Patak Road 9/11-13 soi 10 Kata 83100 Phuket Thailandia

Tel 0066 76 284480 Fax 0066 76 284569 Web Site : www.phuket-boomerang.com www.phuketboomerang.com E-mail : info@phuket-boomerang.com info@phuketboomerang.com Skype : boomerangvillage

Imagine a country rich with a millenium of history, full of mystery, suggestive and colourful, a country of friendly and fascinating people... Imagine a tropical archipelago of a thousand Islands. Imagine an island, a green jewel inserted into a turquoise blue ocean. Imagine white sandy beaches with palms touching transparent clear waters. Imagine a rich uncontaminated sea, warm all the year round (27 - 30 C)…Welcome to Phuket! A
warm welcome and careful assistance. These are two basic concepts that in a country so different from ours will enable our guests to enjoy a holiday full of emotions. You can visit extraordinary places and experience unforgettable sights, sports and cultural activities.

The quality of our village here in the sun has been proven by media such as the TV programme “Velisti per caso”, national radio and the International hall of Vacations at Lugano in Switzerland during 2004. In addition to this the quality of a stay at Boomerang Village is being continually proven by many sports
magazines about diving and Thai boxing.

We would like to thank the many people that choose to stay with us and have given their valuable
suggestions.....Have a wonderful holiday and sawasdee krup!

Boomerang Village Cottages is situated on Kata hill side, with panoramic views of Kata Beach and is approximately 80M above sea level , The village is dipped in the nature of a tropical garden and is approximately 6000 Sq.m. in area. The beach is about 650/750 mt. away (5-10 minutes) and Kata center is just 300mt away. We're just a 45 minute drive from Phuket International airport.
Kata Beach

Boomerang Village Cottages is situated in Kata Beach: ex village of fishermen that developed in
harmonic way with the nature, a mix of thai tradition with the demands of a modern and variegated tourism endowed with one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country. Kata is situated behind the southern promontory of Karon and is divided into two parts: Kata yai (Great Bay) and Kata noi (Small Bay),KATA is an interesting beach. The small island of KO PU is at short swimming distance from the beach and along the run there are beautiful coral barriers. Rooms and Services The Cottages are a new structure, externally similar to mountain chalet, comfortable furniture Thai style, with private terrace for chilling out and watching the sun set.There are all equipments of best confort and they have an en suite bathroom, air -conditioning and fan with individual controls, refrigerator, mini bar, satellite TV, safety box, hot water. Coffee and tea making facilities, Hair dryer ( in Suite room). Superior room

They Are 40 sqm and have a private terrace, With panoramic views of Kata Beach and tropical gardens, Are tastefully decorated in Thai style , All rooms have a King size bed or extra 3-4 bed , Air Conditioning with individual controls and Fan, Satellite TV , Private bathroom with shower hot and cold water and full set of toiletries, Refrigerator, MiniBar, Safety box, Room service, Non-smoking rooms are also available .

Suite room

They Are 50 sqm and have a private terrace,With panoramic views of Kata Beach and tropical gardens, Are tastefully decorated in Thai style , All rooms have a King size bed or extra 3-4 bed, Air Conditioning with individual controls and Fan, Satellite TV, Private bathroom with shower hot and cold water and full set of toiletries, Refrigerator, MiniBar, Safety box, Coffe and tea making facilities, Hair dryer , DVD-DIVX-VCD Player , Dressings gown, Slippers, Room service, Non-smoking rooms are also available. Café’ del sol Lounge Bar Cocktails

Buffet Breakfast, comes served in the bower Thai style - Music in cable broadcast, great choice of background music - Laundry service - Taxi service to / from airport - Car and motorbike for rent Excursions-trips-fishing - Thai Massage - Telephone-Fax and internet service - Coffee Shop and Snackbar, Cocktails Bar - Taxi and Tuk Tuk service - Reconfirmation flight tickets - Baby-sitter at request - Billiard terrace - Parking

Excursions – Trips

We strongly recommend every visitor to Phuket take at least one day – or more if possible - to travel off Phuket Island to experience some of the incredible beauty of the surrounding region. You can go by boat to islands of many kinds, Phi Phi Island, Phang-Nga & James Bond Island, Phuket Safari, Raya Island, Coral Island and more

Sub-Diving

If you want to learn to scuba dive, take a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver course, the most widely recognized and respected diving certification in the world. Within a few days, you can be enjoying the underwater world. Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water dives. So what are you waiting for…Learn to dive today!

Fishing

About the Boat 16 m Length,3, 5 m Beam,Dieselengine 175 HP,Radio, GPS, Fishfinder, PENN Senator Fishing Gear.

