Thursday, December 31, 2009
One thing that is very important to staff members at Cape Panwa is the state of our beach. That’s why we have regular beach clean ups.
It’s hard work but we have a lot of fun doing it and it’s rewarding to see the result.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Christmas started two weeks ago for the staff with the sound of drums and chanting. It sounded as if Bollywood was visiting Cape Panwa Hotel but it was only the staff rehearsing their Christmas show. It seems like this year’s show will outstrip last year’s ‘Tigers in a Cage’ extravaganza!
The Christmas Carols start next week, costumes are dusted off and all the goodies ready – all we need now is for Santa to drop by.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Traditionally when you sit down to dine Thai-style, everybody has a bit of each other's dinner. This means that the table is covered with an array of plates and bowls and yes (to my mother's horror) people lean over to get food.
They will also lean over to take food from your serving plate - so BE WARNED for the next time that you go out to dine Thai-style with a group of friends.
At the Laem Panwa Restaurant at Kantary Bay we have two 'sharing' menus for you to choose from.
There is an Introductory Menu; an appetizer, a soup, two main courses, side dishes and a dessert. Then there is also a Classic Menu; with two appetizers, soup, two main courses, two side dishes and a dessert. Click here for a look at this selection.
Whoops, nearly forgot - if you are in a four-person group, you'll only be charged for three.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sacha had been planning this day for ages and the nerves and excitement showed when it all worked and Satyam said, “YES”.
Friends from around the world joined them on this special day.
Their carefully planned wedding took place on the beach and was followed by cocktails and a barbecue at Panwa House, one of Cape Panwa's delightful beachside restaurants. The reception was enjoyed by all.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Loy Krathong literally means 'floating basket' and they are made of the trunk of a banana tree - click here for photographs of Cape Panwa making Krathongs. The Krathong is pushed away from the water bank. A wish is then made, with the hands being raised in a traditional Thai'wai', as the Krathong floats away with the current.
The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, about 700 years ago. It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest and is based on a Hindu tradition.
Another tradition of Loy Krathong is Miss Nopamas - one year, a beautiful woman called Nopamas, made some special lanterns for the festival. She made them from banana leaves and shaped them like lotus flowers. The king was so impressed with what he saw, he announced that krathongs would be floated on the water every year from then on. Today, the memory of the woman who made the first krathong is remembered in a beauty contest called "The Nopamas Queen Contest" - and Tasanee won this year.
Click here if you would like to see the Celebration of Loy Krathong at Cape Panwa Hotel.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The procession started simply with groups of people smiling and laughing. A devotee interrupted this with a spiked metal ball on a rope that he was lashing his back with.
by clicking the link can be disturbing to some people.
A teenage girl passed by with a dummy in her mouth, running through the parade with a team of followers – this was a person who was possessed by a spirit.
Then came many more devotees - their faces pierced by a variety of objects – the main one that springing to mind was a beach umbrella! Click here for some photographs of self piercings - then came the man who was shaving his tongue with an axe - and more piercings!
Small explosions came from further in Phuket Town – Tim and his team decided to investigate. Here there were groups with headscarves on and sunglasses – and they were parading on two poles a Chinese effigy. People around them were throwing packs of firecrackers at them – THE NOISE WAS INCREDIBLE and the atmosphere electric!
There was a brief respite when the explosions stopped and the road was filled with cars which had beautifully adorned ladies handing out sweets to the onlookers or sitting in a trance on the back of vehicle….
Every so often a person entranced by a medium would stop outside a building that had an offering on a table – words were said – a paper was given and fruit shared – the spirits had blessed the building.
The calmness continued for a little and then more crashes and explosions were heard coming from town – it was from the Clockhouse Tower in Phuket Town centre. Here they had lots of firecrackers wrapped around poles, which were then lit they lit and everybody stepped back. There was a spirit medium dancing in the centre of the firecrackers – a sight to behold.
Then there were more firecrackers with raised Chinese effigies – Tim retired to Swensen’s to meet his group and relax. This did not last long as Tim had a dance with a spirit medium.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Jamie is a keen diver - join Facebook to keep up to date on his activities. His blog discusses his life in Phuket with his family and much much more.
