Footloose: The hidden wonders of Koh Lipe

Footloose: The hidden wonders of Koh Lipe

PHANG NGA: Koh Lipe is situated in the Andaman Sea, about 85 kilometers off the coast of Satun Province. The tiny island is part of the Adang-Rawi archipelago. In recent years Koh Lipe has grown to become a popular destination among backpackers and travellers looking for the raw and authentic island experience. Unlike some of the more familiar islands in Phang Nga Bay, Koh Lipe is quite far from Phuket, which adds to its appeal since it is off the beaten trail and still untouched by mass tourism. The downside being that it’s a bit of a trek to get there in the first place. The easiest and most frequently picked travel i

Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Excuse Buster: Getting your kids to eat more vegetables

Excuse Buster: Getting your kids to eat more vegetables

PHUKET: I am slated to give a talk on nutrition at one of Phuket’s international schools soon. One question I always get asked when speaking to parents is: “How do I get my child to eat vegetables?” Having two children myself, I know the struggles of encouraging children to eat more from this critical food group packed full of nutrients. However, as most parents know, raising children is a labor of love that has patience and persistence as the cornerstones. Here are some tips to help encourage your child to eat more vegetables. 1. The most important strategy to get kids to eat vegetables is seeing parents eat lots of th

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Law, Life and Society: Collecting unpaid debt in Thailand

Law, Life and Society: Collecting unpaid debt in Thailand

PHUKET: With the Thai economy stagnating, household debt is reaching record levels. According to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the average household debt reached nearly 300,000 baht in 2016. This amount is higher than the annual income of the average Thai family. In case of default, the first thing is to ensure that the loan is enforceable. Title IX, Chapter II of the Civil and Commercial Code outlines the requirements for consumer loans. A loan exceeding 2,000 baht must be written and signed by the borrower. Repayment or cancellation of loans exceeding that can only be proven with a document signed by t

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Phuket wedding planners' conference draws global vendors

Phuket wedding planners' conference draws global vendors

PHUKET: Phuket hosted the 4th Annual Destination Wedding Planners' Congress 2017 (DWP Congress 2017), a conference of global wedding planners that brought luxury destination wedding planners, leading suppliers and creative partners under one roof. More than 450 global wedding planners from 65 countries participated in the event, which was held from May 2-4 and was the first of its kind to be held in Asia. It was organized by Dubai-based QnA International and hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The three previous editions were held in Greece, Mauritius and Italy. “The Thai Government has always recognized

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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On Deck: Phuket's East coast offers year-round activities

On Deck: Phuket's East coast offers year-round activities

PHUKET: Phuket’s tourism is very much West coast focused. The beaches are whiter and sandier, resorts and hotels aplenty. The East coast, however, is more of a year-round destination. What it may lack in beaches, it makes up for in islands, most of which are easily accessible by boat. This renewed interest is driven by the marine industry. Phuket’s four marinas are all on the East coast. The two largest – Phuket Yacht Haven and Ao Po Grand Marina – can accommodate 620 boats between them. The Phuket Boat Lagoon and Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) are also reshaping Koh Kaew and are development clusters and market generators

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Gardening: Shades of white in Phuket gardens

Gardening: Shades of white in Phuket gardens

PHUKET: White has many associations, including innocence and purity. On the down side, it represents coldness and sterility. In Thailand, judging by the dominance of white in floral garlands, it brings good fortune. Most lucky leis contain white flowers – buds of jasmine and milkweed, plus a pair of creamy magnolias for good measure. The white spectrum is equally well represented in the average Phuket garden – from the pure white of the flowering jessamines, boxwoods and bauhinias, to the creamy-tinted flowers of brunfelsia or buddleia paniculata. Most of these are fragrant, as though Moth

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