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Nakonnai Art Museic Beach Cleanup Till 12 January @ Nakonnai Art Museum, Rawai
Let there be art - created from beach trash! Nakonnai Art Museic is hosting an exhibition of works done by Rawai artists made using different types of garbage from the see. The idea is to raise awareness in youth and residents about the sea pollution and how we can work together to solve this problem. Email: email@example.com.
Old Phuket Festival Dates to be Announced @ The Heart of Phuket Town
This year’s event will be the 13th anniversary of the popular Old Phuket Town Festival which is held in collaboration with the Chinese New Year. The festival is 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. Expect many colourful entertainment options including a Phuket Baba Light Show, a rickshaw tour around the streets, cultural parades, Chinese opera performances, Chinese folk dancing troupes and more. The activities start from about 3pm and last until midnight each day. If coming by car, please make sure to park away from the centre as things get extremely congested, traffic wise. Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket Office, Tel: +66 (0)76 212213.
National Children's Day Celebration 14 January @ Garden opposite Canal Village Shopping Center
The Laguna Phuket Annual National Children’s Day Celebration is a festive event that aims to strengthen relationships with local communities and encourage a positive family interaction among event goers. It offers activities as stage performances, games, and arts and craft. Tel: +66 (0)76 362300. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www. lagunaphuket.com.
Island Furniture Cricket League - Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) 28 - 29 January @ ACG Cricket Ground
Island Furniture Cricket League - Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) welcome all to its official opening on the weekend of the 28th and 29th of January. On Saturday, there will be the Cricket Thai Youth Development 15 over Game at 9:30am then the Cricket Phuket Seniors T/20 Game at 1pm. On Sunday, the Thai Youth Cricket Net Session and Thai Youth Lomas Rugby match tkes place at 9:30am and at 10 there's a presentation of teams and thank you speeches to local and visiting dignitaries. Speeches will be gien by the following persons: Syed Ashraful Huq CEO of ACC; Ravi Sehgal, President; Alan Cooke MBE; and Patrick Cotter. This will be followed by an Exhibition match CAT Invitation XI vs Charlie's ACC KL Invitational XI and then by the trophy presentation at 11am. Web: www.acgphuket.com and www.phuketcricketgroup.com.
Chinese New Year 23 January @ Phuket City
Come to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in Phuket. You'll find celebrations and cultural events across the island especially in the heart of Phuket’s Old Town and at local Chinese Shrines. The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. Though Chinese New Year is not an official public holiday in Thailand, most businesses owned by Thais with Chinese ancestors are closed during the period. Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket Office, Tel: +66 (0)76 212213.
Facebook Fridays 10-11am
Have questions about Facebook or other social media? Then join us every Friday 10-11am Phuket time on the Wall of www.facebook.com/ awprmarketing to chat live with experts such as Woody Leonhard, Amish Metha and Able Wanamakok. Its free and easy so see you online!
Island Furniture Cricket league - Phuket Cricket Group (PCG)
The official opening of the Cricket and Sports Ground (ACG Cricket Ground) is the weekend of January 28 and 29. The Senior League 40 over matches are played every Sunday morning starting at 9am. February 16 will see the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) play their first ever official game in Thailand at the ACG. Other ad hoc games are organized for Saturday afternoons. There is Thai youth rugby practice every Saturday morning. From mid January nets and rugby practice are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Web: www.acgphuket.com and www. phuketcricketgroup.com.
The International Business Association of Phuket (IBAP)
The Regular Meeting is on the 13th. Tel: +66 (0)81 412 5652. Web: www. ibap-phuket.net.
Free Computer Clinic
Join ‘For Dummies’ author Woody Leonhard at his weekly Computer Clinic, Sundays from 10am to noon at the Sandwich Shoppes. The next meetings are on the 8th in Patong Sandwich Shoppe; the 15th at Laguna Sandwich Shoppe; and two at the Chalong Sandwich Shoppe, the 22 and 29th. Web: www. khunwoody.com.
Lions Club of Patong Beach
The monthly membership meeting and fellowship dinner is on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact: Jehanbaz (Jum) Ali Khan, Tel: +66 (0)81 374 2088. Email: email@example.com. Web: www.lions-club-patong.org.
Rotary Club of Patong Beach
The Weekly Meeting is on Tuesday the 10th, 17th and 24th and the 31st. Web: www.rotarypatong.org.
Entertainment – January Choices
Ninjazz Live Band & Unlimited Tapas At Luna Bar
Ninjazz, our resident jazz trio plays live at Luna every night from 8 to 11pm (except Mondays). We also offer an Unlimited Tapas promotion every Tuesday and Saturday from 7 to 9pm at Luna Bar at Centara Grand Beach Resort. Tel: +66 (0)76 201234.
Chicky Net - The Social Network for Women in Thailand
Chicky Net is the online social network for women who have relocated to Thailand or who are visiting. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.chickynet.com.
Grumpy Old Men's Society (GOMS)
A grumpy but happy group of local gentleman who gather every first and third Monday of the month at Chalong Pier Beer Garden to have a few quiet beers, share information and to raise money for charity. Drinks start at 6pm and meetings at 6:45pm. Contact: Warren Crowe, Email: email@example.com.
Live Rock at Rock City
Live rock bands nightly from 9pm at Rock City. Live bands cover tunes from classic and hard rock icons like ACDC, Metallica and Kiss. Bangla Road, Patong. Web: www.rockcityphuket.com.
British Business Association – Phuket (BBAP)
Phuket’s multinational business networking group. The Annual General Meeting is on February 8th and Pub Night and Dinner in January, location to be advised. Website: www.bbap.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeling Jazz @ Music Matters Bar
Jazz, salsa, Caribbean, African and South American music are played at this open-air venue at the corner of Chana Charoen Road and Phuket Road in Phuket City. Live jazz jam sessions are every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Central Festival Phuket, Tel: +66 (0)76 209000 Jungceylon Shopping Destination Patong, Tel: +66 (0)76 600555
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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(Drama,Thriller) Daniel Craig , Rooney Mara , Christopher Plummer , Steven Berkoff , Stellan Skarsgård A journalist and a computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder. The two are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper they dig for the truth the greater the risk of being buried alive by family members, who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets sealed.
(Action, Adventure, Horror, Science) Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley Selene awakens from a 12-year cryogenic imprisonment to find the world is a different place. Lycans (werewolves) and vampires have become the prey of humanity, which wishes to eradicate both sides from existence. There is a young girl who could turn the tide of the war. It’s up to Selene to keep her alive and protected long enough to do so. Selene kicks ass, takes names, and learns a few surprises about what’s transpired in the time she was gone.
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(Drama) Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock Oskar is convinced that his father who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden in New York City. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by an active mind that refuses to believe in things that can't be observed, Oskar searches the city for the lock that fits a key he found in his father's closet. His journey takes him to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.
Off Phuket Events
The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek of 2011
1–5 The 15th Bay Regatta – Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi @ Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi MC- Tour Bike Week 2011 @ Pattaya Soi 12, Pattaya Phuket International Blues Rock Festival @ Laguna Phuket, Phuket
Till 14 March @ Suan Chaleam Prakeart Ratchaphruek, Chiang Mai
The Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011 held from 14 December 2011 to 14 March 2012 is one of the grand celebrations hosted by the Royal Thai Government in honour of King Bhumibol, the world’s longest reigning monarch. The event is to mark the 84th birthday of His Majesty in 2011 and features over 2.5 million trees and plants.The event brings in a lot of exhibitors and visitors. Tel: +66 (0)2 579 7531 ext 11, 14. Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.royalflora2011.com. Lantern Festival, The Color of Southern cities
10 - 26 23 - 26
Till 30 April @ Park of Had Yai, Songkla
Experience 9 wonders of lanterns of happiness such as the Ice Lantern from Harbin of People's Republic of China, lanterns from 14 southern provinces, lanterns from 4 regions of Thailand, international lanterns, lanterns of the world of childrens imagination and lantern contests and festivals. Contact: Nakhon Hatyai Municipality, Tel: +66 (0)74 200000. TAT Hat Yai Office, Tel: +66 (0)74 231055, +66 (0)74 238518, +66 (0)74 243747. Web: www.loikrathong.net. 10th Langkawi Regatta
29 - 1 April Phuket International Boatshow (PIMEX) @ Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket
Dates to be Thao Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Announced Festival @ Thalang area, Phuket 24 - 25 Phuket International Blues Rock Festival @ Laguna Phuket, Phuket
9 – 14 January @ Kuah, Langkawi, Malaysia
The Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) celebrates its 10th year this January. Classes include Racing, IRC, Sports Boat, Multihull, Club Cruising and Ocean Rover in this sailing event which has now been accorded international recognition as a Grade 3 Championship by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Contact: Zack, Email: email@example.com. Web: www.langkawiyachtclub.com. 9th Khonkaen International Marathon
13 - 15 23 - 27 Songkran Festival @ Phuket Phuket Gay Festival @ Patong Beach, Phuket
29 January @ Khonkaen University, Khonkaen
Racing for this running event is in marathon, half-marathon and mini-marathon fields, sports equipment booths, exhibitions, etc. Contact: Alumni Association of Khonkaen University Tel: +66 (0)43 202388-9, +66 (0)43 202750. Tourism Authority of Thailand, Khonkaen office, Tel: +66 (0)43 244498-9. Web: www.khonkaenmarathon.com.
Times & dates of events are subject to change. Please contact the organiser for up-to-date information.
FREE WiFi hotspots in Phuket
Hotels, Resorts and Guesthouses
Absolute Ceylon Pub Jungceylon, Rat-U-Thit Road Absolute Seapearl Beach Resort Thaweewong Road Amanta House Boutique Hotel Beach Road Aqua Guesthouse Paradise Complex, Rat-U-Thit Road Baan Yin Dee Muean Ngen Road Bel Aire Resort Phuket Sainamyen Road Burasari Resort Soi Ruam Jai Connect Guesthouse Paradise Complex, Rat-U-Thit Road Faulty Towers Inn Soi Sunset Holiday Inn Phuket Thaweewong Road K-Hotel Rat-U-Thit Road Leelawadee Boutique Hotel Siriraj Road Little Buddha Guesthouse Nanai Road Patong Paragon Hotel Prabaramee Road Royal Palm Resortel Thaweewong Road Royal Phawadee Village Sawatdirak Road Safari Beach Hotel Thaweewong Road Summer Breeze Hotel Soi San Sabai The Bird Cage–Patong Guesthouse Rat-U-Thit Road The Royal Paradise Hotel Rat-U-Thit Road Valhalla V Plaza Soi Sunset Villa del Mar Beach Road Yorkshire Inn Soi Sansabai Thai Basecamp Soi Paradise Inn The Coffee Club Jungceylon The Royal Kitchen The Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, Patong
Restaurants and Cafés
Amazon Café Chaofa West Road, Chalong Anchor Bar and Restaurant Thai Na Road, Kata Ao Chalong Yacht Club Soi Phon Chalong, Chalong Australia Bar & Grill Kata Night Plaza Chalong Pier Beer Garden Chalong Pier Road, Chalong Da Vinci V Lounge Soi Sai Yuen, Nai Harn Dos Fringos Chalong Pier Road, Chalong Happy Days Chaofa West Road, Chalong Jimmy's Lighthouse Chalong Pier, Chalong Kan Eang@pier Chalong Pier, Chalong Khun Woody's Sandwich Shoppe Fisherman Way Park, Chalong Locanda Restaurant Patak Road, Kata-Karon Pizza 2000 Patak Road, Karon The Coffee and Sandwich Shop Soi Casa Del Sol, Kata Road, Kata VSET Chalong Pier, Chalong
Hotels, Resorts and Guesthouses
Bay Hotel Cape Panwa Hotel Deang Plaza Hotel Metopole Phuket Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa Montri Road Montri Road, Amphur Muang
Restaurants and Cafés
B2S Central Festival, Vichitsongkram Road Chill Out Ong Sim Phai Road Coffee Max Ranong Road EATZZ Dibuk Road Juice Internet Café & Juice Bar Phuket Road Michael's Bar Takua Pa Road Rockin Angels Jammin' Café Yaowarat Road Siam Indigo Phang Nga Road Tea House Yaowarat Road
Hotels, Resorts and Guesthouse
Kamala Bay Garden Resort Kamala Beach Road, Kamala Laguna Phuket Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay The Residence Kalim Bay Phrabaramee 5 Road, Kalim
Hotels, Resorts and Guesthouses
Alpina Phuket Nalina Ket Kwan Road, Kata Angus @ O'Tool's Patak Road, Soi Islandia, Karon Arfur @ O'Tool's Ket Kwan Road, Kata Baan Kiki Chaofa West Road, Chalong Boathouse Wine & Grill Koktanode Road, Kata Bougainvillea Hotel Patak Road, Kata-Karon CC Blooms Soi 10, Patak Road, Karon Evason Phuket & Bon Island Viset Road, Rawai EAST 88 Beach Lounge 1.5 km of Chalong Circle, Chalong La Gondola Restaurant Guest House Thaina Road, Kata Center Kata Beach Spa Resort 95 Pakbang Road, Kata Mom Tri's Kitchen Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi Mom Tri's Oasis Koktanode Road, Kata Mom Tri's Villa Royale Kata Noi Road, Kata Noi Nikita’s Rawai Beach Road, Rawai On the Beach Karon Beach Resort & Spa, Karon Pacific Club And Spa Patak Road, Karon Phuket Sports & Tennis Club Soi Suksan 2, Viset Road, Rawai Solution Lounge and Sports Bar Kata Road, Kata The Little Mermaid Patak Road, Karon
Restaurants and Cafés
Deli De Luca Boat Lagoon Marina Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach Mai Khao, Talang Kamala Beer Garden Main Road, Kamala Khun Woody's Sandwich Shoppe Laguna Cherngtalay Lambert Brothers Boat Lagoon Marina Lady Pie Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay Les Anges Royal Phuket Marina Liquid Lounge Bar Surin Beach Road, Surin MoMo Café Courtyard by Marriott, Kamala MoMo Café Courtyard by Marriott, Surin Red Cafe Beach Road, Kamala Red Cafe Soi Policestation, Kamala Skippers Royal Phuket Marina The Club Kamala Beach Road, Kamala The Coffee Club Turtle Village, Mai Khao Watermark Bar Restaurant Boat Lagoon Marina
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PHUKET TIDE TABLES
Ko Thaphao Noi (Phuket) Predicted heights of water in metres above lowest low water
02:41 03:24 04:30 00:12 01:42 02:43 03:27 04:05 04:41 05.15 05:49 00:04 00:40 01:16 01:55 02:40 03:39 05:06 00:46 02:13 03:14 04:01 04:42 05:18 05:52 00:06 00:36 01:04 01:30 01:57 02:26
Source: Admiralty EasyTide Service
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08:58 09:42 10:44 06:15 07:44 08:46 09:34 10:13 10:48 11:22 11:55 06:22 06:57 07:33 08:12 08:57 09:54 11:19 06:56 08:29 09:31 10:18 10:56 11:29 12:00 06:23 06:51 07:17 07:41 08:06 08:35
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PHUKET TIDE TABLES
Ko Thaphao Noi (Phuket) Predicted heights of water in metres above lowest low water
03:04 04:13 00:39 02:18 03:09 03:48 04:23 04:58 05:32 06:05 00:23 00:59 01:36 02:18 03:10 04:40 00:34 02:12 03:08 03:50 04:25 04:58 05:28 05:56 00:08 00:34 00:58 01:23 01:49
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Vincent Tabuteau, Managing Director of Asia Marine, tells about his soggy introduction to Thailand nearly 30 years ago and why he plans to remain here for the long haul.