Live-aboard cruises

In cooperation with “Colona Diving”, a Phuket based Dive Club, we organize diving and adventures live-aboard cruises, ranging from 2 up to 9 days.Onboard our comfortable and well equipped fleet of boats you’ll visit the Phi Phi Islands and the Similan & Surin Archipelago included the famous dive site “Richelieu Rock” where the wale sharks are very often seen. Moreover, starting from November 2005 we’ll offer an exclusive tour: from 3 up 6 days onboard the newly built Chinese Junk “La Fortune” among the thousands islands of the unexplored “Mergui Archipelago”.The “Colona” fleet is made of 5 live-aboard vessels: 2 motor-boat and 3 sailing-boats built exclusively for satisfy all divers and adventurers needs. You’ll have a chance to visit the most beautiful spots of the Thai and Myanmar Andaman Sea starting from November until the end of April.Onboard you’ll find comfort and standards at top, our crew members always ready to help you and guide you in all excursions. Don’t worry: we guarantee your privacy too.The Andaman Sea is one of the few where Mantas and Wale Sharks are often seen, the water temperature never go below 26 degrees and the visibility is excellent all year-round. The Andaman Sea is an unfailing stop for the demanding diver.For the adventures-lover a cruise with “La Fortune” within the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar is a must! Unexplored Mangrove Rivers, flora and fauna never seen before nowhere-else, amazing unspoiled lagoons hides amongst the many archipelago islands Don’t miss it!.

Carving Course

Whether you entertain your guests by cooking Thai food or Western cuisine, nothing enhances a carefully prepared dish, like a graceful fruit or vegetable carving, or some simple but elegant garnishes. Thai culinary carving expertise is arguably unsurpassed for skill and finesse.Course including : - 18 hours of lessons, 3 hours by day Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 12.00 AM - Maximum 5/6 student = handmade carving knife - Booklet with detailed color photos, (the same one used in our class)

Night Show

Phuket Fantasea – “Fantasy of a kingdom” Culture – illusion Show: The ultimate in Las Vegas – style theatrical productions. Created by international experts and local professionals, this audio visual extravaganza incorporates, for the first time, nine stunning show themes – Thai culture, magical illusions, 4-dimensional effects, aerial performance, acrobatics, indoor pyrotechnics, special effects, elephant circus and stunts – intoone unforgettable theatrical masterpiece guaranteed to thrill and delight visitors of all ages and nationalities. The show takes place in the magnificent Palace of the Elephants,which is a state-of-the-art theater with wonderful acoustics. Fronted by a glorious reconstruction of a Sukhothai-era stone palace with intriguing elephant statues, the spellbinding show combining culture and illusion that is almost beyond belief. beyond belief.

Simon Cabaret It is a beautiful musical and melodious show for adults and children. Its grand scenery, the luxurious customs and wonderful choreography make the Simon Cabaret one of the best cabaret of the world, ( such as Tropicana of La Habana, the Moulin Rouge of Paris,...)

Climate Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. It’s warm all year’round. The hottest time is from April through May, with temperatures ranging from 80°F to 95°F (27°C to 36°C). There are frequent short heavy thundery showers, offering welcome relief from the temperature and humidity.The best time to visit Phuket is during the cool NE monsoon season, from November though March, when it isn’t so humid, and the cool breezes keep things comfortable. The average temperature is around 75°F to 89°F (24°C to32°C). Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Climate
Temperatures medium

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25.9 27.6 29.2 30.1 29.6 29.0 28.5 28.4 28.1 27.7 26.8 25.5

Boomerang Village Cottages: Rooms Rates Room Superior double Superior triple Suite double Suite triple Extra Bed for quadruple Room Low Season 16 apr - 31 oct 32 € 48 € 44 € 59 € 10 € High Season 01 nov - 15 apr 38 € 54 € 50 € 65 € 12 € Peak Season 15 dec - 15 jan 48 € 64 € 60 € 75 € 14 €

