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7/6 Soi Tad-Ied, Moo 5, Tambol Chalong,


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Contact person: Dr Sununtika Chitvarin


Tel: +66 (0) 87 688 3999
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16/7 Soi Hatchananiwech 2/9,


Anuphas Phuket Karn Road, Tambol Talad Yai,
Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000
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Tel: +66 (0) 86 689 7510 (K.Prasertsak),
+66 (0) 89 472 5454 (K.Ausa),
+66 (0) 87 907 9387 (K.Suparat)
Email: uchaiprapa@yahoo.com

Contact person: Reservations


Tel: +66 (0) 89 875 5789 (Thai and English),
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Email: m.allen.phuket@gmail.com

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Welcome to the first issue of Phuketindex.com magazine for


2015. The entire Phuketindex.com team would like to wish
each and every one of you a Happy New Year!
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In this issue of the islands leading lifestyle magazine we


introduce you to two of Phukets newest and most exciting
businesses, the first is the Eastin Yama Phuket Resort, a resort
which were sure is going to give other resorts in the Kata area
of the island a real run for their money. The second is K.W.
Development Co., Ltd, a company who has vast knowledge in
Phukets real estate and hospitality industries and are about to
launch several new projects which include ready-made hotel
projects for investors and entrepreneurs.
We will also give you an insight into some of the islands most
noticeable and loveable mascots, something which are becoming more popular for defining local Phuket brands.

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CONTENTS
On The Cover
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K.W. Development
- Reinventing Phukets Hospitality Industry

Index
12 Phuket Stat

- Phukets Workers Statistics in 2014

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Real Estate
- Phuket Condominiums
The Best Selling Product

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Travel
- Phuket International Airport
Non-Stop Growth

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PHUKETS
WORKERS

STATISTICS IN

Interview
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2014

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FEBRUARY 2015 - APRIL 2015


Business
30 News - Phuket News update
36 Investment - Foreign exchange Control Regulations
38 Bright Idea - Mascots Defining a Brand

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32

Inspiration Talk
- Phuket Local Developer
Maetapong (oun) upatising

Recommended
32 Chef Talk

- Mustapha Haj omar - The Charming Prince of


the Mediterranean Cuisine

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42

Restaurant Review
- spice to discover at outrigger Laguna Phuket
Beach Resort - An Authentic Peranakan Dining
Experience by the Beach

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46

Hotel Review - eastin Yama Hotel Phuket

Lifestyle
48
52
54
59

Inside - Following Fashion Trends


Decoration - Recommended Items
Event Photo
Social Responsibility
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Phuket Stat

Phukets
Workers

Statistics in

2014

USA

Phukets economy has been expanding for decades due to the


islands power-driven tourism industry. Due to the growth in that
industry it is not surprising that the island has also seen significant
growth in its real estate industry due to increasing numbers of
workers the tourism industry requires. Increasing numbers of
Thai and foreigner workers are coming to work in Phuket, and the
following statistics show the numbers of workers who reside in
Phuket and where they come from.

The total number of registered workers in


Phuket in 2014 is 407,207
312,917
Thai nationals

94,290
foreigners

76.84 %

23.16%
593 Chinese (33.90%)

80,795 Burmese (96.09%)


1,443 Laotian (1.72%)

ASEAN

other
Asian
countries

969 Cambodian (1.16%)


868 Filipino (1.03%)
599 South Koreans (34.24%)

The largest number of foreign workers registered in


Phuket originate from the 15 countries which make up the
ASEAN region, 84,075 or 89.16 percent of all foreigner
workers. 80,795 Burmese or 96.09 percent, 1,443 peoples
Laotian (1.72 percent), 969 Cambodian (1.16 percent) and
868 Filipino (1.03 percent).

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329 Indians (18.81%)

200 Japanese (11.43%)


28 Taiwanese (1.60%)

In addition, there are also 1,749 workers who originate


from other Asian countries including 599 South Koreans
or 34.24 percent, 593 Chinese (33.90 percent), 329
Indians (18.81 percent), 200 Japanese (11.43 percent),
28 Taiwanese (1.60 percent).

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Sweden

Russia

England

Germany
France
South Korea

Italy

Japan

China

India
Myanmar

Laos

Taiwan

Philippines
Cambodia

Phuket

Australia

689 French (15.23%)

1,076 Russian (23.79%)

2,841 Other countries (72.08%)

559 Italian (12.36 %)

other
countries

Europeans
1,363 English (30.13%)

432 German (9.54%)


405 Swedes (8.95%)

The second largest group of foreign workers in Phuket are


Europeans with a total number of 4,524 made up of 1,363
English or 30.13 percent, 1,076 Russian (23.79 percent), 689
French (15.23 percent), 559 Italian (12.36 percent), 432 German
(9.54 percent) and 405 Swedes (8.95 percent).

543 Australia (13.77%)


558 USA (14.15%)

The remaining 3,942 workers originate from either


Australia, USA and other countries. Those from other
countries make up for 72.08 percent or 2,841 workers,
USA 558 or 14.15 percent and Australia 543 (13.77
percent).

The information in these pages relating to the number of foreign workers who are registered to work in Phuket has
been provided to Phuketindex.com by the Phuket Provincial Employment Office.
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Phuket Condominiums
The Best Selling Product

hanges in the economic environment


unconsciously affect our behavior and it is
therefore necessary to adapt to these changes
especially where residences, which change
with the times are concerned.
Phuket is a tourist city well known all over the world. It is
also known to be strong economically.
Having looked into the past investment trends of Phuket
we found that both Thai and foreign investors choose to
invest in Phuket. With its great beaches, world renowned
diving sites, historic heritage, spectacular range of spas,
health and wellness resorts, yacht marinas, attractions
and boutique hotels, Phuket is the second most popular
tourist destination in Thailand after Bangkok and it brings
a large amount of revenue to Thailand through tourism. In
addition, it is also gaining promotion from the Government
who want to see Phuket become a main hub for the
upcoming ASEAN Economic Community region and for
investment that extends beyond tourism. Phuket is also
viewed as an economic hub when it comes to trading in
the South-East Asian region.
Phuket has a large number both Thai and foreign workers
and retirees which continue to grow year on year, and
due to this continuous growth the demand for housing is
also continuously growing. Statistics from a recent survey
by Phuketindex found that in the first half of 2014 there
were a total of 6,315 residential units sold, 2,929 units
in Amphur Muang, 873 units in Amphur Kathu and 2,513
units in Amphur Thalang. We also found that from 20112013 approximately 30,800 residential units were sold,
13,900 houses and villas and 16,900 condominiums.
The results of this survey clearly show us that the
demand for condominiums is far greater than for that of
houses and villas, and this is why Phuket is now seeing
that developers now prefer to build condominiums rather
than houses and villas.
When we looked further into the condominiums sold from
2011-2013 we found that they were broken down into
three main price groups, less than 50,000 baht/sq m
- 45 percent, 50,000-100,000 baht/sq m - 45 percent and
100,000+ baht/sq m - 10 percent. Whilst in the first half of
2014 there were approximately 2,416 condominium units
sold, once again within the same three price groups, less
than 50,000 baht/sq m - 40 percent, 50,000-100,000 baht/
sq m - 35 percent and 100,000+ baht/sq m 25 percent,
a 15 percent increase on the years 2011 - 2013.

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Our survey found that in 2015, a further 2,644


condominium units will be complete and ready for sale.
With regards to preferred location for condominium
developments our survey revealed that 45 percent of
developments were in Muang District, 50 percent in
Kathu District and 5 percent in Thalang.
Although there are a number of local and
international developers choosing to develop
condominiums in Phuket we found that the largest
number of developers choosing Phuket as their
preferred location were in fact large Thai developers
including Pruksa Real Estate, Sansiri, Supalai, Tri
Property and The Bay Cliff.

In the first half


of 2014 there were
a total of 6,315
residential units sold

Amphur Thalang

2,513
units

39.79%

Amphur Kathu

873
units

13.82%

2,929
units

49.39%

Amphur
Muang

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From 2011 - 2013 approximately


30,800 residential units
were sold

The condominium units sold


from 2011 - 2013
were broken down into three
main price groups

In the first half of 2014


there were approximately
2,416 condominium
units sold within three price
groups

100,000+
baht/sq m

10

16,900

condominiums
%

55

100,000+
baht/sq m

25

13,900
houses
and villas
%

Less than
50,000

45

baht/sq m

45

50,000-100,000
baht/sq m

45

Less than
50,000
baht/sq m

40

50,000-100,000
baht/sq m

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The following graph shows condominiums developed by


national developers
* The company who has built the most condominiums in Phuket is Sansiri Public Company Limited

Sansiri

52.6%
21.0%

Supalai

15.8%

Tri Property
Pruksa Real Estate

5.3%

The Bay Cliff

5.3%

Sansiri

Supalai

dcondo Luxe Rassada-Samkong Phuket


dcondo Kathu
dcondo Kathu Patong
dcondo Creek
dcondo Campus Resort Kuku
dcondo mine
The BASE Height Phuket
The BASE Uptown-Phuket
The Deck
Baan Mai Khao

Supalai
Supalai
Supalai
Supalai

Pruksa Real Estate


City Resort Phuket
Park @ Downtown Phuket
Park @ Phuket City
Vista Phuket

Fuse Valley Phuket

The Bay Cliff


The Privilege Residences Patong

Tri Property
ZCAPE Condominium
ZCAPE X2 Condo
ZCAPE 3 Condominium

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Interview
with

Dr. Sopon Pornchokchai


President - Agency for Real Estate
Affairs (AREA)

Condominiums are the most popular


property type amongst developers with a
total of 16,107 units, or 54 percent of the
whole market. This is followed by townhouses
(15 percent) and single detached houses
(14 percent).
As of the end of June 2014, Phuket had a
total supply of 7,124 units. Muang District is
where most supplies are - some 2,929 units.
Condominiums on Phuket have also been
the best-selling product during the last 12
months, and accounted for 68 percent of
the whole market.
The best-selling price range was between
THB 2 and THB 3 million, followed by the
THB 1 - THB 2 million and THB 3 million - THB 5
million respectively.

