People, Places, Pastimes
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Phuket stands at the centre of Thailand’s
booming medical tourism industry page 6
Anti-government protests land Shooting Cafe brings high-calibre
in Phuket, closing airport page 3 concept to Patong page 14
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Primate preserve planned as new
Chalong Bay tourist draw
By Thapakorn Arsana
wo South African conservation-
ists met with Phuket Governor
Niran Kalayanamit on 20
August at Phuket Provincial Hall to
persuade public officials to allow
them to transform Koh Tanan into
Monkeyland. The small island in
Chalong Bay lies just northwest of
Koh Lon, and the idea is to build
a primate preserve modelled on an
existing park in Plettenberg Bay,
With approval in-hand from
a committee of local officials,
Zambian-born Tony Blignaut,
chief executive officer of
Primates Resort (PTY), Ltd., and
partner Ronald Derek Taurog
of the Touch a Monkey’s Heart
Foundation detailed plans to
create an education centre and a Courtesy of Monkeyland
primate habitat as a new tourist South African conservationists plan to bring 100 primates to a
draw in Chalong Bay. world-class preservation centre on koh Tanan in chalong Bay,
“The project’s goal is preser- expected to open between April and December of next year.
vation of wildlife species and
maintaining the environment,”
Blignaut explained. These will be brought to the Koh land on Koh Tanan. Tourists will
“Awareness of the world’s Tanan habitat early during the be ferried to Monkeyland from
environmental problems is preserve’s development to give Chalong Pier to a 60-metre pier
increasing all the time, and we the primates time to adapt to the that the company will build on
believe that Monkeyland, as a new environment. Blignaut said Koh Tanan, providing 40 stalls
centre of conservation, can be an with free rental for area residents
important educational resource.”
The company has built two
‘We are a nonprofit to open businesses.
“This project will increase
previous successful preserves.
Monkeyland opened in 1998
organization, and we are tourism revenue to local people,”
Blignaut said. “A committee
on 23ha of land in Plettenberg
Bay, South Africa, featuring 400
not expecting a return (of local officials and municipal
representatives) has already
primates from 15 different species.
Birds of Eden opened in 2005 on
on our investment. The considered this project, and
they have also considered the
2.3ha next to Monkeyland, housing
200 bird specimens from 150
project’s goals are to environmental impact, such as
on the sea and on the island.
species. The two preserves draw
12,000 visitors per year. Phuket is
preserve primates.’ We have coordinated with
many government departments
the company’s next development in Thailand, and mostly they
objective, Blignaut said, because that the preserve is expected to agree with this project because
of its suitability in atmosphere, the open for visitors between April it supports tourism in Thailand.”
efficiency of available facilities, and December of next year. The project has completed 80
and the large number of tourists The company will establish a percent of the planning process,
visiting the island every year. research institution on Koh Aew he added.
Planned for exhibition and along with an education centre “We are a nonprofit organi-
research at the Phuket facility open to the public. The goal is zation, and we are not expecting
are around 100 primates from to build a world-class primate a return on our investment,”
Malaysia, Singapore and preservation centre. The primate Blignaut said. “The project’s
Thailand, as well as from Africa. habitat will be located on 2ha of goals are to preserve primates.” PP
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Local leaders estimate losses to tourism
from anti-government protests that closed Phuket’s airport
By Witchureerat Kunprom The first flight out was the around the protestors while some
and Thapakorn Arsada airline’s TG214 to Bangkok. As of the 15,000 tourists waited at
flights resumed, taxis and hotel the airport for a resolution to the
he direct cost of the closure of transportation vehicles lined up situation. Many found hospitality
Phuket International Airport at the airport’s entrance to pick from airport businesses, which
by anti-government pro- up and drop off tourists as usual. provided free food to stranded
testers may have reached 250 The protest began on 29 August tourists.
million baht per day, according at 1.30pm as 2,000 protesters “In securing this situation, we
to estimates from the Phuket invaded the airport, smashing have to take care of tourists, and
Tourist Association (PTA) and windows in the terminal building we’ve coordinated with protesters
the southern chapter of the Thai to gain access to the runway and on a few details,” said Pol. Col.
Hotels Association. PTA Presi- force a suspension of airport Chalit Thinthani during the airport
dent Somboon Jirayus announced operations. Two hours later, the shutdown. “We have to protect
the figure on 1 September, one group moved outside the airport the airport as well. Moreover,
day after flights had resumed at grounds to the entrance gate. They we definitely don’t do anything
the airport, as local officials and were joined by a second group of violent and break up the mob
tourism professionals took stock 7,000 protesters at 5.30pm and a because we don’t want to have a
of the consequences from a local third group of 2,000 from Phang conflict. The problem is we don’t
flare-up of anti-government pro- Nga and Krabi at 8.00pm. know who are the heads of the
tests centred in Bangkok. Phuket Governor Niran Kalay- protest right now because they
In all, the closure of the airport Narong Jaidee anamit and Vicha Nurnlop, general change all the time. We’re ready
between 4.50pm on 29 August manager of the airport, attempted to talk when the heads of the
protesters from the people’s Alliance for Democracy blockaded the to negotiate with the protesters protest become available.”
and 11.00am on 31 August caused
the cancellation of 181 flights, entrance to phuket International Airport between 29-31 August, throughout the day on 29 and 30
affecting 30,000 passengers. Also stranding 30,000 passengers. August, without success. One Narong Jaidee also contributed to this report.
during the shutdown, 137 tonnes many countries are keep an eye to shutdown Phuket Interntional hundred police formed a perimeter PP
of cargo awaited transport. Of the on the situation. If the situation Airport if police break up the
cancelled passenger flights, 126 continues like this, tourists may protest in the nation’s capital.
were departures change their The first flight into the airport
plans and was Thai Airways flight TG213,
to or arrivals
from domestic ‘In securing this travel to other with 380 Thai and foreign
while 55 were situation, we have to countries
instead of to
passengers, arriving at 3.35pm.
take care of tourists, Phuket.”
and we’ve coordinated from the
Silk Air, Air
with protesters on a few Alliance for
details.’ (PAD), which
Airlines, Jet protests in
Star, Sky Star, China Air, Tiger Bangkok against the government
Air and Nok Air. of Prime Minister Samak
“This will continue to affect Sundaravej during recent
Phuket for a while until tourists months, announced an end to
trust the safety and trust in the its occupation of the airport at
situation in our country again,” 3.00pm on 31 August, abandoning
Khun Somboon said. “If the a position at the airport’s entrance
airport had closed longer than gate. The local group would focus
this, I am sure that Phuket would its efforts on the main protest
have lost a lot more income in Bangkok, leaders said, and
because charter flights from they threatened another attempt
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local news LOCALbriefs
Pulse Media Company limited Colourful Ceremony
128/60 Moo5, Ratsada Hotel School Proposed for Phuket
Sub-District, Muang District,
Phuket 83000, Thailand
Supports Frontier Monks The island’s burgeoning hospitality industry stands to get a
boost from a proposed international hotel management school
that recently gained the support of Phuket Governor Niran
Kalayanamit. Swiss hotelier and consultant Lothar Schudt met
Editor: with Khun Niran on 26 August at Phuket Provincial Hall about
Sukhonthip Tantanak the idea, saying he represented an Australian investor friend
interested in opening a school that offers a curriculum in hotel
Associate Editor: management and hospitality.