Where are you from? I was born in France but spent most of my childhood in Brazil. When did you move to Phuket and why did you come here? I arrived in 1983. I was running a yacht charter in Greece when I heard about a job as a skipper in Phuket. When I got to Bangkok there were floods, just like this year. It was a big culture shock – I’d never been to Asia before. I arrived in Ao Chalong and at time there was nothing there, no pier, no houses. It took me an hour to find a ride to Koh Lone where the boat I was working on was moored. I found the boat and stayed on it through the October monsoons. There was nothing to do, no clients. Soon I found a hotel, a small cabana at Pansea Beach where The Surin resort is now, and started running day tours for them. What was it like to live and work in Phuket back then? At the time there was no internet, of course, but also no phone, no fax lines – totally isolated. There were no gasoline stations, only barrels with manual pumps. It would take half an hour to fill your tank. We started doing yacht charters to Phang Nga, which at that time had a lot of mystery. There were no tours going there then, no one would go alone. The sea gypsies looked like pirates; it was wild, there were a lot of legends and stories about the bay. At the time Asia was booming and you could see the potential for Phang Nga Bay as a tourist destination. I was pushed by the energy here. There were so many jobs, so many projects. With my mechanical engineering background I got involved with building junks for a tour operator in Bangkok. In 1991 I moved to Bangkok, to manage the whole company and also for my children to go to school. At the time there were no international schools in Phuket. I spent 20 years in Bangkok managing a large tour operator. Asia Marine (before Thai Marine Leisure) was part of this group of companies since 1989 as marine services provider and cruise operator. We managed the June Bahtra Junk cruise or the Mekhala Teak barges in Bangkok Tell us something about your current business, Asia Marine. Some years ago when the yacht importation taxes were eradicated we reorganized the company to cover the many dimensions of yachting in Phuket including charters, brokerage, management and insurance. Tourism is very volatile and sensitive to extraordinary events. So we try to remain diversified. Today we manage a fleet of 15 charter yachts with or without crew and we are the exclusive Thailand dealer for 5 brands of yachts: Catamarans such as Fountaine Pajot, Trawler and Privilege or Monohulls such as HanseYachts or Feeling . We developed a department for luxury yacht charters and have recently launched a new website, www.asiayacht.com, to promote the ever growing number of superyachts coming from Europe to operate in South East Asia . How’s the coming high season looking? Despite the financial crisis, the bare-boat business is looking good for this high season, even if people tend to request a discount before knowing the price! Also they will put more people on their usual model. On luxury yachts we have added to our fleet a gorgeous 92-foot sailing boat, “Capricorn“ and a 65-foot Princess, “Isabella Rose“. Both operate day cruises and overnight charters from Phuket. During the latest Monaco Boat Show we were appointed SE Asia Central Agent for the spectacular “Silandra V “, a 75-foot performance sloop built by Nautor Swan. So I am quite optimistic for the long-term. Phuket is now well established as the Asian Riviera. It’s the newest trendy spot to have a boat or operate a charter yacht. You’ve been active in developing and promoting sustainable tourism. What do you think are the biggest challenges to sustainable tourism in Phuket today? You can see tourism spots being destroyed by their own tourism. Eco-tourism has been part of trying to convince people not to go in that direction, but it’s still a niche. The problem of eco-tourism now is that it’s just a buzzword. People think it’s the same thing as adventure or outdoor tourism like elephant treks. For me, eco-tourism is more about ecodevelopment – it should be done at every level by everyone, from thinking about your hotel air-conditioning to recycling. It will come, but it will come by necessity, not by belief. Are you involved in any local charities, clubs or associations? I’m the vice-chairman of the Thai Marine Business Association, a professional association for the yachting industry. We try to find a way to communicate with the authorities on issues such as tax law, visas, and the environment, and develop common marketing strategies. After successfully lobbying to remove the 200 per cent import duty on boats, the association went dormant. During the years of political instability since the 2006 coup there was no one to talk to. Now we’re starting to find new energy and direction. Do you have family here? I live here with my wife, Rattana, who I met in Bangkok. We’ve been married since 1985. Not long after we wed she joined me on my delivery of the first junk to Phuket. We sailed from Bangkok to Phuket via Singapore. She didn’t like it, and still doesn’t like sailing. We have two sons, one at university in Montreal, the other studying hospitality in the UK. They both like to sail but they’re city slickers! What kind of car do you drive? Why? The company car is one of the smallest you can find. The family car is ... what do you call it? An SUV? I couldn’t even tell you the brand. Toyota maybe? I don’t like cars. What do you like best about living in Phuket? I like the environment, boats, the people. You can see the sky. I’ve always liked it here. I came here first and always planned to come back. It’s a good place for business, too. Thais are pleasant people to work with – all my staff and colleagues are Thai. What's the most difficult thing about living here? Nothing, really. Nothing specific to Phuket. There are more traffic jams, yes, but this is not unique to Phuket. It’s happening all over Thailand. What do you think the future holds for you? I have no idea, but I’ll be staying in Phuket. Life is harder in Europe. I have no reason to go back. What else do you do with your free time, if you have any? I don’t have any free time.
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Palm House’s philosophy is simple: to provide intelligent and quality primary teaching in environmentally aware and caring surroundings with an International curriculum that is both forward thinking and astute. Palm House is located in Rawai, making it the ideal option for families living and working in the South West of the island.
We aim to ensure the quality of our education by: • • • • • • • • • Providing The International Primary Curriculum (I.P.C.) for ages 5-11 years Providing and retaining highly qualified and experienced teaching staff Providing regular and honest student progress reports to parents Implementing clear communication lines between parents and teaching staff Providing up to date information concerning relevant school matters Enriching the I.P.C with Thai culture and language studies daily Providing English as a Second Language (ESL) support where necessary Providing a broad range of extra-curricular activities Encouraging the ethos of kindness, respect and a desire to discover the world around them • Promoting healthy and safe living and life habits
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• 4 x 150 gm fillet of sole • Salt, pepper & plain flour for dusting • Salt & freshly ground black pepper • 75 gm butter • • • • • 25 gm grated parmesan cheese 50 ml fish stock ½ oz white wine 1 gm chopped parsley 5 gm diced red chili Heat the butter in a large frying pan, add the floured fillets of sole and cook over gentle heat until they are golden brown on both sides, turning them once during cooking. Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over the soles, and then cook very gently for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese melts. Add the fish stock and the white wine, cover the pan and cook over very low heat for 3-4minutes, until the sole is cooked and tender and the sauce reduced. Serve sprinkled with grated parmesan, chopped parsley and red diced chili; garnish with green asparagus, crispy fried onion and lemon wedges.
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About Chef Sanit Thawinphon
Sanit was born on 24th January 1965 in a small village in northern Thailand Work experience: The Nana Fondue Grill, Bangkok (French restaurant); The Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok; Baan Thai Beach Resort, Phuket; Neptuna Hotel, Phuket. Chef at Italian restaurant, Amari Coral Beach, Phuket. Sous Chef at Phuket Arcadia Hotel. Executive Chef at Impiana Phuket Cabana, Kata Beach Resort & Spa, Phuket and Karon Beach Resort & Spa Phuket. Specialises in: French, Italian, International, Middle East, Thai and Chinese cuisines. Disclosing one of his secrets, Chef Sanit admitted that, apart from experience and personal talent, fresh ingredients play a critical role in preparing good food. "Top quality, fresh meat and vegetables are very, very important to me. I examine everything myself to ensure that we use only the best quality imported meat − and even imported vegetables. We use local seafood as it's fresh and competitively priced. Our kitchen staff are all highly trained trained," he said.
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Around Phuket Baan Rim Pa
'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. Baan Rim Pa has become one of Thailand’s best-known restaurants, with a reputation stretching much further. It is perched on a cliff, with teak floors and the constant 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. Situated 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.
Open Thu-Tue 12:00-24:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 340789, +66 (0)76 341768 On the coast road just north of Patong www.baanrimpa.com
Taste Restaurant on Surin Beach offers a Mediterranean Pan-pacific menu with beachside seating. The menu is dictated by love for food made with fresh ingredients. Favourites like Tamarind Glazed Barbequed Ribs, a family recipe of Nepalese Indian curry and Australian ribeye steaks has made Taste an expat favourite. Weekly specials offer innovative creations: Black Crab Ravioli with chive mousse, grilled sardines and Wing Bean Salad with bbq chili shrimp. Fresh fish, which comes daily from the markets is served in a variety of ways from the hot and tangy 3-spice fish, to the classic seared snapper with beurre blanc sauce. White snapper is prepared in a ginger white wine broth with Japanese accents, served with rice and sesame salad. Tuna is lightly grilled and prepared with mixed greens served with vinaigrette dressing. Taste creates a fine dining experience with causal beach ambiance and exudes beach chic, with attentive staff, great wines, and fabulous cocktails. The 99 baht happy hour (4-7pm) Mojitos are unbeatable. Taste is the perfect setting for private parties, weddings and corporate events.
Open Tues-Sun 12:00 till late | Tel: +66 (0)76 270090, +66 (0)87 886 6401 On Surin Beach, left from parking lot, 3 restaurants down www.tastesurinbeach.com
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With spectacular and panoramic views of Patong and the Andaman Sea from the 25th floor of the The Royal Paradise Resort & Spa and the splendour of a glamourous setting with the unparalleled delights of Cantonese style Chinese food, The Royal Kitchen is a venue that is not to missd on any diner's list. Peking Duck, a traditional Cantonese favourite, is the signature dish of the house. A show of artistry sees the carving of the crisp skin into thin slices. Diners then wrap the succulent slices in a pancake with green onion, cucumber slices and a sweet sauce to savour. Other delicacies include the Hong Kong Beef which is fried three times, the final in a sweet sauce, that is served moist and tender, and is a delight to the taste. The Szechuan Soup holds ham and a variety of vegetables while the Asparagus and the Fried Rice with ham and vegetables provide a tasty complement to the meal. Divine dishes in a traditional Chinese setting with unsurpassed views make The Royal Kitchen a dining venue to savour.
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Enjoy fine dining in an award winning restaurant set just above the rocks and overlooking Kata Noi Beach. Panoramic sea views combined with the sound of the waves below create a peaceful, sensually indulgent and romantic setting. Mom Tri’s Kitchen offers Thai and international cuisine served either on the open-air terraces, covered patio or Thai sala. Two exuberant menus offer delicious creations from Executive Chefs Darren and Sura. Popular dishes include hot crab soufflé, grilled tiger prawns, Phuket lobster and Angus beef tenderloin. Mom Tri's Villa Royale is the winner of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for 5 years in a row and has over 700 labels including an extensive organic wine list and 16 wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy the sunset with a select wine by the glass for 160 baht and 50% off cocktails and beer, from 6pm to 7pm. Situated on the only road into to Kata Noi, the entrance can easily be found on the hill between Kata Beach and Kata Noi Beach. Open from 7am to 11:30pm; reservations are recommended.
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Southern Phuket's premier beach bar and restaurant, Nikita's at Rawai is one of the island's favourite beach-side restaurants. The absolute seafront, gardensala café-bar with fantastic views over the islands in Chalong Bay, a shady setting and deliciously cool sea breeze is unbeatable for relaxing away balmy afternoons and evenings. Time means nothing at Nikita's. Located on peaceful Rawai Beach, Nikita's well-trained team offers real Thai hospitality to guests – who sit happily, daydreaming for hours, observing life on the water and chatting with friends. The extensive menu of authentic Thai food, fresh seafood dishes and the now 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 – seems to be a winner with visitors as well as the many regular locals who make Nikita's a second home. Dine or relax under the sala, at garden tables or outdoors by the sea. Great food, great music, great wine, great friends… Nikita’s.
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Few destinations in the world can host an evening of enjoyment with sophisticated flair and unrivalled ambience. Unprecedented luxury and comfort characterise Baan Yin Dee. “Warm Welcome Home”, the English translation of Baan Yin Dee, is an apt name for this upscale retreat that truly is to be discovered. Traditional Thai hospitality, the pleasing sounds of the piano and the superb dinner make for a relaxing occasion. The international and fusion flare at BYD come alive in the dishes so delicately prepared and presented. The White Snapper in crispy Pancetta skin served with warm lentil salad and potato basil straw and the BYD Fusion, chicken breast stuffed with scallops and served with herb gnocchi and asparagus scented cherry tomato lay testimony to Chef Fabien’s creativity in preparing delectable delights. An upscale venue catering to tourists and locals alike, BYD provides an unsurpassed dining experience. With superb food, piano music and hospitality in a stylish environment, it doesn’t get any better than this.
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Boathouse Wine & Grill
Looking for a break from the tourist spots on Phuket’s west coast – and the best pizza on the island? Follow the locals to Salvatore’s, a rustic 'trattoria' in Phuket Town. Salvatore offers traditional Italian cuisine using only the finest fresh ingredients, such as linguini alla bottarga, sea bass in salt crust, gnocchi with fresh sausage and pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. Other specialties are created with local shellfish, like mouth-watering lobster ravioli and fettucini with crab. Start with the bruschetta, with delicately skinned tomatoes and fresh herbs and beef carpaccio with olive oil. The food is prepared under the careful eye of the Sardinian executive chef and owner, Salvatore Cossu, a fixture on Phuket’s restaurant scene for his cooking skills. He personally shops for the vegetables and fish in local markets. The bread is baked daily; the pastas and sausages are home-made. Ask him about daily food specials as well as wine suggestions. Salvatore offers about 60 labels, including Sardinian wines. The service is warm and the ambience is friendly. But the real star is the food.
