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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2017

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND SAMUI / KRABI Red for Roosters, Red for Love Bring on the celebration or create some romance if you decide to go to Krabi for either the Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day. Make it a holiday getaway at the Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. For Chinese New Year, they’ll serve a buffet of Asian specialties. Come Valentine’s day, the menu features surf and turf, not to mention the freshest seafood, barbecue, and pieces de resistance of strawberry and chocolate desserts. Nestled within its own bay, the resort is accessible by boat only. But once there, you can experience the stunning views and ambience of understated luxury. centarahotelsresorts.com Cave Offerings While many visitors to Krabi’s Phra Nang beach simply go there to enjoy the white sand and stunning scenery, there is much more to the area. Visit a cave to make offerings to Phra Nang herself, the Princess Goddess. They say that she lives underneath a cliff that’s found towards the end of the beach. This belief goes back many centuries and visitors should be mindful that this is a sacred place to be respected. And do as the locals do by visiting the cliff to make an offering or wish for luck or safe travels. tourismthailand.org/About-Thailand/ Destination/Krabi SPOTLIGHT Last Resorts to Luxury There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing when we’re talking about beach resorts. Last December, Celes Beachfront Resort Koh Samui debuted next to its sister, Samui Palm Beach Resort on Bophut beach. This area was once a village and home to former Thai and Chinese communities. Now the re-developed area has a laid back and contemporary deluxe boutique, with luxurious beachfront pool villas. Their beachfront runs 270 metres long with a stunning view of Koh Phangnan. In the neighbouring area lies the pristine Bophut beach with the equally luxurious Celes Beachfront Resort Koh Samui, whose beachfront pool villas serve as getaways for couples and families. You can hire boats to neighbouring islands, a nearby national marine park, and even other villages. Or engage in the true beach tradition of reading and relaxing by the pool. There will be a special theme on Chinese New Year, and a 3 days 2 nights package offering from 15 Jan to 31 Mar. The surrounding areas are great for nature lovers. celesresorts.com, +66 (0) 77 425 494-5, +66 (0) 77 900 999, samuipalmbeach.com, +66 (0) 77 425 494-5 94 Fah Thai