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Dr. Sopon cautioned

During a
market slow down,
developers need
to be careful and
focus more on
market study and
financial strategy.
They also need
to learn more on
specific restrictions
in order to develop
the right project on
this island.

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Uthai Uthaisangsuk
Senior Executive Vice President of
Business Development & Project
Development Division
(Condominiums), Sansiri PLC

sansiri has developed the most condominium


projects on Phuket with a number of developments under
the names of dcondo and The BASE. Our condominiums
have been developed to meet the demands of the
islands current real estate market which is seeing more
and more people who work and live in Phuket wanting
to own and invest in real estate, especially condominium
units. In recent times, we have seen a huge increase in
demand from both Thais and foreigners who want to
invest in condominium units and that is why the island
has seen such expansion within this real estate category.
However, we are not only now seeing an interest in
the standard type of condominiums; we are also seeing
a large number of investors who are looking for resort
condominiums such as our Baan Mai Khao and The
Deck Patong projects, both of which have received great
feedback from foreigners looking not only for a good
investment but a condominium in a great location.

Image Copyright Sansiri PLC

Image Copyright Sansiri PLC

Within a three year period Sansiri has developed


a total of 14 residential projects in Phuket with a
total of 5,105 units. The breakdown of these
projects is as follows: dcondo Kathu 556 units,
dcondo Kathu - Patong 653 units, dcondo Creek
806 units, dcondo Mine 436 units, dcondo Campus
Resort Kuku 471 units, dcondo Downtown - Phuket
310 units, dcondo Uptown - Phuket 387 units, The
BASE Height - Phuket 358 units, The Deck - Patong
270 units, Baan Mai Khao 206 units, Burasiri Koh
Kaew 156 units, Habitia Koh Kaew 244 units,
Habitown Koh Kaew 228 units, B-Avenue Kuku
Commercial Building 24 units. The total value of all
our projects is 14,317 million THB.
sansiri condominium units start from as little as
1.39 million THB (dcondo) going up 33 million THB
(Baan Mai Khao) and sizes range from 29 sq m 62.5 sq m.
sansiri is very pleased with the response we
have received for each of our projects and so far
we have welcomed approximately 2,000 people to
the Sansiri family. We are very confident with the
investment potential of Phuket; a city which continues to see growth not only in tourism but also
other industries. We as Sansiri wish to continue to
grow alongside the island into the future.

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Mr. Chitsanucha
Phakdeesaneha
Managing Director of Universal
and Porchland Group
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Porchland Group is a real estate developer


based in Pattaya, Chonburi where we already have 11
projects in our portfolio. However, earlier this year we added
a twelfth project to our portfolio with the launch of the Massa
Luna Condo Phuket, our very first project in Phuket. It was
our decision to expand our business to Phuket because
it has a large market for holiday homes, possibly the best
in Asia. It is also because its a world-renowned tourist
destination.
We have decided to invest in Phuket with a high-end
condominium and the main decision for this is because its
in the area of Nai Yang Beach, an area which offers natural
beauty and privacy. It is also a popular area with Thai and
foreign tourists and expatriates. It is located only 3km away
from Phuket International Airport or a drive of approximately
10-15 minutes. We believe that in the future this area will
see further development and growth and is a high potential
area.
Our Massa Luna project is worth in the region of 1,140
million baht. Construction started late in 2014 and will be
complete in late 2015, with customers being able to move in
at the beginning of 2016.

Image Copyright Porchland Group

Image Copyright Porchland Group

Our main target group is foreigners living in Phuket who want to own a
property rather than rent, or those looking for a good investment.

Image Copyright Porchland Group

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Image Copyright Porchland Group

We are also looking to bring further projects to Phuket


in the Rang Hill area close to Bangkok Phuket Hospital
on an area of approximately 29 acres. It will be a city
condominium with unit prices starting at around 1.8
million baht. This project will be launched in conjunction
with the universal Development Limited Company who
is also based in Pattaya. The project will be worth about
one billion baht and we expect to launch this project in
the first quarter of 2015.

Website

33/7-9 Vichitsongkram Rd., Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket 83000 Tel: +66 (0) 81 892 2807, +66 (0) 86 662 7766, +66 (0) 76 219 406
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Travel

Phuket International

Airport

Non-Stop Growth

irports of Thailand (AOT) recently


announced that the number of domestic
and international passengers who passed
through Phuket International Airport in
2014 was approximately 11.27 million, an increase of
2.70% on last year (2013). It also stated there were
a total of 74,501 domestic and international flights,
an increase of 6.13% on 2013. Additional figures
released by AOT revealed that Phuket International
Airport sees an average of 233 flights and 36,100
passengers per day.
Furthermore, AOT has also recently released a
report forecasting that the number of passengers to
use Phuket International Airport by the year 2015 will
be approximately 12.5 million passengers, 7.5 million
domestic passengers and 5 million international
passengers.
With statistics such as these it is no surprise that
Phuket International Airport is being expanded to
accommodate the growing number of passengers
who are travelling to Phuket for both business and
pleasure purposes.
Phuketindex.com has gathered more detailed information from various airlines that operate at Phuket
International Airport so we can give you some more
in-depth statistics into the airports operations. We
have also spoken to some airline representatives
to give us more information about their Phuket
operations.

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All statistical information


in this article has been
provided by AOT
Passenger
(Million)
12

11.2

2013

2014

9.5

10

8.4
7.0

8
6

10.9

5.7

5.7

4
2
0

Year
2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Number of passenger at
Phuket International Airport from

2008-2014

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International Carriers

40

International carriers

48
A total of

carriers
serve passengers at
Phuket International
Airport

National carriers

The numbers of carriers at


Phuket International Airport

Domestic Carriers

Bangkok Airways (PG)


Business Air (8B)
Jet Asia Airways (JF)
Nok Air (DD)
Orient Thai Airlines (OX)
Thai Air Asia (FD)
Thai Airways International (TG)
Thai Smile Air (WE)

Aeroflot (SU)
Air Asia (AK)
Air Berlin (AB)
Air China (CA)
Arkefly (OR)
Asiana Airlines (OZ)
Blue Panorama Airlines (BV)
Cebu Pacific Air (5J)
China Eastern Airlines (MU)
China Southern Airlines (CZ)
Condor Flugdienst Gmbh Frankfurt (DE)
Dragonair (KA)
Eastar Jet (ZE)
Edelweiss Air (WK)
Emirates (EK)
Enter Air (OF)
Finnair (AY)
Firefly (FY)
Hainan Airlines (HU)
Hong Kong Express (UO)
I Fly (H5)
Indonesia Air Asia (QZ)
Jetstar Airways (JQ)
Jetstar Asia Airways (3K)
Juneyao Airlines (HO)
Korean Air (KE)
Malaysia Airlines (MH)
Nov Air (1L)
Qatar Airways (QR)
Shanghai Airlines (FM)
Siberia Airlines (S7)
Sichuan Airlines (3U)
Silkair (MI)
Spring Airlines (9C)
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia (DK)
Thomson Airways (BY)
Tiger Air (TR)
Transaero Airlines (UN)
Tuifly Nordic (6B)
Virgin Australia Airlines (VA)
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The 40 international carriers


can be split into three specific
regional carriers

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ASIAN
carriers

EUrOPEAN
carriers

02

AUSTrAlIAN
carriers

The asian carriers


can be further split
as follows:

The carriers from


europe can be split
as follows:

The carriers from


australian can be
split as follows:

10 Chinese carriers

russian carriers

2 carriers from Australia

Malaysian carriers

Swedish carriers

South Korean carriers

German carriers

Singaporean carriers

Dutch carrier

Qatari carrier

UK carrier

Filipino carrier

Finnish carrier

United Arab Emirates

Polish carrier

carrier

Italian carrier

Indonesian carrier

Swiss carrier

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Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways is an airline hub for Phuket
International Airport that links to both domestic and
international flights.