Open 12-14:00, 18-23:00 Closed Mondays | Tel: +66 (0)76 225958 Near the circle and fresh market in Phuket Town www.salvatorestaurant.com
A Phuket legend and culinary landmark on Kata Beach for over two decades, Boathouse is reopening after a complete make over and renovation. The aim was to maintain its original elegance and classic architecture yet introduce some distinctive contemporary design along with a chic style, and to create the ultimate in luxurious beachfront accommodation and dining. Maybe you are on a honeymoon, celebrating a special occasion or just want to have a romantic dinner. The Boathouse Wine & Grill with its award-winning wine cellar is just the right place for you. The restaurant continues to delight connoisseurs of fine dining. From delectable Thai dining to exquisite French cuisine, created by Executive Chef Jean-Noël Lumineau, Thailand’s only Maître Cuisinier de France. At the Boathouse Wine & Grill guests can enjoy leisurely lunches and fine dinner menus in a chic and modern beachfront setting.
Open Daily 07:00-24:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 330015-702
182 Koketanode Rd, Kata Beach
Into The Sea
Modern Logical Cuisine
Baluchi is located in the heart of Patong and in Karon yet the relaxed atmosphere of both restaurants with soft background Indian music, creates a great ambience to relish a hearty meal with your family or to entertain your friends or clients. They take pride in using only authentic and fresh 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 the specialties which their Indian master chef serves daily. 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. Karon is open 18:30 to 23:30 except Saturdays.
Open daily 13:00-23:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 292526, +66 (0)76 284555 Horizon Beach Resort, Patong and Karon Soi 2 next to Karon Football Stadium www.wheretoeat-phuket.com
Into The Sea, one of the restaurants at the Evason Phuket & Bon Island, established its reputation by offering modern Mediterranean cuisine and a stunning panoramic view over the Andaman Sea. Raising the bar higher, Into The Sea’s Modern Logical Cuisine showcases the latest innovations in the form of new creative interpretations of a cuisine that has both visual and textural appeal. The taste and a focus on fresh, wholesome, local ingredients are paramount. The wine program, created by our sommelier, Harry Haan, has been granted the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for three years in a row. After tasting literally hundreds of wines over the years we only approve a handful for the consideration. We taste the bad wines, so you don’t have to! We hope you get as much pleasure drinking our wines and eating our food as we do! Parking available directly at the restaurant. Please show this page at the entrance gate.
Open Tues-Sat 18:00-22:30 | Tel: +66 (0)76 381010 ext 6
Evason Phuket & Bon Island, Rawai
Around Phuket Patong Seafood
Take a journey into the home of real Thai food! Patong Seafood Restaurant was the first seafood restaurant to open in the then village-like Patong. It has changed very little from those days except for a major refurbishment after the 2004 tsunami in which major damage was sustained. The restaurant was rebuilt as it was in original Thai style with open dining area and a high circular design ceiling. Only the freshest seafood is brought straight from the boat and market to give you the finest selections, which are on display – chilled and ready to eat. The kitchens at Patong Seafood Restaurant are a place to behold, where their chefs with simply so many years of experience, prepare your seafood and other Thai delicacies to perfection. The first thing that you will notice are the friendly staff. The smiles, the attentiveness and the helpfulness in making your choice are something you will appreciate and you will then know why many visitors and locals come back time and time again to enjoy this real taste of Thailand.
Open daily 08:00-24:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 341244 Beach Rd, 200 metres north of Soi Bangla in Patong www.wheretoeat-phuket.com
Kantok Restaurant offers you a natural and warm ambiance where traditional healthy food is matched with fun and exciting traditional dance. “The Kantok” table was originally used by the northern households welcoming guests of importance into their homes. Our Thai set menu is attentively prepared, beginning with our Thai appetizer platter which includes items which continue to be a rare delicacy these days due to the delicate mix of ingredients to create an old and unique taste. A sampling of our main event including green curry with chicken, Mussaman curry and our famed red duck curry is something not to be missed. End your distinct culinary experience with a local Thai dessert. Enjoy our Thai classical dance show on Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday and Sunday from 7 to 9 pm and is accompanied by a Thai traditional orchestra. If you haven’t tried the best red duck curry in town or yet seen a Thai classical dance, it is well worth the effort of doing so. It is beautifully relaxing and an almost hypnotic way to enjoy the evening.
Open daily 11:30-22:30 | Tel: +66 (0)76 291219 Burasari Patong Beach www.burasari.com
Rossovivo Pizza Pasta Grill
Kan Eang, meaning feel at ease, invites you to unwind with the soothing sounds of the waves, enjoy a stunning view of Chalong Bay and savour freshly caught seafood, local Thai delights and selected Japanese dishes. Kan Eang@pier is more than a restaurant, it is a destination. Originally called Kan Eang 1, the name was changed after renovations. Kan Eang 1 with more than 30 years of preparing great seafood dishes had long been a favourite among both locals and visitors from around the world Kan Eang@pier is no different and continues the tradition of satisfying any palate with their selected fresh seafood and local specialties. Kan Eang@pier has the flexibility to cater for everything from intimate dinners to special events and large banquets. This restaurant with its friendly and attentive staff and seaside tables and chairs in an idyllic setting offers a relaxing and pleasant dining experience day or night. Enjoy a panoramic view of the yacht harbour and close islands.
Open daily 10:30-23:00 | Tel: +66 (0)83 173 1187, +66 (0)76 381212 The pier of Chalong Bay www.kaneang-pier.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Aptly named for its stylish and tasteful red interior, Rossovivo or red colour, is a recently opened Italian restaurant in Rawai. With its smart décor and casual ambience along with a superb menu of authentic Italian cuisine, this place to dine is destined to turn heads and attract attention. Appetizers to indulge in are the Clams in garlic, lemon and white wine sauce and the Salmon Carpaccio with green peppers. Fresh seafood and accompaniments along with various Italian breads that are baked daily in the restaurant make for an unbeatable start. All the pasta is also freshly made at the restaurant and the Gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and speck and Bolognese style Tagliatelle are a delicious combination of both pasta dishes. To top off the meal, go for a dessert drink – a Lemon Sorbet with vodka. Refreshing and pleasing to the tastebuds, it'll keep you asking for more. Rossovivo offers smart surroundings and superb food that is reasonably priced. Try it just once and you'll certainly be back again!
Open daily 11:00-15:30, 18:00-24:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 384686 Fisherman Way Business Garden, Rawai www.rossovivo.asia
Your Natural Beauty
51 Soi Loma, Taweewong Rd., Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150
Tel: +66 (0)76 344198 Mobile: +66 (0)88 451 0021
Around Phuket Climax Restaurant
Plum Restaurant / Vanilla Sky Mediterranean/Tapas Bar
Climax is located on the roof top of one of Patong’s first designer resorts, Absolute Bangla Suites, and offers an extensive variety of dining options and drinks, in a chic and sophisticated fine dining restaurant while enjoying a bird’s eye view of Patong. Climax offers an extensive, seductive and sensual western and Thai fusion menu with choices to meet everyone’s tastes, along with exotic signature cocktails all to be enjoyed in our al fresco setting. This ultimate high-class experience promises to arouse the senses with delectable appetizers, sumptuous seafood, quality meats and tempting and desirable desserts. Climax has the warmest atmosphere on the island along with the most friendly and attentive service you have ever experienced. With a seating capacity of 78, a drinks menu numbering in the hundreds and a VIP room, which can be used as a separate function room for private, corporate and special functions, Climax offers the ideal venue for any occasion.
Open daily 07:30-11:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 343600-4 , +66 (0)88 754 1341 On the 5th Fl. of Absolute Bangla Suites on Bangla Road, Patong www.theclimax.net, Fb@absolutebanglasuites.com
The new chic modern resort Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas brings the sophisticated style of city living to the tropical beauty of Phuket Island. Cape Sienna awaits you in our two unique dining venues, both with outstanding service, fine cuisine and views to match. It’s chic! It’s modern! It’s hip! It’s laidback! It’s Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas. Plum Restaurant is a night time venue with a sophisticated yet intimate atmosphere. The food at PLUM is described best as an authentic Mediterranean dining experience, casual, yet sophisticated, a festival of flavours and tastes, rarely found nowadays. It is a hotel dining experience unlike any you’ve ever had with an emphasis strictly on fresh and organic products. Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge – the pinnacle of the resort – serves distinctive cocktails and interesting Tapas together with a breathtaking view of Kamala Bay. Stepping out on the terrace and slipping into one of the chairs will give you a sensation of having reached a small piece of heaven on earth. Come for the Cape Sienna experience and be surprised by the amazing location, delicious food, great drinks, good music, DJ on every Friday and Saturday at Vanilla sky bar and stunning view…
Open daily Plum Restaurant 18-23:30 Vanilla Sky 17–00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 337300 Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, Kamala Cliff www.capesienna.com, email@example.com
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Asian & International
Conceptualisations and ingenuity in the form of Italian cuisine come to Nai Harn! Relish an authentic style of cooking of a diverse array of favourites and new combinations served in a cozy ambiance or savour pizzas in a separate casual seating area by a wood-fired oven. Welcoming tastes and sights abound at Da Vinci with tantalizing temptations served from the kitchen with fresh ingredients as signature items in every dish. The Lasagne Al Forno, home made lasagne layers of pasta made with beef and tomato sauce and the Spaghetti Neri Pomodorini Calamari E/ Gamberi, black spaghetti with tomato, squid and prawn offer unique tastes and texture combinations with the richness of their flavours reflected in the quality of the ingredients. The Scaloppine Al Vino Bianco Con Patate are two appetizing escalopes with white wine served with potatoes were perfectly cooked fillets of pork. For superlative Italian cuisine with the freshest of ingredients, be sure to try Da Vinci and discover a renaissance of food.
Open daily 17:30-23:00 | Tel: +66 (0)76 289574 Centre of Nai Harn on the road to Rawai www.davinciphuket.com
Urban Food is a new, enjoyable and affordable restaurant – a refreshing dining experience. A spacious open kitchen, stylish terrace with Pop’Art oak barrels, black board menus and copper pans and pots give the feeling of a Food Gallery to this trendy Brasserie. From the Thai and Asian specialties, prepared in two giant woks, to an extensive selection of skewers grilled under your eyes, Urban Food also redesigns some traditional Mediterranean famous dishes, like Ratatouille Crumble, Foie Gras Tartine, Italian Veal Osso Bucco, Moroccan Chicken and artichoke Tagine presented in fantasy mini cocottes, colorful Tagines clay pots and fancy bamboo Chinese steamers. To finish your meal and put a smile on your stomach, treat yourself to the original creation of the Tatin’s sisters: the legendary upside down 'Apple Tart Tatin'. Four months after a successful opening at Jungceylon Patong, Urban Food heads to Phuket Town to open their second branch at Central Festival. Urban Food is a friendly meeting point for everyone where any food lover will enjoy the culinary art of this Food Gallery.
Open daily 10:00-23:00 | www.urbanfood.co.th Central Festival Ground Floor Tel: +66 (0)76 307155 Jungceylon Sino Area Tel: +66 (0)76 366192
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Modern Western Cuisine
VSET is a "restaurant at its extraordinary best". VSET, pronounced "Vi-Sate", in Thai means "extraordinary". It is the first gastronomic restaurant along Chalong pier and has a naturallythatched roof, quaint interior decor and an open kitchen where you can see the Master Chef Ronnie Macuja and his talented team at work. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor seating, this intimately proportioned establishment serves up delicious fare in a homey atmosphere. Multi-award winning chef Ronnie Macuja's creations combine well-known methods with a bit of local flare and creativity producing a stellar menu in the process. Notable dishes include: Phuket Lobster Salad with long green eggplants in crustacean dressing, Foie Gras Parfait, Cognac-flamed Lobster Bisque, Australian Lamb Cutlet, Red Snapper Steak with balsamic-roasted cherry tomato and Honey-glazed Pork Belly. These only touch the surface of the experience while a fine wine list can add the ideal twist and a tantalizing selection of desserts rounds off a full set of flavours. It is a restaurant centered on the palate, but it is how all its attributes fit together that make it a truly extraordinary place.
Open daily 11:30-23:00 | Tel: +66 (0)89 727 0067, +66 (0)76 381159 The pier of Chalong Bay (next to Kan Eang @pier) www.vsetrestaurant.com, email@example.com
Social Phuket What WAS on in Phuket
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North Phuket Culnary Arts Festival 2011 @ Renaissance Phuket and Sala Phuket
Soft-Opening of “The Sixth Phuket”
(From left) Nathan Chilcott, Executive Chef Renaissance Phuket; Justin Maiklem, Executive Chef Anantara Phuket; Jan Hollister, Executive Chef Sala Phuket; Jon Ashenden, GM Sala Phuket; Jason Nuell, GM Renaissance Phuket; Andrew Turner, GM Anantara Phuket and Tony Pedroni, GM JW Marriott Phuket.
(From left) Chananan Chullapushpa (Tom), Event consultants; Wachiraporn Putrakul (Oummy), The Sixth Ambassador; Sarawee Bodharojtham (Tete), GM of The Sixth Phuket. Lasa Sakdadej (Fang), Event consultants and Thirapan Narongkool (Bella), The Sixth Ambassador.
Stuart Baker, Training Manager at Sala Phuket (MC of the event) giving the prize to the lucky winner.
Grand Opening Table Spoon
(From left) Teerasak Phonngarm, Owner of Kamalanathonghouse Property, Kitchenplus (From left) Praewprawlin Inchomchuen, Sales & Marketing and Tablespoon Restaurant; Nalinee Akaradecha, Chairman of the Red Cross Phuket; Manager, IMAGE asia; Yupaporn Kaewsawee; Ratchatanan Nuansakul, Tanaphat Nuansakul, GM of Kitchenplus and Tablespoon Restaurant and Poonsak PuerAssistant Manager of Kitchen Plus; Poy, Owner of Pink peppercorns rang, District manager of SCB Southern area. restaurant and Janvite Kipirote.
by David Roberts
David Roberts is Chairman of British Business Association of Phuket (BBAP), proprietor of DaVinci Restaurant and DaVinci Boat Charters / Real Estate Rentals and Global CEO of Aedas Architects
The British Business Association of Phuket (BBAP) was founded in 1998, 13 years ago – when there were few expatriate groups on the island. The driving force behind it was former British Honorary Consul, Alan Cook MBE, and its stated mission was to exchange business information, network, promote Anglo-Thai relations, support selected charities and foster the promotion of tourism and other beneficial developments. But, by 2010, there were questions about BBAP’s continued relevance, given the proliferation of other expatriate clubs and associations that had sprung up in the intervening years. Membership and attendance at events had been steadily declining, and there was a growing perception that the BBAP was more social than business, more for south island-based retirees than Phuket business people. Fast forward to the BBAP AGM February 2011. My name was put forward to become Chairman; I agreed, but not without some concern about my ability to commit, given my many other business, social and family commitments – not to mention my frenetic travel schedule which sees me spend about a week every month in Hong Kong, London, Phuket and other cities around the world. As it turned out, mine was the only nomination for Chairman, so it was a ‘fait accomplit’. The rest of the 2011 committee was voted in and we boldly embarked on re-launching BBAP as an engaging and relevant association both for those living in Phuket and those interested in all things British.
