Phuket athletes competing in 42nd Sapanburi Games

Phuket athletes competing in 42nd Sapanburi GamesPhuket Governor Maitri Inthusut recently presided over a ceremony which saw him hand out sports kits and funds to Phuket sportspersons, coaches and team managers who are taking part in 42th Supanburi Games, in Supanburi Province from January 5-15, 2014. The ceremony took place at the Phuket Provincial Hall and the governor was joined by PPAO Chief Executive – Paiboon Upattising, PPAO Chief Advisor – Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Phuket Sports Association and PPAO Council Member – Saroj Angkanapilas, Director of Thailand Sports Center Phuket – Wirat Pathi, sportspersons, officials, and guests.

In his speech to the team, Mr. Paiboon said “We are sending a team of 147 people, made up of sportspersons, coaches and team staff, to compete in 20 categories of sports at the 42th Supanburi Games, taking place in Supanburi Province on January 5-15, 2014. To give some moral support to the team, we have organized this ceremony to wish them well and to hand out financial assistance. The funds for this purpose, allocated by PPAO, amounts to 1,305,070 baht, of which 653,970 baht goes to transport costs for the team, and 651,110 baht for kits, training, and equipment.”

Phuket athletes competing in 42nd Sapanburi GamesHe continued: “This is another proud moment in Phuket’s sporting history, a great collaboration to push Phuket to sports excellence. Past achievements of Phuket sports includes one gold medal at the SEA Games (hammer throw), two silvers (mixed doubles badminton), and bronze (women’s single badminton). Our sports success reflects our collaboration between the Phuket Provincial Office, Phuket Sports Association, Thailand Sports Center Phuket, PPAO, and all Phuket sports clubs.”

Mr. Maitri said: “I wish all of you all the best. Go and show other provinces your strength and prowess. Look after your health and be committed to the tasks ahead. Always have the team spirit of knowing when to yield, win or forgive. Bring back as many medals as you can to make Phuket proud.”

A New Year blast party at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

A New Year blast party at Dusit Thani Laguna PhuketDusit Thani Laguna Phuket celebrated New Year’s Eve night and rang in 2014 in the most fabulous beach style. Throughout the memorable night guests were entertained with a spectacular fireworks display, released lanterns for good luck and danced the night away at the full moon New Year party, welcoming to the first day of New Year together with family and friends.

A New Year blast party at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

A New Year blast party at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

Phuket’s Spa Cenvaree receives Spa Traveler Award

Phuket’s Spa Cenvaree receives Spa Traveler AwardCentara Grand Beach Resort Phuket are pleased to announce that their Spa Cenvaree has recently won The Spa Traveler Award Winner for Best Wellness Spa – Asia Pacific.

Area General Manager – Darren Shaw (blue shirt in photo), together with Executive Assistant Manager – Christophe Gestin (white shirt) took time out to present the award and celebrate with the Spa Cenvaree team.

For the hottest New Year’s Eve party on Phuket and the best view in town of the midnight fireworks, make sure you’re at Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Patong Beach this December 31, 2011.

The Countdown Cocktail Party will take place at the hotel’s spacious open air Rooftop Terrace on the 7th floor, with awesome beats and grooves from the live DJ and unobstructed views of the many dazzling fireworks displays that will light up the Patong Beach night sky to welcome in 2012.

Tickets to the Countdown Cocktail Party are just THB 1,000 net per person including two drinks. Making the night even more memorable is a delicious international buffet dinner at MoMo Café which can be enjoyed prior to the rooftop party. Tickets to both the party and dinner are THB 2,700 + + per person, while the dinner by itself is THB 2,200 + + per person.

Keeping everybody dancing at the Countdown Cocktail Party will be DJ Ben Jay. Originally from the United Kingdom, he now resides on Phuket where he holds residencies at several of the island’s popular nightclubs. Known for his musical versatility, DJ Ben Jay fuses modern popular music with classics everybody loves.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact MoMo Café at Courtyard by Marriott Phuket at Patong Beach on Tel: +66 76 337 000.

