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As travel restrictions have been eased, Phuket Old Town is filling with tourists once again. Nevertheless, if you prefer hanging around quieter spots, or are just wishing to take a break from the crowds, here are our picks of not-so-touristy places in the old part of town for quality experiences.   Museum Phuket The museum has long been located in the Old Town, but you may have walked past it many times without realising it as it sits within a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. The museum showcases stories of Phuket’s rich history, Peranakan culture, Chinese influences and much more that will all help you appreciate and enjoy the island even more.   Drawing Room Phuket Drawing Room Phuket is an art space with a slow bar serving handcrafted coffee made with an intelligent choice of coffee beans, as well as non-coffee drinks. If you are an epicurean, you should stop by when you are in town.   Rosa Sweets & Chocolate Rosa is a new paradise for those with a sweet tooth! When you enter the shop, you will be delighted by the myriad choices of craft chocolate. There is seating so you may slowly indulge into some sweet treats, and coffee and chocolate drinks are offered here as well. You may even like to opt for a bottle of Prosecco to pair with your choice of confection.   Pop Espresso Phuket This coffeehouse delivers the fine aromas and flavours of coffee, to be selected from an array of well-chosen beans and then transformed into a heavenly cuppa using either the pour-over method or with an Aram Espresso Maker. If you are looking for a spot to sip and chat, discover new coffee flavours and take a break from the outside sun, this is the place for you.   Cloud Markt It is neither a grocery store, restaurant nor bar, but a terrific combination of all three! Open day to night, you will find local products like snacks and aromatic candles here and be able to enjoy tasty dishes, light bites and a range of drinks including craft beer, kombucha cocktails and natural wines with cold cuts to accompany those.     Text and Photos by Pakvipa Rimdusit

Ministry of Crab, the world-famous seafood experience in Sri Lanka, ranked 35th on the 'Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022', will be showcasing its scrumptious creations along the Phuket glittering coastline at five-star Anantara Layan Phuket throughout this August. At the resort's Beach House, you can indulge in a five-course dinner set menu prepared by celebrated chef Dharshan Munidasa, featuring fresh and succulent Sri Lankan lagoon crabs, weighing up to 3kg, and giant freshwater prawns. Highlights include the Garlic Chilli Prawns and the Pepper Crab - the lagoon crabs are cooked in a pepper broth together with whole and hand-crushed Sri Lankan black peppercorns; as well as coconut crème brûlée which is baked in a coconut shell with rich coconut milk. The dinner set is priced at THB 2900++ per person. For reservation, please contact +66 (0) 076 317 200, beachhouse.alay@anantara.com or visit beachhouselayan.com

on Friday 27 May 2022, Phuket's leading-edge sustainability-centric JAMPA will join hands with acclaimed Thai craft chocolate maker, Kad Kakao, to host the second epicurean event as part of the compelling 'Garden Table Series', featuring heavenly eco-friendly dishes prepared by a team of award-winning chef. Together with Kad Kakao's team, JAMPA’s Chef Rick Dingen has created an exciting menu using local ingredients and byproducts from chocolate making such as husk, pod, nibs and juice, affirming the restaurant's zero-waste ethos. 'JAMPA & KAD KAKOA' price starts at 2,500 THB++ for food only and 3,900 THB++ with beverage pairing. Seats are limited so early booking is recommended. Reserve your spot at +66 (0) 76 342 122 or reservation@jamparestaurant.com. Keep yourself updated at Facebook: @JampaRestaurant

After months of transformation, Dusit Thani Hua Hin has rolled out a number of new exciting facilities including an onsite organic farm. On top of that, the five-star beachfront resort has recently launched Nómada, a thrilling dining concept inspired by South American indigenous fares, made using fresh ingredients from local sources and its garden. The name is derived from the nomadic ways of living – hunting, gathering, and fishing sustainably, and the experience is led by Chilean Chef Andre Josef Nweh Severino, who fuses his knowledge about traditional South African recipes with his passion for sustainability. Nómada's culinary team delivers a stunning array of authentic South American dishes as well as juicy grills made over an open flame. The menu comprises small bites like Fish and shrimp tiradito (Fresh sea bass and grilled river prawns with Chilean yellow chilli sauce and pebre); Rock lobster in Chilean sauce (deglazed with white wine); Ceviche with mango; and Nómada wanton cones, at the side of choices of premium cuts including 120 days grain-fed Angus Tomahawk, Ribeye, and Tenderloin, and slow-cooked Picanha, and fresh catches from the sea. In addition, creative sweet treats and tantalising cocktails are served at the seaside restaurant as well. Nómada opens every Wednesday to Sunday for lunch (12:00 - 15:00) and dinner (18:00 - 22:00). For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 3252 0009.