David Roberts with his wife Leirife.
Surprising myself (and, I expect, others), through careful scheduling, I’ve made all the committee meetings and most BBAP events so far! The main challenges of this new role were communicating our redefined agenda and increasing/diversifying the membership to balance business and social agendas. We prioritised the launch of a new website, which went live in September 2011 to much acclaim from the membership and others; benefits to members include a free listing and links to their businesses in Phuket. The website is now being continuously upgraded, providing members with news on upcoming events; soon a forum will allow members to actively voice their views and opinions on how we can further improve the BBAP. As 2011 progressed, the attendance at Pub Evenings and Monthly Dinners gradually increased, with new members signing up at every event. One important feature of many of our events is interesting and engaging guest speakers. For example, Ferrari F1’s Rory Burn spoke at a recent dinner about his experiences engineering cars for multiple World Champion Michael Schumacker; Paul Moorehouse, former Glitter Band Drummer and now a Phuket real estate entrepreneur, will entertain us at an upcoming Pub Evening.
David Roberts at his Beijing office opening ceremony with 2 models.
Feature : BBAP forges ahead
Events such as the Christmas Family Brunch have been reintroduced after a lapse of several years and another family day, in conjunction with Ao Chalong Yacht Club, is planned for Easter 2012 – complete with an Easter egg hunt for the kids as well as a chance for them to try their hand at sailing small boats. BBAP will also play a key role in assisting BBAP member, Honorary Consul Martin Carpenter, to organise events associated with an upcoming visit to Phuket by the British Ambassador. The membership demographics are now markedly different, with a better balance of younger members and those actively involved in Phuket businesses. This doesn’t mean we’re any less of a social organisation, just that we’re again relevant to our mission as a business association. As part of that mission, we’re now engaging with other associations such as the Australian Chamber of Commerce (Austcham) and the British Chamber of Commerce (BCCT) to organise joint events to further broaden our appeal.
We’ve also put fund raising for Phuket charities back on the agenda and are taking an active role as a campaigner for greater road safety in Phuket, given Britain's role as a leading nation in this most important health and safety issue. Please visit our website www.bbap.org and come along to one of our events. You’ll be made to feel welcome, you’ll meet some interesting people and even make new business contacts – not to mention new friends on this fabulous island of Phuket.
Open daily 9:00 – 20:00 hrs. Tel: +66 (0)76 381010-7 100 Vised Road, Moo 2, Rawai 83130 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.evasonresorts.com
Six Senses Spa
Our aim is to offer our clients a new kind of spa experience, one that is truly holistic, tailor-made and designed to rejuvenate and energise, and ultimately provide the knowledge, tools and support that is required to create a better quality of life for all. Special Package offer for Shop WINDOW on Lifestyle
Special Price: 4,500 Baht Net/Person
Six Senses Signature – Men’s Indulgence Herbal Steam & Sauna Coconut Scrub Oriental Massage The essentials - Pedicure The essentials - Manicure Six Senses Signature – Ladies Pampering Herbal Steam & Sauna Jojoba Scrub The winner of several international awards including the Luxury Travel & Style Magazine, Australia as 10th Place Best Overseas Spa 2009, the luxuriously appointed spa at Evason Phuket & Bon Island is spread over three floors and sets a new standard in spa design. The Six Senses Spa provides a relaxing and revitalising experience as well as healing treatments and offers a comprehensive menu of signature treatments and specialist practitioner programmes for holistic wellness, rejuvenation and beauty. Using only natural products including therapeutic quality essential oils as the basis of the aromatherapy skincare products for most of the face and body treatments, skilled therapists create sensory journeys to rejuvenate and balance the senses. The aim of the spa is to offer clients a new kind of spa experience, one that is truly holistic, tailor-made and designed to rejuvenate and energise and ultimately provide the knowledge, tools and support that is required to create a better quality of life for all. It is our mission to deliver spa experiences that are both unique and memorable, and very much beyond expectations. The pyramid of six spheres used to identify Six Senses Spas, represents the philosophy that is fundamental to the human experience whereby the foundation spheres represent the three primary senses of sight, sound and touch. The second level balances upon this foundation by satisfying the more acute senses of taste and smell. The apex sphere symbolizes a sense of elation discovered only by balancing the first five – the unique experience of all senses elevated beyond expectations. Six Senses has created a body temple incorporating the principles of feng shui using fire and water, which delights beyond all expectations. The spa is open and spacious in design, utilising the beautiful outdoors for Asian style treatments and indoor treatment rooms for specialised and signature therapies. Couples treatment rooms with sunken Jacuzzis are available for mini day and day package getaways or a la carte treatments. All guests participate in a health assessment prior to the first treatment so that needs are identified and maximised results are achieved. A great importance is placed on the relaxation element of the spa experience and guests may stay in the spa to enjoy the sauna and herbal steam or rest in grass roofed salas. The Sense Spa endeavours to deliver experiences that are memorable and unique and and that exceed expectations. Discover a range of treatments to choose from and with advice from therapists, find options of body and beauty care, mind and body balancing and juice and herbal remedies. Pink Clay Wrap Holistic Massage The essentials- Facial 30 min 30 min 30 min 50 min 30 min 30 min 30 min 50 min 30 min 30 min
Happy Hour 9am-1pm! Enjoy 20% discount off a la carte treatments. (Excluded Promotion Package, Massage of the month & Beauty treatments) *treatments to be finished by 2 pm Massage of the Month Pampering Price! 9:am-1pm Special Price Holistic, Oriental, Energizer 50 minutes Special Price 1,800 baht net (Normal Price: 3,000 baht) *treatments to be finished by 2 pm Spa local menu is available; please contact our reservation team at email@example.com for more information. Reservation conditions: • Validity until 31st March 2012 • All prices are non–commission Prices are inclusive of 10% Service Charge & 7% Government Tax. 2.5% of each guest bill is pledged to Six Senses Carbon Senses Fund. A large reforestation project in Thailand that will not only mitigate carbon emissions, but also create local jobs, create wildlife corridors, increase awareness on forest and wildlife preservation, and restore biodiversity
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Open daily 9:00 – 22:00 hrs. Tel: +66 (0)76 236663, +66 (0)76 236056 367/63-64 Yaowaraj Rd., Muang, Phuket 83100 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.theroyalspa.com
The Royal Spa
To experience The Royal Spa is to feel the true beauty of nature and reflect on the power of body, mind and spiritual connections.
The Royal Spa and Health Club
In the heart of bustling Phuket Town lies a quiet haven of heavenly peace. With the continuous sounds of water, trickling, bubbling and steaming, and with the sweet fruity scents that fill the air, the being is enticed into a flowing stillness of body and mind. The Royal Spa and Health Club is a popular tropical day spa with both locals and visitors alike, which is managed by the Royal Spa Development and Management Company. With an excellent reputation in the spa development industry through its experience and attention to detail, the Royal Spa and Health Club offers a distinctly personal experience. Of the signature treatments, the Royal Stone Therapy is one that is particularly interesting. The Hot Stone massage technique, founded 5000 years ago, uses black volcanic stones, which are heated and placed on the body, producing a profound effect, stilling the mind and easing the body. Unlike many of the high-end spa complexes on the island, which market themselves exclusively to tourists, the reasonable prices and relaxed but professional staff at the Royal Spa, means that many local Thais, as well as tourists, are beginning to use the spa. This has helped to erase the often stiff, and over-formal atmosphere at many of Phuket’s spa resorts, giving the Royal Spa an ambience of authentic relaxation and pleasure. All the therapists working at the Royal Spa have been trained at the in-house 'Phuket Spa Academy', established in 2004, to provide a comprehensive spa training course. The curriculum and assessments provide a measurement of therapist expertise and knowledge within the Thai spa industry. Since then, the Royal Spa Development and Management Company have provided comprehensive and professional spa management, and development programs, for spa retreats throughout Thailand. Their aim is to provide a standard of service and expertise throughout the Thai spa industry, to ensure a high quality of service and standard of treatment, throughout Thailand. It truly offers the ‘one stop services for Thai spa business’ and a quality of relaxed professionalism, rarely found in luxury spa resorts. Right now The Royal Spa have 12 branches that are managed in resorts in Patong, Kata, Karon, Panwa, Ao Chalong and Phuket Town and you are welcome to experience our spas with us anytime. As a special for our 8th year anniversary, we offer 'BUY ONE GET ONE FREE' value.
Some treatments & packages at The Royal Spa
Prices range from 1,200 to 6,500 Baht
The Royal Ayurvedic Massage 90 min Ayurvedic Massage or Abhyanga is a full body massge with medicated oils to balance specific conditions. Hot Stone Massage 90 min
Hot Stone Massage is a specialty massage that uses black volcanic heated stones to make you feel deeply relaxed, allowing you to let go of all the stress that is held within your body. The Royal Signature package The Royal Honey Body Treatment (scrub and wrap) The Royal Experience Massage The Royal Facial Milky Bath 4 hrs
BUY 1 GET 1 FREE AT EVERY BRANCH
This Privilege applies to the 14 following locations: Phuket The Royal Spa & Health Club The Royal Spa Ao Chalong Villa Resort & Spa The Royal Spa Best Western Phuket Ocean Resort The Royal Spa Ramada Resort The Royal Spa The Village Resort & Spa The Royal Spa Sugar Palm Resort & Spa The Royal Spa @ Malisa Villa Suites The Royal Spa The Beach Boutique House The Royal Spa Absolute Patong Ville Resort The Royal Spa At Panta Phang Nga The Royal Spa Borsaen Villa & Spa The Royal Spa Haadson Resort Pattaya Avarin Spa Managed by The Royal Spa Trad The Royal Spa Koh Chang Kacha Resort & Spa
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THE ROYAL SPA
Open daily 09:00 – 22:00 hrs. Tel: +66 (0)76 263222, +66 (0)76 264533 5/10 Chaofa-West Rd., Thumbon Vichit, Muang, Phuket, Phuket 83100 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sukkospa.com
Sukko Cultural Spa
Sukko means "Beyond Happiness". My first feeling when I stepped through the impressive gates of the 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.
Sukko means "Beyond Happiness". My first feeling when I stepped through the impressive gates of the 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, my mind was filled with a peaceful wellbeing as I enjoyed the warm traditional welcome (again from Sukko culture) of the ‘Flower Floating Ritual’ – similar to ‘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 hours 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 ‘All-Soother’ package, a 2 1/2 hour experience that left me feeling relaxed and refreshed. This four-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 a traditional Thai massage, the pressure applied gently but firmly. "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. My last step, which came all too soon, was the Thai Herb Purifying Facial Treatment, using creams and herbs that left my face feeling smooth and glowing – and even looked good enough to eat! Sukko Spa’s restaurant, Suk Savoey Spa Cuisine, presents a unique concept: "Menu by Blood Types" and "Menu by Element". 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 ‘Muay Thai Chaiya’, a traditional and effective art of selfdefense. Parents who come to Sukko to relax can leave their kids at Suk Zon Kid's Club, where they will enjoy with a variety of fun yet safe activities. Sukko Spa, one of Phuket’s most luxurious spas, is located on Chaofa Road just 30 minutes from Phuket International Airport, 10 minutes from Phuket Town, 30 minutes from Kata or Karon Beach and 20 minutes from Patong Beach. It is creatively designed in a contemporary Thai style, set amongst 15 rai (6 acres) of luxuriously landscaped tropical forest.
“The Best Spa In Southeast Asia”
Some treatments & packages at Sukko Spa
Relaxing Pleasure 150 min Steam/Jacuzzi, Serenity Aromatherapy Body Massage, Stimulating Foot Massage, Tea for Time. Heaven of Silk 180 min
The particles of Thai silk powder are so small that they can be easily absorbed through the skin, helping to nourish and maintain it completely. This is a four-step treatment with Royal Thai Silk Body Mask, Wild Honey Milk Floral Bath, Aromatherapy Body Massage, Royal Thai Silk Facial Spa and Tea for Time. Celebrity’s Secret 180 min
Steam/Jacuzzi, Herbal Salt Body Scrub, Floral Milk Bath, Aromatherapy Body Massage, Exclusive Royal Thai Silk Facial Treatment, Floral Body Spray, Herbal Tea and Healthy Snack. Luxurious Desire 240 min
Steam/Jacuzzi, Golden Sugar Body Scrub, Wild Honey Milk Bath, Jasmine Night Aromatherapy, Body Massage, Royal Thai Silk Facial Treatment, Stimulating Foot Massage, Tea for Time Romance Holiday Half Day
Creating the ultimate love space for each other is a magical essence of love that will be a delightful reminder of your romantic holiday in Phuket. Start with a traditional “Sukko” culture and be welcome by “Flower Floating Ritual” : Float away the past stress and plan for the new bliss; “Thai Floral Water Greeting Ritual” Delightful ritual to wish you luck and joy; “Thai Element for Time Drink”; Balance the “Lom” – Wind Element, Spa consultation for “Love Celebration Package“: Steam & Jacuzzi Service, Golden Sugar Body Scrub, Rose of Love Aromatic Bath, Siam Jasmin Aromatherapy Body Massage, Exclusive Royal Thai Silk Facial Treatment, Thai Floral Water Body Spray, Relax with Tea for Time and Healthy Snack, including of Dinner “Seafood Basket” with Wine at the Suk Savoey Restaurant.
Location To Phuket Town
Island Furniture & The Courtyard
Big-C Central Festival
Chao-fa West Rd. To Kathu
Open daily 9:00 – 20:00 hrs. Tel: +66 (0)76 271233 10/2 Srisoonthorn Rd., Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83100 Website: www.lemongrasshouse.com
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.
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. “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 25 per cent 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 handblended 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, Surin Beach and Chalong, 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.
Location To Laguna Hotels
To Tha Reua
To Bypass Rd. To Phuket City
To Kata To Rawai
To Chalong Pier
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"Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever” Johann W. von Goethe - In Beauty Studio while you relax, our trained and professional staff will pamper you and help to manifest your inner beauty, showing to the outside world the best of you.
