Hotel reviews: Amari Vogue Resort, Krabi, Thailand

My hubby and I, with our 3 year old boy and 4 year old girl, stayed at the Amari Vogue Resort in Tubkaek beach on 16 Jan 2008. It is a brand new resort, and is one of the best beach resort I have been to.


Traveling along the road to Tubkaek beach, you will reach Tubkaak resort first, then Anyavee resort, the Amari Vogue resort is right beside Anyavee. There are no shops or restaurants within walking distance of the resort. That is perfectly fine for me, because I only want to relax at the resort with my family. The plot of land beside Amari is now vacant and covered by forest. But we saw a sign that it has been sold, so there may be construction in the future.

Overall design:

The lobby is beautiful. There are many steps, which can be quite tiring. But I find that this resort is safer for kids than the Tubkaak resort. My kids can go up and down steps confidently and never seem to get tired of it, so steps are not a problem. There are 4 swimming pools, including one kids pool right beside the beach. Each pool is small and has a unique design, and is quite interesting. The gardens are very beautiful. The beach is nice at high tide, not so attractive at low tide. The view of the hong islands, especially during sunset, is breathtaking. There is a security guard always standing by the beach, and made us feel very safe.


Very classy and very luxurious. The bathroom is beautiful. The bathtub is one of the best I have seen. My kids love the bubble bath in the tub. I asked for a ground floor room, and it has a big outdoor area enclosed by a gate. We can open the gate and walk right out to the pools and the beach. The room has one king size bed, and one single bed. Perfect for families traveling with kids.


We had lunch at the Lotus restaurant, and were very impressed. The thai food is very good, the curry is very spicy, unlike restaurants in other 5 star resorts that cater to westerners. We also ordered a pizza for room service, and it was very nice.


Very friendly, every staff we met smiled at us. Even the security guard at the beach waved and smiled to my kids.


The perfect place to stay if you only want to enjoy the pool and the beach and simply do nothing, which was exactly what we did.

Top Cities to See During a Holiday in Thailand

5 Cities to see-during a Holiday in Thailand is:

1.Bangkok is a fascinating city which has managed to keep it’s ancient eastern traditions whilst embracing the modern progression of the western world. Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and offers a host of experiences which include floating markets, modern bars, top of the range shopping, gastronomical delights and ancient temples steeped in the city’s history.

The Chao Phraya River separates the city and has a series of canals. The new ‘Sky train’ railway is something which should be experienced whilst in the city should you fancy avoiding the bustling traffic.

One of the largest floating markets is on the outskirts of Bangkok and you’ll greeted by the aromatic smells and the age old tradition of the locals and their way of making a living along the busy canals.

There is an array of beautiful and ancient buildings not to be missed whilst in Thailand. Although I did not personally experience all of the nightlife, it was made obvious to me that all of my entertainment needs would be taken care of by all well informed taxi drivers wishing to proudly show off their culture.

2. Phuket is the biggest island attraction that Thailand has to offer. It is the perfect place to retreat to and enjoy a tropical paradise. Although the west coast of the island was almost destroyed by the tsunami of 2004, there is very little evidence remaining to show that it occurred.

Not to be missed are:

Old Phuket Town. Chinese immigrants from the 19th century, who were lured in the past by the tin mines, left behind them a host of amazing Sino-Portuguese mansions along Dibu and Thalang roads.

Thai Boxing. A personal favourite of mine, this national sport is violent and very fast paced. For regular matches the Saphan Him Stadium in Phuket City is the place to be.

3.Krabi. Krabi Province is in the middle southern part of Thailand. It is situated in the aquamarine water of the Andaman Sea. It is one of the most stunning places in all of Thailand.

Krabi Town is situated near the mouth of the Krabi River. The Mangrove forest is something to experience and is a must for avid bird watchers. Krabi Resort is set among a curtain of palm trees on the Ao-PhraNang beach. This is a delightful place to be if you are looking to soak up the natural beauty that surrounds you.

4. Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a city full of traditional heritage that shares its secrets with all who wish to discover them. It is a city with stunning natural beauty. It is amazing to see plants that we have to protect from the frost, growing in their scores, naturally along the roadside.

