Mar
18
2014

Phuket Thailand Nightlife: Phuket’s Best Beach Clubs

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Catch Beach Club Phuket Thailand – Image Source Catch Beach Club

Phuket has a famous reputation for being home to some of the best nightlife spots in Thailand, none more so than the glamorous beach club scene along the western shorelines. The pioneer of this scene for many years was Catch Beach Club on Surin Beach, but as Nikki Beach Phuket joins a string of other high class beach clubs that have recently emerged along Surin Beach, Bangtao Beach and Layan Beach,  Phuket can now claim a beach club scene that rivals any of the best worldwide beach club destinations.

Whilst many of our guests at Thavorn Beach Village & Spa will head straight for the colourful nightlife of Patong Beach on a night out, there are some in the know that are heading a few KM north to experience the laid back, neon lit beach clubs with a chilled out music policy to perfectly complement the mood of the famous Phuket sunsets.

bimi beach club Phuket Thailand

bimi beach club Phuket Thailand – Image Source bimi beach club

Adverse publicity, such as that caused during Rihanna’s visit to Phuket last year has led to a sense that Phuket’s nightlife is descending into ever more dubious and murky waters. However, it would be a mistake to assume that all Phuket nightlife is the same as that found on the infamous Soi Bangla walking street. The beach club scene on the western coast is smart, glamorous and sophisticated providing a valuable and lively social scene for both tourists and expats living on the island. Last weekend saw the world renowned Nikki Beach Club host its Grand Opening “White Party” on Layan Beach, with 1000s of party people donning their glamorous white attire for the most glitzy party of the year to date.

Nikki Beach Phuket Thailand

Nikki Beach Phuket Thailand

With a trend for ever more elaborate and spectacular audio visual entertainment, all signs are that this west coast beach club scene is going to continue to thrive and guests at Thavorn Beach Village and Spa are ideally placed to be a part of the action.

Phuket Beach Clubs: How to get there

The beach clubs of Surin Beach, Bang Tao Beach and Layan Beach are only a short 15-30 minute taxi drive away from Thavorn Beach Village and Spa and the extra minutes on the journey time are more than compensated by an unforgettable night out.

Phuket Beach Clubs Map

Phuket Beach Clubs Map

The closest beach clubs to the resort are to be found on Surin Beach and include the famous Catch Beach Club, Bimi Beach Club and Diamond Beach Club. They are all easily assessable from the beach, and as bimi beach club closes at 7pm it is the natural choice for an afternoon of sunshine and cocktails before hitting one of the other beach clubs in the evening.

Beach Club hopping is a little more difficult to do at Bangtao Beach, where the two best beach clubs, Bliss Beach Club and Xana with Attica are spaced further apart with a fairly lengthy walk in between. There are tuk tuks on hand however, in case you wanted to switch between the two. Nikki Beach is located at the top end of Layan Beach and will require a direct taxi ride from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa or a tuk tuk from one of the other beach clubs.

Phuket’s Best Beach Clubs

Catch Beach Club

catch_beach_club_phuket_thailand_01Location: Surin Beach
Approx travel time from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa: 15 minutes
Website: www.catchbeachclub.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catchbeachclub
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/ben-jay/ben-jay-catch-beach-club-may

Diamond Beach Club

diamond_beach_club_phuket_thailand_01Location: Surin Beach
Approx travel time from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa: 15 minutes
Website: www.diamondbeachclub.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/diamond.beachclub.9

 

Bimi Beach Club

bimi_beach_club_phuket_thailand_01Location: Surin Beach
Approx travel time from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa: 15 minutes
Website: www.bimibeachclub.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bimibeachclub
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/bimibeachclub/bimi-beach-club-phuket

Bliss Beach Club

bliss_beach_club_phuket_thailand_01Location: Bangtao Beach
Approx travel time from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa: 20 minutes
Website: www.blissbeachclub.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BlissBeachClub
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/dj-tommy-t/tommy-t-live-soundwave-2

Xana Beach Club with Attica:

xana_beach_club_phuket_thailand_01Location: Bangtao Beach
Approx travel time from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa: 25-30 minutes
Website: www.xanabeachclub.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/XanaBeachClub
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/xana-beach-club-w-attica

Nikki Beach Club

nikki_beach_club_phuket_thailand_01Location: Layan Beach
Approx travel time from Thavorn Beach Village & Spa: 30 minutes
Website: http://www.nikkibeach.com/phuket
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NikkiBeachPhuket
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/dj-ro-z/nikki-beach-phuket-grand

 

Phuket Beach Clubs: Special Events

The beach clubs in Phuket specialize in the spectacular, so check the websites and Facebook event pages to see what’s happening during your stay. If you are fortunate, you may catch a famous “White Party” which celebrates the anniversary of the beach club. The Original White Party in Phuket is at Catch Beach Club and is celebrated in September each year. A new date for your calendar will be early March celebrating the White Party of Nikki Beach, which judging by the immense party hosted last week will be a one of a kind event not be missed.

You can guarantee however, that any event at the beach clubs will go above and beyond your expectations with names like Mad Hatters Tea Party and We Love the 90s – Miami Vice some of the weekly events on offer at Nikki Beach, whilst Bliss Beach club hosts regular fashion party’s with some of the world’s most stunning models. For me, there is no better clubbing experience to be found in Phuket than at Catch Beach Club every weekend, but with so much competition now on offer, you can be sure that the beach clubs will continue to push the boundaries to even more dizzy heights.

