account Bank name: Bangkok Bank Public Company - Praram 9 Branch Bangkok, Thailand Savings A/C Name: Tzu Chi Thailand Foundation Savings A/C #: 215-0-37344-3 For further information please contact: Tel: +66 (0)2 642 1888-404 The Tzu Chi Foundation’s mission focuses on giving material aid to the needy. The mission also inspires love and humanity to both givers and receivers. In addition to charity, the foundation dedicates itself in the fields of medicine, education, environmental protection, international relief work and the establishment of the world’s third largest marrow donor registry. It also promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. The mission of charity is the fundamental mission of Tzu Chi. Tzu Chi volunteers have reached out to numerous disadvantaged families and individuals with compassionate kindness. Through participating in various relief and assistance efforts, Tzu Chi volunteers gained a deeper insight into life sufferings.”

Be a Volunteer Join them in creating a better world! We hope this information has introduced you to Tzu Chi and its functions. We also hope that you will spread the joy of knowing Tzu Chi to all your friends, and invite them to join in bringing warmth to society and creating a better world. For volunteering opportunities, please contact:

Tzu Chi Thailand Foundation - Phuket Volunteers • Miss Onanong Chinwaraporn +66 (0) 81 893 7601 • Miss Jinny Lionu +66 (0) 81 893 7601


Gladness & Joy Pra Sukun


Bringing Buddhist teachings to the People 55 year old Sukun Sukundacha is the Monk of Wat Tha Rua, he provides Buddhist morality classes for students of Phuket’s Satree and Wittayalai Schools, and holds classes for the general public at the Tha Rua Temple, which is offered in both Thai and English.


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Two of the main problems faced by juveniles in Thai society today are drug addiction and pregnancy, and Pra Sukun believes to eliminate these problems the most important Buddhist precepts that should be taught to students are precept 3 (no sexual misconduct) and precept 5 (do not consume alcohol). As Phuket now has a large number of international visitors, Pra Sukun also wants those visitors to learn about the real religion of Phuket and therefore, eight years ago he started a ‘Forms of Religion Thai - English Course’, a four week course which is open to children of 7 years old up to adults, and teaches them classes in Buddhism. For two hours per week, people can be provided with an overview of Buddhism and learn about Buddhist prayers, meditation and the 4 Noble Truths. It is hoped that by the end of the four weeks all attendees can bring the teachings into their everyday lives.

Classes are free and are held every Saturday from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m at Wat Tha Rua Moo 3, Thalang, Muang Phuket Contact Tel. 087-6257570 Monk Sukun. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wat Tha Rua holds a food offering for the monks of the temple where you will also be able to see the monks partake in a sermon. Please dress appropriately. In the past, for his teachings Pra Sukun has prepared and published a Dharma Book entitled “Mongkol 38”. The book is a carton style book in Thai & English and was distributed to students. However, the books have completely run out and due to a lack of funding it is not possible for Pra Sukun to print more. If you are interested in contributing to help Pra Sukun reprint the book please make contact with him on the details above.


Gladness & Joy Mongkol 38

Mongkol 38 The word “Mongkol� is an ancient word meaning happiness, joyfulness, good spirits and bliss. The Mongkol 38 technique was discovered and developed by Lord Buddha to teach Buddhists to live their lives with prosperity and success. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Not to associate with fools ; to dissociate from the wicked To associate with the wise To honour those worthy of honour Live in a suitable region; good environment Having formerly done meritorious deeds Setting oneself in the right course ; right direction in self-guidance ; perfect self-adjustment Great learning; extensive learning Skill; knowledge of the arts & sciences Highly trained discipline Well-spoken speech Support of mother and father Cherishing of children Cherishing of wife A livelihood free from complications Charity; liberality; generosity Righteous conduct Rendering aid to relations Blameless actions; unexceptionable or beneficial activities Abstaining from evils and avoiding them Abstinence from intoxicants

21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26.

27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38.

