May 172015

WORD ON PHUKET: The Lighthouse Weekend market is back at Boat Lagoon this weekend with another evening if shopping, eating and chilling at Phuket’s liveliest marina tonight (Sunday May 17), starting at 5pm with a Happy Hour until 7pm at all the dockside bars and selected eateries. Tonight’s entertainment  is live Latin jazz on the dockside.


Another new spectacle on show at this month’s Lighthouse Market is a light and sound show at 7.30pm that literally lights up the marina in a riot of colour.

Don’t worry about the rain. The bars and eateries will be well covered and visitors can pick up free raincoats at the entrance.
















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May 102015

WORD ON PHUKET SHOPPING: The second OTOP Fair of the season is now on at Central Festival Phuket (May 7-20), featuring sweet and spicy delicacies, handicrafts, jewellery, ornaments and more from the southern region of Thailand.


Delve into the mountains of dried fruits and succulent snacks enjoyed throughout the Thai-Malay region. Take home a collection of traditional Halal chilli pastes and buy a traditional coffee to watch the barista put on a skilful show as he pours and shakes your drink.

Pearls and fortuitous stones are among the many unique pieces of hand-crafted jewellery on display, as well as colourful leather and crocodile-skin handbags and belts plus collections of hand woven clothes.

One Tambon One Product (OTOP) is a local entrepreneurship stimulus program designed to bring superior products to the marketplace from village communities throughout Thailand.

OTOP Fair at Central Festival Phuket

Gems and jewellery for fortune

Rice cakes

May 072015

WORD ON PHUKET: Local businesses, charities, individuals and other organizations have raised about 4 million baht in donations to help victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

Hundreds of well wishers gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall this afternoon to hand over money raised across the island in a ceremony led by Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong. The Honorary Consul of Nepal for the Consular District Covering Phuket Province or the Kingdom of Thailand, Mr Phanupong Limbuprasertkul, was also at the event to receive the donations on behalf of the Nepalese people affected by the recent earthquake, which has caused the loss of about 10,000 lives and left many without basic necessities.

Nepal Donation from Phuket

Central Festival Phuket Vice President Property Management & General Manager, Ms Wilaiporn Pitimanaaree (right), hands over cash donations to Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong towards the province’s official relief fund for victims of the Nepal earthquake at Phuket Provincial Hall today (May 7). The donations included 100,000 baht from Central Festival Phuket (CFP) plus 2,228 baht from CFP employees, and from CFP outlets: Super Sport (3,220 baht); H&M (3,002 baht); and Victoria’s Secret (1,100 baht).

Apr 272015

WORD ON PHUKET:  The 20th Andaman Motor Show 2015 is now at Central Festival Phuket until April 29. Get behind the wheels of a variety of saloon cars, city runabouts and pick up trucks available from local dealers such as Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota or stretch your legs in the latest luxury cars from Volvo and Lexus.

20th Andaman Motor Show 2015 at Central Festival Phuket. 23 – 29 April.

There are also some weird and wonderful interactive toys for boys of all ages with scale models of big bikes and super cars on display plus radio-controlled flying drones and walking-talking robot pets.

Andaman Motorshow 2015

Apr 062015

The hospitality industry is abuzz with news that architects have unveiled plans to build the world’s next tallest hotel, this time in the Swiss Alps.

Dubai-based Swiss entrepreneur Remo Stoffel and US based architect Morphosis are said to be behind the plans to build a 381-metre tall hotel towering above the resort of Vals.


Artists impressions of the phallic resort with rooms costing between 1,000 and 25,000 Swiss francs a night seem like an April Fools joke published early on 31st March. However, the announcement seems genuine and is causing massive controversy, dividing the world’s architects and designers between those who think it best to appreciate the region’s natural beauty and others who can’t wait to see how the mirrored-glass exterior will b;end in with the mountainous surroundings.

However, the architects say they are pushing ahead with their plans saying that the tower will be camouflaged by the reflections of its surroundings, adding that they expect the hotel to be complete by 2019.




Apr 062015

The team of Phuket pool players is off to Las Vegas, USA, to represent Thailand after winning this year’s VNEA Pool League.

