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ISSUE 81 # MAY 2014
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Left: Inspiring villa-style @ Saturdays Condo
Right: Paul Ropp Unique fashion design
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People profle: Chris McCormack (CEO of Thanyapura)

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Feature: Loy Ruea Festival of the Urak Lawoi

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Legal matters: What real property rights are available under Thai law?

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Business profle: Jo D’Hondt (CEO of Daimond Condo)

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Safer Phuket: Heart start breakthrough – an expert three minutes away

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Things to do in Phuket

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Yachts & Yachting
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Sunsail – yacht charters & sales

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DaVinci Yacht Charters

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Phuket tide tables: May-June 2014

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Cholamark Boat

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Southeast Asia Pilot : Koh Yao

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Shopping, Dining & Leisure
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Paul Ropp: What growing up with Paul Ropp taught me

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Recipe: Royal Allamanda Grouper (Chef Songwut Monthirakanok)

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Sukko Spa

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Massa Luna Condo

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Coco Group

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International Marathon •
8 Jun 2014 @ Laguna Grove, Laguna Phuket
The 9th 'Run in Paradise' includes categories: 42.195 km Marathon,
21.097 km Half Marathon, 10.5 km Run, 5 km Walk and 2 km Kids Run.
+66 22 362931. www.phuketmarathon.com
Summer Camp •
30 Jun-11 Jul 2014 @ Phuket International Academy, Thalang
Rock 'n Roll Summer Camp features the Phuket Academy of
Performing Arts in one of two sessions. Activities include gleesome,
bands, dance, visual and performing arts. Participants will perform
live, do photo and video shoots and make rock T-shirts, posters and
banners. From June 30 to July 4 and July 7 to 11. +66 84 304 2587.
www.facebook.com/PhuketAcademyOfPerformingArts
Multihull Solutions Regatta •
10-13 Jul 2014 @ Ao Chalong Yacht Club
Asia’s largest
gathering of
multihulls.
Join the Racing or
Cruising Division of
this multihull-only
regatta for exciting
sailing, spectacular
scenery and great
FUN on and of the
water. www.acyc.asia
Battle of the Bands •
4 May 2014 @ Hard Rock Café, Patong
Battle of the Young Bands 2014 gives young Phuket musicians
the opportunity to play and compete at a world class venue. Prizes
10,000-25,000 baht. +66 84 304 2587.
Miami Beach Party •
9 May 2014 @ Bliss Beach Club
Phuket Has Been Good to Us Foundation's second fundraiser of the
year. Live entertainment by EKA, fashion show, fabulous food, free fow
wine and dancing. Dress 'Beach Chic'. Donation 2,500 baht.
+66 76 278146. info@phukethasbeengoodtous.org
Bikini Contest •
10 May 2014 @ Famous Nightclub
Bikini Contest & Pool Party. Get wasted and wet with great pool
party. 'Famous' presents the 2014 qualifcation and fnal round of its
bikini contest with the entry fees going to Stand UP charity. The top
award is 30,000 baht in cash, plus being the Famous representative for
charity events and cover pages on media publications. Competitors
must be female and at least 18 years of old. Shows and activities
include fare bartender, B Boy, international MCs, live DJs and live
saxophonist. +66 76 366717 www.famousphuket.com
International Rugby •
23-25 May 2014 @ Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC)
16th Phuket International Rugby 10s 2014. Expected to return are
two-time reigning champions, the Moorabbin Rams who will face of
against rivals The Roosters. www.phuketrugby10s.com
Longboard Classic •
24 May 2014 @ Kalim Beach
Pearl of the Andaman Longboard Classic. This one-day event is open
to all who have a longboard over nine feet in length. There is the
opportunity to win a trophy, prize money and other prizes plus there's
a free lunch and an event T-shirt. A Firewire longboard will be awarded
to the winner. Registration 500 baht.
+66 89 973 2161. www.facebook.com/events/262032150637586
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Phuket Raceweek Regatta •
16-20 Jul 2014 @ Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2014. 4 days of racing and
5 nights of parties. Usually sees 35-40 boats from all over Asia,
and 400-500 international participants. The regatta parties are
legendary. www.phuketraceweek.com
Street Festival •
Jul 2014 (dates to be announced) @ Kathu
Kathu Cultural Street Festival 2014 showcases the cultural heritage
of one of Phuket's oldest communities. It includes a light and sound
show, exhibitions, handicrafts and local food.
+66 76 321500. www.kathucity.go.th
Baba Wedding 2014 •
22-24 Jun 2014 @ Hongyok House, Phuket City
The 6th wedding ceremony in the 'Baba Peranakan' (Straits
Chinese) tradition sees couples dress in the style of 19th century
Chinese traders and well-to-do local Thai maidens. The two
venues, the Thai Hua Museum on Thalang Road and the Hongyok
Mansion on Thepkrasattri Road were chosen as both mansions
exemplify Sino-Portuguese style. Packages for couples to marry
during the festival cost 50,000 Baht.
+66 81 691 1955. www.phuketbaba.com
Professional Tennis •
12-26 Jul 2014 @ Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC), Thalang
Chang ITF Pro Circuit 2014. Athletes from countries worldwide
playing professional tennis in Phuket. The week-long event is part of
the series of tournaments run by the International Tennis Federation
in the ITF Women's Circuit. www.thanyapura.com
Triathlon Training Camp •
23-31 Aug 2014 @ Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC), Thalang
Thanyapura Triathlon Super Camp. Train alongside some of the
best professionals in the world. Coaching team led by Jürgen Zäck.
Cost from 33,800 baht. +66 76 336 000 www.thanyapura.com
Pattaya Regatta 2014•
1-5 May 2014@ Ocean Marina, Pattaya
Top Of The Gulf Regatta 2014, Asia's largest multi-class sailing
event, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and will welcome
a strong feet of sailors from around the world. Combining small
dinghies with windsurfers and bigger yachts, creates a feet of
around 250 boats. If you include the many kids racing dinghies,
there will be 700 sailors from more than 20 countries at Ocean
Marina this year. www.topofthegulfregatta.com
Yasothon Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival •
10-11 May 2014@ Yasothon
This ancient local festival is associated with Thai traditional
beliefs that the 'god of rain' will help ensure a bountiful rice
harvest. Beautiful rockets are paraded to the launch site
accompanied by dancers in colorful traditional costumes. The
rockets are then fred from launch platforms one by one.
+66 45 243770, +66 45 250714
Samui Regatta 2014 •
24-31 May @ Centara Grand Beach Resort, Koh Samui
Keen racers from Asia and Australia come to enjoy the warm
waters and local hospitality which Samui is so famous for! Fierce but
friendly competition on the water combined with beachside revelry
after the racing, makes Samui Regatta one of the region's favourites.
www.samuiregatta.com
Bike Show 2014 •
1-4 May @ Hall 4, Impact Exhibition Centre, Bangkok
The 3rd Bangkok Bike 2014. Edutainment Bike Festival for Bike
Lovers : One-stop products and services for bicycles. Time : 10.00-
21.00 hrs. +662 203 4231 artit@qsncc.com
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Jungceylon Shopping Destination Patong, +66 76 600555
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X-MEN: DAYS OF
FUTURE PAST
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen,
Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James
McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halley Berry,
Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin... and more...
The story is partially set in an alternate
future where surviving mutants have been
penned in concentration camps, giant
robots called Sentinels patrol America, and
most of the X-Men have been hunted and
killed. In the present day, the X-Men were
forced to stop a key event from unfolding
in order to keep that future from occurring.
MALEFICENT
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle
Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno
Temple, Lesley Manville
“Malefcent” is the untold story of Disney’s
most iconic villain from the 1959 classic
'Sleeping Beauty'. A beautiful, pure-hearted
young woman, Malefcent has an idyllic life
growing up until an invading army threatens
the harmony. Malefcent rises to be the land’s
fercest protector, but she ultimately sufers
a ruthless betrayal-an act that begins to turn
her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge,
Malefcent faces an epic battle.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-
MAN 2
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Starring: Andrew Garfeld, Emma Stone,
Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane
DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally
Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Sarah Gadon
For Peter Parker, life is busy. Between
taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and
spending time with the person he loves,
Gwen Stacy, high school graduation can’t
come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten
about the promise he made to Gwen’s
father to protect her by staying away, but
that’s a promise he just can’t keep.
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Regular Events
ACYC Ao Chalong Yacht Club Race Series 1. Race 5 is on 4 May, Race
6 on 18 May. All are welcome to sail. Regular Friday night get-together
and Lucky Draw. Non-members welcome. www.acyc.asia
PIWC Phuket International Women's Club Monthly meetings:
Committee - 1st Thursday, Meet & Greet - 2nd Thursday. Lunch - 3rd
Thursday. Cofee Morning - 4th Thursday. All welcome; registration is
essential. +66 76 316711. info@phuketiwc.com. www.phuketiwc.com
IBAP The International Business Association of Phuket Regular
meeting is on the 2nd Friday of each month.
secretary@ibap-phuket.org. www.ibap-phuket.org
Mr Live Wire Free computer clinic Windows, internet, tablet, phone,
TV, or just about anything computer-related. Every Sunday, 10am at
NEW VENUE Baketastic in Kathu (opposite Krung Thai Bank).
Lions Club Lions Club of Patong Beach Monthly meeting &
fellowship dinner, 2nd Tuesday each month. +66 81 374 2088. info@
lions-club-patong.org. www.lions-club-patong.org
GOMS Grumpy Old Men's Society A grumpy but happy group of
local gentleman gathers every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month at
Chalong Pier Beer Garden. vguytonbeck@gmail.com.
Cricket / Rugby Outrigger Hotels /Twenty Cricket League at ACG
Cricket Ground Matches every Sunday 9am. Touch rugby Wednesday
evenings. www.phuketcricketgroup.com / www.acgphuket.com.
ACYC Ao Chalong Yacht Club Youth Sail Training in state-of-the-art
dinghies. Bring your kids to learn to sail. Healthy, active, fun. For details
contact school@acyc.asia.
Entertainment May Choices
Beatles Tribute Night @ Two Chefs Karon. 23 May 2014. 20-song
Beatles set by the Two Chefs house band and a bufet feast. Dinner and
show 795 baht adults / 395 baht kids. Includes welcome drink.
Live Seafood & Jazz Sunday Brunch @ Banyan Tree Phuket, Laguna.
Join Banyan Tree’s indulgent LIVE Seafood Sunday brunch. With live
Jazz and a kids club, starting at 2,500++ THB per person including free
fow of selected beverages.
DJ and live music @ Catch Beach Club, Surin. Chill in the afternoon
or evening. At night Catch comes alive with a DJ and live music.
Reggae band @ Candlelight Bar, Karon. Reggae band every Sunday
night. Shirts & shoes optional. Live music starts at 9.30pm.
Live music every weekend @ Route 68, Phuket City. Every weekend:
pop, jazz or soft rock. Any musician is welcome to jam later on at night.
Barbie Army @ Irish Times Pub, Patong. Live Music every Friday night
- discover why everyone loves Barbie Army Band!
Live music & cheap beer @ Rom Dee, Phuket City. Small venue, live
music every night & cheap beer. Gets busy, but laid-back approach.
Disco & Cabaret Shows @ Paradise Complex, Patong Beach. The
only gay disco in Patong with daily popular cabaret shows around
midnight. The Boat Bar gets busy when the show starts at midnight.
DJ & live music @ Kor Tor Mor Pub & Restaurant, Phuket City. Local
nightlife scene. The live music is Thai and DJ plays international hits.
International DJs @ Seduction Discotheque, Patong. R&B on frst
foor, house/dance on second. Well-known international DJs often
spin for the crowd. Latest hits to disco classics of the 70s & 80s.
Live Jam nights @ Skyla's Beach House, Kamala Chilled international
music including live jam nights. They also teach surfng & 'SUP'.
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Please contact the organiser for up-to-date information.
in Phuket
JUMP YARDS
Wine Connection, the leading chain of wine shops in South
East Asia, is proud to announce the launch of a new Australian
wine ‘Jump Yards’, made from the 2013 vintage at the South
Eastern Australia vineyards.
Jump Yards wine features ‘Cellar Blend Cool White’, a dry
fruit-driven and refreshing Chardonnay, which complements
both Western and Asian cuisines, and ‘Cellar Blend Bold Red’, a
full favoured Shiraz, rich and loaded with fruits, recommended
with grilled meat. Jump Yards wine is retailed at only 349 Baht per
bottle and available exclusively to Wine Connection's 40+ shops
nationwide. Wine Connection believes Jump Yards is great value
for money. It is suited to new wine drinkers and party lovers alike.
Jump Yards by the glass is also available at 100 Baht per glass at
more than 23 Wine Connection restaurants nationwide.
Serving tips to get the best out of “Jump Yards”
For Cellar Blend Bold Red, we recommend at 18°C
For Cellar Blend Cool White, we recommend at 6°C
Where you can fnd “Jump Yards” on Phuket
Jungceylon wine shop/restaurant 076 366 091
Central Festival Phuket wine shop/restaurant 076 307 064-5
Chalong wine shop/restaurant 076 282 411-2
Bangtao wine shop/restaurant 076 326 137
Kata Night Plaza wine shop/restaurant 076 330 208
Banana Walk wine shop/restaurant 076 510 622
Rawai wine shop 076 384 702
Laguna wine shop 076 318 211
BYD Loft wine shop 076 343 108
Kan Eang wine shop 076 381 212
GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY
AT ONLY 349 BAHT!
Simply visit www.wineconnection.co.th or www.facebook.com/wineconnectionthai
For more details about our locations, or to contact customer services, call 02-234-0388
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Kota Khao Mun Gai (Chicken Rice)
6am-5pm. On Soi Surin Montri Rd., near Robinson’s Mall.
Kao Man Gai is steamed chicken served on a bed
o rice eaten with the dipping sauce clear chicken
soup. Koa Khao is a quirky litle place with plastic
tables. A family-run restaurant for more than 50
years, the place is packed with locals every day. As
well as Khao Mun Gai , you can also order rice with
crispy pork (Moo Grob) or red pork (Moo dang), or
a combination o all three. Price is 50 baht for a
normal dish and 60 baht for the 'extra' one.
We all know one of those places… they never advertise but they’re busy. Why? ‘Word of mouth’. People tell their friends, “You must try..” and the
word spreads. In this monthly column, we spread the word further about the great-value nooks and crannies that we know about on Phuket.
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Ship Inn Bar & Restaurant
Ao Yon Beach, Sakdidat Rd., Cape Panwa.
Ship Inn Bar & Restaurant is an ideal place to spend a
relaxing afernoon right next to the beach. They serve
international , Thai and Issan (norheastern Thailand)
food with good porions and reasonable prices. For a
Thai dish try the mouth-watering green curry with a
choice o chicken, pork, squid, fish, prawn or beef.
On the western menu, there's an all-day breakfast,
spagheti , burgers, fish & chips, salads and more.
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Suay Restaurant
11am-4pm & 6-10pm, closed Monday.
Takua Pa Rd., 250m from Rassada Rd.
A cute cotage with modern
white and green furniture;
indoor and outdoor seating
in a small garden . Food
is upmarket Thai , but
reasonably priced for the
quality. Deser is special too:
mango and sticky rice, in the
form o a crispy spring roll .
Served with black sesame ice
cream. You'll find it divine!
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Tell us about your favourite little bar or restaurant & we'll include it in
'Word of Mouth'. Email details to: fon@image-asia.com
Pung Kang Moo-Kra-Tha
5pm-midnight. Chaofa East Rd. 50m from Soi
Nasua intersection.