Diligence in virtue; perseverance in virtuous acts Reverence; respect; appreciative action Humility; courtesy; politeness Contentment Gratitude The opportune hearing of the doctrine; listening to good advice and the teaching of truth on due occasions Patience; forbearance; tolerance Amenability to correction; obedience Seeing the holy men Religious discussions at due seasons; regular discussions of truth Self-control; simple life A holy life Discernment of the Noble Truths Realization of Nibbana To have a mind which is not shaken when touched by worldly vicissitudes To have the mind which is free from sorrow To have the mind which is undefiled To have the mind which is secure

On the following pages are a collection of photographs of Buddhist Temples (Wats) around Phuket. These are ideal places for those visitors to the island to learn more about Buddhism. And by visiting these Temples you will be sure to be provided with a positive and uplifting experience.


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Wat Aram Rattanara m Moo 3, Tam bol Rasada , Amphur M uang, Phu ket 8

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Sirae Wat Baan Koh Sirae, Moo 1, Baan Koh Amphur Muang, Tambol Rasada, Phuket 83000 Island just Located on Sirae ity east of Phuket C


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Wat Kajorn Rangsan

Wat Kajorn Rangsan a, Moo 1, Baan Talad Nu phur Tambol Talad Nua, Am 0 Muang, Phuket 8300 Near Phuket Old Town on Krabi Road


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Wat Khao Rang

Wat Khao Rang Moo 5, Tambol Rasada, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 On the hill leading to Rang Hill, take the road next to Vachira Hospital


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rn a h i W t i s o K t a W iharn Wat Kosit W bol Taladyai, 0 Moo 6, Tam Phuket 8300 , g n a u M r u Amph y t Technolog ad. Near Phuke pkrasattri Ro e h T n o e g e Coll


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Wat Mongkol Nimit d Yai, Moo 2, Tambol Tala uket 83000 Amphur Muang, Ph et town In the centre of Phuk d junction on the of Dibuk Roa


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akrit Wat Pitak Saman Ngua, Moo 1, Baan Bang mphur Muang, Tambol Rasada, A Phuket 83000 use From Phuket town Koh Sirae Pitak Uthit road to


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Wat Sapam

Wat Sapam Rua, Tambol Moo 3, Baan Tha ur Thalang, Srisunthorn, Amph Phuket 83000 the main road Wat set back from - 402) (Thepkasattri Rd.


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Kunaram Wat Thavorn ) (Wat Sansuk Bangneaw, Moo 11, Baan Yai, Amphur Tambol Talad et 83000 Muang, Phuk n use Ong Sim In Phuket tow Phai Road


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Wat Thep Nimit

Wat Thep Nimit Shion, Moo 1, Baan Laem phur Muang, Tambol Vichit, Am Phuket 83000 t town on 3km outside Phuke (Chao Fah) the road to Chalong


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) n a u K t a W ( m a r at Vichit Sangka ngkaram Wat Vichit Sa (Wat Kuan) rn Road, Moo 6, Nariso Yai, Amphur Tambol Talad et 83000 Muang, Phuk ast of old On the Northe , near the Phuket Town ffices government o


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y Wat Cherngtala a, Tambol Moo 1, Baan Sal mphur Thalang, A , ay al T g rn he C Phuket 83000 rng Talay Just east of Che 25 town on route 40


Wat Cherngtalay

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Wat Phra Thong

Wat Phra Thong , Tambol Moo 2, Baan Nanai phur Thalang, Thepkrasattri, Am Phuket 83000 District Office, Near the Thalang land north of Phuket Is


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Wat Tha Rua

Wat Tha Rua Rua, Tambol Moo 3, Baan Tha ur Thalang, Srisunthorn, Amph Phuket 83000 the main Wat set back from 402 Thepkasattri Rd. -


Honeymoon & Weddings Thai Traditional Weddings

Thai weddings One of the most romantic in the world

The couple and relatives will then offer food to the monks who, after their meal, will chant again whilst the most senior monk will go around blessing the couple and gathering with holy water before returning to the temple. In western culture it’s usual for an engagement to take place prior to the wedding. However, in Thai culture most couples hold their engagement ceremony on the morning of the wedding. This will see the groom and his family offer the dowry to the bride and her family, this is referred to as the khan maak procession. The groom, his family and a procession of guests will take the dowry (khan maak man) on special trays to the family of the bride. They will be accompanied by musicians playing traditional long drums as the procession dances its way to the bride’s house.


uddhism is a large part of Thai people’s everyday life, and Buddhism is full of ceremonies which mark momentous occasions of their lives. Of all the Buddhist ceremonies, the Thai Buddhist wedding is perhaps one of the most spiritual and beautiful of them all. Traditional Thai Buddhist weddings are known to be one of the most romantic wedding ceremonies in the world, and these weddings are not only a true traditional wedding but also a social gathering.

