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MAR-APR <strong>2017</strong><br />

TRIPPING<br />

ALONE<br />

SPLASHING IN<br />

THE NEW YEAR<br />

WHERE ART<br />

THOU?<br />

LET THE<br />

MUSIC PLAY<br />

COMPLIMENTARY COPY


letter from the president<br />

Greet<strong>in</strong>gs from Bangkok Airways! I hope all <strong>of</strong> you<br />

began the year <strong>2017</strong> with fly<strong>in</strong>g colours as we<br />

welcome the month <strong>of</strong> March.<br />

Last December, our airl<strong>in</strong>e received the 9th<br />

A320 aircraft <strong>in</strong>to the fleet <strong>in</strong> our plan to support<br />

new routes and <strong>in</strong>crease <strong>flight</strong> frequencies. We<br />

are also delighted to announce our new route<br />

from Samui Island to Guangzhou, which began on<br />

January 20, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Apart from our hospitality services, Bangkok<br />

Airways has always been engaged <strong>in</strong> environmental<br />

issues and social responsibility. With the recent<br />

celebration <strong>of</strong> Children’s Day, our CSR department<br />

organised a sports day for the Thewa Klong Trong<br />

School, Samut Prakan prov<strong>in</strong>ce. Our staff volunteered<br />

with much enthusiasm and hosted fun activities<br />

for the children at the National Council on Social<br />

Welfare <strong>of</strong> Thailand, under the royal patronage <strong>of</strong> our<br />

late K<strong>in</strong>g Bhumibol Adulyadej. Both our team and the<br />

children spent the day with happy results.<br />

This year, Bangkok Airways will be <strong>in</strong>volved<br />

<strong>in</strong> sport<strong>in</strong>g events that are geared towards health<br />

awareness and related travel activities. An example<br />

is the marathon run called “Bangkok Airways Boutique<br />

Series” that takes place <strong>in</strong> many prov<strong>in</strong>ces around the<br />

k<strong>in</strong>gdom like Trat, Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai.<br />

Please check out details as all Bangkok Airways<br />

passengers receive extra privileges by jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the event.<br />

I do hope the passion we give to our services br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

you memorable experiences and <strong>in</strong>credible moments.<br />

Have an enjoyable journey!<br />

สวัสดีครับท่านผู้โดยสาร ขอต้อนรับสู่เดือนมีนาคม ผมหวังว่าทุกท่าน<br />

ได้เริ่มต้นปี 2560 ด้วยความความสดชื่นสดใสนะครับ<br />

เมื่อเดือนธันวาคมที่ผ่านมา สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้รับ<br />

เครื่องบินรุ่น A320 เป็นล ำที่ 9 เข้ามาเพิ่มในฝูงบิน เพื่อรองรับแผนการ<br />

เปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่และเพิ่มความถี่ในเส้นทางบินปัจจุบันได้มากยิ่งขึ้น<br />

ในส่วนของเส้นทางบินใหม่ล่าสุด สมุย-กวางโจว เราก็ได้เริ่มเปิดให้<br />

บริการเที่ยวบินแรกเมื่อวันที่ 20 มกราคมที่ผ่านมาครับ<br />

นอกเหนือจากงานบริการแล้ว เรายังให้ความสำคัญในเรื่อง<br />

กิจกรรมเพื่อสังคมและสิ่งแวดล้อมอยู่เสมอ โดยเมื่อวันเด็กแห่งชาติ<br />

ที่ผ่านมา ทางส่วนงานรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม (CSR) ได้จัดกิจกรรม<br />

แข่งขันกีฬาสีให้กับโรงเรียนเทวะคลองตรง จังหวัดสมุทรปราการ<br />

และได้นำทีมพนักงานจิตอาสาไปช่วยดูแลการทำกิจกรรมของ<br />

เด็กๆ ณ สภาสังคมสงเคราะห์แห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์<br />

อิ่มสุข อิ่มใจทั้งผู้ให้และผู้รับจริงๆ ครับ<br />

สำหรับกิจกรรมพิเศษอื่นๆ ในปีนี้เรามุ่งเน้นในด้านการจัดกิจกรรม<br />

กีฬาเพื่อส่งเสริมสุขภาพควบคู่ไปกับการท่องเที่ยว เช่น กิจกรรมการ<br />

แข่งขันวิ่งมาราธอน Bangkok Airways Boutique Series ซึ่งจะ<br />

จัดขึ้นหลายจังหวัดทั่วประเทศ อาทิ เช่น จังหวัดตราด เกาะสมุย<br />

ภูเก็ต เชียงใหม่ เป็นต้น โดยผู้โดยสารของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส<br />

จะได้รับสิทธิพิเศษในการร่วมกิจกรรมการแข่งขันที่จัดขึ้นด้วยครับ<br />

ผมหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าการบริการต่างๆ จะสร้างประสบการณ์<br />

การเดินทางที่น่าประทับใจให้กับทุกท่าน<br />

ขอให้มีความสุขตลอดการเดินทางครับ<br />

S<strong>in</strong>cerely,<br />

Capta<strong>in</strong> Putthipong Prasarttong-Osoth<br />

President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited<br />

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OVERTURES<br />

features<br />

20 sundress<br />

Dare to be <strong>in</strong> the sun with our choice for<br />

beauty and sun protection and wear it well<br />

with our lady’s choices for cloth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

22 SUNWEAR<br />

Let him be cool for the summer <strong>in</strong> bold<br />

colours and coconut tree pr<strong>in</strong>ts from our list <strong>of</strong><br />

menswear.<br />

24 TO CURRY FLAVOUR<br />

When you need to spice th<strong>in</strong>gs up for a meal,<br />

the popular Thai dish <strong>of</strong> Gaeng Khiew Waan<br />

is not that hard to make. Follow our ‘curry <strong>in</strong> a<br />

hurry’ recipe.<br />

28 FETE<br />

The majestic presence <strong>of</strong> Thailand’s elephants<br />

get recognised on Elephant Day while Asian<br />

artists’ works <strong>of</strong> self-expression and self<strong>in</strong>trospection<br />

go on display.<br />

32 SPLASH<br />

Get your rattiest shirt<br />

ready for Songkran<br />

festivities with our brief<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on the spirit <strong>of</strong> the water<br />

festival.<br />

40 A GOOD EAR<br />

We tune <strong>in</strong> to awardw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

sound mixer<br />

Traithep Wongpaiboon<br />

and his <strong>in</strong>sights on sound<br />

quality and its importance<br />

<strong>in</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g you like a movie<br />

so much.<br />

48 FEAR NOT<br />

Solo Travel these days<br />

means go<strong>in</strong>g it alone on<br />

a journey, but it does not<br />

mean be<strong>in</strong>g lonely. The<br />

best apps, gadgets and<br />

attitude might make it<br />

habit-form<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

56 ART MARKET<br />

The global art world<br />

shows up for Art Basel<br />

Hong Kong <strong>in</strong> March<br />

while Shanghai also aims<br />

to be a major player <strong>in</strong><br />

contemporary art. We give<br />

you the list <strong>of</strong> who’s there<br />

and what’s there.<br />

72 UNDERWATER<br />

Stunn<strong>in</strong>g photographs<br />

<strong>of</strong> the underwater world<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Andaman Sea and<br />

the Gulf <strong>of</strong> Thailand show<br />

the dance and sway <strong>of</strong><br />

colourful and unique<br />

mar<strong>in</strong>e life.<br />

64<br />

Guangzhou<br />

8<br />

9


Happen<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

Corporate<br />

Festive dr<strong>in</strong>ks at helipad cocktail bars to<br />

festivals <strong>in</strong> unmissable places def<strong>in</strong>e our<br />

regional l<strong>in</strong>e-up.<br />

86 Bangkok<br />

90 CHIANG MAI<br />

94 SAMUI<br />

100 PHUKET<br />

102 PATTAYA<br />

103 HONGKONG<br />

106 SINGAPORE<br />

108 KUALA<br />

LUMPUR<br />

109 MYANMAR<br />

110 VIETNAM /<br />

LAOS /<br />

CAMBODIA<br />

112 MUMBAI<br />

113 MALDIVES<br />

116 news<br />

Bangkok Airways events and out<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

124 ROUTE MAP<br />

CHeck<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

Danang’s worthwhile pursuits <strong>of</strong> local food and<br />

culture plus night activities give more options<br />

than just the perfect tan and picturesque<br />

beaches.<br />

This month’s<br />

cover:<br />

The Solo<br />

Sojourner<br />

72<br />

Below the<br />

Surface<br />

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Director Advertis<strong>in</strong>g and Creative<br />

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Essential Notes To Guide Your Travels<br />

Water, Water, Everywhere<br />

Another new year, you ask?<br />

This time, it’s the Buddhist New Year celebrated<br />

<strong>in</strong> countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia<br />

and Laos. Fall<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the hot month <strong>of</strong> April,<br />

the wet look is de riguer as bystanders engage <strong>in</strong><br />

nonstop water splash<strong>in</strong>g to ensure a cleans<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> the past year’s ills. We’ll tell you how to<br />

survive the chill <strong>of</strong> water and gobs <strong>of</strong> scented<br />

powder dur<strong>in</strong>g Songkran <strong>in</strong> Thailand.<br />

News and events 16 / beauty and health 20 / style 22 / ON THE MENU 24 / FRUITFUL FINDS 26 / arts & culturAL MATTERS 28<br />

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Overtures<br />

news and events<br />

10-17<br />

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

AYUTTHAYA<br />

BOXING HERO HAS HIS DAY<br />

Call<strong>in</strong>g all Thai box<strong>in</strong>g fans to jo<strong>in</strong> a weeklong annual festival <strong>of</strong><br />

Thai box<strong>in</strong>g and martial arts demonstrations from around the<br />

world. The festival is part <strong>of</strong> National Muay Thai Day on March<br />

17 <strong>in</strong> conjunction with Ayutthaya World Heritage events.<br />

The town <strong>of</strong> Ayutthaya organised the festival to<br />

commemorate Nai Khanom Tom, a local box<strong>in</strong>g legend around<br />

the time <strong>of</strong> 1760, when Siam (Thailand) was defeated <strong>in</strong> a<br />

war aga<strong>in</strong>st Burma. Accord<strong>in</strong>g to local lore, Nai Khanom Tom<br />

represented Siam <strong>in</strong> a match aga<strong>in</strong>st a Burmese champion as<br />

K<strong>in</strong>g Mangra <strong>of</strong> Burma wanted to see Muay<strong>thai</strong>. The boxer, also<br />

a war prisoner, performed a traditional wai khru (dance ritual<br />

that pays homage to the teacher) before the bout and when<br />

the fight began, Nai Khanom Tom launched an unstoppable<br />

barrage <strong>of</strong> punches, kicks and elbows to crush ten <strong>of</strong> his<br />

Burmese opponents. The Burmese k<strong>in</strong>g was so impressed<br />

with the boxer’s performance and rewarded him freedom.<br />

tourism<strong>thai</strong>land.org<br />

NOW UNTIL<br />

19<br />

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

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Thailand<br />

LACE UP AND RUN<br />

Let’s make this year a healthy one. Bangkok Airways and Teelakow Company Limited proudly present the Bangkok<br />

Airways Boutique Series <strong>2017</strong>, which takes place throughout different po<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> Thailand.<br />

The first run began <strong>in</strong> February <strong>in</strong> a sett<strong>in</strong>g yet unseen by travellers <strong>in</strong> Koh Chang <strong>in</strong> Trat prov<strong>in</strong>ce. The marathon<br />

series will take place next at Koh Samui, Phuket, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.<br />

Be part <strong>of</strong> any <strong>of</strong> the sport<strong>in</strong>g events and get 20% discount when booked together with Bangkok Airways <strong>flight</strong><br />

or get a 15% discount when you apply for a Bangkok Airways Boutique Series package onl<strong>in</strong>e for the follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

5 dates: June 25th Samui Marathon, August 6 Phuket Marathon, September 24 Chiang Rai Marathon and the<br />

f<strong>in</strong>al one on November 19, the Lanna Marathon (Chiang Mai) and the f<strong>in</strong>al one on December 8-10 Ultra-Trail<br />

Panoramic (Mae Hong Son). teelakow.com, Tel: +66 (0) 95 736 3066<br />

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mar<br />

8MAy <strong>2017</strong><br />

SINGAPORE<br />

RUNWAY ON THE ROAD<br />

Mark your calendar and<br />

don’t drive through popular<br />

Orchard Road on these dates.<br />

Stylewatchers and shoppers<br />

watch out! A massive fashion<br />

parade <strong>in</strong> S<strong>in</strong>gapore is go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to br<strong>in</strong>g real glamour on the<br />

street. Fashion Steps Out<br />

at Orchard, which debut <strong>in</strong><br />

2010, celebrates this year’s<br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>g/Summer season with<br />

its grow<strong>in</strong>g number <strong>of</strong> local<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternational brands, and<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g fashion moments.<br />

A must-see is the annual<br />

Orchard Fashion Runway —<br />

held right here on the iconic<br />

road. So get prepared for the<br />

longest catwalk show you’ll<br />

probably get to see with a<br />

troop <strong>of</strong> stunn<strong>in</strong>g models <strong>in</strong><br />

top looks from brand name<br />

boutiques. If you prefer<br />

fashion a little more handson,<br />

look out for numerous<br />

design-<strong>in</strong>spired events and<br />

activities and a chance to<br />

hobnob with fashion types at<br />

soirees. yours<strong>in</strong>gapore.com<br />

28-30<br />

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

KUALA LUMPUR<br />

LOVE IS IN THE FAIR<br />

If you just proposed marriage or have been<br />

proposed to — the first th<strong>in</strong>g on your checklist<br />

is attend<strong>in</strong>g the 15th KLPJ Wedd<strong>in</strong>g Fair <strong>2017</strong><br />

at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. The premier<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g expo is the only bridal fair <strong>in</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

that <strong>in</strong>corporates more than 100 hotels and<br />

restaurants for a dream wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Malaysia.<br />

The show features the trendiest and latest<br />

pre-wedd<strong>in</strong>g photography concept <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

from around the world — and everyth<strong>in</strong>g else<br />

you may need from Malaysia’s best wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

resources. Arrangements for banquets, wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

gowns, shoes, jewellery, live bands, a wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

planner, wedd<strong>in</strong>g decor, florists, bridal make-up<br />

and a photo booth — this is the fair to organise<br />

your wedd<strong>in</strong>g nuptials — all under one ro<strong>of</strong>.<br />

klpj.com.my<br />

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Overtures<br />

news and events<br />

31-2<br />

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

SPOTLIGHT<br />

SINGAPORE<br />

JAZZ IT UP<br />

Rejoice jazz fans, because your favourite music festival is here aga<strong>in</strong>. Back on its fourth<br />

run, the three-day fest will have multiple Grammy Award w<strong>in</strong>ners grac<strong>in</strong>g the stage<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g s<strong>in</strong>ger-songwriter Cor<strong>in</strong>ne Bailey Rae and Canadian record producer David<br />

Foster. Groove to the snazzy beats <strong>of</strong> funk bassist Nik West and catch a performance by<br />

Senegalese musicians Youssou N’dour and Le Super Etoile de Dakar for a mix <strong>of</strong> Cuban<br />

samba, hip hop, jazz and soul.<br />

This year’s edition will also <strong>in</strong>troduce The Late Show, featur<strong>in</strong>g a curated l<strong>in</strong>e-up <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational artists and DJs such as S<strong>in</strong>g Jazz alum Incognito, electronic duo Basement<br />

Jaxx and Brit act Rudimental. s<strong>in</strong>g-jazz.com, facebook.com/s<strong>in</strong>gjazzfestival<br />

31-<br />

mar<br />

19<br />

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

13-17<br />

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

SOUTHEAST ASIA<br />

SPLASHING NEW YEAR<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g this joyous time <strong>of</strong> the year, people <strong>in</strong> many<br />

countries around Southeast Asia celebrate their new<br />

year <strong>in</strong> more or less similar ways — with water! Just like<br />

Thailand’s Songkran Water Festival (read more <strong>in</strong> our<br />

Songkran feature on p.32), Myanmar’s Th<strong>in</strong>gyan, Laos’<br />

Boun Pimai as well as Cambodia’s Chaul Chnam Thmey<br />

mark their new year with merry-mak<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

myanmartourism.org, tourismcambodia.com,<br />

tourism<strong>thai</strong>land.org, visit-laos.com<br />

ASIA<br />

Concert <strong>of</strong> a Lifetime<br />

Fans, it’s no longer a rumour. Coldplay wants you to fix your dates for<br />

their Asian Tour <strong>2017</strong>. The British rock band beg<strong>in</strong>s their tour <strong>in</strong> major<br />

concert venues like the National Stadium, S<strong>in</strong>gapore (March 31 - April 1),<br />

the MOA Concert Ground, Manila, the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es (April 4), Rajamangala<br />

National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand (April 7), HSR Taoyuan Station<br />

Plaza, Taipei, Taiwan (April 11-12), Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea<br />

(April 15-16) and Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan (April 19). coldplay.com<br />

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Overtures<br />

Beauty and health<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

THE<br />

HOT<br />

LIST<br />

EDEN BREEZE BODY<br />

SCRUB FROM THANN<br />

(850 Baht)<br />

Keep sk<strong>in</strong> glow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and smooth with their<br />

nourish<strong>in</strong>g cream-based<br />

scrub.<br />

SHEA WHIPPED ROSE<br />

BODY CREAM FROM<br />

L’OCCITANE (1,390 Baht)<br />

Thanks to its concentration<br />

<strong>in</strong> shea (10%) and its<br />

aerated texture, this body<br />

care nourishes and protects<br />

the sk<strong>in</strong> from the baddest<br />

weather ever!<br />

L’HOMME COLOGNE<br />

CEDRAT HAND<br />

CREAM 30ML FROM<br />

L’OCCITANE (450 Baht)<br />

A summer essential<br />

for every man’s need.<br />

Quick and easy to<br />

apply, it leaves beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

the fresh, zesty and<br />

aquatic scent <strong>of</strong><br />

L’Homme Cologne<br />

Cedrat.<br />

Beauty items for beaches are<br />

always evolv<strong>in</strong>g products.<br />

Before bask<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the sun<br />

or plung<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the sea, here<br />

are some <strong>in</strong>sights to up your<br />

summer knowledge.<br />

SEAFOAM SHOWER GEL 320<br />

ML FROM THANN (650 Baht)<br />

It’s time to relax and f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

balance! This shower gel is<br />

specially formulated to optimise<br />

the sk<strong>in</strong>’s natural moisture<br />

balance. A good way to remove<br />

damage free radicals caused by<br />

everyday pollution.<br />

RADIANCE BODY<br />

LOTION 175ML FROM<br />

BURT’S BEES (930 Baht)<br />

This moisturiser is<br />

formulated with royal<br />

jelly to help enhance<br />

sk<strong>in</strong>’s natural radiance.<br />

Fed to the queen bee<br />

to nurture her, this<br />

nourish<strong>in</strong>g royal jelly<br />

should also make you<br />

queen this summer!<br />

ARLESIENNE BODY MILK 250ML<br />

FROM L’OCCITANE<br />

(1,355 Baht)<br />

A moisturis<strong>in</strong>g body milk whose<br />

fragrance is an irresistibly floral<br />

and deeply captivat<strong>in</strong>g scent <strong>of</strong><br />

an Arlesienne. It will rem<strong>in</strong>d you<br />

<strong>of</strong> hot summers <strong>in</strong> Provence.<br />

RES-Q OINTMENT FROM BURT’S<br />

BEES (520 Baht)<br />

When nature plays a little too rough,<br />

this penetrat<strong>in</strong>g blend <strong>of</strong> oils can<br />

come to your rescue!<br />

SOOTHING MASSAGE<br />

OIL 100ML FROM NEAL’S<br />

YARD REMEDIES<br />

(1,190 Baht)<br />

This sooth<strong>in</strong>g massage oil<br />

is a blend <strong>of</strong> revitalis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

essential oils <strong>in</strong> a<br />

sk<strong>in</strong>-s<strong>of</strong>ten<strong>in</strong>g base <strong>of</strong><br />

lavender and bergamot<br />

to nourish your body and<br />

calm your m<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

STOCKISTs<br />

Burt’s Bees<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 87 811 4554<br />

L’Occitane<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7769<br />

Neal’s Yard Remedies<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 95 543 6654<br />

Thann<br />

4th Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2690 1000<br />

Words ALEXIS Style Saranya Ariyakul Photo Kitti Bowornphatnon<br />

Toiletries Tips!<br />

➊ For sk<strong>in</strong>care, if you don’t know<br />

where to beg<strong>in</strong> – th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>of</strong> cleanser,<br />

treatment and moisturiser.<br />

➋ For makeup, start with some beauty<br />

products you’ll feel comfortable us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

(lipstick, mascara – all should<br />

be waterpro<strong>of</strong>!)<br />

➌ For fragrance, th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>of</strong> the triple<br />

Fs! (floral, fruity or fresh)<br />

COLOUR<br />

SENSATIONAL<br />

VIVID MATTE<br />

LIQUID LIPSTICK<br />

8ML FROM<br />

MAYBELLINE<br />

(264 Baht)<br />

A high impact lipstick<br />

that delivers a vivid<br />

shock <strong>of</strong> colour with a<br />

sultry, matte f<strong>in</strong>ish. It’s<br />

the piece that br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

pure sweetness to<br />

your lips!<br />

RIND<br />

CONCENTRATE<br />

BODY BALM<br />

TUBE FROM<br />

AESOP (1,350 Baht)<br />

A hydrat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

formulation <strong>of</strong> cool<strong>in</strong>g<br />

botanicals refreshes<br />

and moisturises the<br />

sk<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> a body balm.<br />

The lightweight<br />

cream makes you feel<br />

comfortable under<br />

the sun.<br />

VANILLA BEAN LIP<br />

BALM FROM BURT’S<br />

BEES (280 Baht)<br />

100% natural formula is<br />

<strong>in</strong>fused with moisturis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shea butter, vanilla bean and<br />

vitam<strong>in</strong> E. Keep <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d that<br />

the delicious vanilla flavour<br />

perfectly pampers your pout!<br />

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT<br />

HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE FROM<br />

STILA (1,590 Baht)<br />

This palette will leave your complexion<br />

radiant. The formulation melt<strong>in</strong>gly absorbs<br />

on to cheeks to create a glow from with<strong>in</strong>; a<br />

perfect beauty tool for festive fantasies.<br />

Pack & Go (Like A Pro)<br />

When it comes to pack<strong>in</strong>g for a vacation, real travellers like you<br />

know to be a pro <strong>in</strong> spite <strong>of</strong> the unexpected chaos. Avoid panic!<br />

‘PRISME LIBRE’ LOOSE POWDER<br />

FROM GIVENCHY (price upon request)<br />

Givenchy’s iconic and best-sell<strong>in</strong>g loose<br />

powder <strong>in</strong> a travel size for on the go touchups,<br />

with 4 shades which gives a matte yet<br />

radiant and translucent complexion. You<br />

are the queen <strong>of</strong> outdoor activities with<br />

your flawless face!<br />

The Summer<br />

Ingredients<br />

(Don’t You Dare Miss!)<br />

Shea Butter – ma<strong>in</strong>ly used <strong>in</strong> the<br />

cosmetics <strong>in</strong>dustry for sk<strong>in</strong> and hairrelated<br />

products. It is an excellent<br />

emollient for people who suffer from dry<br />

sk<strong>in</strong> conditions. For any other sk<strong>in</strong> types,<br />

just use the appropriate amount.<br />

Coconut Oil – excellent massage oil<br />

that acts as an effective moisturiser on all<br />

types <strong>of</strong> sk<strong>in</strong>, especially dry sk<strong>in</strong>. Unlike<br />

m<strong>in</strong>eral oil, there is no chance <strong>of</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

any adverse side effects on the sk<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Bergamot – with both calm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and uplift<strong>in</strong>g abilities, bergamot<br />

can dissipate anxious feel<strong>in</strong>gs while<br />

simultaneously cleans<strong>in</strong>g and purify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the sk<strong>in</strong>. That makes it a perfect fit for<br />

the summer season.<br />

‘DAISY – RED’ EAU DE TOILETTE<br />

(LIMITED EDITION) FROM MARC<br />

JACOBS (3,985 Baht)<br />

This new <strong>in</strong>terpretation <strong>of</strong> Daisy eau<br />

de toilette design embodies the joyful<br />

spirit <strong>of</strong> the season with a nod to v<strong>in</strong>tage<br />

holiday ornaments. The fresh floral scent<br />

makes you charm<strong>in</strong>g and seductive.<br />

STOCKISTs<br />

Aesop<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7513<br />

Burt’s Bees<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 87 811 4554<br />

Givenchy<br />

Siam Paragon, the<br />

Emporium, Isetan/Zen @<br />

Central World and The<br />

Mall Bangkapi<br />

Marc Jacobs<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 1000<br />

Maybell<strong>in</strong>e<br />

all branches <strong>of</strong><br />

Watsons stores<br />

Stila<br />

Sephora 1st Floor,<br />

Siam Centre<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 1616<br />

20<br />

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Overtures<br />

STYLE<br />

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Words ALEXIS Style Saranya Ariyakul Photos KITTI BOWORNPHATNON<br />

11<br />

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➑<br />

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12<br />

BEACH<br />

BUDDIES<br />

Ladies: a sleek-look<strong>in</strong>g and puttogether<br />

man can be counted<br />

on! When it’s time for sea, sand<br />

and sun – make him the best<br />

companion ever, all dressed up<br />

and ready for any occasion.<br />

FOR HIM<br />

Wood-framed<br />

sunglasses from<br />

Illesteva @ House <strong>of</strong><br />

Glasses (13,500 Baht)<br />

➋ Short sleeve pr<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

shirt from Jack Spade<br />

(5,550 Baht)<br />

➌ Short sleeve polo<br />

shirt from Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong><br />

(4,500 Baht)<br />

➍ Brown leather BOAT<br />

SHOES from Hackett<br />

(7,690 Baht)<br />

➎ Straw hat from<br />

Hackett (2,700 Baht)<br />

➏ Coconut tree<br />

embroidery swim<br />

trunks from<br />

Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong> (22,500 Baht)<br />

➐ Pr<strong>in</strong>ted rubber FLIP<br />

FLOPS from Havaianas<br />

(1,290 Baht)<br />

➑ Sta<strong>in</strong>less STEEL HIP<br />

FLASK from Jack Spade<br />

(3,950 Baht)<br />

➒ Cardholders from<br />

Hackett (3,190 Baht)<br />

➓ Cedrat shampoo<br />

250ml from L’Occitane<br />

(980 Baht)<br />

• 11 Cedrat aftershave<br />

75ml from L’Occitane<br />

(1,450 Baht)<br />

STOCKISTs<br />

Hackett<br />

M Floor, Siam Discovery<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 1616<br />

Havaianas<br />

2nd Floor, Siam Centre<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 1602<br />