All-you-can eat dinner at a 'Moo-
Kra-Tha', the Thai variation o a
BBQ buffet restaurant. There's no
menu; you pay 149 baht each and
choose your meats, seafood, veggies,
soups, sauces, sushi and more. Sit at
a table with a charcoal-flamed grill
surrounded by a 'canal' filled with
broh. Grill your selection and make
a soup o glass noodles and vegetables
and complement them with the sauces
available. It's a cheap and fun meal .
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6pm-10pm, closed Tuesday. Chaofa East
Rd. On the left heading south just before
Land & House.
Delicious German food served
in huge porions. Prices are
reasonable for the quantity o
food. Try the spetzle dishes.
There's one that comes with
spetzle, herbs, egg and ham.
Their cheesecake's great too. Thai
food also available. Be aware: if
you want to swing by afer 7pm
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Phuket‘s Most Exciting & Stylish
Contemporary Luxury Yachts
Explore the Andaman Sea, one of the most beautiful yachting grounds in the world
Andaman Cruises is a synonym for "Phuket‘s Most Exciting & Stylish
Contemporary Luxury Yachts" and the leading luxury yacht charter
company on the island. The feet includes seven vessels in total: the
fagship MY Olympia 76, a 23-metre fy-bridge motor yacht for up
to 20 guests, or the MY Mayavee 60, a 19-metre motor yacht of the
renowned English family of Princess, for example. Due to the top
standard of the yachts as well as the outstanding service onboard,
Andaman Cruises is highly appreciated by international stars such
as football player Cristiano Ronaldo, UEFA President Michel Platini,
the German top model Heidi Klum and Hollywood actor Dolph
Lundgren.
In addition to the private luxury charters the company is also focused
on yacht incentives. Among the corporate clients are BMW and
Panasonic for instance. Andaman Cruises hosted their management
incentives onboard the yachts. “Our company stands for luxury
experiences, lifestyle and premium hospitality. Today, people of all
nationalities come from all over the world to enjoy the peaceful
and pristine waters of Phuket and the Andaman Sea,” says General
Manager Christian Schwind.
The archipelagos of the Andaman Sea and its maritime national
parks are renowned as some of the most beautiful yachting grounds
in the world. Many people say that there is no better experience
than to go onboard a yacht and see the breathtaking scenery of
limestone rocks, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters around
Phuket and the South of Thailand, including Phang Nga Bay and the
coastline of Krabi. Guests are able to discover unique destinations
and unspoiled spots. And a luxury charter with Andaman Cruises
is the most exclusive and most personalised way to do that. These
yachts ofer all the benefts and facilities of a foating villa – luxury,
comfort and privacy.
For more information
Andaman Cruises Private charters | Join day cruises | Yacht incentives
: +66 (0)7631 6562 book@andaman-cruises.com
www.andaman-cruises.com www.facebook.com/andamancruises
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Used Yachts for Sale Own the NEW Leopard 444 2012 New Yachts Available Now
RYA Courses May to November Koh Samui 20% Discount Day Charters from only THB 18,000
: +66 76 239057, : +66 81 891 1826
sales@sunsailasia.com www.sunsailasia.com
EXPERIENCE YOUR OWN ASIA SAILING
ADVENTURE: Book any new bareboat
charter from Koh Samui, departing April to
September and receive a 20% discount of
the charter fee.
SUNSAIL 444 CAT: Built by Robertson &
Caine. 4 en-suite cabins & covered forward
cockpit. YOU PAY ONLY 356,850 US$.
Sunsail pays all mooring fees, maintenance
& insurance throughout the contract.
EXPERIENCE PHUKET FROM YOUR OWN
CREWED PRIVATE YACHT: Sunsail day charters
are available throughout the year, ofering a
unique way to experience Phuket and its
surrounding islands, without the crowds.
LEARN TO SAIL: Join one of our RYA courses
which run every week from May through
October. You can come on your own or with
a group of friends to experience one of the
best cruising areas in the world, learning as
you go.
SUNSAIL BROKERAGE: Sunsail now have
several models of used yachts coming out
of the feet 2011. WELL MAINTAINED,
EXCELLENT VALUE.
SUN ODYSSEY 41: Own this brand new
yacht for ONLY 155,350 US$. Sunsail pay
all mooring fees, maintenance & insurance
throughout the contract & you get trouble
free sailing in any of our bases worldwide.
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DaVinci Yacht Charters prides itself not only on the quality and
cleanliness of our feet but on the attentiveness and service quality
of our staf. We are a fully TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) licensed
organization with all of the correct yacht charter insurances in place.
Security is our top priority at all times and our feet is fully equipped
to international standards with all the necessary safety equipment
from life jackets to life rafts.
Our 39ft Catamaran “DaVinci” is named after our iconic Italian
restaurant in the south of Phuket Island. This locally built catamaran
can take up to 12 passengers comfortably for a day trip or sleep up to
eight people for overnight stays. This cruising catamaran is equipped
with four cabins, two doubles and two singles as well a sleeping area
for two in the main cockpit above deck. DaVinci is equipped with a
fully functioning galley including a refrigerator and freezer as well as
a dining area in the main cockpit. There is a large foredeck with lots
of room to relax on the comfy cushions and enjoy the cruise while
admiring the scenery. Fully equipped for both cruising under sail or
For further information
28/46 Moo 1, Nai Harn, Phuket (TAT License Number: 32/00410)
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USEFUL INFO
tables 2014
Ko Thaphao Noi (Phuket) Predicted heights of water in metres above lowest low water Source: Hydrographic Department, Royal Thai Navy
MAY
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1 3.0 2.7 2.3 1.7 1.2 0.9 0.9 1.3 1.8 2.4 2.9 3.3 3.3 3.1 2.7 2.1 1.4 1.0 0.9 1.0 1.4 2.0 2.5 2.9
2 3.0 2.9 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.1 1.0 1.2 1.5 2.1 2.6 3.1 3.3 3.2 2.9 2.4 1.8 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.2 2.6
3 2.9 2.9 2.6 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.8 2.3 2.8 3.1 3.2 3.0 2.6 2.1 1.6 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.6 2.0 2.4
4 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.4 2.1 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.7 2.1 2.5 2.9 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.2
5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.3 1.9 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.9 2.3 2.6 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.5 2.2 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 2.0
6 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.8
7 2.0 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.0 1.9 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.1 2.3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.3 2.1 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.7
8 1.8 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.7
9 1.7 1.7 1.9 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.1 2.0 1.9 1.8 1.9 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.1 1.8
10 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.8 2.0 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.8 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.3 2.0
11 1.7 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 2.1 2.4 2.7 2.9 2.8 2.7 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.9 2.3 2.6 2.8 2.8 2.6 2.3
12 1.9 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.8 2.2 2.6 2.9 3.1 3.0 2.7 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.4 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.6
13 2.2 1.7 1.3 1.1 1.2 1.5 1.9 2.5 2.9 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.6 2.1 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.6 2.2 2.6 2.9 3.0 2.9
14 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.6 2.1 2.7 3.2 3.4 3.3 2.9 2.4 1.8 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.8 2.3 2.8 3.1 3.1
15 2.8 2.4 1.8 1.3 1.0 0.9 1.2 1.7 2.4 3.0 3.4 3.5 3.3 2.8 2.2 1.6 1.1 0.8 1.0 1.4 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.1
16 3.0 2.7 2.2 1.6 1.1 0.9 1.0 1.4 2.0 2.6 3.2 3.5 3.5 3.2 2.6 2.0 1.3 0.9 0.8 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.7 3.0
17 3.1 2.9 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.6 2.2 2.8 3.3 3.5 3.4 3.0 2.4 1.8 1.2 0.9 0.9 1.2 1.7 2.3 2.8
18 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.4 1.9 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.8 2.4 2.9 3.3 3.4 3.2 2.8 2.2 1.6 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.4 1.9 2.4
19 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.5 2.9 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.6 2.1 1.6 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.6 2.0
20 2.4 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.5 2.2 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 2.1 2.5 2.9 3.1 3.1 2.8 2.5 2.0 1.6 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.7
21 2.0 2.3 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.8 2.2 2.5 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.4 1.5
22 1.7 2.0 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.3 2.1 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.3 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.4
23 1.5 1.6 1.9 2.2 2.5 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.9 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.6
24 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.2 2.5 2.7 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.6 1.8 2.0 2.4 2.6 2.8 2.8 2.6 2.3 1.9
25 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.2 2.6 2.9 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.5 1.3 1.4 1.6 2.0 2.4 2.7 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.3
26 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.8 2.3 2.8 3.1 3.2 3.0 2.7 2.2 1.7 1.3 1.2 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.4 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.6
27 2.2 1.7 1.3 1.1 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.6 2.1 1.5 1.2 1.0 1.2 1.6 2.1 2.6 2.9 3.0 2.8
28 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.2 1.6 2.2 2.7 3.1 3.3 3.3 2.9 2.4 1.8 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.7 2.3 2.7 3.0 3.0
29 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.8 2.4 2.9 3.3 3.4 3.2 2.8 2.2 1.6 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.4 1.9 2.4 2.8 3.0
30 2.9 2.6 2.1 1.7 1.3 1.1 1.2 1.5 2.1 2.6 3.1 3.3 3.3 3.0 2.5 1.9 1.4 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.7 2.2 2.6 2.9
31 2.9 2.8 2.4 1.9 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.8 2.3 2.8 3.2 3.3 3.2 2.8 2.2 1.7 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.4 1.9 2.4 2.7
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1 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.2 1.7 1.4 1.2 1.3 1.6 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.3 1.7 2.1 2.5
2 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.4 2.0 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.3 2.7 3.0 3.1 3.0 2.7 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.3 1.5 1.9 2.3
3 2.6 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.2 1.9 1.6 1.4 1.5 1.7 2.1 2.5 2.8 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.5 2.0 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.1
4 2.4 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.2 2.6 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.3 1.9 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.9
5 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.3 2.5 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.4 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.7
6 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.8 1.9 2.1 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.7
7 1.8 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.1 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.0 2.2 2.3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.6
8 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.1 2.4 2.5 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.4 2.1 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.9 2.0 2.2 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.0 1.8
9 1.6 1.5 1.6 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.2 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.3 2.0
10 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.1 2.5 2.8 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.5 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.2 2.6 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.4
11 2.0 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.8 2.3 2.7 3.0 3.2 3.1 2.8 2.4 1.9 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.9 2.3 2.7 2.9 2.9 2.7
12 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.4 1.8 2.4 2.9 3.3 3.4 3.2 2.8 2.3 1.7 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.4 2.0 2.5 2.9 3.0 3.0
13 2.7 2.2 1.7 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.4 2.0 2.6 3.1 3.4 3.5 3.2 2.7 2.1 1.4 1.0 0.9 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.6 3.0 3.1
14 3.0 2.6 2.1 1.5 1.1 0.9 1.1 1.5 2.1 2.8 3.3 3.5 3.5 3.1 2.6 1.9 1.2 0.9 0.8 1.1 1.6 2.2 2.8 3.1
15 3.1 2.9 2.5 2.0 1.4 1.1 1.0 1.2 1.7 2.3 2.9 3.4 3.6 3.4 3.0 2.4 1.7 1.1 0.8 0.9 1.2 1.8 2.4 2.8
16 3.1 3.1 2.8 2.4 1.9 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.8 2.5 3.0 3.4 3.5 3.3 2.8 2.2 1.5 1.0 0.8 1.0 1.4 1.9 2.4
17 2.9 3.1 3.0 2.7 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.1 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.6 3.1 3.4 3.4 3.1 2.6 2.0 1.4 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.5 2.0
18 2.5 2.9 3.0 2.9 2.6 2.2 1.8 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.7 2.2 2.6 3.0 3.2 3.1 2.8 2.4 1.9 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.7
19 2.1 2.5 2.8 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.2 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.2 2.6 2.9 3.0 2.9 2.7 2.3 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.5
20 1.8 2.1 2.5 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.2 2.5 2.7 2.8 2.7 2.5 2.2 1.9 1.6 1.4 1.4
21 1.5 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.6 2.8 2.7 2.6 2.3 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.1 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.5
22 1.4 1.5 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.6 2.8 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.9 2.2 2.4 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.0 1.8
23 1.5 1.4 1.5 1.7 2.0 2.4 2.7 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.1 1.8 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.8 2.1 2.4 2.6 2.7 2.6 2.4 2.1
24 1.7 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.7 2.1 2.5 2.8 3.0 3.0 2.8 2.5 2.1 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.7 2.1 2.4 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.4
25 2.0 1.7 1.4 1.3 1.4 1.7 2.1 2.6 2.9 3.1 3.1 2.8 2.4 1.9 1.5 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.7 2.2 2.5 2.8 2.8 2.6
26 2.3 1.9 1.5 1.3 1.2 1.4 1.8 2.3 2.7 3.1 3.2 3.1 2.7 2.3 1.7 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.4 1.9 2.3 2.7 2.8 2.8
27 2.6 2.2 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.9 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.6 2.0 1.5 1.1 1.0 1.2 1.6 2.1 2.5 2.8 2.9
28 2.8 2.4 2.0 1.6 1.3 1.1 1.3 1.7 2.2 2.7 3.1 3.3 3.2 2.8 2.3 1.8 1.3 1.0 1.0 1.3 1.8 2.3 2.7 2.9
29 2.9 2.6 2.3 1.8 1.4 1.2 1.2 1.4 1.9 2.4 2.9 3.2 3.3 3.1 2.6 2.1 1.5 1.1 1.0 1.2 1.5 2.0 2.5 2.8
30 2.9 2.8 2.5 2.1 1.6 1.3 1.2 1.3 1.7 2.1 2.7 3.1 3.3 3.2 2.8 2.3 1.8 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.3 1.8 2.3 2.7
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Koh Nok
Koh Nui
Koh Lipi
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PHANG NGA
The Yao Island Archipelago runs north to south and divides
Phang Nga Bay into two distinct cruising areas. To the west
and north is Phang Nga Bay and to the East and south are
Krabi and the mainland. They are part of Phang Nga province
and served by ferry from Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.
Together they have a population of 14,000 mostly Sunni
Muslims who live by fshing, farming and rubber. In recent
years there has been some resort development mainly on
the east coast of Koh Yao Noi and the south west coast
of Koh Yao Yai.
We start our anchorages from the north of Koh Yao Noi
with Koh Kudu and Koh Roi which are part of Ao Phang
Nga National Park. It is possible to fnd shelter anywhere
in a comfortable depth of either coast so we just name a
few of the better locations.
Generally the east coast of Koh Yao Noi is of little interest
and shallow well ofshore.
NORTHWEST BAY
19 miles from Yacht Haven