The people of Chiang Mai are a wonder in themselves with exceptional handicraft skills producing magical souvenirs for the endless throng of visitors. Chiang Mai houses the Inthanon Mountain, standing 8,448 feet above sea level making it the highest mountain Thailand.

5.Sukhothai. When visiting Sukhothai the main attractions for the area are Phra Mae Ya Shirne which is located in the Muang District. You will see a long haired figure made of stone that resembles an ancient queen. There is also a museum and National park as well as monuments of great interest inside the city walls.

Phuket, A Haven For Speed Boats And Yachts

The biggest island of the Kingdom of Thailand, Phuket – acknowledged as the ‘Pearl of the South’ – is an exceptional tourist destination, surrounded by the Andaman Sea in the Indian Ocean. With its wonderful coves and bays, palm fringed sandy beaches, scintillating waterfalls, limestone formations, and beautiful landscapes and scenery, Phuket has to its credit an array of interesting as well as unique attractions, which among many others, are Butterfly Garden and Sea Aquarium, Chana Charoen Crocodile Farm, Phuket Orchid Garden and Thai village, Khao Rang, and Ko Si Re. For those who want to explore the wildlife of the place, excellent options such as Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary and Sirinat National Park are available.

Phuket is also much famed for its wonderful beaches, such as, Ao Bang Thao, Ao Chalong, Hat Kamala, Hat Kalim, Hat Patong, Hat Rawai, Hat Surin, Ko Kaeo, Laem Ka Yai, and Laem Phromthep. Further, the place’s gastronomy is simply amazing, whose evidences are world-famous festivals like Seafood Festival and Vegetarian Festival.

Along with these attractions, Phuket renders opportunities to enjoy a range of recreational activities, of which perhaps most popular ones are yachting and riding in the speed boats, apart from snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and scuba diving. In other words, Phuket is considered a haven for speed boats and yachts, and is one of the premier yachting destinations in Asia, especially South East Asia. Phuket’s marinas represent almost all types of yachts from every continent. One of the prime reasons why yachting is so popular in Phuket is perhaps due to Phuket King’s Cup Regatta – the largest as well as the most popular yearly sailing event throughout Asia.

A fantastic highlight and anchorage for yacht charter in Phuket is Pang Nag Bay, which is noted for its superb limestone formations and scenic beauty. A tender or a dinghy can be used to explore the stunning caves and inland lakes of the bay. Similarly, take a cruise from Phuket to the spectacular island of Koh Phi Phi, and experience its splendid scenery, white sandy beaches, and secluded bays. Above all, your yacht charter vacation would be incomplete without taking a cruise to the spectacular island of Krabi, which is much famed for its appealing beaches, tropical greenery, steeped cliffs, and beautiful coral reefs.

Different types of yachts and speed boat charter services are available to suit every pocket and taste and preferences. For instance, for those who are not interested in hiring skipper or crew on board, one of the options would be to charter bareboat. Chartering bareboat is an arrangement to hire a boat or yacht, in which no provisions or crew is included. Mostly, bareboat is chartered with full tanks of fuel and water.

Another most popular category is chartering skippered yachts, which is a great way to explore the beauty of the Andaman Sea, with your friends, family, and colleagues. This type of yacht chartering is usually inclusive of team training, onboard catering, and corporate facilities. Also, available are itineraries. Likewise, for those who want to enjoy vacation with a blend of relaxation and privacy, the best choice is to charter a crewed yacht. Hiring a crewed yacht would give you an experience of staying in a luxury floating villa, and in most cases, it comes replete with gourmet meals and drinks, personal service, and finest accommodations.

Options are also available for those looking for sophistication, such as, luxury yachts, which features facilities including in-house theaters, Jacuzzis on deck, excellent cuisine, swimming pools, and fish fighting chairs. Classic yachts, catamarans, super yachts, and sail boat, are the other popular types of yacht charter.

In a snap shot, Phuket is a romantic as well as alluring destination for a yachting vacation. With salubrious climate all-year round, stunning environment, the service of delightful people, and delicious cuisine, Phuket forms a perfect base for riding in the speed boat and yachting in the Andaman Sea.

