Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2017


Fah Thai

JAN-FEB 2017



The New Golden Era

Thailand has entered a new chapter

in history as His Royal Highness

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

acceded to the throne on

December 1, 2016.

Words: Anjira Assavanonda

The proclamation for our new

King came seven weeks after the

passing of his much-revered

father, His Majesty King Bhumibol

Adulyadej, the world’s longest

reigning monarch.

A formal invitation from

parliament began the accession

process, concluding with a

ceremony at the Dusit Palace in

Bangkok. The Crown Prince, 64,

accepted the invitation from the

Head of the National Legislative

Assembly and agreed to become

King. He is now King Rama X,

the tenth sovereign of the Chakri

Dynasty with the official title “His

Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn


Thai Prime Minister Prayuth

Chan-ocha announced to the

nation that the heir to the

throne graciously accepted the

invitation. “I would like to accept

(the invitation) in order to fulfill

His Majesty’s wishes and for the

benefit of all Thais,” the new

King stated.

“A kingdom should not be

without a monarch on the throne,”

said Gen Prayuth, announcing the

commencement of the new reign to

begin on October 13, 2016.

His Majesty as A Young Boy

His Majesty King

Maha Vajiralongkorn

Bodindradebayavarangkun was

born on July 28, 1952 at Ambara

Villa of Dusit Palace. He is the

only son of His Majesty the late

King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her

Majesty Queen Sirikit.

The 13th Supreme Patriarch

of the Rattanakosin era gave

the newborn prince his first

name as “Somdej Phra Chao Luk

Ya Ter Chaofa Vajiralongkorn

Boromchakrayadisorn Santatiwong






As a child, His Majesty had

been neat and orderly, who always

respected rules and regulations.

Whenever he saw a sign indicating

“Shoes Off First”, the young

prince would immediately

follow instructions. His sense of

discipline grew stronger as he

grew up.

He developed a fondness for

military affairs at an early age. As

a young prince, he often visited

the military garrison and asked

questions to those in the services

as he inspected their uniforms

and orderliness. His Majesty once

asked his father, the late monarch,

to build a small mock-up military

camp in the palace. He spent a lot

in this camp, either cooking for

himself or enjoying meals with

those around him.

On December 28, 1972, at the

auspicious time of 12:23 pm, in

accordance to a centuries-old

tradition in the Ananta Samakhom

Throne Hall, he was proclaimed

Crown Prince.

As he accepted the title, the

Crown Prince gave his oath to

the people and promised, “I will

perform my duties to the best of my

intelligence and ability, and also

with devotion, for the peace and

prosperity of Thailand.”

His Education

His Majesty King Rama X

received his early education at

Chitralada School in the Dusit

Palace, followed by King’s Mead

School in Seaford, Sussex, and

continued on to Millfield School in

Somerset, Great Britain.

Because he had always expressed

a strong interest in military affairs,

the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

approved the Crown Prince’s

attendance at a military course

at the King’s School in Sydney,

Australia in 1970.

In 1972, he entered the Royal

Military College, Duntroon in

Canberra, Australia. The two-part

curriculum had a military training

course designed by the Australian

Army and a bachelor’s degree

under the supervision of the

University of New South Wales. He

graduated from the college in 1976

with the rank of lieutenant and a

degree in liberal arts.

Training programmes in special

forces, demolition, unconventional

warfare tactics and advanced

aviation training in Australia and

the United States enhanced His

Majesty’s military background.

His Military and

Aviation Skills

Through intensive flight training,

His Majesty became a qualified

military pilot and gained

recognition as “the first fighter jet

pilot prince” of the Chakri Dynasty.

After returning to Thailand,

he served as a career officer in

the Royal Thai Army and attended

the Command and General Staff

College in 1977. He also served as

a staff officer in the Directorate

of Army Intelligence, and in 1978,

became head of the King’s Personal

Bodyguard Battalion.

With expertise in aviation, His

Majesty used his knowledge to

develop a flight training curriculum

and also helped train pilots in the

Royal Thai Air Force on modern

flight techniques.

His Majesty also enrolled in a

Commercial Pilot Licence Course at

the Civil Aviation Training Centre.

In 2005, he earned his wings as a

pilot for the Boeing 737-400, and

received a pilot certificate from

the Department of Civil Aviation.

In May 2009, he celebrated 3,000

hours of commercial flight time on

the Boeing 737-400.

Prior to His Majesty’s accession

to the throne, he held the ranks of

General in the Royal Thai Army,

Admiral in the Royal Thai Navy and

Air Chief Marshal in the Royal Thai

Air Force.

Upholder of the

Buddhist Religion

His Majesty strongly upholds the

tenets of Buddhism. On November

6, 1978, he was ordained as a

monk at the age of 26, with a

ceremony at the ordination hall

of the Temple of the Emerald

Buddha. He was given the name

“Vajiralongkornno” and went

on to stay at Wat Bovoranives

Vihara for 15 days, during which

His Majesty devoted himself to

Buddhist studies. He also went

out for alms in many places

and strictly followed Buddhist

practices as a monk.

Over the years as Crown Prince,

His Majesty accompanied his

father, the late King Bhumibol,

to several religious events. When

King Bhumibol took on fewer

public engagements because of

frail health, the Crown Prince

stepped in to perform religious

rituals on his behalf.

In his show of commitment

to the Thai people, we wish His

Majesty a blessed and

prosperous reign.

เมื่อวันที่ 1 ธันวาคม พ.ศ. 2559 สมเด็จพระบรม-

โอรสาธิราชฯ สยามมกุฎราชกุมาร ทรงมีพระราชดำารัส

ตอบรับการขึ้นครองราชย์ ตามคำากราบบังคมทูลเชิญ

ของประธานสภานิติบัญญัติแห่งชาติ ทำ าหน้าที่ประธาน

รัฐสภา นับเป็นย่างก้าวสำาคัญสู่หน้าประวัติศาสตร์ใหม่ของ

ประเทศไทยภายใต้รัชกาลที่ 10 หลังจากที่พระบาทสมเด็จ

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช ผู้ทรงเป็นที่รักยิ่งของ

ปวงชนชาวไทยเสด็จสวรรคตเมื่อวันที่ 13 ตุลาคม พ.ศ.

2559 โดยทรงมีพระราชโองการโปรดเกล้าโปรดกระหม่อม

ให้เฉลิมพระปรมาภิไธยว่า “สมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิรา-

ลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร”



บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร เป็นพระราชโอรส

เพียงพระองค์เดียว ในพระบาทสมเด็จพระ

ปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช และสมเด็จ

พระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ ทรง

พระราชสมภพ เมื่อวันที่ 28 กรกฎาคม

พ.ศ. 2495 ณ พระที่นั่งอัมพรสถาน


ทรงมีพระนามตามที่ สมเด็จพระ

วชิรญาณวงศ์ สมเด็จพระสังฆราชเจ้าองค์

ที่ 13 แห่งรัตนโกสินทร์ถวายว่า “สมเด็จ

พระเจ้าลูกยาเธอ เจ้าฟ้าวชิราลงกรณ บรม

จักรยาดิศรสันตติวงศ์ เทเวศธำ ารงสุบริบาล

อภิคุณูประการมหิตลาดุลเดช ภูมิพล

นเรศวรางกูร กิตติสิริสมบูรณสวางควัฒน์


ตั้งแต่ยังทรงพระเยาว์ ทรงโปรดใน

ความเป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย และทรงสน



รับสั่งถามถึงการกินอยู่ ทรงตรวจสอบการ


ทรงเคารพในกฎระเบียบ ไม่ทรงฝ่าฝืนข้อ

บังคับหรือคำ าสั่งใดๆ และเมื่อเจริญพระวัย


เมื่อทรงเจริญพระชนมายุครบ 20

พรรษา ทรงได้รับการสถาปนาเป็น สมเด็จ

พระบรมโอรสาธิราชฯ สยามมกุฎราชกุมาร

ในวันที่ 28 ธันวาคม พ.ศ. 2515

เมื่อพระชนมายุได้ 4 พรรษา ทรง

เข้ารับการศึกษา ณ โรงเรียนจิตรลดา ใน

พระราชวังดุสิต จนถึงชั้นมัธยมศึกษาปีที่ 1

จากนั้นได้เสด็จพระราชดำ าเนินไปทรงศึกษา

ต่อที่โรงเรียนคิงส์มีด เมืองซีฟอร์ด แคว้น

ซัสเซกส์ และที่โรงเรียนมิลฟิลด์ เมือง

สตรีท แคว้นซอมเมอร์เซท ประเทศ

อังกฤษ ตามลำาดับ


กิจการทหารเป็นอย่างมาก พระบาทสมเด็จ

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช พระ

ราชบิดา จึงทรงพระกรุณาโปรดเกล้าฯ ให้




คิงส์สกูล นครซิดนีย์ ก่อนจะทรงเข้า

ศึกษาในวิทยาลัยการทหารที่ ดันทรูน กรุง

แคนเบอร์รา โดยทรงสำาเร็จหลักสูตรในภาค

วิชาการทหารด้วยยศร้อยโท และสำ าเร็จการ

ศึกษาในภาควิชาสามัญ สาขาอักษรศาสตร์

เมื่อ พ.ศ. 2519

นอกจากนั้น ทรงเข้ารับการฝึกฝนและ


การกระโดดร่ม อาวุธยุทธวิธี การรบพิเศษ

การลาดตระเวน การบินขับไล่ทางยุทธวิธีขั้น


และสหรัฐอเมริกา ทั้งยังทรงเข้าศึกษาใน


ครบหลักสูตร ทรงเข้ารับราชการเป็นนาย

ทหารประจำากรมข่าวทหารบก และในปี

พ.ศ. 2531 ทรงดำารงตำาแหน่งผู้บัญชาการ





บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร ทรงได้รับการยกย่องว่า

เป็น “เจ้าฟ้านักบินขับไล่ไอพ่น” พระองค์

แรกแห่งราชวงศ์จักรี ทรงทำ าการบินกับ




ใหม่ให้แก่นักบินกองทัพอากาศ นอกจาก

นั้น ทรงเข้ารับการศึกษาหลักสูตรการบิน

พลเรือน ทรงฝึกบินในฐานะนักบินโบอิ้ง

737-400 จนทรงได้รับใบอนุญาตนักบิน


ก่อนขึ้นทรงราชย์ ทรงดำ ารงพระยศ

พลเอก พลเรือเอก และพลอากาศเอก

ในกองทัพบก กองทัพเรือ และกองทัพ

อากาศ ตามลำาดับ

ด้านศาสนา ทรงมีพระราชหฤทัยศรัทธา


ทรงผนวชตามพระราชประเพณี เมื่อวันที่ 6

พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2521 ณ พระอุโบสถ

วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม จากนั้นเสด็จไป

ประทับ ณ วัดบวรนิเวศวิหาร ตลอดระยะ

เวลาที่ทรงผนวช ทรงสำ ารวมและปฏิบัติ

ตามพระธรรมวินัยอย่างเคร่งครัด ทรงพระ


บิณฑบาตจากผู้ที่ทูลเกล้าฯ ถวายตามที่

ต่างๆ หลังจากทรงปฏิบัติพระองค์อย่าง

เคร่งครัดในสมณสารูปครบ 15 วันแล้ว

จึงทรงประกาศลาสิกขา โดยทรงเสด็จ



พิธีต่างๆ ทางพระพุทธศาสนาอยู่เนืองๆ



ให้อยู่ดีมีสุข ข้าพระพุทธเจ้า สายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และนิตยสารฟ้าไทย

ขอถวายพระพร ขอพระองค์ทรงพระเจริญ


Photos: Thewin Chanyawong

Welcome On Board

letter from the president

Happy New Year to you all.

Last year marked a momentous

change and transition for Thailand.

We lost a beloved “Father of the

Nation,” His Majesty the late King

Bhumibol Adulyadej and our country

continues to mourn.

Yet our spirits have been lifted

as his heir has acceded to the

throne and we congratulate our

new sovereign, His Majesty King

Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

With our new

ruler, we usher in a new golden era

of the Chakri Dynasty.

On behalf of Bangkok Airways,

Asia’s Boutique Airline, I’d like to

welcome you to the year 2017

and also the Lunar New Year of the

Rooster. We wish you have many

chances to travel as a way to

energise yourself both physically

and mentally, and to be ready for a

good start in all aspects of life and

throughout the year.

Bangkok Airways is committed

to giving passengers our very best

service. Last year, we opened new

routes; with direct flights from

Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son and

from Bangkok to Danang thereby

making it more convenient for all

passengers. This year, we plan to

upgrade our services to meet your

needs for more travel satisfaction.

In 2016, we obtained 7 of the

latest ATR72-600 planes to join

our fleet, increasing capacity to

service both domestic and Southeast

Asian routes.

For this year, we’re improving

our inflight menus and presenting

the concept of a “Thai Asean

Menu,” with Thai and Asean gastronomy

classics such as Tom Yum

Kung, Seafood Somtam, Thai Green

Curry with Chicken and Chicken

Massaman Curry. The menu is

created by renowned Thai chef,

ML Sirichalerm Svasti (Chef McDang),

in support of the government travel

policy to promote Thai culture and

cuisine. We hope our passengers

will be impressed with this special


On behalf of the Bangkok

Airways committee, executives and

staff, I would like to thank every

one of you from all over the world

who voted in support of Bangkok

Airways for the Skytrax, Smart

Travel Asia and the TGG Travel


Finally, I’d like to wish all of you

happiness in the journey of life

throughout the year. We hope to

continue to be a part of it and to

have the opportunity to give you

service that is unique and done to

the best of our ability.



ยิ่งใหญ่ นับเป็นความสูญเสียของคนทั้งชาติที่พระบาทสมเด็จ

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช รัชกาลที่ 9 เสด็จสวรรคต


พระเจ้าอยู่หัวมหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร รัชกาล

ที่ 10 ที่ได้ทรงตอบรับเป็นพระมหากษัตริย์พระองค์ใหม่ของแผ่น

ดินไทย ปวงข้าพระพุทธเจ้าทั้งหลาย ขอพระองค์ทรงพระเจริญ


ผมในนามของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เอเชีย บูทีค

แอไลน์ ขอกล่าวต้อนรับท่านผู้โดยสารทุกท่านเข้าสู่ปี

พุทธศักราช 2560 หวังว่าทุกท่านได้มีโอกาสเดินทางพักผ่อน

เติมพลังชีวิตเพื่อเริ่มต้นปี 2560 ด้วยสุขภาพกายแข็งแรง

สุขภาพใจที่สดชื่นนะครับ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ยังคง

มุ่งมั่นในการบริการจากใจ เพื่อสร้างความประทับใจให้กับการ

เดินทางของทุกท่าน โดยเมื่อปีที่ผ่านมาเราได้มีการเพิ่มเส้นทาง

บินใหม่ เส้นทางบินตรง เชียงใหม่-แม่ฮ่องสอน และ กรุงเทพ-

ดานัง (ไป-กลับ) เพื่อการเดินทางสะดวกสบายรวดเร็วยิ่งขึ้น

ส่วนปี 2560 นี้บริษัทฯ มีแผนการพัฒนาการบริการ

ต่างๆ เพื่อเตรียมพร้อมที่จะตอบสนองความต้องการของผู้

โดยสาร โดยเมื่อปี 2559 นี้เราได้รับเครื่องบินแบบ ATR72-600

รุ่นใหม่ล่าสุดสำหรับให้บริการมาแล้วทั้งสิ้นจำนวน 7 ลำ จาก

จำนวนสั่งซื้อใหม่ทั้งหมด 9 ลำ เข้ามาเพิ่มในฝูงบิน ซึ่งเป็นหนึ่ง


บริการ ทั้งเส้นทางบินภายในประเทศและภายในภูมิภาคเอเชีย

ตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ นอกเหนือจากนี้การบริการอาหารบนเครื่อง

บินประจำปี 2560 ที่นำเสนอภายใต้แนวคิด “Thai Asean Menu”

ที่ชูความเป็นไทยและกลิ่นอายของความเป็นเอเชีย อาทิเช่น

ส้มตำกุ้ง ต้มยำทะเล แกงเขียวหวานไก่ มัสมั่นไก่ เป็นต้น โดย

แนวคิดดังกล่าว ม.ล. ศิริเฉลิม สวัสดิวัตน์ (เชฟหมึกแดง) ได้


เรื่องการท่องเที่ยวของประเทศ เราหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าผู้โดยสาร


ผมในฐานะตัวแทนคณะกรรมการ ผู้บริหารและพนักงาน

ทุกคนขอแสดงความขอบคุณสำหรับทุกๆ คะแนนโหวตจาก


รางวัลจาก Skytrax, Smart Travel Asia และ TTG Travel

Award รางวัลเหล่านี้นับเป็นกำลังใจให้เรามุ่งมั่นพัฒนางาน

ด้านบริการต่อไป สุดท้ายนี้ขออวยพรให้ผู้โดยสารทุกท่านมี

ความสุขทั้งสุขภาพร่างกายและจิตใจ ประสบความสำเร็จตลอดปี

2560 โดยสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ขอเป็นส่วนหนึ่งที่จะ




Captain Putthipong Prasarttong-Osoth

President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

14 Fah Thai





Thailand finds much to

celebrate with a new

sovereign, His Majesty

King Maha Vajiralongkorn


A life in photos traces

candid scenes with

members of the royal family

and days of royal duties and

aviation training.

