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Phuket Province

Great strides: Phuket

Phuket's 40 kilometres of beaches are a great place to run and to unwind. Photo: Troy de Haas

The name "Phuket" comes from the Malay word for "hill" ( bukit), and true to that moniker, much of the island's interior is dominated by lush, green hills.

Friday, 21 September, 2012, 1:28pm

Even on a Thai beach, pop singer Kary Ng still has star power

Canto-pop singer Kary Ng Yu-fei shunned Hong Kong's gloomy weather and flew to the Thai island resort of Phuket with friends and relatives to celebrate her 26th birthday on June 9.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A short hop to heaven

For those who want a tropical-themed wedding, Hong Kong may not be the best location. Luckily, paradise is just a short plane ride away.

From an underwater wedding to a ceremony officiated by a Buddhist monk, far-flung exoticism is yours to take if you say 'I do' at a luxury resort on the sunny shores of Bali, Thailand or the Maldives.

Bali

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Pageant package

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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 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.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Digest

Secondary market home sales up 91pc in a week

15 Feb 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

Finding the harm in false alarm

Dear Hongkongers planning a trip to Bangkok. Welcome to the City of Angels, recently voted favourite leisure city by Business Traveller and Asia's greatest food city by TripAdvisor's legion of readers and contributors.

11 Dec 2011 - 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

Thai projects make job seekers smile

The Thai government says its US$14 billion (HK$108.9 billion) construction sector is projected to expand by around 7 per cent over the next few years. Moreover, the government's rubber-stamping of US$5.9 billion for investments in infrastructure in 2010 has ensured steady growth - and a blossoming of hiring opportunities - across the Land of Smiles this year.

15 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Forever and a bay

With giant limestone outcrops looming in the distance, a long-tail fishing boat cuts through the calm waters of the Andaman Sea under a cloudless blue sky. Aside from a few low-rise villas peeping out of the jungle, the sights and sounds are just as nature intended, and the deserted yellow sand beach feels like it's all mine.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Wants&needs

Stylish stag

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Running paradise no holiday

From the upper echelons of the finance sector to the small back office of her first resort, Anchalika Kijkanakorn has seen many sides of the business world.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Getaways offer romantic touch

Honeymooning idealism dictates sumptuous surrounds where the happy couple will be left in peace to dote on each other, with occasional optional distractions such as dramatic sunsets over white sand-fringed bays. Despite recent economic booms in Asia, leaving fewer idyllic regional spots untouched by large-scale development, there are still a number left.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

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