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Who is Willy Thuan?

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 20 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping often between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go.In previous lives I was Radio DJ, stage designer in Club Med, had a successful advertising company specializing in logo and website designs and here I am.

Why Thailand?

I travelled to 40 countries around the globe Tahiti, Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, New Caledonia, Burkina Fasso, Niger, Algeria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Sahara, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, blah, blah, blah… so my love for Thailand is based on a long experience of other countries. The 4 countries I always loved most are, in this order: Thailand, Japan, France and Italy, and if you
notice, all are known for their excellent food, because food matters to us a lot (and I mean A LOT). In Thailand, despite the permanent moaning of some negative people, you get the best of all worlds. You want to know what these ‘Best Things’ are? Read this: 10 Reasons Why We Can’t Leave Thailand

Would I go back to France?

To live there? No way ever-ever! But for holiday? anytime! After so many years in Asia, France starts to look exotic but I wouldn’t want to go there for work: I remember why I left and France didn’t get better since (I won’t tell you what it is not to upset French people, but it had to do with French people permanent moaning). Do I feel French? Errr, sorry I don’t; Thailand is still the best place to live in!

Despite all the stories you read or see in the medias, you can live a smooth happy life in Phuket and Bangkok… it’s media’s purpose to highlight bad news, mine is to show you the best of Phuket and Bangkok.

What do I do for a living?

I’m a web director in an online travel business and I build… travel websites 🙂 I manage an enthusiastic team of writers, designers and photographers who all share the same passion: travelling and photography.

Things that make me smirk (not to say annoy me)

  1. People who think that only the cheapest street food it worth eating and anything above 30 Baht is a rip off.
    Errr, it’s called cuisine! Savoir-faire, creativity and best ingredients make a huge difference, even on the most simple dish. Of course there are many overpriced restaurants but many Thai restaurants make it to the international scene for a good reason.
  2. Phuket beaches are crowded! Yes 5 out of 36 beaches of Phuket are a busy. Be smart!
  3. Your photos are nice, you must have a good camera!

What Camera are you using?

Canon 6D with 16-24 mm, but often iPhone 7

lenses

Do we get paid by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote Phuket?

Absolutely NOT! We pay for all our meals, reviews and trips. (but feel free to hint the Tourism Authority of Thailand about it! 😀 )


About Faa

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Born in Bangkok and studied in London, Faa lived a while in Nakhorn Pathom and in Phuket for ten years. She also loves travelling around the world and within Thailand, her favourite countries are Japan and France. She enjoys good food, fun restaurants, fancy cars and plenty of shopping. She even learned French Cuisine, bakery and Pastry for several years at Le Cordon Bleu Bangkok. She makes the best french baguette in Thailand (serious!) But most of all, she loves her two naughty Yorkshire!

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About Phuket 101

Phuket Blog is a compilation of 21 years of Phuket exploration in a photo blog for lazy readers and Phuket lovers, just like us. There are no ads, no sponsorship, just real experience! We tried and paid of everything we tried which allows us to keep our real opinions, and we are pretty strict about this. We try to keep positive, if we don’t like a place we tried, we just won’t talk about it.

What does ‘101’ mean?

“The first course in a subject taught at a college or university in Australia, Canada, South Africa, or the United States. By extension, “Topic 101” is used generally to indicate the basics of any subject. The expression is also used in this non-academic sense in the UK. Used this way, it is always pronounced “one-oh-one”.

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

Phuket Airport: Things to Know
Phuket Weather
Phuket Event Calendar (NEW!)
Phuket Town Walking Map

35 BEACHES OF PHUKET
Ao Yon Beach
Ao Sane Beach
Banana Beach
Bang Tao Beach
Freedom Beach
Haad Pak Phra Beach
Haad Sai Kaew
Hua Beach
Kamala Beach
Karon Beach
Karon Noi Beach (Relax Beach)
Kata Beach
Kata Noi Beach
Laem Ka Beach
Laem Singh Beach
Layan Beach
Mai Khao Beach
Nai Harn Beach
Nai Yang Beach
Naithon Beach
Pansea Beach
Panwa Beach
Paradise Beach
Patong Beach
Phang Nga Bay
Phuket Town
Rawai Beach
Surin Beach
Tri Trang Beach
Merlin Beach
Ya Nui Beach

15 ISLANDS NEAR PHUKET
Phi Phi Islands NEW!
Bon Island
Coral Island
Khai Islands
Koh Panyee
Koh Sirey
Racha Island
Similan Islands

BEST THINGS TO DO IN PHUKET
10 Things to Do When it RAINS
Buddha Cave in Phang Nga
John Gray Sea Canoe
Kao Rang Hill
Koh Panyee
Monkeys in Phuket
Phang Nga Bay
Phuket Aquarium
Phuket Bird Park
Phuket Fantasea
Phuket Tiger Kingdom
Phuket Town Walking Map
Phuket Trickeye Museum
Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Zoo
Sapan Hin
Similan Islands
Simon Cabaret Show
Soi Romanee
Thalang Road - Old Phuket Town
Upside Down House

10 PHUKET VIEWPOINTS
After Beach Bar
Big Buddha
Karon Viewpoint (Kata Viewpoint)
Panwa Viewpoint
Promthep Cape Viewpoint
Radar Hill Viewpoint
Black Rock Viewpoint
Samet Nangshe Viewpoint
Wassa Homemade Bar
Windmill Viewpoint