After more than 15 years in the beauty industry, Panisa Thinkohyao, has decided to bring her life’s dream to life and has opened Beauty Studio. More than a simple beauty saloon, at Beauty Studio, in addition to standard services, such as Hair care, Nail care, waxing and Nail art, we offer a set of body treatments or packages with a combination of high quality products and highly trained staff, fluent in English and highly experienced in their speciality. At Beauty Studio we fully understand the importance of feeling comfortable and being able to relax whilst being pampered. Therefore after being greeted with a warming Thai smile from our staff, you will be served a hot aromatized hand towel and accompanied to your service station or treatment room. While relaxing ready for your treatment you will have a choice of using an iPad 2 for internet access or games if you wish and a selection of the best Cappuccino, Espresso or Americano coffee from the famous Italian illy café. Our Beauty Saloon is the first in Phuket to offer to customers internet online booking and you can keep up to date on promotions, offerings and beauty tips by following us on our facebook page.
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To Surin Beach
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Integrated Pest Management System The ISS Group was founded in Copenhagen in 1901 and has since grown to become the world’s leading Facility Services Company. ISS is currently present in over 52 countries and has over 25 years experience in Thailand.
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ISS Pest Control uses proprietary formulas of residual chemicals, gels, baits and fogging treatment to effectively control crawling and flying insects. All chemicals adopted by ISS Pest Control meet international safety standards. Whilst having a lasting effect, treatments are safe to the environment and to humans.
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Professionally qualified ISS Termite Inspectors provide a room-to-room examination of all timber components to detect damaged wood or possible termite infestation with advanced termite detecting devices. If termite infections are suspected, chemical treatment or termite intercepting & baiting systems will be applied to ensure all termite colonies are exterminated.
• Landscaping Services
With our skilled and motivated ISS staff, we can provide flexible solution that is adapted to every customer's needs. We can design and construct a wide range of Landscaping Service i.e. Design and Construction of Landscaping, Green Area Construction and Plant Relocation, Daily Maintenance tasks to clean and clear. The clients will obtain economies of scale by adding this service. Often, time and resources are wasted because tasks are delegated to a range of different suppliers and partners. ISS Property Services can provide of a long list of services that contribute to optimizing the value of a company’s property services budget. Our services can be combined in innumerous ways, as selected services or as a complete solution focusing on resource optimization, efficiency and systematic planning. As a matter of fact, we can handle all tasks related to the physical environment in and around the premises with highly skilled employees as well as an extensive network of sub-contractors. Our objective is to contribute to the existing property investment by servicing the facilities optimally. ISS Property services is the single solution provider covering all property needs. ISS Facility Services Co., Ltd. 117/9 Moo 5, Tambon Ratsada Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0)83 505 6667 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Website: www.th.issworld.com
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Difference control techniques are used to eliminate rodents. Chemical control using baits, physical control in the from of traps are sticky boards are most commonly deployed. Glue traps are effective alternatives in areas where food sources are abundant and therefore weaken bait attraction. As part of our complete services, regular rodent control inspections are carried out to replace baits and reposition traps and arrange the discreet removal of trapped or dead rodents.
PHUKET PROPERTY – STILL A FANTASTIC BUY
European property prices declining? Not from where I’m looking.
We hear a great deal these days about the collapse of the Eurozone, high unemployment in Spain and political turmoil in Italy; Greece, Portugal and Ireland on the verge of bankruptcy and so on. We're also led to believe that property values in these countries, Spain in particular, have taken a nosedive as a result and prices are now a fraction of what they used to be. Don’t believe a word of it! Choice property (not the hundreds of half-finished townhomes that were built several kilometers from the beach in desert landscapes that people were lulled into buying during the boom times) in popular destinations are still considerably more expensive than their Phuket counterparts. Try a well-known realtor in Spain, Viva Estates, and search their 'reduced property' section and compare. One typical example: A 170 sqm 2-bedroom ground floor condo with no sea view in Estepona, recently reduced from 750,000 Euro to 550,000 Euro. That’s reduced to 22.5 million baht! For 19.5 million baht we can offer a 210 sqm condo with fantastic sea views, only 100 metres from Kata beach. Another comment I often hear from clients is that they remember coming here 10 years ago when property was cheap. The reality is that 10 years ago there was virtually no high quality property for sale on Phuket. In fact, property prices have changed little since 2007, while the cost of land and construction has increased. Take into consideration all the above and I believe that, once the recession is deemed to be over, we're in for an unprecendented boom here. I know there are those who will think I'm attempting to hype up the market, but I really am basing my statement on the facts. An explosion in demand from the fastest growing economies in the world within a five-hour flight, the eventual recovery of the traditional markets of Europe, a shortage of high quality property and an island for which prime land to build upon is running out. Demand will outstrip supply, confidence will return and, after several years of doom and gloom, people will want to spend again. There's plenty of money around, but there are just a lot of people who are afraid to spend it at the moment. Only last week I was having dinner with two friends, one of whose prime concern was where he could put his money and sleep soundly. I put this question to a senior banker client of mine in Singapore. This was just part of his reply: “Your client is not alone; this was a common line of thought during the 2008 financial crisis − the 'more you have, the more you have to lose' scenario. Central banks have already started, and will continue, to crank up the printing presses to inject cash into slowing economies, resulting in the debasement of currencies. Metals will become a store of value, monetisation reversing back to where we were before paper money. There's not a single currency which people are currently happy to be holding in the present global uncertainty. Name any one and I'll give you a variety of reasons why you shouldn't hold it. Also, as interest rates are so low (and look like staying that way for some time) there's no incentive to hold deposits in cash. Globally, governments are looking for more creative ways to take cash away from the population, including greater policing of cross-border transactions, more stringent tax collection and higher direct/indirect taxes.” Clients sometimes ask me why property in Phuket is so expensive. To be quite frank, I wonder where they're coming from. Phuket is SE Asia’s premier island resort. Compare it with, say, Majorca which is one of Europe’s most desirable island resorts and the difference is still greater. Take balearic-properties.com, just one agent with more than 200 properties for sale over 1 million Euros with the most expensive at 18.5 million Euros. Here are two comparisons of similar quality and locations: Majorca: A modernist luxury villa in Son Vida of 745 sqm built up area in a 3,850 sqm plot. 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Super views of the bay. Price: 10 million Euros or 410 million baht. Phuket: A magnificent modernist villa overlooking Nai Thon. 1,480 sqm built up area on a 3,210 sqm plot. 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms. Super views of the bay. Price: US$ 6.45 million or 193 million baht. I could give many more examples but you can check for yourself. The other big difference between the Spanish resorts and Phuket is the amount of property available for sale. Our clients are often shocked to find out how little is available in the price and locations they want. Go to the Costa del Sol and you’ll be shocked how much there is for sale. So why do people still imagine that property is expensive on Phuket yet cheap in Spain? Perhaps they think labour costs are much cheaper here − and in this one respect they're partly right. Basic labour is cheap by European standards, but for the professionals − architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers − there's no difference. Materials are no cheaper; in fact most imported materials are more expensive here. There's a greater availability of land on Phuket, but prime plots are now very difficult to find and for most people prohibitively expensive. Phuket has a huge global market to aim at, whereas Spain and the rest of southern Europe is still largely dominated by British, German, Dutch and Scandinavian buyers, though as everywhere else Russian buyers are having their impact. He futher went on to say “In my eyes all the above are leading to greater diversification of asset portfolios, away from traditional stores of value such as stocks and deposit accounts, into assets which will still have a value even when a currency is debased, ie fine wines, works of art, precious metals and... property. My view is that this situation will continue for some time.” So there you have it in a nutshell. And thanks Simon for your contribution.
David Wade is a Director of Tropical Homes Real Estate with offices in Kata Beach and Laguna Tel: +66 (0)81 787 1108, +66 (0)81 808 8896 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Closest Beach Condominium”
The Charm Residences
are perfect for both short stay holidaymakers as well as long-term residents, oering a wide selection of amenities that cater to people of all ages. The most attractive amenity is the rooftop sun deck and innity pool with lounge and dining area. There is a fitness center on site for the active and health conscious. For those who prefer a bit more pampering there is a Charm Spa complete with massage tables and trained massage therapists, parking and 24 hour security. There is wireless Internet throughout the resort plus each unit has its own private balcony. The resort is landscaped with water features and fully serviced with reception and housekeeping services.
Nominated “BEST CONDO DEVELOPMENT (Phuket)” THAILAND PROPERTY AWARDS 2011
is the strongest selling point of the entire project. The proximity of the resort to Patong Beach, Phuket’s best-known beach, is what makes this resort special. Patong Beach has virtually no other developments that are within 80 meters to the beach and are available for outright ownership, making this a unique opportunity for investors. The location will not only strengthen the ability to rent the units once completed, but will also strengthen the potential for capital growth as there are few locations that are as close to the beach as this project.
is seen by its attention to detail in the design components of the resort, including the tropical architecture and the contemporary interior décor. The individual units have large beds and wardrobes, pantry and dining facilities, spacious bathrooms with tube and showers, a lounge are with a couch and entertainment center plus a writing desk.
For further information, kindly contact or visit our Sales Office 200/24 Patong Beach Front Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket Thailand 83150 Tel: +66 (0)76 344499 Fax: +66 (0)76 344944 Email: email@example.com facebook.com/thecharmresidence
2,000 sq m showroom Complete home fit-outs Contract packages to your budget Loose or built-in to your own design Huge selection of flat bamboo furniture Reclaimed teakwood furniture Extensive range indoor outdoor furniture Comprehensive range of patio furniture Sealy, and hotel mattresses Extensive range of fabrics, towels, bed linen Curtains and window blinds
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Household and home décor items Floor and table lamps
Discover the best solution for your floor or wall; both exterior and interior
With showrooms in Phuket and Bangkok, our boutiques offer compact, unconfused displays, taking the "bazaar" out of the tile showroom and presenting you with an easy reference point for all your floor and wall solutions. In stock Italian porcelain tiles and the highest quality European certified porcelain tiles from China, providing superior materials for home and office renovations as well as larger commercial, residential and condominium projects. We offer a wide range of solutions to flooring requirements in pricing, whilst maintaining the same high standards of material performance and customer care. After sales services include the supply of accessories and machinery for installation and finishing, and care & maintenance products. Our Phuket showroom is not difficult to find. It is located in an easily accessible area of Cherng Talay, at Wana Park on Srisoonthorn Road, not more than 5 minutes from the Two Heroines Monument. Or if you are on a visit to Bangkok, drop by the showroom at Brighton Place
• Supply of wide range of high quality tiles for both indoor and outdoor spaces. • Installation consulting • Tile cutting machines • Diamond Discs & Diamond Hand Pads • Spacer and Levelling Systems • Grouting machines • Care & Maintenance products For further information contact: Phuket: Wana Park, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay Tel: +66 (0)76 620168 Fax: +66 (0)76 620169 Bangkok: Brighton Place, Soi Soonvijay 6, Petchburi Road, Huay Kwang Tel: +66 (0)2 716 6216-8 Fax: +66 (0)2 716 6219 Web: www.tile-asia.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VISTA DEL MAR
Vista del Mar development offers a unique life style and investment opportunity in a truly stunning location – in Nai Thon, one of the best and unspoiled beaches of Phuket, on Nai Thon’s ‘Golden Mile’, neighbouring several multimillion-dollar developments. Vista del Mar pool villas are carefully nestled on the hilly slope overlooking Naithon between 30 - 70 metres above sea level offering superb sea and sunset views from each villa, just 600 metres from the sea and only 15 minutes from Phuket airport via a scenic hillside road. The lower floor of the villa is perfect for hosting guests with a separate living/ home theatre area and three bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom and large private terrace.
Design and Construction
The villas are delivered on a turn-key basis, with stylish contemporary interior decor, air-conditioning, European style sanitary ware, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, built-in furniture and landscaping. Vista del Mar offers a rare opportunity of creating a personalized design of your own dream home.
Vista del Mar is the only new sea view villa development in this price range, from 35 million baht, in the luxury property sector on Phuket West coast.
About the Developer
Vista del Mar has harnessed the talents of its truly international development team with more than 20 years of extensive international experience, ranging from housing projects in Canada, Switzerland and Finland to resorts in South East Asia to very successful chic developments here in Phuket.
The stylish contemporary design of Vista del Mar was inspired by the great American architect Frank Lloyd Right and his iconic ‘Fallingwater House’. Villas completely open out to a stunning sea and sunset view, and the lush hills behind the villas offer a cooling shade and a shelter…
Villa owners will enjoy full management and rental services, security (24/7), satellite TV and broadband Internet, a children’s playground and Vista del Mar Beach Club with a restaurant right on Naithon beach.
Vista Del Mar villas are 400 to 700 sqm over two levels. An alluring Feng Shui entrance with waterfalls leads from a covered car park directly to the upper (main) level of your villa. Here you find 12x4 metres private infinity swimming pool, spacious master bedroom, open space kitchen, dining and living areas, all with a fabulous sea view.
Contacts Vista del Mar Phuket 7 Naithon-Sakhu Road, Nai Thon Beach, Thalang, Phuket Tel: +66 (0)84 840 7624 Fax: +66 (0)76 273051 Email: email@example.com Website: www.vistadelmarphuket.com
The location of L'Orchidée Village offers home buyers an excellent investment opportunity in a prestigious area of prime real estate. Located on the central west coast, Kalim is directly above Phuket’s premier tourist resort, Patong. Exciting and alive with a resort atmosphere by day and night. Patong and Kalim present International/Thai cuisines, icy cold drinks beside the beach, chic cafes next to beer bars, exquisite galleries and shopping centres. L'Orchidée Village also enjoy immediate and easy access to world-class leisure and lifestyle facilities, such as golf courses, spas, yachting. However the residency's secluded west-facing hillside location ensures complete peace and privacy at all times.
Design & Construction
The broad layout of each three-storey home is a unique adaptation to its tropical surroundings. Open-plan covered and open-air living spaces with kitchen area occupy the top floors alongside the swimming pools.
About the Developer
Buying in L'Orchidée Village is a safe and sound investment in a winning concept which has achieved success in Phuket. Testament to this success is the adjacent fully completed and sold out L'Orchidée Residences, of 27 luxury pool villas in a fully-serviced environment.
L'Orchidée Village comprises 3 luxury pool villas, from 4 to 5 bedrooms. Price on application.
L’Orchidée Village is a secure, well maintained resort-like environment, operated under the highest standards by L’Orchidée management’s professional property management team. Residents can also enjoy a range of five-star hospitality services and facilities, including a sauna, fitness centre, common swimming pool. In-house services available upon request include housekeeping, laundry and breakfast, plus special function arrangements.
L’Orchidée Village is a natural arrangement of roofed homes nestled in the hillside, turning this exclusive piece of Phuket bay front into a delightfully unique slice of Mediterranean Provence, making the properties very attractive investments as permanent or holiday homes. Each of the three Mimosa Villa has a unique personality made up of contemporary elements influenced by "l'esprit Provence". The distinctive modern tropical architecture is an unprecedented innovation aimed at making the most of the breezy hillside location.
