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.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

9 reasons a trip to Thailand is good for the soul

1) The food will retest your taste buds
 - there is a selection of restaurants in and around Cape Panwa Hotel
2) You get a great massage for like 5 bucks

 - 500 Baht adjacent to the beach (more in the Spa)
3) The beaches will force you to relax
4) Festivals give you a direct access to another culture
 - there are a great many in Phuket (here's one)

5) There are tens of thousands of temples here 
 - here is a map of some of them
6) The markets are a visceral experience
- and there seems to be more and more
7) When you are tired of the beach you can head to the mountains
- and the rainforests and waterfalls towards the North of Phuket Island
8) The fruit alone is medicine for your body
- and there is a vast selection to choose from

9) The hotels will make you feel like a queen (or a king)
 - at Cape Panwa Hotel and Spa we hope that we can do just that....
The full article can be read on - 

Monday, May 16, 2016

A day out in Ayutthaya

There are a number of things that you can do when you visit Ayutthaya.
1) Rent a bicycle from nearby the Ayutthaya Railway station and take a leisurely ride.
2) Visit the Tapestry Restaurant and indulge in some traditional dim sum. (The traditional Chinese soup kra por pla made with fried fish maw is highly recommended.
3) Visit Wat Mahahat. This is the temple best known for the head of the Buddha lodged in the roots of a tree close to the temple. There are a great many more temples to visit here, this is only one.
4) Close to the ancient ruins  there is Classic Kameo Court which is an ideal place to stay. It offers fully-equipped deluxe studios and one-bedroomed suites ideal for short and long stays.

The text is from the latest edition of Cape + Kantary magazine and the full article can be found in -