Thursday, May 31, 2007

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival : 11 - 19 October 2007

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as "Ma Song".

The best time to visit Phuket is during this period where you can experience their culture very much.

Phuket Muay Thai

Patong Beach

Patong's pulsating nightlife never fails to attract curious visitors every evening. Like a magnet, it's hard to resist a wander down Soi Bangla - the heart of bar scene where girls, neon lights and deafening music compete for your attention. Over a hundred bars ranging from beer bars (girlie bars), Go-Go bars, nightclubs, pubs are condensed into the small action packed area fondly known as "Bangla" where the only priority is to have a good time.Besides, it is a shopping heaven too. You may find duplicate branded goods here.


Phuket hotels are everywhere. There are in city, beach side, town, or in the forest. From budget hotels to 5 Stars. However, the most costly is around Patong beach. For me, my camp had provided me a good accommodation.

1 Holiday Inn Resort $$
2 Allamanda Laguna Phuket $$$
3 Twinpalms Phuket $$$
4 Laguna Beach Resort $$$
5 Katathani Phuket Beach Resort $$$
6 Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort $$$
7 Club Andaman Beach Resort $$
8 Impiana Phuket Cabana $$
9 Novotel Phuket Resort $$
10 Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket $$$


Massage and Spa

Phuket is a paradise for those needing to stop their busy lives and relax during a holiday. The beaches are a great place to lie in the sun, swim in the clean water and then have a massage. Beach massage as offered on Phuket is not traditional Thai massage but is a body therapy designed to relax. Thai women sit under shade umbrellas and will give a one hour oil massage for under 300 baht.


Massage in Phuket is a great way to relax after a long day of diving, touring or sailing. Massage is an ancient and traditional form of healing derived from Ayurvedic medicine and a Thai massage in Phuket is incredibly inexpensive compared to the west; after an hour session you will feel relaxed and rejuvenated. On the other side, some massage parlours will offer you special massage or Happy Ending (naughty).

Spoil yourself with a traditional Thai massage to soften those travel aches

Spoil yourself with a traditional Thai massage to soften those travel aches

Massage shops in Phuket are found all over the island but are more concentrated in the tourist areas such as Patong and Kata. The Nai Harn area also has a large number of massage places, many of which also have saunas on site. Massage in Phuket Town is more concentrated at the larger spas. These tend to be more expensive but the cost of a massage usually includes a spa and herbal sauna as well. All of Phuket’s beaches are dotted with small beachfront massage stalls. There is something special about receiving a therapeutic Thai massage while staring out at the white sands and deep blue Andaman Sea.

A massage in Phuket usually costs about 200 baht per hour at one of the smaller, out of the way shops and can go as high as 1000 baht for the full royal treatment at one of the upmarket health spas. On the beach, expect to pay 300-350 baht an hour – there are plenty of ladies wandering up and down the beachfront offering these under the shade of the trees.

There are several different types of massage available that focus on different forms of relaxation and healing. The main types of massage in Phuket are:

Thai Massage: derived from Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese healing techniques, Thai massage aims to balance and re-align the body’s natural energies. A typical Thai massage lasts for two hours, during which the therapist will use pressure points and stretching techniques to increase energy flow along key pathways in the body to relax, rejuvenate and heal you. Although some of the stretches resemble professional wrestling holds, you will leave with a great feeling of well-being throughout your entire body.

Swedish Massage: also called oil massage, Swedish massage in Phuket is a blend of long strokes, tapping, kneading and friction to increase oxygen flow to the muscles and release toxins. The aim is to stimulate the nervous system and soothe feelings of stress using therapeutic oils. It can be a really sensual experience and is generally more sedate than a Thai massage.

Shiatsu/Acupressure: derived from Chinese and Japanese healing techniques, Shiatsu massage in Phuket uses the principles of chi-gong (quigong) to stimulate the flow of energy through the major pathways of the body.

Reflexology – foot massage: this style of massage is based on the idea that there are reflex points in the hands and feet that correspond to every point in the body. It is believed that the entire body can be affected by stimulating these points. Reflexologists use pressure, kneading and friction to promote general good health.