The MICHELIN Guide Thailand has revealed 32 restaurants in Thailand that earn the prestigious MICHELIN stars in the 2022 selection, with 26 one-MICHELIN-starred restaurants and 6 with 2 stars. In the Guide's fifth Thailand edition, there are 6 starry entrants: Aksorn, led by Chef David Thompson who brings recipes from ancient Thai cookbooks to life; Côte by Mauro Colagreco with the three-starred chef's talented team in Bangkok presenting contemporary Riviera-inspired cuisine on the banks of the Chao Phraya River; IGNIV, the first restaurant outside of Switzerland by three-starred Chef Andreas Caminada, indulging epicures with unique fine dining sharing experience; SAVELBERG serving up French fares with a Dutch touch; Yu Ting Yuan bringing top-notch tastes of Chinese cuisine to your table; and GAA, led by brilliant Chef Garima Arora, presenting one-of-a-kind nouveau Indian dishes.   Graphic by The Michelin Guide Thailand   For this year's accolades, PRU has retained a MICHELIN Green Star for the second year, being one and only in the country, for its outstanding sustainable gastronomy practices; MICHELIN Guide Young Chef Award is won by Chef Garima Arora of GAA; and MICHELIN Guide Service Award is received by Thibaud Charlemarty of Côte by Mauro Colagreco. For the full list with detailed information: HERE For the list of 2022's Bib Gourmand restaurants: HERE

With dreamy weather, spectacular sunsets, and the festive vibes, December is undoubtedly the much-awaited month for everyone. Throughout this year's lovely month, Intercontinental Phuket Resort invites you to relish the good vibrations with its curated epicurean journeys and other activities right by the dazzling Kamala Beach with the theme of mythological 'Himmaphan Forest'. The festive meals at the resort's dining venues draw inspiration from the legendary forest, combining with the culinary team's mastery. Plus, Sati Spa also offer special promotions to rejuvenate your body and soul.   1 - 31 December 2021 FESTIVE DINING IN THE HIMMAPHAN FOREST AT PINTO RESTAURANT  Special sharing style set menu that honors original recipes of Phuket dishes. Prices: THB 1,500++ food only / Additional THB 1,250++ for free flow of soft drinks, juice, beer and wine / THB 500++ for free flow of soft drinks and juice Hours: 12:00 - 22:00 FESTIVE DINING WHERE THE NAGA RESIDES AT JARAS RESTAURANT Beachfront dining with scrumptious sharing menu with a touch of impressive Thai flavours. Prices: THB 1,750++ food only / Additional THB 1,350++ for free flow of soft drinks, juice, beer and wine / THB 550++ Free flow of soft drinks and juice Hours: 12:00 - 22:00 HIMAVANA HIGH TEA AT DEVAS' LOUNGE Enjoy festive sweets and savouries alongside a premium selection of tea. Price: THB 750++ for food and tea Hours: 14:00 - 17:00 THE SECRET OF KINNAREE TREATMENT AT SATI SPA Indulgent 120-minute '7 Chakra Balancing Journey' package for a complete body and mind revival (THB 3,999++) and 150-minute 'Christmas Dream' package to rejuvenate your skin with luxurious HARNN products and relieve muscle tension (THB 4,499++). Hours: 10:00 - 20:00   24 - 26 December 2021 Take pleasure in an array of tasty soirées, perfect for your celebratory get-togethers! The culinary team will prepare succulent Seafood on Ice, juicy grills, Thai favourites, and many more mouth-watering eats. On Christmas Eve, Jaras Restaurant will serve up Mount Sutatsana-inspired sharing platters at Jaras Restaurant (from THB 3,250++), while Pinto Restaurant will pamper you with a semi-buffet inspired by Mount Jitta (from THB 2,950++). On Christmas Day, you can indulge in Christmas Day brunch inspired by Mount Kala at Jaras (from THB 2,950++) with free-flow wine or champagne, which is followed by Boxing Day Brunch (THB 2,750++) also at Jaras to fill your happiness to the brim. Live bands and DJs will also be there to amuse your day.   31 December 2021 To wave goodbye to 2021 and mark a fresh start of 2022, beachfront Jaras will present the Kantama' New Year's Eve Dinner (from THB 7,500++), featuring a grandiose lineup of international to-share plates, and you can also opt for free-flow drinks throughout the special night. Right before midnight, the celebration will start on the beach with stunning fireworks as the New Year has begun.   At InterContinental Phuket Resort, the festivity does not cease in December. There are also a number of special offers to keep you satisfied throughout January 2022. To find out more and to reserve your spot, visit phuket.intercontinental.com/festive-season or call +66 (0) 76 629 999.

