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CNN Travel names Phuket Town one of Asia’s most picturesque towns

PHUKET: Phuket's Old Town can now add its listing by CNN Travel as one of Asia's 13 most picturesque towns to its long list of accolades. The article highlighted that whilst the island is renowned for its world-class beaches and leisure, maritime and adventure tourism activities, Phuket Town delivers on romance, history and cultural beauty. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor K. Yuthasak Supasorn, said the article correctly highlighted Phuket's cultural diversity and history; things that are often eclipsed by its beaches. "Phuket Town retain its charm and unique identity that comes from the influence of the Baba-Peranakan culture, which started when Chinese families migrated to Phuket. We are seeing more fully independent tourists with discretionary spending power who want [...]

By |2019-09-09T12:10:34+07:00September 9th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Outrigger Laguna Phuket helped students with English Day Camp

PHUKET: English Day Camp, supported by Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, in Bang Tao, is the latest engagement in a four-year campaign in helping the local community and showing favorable outcomes. A total of 40 children, aged 10 to 12 years old from a primary school in Phuket, enjoyed an English language day camp on August 16, thanks to a charitable effort by Outrigger Hospitality Group's "Share 4 Change" volunteers, with the assistance from the Laguna Phuket corporate social responsibility team. The camp at the Baan Khok Wat Mai School, in Thalang district, was led by an English instructor and supported by Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort and Laguna Phuket hosts. The message was that learning English is fun and [...]

By |2019-09-06T17:15:00+07:00September 6th, 2019|News|0 Comments

DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort opens its doors today

PHUKET: DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort opens its doors today, welcoming travelers looking for an idyllic getaway in Phuket, a destination known for its spectacular beaches and glorious tropical weather. The opening marks the brand’s second hotel in the country after DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. Offering 290 spacious guest rooms and suites which range from 35 to 350 square meters, every guest room at DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort features a private balcony or terrace area overlooking the tranquil resort gardens and one of the three main swimming pools. The hotel is also the first Hilton hotel in Phuket to introduce the propriety Digital Key technology. Digital Key, in conjunction with digital check-in with room selection, is [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:01:39+07:00September 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Le Méridien Phuket receives Gold Award from Travelife

PHUKET: Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort recently achieved a 'Gold Award Certification' from Travelife, an independent and internationally recognized accommodation sustainability program based in London that is accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. According to Travelife, the multi-awarded resort next to a secluded beach and 5 km. from Patong, "has shown evidence that they are taking action in the following areas: Minimizing their environmental impacts, improving the economic and social impacts for people in their community, respecting and protecting human rights and fair labor practices, and safeguarding animal welfare and biodiversity." "We are elated to receive this certification as it represents our staunch commitment to sustainable operations," says Julian Lowry, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort General Manager. He adds, [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:22:09+07:00September 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 26th edition previewed in Bangkok

PHUKET: On September 4, 2019, Asia's premier destination resort, Laguna Phuket, has hosted a press conference at Banyan Tree Bangkok for members of the press to preview its 26th annual Laguna Phuket Triathlon, coming up in November this year. The 26th edition of Asia’s longest-standing triathlon race Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) in Phuket, Thailand, is scheduled to take place during November 23 to 24, 2019 at Laguna Phuket. Comprising a unique race distance of 1.8K swim, 50K bike and 12K run through the scenic backdrop of Phuket province in Thailand, world champions and elite pro triathletes from around the world will race against each other on Sunday vying for a USD 20,000 prize purse. LPT also features "25 For 25 [...]

By |2019-09-04T17:25:55+07:00September 4th, 2019|News|0 Comments

New art exhibition, “Contrasts”, at Ramada Plaza Chao Fah hotel

PHUKET: A new art exhibition, called "Contrasts", has officially opened at the Ramada Plaza Chao Fah hotel, in Phuket Town. Two local artists are currently exhibiting their works, which stand at the opposite ends of the spectrum, hence the name. Ramada Plaza Chao Fah has now turned into an art gallery, Art @ Chao Fah, which can be found on the mezzanine floor of the lobby. The Grand Opening of the exhibition was held yesterday, August 26, with the presence of Phuket Vice Governor, K. Thanyawat Chanpinit, French Honorary Consul, Claude de Crissey, and the General Manager of Ramada Plaza Chao Fah, Eddy Brosse. The first round of exhibition, titled "Contrasts", showcases the work of two local artists, members of [...]

By |2019-08-27T11:22:55+07:00August 27th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Hilton Phuket celebrates Global Week of Service with extra sustainability efforts

PHUKET: Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa brings the light and warmth of hospitality to the community by celebrating the annual Global Week of Service simultaneously with other Hilton properties across the globe. From August 21 through August 23, 2019 the Hilton Phuket team organized and took part in different sets of outreach activities that impact the local Phuket community. The series of activities commenced with a visit to the Child Development Centre at Kata where the team donated toothbrush and stainless steel cup sets as a way of teaching proper oral health care to the students. On August 22nd, the Hilton Phuket volunteers were split into two teams- team one was headed for Wat Suwankiriket School to donate stationery [...]

By |2019-08-26T15:48:23+07:00August 26th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Aquaria Phuket is now open at Central Floresta

PHUKET: An exclusive media preview was held yesterday, August 23, 2019, at Aquaria Phuket, followed by the opening ceremony led by Dato Simon Foong, Managing Director of the Aquawalk Group that owns and operates Aquaria Phuket. The launch was witnessed by Phuket Governor, K. Phakaphong Tavipatana, K. Sudhitham Chirathivat, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Central Group, Mr. Dax Lee, CEO of Andasi Restaurant, and Mr. Sinae Lee, Director of Trick Eye. Aquaria Phuket has a total tank volume of seven million liters with over 51,000 marine animals from 300 species, making it the largest aquarium in Thailand. The South China Sea main tank exhibit holds 3.5 million liters of water and is home to Andasi Restaurant, the world's largest [...]

By |2019-08-24T14:51:15+07:00August 24th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Bangkok Airways new lounges open at Phuket International Airport

PHUKET: Recently, Bangkok Airways has introduced its new passenger lounges at Phuket International Airport, in Mai Khao, offering comfort and convenience for Bangkok Airways’s passengers while waiting for their flights. The new lounges are located near gate number 4, on the 2nd floor of the domestic departure terminal, after the security checkpoint. Bangkok Airways is the only company in Thailand that offers lounge access to its economy passengers, a perk that can make a huge difference if you have to wait for your flight for long hours. The brand new lounges have a total of 134sqm., with the Boutique Lounge (for economy class passengers) being able to accommodate up to 40 persons while the Blue Ribbon Club Lounge (for business [...]

By |2019-08-23T14:25:43+07:00August 23rd, 2019|News|0 Comments

Cocktail Critters is the bartender’s gift you’ve been waiting for

BANGKOK: A good friend of mine and mixologist extraordinaire, Mitchell 'Kai' Lum, with whom I had the pleasure to work a few years back on Surin Beach, is currently running its second Kickstarter campaign for his successful cocktail critters. Back in January this year, Kai created the first generation of critters, which are high-quality enamel pins that can be attached to your shirt, jacket or apron, born from what he is truly passionate about: cocktails and animals. The cuteness of each animal brought immediate results, with his Kickstarter campaign receiving nine times its initial goal of a thousand dollar. The first generation included Flaming-o-cosmo, Foxy Negroni, the Hawaiian Dolphin, and Froggy Margarita, among many others. And the message from the [...]

By |2019-08-22T16:23:41+07:00August 22nd, 2019|News|0 Comments