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22 Jul 2014

Somkiet Ratanaopath (center), managing director of A-One Hotel Pattaya, welcomed Police Major General Surin Palarae (left), secretary-general of the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand, and Doojduan Sasanavin (right), deputy secretary-general of the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards at Harbour (Halal restaurant certified by the Central Islamic Committee of Thailand).

22 Jul 2014

Nature’s finest – serenity by the sea

by Mick and Di Barker

The island of Koh Samui off the east coast in southern Thailand is the largest of an archipelago of more than 80 islands which for the most part are uninhabited. It is also the third largest island of the Kingdom after Phuket and Koh Chang and benefits from the best year-round weather. It boasts an array of beautiful beaches, gourmet restaurants, luxury spas and all-star international hotels. Thirty years ago only a few intrepid backpackers visited the island. Today, Koh Samui is a cosmopolitan melting pot, attracting budget travellers staying for a month or two in simple beachside fan bungalows, to the well-heeled dropping by for a weekend at a luxury resort or villa on the beach. It is truly unique among Thailand’s islands in maintaining a broad appeal which results in a unique relaxed ambiance for all.

One of the nicest places to stay is Saree Samui located on a stunning stretch of white sand along Mae Nam Beach in the quieter north of the island. Although only 30 minutes away from the feisty Chaweng Beach, here is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the more crowded areas. Presenting a blend of traditional Thai and the best in Balinese décor it is truly a paradise created for travelers in the quest for tranquility and serenity where the individual dictates the pace and mood. This is an intimate retreat with private villas set in lush tropical gardens facing the 152-meter-long beach ensuring seclusion and privacy in one of the most peaceful areas on the whole island. The resort is the first in Asia to win certification for top to bottom dedication to environmental and community responsibility. Where possible it has utilized organic products, such as handmade clay roof tiles, marble and natural brick in its structure.

Saree Samui spreads over four acres and features 53 villas, all with modern facilities and amenities including free Wi-Fi access. There are four different villa types available. Each of the originally designed private villas boasts spacious living accommodation, including private sundecks, outdoor grass courtyards, a large open plan bedroom and living area, Balinese style semi-outdoor bathrooms with bath tubs and a rain shower.

Standard tropical villas are located among the surrounding gardens and towering tropical palms guarantee near-absolute privacy. Each room is fitted with a flat screen TV, writing desk, Bose HiFi system and DVD player. These villas also have their own private garden, while the Tropical Pool Villas have their own private pool, direct access to the beach and an uninterrupted panoramic view of the pristine beach and ocean.

The Saree Rarom Spa & Yoga provides relaxing herbal steam baths, Thai massage and morning yoga sessions to awaken the senses through a healing touch and aromatic oils. Combining spiritual Thai healing traditions with natural therapies from the sea and earth the spa offers body scrubs, body wraps, facials and aromatic herbal steam for a total relaxation and rejuvenation. Treatments include their signature massage which combines techniques such as Thai Pressure Point massage, Lomi Lomi (a traditional Polynesian technique based on the Hawaiian philosophy of “huna” and how it relates to our bodies) and yoga stretching. Other treatments include an Asian Blend massage, Indonesian, Sports and various facials and specific organic body scrubs.

The Surya Chandra Restaurant overlooks the beach and provides an all-day culinary haven serving both Thai and international cuisines. Breakfasts are buffet style offering a myriad of morning specials with speciality coffee and tea beverages while there is always a lunch time special prepared for guests. Evening dining offers an ideal setting to enjoy a romantic ocean-side dinner “a deaux” or casual dining in their comfortable Thai pavilion style ambiance.

The spirit of this idyllic resort is summed up by the resort manager, Lily Kittivorapod. “Our concern for our guests goes hand in hand with our friendliness towards the earth and the community. It is important to us that Saree Samui lives life in harmony with its natural surroundings. Wherever possible please help us to be kind to the environment by saving energy and water. Place litter in the bins provided, water your garden when necessary, reduce waste and support local charities and groups that provide opportunities for students and the needy.”

Saree Samui is next to the Na Phra Lan Temple on the main Samui Ring Road in Mae Nam, Koh Samui and next to the Lomprayah Ferry Pier. Saree Samui is part of The Unique Collection of Hotels & Resorts, www.theuniquecollection.com.

Saree Samui

135 Moo 4 Mae Nam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

Tel: 077 247 666

Email: info@sareesamui.com

www.sareesamui.com

22 Jul 2014

Equestrian, especially dressage and show jumping disciplines, is a growing sport in Thailand. It is gaining large popularity and followers in Asia because of its inclusion in the Olympics.

The International Riding School in Pattaya hosted the Horseshoe Point Open 2014, featuring dressage and show jumping. It was attended by more than 65 horses from Bangkok and Chonburi.

International judges officiating at the event were Alison P. King, a 4-star dressage judge, and N. Y. Ho, a 3-star show jumping judge. Both are officials of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the governing body that looks after the equestrian sport worldwide.

Many children participated, attesting to the sport’s growth. The school says that with proper instruction and guidance, children will be the future of equestrian in Thailand.

The next event is Oct. 17 to 22.

Winners:

Class 1: Warm-up Show Jumping Optimum Time

1st place: Chokapirat Kamjadpai & Pretty

Class 2: Warm-up Show Jumping Speed Class

1st place: Mana Sornkratok & Lunaire

Class 3: Warm-up Show Jumping Speed Class

1st place: Naphatra Lerdsilpjaroen & Santiego

Class 4: Pony Challenge Accumulator (Pony)

1st place: Chonnarit Tomongkol & Bluto

Class 4: Pony Challenge Accumulator (Open)

1st place: Pichakorn Prungkiat & Concorde

Class 5: Show Jumping Accumulator

1st place: Parewa Lakkanawongsa & Daisy

Class 6: Young Rider Show Jumping (not over 21 years old)

1st place: Naphatra Lerdsilpjaroen & Santiego

Class 7: Show Jumping Accumulator

1st place: Mana Sornkratok & Lunaire

Class 8: Show Jumping Accumulator

1st place: Anna Wilhelmsson & Lola

Class 9: Dressage Preliminary (Horse)

1st place: Naphatra Lerdsilpjaroen & Maserati

Class 9: Dressage Preliminary (Pony)

1st place: Klara Tansomskun & Let’s Dance

Class 10: Dressage Elementary

1st place: Chloe Hermans & Olala

Class 12: Dressage Intro (Beginner Rider not over 14 years old – Open)

1st place: Saserach Tomongkol & Wina

Class 12: Dressage Intro (Beginner Rider not over 14 years old – Pony)

1st place: Digna Hedwig & Thunder

Class 13: Dressage Novice (Pony)

1st place: Irene Kotler & Anton

Class 13: Dressage Novice (Horse)

1st place: Irene Kotler & Regazzo

Class 14: Dressage Medium

1st place: Woraphat Sittiju & Corsario

Class 15: Show Jumping Power & Speed (Pony)

1st place: Chonnarit Tomongkol & Bluto

Class 15: Show Jumping Power & Speed (Open)

1st place: Chokapirat Kamjadpai & Pretty

Class 16: Show Jumping Power & Speed

1st place: Serena Bawden & Angelena

Class 17: Show Jumping Power & Speed

1st place: Mana Sornkratok & Lunaire

Class 18: Show Jumping Power & Speed

1st place: Chloe Hermans & Gingkgo Biloba

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