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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2017

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND bangkok 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/ MANGO-Vegetarian- Vegan-Restaurant-and- 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 SPOTLIGHT 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 86 Fah Thai