Have you experienced Phuket’s West Coast Beach Club Scene? Any favourites or tips?
 
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Roger Gibson has lived in Phuket, Thailand for 4 years and is Director of Marketing & Communications for Thavorn Hotels & Resorts, Phuket, Thailand.

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Apr
8
2013

Adventure Tours in Phang Nga Province Thailand

Phang Nga Province

Phang Nga Province image source www.pedalerspubandgrille.com

 

It is likely if you are holidaying in Phuket, Thailand that you will be based at one of Phuket’s popular West Coast beach resorts. This part of the island has forged its way into the consciousness of the mass tourism market as being synonymous with the Phuket Experience as a whole, but there is an abundance of spectacular natural environments to be found in other parts of Phuket Island and surrounding provinces that show the more diverse nature of this stunning region of the world.

One of the most popular ways to explore this rich diversity is through one of the numerous Phuket tour packages on offer and yesterday I set out to do just that.

Anda Adventure – www.andaadventure.com

One such Phuket tour package is Anda Adventure in Phang Nga Province, which after a minivan ride of approx 1 hr to 1 hr 30 mins from Phuket, transports you to a fabulous mountainous jungle setting with a beautiful river flowing through the middle, crammed full of rocks and white water rapids.

Adventure Tours Phang Nga Phuket Thailand

Adventure Tours Phang Nga Phuket Thailand

Anda Adventure

Anda Adventure, Phang Nga, Thailand

This tour is very well run, whilst maintaining a relaxed atmosphere throughout and from the central base of a large wooden club house high above the river you are conveniently transported by pickup truck to each adventure activity.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting in Phang Nga Thailand

White Water Rafting in Phang Nga Thailand

First up was the white water rafting, which even in the dry season when the water was supposedly slower, still provided enough thrills and spills for a thoroughly enjoyable soaking. There were many other rafts on the water, which added to the fun as we engaged in some friendly rivalry splashing the other boats if they came too close and on several occasions a frog was thrown into our raft causing the girls to scream. The scenery was beautiful along the river and on a hot sunny day being soaked to the skin was a great way to keep cool.

Elephant Trekking

This fun activity was followed by a slower paced Elephant Trek through the jungle, which was again conducted at a relaxed pace allowing time to interact with the guests, have some banter with the guides and give the elephants a well earned rest. Some people are critical of Elephant Trekking companies for their treatment of the elephants, but these looked to be well taken care of and certainly enjoyed the bananas at the end of the trek.

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Trekking in Phang Nga Thailand

 

Next up was a tasty lunch at the club house with several delicious dishes on offer including fried rice, tempura, fried chicken drumsticks, pork and almonds, Tom Yam soup, mixed vegetables with oyster sauce  followed by water melon and pineapple.

Extreme Sports Activities

After dinner we went straight out on to the Rope Bridge across the river, which was reasonably challenging with a great view of the ravine. The Flying Fox Zip line on the return was great fun.

Rope Bridge Phang Nga Thailand

Rope Bridge Phang Nga Thailand

Zip Line Phang Nga Thailand

Flying Fox Zip Line Phang Nga Thailand

ATV Adventure

Another short drive in the pickup took us to the ATV station where a bumpy track up the hillside awaited. The track had some steep inclines and plenty of rocks to bounce off and was an activity I could have happily participated in all day long.

ATV Adventure in Phang Nga Thailand

ATV Adventure in Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Show

Elephant Show, Phang Nga Thailand

Elephant Show, Phang Nga Thailand

The final activity of the afternoon was The Elephant Show, which was actually quite charming in comparison to shows I have seen in the past. Two baby elephants and one Female Adult elephant performed a series of acts including dancing, basketball, throwing darts at balloons and a hilarious routine where they massaged members of the audience. This show was a great hit with the family groups and overall this tour is an ideal way for families and groups to explore the beautiful countryside in Phang Nga province Thailand, whilst taking part in some fun outdoor adventure activities.

Anda Adventure tours cost 3600 THB pet person for the full package, but there are some cheaper options with less activities. Personally, going all that way, I am glad I took the full package option and got to spend the whole day in the Phang Nga countryside. Anda Adventure Tours pick up from your hotel in the early morning dropping back off in the evening around 18 hrs. For more information visit www.andaadventure.com

While many people have the perception that Phuket is all about the beaches, five star resorts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife, it is certainly worth spending a few days away from the West Coast beaches to find out about the stunning natural environments and activities which are within easy reach.

What are your favourite activities and natural environments in Puket and surrounding provinces.

Author Details.

Roger Gibson has travelled extensively in South East Asia and Europe and currently lives in Phuket, Thailand working as Director of Marketing & Communications for Thavorn Hotels & Resorts, Phuket, Thailand

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Nov
29
2012

Together we can preserve the Natural World

The Future of Phuket

Is this the future for Phuket?

We are all aware of the ongoing destruction of our natural world, as each day investors and developers profit at the expense of the environment and through wasteful consumption of the world’s precious natural resources.

In the tourism industry, many investors and developers seek to maximize revenue by building tall and crowded buildings, which affect the winds and alter the natural states of the beaches. Very few consider the impact on the local environment as they cut down trees and vegetation, dig into the mountainside and construct huge multi-story buildings with little space for plant life, trees or shrubs.

At our resorts, we strive to preserve the beauty of nature in a lush, green environment that reflects Thai culture and traditions.

