Banthai Beach Resort, Patong Beach #Phuket

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Situated along Patong Beach, Banthai Beach Resort & Spa boasts 3 outdoor pools and a deluxe spa. Rooms come with a private balcony and an interactive entertainment system.

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Beach Resort Banthai is about 500 metres away from the Jungceylon Mall and nightlife district Bangla Road. Phuket International Airport is 25 km away.

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The Thai-style rooms feature a TV, a safe and a minibar. Beach towels, a bathrobe and slippers are provided. Free toiletries and a bathtub can be found in the en suite bathroom.

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Guests can work out at the fitness centre, or indulge in the cigar shop and nail salon at the shopping plaza. The Banthai offers a free shuttle service to Phuket Town.

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Several restaurants at the shopping plaza offer a variety of cuisines, ranging from French to Mexican. Beverages and snacks can be enjoyed at bars, an Irish pub and a coffee shop.

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Angkor Wat, ‪#‎Cambodia‬


The large array of about 100 temples at Angkor were built
during the glory days of Cambodian (Khmer) power, from the 9th to the 15th centuries.

The term “Angkor Wat” is generally applied to the entire, incomparable Angkor site.
However, Angkor Wat itself, pictured above, is only the largest, best known, and most spectacular temple.
Gloriously preserved, Angkor Wat is a true marvel.


The Angkor Wat towers change color at sunset, captured in a video.
This image of three towers is on the Cambodian
flag, a symbol of both the country and the monument.

Angkor Wat was originally constructed to honor the Hindu god Vishnu at a time when the Hindu influence predominated.
Vishnu is still here, but wearing the robes of a Buddhist monk and looking like Buddha.
It’s fair to say that Angkor’s religious affiliation has evolved to match that of the Cambodian people.

The interior of Angkor Wat contains countless galleries of carvings, and these are also Hindu in origin.

From inside the temple compound, here are two Angkor Wat towers, which can partially be climbed.

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Emirates has announced four new weekly flights between Phuket and Dubai starting on December 1.

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Emirates to launch additional Phuket flights

Emirates has announced four new weekly flights between Phuket and Dubai starting on December 1. Adding a capacity increase of 57 per cent, the four new flights will introduce connectivity from most cities in the Americas for the first time, as well as improve connections to a number of key destinations in Europe and the Middle East via one convenient stop in Dubai. “Since the launch of our flights to Phuket in 2012, the demand has increased dramatically. The fact that we are now adding a further four weekly flights highlights not only the desirability of the destination but also the wish of passengers to travel with Emirates,” noted Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.


Seafood sensations

Cha-Am Beach in Phetchaburi adds spice to your life next month as it hosts the “Shell Eating, Bird Seeing and Squid Angling Festival” from September 12 to 19. A trip to Cha-Am during this popular seafood festival usually means chilling out at the beachside restaurants of your choice and breaking your diet with barbecued squid, spicy seafood soup, steamed red snapper and more. Check out the hotel booths for fancy menus and fusion food.

Connecting Kazakhstan

Bangkok Airways has entered into a new codeshare agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan-based Air Astana, increasing its code share partners. The partnership is set to link Air Astana’s passengers with Thailand’s most renowned beach destinations and will seamlessly enable Air Astana passengers to connect with Samui, Phuket and Krabi. Air Astana customers travelling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s check-through service, lounge access and in-flight meal. All Air Astana’s passengers on Bangkok Airways flights will receive boarding passes on check-in at their first international departure point for connection with their destination.

Feeding the hungry ghosts

Thingkrajard Festival returns to Suphan Buri province from Monday through September 4. This annual festival, which draws on Chinese traditions, aims to feed the hungry ghosts and wandering spirits of the underworld. There’s nothing spooky about it though and thousands of visitors turn out every year to enjoy the colourful parade and Chinese cultural show.

Source: The Nation

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Restoration of the Erawan Shrine in #Bangkok to be completed on Sept 3

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The restoration of the Thao Maha Phrom statue at the Erawan Shrine will take nine days and will be completed on September 3, Fine Arts Department Deputy Director General Sahaphume Phumtharittirat said Wednesday.

Sahaphume led officials of the department to inspect the statue of the Hindu god of creation Lord Brahma at 10 am to get preparation for the restoration.

He said the statue was damaged at four spots – the chin, the necklace, the right index and right shin. The roof of the statue was also damaged.

The restoration would take about Bt70,000 from the Erawan Thao Maha Phrom Foundation.

A grand rite will be held on September 4 celebrate the restored statue, he added.

Source: The Nation

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Holiday in Cambodia’s Koh Kong

The narrowest area in Thailand is in the eastern-most province of Trat, about 315 kilometers from Bangkok. It is just 450 metres wide and borders Cambodia’s Koh Kong province – one of the popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. In this photo gallery, we capture beautiful coastlines, green forests and the local way of life on the rapidly developing Cambodian island.  


Koh Kong is the capital of Koh Kong Province in Cambodia. It is located near the mouth of the Kah Bpow river in Smach Mean Chey district on the Gulf of Thailand. The city lies only 10 kilometres from the Thai border. However, it is 138 kilometres by Highway 48 to National Highway 4 at Sre Ambel and a further 133 kilometres to Phnom Penh. After the completion of the bridges on the Highway 48 in 2007 – 2010 the terrestrial link to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville has significantly improved.