Prices are for daily double or triple room. Prices include Tax & Service Charge Children Policy: One child under 4 years sleeping on the same bed as the parents: Free of charge One child under 12 years sleeping with the parents in a triple room: 40% discount FREE Buffet Breakfast FREE Welcome Drink on arrival date FREE Welcome Flowers at Phuket airport on arrival date FREE Late Checkout until 14.00 pm. (subject to room availability) Procedure for reservation: To secure your reservation we need 30% advance Payment, with Bank Transfer, we have two Bank account , one in Italy and one in Thailand, where you prefer. We send you by email the our Invoice, with all details. When you have make the payment send we the Bank receipt, by Fax at number 0066 76 284569 or by email. When we received your Bank receipt we send you the Voucher reservation.The reservation it’s confirmed. Conditions for Cancellation For cancellations made in the last 20 days before arrival a cancellation fee of 30% will apply. No reimbursement is provided in case a guest will not show at the resort on arrival day or decide to leave before check out date. Special Packages Enjoy your Holiday with our special Packages ! Package A “7 nights / 8 days to Boomerang Village Cottages – Superior room “ ( Overnight stay + Buffet breakfast ) ( Excluded the period of tip from 15 Dec. to 15 Jan. ) - 1) Day : Relax and acclimatization to the Boomerang Village Cottages - 2) Day : Excursion to Phang Nga - 3) Day : Day of beach and sun to Kata beach, to the evening show “ Phuket Fantasea “ - 4) Day : Excursion to Phi Phi island (speed boat) - 5) Day : Visit temple Wat Chalong ,extension and working Gold / jewels / pearls, Sunset to the Cape of Phuket - 6) Day : Escursion to Raya island - 7) Day : Day of beach and sun to Kata beach, 2 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage Included transfer from and for the Phuket airport,trasfer for Kata beach (our zone) + beach umbrella and bed, guide in English for escursion Phang Nga and Phi Phi island.Free T-shirt of the Boomerang Village From 1 November to 15 April high season Package x 1 person 549,00 € Package x 2 persons 731,00 € From 16 April al 31 October low season Package x 1 person 506,00 € Package x 2 persons 689,00 €

Package B “ 10 nights / 11 days to Boomerang Village Cottages - Superior room“ ( Overnight stay + Buffet breakfast ) ( Excluded the period of tip from 15 Dec. to 15 Jan. ) - 1) Day : Relax and acclimatization to the Boomerang Village Cottages, 2 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage - 2) Day : Excursion to Phang Nga - 3) Day : Day of beach and sun to Kata beach,to the evening show “Simon Cabaret” - 4) Day : Trekking with elephant / half day of sun to Kata beach - 5) Day : Excursion to Phi Phi island (speed boat) - 6) Day : Day of beach and sun to Kata beach, to the evening show “ Phuket Fantasea “ - 7) Day : Visit temple Wat Chalong , extension and working Gold / jewels / pearls, Sunset to the Cape of Phuket - 8) Day : Visit to Phuket Zoo / half day of sun to Kata beach - 9) Day : Escursion to Raya island -10)Day : Day of beach and sun to Kata beach, 2 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage Included transfer from and for the Phuket airport,trasfer for Kata beach (our zone) + beach umbrella and bed, guide in English for escursion Phang Nga and Phi Phi island.Free T-shirt of the Boomerang Village From 1 November to 15 April high season Package x 1 person 751,00 € Package x 2 persons 1.033,00 € From 16 April al 31 October low season Package x 1 person 702,00 € Package x 2 persons 974,00 €

Package “ Simple 1 ” “7 nights / 8 days to Boomerang Village Cottages - Superior room “ ( Excluded the period of tip from 15 Dec. to 15 Jan. ) Lodging to Boomerang Village Cottages + transfer from and for the Phuket airport + motorbike “scooter “ + 2 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage + Escursion to Phi Phi island (speed boat).Free Tshirt of the Boomerang Village From 1 November to 15 April high season Package x 1 person 407,00 € Package x 2 persons 478,00 € From 16 April al 31 October low season Package x 1 person 365,00 € Package x 2 persons 436,00 €

Package “ Simple 2 ” “ 14 nights / 15 days to Boomerang Village Cottages - Superior room“ ( Excluded the period of tip from 15 Dec. to 15 Jan. ) Lodging to Boomerang Village Cottages + transfer from and for the Phuket airport + motorbike “scooter “ + 4 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage + Escursion to Phi Phi island (speed boat).Free Tshirt of the Boomerang Village From 1 November to 15 April high season Package x 1 person 726,00 € Package x 2 persons 819,00 € From 16 April al 31 October low season Package x 1 person 642,00 € Package x 2 persons 735,00 €

Package “ Wellbeing ” “7 nights / 8 days to Boomerang Village Cottages - Superior room“ ( Excluded the period of tip from 15 Dec. to 15 Jan. ) Lodging to Boomerang Village Cottages + transfer from and for the Phuket airport + 2 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage + 1 hour of Typical THAI Massage + 2 hours FOOT Massage + one Facial Massage + Feet and hands cures. Free T-shirt of the Boomerang Village From 1 November to 15 April high season Package x 1 person 405,00 € Package x 2 persons 486,00 € From 16 April al 31 October low season Package x 1 person 363,00 € Package x 2 persons 423,00 €

