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ISSUE 78 # FEBRUARY 2014

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Regulars Phuket Island map 8 What's on: on & off Phuket (including the movies) 12-15 Word of mouth 16 Business profile: Christian Schwind (GM of Andaman Cruises) 22 Social Phuket 28-29 Legal matters: Condominium Meetings of Owners - Does your Vote Count? 60 Property matters: Phuket’s “catch up” infrastructure 64 People profile: Montavee Hongsyok (Assistant MD of Anuphas Vividhkarn) 66 Phukt street food scene 68-70 Safer Phuket: Hospitality sector commits to a Safer Phuket 71 Things to do in Phuket 72 Useful telephone numbers 73

Yachts & Yachting Andaman Cruises Yacht Charters Sunsail – yacht charters & sales DaVinci Yacht Charters Cholamark Boat Phuket tide tables: February-March 2014

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Cover photos: Top: Wings Pool Villas collection Bottom: Nikki Beach Phuket

Shopping, Dining & Leisure Helicam: Shoots promotional video & photography Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous Temple Fair Traditions at Wat Chalong Recipe: Spaghetti Alle Vongole (Chef Thames Kraitat) Dining around Phuket Phuket Island Romance

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Land & Property (Sales / Rentals / Services / Products) The View Diamond Condominium Bangtao Phuket Plunge Tropic Villas The Lake House Phuket Villa Sunpao Wings Kata Rocks Anchan Villas 88 Land & Houses Phuket Coco Group The Emerald Terrace Condo Patong The Emerald Terrace Central Condo Karon Butterfly Resort ReLife 2 Serviced Apartments Myphuketproperties St. James Properties Tile-It: Phuket's quality tile boutique Phunawa Resort ISS: Security System Integration

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WHAT'S ON

Annual Fair 2014 • Art Exhibition • Till 18 Feb 2014 @ Mom Tri's Villa Royale Gallery, Kata Noi Subconscious of the Southern Forest from Thai artist Watcharin Rodnit. He categorises his work as naturalistc and uses techniques such as altering the richness of colour, shadows and the brushstroke to create more vivid, violent and bold pieces. +66 7633 3568. www.villaroyalephuket.com

Soccer Schools Int'l Tournament • 1-2 Feb 2014 @ Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) The 4th Phuket Soccer Schools Int'l Tournament. Teams from all over Asia. Four age groups: under 8's and Under 10's in 5v5 and Under 12's and Under 14's in 6v6. The participation fee is 4,000 Baht/ team. +66 76 336000. www.thanyapura.com

Concert • 7-8 Feb 2014 @ Phuket Boat Lagoon, Koh Kaew A Tribute to the Fab Four! Reminisce to music from The Beatles. The concert will be held at an air conditioned tent at the Phuket Boat Lagoon. Tickets are 1,100 Baht at The Phuket Gazette, Villa Market Chalong, Les Diables, Boat Lagoon, Canal Village, Laguna. +66 91 326 02760. www.events-international.com

Charity Party • 8 Feb 2014 @ Phuket Pullman Arcadia, Naithon Masquerade Party. A carnival evening with Venetian inspired 5-course banquet, free flow drinks, entertainment and dancing. Dress is 'Magnificent Masks'. The donation is 3,000 Baht. Proceeds to the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation, which provides free English lessons to more than 1,000 less fortunate children in three government schools. The after school programme, Coconut Club, is attended by 130 children who are orphans or whose families are not able to look after them. These children live full time at school. +66 7627 8146 www.phukethasbeengoodtous.org

10-16 Feb 2014 @ Wat Chalong Wat Chalong Fair 2014. The biggest temple fair on the island. Shopping, games, food and fun. There are entertainment areas with darts and shooting games, ferris wheels and playground areas.

The Bay Regatta • 12-16 Feb 2014 @ Phang Nga Bay The (Phang Nga) Bay Regatta 2014. Cruising & liveaboard regatta. 4 days racing. Spectacular scenery. Parties most nights. Up to 50 boats. +66 81 396 0785. www.bayregatta.com

Chinese New Year • 15-17 Feb 2014 @ Chinese shrines in Phuket Town Chinese New Year 2014. Celebrations & cultural events across the island, especially in the heart of Phuket’s Old Town and at local Chinese Shrines. in collaboration with the Old Phuket Town Festival.

Annual Festival 2014 • Feb 2014 (Date to be announced) @ Thalang, Krabi and Phuket Roads Old Phuket Town Festival. Held at the heart of the Old Town on Thalang, Krabi and Phuket Roads and along the famous Soi Rommanee. Thalang Road and Soi Rommanee will be converted into walking streets during the festival. Colourful entertainment including a Phuket Baba Light Show, a rickshaw tour around the streets, cultural parades, Chinese opera performances, Chinese folk dancing troupes and more. Activities start from about 3pm and run till midnight each day. Old Phuket Festival

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2-17 Mar 2014 @ Thalang Victory Memorial Field & Heroine's Monument, Thalang One of the island's major festivals covering cultural and sporting activities, including: bicycle racing, a takraw (volleyball played with the feet) tournament, tug-o'-war, a mini-marathon and an uppasombot moo (Buddhist ordination) ceremony. The highlight of the festival is a spectacular show about the history of Phuket.

Thanyapura SuperKidz Triathlon Series Pt 4 • 8 Mar 2014 @ Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) The 4th installment of the SuperKidz Triathlon Series with participants from Thailand, Malaysia, UK, Netherlands, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Austria, Russia and the US. +66 7633 6000. www.thanyapura.com

Bike Week •

PTT Pattaya Open 2014 • Till 2 Feb 2014 @ Dusit Thani Pattaya Qualifying on 26-27 Jan. Main draw matches from the 27 Jan. Finals on 2 Feb. Tel: 02-3113414-5. ppc@pentanglepromotions.com.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival •

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Off Phuket Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival •

8-9 Feb 2014 @ Suan Buak Hat Park, Mueang District, Chiang Mai Flower-decorated floats & traditional dancers. Trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for best float. Plant & flower sales & competitions. TAT Chiang Mai, +66 53 248604. www.tourismthailand.org.

Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony • 13-15 Feb 2014 @ Pak Meng Beach, Trang Procession of brides and grooms through the city streets to a traditional Thai ceremony. Ends with underwater registration procedure. Certified divers only. TAT Trang Office +66 75 215867.

11-19 Apr 2014 @ Loma Park, Patong Phuket Bike Week 2014. The 20th annual Phuket Bike Week features yet another turnout of big bike enthusiasts and others participating in one of the most popular bike show in the region. The event features a beach party and music festival, grand dinner, exhibition of custom bikes, new products, accessories and clothing, a ride for peace and global warming and of course the contest to find Miss Phuket Bike Week 2014. +66 7635 2069. www.phuketbikeweek.com

Silverlake Music Festival 2014 •

Annual Festival •

Songkran Festival •

21-27 Apr 2014 @ Patong Beach Phuket Gay Pride Festival 2014. Marks the 11th Annual Phuket Pride Celebration. The first night sees the pre-party night, followed by the grand opening party on the 21st and Phuket Pride Party Night on the 18th. The colourful and fantastic ‘Afternoon Gay Pride Parade’ and the fun street party are on the 26rd. www.phuket-pride.org

13-15 Apr 2014 @ Nationwide Songkran Festival is the traditional start of the Buddhist New Year as well as the end of the dry season. A national holiday, the festival sees a ritual washing of Buddha images and bathing. It is evolved in to a loud, boisterous and fun festival that features water throwing in the streets. Activities occur at the Saphan Hin Park in Phuket Town and at major centres such as Patong, Kata, Karon, Rawai and Phuket Town.

1 Mar 2014 @ Silver Lake Pattaya Packed line-up. Tickets THB 2,500. www.silverlakemusicfest.com.

Grand Pattaya International Music Festival 2014 • 14-16 Mar @ Pattaya, Chon Buri 3-day free concert with Thai and international artists. From around 6pm-midnight. Beach activities during the day and booths selling music-related accessories and food stalls. www.tourismthailand.org.

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WHAT'S ON

movies FEB 2014

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VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, Marianne Jean-Baptiste Multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is a good cop doing his best to fight crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp's robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, Ashley Charles Based on author Richelle Mead's worldwide bestselling series, "Vampire Academy" tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-yearold girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose and her best friend, Lissa a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured.

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in Phuket February Choices

DJ and live music @ Catch Beach Club, Surin Phuket's most fashionable beach club. A great place to chill whether in the afternoon or evening. At night Catch comes alive with a DJ and live music. Live Jam nights @ Skyla's Beach House, Kamala Chilled international music including live jam nights. They also teach surfing & 'SUP'. Every Saturday night - DJ Chedi @ Bliss Beach Club, Bang Tao DJ Chedi has blessed the decks at some of Thailand's hottest clubs including Q Bar Bangkok, Twisted Republic, Route66, Glow & Club87. Versatile, complex and magical sound. Live Jazz @ Mom Tri's Kitchen, Kata Noi Every Wednesday & Sunday night in the Sea Shell Bar. Sunset Happy Hour daily from 6pm-7pm. including select wines by the glass and 50% off cocktails. Great live music, gorgeous sunset views and Thai and international cuisine Live music every weekend @ Route 68 Every weekend: pop, jazz or soft rock any musician is welcome to jam later on at night. DJ & live music @ Kor Tor Mor Pub & Restaurant, Phuket town A great spot to experience the local nightlife scene. The live music is Thai and DJ plays international hits. Bar Bands @ Timber Hut, Phuket City The Thai pub scene. A fun place featuring one of Phuket's great bar bands. Live music & cheap beer @ Rom Dee, Phuket City Small venue, live music every night & cheap beer. Gets busy, but laid-back approach. Acoustic live music @ Two Chefs Bar & Grill, Kata-Karon Acoustic live music every, Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday night at Kata Beach. At Karon it's every night. Starting around 7 pm. Disco & Cabaret Shows @ Paradise Complex, Patong Beach The only gay disco in Patong with daily popular cabaret shows around midnight. The Boat Bar gets busy when the show starts at midnight. Jam sessions @ Music Matters jazz bar, Phuket City Jazz, Salsa, Caribbean, African, S. American & more. Jazz jam sessions Wed & Sat.

Regular Events PIWC Phuket International Women's Club Monthly meetings: Committee - 1st Thursday, Meet & Greet - 2nd Thursday. Lunch - 3rd Thursday. Coffee Morning - 4th Thursday. All welcome; registration is essential. +66 76 316711. info@phuketiwc.com. www.phuketiwc.com IBAP The International Business Association of Phuket Regular meeting is on the 2nd Friday of each month. secretary@ibap-phuket.org. www.ibap-phuket.org

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BBAP British Business Association - Phuket Monthly dinners & social evenings. Ad hoc calendar. socialsec@bbap.org. www.bbap.org Mr Live Wire Free computer clinic Windows, internet, tablet, phone, TV, or just about anything computer-related. Every Sunday, 10am at NEW VENUE Baketastic in Kathu (opposite Krung Thai Bank). Lions Club Lions Club of Patong Beach Monthly meeting & fellowship dinner, 2nd Tuesday each month. +66 81 374 2088. info@lions-club-patong.org. www.lions-club-patong.org GOMS Grumpy Old Men's Society A grumpy but happy group of local gentleman gathers every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month at Chalong Pier Beer Garden. vguytonbeck@gmail.com. Cricket / Rugby Outrigger Hotels /Twenty Cricket League at ACG Cricket Ground Matches every Sunday 9am. Touch rugby Wednesday evenings. www.phuketcricketgroup.com / www.acgphuket.com. ACYC Ao Chalong Yacht Club Regular youth sail training in state-ofthe-art dinghies. For details contact school@acyc.asia. Regular Friday night get-together and Lucky Draw. Non-members very welcome. www.acyc.asia Times & dates of events are subject to change. Please contact the organiser for up-to-date information.

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We all know one of those places… they never advertise but they’re busy. Why? ‘Word of mouth’. People tell their friends, “You must try..” and the word spreads. In this monthly column, we spread the word further about the great-value nooks and crannies that we know about on Phuket.

One Chun Café n' Restaurant

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10am-10pm. On Dibuk Rd, next to the bridge. A Sino-Thai setting with quality food and reasonable prices. Some of the dishes are more or less the same as the famous 'Raya restaurant' (from the same family) but the portions are a bit smaller, the prices cheaper – but the taste is the same . Steamed Pork with Garlic and Pepper Phuket Style , Creamy Crabmeat Curry with Noodles and Prawns in Tamarind and Lemongrass Sauce are "Must Try!!"

Wilai Restaurant

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7am-2pm. On Thalang Rd, near Thalang/ Yaowarat intersection. Wilai offers many affordable Phuket local dishes without hurting your pocket. The place is pretty simple with plastic chairs and metal tables; no air conditioning. Mee Thai Pad (Phuket Style Fried Noodle), Khao Yum Budu (Rice with Mixed Herbs and Budu Dressing) are both heartily recommended .

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3pm-2am. Take the road to the pier from Chalong Circle. At the end of the road, opposite the car park A great place to see all the sporting events – very large screen plus two 42” flat screens mean that you get all the action , sometimes two or three big sporting events at the same time – football , rugby, Aussie Rules, motorsport... If it ’s on they’re showing it! Cold bottled and draught beer. A really tasty selection of pub grub – fish and chips, sausage and mash , pies with everything plus Jam’s famous beef or chicken stew.

Go Benz Kao Lao Lued Moo 6pm-2am. At the intersection of 81 B5 Phatiphat Rd. & Ranong Rd. A small restaurant which is always packed and hard to get a table , but worth the effort. Serves Kao Lao Lued Moo (Kao Lao is a soup usually served with a bowl of rice; you can choose from pork bone , crispy pork , lung, heart or liver to add in). One of the must-try dishes is 'Khao Tom Hang' (Dry porridge with a choice of pork bone or crispy pork served with a small blow of soup).

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10am-10pm. Chaofa Rd East, just 30m from Wine Connection. Authentic Thai & European food with a large selection of meals. Signature dishes dishes are Mussaman & Green Curry, Papaya Salad & Fish 'n Chips. Meals from 35baht. Excellent food at great prices. See comments on Trip Advisor. If you enjoy good fresh food put this place on your list.

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experiences, lifestyle and premium hospitality. Today, people of all nationalities come from all over the world to enjoy the peaceful and pristine waters of Phuket and the Andaman Sea,” says General Manager Christian Schwind. The archipelagos of the Andaman Sea and its maritime national parks are renowned as some of the most beautiful yachting grounds in the world. Many people say that there is no better experience than to go onboard a yacht and see the breathtaking scenery of limestone rocks, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters around Phuket and the South of Thailand, including Phang Nga Bay and the coastline of Krabi. Guests are able to discover unique destinations and unspoiled spots. And a luxury charter with Andaman Cruises is the most exclusive and most personalised way to do that. These yachts offer all the benefits and facilities of a floating villa – luxury, comfort and privacy.