Illesteva at House <strong>of</strong> Glasses<br />

3rd Floor, Central World<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 92 250 9654<br />

Jack Spade<br />

1st Floor, Central World<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 6574<br />

L’Occitane<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7769<br />

Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong><br />

2nd Floor, Emquartier<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2003 6132<br />

STOCKISTs<br />

Burt’s Bees<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel: +66 (0) 87 811 4554<br />

Cutler and Gross at<br />

House <strong>of</strong> Glasses<br />

3rd Floor, Central World<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 92 250 9654<br />

Kate Spade<br />

1st Floor, Central World<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2252 1260<br />

Pim Cosmetix<br />

www.pimcosmetix.com<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 86 970 8029<br />

Tory Burch<br />

M Floor, Siam Paragon<br />

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7734<br />

FOR HER<br />

Creamy matte<br />

lipsticks from Pim<br />

Cosmetix (495 Baht)<br />

➋ Turtle pr<strong>in</strong>t shorts<br />

from Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong><br />

(6,500 Baht)<br />

➌ Leather sandals<br />

from Tory Burch<br />

(10,900 Baht)<br />

➍ Fish pr<strong>in</strong>t onepiece<br />

swimwear from<br />

Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong> (10,500 Baht)<br />

➎ Turtle pr<strong>in</strong>t hat from<br />

Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong> (7,500 Baht)<br />

➏ Short sleeve polo<br />

shirt from Vilebrequ<strong>in</strong><br />

(6,000 Baht)<br />

➐ Sunglasses from<br />

Cutler and Gross @<br />

House <strong>of</strong> Glasses<br />

(Price upon request)<br />

➑ Leather clutch from<br />

Kate Spade (15,500 Baht)<br />

➒ Dr<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g tumbler<br />

from Kate Spade<br />

(1,250 Baht)<br />

➓ Hand Cream Quatour<br />

set from L’Occitane<br />

(1,590 Baht)<br />

11 Arlesienne shower<br />

gel 250ml from<br />

L’Occitane (940 Baht)<br />

12 BB CREAM FROM<br />

BURT’S BEES (1,300 Baht)<br />

SUMMER<br />

BREEZE<br />

Feel<strong>in</strong>g the caress <strong>of</strong> a warm<br />

breeze this season? Cool down<br />

days are com<strong>in</strong>g with the hot<br />

items you should not miss for a<br />

holiday trip!<br />

22<br />

23


Overtures<br />

on the menu<br />

Curry<br />

Classic<br />

A classic Thai dish not to be missed<br />

is def<strong>in</strong>itely Gaeng Khiew Waan<br />

or Green Curry. Its rich flavour<br />

has a strong kick <strong>of</strong> spic<strong>in</strong>ess that<br />

may challenge some palates, yet<br />

every fragrant spoonful <strong>of</strong>fers an<br />

authentic Thai taste.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g the Ayutthaya period, locals <strong>in</strong> this central part<br />

<strong>of</strong> Thailand adapted recipes from Gaeng Liang (spicy<br />

mixed vegetable soup) and Gaeng Paa (hot and spicy<br />

red curry) – both served as a base for new creations.<br />

First came dishes like Gaeng Daeng or Gaeng Phed<br />

(both are red curries) from exist<strong>in</strong>g recipes. Then<br />

with more creativity, they <strong>in</strong>vented a new meal for<br />

the d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g table – Gaeng Khiew Waan – by add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a hand-pounded paste <strong>of</strong> green chillies, chilli leaves<br />

and coriander roots as <strong>in</strong>gredients to make the curry<br />

greener. It expla<strong>in</strong>s why they called it Gaeng Khiew,<br />

or green curry. The word ‘waan,’ which means sweet,<br />

does not come from a sweet taste, though. It’s the<br />

Thai description for the s<strong>of</strong>t green colour when fresh<br />

coconut milk gets blended <strong>in</strong>to the curry. This was<br />

how the classic Thai recipe orig<strong>in</strong>ated and is now<br />

ranked at 19 out <strong>of</strong> 50 <strong>of</strong> the most popular dishes<br />

across the globe.<br />

In the old days, Gaeng Khiew Waan was prepared<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g a salt base with the belief that the natural<br />

sweetness from the coconut milk and meat was<br />

enough to make it taste good. Ingredients used <strong>in</strong> the<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Gaeng Khiew Waan <strong>in</strong>clude garlic, shallots,<br />

lemongrass, coriander, chilli peppers, cum<strong>in</strong> and<br />

galangal to lessen the meat odour as well as boost<br />

the taste <strong>of</strong> the curry soup. With the exception <strong>of</strong><br />

ground spices and chillies; meat and <strong>in</strong>gredients such<br />

as devil’s figs, Thai eggplants and bamboo shoots can<br />

be substituted. When the curry is ready, sweet basil,<br />

kaffir lime leaves and pieces <strong>of</strong> red chillies can garnish<br />

the dish and give it a bold colour and beautiful<br />

presentation.<br />

Gaeng Khiew Waan is normally made with various<br />

k<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>of</strong> meats – beef, pork, chicken, fish and fishballs –<br />

and served with steamed rice or Khanom Jeen<br />

(fresh rice noodles).<br />

Gaeng Khiew Waan<br />

Nutrition Facts:<br />

This dish provides the average amount<br />

<strong>of</strong> daily prote<strong>in</strong> and is high <strong>in</strong> fat, but its<br />

nutritional value makes Gaeng Khiew Waan<br />

good for <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g vitam<strong>in</strong>, m<strong>in</strong>eral and<br />

prote<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>take. The dish is high <strong>in</strong> fibre,<br />

from devil’s figs and other vegetable<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredients.<br />

PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL<br />

MAKING A THAI GREEN CURRY<br />

(the easy and store-bought way that<br />

skips pound<strong>in</strong>g all <strong>in</strong>gredients <strong>in</strong> a<br />

mortar to make the green curry paste)<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 2 cups <strong>of</strong> coconut milk<br />

• 2-3 tbsp green curry paste<br />

• 1/2 kg <strong>of</strong> desired meat,<br />

cut <strong>in</strong>to bite-size strips<br />

• 1/4 kg small, round Thai eggplants<br />

(makhuea proh), cut <strong>in</strong> halves or<br />

quarters, or substitute with 2<br />

long Asian eggplants, cut <strong>in</strong><br />

bite-size chunks<br />

• 1/2 cup <strong>of</strong> small devil’s figs<br />

(makhuea phuang)<br />

• 2 kaffir lime leaves (bai makrood)<br />

• Fish sauce (nam plaa) to taste<br />

• 2 tsp palm sugar<br />

• 1/2 cup fresh Thai sweet basil leaves<br />

(bai horapha)<br />

• Slivered chillies, adjusted to<br />

desired hotness<br />

Cook<strong>in</strong>g Steps<br />

Do not shake the can <strong>of</strong> coconut<br />

milk before open<strong>in</strong>g, so that the<br />

cream rema<strong>in</strong>s on top. Spoon about<br />

2/3rd cup <strong>of</strong> this thick cream <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a medium-size saucepan and heat<br />

over medium to high heat. Reduce<br />

amount <strong>of</strong> cream until smooth and<br />

bubbly or until oil beg<strong>in</strong>s to separate<br />

from the cream. Add the curry<br />

paste and fry <strong>in</strong> the cream for a few<br />

m<strong>in</strong>utes to release the aromas.<br />

Then add the prote<strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong> choice<br />

and cook it just so and pour <strong>in</strong> the<br />

rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g milk.<br />

Br<strong>in</strong>g to a boil, reduce heat and<br />

simmer 5-10 m<strong>in</strong>utes uncovered<br />

before add<strong>in</strong>g the Thai eggplants.<br />

Simmer a few m<strong>in</strong>utes more, then<br />

stir <strong>in</strong> the devil’s figs and kaffir lime<br />

leaves. Season to taste with fish<br />

sauce (may not be needed if the<br />

curry paste is already salty). Add<br />

palm sugar to balance and enhance<br />

the spice and herb flavours to your<br />

lik<strong>in</strong>g. Cont<strong>in</strong>ue to simmer until<br />

eggplants and devil’s figs are tender.<br />

Stir <strong>in</strong> the basil and chillies (amount<br />

based on preferred spic<strong>in</strong>ess) and<br />

cook another m<strong>in</strong>ute. Serve hot<br />

over pla<strong>in</strong> steamed rice or<br />

khanom Jeen noodles.<br />

The Benefits <strong>of</strong> Thai Herbs<br />

and Spices:<br />

Devil’s Figs<br />

Amaz<strong>in</strong>gly a pa<strong>in</strong> killer,<br />

a haemostatic agent<br />

(stops bleed<strong>in</strong>g), alleviate<br />

symptoms <strong>of</strong> ulcers,<br />

bronchitis and arthritis<br />

Kaffir Lime Leaves<br />

Reduce <strong>in</strong>flammatory<br />

conditions<br />

Sweet Basil<br />

Relieves heartburn, gas,<br />

stomach distension,<br />

encourages appetite<br />

Thai Red and Green<br />

Chilli Peppers<br />

A laxative, carm<strong>in</strong>ative agent<br />

(prevents formation <strong>of</strong> gas).<br />

Relieves cold, phlegm and<br />

creates appetite<br />

Shallots<br />

Relieves colds and<br />

improves the respiratory<br />

system<br />

Garlic<br />

An antibiotic, helps lessen<br />

blood cholesterol,<br />

cancer-fight<strong>in</strong>g properties<br />

Galangal<br />

Relieves gas, stomach<br />

distension and phlegm<br />

Lemongrass<br />

Relieves flatulence<br />

and stomach distension<br />

Coriander Root<br />

A detoxify<strong>in</strong>g agent, heals<br />

gastritis<br />

Cum<strong>in</strong><br />

Relieves gas and aids <strong>in</strong><br />

digestion<br />

WHITE PEPPER<br />

Is believed to fight cancer,<br />

aids <strong>in</strong> digestion or<br />

stomach upset and helps<br />

improve bone health.<br />

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ON THE MENU / FRUITFUL FINDS<br />

Words & photo KAY Choomongkol<br />

Mellow<br />

Yellow<br />

Sweetness<br />

Know your Thai mango<br />

varieties and its<br />

delectable sidekick<br />

When the golden mango starts the tango with sticky rice to<br />

create a sweet treat, you know it’s summer <strong>in</strong> the tropics. As<br />

the Thai heat <strong>in</strong>tensifies, this fragrant fruit comes to the rescue<br />

– with a little help from the sweet companion <strong>of</strong> coconut sticky<br />

rice – to make the soar<strong>in</strong>g temperatures bearable.<br />

Mention this traditional dessert anywhere, from Thailand<br />

to the rest <strong>of</strong> the world, and you’re guaranteed a rapturous<br />

reaction. Perhaps it’s the delightful comb<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>of</strong> a ripe<br />

mango’s sweetness and h<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>of</strong> tang<strong>in</strong>ess. With the fruit<br />

nicely laid out on sticky rice that’s drenched <strong>in</strong> a sweet<br />

coconut milk and topped with a gentle layer <strong>of</strong> salty coconut<br />

cream, this dessert is simply everyone’s favourite.<br />

To elevate your experience <strong>of</strong> Sticky Rice and Mango<br />

(Khao Niao Mamuang) when eaten from a popular vendor<br />

or restaurant, know the type <strong>of</strong> mango available and the<br />

way sticky rice should properly taste, spoonful by spoonful.<br />

There are two major varieties <strong>of</strong> fragrant mangoes to<br />

complement this super dessert: Nam Dok Mai and Ok-<br />

Rong. Nam Dok Mai is the larger and longer shaped fruit<br />

with a yellow-gold peel when ripe and a generous, juicy<br />

flesh <strong>of</strong> sweetness. Ok-Rong has a shape that is shorter,<br />

smaller <strong>in</strong> size, with a less than attractive peel – a mix <strong>of</strong><br />

yellow and brownish colours. Even though Ok-Rong may<br />

have some fibrous strands, it is without a doubt among<br />

Thais to be the best variety, whose unique taste blends<br />

the sweet and sour <strong>of</strong> an authentic Thai mango.<br />

For the ultimate <strong>in</strong> taste, mangoes should be cool and<br />

freshly prepared. The sticky rice gra<strong>in</strong>s should sh<strong>in</strong>e with<br />

the richness <strong>of</strong> coconut milk and the spr<strong>in</strong>kl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> crunchy<br />

mung beans as a f<strong>in</strong>al touch.<br />

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS<br />

13<br />

MARCH<br />

Gigantic Feast!<br />

The elephant, ‘chang’ <strong>in</strong> Thai,<br />

is one <strong>of</strong> the endur<strong>in</strong>g symbols<br />

<strong>of</strong> Thailand that’s played an<br />

important role <strong>in</strong> the history<br />

and culture <strong>of</strong> the k<strong>in</strong>gdom.<br />

In 1998, the Thai authorities<br />

formally recognise their<br />

significance by designat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

March 13 as National Thai<br />

Elephant Day. Even dur<strong>in</strong>g K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Rama II’s reign <strong>in</strong> 1817, when<br />

the country was still known as<br />

Siam, the flag represented a<br />

white elephant.<br />

On Elephant Day, various<br />

events take place <strong>in</strong> zoos and<br />

elephant parks throughout<br />

Thailand. A huge banquet <strong>of</strong><br />

fruits and sugar cane spreads<br />

out for them to <strong>in</strong>dulge. In some<br />

cases, Buddhist ceremonies are<br />

held with the aim <strong>of</strong> br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

good luck for the elephant and<br />

its mahout.<br />

When travell<strong>in</strong>g around<br />

Thailand, you will also notice<br />

many Thai temples with<br />

depictions <strong>of</strong> elephants – from<br />

statues to mural pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

In the Buddhist legend, it is<br />

believed that Queen Maya<br />

(Buddha’s mother) conceived<br />

after the dream <strong>of</strong> a white<br />

elephant hold<strong>in</strong>g a lotus <strong>in</strong> its<br />

trunk entered her womb. This<br />

is why the white elephant is<br />

seen as highly auspicious and<br />

enjoys royal status <strong>in</strong> Thailand.<br />

Buddhism <strong>in</strong> Thailand also<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporates elements <strong>of</strong> H<strong>in</strong>du<br />

beliefs and it is common to<br />

see elephants together with<br />

H<strong>in</strong>du gods and deities. The<br />

H<strong>in</strong>du god Ganesh with an<br />

elephant’s head and Erawan,<br />

the white elephant <strong>of</strong>ten seen<br />

carry<strong>in</strong>g the god Indra, are<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten depicted <strong>in</strong> shr<strong>in</strong>es and at<br />

temples <strong>in</strong> Thailand.<br />

T-shirts and souvenirs, as<br />

well as everyday objects, draw<br />

the hard-work<strong>in</strong>g creatures<br />

<strong>in</strong> realistic portraits to playful<br />

illustrations. Some Thai hotels<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer towels with elephant<br />

logos, whilst restaurants<br />

and c<strong>of</strong>fee shops <strong>in</strong> Thailand<br />

may also feature elephants<br />

on plates or cups <strong>in</strong> warm<br />

affection. Here’s to spott<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

elephant <strong>in</strong> any shape or form<br />

on this day. tourism<strong>thai</strong>land.org<br />

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS<br />

UNTIL<br />

31<br />

MARCH<br />

BANGKOK<br />

Artistic Identities<br />

Bangkok’s Sombatpermpoon Gallery is showcas<strong>in</strong>g a wide-rang<strong>in</strong>g exhibition <strong>of</strong> works by prom<strong>in</strong>ent Thai<br />

artist, pr<strong>of</strong>essor and director, Kittikong Tilokwattano<strong>thai</strong>. “Color Identities” is a mixed media art show <strong>in</strong><br />

which Kittikong reflects on the many hats he wears <strong>in</strong> life, some <strong>of</strong> which he has chosen for himself, others <strong>of</strong><br />

which have been bestowed. In the exhibition, chosen mediums <strong>of</strong> colour and shapes express a wide-rang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience <strong>in</strong> play<strong>in</strong>g the varied roles and responsibilities that constitute his life. The artist says that what<br />

surprised him most <strong>in</strong> search<strong>in</strong>g for himself was the realisation that the frequent usage <strong>of</strong> particular colours<br />

represented aspects <strong>of</strong> his childhood and its vivid memories. sombatpermpoongallery.com<br />

UNTIL<br />

BANGKOK<br />

Art on Water<br />

Bangkok’s art scene is undoubtedly dynamic,<br />

but one enterprise stands out amidst all the<br />

bustl<strong>in</strong>g activity. Located on privately owned<br />

ferries operat<strong>in</strong>g on the Thai capital’s iconic<br />

Chao Phraya River, The Ferry Gallery is a<br />

unique public contemporary art space. It<br />

was founded a few years back by Thai artist<br />

and entrepreneur, Kawita Vatanayankur, as<br />

a means to promote contemporary art <strong>in</strong><br />

the city and br<strong>in</strong>g it to the masses. Kawita<br />

has ambitious plans and sees the project<br />

as a first step towards democratis<strong>in</strong>g art <strong>in</strong><br />

Bangkok. Just given the sheer numbers <strong>of</strong><br />

daily commuters on the river, a large audience<br />

is all but guaranteed and so provides<br />

maximum exposure for the works exhibited.<br />

theferrygallery.com<br />

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UNTIL<br />

<strong>april</strong><br />

UNTIL<br />

31<br />

MARCH<br />

CHIANG MAI<br />

ONLY FROM MYANMAR<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the earliest peoples to reside <strong>in</strong> Southeast<br />

Asia, the Mon are the second major ethnic<br />

group <strong>in</strong> Myanmar who reside ma<strong>in</strong>ly along the<br />

Irrawaddy River delta and the southern border<br />

<strong>of</strong> Thailand. Suvannabhumi was the capital <strong>of</strong><br />

the Mon people and was famous for its talented<br />

artists and skilled architects. The Suvannabhumi<br />

Art Gallery <strong>in</strong> Thailand’s Chiang Mai is the<br />

only gallery there which features exclusively<br />

Myanmar art from a wide range <strong>of</strong> artists. The<br />

gallery is an impressive showcase <strong>of</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>ct<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al styles, content and themes.<br />

suvannabhumiartgallery.com<br />

hong kong<br />

Symbols <strong>of</strong> Nature<br />

Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road is a well-known dest<strong>in</strong>ation for antique<br />

hunters, especially Ch<strong>in</strong>ese furniture. It is therefore no surprise that the<br />

street is home to the Liang Yi Museum, a four-storey build<strong>in</strong>g which<br />

houses one <strong>of</strong> the world’s largest and best-curated collections <strong>of</strong><br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese antique furniture. On show until March 31 is the exhibition<br />

titled “The Secret Garden: Symbols<br />

<strong>of</strong> Nature <strong>in</strong> Wood, Silver and Gold”<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g over 200 objects from<br />

the museum’s three permanent<br />

collections and the largest showcase<br />

<strong>of</strong> the museum’s objects to date.<br />

liangyimuseum.com<br />

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SONGKRAN<br />

Thailand’s<br />

Wild wet<br />

– How Songkran Went from Words: Phol Wadoo<br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>kl<strong>in</strong>g Water to Toss<strong>in</strong>g Buckets<br />

Thailand’s hottest time <strong>of</strong> the year marks Songkran, the traditional<br />

New Year. The festival is celebrated across the country as Thai people<br />

count on a new beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g, spiritual cleans<strong>in</strong>g and, well – gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

others completely soak<strong>in</strong>g wet without guilt.<br />

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Songkran<br />

The word “Songkran” itself, as<br />

legend has it, comes from Sanskrit,<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>g transformation or the<br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the zodiac sign. The<br />

festival always falls on April 13th through<br />

the 15th, co<strong>in</strong>cid<strong>in</strong>g with the ris<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Aries<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Zodiac chart. Songkran has been<br />

celebrated s<strong>in</strong>ce the Sukho<strong>thai</strong> k<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

(1238-1438), and carried on throughout<br />

400 years <strong>of</strong> the Ayutthaya k<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

(1351-1767), right up to the Rattanakos<strong>in</strong><br />

era or present day Thailand.<br />

Right<br />

Now the ‘big guns’<br />

come out <strong>in</strong> megawater<br />

battles.<br />

Below<br />

Water fights <strong>in</strong> the<br />

past used water<br />

from a nearby<br />

river or canal.<br />

The first day <strong>of</strong> Songkran, April 13, is<br />

called “Wan Maha Songkran,” when<br />

the sun is about to leave Pisces <strong>in</strong>to<br />

Aries. Usually, people clean up their<br />

homes and prepare for the new year<br />

merit-mak<strong>in</strong>g. On the second day<br />

<strong>of</strong> Songkran, or “Wan Nao,” the sun<br />

approaches Aries – and completely<br />

leaves Pisces beh<strong>in</strong>d. S<strong>in</strong>ce it’s<br />

neither <strong>in</strong> the old or new year, but<br />

somewhere <strong>in</strong> between, people use<br />

polite words and hope for the best <strong>in</strong><br />

the year to come. Many people go to<br />

the temple, with food and buckets <strong>of</strong><br />

sand for the religious ceremony. The<br />

New Year beg<strong>in</strong>s on the third day<br />

“Wan Tha Rerk Suk,” s<strong>in</strong>ce the sun<br />

has completely moved <strong>in</strong>to Aries.<br />

Traditionally, the Buddhist<br />

temple would become the centre<br />

stage for the Songkran celebration.<br />

The classic Thai poem “Khun<br />

Chang Khun Phaen” portrays a<br />

love triangle dur<strong>in</strong>g the Ayutthaya<br />

period, when the Songkran<br />

festival saw celebration for three<br />

days at a local temple. Local folks<br />

would gather at the Wat Pa Lelai<br />

monastery, as the poem goes, to<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer food to the monks. People<br />

build sand pagodas as a way <strong>of</strong><br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g merit, along with free<strong>in</strong>g<br />

birds from cages.<br />

It is here, at the temple dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the Songkran ceremony, that the<br />

dash<strong>in</strong>g but poor novice monk<br />

Phaen meets beautiful Wanthong.<br />

Enter another suitor, Chang<br />

(unattractive but rich) who gets<br />

<strong>in</strong>volved. They pour perfumed<br />

water <strong>in</strong>to the hands <strong>of</strong> the elders<br />

to show respect and seek their New<br />

Year bless<strong>in</strong>g. Then, young people<br />

throw buckets <strong>of</strong> water to each<br />

other for fun and to keep cool <strong>in</strong><br />

the April heat.<br />

As time went by, Songkran<br />

began to be a more visible and<br />

active event. In Chiang Mai <strong>in</strong><br />

1922, the city promoted Songkran<br />

to boost domestic tourism.<br />

From Bangkok, visitors took an<br />

overnight tra<strong>in</strong> to Chiang Mai for<br />

the holiday. The very first tourist<br />

group to Chiang Mai visited the<br />

city’s landmarks, such as Wat<br />

Phrathat Doi Suthep before bath<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the S<strong>in</strong>gh Buddha image and<br />

throw<strong>in</strong>g water amongst the locals.<br />

By the 1950s the city, led by<br />

its elite members such as Kraisri<br />

Nimmandhem<strong>in</strong>da, re<strong>in</strong>vented<br />

Songkran Festival for tourism. In<br />

order to showcase Lanna culture<br />

and capture the festive mood <strong>of</strong><br />

Songkran, Chiang Mai developed a<br />

procession <strong>of</strong> Buddha images and<br />

cultural floats. As the procession<br />

roamed around the old city <strong>of</strong><br />

Chiang Mai, local people put up<br />

altars <strong>in</strong> front <strong>of</strong> their homes as<br />

a way to pay their respects to the<br />

Buddha. The addition <strong>of</strong> the beauty<br />

contest “Miss Songkran” added<br />

more colour to the festival, so did a<br />

series <strong>of</strong> Lanna cultural shows.<br />

By the 1980s, Chiang Mai<br />

attracted the first foreign tourists<br />

for the Songkran holiday follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the successful domestic tourism<br />

campaign. Phra S<strong>in</strong>gh, Chiang Mai’s<br />

most sacred Buddha image, left the<br />

temple for the first time to jo<strong>in</strong> the<br />

Songkran procession. Many more<br />

temples created their own floats<br />

and jo<strong>in</strong>ed grander processions. A<br />

parade <strong>of</strong> beautiful women rid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bicycles and hold<strong>in</strong>g parasols<br />

became “poster girls.” The Tourism<br />

Authority <strong>of</strong> Thailand (TAT) jo<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

<strong>in</strong> organis<strong>in</strong>g splendid cultural<br />

shows at Tha Phae Gate.<br />

From its beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> the<br />

temple grounds, Songkran moved<br />

Where to Get Wet<br />

<strong>in</strong> Thailand?<br />

Two <strong>of</strong> the most popular Songkran<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ations <strong>in</strong> Thailand are Bangkok<br />

and Chiang Mai.<br />

Silom Road<br />

In the capital, the<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess district <strong>of</strong><br />

Silom hosts the largest<br />

and wildest crowd <strong>of</strong><br />

revellers <strong>in</strong> Bangkok.<br />

The water deluge<br />

stretches about 5 km.<br />

To stay dry stay on the<br />

BTS skywalk to observe<br />

the huge crowds <strong>in</strong><br />

their water splash<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fun and smatter<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

scented powder.<br />

Khao San Road<br />

It’s Songkran and more<br />

– mean<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs can<br />

get wilder along the bars<br />

and restaurants <strong>of</strong><br />

Khao San Road <strong>in</strong><br />

Bangkok. Police checkpo<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

make sure<br />

<strong>in</strong>ebriated and overly<br />

enthusiastic participants<br />

don’t get out <strong>of</strong> hand.<br />

Chiang Mai<br />

The entire city<br />

celebrates Songkran.<br />

Around Tha Phae Gate<br />

(Chiang Mai Gate,)<br />

beware <strong>of</strong> water<br />

ambushes. The most<br />

popular places for water<br />

play take place around<br />

the moat, canals and<br />

around the P<strong>in</strong>g River.<br />

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sONGKRAN<br />

Right<br />

Elephants playfully<br />

douse humans<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g Songkran.<br />

