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Phuket leads the way in healthy holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

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