Robert Pratt “I am so glad that the governor is interested in the project, and I
email@example.com will have a meeting with the Australian executive investor’s team,
which will join the project next week,” Schudt said. “We will
Thanawat (Tucky) Kingthong
talk about the details and process of the project, the investment
budget and the establishment of the school as an international hotel
Witchureerat (Jang) Kunprom management school.”
firstname.lastname@example.org Schudt met with Niran to discuss the idea and to seek the gover-
Thapakorn (Matt) Arsana nor’s advice about the best areas of Phuket to consider for the
email@example.com school’s location.
“It’s a good thing that foreign investors would like to come
sales: to establish a hotel management school in Phuket,” Niran said.
Richard Valentine “Recently it seems like Phuket doesn’t have enough professionals
and experienced personnel for these kinds of jobs and to accom-
Lumyong (Au) Chusri
Hathaikan (Tooky) Singthong
modate the large amount of tourists who come to visit Phuket.”
Suparat (Su) Thannuy Courtesy of the Dhammakaya Foundation
Thousands of area residents donated dried food to 1,000 monks
Volleyball Tour Comes to Karon
Admin & Accounts: during a ceremony on 23 August in phuket city, part of a national International media and Thailand’s National Broadcast Television
Churai (Ju) Ongauea drive to support monks in Southern Thailand and frontier areas. (NBT) will hit the sands in Karon during the opening of high
firstname.lastname@example.org season for the Women’s International Beach volleyball World Tour
By Thanawat Kingthong Thailand Open 2008. Phuket Vice Governor Worapot Ratasrima
Organized by the Phuket joined Songsak Kitakarnkul, director of Phuket’s office of the
Malisar (Boo) Nakwaree
housands of area residents Provincial Administration Thailand Sports Authority, and Sompong Dabpechl, vice president
Supansa (Aorn) Naveewong dressed in white brought Organization (OrBorJor) and the of Karon Tessaban, to officially welcome the tournament at Phuket
email@example.com food to 1,000 saffron-robed Phuket City Tessaban, the event Provincial Hall on 24 August.
monks in the early morning drew monks from Phuket, Krabi “Thirty-seven teams from 19 countries will participate in the
Distribution: of 23 August. The colourful and Phang Nga provinces. Phuket Women’s Beach Volleyball World Tour in Karon,” Khun Worapot
Phayoon (Lek) Makehan celebration honoured national Vice Governor Smith Pallawat- said. “This event will not only promote international sport, but it
Mother’s Day, a follow up to wichai and OrBorJor President will also promote Phuket tourism as well.”
the 12 August public holiday for Paiboon Upattising co-chaired Part of the Swatch FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, which
the birthday of Her Majesty the the ceremony. features 19 competitions in 15 countries and offers a prize around
CoNTACT iNFoRMATioN Queen Sirikit. The local ceremony is part 8 million baht, the tournament will be held on 4-7 November at
Advertising sales: firstname.lastname@example.org The ceremony took place along of a first-ever national drive to Karon Beach. NBT and Thailand’s Sport Channel will broadcast
Classified Advertising: Narin Road in Phuket City and offer food to 500,000 monks matches between 3.00 and 5.00pm on 8 and 9 November. Eighteen
email@example.com stretched down the street from a in Southern Thailand and television outlets are expected to cover the event for international
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municipal offices to Wat Wichit- project, supported by both the — W.K.
sangkararam. Participants brought government and private sectors,
dried food to help monks in 266 is meant to honour Her Majesty
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temples in Southern Thailand. the Queen Sirikit. PP Airport Facilities Get Upgrades
In addition to a 5 billion baht reconstruction project, Phuket
International Airport will soon get 50 million baht in planned
improvements to existing facilities, airport official recently
PosT announced. Airport General Manager Vicha Nurnlop, speaking
HANDy NuMBERs New Tourism Team during a report to Governor Niran Kalayanamit at Phuket
Provincial Hall on 15 August, said the upgrades include refur-
bishment of toilets and adding new immigration counters for
Police: 191, Tourist Police: 1155 or 1699,
Targets Regional Markets international arrivals, as well as a temporary parking lot.
Khun Vicha noted that the improvements address feedback from
Immigration Police: 076-212108
passengers. The outlay for improvements will allocate 2 million
Phuket Tourist Rescue Centre, Chalong: baht to upgrade toilets, 40 million for immigration counters and 7
076-383907-9 By Witchureerat Kunprom important when tourists make a million baht for a temporary parking lot, which will eventually be
decision to travel — especially replaced by a permanent new parking structure.
Phuket Emergency Rescue Centre:
076-217833, he newly installed leaders of by plane. But the high price of In addition to the facility upgrades, Narong Junsewok, the
Royal Thai Naval Centre: the Phuket Tourism Asso- fuel has had little effect for this airport’s director of security, explained that the airport will take
076-391590, 076-391598 ciation (PTA) announced a high season because most tourists additional measures to promote security. Hotel employees will
Patong Beach Emergency Rescue Centre refocusing of the group’s aims, be required to wear uniforms, and airport limousine, VIP car and
come to Phuket on charter flights
(Thung Thong Police Station): 076-321182
targeting regional visitors rather and tour packages that they have tour services will be required to display an airport license card in
than long-distance tourists. The already paid for. Regular airlines every vehicle.
move is meant to meet changes will see more of an effect.” — T.A.
in travel patterns resulting from If fuel prices continue to
Thai Airways: 076-360400 high oil prices. fluctuate, he added, Phuket may
Air Asia: 02-5159999
Bangkok Airways: 076-225033-5,
Introduced to the public at a start to see some effect. Forward Best Public Toilets Named
press conference on 18 August bookings for the coming high
at the Phuket Merlin Hotel, new season are showing occupancy Central Festival Phuket, Ban-San Market and Phuket Interna-
Silk Air: 076-304 018/19/20
Nok Air: 1318
PTA President Somboon Jirayut rates similar to last high season. tional Airport scored the highest marks in the Phuket Provincial
Malaysian Airlines: 076-213749, said the group would partner with “The PTA will participate Public Health Office’s (PPHO’s) recent clean toilets drive. Vice
076-216675, 076-234467 the Phuket Provincial Adminis- in every event which is held Governor Worapot Rajasrima chaired a seminar on 21 August at the
tration Organization (OrBorJor), to encourage Phuket tourism,” Royal Phuket City Hotel to showcase the best local toilets and to
the Tourism Authority of Somboon said. “We’ll be announce certification of 370 public facilities.