A myriad of yacht charter speed boats agencies are now here to provide you expert services. One can also lean on the services of boat brokers for an enjoyable yachting vacation. Many of them have their own sites on the web. This in turn enables the tourists to book a charter service within the comforts of their home or work place. Just inform your likes and dislikes and preferences to these charter services, and they make all arrangements to make your vacation really an enjoyable as well as a memorable experience. No matter you have booked yachting services for a week or a month, you will at last feel that it was not enough!

Private Villas In The Exotic Dream Destination Phuket

The kingdom of Thailand lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, making it a natural gateway to Indochina, Myanmar and Southern China. Its shape and geography divide into four natural regions : the mountains and forests of the North; the vast rice fields of the Central Plains; the semi-arid farm lands of the Northeast plateau; and the tropical islands and long coastline of the peninsula South.

Located 862 kilometers south of Bangkok is Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, which is often dubbed as the pearl of the Andaman, or the pearl of the south. Its natural resources- rocky peninsular, limestone cliffs, white powdery beaches, tranquil broad bays and tropical in-land forests contribute to making it the South’s wealthiest, busiest, most visited and most popular island and province.

Staying on the island is easy, as there are only two seasons in a year – the rainy season (May to October) and the hot season (November to April). The low season of phuket is between September and October as they are the wettest months. The best period for a visit, is from November to February, when it is possible to see the clear blue sky, feel the fresh sea breeze and marvel at the crystal clear water while lying on powdery, palm-fringed beaches. Average temperatures ranges between 23 degree and 33 degree.

Renting a Phuket Villa can be a daunting task, with literally thousands to choose from on the island, and more appearing every day it can be a difficult choice for many. Phuket villas come in all styles, sizes and in different locations around the island, from hill top locations offering panoramic views of the islands and the Andaman Sea, to beach front beach villas providing instant access to powdery white sand and azure calm seas.

When choosing a luxury villa guests must decide whether they want solitude or a more hectic atmosphere with hustle and bustle of street markets and beach activities. Luxury villas on the east coast offer the kind of peace and quiet that is more akin to Samui or Krabi. There is a sense of remoteness here, with traditional Thai fishing villages, and quiet serene beaches dotted along the coast.

The West coast is the far more recognized and notorious part of the island with luxury villas concentrated in Patong, Kamala, and Surin areas. Karon and Kata beaches also have some excellent choices for beach front accommodation. Villa estates such as The Samsara Estate, Phuket Pavilions, Baan Thai Surin Hill and The Plantation are gaining international recognition for their excellence both in terms of quality of surroundings and quality of service and value offered.

More secluded resorts nestle higher up amongst the trees in the center of this island, capitalizing on the wonderful sea and mountain views. With some of the most famous golfing in the world, Phuket villas in these locations are popular options for golfing fanatics. With such a developed infrastructure nothing is more than a 20 minute drive from these hill top locations.
With space becoming a commodity in much of Phuket, the South – once a neglected part of Phuket – is becoming more and more popular and with much more affordable prices than their more famous West coast counterparts. The 40 minute drive from the airport is enough to put most off traveling so far down the island, but those that do find beautiful beaches and headlands, great restaurants and their luxury villas amenities match anything on the island.

As people seek a new getaway for their vacation, resorts including Andaman Cove have become extremely popular offering not only luxury accommodation but amenities such as tennis courts, kid’s clubs and trips to private islands offering their guests that something extra that few other places provide at such great value.

Projects Abroad News From our Thailand Marine Conservation Project

With the new project-dedicated website now up and running, I feel very proud and privileged to be writing the very first monthly update of the Projects Abroad Marine Conservation Project here in Ao Nang, Thailand.

The project, which has been running since May 2005, has grown over the year and a half since its conception, into an exciting and constructive project benefiting the environment and local communities within the Andaman Sea and Krabi province.

As this is the first monthly update I feel I should recount the fantastic achievements of the past volunteers before beginning to report on the current position of the project. After reviewing the records of the activities of all the volunteers that have passed through Ao Nang since May 2005 to December 2006, the figures speak for themselves as to how valuable your efforts have been.

Over 18,500 mangrove seeds and saplings were planted, helping to rehabilitate four areas of badly degraded mangrove forest, previously cut down for the land to be turned into shrimp farms. 8 tonnes of rubbish were collected between April and December 2006 from six local beaches and islands, helping to keep these beaches free of dangerous, polluting and unsightly debris, and preventing much of it from being washed back into the sea and causing harm to the marine environment. Between May and December 2006, over 600kg of debris were removed from the sea reducing the stress placed on the delicate reef ecosystems and helping to preserve many marine animals that were at risk of becoming entangled in the lost fishing nets and lines.

