Hotel Review: Proud Phuket, a Charming Hotel with Chinese Characteristics

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Proud Phuket is a family run hotel located in the Nai Yang section of the Southern Thai island of Phuket. With a distinct personality and unmistakable Chinese cultural elements, the hotel has 101 rooms, four food and beverage outlets, and a lovely spa. 

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Phuket Challenge: Learning How to Windsurf – Not as Easy as It Looks!

First yoga on a terrace. Then an all you can eat buffet breakfast. My first meal of the day on my third full day in Phuket was followed by my first ever wind surfing lesson on the beach at Siray Bay. When I arrived on the beach, I was a bit surprised to find that only …

Phuket Challenge: How I Became Interested in Kickboxing

I got my introduction to Thai kick boxing 10 months ago at Indigo Pearl Phuket, where I had my first two lessons. This was followed by two lessons with Khun Nan, the fitness instructor at Paresa. Upon my return to Hong Kong, I discovered that kick boxing was offered at Physical, the gym I work …

Phuket Challenge: How Not to Gain Weight at Five Star Resorts

Despite my sincerest efforts not to overindulge when I travel – I go easy on the breakfast buffets and avoid desserts with a vengeance – I always seem to put on weight when I am away from home. And as anyone with weight management issues will tell, it goes on a whole lot easier when …

Phuket Challenge: Is It Possible to Spend Eight Days at Luxury Resorts and Not Gain Weight?

Michael Taylor is flying to Phuket in Southern Thailand, where he will spend eight nights at (mostly) five star hotels and resorts. There will be one exception. Just to keep his feet on the ground, he will stay at one hotel that is targeted at the mass market for two nights during that stay. Is …