Ms. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth


Vice President Sales of Bangkok Airways
The airline chose to open ights to Phuket because there are a variety of natural
beauty and unique cultural attractions and it is perfect for travelers from all over the
world. It offers a wide range of open ights from various cities to Phuket.
Image Copyright Bangkok Airways

Phuket Flight Ticket Prices


Phuket - Bangkok
Chiang Mai

Phuket - Samui
Phuket - Chiang Mai
Phuket - U-Tapao (Pattaya)

Bangkok

U-Tapao
(Pattaya)

Samui

PHUKeT

1,790 baht
start from 3,100 baht
start from 2,890 baht
start from 2,590 baht
start from

Bangkok Airways domestic ights at


Phuket international airport
Phuket - Bangkok

8 flights per day

Phuket - Samui

5 flights per day

Phuket - Chiang Mai

1 flight per day

Phuket - U-Tapao (Pattaya)

1 flight per day

Airplanes used for Phuket flights

airbus a320, airbus a319 and aTr72-500

www.bangkokair.com

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Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is award winning international airline and on 2014
they launched daily non-stop Doha - Phuket ights, this is a great
opportunity for travellers from the Middle East to plan their break
with a beach vacation to Phuket.

Mr. Jimmy Sng


Country Manager
Thailand at Qatar
Airways
Image Copyright Qatar Airways

Phuket is a popular city that is one of the favorite destinations


for tourists all over the world, and Qatar Airways recognizes the
importance of providing a superior service to passengers and
to facilitate their travel across the globe with shorter journey
times. Connect to Phuket with our network. A dedicated
non-stop Phuket service will help meet the growing demand
the airline has for this particular destination. Moreover, Europe
is an extremely popular destination for a number of Thailandbased locals as well. We are therefore very pleased to be able
to continue to offer more options to those looking to travel with
us and enjoy our award-winning ve-star service.
Doha - Phuket ights are served by Airbus A330 aircraft in a
two-class conguration of 24 seats in Business Class and 236
in Economy.

Phuket Doha date ights


MONDaYs, WeDNesDaYs aND sUNDaYs

DeParT
PHUKET AT
19.30HrS

arriVe
DOHA AT
22.50HrS

TUesDaYs, THUrsDaYs, FriDaYs aND


saTUrDaYs

DeParT
PHUKET AT
19.05HrS
24

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arriVe
DOHA AT
22.25HrS

Jet Star Airways


Jetstar Airways is currently the third largest domestic
Australian airline (by market share) and fth largest
international airline (by capacity share) serving
international routes to-and-from Australia.

Mr. Leslie Ng
Regional General
Manager for Sales,
Jetstar Group
Phuket is a beautiful beach
destination and a favourite
with Australians alike.
Phuket is one of the unique
destinations that will satisfy
everyone, from the walletconscious to the big spender.
Phuket has historically appealed to Australians and a vast
spectrum of travellers, including FIT travel, honeymooners,
couples, and families. The affordable baht continues to
make Phuket one of the most popular holiday destinations
all year round.

Jetstar Airways started ying from Sydney to Phuket in


2006 with 3 ights weekly and from Melbourne to Phuket
with three ights weekly.

PHUKeT - sYDNeY &


PHUKeT - MeLBOUrNe

FLiGHT
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Business
Launch

K.W.
Development
Reinventing
Phukets Hospitality
Industry

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K.W. Development Co., Ltd. is the name of a company that offers a full range of real estate developments.
The K.W. name represents the names of the owners, two of Phukets best developers, Mr. Karn
Prachumpan Managing Director of The Beach Group, and Mr. Watchara Jaruariyanon Managing
Director of Vasi Co., Ltd. Together; they have the vision of reinventing Phukets hospitality industry
by creating Ready-Made Hotel projects to offer to both investors and entrepreneurs.
Phuketindex.com recently had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Karn and Mr. Watchara about the origins of their business
venture and their vision of developing real estate projects that once complete will be worth billions of baht.

Who are Mr. Karn & Mr. Watchara?


Mr. Karn Prachumpan

was born and raised in Phuket;


hes the owner of a property
development company called
The Beach Group, a company
that has been responsible
for developing a number of
projects on the West coast
of Phuket. So far, The Beach
Group has developed approximately 8 commercial and
residential projects including
hotels and exclusive villas. They
are also responsible for developing

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The Beach Condotel which used a concept of


honesty, quality and time, a concept Mr Karn
believes gives customers trust in their performance. With most of the projects they have
developed their primary focus is location. Mr
Karn truly believes that if a project is in a prime
location then customers will be more interested
in it and they can build to the specic needs of
the customer.

Mr Karn says that they are sometimes seen


as tour operators as they have an in-depth
knowledge when it comes to the islands tourism

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businesses and they can advise where a good location
is for a specic business. People can rely on them as
they have over 15 years experience doing business here
and do not specialise in one specic area.

property purchases and sales. These businesses


have been very much involved in the hotel sector
and have worked together with the hotels such
as Sala Thai, The Nap and The Sea which are all
located in Patong.

Mr. Watchara Jaruariyanon

was born in Nakhon Pathom and graduated


from the Prince of Songkla University
Hatyai Campus in 1989. He started his
working life in Bangkok working as a
civil engineer and was involved in the
building of Central Chidlom, the LPN
ofce and RS Tower Ratchada. After
3 years he moved here to Phuket and
joined a company as a hotel design
consultant and was again involved in
the construction of 3 projects. 16 years
ago he opened a company called Vasi
Co., Ltd. which has been involved in approximately 40 projects worth in the region of 10,000
million baht. However, Vasi Co., Ltd. is more than just a
construction company, it also has a sister company Vasi
Land and House Co., Ltd. which deals with land and

Why did you


decide to
set up K.W.
Development
Co., Ltd.?
Mr. Karn said We decided
to setup K.W. Development
Co., Ltd. as The Beach Group
and Vasi Group Co., Ltd.
have different strengths and
specialize in different areas,
but of our specic areas of
expertise go together hand in
hand.
Mr. Watchara added Khun
Karn has over 10 years experience working in marketing,
and I have vast experience as
a design consultant and construction supervisor. Putting
these together made setting
up a property development
company seem quite natural.

In addition, Mr Watchara also has a


jewellery shop in Central Festival
Phuket and he is the owner of the
Kajonkietsuksa School in Thalang
which opened in 2013 and is located
near the Thep Kasatri & Si Sunthon
Heroines Monument. This school also
has a nursery called Baan Kajonkiet
which is located at the entrance to the
Laguna Phuket complex.
Mr Watchara is a member of the Prince of
Songkla University alumni committee, on the
committee of the Phuket Real Estate Club, and is
former president of Phuket Golf Club.

What projects is K.W. Development


Co., Ltd. working on?

Image Copyright K.W. Development Co., Ltd.

Mr. Karn said K.W. Development Co., Ltd. is already involved in the
development of projects in different locations around the island but
predominantly on the west coast. Beach Point Bangla is located in Patong
at a prime area near the beach. This project is very close to 4-5 star hotels
such as La Flora, Thara Patong, The Kee and Alpina. This area is one of
the hottest to be found at this time.
This was a large plot of land covering an area of 4.25 rai and this allowed
us to develop 2 projects. The rst is 2 storey project consisting of a single
storey boutique hotel and the upper level can be used as a plaza with
restaurants bars and other businesses; this will be the clients decision.
The second is a 200 room 4-star hotel which will sit 30 meters away from
the beach; this will be developed to sell.

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Another of our projects is located in Kata; this is called the Two Hotel, a
4-star resort with 150 rooms. Another is a 250 room 3 star budget hotel
located 200 meters from the beach, again on a very prime piece of land.

We have also bought an old hotel in front of


Club Med Phuket and this will be turned from a 180
room property to a 220 room property. This will also
be developed to sell.

What would you like


to say to prospective
customers?
Mr Karn We are looking in the same direction
with the products we create. In the next two
years our projects will be the ones to look out
for. We are also creating products which we
will be managing ourselves. This is very rare in
real estate, there are very few companies who
develop and manage their own projects.
When developing you need to understand
many aspects such as height restrictions, the
location, environment, local laws etc which
all vary, however, we can handle all these
aspects as we have knowledge in all these
areas.
In addition, if we build a hotel to sell, buyers
can buy in the knowledge that we have built
legally and that the hotel is fully licensed. We
will make buying a hotel very easy for them.
Another thing is that we want to develop
projects that sit alongside the current tourism
trend.

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Mr. Watchara added We have to admit one


thing, Phukets real estate industry already
boomed several years ago. However we
believe that it will not suddenly stop, it will
continue to grow.
We have become part of this business and
we are committed that all construction work
is of a high standard, we work regardless of
prot or loss, and all our work must be legal
and well designed. When working we take into
account the environment and we try to ensure
that where we build we improve nearby public
spaces so that they benet all.

Image Copyright K.W. Development Co., Ltd.

We would also like to advise people that we


also have K.W. Service Company who is currently trying to buy land near Tesco Lotus to
set up an ofce. This company has been set
up to oversee whole real estate projects as
we have experts in architecture, engineering,
nance and marketing within our organization.
We are also consultants in the eld of real
estate investment. If you dont want to develop
a project yourself, or if you need help developing
a project here in Phuket we are happy to help.
Come and get to know our company, we
will work everything out together. We will not
waste anyones time and we do not only focus
on prot. We care about the environment and
urban development, and we ensure that our
designs t in with their location!

K.W. Development Co., Ltd.

98/90 Kata Road, Tambol Karon, Amphur


Muang, Phuket 83100
Tel: +66 (0) 76 333 111 Fax: +66 (0) 76 330 475
Image Copyright K.W. Development Co., Ltd.