Anantara Phuket Villas has won six leading awards including the prestigious Award of Excellence ‘Thailand’s Best Resort’ at the Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) Gala Ceremony held in Singapore on the 17th November, 2011.

HAPA recognizes and rewards the crème de la crème of the hospitality industry at all levels. Focusing on the people who strive ceaselessly to give guests a hospitality experience bar none, this signature soiree has become a much-anticipated event for hoteliers as well as businesses who work with the hospitality industry.

Dedicated to recognizing and rewarding personalities and establishments who have shown drive, dedication and passion for the hospitality industry, HAPA award categories are as diverse as the industry it serves, with Personality awards dedicated to service excellence and leadership, to categories ranging from the best experiences to be had in travel, golf, spa, food and entertainment.

Along with the Award of Excellence the resort also won five Platinum Awards including Signature Boutique Hotel/Resort, Best Housekeeping, Best Front Office, Spa of the Year.
and HAPA Resort of the year.

Situated in the serenity of Mai Khao Beach, just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport and a short drive from the bustling beaches of the South, Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa presents a world of unspoilt beauty and unexpected surprises. Each of Anantara Phuket’s 83 villas comes with its own private 33 square metre pool set either within magnificent Bill Bensley-designed gardens with enchanting paths meandering down to the sea or by the stunning lagoon with its radiant planting scheme, bamboo water fountains and night-time flaming torches lighting.

“What an honor it is to win these prestigious awards and to be recognized by our peers in the travel industry,” Mr. Andrew Turner, General Manager, Anantara Phuket Villas said of the awards. “I’d like to dedicate this win to all the staff members at Anantara Phuket Villas who continuously strive to give our guests a truly unique and indigenous five star experience.”

As part of our 24th anniversary celebration, you are invited to stay, celebrate and share the happiness together at Dusit Tani Laguna Phuket. Just let us know if your birthday is in November.

Privileges:

– A complimentary night for every two nights paid on Dusit Best Available Rate

– Daily buffet breakfast for 2 person – A complimentary birthday cake

– Room Upgrade (subject to availability)

Terms & Conditions:

– Booking must be made directly to our Reservation team via e-mail : dtlprsvn@dusit.com

– Mention promotion code HBDNOV when making reservation

– Valid for stay from now to 24 December 2011

– Identity card or passport must be presented upon check-in

Let’s get to know Phuket backpacking!

 

Backpacking is simple low-cost travel. Just one backpack with a few necessary items is all that is needed for the trip. Phuket is an island at the top of the list that backpackers around the world should pay attention to. It’s an amazing experience, whether you look at the culture, traditions, nature, food or the beautiful and charming buildings. Because Phuket is a small island, backpackers can get to see all the locations, there are no barriers and the cost is affordable too.

Let’s get to know Phuket backpacking!

Accommodations
Focuses on long stay but paying less. Most rooms will be shared occupancy, 4-8 beds per room, with shared bathrooms. Usually, the rates per night depend on the amount of beds in the room. More beds, cheaper price. However, staying in this type of accommodation usually means you stay with strangers. Thai people are not accustomed to this style of living. However, foreigners are not worried about sharing. For those who have never experienced it, we suggest this is one experience you should try.

Foods

When you travel to Phuket you must taste the local Phuket food. Phuket has a long history regarding its food. Many of Phuket’s dishes have a hint of Chinese due to the large Chinese community within Phuket and this is clear with dishes such as Mee Hoon Pa Chang, Oh Tao, Ah Pong, Oh Aew, Hokkien Mee etc. The easiest place to find these dishes is the market; here there is a large variety of food which is very cheap. You can enjoy each dish with flavours that suit you own palette. However, if you’re too lazy to walk, the restaurants on the road side are another choice. They have menus for typical, quick and simple Thai dishes.

