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<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

JAN-FEB <strong>2017</strong>

HM<br />

&<br />

The New Golden Era

<strong>Thai</strong>land has entered a new chapter<br />

in history as His Royal Highness<br />

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn<br />

acceded to the throne on<br />

December 1, 2016.<br />

Words: Anjira Assavanonda<br />

The proclamation for our new<br />

King came seven weeks after the<br />

passing of his much-revered<br />

father, His Majesty King Bhumibol<br />

Adulyadej, the world’s longest<br />

reigning monarch.<br />

A formal invitation from<br />

parliament began the accession<br />

process, concluding with a<br />

ceremony at the Dusit Palace in<br />

Bangkok. The Crown Prince, 64,<br />

accepted the invitation from the<br />

Head of the National Legislative<br />

Assembly and agreed to become<br />

King. He is now King Rama X,<br />

the tenth sovereign of the Chakri<br />

Dynasty with the official title “His<br />

Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn<br />

Bodindradebayavarangkun.”<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> Prime Minister Prayuth<br />

Chan-ocha announced to the<br />

nation that the heir to the<br />

throne graciously accepted the<br />

invitation. “I would like to accept<br />

(the invitation) in order to fulfill<br />

His Majesty’s wishes and for the<br />

benefit of all <strong>Thai</strong>s,” the new<br />

King stated.<br />

“A kingdom should not be<br />

without a monarch on the throne,”<br />

said Gen Prayuth, announcing the<br />

commencement of the new reign to<br />

begin on October 13, 2016.<br />

His Majesty as A Young Boy<br />

His Majesty King<br />

Maha Vajiralongkorn<br />

Bodindradebayavarangkun was<br />

born on July 28, 1952 at Ambara<br />

Villa of Dusit Palace. He is the<br />

only son of His Majesty the late<br />

King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her<br />

Majesty Queen Sirikit.<br />

The 13th Supreme Patriarch<br />

of the Rattanakosin era gave<br />

the newborn prince his first<br />

name as “Somdej Phra Chao Luk<br />

Ya Ter Chaofa Vajiralongkorn<br />

Boromchakrayadisorn Santatiwong<br />

Thewetthamrongsuboribal<br />

Abhikkunupakornmahitaladulyadej<br />

Bhumibolnaretwarangkun<br />

Kittisirisombunsawangwat<br />

Boromkhattiyarajakuman.”<br />

As a child, His Majesty had<br />

been neat and orderly, who always<br />

respected rules and regulations.<br />

Whenever he saw a sign indicating<br />

“Shoes Off First”, the young<br />

prince would immediately<br />

follow instructions. His sense of<br />

discipline grew stronger as he<br />

grew up.<br />

He developed a fondness for<br />

military affairs at an early age. As<br />

a young prince, he often visited<br />

the military garrison and asked<br />

questions to those in the services<br />

as he inspected their uniforms<br />

and orderliness. His Majesty once<br />

asked his father, the late monarch,<br />

to build a small mock-up military<br />

camp in the palace. He spent a lot<br />

in this camp, either cooking for<br />

himself or enjoying meals with<br />

those around him.<br />

On December 28, 1972, at the<br />

auspicious time of 12:23 pm, in<br />

accordance to a centuries-old<br />

tradition in the Ananta Samakhom<br />

Throne Hall, he was proclaimed<br />

Crown Prince.<br />

As he accepted the title, the<br />

Crown Prince gave his oath to<br />

the people and promised, “I will<br />

perform my duties to the best of my<br />

intelligence and ability, and also<br />

with devotion, for the peace and<br />

prosperity of <strong>Thai</strong>land.”<br />

His Education<br />

His Majesty King Rama X<br />

received his early education at<br />

Chitralada School in the Dusit<br />

Palace, followed by King’s Mead<br />

School in Seaford, Sussex, and<br />

continued on to Millfield School in<br />

Somerset, Great Britain.<br />

Because he had always expressed<br />

a strong interest in military affairs,<br />

the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej<br />

approved the Crown Prince’s<br />

attendance at a military course<br />

at the King’s School in Sydney,<br />

Australia in 1970.<br />

In 1972, he entered the Royal<br />

Military College, Duntroon in<br />

Canberra, Australia. The two-part<br />

curriculum had a military training<br />

course designed by the Australian<br />

Army and a bachelor’s degree<br />

under the supervision of the<br />

University of New South Wales. He<br />

graduated from the college in 1976<br />

with the rank of lieutenant and a<br />

degree in liberal arts.<br />

Training programmes in special<br />

forces, demolition, unconventional<br />

warfare tactics and advanced<br />

aviation training in Australia and<br />

the United States enhanced His<br />

Majesty’s military background.<br />

His Military and<br />

Aviation Skills<br />

Through intensive flight training,<br />

His Majesty became a qualified<br />

military pilot and gained<br />

recognition as “the first fighter jet<br />

pilot prince” of the Chakri Dynasty.<br />

After returning to <strong>Thai</strong>land,<br />

he served as a career officer in<br />

the Royal <strong>Thai</strong> Army and attended<br />

the Command and General Staff<br />

College in 1977. He also served as<br />

a staff officer in the Directorate<br />

of Army Intelligence, and in 1978,<br />

became head of the King’s Personal<br />

Bodyguard Battalion.<br />

With expertise in aviation, His<br />

Majesty used his knowledge to<br />

develop a flight training curriculum<br />

and also helped train pilots in the<br />

Royal <strong>Thai</strong> Air Force on modern<br />

flight techniques.<br />

His Majesty also enrolled in a<br />

Commercial Pilot Licence Course at<br />

the Civil Aviation Training Centre.<br />

In 2005, he earned his wings as a<br />

pilot for the Boeing 737-400, and<br />

received a pilot certificate from<br />

the Department of Civil Aviation.<br />

In May 2009, he celebrated 3,000<br />

hours of commercial flight time on<br />

the Boeing 737-400.<br />

Prior to His Majesty’s accession<br />

to the throne, he held the ranks of<br />

General in the Royal <strong>Thai</strong> Army,<br />

Admiral in the Royal <strong>Thai</strong> Navy and<br />

Air Chief Marshal in the Royal <strong>Thai</strong><br />

Air Force.<br />

Upholder of the<br />

Buddhist Religion<br />

His Majesty strongly upholds the<br />

tenets of Buddhism. On November<br />

6, 1978, he was ordained as a<br />

monk at the age of 26, with a<br />

ceremony at the ordination hall<br />

of the Temple of the Emerald<br />

Buddha. He was given the name<br />

“Vajiralongkornno” and went<br />

on to stay at Wat Bovoranives<br />

Vihara for 15 days, during which<br />

His Majesty devoted himself to<br />

Buddhist studies. He also went<br />

out for alms in many places<br />

and strictly followed Buddhist<br />

practices as a monk.<br />

Over the years as Crown Prince,<br />

His Majesty accompanied his<br />

father, the late King Bhumibol,<br />

to several religious events. When<br />

King Bhumibol took on fewer<br />

public engagements because of<br />

frail health, the Crown Prince<br />

stepped in to perform religious<br />

rituals on his behalf.<br />

In his show of commitment<br />

to the <strong>Thai</strong> people, we wish His<br />

Majesty a blessed and<br />

prosperous reign.

เมื่อวันที่ 1 ธันวาคม พ.ศ. 2559 สมเด็จพระบรม-<br />

โอรสาธิราชฯ สยามมกุฎราชกุมาร ทรงมีพระราชดำารัส<br />

ตอบรับการขึ้นครองราชย์ ตามคำากราบบังคมทูลเชิญ<br />

ของประธานสภานิติบัญญัติแห่งชาติ ทำ าหน้าที่ประธาน<br />

รัฐสภา นับเป็นย่างก้าวสำาคัญสู่หน้าประวัติศาสตร์ใหม่ของ<br />

ประเทศไทยภายใต้รัชกาลที่ 10 หลังจากที่พระบาทสมเด็จ<br />

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช ผู้ทรงเป็นที่รักยิ่งของ<br />

ปวงชนชาวไทยเสด็จสวรรคตเมื่อวันที่ 13 ตุลาคม พ.ศ.<br />

2559 โดยทรงมีพระราชโองการโปรดเกล้าโปรดกระหม่อม<br />

ให้เฉลิมพระปรมาภิไธยว่า “สมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิรา-<br />

ลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร”<br />

พระราชประวัติโดยสังเขป<br />

สมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ<br />

บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร เป็นพระราชโอรส<br />

เพียงพระองค์เดียว ในพระบาทสมเด็จพระ<br />

ปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช และสมเด็จ<br />

พระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ ทรง<br />

พระราชสมภพ เมื่อวันที่ 28 กรกฎาคม<br />

พ.ศ. 2495 ณ พระที่นั่งอัมพรสถาน<br />

พระราชวังดุสิต<br />

ทรงมีพระนามตามที่ สมเด็จพระ<br />

วชิรญาณวงศ์ สมเด็จพระสังฆราชเจ้าองค์<br />

ที่ 13 แห่งรัตนโกสินทร์ถวายว่า “สมเด็จ<br />

พระเจ้าลูกยาเธอ เจ้าฟ้าวชิราลงกรณ บรม<br />

จักรยาดิศรสันตติวงศ์ เทเวศธำ ารงสุบริบาล<br />

อภิคุณูประการมหิตลาดุลเดช ภูมิพล<br />

นเรศวรางกูร กิตติสิริสมบูรณสวางควัฒน์<br />

บรมขัตติยราชกุมาร”<br />

ตั้งแต่ยังทรงพระเยาว์ ทรงโปรดใน<br />

ความเป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย และทรงสน<br />

พระทัยในเรื่องการทหารเป็นอย่างมาก<br />

บางครั้งจะเสด็จไปยังกองทหารรักษาการณ์<br />

รับสั่งถามถึงการกินอยู่ ทรงตรวจสอบการ<br />

แต่งกายและความเป็นระเบียบของทหาร<br />

ทรงเคารพในกฎระเบียบ ไม่ทรงฝ่าฝืนข้อ<br />

บังคับหรือคำ าสั่งใดๆ และเมื่อเจริญพระวัย<br />

ขึ้นก็ยิ่งทรงมีวินัยมากยิ่งขึ้น<br />

เมื่อทรงเจริญพระชนมายุครบ 20<br />

พรรษา ทรงได้รับการสถาปนาเป็น สมเด็จ<br />

พระบรมโอรสาธิราชฯ สยามมกุฎราชกุมาร<br />

ในวันที่ 28 ธันวาคม พ.ศ. 2515<br />

เมื่อพระชนมายุได้ 4 พรรษา ทรง<br />

เข้ารับการศึกษา ณ โรงเรียนจิตรลดา ใน<br />

พระราชวังดุสิต จนถึงชั้นมัธยมศึกษาปีที่ 1<br />

จากนั้นได้เสด็จพระราชดำ าเนินไปทรงศึกษา<br />

ต่อที่โรงเรียนคิงส์มีด เมืองซีฟอร์ด แคว้น<br />

ซัสเซกส์ และที่โรงเรียนมิลฟิลด์ เมือง<br />

สตรีท แคว้นซอมเมอร์เซท ประเทศ<br />

อังกฤษ ตามลำาดับ<br />

จากการที่ทรงสนพระราชหฤทัยใน<br />

กิจการทหารเป็นอย่างมาก พระบาทสมเด็จ<br />

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช พระ<br />

ราชบิดา จึงทรงพระกรุณาโปรดเกล้าฯ ให้<br />

เสด็จพระราชดำาเนินจากประเทศอังกฤษไป<br />

ทรงศึกษาวิชาทหารยังประเทศออสเตรเลีย<br />

โดยขั้นแรกทรงเข้ารับการศึกษาในโรงเรียน<br />

คิงส์สกูล นครซิดนีย์ ก่อนจะทรงเข้า<br />

ศึกษาในวิทยาลัยการทหารที่ ดันทรูน กรุง<br />

แคนเบอร์รา โดยทรงสำาเร็จหลักสูตรในภาค<br />

วิชาการทหารด้วยยศร้อยโท และสำ าเร็จการ<br />

ศึกษาในภาควิชาสามัญ สาขาอักษรศาสตร์<br />

เมื่อ พ.ศ. 2519<br />

นอกจากนั้น ทรงเข้ารับการฝึกฝนและ<br />

ศึกษาวิชาทางการทหารเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับ<br />

การกระโดดร่ม อาวุธยุทธวิธี การรบพิเศษ<br />

การลาดตระเวน การบินขับไล่ทางยุทธวิธีขั้น<br />

พื้นฐานและขั้นสูงจากประเทศออสเตรเลีย<br />

และสหรัฐอเมริกา ทั้งยังทรงเข้าศึกษาใน<br />

โรงเรียนเสนาธิการทหารบกของไทยจน<br />

ครบหลักสูตร ทรงเข้ารับราชการเป็นนาย<br />

ทหารประจำากรมข่าวทหารบก และในปี<br />

พ.ศ. 2531 ทรงดำารงตำาแหน่งผู้บัญชาการ<br />

หน่วยบัญชาการทหารมหาดเล็กราชวัลลภ<br />

รักษาพระองค์<br />

ด้วยพระปรีชาสามารถด้านการบิน<br />

สมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ<br />

บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร ทรงได้รับการยกย่องว่า<br />

เป็น “เจ้าฟ้านักบินขับไล่ไอพ่น” พระองค์<br />

แรกแห่งราชวงศ์จักรี ทรงทำ าการบินกับ<br />

เครื่องบินของกองทัพอากาศทุกรูปแบบ<br />

และได้ทรงพระราชทานการฝึกสอน<br />

ถ่ายทอดวิชาความรู้และเทคนิคการบินสมัย<br />

ใหม่ให้แก่นักบินกองทัพอากาศ นอกจาก<br />

นั้น ทรงเข้ารับการศึกษาหลักสูตรการบิน<br />

พลเรือน ทรงฝึกบินในฐานะนักบินโบอิ้ง<br />

737-400 จนทรงได้รับใบอนุญาตนักบิน<br />

พาณิชย์เอก<br />

ก่อนขึ้นทรงราชย์ ทรงดำ ารงพระยศ<br />

พลเอก พลเรือเอก และพลอากาศเอก<br />

ในกองทัพบก กองทัพเรือ และกองทัพ<br />

อากาศ ตามลำาดับ<br />

ด้านศาสนา ทรงมีพระราชหฤทัยศรัทธา<br />

เลื่อมใสในพระพุทธศาสนาอย่างมั่นคง<br />

ทรงผนวชตามพระราชประเพณี เมื่อวันที่ 6<br />

พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2521 ณ พระอุโบสถ<br />

วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม จากนั้นเสด็จไป<br />

ประทับ ณ วัดบวรนิเวศวิหาร ตลอดระยะ<br />

เวลาที่ทรงผนวช ทรงสำ ารวมและปฏิบัติ<br />

ตามพระธรรมวินัยอย่างเคร่งครัด ทรงพระ<br />

ดำาเนินด้วยพระบาทไปทรงรับภัตตาหาร<br />

บิณฑบาตจากผู้ที่ทูลเกล้าฯ ถวายตามที่<br />

ต่างๆ หลังจากทรงปฏิบัติพระองค์อย่าง<br />

เคร่งครัดในสมณสารูปครบ 15 วันแล้ว<br />

จึงทรงประกาศลาสิกขา โดยทรงเสด็จ<br />

พระราชดำาเนินแทนพระราชบิดาไปทรง<br />

บำาเพ็ญพระราชกุศลและประกอบพระราช<br />

พิธีต่างๆ ทางพระพุทธศาสนาอยู่เนืองๆ<br />

ด้วยพระราชหฤทัยอันแน่วแน่ที่จะทรง<br />

ปกครองแผ่นดินไทยและปวงชนชาวไทย<br />

ให้อยู่ดีมีสุข ข้าพระพุทธเจ้า สายการบิน<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และนิตยสารฟ้าไทย<br />

ขอถวายพระพร ขอพระองค์ทรงพระเจริญ<br />

ยิ่งยืนนาน<br />

Photos: Thewin Chanyawong

Welcome On Board<br />

letter from the president<br />

Happy New Year to you all.<br />

Last year marked a momentous<br />

change and transition for <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

We lost a beloved “Father of the<br />

Nation,” His Majesty the late King<br />

Bhumibol Adulyadej and our country<br />

continues to mourn.<br />

Yet our spirits have been lifted<br />

as his heir has acceded to the<br />

throne and we congratulate our<br />

new sovereign, His Majesty King<br />

Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.<br />

With our new<br />

ruler, we usher in a new golden era<br />

of the Chakri Dynasty.<br />

On behalf of Bangkok Airways,<br />

Asia’s Boutique Airline, I’d like to<br />

welcome you to the year <strong>2017</strong><br />

and also the Lunar New Year of the<br />

Rooster. We wish you have many<br />

chances to travel as a way to<br />

energise yourself both physically<br />

and mentally, and to be ready for a<br />

good start in all aspects of life and<br />

throughout the year.<br />

Bangkok Airways is committed<br />

to giving passengers our very best<br />

service. Last year, we opened new<br />

routes; with direct flights from<br />

Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son and<br />

from Bangkok to Danang thereby<br />

making it more convenient for all<br />

passengers. This year, we plan to<br />

upgrade our services to meet your<br />

needs for more travel satisfaction.<br />

In 2016, we obtained 7 of the<br />

latest ATR72-600 planes to join<br />

our fleet, increasing capacity to<br />

service both domestic and Southeast<br />

Asian routes.<br />

For this year, we’re improving<br />

our inflight menus and presenting<br />

the concept of a “<strong>Thai</strong> Asean<br />

Menu,” with <strong>Thai</strong> and Asean gastronomy<br />

classics such as Tom Yum<br />

Kung, Seafood Somtam, <strong>Thai</strong> Green<br />

Curry with Chicken and Chicken<br />

Massaman Curry. The menu is<br />

created by renowned <strong>Thai</strong> chef,<br />

ML Sirichalerm Svasti (Chef McDang),<br />

in support of the government travel<br />

policy to promote <strong>Thai</strong> culture and<br />

cuisine. We hope our passengers<br />

will be impressed with this special<br />

service.<br />

On behalf of the Bangkok<br />

Airways committee, executives and<br />

staff, I would like to thank every<br />

one of you from all over the world<br />

who voted in support of Bangkok<br />

Airways for the Skytrax, Smart<br />

Travel Asia and the TGG Travel<br />

Awards.<br />

Finally, I’d like to wish all of you<br />

happiness in the journey of life<br />

throughout the year. We hope to<br />

continue to be a part of it and to<br />

have the opportunity to give you<br />

service that is unique and done to<br />

the best of our ability.<br />

สวัสดีปีใหม่ครับทุกท่าน<br />

ปีที่ผ่านมาเป็นปีที่ประเทศไทยมาถึงจุดเปลี่ยนผ่านครั้ง<br />

ยิ่งใหญ่ นับเป็นความสูญเสียของคนทั้งชาติที่พระบาทสมเด็จ<br />

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช รัชกาลที่ 9 เสด็จสวรรคต<br />

แต่แผ่นดินทองของเราก็ได้รับพระมหากรุณาธิคุณจากสมเด็จ<br />

พระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร รัชกาล<br />

ที่ 10 ที่ได้ทรงตอบรับเป็นพระมหากษัตริย์พระองค์ใหม่ของแผ่น<br />

ดินไทย ปวงข้าพระพุทธเจ้าทั้งหลาย ขอพระองค์ทรงพระเจริญ<br />

ยิ่งยืนนาน<br />

ผมในนามของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เอเชีย บูทีค<br />

แอไลน์ ขอกล่าวต้อนรับท่านผู้โดยสารทุกท่านเข้าสู่ปี<br />

พุทธศักราช 2560 หวังว่าทุกท่านได้มีโอกาสเดินทางพักผ่อน<br />

เติมพลังชีวิตเพื่อเริ่มต้นปี 2560 ด้วยสุขภาพกายแข็งแรง<br />

สุขภาพใจที่สดชื่นนะครับ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ยังคง<br />

มุ่งมั่นในการบริการจากใจ เพื่อสร้างความประทับใจให้กับการ<br />

เดินทางของทุกท่าน โดยเมื่อปีที่ผ่านมาเราได้มีการเพิ่มเส้นทาง<br />

บินใหม่ เส้นทางบินตรง เชียงใหม่-แม่ฮ่องสอน และ กรุงเทพ-<br />

ดานัง (ไป-กลับ) เพื่อการเดินทางสะดวกสบายรวดเร็วยิ่งขึ้น<br />

ส่วนปี 2560 นี้บริษัทฯ มีแผนการพัฒนาการบริการ<br />

ต่างๆ เพื่อเตรียมพร้อมที่จะตอบสนองความต้องการของผู้<br />

โดยสาร โดยเมื่อปี 2559 นี้เราได้รับเครื่องบินแบบ ATR72-600<br />

รุ่นใหม่ล่าสุดสำหรับให้บริการมาแล้วทั้งสิ้นจำนวน 7 ลำ จาก<br />

จำนวนสั่งซื้อใหม่ทั้งหมด 9 ลำ เข้ามาเพิ่มในฝูงบิน ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่ง<br />

ในการเตรียมความพร้อมและยกระดับความสามารถในการให้<br />

บริการ ทั้งเส้นทางบินภายในประเทศและภายในภูมิภาคเอเชีย<br />

ตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ นอกเหนือจากนี้การบริการอาหารบนเครื่อง<br />

บินประจำปี 2560 ที่นำเสนอภายใต้แนวคิด “<strong>Thai</strong> Asean Menu”<br />

ที่ชูความเป็นไทยและกลิ่นอายของความเป็นเอเชีย อาทิเช่น<br />

ส้มตำกุ้ง ต้มยำทะเล แกงเขียวหวานไก่ มัสมั่นไก่ เป็นต้น โดย<br />

แนวคิดดังกล่าว ม.ล. ศิริเฉลิม สวัสดิวัตน์ (เชฟหมึกแดง) ได้<br />

สร้างสรรค์ขึ้นเพื่อสนับสนุนนโยบายของภาครัฐในการส่งเสริม<br />

เรื่องการท่องเที่ยวของประเทศ เราหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าผู้โดยสาร<br />