A
This is a pretty anchorage on the outer fringe of a deep bay
backed by mangrove swamps and fat ground. Anchor well
out in the bay in 4-5 metres and allow enough swinging room
to accommodate an onshore breeze.
The northwest bay ofers protection in both seasons, with
good holding on a muddy bottom.
Dinghy trips ashore are possible at high tide, where there
is a beach with a few huts at the back of the bay and great
trails either side of the creek. The bay dries a considerable
distance from the beach at low tide so keep an eye on your
timing unless you want to do the dinghy drag.
AO MUANG - THE PARADISE KOH YAO
21 miles from Yacht Haven
B
Reasonably well sheltered, particularly in the southwest
season, this anchorage is in 10-12 metres on a muddy bottom,
tucked in 100 metres southwest of the small rocky outcrop.
The Paradise Koh Yao is a boutique resort nestled in the palm
trees behind the beach. There is a foating dinghy jetty in
the north of the bay and yachties are welcome to use the
restaurant ashore. There is a regular transfer speedboat to
The Yacht Haven several times each day.
The bay just to the north, Ao Pho Noi, is great for dinghy
excursions, and features several small beaches for landing
and swimming against a backdrop of mangroves overhung
by towering limestone clifs.
KOH YAO ISLAND RESORT
SIX SENSES HIDEAWAY YAO NOI
24 miles from Yacht Haven
C
The 56-pool-villa Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi is built around
a small hill and was the frst ultra-luxury hotel on the island.
Situated on a tiny crescent-shaped all-tide beach between Ao
Muang and Long Beach this property ofers fve star services
for the cruising yachtsman. The resort has built a wooden
jetty on the north point for ferrying guests to and from the
island and Ao Po Grand Marina.
Anchorage for the resort is in 4-6 metres on mud outside the
hotel moorings near the jetty on the north point.
The established Koh Yao Island Resort is just south past
the southern headland and there is a walkway through
the mangroves at the back of the outcrop joining the
properties.
Anchor in 8-10 metres on the muddy bottom in front of either
of these stylish boutique hotels.
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KOH YAO
ARCHIPELAGO
Extracted from The Southeast Asia Pilot (4th Edition)
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Rocks in the channel
These rocks are visible at all tides and are
clearly marked with an isolated danger
beacon. Used as a navigation aid transiting
Chong Koh Yao, keel vessels should always
pass well clear to the north.
Chong Koh Yao
Chong Koh Yao is the passage between the Yao Islands,
used extensively by local vessels en route to Phuket from
the northeast of Koh Yao and the Krabi area. For pleasure
vessels, even keelboats it is navigable with care on a mid to
rising tide. Rule of thumb; the high tide must be at least 0.5
metres more than your vessel’s draft.
The approach from the west is to favour the north coast
of Koh Yao Yai heading towards the fxed white tower
marker at 8° 5.10N, 98° 34.55E then steer 65° towards
the seaward end of the commercial jetty on Koh Yao Noi
before passing north of the visible rock. Once clear steer
southeast to exit the channel.
A ferry service leaves several times daily from the jetty on
Koh Yao Noi, landing on Phuket at the inlet called Bang Rong
just south of Ao Po.
BILL O’LEARY
Koh Yao Yai (with Chong Koh Yao & Koh Yao Noi top left)
The 4th Edition of Southeast Asia Pilot contains a further
eight anchorages on Koh Yao alone. To fnd out how/where
to buy the print version, visit www.southeastasiapilot.com.
For the ebook version, search ‘Southeast Asia Pilot’ in App
Store or Google Play.
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Extracted from The Southeast Asia Pilot (4rd Edition)
SABAI CORNER AND LONG BEACH
24 miles from Yacht Haven
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The rustic Long Beach and Sabai Corner bungalows to the south
also have small restaurants, operating all year round and ofering
a welcome opportunity to dine out on seafood after several days
of cooking on board. However, their beaches are fringed with
drying coral banks at low tide, giving limited access.
Just north of Sabai Corner is the Villaguna Boutique Resort
and all are served by the concrete ring road connecting the
beaches and the main ferry terminal.
Anchor in 4-6 metres of the southern end of the small bay.
KOH NOK
25 miles from Yacht Haven
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Tucked in behind the neighbouring small islets and rocks, this spot
ofers limited protection in the northeast monsoon season.
To the west, a sandy spit runs out in shallow water towards
some rocks. Excellent as a stopover on the way to the Koh
Hong island group or Krabi, this beach is also good for
swimming, with water much clearer than that found in the
passage.
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Resorts World Sentosa – and transfer all equipment on-board.
After receiving a creative brief, we set sail on a mission to capture
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The Helicam helicopter was launched from the rear of the ship
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Post production: Video is edited back at the Helicam of ce in
Chalong, Phuket using licensed music sound track in full HD.
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WHAT GROWING UP WITH PAUL ROPP TAUGHT ME
During my days living in Bali, two in every three strangers I passed
on the street claimed to know me because of one of my two, very
well networked, parents. “HELLO!” cries the man across the street.
“You're Paul Ropp’s daughter. I know you! I know your father. Tell
him I send my regards! He's good yes?” I'd get this at every corner.
My parents were the reason random strangers would approach
me on the street to blabber about how they met my parents,
and all the stories in between. And there I am, with a plastered
smile on my face nodding uncontrollably, simply thinking to
myself: “Who in the world is this person and why is he trying to
talk to me?!” It frustrated me to the core that I was known and
approached just for being Paul Ropp or Susanna Perini’s daughter.
Yes! I AM their daughter. But you know what, I am me too, my
name is Sayang....Nice to meet me. :)
But I soon came to realise that being known as Paul Ropp’s
daughter is something I'm extremely proud of. I'm proud of my
father for his accomplishments, for his strength, for his courage –
and for who he is. His profound strive and persistence in attaining
his dreams, for going for what he wants and how he wants it. My
father’s extreme stubbornness, which he has most defnitely passed
along to me, is what makes the Paul Ropp company brand so great.
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WHAT GROWING UP WITH PAUL ROPP TAUGHT ME
The Paul Ropp image would not
be what it is today if my father
nodded in agreement with any
new innovative idea that came to
the table. His vision is far reached;
it often seems unattainable at frst;
but he'll keep on pushing until what
he thinks of is projected into reality.
His vision is exotic and brilliant.
I was being approached by all these
strangers because of exactly these
points. My father was known for the
person he was and the things he
was able to accomplish; I should have seen earlier that the reason
I was known as Paul Ropp’s daughter is because my father had
accomplished something great, that many other people could see,
appreciate and help promote. The Paul Ropp franchise is his legacy.
It's the culmination of a well crafted frame of mind, exotic creativity,
high expectations, and an eye for uniqueness – as well as both
willingness and eagerness to go over the top.
If growing up with my father in this business has taught me one
thing, it's that your reality and actions are projected images of your
state of mind and thought process. We are what we think, and if we
think and dream big we have the capacity to become that. There's
always a way to get to where we need to go, you just have to open
your mind to fnd it... my father taught me the most important
lesson of individuality.
"I'm proud of my father for his
accomplishments, for his strength, for his
courage – and for who he is. His profound strive
and persistence in attaining his dreams, for
going for what he wants and how he wants it."
Paul Ropp Shop
Royal Phuket Marina 0 7636 0859
Surin Gallery 08 0538 1976
www.paulropp.com
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About Songwut Monthirakanok
Born in Udonthani , Chef Songwut discovered his
passion for food while seeing his parents cooking
at the age o fifeen . Afer high school , he worked
at a Chinese restaurant in Bangkok then went
on to work with international hoel chains like
Ambassador Hoel , Centara Sukonta, Six Sense
Koh Yao Noi and Wine Connection .
Chef Songwut has worked as executive chef
for over 15 years and is skilled in European
and Chinese cuisine and, o course, authentic
Thai tastes. Presently he is Executive Chef at
Allamanda Laguna Phuket.
Chef Songwut has created various "delicious
menus" for the resor and has also conducted
proessional and fun Thai cooking clases for Thai
food lovers.
ALLAMANDA LAGUNA PHUKET
For more information, contact:
Allamanda Laguna Phuket +66 76 362700
www.allamandaphuket.com
Ingredients
1kg Grouper (whole fsh)
150cc Tamarind sauce
10gm Green pepper
50gm Lemongrass
20gm Galingale
10gm Kaf r lime leaves
0.5gm Coriander root
Royal
Allamanda
Grouper
By Songwut Monthirakanok
Allamanda Laguna Phuket
Method
Heat oil, about half a cup or at least to the side of the fsh.
Fry the fsh on low heat. When it is cooked thoroughly,
remove and set it on a plate.
Royal Sauce
Chop garlic, shallots, coriander roots and red goat peppers into •
small pieces and mix together with green peppers.
Heat a teaspoon of oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the •
chopped mixture and stir. Then add tamarind, fsh sauce, sugar
and a few tablespoons of water. Mix well and let boil.
Pour the sauce on top of the grouper and garnish with fried Kaf r •
lime leaves and fried sweet basil leaves (or any other favourite Thai
herb or vegetable).
10gm Sweet basil
20gm Guinea-pepper
10gm Red Goat pepper
50gm Coconut sugar
100cc Fish sauce
100gm Shallots
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Horizon Beach Resort, Patong and Karon Soi 2 next to
Karon Football Stadium www.wheretoeat-phuket.com
Baluchi Indian
Baluchi is in the heart of Patong and in Karon, yet their relaxed
atmosphere, with soft background Indian music, creates a great
ambience perfect for either family dining or entertaining clients.
They take pride in using only fresh, authentic Indian spices, freshly
ground in their kitchen and fresh (not frozen) meat. Homemade
paneer (cottage cheese) and yoghurt, tandoori kebabs, naan and
rotis, Mughlai curries and the best Indian long grain basmati rice
dishes are just some of their specialties. One can taste the most
mouth-watering tandoori kebabs in town, not to mention the
variety of breads baked freshly in the tandoor or a delicious variety
of prawn, chicken, mutton or vegetable biryani.
Baluchi is the only award winning Indian restaurant on the island,
serving authentic Indian cuisine using original ingredients imported
from India. Baluchi Karon opens 18:30 to 23:30 every day except
Saturdays.
Daily 1-11pm | +66 76 292526, +66 76 284555
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On the coast road just north of Patong
www.baanrimpa.com
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Baan Rim Pa Thai
Daily 12pm-midnight | +66 76 340789, +66 76 341768
'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 is one of Thailand’s best-known restaurants, with a
reputation stretching much further. It's perched on a clif, with
teak foors and the swish of the surf ‘downstairs’. There are some
restaurants that just encapsulate the word ‘romantic’ and here, with
Tommy Doyle playing classics on his grand piano, the sea breeze
and the delicate aromas of world-class cooking in the air, this House
by the Sea is one of the most romantic places to eat in Phuket.
On a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Andaman Sea,
Baan Rim Pa prides itself in superb, authentic Royal Thai
Cuisine, an ambience second to none and the most
spectacular views on the island. Baan Rim Pa is the
winner of the prestigious Wine Spectator Award of
Excellence nine years in succession.
74-75 Moo 5 Vichitsongkram Rd., Talat Yai,
Amphur Muang, Phuket
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Chino Chinese/Thai
Daily 10am-10pm | +66 76 307154
Chino restaurant opened in February 2012. You'll fnd this Fusion
South Chinese cuisine at Central Festival Phuket on the 1st foor. It's
easy to fnd us, easy to take a seat, easy to order and easy to relax.
Fusion means unusual; it means a fresh look to South-Chinese
cuisine with a great menu to get your appetite going! Chino serves
salads with fragrant spices, soups, duck, pork, beef and chicken,
shrimp pies and wontons, seafood and lobster, rice and noodles,
diferent combinations of vegetables, great desserts, a huge
selection of cocktails, whiskies, brandies, spirits, aperitifs, wines and
tea – all at reasonable prices. Choose too from a variety of Thailand’s
local dishes, prepared with the freshest ingredients: spicy salads,
mixed meat sate, soups Tom Yam Goong and Tom Ka Gai, Tod Man
Goong, Khao Phad Phuket, Phuket Spring Roll, etc.
Chino is one of the most cosy places to eat in Phuket. Come along
and take a picture at the 'golden' cage or with our nice big bearcat.
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The pier at Chalong Bay (next to Kan Eang @pier)
www.vsetrestaurant.com, sales@vsetrestaurant.com
110
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VSET Modern Western Cuisine
Daily 11.30am-11pm | +66 89 727 0067, +66 76 381159
VSET is a "restaurant at its extraordinary best". VSET, pronounced
"Vi-Sate", in Thai means "extraordinary".
It's the frst gastronomic restaurant at Chalong pier and has a
naturally-thatched roof, quaint interior and an open kitchen where
you can see Master Chef Ronnie Macuja and his talented team at
work. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor seating, this intimately
proportioned venue serves up delicious fare in a homey atmosphere.
Multi-award winning chef Ronnie's creations combine established
methods with local fare and creativity producing a stellar menu.
Notable dishes include: Phuket lobster salad, Foie gras parfait, Cognac-
famed Lobster bisque, Australian lamb cutlet, Red snapper steak and
Honey-glazed pork belly. These only touch the surface, while a fne
wine list adds an essential touch and a tantalising selection of
desserts rounds it all of. VSET is centered on the palate, but it's how
everything fts together that makes this a truly extraordinary place.
The pier of Chalong Bay
www.kaneang-pier.com, sales@kaneang-pier.com
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Kan Eang@pier Seafood/Thai
Kan Eang, meaning "feel at ease", invites you to unwind with the
soothing sounds of the sea & a stunning view of Chalong Bay. Savour
freshly caught seafood, Thai delights & selected Japanese dishes.
Kan Eang@pier is more than a restaurant, it's a destination.
Originally called Kan Eang 1, it has been preparing great seafood
dishes for more than 30 years and has long been a favourite among
locals and visitors from around the world. Kan Eang@pier continues
the tradition of satisfying any palate with its selected fresh seafood