Thavorn Hotels and Resorts Orchid Gardens

Orchid Gardens at Thavorn Palm Beach Resort, Karon Beach, Phuket, Thailand

For this, we need your valued support as the costs for looking after the trees and shrubs and also the land near to the beach, are exceedingly high. Our peaceful and serene surroundings are designed for the relaxation and well-being of all of our guests and we believe in the importance of preserving the local environment for future generations, so they too can be touched by the beauty of nature and take over the responsibility of protecting the natural world.

Tropical Garden Setting at Thavorn Beach Village & Spa, Nakalay Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Tropical Garden Setting at Thavorn Beach Village & Spa, Nakalay Bay, Phuket, Thailand

With your ongoing support, we guarantee that future generations will hear bird song in our tropical orchid gardens, see the vibrant colours of many species of flowers, learn how to care for the trees and plants and encounter different kinds of wildlife, including our much loved rabbits. With this in their hearts they will grow up with beautiful minds attuned to the wonderful gifts of nature.

As the famous saying goes:

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.

Would you like to stay in our Traditional Thai Resorts set amidst lush, tropical garden surroundings?

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Roger Gibson has travelled extensively in South East Asia and Europe and currently lives in Phuket, Thailand working as Marketing & Communications Manager for Thavorn Hotels & Resorts, Phuket, Thailand

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May
30
2012

The Bangkok Bookend

Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport - Image source phuket-info.com

Since the 1960′s, Thailand has been at the forefront of the Asia Mass Tourism Industry, leading the way as an International Longhaul Destination. In 2011, visitor arrivals nearly reached 20 million, which shows just how far the country has come from those early days in the 60′s when foreign visitors, including American Soldiers on R&R from the Vietnam War, hovered around 400,000. When I first visited Thailand ten years ago, I already considered myself to be arriving late on the scene and jumping on the bandwagon of a well worn Backpacker trail. While the adventurous type may have moved on to far flung places further off the beaten track, it is clear that the mass tourism crowds still have an appetite to enjoy what Thailand has to offer.

Having just returned from a short 3 Night city break in Bangkok, I wanted to serve up some inspiration for your forthcoming travel to Thailand and share with you a popular itinerary for the savvy traveller, which I like to call the Bangkok Bookend.

Thavorn Beach Village and Spa, Phuket, Thailand

Thavorn Beach Village and Spa, Phuket, Thailand

To explain this concept a little further, for a 14 night break in Thailand you would spend 12 nights at our resort on the shimmering shores of Nakalay Bay in Phuket and either ‘Bookend’ your stay with two nights before or after in the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok. From my own experience, this is a winning combination – two holidays rolled into one, a beach holiday and city break, and with the convenience of cheap Air Asia flights, this is a very attractive and affordable option.Herein lies the Bangkok Bookend.

The Bangkok Bookend

As increasingly more free and independent travellers book their flights and hotels online, a few nights in Bangkok as a ‘bookend’ to a holiday on one or more of  Thailand’s exotic islands like Phuket is an upward trend.

Suvarnabhumi Airport Taxi

Suvarnabhumi Airport Taxi Image Source: www.bangkoksite.com

Bangkok, along with the likes of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, is a magical name that evokes dreams of adventure in the east and for those with no particular experience or knowledge of Thailand, it is a magical, alluring sounding city just waiting to be discovered.

Having taken an Air Asia Flight from Phuket which lasted approx 1 hour 25 minutes, I took an airport taxi for a few hundred Thai Baht (plus 60 Thai Baht to use the Fast Tollway from the airport to downtown Bangkok) and it took approx 40 minutes to reach my hotel in the Silom District of Bangkok. An area such as Silom is ideal as the Surasak BTS Sky Train station is nearby and because of the heavy traffic in Bangkok, the Sky Train is the fastest and cheapest way to explore the city.

International Fine Dining

Silom is also an excellent place to take in some International fine dining experiences and I highly recommend you visit Nui’s on Silom for it’s upmarket Jazz Club and Restaurant vibe and Sirocco, on the 63rd floor of The Dome at Lebua, for it’s luxurious High Brow Roof Top Dining.

Nui's on Silom Bangkok Restaurant

Nui's on Silom Bangkok Restaurant (image source bangkok101)

Sirocco, on the 63rd floor of The Dome at Lebua Bangkok Restaurant

Sirocco, on the 63rd floor of The Dome at Lebua Bangkok Restaurant

Cultural Experiences

From Luxurious dining to the rich and abundant cultural experiences that await you in Bangkok, it is very clear that you will experience a place quite like no other. Step back into a completely different era and soak up the atmosphere of the colourful and vibrant Floating Markets of Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak.

Floating Market Bangkok

Floating Market Bangkok - image source www.onestep4ward.com

As one attempts to understand the foundations of the Thai culture, no visit to the kingdom would be complete without taking in the glorious sites of the numerous Thai Buddhist temples (Wats) of which Wat Phra Kaew is the most famous and home of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Wat Phra Kaew Temple Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew Temple Bangkok - image source www.travel-guider.com

The Temple of The Emerald Buddha Bangkok Thailand

The Temple of The Emerald Buddha Bangkok Thailand - img source www.panix.com

With the ability to thoroughly research your holiday destination online before you travel, people now have even greater means than at any time in history to create their own itineraries and plan which of these magical experiences they want to incorporate into their trip.