The former capital<br />

<strong>of</strong> Ayutthaya is an<br />

ideal place to see<br />

them get <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

splash<strong>in</strong>g game.<br />

Below<br />

Expect to be wet all<br />

day, and most likely<br />

at night, too.<br />

The first blast <strong>of</strong><br />

cold water is<br />

never the k<strong>in</strong>dest,<br />

especially when<br />

foam is <strong>in</strong>volved!<br />

to spread around the old city and its<br />

moat. From spr<strong>in</strong>kl<strong>in</strong>g water as a<br />

means to bless people, to splash<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bowls <strong>of</strong> water, Songkran became<br />

a big participatory event. That’s<br />

why 2.4 million foreign tourists<br />

visit Thailand <strong>in</strong> April alone, most<br />

com<strong>in</strong>g for the Songkran holiday<br />

with its bill<strong>in</strong>g as the “World’s Best<br />

Water War.”<br />

Now, festivalgoers roam around<br />

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and<br />

other Songkran holiday dest<strong>in</strong>ations<br />

with tanks <strong>of</strong> water on pickup<br />

trucks. All modes <strong>of</strong> transportation<br />

- bicycles, motorcycles, cars –<br />

deliver aggressive blasts from water<br />

guns or throw water balloons at<br />

passersby. The government even<br />

tried to ban skimpy cloth<strong>in</strong>g and the<br />

high-powered water guns from the<br />

Thailand’s water festival may have<br />

more visibility, but neighbour<strong>in</strong>g<br />

countries Laos, Myanmar and<br />

Cambodia also engage <strong>in</strong> their own<br />

versions <strong>of</strong> water fights.<br />

Songkran Festival. But few take it<br />

seriously and <strong>in</strong>stead playfully leave<br />

dirt and wet powder pastes on the<br />

faces <strong>of</strong> policemen.<br />

The Songkran Festival is also a<br />

homecom<strong>in</strong>g event for Thai people.<br />

Bus<strong>in</strong>esses close down for three<br />

days or longer. Bangkok experiences<br />

a mass exodus a few days prior to<br />

reunite with family members <strong>in</strong><br />

their hometowns. To capture the<br />

spirit <strong>of</strong> Songkran, people wear<br />

brightly pr<strong>in</strong>ted shirts. The fanciful<br />

shirts, once a choice for country<br />

folk only, re<strong>in</strong>vented itself as “high<br />

fashion” over Songkran for the<br />

holidaymakers and festival goers<br />

who want a quick dose <strong>of</strong> the good<br />

old days.<br />

From spr<strong>in</strong>kl<strong>in</strong>g perfumed<br />

water to high-pressured water<br />

guns, from traditional Thai<br />

costumes to wet t-shirts and<br />

shorts, Songkran has evolved<br />

through a series <strong>of</strong> makeovers. At<br />

its heart though, Songkran is still<br />

Thailand’s celebration <strong>of</strong> family<br />

and the new year.<br />

Hansar Moment <strong>of</strong> Happ<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

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

www.hansarhotels.com<br />

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sONGKRAN<br />

เมื่อเอ่ยถึงคำว่า สงกรานต์ เชื่อว่าอารมณ์แรกที่<br />

ทุกคนนึกถึงคือ ความสนุกสนานเฮฮา การพบปะ<br />

สังสรรค์ระหว่างเพื่อนฝูงญาติมิตร โดยมีองค์<br />

ประกอบสำคัญอันจะขาดไปเสียไม่ได้เลย คือ น้ำ<br />

ทั้งน้ำลอยเครื่องหอมในขันเงินสลักเสลาใบสวยที่<br />

ตระเตรียมมาเพื่อรดน้ำดำหัวญาติผู้ใหญ่ที่<br />

นับถือ และน้ำในภาชนะใบย่อมที่ต่อมาถูกปรับ<br />

เปลี่ยนไปตามยุคสมัยและกาลเวลา จากขันเงินสู่<br />

ถังใบน้อยหรือขันน้ำพลาสติก แล้วจึงพัฒนาใน<br />

ภายหลังมาเป็นปืนพลาสติกหรือกระบอกสูบน้ ำ<br />

เพื่อใช้ฉีดสาดน้ำใส่กันให้สนุกสนานคลายร้อน<br />

จากอุณหภูมิที่ขยับสูงขึ้นในช่วงเดือนเมษายน<br />

ดังที่หลายคนทราบกันดีว่า “สงกรานต์” เป็น<br />

คำที่มาจากภาษาสันสกฤต แปลว่า “ผ่าน” หรือ<br />

“เคลื่อนย้ายเข้าไป” อันหมายถึง วันที่พระอาทิตย์<br />

ผ่านหรือเคลื่อนย้ายจากราศีมีนเข้าสู่ราศีเมษ<br />

ตามความเชื่อทางจันทรคติ ซึ่งถือเป็นช่วงวัน<br />

เวลาเริ่มต้นเข้าสู่จุลศักราชใหม่ โดยจะอยู่ในช่วง<br />

ประมาณวันที่ 13-15 เดือนเมษายนตามดวงดาว<br />

ที่เคลื่อนไปไม่ตรงกันในแต่ละปี ทั้งนี้ให้ถือว่า<br />

วันขึ้น 1 ค่ำ เดือน 5 เป็นวันมหาสงกรานต์ จาก<br />

นั้นวันถัดมาคือ วันเนา ซึ่งแปลว่า “วันอยู่” หมายถึง<br />

วันว่าง อยู่เฉยๆ พักจากการงานทั้งปวง แล้วจึง<br />

ถึงวันเถลิงศก อันเป็นวันที่ 3 ที่ถูกนับว่าเป็นวัน<br />

เปลี่ยนจุลศักราชใหม่อย่างแท้จริง<br />

ชาวไทยเราถือเอาช่วงวันสงกรานต์เป็น<br />

วันขึ้นปีใหม่มาแต่ครั้งสมัยกรุงสุโขทัยเรื่อยมา<br />

จนถึงสมัยกรุงศรีอยุธยา ดังปรากฏหลักฐาน<br />

สำคัญในวรรณกรรมพื้นบ้านในตอนหนึ่งของ<br />

เรื่องขุนช้างขุนแผน โดยได้บรรยายถึงบรรยากาศ<br />

วันสงกรานต์ ต่อมาในปี พ.ศ. 2483 รัฐบาล<br />

ขณะนั้นได้เปลี่ยนให้วันที่ 1 มกราคมเป็นวันขึ้น<br />

ปีใหม่แทน เพื่อให้เข้ากับหลักสากลที่นานาประเทศ<br />

นิยมปฏิบัติ แต่ถึงแม้วันขึ้นปีใหม่จะเปลี่ยนแปรไป<br />

ประชาชนทั่วไปก็ยังนิยมฉลองเทศกาลสงกรานต์<br />

กันอย่างเอิกเกริกครึกครื้นอยู่ดี<br />

หากแต่การเฉลิมฉลองสงกรานต์ที่แท้จริง<br />

มิได้มีเพียงแค่การละเล่นสาดน้ำเท่านั้น แต่ยังมี<br />

กิจกรรมอีกมากหลายที่ยึดถือปฏิบัติสืบต่อกัน<br />

มาเป็นประเพณีอันดีงาม นอกจากจะเป็นวัน<br />

รวมสมาชิกในครอบครัวให้พร้อมหน้าแล้ว ยังมี<br />

การรดน้ำดำหัวขอพรจากบิดามารดาและญาติ<br />

ผู้ใหญ่เพื่อความเป็นสิริมงคล พร้อมทำบุญ<br />

อุทิศส่วนกุศลให้แก่บรรพชนผู้ล่วงลับ และช่วย<br />

กันขนทรายเข้าวัด ก่อเจดีย์ทราย ร่วมกัน<br />

ตักบาตรทำบุญ อันเป็นการสร้างความสามัคคี<br />

กลมเกลียวขึ้นในสังคมส่วนรวม และช่วยกัน<br />

ทำนุบำรุงพุทธศาสนา เทศกาลสงกรานต์<br />

ที่แท้แล้วจึงมีความหมายลึกซึ้งยิ่งไปกว่า<br />

เพียงแค่การฉลองวันขึ้นปีใหม่เท่านั้น หาก<br />

หมายถึงการหวนกลับไปสู่รากเดิมของชาวไทย<br />

ทั้งมวลก่อนจะก้าวไปสู่ศักราชใหม่ด้วยจิตใจ<br />

อันมั่นคงสถาพรนั ่นเอง<br />

SURVIVAL GUIDE<br />

Songkran is the craziest festival <strong>in</strong> Thailand. People will throw bucketfuls <strong>of</strong> water at<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g that moves and gently or maybe not, smear powder paste to the cheeks <strong>of</strong><br />

passersby. To prepare for the water festival, here is a short list <strong>of</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs to do.<br />

Put on your worst<br />

clothes – That goes without<br />

say<strong>in</strong>g! Not only water, but<br />

also powder paste will be<br />

fly<strong>in</strong>g at you and there’s no<br />

way to wash it out <strong>of</strong> your<br />

clothes. Wear a white t-shirt<br />

or go out with a technicolour<br />

shirt or floral pr<strong>in</strong>ts to keep<br />

as a souvenir.<br />

Leave expensive th<strong>in</strong>gs at<br />

your hotel – There’s a lot<br />

<strong>of</strong> body contact and touch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>volved dur<strong>in</strong>g Songkran<br />

celebration, it’s heaven for<br />

pickpockets.<br />

Cover your mobile phone<br />

– You will need a waterpro<strong>of</strong><br />

mobile phone cover. A Ziploc<br />

bag is the best alternative. It<br />

keeps your phone safe from<br />

water and allows you to use it<br />

(press buttons, scroll, etc.);<br />

the only downside is not<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g able to take photos.<br />

Resistance is futile, you<br />

will be splashed – Soak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

is not everybody’s cup <strong>of</strong> tea,<br />

and Songkran Festival is an<br />

<strong>in</strong>tense water battle. Some<br />

people lock themselves <strong>in</strong><br />

their rooms to avoid be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Photo: Thalay Thammapakkul<br />

ambushed with water. But<br />

hey, this is Songkran. It may<br />

feel awkward or downright<br />

scary to have people<br />

aggressively throw water or<br />

scented powder on you, but<br />

have a playful attitude and<br />

jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> the good game.<br />

Have fun - Go out there,<br />

enjoy yourself, be crazy, be a<br />

child, and celebrate the spirit<br />

<strong>of</strong> cleans<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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Traithep Wongpaiboon<br />

Photos: Lek Kiatsirikajorn<br />

Words: Chalotorn Payomyol<br />

Sound design plays a key role<br />

<strong>in</strong> how films are watched<br />

and felt. W<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>of</strong> multiple<br />

awards and Thai sound mixer<br />

for Wong Kar Wai’s “The<br />

Grandmaster” makes us listen.<br />

- An Aural<br />

Fidelity<br />

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Traithep Wongpaiboon<br />

A<br />

s the clos<strong>in</strong>g<br />

credits rolled,<br />

the realisation<br />

occurred that<br />

this film experience<br />

feels different. Scenes <strong>of</strong><br />

walk<strong>in</strong>g, movement, fall<strong>in</strong>g<br />

leaves or even breath<strong>in</strong>g<br />

became more dist<strong>in</strong>ct and<br />

the precise tim<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the<br />

musical score enhanced<br />

my enjoyment. Yes, there’s<br />

narrative, act<strong>in</strong>g and visuals<br />

– but this time, sound<br />

effects really registered,<br />

unlike before when I paid<br />

less attention. Because Fah<br />

Thai had a chance to talk<br />

with a renowned sound<br />

master recently, every<br />

auditory facet <strong>in</strong> the movie<br />

became important.<br />

Top<br />

A recent sound<br />

design work<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded See You<br />

Tomorrow, a<br />

romantic comedy.<br />

Bottom<br />

‘The Grandmaster’<br />

featured rapid kung<br />

fu movements that<br />

required sound<br />

syncronicity.<br />

Traithep “U” Wongpaiboon,<br />

a sound and music lover, avid<br />

v<strong>in</strong>yl collector and the manag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

director at Kantana Sound<br />

Studio, po<strong>in</strong>ts out that except for<br />

dialogue, the rest <strong>of</strong> the sounds <strong>in</strong><br />

a movie have to be created <strong>in</strong> the<br />

studio. With more than 20 years<br />

<strong>of</strong> sound and music experience<br />

and as a band member <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Kidnappers, a Thai 90’s <strong>in</strong>die<br />

electronic pop band – he is no<br />

rookie <strong>in</strong> the sound <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

His job as a re-record<strong>in</strong>g mixer<br />

deals with post audio production.<br />

Once the movie is shot, sound<br />

effects, foley sounds and music<br />

get <strong>in</strong>tegrated accord<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

a director’s specifications.<br />

Consequently, Traithep is<br />

responsible for the whole soundmix<strong>in</strong>g<br />

process. It’s a technical<br />

process but results <strong>in</strong> a film with<br />

an artistic soundscape and the<br />

viewer absorbs the narrative<br />

without notic<strong>in</strong>g the sounds as a<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g companion.<br />

While his client roster<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes mostly Asian film<br />

studios, his portfolio <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

Thai and foreign films rang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from ma<strong>in</strong>stream to <strong>in</strong>dependent<br />

ones. One <strong>of</strong> his masterpieces is<br />

“The Grandmaster,” the action<br />

drama directed by filmmaker<br />

Wong Kar Wai, which won<br />

Traithep a Hong Kong Film Award<br />

for best sound design and a<br />

Golden Reel Award for best sound<br />

edit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2014. It took him six<br />

months to f<strong>in</strong>ish Wong’s project<br />

and while the work was not easy,<br />

it paid <strong>of</strong>f.<br />

His work<strong>in</strong>g relationship with<br />

the Hong Kong director spans 10<br />

years. “Work<strong>in</strong>g with him was<br />

tough and exhaust<strong>in</strong>g because he<br />

is quite a perfectionist. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

has to be perfect. And he loves<br />

experiment<strong>in</strong>g,” Traithep expla<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

“For The Grandmaster, I did several<br />

versions and it was so tir<strong>in</strong>g then,”<br />

Traithep rem<strong>in</strong>isced with a laugh.<br />

Recently, he worked with Wong Kar<br />

Wai aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> “See You Tomorrow,”<br />

a romantic comedy film produced<br />

by Wong and released <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong<br />

last December.<br />

Traithep recognised his<br />

audiophile lean<strong>in</strong>gs early <strong>in</strong> life and<br />

chose to study sound eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

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Traithep Wongpaiboon<br />

Top Right<br />

Mementos and<br />

sound equipment<br />

showcase Traithep’s<br />

aff<strong>in</strong>ity for audio.<br />

Right<br />

Awards won <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

the Hong Kong<br />

Film Award for best<br />

sound design and a<br />

Golden Reel Award<br />

for best sound<br />

edit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2014.<br />

the US. While technical knowledge<br />

created career advantages, his<br />

impressive portfolio made him<br />

stand out <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>dustry. The work<br />

is challeng<strong>in</strong>g and he takes pride<br />

<strong>in</strong> the quality <strong>of</strong> a good product.<br />

“When I put the right sound <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a soundless motion picture and<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs add to the visual, I feel<br />

good about it,” Traithep expla<strong>in</strong>s<br />

and regards it as the fun part <strong>of</strong><br />

his work.<br />

As a sound expert, what’s<br />

his favourite movie? “Gravity,”<br />

Traithep says firmly, after quick<br />

contemplation. This sci-fi adventure<br />

movie won many rewards for best<br />

sound mix<strong>in</strong>g and edit<strong>in</strong>g, and he<br />

just loves the sound techniques<br />

created specially for the movie to<br />

make it perfect.<br />

Traithep admits this pr<strong>of</strong>ession<br />

not only requires technical<br />

knowledge, but also a good ear,<br />

good auditory perception and an<br />

ability to detect sounds. “Most<br />

importantly, good taste matters.<br />

We also sell quality. Those who<br />

work fast without a sense <strong>of</strong> good<br />

taste will not go far,” he adds.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the sound<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry for more than 20 years<br />

has established high personal<br />

standards. “You cannot lie to<br />

yourself. We tend to th<strong>in</strong>k that<br />

what we do is already good<br />

enough, when we can do better.<br />

We need to set our standards<br />

higher and do our best. With our<br />

client and directors, we know<br />

to do better for them. They may be<br />

okay with the work but if we feel it<br />

can be better, then more should be<br />

done,” Traithep says.<br />

Besides sound and music,<br />

v<strong>in</strong>yl records are another love.<br />

Admitt<strong>in</strong>g to always hav<strong>in</strong>g been<br />

crazy for them, his collection<br />

began at a young age. Be<strong>in</strong>g able<br />

to manufacture them became the<br />

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้<br />

Traithep Wongpaiboon<br />

“From v<strong>in</strong>yl collector<br />

to v<strong>in</strong>yl maker,<br />

Traithep now has<br />

regular orders from<br />

artists and v<strong>in</strong>yl<br />

lovers – not to<br />

mention women who<br />

want to give records<br />

to their boyfriends<br />

as a gift.”<br />

ฟ้าไทยพาคุณมารู้จักกับไตรเทพ วงศ์ไพบูลย์<br />

หนึ่งในสมาชิกผู้ก่อตั้งวงดนตรีอิเล็คทรอนิกส์<br />

ป็อป Kidnappers, กรรมการผู้จัดการบริษัท<br />

กันตนา ซาวด์ สตูดิโอ และซาวด์เอ็นจิเนียร์<br />

มือฉมังของวงการมิกซ์และตัดต่อเสียงใน<br />

ภาพยนตร์ เขามีประสบการณ์การทำเสียงใน<br />

ภาพยนตร์มาแล้วหลากหลายเรื่องมากกว่า<br />

20 ปี ทั้งภาพยนตร์ไทยและต่างประเทศ หนึ่งใน<br />

ผลงานสร้างชื่อของเขาคือภาพยนตร์เรื่อง<br />

The Grandmaster ยอดปรมาจารย์ยิปมัน<br />

กำกับโดย หว่องกาไว ซึ่งได้รับรางวัลการ<br />

ออกแบบเสียงและการตัดต่อเสียงยอดเยี่ยม<br />

จาก Hong Kong Film Award และ MPSE<br />

(Motion Picture Sound Editor) ของอเมริกา<br />

เขายังมีผลงานในภาพยนตร์เรื่องล่าสุดที่<br />

หว่องกาไวเป็นโปรดิวเซอร์คือเรื่อง See You<br />

Tomorrow ซึ่งเพิ่งเข้าฉายในฮ่องกงเมื่อปลายปี<br />

ที่แล้ว เขาเผยว่าการมีความรู้พื้นฐานใน<br />

งานด้านนี้เป็นเรื่องดี แต่สิ่งสำคัญกว่าคือ<br />

ประสบการณ์ที่สั่งสมจากการทำงานมา<br />

ยาวนาน นอกจากนี้ประสบการณ์การฟังที่ดี<br />

การมีหูที่ดี และรสนิยมที่ดีก็ถือเป็นคุณสมบัติ<br />

สำคัญของการทำงานด้านเสียงเช่นกัน<br />

เมื่อถามถึงมาตรฐานในการทำงาน ไตรเทพ<br />

บอกเราว่าเขาฝึกที่จะไม่หลอกตัวเอง และตั้ง<br />

มาตรฐานให้สูงเข้าไว้ ถ้าอะไรไม่ดีก็ต้องบอกว่า<br />

ไม่ดี และทำให้มันถึงจุดที่ดีที่สุด การท ำงานด้านนี้<br />

ยังทำให้เขาได้เรียนรู้จากผู้ก ำกับไปเรื่อยๆ เช่นกัน<br />

ไตรเทพยังมีความคลั่งไคล้แผ่นเสียงตั้งแต่<br />

เด็ก และตัดสินใจไปเรียนการท ำแผ่นเสียงที่ประเทศ<br />

เยอรมนีเป็นเวลาสองสัปดาห์และซื้อเครื่องทำ<br />

แผ่นเสียงกลับมายังประเทศไทย ด้วยความ<br />

ที่เติบโตมากับแผ่นเสียง การผลิตมันได้เองจึง<br />

ถือเป็นเรื่องสุดยอดสำหรับเขา ทุกวันนี้มีคน<br />

สนใจสั่งทำแผ่นเสียงกับเขามากมาย เพราะ<br />

แผ่นเสียงดูจะกลับมาเป็นที่นิยมอีกครั้งหนึ่ง<br />

นอกเหนือจากเสียงและดนตรีแล้ว ไตรเทพ<br />

นึกไม่ออกว่าเขาจะทำอะไรได้อีก เพราะความรัก<br />

ในสิ่งที่เขาทำอย่างสุดหัวใจ บวกกับการเรียนรู<br />

สั่งสมประสบการณ์อย่างไม่หยุดนิ่ง จึงไม่น่า<br />

แปลกใจที่เขาจะอยู่แถวหน้าในวงการเสียงมา<br />

อย่างยาวนาน<br />

Collaborative work<br />

between Traithep<br />

and Wong Kar Wai<br />

goes back several<br />

years <strong>in</strong> many<br />

films and awards<br />

together.<br />

C<br />

M<br />

Y<br />

CM<br />

MY<br />

CY<br />

CMY<br />

K<br />

ultimate goal. Traithep went to<br />

Germany and spent two weeks<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g how to make v<strong>in</strong>yls and<br />

brought back to Thailand a recordmak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>e. The mach<strong>in</strong>e is<br />

one <strong>of</strong> only two <strong>in</strong> Asia, and now<br />

he also has regular orders from<br />

artists and v<strong>in</strong>yl collectors – not to<br />

mention women who want to give<br />

records to their boyfriends as a gift.<br />

Traithep has seen the comeback<br />

<strong>of</strong> v<strong>in</strong>yl because people buy fewer<br />

CDs nowadays and downloaded<br />

music is <strong>in</strong>tangible when compared<br />

to the physicality <strong>of</strong> own<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

record. “Apart from the sound<br />

qualities, its charms <strong>in</strong>clude artwork<br />

and album covers. It also provides<br />

you with details and <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

and delves deeper <strong>in</strong>to the music<br />

and artists,” Traithep expla<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

With such love for sound and<br />

music, Traithep could not imag<strong>in</strong>e<br />

his life without them. “If I didn’t do<br />

this job, I would still f<strong>in</strong>d someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

else to do with sound anyway,” he<br />

says with a smile.<br />

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SOLO TRAVEL<br />

Photos: Bigs Vatcharasith<br />

Words: Nattaya Likitdecharoj<br />

With knowledge <strong>in</strong><br />

hand, have no fear <strong>in</strong><br />

navigat<strong>in</strong>g alone.<br />

– YOU SHOULD BE ONE<br />

Graphic pr<strong>in</strong>t outfit from Emilio Pucci, black high heels from Jimmy Choo, eyeglasses from Massada at House <strong>of</strong> Glasses<br />

Styl<strong>in</strong>g: Saranya Ariyakul Makeup: Rattanachot Pokhum Hair: Peter Kim<br />

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SOLO TRAVEL<br />

Reasons to travel alone can range from recover<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from a broken relationship, search<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

spiritual answers or f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g a purpose <strong>in</strong> life.<br />

Maybe you just want to escape from a chaotic<br />

rout<strong>in</strong>e, or a there’s a schedul<strong>in</strong>g conflict with a potential<br />

travel companion. Maybe no one else shares your<br />

<strong>in</strong>terests <strong>in</strong> certa<strong>in</strong> activities or you’re simply tired <strong>of</strong><br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g with others? Go<strong>in</strong>g solo can be a cool way to<br />

challenge yourself and it can become habit-form<strong>in</strong>g!<br />

Travell<strong>in</strong>g Alone: Where’s the Po<strong>in</strong>t?<br />

Whether it’s a long trip around the world or a habit<br />

<strong>of</strong> solitary weekend jaunts, here are advantages when<br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g alone:<br />

Alone Time<br />

1 is Healthy<br />

Admit it, you rarely get enough <strong>of</strong><br />

alone time, especially as a parent<br />

or partner. Be<strong>in</strong>g by yourself and<br />

unplugg<strong>in</strong>g enforces a voyage <strong>of</strong> selfdiscovery<br />

and self-knowledge. You<br />

reflect on life, recent experiences on<br />

the road and the direction th<strong>in</strong>gs are<br />

head<strong>in</strong>g. It could be a perfect time to<br />

refresh and focus on a new goal.<br />

White sleeveless embroidered dress from Disaya, ankle strap high heels from Jimmy Choo<br />

Spaghetti strap top from Disaya<br />

Distance Makes You Appreciate<br />

2 People <strong>in</strong> Your Life<br />

Distance makes you appreciate the people who matter<br />

most <strong>in</strong> your life. Especially those you’ve taken for<br />

granted. Far away and alone, the rem<strong>in</strong>der to make the<br />

most <strong>of</strong> every second with loved ones can be repeated<br />

when you return. The same distance can also make<br />

you realise that some people <strong>in</strong> your life aren’t quite<br />

as important as you thought they were. Be they a bad<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence, a toxic love or a fair-weather friend, it’s not<br />

always a welcome realisation. But it’s usually for the<br />

best.<br />

3<br />

You Ga<strong>in</strong> a Deep Understand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Local People and the<br />

Dest<strong>in</strong>ations You’ve Visited<br />

For truly reward<strong>in</strong>g solo travel, it’s crucial that you<br />

connect with the culture and not rema<strong>in</strong> an outsider.<br />

When travell<strong>in</strong>g solo, you’re more immersed <strong>in</strong> your<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs. You notice the unique characteristics that<br />

truly make a place. Also, you learn to engage with local<br />

people and folks who are more open, and def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

more curious when it’s only you walk<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to that hole<strong>in</strong>-the-wall<br />

jo<strong>in</strong>t, or tast<strong>in</strong>g the flavours <strong>of</strong> a roadside<br />

food stall. From a heartfelt conversation on a tra<strong>in</strong> to<br />

suddenly hav<strong>in</strong>g a network <strong>of</strong> genial families happy to<br />

host you for a night, you know none <strong>of</strong> these <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

experiences would have been possible if you’d been<br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g with others.<br />

You’re Completely<br />

4 Your Own Boss<br />

Is there someth<strong>in</strong>g you’ve been dy<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

try that no one is will<strong>in</strong>g to try with you<br />

— like div<strong>in</strong>g with whales <strong>in</strong> Australia,<br />

see<strong>in</strong>g Khmer ru<strong>in</strong>s, or simply eat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

fresh durian down south <strong>in</strong> Thailand?<br />

Travell<strong>in</strong>g alone, it’s just you and you<br />

alone who decides what’s next. It might<br />

be daunt<strong>in</strong>g at first, but spend<strong>in</strong>g time<br />

alone on the road is among the most<br />

reward<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> travel experiences.<br />

You can spend a day do<strong>in</strong>g noth<strong>in</strong>g but<br />

café hopp<strong>in</strong>g or l<strong>in</strong>ger<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a museum.<br />

You can loll on a beach on the South<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>a Sea, hire a guide to visit remote<br />

villages or jo<strong>in</strong> agroup <strong>of</strong> like-m<strong>in</strong>ded<br />

strangers for a bike trip <strong>in</strong> Vietnam. There<br />

is no need to compromise. As a lonesome<br />

wanderer you travel where you want,<br />

when and how you want it – all with a<br />

liberat<strong>in</strong>g degree <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>dulgence.<br />

