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Editor’s NOTE Dear readers, It’s been a tough time in recent months. There are a lot of things needed to be done and due to time constraints we are still not done. Meanwhile, the troubles seem to be an indicator that we are still human. Harder jobs make our life more worthwhile. So cheer up if it was tough for you, as it should get better soon. In this issue, you will find so many people sharing stories with us both about their life, business and perspective about something in Phuket. TAT Phuket’s director & others join us talking about what and how you can enjoy ‘sanook’ in Phuket. New developments are also unveiled. Dusit Thani Laguna’s classic legend becomes a topic again. There’s also a weekend retreat with a power to change our thinking. Upcoming big events, technology updates, how to and so many things to read about.

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Welcome to the world of wine


ne man travels around the world with his pledge he made to himself. He is searching for a collection of the best wines to feature in his stores and it is the commitment to deliver the best wine experience to customers glass by glass. If “Wine Connection” is the name of the child, the name of its father must be “Michael Trocherie” - a man who is in our focus from now on.

Michael is the founder and the CEO of the Wine Connection. The company is Thailand’s leading wine importer and known among wine lovers for its quality selection. There are more than over 500 different wines and other booze available in its 25 stores throughout Thailand in various locations namely Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Samui and Phuket plus one online store. “It was about 15 years ago when I started doing my wine business in Asia. It’s the 12th year in Thailand and now seven years in Phuket particularly. Our work is to select the wine, bring them to Thailand and make wine available for individuals, supply them in our own store, to the hotels and to our business friends in Thailand,” told Michael. When we asked about his business in South East Asia, it’s kind of surprise to learn that Michael has no plan to further expand his business into other countries – at least for now. “At present, apart from Thailand, we are also already in Singapore and Vietnam – three countries. I didn’t plan to go further to any other country. For Thailand, we are the main importer by now. I don’t know what level we achieved but I’m sure we are one of the biggest.” He however never thinks to stop. “We have a future plan to develop what we currently have in hand though. There are three main directions we are focusing on. One is our own wine store. Two is the wholesale dealership on catering to hotels and restaurants. And last it our newly developed concept ‘Wine Connection Deli & Bistro’ - our own restaurant. So we have three ways to expand depending on the opportunity. We will probably open more stores, more Deli & Bistro’s or more branches within hotels and restaurants.” About the tip Michael used as a compass for his success, he said there is no other way but to work hard and suggested people “try to do something different that the others don’t do yet. Always be a little bit inventive. A lot of people like to copy but I don’t. I only take the inspiration I saw from other countries and bring it into Thailand.”

“Try to do something different that the others don’t do yet. Always be a little bit inventive.”


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How about a perfect match? “There is no perfect match in the world of wine. It’s just a choice. Nobody says you have to drink this or don’t drink that. It depends on the situation and your feeling at that moment. The weather, your emotion, and your friends are involved as well. You have to listen to yourself.” As a big fan of wine and an amateur of Thai cuisine, Michael affirmed, “Wine can unquestionably get along with Thai food. Rosy wine is very suitable. White wine, especially those aromatic wines like Riesling, are pretty perfect in my opinion. For those who prefer red wine, it can be all right too but it’s little bit ‘warm’ for tropical climate. However, you have to keep in mind that this is enjoyment. It’s not about reading text books. There is no limitation.” To start exploration, “You may need a fridge to store the wines. It is good to keep it below 20 degree Celsius. When you drink, the wine shouldn’t be too warm. The best temperature for red wine is 18 degree Celsius and 8 degree Celsius for white wine. Remember to drink at the right temperature, this is really important. The same wine, you drink at right temperature you will enjoy but when you drink it too warm you will not.”

Wine is considered foreign for traditional Thai culture. It is generally seen as a privilege of the elites and has been regarded as an indicator of social ‘class’ for many Thais. But this is not something that will easily discourage Michael; he said “I don’t think the attribute is the problem. Actually wine is not only for elites. The idea of Wine Connection is to make wine available for everyone. For example, now you can buy a bottle of wine at only 350 baht and I believe a lot of Thai people can afford it. It’s not expensive. That’s why we go everywhere even in suburb areas. We open our stores in many places where other people don’t, not only in the business areas. And I’m glad we see more and more people open their minds for wine drinking and consume it more often.” “In my opinion, wine is the most interesting beverage that contains alcohol. It associates with culture and discovery. There are thousands of wines you can explore, not only products itself but also for its culture. It’s like a journey that you can learn and share with others. When you drink, you don’t drink alone, right? So wine drinking is about socializing too. I feel like I am reading books from many countries.”


Still, I had a doubt in my head about selecting good wines, but Michael explained, “Every country has good wines now. But it doesn’t mean you can have good wines everywhere and you cannot say that French is good, Chile is bad. Every country produces both good and bad wines. It’s very confusing I know. That’s why it’s good to have people choose for you. That’s why we are here. That’s why you come to my store. When you pick the wine, it is ok already. I don’t care if it’s cheaper, I don’t care about the brand. I care only about its quality and its good value. Therefore I travel around the world, pick some wines and bring them back to my shelves.” While wine seems incomprehensible for many people and may be the reason why people hesitate to start, Michael wiped out our anxiety. “You don’t need to know anything. Don’t make it complicated. Just take it easy. When you visit a restaurant, you order a glass and see what happens. It is that simple. I’d recommend you to start from the new world i.e. Australia, Chile, Argentina, or South Africa because they are usually easier to understand. You can start with the medium range wines, no need to buy the expensive wines but don’t choose too low, so that you can enjoy it.” Very many thanks to Mr. Michael Trocherie for his valuable chat. You have enlightened us and made us be courageous to start drinking wine.

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Mr Soponsil Boonchompaisarn Managing Director


Miss Pimpa Phitya-isarakul Executive Director

People Focus

Its concept is a higher level of standard which Kata Royal Residence’s team of professional set for the condominium market in Phuket. It goes beyond luxury and comfort to better perspectives and adds perfection in every detail. On this occasion we grabbed a chance to interview with Mr Soponsil Boonchompaisarn and Miss Pimpa Phitya-isarakul, two executives who determined the project’ vision, designed its character and created a creation that exceeds the expectation of customers.

How did Kata Royal Residence begin?

By focusing on its selling points, ‘Kata Royal Residence’ boasts the ability to enjoy dramatic views of every sunset over Kata Beach, wherever you are in the building. This 53 unit condominium project ‘Kata Royal Residence’ is therefore being watched closely by both buyers and other players in Phuket’s property market for its remarkable kick off.

The project began when we executives formed a team ourselves. Based on our experience in the real estate industry, whether it be designing, construction, finance or marketing which we are accustomed to, that made us a complete Kata Royal Residence team. We chose Phuket as we regard it as a 2nd Hawaii of the world and because we believe Phuket has the potential to develop and grow much more. Later, we were looking for a good location to launch our first project. It ended up in Kata as the area is becoming interesting and the location is strategically good.

Talk about the idea and concept that drives the project? Not different from others, we hold onto every basic feature a good condominium should provide - let’s say: comfort and convenience, tasteful design, and a complete range of facilities. But one entity we bring to our concept is sublime scenery. The residents will be able to enjoy multiple sunset views of the Andaman Sea. We are confident there are not many condominiums in Phuket that offer this specialty. And we believe this aspect will raise up the project and create distinctiveness anyone can remember at Kata Royal Residence.


People Foc us What are the style, design and size of the units? The design concept of Kata Royal Residence, for both exterior and interior, is tropical modern giving a feeling of a vacation home. The project comprises 53 two-bedroom units packed with cutting-edge facilities and technology. With functional space varying from 105-170 sqm., each unit can cope with a large family as it is even spacious enough for a small party. The building features lifts for different zones that have been divided to make it easy to facilitate together with restaurant and fitness centres.

What are the prospects of the project? We concentrate on foreign clients - the European market those who choose a destination like Phuket for their vacation and a group of new generation business people. Kata Royal Residence has been designed to fulfill the requirement of this segment – not only for living but for investment purposes as well. We estimate that it could make not less than 30% in value gains.

What would you like to say to the readers? We would like to introduce everyone who is searching for 1) convenience 2) views 3) vacation home in Phuket, to consider Kata Royal residence and our futures projects. We pledge to carry on the idea, no matter how many more projects come up. This also helps our position in the market become clearer and understood easily. The project’s financial back up is trustworthy and certainly secure. To reduce complications about banking, we have our own fund to support foreigners especially, to loan directly through the project. So please believe in our potential & readiness and feel free to talk with us.



Thai, Chinese, Continental Cuisine Prepared By Highly Experienced Chefs Patong Beach


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Thaweewong Rd. Siam City Bank

Safari Hotel Raat-U-Thit Rd.

136 Thaweewong Rd., Patong Beach, Phuket 83150, Thailand Tel. +66 (0) 76 341 171-4 Fax. +66 (0) 76 340 231

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Executive Chef Angelo Magliaro Impiana Resort Patong

Culinary expertise from Chef Angelo


mpiana Resort Patong staffs have recently opened their arms to welcome Chef Angelo Magliaro to become part of the team as the Executive Chef looking after the resort’s luxurious fusion of fine dine cuisine. Executive Chef Angelo is originally from Italy and is an expert in his notable national cuisine with worldwide experience. He began his culinary training at a very young age. During his 22 years in the culinary field, he has traveled and worked in some of the finest kitchens around the globe including Austria, Germany, Mexico and many different parts of Italy.