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Where Italian dining experience meet art and passion


!

By Alessandro Frau
Chef/Patron

324/15 Prabaramee Road

Kalim Bay - Patong - Phuket


Tel 076 618127
email: reservations@acquarestaurantphuket.com
www.acquarestaurantphuket.com

Restaurant of the Year

News
Phuket News Update

PHUKET NEWS UPDATE


Amari Phuket Announces New Cluster
Sales Team

Following the recent appointment of Mr Pierre-Andre Pelletier


as the Vice President and Area General Manager of Southern
Thailand, he has now announced a strategic restructuring of
the Sales Team into a cluster to take care of the groups other
properties in Southern Thailand.
The restructure includes the Director of Sales and Marketing, which
has been accepted by Ms Wallee Krooprasert (left), following with
the Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing that has been accepted
by Mr Charoen Awassadaporn (centre) and the Sales and Marketing
Manager, which has been accepted by Ms Yupa Eravadeekul (right).
The Cluster Sales Team is now on-board and will focus on
initiating and developing the companys sales, marketing
strategies and activities, working to make Amari the best
upscale hotel in the region as well as continuing to drive
business development in both existing and new accounts to
support the companys growth.
Address: Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Road, Patong Beach, Kathu,
Phuket 83150

Ms.Ornchaporn appointed as
Public Relations Manager at Kata Sea
Breeze Resort.
Ms. Ornchaporn
Sangsre (Koy) was
recently appointed as
Public Relations
Manager here at Kata
Sea Breeze Resort.
Khun Koy graduated
from Bangkok
University having
attained a Bachelor
Degree in Bachelor
of Arts Program
in English. After
graduating, Khun
Koy joined several
international
organizations in
Australia and America
before returning home
to Thailand to join a
regional airline. With Khun Koys strong international
background and hospitality knowledge, we are sure
that Kata Sea Breeze will become one of the most
famous family resorts here in Kata!
Kata Sea Breeze Resort
72 Kata Road, Karon District, Phuket 83100 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 76 284 300-4 Fax: +66 (0) 76 284 307
Email: yourstay@kataseabreeze.com

Regent Phuket receives the Global Winner - World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014
Regent Phuket Cape Panwa has been voted and awarded World Luxury Hotel
Awards 2014 the Global winner in the Luxury Island Resort category, the
pinnacle of achievement for luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. The award is a
result of Regents highly personalized luxury journey, sublime attention to detail
throughout and universally excellent guest feedback.
We are extremely thrilled to have been recognized as the winner of this most
coveted award in the hospitality industry. As the General Manager of the resort,
it gives me great pleasure seeing the acceptance of our resort within such high
standard of esteemed hotels at the awards. We strive to deliver the best in resort
accommodation, rst class cuisine and a guest experience tailored to the individuals
who stay with us. Our guests who voted for us are more than guests when returning to their second home, they have become part
of our Regent family said Brice Borin, General Manager of Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.
Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, 84 Moo 8 Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit,Cape Panwa, Phuket 83000 Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 76 200 800, +66 (0) 76 318 888 Fax: +66 (0) 76 200 803

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Phuket News Update

Revamped Laguna
Phuket Golf Club
Memorable

Dusit Thani Phuket unveils


new look Laguna Caf

The revamped Laguna


Phuket championship golf
course, which officially
re-opened in January after
a full makeover, now has
a real sense of place and belonging according to its designer, Paul
Jansen.
The former lead architect for Faldo Design, who created Laguna Phukets
award-winning sister course in Vietnam, says the layout retains much
of its former character and appeal, but has been dramatically improved
aesthetically and strategically.
He pays special tribute to the construction team including Mark Lawson
and superintendent Blair Pratt, who have helped ensure the course
requires thinking golf.
The project, which has revitalised the layout that hosted the 2009
Thailand Open, required some fairways to be re-graded and raised to
help with drainage, while strategic tree clearing has opened up views
of the surrounding mountains and numerous water features have been
rejuvenated and visually highlighted.
Unique features include wood ties on some steep fairway edges and
traditional Thai fishing boats placed in watercourses. Jansen says these
visual elements have enhanced memorability and character.
Laguna Phuket Golf Club is part of Asias first and leading integrated
resort, located on Phukets Bang Tao beach. The 1000-acre complex
includes Banyan Tree villas, Dusit Thani, Angsana and Outrigger hotels
and is within easy access of Phuket International Airport.

Image Copyright Dusit Thani Phuket

Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket officially


unveils its new look Laguna Caf,
following a THB 6 million refurbishment
and extension carried out over the last
few months.
Laguna Caf has been redesigned with
Phukets Old Town as an inspiration.
Create Great Design Co., Ltd. used the
areas Sino-Portuguese architectural
heritage to inform the design, and
throughout the caf there are distinctive
elements such as: textured, weathered
woods; chairs and cushions upholstered
with oriental-style fabrics; painted oor
tiles and fine porcelain pieces. Artwork
has been chosen to reect the resorts
storied history with images of members
of the Thai royal family, international

For more information,


visit www.lagunaphuketgolf.com

heads of state and celebrities adorning


the walls.

The Coffee Club opens second store in Jungceylon


The Coffee Club is celebrating following
the opening of its latest and second store
at Jungceylon Shopping Center, in front of
Robinson Department Store.
There are now a total of 16 branches of The
Coffee Club in Thailand which are located in
Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin,
Chiangmai and Motorway Outbound.
The Coffee Club is an Australia & New Zealands favourite cafe brand which is
originally from Brisbane, Australia. The Coffee Club offers free Wi-Fi, long opening
hours, all-day breakfasts and tasty light meals.
The new store is open from 9.30am-12.00am.
Ground oor, Sino Phuket Zone, Jungceylon Shopping Center, Rat-U-Thit 200
Pee Rd., Pa Tong, Kathu, Phuket 83120 Tel: +66 (0) 76 292 036

An open show kitchen adds a fun,


interactive element to the space and
an extensive al fresco dining area
with views across the swimming
pool and lush tropical gardens now
accommodates 176 guests. The vibrant
venue offers a creative all-day dining
offering, highlighting comfort foods from
Portuguese, Chinese and Thai cuisines,
coupled with the signature warm Dusit
hospitality.
For more information please contact
Email: dtlpfb@dusit.com
or dial +66 (0) 76 362 999 ext 7303
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Chef Talk

Mustapha Haj Omar


The Charming Prince of the
Mediterranean Cuisine

hef Mustapha
Haj Omar is
considered one
of the most
sought-after chefs in the
Middle East and has
recently been appointed
Executive Sous Chef,
Master of Oriental and
Mediterranean Cuisine
at Metzos restaurant at
Outrigger Laguna Phuket
Beach Resort.
No stranger to challenges,
Chef Mustapha welcomes
journeys of discovery both
in and out of the kitchen
and his passion in the art
of fine dining is evident.

Chef Mustapha has had


over 18 years of experience
preparing five-star dishes
at many luxury hotels and
resorts throughout the
Persian Gulf and Asia
such as One & Only
Reethi Rah Resort and
Spa in the Maldives,
Mon Liban, Luxembourg,
Shangri-La Villingili
Maldives, the Sheraton
Bahrain Hotel and Le
Meridien Dubai, to name
a few. He has cooked for royalty, celebrities and VIPs
and even hosted his own cooking shows on Bahraini
television. Chef Mustapha is probably the perfect
definition of a celebrity chef and it certainly helped that
he was raised in a restaurateur family.
We had a chance to chat with him recently and here is
what we discovered about him.

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When was it that you


realised that you
wanted to cook as
a career?
It started when I was a teenager
around 14-15 years old. My
grandmother was the person
who inspired me. Helping her
with cooking in the kitchen led
me more and more into it.
I decided to learn more about
food and cooking, for example
how to implement a nice dish in
a fine-dining restaurant.

Do you cook at
home?
I have a passion to learn about
local food. Usually on my day off
or when Im on holiday, I will try
to cook local dishes I have tasted.
Whenever I have local food
I try to remember the ingredients
and keep the memory of the
avour and practice some of the
techniques and cook the same
at home.

What is your favourite


dish at this moment?
You seem to have fallen in love with Thai
cuisine.
Tom yum goong. Its sour and spicy, a perfect combination.
I learn to cook this dish from my Thai friends. I enjoy both eating
and cooking Thai food, it has special aromas and a wide variety
of avours; sweet, sour, and spicy.

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Tom yum goong. Its sour and spicy, a perfect combination.


I learn to cook this dish from my Thai friends.

Away from work,


what are your leisure
activities?
I sometimes go swimming and
if possible I play football.

You are one of the


most popular chefs in
Middle East. How did
that happen?
I use all of my five senses when
I prepare dishes and employ positive
energy. You could say that I put
my soul into the bowl!

We have heard that


you have cooked for
celebrities and royalty,
what are the challenges
involved?

Metzos Bistro is open daily from


6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. Chef Mustaphas
signature dishes at Metzos will be
available from Friday 6 February.
For reservations email
fbs.phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th.
Or call +66 (0) 76 360 600.

Celebrities and royalty can, in general,


afford to travel around the world and
are usually highly experienced when
it comes to food so its challenging
to make them happy with the dishes
presentation and of course the taste
so you need a lot of passion.

