Amari Phuket Makes A Donation To Patong Hospital

Towel donation

Phuket, 19 February 2015 – Amari Phuket representative, Ms Rinrapat Phuwanutchotchai – Director, Human Resources (second from right) recently visited Patong Hospital to donate towels to Ms Chaniya Sothorn – Executive Secretary to the Director of Patong Hospital (second from left) and her team. The towels shall be used for hospital operation.

PPAO Holds Press Conferance On Chinese New Year 2015 Celebration


Leading Phuket government officials, Governor Nisit Jansomwong together with President Paiboon Upattising on February 14 held a press conference at the Phuket Garden Hotel. Together, they announced the planned Chinese New Year activities, which will take place on Thursday, February 19, from 5 pm onward, at Sanamchai ground in Phuket Town.

Funded by PPAO, the Chinese New Year celebration, which has been organized now for five years continuously, marks the auspicious time as well as unity of all sectors. The year 2015 is represented by the goat, one of the Chinese astrological signs, which symbolizes abundance and prosperity. The primary aim of the celebration, said Mr Paiboon, was to honor the King who is the beloved of all the nation. The event features fun and entertaining activities designed to bring back happiness to the people as well as raising income for local traders and boost tourism. The President reminded the media that Chinese tourists now outnumber any other visitors to the island and as such Phuket must hold world-class activities to receive them and to prepare well for the upcoming AEC. Roughly translated as “celestial glory protects the community,” the celebration will feature many displays reflecting the symbolism of year of the goat and bringing luck to the spectators. Beautifully decorated exhibitions include: the gate of abundance, the road to prosperity, HM the King’s area showing photos of His Majesty’s visit to Phuket, over ten sets of performance by the award-winning China National Acrobatic Troop from Beijing entitled “The Splendid,” local food stalls, craft and souvenir stalls, children area, Chinese language tuition for young people, and Chinese craft making and brush paining, free health check provided by PPAO Hospital. Last but not least, there will be a concert performance by Getsunova featuring popular MC Ying Kanya Raiwin. Governor Nisit added that he was delighted to see that the Phuket community and PPAO still value traditions by celebrating Chinese New Year. Only four provinces in Thailand are known to hold lavish Chinese New Year celebration and Phuket is one of them. This magnificent and world-class event, said the Governor is the first celebration of the year 2015, a gift to everyone from the Phuket authorities and PPAO.

PPAO Supports Vocational Traning To Prepare Hospitality Professionals For Asean


President Paiboon Upattising on February 16 opened a training program to prepare hospitality professionals for ASEAN, at Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town.

PPAO officials present: President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Chief Administrator Watcharin Pathom Wattanapong, Council Deputy Chairman Prasan Prateen Na Thalang, Council Member Somkid Supap and other officials. Attended by 200 participants from local hotel operators, the course is taught by Weerachai Srikajorn, director of Thailand Professional Qualification Institute, Prateep Gulu, deputy of Phuket Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and Darawan Jinda. According to Mr Watcharin, one of PPAO core policy is to develop a lifelong learning program for the community so as to raise their standard of living and career potential. Organized under the larger umbrella program entitled “Learning Activities to prepare for ASEAN,” the course aims to raise the standard and income potential of professionals working in hospitality fields so that they can enter the ASEAN job market with confidence. Some components of the course also educate participants in employees’ rights and welfare benefits. President Paiboon remarked that with an increasing competition, both nationally and internationally, in the field of hospitality and tourism, operators need to prepare themselves well to be ahead of the game. He cited the number of tourism to Phuket, which has increased to 13M per year as opposed to 12M in the previous years. Fifty per cent of tourists, said the President, now prefer to book hotel rooms online. Hotels must prepare themselves to reflect the change in tourism trend. The course, intended for staff from hotels which pays rates to PPAO, would benefit the hotels in the long run and contribute to sustainable tourism, said the President. Mr Paiboon also urged the hotel operators to send staff for treatment at PPAO Hospital, which welcomes patients who subscribed to the national social security insurance. PPAO Hospital, he said, is a quality institution treating at present over 1,000 patients per day. This year, the hospital will add 27 beds to its existing facilities. PPAO is the first national administrative office, which has collected up to 100 M baht in revenue derived from hotel taxes. The organization intends to use the fund to benefit local tourism by organizing training programs in marketing, tourism promotion and raising potential of hospitality staff. “This is a special course intended for those hotels which pay taxes to PPAO. Operators should be proud to have contributed to the society and I believe participants will reap the full benefits from the course,” said the President.

Castello Banfi Wine Testing At Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Castello Banfi Wine Tasting

Krabi, January 2015 – Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and IWS Independent Wine & Spirits invite you to a Castello Banfi Wine Tasting.