When You’re a Little Lonely,<br />

5 You’ll Get More Creative<br />

Whether journal<strong>in</strong>g, draw<strong>in</strong>g, philosophis<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

bra<strong>in</strong>storm<strong>in</strong>g future entrepreneurial goals, solo<br />

travellers are usually forced to f<strong>in</strong>d new ways to amuse<br />

themselves when there’s no one to converse with or<br />

<strong>in</strong> the absence <strong>of</strong> wifi. You might even stumble upon a<br />

surpris<strong>in</strong>g new vocation.<br />

You Always Return Home with<br />

6 Lots <strong>of</strong> New Friends<br />

If you’re a born extrovert, travell<strong>in</strong>g alone can be a<br />

wonderful way to meet locals and make new friends.<br />

Often, people who are alone appear more approachable<br />

to others. Before you know it, you could be chatt<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

some <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g folks at a sidewalk café or meet people<br />

with common <strong>in</strong>terests like yoga on the beach. The key<br />

is to keep an open m<strong>in</strong>d while keep<strong>in</strong>g safety <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d,<br />

especially <strong>in</strong> a foreign land.<br />

Simple Logistics<br />

7 It can be challeng<strong>in</strong>g to coord<strong>in</strong>ate a trip and time<br />

away from work with another busy person <strong>in</strong> your life,<br />

and it’s even more difficult when you try to make plans<br />

with a group. Usually, these challenges can be overcome<br />

by simply plann<strong>in</strong>g ahead. But if you f<strong>in</strong>d yourself with<br />

some downtime and you can’t f<strong>in</strong>d a travel partner on<br />

short notice, it may be the perfect time to pack your<br />

bags and go anyway — alone.<br />

Sleeveless top from The Only Son<br />

You’ll Learn to be More Open,<br />

8 But Also More Cautious<br />

Of course, s<strong>in</strong>gle travel has its perils too — such as safety concerns,<br />

lonel<strong>in</strong>ess and the dreaded s<strong>in</strong>gle supplement charged for lodg<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

But a little preparation and common sense can save you money and<br />

get you through the rough spots.<br />

As soon as you step out <strong>of</strong> your comfort zone, dangers await.<br />

The best way to travel alone safely is to ‘smile and keep your guard<br />

up’. Befriend locals and live harmoniously with them, but do not<br />

trust anyone too much.<br />

9<br />

You Will Be a Better Traveller<br />

If travell<strong>in</strong>g makes you a better and smarter person,<br />

then travell<strong>in</strong>g alone makes you doubly more better<br />

and smarter. For any <strong>of</strong> you who may feel uncomfortable<br />

even sitt<strong>in</strong>g alone at a d<strong>in</strong>er to have breakfast, tak<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

trip by yourself might seem awkward. Once you take<br />

the plunge and get over your fears, you’ll feel a<br />

sense <strong>of</strong> empowerment. A successful solo vacation<br />

can <strong>in</strong>spire you to tackle th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> life you’ve<br />

been afraid to try. You will become observant,<br />

curious, and pay more attention to details.<br />

Meet<strong>in</strong>g different people will change<br />

you <strong>in</strong>to someone with more empathy,<br />

compassion, and patience.<br />

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solo travel<br />

10 Amaz<strong>in</strong>g Apps<br />

Apart from simple, everyday apps like<br />

Facebook, Flickr, Skype, Viber, Whatsapp,<br />

Google Maps, or music/iBooks, you may f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

these apps useful with just a f<strong>in</strong>gertip swipe.<br />

➊ Bank<strong>in</strong>g – to quickly check your<br />

balance and transfer funds whilst<br />

on the go.<br />

➋ Dropbox – A great way to back<br />

up all <strong>of</strong> your photos and videos<br />

<strong>in</strong> case you lose your computer/<br />

external hard drive.<br />

➌ Uber/GrabTaxi – for a reliable<br />

rate and safety, plus GPS to track<br />

where the driver is, how they look,<br />

the driver’s phone number and the<br />

car’s registered number.<br />

➍ Google Translate/Micros<strong>of</strong>t<br />

Translator – Whether you’re try<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to understand a road sign <strong>in</strong> a<br />

foreign language — or a menu <strong>in</strong><br />

a Chiang Mai café or wonder<strong>in</strong>g<br />

how to say “Can you give me a<br />

discount?” <strong>in</strong> the Thai language —<br />

the apps work like magic.<br />

➎ TripIt – Your personal assistant!<br />

All you have to do is to forward all<br />

confirmation emails you receive<br />

— car rental, <strong>flight</strong>, hotel, d<strong>in</strong>ner,<br />

whatever to TripIt and the app<br />

“automagically” assembles<br />

them as trip it<strong>in</strong>eraries <strong>in</strong> one<br />

handy location.<br />

➏ SoloTraveller – Quick way to<br />

meet new travel buddies to share a<br />

ride, dr<strong>in</strong>k or adventure. It <strong>in</strong>stantly<br />

connects you with like-m<strong>in</strong>ded<br />

solo travellers across the globe.<br />

➐ Travelmob – A new<br />

way <strong>of</strong> f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g friends with<br />

accommodations. You can search<br />

for hospitable people who can<br />

share their spaces with you by<br />

brows<strong>in</strong>g accommodations,<br />

check<strong>in</strong>g the hosts’ pr<strong>of</strong>iles<br />

and reviews.<br />

➑ Here – Forget the paper map<br />

if you travel alone. Map apps<br />

are better choices and not make<br />

you look too touristy. Apart from<br />

navigat<strong>in</strong>g onl<strong>in</strong>e and <strong>of</strong>fl<strong>in</strong>e, these<br />

apps give you <strong>in</strong>formation about<br />

tourist attractions, subway maps<br />

and other public transportation <strong>in</strong><br />

the particular country.<br />

➒ F<strong>in</strong>dery – allows you to leave or<br />

view digital “notes” (which <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

photos, videos, and even music<br />

clips) that have been distributed all<br />

over the globe by other travellers.<br />

➓ Foodspott<strong>in</strong>g – is a handy tool,<br />

whether you’re crav<strong>in</strong>g a specific<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e or flavour and want to<br />

track down the best.<br />

must haveS<br />

When travell<strong>in</strong>g alone, you will need trustworthy<br />

items to keep a solo trip trouble-free and easy as<br />

ABC. Be sure to have this list <strong>of</strong> devices and apps<br />

before ventur<strong>in</strong>g out on the solo journey and<br />

you’ll be thankful you did!<br />

devices<br />

Gone are the days <strong>of</strong> solo travellers not want<strong>in</strong>g to take any technology with<br />

them. Now that technology has improved and its cost decreased — it’s much<br />

easier to take some <strong>of</strong> these devices with you.<br />

Mobile Phone – A true<br />

friend and a must. Without<br />

it, you’re completely alone<br />

with a greater chance <strong>of</strong><br />

gett<strong>in</strong>g lost.<br />

Travel Sim Card – Better<br />

check and compare local<br />

sim cards and carrier<br />

policies. F<strong>in</strong>d one that suits<br />

your needs and habits.<br />

Power Bank – as a backup<br />

to make sure your device is<br />

charged at all times.<br />

Small, Adjustable Tripod<br />

/ Selfie Stick – Most solo<br />

travellers love this when<br />

they know they themselves<br />

are the best photographers<br />

and don’t want to impose<br />

on anyone else.<br />

Laptop/ Tablet – are<br />

alternatives. Carry<strong>in</strong>g too<br />

many th<strong>in</strong>gs may become a<br />

burden <strong>in</strong> the end.<br />

Alarms, Whistles –<br />

People walk<strong>in</strong>g alone <strong>in</strong><br />

isolated places or travell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> public transport such as<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>s and may fall asleep<br />

can rely on these items as<br />

added protection.<br />

Solo travellers<br />

need not feel lonely<br />

with apps that<br />

connect with fellow<br />

sojourners with<br />

match<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terests.<br />

It could be a meet at<br />

a live event, local spot<br />

or exotic meal.<br />

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SOLO TRAVEL<br />

WHY GO IT ALONE<br />

i roam alone author who travelled<br />

to over 70 countries, Monthon<br />

“M<strong>in</strong>t” Kasantikul, 28, Thailand<br />

Take for example<br />

Monthon “M<strong>in</strong>t”<br />

Kasantikul, who wrote<br />

a book on solo travel. The<br />

passion for travell<strong>in</strong>g alone<br />

happened to M<strong>in</strong>t, who is a<br />

28-year-old Thai blogger,<br />

and has been globetrott<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to over 70 countries. She’s<br />

become quite addicted to it<br />

and has written about her<br />

unaccompanied journeys.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>t said she loved the<br />

way she felt every time<br />

she travelled alone. “The<br />

experience will be your own.<br />

It is your own story that is<br />

deeper. It is the memory that<br />

lasts longer,” she says. Apart<br />

from be<strong>in</strong>g the master <strong>of</strong><br />

her own trip with no filtered<br />

experience, just spontaneity,<br />

solo travell<strong>in</strong>g is also a path<br />

<strong>of</strong> self-discovery for her.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>t has discovered peaceful<br />

moments to reflect – to learn<br />

to overcome lonel<strong>in</strong>ess, and<br />

have a new attitude. Her<br />

A<br />

student from the state<br />

<strong>of</strong> Colorado, Toland<br />

was <strong>in</strong>spired by his<br />

father’s ‘once <strong>in</strong> a lifetime’<br />

year-long travel stories<br />

<strong>of</strong> the South Pacific and<br />

Southeast Asia back <strong>in</strong> 1985-<br />

1986. Owen decided to travel<br />

solo for the first time <strong>in</strong> his<br />

life after graduat<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

the University <strong>of</strong> Colorado.<br />

He spent 8 months mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his way through Southeast<br />

Asia and South Pacific <strong>in</strong><br />

October 2015. He enjoyed the<br />

scenery and<br />

hot-tempered tendencies<br />

changed and she has learned<br />

to calm down, appreciate<br />

nature, people and culture<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>gly.<br />

At first, be<strong>in</strong>g a young<br />

female who travelled alone<br />

was not easy As soon as she<br />

stepped out <strong>of</strong> her comfort<br />

zone, dangers awaited.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>t suggests that you<br />

befriend locals and live<br />

harmoniously with them,<br />

but do not trust anyone too<br />

much. Her attitude <strong>of</strong> ‘smile<br />

hik<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> New Zealand,<br />

scuba div<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Australia,<br />

trekk<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Nepal, surf<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Indonesia, just to name<br />

a few.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g the solo trip,<br />

Owen bought a motorbike<br />

<strong>in</strong> Vietnam and travelled up<br />

north through the country.<br />

It was a 23 day-long journey<br />

<strong>of</strong> nearly 2,500km which he<br />

said was one <strong>of</strong> the greatest<br />

experiences.<br />

On the other hand, there<br />

were many times Owen felt<br />

down, exhausted,<br />

overwhelmed, or<br />

simply homesick, but<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it through<br />

those times with<br />

a smile is one <strong>of</strong><br />

the great parts <strong>of</strong><br />

travell<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“When you<br />

encounter a problem<br />

while travell<strong>in</strong>g, you<br />

just simply need to<br />

deal with it. It’s not<br />

like when you are<br />

but keep your guard up’<br />

seemed to work out<br />

very well.<br />

“My personal rule is to stay<br />

conscious <strong>of</strong> your situation.<br />

Don’t dr<strong>in</strong>k. Don’t go outside<br />

at night. Don’t draw attention.<br />

Be simple as much as possible<br />

and live like the locals. If<br />

there is a problem, like sexual<br />

harassment, I don’t hesitate<br />

to act like I’m very angry and<br />

threaten that I’m go<strong>in</strong>g to write<br />

a review onl<strong>in</strong>e. It works.”<br />

FIRST-TIME<br />

OWEN<br />

TOLAND,<br />

SOLO 23, USA.<br />

home and can just turn your<br />

head and forget about it.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> my favourite aspects<br />

<strong>of</strong> travell<strong>in</strong>g alone is the<br />

demand it creates to meet<br />

new people. It forces you out<br />

<strong>of</strong> your comfort zone and<br />

allows you to make these<br />

<strong>in</strong>credible bonds with people<br />

that you’ve only known for a<br />

few days but will remember<br />

for years to come,” he says.<br />

He adds that, “travell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

taught me many th<strong>in</strong>gs, such<br />

as perspective and patience,<br />

how to deal with stress and<br />

how to <strong>in</strong>teract socially<br />

with people from different<br />

cultures and demographics.<br />

I hope I am a better person<br />

after travell<strong>in</strong>g; a more<br />

reasonable person who<br />

enjoys life and doesn’t take it<br />

for granted as much.”<br />

เมื่อเอ่ยถึงการท่องเที่ยวเดินทางไกล หลาย<br />

คนคงนึกภาพการเดินทางเพียงลาพังไม่ออก<br />

เพราะไม่คุ้นชินกับการลุยเดี่ยวออกไปสัมผัสสิ่ง<br />

แปลกใหม่และผู้คนแปลกตาในที่ต่างถิ่นแดนไกล<br />

โชคดีที่เทคโนโลยีใต่างๆ นานาในยุคนี้ที่ช่วยให้<br />

นักเดินทางผู้เลือกสัมผัสประสบการณ์แปลก<br />

ใหม่เพียงลาพังอุ่นใจขึ้นเยอะ<br />

หากสาหรับ มิ้นท์ มณฑล กสานตกุล<br />

บล็อกเกอร์สาววัย 28 แห่งบล็อก I roam<br />

alone เธอกลับนิยมลุยเดี่ยว มิ้นท์ออกเดิน<br />

ทางคนเดียวมาแล้วกว่า 70 ประเทศ การเดิน<br />

ทางคนเดียวทาให้มิ้นท์ค้นพบตัวเอง เรียนรู้ที่<br />

จะใจเย็นลง และละเมียดละไมกับความงามของ<br />

ธรรมชาติ ผู้คน วัฒนธรรมท้องถิ่นมากขึ้น<br />

มิ้นท์แนะนาเคล็ดเด็ดสาหรับความปลอด<br />

ภัย คือ ต้องมีสติตลอดเวลา ไม่ทาตัวเป็นเป้า<br />

สายตา และห้ามไว้วางใจใครง่ายๆ แต่ไม่ถึงกับ<br />

ต้องระแวงจนหมดสนุก<br />

เมื่อปี 2015 โอเวน โทแลนด์ อีกหนึ่งหนุ่ม<br />

นักเดินทางโซโลสัญชาติอเมริกันวัย 23 เลือก<br />

เดินตามรอยผู้เป็นพ่อเดินทางมาแถบแปซิฟิคใต้<br />

และเอเชียอาคเนย์ โดยเลือกลุยเดี่ยวตลอดระยะ<br />

เวลา 8 เดือนหลังจากเรียนจบมหาวิทยาลัย<br />

โอเวนสนุกสุดเหวี่ยงกับการปีนเขาที่นิวซีแลนด์<br />

ดาน้าลึกที่ออสเตรเลีย เทรคกิ้งที่เนปาล เล่น<br />

เซิร์ฟที่อินโดนีเซีย และอีกหลายกิจกรรมใน<br />

ประเทศแถบนั้น แต่ที่ตรึงตราอยู่ในใจโอเวน<br />

ตลอดมาคือ การควบมอเตอร์ ไบค์ฉายเดี่ยว<br />

ล่องขึ้นไปทางตอนเหนือของเวียตนามเป็นระยะ<br />

ทางกว่า 2,500 กิโลเมตร ตลอดเวลา 23 วัน<br />

แม้จะสนุกสุดๆ แต่ตลอดทริป โอเวนบอก<br />

ว่า ความอดทนอดกลั้นและการยิ้มสู้กับปัญหา<br />

จะช่วยให้ผ่านช่วงเวลาแย่ๆ ไปได้ เหนืออื่นใดที่<br />

โอเวนได้เรียนรู้ระหว่างเดินทางคือ การได้ผูกมิตร<br />

กับเพื่อนใหม่ ซึ่งแม้รู้จักกันเพียงแค่ไม่กี่วัน<br />

แต่เขาเชื่อว่ามิตรภาพที่เกิดขึ้นนั้นจะอยู่ในความ<br />

ทรงจาไปอีกนานเท่านาน<br />

54


Hong Kong<br />

March<br />

Photos: Courtesy <strong>of</strong> Art Basel<br />

Words: N. Wright<br />

is Where<br />

Hong Kong Art Basel <strong>2017</strong><br />

and its Show Companions<br />

the Art Is<br />

C<br />

ommuters <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong this<br />

March may f<strong>in</strong>d themselves on a<br />

public tram that’s been converted<br />

<strong>in</strong>to an art space. Artist K<strong>in</strong>gsley<br />

Ng’s ‘Twenty-Five M<strong>in</strong>utes Older’ exhibit<br />

turns two <strong>of</strong> Hong Kong’s iconic public<br />

trams <strong>in</strong>to a dark room concept <strong>of</strong> camera<br />

obscura. Once on board, passengers view<br />

images <strong>of</strong> pass<strong>in</strong>g street life displayed<br />

<strong>in</strong>side the tram alongside texts from Liu<br />

Yichang’s famous story, Tete Beche.<br />

The exhibit is one <strong>of</strong> many from the Hong Kong<br />

Art Basel fair, as galleries, artists, collectors<br />

and art enthusiasts from Asia and the world<br />

congregate <strong>in</strong> the prestigious <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

art event. Art Basel <strong>in</strong> Asia features some <strong>of</strong><br />

the world’s lead<strong>in</strong>g modern and contemporary<br />

art galleries showcas<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, sculptures<br />

and digital art such as videos by more than<br />

4,000 artists at the Hong Kong Convention and<br />

Exhibition Centre. The fair goes from March 23<br />

to March 25, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Left<br />

Walter Oltmann,<br />

Bristle Disguise,<br />

2014, Alum<strong>in</strong>um<br />

Wire, 47 1/4 × 30<br />

11/16 × 21 1/4 <strong>in</strong>,<br />

120 × 77.9 × 54 cm,<br />

Courtesy Goodman<br />

Gallery<br />

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Hong Kong<br />

Left:<br />

Imura art<br />

gallery shows<br />

Atarimae-no-koto’s<br />

“3 kg Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

2015.”<br />

Below:<br />

Artist K<strong>in</strong>gsley Ng<br />

uses a public tram<br />

as an ‘art space.’<br />

Magician Space by<br />

Li J<strong>in</strong>ghu<br />

The scope <strong>of</strong> Art Basel features<br />

some 250 galleries <strong>in</strong> 6 show<br />

sectors. Determ<strong>in</strong>ed art enthusiasts<br />

navigate the fair’s sectors through<br />

categories such as Discoveries<br />

(emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists) and Encounters<br />

(large-scale works). The <strong>2017</strong> Hong<br />

Kong edition, the fifth <strong>in</strong> the city,<br />

for the first time <strong>in</strong>cludes Kab<strong>in</strong>ett,<br />

<strong>in</strong> which galleries organise m<strong>in</strong>iexhibitions<br />

with<strong>in</strong> their own<br />

booths, whether solo or group<br />

shows or presentations focused on<br />

art history.<br />

Art Basel’s widely acclaimed<br />

Encounters sector showcases<br />

17 projects by <strong>in</strong>ternationally<br />

renowned artists. Curated by<br />

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> Artspace <strong>in</strong> Sydney,<br />

the <strong>2017</strong> edition has works by<br />

“I was <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong><br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g the relationship<br />

between time and experience,<br />

specifically, how time is<br />

related to ‘Ewncounters,’”<br />

says Alexie Glass-Kantor,<br />

the third-year curator <strong>of</strong><br />

the Encounters sector at Art<br />

Basel HK, cit<strong>in</strong>g the 17 largescale<br />

sculptural <strong>in</strong>stallations.<br />

notable artists like Pio Abad,<br />

Rasheed Araeen, Kathar<strong>in</strong>a Grosse,<br />

Gonkar Gyatso, Joyce Ho, Hu<br />

Q<strong>in</strong>gyan, B<strong>in</strong>gyi, Waqas Khan,<br />

Kimsooja, Alicja Kwade, D<strong>in</strong>h Q. Lê,<br />

Li J<strong>in</strong>ghu, Sanné Mestrom, Michael<br />

Parekowhai, Shen Shaom<strong>in</strong>, Rirkrit<br />

Tiravanija and Wang Wei. Another<br />

sector, Insights, br<strong>in</strong>gs works <strong>of</strong><br />

galleries and their artists from the<br />

broader Asian market, with f<strong>in</strong>al<br />

sectors be<strong>in</strong>g Magaz<strong>in</strong>es, with art<br />

publications from around the world<br />

and Film, a 3-day programme done<br />

by and about artists.<br />

The pre-em<strong>in</strong>ent Gagosian<br />

Gallery will present German<br />

artist Kathar<strong>in</strong>a Grosse’s series<br />

<strong>of</strong> six new sculptures cast <strong>in</strong><br />

alum<strong>in</strong>um and <strong>in</strong>tricately spraypa<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

<strong>in</strong> vivid hues.<br />

Edouard Mal<strong>in</strong>gue Gallery’s<br />

debut ‘Slipp<strong>in</strong>g Mural 2’ (<strong>2017</strong>)<br />

by Ch<strong>in</strong>ese artist Wang Wei. The<br />

floor-based <strong>in</strong>stallation uses<br />

images from a Beij<strong>in</strong>g zoo and an<br />

idyllic beach framed by a palm<br />

tree, birds and clouds, explor<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the return to nature <strong>in</strong> its most<br />

basic form and reflect<strong>in</strong>g upon the<br />

nature <strong>of</strong> reality.<br />

In a timely piece, 10<br />

Chancery Lane Gallery and<br />

P.P.O.W. will explore today’s<br />

global refugee crisis with an<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation titled ‘The Deep<br />

Blue Sea’ (<strong>2017</strong>) by Vietnamese<br />

artist D<strong>in</strong>h Q. Lê (b. 1968).<br />

Osage Gallery will present<br />

‘Summit’ (2009-2010) by Ch<strong>in</strong>ese<br />

artist Shen Shaom<strong>in</strong> (b. 1956),<br />

which features sculptures <strong>of</strong> five<br />

deceased Communist leaders:<br />

Fidel Castro, Ho Chi M<strong>in</strong>h, Kim<br />

Il Sung, Vladimir Len<strong>in</strong> and Mao<br />

Zedong. Castro is depicted on his<br />

deathbed while the others are each<br />

presented <strong>in</strong> a crystal c<strong>of</strong>f<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Silverlens will show ‘Not a<br />

Shield, but a Weapon’ (2016) by<br />

Filip<strong>in</strong>o artist Pio Abad (b. 1983).<br />

The <strong>in</strong>stallation consists <strong>of</strong> 180<br />

counterfeit reproductions <strong>of</strong> former<br />

Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister Margaret Thatcher’s<br />

iconic handbag – produced <strong>in</strong><br />

Marik<strong>in</strong>a <strong>in</strong> the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es –<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ues Abad’s <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong><br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g ideas surround<strong>in</strong>g value,<br />

cultural artefacts and the political<br />

histories <strong>of</strong> the United K<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

and the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Magician Space will<br />

premiere ‘Archaeology <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Present (Dongguan)’ (<strong>2017</strong>), an<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation by Ch<strong>in</strong>ese artist Li<br />

J<strong>in</strong>ghu (b. 1972). Inspired by the<br />

artist’s hometown <strong>of</strong> Dongguan,<br />

which has become an <strong>in</strong>dustrial<br />

centre sometimes referred to as<br />

‘the factory <strong>of</strong> the world’, the<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation will feature lights<br />

from factories that Li J<strong>in</strong>ghu has<br />

transformed <strong>in</strong>to abstract clouds.<br />

Sullivan+Strumpf will premiere<br />

an <strong>in</strong>stallation by Dutch-Australian<br />

artist Sanné Mestrom (b. 1979).<br />

‘The Bathers’ (2016), based on<br />

Cézanne’s <strong>in</strong>famous pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

the same name, extends Mestrom’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestigation <strong>in</strong>to the language<br />

<strong>of</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g as explored through<br />

sculptural form. The work will be<br />

the artist’s most ambitious work to<br />

date, consist<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> a series <strong>of</strong> three<br />

large res<strong>in</strong> figur<strong>in</strong>e abstractions<br />

that appear to recl<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> the ‘tears’<br />

<strong>of</strong> a fourth abstracted figur<strong>in</strong>e – a<br />

large alum<strong>in</strong>ium and bronze<br />

‘water founta<strong>in</strong>’.<br />

‘House <strong>of</strong> Red Bamboo’<br />

(<strong>2017</strong>) by Pakistani artist Rasheed<br />

Araeen (b. 1935) will be premiered<br />

by Rossi & Rossi. The scaffold<strong>in</strong>g<br />

structure made <strong>of</strong> bamboo<br />

references the artist’s long-stand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestigations <strong>in</strong>to geometric<br />

and architectural structures as<br />

Postmodernist representations<br />

<strong>of</strong> non-compositional forms, and<br />

metaphorically their reference<br />

to utopian ideologies follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the Constructivist and De Stijl<br />

movements.<br />

Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija,<br />

whose works have been shown at<br />

the Guggenheim <strong>in</strong> New York and<br />

other major museums, experiments<br />

with 3-D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. With<strong>in</strong> a<br />

structure built <strong>of</strong> traditionally tied<br />

bamboo scaffold<strong>in</strong>g, visitors will<br />

discover five versions <strong>of</strong> the same<br />

3D-pr<strong>in</strong>ted bonsai tree positioned<br />

on bases <strong>in</strong>spired by Constant<strong>in</strong><br />

Brâncuși’s wooden pedestals.<br />

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Hong Kong<br />

Clockwise from Left:<br />

Li Zhenhua,<br />

Art Basel Film<br />

Curator, HK,<br />

Twenty-five<br />

M<strong>in</strong>utes by K<strong>in</strong>gsley<br />

Ng, Korean<br />

conceptual artist<br />

Kimsooja<br />

Bottom Right:<br />

Artist Hu Q<strong>in</strong>gyan at<br />

Galerie Urs Meile<br />

Left Bottom:<br />

10 Chancery Lane<br />

Gallery and P.P.O.W.<br />

present artist<br />

D<strong>in</strong>h Q Le<br />

‘Wanwu: Metamorphosis’<br />

(2013) by Ch<strong>in</strong>ese artist B<strong>in</strong>gyi<br />

will be shown by Ink Studio. This<br />

will be the <strong>in</strong>ternational debut<br />

<strong>of</strong> B<strong>in</strong>gyi’s large-scale landscape<br />

<strong>in</strong>k pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs will be exhibited<br />

and <strong>in</strong>stalled with<strong>in</strong> the context<br />

<strong>of</strong> an <strong>in</strong>ternational art fair. The<br />

immersive <strong>in</strong>stallation consists<br />

<strong>of</strong> panels taken from the artist’s<br />

monumental series ‘Wanwu’,<br />

which was <strong>in</strong>spired by Ch<strong>in</strong>a’s<br />

dramatic landscapes and weather.<br />

Goodman Gallery curators Neil<br />

Dundas and Damon Garstand says<br />

that s<strong>in</strong>ce its first edition, Art<br />

Basel Hong Kong has grown <strong>in</strong><br />

stature and the complexity <strong>of</strong> its<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational voice. “The reach<br />

