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Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND PHUKET / TRANG SPOTLIGHT Brave the Waves For four days and five nights between July 19 and 23, Phuket turns into a place for professional racers from around the world during the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Raceweek is the first event in the annual Asian Yachting Grand Prix comprising of four days of professionally run, international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s south coast during the windy southwest monsoon. Over six or seven classes (depending on entries), include the IRC Classes, Sports Boat, Bareboat Charter, Cruising, Multihulls, the breathtaking Firefly 850 and the splendid Classic Class. The “Regatta Bar” opens daily – offering ice cold post-race pints as bragging rights are given when participants come off the boats. A one of a kind, Raceweek is Asia’s most exciting and fastest growing regatta. The event that features racing on water and land as well as beachside parties will show how Phuket as a must-visit destination and a racing ground. Raceweek is held under the auspices of the Ao Chalong Yacht Club, in conjunction with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand. +66 (0) 89 000 4664, phuketraceweek.com HIDDEN TALENT Phuket Art Village is a hidden treasure off the Rawai main strip where original art pieces by talented Thai artists dwell, as most of their creators are from the area. Located at the end of Soi Naya 2 in Tambon Rawai, the plot that covers around one rai (1,600sq m) used to be Rawai Art Village. It wasn’t until Somrak Maneemai, an artist from Krabi, gathered with a group of talented artists to create works of art and display them in the artsy community. Since then, the pace of creativity renamed the place as Phuket Art Village. The village is home to eight studios that feature contemporary art in different media – from painting to music. Visitors are free to stroll through the studios in the village and appreciate art from displays as well as talk to local artists. Tel: +66 (0) 89 471 5653, +66 (0) 95 026 6100, facebook.com/Phuket-Art-Village/ the naka_HPH.pdf 1 12/2/16 4:52 PM FROM TIN TOWN TO CULTURED ROAD Billing itself as a small town with a glorious past, the Kathu district has made a comeback and repositioned itself on the tourism map with the Kathu Culture Street Festival. The cultural event, in the town once a rich source of the grey metal, celebrates on the streets of Kathu from July 9-11 around Kathu market on Wichit Songkhram Road. First held in 2009, the street event is how folks at Kathu district demonstrate their way of life and tell their history of the rare element – from the last century and carried on to the next generation. Located just 9km from Muang, the district once relied on rice farming and tin mining. It also is one of the first to have a vegetarian tradition ahead of the town of Phuket. The event will demonstrate the old days of Kathu and of course tell the story of how the town became known for tin mining, all detailed in its exhibition. Along the streets, you will have a chance to taste local food influenced by Chinese cuisine, many of which are vegetarian dishes. To add more nostalgia, locals leave their homes bedecked in the traditional Chinese attire. facebook.com/culturlstreetkathu THE CAKE IS LEGEND After 21 years, the Trang Cake Festival simply gets larger and more vibrant. Bakers from all over Trang will showcase their best work on cakes from Trang at the King Rama V plaza in Muang district in early August. The history of the unique cake started when a Chinese immigrant named Kugming Heng arrived in Trang and baked his own cake made simply from flour, eggs and sugar to accompany morning coffee. The original recipe was later shared among locals who also wanted to sell the cake. Fast forward to two decades and the cake now becomes an OTOP product, with various flavours – from coffee to green tea and fruits like orange or lychee. However, bakers manage to keep the original recipe and not add preservatives in the ingredients. The unique quality is that the cake is still fresh and tastes great after four or five days. A bite of the famous cake where it’s created is always a treat. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 98