Phuket Grand Concert Event To Reform And Advance Thailand


Phuket authorities led by Governor Nisit Jansomwong on February 14 swore allegiance to Their Majesties the King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit on the occasion of the launch of NCPO-initiated reformation concert taking place at Sapan Hin main stage.

President Paiboon Upattising and Council Members Theera Jiasakul took part at the occasion. The event was participated by representatives from government agencies, private sectors, public organizations, and members of the public. Of note was the artists from the cable television channel Vetheethai and its president Kosit Suwinitjit.

PPAO Supports Recreational Activitles For Families And Society


President Paiboon Upattising on February 14 hosted the launch of a religious day event (recreational activities for families and society) at Sala Prachakhom Hall in PPAO offices. The event was attended by PPAO officials, members of the Phuket Christian churches, and invited guests.

PPAO officials present: President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Chief of Education, Religion, and Culture Division Ouiporn Sakultan. Recreational fair is collaboration between PPAO and the Phuket Christian Churches Association. Taking place every weekend from February 14 to March 8, the event provides leisure activities for family members to enjoy together. Vicar Thikun Papsaneh, President of the Phuket Christian Churches Association, believes that happy families form a foundation for a quality society. Activities during the fair include: art for young people, vocational skills trainings, health promotion, and music in the garden, among others. The fair is free and the general public is welcome to take part. Vicar Thikun in his speech thanked President Paiboon for his continual support to the local Christian churches. President Paiboon thanked all local Christians who he said turned Sala Prachakhom into a place of loving kindness. He also thanked the Phuket Christian Churches Association for its good work for the society. The President urged all attended to give and receive love freely on this Valentine’s Day. The greatest love of all, he said, is the love Jesus Christ gave to mankind.

PPAO President Guest Of Honor At CHarity Boxing Matches


A charity boxing event organized by Phuket Women’s Volunteer Defense Corps was held on the evening of February 14 at Suan Maprao Market in Rawai subdistrict. Deputy Governor Pakpoom Intarasuwan hosted the launch with President Paiboon Upattising as guest of honor. President Paiboon was accompanied by Council Secretary Kraiwut Kumban.

According to the chairwoman of the Corps, Porntip Lohkaeo, the charity boxing matches aimed to raise fund for the organization’s expenditures. The event also helped train volunteers in fighting and self-defense skills deemed necessary for defense corps members who work as auxiliary forces for the Territorial Defense Department both during war and peacetime. The matches, said Mrs Porntip, encouraged cooperation among members of the society.

Meeting To Set Up Funding Programs For Fiscal Year 2015


On February 13, PPAO executives convened at a meeting to determine the organization’s funding programs for the fiscal year 2015. The meeting, first for the fiscal year 2015, was chaired by President Paiboon Upattising and attended by Vice President Chaowalit Na Nakon, President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, Chief Administrator Watcharin Pathomwattapong, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul, Council members, division chiefs and other involved officials.

The meeting deliberated on financial supports for 37 public projects proposed by 26 agencies, in the total of 104,981,250 baht. Project details are as follows: 1. Phuket Regional Primary Education Office: raising learning and teaching standard (extra teachers); Muslim religious education program; repair and renovation of school and subsidiary buildings; village scout development program. 2. Phuket Polytechnic College: young artists program; vocational training to prepare for AEC; labor skills training. 3. Phuket Technical College: vocational and skills training for general public. 4. Songkla Nakarin University Phuket: campaign to raise environmental awareness. 5. Phuket Public Health Office: To Be Number One, One Tambon One Aerobic; health care for the chronically ill and the disable. 6. Phuket Livestock Office: mobile veterinary service. 7. Phuket Prison: vocational training for inmates. 8. Phuket Buddhist Center: Buddhist retreat for young people; mobile training for Buddhist examination at Wat Anuphas Krisadaram (Wat Ketho); training for Buddhist monks. 9. Phuket Cultural Center: mass ordination and Buddhism training for young people (honoring Princess Maha Chakri). 10. – 15. Phuket City Municipality, Rawai Municipality, Thep Kasattri Municipality, Koh Kaew Subdistrict Administrative Office, Kamala Subdistrict Administrative Office, Sri Suntorn Municipality: supplementary funding for community funds 16. Phuket Child Watch: Uncle Pitak House. 17. Phuket Sunshine Village: increasing life quality for orphans. 18. Thai Autism Foundation Phuket: life skill training. 19. Phuket Sports Association: raising sports excellence. 20. Phuket Community Network: federation of Phuket communities. 21. Drink Not Drive Foundation Phuket: campaign to reduce drunk driving. 22. Phuket Tourism Business Association: promotion of sales and marketing. 23. Thailand Central Islam Commission: Phuket Andaman Halal project. 24. Phuket shrines: support for Phuket Vegetarian Festival. 25. Phuket Islamic Ethical Center: Qur’an reciting project. 26. Phuket Islamic Commission: language and religious training for young Muslim people.