<strong>of</strong> the fair seems to grow year on<br />

year and we now deal with clients<br />

from across Australasia and the<br />

Pacific coast <strong>of</strong> the Americas. We<br />

certa<strong>in</strong>ly have adapted our <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at Art Basel Hong Kong to appeal<br />

to collectors from these regions.”<br />

Away from the fair itself you’ll<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d countless art spaces, <strong>in</strong> Soho<br />

and also <strong>in</strong> PMQ, which used to be<br />

a Police Headquarters converted<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a concept retail space. Other<br />

places <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong other than<br />

Central – <strong>in</strong>clude Wong Chuk Hang<br />

on the south side <strong>of</strong> the island,<br />

now popular due to the open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

the metro’s South Island L<strong>in</strong>e. Up<br />

and com<strong>in</strong>g is the West Kowloon<br />

Cultural District and the M+ Gallery<br />

<strong>of</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>ese art. M+ is the new<br />

museum for visual culture <strong>in</strong> Hong<br />

Kong, as part <strong>of</strong> West Kowloon<br />

Cultural District, focus<strong>in</strong>g on 20th<br />

and 21st century art, design and<br />

architecture and mov<strong>in</strong>g image.<br />

Meanwhile, check out Art<br />

Futures, a section <strong>of</strong> young galleries<br />

and the works <strong>of</strong> budd<strong>in</strong>g artists<br />

from around the world. Then<br />

there’s the Asia Contemporary<br />

Art Show, the largest <strong>in</strong> Asia <strong>in</strong><br />

terms <strong>of</strong> the number <strong>of</strong> artworks<br />

<strong>of</strong>fered for sale. This year also has<br />

Art Central by art fair veterans<br />

Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus who<br />

found the orig<strong>in</strong>al Art Hong Kong<br />

and later became Art Basel. The<br />

exhibition is housed <strong>in</strong> a purposebuilt<br />

tent right on the city’s new<br />

Central Harbourfront, a 10 m<strong>in</strong>ute<br />

walk from Art Basel.<br />

The Hong Kong branch <strong>of</strong> Asia<br />

Society moved <strong>in</strong>to a Tod Williams<br />

and Billie Ste<strong>in</strong>-designed build<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

a renovation <strong>of</strong> a former munitions<br />

factory used by the British military.<br />

Include Pedder Build<strong>in</strong>g on your<br />

tour because it’s where some <strong>of</strong><br />

Hong Kong’s biggest galleries like<br />

Gagosian, Hanart TZ, Lehmann<br />

Maup<strong>in</strong>’s Rem Koolhaas–designed<br />

space, and Pearl Lam, are located <strong>in</strong><br />

the 1924 neoclassical, a necessary<br />

visit for anyone <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> the<br />

city’s commercial art world today.<br />

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sHANGHAI<br />

Shanghai Art Scene<br />

Tucks <strong>in</strong>to the Industrial<br />

and Arboreal<br />

A Shanghai art aficionado formerly with Sotheby’s <strong>in</strong><br />

Hong Kong commented recently that Hong Kong is<br />

an established place for collectors, Beij<strong>in</strong>g is the place<br />

for artists to thrive, and Shanghai is the showcase for<br />

contemporary art. Pro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong> Shanghai’s dedication to<br />

today’s art came on a blustery cold day last November,<br />

as the city buzzed with the excitement <strong>of</strong> the<br />

West Bund Art Fair. Two other major art shows, the<br />

contemporary art fair ART021 and the 11th edition <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Shanghai Biennale made the metropolis the place to be.<br />

More than a dozen private art museums with<br />

impressive architecture dot the landscape. Galleries <strong>in</strong><br />

re-purposed and carefully designed spaces proliferate<br />

<strong>in</strong> tree-l<strong>in</strong>ed residential areas and art fairs <strong>of</strong> an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational scope plunges Shanghai further <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

art limelight. Government support, the art market<br />

and metropolitan culture <strong>of</strong> Shanghai contributed <strong>in</strong>to<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g the city a cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g art dest<strong>in</strong>ation. Here’s a<br />

guide to places that reflect Shanghai’s art scene.<br />

The Bund<br />

When <strong>in</strong> Shanghai, the historic<br />

Bund is a place to visit with<br />

its impressive build<strong>in</strong>gs along<br />

the Huang Pu River where the<br />

iconic skyl<strong>in</strong>e provides many<br />

a snapshot. Near the touristy<br />

riverfront boardwalk, you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

galleries and museums. A few<br />

miles south <strong>of</strong> the Bund lies the<br />

West Bund, a rapidly develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

area <strong>of</strong> world-class arts and<br />

culture hub.<br />

The Long Museum<br />

Contemporary art is featured <strong>in</strong><br />

the Long Museum, an area once<br />

filled with car manufactur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

plants. Currently, it showcases<br />

American artist James Turrell, with 13<br />

impressive <strong>in</strong>stallations and artworks<br />

special to Shanghai.<br />

The Power Station <strong>of</strong> Art<br />

Located with<strong>in</strong> an abandoned power<br />

station on the banks <strong>of</strong> the Huangpu<br />

River, the Power Station <strong>of</strong> Art’s<br />

unusual design reflects its artworks.<br />

The oversized neon thermometer<br />

stick<strong>in</strong>g out the top <strong>of</strong> the build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

has become a landmark. Shanghai’s<br />

first state-run contemporary art<br />

gallery also hosts the prestigious<br />

Shanghai Biennale, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g it to<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational attention.<br />

The Rockbund Art Museum<br />

As the Rockbund Art Museum<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to hold popular<br />

exhibitions by esteemed Ch<strong>in</strong>ese and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational artists, it is believed<br />

to be the first contemporary art<br />

museum <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a that ‘is fully<br />

devoted to support<strong>in</strong>g contemporary<br />

art production and creativity.’<br />

The space was restored by British<br />

architect David Chipperfield and has<br />

presented works <strong>of</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a’s lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

contemporary artists, from Zeng<br />

Fanzhi to Cai Guo-Qiang.<br />

Yuz Museum<br />

Once the hangar <strong>of</strong> Longhua<br />

Airport, Yuz Museum <strong>in</strong> the West<br />

Bund area has an exceptional size<br />

<strong>of</strong> 9,000 square metres <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Xuhui district whose goal is to<br />

enhance the public’s appreciation<br />

and understand the world <strong>of</strong><br />

contemporary art. With its size, the<br />

Yuz Museum is <strong>of</strong>ten able to exhibit<br />

larger than life pieces <strong>of</strong> art always<br />

worth see<strong>in</strong>g up close.<br />

Pearl Lam<br />

Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam<br />

Galleries is described as a driv<strong>in</strong>g force<br />

with<strong>in</strong> Asia’s contemporary art scene.<br />

M50 District<br />

This art complex is tucked away <strong>in</strong><br />

an old <strong>in</strong>dustrial area along Suzhou<br />

Creek along abandoned warehouses.<br />

Here, you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d ShangArt –<br />

considered one <strong>of</strong> the most <strong>in</strong>fluential<br />

art <strong>in</strong>stitutions <strong>in</strong> the country and was<br />

among the first few Ch<strong>in</strong>ese galleries<br />

to participate <strong>in</strong> major <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

art fairs like Art Basel.<br />

Other galleries <strong>in</strong> the compound<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude J Gallery that promotes<br />

young artists, while Vanguard<br />

Gallery focuses on media and<br />

conceptual art.<br />

Former French Concession<br />

Galleries are nestled among old<br />

villas, cafés and bars with plane<br />

trees that outl<strong>in</strong>e narrow streets <strong>of</strong><br />

the Former French Concession.<br />

Leo Xu Project<br />

The gallery represents a selection<br />

<strong>of</strong> young Ch<strong>in</strong>ese and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

artists and shows case works<br />

depict<strong>in</strong>g experiences <strong>of</strong> displaced<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese citizens.<br />

Bank Gallery<br />

Bank Gallery’s Mathieu Borysevicz<br />

says that their projects are ‘research<br />

based and meant to provoke issues<br />

<strong>of</strong> cultural history(s) and global<br />

<strong>in</strong>terests and attitudes, especially<br />

as it perta<strong>in</strong>s to Ch<strong>in</strong>a <strong>in</strong> the 21st<br />

Century.’<br />

Capsule<br />

The gallery considers itself an<br />

‘experimental space’ act<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

both gallery and art laboratory.<br />

ณ วินาทีนี้ ฮ่องกงได้กลายเป็นสรวงสวรรค์<br />

สาหรับผู้หลงใหลงานศิลปะไปแล้ว เมื่องาน<br />

ฮ่องกง อาร์ต บาเซิล ประจาปี <strong>2017</strong> ได้เริ่มต้นขึ้น<br />

คงสนุกไม่น้อยหากคุณได้ลองใช้บริการ<br />

รถรางขบวนพิเศษและสัมผัสผลงานศิลปะ<br />

‘Twenty-Five M<strong>in</strong>utes Older’ ของศิลปิน<br />

จีนชื่อดัง คิงสลีย์ อึ้ง ที่ดัดแปลงภายในตู้<br />

โดยสารให้กลายเป็นห้องมืด และฉายภาพชีวิต<br />

ของผู้คนผ่านสายตาพร้อมข้อความจาก<br />

นวนิยายเรื่อง Tete Beche ที่สร้างชื่อเสียงให้ผู้เขียนอย่าง หลิวอี้จาง<br />

นี่เป็นเพียงส่วนหนึ่งของเทศกาลระดับนานาชาติที่รวบรวมแกลเลอรี<br />

ศิลปะ ศิลปิน นักสะสมและผู้สนใจเสพศิลปะจากทั่วโลกมาไว้ด้วยกัน ฮ่ องกง<br />

จึงกลายเป็นเกาะแห่งงานศิลป์สมัยใหม่และร่วมสมัยระดับโลกจาก<br />

ศิลปินนานาชาติกว่า 4,000 ราย รวมทั้งฤกษ์ฤทธิ์ ตีระวนิช ศิลปินชาวไทย<br />

ฮ่องกง อาร์ต บาเซิล <strong>2017</strong> ประกอบด้วยงานแสดง ณ ศูนย์ประชุม<br />

และจัดงานนิทรรศการฮ่องกง และการนาเสนอผลงานจากแกลเลอรี<br />

ศิลปะอีก 250 แห่ง รวม 6 ส่วนด้วยกัน เช่น Discoveries จัดแสดงผล<br />

งานของศิลปินหน้าใหม่หรือสมัครเล่น, Encounters จัดแสดงงานศิลป์<br />

ขนาดใหญ่, Insights นาเสนอผลงานจากแกลเลอรีและศิลปินในตลาดงาน<br />

ศิลป์เอเชีย, Magaz<strong>in</strong>es เกี่ยวเนื่องกับการจัดพิมพ์งานศิลปะรอบโลก<br />

ขณะที่ Films เป็นรายการภาพยนตร์ที่เกี่ยวข้องและจัดขึ้นโดยศิลปิน<br />

นอกจากงาน อาร์ต บาเซิล ที่ฮ่องกงแล้ว นครเซี่ยงไฮ้ยังนับเป็นเมือง<br />

แห่งศิลปะร่วมสมัยที่พิสูจน์มานักต่อนักว่ามีงานแสดงศิลปะคุณภาพผุ ดขึ้น<br />

อย่างต่อเนื่อง อาทิ เดอะ บันด์ อาร์ตแฟร์, อาร์ต021 และเซี่ยงไฮ้<br />

เบียนนาเล ครั้งที่ 11<br />

พิพิธภัณฑ์เอกชนนับสิบแห่ง รวมไปถึงสถาปัตยกรรมนาสมัย และ<br />

แกลเลอรีมากมายในเซี่ยงไฮ้ต่างเป็นแม่เหล็กดึงดูดผู้ชมให้หลั่งไหลมาชื่นชม<br />

งานศิลป์ อาทิ The Bund สถาปัตยกรรมโคโลเนียลย่านประวัติศาสตร์<br />

ตลอดริมฝั่งแม่น้ าหวงผู่คู่นครเซี่ยงไฮ้, Long Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์ศิลปะ<br />

ร่วมสมัยที่เคยเป็นโรงงานผลิตรถยนต์, the Power Station <strong>of</strong> Art แกลเลอรี<br />

ที ่ปรับพื้นที่รกร้างจากโรงผลิตไฟฟ้าเก่าให้เป็นมิวเซียมระดับนานาชาติ,<br />

M50 District อาร์ตคอมเพล็กซ์ที่แปลงโฉมจากย่านอุตสาหกรรมเก่า,<br />

อดีตเขตการปกครองฝรั่งเศส พร้อมแกลเลอรีอีกนับไม่ถ้วน ทาให้วันนี้เซี่ยงไฮ้<br />

กลายเป็นอีกหนึ่งในเมืองหลวงแห่งศิลปะที่น่าจับตาอย่างยิ่งของโลก<br />

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GUANGZHOU<br />

Words: N. Acosta<br />

Guangzhou:<br />

The Nostalgic and the Contemporary<br />

Guangzhou reveals itself to be an <strong>in</strong>dustrial port city with<br />

traditional architecture but a look around shows dazzl<strong>in</strong>g retail<br />

complexes and cultural landmarks with cutt<strong>in</strong>g edge design.<br />

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GUANGZHOU<br />

Three bronze statues <strong>of</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>ese<br />

women on nearby Shamian Island<br />

<strong>in</strong> Guangzhou aptly chronicles its<br />

historic direction: that <strong>of</strong> a woman<br />

<strong>in</strong> traditional cloth<strong>in</strong>g from the colonial<br />

period, another woman <strong>in</strong> a cheongsam<br />

dress from the mid-20th century and a<br />

young Ch<strong>in</strong>ese woman wear<strong>in</strong>g shorts and<br />

talk<strong>in</strong>g on a mobile phone.<br />

Such is the history <strong>of</strong> Guangzhou; because gone are<br />

v<strong>in</strong>tage postcard memories <strong>of</strong> boats chugg<strong>in</strong>g along the<br />

Pearl River. Instead, onl<strong>in</strong>e post<strong>in</strong>gs show the latest<br />

gleam<strong>in</strong>g co-work<strong>in</strong>g spaces and cafés as people sip<br />

their latte.<br />

In the 18th century, the Q<strong>in</strong>g Dynasty imperial court<br />

gave approval for the Pearl River Delta area <strong>of</strong> Guangdong<br />

prov<strong>in</strong>ce (with Guangzhou as its base) to be the first <strong>in</strong> the<br />

region opened for trade with the outside world.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce then, activity never really ceased and twice a<br />

year s<strong>in</strong>ce 1957, the city hosts the largest import/export<br />

fair <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a called the Canton Fair.<br />

Nostalgic travellers to<br />

Guangzhou may still th<strong>in</strong>k <strong>of</strong> it<br />

as Canton despite its status as the<br />

third largest city <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a and the<br />

political, economic, technology,<br />

educational and cultural hub<br />

<strong>of</strong> southern Ch<strong>in</strong>a. It lies close<br />

to the South Ch<strong>in</strong>a Sea, Hong<br />

Kong and Macau on the Pearl River<br />

(also referred to as Zhujiang), and is<br />

the third longest river <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a.<br />

The strategic location <strong>of</strong><br />

Guangzhou’s past has historic<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>gs for visitors like the<br />

Western Han Nanyue K<strong>in</strong>g’s<br />

Tomb Museum (which houses<br />

the 2,000 year old tomb <strong>of</strong> K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Zhao Mo), the Bright Filial Piety<br />

Temple for a lesson on the ancient<br />

history <strong>of</strong> the city, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s<br />

Memorial Hall, Yuexiu Park, the<br />

Temple <strong>of</strong> the Six Banyan Trees, or<br />

Q<strong>in</strong>gp<strong>in</strong>g Market. The beauty <strong>of</strong> the<br />

mounta<strong>in</strong>s at Baiyunshan scenic<br />

area is another attraction while<br />

colonial history is still preserved<br />

on Shamian Island with its grand<br />

mansions set amidst greenery.<br />

Meanwhile, its modern <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

are scattered <strong>in</strong> a metropolis<br />

whose construction pops out new<br />

skyscrapers add<strong>in</strong>g to the city’s<br />

hyperactive skyl<strong>in</strong>e. Now cultural<br />

landmark build<strong>in</strong>gs are avant-garde<br />

architecture such as Zaha Hadid’s<br />

Guangzhou Opera House (also called<br />

the ‘double pebble’); the carved<br />

box-shaped Guangdong Museum,<br />

and the familiar Canton TV Tower<br />

skyscraper whose design resembles<br />

a th<strong>in</strong> hourglass.<br />

Gastronomic delights resulted<br />

from its pleasant weather,<br />

abundant ra<strong>in</strong> and sunlight <strong>in</strong> the<br />

ideal conditions for agriculture.<br />

Top & Below Left<br />

Visitors to<br />

Guangzhou<br />

remember that<br />

nestled comfortably<br />

with sleek<br />

architecture are<br />

ancient temples<br />

worth visit<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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GUANGZHOU<br />

Below Popular <strong>in</strong><br />

Guangzhou cuis<strong>in</strong>e<br />

are dim sum and<br />

roast meats, among<br />

countless dishes.<br />

There’s a Ch<strong>in</strong>ese<br />

say<strong>in</strong>g that one<br />

should be born<br />

<strong>in</strong> Suzhou, live <strong>in</strong><br />

Hangzhou, eat <strong>in</strong><br />

Guangzhou and die<br />

<strong>in</strong> Liuzhou.<br />

It is said that Guangzhou has the<br />

most number <strong>of</strong> restaurants and<br />

teahouses <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a. Cantonese<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e (Yuecai), <strong>in</strong>cludes dim<br />

sum, roast duck and pork, is one<br />

<strong>of</strong> the most widely eaten <strong>in</strong> the<br />

world – and the basis for food and<br />

restaurant <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>atowns<br />

around the world. Guangdong<br />

residents were among the first to<br />

immigrate to places like America, so<br />

their food def<strong>in</strong>ed Ch<strong>in</strong>ese cook<strong>in</strong>g<br />

there.<br />

Chefs will tell you that Cantonese<br />

cook<strong>in</strong>g is one <strong>of</strong> the most ref<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

The Opera House, designed by the late<br />

architect Zaha Hadid, sits at the heart<br />

<strong>of</strong> Zhujiang (Pearl River) new town. The<br />

tw<strong>in</strong> boulder design visually l<strong>in</strong>ks to the<br />

river, but also unifies nearby old and<br />

new build<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

and celebrated cuis<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a.<br />

Foreign merchants who arrived <strong>in</strong><br />

the region to establish trad<strong>in</strong>g posts<br />

brought along with them not only<br />

their merchandise, but their cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

customs as well. Yue chefs adapted<br />

styles and <strong>in</strong>gredients from other<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese cuis<strong>in</strong>es, even <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Western <strong>in</strong>fluences, mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Guangdong cook<strong>in</strong>g the first truly<br />

cosmopolitan cuis<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a.<br />

Trade and commerce formed the<br />

ancient route to Guangzhou and now<br />

this city is also a prime dest<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

to shop and play <strong>in</strong> the new way.<br />

Enormous malls and retail<br />

stores cluster around the old<br />

and new parts <strong>of</strong> town. The Tee<br />

Mall Plaza, the Ch<strong>in</strong>a Plaza,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the trade fairs <strong>in</strong><br />

the Guangzhou International<br />

Build<strong>in</strong>g provide easy access to<br />

top-notch products from all over<br />

the world. Strolls can be enjoyed<br />

on the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian<br />

Street and Beij<strong>in</strong>g Road Bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

Street. Younger<br />

consumers head to more<br />

trendy places <strong>in</strong> Tianhe<br />

Square.<br />

Here is where one f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

APF Kafe decorated with<br />

high stools and long<br />

communal tables lit by<br />

slender pendant<br />

lamps and angular<br />

wand sconces set<br />

the mood.<br />

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GUANGZHOU<br />

Top The maritime<br />

Silk Road started the<br />

retail wonderland <strong>in</strong><br />

Guangzhou - from<br />

silk goods centuries<br />

ago, to current<br />

high-end global<br />

brands.<br />

Fangsuo Commune is located<br />

<strong>in</strong> TaiKoo Hui, one <strong>of</strong> the most<br />

luxurious shopp<strong>in</strong>g malls <strong>in</strong> the city,<br />

neighbour<strong>in</strong>g with top brands such<br />

as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.<br />

The multifunctional space <strong>of</strong> Fangsuo<br />

Commune comb<strong>in</strong>es a bookstore,<br />

café, gallery, culture gather<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

fashion and design store. Parc Central<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g malls, whose aerial shot<br />

looks like a ‘double fish’ <strong>in</strong>corporates<br />

planted walkways and liv<strong>in</strong>g walls.<br />

It’s very easy to imag<strong>in</strong>e that the next<br />

bronze <strong>in</strong>stallation will be that <strong>of</strong> a<br />

futuristic woman shopp<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

หากจะกล่าวถึงกวางโจวว่าเป็นเมืองแห่งมนต์ขลัง<br />

คงไม่มีใครปฏิเสธ ยิ่งสำหรับคนที่เคยมาเยือน<br />

แล้วคงยืนยันได้หนักแน่นเนื่องเพราะกวางโจว<br />

นั้นมีครบทุกรส<br />

เฉกเช่นเรื่องราวที่บอกเล่าผ่านงานปั้นรูป<br />

หญิงสาวสามนางที่ปรากฏบนเกาะซาเหมี่ยน ชุด<br />

ที่แต่ละนางสวมใส่บ่งบอกถึงยุคสมัยและความ<br />

เป็นไปของกวางโจวได้อย่างชัดเจน เริ่มจากยุค<br />

ต้นๆ ที่ยังอยู่ในชุดเสื้อผ้ารัดกุมมาจนถึงยุค<br />

กลางหลังสงครามโลกที่คลี่คลายลงไปบ้าง และ<br />

ในปัจจุบันปรากฏเป็นสาวน้อยนุ่งสั้นกำลังคุย<br />

โทรศัพท์มือถือ ทั้งหมดคือเรื่องราวของกวางโจว<br />

โดยย่อ เมืองเก่าแก่อายุกว่า 2,000 ปีที่เต็มไปด้วย<br />

กลิ่นอายวินเทจปะทะสังสรรค์กับเทคโนโลยีและ<br />

ไลฟ์สไตล์โฉบเฉี่ยวทันสมัยน่าตื่นตาตื่นใจ<br />

เสน่ห์อีกด้านของกวางโจวคืออุณหภูมิที่เย็น<br />

สบายตลอดทั้งปีจนได้รับการขนานนามว่าเมือง<br />

ดอกไม้ เพราะอากาศที่สดชื่นตลอดปีท ำให้บรรดา<br />

ไม้ดอกไม้ใบพากันเบ่งบานงอกงามทั่วทุกฤดูกาล<br />

ที่จะลืมกล่าวถึงไปไม่ได้เป็นอันขาดคือ<br />

อาหารกวางตุ้งเลิศรส กวางโจวในฐานะเมืองเอก<br />

ของมณฑลกวางตุ้งเป็นแหล่งรวมภัตตาคารชั้นดี<br />

มากที่สุดในโลก เชฟแถวหน้าจากทั่วโลกล้วน<br />

ยกย่องว่าอาหารกวางตุ้งคือสุดยอดของอาหาร<br />

ด้วยความหลากหลายทั้งวัตถุดิบและวิธีการปรุง<br />

เฉพาะตัวตามตำรับกวางตุ้งแท้ๆ แต่กระนั้น รส<br />

ชาติใหม่ๆ ก็เกิดขึ้นตามมาหลังจากต่างชาติเข้า<br />

มาติดต่อค้าขายในกวางโจว นับเป็นรสชาติผสม<br />

ผสานที่มีเอกลักษณ์ไม่เหมือนใคร<br />

นอกจากประวัติศาสตร์อันยาวนานซึ่งทำให้<br />

ที่นี่เต็มไปด้วยสถานที่ท่องเที่ยวเชิงประวัติศาสตร์<br />

มากมายแล้ว สิ่งปลูกสร้างทันสมัย อาคารสูง<br />

ระฟ้า และสถาปัตยกรรมสุดอลังการ กวางโจว<br />

โอเปร่า เฮ้าส์ จากการออกแบบของดีไซเนอร์ชื่อ<br />

ดังผู้ล่วงลับ ซาฮา ฮาดิด ก็กลายเป็นสัญลักษณ์<br />

ใหม่ของเมืองไปแล้ว<br />

กวางโจวยังเป็นเมืองใหญ่อันดับสามและ<br />

เมืองท่าแห่งแรกของแดนมังกรที่ได้รับอนุญาตให้<br />

เปิดทำการค้าขายกับต่างชาตินับตั้งแต่ต้น<br />

ศตวรรษที่ 18 เป็นต้นมา จากนั้นกวางโจวก็ไม่<br />

เคยหลับไหล หากกระโดดโลดแล่นก้าวล้ำนำหน้า<br />

ทุกหัวเมืองใหญ่ในโลกอยู่เสมอ<br />

ทุกปีกวางโจวจะเป็นเจ้าภาพจัดงานใหญ่<br />

Canton Fair ปีละ 2 ครั้งตลอดมานับตั้งแต่ปี<br />

พ.ศ. 2500 เพื่อเป็นศูนย์กลางการเจรจาค้าขาย<br />

ในหมู่นักธุรกิจจากทุกมุมโลก ประชากรและเมือง<br />

กวางโจวจึงคุ้นชินกับการต้อนรับขับสู้นักเดินทาง<br />

ต่างถิ ่นที่มีจุดหมายปลายทางยังเมืองแห่งนี้<br />

ไม่ว่าจะด้วยเหตุผลใดก็ตาม – เพื่อชื่นชม<br />

ธรรมชาติ ช้อปปิ้งเทรนด์ใหม่ล่าสุด ดื่มด่ำกับ<br />

อาหารการกิน หรือติดต่อธุรกิจซื้อขายสินค้า<br />

น้อยใหญ่ กวางโจวมีคำตอบให้กับทุกคนเสมอ<br />

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gallery<br />

Words: Nat Sumanatemeya<br />

Photos: V<strong>in</strong>id Rangpueng and Nat Sumanatemeya<br />

Divers easily encounter the neon livel<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>of</strong> coral<br />

beds and the sublime sight<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> sea creatures<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g about their bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> the beautiful and rich<br />

mar<strong>in</strong>e life <strong>of</strong> the Andaman Sea.<br />

A gentle giant, the manta ray (Manta birostris)<br />

greets a diver at H<strong>in</strong> Daeng <strong>in</strong> Krabi, while<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g wrasse fishes start clean<strong>in</strong>g its body.<br />

Giant manta rays eat plankton and a fully-grown<br />

one can reach 5 metres <strong>in</strong> width.<br />

The liv<strong>in</strong>g seas <strong>of</strong> Thailand rema<strong>in</strong> an awe-<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g place to explore<br />

among scuba divers. The Gulf <strong>of</strong> Thailand and the Andaman Sea hosts<br />

some <strong>of</strong> the largest variety <strong>of</strong> the world’s most fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g fishes.<br />