Chef Angelo’s last stop before Phuket was at the Sheraton Shenzhen in China when the kitchen was awarded as the best Italian restaurant from the China Daily and World Cuisine magazine (in China). He had also been featured many times in popular Italian newspapers such as ‘Il Messaggero’ and appeared on screen in culinary TV shows in Italy such as ‘La Prova del Cuoco’ and ‘Uno Mattina’. Phuketindex chatted to Angelo recently:

Acqua is one of the most contemporary and chic restaurants in Phuket, with a high reputation for the searches and quality of its ingredients and for the extensiveness of the wine list where all the top of the top wines find their places. Chef and owner, Alessandro will introduce you in a culinary experience, where authentic Italian specialty with a contemporary fleur will make your experience unforgettable. Acqua can be booked for private lunches, dinners, parties-meetings.

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When and how did you first become interested in cooking? Chef Angelo: My passion for food started back in my childhood. My mother, she is an excellent cook, so as a kid, I already began to enjoy making my “hands dirty” while helping big “Mama”. Now the relation with the kitchen has become a real passion and this is the way I like to express myself and my feelings. What about your career path? My experience as a professional chef started in Italy, at the famous Grand Hotel Helio Cabala in Marino (Rome). I have to say that I was very lucky to have as Master Chefs some of the best, worldwide-known Italian chefs such as Gianfranco Vissani, Gualtiero Marchesi, Sergio Mei and Antonello Colonna; all chefs whose restaurants received ‘Michelin Stars’. My other experiences, that surely need to be mentioned, are at the five star Hotel Schwaitlalm in Salzburg where I was focused on Austrian cuisine and the ‘Raffaello’ restaurant in Mexico city where I had the chance to develop a good knowledge of Latin and South American cuisine. After that I moved to Germany in Mainburg where I spent another two years in a German kitchen. Another experience, which helped me to develop my passion and knowledge for food, was working with the UN and the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) and my last employment, before Impiana Resort Phuket, was at the Sheraton Shenzhen in China. Where does your inspiration come from? Chef Angelo: It is the result of my experience in two different worlds: Italian and Asian cuisine mixed together like making sauce for Italian dishes with curry, basil, and lemongrass. What is the characteristic of your own creations? Chef Angelo: As I’m an Italian native, I prefer to keep


the taste of my food authentic. For me, it’s not the presentation but taste that is far more important. However when I came to ‘Sala Bua’, taste and presentation have to combine together. Who have been the biggest inspirations for your career? Chef Angelo: Mama has inspired me a lot as I told. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mum since I was very young. I learnt more and more about cooking from her. She’s very good at cooking fish and that is the reason why my favourite dishes are all fish. What made you decide to join Impiana Phuket? Chef Angelo: I have been in Thailand before and can’t help falling in love with it. Impiana Resort, where I chose to stay at that time, left me a good impression so I decided to come back again but now as a chef, not guest. What is the best part of your job? Chef Angelo: I will be very happy to see the guests enjoy their time or dinner with my food. Please tell us about a memorable experience in your career life? Chef Angelo: It was when I had a chance to run cooking shows on international channels while I still was in Italy. It was fun and a good experience. What is your suggestion for those who want to become a chef? Chef Angelo: Enjoy your life, job and meals! What is your next goal? Chef Angelo: To work as a chef on the moon! Thank you Chef Angelo for this interview and we wish you success with “Impiana Phuket Resort”.

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‘Kitchen Plus’

Daintiness you order Do you serve to all tastes?


itchen Plus staff told people that it is a new style restaurant in Phuket and invite everyone to try it out. couldn’t resist sending us out to prove the claim. At Kitchen Plus located in HomePro Village Chalong, we walked around, grabbed a seat, tasted the food and talked to the owner; Mr. Teerasak Phonngam (Kim) and Restaurant Manager; Mr. Thanaphat Nuansakul (Kob) to learn all about ‘Kitchen Plus’.

Are you food lovers? We two enjoy eating as much as loving to cook. The idea quietly came up when we were travelling around - visiting this and that restaurant - and started to think about our own childhood dream. It took a while to open the restaurant though, crafting the menu, and searching for proficient cooks: these processes took time as we all knew that cooking needs elaboration.


You are all welcome at ‘Kitchen Plus’. Thai cuisine is the main focus of our restaurant but we do add western items as well, to attract foreigners, for example in the menu we have soup, American breakfast, spaghetti and steak. Talking about Thai restaurants in Phuket, people might think that we cook to please foreigners, and the taste or spice may be cooled down. But for ‘Kitchen Plus’, taste & spice is standard Thai except when the customers require a mild flavour or no spice.

With two guys in the kitchen, do you have to be ‘able’ to cook? (Kim) Yes, I was a cook on my own before. When I was studying and living abroad, I always cooked for myself and took food to a temple. Further than this, it was my mother who was very good at cooking and I think it passed down and I learnt her way. So for me cooking is reckoned as a real ‘heart catcher’. Kob himself has to do it as well. (Kob) When our cook is absent, we have to be able to replace her. I sometimes have to enter the kitchen, cooking Som Tam and everything myself.

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What are on today’s menu? They are all are some of Kitchen Plus’ popular dishes. Pad Thai with our own homemade sauce - somewhat spicy; Stirfried Shrimp with Curry Powder in which we use fresh White Shrimps - not cultured nor frozen shrimps; Deep Fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce to eat with Mango Spicy Salad - crispy outside but tender inside. Other popular dishes are Spicy Mixed Vegetable Soup with Prawns, Sea Bass with Curry Powder, and set dishes like Thai Red Curry Soup with Thai goramy fish especially for Thais’ favourite choice. Here we have over 200 dishes and all of them are cooked with the freshest ingredients we get daily.

How do you get employees’ hearts? We see everyone as a family member which is all important. Whether they are a steward, a waitress, or a cook, we treat them equally. For ‘Kitchen Plus’, we are just like a father, a pillar of our family.

Have there been difficult experiences? (Kob) Running a restaurant is totally new to us. So difficulties were inevitable. I graduated with an engineering degree. Kim has been engaged in the property industry. We had no restaurant experience before. It’s kind of lots of work with hard homework to do. We realized that part of the success is ‘teamwork’. We then tried to give our staff our hearts and hope deeply they will give theirs back in return. (Kim) We had so many problems to cope with when we first opened. It was September and we planned to run a soft opening but things turned out to be far beyond our expectations. With good feedback and word of mouth power, our restaurant was crowded with customers. We underestimated its popularity. There were only a few people at that time to run the operation and deal with complaints of slow service. Everyone had to help each other. But now everything is set in its place. We have experience and learnt the lessons. I have to admit that it was really stressful. We don’t want to let anyone in with a negative first impression that will undoubtedly ruin our business.

What are your future plans? We plan to expand with more branches when everything is systemized and settled. It probably will be in a franchise pattern. There are a few customers from other provinces showing their interest and discussing this with us. So we consider them and wait for the time we are really ready to move on. For Phuket, new branches might be at Central Festival Phuket or Jungceylon - a tourist zone with high potential.

What are the keywords for running a restaurant? This is easy; one is honesty and another is service-mind. With these two things, you can do it. It is very tiring but if you have the heart, you will get good feed back.

What are your lifestyles like? (Kob) Lifestyle has a lot of influence on our restaurant. We are easy-going people and that is reflected in our food presentation. We keep it simple and focus on a comfy atmosphere instead. (Kim) I like travelling, eating, experiencing something new and interior design. These inspire me a lot in my own restaurant. The concept is not limited to one style. It’s the mixture, the blending of our characters that is different in each corner.

What’s your message to the readers? (Kob) - We try to serve the finest food with the best service. If you are looking for an easy restaurant with a good price, please come. (Kim) I would like to invite everyone. It’s true that we are a newly opened restaurant - our food is not though. You can enjoy our signature cocktail. Come and be entertained with nice folk songs by a Philippines live band every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Say hi to us and we will recommend you some dishes.


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Kitchen Plus HomePro Village, Chaofa (West) Rd., Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel/Fax: + 66 (0) 76 383 244

The Real Thai Taste Kitchen Plus is a newly established Thai restaurant by three owning partners who fell in love with the delicacy and depth of Thai cuisine. Inspired by their own characters, the restaurant interior becomes the perfect place to sit for either relaxation or hearty dining with a selection of delectable dishes and drinks.

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Kitchen Plus serves a wide array of Thai cuisine for over 200 items ranging from tourist favourite dishes like Fried Spring Roll, Pad Thai, Tom Yum, Green Curry Soup etc. to local delights such as Som Tam, Red Curry Soup, Stir-fried Seafood with Curry Powder etc. All cooked to Thai spicy standards without compromise unless you request. Added in the menu are some international dishes like soups, steaks, spaghettis etc. The freshest ingredients are guaranteed. There is live entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays nights.

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you love food, you will love ‘Dining in Phuket’. There are restaurants to suit every taste, serving a huge selection of western and Asian food. The variety of cuisine and dining experiences is vast, as Phuket has a number of cuisines different in character and flavour from those of other areas in Thailand. The international character


of the island, brings so many different restaurants catering to a multitude of tastes. Dining out in Phuket - whether for a special occasion at a restaurant brimming with atmosphere or a quiet romantic restaurant - can be the most enjoyable element of your visit to the island of Phuket.

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Taste modern food ‘Aroma Restaurant’ …A great location at Cape Panwa in Phuket has made ‘Novotel Phuket Beach Resort Panwa’ beachfront accommodation that everyone dreams of. One of the special moments staying overnight here is a perfect dining experience served in ‘Aroma Restaurant’ … ‘Aroma Restaurant’ is surrounded by panoramic views of the sea and the sky that make the food and beverage on white tablecloth even more impressive. Smooth jazz music lulls the customers who are waiting for their favorite dishes. Most of the dishes at Aroma Restaurant are International Modern Cuisine & Thai Cuisine, yet its other outstanding dishes are cooked in Mexican style as well. The best selections of the restaurant are Thai spicy appetizers, namely Yam Som O and hot Mexican Latin menu Fajitas with Spicy Sauce. The common spicy taste of the two dishes make our digestive juice begin to work. Then, it’s the time to savor the restaurant’s recommended main course, Salmon Escalade in American Sauce, a modern fusion dish of salmon topped with the restaurant’s exclusive sauce and served with Thai steamed rice. The dish goes well with a glass of good beer and stunning ambience surrounding the restaurant. Daily Opening Hours: 6.00 a.m. 12.00 p.m.