จะรู้สึกประทับใจกับบริการพิเศษนี้นะครับ<br />

ผมในฐานะตัวแทนคณะกรรมการ ผู้บริหารและพนักงาน<br />

ทุกคนขอแสดงความขอบคุณสำหรับทุกๆ คะแนนโหวตจาก<br />

ผู้โดยสารทั่วโลกที่ทำให้สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้รับ<br />

รางวัลจาก Skytrax, Smart Travel Asia และ TTG Travel<br />

Award รางวัลเหล่านี้นับเป็นกำลังใจให้เรามุ่งมั่นพัฒนางาน<br />

ด้านบริการต่อไป สุดท้ายนี้ขออวยพรให้ผู้โดยสารทุกท่านมี<br />

ความสุขทั้งสุขภาพร่างกายและจิตใจ ประสบความสำเร็จตลอดปี<br />

2560 โดยสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ขอเป็นส่วนหนึ่งที่จะ<br />

ช่วยคอยดูแลและบริการผู้โดยสารทุกท่านด้วยความเต็มใจและ<br />

เต็มความสามารถตลอดไป<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Captain Putthipong Prasarttong-Osoth<br />

President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited<br />

14 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Contents<br />



Features<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land finds much to<br />

celebrate with a new<br />

sovereign, His Majesty<br />

King Maha Vajiralongkorn<br />

Bodindradebayavarangkun.<br />

A life in photos traces<br />

candid scenes with<br />

members of the royal family<br />

and days of royal duties and<br />

aviation training.<br />

24 Connect<br />

From the new year candlelights<br />

created during Meak Bocha<br />

to the shine of a lacquerware<br />

exhibit, know what’s causing a<br />

cultural stir around you.<br />

28 beautify<br />

Carry on in style with<br />

discoveries of the latest<br />

fragrances and the greatest tips<br />

to maximize your looks with<br />

long-lasting makeup brands,<br />

especially during this season of<br />

festivities and love.<br />

30 STYLE<br />

Be a stylish globetrotter<br />

with the latest ensembles<br />

and accessories easily put<br />

together from the newest<br />

fashion offerings.<br />

32 Good Cooks<br />

Make it a cosy Chinese New<br />

Year gathering with a double<br />

recipe feature of Tom Yum<br />

Kung and Chinese Dumplings.<br />

With easy instructions from<br />

Chef Alyssa, impressive<br />

results are guaranteed.<br />

40 Chinese treats<br />

How you love that nian gao<br />

cake you’ve been savouring<br />

during Chinese New Year<br />

depends on whether it’s<br />

made from a traditional<br />

recipe in Guangdong or<br />

elsewhere in China. Learn<br />

which dialect group’s varying<br />

traditions still translate into<br />

the same meaning and fun.<br />

48 Fantasy Realm<br />

Floor to soaring ceiling<br />

display windows in New<br />

York offer up a fantasy world<br />

of merchandising done in<br />

surprising ways. We talk<br />

about how ‘paper cuts’ and<br />

their aesthetic assemblage<br />

create all things great and<br />

small in store windows.<br />

56 Another Road<br />

A recently screened<br />

movie inspired a long<br />

and adventurous roadtrip<br />

to Mandalay. Colonial<br />

history and unexpected<br />

nature deepens a writer’s<br />

connection to Myanmar.<br />

64 Awakening<br />

A visit to Koh Samui can<br />

go beyond the worship<br />

of the sea and sun to<br />

learning the practice<br />

of loving kindness. It<br />

takes just a few days<br />

at the Dipabhavan<br />

Meditation Centre to be<br />

enlightened.<br />

72 Rising Up<br />

Bagan always moves<br />

in mystical ways when<br />

you soar above the<br />

countryside in a hot air<br />

balloon. Photographer<br />

Simon Bond captures<br />

the magic at dawn’s<br />

early light.<br />

72<br />

Balloons<br />

Over Bagan<br />

16 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

11 17

Contents<br />

Happenings<br />

Corporate<br />

Our insider access to goings on in the region,<br />

plus tips in entertainment and getaway<br />

destinations.<br />

84 Bangkok<br />

88 CHIANG MAI<br />

92 SAMUI<br />

96 PHUKET<br />

98 PATTAYA<br />

100 HONGKONG<br />

104 SINGAPORE<br />

106 KUALA<br />

LUMPUR<br />

107 MYANMAR<br />

108 Danang/<br />

Siem Reap<br />

110 MUMBAI<br />

112 MALDIVES<br />

116 news<br />

Bangkok Airways events and outings<br />

126 ROUTE MAP<br />

CHecking out<br />

Guangzhou’s rising metropolis blends<br />

traditional places and futuristic spaces<br />

This month’s<br />

cover:<br />

King Rama X<br />

of the Chakri<br />

Dynasty<br />


56<br />

Find Your Way<br />

to Mandalay’s<br />

Treasured Spots<br />

18 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

The Team<br />



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photographs published herein are created by the authors and photographers<br />

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20 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Overture<br />

Essential Notes To Guide Your Travels<br />

Chinese New Year<br />

Make your world a ‘redder’<br />

place with our primer for the<br />

Chinese new year. Create a<br />

festive meal, increase your<br />

cultural insight and gather<br />

essential knowledge to keep<br />

you au courant.<br />

News and events 24 / beauty and health 28 / style 30 / on the menu 32 / fruitful finds 34 / arts & cultural matters 36<br />


Overtures<br />

news and events<br />

12-14<br />

jan <strong>2017</strong><br />


CAFE MALAYSIA <strong>2017</strong><br />

This is the 3rd time around for the<br />

international exhibition of cafe equipment,<br />

supplies & technology to be held in KL.<br />

Cafe Malaysia <strong>2017</strong> lets coffee industry<br />

professionals source supplies, discover<br />

business opportunities, as well as stay<br />

up-to-date with the latest innovations and<br />

developments in the coffee business. The<br />

event also seeks talented baristas to compete<br />

and the winner of this year will represent<br />

Malaysia on the world stage. cafe-malaysia.com<br />




The constantly<br />

evolving world<br />

of digital and<br />

social marketing is<br />

providing business<br />

professionals new<br />

and effective<br />

ways to sell their<br />

products. Join global<br />

marketing leaders in<br />

discussing exciting<br />

new challenges in a<br />

2-day forum held at<br />

Singapore’s iconic<br />

Marina Bay Sands.<br />

At the same time,<br />

virtual reality experts<br />

will be gathering for<br />

a summit at<br />

the Suntec<br />

Convention and<br />

Exhibition Centre.<br />

digitalmarketingconference.com,<br />

virtualrealitysummit.<br />

com<br />

28-30<br />

jan <strong>2017</strong><br />

LAOS<br />


The Lao Women’s Union and Lao<br />

Businesswomen’s Association are holding<br />

the 11th Lao Food Festival in Vientiane.<br />

Everyone is invited to come along and<br />

sample a variety of delicious and unique<br />

dishes found in Lao cuisine. Much of the<br />

cuisine is centred around traditional staples<br />

like sticky rice, soup or noodle-based dishes,<br />

but you can also expect the presence<br />

of internationally influenced foods like<br />

baguettes. tourismlaos.org<br />


23<br />

jan <strong>2017</strong><br />


The World Of Tim Burton<br />

If you are a fan of Tim Burton, don’t miss this!<br />

This fantastical exhibition features a collection<br />

of over 500 original items and creations from<br />

the legendary film director’s work. This film<br />

director/artist has been the brains behind films<br />

like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before<br />

Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and<br />

many more. This unique exhibit will be presented<br />

in sections that examine Burton’s themes, motifs<br />

and projects. All creations are curated from<br />

his personal archives, starting from the artist’s<br />

childhood to the present day.<br />

theworldoftimburton.hk<br />

12-15<br />

jan <strong>2017</strong><br />

singapore<br />


Save the date for the Singapore<br />

Motorshow. The 4-day event is<br />

expected to wow car enthusiasts with<br />

more than 20 top vehicle brands,<br />

automotive accessories, lifestyle<br />

products and services and much more<br />

in the automotive-related industries.<br />

This year’s tickets are priced at $6 per<br />

entry on weekdays and $8 per entry on<br />

weekends with complimentary tickets for<br />

children. motorshow.com.sg<br />

24 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />


Overtures<br />

news and events<br />

18-19<br />

FEB <strong>2017</strong><br />



BangkokEdge Festival, Bangkok’s now<br />

popular ideas festival is back! This year’s<br />

festival is loaded with activities like<br />

talk sessions led by acclaimed <strong>Thai</strong> and<br />

international speakers on various topics<br />

ranging from literature, urban culture,<br />

environment, design, urban development<br />

to technology. There also are creative<br />

workshops, cooking demonstrations,<br />

a short film competition and music<br />

performances by leading <strong>Thai</strong> artists.<br />

bangkokedge.com<br />

16<br />

FEB <strong>2017</strong><br />

MALE<br />

MIDNIGHT RUN <strong>2017</strong><br />

If you love running and enjoy doing it in<br />

the darkness of the night, this is definitely<br />

the right event for you! Organised by<br />

AKH Eventus, it is the Maldives Island’s<br />

only midnight run and one of the biggest<br />

annual running events in the country. Join<br />

a community of both skilled and amateur<br />

runners to accomplish a new goal. You<br />

can choose to participate in the 5K, 10K<br />

and 21K half marathon and is open to<br />

everyone. facebook.com/MaleMidnightRun<br />

1-<br />

28<br />

FEB <strong>2017</strong><br />


Chiang Mai Flower Festival<br />

Every year Chiang Mai organises the flower festival<br />

which features beautiful blooms and decorative plants<br />

from the area. The festival celebrates the glory of the<br />

flora which blossoms around the end of <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

winter season, sometime in early <strong>Feb</strong>ruary. The venue<br />

is transformed into an open-air exhibition centre<br />

which boasts magnificent floral displays. A highlight<br />

will be the decorated floats that parade around the city<br />

to show off the vibrantly coloured flowers, complete<br />

with entertainment such as traditional dances.<br />

tourismthailand.org<br />

16-<br />

FEB <strong>2017</strong><br />

18<br />

MAR <strong>2017</strong><br />



This year sees the 45th edition of Hong<br />

Kong’s Arts Festival, renowned for<br />

the diversity of its performances from<br />

contemporary ballet to Cantonese opera.<br />

Highlights in <strong>Feb</strong>ruary include the Czech<br />

opera and orchestral music, dances from<br />

the Bavarian State Ballet and a mix of<br />

funk, rock and jazz performances with<br />

American drummer and diva Terri Lyne<br />

Carrington. hk.artsfestival.org<br />

26 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Overtures<br />

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This Candy collection is<br />

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Overtures<br />

on the menu<br />

A Feast<br />

from the Soul<br />

A meeting of two cultural favourites creates the<br />

perfect celebration meal.<br />

After years of being away from <strong>Thai</strong>land,<br />

time came for Chef Alyssa Han to return<br />

to her motherland. Always in the<br />

comfort of the culinary world, she was<br />

a successful chef in Norway and Finland<br />

and also a restaurateur in both Shanghai<br />

and Hong Kong. Alyssa is now back,<br />

choosing Bangkok and Phetchaburi as the<br />

places to make her dreams come true.<br />

FAB-A, Food and Arts by Alyssa offers private cooking events<br />

in Bangkok and Phetchaburi; a town just two hours away from<br />

the <strong>Thai</strong> capital. Her programme includes visiting local farms,<br />

boat paddling in the nearby river and making mini clay stoves<br />

from scratch.<br />

For a taste of her talent, here is Chef Alyssa’s soulful recipe<br />

that can be easily done at home. She features a classic soup<br />

recipe from <strong>Thai</strong>land, known as Tom Yum Kung and Jiao Zi, the<br />

ever popular dumplings that originated in China.<br />

“As a chef, I created this fusion menu for the family to cook<br />

together. Since the Chinese New Year regularly takes place<br />

around <strong>Jan</strong>uary and <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, Tom Yum Kung and Jiao Zi are<br />

one of the most traditional and popular dishes for both <strong>Thai</strong> and<br />

Chinese people to enjoy.<br />

“Tom Yum Kung is also a popular <strong>Thai</strong> dish for the Chinese<br />

people. It’s truly a meaningful way to celebrate the Chinese New<br />

Year in <strong>Thai</strong>land,” explained Chef Alyssa.<br />

For Dumpling Fillings:<br />

• 300g of chicken breast (finely chopped)<br />

• 200g of shrimp (coarsely chopped)<br />

• 1 tsp of finely chopped galangal<br />

• 1 tsp of finely chopped lemongrass<br />

• 1 tsp kaffir lime zest<br />

(use a cheese grater or microplane)<br />

• 1 finely julienned kaffir lime leaf<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• 1 tbsp of finely cut spring onions<br />

• 1 tbsp of fish sauce<br />

• 2 tsp of white sugar<br />

• 1 tsp of chilli paste<br />

(for a children’s version, skip the chilli paste)<br />

• 1 tbsp of tamarind juice (1 pulp squeezed<br />

in 1 cup of warm water)<br />

• 1 tsp of finely chopped garlic<br />

• 1 tbsp of finely chopped shallots<br />

• 50g of coriander leaves (2 bunches);<br />

cut and coat with 1 tsp of vegetable oil<br />

Mix all the above ingredients well. Chill for 1<br />

hour while making the wrappers.<br />

For the Dough<br />

(kids can join in the activity)<br />

• 300g of plain flour<br />

• 150ml water<br />

• Pinch of salt<br />

How to Make the<br />

Dumpling Wrappers<br />

(You can skip this part and buy dumpling<br />

wrappers from a supermarket)<br />

Mix the flour, salt and water together,<br />

then knead it into dough. When it feels<br />

bouncy and soft, let the dough rest for a<br />

while to get it to stretch better.<br />

Sprinkle all-purpose flour on the<br />

chopping board. Create a hole in the<br />

middle of the dough with your finger.<br />

Use the hole to grip and turn the dough<br />

until it becomes a circle. Find a spot to<br />

cut the dough into strips. Rub it to<br />

stretch and make the dough smaller,<br />

then cut into small pieces. (1 inch long)<br />

Time for the kids to help in<br />

making Jiao Zi wrappers<br />

Use your palm to flatten each piece, then<br />

use your thumb to hold the dough in the<br />

middle. And use your right hand to hold<br />

the rolling pin and roll it. Use your thumb<br />

to turn the dough and make the dough<br />

into a small round shape that is thick in the<br />

centre and thin at the edge. Sprinkle flour<br />

if the dough becomes sticky. Roll it until<br />

each small piece of the dumpling wrapper<br />

will be the same size of your palm. Make<br />

6 pieces; 3 pieces for one portion of the<br />

Tom Yum soup and 3 for your kids to eat<br />

(the kids can help you make more) after<br />

cooking them right away.<br />

How to Cook the Jiao Zi<br />

Cook the dumplings by boiling 3 cups<br />

of water for 6 pieces first. Sprinkle salt<br />

into the water while it is boiling in order<br />

to protect the wrapper from breaks and<br />

to make it chewy. Put the dumplings in<br />

one by one. Wait for few seconds then<br />

stir the water gently and don’t touch the<br />

dumplings directly. Fill the pot with cold<br />

water after the dumplings are boiled. The<br />

dumplings are fully cooked when they are<br />

floating and expand in size. Take them out<br />

to rest.<br />

Remarks: The kids can eat Joai Zi now with<br />

soy sauce. For adults, make a <strong>Thai</strong> chilli sauce<br />

by mixing 1 tsp of chilli paste (Phanthai<br />

Norasingh or Mae Pranom brand), 1 tsp of<br />

chopped shallots, 1 tsp of chopped galangal,<br />

1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of honey and 1<br />

lime wedge. Blend together well.<br />

What You Need for Tom Yum kung<br />

For the Tom Yum Soup, use the original clear<br />

broth for the dumplings.<br />

Ingredients for 2 Portions<br />

• Broth from boiling shrimp shell, 3 cups<br />

(Shrimp shells are from 200g of shrimp that were<br />

previously chopped for the filling: half for the broth,<br />

and half for frying.)<br />

• River Prawns (size 20g each), 4 pieces<br />

• Straw mushroom (cut in half ),3/4 cup<br />

• Lemongrass (young), 1 stalk<br />

• Kaffir lime leaves (young), 3 leaves<br />

• Coriander root, 1 root<br />

• Shallots (small), 5 bulbs<br />

• Fish sauce (preferrably Tipparos), 2 tbsp<br />

• Fresh lime juice, 2 tbsp<br />

• Small <strong>Thai</strong> chillies, 4 pieces<br />

• Fresh coriander, 1/2 cup<br />

• <strong>Thai</strong> chilli paste, 2 tsp<br />

• Palm sugar 1 tsp<br />

Steps to Soup<br />

Boil 3 cups of water with shrimp shells, and<br />

add 1 tsp of salt for 15-20 minutes under<br />

low heat.<br />

Separate and fry the shrimp fat with mild<br />

crushed peppers in 2 tsp of cooking oil.<br />

Clean the veins from the back of 4 river<br />

prawns. Leave the heads and tails.<br />

Diagonally cut the young lemongrass to the<br />

size of one bite; bind the old leaves into a<br />

bundle and pour on some lime juice. Tear the<br />

kaffir lime leaves from their veins; gently<br />

pound the coriander roots, just for them to<br />

break. Roughly cut the onions into small pieces;<br />

cut off the chilli stalks and break them open<br />

before soaking them in the lime juice.<br />

Filter the shrimp shell broth and boil it. Once<br />

the soup is boiled — add shrimps, mushrooms,<br />

coriander roots, onion, kaffir lime leaves, and<br />

fish sauce into the boiling soup. Once the soup<br />

is boiled, turn off the heat before putting and<br />

submerging the <strong>Thai</strong> chillies, lime juice and<br />

cilantro in the soup.<br />

Plate the Bowl<br />

Plating, which is the art of food presentation, is<br />

equally important to please the eye and sense<br />

of smell. Start by laying three cooked dumplings<br />

anywhere in the bowl, then add two prawns with<br />

their heads sitting past the rim. Ladle in the Tom<br />

Yum soup and garnish with coriander and chillies.<br />

For more information:<br />

www.foodandartsbyalyssa.com/contact-us<br />

For more information: www.foodandartsbyalyssa.com/contact-us<br />

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on the menu / fruitful finds<br />

words & photos kay Choomongkol<br />

Oranges<br />

are for<br />

Auspiciousness<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> and Chinese cultures<br />

regard oranges as the symbolic<br />

fruit of luck and prosperity.<br />

This ‘golden’ fruit always takes<br />

the leading role on the dining<br />

table or presented as gifts or<br />

as offerings to spirits, gods and<br />

goddesses for every auspicious<br />

occasion.<br />

In <strong>Thai</strong>land, oranges ( called som) are available in<br />

fresh markets and supermarkets year round but<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>uary and <strong>Feb</strong>ruary show off their richest tastes.<br />

The country is blessed with many varieties and<br />

the smallest and most sour kumquats or Som Jeed<br />

are used by <strong>Thai</strong> people to season and enhance<br />

meals. Also small but juicy is Som Sai Namphueng<br />

which possesses a smooth, thin skin but reveals a<br />

uniquely sharp yet sweet and sour flavour. Mid-size<br />

sweet oranges have a rough, thick skin known as<br />

Som Cheng with a pale yellow pulp. And don’t judge<br />

a orange by its unappealing skin! Even though Som<br />

Khiew Waan Bang Mod looks less attractive when<br />

compared to other types of oranges, it is highly<br />

appreciated for its unique and unbeatable honeyed<br />

taste. Consider yourself lucky if you find Som<br />

Khiew Waan these days – this local orange is fast<br />

disappearing due to its vulnerability to disease.<br />

Som Shogun is considered to be one of the<br />

most famous orange varieties in <strong>Thai</strong>land. This<br />

award-winning fruit has a stronger fragrance and<br />

flavour and is slightly bigger than Som Khiew Waan<br />

— but just as easy to hold and peel. Betong, the<br />

southernmost district of <strong>Thai</strong>land, has some of the<br />

finest quality Som Shogun because of its weather,<br />

soil and natural water resources and produces a<br />

superlative fruit that is globally coveted.<br />

All oranges are high in vitamin C, antioxidants<br />

and dietary fibre and help cool down body<br />

temperatures, reduce dehydration and is simply<br />

refreshing. So grab some oranges and try one that is<br />

special to <strong>Thai</strong>land!<br />

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arts & cultural matters<br />

until<br />

<strong>Feb</strong><br />

<strong>2017</strong><br />

Heart<br />

to Art<br />

Maneerat Srikampa has gone<br />

beyond still life painting<br />

of food to portraits of her<br />

mother wearing a colourful<br />

sarong wrap. The artist got<br />

a pleasant surpirse when<br />

people responded favourably<br />

to her concept. In fact, people<br />

have asked to see more<br />

paintings with the colourful<br />

sarongs that women in Khon<br />

Kaen in <strong>Thai</strong>land wear, whose<br />

prints feature beautiful and<br />

unique batik patterns. Some<br />

of her paintings were bought<br />

by Malaysian art collectors<br />

who want to support artists in<br />

order to keep them working.<br />

“Like other watercolour<br />

artists, I began with painting<br />

beautiful flowers. Next came<br />

objects in my surroundings<br />

and from them, inspiration<br />

just pops in my head. It can<br />

even come from a head of<br />

garlic or an onion given by<br />

my mum when I visit her in<br />

Khon Kaen,” says Maneerat.<br />

She currently lives in the<br />

southern city of Hat yai but<br />

draws her inspiration from<br />

her hometown of Khon Kaen<br />

in Songkhla province.<br />

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Cambodia<br />

Meak Bochea<br />

Just like Buddhists in <strong>Thai</strong>land, Loas and Myanmar, every year, Buddhists<br />

in Cambodia celebrate Meak Bochea Day on the full moon in the third<br />

month of the Khmer calendar. They join candlelight processions within<br />

temple grounds to commemorate the spontaneous visit of 1,250<br />

enlightened monks and to hear Buddha’s teachings on the three main<br />

principles dating back 2,500 years ago. You can join and observe a<br />

Buddhist temple ceremony or visit Oudong Mountain, located about<br />

45 kilometres north of Phnom Penh. Here, you’ll see hundreds of<br />

monks gather to perform Meak Bochea Day rituals on a grander scale.<br />

tourismcambodia.org<br />



The striking design of Mothana Ceramics may capture your eye at<br />

once. The company has been exclusively creating tableware to hotels<br />

in Phuket and Koh Samui for many years. They have been supplying to<br />

restaurants and gift shops since their establishment in 1999, straight out<br />

of Sukhothai, the oldest capital city of the <strong>Thai</strong> Kingdom.<br />