Everyday Bangkok

Bangkok itself is a living breathing cultural experience and the sights, sounds and smells of something far removed from your everyday existence back home can be found all around you. A world where you can immerse your self in the crowded city streets enjoying simple pleasures such as a 50 pence bowl of noodles from a street stand, whilst you sit on small plastic chairs with the locals and stare in wonderment at the chaotic scene that unfolds around you.

Pad Thai Street Stall Bangkok Thailand

Pad Thai Street Stall Bangkok Thailand - img source cravingsandwanderlust.com

You truly have to experience the poverty, mayhem and pollution on the ground level of Bangkok, beneath the concrete tollways and SkyTrain Tracks which from up high conjure up feelings of affluence when set against the backdrop of the rapidly evolving City Skyline.

Bangkok Street Under Skytrain

Bangkok Street Under Skytrain

It is on ground level, where you can glimpse the everyday world of Bangkok and begin to understand the underlying nature of this vast and sprawling metropolis and also something of it’s history, where ancient relics of yesteryear stand small and fading amidst the gleaming steal and glass edifices.

Old East Asiatic Company Building Bangkok

Old East Asiatic Company Building Bangkok

 

 

The Outer Limits of your comfort zone

Crowded Bus Asia

Backpacker Bus Asia - aspiringbackpacker.com

While many people want to experience something colourful and new whilst holidaying in a foreign land, our busy and stressful lives dictate that we don’t necessarily want to be so far out of our comfort zone that we return to work exhausted and panic stricken. Most of us do not have the luxury of months of endless travel to leisurely experience the more pungent aspects of travel in the developing world and owing to the stresses of modern life, maybe want to dip into this world momentarily, but then return to the creature comforts of International Hospitality to relax and revitalise.

For me, Herein lies the appeal of Thailand as a mass tourism destination. Thailand provides the truly breathtaking islands and beaches, the rich history and culture, the warm hospitality from some of the world’s most humble and friendly people. But at the same time you can take in the the more adventurous and edgy aspects of travel in South East Asia  in manageable doses and then return to the comfort of your five star resort or city Hotel. You can travel about in relative ease and leave the 12 hour bus journeys to the professionals, the gap year students and the seasoned travelers.

You can experience the excitement and adventure of island hopping or downtown Bangkok, but when combined with a relaxing holiday at one of our resorts on the stunning west coast of Phuket, you can return to your jobs feeling refreshed and enriched by your rich cultural experiences in the glorious Land of Smiles.

Why do you think Thailand appeals to the mass tourism market and would you like to experience the Bangkok Bookend on your next visit to Phuket?

 


Author Details.

Roger Gibson has travelled extensively in South East Asia and Europe and currently lives in Phuket, Thailand working as Marketing & Communications Manager for Thavorn Hotels & Resorts, Phuket, Thailand

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Mar
16
2012

Kalim Bay, home to Phuket’s trendiest Nightlife

White Box Restaurant, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

image source www.whiteboxrestaurant.com

In the last 50 years, Phuket has evolved from a sleepy backwater island into a world-renowned and thriving Tourism Hotspot. Where once travelers to South East Asia were content with a beach hut and a hammock slung between two palm trees, the expectations of the savvy tourist crowds are continually rising as they  demand more  for their hard earned money. One place that is rising to the challenge of these increased expectations is the stretch of prime ocean front real estate at Kalim Bay, on the northern most point of Patong Beach and only a few minutes away from our resort at Nakalay Bay.

 

 

Kalim Beach has emerged as Phuket’s trendiest nightlife spot and home to some of the most lavish fine dining experiences. on the island. It will cost around 300 Thai Baht (each way) in a taxi or tuk tuk from our resort, which is a small price to pay to have such an exuberant choice of stylish venues at your disposal.

Sunset over Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Our resort concierge will be pleased to arrange your transportation and also to make a reservation at your chosen restaurant. These establishments are highly sort after and booking well ahead of time will give you a better chance of sitting at one of the best seats in the house to enjoy spectacular views of the sunset over Patong Bay.

Alternatively, you may wish to skip the food entirely and just sit back and relax with a cocktail in one hand at one of the many sophisticated bars, lounges and beach clubs in Kalim Bay. Many of these highly coveted establishments offer a lounge and bar vibe as well as an intimate restaurant setting, so you can really see how the mood takes you.

Location

Map of Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Map of Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Situated at the northern part of Patong Beach and separated by a rocky outcrop, Kalim Bay has a more laid back and sophisticated vibe than the party capital of Phuket. Once you have reached the end of Patong’s beach road, you encounter a rocky outcrop where the road curves right to join the main 4029 road to Phuket Town.

If you continue straight on along the 4233 coast road through a short and winding hilly stretch of coastline, the beach emerges on the other side of the outcrop with a flat stretch of road running parallel to the bay. Along with another hilly stretch of coastline at the northern end of the bay, this is home to the host of trendy bars and restaurants that reside in the rocks and coves of Kalim Bay.

It is as you come out of Kalim Bay on this hillside road and climb the hills towards Kamala beach, that you will find the secluded Nakalay Bay, home of our Thavorn Beach Village and Spa

Lounges and Bars in Kalim Bay

Kalim Bay, the stretch of coastline between the bustling Patong Beach and the hilly coastal road to Thavorn Beach Village & Spa, is home to a string of the trendiest and upmarket lounges and bars in Phuket.  As you would expect, venues such as the ultra stylish White Box Restaurant www.whiteboxphuket.com. are swathed in cool coloured neon lighting and minimalist design features to best enjoy the stunning sea views of Kalim Bay. White Box is a highly recommended starting (or finishing up) point and the upstairs of this multi-level establishment is a very cool roof top bar and lounge, where you can kick back with signature cocktails, funky beats and even a little tapas as you soak up the atmosphere of one of Phuket’s hippest hangouts.