Samakeh Harra grilled


sh marinated in chilli,
citrus and cilantro

Take a culinary tour of the healthy


Mediterranean with Chef Mustapha
at Metzos Bistro. Try the signature
dish Samakeh Harra and everything
from homemade pasta, to lamb,
slow-cooked meat dishes and grills to
delectable perfection all accompanied
by a great selection of wines.

Chef Mustapha explains: Its a Mediterranean dish and a good combination


between local fish and sauce which
is made from fresh ingredients such
as vegetables, onion, garlic, pepper,
coriander, parsley leaves cooked and
sauted in olive oil along with spices to
create a good aroma and avour. The
fish is gently cooked on the grill and
served with sauce and potato wedges.
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort
323 Moo 2, Srisoonthorn Road,
Cherngtalay, Thalang,
Bangtao Beach, Phuket 83110
Phone: +66 (0) 76 360 600,
Fax: +66 (0) 76 360 670
Website: outriggerthailand.com

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Spice
to discover

at Outrigger Laguna Phuket


Beach Resort
An Authentic Peranakan
Dining Experience by the
Beach

hy not steer your boat of


gastronomic passion out to
discover a new destination
like Peranakan cuisine
at Edgewater restaurant at Outrigger
Laguna Phuket Beach Resort? Give
yourself a chance to try out local dishes
prepared and served up by locals in the
cozy and romantic atmosphere at this
beachside restaurant with its luscious
Andaman sunsets.
The Peranakan are descendants of
Chinese ancestry who nowadays make
up a significant portion of Phukets
population. The Peranakan culture,
so to speak, is at the roots of Phuket.
Culinary delights are at the heart of
these people and they have a saying,
For ordinary people, food is heaven
and its no surprise that their delicious
culinary secrets have been passed on
down through generations.
Alfresco dining at Edgewater starts with
a refreshing and healthy glass of pandan
juice before enjoying a wide range of
Peranakan cuisine and of course freshly
caught seafood chosen from the display.

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Spectacular view on Bangtao Beach

Kick your appetite off with a sour and


spicy yum som o marinated shrimp,
pomelo, roasted coconut akes and
crisps. Yum goong siab dried shrimp
with pineapple salad is another dish
worth a try.
Recommended dishes are moo hong
Phuket, a favourite for many locals. The
pork in this dish is seasoned with sweet
soy sauce and spices, stewed for hours
until the meat is tender and the avour
of the sauce soaked in. Gaeng phed
poo comprises Andaman blue crab in
yellow curry. It is rich with coconut milk
and has a distinctive aroma and taste.
For crab lovers who are not so fond of
spicy food try poo phad pong karee stir-fried crab with mild curry.
An all-time favourite is tom yum goong.
This spicy and sour shrimp soup is
simply delicious and a great choice of
dish. The sweetness of the fresh shrimp
is highlighted with the just right tasty
soup.
For families with kids, the seafood
basket and gai yang takrai - lemongrass
grilled chicken are perhaps good

alternatives. The two dishes have been


designed for everyone in the family
and are served with different dipping
sauces.
Remember to keep some room for
dessert such as ice krachang - crushed
ice in a little bowl, topped with sweet
corn, red beans, peanuts, syrup and
milk. Its a great way of rounding off
your culinary journey here.
You can also enjoy a signature cocktail
such as the restaurants Peranakan
mojito now on offer at just THB 99 a
glass (normal price at THB 270).
Share your great times with your
friends by liking Outrigger Laguna
Phuket Beach Resort, checking in and
#Peranakan at https://www.facebook.com/
OutriggerPhuketBeachResort until 30
April. The Peranakan is open daily from
6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, except Wednesdays
and Sundays.
For reservation,
please call +66 (0) 76 360 600 or
email fbs.phuketbeach@outrigger.co.th

Business
Investment

Foreign

Exchange
Control Regulations

If

you are planning on living in Thailand


or doing business then you need to
understand the exchange control laws.
All foreign transactions fall under the

Exchange Control Act which governs all foreign


exchange transactions. During the course of 1990
foreign exchange controls have been relaxed by
the Bank of Thailand to ensure that investment in
Thai property does not wane.
Foreign currencies can be transferred or brought
into Thailand without limit. Any person receiving
foreign currencies from abroad is required to
repatriate such funds immediately and sell to
an authorized bank or deposit them in a foreign
currency account with an authorized bank
within 360 days of receipt, except for foreigners
temporarily staying in Thailand for not more than
three months, foreign embassies, international
organizations including their staff with diplomatic
privileges and immunities, and Thai emigrants who
are permanent residents abroad or working abroad.
Purchase of foreign currency from authorized
banks is generally allowed upon submission of
documents indicating international trade and
investment. Companies in Thailand can engage
in derivatives transactions with authorized banks
to hedge against foreign exchange risk provided
that supporting documents indicating future foreign
currency receipts or obligations are submitted.

Any person bringing into or taking out of Thailand


foreign currency bank notes in an aggregate amount
exceeding USD 20,000 or its equivalent must declare
to a customs officer.

Foreign Currency Account


of Non-Residents
Non-residents may maintain foreign currency
accounts with authorized banks in Thailand without
limit. The accounts can be freely credited with
funds originating from abroad. Payments from Thai
residents or borrowing from authorized banks can be
deposited subject to supporting evidences. Balances
on such accounts may be freely withdrawn.

Foreign Investments
Transfers in foreign currency for direct and portfolio
investments in Thailand are freely permitted.
Proceeds must be surrendered to an authorized bank
or deposited in a foreign currency account with an
authorized bank in Thailand within 360 days.
Repatriation of investment funds and repayment
of overseas loans can be remitted freely upon
submission of supporting documents to an
authorized bank. For repatriation of investment
funds, evidence of sale or transfer of such
investment shall be submitted. For loan repayment,
evidence of inward remittance of such loan and loan
agreement shall be submitted.
Information from Bank of Thailand (BOT)

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Investment

How do you know when the


remittance is transferred into your
account?
To support their customers, Krungthai Bank provides
a maximum of three free e-Advices via e-Mail to
instantly inform the customers first with a Pre Advice
on the inward remittance and when the remittance is
transferred, in local currency, into their account and,
finally, the Confirm Credit Advice.

Khun Chumpol
Dulyamahakamthorn
Manager of Krungthai Bank
(KTB) - Rassada Road
Phuket Branch
For exporters:
Easy Inward Remittance Service, KTB Inward
Remittance Service helps remove exporters
unnecessary anxiety about:
The information to be provided to the ordering
party abroad;
When is the remittance credit transferred to
their bank account?
The right exchange rates;
The need for foreign exchange risk management
Those concerns become less of a worry with Krungthai
Bank by simply providing the following information to the
overseas remitter and exporters can rest assured that
the remittance they are awaiting will be transferred into
their accounts promptly and safely:

Please remit to

Email
1. Pre - Advice

Bank

Email
2. The remittance is transferred

Customers

Email
3. Confirm Credit Advice
Pre Advice
Customers receive an instant advice on inward
remittance with the following details:
- The name of the foreign remitter;
- The currency involved;
- The account number of the beneficiary of
the remittance and
- The amount remitted.

Confirm Credit Advice


Confirm credit entry into the customers account
with the following details:

SWIFT CODE: KRTHTHBK


BANK: KRUNG THAI BANK PUBLIC COMPANY
LIMITED, BANGKOK, THAILAND

- Exchange rate;
- Remittance fee and
- The amount of remittance transferred into
the related account.

BRANCH:
ACCOUNT NO:
ACCOUNT NAME:

KTB charges a 0.25% fee of the total remitted


amount (minimum Baht 200, maximum Baht 500).

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Business
Bright Idea

Mascots

Defining a Brand
A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent
a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society,
hotel, military unit, or brand name. Because Phuket it is a city of tourism and there are many
hotels here, creating something which identies a hotel brand is perhaps not essential to all,
but it is certainly important for a great deal of them. Various hotels in Phuket have created a
mascot which identies their brand, and regular visitors to these hotels know these mascots
and the story behind them well.
Now you can get to know some of Phukets best known mascots too!

Tee Ting
Crystal Wild Resort Panwa Phuket

ee Ting is a Chinese animal, it is sacred


and is believed to bring prosperity and fend
off evil. According to legend, Tee Ting is a
wonderful dog who understands the human
language and is considered as a symbol of good
fortune.
Tee ting is a mascot like no other and is certainly
one to be remembered. Tee Ting is unlike common
dogs and comes in a range of styles and designs.
The yellow character stands on glass balls and holds
bamboo twigs in its mouth and was introduced as the
mascot for Crystal Wild Resort Panwa Phuket at its
opening on 14 August 2014.
Tee Ting is currently not available to buy.

Mongkontep Khoo-aroon
General Manager
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Business
Bright Idea

Foto Bear Foto Hotel

hen the Foto hotel was first


built and the first sample
room had been designed,
the owners were thought
the room was beautiful and had been
designed just how they wanted it, but
they felt it was lacking that something
special. They thought long and hard
about what was missing from the room,
and then one day an executive of the hotel
said he felt it lacked vitality, perhaps
because of the rooms design or color
scheme. To improve this it was decided
that a doll be placed in the room to make
it more lively. This was how the idea for
bringing a mascot to Foto Hotel came about.
When it was decided to bring in a mascot
to the hotel it then needed to be decided
what should be used, perhaps a person,
an animal or maybe an object, but
whatever it was needed to have a good
feeling. It didnt need to be awesome,
but it shouldnt be something which
would affect a certain religious beliefs.
Finally, they decided to use an animal as
their mascot. They then looked at what
animals live near the hotels, poultry or
aquatic animals came to mind but they
werent the perfect choice.