HosPiTAls Thailand and Thai Airways working with regional marketing “The government’s policy to support tourism calls for clean
Phuket International Hospital: to host a “mega fam” Phuket- programs, such as the Amazing toilets for local people and for tourists to promote a good image for
076-249400 familiarization trip for travel Thailand Festival, and we’ll also Thailand,” said Dr. Paisan Worasathit, director of the PPHO.
Bangkok Phuket Hospital: 1719, professionals from across Asia. support Phuket to have more The government’s policy, established in 2007, targets improving
076-361000, 076-254425 “The cost of fuel has a critical organizations come here more toilets in public locations. The recently certified toilets represent
Mission Hospital Phuket: 076-237220-6
effect on tourists travelling to often for meetings, incentives, 23.80 percent of all public toilets on Phuket.
Patong Hospital: 076-342633-4,
Phuket, for sure,” Khun Somboon conferences and expositions — T.A.
Vachira Hospital: 076-361234
said. “The cost of transport is (MICE).” PP
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Medical travel is a large and growing segment
of Thailand’s tourism industry, and Phuket stands at the centre
By Witchureerat Kunprom Akkapol Pruksawan Nongnit Tengmaneewan
and Thapakorn Arsana Deputy Governor for Policy Acting Director, TAT
and Planning, Tourism Region 4
stimates from Bangkok Hos- Authority of Thailand (TAT) Most of the people who
pital suggest that medical Phuket has many selling come to use services from
tourism in Asia could points to attract people. hospitals are from Scandi-
account for as much as US$4 Phuket is a destination for navian countries, and others
billion in economic activity spas. Medical tourism is are from Russia and Korea.
in less than half a decade. a selling point. We have If we compare the money
Several years ago the govern- promoted Phuket especially that non-medical tourists
ment of Thailand, realizing for medical tourism in spend per day, it’s around
that the nation already had road shows overseas, US$144 per person. Medical
excellent health care services highlighting hospitals tourists will spend around
available, began aggressively and spas from all around US$362 per day per person.
promoting medical tour- Thailand. From data given to us by
ism, designating Phuket as a TAT has coordinated Bangkok Hospital Phuket,
health and wellness destina- with hospitals and spas we know that the things that
tion. And the tourists have all around Thailand. The tourists come to get services
come in steadily increasing number of people in the for are illnesses, dental care,
number ever since. medical tourist group is acupuncture, laser treat-
To understand the increasing every year, ments and skin care, like
growing impact that and it seem like this is Botox. Lasik for the eye is
medical tourism is having the hot product of Phuket famous for tourists who visit
on Phuket, Phuket Post tourism right now. Around Phuket right now. Moreover,
reporters talked to national 1.5 million peole come other services that tourist
and local officials, as well as to Phuket and all over come to use are plastic
to health care providers, to Thailand for medical surgery and transsexual
get an overview of Phuket’s tourism, and that’s around operations. Medical visitors
progress as a health and 17 percent of all tourists are mostly from Australia,
wellness destination. who come to visit Thailand. New Zealand and Japan.
They may come here after
contacting agencies in their
home countries or, it seems,
from word of mouth, when
their friends talk about being
impressed with the services
at hospitals here.
We promote medical
tourism by joining with
the hospitals to do road
shows overseas to promote
of medical treatments in
Thailand. Not only can they
get treatments at cheaper
prices than in their counties,
using the same high-quality
medical equipment, but also
they can relax and admire
the blue sky and white sand
here in Phuket.
Manager, Promjai Dental
We have been open in Phuket (on Soi Sawatdirak Two or three years ago, most
Phuket for four or five in Patong), we found that patients were from Australia.
years, but our head clinics the number of customers We’ve seen an increasing
in Bangkok, with eight is increasing every year. number of patients since we
branches, opened around 20 At first we had just walk-in moved our office in Patong
years ago. There’re some customers, and now almost to the Patong Merlin Hotel.
differences among patients all of our patients are Many of the tourists who
in Bangkok and patients in returning to get treatments stay at the hotel come to ask
Phuket. Mainly, customers or services from us again us about teeth whitening and
in Bangkok are people who and again. They are coming dental implants, and so on.
come to work in Thailand, to Phuket at least once a We promote the dental
and 90 percent are Japanese. year. As many people know, clinic with local media and
For Phuket, we came here tourists who come to visit with our website. Recently
following the govern- Phuket love Phuket, and we’ve had many customers
ment’s launching a policy to they would like to come who have booked a course
support Phuket as a healthy back here every year. They of treatment on the website,
city and promoting tourists come back to our clinic as and then they come to
to come here to know well, and they stay in the Phuket just for treatment
Phuket in another way, not same place and use our with us.
just for natural tourism but services. I think in the future Phuket
for medical tourism, too. The tourists who come will be well known for
From the first year that here for treatment right now medical tourism, and the
we opened a clinic here in are mostly Scandinavians. tourists who come to Phuket
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The health tourism model of feeling in beautiful tourist attrac-
Phuket is the perfect combination tions. Customer satisfaction
of health service with travelling makes them want to visit Phuket
experiences, Phuket is one of the again because they trust us, and
most prestigious destinations for because of word of mouth.
relaxation and fun experiences. According to Bangkok
Because we are not a big hospital Hospital Phuket’s statistical
and don’t have enough room analysis, medical tourists are
for all of our clients, we need mostly Asian tourists, Japanese
to coordinate with hotels on the and Koreans. These group are
island. Moreover, we train hotel high in the low season, as well as
staff about how to take care of Australians. During high season
our clients when they’re resting in we have visitors from the UK
hotels. There is strong cooperation and European Union.
and great mutual support for the We found that the demand for
purpose of health tourism between plastic surgery and dental work
Bangkok Hospital Phuket and our has been increasing continu-
preferred hotels and resorts. ously, and the number of tourist
There are three countries that patients during the 2007-2008
are Thailand’s competitors: season increased approximately
Singapore, India and Malaysia. 30-35 percent.
Even though the three of them With the number of tourists
have an advantage in the preva- increasing every year, we put our
lence of English, we are similar. effort into medical infrastructure.
One thing that’s different is that Moreover, we change medical
we’re also a tourist destination instruments every five years,
with good services. such as X-rays and instruments
Clients will be impressed for surgery, to ensure that all
with both our medical care and the tourists with any emergency
our tourist services — good health incidents have the best
treatment in hospitals and good during their holidays. PP
or Thailand for these services will on the island. Governor Niran
increase more and more. Thailand Kalayanamit had an idea about
has experienced doctors. We have treating tourists with one’s
professional doctors and standard full effort, and after that, Thai
medical equipment equal to other medical services have become
countries. I’m sure that tourists world class in the eyes of many
who come to get treatment here in foreigners. Phuket has become
Thailand or in Phuket will have famous in medical tourism,
good experiences with medical care attracting tourists from many
in our country, and they’ll get a countries around the world.
wonderful holiday when they come Phuket today is ready to claim
for treatment. a position
as a health
‘I’m sure that tourists will tourism
Dr. Kongkiat destination.