Not only are there various kinds of celadonglazed<br />

and oxide-glazed stoneware<br />

presented at their factory, but Mothana<br />

Ceramics also offers DIY activities for<br />

clients, children or adults to create their<br />

own pieces. Here, the fun and great<br />

experience is the chance to shape the<br />

clay and let your imagination run free.<br />

Mothana Ceramics: 9 Moo 12, Thung Siaw,<br />

Si Samrong, Sukhothai or call<br />

Khun Kai +66 (0) 94 714 6145<br />

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<strong>Jan</strong>-<strong>Feb</strong><br />


Welcoming the First<br />

Morning of the Year<br />

This is the most important celebration in<br />

Vietnamese culture. Tet (in short) means<br />

“the first morning of the first day” and is<br />

the Vietnamese version of the Lunar New<br />

Year, which originated in China. It takes<br />

place from the first day of the first month<br />

of the Vietnamese calendar (around late<br />

<strong>Jan</strong> or early <strong>Feb</strong>) until at least the third<br />

day. Many Vietnamese families prepare<br />

for Tet by cooking special foods, cleaning<br />

their homes, worshiping ancestors, wishing<br />

everyone New Year greetings and marking<br />

the occasion with family reunions.<br />

vietnamtourism.com<br />


A Floating Feast of the Senses<br />

Ushering in the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, this iconic<br />

annual event is held on a floating platform at Singapore’s<br />

Marina Bay. This lively festival allows visitors to immerse<br />

themselves fully in Chinese culture by enjoying mouthwatering<br />

culinary delights to seeing giant lanterns handcrafted<br />

on site by experts from China. There will also be Chinese opera<br />

and street performances and – of course – that most Chinese<br />

of inventions: fabulous fireworks displays. yoursingapore.com<br />

Photo ERWIN SOO<br />

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Love and Spring is in the Air<br />

Falling on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year, the Spring Lantern Festival is also<br />

known informally as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. In the past, singles would play<br />

matchmaking games on what is regarded as a particularly auspicious day. Nowadays,<br />

visitors can enjoy a visual array of beautiful coloured lanterns hung in numerous<br />

places, from parks to hotels, flower markets and restaurants. discoverhongkong.com<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>/<br />

<strong>Feb</strong><br />



The life and work of<br />

legendary martial arts and<br />

film superstar Bruce Lee is<br />

celebrated at Hong Kong’s<br />

Heritage Museum, located<br />

in Sha Tin. Over 600 items<br />

of memorabilia mark the<br />

star not only as an actor and<br />

martial artist, but also as a<br />

true cultural phenomenon.<br />

In addition, visitors to the<br />

museum can take in beautiful<br />

Chinese paintings and trace<br />

the development of Cantonese<br />

opera. heritagemuseum.gov.hk<br />

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thailand<br />

All About the Gloss and<br />

Sheen of Lacquer<br />

“Vision to Lacquer” will present various types<br />

of lacquerware from countries known for the<br />

craft like Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia<br />

and <strong>Thai</strong>land. Visitors learn how sap from<br />

lacquer trees is obtained to the finished<br />

lacquerware pieces. On view are styles ranging<br />

from lacquered and gilded pieces with gold leaf<br />

to those decorated with glass or works with<br />

mother-of-pearl inlay.<br />

The ongoing show ends April <strong>2017</strong> at the<br />

International Crafts Gallery by the Support of the<br />

Arts and Crafts International Centre of <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

or the SACICT.<br />

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Chinese new year<br />

Words: Thomas Tsui<br />

The Gorgeous Diversity of Chinese New Year<br />

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Chinese new year<br />

Bangkok’s<br />

Chinatown adopts<br />

an even more<br />

frenzied and festive<br />

air as it becomes<br />

the definitive<br />

place to load up on<br />

necessities for the<br />

Chinese New Year.<br />

Firecrackers, red<br />

envelopes, lion<br />

dances, symbolic<br />

fruits, blooms of<br />

flowers, festive foods<br />

and boisterous relatives<br />

— Chinese New Year<br />

can be a full-on sensory<br />

experience. From the<br />

outside, it might look like<br />

another cookie-cutter<br />

holiday. Yet the festival<br />

is actually celebrated very<br />

differently, varying from<br />

country to country and<br />

from one dialect group to<br />

another, with colourful<br />

customs and long-observed<br />

traditions. The holiday<br />

starts on the first day of the<br />

lunar calendar, marking the<br />

arrival of spring and end of<br />

winter with different dates<br />

each year.<br />

A Matter of Taste<br />

One of the many differences in<br />

celebration is most evident in<br />

the food prepared for the big day,<br />

and ethnic Chinese take their<br />

food seriously.<br />

The Old Market on Yaowarat<br />

Road, or Bangkok’s Chinatown, can<br />

be difficult to navigate days before<br />

Chinese New Year as <strong>Thai</strong> Chinese<br />

in the capital descend into the<br />

small alleys flanked by stalls selling<br />

fruits, pickles, sweets and anything<br />

remotely Chinese. Here, one of the<br />

most ubiquitous sight would be<br />

khanom kheng, or nian gao as it is<br />

called in Mandarin.<br />

The cake is made with glutinous<br />

rice and usually comes in a small<br />

cup made with folded dried leaves,<br />

looking like a rustic cupcake.<br />

Khanom kheng is sweet, with brown<br />

sugar thrown into the rice flour mix<br />

before steaming. The popular type<br />

of nian gao in <strong>Thai</strong>land can trace its<br />

roots back to Guangdong, since the<br />

majority of <strong>Thai</strong> Chinese ancestors<br />

hailed from the Southeastern part<br />

of China, notably from Teochew,<br />

Hakka, Hainanese and Cantonese<br />

dialect groups.<br />

DO’S and<br />

Don’ts of<br />


NEW YEAR<br />

Chinese New Year<br />

embodies many beliefs<br />

and traditions. So keep<br />

the following in mind<br />

to live a longer and<br />

prosperous life.<br />

Do’s<br />

Do clean your house<br />

before the New<br />

Year to ward off evil<br />

spirits. Gone with<br />

the old, welcome<br />

the new.<br />

Do wear red and<br />

bright coloured attire;<br />

don’t turn up in black,<br />

especially when<br />

visiting the older<br />

generation Chinese<br />

relatives.<br />

Do light up – literally<br />

and figuratively.<br />

The Lantern Festival<br />

marks the end of<br />

Chinese New Year<br />

celebration. Lanterns<br />

of all shapes and<br />

sizes are lit and hung.<br />

This is a time when<br />

family members<br />

would gather again to<br />

meet and eat sweet<br />

dumplings.<br />

Don’ts<br />

On New Year’s day<br />

itself, don’t wash or<br />

cut hair or even do<br />

laundry. Doing so<br />

means washing away<br />

good luck for the<br />

coming year. The use<br />

of knives and scissors<br />

may lead to the<br />

cutting of fortune.<br />

Don’t say anything<br />

“bad” during the<br />

Chinese New Year<br />

since verbal blunders<br />

are believed to have<br />

a negative effect<br />

on your life. Words<br />

like “Si” or “Four” in<br />

Chinese means “to<br />

die” so you must<br />

refrain from using the<br />

number four.<br />

Unlike its nian gao cousins in the<br />

north, particularly in Shanghai, it<br />

is never prepared as a savoury dish.<br />

Instead, Chinese mums – and it is<br />

usually the almighty mothers – who<br />

would dip it in egg before frying.<br />

Coating it further with sugar is<br />

optional. And unlike dessert in the<br />

West, khanom kheng is eaten with<br />

other main dishes.<br />

Food served during Chinese<br />

New Year always comes loaded<br />

with meaning. It is considered good<br />

luck to eat nian gao – which can be<br />

loosely translated as “reaching a<br />

new height every year” – for your<br />

career and wealth, not to mention<br />

the calorie level.<br />

Something Fishy<br />

The Chinese obsession with<br />

symbolism traverses borders.<br />

Yusheng, reportedly a Teochew-<br />

Cantonese hybrid dish, is practically<br />

unheard of in <strong>Thai</strong>land, but<br />

widely consumed in Malaysia and<br />

Singapore.<br />

Yusheng literally means raw fish.<br />

The pronunciation also sounds like<br />

“abundance,” hence the popularity.<br />

The dish reportedly came from the<br />

Chaoshan region, known for its<br />

bountiful seafood. Think fish ball<br />

noodles, fish maw soup, and fish<br />

porridge. The tradition started with<br />

fishermen coming back with their<br />

catch on the seventh day of the<br />

Chinese New Year. Fish is cut into<br />

thin slices and eaten fresh.<br />

Legend has it that the modern<br />

version of yusheng appeared on<br />

the culinary scene in the 1940s in a<br />

popular restaurant in Malaysia. It<br />

consists of 27 key ingredients, such<br />

as jellyfish, white radish, carrots,<br />

chopped peanuts, red pepper,<br />

turnips, red pickled ginger, toasted<br />

Places like<br />

Singapore and<br />

Malaysia loudly toss<br />

“yucheng” for good<br />

luck throughout the<br />

year and families<br />

enjoy their mother’s<br />

best versions of nian<br />

gao, a traditional<br />

rice cake (bottom).<br />

Don’t give a clock<br />

as a present, it’s<br />

akin to escorting<br />

someone to the<br />

grave! Gifts like green<br />

hats, handkerchiefs,<br />

umbrellas and<br />

scissors — even a<br />

pear fruit — are also a<br />

no-no.<br />

Don’t lend money or<br />

something of value;<br />

anyone who does<br />

gets stuck doing it<br />

all year.<br />

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Chinese new year<br />

sesame seeds, and spice powder, to<br />

name a few. The main ingredient<br />

of wolf herring, the original fish<br />

of choice, gave way by popular<br />

demand to salmon and tuna.<br />

Celebrants toss the ingredients<br />

while chanting “lo hei” in<br />

Cantonese which means “scoop up”<br />

– hoping that their fortune too will<br />

be lifted up in the coming year. So the<br />

higher the toss, the better the luck.<br />

Enthusiastic<br />

well-wishers say<br />

“Gong Xi Fa Cai<br />

(Mandarin) and<br />

Gong Hey Fat<br />

Choy (Cantonese)<br />

to mean Happy<br />

New Year. Despite<br />

the difference in<br />

pronunciations,<br />

both are written<br />

with the same<br />

characters.<br />

Paper Prosperity Meets<br />

Digital Love<br />

We have seen how food takes<br />

centre stage in the Chinese New<br />

Year celebration. While joss paper<br />

(sheets of paper meant to represent<br />

material goods and burned in<br />

traditional ceremonies) might<br />

not be edible – it is one of the<br />

highlights of Chinese New Year.<br />

Paper money with more zeroes<br />

than some hyper-inflationary<br />

developing currencies are burnt<br />

as offerings to deceased ancestors<br />

and relatives, along with paper<br />

cars (with paper drivers) and paper<br />

mansions with Ionic columns. It is<br />

believed that the ancestors will be<br />

able to receive these gifts in their<br />

afterlife. As with food, different<br />

groups have different quirks.<br />

In Hokkien communities, who<br />

Chinese ancestry traces back to<br />

Fujian, joss papers are folded into<br />

the shape of pineapples. Pineapples<br />

in the Hokkien dialect is “ong lai,”<br />

which sounds like the auspicious<br />

phrase “arrival of prosperity.”<br />

But no Chinese New Year<br />

is complete without that most<br />

important paper – real money.<br />

At the heart of the food and<br />

hong bao bonanza is the family —<br />

an excuse for loved ones to gather<br />

and catch up.<br />

Bills are put into red envelopes<br />

and handed out mostly to children.<br />

Each group has its own approach to<br />

giving red envelopes. In Hong Kong<br />

culture, married couples give hong<br />

bao to younger relatives. Hokkiens<br />

take a more economic approach -<br />

only the youngest relatives receive<br />

ang pao.<br />

These practices though are far<br />

from being religiously followed. At<br />

the end of the day, customs give<br />

way to pragmatism and modern<br />

technology. This is most evident in<br />

how red envelopes are being sent<br />

via messaging apps. Last Chinese<br />

New Year’s Eve alone, WeChat,<br />

a popular messaging platform in<br />

China, recorded more than 1 billion<br />

hong bao transactions.<br />

Happy Gathering<br />

At the heart of the food and<br />

hong bao bonanza is the family.<br />

Chinese New Year is almost an<br />

excuse for loved ones to gather<br />

and catch up. The energy is what<br />

lends this special period its charm.<br />

Children return home to reconnect<br />

with parents, and grandparents<br />

meet their grandchildren after<br />

perhaps several months of<br />

44 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Chinese new year<br />

าจด้วยเสียงประทัดหรือเสียงกลอง<br />

เร้าใจในขณะเชิดสิงโตที่ทำให้<br />

ตรุษจีน เทศกาลเฉลิมฉลองปีใหม่<br />

ของชาวจีนดูจะเป็นงานฉลองที่ครึกครื้น<br />

กว่าใครเพื่อน จนหลายคนอาจเข้าใจไปว่า<br />

ชาวจีนไม่ว่าชาติไหนๆ คงจะฉลองตรุษจีน<br />

เหมือนกันไปหมดทั่วโลก<br />

แต่แท้ที่จริงแล้วในความเหมือนนั้นมีความ<br />

ต่างแทรกอยู่เสมอ การเฉลิมฉลองเทศกาล<br />

ตรุษจีนในแต่ละท้องที่ มีสิ่งละอันพันละน้อย<br />

ที่แตกต่างกันไปตามพื้นเพ ความเชื่อและ<br />

เชื้อสาย จากรุ่นสู่รุ่นที่สืบทอดต่อเนื่องกัน<br />

มายาวนาน<br />

เริ่มจากขนมเข่งที่เป็นดังนางเอกของ<br />

เทศกาลตรุษจีน โดยปกติขนมเข่งถือเป็นหนึ่ง<br />

ในขนมมงคลที่ทุกคนไม่ควรพลาดในช่วง<br />

วันขึ้นปีใหม่ ด้วยคำว่าขนมเข่ง หรือ<br />

เหนียนเกา ในภาษาแมนดารินหมายถึง<br />

ความสมบูรณ์พูนสุขในชีวิตและความ<br />

ก้าวหน้าในหน้าที่การงาน หลายท้องที่อาจ<br />

ถือว่าขนมเข่งเป็นอาหารประเภทขนม<br />

แต่สำหรับทางตอนเหนือของประเทศจีนโดย<br />

เฉพาะที่เซี่ยงไฮ้แล้ว ขนมเข่งจะถูกจัดขึ้นโต๊ะ<br />

ร่วมกับอาหารจานหลักอื่นๆ โดยหั่นเป็นชิ้น<br />

บางๆ ก่อนจะนำไปชุบไข่ทอดน้ำมัน<br />

ขณะที่มาเลเซียและสิงคโปร์จะให้ความ<br />

สำคัญกับจานปลาหรืออาหารที่ทำจากปลา<br />

มากกว่า ไม่ว่าจะเป็นก๋วยเตี๋ยวลูกชิ้นปลา<br />

กระเพาะปลา หรือโจ๊กปลาก็ตาม แต่ที่นิยม<br />

มากที่สุดเห็นจะเป็น ปลาดิบ หรือ ยูเช็ง ที่<br />

การออกเสียงในภาษาจีนพ้องกับคำที่มี<br />

ความหมายถึงความอุดมสมบูรณ์นั่นเอง<br />

หลังจากกราบไหว้เทพยดาฟ้าดินและงด<br />

รับประทานเนื้อในวันแรกของการฉลอง<br />

ปีใหม่ วันถัดมาจะมีการเผากระดาษเงิน<br />

กระดาษทองและสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกอื่นๆ<br />

ที่ทำจากกระดาษถึงบรรพชนผู้ล่วงลับ<br />

แต่ตรุษจีนจะสมบูรณ์แบบไปไม่ได้ หากขาด<br />

เงินจริงๆ เข้ามาเกี่ยวข้อง แน่นอน ซองอั่งเปา<br />

สีแดงพร้อมเงินสดจะถูกแจกจ่ายให้แก่ลูก<br />

หลานญาติมิตรทุกคนอย่างพร้อมหน้า<br />

การฉลองที่กินเวลายาวนานร่วม<br />

สองสัปดาห์หรือ 15 วัน เต็มไปด้วยความสุข<br />

และการแบ่งปัน ตลอดจนถึงการพบปะ<br />

เยี่ยมเยือนในหมู่ญาติมิตรและบรรดา<br />

บุคคลที่นับถือ ก่อนจะปิดท้ายเทศกาลแห่ง<br />

ความสุขนี้ด้วยการแขวนโคมไฟประดับ<br />

ประดาทั่วไปอันเป็นเครื่องหมายของการ<br />

สิ้นสุดงานเลี้ยง เพื่อกลับเข้าสู่โลกของการ<br />

ทำงานอันเป็นวิถีชีวิตปกติอีกครั้งหนึ่ง<br />

The red colour<br />

of the envelope<br />

symbolises good luck<br />

and is supposed to<br />

ward off evil spirits.<br />

Red envelopes are<br />

usually given out<br />

by married couples<br />

to single people,<br />

regardless of age,<br />

or by older to<br />

younger ones.<br />

being apart. Activities such as<br />

dumpling making, buying flowers<br />

at markets and house cleaning<br />

bind family members together.<br />

The interactions extend beyond<br />

the living too as ancestors are<br />

remembered and honoured.<br />

Fifteen Days of Celebration<br />

Traditionally the entire Chinese<br />

New Year celebration lasts 15 days.<br />

During this period, relatives and<br />

friends will pay house visits and<br />

host lunches and dinners. The<br />

first day is reserved for the elders.<br />

Guests are welcomed with tea<br />

and sweet treats to sweeten the<br />

upcoming year, usually served<br />

on a round or octagonal tray,<br />

indicating togetherness. This<br />

tray is most commonly called the<br />

“tray of togetherness.” The first<br />

couple of days see lion dances<br />

and firecrackers. The fifth day<br />

is universally celebrated as the<br />

birthday of the God of Wealth,<br />

and the Lantern Festival wraps up<br />

Chinese New Year. Most people<br />

will be back to work on that day,<br />

as businesses open their doors.<br />

Cleaning and sweeping the floor are<br />

no longer forbidden activities and<br />

life is back to normal.<br />

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Jay Soonthornsawad<br />

Pop Goes<br />

Photos: Ricky Zehavi<br />

Words: Nawa Acosta Wright<br />

the<br />

Other-wordly visual<br />

displays capture window<br />

shoppers’ imaginations come<br />

holiday time.<br />

Holiday<br />

Photo: Jesper Haynes<br />

Windows<br />

W<br />

hen night falls<br />

on New York City<br />

during the Christmas<br />

holidays, the retail<br />

wonderland of Fifth Avenue near<br />

Central Park twinkles brighter<br />

and the atmosphere sizzles<br />

with festiveness. It’s also the<br />

perfect backdrop when Bergdorf<br />

Goodman, the old world glamour<br />

department store, lifts its<br />

curtains to reveal magical retail<br />

windows. The wow factor shows<br />

attention-grabbing mannequins<br />

wearing extravagant fashions<br />

and retail merchandise playing a<br />

theatrical role in this visual feast.<br />

<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> joined a long queue of people to<br />