As well as these vital practical conservation efforts volunteers also contributed by carrying out many Reef Watch surveys of the local reefs, data which was then given to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre for further analysis on the changing conditions of the reefs within the Andaman Sea.

So, 2006 ended on a high note with the volunteers having an afternoon dive, dinner aboard the Navada and then a night dive on Christmas Eve, and two dives on Christmas Day followed by a big roast feast at a local English man’s restaurant. The volunteers then went on a canoe trip through some mangroves and spectacular caves on the 30th before seeing the New Year in at the always friendly and popular drinking hole – the Umbrella Pub in Ao Nang.

And so, on to 2007 – a new year that I’m sure will see the project progressing further as plans developed towards the end of last year are fully implemented, the monitoring and ecosystem rehabilitation programmes continue, and research into new exciting projects gets underway.

I’ll begin with the reef monitoring programme that we began towards the end of November with the four volunteers that were with us at that time. It is a six-week programme that develops volunteers’ marine observation and survey skills alongside crucial buoyancy control so as not to damage the reefs that we are monitoring. Jason, one of the volunteers that completed the full programme just before leaving the project to go on a live-a-board trip to the Similan Islands was very excited that he was going to being able to know the spectacular creatures that he would be seeing at one of the world’s top ten dive sites. Added to this was the volunteers’ satisfaction of completing surveys that were then entered into our database enabling us in the future to compare the condition of the local reefs and the number of marine organisms found from one year to the next.

Alongside the regular monitoring of the reefs that volunteers have been carrying out, there is also the practical side of conservation that is always required. I’m talking of reef salvage of course. Volunteers have made nine salvage dives during the month of January at seven different sites, predominantly around the local islands, such as Koh See and Koh Ya Wa Sam. The total weight of all the debris removed from the reefs amounts to 30.8 kg, and predominantly consists of fishing nets, lines and fish traps, but some of the other interesting items collected were a snorkel, anchor parts, engine parts, a boat lamp, and several lighters. It is always very satisfying coming up to the surface with a bag full of debris that has the potential to entrap fish and other animals, as well as smothering corals and reducing their ability to grow and reproduce. This work will continue unabated, and hopefully through our efforts the reefs will remain cleaner and safer allowing them and their marine inhabitants to prosper healthily.

Moving away from the diving side of the project and on to the crucial coastal conservation work that volunteers carry out for two days each week, I’ll talk about the much-awaited start of our mangrove research project first. Having planted four sites over the last year and a half with various species of mangrove seed or sapling, all of which have seen a satisfactory average survival rate of over 50%, we have set out sights on achieving even better success rates of survival and quicker growth. Consequently we have planned a research programme to test different methods of cultivating mangrove seeds and transplanting the young saplings. We were very kindly given some land for this purpose in late December by the Krabi Mangrove Department and local community of Ban Thung Prasan where we have helped plant several thousand trees in the second half of 2006.

It is next to an area we have previously planted, across a very rickety bridge that many of past volunteers will remember and over a particularly water-logged and muddy subsidiary canal that can be precariously crossed for the most part of the day. However, when we first got there it was overgrown with weeds taller than any of us, so for the first two mangrove days of 2007 we went out with the sickles and hoes to clear the land in preparation for our research. Then two weeks later, the volunteers went out into the very muddy Klong Jilat with small sickles on long bamboo poles and collected over 600 mature propagules (seeds) of Ceriops tagal and 53 of the larger Rhizophora apiculata propagules. The Ceriops tagal were then planted under the different conditions of shade and sunlight, into bags or straight into the ground, and on higher dryer ground or into a more water-logged area that is inundated daily by seawater.

The last of the usual activities carried out by the volunteers is the cleaning of local beaches. Although we’ve only had two clean-ups so far this year at Ao Nam Mao and Andaman Beach, the five volunteers that have been here this month have collected 173 kg of all sorts of rubbish – plastic predominantly, but also a fair amount of glass and metal – that is continuously washed down the rivers or swept ashore by the waves. They even came across a crab trapped in a metal container which was subsequently freed, and a discarded thermometer. As always, it’s not the nicest of jobs but it is very rewarding to see a nice clean beach at the end of the day, so well done volunteers, both past and present.