The main part of the wedding, usually conducted by a senior elder, either a member of the bride’s family or respected member of the community, will see the couple wear traditional Thai clothes and kneel in front of the senior elder. The couple ‘wai’ as a holy string is draped from one persons head to the other, forming a circle and connecting the couple (Sai Mongkol). It is symbolic that the thread forms two circles which whilst linked, also remain independent. This indicates that the couple’s destinies are linked, but individual identity is retained. The senior elder and guests will then pour holy water over the couple’s hands for good luck in the ‘rod nam sang’ ceremony.

Pre-wedding Often in traditional Thai marriages, a close friend of the groom will request the bride’s hand to her father. Then talks will begin about the dowry (Sin-sod), which will include how much money and what gifts will be given to the bride’s family. Once the dowry has been agreed, it is then an important factor for the bride and groom to find the most auspicious date for them to wed, thus ensuring they have a happy and prosperous marriage.

The big day Unlike western weddings, Thai weddings start early in the morning. This is the spiritual part of the wedding, which sees 3, 5, 7 or 9 monks arrive to visit the marrying couple. As they chant and pray, a lit candle is placed in a bowl of water, the water will later be used later to bless the couple. A bowl of white paste will also be blessed and later smeared on the foreheads of the couple.


The well organized wedding party will see a large number of guests, made up of family, friends and locals, come to enjoy a good meal. Many will leave immediately after eating, as more than often they have travelled for several hours to attend and have to return home the same day. The party will then have plenty of drinking and dancing and will continue well into the early hours of the morning. A Buddhist wedding ceremony is as serene and evocative an occasion as one could wish for, and provides the feeling that one’s union is welcomed, and entirely in place, in this exotic land. Photo courtesy of Joke - Just Marry Trang Tel: +66 (0) 75 215 994, +66 (0) 83 636 4412 Email:

Hotels & Resorts The best place to get close to nature


CLOSE TO NATURE Holidaying at a resort or renting a private villa for your stay in Phuket is all fine and dandy - and the popular choice for many. But how about if you have a desire to experience nature up close and can do away with the five-star luxuries and roughing it a little instead, even if it’s just a couple of days. Phuket is well known for its luxurious hotels and resorts. What it is not so well known for is camping. I’m sure many of us grew up camping with our families and have some great childhood memories of what camping is about. Camping was also a popular activity for Thai’s and for foreign backpackers long before the buzz word ‘ecotourism’ came into existence. That’s because it is the cheapest accommodation to be found. Perhaps not as comfortable as staying in a hotel, but camping is simple, easy and gets you closer to nature than other forms of accommodation.


Camping is a great way of directly experiencing nature. An eco-friendly camp is a perfect place to unravel. Away from the crowded city you will find solitude in the forest, surrounded by the enchanting fragrance of the wilderness and the weather is just right to rejuvenate your mind body and soul, where you will find the much needed peace and quiet away from the everyday fast paced city life and the concrete jungles. If you want to relive those childhood memories and you enjoy real camping experiences with a simple, friendly, traditional and sociable atmosphere, in a natural environment, then check out Phuket Andaman Camp.

DISCOVER ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES AT PHUKET'S NEWEST HIDEAWAY. Escape to a tranquil bay, with its own private beach and spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. Explore our unique heritage where Sino-Portuguese design meets modern comforts. Revel in our array of stunning guest rooms complemented by thoughtful touches and impeccable warm service. Diverse dining options and a comprehensive selection of leisure and recreational activities complete the experience.


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Hotels & Resorts The best place to get close to nature Phuket Andaman Camp gives you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket’s main tourist destinations and to enjoy the outdoors in all its simplicity, in a beautiful natural location in the heart of a delightful island. Nestled high in the unspoiled hills of the Vichit district, this friendly family run camping accommodation is ideal for those who seek peace and tranquility in the sights and sounds of Mother Nature. Phuket Andaman Camp offers a unique camping experience among luscious and exotic plants and wildlife with unparalleled panoramic seascape views. Phuket Andaman Camp prides itself on being an “Eco Camp”, where natural materials have been used wherever possible, concrete has only been used where absolutely essential and the water supply is taken from high up in the mountain beyond the camp.