Novotel Phuket Beach Resort Panwa 5/3 Moo 8, Ao Yon-Khaokhad Rd., Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 76 393 300


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The true taste of beach dining ‘Concaved Restaurant’ Try the Lobster Thermidor, Centuni, Pork Filet Mignon Chef de Cuisine, Mixed Grilled Poisson et sa creme de crustaces - Seafood, Thai and French cuisine prepared by highly experienced chefs served in a beachside setting. For dining with the best view in Pa t o n g b e a c h , i t ’ s h a r d t o b e at ‘Concaved’. Taking center stage on the world famous Patong beach, is this stunning setting for dining at ‘Concaved’ beach restaurant. It’s difficult not to over-state the view but it’s truly breathtaking with sunsets you would find hard to beat anywhere in the world. The true taste of seafood and Thai food can be verified by your senses. ‘Concaved’ is the perfect place for a couple, or families, to enjoy a romantic sunset combination with the sounds of the sea and the perfect food.

Concaved Restaurant Open daily 10.00 am. – 11.00 pm. 11 Thaweewong Rd., Patong Beach, Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 341 171 Ext.501 Email:


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An outstanding variety of Thai Cuisine ‘Rim Talay Restaurant’ Sumptuous dining is part of any holiday experience, at Laguna Beach Resort Laguna - Phuket, with a choice of restaurants as tempting as the variety of culinary skills. Satisfying the palate is a delicious selection of Thai, Asian, Continental & seafood specialties, all expertly prepared. There are also pleasingly, different settings for drinks & light refreshments in relaxed informal settings. For dinner choose from a selection of ‘live’ seafood and regional Thai cuisine prepared by the chefs in the open itchen. Enjoy the sounds of our Thai musicians whilst dining al fresco or in air-conditioned comfort. A children’s menu is also available. All-day dining.

Don’t Miss Rimtalay Ruam Aroy (Assorted Thai Appetizers) Gang Mussaman Nuer (Mussaman Curry with Beef) Talay Pad Kruang Tess (Stir Fried Seafood with Thai Herbs)

Rim Talay Operating hours: Monday to Sunday 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm (Dinner)

390/1 Moo 1, Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 324 352


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7 Special Days @ Coconut Coffee Shop ‘The number one buffet in Patong’ The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa Patong proudly presents the number one buffet in Patong. With sumptuous daily themed buffet dinner selections featuring Asian & International dishes ‘a la minute’ or immediate cooking stations, fresh Sushi, salad bar, desserts, etc. they have been carefully chosen to tempt your taste buds. Step into the Coconut Coffee Shop and taste the simple life, with a variety of dishes from its a la carte menu or plunge into its ‘Number one buffet in Patong’ , extensive yet affordable, daily buffet dinner. There is something for everyone here. This is the perfect place for families to relax with the assistance of our attentive staff, among the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of The Coconut Coffee Shop located on the 2nd floor of Paradise wing, at the best price only THB 250++, island dining has never been this delightful.

Special of the 7 days Sun - Legend of Rice Mon - E-Sarn Corner Tue - Noodles Lover Wed - Array of Sushi Thu - Yum Yai by Your Own Fri - Noodles Curry Sat - Spaghetti & Pastas Excellent Value for Money and As Much As You Like !!! Dinner buffet is open from 6pm until 9.30pm

The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa 135/23,123/15-16 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd., Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0) 76 340 666


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Dining Out on Kata Beach ‘Oasis On the Sea’ ‘Oasis On-the-Sea’ are the new creation of Mom Tri Devakul – the owner of Phuket’s famous Boathouse and Mom Tri’s Royale Kitchen in Villa Royale, both fine dining locations and boutique hotels in Kata. You can go in from Kata Beach, almost adjacent to The Boathouse. This southern Kata venue looks out over the beach and is cooled by sea breezes. If you are driving, park up on the nearby hill at Villa Royale there is a shuttle service to bring you back down to Oasis. The Décor of Oasis on the Sea follows a colour scheme with non-slip stone floors, lots of white columns, plenty of greenery and, of course, that lovely view of Kata Beach, one of Phuket’s most beautiful strands. Part of the restaurant leans toward a cosmopolitan touch with French ballads and lots of passers by on the busy street outside, while Oasis features plenty of space and a jazz combo from Wednesday to Sunday. Oasis has a split personality like the atmosphere of many a fine-dining venue nowadays, Oasis-On-the-Sea is cheerfully lit and decked out with bright colours. The restaurant also has al fresco dining. Mediterranean fare is the theme at the Oasis On-the-Sea Restaurant. Chef Darren’ dishes are innovative, daring and creative. Starters include: a beetroot and sorbet soup, rare seared tuna spring rolls Sliced buffalo mozzarella and much more.

Open from 12:00 am - 23:30 pm

OASIS 184 Koktanode Rd., Kata Beach, Phuket 83100 (Adjacent to Mom Tri’s Boathouse) Tel: +66 (0) 76 330 423


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Find top class Menus ‘Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar’ ‘Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar’ is located in Twin Palms Phuket, a minimalist styled resort, in Surin Beach. The restaurant serves eastern & western fusion dishes prepared by professional chefs featuring the premium wine lists. The restaurant is designed in Thai contemporary style which is as trendy as the hotel’s structure. The charming light shining trough the tables, chairs, bars, food, and glasses of wine, make it a perfect place for dining. The best selected dishes that make the ambience more attractive are Thai styled dishes called ‘Tiger Prawn Tarmarind Sauce’ which is extremely palatable and ‘Australian Tenderloin Beef’ made from quality Australian Tenderloin grilled and topped with sweet and spicy Pepper Corn Sauce. Another highlight of ‘Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar’ is the ‘Sunday Brunch’ that serves Bar all the customers a variety of kinds of a food and desserts including fresh seafood, smoked salmon, chocolate, cheese, Thai sweet, cocktails, and sashimi in the buffet line on Sunday 12.00 p.m. - 3 p.m. with really special price.

Opening Hours Buffet breakfast: 7.00 am - 10.30 am Dinner: 16.00 pm - 23.00 pm (last orders) Sunday Brunch: 12.00 am -15.00 pm

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happiness. It refers to the potential of bliss and happiness of all sentient beings. There will be no jealousy when we see people’s achievements. It is an unselfish and very positive mental attitude which is beneficial for oneself and others. Impartiality is not to distinguish between friends, enemies or strangers, but regards every sentient being as equal, with a true understanding regarding the principle of impermanence, the principle of not-self, and the reality of existence. One will not be happy or make it worse when others are suffering or are in trouble. We should also help prevent one from doing negative actions.


ome experiences take a long time but cannot be longer in the memories than the time they took. Other experiences, though taking little time, impress so much that they can cause great changes after. My weekend retreat experience with Dr. Allan Wallace was in the second category. Rather than spend my weekend hanging out as usual, I used one weekend to participate in “Four Immeasurables Weekend Retreat” at Phuket International Academy Mind Centre. It was a good feeling and the best time for learning to be true with myself and learning a way to live well with others.

The retreat was conducted in the specifically designed meditation hall during 18 - 20 June 2010. Ordained as a Buddhist monk by the Dalai Lama and living as a fully ordained monk for 12 years, Dr. Allan Wallace showed up at the evening of the first day and began his teaching telling us how the 2 day retreat was going to look like and pointing out the universality and opening of Buddha’s dharma. We went through the story of Kalama Sutta (The Buddha’s Charter of Free Inquiry) that encourages people to not passively accept anything easily but, rather, constantly question and personally test to identify those truths. Buddha did not impose anyone to believe him and likewise I was required to practice enlightenment myself.

Imagine when you are in Shamatha, not focusing of sense of being, but in stability and clarity of the aspiration of Loving Kindness, Compassion, Empathetic Joy, & Impartiality, and then you are less self-centred and take in equally the joys and sorrows of all people, friends, loved ones, relatives, and those who we never met. When we keep in mind that we can all suffer under the same condition; it is the uncertainty, the nature no one can deny. What can bring us more pleasure when we see others’ happiness? The teachings went along with guided meditations, and discussions regardless of whether we hold beliefs to any religion, regardless of whether there will be a next life. It is peace and happiness Dr. Alan said and we felt at that moment, a genuine happiness that is deeper and lasts longer than hedonic pleasure. Every person can also explore and experience more too. Phuket International Academy Mind Centre will host two other retreats this year. One is a six-week training programme for instructors & those interested in “Cultivating Emotional Balance” on Jul 18 - Aug 24. Another is an eight-week residential retreat focused on the practice of “Shamatha” and the “Four Immeasurables” on Sep 16 - Nov 11. For more information, please look at the Mind Center section in Phuket International Academy website

The major topic of the retreat: The “Four Immeasurables”, was about loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and impartiality: Loving Kindness is unconditional love without attachment. By the mediation practice, this love was cultivated towards ourselves then our loved ones, friends, teachers, strangers, enemies, and finally towards all sentient beings. Compassion is wanting others to be free from suffering without discrimination. It happens when you feel sorry for someone and really want to help. It is more than pity; it is taking action. Compassion helps uplift one’s mind to the thought that all sentient beings are the same. There is no ‘me’ and ‘others’ that will lead to heatedness or heated arguments. Empathetic Joy is being happy with someone’s fortune or


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@ COOL SPA, SRI PANWA Located on the top of Cape Panwa, Sri panwa offers its guests a stunning view of Phuket’s sea and sky along with world class accommodation and facilities. The orange pool villas situated down the mountain slopes are surrounded by a lush tropical forest. Each villa features quality facilities, privacy and excellent services. But the highlight of the resort, that we would like to present, is its spa named ‘Cool Spa’.