and local specialities.
Kan Eang@pier has the fexibility to cater for everything from
intimate dinners to special events and large banquets.
Its friendly and attentive staf and seaside seating in an idyllic setting
ofer a relaxing and pleasant dining experience day or night. Enjoy a
panoramic view of the yacht harbour and nearby islands.
Daily 10.30am-11pm | +66 83 173 1187, +66 76 381212
Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, Kamala Clif
www.capesienna.com, fb@capesienna.com
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Plum Restaurant / Vanilla Sky
New, chic, Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas, brings sophisticated style to
the tropical beauty of Phuket with its two unique dining venues
− both with outstanding service, fne cuisine & views to match. It’s
chic! It’s modern! It’s hip! It’s laid-back! It’s Cape Sienna Hotel & Villas.
PLUM Restaurant is 'reborn' with ‘value’ as a main item on its
menu. "Back to basics" with a fresh and creative touch, featuring
Mediterranean home-style & creative Thai-inspired dishes. Plum
redefnes value for money with over 20 wine labels under 1,400
Baht net. Fantastic views, great service complement this experience!
Vanilla Sky Bar & Lounge – the pinnacle of the resort – serves
distinctive cocktails and interesting tapas backed by a breathtaking
view of Kamala Bay. Step out on the terrace, slip into one of the
chairs; you'll feel you've reached a small piece of heaven on earth.
Experience Cape Sienna & be surprised by the amazing location,
delicious food, great drinks, good music and stunning view…
Plum 6-11.30pm Mon Closed | Vanilla 5pm-midnight | +66 76 337300
Mediterranean Tapas Bar
Located on the water's edge on Rawai Beach Rd
www.nikitas-phuket.com
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Nikita’s International/Thai/Seafood
Daily 9am until late | +66 76 288703, +66 81 091 5788
South Phuket's premier beach-side bar & restaurant, Nikita's at Rawai,
is a real favourite. The absolute seafront, garden-sala café-bar with
fantastic island views across Chalong Bay, a shady setting & cool sea
breeze is unbeatable for relaxing away balmy afternoons & evenings.
Time means nothing at Nikita's on peaceful Rawai Beach. The
well-trained team ofers real Thai hospitality, while guests sit happily
daydreaming for hours, observing life on the water & chatting with
friends. The extensive menu of authentic Thai food, fresh seafood
& the famous wood-fred pizzas − along with a selection of over 50
quality wines, cool cocktails, icy cold beers, English draught cider,
delicious fruit shakes, an excellent cofee menu and service with a
smile – is a winner with visitors as well as the many 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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Chris
McCormack
CHRIS MCCORMACK
What kind of car do you drive? I have a company car, I think it’s a
Fortuner…I have no idea what the brand is to be honest! I spend
most of my time riding my bicycle, as I like to do my training in the
early mornings before I start work.
What do you like most about living in Phuket? We enjoy the
friendly hospitality and the easy pace of life. Access to the beaches
and beautiful restaurants is awesome and it’s a safe and easy
environment for families.
What's the hardest thing about living here? It has its challenges
in some areas, but to be honest not much is frustrating. I think the
only thing that’s ever annoyed me has been my own fault in the
sense that it derives from a lack of understanding of the culture.
What do you think the future holds for you? Happiness and
fulfllment. I’ve always done things that follow my passions. This
is what drove me to become a professional athlete and leave my
banking job, and what brought us to Thailand. My focus in life has
always been about being happy and passionate in anything I do.
How do you evaluate success? Success for me is always valued
at a personal level. I'm a process-driven individual and I think this is
evident in the success I’ve had on and of the race course. I like to
plan and build out the process to deliver success. Then I think my
biggest strength is execution… I set a target and never waiver from
my objective.
What do you tend to eat? The great thing about living here is my
love of Thai food. This is a big plus. I eat everything but try to keep
my intake as organic as possible.
Where are you from? I hold an Australian Passport but have lived
abroad for 20 years, between the USA and Switzerland.
Why did you move to Phuket? Having been a professional athlete
for 20 years, I was mainly doing on-the-road racing, but I moved to
live in Phuket in November of 2013 for the chance to help grow the
sporting gem of Thanyapura.
Tell us about your vision and objectives for Thanyapura. My
vision is to create a culture that is sports-driven around fun and
participation. Understanding sporting culture globally is the key to
success in a centre like this. The hardware is the best in the world.
My vision is to ensure the software can deliver at the same level.
Do you have family with you? I’m married with three children
aged 10, 7 and 3 and my wife is Australian. The kids all go to Phuket
International Academy Day School (PIADS). As someone who grew
up in a strict educational household, I wanted a good education for
my kids – and we’ve found that with PIADS and are over the moon
with the school.
Where do you live in Phuket and what determined your
choice? I rented a beautiful house with my family at Layan Villas
close to Laguna, Thanyapura and the airport. We’re surrounded by
lots of other children that attend our school, so my kids have friends
close by.
How does doing business/working in Phuket compare to back
home? It's very diferent but presents challenges that I enjoy. The
Thai people are very welcoming and generous with their help. I
think the challenges are the same as at home, it’s just the rhythm
and the pace that’s diferent.
Chris (MACCA) McCormack has won four
World Triathlon Championships and
is a legendary figure in world sports.
He recently took the reins as Executive
Chairman of Thanyapura Phuket.
What motives your incredible life choices?
My entire life choices are driven by passion. You
couldn't pay me all the money in the world to do
something that I didn't like. Passion has shaped
everything I have ever done. I like to be inspired.
Do you think you will compete against Lance
Armstrong? A race was set for September here
in Thailand and I would still like to do it. Lance
is very keen on the race, but he has a lot on his
plate at the moment and simply cannot commit.
He's keen to do it and all the money would go
to charity, so it would be an awesome event for
many people and for Phuket.
For further information about Thanyapura
120/1 Moo 7 Thepkasattri Road,
Thepkasattri, Thalang, Phuket
www.thanyapura.com
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Lemongrass founder, Bobby Duchowny, studied aromatherapy –
a healing art that promotes massage, when combined with specifc
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 ofering 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
Lemongrass House
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.
Daily 9am – 8pm
: +66 76 271233
10/2 Srisoonthorn Rd.,
Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83100
www.lemongrasshouse.com
25 percent aloe vera, white orchid and cucumber extracts. And he’s
developed a revitalizing mineral muscle soak made from Andaman
Sea salt crystals, blended with white orchid and chamomile extracts,
to help draw out impurities and soothe and revive tense muscles.
“People are sensitive to diferent scents at diferent times of day.
It’s a good idea to get a variety of essential oils and experiment
with what smells and feels good to you,” he says. “Our aromatherapy
massage and body oils can be either uplifting or calming to the
spirit. They’re carefully balanced hand-blended oils created by
adding pure essential oils to nourishing, vitamin E enriched, sweet
almond and jojoba base oils.
Lemongrass has won many awards, including Condé Nast Hot List
2007, and has been featured in several top magazines, including
Time Magazine’s “Best of Asia”. According to Time, “If you want to
smell like no one else, try mixing a selection from the more than
90 natural scents at Lemongrass House.”
Lemongrass House is located in Cherngtalay and Surin Beach,
where you can buy their full range of spa products at modest
prices, making perfect gifts for friends and family who can enjoy the
aromatic scents of Asia in the privacy of their homes – no matter
where in the world they live.
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To Tha Reua
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Chilled out by the soothing background music, I was flled with a
peaceful wellbeing as I enjoyed the warm traditional Sukko welcome of
the ‘Flower Floating Ritual’ – like ‘Loy Kratong’, where the idea is to foat
away past stresses and wish for luck and joy from that moment on
A variety of 40 spa treatments – prepared by Sukko's certifed Thai
Herbalist and based on ancient Thai medical theory – is ofered at
Sukko, in packages lasting from 2 to 4 hours. Each package has a
specifc purpose and can be selected to suit your lifestyle or the
way you feel on the day. These herbal recipes and procedures have
been handed down through generations and are totally free of
petrochemicals, synthetic perfumes or colouring. Some of the herbs
and spices are grown in Sukko’s own herb garden and picked just for
your treatment, ensuring they are as fresh as can be.
I was pampered with the “Be Balanced” package; a 3-hour experience
that left me feeling relaxed and refreshed. This 3-treatment
combination began with 30 minutes in the steam room and the
Jacuzzi, followed by a Thai Turmeric Body Scrub designed to soften
your skin and awaken your senses. The scrub was followed by Sukko
Synergy Body Massage (see description opposite).
“Is this pressure okay? Too strong? How are you feeling?” my therapist
asked me from time to time. “Mmm…perfect…” were the only
responses that seemed to suit how I felt.
Sukko Spa’s restaurant, Suk Savoey Spa Cuisine, presents a unique
concept: "Menu by Blood Types" and "Menu by Elements". For those
who want to exercise, the Suk Sanan Club provides a myriad of ftness
opportunities, including ‘Rue Sri Dat Ton’ (the hermit self stretching),
a traditional Thai exercise or, for something more strenuous, try ‘Thai
Martial Arts’, a traditional and efective art of self-defense.
Sukko means "Beyond Happiness". My frst feeling when I stepped through the impressive gates of
Sukko Spa was, "I’m in paradise". The Sukko staf are dressed beautifully in traditional Thai style and the spa design,
infuenced by the ancient Siamese capital, creates a haven of calm yet regal serenity. I felt I had left all my troubles behind.
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Red Chili Restaurant
The philosophy behind Thai cuisine is that food is an everyday
medicine for health and longevity.
Rich in spices and medicinal herbs – with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
and anti-infammatory benefts to name just a few – the Thai and
international bufet at Red Chili Restaurant promises a fun and
healthy dining experience with a view of Phuket’s Big Buddha and
the surrounding lush green scenery.
Lunch Bufet ( Daily 11am – 2pm) THB 220
Dinner Bufet (Daily 5.30 – 9pm) THB 300
: +66 76 263222
sukko@sukkospa.com
facebook.com/sukkospa
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Here's what we ofer
Shampoo and blow drying / Hair cutting •
Natural hair perm / Natural hair styling •
Color : Highlighting, multi dimensional weaves and foils, colour •
correcting, permanent and semi-permanent tinting
Natural hair extention •
Permanant tattoo •
Deep conditioning treatment both hair and scalp •
Permanent waving and relaxing •
Hair cleansing support: Beautiful hair begins with clean hair and •
a clean scalp: Scalp therapy/Hair growth support. Our hair is the
most fragile, yet it is treated the harshest. Protect your hair with
our customised More Hair! Salon Hydro Therapy Treatments
formulated to restore balance and vital elements to the hair and
scalp for optimal hair growth. Our blends of powerful ingredients
along with our de-chlorinated water infused with Vitamin C
provide treatment plans to recover and nurture you, your hair and
your scalp back to health.
Hair colour support: Natural & organic hair colour, which are •
gentler on the hair, are available.
We do ''Special Occasion Styles'' for weddings, black tie events •
and proms.
Daily 11am – 10pm
: +66 76 600108
Jungceylon 2nd Floor, Bangla Mall, Banana Walk
Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150
ejshin2000@hanmail.net
www.phukethairstudio9.com
Welcome to Hair Studio 9. Our experienced staf are committed to providing the most professional services. We are one of the most
well known hair salons, bringing superior services and satifaction to all of our respective customers.
Our hair stylists have more than 10 years of experience and specialise
in hair extension, cuts, style and colour for women, men and children.
At Hair Studio9 we ofer the very best colour available in the industry.
Our approach refects the latest in great looks, and fashion from
around the world. Our colour lines are manufactured by experts
in the feld of professional brands: Paul Mitchell, Loreal, Wella,
Schwarzkopf, Kudus.
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SEA GYPSY FESTIVAL
The boat launch is the most sacred aspect of the
days-long Loy Ruea Festival celebrated by sea
gypsy, or chao lay, people across the Andaman
region twice a year in the sixth and eleventh
months of the lunar calendar. “Loy Ruea” means
“Float the Boat” in Thai.
Every village celebrates in its own way. The
close-knit community of the Urak Lawoi tribe on
Koh Siray will this year (2014) hold its Loy Ruea
in the days around the full moon of May 13 and
October 8 in their village along Tukkae Cape on
Phuket’s east coast.
According to Mani Pramongkit, a boat carver
and one of the village elders, the tribe has made
its base on Tukkae Cape for some 400 years.
Fishing and roaming the ocean have always
been integral to the culture, though he said
more of the younger generation is turning to
tourism for work these days.
Only a handful of people in the village know
how to craft boats in the traditional way, said
Khun Mani, and their former sea-faring way
of life has been severely hemmed in by the
creation of marine parks and the privatisation of
the land all along the Andaman coastline.
But Loy Ruea gives them the chance to
celebrate their distinct culture and raise hopes
for a better future. Loy Ruea shares some
similarities with the famous Thai Loy Krathong
festival. Whereas in Loy Krathong, individuals,
couples or families will send of a small foating
vessel made with banana trunk and decorated
with leaves, fowers and candles, the sea
gypsies come together as a group to create one
elaborate boat.
Like Loy Krathong, coins, nail clippings and locks
of hair are placed into the boat to wish for good
fortune, but there’s another key addition to the
In the moonlight just before dawn, a select group of people
will board a long-tail boat carrying a special cargo in ceremonial fashion.
They will glide out to sea to a spot far from shore and gently push their cargo, a three-metre wooden
boat adorned with fowers and candles, of into the water. In honour of the spirits who protect them,