White Box, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Downstairs is a more intimate, but equally stylish restaurant with panoramas of Kalim Bay from your table and an impressive menu of fusion food and exotic cuisines.

Another popular choice with the hip clientele is the modern and chic Nine Lounge & Bar, with an impressive outdoor terraced area and accompanying authentic thai cuisine from the fabulous Lims Restaurant.

Nine Lounge and Bar, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Lim's Restaurant, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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One of the most sophisticated places to be (and be seen) in Kalim Bay is at the ultra-modern, round, glass-walled building housing Indochine’s collection of bars and restaurants, including the Bistro Opiume, Bistro SaVanh, Waterfront Restaurant and Saint Tropez Beach Club.

Indochine Phuket

Indochine, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand
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Fine Dining

When writing an article on Fine Dining in Kalim Bay, the first name that springs to mind is the Baan Rim Pa Restaurant Group. Frequently awarded the Best Restaurant in Phuket by the influential Thailand Tatler magazine, there are three exceptional restaurants to choose from, all offering un-rivaled sea views, top-quality cuisine and extensive wine lists.

Baan Rim Pa Restaurant Group

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Baan Rim Pa

Baan Rim Pa, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

image source – www.baanrimpa.com

Da Maurizio

Da Maurizio, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

image source – www.luxury-phuket.com

Joe’s Downstairs

Joe Downstairs, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

image source – www.joesdownstairs.com

As you would expect, dining at these luxury establishments is never easy on the wallet, but Pan Yaah Restaurant is a highly recommended Authentic Thai Restaurant in Kalim Bay, which offers a very high standard of Thai food, romantic views of the twinkling lights over Patong Bay and very reasonable prices.

Pan Yaah Restaurant, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Kalim Bay is an up and coming area and you can expect that there will be many more high-end additions to an already impressive line up of trendy bars, lounges and restaurants in the near future.

Brush Restaurant and Lounge, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Image Source www.brushphuket.com

Quality establishments such as Brush Restaurant and Lounge (www.brushphuket.com), which opened to excellent reviews in 2011, and Acqua Restaurant (http://www.acquarestaurantphuket.com) ensure there is plenty of competition for fine dining experiences in Kalim Bay, guaranteeing that standards of excellence will be maintained and that ever increasing tourist expectations will be fulfilled.

Acqua, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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This is excellent news for guests staying at our Thavorn Beach Village & Spa as this exciting hub of trendy restaurants and bars on the doorstep of the resort provides an excellent compliment to the resorts own Fine Dining Establishments, such as The Old Siam Restaurant, Marisa Terrace and Yashi Teppanyaki Restaurant.

Have you visited the trendy Night-spots of Kalim Bay? Where are your favourite places to hang out?

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Roger Gibson | Marketing & Communications Manager
Thavorn Hotels & Resorts, Phuket, Thailand

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Dec
7
2011

18 of the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Phuket, Thailand.

phuket Fine Dining

Phuket Fine Dining

Phuket has a stunning variety of International Fine Dining experiences for you to sample. I have put together a collection of some of my favourite restaurants that I have visited over the last couple of years, all serving up sumptuous menus with great vibes and ambience to suit your mood. If you are coming to Phuket for the first time or are looking for a new place to dine, then read on as I share some places that have offered  truly fine dining to a very high International standard.

The 9th Floor, Patong Beach, Phuket, Thailand

(image source – http://www.the9thfloor.com/)

The 9th Floor, Phuket, Thailand

The 9th Floor, Phuket, Thailand

Boasting the highest open air restaurant in Phuket along with award winning Mediterranean & Thai food, quality selection of fine wines, cocktails and cigars and spectacular sunset views, this modern and hip establishment is the place to be seen in Phuket.

La Gaetana, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

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La Gaetana, Phuket, Thailand

La Gaetana, Phuket, Thailand

This intimate family run Italian restaurant in the heart of Phuket Town has a reputation for the high quality of service, attention to detail and exquisite gourmet cuisine. * One of our favourites as it is just around the corner from our Marketing Office.

KanEang@pier, Chalong, Phuket, Thailand

(image source – www.kaneang-pier.com)

Kan Eang at the Pier, Phuket, Thailand

Kan Eang at the Pier, Phuket, Thailand

With stunning views over Chalong Bay and a light jazz music accompaniment this place serves up one of the best outdoor ambiences along with it’s delicious freshly caught see food, thai cuisine and extensive selection of fine wines in the cellar.

Old Siam Restaurant,

(image source – www.thavornpalmbeach.com)

Old Siam Restaurant, Phuket, Thailand

Old Siam Restaurant, Phuket, Thailand

Guests and non-guests alike can enjoy a twilight, beach front dining experience and explore our range of exotic Thai cuisine, all from our 2nd floor terrace with commanding views over stunning Karon Beach. (Disclosure: I am an employee of Thavorn Hotels & Resorts)

Brasserie Phuket, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand.

(img source – www.brasseriephuket.com)

Phuket Brasserie, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Brasserie, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

Another of our favourite places, owned by a Belgian Family, is as well known for it’s stunning variety of Belgian Beers (well over 30 at the last count) as it is for it’s fine cuisine and unique & stylish Oyster Bar.