Kespechara have good experiences Bangkok
Director, Bangkok Hospital
Hospital Phuket with medical care in our Phuket went
Thailand is to many
a country that country, and they’ll get a countries
has world-class around the
medical care wonderful holiday when world to
since many publicize
private hospitals they come for treatment.’ our business,
have improved such as
their goods and England,
services during the years after Sweden, Denmark, Japan and
the financial crisis. Bangkok Australia. As well, we have had
Hospital Phuket has worked road shows in Berlin, Germany.
to improve our standard of Moreover, we have promoted
medical care after the tsunami hotels and tourism so that clients
destroyed the tourism industry have a chance to travel.
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bOdyTALk people: living well
Identifying Symptoms of Malaria
Well of Culture
alaria symptoms can appear flu-like in nature and can easily
be overlooked. But failure to diagnose and treat malaria can
lead to coma and possible death. Other common symptoms of At Sukko Spa, wellness means
malaria include back pain, chills, dry cough, splenomegaly, impaired
function of brain or spinal cord, seizures, and loss of consciousness.
Malaria is caused by a parasite called plasmodium but is trans-
treating body and soul
mitted by a few species of anopheles mosquitoes — collectively By Jody Houton
called anophelines. This parasite resides in the salivary gland of
the female anopheles mosquito. Initial invasion of the liver and pon entering the green and
red blood cells is asymptomatic. The onset coincides with the natural surroundings of Sukko
shattering of red blood cells, commonly known as schizogony. Cultural Spa and Wellness,
The female mosquito will fly into a swarm there is an immediate feeling of
of males and seize one of them during mating. the tranquil Thai tradition. This
The pair then drops out of the swarm. For wonderful atmosphere attracts
mosquitoes, mating is brief, perhaps taking 30 people from Asia and Europe to
seconds. After the sperm has transferred into Thailand all year round. There are
the female, she will then disengage from the even horses and a cow grazing on
male. The female mosquito may only need to the grass at the front of the centre.
mate once in her lifetime. Sperm will be stored And a day at the Sukko spa is also
in her body in an organ called the spermatheca. Garnett Symonds perfect to learn about Thailand’s
The laying of eggs will take place 3-4 days customs and culture.
after mating. Subsequently, it only requires a “blood meal” to lay “Everything is Thai!” explains
eggs. Blood contains protein, which is required and needed for the General Manager Khun Otto.
eggs to mature. It is thought that mosquitoes are drawn to their “The building’s appearance and
victims by a combination of carbon dioxide, warmth, odour and interior is designed in a Thai
perspiration. The plasmodium style.” And in traditional Thai Courtesy of Sukko Cultural Spa
For prevention: Don’t parasite can only be transmitted
by the female mosquito. There
fashion, guests are treated with a
courteous manner when they’re Traditional tranquility is immediately evident in the design of
get bitten! Visit a are four main types of malaria
that can affect humans, and there
greeted by any one of the 215 Sukko cultural Spa — and in the menu of traditional Thai activities.
staff. This is a distinctive feature
doctor to discuss exist certain malaria symptoms
specific to each type.
of the spa, and it’s central to the raw materials and herbs. Even
ethos of the establishment, which the food is created with a very SUKKo CUlTUrAl SpA
prophylaxis medication Plasmodium falciparum is
the most severe kind of malaria.
centres on a concept of living in carefully considered choice of
Thai culture. herbs. Sipping a Thai herbal tea, 4021 Chaofa West Rd.., Vichit.
before travelling to It can take 7-14 days before
symptoms appear. At the onset,
Traditional Thai pursuits, such Khun Otto explained: “Herbs are 0-7626-3222. www.sukkospa.com
as muay thai and Thai sewing, used as a medicine.”
endemic areas. the symptoms are flu-like.
If they remain untreated,
can be learned and practiced When you enter Sukko, you
here. There are daily classes in ring a gong and are escorted
symptoms will worsen aqua exercise and yoga taught by through the lobby’s huge doors
dramatically and may have a fatal outcome. This type of malaria A full-service spa, Sukko offers 40
highly-trained staff. It’s a popular into a picturesque water garden. packages from two to four hours, as well
commonly occurs in pregnant women, infants and travellers to notion at Sukko that energy The first thing you’re asked is if
high-risk areas. as cultural wellness activities, including
therapy, authentic martial arts and you would like a consultation. rituals, cooking, eating and fruit carving.
Death from plasmodium vivax, plasmodium ovale and massage are some of the tools From here you’re encouraged
plasmodium malariae is very rare. However, proper diagnosis used to bring a person’s physical to fill out a registration card
and early treatment is strongly recommended. Symptoms from condition and spirit back to a state that’s essential to defining (which can double as a second
plasmodium vivax can take approximately 12-18 days to appear of balance. Guests are in safe and your tailor-made therapeutic bedroom). For a change of place,
and are sometimes known to relapse after treatment. They can skilled hands; every single one experience and the specific herbs you can request a massage on the
also stay dormant for long periods of time. Malaria symptoms of the 100 therapists are trained to fix what ails you. balcony.
caused by the plasmodium ovale strain have a much more gradual in the spa’s signature method, Sukko Cultural Spa is the The Sukko spa is located within
onset. Relapse is possible, but it’s less common than with vivax. completing 800 hours of training biggest spa in Asia, owning 50 gorgeous surroundings, with
The symptoms of plasmodium malariae can take up to 40 days to at the Sukko academy. massage rooms and a further 30 luscious greenery all around, the
appear. They are said to be less severe, but can recur after many When asked what makes the villas (of which 28 are now ready therapeutic trickling of the lake
years of dormancy. spa different or more excep- to use). They all have the same adding to the tranquil feeling.
Initially, malaria symptoms for the above three types appear as tional than other spas, Khun Otto beautiful design and offer great Treatments, meditation and
flu-like symptoms in adults. The sufferer may feel weak and dizzy highlighted the second distinctive views overlooking a man-made relaxation are the attractions to
and may experience vomiting or diarrhoea. If the individual has feature that attracts visitors — lake at the rear of the complex. Sukko Spa. Different people will
contracted plasmodium falciparum, the symptoms will be more the use of natural Thai products. Each villa also has a private steam come for different reasons and
threatening in nature. These can include intense muscle spasms, These treatments, oils and other room with a jacuzzi bath. Each will leave with a feeling of total
kidney failure, low urine output, fluid in the lungs, laboured products are made using Thai has a separate treatment room well-being. PP
breathing and frothy sputum.
Symptoms vary in adults and children. Children can exhibit a
cough, rapid/shallow breathing and/or feverish convulsions. If
they have contracted plasmodium falciparum, they may experience
fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. If untreated, the symptoms can
worsen and the child could experience respiratory distress causing
flared nostrils, severe muscle spasms, convulsions and coma.