24 Connect

From the new year candlelights

created during Meak Bocha

to the shine of a lacquerware

exhibit, know what’s causing a

cultural stir around you.

28 beautify

Carry on in style with

discoveries of the latest

fragrances and the greatest tips

to maximize your looks with

long-lasting makeup brands,

especially during this season of

festivities and love.


Be a stylish globetrotter

with the latest ensembles

and accessories easily put

together from the newest

fashion offerings.

32 Good Cooks

Make it a cosy Chinese New

Year gathering with a double

recipe feature of Tom Yum

Kung and Chinese Dumplings.

With easy instructions from

Chef Alyssa, impressive

results are guaranteed.

40 Chinese treats

How you love that nian gao

cake you’ve been savouring

during Chinese New Year

depends on whether it’s

made from a traditional

recipe in Guangdong or

elsewhere in China. Learn

which dialect group’s varying

traditions still translate into

the same meaning and fun.

48 Fantasy Realm

Floor to soaring ceiling

display windows in New

York offer up a fantasy world

of merchandising done in

surprising ways. We talk

about how ‘paper cuts’ and

their aesthetic assemblage

create all things great and

small in store windows.

56 Another Road

A recently screened

movie inspired a long

and adventurous roadtrip

to Mandalay. Colonial

history and unexpected

nature deepens a writer’s

connection to Myanmar.

64 Awakening

A visit to Koh Samui can

go beyond the worship

of the sea and sun to

learning the practice

of loving kindness. It

takes just a few days

at the Dipabhavan

Meditation Centre to be


72 Rising Up

Bagan always moves

in mystical ways when

you soar above the

countryside in a hot air

balloon. Photographer

Simon Bond captures

the magic at dawn’s

early light.



Over Bagan

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11 17




Our insider access to goings on in the region,

plus tips in entertainment and getaway


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108 Danang/

Siem Reap



116 news

Bangkok Airways events and outings


CHecking out

Guangzhou’s rising metropolis blends

traditional places and futuristic spaces

This month’s


King Rama X

of the Chakri




Find Your Way

to Mandalay’s

Treasured Spots

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Essential Notes To Guide Your Travels

Chinese New Year

Make your world a ‘redder’

place with our primer for the

Chinese new year. Create a

festive meal, increase your

cultural insight and gather

essential knowledge to keep

you au courant.

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



news and events


jan 2017



This is the 3rd time around for the

international exhibition of cafe equipment,

supplies & technology to be held in KL.

Cafe Malaysia 2017 lets coffee industry

professionals source supplies, discover

business opportunities, as well as stay

up-to-date with the latest innovations and

developments in the coffee business. The

event also seeks talented baristas to compete

and the winner of this year will represent

Malaysia on the world stage. cafe-malaysia.com




The constantly

evolving world

of digital and

social marketing is

providing business

professionals new

and effective

ways to sell their

products. Join global

marketing leaders in

discussing exciting

new challenges in a

2-day forum held at

Singapore’s iconic

Marina Bay Sands.

At the same time,

virtual reality experts

will be gathering for

a summit at

the Suntec

Convention and

Exhibition Centre.





jan 2017



The Lao Women’s Union and Lao

Businesswomen’s Association are holding

the 11th Lao Food Festival in Vientiane.

Everyone is invited to come along and

sample a variety of delicious and unique

dishes found in Lao cuisine. Much of the

cuisine is centred around traditional staples

like sticky rice, soup or noodle-based dishes,

but you can also expect the presence

of internationally influenced foods like

baguettes. tourismlaos.org



jan 2017


The World Of Tim Burton

If you are a fan of Tim Burton, don’t miss this!

This fantastical exhibition features a collection

of over 500 original items and creations from

the legendary film director’s work. This film

director/artist has been the brains behind films

like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before

Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and

many more. This unique exhibit will be presented

in sections that examine Burton’s themes, motifs

and projects. All creations are curated from

his personal archives, starting from the artist’s

childhood to the present day.



jan 2017



Save the date for the Singapore

Motorshow. The 4-day event is

expected to wow car enthusiasts with

more than 20 top vehicle brands,

automotive accessories, lifestyle

products and services and much more

in the automotive-related industries.

This year’s tickets are priced at $6 per

entry on weekdays and $8 per entry on

weekends with complimentary tickets for

children. motorshow.com.sg

24 Fah Thai



news and events


FEB 2017



BangkokEdge Festival, Bangkok’s now

popular ideas festival is back! This year’s

festival is loaded with activities like

talk sessions led by acclaimed Thai and

international speakers on various topics

ranging from literature, urban culture,

environment, design, urban development

to technology. There also are creative

workshops, cooking demonstrations,

a short film competition and music

performances by leading Thai artists.



FEB 2017



If you love running and enjoy doing it in

the darkness of the night, this is definitely

the right event for you! Organised by

AKH Eventus, it is the Maldives Island’s

only midnight run and one of the biggest

annual running events in the country. Join

a community of both skilled and amateur

runners to accomplish a new goal. You

can choose to participate in the 5K, 10K

and 21K half marathon and is open to

everyone. facebook.com/MaleMidnightRun



FEB 2017


Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Every year Chiang Mai organises the flower festival

which features beautiful blooms and decorative plants

from the area. The festival celebrates the glory of the

flora which blossoms around the end of Thailand’s

winter season, sometime in early February. The venue

is transformed into an open-air exhibition centre

which boasts magnificent floral displays. A highlight

will be the decorated floats that parade around the city

to show off the vibrantly coloured flowers, complete

with entertainment such as traditional dances.



FEB 2017


MAR 2017



This year sees the 45th edition of Hong

Kong’s Arts Festival, renowned for

the diversity of its performances from

contemporary ballet to Cantonese opera.

Highlights in February include the Czech

opera and orchestral music, dances from

the Bavarian State Ballet and a mix of

funk, rock and jazz performances with

American drummer and diva Terri Lyne

Carrington. hk.artsfestival.org

26 Fah Thai


Beauty and health





A woman in love

and a bottle of floral

fragrance equal the

perfect match. For

every date that counts,

the fragrance of

blooming flowers are

always a nice touch for


Calvin Klein

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Miu Miu

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Prada G Floor,

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Mimosa Eau de Toilette

100ml from Prada

(5,400 Baht)

Available in the iconic

vintage bottle, this alluring

scent is dedicated to the

striking mimosa blossom

with notes of a woodsy

base. It’s a classic twist!

Miu Miu Eau de Toilette

50ml from Miu Miu

(3,950 baht)

The first Miu Miu

fragrance emphasises

the combination of lily

of the valley and the

Akigalawood®. It’s natural

and timeless in a very

contemporary way.

Iris Eau de Toilette

100ml from Prada

(5,400 Baht)

Another classic design

from the Prada house.

The fresh scent of the iris

flower defines the new Eau

de Parfum as the perfect

touch for every date.

Eternity Eau de Toilette

100ml from Calvin Klein

(3,000 Baht)

Suitable for everyday wear,

this feminine fragrance

brings out the romance and

charm of orange blossom

and bergamot.

Candy Florale Eau de

Toilette 80ml from


(5,300 Baht)

This Candy collection is

an exciting floral blend

containing notes of

limoncello sorbet, peony and

musk. It‘s just like smelling

a bouquet of flowers sitting

on the counter of an ice

cream shop.

Words ALEXIS Style Saranya Ariyakul Photo Chantich chuayChoo

Flawless First Date

Because first impressions count, be sure to get your makeup right.

These are the best helpers that never let you down.

It’s such a celebration as Guerlain has just launched an exclusive

edition of Météorites Perles de Légende! Formulated with a diamond

powder in microspheres, the three shades can create a pure and

endless glow on your skin. While pink is for refreshing, gold for

illumination, and blue for colour-correction, the pearls are delicately

fragranced with a note of violet and housed in a precious new case

with a blue and gold design.

‘Capture Totale

- DreamSkin’

Perfect Skin

Cushion Broad

Spectrum SPF 50

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The first 24-hour wear

foundation for lasting

perfection. The result

is a long-lasting clear

complexion perfect for

when lovebirds meet.

Radiant Creamy Concealer

from Nars (1,290 Baht)

An exclusive version with three shades to

colour-correct and illuminate your skin.

Dinner will be wonderful with the added

glow of your face!

Couleurs Couture’

Eyeshadow Palette from

Dior (2,700 Baht)

The ultimate accessory for a perfectly

sculpted face. Its formula highlights

your facial contours and makes them

more impressive than ever.


Light &


Sculpting Stick

Duo from Dior

(1,550 Baht)

This beauty tool uses

a formula enriched

with microfibres to

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When the boys are in

love, getting dressed in

colourful shades brings

a good sign for every

relationship. It’s playful

yet charming!


Clutch from

Kate Spade (5,900 Baht)

Sunglasses from Coach

(9,200 Baht)

Passport holder

from Jack Spade

(7,550 Baht)

Necktie from

Jack Spade (6,550 Baht)

Shorts from

Jack Spade (7,550 Baht)

Long-sleeved pullover

from Scotch & Soda

(4,995 Baht)

Card holder from

Jack Spade (3,950 Baht)

Jacket from

Scotch & Soda (12,995 Baht)

Leather sneakers

from Coach (14,500 Baht)



1st Floor,

Zone Groove,

Central World

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Jack Spade

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Zone Atrium,

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words ALEXIS Style Saranya Ariyakul Photos Chantich Chuaychoo

words alexis Style Saranya Ariyakul Photos Chantich Chuaychoo

Let’s spread your girlish

love around with

clothes and accessories

that shine their vibrant

and sweet colours.

By that way of

expression, love would

be defined even more!


top Handle bag from

Kloset (15,550 Baht)

Sunglasses from

Kate Spade (6,950 Baht)

Glitter high heels from

Chiara Ferragni @ Disaya

(14,950 Baht)

iphone case from

Kate Spade (2,250 Baht)

Necklace from

Kloset (8,850 Baht)

Diary from

Kate Spade (2,450 Baht)

Long-sleeved top

from Matter Makers

(price upon request)

Bag from

Jimmy Choo (52,400 Baht)

Shorts from Kloset

(price upon request)


Chiara Ferragni @ Disaya

2nd Floor, Zone Groove,

Central World

Tel. +66 (0) 2 646 1828

Jimmy Choo

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2 610 9944

Kate Spade

1st Floor, Zone Atrium,

Central World

Tel. +66 (0) 2 646 1260


3rd Floor, Siam Centre

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Matter Makers

G Floor, Siam Centre

30 Fah Thai 31


on the menu

A Feast

from the Soul

A meeting of two cultural favourites creates the

perfect celebration meal.

After years of being away from Thailand,

time came for Chef Alyssa Han to return

to her motherland. Always in the

comfort of the culinary world, she was

a successful chef in Norway and Finland

and also a restaurateur in both Shanghai

and Hong Kong. Alyssa is now back,

choosing Bangkok and Phetchaburi as the

places to make her dreams come true.

FAB-A, Food and Arts by Alyssa offers private cooking events

in Bangkok and Phetchaburi; a town just two hours away from

the Thai capital. Her programme includes visiting local farms,

boat paddling in the nearby river and making mini clay stoves

from scratch.

For a taste of her talent, here is Chef Alyssa’s soulful recipe

that can be easily done at home. She features a classic soup

recipe from Thailand, known as Tom Yum Kung and Jiao Zi, the

ever popular dumplings that originated in China.

“As a chef, I created this fusion menu for the family to cook

together. Since the Chinese New Year regularly takes place

around January and February, Tom Yum Kung and Jiao Zi are

one of the most traditional and popular dishes for both Thai and

Chinese people to enjoy.

“Tom Yum Kung is also a popular Thai dish for the Chinese

people. It’s truly a meaningful way to celebrate the Chinese New

Year in Thailand,” explained Chef Alyssa.

For Dumpling Fillings:

• 300g of chicken breast (finely chopped)

• 200g of shrimp (coarsely chopped)

• 1 tsp of finely chopped galangal

• 1 tsp of finely chopped lemongrass

• 1 tsp kaffir lime zest

(use a cheese grater or microplane)

• 1 finely julienned kaffir lime leaf

• 1 egg

• 1 tbsp of finely cut spring onions

• 1 tbsp of fish sauce

• 2 tsp of white sugar

• 1 tsp of chilli paste

(for a children’s version, skip the chilli paste)

• 1 tbsp of tamarind juice (1 pulp squeezed

in 1 cup of warm water)

• 1 tsp of finely chopped garlic

• 1 tbsp of finely chopped shallots

• 50g of coriander leaves (2 bunches);

cut and coat with 1 tsp of vegetable oil

Mix all the above ingredients well. Chill for 1

hour while making the wrappers.

For the Dough

(kids can join in the activity)

• 300g of plain flour

• 150ml water

• Pinch of salt

How to Make the

Dumpling Wrappers

(You can skip this part and buy dumpling

wrappers from a supermarket)

Mix the flour, salt and water together,

then knead it into dough. When it feels

bouncy and soft, let the dough rest for a

while to get it to stretch better.

Sprinkle all-purpose flour on the

chopping board. Create a hole in the

middle of the dough with your finger.

Use the hole to grip and turn the dough

until it becomes a circle. Find a spot to

cut the dough into strips. Rub it to

stretch and make the dough smaller,

then cut into small pieces. (1 inch long)

Time for the kids to help in

making Jiao Zi wrappers

Use your palm to flatten each piece, then

use your thumb to hold the dough in the

middle. And use your right hand to hold

the rolling pin and roll it. Use your thumb

to turn the dough and make the dough

into a small round shape that is thick in the

centre and thin at the edge. Sprinkle flour

if the dough becomes sticky. Roll it until

each small piece of the dumpling wrapper

will be the same size of your palm. Make

6 pieces; 3 pieces for one portion of the

Tom Yum soup and 3 for your kids to eat

(the kids can help you make more) after

cooking them right away.

How to Cook the Jiao Zi

Cook the dumplings by boiling 3 cups

of water for 6 pieces first. Sprinkle salt

into the water while it is boiling in order

to protect the wrapper from breaks and

to make it chewy. Put the dumplings in

one by one. Wait for few seconds then

stir the water gently and don’t touch the

dumplings directly. Fill the pot with cold

water after the dumplings are boiled. The

dumplings are fully cooked when they are

floating and expand in size. Take them out

to rest.

Remarks: The kids can eat Joai Zi now with

soy sauce. For adults, make a Thai chilli sauce

by mixing 1 tsp of chilli paste (Phanthai

Norasingh or Mae Pranom brand), 1 tsp of

chopped shallots, 1 tsp of chopped galangal,

1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of honey and 1

lime wedge. Blend together well.

What You Need for Tom Yum kung

For the Tom Yum Soup, use the original clear

broth for the dumplings.

Ingredients for 2 Portions

• Broth from boiling shrimp shell, 3 cups

(Shrimp shells are from 200g of shrimp that were

previously chopped for the filling: half for the broth,

and half for frying.)

• River Prawns (size 20g each), 4 pieces

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

• Lemongrass (young), 1 stalk

• Kaffir lime leaves (young), 3 leaves

• Coriander root, 1 root

• Shallots (small), 5 bulbs

• Fish sauce (preferrably Tipparos), 2 tbsp

• Fresh lime juice, 2 tbsp

• Small Thai chillies, 4 pieces

• Fresh coriander, 1/2 cup

Thai chilli paste, 2 tsp

• Palm sugar 1 tsp

Steps to Soup

Boil 3 cups of water with shrimp shells, and

add 1 tsp of salt for 15-20 minutes under

low heat.

Separate and fry the shrimp fat with mild

crushed peppers in 2 tsp of cooking oil.