Amari Phuket Launches Chinese New Year Package

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Phuket, 11 February 2015 – Gong Xi Fa Cai! It’s about time to celebrate Chinese New Year. Amari Phuket has a special offer for guests who are looking for a relaxing place to celebrate this special occasion. The package, priced starting at THB 25,095—net, includes a four-day and three-night stay in a Superior Ocean-Facing Room and many privileges such as complimentary THB 500 Angpao credit for food and drinks, round-trip airport transfer, flowers and seasonal fruit basket in room as well as a 20% discount on chosen treatment at Breeze Spa. The package is available for stays from 17 to 23 February 2015.

For more information or reservations, please contact +66 (0) 7634 0106-14 extension 8033 or 8034, email or visit
Address: Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket 83150

Guest Chef  Jacobo Astray’s Culinary  Journey   At  Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

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February 2015, Krabi – Jacobo Astray, former Chef at Spain´s legendary 3-star Michelin Restaurant “El Buli”, will delight lovers of gourmet dining when he takes the helm and presents his special “avant-garde”  dinner menu at Venezia Restaurant on 13 and 14 March, 2015. Price at THB 2,500 nett per person.

Renowned for his deeply personal cooking style, the masterful chef turns dining into an unforgettable artistic and sensory experience.

Born in Spain’s vibrant northwestern region of Galicia, known internationally as a foodie paradise, Chef Jacobo developed a passion for artisanal yet distinctly modern cuisine. His culinary explorations and outstanding skills led him to elBulli, the famed Michelin 3-star restaurant of Chef Ferran Adrià.

Jacobo has worked as a Consulting Chef for several hospitality enterprises in Thailand including the Imperial Queens Park Bangkok, and the Maikhao Dream Resort and Spa Phuket & Pang Nga. He also served as the Executive Chef for Ocean Bangkok Urban Resort.

For two nights only at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Chef Jacobo will take diners on a creative culinary journey designed to shock, surprise and delight.

Chef Jacobo will present his special dinner menu at Venezia Restaurant on 13-14 March 2015. Price at THB 2,500 nett per person.

Diners will enjoy amuse buche of olive spheres, prawns in two textures, and foie gras mousse, starters of Andaman prawn ceviche with tomato granite and passion fruit, salmon tataki with guacamole, mango and ponzu sauce, and 65ºC sous vide egg on a mushroom foam with crispy ham and truffle oil. A choice of main course dishes will include white snapper in yellow curry with potato puree and kaffir leaf air, or grilled Iberico Presa with creamy Parmesan polenta, champignon and basil oil followed by a dessert of yogurt sponge with white chocolate sauce, berries and crispy coconut.

On Friday 13th March at 4 p.m. the gifted chef will also present a fascinating cooking demonstration of spherification, foams and airs.

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening with 3-star Michelin chef, Jacobo Astray. Reservation in advance is required. For more information and booking, please email to or call 075 627 800

Thanyapura Phuket ChosenTo Host First ‘Supersports 10 Miles International Run’ Outside Of Bangkok In March

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PHUKET, THAILAND – Thanyapura Phuket is to welcome its first international running event after being named host of the ‘Supersports 10 Miles International Run 2015 Phuket – Presented by Thanyapura’, with thousands of runners from all over the world lining up for the 6am start on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015.