The nature here invites you to walk its paths or simply laze in the summer shade. The winding path leads to the breathtaking beautiful landscapes filled with plenitude of plants, flowers and trees making it a perfect place for nature lovers. If you don’t have camping gear, don’t worry, Phuket Andaman Camp offers 9 private ‘Ready to Camp’ pitches. Each pitch includes a 2/3 or 4/8 berth pre-erected tent, ground mats, blankets, pillows & towels, small private patio area with table & stools & individual lighting & electricity. Phuket Andaman Camp gives you a feeling of being part of nature, watching the explosion of stars against the night sky with the closeness of the crackling camp fire. Once you visit this place you will come here again and again.

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Restaurant & bar Toilets and showers Campfire BBQ facilities Free Wi-Fi internet Car parking

Contact info: 200 Pee Ban Teen Khao Road, Tambol Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand Tel +66 (0) 81 693 2656, +66 (0) 89 866 4832


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Property & Home Décor AEC 2015

AEC 2015

What does the future hold? In 2015, Thailand and 9 other Southeast Asian Nations will become one foundation known as the Asian Economic Community (AEC). The regional integration’s objective is to create a competitive market of over 600 million people in Asean countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. There will be free flow of goods, services, investment capital and skilled labor following the liberalization. These will include tariff reductions and streamlining of certain administrative procedures.

Many industries will face a number of challenges and will also gain a number of opportunities once the AEC commences. It is essential Thai businesses within these industries prepare themselves ahead of time to meet the challenges and opportunities of the Asean Economic Community (AEC). Along with its tourism industry, Thailand’s property development industry is another that could well see

Mr. Songkran Issara Managing Director of Charn Issara group


challenges and opportunities in 2015, and have been lucky enough to speak to one of the leading players in Thailand’s property development industries, Mr. Songkran Issara, about Thailand’s property development industry come 2015. Khun Songkran is Managing Director of Charn Issara group, who have long been an initiator and a leader of many property developments for more than three decades, and have recently won the Best Developer Award at the 2012 Thailand Property Awards.

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1. How do you think the property development business will change in Thailand once it joins the AEC in 2015? I think it will be a lot more positive for the property business here. Once the AEC starts, the market will be so much bigger, growing from only 50 million people to 600 million people. But this will not only benefit Thai businesses, it will benefit businesses of each of the 10 member countries. However, some countries will benefit more from some industries than others, whilst some will lose. For Thailand as a whole, the GDP is expected to grow by around 2%, the second best increase after Singapore. When we talk about this growth, you have to understand that in terms of GDP; even .10% of growth is a lot. So moving from 4% to 6% is a massive and significant jump. Thailand is a strong country when it comes to tourism, communications & automobile industries, so these areas will benefit even more from the AEC than other industries here such as property development.

2. Do you think it will be easy for Thai property developers to expand into other countries within the AEC?

likely to be aware of the actions of the others. The decisions of one firm influence, and are influenced by, the decisions of other firms. Their property development companies may have a lot of money, but this does not necessarily mean they are strong. In Thailand, there are so many more competitors in the industry so the competition is really strong. Here, it really is a case of only the strongest can survive, irrelevant of how much money they have.

4. What do property developers need to do to make sure they are ready for AEC 2015? First of all, they must understand what joining the AEC means, not only for Thailand but for their business. There are many here in Thailand that still doesn’t know what joining the AEC means and what the implications of joining are. They need to understand the benefits and downfalls they will face. In the other member countries they have been preparing themselves for a very long time, but here they are just starting to do it. It is also essential the companies fully update themselves on local laws; if they are up to scratch then I’m sure they have nothing to fear from the overseas competitors.

It is my belief that this will not be easy, not just for Thai businesses to go to other countries, but for all countries to move into another country. There is a lot of local knowledge required when it comes to laws, culture and marketing. I also believe there is a lot of cross border risks, for example politics and more importantly currency. You may start a project with the belief you will make money, but should the currency from the country in which you’re doing business change, which is very highly possible nowadays; you could end up losing a lot of money.