The symptoms may lessen as the parasite dies, and return as new
parasites are produced and released into the body. This cyclical
pattern is a major indicator of malaria, yet it may only reveal itself
at a later stage of the disease.
Incubation periods for each type of malaria may vary, especially
if a person is already taking antibiotic medication or because
trace immunity from previous infection exists. In regions where
malaria is prevalent, residents may carry the disease but may not
exhibit symptoms due to immunity or semi-immunity. Severity
of symptoms will also depend upon the person’s general state of
health and immune system.
For prevention: Don’t get bitten! Visit a doctor to discuss
prophylaxis medication before travelling to endemic areas.
Travellers should avoid these areas if pregnant. Also, keep your
body covered, especially at night. Use repellant sprays, and use
nets over beds and windows.
Garnett Symonds, DO, LCSP, D.Hom (Med), HMD, is an osteopath and a fellow of the
British Institute of Homeopathy. 0-7638-8524. email@example.com.
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people: seen and scene
Members of Coco Lopez Chair Table and Methiya Co., Ltd. joined local Chao Koh Coconut Milk sponsored a competition at Super
officials to donate books for school children at Prukjampa School, part Cheap on 24 August for the best cook to represent the
of the OrBorTor Meet People event. southern region in a 500,000-baht national competition.
Winners of the Rotary Club of Patong Beach’s golf tournament at Laguna Phuket Golf Club on 31 August. The tournament raised
money to support care for Baby Ruby.
enVision owner Steven Roberto joined Kitipong Jaramornburapong, executive chef of MoMo Cafe at the Courtyard Phuket at Surin
Beach, to present another edition of the “Great Chefs of Phuket” series on 27 August.
The Village at Coconut Island sponsored the Lighthouse Club’s meeting at Patong’s Yorkshire Inn on 27 August to raise money for
schooling for the children of Thai construction workers.
Staff from a local resort got wet and rowdy during a lively pool party at Kata’s Pink Flamingo Bar on 31 August.
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places: island restored TheNighTLArk
Beauty and the Beast A Revolving Door
of Closings and Openings
Stilt villagers oust foul odours
hat goes up must come down. It’s only logical, since Isaac
Newton told me so. Everything comes crashing down to Earth
to revive popular tourist destination eventually, whether it’s a burst ego, a superbly lofted sand
iron shot or a tyrannical military dictatorship. The laws of gravity and
downward motion affect everybody and everything around us. The
ups and downs and the positives and negatives are all
part of life’s own yin and yang. So, recently it was
saddening to hear about the immediate closure of two
of Phuket’s most diverse restaurants and bars.
The Saxophone Pub first opened its doors over
two years ago and finally offered jazz and blues
enthusiasts something a little different than what
they were already hearing. I actually reviewed
Saxophone on behalf of the Phuket Post just over Alan Wass
a month ago and wondered if my words were the
final straw that broke the camel’s back. I don’t
think so; I am definitely overestimating my own self-importance
there. But I did mention the lack of customers inside the venue that
was creating an adverse affect on the atmosphere.
It’s such a shame to see the first major casualty of the low season
— but it probably runs far deeper than that. Saxophone always
employed a generous number of staff comprising four- and five-
piece bands and a plethora of waiters and waitresses. It doesn’t
take a Richard Branson to work out that you have to sell a whole
lot of drinks and food just to cover the basic salaries. The monthly
electricity usage alone would be enough to power Belarus for a
fortnight, and the water usage would have been big enough to fill
Big Island Media
the Barringer Crater. You get the picture. I only visited Saxophone
until recently, the gorgeous aerial view of koh panyee belied an ugly smell of sewage and offal. about a dozen times, but I never saw it more than a quarter full at
Villagers have revived the unique settlement by clearing out the muck and managing waste to combat best. The location was good, the venue was nice, the food above
foul odours. average, and the band was more than OK. It makes you wonder
where it all went wrong.
The second casualty of war is the El Toro restaurant at the Boat
By Chutima Sidasathian Lagoon. It seems like only five
memorable as the aerial photo-
Phuketwan.com graph. Each day the tides would KoH pAnyEE minutes ago we were toasting a
bright future for their Spanish
High season drives
wash the garbage away, which
ne of the most spectacular im- often returned overnight with In Phang Nga Bay National Park. and Mediterranean cuisine
at the grand opening party in
ages of the Andaman region is more. The beautiful village was Accessible via longtail boat or included
the aerial photograph of Koh a delight to the eye, but it turned in Phang Nga Bay and James Bond January. I have barely had time
to remove the paella wedged
But at the same time
Panyee. Shacks and huts spread out into a stinking, water-bound Island packages from many tour opera-
from a small shelf of earth that juts cesspit, and an insult to the nose. tors. between my molars, and it’s
over already. I really liked
we realize that our lives
from limestone karsts into the wa- Panyee was no longer a pleasant
ters of Phang Nga Bay, 20 minutes destination to visit, or a fit place
the colonial-style building the
restaurant was situated in and
by boat from the mainland. to live. WHAT To SEE
The island is actually a tradi- Now things have changed, and
enjoyed the all-round atmos-
phere of the place. I visited El
change if businesses
tional fishing village erected on visitors find the whole place to Panyee is a traditional Muslim fishing
stilts over water, and once you see be clean and wholesome. Fishing village built upon stilts. It offers visitors Toro on two or three occasions
and thought the food was
didn’t prosper and
that photograph, you will never is still a daily preoccupation, so many seafood restaurants and souvenir
forget it. It’s a glorious sight that obviously there are natural smells. shops, as well as opportunities for splendid. I really enjoy the
company of former restaurant
flourish in the peak
has most people catching their Panyee has come to terms with homestay visits.
breath and wishing they could the modern curse of pollution,
manager Jorge De La Torre.
I should have realized that
months of the year.
go there. Indeed, that’s what the but it was not an easy task. When
something was amiss when De
stilt villagers, where traditional 1,300 people from 200 families
La Torre decided to quit his job at El Toro and joined the team at
life has flourished for centuries, live in homes above the water, village mosque. Also, most of the
the Silk restaurant a few months ago.
would like. what do they do to maintain six large restaurants that serve
I also reviewed El Toro for another newspaper at the time, and I
But visitors need to know public health? tourists now also act respon-
can’t help wondering if I am inflicting some kind of Egyptian curse
that the fairy tale scene is not Beneath the village and among sibly. But shifting garbage to
on unknowing victims. I am sure El Toro would have succeeded
the whole truth. This is no the stilts lives the beast. Over the the mainland for proper disposal
if the restaurant had been located in Patong instead of quite a long
classic fable with a sure-fire years, generations of replacement comes at a high cost. Locals are
distance away from the majority of tourists. Location, location,
happy ending. It’s a modern piles have been used to prop now prepared to pay because they
saga of gritty reality, although realise it has to be done.