the launch of this boat is believed to help bring peace and prosperity to the village.
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SEA GYPSY FESTIVAL
Loy Ruea boat: small carved rods of wood are
placed carefully inside, each piece representing
a family member.
Only a few join the actual pre-dawn boat
launch ofshore, but in the days before the big
pushof the village turns into a fairground with
music and dancing, both traditional and pop,
with the ceremonial boat set in the middle
for all to admire and pay homage. Boisterous
and carefree, crowds fock to the village’s main
pavilion for a big group dance session round
and round as the music plays on. The whiskey
fows rather freely, too.
Khun Mani has many stories to tell that help
explain why boats are so central to the village’s
identity. In the past, their long-tail boats in
“jangnga”, or upwards curving, style were hand
crafted from trees that the carvers could easily
source for free from the nearby forests. When
sailing season began, they would set of for
several months at a time with 12 people aboard
the sail- and paddle-powered boats.
They would venture all the way to Myanmar
and back, a perilous journey not only because
they were at the mercy of the elements, but the
danger of a pirate attack was always lurking.
Khun Mani said they would always bring a few
dogs aboard for added protection. As well,
before departing, they would bring knives to
the village shaman who would bestow them
Mani Pramongkit
with a protective spell. Because of this magical
fortifcation, they never lost a battle at sea, said
Khun Mani.
Scuf es with pirates aside, the work of foraging
and fshing was tough enough. Especially when
searching for pearl nautilus shells and other
treasures of the ocean depths, which in the past
were found by making dives without the aid of
oxygen tanks, goggles or any scuba diving gear.
Still today, researchers are baf ed by some sea
gypsies’ incredible lung capacity and ability to
see clearly under water.
Now as a more settled culture, memories of a
wild nomadic life are fading for the Urak Lawoi,
but their family and village ties remain strong.
Loy Ruea gives them a chance to highlight their
traditional respect for nature, as well as honour
their ancestors and the spirits who protect
them.
The festival is a sight that few outsiders see,
but the Siray village is welcoming and open to
anyone who wants to join in. Details of Loy Ruea
are always dif cult to fnd in advance, but just
dropping by the village on the evening before
the full moon will yield some lively sights and
sounds.
The Urak Lawoi village is found on Tukkae Cape,
near the Westin Siray Bay resort on Koh Siray.
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Concept
The name for our development was conceived from its natural
surroundings, perched high on a lush tropical hillside overlooking
a pristine bay. This exclusive low density estate of just 53
condominium units has been designed for discerning buyers that
appreciate the diference between a product that simply ofers “a
view”, and those that appreciate the optimum, namely “The View”.
Our architects have also drawn inspiration from nature to produce
a simple yet stunning building form that is modeled on the shape
and mass of ocean waves. The cleverly arranged tiers of units and
blocks represent the graceful curve of a wave and its continual
movement.
Location
The View is conveniently located on a private elevated position
overlooking the three cosmopolitan beaches of Kata, Karon and
Kata Noi, on the prestigious western sunset coastline of Phuket,
only about 800m away from the beach and just 45 minutes drive
south of Phuket International Airport.
Kata district is home to pristine beaches, high quality restaurants,
cafés, spas and banks with a pace of life generally considered
to be quiet and relaxed. For those searching for more frenetic
nightlife or shopping, the town of Patong is just 12 minutes
drive north. Beautiful Chalong Bay with its marina and expatriate
supermarkets is 10 minutes drive to the east with historical
Phuket Town 15 minutes drive further east.
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Architectural Style “Living with Vision”
The low-density, low-rise architectural style is a modern tropical
contemporary design with strong and deliberate emphasis
employed to maximise the view, whilst protecting personal
privacy. Careful selection of appropriate materials helps to
ensure the practicality and durability of the construction
without compromising the aesthetic or function of the units.
Each block is constructed in light bright white allowing excellent
natural light, whilst the generous windows and full height doors
allow optimum ventilation reducing reliance on air conditioning
and maintaining our commitment to greener sustainable
development. The Wellness Center with spa, ftness gym and
sauna is part of the facilities, as well as the restaurant and two
swimming pools.
Options
We ofer a wide range of high quality sea view units ranging in size
from our generous one-bedroom units at 116sqm to our opulent
six-bedroom penthouses at 674sqm.
Our highly competitive pricing for these condominium units
starts from just 11.5 million Thai Baht, proving that there are still
opportunities to invest in high quality real estate and secure value
for money. The units are designed to achieve both signifcant rental
returns and capital growth.
Strength Based Development Team
Our team is a strength-based structure with each member
regarded as top tier specialists within their respective functions. Our
contractors DCM have successfully completed a number of high
quality developments that are regularly used as the benchmark
of quality amongst the developer community in both Phuket and
around Thailand.
Carefully selected consultants, each with key local and international
technical knowledge, augment the core team to ensure the
delivery of excellence in our fnished product.
Contacts
29/17-18 Moo 5, Rawai
: +66 81 666 6622 : +66 86 943 9996
: +66 76 381488
sale@theviewphuket.com
www.theviewphuket.com
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Location
When considering the purchase of property anywhere in the world,
location is always the most important factor for capital appreciation
and rental return… Plunge Tropic Villas flls this need. Located just 2
minutes from Phuket’s most beautiful white sand, Nai Harn Beach,
Plunge Tropic Villas is in the heart of Phuket’s favorite expat area
where everything is so conveniently near… hundreds of restaurants
ofering every culinary delight you can imagine, shopping at every
corner, grocery stores just steps away, and all the tourist facilities you
could possibly need. If you want to get away from the crowded tourist
areas, but still have all the conveniences of a holiday destination at
a fraction of the cost, Plunge Tropic Villas at Nai Harn Beach is the
place for you.
Choice of Floor Plans
Plunge Tropic Villas is inspired by the dream to have a tropical villa
where the indoor and outdoor spaces merge to become one….
Spacious indoor living areas fow smoothly to grand outdoor
terraces with both sunny and shaded areas surrounding the infnity
edge pool with relaxing Jacuzzi and romantic Waterfall. We ofer the
choice of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas plus a wheelchair plan. Each villa
ofers 230 sq.m.-250 sq.m. with Teak Vaulted Ceilings, Solid Wood
Floors, private Attached Carports, built-in Wardrobes, Walk-in Closets
and wide opening doors that give each villa a feeling of grand open
spaces, yet at a price far below current market value. Plunge Tropic
Villas satisfes the high demand for a reasonably priced villa with
exceptional quality.
Investment
Combining this prime location with value pricing and exceptional
construction quality guarantees you long term capital appreciation
and high rental returns. For investors, holiday home buyers, or long
stay residents, we ofer a complete range of property management
and rental options to suit everyone’s needs.
Dare to Compare
Going…. Going…. Gone!
With prices starting at 6.9 million baht, we dare you to compare our
Quality, Location and Investment Value. Come and see our Show Villa
or contact us now to take advantage of our introductory pricing.
…take the Plunge!
Phase I & II sold out!
For more information
: +66 82 413 6610
info@plungetropicvillas.com, info@theplungevillas.com
www.plungetropicvillas.com, www.theplungevillas.com
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CONCEPT: “A simple change makes all the diference”. Exceptionally
large, spacious and airy condos with specially designed dens and
hobby corners for weekend interests and activities. Cycling, surfng,
photography, painting, gardening and eating in or out are all part of
easily accessible lifestyles at Saturdays.
SERENE LOCATION: Situated in Saiyuan, near Nai Harn Beach on
the southern-most tip of Phuket, Saturdays is an oasis of spacious
one- and two-bedroom condos with special features for a diverse
range of weekend indulgences. The quiet roads and green hills are
an idyllic backdrop for all manner of weekend pursuits.
SPACE: Saturdays condo units come in fve distinct designs:
Live (57sqm) one-bedroom option with a large en-suite bathroom
and a cozy hobby corner.
Learn (84sqm) two-bedroom, two bathroom arrangement with
an extra al-fresco-style bathtub of the master bedroom and two
separate hobby corners.
Lux (95sqm) corner units featuring two large bedrooms and two
en-suite bathrooms, plus an al-fresco-style bathing area and an
extra-long terrace.
Love (80sqm) is a distinctly romantic two-bedroom, two-bathroom
arrangement with an exotic en-suite for the master bedroom.
Let (88sqm) is an extra large two-bedroom, two-bathroom set up
that can efectively be divided into two separate living spaces so all
or part of the property can be let out at the owner's convenience.
For more information
The Attitude Club Co., Ltd.
100/1000 Moo 5 Rassada Muang Phuket, 83000
: +66 81 968 3760, : +66 76 261542
Sales1@theattitudeclub.com
www.theattitudeclub.com/saturdayscondo
www.facebook.com/saturdayscondo
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Saturdays Condo
SPECIFICATION: Saturdays' one- and two-bedroom condos ofer
poolside access on the ground foor and three-metre wide balconies
on the three upper foors, with three-metre high ceilings that allow
natural sunlight to pour into every room and make every day feel
like Saturday.
CLASSIFICATION (PRICE RANGE): One-bedroom units from
4 million baht.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION: Construction is planned to take 24
months, starting this October with completion by October 2016.
ABOUT THE DEVELOPER: The Attitude Club, a bespoke brand of
Phuket property professionals with a vision: a little holiday that makes
a BIG diference. The Attitude Club operates eight diferent brands
under its umbrella, which also includes the hospitality management
by Two Villas Holiday, interior décor by Number Twelve; stylistic
hospitality at Foto Hotel; Wings, Peranakan-style villas; architecture
and construction management by Roof Design & Management;
urban hostel Blu Monkey; property management by Lemon Rabbit
and the latest villa-style condos, Saturdays, the extended phase from
Saiyuan Estate, organic passion villas.
LEGAL PACKAGE: Freehold
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Living Vis
Baan Tak r Kard, Don Jom Tao Rd, Ban Don, Talang, Phuket
: +66 88 766 1962
info@baan-tak-r-kard.com www.baan-tak-r-kard.com
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Location: Truly suburban living down a quiet lane in tranquil Ban
Don, Talang, near Laguna Resort complex and Layan and Bangtao
beaches on the west coast of Phuket, about 2km from Thepkrasatree
Road and only a 15-minute drive to Phuket International Airport.
Shopping is easy with several superstores and markets nearby and
there are two international schools within easy reach.
Classifcation (price range): An ideal afordable option for small
families with growing kids priced from THB 3.08m for Emotion One (2
bedrooms) to THB 3.575m for Emotion Two (3 bedrooms).
Concept: Suburban tropical living in spacious and inspiring two-
storey tropical town homes with two to three bedrooms in a tranquil
neighbourhood.
Space: Emotion One: 5m wide with total living space of 108sqm, plus
an 18.4 sqm driveway and a 12 sqm garden.
Emotion Two: 6m wide with three bedrooms – each of which can ft
a king-size bed – and and three bathrooms, two en-suite. Total interior
living space is 125 sqm plus a 23.6 sqm driveway and 14 sqm garden.
Specifcation: Top-quality materials throughout, such as durable
Kholer bathroom fttings and asphalt roof shingles plus Fletcher
Aluminium glazing for complete weather protection and noise
reduction.
Design& construction: Contemporary European inspired design
adapted for tropical living using top-quality construction materials and
ecological innovation to keep the home cool in the heat.
About the developer: Established in 2010, Living Vis Co., Ltd.
is dedicated to building afordable high-quality housing with a
transparent approach that means long-term cost savings for home
owners. Living Vis is headed by directors with a wealth of experience
in global building standards: Mr Sunchai Nuengsit (MBA), a member
of the Judging Committee of the Thailand Property Awards and with
15 years experience as a manufacturer and distributor of cutting edge
solutions for environmental sustainability, and Mr Sokoun Chanpreda –
multi-award-winning developer of Bangkok’s iconic Bed Supper Club.
Legal package: Freehold
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The Attitude Club Co., Ltd
100/1000 Moo 5 Rassada Muang Phuket, Thailand 83000
: +66 83 595 5255 : +66 76 261 542
Sales2@theattitudeclub.com
www.theattitudeclub.com/wings
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Concept: A boutique collection of creatively designed pool
villas where imaginations fy free. Inspired by the historical Sino
architecture of old Phuket and sense of Peranakan, the wings pool
villas collection is a contemporary interpretation of traditional laid-
back lifestyle where privacy is paramount and enjoyment can be
sought in special secluded indoor and outdoor living space.
Location: Enjoy the daily indulgence of being luxuriously close
to one of Phuket’s most prestigious stretches of west coast sand,
Bangtao Beach, where the water is ideal for swimming, and the
sunsets are stunning. Quiet, natural surroundings in the centre of the
island and easily accessible to all facilities.
Price Range: Prices start from 6.3m baht.
Lease back options available for guaranteed return.
Specifcation: Wings is a boutique arrangement of 71 individual
pool villas, each with a private walkway leading to the high-walled
sanctuary of peace and inspiration, which includes a plot size of
144 sqm up to 276 sqm, a private 8-metre pool, a courtyard and the
option of a second and third bedroom.
The spacious layout ensure peace and privacy for every resident,
plus 24-hour security, a covered car parking space, gym room and
cofee shop.
About the Developer: The Attitude club was established in 1999
by a new generation of Phuket property professionals with a passion
for creative business with real “value” for today’s contemporary
lifestyles. We specialise in architecture, design and real estate
management, with over 21 projects within 10 years – a guarantee of
quality in every aspect.
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Contacts
Kata Rocks Co., Ltd
: +66 80 533 3330
info@katarocks.com
www.katarocks.com