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Wirachai Pranveerapaiboon
C.E.O. The Attitude Club Phuket

Finally they came to the conclusion that the animal should be one with arms and
legs so the guests could embrace it and have that feeling of comfort. Then someone

390
Baht

3,500

Baht

said the animal which is seen most


like a doll is a bear, a toy bear is
always seen as loveable. It was
agreed that a bear would be Foto
Hotels mascot. To ensure their
bear would be remembered and
look different from others they
chose a fabric and pattern that
differs from the typical teddy bear
and that would comply with the
Foto Hotel brand.

Image Copyright Foto Hotel

Foto Hotel opened in October


2012, and on this day, Foto Bear
was born complete with its grey,
white and black tartan material.

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Image Copyright Foto Hotel

Foto Bear is available in 2 sizes is,


large is priced at 3,500 Baht and
small is priced at 390 Baht.
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Business
Bright Idea

Nong Sleepy
Sleep With Me Hotel
Design Hotel @ Patong

he mascot for Sleep With Me Design Hotel


@ Patong, Nong Sleepy, arose from 2 factors:

- People counting sheep to fall asleep.


- Sleep is synonymous with the word sheep.
They decided to use a sheep because they are seen
as cute and fun. Furthermore, counting sheep to go to
sleep is a western concept and they wanted to keep
their sheep in the minds of their guests. They wanted
a sheep to be part of the hotels story and for the
sheep to bring fun and smiles to their customers.
Sleep With Me Design Hotel @ Patong believes that
by Creating Nong Sleepy they are raising awareness
of the hotel both internally and externally:
Externally: Nong Sleepy goes out and meets people
as much as possible such as by being featured in
magazines and visiting trade shows and agents.
Internally: Nong Sleepy can be found all around the
hotel be it in the form of art on wall or a cuddly toy in
a room. They are also given as gifts to employees
who have been awarded outstanding employees of
the month.

Nong Sleepy had been planned by the hotels designers before


construction on the hotel began and was used in advertising
to communicate with customers before the hotel opened.
Nong Sleepy soft toys are available in red, green, grey, and
black and all features the hotels logo. However, in the future
Nong Sleepy may well be developed into a superhero.
For those interested in purchasing a Nong Sleepy from the
hotel, al colours are available in 3 sizes:

30x20

900

CM

BAHT

45x30

1,200

L
CM
BAHT

60x45

1,500

CM
BAHT

Having received great feedback from customers Nong


Sleepy is now also available as a feature on the hotels
polo shirts, shoes, umbrellas, bathrobes and also as fridge
magnets.

Sittichai Tanakorncharoen
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Business
Inspiration Talk

Phuket Local Developer

MAETAPONG (OUN)
UPATISING

s you probably
know, Phukets real
estate climate has
become highly competitive
with such a wide variety of
properties on the market
that buyers can pick and
choose the development,
and the developer, that
suits them best.

Buyers in the housing and accommodation market


are divided between those simply looking for an
investment, which they will rent out or sell on, and
those looking to invest in their own home.
Whichever kind of investor you are, the decision to buy
often comes down to the developers reputation.
With Phuket continuing to grow as a tourist destination,
buyers are faced with a multitude of developers to
choose from. The islands tourism industry has been
the bedrock on which many high-end international
developers have flourished, along side big national
players out of Bangkok.

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Business
Inspiration Talk
Some feel safe investing only with the big international
brands or at least successful developers from Bangkok
with extensive portfolios. On the other hand, local
developers can often turn out to be the most reliable when
it comes down to personal service and intuitive knowledge
about the local surroundings.
Phuket Villa Group is one such Phuket-based developer
that has built a reputation of trust among locals with an
extensive track record of building residential projects
across Phuket.
And after more than 25 successful years building quality
homes for Phuketians, and with a good eye for the
strengths and weaknesses of locations around the island,
Phuket Villa Group has successfully matured into a big
player in its own right.

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Here, Phuket Villa Groups Managing Director, Maetapong


(Oun) Upatising, reveals some of the secrets of the local
developers success.

Laying solid foundations


Phuket Villa was established over 25 years ago by my
father, Paiboon Upatising. We started out building small
project of shophouses but after lengthy talks with an old
school friend, and real estate industry expert, the idea
came about to develop houses.
My father took a gamble and invested in his rst housing
development. Phuket Villa 1 was a sell-out success,
and was the rst housing development in Phuket to
offer residents the use of an community club house.
The popularity of the concept allowed us to build on the
success and grow with more similar developments.

Building a better quality of life


Our priority has always been to give homeowners a better
quality of life by choosing a good location with adequate
utilities. As well as a house, Phuket Villa buyers get a
better quality of life with things like the community club
house with a swimming pool as well as desirable neighbors
in a convenient location. Our condominium developments
have also been built on similar concepts.

Always something different


Each of Phuket Villa Groups 18 residential developments
has its own uniqueness. Each of the projects have been
carefully designed by professional architects to best
respond to the demands of the residents and a particular
lifestyle according to the location.

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Quality materials are carefully selected to match the


price range of the homes, which are built to form a
friendly neighbourhood with communal facilities.
The developments are designed around the lay of
the land, which determines the design and the kind of
materials we use. Our after sales service is also part of
our core values to being customer satisfaction.

Community support
With the launch of every new development there is
always a long line of interested buyers. We are very
grateful for such wonderful support and the trust they
have for us. We never have to make any special
promotions. However, we do make a promise to our
customers:
Quality. It is not just about house but the quality of
living in that house. Through word of mouth, Phuket
Villa Group has become known for transparency and
providing quality in-house utilities and community
facilities.
We provide the best possible care. Our after-sales
service is one of our strengths. As we manage several

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Inspiration Talk

developments we have to have efcient after-sales


service. Being based in Phuket we can quickly
respond to customers needs. Even if a property
has been transferred, we are happy to help solve
the problem as quickly as possible. As our slogan
says, Phuket Villa for better quality of life.
Houses as designed. We have a rule that every
single project that we develop has to rst pass
environmental impact assessments and acquire
planning permission and construction permits from
the authorities before the properties are put on the
market, so buyers can rest assured that their home
will be fully compliant when completed.
Keeping our promises. When people ask me why
our sales are so good I tell them its because we
always strive to offer the best to our customers
and keep the promises we make about the utilities,
facilities.
Location. Although Phuket Villa is a local
developer and considered small compared to
international developers and those from Bangkok,
we have local knowledge and experience that they
simply can not provide in the same way, bringing
our customers the best possible value.

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Phuket Villa Group has developed 18 projects over the past


20 years. They are:
-

Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket
Phuket

Villa
Villa
Villa
Villa
Villa
Villa
Villa
Villa
Villa

1
2
3
5
California
Daorung
Suanluang
Chaofa
Chaofa 2

Phuket Villa Chaofa 3


Phuket Villa Kathu
Phuket Villa Kathu 2
Phuket Villa Kathu 3
Phuket Villa Kathu 4
Phuket Villa Thalang
Phuket Villa Thalang 2
Phuket Airport
Condominium Patong Beach

Future Plans

Image Copyright Phuket Villa Group

We will continue to develop in Phuket and we are trying


to offer more variety of choices to serve the demands
of the market. New developments in the pipeline for the
next few years are Phuket Villa Thalang 2 and Phuket
Villa Airport.
We will also continue to provide the ultimate in customer
satisfaction as we move ahead focusing on quality
rather than quantity. Phuket Villa Group has grown a lot
over the past two to three years, which we believe is a
result of positive feedback and an efcient team.

Phuket Villa Head Ofce

68/191 Moo 2, Chaofa-Daorung Road,


Tambon Vichit, Amphur Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: +66 (0) 76 353 501-503
Fax: +66 (0) 76 510 212
Email: info@phuketvilla.com
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Recommended
Hotel Review

Eastin

Yama Hotel Phuket

Image Copyright Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket

ow that weve entered tourist high season,


some of you may be looking for an alternative
place to spend your holidays. We believe
many people plan to head north of the island,
a popular tourist destination, especially for this period.
However, for those who like to spend their holidays
amongst the crowds, we would like to introduce you to
a new hotel in Phuket located in the Kata area. Opened
only as recently as October, Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket
is uniquely decorated with Yama owers, the hotels
symbol. This beautiful white ower is like the 3rd heaven
and its featured everywhere in the hotel, on the walls,
in the elevator, on the drinking glasses, and even on the
lamp shades, a nice touch, as when the lights are on its
shadow appears on the ceiling.

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Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket is perched on a hill before you


reach Kata Beach, one of the most famous beaches on
Phuket. Its location allows you to enjoy gorgeous views of
the Andaman Sea and an unobstructed vista of the Kata
hill range. Despite being located away from the beach, the
hotel offers you serenity and ultimate privacy, and dont
worry about how to get to the beach, the hotel provides a
free regular shuttle service to and from the hotel.
When you rst arrive at Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket, the
ever friendly hotel staff will serve you a welcoming drink
and immediately make you feel that you are part of the
Eastin Yama family. Furthermore, its denitely a resort for
those who love to enjoy their holidays slowly, peacefully
and with total relaxation.