That’s enough eulogizing for one week, and I want to send out
you could say it certainly still Living a traditional lifestyle on
revolves around two main The beautiful village was a stilt island in modern times is
my condolences to the grieving family members and friends of both
parties at such a distressing time.
characters: beauty and the beast. expensive, and electricity costs
The villagers who live in this a delight to the eye, but more than six times as much on
When God takes away with one hand, he usually gives back with
the other. I don’t really believe in God, but we can look forward
enchanted spot want visitors to
know that it was once a dirty and it turned into an insult to Panyee as it does in the not-so
far-away Phuket City. Clean
to the new Hardrock Café opening in Patong during the lead up
to high season. And there are other fairly new places to keep us
smelly place. And really, that was
entirely to be expected. the nose. drinking water is provided by
a pipeline from the mainland
amused, such as the excellent White Box in Kalim, Clublime at
Patong and the edgy Rain/Hail restaurant and lounge at Bangtao
Panyee was a fishing village and costs three times as much.
(reopening in October). And you can always rely on the stalwart
over the water with a traditional, up the huts and shacks. Under Local authorities have funded a
establishments such as Baan Rim Pa, The 9th Floor, Rock City
basic garbage disposal system. All the floorboards and boardwalks communal village toilet block
and Mom Tri’s Boathouse to stand up and be counted in a good ol’
human waste all went the same lie more than 100,000 wooden with a large tank and have
fashioned tussle. So there is no need to get the pipe and slippers out
way: into the sea below. Most piles within a hidden maze that supplied individual homes with
and set up the Monopoly board just yet!
boats would carry tourists around captures all the muck that the smaller tanks.
Although tourist figures for the low season are down from this
the sights of Phang Nga Bay and tides carry back and forth. Every The Muslim villagers are now
time last year, I shouldn’t see any reason for us to start worrying at
stop for lunch at restaurants on few days the villagers descend content that Panyee is on the
the moment. High season drives expats like me underground. But at
Panyee, where they would drop beneath the huts and shacks in a way to becoming a pollution-free
the same time we realize that our lives would dramatically change
their garbage as well. Restaurants special canoe to clear away the zone. They hope that some of
if businesses didn’t prosper and flourish in the peak months of the
also dumped their scraps into the garbage. the tourists who visit will return
year they depend on so desperately. Good luck to all.
water, so as the village grew in The community now separates because the experience is a lot
popularity, so did the pollution. its garbage into recycling and more pleasant — and the smell no
Eventually, more than a thousand other waste, using purpose-built longer so memorable. If you have any upcoming musical or entertainment events, jamming sessions, opening
visitors were coming each day bins. Bottles and cans are sold to Beauty still roams free, but parties, orgies or sacrificial slaughters, don’t hesitate to drop Alan Wass a line at
and adding their own waste. benefit the local school, which the beast is leashed, if not quite firstname.lastname@example.org.
The smell became just as sits over the water, as does the muzzled. PP
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pastimes: dining out TALesfrOmTheViNe
Mediterranean Mastery Wine Investing: A Dismal Idea
hey call economics the dismal science, and they are right. Nothing
could be more removed from the enjoyment of wine. Nonetheless,
Sunsets are sensational at The White Box, given the huge amounts of money changing hands over wine, one
cannot escape economics when studying or trying to understand wine.
and the menu is magnificent The intersection of economics and wine occurs when investors buy
wine for future resale. The principal objective being to make a profit
when the wine has increased in value as it matures. The assumption
By Michael Mcleavy underlying this kind of speculation is that future
demand for a given wine will exceed its future
uilt into a converted residence supply. Thus, an investor is really making a bet
astride the beach on the way out on three things: the wine will remain fashionable
of Patong, The White Box res- in the future, demand for the wine will not shift
taurant hints at a warm and colourful to other classes of wine, and the winery will not
dining experience with strategi- increase production of the wine.
cally placed blue and purple lighting Wines for investment must be capable of and
around the interior. Seating is avail- benefit from aging a long time as there is no way Steven roberto
able in three sections: the road-level to know when future market conditions will be
centre, the main dining area with an favourable for profitable resale. There are few wines that fulfil this
al fresco terrace, the downstairs, an requirement; they are chiefly the classified Bordeaux wines of France
intimate space with a balcony, and and a handful of highly sought after boutique wines from Italy, Spain,
the bar up on the roof, which has California and Australia. The original purchase price of these wines will
an uninterrupted view overlook- include a premium over the wine’s inherent value because of its utility
ing Patong Bay — as well as and a for investment.
sound system capable of delivering A converted residence on the sands north of patong, The White Box
offers dramatic dining on three levels — including the roof. While waiting to sell a wine, an investor incurs the risk of exchange
a significant number of decibels. rate fluctuation. Their cash is tied up in inventory as there is no ready
The Café Del Mar-type background source of financing for wine speculation. They incur capital gains taxes
music has been carefully selected not (650 baht). I have to admit to not
and costs from storing and insuring the wine. Investors also receive no
to interfere with the enjoyment of the being keen on shitake mushrooms WHITE Box rESTAUrAnT income during the holding period, unlike rents from real estate, and they
delicious cuisine. (or fig sauce for that matter), but I
know that any appreciation will be constrained by the buyer’s reluctance
While perusing the Mediter- also have to admit that The White 247/5 Prabaramee Rd., Patong. to pay a premium when there is uncertainty if the wine will turn out to be
ranean and Thai menus, I had Box completely changed my mind. 08-5909-9929 spoiled by a faulty cork. Even
The White Box cocktail, light It was so wonderful that I cleaned www.whiteboxrestaurant.com when successful in finding a
rum with Bailey’s Irish Cream,
which really teased my palette
the plate. The ratte potato is a small
potato with a unique nutty flavour on THE MEnU buyer, the seller must still pay a Buying wine to drink
commission to an auction house
into action. Another favourite
is illusion, made from lychees,
and a smooth and buttery texture.
The edge of rosemary added by Fresh Thai and Mediterranean speciali- for arranging the sale. instead of for resale is the
ties served al fresco or in a warm and From the point of view of an
rum and grenadine, and the drink
menu contains a full complement
Chef Vincent Denayer elevated
these potatoes to close to magnif- intimate converted beach house. economist, the most favourable best way to ensure your
time to purchase wine on
of whiskeys, spirits and wines.
I tried the beef carpaccio with
icent. I was sad to have four slices
when I could have devoured a kilo.
speculation is when there is an wine never goes past its
oversupply in the local market
parmesan and dry tomatoes
enhanced by capers and basil oil
This was a master class in freshness
and flavour: a cool fig breeze on a
and temperatures you could want.