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Whether it’s a day out with family and friends cruising around the islands or an overnight charter, we can cater to your every need. DaVinci Yacht Charters prides itself not only on the quality and cleanliness of our fleet but on the attentiveness and service quality of our staff. We are a fully TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) licensed organization with all of the correct yacht charter insurances in place. Security is our top priority at all times and our fleet is fully equipped to international standards with all the necessary safety equipment from life jackets to life rafts. Our 39ft Catamaran “DaVinci” is named after our iconic Italian restaurant in the south of Phuket Island. This locally built catamaran can take up to 12 passengers comfortably for a day trip or sleep up to eight people for overnight stays. This cruising catamaran is equipped with four cabins, two doubles and two singles as well a sleeping area for two in the main cockpit above deck. DaVinci is equipped with a fully functioning galley including a refrigerator and freezer as well as a dining area in the main cockpit. There is a large foredeck with lots of room to relax on the comfy cushions and enjoy the cruise while admiring the scenery. Fully equipped for both cruising under sail or

racing in one of the local regattas DaVinci can be chartered for a day trip, overnight cruise or a weeks racing. Enjoy a silent sail around the hidden islands you wouldn't normally see. Our 52ft Sunseeker “DaVinci S50” is also named after our iconic Italian restaurant in the South of Phuket Island. This is a sleek hi-powered motor yacht can take up to 12 passengers comfortably for a day trip or sleep up to six people for overnight stays. This magnificent vessel is equipped with three cabins, two doubles and a twin with two bunk beds. DaVinci S50 is equipped with a fully functioning galley with an air conditioned dining area which can seat up to eight people. The dining room is also a lounge equipped with a large screen TV, Bose sound system and DVD player. There is a large foredeck with lots of room to relax on the comfy cushions and enjoy the cruise while admiring the scenery. Up on the flybridge there is seating for a further eight people. This high powered yacht can take you on a wonderful day trip around the islands or an overnight trip for those hideaways further away.

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CHOLAMARK BOAT Company was established in Phuket in 1989. The company has about 30 employees and we build inflatable boats and RIB's in the range of 2.10 metres to 7.50 metres. We offer repair service, general overhauls and tube replacements.

Our work is done with the expertise of a European manufacturer. Cholamark Boat Co., Ltd. is the local dealer for Williams Performance Tenders, a service station for Avon Inflatables Limited and DSB of Germany. • We offer a wide range of inflatable boats made from Neoprene/Hypalon. • In addition to our Cholamark models we also offer Williams and Highfield tenders. • Professional repairs of all Neoprene and Hypalon Dinghies, re-tubing and general inflatable dinghy overhauls. • Stock in our showrooms includes RIB's and soft floor dinghies. • We manufacture dinghy covers, sun shades, cushions with closed cell foam and supply and use anti skid mats. • We are also licensed to repack liferafts. A pick up and delivery service can be arranged. • Parts for dinghies - repair sets, air pumps, paddles, oars and dinghy wheels • Rental of dinghies. • Outboard engines, life rafts, self inflating life jackets, hand flares, parachute ute flares. • Stainless steel work (316), Argon Welding and perfect polishing. Cholamark is open in Chalong from 08:30-17:30, Monday-Saturday. Our office and shop is located opposite Soi Sukee on Chaofa Road, Chalong and so very close to Chalong Bay.

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Helicam aerial image taken during the event

The Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous took place on 16th - 18th December 2013 in Phuket. The event is by invitation only and is only for sail or motor yachts over 100ft. The Asia Super Yacht Rendezvous is the biggest gathering of super yachts in the region. This year the Rendezvous was hosted by Kata Rocks, a multi-award winning, ocean front, sky-villa residence and resort, designed with Superyachts in mind. Helicam Company Limited is one of this year’s sponsors and during the three-day event is able to capture some spectacular imagery and video, using the remote piloted helicopter equipped with HDV video and 18mega pixel stills. The Helicam crew position themselves on one of the yachts in the heart of the action enabling them to capture the required video and imagery that will be made into a video production for the event. The aerial photography is system worked back at the Helicam office along with the editing of the promotional movie. You can see the video end result by logon to www.vimeo.com/helicamasia

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ANDAMAN CRUISES

Christian Schwind Christian Schwind manages one of Phuket's leading luxury yacht charter businesses, Andaman Cruises How long have you been with Andaman Cruises? What’s your position and what attracted you to the job? I joined the company as a General Manager in June 2013. Andaman Cruises is the leading luxury yacht charter company here on the Phuket and well-known for its modern fleet and high standard of service. For example, international celebrities such as football star Cristiano Ronaldo, Hollywood actor Dolph Lundgren and top model Heidi Klum have all been on a cruises with us. It is a great pleasure working for a company that enjoys such a good reputation. I feel honoured to be part of the team. What were you doing / where were you living & working before? For the last two years I was managing Andaman Travel, a small luxury travel agency, which is focused on organizsing individual vacations to Thailand for VIPs and celebrities. Before moving to Asia, I worked as Senior Manager Marketing & PR at the Russian energy giant Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer. Where are you from? I am from Berlin, the capital of Germany and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. I spent most of my life there before I decided to take a new challenge in Thailand. What’s special / different about Andaman Cruises? What are its unique points? The quality. Andaman Cruises stands for premium hospitality and an excellent service. That is the reason we are valued by high end luxury resorts, which are really interested in cooperating with us. We share the same philosophy and guarantee the same service standards. Tell us something about your role in the business? I am completely new to the yacht business, but that is not a big deal. I mean, if you want to market or sell a Ferrari, you just need enthusiasm and passion for the product. And that is not very difficult. It is the same situation in the luxury yacht business. Furthermore I want to take up the cudgels for my team, which really is an asset for the company. Without them Andaman Cruises would not be the same. What are the main challenges as they relate to your role? As there is more and more competition in the yacht business, our aim is to keep our leading market position and to increase the number of charters. At the same time we always want to improve the quality of our product.

…and what are the biggest difficulties you have to overcome? The weather – to be honest. What is your main target market? We have been welcoming guests from all over the world: Europe, Middle East, China, Russia, USA and Australia. What do you like most about what you do now? In my eyes it is a gift from heaven to work in the yacht business. The most interesting is to deal with different clients from different countries. It is really fascinating to get in touch with such a diversity of people and to learn about new cultures. What do you (and the business) hope / expect to achieve within the next 3-5 years? We would like to complete our fleet with a few more yachts due to the higher demand over the last years. In addition we want to extend our business and to focus on corporate events and incentives as well. Among our clients are BMW and Panasonic; we hosted their management incentives onboard our yachts. What do you see as your biggest successes to date? From my personal point of view my biggest success was the opportunity to move to another country and to explore a different part of the world. I was well-situated in Germany as I worked at one of the world’s most successful companies for five years. Many friends asked me why I quit my job? And I said, why not? I came to Thailand for the first time in 2008; it really touched me and it was like an emotional firework. Is Andaman Cruises involved in any CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) programmes? Yes, we have been supporting different charity events such as the Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation with vouchers, shirts etc. I am truly convinced that a successful company should be socially committed and involved, especially in social and educational projects for kids. Kids are our future and they deserve to have a good start in life. How would you describe your leadership style? I would say that my leadership style is democratic-oriented. I believe in team spirit. Everyone should be able to participate and to bring in ideas to create a better company. But in the end I will make the final decision. What is your over-riding ambition at this stage in your life? My ambition is to be happy.

For further information about Andaman Cruises +66 76 316562 book@andaman-cruises.com www.andaman-cruises.com www.facebook.com/andamancruises

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tables 2014 USEFUL INFO Ko Thaphao Noi (Phuket)