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‘Cool Spa’ is located among the luxury pool villas of Sri panwa. The spa was named after its blue painted buildings that best reflect the cool and refreshing ambience of the leafy trees embracing the spa. As with the pool villas, ‘Cool Spa’ was built along the sloping hill with a great blending design of tropical contemporary and Sino – Portuguese architecture following the simply luxurious concept of the resort. So, you can be sure that being treated in the spa must be extremely delightful. Apart from the verdant surroundings, the artificial waterfall falling down the spa terraces makes the spa really succulent or tempting as a juicy fruit. The splashing sound of the waterfall is like a melody lulling people’s minds while they are treated here.


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Spa treatments are provided in unique locations either Private Spa Pavilions or Outdoor Bathing Jacuzzis. The treatments used in the spa are made from local natural ingredients & fruits such as mango, papaya, rambutan, tamarind, yogurt, honey, etc. The great combination, between the spa unique treatments and its exclusive massaging style, is the desirable way to pamper body and mind. The recommended ‘Spa 7 Days’ package relaxes you with several spa menus including Delight, Sweet, Chill, Touch, Soothing, Pamper, and Bliss. Each menu features it own characteristics which suit the different tastes or desires of the guests. Keeping the charming scenery of the indigo sea and sky together with the emerald environment around the spa in mind, throw away your exhaustion, and let the flowing waterfall and best spa treatment pamper you at Cool Spa @ Sri panwa for an impressively unforgettable spa experience.


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WALL STENCILING Add personal touch to any space

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Tropical Luxury

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WROUGHT IRON FISH SCHOOL SCULPTURE Fish represents spiritual growth and transformation in dreams. For Chinese, fish mean prosperity. Choose this item to create a ‘surrounding’ that attracts good fortune to your area.

WATER HYACINTH ACCENT Recommended for indoor decoration, this water hyacinth accent piece is 100% handmade. Its texture and outstanding shape creates a stylish sense by itself. Great to either stand alone or showcase any light-weight item, it will add interest to any empty corner.

JACKFRUIT LOW VASE Inspired by the shape of delightful tropical jack fruit. It has an interesting characteristic you can’t resist. Design comes together with function in polished pewter that will never tarnish. Ideal for floating flowers, scented candles or larger arrangements.

VERY ORANGE MOSAIC CHAIR Add a bit of sparkle to your living room with this eye-catching mosaic chair in a sunset-orange shade. Its curvy look can also help soften the visual impact of any frigid cold space.

BROWN LEATHER STORAGE CHEST Manufactured with top quality real cow leather. This dignified leather chest is an excellent storage solution without compromising on style. The chest has contemporary brass handles and lock while it features some smaller chests inside.


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Let arts lead the way


t is said that one ‘sense’ of the arts is a kind of talent which cannot be copied. It is significantly valuable in any industry that asks for creativity, to make common an uncommon, to better the good or even extraordinary. The booming real estate industry in Phuket also demands this ‘sense’ to add value to buildings. A house does require furniture, accents and proper composition to fill up vacant spaces, doesn’t it? But emptiness then becomes a real haven. Nattanit (Nina) Suwit Nina Decorative Design Business Owner

50 magazine, this issue, is going to introduce a smart woman who knows well what she should do with the gift she was given. Her ‘sense’ of the arts lead Mrs Nattanit (Nina) Suwit to a vibrant future with a furniture supply and decorative design business she started and dedicated herself in - called ‘Nina Decorative Design’.

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The Beginning

The Target

Mrs Nattanit or ‘Nina’ told us about the beginning of Nina Decorative Design; it started about three years ago. “Before this, I was working with projects and hotels in my last company supplying awnings and cushions and I noticed there was always a need in Phuket for good quality, well-priced furniture. I heard clients complain about furniture being too expensive and taking too long to arrive. In the case of indoor wood furniture from Thailand, they had many problems splitting later. Hence, I decided to source indoor/outdoor furniture from Indonesia.”

“Large or small, the orders still have the same importance to us.” This was being emphasized in part of our conversation when we asked about her target customers. “We welcome anyone with a house or villa or apartment who wants indoor or outdoor furniture, or outdoor features.” She added: “We have stock in our showroom but specialize more in custom orders for clients such as hotels and projects requiring specific furniture or artifacts. We also get a number of clients who are just looking for something different for their house. “

The Principle We still wonder how come a person with no degree or educational background about art or decoration would risk herself in this industry. She revealed: “Actually, I have been involved in manufacturing and providing awnings and cushions to retail and project clients over the last 15 years. During the time I have developed a good eye for colour co-ordination and product mix especially at the concept stage of a project. I have considered some of the design courses available but have always found there is no substitute for practical experience and natural ability.”

The Connection If you are not the only one or the first mover, you have to try hard to not drown and find yourself a standpoint in the industry. For Nina Decorative Design, in her case she was a follower; Mrs Nina explained it was a connection that played the leading role. “I am fortunate my partner, Alan, has a wholesale furniture company in Australia supplying over 200 shops and has an outdoor furniture factory and warehouses in Indonesia. He also supplies hotels with artifacts and furniture all over the world. So getting the same prices and support in Indonesia has enabled me to supply my clients in Phuket with products at a very good quality and price.”

The Products Nina Decorative Design supplies indoor and outdoor furniture including art, lamps, mirrors, pots, water features, statues and many other ranges. “We are very strong on our ability to supply custom-ordered art out of our office in China and have a good range in stock. The materials we use are very diverse from teak, mahogany and mango woods to aluminum, copper, stone, GRC (Glass-fibre Reinforced Concrete), resin, Terrazzo, glass mosaic, fabrics and all the natural weaves like water-hyacinth, sea-grass, rattan and Abacca.” Really all kinds and all styles.

The Inspiration “I love finishing a room setting and seeing the client very happy or when the client visits the showroom it feels really good helping them choose beautiful ranges for their house or project. Making them happy is part of my job and what inspires me a lot.” Many thanks to Mrs Nina for sharing her valuable time with us, as she likes to use most of her spare time traveling overseas to source ranges and taking care of her lovely 8 year-old son.


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EVERYTHING BALI by Nina Decorative Design

BUDDHA HEAD FOUNTAIN Add tranquility and freshness to your outdoor patio or garden with this hand-crafted natural stone Buddha head fountain. Water bubbles from the top of the head flows over the Buddha’s head and face to make the atmosphere perfect for meditation. Height is 1m. Price is set at 11,000 baht.

MANGO-WOOD TV CABINET Low TV cabinet with four drawers. Made of mango-wood that is well known for its durability. Dimensions: 180cm Width x 50cm Depth x 50cm Height. 14,000 baht only for this piece.

TEAK CHAISE LOUNGE HAND CARVED TEAK TABLE 12,500 baht for this piece is considered much more than value for money. This is a rustic and truly dignified console. Accent table has been entirely hand-carved from ancient teak wood and embellished with floral carvings.


Relax in an antique style of this Bali chaise lounge. This outstanding chaise features a traditional swirled arm with a sloping design and carvings on the arm and base. It comes with a soft cushion and small pillow at only 19,000 baht.

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BUDDHA WALL PLAQUE This stunning hand-carved wall plaque features a serene face of the Buddha. The plaque measures 2 meters high by 2 meters wide. It would make a gorgeous addition to any home. For sale at 11,000 baht.

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ABSTRACT OIL PAINTING A hundred percent handmade oil painting on canvas by professional and passionate artist. The painting is 75 cm wide and 100 cm high. Price is 4,500 baht inclusive of frame.



Chic but still eco friendly. The set is a combined table and two chairs resembling boats in shape. The natural colors and beauty of teak-wood give a rustic look which looks great in any contemporary or tropical setting. 28,000 baht only for a set.

Go green and get into a classic look with this water-hyacinth sofa set with fine cushion. Price for the whole is 22,000 baht net.

Nina Decorative Design 10/22 Moo 10, Big Buddha Chaofa Road 51 T.Chalong, A.Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0) 76 384463 Fax: +66 (0) 76 384413 Email: For retail & wholesale. Made to order.


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Promise that has been delivered Being in a high hill position where we are now allows us to see a lot of developments rising in Phuket, from north to south, from east to west. Many projects we also visited were likeable. Some projects amazed us with the creativity of designers. Some show great attention in every detail. However, there were only a few we totally fell in love with, during our very first steps inside. There are few projects that can evoke our thirst for buying. Sincerely, La Colline is one of those. visited La Colline’s show house one day by invitation of the developer “Property 55” and its discerning director, Mr. Alain Cohen. We were greeted warmly by the team even though they were busy and putting their concentration into the project’s accomplishment, on the verdant hills overlooking the Andaman Ocean, in one of the quietest corners in Phuket, near Layan beach.

La Colline’s show house has a bit of a strange layout - though still very much impressive. Entering by foot from the front, you go under its arched entrance and walk along the sidewalk which is beside a nature loving idea, a lovely


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‘garden wall’, passing guests’ bedrooms on the ground floor, taking steps to the so-called ‘Pool Level’ to get into the living room patio and master bedroom, continuing further to the kitchen and dining area on the top floor, which connects to the maids’ quarter and parking space tucked behind the entire building.