Superlatives don’t do it justice.
during a period of defla- prime.
tionary recession and when
(380 baht) for a starter. This dish warm duck day. We also sampled The crème brulee was accom- the local currency is trading
simply dissolved into a flood of the scallops and prawns with a panied by strawberries in puree. unfavourably to the investor’s funds remitted from abroad. The ideal
taste — like all good beef should. carrot cream in ginger sauce and Once again, excellent. time to sell is when there is a scarcity of wine during the first four to five
Also, the layered mozzarella and mashed potato (650 baht). This was I have eaten in a lot of the years of a period of sustained global economic expansion. Historically,
mango encircled by parma ham a showstopper! restaurants on Phuket and have these cycles occur on a regular basis, but over long and unpredictable
(450 baht) was delicious. My Dessert was a difficult choice, experienced many culinary intervals of two to four decades.
partner had tuna tartar in sesame but we eventually settled for crème delights. But I have not experi- Since wine is a luxury item, the price and the interval between market
oil and balsamico dressing (420 brulee in fresh bourbon vanilla, enced food like this — simply cycles is driven largely by the state of the global economy, and to a
baht). By the appreciative noises and a chocolate soufflé with vanilla beautiful! How often can you say lesser extent the attractiveness of alternative investments. Also playing
she made, I could tell that this too and strawberry. What a combi- that of a restaurant? Owner Marc- a role is the supply of grapes in response to demand for wine (and
hit the spot. nation of tastes! You have to wait Antoine Audibert and his team government policies that create incentives to plant grapes), and the
Next came my French duck a couple of minutes for the soufflé, have put a lot of effort into The demand by collectors, restaurants and hotels for older vintages of wine.
breast in fig sauce with sautéed but it’s well worth it. Hot, cold, White Box, and they deserve all The wine investor is completely at the mercy of these unpredictable and
shitake and rosemary ratte potatoes sweet, chocolate: All the tastes the credit I can give them. PP interacting economic factors.
There are alternative investment vehicles wine investors can
consider to alleviate some of the risks of direct purchase of wine. For
example, investing in institutional financial products of brokerages
in the underlying vineyard land, or even buying a vineyard, winery
or wine distributorship outright. Of course, this requires a significant
investment and commitment, which is something most people are
unable or unwilling to do. Hence the appeal of buying bottled wine.
It is true that one can sometimes make a lot of money investing in
wine. But it is also true that investing in wine is more speculative and
costly than most people think. Like odds-making for sports, buying
wine for resale is an insider’s game. Unless wine is your profession,
the safest form of wine investment is probably the enjoyment of
immediate consumption. That is to say, buying wine for your own
Buying wine to drink instead of for resale is also the best way to
ensure your wine never goes past its prime. And buying for personal
consumption still affords a gratis option to sell at a profit later should the
opportunity arise. If you like a wine and know it will cost more later, just
buy a case or two. Enjoy a bottle every now and then. As with watching
a child grow, you can create many fond memories along the way.
My advice if you want to gamble: Go to Macao for the weekend.
Forget about investing in wines, and just buy wines you enjoy. A
consumer who cannot sell his wine can always drink it when the wine
is a personal favourite. Then, all you have to worry about is the possible
failure of your wine cellar’s air conditioner while you are away. The
joy of wine makes this risk much easier to live with the than the dismal
uncertainty of economics. And it reminds us why we got into wine in the
first place — for the here and now.
Steven roberto is a winemaker and wine consultant from California. He is the
managing director of enVision Phuket Co., Ltd, a local wine importer and consulting
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UpCOmiNgeVeNTs pastimes: high-calibre hotspot
Family Weekend Fun
What's On Shot of Espresso
Grove Gardens residential estate promotes family togetherness with a
weekend special, including accommodation for two days and one night, The Shooting Cafe blasts Jungceylon
dinner, breakfast, and activities and games for all ages. packages start
at 4,500 baht per family with kids aged 6 and under, 300 baht each
for kids 7-12. Accommodation check-in begins at 1.00pm, and events
with a new cafe concept
begin at 2.00pm. Grove Gardens residential estate, 139 moo 7, cape
Yamu, Talang. 0-7632-0600. email@example.com. www.
Local theatre troupe the Andaman players showcases a pair of one-act
comedies penned by Simon Hand, Night in a Bar room and Adjoined.
Tickets for the show are 500 baht (including an intermission drink). Tickets
including dinner (with wine) are 1,400 baht. Dinner seatings begin at 6pm
and end at 7pm, and the show begins at 8.30pm. The Green man, 82/15
moo 4, patak road, rawai. 08-1889-7736. www.the-green-man.net.
pc Group Therapy
For Dummies author Woody Leonhard leads a free group support and
discussion session on personal computer-related topic. 10.00am-12.00pm.
Sandwich Shoppe patong, 5/26 Aroonsom plaza (off of rat uthit road near
the Andaman Beach Suites), patong. 08-9119-0940. www.woody.info.
9 and 16 September
SF cinema city offers every deluxe seat at every movie for 100 baht.
Tuesdays through 28 october. SF cinema city, Jungceylon, 181 rat uthit
rd., patong. 0-2611-5614. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanawat Kingthong
Lock and load and latte: The Shooting cafe in Jungceylon’s Sino Zone fires up target practice along
with typical cafe fare.
Tails at Twilight By Thanawat Kingthong
The Soi Dog Foundation takes to evason phuket and Six Senses Spa for
its annual “Tails at Twilight Annual Fundraising Bone A Fit” fundraiser, he Shooting Cafe is full of
a private beach party. on the programme are raffles, auctions and an unexpected surprises. First of
admission-ticket draw for more than 70,000 baht. Tickets are 2,000 all, it’s right there in the Sino
baht, including a buffet dinner and free-flowing beer, wine and spirits. Zone at Patong’s Jungceylon. Yes, a
Guitarist collin Hill and Vegas-style showman ricky Zen headline the shooting range in a shopping mall.
entertainment, along with music from kaleidoscope Sounds. 7.00pm. With air conditioning. Best of all,
evason phuket and Six Senses Spa,100 Viset rd., moo 2, rawai. 08-5473- a full-service cafe wraps around
4636. www.soidog-foundation.org. the shooting range, which gives a
whole new meaning to the term “a
shot of espresso”.
16 September Owner Thana “Aon” Polpal-
punchline comedy club angkul opened the business in
The punchline comedy club and the London comedy Store bring
May because of his love for
Greg Davies, Neil Delamare and rhod Gilbert to the Holiday Inn resort
shooting and an interest in guns
phuket for an international night of comedy. Tickets are 960 baht in
that stems from his younger days
advance (available at Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes), 1,200 baht at the
as a police officer. Khun Aon
door. 8.00pm. Holiday Inn resort phuket, 52 Thaweewong rd., patong.
always wanted to make his own
business — a cafe, but with a little
twist, something original. Since fixed target or short gun range. For
Through 17 September shooting tends to appeal to men those (like me) who have never THE SHooTInG CAfE
“phuket, the colourful Island” Art exhibition rather than women, the cafe is a tried shooting, Aon recommends a
Aussie Zoe Young presents an exhibition of photography, painting and place couples and mixed groups handgun, which is easier to handle Sino Zone at Jungceylon
sewing drawn from her experiences of “the colours, lifestyle and harmony of friends can meet for an enter- and doesn’t have a big kick. Once 181 Rat Uthit Rd., Patong
in Thailand within the chaos of Asia”. Young will serve as the Boathouse taining evening, and no one has to loaded up, the staff join you at the 08-1596-8980
resident artist during the time of the exhibition, occasionally working wait in the dark for a loved one. shooting range to give you tips and Open 10.00am to 11.00pm
around the premises or the beachside surrounds. mom Tri’s Boathouse, The Shooting Cafe has become pointers, and to keep an eye on you.