gawk as a store window tourist recently and<br />

wondered who’s behind the magic. Enter<br />

Bangkok-born Jay Soonthornsawad, who was<br />

the perfect guide to the ‘show business’ of<br />

window displays. A visual display designer<br />

in New York, he works on visibly prominent<br />

projects like the iconic holiday windows of<br />

Bergdorf Goodman.<br />

Jay’s been a visual display designer for<br />

over 15 years, a technical sounding title yet<br />

his métier elevates store merchandise from<br />

a functional use to playing a more in depth<br />

role within the four glass walls of a store<br />

window. He explains the details that make<br />

these store windows so amazing when we meet<br />

on the LES, the lower east side of Manhattan,<br />

at a <strong>Thai</strong> restaurant. We had khan toke, the<br />

traditional northern <strong>Thai</strong>land meal on footed<br />

wood trays bearing roasted chilli dips and<br />

steamed vegetable crudite.<br />

Jay’s been involved with the Bergdorf<br />

Goodman store windows for over a decade<br />

to create works that define Christmas in<br />

New York. Every year, the fashion world’s<br />

biggest designers join in the festivities with<br />

Opposite page<br />

From a majestic<br />

eagle to the regal<br />

lion, the large scale<br />

display is made<br />

entirely of paper.<br />

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Jay Soonthornsawad<br />

extravagant Christmas window<br />

displays that the public wait as<br />

long as an hour to see. While<br />

New York stores do their holiday<br />

windows to win the attention<br />

of local and visiting customers,<br />

Bergdorf’s, as it’s fondly called<br />

by New Yorkers, dresses up their<br />

legendary windows with more<br />

opulence.<br />

Jay exudes a quiet and calm<br />

demeanour yet his work as a visual<br />

display designer presents explosive<br />

colours and detailed-filled scenes.<br />

One season featured a window<br />

named “The Crystal Ball,’ with a<br />

mannequin fortune teller, next to<br />

Swarovski crystal-studded objects.<br />

There’s “Teacher’s Pets,” from a<br />

past window done in a black and<br />

white colour scheme scattered<br />

with ‘pets’ like rabbits, a zebra, an<br />

ostrich, and other creatures made<br />

from organic materials while the<br />

mannequin dons a sequined dress<br />

by fashion brand Marchesa.<br />

Such spectacular displays are<br />

an annual treat for people familiar<br />

with the holiday windows. Jay<br />

is modest about sharing in the<br />

accolades that accompany window<br />

scenes that are never subdued, but<br />

also can be sublime.<br />

The projects with Bergdorf<br />

had themes like “Inspired”. Each<br />

window featured “The Arts”<br />

Right<br />

One must peruse<br />

at a leisurely pace all<br />

the details featured<br />

in each fairy tale<br />

window.<br />

in its category of Literature,<br />

Photography, Music, Theatre, Film,<br />

Sculpture and the “Literature”<br />

window had a collection of famous<br />

writers’ needlepoint portraits<br />

in different shades of red. The<br />

“Theatre” window showcased a<br />

mannequin wearing a beaded gold<br />

gown on a backdrop of colourful<br />

neon lights designed to resemble<br />

the theatre district of Broadway’s<br />

billboard lights. Any window<br />

onlooker simply stops and stares<br />

at the wondrous sight.<br />

“We’re not selling a product,<br />

but a store’s image,” Jay explains,<br />

of Bergdorf’s visual feats. A person<br />

walking from a distance or sitting in<br />

a taxi can take a look out from their<br />

window to our window and see the<br />

products and know what the store is<br />

about, he says.<br />

Jay also points out that it’s<br />

David Hoey, Bergdorf’s resident<br />

‘window dresser,’ who leads<br />

Bergdorf’s,<br />

as it’s fondly called<br />

by New Yorkers,<br />

dresses up their<br />

legendary<br />

windows with more<br />

opulence than the<br />

nearby stores.<br />

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Jay Soonthornsawad<br />

Above<br />

“Season’s<br />

Greetings,”<br />

had an alternative<br />

take on<br />

communications<br />

while “Sleepwalking”<br />

was<br />

elaborate in its<br />

dream-like state.<br />

the team and brings the holiday<br />

spectacle to life and makes<br />

the ultra-chic store a prime<br />

destination for their Christmas<br />

window displays. Window dressing<br />

normally is defined as the<br />

decoration of a store window and<br />

a profession that’s been around<br />

since the early 20th century.<br />

And Bergdorf redefined it with<br />

an enthusiasm for resplendent<br />

displays. Every year is obviously<br />

a different theme — imagine a<br />

window called Compendium of<br />

Curiosities that’s inspired by Alice<br />

in Wonderland with characters and<br />

props made entirely of paper.<br />

Jay confirms that these<br />

creations are done by real artists<br />

skilled in their craft, like sculptors<br />

who do pieces for that year’s<br />

theme. The concepts are done<br />

in house and features the store<br />

merchandise and even one-of-akind<br />

outfits especially created for<br />

the window display.<br />

In 2015, the store collaborated<br />

with Swarovski — known to most<br />

of us for their crystal jewellery<br />

— to celebrate the season and the<br />

company’s 120th anniversary.<br />

This resulted in dazzling store<br />

windows with crystal-encrusted<br />

suits of armour, a cave dotted<br />

with amethyst crystals, a giant<br />

pearl-encrusted sculpture of god<br />

of the underwater world Neptune<br />

himself and more. That should<br />

indicated just how large the store<br />

windows are.<br />

Attention is also drawn at a<br />

practical level to the store since<br />

the short holiday means a need<br />

for increased retail sales. So every<br />

year for about six weeks, from<br />

mid-November until early <strong>Jan</strong>uary,<br />

the Christmas windows of New<br />

York’s most famous stores attract<br />

millions of visitors. Jay says that<br />

the team starts thinking about it<br />

at the beginning of the year with<br />

other departments from Bergdorf.<br />

“Around Christmas, we feed off<br />

the atmosphere of the season and<br />

it helps with the inspiration and it<br />

builds momentum for the rest of<br />

the year.”<br />

Jay admits to being a<br />

perfectionist, a trait not well-suited<br />

to a Buddhist, he points out with<br />

quiet humour, because it brings<br />

on dissatisfaction. No matter his<br />

feelings, such admirable work as a<br />

visual display designer brings joy to<br />

onlookers every year.<br />

This is the same store featured<br />

in the documentary “Scatter My<br />

Ashes at Bergdorf,” a store so<br />

luxurious and glamorous that one<br />

could happily spend eternity there.<br />

Jay tried to scurry away from the<br />

camera. “I didn’t want to be filmed,<br />

so I tried to duck away from the<br />

cameras.” A little unsuccessfully,<br />

he says with a rueful smile since he<br />

can be seen in some scenes.<br />

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Jay Soonthornsawad<br />

So does it take a craziness to<br />

produce something beyond the<br />

ordinary? He corrects it to say<br />

there’s got to be a quirky-ness.<br />

“So I guess I may have a bit of<br />

that,” he says contemplatively.<br />

To do something ordinary can<br />

easily be overlooked, it can be<br />

taken for granted, he points<br />

out. Jay also possesses a striking<br />

sartorial style which is testament<br />

to the creative spirit in his work.<br />

As for inspiration for such big<br />

ideas? “I don’t seek it — it comes.<br />

I don’t go for walks through city<br />

streets looking for something that<br />

would strike me as inspiring. Instead<br />

it comes in moments when my mind<br />

is clear. And that is usually before<br />

I go to sleep. The ideas just keep<br />

coming,” he says with a laugh.<br />

Although there are some places<br />

that Jay enjoys spending time<br />

in. One is the Parisian-style café<br />

Buvette in the neighbourhood<br />

of the West Village, a short walk<br />

from his home in the East Village.<br />

Buvette’s atmosphere is of vintage<br />

France, with a small plates menu<br />

of classic French specialties of<br />

open-faced tartines with pates and<br />

terrines.<br />

How else does he express his<br />

creative spirit and what of the<br />

future? “I like gardening. It’s what<br />

I do when I go to Bangkok. I enjoy<br />

going to Chatuchak (Bangkok’s<br />

weekend market) and picking out<br />

plants,” he smiles.<br />

It’s a quiet enjoyment before he<br />

goes back to the vibrancy of luxury<br />

store windows. He confirms that<br />

every year, ‘it’s exciting.’<br />

าไทย พาคุณมารู้จัก เจย์ นพณัฐ<br />

สุนทรสวัสดิ์ วิชวลดีไซเนอร์หนุ่ม<br />

ไทยเพียงหนึ่งเดียวในทีมนัก<br />

ออกแบบของห้าง Bergdorf Goodman ที่<br />

ระดมความคิดสร้างสรรค์ตกแต่งดิสเพลย์<br />

ให้กับช่องกระจกโชว์ของห้าง จนเป็นที่<br />

เลื่องลือมากว่า 15 ปี<br />

งานวินโดว์ดิสเพลย์ของห้าง Bergdorf<br />

Goodman ซึ่งตั้งอยู่บนถนนสาย<br />

ประวัติศาสตร์ฟิฟท์เอฟเวนิวในละแวก<br />

เซ็นทรัลปาร์คแห่งนี้ปลุกชีวิตชีวาและสร้าง<br />

บรรยากาศเฉลิมฉลองให้กับมหานคร<br />

นิวยอร์กมานับครั้งไม่ถ้วน ทั้งยังได้ชื่อว่า<br />

เป็นดิสเพลย์ที่สวยงามและโด่งดังที่สุดใน<br />

โลก ดึงดูดสายตาผู้ชมนับล้านจากทุกแห่ง<br />

หนให้แวะเวียนกันมาเยี่ยมชมเสมอ<br />

โดยเฉพาะในช่วงคริสมาสต์ของแต่ละปี และ<br />

เจย์คือผู้อยู่เบื้องหลังความสำเร็จนั้น<br />

เจย์เล่าให้ฟ้าไทยฟังว่า “เราไม่ได้จัด<br />

ดิสเพลย์เพื่อโชว์สินค้าหรือขายของ แต่<br />

เป็นนำเสนอภาพลักษณ์ของห้างมากกว่า”<br />

เมื่อถามถึงแรงบันดาลใจในการสร้างสรรค์<br />

ผลงาน เจย์ตอบว่าเขาโชคดีมากที่ไม่ต้อง<br />

ออกไปค้นหาจากภายนอก เพราะส่วน<br />

ใหญ่ความคิดดีๆ จะแวบเข้ามาในหัวเวลา<br />

ที่เขารู้สึกสงบนิ่ง สบายใจ ซึ่งมักเกิดขึ้นใน<br />

เวลาได้ทำกิจกรรมโปรด ซึ่งนอกจากการ<br />

ไปเดินเลือกต้นไม้ที่สวนจตุจักรเวลากลับ<br />

เมืองไทยแล้ว แรงบันดาลใจของเจย์จะพรั่ง<br />

พรูท่วมท้นเมื่อได้ปล่อยอารมณ์สบายๆ ที่<br />

Buvette คาเฟ่สไตล์ปารีเซียงใกล้ที่พักใน<br />

ย่านเวสต์วิลเลจที่เขาคุ้นเคย<br />

Above<br />

Teacher’s Pets<br />

showcases<br />

a black and<br />

white extravaganza<br />

of animals<br />

that redefine the<br />

word ‘pets.’<br />

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mandalay<br />

Screening<br />

Words & Photos: Chalotorn Payomyol<br />

Nostalgia<br />

and Nature<br />

A film on Mandalay and its<br />

less visited sights beckons all<br />

to picturesque surroundings.<br />

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Aletter never<br />

serves its purpose<br />

unless it is read<br />

and to hold on to<br />

them for 50 years without<br />

being opened? This is the<br />

mystery that inspires Pin,<br />

the female lead of the<br />

movie “From Bangkok<br />

to Mandalay” to go on<br />

a journey to Myanmar,<br />

clutching ten unopened<br />

envelopes to unravel her<br />

grandmother’s love story.<br />

The road trip movie was<br />

shot in many stunning<br />

and unseen places around<br />

Mandalay and nearby towns<br />

and after watching it, you<br />

might want to grab your<br />

backpack and set off on a<br />

similar path to such beauty,<br />

just like <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> did.<br />

Part of my journey follows a<br />

grandmother’s last wish in the movie<br />

that they get read in the order in the<br />

place they were written and posted.<br />

The trip begins in Mandalay, the<br />

last royal capital before it was<br />

annexed by the British Empire.<br />

Answers to the letters are gradually<br />

uncovered in this well received<br />

movie, and marks a first time<br />

collaboration between <strong>Thai</strong>land and<br />

Myanmar under the direction of<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> director Chartchai Ketnust.<br />

Top right Buddhists in Myanmar press gold<br />

leaves on the Mahamuni Buddha image.<br />

It just hit the screens in <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

and Myanmar around the end of<br />

last year.<br />

The movie inspired further<br />

spiritual awakening in me,<br />

although it began with a rude<br />

one when I found myself on the<br />

back of motorcycle taxi that came<br />

earlier than the appointed time.<br />

Making our way through the<br />

darkness and empty streets – it<br />

took only 5 minutes to reach the<br />

destination. My watch showed<br />

that it was 3:50 am and while I was<br />

wondering maybe it was too early<br />

— surprisingly, a crowd of Buddhist<br />

devotees were already gathered at<br />

the Mahamuni Buddha temple.<br />

The daily face washing ritual<br />

of the Mahamuni Buddha image,<br />

a much revered figure, holds great<br />

significance for the people of<br />

Mandalay.<br />

At around 4:30 am, a senior<br />

monk started the ablution. People<br />

began praying and offering food<br />

and flowers to pay respect while<br />

monks and male devotees<br />

performed the sacred ritual.<br />

Be it my faith or curiosity, it was a<br />

true blessing to be a part of this<br />

sacred ceremony and to witness<br />

the local people’s strong faith<br />

in Buddhism.<br />

I moved on to a place that<br />

survived World War II, to<br />

Shwenandaw monastery whose<br />

structure is made from teak wood.<br />

Also known as the Golden Palace<br />

Monastery, it is famed for its<br />

beautiful wood carvings too. The<br />

building is deteriorating but retains<br />

its exquisiteness. Though it is not<br />

as grand as the Mandalay palace, its<br />

teak wood simplicity gave a sense<br />

of calm and detached me from the<br />

noise of tourist groups.<br />

The monastery’s distinctive<br />

architecture and artistic wood<br />

carvings are truly amazing. It<br />

was also impressive to see local<br />

people praying and meditating in<br />

the monastery, making this place<br />

even more sacred. I just couldn’t<br />

help reminisce about those days<br />

when King Mindon spent his last<br />

days here.<br />

From the tranquility of<br />

Shwenandaw, I went to where it was<br />

quite hectic at the Mayan Gyan jetty<br />

on the bank of Ayeyarwady river.<br />

In the morning local people start<br />

their day as usual, while travellers<br />

prepare to board boats to Mingun,<br />

a town in the Sagaing region about<br />

11 km upriver from Mandalay.<br />

This town was my next stop<br />

because Mingun had such appeal in<br />

the movie and I couldn’t miss it.<br />

I decided not travel by road<br />

like in the movie but opted for a boat<br />

ride along the Ayeyarwady river<br />

instead. As the boat approached<br />

the river bank, the town of Mingun<br />

gradually revealed itself, looking<br />

small and modest in size, but there<br />

was actually more to it than meets<br />

the eye. Once you’re off the boat,<br />

unique and eco-friendly bullock<br />

cart taxis await passengers. Despite<br />

the heat, going on foot down the<br />

road seemed best as all attractions<br />

are within walking distance.<br />

“This is the unfinished pagoda,<br />

never finished,” says a young boy<br />

who kept following me from the<br />

Top Mingun Pahtodawgyi remains unfinished<br />

up to this day, owing to the belief that its<br />

completion would bring death to the king.<br />

riverbank. His hand sweeps in<br />

motion towards the huge pagoda of<br />

Mingun Pahtodawgyi, as though he<br />

were a guide and I had to politely<br />

refuse since the structure required<br />

no explanation. Its remarkably<br />

massive size makes the pagoda<br />

immediately recognisable despite<br />

its quick appearance in the movie.<br />

Legend has it that the completion<br />

of the pagoda would cause death to<br />

the King and collapse the kingdom.<br />

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Stunning white pagoda of<br />

Hsinbyume was built in 1816 by<br />

Prince Bagyidaw in memory of<br />

his beloved wife Hsinbyume and<br />

was nicknamed the “Taj Mahal<br />

of Myanmar” since.<br />

Top A half hour drive<br />

from Pyin Oo Lwin<br />

leaves you at the huge<br />

Dat Taw Gyaint or<br />

Anisakan waterfall,<br />

best seen from the<br />

View Resort.<br />

Thus the pagoda is left forever<br />

unfinished at 50 metres high. It<br />

is probably its incompleteness<br />

that makes this place unique and<br />

attracts many visitors these days.<br />

I walked further from Mingun<br />

Pahtodawgyi and through its village<br />

to where the beautiful white pagoda<br />

of Hsinbyume or Myatheindan<br />

pagoda stands gracefully. It is<br />

uniquely stunning in its shape and<br />

its white simplicity like no other<br />

pagodas in Myanmar with a design<br />

that is based on the mythical<br />

Sulamani pagoda on Mount Meru.<br />

The pagoda was built in 1816 by<br />

Prince Bagyidaw in memory of his<br />

wife Hsinbyume, who died during<br />

childbirth. People have nicknamed<br />

it the “Taj Mahal of Myanmar” as<br />

another monument to love.<br />

So I climbed up to the top of<br />

the terraces to where the two main<br />

characters in the movie walked.<br />

Feeling the wind against my face,<br />

somehow the story behind the<br />

pagoda and the movie takes less<br />

relevance because this place is just as<br />

romantic! No wonder it was included<br />

as one of the film locations.<br />

Next is Pyin Oo Lwin, a town<br />

surprising in a way that changed<br />

my perception about Myanmar.<br />

Unlike the country’s other cities,<br />

the area is famous for its nature,<br />

rather than temples or pagodas.<br />

The weather is pleasant year round<br />

and a perfect place to calm the<br />

mind. Pyin Oo Lwin is also known<br />

as Maymyo and formerly a British<br />

hill station. Many travellers usually<br />

take a train to Hsipaw at Pyin Oo<br />

Lwin train station. I hopped on the<br />

train, following the movie trail to<br />

the Gokteik viaduct, the highest<br />

bridge in Myanmar. Luckily, a<br />

kind ticket officer recommended<br />

reserving in advance a seat on the<br />

left side of the train to get a better<br />

view of the viaduct bridge.<br />

Excitement built up as the train<br />

slowly approached the bridge.<br />

In the movie, this is where one of<br />

the letters is read. Even without<br />

a ‘letter,’ one can still indulge<br />

in the spectacular view of green<br />

mountains below the viaduct and<br />

capture the moment. As a train<br />

enthusiast, it was a most exciting<br />

ride for me. It was a refreshing<br />

experience because such an epic<br />

journey can be found nowhere else<br />

but here.<br />

One highlight destination<br />

captured in the movie is Dat Taw<br />

Gyaint or Anisakan waterfall.<br />

This location is quite a significant<br />

scene in the movie but I can’t<br />

spoil the story! The best point<br />

for a panoramic view of this huge<br />

waterfall is at the View Resort,<br />

just about a 30 minute drive from<br />

Pyin Oo Lwin.<br />

It took the motorcycle taxi<br />

driver a little while to find this<br />

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Top and bottom<br />

All Saints’ Church<br />

with the red brick<br />

exterior stunningly<br />

brought us back into<br />

colonial times.<br />

exact location and we were struck<br />

by heavy rain for almost 30 minutes.<br />

That was not my lucky day but<br />

once we reached the resort, the sky<br />

cleared and the fresh air after the<br />

rainfall lingered. The viewpoint is<br />

just stunning with a good spot to<br />

sit, relax and enjoy.<br />

Afterwards my adventurous<br />

spirit called for a hike to the bottom<br />

of the waterfall for a closer view.<br />

On the way down, I met a local guy<br />

and while we couldn’t speak the<br />

same language, it seemed he said<br />

something about a shortcut to the<br />

waterfall. Not wanting to go alone, I<br />

asked him to go down too. The trail<br />

was a total mess with slippery mud<br />

and it was so steep that one could<br />

fall off the path easily. Without<br />

the help of this stranger, I wouldn’t<br />

have made it to the bottom of the<br />

waterfall.<br />

And the waterfall is impressive<br />

as expected. Yet it is also the<br />

kindness of a stranger that is<br />

a beauty in itself. I began to<br />

understand how the director fell in<br />

love with Myanmar and its people<br />

and his decision to make this movie<br />

to bring two countries closer.<br />

Back to Pyin Oo Lwin, the<br />

former British hill station whose<br />

colonial building can be seen across<br />

town. Exploring with a bicycle and<br />

map included a visit to All Saints’<br />

Church. It was an Anglican church<br />

in colonial times and took awhile to<br />

find. A few people were asked for<br />

directions but they didn’t know this<br />

place. No one else was there when<br />

I arrived.<br />

The church looks mystically<br />

beautiful with its red brick<br />

exterior and colonial architecture<br />

set amidst the trees. It was like<br />

travelling back in time and to the<br />

scene in the movie with its vintage<br />

vibe. A hidden gem indeed and a<br />

perfect place to end this movie<br />

location trip.<br />

There are more places featured<br />

and explored in the movie, like<br />

Yangon, Bagan and Hsipaw.<br />

Myanmar has its own charm and<br />

character and is surprisingly<br />

impressive. And to the director who<br />

said, “From Bangkok to Mandalay”<br />

is the movie that brings the people<br />

of two countries closer, I couldn’t<br />

agree more. No letters needed.<br />

องไปในมัณฑะเลย์ตามปกติธรรมดาว่า<br />

เพลิดเพลินแล้ว การได้ซอกแซกแกะรอย<br />

ไปตามเส้นทางและสถานที่ที่ปรากฏใน<br />

ภาพยนตร์เรื่อง From Bangkok to Mandalay<br />

กลับเป็นเรื่องสนุกสนานท้าทายยิ่งกว่า<br />

From Bangkok to Mandalay หรือ<br />

“ถึงคน...ไม่คิดถึง” ในชื่อภาษาไทย เป็น<br />

ภาพยนตร์ไทยเรื่องแรกและเรื่องเดียวที่ได้รับ<br />

อนุญาตให้เข้าไปถ่ายทาตามสถานที่ท่องเที่ยว<br />

สาคัญต่างๆ ในเมืองหลวงเก่าแก่ของพม่าใน<br />

อดีตก่อนถูกยึดครองโดยอังกฤษ มัณฑะเลย์<br />

เป็นเมืองใหญ่ลาดับที่สองรองจากย่างกุ้ง<br />

ที่เต็มไปด้วยเรื่องราวของกาลเวลาและสถานที่<br />

สาคัญทางประวัติศาสตร์มากมายที่รอดพ้น<br />

จากยามศึกสงคราม อีกทั้งยังคงดูขรึมขลังใน<br />

ความรู้สึก ยิ่งเมื่อปรากฏอยู่ในหลายซีนของ<br />

ภาพยนตร์รักโรแมนติกเรื่องนี้<br />

นอกจากเจดีย์และวัดสาคัญอีกมากหลาย<br />

อาทิเช่น วัดมหามัยมุนี วัดโกสุดอว์ ฯลฯ ที่<br />

ชาวพุทธในพม่ายังคงแสดงให้เห็นถึงศรัทธา<br />

อันเหนียวแน่น พระราชวังมัณฑะเลย์ที่เคยได้<br />

ชื่อว่าเป็นพระราชวังไม้สักที่งดงามที่สุดใน<br />

เอเชียและพระตาหนักไม้สักชเวนันดอร์ที่สลัก<br />

เสลางดงามก็เป็นสถานที่ประกาศความงาม<br />

ของศิลปะพม่าดั้งเดิมได้ชัดเจนที่สุด รวมไปถึง<br />

สะพานไม้สักอูเบ็งอันเป็นสะพานไม้ที่ยาวที่สุด<br />

ในโลก หนึ่งในสถานที่เฝ้ารอชมพระอาทิตย์<br />

ตกดินที่โรแมนติกที่สุดด้วยเช่นกัน<br />

ความงดงามตามธรรมชาติของมัณฑะเลย์<br />

ยังคงมีให้ผู้มาเยือนได้ตักตวงความสุข<br />

ไม่เฉพาะที่มัณฑะเลย์เพียงแห่งเดียว ยังมีสถาน<br />

ที่ท่องเที่ยวสวยงามให้แกะรอยตามฉากเด็ด<br />

ในภาพยนตร์อีกมากมาย จึงไม่น่าแปลกใจต่อ<br />

เสียงสะท้อนความรู้สึกว่าแผ่นดินทั้งสองประเทศ<br />

ถูกเชื่อมเข้าไว้ด้วยกันจากเรื่องราวของ<br />

จดหมายรักใน “ถึงคน...ไม่คิดถึง” โดยแท้<br />

From Bangkok to Mandalay<br />

ถึงคน...ไม่คิดถึง<br />

Ten letters are sent from a man in<br />

Myanmar to a woman in <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

who he loves and misses so much.<br />

But the letters are left unopened for<br />

50 years. Until one day, the woman’s<br />

granddaughter is given those letters<br />

and asked to go and read every letter<br />

only from where they were written.<br />

This is how the impressive love<br />

story begins.<br />

Starring: <strong>Thai</strong> actress Pilaiporn<br />

Supinchompoo and Myanmar superstars;<br />

Sai Sai Kham Leng, Nay Toe and Wut<br />

Hmon Shwe Yi<br />

Director: Chartchai Ketnust<br />

62 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

SAMUI<br />

FIND<br />

YOUR<br />

Photos: Dolnapa Ram-Indra /<br />

Thitiphan Kantawilaskul<br />

Words: Tanistha Dansilp<br />


PEACE<br />

You get the sea, sand and sun on the beautiful island<br />

of Koh Samui, but in addition to that, how about<br />

some happiness and inner peace? On a hilltop is the<br />

Dipabhāvan Meditation Centre, a place that offers your<br />

mind and spirit a chance to get renewed through the<br />

process of mindfulness.<br />

I<br />

recently visited the Dipabhavan<br />

Meditation Centre, also referred<br />

to as the Development of Light<br />

Hermitage in Koh Samui in the<br />

province of Surat Thani in <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