Predicted heights of water in metres above lowest low water

Source: Hydrographic Department, Royal Thai Navy

NOON

MIDNIGHT

NIGHT

FEBRUARY

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

1

3.3

2.9

2.3

1.5

0.8

0.4

0.4

0.4

1.3

2.0

2.6

3.0

3.1

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.1

0.7

0.6

0.8

1.3

2.1

2.8

3.3

2

3.4

3.2

2.7

2.0

1.2

0.6

0.3

0.4

0.9

1.6

2.2

2.8

3.1

3.1

2.8

2.2

1.6

1.0

0.6

0.6

1.0

1.6

2.3

2.9

3

3.3

3.3

3.0

2.4

1.7

1.0

0.5

0.4

0.7

1.2

1.8

2.5

2.9

3.1

3.0

2.6

2.0

1.4

0.9

0.7

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.4

4

2.9

3.1

3.0

2.7

2.1

1.4

0.9

0.6

0.6

1.0

1.5

2.1

2.6

2.9

3.0

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.2

0.9

0.9

1.1

1.5

2.1

5

2.5

2.8

2.9

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.3

0.9

0.8

0.9

1.3

1.8

2.3

2.6

2.8

2.8

2.5

2.1

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.1

1.4

1.8

6

2.2

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.4

2.0

1.6

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.2

1.6

2.0

2.3

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.3

1.9

1.6

1.3

1.3

1.4

1.6

7

1.9

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.3

2.1

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.8

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.4

2.4

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.5

8

1.7

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.1

2.1

2.0

1.8

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.1

2.2

2.3

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.8

1.7

1.6

9

1.6

1.6

1.7

1.8

1.9

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.9

1.8

1.7

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.7

1.8

2.0

2.1

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.8

10

1.6

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.1

2.1

2.1

2.0

1.8

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.7

1.9

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.4

2.3

2.1

11

1.8

1.5

1.3

1.3

1.4

1.6

1.8

2.1

2.2

2.3

2.7

2.1

1.8

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

1.9

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.4

12

2.0

1.6

1.3

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.3

1.7

2.1

2.5

2.7

2.8

2.6

13

2.3

1.8

1.4

1.1

0.9

1.0

1.4

1.8

2.2

2.5

2.6

2.5

2.3

1.9

1.5

1.2

1.0

1.1

1.4

1.9

2.3

2.7

2.9

2.9

14

2.6

2.1

1.6

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.5

2.0

2.4

2.7

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.2

1.0

0.9

1.1

1.6

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.0

15

2.8

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.8

0.7

0.9

1.3

1.8

2.3

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.4

1.5

1.4

1.0

0.8

0.9

1.3

1.9

2.4

2.9

3.1

16

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

0.9

0.7

0.7

1.0

1.6

2.1

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.6

2.2

1.6

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.7

3.1

17

3.1

2.8

2.4

1.7

1.1

0.7

0.6

0.8

1.3

1.9

2.4

2.8

3.0

2.8

2.5

1.9

1.4

0.9

0.8

0.9

1.3

1.9

2.4

2.9

18

3.1

3.0

2.6

2.0

1.4

0.9

0.7

0.7

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.7

3.0

3.0

2.7

2.2

1.7

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.6

19

3.0

3.0

2.7

2.3

1.7

1.1

0.8

0.7

0.9

1.1

1.9

2.5

2.8

3.0

2.3

2.5

2.0

1.1

1.0

0.9

1.0

1.4

1.9

2.4

20

2.7

2.9

2.8

2.4

2.0

1.4

1.0

0.8

0.9

1.2

1.7

2.2

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.6

2.2

1.7

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.2

1.6

2.1

21

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.5

2.2

1.7

1.3

1.0

0.9

1.1

1.5

1.9

2.4

2.7

2.8

2.7

2.4

2.1

1.6

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.5

1.8

22

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.6

1.3

1.1

1.1

1.3

1.7

2.1

2.4

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

23

1.9

2.1

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.1

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.5

24

1.6

1.7

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.2

2.1

2.0

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.4

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.5

2.4

2.3

2.0

1.8

1.6

25

1.4

1.4

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.2

2.1

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.2

1.9

26

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.2

1.1

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.7

1.3

1.2

1.2

1.4

1.8

2.2

2.6

2.8

2.9

2.7

2.4

27

1.9

1.4

1.0

0.8

0.9

1.2

1.7

2.2

2.5

2.7

2.7

2.4

2.1

1.6

1.2

0.9

1.0

1.3

1.7

2.3

2.8

3.0

3.1

2.8

28

2.4

1.8

1.1

0.7

0.6

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.4

2.8

.2.9

7.8

2.5

2.0

1.4

0.9

0.7

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.5

3.0

3.2

3.2

MARCH

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

1

2.8

2.2

1.5

0.9

0.5

0.4

0.8

1.4

2.0

2.6

3.0

3.1

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.7

0.6

0.8

1.3

2.0

2.7

3.2

3.3

2

3.2

2.7

2.0

1.2

0.6

0.3

0.5

0.9

1.6

2.3

2.9

3.2

3.2

2.8

2.3

1.6

0.9

0.6

0.5

0.9

1.5

2.2

2.9

3.3

3

3.3

3.0

2.4

1.7

1.0

0.5

0.4

0.6

1.2

1.9

2.6

3.1

3.2

3.1

2.6

2.0

1.3

0.8

0.5

0.7

1.1

1.8

2.5

3.0

4

3.2

3.1

2.7

2.1

1.4

0.8

0.5

0.5

0.9

1.5

2.2

2.8

3.1

3.2

2.9

2.4

1.7

1.1

0.7

0.6

0.9

1.4

2.0

2.6

5

3.0

3.1

2.8

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.7

0.6

0.8

1.3

1.9

2.5

2.9

3.1

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.8

0.9

1.2

1.7

2.3

6

2.7

2.9

2.8

2.5

2.1

1.5

1.1

0.8

0.9

1.2

1.6

2.2

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.2

1.5

2.0

7

2.3

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.4

1.1

1.0

1.2

1.5

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.4

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.2

1.2

1.4

1.8

8

2.1

2.3

2.4

2.4

2.2

2.0

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.8

2.1

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.4

2.2

2.0

1.7

1.5

1.4

1.5

1.6

9

1.8

2.0

2.1

2.2

2.1

2.0

1.9

1.7

1.6

1.5

1.6

1.7

1.9

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.3

2.3

2.1

2.0

1.8

1.7

1.6

1.6

10

1.7

1.8

1.9

1.9

2.0

2.0

2.0

1.9

1.9

1.8

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.8

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.2

2.2

2.2

2.1

2.0

1.9

1.7

11

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.7

1.8

1.9

2.0

2.1

2.1

2.1

1.9

1.8

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.9

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.4

2.3

2.2

2.0

12

1.7

1.5

1.4

1.4

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.1

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.4

2.2

13

1.9

1.5

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.5

1.8

2.1

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.5

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.5

14

2.1

1.7

1.3

1.1

1.0

1.3

1.6

.2.0

2.4

2.6

2.7

2.5

2.2

1.8

1.4

1.2

1.1

1.3

1.6

2.1

2.5

2.8

2.9

2.7

15

2.4

1.9

1.4

1.0

0.9

1.0

1.4

1.8

2.3

2.7

2.8

2.8

2.5

2.0

1.5

1.1

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.8

2.3

2.8

3.0

2.9

16

2.6

2.1

1.6

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.6

2.1

2.6

2.9

3.0

2.7

2.3

1.8

1.2

0.9

0.8

1.1

1.5

2.1

2.6

3.0

3.1

17

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.8

0.7

0.9

1.3

1.9

2.5

2.9

3.1

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.8

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.4

2.9

3.1

18

3.0

2.7

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.7

0.7

1.0

1.6

2.2

2.8

3.1

3.1

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.8

0.7

1.0

1.5

2.1

2.6

3.0

19

3.1

2.9

2.4

1.8

1.2

0.8

0.7

0.8

1.3

1.9

2.5

3.0

3.2

3.1

2.7

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.7

0.8

1.2

1.8

2.3

2.8

20

3.0

3.0

2.6

2.1

1.5

1.0

0.8

0.8

1.1

1.6

2.2

2.8

3.1

3.1

2.9

2.4

1.9

1.3

0.9

0.8

1.0

1.5

2.0

2.5

21

2.8

2.9

2.7

2.4

1.9

1.3

1.0

0.8

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.5

2.9

3.1

3.0

2.7

2.2

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.8

2.2

22

2.6

2.8

2.7

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.3

1.0

1.0

1.3

1.7

2.2

2.6

2.9

2.9

2.8

2.4

2.0

1.5

1.2

1.1

1.2

1.5

1.9

23

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.6

1.3

1.2

1.3

1.5

1.9

2.3

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.6

.2.3

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.4

1.6

24

1.9

2.2

2.3

2.4

2.3

2.2

2.0

1.7

1.5

1.4

1.5

1.7

1.9

2.2

2.4

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.3

2.0

1.8

1.6

1.5

1.5

25

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.1

2.2

. 2.3

2.2

2.1

1.9

1.7

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.2

2.4

2.5

2.5

2.4

2.2

2.0

1.7

1.5

26

1.4

1.4

1.6

1.7

2.0

2.2

2.3

2.4

2.3

2.2

1.9

1.7

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.8

2.0

2.3

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.5

2.2

1.8

27

1.5

1.2

1.2

1.3

1.6

1.9

2.2

2.5

2.6

2.6

2.4

2.1

1.7

1.4

1.3

1.3

1.6

1.9

2.3

2.7

2.8

2.8

2.6

2.2

28

1.8

1.3

.1.0

1.8

1.3

1.5

2.0

2.4

2.7

2.9

2.8

2.5

2.1

1.6

1.2

1.0

1.1

1.5

2.0

2.5

2.9

3.1

3.0

2.7

29

2.2

1.6

1.0

2.2

1.6

1.0

0.7

0.7

2.1

3.0

3.1

2.9

2.5

1.9

1.3

0.9

0.8

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2.6

3.1

3.2

3.0

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SUNDAY

SUNDAY

SUNDAY

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SUNDAY

SUNDAY

SUNDAY

NOON

MIDNIGHT

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2.6

2.0

1.3

0.8

0.6

0.7

1.1

1.8

2.4

2.0

3.2

3.2

2.9

2.3

1.7

1.1

0.7

0.7

1.0

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2.3

2.8

3.2

3.2

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2.4

1.8

1.1

0.6

0.5

0.8

1.3

2.0

2.7

3.2

3.3

3.2

2.7

2.1

1.4

0.9

0.6

0.7

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1.8

2.5

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3.2

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TEMPLE FAIR TRADITIONS

The Chalong temple fair is coming. You may not see it, but if you’re in the Chalong area in the first week of this month, you’ll certainly hear it. Wat Chalong is Phuket’s largest and busiest Buddhist temple, and every year during the Chinese New Year it hosts an exuberant seven-day festival, full of firecrackers and fun. This year’s fair will run from January 31 to February 6. For those new to Thailand, or who have limited their travels to Phuket’s beaches, a temple fair offers a fantastic, and sometimes bewildering, peek into local colour and culture. Upon arriving, anyone with a notion that a Buddhist temple is a place of quiet reflection will soon learn that silence is in short supply during the week of the fair. The main entrance, 200 metres from Chaofa Road West

Deep fried insects (right), a 'must try' snack for visitors

Aside from silence, however, most everything else is found in great abundance. Starting from its entrance along Chaofa Road West, the temple’s grounds are packed with vendors selling delicious street snacks and a wide assortment of things typically seen at Thai markets and fairs: T-shirts, CDs, toys, handicrafts, fabrics, sunglasses, bunny rabbits (alive), chickens (cooked), just to name a few. We’ve also spotted things that we never knew could possibly be things for sale. Like a bucket of goat skulls, for instance. A big section near the road is reserved for plant and flower vendors, who sell orchids galore and do a roaring trade during the fair. You can also find an assortment of services, like foot massage and portrait photography.

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Ferris wheel

TEMPLE FAIR TRADITIONS

Target shooting games

Carousel

If the shopping gets to be too much, kids could try out some of the fair’s amusement rides, from bumper cars to a giant bouncy castle to the ferris wheel. Or you could vie for a big stuffed animal or other prize you’ll have to lug around for the rest of the evening at one of the games stands with target shooting, ball-throwing and more. Entertainment is another fair attraction with local flavour, featuring such performers as Thai country music (luk-thung) singers, traditional southern Thai Nang Talung shadow puppeteers and Thai dancers. The main hall of the temple offers a distinctly more serene sight, where the graceful merit-making practice familiar to all Thai Buddhists unfolds. Dozens of people can be seen lighting incense, presenting lotus flowers and making deep, respectful bows to the Buddha image – a moving sight and a reminder of the temple’s main function as a place of worship.

The temple’s grounds are packed with vendors

Some might wonder why the temple fair is always held during Chinese New Year, since Wat Chalong is a Thai, not a Chinese, temple. The answer lies in the 200-year-old wat’s history. Back in the 1800s, during a heady time for tin mining in Phuket, thousands of Chinese labourers migrated to Phuket to work in the mines. In 1876, a Chinese worker rebellion broke out and Wat Chalong’s abbot at the time, Luang Por Cham, played an important role in sheltering terrified residents, calming the angry workers and restoring peace to the island. The abbot is still highly revered for this and other accomplishments under his guidance, and there’s a lifelike statue of him sitting in a hall behind the main temple building. Wat Chalong still maintains close ties with Phuket’s Chinese community, and for decades it has set the dates of the fair around the Lunar New Year to give people with Chinese heritage the chance to join the festivities.

Tips for enjoying Wat Chalong Fair It’s best to go at sunset time, about 6pm to 7pm. With the daytime heat not much is happening before then, and if you go later it can be difficult to find a parking spot. Car parking is impossible at the temple but some is available nearby since residents in the area will allow people to park on their land for a small fee. Also, remember that, even though it’s a festive atmosphere, the temple is a religious place so dress respectfully and avoid wearing beachwear or skimpy clothing.

Try one of the numerous local snacks

To find this and other great places get yourself a copy of STREETS of PHUKET - 188 pages of detailed street maps, landmarks and local information - with a series of comprehensive indexes. It’s the easiest way to find your way around Phuket.Check www.streetsofphuket.com to find out where to get it – at only 399 baht it’ll save you time and fuel.

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80 F3


Sansiri’s Media Thank You Party @ CS Bowling

The CoCo Christmas Cocktail Party Mövenpick Resort Bangtao New Year ’s Eve Party @ The Palm Beach Club

The KEE Resort & Spa Patong Ushers 2014 With Rooftop Masquerade Ball

Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX) @ Royal Phuket Marina

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Angsana Laguna Phuket bring Christmas spirit to the Holland House

XANA re-launching menu @ XANA Beach Club

Boat Avenue & Villa Market Grand Opening Party

Mercure Phuket Deevana Management Thank You Party

Le Versace Sunset cocktail

Opening party of Le Vie En Rose Restaurant @ Boat Lagoon Marina

Get Together - Annual Sta Party of Twinpalms family

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FISH 4 THOUGHT

Method Start by heating the olive oil in the pan, followed by the finely chopped onion. Cook for a minute and add the cherry tomatoes and chili at this point. Add the clams, followed by the white wine and cook off the alcohol. Gradually pour in the chicken stock to prevent the pan from drying off.

Ingredients 12 fresh clams

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp finely chopped onions

150 gm cooked spaghetti

7-8 cherry tomatoes , halved

Handful of basil

150 ml dry white wine

Chili (optional)

200 ml chicken stock

For perfect cooking of the clams, remove each clam individually as soon as they open. Once all clams are removed, add the spaghetti and basil, and cook for a minute. Add the clams back into the pan, toss around and serve.

About Chef Thames Kraitat Thames Kraitat is a born and bred Phuketian , who spent a chunk of his life studying in Perth , Western Australia. Whilst studying, he worked at all sorts of jobs including waiter, food delivery driver, kitchen hand and finally a cook . It was then that Thames found his true calling. He returned to Phuket in 2009 and started thinking about a cooking career. He went on to train as a chef in Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School . He also spent a short time working as a teaching assistant in the cooking school . In 2012 he returned to Phuket, where he set about opening his very own restaurant, “Fish 4 Thought ”. As the name suggests, the cuisine at his restaurant leans towards seafood , both Thai and European . However, his menu has something to please every taste – with a great outdoor location as well as an indoor restaurant. Dining under the stars can be very romantic... For more information, contact: Fish 4 Thought, Rawai +66 76 381315, +66 81 2726005 www.facebook.com/Fish4Thought

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Baan Rim Pa

Thai

Chino

Chinese/Thai

Daily 12pm-midnight | +66 76 340789, +66 76 341768

Daily 10am-10pm | +66 76 307154

'Location, location, location' as the saying goes. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you’re not in the right location, forget it.

Chino restaurant opened in February 2012. You'll find this Fusion South Chinese cuisine at Central Festival Phuket on the 1st floor. It's easy to find us, easy to take a seat, easy to order and easy to relax.

Baan Rim Pa is one of Thailand’s best-known restaurants, with a reputation stretching much further. It's perched on a cliff, with teak floors and the swish of the surf ‘downstairs’. There are some restaurants that just encapsulate the word ‘romantic’ and here, with Tommy Doyle playing classics on his grand piano, the sea breeze and the delicate aromas of world-class cooking in the air, this House by the Sea is one of the most romantic places to eat in Phuket. On a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Andaman Sea, Baan Rim Pa prides itself in superb, authentic Royal Thai Cuisine, an ambience second to none and the most spectacular views on the island. Baan Rim Pa is the winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of Excellence nine years in succession.

Chino is one of the most cosy places to eat in Phuket. Come along and take a picture at the 'golden' cage or with our nice big bearcat.

On the coast road just north of Patong www.baanrimpa.com

Baluchi

Fusion means unusual; it means a fresh look to South-Chinese cuisine with a great menu to get your appetite going! Chino serves salads with fragrant spices, soups, duck, pork, beef and chicken, shrimp pies and wontons, seafood and lobster, rice and noodles, different combinations of vegetables, great desserts, a huge selection of cocktails, whiskies, brandies, spirits, aperitifs, wines and tea – all at reasonable prices. Choose too from a variety of Thailand’s local dishes, prepared with the freshest ingredients: spicy salads, mixed meat sate, soups Tom Yam Goong and Tom Ka Gai, Tod Man Goong, Khao Phad Phuket, Phuket Spring Roll, etc.

63 B5

74-75 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Rd., Talat Yai, Amphur Muang, Phuket

80 F3

Indian

Daily 1-11pm | +66 76 292526, +66 76 284555

Baluchi is in the heart of Patong and in Karon, yet their relaxed atmosphere, with soft background Indian music, creates a great ambience perfect for either family dining or entertaining clients. They take pride in using only fresh, authentic Indian spices, freshly ground in their kitchen and fresh (not frozen) meat. Homemade paneer (cottage cheese) and yoghurt, tandoori kebabs, naan and rotis, Mughlai curries and the best Indian long grain basmati rice dishes are just some of their specialties. One can taste the most mouth-watering tandoori kebabs in town, not to mention the variety of breads baked freshly in the tandoor or a delicious variety of prawn, chicken, mutton or vegetable biryani. Baluchi is the only award winning Indian restaurant on the island, serving authentic Indian cuisine using original ingredients imported from India. Baluchi Karon opens 18:30 to 23:30 every day except Saturdays. Horizon Beach Resort, Patong and Karon Soi 2 next to Karon Football Stadium www.wheretoeat-phuket.com

75 B3

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Kantok Restaurant

Thai

Kan Eang@pier

Seafood/Thai

Daily 11.30am-10.30pm | +66 76 292929 ext 8207

Daily 10.30am-11pm | +66 83 173 1187, +66 76 381212

Kantok Restaurant offers you a natural and warm ambiance where traditional healthy food is served. "The Kantok" table was originally used by the northern households welcoming guests of importance into their homes.

Kan Eang, meaning "feel at ease", invites you to unwind with the soothing sounds of the sea & a stunning view of Chalong Bay. Savour freshly caught seafood, Thai delights & selected Japanese dishes.

Kantok's Thai set is attentively prepared, beginning with our Thai appetizer platter, including items that continue to be a rare delicacy these days due to the delicate mix of ingredients needed to create an authentic and unique taste. A sampling of our main event, including green curry chicken, mussaman curry and our famed red duck curry is something not to be missed. End your district culinary experience with a local Thai dessert. If you haven't tried the best red duck curry in town you should not miss, it is well worth the effort of doing so. It is definitely a relaxing and an almost hypnotic way to enjoy the evening. Burasari, Patong Beach www.burasari.com

Nikita’s

75 B4

International/Thai/Seafood

Daily 9am until late | +66 76 288703, +66 81 091 5788

Kan Eang@pier is more than a restaurant, it's a destination. Originally called Kan Eang 1, it has been preparing great seafood dishes for more than 30 years and has long been a favourite among locals and visitors from around the world. Kan Eang@pier continues the tradition of satisfying any palate with its selected fresh seafood and local specialities. Kan Eang@pier has the flexibility to cater for everything from intimate dinners to special events and large banquets. Its friendly and attentive staff and seaside seating in an idyllic setting offer a relaxing and pleasant dining experience day or night. Enjoy a panoramic view of the yacht harbour and nearby islands. The pier of Chalong Bay www.kaneang-pier.com, sales@kaneang-pier.com

110 G4

Plum Restaurant / Vanilla Sky Plum 6-11.30pm Mon Closed | Vanilla 5pm-midnight | +66 76 337300

Mediterranean Tapas Bar

South Phuket's premier beach-side bar & restaurant, Nikita's at Rawai, is a real favourite. The absolute seafront, garden-sala café-bar with fantastic island views across Chalong Bay, a shady setting & cool sea breeze is unbeatable for relaxing away balmy afternoons & evenings.

New, chic, Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, brings sophisticated style to the tropical beauty of Phuket with its two unique dining venues − both with outstanding service, fine cuisine & views to match. It’s chic! It’s modern! It’s hip! It’s laid-back! It’s Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas.

Time means nothing at Nikita's on peaceful Rawai Beach. The well-trained team offers real Thai hospitality, while guests sit happily daydreaming for hours, observing life on the water & chatting with friends. The extensive menu of authentic Thai food, fresh seafood & the famous wood-fired pizzas − along with a selection of over 50 quality wines, cool cocktails, icy cold beers, English draught cider, delicious fruit shakes, an excellent coffee menu and service with a smile – is a winner with visitors as well as the many locals who make Nikita's a second home.

PLUM Restaurant is 'reborn' with ‘value’ as a main item on its menu. "Back to basics" with a fresh and creative touch, featuring Mediterranean home-style & creative Thai-inspired dishes. Plum redefines value for money with over 20 wine labels under 1,400 Baht net. Fantastic views, great service complement this experience!

Dine or relax under the sala, at garden tables or outdoors by the sea. Great food, great music, great wine, great friends… Nikita’s.

Experience Cape Sienna & be surprised by the amazing location, delicious food, great drinks, good music and stunning view…

Located on the water's edge on Rawai Beach Rd www.nikitas-phuket.com

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123 D4

Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge – the pinnacle of the resort – serves distinctive cocktails and interesting tapas backed by a breathtaking view of Kamala Bay. Step out on the terrace, slip into one of the chairs; you'll feel you've reached a small piece of heaven on earth.

Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, Kamala Cliff www.capesienna.com, fb@capesienna.com

40 E5


Da Vinci

Italian

VSET

Modern Western Cuisine

Daily 5.30-11pm | +66 76 289574

Daily 11.30am-11pm | +66 89 727 0067, +66 76 381159

Relish an authentic style of cooking of a diverse array of Italian favourites and new combinations served in a cozy ambiance, or savour pizzas in a separate casual seating area by a wood-fired oven.