Package “ Birthday ” “ 14 nights / 15 days to Boomerang Village Cottages - Superior room“ ( Excluded the period of tip from 15 Dec. to 15 Jan. ) Lodging to Boomerang Village Cottages + transfer from and for the Phuket airport + motorbike “scooter “ + 4 hours of typical OIL THAI Massage + Escursion to Phi Phi island (speed boat) + Escursion to Phang Nga. Free The day of your birthday and T-shirt of the Boomerang Village From 1 November to 15 April high season Package x 1 person 771,00 € Package x 2 persons 909,00 € From 16 April al 31 October low season Package x 1 person 687,00 € Package x 2 persons 825,00 €

FAQ UTILITY LIST Often our guests made the same questions before They decide to came to visit Thailand. For that reason You'll find here all the answers to satisfy your curiosity and bring You close to this beautiful country able to give feelings of serenity and safety to all the people who came to visit her. FREQUENT QUESTIONS How can I get to Phuket? Many are the companyes that fly direct to Phuket and Bangkok ,from Bangkok You can get to Phuket by plane or by bus,We can also provide for You a package FLY+STAY as You wish! Can You organize transfer from the airport for me? Yes ,no problem but You have to give us your flight details so We can pick You up. Where the BOOMERANG VILLAGE is located? We are in Patak road 9/11 13 soi10 & soi 7 29/18 83100 Kata,Muang,Phuket,Thailand. TEL:076 284480 FAX 076 284569.BOOMERANG VILLAGE COTTAGES is located in Kata beach area,It is an ex fisherman village developed in armony with the needs of modern tourism and the thai tradition .Kata has also one of the most beautiful and uncontamined beaches of the region.Kata is located behind a promontory south of Karon and consist on two beaches: Kata Yai (big bay) and Kata Noi (small bay).In front of Kata Yai about 400mt far there's Ko Pu,a small island where You can get by swimming taking opportunity to see the beautiful coral reef on the way to the island. What's the weather look like in Phuket? In Thailand We have a tropical clima and Phuket island has an average temperature of 29°C for 12 months a year,the dry season is from november to may (hight season ) and during this time We have an average of 30°C on the air and on the water! From june to october (low season) temperatures get a bit low (rarely under 23/24°C) and the wawes on the sea grow up little. We also made a prospect about weather in Phuket during the year. MONTH CLIMATIC CONDITIONS GEN. hot,sun with light breeze and blue sea FEB. hot, sun and dry with crystall waters MAR. hot,sun and dry with crystall waters APR. very hot ,sun ,dry with crystall waters MAY very hot ,sun and wet sometimes short rains JUN. sun, some rain and strong wind JUL. sun ,some rain and strong wind AUG. wind,sun and some rain SEPT. wind ,not so much sun and rain OCT. hot, a bit of wind with rain possibility NOV. sun, hot, breeze DEC. sun, hot, breeze What I have to bring with me? Sun lotion protection,light sport wears ,a confortable soes , hat and sun glasses,don't forgot your travel pharmacy. What I don't need ? It's better travel light and no have many luggages anyway You won't need many clothes! If I forget something home there's a possibility of shopping in Thailand? Yes in Bangkok and Phuket You can buy anything just like in Europe. Do You organize excursions? We organize daily excursions to Phi Phi island (where the film" the beach" with Leonardo Di Caprio has been made),Phang Nga (James Bond island), for Krabi and Khai island only on hight season. We have alsoSimiland island , Raya island,Coral island and more.....You can go by speed boat, traditinal thai boat or by sailing boat.The crew is able to speak italian,french and english.Transfer with minibus withA/C from your room to the pier and back,tranfer via sea by boat,assurance, lunch,soft drinks ,snaks ,snorkeling equipment and safety jaket. We also organize elefant trekking ,canoeing and more....for sure You don't have to worry about get bored!! What I have to do to confirm my reservation? To confirm your reservation You have to pay 30% of the total cost by bank,(You can transfer the money by bank in Italy so You can save some money) when You'll paid It send the receipt by fax at 0066 76284569 or via e-mail to our address,from that moment your reservation is confirmed,later We'll send You your voucher.We'll also send You the bill with all the details.