The retreat overlooks the beauty of<br />

Lamai beach and since its inception<br />

in the year 2005, more than 30,000<br />

foreign visitors from all over the<br />

world have come to this place to<br />

find fulfillment through dhamma<br />

practice. To make it to Dipabhavan,<br />

a red minibus takes me up the hill.<br />

From here on, I leave the real world<br />

behind — the busy streets, the<br />

beautiful beaches, the drinking and<br />

dancing and loudness of Chaweng or<br />

Lamai beaches.<br />

The plan is that in seven days,<br />

there will be only you with a mind<br />

cleared of worries and a feeling of<br />

calmness. People come to the Centre<br />

to spend time with nature, listen to<br />

the sound of their heartbeat, feel the<br />

wind and hear the birds, and slowly<br />

isolate from the outside world. At<br />

the retreat, you get to go deep inside<br />

yourself — to observe, be conscious<br />

of your thoughts and be honest with<br />

yourself. The teachings are based on<br />

Ajarn (<strong>Thai</strong> for teacher) Buddhadasa,<br />

a revered monk who taught the<br />

principles of Buddha-Dhamma.<br />

The day begins at 4:00 am<br />

and spreads out with meditation<br />

and basic activities that ends with<br />

bedtime at 9:00 pm. This comes to<br />

17 hours a day and 119 hours a week!<br />

Not much strenuous activity goes on<br />

except for the simple task of sitting,<br />

sleeping, walking and eating. Yoga,<br />

a walking meditation and dhamma<br />

completes the day. A climb of some<br />

200 steps takes place five times daily<br />

as part of the mindfulness practice.<br />

The monastery bell becomes the<br />

official timekeeper and helps you<br />

with the counting of walking steps.<br />

Serenity takes over<br />

when one practises<br />

mindfulness.<br />

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SAMUI<br />


“Our mind is like a monkey, and not<br />

a simple monkey but a drunken one!<br />

Watch your mind and your thoughts<br />

because it will become your action!<br />

– Buddha teaching<br />

On the last morning of the English<br />

course at the Centre, people can finally<br />

talk and share their experiences,<br />

complete with big smiles on their<br />

faces. After all, it is seven days of<br />

being silent – no use of social media,<br />

no mobile phone, no television, no<br />

book to read and only two vegetarian<br />

meals are taken in a day.<br />

And I wondered what had<br />

happened in the last six days to our<br />

minds. I wanted to know whether<br />

something really did happen and<br />

where it took us. It’s an interesting<br />

question that I asked participants.<br />

Wadey, an Australian biologist<br />

who lives in Malaysia felt much<br />

more aware of things after six<br />

days and says, “I decided to come<br />

for meditation without knowing<br />

anything about Buddhism or<br />

meditation. I only know it is a good<br />

opportunity. I loved the chance to<br />

calm my mind.” Another enlightened<br />

person who also spent a week at<br />

the retreat tells me, “My mind feels<br />

energetic and works very fast and<br />

adds with conviction that meditation<br />

is a good way to observe our minds.<br />

Victoria Semenova, who lives<br />

in Israel says, “I feel completely<br />

happy. I don’t know why I can’t<br />

stop smiling.” She heard about the<br />

meditation retreat some four, five<br />

years ago from friends and finally<br />

did the course. “Definitely I will<br />

come to <strong>Thai</strong>land again, just for<br />

meditation,” she says.<br />


‘Nothing lasts forever,’ even things<br />

that you like or didn’t like. Treat them<br />

with the same sense of lightness and<br />

awareness of impermanence.<br />

– Buddha teaching<br />

Linus Khan says he came to<br />

Dipabhavan to seek ‘spiritual<br />

enlightenment, spiritual<br />

inspiration’. “Basically this is a<br />

learning trip for me,” says Khan,<br />

a thirty year old participant from<br />

Pakistan who chose the meditation<br />

retreat in <strong>Thai</strong>land as a first step<br />

of his spiritual journey in Asia. He<br />

had planned the year ahead to work<br />

on his mind, body and spirit and<br />

as part of the process, and plans to<br />

go to China to study kung fu and to<br />

Peru for knowledge on shamanism.<br />

All this follows after he finished the<br />

meditation class at Dipabhavan.<br />

“I would like to work on my mind,<br />

because it will take care of your<br />

whole life.”<br />

“Meditation is never easy for newcomers — there are beautiful results yet with difficult<br />

adjustments,” says one participant.<br />

WHAT DO<br />

WE LEARN?<br />

Every teaching<br />

and practice at the<br />

centre is within<br />

the framework of<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s<br />

teachings. As one of<br />

the most influential<br />

Buddhist teachers,<br />

he gets to the<br />

heart of Buddha’s<br />

teachings in a<br />

simple, direct and<br />

powerful metaphor.<br />

Dhamma talk such<br />

as ‘atta’ (self, soul<br />

or ego), ‘dukkha’<br />

(dissatisfaction,<br />

distress, suffering)<br />

and ‘upadana’<br />

(clinging, attachment)<br />

are explained by<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa<br />

and all the dhamma<br />

principles can be<br />

summarised thus:<br />

upadana is the<br />

cause of dukkha,<br />

dukkha is born out<br />

of upadana. So it is<br />

best if we profoundly<br />

understand this<br />

matter of upadana.<br />


The meditation<br />

technique taught<br />

here at Dipabhāvan<br />

is ‘Mindfulness’<br />

with Breathing’<br />

(Anapanasati in the<br />

Pali language).<br />

Participants<br />

will learn:<br />

• how to practise<br />

mindfulness<br />

through breathing<br />

• how to develop<br />

concentration to<br />

produce tranquility<br />

of mind<br />

• mind purification<br />

to see the supreme<br />

wisdom of<br />

understanding<br />

things as they are<br />

• insight<br />

development<br />

to free our minds<br />

from attachment<br />

and suffering, i.e.<br />

‘Insight orVipassana-<br />

Meditation’<br />

Apart from the<br />

‘Mindfulness through<br />

Breathing’ practice,<br />

the daily programme<br />

at the hermitage<br />

will include yoga,<br />

Buddhist chants and<br />

the practice of ‘Loving<br />

Kindness Meditation’.<br />

Khan also wanted to handle<br />

situations like anger, anxiety,<br />

worry and the list goes on. He<br />

actually wanted to reach his true<br />

potential and meditation seems<br />

to help him fine-tune emotions.<br />

For him, only one hour of<br />

meditation a day can empower<br />

him to handle the rest of the day.<br />

The youngest practitioner<br />

was eighteen year old Ishaa<br />

Adrian from Malaysia. He<br />

chose meditation as a defining<br />

moment and the next step in life<br />

before attending university in<br />

Australia. He booked the ticket to<br />

specifically come for the retreat<br />

and learn how to treat life’s<br />

discomforts by replacing it with<br />

feelings of gratitude, optimism<br />

and overall lightness of being.<br />

But meditation for<br />

newcomers is never easy. There<br />

will be beautiful results yet with<br />

difficult adjustments. Ishaa<br />

had every strong intention to<br />

join the retreat, yet he found<br />

moments when he really wanted<br />

to quit. It was trying, despite<br />

the knowledge that learning<br />

the principles of patience and<br />

kindness will bring him great joy<br />

and big rewards.<br />

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04:30 Wake up<br />

05:00 Morning<br />

Reading<br />

05:15 Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

05:45 Yoga/Exercise<br />

07:00 Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

07:30 Breakfast<br />

and Chores<br />

09:30 Dhamma Talk<br />

10:30 Walking or<br />

Standing<br />

Meditation<br />

“Loving kindness or ‘metta’<br />

required more than sitting<br />

on a cushion and wishing<br />

others well…”<br />

“I was thinking of leaving once<br />

or twice, but now, I’m feeling so<br />

relaxed. I also like the concept of<br />

silence. It is a bit difficult at first<br />

as I am not used to keeping quiet,”<br />

said Ishaa. “This is a good place<br />

for a good experience and I really<br />

enjoyed the food!” said Ishaa.<br />

11:00 Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

11:30 Lunch<br />

and Chores<br />

14:00 Meditation<br />

Instruction<br />

and Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

Below<br />

Group activities<br />

can be basic<br />

housekeeping<br />

done in meditative<br />

silence, to sharing<br />

knowledge of<br />

learned teachings.<br />


Most foreign practitioners said they<br />

were very impressed with food that<br />

was well-prepared and made with<br />

love by nuns and volunteers during<br />

breakfast and lunch. The menus<br />

offer brown rice, a vegetarian<br />

curry, various vegetable gravies or<br />

different kinds of salad decorated<br />

with edible flowers. It not only<br />

fulfilled the participants’ stomachs<br />

but also their eyes and minds too.<br />

At the retreat, both men and<br />

women chose a daily chore. I<br />

would never forget the scene when<br />

everyone did some kind of work<br />

after breakfast for about 20 minutes<br />

every day. Some chose to clear up<br />

dining tables, sweep the floors, and<br />

others even willingly cleaned toilets<br />

– all in a happy manner.<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s teachings<br />

had said that the practice of loving<br />

kindness or ‘Metta’ in Pali, required<br />

more than just sitting on a cushion<br />

15:00 Walking or<br />

Standing<br />

Meditation<br />

15:30 Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

16:00 Walking or<br />

Standing<br />

Meditation<br />

16:30 Chanting<br />

and Loving<br />

Kindness<br />

Meditation<br />

17:30 Tea<br />

19:30 Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

20:00 Group<br />

Walking<br />

Meditation<br />

20:30 Sitting<br />

Meditation<br />

21:00 Bedtime<br />

21:30 Lights Out<br />



Doing a seven-day<br />

retreat for a beginner is<br />

not easy, so preparing<br />

your body and mind is<br />

highly recommended.<br />

Remember you have to:<br />

• have commitment,<br />

determination and<br />

discipline<br />

• practise getting<br />

up early<br />

• adjust with the<br />

schedule which<br />

everybody must<br />

follow<br />

• live on two<br />

vegetarian meals<br />

a day<br />

• deal with physical<br />

discomfort<br />

• experience a lot o<br />

your own emotional<br />

ups and down<br />

during the retreat<br />

and wishing others well. The revered monk reminds<br />

us that we should also practise and put it into action.<br />

You could prepare food or do good things to others,<br />

show your friendliness, goodwill, benevolence,<br />

fellowship, peaceful friendship, inoffensiveness and<br />

non-violent acts, all of which is a way to practise<br />

loving kindness.<br />

Garlar Below, a twenty four year old German<br />

visitor, shared the principles he learned when he<br />

invited people to join activities at the retreat centre<br />

and similar interests put them on the same path after<br />

the course finished. He’s joined with others to ride<br />

their motorcycles from Phuket to Koh Samui for a<br />

“peace of mind” journey.<br />

“Nothing makes me happier than sharing and<br />

doing something together. It is not only meditation,<br />

but also something else that I can {do to} support<br />

others. I understand that I can change no one but<br />

myself. For that reason, I can help them to change<br />

themselves by opening doors for them.”<br />


Below sees a connection between past knowledge<br />

and a new sense of understanding when one is<br />

enlightened. He senses the power of seeing things in<br />

a new way and he describes it as a big awakening of<br />

his former self.<br />

Hansar Moment of Happiness<br />

Samui, Bangkok, Pranburi, Khao Yai, Cha Am<br />

www.hansarhotels.com<br />

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By the end of the<br />

retreat, people<br />

experience a<br />

lightness of being,<br />

that is part of a selfawakening.<br />

“It’s really hard to explain.<br />

Just come here and experience<br />

it by yourself. It does not matter<br />

what I say, but how you perceive it<br />

and that’s what we’ve learnt,” he<br />

describes of his awakening.<br />

Simon Kok, a half Swedish, half<br />

Vietnamese teacher from Sweden<br />

explained his awakening after he<br />

finished the retreat. He believed<br />

that Buddhism and the dhamma<br />

teachings of Ajarn Buddhadasa<br />

connected him more with his roots,<br />

and especially to his Vietnamese<br />

mother.<br />

“When I was young, I didn’t<br />

understand my mother at all. It’s<br />

hard for a teenager to understand<br />

Buddhism because it’s not about<br />

output, but the input,” Kok<br />

explained. “Every time I encounter<br />

a new experience or situation, I<br />

always pictured my mum in my<br />

head. I travelled back in time into<br />


Each day there will be a session on the theory and practice<br />

of mindfulness through breathing. A variety of tips<br />

and ways of dealing with problems or obstacles will be<br />

discussed. Ajarn Pho and Dhammavidu Bhikkhu (an English<br />

monk) will address the group regularly, talking about<br />

meditation and the dharma.<br />


Ajarn Pho is the former<br />

abbot of Suan Mokkh,<br />

also called the Garden<br />

of Liberation in Surat<br />

Thani province. It was<br />

founded in 1932 by<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa with<br />

the goal of teaching the<br />

true heart of Buddhism.<br />

For almost a century, it<br />

has served and become<br />

one of the most revered<br />

Theravada Buddhist<br />

temple in <strong>Thai</strong>land,<br />

and the founder of<br />

Dipabhāvan. During<br />

the retreat, participants<br />

are welcomed to ask all<br />

questions, talk and seek<br />

advice from Ajarn Pho in<br />

English.<br />

Find more of Ajarn<br />

Buddhadasa’s teachings at:<br />

http://dhammavidu.com/DV/<br />

Translations.html<br />

http://www.suanmokkh.org/<br />

books/<br />

my memory bank and I could pick<br />

a good part of hearing my mum’s<br />

voice echoing in my mind. That’s<br />

my insight. How I start to feel my<br />

mum even when she’s not around<br />

me. It was very beautiful,” he says.<br />

Kok said this wouldn’t be<br />

his first and last time here at<br />

Dhammavidu Bhikkhu<br />

It’s always great to<br />

have a monk who has a<br />

Western background and<br />

understanding in order to<br />

explain and share dharma<br />

principles to foreigners.<br />

Dhammavidu Bhikkhu is<br />

originally from England and<br />

lives at Suan Mokkh temple<br />

in Southern <strong>Thai</strong>land. He<br />

helped teach meditation<br />

to foreigners at the Suan<br />

Mokkh International Dhamma<br />

Hermitage and the<br />

Dipabhāvan Meditation<br />

Centre at Samui Island since<br />

the last decade.<br />

Dhammavidu Bhikkhu has<br />

been rendering the works of<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa into English<br />

since 2010. As his study of<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s teaching<br />

deepens, he is beginning to<br />

translate from ‘The Dhamma<br />

Proclamation Series,’ a<br />

multi-volume collection of<br />

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s major<br />

teachings.<br />



English-language<br />

Retreat<br />

Opens twice<br />

a month:<br />

• 1 week retreat<br />

starts from the<br />

20-27th of every<br />

month<br />

• 3-day retreat<br />

starts from the<br />

7-10th<br />

Russian-language<br />

Retreat<br />

• from 1st-7th of<br />

every month<br />

Retreat Booking:<br />

Dipabhāvan.org<br />


This programme is<br />

free of charge, but<br />

you can donate what<br />

you want when the<br />

retreat is finished.<br />

This will help to<br />

maintain and run this<br />

hermitage for others<br />

who can travel to<br />

have the Centre’s<br />

great experience.<br />

HOW TO<br />

GET THERE:<br />

Since the meditation<br />

centre is located on<br />

the hill and difficult<br />

to reach, everyone<br />

goes to a meeting<br />

point. It’s either at<br />

the Dipabhāvan<br />

Foundation office<br />

located at ‘The Icon’<br />

in the small village<br />

of Hua Thanon or<br />

go to ‘Utopia Resort’<br />

on Lamai Beach.<br />

From there, the<br />

red minibus will be<br />

available and free of<br />

charge to take you to<br />

the centre, located<br />

around 13<br />

kilometres away.<br />

Dipabhavan, since he thought it<br />

was nice to surround himself with<br />

good people. “But in the beginning<br />

you need good guidance more or<br />

less, and then it become less and<br />

less. That is the main purpose.”<br />

าหรับนักเดินทางที่มุ่งแสวงหาความ<br />

สงบแห่งชีวิตด้านในแล้ว ต่างรู้ดีว่า<br />

จุดหมายปลายทางยังเกาะสมุย<br />

แห่งนี้ มิได้มีเพียงฟ้าใสกับหาดทรายขาว<br />

ทอดยาวเคียงคู่ไปกับทะเลสีครามสะอาดตา<br />

คอยท่าผู้มาเยือนเท่านั้น<br />

หากบนยอดเขาชะอุ่มเขียวที่เรียงราย<br />

ลดหลั่นกันไปทั่วเกาะแห่งนี้ ยังมีอีกหนึ่ง<br />

ความพิเศษของเมืองสมุยซ่อนอยู่อย่าง<br />

สงบงามท่ามกลางธรรมชาติรายล้อม<br />

อันได้แก่ อาศรมปฏิบัติธรรมนามว่า<br />

“ทีปภาวันธรรมสถาน”<br />

ทีปภาวันธรรมสถาน เป็นที่รู้จักกันดี<br />

ในหมู่นักเดินทางทางจิตวิญาณทั้งชาวไทย<br />

และต่างประเทศมาระยะหนึ่งแล้ว ซึ่งหาก<br />

นับเนื่องจากปี พ.ศ. 2548 ที่ทีปวันธรรม<br />

สถานเริ่มเปิดดาเนินการฝึกอบรมปฏิบัติ<br />

ธรรมมาจนถึงทุกวันนี้ พบว่า นอกจาก<br />

ชาวไทยแล้ว ยังมีชาวต่างชาติถึงกว่าสาม<br />

หมื่นคนที่ได้มาเข้าร่วมปฏิบัติธรรมฝึก<br />

สมาธิหรือรับการอบรมอานาปานสติ<br />

ตามแนวทางของท่านอาจารย์พุทธทาส<br />

ผู้ยึดหลักคาสอนขององค์พระสัมมา-<br />

สัมพุทธเจ้าอย่างเคร่งครัด<br />

อันที่จริงแล้วการอบรมที่ทีปภาวัน<br />

สถานจัดขึ้นนั้นแบ่งออกไปสาหรับหลาก<br />

หลายกลุ่มด้วยกันทั้งสาหรับชาวต่าง<br />

ชาติและคนในพื้นที่รวมทั้งประชาชน<br />

ทั่วไปจากที่ต่างๆ และสาหรับนักเรียน<br />

ในเกาะสมุยก็จะมีการอบรมจัดขึ้นในวัน<br />

อาทิตย์ที่ 1 และที่ 3 ของทุกเดือนที่สวน<br />

ธรรมเภรี โดยการอบรมในวันเสาร์แรก<br />

และวันเสาร์สุดท้ายของเดือนเรียกว่า<br />

“สัปดาห์แสวงหาอริยทรัพย์” ส่วนการ<br />

อบรม “หาสุขได้จากทุกข์” จัดให้มีขึ้นใน<br />

วันที่ 12-17 ของทุกๆ เดือน<br />

สาหรับชาวต่างชาติ การอบรมจัดให้<br />

มีขึ้นในวันที่ 20-27 ของทุกๆ เดือน โดย<br />

กิจกรรมแรกของการฝึกปฏิบัติธรรมเริ่ม<br />

ต้นขึ้นตอนเช้ามืดในเวลาตีสี่และจบลง<br />

เมื่อเวลาสามทุ่ม รวมทั้งสิ้น 17 ชั่วโมง<br />

สาหรับการปฏิบัติในหนึ่งวัน หรือ 119<br />

ชั่วโมงตลอดทั้งการอบรม โดยในหกวัน<br />

แรกผู้เข้ารับการอบรมต้องทบทวน<br />

อยู่กับตัวเอง สังเกตสภาวะของจิต<br />

ตลอดจนความรู้สึกนึกคิด อยู่ในความ<br />

สงบเงียบ ปราศจากโทรศัพท์ โทรทัศน์<br />

หนังสือ หรือแม้กระทั่งการติดต่อสื่อสาร<br />

ใดใดก็ตาม ทั้งนี้เพื่อให้ผู้ปฏบัติได้มุ่งเจริญ<br />

สติภาวนาอย่างเต็มที่ในทุกๆ ตาราง<br />

กิจกรรมที่ร่วมฝึกปฏิบัติ<br />

จากนั้น ในเช้าวันที่เจ็ดทุกคนจะได้รับ<br />

โอกาสให้พูดและแสดงความคิดเห็น โดย<br />

ต่างสะท้อนออกมาเป็นเสียงเดียวกันว่า<br />

จะกลับมานั่งสมาธิปฏิบัติธรรมที่นี่อีก<br />

แน่นอน เพราะรู้สึกสงบและเป็นสุข พบว่า<br />

จิตใจผ่องแผ้วและกระตือรือร้นต่อชีวิต<br />

และการงานขึ้นกว่าเดิมมากมาย<br />

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Words & Photos Simon Bond<br />