VSET is a "restaurant at its extraordinary best". VSET, pronounced "Vi-Sate", in Thai means "extraordinary".

An evening must kick off with an aperitif! And so we did, at DaVinci's super-stylish 'V Lounge' cocktail bar. The restaurant itself is open air, but with enough cover for when the rains come (and with an airconditioned dining room too). The whole place is tasteful, beautifully designed and welcoming, while the children’s play area allows parents to keep their kids in sight while relaxing with a fine meal. Everything at DaVinci comes from the kitchen with the freshest ingredients. The Lasagne Al Forno and the Spaghetti Neri Pomodorini Calamari e Gamberi (all homemade pasta) are superb in their simplicity. For superlative Italian cuisine, with the freshest of ingredients, in a truly classy environment, be sure to try DaVinci and discover a renaissance of food. Centre of Nai Harn on the road to Rawai www.davinciphuket.com

119 B6

It's the first gastronomic restaurant at Chalong pier and has a naturally-thatched roof, quaint interior and an open kitchen where you can see Master Chef Ronnie Macuja and his talented team at work. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor seating, this intimately proportioned venue serves up delicious fare in a homey atmosphere. Multi-award winning chef Ronnie's creations combine established methods with local flare and creativity producing a stellar menu. Notable dishes include: Phuket lobster salad, Foie gras parfait, Cognacflamed Lobster bisque, Australian lamb cutlet, Red snapper steak and Honey-glazed pork belly. These only touch the surface, while a fine wine list adds an essential touch and a tantalising selection of desserts rounds it all off. VSET is centered on the palate, but it's how everything fits together that makes this a truly extraordinary place. The pier at Chalong Bay (next to Kan Eang @pier) www.vsetrestaurant.com, sales@vsetrestaurant.com

110 G4

68 F5

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SPA & BEAUTY

Hair Studio 9 Welcome to Hair Studio 9. Our experienced staff are committed to providing the most professional services. We are one of the most well known hair salons, bringing superior services and satifaction to all of our respective customers.

Our hair stylists have more than 10 years of experience and specialise in hair extension, cuts, style and colour for women, men and children. At Hair Studio9 we offer the very best colour available in the industry. Our approach reflects the latest in great looks, and fashion from around the world. Our colour lines are manufactured by experts in the field of professional brands: Paul Mitchell, Loreal, Wella, Schwarzkopf, Kudus.

Here's what we offer • Shampoo and blow drying / Hair cutting • Natural hair perm / Natural hair styling • Color : Highlighting, multi dimensional weaves and foils, colour correcting, permanent and semi-permanent tinting • Natural hair extention • Permanant tattoo • Deep conditioning treatment both hair and scalp • Permanent waving and relaxing • Hair cleansing support: Beautiful hair begins with clean hair and a clean scalp: Scalp therapy/Hair growth support. Our hair is the most fragile, yet it is treated the harshest. Protect your hair with our customised More Hair! Salon Hydro Therapy Treatments formulated to restore balance and vital elements to the hair and scalp for optimal hair growth. Our blends of powerful ingredients along with our de-chlorinated water infused with Vitamin C provide treatment plans to recover and nurture you, your hair and your scalp back to health. • Hair colour support: Natural & organic hair colour, which are gentler on the hair, are available. • We do ''Special Occasion Styles'' for weddings, black tie events and proms.

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Banana Walk

Patong Hotel Beach

สาขาจังซีลอน สาขาบางลามอลล สาขา บานานา วอลค

V.I.P Soi Sansabai

Jungceylon

75 75 75 C3 B2 B3

Patong Sai 3 Rd

HAIR STUDIO 9

Rat-U-Thit Rd

Soi Bangla Patong Beach Rd

PATONG BEACH

Daily 11am – 10pm : +66 76 600108 Jungceylon 2nd Floor, Bangla Mall, Banana Walk Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150 ejshin2000@hanmail.net www.phukethairstudio9.com

Banzan Market Soi Banzan


Lemongrass House

Lemongrass founder, Bobby Duchowny, studied aromatherapy – a healing art that promotes massage, when combined with specific herb and spice oils, as a method to reduce stress, boost energy and heal certain physical ailments – at the American Aromatherapy Association. Some years ago while on holiday in Thailand, he visited an organic farm in Petchaboon province and became interested in the natural healing properties of Thai herbs and spices. “I was particularly attracted to lemon grass as it was used in many popular Thai foods, as a medicine for stomach disorders and even as a repellent for mosquitoes,” he recalls. Bobby used lemon grass as his signature herb to create a line of essential oils, face and body creams, shower gels and bath crystals, which he and his wife Palita sold at Bangkok’s world-famous Weekend Market. What started, several years ago, as a modest enterprise has blossomed into a successful operation offering over 90 oils and a wide range of body care products through many outlets, as well as supplying many of Thailand’s top resorts and spas with aromatherapy oils.

SPA & BEAUTY

To visit this home of award-winning spa oils, creams, soaps and so many other exquisite products is a delight. The aromas are enchanting. At Lemongrass, you can enjoy a spa treatment to sample and choose from their huge range, then take home your choice to enjoy at your leisure. They even have a great range of kid’s spa products.

25 percent aloe vera, white orchid and cucumber extracts. And he’s developed a revitalizing mineral muscle soak made from Andaman Sea salt crystals, blended with white orchid and chamomile extracts, to help draw out impurities and soothe and revive tense muscles. “People are sensitive to different scents at different times of day. It’s a good idea to get a variety of essential oils and experiment with what smells and feels good to you,” he says. “Our aromatherapy massage and body oils can be either uplifting or calming to the spirit. They’re carefully balanced hand-blended oils created by adding pure essential oils to nourishing, vitamin E enriched, sweet almond and jojoba base oils. Lemongrass has won many awards, including Condé Nast Hot List 2007, and has been featured in several top magazines, including Time Magazine’s “Best of Asia”. According to Time, “If you want to smell like no one else, try mixing a selection from the more than 90 natural scents at Lemongrass House.” Lemongrass House is located in Cherngtalay and Surin Beach, where you can buy their full range of spa products at modest prices, making perfect gifts for friends and family who can enjoy the aromatic scents of Asia in the privacy of their homes – no matter where in the world they live.

“Our advantage is that we produce the freshest spa products and our stock is never kept longer than three months; using fresh spa products can be likened to eating fresh food rather than processed food.” Based on his years of experiences at some of the top spas in Southeast Asia, Bobby has developed a full line of healthy skin care products. For example, his hydrating face and body creams have

สาขาเชิงทะเล ใกลปมน้ำมัน ปตท. Daily 9am – 8pm สาขาสุรินทร ซอยอาวบางเทา ถัดจาก : +66 76 271233 โรงแรมสุรินทรเบยอินน 10/2 Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83100 31 34 D4 F1 www.lemongrasshouse.com To Laguna Hotels Twin Palms Phuket

SURIN BEACH

Surin Bay Inn

Lemongrass

CAR PARK

2 House

Lemongrass House 1

CHERNGTALAY

To Tha Reua

To Kamala

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SPA & BEAUTY

Oasis Spa

Day Spa of The Year Asia Spa Awards 2012

Thailand Tourism Awards, 2008, 2010, 2013

Where would you be if ... “You were on a lush tropical isle on the Andaman Sea being pampered with the most incredible spa treatments available anywhere?

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Buy 1 Get 1 FREE on the following spa packages at Oasis Spa Phuket, in Laguna, Kamala and Kata

Take an interlude from the beach to discover Oasis Spas with their distinctive Lanna identity. Famous for combining ancient Thai therapy with the latest discoveries in beauty and wellness, you will love the extreme relaxation and rejuvenation … refreshing and revitalization …re-centering and renewal.

Oasis Sky Breeze Spa, Kata With breathtaking views that include the Andaman Ocean and Phuket’s big marble Buddha, this spa truly affords a ‘mountaintop experience.’ Leave the hustle and bustle of modern life behind and reconnect with the beauty of the earth, hear the message on its gentle breezes, and restore harmony within. Consisting of six individual treatment rooms, an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and herbal steam room, this day spa has a capacity for 12 clients. You too, can be one of the fortunate few. Address: 26 Soi Plukjae, Kata, Phuket

King of Oasis Signature Massage 2 hours, THB 3,900++ By the end of this two-hour massage, you will feel wonderful. Enjoy this powerful, yet pleasing treatment combining Thai massage techniques with Aromatherapy massage. Called by some “stress-management” Thai style, it begins with a Thai Herbal Hot Compress along the strong muscle lines followed by a Hot Oil Massage that works and stretches the muscles while reopening the body’s energy pathways.

Oasis Royal Thai Spa, Kamala

Queen of Oasis Signature Massage 2 hours, THB 3,900++ A therapy that combines the best of Eastern and Western massages to bring out your inner strength. The ancient oriental massage integrated into this therapy focuses on the 10 energy lines along which the body's energy works to detoxify, improve organ function, and promote self-healing. The Swedish, Hot Stone, and Aromatherapy Massage further rejuvenates and enhances health and vigour. It realigns a woman’s life-energy, improves digestion, and promotes inner harmony. You will regain your sparkle!

Nestled among perfect sunsets, an unspoiled tropical beach, and cascading mountains lies a modern and beautifully appointed day spa housed in a traditional Thai-style structure. Stepping through the door is like going back hundreds of years to a more gracious time and place. You will be pampered to in one of the eight elegant treatment rooms equipped with its own Jacuzzi, herbal steam room, and shower for maximum capacity of 12 clients. Set the date, a majestic experience awaits. Address: 128 Moo 3 Kamala Rimhad Road, Kamala, Phuket

Oasis Summer Day 3 hours, THB 4,900++ Too much fun in the sun? Restore and protect your skin from the damage of the sun’s rays with this 3-hours spa package. Begin treatment with your choice of Aloe Vera Mint Body Scrub or Aloe Vera Mint Body Wrap … then enjoy a cool, refreshing Body Massage … and finish with a Biodroga® After Sun Facial Treatment that protects, repairs, and smoothes the skin. On the other hand, you could skip the sun and give your skin a therapy session it will love.

Oasis Secret Garden Spa, Laguna

KAMALA BEACH

Patak Rd

Oasis Secret Garden Spa

To Karon Kata Rd

LAGUNA

26 108 40 F5 G5 G5

KATA BEACH

To Layan

Big Budha

Oasis Royal To Surin Thai Spa

To Chalong

To Kata Noi

To Patong

Soi Kamala 8

To Kamala

Soi PlukJae

Patak Rd

Oasis Sky Breeze Spa

Entrance of Laguna Srisoontorn Rd

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โอเอซิส สปา สาขา ลากูนา สาขา กะตะ และ สาขา กมลา

Daily 10am – 10pm : +66 76 337777 www.oasisspa.net cs@oasisspa.net BANGTAO BEACH

Nestled in the lagoon of a tropical paradise there is a hidden sanctuary devoted to your relaxation, peace, and the rejuvenation of body, spirit, and soul. Each of the five individual treatment villas and private outdoor showers overlook the tranquil waters of an inland lake. Find your way to us on Lagoon Road, Cherngtalay, near the entrance to Laguna Resort and discover a secret garden. Include private villas for a capacity of 10 clients complete with garden hydrotherapy pool and Thai herbal steam room. This is your invite to a garden of delight. Address: 47 Moo 1 Lagoon Road, Laguna Hotels Entrance, Chengtalay, Phuket

Phuket Fantasea


Sukko Cultural Spa

“The Best Spa In Southeast Asia”

SPA & BEAUTY

Sukko means "Beyond Happiness". My first feeling when I stepped through the impressive gates of Sukko Spa was, "I’m in paradise". The Sukko staff are dressed beautifully in traditional Thai style and the spa design, influenced by the ancient Siamese capital, creates a haven of calm yet regal serenity. I felt I had left all my troubles behind.

Chilled out by the soothing background music, I was filled with a peaceful wellbeing as I enjoyed the warm traditional Sukko welcome of the ‘Flower Floating Ritual’ – like ‘Loy Kratong’, where the idea is to float away past stresses and wish for luck and joy from that moment on A variety of 40 spa treatments – prepared by Sukko's certified Thai Herbalist and based on ancient Thai medical theory – is offered at Sukko, in packages lasting from 2 to 4 hours. Each package has a specific purpose and can be selected to suit your lifestyle or the way you feel on the day. These herbal recipes and procedures have been handed down through generations and are totally free of petrochemicals, synthetic perfumes or colouring. Some of the herbs and spices are grown in Sukko’s own herb garden and picked just for your treatment, ensuring they are as fresh as can be. I was pampered with the “Be Balanced” package; a 3-hour experience that left me feeling relaxed and refreshed. This 3-treatment combination began with 30 minutes in the steam room and the Jacuzzi, followed by a Thai Turmeric Body Scrub designed to soften your skin and awaken your senses. The scrub was followed by Sukko Synergy Body Massage (see description opposite). “Is this pressure okay? Too strong? How are you feeling?” my therapist asked me from time to time. “Mmm…perfect…” were the only responses that seemed to suit how I felt. Sukko Spa’s restaurant, Suk Savoey Spa Cuisine, presents a unique concept: "Menu by Blood Types" and "Menu by Elements". For those who want to exercise, the Suk Sanan Club provides a myriad of fitness opportunities, including ‘Rue Sri Dat Ton’ (the hermit self stretching), a traditional Thai exercise or, for something more strenuous, try ‘Thai Martial Arts’, a traditional and effective art of self-defense.