So, that’s an account of the fantastic contribution the volunteers are making towards marine and coastal conservation in Krabi. These efforts are much appreciated by all that come into contact with our work and activities, so a great thank you to all of you that have devoted time, sweat and sore, blistered hands for the cause. On a final fun note, I’ll mention the live-a-board that the volunteers went on for three days down south to Koh Haa Yai, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang at the end of January. Unfortunately no manta rays or whale sharks were spotted (except, of course, if you count Justine’s fleeting glimpse of a whale shark’s tail), but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves having seen spectacular reefs and far greater numbers and diversity of fish and other marine species than we see on an everyday basis in Krabi. A well-deserved trip before another work-filled, yet rewarding month ahead – I look forward to reporting on the progress of all the various activities mentioned above.

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Thailand Destination, Heaven On Earth!

Thailand lays in the Southeast of Asia. Its natural geography subdivides it into four portions consisting of mountains and forests in the north, rice fields in the central plains, arid farmland in the northeast, and the tropical beaches and islands of the southern peninsula. It is divided into seventy-six provinces which are further divided into districts, sub-districts and villages which are ruled by the king as Thailand is a monarchy. It is ruled by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej; who is the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty. He has reigned for over half a century, making him the longest reigning Thai monarch.

There are approximately sixty-two million citizens of Thailand, with approximately seven million living in the capital city, Bangkok. The national language is Thai and often hard to understand to outsiders. English is a popular second language commercially and spoken in many shops, hotels, and restaurants with Thai/English street signs being seen nationwide. Other European languages are often spoken as well, which makes it easy to communicate with the locals. The local culture is influenced by the surrounding countries which have helped make up the traditions of Thai and provide ethnic diversity.

There are many internationally recognized placed in Thailand, such as the bridge over the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners during WWII. There is also Buddha Mountain, a cliff face inlaid with gold into a carving of Buddha, which is the largest image of Buddha in the world. The islands are the location of novels as well as filming locations for movies. There is also the Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge which stretches into Laos. Thailand is surrounded by Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Cambodia.

Well recognized but not as well known by name are the dozens of pristine beaches, islands and other sparkling, exotic locales. Phuket is said to have one of the best places to watch sunsets at Phromthep Cape and is Thailand’s largest island. Pattaya is one of the most famous beach destinations in Thailand with a rich diversity and active night life. Phi Phi was the location of the movie “The Beach” and is included in a group of islands that make up the province of Krabi.

While visiting the beautiful locations in Thailand you will undoubtedly be welcomed by the people who are gracious hosts, as well as excellent dining which takes advantage of the ability to raise produce year round on much of Thailand. Fresh ingredients are always available in most areas and the local cuisine benefits from such abundance. Shopping is also wonderful in many of the cities, with a busy night life as well. As much of the country is coastline with beautiful tropical beaches there is no end of swimming, boating, snorkeling and even scuba diving that can be done to enjoy the waterscapes. Hiking, backpacking, and exploring can be done throughout the many wildlife preserves throughout the forest regions as well as around the many archeological ruins. There is no lack of things to do in Thailand as there can be with many tourist locations.

Phuket – the gateway to the Indian Ocean

To be the only yacht in sight from horizon to horizon, anchored off a pristine, deserted, tropical island beach, may seem like a distant dream to most sailors – but sailing in Phuket it is everyday reality.

Unique, too, among cruising destinations is Phuket’s climate. There is no winter; there are no hurricanes and no typhoons. Temperatures range between 25° and 32°C throughout the year, and the sea rarely varies from 28°C.

Located in the Andaman Sea (off Thailand’s southwest coast) Phuket is best known amongst regional sailors for the most advanced sailing infrastructure in Thailand. As a cruising base, Phuket is unbeatable. The mystical waters, islands and limestone karsts of Phang-nga Bay are just a few hours’ sail east from the major anchorages; the stunning Similan Islands are a day’s motor-sail to the west, while Myanmar’s practically unexplored Mergui Archipelago is easily accessible to the north.