It's possible use ATM in Thailand? Yes You can use your cards in ATM around in all the places and in tourist areas credit cards like Maestro,Cirrus,Visa and Mastercard.If You have specific questions You can ask to your bank first. It's possible to have informations about health service in Thailand? the ealth service here in Phuket is excellent thanks to the presence of 3 big hospitals with modern tecnology and good infrastructures.To not have any matter We suggest to follow the normal precautions for food and water because with this clima is better drink a lot water, but from the bottle of course!For furter informations We suggest to ask your personal doctor. Do We have to make an assurance? We recommend to arrive there with personal assurance. Wich is the best way to move around the island? It is good to rent a car or a bike so You can move freely! How much is the far for entry to Thailand? You pay a 500THB tax at the airport when You'll leave the country. What about visa and burocratics? To entry in Thailand You must have a passport valid at least for six months from the day You entry the country.You dont need tourist visa if your stay is less than 30 days and You can extend your stay one more week at immigration office here in Phuket.For long stay (more than30 days) You must ask for tourist visa at the Thai embassy or Thai consulate in your own country. Lugano Swiss november 2004 International hall of Vacations Stand Boomerang Village

Phuket Thailand Thursday 4 december 2003 Boomerang Village Team Adriatica dei “ Velisti per Caso “ link http://www.velistipercaso.it/cronaca/default.asp?id=1034&index=1301

Paolo Basso Gen.Manager

Paolo Berlese Director

Orfeo Pelosato Resp.Services

Phuket

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Area featured in this brochure Phuket, Phangnga, Krabi and Trang provinces

huket is Thailand's largest island, and is approximately the size of Singapore. Phuket nestles in balmy Andaman Sea waters on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline 867 kilometres south of Bangkok. Phuket formerly derived its wealth from tin and rubber, and enjoyed a rich and colourful history. The island was on one of the major trading routes between India and China, and was frequently mentioned in foreign traders' ship logs. The Portuguese, French, Dutch and English traded with Phuket. Other visitors were less friendly. Phuket's most famous monument is the memorial statue of the heroines Thao Thepkasattri and Thao Sisunthon, who rallied islanders in 1785 to repel Burmese invaders. Phuket is blessed with magnificent coves and bays, and powdery, palm-fringed beaches; sparkling island-dotted seas; sincerely hospitable people; superb accommodation and seafood; delightful turn-ofthe-century Sino-Portuguese architecture; numerous sporting and leisure opportunities; a lush tropical landscape -- all of which combine to create a delightful ambience for truly memorable holidays.

Thalang National Museum
Located near the Two Heroines Monument, this museum contains permanent exhibition of life in old Phuket, ancient artifacts and remains discovered on the coast and , materials used during war with Burma (Myanmar).

Island Attractions
Phuket's glory is its magnificent coastline. Beaches range from gentle crescents of white sand with calm waters to rocky headlands pounded by raging surf. Counterclockwise, from Phuket's northern tip, where the Sarasin Bridge connects the island with the mainland, Phuket's major beaches (and temples and botanical gardens) are as follows:

Mai Khao Beach
(40 kilometres from town) This pine-lined stretch of sand is Phuket's longest beach. Each year, from November through February, gigantic sea turtles struggle ashore to lay their eggs on Mai Khao Beach.

Nai Yang Beach
(30 kilometres from town) This forms part of a national park. The tranquil surroundings are ideal for relaxation, picnics, swimming and snorkelling.

Climate
URIS RITY T O URIS M A U T H O RIT Y O F T HAIL AND HAILAND Phuket Office 73-75 Phuket Road Phuket 83000 Tel: (076) 212-213, 211-036 Fax: (076) 213-582 Airport Information Counter: 327-110 Krabi Information Centre Tel: (075) 612-740
Phuket has two major seasons: the Rains Season from May through October, and the Hot Season from November through April. There are many sunny days throughout the Rains Season: showers customarily last little more than 2 or 3 hours. September is the wettest month. The best months are November through February. Average temperatures range between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius.

Wat Phra Thong
Inland from Nai Yang Beach, the temple enshrines a famous, partially buried Buddha. Local legends relate how a boy tethered his buffalo to a post protruding from the ground. Subsequently, both boy and

Phuket Town
The compact provincial capital serves mainly as a dormitory and commercial and shopping centre. Splendid colonial-style residences built by late 19th-century tin and rubber barons, and shophouses from the same period, with shaded walkways, provide distinctive character.

Rang Hill
This provides a pleasant view of town while dining, and has a Fitness Park, a series of hillside sculptural tableaux which enhance calisthenics.

The Thai Village
Also on Thepkasattri Road, the village serves daily a typical southern Thai lunch that is followed by a spectacular cultural show including Thai dances, sword-fight-

animal fell mysteriously sick. Suspicious villagers uncovered the post and discovered it was the decorative topknot of a buried golden Buddha. They were able to unearth no more than the upper part of the image, over which they constructed the present chapel. Burmese invaders attempted to remove the image in 1785 but failed when they were attacked by vicious hornets.

windsurfing, sailing and sunbathing number among popular activities.

Phromthep Cape
Adjacent to Nai Han Beach, Phuket's southernmost point is the perfect place from which to view spectacular sunsets.