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The villas were built on an open plan layout and designed to take advantage of the tropical climate. The wise use of natural materials and well positioned floor-to-ceiling windows maximise the flow of natural breezes and let natural light in all year round, for comfort and energy saving. Three guestrooms are discreetly isolated from the main building which means guests can independently access their rooms without disturbing the owner. All bedrooms with


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La Colline’s show house has a bit of a strange layout - though still very much impressive.


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en suite bathrooms are spacious, well appointed and allow a direct access to landscaped garden. The master bedroom & bathroom en suite can be reached by the corridor and another staircase on the left side of building. It is top notch with a spacious bathroom featuring an outdoor Jacuzzi, home automation solutions for lighting, entertainment and security, 180 degree ocean vistas and the privilege of a swimming pool – just a step away. A swimming pool laps up to the lounge area. Backed behind the deck is a refreshment zone with storage and bar counter island - ideal for both everyday relaxation and occasional parties. A modern kitchen on the upper floor is equipped with a fridge, dishwashing machine, state of the art oven etc. (optional). Connected to the kitchen on a higher level, the dining room and living area provides lots of space. With huge windows on either side, you can enjoy a picturesque view of the Andaman Sea just metres above the sea level and a fresh sea breeze without an obstruction. Scheduled to be complete later this year, the whole project consists of 17 villas, a club house and two pond water reservoirs for internal use. Each villa is being built on an elevated level of a lush hill. The design and layout of the buildings are optimized to ensure an unobstructed panorama. There are only three villas now left to sell. Buying one could make you a neighbor of a famous name you don’t normally expect. For the rest of you, let the pictures help your imagination.


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La Colline

Property 55 Co., Ltd. 3/10-11 Moo 1, Srisoonthirn Rd., Chengtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 271 770-1 Fax: +66 (0) 76 271 783 Email:


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its entrance road from Cherng Talay village has attracted many entrepreneurs to open shops, businesses, restaurants, and real estate projects nearby, trying to ‘cash in’ on the affluent tourists and now residents passing by, perhaps on the way to the trendy Surin beach or lively Patong beach also nearby. Now the vacant land, that used to be the last space before the village, is being developed as the new ‘The Explorer Phuket’ residential and retail project, by The Explorer Co., Ltd. It is set to raise the bar again for high quality shops, houses and buyers. The project is on a large 57 rai or 22.5 acres of land plot on the west side of the road from the Cherng Talay junction to Laguna Phuket entrance. It will comprise


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The Explorer Phuket explores new territory near Laguna’s luxury Ever since Laguna Phuket opened its compound of luxury hotels and later houses on the Bangtao beach area about 20 years ago,

31 units of 31 retail units in an upmarket Plaza, 78 pool-villas and four 39-unit condominium buildings. The Plaza is now under construction and will be complete in July 2011 as the first part of the project. It features its own parking spaces, covered walkways and 3-storey commercial buildings. When finished, there are bound to be a number of brand-name restaurants and stores to enjoy. The usage space in each is 237.5 sqm. and if interested be quick, as the units are now on sale at 15 million baht and apparently going quickly.

The pool villas will comprise 78 units in two types: A for 39 units with single storey 2 bedroomed units, while type B is for 39 units with double storey 3 bedroomed units with the master bedroom and Jacuzzi on the upper floor. Both come with a car space and maid’s (or driver’s) quarter, so your maid or driver can park the car(s) for you and be on your beck and call almost immediately! The condominiums’ penthouses are special, not just special, with a rooftop swimming pool and clubhouse for relaxation. They should also provide nice Andaman sea-views with the Bangtao beach just a kilometre away.


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he first phase of the residential project is scheduled to be completed in July 2012. Looking at the plans, there are no signs or plans for a big shopping ‘mall’, conference centre, nor a four star resort hotel as reported elsewhere, so ‘The Explorer Phuket’ should provide a relaxed sophisticated ambience to explore nice niche shops near to hospitable homes. You can imagine, or really experience if you go there, enjoying some hassle-free shopping, then a cup of latte coffee or a glass of wine with fellow customers and clients in a chic cafe, or clubhouse, and then inviting them back for a short stroll to your impressive villa or condo, without having to call the driver for the car! Your maid can even carry the



shopping for you! In the morning or late afternoon, you can jog or cycle to the beach with your new friends and explore the environment in an eco-friendly encounter before returning for the rest of life’s wonderful experiences at ‘The Explorer Phuket’. If you want more information, check out or or visit their sales office on 41 Baandon-Cherng Talay Road, Cherng Talay, Thalang, Phuket. Tel +66 (0)76 326 330, Fax +66 (0)76 326 329, Mobile +66 (0)85 789 8555

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should provide a relaxed sophisticated ambience to explore nice niche shops near to hospitable homes.





are blended without compromise


outique Golf Villa exclusively offers 7 pool villas in the middle of beautiful golf course, Phuket Country Club.

Setting in a peaceful environment amidst the natural embrace, the two-storey villas has been designed under a large open plan concept to maximize advantages of tropical climate and the greenery atmosphere. Each in a position allowing an unobstructed view of the golf course. Built to the highest standards with beautifully finished functions. Boutique Golf Villa comes in a choice of either 3 or 4 bedrooms featuring private 4x15 metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fully fitted premium kitchen. The perfect spot for peace and tranquility where residents can expect an ultimate golfing inspired experience or a valued investment in Phuket. • • • • •

Patong Beach 10 Minutes Phuket Town 10 Minutes International Airport 30 Minutes Central Festival Phuket 5 Minutes British International School 15 Minutes

Boutique Golf Villa 91/134 Moo 7 Vichitsongkram Rd. T.Kathu, A.Kathu, Phuket 83120 Tel: +66 (0) 81 628 5166, +66 (0) 86 952 7142 Fax: +66 (0) 76 319 931 Email: Website:

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La Colline Phuket Sale Office 3/10-11 Moo 5, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 Thailand Tel: +66 (0) 76 271 770-1 Fax: +66 (0) 76 271 783 Mobile: +66 (0) 81 862 0808 Email: Website:

La Colline: “Sanctuary of Serenity” La Colline: encapsulating a total area of 33,000 square metres, La Colline plays host to 23 spacious villas, each with 700-800 sq.m. of built up area. Nestled among Layan Hill, La Colline benefits from deep, lush green surroundings all year round and also from the scent and colours provided from tranquil acres of tropical flowers. Most notably however, La Colline boasts a stunning unobstructed panoramic view of Phuket’s azure blue Andaman Sea.

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La Colline is a perfect setting of pure serenity, utmost privacy and unrivalled natural beauty.

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Bangkok Sale Office 45/5 Soi Sukhumvit 59, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 (0) 2 714 3901

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Escape to Eternity La Colline is located in Layan and benefits form a peaceful and picturesque setting as well as beautiful panoramic views. Strategically located, La Colline is an exceptionally well designed project with striking architecture. Each Villa gives off an aura of complete relaxation and quality upon embracing your very first steps. Modern tropical style villas are comprised of three stories and boast 15 metres infinity edged swimming pools which fade away beautifully into the endless horizon. An accompanying poolside sala provides the perfect place to relax as you watch the sun go down.


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Jason Nuell General Manager of Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa

Newcomer New voice It was another special occasion when we had a chance to chat with newly appointed General Manager of the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa. The hotel is the first Renaissance property in Phuket and the new brand voice of the Renaissance opened early this year. General Manager Jason Nuell left us an image of a professional, an enthusiast and a positive thinker – obviously you can see this from his profile, personality and conversation if you read on. 74

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JASON NUELL General Manager of Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa Please tell us a bit about your career path? My previous role was as Area Director of Operations in Marriott Hotels South East Asia. Prior to this assignment, I was the Director of Operations at JW Marriott Mumbai in 2005 and Director of Operations at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa in Australia in 2003, where I began my Marriott career. What is the difference between your responsibilities you had in Hong Kong and now in Phuket? My role in Hong Kong Corporate Office was the Area Director of Operations looking after the overall operation of Rooms and Food & Beverage outlets of 30 hotels within 7 countries around the Asia Pacific region, including hiring the leadership operation team for the recently opened 9 hotels in the area, while for Renaissance Phuket my role is shifted to be more specific in every department operation including positioning of the resort with the new Renaissance Brand Voice. From your experience, is the Phuket market different from Hong Kong? Is it making it more difficult or easier to handle? Phuket is primarily more leisure driven where as Hong Kong has its share of corporate trade, claiming its fair position as a Global Financial Centre. The


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with waterfall features. And the most important part not to be missed is our people, I believe what set us apart from the rest is the team we have assembled at the resort, I’m very proud of the team and they will do anything to make our customers love them.

purpose of guest travel and expectation is different in both places but from the hotels’ perspective, our job i s t o continually strive to provide high quality of service and experience to ensure that every guest has a fulfilling stay that enables them to relax and return to us.

Don’t you think there are enough hotels in Phuket? How is Renaissance Phuket going to catch people‘s attention? There are several “accommodation options” available in Phuket that cater to the needs of different kinds of travelers. Renaissance brings to Phuket a unique and stylish product of Marriott to north Phuket on Mai Khao beach offering a comfortably cool resort for independently minded travelers in the relaxing natural environment and tranquil experience to couples, honeymooners and for family fun. The re s o r t comprises a complete product in combination of Deluxe rooms, Suites and Pool Villas, 5 indigenous food & beverage outlets, Quan Spa, Kids World and provides enough for everyone in the family at great rates. What if we ask you to present your hotel? What is the highlight we should never miss? The resort is set on Mai Khao Beach providing stunning views of the Andaman Ocean, chic & stylish architecture, turtle shaped villa roof-tops which signify the importance of the leather turtle in Mai Khao area, away from the hustle & bustle of other beaches, 2 different landscapes in the resort – a sandy beach in the resort & a lagoon


Is it challenging opening a hotel in the current situation with Thailand’s unrest just under control? What is the plan? As Marriott hotels worldwide have experience over these past 80 years, having been through many different crisis, we are confident that with such experience and with the kind of service Marriott associates or Renaissance Ambassadors can provide, we will be going through this challenge just fine. How about the grand opening? Our grand opening is planned for October to coincide with the Renaissance Miami Beach which is also another new brand voice of Renaissance. There will be a celebration event on the same night using a VDO link between two resorts, some international performances and entertainment. We will also be inviting top VIPs and media within Thailand and nearby to join our party.

