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Friday, July 25, 2014

Phuket’s Old Town Renaissance

Fifteen years ago, the historic Old Phuket Town district in Phuket Town
was a charming but slightly faded place in danger
of being lost to modern development. However, Phuket residents
and tourism figures saw the potential in preserving Phuket’s fascinating past
and a restoration effort of the Old Town was launched.


In the years since, the five main Old Town streets,
Dibuk, Thalang, Phang Nga, Rassada and Krabi roads, plus Soi Romanee
and other small lanes have been given a facelift.


Much to every photographer’s delight, unsightly power lines along Dibuk
and Thalang roads have now been buried, allowing the beauty
of the centuries-old Sino-Portuguese buildings to shine through.
More power line projects are in the works for other streets.

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Soi Romanee has seen the most striking changes.
This narrow one-way lane was once a rowdy red-light street
for Chinese immigrants back in Phuket’s heady tin-mining days.


Then it saw a decline, and up until about five years ago
most of its buildings sat in an unused and crumbling state.
Since then, nearly all of the two-storey structures lining
the Soi have been given a bright new coat of pastel-toned paint
and some hip cafes and offices have opened up.


A one-stop shop explaining Phuket’s past is found along Phang Nga road. 


This new Phuket City Information Centre has photos
and displays that explain the meaning behind
the different architectural details of the buildings in the area,
plus models of an old-style well and oven.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE WESTIN SIRAY BAY RESORT & SPA, #PHUKET

THE WESTIN SIRAY BAY RESORT & SPA, PHUKET
A tranquil resort on tropical Siray Island in Phuket
boasting breathtaking ocean views
from every of our 257 guestrooms, suites, villas,
and a calm, secluded beach.

  
The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa overlooking magnificent Siray Bay,
the resort offers a rejuvenating tropical haven with all you need to be at your best.


The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa on the exclusive east coast of Phuket,
the resort boasts contemporary design, spectacular ocean views
and the renowned warm Thai culture,
welcoming guests into this respite of tropical elegance.


Each of our 257 contemporary guestrooms, suites and pool villas
offers ocean views of Siray Bay as well as Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath,
White Tea by Westin bath amenities, rainforest shower, LCD televisions,
DVD players, outdoor balconies, audio jack packs and high speed wireless
Internet access. Other amenities include a refreshment center, in-room safe.


Relax in one of our six exquisite restaurants or bars,
providing a range of options where you can soak up your surroundings  in style.
To nourish your body we are proud to offer SuperFoodsRX™
selections amongst our culinary choices on every menu.
The wide range of dining options, along with an innovative international
approach at all of our restaurants, ensures guests can sample different cuisines.


For added convenience and comfort, 24-hour In Room Dining is available,
complete with SuperFoodsRX™ to promote your absolute wellbeing.
Private dining options and picnic baskets are also available upon request.


The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket is a tranquil setting
for guests to restore the body and expand the mind.
Located on the east side of Phuket, it boasts the latest in modern conveniences
and facilities with warm Thai culture, and sweeping ocean views.


Phuket is an island of coves and bays. It is the leading island holiday
destination in Southeast Asia, and travellers come to enjoy some fun, sun,
great seafood, great watersports and a taste of the warm
welcome that is synonymous with Thai culture.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flying Hanuman Adventure, #Phuket

Flying Hanuman is an adventure
like no other on Phuket.
It shows that the island’s beauty
goes far beyond the sea, sun and sand
that it is famous for. The hillsides of Phuket overflow
with thick forest that is great for exploration and outdoor activities.


What Flying Hanuman aimed to achieve was to provide travellers
with exceptional service, enjoyment, excitement and memories without
impacting the natural balance within the forest environment surrounding it.
There is no better way to take in the other face of the Pearl of the Andaman.
 


The site of Flying Hanuman stand almost exactly as it did before construction began.
A wide variety of trees and small animals occupy the 80,000 square metre plot,
and the natural rubber trees are harvested by locals
who are still allowed to live on the hillside. A small creek runs through the land
during the wet months and even the trees within
Flying Hanuman’s reception area have been left untouched.



Flying Hanuman is an adventure because it is part of the forest that surrounds it.
Great care has been used to make sure the zipline adventure
does not have a negative effect on the trees
it uses and the species who call the area their home.
It took hard work to put the course into place, but once it was done,
the forest is what makes the attraction so special.