Join us on Monday 23rd February for a special evening of premium Castello Banfi wines from renowned winemaker’s vineyards in Montalcino, Tuscany. The outstanding Italian wines will be accompanied by Cicchetti, delicious Venetian style tapas created by our Italian Executive Chef.

At the hotel lobby from 06.30 – 08.30pm. Price at THB 799++ per person. For more information, please call 075 627 800.

PPAO Promotes Line Dance Fitness Event



Representing PPAO, Council Member and President of the Phuket Sports Association Saroj Angkanapilas delivered opening speech at a mass line dance fitness event at the Sunday walking street market in Thalang Road on the evening of February 15. The event was launched by Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwannasupana while Don Limnanthapisit, chairman of the Phuket Old Town Association, gave a welcoming speech. Also present was Supasak Nunsak, chair of Phuket Aerobic Muai Thai Line Dance Association. Invited guests and members of local fitness clubs took part at the event, whose byword roughly translates as “unite love, strength of mind and one nation.”

Remarking on the benefits of line dance, Mr Saroj said the aerobic line dance is a fitness program of choice for many people as it conditions many parts of the body and accompanied with music, is fun and relaxing to do. The Sunday walking street market on Thalang road is a popular venue frequented by locals and visitors. To make it even more lively and fun, the Aerobic Muai Thai Line Dance and other local fitness clubs have been approached to organize a mass fitness dance event which can be taken part by market goers.

PPAO President Guest Of Honor At Daorung Wittaya School 60th Anniverary And Alumni Celebration


President Paiboon Upattising was among guests of honor at the celebration of Daorung Wittaya School’s 60th anniversary and alumni celebration on the evening of February 14 at Daorung Wittaya School in Phuket Town. Minister Sommai Phasee of the Ministry of Finance presided over the opening ceremony while chairman of the event Kriangsak Suksomboon and the school director Vicar Jeerasak Yongbantom delivered opening and welcoming speeches respectively. Apart from Mr Paiboon, other guests of honor included Vice Governor Panlop Singhasenee. A number of invited guests, alumni, teachers, parents and students attended the event.

Daorung Wittaya School was founded 60 years ago in 1954. The event celebrates achievements of the school and its students both past and present. Activities included ceremony to pay respect to teachers past and present, period drama reminiscent of early years of the school, screening of school pictures, entertainment performed by teachers and students.



2015 – New this year, we have bikers and their display booths from Malaysia, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Turkey at Loma Park, Patong Beach. 1/4 mile (400m) drag races for bikes at Sapan-hin, Phuket town.

PHUKET BIKE WEEK 2015 “ASEAN Ride Together”, the biggest motorcycle event in Asia, will celebrate the 21st anniversary on 11th -19th April 2015. This event will be the large gathering of motorcyclists, expecting to draw over 10,000 motorcycles, 50,000 visitors from 30 countries to Phuket. The excitement will take place in Patong Beach on 11th -13th April 2015 and in Phuket Town on 17th-19th April 2015. Phuket, Thailand’s biggest island, offers visitors white sands and sea breezes at Patong Beach. Sino-Portuguese architecture casts its spell delighting travellers to Phuket Town.

The event highlights include Motorcycle Exhibition, Bike Parades “Ride for Peace”, Custom Bike contests, Live Entertainment, Miss Phuket Bike Week competition, Bike accessories and Apparel from local and international venders. Join us for Convoy around Phuket town and activity to help restock Sea Animals, as well as Safe Riding – Helmets on heads; lights on bikes, and Donation for underprivileged schools and day care facility for mothers in prison.

Phuket Bike Week 2015 , brought to you by Phuket province, Patong and Phuket Town government, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ride Thailand magazine and many Phuket motorcycle clubs.

Honoring Abbot Of Wat Monkol Nimit For His Preferment


Governor Nisit Jansomwong on February 11 led government officials in paying respect to Phra Kru Metta Pirom (Wirat), abbot of the royal temple Wat Thep Nimit, and to congratulate him on his preferment to the higher Sangkha rank by royal decree on December 5, 2014.

PPAO officials present were: President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul and Council Member Opas Chopdee. Phra Kru Metta Pirom blessed all the officials present.

Chic Gourmandise Offer  At Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra - Opera Suite-01

February 2015, Krabi – Get more for less with our special “Chic Gourmandise” offer at the luxurious Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Book a 3 or 4-night stay at our renowned resort and benefit from a 25% saving or book 5, 6 or 7 nights and save a fabulous 30% on our Best Flexible Rate. The outstanding offer is available for bookings made from 17 February – 15 May, 2015 for stays enjoyed from 13 March – 19 May, 2015.