5. How prepared are you for 2015, and what do you still need to do to be prepared?

3. How do think Thai property developments compare to those in other countries within the AEC?

6. What do you think the future holds for Phuket come 2015?

In my opinion, we are the strongest country. The biggest property developers who remain in business in Thailand today have, along with the country, been through many tough economical challenges and survived. Many people would believe Singapore is the strongest, however, that’s because in Singapore there are a lot less big players in the property development industry. The market which they are in is an oligopoly, meaning their market is dominated by a small number of sellers. Because there are few sellers, each oligopolist is

I believe we need to have a strong leader and also to be run as a special economic zone. If we do not become a special economic zone, we may not get the required amount of budget to keep up with our annual growth. Phuket makes so much money for Thailand and gets so little in return. Unfortunately, the government only takes into account the number of registered people living on the island when it comes to budget, they don’t take into account the large number of people who pass through here as unregistered, and this really needs to change.

As for us, we are very prepared. We started a project earlier this year in Cha Am which consists of 300 units spread over 20,000sqm. They have already sold out so we are ready to start a new phase in the next couple of months. We are also involved in a new hotel business in the area too. We are also building a new project in Bangkok, along with a project in the Koh Yai area.


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Businesses are doing all they can to bring them up to scratch with the AEC, but they are doing it off their own backs with little assistance from the government. There are certain issues which businesses cannot tackle, only the government can. Not until the government get’s more involved can these issues change. I am happy to outline for you what I feel needs to change to bring us in line with other member countries. Security needs to be brought to an international level, not only for local people, but also for the millions of tourists who pass through here each and every year. This includes increasing police numbers, improving CCTV coverage etc. I also feel a lot needs to be improved with regards to the cleanness of the island. It’s not nice to drive around the island and see piles of rubbish dumped at the roadside. Imagine what a sight that is for the tourists that come here, and it’s something which can be improved so simply. In addition to this, it will also help the environment in which we all live, something which a number of people are trying to work on, but without government input it will improve very slowly. We are a world class tourist destination, which boasts of having world class facilities and an International airport. You don’t have to travel that far away from Thailand to realise that much of Phuket’s infrastructure is in no way world class. The international airport, which at least they are starting to work on, may be named as Phuket International Airport, but it is no way up to international standards. The terminals are terrible, there are not enough runways, and the one there is, is barely long enough, and I don’t want to mention too much about the queues at im-


migration, as I believe your readers will already be fully aware of these. The roads around the majority of the island are in a terrible state of repair, or have been patched up so many times they are like driving on a dirt track. In additional to this, what happened to the Conference Center that was talked about so much not so long ago? Many people think we have enough marinas already, but I am of a different opinion, these people with boats are big spenders and bring so much money to the island, why can’t we accommodate for more of them? Unfortunately, there have been so many things talked about, such as the monorail and conference center, which are all great ideas but nothing ever materialises. Finally, and this goes back to property, it’s time that land leasing laws were updated. We cannot continue with the 30 year leasing rules and this applies to foreigners and Thais. In my opinion, if the law was changed to make the leases 50 or 70 years everybody would be a lot better off. Now I’ve got that off of my chest, at the end of the day, not only businesses here in Thailand, but also the Thai Government needs to go outside of Thailand and actually see what competition they have when it comes to the AEC. Nobody can tell a business how to prepare for the AEC, the business has to see for themselves, and it is down to them to learn about what they are likely to face in 2015. If you don’t go outside of Thailand, how can you compare your business to a business the same as yours which is in Burma or Bali. I have just returned from Burma and what I have found from there I now have to apply to my business here.

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

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Cozy Company

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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:

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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:

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CHARM THAI RESTAURANT @ HOLIDAY INN RESORT, PATONG A taste of true Thai hospitality: Fresh Phuket lobster & Andaman prawns Regional Thai specialty dishes Geng Gari Gung, Kao Soi Gai, Pat Prik Geng Tarlae, Hor Mok Plaa, Gung Op Wun Sen and many more‌ Set menus for 2 to share starting from only THB 599++

Great food, great service, great value!

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket 52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket, 83150, Thailand Tel: + 66 (0) 76 370 200

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