PHUKET WATERFALLS
Bangpae Waterfall
Kathu Waterfalls
Tonsai Waterfalls

PHUKET MUSEUMS
Baan Chinpracha
Phuket Mining Museum
Phuket's Quirkiest Museum
Thai Hua Museum
Thalang Museum

TEMPLES and WATS
7 Buddha Postures for 7 Days
Big Buddha
Buddha Cave in Phang Nga
All Chinese Temples
Shrine of The Serene Light
Thai Temples
Wat Kao Rang and Sitting Buddha
Wat Chalong
Wat Phra Thong
Wat Putta Mongkon Thong
Wat Sirey
Wat Sri Sunthorn
Wat Suwan Khuha

NIGHTLIFE
10 Tips to Spot a Ladyboy
10 Ways to PARTY in Patong
Simon Cabaret Show
Paradise Complex
Party Drinks in Phuket
Phuket Fantasea
Rock City Patong

PHUKET BEACH CLUBS
Cafe Del Mar (NEW)
Catch Beach Club (NEW)
HQ Beach Lounge
Iguana Beach Club
Dream Beach Club
Xana Beach Club

INSIDE GO GO BARS (HOT)
Devil's Playground (HOT)
Diablo A Go Go
Exotica A Go Go
Harem A Go Go (NEW)
Rock Hard A Go Go
Suzy Wongs A Go Go (HOT)

SOI BANGLA ROAD
New Tiger
Soi Freedom
Soi Gonzo
Soi Seadragon (HOT)

PHUKET NIGHT CLUBS
Illuzion Phuket
White Room
Seduction Phuket
Tiger Club

SHOPPING
Central Festival Phuket
JungCeylon Shopping Mall
Phuket Price Check

PHUKET NIGHT MARKETS
Chillva Night Market NEW!
Phuket Walking Street
Phuket Weekend Market
Phuket Indy Market

PHUKET MARKETS
Banzaan Market
Lor Rong Market
Phuket Amulet Market

EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Loy Krathong
Songkran
Patong Gay Festival
Vegetarian Festival
Vegetarian Festival Calendar

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Diving in Phuket NEW!
Thai Boxing Training
Wake Park
Dino Park Mini Golf
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Go Kart
Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
Phuket Tree Adventures
Spas and Massages
Splash Jungle Water Park
Surf House Kata Beach
Surf House Patong
White Water Rafting

INFORMATION
Phuket AIRPORT: Things to Know
Phuket Travel Tips and FAQs
10 Quick Facts about Phuket
Phuket FAQs
Driving and Renting a Bike or a Car
How to Pronounce Phuket
Phuket Price Check
Phuket Map - with all locations
Bangkok Blog

HOTELS & RESORTS
21 GREAT HOTELS IN PHUKET

MAI KHAO & NORTH PHUKET
Sala Phuket Resort
Renaissance Phuket Resort
Banyan Tree Phuket
Hyatt Regency Phuket
Maikhao Dreams
Pullman Arcadia Naithon Phuket
Phuket Marriott Nai Yang
The Slate Phuket NEW!
Trisara Villas
TwinPalms Phuket

BEST HOTELS IN PATONG
Amari Phuket Resort Holiday Inn Phuket
Kalima Resort
Phuket Graceland NEW!
Le Meridien Phuket
Novotel Phuket Resort
The Kee Resort
Impiana Cabana
Swissotel Patong

BEST HOTELS IN KATA BEACH
Kata Rocks
The Shore at Kata Thani
Katathani Beach Resort
Mom Tri's Villa Royale

KARON BEACH
Movenpick Resort
Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket NEW!

PHUKET TOWN
Westin Siray Bay Resort
Little Nyonya

ISLAND RESORTS
Six Senses Hideaway Yao Noi
The Racha

RESTAURANTS

10 MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS >
La Gritta at Amari Phuket
Wok Pagoda NEW!
Da Maurizio
360 at Pavilions
Mom Tri's Kitchen
Pan Yaah Restaurant
Tunk Ka Cafe
Gaetana Italian Restaurant
Blue Elephant
Panwa House at Cape Panwa

10 Best Local Restaurants in Phuket
Mor Mu Dong Restaurant
Pang Prai Restaurant
Kan Eang 2 Seafood
Kan Eang @ Pier
One Chun
Kaab Gluay
Raya House
Tunk Ka Cafe
Paknam Seafood
Suay Restaurant

MORE PHUKET RESTAURANTS
Indochine Restaurant Phuket
Ka Jok See
Kampong Kata Hill
Karlsson's Steakhouse
Kin Dee Restaurant
Kopitiam by Wilai
Kru Suwit Restaurant
Nai Dam Restaurant
Number 6 Restaurant
Osha Phuket
Diavolo at Paresa Resort
Phuket Brasserie
Phuket Floating Restaurant
Romsai Restaurant
Royale Nam Tok
Savoey Seafood
Sea Hag Restaurant
Tamachart Restaurant
Thanoon Seafood
Big Chicken Restaurant
Vset Restaurant

STORIES
8 Sunset Photo Tips
Phuket Funniest Photos
Phuket Tsunami

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