Recommended
Hotel Review

The hotel has 104 rooms in total which are:

47 Superior Rooms (32 sqm)


34 Superior Rooms with Sea View (32 sqm)
7 Superior Pool Access Room (32 sqm)
5 Deluxe Room with Mountain View (41 sqm)
8 Deluxe Room with Sea View (41 sqm)
3 Suites with sea view (63 sqm)

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Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket also boasts a full


range of facilities and services for you to enjoy
during your stay such as swimming pool,
Jacuzzi pool, pool bar, restaurant, tness center,
kids club, conference room, banquet room, car
park etc. In addition, in 2015 the resorts AuraRooftop Restaurant & Nectar Bar will open,
serving seafood dishes and cocktails its the
ideal place for a party. Meanwhile, Senzees, the
hotels main restaurant is open from 06.00-23.00
hours for all day dining.
Eastin Yama Hotel Phuket
5 Soi Patak 2, Patak Road, T.Karon,
A.Muang Phuket
For more details please contact
+66 (0) 76 303 456
or search through
www.eastinyamaphuket.com

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Lifestyle
Inside

Following

Fashion
Trends
F

ashion clothing; a key factor in a number of


both mens and womens lives. For some it is
something from which they do not want and
cannot escape. For many, fashion clothing is a
necessary part of their life. Following fashion requires
having a large wardrobe of clothes which house all the
latest and most popular fashion garments, and more
importantly, the very latest designs.
Clothes designing is an art which often uses culture
and tradition as the basis for creations, and in any
one year a designer will have three collections: winter
collection, summer collection and spring collection, and
it all depends on the season as to what designs the
collection will feature.
To be a successful fashion designer a number of
factors need to be taken into account such as what their
customer base and target group look for in design, and
also what the current trends are in the market, which
are often decided not only on season, but also on the
brand itself.

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Thailands fashion industry offers a lot of variety due


to the fact that a large number of leading international
brands have stores here, and there are also a large
number of Thai designer brands who design for
those who follow international fashion and base their
designs on that particular target group.
Fashion has played a major role in the development
of the lives of Thai people, and for those in Thailand
who want to follow fashion usually means they have
to prosper in life and want to live a high quality
lifestyle. These people want to live a beautiful life,
they want stylish homes with stylish dcor, and they
also want stylish and fashionable clothing in their
wardrobe.
In the following pages we tell you more about three
international and national fashion brands which are
popular in Thailand right now and are seen as the
brands of Thai people.

Lifestyle
Inside

TARGET

GROUPS
WORKING MEN

Founded in 2004, Itch clothing is for men who love street wear. Itch is
a hybrid clothing line, meaning that it is the birth child of two different
styles. Its the unication of hip hop wear and skater wear. Their most
popular products are their unique designer t-shirts.
Itch clothing is specically designed for men who always keep up with
new trends, new styles, and who like to be unique no matter whether
at work or casual. As their motto reads, Itch are not a brand, Itch is a
movement!

24-35
AGED FROM
years old

YEARS

2004

FOUNDED
Image Copyright itch

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Color Trends
2012
2013
2014

Chartreuse, Green pastel, Gray, Light brown, Pink pastel, Orange-red


White, Gray, Gold, Orange-red, Beige
White, Red, Black

Where to Follow
the Brand

Sirarin
Supakolsonnithikorn
Brand Manager

Facebook.com/itchitch
ITCH_STUDIO
Image Copyright itch

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Inside

TARGET

GROUPS
TEENS & YOUNG

WORKING

Image Copyright Marihorn

Marisa Horn
Owner

Marisa Horn gained success


from her Mari-J brand, a store
retailing fashion apparel imported
from Japan. This success inspired
her to build her own brand. She
studied fashion on her own and
discovered new styling trends from
her travels to New York, Paris,
London, Tokyo and the fashion
week in Milan which inuenced
her view of fashion and lead to the
beginning of her brand Marihorn.
Marisa believes that its not just
stars and celebrities that want to
look good and that all girls want to
be good-looking regardless of the
time of day, be it from the moment
she wakes up in the morning or
casual clothes during a relaxing
afternoon to the evening dress
she wears to a party; all need to
be attractive.

WOMEN

YEARS

2012

FOUNDED
Color Trends

2012
2013
2014

Purple, Green, Black, Peach


Orange, Beige, Black and Gold,
White, Grey, Black, Blue,
Burgundy
White, Gold, Blue, Pink, Orange,
Red, Black

Where to Follow
the Brand
www.marihorn.com
Facebook.com/marihornbrand
marihornbrand
Marisa is particular about the quality of the stitching and tailoring details.
Her hopes are that her brand Marihorn will be another choice for the
fashionable woman who cares about style and quality.

Marihorn_brand
marihornbrand

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Lifestyle
Inside

TARGET

Michael Tien founded The G2000


Group in 1980 in Hong Kong. And
it has since positioned itself to
provide upscale and high-quality
corporate and casual clothing
that is made with utmost care and
attention. Its mission is to offer
an ultimate shopping experience
throughout each and every part of
its operations. With this, G2000
makes sure that it only offers the
best styles and designs to its
customers. With over 30 years of
expertise in structured and soft
tailoring, G2000 has built a solid
reputation of excellence in quality,
fit and value for money.

GROUPS
WOMEN
& MEN OF

WORKING AGE
Image Copyright G2000 Group

Michael Tien

Founded The G2000 Group


in Hong Kong

YEARS

1980

FOUNDED

Color Trends
2012
Image Copyright G2000 Group

White, Blue, Red, Mint and Pastel


Tones, Black, Dark Blue, Purple,
Pink Rose

Image Copyright G2000 Group

2013

Dark Tones - Black, Grey, White,


Brown

2014
Clothes are unique to each brand whether its style, colors,
patterns and fabrics. Peoples choices for clothes depend
on their own individual preferences. However, for designers
their choice of designs for their collections often use a
theme, and their collections usually tell a story. Their brands
pay attention to detail when it comes to colors, designs,
packaging, and also customer care and after sales service.
Their target groups are important and it is for their target
groups that their collections are designed. The fun of
fashion is not simply about beautiful and creative clothes,
but also about the identity of the person wearing it.

Blue, Purple, Pink, Green, Grey,


White, Red, Orange, Cream,
Blue, Black, Purple, Blue

Where to Follow
the Brand
www.g2000.com.hk
Facebook.com/G2000Thailand
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Lifestyle
Decoration

DESIGN MIRROR

TREE BRANCHES WALL DCOR

An eye-catching mirror design that cleverly uses the natural


beauty of wood. Its an elegantly simple design: a frame for
the mirror is formed with two pieces of wood running either
side. This design mirror is never more at home than when
reflecting the greenery of the world outside.

As if it sprouted on your wall, taking in warmth and tender


spirit of your home for nourishment, this beautiful stainless
steel tree branch wall hanging is eye-catching. A great way to
bring a touch of nature to your space.

s
m
e
t
I
d
e
d
n
e
Recomm
LOTUS FLOWER TEA
LIGHT HOLDER & BOWL
Both decorative and functional, these beautiful
stainless steel open lotus flowers are designed to
hold a tea lights and potpourri. A great feature in
any room in any house.

JADE SCULPTURE
RECTANGULAR
CERAMIC VASE
This contemporary style vase
would make a great conversation
piece in any home. Perfect for tall
stem flower arrangements, this
vase series is tall and strong.

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A hand carved red jade sculpture set on a copper


coloured stainless steel base. Handmade by a Thai
designer.

DECORATIVE CERAMIC BOWL


This one of a kind ceramic bowl has been handmade
and formed This beautiful porcelain bowl does double
duty. Hang it on the wall, it becomes a work of art on the table it serves food magnificently. Use it as a
beautiful fruit bowl.

Lifestyle
Decoration

Cozy Company

1/1 Lagoon Rd., Cherngtalay,


Thalang, Phuket Thailand 83110
Tel: +66 (0) 76 270 847
Fax: +66 (0) 76 270 633
Mobile: +66 (0) 81 970 8272
Email: cozy_company@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT METAL
WALL MIRROR
This beautiful hanging mirror will beautify any
room. The frame is handcrafted, breathtaking
in designs & an instant eye catcher.

CERAMIC VASE
This handmade brown and white vase is
crafted of ceramic and acts as a simple
accessory piece to existing dcor. Place
anywhere in your home for visual interest.

PETRIFIED WOOD
CANDLE HOLDER
Bring a unique piece of nature into your
home with this beautiful hand carved
petrified wood candle holder.

GLASS TEARDROP TEA


LIGHT HOLDER
These are very attractive retro items, an ornate
brushed steel base with a delicate glass shade
which features gold leaf mosaic design.

STONE TOPPED TABLES


Wood & stone make up this tables simple, modern
design. With a distinctive granite stone top, and a
wooden base, these tables are a true reflection of
natural beauty.