Today, one of the highlights of a visit to Myanmar<br />

is taking a hot air balloon over the temples of<br />

Bagan. Ballooning in Myanmar is not just a modern<br />

phenomenon though, since traditional fire lanterns<br />

have launched throughout the country.<br />

It’s an amazing and exhilarating experience to float anywhere above land,<br />

let alone somewhere as beautiful as Bagan, or indeed Mandalay. Ballooning<br />

takes time to learn as my balloonist Allie Dunnington explained, “Training<br />

depends on the amount of flying hours that the student can achieve. The<br />

minimum for a hot air balloon licence is 16 flight hours, but many students<br />

take 25 hours and spread it over 2 years time of learning. We also need to pass<br />

written exams, have a medical and do a tether.” In my case, it’s great to fly with<br />

someone with such experience and passion for ballooning.<br />

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Getting a bird’s eye view of the temples in Myanmar is<br />

the best way to see them - the geometric shapes they<br />

make with the line up of pagodas are amazing. In this<br />

photo, you can see Khutodaw Pagoda, with Sandamuni<br />

Pagoda in the distance.<br />

Much larger than the lanterns often seen in other<br />

parts of Asia are the fire lanterns launched in<br />

Myanmar. These large lanterns, which can be as big as<br />

the hot air balloons launched in the 19th century, need<br />

a much larger flame to lift off. The best place to see<br />

them is at the Taunggyi fire lantern festival.<br />

Mandalay hill is one of the most iconic sights in<br />

Mandalay, when viewed from either side of it, from it,<br />

or in this case, above it. The hill stands at 240 metres,<br />

has numerous temples and pagodas on it, and at its<br />

peak is Sutaungpyei Pagoda.<br />

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The plains of Bagan at dawn<br />

are a mystical sight, with<br />

sunrays shining through<br />

mist-shrouded temples.<br />

There are over 2,000<br />

Buddhist sites in this area,<br />

with Ananda temple being<br />

the finest. Those wishing to<br />

fly by balloon will need an<br />

early start, as take off is<br />

at sunrise.<br />

bottom images<br />

Sandamuni Pagoda is surrounded<br />

by lots of smaller stupas. The<br />

stupa has an important meaning<br />

in Buddhism, where the shape<br />

represents Buddha sitting in<br />

meditation on a lion throne.<br />

Bagan has full moon festivals that<br />

rotate through the major temples,<br />

during which you can see people<br />

launching lanterns into the sky.<br />

And if you’re lucky, they’ll include<br />

the larger fire lanterns. The most<br />

accessible is the Ananda Pagoda<br />

festival in early <strong>Jan</strong>uary.<br />

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Mandalay has a serene feel to it once you head<br />

out into the country - this image was taken north<br />

of Mandalay hill. Allie often flew her balloon<br />

over Mandalay and told me, “Most of my flights<br />

in Mandalay were challenging as winds tend to<br />

be variable and it can be quite tricky to stir the<br />

balloon into open spaces for landing. Many times<br />

I had to cross the river and landed on a sandbank<br />

or I flew out to the north and landed in tiny<br />

villages that had never seen foreign visitors.”<br />

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There are now 21<br />

balloons that fly over<br />

Bagan every morning<br />

from October to March;<br />

these are operated by 3<br />

companies. The balloons<br />

drifting over the temples<br />

are amazing to watch<br />

from ground level as<br />

well, especially against<br />

the morning light and<br />

the coloured sky.<br />

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About the photographer<br />

Simon Bond is a travel photographer based in<br />

Asia, but originally from the UK. His worked has<br />

been published in many respected magazines,<br />

including National Geographic. He’s always<br />

looking for the story in his images, and likes to<br />

apply creative photography techniques to the<br />

scene in front of him to enhance the message<br />

to his audience. You can learn more about his<br />

photographic techniques through his book<br />

“Simple Scene, Sensational Shot,” or for more<br />

advanced photography methods, you could<br />

check out his blog www.creative-photographyschool.com.<br />

He has photographed in almost<br />

every country in Asia, and you can see his travel<br />

photography portfolio at<br />

www.simonbondphotography.com<br />

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Happenings<br />

Know Before You Go<br />

Hong Kong<br />

Seek the modern in<br />

old, familiar places<br />

like Hong Kong. Here<br />

is a metropolis where<br />

high-rise condos<br />

and traditions sit<br />

comfortably with<br />

sky-high aspirations.<br />

bangkok 84 / chiang mai & up north 88 / samui & Krabi 92 / phuket 96 / pattaya 98 / hong kong 100 / singapore 104 /<br />

kuala lumpur 106 / yangon & mandalay 107 / danang & siem reap 108 / mumbai 110 / maldives 112<br />






In Bangkok,<br />

Jamie’s Italian<br />

Jamie Oliver’s got a new home<br />

in Bangkok. Rather, it’s his<br />

new eatery in town called<br />

Jamie’s Italian. This is the<br />

first restaurant in <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

for the UK celebrity chef<br />

and down-to-earth food<br />

pioneer, and the latest dining<br />

option to his outlets in 25<br />

international locations.<br />

Jamie’s Italian is the<br />

perfect post shop, drop<br />

and dine destination in the<br />

heart of Bangkok’s retail<br />

wonderland. Bangkok’s status<br />

as a truly cosmopolitan city<br />

is most strongly felt within<br />

the retail-therapy wonder<br />

of the newly revamped<br />

Siam Discovery – The<br />

Exploratorium; a lifestyle<br />

shopping concept that creates<br />

communal spaces where<br />

international and local brands<br />

rub retail shoulders.<br />

The offerings of Jamie’s<br />

Italian serve up gut-busting<br />

burgers, wonderful sharing<br />

plates of homemade pasta<br />

and artisanal pizzas, along<br />

with antipasti delights and<br />

deli-styled goodies served on<br />

a long plank. Superfood salads<br />

and robust entrees such as<br />

smoky grilled meats cooked<br />

under a brick round out the<br />

Italian repertoire.<br />

Light and airy in vibe,<br />

Jamie’s Italian has a relaxed<br />

cafe ambiance by day with<br />

industrial chic and vintage<br />

design details. In the evening,<br />

this cool, ground floor bistro<br />

is an Italian food lover’s<br />

beacon, lit up with hipster<br />

hanging Edison light bulbs.<br />

Open for drinks at 11:00 am,<br />

the kitchen opens at 12:00 pm,<br />

and the restaurant closes at<br />

10:00 pm. jamiesitalian.co.th,<br />

+66 (0) 2255 5222<br />

Eco-Lounge in Tranquility<br />

Located only 65 kilometres from Bangkok and a ten<br />

minute drive from the famous Damnoen Saduak<br />

floating market, the asita eco resort resides amidst<br />

peaceful nature. Designed to preserve the rural<br />

countryside, the resort is adjacent to a large tranquil<br />

canal. It’s a chance to escape the congested city and<br />

relax while surrounded by countless pine trees. Stay<br />

in a traditional <strong>Thai</strong> house or villa, all prepared with<br />

eco-friendly amenities. A private swimming pool in front<br />

of the porch provides for the ultimate in relaxation.<br />

And for a particularly atmospheric touch, the nearby<br />

Amphawa district is well-known as a place to see<br />

thousands of fireflies sparkling at night along the<br />

riverbank. asitaresort.com<br />

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bangkok<br />

Dining on the River<br />

No trip to Bangkok is complete without a cruise on the<br />

Chao Phraya River — the city’s major water artery that<br />

flows into the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land and the best way by far to<br />

enjoy it is by taking a two-and-a-half hour dinner cruise.<br />

This provides a perfect opportunity to see two of the <strong>Thai</strong><br />

capital’s best-known sights — the Temple of Dawn (Wat<br />

Arun) and the Grand Palace — which are illuminated after<br />

dark. At the same time, guests feast on a variety of <strong>Thai</strong><br />

dishes accompanied by musical entertainment from an<br />

onboard band. www.thairivercruise.com, +1 855 275 5071<br />

Artistic Dining<br />

Perfectly located on<br />

Khao San Road, the<br />

Mango Vegetarian<br />

and Vegan Restaurant<br />

and Art Gallery is a<br />

charming and intimate<br />

option for all those<br />

who would rather not<br />

eat meat. A wide menu<br />

ranges from curries and<br />

soups to passion fruit<br />

kombucha and chocolate<br />

pancakes with vegan<br />

coconut sauce. Adding<br />

to the charm are the<br />

restaurant’s two resident<br />

cats. www.facebook.com/<br />

MANGO-Vegetarian-<br />

Vegan-Restaurant-and-<br />

Art-Gallery, +66 82 457<br />

9071, +66 84 908 4881<br />

Floral Culture<br />

In a quiet residential area of the Dusit district sits the Museum of<br />

Floral Culture, the brainchild of internationally renowned <strong>Thai</strong> floral<br />

artist Sakul Intakul. Created specially for lovers of flowers, nature<br />

and those with an interest in <strong>Thai</strong> art and culture, the museum<br />

focuses on floral culture — an important part of the <strong>Thai</strong> way of life.<br />

Find unique exhibits of floral cultures from civilizations across Asia.<br />

Built in the reign of King Rama VI, the structure itself is a beautifully<br />

preserved, 100 year-old teak mansion with colonial architecture. The<br />

Museum and its atmospheric garden, complete with a traditional<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> pavilion and the charming Dok Mai <strong>Thai</strong> Salon du Thé, can be<br />

rented to provide a unique setting for special events. floralmuseum.com<br />


The Bigness of Miniatures<br />

They’re the talk of the town. How does Anfield Stadium from Liverpool and Hoover Dam from the US get to the<br />

neighbourhood of Ekamai in Bangkok? They’re in miniature sizes versions brought by Stanley MiniVenture, an<br />

edutainment company specialising in 1:87, which is a measurement for miniature scale models.<br />

They’ve recently launched the first miniature town in <strong>Thai</strong>land and the largest of its kind in Asia. Apart<br />

from familiar landmarks around the world, there’s a model railroad roundhouse, even tiny figurines of people<br />

in day-to-day activities.<br />

Despite the small scale size of this “town,” it still spans over 1,000 square metres on the second floor of<br />

the Gateway Ekamai shopping mall in Bangkok. Stanley MiniVenture comes with 11 theme zones, including a<br />

desert, beach, cave, residential life, historical places and the airport. A <strong>Thai</strong> zone features popular locales like<br />

Chinatown and Victory Monument too. Day tickets for adults are 650 Baht and 450 Baht for children who are<br />

80-130 centimetres tall.<br />

stanleyminiventure.com, now until May 31, opens daily 12:15 pm - 8:00 pm<br />

86 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>



CHIANG MAI / chiang rai / mae hong son<br />


Time for Tea<br />

For half a century, Choui Fong Tea has been well-known for the top quality<br />

of its traditional teas which are cultivated in its own gardens in Chiang Rai.<br />

The region is regarded as the agricultural centre of the Kingdom of <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

Choui Fong Tea grows several distinctive types of tea and produces assam,<br />

green, oolong and black teas in the highlands at 1,200 metres above sea<br />

level. There, the ideal climate and soil conditions permit the cultivation of<br />

excellent teas. A visit to the plantation provides an excellent way to discover<br />

the stunning scenery of Chiang Rai province and also a chance to sample and<br />

purchase some wonderful brews. chouifongtea.com<br />

Moroccan Romantic<br />

If you and your loved one are into Morocco yet have not had a chance to visit, here’s a<br />

place that gets you close enough to the country to make some memories. Sheik Istana,<br />

a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai, whose design was inspired by Moroccan architecture, sits<br />

on the bank of the Ping river which runs through the city. You can dine in the romantic<br />

atmosphere surrounded by Moroccan gardens at the restaurant terrace overlooking the<br />

Ping river. Also take in the stunning scene of Wat Chedi Liam, one of the ancient temples<br />

in Wiang Kum Kam, a view that can also be enjoyed from your guestroom terrace. An<br />

added plus: from New Year’s Eve until the end of <strong>Feb</strong>ruary, get a 50 per cent discount for<br />

the second night. sheikistanahotel.com, +66 (0) 53 273 142, +66 (0) 89 851 2929<br />

In Coffee We Trust<br />

We now have more good reasons to<br />

enjoy our morning coffee, and with<br />

help from Dhepprathan Coffee. A<br />

morning cup of coffee or tea may do<br />

more than just perk you up. Some<br />

studies say that caffeine acts as an<br />

antioxidant and helps prevent the<br />

damaging effects of free radicals that<br />

have been linked to heart disease and<br />

Alzheimer’s. Dhepprathan’s coffee<br />

beans are sourced from an organic,<br />

family-owned plantation in the Sob<br />

Moei District of Mae Hong Son in<br />

Northern <strong>Thai</strong>land. This means that<br />

this fine Arabica coffee plant is grown<br />

at 1,035 to 1,250 metres above sea<br />

level. Its high-quality medium to dark<br />

roast beans give a complex aroma and<br />

exquisite taste; the perfect choice for<br />

coffee connoisseurs.<br />

Dhepprathan Coffee<br />

provides only one<br />

blend in three<br />

types of packaging:<br />

ground coffee or<br />

whole roasted<br />

coffee beans in a<br />

250g paper bag and<br />

15g ground coffee<br />

in a portable and<br />

specially designed<br />

bag. dhepprathan@<br />

gmail.com; LINE ID:<br />


+66 (0) 84 009 3366<br />

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Hilltribe Discoveries<br />

Northern <strong>Thai</strong>land is noteworthy for its various hilltribes and<br />

many visitors take extensive treks to be with the tribes. A good<br />

way to begin learning about the unique history and culture of<br />

the tribes is at the Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre in<br />

Chiang Rai. In addition to an informative slide show, visitors can<br />

learn about typical traditional clothing, their use of bamboo,<br />

histories and the various community projects the museum helps<br />

fund. www.pdacr.org<br />

Become a Yoga Pro<br />

The Yoga Teachers Training Course<br />

programme, designed by the Wise<br />

Living Yoga Academy (accredited by<br />

Yoga Alliance, USA & The International<br />

Board of Yoga, India) intends to provide<br />

a strong foundation in Yoga for those<br />

who are interested regardless of ages<br />

and nationalities. The 200-hour courses<br />

(International Programmes) are held<br />

several times a year at the Yoga centre<br />

in Chiang Mai and will provide an<br />

internationally recognised Yoga Certificate<br />

for participants who successfully<br />

complete the course.<br />

teachertraining.wiselivingyoga.com<br />

Festive Artisan Umbrellas<br />

Located six kilometres from Chiang<br />

Mai town, the Handmade Umbrella<br />

and Handicrafts Festival is held on the<br />

third weekend in <strong>Jan</strong>uary. This annnual<br />

event is a celebration of the more than<br />

100-year-old tradition of umbrella making<br />

in the village of Bo Sang. It is said that a<br />

monk travelling in Myanmar learned of<br />

a unique technique of using saa paper<br />

for making umbrellas. Saa paper has<br />

unique properties for umbrella making<br />

– it is lightweight, durable and its grain<br />

structure prevents water from easily<br />

seeping through. The monk brought this<br />

technique to the artisans of Bo Sang<br />

who were already known for the quality<br />

of their work. As a result, they used their<br />

artisan skills and turned saa paper into<br />

umbrellas that has become a uniquely<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> craft. +66 (0) 53 338 956,<br />

+66 (0) 53 338 049<br />


Chiang Mai by Night<br />

One of the best ways to discover Chiang Mai is to participate in a three-hour privately<br />

guided night tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, participants will first visit a Buddhist<br />

temple and see chanting monks during meditation. After the temple, the guide brings<br />

participants to a six-course dinner of delicious Northern <strong>Thai</strong> specialities in a charming<br />

garden setting. For dessert, this will be sampled in true <strong>Thai</strong> fashion from street vendors at<br />

Warorot Market. The tour includes round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle. viator.com<br />

Photo: Wongtawee Taweepasas<br />

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samui<br />


A Burger Challenge, Anyone?<br />

Organically Samui<br />

Little convincing is needed on the benefits of organic produce,<br />

and going on holiday should not mean going without such<br />

options. In Samui, there’s a green market that’s held every six<br />

weeks for anyone to continue conscious eating. Find your vendors<br />

at the Elysia Boutique Resort at the Fisherman’s Village on the<br />

island’s north coast. Visitors are introduced to different kinds of<br />

healthy foods that are locally sourced and grown, not to mention<br />

getting locally made crafts as well. The experience includes great<br />

music, accompanied by lots to eat and drink.<br />

samuimala.org, +66 (0) 86 909 0373<br />

It can’t be anywhere else but Stacked if<br />

you’re a burger lover who loves a challenge.<br />

Located in front of OZO Hotel at Chaweng<br />

beach on Samui island, Stacked offers<br />

a diverse cuisine from seafood to steak.<br />

Among their activities is a burger challenge<br />

that’s become popular and lets you<br />

gauge just how much you can eat.<br />

Stacked challenges you to eat 4<br />

burgers served with double fries<br />

and double slaw in 20 minutes. If<br />

you can clean the plate in time,<br />

the burger will all be yours –<br />

free of charge. If not, you pay<br />

the price! stacked-samui.com,<br />

+66 (0) 7791 5222<br />

Just the Two of Us<br />

How about considering a<br />

getaway to rediscover true<br />

romance? Book yourself a<br />

holiday at Amari Koh Samui<br />

and take them up on the offer<br />

of a romantic package, “Just<br />

the Two of Us”, which includes<br />

three nights accommodation<br />

and round-trip transfers from<br />

Samui International Airport.<br />

Complimentary wine, fruits<br />

and flowers awaits, while<br />

an hour long signature<br />

massage at Breeze Spa<br />

relaxes you both before the<br />

candlelight dinner. The<br />

rate begins from THB<br />

36,000 per couple<br />

for a three-night stay.<br />

The offer is valid through<br />

August 31, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

amari.com/koh-samui,<br />

+66 (0) 77 230 077<br />

Sea Kayaking<br />

When you fly into Koh Samui,<br />

take note of the small clusters<br />

of islands that’s part of the<br />

Ang Thong National Marine<br />

Park. For a closer look, how<br />

about taking a journey on a<br />

sea kayak along the coastline<br />

of one of its islands, Koh Mae<br />

Hok? During this organised trip,<br />

you get to cruise beneath huge<br />

overhanging rocks and enjoy<br />

some of the most beautiful<br />

beaches in <strong>Thai</strong>land. Other<br />

attractions include one of the<br />

greatest sights - that of a former<br />

enormous cavern whose ceiling<br />

has since collapsed – and<br />

now a saltwater lake. Called Tai<br />

Plao, the lake is now a haven<br />

to a wide variety of marine<br />

life. To ensure a better look, an<br />

exciting snorkelling experience is<br />

available as part of the trip.<br />

tourismthailand.org/About-<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land/Destination/Ko-Samui<br />

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Red for Roosters, Red for Love<br />

Bring on the celebration or create some romance if you decide to go to Krabi for either<br />

the Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day. Make it a holiday getaway at the Centara<br />

Grand Beach Resort & Villas. For Chinese New Year, they’ll serve a buffet of Asian<br />

specialties. Come Valentine’s day, the menu features surf and turf, not to mention<br />

the freshest seafood, barbecue, and pieces de resistance of strawberry and chocolate<br />

desserts. Nestled within its own bay, the resort is accessible by boat only. But once<br />

there, you can experience the stunning views and ambience of understated luxury.<br />

centarahotelsresorts.com<br />

Cave Offerings<br />

While many visitors to Krabi’s Phra<br />

Nang beach simply go there to enjoy<br />

the white sand and stunning scenery,<br />

there is much more to the area. Visit a<br />

cave to make offerings to Phra Nang<br />

herself, the Princess Goddess. They say<br />

that she lives underneath a cliff that’s<br />

found towards the end of the beach.<br />

This belief goes back many centuries<br />

and visitors should be mindful that this<br />

is a sacred place to be respected. And<br />

do as the locals do by visiting the cliff<br />

to make an offering or wish for luck or<br />

safe travels.<br />

tourismthailand.org/About-<strong>Thai</strong>land/<br />

Destination/Krabi<br />


Last Resorts to Luxury<br />

There’s no such thing as too much of a good<br />

thing when we’re talking about beach resorts.<br />

Last December, Celes Beachfront Resort Koh<br />

Samui debuted next to its sister, Samui Palm<br />

Beach Resort on Bophut beach. This area was<br />

once a village and home to former <strong>Thai</strong> and<br />

Chinese communities. Now the re-developed<br />

area has a laid back and contemporary deluxe<br />

boutique, with luxurious beachfront pool<br />

villas. Their beachfront runs 270 metres<br />

long with a stunning view of Koh Phangnan.<br />

In the neighbouring area lies the pristine<br />

Bophut beach with the equally luxurious<br />

Celes Beachfront Resort Koh Samui, whose<br />

beachfront pool villas serve as getaways for<br />

couples and families. You can hire boats<br />

to neighbouring islands, a nearby national<br />

marine park, and even other villages. Or<br />

engage in the true beach tradition of reading<br />

and relaxing by the pool. There will be a<br />

special theme on Chinese New Year, and a 3<br />

days 2 nights package offering from 15 <strong>Jan</strong> to<br />

31 Mar. The surrounding areas are great for<br />

nature lovers. celesresorts.com, +66 (0) 77 425<br />

494-5, +66 (0) 77 900 999, samuipalmbeach.com,<br />

+66 (0) 77 425 494-5<br />

94 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>


<strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

Phuket<br />

Perfect Bodies<br />

If you have always wanted to undergo fitness training in <strong>Thai</strong>land,<br />

the Bikini Bods Group Trip, conducted at the Tiger Muay <strong>Thai</strong> Camp,<br />

is the perfect way to attain that perfect bikini body. And it’s not only<br />

for ladies, as men are more than welcome to attend. A whole range<br />

of classes include Muay <strong>Thai</strong>, crossfit, yoga, cardio, beach classes<br />

and weight training. But it’s not just all about training as there will be<br />

plenty of opportunities to go on boat trips and explore the delights<br />

of Phuket yourself. bikinibods.com.au, <strong>Jan</strong>uary 4 to 10<br />

Mindful Wellbeing<br />

The idyllic setting of Phuket is the destination for those wishing to improve the quality<br />

of their lives and aim for a perfect state of physical and emotional wellbeing. Mare &<br />