Daily 10am – 10pm : +66 76 263222 www.sukkospa.com

Kwang Rd.

sukko@sukkospa.com facebook.com/sukkospa

To Phuket Town

To Airport Big-C

Central Festival

Chao-fa West Rd. To Kathu

Island Furniture & The Courtyard

To Chalong

Red Chili Restaurant The philosophy behind Thai cuisine is that food is an everyday medicine for health and longevity. Rich in spices and medicinal herbs – with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits to name just a few – the Thai and international buffet at Red Chili Restaurant promises a fun and healthy dining experience with a view of Phuket’s Big Buddha and the surrounding lush green scenery. Lunch Buffet ( Daily 11am – 2pm) THB 220 Dinner Buffet (Daily 5.30 – 9pm) THB 300 : +66 76 263222

SUKKO SPA

ถนนเจาฟาตะวันตก ใกลสามแยกถนนขวาง

92 F4

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With long white sandy beaches and classic tropical sunset scenes, Phuket is full of romantic sights. Enjoying a dreamy Valentine’s Day is as easy as finding a quiet patch of soft sand and cracking open a good bottle of wine to watch the sunset together. But for those wishing to go the extra mile to capture someone’s heart in Phuket, here are a few more ideas:

Sky’s the limit For a truly uplifting experience, and an exciting one too, take to the sky and enjoy sweeping views across the Andaman seascape together from the lofty heights of a Helithai helicopter. If the sight of the steep karsts and gem-toned waters of Phang Nga Bay doesn’t spark some romance, nothing will. www.helithaiandassociates.com

villas exude plenty of romance already but for an added splurge you could try one of SALA’s signature romantic experiences: a ‘Champagne Breakfast for Two’; a ‘Bubble Tub Champagne’ with an aromatic milky bath, a bottle of champagne and hot fudge dessert; or the ‘Candles and Flowers Surprise’ that includes rose petals in the pool, a scattering of tea lights around the pool and bathtub, and a rose petal heart arrangement on the bed. Banyan Tree Phuket has long been synonymous with romance on the island, and both its couples spa retreat and honeymoon package entail an immersion into its private world with endless pampering for two. Sharing a bottle of champagne in the jacuzzi, followed by a cuddle and chocolates on the rose-petal-strewn, downy bed is a fine way to celebrate new love or re-ignite passions that may have slipped away with time. www.capesienna.com, www.salaphuket.com, www.banyantree.com/en/phuket

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Decadent escapes Total tranquillity is assured at Villa Chi, one of the villas clinging to the rocks along the Kamala Bay headland at Cape Sienna resort. This three-bedroom modern retreat has its own 16-metre marble pool with a one-storey-high waterfall, a breathtaking view of the sea and sunsets from every room, private butler service and a large projector screen in the master bedroom for snuggly movie watching. The SALA Phuket Resort and Spa’s private pool

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Wedding @ Samsara

Palate passions Italy’s among the world’s most romantic places, and Phuket is blessed with restaurants that offer an authentic Italian experience. Soft lighting, a good range of wine and tasty Italian pastas are the hallmarks of Salvatore's in Phuket Town, always a favourite for couples, as well as Da Maurizio in Kalim. Boasting a divine setting overlooking Patong Bay, Da Maurizio puts on some added flourishes for Valentine’s Day including flowing champagne, a special menu for couples and a red rose for the lady. We’ve heard that more than a few marriage proposals have been staged at this long-running romantic restaurant. www.baanrimpa.com, www.salvatorestaurant.com

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Wedding with a WOW! Renting out a private villa can give a couple’s special day some added intimacy and glamour. Among the villas known for hosting spectacular weddings, Shanti Villa at Jivana estate on Natai Beach in Phang Nga offers a picture-perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding scene: silken white sands, lush gardens, wide terraces and a sprawling villa in a sleek design. A flurry of Instagram photo shares by the wedding guests is all but guaranteed. At a recent wedding in one of the villas in Samsara, a private estate in a magnificent setting on a headland just north of Patong Beach, the bride and groom’s vows were exchanged just as the sun’s rays were transforming the sea and sky's golden glow to fiery red behind them. A dramatic and memorable moment for the couple and their friends and family who watched in awe. www.phuketvillasandhomes.com, www.shibumithailand.com

Romance on the seas Sailing away and exploring some exotic tropical islands for days on end is the epitome of a romantic escape, and there are many ways to do this from Phuket. A typical Faraway Yachting Charters trip starts with a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit to welcome

the couple on board its luxury catamaran. With the well-appointed cabin one side of the catamaran reserved for the couple’s exclusive use, there’s no feeling of intrusion on any part of the journey. The trip may include stops at the islands of Maithon and Phi Phi Ley, the beautiful Railey Beach, plus more remote places. Couples have plenty of time to themselves to enjoy a paddle together on a kayak or a stroll on a quiet beach with a couple of glasses and a cooler with ice and champagne. For those arriving from beyond Phuket, there’s a full VIP treatment from the moment they step off the plane, including fast-track immigration and limousine taxi transport. There’s a fantastic fleet of luxury motor yachts on Phuket, too, such as Andaman Cruises (see page 17) or Da Vinci Sunseeker (see page 19) for indulging in a romantic engine-powered sea journey. www.chartercatamaran.com, info@chartercatamaran.com

Romantic seclusion

Simple pleasures For a more rustic romantic adventure, hire a long-tail boat and head out for a snorkel session for two on Coral Island, or take a long-tail sunset cruise around Cape Promthep. If it’s inspiring views you’re after, drive up to Rang Hill in Phuket Town, or try cosying up in the hilltop sala at the wind turbine lookout point near Cape Phromthep to gaze out at the Nai Harn Bay panorama.

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Luxury Seaview Condominium

Location The View is conveniently located on a private elevated position overlooking the three cosmopolitan beaches of Kata, Karon and Kata Noi, on the prestigious western sunset coastline of Phuket, only about 800m away from the beach and just 45 minutes drive south of Phuket International Airport. Kata district is home to pristine beaches, high quality restaurants, cafés, spas and banks with a pace of life generally considered to be quiet and relaxed. For those searching for more frenetic nightlife or shopping, the town of Patong is just 12 minutes drive north. Beautiful Chalong Bay with its marina and expatriate supermarkets is 10 minutes drive to the east with historical Phuket Town 15 minutes drive further east.

Concept The name for our development was conceived from its natural surroundings, perched high on a lush tropical hillside overlooking a pristine bay. This exclusive low density estate of just 53 condominium units has been designed for discerning buyers that appreciate the difference between a product that simply offers “a view”, and those that appreciate the optimum, namely “The View”. Our architects have also drawn inspiration from nature to produce a simple yet stunning building form that is modeled on the shape and mass of ocean waves. The cleverly arranged tiers of units and blocks represent the graceful curve of a wave and its continual movement.

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Architectural Style “Living with Vision� The low-density, low-rise architectural style is a modern tropical contemporary design with strong and deliberate emphasis employed to maximise the view, whilst protecting personal privacy. Careful selection of appropriate materials helps to ensure the practicality and durability of the construction without compromising the aesthetic or function of the units. Each block is constructed in light bright white allowing excellent natural light, whilst the generous windows and full height doors allow optimum ventilation reducing reliance on air conditioning and maintaining our commitment to greener sustainable development. The Wellness Center with spa, fitness gym and sauna is part of the facilities, as well as the restaurant and two swimming pools.

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for money. The units are designed to achieve both significant rental returns and capital growth.

Strength Based Development Team Our team is a strength-based structure with each member regarded as top tier specialists within their respective functions. Our contractors DCM have successfully completed a number of high quality developments that are regularly used as the benchmark of quality amongst the developer community in both Phuket and around Thailand. Carefully selected consultants, each with key local and international technical knowledge, augment the core team to ensure the delivery of excellence in our finished product.

We offer a wide range of high quality sea view units ranging in size from our generous one-bedroom units at 116sqm to our opulent six-bedroom penthouses at 674sqm. Our highly competitive pricing for these condominium units starts from just 11.5 million Thai Baht, proving that there are still opportunities to invest in high quality real estate and secure value

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WE ALSO HAVE RETAIL SHOWROOM, AND OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE FOR LEASE ON OUR PREMISES CONTACT SIRIPORN

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Diamond Condominium Bangtao Phuket "Coastal lifestyle living" PROJECT OVERVIEW A large community park, luxury waterfront living with pool access, eco-friendly architecture, a historic setting and a picturesque downtown just a stroll away. To pull all four elements together in one location would require a leap of imagination. Diamond Condominium gives you just that, and so much more‌

Pre-sales have started for the 172 new condo units in buildings B and C, with access to the large communal swimming pool, as well as the communal park with its water features.

All units will represent the latest in green water frontage living and sustainable building techniques. Ranging from 33 to 50 sq.m, the condos will be clustered into four buildings to preserve the natural environment. The large swimming pool is designed to feel like a water park, while most of ground floor plan offers the luxury of direct pool access. There are full car parking facilities which will further free up space. The communal park and a hillside rock garden will surround the buildings with native plants and trees to enhance the park-like feel. Merging this unique combination of green credentials, the Diamond Condominium will be a short 5-minute walk from the development to Bang Tao Beach and the upmarket Laguna area, and a 10-minute walk to amenities such as the popular Tesco Lotus supermarket, local Phuket markets and minimarts. An excellent selection of local and high end restaurants are also in the close vicinity. Cherngtalay soi16

This is coastal living at its best. At Diamond Condominium, every unit is a luxuriously-designed work of art, where you can actually breathe in fresh and gentle breezes, as well as appreciate the lush tropical landscape that covers approximately 6 rai (9,600 sq.m). You certainly can immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle of comfort at Diamond Condominium Bang Tao.

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CONCEPT Diamond Condominium is inspired by the combination of a modern coastal life style, luxurious design for waterfront living with pool access, an eco-friendly architecture, as well as a scenic setting just a stroll away from the picturesque downtown.

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Phase I & II sold out! Location When considering the purchase of property anywhere in the world, location is always the most important factor for capital appreciation and rental return… Plunge Tropic Villas fills this need. Located just 2 minutes from Phuket’s most beautiful white sand, Nai Harn Beach, Plunge Tropic Villas is in the heart of Phuket’s favorite expat area where everything is so conveniently near… hundreds of restaurants offering every culinary delight you can imagine, shopping at every corner, grocery stores just steps away, and all the tourist facilities you could possibly need. If you want to get away from the crowded tourist areas, but still have all the conveniences of a holiday destination at a fraction of the cost, Plunge Tropic Villas at Nai Harn Beach is the place for you.

Choice of Floor Plans Plunge Tropic Villas is inspired by the dream to have a tropical villa where the indoor and outdoor spaces merge to become one…. Spacious indoor living areas flow smoothly to grand outdoor terraces with both sunny and shaded areas surrounding the infinity edge pool with relaxing Jacuzzi and romantic Waterfall. We offer the choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas plus a wheelchair plan. Each villa offers 230 sq.m.-250 sq.m. with Teak Vaulted Ceilings, Solid Wood Floors, private Attached Carports, built-in Wardrobes, Walk-in Closets and wide opening doors that give each villa a feeling of grand open spaces, yet at a price far below current market value. Plunge Tropic Villas satisfies the high demand for a reasonably priced villa with exceptional quality.

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and high rental returns. For investors, holiday home buyers, or long stay residents, we offer a complete range of property management and rental options to suit everyone’s needs.

Dare to Compare Going…. Going…. Gone! With prices starting at 6.9 million baht, we dare you to compare our Quality, Location and Investment Value. Come and see our Show Villa or contact us now to take advantage of our introductory pricing.

…take the Plunge!

For more information : +66 82 413 6610 info@plungetropicvillas.com, info@theplungevillas.com www.plungetropicvillas.com, www.theplungevillas.com

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The Lake House Phuket Where Lifestyle Meets Nature The Lake House Phuket. Tucked away in a quiet, idyllic residential area surrounded by nature, you will find the beautiful Lake House development. Located in the western part of Phuket Island, near the region's renowned Laguna Phuket resort complex and the white sandy beaches of Bangtao and Layan, The Lake House is situated close enough to enjoy the amenities and facilities this area has to offer, while still offering a retreat from mainstream tourism on Phuket's west coast.

The Lake House villas focus on spacious, open-plan living space complemented by an integrated indoor and outdoor area. The natural living experience is further enhanced by the floor to ceiling glass windows and doors, allowing the comfort of design with the splendour of nature. The Lake House offers eight affordable, luxury pool villas with plot size from 420 to 720 m2 and caters for budgets starting from 12m THB.

The Canal Villa : The next development by Phuket Greenland Property. Single storey 3-bedroom pool villas with total area of 370 m2, located next to The Lake House, a quiet and peaceful area close to Laguna. Presale prices from 12m THB with a payment plan available. The Lake House & The Canal Project are developments by Phuket Greenland Property Co., Ltd., a developer with extensive experience working on big developments throughout Thailand for many years. Being contractors themselves, they ensure every detail of construction meets the highest standards by incorporating the best construction industry practices. Quality craftsmanship you can trust. Management The Lake House offers legal assistance for ownership with full villa management and rental services available, ensuring owners and visitors not only a high standard of service, but peace of mind. So iP asa k 13

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OVERVIEW Villa Sunpao is an intimate boutique resort offering elegantly decorated private pool villas surrounded by nature and green. The villas are masterfully designed, richly furnished, and impeccably finished with a unique blend of modern and tropical style. Set amidst the north coast of Phuket, Villa Sunpao is hidden away in a quiet part of Layan Beach offering an intimate setting, privacy and tranquility. The ambience is restful and relaxed, surrounded by tropical gardens, picturesque mountains and a beautiful lagoon.

AROUND US Villa Sunpao blends past with present. Our collection of tropical homes mix modern technology and exotic materials producing rich design in complete harmony with the surrounding environment; the beautiful traditional shingle roof combines minimalist architecture with clean modern lines, framed by water and tropical landscapes. Constructed with uncompromising attention to detail, the villas are finished with high quality materials, Italian furniture and a touch of local décor. Villa Sunpao is a home that blends indoor and outdoor living, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Villa Sunpao is committed towards the environment; our team has researched all the best eco-friendly product options and combined them with architectural designs to create the 'green' home of your dreams.

RESORT PROGRAM The owners who intend to use their villa for only limited periods, and investors looking for best rental returns, can become a part of our ‘Rental Pool’. We take the management and we produce a net profit with no risk and costs for owners. Our rental pool program was designed to completely align the goals of owners with that of management. We ensure the owners that management earns a fee only when the owners receive an income. We keep your property in five-star conditions at no cost. We pay for day and night receptionists, housekeepers, pool boys, gardeners, laundry and we cover all the costs related to airport transfer and shuttle service. Rental incomes are split fairly, with 50% going to owners and 50% to the Management Company. Owners have no marketing, no maintenance and no management fees to sustain Contacts Villa Sunpao : +66 86 004 3008 : +66 76 384691 sales@villasunpao.com www.villasunpao.com

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Concept: A boutique collection of creatively designed pool villas where imaginations fly free. Inspired by the historical Sino architecture of old Phuket and sense of Peranakan, the wings pool villas collection is a contemporary interpretation of traditional laidback lifestyle where privacy is paramount and enjoyment can be sought in special secluded indoor and outdoor living space. Location: Enjoy the daily indulgence of being luxuriously close to one of Phuket’s most prestigious stretches of west coast sand, Bangtao Beach, where the water is ideal for swimming, and the sunsets are stunning. Quiet, natural surroundings in the centre of the island and easily accessible to all facilities.

Price Range: Prices start from 6.3m baht. Lease back options available for guaranteed return. Specification: Wings is a boutique arrangement of 71 individual pool villas, each with a private walkway leading to the high-walled sanctuary of peace and inspiration, which includes a plot size of 144 sqm up to 276 sqm, a private 8-metre pool, a courtyard and the option of a second and third bedroom. The spacious layout ensure peace and privacy for every resident, plus 24-hour security, a covered car parking space, gym room and coffee shop.

About the Developer: The Attitude club was established in 1999 by a new generation of Phuket property professionals with a passion for creative business with real “value” for today’s contemporary lifestyles. We specialise in architecture, design and real estate management, with over 21 projects within 10 years – a guarantee of quality in every aspect.

Contacts The Attitude Club Co., Ltd 100/1000 Moo 5 Rassada Muang Phuket, Thailand 83000 : +66 83 595 5255 : +66 76 261 542 Sales2@theattitudeclub.com www.theattitudeclub.com/wings

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Kata Rocks

Location: Kata Rocks is a luxury boutique residence, built directly on the oceanfront at the southern point of Kata Beach. It is only a two-minute walk from Kata beach and the many restaurants, bars and leisure facilities nearby.

Facilities & Service: Kata Rocks offers the benefits of a boutique resort – with personalised concierge-style service, an oceanfront restaurant, lounge, library, a fabulous sunset-facing bar, a large function room, 35m lap pool, wellness & spa facilities and a cuttingedge fitness centre.

Concept & Design: All 34 Sky-Villas have stunning infinity pools, with uninterrupted ocean views and a huge space for indoor/ outdoor living. Ranging in size from 191sqm to 460sqm, these stunning Sky Villas offer absolute privacy, a unique oceanfront position, innovative technology, the best international building standards and European furniture, fixtures and fittings.

