How to age gracefully through science

A facelift is performed to rejuvenate the appearance of the face. Aging of the face is most shown by a change in position of the deep anatomical structures, which are the platysma muscle, cheek fat and the orbicularis oculi muscle.


These lead up to three landmarks namely, an appearance of the jowl (a broken jaw line by ptosis of the platysma muscle), increased redundancy of the nasolabial fold (caused by a descent of cheek fat) and the increased distance from the ciliary margin to the inferior-most point of the orbicularis oculi muscle (caused by decreasing tone of the orbicularis oculi muscle).

The skin is a fourth component in the aging of the face. The ideal age for face-lifting is at age 50 or younger, as measured by patient satisfaction. Some areas such as the nasolabial folds or marionette lines may be treated more suitable with Botox or liposculpture. The mid face area, the area between the cheeks, flattens and makes a woman’s face look slightly more masculine.

The mid face-lift is suggested to people where these changes occur, yet without a significant degree of jowling or sagging of the neck. In these cases, a mid-facelift is sufficient to rejuvenate the face as opposed to a full facelift, which is more plastic surgery.

The ideal candidates for a mid-facelift is when a person is in his 40s, or if the cheeks appear to be sagging and the nasolabial area has laxity or skin folds. To achieve a younger appearance, the surgeon makes several small incisions along the hairline, this way the fatty tissue layers can be lifted and repositioned. This way there are practically no scars. The fatty layer that lays over the cheekbones is also lifted and repositioned. This improves the nose-to-mouth lines and the roundness over the cheekbones. The recovery time is rather short and this procedure is often combined with a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).


WHERE: Thiti-Wat Clinic Opposite Central Festival Pattaya Beach, 2nd Road to PLASTICA Clinic, Soi Bua Khaw (200 m. from South Pattaya Road).
Tel. 038-424824


Made in Thailand

By popular international verdict, Thai handicrafts are unrivalled for quality, variety and value. The Kingdom’s craftsmen have been making exquisite handicrafts for hundreds of years. Their works of art now adorn homes all over the world. The country boats of vibrant cottage industries and village artisans throughout the country turn out an incredible array of goods, ranging from the classic beauty of Khon masks to the subtle basket weaves.

Handicraft making is not confined t just one region. Different provinces produce various items For example, Chiang Mai is ideal place for hilltribe handicrafts, woodcarvings, silverware, and lacquer ware. The Northeast is renowned for silk. Southern Thailand is known for willowware, silver jewelry and basketry. Bangkok, the shopping capital, is famous for jewelry and bronze ware. While Pattaya is not known for its handicraft industries, all kinds of arts and crafts are available in the resort.

Thai handicrafts posses their own special allure and it’s up to you to decide what to buy. Silver jewelry is a real bargain and whether on the sidewalk or in fancy jewelry stores, great bargains on intricately carved necklaces, bracelets and earrings abound. By the way, Thai silver is 92.5 percent pure, a combination of old Indian rupees and pure silver. Thai silk is very popular. Since American Jim Thompson helped Thailand boosts the Thai silk industry in the 1950s, The industry has boomed producing some of the finest silk in the world. The value of the fabric cannot be matched anywhere else.

Travelers to the Northeast are especially lucky, as some of the finest and cheapest silk is available there. Some of the most popular items that do not fall into any listed category are the “mon khwan,” a triangular cushion. In the Thai house, cushions are indispensable part of leisure life. Because furniture is kept to a minimum (to allow free flow of space and air), the “triangle cushion” is a perfect piece for relaxing.

Then there are gold, antiques, bronze ware, ceramics, leather ware, ready-to-wear clothes, etc. Many of these items can even be bought at the street stalls or value prices. In the last decade, Thai handicrafts have gained more international appeal making the country a favorite shopping destination in Asia.

Pattaya has fully embraced modernity just like the rest of other areas frequented by tourists in the Kingdom of Thailand but some traditions are still well kept alive creating a wonderful blend of modern conveniences and ancient Thai lifestyle. That’s exactly what you’ll find and feel at Sugar Hut Resort, a family-owned enterprise nurtured through the years, which offers a unique experience living in an old Thai-style house.

Set away in secluded jungle-like surroundings where animals like peacocks and rabbits freely roam around, Sugar Hut boasts of elevated wooden villas each with a serene and beautiful garden-like bathroom with traditional earthen Thai jar and a deck area that separates the bedroom from the living room. “You can barely see Thai-style house in Pattaya. It’s mostly high-rise buildings,” says Yanin Viravaidya, general manager of Sugar Hut Resort and a second-generation scion of a medical doctor who established the resort.

Yanin says their resort offers “an escape from the whole hectic city” and a chance to relive in a wooden traditional Thai-style house without sacrificing the conveniences of the modern-day era. Each villa has an elevated bed with a beautifully- laden mosquito net. Each bathroom has hot and cold water and a rain-shower for that that earthly jungle-feel. The living room is equipped with a mini refrigerator and a cozy sofa where you can hang out or unwind. There are three swimming pools around the resort, each with wet and dry saunas.

Non-guests can also avail of these amenities for just 1,000 Baht per person per day. Nearby is a restaurant where you can sample some of the best Thai dishes you can find. The resort also has a lounge area where you can read books or magazines, learn more about Thai culture or simply to chill out. And there’s more—Sugar Hut can arrange boat trips, scuba diving or even a brief tour to the city. Yanin assures their staff are always ready to help guests to make their stay in Thailand truly amazing.

The small-island charm of Si Chang

Just off the coast of Chonburi is a perfect island getaway – easy to reach, its sights can be toured in less than a day, leaving one enough time for the beach. Ko Si Chang’s main draw, however, is its sleepy vibe and small-town charm that other Thai islands lost long ago in the drive to attract tourists.