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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tham Morakot, Trang


Tham Morakot one of the fantastic attractions of the Unseen in Thailand
is located at the west of Ko Muk. The exciting journey to Morakot Cave besides
seeing the marvelous nature creation is the way to reach the cave by swimming
one by one into the entrance of the cave.


This can allow only a small boat to pass through during low tide along
the channel of 80 metres long. After passing the entrance to the other side,
one will stand at the large hall roofed by the sky looking like standing
inside the very large funnel. The sand beach will be seen in the middle to the hall
surrounded by high cliffs. Some species of plant are found either on the beach


The sunlight during midday will be straight through the mouth of the funnel.
The reflection of the sea creates the emerald color
as the name “Morakot Cave” which means ”Emerald Cave”.


Tham Morakot is visited by swimming or by small inflatable boats.
Starting from a ship, the swimmer has to enter the cave
until he reaches a water filled chamber,
which is lit by sunlight through a hole in the ceiling.
The entrance passage is rather small and low,
and it is passable only during low tide.


The name of the cave means Emerald Cave.
It describes the emerald colour produced by sunlight filtered through sea water.
Inside the cave is a secluded beach of white sand.


To get to Ko Muk and Morakot Cave, boat service leaves Kuan Tung Ku Pier
at 08.00 hr everyday charging 40 baht per person.
One trip by the rented boat will charge 400 baht and takes 30 minutes to Ko Muk.


Upon arrival at Sapanyao Pier in front of the island,
one have to rent a long-tailed boat to Morakot Cave rested
at the other side of the island (100 baht each).
Another way is to rent the boat from Pak Meng Pier
straight to Morakot Cave at Ko Muk.
The rate is 1,800 baht/day taking about 40 minutes.


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Novotel #Phuket Resort

first class accommodation
and service
are a natural extension of daily
mission to provide you
with the ultimate resort experience.


Novotel Phuket Resort is perfectly located in the green hills
above beautiful Kalim Bay and just minutes walk from Patong beach
and the centre of Patong Novotel Phuket Resort blend essential
modern comforts with Thai inspired decor.


Each room has a private balcony providing magnificent views of Patong Beach
and the Andaman Sea. Three stunning restaurants over looking the ocean
provide diverse dining options and a perfect place to watch the sunset.


Superb location by the beach in 8 acres of lush tropical garden
within walking distance from Patong, exciting shopping
and nightlife. As the hotel is located on a higher ground,
it was not affected at all by the tsunami.


Magnificent views and stunning tropical sunsets over Patong Beach
and the Andaman Sea. Peaceful and serene environment providing an exclusive
hidden paradise for comfort and relaxation.


Warm and genuine hospitality with only 215 rooms.
Magnificent three tier swimming pools with connecting waterfalls
A combination of classical Thai style architecture with modern facilities.


Situated at the Premier location in Patong,
this International chain managed resort enjoys magnificent views
across the Andaman Sea and Patong Beach from every food and beverage outlet,
swimming pools, lobby and almost everywhere in the resort.


The Resort is also surrounded by lush landscape and exotic gardens
with a serene and quiet environment.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Sanctuary of Truth, #Pattaya


The Sanctuary of Truth is a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than two rais. The top point of the building is about 105 meters high. It was constructed to withstand the wind and sunshine on the seashore at Rachvate Cape, Tumbon Naklea, Amphur Banglamung, Chon Buri Province. 


 The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carve sculpture. The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient Vision of Earth, Ancient Knowledge, and Eastern Philosophy. With in this complex, visitors will understand Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia.


 The building was constructed according to ancient Thai ingenuity-and every square inch of the building is covered with wooden carve sculpture. The purposes of decoration with wooden carve sculptures are to use art and culture as the reflection of Ancient.




The Sanctuary of Truth, #Pattaya
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wat Lai, Lopburi Province.


 Wat Lai, Lopburi Province.
Located on the bank of Maenam Bang Kham in Tha Wung District, approximately 24 kilometers from town, the Ayutthaya-period temple is famous for its chapel deccorated with stucco in various designs showcasing Buddha’s previous life and his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, the chapel illustrates extraordinary Thai craftsmanship which is truly exquisite. There is also the Phra Si Ari Buddha image here.


Karon Beach, #Phuket


 Karon Beach, #Phuket


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