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Francis Ford Coppola Wine on Show in Phuket
- Posted on 17 May, 2012
Phuket wine connoisseurs are in for a treat on May 25 with a wine dinner at the Boathouse Wine and Grill on Kata Beach featuring the wines of acclaimed Hollywood film director Francis Ford Coppola.
Francis Ford Coppola famously said, “Wine making and film making are two great art forms” and he should know having won a hat full of Oscars prior to founding his northern California Sanoma County winery, which won the 2011 USA Wine Producer of the Year Award from The International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Emily Putman, the Director of International Sales for Coppola Wines, will present a range of Director’s Cut wines to complement a French gourmet menu specially created by Boathouse Chef and Maitre Cuisinier de France Jean-Noel Lumineau.
The wine dinner is Baht 2,000 ++ per person, including cocktails at 7pm. For reservations and enquiries, contact Khun Pinyo at email@example.com or visit www.boathousephuket.com.
World’s Top Spas Revealed
- Posted on 16 May, 2012
The world’s best spas have been named in the 10th annual Readers' Spa Awards of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller magazine. The list of 30 spas, ranked by readers for several criteria including ambiance and design, body treatments, cuisine and service, are found in a diverse range of destinations from the big urban centres of New York City, Athens and London, to exotic island escapes including Bora Bora and the Maldives, to off-the-beaten-track locales like Latvia.
Earning the number-one spot is Ananda Spa, found in the Indian Himalayas: “ts unfailingly kind and gentle staff give it a special healing energy, and its programme of yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta is as emotionally uplifting as it is physically effective. It would be impossible to go for a week and not leave feeling on top of the world.”
Find the complete Readers’ Spa Awards 2012 list here: http://www.cntraveller.com/awards/the-readers-spa-awards/readers-spa-awards-2012
Phuket Named an Asian Wedding Hotspot
- Posted on 14 May, 2012
One of Asia’s top travel trade magazines, TTG Asia, reports that destination weddings are gaining in popularity among couples around the region. Phuket ranks high among Singaporean and Hong Kong couples in particular, the report reveals, because newlyweds can enjoy significant cost savings in addition to an exotic backdrop to their wedding.
Other popular destinations for Asian couples to exchange vows include Bali, the Maldives and Boracay in the Philippines. Such places have also been the site of some high-profile celebrity weddings, which has also boosted their appeal.
See the full report here:
Durian Season is Here!
- Posted on 09 May, 2012
Get ready for some sensory delights as the month of May marks the start of the durian season, the best time of year to indulge in this ‘king of fruits’. Durian’s most famous for its spiky exterior and strong scent, which has seen the fruit banned from many hotels, but for durian lovers the rich taste of the fruit is a heavenly treat.
To try one, look for durian vendors in pick-up trucks along the roadsides – there are usually several people lined up. Some Phuket resorts and restaurants are also putting on special durian menus, including a durian buffet at DiVine in Thanyapura leisure club from May 21-27. Durian season lasts from May through August. Enjoy!
Phuket to Host Google Thailand Talk
- Posted on 08 May, 2012
Phuket Google fans will have the chance for an in-depth view into the giant search engine’s Thailand operations at this month’s International Business Association of Phuket (IBAP) meeting this Friday, May 11.
Khun Ariya Banomyong, Country Head of Google Thailand, will discuss 'Getting to know Google in Thailand', an overview of Google's business in Thailand. The meeting will take place at the A2 Resort on bypass road. Both members and non-members welcome. Doors open at 6:15pm.
For more information visit http://ibap-phuket.org.
Phuket Health & Fitness Fest
- Posted on 07 May, 2012
People seeking inspiration to live a healthier life will want to check out the Phuket Health & Fitness Festival hosted by Atmanjai and Serenity Terraces in Rawai from May 11-13. The keynote speaker is Dr. John Hinwood from Australia, author of the book “Expect a Miracle”, who has been described as a “health professional by training, a successful businessman by effort and an inspiration by inclination that has given him an awesome array of practical tools for success.”
Tickets of 2,200 baht or 1,900 baht for early bird purchase include admission to all seminars, demonstrations, activities, and the festival party at Serenity Terraces on Saturday night.
For more information contact Michael Massey on 081-412 5652 or visit www.RawaiNaiHarn.com.
Phuket Marks Coronation Day
- Posted on 06 May, 2012
May 5 is a special day for people across Thailand, and Phuket is no exception. On this day in 1950, a coronation ceremony took place for His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, where he was officially crowned as King four years after ascending to the throne. Celebrations take place across the country to honour the beloved King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty, including monk chanting and a 21-gun salute in Bangkok. Many businesses will be closed today, or on Monday the 7th in lieu.
With 66 years on the throne, HM King Bhumibol is the world’s longest reigning monarch.
Beach Party Planned for Phuket PUP Launch
- Posted on 05 May, 2012
Phuket dog lovers will have the chance to revel on the sands in support of their canine friends at the Soi Dog Foundation charity beach party on May 12 at the Xana Beach Club, Angsana Laguna Phuket resort.
Phuket's Soi Dog Foundation is expanding operations to prevent thousands of unwanted puppies being born and dying from starvation and disease on Phuket, as well as increasing its presence in Bangkok. The expanded program, called PUP (Prevent Unwanted Puppies) is an ambitious attempt to sterilise 20,000 animals over the next two years. It will cost the foundation 10 million baht in addition to normal operating costs.
All proceeds from the event will go toward this project.
The ticket price of 2500 baht includes a delicious buffet dinner and free flow beer and wine. For bookings, contact Cristy Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0840544367. Dress code: Black and White.
Phuket Set to Woo Middle East Visitors
- Posted on 03 May, 2012
Thailand travel industry players expect at least a 10% boost in arrivals from the Middle East for 2012, it was revealed at a travel market event in Dubai on April 29. Speaking at the event, Khun Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor for International Marketing, said that in the coming year the TAT Middle East Office will continue to reinforce the Thailand brand “Amazing Thailand Always Amazes You”, with a core focus on authenticity, value for money, and hospitality.
Most appealing for Middle East visitors are Thailand’s niche tourism products including Health and Wellness, Wedding and Honeymoon, Green Tourism and Golf, which will be all be highlighted with a focus on the excellent value for money Thailand can provide.
Phuket Trail Run Launched
- Posted on 02 May, 2012
Phuket runners will have the chance to enjoy some off-track racing action at the Columbia Trail Masters 2012 run on May 6. This event marks a new sports experience for Phuket – trail running. The Columbia Trail Masters Phuket is the second in the three-run Columbia Trail Masters Thailand Championships. The first was in January in Kao Mai Keaw forest in Chonburi, and the third will take place in July in Kao Kieaw, Phitsanoulok.
The Phuket event, based at the Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club, will comprise a 21K Half Marathon, a 10K Run, and a 3K Fun Run for kids and adults for those who wish to join the event at a more leisurely pace.
For more information visit www.ama-events.com.