A K I D S C L U B AT I T S B E S T Welcome to the new Juk’s Adventures™ Kid’s Club offering your children a membership with unlimited access – Features include Mini Golf, Pool Slider, Climbing Walls, Ball Room, Latest Playstation & Wii Games, Internet, Pool Billiard, Foosball, Daily Arts & Crafts Activities, Beach Volleyball, Supersized SpringfreeTM Trampoline, Outdoor Playground, Enormous Swimming Pool with

different depths for Toddlers & Adults, Professional Fitness Studio as well as special Benefits and Vouchers (Helicopter Sightseeing Flight, Girls Beauty Spa Day, Accommodation, Spa Treatments, Birthday Party for 20 kids and more). Visit our website or call us for a guided tour on 076 336 500.

Twinpalms Club @ Baan Yamu Phuket’s Most Exciting & Stylish Contemporary Family Resort 171/23 Moo 7, Paklok, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand t +66 (0) 76 336500, f +66 (0) 76 310558 e bo o k @ t w in p a lm s - c lu b . c o m

Recreation & Rooms Feat ur e Sur f ing

Life on boards



rom May to the end of October, or about half year, Phuket Island is covered by

Different beaches give different waves and wind

rain in most areas as we are under the

conditions. Popular beaches are those on the west

influence of the southwest monsoon that

coast including Kata, Karon, Kalim, Kamala and Surin,

brings moist hot air from the ocean over Phuket and

plus on the south-side at Nai Harn. Among these,

southern Thailand. It rains on average more than 15

people say Kata offers the best board riding and easily

days a month throughout the ‘green’ season, but the

becomes the many surfers’ favourite beach. When

monsoon wind and currents also bring waves in the

combined with its attractive backdrop, it is no wonder

sea as big as 2 - 4 meters high. The red warning flags

why Kata is always chosen for a number of competitions.

along the beach become the norm and swimmers are discouraged. The heavy rain, big waves and

Quiksilver will again sponsor this year’s contest after

dull skies might keep some away from the beach or

a hugely successful Quiksilver Thailand Surf Series

even make them scared of the island. The weather

2009 that attracted over a hundred participating

conditions make life in Phuket a bit slow and lacking

surfers from Thailand and around the world such

in colour which is usually painted by crowds of travellers.

as Australia, Japan, France, Indonesia, Hawaii in

But for some, the monsoon season is just like a ‘happy

USA, to name just a few. ‘Joob’ revealed that 2010

hour’ they’re counting on, not just for discounts, but

event will differ from last year’s event. “There will be

as the best time for surfing in Phuket.

no more series, no separate contests on Kalim and Kamala Beach. During 22-26 September, 2010, the

Admittedly Phuket is not an origin or early source

competition will be held at Kata beach only, in one

of surfing like Waikiki in the “Aloha” State of Hawaii.

big event, to gear up the publicity and awareness.”

Its waves definitely cannot beat the Gold Coast of Australia, nor even compare to those of Bali in

From a small contest a few board riders organized

Indonesia or other top surfing destinations of the

just for the sake of their own fun, to a vast interna-

world. However it can be another destination for

tional event to highlight Phuket as a friendly qualified

those who would like to start learning the art of

surfing destination, all Phuket board riders perhaps

balancing on a board and those who would love to

just want to see is the visitors happy with the activity

raise their XP or eXperience Points level. “Phuket

and the hosts. “We will be happy to see Phuket’s

is the only place in Thailand you can surf when

young blood rookies try to overcome the waves and

the waves are high enough and the wind is not too

cherish the beautiful nature we have. Come out to

strong”, said Chanin Aiyarak or ‘Joob’, formerly of

the beach. It’s ours.”

the Phuket Board Riders Club, & now President of Surfing Thailand organization.


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lashback to 1984 when an abandoned tin mine in Bangtao Bay was livened up by the hands of Thai Wah Resorts Development Co., Ltd., later known as The Laguna Resorts & Hotels Public Co., Ltd, who invested a lot of money and transformed the first plot of land into a beautiful exotic resort named Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. This was the very first property of the Laguna Phuket complex, which keeps providing an outstanding service and offers great value holiday experiences for its guests on its 22nd year of success.


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Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket boasts a beautiful concept that has been inspired by King Rama VI’s wondrous utopia for more than 60 years and surely promises to continue the tradition. The resort is well known for its distinctive neo-colonial style, blended with variations of traditional Thai elements incorporated throughout the resort. It has a dramatic backdrop of serene lagoons, a pristine white sandy beach and unbeatable Andaman Sea - just a few steps away - that accentuates its elegance and makes it a wonderful destination. Amid a sanctuary of tranquility shaded by native casuarinas and coconut palms, a cluster of low rise buildings – no more than three stories high, strategically form this 5-star resort. Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket offers 226 well appointed guest rooms and suites, all with private balcony; plus 28 new exclusive villas each with a private pool and

panoramic views of the ocean or lagoon. The interior is superb with the smart application of native woods, tiles, textiles and accents, yet fully equipped with extensive range of facilities and amenities e.g. hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, satellite television, IDD telephones, coffee/tea making facilities etc. All five dining outlets at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket are becoming a legend - a real paradise for all senses: Set in a lush garden by the lagoon is Ruen Thai serving authentic Royal Thai cuisine. Casuarina Beach Restaurant and Pub is located right on the sandy beach where you can eat the freshest grilled seafood & chill out with cocktails and cold drinks while watching the famed Phuket sunset. Recently awarded “Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2010” by Thailand Tatler, La Trattoria is a perfect choice for a luxury dining experience with Italian sensations and tastes for the main course. The waterfall and the pond invite

“It has a dramatic backdrop of serene lagoons, a pristine white sandy beach and unbeatable Andaman Sea - just a few steps away - that accentuates its elegance and makes it a wonderful destination.”


Recreation & Rooms Zenit h Holiday everyone to treat themselves with a wide variety of dishes from all over the world served at Laguna Café. The Poolside Café is situated by a large swimming pool providing drinks and snacks until sunset. A place to sit back and relax, Horizon Lounge offers magnificent views, morning coffee or tea, tropical exotic drinks or a glass of Chardonnay and live entertainment when the night falls. Beyond an attempt to trigger your taste buds, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket also considers activities and recreations the essential part to complete a journey. The resort therefore offers a wide variety of facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis courts, Fitness Centre, Recreation Centre, Kids’ Club, games room, jogging track, three-hole pitch and putt, water sports and the Angsana Spa. And as part of Asia’s first integrated resort, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket guests are privileged to access its 18-hole golf course, horse riding and an outdoor adventure training centre, as well as Camp Laguna for the children and other facilities all located within the Laguna Phuket complex. Since Phuket has been promoted for MICE business, the resort, from an impeccable potential they already have, continuously develops a strong reputation as one of the leading specialists and venues for MICE

groups. Hundreds of small to medium size groups visit and pursue their purpose from time to time. Whether it is Casuarina Beach, Dusit Laguna hall, Suriyan, or Chantra, each room comes equipped with the latest amenities to support any kind of function. By this coming high season, the resort’s 450 Million Baht refurbishing program of 67 Deluxe rooms will reach its completion. The management revealed the new look will be more stylish but still twirl around traditional Thai accents. The smooth granite underfoot, modern mosaic bathrooms, & private balcony will enhance guest relaxation experiences. The flat screen TV’s, cable network, WIFI and new writing desk will please business travelers. With the sea lapping at your door step, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket lies along Bangtao Bay on the west coast of Phuket, just 10 minutes’ drive from The Two Heroines Monuments and 30 minutes’ drive from Phuket International Airport.

390 Srisoontorn Road, Cherngtalay District, Amphur Talang, Phuket 83110 Tel: +66 (0) 76 362 999, Fax: +66 (0) 76 362 900 Email: Website:


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Technology Guide for 2010 and beyond

As good as the picture is on modern high definition televisions, the image on the screen is still locked in two dimensions. Many manufacturers are starting to make, or at least announce, televisions that will bring your viewing experience into the 3rd Dimension or 3D. Some of you may remember going down to the local 7-11 to pick up those paper glasses with the red and blue cellophane lenses to watch with. The idea behind those paper 3D glasses is actually much older but the basic concept continues today. 3D TV works because we have 2 eyes between them. Our y and space p eyes eyes see see objects obj o bjec ects ts at at a slightly slig sl ight htly ly different dif d iffe fere rent nt angle ang a ngle le and and our our brain brai br ain n uses uses this tthi hiss information info in form rmat atio ion n to reliably rrel elia iabl blyy calculate calc ca lcul ulat ate e distance depth, especially objects within dist di stan ance ce or o r de dept pth, h, e esp spec ecia iallllyy wi with th o obj bjec ects ts wit w ithi hin n 20 feet. ffee eet. t. 3D 3D media medi me dia a uses uses this tthi hiss natural natu na tura rall depth dept de pth h perception perc pe rcep eptition on by sending ssen endi ding ng a different dif d iffe fere rent nt image iima mage ge to to each each eye, eye e ye,, while whilile wh e our our brains brai br ains ns do do the the rest. rest re st..


