Learn Muay Thai Chaiya at Sukko Spa, Phuket

Learn Muay Thai Chaiya at Sukko Spa, Phuket

Muay Thai Chaiya is an old style of Muay Thai, with its roots based on the battlefields of ancient Thailand.

An effective form of self defense, Muay Chaiya is a full martial art with a level of detail not to be found in the popular modern Muay Thai sport. Often described as the ‘Turian Style’ after the prickly fruit, due to the emphasis on blocking with the elbows and knees, Muay Chaiya concentrates on damaging the opponents weapons (arms legs etc) whilst blocking.

Muay Chaiya is taught differently from modern Muay Thai, with more emphasis on technique and form instead of the concentration on pure body conditioning. The classes include challenging exercises that help the student practice key movements that are used within the style.

Muay Chaiya can be learnt by people of all ages, both men and women, for exercise, self-defense and competitive fighting.

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Muay Thai Chaiya at Sukko Spa

Windmill Viewpoint

Windmill Viewpoint

This is a very beautiful location, another one of Phuket’s scenic viewpoints offering a great panoramic view from on high. Not only do you have a great view of the beautiful Nui beach, but also, the very popular and charming Nai Harn beach. These beaches have beautiful white sand, and in the tourist season, you can see many elegant yachts moored in the clear, crisp turquoise sea. If you enjoy fishing, you can take a shortcut to the rocks below by following the path through the grass, or if you want to take even more scenic photos, you can stop along the path for a unique photo opportunity through the golden grass.

Getting to the Windmill Viewpoint is as easy as following the island road from Nai Harn Beach, or Promthep Cape. The roads are windy and steep, but in good condition. Be careful to steer, and not be distracted by the beautiful views!

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket THAILAND

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket

THAILANDNai Harn beach is not a long beach, but it has beautiful clear water, white sand, pine trees along the edge of the beach, creating a great atmosphere to relax in. It is public land, so there hasn’t been the rapid development of hotels like at other beaches. This beach is popular with foreigners and locals who are looking for a place to relax, and swim. Care should be taken during the monsoon sea, as the waves can become large and it can be dangerous for swimmers.Close to the beach is a reservoir with a small island and a connecting bridge. The island is shaded by pine trees, making it a cool place to relax, and there is even a playground for children to play.

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket THAILAND

Nai Harn Beach, Phuket THAILAND

At the end of the beach is the hotel Le Meridian Yacht Club, and if you drive through and follow the road, you will come to Sane Bay. In Sane Bay is quite and isolated, and there is a single small resort that is not well known, by tourists and residents of Phuket alike.

The road runs along the base of a hill from which you have a clear view of Nai Harn Beach and the Windmill Viewpoint. Sane Bay is more rocky than most beaches in Phuket, and you may see locals fishing for fish and squid. It is only fews kilometers from the hotel, and the beach is small with lots of rocks, which makes it a nice place for a quiet swim, and the shallow water and coral reef make it popular with skin divers.

Close to the hotel, Sane Bay offers a very close alternative to the usual beach buzz, with a quiet and calm atmosphere giving those who visit the chance for real rest and relaxation.

Getting to Nai Harn Beach is simply a case of following the coastal road from Promthep Cape, or use the shortcut from Rawai Beach, and it is only 18km from Phuket Town.

Yanui Beach Phuket THAILAND

Yanui Beach Phuket THAILAND

Nui Beach is a very small beach that lies between Promthep Cape and Nai Harn Beach, along the island’s coastal road. This beach is well known, as it has two separate areas that can be used for swimming all year round. This is because of the beaches location, and large waves rarely reach the beach. It also has a coral reef, that can be explored by both divers, and people wishing to snorkel.

Promthep Cape, Phuket THAILAND
Promthep Cape, Phuket THAILAND

Promthep Cape is the most famous cape in Phuket, as it is the best location to watch the beautiful sunset in breathtaking scenery. Promthep Cape is found at the southern most tip of Phuket Island, and from the viewpoint you can admire the sunset without trees or hills obscuring your view.

