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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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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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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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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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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East meets West in bold new collection

East meets West in bold new collection

PHUKET: Quattro Design, one of Thailand’s top importers and designers of exclusive furniture, recently launched a limited edition collection named ‘East Meets West’, and the philosophy behind it is to represent the relaxed, tropical lifestyle of Phuket. 'East Meets West' is a collaborative effort between Eichholtz (a home furnishing brand from the Netherlands that Quattro distributes) and Jim Thompson, the world renowned textile house in Thailand. “This is a perfect combination of top western and eastern brands, which users perceive as both modern as well as representative of the tradition and culture of the east,”

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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