Mindfulness offers an evolutionary holiday and a chance to experience a different type of<br />

tourism that combines a bit of Eastern philosophy.<br />

Vacation with a programme that offers training in the five main principles of mindfulness<br />

and a special nutrition menu that will also ensure physical detoxification. Breakfast and<br />

dinner are included in the programme, but a complimentary lunch can be arranged to comply<br />

with the dietary guidelines delivered at the start of the holiday. Those who want to lose<br />

weight can join a special programme, while at the same time enjoy the pleasurable discovery<br />

of delightful <strong>Thai</strong> cuisine. www.ritiroinparadiso.com, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 18 to 26<br />

Marine Experience<br />

Marine Expedition <strong>Thai</strong>land offers the<br />

unique experience of enjoying activities<br />

above and below the warm blue waters<br />

of the Andaman Sea. Participants can<br />

sail along <strong>Thai</strong>land’s beautiful western<br />

coast and at the same time join in a<br />

marine research expedition. Participants<br />

will receive an education in marine<br />

science with topics covering manta rays,<br />

sharks, coral and plankton. On board is<br />

an experienced skipper who will teach<br />

sailing and coastal navigation while<br />

sea life will be covered by a marine<br />

biologist. www.dr-olaf.com, <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 12<br />


Salt Life Palette<br />

Zoe Olivia Young, a rising talent in the Sydney art scene,<br />

is now an artist in residence at one of Samui’s top<br />

boutique hotel. Her unique work entitled “Salt Life” is<br />

on display at Mom Tri’s Villa Royale gallery until the end<br />

of April. Zoe’s paintings are marked by her eclectic use<br />

of colours and eye for landscapes, along with her still life<br />

compositions depicting a more natural and slower<br />

pace of life.<br />

Instagram @zoeoliviayoung<br />

96 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>



pattaya<br />

Clifftop Splendour<br />

Located on a cliff headland overlooking<br />

the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land, the InterContinental<br />

Pattaya Resort is just a two-hour<br />

drive away from Bangkok. In addition<br />

to the wide range of facilities to be<br />

expected from the hotel, guests have<br />

a choice of dining at the Infiniti and<br />

Elements restaurants. Furthermore,<br />

launching on <strong>Jan</strong>uary 1 is the Club<br />

InterContinental®, a remarkable and<br />

exclusive haven within the resort.<br />

It is an unprecedented blend of intuitive<br />

service, exclusive benefits, unparalleled<br />

luxury, stylish signature décor and<br />

enhanced thoughtful amenities,<br />

featuring assistance and guidance from<br />

a 24-hour personal butler, as well as<br />

private check-in and -out convenience.<br />

intercontinental.com/pattayaresort,<br />

+66 (0) 38 259 888<br />

Yacht Charters<br />

Chartering a yacht is one of the most<br />

exciting and yet relaxing ways to<br />

discover the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land. Pattaya’s<br />

surrounding coastline has numerous<br />

islands little known to most tourists and<br />

all boat charters from Pattaya Yacht<br />

Charters are permitted to anchor off<br />

some of the most spectacular beaches<br />

on the Pattaya archipelago. Destinations<br />

include Koh Khram, Koh Rin and Monkey<br />

Island with vessels ranging from sailing<br />

yachts to party boats. Deep sea fishing is<br />

also offered. pattayayachtcharters.com<br />


Wonderfruit<br />

Festival Goes<br />

Green<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land’s biggest art,<br />

music and life festival<br />

has set new dates on the<br />

field of Siam Country<br />

Club, Pattaya. The<br />

upcoming 4-day festival<br />

is jam-packed with<br />

various artists such as<br />

Rudimental, Lianne La<br />

Havas and Shura, JUNUN<br />

featuring Shye Ben Tzur<br />

& the Rajasthan Express<br />

and the return of Molam<br />

Bus by Jim Thompson Art<br />

Centre. Other interesting<br />

activities include; multisensory<br />

installation over<br />

the lotus pond, organic<br />

painting, giant mandalamaking,<br />

Wushu, Shoalin<br />

Kungfu, Taichi and wood<br />

carving workshop. This<br />

year Wonderfruit also<br />

aims for carbon positive<br />

by investing in the<br />

Rimba Raya Biodiversity<br />

Reserve in Indonesia.<br />

Wonderfruit ticket holders<br />

are participating in an<br />

ecologically-conscious<br />

event meanwhile having<br />

fun. <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 16-19,<br />

wonderfruitfestival.com<br />

98 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>


hong kong<br />


Deliciously<br />

Demonic<br />

He may have named<br />

himself the Demon Chef,<br />

but there is so much<br />

more to Alvin Leung’s<br />

cuisine than mere<br />

provocation. Located in<br />

the bustling district of<br />

Wan Chai, the restaurant<br />

Bo Innovation sports<br />

three Michelin stars and<br />

promises diners “X-treme<br />

Chinese Cuisine” and<br />

an experience which<br />

is, in the words of its<br />

founder, both “exotic<br />

and erotic.” A former<br />

engineer, Leung came late<br />

to the restaurant business<br />

but has in recent years<br />

certainly made up for lost<br />

time. In addition to his<br />

Hong Kong restaurant,<br />

Leung has carved out<br />

a successful television<br />

career as well. Visitors<br />

to Bo Innovation can<br />

sample such creations as<br />

the “Baby Food” black<br />

truffle, “chian dan chee”<br />

(basically a spam egg<br />

sandwich with a twist),<br />

foie gras “mui choi” with<br />

green apple and ginger<br />

and, as is to expected,<br />

Leung’s special take on<br />

the distinctive Chinese<br />

soup dumplings, “xiao<br />

long bao.” Bo Innovation,<br />

1/F J Senses, 60 Johnston Rd.,<br />

Wan Chai, +852 2850 8371<br />

Dragons and Lions<br />

Welcome <strong>2017</strong><br />

Hundreds of dragon and lion dancers<br />

bring their game on with a parade on<br />

<strong>Jan</strong> 1 while fierce competitions<br />

with high flying lion dance techniques<br />

follow on <strong>Jan</strong> 2. Later in the month,<br />

a Night Parade in the streets of<br />

Tsim Sha Tsui on <strong>Jan</strong> 28 celebrates<br />

the Chinese New Year, concluding with<br />

fireworks displays to announce the Year<br />

of the Rooster.<br />

100 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>




Ngong Ping 360 Closed for Maintenance<br />

The Ngong Ping 360 cable car is scheduled to suspend its service from early <strong>Jan</strong>uary <strong>2017</strong> for rope<br />

replacement. The maintenance project should complete in early June <strong>2017</strong>. The Ngong Ping Rescue<br />

Trail also will not be open to visitors during the replacement period to ensure public safety.<br />

However, Ngong Ping village with their shops and entertainment venues remain open.<br />

Visitors can buy the bus tour package at the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal or take other modes of<br />

transport to Ngong Ping village and beyond to Tian Tan Buddha statue, and Po Lin monastery.<br />

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong MRT Corporation recently extended the Kwun Tong Line to the new<br />

Ho Man Tin and Whampoa stations. During weekday non-peak periods, the average train service<br />

frequency is three minutes for all Kwun Tong Line stations.<br />

Let’s join the locals in exploring Hong Kong further!<br />

Photo Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong<br />

High End High Tea<br />

At the Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge,<br />

it’s all about elegant takes on high tea<br />

classics that pay homage to their British<br />

roots. These include smoked salmon and<br />

cream cheese on homemade pumpernickel<br />

bread, ham and picallili baguette, pork and<br />

fennel sausage rolls or choux buns filled<br />

with coronation chicken. Sweet treats<br />

include blueberry cheesecake, strawberry<br />

mousse and the hotel’s much-loved opera<br />

cake. Top it all off with plain or raisin<br />

scones served with Devonshire clotted<br />

cream and the hotel’s own rose petal jam.<br />

Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental<br />

Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd., Central,<br />

+852 2825 4007<br />

Longines Master Riders<br />

Following events in Los Angeles and Paris, this elite showjumping<br />

event culminates in Hong Kong at Asia-World Expo, where the<br />

world’s best riders, decision makers and VIPs will gather for three<br />

days of sporting action. Visitors can experience innovative and<br />

exhilarating world-class showjumping competitions, while at the<br />

same time enjoy a wide range of culinary and cultural events,<br />

including activities for the young ones. <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 9-12,<br />

longinesmasters.com; booking at cityline.com and +852 3761 6515<br />

102 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>




Let’s Rock<br />

Located just a short walk<br />

from the beach and a part of<br />

Resorts World Sentosa, the<br />

Hard Rock Hotel features<br />

fun and fantastic decor<br />

inspired by rock and roll<br />

culture. The hotel boasts an<br />

infinity swimming pool, a<br />

6,500-seater ballroom, 30<br />

function rooms and a 24-hour<br />

fitness centre. Guestrooms<br />

keep with the rock and roll<br />

theme, along with ensuite<br />

bathrooms designed like<br />

backstage dressing rooms.<br />

Diners can enjoy the Starz<br />

Restaurant which offers<br />

an international lunch and<br />

dinner buffet and also the<br />

Rock Pool Bar and the Rock<br />

Bar with live entertainment.<br />

Resorts World Sentosa<br />

includes Universal Studios,<br />

the world’s largest<br />

oceanarium, a waterpark<br />

and the Maritime<br />

Experiential Museum.<br />

8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa<br />

Island, +65 6577 8888<br />

Mexican Favourites<br />

It is true that Singapore is home<br />

to a whole wide range of cuisines,<br />

but Mexican may not be the most<br />

obvious — unless it is Margarita’s<br />

at Dempsey Hill. The restaurant<br />

has declared its goal to serve<br />

unpretentious good food prepared<br />

in the special Mexican way. And it<br />

is food that is both great to look<br />

at and taste. How about starting<br />

off with a cheese fondue with taco<br />

chips? Then follow this with main<br />

courses such as roasted sweet<br />

potato and chilli japaleño, baked<br />

crab enchiladas or a “kitchen sink”<br />

burrito. @margaritasdempsey, 11<br />

Dempsey Rd., +65 6471 3228<br />

Exuberant Chingay Parade<br />

Singapore’s Chingay procession is the largest street performance<br />

and float parade in the whole of Asia and is an extravaganza which<br />

epitomises the dynamism of Singapore’s vibrant and multicultural<br />

society. <strong>Feb</strong>ruary 10-11, chingay.org.sg/chingay-<strong>2017</strong><br />


Breathtaking CÉ LA VI<br />

Elevated above the SkyPark Observation Deck of Marina Bay Sands, CÉ LA VI offers breathtaking<br />

panoramic views of the city skyline and the Singapore Straits to enhance a truly fine dining<br />

experience. The multi-level CÉ LA VI Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, providing a<br />

la carte menu options as well as tasting menus that allow diners to sample a selection of dishes<br />

created by international chefs. Enjoy elegant indoor dining while looking out from floor-toceiling<br />

windows or choose an al fresco table adjacent to the SkyBar on the terrace. The SkyBar is a<br />

vibrant circular bar where talented bartenders shake, stir and serve up classic and signature<br />

CÉ LA VI cocktails. celavi.com, +65 6508 2188<br />

Middle Eastern Delights<br />

The restaurant has been on the receiving end<br />

of multiple rave reviews – and this is in itself an<br />

achievement in a city obsessed with food. The<br />

Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine at artichoke<br />

restaurant most certainly does not fail to<br />

disappoint. In addition to a wide range of “mezze”<br />

plates (such as figs with goat cheese), hungry<br />

diners should try delicacies like slow-roasted<br />

lamb shoulder, Wagyu beef with a chilli harissa<br />

dip, hot skillet prawns and duck kebab tacos with<br />

innovative avocado hummus.<br />

artichoke.com.sg, +65 6336 6949<br />

Soaring Success of Symphony<br />

In recent years, through its performances in Singapore and around the world — not to mention a growing<br />

portfolio of recordings — the Singapore Symphony Orchestra has been garnering a well-earned reputation<br />

for excellence. Now the orchestra teams up with the charistmatic Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel<br />

for a gala concert in the island nation’s durian-shaped Esplanade concert hall. <strong>Jan</strong>uary 5-6, sso.org.sg<br />

104 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>




Myanmar<br />

yangon / mandalay<br />


The Pawn Room<br />

With an atmosphere reminiscent of an ancient Chinese pawn shop, The Pawn<br />

Room takes visitors back to a 1920s Shanghai, decorated with paper lanterns,<br />

rattan chairs and herbalist cabinets. And the pawn shop concept doesn’t just<br />

stop there. On certain nights, visitors may choose to trade their belongings or<br />

services to work at the bar in exchange for cocktails. A wide range of cocktails<br />

include those with a particular Asian focus and ingredients, including that of<br />

kaffir lime leaves, pandan syrup and cream. And should you wish for a change<br />

of scene, try out The Private Room wine lounge located on the same street,<br />

operated by the same management. www.facebook.com/tprttdi, +60 13-483 8863<br />


Top Chef by the Lake<br />

Leading Swiss chef Boris Granges is now at the helm of Le Planteur, a<br />

restaurant in a stunning colonial-era waterfront property on picturesque<br />

Inya Lake. Fine dining continues despite several incarnations since<br />

the restaurant’s modest opening in 1998. Le Planteur consists of several<br />

dining and drinking venues to suit all tastes with their upscale restaurant,<br />

a bistro, wine bar and a tearoom for high teas. The excellent menu ranges<br />

from a tender fillet of cod and foie gras with pear chutney to a dessert of<br />

wasabi ice cream. leplanteur.net, +95 1 514 230<br />

Afternoon Teas<br />

Asian destinations with a strong colonial<br />

past have revived the delights of an<br />

extensive afternoon tea, especially Kuala<br />

Lumpur. Charming spreads include dainty<br />

sandwiches and scones with jam and<br />

clotted cream. Locations offering a superior<br />

afternoon tea experience include Lounge<br />

On the Park at the Mandarin Oriental,<br />

Serena Brasserie at the InterContinental,<br />

The Drawing Room at the St. Regis and the<br />

Orchid Observatory at the Majestic. For a<br />

Malaysian-inspired menu, try OneFiveSix at<br />

the InterContinental.<br />

mandarinaoriental.com, kualalumpur.<br />

intercontinental.com, stregiskualalumpur.com,<br />

majestickl.com<br />

A Taste of <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

It’s always good to eat <strong>Thai</strong> food and nowhere is it<br />

better in Kuala Lumpur than at Baan Kanom Jeen,<br />

with its focus on different combinations of thin rice<br />

noodles with curries, gravies and sauces. Try the<br />

Kanom Jeen Set with noodle balls,<br />

sauces, boiled eggs, anchovies and<br />

leafy herbs and vegetables.<br />

Other delicious items on<br />

the menu include green<br />

curry with fried rice<br />

and fish, phad thai<br />

and a mouthwatering<br />

selection of desserts.<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

baankanomjeenmy<br />

Contemporary by Tradition<br />

Mogok Pauk Pauk, a Myanmar transgender fashion designer in Yangon, is now on the list<br />

of top Southeast Asian designers. After graduating from renown fashion design institutes<br />

in Milan and Paris, she returned home and dedicated her work to creating awareness of<br />

the traditional Myanmar textile design known as luntaya acheik. At Pauk Pauk’s studio in<br />

Mandalay, villagers create traditional patterns with old weaving methods. In collaboration,<br />

she adds design touches into the patterns to give a sense of the contemporary to the<br />

textiles. www.mogokpaukpauk.com; Yangon +95 9 2522 4048; Mandalay +95 2 666 28<br />

Garden of Spices<br />

Justifiably proud to be the only Indian-Myanmar fine dining<br />

restaurant in Mandalay, the Spice Garden is an elegant restaurant<br />

serving Myanmar, Northern and Southern Indian cuisines with a<br />

strong focus on poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Guests<br />

can dine on such Myanmar delights as refreshing salads and<br />

curries. Desserts include Indian favourites like rasmalai, gulab<br />

jamun and kheer. Food enthusiasts can even learn how to prepare<br />

the restaurant’s dishes in specially organised cooking classes with<br />

the resident chefs. hotelredcanal.com<br />

106 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />



vietnam / cambodia<br />

danang / SIEM REAP<br />


Lie-in For<br />

Harmony<br />

Work on your mind and<br />

body without having<br />

to move an inch. Lie<br />

down to the ultimate<br />

experience at HARNN<br />

Heritage Spa that’s at the<br />

InterContinental Danang<br />

Sun Peninsula Resort and<br />

let spa therapists work<br />

to restore the natural<br />

balance to your body and<br />

mind. Methods here are<br />

inspired by the practice of<br />

traditional Asian medicine<br />

and naturopathy.<br />

The finest botanical<br />

ingredients also inspire<br />

restorative harmony and<br />

health. You’ll also feel more<br />

relaxed to know that the spa<br />

was crowned<br />

in 2016 as Asia’s Best<br />

Resort Spa at the World<br />

Spa Awards. Dash through<br />

the terminal to de-stress<br />

because treatments are<br />

also available in the VIP<br />

departure lounge of<br />

Danang International<br />

Airport.<br />

danang.intercontinental.com<br />

Cambodian Luxe for Two<br />

Thoughts for two this <strong>Feb</strong>ruary? Consider a Heritage Package<br />

meant for two people by the Sokha Siem Reap Resort. Centrally<br />

located in Siem Reap, the resort is done in traditional Cambodian<br />

decor with French colonial touches. Travellers can discover the<br />

very best of the Angkor archaeological park with the package<br />

offering a one-day sightseeing tour to a definite must – the Angkor<br />

Wat Complex — complete with a tour guide. Afterwards, enjoy a<br />

30-minute foot massage, dinner for two at Lotus Restaurant, and<br />

complimentary use of spa facilities.<br />

sokhahotels.com<br />

Swing with a View<br />

This is the second year for the Vietnam Golf Trophy (VGT)<br />

tournament, following its previous success in Hanoi in 2016.<br />

VGT <strong>2017</strong> tees off in Danang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city for 5<br />

days, 4 nights and 3 rounds of golf in a selection of 3 world-class<br />

golf courses set in natural settings and unique landscapes in an<br />

area that boasts one of the best coastlines. Choices for the 3 golf<br />

courses include the Danang Golf Club, designed by Australian<br />

golf legend Greg Norman, and lies close to 2 of Vietnam’s most<br />

historic destinations – UNESCO World Heritage sites Hoi An<br />

and Hue. Swing that golf club to magnificent views of the Marble<br />

Mountains, the East Sea and the Cham Islands. Another golf<br />

course is the Montgomerie Link, designed by Scottish golfer<br />

Colin Montgomerie, located near the renowned China Beach,<br />

and Ba Na Hills Golf Club by Luke Donald; surrounded by<br />

picturesque hills.<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 12-16,<br />

vietnamgolftrophy.com<br />

108 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />



INDIA<br />

mumbai<br />


Caving In<br />

For a change of pace from Mumbai’s exhilarating energy, it is worthwhile to<br />

escape to a plethora of deep, ancient and mysterious caves not far from the<br />

city. The Elephanta caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on an island 11<br />

kilometres away from Mumbai and reachable via a charming boat journey.<br />

Easily reached as well are the Kanheri caves on the outskirts of the city and<br />

hidden in lush green hills which clearly traces the development of Buddhism<br />

in Western India. Finally, there are the Shaiva caves at Borivali known as<br />

Mandapeshvara. Explore the awe-inspiring formations that have stood the<br />

test of time and offer a tranquil break from the city. maharashtratourism.gov.in<br />

Designer Dining<br />

Eat in bi-level style in a space designed by Kapil Gupta, one of India’s<br />

leading architects, Tote on the Turf is set amidst a lush canopy of<br />

100-year-old trees with a stunning backdrop of historic buildings and<br />

the green of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course. Integrating cuttingedge<br />

design techniques with traditional elements, making Tote an<br />

award-winning venture in architecture, design and hospitality. And<br />

there’s Neel, the specialty Indian restaurant on the ground level of<br />

Tote, whose focus pays homage to the rich and evolved cuisine of<br />

old Nawabi families from Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kashmir. The<br />

blend of authentic flavours, textures and colours of the dining space<br />

indeed creates a sensational culinary experience. thetote.in<br />

Fashionable Favourites<br />

Mumbai can clearly be designated as India’s<br />

most fashionable metropolis and visitors<br />

have a wide range of retail options in order<br />

to bring home something exotic, colourful<br />

and distinctive. In addition to browsing<br />

markets and roadside stalls just where are<br />

the coolest spots in the city? Bungalow 8,<br />

housed in an austere concrete mansion, is a<br />

three-floor lifestyle shop containing a wide<br />

range of Asian homeware and fashion. Wellknown<br />

for its desirable menswear it also has<br />

its own in-house fashion line, The Bungalow.<br />

Le Mill is a former rice mill from the 1930s<br />

in the docklands and in addition to fashion<br />

houses a florist and café. Bombay Electric,<br />

just around the corner from the Taj Mahal<br />

Palace Hotel, features fashion from up-andcoming<br />

Indian designers, jewellery and even<br />

retro Bollywood posters. bungaloweight.com,<br />

lemilldindia.com, bombayelectric.in<br />

110 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>


MALdives<br />


A Real Retreat<br />

How about getting away from it all by retreating to the superb resort of Sun<br />