Price Range: Only 12-Sky Villas are still available for sale; with the property due for completion by April 2014, the remaining villas are available from 36.5 million to 65.5 million baht.

Contacts Kata Rocks Co., Ltd : +66 80 533 3330 info@katarocks.com www.katarocks.com

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Location: The Anchan Villas are located just five minutes away from Layan's white sandy beach. The site was chosen with care to ensure residents enjoy the peace and tranquility of a secluded neighbourhood with the convenience and prestige of residing in one of Phuket 's upcoming residential areas, where everything needed for comfortable living is nearby.

Space : Anchan Villas are designed to be spacious and airy in an attractive and practical layout. The built-up areas start from 580 sqm. and rest on plot sizes from 880 - 1,400 sqm. Each villa features a large, 15 x 5.5m private swimming pool with a large wooden terrace that connects to the master bedroom and main living room, combining your indoor and outdoor activities and contributing a comfortable and convenient lifestyle in the tropics.

Price range : From 27.5 million baht with flexible payment plan. About Developer : Anchan Villas is developed by Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd. Since it was established on Phuket in 2007, Pearl Island has earned a solid reputation as a professional design and property development firm delivering the highest quality products, situated in the most sought-after locations, and built to the highest international standards. As testament to the calibre of the project, Anchan Villas was awarded "Highly Commended" and "Winner" in the Best Phuket Villa Development category in the prestigious Thailand Property Awards 2009 , 2012 and again in 2013.

Management : The Anchan Villas community is managed by an experienced residential management company. Management services extended to residents include legal assistance, ensuring a smooth transaction in purchasing and moving into a villa. Villa rental management is also offered to home owners who want a return on their investment by renting out their home while they are away.

Concept : These contemporary modern style villas are an ideal investment as a holiday home in the tropics or a permanent residence offering the peace and tranquility of a secluded location, yet just a short distance from a pristine coastline with all modern amenities nearby.

Contacts Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd. Khun Joop Saetiw, Sales Director : +66 81 797 0552 38/2 Moo 6, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110 : +66 76 362600-1 : +66 76 362602 info@anchanvillas.com www.anchanvillas.com

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88 Land & Houses Koh Kaew Phuket

Location: 88 Land & Houses, Koh Kaew, Phuket. The Main entrance

Space: Provided for all residents in the estate are various facilities,

is on Thepkrasatri Road (before the Isuzu Showroom) and there are other on Soi Haan Farang and by the British School. The location is truly central, with convenient access to many destinations: just 15 minutes from Phuket City or major department stores (such as Central Festival, Tesco Lotus, Big C, Index Living Mall), universities and hospitals. It is also within 30 minutes of, and on a direct route to, Phuket International Airport making for easy commuting.

namely a park, featuring a children's playground, an exclusive 2-storey clubhouse with a swimming pool and fitness centre. In terms of security, we keep the estate safe 24 hours with a key card access and CCTV system.

Price Range: Prices start from an affordable 6.3 million baht. Concept: "Tropical serenity" is the theme of 88 Land and Houses Koh Kaew Phuket; the houses are meant to exude a sense of relaxation as if you were staying in a resort every day. Branding the project “88”, all houses, will have a number beginning with “88”. 88 Land & Houses Koh Kaew Phuket strives to provide a single house that feels a new Aesthetic of Modern Living, wherein you can relax away from the hustle and bustle and get in tune with tranquil surroundings. We try our best to make sure that once you step into the house, you will feel as if you are walking into a garden in a mini forest. Coming into 88 Land & Houses Koh Kaew Phuket should instantly give the feeling of escape from the chaos outside after a long day at work. Providing a peaceful escape that is luxurious and convenient is our main goal. This project is available for 182 families only on a total area of 53-2-16 rai.

Specification: There are five modern, large and contemporary designs to suit all tastes: Grandeo, Amplio, Acacia, Idealist and Iconic. The living space is between 136-239 sq.m. Options are three or four bedrooms with a spacious multi-purpose room on the ground floor and double parking lots. The plot areas start from 53 sq.wah (1sq. wah = 4 sq.m.) Every house is constructed, under the theme of ‘Baan Sabai’ (comfy house), of Q-con light-weight concrete panels, solar reflective tinted glass windows to lower temperature in the house, bathrooms where the wet and dry areas are clearly separated, remote control integrated shower toilet, separate cold and room temperature pantry rooms, air-con in every bedroom, water treatment, water pump and water tank underground − and a finished garden.

About the Developer: Land & Houses is the real estate company of choice for over 30 years, with an enviable reputation for providing high quality homes in beautifully maintained surroundings which are ideal for families and couples, guaranteed by the trusted brand award that Land and Houses has won seven consecutive years, through votes by Reader’s Digest readers.

Contacts “88 Land & Houses Koh Kaew Phuket” Sales Office 88/11 Thepkrasatri Road (near Isuzu Showroom), Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket 83000 : +66 76 615188, +66 76 615180 : +66 76 615180 46 G1 info@lhphuket.com www.lhphuket.com

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Concept: Coco Kamala and Coco Chalong are the latest luxurious lifestyle developments from The Coco Group on Phuket’s west coast, and scenic east coast respectively, providing luxury high quality tropical residences at affordable prices These exclusive, low-density private tropical estates – consisting of just 24 pool villas in Kamala and 80 pool villas in Chalong – are constructed in a contemporary tropical style, with accents and hints of the local culture woven into the architectural details. We call this “natural opulence”; a feeling derived from the high ceilings and full length doors creating natural light and ventilation, constructed to a practical design, whilst retaining key aesthetic form – and all within a short distance of stunning tropical beaches.

Price Range: Prices start from 5.9 million baht to 13 million baht. About the Developer: Our development company Con-F is managed and operated by some of the most experienced architects, engineers and construction teams in the region. We are able to ensure the highest quality, flexibility and tight cost control because our dynamic and innovative group provides the majority of technical services in-house. To date we have an extensive portfolio of over 30 completed projects spanning the last 10 years.

protect your investment. We offer a more maintenance-orientated service, Villa Management, designed to keep your vacation home in optimum condition for you and your guests. We also offer a rental programme in two categories: holiday rentals or long-term rentals, to maximize the financial return on your investment.

Location: Coco Kamala is on the cosmopolitan and exclusive west coast of Phuket, just 30 minutes from Phuket International airport. Kamala offers a central location with easy access to beaches, shopping, golf and water sports. The exclusive west coast beaches are minutes away and the Party City of Patong is just 15 minutes drive south along the coast. Coco Chalong is located a short distance from scenic Chalong bay, famed for its yachting and seafood restaurants and the gateway to stunning Phang Na Bay. It is within easy reach of Phuket town and a short distance from the famous Prom Thep Cape and swimming beach at Nai Harn.

Our philosophy is to develop exciting, high quality lifestyle property and related services to ensure stress-free investment opportunities for our buyers and owners.

Protecting and managing your Investment: We pride ourselves on being able to provide valuable after-sales services and, to this end, we have created a range of services to help you manage and

Contacts Coco Kamala Sales Office: 60m from Surin Plaza 8/62 Moo 3, T. Cherng Talay, A. Thalang, Phuket 83110 : +66 76 324293, : +66 81 958 6996 Coco Chalong Sales Office: 50m from Chalong Circle 71/45 Moo 10, T. Chalong, A. Mueang, Phuket 83130 : +66 76 384245, : +66 91 229 4070 sales@cocovilla.net www.cocovilla.net

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The Emerald Terrace Condo Patong

Location: Emerald Terrace is located on a lush and tranquil hillside

About the Developer: Developed by Phuket Future Development

on Asia’s finest resort island of Phuket. Situated well above the much sought-after west coast beach community of Patong, you will be just a few minutes away from a plethora of world class amenities, including shopping, fine dining and a world renowned vibrant night life.

Co.,Ltd., renowned for their high quality standards with their previously completed project, Kathu Golf Condominiums, they now offer competitively priced elegant low-rise condominiums in a high occupancy area of Patong.

Classification: Studio 38 sq.m, 1-bedroom 47 sq.m.

The Legal Package: Including more facilities… fitness centre, innovative swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Prices from 2.85 - 14.43 million baht., (29 baht : US$ 1 approx) Total units: 133 (70% sold out).

Concept: The Emerald Terrace Condominium, Patong, Phuket offers rooms with many different aspects to choose from. A place to relax in comfort and peace, with the view of your choice, but at the same time a wise investment close to the restaurants, clubs and shopping of Phuket’s most vibrant city. Emerald Terrace is designed to make the most of its natural surroundings while offering a location that is convenient for all amenities.

Contacts Phuket Future Development Co., Ltd. Phabaramee Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand. : +66 84 543 5435 : +66 76 346968 info@phuket-fd.com www.emeraldterracecondopatong.com

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Location: Emerald Central Condo is not far from any amenity, but is centrally located where nothing is far from your reach no matter what you’re looking for. It's only minutes away from first class shopping malls, Thai markets, tourist destinations, international hospital, golf courses and more. This is the perfect location for people that need to be in the city but can still enjoy a quite community standard of life.

Classification: 1-bedroom 39 sq.m., 2.bedroom 65 sq.m. Prices from 2.75 - 14.43 million baht., (95,000 USD approx). All fully furnished. Concept: The Emerald Central Phuket is created under the concept of quality, design and functionality. We believe in our condos, and plan to provide the best quality lifestyle for all who live there.

About the Developer: Developed by Phuket Future Development Co., Ltd., renowned for their high quality standards. The Emerald Central Condo is the third luxury condominium by Phuket Future Development in Phuket, Thailand. Management: The management team of The Emerald Central Condo feels that we have planned everything as perfectly as possible with our highly experienced and amazingly versatile staff. The Legal Package: The Emerald Central Condos wish to create value for our customers by having value in our condos. Investment packages and other important information are readily available for those seeking to invest with our developments. Freehold and leasehold ownership contracts are both also available.

The material used, along with the design, is not only artistically unique, but is functional as well. We want the people that stay with us to have every amenity needed right on site so they need not look any further. Shopping for goods, clothes or food is some of what we plan to have readily available, making life at the Emerald Central easy and comfortable.

Space: The Emerald Central Condo provides a private car park with a space for each unit. Additional facilities include a first-class fitness center, steam rooms, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Spacious and beautiful natural gardens spread throughout the project constitute unique 'art', making Emerald Central one of a kind.

Contacts Phuket Future Development Co.,Ltd. 94/47 Moo7, Vichitsongkram Road, Ban Kathu,Tumbon Kathu, Amphur Kathu, Phuket 83120, Thailand : +66 84 543 5435 : +66 76 346967 : +66 76 346968 info@phuket-fd.com www.emeraldcentralphuket.com

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Karon Butterfly

Location: Karon Butterfly Condominium is located on the hills that surround Karon, only 400 metres from the beach and shopping areas. Within a few minutes, you can reach restaurants, entertainment centres and the beautiful beaches of Patong, Kata and Kata Noi. There are also three golf courses within a short driving distance.

Price Range: The company can offer to the customer a variety of apartment sizes and prices: • Flowers Unit apartment (Building E) start from 3 million Baht • Butterfly apartment (Building F and G) from 1 to 2 bedrooms, start from 4.9 million Baht.

Concept: Karon Butterfly Condominium combines Italian and Thai design, creating a modern style that reflects the best of the two cultures. Specification: At the end of February 2010, the first phase of the project was completed: • Building F with 9 apartments from 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and living room on the ground floor all with exclusive gardens and portico - arcade (now available one unit), the first and second floor units all have a balcony with seaview (sold). • Building G with 7 apartments from 1 and 2 bedrooms. Now available; 3 units on the ground floor with exclusive garden and portico – arcade price start from 4.9 million Baht • Facilities: 300 sqm swimming with jacuzzi (completed); restaurant, fitness and wellness centre (future construction). The second phase of the project under construction is Building E and is composed of a different type of apartment called “Flower Unit”. They are apartments on three levels from 35 to 64 sqm and consist of a kitchen

corner with one bedroom (some units in open plan) with balcony. Behind the bedroom is located the bathroom with shower toilet and sink. To access the first and second floor apartments there is a staircase leading to the covered gangway. The Flower Unit has sea-view or garden-view. The price starts from 3 million Baht.

About The Designers: The Italian Studio of Architecture STArg (Studio Tecnico Associato Architetti Rubelli e Gussago) (info@starg.it) has worked together with Thai Architects SRYT IKON STUDIO (sryt@ windowslive.com) to design the project and to follow the construction. See www.starg.it for details of other projects undertaken. The construction company is the KMIT. The owner Khun Kovit Chankong, together with his professional team, is well experienced in the construction and renovation of Luxury Project Villas, Residential Luxury Villas, Complex Apartments, Commercial/Office Buildings, etc. With the ethics of engineering professionals, they are committed to offer a professional service to our clients. "SAFETY" is our prime principle together with the "SATISFACTION" of our clients. KMIT Construction Services 188/36 Moo 4, T. Thepkrasattri A. Thalang, Phuket 83100 Tel/Fax: +66 (0)76 313048 Mobile: +66 (0)81 652 0795 info@kmitconstruction.com www.kmitconstruction.com

Contacts SUER Real Estate Co., Ltd Patak Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 : +66 81 892 0247 Tan +66 81 893 6755 sales@karonbutterfly.com Gianluca +66 84 923 2953 margianlu@hotmail.it info@karonbutterfly.com www.karonbutterfly.com

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ReLife 2 Serviced Apartments PROPERTY CHOICE

Gu com arante e ple ted 7% re n con cre tal ret te s u truc rn ture

Location: The project is located a short walking distance from scenic NaiHarn Beach, a very nice spotless beach, tucked between grassy hills and tiny island. NaiHarn Beach is famous for its pristine white sand, turquoise water, sunsets and serenity. In high season it offers a great anchorage for sailing boats and luxury yachts. The resort is only a short drive from the Big Buddha and Chalong and 20 minutes from larger towns such as Patong and Kata Beach. Most of Phuket’s attractions are only a short distance from the project.

Classification (Price Range): Studio from 2.6 million baht One bedroom from 4.4 million baht Two bedroom from 4.4 million baht Three bedroom from 8.7 million baht

Concept: Our motto, which is also found in the name of ReLife, is to extend and renew your life. Naiharn, a piece of paradise, which is available to you right here and now, offers you plenty of things that you need to achieve this goal. We will stand by your side in a very unique way. We will make sure that you can enjoy this paradise in your own piece of property with a minimum of accompanying worries.

Specification: Studio unit (35 sqm) with a bedroom/living room, kitchen area, bathroom and balcony. 1 bedroom, different types (71 sqm-78 sqm) with living room, kitchen area, bathroom and balcony 2 bedrooms, different types (87sqm-139 sqm) with living room, kitchen area, 2 bathrooms and balcony. 3 bedrooms, different types (124 sqm-129 sqm) with living room, kitchen area, 3 bathrooms and balcony.

About Your Investment: The first three rules of real estate investment are location, location & location… and we have all of them. The combination of this prime location, with value pricing and exceptional construction quality guarantees you long-term capital appreciation and high rental return. Therefore your holiday property will be one of the best investments you could make. If you do not intend to stay here for the whole time, then you may consider to rent out your property either for long or for short holiday periods. This is an excellent way to cover the property’s yearly expenses or generate return of your investment.