Contacts A.C.Village Co., Ltd. 13/2, Soi Prabaramee Road - Patong Beach Phuket 83150 Tel: +66 (0)86 950 5893 Fax: +66 (0)76 341612 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.lorchidee-village.com
Located in quiet, natural surroundings in an historical area of Phuket near Layan and Bangtao beaches, the 28 secluded single-story private homes are akin to a collection of artworks – lovingly designed to offer a sanctuary of peace and inspiration. The bathroom’s skylight is an novel yet practical feature, which keeps the space well lit with sunlight. Set in the garden surrounded by a high wall, the 15sqm swimming pool can be directly accessed from the living area, through full-length sliding glass doors.
Starting price from 5.5 million baht.
About the Developer
The Twovillas Group namesake comes from the union of talented architects, interior designer, and property experts. Confident in their vision to create stylish yet practical private pool residences. The Twovillas Group is a team of creative, forward-thinking property developers with a 20-year track record of experience and who have so far created 19 residential environments in Phuket's Naiharn, Bangtao, and Panwa Bay coastal area.
Wings is a creative boutique collection of one-bedroom pool villas especially suited to trendy singles and couples wanting a private, modern abode.
The homes each cover 137 square metres (sqm) with at least half of the area dedicated to outdoor living, including a 23.48 sqm roof terrace – large enough to easily accommodate a big table with a sun umbrella and deck chairs. The covered parking area for Wings residents provides enough shaded space for one car per unit and is set away from the homes to minimize disturbances. Residents then walk down a pathway to their private villa entrances. Privacy is complete once inside each compact Wings compound, where the elongated 17.6m x 8m arrangement offers a very spacious and functional living environment; separating the living area, bedroom and bathroom, but keeping them well lit with natural light.
The villa rental and management is professionally-run by The Two Villas Holiday management team, ensuring home owners and visitors consistently receive high standards of service.
Contacts Place & Space Co., Ltd. 100/1000 Moo 5, Rassada, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0)83 595 5255, +66 (0)76 610232 ext.16 Fax: +66 (0)76 610233 Email: email@example.com Website: www.twovillas.com facebook.com/twovillasfamily
Alanna Yamu overlooks Sapham Bay at Cape Yamu on Phuket’s East Coast. This location is favoured by those wishing to experience a more peaceful and relaxed environment. Cape Yamu has also become synonymous with privacy and luxury and Alanna delivers both. and a dedicated storage area. The comfortable open floor plan extends to the upper floor sleeping areas. The spacious master bedroom has its own terrace and a stunning resort-style bathroom. The remaining two bedrooms also have ensuite facilities and ample storage space.
From 22 million Baht (€500k).
Design & Construction
With concept, design and project direction by Original Vision and project management by local specialist, the Blue Acre the developers have used the highest quality materials throughout, making Alanna a solid investment for years to come.
Thoughtfully designed to offer a serene tropical island lifestyle, Alanna Yamu was conceptualised by award winning architects, Original Vision. Large, wide frontage, open plan indoor living areas spill onto generous terraces, each with a private infinity swimming pool. To match the exceptional design, Alanna has been built to the highest quality and by careful selection of materials and finishes is proving to require very little maintenance. The overriding principle is quality in design, detailing and construction married with a great sense of space.
About the Developer
Original Blue Island Villas is a joint venture development company created by Original Vision, The Blue Acre and a few like-minded investors, with the goal of developing high quality homes and apartments in Phuket. We pride ourselves in our uncompromising approach to design and our dedication to produce the highest achievable quality in our finished products.
Alanna is a boutique development of only twelve three bedroom duplexes ranging from 324-345 sqm. Each has an open plan lower level incorporating the living, dining, and kitchen areas that seamlessly open onto deep pool terraces. Also at this level are a study, guest bathroom, a generous utility room
Full estate management services are provided by CBRE.
Contacts Tel: +66 (0)76 271297, +66 (0)81 397 7253 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.alannayamu.com
THE EVA BY EVA GROUP
Set only 100 metres from the beach front, all units offer uninterrupted sea and island views of the south east coast of Phuket. Set in a tropical landscape, the project is very close to various restaurants, shopping malls, daily fresh seafood market, international schools and one of the best beaches of the island, Nai Harn Beach. The project is located within walking distance to beach front resorts. Easy access to nearby islands with a wide choice of white sandy beaches and Chalong pier.
16 sea view houses in a secure estate. Only 4 houses are available with 3 and 4 bedrooms on a 600 sqm built-up area and living area of 357 sqm. Prices range from 20.4 up to 22.4 million Baht.
3 levels with panoramic sea view roof top, built in Sala, BBQ area, jacuzzi, and the option to install an elevator. The developer has put a lot attention on quality building and finishes. All materials are long lasting and low maintenance cost. The project has been created to be environmentally friendly and gives a lot of possibilities for outdoor activities.
Design & Construction
Phase 1: Completed and sold out. Show unit is available for inspection. Phase 2: Under construction, completion scheduled in middle of year 2012. 30 years construction guarantee.
Contacts Sales Office Soi Friendship, Rawai Tel: +66 (0)89 588 1919, +66 (0)88 756 0382 Email: email@example.com Website: www.thai-evagroup.com
EVA BEACH BY EVA GROUP
Set on the beach front, all units offer uninterrupted sea and island views of the south east coast of Phuket. Villas are surrounded by lush landscaping and natural rocks to the rear. Enjoy only the sound of the sea and a calming breeze from all floors. It is a short distance to various restaurants, shopping malls, daily fresh seafood market, international schools and one of the best beaches of the island, Nai Harn Beach. The project is centrally located between two 5-star resorts, Evason Phuket and Vijitt. Easy access to the near by islands with wide choice of white sandy beaches and Chalong pier.
Design & Construction
Phase 1. All beach front villas are under construction. Villas delivered by middle of year 2012 are available. Show unit is available for inspection. Phase 2 Sea view villas are available to purchase off plan. 30 years construction guarantee.
This 22 villas beach front development offer three design types with 3 - 4 bedrooms. The villas cover 485 sqm - 596 sqm of built up area and 310 - 385 sqm of living space. Prices range from 32.6 up to 46.7 million Baht.
The developer has put a lot attention on quality building and finishes. All materials are long lasting and low maintenance cost. Teak wood, natural rock, Italian marble, imported Belgium windows and doors, German sanitary items, smart electric control, special Japanese sand spray paint, video call system are standard. The project was created to be environmentally friendly and gives a lot of possibilities for outdoor activities.
Contacts Sales Office Soi Friendship, Rawai Tel: +66 (0)89 588 1919, +66 (0)88 756 0382 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.thai-evagroup.com
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Kata Rocks is located right on the oceanfront of Phuket’s favoured west coast, giving the site stunning, uninterrupted sunset views of the Andaman Sea and picturesque Ko Phu island. The development lies between Phuket’s two best beaches and is a 2-minute walk from one of the finest restaurants on the island. and offer the name Kata Rocks. This also provides a fantastic private lounging area right on the sea to compliment the spacious Club House pool, bistro and sunset bar.
About The Developer
The developer behind Kata Rocks is Richard Pope, who for over 20 years has specialized in developing and managing high-end residential projects in London. In 2010, the Kata Rocks Club Penthouse was named “Best Apartment in the World” by the International Property Awards, and in 2011 was named “Best Apartment in Asia Pacific” for the second consecutive year. The architect is award winning Original Vision and the interiors are designed by celebrity interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE.
34 Sky Villas ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms. All have their own infinity swimming pools and completely uninterrupted sunset views. Prices start from 32 million Baht.
Kata Rocks is being developed to the highest standards, incorporating the highest levels of luxury, as a private estate with its own oceanfront residential Club House. Our award-winning Sky Villas are a cross between a villa and an apartment. Much larger than most apartments, all feature their own swimming pools and there is a maximum of three units on each block giving the very intimate feel of a villa. The oceanfront Club House will have its own large swimming pool, a bistro and sunset bar. There will also be a luxury spa and gym along with a quiet reading lounge and business center.
Kata Rocks will be offering a very high level of service to its occupants including a full concierge service, chefs for in-home dining, housekeeping, etc. There will also be fully integrated estate management along with a rental and reservation system run in-house to maximize the returns for those owners who wish to rent out their Sky Villas.
Between the gentle slope of the Kata Rocks site and the sea is an impressive granite platform, which is only accessible through Kata Rocks. On this platform, nature has placed some stunning rock boulders, which make the site unique
Contacts Kata Rocks Co., Ltd Tel: +66 (0)76 284750 Email: email@example.com Website: www.katarocks.com
The site of Anchan Villas has been chosen with care to ensure residents enjoy both the peace and tranquillity of 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. Anchan Villas are situated in the surrounding neighborhoods of Laguna Village, one of the islands most desirable residential areas. The pristine sands of Bang Tao Beach are near by and Phuket International Airport is just a short drive away. Anchan Villas are well designed only high standard materials are used. Anchan Villas was nominated as “HIGHLY COMMENDED” Best villa Development (Phuket) Thailand Property Awards 2009.
Design & Construction
The luxurious 3 bedroom villas in a tranquil gated community comprise the Anchan Villa neighbourhood, developed by Pearl Island Property Co., Ltd. Anchan Villas was conceived for discerning home owners and property investors who are seeking a second home in the tropics in a secure neighbourhood. Services provided by the project’s management will ensure residents enjoy well maintained common areas and legal assistance in buying a villa. These contemporary stylish homes are built to high international standards using the best possible construction materials and are especially designed for a comfortable and convenient lifestyle in the tropics.
Price start from 19.7 milion Baht.
Nestled in one of Phuket most prestigious residential areas against a dramatic mountainous backdrop are nine uniquely exclusive yet affordable single storey villa style homes, each with their own private pool in a gated community. These contemporary Balinese style villas are an ideal investment as a holiday home in the tropics or a permanent residence that offers both the peace and tranquility of a secluded location, while also being a short distance from a pristine coastline with all the modern amenities nearby.
The Anchan Villas community is managed by an experienced residential management company. Management services extended to residents include legal assistance in ensuring a smooth transition in purchasing and moving into a villa; maintenance of Anchan Villas common areas, including street lighting, gardening, and general repairs, plus 24 hour security. Villa rental management is also offered to home owners who wish to recuperate on their investment by renting out their home while they are away.
Anchan Villas are designed to be specious and airy in an attractive and practical layout. The villa built up area start from 515 to 539 sqm and rest on similarly size plot from 768- 933 sqm. The master bedroom is separated from the main living room. Our standard house plan offer a large swimming pool of 14.5x5 metres and a large wooden terrace which is connected to the living room, master bedroom and the garage. The 2nd and 3rd bedroom are separated for enjoying its own private garden.
Contacts Pearl Island Propery Co., Ltd. Khun Joop Saetiw, Sales Director Mobile: +66 (0)81 797 0552 31/13 Moo. 4, Tambol Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket, 83110 Tel: +66 (0)76 362600-1 Fax: +66 (0)76 362602 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Websites: www.anchanvillas.com
88 LAND & HOUSES PHUKET
88 Land & Houses is set in a truly central location with convenient access to many destinations and just 15 minutes from Phuket City. A number of white sandy beaches are close by - Nai Harn, Rawai, Kata and Karon all ideal for swimming plus a number of famous tourist spots. Easy access to major department stores such as Central Festival, Tesco Lotus, Big C, Index Living Mall and Homepro Village make shopping easy and convenient. Schools, universities and hospitals are also within easy reach and a direct route to Phuket International Airport makes for easy commuting. life at home as here your extraordinary surroundings will transform every day into a perfect holiday with a superbly designed, large and well-appointed home that is designed to feel like a stylish resort, set in a lush and shady tropical oasis and with access to a complete set of modern facilities that is sure to meet your lifestyle requirements.
Three and four bedroom residences with 3 bathrooms, some with family room and study with maid quarters and all having double car space under cover and with living space from 144 sqm to 200 sqm with balconies and landscaped gardens. Each home is beautifully built and decorated with high quality materials.
Prices start from an affordable 5.8 million Baht.
88 Land & Houses is a secluded residential estate, sitting amid vast verdant green gardens where you can breathe in the luxury of pure air. The estate features just 48 beautiful homes in a pleasant and exclusive social environment, supported by the superior standards of service delivered by Land and Houses.
About the Developer
Land and Houses is a 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.
Sprawling communal gardens, featuring and exercise area and children's playground allow you to maintain a healthy as well as enjoy family fun, whilst state-of-the-art, 24 hour security system complete with CCTV and entrance key cards, makes certain that you are safe at all times. Live a luxury resort-style
Contacts 88 Land & Houses Sales Office 88/1 Moo 5, Chaofa Road West, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130 Tel: +66 (0)76 521888, +66 (0)76 383888 Fax: +66 (0)76 521555 Email: email@example.com Website: www.lhphuket.com
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.
The company can offer to the customer a variety of apartment sizes and prices Flower studio apartment start from 2.4m Baht and Butterfly apartment, from 1 to 2 bedrooms, start from 4.2m Baht.
Karon Butterfly Condominium combines Italian and Thai design, creating a modern style that reflects the best of the two cultures.
one bedroom (some unit in open plan) with garden or 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 studio has sea-view or garden-view.
At the end of February 2010, the first phase of the project was completed: Building F with 9 apartments on the ground floor all with exclusive gardens. The first floor units all have a balcony where you have the possibility to install a jacuzzi aromotherapy. The second floor units have, over the balcony, the possibility to have an exclusive roof area. The second phase of the project, Building G where there will be 6 apartments all have the following facilities - 300 sqm swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness and wellness centre. At the end of January, begining of February 2011, building "G" was completed. In our project, "Karon Butterfly", it was thought to accomplish in building "E", a different type of apartment called "Flower Studio". They are apartments on three levels, from 35 to 57 square metres and consist of a kitchen corner with
About The Designers
The Italian Studio Tecnico Associato Architetti Rubelli e Gussago (segreteria@ architettirubelliegussago.it) has worked together with Thai architects SRYT ikon STUDIO (firstname.lastname@example.org) to design the project. See www. architettirubelliegussago.it for details of other projects undertaken.