After a season of pounding the cloth across Phuket from October 2014 until February this year, the “Reality” team potted first prize — a flight from Phuket to Las Vegas — at the finals on 29th March, held at Tazmanai Pool Lounge at Soi Bangla.

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The Reality Team celebrate winning first place in the Thailand Pool Tables League Phuket

Mar 312015

WORD ON PHUKET: It was a fun-packed weekend for all the family at the monthly Boat Lagoon Lighthouse Market on 28 – 29 March with a Fantasia theme featuring Disney characters and circus acts on the dockside as well as more than 50 stalls along the boardwalk offering everything from gourmet munchies to hand-made products and organic produce. The next Lighthouse Weekend Market is on 25 – 26 April with a summer Songkran theme.

Weekend Market Phuket Boat Lagoon

Fantasia fun at the Lighthouse Market

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Mar 262015

WORD ON PHUKET SHOPPING: This week is your last chance to take summer snapshots among the sunflowers at Central Festival.


Strike a pose on the straw bales or on the bicycle with a windmill in the background and sunflowers all around for that perfect summer snap right here in Phuket. Head to the sunflowers on the ground floor near the escalators.


Feb 272015

WORD ON PHUKET MUSIC SCENE: Phuket brightest young rockers, the Legends of Siam, are launching their debut album “This Means War” on Saturday night (28 Feb) at the Hard Rock Cafe in Patong.

Phuket Music Scene - Legends of siam

Phuket rock band Legends of Siam

Entry is free for the concert and a rockin’ good time from 7pm onwards!

Listen to the band’s new single Writing My Name on



Feb 212015

WORD ON PHUKET PROPERTY: Expectations are high among the property developers promoting the latest condos and houses for sale in Phuket at the Phuket Real Estate Show at Central Festival Phuket, 19-25 February.

Saturdays Condo - Phuket Real Estate Show

Luxury condo Saturdays reported at least two sales of their freehold pool villa-style condos in Saiyuan on the first day of the show.


Visitors can expect to find some excellent deals and promotions at the fair from the variety of properties on offer at the 50-plus display booths, ranging from affordable condos for under Bt2 million to high end resort-style residences priced in the tens of millions.

Luxury condo Saturdays reported at least two sales of their freehold pool villa-style condos in Saiyuan on the first day of the show.

Tri Property is offering a variety of enticing options for buyers of units in the Bangkok-based developer’s three Zcape Condo projects.

Boutique condo development in central Phuket, Prive 49, reported high interest in its furnished residential units with a special promotion guaranteeing rental returns for investors at the show.

Emerald Phuket Developments, sponsor of the EPL Masters Football Phuket Tournament, is doing well with brand recognition boosted by its affiliation with top international football players.

Also on display at the property show are pools, doors, glazing and bathroom appliances.

Condo for sale - Phuket

Boutique condo development Prive 49 reported high interest in its furnished residential units in the central business district with a special promotion guaranteeing rental returns for buyers at the show.


Zcape Condo - Phuket Real Estate Show

Tri Property offers enticing options for the developer’s three Zcape Condo projects near Bangtao Beach and in Central Phuket.



Managing Director of Emerald Phuket Development Co, Ltd Sawit Ketroj and staff promoting their luxury condominium Emerald Terrace in Patong.



Feb 202015

WORD ON PHUKET EARTHQUAKE: Phuket earthquake monitors have confirmed that Phuket was shaken by a 4.0 magnitude quake just after 1pm this afternoon.

Residents across Phuket have called in to say they felt the tremor, which lasted about 6-7 seconds.

A resident in Koh Kaew said the ground “shook violently”.

The earthquake is said to have originated off Koh Yao, about 2km underground.

No injuries have been reported and there have been no reports of a tsunami threat.



Feb 202015

WORD ON PHUKET EARTHQUAKES: Reports are coming in of a tremor felt in north Phuket at about 1pm.

Earthquake report

Teachers at a school in north Phuket reported feeling a rumble under their feet that slightly shook the building for a few seconds.

There have so far been no official confirmations of an earthquake. However, the USGS earthquake monitoring network recorded a 6.2 earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, just before midday Phuket time, an hour before the tremor felt in Phuket.

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake was also recorded off the north west coast of Australia at 9pm (Phuket time) last night.