Clean the veins from the back of 4 river

prawns. Leave the heads and tails.

Diagonally cut the young lemongrass to the

size of one bite; bind the old leaves into a

bundle and pour on some lime juice. Tear the

kaffir lime leaves from their veins; gently

pound the coriander roots, just for them to

break. Roughly cut the onions into small pieces;

cut off the chilli stalks and break them open

before soaking them in the lime juice.

Filter the shrimp shell broth and boil it. Once

the soup is boiled — add shrimps, mushrooms,

coriander roots, onion, kaffir lime leaves, and

fish sauce into the boiling soup. Once the soup

is boiled, turn off the heat before putting and

submerging the Thai chillies, lime juice and

cilantro in the soup.

Plate the Bowl

Plating, which is the art of food presentation, is

equally important to please the eye and sense

of smell. Start by laying three cooked dumplings

anywhere in the bowl, then add two prawns with

their heads sitting past the rim. Ladle in the Tom

Yum soup and garnish with coriander and chillies.

For more information:


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

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on the menu / fruitful finds

words & photos kay Choomongkol


are for


Thai and Chinese cultures

regard oranges as the symbolic

fruit of luck and prosperity.

This ‘golden’ fruit always takes

the leading role on the dining

table or presented as gifts or

as offerings to spirits, gods and

goddesses for every auspicious


In Thailand, oranges ( called som) are available in

fresh markets and supermarkets year round but

January and February show off their richest tastes.

The country is blessed with many varieties and

the smallest and most sour kumquats or Som Jeed

are used by Thai people to season and enhance

meals. Also small but juicy is Som Sai Namphueng

which possesses a smooth, thin skin but reveals a

uniquely sharp yet sweet and sour flavour. Mid-size

sweet oranges have a rough, thick skin known as

Som Cheng with a pale yellow pulp. And don’t judge

a orange by its unappealing skin! Even though Som

Khiew Waan Bang Mod looks less attractive when

compared to other types of oranges, it is highly

appreciated for its unique and unbeatable honeyed

taste. Consider yourself lucky if you find Som

Khiew Waan these days – this local orange is fast

disappearing due to its vulnerability to disease.

Som Shogun is considered to be one of the

most famous orange varieties in Thailand. This

award-winning fruit has a stronger fragrance and

flavour and is slightly bigger than Som Khiew Waan

— but just as easy to hold and peel. Betong, the

southernmost district of Thailand, has some of the

finest quality Som Shogun because of its weather,

soil and natural water resources and produces a

superlative fruit that is globally coveted.

All oranges are high in vitamin C, antioxidants

and dietary fibre and help cool down body

temperatures, reduce dehydration and is simply

refreshing. So grab some oranges and try one that is

special to Thailand!

34 Fah Thai


arts & cultural matters





to Art

Maneerat Srikampa has gone

beyond still life painting

of food to portraits of her

mother wearing a colourful

sarong wrap. The artist got

a pleasant surpirse when

people responded favourably

to her concept. In fact, people

have asked to see more

paintings with the colourful

sarongs that women in Khon

Kaen in Thailand wear, whose

prints feature beautiful and

unique batik patterns. Some

of her paintings were bought

by Malaysian art collectors

who want to support artists in

order to keep them working.

“Like other watercolour

artists, I began with painting

beautiful flowers. Next came

objects in my surroundings

and from them, inspiration

just pops in my head. It can

even come from a head of

garlic or an onion given by

my mum when I visit her in

Khon Kaen,” says Maneerat.

She currently lives in the

southern city of Hat yai but

draws her inspiration from

her hometown of Khon Kaen

in Songkhla province.


FEB 2017


FEB 2017


Meak Bochea

Just like Buddhists in Thailand, Loas and Myanmar, every year, Buddhists

in Cambodia celebrate Meak Bochea Day on the full moon in the third

month of the Khmer calendar. They join candlelight processions within

temple grounds to commemorate the spontaneous visit of 1,250

enlightened monks and to hear Buddha’s teachings on the three main

principles dating back 2,500 years ago. You can join and observe a

Buddhist temple ceremony or visit Oudong Mountain, located about

45 kilometres north of Phnom Penh. Here, you’ll see hundreds of

monks gather to perform Meak Bochea Day rituals on a grander scale.




The striking design of Mothana Ceramics may capture your eye at

once. The company has been exclusively creating tableware to hotels

in Phuket and Koh Samui for many years. They have been supplying to

restaurants and gift shops since their establishment in 1999, straight out

of Sukhothai, the oldest capital city of the Thai Kingdom.

Not only are there various kinds of celadonglazed

and oxide-glazed stoneware

presented at their factory, but Mothana

Ceramics also offers DIY activities for

clients, children or adults to create their

own pieces. Here, the fun and great

experience is the chance to shape the

clay and let your imagination run free.

Mothana Ceramics: 9 Moo 12, Thung Siaw,

Si Samrong, Sukhothai or call

Khun Kai +66 (0) 94 714 6145


FEB 2017




Welcoming the First

Morning of the Year

This is the most important celebration in

Vietnamese culture. Tet (in short) means

“the first morning of the first day” and is

the Vietnamese version of the Lunar New

Year, which originated in China. It takes

place from the first day of the first month

of the Vietnamese calendar (around late

Jan or early Feb) until at least the third

day. Many Vietnamese families prepare

for Tet by cooking special foods, cleaning

their homes, worshiping ancestors, wishing

everyone New Year greetings and marking

the occasion with family reunions.



A Floating Feast of the Senses

Ushering in the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, this iconic

annual event is held on a floating platform at Singapore’s

Marina Bay. This lively festival allows visitors to immerse

themselves fully in Chinese culture by enjoying mouthwatering

culinary delights to seeing giant lanterns handcrafted

on site by experts from China. There will also be Chinese opera

and street performances and – of course – that most Chinese

of inventions: fabulous fireworks displays. yoursingapore.com


36 Fah Thai



arts & cultural matters


FEB 2017


Love and Spring is in the Air

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

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

matchmaking games on what is regarded as a particularly auspicious day. Nowadays,

visitors can enjoy a visual array of beautiful coloured lanterns hung in numerous

places, from parks to hotels, flower markets and restaurants. discoverhongkong.com





The life and work of

legendary martial arts and

film superstar Bruce Lee is

celebrated at Hong Kong’s

Heritage Museum, located

in Sha Tin. Over 600 items

of memorabilia mark the

star not only as an actor and

martial artist, but also as a

true cultural phenomenon.

In addition, visitors to the

museum can take in beautiful

Chinese paintings and trace

the development of Cantonese

opera. heritagemuseum.gov.hk


FEB 2017


All About the Gloss and

Sheen of Lacquer

“Vision to Lacquer” will present various types

of lacquerware from countries known for the

craft like Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia

and Thailand. Visitors learn how sap from

lacquer trees is obtained to the finished

lacquerware pieces. On view are styles ranging

from lacquered and gilded pieces with gold leaf

to those decorated with glass or works with

mother-of-pearl inlay.

The ongoing show ends April 2017 at the

International Crafts Gallery by the Support of the

Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand

or the SACICT.

38 Fah Thai

Chinese new year

Words: Thomas Tsui

The Gorgeous Diversity of Chinese New Year

40 Fah Thai


Chinese new year


Chinatown adopts

an even more

frenzied and festive

air as it becomes

the definitive

place to load up on

necessities for the

Chinese New Year.

Firecrackers, red

envelopes, lion

dances, symbolic

fruits, blooms of

flowers, festive foods

and boisterous relatives

— Chinese New Year

can be a full-on sensory

experience. From the

outside, it might look like

another cookie-cutter

holiday. Yet the festival

is actually celebrated very

differently, varying from

country to country and

from one dialect group to

another, with colourful

customs and long-observed

traditions. The holiday

starts on the first day of the

lunar calendar, marking the

arrival of spring and end of

winter with different dates

each year.

A Matter of Taste

One of the many differences in

celebration is most evident in

the food prepared for the big day,

and ethnic Chinese take their

food seriously.

The Old Market on Yaowarat

Road, or Bangkok’s Chinatown, can

be difficult to navigate days before

Chinese New Year as Thai Chinese

in the capital descend into the

small alleys flanked by stalls selling

fruits, pickles, sweets and anything

remotely Chinese. Here, one of the

most ubiquitous sight would be

khanom kheng, or nian gao as it is

called in Mandarin.

The cake is made with glutinous

rice and usually comes in a small

cup made with folded dried leaves,

looking like a rustic cupcake.

Khanom kheng is sweet, with brown

sugar thrown into the rice flour mix

before steaming. The popular type

of nian gao in Thailand can trace its

roots back to Guangdong, since the

majority of Thai Chinese ancestors

hailed from the Southeastern part

of China, notably from Teochew,

Hakka, Hainanese and Cantonese

dialect groups.

DO’S and

Don’ts of



Chinese New Year

embodies many beliefs

and traditions. So keep

the following in mind

to live a longer and

prosperous life.


Do clean your house

before the New

Year to ward off evil

spirits. Gone with

the old, welcome

the new.

Do wear red and

bright coloured attire;

don’t turn up in black,

especially when

visiting the older

generation Chinese


Do light up – literally

and figuratively.

The Lantern Festival

marks the end of

Chinese New Year

celebration. Lanterns

of all shapes and

sizes are lit and hung.

This is a time when

family members

would gather again to

meet and eat sweet



On New Year’s day

itself, don’t wash or

cut hair or even do

laundry. Doing so

means washing away

good luck for the

coming year. The use

of knives and scissors

may lead to the

cutting of fortune.

Don’t say anything

“bad” during the

Chinese New Year

since verbal blunders

are believed to have

a negative effect

on your life. Words

like “Si” or “Four” in

Chinese means “to

die” so you must

refrain from using the

number four.

Unlike its nian gao cousins in the

north, particularly in Shanghai, it

is never prepared as a savoury dish.

Instead, Chinese mums – and it is

usually the almighty mothers – who

would dip it in egg before frying.

Coating it further with sugar is

optional. And unlike dessert in the

West, khanom kheng is eaten with

other main dishes.

Food served during Chinese

New Year always comes loaded

with meaning. It is considered good

luck to eat nian gao – which can be

loosely translated as “reaching a

new height every year” – for your

career and wealth, not to mention

the calorie level.

Something Fishy

The Chinese obsession with

symbolism traverses borders.

Yusheng, reportedly a Teochew-

Cantonese hybrid dish, is practically

unheard of in Thailand, but

widely consumed in Malaysia and


Yusheng literally means raw fish.

The pronunciation also sounds like

“abundance,” hence the popularity.

The dish reportedly came from the

Chaoshan region, known for its

bountiful seafood. Think fish ball

noodles, fish maw soup, and fish

porridge. The tradition started with

fishermen coming back with their

catch on the seventh day of the

Chinese New Year. Fish is cut into

thin slices and eaten fresh.

Legend has it that the modern

version of yusheng appeared on

the culinary scene in the 1940s in a

popular restaurant in Malaysia. It

consists of 27 key ingredients, such

as jellyfish, white radish, carrots,

chopped peanuts, red pepper,

turnips, red pickled ginger, toasted

Places like

Singapore and

Malaysia loudly toss

“yucheng” for good

luck throughout the

year and families

enjoy their mother’s

best versions of nian

gao, a traditional

rice cake (bottom).

Don’t give a clock

as a present, it’s

akin to escorting

someone to the

grave! Gifts like green

hats, handkerchiefs,

umbrellas and

scissors — even a

pear fruit — are also a


Don’t lend money or

something of value;

anyone who does

gets stuck doing it

all year.

42 Fah Thai


Chinese new year

sesame seeds, and spice powder, to

name a few. The main ingredient

of wolf herring, the original fish

of choice, gave way by popular

demand to salmon and tuna.

Celebrants toss the ingredients

while chanting “lo hei” in

Cantonese which means “scoop up”

– hoping that their fortune too will

be lifted up in the coming year. So the

higher the toss, the better the luck.


well-wishers say

“Gong Xi Fa Cai

(Mandarin) and

Gong Hey Fat

Choy (Cantonese)

to mean Happy

New Year. Despite

the difference in


both are written

with the same


Paper Prosperity Meets

Digital Love

We have seen how food takes

centre stage in the Chinese New

Year celebration. While joss paper

(sheets of paper meant to represent

material goods and burned in

traditional ceremonies) might

not be edible – it is one of the

highlights of Chinese New Year.

Paper money with more zeroes

than some hyper-inflationary

developing currencies are burnt

as offerings to deceased ancestors

and relatives, along with paper

cars (with paper drivers) and paper

mansions with Ionic columns. It is

believed that the ancestors will be

able to receive these gifts in their

afterlife. As with food, different

groups have different quirks.

In Hokkien communities, who

Chinese ancestry traces back to

Fujian, joss papers are folded into

the shape of pineapples. Pineapples

in the Hokkien dialect is “ong lai,”

which sounds like the auspicious

phrase “arrival of prosperity.”

But no Chinese New Year

is complete without that most

important paper – real money.

At the heart of the food and

hong bao bonanza is the family —

an excuse for loved ones to gather

and catch up.

Bills are put into red envelopes

and handed out mostly to children.

Each group has its own approach to

giving red envelopes. In Hong Kong

culture, married couples give hong

bao to younger relatives. Hokkiens

take a more economic approach -

only the youngest relatives receive

ang pao.

These practices though are far

from being religiously followed. At

the end of the day, customs give

way to pragmatism and modern

technology. This is most evident in

how red envelopes are being sent

via messaging apps. Last Chinese

New Year’s Eve alone, WeChat,

a popular messaging platform in

China, recorded more than 1 billion

hong bao transactions.

Happy Gathering

At the heart of the food and

hong bao bonanza is the family.

Chinese New Year is almost an

excuse for loved ones to gather

and catch up. The energy is what

lends this special period its charm.

Children return home to reconnect

with parents, and grandparents

meet their grandchildren after

perhaps several months of

44 Fah Thai

Chinese new year



ตรุษจีน เทศกาลเฉลิมฉลองปีใหม่


กว่าใครเพื่อน จนหลายคนอาจเข้าใจไปว่า

ชาวจีนไม่ว่าชาติไหนๆ คงจะฉลองตรุษจีน



ต่างแทรกอยู่เสมอ การเฉลิมฉลองเทศกาล

ตรุษจีนในแต่ละท้องที่ มีสิ่งละอันพันละน้อย

ที่แตกต่างกันไปตามพื้นเพ ความเชื่อและ

เชื้อสาย จากรุ่นสู่รุ่นที่สืบทอดต่อเนื่องกัน



เทศกาลตรุษจีน โดยปกติขนมเข่งถือเป็นหนึ่ง


วันขึ้นปีใหม่ ด้วยคำว่าขนมเข่ง หรือ

เหนียนเกา ในภาษาแมนดารินหมายถึง


ก้าวหน้าในหน้าที่การงาน หลายท้องที่อาจ



เฉพาะที่เซี่ยงไฮ้แล้ว ขนมเข่งจะถูกจัดขึ้นโต๊ะ

ร่วมกับอาหารจานหลักอื่นๆ โดยหั่นเป็นชิ้น

บางๆ ก่อนจะนำไปชุบไข่ทอดน้ำมัน



มากกว่า ไม่ว่าจะเป็นก๋วยเตี๋ยวลูกชิ้นปลา

กระเพาะปลา หรือโจ๊กปลาก็ตาม แต่ที่นิยม

มากที่สุดเห็นจะเป็น ปลาดิบ หรือ ยูเช็ง ที่





ปีใหม่ วันถัดมาจะมีการเผากระดาษเงิน



แต่ตรุษจีนจะสมบูรณ์แบบไปไม่ได้ หากขาด

เงินจริงๆ เข้ามาเกี่ยวข้อง แน่นอน ซองอั่งเปา




สองสัปดาห์หรือ 15 วัน เต็มไปด้วยความสุข

และการแบ่งปัน ตลอดจนถึงการพบปะ


บุคคลที่นับถือ ก่อนจะปิดท้ายเทศกาลแห่ง



สิ้นสุดงานเลี้ยง เพื่อกลับเข้าสู่โลกของการ


The red colour

of the envelope

symbolises good luck

and is supposed to

ward off evil spirits.

Red envelopes are

usually given out

by married couples

to single people,

regardless of age,

or by older to

younger ones.

being apart. Activities such as

dumpling making, buying flowers

at markets and house cleaning

bind family members together.

The interactions extend beyond

the living too as ancestors are

remembered and honoured.