Contacts SUER Real Estate Co., Ltd Patak Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100 Tel/Fax: +66 (0)86 471 3791 Mobile: +66 (0)81 892 0247 Pok 089 973 1863 Email: email@example.com Gianluca 084 923 2953 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.karonbutterfly.com
ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION OF CONTRACTUAL DISPUTES IN THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND (PART 2)
Mediation Mediation in Thailand is a more informal, and often costeffective, alternative dispute resolution method to arbitration and a Civil Court proceeding and may be initiated from the parties by mutual agreement at any time during the course of a dispute (including during an ongoing arbitration or Civil Court case). A mediation proceeding may, however, also be initiated more formally through the alternative dispute resolution office of the judiciary and in many court proceedings is actually encouraged and required as a precursor to trial. In such cases, an official mediator is appointed by a competent court in Thailand to attempt to encourage the parties to settle out of Court. Mediation is often considered by parties to a contractual dispute where the issues are not complex and the parties a prepared to seek an out-of-court dispute resolution. Informal mediation, that is mediation without Civil Court involvement, may be binding or non-binding on the parties dependent on whether a there is a mediation agreement in place. Typically, a professional mediator experienced in the commercial activity underlying the dispute (i.e. real estate development; construction agreement etc) is approached by the parties to be appointed. After an appropriate mediator is agreed upon by the mediator, counsel for each side typically submits documentary evidence and a brief on the case to the mediator before the selected date of the mediation. If a binding agreement is in place, and a settlement is reached on the elected date of the mediation, the parties are obligated contractually to perform as agreed under the binding settlement. Generally, the informal mediation is suggested when the costs of litigation or arbitration a ripe to spiral out of control and the parties are keen to settle the case and move on. Whenever parties to a dispute agree to proceed to mediation, it is key to have a mediation agreement in place detailing the rules of mediation proceeding and the obligations of the parties, whether the mediation is conducted through a court sanction or privately. Generally, this agreement is provided by the mediator (but could be provided by a party to the dispute), and is subject to suggested changes by the parties’ representatives. Most mediation agreements should have a confidentiality clause in addition to a provision which precludes disclosure of the contents of a mediation to a trial judge to protect the parties in the event the dispute escalates to a civil court proceeding. Furthermore, the mediation agreement should set out the basic rules of evidence for the proceeding and set out how the costs are to be distributed between the parties, and determine whether the mediation should be binding or non-binding on the parties.
Conclusion Parties to a contract should be aware of all alternative dispute resolution options when entering into a contract. Arbitration may keep proceeding costs down and an award is generally enforceable under Thai law. Furthermore, the Parties may elect to have foreign or locally qualified representatives and an arbitrator if they deem necessary and the proceedings may be conducted in English language (as opposed to Thai in the Thai civil courts) under stipulated rules. Parties should note, however, that arbitration can become protracted in a similar fashion as filing a case in a Civil Court as an arbitration proceeding is in many ways akin procedurally to a court case. Mediation could be a cost effective strategy for parties to quickly resolve a dispute where settlement seems to be certain but requires willing parties and careful management. The primary concern with mediation is that the Parties should be eager to settle, and even if a binding agreement to settle is obtained at a mediation proceeding, the parties must be willing to contractually perform the settlement outcome as agreed. The author or the article is Robert Krupica, senior associate in Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville’s Phuket Office. For more information see www.limcharoen.com.
Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville (Phuket) T: +66 (0) 7634 6642-4 F: +66 (0) 7634 6645 E: Phuket@Limcharoen.com
Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville (Bangkok) T: +66 (0) 2635 5071-3 F: +66 (0) 2635 5074 E: Bangkok@Limcharoen.com Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville (Samui) T: +66 (0) 7724 6185 - 7 F: +66 (0) 7724 6188 E: Samui@Limcharoen.com Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville (Ho Chi Minh City) T: +84 862 917 000 F: +84 862 916 999 E: HoChiMinhCity@Limcharoen.com Limcharoen Hughes & Glanville (Bali) T: +62 361 727 114 F: +62 361 727 486 E: Bali@Limcharoen.com www. limcharoen.com
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RAWAI : A rare opportunity to own a piece of absolute beachfront real estate. This private pool villa is directly on the beach looking out across Chalong Bay with 3 bedrooms, 2 living areas, and maid's quarters.
KAMALA : A large 3-bedroom villa on a huge 2,264 sqm plot with established gardens. Upstairs is a vast living and entertaining area while the bedrooms are downstairs, opening out to a 20m free-form pool.
KATHU : 4 bedroom private pool villa located in an exclusive development close to golf courses, the BIS, marinas, and shopping at Phuket Town. The property has been customized to a high specification with many extras.
CAPE PANWA : Fabulous 4 bedroom luxury villa in a gorgeous and peaceful location on a private headland, boasting uninterrupted breathtaking sea views looking out towards the islands on the southeast coast.
BANGTAO : A stunning 4-bedroom private pool villa occupying a prime location on the island's northwest coast close to the Laguna complex and only 1 kilometre to Bangtao Beach.
AO POR : 4-bedroom beachfront villa with private pool set in a quiet area near the Ao Por Grand Marina on a huge 2,400 sqm plot with superb island views. A simply stunning east coast property.
Sea View Condo
RAWAI : 3-bedroom tropical garden villa with a 8 x 3 m private swimming pool. The ground floor consists of large living room with high ceiling, the villa is fully-furnished to a high standard and ready to move in.
KATA : Stylish 2-bedroom condo with foreign freehold title set on a hillside boasting stunning sea views overlooking Kata and Koh Pu island. The unit comes fully furnished and with many upgrades.
LAGUNA : 4-bedroom villa with private pool situated within the exclusive Laguna Phuket five-star resort complex, within walking distance to many shops and restaurants and within a short drive to Bangtao Beach.
RAWAI : Brand new single-storey pool villa near Rawai Beach with private pool and landscaped garden built to very high standards not normally found in this price range. Furniture package included!
KAMALA : One-bedroom top floor unit boasting a total living area of 80 sqm with foreign freehold title and a large terrace which is ideal for entertaining, and a spacious openplan living area. Offered fully furnished.
CHALONG : Lovely 3 bedroom pool villa located in an exclusive estate in Chalong. Ideal for a family residence, this villa is in excellent condition and has an office which can be converted to a fourth bedroom.
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Moon Terraces 2
from 42m THB
from 7.2m THB
KAMALA : Located in a renowned residential area of Kamala. This housing project is set to be completed in April 2012. The building techniques and materials used are new technologies, as such, it is well worth a look at!
WEST COAST : Oceanfront homes with lavishly high-quality finishing at only 5 minutes to town and at half the prices of whats on the west coast! Small beach access and boat mooring available... What more can you want?
NAITHON : Are you looking for a peaceful environment for you and your family? This lakeside development might be just for what you need! 1.8km from Naithon Beach, which is one of the most beautiful on the island. Don't miss out!
from 2.9m THB
Care for a Swing?
from 3.7m THB
Hillside Sea Views
from 2.9m THB
NAIYANG : Set in a peaceful area, this 3 bedroom standard 2 storey home is set on 530 Sqm of land and in close proximity to Nai Yang Beach as well as the airport. A great buy if you are looking for an affordable property!
KATHU : Designed by one of Phuket's most respected architects, this development promises not only clever, eco-friendly architecture but also decorative beauty to rival the wonderful natural surroundings. It's truly refreshing...
PATONG : If Patong is where you want to live then this is where you'd want to sleep! Very conveniently located project by a reputable developer, only minutes to anywhere in Patong. Great rental potential and under construction!
Kata Plaza Condo
from 3.1m THB
Buena Vista Patong
from 18.9m THB
KATA : Here is an opportunity not to be missed! There is a 68 sqm 1 bedroom condo available for sale at only 100 metres from Kata Beach. Unique and at such a convenient location. With a little renovation, it's as good as new!
KAMALA : Conveniently situated within Kamala's hillside yet only walking distance to Kamala Beach, this new investment opportunity offers a fresh new design concept that prioritizes green space and healthy living.
PATONG : Located on the southern hills of Patong and within an established residential compound, this brand new 7 unit development offers great sea views and high luxury at a decent price. Please ask for more information!
PATONG : Located in the biggest mall of bustling Patong, our stands are located at each end of the complex and staff there will be sure to assist you as best they can. Schedule an appointment with them and we will come meet you.
Kata Beach Information Centre
KATA : Located on Kata Beach, our information centre allows you to have all your real estate related questions answered. Computers and Wifi has been made available free of charge, for your convenience.
Central Festival Booth
PHUKET CITY : Do visit us at our information stand in Central (2nd Fl. by the Banks). Our representatives will happily provide you with all the details on what's available and guide you throughout the process of investing here.
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The Heights from 200,000 THB/month
KATA : Luxury penthouse apartment with incomparable views. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a private lap pool. Fully furnished. Available to rent either long term or short term.
The Heights from 100,000 THB/month
KATA : This sea view two-bedroom condo is situated at The Heights in Kata. Its 226 sqm living area includes a large balcony overlooking the shared infinity pool and Kata Bay. Long term or short term lease available.
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from 100,000 THB/month
KATA : This is a fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment (210 sqm) at The Aspasia in Kata with stunning ocean views in all bedrooms. The apartment comes with private car park and has direct beach access.
from 3,500 THB/night
from 500 USD/night
KARON : 1 to 2 bedroom fully furnished apartment available for daily rentals and or long term stay. Facilities include swimming pool, fitness gym and club house. Secured estate.
KALIM : 165.78 sqm, totally built, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fantastic view of Kalim and Patong Beach, the apartment comes with private plunge pool. Fully furnished as well as internet and cable connections available.
SURIN : 3 bedroom pool villa with modern furnishings, located in secured estate and just a few minutes walk to the beach. Long term rental available.
from 500 USD/night
SURIN : Luxury seaview pool villa with complete modern facilites and daily maid service. Villa is also available for long term rentals at an affordable price.
KATHU : The house is quite large having 4 to 6 bedrooms, twin undercover car parking, separate maids room and store room as well as spacious garden and a beautiful view of Loch Palm Golf course.
KATHU : Baan Suan Loch Palm is ideally located on the edge of Loch Palm Golf Club. It's just a few minutes drive to British International School. This is a fully furnished 3 bedroom pool villa. Long tern lease only.
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LAGUNA : Asian modern style villa especially designed for luxury getaways. Close to the beautiful beach of Nai Harn. The villa is built to the highest standards having 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, large swimming pool and sala.
BOAT LAGOON : Modern water front town homes in the popular Boat Lagoon. 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and an office. Each home has a 6 metre private boat berth and also comes with membership to the Boat Club at Boat Lagoon.
BANGTAO : Les Palmares has 14 villas completed and are all residential. Villa number 5 (3 bedrooms) is fully furnished and comes with internet connection, cable TV, washing machine and maid service.
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Ocean View Apartment
KATA BEACH : Luxurious fully furnished one bedroom 85 sqm apartment with stunning ocean views overlooking Kata Beach. Walk to the beach.
ROTAL PHUKET MARINA : A truly special foreign freehold, 2 bedroom pool deck condo with marina views from the sought after sold out Phase 1 condominiums at Royal Phuket Marina, Thailand's only 5-star marina development.
KATA : Very large, light and bright one bedroom condo at The Aspasia for resale. Corner unit with many upgrades and extended living area out to the terrace. Only 100 metres to Kata Beach. Motivated seller.
Aspasia Ocean View
Stunning Ocean Views
Ocean View Villa
KATA BEACH : Top floors 210 sqm 2 bedroom fully furnished seaview apartment. 100m to Kata Beach
RAWAI : One of Phuket's best ocean views with this luxuriously appointed 2 bedroom condominium overlooking Chalong Bay and the islands. Ideally located on the 6th floor of a 7 storey building.
SURIN : A beautiful traditional Thai style luxury villa with fabulous ocean views perched high above Surin Beach in an exclusive secure estate. The centerpiece is a deep blue infinity pool offering breathtaking sea views.
The Heights Penthouse
The Heights Resale
The Heights Resale
KATA : A fabulous 420 sqm duplex penthouse unit on the very top row of The Heights development is available for private resale. Incomparable views and comes with the coveted foreign freehold title.
KATA : Stunningly beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bathroom 220 sqm B unit with the coveted foreign freehold title available for private resale. Fully furnished. Great investment and rental property.
KATA : 2 bedroom 2 bathroom 195 sqm foreign freehold C unit available for private resale. Wonderful ocean views, fully furnished and ready to move right in.
from 4.2m US
BANGKOK : Tower A, 39th floor forward edge 132 sqm 2/3 bed foreign freehold condo. Amazing river views.
NAI THON BEACH : Each of the 19 palatial residences at Istana Phuket is a one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece strategically nestled on large land plots ranging from 1,550 sqm to 3,527 sqm. Ultimate quality.
CAPE YAMU : This majestic oceanfront villa with private beach sits on a vast 5,000 sqm lot and is an ideal family or holiday home. Nestled on a peninsula on the east coast's most exclusive development at Cape Yamu.
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Condo with Sea Views
from 3.37m THB
from 15,000 THB/night
KAMALA : Spacious, beautifully appointed 2-bedroom apartment located on“Millionaires’Mile” on Phuket’s favoured west coast. This wonderful home has a large terrace with stupendous ocean views. The property is managed by CBRE.
KAMALA : Icon Park offers 1-2 bedroom condominium units with smart duplex layouts to give each resident an enhanced feeling of space within their home.
SURIN : A luxury Thai-style villa located just above Surin Beach in the Ayara Surin housing estate on Phuket’s west coast. It has panoramic views of the Andaman Sea from every room.
CHALONG : This 3-bedroom villa is set in beautifully landscaped gardens, and benefits from the privacy of a low density residential community in an exclusive and highly secure estate.
LAGUNA : A 3-bedroom townhouse which directly overlooks the Laguna Golf Course and is set in private and peaceful surroundings. The garden which is filled with tropical plants, palm trees and carefully selected flowers gives this home a feeling of serenity.
SURIN : This luxurious 6-bedroom private pool villa is located on Surin Hill, with breathtaking sea views over the beaches of Surin and Bang Tao.
Villa with Ocean Views
from 6.9m THB
SURIN : Beautiful views of Surin Beach and Amanpuri, Laid out over 3 floors, this home has 4 bedrooms, all with en suites, plus a children's playroom which can be used as a fifth bedroom, a private swimming pool and a garden.
BANG TAO : An exciting development of 55 spacious 1-2 bedroom apartments set within lush tropical landscaped surroundings. Offers full resort facilities & services. Situated 500 m from the stunning Bangtao Beach.
Lakewood Villa from 30,000 THB/night
BANG TAO : Lakewood Villa is a luxurious 4-bedroom contemporary Thai-style residential development located on a hilltop to offer you panoramic views of the Bang Tao and Laguna areas on the west coast of Phuket.
The Privilege Residences from 5.1m THB
PATONG : Offers a variety of unit types to match buyers’ requirements, resort-style facilities including a fitness centre, sauna and steam rooms, a garden and swimming pool. 6% net guaranteed return for 6 years.
Luxury Pool Villa
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Baan Thai Surin Hills from 50,000 THB/night
from 13,000 THB/night
CHERNGTALAY : This villa comprises 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The property has its own private swimming pool with poolside sala and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.