There are countless massage parlours spread all over Phuket Island, in all of the main areas. Older women tend to be the most skilled masseuses and places with a young, attractive staff out front usually offer more than a traditional massage.

Food and Restaurant

There are a lot of options there in Phuket. Traditional Thai food is everywhere but some are not authentic. No matter what, most of them are delicious.

Don't take the recommendation from tuk-tuk or taxi drivers because they earn commission by bringing you to a tourist oriented restaurant which charged higher and food is bad. A good idea is to get information from local people or tourists. This may saved you from a bad experience.

Food to try: TomYam, Thai Seafood, Mango Kerabu, Pineapple rice, Fish Cake, Pandan Chicken

Travel Around Phuket

Travel around Phuket is enjoying. The public transport is convenient and cheap. But I still suggest you rent a bike or car so you can have your own time. My training camp in Rawai beach is 45 min from Town and also from Patong beach (most happening town). Take a look of my photo.

# Buses: Small buses transform from mini lorry. They do not have the large buses. Fare rate is quite low from 20baht onwards depend on places. Departures are frequent, and you don’t need advance reservations on most routes (except prior / on public holidays).

# Cars If you are an experienced driver, and want freedom of movement, consider renting a car or bike in Phuket.

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# Speed boat: If you are visiting island around Phuket such as PhiPhi.

Day 3 to 10 - Phuket Muay Thai

The practice going on everyday with new skill added such as knee, elbow, advance blocking and grapping. When you reach a certain level, they will ask you on the ring to get full contact. Don't worry, the trainer still not max their power for safety. They can easily kill you with one blow. You will know why I'm saying this after watching the clip.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Daily Training Schedule

Basically, the training schedule is as follow:

Monday - Friday
First round
7AM - Jogging or warm up, stretching
8AM - Shadow boxing
- Skill training On/Off ring
- Spar on the ring with trainer
10AM - Gym workout or rest

Second round
4PM - Jogging or warm up, stretching
5PM - Shadow boxing
- Skill training On/Off ring
- Spar on the ring with trainer
7PM - Gym workout or rest

SAT and SUN rest so we can have time to travel around.

Day 2 - Phuket Muay Thai

Next day in Phuket, wake up at 7am by the rock music. My body feel sore and feel not to train today but my trainer ask me join them jogging.
Training started after jogging. Train basic skill and add in defense and blocking technique. After that, sandbag again. punch..jab...kick..

Free time

Training return at 4PM with more mind blowing drill. This time is target practice, kick target pad which hold by the trainer..and the trainer yelling "harder harder" and "strong". The trainers are very hard on you and push you to your limits. You need to pay attention as they will trick you by punching your body.

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Phuket-Muay-Thai  -Boxing

Monday, May 28, 2007

Day 1 - Phuket Muay Thai

Day 1

Arrive Phuket international airport. 500 Baht for a Toyota Camry cab from airport to town.

Phuket town sight seeing and for lunch

Reach my Muay Thai camp. After simple registration, training start at 6pm without break. Slowing picking up the training there from basic. You don't have a personal trainer there but all are your trainer. They train you whenever they are available. All are champion and fighter with good records. I started with my stance, jab, punch, and kicking. Later on, they put me to sandbag to condition my shin. It is so painful. It is a heavy sandbag and hurt my shin. Can't imagine I did all this at the first training for a beginner but so enjoyable. I still not ready for the ring training yet.

Having dinner with roomate and head for Phuket night life.


10 Days In Phuket Muay Thai

Duration: 10 Days

After spending weeks of research and finding a Muay Thai camp. I decided to spend 10 days for Muay Thai training in Phuket. 10 days is not enough to master the skill but is enough for the exposure. The best time to visit Phuket is during the October. It is a sunny month with some rain. So, it is neither too hot or wet. Besides, the annual major event Vegetarian festival is fall on that month. The fest last for 10 days too. It is a Chinese celebration. Every temple, streets and town are having celebration. There are direct flight to Phuket international airport and most people able to speak English.

All training at the camp is done outdoors under a large cover, the camp has 2 full size rings, 16 heavy bags and small weight area and speed bag.

