Superstars at Faasai
11:17am, Tuesday 4 September 2012
Beautiful bays, mangrove forests, fishing villages and the most beautiful coastal road in Eastern Thailand - sounds perfect for making movies. Sure enough our little bay Kung Wiman, is a popular spot for making movies, television commercials and documentaries. Apart from popular Thai soap operas, a recent movie that was partly shot here was October Sonata and the stars Thanavat (pope) Vatthanaphut and Ratchavin (Koy) Wongviriya stayed at Faasai. Other superstars to stay with us over the last few years include singers Pisanu (Boy) Nimsakul and Pamala Bowden.
Our most frequent celebrities have been from Channel 3. The famous personalities that have stayed with us have included: Ann Thongphasom and Athichat (Oum) Chumnanon tv.3 Borisat Bumbat kaen. Thanaton (Au) Posayanon, Wiphawe (Gal) Sirimanevatthana and Peranee (Mat) Kongthai Jansuda (Jan) Panto and Janjila (Tok) Jujang tv.3 Gu larb rai Glai Ruk. Most recently we welcomed Rinlanee (Joy) Srepen who was making a travel show about Chanthaburi - part of a series called ″Mouth watering″ on tv.3 which highlights the food of a region. With so many other places to stay in Chanthaburi, we wonder why Faasai Resort and Spa is so popular. ″It is so peaceful and friendly and you can relax with nature.″ Apart from that we also have our great Faasai kitchen and our fantastic massage therapist Sula - even some stars who don't stay here, make appointments with her. It is exhausting being a regular actor, let alone a superstar!
Apart from Thai actors, actresses and singers, in 2009 our little Kung Wiman beach also played host to a Pepsi television commercial by Korean boy band Super Junior-M. The commercial was shot at Kung Wiman beach, a few minutes walk from us. They blocked off the beach by paying generous commissions to vendors (since it is a quiet little place, it didn't cost that much) and although the band itself stayed in the city for security reasons, their fans stayed with us. They were mostly young teenagers and some of them ran out of money, so our kind hearted staff gave them free meals. At least they made a little bit of extra money at the time renting out our bird watching binoculars as people were trying to catch a glimpse of the Korean heart-throbs from the road.
I imagine it is hard to find such a natural and unspoilt spot with such scenic beauty, so I am sure we will be hosting many more film crews in the future. For lake and river scenes we can also offer our serene White Wnoater Lake sanctuary as a natural set, with its lake and streams as it still looks like Thailand of the good old days. And vendors!