All courses offer reasonably priced golf club rentals, green fees and caddy services.

Horse Riding
Three riding clubs, one on Patak Road, on the way to Kata Beach, Ban Sai Yuan on the way to Nai Harn Beach, and Laguna Phuket, Bangtao Beach, offer facilities for beginners and experienced riders alike.

Rawai Beach
(17 kilometres from town) The palm-fringed beach is best known for 'sea gypsies', a formerly nomadic fishing minority believed to be of Melanesian descent.

Ton Sai Waterfall Forest Park & Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Park
(22 kilometres from town) The 22-square-kilometre area teems with various mammals, including bears, porcupines, gibbons and macaques, reptiles and lizards, and over 100 bird species, in an idyllic setting cooled by sonorous cascades.

Windsurfing
This popular sport is enjoyed at most major beaches. Boards may be rented by the hour, half-day, full day or week. Expert tuition from Thai teachers is free.

Chalong Bay
(11 kilometres from town) This beach has several restaurants selling some of Phuket's best seafood.

Sailing
Enjoyed mostly at Nai Han, Patong and Kata beaches. Toppers and dinghies are available at Patong. Catamaran, Hobie Cats and Top Cats are available at Kata.

Wat Chalong
A few kilometres inland from Chalong Beach, this Buddhist temple enshrines statues of Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, Phuket's most revered monks.

Waterskiing
Popular at Patong on a half-hour or hourly basis. Automated cable water-skiing is available at the Phuket Waterski Cableway behind the Phuket Century Golf Course in Kathu district.

Pansea Bay, Surin Beach,
(24 kilometres from town)

Phanwa Cape
(10 kilometres from town) The southernmost tip of this cape is home to a Marine Biological Research Centre and Phuket's Aquarium where visitors may inspect several hundred exotic, grotesque and flamboyantly colourful marine species found mainly in Phuket's teeming waters.

Sing Cape & Kamala Beach
These unfold in rapid succession. Swimming is not recommended at Surin Beach due to powerful surf and a treacherous undertow. The beach is a favoured spot for witnessing sunsets. The northern end of Kamala Beach is suitable for swimming.

Deep Sea Fishing
Daily tours are available, making early morning departures and late afternoon returns, mostly to lesser islands to fish for Red Snappers, Rainbow Runners and other game fish.

Patong Beach
(15 kilometres from town) Phuket's most developed beach offers numerous leisure, sporting, shopping and recreational options along its 3-kilometrelong cresent bay. Windsurfing, snorkelling, sailing, swimming and sunbathing number among popular daytime activities. Patong is equally well known for its vibrant nightlife, among which seafood restaurants prominently feature.

Pearl Farms
Pearl farms are located on islands neighbouring Phuket, including Nakha, Rang Noi, Rang Yai and Bon. Special permission is needed to visit threm. Details are available from Phuket's TAT office.

Swimming
This can be enjoyed throughout the year, and is mostly safe. However, undertows can be problematic during the Rains Season. It is best to seek the advice of local people regarding swimming conditions.

Sporting Opportunities
Golf
There are now 4 challenging, 18-hole golf courses in Phuket, including the Phuket Country Club (Tel: (076) 321-038-40)in Kathu, Blue Canyon (Tel: (076) 327-440-7) in Thalang district nears the airport, the Banyan Tree Club (Tel: (076) 324-351-60, 324-358) at Bangtao beach and the Phuket Century Country Club (Tel: (076) 321-929, 321-933-4) ain Kathu.

Snorkelling
This can be enjoyed in sheltered bays all around Phuket. It is particularly enjoyable at easily accessible reefs at Patong, Karon and Kata beaches. Fins, mask and snorkel can be rented on a daily basis from shops all over the island.

Scuba Diving
Expeditions regularly leave Phuket for dives around neighbouring islands, and further afield, most particularly around the enduringly popular Phi Phi Islands in neighbouring Krabi province, some 2 hours east of Phuket, and the Similan Islands, in Phangnga province, some 110 kilometres northwest of Phuket, and the Raya Islands, 1-3 hours due south of Phuket, depending on the type of boat. Several dive shops concentrated in the Patong, Kata and Chalong areas have Asian and European expatriate(s) (speaking English and several other languages) and bi-lingual Thai dive instructors who offer inexpensive beginner's courses. All

Karon & Kata Beaches
(20 & 17 kilometres from town) Both beaches are impressively long, relatively peaceful and eminently suitable for swimming, snorkelling, sailing, windsurfing and sunbathing.

Nai Han Beach
(18 kilometres from town) The white beach fronts a shallow lagoon between rocky headlands. Swimming,

diving equipment is available for hire.