Additional benefits of our “Chic Gourmandise” offer include:

  • Exquisitely furnished accommodation
  • Le Goûter or French style afternoon tea with snack for one or two guests on the afternoon of your choice at the hotel’s restaurant or café (one time per stay)
  • Guaranteed late check-out until 3 p.m.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is a luxurious five star resort located between lush tropical forest and Klong Muang Beach. A short distance from Ao Nang, Hong Island, Phi Phi Island and James Bond Island, it is a dream destination for an unforgettable escape in Thailand. The resort offers 276 rooms and suites that blend French colonial era elegance with authentic Thai style.

Premium services include the luxury Phokeethra speedboat for sunset cruises or personalised excursions to nearby tropical islands. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the region’s dramatic natural landscape while playing a thrilling game on the resort’s exclusive 9-hole course. Discerning guests at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort can also dine at renowned restaurants and bars, and relax at the largest lagoon-style swimming pool in Thailand.

For more information and reservation, please call 075 627 800 or email to H6184-RE@SOFITEL.COM.

The Longest Drive world record attempt reaches THB1 million raised for Phuket Has Been Good To Us charity

Ready for their World Record attempt: Mark Cameron (left) and Graham Haslam (right).
Ready for their World Record attempt: Mark Cameron (left) and Graham Haslam (right).

The Longest Drive world record attempt reaches THB1 million
raised for Phuket Has Been Good To Us charity
1,400km drive in an electric golf cart from Pattaya to Phuket to take 24 days

PHUKET, Thailand – While attempting to set a Guinness World Record for driving an electric golf cart from Pattaya to Phuket, a distance of approximately 1,400km, Graham Haslam and Mark Cameron have this week reached a milestone in their efforts to raise money for Phuket charity, Phuket Has Been Good To Us, hitting the THB1 million mark.

Dubbed ‘The Longest Drive’ and set to start next month, the intrepid duo have received tremendous support from around the Asia Pacific region helping them to surpass THB1 million in pledged sponsorship and donations. The latest company to help push them over the THB1 million mark is co-sponsor of the world record attempt, the Asian Seniors Tour.

Chuan Campbell, organiser of the Asian Seniors Tour said, “I have known and supported Phuket Has Been Good To Us for many years. When I read about this world record attempt by Graham and Mark I had to be part of it. I just wish I was joining them! This is yet another great fund-raising idea that these two have come up with and I am pleased that we at Asian Seniors Tour are able to support them.”

On a recent test drive from Nonthaburi to Lotus Valley golf course in Chachoengsao province, the golf cart’s set of six 8-volt Trojan batteries provided for the World Record attempt delivered an impressive 95 kilometers per day. With the trip covering 1,400km through nine provinces, the daily charge is essential to complete the challenge in approximately 24 days.

Golf cart owner, David Westrick from Golf Cart Thailand, was delighted with how well the cart performed. “We have had that golf cart for almost 18 months and I am very impressed seeing what it was capable of. It was a fantastic journey through a very small portion of Thailand with people encouraging us on the way. Hopefully the excellent Thai weather will continue for the trip.”

The start date for The Longest Drive has been set for 8th March. The cart will depart from Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya with its final destination being Hard Rock Café Phuket, where a gala event will be held on the 8th of April to welcome home the adventitious duo and announce the final amount raised for Phuket Has Been Good To Us.

For more information on how to join sponsors such as Asian Seniors Tour, Gateway Equipment, Gaylin, Opus Offshore, Drilltech, Baan Rim Pa and Reliant who signed up recently to support this exciting world record attempt, please contact

A Celebration of Love at KEE Sky Lounge!



Love in the air was held at KEE Sky Lounge, the rooftop lounge & restaurant of The KEE Resort & Spa on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2015.

I LOVE YOU, a special cocktail was served for adorable couples. Moreover, the executive Chef, Mr. Sonthaya Kaewpradit had created sensual 5 – courses for the guests. About 60 amorous couples enjoyed a spectacular sunset together with in-house band Plug & Play band.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2015 : Kata Sea Breeze Resort

chinese New Year 2015 kata sea breez

Chinese New Year Celebration 2015

Kata Sea Breeze Resort is welcoming the New Year of the Goat, “Bring in the New Year and Expelling the Old” with a lavish spread of Chinese New Year specialties!

Come celebrate with us and be beastwed with great luck by the blessing of the Dragon parade coupled with a live Filipino Duo,Bozo & Clown while your children enjoy a spectacular magician show !


At Seasoning Garden form 7 pm. On Thursday 19th 2015

  • THB 899-. per adult
  • THB 449-. per child (10-15 year old)
    FREE !! for kids under 10 year old

Book Your Seat Now !! at Seasoning Restaurant Tel: (076) 284300-4 or