Future 3D TV Technology Glasses are widely considered to be the weak link in the 3D chain. Consumers would much rather be able to view 3D without having to don any accessories. This is especially true of people who already wear corrective lenses and have to wear glasses over their lenses to view 3D TV. The most advanced method of showing 3D uses a special screen that can direct separate images to each eye. This form of 3D technology is called ‘autostereoscopic’ aut utos oste tere reos osco copi pic c or or ‘lenticular’ len enti ticu cula larr and and the the picture pic p ictu ture re is is shown columns which alternately angled show sh own n in ccol olum umns ns w whi hich ch are are a alt lter erna nate tely ly a ang ngle led d to right using either parallax lter the th e le left ft o orr ri righ ghtt ey eye, e, usi u sing ng e eit ithe herr a pa para rallllax ax fillte terr or special lenses; provides effect without spec sp ecia iall le lens nses es;; th this is p pro rovi vide des s a 3D e eff ffec ectt wi with thou outt glasses currently used the th e us use e of gla g lass sses es b but ut is is cu curr rren entl tlyy on only ly u use sed d on small smal sm alll monitors moni mo nito tors rs due d ue to t o the th e strictly stri st rict ctly ly defined d def efin ined ed view vvie iew w distance dist di stan ance ce limitations llim imit itat atio ions ns involved. iinv nvol olve ved. d. If If the the viewer view vi ewer er moves mov m oves es best position, outt of the ou the ‘sw ‘‘sweet’ swee eet’ t’ spo sspot pott or b bes estt po posi siti tion on,, th the e 3D

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effect will fall apart or even invert. These screens, and the media that utilizes them, are still very rare. Larger versions of this technology are probably on the way but they suffer from two issues: price, and the very limited view angle & distance.

with everything needed to view 3D content. Sony, Samsung, Toshiba, Sharp, LG and others displayed both 3D capable traditional and Light Emitting Diode or LED backlit Liquid Crystal Display or LCDs.

Who is making 3D Televisions?

What 3D Content is available?

While it was originally limited to Digital Light Processing or DLP televisions, 3D capability is becoming available on all the major HDTV technologies. At the Consumer Electronics Show or CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Panasonic introduced the VT25 series plasmas which offer full 1080p 3D to each eye and come equipped

Most of the 3D content in the near future will be disc based, 3D Blu Ray movies and 3D DVDs. For these you will need both a compatible TV and player. DirecTV was at CES 2010, showing off 3D content that will be available using their service.


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Chanintat Pachantabutr or ‘Mon’ is one of Phuket’s young blood, known for his dynamic role as an executive at

the island’s illustrious restaurant, Kan Eang@pier. He is presently the creator and supervisor of his new development ‘Patak Villa’, a premium residential and commercial building project. The project is positively regarded for its high quality, stylish architecture, and functions that fit lifestyle. Thus it is already very successful. We are really eager to know what an executive, who has experience in property development and a young man who has such a modern lifestyle, thinks about home décor and what he recommends for home lovers? “I try to choose and put the best things into home construction to make sure that the output will have quality. Other than this, pay a lot of attention to decoration as I believe this is the way to spark a light for living in any home. It will add some sense of aesthetics and inspire a pleasant touch. The process is one of my favorites. It’s really fun, challenging and a pride of course if we are able to transform our imagination into reality whether it is kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or living space. It’s such a creative step. “For me, finding items that fit the needs is not a problem but finding those that really ‘match’ my vision is not easy. Homewroks Phuket is one of the very first destinations I automatically head to, whenever I look for items or even when I need inspiration. Homeworks Phuket keeps me up to date with the trends and gives me some ideas to use with my own business. It is the place that is always worth a visit and I’m sure it is the same for other home lovers as well.”


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“Chanintat Pachantabutr” HomeWorks Phuket is one of the very first destinations I automatically head to, whenever I look for items or even when I need inspiration.


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omeWorks Phuket ome Paradise for ome Lover

For home lover, HomeWorks is just like a paradise. No matter whether it be something for a new house or items for maintenance, it can all be found here.


HomeWorks Phuket is the largest home depot shopping centre in the southern region, interconnected to Central Festival Phuket with a covered overpass, located just on the opposite side of the road in the heart of Phuket. It houses a number of leading stores, commercial banks, restaurants and fast food outlets spread over 26,000 square meters of space in the massive two-storey building. Homeworks Phuket provides a myriad of quality home products including kitchen furniture & appliances, bedding, home organizers & home decoration, bath ware, bath fitting, floor & tile, hardware, paint, tools, pumps, plumbing, lighting & electricals. All are well assorted and displayed for your easy shopping. Under the same roof, there are also a Design Centre, Home Solution, Installation & Contractor, Free Delivery, & Financial Service customized to your budget.

Open daily 9:00 – 22:00 hrs. Tel: 076 608 000 90

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Numsang Hi-Fi

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33/7-9 Vichitsongkram Rd,. Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket, 83000 44 Phang Nga Rd., Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 2807, +66 (0) 86 662 7766, +66 (0) 76 219 406 Email: Website:

Music, video & home automation - anywhere life takes you

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Products & Services: • Home Theatre System • HiFi System & Component • Multi-room audio system • PA/commercial system • Computer speaker / I-pod Dock • LED / LCD TV

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Numsang Hi-Fi is operated in a friendly and service - minded manner. We are prompt for sales service. It is as easy as just picking up the phone and calling! or if needed, we can visit your site. We are here to help.

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Numsang Hi-Fi, the trusted audio visual provider since 1990. We offer services ranging from retrofitting a simple home AV system to the most complex multi zone AV system either in a residential villa, in a resort or in an entertainment complex . We have a large selection of competitively priced products to fit your every need. It’s time to expect more from Home theatre.

Loca Location: One branch of Numsang Hi-Fi is located on Phang Nga Rd. Another is on Vichitsongkram Rd. For taxi: นําแสงไฮไฟสาขาแรกอยู่บนถนนพังงา ตรงข้ามกับร้านดอกหญ้า



Phuket Sanook

Ho lid ay s in Ph uk et

Every year, they say there are over 5 million tourists from all over the world coming to Phuket. The high number of the tourists reflects that the island is very attractive among those people. Most of them spend their vacation by snorkeling, sailing, eating fresh seafood, having romantic dinners by the sea, and staying overnight, some in luxurious hotels.


Phuket Sanook

Bangor nrat Shinaprayoon

Phuket Sanook’ (‘Sanook’ being a Thai word meaning ‘enjoy’) is the definition of travelling to Phuket given by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket’s Office. Bangornrat Shinaprayoon, the Director of TAT Phuket, explains what they mean by ‘Phuket Sanook’; we also present you the favorite Sanook activities of people working in Phuket tourism. What is Phuket Sanook? Director of TAT Phuket said “Before mentioning about the meaning of ‘Phuket Sanook’, I would like to make the readers understand the role of TAT Phuket in island tourism first. TAT Phuket is the government organization that mainly promotes tourism in Phuket - to people in other parts of Thailand and the world.



feel ‘sanook’ in our work to promote tourism. Business sectors have to enjoy offering interesting products and services for travelers. Locals should also have a passion to look after our homeland and act as good hosts. All is based on the same goal we have - that is to enhance Phuket’s tourism and we will all benefit from doing this together. ‘Sanook’ activities that tourists should not miss are snorkeling, canoeing, & sailing to see the beautiful scenery of Phuket’s sea; eating international food such as European food, American food, IndiaHalal food, Japanese food, Chinese food and of course Thai food! Apart from this, Phuket offers cultural routes in Phuket Town with the locals’ lifestyle and old charming architecture that greatly reflect the origin of Phuket locals.

‘Phuket Sanook’ can really happen with support from every sector in Phuket. TAT or other agencies have to


Phuket Sanook

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All the services are given by service-minded staff. 40,000 rooms in hotels, with full facilities, are ready to serve all needs of tourists, like spas or Thai massages, etc. The abundant natural resources help tourists’ enjoy ‘Sanook’ experiences and the experience is even more enjoyable with the sincere smiles of the locals welcoming visitors coming to this island. Tourist’s having ‘Sanook’ make locals smile too! Tourism is the heart of Phuket’s lifestyle and economy, so let’s make it ‘Sanook’. Phuket is developing more ‘Sanook’ activities to maintain ‘Sanook’ feelings whenever people come to the island. Those activities are publicized via media, especially Phuket E-Magazine, TAT Phuket’s online magazine providing information about Phuket and an event calendar all year round. Moreover TAT Phuket support fun activities in Phuket order to make a lively atmosphere in the island’s tourism. Those activities include the Phuket Music Festival, Chinese New Year and Old Phuket Town Festival, Phuket King s Cup Regatta, Laguna Phuket triathlon, etc.


Apart from TAT Phuket, the local entrepreneurs or business owners join hands to establish associations to promote Phuket tourism and organize a lot of fun and interesting activities in order to attract tourists to Phuket. To increase ‘Sanook’ experiences in Phuket, the related sectors have to be good hosts welcoming tourists to Phuket, as well as maintain natural beauty. The tourists should be well taken care of; meanwhile, they should not be exploited by locals while they are traveling in the island. Moreover, the government and private organizations together with TAT Phuket are helping to expand tourism markets of the island by inviting new groups of tourists to travel here, such as wedding groups, diving groups, yachting groups, sport groups, and adventure groups. However, they are also trying to keep the existing groups of tourists coming. Phuket can welcome more tourists and the island will be developed in many aspects making it ready for the increasing numbers of visitors.”


