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Privilege News September 2015


Dear Members,

Sawasdee kha! The monsoon is upon us but we still find ways to have fun. Monsoon in Thailand doesn’t mean that your holiday is ruined, as there are still so many places to go to while avoiding the rain. With over 1,000 miles of coastline, Thailand offers such a profusion of sandy beaches, sheltered bays, quiet coves and idyllic islands that the choices for a holiday in the sun are near limitless. Each location has its own distinct character, so whether the choice is for an action-packed vacation, a fun-filled party scene, or a lazy escape into a serene tropical paradise, all dreams of the perfect beach are wonderfully fulfilled. In spite of this month being in the middle of the monsoon season Thailand is blessed with an expansive landmass spreading from the north all the way to the south. Beach holidays are still very possible during this wet weather but you need to know where to go.

The Andaman coast is good from November to April while sporadic rains can put a damper on any sunbathing you may plan to do there. Destinations here include Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi, Ko Similan and Ko Surin National Marine Parks.

The Gulf of Thailand is home to many beach resorts including Cha-am and Hua Hin, Ko Samui and Ko Pha-ngan. These resorts have beautiful weather from April to October and the monsoon has no effect here. Clear skies and sunny days ensure you fully enjoy your beach getaway. Cha-am and Hua Hin is an easy drive from Bangkok while Ko Samui has its very own airport. Ko Pha-ngan involves a leisurely boat ride to get to but well worth the trip.

The Eastern Seaboard has excellent holiday weather from November until May. Beach destinations here include the well known resort of Pattaya, Rayong, Ko Samed, Ko Kood and Ko Chang Marine National Park.

In this newsletter, we will give you more tips on how to best enjoy Thailand’s rainy season safely and without worries.




The coast of Thailand is home to a multitude of activities and events, however surfing is not commonly associated with the Kingdom. But in case you didn’t know, the west coast of Phuket facing the Andaman Sea is the slowly growing in fame as a surfer’s destination and there are several surfing centers where lessons can be had and equipment are for sale.

Pearl of the Andaman Thailand Championship 2015

Thailand’s premiere surfing competition is held over 5 legs during the summer and this September will see the final leg held on the 11 to the 13 of September in the beaches of Kalim, Patong and Surin on the beautiful island of Phuket. Categories for this final leg of the championship are Shortboard Open, Longboard Open and Grom (which means young surfers) or Women Open. For more information visit their website or Facebook fanpage.

Tel: +66(0)8 9973 2161, +66(0)8 3522 8523
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Rainy Weather Survival Guide

As mentioned earlier Thailand is a fantastic year round destination, suitable for holidays even during the rainy season. It is rare to experience all-day steady rains and uncommon to have a week with daily rains. There are some advantages for planning to come here during this season such as that the prices for accommodations and flights are lower and it’s easier to negotiate. The weather is cooler, the air is fresher and the countryside is lush and vibrant. Best of all is that there are fewer tourists while the beaches and the attractions aren’t so crowded.




However, it is still best to be careful and do your homework before planning where you want to go. The most important rule is to keep your travel plans as flexible as possible and always check the weather forecasts on your next destination. Plan for alternative indoor attractions for those days that are really, really wet. Go to the many department stores in resort towns. Have a lazy and leisurely meal in a restaurant to pass the time. It is also a wise idea to be prepared for those occasional downpours by packing your carry-around bag with a raincoat, an umbrella (preferably a collapsible one) and double water-proof all your important papers and electronic gadgets. Have with yourself a change of dry clothes as you’ll never know when you may be drenched by the sudden rains. Cottons dry faster and avoid heavy materials such as jeans. Remember to bring with you water friendly footwear and leave those designer shoes at home. And if you have any medical allergies it would be prudent to have your own medication with you, everywhere you go.




When Thais get caught outside when it suddenly rains they usually end up going into a restaurant to grab a bite while waiting for the rain to pass. I nice idea as it may seem it would be a good idea to ask for recommendations as to which restaurants would be suitable. Below we have selected 5 different restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal.



Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine is a stunning restaurant that is part of the beautiful Sawasdee Resort in Phuket. Close to the bustling area known as Karon Beach, itself a desintation in its own, the Sawasdee Thai Cuisine restaurant’s centerpiece is its amazing golden dome. Stepping inside makes diners feel like they are in a traditional Thai village with fountains and lily ponds while the cuisine is authentic and superbly delicious.

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Located in the idyllic resort town of Hua Hin, just a leisurely drive from Bangkok, the Centara Grand Beach Resort is steeped with history. The colonial buildings and décor harks back to a period in time rich with style and pageantry. It is also home to several award winning and outstanding restaurants. And in this beautiful resort are four restaurants which feature exceptional cuisines.


Hagi Restaurant

Featuring classic and contemporary Japanese cuisine carefully prepared and crafted by skilled and passionate chefs. There is a wide selection of sushi and shashimi and exquisitely cooked tempura plus many traditional signature dishes. Diners can choose between an indoor and a garden seating to enjoy the food.

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Palm Seafood Pavilion

Situated on the beach right next to the Gulf of Thailand, the Palm Seafood Pavilion is open air allowing diners to savour the riches of the sea in a natural yet comfortable setting. Well known for the freshest seafood cooked to perfection, this is a restaurant for real seafood lovers.

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Railway Restaurant

Inspired by the original Hua Hin railway station erected in the early 1920’s, the Railway Restaurant is the hotel’s main outlet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is a careful mixture of both tangy Thai flavors and European favorites.

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Suan Bua

Located in the villas area right next to the pool, Sua Bua with its inviting and homey feel offers up delectable Thai home-style dishes and regional specialties. The restaurant constantly showcases the best of Thai local dishes with signature offerings, like green mango salad and stir fried chicken with bell peppers. Not to be missed at all.

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