Jamie also has a wonderful array of photographs of previous Vegetarian Festivals and comments that we would like you to visit for you to learn more - click here for his history of this amazing festival.
|Bob Nevatte's photo - for more click here|
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Special Task Unit (SSTU) is an organization that focuses on families who need help in this area and more.
Returning guests Richard and Ness Bush liaised with us at the Cape Panwa Hotel and asked how they could help. The SSTU provided the Cape Panwa Hotel with a list of families who needed help. Richard and Ness were immediately put at ease that the SSTU could be trusted with donated money and plans were put in place to raise funds – please click here to see some of the events.
They then met some of the children who needed support and this was quickly given – please click here to see some of the visits. The SSTU are still working with these families by teaching them how to set up businesses to support themselves. If you would like to contribute to help some of the families affected by the tsunami please contact Ness via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Richard or Ness Bush through their website.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Cape Panwa Hotel is built on the side of the hill on an east-coast peninsula. The land was originally used for a coconut plantation. The hotel's buildings try to blend in with the plantation, producing a charming effect but this does not come without its difficulties.
The coconut trees thrive in the humid environment of the hotel's grounds and many of the trees are over 20 metres tall, making them bend and sway with the sea breezes and creating a hazard in windy conditions, with falling coconuts aparticular danger.
This is where the Coconut Man comes in. To watch him scale a tall and slender tree to cull, then drop the nuts from a great height has to be seen to be believed.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Kameo House is the latest addition to our sister group of properties, The Kameo Hotel and Serviced Apartment Group and an excellent property for Khun Rochidee to start his career as a General Manager in.
Monday, September 14, 2009
A prominent feature of this celebration is the number of red turtle shaped cakes – Ang Koo.
Guest of the Cape Panwa offered our turtle (see picture), lit our joss sticks and candles and entered the shrine. We were then led to a very small corridor behind the shrine decorated with tiny ornate Chinese figures – similar to those at the Chinese Temple in Phuket.
The guests and I were then led to a small ceremonial stove where we lit tissue paper from a perpetual flame and threw it into the oven – this was to create a flame to tell the spirits that we have honoured them.
Then we saw some folk Thai dancing called Likay – this was a truly amazing and wonderful experience for us all.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
There are a number of different ways to get about in Bangkok but the BTS Sky Train is without a doubt the simplest way. Cape House Hotel is 2 minutes from Chit Lom station and they first visited Siam Paragon; a very glamorous air-conditioned shopping mall (read expensive).
After this they visited the adjoining Siam Centre that can be best described as 4 floors of fun with a plethora of shops – Jemma fell in love with her new clothes and trainers! - please click here for some photographs of shops.
They walked through all the markets back to Cape House; but thought that next time the pushchair would stay at home, as it was not easy to negotiate all the obstacles. They had dinner at the Italian Restaurant, Italian Bistro No.43 and then slept soundly in their one bedroom suite.
The next day was an early start and they went to Safari World – and there were animals galore, swimming polar bears, lazy lions, noisy parrots, boxing orangutans (Jemma’s favourite). a Safari Park and much more! - click here for their photographs.
The next day was a real Shopping Adventure – Chatuchak (THE Weekend Market) – taking took the BTS from Chit Lom to Mo Chit.
They are already thinking of their next visit to Bangkok - but it was nice to come back to a little piece of paradise – Cape Panwa.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Songkran was the celebration that welcomed the rain for the crops of tomorrow so we expect rain which does not always come.
The photo at the top is today (September) and the others are the previous months.
However the winds over Phuket have changed! The sun is now over the equator and the islands throughout Asia have begun to warm up and we are blessed with hotter weather – as if it was not hot enough already!
With the hotter weather over the island the moist air is pulled from the oceans leading to strong westerly winds. This means that there are large waves and red flags on the beaches on the West coast.
At the Cape Panwa Hotel we are lucky because we are on the southeastern tip of Phuket; which means that we are sheltered. As a result of this the sea at the Cape Panwa Hotel is calm and safe all year round – have a look at the photos that I took today and on the weekend.
For those of you who can tell me who sings the song ‘Wind of Change’ (I can’t stop singing it) AND who made a speech of the same name and where there is a prize to win.
This competition is now closed and a winner will be announced, thank you for your participation.