Triathalon.

Sea Canoeing
This form of eco-tourism is available in several forms, as popular one-day tours, or more extended tours involving overnight camping on island beaches, and occurs principally in the neighbouring Phangnga Bay and Krabi province, where mangrove swamps and island grottoes are accessible only by canoe.. Complete details of the several companies offering such tours is available from the TAT office in Phuket, and the TAT information centre in Krabi.

How To Get There
By Air
Thai Airways operates daily jet flights between Bangkok and Phuket. There are further domestic connections with Surat Thani and Hat Yai. Phuket also enjoys international connections with Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan a Hong Kong and Australia. Reservations may be made in Bangkok (Tel: 280-0060 and 628-2000), and in Phuket (Tel: 211-195, 212-946, 212-499 and 216-755) for both domestic and international flights. Bangkok Airways (Tel: Phuket (076) 225033-4, Bangkok: 229-3434, 229-3456, 5352429, 535-3756) offers direct flights linking Phuket with Ko Samui, the principal island in the Thai Gulf. Orient Thai Airlines (Tel: Phuket (076) 232302-3, 327-270-1, Bangkok: 267-3210-5, 5352021-2) offers direct flights linking Phuket with Bangkok.

Cultivated pearls, batiks and pewterware are Phuket's best known products. Shops specialising in such products are found on Rasada, Phangng, Yanwarat, Montri and Tilok Utit 2 roads in town, and on tourist beaches such as Patong, Kata, Karon and Rawai.

Excursions & Tours
Phuket is the ideal place from where to visit popular attractions in neighbouring provinces, either on day tours or as overnight excursions. Principal destina-tions include:

Yacht Services
Yachtsmen visiting Phuket can enjoy a full range of services, including dry dock facilities and boat repairs, and safe and secure moorings, principally at Ao Chalong, the Phuket Boat Lagoon Marina and Laem Prao Marina. Yachts of ever shape and size can be chartered, either as bareboats or with full crew. Please check with the Phuket Immigration Office for details regarding bringing in a yacht, or leaving by yacht.

Phangnga Bay
Located northeast of Phuket, and containing scores of limestone islands, some riddled with aquatic grottoes, (see Phangnga information for further details) this picturesque bay is an enduringly popular excursion. Tours are offered by hotels and tour companies throughout Phuket.

Phi Phi Islands
These picturesque islands in Krabi province (see Krabi information for more details) are probably Phuket's most popular excursion.

By Bus
Airconditioned coaches and non-airconditioned buses leave Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal every day. For further details, please contact Bangkok 435-1200, 434-3233, 435-3018.

Special Events
Chinese Vegetarian Festival
Each year, beginning on the first day of the 9th lunar month (usually October), Phuket islanders of Chinese ancestry commit themselves to a 9-day vegetarian diet, a form of purification believed to help make

By Car
From Bangkok, take Highway 4 through Nakhon Pathom, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, thence through Ranong province's Kraburi and Kaper districts, Phangnga province's Takua Pa and Takua Tung districts and onto Phuket island across the Thao Thepkasattri Bridge. The total distance is 867 kilometres.

By Sea
Foreign and domestic cruise ships frequently berth at the Port of Phuket at Ao Makham, and off Patong Beach, yachts at Ao Chalong, the Phuket Lagoon Marina and the Laem Prao marina. Please note that all pleasure boats and yachts arriving at Phuket must stop first and register with ther Immigration Office and Customs Office, and with the Harbour Office within 24 hours of arrival

Similan Islands
Phuket dive shops operate daily excursions to the Similan islands (see Phangnga information for further details) during the high season of November-May when underwater visibility is at its best..

the forthcoming year 'trouble-free'. The festival is marked by several ascetic displays, including fire-walking and ascending sharp-bladed ladders.

Etiquette
Polite behaviour is welcomed everywhere. What is considered polite in other countries is probably considered polite in Thailand, too. However, there are a few cultural pitfalls, mainly social and religious taboos, the breaking of which can cause offence. For example, visitors should dress neatly in all religious shrines. They should never go shirtless, or in shorts, hot pants or other unsuitable attire. Shoes should be removed when entering private Thai homes, chapels where Buddha images are kept, and any of the Islamic community's mosques.

King's Cup Regatta
Early each December, the Phuket Yacht Club hosts international yachtsmen, largely from neighbouring countries who compete in the Nai Han Beach area for royal trophies.

Accommodation
A comprehensive list of airconditioned and non-air-conditioned accommodation, and restaurants, in Phuket, can be obtained from the local Tourism Authority of Thailand office on Phuket Road. The office is open seven days a week, throughout the year, from 8.30 AM until 4.30 PM.