Fifteen Days of Celebration

Traditionally the entire Chinese

New Year celebration lasts 15 days.

During this period, relatives and

friends will pay house visits and

host lunches and dinners. The

first day is reserved for the elders.

Guests are welcomed with tea

and sweet treats to sweeten the

upcoming year, usually served

on a round or octagonal tray,

indicating togetherness. This

tray is most commonly called the

“tray of togetherness.” The first

couple of days see lion dances

and firecrackers. The fifth day

is universally celebrated as the

birthday of the God of Wealth,

and the Lantern Festival wraps up

Chinese New Year. Most people

will be back to work on that day,

as businesses open their doors.

Cleaning and sweeping the floor are

no longer forbidden activities and

life is back to normal.

46 Fah Thai

Jay Soonthornsawad

Pop Goes

Photos: Ricky Zehavi

Words: Nawa Acosta Wright


Other-wordly visual

displays capture window

shoppers’ imaginations come

holiday time.


Photo: Jesper Haynes



hen night falls

on New York City

during the Christmas

holidays, the retail

wonderland of Fifth Avenue near

Central Park twinkles brighter

and the atmosphere sizzles

with festiveness. It’s also the

perfect backdrop when Bergdorf

Goodman, the old world glamour

department store, lifts its

curtains to reveal magical retail

windows. The wow factor shows

attention-grabbing mannequins

wearing extravagant fashions

and retail merchandise playing a

theatrical role in this visual feast.

Fah Thai joined a long queue of people to

gawk as a store window tourist recently and

wondered who’s behind the magic. Enter

Bangkok-born Jay Soonthornsawad, who was

the perfect guide to the ‘show business’ of

window displays. A visual display designer

in New York, he works on visibly prominent

projects like the iconic holiday windows of

Bergdorf Goodman.

Jay’s been a visual display designer for

over 15 years, a technical sounding title yet

his métier elevates store merchandise from

a functional use to playing a more in depth

role within the four glass walls of a store

window. He explains the details that make

these store windows so amazing when we meet

on the LES, the lower east side of Manhattan,

at a Thai restaurant. We had khan toke, the

traditional northern Thailand meal on footed

wood trays bearing roasted chilli dips and

steamed vegetable crudite.

Jay’s been involved with the Bergdorf

Goodman store windows for over a decade

to create works that define Christmas in

New York. Every year, the fashion world’s

biggest designers join in the festivities with

Opposite page

From a majestic

eagle to the regal

lion, the large scale

display is made

entirely of paper.

48 Fah Thai


Jay Soonthornsawad

extravagant Christmas window

displays that the public wait as

long as an hour to see. While

New York stores do their holiday

windows to win the attention

of local and visiting customers,

Bergdorf’s, as it’s fondly called

by New Yorkers, dresses up their

legendary windows with more


Jay exudes a quiet and calm

demeanour yet his work as a visual

display designer presents explosive

colours and detailed-filled scenes.

One season featured a window

named “The Crystal Ball,’ with a

mannequin fortune teller, next to

Swarovski crystal-studded objects.

There’s “Teacher’s Pets,” from a

past window done in a black and

white colour scheme scattered

with ‘pets’ like rabbits, a zebra, an

ostrich, and other creatures made

from organic materials while the

mannequin dons a sequined dress

by fashion brand Marchesa.

Such spectacular displays are

an annual treat for people familiar

with the holiday windows. Jay

is modest about sharing in the

accolades that accompany window

scenes that are never subdued, but

also can be sublime.

The projects with Bergdorf

had themes like “Inspired”. Each

window featured “The Arts”


One must peruse

at a leisurely pace all

the details featured

in each fairy tale


in its category of Literature,

Photography, Music, Theatre, Film,

Sculpture and the “Literature”

window had a collection of famous

writers’ needlepoint portraits

in different shades of red. The

“Theatre” window showcased a

mannequin wearing a beaded gold

gown on a backdrop of colourful

neon lights designed to resemble

the theatre district of Broadway’s

billboard lights. Any window

onlooker simply stops and stares

at the wondrous sight.

“We’re not selling a product,

but a store’s image,” Jay explains,

of Bergdorf’s visual feats. A person

walking from a distance or sitting in

a taxi can take a look out from their

window to our window and see the

products and know what the store is

about, he says.

Jay also points out that it’s

David Hoey, Bergdorf’s resident

‘window dresser,’ who leads


as it’s fondly called

by New Yorkers,

dresses up their


windows with more

opulence than the

nearby stores.

50 Fah Thai

Jay Soonthornsawad




had an alternative

take on


while “Sleepwalking”


elaborate in its

dream-like state.

the team and brings the holiday

spectacle to life and makes

the ultra-chic store a prime

destination for their Christmas

window displays. Window dressing

normally is defined as the

decoration of a store window and

a profession that’s been around

since the early 20th century.

And Bergdorf redefined it with

an enthusiasm for resplendent

displays. Every year is obviously

a different theme — imagine a

window called Compendium of

Curiosities that’s inspired by Alice

in Wonderland with characters and

props made entirely of paper.

Jay confirms that these

creations are done by real artists

skilled in their craft, like sculptors

who do pieces for that year’s

theme. The concepts are done

in house and features the store

merchandise and even one-of-akind

outfits especially created for

the window display.

In 2015, the store collaborated

with Swarovski — known to most

of us for their crystal jewellery

— to celebrate the season and the

company’s 120th anniversary.

This resulted in dazzling store

windows with crystal-encrusted

suits of armour, a cave dotted

with amethyst crystals, a giant

pearl-encrusted sculpture of god

of the underwater world Neptune

himself and more. That should

indicated just how large the store

windows are.

Attention is also drawn at a

practical level to the store since

the short holiday means a need

for increased retail sales. So every

year for about six weeks, from

mid-November until early January,

the Christmas windows of New

York’s most famous stores attract

millions of visitors. Jay says that

the team starts thinking about it

at the beginning of the year with

other departments from Bergdorf.

“Around Christmas, we feed off

the atmosphere of the season and

it helps with the inspiration and it

builds momentum for the rest of

the year.”

Jay admits to being a

perfectionist, a trait not well-suited

to a Buddhist, he points out with

quiet humour, because it brings

on dissatisfaction. No matter his

feelings, such admirable work as a

visual display designer brings joy to

onlookers every year.

This is the same store featured

in the documentary “Scatter My

Ashes at Bergdorf,” a store so

luxurious and glamorous that one

could happily spend eternity there.

Jay tried to scurry away from the

camera. “I didn’t want to be filmed,

so I tried to duck away from the

cameras.” A little unsuccessfully,

he says with a rueful smile since he

can be seen in some scenes.

52 Fah Thai

Jay Soonthornsawad

So does it take a craziness to

produce something beyond the

ordinary? He corrects it to say

there’s got to be a quirky-ness.

“So I guess I may have a bit of

that,” he says contemplatively.

To do something ordinary can

easily be overlooked, it can be

taken for granted, he points

out. Jay also possesses a striking

sartorial style which is testament

to the creative spirit in his work.

As for inspiration for such big

ideas? “I don’t seek it — it comes.

I don’t go for walks through city

streets looking for something that

would strike me as inspiring. Instead

it comes in moments when my mind

is clear. And that is usually before

I go to sleep. The ideas just keep

coming,” he says with a laugh.

Although there are some places

that Jay enjoys spending time

in. One is the Parisian-style café

Buvette in the neighbourhood

of the West Village, a short walk

from his home in the East Village.

Buvette’s atmosphere is of vintage

France, with a small plates menu

of classic French specialties of

open-faced tartines with pates and


How else does he express his

creative spirit and what of the

future? “I like gardening. It’s what

I do when I go to Bangkok. I enjoy

going to Chatuchak (Bangkok’s

weekend market) and picking out

plants,” he smiles.

It’s a quiet enjoyment before he

goes back to the vibrancy of luxury

store windows. He confirms that

every year, ‘it’s exciting.’

าไทย พาคุณมารู้จัก เจย์ นพณัฐ

สุนทรสวัสดิ์ วิชวลดีไซเนอร์หนุ่ม


ออกแบบของห้าง Bergdorf Goodman ที่


ให้กับช่องกระจกโชว์ของห้าง จนเป็นที่

เลื่องลือมากว่า 15 ปี

งานวินโดว์ดิสเพลย์ของห้าง Bergdorf

Goodman ซึ่งตั้งอยู่บนถนนสาย




นิวยอร์กมานับครั้งไม่ถ้วน ทั้งยังได้ชื่อว่า


โลก ดึงดูดสายตาผู้ชมนับล้านจากทุกแห่ง


โดยเฉพาะในช่วงคริสมาสต์ของแต่ละปี และ


เจย์เล่าให้ฟ้าไทยฟังว่า “เราไม่ได้จัด

ดิสเพลย์เพื่อโชว์สินค้าหรือขายของ แต่



ผลงาน เจย์ตอบว่าเขาโชคดีมากที่ไม่ต้อง

ออกไปค้นหาจากภายนอก เพราะส่วน

ใหญ่ความคิดดีๆ จะแวบเข้ามาในหัวเวลา

ที่เขารู้สึกสงบนิ่ง สบายใจ ซึ่งมักเกิดขึ้นใน

เวลาได้ทำกิจกรรมโปรด ซึ่งนอกจากการ


เมืองไทยแล้ว แรงบันดาลใจของเจย์จะพรั่ง

พรูท่วมท้นเมื่อได้ปล่อยอารมณ์สบายๆ ที่

Buvette คาเฟ่สไตล์ปารีเซียงใกล้ที่พักใน



Teacher’s Pets


a black and

white extravaganza

of animals

that redefine the

word ‘pets.’

54 Fah Thai



Words & Photos: Chalotorn Payomyol


and Nature

A film on Mandalay and its

less visited sights beckons all

to picturesque surroundings.

56 Fah Thai 57


Aletter never

serves its purpose

unless it is read

and to hold on to

them for 50 years without

being opened? This is the

mystery that inspires Pin,

the female lead of the

movie “From Bangkok

to Mandalay” to go on

a journey to Myanmar,

clutching ten unopened

envelopes to unravel her

grandmother’s love story.

The road trip movie was

shot in many stunning

and unseen places around

Mandalay and nearby towns

and after watching it, you

might want to grab your

backpack and set off on a

similar path to such beauty,

just like Fah Thai did.

Part of my journey follows a

grandmother’s last wish in the movie

that they get read in the order in the

place they were written and posted.

The trip begins in Mandalay, the

last royal capital before it was

annexed by the British Empire.

Answers to the letters are gradually

uncovered in this well received

movie, and marks a first time

collaboration between Thailand and

Myanmar under the direction of

Thai director Chartchai Ketnust.

Top right Buddhists in Myanmar press gold

leaves on the Mahamuni Buddha image.

It just hit the screens in Thailand

and Myanmar around the end of

last year.

The movie inspired further

spiritual awakening in me,

although it began with a rude

one when I found myself on the

back of motorcycle taxi that came

earlier than the appointed time.

Making our way through the

darkness and empty streets – it

took only 5 minutes to reach the

destination. My watch showed

that it was 3:50 am and while I was

wondering maybe it was too early

— surprisingly, a crowd of Buddhist

devotees were already gathered at

the Mahamuni Buddha temple.

The daily face washing ritual

of the Mahamuni Buddha image,

a much revered figure, holds great

significance for the people of


At around 4:30 am, a senior

monk started the ablution. People

began praying and offering food

and flowers to pay respect while

monks and male devotees

performed the sacred ritual.

Be it my faith or curiosity, it was a

true blessing to be a part of this

sacred ceremony and to witness

the local people’s strong faith

in Buddhism.

I moved on to a place that

survived World War II, to

Shwenandaw monastery whose

structure is made from teak wood.

Also known as the Golden Palace

Monastery, it is famed for its

beautiful wood carvings too. The

building is deteriorating but retains

its exquisiteness. Though it is not

as grand as the Mandalay palace, its

teak wood simplicity gave a sense

of calm and detached me from the

noise of tourist groups.

The monastery’s distinctive

architecture and artistic wood

carvings are truly amazing. It

was also impressive to see local

people praying and meditating in

the monastery, making this place

even more sacred. I just couldn’t

help reminisce about those days

when King Mindon spent his last

days here.

From the tranquility of

Shwenandaw, I went to where it was

quite hectic at the Mayan Gyan jetty

on the bank of Ayeyarwady river.

In the morning local people start

their day as usual, while travellers

prepare to board boats to Mingun,

a town in the Sagaing region about

11 km upriver from Mandalay.

This town was my next stop

because Mingun had such appeal in

the movie and I couldn’t miss it.

I decided not travel by road

like in the movie but opted for a boat

ride along the Ayeyarwady river

instead. As the boat approached

the river bank, the town of Mingun

gradually revealed itself, looking

small and modest in size, but there

was actually more to it than meets

the eye. Once you’re off the boat,

unique and eco-friendly bullock

cart taxis await passengers. Despite

the heat, going on foot down the

road seemed best as all attractions

are within walking distance.

“This is the unfinished pagoda,

never finished,” says a young boy

who kept following me from the

Top Mingun Pahtodawgyi remains unfinished

up to this day, owing to the belief that its

completion would bring death to the king.

riverbank. His hand sweeps in

motion towards the huge pagoda of

Mingun Pahtodawgyi, as though he

were a guide and I had to politely

refuse since the structure required

no explanation. Its remarkably

massive size makes the pagoda

immediately recognisable despite

its quick appearance in the movie.

Legend has it that the completion

of the pagoda would cause death to

the King and collapse the kingdom.

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Stunning white pagoda of

Hsinbyume was built in 1816 by

Prince Bagyidaw in memory of

his beloved wife Hsinbyume and

was nicknamed the “Taj Mahal

of Myanmar” since.

Top A half hour drive

from Pyin Oo Lwin

leaves you at the huge

Dat Taw Gyaint or

Anisakan waterfall,

best seen from the

View Resort.

Thus the pagoda is left forever

unfinished at 50 metres high. It

is probably its incompleteness

that makes this place unique and

attracts many visitors these days.

I walked further from Mingun

Pahtodawgyi and through its village

to where the beautiful white pagoda

of Hsinbyume or Myatheindan

pagoda stands gracefully. It is

uniquely stunning in its shape and

its white simplicity like no other

pagodas in Myanmar with a design

that is based on the mythical

Sulamani pagoda on Mount Meru.

The pagoda was built in 1816 by

Prince Bagyidaw in memory of his

wife Hsinbyume, who died during

childbirth. People have nicknamed

it the “Taj Mahal of Myanmar” as

another monument to love.

So I climbed up to the top of

the terraces to where the two main

characters in the movie walked.

Feeling the wind against my face,

somehow the story behind the

pagoda and the movie takes less

relevance because this place is just as

romantic! No wonder it was included

as one of the film locations.

Next is Pyin Oo Lwin, a town

surprising in a way that changed

my perception about Myanmar.

Unlike the country’s other cities,

the area is famous for its nature,

rather than temples or pagodas.

The weather is pleasant year round

and a perfect place to calm the

mind. Pyin Oo Lwin is also known

as Maymyo and formerly a British

hill station. Many travellers usually

take a train to Hsipaw at Pyin Oo

Lwin train station. I hopped on the

train, following the movie trail to

the Gokteik viaduct, the highest

bridge in Myanmar. Luckily, a

kind ticket officer recommended

reserving in advance a seat on the

left side of the train to get a better

view of the viaduct bridge.

Excitement built up as the train

slowly approached the bridge.

In the movie, this is where one of

the letters is read. Even without

a ‘letter,’ one can still indulge

in the spectacular view of green

mountains below the viaduct and

capture the moment. As a train

enthusiast, it was a most exciting

ride for me. It was a refreshing

experience because such an epic

journey can be found nowhere else

but here.

One highlight destination

captured in the movie is Dat Taw

Gyaint or Anisakan waterfall.

This location is quite a significant

scene in the movie but I can’t

spoil the story! The best point

for a panoramic view of this huge

waterfall is at the View Resort,

just about a 30 minute drive from

Pyin Oo Lwin.

It took the motorcycle taxi

driver a little while to find this

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Top and bottom

All Saints’ Church

with the red brick

exterior stunningly

brought us back into

colonial times.

exact location and we were struck

by heavy rain for almost 30 minutes.

That was not my lucky day but

once we reached the resort, the sky

cleared and the fresh air after the

rainfall lingered. The viewpoint is

just stunning with a good spot to

sit, relax and enjoy.

Afterwards my adventurous

spirit called for a hike to the bottom

of the waterfall for a closer view.