White Box Restaurant, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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White Box, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

White Box, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

The White Box has one of the best locations in Phuket with stunning views out over Kalim Bay. Inside, the decor is cool and stylish matched by an equally stylish menu of fusion food and exotic cuisines. With a modern and hip roof top bar serving tapas and cocktails you can mingle with the in-crowd and listen to cool grooves late on in to the night.

360 Degrees Restaurant, Layan Beach, Phuket

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360 Degrees, Layan Beach, Phuket, Thailand

360 Degrees, Layan Beach, Phuket, Thailand

360 degrees is not the easiest place to find, but the stunning views of the Andaman Sea and fine dining experience more than make up for it. A magnificent spot to enjoy sunset cocktails there is also an extensive wine list to delve into and stylishly presented cuisines add to this luxurious fine dining experience.

Da Maurizio Bar and Restaurant, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Da Maurizio, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Da Maurizio, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Part of the Baan Rim Pa Group of Restaurants, Da Maurizio serves up the finest in contemporary Italian cuisine from one of the trendiest stretches of coastline in Phuket, Kalim Bay.

Joe Downstairs, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Joe Downstairs, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Joe Downstairs, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

As part of the Baan Rim Pa group of Restaurants, Joe Downstairs enjoys a fantastic location and is one of the most coveted restaurants in Phuket. The stylish white interior combines beautifully with the backdrop of Kalim Bay to make this a wonderful place to dine on fresh sea food and tapas washed down with cocktails and an award winning list of fine wines.

Baan Rim Pa , Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Baan Rim Pa, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Baan Rim Pa, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

One of the most famous Authentic Thai Restaurants in Phuket, Baan Rim Pa features an open air dining experience set against a spectacular backdrop of the bay at Patong. The magnificent Thai dishes perfectly compliment the exuberant mood topped with a bottle of fine wine from the extensive cellar.

Old Siam Restaurant, Nakalay Bay, Phuket, Thailand

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Old Siam Restaurant, Nakalay Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Old Siam Restaurant, Nakalay Bay, Phuket, Thailand

This is beach front dining at it’s finest set on the gently lapping shores of Nakalay Bay amidst a tranquil, natural garden setting. An extensive menu of signature Thai Dishes and elegant wines perfectly compliment the occasion and the twinkling lights of Patong in the distance add more than a touch of romance to any evening. (Disclosure: I am an employee of Thavorn Hotels & Resorts)

The Siam Supper Club, Cherng Talay, Phuket, Thailand

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Siam Supper Club, Cherng Talay, Phuket, Thailand

Siam Supper Club, Cherng Talay, Phuket, Thailand

Located close to the entrance to Laguna Phuket the cool and lavishly decorated ultra-hip hangout has all the trappings of an international haunt for the discerning crowd. Fine wines, fine food, fine cocktails, fine company and fine mellow jazz and lounge music make this a popular destination for expats and tourists alike to schmooze the night away.

Blue Elephant Restaurant, Phuket Town, Phuket

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Blue Elephant, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

Blue Elephant, Phuket Town, Phuket, Thailand

The Blue Elephant Restaurant and Cooking School are housed in a magnificent and wonderfully restored Sino-Portuguese mansion known as the Governor’s Mansion. The International gourmet Thai chain Blue Elephant serve up a lavish menu of mouth watering Thai dishes within this historical setting, which is in stark contrast to the ultra cool, art deco neon bar area. A must for pre-dinner cocktails.

Catch Beach Club, Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand

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Catch Beach Club, Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Catch Beach Club, Surin Beach, Phuket, Thailand

One of our all time favourite places to hang out and catch the magnificent Surin Sunset while sipping Mojitos. This is Phuket’s most fashionable Beach Club and after you have enjoyed the sunset you can retire to the trendy restaurant for a wide range of tapas, appetizers, salads, pizzas & main dishes.

Watermark, The Boat Lagoon Marina, Phuket, Thailand

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Watermark, Boat Lagoon, Phuket, Thailand

Watermark, Boat Lagoon, Phuket, Thailand

Watermark Bar & Restaurant is waterfront dining at it’s very best with the million dollar yachts moored in the marina seemingly floating up and joining you at your table. This is a stylish bar setting with quality food, excellent service and a touch of glamour

Sams Steak, Holiday Inn, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

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Sam's Steak, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Sam’s Steak, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

Serving some of the finest steaks in Phuket, this place is always a winner, with excellent service, stylish decor, quality menus and an extensive wine cellar housed in a very cool glass room in the corner of the restaurant.

MomTri’s Kitchen, Kata Noi, Phuket, Thailand

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MomTri's Kitchen, Kata Noi Beach, Phuket, Thailand

MomTri’s Kitchen, Kata Noi Beach, Phuket, Thailand

Set in a prime spot on the rocks overlooking Kata Noi Beach, Momtri’s kitchen serves a wonderful menu of Thai and European specialities and provides a magnificent all round fine dining experience, with stunning sea views and tranquil ambience.

Acqua Restaurant, Kalim Bay, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

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Acqua, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

Acqua, Kalim Bay, Phuket, Thailand

The Stylish Acqua Restaurant serves fine, experimental cuisine and imaginative dishes in a cool, classy and ultra-chic setting and is one of many International Fine Dining experiences to be found in the trendy Kalim Bay area

Have you been to any of these places and where else would you recommend  for a fine dining experience in Phuket?