Enormous yet docile ones like the whale shark or small fishes like the ghost<br />

pipefish <strong>in</strong>habit clear waters with the backdrop <strong>of</strong> s<strong>of</strong>t-coral reefs. The best<br />

way to see the great and diversified mar<strong>in</strong>e life is to don a mask and oxygen<br />

tank. In Thailand’s scuba div<strong>in</strong>g history, the open<strong>in</strong>g chance to develop<br />

<strong>in</strong>to one <strong>of</strong> the world’s best div<strong>in</strong>g dest<strong>in</strong>ations arrived with the clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> a<br />

military base.<br />

Before scuba div<strong>in</strong>g’s reputation as a recreational activity, it was first<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduced as a sport <strong>in</strong> the 1960s by the United States Air Force when they<br />

established their military base <strong>in</strong> U-tapao, near Pattaya. Soon after the<br />

Vietnam War and the departure <strong>of</strong> the United States’ military force from<br />

Thailand, several American soldiers left the force and started their scuba div<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>esses. Certified scuba div<strong>in</strong>g courses then became available throughout<br />

the area and Pattaya became the first scuba div<strong>in</strong>g centre <strong>in</strong> Thailand.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

Top left<br />

The Longface Emperor fish hunts its small prey<br />

at Richelieu Rock.<br />

Below Left<br />

The p<strong>in</strong>k anemone fish (Amphiprion perideraion,) also known<br />

as clown fish, is found <strong>in</strong> great abundance both <strong>in</strong> the Gulf <strong>of</strong><br />

Thailand and the Andaman Sea. This photo was taken <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Gulf <strong>of</strong> Thailand dur<strong>in</strong>g coral bleach<strong>in</strong>g several years ago when<br />

warmer temperatures caused coral to expel algae.<br />

Right<br />

The ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)<br />

camouflages itself with<strong>in</strong> the colours <strong>of</strong> the s<strong>of</strong>t coral.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

A school <strong>of</strong> topsail drummers<br />

(Kyphosus c<strong>in</strong>erascens) swims <strong>in</strong>to<br />

waves that crash <strong>in</strong>to the cliff walls<br />

<strong>of</strong> Koh Bon <strong>in</strong> the Similan Islands<br />

National Park, before the waves curl<br />

and dissolve <strong>in</strong>to underwater clouds.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

Top<br />

Noon sunlight sh<strong>in</strong>es<br />

through a crack above a<br />

small pitch-black cave <strong>in</strong><br />

Koh Bon <strong>in</strong> the Similan<br />

Islands. A school <strong>of</strong> small<br />

fish encounters a camera<br />

flash, mak<strong>in</strong>g them look<br />

like stars at night.<br />

Bottom left<br />

A colourful harlequ<strong>in</strong><br />

shrimp (Hymenocera<br />

picta) at Richelieu Rock.<br />

Middle bottom<br />

A whale shark<br />

(Rh<strong>in</strong>codon typus), the<br />

world’s largest fish,<br />

frequently visits rocks<br />

under the Andaman Sea,<br />

especially at<br />

Richelieu Rock.<br />

Bottom right<br />

The p<strong>in</strong>econe fish<br />

(Monocentris japonica)<br />

covered <strong>in</strong> heavy platelike<br />

scales, is <strong>of</strong>ten found<br />

hid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the dark rocky<br />

nooks <strong>of</strong> Richelieu Rock.<br />

right<br />

A spectacularly bright<br />

coral reef attracts a<br />

family <strong>of</strong> lionfishes<br />

(Pterois volitans).<br />

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GALLERY<br />

TOP<br />

A blue-spotted seabass<br />

dwells among gorgonians<br />

and s<strong>of</strong>t corals <strong>in</strong><br />

Koh Tachai.<br />

BOTTOM<br />

At Richelieu Rock,<br />

a Harlequ<strong>in</strong> shrimp<br />

nibbles its breakfast,<br />

the arm <strong>of</strong> a starfish,<br />

whose size is big<br />

enough for the<br />

Harlequ<strong>in</strong> shrimp<br />

to live on for several days.<br />

Top<br />

Thousands <strong>of</strong> fusiliers flee near<br />

underwater p<strong>in</strong>nacles easily<br />

seen <strong>in</strong> Thailand’s seascape.<br />

bottom<br />

Abundant bush-like gorgonians<br />

can be found under the sea<br />

<strong>of</strong> Koh Tachai – part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Similan National Park <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Andaman Sea. Gorgonians are<br />

small mar<strong>in</strong>e creatures that<br />

live as a family on limestone<br />

structures built through their<br />

own efforts.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

About the photographers<br />

V<strong>in</strong>id Rangpueng<br />

is a travel writer/<br />

photographer with<br />

over 30 years <strong>of</strong><br />

experience. He has<br />

published more than<br />

500 articles and<br />

photographs. His<br />

keen <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> mar<strong>in</strong>e life and underwater<br />

photography resulted <strong>in</strong> more than 2<br />

decades <strong>of</strong> experience as a pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

mar<strong>in</strong>e photographer. He is the Editor <strong>of</strong> the<br />

well-recognised “Andaman and Beyond”<br />

photography book. Also, his pocket book<br />

documentary about the underwater world<br />

received the Thailand National Book Award<br />

<strong>in</strong> 1995. At present, he works as Director <strong>of</strong><br />

Promotional Materials, Production Division,<br />

Tourism Authority <strong>of</strong> Thailand.<br />

Nat Sumanatemeya has had a<br />

special relationship with the<br />

sea s<strong>in</strong>ce his father took him on<br />

trips as a youngster. He learned<br />

to sk<strong>in</strong> dive at an early age but<br />

hadn’t considered scuba div<strong>in</strong>g<br />

until later <strong>in</strong> life. Once he did,<br />

Nat started tak<strong>in</strong>g photos <strong>of</strong> the<br />

exquisite underwater world.<br />

Nat apprenticed at the travel <strong>magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong> Orsoto,<br />

which was affiliated with the current Tourism Authority<br />

<strong>of</strong> Thailand, as a photographer and a freelance writer<br />

from 1994-1999. He later c<strong>of</strong>ounded a travel <strong>magaz<strong>in</strong>e</strong><br />

and became a photo editor until 2007. Now a freelance<br />

writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker, he<br />

specialises <strong>in</strong> scenes <strong>of</strong> the underwater world. Above<br />

water, Nat also shoots aerial photos for Loksopha<br />

documentaries to capture the beauty <strong>of</strong> the aquatic<br />

underworld across the globe.<br />

Hundreds <strong>of</strong> chevron<br />

barracuda (Sphyraena<br />

genie) head towards the<br />

Tatchan P<strong>in</strong>nacles.<br />

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Know Before You Go<br />

In S<strong>in</strong>gapore, the ArtScience<br />

Museum’s created a digital<br />

universe that <strong>in</strong>teracts with<br />

your presence and opens <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a future world. Stroll through<br />

a lum<strong>in</strong>ous field <strong>of</strong> flowers<br />

that seem to go on forever.<br />

<strong>bangkok</strong> 86 / chiang mai & up north 90 / samui 94 / phuket & krabi 100 / pattaya & Si racha 102 / hong kong 103 /<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gapore 106 / kuala lumpur 108 / <strong>in</strong>le lake & yangon 109 / danang, luang prabang & phnom penh 110 / mumbai 112 / maldives 113<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

BANGKOK<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

The Serious Bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>of</strong> Pamper<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Feel good, yet be well is the new<br />

luxury. Thailand’s lead<strong>in</strong>g luxury<br />

spa under the “Harnn” brand has<br />

just founded the “Asian Holistic<br />

Academy” which is entirely<br />

dedicated to education on holistic<br />

wellness. After 17 years <strong>in</strong> the spa<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> Thailand and beyond,<br />

Harnn is now ready to share its<br />

rich knowledge and expertise on<br />

holistic wellness relat<strong>in</strong>g to Asian<br />

cultures. The courses are diversified<br />

and <strong>in</strong>clude workshops to learn<br />

self-massage to relieve stress, short<br />

courses on foot massages, and head<br />

and shoulder massages. Pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

courses like spa management are<br />

certified by Thailand’s Education<br />

M<strong>in</strong>istry. Qualified and properly<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>ed pr<strong>of</strong>essionals conduct<br />

these courses <strong>in</strong> Thai and English.<br />

asianholisticacademy.com<br />

No More (Airport) Nightmares<br />

Got time at the airport? It can be an <strong>in</strong>convenience<br />

if you want to get comfortable and public benches<br />

are the only choice. Now there’s a better option,<br />

because rooms for rent are available at both<br />

Bangkok <strong>in</strong>ternational airports, at the basement<br />

level <strong>of</strong> Suvarnabhumi and on the 4th floor <strong>of</strong><br />

Don Muang. Boxtel provides an hourly ‘sleep box’<br />

service, <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g 12 rooms that are soundpro<strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> a modest space <strong>of</strong> four square metres. With<br />

free wifi and a small foldable table, the room can<br />

be rented for four, six or eight hours. Prices start<br />

at 1,250 baht (about US$35) for four hours. It<br />

accommodates one person, which can be shared<br />

with a child aged under 12. You can also request<br />

for a wake-up call. The shared bathroom requires<br />

a short walk. Unfortunately, there is no shower<br />

at the Suvarnabhumi facility while the ‘Sleep Box’<br />

by Miracle Group at the Don Muang airport, which<br />

opened earlier, provides 25 rooms with a TV and<br />

shower <strong>in</strong> each room. boxtel<strong>thai</strong>land.com,<br />

+66 (0) 2535 1192, +66 (0) 2134 9626, Sleep Box<br />

+66 (0) 2535 7555<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

For the Love <strong>of</strong> Trees<br />

Start<strong>in</strong>g with only 30 core members <strong>in</strong> 2010, now the<br />

“Big Trees” group has over 130,000 like-m<strong>in</strong>ded people,<br />

judg<strong>in</strong>g from the numbers on their social network. Borne<br />

out <strong>of</strong> attempts to prevent developers from chopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

down some <strong>of</strong> the largest and aged trees, the group<br />

has taken action toward more civic responsibility. The<br />

found<strong>in</strong>g members <strong>in</strong>clude young pr<strong>of</strong>essionals, not just<br />

tree-huggers. Weekends have been spent study<strong>in</strong>g big<br />

trees endangered by the boom <strong>in</strong> property development.<br />

To save trees and raise public awareness, check out:<br />

facebook.com/BigTreesProject<br />

Gentleman’s Cave<br />

Men want manicures and<br />

pedicures too – hopefully<br />

<strong>in</strong> a sett<strong>in</strong>g especially<br />

suited for them. Look no<br />

further with the open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> “Dirty Hands Club,”<br />

where men get groomed<br />

<strong>in</strong> a more preferred<br />

hangout. Located <strong>in</strong> the<br />

same build<strong>in</strong>g as Black<br />

Amber Social Club <strong>in</strong> Soi<br />

Thonglor (between Soi 5<br />

and 7), the nail salon for<br />

men <strong>of</strong>fers pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

attention to hands and<br />

feet <strong>in</strong> an environment<br />

dubbed the ‘gentleman’s<br />

cave.’ facebook.com/<br />

dirtyhandsclub +66 (0) 96<br />

884 1564<br />

<strong>bangkok</strong><br />

Passion Transforms Furniture<br />

Inside the two-story sett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Atelier Mayasura <strong>in</strong> Soi Sukhumvit<br />

31, objet d’arts from the 19th and 20th century along with Thai<br />

contemporary art and design pieces greet customers from their<br />

cosy surround<strong>in</strong>gs. The retail space is the bra<strong>in</strong>child <strong>of</strong> Waan<br />

Pithansombat Booth, formerly a museum merchandiser at the<br />

Thai silk company Jim Thompson and a director for MAIIAM<br />

Contemporary Art Museum.<br />

Atelier Mayasura features antique and v<strong>in</strong>tage furniture<br />

that have been given new life. For an appo<strong>in</strong>tment,<br />

call +66 (0) 81 666 8297 or email: <strong>in</strong>fo@ateliermayasura.com,<br />

ateliermayasura.com<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

A Build up to Dr<strong>in</strong>k,<br />

D<strong>in</strong>e and W<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Located at the corner <strong>of</strong> Charoen<br />

Krung Soi 31, the newly-opened<br />

FooJohn is a concept build<strong>in</strong>g based<br />

on the idea <strong>of</strong> br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g a French bistro<br />

and a true American smokehouse<br />

under the same ro<strong>of</strong>. Once an <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g owned by an actual FooJohn,<br />

the old shophouse has undergone a<br />

makeover and is now done <strong>in</strong> a retro<br />

style. Th<strong>in</strong>k red and warm-coloured<br />

walls, warm light<strong>in</strong>g, decorated<br />

mirrors and v<strong>in</strong>tage mosaic tiles.<br />

FooJohn takes over the first floor<br />

<strong>of</strong> the build<strong>in</strong>g, a French w<strong>in</strong>e bar<br />

and creperie with Brittany-styled<br />

buckwheat crepes, salads and cheese<br />

with an all-French w<strong>in</strong>e list. On<br />

the second floor, FoudeJoie <strong>of</strong>fers a<br />

cosy jazzy cocktail lounge, serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a f<strong>in</strong>e selection <strong>of</strong> French spirits.<br />

The ambience takes visitors back to<br />

the 1920s with jazz music, period<br />

décor and a selection <strong>of</strong> cocktails<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired by the famous early 20th<br />

century cocktail manual, “The Savoy<br />

Cocktail Book” and the Parisian<br />

classic cocktail book from 1910 to<br />

1940s era. Hav<strong>in</strong>g high quality French<br />

liquors or French-made spirits result<br />

<strong>in</strong> a ‘real breath <strong>of</strong> fresh air,’ says<br />

owner Roma<strong>in</strong> Dupuy, who promises<br />

cocktails that are more strong and<br />

tasty with unique flavours never<br />

tried before.<br />

“Spareparts” is on the top half,<br />

seek<strong>in</strong>g to be best smokehouse <strong>in</strong><br />

Bangkok. facebook.com/FooJohn<br />

Build<strong>in</strong>g, +66 85 527 3511<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

CHIANG MAI & up north<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Poi Sang Long Festival<br />

Poi Sang Long (Festival <strong>of</strong> the Jewelled Sons), also known as Buad Luk Kaew<br />

(Orda<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the Beloved Sons), represents one <strong>of</strong> the most important annual events for<br />

the Thai Yai people <strong>in</strong> Mae Hong Son prov<strong>in</strong>ce and takes place just before the Buddhist<br />

ra<strong>in</strong> retreat period or Buddhist Lent. Considered a rite <strong>of</strong> passage ceremony for young<br />

boys enter<strong>in</strong>g monastic life, the festival beg<strong>in</strong>s soon after the school year ends.<br />

Groups <strong>of</strong> boys <strong>in</strong> full Sang Long dress travel from temple to temple to participate<br />

<strong>in</strong> ceremonies. The ritual climaxes on the third day with an even<strong>in</strong>g event featur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

traditional Thai Yai music and dance. April 1 to 4. festivals<strong>of</strong><strong>thai</strong>land.com<br />

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Busy Bees<br />

The importance <strong>of</strong> bees, beekeep<strong>in</strong>g, and the relationship to the<br />

environment can’t be underestimated. This is made most apparent<br />

at Chiang Mai’s Bee Conservation and Breed<strong>in</strong>g Centre, one <strong>of</strong><br />

Thailand’s most <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g agri-tourism spots. Located just 10<br />

kilometres from Chiang Mai, the centre undertakes research to<br />

support beekeepers <strong>in</strong> Northern Thailand. Visitors should contact<br />

the centre beforehand and proceed <strong>in</strong> learn<strong>in</strong>g about the life<br />

cycles <strong>of</strong> bees <strong>in</strong> lectures from bee experts. tourism<strong>thai</strong>land.org<br />

A Potter’s Tranquil<br />

Earth<br />

The verdant hills north <strong>of</strong> Chiang<br />

Rai provide the natural resources<br />

for Doy D<strong>in</strong> Dang Pottery (red clay<br />

hill) while the surround<strong>in</strong>g tranquil<br />

landscape provides the <strong>in</strong>spiration.<br />

After an apprenticeship with a<br />

master potter <strong>in</strong> Japan, Somluk<br />

Pantiboon returned to his<br />

native Chiang Rai to set up a<br />

pottery studio <strong>in</strong> 1991. Now an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally renowned artist,<br />

Somluk also spent years tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

local villagers to become skillful<br />

potters. His kiln fires and produces<br />

vases, bowls, and teapots with his<br />

signature designs. While serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an age-old function, his works<br />

also showcase a blend <strong>of</strong> the<br />

contemporary and the traditional.<br />

dddpottery.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

CHIANG MAI & up north<br />

Northern Lights and Sounds<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce 1999, Chiang Rai hosts an annual light<br />

and sound show to highlight the culture and<br />

daily lives <strong>of</strong> the Akha hill tribes who live <strong>in</strong><br />

the hilltop villages <strong>in</strong> Mae Chan district. Staged<br />

once a month dur<strong>in</strong>g the tourist high season,<br />

the festival <strong>in</strong>cludes performances <strong>of</strong> the Akha<br />

tribe’s unique culture and lifestyle, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

children’s games. Ornately-done handicrafts<br />

are also on display. Tel: +66 (0) 53 602 579-80<br />

tourism<strong>thai</strong>land.org<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Polo Play<strong>in</strong>g Elephants<br />

Elephants play polo? In addition to soccer? Although the sport is<br />

commonly played on horses, there is a long history <strong>of</strong> play<strong>in</strong>g polo on<br />

elephants, with its orig<strong>in</strong>s trac<strong>in</strong>g back to Nepal. The Anantara Golden<br />

Triangle Resort <strong>in</strong> Chiang Saen hosts the annual K<strong>in</strong>g’s Cup Elephant<br />

Polo Tournament on its grounds. Ten teams from different countries<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> the tournament. In addition to polo, there’s a whole host<br />

<strong>of</strong> elephant-related activities such as a parade and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Proceeds<br />

from the event get donated to Thailand’s National Elephant Institute.<br />

anantaraelephantpolo.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

SAMUI<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

CHARITY BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT<br />

If you love runn<strong>in</strong>g, but don’t like the<br />

sun as much, this charity sport<strong>in</strong>g event<br />

is for you. The 5th annual Koh Samui<br />

Midnight Run is organised by the Thai<br />

Hotels Association (THA) and the Thai<br />

Association <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui (TAKS), with an<br />

open <strong>in</strong>vite for everyone to jo<strong>in</strong>. Circle <strong>in</strong><br />

Saturday, March 25 and make your way<br />

to Reggae Pub on the banks <strong>of</strong> Chaweng<br />

Lake. The start<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong> the run is also<br />

where everyone meets m<strong>in</strong>utes before<br />

the race starts at midnight. You can<br />

choose between a 5 km or 10 km run along<br />

Chaweng beach road or the streets <strong>of</strong><br />

Green Mango, then to the f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>in</strong>e at<br />

the Reggae Pub. Proceeds from the event<br />

will be donated to Koh Samui’s School for<br />

Autistic Children and the Green Project.<br />

samuimidnightrun.com<br />

Luxe Stay and Garden Fresh<br />

Know the amaz<strong>in</strong>g thrill <strong>of</strong> cook<strong>in</strong>g your own<br />

meal and know<strong>in</strong>g where your food comes<br />

from. Just a few steps away at the grounds<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Hansar Samui Resort & Spa, fresh herbs<br />

and vegetables are grown fresh <strong>in</strong> organic<br />

plots that’s cared by a dedicated team. It’s<br />

not just the popular cook<strong>in</strong>g class that the<br />

Hansar Samui is also known for, but also their<br />

commitment to protection <strong>of</strong> the environment.<br />

Also check out their property and its<br />

calm<strong>in</strong>g ambience where luxury <strong>of</strong> stay and<br />

the luxury <strong>of</strong> d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g with food from the hotel<br />

garden make for a fulfill<strong>in</strong>g visit.<br />

hansarsamui.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

SAMUI<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

OF TRASH AND<br />

HEROES<br />

Many <strong>of</strong> us want to volunteer, even<br />

on vacation, but it can be difficult and<br />

time-consum<strong>in</strong>g. Be<strong>in</strong>g a ‘Trash Hero”<br />

is simple. A few years ago, Sakdadech<br />

Sutsawang and his small group <strong>of</strong><br />

friends started to worry about the sea<br />

and the litter pile-up. Their concern<br />

propelled them <strong>in</strong>to pick<strong>in</strong>g up garbage<br />

on the beach on Lipe Island, <strong>in</strong> Satun<br />

prov<strong>in</strong>ce until it became a regular th<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Trash Hero was born and through word<br />

<strong>of</strong> mouth, communities became aware<br />

<strong>of</strong> the group and made it their mission<br />

to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> the cleanup and spread their<br />

volunteer w<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Trash Hero’s Koh Samui chapter became a voluntary community activity<br />

six months ago. In order to jo<strong>in</strong> this eco-conscious event, you don’t need to<br />

pay or sign up. Just show up at the meet<strong>in</strong>g po<strong>in</strong>t at Phru Chaweng Seafood<br />

restaurant at 3pm on Sundays and you can become one <strong>of</strong> the trash heroes –<br />

to help pick garbage and keep the beaches and waters <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui beautiful.<br />

What began as a small mission has now grown <strong>in</strong>to what is a worldwide<br />

environmental cleanup network. As <strong>of</strong> April 16, 2016, over 12,000 volunteers<br />

have removed 155 metric tons <strong>of</strong> garbage <strong>in</strong> Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia,<br />

the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es, as well as New York and Prague.<br />

trashhero.org, facebook.com/Trash Hero Koh Samui<br />

Four the Love <strong>of</strong> the Caribbean<br />

In Hunter S. Thompson’s novel The Rum Diary, freelance journalist Paul<br />

Kemp is drawn <strong>in</strong>to a love triangle and debauchery <strong>in</strong> the Caribbean <strong>in</strong><br />

the late 1950s. In present day <strong>in</strong>nocence and good times, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g casual<br />

ambiance, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g back the charm<br />

<strong>of</strong> hot Caribbean nights at CoCoRum. The beach bar <strong>of</strong>fers cocktail mixes<br />

<strong>of</strong> flavourful rum and authentic Thai traditional cul<strong>in</strong>ary methods that blend<br />

with the Four Seasons’ concept <strong>of</strong> signature luxury. One is encouraged to<br />

<strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g collection <strong>of</strong> exclusive rums from around the world and<br />

the impressive cocktail menu from the award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Pro<strong>of</strong> & Company bar<br />

team. If you don’t fancy rum, then <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> a handpicked selection <strong>of</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e<br />

w<strong>in</strong>es, beers from around the world, fresh tropical juices and other nonalcoholic<br />

dr<strong>in</strong>ks while nibbl<strong>in</strong>g on savoury Lat<strong>in</strong> American <strong>in</strong>fluenced bites. In<br />

true Caribbean beat, live music sessions fill the even<strong>in</strong>g with fast rhythms and<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g views <strong>of</strong> the Gulf <strong>of</strong> Thailand and its tropical greenery.<br />

After an upbeat night at CoCoRum, there’s sooth<strong>in</strong>g afternoon tea<br />

to consider at KOH Thai Kitchen & Bar on the property to calm<br />

the senses. It’s a great way to pamper oneself <strong>in</strong> preparation for<br />

the next step <strong>of</strong> the journey. The menu highlight is coconut<br />

ice cream served <strong>in</strong> its shell, along with mouth-water<strong>in</strong>g<br />

local and <strong>in</strong>ternational bites. So sip a cup <strong>of</strong> tea from<br />

noon to 5pm. fourseasons.com/kohsamui<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

SAMUI<br />

PARADISE ALTERNATIVE<br />

A music and lifestyle festival, Paradise Island, debuts <strong>in</strong> Koh Samui, a<br />

2-day arts and music event that takes place on 15-16 April at the<br />

secluded beauty <strong>of</strong> Big Buddha Beach. The event promises to be an<br />

eco-conscious and environmentally friendly alternative to the Full Moon<br />

parties. A variety <strong>of</strong> activities <strong>in</strong>clude boat parties, secret afterparties,<br />

scratch DJ competitions, Thai cook<strong>in</strong>g classes, as well as classes <strong>in</strong><br />

yoga, meditation, and tai chi. Confirmed <strong>in</strong>ternational headl<strong>in</strong>ers are<br />

Hip Hop orig<strong>in</strong>ators De La Soul, Drum & Bass legend Goldie, the<br />

English electronic act Maribou State (DJ Set), the Japanese electronic<br />

live act Anchorsong and Dub/Dubstep/Reggae artist Mad Pr<strong>of</strong>essor,<br />

alongside Thai artists and a programme showcas<strong>in</strong>g Thai culture.<br />

paradiseislandfestival.com<br />

Situated <strong>in</strong> Koh Samui’s quieter area <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Mae Nam District, the place is easily accessible<br />

with shuttle services. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the stay, there’s<br />

authentic Thai cuis<strong>in</strong>e created from family recipes<br />

at The Farmer Restaurant & Bar, follow<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

experience <strong>of</strong> plant<strong>in</strong>g rice. Another treat is<br />

the fact that the resort has a heavenly dish – a<br />

sumptuous Farmer’s Duck voted Samui’s ‘No.1<br />

Tasty Duck’ on TripAdvisor.<br />

farmersboutiqueresort.com<br />

Scenic Stay and Harvest<br />

The Farmer’s Boutique Resort may sound like a contradiction, yet it’s not. Absolutely, the resort grounds<br />

with its 45 charm<strong>in</strong>g villas <strong>in</strong> 4 allur<strong>in</strong>g styles suit a need for peaceful relaxation. And the scenic nature and<br />

spectacular rice fields that embrace the resort provide a unique experience – a lesson on rice. This beloved<br />

and crucial staple ever present on d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g tables becomes more relevant when its virtues are learned<br />

alongside the resort’s farmers. So exchange beachwear for more comfortable rice-plant<strong>in</strong>g garb – maybe<br />

even a traditional mor-hom (<strong>in</strong>digo-dyed cotton outfit) and ga<strong>in</strong> knowledge on rice. Guests can plant and<br />

give their crop a name <strong>in</strong> the resort’s paddy fields. The resort will make sure to take care <strong>of</strong> the plant and<br />

give monthly updates with photos for 6 months.<br />

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<strong>thai</strong>land<br />

Phuket /Krabi<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Bikers Have Their Day<br />

Once you hear the vroom <strong>of</strong> motorcycle bikes as they rumble around the hills<br />

and highways on the island, then it’s Phuket Bike Week. This annual event has<br />

much to enterta<strong>in</strong> bike enthusiasts, so make it a family event to see exhibits on<br />

motorbikes and custom bikes. There’s even a Miss Phuket Bike Week competition,<br />

a beach party, concert and a ride for peace. The event’s ma<strong>in</strong> attractions take place<br />

at Patong Beach and Loma Park as well as at various other locations <strong>in</strong> Patong.<br />