On the way down, I met a local guy

and while we couldn’t speak the

same language, it seemed he said

something about a shortcut to the

waterfall. Not wanting to go alone, I

asked him to go down too. The trail

was a total mess with slippery mud

and it was so steep that one could

fall off the path easily. Without

the help of this stranger, I wouldn’t

have made it to the bottom of the


And the waterfall is impressive

as expected. Yet it is also the

kindness of a stranger that is

a beauty in itself. I began to

understand how the director fell in

love with Myanmar and its people

and his decision to make this movie

to bring two countries closer.

Back to Pyin Oo Lwin, the

former British hill station whose

colonial building can be seen across

town. Exploring with a bicycle and

map included a visit to All Saints’

Church. It was an Anglican church

in colonial times and took awhile to

find. A few people were asked for

directions but they didn’t know this

place. No one else was there when

I arrived.

The church looks mystically

beautiful with its red brick

exterior and colonial architecture

set amidst the trees. It was like

travelling back in time and to the

scene in the movie with its vintage

vibe. A hidden gem indeed and a

perfect place to end this movie

location trip.

There are more places featured

and explored in the movie, like

Yangon, Bagan and Hsipaw.

Myanmar has its own charm and

character and is surprisingly

impressive. And to the director who

said, “From Bangkok to Mandalay”

is the movie that brings the people

of two countries closer, I couldn’t

agree more. No letters needed.


เพลิดเพลินแล้ว การได้ซอกแซกแกะรอย


ภาพยนตร์เรื่อง From Bangkok to Mandalay


From Bangkok to Mandalay หรือ

“ถึงคน...ไม่คิดถึง” ในชื่อภาษาไทย เป็น



สาคัญต่างๆ ในเมืองหลวงเก่าแก่ของพม่าใน

อดีตก่อนถูกยึดครองโดยอังกฤษ มัณฑะเลย์




จากยามศึกสงคราม อีกทั้งยังคงดูขรึมขลังใน

ความรู้สึก ยิ่งเมื่อปรากฏอยู่ในหลายซีนของ



อาทิเช่น วัดมหามัยมุนี วัดโกสุดอว์ ฯลฯ ที่


อันเหนียวแน่น พระราชวังมัณฑะเลย์ที่เคยได้




ของศิลปะพม่าดั้งเดิมได้ชัดเจนที่สุด รวมไปถึง


ในโลก หนึ่งในสถานที่เฝ้ารอชมพระอาทิตย์




ไม่เฉพาะที่มัณฑะเลย์เพียงแห่งเดียว ยังมีสถาน


ในภาพยนตร์อีกมากมาย จึงไม่น่าแปลกใจต่อ



จดหมายรักใน “ถึงคน...ไม่คิดถึง” โดยแท้

From Bangkok to Mandalay


Ten letters are sent from a man in

Myanmar to a woman in Thailand

who he loves and misses so much.

But the letters are left unopened for

50 years. Until one day, the woman’s

granddaughter is given those letters

and asked to go and read every letter

only from where they were written.

This is how the impressive love

story begins.

Starring: Thai actress Pilaiporn

Supinchompoo and Myanmar superstars;

Sai Sai Kham Leng, Nay Toe and Wut

Hmon Shwe Yi

Director: Chartchai Ketnust

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Photos: Dolnapa Ram-Indra /

Thitiphan Kantawilaskul

Words: Tanistha Dansilp



You get the sea, sand and sun on the beautiful island

of Koh Samui, but in addition to that, how about

some happiness and inner peace? On a hilltop is the

Dipabhāvan Meditation Centre, a place that offers your

mind and spirit a chance to get renewed through the

process of mindfulness.


recently visited the Dipabhavan

Meditation Centre, also referred

to as the Development of Light

Hermitage in Koh Samui in the

province of Surat Thani in Thailand.

The retreat overlooks the beauty of

Lamai beach and since its inception

in the year 2005, more than 30,000

foreign visitors from all over the

world have come to this place to

find fulfillment through dhamma

practice. To make it to Dipabhavan,

a red minibus takes me up the hill.

From here on, I leave the real world

behind — the busy streets, the

beautiful beaches, the drinking and

dancing and loudness of Chaweng or

Lamai beaches.

The plan is that in seven days,

there will be only you with a mind

cleared of worries and a feeling of

calmness. People come to the Centre

to spend time with nature, listen to

the sound of their heartbeat, feel the

wind and hear the birds, and slowly

isolate from the outside world. At

the retreat, you get to go deep inside

yourself — to observe, be conscious

of your thoughts and be honest with

yourself. The teachings are based on

Ajarn (Thai for teacher) Buddhadasa,

a revered monk who taught the

principles of Buddha-Dhamma.

The day begins at 4:00 am

and spreads out with meditation

and basic activities that ends with

bedtime at 9:00 pm. This comes to

17 hours a day and 119 hours a week!

Not much strenuous activity goes on

except for the simple task of sitting,

sleeping, walking and eating. Yoga,

a walking meditation and dhamma

completes the day. A climb of some

200 steps takes place five times daily

as part of the mindfulness practice.

The monastery bell becomes the

official timekeeper and helps you

with the counting of walking steps.

Serenity takes over

when one practises


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“Our mind is like a monkey, and not

a simple monkey but a drunken one!

Watch your mind and your thoughts

because it will become your action!

– Buddha teaching

On the last morning of the English

course at the Centre, people can finally

talk and share their experiences,

complete with big smiles on their

faces. After all, it is seven days of

being silent – no use of social media,

no mobile phone, no television, no

book to read and only two vegetarian

meals are taken in a day.

And I wondered what had

happened in the last six days to our

minds. I wanted to know whether

something really did happen and

where it took us. It’s an interesting

question that I asked participants.

Wadey, an Australian biologist

who lives in Malaysia felt much

more aware of things after six

days and says, “I decided to come

for meditation without knowing

anything about Buddhism or

meditation. I only know it is a good

opportunity. I loved the chance to

calm my mind.” Another enlightened

person who also spent a week at

the retreat tells me, “My mind feels

energetic and works very fast and

adds with conviction that meditation

is a good way to observe our minds.

Victoria Semenova, who lives

in Israel says, “I feel completely

happy. I don’t know why I can’t

stop smiling.” She heard about the

meditation retreat some four, five

years ago from friends and finally

did the course. “Definitely I will

come to Thailand again, just for

meditation,” she says.


‘Nothing lasts forever,’ even things

that you like or didn’t like. Treat them

with the same sense of lightness and

awareness of impermanence.

– Buddha teaching

Linus Khan says he came to

Dipabhavan to seek ‘spiritual

enlightenment, spiritual

inspiration’. “Basically this is a

learning trip for me,” says Khan,

a thirty year old participant from

Pakistan who chose the meditation

retreat in Thailand as a first step

of his spiritual journey in Asia. He

had planned the year ahead to work

on his mind, body and spirit and

as part of the process, and plans to

go to China to study kung fu and to

Peru for knowledge on shamanism.

All this follows after he finished the

meditation class at Dipabhavan.

“I would like to work on my mind,

because it will take care of your

whole life.”

“Meditation is never easy for newcomers — there are beautiful results yet with difficult

adjustments,” says one participant.



Every teaching

and practice at the

centre is within

the framework of

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s

teachings. As one of

the most influential

Buddhist teachers,

he gets to the

heart of Buddha’s

teachings in a

simple, direct and

powerful metaphor.

Dhamma talk such

as ‘atta’ (self, soul

or ego), ‘dukkha’


distress, suffering)

and ‘upadana’

(clinging, attachment)

are explained by

Ajarn Buddhadasa

and all the dhamma

principles can be

summarised thus:

upadana is the

cause of dukkha,

dukkha is born out

of upadana. So it is

best if we profoundly

understand this

matter of upadana.


The meditation

technique taught

here at Dipabhāvan

is ‘Mindfulness’

with Breathing’

(Anapanasati in the

Pali language).


will learn:

• how to practise


through breathing

• how to develop

concentration to

produce tranquility

of mind

• mind purification

to see the supreme

wisdom of


things as they are

• insight


to free our minds

from attachment

and suffering, i.e.

‘Insight orVipassana-


Apart from the

‘Mindfulness through

Breathing’ practice,

the daily programme

at the hermitage

will include yoga,

Buddhist chants and

the practice of ‘Loving

Kindness Meditation’.

Khan also wanted to handle

situations like anger, anxiety,

worry and the list goes on. He

actually wanted to reach his true

potential and meditation seems

to help him fine-tune emotions.

For him, only one hour of

meditation a day can empower

him to handle the rest of the day.

The youngest practitioner

was eighteen year old Ishaa

Adrian from Malaysia. He

chose meditation as a defining

moment and the next step in life

before attending university in

Australia. He booked the ticket to

specifically come for the retreat

and learn how to treat life’s

discomforts by replacing it with

feelings of gratitude, optimism

and overall lightness of being.

But meditation for

newcomers is never easy. There

will be beautiful results yet with

difficult adjustments. Ishaa

had every strong intention to

join the retreat, yet he found

moments when he really wanted

to quit. It was trying, despite

the knowledge that learning

the principles of patience and

kindness will bring him great joy

and big rewards.

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04:30 Wake up

05:00 Morning


05:15 Sitting


05:45 Yoga/Exercise

07:00 Sitting


07:30 Breakfast

and Chores

09:30 Dhamma Talk

10:30 Walking or



“Loving kindness or ‘metta’

required more than sitting

on a cushion and wishing

others well…”

“I was thinking of leaving once

or twice, but now, I’m feeling so

relaxed. I also like the concept of

silence. It is a bit difficult at first

as I am not used to keeping quiet,”

said Ishaa. “This is a good place

for a good experience and I really

enjoyed the food!” said Ishaa.

11:00 Sitting


11:30 Lunch

and Chores

14:00 Meditation


and Sitting



Group activities

can be basic


done in meditative

silence, to sharing

knowledge of

learned teachings.


Most foreign practitioners said they

were very impressed with food that

was well-prepared and made with

love by nuns and volunteers during

breakfast and lunch. The menus

offer brown rice, a vegetarian

curry, various vegetable gravies or

different kinds of salad decorated

with edible flowers. It not only

fulfilled the participants’ stomachs

but also their eyes and minds too.

At the retreat, both men and

women chose a daily chore. I

would never forget the scene when

everyone did some kind of work

after breakfast for about 20 minutes

every day. Some chose to clear up

dining tables, sweep the floors, and

others even willingly cleaned toilets

– all in a happy manner.

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s teachings

had said that the practice of loving

kindness or ‘Metta’ in Pali, required

more than just sitting on a cushion

15:00 Walking or



15:30 Sitting


16:00 Walking or



16:30 Chanting

and Loving



17:30 Tea

19:30 Sitting


20:00 Group



20:30 Sitting


21:00 Bedtime

21:30 Lights Out



Doing a seven-day

retreat for a beginner is

not easy, so preparing

your body and mind is

highly recommended.

Remember you have to:

• have commitment,

determination and


• practise getting

up early

• adjust with the

schedule which

everybody must


• live on two

vegetarian meals

a day

• deal with physical


• experience a lot o

your own emotional

ups and down

during the retreat

and wishing others well. The revered monk reminds

us that we should also practise and put it into action.

You could prepare food or do good things to others,

show your friendliness, goodwill, benevolence,

fellowship, peaceful friendship, inoffensiveness and

non-violent acts, all of which is a way to practise

loving kindness.

Garlar Below, a twenty four year old German

visitor, shared the principles he learned when he

invited people to join activities at the retreat centre

and similar interests put them on the same path after

the course finished. He’s joined with others to ride

their motorcycles from Phuket to Koh Samui for a

“peace of mind” journey.

“Nothing makes me happier than sharing and

doing something together. It is not only meditation,

but also something else that I can {do to} support

others. I understand that I can change no one but

myself. For that reason, I can help them to change

themselves by opening doors for them.”


Below sees a connection between past knowledge

and a new sense of understanding when one is

enlightened. He senses the power of seeing things in

a new way and he describes it as a big awakening of

his former self.

Hansar Moment of Happiness

Samui, Bangkok, Pranburi, Khao Yai, Cha Am


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By the end of the

retreat, people

experience a

lightness of being,

that is part of a selfawakening.

“It’s really hard to explain.

Just come here and experience

it by yourself. It does not matter

what I say, but how you perceive it

and that’s what we’ve learnt,” he

describes of his awakening.

Simon Kok, a half Swedish, half

Vietnamese teacher from Sweden

explained his awakening after he

finished the retreat. He believed

that Buddhism and the dhamma

teachings of Ajarn Buddhadasa

connected him more with his roots,

and especially to his Vietnamese


“When I was young, I didn’t

understand my mother at all. It’s

hard for a teenager to understand

Buddhism because it’s not about

output, but the input,” Kok

explained. “Every time I encounter

a new experience or situation, I

always pictured my mum in my

head. I travelled back in time into


Each day there will be a session on the theory and practice

of mindfulness through breathing. A variety of tips

and ways of dealing with problems or obstacles will be

discussed. Ajarn Pho and Dhammavidu Bhikkhu (an English

monk) will address the group regularly, talking about

meditation and the dharma.


Ajarn Pho is the former

abbot of Suan Mokkh,

also called the Garden

of Liberation in Surat

Thani province. It was

founded in 1932 by

Ajarn Buddhadasa with

the goal of teaching the

true heart of Buddhism.

For almost a century, it

has served and become

one of the most revered

Theravada Buddhist

temple in Thailand,

and the founder of

Dipabhāvan. During

the retreat, participants

are welcomed to ask all

questions, talk and seek

advice from Ajarn Pho in


Find more of Ajarn

Buddhadasa’s teachings at:





my memory bank and I could pick

a good part of hearing my mum’s

voice echoing in my mind. That’s

my insight. How I start to feel my

mum even when she’s not around

me. It was very beautiful,” he says.

Kok said this wouldn’t be

his first and last time here at

Dhammavidu Bhikkhu

It’s always great to

have a monk who has a

Western background and

understanding in order to

explain and share dharma

principles to foreigners.

Dhammavidu Bhikkhu is

originally from England and

lives at Suan Mokkh temple

in Southern Thailand. He

helped teach meditation

to foreigners at the Suan

Mokkh International Dhamma

Hermitage and the

Dipabhāvan Meditation

Centre at Samui Island since

the last decade.

Dhammavidu Bhikkhu has

been rendering the works of

Ajarn Buddhadasa into English

since 2010. As his study of

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s teaching

deepens, he is beginning to

translate from ‘The Dhamma

Proclamation Series,’ a

multi-volume collection of

Ajarn Buddhadasa’s major






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This programme is

free of charge, but

you can donate what

you want when the

retreat is finished.

This will help to

maintain and run this

hermitage for others

who can travel to

have the Centre’s

great experience.



Since the meditation

centre is located on

the hill and difficult

to reach, everyone

goes to a meeting

point. It’s either at

the Dipabhāvan

Foundation office

located at ‘The Icon’

in the small village

of Hua Thanon or

go to ‘Utopia Resort’

on Lamai Beach.

From there, the

red minibus will be

available and free of

charge to take you to

the centre, located

around 13

kilometres away.

Dipabhavan, since he thought it

was nice to surround himself with

good people. “But in the beginning

you need good guidance more or

less, and then it become less and

less. That is the main purpose.”


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ทีปภาวันธรรมสถาน เป็นที่รู้จักกันดี


และต่างประเทศมาระยะหนึ่งแล้ว ซึ่งหาก

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ชาวไทยแล้ว ยังมีชาวต่างชาติถึงกว่าสาม










ทั่วไปจากที่ต่างๆ และสาหรับนักเรียน


อาทิตย์ที่ 1 และที่ 3 ของทุกเดือนที่สวน

ธรรมเภรี โดยการอบรมในวันเสาร์แรก


“สัปดาห์แสวงหาอริยทรัพย์” ส่วนการ

อบรม “หาสุขได้จากทุกข์” จัดให้มีขึ้นใน

วันที่ 12-17 ของทุกๆ เดือน

สาหรับชาวต่างชาติ การอบรมจัดให้

มีขึ้นในวันที่ 20-27 ของทุกๆ เดือน โดย



เมื่อเวลาสามทุ่ม รวมทั้งสิ้น 17 ชั่วโมง

สาหรับการปฏิบัติในหนึ่งวัน หรือ 119

ชั่วโมงตลอดทั้งการอบรม โดยในหกวัน


อยู่กับตัวเอง สังเกตสภาวะของจิต

ตลอดจนความรู้สึกนึกคิด อยู่ในความ

สงบเงียบ ปราศจากโทรศัพท์ โทรทัศน์

หนังสือ หรือแม้กระทั่งการติดต่อสื่อสาร

ใดใดก็ตาม ทั้งนี้เพื่อให้ผู้ปฏบัติได้มุ่งเจริญ

สติภาวนาอย่างเต็มที่ในทุกๆ ตาราง


จากนั้น ในเช้าวันที่เจ็ดทุกคนจะได้รับ

โอกาสให้พูดและแสดงความคิดเห็น โดย



แน่นอน เพราะรู้สึกสงบและเป็นสุข พบว่า



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Words & Photos Simon Bond

Today, one of the highlights of a visit to Myanmar

is taking a hot air balloon over the temples of

Bagan. Ballooning in Myanmar is not just a modern

phenomenon though, since traditional fire lanterns

have launched throughout the country.