Where is Phuket

Capital: Phuket city
Area: 543.0 km² Ranked 75th
Inhabitants: 287,587 (2004) Ranked 68th
Pop. density: 529.63 inh./km² Ranked 6th
ISO 3166-2: TH-83
Governor: Niran Kanlayanamit (since November 2006)

Phuket (Thai: ภูเก็ต; formerly known as Tha-Laang or Talang) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga and Krabi, but as Phuket is an island there are no land boundaries. The island is served by Phuket International Airport, located in the north of the island. The ph of "Phuket" is an aspirated "p", so the name is pronounced (roughly) "Poock-get". The name Phuket is apparently derived from the word bukit in Malay which means mountain or hill, as this is what the island appears like from a distance.

Before that its old name was Ta-lang (in Thai): The word is derived from the old Malay "Telong" which means "Cape", which is still in use for one of the main districts in the Phuket area.

Map of Phuket:
Phuket Map

Why Phuket?


Having been travelled to lots of places, Phuket is a wonderful places which make me consider as a second home. Beach, wave, massage, pubs, hospitality are surrounded you.

Cost of living there is quite low too. You may find a luxury seafood dinner course with less than $10. Most of their income is from tourism. Therefore, Phuket is a tourism friendly place with the support of their government. The transport, accomodation, food is in world class standard. Moreover, is the fine weather all day long.

In this site, I will bring you a enjoyable journey through my personal experience. From food, shopping, beach, Muay Thai, pub, snorkelling, 'lady' show you will find it here.

Lets the journey begins...

Capital: Phuket city
Area: 543.0 km²
Ranked 75th
Inhabitants: 287,587 (2004)
Ranked 68th
Pop. density: 529.63 inh./km²
Ranked 6th
ISO 3166-2: TH-83
Governor: Niran Kanlayanamit (since November 2006)

Phuket Visa Requirement

Thailand Passport & Visa Requirements

All tourists must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond their intended length of stay. On your arrival in Thailand, you will clear immigration either at Bangkok's Don Muang International Airport or at Phuket International Airport.

For many tourists, it is not necessary to apply for a visa beforehand, if you come from a country that is eligible for a 30-day Visa Exemption, and if are not going to be in the country for more than 30 days. Other tourists may be able to apply for a visa on arrival , which is valid for 15 days. Everyone else, and those wishing to stay longer in the country, should apply for a 60-day Tourist Visa from the Royal Thai Embassy in the country where you reside.

(If you are coming to Phuket to work or you wish to take up temporary residence in Phuket, see non-immigrant visa).

30-day Visa Exemption

Passport holders from the countries listed below do not require a visa when entering Thailand for tourist purposes if their stay does not exceed 30 days. You must have proof of a confirmed return ticket.

List of countries eligible for 30-day visa exemptions:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Brazil
  5. Bahrain
  6. Brunei
  7. Canada
  8. Denmark
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  14. Indonesia
  15. Republic of Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Japan
  19. Republic of Korea
  20. Kuwait
  21. Luxembourg
  22. Malaysia
  23. Netherlands
  24. New Zealand
  25. Norway
  26. Peru
  27. Philippines
  28. Portugal
  29. Qatar
  30. Singapore
  31. Spain
  32. South Africa
  33. Sweden
  34. Switzerland
  35. Turkey
  36. United Arab Emirates
  37. United Kingdom
  38. United State of America
  39. Vietnam

Visa on arrival

Nationals of the following countries are able to obtain visa on arrival which is valid for 15 days. This can be obtained either at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, or at Phuket International Airport, depending on where you clear immigration. The fee for the visa is 800 Baht and you must have proof of a confirmed return ticket.

  1. Bhutan
  2. China (including Taiwan)
  3. Cyprus
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Hungary
  6. India
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Maldives
  9. Mauritius
  10. Oman
  11. Poland
  12. Russian Federation
  13. Saudi Arabia
  14. Ukraine

Tourist Visa

For longer stays, you should obtain a 60-day tourist visa from the Thai embassy in your country of residence before your arrival. These can be further extended for another 30 days once you are in Thailand. This can be done at the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok. (located on Soi Suan Plu, South Sathorn Road, Bangkok 10120, tel. 02-287-3101-10)

For further information see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: and the Phuket Immigration Office website: