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Patong Beach

The strategically hip

With more than 400 hotels and locations in just about every major city, the Marriott chain is hardly renowned for taking a boutique approach to accommodation. But the recent revamp of its Renaissance brand is part of its strategy to break into this growing sector.

Friday, 17 February, 2012, 12:00am

Couple lose valuables in Phuket hotel safe theft

Christmas dinner cost a holidaying Hong Kong couple more than they bargained for when they returned to their Phuket hotel room to find goods worth US$20,000 missing from their safe.

Tamara Robins, 28, and Derryn Ruolle, 29, returned to their room at the four-star Manathai hotel at Surin beach on the Thai island's west coast to find the door ajar and the safe open.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

travellers' checks

Eco trip

17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Vox Pop

'We cancelled our trip after the tsunami and went to Australia instead. This is our first time back to Phuket after the disaster. We have told our children to run, run, run if they hear a tsunami warning. We lived in Bangkok from 1998 to 2001, then came to Hong Kong. I would consider buying a villa in Phuket, but properties there are over-priced.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Tsunami update

The Amari Coral Beach Resort in Patong Bay, Phuket, will reopen on August 1 after repair work in areas of the hotel damaged by the tsunami. They include some guest wings and restaurants Rim Talay and La Gritta.

22 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Paradise of fine food and fun

From beaches to nightlife, Phuket has something for everyone

PHUKET, THAILAND'S largest island (930 sqkm), about the size of Singapore, is one of the most visited destinations by Hong Kong travellers.

Phuket relied on rubber planting until 15 years ago, when it was destined to become the next best thing for leisure tourism.

12 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Phuket

Getting there

There are two ways to get to Phuket, you can either fly direct with Thai Airways (www.thaiair.com) or via Bangkok with Dragonair (www.dragonair.com).

Accommodation

9 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Josie Ho, singer

To shop:

New York

The city is a mecca for shopaholics such as me. My favourite area to shop is SoHo [south of Houston Street; www.epnewyork.com/soho11.htm] where many antique stores and brand-name boutiques are located. I've also bought lots of funky home accessories there.

18 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Phuket becomes fantasy island

A $700 million cultural theme park has opened on Kamala Beach, nine kilometres from Patong in Phuket. The park, Phuket FantaSea, which only opens in the evenings, covers 56 hectares. It will open year-round and has more than 1,000 staff. Show and buffet meals cost $315 for adults and $230 for children.

18 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Indonesian turmoil helps Thailand buck falling tourist trend

SPURRED on by a weakened currency, the Indonesian crisis and cheap flights and package deals from Western countries, Thailand is bucking the trend of dwindling tourist numbers throughout the region.

International tourist destination Phuket has just come off the back of its most successful November-April high season on record.

12 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

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