It’s an amazing and exhilarating experience to float anywhere above land,

let alone somewhere as beautiful as Bagan, or indeed Mandalay. Ballooning

takes time to learn as my balloonist Allie Dunnington explained, “Training

depends on the amount of flying hours that the student can achieve. The

minimum for a hot air balloon licence is 16 flight hours, but many students

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

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

someone with such experience and passion for ballooning.

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Getting a bird’s eye view of the temples in Myanmar is

the best way to see them - the geometric shapes they

make with the line up of pagodas are amazing. In this

photo, you can see Khutodaw Pagoda, with Sandamuni

Pagoda in the distance.

Much larger than the lanterns often seen in other

parts of Asia are the fire lanterns launched in

Myanmar. These large lanterns, which can be as big as

the hot air balloons launched in the 19th century, need

a much larger flame to lift off. The best place to see

them is at the Taunggyi fire lantern festival.

Mandalay hill is one of the most iconic sights in

Mandalay, when viewed from either side of it, from it,

or in this case, above it. The hill stands at 240 metres,

has numerous temples and pagodas on it, and at its

peak is Sutaungpyei Pagoda.

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The plains of Bagan at dawn

are a mystical sight, with

sunrays shining through

mist-shrouded temples.

There are over 2,000

Buddhist sites in this area,

with Ananda temple being

the finest. Those wishing to

fly by balloon will need an

early start, as take off is

at sunrise.

bottom images

Sandamuni Pagoda is surrounded

by lots of smaller stupas. The

stupa has an important meaning

in Buddhism, where the shape

represents Buddha sitting in

meditation on a lion throne.

Bagan has full moon festivals that

rotate through the major temples,

during which you can see people

launching lanterns into the sky.

And if you’re lucky, they’ll include

the larger fire lanterns. The most

accessible is the Ananda Pagoda

festival in early January.

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Mandalay has a serene feel to it once you head

out into the country - this image was taken north

of Mandalay hill. Allie often flew her balloon

over Mandalay and told me, “Most of my flights

in Mandalay were challenging as winds tend to

be variable and it can be quite tricky to stir the

balloon into open spaces for landing. Many times

I had to cross the river and landed on a sandbank

or I flew out to the north and landed in tiny

villages that had never seen foreign visitors.”

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There are now 21

balloons that fly over

Bagan every morning

from October to March;

these are operated by 3

companies. The balloons

drifting over the temples

are amazing to watch

from ground level as

well, especially against

the morning light and

the coloured sky.









About the photographer

Simon Bond is a travel photographer based in

Asia, but originally from the UK. His worked has

been published in many respected magazines,

including National Geographic. He’s always

looking for the story in his images, and likes to

apply creative photography techniques to the

scene in front of him to enhance the message

to his audience. You can learn more about his

photographic techniques through his book

“Simple Scene, Sensational Shot,” or for more

advanced photography methods, you could

check out his blog www.creative-photographyschool.com.

He has photographed in almost

every country in Asia, and you can see his travel

photography portfolio at


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Know Before You Go

Hong Kong

Seek the modern in

old, familiar places

like Hong Kong. Here

is a metropolis where

high-rise condos

and traditions sit

comfortably with

sky-high aspirations.

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

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






In Bangkok,

Jamie’s Italian

Jamie Oliver’s got a new home

in Bangkok. Rather, it’s his

new eatery in town called

Jamie’s Italian. This is the

first restaurant in Thailand

for the UK celebrity chef

and down-to-earth food

pioneer, and the latest dining

option to his outlets in 25

international locations.

Jamie’s Italian is the

perfect post shop, drop

and dine destination in the

heart of Bangkok’s retail

wonderland. Bangkok’s status

as a truly cosmopolitan city

is most strongly felt within

the retail-therapy wonder

of the newly revamped

Siam Discovery – The

Exploratorium; a lifestyle

shopping concept that creates

communal spaces where

international and local brands

rub retail shoulders.

The offerings of Jamie’s

Italian serve up gut-busting

burgers, wonderful sharing

plates of homemade pasta

and artisanal pizzas, along

with antipasti delights and

deli-styled goodies served on

a long plank. Superfood salads

and robust entrees such as

smoky grilled meats cooked

under a brick round out the

Italian repertoire.

Light and airy in vibe,

Jamie’s Italian has a relaxed

cafe ambiance by day with

industrial chic and vintage

design details. In the evening,

this cool, ground floor bistro

is an Italian food lover’s

beacon, lit up with hipster

hanging Edison light bulbs.

Open for drinks at 11:00 am,

the kitchen opens at 12:00 pm,

and the restaurant closes at

10:00 pm. jamiesitalian.co.th,

+66 (0) 2255 5222

Eco-Lounge in Tranquility

Located only 65 kilometres from Bangkok and a ten

minute drive from the famous Damnoen Saduak

floating market, the asita eco resort resides amidst

peaceful nature. Designed to preserve the rural

countryside, the resort is adjacent to a large tranquil

canal. It’s a chance to escape the congested city and

relax while surrounded by countless pine trees. Stay

in a traditional Thai house or villa, all prepared with

eco-friendly amenities. A private swimming pool in front

of the porch provides for the ultimate in relaxation.

And for a particularly atmospheric touch, the nearby

Amphawa district is well-known as a place to see

thousands of fireflies sparkling at night along the

riverbank. asitaresort.com

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Dining on the River

No trip to Bangkok is complete without a cruise on the

Chao Phraya River — the city’s major water artery that

flows into the Gulf of Thailand and the best way by far to

enjoy it is by taking a two-and-a-half hour dinner cruise.

This provides a perfect opportunity to see two of the Thai

capital’s best-known sights — the Temple of Dawn (Wat

Arun) and the Grand Palace — which are illuminated after

dark. At the same time, guests feast on a variety of Thai

dishes accompanied by musical entertainment from an

onboard band. www.thairivercruise.com, +1 855 275 5071

Artistic Dining

Perfectly located on

Khao San Road, the

Mango Vegetarian

and Vegan Restaurant

and Art Gallery is a

charming and intimate

option for all those

who would rather not

eat meat. A wide menu

ranges from curries and

soups to passion fruit

kombucha and chocolate

pancakes with vegan

coconut sauce. Adding

to the charm are the

restaurant’s two resident

cats. www.facebook.com/



Art-Gallery, +66 82 457

9071, +66 84 908 4881

Floral Culture

In a quiet residential area of the Dusit district sits the Museum of

Floral Culture, the brainchild of internationally renowned Thai floral

artist Sakul Intakul. Created specially for lovers of flowers, nature

and those with an interest in Thai art and culture, the museum

focuses on floral culture — an important part of the Thai way of life.

Find unique exhibits of floral cultures from civilizations across Asia.

Built in the reign of King Rama VI, the structure itself is a beautifully

preserved, 100 year-old teak mansion with colonial architecture. The

Museum and its atmospheric garden, complete with a traditional

Thai pavilion and the charming Dok Mai Thai Salon du Thé, can be

rented to provide a unique setting for special events. floralmuseum.com


The Bigness of Miniatures

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

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

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

They’ve recently launched the first miniature town in Thailand and the largest of its kind in Asia. Apart

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

in day-to-day activities.

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

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

desert, beach, cave, residential life, historical places and the airport. A Thai zone features popular locales like

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

80-130 centimetres tall.

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

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CHIANG MAI / chiang rai / mae hong son


Time for Tea

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

of its traditional teas which are cultivated in its own gardens in Chiang Rai.

The region is regarded as the agricultural centre of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Choui Fong Tea grows several distinctive types of tea and produces assam,

green, oolong and black teas in the highlands at 1,200 metres above sea

level. There, the ideal climate and soil conditions permit the cultivation of

excellent teas. A visit to the plantation provides an excellent way to discover

the stunning scenery of Chiang Rai province and also a chance to sample and

purchase some wonderful brews. chouifongtea.com

Moroccan Romantic

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

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

a luxury hotel in Chiang Mai, whose design was inspired by Moroccan architecture, sits

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

atmosphere surrounded by Moroccan gardens at the restaurant terrace overlooking the

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

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

added plus: from New Year’s Eve until the end of February, get a 50 per cent discount for

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

In Coffee We Trust

We now have more good reasons to

enjoy our morning coffee, and with

help from Dhepprathan Coffee. A

morning cup of coffee or tea may do

more than just perk you up. Some

studies say that caffeine acts as an

antioxidant and helps prevent the

damaging effects of free radicals that

have been linked to heart disease and

Alzheimer’s. Dhepprathan’s coffee

beans are sourced from an organic,

family-owned plantation in the Sob

Moei District of Mae Hong Son in

Northern Thailand. This means that

this fine Arabica coffee plant is grown

at 1,035 to 1,250 metres above sea

level. Its high-quality medium to dark

roast beans give a complex aroma and

exquisite taste; the perfect choice for

coffee connoisseurs.

Dhepprathan Coffee

provides only one

blend in three

types of packaging:

ground coffee or

whole roasted

coffee beans in a

250g paper bag and

15g ground coffee

in a portable and

specially designed

bag. dhepprathan@

gmail.com; LINE ID:


+66 (0) 84 009 3366

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Hilltribe Discoveries

Northern Thailand is noteworthy for its various hilltribes and

many visitors take extensive treks to be with the tribes. A good

way to begin learning about the unique history and culture of

the tribes is at the Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre in

Chiang Rai. In addition to an informative slide show, visitors can

learn about typical traditional clothing, their use of bamboo,

histories and the various community projects the museum helps

fund. www.pdacr.org

Become a Yoga Pro

The Yoga Teachers Training Course

programme, designed by the Wise

Living Yoga Academy (accredited by

Yoga Alliance, USA & The International

Board of Yoga, India) intends to provide

a strong foundation in Yoga for those

who are interested regardless of ages

and nationalities. The 200-hour courses

(International Programmes) are held

several times a year at the Yoga centre

in Chiang Mai and will provide an

internationally recognised Yoga Certificate

for participants who successfully

complete the course.


Festive Artisan Umbrellas

Located six kilometres from Chiang

Mai town, the Handmade Umbrella

and Handicrafts Festival is held on the

third weekend in January. This annnual

event is a celebration of the more than

100-year-old tradition of umbrella making

in the village of Bo Sang. It is said that a

monk travelling in Myanmar learned of

a unique technique of using saa paper

for making umbrellas. Saa paper has

unique properties for umbrella making

– it is lightweight, durable and its grain

structure prevents water from easily

seeping through. The monk brought this

technique to the artisans of Bo Sang

who were already known for the quality

of their work. As a result, they used their

artisan skills and turned saa paper into

umbrellas that has become a uniquely

Thai craft. +66 (0) 53 338 956,

+66 (0) 53 338 049


Chiang Mai by Night

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

guided night tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, participants will first visit a Buddhist

temple and see chanting monks during meditation. After the temple, the guide brings

participants to a six-course dinner of delicious Northern Thai specialities in a charming

garden setting. For dessert, this will be sampled in true Thai fashion from street vendors at

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

Photo: Wongtawee Taweepasas

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A Burger Challenge, Anyone?

Organically Samui

Little convincing is needed on the benefits of organic produce,

and going on holiday should not mean going without such

options. In Samui, there’s a green market that’s held every six

weeks for anyone to continue conscious eating. Find your vendors

at the Elysia Boutique Resort at the Fisherman’s Village on the

island’s north coast. Visitors are introduced to different kinds of

healthy foods that are locally sourced and grown, not to mention

getting locally made crafts as well. The experience includes great

music, accompanied by lots to eat and drink.

samuimala.org, +66 (0) 86 909 0373

It can’t be anywhere else but Stacked if

you’re a burger lover who loves a challenge.

Located in front of OZO Hotel at Chaweng

beach on Samui island, Stacked offers

a diverse cuisine from seafood to steak.

Among their activities is a burger challenge

that’s become popular and lets you

gauge just how much you can eat.

Stacked challenges you to eat 4

burgers served with double fries

and double slaw in 20 minutes. If

you can clean the plate in time,

the burger will all be yours –

free of charge. If not, you pay

the price! stacked-samui.com,

+66 (0) 7791 5222

Just the Two of Us

How about considering a

getaway to rediscover true

romance? Book yourself a

holiday at Amari Koh Samui

and take them up on the offer

of a romantic package, “Just

the Two of Us”, which includes

three nights accommodation

and round-trip transfers from

Samui International Airport.

Complimentary wine, fruits

and flowers awaits, while

an hour long signature

massage at Breeze Spa

relaxes you both before the

candlelight dinner. The

rate begins from THB

36,000 per couple

for a three-night stay.

The offer is valid through

August 31, 2017.


+66 (0) 77 230 077

Sea Kayaking

When you fly into Koh Samui,

take note of the small clusters

of islands that’s part of the

Ang Thong National Marine

Park. For a closer look, how

about taking a journey on a

sea kayak along the coastline

of one of its islands, Koh Mae

Hok? During this organised trip,

you get to cruise beneath huge

overhanging rocks and enjoy

some of the most beautiful

beaches in Thailand. Other

attractions include one of the

greatest sights - that of a former

enormous cavern whose ceiling

has since collapsed – and

now a saltwater lake. Called Tai

Plao, the lake is now a haven

to a wide variety of marine

life. To ensure a better look, an

exciting snorkelling experience is

available as part of the trip.



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Red for Roosters, Red for Love

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

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

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

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

the freshest seafood, barbecue, and pieces de resistance of strawberry and chocolate

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

there, you can experience the stunning views and ambience of understated luxury.


Cave Offerings

While many visitors to Krabi’s Phra

Nang beach simply go there to enjoy

the white sand and stunning scenery,

there is much more to the area. Visit a

cave to make offerings to Phra Nang

herself, the Princess Goddess. They say

that she lives underneath a cliff that’s

found towards the end of the beach.

This belief goes back many centuries

and visitors should be mindful that this

is a sacred place to be respected. And

do as the locals do by visiting the cliff

to make an offering or wish for luck or

safe travels.




Last Resorts to Luxury

There’s no such thing as too much of a good

thing when we’re talking about beach resorts.

Last December, Celes Beachfront Resort Koh

Samui debuted next to its sister, Samui Palm

Beach Resort on Bophut beach. This area was

once a village and home to former Thai and

Chinese communities. Now the re-developed

area has a laid back and contemporary deluxe

boutique, with luxurious beachfront pool

villas. Their beachfront runs 270 metres

long with a stunning view of Koh Phangnan.

In the neighbouring area lies the pristine

Bophut beach with the equally luxurious

Celes Beachfront Resort Koh Samui, whose

beachfront pool villas serve as getaways for

couples and families. You can hire boats

to neighbouring islands, a nearby national

marine park, and even other villages. Or

engage in the true beach tradition of reading

and relaxing by the pool. There will be a

special theme on Chinese New Year, and a 3

days 2 nights package offering from 15 Jan to

31 Mar. The surrounding areas are great for

nature lovers. celesresorts.com, +66 (0) 77 425

494-5, +66 (0) 77 900 999, samuipalmbeach.com,

+66 (0) 77 425 494-5

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Perfect Bodies

If you have always wanted to undergo fitness training in Thailand,

the Bikini Bods Group Trip, conducted at the Tiger Muay Thai Camp,

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

for ladies, as men are more than welcome to attend. A whole range

of classes include Muay Thai, crossfit, yoga, cardio, beach classes

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

plenty of opportunities to go on boat trips and explore the delights

of Phuket yourself. bikinibods.com.au, January 4 to 10

Mindful Wellbeing

The idyllic setting of Phuket is the destination for those wishing to improve the quality

of their lives and aim for a perfect state of physical and emotional wellbeing. Mare &

Mindfulness offers an evolutionary holiday and a chance to experience a different type of

tourism that combines a bit of Eastern philosophy.