kata Beach. www.boathousephuket.com. a great place to meet people While you’re inside the box, fire
who are interested in guns and away — but you’re not allowed to on THE MEnU
shooting. The staff are knowl- take the gun outside the box. The Typical cafe fare, plus beer
18-24 September edgeable and experienced in staff on hand will make sure you
photo Art by Dr Ilse Gibson professional shooting, and they’re abide by the rules and they will
university lecturer Dr. Ilse maria Gibson shows her work in transforming only too happy help you perfect constantly check your gun. on THE rAnGE
so-called normal photos into pop art. on request (via islagib.webs.com/ your technique. They are also To construct the shooting
upcomingeventsandnews.htm), Gibson will work her digital magic extremely helpful towards first- range, Aon explained, he installed
on images from locals and phuket visitors. The Boathouse presents an A round of 10 shots starts at 850 baht
timers making their debut on the bulletproof and soundproof walls for one person
opening cocktail reception 7.00 to 8.30pm on 18 September. Gallery shooting range, demonstrating inside the cafe. The walls are
hours are 9.00am to 9.00pm daily. mom Tri’s Boathouse, kata Beach. correct technique and following extra thick to protect passers-by
0-7633-0015. www.boathousephuket.com. health and safety regulations. All from unwittingly taking one in for viewing. Instead of a gun,
shooting range staff have certifi- the thigh while walking towards you can take away a T-shirt or
Through 5 October cates administered by Ministry of KFC. Safety is paramount; another souvenir. You can also
“S.e.A. Forest of Gold” Art exhibition Commerce’s security division. required procedures include take away the target you have
Jaedsada Sudsvard, Susani chaiyapechara, Thitigorn Boonyakiat and For this cafe, perhaps it’s best wearing hearing protection, and been trying to hit for the past
Zembe Sophon present traditional artworks and handicrafts. Vichen to order the espresso drinks before the shooting range is surrounded 30 minutes — just ask the staff.
Gallery in Bzenter mall, 28/43 moo 1, rawai. 089 793-6366. leaving. Best to have a steady hand by bullet-proof glass. There’s a One round consists of 10 bullets,
www.bzenter.com. when handling firearms instead closed-circuit TV system inside, and typically groups of friends
of a jittery aim. When you arrive too, so you can sit at the bar with alternate on the range, competing
at the cafe counter, you specify a drink and watch shooters firing against each other.
which type of gun you want from on all cylinders. Unlike most shooting ranges,
Got an event or a live band? Let us know by email to the menu: .22, .38, .357, 9mm and The Shooting Cafe doesn’t which close when the sun goes
email@example.com. 11mm. Then you choose a style sell guns to the general public, down, the Shooting Cafe stays
of shooting range: moving target, but there’re plenty on show open late, until 11.00pm. PP
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Bangkok Dangerous You Don’t Mess with the Tropic Thunder The Midnight Meat Train
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chakrit Yamnam, Panward Starring: Jeff Kahn, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Ruivivar,
Hemmanee, Charlie Yeung, Dom Heatrakul
Zohan Jack Black, Jay Baruchel
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields,
Director: Oxide Pang and Danny Pang Director: Ben Stiller
Starring: Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Emmanuelle Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
Genre: Action, crime, thriller Genres: Action, comedy
Chriqui, Nick Swardson, Lainie Kazan Genres: Crime, horror, mystery, thriller
Based on a 1999 Hong Kong thriller, Director: Dennis Dugan Director Ben Stiller sends up big budget
Bangkok Dangerous follows an anonymous Genre: Action, comedy Hollywood action movies with a big budget Yes, of course, The Midnight Meat Train
hit man to the streets of Thailand’s capital comedy locked-and-loaded with explosions is drenched in blood. Adapted from a short
city, where he befriends a street kid and Comic Adam Sandler plays an Israeli and other special effects. In Tropic Thunder, story by Clive Barker, the movie follows
falls in love with a shop girl. The problem is security service agent who pines for a a cast of preening film stars gets caught out photographer Leon Kaufman (Bradley
he’s in the city to assassinate an underworld simpler life. He fakes his death and relocates in the jungle somewhere in Southeast Asia. Cooper), whose recent work document the
warlord, and his local attachments lead him to New York City, where he takes up as a The actors continue to play their testosterone- city at night. On the cusp of success, he
into conflict with his client. Directors Oxide hair stylist. Unfortunately, his Palestinian fuelled roles even when the cameras have delves further into the dark side, ending
and Danny Pang, who directed the original, arch-nemesis tracks him down. Loaded with stopped filming. Critics found the satire both up on the trail of a serial killer who
deliver visuals that glow with neon, and sight gags and jokes about funny Middle bitingly on-target and affectionate, noting pummels subway riders. Some horror fans
violence that echoes Hong Kong hero John Eastern accents, You Don’t Mess With the that Tropic Thunder both mocks and emulates said director Ryuhei Kitamura tells the
Woo’s inimitable style. Fans reporting on Zohan is nonetheless a hoot for some undis- the blockbusters it lampoons. Fan reactions story with visual flair, but without much
preview screenings thought it a pale imitation criminating types, say critics. Fans reported were mixed, with some laughing nonstop and of a comprehensible plot. Even those who
of the original, though with eye-popping laughing heartily — or demanding their others wondering halfway through just where reported liking it muster only faint praise.
action sequences. money back. Stiller’s direction would lead.
movies listed played at SFX cinema in central Festival and Jungceylon at deadline. Showtimes subject to change.
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Very spacious new European
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Newly refurbished 3 bedroom Bungalow on 65 sq. wah New studio and Panoramic sea view,
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mins to Kata beach and all amenities. 180 Sq.M. with huge, 340920, 081- 9701479, 086-952 2070
covered terrace. Ideal for indoor/outdoor living. Project 081-8928526. Fax: 076-
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3 bedroom 3 bathroom.
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Big living room and dining
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area. Just 15 minute to
Stairs optional, totally Please contact: Eng: 086-
Town and 5 minute to
wheelchair accessible by 940 5187, Thai: 086-952
Beach. Tel: 087-2799897
2 lifts. Honda Civic car 2070
asking 14.7 million Baht.
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Manager aged 30-
35. Fluent written and
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computer skills and
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will be general project
salary. Send email to
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branch requires dynamic
sales persons aged 30-
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English, computer skills
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Candidates will go through
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Large new Night Club &
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Qualifications Large new Night Club /
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Reservations experiences carry out simple personnel related field. 25-35 Years
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