Contacts Lakbaanthara Co., Ltd. 14/92 NaiHarn Beach, Moo 1, Rawai, Muang, Phuket 83130 : +66 81 797 6030 : +66 76 388256 : +66 76 388256 info@relifeapartment.com www.relifeapartment.com

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RAWAI: In the hills above Rawai, Villa Stella Lounge offers only eight 2- and 3-bed private pool villas of intriguing design and exquisite craftsmanship. With 238 & 353 sqm of living space, Villa Stella is unique on the Rawai landscape. Due to complete mid-2014.

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KATA NOI: This foreign-freehold, 1-bed penthouse unit of 186 sqm, with sea views from the private rooftop pool, comes very well furnished and has a large shady terrace. Very close to the beach and all local amenities, there’s no need for transport.

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KATA: This foreign-freehold, 2-bed unit, 195 sqm at The Heights is priced to sell. Immaculate and fully furnished unit with large terrace, it has a great view of Kata Bay. The unit has direct access (no steps) from the estate road.

NAI HARN: Look no further for a great-value condo, 3 mins walk from beach. Groundfloor unit, 125-sqm, 2 beds, 2 bath, large living area w/kitchen. Large common pool, gardens, kids' play area, security, WiFi, cable TV and professional management.

RAWAI: 3-bed, fully furnished pool villa. Superb value, design and quality. 200 sqm (internal), large bedrooms, all ensuite, fitted wardrobes. Double car port. Quiet, secure location close to all amenities. Only 2 offplan units left! Show unit available to view.

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NAI HARN: Spacious 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchen and all facilities, overlooking Nai Harn lake. Quiet, with large gardens and swimming pool, just 3 minutes walk to the beach. 24-hr security. Free WiFi. Ideal for families.

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KATA: Modern, fully furnished, 72 sqm, 2-bedroom condo in well-managed community. Swimming pool. Lovely view, great rental returns. All facilities; terrace with retractable awning, dishwasher, oven, storage, car park.

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RAWAI: New, ultra-modern condo at Rawai beach. Studio, 1- & 2-bed units from THB 2.73m fully furnished. Pool, covered parking, management & rental programme, great sea & island views. all amenities nearby. Foreignfreehold available. Completion early 2014.

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COCONUT ISLAND: A few land plots remain on Coconut Island’s Eco Resort of Jindarin Beach; Phuket’s last tropical hideaway. Plots from THB 1.75m and quaint cottages from THB 1.75m. Resort has its own huge pool, restaurant, wooden jetty and rental management.

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KATA NOI: 1-, 2- & 3-bed sea-view pool penthouses for short or long-term rent and sale. Conveniently located very close to Kata Noi beach and all nearby amenities. No need for car rental to enjoy a great holiday!

Laem Ka Beach

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RAWAI: A unique project of 1 to 4-bed villas just 600m from beautiful, unspoiled Laem Ka beach; swimmable all year. This new concept design gives maximum useable space for minimum outlay. Nothing like this in the area, and all amenities within walking distance.


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KOH SIREY: High quality oceanfront homes with private pier and boat mooring at only 5min drive to town! This area is under major development by luxury hotel brands that will only add value to this address. Show house available to view!

PATONG: One of the better investments in Patong with high rental yields! Linked pool villas with ocean and city views set amidst an established housing development. Contact for the investment package and viewing.

NAITHON: Are you seeking a peaceful setting? Come take a look at this unique development now offering cosy 2 bedroom bungalows with private pool at a very affordable price. More importantly, it is only 1.8 km from Naithon Beach!

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Surin: Located in a prime area, this modern address offers a rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre and shuttle bus service that will surely make any guests feel on vacation. Well-packaged product and great value for money.

KAMALA: Conveniently located at walking distance to Kamala Beach and only 10 minutes drive to Patong, this project focuses on a refreshing design trend that brings forth lush greenery and healthy living. Show unit available!

Kamala: Extremely convenient location at only 75 metres from a shopping centre and 350 metres from the beach. You are guaranteed high rental returns year round with this sea view project. Must see!

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PHUKET CITY: Located in Phuket's main Shopping Centre, we are by the 2nd floor financial centre. We will be happy to assist you in every way to present you with the perfect investment opportunity that suits your needs. Hope to see you soon!

KATA: Located on Kata Beach, our information point allows you to have all your property related questions answered. Computers and wifi have been made available free of charge, for your convenience.

PATONG: We have a couple of Information Centres in the biggest mall of Patong where our promotional staff will be more than pleased to assist you in setting a meeting with our professional consultants.

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Kamala: Set within a residential area, this compound under construction will offer a tranquil and private environment in which owners will enjoy a peaceful lifestyle. Access to the beach is only a short walk away!

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Kathu: You can't get more central than this. Literally walking distance to the main shopping centres and a short 10-minute drive to Patong, convenience is unsurpassed from this modern and refreshing condominium project.

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Coconut Island: Amazing lifestyle investment set on Coconut Island, just 5 minutes boat ride from Phuket Town. This development offers resort-style facilities, amenities and a luxury Spa. Bungalows for sale offer high rental yields.

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Condominium Meetings of Owners – Does Your Vote Count? It generally happens once per year – owners of at least a single unit in a registered condominium development in Thailand receive a written notice in the post. The notice is usually sent by the condominium juristic person manager and is entitled “Notice of Annual General Meeting of Joint Owners,” or something similar, and states the date and place of the meeting. Along with the notice is a basic agenda or meeting items. And in more professionally managed condominiums there may even be pamphlets of information on such items, and ‘slips’ for voting on key issues to be discussed with draft resolutions for the owners to vote. As most owners of condominium units in Thailand are aware, along with their purchase of the unit, they obtain the right under the Condominium Act of Thailand to vote on certain operational and management issues on the agenda in respect of their condominium at so-called “Meetings of the Joint Owners.” However, often overlooked at the commencement of a meeting, is whether all persons and/or ’owners’ in attendance actually have the legal right to vote at such meeting. Suffice to say many condominium meetings proceed to vote on resolutions of the joint owners improperly, and without inspection of the voting status each person in attendance, leading to resolutions passed or denied without a proper count. Such omissions can lead to disputes over the legality of a resolution, and in the worst cases the filing of court cases. It is therefore incumbent on the chairman of the meeting and the Condominium Juristic Person Manager to ensure all persons voting are entitled to vote and recognise where rules in place stipulate that a person attempting to vote on a resolution may be disqualified. Accordingly, the chairperson and the manager should keep in mind the following general rules at upcoming Annual General Meetings of Joint Owners this ‘meeting season’ in respect of voting rights: Reduction in Number of Votes The default statutory rule under the Condominium Act of Thailand is each owner shall have the number of votes according to the ratio of each owner’s ownership in the common property of the

Condominium. Thus, the default rule in not a ‘1 Unit – 1 Vote’ policy, but is rather related to the size of the owner’s investment. Larger area condominium units will have more votes as they have a larger share of ownership. However, this is not always true. In cases where one owner holds more than half of the total votes, such owner's votes are reduced by statute to the total number of votes of all the remaining owners. This rules typically applies to developer owned units, as developers often hold the Thai quota in their Thai development company and therefore retain more than half of the number of total votes. Arrears on Payment of Common Area Management Fees (“CAM Fees”) Late on your CAM Fees? You may not be entitled to vote under law and the regulations of the condominium, and how late you are on payment will determine your voting eligibility. Under section 18/1 of the Condominium Act, owners in arrears on payments not only may be subject to late payment interest penalties, but may also be precluded from voting at a meeting if they remain in arrears on any part of the past due amount for at least six months. Such default rule, however, may be changed in the registered rules and regulations of the specific condominium. Lessees Are you actually a lessee and not a freehold owner of a condominium unit? If you entered into a lease agreement for the acquisition of a long term lease to a condominium unit, you are not automatically entitled to vote at a meeting of owners as the Condominium Act refers to ‘owners’ only, meaning ‘freehold owners.’ As such, your landlord must have given you a proper proxy to vote on his or her behalf at the condominium meetings. Usually such a proxy should be made part of the lease agreement. Specific Expenses If there is a specific vote or regulation on an agenda to incur expenses for only certain owners, then under the Condominium Act only such owners affected by the vote are allowed to vote. The relevant provision under the Condominium Act is section 46. Authorised Agents Where a joint owner is a juristic person or entity (i.e. a company), only authorised persons or agents acting on behalf of the juristic person or entity are entitled to vote. Authorised persons or agents should hold a proper proxy of power or attorney signed and stamped by the entity’s authorised director if a person other than the authorised director of the entity. Without such a proper appointment, the vote of the juristic person or entity could be challenged as invalid. Proxies Proxies are allowed at meeting of joint owners but the following persons may not hold proxies for another owner under section 47 of the Condominium Act: 1. Board Members or their Spouses; 2. The Manager and his spouse; 3. Employees and/or contractors of the Condominium Juristic; and 4. Employees of the Manager where the Manager is a corporate entity.

Author: Robert Krupica – Hughes Krupica Consulting Company Limited Hughes Krupica has a Senior Arbitration Specialist, Victor Smith, as part of its growing practice. Victor is experienced in sitting on arbitrators panels and advocating for parties in arbitration proceedings. www.hugheskrupica.com

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Phunawa Resort

Phunawa suite bedroom

Phunawa Resort is situated just a short stroll from Karon Beach, one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in tropical Phuket, and perfect for sun-seekers, great for families but also ideal for fun-seekers. Karon Beach offers a relaxed nightlife with a wide selection of restaurants, pubs and bars catering for all tastes. It’s a safe location and has markets and great dining options. Couples or families will enjoy just browsing or enjoying a cool drink, listening to music or just experiencing the vibrant atmosphere. Local people are very friendly and welcoming. Phuwana Resort has a superb range of private suites which cater for everything from honeymoon couples to families, groups of friends and couples, all set around our huge pool area. 1 BEDROOM NAWA SUITE - One bedroom with en-suite bathroom and bathtub, fully equipped kitchenette, living area with TV with cable channels and DVD player plus private rooftop garden with circle pool and roof-top sala seating area. 1 BEDROOM PHUNAWA SUITE (PENTHOUSE) - On third floor, one bedroom with jaccuzi bathroom, living area, TV with cable channels, DVD player, fully equipped kitchenette plus private roof top garden including private sala seating area and circle pool. 2 BEDROOM JUNIOR SUITE - all rooms facing pool view, master bedroom with king bed size and private bathroom, second bedroom with two singles or queen bed size, living area with TV with cable channels and DVD player, full kitchenette and terrace or balcony with seating area. 2 BEDROOM GRAND SUITE - with master bedroom with king size bed, en-suite bathroom, second bedroom with two queen size beds, living area with TV with cable channels and DVD player, full kitchenette and balcony / terrace with sun lounger, tables and chairs, complimentary wifi connection. 3 BEDROOM FAMILY PHUNAWA SUITE (PENTHOUSE) - Top floor, three bedrooms. Master bedroom, with private jacuzzi bathtub. Two additional bedrooms with queen size beds. Living area has full kitchenette, dining table plus private rooftop garden including sala terrace area, circle pool with 360º view, 180º sea view.

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An extra bed is available for an additional adult or child above 12 years of age in any of our suites. NAWA RESTAURANT is an exiting international restaurant focusing on the best dishes from the ‘east’ and ‘west’, using organic products whenever possible. Our ever-changing ‘daily special dish’ means that you will never tire of our menu and it’s a perfect tool for us to learn about guest preferences. We aim to serve you the most authentic ‘street-flavours’ of Thai food. We serve exciting Thai home-cooked dishes you are guaranteed to find nowhere else. NAWA SPA offers you a small but fine selection of delightful spa treatments and massage with the goal and mission that what we only deliver first class and truly professional services, making you ‘truly feel good’. For more information please contact PHUNAWA RESORT 16/1 Patak Road Soi 24, Karon Beach, Phuket 83100 : +66 76 363000 info@phunawa.com www.phunawa.com

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Phuket’s “catch up” infrastructure The Phuket branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported in September 2013 that the first 11 months of the fiscal year that began in October 2012 recorded more than 10 million tourist arrivals in Phuket. The full fiscal year that ended in September 2013 is expected to show 12 million tourists visited the island in that year. TAT believes that in the next fiscal year the number of tourists will increase to 14 million that could see tourism income rising to at least THB 240 billion in fiscal 2014. These are impressive figures with an upward growing trend every year. So can Phuket’s current infrastructure cope with the ever increasing holiday makers to Phuket?

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Currently there are several infrastructure projects being undertaken around the island, causing much moaning and groaning among Phuket residents about the horrendous traffic jams, especially during the morning and evening rush hour. A couple of years ago, 20 minutes at an intersection in Phuket was referred to as a 'traffic jam', but now more than 20 minutes at the Darasamuth intersection (corner of Central Festival) is to be expected. Construction works are currently in progress to build an underpass at this intersection that it is hoped will ease traffic in that area on its completion later this year – but until then it's more traffic congestion. To add to the traffic woes, the construction of another underpass at the Samkong intersection (corner of Tesco Lotus) began in mid-November (at the start of the high season, no less!) and is expected to complete in 2015. Phuket International Airport took a while to gain its much needed expansion approval, which commenced work in September 2012 and will see capacity increase from 6.5 million to 12.5 million international and domestic passengers a year. The expansion works are currently still in progress, but by the next

fiscall year (2014) 14 million ( ) the h TAT is already l d predicting d ll tourists – already surpassing the post-expansion capacity. Looks like the long queues at immigration counters will continue… Several other projects are currently being commissioned and under consideration, one being the Patong tunnel that will cut through Kathu and is expected to start construction in 2017.The existing steep uphill and downhill road has seen many accidents with tourist laden buses due to brake failures. This very steep road is also dangerous to regular motorists, especially in the rainy season, when the road has little traction and motorcycles have been known to virtually slide down the hill. All the above infrastructure works are “essential” to the future and growth of Phuket, even though it's an continual game of catch-up to keep up with Phuket's rapid growing. The number of new residential projects by both Thai & foreign developers are continuously on the rise, which is only to be expected. To support future growth, the future projections and plans for Phuket are crucial to maintaining brand “Phuket” and hopefully both the local administration and central government recognise this and continue to give Phuket much needed support. EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was written before the political protests reached current levels. Time will tell whether this political unrest has an negative effect on TAT's ambitious 2014 predictions.