CAPE PANWA : A choice of four tastefully decorated 2-bedroom apartments with sea views located on Cape Panwa; perfect for relaxing in the utmost comfort at home.
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Most Popular Project
Thai Contemporary Villa 14.5m THB
NAI HARN : This 3 bedroom villa offers a land size of 552 sqm and is fully furnished in oriental style. Enjoy your privacy in a traditional Thai Sala in a tropical garden. Just 5 mins to Nai Harn Beach and READY TO MOVE-IN!
Great Holiday Home
NAI HARN : Fully furnished, 2-bedroom stylish tropical living villa for modern couples and small families. Offers privacy and luxury to enjoy freedom and peace of mind. 5 minutes to Nai Harn Beach and amenities.
NAI HARN : 3 bedrooms, pool, garden, fully furnished with contemporary design and upgraded kitchen. Special offer - kids swimming area in the pool. Ideal for family holidays or the rental program! Great location - Rawai and Nai Narn Beach in 5 mins.
Luxurious Grand Villa
Affordable Pool Villa
NAI HARN : Premium constructed private pool villa from a developer with 20 years experience. 417 sqm, 3 bedrooms. Luxurious interior, floor and ceiling with Maka wood finishing, tropical landscaped gardens. 5 minutes to Nai Harn Beach.
LAYAN : Fully furnished 1-bedroom contemporary style villa on 135 sqm. Private pool, garden, dining and living area offer privacy pool and garden view. Ultimate lifestyle with convenient facilities at Laguna and beaches.
Greatly Valued Pool Villa 14.9m THB
LAYAN : Land size 512 sqm. 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, private pool and tropical garden, fully furnished with Thai contemporary style and upgraded kitchen. Thai Sala. 5 mins to Layan Beach. Laguna Golf Course Rental program available.
Panoramic Seaview Villa 19.15m THB
AO YON : 3-bedroom exclusive villa overlooking Makham Bay. This panoramic seaview project is set in beautiful tropical and tranquil surroundings and just 200 metres to Ao Yon Beach. If you are looking for peaceful surroundings, then this is for you.
Spacious Garden Villa
5 Years Payment Plan
LAYAN : 3-bedroom 780 sqm villa of a contemporary design. Spacious garden situated close to international standard golf course and Layan Beach. Ideal holiday home with joint rental program.
LAYAN : 2-bedroom villa overlooking a private pool and tropical garden. Located just 5 minutes to Layan Beach with excellent access to Laguna Golf Course and other conveniences. Best of the best. 5 years payment plan with 0% interest.
Premium Holiday Investment 12.54m THB
BANGTAO : 3 bedroom stylish condominium duplex with exclusive private pool and garden. Special offer with guaranteed rental return 60,000 THB/month for 3 years. 30 nights complimentary stay per year. Just 3 mins to Bangtao Beach.
BANGTAO : A uniquely duplex condominium designed offering 3 bedrooms with private pool and tropical garden landscape sits on corner unit with land size 340 sqm amidst lush tropical community. 24 hr security provided.
Private Pool Condominium 9.9m THB
NAI HARN : An affordable 3-bedroom foreign freehold condominium comprises an exclusive private pool and tropical garden designed with maximize using space of living area 233 sqm. Just 5 mins to Nai Harn Beach and READY TO MOVE-IN.
GREEN HILL RESIDENCES
Green hill residences is located at Rawai Beach set only 100 metres from the beach front. Set in tropical landscape, the project very close to various restaurants, shopping mall, daily fresh seafood market and one of the best beaches of the island, Nai Harn Beach.
Prices 36 million baht.
Green Hill Residences sits amid vast verdant green gardens where you can breathe in the luxury of pure air. The estate is just 9 beautiful houses in an exclusive social environment.
Th Three storey house in Thai style with 4 b d h i Th i l i h bedrooms with 5 b h i h bathrooms, family room, fitness room, private pool and community pool. Living space 434 sqm, outdoor space 263 sqm, Land size 736 sqm. High quality building and finishes. Teak wood doors and windows with Teak wood roof, Maka wood floor, American standard sanitary items, High quality of appliances in kitchen.
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Adding to Surin’s abundant assemblage of luxury villas is Vertigo, a new collection of 16 modern villas at truly dizzying heights on Surin Hill. The first villa to appear at Vertigo is the developer’s own Villa Zamani, which has quickly emerged as one of the island’s most popular rental villas, complete with a team of live-in staff, a huge cinema room with hot-red leather theatre seats and fantastic views over Bangtao and Surin bays.
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Happy New Year! This month we introduce the Phuket Hot List, a new series that gives you a closer look into our favourite areas around the island. We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears alert to the island buzz to discover what’s new, as well as revisiting those sometimes-overlooked spots that remain simmering hot over time. This month, we’re strolling the sands of stylish Surin Beach in search of the best spots to dine, play, and celebrate the tropical life.
From the Vertigo site, you also get a bird’s eye view of another villa project underway at the impeccable Amanpuri. The luxury villa resort that’s discreetly welcomed royals and rock stars since opening in 1988 is now reaching over to the other side of the cape with a new set of villas, all of which, we hear, have already sold out. World renowned architect Ed Tuttle, who was the original designer of the property and villas 23 years ago, is also the designer of the new villas. Next to Amanpuri, there’s been a shifting of sands, too, at The Surin, which reopened in mid-December after an extensive renovation. The former Chedi resort’s beachside cottages have been superbly spruced up and from what we’ve seen we’re certain they'll bowl over guests yet again with their unbeatable position on the peaceful, pristine Pansea Beach.
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Basic beachwear, sarongs and gaudy cover-ups are as easy to find here as anywhere else on the island, but Surin also brings more elegant tropical fashions to the more discerning sunseeker set. Paul Ropp features handmade Balinese clothing, shoes and jewellery that are quite simply wearable works of art. The silks and cottons are a vision of intricacy, rich colour and tropical flair, from chic chiffon lingerie to cotton and silk tops with exquisite embroidery. Looking beach-ready fabulous doesn’t come cheap, however, with most items priced between 5,000 and 10,000 baht. Just across the road is Island Bliss, with cotton and silk leisurewear by Australian designer Cassandra McMillan, who’s extended her range into this bright and friendly Phuket shop after years in Phnom Penh. Her attention to detail and eye for colour add a lavish touch to a distinctly Bohemian style. Our favourites include the hot-pink silk party dress, the soft and billowy white cotton tunics, and the sparkling Indian bangles.
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The big players on Surin’s beachfront dining scene are well known: Taste, Pla Seafood and Catch Beach Club. Every year, they keep notching up the Wow Factor with new designs, new menus and new ‘lifestyle’ enticements including yacht charters, stretching ever more broadly across the beachfront (perhaps a little too broadly for some people’s tastes). As a change we thought we’d try out some of the lesser-known Surin dining spots to see how they stack up. Cefalù, next to Taste, is a simple, bright place with white tables set under swaying casuarina trees, with authentic Italian right down to the friendly, fussy Italian host who rushes around constantly checking on his guests. Lunches are especially inviting with all salads at 99 baht, pastas 149 baht, pizzas 169 baht, and a set menu for 250 baht. Those seeking a light lunch won’t find it here: even the salads are gigantic! With a good range of wine to boot, we found Cefalù to be truly magnifico. It also offers free delivery service, though dining at the beach is hard to beat.
Good value is sometimes elusive at Surin, so we perked up upon seeing the ‘99 baht happy-hour cocktail’ sign in front of the long-running beachfront Nok Seafood restaurant. The food is fairly well priced, too, with a great selection of tasty Thai seafood dishes, plus some decent pizza for those who pine for a European meal. The casual setting, wooden tables on a sandy floor shaded by white parasols and screw pines, is pretty much the postcardperfect tropical scene. Here, happily, happy hour extends into three, from 4pm-7pm, with 50-baht glasses of Chang beer also on offer. Off the beach, a Hollywood celebrity chef has been making waves since his recent arrival at Surin Gate Kitchen, especially with his four-course set dinner on Wednesdays for 750 baht that has had Phuket foodies scrambling to book a table. Cudos, meanwhile, has been chalking up some kudos of its own, with its terrific tapas, Australian beef, duck breast and other hearty specialties, all in a swanky setting reminiscent of a classic big-city eatery. Its elegant interior and stylish walled garden makes this a perfect place for either a power lunch or a mad martini night on the weekend. Be sure to save some space for the divine crème brûlée or chocolate tart with mixed berry compote.
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As a party spot for celebrities and hangers-on, Surin’s not known for its child-friendly activities, but the Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Surin Beach offers a welcome family escape if the kids tire of the bucket-and-spade routine at the beach. Marriott guests get first dibs, of course, but those staying elsewhere can pick up a day pass (2,000 baht per family per day) to enjoy free reign over the huge swimming pool, waterslides, fitness centre and Kid’s World play zone. For a bit extra you can cultivate your creative side and join an art or cooking class for children and adults.
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After years as a jet-ski-free zone, the Surin scene now has its share of these buzzing little vessels. We’d love to see them zoom away into the sunset, never to return, but as we’ve seen at other west-coast Phuket beaches, these ‘noinsurance’ nuisances are likely here to stay.
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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.
Promthep Cape: Continue on to the southernmost point of the island and you will find Promthep. This viewpoint with excellent parking and restaurant facilities offers outstanding views of sandy beaches rocky headlands lapped softly by the azure waters of framed by ro Andaman the Andama Sea. At sunset, the skies become a horizon-wide kaleidoscope of slowly changing pastel shades; quite unbelievably beautiful. Wat Chalong: Buddhism is overwhelmingly the dominant Chalo religion of Thailand, practised by at least 90% of the population. Temples (known locally as Wats) are where Thais go to worship and seek spiritual guidance but they are also a focus for so social and cultural activities, and are often spectacular ex examples of South-East Asian architecture. The largest and most impressive temple on Phuket is Wat Chalong located on the south of the island on Chao Fa West Road. It is well sign-posted. Old Phuket Town: Much of Phuket’s development has taken place in the last ten years and the building style is resolutely modern - some say, stridently so; but parts of Phuket City are little changed from a hundred years ago. At that time the Island was a busy trading port and supported a thriving tin-mining industry. The then captains of industry built their prestigious homes in the style called Sino-Portuguese. Narrow housefronts ornately decorated with red and gold, the mystic signs representing sacred guardians of the access, yielded to storied accommodations with tall ceilings and interiors often incorporated delightful gardens. Nowadays the streets in the Chinese quarter have transformed themselves into busy thoroughfares featuring antique shops, speciality restaurants and more. Well worth a visit.
Big Buddha: If you look southwards from Wat Chalong the skyline is dominated by an enormous statue of the Lord Buddha. Forty-five metres high and finished in white marble it is the largest such image in Thailand. Up close it is massively impressive and the elevated site offers panoramic views of the island. The shrine is still a work-inprogress but the Buddha image is ninety-five per cent complete and the construction scaffolding has now been removed. A museum is planned and there is even talk of constructing a cable-car system from Patong to the site. Patong's Bangla Road: Many people come to Phuket just to revel in the razzmatazz of Patong’s hotspots but even if your tastes are generally more moderate, you really should not miss the opportunity to visit this international al icon of the hedonistic lifestyle. A short street in the heart of down-town Patong, ng, Soi Bangla packs more than a hundred bars, restaurants and discotheques into a o single traffic-free, brightly-lit celebration on of glitz which operates from dusk until dawn. Walking up and down or dropping into throbbing cacophonous homages es to Mammon like the Tiger Disco or Rock ock City will leave you with vivid memories as ies enduring as those of the beautiful beaches eaches you enjoyed in the daylight hours. Please come back.
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Most of us want to be fit and experts agree that what we eat, when we exercise and how much regular sleep we get all play a factor in keeping ourselves healthy. There are also the risk factors, such as alcohol intake, smoking and obesity that affect many of us − and in Phuket possibly more than in our home countries. Being on a tropical island with a large and vibrant party atmosphere, it's understandable that some of us do drink a little more alcohol than normal as well as adding a few more centimetres to the waistline from eating at the island's great restaurants.
Having a regular, some say yearly, health check-up makes good sense, and from the increasing numbers of patients using Phuket’s hospitals to see where they stand, it’s becoming a very popular thing to do, even for tourists. In Phuket, most hospitals offer quick and very reliable health check-ups. One advantage of doing this in Phuket is that you'll usually experience that renowned Thai service, while the prices are extremely reasonable, sometimes costing a fraction of the price paid in some western countries. Check-ups in Phuket hospitals come in many forms, from basic packages to executive programmes, which include full laboratory and cardiovascular investigations, exercise stress tests and x-rays. Some programmes are even more extensive, including CT scans and complete dental services. Most can be completed in a few hours and results are available within a few days. Because most of Phuket’s better hospitals have all the facilities at the same location, the need to travel to different clinics, laboratories and x-ray facilities is not a factor.
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Health Check Ups
The main aim of any check-up is to detect illness at an early stage, or better still, prevent illness occurring in the first place. Having a regular checkup also promotes wellness and facilitates prompt, expert and (hopefully) compassionate treatment of injuries and diseases. It's surprising how many conditions are picked up on routine medical check-ups. Diabetes, breast lumps, elevated blood pressure, and skin cancers to name a few. About 20% of people coming for health check-ups have high blood pressure. This increases to more than 50% in adults over the age of 65. The role of high blood pressure in strokes and heart disease is very clear. Only half of the people with high blood pressure have had the condition diagnosed, and it takes only minutes to check. Also Around 3% of adults are diabetic and, again, only half are aware that they have the condition. Health check-ups also screen for cancers, such as pap smears for cancer of the cervix and PSA testing for prostate cancer. Cholesterol levels can also be checked, as this also has been linked to your chances of having a heart attack. But, with all these tests, and a range of hospitals and clinics providing them, how do we choose which is best for us? Firstly, using cost and discounted prices as a guide to selecting a check-up is not advisable. A cheap programme has fewer tests, whilst an expensive programme can include a range of tests that you don't need. For example, if you're under 30, there's little benefit in having an exercise stress test unless you have a history of heart disease. The best way forward is to know what type of tests you need. If you don’t know, do some research, or ask the hospitals and providers what is best suited for you. Once you know what tests you actually need, shop around for the programme that fits your needs. If you can't find a programme, just request the tests that you want, and make up your own personalised check-up programme.
Having a regular health check-up is inexpensive and makes good sense. Consider it the same as making an investment in your body. Finding out the state of your health now could save you lots of money in the future. It could also save your life.
Peter Davison is the Manager International Services at Phuket International Hospital. Tel: +66 (0)76 249400, Email: info@phuketinternational hospital.com
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