 

Transportation 
If it’s economical travel you want, it has to be the local bus. Before use, study the bus routes and the service rate. However, seeing the atmosphere beside the road would provide you with a different kind of emotion. If you love an adventure and want to go anywhere by yourself, motorcycle is the best choice for you. Just be careful when you ride in town as the roads are busy and quite complicated too.



Shopping 
Shopping and souvenir of phuket such as “Expo Phuket” Here’s open everyday from 10am till 9pm. This place is big and airy and is popular for both locals and tourists. Here’s features everything you’re looking for, with very cheap price. Anyway, if you looking for snack or sweetmeat of phuket. “Keng Tin” is a once choice that you should visit. Here’s the historical of phuket. Every snack are the original formular as the word say; “Every piece you eat is the historical of phuket old town”

The market is the best place for you to go. Phuket’s most famous market is the “Na-Ka Market” or better known to foreigners as “The night market”. The market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 17.00-21.00hrs. This market is big and airy and is popular for both locals and tourists. The market features everything you’re looking for, with very cheap prices.


What you should take…

1. Money: it’s the most important thing.

2. Map: (you can get from the tourist information counter at the airport). You should plan your trip before so you can calculate your spending.

3. Clothes: don’t take too much because you might be shopping later.

4. Flip-flops: Phuket is famous for its beaches. You won’t want to be wearing shoes your entire trip, right?

5. Plastic bag: Just in case you need to protect your electronic stuff, you never know it might rain on your trip.
6. Pocketknife: You never know when it will come in handy.

7. Lighter: Same as the pocketknife, you never know when it will be needed.

8. Mobile phone: All vital information or help is just a phone call away. If you need urgent help you don’t have time to wait for a reply to an email, right?

9. Medicines: You don’t know if you’ll be near a pharmacy so take a good first aid kit. Safety first is better.

10. Camera: You wouldn’t be a tourist if you didn’t have your camera and you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t capture those memorable moments to share with other people.

We Hope that you’re enjoyed our backpacking experience and found our tips useful. Make the most ok your time backpacking and more importantly enjoy yourselves.

 

Yoga for Well-being with “Sasha” @ Sukko spa

3-4 December 2011
Episode 1 – Backbends
Various levels of backbends will be taught in a safe and fun way so we could reap the full benefit from these exciting and glamorous poses.

Day 1 :

Morning : The Prelude- Hip Opening Series
Afternoon : Backbends – Part I

Day 2 :

Morning : Backbends – Part II
Afternoon : You(r Asanas) are what you eat

All classes will be taught in both English & Thai

Price:  900 ฿/Class, Take All 4 classes only 3,000฿ and Sukko Spa ‘s Member get 20%.
076-263-222 Ext.216
www.sukkospa.com

Born, raised and educated in “The Pearl of the Andaman” Suphattra Juruariyanon (Nid) is Managing Director of Patong’s newest hotel, The Nap Patong. Surprisingly for someone involved within the hotel industry, at such a high level, Nid was not actually educated within the hotel industry. She studied and gained a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication at Ramkhumhaeng University.

So you may be wondering how a lady who gained a degree in Mass Communication became involved in the hotel industry. Well the answer to that question is quite a simple one. Just over 10 years ago, Nid’s husband, who is one of the islands most successful building contractors, set up Patong’s Thai themed Salathai Resort. Prior to the resort being built Nid had no knowledge about the hotel industry whatsoever. However, due to the fact that this was to be a family business Nid became involved in the resorts operations and has developed herself day by day to get her to the position she is in today. She commented that she is continually striving to learn new things regarding work and life in general.

Although Nid is very confident and positive about how she has developed herself she sometimes finds her appointment as Managing Director a huge challenge with a high level of responsibility. She often finds the task of taking good care of her guests and staff at the same time a difficult one, but one, I’m sure you will agree if you visit the resort, she is doing a very good job of.

The Nap Patong’s sense of design was created under the minimalist concept “less is more.” Nid explains that a piece of decoration may be used in order to make guests feel comfortable along with giving the hotel a feeling of contemporary chicness & simplicity. This is very much the case with the hotels restaurant 76 Bar Drink & Dine which is decorated with rubber trees and turtles which is both meaningful to Phuket culture but adapted to modern life.