Vacation with a programme that offers training in the five main principles of mindfulness

and a special nutrition menu that will also ensure physical detoxification. Breakfast and

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

with the dietary guidelines delivered at the start of the holiday. Those who want to lose

weight can join a special programme, while at the same time enjoy the pleasurable discovery

of delightful Thai cuisine. www.ritiroinparadiso.com, February 18 to 26

Marine Experience

Marine Expedition Thailand offers the

unique experience of enjoying activities

above and below the warm blue waters

of the Andaman Sea. Participants can

sail along Thailand’s beautiful western

coast and at the same time join in a

marine research expedition. Participants

will receive an education in marine

science with topics covering manta rays,

sharks, coral and plankton. On board is

an experienced skipper who will teach

sailing and coastal navigation while

sea life will be covered by a marine

biologist. www.dr-olaf.com, February 12


Salt Life Palette

Zoe Olivia Young, a rising talent in the Sydney art scene,

is now an artist in residence at one of Samui’s top

boutique hotel. Her unique work entitled “Salt Life” is

on display at Mom Tri’s Villa Royale gallery until the end

of April. Zoe’s paintings are marked by her eclectic use

of colours and eye for landscapes, along with her still life

compositions depicting a more natural and slower

pace of life.

Instagram @zoeoliviayoung

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Clifftop Splendour

Located on a cliff headland overlooking

the Gulf of Thailand, the InterContinental

Pattaya Resort is just a two-hour

drive away from Bangkok. In addition

to the wide range of facilities to be

expected from the hotel, guests have

a choice of dining at the Infiniti and

Elements restaurants. Furthermore,

launching on January 1 is the Club

InterContinental®, a remarkable and

exclusive haven within the resort.

It is an unprecedented blend of intuitive

service, exclusive benefits, unparalleled

luxury, stylish signature décor and

enhanced thoughtful amenities,

featuring assistance and guidance from

a 24-hour personal butler, as well as

private check-in and -out convenience.


+66 (0) 38 259 888

Yacht Charters

Chartering a yacht is one of the most

exciting and yet relaxing ways to

discover the Gulf of Thailand. Pattaya’s

surrounding coastline has numerous

islands little known to most tourists and

all boat charters from Pattaya Yacht

Charters are permitted to anchor off

some of the most spectacular beaches

on the Pattaya archipelago. Destinations

include Koh Khram, Koh Rin and Monkey

Island with vessels ranging from sailing

yachts to party boats. Deep sea fishing is

also offered. pattayayachtcharters.com



Festival Goes


Thailand’s biggest art,

music and life festival

has set new dates on the

field of Siam Country

Club, Pattaya. The

upcoming 4-day festival

is jam-packed with

various artists such as

Rudimental, Lianne La

Havas and Shura, JUNUN

featuring Shye Ben Tzur

& the Rajasthan Express

and the return of Molam

Bus by Jim Thompson Art

Centre. Other interesting

activities include; multisensory

installation over

the lotus pond, organic

painting, giant mandalamaking,

Wushu, Shoalin

Kungfu, Taichi and wood

carving workshop. This

year Wonderfruit also

aims for carbon positive

by investing in the

Rimba Raya Biodiversity

Reserve in Indonesia.

Wonderfruit ticket holders

are participating in an


event meanwhile having

fun. February 16-19,


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hong kong




He may have named

himself the Demon Chef,

but there is so much

more to Alvin Leung’s

cuisine than mere

provocation. Located in

the bustling district of

Wan Chai, the restaurant

Bo Innovation sports

three Michelin stars and

promises diners “X-treme

Chinese Cuisine” and

an experience which

is, in the words of its

founder, both “exotic

and erotic.” A former

engineer, Leung came late

to the restaurant business

but has in recent years

certainly made up for lost

time. In addition to his

Hong Kong restaurant,

Leung has carved out

a successful television

career as well. Visitors

to Bo Innovation can

sample such creations as

the “Baby Food” black

truffle, “chian dan chee”

(basically a spam egg

sandwich with a twist),

foie gras “mui choi” with

green apple and ginger

and, as is to expected,

Leung’s special take on

the distinctive Chinese

soup dumplings, “xiao

long bao.” Bo Innovation,

1/F J Senses, 60 Johnston Rd.,

Wan Chai, +852 2850 8371

Dragons and Lions

Welcome 2017

Hundreds of dragon and lion dancers

bring their game on with a parade on

Jan 1 while fierce competitions

with high flying lion dance techniques

follow on Jan 2. Later in the month,

a Night Parade in the streets of

Tsim Sha Tsui on Jan 28 celebrates

the Chinese New Year, concluding with

fireworks displays to announce the Year

of the Rooster.

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Ngong Ping 360 Closed for Maintenance

The Ngong Ping 360 cable car is scheduled to suspend its service from early January 2017 for rope

replacement. The maintenance project should complete in early June 2017. The Ngong Ping Rescue

Trail also will not be open to visitors during the replacement period to ensure public safety.

However, Ngong Ping village with their shops and entertainment venues remain open.

Visitors can buy the bus tour package at the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal or take other modes of

transport to Ngong Ping village and beyond to Tian Tan Buddha statue, and Po Lin monastery.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong MRT Corporation recently extended the Kwun Tong Line to the new

Ho Man Tin and Whampoa stations. During weekday non-peak periods, the average train service

frequency is three minutes for all Kwun Tong Line stations.

Let’s join the locals in exploring Hong Kong further!

Photo Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

High End High Tea

At the Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge,

it’s all about elegant takes on high tea

classics that pay homage to their British

roots. These include smoked salmon and

cream cheese on homemade pumpernickel

bread, ham and picallili baguette, pork and

fennel sausage rolls or choux buns filled

with coronation chicken. Sweet treats

include blueberry cheesecake, strawberry

mousse and the hotel’s much-loved opera

cake. Top it all off with plain or raisin

scones served with Devonshire clotted

cream and the hotel’s own rose petal jam.

Clipper Lounge, Mandarin Oriental

Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd., Central,

+852 2825 4007

Longines Master Riders

Following events in Los Angeles and Paris, this elite showjumping

event culminates in Hong Kong at Asia-World Expo, where the

world’s best riders, decision makers and VIPs will gather for three

days of sporting action. Visitors can experience innovative and

exhilarating world-class showjumping competitions, while at the

same time enjoy a wide range of culinary and cultural events,

including activities for the young ones. February 9-12,

longinesmasters.com; booking at cityline.com and +852 3761 6515

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Let’s Rock

Located just a short walk

from the beach and a part of

Resorts World Sentosa, the

Hard Rock Hotel features

fun and fantastic decor

inspired by rock and roll

culture. The hotel boasts an

infinity swimming pool, a

6,500-seater ballroom, 30

function rooms and a 24-hour

fitness centre. Guestrooms

keep with the rock and roll

theme, along with ensuite

bathrooms designed like

backstage dressing rooms.

Diners can enjoy the Starz

Restaurant which offers

an international lunch and

dinner buffet and also the

Rock Pool Bar and the Rock

Bar with live entertainment.

Resorts World Sentosa

includes Universal Studios,

the world’s largest

oceanarium, a waterpark

and the Maritime

Experiential Museum.

8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa

Island, +65 6577 8888

Mexican Favourites

It is true that Singapore is home

to a whole wide range of cuisines,

but Mexican may not be the most

obvious — unless it is Margarita’s

at Dempsey Hill. The restaurant

has declared its goal to serve

unpretentious good food prepared

in the special Mexican way. And it

is food that is both great to look

at and taste. How about starting

off with a cheese fondue with taco

chips? Then follow this with main

courses such as roasted sweet

potato and chilli japaleño, baked

crab enchiladas or a “kitchen sink”

burrito. @margaritasdempsey, 11

Dempsey Rd., +65 6471 3228

Exuberant Chingay Parade

Singapore’s Chingay procession is the largest street performance

and float parade in the whole of Asia and is an extravaganza which

epitomises the dynamism of Singapore’s vibrant and multicultural

society. February 10-11, chingay.org.sg/chingay-2017


Breathtaking CÉ LA VI

Elevated above the SkyPark Observation Deck of Marina Bay Sands, CÉ LA VI offers breathtaking

panoramic views of the city skyline and the Singapore Straits to enhance a truly fine dining

experience. The multi-level CÉ LA VI Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, providing a

la carte menu options as well as tasting menus that allow diners to sample a selection of dishes

created by international chefs. Enjoy elegant indoor dining while looking out from floor-toceiling

windows or choose an al fresco table adjacent to the SkyBar on the terrace. The SkyBar is a

vibrant circular bar where talented bartenders shake, stir and serve up classic and signature

CÉ LA VI cocktails. celavi.com, +65 6508 2188

Middle Eastern Delights

The restaurant has been on the receiving end

of multiple rave reviews – and this is in itself an

achievement in a city obsessed with food. The

Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine at artichoke

restaurant most certainly does not fail to

disappoint. In addition to a wide range of “mezze”

plates (such as figs with goat cheese), hungry

diners should try delicacies like slow-roasted

lamb shoulder, Wagyu beef with a chilli harissa

dip, hot skillet prawns and duck kebab tacos with

innovative avocado hummus.

artichoke.com.sg, +65 6336 6949

Soaring Success of Symphony

In recent years, through its performances in Singapore and around the world — not to mention a growing

portfolio of recordings — the Singapore Symphony Orchestra has been garnering a well-earned reputation

for excellence. Now the orchestra teams up with the charistmatic Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel

for a gala concert in the island nation’s durian-shaped Esplanade concert hall. January 5-6, sso.org.sg

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yangon / mandalay


The Pawn Room

With an atmosphere reminiscent of an ancient Chinese pawn shop, The Pawn

Room takes visitors back to a 1920s Shanghai, decorated with paper lanterns,

rattan chairs and herbalist cabinets. And the pawn shop concept doesn’t just

stop there. On certain nights, visitors may choose to trade their belongings or

services to work at the bar in exchange for cocktails. A wide range of cocktails

include those with a particular Asian focus and ingredients, including that of

kaffir lime leaves, pandan syrup and cream. And should you wish for a change

of scene, try out The Private Room wine lounge located on the same street,

operated by the same management. www.facebook.com/tprttdi, +60 13-483 8863


Top Chef by the Lake

Leading Swiss chef Boris Granges is now at the helm of Le Planteur, a

restaurant in a stunning colonial-era waterfront property on picturesque

Inya Lake. Fine dining continues despite several incarnations since

the restaurant’s modest opening in 1998. Le Planteur consists of several

dining and drinking venues to suit all tastes with their upscale restaurant,

a bistro, wine bar and a tearoom for high teas. The excellent menu ranges

from a tender fillet of cod and foie gras with pear chutney to a dessert of

wasabi ice cream. leplanteur.net, +95 1 514 230

Afternoon Teas

Asian destinations with a strong colonial

past have revived the delights of an

extensive afternoon tea, especially Kuala

Lumpur. Charming spreads include dainty

sandwiches and scones with jam and

clotted cream. Locations offering a superior

afternoon tea experience include Lounge

On the Park at the Mandarin Oriental,

Serena Brasserie at the InterContinental,

The Drawing Room at the St. Regis and the

Orchid Observatory at the Majestic. For a

Malaysian-inspired menu, try OneFiveSix at

the InterContinental.

mandarinaoriental.com, kualalumpur.

intercontinental.com, stregiskualalumpur.com,


A Taste of Thailand

It’s always good to eat Thai food and nowhere is it

better in Kuala Lumpur than at Baan Kanom Jeen,

with its focus on different combinations of thin rice

noodles with curries, gravies and sauces. Try the

Kanom Jeen Set with noodle balls,

sauces, boiled eggs, anchovies and

leafy herbs and vegetables.

Other delicious items on

the menu include green

curry with fried rice

and fish, phad thai

and a mouthwatering

selection of desserts.



Contemporary by Tradition

Mogok Pauk Pauk, a Myanmar transgender fashion designer in Yangon, is now on the list

of top Southeast Asian designers. After graduating from renown fashion design institutes

in Milan and Paris, she returned home and dedicated her work to creating awareness of

the traditional Myanmar textile design known as luntaya acheik. At Pauk Pauk’s studio in

Mandalay, villagers create traditional patterns with old weaving methods. In collaboration,

she adds design touches into the patterns to give a sense of the contemporary to the

textiles. www.mogokpaukpauk.com; Yangon +95 9 2522 4048; Mandalay +95 2 666 28

Garden of Spices

Justifiably proud to be the only Indian-Myanmar fine dining

restaurant in Mandalay, the Spice Garden is an elegant restaurant

serving Myanmar, Northern and Southern Indian cuisines with a

strong focus on poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Guests

can dine on such Myanmar delights as refreshing salads and

curries. Desserts include Indian favourites like rasmalai, gulab

jamun and kheer. Food enthusiasts can even learn how to prepare

the restaurant’s dishes in specially organised cooking classes with

the resident chefs. hotelredcanal.com

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vietnam / cambodia

danang / SIEM REAP


Lie-in For


Work on your mind and

body without having

to move an inch. Lie

down to the ultimate

experience at HARNN

Heritage Spa that’s at the

InterContinental Danang

Sun Peninsula Resort and

let spa therapists work

to restore the natural

balance to your body and

mind. Methods here are

inspired by the practice of

traditional Asian medicine

and naturopathy.

The finest botanical

ingredients also inspire

restorative harmony and

health. You’ll also feel more

relaxed to know that the spa

was crowned

in 2016 as Asia’s Best

Resort Spa at the World

Spa Awards. Dash through

the terminal to de-stress

because treatments are

also available in the VIP

departure lounge of

Danang International



Cambodian Luxe for Two

Thoughts for two this February? Consider a Heritage Package

meant for two people by the Sokha Siem Reap Resort. Centrally

located in Siem Reap, the resort is done in traditional Cambodian

decor with French colonial touches. Travellers can discover the

very best of the Angkor archaeological park with the package

offering a one-day sightseeing tour to a definite must – the Angkor

Wat Complex — complete with a tour guide. Afterwards, enjoy a

30-minute foot massage, dinner for two at Lotus Restaurant, and

complimentary use of spa facilities.


Swing with a View

This is the second year for the Vietnam Golf Trophy (VGT)

tournament, following its previous success in Hanoi in 2016.

VGT 2017 tees off in Danang, Vietnam’s fourth largest city for 5

days, 4 nights and 3 rounds of golf in a selection of 3 world-class

golf courses set in natural settings and unique landscapes in an

area that boasts one of the best coastlines. Choices for the 3 golf

courses include the Danang Golf Club, designed by Australian

golf legend Greg Norman, and lies close to 2 of Vietnam’s most

historic destinations – UNESCO World Heritage sites Hoi An

and Hue. Swing that golf club to magnificent views of the Marble

Mountains, the East Sea and the Cham Islands. Another golf

course is the Montgomerie Link, designed by Scottish golfer

Colin Montgomerie, located near the renowned China Beach,

and Ba Na Hills Golf Club by Luke Donald; surrounded by

picturesque hills.

February 12-16,


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Caving In

For a change of pace from Mumbai’s exhilarating energy, it is worthwhile to

escape to a plethora of deep, ancient and mysterious caves not far from the

city. The Elephanta caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is on an island 11

kilometres away from Mumbai and reachable via a charming boat journey.

Easily reached as well are the Kanheri caves on the outskirts of the city and

hidden in lush green hills which clearly traces the development of Buddhism

in Western India. Finally, there are the Shaiva caves at Borivali known as

Mandapeshvara. Explore the awe-inspiring formations that have stood the

test of time and offer a tranquil break from the city. maharashtratourism.gov.in

Designer Dining

Eat in bi-level style in a space designed by Kapil Gupta, one of India’s

leading architects, Tote on the Turf is set amidst a lush canopy of

100-year-old trees with a stunning backdrop of historic buildings and

the green of Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course. Integrating cuttingedge

design techniques with traditional elements, making Tote an

award-winning venture in architecture, design and hospitality. And

there’s Neel, the specialty Indian restaurant on the ground level of

Tote, whose focus pays homage to the rich and evolved cuisine of

old Nawabi families from Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kashmir. The

blend of authentic flavours, textures and colours of the dining space

indeed creates a sensational culinary experience. thetote.in

Fashionable Favourites

Mumbai can clearly be designated as India’s

most fashionable metropolis and visitors

have a wide range of retail options in order

to bring home something exotic, colourful

and distinctive. In addition to browsing

markets and roadside stalls just where are

the coolest spots in the city? Bungalow 8,

housed in an austere concrete mansion, is a

three-floor lifestyle shop containing a wide

range of Asian homeware and fashion. Wellknown

for its desirable menswear it also has

its own in-house fashion line, The Bungalow.

