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Add sipping and supping to Phuket beach sun, sand and sea attractions

Magazine Aims to Capture Beach Culture

Saturday, April 13, 2013
PHUKET: The beaches of Phuket have a character all their own. And soon they will have a magazine to record that ever-changing character and profile Phuket's growing beach culture.

In July we'll see what's inside 'Bikinis & Martinis,' the latest brainchild of Phuket ideas man Miguel Kirjon.

''I like playing with words,'' he told Phuketwan about the title. ''Bikinis & Martinis seemed like fun to me.''

Who could say differently? The intention is for the Phuket-centric mag to come out every six months, with 5000 copies distributed free to popular destinations of all kinds around Phuket's beaches.

At present, the advertising rate is 29,000 baht a page, which seems good value for a product that will go out in July and still be around for visitors to enjoy in December.

From what Miguel says - and judging by the mag's Facebook page - 'Bikinis & Martinis' should indeed be fun.

But then, fun is what Miguel does so well. As resident Imagineer and Agent of Change at Twinpalms Phuket, some of the innovative resort's brightest ideas begin with Miguel.

People in tourism on Phuket often do ''road shows.'' Last year Miguel went one better and took a Twinpalms Phuket-branded luxury motorhome on a 30-day tour of key Australian towns and cities.

The 10-metre vehicle was home to Miguel's young family as they zipped from stop to stop, entertaining travel agents, media and Twinpalms fans along the way.

Miguel is still moving right along. While the new mag will have support from Twinpalms and its associated brands - the new Sushi restaurant opened just yesterday - its pages will aim to appeal to everyone who loves Phuket's beaches.

From east to west, from Rawai and Nai Harn in the south to Sarasin Bridge in the north, coastal Phuket has variety, vitality and charm that should spring from the pages of 'Bikinis & Martinis.'

Photos and words that capture the best of Phuket's beaches are already being sought from contributors. Drop Miguel a line at

Another innovation by Twinpalms was to become a Phuketwan sponsor.


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A brave man, taking on this venture, I wish him luck, BUT, and there will always be a BUT, do you think the magazine will promote Phuket as a year round beach holiday, will it highlight the hazards, eg jetski scams, the ugliness of beaches crowed with deck chairs or the dangerous beach conditions during the wet season ( yes we do need some safety info for the high season as well) and will it show the filth on the beaches during the wet season. I say this because I know certain media outlets have been pushing for more safety awareness, Honesty in advertising and of course safety awareness. Oh, and not too many Martinis if you intend to go anywhere near the water.

Posted by Phuket_IOC on April 13, 2013 18:44


I'm happy to hear that PW has accepted sponsors so we can continue to enjoy the excellent news coverage you provide.

Posted by Stephen on April 13, 2013 19:25


@Stephen..I concur.

Posted by mike on April 14, 2013 09:56


Who said PW had accepted sponsors? Are you saying PW is being paid by Miguel's company? Ed please clarify nothing wrong either way.

Posted by Chirpy Farang on April 14, 2013 12:42

Editor Comment:

Twinpalms is a long time advertiser, a sponsor. It's considered ethical for publications to declare their own interest when they write about advertisers who make news. Some people write about advertisers without declaring their self-interest. Our code of ethics is at:


Unfortunate that there was not room for a picture of a martini too, but limited as you seemingly were, you made the right choice.

Posted by juswunderin on April 14, 2013 15:28


A while since I've been on Phuket. Has the Phuket Post shut?

Posted by JP Blaireau on April 25, 2013 05:23

Editor Comment:


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