Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to make a towel monkey

I recently read on our Cape Panwa Facebook Page that the staff were making “towel animals” for our guests – usually children (but not always) – they make interlocking swans for couples on their honeymoon!

Martha and Alfred came with their parents for a holiday at Cape Panwa – mum and dad had visited us previously and so they asked Pavinee, our Guest Relations staff, if she could organise a special lesson to teach their children how to make towel animals.

Ratchanee, our Executive Housekeeper, and her staff were designated with organising this special lesson. Which was apparently a great success because I hear that the children, now back home, have filled their parent’s room with “towel ellies”.

If you would like a special lesson please ask Pavinee if she can liaise with Ratchanee, good luck.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Transport in Phuket – Part 2 - Pink Buses

photographs used with permission
The Pink Buses are a wonderful addition to the idiosyncrasies of Phuket  – and are certainly worth taking a ride in – here is a guide.

There are three routes that will take you around Phuket (Route 1, Route 2 and Route 3) – they stretch from the South of Phuket, specifically Sapan Hin, all the way to Supercheap.

Supercheap is the Thai version of a warehouse “super” supermarket – worth a visit to see just to look at  the vast array of items on sale – exotic fruits, tattoo stencils, fruit carving knives and an abundance of beauty products. 

Sapan Hin
In Sapan Hin there is a daily market that sells everything from edible insects to ‘1,000 year old eggs’.  

Sapan Hin is also home to a dancing fountain, a maritime museum, the Phuket Honda Car Racing Fest and the closing ceremony of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

So whilst you are here try a Pink Bus 
– you will certainly see a lot more of Phuket!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thailand Welcomes Adrenaline Junkies

A travel blog recently posted ten activities to try if you really want to get that adrenaline kick, all of them performed against a really gorgeous setting.

There is no arguing that Thailand is a “gorgeous” place so I only have the task of compiling a list….

1. Bungee Jumping
Now this you can undertake in Phuket, not that I have personally tried it but this Youtube video shows a man falling out of the specially designed foot-straps.

2. Elephant Trek
To ride on a great lumbering beast like an elephant is always good fun, just make sure that it is not a male elephant looking for something else.

This can be done here in Phuket (I understand that Tim was going to have a go) – but really would you sit on a chair with a motor strapped to your back?

4. Refusing a timeshare salesman.
  This requires hard work and will power – have a look.
(website 1, 2 or 3.)

5. For ladies - Sunbathing topless
Well it is illegal in Thailand

6. Spirit Possession and Body Piercing during the Vegetarian Festival.

7. For men - Telling a “lady-boy” you made a mistake.  

Entertaining to watch but would you?

picture used with permission - Thai Festival blogs
This has to be seen – would you climb up the ladder?

10. There is always the Xtreme Adventure Playground.

11. Or you can simply try driving a car or renting a motorbike on the island…

Cape Panwa and Kantary Bay are not for adrenaline junkies – but you can always go out for the day and return to Paradise!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Treasure hunting the modern way around Cape Panwa.

GEOCACHING is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online.

Paul and Ann's special day at Cape Panwa
Paul and Ann Boddy introduced the Cape Panwa Front Office staff to this game.

We arranged a car and driver for them and a map was drawn which was a route taking in a small part of Phuket.

The game began in the morning and Paul and Ann were taken to two close caches by a driver who had as much fun as they did – click here for Paul’s outline of their morning.

Tim has since placed a cache near to Cape Panwa 
– but to tell you where it is would be telling….


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Planking at Cape Panwa

The ‘Spirit of Planking’ reached Cape Panwa last week when a friend from Australia and stayed with us for a fortnight.

This gentleman is a Yoga pro who cannot miss his daily practice of the ancient art, holiday or not; so he chose to work out on the hotel’s beach. 

We came upon him practicing his balancing skills in the early morning - at the entrance to Panwa House and on a bin on the beach?!

Planking at the Indie Market - photo courtesy of Phuket Gazette
The Management respectfully indicates that Tim and other guests are free to attempt the practice of planking at Laem Promthep or the Indie Market in Phuket Town; but also indicate that this strange practice of balancing oneself in obscure places is rather STUPID.

If you really need to try Yoga whilst you are here there are a number of Muay Thai boxing schools in Phuket or the Little Yoga Room (voted No 1 by Jamie and TripAdvisor).

Nonetheless please go ahead and enjoy ‘Planking’ if it’s your thing but if you fall off…