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Sylvie Yaffe Public Relations Manager, Mom Tri’s Villa Royale / Mom Tri’s Oasis

Patcharee Suwanarat F/O Manager, Mom Tri’s Villa Royale “I like to go shopping at Naka Flea Market. There is a lot of cool stuff, especially second hand stuff and ‘ground’ shops (shops that display the products on the ground). The shops in the market always present trendy or updated products every week. I personally also prefer walking along the old buildings in Phuket town, rather than walking on the beach. The architecture is really elegant; that’s why I often show it to my friends coming to visit Phuket.”

“I often go sunbathing on the beach, especially on Kata Noi Beach. The beach is peaceful and clean, so it is such a good place for me to relax. I always take my friends for sun bathing there. Another thing I like to do in Phuket is scuba diving. I always join a scuba trip when my schedule is not so tight.”

Danai Klaiwisade Restaurant Manager, Mom Tri’s Oasis “I like to play football at Suanluang Rama 9 Park. The park is cool and pleasant so it’s like a meeting center of people who want to be healthy. They come to the park to exercise after their work.”


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Nattipong Rattanapratoomal Theerati Kheerin Executive Chef, Laguna Beach Resort “On holidays, I often drive my family to beaches, waterfalls, or viewpoints on the island; I love to relax in a natural atmosphere more than spending my holiday in the city, so does my family. I am always happy when family members are enjoying our natural trips.”

Hospitality Executive, Laguna Beach Resort “I really like surfing. My most favorite place to surf is Kata Noi Beach because the waves there are cool. Sometimes, my friends and I play guitar for fun. We are occasionally invited to play at events. We feel good every time the audience enjoy our music.”

Chantana Srichoo Guest Relations Officer, Laguna Beach Resort “I like to cycle with my family. In the holidays, we always go cycling along the beach or to waterfalls. Working as a Guest Relations Officer, I always have to give tourists information about suitable attractions, therefore I like to travel to many places and remember the beauty and information of those places to use in my job.”

Phuket Chantana



Phuket Sanook


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Nitiwadee Manabut Sales Coordinator [Groups & Events], Twinpalms Group

Phuket Supaluck Klongsamut

Krittawit Thongnarong Bartender Supervisor, Catch Beach Club by Twinpalms “Drinking at night in Phuket is my ‘Sanook’ experience on this island. After being tired from work, it is very nice to have a yummy dinner with great music and atmosphere - it’s a good way to boost me up after a long working day. Now, there are many places in Phuket that I can enjoy life after work.”

Supaluck Klongsamut Sales Executive, Twinpalms One Luxury Yacht

“Phuket’s nightlife is very colorful, fun, and exciting. There are a variety of styles of nightclubs in Phuket Town and hotels. Each nightclub presents its own experience of nightlife in Phuket. As I am working in the events-related field, nightlife is a ‘Sanook’ experience that really suits my lifestyle.”

“During holidays, my friends and I often hold a party in a beautiful ambience. Most of the party locations are by the sea because it gives us relaxing feel. Phuket has many scenic beaches which are good to hold parties. This is something really special about Phuket. By the sea, there are lots of activities to enjoy, such as eating seafood, playing sport on the beach, playing with friends in the sea. The activities make the holiday really ‘Sanook’.”


Phuket Sanook




Siriporn Sukom HR Manager, Sri panwa Phuket “My work makes me have to update information on accommodation and tourism business in Phuket all the time. So I like to take my family to spend our holiday in beautiful accommodations in Phuket. While my family and I can relax together, I also get useful information for my work. Phuket is attractive for holidays and the best accommodation makes the holidays even more attractive.”

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Nichotipa Intaradesh Spa Manager, Sri panwa Phuket “I personally enjoy eating Phuket local food and desserts. Most of them are sold in the area of Phuket Old Town making them more local and original. I always take my friends from other provinces to eat the food in town. Some of the food can not be found in other parts of the country.”


Siriporn Sukom

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Prasert Puongyao Chief Engineer, Sri panwa Phuket “In my free time, one of my most favorite activities is to eat yummy seafood with the good ambience of restaurants in Phuket. Taking my friends and family to those restaurants and eating Phuket style seafood makes our free time more happy and impressive. Apart from this, I always go to make merit at Chalong Temple as well.”

Phuket Sanook

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Sean Panton Phuket International Academy General Manager

Martin Hill Head Coach of Brazilian Soccer School (BSS), Phuket “My favorite ‘sanook’ fun activity has always been soccer, beach soccer, street soccer and Brazilian Soccer Schools using Phuket’s finest facilities at Phuket International Academy Sports and Leisure Club (PIASLC). I have played the game since I was 7 and I still enjoy it as much today as I did back then. Soccer is good for the mind, body and soul and what an easy way to stay fit! You can play alone, with a friend or with many friends. When playing organized soccer, children get to be part of a team and to learn teamwork; it can be a very social, positive activity.”

“As I am an avid football player, the most exciting fun thing for me to do at present is play adult futsal league matches at the PIA. With Phuket’s first artificial grass pitch, it helps my old bones and I can play in the rain too without getting my kit ruined. It’s a fun, high energy way of keeping fit, meeting people and having fun; look forward to seeing you there!”


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Phuket will soon be hosting another big tourism event. For first time ever, an exhibition is going to bring together suppliers and exhibitors in the hospitality and travel industry from all over Asia right here in Phuket.

Simon Samaan Event Thailand Co-Founder

“Asian Hospitality & Travel Show” will be taking place at Central Festival Phuket’s 3000 sqm air- conditioned Convention and Exhibitions Centre on October 1-3, 2010. The event is presented by Phuket International Academy, co–sponsored by Dewa and Cape Sienna, and supported by TAT - Thailand Authority Tourism, TCEB - Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, & SKAL. Event Thailand, owned and managed by two SKAL committee members Jorge De la Torre and Simon Samaan, are the organizers for the show. “Phuket never really had a travel and hospitality exhibition. For hotels, to attend exhibitions, they used to travel to Bangkok or to another country. This is the first time that an exhibition will bring buyers to meet the hotels and suppliers in Phuket. It is a great opportunity for hotels and other sellers to showcase their products and services directly to potential buyers and everyone in the hospitality and travel industry in Phuket without travelling so far. The event will help stimulate Phuket’s tourism,” says Simon Samaan who has over a decade’s experience in the industry as an organiser. There will be at least 85 exhibitors showing off their best during the 3-day event. Many four to five star hotels in Phuket apart from their sponsors like Radisson, JW Marriott, & Hilton to name a few, have confirmed their participation. The exhibitors will also include travel organizations, media, trade associations, event organizers and hospitality suppliers such as technology


solutions companies, wine and beer companies, food companies, kitchen suppliers etc. The Asian Hospitality & Travel Show is primarily a ‘Trade Event’ which mainly targets the executives or key decision makers from within the industry and obviously buyers from neighboring countries. “It will attract travel agents and MICE from several countries in Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia and China. The visitors will be coming here on a fully Hosted Buyer Program which means we will be responsible for all their flights and accommodations to come here and meet with hotels - same as tourists,” Simon explains. What else to expect at the show? Simon revealed they are also going to have professionally coordinated business appointments between the sellers, who are hotels and hospitality suppliers or buyers who are also travel agents and MICE planners; plus they also arrange networking meetings, seminars, competitions and demonstrations, lucky draw and prize giveaways, Job Club and other entertainments. “Business appointments and networking events are going to take place over two days. On the third day, there will be a cruise and a farewell party that will be a time for building up the network again between sellers and buyers.” The show will be the first time - in any exhibition of its kind - to feature a Job Club. “Phuket hotels always have problems recruiting people and what we are doing - the Job Club - is basically the best opportunity for them to find staff. And for those who are looking for jobs, this will give them

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an opportunity to hand their CV directly to the hotels and other employers: not-to -be-missed.”

Jorge De la Torre Event Thailand Co-Founder

“Loads of things are going to happen. Visitors and spectators will enjoy lucky prizes, wine testing, competitions like coffee making,

best Thai dishes, best western dishes for example, and demonstrations of fruit, vegetable and ice carving etc.” Simon Samaan showed his confidence that the event will make Phuket more exposed among Asians saying “I think Phuket is already an international destination now. Everyday we have more and more international flights coming directly to Phuket via our own airport. It’s really an age for Phuket-based hotels to always participate in exhibitions that are taking place outside of Phuket. This is a very good opportunity to have a show in Phuket with the travel agents to come directly and see what Phuket has to offer.

are serious about promoting Thailand and Phuket. So we haven’t made a final decision yet and that will happen on July 31st.” Simon urged “Anyone out there in Phuket that is related to the hospitality and travel industry should come at least visit the event on the 1st - 3rd October. Anyone who is searching for new channels to showcase their products and services to the hotels, to the travel agents and MICE planners, should also exhibit in this exhibition. Because of space limitation, we only have an opportunity that is really limited to about a hundred booths - with 50 per cent booked already. So anyone interested to join this activity, should contact us very quickly. If you would like to exhibit, please register before 1 September 2010 by contacting or 0847 680 536 or visit Like I said, the show will be an unparalleled opportunity for the industry.” For more information about the event, please visit

Registration for Travel Agent/MICE is still open and will close on July 31st. After that, Event Thailand, the organizer will go through all the applications and select the 30 best buyers to join the hosted buyer program. Simon said “We



Phuket Music Festival 2010 Saturday 26th June 2010 at Karon Beach, Phuket

World Environment Day(3rd) Saturday 5th June 2010 at Katathani Phuket Beach Resort



Liquid Chocolate Party Thursday 10th June 2010 at Bake by Twinpalms

Opening of Cool Spa & SSS Party Saturday 5th June 2010 at Sri panwa, Phuket



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