According to organisers of the special Pesach (Passover) gathering, ''demand is high from around the world to celebrate Pesach in Phuket, Thailand, this year with bookings for a 10-day Passover program coming in from countries including Australia, the United States, Israel, Russia and Hong Kong.''
Phuketwan would not want to ever spoil a party but in the interests of accuracy, it should be noted that Khao Lak is actually in ''Greater Phuket.'' The festival will be held from April 5 to April 15 at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa and it ''promises to be a Pesach experience different from all others.''
Marriott is understood to have been well-briefed about the needs of guests for kosher food. What's described as ''a Glatt Kosher seder banquet'' is to be enjoyed, along with and other gourmet meals prepared by ''famed Israeli chef Michael Katz and the executive chefs of the JW Marriott, fully supervised by Kosher Australia.''
The event already has its own online site at www.pesachinthailand.com
Program organiser Lisa Mochkin says: ''The exotic location is certainly proving to be a big draw card, plus our program will run over 10 days compared with the standard eight-day Pesach vacation programs run in other countries.
''This will be a memorable sun filled Passover experience for anyone wanting to do something completely different for Pesach this year. ''
Among other attractions, the JW Marriott Khao Lak has a meandering swimming pool said to run for more than three kilometres.
It is believed planning is well in hand to cater for the needs of Jewish guests, although the geography and map-reading skills of promoters appear to need attention.
The pool is described as ''the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere,'' even though Phuket and Khao Lak are in the Northern Hemisphere. Marriott says the pool is the largest in Southeast Asia.
To the south on Phuket, the Amway China incentive group visitors are expected at Laguna Phuket from April through May, the largest single event to be held on Phuket so far.
Other bookings are reported to have already been made as a result of Amway China choosing Phuket for this year's gathering. Sydney and other big cities have been the usual locations.