Phuket leads the way in healthy holidays

Triathlon competitors at the start in Phuket; sunset at the Avista Hideway Resort and Spa.

Island holidays are usually about relaxing, departing from routine and indulging yourself at a luxury retreat. "Healthy" they generally are not, as sunset cocktails, seafood buffets and hours lazing in the sun become the daily regime.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 10:00am 1 comment

Tropical dream

Investment properties overlooking the bay in Phuket. Thailand offers low cost of living, the fun factor and a vibrant lifestyle and culture.

Some holidays promise more than they deliver. The same can be said for property purchasing decisions: it's one thing to love an exotic destination, quite another to invest there. The notion of buying an offshore property that can be rented out, will appreciate in value and can also be there for one's own personal use doesn't always have a happy ending.

8 May 2013 - 2:33am

UN concerned after probe shows Thai troops shot at Rohingya

Rohingyan men who managed to swim to shore after Thai security forces opened fire on boatpeople off Phuket. Photo: Phuketwan

Investigations by the UN's refugee agency have confirmed that Thai authorities opened fire as they were moving Rohingya boatpeople, sparking a warning that it was now "gravely concerned" by the situation.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:05am

Villagers decry 'slaughter' of Rohingya as Thai PM vows inquiry

A volunteer for the Red Cross Rescue Service recovers one of two bloated bodies found in an area near Phuket on February 26 and 27. Photos: SCMP Pictures

More damning evidence has emerged of what villagers describe as the "slaughter" of Rohingya refugees by members of the Thai military near the holiday island of Phuket, with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledging to investigate the incident.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Boatpeople who say they witnessed Thai shooting incident disappear

Boat 214 was seen towing the Rohingya vessel. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Concerns grow for a group of Rohingya boatpeople who have disappeared from a village where they were being sheltered north of Phuket, after claiming last week that they saw Thai troops shooting at other refugees.

12 Mar 2013 - 2:18am

Thai forces accused of shooting fleeing Rohingya refugees off Phuket

Villagers on Surin island captured on video a Thai military patrol boat, with the hull designation TOR214, as it towed a Rohingya vessel later caught up in the alleged shooting. Photo: Phuketwan

The alleged killings, which are said to have occurred on February 22, came during an attempt by the military to transfer about 20 refugees from the boat on which they arrived from Myanmar with more than 100 others, to a smaller vessel.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:32am

Rescued tourist slams Phuket boating safety

A rescued tourists is brought to Phuket after the boat incident.

An Australian who survived the sinking of a tour boat off the Thai holiday island of Phi Phi this week has told of his family's lucky escape and criticised the condition of the vessel.

29 Aug 2012 - 2:55am

Calm as you are

Naka Island, nestled in the emerald green of Phang Nga Bay and just 2.5 square kilometres in size, is perfect for those who love island hideaways but don't like long boat journeys. The island is home to a small village and the Naka Island Resort and Spa, and is only a five-minute speedboat ride from Phuket.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The Pavilions, Phuket

What is it? A luxurious and secluded Thai resort on a shaded hillside in Phuket's Cherngtalay district, comprising 48 pool villas, completely and utterly given over to encouraging its patrons to make like bunnies.

7 May 2015 - 4:43pm

Enjoying the finer things in life

Going to a resort is nice enough, how about living next to one and enjoying the luxuries that accompany such an arrangement? That is what's on the table with Soneva Kiri & Six Senses Spa on Koh Kood, a remote island in the east of Thailand.

21 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Spoilt for choice

Thailand offers some of the most luxurious tropical living in Asia and has led the way for many years with award-winning designs, great locations and an environment conducive to foreign investment. Foreign investment has also been fuelled by promises and delivery of solid rental returns.

24 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A corner of paradise in Phuket

Battle-hardened Hong Kong investors remain the prime acquisition players in Phuket, with the island a key target despite political turmoil in other parts of Thailand.

David Simister, CB Richard Ellis Thailand chairman, says investors in luxury property developments continue to pour money into the tropical paradise while its fundamentals remain solid.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Books ahoy

In this age of broadband hook-ups and instant Web searches, traditional book stores must be hard-pushed to keep up with the rapid flow of ideas. Not everyone has time to visit a bookshop, and we may already feel swamped by the amount of information flowing down the line to our personal computers. But if you're too busy to go to the books, what if they come to you?

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Tsunami memorial a forgotten mess

Phuket's International Wall of Remembrance, a tribute to the foreign victims of the Boxing Day tsunami, has been allowed to fall into disrepair, with parts of the memorial destroyed by fire.

Just three months ago, the memorial was one of the official mourning sites when the island marked the first anniversary of the disaster.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Bali back in investors' sights

It took Bali about a year to lure back tourists and investors after the terrorist bomb attack in 2002, according to property consultants.

Property prices in south Bali, which attracts foreign investors, increased by 15 to 20 per cent last year, said Hanno Soth, chairman of Hanno Bali, a developer and resort owner.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am