The design and location of The Nap are both consistent with modern life with the concept including maintaining a natural environment. The Nap’s signature spa “Nam Spa” selects and uses only natural and eco-friendly products.

Due to the fact that new technology is a part of modern life, The Nap Patong realises the importance this plays with the hotel and therefore The Nap Patong has set up free high speed Wi-Fi internet all around the hotel meaning that every guest can be connected to the internet wherever they are in the hotel. Moreover, Mac mini computers are ready to serve guests at their Tao Kra library and iPads, Apple TV’s and iMacs are provided in the hotel and room facilities.

Asked what she saw for the future of the tourism industry in Phuket and Patong, Knit commented “Nowadays, more tourists are trying to find something new for themselves and also require somewhere where new technology is supported and useful information is easily accessible. This is especially the case with Patong. This is due to the fact that Phuket is a very well known tourist destination where all tourists want to experience a once in a lifetime experience.”

 

The average day for MD of a hotel or resort is a very hectic and no one day is the same as the next. However, Nid feels the most important part of her job is to find and make comments about the weak points of the hotel’s service and find ways to make them better. This is also the case for the hotel in general as Nid wants to ensure that they always keep to the hotel’s concept and continue to develop their product and ensure the customer’s needs are always going to be met.

Due to the fact that Nid is MD of a hotel, we were curious to know whether she would make a comment to another hotel’s management, if she was visiting there as a guest, and was unhappy with any aspect of her stay there. When we asked her about this her reply was “If I visit other hotels as a guest I always try to find new things to help in developing the hotel’s potential rather than find faults or make a comment to others.”

Away from her busy business environment Nid tries to live an easy life. When she has spare time she likes to spend it either exercising or travelling with her family and sometimes photo shooting which is her favorite hobby.

We wish Nid every success with The Nap Patong and would like to thank her for taking time out to answer our questions.

Phuket’s Buddhist temples, or Wats, are possibly the greatest tourist attractions in Phuket and if you’re here on holiday you really should not miss out on chance to visit to some whilst you’re here. There are around 30 Buddhist temples located around the island.

A visit to any one of Phuket’s temples is the best way to learn about the history of Phuket and also a great opportunity to experience the island’s everyday life.

We’re going to take you on a tour of 5 of the island’s oldest Buddhist temples.

Wat Thepkasattri

When Khun Ying Jun and her younger sister Khun Ying Muk came to live with their uncle at Baan Don, Burmese troops were encamped. Khun Ying Jun and Khun Muk gathered some people to fight against the Burmese troops in the Thalang District. When 4 months had passed by, the Burmese realised that they did not have the ability to invade the Thalang District. They then moved back to Burma. When the great King Buddha Yod Fa heard about the bravery of Khun Ying Jun, Khun Ying Muk and the people at Thalang District, he kindly appointed a new Thalang governor, Khun Ying Jun Thao Thep Krasatree and Khun Ying Muk Thao Sri Soon Thorn.


At this time there was a monk who was named Pra Fa, or Photan Fa by the villagers of Thalang, it was said that he was someone who had magic powers and invulnerability. He was generally accepted and respected by the villagers. When Burma attempted to invade the camp at Baan Thaotepkrasatri they had to advance through the abbey. The Burmese had heard of Pra Faand’s legend so they decided to test it for themselves. It was agreed that if they lost they would retreat but if they won Pra Fa must allow them to advance. Finally, Pra Fa won and the Burmese, true to their word, gave in and moved their troops back.

When Thao Thepkrasattri had been cleared of the enemy, villagers had enough faith to build a temple to celebrate their victory. This temple was named “Wat Don.” Photan Fa was appointed as the temples first abbot. After Photan Fa’s death, his followers made a sculpture of him as a memorial. The temple was later renamed “Wat Thepkasattri.”