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Source: BangkokPost
(Photos by Chanat Katanyu)

Royal Phuket Marina

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Royal Phuket Marina (RPM) is strategically located along the centre of Phuket’s eastern seaboard, on the doorstep of Thailand’s famous Phang Nga Bay. The marina is Thailand’s first world-class ‘luxury lifestyle marina’ and has been developed over 30 hectares (190 rai) of prime land, right next to Phuket Boat Lagoon in Koh Kaew.

With 350 berths for yachts of up to 35 metres long and 400 luxury waterfront villas, penthouses and condominiums, the marina ranks among Asia’s premier boating hubs.

It is Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech yachting infrastructure and the island’s only marina with a boat lock, non-tidal deepwater basin and private moorings on the doorstep of residences.

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Royal Phuket Marina Facilities

In what is completely new lifestyle concept in Phuket, more than half of the Royal Phuket Marina development is devoted to leisure and shopping facilities set amidst landscaped parks and gardens. The most prominent resort facilities include:

The Fisherman’s Wharf-style waterfront promenade, which is over 8 metres wide and over 250 metres long will feature up market restaurants, bars, boutiques, gourmet supermarket and specialty stores, SKIPPERS Sportsbar, Les Anges Boutique Bakery, Pearl Spa & Beauty, Kai Tak Interiors & Furnishings
A 5 star hotel, swimming pools, tennis courts and RPM Health & Fitness.
Exclusive private beach club on a nearby tropical island, linked by speedboat shuttle.

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Royal Phuket Marina’s Royal Villas

The five Royal Villas, the most prestigious homes available in the Royal Phuket Marina, open onto sweeping views of the Mediterranean-style marina with its profusion of luxury yachts and boardwalks.

These grand residences which have been designed in classic Thai style, blend seamlessly with the resort-inspired surroundings of the marina. Expansive outdoor terraces come with a private swimming pool with built-in Jacuzzi at one end and at the other a traditional Thai-style sala which overlooks the private boat berth. You can simply walk from your home directly to your boat parked at your doorstep.

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68 Moo 2, Thepkrasattri Rd, Kohkaew, Phuket 83200

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Bt10 million in reward offered, #Bangkok

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THE authorities believe bomb blasts at the Erawan shrine and Sathorn Bridge in Bangkok this week were aimed at discrediting the military government, national police chief General Somyot Poompanmuang has said.

Yesterday, several bomb hoaxes were reported at various locations in the capital.

The National Police Office is now offering up to Bt3million for a tip-off leading to the arrest of the man suspected of planting the bomb at the Erawan Shrine on Monday evening.

This is in addition to a Bt2-million reward that former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has offered, according to a Facebook post by his son, Panthongtae. Moreover, Panthongtae said his father would provide another Bt5million to officials who contribute to the arrest, if made.

National Council for Peace and Order spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari, meanwhile, announced that several agencies believe the blasts were intended to seriously hurt the economy and tourism.

He said inquiries into the blasts were progressing. “But the authorities cannot release details at this point, as that may affect ongoing investigations,” he said.

A sketch of the suspected bomber at the Erawan Shrine was released on Wednesday but immigration officials have not spotted him at any checkpoint.

Monday’s blast killed 20 people and injured more than 100. The Sathorn Bridge blast did not cause any casualties as it exploded in water near the Chao Phraya River.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday urged the public to be eyes and ears for soldiers and police in a bid to ensure public safety and he called on people to quickly inform the authorities if they see anything suspicious.

However, he said people should not be fearful of the situation to the extent that they stay at home and do not spend money because that would hurt the economy. Several other countries had faced similar security situations or much worse but their people lived normal lives, he said.

“This is our home and country, so don’t allow outsiders to play an excessive role. We ought to chart our own future, but we also have to listen to outsiders’ voices,” he said.

The premier said foreign countries have offered to help the authorities such as the US, which has sophisticated technology that would help with the investigation, especially in terms of identifying a suspect captured on CCTV.

Meanwhile, police yesterday found a suspect package at Benjakiti Park on Ratchadaphisek Road next to Queen Sirikit Convention Centre. When the package was unwrapped, a brand-new rattan ball and sand were found inside, creating the impression it might have been a bomb and causing panic.

A suspicious bag was also found near the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Police said they would summon the taxi driver who left it there for questioning. The owner of the bag told police he accidentally left it in the cab.

Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Kamjorn Tatiyakavee revealed that an unknown man phoned the ministry and claimed that something bad would happen there.

“Now, we have stepped up security at the ministry compound,” he said. “Someone might have wanted to spread a climate of fear.”

In related news, examination of CCTV footage has revealed a possible suspect in the Sathorn Bridge attack. Long-distance footage shows the potential suspect walking towards the pier under the bridge on Monday evening – the night before the attack – carrying a plastic bag that could have contained an explosive.

The man kicked the bag into the river around 7.30pm, about half an hour after the Erawan Shrine explosion. He wore a blue shirt and trousers and may not have intended to cause casualties as the bomb exploded in the water.

Police said the suspect could be Thai.

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