Friday, December 16, 2016

10 of the best healthy activities around Langsuan




A holiday in Bangkok does not always mean that you spend the entire day shopping (although you can) or lounging round the hotel pool sipping a cocktail (although you could).

The Langsuan Area in Bangkok – including Lumpini Park just around the corner does provide a number of opportunities for you to stay healthy on your holiday.

Go for a Run

Lumpini Park covers 58 hectares in the centre of the city – offering a number of pathways for you to choose from. The most popular route is that around the edge and is approximate 2.5 kilometres.

Practise Tai Chi

If performing a series of movements in a slow and controlled manner is what you are looking for then every morning there are groups of people who practising this.

Aerobics

Visit in the early evening for the biggest group – sometimes up to one hundred –who practise this high intensity routine at the entrance to the park from Rama IV.

Visit a gym

In the park there is an area which provides basic equipment for you to use but it is rather shift and is predominantly male.  The cost to join is 50 Baht

Chinese Dance

This is similar to the grace seen in the Tai Chi but is even more elegant. The movements represent beauty, grace and delicacy – originally it was to preserve the Chinese Culture but is more commonly used as a simple workout.

Yoga

There are many styles of Yoga practised but they all indicate similar holistic benefits.  Take your pick from a number of places offering this.

Eat Healthy

With the plethora of roadside vendors and the tempting smells coming from them this is not always easy. However there are always a number of vendors selling a more healthy alternative – from the freshly pressed fruits to prepared salads.

Muay Thai

This is Thailand’s national sport and it is certainly not one for the faint-hearted – it utilises the whole body as weapon and it is martial art which ultimately comes with control.

A bicycle ride

This is a growing activity for more and more people throughout Thailand but going on your bicycle through the traffic in Bangkok is certainly not for everyone.  Nevertheless through the park it can be quite lovely.

Go for a swim

This is an activity which might be more difficult to find but if you are staying with us at Cape House Serviced Apartments there is a pool on the 16th floor – before your cocktail perhaps?

For a full version of this article please read Cape and Kantary – Issue 17 - http://www.capekantaryhotels.com/ckmagazine/Issue17/index.html


              

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Things to Do and Eat; Places to Visit and Stay in Phuket.




What can you do?

One thing to do is join a Muay Thai training camp.  Tiger Muay Thai is a popular training camp here in Phuket.  Or you can have a personal lesson with the Trainer from the local village?  Or you could visit the local Muay Thai ring - some of our guests did!


Where can you eat?

There are a number of places to eat in the Cape Panwa area. Try Panwa House; it always serves Thai food made with fresh ingredients and in a perfect setting.  Book in advance by phoning +66 (076) 391 123/5.

Drone footage by Joyce Division
Where can you visit?

Somewhere that is not always a tourist destination is Khao Khad Viewpoint so don't expect there to be anyone there.  This place gives you a wonderful view over the hills and weather permitting far away.


Where can you stay?

Tucked away in a quiet corner of southeast Phuket where the water is calm and serene all year round is Cape Panwa Hotel.

See you here... 

For more of this article click here for this issue of Cape + Kantary or read the issue in all the rooms of the Cape & Kantary Hotels.

          

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’ or the ‘Por Tor Festival’



It is believed by some of the Phuket Community that the spirits of our dead ancestors will visit them once a year on Earth.

 
This mean that tables are set with food in homes and candles and joss sticks are lit and doors of the homes are left open. This is an invitation to the spirits to come into the home and the spirits will have left when the candles and joss sticks have burnt out.

 
There is a more public display and this is the baking of cakes that are shaped as turtles and then covered with ‘red icing sugar’.

 
The turtles are covered in red icing and are made locally – much like the ‘Mooncakes’. The turtles are bright red because in this tradition this is the colour of ‘good luck’. The shape of the cake is a turtle because this symbolises ‘long life’.
 
 
These turtles are carried in a parade through Phuket along with a number of people in their local dress. The red turtles will be enormous and carried on a vehicle or will be carried by hand.
 
The parade will finish in Phuket Town, usually at the large Chinese Shrine called Jui Tui.
 
 
The Red Turtles however will be taken into the Car Park above the enclosed Local Market. Here the Car Park will be full of tables with food prepared for the spirits – whole roasted pig, deep fried duck, red Fanta drinks, carved fruits and more red turtle cakes!
 
 
In the middle of this there is a Shrine and carpet set up for this occasion. Here the local dignitaries will give their blessing to the gods and ask for luck for the future.