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Kata Rocks
Location: Kata Rocks is a luxury boutique residence, built directly
on the oceanfront at the southern point of Kata Beach. It is only a
two-minute walk from Kata beach and the many restaurants, bars
and leisure facilities nearby.
Concept & Design: All 34 Sky-Villas have stunning infnity pools,
with uninterrupted ocean views and a huge space for indoor/
outdoor living. Ranging in size from 191sqm to 460sqm, these
stunning Sky Villas ofer absolute privacy, a unique oceanfront
position, innovative technology, the best international building
standards and European furniture, fxtures and fttings.
Price Range: Only 12-Sky Villas are still available for sale; with the
property due for completion by April 2014, the remaining villas are
available from 38.5 million to 65.5 million baht.
Facilities & Service: Kata Rocks ofers the benefts of a boutique
resort – with personalised concierge-style service, an oceanfront
restaurant, lounge, library, a fabulous sunset-facing bar, a large
function room, 35m lap pool, wellness & spa facilities and a cutting-
edge ftness centre.
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Massa Luna Sales Of ce
Nai Yang Beach (in front of Nai Yang Beach Resort)
: +66 96 139 0005-7
massalunaphuket@gmail.com
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MASSA LUNA CONDO
Location: Massa Luna Condominium is a luxury beachfront
property at Nai Yang beach. Surrounded by mountains, pine trees
and the sea, Mass Luna – just 3 km from Phuket International Airport
– exudes a peaceful atmosphere at one with nature.
Concept & Design: "The Majestic Pearl of Phuket" is the theme of
Massa Luna Condominium, promoting a creative, relaxed vacation
lifestyle, enhanced by the sea breeze and 360 degree views. Designed
with family living in mind, the foor plans allow you to create your
own spaces. For example, sliding glass doors between living room
and bedroom expand the open living space. All construction
materials are of the highest quality. At Massa Luna Phuket, “The place
of Peace”, you’ll enjoy the luxury lifestyle of your dreams.
Price Range: Prices start from THB 3.4m to THB 14m.
Specifcation: There are six types of room, all with modern
tropical style interiors and fully furnished. Living space is between
40 - 83.5 sqm. Options are one bedroom or two bedrooms; all rooms
have a spacious living room, bathroom, kitchen and balcony.
Facilities & Service: Massa Luna Condominium ofers a huge
common area, luxury 5-star hotel-style lobby, ftness room, spa,
sauna and games room. In addition, there is a swimming pool with
tropical garden, Jacuzzi pool and kids' pool, rooftop sky garden and
Infnity pool in every building. In terms of security, there is key card
access from the entrance to each unit, 24-hour security and CCTV.
About the Developer: Porchland Group is a property
development company that engages in social responsibility,
creating and developing projects that have more value than beauty
alone. All projects combine the best of design elements and modern
architecture. Starting from an analysis of the location, the unique
elements of each project are identifed. Then, careful attention is
paid to each step of the construction process with the application of
innovative construction technology.
Porchland Group, a leading real estate developer in Chonburi, has
more than fve years experience of major development projects
and continues to strive, under the concept "We build from our
mind", to develop projects focused on quality of life, integrity of
the development and optimal integration into the environment.
Porchland Group's approach to residential development is to create
trust with our customers, today and forever.
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Contacts
88 Land & Houses Hillside Sales Of ce
88/73 Moo 5, West Chaofa Road, Chalong, Muang, Phuket 83130
: +66 76 521888, +66 76 383888 : +66 76 521555
info@lhphuket.com www.lhphuket.com
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Location: 88 Land and Houses Hillside Phuket 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 tourists spots. Easy access to major department
stores such as Central Festival, Tesco Lotus, Big C, Index Living Mall
and Home Pro 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.
Price Range: Prices start from an afordable 7.52 million baht.
Concept: Tropical serenity is the theme of 88 Land and Houses
Hillside Phuket which means that the houses are meant to exude
a sense of relaxation as if you were staying in a resort every day.
Beating in under the brand “88”, all houses in this project will have a
house number of beginning with “88”.
88 Land and Houses Hillside Phuket strives to provide the feeling of a
gateway to a resort, wherein dwellers can totally relax, away from the
hustle and bustle, completely in tune with the hillside location. We
try our best to make sure that once you step into your house, you
will feel as if you are walking into the garden of a mini forest.
Right from the arch at the entrance of the estate, we use large trees
for the main structure so that true relaxation begins there. We go the
extra mile to keep the plants and natural habitat in its original state
when working on landscaping around the estate.
Coming into 88 Land and Houses Hillside Phuket should instantly
give that needed escape from the chaos outside after a long
day at work. Providing a peaceful escape that is both luxurious
and convenient is our main goal. This project is available for 100
families only.
Space: Various facilities are provided for all residents in the estate,
namely a park on the hillside with a panoramic view, featuring a
childrens' playground, a swimming pool and a gym. In terms of
security, we keep the estate safe 24 hours a day with key card and
CCTV systems.
Specifcation: This project occupies a large area and there are
three modern tropical house designs to suit. Topaz has 3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms in 170 sqm, Sapphire has 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms
in 201 sq.m., and Jasper has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in 272 sqm
where the 4th bedroom is on the ground foor (which can be
adapted for use as a small of ce). They are all designed especially for
the slope of the hillside, categorised into ‘Up’ and ‘Down’ style.
Every house is constructed under the theme of ‘Baan Sabai’ (comfy
house) using Q-con lightweight concrete panels and solar refective
tinted glass windows to lower temperature in the house. Bathrooms
are clearly separated dry and wet areas, while the cold pantry is
separated the hot pantry. There is air-conditioning in every bedroom,
a water retreat, water pump and water tank underground and a
fnished garden.
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.
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Contacts
Coco Kamala Sales Of ce: 60m from Surin Plaza
8/62 Moo 3, T. Cherng Talay, A. Thalang, Phuket 83110
: +66 76 324293, : +66 81 958 6996
Coco Chalong Sales Of ce: 50m from Chalong Circle
71/45 Moo 10, T. Chalong, A. Mueang, Phuket 83130
: +66 76 384245, : +66 91 229 4070
sales@cocovilla.net www.cocovilla.net
Concept: Coco Kamala and Coco Chalong are the latest luxurious
lifestyle developments from The Coco Group on Phuket’s west coast,
and scenic east coast respectively, providing luxury high quality
tropical residences at afordable prices
These exclusive, low-density private tropical estates – consisting
of just 24 pool villas in Kamala and 80 pool villas in Chalong – are
constructed in a contemporary tropical style, with accents and hints
of the local culture woven into the architectural details. We call this
“natural opulence”; a feeling derived from the high ceilings and full
length doors creating natural light and ventilation, constructed to a
practical design, whilst retaining key aesthetic form – and all within a
short distance of stunning tropical beaches.
Price Range: Prices start from 5.9 million baht to 13 million baht.
About the Developer: Our development company Con-F is
managed and operated by some of the most experienced architects,
engineers and construction teams in the region. We are able to
ensure the highest quality, fexibility and tight cost control because
our dynamic and innovative group provides the majority of technical
services in-house. To date we have an extensive portfolio of over
30 completed projects spanning the last 10 years.
Our philosophy is to develop exciting, high quality lifestyle property
and related services to ensure stress-free investment opportunities
for our buyers and owners.
Protecting and managing your Investment: We pride ourselves
on being able to provide valuable after-sales services and, to this
end, we have created a range of services to help you manage and
protect your investment. We ofer a more maintenance-orientated
service, Villa Management, designed to keep your vacation home in
optimum condition for you and your guests. We also ofer a rental
programme in two categories: holiday rentals or long-term rentals,
to maximize the fnancial return on your investment.
Location: Coco Kamala is on the cosmopolitan and exclusive
west coast of Phuket, just 30 minutes from Phuket International
airport. Kamala ofers a central location with easy access to beaches,
shopping, golf and water sports. The exclusive west coast beaches
are minutes away and the Party City of Patong is just 15 minutes
drive south along the coast.
Coco Chalong is located a short distance from scenic Chalong bay,
famed for its yachting and seafood restaurants and the gateway to
stunning Phang Na Bay. It is within easy reach of Phuket town and
a short distance from the famous Prom Thep Cape and swimming
beach at Nai Harn.
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Karon Butterfy
Contacts
SUER Real Estate Co., Ltd
Patak Rd., Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100
: +66 81 892 0247
Tan +66 81 893 6755 sales@karonbutterfy.com
Gianluca +66 84 923 2953 margianlu@hotmail.it
info@karonbutterfy.com www.karonbutterfy.com
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Location: Karon Butterfy Condominium is located on the hills that
surround Karon, only 400 metres from the beach and shopping areas.
Within a few minutes, you can reach restaurants, entertainment
centres and the beautiful beaches of Patong, Kata and Kata Noi. There
are also three golf courses within a short driving distance.
Price Range: The company can ofer to the customer a variety of
apartment sizes and prices:
Flowers Unit apartment (Building E) start from 3 million Baht •
Butterfy apartment (Building F and G) from 1 to 2 bedrooms, start •
from 4.9 million Baht.
Concept: Karon Butterfy Condominium combines Italian and Thai
design, creating a modern style that refects the best of the two
cultures.
Specifcation: At the end of February 2010, the frst phase of the
project was completed:
Building F with 9 apartments from 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and •
living room on the ground foor all with exclusive gardens and
portico - arcade (now available one unit), the frst and second foor
units all have a balcony with seaview (sold).
Building G with 7 apartments from 1 and 2 bedrooms. Now •
available; 3 units on the ground foor with exclusive garden and
portico – arcade price start from 4.9 million Baht
Facilities: 300 sqm swimming with jacuzzi (completed); restaurant, •
ftness and wellness centre (future construction).
The second phase of the project under construction is Building E and is
composed of a diferent type of apartment called “Flower Unit”. They are
apartments on three levels from 35 to 64 sqm and consist of a kitchen
corner with one bedroom (some units in open plan) with balcony.
Behind the bedroom is located the bathroom with shower toilet and
sink. To access the frst and second foor apartments there is a staircase
leading to the covered gangway. The Flower Unit has sea-view or
garden-view. The price starts from 3 million Baht.
About The Designers: The Italian Studio of Architecture STArg
(Studio Tecnico Associato Architetti Rubelli e Gussago) (info@starg.it)
has worked together with Thai Architects SRYT IKON STUDIO (sryt@
windowslive.com) to design the project and to follow the construction.
See www.starg.it for details of other projects undertaken.
The construction company is the KMIT. The owner Khun Kovit
Chankong, together with his professional team, is well experienced in
the construction and renovation of Luxury Project Villas, Residential
Luxury Villas, Complex Apartments, Commercial/Of ce Buildings, etc.
With the ethics of engineering professionals, they are committed
to ofer a professional service to our clients. "SAFETY" is our prime
principle together with the "SATISFACTION" of our clients.
KMIT Construction Services
188/36 Moo 4, T. Thepkrasattri A. Thalang, Phuket 83100
Tel/Fax: +66 (0)76 313048 Mobile: +66 (0)81 652 0795
info@kmitconstruction.com www.kmitconstruction.com
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For more information
Of ce 366/1 Srisoonthorn Rd, Cherngtalay, Thalang Phuket
Sales booth at Central Festival.
: +66 95 079 6565 (Eng), : + 66 89 594 6888 (Rus)
www.diamondcondominium.com
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Project overview
“I want to build something I would love to buy myself.”
These were the words of Mr. Jo D’Hondt at the recent soft opening
at the Diamond Condominium sales of ce in Bang Tao describing
his vision:
“We want to make something in Bang Toa that people can buy, that
has good quality and good value in a good location for a correct and
afordable price.”
Diamond Condominium Bang Tao is the brainchild of Belgium-
born business partners Jo D’Hondt and Rudy Maes, who were also
involved in the development of the nearby Diamond Beach Club at
Surin beach.
A large communal park, luxury waterfront living with pool access,
eco-friendly architecture, a historic setting and a picturesque
downtown just a stroll away. To pull all four elements together in
one location requires a leap of imagination. Diamond Condominium
gives you just that, and so much more…
Concept
Here at Diamond Condominium, every unit is a luxuriously-designed
work of art where you can actually open up to breathe in fresh and
gentle breezes, as well as appreciate the lush tropical landscape that
covers approximately 6 rai (9,600 sqm). Diamond Condominium
contains four separate buildings surrounding a central swimming
pool and landscaped community recreation area. In all, the four
buildings will contain 388 units with a total building size of 8,200 sqm.
You certainly can immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle of comfort
at Diamond Condominium Bang Tao. This is coastal living at its best.
Location
Diamond Condominium is located within walking distance of
amenities such as Villa Market, a local Thai market, several mini-
marts, beach clubs and restaurants on Bang Tao beach. There are full
car parking facilities. The communal park and a hillside rock garden
surround the building with native plants and trees to enhance the
park-like feel.
Specifcation
There is a range of foor plan confgurations available for both one-
and two-bedroom condos. Room type A, is the entry level one-
bedroom ofering a bathroom/toilet, kitchen, dining and living area.
Price & Completion
Pre-sales have started for the 150 new condo units in buildings 'B'
and 'C', with prices ranging from 2.6 – 5.9 million bath, equating to an
average of 77,000 baht per sqm. Construction is expected to start in