Aqua Vilu Reef? Accessible by a 40-minute seaplane flight in which guests<br />

can truly discover the beauty of the area from the air, this excellent resort<br />

offers guests a multitude of activities such as snorkelling around the natural<br />

reefs, excursions to local untouched islands and canoes that guests can use<br />

to explore the islands themselves. A wide range of bars and restaurants<br />

include the popular Dhoni Boat buffet which is located right on the beach<br />

and serves delicious fresh seafood. www.sunaqua.com, +960 676 0011<br />

Underwater Bikers<br />

By far one of the best – and most unusual – ways to discover the<br />

undersea wonders of the Maldives is a scooter three metres below<br />

the surface. Working on an upside-down cup principle where<br />

the helmet is filled with air, both one and two-seater scooters are<br />

available for the 30-minute experience. The scooters require no<br />

prior training and even children from the age of ten are allowed to<br />

ride them. www.underwater-scooters.com, +687 79 73 99<br />

A Place of Remembrance<br />

Holidays should be a time for fun and relaxation but when visiting the Maldives, it is well<br />

worth taking the time to remember the terrible 2004 tsunami that afflicted the Indian<br />

Ocean. The Tsunami Monument in Malé is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on<br />

December 26, 2004. It is notable for its unique design including a core of iron rods, each<br />

of which represents a life lost with the victim’s name engraved on it. The monument is a<br />

worthy place for peace and contemplation. Boduthakurufaanu Magu, 960 Male’<br />

112 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Corporate<br />

bangkok airways news 116 / flyerbonus 124 / route map 126 / aircraft info 128<br />


Bangkok Airways NEWS<br />

Bangkok Airways organises<br />

a memorial ceremony to<br />

honour HM King Bhumibol<br />

A memorial ceremony honouring<br />

His Majesty the late King Bhumibol<br />

Adulyadej was organised by Bangkok<br />

Airways Public Company Limited and<br />

led by President Capt. Puttipong<br />

Prasarttong-Osoth, with the attendance<br />

of the executive management<br />

and staff on November 10, 2016.<br />

Mr. Puttipong read a tribute<br />

to His Majesty and joined with every<br />

staff member for a moment of<br />

silence. In respectful homage,<br />

everyone gathered together and<br />

sang the royal anthem “Sansoen Phra<br />

Barami” for the late King. The<br />

ceremony took place at the Head<br />

Office of Bangkok Airways on<br />

Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สจัดพิธีถวายอาลัยแด่<br />

พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพล<br />

อดุลยเดช<br />

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน)<br />

หรือสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นาโดย<br />

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ<br />

กรรมการผู้อานวยการใหญ่ พร้อมคณะ<br />

ผู้บริหารและพนักงาน จัดพิธีถวายอาลัย<br />

เบื้องหน้าพระบรมฉายาลักษณ์ พระบาท-<br />

สมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช<br />

เพื่อน้อมราลึกในพระมหากรุณาธิคุณ<br />

อันหาที่สุดมิได้ โดยมีนายพุฒิพงศ์กล่าว<br />

บทกลอนถวายอาลัย และร่วมกับพนักงาน<br />

ยืนสงบนิ่งถวายอาลัยเป็นเวลา 99 วินาที<br />

ต่อด้วยการร้องเพลงสรรเสริญพระบารมี<br />

ณ สานักงานใหญ่ สายการบินบางกอก-<br />

แอร์เวย์ส ถ.วิภาวดีรังสิต<br />

116 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>


The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been<br />

honoured as the “Father of <strong>Thai</strong> Rice Research and<br />

Development” for his great contributions which led to<br />

food security and economic, social, and cultural stability.<br />

On October 2016, the <strong>Thai</strong> cabinet accorded<br />

His Majesty the new honorary title in the field of rice,<br />

along with his late grandfather King Rama V, who was<br />

also honoured as the “Father of <strong>Thai</strong> Rice Reform.”<br />

King Rama V brought major changes to rice farming<br />

together with improvements to the state’s management<br />

of the rice trade and transportation.<br />

His Majesty King Bhumibol commenced rice research<br />

and development in various royally initiated projects.<br />

He suggested the re-introduction of the annual Royal<br />

Cultivating Ceremony and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony<br />

to boost the morale of <strong>Thai</strong> farmers.<br />

Today, <strong>Thai</strong>land is a major source of rice cultivation<br />

with the largest amount produced for global markets.<br />

It is also recognised as the centre for research and<br />

study of rice varieties.<br />

Photo: Thewin Chanyawong<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land’s prized<br />

products, such as<br />

rice, are part of an<br />

ongoing government<br />

campaign to<br />

bring increased<br />

awareness in<br />

regional and<br />

global markets.<br />

The Glorious <strong>Thai</strong> Rice<br />

Rice has long been <strong>Thai</strong>land’s traditional food crop<br />

whose history can be traced back 5,500 years<br />

alongside the birth of <strong>Thai</strong> civilisation. Archaeologists<br />

found traces of rice husks in clay used in making<br />

ancient pottery at the archaeological sites of<br />

Ban Chiang in Udon Thani province and in<br />

Khon Kaen province.<br />

Presently in <strong>Thai</strong>land, round-grain rice is grown<br />

in northern rice fields, while long-grain rice is more<br />

common in the central and southern parts of the<br />

country. Mostly harvested in the northeast is <strong>Thai</strong><br />

jasmine rice, considered the world’s best.<br />

Royal Contributions in Rice Farming<br />

Over the years, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol<br />

Adulyadej paid great attention to the preservation<br />

of <strong>Thai</strong> rice. His Majesty’s active work in quality rice<br />

development has been globally renowned. In 1996, the<br />

International Rice Research Institute conferred him with<br />

a gold medal of International Rice Award, the first and<br />

only one to be given by the institute. Throughout his<br />

reign of over half a century, the late monarch played<br />

a vital role in promoting and improving rice production,<br />

as well as supporting research and the development of<br />

rice varieties.<br />

อันว่าข้าวไทยนั้นเป็นที่ขึ้นชื่อเลื่องลือมานานนับในตลาดโลก<br />

ถึงความหอม นุ่ม อร่อย ยิ่งต่อมาได้รับการสนับสนุนส่งเสริมงาน<br />

วิจัยในด้านการทำนุบำรุงและพัฒนาพันธุ์ข้าวตลอดระยะเวลา<br />

กว่าครึ่งศตวรรษจากองค์พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทร-<br />

มหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชด้วยแล้ว ข้าวไทยจึงยิ่งโดดเด่นด้วยคุณภาพสูง<br />

จนเป็นที่ยอมรับกันไปทั่วโลก สถาบันวิจัยข้าวนานาชาติ (IRRI)<br />

จึงได้น้อมเกล้าฯ ถวายเหรียญทอง “International Rice Award”<br />

แด่พระองค์ท่าน ในปี 2539 เพียงพระองค์แรกและพระองค์เดียวในโลก<br />

ปัจจุบันข้าวไทยมีหลากหลายพันธุ์ สามารถนำไปแปรรูป<br />

และประกอบอาหารได้หลายรูปแบบ ทั้งขนมและคาวหวาน<br />

ในมื้อหลักต่างๆ นานาแทรกอยู่ในทุกวัฒนธรรมอาหารการกิน<br />

ทั่วโลก รัฐบาลถือเป็นนโยบายสำคัญที่จะผลักดันให้ข้าวไทย<br />

ก้าวไกลอย่างมั่นคง เพื่อเป็นการสานต่อพระปณิธานในพระองค์<br />

ท่านที่จะดูแลอาณาประชาราษฎร์ให้อยู่เย็นเป็นสุขอย่างสถาพร<br />

สืบไปนั่นเอง<br />

118 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Bangkok Airways NEWS<br />

Bangkok Airways Hosts 2 Annual<br />

Royal Kathina Ceremonies<br />

Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, the CEO of Bangkok Airways Public Company<br />

Limited, presided over the ceremony of the Royal Kathin Robe Offering at<br />

Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai province, <strong>Thai</strong>land. The tradition to offer robes<br />

and other essentials to monks following Buddhist Lent took place on<br />

October 27, 2016.<br />

Participants included Bangkok Airways President Capt. Puttipong<br />

Prasarttong-Osoth, airline committee members, executive teams and their<br />

staff, together with Deputy Governor of Chiang Rai, Mr. Boonyavet<br />

Sripuangchai, senior government officials and honorary guests.<br />

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) ถวายผ้า<br />

พระกฐินพระราชทาน ประจาปี 2559 โดยมีนายแพทย์<br />

ปราเสริฐ ปราสาททองโอสถ ประธานคณะผู้บริหาร<br />

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อานวย-<br />

การใหญ่ คณะกรรมการ คณะผู้บริหาร และ<br />

พนักงานบริษัทฯ พร้อมด้วย นายบุญเวทย์ ศรีพวงใจ<br />

รองผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัดเชียงราย ข้าราชการชั้นผู้ใหญ่<br />

และแขกผู้มีเกียรติ เข้าร่วมในพิธีเมื่อวันที่ 27 ตุลาคม<br />

พ.ศ. 2559 ณ วัดพระแก้ว จังหวัดเชียงราย<br />

Mrs. Dennapa Prasarttong-Osoth and Capt. Puttipong<br />

Prasarttong-Osoth (4-5th from left), Mr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth<br />

and Mrs. Vanli Prasarttong-Osoth (7-8th from left)<br />

Bangkok Airways also hosted<br />

another Kathina Ceremony held<br />

at Mingun Tipitaka Nikaya<br />

Monastery in the Sagaing region in<br />

Myanmar on November 1, 2016.<br />

The ceremony was presided by<br />

Bangkok Airways executives and<br />

their family members with the aim<br />

to make merit and strengthen<br />

religious ties between Buddhists<br />

in <strong>Thai</strong>land and neighbouring<br />

country.<br />

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน)<br />

จัดงานเทศกาลกฐินประจาปี 2559 โดย<br />

มีนายแพทย์ปราเสริฐ ปราสาททองโอสถ<br />

ประธานคณะผู้บริหาร นางวัลลีย์ ปราสาท<br />

ทองโอสถ นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททอง-<br />

โอสถ กรรมการผู้อานวยการใหญ่ และ<br />

นางเด่นนภา ปราสาททองโอสถ เข้าร่วมใน<br />

พิธีเมื่อวันที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2559<br />

ณ วัดมิงกุนโมเมกกงเหม่ สถาบันศึกษา<br />

พระไตรปิฎก รัฐสกาย สาธารณรัฐแห่ง<br />

สหภาพเมียนมาร์<br />

120 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

Bangkok Airways NEWS<br />

Popular <strong>Thai</strong> star<br />

Yaya-Urassaya<br />

Sperbund joined<br />

the Bangkok<br />

Airways Youth Art<br />

Camp in Sukhothai,<br />

with over 50<br />

students and<br />

teachers<br />

participating from<br />

local schools.<br />


Bangkok Airways Public Co., Ltd. recently organised<br />

the “Bangkok Airways Youth Art Camp” in both<br />

Sukhothai and Trat provinces to emphasise and expand<br />

on the local culture and arts. To help build a stronger<br />

sense of community, Bangkok Airways created outreach<br />

programmes for the youth living in areas around the<br />

Sukhothai and Trat Airports.<br />

The art camps had the aim to encourage the local<br />

youth to preserve community uniqueness together with<br />

its invaluable arts and culture. By promoting a love for<br />

the arts, the programmes fostered a sense of belonging<br />

among the local youth in both provinces.<br />

Art Camp activities at Wat Tha Som, Trat Province, where 10<br />

selected paintings were exhibited at Trat Airport.<br />

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) เปิดโครงการค่ายศิลปะ<br />

ภายใต้หัวข้อ “สืบสานงานศิลป์ รักษ์ถิ่นบ้านเกิด” เพื่อส่งเสริมและ<br />

สนับสนุนให้เยาวชนในท้องถิ่นอนุรักษ์ศิลปวัฒนธรรมและงาน<br />

ศิลปะที่เป็นอัตลักษณ์ของชุมชน ณ โครงการไร่เกษตรอินทรีย์<br />

สนามบินสุโขทัย จังหวัดสุโขทัย โดยมี ญาญ่า - อุรัสยา เสปอร์บันด์<br />

เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม โดยมีการเชิญคณะครูและนักเรียนจากโรงเรียน<br />

ในพื้นที่โดยรอบสนามบินสุโขทัยกว่า 50 คนเข้าร่วมกิจกรรม<br />

ต่างๆ มากมาย อาทิ “สัมผัสวิถีเกษตรอินทรีย์” ชมการทำสวน<br />

เกษตรแปลงผักอินทรีย์แบบดั้งเดิม นั่งรถราง ปั่นจักรยานรอบ<br />

เมืองสุโขทัยเพื่อชมมรดกโลก รวมถึงเรียนรู้ศิลปะและประวัติศาสตร์<br />

ความเป็นมาเบื้องต้นของจังหวัดสุโขทัย<br />

นอกจากนี้ยังจัดค่าย “สืบสานงานศิลป์ รักษ์ถิ่นบ้านเกิด”<br />

ขึ้นที่โรงเรียนวัดท่าโสม จ.ตราด ซึ่งมีผลงานที่ผ่านการคัดเลือก<br />

จำนวน 10 ผลงาน ที่ถ่ายทอดเรื่องราวของชุมชนตำบลท่าโสม<br />

ได้เป็นอย่างดี และผลงานดังกล่าวได้ถูกนำไปจัดแสดงที่สนามบิน<br />

ตราด เพื่อให้นักท่องเที่ยวได้ชื่นชมอีกด้วย<br />


Members of a<br />

fund-raising<br />

programme supported<br />

by Bangkok Airways<br />

gather next to the<br />

irrigation canal that<br />

has been brought<br />

“back to life” to<br />

provide water to<br />

crops once it<br />

was fixed.<br />

“A Life Canal” has been a short but very meaningful water-related<br />

project for Bangkok Airways and the community of Tungsalieum<br />

district in Sukhothai province. People who relied on water from the<br />

Mae Bor Thong dam in the Klang Dong area experienced problems with<br />

damaged irrigation canals for several years. Insufficient water from an<br />

upstream reservoir, Mae Mok, affected the quality of agriculture and<br />

reduced productivity, especially to areas downstream that covered over<br />

850 rai (about 150 households).<br />

“คลองส่งน้ำมีชีวิต” คำสั้นๆ แต่มี<br />

ความหมายอย่างยิ่งสำหรับชุมชนอำเภอ<br />

ทุ่งเสลี่ยม จังหวัดสุโขทัย เนื่องด้วยตลอด<br />

หลายปีที่ผ่านมา กลุ่มเกษตรกรผู้ใช้น้ำ<br />

จากฝายแม่บ่อทอง ตำบลกลางดง<br />

อำเภอทุ่งเสลี่ยม ประสบปัญหาเรื่อง<br />

คลองชลประทานชำรุดเสียหาย ทำให้ไม่ได้<br />

รับน้ำจากอ่างเก็บน้ำฝายแม่มอกอย่าง<br />

พอเพียง โดยเฉพาะพื้นที ่ทำการเกษตร<br />

ปลายน้ำซึ่งใช้ปลูกข้าวเป็นหลัก ชุมชนจึงมี<br />

รายได้ไม่เพียงพอต่อการดำรงชีพ<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้เล็งเห็นความสำคัญ<br />

ของกลุ่มเกษตรกรในพื้นที่ดังกล่าว จึงได้<br />

สนับสนุนงบประมาณเพื่อซ่อมแซมคลอง<br />

ส่งน้ำที่ชำรุดเป็นระยะทางกว่า 20 เมตร<br />

ทำให้คลองส่งน้ำแห่งนี้กลับมามีชีวิตขึ้นอีก<br />

ครั้ง และช่วยหล่อเลี้ยงพื้นที่การเกษตรได้<br />

ทั่วถึงและยั่งยืนต่อไป<br />

122 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

flyerbonus<br />

winners from the “FlyerBonus Ten Years of<br />

Magical Journeys” Campaign ANNOUNCED<br />

Awards programme FlyerBonus, led by Mrs. Darunee Debavalya,<br />

Senior Director – Marketing Loyalty & Service (1st from left) congratulated<br />

Mr. Anusorn Thorasin (2nd from left), the lucky FlyerBonus member on<br />

winning a three days, two nights travel package to Luang Prabang<br />

from the “Ten Years of Magical Journeys” campaign. The ceremony was<br />

held at Bangkok Airways’ Ticketing Office in Lampang. The three days,<br />

two nights travel package to Luang Prabang is the grand prize from<br />

October 2016, sponsored by Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang. The value<br />

of the prize is 89,655 Baht.<br />

The “Ten Years of Magical Journeys” is a campaign to celebrate<br />

FlyerBonus’ 10th anniversary, offering FlyerBonus members travelling<br />

between December 10, 2015 and December 9, 2016 a chance to<br />

win an array of great prizes. The drawings took place on the 10th of<br />

every month throughout 2016.<br />

รายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัส ของสายการบิน<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยคุณดรุณี เทพวัลย์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส<br />

ส่วนกลยุทธ์ลูกค้าสัมพันธ์และการบริการ (ที่ 1 จากซ้าย) จัดพิธี<br />

มอบรางวัลแพ็กเกจท่องเที่ยวหลวงพระบาง ซึ่งเป็นรางวัลที่หนึ่ง<br />

ประจำเดือนตุลาคม 2559 จากแคมเปญ “Ten Years of Magical<br />

Journeys” แก่สมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัสผู้โชคดี ณ สำนักงาน<br />

ออกบัตรโดยสาร สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส สำนักงาน<br />

ท่าอากาศยานลำปาง<br />

สำหรับรางวัลที่หนึ่งประจำเดือนตุลาคม 2559 คือ<br />

รางวัลแพ็กเกจท่องเที่ยวหลวงพระบาง 3 วัน 2 คืน สำหรับ 2 ท่าน<br />

มูลค่า 89,655 บาท ได้รับการสนับสนุนที่พักจากโรงแรม<br />

Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang โดยสมาชิกผู้โชคดี<br />

คือ คุณอนุสรณ์ ธรสินธุ์ (ที่ 2 จากซ้าย)<br />

124 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

126 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />


<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />


Bangkok Airways operates four types of aircraft<br />

Take me home.<br />


JAN-FEB <strong>2017</strong><br />

AIRBUS A319<br />

Number of fleet : 12<br />

Number of dual class :<br />

4 (Business & Economy)<br />

Passenger capacity :<br />

12 seats & 108 seats<br />

number of single class :<br />

4/4 (Economy)<br />

Engine : IAE V2500<br />

Passenger capacity :<br />

138/144 seats<br />

Length : 33.84 m<br />

Wingspan : 34.1 m<br />

height : 12.17 m<br />

cruising speed : 920 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

39,800 ft<br />

<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> is the inflight magazine of Bangkok Airways.<br />

It is YOUR MAGAZINE. It is distributed complimentarily on all<br />

Bangkok Airways flights. We hope you enjoy the magazine.<br />

AIRBUS A320<br />

Number of fleet : 8<br />

Length : 37.57 m<br />

Wingspan : 34.1 m<br />

height : 12.17 m<br />

Engine : IAE V2500<br />

cruising speed :<br />

870 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

39,800 ft<br />

passenger capacity :<br />

162 seats<br />

•••••<br />

Too much baggage?<br />

Read<br />

<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

online!<br />

atr 72-500<br />

Number of fleet : 6<br />

Length : 27.17 m<br />

Wingspan : 27.06 m<br />

height : 7.65 m<br />

Engine : 2 x 2,750 hp<br />

Pratt & Whitney<br />

Canada PW127F<br />

cruising speed :<br />

509 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

25,000 ft<br />

passenger capacity :<br />

70 seats<br />

<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> also comes in a digital format.<br />

You can read <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> at<br />

fahthaimag.com<br />

And feel free to send us your feedback.<br />

Your voice is our inspiration!<br />

atr 72-600<br />

NEW<br />

Number of fleet : 7<br />

Length : 27.166 m<br />

Wingspan : 27.050 m<br />

height : 7.72 m<br />

Engine : 2 x 2,750 hp<br />

Pratt & Whitney<br />

Canada PW127M<br />

cruising speed :<br />

509 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

25,000 ft<br />

passenger capacity :<br />

70 seats<br />



Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :<br />

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations<br />

Chiang Rai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Hat Yai :<br />

2 flights per day from Phuket<br />

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Krabi : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Mae Hong Son : 10 flights per week from Chiang Mai<br />

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Sukhothai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />


Chengdu : 7 flights per week from Samui<br />

Danang : 4 flights per week from Bangkok<br />

Dhaka :<br />

1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Guang Zhou : 7 flights per week from Samui<br />

Hong Kong : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui<br />

Kuala Lumpur : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Luang Prabang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Male’ :<br />

1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Mandalay : 1 flight per day from Bangkok ;<br />

4 flights per week from Chiang Mai<br />

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok<br />

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui<br />

Vientiane : 1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Yangon : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai<br />

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checking out<br />

Guangzhou,<br />

Edgy by the River<br />

The industrial port on the Pearl<br />

River fast forwards itself as an<br />

architecture destination with<br />

structures like the avant garde<br />

Guangzhou Opera House.<br />

130 <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>

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