Supersports, Thailand’s leading sports apparel and equipment chain and one of Central Group’s affiliates, and leading sports and health complex Thanyapura Phuket announced the new race this week, at a Phuket press conference presided over by Mr. Nisit Jansomwong, Phuket Governor, and with honoured guests including Mr Tony Morton, Managing Director of CRC Sports, Mr Chris McCormack, Executive Chairman of Thanyapura Phuket; Mr Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura Phuket; Khun Anoma Vongyai; Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket office; and Khun Virat Patee, Director of Sports Authority of Thailand Phuket.

Thanyapura Phuket is the first host of the Supersports 10 Miles International Run outside Bangkok. The first race in 2013 drew 4,000 runners, which rose to over 7,000 runners for last year’s successful event, held on June 22nd, 2014.  Thanyapura sits in the midst of verdant hills and lush forest and the road race will start from Thanyapura’s complex and wind its way around the roads and tracks of its Thalang location in the island’s north.

The Bangkok race date for 2015 is yet to be announced but it’s likely to be held once more on June 21st.

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The unique race evokes track and field’s earliest days in ancient Greece, when Olympians contested races measured in feet and miles (the original marathon race was 26 miles and 385 yards), and gives runners a chance to register a personal best over another distance. Thanyapura’s state-of-the-art technology means runners will be able to check their times on race day around 5pm on, and

 The Supersports 10 Miles International Run Phuket 2015 Presented by Thanyapura is to be raced over four distances, from the signature 10-mile (16km) event, to 5 miles (8km), 2 miles (3.2km) and 500 meters for children aged 4-12 years.

 The highlight of the event is a 10-mile race; divided between men and women, and into age ranges of 15-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years and 60 years and older. In the international race, the first, second and third-placed runners get cash prize of THB20,000, THB10,000 and THB5,000 respectively. Thai runners placed first, second and third get cash prizes of THB10,000, THB7,000 and THB 3,000 respectively. First to fifth placed runners in each group receive a trophy.

 Interested runners may apply to join the race from today until March 13th, 2015 at (Registration for running bib, time-chip and running shirt is on Saturday, March 21st at Thanyapura at 10am – 6pm). Race entry fee is BHT500 for the 10-mile race, BHT400 for 5-mile and 2-mile races and BHT300 for the 500-meter race. Thanyapura Phuket and Supersports members will receive a discount of BHT100 entry fee for each race type. Event medals will be given to every runner. Shirts will be given to the first 1,500 registered runners. 

Thank you to the supporters of the event: Skechers, 100 Plus, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Anda Focus, Class Act Media, Vistra and Centara Hotels and Resorts. For more information please contact Khun Suparat Thannuy, MARCOM Executive at 076-336 000 ext. 5063

PPAO Supports Singing And Musical Contest “Just Say No”


“Just Say No” singing and musical contest took place on February 6 at Phuket Technical College in Phuket Town. Representing PPAO, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul hosted the event attended by College administrators, teachers, students and invited guests.

According to the College director Jit Iadsang, the program has been running for 18 years. PPAO has been funding the program and also acting as organizing partner for the last ten years having realized the program’s benefit to the society. For the last five years the final round of the event took place at Sapan Hin main stage, Nawamin 72 stage, and Phuket Technical College. This year’s event, which also took place at the College on February 6, has received financial support of 108,100 baht from PPAO. Other agencies have given support in kind such as human resources and equipment. “Just Say No” event aims to encourage young people to take up singing and music in their free times and discourage them from turning to drugs and illegal activities. By performing, students develop confidence and strong personality. The program also honors HM the King and follows the motto “love the King, steer children away from drugs.” For this year, 120 applicants from ten institutions entered, out of whom twenty-two singers/instrumentalists, five dance teams and six folk bands were selected to compete in the finals on February 6. Council Chairman Theera highlighted the benefits of the program “Just Say No” for students and young people, mentioned above. PPAO, he said, was delighted to be sponsoring the event again this year by covering the expenditures, costs and personnel, as it has done in the past. “Just Say No” is part of “To Be No.1” program initiated by Princess Ubolrattana. It is designed to encourage young people to refuse all types of misdeeds and drugs as a way to protect themselves. Mr Theera ended by thanking all agencies who supported the program and all schools for having taken part.