Kind Regards, Roger

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Nov
21
2011

Banzaaan Market – Patong

Banzaan fresh market offers a great culinary and cultural insight into Thai food.  Located in the center of Patong it sells fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and sea food from Phuket and also from different regions of Thailand.Banzaan market is easy to find, located near Jungceylon Shopping center and directly opposite the Bangla Boxing Stadium. This market opens daily from 8:30 to 15:30.
You can reach the market from Nanai road or through Jungceylon on Rat-u-thit road

The lower levels sell fresh produce, seafood, meats and all the other ingredients needed to cook Thai food.  The upper level sells things like clothes, toys, gifts and other novelties.  There is also a food court, with cheap, clean and local Thai and Chinese food

Banzaan Fresh market is certified as clean and tidy by the Thai ministry of public health and commerce,  and was recently chosen by Thai ministry of commerce for the award of outstanding market for cleanliness.

Banzaan market Patong

Banzaan market Patong

Nov
15
2011

Phi Phi Island and James Bond Island – Phuket

Did you know that the hollywoood blockbuster movies –  ’The Beach’ and ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ were filmed right here on islands near Phuket?  Since the success of these movies, their locations Phi Phi island and James Bond Island have become a huge attraction for tourists, with day tours to these islands  being a popular day trip from Phuket.

Phi Phi Island

 
 
 
 

Phi Phi island Phuket

Phi Phi island Phuket

 

Phi Phi Island is located between the large Island of Phuket and the Andaman Sea, and is a part of Krabi Province. There are two main islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Lay and four small islands. This island has long been a favorite with travelers because of the wonderful beaches, clear blue water and stunning limestone landscapes. During the tourist high season of (November-February) there are lots of speed boats and tour boats buzzing around the islands. Phi Phi Don is the main area for accommodation with simple beach side bungalows to luxury up-market resorts. Phi Phi Island climate is tropical and warm throughout the year. Phi Phi Lay the second largest island of Phi Phi, is where the movie The Beach was filmed starring Leonardo Dicaprio. Pileh Bay is a lovely cove with snorkeling and walk throughout Maya Bay. Bamboo Island, north east of Phi Phi Don is a small island with breathtaking and glorious beaches and reefs for snorkeling.  Monkey Beach,  is where you can see monkeys come out of the jungle to take foods from tourists. Wong Long Bay, is a cove of tiny fishes swarming near the beach.

There are no roads around Phi Phi, for transportation, long tail boats and speed boats are available from Phuket Island. A package day tour to these small Islands with speed boat or long tail boat costs around 1,500 THB to 2,000 THB.

Click here to read about one traveler’s experience of her – Phuket to Phi Phi Island Day tour

 

James Bond Island

 
 
 
 
 
 

James Bond Island Phuket

James Bond Island Phuket

 

James Bond Island originally known as Nail Island, is just a short distance north east of Phuket in Phang Nga bay which is a beautiful National park home to more than 40 small islands. This island was thrown into the limelight after the James Bond’s movie’ The Man with the golden gun’ in 1974 was filmed here.  After the success of this movie, the island came to be known as James Bond Island and is a signature attraction of Phang Nga Bay.

As the island is a part of a National park, development is restricted here. For accommodation there are few hotels on the bay, or at the Muslim Sea Gypsy Village, where budget Bungalows are available. The easiest way to visit James Bond Island is on a day tour by speed boat or long tail boat or by private car. Many tour agencies can organize one day tours with complete package which might cost around 1,500 THB to 2,000 THB. For the more adventurous, kayak tours can be done to explore Phang Nga Bay for approximately 3,700 THB with complete package of pick up from hotel, lunch and return to your hotel.

Travel Tip:  In order to protect the environment, collecting any type of shells or reefs from the sea as souvenir are strictly forbidden in these areas.

Click here to read more about one traveler’s experience of her – Day tour to James Bond Island

Have you visited Phi Phi or James Bond Island? If so, Please feel free to share your travel experiences here :)

 

By Ranjan Khoteja, intern at Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa, Phuket - Luxury villas and bungalows nestled on the secluded Nakalay bay between Kamala and Patong beaches ……where Thai Tradition meets nature

Nov
10
2011

Phuket to Coral and Racha/Raya Islands

There are many smaller islands around Phuket’s southern coast, that are less well known than the bigger and more famous islands near Phuket, such as Phi Phi island and James Bond island. These smaller islands are considered as some of the most beautiful spots for snorkeling and for diving in Phuket, as they have various types of fish and coral reefs scaterred around the islands.  There is no infrastructure on many of these islands, but a few such as Coral Island and Ko Raya Island (also known as Ko Racha island)  located on the south of Phuket Island, have accommodation and restaurants to cater for tourists and so are a popular trip from Phuket. Visiting these islands is for many tourists, a memorable part of their Phuket holiday.

On the eastern side of Phuket is Coral Island, otherwise known as ‘Koh Hae’ by Thais. This fascinating island features spectacular clear blue sea, clean white sandy beaches, astonishing coral reefs and marine life. Coral island is also an ideal place for those who love water activities such as; kayaking, water skiiing, banana boating and parasailing.

Coral island, Banana beach - Phuket

Coral island, Banana beach - Phuket

There are two main beaches on Coral island, Long Beach and Banana Beach. Long Beach is where the majority of day-trip boats visit and in the high season can get quite crowded. Snorkeling at Long Beach is not really good because some of the corals have been damaged by continued tourism activities, but if you swim far enough from the shore you will see lots of colorful fish and corals.