Outside of the beautiful sunsets, Promthep Cape is a top scenic spot and top photo opportunity during the daytime. The view in every direction from the point has something different to offer. To the east is Rawai Beach and various islands including, if the weather is clear, Koh Pee Pee. To the west you can see Coral Island, Loan Island and the huge expanse of the open ocean. To the North, you can see the coastal road that will take you to Nui Beach and the charming Nai Harn beach with its beautiful white sand.

If you really want to see the sunset in full glory, you’d better be quick, because you will need to claim your place before the sun hits the water. If you come late, you may have problems finding a space to park or even a place to stand, especially during a festival, as there can be many, many people.

If you’re a photographer, and you want a picture of the sun setting behind the cape, then it is recommended that you go to the Promthep Temple. You can find the entrance on the road leading from Rawai, 500m before you reach the parking lot for Promthep Cape. From here, you can get a clear shot of the headland, with the sun setting behind, a shot that most people do not get. In addition, you don’t need to fight with the crowds of tourists who usually go to the cape itself.

Rawai Beach is found on the southern most tip of Phuket Island, located very near to the Promthep Cape which is famous as a great spot to enjoy Phuket’s beautiful sunsets. Rawai Beach isn’t overly popular with tourists because the water is slightly murky, and not the clean clear waters that can be found at many of the beaches on the west coast of the island. But when the tide is full, and the water at its highest, the view at Rawai Beach is truly beautiful and very popular with photographers. It is also very comfortable in the afternoons and early evening, as there are pine trees situated along the shoreline that can offer a welcome respite from the hot sun.

 

Besides the beach there is also the harbor which offers convenient access to them various islands to be found at the southern end of Phuket. For example, Koh Hay (Coral Island) and Koh Racha (Racha Island) which can bothe be accessed by either long-tail boat, speed boat, or for a more leisurely trip the white ferry’s can offer chances to enjoy the scenery and take photographs.

If you venture to the western end of Rawai Beach it is possible to witness the traditional fishermen who still make a living catching fresh fish and produce from the sea. To get a feel for their authentic way of life you can visit the fishermen’s village where you can see them selling their catches, and also handcrafts made from the sea, which make great souveniers.

It’s easy to believe that when traveling in Phuket, people want to eat fresh seafood next to the sea, in a place with a great atmosphere. But if you come to Phuket for a longer stay, and you want to eat seafood everyday, then it is very possible that you will run out of money!

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So here’s some advice to help you find delicious food that is up to scratch and at an affordable price.

These places are not hard to locate as they can be found in the large departments stores such as Central Festival, Jungcelon, Tesco Lotus, Index Living Mall and BiG C. As well as having plenty of stores for shopping, these are great places to find a large variety of restaurants all serving delicious foods (except Index Living Mall which only has one restaurant).

These restaurants have all types of food including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and even European ranging from 30 to 300 baht per dish. These prices usually reflect the service that you will find in each restaurant.

If you like Japanese food, Fuji and Zen have extremely fresh and tasty food. Or if you’re really hungry and want to eat as much as you can, go to Index Living Mall, and find Oishi Buffet who provide fresh Japanese buffet, where you can have all you can eat for 3xx baht.

If you like Thai food and great tasting coffee try S&P or Black Canyon, which have a good selection of Thai food that is tailored more for foreign tastes.

However, if you want to try something a little different go to the food court in every store, where they have a huge variety of foods at very reasonable prices.

Many people have a real headache when their check out time is many hours before their flight leaves. Spending 3 hours or more waiting in Phuket airport is no fun at all because there’s nothing to do, unless you have an unread book at hand.

If you don’t, here’s some ideas of how to spend the time

Shopping Shopping & Shopping :
Phuket has much more to offer than just white sand beaches and ocean.  It is also a center for shopping, catering to many types of shoppers. For example if you’ve ever stayed at Patong Beach, you must have passed the many street side stalls and shops.  Maybe you stopped and asked the price of something that caught your eye, or bought a nice t-shirt or watch.

These shops usually are open in the evening, so this may not be of use if you’ve an early flight to catch! If this is the case, you should try one of the many department stores, which have a huge variety of shops and restaurants.