June this year, with a projected 1.5 years completion date.
On top of this, the developers are also ofering an excellent rental
return of 7% per annum for 3-5 years. Rental arrangements will be
operated with a hotel-like management style to ensure that tenancy
rates remain high.
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Diamond Condominium Bangtao
“A Coastal Living Style”
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: +66 76 612700 : +66 86 855 3044
info@stjamesphuket.com www.stjamesphuket.com
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Jungceylon Marketing Booths Kata Beach Information Centre
Moon Terraces 2 from THB 50m
Sea view condominium from THB 3m Walk to Surin Beach! THB 2.5m
Patong Promenade Business Centre
Stunning ocean view from THB 3.4m Luxury Ocean View from THB 4.3m
Private pool villa from THB 5.9m Condominium in town THB 2.3m Great Investment from THB 1.79m
Beach front Condo from THB 3.1m
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RAWAI: The frst ever beachfront
condominiums in Phuket. Far enough
out from town to avoid the noise, but
close enough for that early adventure and
island trips, nearby shopping or scuba
diving. Guests will fnd all they need for a
wonderfully relaxing holiday and stay.
TRI TRANG: Appealing location just a few
kms from Patong's bustling nightlife and
entertainment centre, but far enough away
to be peaceful. Tri Trang is ideal for those
who want to party all night and come back
to a place where they can relax and unwind
PATONG: Competitively priced elegant
sea view low-rise condominiums in a high
occupancy area of Patong. Located on a
lush and tranquil hillside on Asia's fnest
resort island of Phuket, situated well above
the much sought-after west coast beach
community of Patong.
PATONG: Conveniently located across the
road from Jungceylon shopping mall,
adjacent to Bangla Road. Visit us without
obligation to discuss property ownership/
investment with one of our senior property
consultants over a refreshing cold drink.
KALIM: located on the Kamala-Patong
road, Kalim Beach. Emerald Phuket
Developments have done it again with your
own private Kalim beach within 100m from
the condominium, and some breath-taking
views that you'll never forget.
SURIN: Located in a prime area, this modern
address ofers a rooftop swimming pool,
ftness centre and shuttle bus service that is
guaranteed to make anyone who stays there
feel they're really on vacation. Well-packaged
product and great value for money.
LAYAN: On 3 rai of land in this prestigious
area, the project ofers magnifcent views
of lagoons and the Laguna Golf Course.
Includes studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units
and penthouses. Set to revolutionise
Phuket's condominium market with resort-
style apartments at afordable prices.
KATHU: Centrally located where all amenities
are within easy reach, no matter what you're
looking for. It's only minutes away from frst
class shopping malls, local Thai markets,
tourist destinations, international hospital,
golf courses and much more.
KOH SIREY: High quality oceanfront homes
with private pier and boat mooring at only
5mins drive to town This area is under major
development by luxury hotel brands that
will only add value to this address. Show
house available to view.
CHALONG: This project is on the southern
coast of Phuket Island, a few minutes from
Chalong Pier. The feeling of relaxation that
this luxury space promotes is a breath of
fresh air, like an emotional massage of the
senses making any vacation seem like a
break in paradise.
PATONG: We have a couple of Information
Centres in Patong's biggest shopping mall,
where our promotional staf will be more
than pleased to assist you in setting up a
meeting with our professional consultants.
KATA: Located on Kata Beach, our
information point allows you to have all
your property-related questions answered.
Our of ce is open Monday – Sunday from
9am-6pm.
St. James Property
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For further information contact:
Phuket: Wana Park, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherng Talay
: +66 76 620168 : +66 76 620169
Bangkok: Brighton Place, Soi Soonvijay 6,
Petchburi Road, Huay Kwang
: +66 2 716 6216-8 : +66 2 716 6219
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your foor and wall solutions.
In stock Italian porcelain tiles and the highest quality European
certifed porcelain tiles from China, providing superior materials for
home and of ce renovations as well as larger commercial, residential
and condominium projects.
We ofer a wide range of solutions to fooring 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 fnishing, and care & maintenance products.
Our Phuket showroom is not dif cult to fnd. 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
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What real property
rights are available
under Thai law?
HUGHESKRUPICA CONSULTING
matters
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Author: Robert Krupica – Hughes Krupica Consulting Company Limited
Hughes Krupica has a Senior Arbitration Specialist, Victor Smith, as part of its
growing practice. Victor is experienced in sitting on arbitrators panels and
advocating for parties in arbitration proceedings.
www.hugheskrupica.com
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often get asked the question from potential investors –
what real rights can one obtain against land in Thailand?
Of course, the frst ‘real’ question is what constitutes a ‘real
right’ under law, and if there are in fact ‘real rights,’ are there not
counterpart ‘non-real rights’ as well?
For the sake of clearing up the confusion, a real right against
property under Thai law is essentially nomenclature for a legal
right that is agreed by parties in writing and subsequently formally
registered at a Land Of ce in Thailand. Section 1299 of the Civil and
Commercial Code codifes this, and essentially summarises that a
real right obtained against land is not "completed unless made in
writing and registered".
Unfortunately, not all rights are created equal, and there is no
counterpart ‘non-real right’ in law. A right that is not a ‘real right,’ for
all practical legal purposes, means a right that is not registered in
Thailand under some provision of law. Such ‘non-real’ rights, one
may have heard, could include a short-term tenancy or rental (i.e.
month to month for one year), or a right of access across someone
else’s land under agreement that is not registered.
With that in mind, Thai law does provide for a number of ‘real rights’
in the Civil and Commercial Code, many of which can be registered
against land, thereby providing third parties notice of the registered
right and the party holding such right. Each such ‘real right’ has a
specifc purpose and each is suitable for difering circumstances.
To summarise, some common ‘real rights’ provided under the Civil
and Commercial Code against land, or immovable property as the
Commercial Code refers to it, include:
Leases
Perhaps the most well-known ‘real rights’ for the foreign property
purchase in Thailand. Leases for longer than three years must be
registered as a ‘real right’ against land in Thailand.
Servitudes
Servitudes provide a benefcial right to one parcel of land over
another parcel of land. Such benefcial rights can include a right
of walkway or vehicular passage, or a right to install cabling and
utilities access on the land burdened by the servitude.
Superfcies
A generally unknown real right to foreign investors, superfcies
provides the party with the right to own buildings, structures, and
plantations on land owned by another person. The right is often
overlooked, although its practical application depends largely on
the particular investment for foreign investors in land in Thailand.
Usufruct
Another overlooked real right, which provides the registered
usufructuary the right to possess, use, manage and enjoy a parcel of
land owned by another person. The right of usufruct is potentially
a very powerful ‘real right’ under particular factual circumstances.
However, under section 1420 of the Civil and Commercial Code, a
usufructuary may be liable for damages caused to the land when
it is returned to the owner after the end of the usufruct period
if the land depreciates in value and depreciation was due to the
usufructuary’s use of the land.
Charge
A charge may be registered against land securing certain
performance out of the property for a period of time or for the life
of the benefciary, depending on the agreed terms of the charge
between the landowner and the benefciary. A registered charge
may also entitle a benefciary to a specifed use and enjoyment of
the land burdened by the charge.
The main legal beneft of a charge is that if the owner of the land
fails to perform obligations under the charge, the benefciary may
petition a court for specifc performance of the beneft through
a court-appointed receiver to manage the land and perform the
obligation for the land owner, or order the land to be sold by auction
to pay the benefciary proceeds up to the value of the charge.
Conclusion
As one can see, there are several types of ‘real rights’ which may
be registered against land under law in Thailand, benefting the
person or company holding such ‘real right.’ However, not all ‘real
rights’ against land are necessarily applicable or suitable for all
investments. Accordingly, it is recommended that a person seeking
to obtain legal rights to land in Thailand seek professional advice on
which ‘real rights’ may be suitable for the particular circumstance.
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DIAMOND CONDOMINIUM
For further information about Diamond Condominium
+ 66 76 325585 Sales Of ce +66 95 079 6565 (Thai/Eng)
+66 89 594 6888 (Eng/Rus) www.diamondcondominium.com
Jo D’Hondt
CEO of Diamond Condo
Where are you from? I was born in a little village near the beautiful
town of Ghent in Belgium. I grew up there with my parents and two
younger brothers.
What were you doing / where were you living & working
before Phuket? At 19 I fnished school where architecture was
my main subject. Strangely, it took me more than 30 years to really
proft from those studies.
When I left school I did diferent jobs, but I didn’t want to work
for anybody; I wanted to be independent. So I started my own
business, a direct mailing company. It was hard work, long days,
with many up and downs, but at the end it paid of. About
50 people were working with me and we became one of the
biggest direct mail companies in Belgium. At that stage I sold the
company.
Then there's another story. Many Belgians go to Turkey on holiday,
just like I did. Less than 10 years ago, I invested in a Turkish building
company. Although I'm not a builder, I loved it. I don’t care how a
wall is built, I'm interested in the result, the quality.
What was behind your decision to set up a business in Phuket?
Why a condo development? I fell in love with Thailand a long
time ago. I used to come here on holiday. I like the Thai way of life,
although it’s sometimes dif cult for a westerner to understand.
I had the opportunity to join a company that owned some land in
Bangtao and Surin. I liked it because it's close to the beach and at
the same time in the middle of unspoiled greenery. It was never
my intention to build something like Diamond Condominium but
being an entrepreneur, my positive experience in Turkey started
me thinking.
How long have you been with Diamond Condo? What’s your
role? About two years. My job is to unite the team, to motivate
them, to support them and to let them use my experience.
What are the main challenges as they relate to your role? We
say: "What you do today, you don’t have to do tomorrow.’"Thai
people tend to say: "What you can do tomorrow, you don’t have to
do today." So it was, and still is, a challenge for me to mix those two
cultures – but it’s fascinating as well.
What’s special / diferent about Diamond Condo? I asked
myself, “What if I can build something I'd want to buy myself?
What if I can build something with western standards for a correct
and afordable price?” And so the project started and we are ready
to build 388 units, one - and two-bedroom condos to western
standards. Solid walls, good plumbing – and on time.
What's your main target market? Anybody who can aford the
price and prefers to buy good quality and good value in a good
location.
Tell us some of the key features. An excellent location and
attractive product facilities, i.e. gym and ftness centre, club house,
rental management, 24-hour security and receptionist, and a
shuttle bus to nearby beach destinations. Moreover, unit owners
get direct access to Diamond Beach Club.
How would you describe your leadership style? I'm a people’s
manager or a team manager, call it what you want. I've built a team
around me that can cope with all the aspects of a project.
What are the biggest dif culties you have to overcome? My
experience has taught me that if you work hard you will succeed.
What do you hope to achieve within the next 3-5 years? I think
Diamond Condominium will be my last and biggest project. Next
year I'll be 60; but never say never. I'm an entrepreneur, it’s in my
blood. Who knows what happens tomorrow...
Is Diamond Condo involved in any CSR (Corporate Social
Responsibility) programmes? I've always tried to help people
in need but not through organisations. I do that with my own
money. However, with the company we're looking to support a
long time project – an orphanage – here in Phuket.
BEACHES MADE IN HEAVEN
Beaches Made in Heaven
Nai Yang Beach
Right at the top of the island, just south of Sarasin
Bridge, is Nai Yang. The beach has been declared a
National Park, but the public still have free access.
There would be an uproar if this were to change, for
this deserted stretch of fne sand fringed with giant
casuarinas is where Thai residents come to picnic and
‘get away from it all’. Near the bridge there are some
small seafood restaurants. Between November and
February, this is where the sea turtles struggle up the
beach to lay their eggs.
Bangtao Beach
About two kilometres north of Surin village, is Bangtao,
home to the exclusive Laguna hotel complex. The north
part of the beach is quiet with a few scattered, laid-back
beach bars/restaurants – and has some fne coral for
snorkelling. There you’ll fnd a lagoon and a small river
estuary, which gives on to the beautiful, tranquil Layan
Beach – also a national park.
Surin Beach
In the high season, this
beach is good for swimming
and snorkelling, but during
the monsoon the onshore
winds throw up some
serious waves; great for
surfers who know what
they’re doing.
If you’re here on holiday, you’re almost certainly staying on, or near, a beach,
but they’re all diferent. Why not rent a car or motorcycle and experience their
various charms for yourself?
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BEACHES MADE IN HEAVEN
Banana Beach
Also known as Haad Hin Gluai or Banana Rock Beach, has
everything a beach lover would ever need: a small bay of soft
sand, rocks ofshore, water as clear as glass for snorkelling, and
just a smattering of sun beds. Aside from the stretch of sand,
there’s a single restaurant serving slightly overpriced seafood
dishes, with fve plastic tables that sink into the sand.
During a recent visit, a scene of tropical island romance
unfolded before our eyes: a long-tail boat arrived and a
European couple waded to shore, along with their boatman
holding a bag of freshly-caught fsh. They arranged with the