Le Mill is a former rice mill from the 1930s

in the docklands and in addition to fashion

houses a florist and café. Bombay Electric,

just around the corner from the Taj Mahal

Palace Hotel, features fashion from up-andcoming

Indian designers, jewellery and even

retro Bollywood posters. bungaloweight.com,

lemilldindia.com, bombayelectric.in

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A Real Retreat

How about getting away from it all by retreating to the superb resort of Sun

Aqua Vilu Reef? Accessible by a 40-minute seaplane flight in which guests

can truly discover the beauty of the area from the air, this excellent resort

offers guests a multitude of activities such as snorkelling around the natural

reefs, excursions to local untouched islands and canoes that guests can use

to explore the islands themselves. A wide range of bars and restaurants

include the popular Dhoni Boat buffet which is located right on the beach

and serves delicious fresh seafood. www.sunaqua.com, +960 676 0011

Underwater Bikers

By far one of the best – and most unusual – ways to discover the

undersea wonders of the Maldives is a scooter three metres below

the surface. Working on an upside-down cup principle where

the helmet is filled with air, both one and two-seater scooters are

available for the 30-minute experience. The scooters require no

prior training and even children from the age of ten are allowed to

ride them. www.underwater-scooters.com, +687 79 73 99

A Place of Remembrance

Holidays should be a time for fun and relaxation but when visiting the Maldives, it is well

worth taking the time to remember the terrible 2004 tsunami that afflicted the Indian

Ocean. The Tsunami Monument in Malé is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on

December 26, 2004. It is notable for its unique design including a core of iron rods, each

of which represents a life lost with the victim’s name engraved on it. The monument is a

worthy place for peace and contemplation. Boduthakurufaanu Magu, 960 Male’

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bangkok airways news 116 / flyerbonus 124 / route map 126 / aircraft info 128


Bangkok Airways NEWS

Bangkok Airways organises

a memorial ceremony to

honour HM King Bhumibol

A memorial ceremony honouring

His Majesty the late King Bhumibol

Adulyadej was organised by Bangkok

Airways Public Company Limited and

led by President Capt. Puttipong

Prasarttong-Osoth, with the attendance

of the executive management

and staff on November 10, 2016.

Mr. Puttipong read a tribute

to His Majesty and joined with every

staff member for a moment of

silence. In respectful homage,

everyone gathered together and

sang the royal anthem “Sansoen Phra

Barami” for the late King. The

ceremony took place at the Head

Office of Bangkok Airways on

Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.




บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน)

หรือสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นาโดย

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

กรรมการผู้อานวยการใหญ่ พร้อมคณะ

ผู้บริหารและพนักงาน จัดพิธีถวายอาลัย

เบื้องหน้าพระบรมฉายาลักษณ์ พระบาท-



อันหาที่สุดมิได้ โดยมีนายพุฒิพงศ์กล่าว

บทกลอนถวายอาลัย และร่วมกับพนักงาน

ยืนสงบนิ่งถวายอาลัยเป็นเวลา 99 วินาที


ณ สานักงานใหญ่ สายการบินบางกอก-

แอร์เวย์ส ถ.วิภาวดีรังสิต

116 Fah Thai


The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been

honoured as the “Father of Thai Rice Research and

Development” for his great contributions which led to

food security and economic, social, and cultural stability.

On October 2016, the Thai cabinet accorded

His Majesty the new honorary title in the field of rice,

along with his late grandfather King Rama V, who was

also honoured as the “Father of Thai Rice Reform.”

King Rama V brought major changes to rice farming

together with improvements to the state’s management

of the rice trade and transportation.

His Majesty King Bhumibol commenced rice research

and development in various royally initiated projects.

He suggested the re-introduction of the annual Royal

Cultivating Ceremony and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony

to boost the morale of Thai farmers.

Today, Thailand is a major source of rice cultivation

with the largest amount produced for global markets.

It is also recognised as the centre for research and

study of rice varieties.

Photo: Thewin Chanyawong

Thailand’s prized

products, such as

rice, are part of an

ongoing government

campaign to

bring increased

awareness in

regional and

global markets.

The Glorious Thai Rice

Rice has long been Thailand’s traditional food crop

whose history can be traced back 5,500 years

alongside the birth of Thai civilisation. Archaeologists

found traces of rice husks in clay used in making

ancient pottery at the archaeological sites of

Ban Chiang in Udon Thani province and in

Khon Kaen province.

Presently in Thailand, round-grain rice is grown

in northern rice fields, while long-grain rice is more

common in the central and southern parts of the

country. Mostly harvested in the northeast is Thai

jasmine rice, considered the world’s best.

Royal Contributions in Rice Farming

Over the years, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol

Adulyadej paid great attention to the preservation

of Thai rice. His Majesty’s active work in quality rice

development has been globally renowned. In 1996, the

International Rice Research Institute conferred him with

a gold medal of International Rice Award, the first and

only one to be given by the institute. Throughout his

reign of over half a century, the late monarch played

a vital role in promoting and improving rice production,

as well as supporting research and the development of

rice varieties.


ถึงความหอม นุ่ม อร่อย ยิ่งต่อมาได้รับการสนับสนุนส่งเสริมงาน



มหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชด้วยแล้ว ข้าวไทยจึงยิ่งโดดเด่นด้วยคุณภาพสูง

จนเป็นที่ยอมรับกันไปทั่วโลก สถาบันวิจัยข้าวนานาชาติ (IRRI)

จึงได้น้อมเกล้าฯ ถวายเหรียญทอง “International Rice Award”

แด่พระองค์ท่าน ในปี 2539 เพียงพระองค์แรกและพระองค์เดียวในโลก

ปัจจุบันข้าวไทยมีหลากหลายพันธุ์ สามารถนำไปแปรรูป

และประกอบอาหารได้หลายรูปแบบ ทั้งขนมและคาวหวาน

ในมื้อหลักต่างๆ นานาแทรกอยู่ในทุกวัฒนธรรมอาหารการกิน

ทั่วโลก รัฐบาลถือเป็นนโยบายสำคัญที่จะผลักดันให้ข้าวไทย

ก้าวไกลอย่างมั่นคง เพื่อเป็นการสานต่อพระปณิธานในพระองค์



118 Fah Thai

Bangkok Airways NEWS

Bangkok Airways Hosts 2 Annual

Royal Kathina Ceremonies

Dr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth, the CEO of Bangkok Airways Public Company

Limited, presided over the ceremony of the Royal Kathin Robe Offering at

Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang Rai province, Thailand. The tradition to offer robes

and other essentials to monks following Buddhist Lent took place on

October 27, 2016.

Participants included Bangkok Airways President Capt. Puttipong

Prasarttong-Osoth, airline committee members, executive teams and their

staff, together with Deputy Governor of Chiang Rai, Mr. Boonyavet

Sripuangchai, senior government officials and honorary guests.

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) ถวายผ้า

พระกฐินพระราชทาน ประจาปี 2559 โดยมีนายแพทย์

ปราเสริฐ ปราสาททองโอสถ ประธานคณะผู้บริหาร

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อานวย-

การใหญ่ คณะกรรมการ คณะผู้บริหาร และ

พนักงานบริษัทฯ พร้อมด้วย นายบุญเวทย์ ศรีพวงใจ

รองผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัดเชียงราย ข้าราชการชั้นผู้ใหญ่

และแขกผู้มีเกียรติ เข้าร่วมในพิธีเมื่อวันที่ 27 ตุลาคม

พ.ศ. 2559 ณ วัดพระแก้ว จังหวัดเชียงราย

Mrs. Dennapa Prasarttong-Osoth and Capt. Puttipong

Prasarttong-Osoth (4-5th from left), Mr. Prasert Prasarttong-Osoth

and Mrs. Vanli Prasarttong-Osoth (7-8th from left)

Bangkok Airways also hosted

another Kathina Ceremony held

at Mingun Tipitaka Nikaya

Monastery in the Sagaing region in

Myanmar on November 1, 2016.

The ceremony was presided by

Bangkok Airways executives and

their family members with the aim

to make merit and strengthen

religious ties between Buddhists

in Thailand and neighbouring


บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน)

จัดงานเทศกาลกฐินประจาปี 2559 โดย

มีนายแพทย์ปราเสริฐ ปราสาททองโอสถ

ประธานคณะผู้บริหาร นางวัลลีย์ ปราสาท

ทองโอสถ นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททอง-

โอสถ กรรมการผู้อานวยการใหญ่ และ

นางเด่นนภา ปราสาททองโอสถ เข้าร่วมใน

พิธีเมื่อวันที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ. 2559

ณ วัดมิงกุนโมเมกกงเหม่ สถาบันศึกษา

พระไตรปิฎก รัฐสกาย สาธารณรัฐแห่ง


120 Fah Thai

Bangkok Airways NEWS

Popular Thai star


Sperbund joined

the Bangkok

Airways Youth Art

Camp in Sukhothai,

with over 50

students and


participating from

local schools.


Bangkok Airways Public Co., Ltd. recently organised

the “Bangkok Airways Youth Art Camp” in both

Sukhothai and Trat provinces to emphasise and expand

on the local culture and arts. To help build a stronger

sense of community, Bangkok Airways created outreach

programmes for the youth living in areas around the

Sukhothai and Trat Airports.

The art camps had the aim to encourage the local

youth to preserve community uniqueness together with

its invaluable arts and culture. By promoting a love for

the arts, the programmes fostered a sense of belonging

among the local youth in both provinces.

Art Camp activities at Wat Tha Som, Trat Province, where 10

selected paintings were exhibited at Trat Airport.

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) เปิดโครงการค่ายศิลปะ

ภายใต้หัวข้อ “สืบสานงานศิลป์ รักษ์ถิ่นบ้านเกิด” เพื่อส่งเสริมและ


ศิลปะที่เป็นอัตลักษณ์ของชุมชน ณ โครงการไร่เกษตรอินทรีย์

สนามบินสุโขทัย จังหวัดสุโขทัย โดยมี ญาญ่า - อุรัสยา เสปอร์บันด์

เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม โดยมีการเชิญคณะครูและนักเรียนจากโรงเรียน

ในพื้นที่โดยรอบสนามบินสุโขทัยกว่า 50 คนเข้าร่วมกิจกรรม

ต่างๆ มากมาย อาทิ “สัมผัสวิถีเกษตรอินทรีย์” ชมการทำสวน

เกษตรแปลงผักอินทรีย์แบบดั้งเดิม นั่งรถราง ปั่นจักรยานรอบ

เมืองสุโขทัยเพื่อชมมรดกโลก รวมถึงเรียนรู้ศิลปะและประวัติศาสตร์


นอกจากนี้ยังจัดค่าย “สืบสานงานศิลป์ รักษ์ถิ่นบ้านเกิด”

ขึ้นที่โรงเรียนวัดท่าโสม จ.ตราด ซึ่งมีผลงานที่ผ่านการคัดเลือก

จำนวน 10 ผลงาน ที่ถ่ายทอดเรื่องราวของชุมชนตำบลท่าโสม

ได้เป็นอย่างดี และผลงานดังกล่าวได้ถูกนำไปจัดแสดงที่สนามบิน

ตราด เพื่อให้นักท่องเที่ยวได้ชื่นชมอีกด้วย


Members of a


programme supported

by Bangkok Airways

gather next to the

irrigation canal that

has been brought

“back to life” to

provide water to

crops once it

was fixed.

“A Life Canal” has been a short but very meaningful water-related

project for Bangkok Airways and the community of Tungsalieum

district in Sukhothai province. People who relied on water from the

Mae Bor Thong dam in the Klang Dong area experienced problems with

damaged irrigation canals for several years. Insufficient water from an

upstream reservoir, Mae Mok, affected the quality of agriculture and

reduced productivity, especially to areas downstream that covered over

850 rai (about 150 households).

“คลองส่งน้ำมีชีวิต” คำสั้นๆ แต่มี


ทุ่งเสลี่ยม จังหวัดสุโขทัย เนื่องด้วยตลอด

หลายปีที่ผ่านมา กลุ่มเกษตรกรผู้ใช้น้ำ

จากฝายแม่บ่อทอง ตำบลกลางดง

อำเภอทุ่งเสลี่ยม ประสบปัญหาเรื่อง

คลองชลประทานชำรุดเสียหาย ทำให้ไม่ได้


พอเพียง โดยเฉพาะพื้นที ่ทำการเกษตร

ปลายน้ำซึ่งใช้ปลูกข้าวเป็นหลัก ชุมชนจึงมี



ของกลุ่มเกษตรกรในพื้นที่ดังกล่าว จึงได้


ส่งน้ำที่ชำรุดเป็นระยะทางกว่า 20 เมตร


ครั้ง และช่วยหล่อเลี้ยงพื้นที่การเกษตรได้


122 Fah Thai


winners from the “FlyerBonus Ten Years of

Magical Journeys” Campaign ANNOUNCED

Awards programme FlyerBonus, led by Mrs. Darunee Debavalya,

Senior Director – Marketing Loyalty & Service (1st from left) congratulated

Mr. Anusorn Thorasin (2nd from left), the lucky FlyerBonus member on

winning a three days, two nights travel package to Luang Prabang

from the “Ten Years of Magical Journeys” campaign. The ceremony was

held at Bangkok Airways’ Ticketing Office in Lampang. The three days,

two nights travel package to Luang Prabang is the grand prize from

October 2016, sponsored by Burasari Heritage Luang Prabang. The value

of the prize is 89,655 Baht.

The “Ten Years of Magical Journeys” is a campaign to celebrate

FlyerBonus’ 10th anniversary, offering FlyerBonus members travelling

between December 10, 2015 and December 9, 2016 a chance to

win an array of great prizes. The drawings took place on the 10th of

every month throughout 2016.

รายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัส ของสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยคุณดรุณี เทพวัลย์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส

ส่วนกลยุทธ์ลูกค้าสัมพันธ์และการบริการ (ที่ 1 จากซ้าย) จัดพิธี

มอบรางวัลแพ็กเกจท่องเที่ยวหลวงพระบาง ซึ่งเป็นรางวัลที่หนึ่ง

ประจำเดือนตุลาคม 2559 จากแคมเปญ “Ten Years of Magical

Journeys” แก่สมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัสผู้โชคดี ณ สำนักงาน

ออกบัตรโดยสาร สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส สำนักงาน


สำหรับรางวัลที่หนึ่งประจำเดือนตุลาคม 2559 คือ

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Bangkok Airways operates four types of aircraft

Take me home.


JAN-FEB 2017


Number of fleet : 12

Number of dual class :

4 (Business & Economy)

Passenger capacity :

12 seats & 108 seats

number of single class :

4/4 (Economy)

Engine : IAE V2500

Passenger capacity :

138/144 seats

Length : 33.84 m

Wingspan : 34.1 m

height : 12.17 m

cruising speed : 920 km/h

Max operational altitude :

39,800 ft

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Number of fleet : 8

Length : 37.57 m

Wingspan : 34.1 m

height : 12.17 m

Engine : IAE V2500

cruising speed :

870 km/h

Max operational altitude :

39,800 ft

passenger capacity :

162 seats


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atr 72-500

Number of fleet : 6

Length : 27.17 m

Wingspan : 27.06 m

height : 7.65 m

Engine : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127F

cruising speed :

509 km/h

Max operational altitude :

25,000 ft

passenger capacity :

70 seats

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atr 72-600


Number of fleet : 7

Length : 27.166 m

Wingspan : 27.050 m

height : 7.72 m

Engine : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127M

cruising speed :

509 km/h

Max operational altitude :

25,000 ft

passenger capacity :

70 seats



Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations

Chiang Rai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Hat Yai :

2 flights per day from Phuket

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Krabi : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Mae Hong Son : 10 flights per week from Chiang Mai

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok


Chengdu : 7 flights per week from Samui

Danang : 4 flights per week from Bangkok

Dhaka :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Guang Zhou : 7 flights per week from Samui

Hong Kong : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Kuala Lumpur : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Luang Prabang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Male’ :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Mandalay : 1 flight per day from Bangkok ;

4 flights per week from Chiang Mai

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from Bangkok

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from Bangkok

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Vientiane : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Yangon : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

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checking out


Edgy by the River

The industrial port on the Pearl

River fast forwards itself as an

architecture destination with

structures like the avant garde

Guangzhou Opera House.

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