Banana Beach is located at the east side of Long beach, and is only about 10 minute by walk.  Banana beach is quieter than Long beach and is one of the best spots on the island for snorkeling. Similarly Racha Island also has two main beaches which have perfect sparkling white sand and beautiful crystal clear water. Siam beach and Batok beach are recommended for snorkeling and for those who love to enjoy that tropical paradise feeling.

How to get to Coral Island and Raya/Racha Island from Phuket

There are plenty of tour operators offering the one day trips to both islands or you can hire a long tail boat or speedboat.

From Phuket to Coral Island You can rent a long tail boat or speedboat from Chalong or Rawai piers which will take approximately 15 minutes. From Phuket to Racha/Raya Island. You can take a long tail boat or speedboat from Chalong or Rawai piers and the trip will take approx 45-60 minutes depending on the type of boat and weather conditions.

Snorkeling in the islands around Phuket

Snorkeling in the islands around Phuket

Booking a Day trip From Phuket to Coral or Racha island

Be sure to check what is included and excluded as part of the tour package. Some companies may already include the water sport activities and some may not.

Most of these tour operators include; pick up from your hotel to Chalong pier, speedboat tour to the island, luch and drinking water, life jacket, mask and snorkel, beach chair, tour guide and insurance, return speed boat to Chalong Pier and tranfer to hotel .

Expect to pay around 1,200baht per adult and 800baht per child for a full day trip. But if you are travelling in a group, you can hire a longtail boat or speedboat from Rawai Beach or Chalong Pier and it could work out to be cheaper than going with a tour operator.

Here is a sample itinerary for a Raya and Coral island full day package tour from Phuket

Sample Itinerary – Day trip to Coral and Racha Islands from Phuket

08.00       Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the pier at the pier.

 09.00       Depart from the pier to “Raya Island”.

09.30         Arrive at Raya Island, relaxing or swimming on a white sandy beach at “Patok Beach”

 10.30         Depart from Patok Beach to “Kon Kae Bay” enjoy snorkeling time with plentiful coral reefs and colorful fishes. Cruise sightseeing at  “Teh Bay” Explore the fantastic life with crystal clear water and enjoy snorkeling or relaxing at “Siam Beach” and cruise back to “Patok Beach” .

12.30          Enjoy great lunch at Patthai Restaurant. Spend your time on a white sandy beach for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing or more activities at your leisure.

14.00          Departure from Raya Island to Coral Island.

14.30          Arrive Coral Island for swimming or snorkeling and relaxing.

15.30          Depart from Island to the pier.

16.00          Arrive the pier and transfer back to the hotel.

Have you visited Coral or Racha/ Raya islands near Phuket?  If so we would love to hear your island experiences here ……………..

 

………….By  Andika Dewanto Putra,   Thavorn Beach Village Resort & Spa, Phuket, Thailand - Luxury villas and bungalows nestled on the secluded Nakalay bay between Kamala and Patong beaches, where Thai Tradition meets nature

Nov
8
2011

Loi Kratong the ‘Thai Festival of lights’

Loi Kratong or ‘Festival of lights’ is one of the most important and traditional festivals in the Thai calendar, representing the close bond between Thai culture and water. Loi Kratong is held every year on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of the Thai calendar and this year it will be celebrated on the 8th-12th November.

Loi means to ‘float’ and ‘kratong’ is a small lotus shaped float, traditionally made out of the trunk of a banana tree and decorated with folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks.

Loi Kratong 'Thai Festival of lights'

Loi Kratong 'Thai Festival of lights'

During this festival Thais will make or buy kratongs, and release them onto open waters such as rivers, lakes and the sea. The act of releasing the kratong onto water symbolizes releasing the bad things in life that have happened in the past year, so that the person can start afresh. It is also a way of paying respects to the spirits and the goddess of water (Phra Mae Khongkha), and asking for forgiveness for any bad deeds committed during that year.

Fireworks, beauty contests, large open markets and stage performances are held around the country in celebration of Loi Kratong. It is also a night for couples who can release their kratongs in unison, in the belief that if the kratongs remain together on the water it represents a long lasting love.

Another beautiful feature of this festival, are the sky lanterns or ‘Khom Loi’. Locals will gather in open air areas to release sky lanterns together. As hundreds of them are set off, the night sky becomes picturesquely lit by a multitude of sky lanterns shimmering off into the distance.

Loi Kratong, ' Thai Festival of lights '

Loi Kratong, ' Thai Festival of lights '

In Phuket you can join in the festivities by releasing you own kratongs on any of the main west coast beaches of Phuket such as; Patong, Karon, Kata and Nai Harn lake.  Hundreds of kratongs bobbing on the waves can be seen and there is also a big parade at Patong beach.  The parade normally starts from Sea Pearl Junction to Soi Bangla showcasing giant kratongs, dancers and music.   Two popular sites in Phuket town are Saphan Hin Bridge and Suan Luang Park (King Rama IX).

Tip: It can get very crowded in these areas, so it’s advisable to watch your belongings.

Have you experienced Loi Kratong in Thailand? If so, please feel free to share your Loi Kratong experience and tips here ……..

……By Thavorn Beach Village Resort & SpaLuxury villas and bungalows nestled on the secluded Nakalay bay between Kamala and Patong beaches, where Thai Tradition meets nature