restaurant to fry up the fsh for a seafood lunch for two on the
beach. It’s the kind of activity that those living in wintery climes
dream about for their two weeks of holiday escape. Found just
a few kilometres south of Nai Thon Beach, the lost-lagoon feel
of Banana Beach makes it a superb afternoon chill-out spot.
Laem Sing (Sing Cape)
Continuing south, intrepid beachcombers will encounter this
delightful, bijou bay. Nestling between stony headlands, Laem
Sing features sandy coves and rock pools which bear close
inspection. Its unique charm attracts many visitors in the high
season.
Patong Beach
Charm is not perhaps the frst word that springs to mind when
describing Patong, but the miles of perfect turquoise seas and
powdery sand, right next to all the razzmatazz, manages to absorb
hundreds of sun-worshippers, strollers, joggers, volleyballers etc
without getting crowded. When the sun tan lotion is no longer
needed, Patong’s nightlife ofers the best dining on the island,
shops galore and the occasional bar – well to be honest, quite a
lot of bars. No holiday would be complete without a visit to the
pulsating glitz of Soi Bangla – where it all happens.
Ya Nui Beach
Just across Nai Harn Bay from Ao Sane, between Nai Harn
and Rawai beaches along the coastal road, sits the tiny Ya Nui
bay. Not exactly a hidden spot, it can get crowded through
the sunny season with rows of rental chairs full of sunbathers.
Even on its busiest days, however, the beach is a breathtaking
sight with its silken sands and dramatic surrounding
landscape, including a rocky cape jutting out from its centre,
and a lush green hill topped by a wind turbine rising up
steeply from one end.
There’s one main restaurant at Ya Nui, which is actually very
good for a beach eatery (try the chicken panaeng), and there’s
a scattering of vendors ofering drinks, snorkel equipment
and rental kayaks. When viewing Ya Nui from the wind turbine
lookout point, it looks as perfect as a well-cut emerald gem.
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Tri-Trang Beach
About three kilometres
south of the main Patong
Beach, and close to Paradise
Beach, you’ll fnd this tiny bay, well
hidden from the normal tourist
beach routes. Tri-Trang is great for
swimming and snorkeling when
the tides are high, and at low tide
the seas recede to expose a rocky
foreshore. At this time it’s still a
delightfully picturesque spot. There’s
a small restaurant which rents out
beach chairs. It rarely gets crowded.
Laemka Beach
Less than one kilometre north of Rawai Beach, Laemka has long been
a popular haunt for locals looking for a scenic picnic spot, but it’s
often overlooked by tourists. Arriving to Laemka’s main beach at the
end of Soi Laemka Yai, there’s a rather spooky sense of dereliction. On
the beachfront sits a restaurant long since shut down and there are
some empty, decaying bungalows up the hillside. The beach itself,
however, is a fne patch of sand with a few vendors selling coconuts,
drinks, snacks and renting out sun beds. A fne family escape, the tiny
bay is shallow and safe for swimming. There are some annoyances
here, namely boats motoring to shore a bit too close to swimmers
and uncollected trash in places, but overall an afternoon spent at
Laemka is sure to soothe the senses.
Rawai Beach
This isn’t really a swimming beach. What you CAN fnd here in
profusion, right on the beach, are small restaurants and food stalls
selling grilled seafood. At the eastern end, is a Sea Gypsy village
where there’s a daily market selling fresh fsh and prawns, straight
from the fshermen’s nets. This is a great place to rent a longtail boat
to visit nearby islands. Neighbouring Chalong Beach is similar to
Rawai with more tour boats, lots of dive shops and a few excellent
seafood restaurants. It features the longest pier on the island.
Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is open from 9am until 6pm and is never crowded.
The waters are crystal-clear and the pure white sandy beach is
framed by a lush green backdrop of coconut palms. Only 150 metres
long, Paradise is a jewel in a perfect serene setting. There’s a small
restaurant, which also rents beach chairs, snorkelling gear etc. If you’re
actively inclined why not try sea kayaking among the rocky coves.
If you seek still more tranquillity and privacy, there’s another small and
white powdery-sand beach, located next to Paradise. Just continue
south down the small path through the rocks. Follow the same track
up the hill and you’ll reach a quiet and peaceful viewpoint ofering
wonderful vistas of sea and surf; the darker blue of the deep waters
contrasting with the azure surf efervescing on the dark, rocky
promontories. As the sun goes down the whole sky becomes a pastel
palette of light and dark – a sight you’ll never forget.
Hua Beach
Hua Beach, some two kilometres up the "Millionaires’ Mile" in Kamala,
might well have been the last truly secret beach on Phuket. But since
a small handmade sign was posted at its entrance, the secret’s out.
The 300-metre lane leading to the beach takes you through a lush
landscape with thick trees arching over the road, ending at a small car
park area next to a basic restaurant. Tall casuarina and palm trees line
the beach, reaching out over Hua’s golden sand.
Next to the restaurant is a concrete foundation that looks like it’s
been long abandoned to the jungle – someone’s dream tropical
villa that didn’t quite come to fruition perhaps. Aside from the
restaurant, some bundles of fshing nets and a few plastic dinghy
boats scattered about, there’s nothing here but sand and sea. If you
time it right you might have this beach all to yourself, aside from
the resident kittens racing across the sand.
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Nai Harn Beach
Delightfully framed by rocky, forest-clad hills, this is
a truly beautiful bay. On one fank the Phuket Yacht
Club hotel climbs up the hillside, and another
hotel dominates the foreshore. In addition there
are a number of bars and restaurants to welcome
the beach travellers. On this, Phuket's most
southerly beach, the waters lap gently on the frm,
tan sands throughout the dry season. In contrast,
during the monsoon rains the crashing breakers
are impressive – best admired from the safety of
the shore road and defnitely not a sight to miss.
Ao Sane
Ao Sane rates as the beach with the most bizarre access point in
Phuket. Getting here frst requires cutting through the covered
car park at the Phuket Yacht Club hotel in Nai Harn, then taking
a well-paved but very narrow lane for a kilometre or so. With a
scattering of broken coral, Ao Sane’s sand is not quite as fne as
nearby Nai Harn’s, but the scene is quaint and tranquil and the
snorkelling’s good around the rocks just ofshore. The beach
itself is strewn with large boulders, giving it a more rugged, wild
appearance. Sun beds are available for rent, while those wishing
to linger a while longer may dine at the Ao Sane restaurant, or
even rent a bungalow here or at Baan Krating resort a bit further
along, across a rickety bridge.
Ao Yon
An ideal spot for early risers to catch the sunrise, found on Cape
Panwa on Phuket’s east coast. Like most of the east coast, Ao Yon
retains a distinctly local feel and only a small fraction of Phuket’s
millions of tourists will ever come here or know about it. Due to
the pearl farm activities in the bay, the water is not always so clear,
but at high tide it’s possible to take a refreshing dip in the sea. Our
favourite Ao Yon dining spot is the Secret Cove, where parents can
enjoy a relaxed lunch and drinks while the kids frolic safely in the
shallow, protected bay. Families could also walk down the beach
and stop by Topper Sail to arrange a Hobie cat dinghy lesson, a
fantastic way to introduce the young ones to the sport of sailing.
Karon Beach
Next door to Patpong,
and much less frenetic,
is Karon Beach which still caters
for large numbers of visitors. The
same serried ranks of sun loungers
and beach umbrellas allow visitors
from the frozen north to get the
chill out of their bones and catch
up on the latest bestseller. The
beachfront and side roads ofer
plenty of places to eat and drink.
There is even a football stadium.
Kata Beach
This small bay with palm-lined sand and clean, clear seas framed by
forested headlands and rocky extremities is truly delightful. A stretch
of road right on the beach side means there has been no unsightly
developments. Club Med is to be congratulated on building a
beachfront hotel which is almost invisible from the seaside. Indeed,
their immaculate lawns are an enhancement. The view out to sea is
dominated by waterless Koh Poo (Crab Island) – apocryphally sold
several times to enthusiastic but naive developers.
BEACHES MADE IN HEAVEN
Ao Yon
Ao Sane
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For one million people around the world, these boxes are an
essential part of their future, because this is the number of
people every year who are victims of sudden cardiac arrest,
something that is not selective in who it chooses because
anyone is vulnerable, from kids to healthy sportsmen.
This is where the heart goes boom, boom, boom, boom, then
nothing! And they die. They have just one chance of survival, an
Automated External Defbrillator (AED) device on the wall, and
amazingly, the number of people who can be saved with an AED
restarting their heart is incredibly high – so long as it is applied
soon enough.
But Thailand has lagged behind this international life-saving
development because of regulatory issues. Now Safer Phuket
and its partners, Saint Medical and Zoll Medical of USA, have
removed those issues. Zoll Medical recently donated an AED to
the lifeguard service at Nai Harn beach and this was supported
by training from Bangkok Hospital. So now, Nai Harn's lifeguards
can ofer AED life-saving service to victims of drowning. A quick
YouTube scan of other leading beaches, such as Bondi Beach,
will show immediately how important this is.
Now hotels, airports, schools, of ces – indeed any location with
trained personnel – are eligible to have AEDs installed. Safer
Phuket ofers free CPR & AED training to all staf in any location
which has AEDs, making it an easy decision to proceed.
New technology is the driver, because the AED box is fully
automated and guides the user. Duncan Stewart, Safer Phuket’s
founder says, "it’s like having a heart expert on hand just three
Heart start breakthrough – an expert three minutes away
IMAGE asia welcomes the opportunity to partner with
Safer Phuket to help bring about improved safety on
Phuket's beaches and the surrounding waters.
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minutes away because the AED tells the user exactly what
to do, or what they're doing wrong. It analyses the patient's
condition, and gives immediate feedback so that the care is
100% every time."
Khun Sorajja Boonprasit, Saint Medical MD explains, "The AED
Plus is diferent because it’s the only FDA (USA) approved unit of
its type. It's much more than a box for electric shocks, it analyses
the CPR motion as well. The fact is that only 50% of cases need
shocks, but in 100% of cases of cardiac arrest there will be a need
for CPR. Doing it right, which is not easy for the novice, is now
no longer an issue because there is an expert on hand, until the
real expert arrives."
Safer Phuket is a social enterprise business driving a campaign to
make our beaches and coastal waters safer and the introduction
of the new legislation for AED devices is a key advancement. It
literally can bring people back from the dead, so this is clearly a
huge step in creating a safer environment for visitors and locals
alike.
Safer Phuket has recently been appointed as a distributor for the
Zoll AED PLUS, which gives safety a double whammy because
100% of the profts from all sales go towards our vision of a safer
Phuket.
Travel through any airport or stay at any reputable
hotel in many countries and you'll see small boxes
on the wall with AED in big red letters, often by the
fre hose or near other key safety points.
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THINGS TO DO
Things to do in Phuket Things to do in Phuket Things to do in Phuket
Adventures in Phuket
Bungy Jump:
Taking a fying leap is an activity
certain to get the heart racing
and Jungle Bungy Jump in
Kathu has been providing some
bungee jump thrills for more
than 20 years in Phuket. Diving
of a platform at a height of 50
metres and plunging towards a
small lake doesn’t seem like the
most sensible thing to do but
that’s the point – the aim is to
rev up the adrenaline and for just
one moment know what it feels
like to fy free like an eagle. Jump!
Khao Kad 360° Viewpoint
Khao Kad ofers wonderful views of the Andaman Sea beaches
and neighbouring islands from a diferent perspective – from
Cape Panwa in Vichit district. Sunsets are on a par with Promthep.
Visitors are faced with a stif climb up 138 steps. Once there, the
fresh breezes and tranquil surroundings are a suf cient reward. The
viewpoint has good parking facilities and services.
How to get there:
Take Sakdidet Road as far as Baan Muang Thong (Muang Thong
Village) or follow the signs to Makham Bay and turn right just before
arriving at Panwa Cape. The turning is well signposted.
Phuket. The international resort which has everything. For
many people, their dream holiday on the island is all about
beach, beach and more beach, followed by fne dining and
late night partying. Who could blame them? These days
though, we fnd that visitors are increasingly looking fo and
for this reason we at ‘WINDOW on Phuket’ have put together
a selection of more exotic or unusual activities. Enjoy
yourselves.
To fnd all these great places get yourself a copy of
STREETS of PHUKET - 188 pages of detailed street
maps, landmarks and local information - with a series of
comprehensive indexes. It’s the easiest way to fnd your way
around Phuket. Check www.streetsofphuket.com to fnd out
where to get it – at only 399 baht it’ll save you time and fuel.
Go karting:
Go karting ofers a behind-the-wheel adventure using specially
designed vehicles to race around a track. Kids especially love the
thrill of becoming a mini F1 driver for the day, while children not
ready to take the wheel may ride along with an adult on a two-
seater go kart. The most elaborate go cart track is at Phuket Go
Kart Speedway in Kathu, while another track may be found next to
Phuket Shooting Range in Chalong.
Join the crowd at the weekend market
The most popular week-end market in Phuket Town is of cially
called Chao Fa Variety but is universally referred to by its Thai
name Talad Tai Rot. From Central Festival Phuket intersection head
south on Chao Fa West Road for about 1km and then turn left.
The market is opposite Wat Naka (Naka Temple). There you’ll fnd
a bewildering choice – everything from clothes to electronics. If
you’re after handicraft items like tooled leather goods, Buddha
images or second-hand books, you’ll also not be disappointed. Our
overseas visitors may not be planning to buy a pet but it’s fun to
window shop the amazing range of endearing and unusual animals
ofered for sale. And if you’re hungry, there’s is a huge selection of
Thai snacks on ofer – all freshly prepared on the spot. Rice dishes,
noodles, fruit and nuts are all available. The market opens at 4pm on
Saturdays and Sundays − when it's cooler. It’s a good idea to arrive
early to avoid the crowds and traf c. Parking can be a problem.
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