Amy Koh is the Sales Manager of Engel & Voelkers Phuket. For more information visit www.engelvolkers.com/th

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Montavee Hongsyok Assistant managing director of Anuphas Vividhkarn and a member of one of Phuket’s most prominent Thai-Chinese families, Montavee Hongsyok shares his thoughts on the role of local businesses and people in solving the island’s challenges. Tell us a bit about your family history. My ancestors migrated to Thailand from China and I'm the fourth generation. My great grandfather was born in Thailand. He wasn’t rich and had to work very hard. He bought fish from the fishermen to sell in the market. Then he started to make some money and tried to do many things, some successfully, some not. He had a chance to buy a soon-to-beabandoned tin mine, so he started his own tin mine. After the tin mine era was over, we started other businesses such as gas stations, car dealerships, automobile bodywork and painting, car accessories, golf course, housing and real estate projects. What’s your role in Anuphas group? I studied civil engineering and earning a master’s degree in water resource and environmental engineering. I apply this knowledge to my job. My family wants me to help take care of the real estate part of our business. What projects are you working on now? My priority is the Chao Fah City project, which started with the Honda showroom; that’s why started to work in Honda. I’m responsible for expanding Honda, and we’re opening a new branch in Thalang in the middle of next year. For Mazda we have two branches, including the one we just opened at Chao Fah City. I think a new Ford showroom will be coming soon. We have the master plan for this area to be like an 'Auto Land', a one stop area for cars, just like they have in the USA. What about your family now? I have one brother, Monthep, who’s now living in Florida in the US with his Taiwanese wife and two children. He’s a manager working in the IT department of a group of hospitals. My father, Khun Montri, is a very happy, easygoing man. Every day after he finishes work he goes out to fly his radio controlled airplanes. He’s almost 73 and has been doing that since he was 13 years old. Imagine 60 years playing the same thing! He used to fly them at the airport (he had permission!) when only three planes a day arrived in Phuket; he knew exactly what time the planes were coming so he could land his radio-controlled plane on a real runway! He’s found a very good way to relax, which I think is what makes him happy. I wish I could be more like him in that way. What do you like to do to relax? I like to exercise, sometimes swimming or jogging and I like golfi ng and scuba diving. I just came back from diving in Sipadan, Malaysia. It’s a beautiful island and when you dive you can see how well they protect it. Patong once had beautiful coral reef and marine life, and the beach was one of the best in the world. But see what’s happened now. It’s changed a lot. It’s so sad, we live here but I have to go diving somewhere else. What could be done about these changes? Everyone has to cooperate. Non-profit groups promoting sustainable development are one way forward. For our business, we’re not focusing only on profit, but also on providing work for people and doing good things for the community. For example, we’ve given away a lot of land to use for hospitals, schools, police stations, temples, roads and more. What are the most positive changes you’ve seen? I can see that now people are aware of what we should do to help make Phuket a good place to live, the place to do business in the future. We hear more and more discussion about how Phuket can be sustainable, how we can manage all the problems. Even with the protests now, I can see that the new generation is more aware of politics and the rights of the people. It’s not like before when we thought it was nothing really to do with us. Now

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it’s like it's knocking on your door. Everyone’s affected by that. The positive thing I can see is that people feel they’ve got to do something. Not just dreaming, but having real ideas for change. What's the issue that needs to be fixed most urgently? Transportation. It’s not only infrastructure, but the people who use the roads have to follow the rules; we have a lot of accidents. I’m the vice-president of the Phuket Real Estate Association and we’ve run two seminars to discuss how to deal with the transportation problem. Politicians from Bangkok came to the seminars and later on we got funds to improve the roads and transportation in Phuket. The key is cooperation. We already have the information. We have the police, the OrBorTor [subdistrict councils], the department of roads and rural roads and others. They have to use all the data to solve the problems together in a way that’s beneficial for the whole island. People have started using social media to help. I opened a Line channel called “Phuket Traffic" (in Thai), hoping that it would be a tool where the members can share useful information. For example, when drivers see a heavy traffic or an accident they can post it to the channel; some radio stations even use the information. In the morning we host the radio channel 93 from 8.30 to 9.00 to update people on the traffic situation. It’s very easy. Everyone can just type, take a photo or even record their voice to share. What kind of car do you drive? A Honda CR-Z. It’s only 1.5L but with a hybrid engine and hybrid battery. It’s fun to drive, a great design and saves gas. If you expand the trunk you can put in three golf bags! There are only a couple of CR-Zs in Phuket. This model came after the Honda factory in Ayuthaya was flooded in 2011, so they started to import three models including the CR-Z. Was that a nightmare time for you, with Honda under water? We didn’t have any cars for sale for eight months. We could only fix the cars, but we could hardly even do that because before the floods in Thailand there was the tsunami in Japan, which already affected the manufacturing of cars. The car business is not easy. Aside from the Phuket Real Estate Association, are you involved with any other clubs or associations? I’m in the Peranakan Association and my company also supports this. Khun Sukanya Phuttipun, my aunt, is a vice-president. We have been trying to preserve our culture while turning Phuket old town into a tourist attraction. I’m also in the Phuket Environmental Foundation. We have meetings almost every month with people from different industries and some local politicians to try to see how we can make Phuket a better place to live. What do you think the future holds for you? My dreams are not big. I just want to make this place good for living, where I can raise my family, and where perhaps the next generation will remember me as one of the guys who did some good things on this island.


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PHUKET STREET FOOD SCENE

SCENE Tropical Phuket is most famous for its beaches, but to experience the real heart and soul of the island it’s essential to delve into its local food culture. Throughout Thailand, eating is a joy and an all-day topic of conversation − and Phuket is no exception. When Thais are not busy eating they’re often talking about their last meal . . . or their next one. This is just a theory, but we believe that if people were to learn the vocabulary for Thai food only, they’d be able to follow 80 percent of the chatter here. From the lively markets to street stalls, to tiny family-run eateries with three or four tables, fresh fare is inexpensive and easy to find in every town on Phuket. And with so many roving motorbike food carts, lazy gourmets could just stay home or find a shady spot along the road and wait for the food to come to them! There’s no shame in eating cheaply here. We’ve seen some prominent local businesspeople and politicians happily slurping up 40-baht bowls of noodles at no-name stalls on several occasions. Immaculately dressed office ladies can often be seen at street-side food shops tucking into a plate of khao kha moo (stewed pork leg) or a similarly cheap rice dish, their designer handbags delicately balancing on a plastic stool beside them. Takeaway is also popular, and most every food vendor here will be able to box up and bag their meal offerings and assorted condiments with great skill and lightning speed. Their ability to cinch a plastic bag airtight with a quick wrap of a rubber band is impressive – we’ve never had a leaky bag of fish sauce yet!

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One of the easiest ways to find a tasty variety of cheap eats is to visit a local festival, of which there are many throughout the year in Phuket. Some of the best events for satisfying your local food cravings include the Phuket Old Town festival in January-February, the Chalong Temple Fair held annually during Chinese New Year and the Patong Beach Carnival in December. In Saphan Hin public park in Phuket City, there’s usually a festival of some sort or another about every month. The festival themes may vary, but they’re always teeming with food vendors.

Here’s a sampling of some of our favourite cheap Phuket dishes, none of which will cost you more than 50 baht Hokkien noodles. When served in a soup, this is a refreshing dish with round noodles, thinly sliced pork, shrimp and a delicious egg-noodle dumpling stuffed with herbed minced pork. Also in hot demand for the lunch set are ‘dry’ Hokkien noodles, usually stir-fried with a mix of pork and seafood – very hearty and filling, especially if an egg is thrown in.

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Dim sum. For most dim sum shops you need to arrive early in the morning to avoid missing out on the best of these tiny servings of steamed pork, seafood and vegetables. Diners are charged by the bowl, about 10-20 baht per serving. To find a dim sum shop, look for an open restaurant with either huge metal pots with rounded lids or stacks of bamboo steamer bowls.

Haw mok. This spicy crab mousse cake steamed and served in banana leaf makes for a rich and zippy complement to any meal, especially kanom jeen. Roti. A Thai-style pancake. This fried dough is served either sweet with banana and sweetened condensed milk or savoury with a small curry dish at the side. It was an early-morning beef curry roti that convinced us of something that the locals have long known: spicy breakfasts are a true delight. Kanom jeen Satay. Grilled lightly curried meat (usually pork) on a stick served with a spicy peanut sauce plus a side of sliced onion and cucumber soaked in vinegar. If you turn up at a party with a bagful of satay, you’ll be very popular indeed. Kanom jeen. This is a Phuket breakfast favourite, and it should be noted that ‘some assembly is required’ to fully enjoy this dish. You first need to select your curry – beef, chicken, fish, crab – which is put in a bowl with rice noodles. Then you’ll find a selection of crunchy vegetables including radish, sprouts and green beans, plus sauces, spices and herbs at your table, which you add and mix according to your taste. Artful eating at its best.

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kanom Buang

Bamboo sticky rice

Kanom Luk chub banana sticy rice

The Good and the Cheap Some of our favourite Phuket local restaurants Aroon Restaurant, Thalang Road, Phuket City Serves all kinds of roti, plus noodle and rice dishes. If this is too busy, try Abdul’s next door – also very good! Mee Ton Poe, at the Clock Tower circle opposite the Metropole hotel, Phuket City Open daily from lunchtime. Get there early because it can be difficult to find a table. Its speciality is Hokkien stir-fry noodles and a stall out front sells pork satay at 50 baht per 10 pieces.

Sakoo saimoo

And no meal is complete without a selection of sweets or snacks!

Here are some of our top choices: Salapao (steamed Chinese buns stuffed with BBQ pork or bean), khao tum mud (banana and sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves – only 10 baht per piece!), kanom krok (little round servings of coconut pudding, often topped with corn), kanom buang (crispy wafer with coconut cream and shredded coconut), sangkaya fuk tong (pumpkin and coconut custard), khao lam (sticky rice in bamboo – the black rice variety is our favourite), sakoo (steamed tapioca balls stuffed with pork and peanut, served with lettuce and chili). One sweet that’s almost too pretty to eat is luk chub, a sugary bean candy skilfully shaped to look like tiny fruits, vegetables or chillies. These are just a few of the endless choices of fresh ’n’ cheap eats on sale around the island. With only a few baht to lose if you don’t like a particular snack or meal, there’s no excuse not to be an adventurous and exploratory eater in Phuket. Happy dining!

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N.C. Restaurant, opposite Royal Phuket City on Phang Nga Road in Phuket City With ultra fresh veggies, this is one of the best spots for kanom jeen. It’s also a one-stop shop for many cheap eats including Hokkien noodles, haw mok, any kind of rice dish, baked goods and sweets − and excellent massaman curry. Ko Yoon, Yaowarat Road at the Suriyadet fountain circle, Phuket City The best Hokkien noodle soup shop in Phuket, or so claims a sign hanging in the restaurant’s entrance. It’s like a sauna inside and rather eccentric in design, with dusty Chinese ceramics and silk flowers on the shelves, but it’s a great spot to watch all the comings and goings of the tourists and market people. Jade Restaurant, opposite the police station, Chaofa East Road, Chalong There are many dim sum shops in Phuket but one of our favourites is Jade. They also make a huge and tasty khao thom. Baan Sukapun on Thepkrassatri Road in Phuket City (just south of Nissan) also does a good dim sum, and we love its vegetable sakoo.

To find this and other great places get yourself a copy of STREETS of PHUKET - 188 pages of detailed street maps, landmarks and local information - with a series of comprehensive indexes. It’s the easiest way to find your way around Phuket.Check www.streetsofphuket.com to find out where to get it – at only 399 baht it’ll save you time and fuel.


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It’s been another record breaking year for Phuket tourism so it may seem somewhat misconceived to hear that there are storm clouds brewing on the horizon, but this is exactly what some are predicting. In June, a delegation of foreign ambassadors visited Phuket with safety as their primary issue. And this concern was recently echoed by the Bangkok-headquartered Central Group that employs and exerts influence across nearly every sector in Phuket. Centara Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Bailey predicted tough times ahead because “traditional mature markets are giving clear signals that they do not like what they see happening on the island”. Visitors’safety has to be of paramount importance and so Phuket’s private sector is leading the response with an enthusiasm that conveys the strength of their conviction. At a recent meeting of hotel general managers sponsored by Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, it was agreed that the time was right for a unified and collaborative approach to safety that would see organisations working together to drive changes in safety standards within Phuket. There was a consensus that, although geographically Phuket is an island, through its international holiday location status, it is a fully established part of the global community and it must eschew parochial standards in favour of a demonstrable and proven move to international safety systems and procedures. This transition is being led by Safer Phuket, a locally based notfor-profit social enterprise that highlights the issues, creates a voice, brings stakeholders together and generates funding solutions. As winners of the 'Innovation of the Year 2013' award, and with the full support of Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut and relevant departments, Safer Phuket is bringing real change to safety standards in Phuket’s coastal waters.

Duncan Stewart, founding partner explains, “The key driver is economics. Hotels, tour operators and travel companies in Phuket must protect their investment, so when they predict trouble ahead, they respond. The challenges must be faced because a tarnished ‘Phuket’ brand jeopardises their investment in Phuket. Safety must always be a top priority.” A key component of Safer Phuket’s strategy is innovative funding. For example, they have initiated a campaign to build 50 lifeguard towers and to enable the towers and lifeguard service to operate to the same standards as Surf Lifesaving Australia, with funding being made from sponsorship and advertising on the towers. Safer Phuket reports that an increasing number of hotels, companies and other organisations within Phuket are joining and supporting them in the move to international safety standards. Duncan Stewart adds “Together we can effect change, so the more commitment, the quicker the impact and benefits.” If you or your organisation would like to get involved or can make any form of contribution, then Safer Phuket would be pleased to hear from you. www.saferphuket.org www.facebook.com/saferphuket

IMAGE asia welcomes the opportunity to partner with Safer Phuket to help bring about improved safety on Phuket's beaches and the surrounding waters.

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THINGS TO DO

Things to do in Phuket Traditionally, visitors have flocked to Phuket drawn by its pristine beaches, world-class shopping and sophisticated nightlife (okay, some of it is more enthusiastic than sophisticated) but this island has many more attractions that you should not miss.

Parasailing Ever wish you could fly like a bird, soaring and diving effortlessly with the wind in your face, and experience views of this beautiful island from a new and exciting perspective? Phuket now offers you the chance to do exactly this. It's called parasailing. The parasail is a specially designed parachute which you wear, and which is then towed behind a speedboat; suddenly you are airborne and looking down on mere mortals. There are several operators on beaches and prices start at 2,000 baht. Phuket Thai Hua Museum

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The oldest Chinese school in Phuket, Thai Hua School was built in 1911 and has now become the Thai Hua Museum, serving as a community and exhibition centre for baba arts and culture. The museum is a two-storey building with the upper level balconied internally to look down on the ground floor. Many of the exhibits and artifacts relate to the art and culture of China. Some of the old schoolrooms still remain as they were in the past with old school desks and photographs of former students. The Phuket Thai Hua Museum is on Krabi Road. It’s open on Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8pm. Entrance is free. It's certainly worth a visit.

Phuket Butterfly Garden

To find all these great places get yourself a copy of STREETS of PHUKET - 188 pages of detailed street maps, landmarks and local information - with a series of comprehensive indexes. It’s the easiest way to find your way around Phuket. Check www.streetsofphuket.com to find out where to get it – at only 399 baht it’ll save you time and fuel.

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This is a place of endless educational possibilities. Here you can learn more about the miraculous miniature world of insects and butterflies. Relax in the garden where there are literally thousands of butterflies filling the air or busy seeking pollen among the tropical blooms. Located in Soi Paneung in the Sam Kong area, the garden is a five minute drive from Tesco Lotus. Take the road towards Phuket City and it’s on the left-hand side. There’s a large sign indicating the turning. Entrance for children under ten years is 150 baht, adults and kids over ten years pay 300 baht. Open daily from 9am until 5pm (last admission). For more information ring +66 (0)76 210861 or visit www.phuketbutterfly.com.


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4th Edition (2013)

by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

From the Andaman Islands to Darwin... Included in this edition: an ALL-NEW expanded Indonesia chapter featuring stunning Raja Ampat – plus notes on Palau and short introductions to The Philippines and Hong Kong z z z

detailed charts including GPS positions updated anchorage information regional cruising guide

an IMAGE asia publication

Thailand | Malaysia | Singapore | Myanmar | Cambodia | Vietnam | Andaman Islands | Indonesia | Philippines


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