The first to recommend is Jungcelon in Patong, which is a large store which has enough shops to keep anyone satisfied! Or, if you are staying in Phuket Town or at a different beach, you should try shopping at Central Festival. Shopping in Phuket Town is great if you are looking for brand named goods. Also, many shops give 5% discount for tourists!

Bowling/ Watching movies : Shopping is great if you have only 2-3 hours before your flight, but if you have more time, you may want to look for other activities such as bowling or going to watch a movie. There are two locations that have both bowling and a cinema, Jungcelon at Phatong Beach and Ocean in Phuket Town. Or, if you don’t mind a short walk, you could watch a movie at Central Festival, and then walk 400-500 metres to Big C for some fun bowling.

spa package : Many people come to Phuket for Sea, Sand and Sun but going to a Spa is another activity that Phuket offers in abundance. If you know that you will have a problem with an early checkout, you could plan to have a spa session to relax you and help the return journey be more comfortable. You may even be able to get some sleep on the journey home!

One thing you should know is that a ‘Spa’ and a ‘Massage Shop’ is not the same thing. We recommend that you don’t go for massages in the smaller massage shops, because they don’t have packages that ensure your full relaxation. Instead, you should choose one of the larger, more famous spas in Phuket. Also, the larger spas usually have a shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off, so that you don’t have to worry about organizing transport for the round trip.

The first location we would recommend is the Cheraim Spa which is close to Central Festival, which is very convenient if you are on your way to the airport. And if you have spare time, you could also go shopping at Central Festival.

We would also highly recommend Sukko Spa which, as well as offering a variety of spa packages that last between 2 to 4 hours, or you could mix and match our facilities to create your own personal package to suit your schedule. And if you have kids, Sukko Spa offers a child care service to look after your kids, so you can really relax and get the best out of the last day of your holiday.

Wandering through the Talang Street of the old Phuket town it is impossible not to notice the many fabric houses lining half the street. If you are looking for a more cultural gift or just a souvenir then these fabric shops are the ideal place for a visit.

Mainly aimed for locals, these shops stock many types of fabrics used in the traditional Phuket outfit. Amongst the most colorful of these fabrics is the ‘Batae’, a type of Javanese printed or hand painted cloth using wax to make fine patterns before dipping the cloth into different colored dyes.      

The ‘Batae’ cloth has many uses, from home decoration as table cloth, or can be made into very chic pillow cases as well as playing a vital part in the traditional Phuket life.

In the olden days when at home, Phuket ladies wear the ‘Batae’ by draping the cloth as a sarong perfect for the hot, humid weather. Add a lace blouse and these ‘Batae’ sarongs are made instantly fit for a formal occasion, true Phuket style.

So if you’re looking for a souvenir that is going to reflect the real Phuket culture and its influences, then these relatively cheap, beautiful ‘Batae’ cloth must be taken into consideration! 🙂

Phuket is a tourist town that is famous for the beautiful sea and beach scenery, that has been compared with the beaches of France.

Regarding travelling around the island, there are many options available including renting a car to drive yourself around, hiring a taxi, or using one of the many Tuk Tuks or taxis that can be found waiting outside the hotels and residences. These are popular because they are very convenient, and can take you to a wide variety of interesting locations around the island.

Another popular and cheap form of transport found in Phuket is the Song Thaeo. These wood trimmed, light blue vehicles are named after the two (sawng) rows (thaeo) of seats that can accommodate many passengers. Some of these also have a third row of seats, and offer an even lower price.

Song Thaeos  run regularly along the public roads of Phuket, especially between Phuket Town and the main beaches including Kata, Karon, Rawai, Phatong and Nai Yang and can deliver you to many interesting locations on the way.

Riding in Song Thaeos also offer the advantage of being able to appreciate the passing scenery around the island, the fresh air and you also have the opportunity to meet a wide variety of local people.

When there are lots of people, it is not uncommon to see young men standing on the back step hanging on, and even sitting on the roof when there is no room below! 

(Photo by NeoPhuket)

Regarding the price, this is one of the most affordable forms of transport on the island, with trips costing between 30-60 baht and offers and interesting alternative to what you may be used to.

So when you’re visiting Phuket, you mustn’t forget to try this charming and convenient form of transport.