The top activity most biker enthusiasts look forward to every year centres on<br />

the motorcycle exhibition, a chance for a closer look at big and sh<strong>in</strong>y bikes from<br />

makers like Harley Davidson to BMW. April 11-13, phuket.com<br />

Laanta Lanta<br />

The Laanta-Lanta Festival held every year <strong>in</strong> Koh Lanta’s Old Town around<br />

March <strong>of</strong>fers a chance for locals and visitors to celebrate unique cultural<br />

practices from various ethnic groups on the island. This festival <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

thanks by display<strong>in</strong>g the best <strong>of</strong> their art and customs – the performances<br />

can be magical, with the traditional “Rong Ngeng” s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g and danc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

along other great traditional Thai performances. The local Chao Le (Sea<br />

Gypsies) will conduct a special “boat float<strong>in</strong>g” ceremony to promote peace<br />

and prosperity for the island.<br />

Lanta Old Town’s ambience is def<strong>in</strong>itely someth<strong>in</strong>g to see with its wooddecked<br />

streets and restaurants on stilts <strong>in</strong> the water. The town’s beauty and<br />

Andaman island charm gets enhanced dur<strong>in</strong>g the festival with colourfully lit<br />

lanterns adorn<strong>in</strong>g the streets.<br />

With an abundant choice <strong>of</strong> delicious snacks and meals available<br />

throughout the three days, you will be able to enjoy local and exotic food<br />

and beverages. The festive and warm hospitality will surely make you want<br />

to return aga<strong>in</strong> to this island <strong>of</strong> rich cultural expressions.<br />

March, tourism<strong>thai</strong>land.org<br />

W<strong>in</strong>e & D<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Lovers <strong>of</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e food and f<strong>in</strong>e spirits can<br />

partake <strong>in</strong> Phuket’s first Food & W<strong>in</strong>e <strong>2017</strong><br />

at the Royal Phuket Mar<strong>in</strong>a. Count it as a<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ation to sample epicurean foods from<br />

celebrity chefs, learn recipes, see the latest<br />

luxury kitchen gadgets and products <strong>in</strong><br />

action, and enjoy tasty food accompanied<br />

by w<strong>in</strong>es and spirits. There’s no room for<br />

boredom with the variety <strong>of</strong> activities for<br />

everyone, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a farmers’ market, live<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, whiskey and cigar-roll<strong>in</strong>g<br />

demonstrations, a beach barbecue at The<br />

Village, an Eat-Dr<strong>in</strong>k-P<strong>in</strong>k charity d<strong>in</strong>ner<br />

and even fashion events.<br />

March 17-19,<br />

phuketfoodandw<strong>in</strong>e.com<br />

FOOD, MUSIC, CELEBRATION<br />

When hotel resorts turn 30, they go big. To mark three<br />

decades <strong>in</strong> the hospitality <strong>in</strong>dustry, the Laguna Phuket<br />

group celebrates with the Laguna Phuket Food & Music<br />

Festival <strong>2017</strong> with<strong>in</strong> its resort complexes.<br />

The presence <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational chefs like Masterchef<br />

Asia judge Audra Morrice guarantees a cul<strong>in</strong>ary feast,<br />

along with other experts who’ll whip up dishes dur<strong>in</strong>g live<br />

cook<strong>in</strong>g demonstrations. Pop-up food booths will serve<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational and Peranakan cuis<strong>in</strong>e. The options are<br />

endless as food trucks serve additional eats, alongside a<br />

beer garden while a Chef’s Challenge showcases cook<strong>in</strong>g<br />

feats with an emphasis on us<strong>in</strong>g Phuket’s local <strong>in</strong>gredients.<br />

Phuket holds status as a “City <strong>of</strong> Gastronomy” as<br />

designated by UNESCO. Performances from Black ‘n Blue,<br />

Fivera, Gam are <strong>in</strong> the l<strong>in</strong>e-up – they’ll also play at the<br />

charity gala d<strong>in</strong>ner with part<br />

<strong>of</strong> the proceeds benefitt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Phuket orphanages.<br />

lagunaphuket.com/<br />

foodandmusicfestival,<br />

Tel: +66 (0) 76 362300<br />

ext. 1404<br />

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THAILAND<br />

pattaya / si racha<br />

hong kong<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Sanctuary <strong>of</strong> Truth<br />

How is truth manifested? In Pattaya, it<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>s with a remarkable structure that’s<br />

a gigantic wooden temple. This mustsee<br />

edifice has a top that’s 105 metres<br />

high. The creation represents a spiritual<br />

place <strong>of</strong> worship meant to reflect Eastern<br />

philosophy. Its strength also lies <strong>in</strong> a<br />

framework to withstand both w<strong>in</strong>d and<br />

sunsh<strong>in</strong>e at the seashore on Rachvate Cape.<br />

Us<strong>in</strong>g ancient Thai skills, every square<br />

centimetre is covered with carved wooden<br />

sculptures. Seek its truth <strong>in</strong> Chonburi<br />

prov<strong>in</strong>ce. sanctuary<strong>of</strong>truth.com<br />

Live Sounds on the Beach<br />

An annual fixture, the Pattaya International Music Festival is one <strong>of</strong> the best<br />

recognised outdoor music events <strong>in</strong> Asia and attracts music lovers and fun-seekers<br />

from all across the world. The three-day event takes place along Pattaya Beach Road<br />

<strong>in</strong> Chonburi, start<strong>in</strong>g at 6pm and goes on until midnight. Visitors can enjoy beach<br />

activities dur<strong>in</strong>g the day before attend<strong>in</strong>g the music festival as night falls. Performers<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude a wide range <strong>of</strong> Thai and Asian talent who play everyth<strong>in</strong>g from hip-hop to<br />

rock. festivals<strong>of</strong><strong>thai</strong>land.com Tel: +66 (0) 38 427 667, +66 (0) 38 428 750,<br />

+66 (0) 38 423 990<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Art and Deco<br />

Hong Kong’s Bibo embodies understated luxury and a realisation <strong>of</strong> art <strong>in</strong> all its forms – on the<br />

wall, on the plate and <strong>in</strong> the cocktail glass. D<strong>in</strong>ers enjoy some <strong>of</strong> the very best <strong>of</strong> seasonal French<br />

gastronomy alongside the works <strong>of</strong> some <strong>of</strong> the world’s most renowned contemporary artists<br />

such as Banksy, Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham, Jeff Koons and Aya Takano, to name a few. Brought<br />

together <strong>in</strong> a space where street art meets f<strong>in</strong>e d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, Bibo evokes a 1930s feel <strong>of</strong> form and<br />

function. From the arched ceil<strong>in</strong>g and brass pipes to Versailles-style French oak parquet, Bibo’s<br />

commitment to French Art Deco is <strong>in</strong>deed impressive. bibo.hk<br />

Striped Sensations<br />

Hug them while they’re still young and cuddly. Located only 30<br />

m<strong>in</strong>utes from Pattaya, the Tiger Zoo is a popular dest<strong>in</strong>ation for<br />

close-ups with tigers and other wildlife creatures. Ten million<br />

visitors have dropped <strong>in</strong> s<strong>in</strong>ce 1997 to stroke tiger fur and gape<br />

at other animals. An ideal family trip means visit<strong>in</strong>g over 400<br />

Royal Bengal tigers. Visitors can see their home environment,<br />

watch them play and even hold and feed a tiger cub. But there<br />

are more than just tigers at the zoo, as it <strong>in</strong>cludes camels, deer,<br />

elephants and donkeys as well as crocodiles. tigerzoo.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

hong kong<br />

Feathered Friends<br />

First-time visitors to Hong Kong get surprised at the greenery <strong>of</strong> the territory <strong>in</strong> between the<br />

urban sprawl and skyscrapers. One <strong>of</strong> the best places to experience green Hong Kong can be<br />

found at the Hong Kong Wetland Park located <strong>in</strong> the New Territories. This world-class ecotourism<br />

attraction demonstrates the diversity <strong>of</strong> Hong Kong’s wetland ecosystem and highlights the need<br />

to conserve it. The park’s signature annual event is the Bird Watch<strong>in</strong>g Festival which <strong>in</strong>troduces<br />

visitors to a whole array <strong>of</strong> feathered friends through thematic exhibitions, guided walks and<br />

numerous eduta<strong>in</strong>ment activities. Until April 10. wetlandpark.gov.hk<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Electronic Arts<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce its creation <strong>in</strong> 1994, Sónar has established itself<br />

globally at the cutt<strong>in</strong>g edge <strong>of</strong> the electronic music<br />

landscape and is widely considered the world’s most<br />

respected electronic music and arts festival. Beyond<br />

the music, Sónar plays an equally vital role promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

digital culture and visual arts through the Sónar+D<br />

series <strong>of</strong> activities which are designed to l<strong>in</strong>k, cultivate<br />

and <strong>in</strong>spire the various creative and technological<br />

communities. This year’s Hong Kong festival will take<br />

place across six stages and <strong>in</strong>clude an impressive blend<br />

<strong>of</strong> established and emerg<strong>in</strong>g local talent.<br />

April 1. sonarhongkong.com<br />

Sonic Heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

San Lau is a Hong Kong-based and tra<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

sound heal<strong>in</strong>g practitioner who uses gongs,<br />

crystal s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g bowls, Tibetan s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g bowls,<br />

drums, tun<strong>in</strong>g forks and other <strong>in</strong>struments<br />

to create group soundbaths. Sound heal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

takes place when different sound <strong>in</strong>struments<br />

create heal<strong>in</strong>g vibrations to facilitate physical,<br />

emotional and even spiritual wellbe<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g the body back <strong>in</strong>to balance and<br />

harmony. The workshop <strong>in</strong>volves participants<br />

ly<strong>in</strong>g down <strong>in</strong> a circle with the <strong>in</strong>struments<br />

placed <strong>in</strong> the middle and <strong>in</strong> some <strong>in</strong>stances,<br />

Tibetan s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g bowls may even be placed<br />

on the participant’s body to create an even<br />

more <strong>in</strong>tense heal<strong>in</strong>g effect.<br />

March 11. eventbrite.hk<br />

Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Hong Kong is rightfully known as one <strong>of</strong> the world’s<br />

great food cities and here’s a chance to take a<br />

cul<strong>in</strong>ary course. You can release your <strong>in</strong>ner dim sum chef<br />

or learn serious knife skills at the Ch<strong>in</strong>ese Cul<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

Institute where Hong Kong’s top chefs are tra<strong>in</strong>ed.<br />

A home cook can also do a “Fun Kitchen,” a four-hour<br />

immersion <strong>in</strong> the art <strong>of</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>ese cook<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

The Intercont<strong>in</strong>ental Hotel’s “Cook<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

the Cul<strong>in</strong>ary Chefs” courses are taught by its<br />

top chefs from such establishments as<br />

Nobu and Spoon by Ala<strong>in</strong> Ducasse.<br />

The experts demonstrate their dishes<br />

before jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g participants <strong>in</strong> a<br />

champagne lunch.<br />

cci.edu.hk, hongkong-ic.<br />

<strong>in</strong>tercont<strong>in</strong>ental.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

SINGAPORE<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Art Comes to Life<br />

As stunn<strong>in</strong>g outside as it is <strong>in</strong>side,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore’s iconic lotus flowershaped<br />

ArtScience Museum has<br />

opened a new permanent exhibition,<br />

‘Future World.’ Visitors can explore<br />

a fully immersive digital universe<br />

where 16 spectacular art <strong>in</strong>stallations<br />

are brought to life and evolve <strong>in</strong><br />

real-time through visitor presence<br />

and participation. The digital<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallations (which <strong>in</strong>clude some<br />

created especially for Future World)<br />

take visitors on an excit<strong>in</strong>g journey<br />

through four key narratives: nature,<br />

town, park and space. The exhibition<br />

is a collaboration with teamLab, an<br />

award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Tokyo-based art<br />

collective <strong>of</strong> “ultra-technologists”<br />

that <strong>in</strong>cludes artists, programmers,<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eers, CG animators,<br />

mathematicians, architects and<br />

designers. mar<strong>in</strong>abaysands.com<br />

<strong>2017</strong>: Space Odyssey<br />

Blast <strong>of</strong>f to explore the wonders <strong>of</strong> space at<br />

‘NASA – A Human Adventure’ at S<strong>in</strong>gapore’s<br />

ArtScience Museum. The exhibition marshalls an<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary collection <strong>of</strong> over 200 historically<br />

significant artefacts from the United States and<br />

Soviet Union space programmes. Follow the story<br />

<strong>of</strong> space travel by start<strong>in</strong>g with the early dreamers<br />

who ignited a passion for travel to the stars and<br />

move on to the brilliant pioneers who took the<br />

first brave steps to make trips <strong>in</strong>to space a reality.<br />

Objects on display are a mix <strong>of</strong> orig<strong>in</strong>al and spaceflown<br />

objects and high-fidelity replicas and scale<br />

models. Until March 19. mar<strong>in</strong>abaysands.com<br />

A Mega-brave Zip<br />

Adrenal<strong>in</strong>e-junkies visit<strong>in</strong>g S<strong>in</strong>gapore will be sure<br />

not to miss the MegaZip Adventure Park on<br />

Sentosa Island, the city-state’s resort paradise.<br />

Guarantee<strong>in</strong>g guests with the <strong>flight</strong> <strong>of</strong> their life is<br />

the MegaZip centrepiece attraction, a 75-metrehigh<br />

and 450-metre-long zip l<strong>in</strong>e which hurtles<br />

the brave at 60 miles per hour from the green<br />

jungle canopy <strong>of</strong> Imbiah Hill to the white sands <strong>of</strong><br />

the Fox F<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t. Other attractions <strong>in</strong>clude a<br />

high ropes adventure course, a para jump, climb<strong>in</strong>g<br />

wall and MegaBounce. megazip.com<br />

Red Marks the Shopp<strong>in</strong>g Spot<br />

A unique S<strong>in</strong>gapore attraction, the Red Dot Design Museum presents the<br />

latest trends <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>ternational design scene with a collection <strong>of</strong> more<br />

than 1,000 exhibits <strong>in</strong> the field <strong>of</strong> product and communication design from<br />

over 50 countries. It also hosts one <strong>of</strong> the world’s lead<strong>in</strong>g and largest design<br />

competitions. To top it all, the museum also has an outstand<strong>in</strong>g shop which<br />

carefully curates a large collection <strong>of</strong> good design objects from all over the<br />

world. Good design makes good gifts, so when you are out <strong>of</strong> gift ideas, the<br />

Design Museum Shop is the perfect place <strong>in</strong> S<strong>in</strong>gapore to visit.<br />

museum.red-dot.sg<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

MALAYSIA<br />

KUALA LUMPUR<br />

Myanmar<br />

<strong>in</strong>le lake / yangon<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

On Lotus Pond<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Split Land<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Kuala Lumpur most certa<strong>in</strong>ly lacks no imag<strong>in</strong>ation when it comes to themed nightspots, but noth<strong>in</strong>g comes close to the<br />

Heli Lounge Bar. As the name suggests, it is an actual helicopter land<strong>in</strong>g pad by day and by night: it turns <strong>in</strong>to a ro<strong>of</strong>top<br />

bar. Everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the downstairs lounge is an aviation theme, such as a booth made from the converted side panel <strong>of</strong> a<br />

Boe<strong>in</strong>g 737 while a Boe<strong>in</strong>g-747 turb<strong>in</strong>e eng<strong>in</strong>e is re<strong>in</strong>vented as a DJ console. Guests should, however, take care when on<br />

the 36th floor <strong>of</strong> the helipad – there are no rails, walls or anyth<strong>in</strong>g else to stop you from go<strong>in</strong>g over the edge.<br />

kuala-lumpur.ws<br />

Splendid varieties <strong>of</strong> lotus grow <strong>in</strong><br />

the Taunggyi district <strong>of</strong> the Shan<br />

State, with the most famous be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the “Kyar” (Padonmar lotus), also<br />

considered a sacred flower. “Kyar”<br />

blossoms reveal themselves from<br />

December to March and once they<br />

mature, become the perfect flower<br />

stem to make thread.<br />

The story goes that more than<br />

150 years ago, Daw Sar Ou, a female<br />

devotee from a village on the lake<br />

created a robe made <strong>of</strong> true lotus<br />

fibres and gave them to a revered<br />

abbot. Thus began the orig<strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong> handmade<br />

lotus thread from the flower<br />

stem. Threads are created from the<br />

processed stem and manually spun<br />

with a sp<strong>in</strong>dle. After the sp<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

process, the cloth is woven with a<br />

traditional handloom. Lotus threads<br />

create beautiful fabrics with a s<strong>of</strong>t<br />

texture. Monks’ robes are created from<br />

them and the artisanal fabrics drape<br />

sacred images. Utilitarian items like<br />

shirts, jackets and ties benefit from<br />

the strong threads. It is believed that<br />

this fabric absorbs negative energies<br />

and unpleasant odours. An added<br />

bonus to the wearer is luck. My<strong>in</strong>t<br />

The<strong>in</strong> Tun, the third generation <strong>of</strong><br />

the lotus fabric weav<strong>in</strong>g family owns<br />

a lotus yarn factory <strong>in</strong> Inle and he’s<br />

famous as a lotus fabric designer<br />

<strong>in</strong> Myanmar. Everyday, visitors are<br />

welcomed to his home which doubles<br />

as a factory. My beloved work enjoys a<br />

natural sett<strong>in</strong>g and a foundation <strong>of</strong> old<br />

traditions – this reflect happ<strong>in</strong>ess on<br />

Inle, he says. Khit Sunn Y<strong>in</strong> Inle Silk &<br />

Lotus weav<strong>in</strong>g, East Quarter, Inn Paw Khon,<br />

Inle, Shan State Tel: +95 (0) 9492 53333<br />

Up, Up and Away<br />

Rem<strong>in</strong>iscent <strong>of</strong> New York’s renowned Adirondack festival, My Balloon Fiesta br<strong>in</strong>gs its<br />

annual event back to Kuala Lumpur after 8 consecutive years <strong>in</strong> Putrajaya. This time, it<br />

nestles <strong>in</strong> the lush neighbourhood <strong>of</strong> Desa ParkCity – the vast green area surround<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the township – where <strong>in</strong>ternational and local participants <strong>in</strong>flate their hot air balloons <strong>in</strong><br />

the park. Visitors can expect to see many colourful teardrop-shaped balloons but there<br />

are also some quirky designs. For folks not keen on fly<strong>in</strong>g, a good idea <strong>in</strong>cludes br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your own picnic blanket. The day <strong>of</strong>fers other fun activities and many opportunities to<br />

photograph the bright and brilliant balloons.<br />

March 10 to 12. myballoonfiesta.com<br />

One Breath at a Time<br />

A two-day workshop hosted by a renowned <strong>in</strong>ternational yoga<br />

teacher will take place <strong>in</strong> Kuala Lumpur on April 29 and 30.<br />

Focus<strong>in</strong>g on ashtanga yoga, “Be Strong. One Breath at a Time.”<br />

will be hosted by author and blogger K<strong>in</strong>o Macgregor, who is only<br />

one <strong>of</strong> 14 people <strong>in</strong> the United States to receive certification to<br />

teach ashtanga yoga from its founder, Sri K. Patthabhi Jois. In<br />

her motivational yet easy-go<strong>in</strong>g approach, Macgregor aids her<br />

students <strong>in</strong> develop<strong>in</strong>g and deepen<strong>in</strong>g their understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> their<br />

own life through yoga. She believes that yoga’s most authentic<br />

manifestation is through its message <strong>of</strong> spiritual empowerment,<br />

composed flexibility and expressive harmony.<br />

April 29 to 30. k<strong>in</strong>oyoga.com/schedule/malaysia-workshop<br />

A Generous Master<br />

U T<strong>in</strong> W<strong>in</strong> is known as a master artist <strong>in</strong> Myanmar. With a reputation as a collector <strong>of</strong> antiques, his <strong>in</strong>fluence as a pa<strong>in</strong>ter <strong>in</strong>spires<br />

the younger generation <strong>of</strong> his country. His art gallery “Beikthano” <strong>in</strong> Yangon is well known for its extensive works and collections.<br />

Yet his generosity stands out. Guests can enjoy a private collection <strong>of</strong> ancient beads, ethnic costumes and Buddha amulets from<br />

the north <strong>of</strong> the country. Myanmar artists feature <strong>in</strong> exhibitions throughout the year. beikthanogallery.com<br />

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vietnam / lAOs / cambodia<br />

danang / Luang Prabang / Phnom Penh<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Good Food,<br />

Good W<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

Good C<strong>of</strong>fee<br />

When <strong>in</strong> Danang, take the Ba Na cable<br />

car – one <strong>of</strong> the most impressive and<br />

scenic cable car l<strong>in</strong>es <strong>in</strong> the world – to<br />

the French Village on Ba Na Hills. There,<br />

you’ll discover a unique architectural<br />

work that transports you to ancient<br />

France. But a visit to Ba Na Hills won’t<br />

be complete without a check <strong>of</strong> the <strong>of</strong><br />

100-metre long Debay Ancient W<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Cellar which was dug deep <strong>in</strong> Ba Na<br />

Mounta<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 1923. Don’t miss a chance<br />

to grab a bottle <strong>of</strong> w<strong>in</strong>e and enjoy it<br />

with Vietnamese cuis<strong>in</strong>e at a Hoi An<br />

restaurant, which evokes the atmosphere<br />

<strong>of</strong> an ancient town similar to Hue.<br />

From Cherries to Cup<br />

Another café worth check<strong>in</strong>g out for c<strong>of</strong>fee aficionados <strong>in</strong> Luang<br />

Prabang lies next to L’Elephant Café on Khem Khong Road. Saffron<br />

C<strong>of</strong>fee Espresso, Brew Bar and Roastery <strong>of</strong>fers various ways to<br />

experience your Arabica c<strong>of</strong>fee – hot or cold, French press or<br />

drip. All <strong>of</strong> their specially-selected c<strong>of</strong>fee beans come from the<br />

mounta<strong>in</strong>s near Luang Prabang. Your c<strong>of</strong>fee experience shouldn’t<br />

stop at the tast<strong>in</strong>g. Saffron also takes you to a “Cherry to Cup<br />

Tour” where you can witness the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g to the end <strong>of</strong> the<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee journey – pick<strong>in</strong>g c<strong>of</strong>fee beans when they are still fresh red<br />

‘cherries,’ to the dry<strong>in</strong>g, roast<strong>in</strong>g, and f<strong>in</strong>ally the c<strong>of</strong>fee-mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

process itself; to be savoured by the cup. saffronc<strong>of</strong>fee.com<br />

But if you’d rather read postcards<br />

than get absorbed <strong>in</strong> social media, go<br />

to Café Postal, a modern French bar<br />

with modern and contemporary art that<br />

adorns their brick walls with postcard<br />

correspondence. Visit the bar at Mercure<br />

Danang, open from 6:30am till 10pm,<br />

where the café serves a wide range <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational w<strong>in</strong>es, specialty c<strong>of</strong>fee<br />

and upscale tasty snacks.<br />

mercure-danang-banahills-frenchvillage.com/food-beverage/cafe-postal,<br />

Tel: +84 5113 799 888<br />

Never-end<strong>in</strong>g Café Culture<br />

Of all the it<strong>in</strong>eraries and activities <strong>in</strong> this World Heritage City,<br />

Café Culture is one <strong>of</strong> the most fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g cafés to enjoy<br />

a cup <strong>of</strong> c<strong>of</strong>fee – and sits on the patio. Downtown Luang<br />

Prabang on and around Sisavangvong road is the easiest place<br />

on earth to <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> café hopp<strong>in</strong>g. They’re all with<strong>in</strong> walk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

distance, if not next to each other. You could be drawn to<br />

one <strong>of</strong> two Joma Bakery Cafés while do<strong>in</strong>g the morn<strong>in</strong>g run<br />

along Khan and Khong rivers that run through the city. The<br />

one on Khan River gives you quiet ambience, while the other<br />

one by Chao Fa Ngum statue is livelier. But both serve the<br />

best organic c<strong>of</strong>fee, grown <strong>in</strong> southern Laos by a farmers’<br />

cooperative. Signature treats <strong>in</strong>clude fresh squeezed juice from<br />

locally grown passion fruit and gourmet ice cream – someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for non-c<strong>of</strong>fee dr<strong>in</strong>kers. joma.biz<br />

Heritage Night<br />

If you are more <strong>of</strong> a night person, make<br />

sure to go for free flow beer and nonstop<br />

music for only $10 at the Mansion<br />

Heritage Bar <strong>in</strong> the old town <strong>of</strong><br />

Phnom Penh. It’s just a few steps from<br />

the Royal Palace, opposite the National<br />

Museum on Sothearos Boulevard. An<br />

old, abandoned and almost torn down<br />

French colonial villa built <strong>in</strong> 1910 by<br />

a wealthy Cambodian trader comes<br />

alive at night, host<strong>in</strong>g concerts and art<br />

performances. Other forms <strong>of</strong> even<strong>in</strong>g<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment <strong>in</strong>clude film screen<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

(Mondays) and live music (Wednesdays).<br />

The Mansion operates daily from 5pm<br />

till late night. fcccambodia.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

INDIA<br />

mumbai<br />

MALdives<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Colaba Rations<br />

Sumptuous eat<strong>in</strong>g and shopp<strong>in</strong>g surround this neighbourhood. Start with a<br />

seafood lunch at Mahesh Lunch Home before head<strong>in</strong>g to Taj Mahal Palace, the<br />

beyond 5-starred hotel and city landmark. From here you can walk to the Gate <strong>of</strong><br />

India and street shopp<strong>in</strong>g with endless barga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g opportunities beh<strong>in</strong>d the<br />

Taj Mahal Palace. Stop for a snack at the classy Leopold Café or take a horse-driven<br />

carriage around the neighbourhood and feel a lovely breeze from the Arabian Sea.<br />

A signature cocktail at the Harbour Bar 1933 <strong>in</strong>side the Taj Mahal Palace whets<br />

your appetite for Bademiya, which means big brother, a popular street barbecue<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d the Taj Mahal Palace.<br />

Prayers to Ganesh<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the most sacred Lord Ganesh<br />

temples <strong>in</strong> the world resides <strong>in</strong> the heart <strong>of</strong><br />

the city <strong>in</strong> the Prabhadevi neighbourhood.<br />

From a t<strong>in</strong>y worship place built <strong>in</strong> 1801,<br />

it became a grand temple welcom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

worshippers from all walks <strong>of</strong> life. Politicians,<br />

film stars, even Apple’s Tim Cook, have<br />

started their day here by chant<strong>in</strong>g morn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

prayers and mak<strong>in</strong>g a wish not only at the<br />

orange-hued statue <strong>of</strong> Ganesh but also <strong>in</strong>to<br />

the ears <strong>of</strong> rats statues. Rats are considered<br />

Lord Ganesh’s best friend and a vehicle that<br />

ensures wishes are heard.<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Thai Tastes on<br />

the Island<br />

Any chance you crave a Land <strong>of</strong> Smiles’<br />

taste, one <strong>of</strong> the best and luxury d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience is at Benjarong – the signature<br />