Getting to Si Chang is easy thanks to regular mini-vans to the port of Sri Racha. When you arrive, it’s worth taking a look around. Because of the many Japanese companies based in the area, businesses cater especially to Japanese expats – every second shop is a sushi bar and most signs are in Hiragana. Boats to Si Chang leave hourly and aren’t for the faint-hearted. At first glance, they seem rickety and most are overloaded with day-trippers carrying fishing gear. Sri Racha is close to the Laem Chabang deep sea port, so there’s a lot of shipping and the ferry boats often weave between the bigger vessels.

Jump ashore at Si Chang’s bustling pier and you’ll be offered (in the laid-back island way you’ll learn to appreciate) a Tuk-Tuk. These aren’t the cramped and view-blocking Bangkok versions, but large four-seaters with room to stretch out. It’s cheaper to take the same driver if you want to see the sights. If you’re just here for a beach break, the island’s best spot is the bay of Tham Phang, on the west coast.

There is a nice stretch of sand and sheltered swimming with no annoying jet-skis. I like to spend the day sitting under the beach umbrellas eating fresh crabs or barbequed shrimps, but there are other attractions if you can get out of your deck-chair. And it’s worth exploring Si Chang. Despite being small, the island plays its part in Thai history.

Thailand is justly proud of having never been colonised, but Si Chang was briefly taken over by the French in 1893 during a struggle over control of Laos. Until then, the island had been a getaway for King Rama V the Great, who built his teakwood home here: the Manthatratanarote Royal Mansion.

The small-island charm of Si Chang After the Gallic incursion, the mansion was taken down and rebuilt in Bangkok where it’s now better known as Vimanmek Palace. But the lovely landscaped gardens are still intact and show it must have been a glorious place in its heyday with inviting bathing pools under the trees, made up like natural grottos.

While only the foundations of the palace are still in place, the sturdy teak homes King Rama V the Great built for people to recuperate from illness still stand, with grand views of the Thai coast. Take a walk out on the handsome wooden pier and you can see dozens of international ships at anchor. It seems little has changed since the 17th century when the island was called Amsterdam due to the huge number of vessels belonging to the

Dutch East India Company. Do visit the sprawling Chinese temple on the hill known as San Chao Pho Khao Yai, with its colorful dragons, mystical murals and ancient statues. A cutecable car is there to take you up the hill. Further above the temple is a replica of a Buddha Footprint in its own shrine. The view from the top will take your breath away, if there’s any left, as it’s an exhausting climb. Top tip: there is a back road to the top where your driver can drop you off. The relic was brought from India by Prince Damrong Rajanuphab in 1892 and is now a pilgrimage site.

When staying overnight, enjoy the sunset views from the Tham Phang point before visiting the old town to eat. There are seafood places by the roadside cooking freshly caught produce. There’s no nightlife on the island, other than watching the locals wandering round chatting in their pajamas. It seems a long way from partying Pattaya, down the coast. But this little slice of yesteryear offers the perfect break.

Elephant Village A unique experience for visitors

In Thailand, the elephant is more than just a beast of burden. Known for their loyalty and pleasant nature, they are a national symbol. Thais practically revere them for their war-time service to the country’s monarchs in the past. Stories are often retold about how Thai kings led their troops in the past against Burmese invaders astride an elephant.

The animal occupies a special place in the hearts of the Thais that they even liken an ideal marriage to that of an elephant, with the good husband being the front legs choosing the direction and the wife being the back legs, providing power. A trip to Thailand, therefore, would be incomplete withouta close encounter with an elephant or a visit to an elephant camp.One such camp is found in Pattaya – the Elephant Village.

Pattaya’s elephant camp and sanctuary was founded byPhairat Chaiyakham in 1973, though it opened it’s gates in Novemberthe following year. Mr. Phairat, who speaks several languages, was born in Bangkok. Since childhood, he has always been attracted to elephants. When he was growing up, he regularly visited the countryside to learn more about their existence. “If there’s anything I don’t know about elephants,” he says, “it should be something not worth knowing.” There are 30 elephants living at the Elephant Village and each is taken care of by two mahouts. More like caregivers, these mahouts take care of all the elephants’ needs. Indeed, a very strong bond exists between them. The Pattaya Elephant Village offers visitors three programs to choose from: the three-hour Combination Trek,which includes lunch or dinner, depending on one’s departure time (10:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.); the one-hour Elephant Trek, which is available all day; and, the one-and-a-half hour Elephant Demonstration Show entitled “Training the Thai working elephant.”

The itinerary of the Combination Trek includes a jungle adventure on the back of an elephant, a river cruise on a bamboo raft and an ox-cart ride. It is capped with a Thai buffet lunch – or dinner, as the case may be – with a choice of Western food for those not too fond of the local cuisine.

The second option, the one-hour Elephant Trek, consists of an elephant ride and a safari-like adventure in a Land Rover vehicle. It also includes tasting of seasonal Thai fruits and a chance to see how silk is produced from silkworms.

The Elephant Round-up or demonstration, the third option, offers guests a chance to see trained elephants do amazing tricks. Mr. Phairat plans to expand the camp’s elephant population and include a visit to a Rosewood forest as part of the elephant trek’s itinerary.

He also wishes visitors to join him in his efforts to preserve the Thai elephants whose population has been dwindling. A thousand years ago, he volunteers, Thailand had around 250,000 elephants in Thailand. There are only 550 now. “We must do our utmost to preserve these animals andeducate people about their existence”. The Pattaya Elephant Village recently received an awardfrom Trip Advisor, an internationally acclaimed travel organisation,for providing travelers a unique experience.



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