PPAO Teams Win Gold At Southern Or Bor Jor Cup (Pingkan Games) In Football And Tra-Kraw


PPAO officials on the evening of February 5 took part at the closing ceremony of the 15th Southern Or Bor Jor Cup (Pingkan Games) at Phang-Nga Stadium. Chaired by Phang-Nga governor Prayoon Rattanasenee, the ceremony was attended by representatives from 14 southern provincial administrative offices as well as those from Prachuap Khirikhan province.

Representing Phang-Nga Provincial Administrative Office was its president Bamrung Piyanamwanit, who was accompanied by his executives and council members. Representing PPAO were Chief Administrator Watcharin Pathomwattanapong who led a team of officers and council members. The Southern Or Bor Jor Cup, the 15th of its kind, was a sports event participated by provincial administrative officers from all southern provinces including Prachuap Khiri Khan. Taken place in Phang-Nga from January 29 – February 5, 2015, the event was called Pingkan Games. PPAO team proudly won two gold medals in football and sepak takraw, two silvers in 200-m sprint (female 30-39 years) and 200-m sprint (male, 50-59 years); and five bronzes in 8×50 m relay (male, 30-39 years), 100-m sprint (male, 30-39 years), 400-m sprint (female, 30-39 years), 4×100 relay (male, 40-49 years) and 4×100 relay (male 40-49 years). Altogether, nine medals were awarded to PPAO.

PPAO Awards Winners Of PPAO Junior League Basketball 2014


Representing PPAO, Council Member Saroj Angkanapilas (also President of Phuket Sports Association) on February 6 awarded trophies to the winning teams and players of PPAO Junior League Basketball 2014 at the closing ceremony of the event, which took place at PPAO Ban Talad Neu School. Also present were President Advisor Boonserm Suwannarathphoom, PPAO officials, Director of Phuket Tourism and Sports Office Chutima Janmee as well as teachers, coaches and athletes.

PPAO Junior League Basketball event, which ran from November 28, 2014 – February 6, 2015, was divided into three categories: upper secondary school (male), and lower secondary school (male/female). Eleven schools took part in the games, which included Dara Samut, British International, Headstart International, Wat Thep Nimit, Wat kajorn Rangsan, Anuban Phuket, Thaihua Asean Wittaya, Kathu Wittaya, Kajornkiat Suksa, Phuket Wittayalai, and Satree Phuket.

Winners of upper secondary school were: Anuban Phuket (winner); Wat Thep Nimit (first runner-up); British International (second runner-up). Winners of lower secondary school (male) were: Phuket Wittayalai (winner); Kajornkiat Suksa (first runner-up); Satree Phuket (second runner-up). Winners of lower secondary school (female) were: Satree Phuket (winner); Headstart International (first runner-up); British International (second runner-up). Outstanding players prizes went to: Upper secondary:

  • 1. Joseph Hunter (outstanding guard – British International)
  • 2. Nattakit (outstanding guard – Wat Thep Nimit)
  • 3. Karitin Na Nakon (outstanding center – Anuban Phuket)
  • 4. Nattawat Tansakul (outstanding wing – Anuban Phuket)
  • 5. Korawit Saeyang (outstanding wing – Phuket Thaihua)
  • 6. Preecha Suwannahong (outstanding coach – Anuban Phuket)
  • 7. British International School team (best manner)

Lower secondary (male):

  • 1. Don Ju Kim (outstanding guard – Kajornkiat Suksa)
  • 2. Jeera Puenrak (outstanding guard – Satree Phuket)
  • 3. Shivem kapila (outstanding center – British International)
  • 4. Peerapat Triweeranuwat (outstanding wing – Phuket Wittayalai)
  • 5. Worapol Chailert (outstanding wing – Phuket Wittayalai)
  • 6. Chalermpol Meeduang (outstanding coach – Kathu Wittaya)