LEATHER &
STAINLESS STEEL CHAIR
This modern leather chair has a steel frame of dependable
sturdiness with a high-shine chrome finish. The chair is ideal for
a waiting room or office, but is versatile enough to be used in a
variety of settings.

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Lifestyle
Event Photo

JW Marriott Phuket
Resort & Spas
Gourmet Weekend
From November 14 to 16 2014, JW
Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa held its
much anticipated Gourmet Weekend, which incorporated a
series of specialist-led cooking demonstrations and set dinners
and culminated in a Charity Dinner.
For this event, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa invited five
world class chefs to cook for their guests, Chef Peter Manifis
from the InContro Restaurant in Perth, Australia, Chef Norio
Nomoto the Japanese Chef form the JW Marriott Bangkok,
Chef Nooror Somany-Steppe from the Blue Elephant cooking
school and restaurants, Chef Tim Butler owner of the Eat Me
restaurant in Bangkok and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spas
Executive Chef Dietmar Spitzer.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spas Executive


Chef Dietmar Spitzer
I think weve done a brilliant job getting
this whole event together, and Im happy
that weve had a full restaurant for the
grand finale, our Charity Dinner.
Im very excited that Ive been able to
cook with four world class chefs and that
weve all managed to pull off this magnificent event. I think the highlight of this
charity dinner was the foie gras from Chef Tim. The appetizer
by Chef Norio was just beautiful, the seabass from Chef Peter
melted in your mouth, and the lamb by Chef Nooror and my two
desserts turned out perfect.
Tonight was all about raising money for the turtles so that we
can build the education centre and Im happy to say that weve
raised enough to build that and we can start next month. I look
forward to welcoming everybody back next year.

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Lifestyle
Event Photo

Rhythm of Sound at Renaissance


Phuket Resort & Spa
Saturday 29th
November
2014 saw
Renaissance
Phuket Resort
& Spa hold its
much anticipated Rhythm
of Sound event, an event which was
originally scheduled to take place in
June 2014 but had to be postponed
due to the military coup.
The Rhythm of Sound event was
part of Renaissance Hotel brands
RLife LIVE platform, and was seen
as the main event RLife Live for the
Asia Pacific region in 2014.
The event saw Renaissance Phuket
Resort & Spa fly in 8 DJs and dance
music acts from countries all over
Asia such as Jaxx Da Fishworks
from Japan, DJ EvinKing from China
and IMMA*BLEEP*YOUUP from
Malaysia, who will play alongside a
number of famous Thai DJs including
Spacemonkey, SunZone & KrissadaFunk.
It was an event that neither Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa, nor the
Mai Khao area, has ever witnessed
before.

Goetz Bauer - General Manager,


Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa
RLife Live events started around 2010, the
same year in which this property opened. At
that time, RLife Live events were basically
for the development of entertainment at new
hotels. But these events are not only related
to DJ performances and music but more related to helping guests to our hotels find and
discover something new. This can be related
to food or drinks, but it is mainly related to
entertainment. We knew that there is so
much entertainment here in the Asia-Pacific
region so we decided to make one big event
that would bring together DJs from all across
the Asia-Pacific.
Renaissance as a
lifestyle brand stands
for the next generation of customers but
also for the ones that
are still feel they are
staying young.
I would like to thank everyone for joining
this event and we still have five hours to go.
We are hoping to have a lot of Rhythm of
Sound tonight and at the end of the day we
hope that we have some good beats, some
good rhythm and more importantly a lot of
fun. I dont want to stop the rhythm at this
point, so please enjoy the evening enjoy the
party!

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Event Photo

Re-opening of Inialas
signature restaurant
Aziamendi
Thursday December 4th 2014 saw Iniala
Beach House hold a press outing to
celebrate the official one year anniversary and grand re-opening
of its signature restaurant Aziamendi. In commemoration of the
event, 3 Michelin Star Chef Eneko Atxa was at Iniala/Aziamendi
along with Chef de Cuisine Alex Burger and the Aziamendi
team.
The full-day of festivities kicked-off with a welcome luncheon
where guests got to experience the new Aziamendi lounge
concept where they serve Thai and Basque Tapas (Pintxos),
Aziamendi Plates. This was followed by a tour of Iniala. In
the evening they organized a very special dinner at Aziamendi
featuring the new seasonal menu Inspire.
Phuketindex.com was privileged to be able to speak to Inialas
visionary founder Mark Weingard.

Mark Weingard Iniala


Founder
Aziamendhi was created because we
wanted to bring real creativity into a
restaurant, and the most important thing
was to bring real creativity into the food.
When people come to Thailand they want
to eat very special food, yes, Thai food is
amazing, but we wanted to bring something new to the scene
so we added Aziamendhi to Iniala.
We searched all around Spain and met all the top Spanish
chefs and finally decided that we wanted to work with Eneko
because not only was he a two Michelin star chef at the time,
hes now three, hes also a really warm person whose creative
and loved this project so much we felt we could work on
Aziamendi with him.

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Lifestyle
Event Photo

Laguna Phuket
Triathlon 2014
On Sunday 23rd November 2014, a
field of over 1,200 individual pro and
age group athletes representing 47
nationalities took part in the Laguna
Phuket Triathlon (LPT) jumping into the waters of Bangtao
Bay at 6.30am to tackle the 1.8km swim, followed by a
55km bike ride and a 12km run. There were also 65 relay
teams taking part amid the events renowned carnival
atmosphere. This years entries once again break previous
years record.
Italys Massimo Cigana and Alberto Casadei made
impressive history together as they crossed the finish line
together and claimed LPTs first dual champions in the
annual events 21-year history.
In the womens field it was multiple world championship
titles holder Parys Edwards of Great Britain, newly-crowned
2013 ITU World Championships in London, who finished the
first place.

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Event Photo

Grand Opening of
Palm Seafood by
Twinpalms Phuket
On Thursday 08 January, Twinpalms
Phuket held to opening Palm Seafood.
Phukets Most Exciting & Stylish Contemporary Live-Seafood
Restaurant, Lounge & Bar. Located on Bangtao Beach, 700
meters from Twinpalms Phuket.

Khun Sittichai Jitnatham - Twinpalms Hotel


Manager
Welcome to another dining destination
of Twinpalms Palm Seafood. We try to
bring people to the experience of seafood
dining in the luxury place. At here we
make the Live Seafood, we have an
experience in Thai Food the Authentic
Thai Food and we try to bring the real
authentic Thai food to this beautiful place.

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Lifestyle
Social Responsibility
Angsana Phuket
Gives Back to the
Community to
Celebrate 3rd
Anniversary
To celebrate its third year
anniversary in operation,
Angsana Laguna Phuket establishes the My Lucky Elephant art
competition to support the Phuket community with a core initiative
that is aligned with Banyan Trees Group Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) philosophy of embracing the environment
and empowering people. The art competition seizes a key
opportunity to increase awareness of the lives of Thailands wild
and domesticated elephant, as well as contribute to the local art
culture and support local talents.
Three schools including Baan Prujambal, Baan Laemsai and Baan
Maikhao were invited to participate in the My Lucky Elephant
art competition. Three student representatives from each school
built and decorated a papier mch in the shape of the resorts
mascot, Namchock, the baby elephant. Throughout the process,
the three teams were mentored by two students from the Rajabhat
Phuket University who are currently benefiting from the resorts art
scholarships program they were given last year.

Regent
Phuket
Conducts
CSR Initiative
On December
15, 2014, Regent
Phuket Cape Panwa
had the pleasure of
conducting a happiness initiative with the Panwa community
as the resorts General Manager Brice Borin and his
team invited students from the Baan Laem Panwa School
to a cooking class at the resort. There were twenty two
children attended this class. Through the class, children
had fun and learned how to make a famous Thai dessert
called Look-Chub which is mashed and sweetened
Mung beans made into cute candies, colorfully painted
with food colors to look like fruit and glazed in the sweet
candy. This activity is carried out to provide the children
an opportunity to gain knowledge outside of school.
Mr. Borin said At Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, we are
not only committed to providing excellent services to our
guests, but also ensuring the continuous positive contribution to local communities and the environment.

Social Responsibility
Laguna Phuket
Launches Local
Vendors Support
Centre Project
On Thursday 11 December
2014 at a Phuket Governor
Meet Press session, hosted
by Phuket Governor Nisit
Chansomwong at Phuket Provincial Office, Laguna Phuket has
announced the launch of a local vendors support centre project
as well as local taxi operator reorganization within Laguna Phuket
area.
Following the province-wide reorganization of local beach vendors
and operators in Phuket which include Bang Tao beach area where
Laguna Phuket situated, the resort, in collaboration with Phuket
Provincial Office and respective local authorities, extends support
to affected local villagers by setting up a Local Vendors Support
Centre for vendors and service providers such as masseuse, tour
desk, etc on the resorts land near the beach and lagoon between
Tsunami tower and Angsana Laguna Phuket.

Home & Life


Foundation
kids celebrate
at Centara
Grand Beach
Resort Phuket
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket recently celebrated
their 4 year Anniversary by treating children from
Home & Life Foundation orphanage to a day of fun and
pampering at the resort. The programme started with
fun and games with management and staff followed by
a feast of kids favourites then a splash in the resorts
lazy river and jumping cliff. After an exhaustive day,
it was time to pack up, say goodbyes and take the
journey back home!

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