To the south is the almost uninhabited Butang Group – part of the 51-island Hat Chao Mai National Park – teeming with an abundance of fascinating and unusual wildlife. A short sail east brings you to the mysterious unspoiled island of Tarutao, just 6 km (4 miles) from the Malaysian island of Langkawi, and just one day out of Phuket. A former penal colony, Tarutao abounds with interesting caves and hidden creeks leading into the mountainous interior; a primeval world where time stands still.

Phang-nga Bay itself, bounded by Phuket, Phang-nga and Krabi provinces – boasting over 100 islands and sheer-sided mountains rising vertically out of the sea – has produced some of Thailand’s most spectacular tourist images. As a result, it is a popular destination with day tours and kayakers exploring the bay’s islands and sea caves. Yet, despite its international renown, the bay is practically deserted by mid-afternoon.

For enthusiasts who prefer as much luxury and convenience as possible combined with their sailing, Phuket is already home to three international-standard marinas, The Yacht Haven Marina, Boat Lagoon Marina and the recently-opened Royal Phuket Marina, which was voted “The Best of the Best Marinas” by British Airways’ First Class in-flight magazine, First Life. Many more marinas are planned.

Yet, for those who prefer to sail away from civilisation, just a couple of hours sail from Phuket – will seem like a world away.

Boasting only one regatta until a few years ago, there is now a multitude of choice, in terms of time, style and location, for those who prefer to mix a touch of action with their sailing holiday in Thailand.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, now in its nineteenth year, attracts around 100 yachts and is held in early December. Phang-Nga Bay Regatta, bringing together up to 40 competitors for a more relaxed week, takes place at Chinese New Year, against what must be the most dramatic scenic background of any regatta in the world. Phuket Race Week in its second year also plays an important part in the regatta calendar, being staged in the windy month of July during the southwest monsoon.

Whilst the competitive fun of racing in tropical waters is why people take part in Phuket’s regattas, they all leave with fond memories of the beachside regatta parties. These relaxed, informal parties have become a keynote feature of yachting events in the kingdom.

Whether racing in a tropical regatta or simply cruising among Phuket’s pristine islands, the warm Thai welcome, superb cuisine and the cultural charm – that together make Phuket one of the world’s favourite cruising destinations – make for an unforgettable experience not to be missed

Get ready to experience this wonderful area yourself with a sailing charter in Thailand

Lanta Yai – a Paradise for Your Indulgence


If you are looking for a secluded desert island, with lush green vegetation, pristine beaches and a aqua marine ocean then you don’t have to look to far off the Thai coast. Ko Lanta Yai which is located near the Andaman Islands on the Andaman Sea fit the description of thousands of romantic movie settings and would even make Daniel Defoe re-script “Robinson Crusoe.” Despite being close to the Phi Phi Islands off the west of Thailand the islands are for administrative purposes classified under Krabi Province. It is just a classification though, for once you arrive here all ties with the outside world are severed and all that remains is you and the deep blue ocean.

Despite its miniscule proportions (its only 30 km long and 6 km across), the Lanta Yai Island offers a diverse range of recreational activities to indulge in. It is popular for scuba diving as the rock and coral formations around the island serve as a home for many species of marine life. Experiencing a ride on a traditional Thai Long tail boat is also something no tourists should miss; nothing can beat rowing out to the vast expansive ocean and being so close to nature.

Lanta Yai is mostly frequented by tourists who want to get away from the crowded party oriented beaches of Phuket and are instead searching for a more relaxed, laid back holiday. Due to its popularity among a niche market the island’s are extremely peaceful and non-commercialized; no red light districts or night clubs here!

As described earlier Lanta Yai is not the place to head to if you are looking rollicking nightlife or crowded night clubs. None the less a couple of more laid back night time pursuits can be enjoyed here, the island boasts of a wide variety of restaurants. They can range from banana pancake joints to fully fledged gourmet restaurants; many of them offer breathtaking locations right on the beach itself. A couple of laid back bars and pubs can also be found around the Lanta Yai Harbour and also in most hotels.

Enjoy the comforts of this exquisite paradise while staying at a krabi luxury villa such as Langham Place Koh Lanta which is highly regarded for its unmatched quality and service excellence.