Lower secondary (female):

  • 1. Thanchanok Maipang (outstanding guard – Satree Phuket)
  • 2. Chaliesa Potter (outstanding guard – British International)
  • 3. Phasinee Ussarawanit (outstanding center – Satree Phuket)
  • 4. Luybov Omelchenko (outstanding wing – Headstart International)
  • 5. Victoria Wiihinrich (outstanding wing – British International)
  • 6. Jeff Lammantia (outstanding coach – British International)
  • 7. Satree Phuket team (best manner)
PPAO Hosts First “Phuket Clinic Center” Meeting For 2015


Local government officers on the morning of February 6 converged in the first “Phuket Clinic Center” meeting of the year 2015 at the Provincial Hall in Phuket town. President Paiboon Upattising chaired the meeting attended by local administrative government officers, PPAO executives including Chief Administrator Watcharin Pathomwattanapong, Council Chairman Theera Jiasakul, council members, and division heads.

The Phuket Clinic Center aims to alleviate and correct difficult situations and disasters faced by the public. The Center also encourages participation by all agencies. The first meeting focused on the proposal to tackle the draught which is already affecting certain areas of the island. To this end, the meeting learned that Department of Local Administration granted a fund of 5,824,000 for the renovation of a water reservoir in Moo 5 of Tambon Mai Khao. The works to be carried out include: dredging no less than 37,166 m3 of the reservoir area; moving of soil for no less than 10 km; and compressing about 1,815 m3 of soil. Bids for construction works have been received from 13 companies. After initial inspection, it was found that 12 companies qualified for the works. The winner will be announced on February 10, 2015. Work is expected to last 120 days from the date of signing contract. For the fiscal year 2015, PPAO has allocated a budget of 4,380,000 baht for the improvement of the public water system in Thalang to tackle water shortage in Tambon Mai Khao. The work will involve construction of a high-level water tank equipped with a pump and containing 30 m3 of water, a clear 100-m3 water tank as well as a filter tank capable of filtering 10 m3 of water per hour. Furthermore, the meeting also studied proposal to prepare for water shortage. To this end, the Planning Division of PPAO has requested a list of necessary equipment needed to deal with water shortage problem from the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office. Finally, the meeting discussed basic infrastructure, expansion of roads, and other public development works in Phuket.

Dine with your Valentine at Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket


Phuket, Thailand – Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, the 5-star luxury resort situated in the heart of the Laguna Phuket Development and Resort Complex, joins the world to celebrate the international day of love, the feast of Saint Valentine.

On the evening of 14th February, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket offers lovers and friends a choice of two romantic venues to commemorate Valentine’s Day:

  • Romance by the Sea – At Casuarina Beach Restaurant & Pub, enjoy a casually romantic dinner on the beach with a special cabana set up for two. The delectable four course set menu includes highlights such as Hokkaido Scallops, Pan roasted baby chicken with pancetta ham, foie gras ravioli. Finally, complete your meal with a delightful 10 years old Balsamic ice cream, strawberry and lemon espuma. Complimentary a bottle of Chandon Brut champagne, chocolates and red roses upon arrival are included. THB 8,900++ per couple.
  • Be My Valentine – Celebrate the magic of love at our award-winning Italian Restaurant, La Trattoria. Selections on offer include Smoked salmon with potatoes and caviar timbale, Beef carpaccio Cipriani style, Prawn ravioli with lobster bisque, sabayon and foie gras, Tasmanian salmon with Sicilian caponata style or pan roasted beef tenderloin with red wine sauce. End your meal with the melt-in-your-mouth dessert of Caprese chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. This sensational four-course menu is priced at THB 4,500++ per couple inclusive of red roses, chocolates and rose wine.


Surprise your loved one with Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket this Valentine’s Day. For more information and reservations, please call our Food & Beverage Team on +66 (0)76 362 999 ext. 7303 or e-mail: