On Deck: Submersibles for the average Joe

On Deck: Submersibles for the average Joe

PHUKET: Submarines are a hot topic in Thailand right now. These hulking underwater “monsters” have been top of the Royal Thai Navy’s shopping list for a long time and now, finally, they have been given the green light to buy. There’s been plenty of debate in the last few years, but previous attempts were ultimately shot down. The two main sticking points have always been the cost of buying (and operating) submarines, and the need for Thailand to have them in the first place. Regarding the former, the current military-led Thai Government has given the OK to purchasing three Yuan Class S26T submarines from China at a tot

Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Footloose: The hidden wonders of Koh Lipe

Footloose: The hidden wonders of Koh Lipe

PHANG NGA: Koh Lipe is situated in the Andaman Sea, about 85 kilometers off the coast of Satun Province. The tiny island is part of the Adang-Rawi archipelago. In recent years Koh Lipe has grown to become a popular destination among backpackers and travellers looking for the raw and authentic island experience. Unlike some of the more familiar islands in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Lipe is quite far from Phuket, which adds to its appeal since it is off the beaten trail and still untouched by mass tourism. The downside being that it’s a bit of a trek to get there in the first place. The easiest and most frequently picked travel i

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Phuket wedding planners' conference draws global vendors

Phuket wedding planners' conference draws global vendors

PHUKET: Phuket hosted the 4th Annual Destination Wedding Planners' Congress 2017 (DWP Congress 2017), a conference of global wedding planners that brought luxury destination wedding planners, leading suppliers and creative partners under one roof. More than 450 global wedding planners from 65 countries participated in the event, which was held from May 2-4 and was the first of its kind to be held in Asia. It was organized by Dubai-based QnA International and hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The three previous editions were held in Greece, Mauritius and Italy. “The Thai Government has always recognized

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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On Deck: Phuket's East coast offers year-round activities

On Deck: Phuket's East coast offers year-round activities

PHUKET: Phuket’s tourism is very much West coast focused. The beaches are whiter and sandier, resorts and hotels aplenty. The East coast, however, is more of a year-round destination. What it may lack in beaches, it makes up for in islands, most of which are easily accessible by boat. This renewed interest is driven by the marine industry. Phuket’s four marinas are all on the East coast. The two largest – Phuket Yacht Haven and Ao Po Grand Marina – can accommodate 620 boats between them. The Phuket Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) are also reshaping Koh Kaew and are development clusters and market generators

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Gardening: Shades of white in Phuket gardens

Gardening: Shades of white in Phuket gardens

PHUKET: White has many associations, including innocence and purity. On the down side, it represents coldness and sterility. In Thailand, judging by the dominance of white in floral garlands, it brings good fortune. Most lucky leis contain white flowers – buds of jasmine and milkweed, plus a pair of creamy magnolias for good measure. The white spectrum is equally well represented in the average Phuket garden – from the pure white of the flowering jessamines, boxwoods and bauhinias, to the creamy-tinted flowers of brunfelsia or buddleia paniculata. Most of these are fragrant, as though Moth

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Looking Back: The role of the Garuda in Thai history

Looking Back: The role of the Garuda in Thai history

PHUKET: The Garuda is a common symbol in Thailand. It can be found on bank notes, government documents and official flags, as well as government and private offices. The emblem of the Thai government is a frontal image of the Garuda in red, adopted in 1910 during the reign of King Rama VI. The legend dates back thousands of years, originating in ancient India. According to folklore, the Garuda is half beast, half god. He has eagle-like characteristics, with large wings, sharp talons and a sharp beak affixed to a human face. He possesses human arms and upper body, whereas his lower body resembles a large bird with a feather

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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