Lanta Old Town Village


Lanta Old Town is small village in Thailand that used to serve as a major Asian sea port right up until about 50 years ago. Visitors who arrive at the village after sundown might believe that the city is in fact a deserted ghost town, but they will be in for a pleasant surprise.


It is early in the morning that this fishing town comes to life and people get up early to get the best catches of the day. It is during these hours that visitors to this town will see the busy day to day lives of the fishing community in Thailand


The residents of Lanta Old Town are extremely diverse and are made up of three different groups which are the Thai Muslims, Thai Chinese and the Gypsy people of the Urak Lawoi Clan. Because of this, the island serves as an interesting mix of cultures in an extremely harmonious nature. In fact this combination of cultures has co-existed for over 200 years, done business together and even intermarried in to each others cultures. This blend of different cultures is so much a part of the town that its residents consider everyone Thai first and their ethnic background second.


Lanta Old Town is an ideal spot to visit to discover the lives of local people as they live natural and non urbanized lives that offer a unique perspective in to a living style that cannot be seen everyday. This point becomes even more apparent when you realize that all the houses in the town are made out of wood.


When visiting this location stay in one of the Krabi luxury villas such as Langham Place Koh Lanta and easily access this truly unique destination that showcases a taste of life without all the modern amenities that people take for granted.


A Guide To Phuket, Thailand

You are virtually amidst the palm-lined ivory-white beaches fondled by crystal clear cerulean waters, under lazuline skies featuring captivating crimson sunsets, while in Phuket, floating in Southern Thailand, in the Andaman Sea. Well, the island certainly deserves to be nicknamed as the “pearl of the south” or “pearl of the Andaman”.

Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, has all the ingredients of a perfect vacation destination. Of course, the island has numerous exotic holiday resorts, elegant beachfront hotels, lovely vacation retreats hemmed in by puffed out palms, vivacious nightlife, bars, restaurants, and fine eateries, which make it the South’s finest, busiest, and the most visited holiday destination.

Enjoying hot and humid climate year around, Phuket is best for vacationing, from November to May. Summer monsoon season is rainy, but the island is still sunny and clear. The “cool” season runs from May to October, but weather is pretty tolerable. On the whole, the island is very much reminiscent of Florida’s summer weather.

Phuket is chiefly celebrated because of its snow-white palmy beaches. However, Thais view nudity as highly violative. Nudity is considered socially incorrect in Thailand. Still, Phuket beaches have their own charms. The beaches are really nice for swimming, diving, sailing, surfing, and numerous other beach activities. The western beaches are really good for surfing. The fine beaches of Phuket include Bang Tao, Surin Beach, Laem Singh Beach, Kamala Beach, Patong Beach, Karon Beach, Kata Yai Beach, Kata Noi Beach, Ao Chalong, and Rawai Beach.

Laem Singh Beach, located between Kamala Beach and Surin Beach, is mesmerizing place, particularly famous for its picturesque views. Kamala Beach, located just to the north of Patong, on the west coast of Phuket, is widely known for Phuket Fantasea show, a wonderful cultural theme park, and a Buddhist temple at the southern end of the beach. There is a small park with a tsunami monument at the middle of the beach. Patong Beach is known for its nightlife and after dark funs. Kata Yai Beach, a beautiful clean tourist beach, is nice place for surfing. And, Ao Chalong is home to the most popular yacht anchorage of the island.

Koh Yao Noi, one of the islands, located east of Phuket, halfway to Krabi, is another fine destination for tourists. The beautiful island is known for its four fine resorts including The Paradise Koh Yao Boutique Resort and Spa, Koh Yao Island Resort, Koh Yao Pavillion Resort, and the New Evason Hideaway. Phuket offers regular public boat services to Koh Yao Noi.

Phuket City however hasn’t much for tourists, but the Chinatown Area, with its several great Thai-style shopping facilities, and a few other sites can be visited. Some of the attractions include Jui Tui and Put Jaw Temples, Sino-Portuguese Mansions, Wat Mongkol Nimit, and Phuket Culture Museum.

Phuket can be accessed by air, road, or sea. Phuket International Airport is the main air gateway to the island. It’s located 32 miles from the centre of Phuket City, in the north of the Island. The island is also directly linked to the Thai mainland by a bridge.