On 15 and 16 October 2021, talented Chef Tom Köffers from Surf & Turf by Soul Kitchen in Phuket Town will bring delectable wonders to Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, with his innovative European cuisine with a touch of Southern Thai flavours. The 6-course dinner is to be savoured together with selected wine or creative cocktails made with Chalong Bay rum, as well as a soulful soundtrack that will make the evening unforgettable. The dinner is priced only at THB 2,200++ per person with a glass of welcome drink, or pair the meal with 4 creative cocktails at THB 1,399++ per person (optional). For reservations, please call +66 (0) 76 362 999 or dtlp@dusit.com

In collaboration with a team of award-winning chefs and mixologist from Mizulim restaurant in Phuket, Amanpuri will curate an unforgettable dinner on Saturday 27 March 2021, serving seven-course tasting menu with creative cocktail pairing under "Forest and River" concept. The delectable concept is inspired by seasonal abundance and balance of ecosystem, highlighting local produces and local wisdom of food preservation. Mizulim’s signature dishes and cocktails focus on seasonality and sustainability, whilst supporting the local farmers, aligning with Aman’s desire to support the local community. The team at Mizulim are rising stars in Thailand’s diverse dining scene with their stunning creativity and their excellent knowledge on local ingredients, together with their unique and innovative cooking styles that create an extraordinary dining experience. The Mizulim team comprises Chef Mond who was recently crowned winner of Iron Chef Thailand, Chef Korn who returned to his hometown of Phuket after gaining experience overseas, and Chef Wyn whose inventive tipples have won him numerous awards and placements in Diageo World Class competitions. The dining experience starts from THB 5,000 net per person, with an optional cocktail-pairing menu available at an additional THB 1,000 net. Advance reservations are essential. To reserve your table, please call +66 (0) 76 324 333, email fb.amanpuri@aman.com or register online at amanpuri. Guests may combine a stay with the incomparable Closer to Home package, specially curated for local residents who wish to spend two nights or more in one of the resort’s Pavilions. The exclusive stay includes a number of unique privileges.

Elite Havens, Asia’s leader in high-end villas, will hold its first Gourmet Escape event from 29 to 31 January 2021 on the island paradise of Koh Samui. You will also experience a two-night stay in one of five stunning villas located at the Thai-inspired Panacea Retreat or the luxe jungle-clad Cape Laem Sor Estate, with daily breakfast, and one exclusive lunch and dinner specially created by some of Bangkok’s most celebrated chefs: Dylan Jones of Bo.lan and Err; Chef Paolo Vitaletti of Appia, Peppina and Trattoria Giglio; Chef Jarrett Wrisley of Soul Food Mahanakorn and Appia; and Chef Tim Butler of Eat Me and Bunker. The heavenly creations will be enjoyed alongside signature cocktails crafted by Campari Group’s seasoned bartenders, as well as a series of unique entertainment curated by Elite Havens’ guest experience specialists. Also, Elite Havens has partnered with Bangkok Airways to offer return flights (Bangkok/Koh Samui) at only THB 4,520 per person.  Villas can accommodate up to 12 guests each, and start from USD 3,450++ (including two nights of accommodation, daily breakfast, and one lunch and one dinner cooked by the guest chefs). For bookings, please contact yim@elitehavens.com or +66 (0) 84 841 4100. For more details about the package and the chef line-up, please visit www.elitehavens.com/promos/gourmet-escape.html