Phuket Triathalon
Each December, the triathalon (a 1,000metre swim, a 5-kilometre bike race and a 12-kilometre run) attracts world-class athletes from all over the worrld and qualifies winners for the prestigious Hawaii ironman

Souvenirs

Each Buddha image, large or small, ruined or not, is regarded as being a sacred object. Never climb onto one to take a photograph, or do anything that might show lack of respect. It is considered rude to point your foot at a person or object. Thais regard the head as the highest part of the body, both literally and figuratively. Therefore, they do not appreciate anyone patting them there, even as a friendly gesture.

Phangnga
This province is directly north of Phuket and covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres. The provincial capital is 788 kilometres south of Bangkok. The province's major attractions are the marine national parks of Ao Phangnga (Phangnga Bay), Mu Ko Similan (Similan Islands) and Mu Ko Surin (Surin islands). Phangnga Bay has been featured in several inter-national movies, including the 007 adventure The Man with the Golden Gun, and contains some 100 largely uninhabited limestone islands scattered around almost perpetually calm waters. Many islands are riddled with aquatic grottoes, and are best explored aboard sea canoes which are able to enter inner chambers, essentially collapsed cave systems, sometimes only at low tide. The timeless 'Jurassic Park' atmosphere of such islands contrasts vividly with more popular venues such as James Bond island, Nail island and Panyi island which supports a Muslim village built on stilts embedded in the sea. The far

walls, huge sea fans and barrel sponges, big rocks, swim-throughs, coral gardens and plenty of shallows for snorkelling. The five Surin islands, equally secluded, offer similarly good diving opportunities and, because of seasonal weather changes, are best visited between December and March. Phangna is conveniently accessible by road or boat from Phuket and offers accommodation ranging from bungalows to deluxe hotels. Full transport and accommodation details are available at the TAT Phuket office.

locally as Su San Hoi, where fossilised shells, believed to be 40,000,000 years old form coastal slabs resembling ancient concrete.Two predominantly mainland national parks, Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokk-horani, offer scenic attractions including waterfalls and caves, and opportunities for trekking, birdwatching and savouring the lush southern tropical landscape in natural surroundings. Krabi offers a wide range of accommodation at major attractions, including award-winning resort hotels. Accommodation details may be obtained from the TAT office in Phuket.

Krabi
This coastal province covers an area of 4,709 square kilometres. The provincial capital is 814 kilometres south of Bangkok, and is conveniently accessible by road from the capital (Tel: (02) 435-1200 and 4351195-6 for bus service information) and Phuket. Krabi's major attractions are located largely along its extensive coastline, which contains several well-known beaches and bays, and numerous offshore tropical islands. Most such attractions fall within the aegis of national parks. Major islands include the Phi Phi cluster which is popular with yachtsmen, scuba-divers, snorkellers and day trippers from Phuket. The islands are characterised by rocky cliffs, tranquil seas, dazzling underwater life, birds' nest caves and fine white sandy beaches. Accommodation is available on Phi Phi Don island. The Ko Lanta National Park, conveniently accessible by regular boat services from Phi Phi Don island, offers several coral-fringed islands, and prime diving sites, and comparative solitude. The largest island, Ko Lanta Yai, is the site of park headquarters, and is also home to Chao Le, or sea gypsies who sustain themselves largely through fishing. The islands are best visited during the non-monsoon months of October through April. Yet more islands, some 80 in all, and most relatively small, are located off Ao Nang beach on

Trang
This coastal province covers an area of 4,917 square kilometres. The provincial capital is 828 kilometres south of Bangkok and is conveniently accessible by air, road and rail. Contact Thai Airways (Bangkok 628-2000), the Transport Company Ltd. (Bangkok 937-0261-70) and State Railways of Thailand (Bangkok 223-0941) for relevant details. Trang's major attractions are scenic, largely within the confines of terrestrial and marine national parks such as Mu Ko Petra and Hat Chao Mai featuring Andaman Sea beaches and islands, and wildlife sanctuaries such as Khao Chong and Khlong Lamcham Waterfowl Park featuring waterfalls, nature trails and caves. Accommodation ranges from resort bungalows to urban hotels.

less commercialised Similan islands, nine in all, are renowned among diving enthusiasts for the variety of dives, superb underwater visibility between November and May, and teeming marine life. The Similans offer more than 30 dive sites, with coral

the mainland. Ao Nang is some 6 kilometres from Hat Noppharat Thara, probably Krabi's finest mainland beach which is fronted by pine trees, coconut groves and resort hotels. One of Krabi's most unusual attractions is a 'shell graveyard', known