Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

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“FAH THAI” is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PHUKET / KRABI / TRANG

SPOTLIGHT

By the Seas of Sikao

Sikao, the northwest district of

Trang province boasts of gorgeous

seashores and a national park.

It’s the go-to beach destination for

locals, and Sikao serves as the spot

where most visitors come as a

hop-off point to Trang or nearby

islands at the main piers of Pak

Meng. But the main treat is also the

pristine Haad Chao Mai National Park

that covers the entire shoreline area

of more than 144,000 rai (or 57,000

acres). The long stretch of white

beaches are open to the public and

as an unexpected sight, see content

cattle as they graze. Make plans to

spend the day at the national park

and bring your own picnic basket

and enjoy the beach. Also nearby is

Kantang - the former main district of

Trang where most of the province’s

trading and commerce happened,

thanks to its seaport. Now Kantang

is a popular one-day trip for those

interested in seeing the glorious past

of the old port and its gorgeous and

historic train station. When it’s time

to dine, sample the district’s famous

eateries. These seafood restaurants

have been dishing up meals to diners

for the longest time and is worth a visit.

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KRABI WELCOMING STRIPES

Throughout the month of November,

Krabi province welcomes the start of

this year’s tourism season, following the

end of the monsoon rains. Traditional

boats locally known as “Hua Tong

(high bow)” gets adorned with stripes

of colourful jersey fabrics. This longstanding

fishermen tradition marks an

HISTORIC HERBAL SHOP

In Phuket Old Town, the main street of Thalang is still the place

that’s best to observe Phuket’s rich legacy in action. Many

descendants of settled Phuket families still live here, hence the

street is dubbed as a living museum. At Nguan Choon Tong, one

can see the original centuries-old Chinese herbal medicine shop

still selling an array of traditional Chinese prescribed cures and

more. Entering into the shop, one is met with the perfume of

aromatic herbs. Open daily (except Sundays): 8am - 5pm

T: +66 (0) 76 215 901

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auspicious moment for these handcrafted

wood boats commonly used

by local seamen to transfer tourists in

and out of the shores as they explore

Krabi’s magnificent islands. The unique

shape and uplifted bow design on the

hua thong boat lets it withstand the

high waves of the Andaman Sea. Be

on the lookout for the boat, as it’s a

common sight around Krabi, Trang and

Phuket. Krabi alone has about 3,000

of the distinctive high-bowed boats

in operation. Anyone interested in

immersing in the local boating tradition

can choose to hire a hua thong next time

a venture to island hop comes to mind.

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