Wat Chai Tararam

Wat Chai Tararam, also known as Wat Chalong, is the most spectacular temple on the whole island. Built in 1837 the Wat is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang.

Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang gave medical assistance to both sides during the tin miners’ rebellion of 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. They also mediated in the rebellion, bringing the warring parties together to resolve their dispute. Statues honoring Luang Por Chuang and Luang Por Gluam, who are the objects of respect by Phuket people generally, are situated in the Sermon (viharn) hall.

Many Thai people visit Wat Chai Tararam to be blessed by the monks and receive a good luck charm, a string tied around the wrist, which is said to protect them from injuries and illnesses. Lighting of fire crackers is a common sight and many visitors ask for lucky lottery numbers or have their fortune told in a unique way.

The most sacred artifact at Wat Chalong is the Phra Borom Sareerikatat relic, a piece of the Lord Buddha’s bones brought from Sri Lanka. It is in a chedi at the top of a three-storey 60-meter high pagoda. The pagoda is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Buddha’s life story and also features various Buddha images and other religious figures.

Wat Pra Thong

Wat Pra Thong is the oldest temple on the island and was created when Thalang was still Phuket’s capital. The Wat Pra Thong temple is located in Thalang and about 20 km from Phuket Town. Phra Thong Temple’s most notable artifact is the golden Buddha statue that is half buried in the temple floor.

Legend tells of a young boy who tied his buffalo to what he thought was a post. After doing so, he became ill and died. The father of the boy dreamt that the reason his son had died was for the sin of tying the buffalo to a sacred object, that what the boy thought was a post was in reality the golden peak of the Buddha’s conical cap. He told his neighbors the dream and they all went out to dig up the statue but had no success.

Later in the reign of King Rama 1 Burmese troops attacked Thalang and discovered Pra Thong and tried to dig it up and take it back to Burma. Whilst digging a swarm of hornets attacked them so they had to stop. Later, the visible part of the statue was covered with gold by the villagers and a bot (temple hall) was built to house the statue.

Wat Phra Nang Sang

Wat Phra Nang Sang is the oldest temple in Phuket and dates back more than 200 years. Legend has it that this temple was built by Phranang Lueatkhao, wife of a ruler, who was accused of adultery with a royal page. She was sentenced to death despite the fact that she was innocent. As a consistent patron of Buddhism, her last request was to be given the chance to pay respect to a relic of the Buddha located in Sri Lanka. On her way back, she stopped at Thalang and built a temple, grew plants, and had precious items buried there. She was executed once she returned to the town of the ruler and bled white blood as a sign of her good deeds and innocence. She became known as Phranang Lueatkhao, or Queen White Blood, and the temple she built in Thalang was called Wat Phranang Sang. ‘Sang’ is a Thai word for ‘to build’.

According to history, there was a battle in Thalang in 1785 (B.E. 2328). Wat Phranang Sang was used as a stronghold for Thai soldiers in the fighting with the invading Burmese troops. Also, the temple’s Phra Ubosot houses the world’s largest tin Buddha image which contains 3 smaller Buddha images known as “Phra Nai Phung”, (Buddha in the Belly) or “Phra Sam Krasat”.

Wat Suwan Khiri Wong

Wat Suwan Khiri Wong has built in the Sukhothai period of 2312 BE. Unusually for a temple the name does not reflect the person for whom the temple was built. This temple was originally called “Wat Patong” due to the fact that it is located in Patong village. Here there are statues to worship six of the temples previous abbots who were Abbot Sin, Abbot Kong, Luang Por Nai Heep, Provost Chuay Rong Khwaen Baen and Provost Pisitkoranee.


Provost Pisitkoranee is known to have been the temple’s developer. He had great expertise in construction and was a preacher and teacher of Dhamma Studies. He was also innovative in the building of “Wat Suwan Khiri Wong School” which was built to bring prosperity to the people of Patong and to support high level education for underprivileged children. However, Provost Pisitkoranee’s best memorial is development of the main road into Patong.