Thai restaurant at the Dusit Maldives at<br />

Baa Atoll. The selection ranges from Phla<br />

Kung or a spicy shrimp salad <strong>in</strong> chilli<br />

sauce, Tom Yum Poe Taek or Thai seafood<br />

soup flavoured with lemongrass and herbs,<br />

a Thai- style lobster dish, shrimp cakes<br />

to the delicacy <strong>of</strong> Crepe Phueak or taro<br />

coconut pancake dribbled with syrup.<br />

The hotel’s Thai cook<strong>in</strong>g classes are also<br />

available. You can learn more about the<br />

secret aspects <strong>of</strong> Thai <strong>in</strong>gredients and<br />

how to prepare popular recipes such as<br />

Massamun, Phad Thai and Curry – just like<br />

a Thai chef. dusit.com<br />

3-2-1, Action<br />

A visit to Mumbai is <strong>in</strong>complete without<br />

experienc<strong>in</strong>g a Bollywood set. SJ Studios,<br />

located <strong>in</strong> the city, gives you a good glimpse<br />

<strong>of</strong> what’s it’s like to work on the set. This<br />

may be an Indian TV series, movies or<br />

commercials with tour packages available<br />

from early morn<strong>in</strong>g until even<strong>in</strong>g. A wax<br />

museum houses statues <strong>of</strong> Bollywood<br />

legends. A m<strong>in</strong>i-theatre with Bollywood<br />

dancers mesmeris<strong>in</strong>g visit<strong>in</strong>g guests with<br />

their rivet<strong>in</strong>g dance numbers lets you<br />

participate and show <strong>of</strong>f some <strong>of</strong> your<br />

moves.<br />

Photo Josh Friedman<br />

Max Out at AER Bar<br />

Make sure you don’t miss the chance to<br />

enjoy the view from “Maximum City” at<br />

AER Bar. Mumbai’s highest ro<strong>of</strong>top bar is<br />

located on the 34th floor <strong>of</strong> Four Seasons<br />

Mumbai <strong>in</strong> the Worli neighbourhood.<br />

Friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable staff<br />

guarantees walk<strong>in</strong>g away content. Dr<strong>in</strong>ks<br />

perfectly match the fun and creative vibe,<br />

and enjoyed with Indian-fusion snacks.<br />

W<strong>in</strong>gs Over Atolls<br />

Why bother fly<strong>in</strong>g all the way<br />

without cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g with a<br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g seaplane <strong>flight</strong> to your<br />

designated atoll? The view from<br />

above, once tak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>f from Malé,<br />

is heavenly, magical, and surreal<br />

and should be the reason you are<br />

vacation<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the Maldives. There<br />

are only two seaplane services<br />

– Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans<br />

Maldivian that are now merged<br />

under the Blackstone group. Apart<br />

from their impressive pick-up and<br />

drop-<strong>of</strong>f services, the smooth <strong>flight</strong><br />

will make you forget your vertigo<br />

(if any), so enjoy the pictureperfect<br />

archipelago from an aerial<br />

perspective. transmaldivian.com<br />

The Deep Blue Sea<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong> the air for a spectacular view will be one <strong>of</strong><br />

the highlights <strong>of</strong> your trip to a Maldivian atoll. But you also<br />

need to go below the surface. To actually surround yourself<br />

with the mar<strong>in</strong>e life <strong>in</strong> the Indian Ocean can be a sublime<br />

experience. If you’re a diver who’s gone to renown div<strong>in</strong>g sites<br />

around the world – once aga<strong>in</strong>, you’ll give <strong>in</strong> to the deep blue<br />

colour <strong>of</strong> the Maldivian waters. To dive to different atolls, try<br />

Best Dives Maldives. bestdivesmaldives.com<br />

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angkok <strong>airways</strong> news 116 / flyerbonus 122 / route map 124 / aircraft <strong>in</strong>fo 126 / airport map 128<br />

115


Bangkok Airways NEWS<br />

MILK PRODUCTS FROM<br />

“THE ROYAL CHITRALADA PROJECT”<br />

NOW ON BOARD<br />

High quality milk<br />

products from<br />

Chitralada Palace<br />

now served on<br />

Bangkok Airways’<br />

<strong>flight</strong>s<br />

Bangkok Airways supports Chitralada Palace<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives launched by the late K<strong>in</strong>g Bhumibol Adulyadej.<br />

We provide passengers with products from His Majesty’s<br />

Royal Projects and now Chitralada UHT fresh milk<br />

and Royal Chitralada (Dusit) milk candy are available<br />

on board. Chitralada UHT milk is served with tea or<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee, while Royal Chitralada (Dusit) milk candy comes<br />

with a children’s meal box set.<br />

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส สนับสนุนโครงการตามแนว<br />

พระราชดาริของพระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช<br />

โดยนาผลิตภัณฑ์นมจาก “โครงการหลวงส่วนพระองค์ สวน-<br />

จิตรลดา” อาทิ นมกล่องยูเอชทีสวนจิตรลดาและนมปรุงแต่งชนิด<br />

เม็ดสวนดุสิตมาเสิร์ฟในเมนูอาหารในเที่ยวบินชั้นประหยัดและ<br />

ชั้นธุรกิจ โดยนมกล่องยูเอชทีสวนจิตรลดาจะนามาเสิร์ฟพร้อม<br />

เครื่องดื่มชาและกาแฟ สาหรับนมปรุงแต่งชนิดเม็ดสวนดุสิตจะ<br />

เสิร์ฟในชุดกล่องอาหารเด็ก<br />

WELCOMING OUR<br />

LATEST AIRBUS 320<br />

Bangkok Airways, led by Capt.<br />

Tipparat Pakpooms<strong>in</strong>, Director for<br />

Flight Operations (4th from left)<br />

together with our pilots, welcomed<br />

the arrival <strong>of</strong> the latest Airbus 320<br />

at Suvarnabhumi Airport recently.<br />

This Airbus 320 holds 162 economy<br />

class seats and serves both domestic<br />

and <strong>in</strong>ternational routes such<br />

as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Krabi,<br />

Yangon (Myanmar), Siem Reap<br />

(Cambodia), Dhaka (Bangladesh)<br />

and Mumbai (India).<br />

Currently, Bangkok Airways’<br />

fleet consists <strong>of</strong> 35 aircraft; 6 ATR<br />

72-500, 8 ATR72-600, 12 A319<br />

and 9 A320.<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จ ำกัด (มหาชน)<br />

หรือสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดยกัปตัน<br />

ทิพรัต ภาคภูมิสิน ผู้อำนวยการส่วนปฏิบัติ<br />

การบิน (ที่4 จากซ้าย) พร้อมทีมนักบิน รับเครื่องบิน<br />

แบบแอร์บัส A320 ลำใหม่ล่าสุด ณ ท่าอากาศยาน<br />

สุวรรณภูมิ<br />

เครื่องบินโดยสารแอร์บัส A320 ล ำนี้ประกอบไป<br />

ด้วยที่นั่งชั้นประหยัดจ ำนวน 162 ที่นั่ง ซึ่งจะให้บริการ<br />

ในเส้นทางบินภายในประเทศ และระหว่างประเทศ อาทิ<br />

เชียงใหม่ ภูเก็ต สมุย กระบี่ สหภาพเมียนมาร์ (ย่างกุ้ง<br />

มัณฑะเลย์) กัมพูชา (เสียมราฐ พนมเปญ) อินเดีย<br />

(มุมไบ) และบังคลาเทศ (ธากา) เป็นต้น<br />

ปัจจุบันสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สมีเครื่องบิน<br />

ประจำฝูงบินทั้งหมด 35 ล ำ ประกอบไปด้วยเครื่องบิน<br />

แบบเอทีอาร์ 72-500 จำนวน 6 ลำ เอทีอาร์ 72-600<br />

จำนวน 8 ลำ แอร์บัส A319 จำนวน 12 ลำ และ<br />

แอร์บัส A320 จำนวน 9 ลำ<br />

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Bangkok Airways NEWS<br />

“A Lifetime<br />

Experience <strong>in</strong><br />

London”<br />

Campaign Offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

An Exclusive Premier League<br />

Box Seat and Memorable<br />

Journey <strong>in</strong> London<br />

Bangkok / 29 December 2016 — Bangkok Airways<br />

launches “A Lifetime Experience <strong>in</strong> London<br />

with Bangkok Airways” Lucky W<strong>in</strong>ner campaign,<br />

to w<strong>in</strong> a special 5 day-3 night package <strong>in</strong><br />

London, England to exclusively experience the<br />

English Premier League at Stamford Bridge<br />

stadium. The campaign starts from 1 January<br />

<strong>2017</strong> onwards. For further <strong>in</strong>formation,<br />

please visit the Bangkok Airways website<br />

http://<strong>bangkok</strong><strong>airways</strong>.com/lifetimeexperience.<br />

Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President –<br />

Market<strong>in</strong>g for Bangkok Airways, says “We would<br />

like to thank our passengers by <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g a truly<br />

unforgettable experience with an exclusive<br />

trip to London. The lucky w<strong>in</strong>ners will enjoy a<br />

Premier League football match <strong>in</strong> a VIP box seat<br />

at Stamford Bridge stadium, visit ma<strong>in</strong> tourist<br />

attractions, and taste savoury menus recommended<br />

by the Michel<strong>in</strong> Guide. We are<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g twelve prizes (two seats per prize)<br />

for the exclusive trip, and for those who miss<br />

the grand prizes still stand a chance to w<strong>in</strong><br />

Bangkok Airways’ domestic and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

<strong>flight</strong>s. The campaign’s prizes are worth<br />

4,121,340 Baht <strong>in</strong> total.”<br />

Participants must be Thai nationals and can<br />

participate by purchas<strong>in</strong>g a Bangkok Airways<br />

<strong>flight</strong> and fly between 1 January and 31 August<br />

<strong>2017</strong>. To enter — send an SMS, type PG,<br />

followed by a 13-digit airl<strong>in</strong>e ticket number<br />

such as PG82921773554XX, and send the<br />

text to 4642929. Frequent FlyerBonus<br />

members can receive 2 free entries by typ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

F followed by FlyerBonus member number<br />

followed by a 13-digit airl<strong>in</strong>e ticket number,<br />

such as F141133XX82921773554XX,<br />

send<strong>in</strong>g the SMS to 4642929 (3 Baht fee for<br />

AIS, DTAC and TrueMove network).<br />

The prizes will be drawn twice. The first draw will take place on 3<br />

April <strong>2017</strong> for those who purchase and fly with Bangkok Airways<br />

between 1 January to 31 March <strong>2017</strong>. The second draw will<br />

take place on 1 September <strong>2017</strong> for those who purchase and fly<br />

with Bangkok Airways between 1 April to 31 August <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

The list <strong>of</strong> lucky w<strong>in</strong>ners will be announced on<br />

www.<strong>bangkok</strong>air.com and www.facebook.com/fly<strong>bangkok</strong>air.<br />

กรุงเทพฯ / 29 ธันวาคม 2559 – สายการบินบางกอก<br />

แอร์เวย์ส เปิดตัวแคมเปญ “ลุ้นบินลัดฟ้าสู่ลอนดอนกับ<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส” ชิงรางวัลร่วมทริปสุดพิเศษสู่ประเทศ<br />

อังกฤษ 5 วัน 3 คืน พร้อมชมการแข่งขันฟุตบอลพรีเมียร์ลีก<br />

ในปี 2560 ณ สนามสแตมฟอร์ด บริดจ์ ผู้สนใจร่วมลุ้น<br />

รางวัล โดยพิมพ์ PG ตามด้วยหมายเลขบัตรโดยสาร<br />

13 หลักมาที่เบอร์ 4642929 เริ่มส่งได้ตั้งแต่ 1 มกราคม<br />

2560 เป็นต้นไป โดยติดตามกติกาและรายละเอียดเพิ่ม<br />

เติมได้ที่ http://<strong>bangkok</strong>air.com/lifetimeexperience<br />

นายพรต เสตสุวรรณ รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการ<br />

ใหญ่ ส่วนการตลาด กล่าวถึงวัตถุประสงค์ของการจัด<br />

แคมเปญ “ลุ้นบินลัดฟ้าสู่ลอนดอนกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส”<br />

ว่า “เพื่อเป็นการขอบคุณลูกค้าของสายการบินบางกอก<br />

แอร์เวย์ส และมอบความสุขพร้อมประสบการณ์พิเศษ<br />

ครั้งหนึ่งในชีวิต โดยร่วมเดินทางกับเราไปยังประเทศ<br />

อังกฤษ เพื่อชมการแข่งขันฟุตบอลพรีเมียร์ลีกในที่นั่ง<br />

วีไอพี บ๊อกซ์ ณ สนามสแตมฟอร์ด บริดจ์ เยี่ยมชมสถาน<br />

ที่ท่องเที่ยวที่สำคัญของกรุงลอนดอน และชิมอาหารจาก<br />

ร้านอาหารที่แนะนำโดยมิชลินไกด์ จำนวน 12 รางวัล<br />

(รางวัลละ 2 ที่นั่ง) นอกจากนี้บริษัทฯ ยังมีรางวัลบัตร<br />

โดยสารเส้นทางบินในและระหว่างประเทศอีก 20 รางวัลให้<br />

ร่วมลุ้นอีก รวมมูลค่ากว่า 4,121,340 บาท”<br />

ผู้สนใจจะต้องซื้อบัตรโดยสารและเดินทางกับบาง<br />

กอกแอร์เวยส์ระหว่างวันที่ 1 มกราคม - 31 สิงหาคม<br />

2560 และต้องเป็นผู้มีสัญชาติไทย มีภูมิลำเนาใน<br />

กรุงเทพมหานครหรือต่างจังหวัดเท่านั้น ขอสงวน 1<br />

หมายเลขบัตรโดยสารต่อ 1 สิทธิ์ โดยการพิมพ์ PG<br />

แล้วตามด้วยหมายเลขบัตรโดยสาร 13 หลักเช่น<br />

PG82921773554XX และส่ง SMS มาที่เบอร์<br />

4642929 และพิเศษสำหรับสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส<br />

สามารถรับสิทธิ์เพิ่มเป็น 2 สิทธิ์ โดยการพิมพ์ F ตาม<br />

ด้วยหมายเลขสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส และตามด้วย<br />

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4642929 (ค่าบริการครั้งละ 3 บาทสำหรับเครือข่าย<br />

AIS/DTAC/Truemove)<br />

กำหนดการจับรางวัลแบ่งเป็น 2 ครั้ง ครั้งที่ 1 ในวันที่ 3 เมษายน 2560 ส ำหรับผู้ร่วมกิจกรรม<br />

ที่ซื้อบัตรโดยสารและบินกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์สระหว่างวันที่ 1 มกราคม - 31 มีนาคม 2560<br />

และครั้งที่ 2 ในวันที่ 1 กันยายน 2560 สำหรับผู้ร่วมกิจกรรมที่ซื้อบัตรโดยสารและบินกับ<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ระหว่างวันที่ 1 เมษายน - 31 สิงหาคม 2560<br />

โดยจะประกาศผลผ่านทางหน้าเว็บไซต์ www.<strong>bangkok</strong>air.com หรือทางหน้าแฟนเพจ<br />

www.facebook.com/fly<strong>bangkok</strong>air<br />

Love Samui, Save Coconut Trees<br />

Bangkok Airways recently organised a coconut tree<br />

plant<strong>in</strong>g activity <strong>in</strong> alignment with its ongo<strong>in</strong>g CSR<br />

campaign called “Love Earth, Save Earth: Love Samui,<br />

Save the Coconut Trees,” which aims to encourage the<br />

people <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui to plant more coconut trees. The<br />

event was held November 2016 at Wat Chaeng Nok <strong>in</strong><br />

Koh Samui and jo<strong>in</strong>ed by many dist<strong>in</strong>guished guests and<br />

members <strong>of</strong> the media.<br />

Mrs. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Advisor – Commercial,<br />

Bangkok Airways, po<strong>in</strong>ted out that Koh Samui is one <strong>of</strong><br />

Thailand’s major dest<strong>in</strong>ations that draws <strong>in</strong> millions <strong>of</strong><br />

tourists from around the world. “It’s not only the warm<br />

hospitality <strong>of</strong> the Samui people that attracts tourists to<br />

visit the beautiful island, there’s also the beauty <strong>of</strong><br />

its prist<strong>in</strong>e nature – such as white sandy beaches,<br />

crystal clear water, and an idyllic underwater world.<br />

And most importantly, coconut trees have long been<br />

seen as the island’s natural trademark and important<br />

economic crop,” she stressed. With this <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d,<br />

Bangkok Airways <strong>in</strong>itiated the ‘Love Earth, Save Earth:<br />

Love Samui, Save the Coconut Trees’ campaign with<br />

the <strong>in</strong>tention to help preserve this natural heritage<br />

for the younger generation.<br />

“We were delighted to see a lot <strong>of</strong> people and students<br />

from Koh Samui and surround<strong>in</strong>g areas jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> the activity<br />

today. Apart from be<strong>in</strong>g fun-filled and mean<strong>in</strong>gful, the<br />

tree plant<strong>in</strong>g activity <strong>in</strong>cluded one <strong>of</strong> Thailand’s mostloved<br />

celebrities Khun Alex Rendell. Best <strong>of</strong> all, we also<br />

gave away one thousand aromatic coconut sprouts to<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested farmers.” added Mrs. Ariya.<br />

Moreover, participants <strong>of</strong> this campaign had a chance<br />

to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> many activities and learn more about coconut<br />

products that can easily generate <strong>in</strong>come. Activities<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded a cook<strong>in</strong>g demonstration <strong>of</strong> Thai caramel made<br />

from coconut sugar, a production demonstration <strong>of</strong><br />

coconut body scrub, an exhibition <strong>of</strong> coconut OTOP<br />

products as well as a lecture entitled “Coconut: from the<br />

upstream to downstream.”<br />

Bangkok Airways<br />

Participates <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Excellence Model<br />

School Project<br />

to Improve the Quality<br />

<strong>of</strong> Vocational<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essions<br />

From left to right: 1. Mr. Alexander Rendell 2. Ms. Nutchayathorn Nutsudanijvipa, Director - Samui Airport<br />

3. Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice President - Office <strong>of</strong> the President 4. Mrs. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Advisor - Commercial,<br />

Bangkok Airways 5. Mr. Poonsak Sophonpathumrulk, Senior Deputy - District <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui 6. Mr. Muensilp Poolsawat,<br />

Deputy Mayor <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui 7. Mrs. Nongyao Jirundorn, Director <strong>of</strong> TAT - Koh Samui 8. Mr. Narop Tuaycharoen, Chairman <strong>of</strong><br />

the Municipal Council <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui 9. Dr. Bannasart Ruangchandra, Director - Samui Tourism Association<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส จัดกิจกรรม<br />

“ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุย” ภายใต้โครงการ<br />

“Love Earth, Save Earth: Love Samui, Save<br />

the Coconut Trees” เพื่อรณรงค์ให้ประชาชนบน<br />

เกาะสมุยหันมาใส่ใจและอนุรักษ์ต้นมะพร้าว ซึ่งเป็น<br />

สัญลักษณ์สาคัญทางการท่องเที่ยว โดยมีนางอาริญา<br />

ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการและที่ปรึกษาฝ่ายการ<br />

พานิชย์ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) (ที่ 4<br />

จากซ้าย) นางจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา รองกรรมการ<br />

ผู้อานวยการใหญ่ สาหนักงานผู้อานวยการใหญ่<br />

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) (ที่ 3 จากซ้าย)<br />

นางสาวณัฐชยาธรณ์ ณัฐสุดานิจวิภา ผู้อานวยการ<br />

สนามบินสมุย (ที่ 2 จากซ้าย) นายพูลศักดิ์ โสภณ<br />

ปทุมรักษ์ ปลัดอาวุโส อาเภอเกาะสมุย (ที่ 5 จาก<br />

ขวา) นายหมื่นศิลป์ พูลสวัสดิ์ รองนายกเทศมนตรี<br />

อาเภอเกาะสมุย (ที่ 4 จากขวา) นายณะรบ ทวยเจริญ<br />

(ที่ 2 จากขวา) ประธานสภาเทศบาลนครเกาะสมุย<br />

นายแพทย์บรรณศาสตร์ เรืองจันทร์ นายกสมาคม<br />

ส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยวเกาะสมุย (ขวาสุด) นางนงเยาว์<br />

จิรันดร ผู้อานวยการสานักงานการท่องเที่ยวแห่ง<br />

ประเทศไทยเกาะสมุย (ที่ 3 จากขวา) และ นายอเล็กซ์<br />

เรนเดล (ซ้ายสุด) เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม ณ วัดแจ้งนอก<br />

อ.เกาะสมุย จ.สุราษฎร์ธานี<br />

กิจกรรม “ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุย” จัดขึ้น<br />

ระหว่างวันที่ 18-19 พฤศจิกายน 2559 โดยภายในงาน<br />

มีกิจกรรมต่างๆที่น่าสนใจมากมายให้ผู้มาร่วมงานได้<br />

เรียนรู้และรู้จักกับผลิตผลของมะพร้าวที่สามารถสร้าง<br />

รายได้ให้กับเกษตรกรในท้องถิ่น อาทิ กิจกรรมสาธิต<br />

การกวนกาละแมจากน้ าตาลมะพร้าว กิจกรรมทาสครัป<br />

ผิวด้วยผลิตภัณฑ์มะพร้าว นิทรรศการผลิตภัณฑ์โอ<br />

ท็อปจากมะพร้าว รวมไปถึงมีการบรรยายให้ความรู้ใน<br />

หัวข้อ “มะพร้าว จากต้นน้ าสู่ปลายน้ า” เป็นต้น<br />

Bangkok / December 23, 2559 — Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (3rd from right),<br />

President <strong>of</strong> Bangkok Airways, welcomed Dr.Teerakiat Charoensettasilp, M<strong>in</strong>ister <strong>of</strong><br />

Education (4th from left) at Prathummas room, Pathum Thani Vocational Education<br />

College, as the m<strong>in</strong>ister visited Bangkok Airways’ booth for the sign<strong>in</strong>g ceremony on<br />

the partnership <strong>in</strong> the Excellence Model School Project. The <strong>in</strong>itiative seeks to<br />

improve the quality <strong>of</strong> vocational pr<strong>of</strong>essions <strong>in</strong> support <strong>of</strong> the government policy.<br />

This partnership raises the quality <strong>of</strong> vocational education to compete <strong>in</strong> the<br />

global market. Bangkok Airways has taken part <strong>in</strong> develop<strong>in</strong>g Aircraft Mechanical and<br />

Ma<strong>in</strong>tenance study programmes <strong>in</strong> English together with Thai-Austrian Technical<br />

College, Sattahip, Thalang Technical College and Don Muang Technical College. The<br />

programmes follow the vocational school curriculum guidel<strong>in</strong>es from the M<strong>in</strong>istry <strong>of</strong><br />

Education and matches the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) standard. This<br />

cooperation started at the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> this year.<br />

กรุงเทพฯ / 23 ธันวาคม 2559 — บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) หรือ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส<br />

โดยนายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อานวยการใหญ่ (ที่ 3 จากขวา) ให้การต้อนรับนายแพทย์<br />

ธีระเกียรติ เจริญเศรษฐศิลป์ รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงศึกษาธิการ (ที่ 4 จากซ้าย) ที่ให้เกียรติเยี่ยมชมบูธ<br />

ของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ในโอกาสที่ บริษัทฯ ได้เข้าร่วมพิธีลงนามความร่วมมือ Excellence Model School<br />

ตามโครงการ “สานพลังประชารัฐ ยกระดับคุณภาพวิชาชีพอาชีวศึกษา” ณ ห้องประทุมมาศ วิทยาลัยการ<br />

อาชีวศึกษาปทุมธานี<br />

การลงนามร่วมมือในครั้งนี้ เพื่อดาเนินการยกระดับคุณภาพวิชาชีพอาชีพอาชีวศึกษาให้สามารถแข่งขันในตลาด<br />

โลก โดยบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้ตกลงที่จะทาความร่วมมือในการพัฒนาหลักสูตรช่างอากาศยานร่วมกับวิทยาลัยเทคนิค<br />

สัตหีบ วิทยาลัยเทคนิคถลาง และวิทยาลัยเทคนิคดอนเมือง โดยพิจารณาจากหลักสูตรของสานักคณะกรรมการอาชีวะ<br />

ศึกษา กระทรวงศึกษาธิการ ที่จัดให้มีรูปแบบการเรียนการสอนแบบภาษาต่างประเทศ (English Programme) และได้มี<br />

การพัฒนาเนื้อหารายวิชาให้สอดคล้องกับมาตราฐาน EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) โดยจะเริ่มดาเนิน<br />

การในช่วงต้นปี 2560 เป็นต้นไป<br />

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Bangkok Airways NEWS<br />

Children are the Future<br />

On the occasion <strong>of</strong> Thailand’s Children’s Day <strong>2017</strong>, Ms. Chanthip<br />

Thongkanya, Bangkok Airways Vice President – Office <strong>of</strong> President,<br />

Mr. Teppasidh Phadungyotee, Manager – Operations Compliance and our staff<br />

from the Operations Centre and Bangkok Airways’ head <strong>of</strong>f ice organised<br />

a sports day at Thewa Klong Trong School, Racha Thewa Sub District,<br />

Bang Phli District <strong>in</strong> Samut Prakan Prov<strong>in</strong>ce. The event, held on January 13,<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, aimed to share <strong>in</strong> the happ<strong>in</strong>ess with over 70 young students.<br />

They were encouraged to exercise, learn more skills through fun activities<br />

with their peers, and to spend their time wisely.<br />

The kids really enjoyed games such as Motocross Eat, P<strong>in</strong>g Pong<br />

Balls, Balloon Stomp<strong>in</strong>g and Musical Chair challenges. They took part <strong>in</strong><br />

lucky draws to w<strong>in</strong> dolls, robots, dictionaries, stationery, colour pencils<br />

and other educational tools. After the fun, our staff prepared a lunch <strong>of</strong><br />

noodles and ice cream to f<strong>in</strong>ish. Best <strong>of</strong> all, donations from across all<br />

Bangkok Airways staff provided 6 scholarship funds worth 1,000 Baht,<br />

each for 6 excellent students from Prathom 1-6.<br />

วันศุกร์ที่ 13 มกราคม 2560 — บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด<br />

(มหาชน) นำทีมโดยคุณจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา รองกรรมการ<br />

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ คุณเทพสิทธิ์<br />

ผดุงโยธี ผู้จัดการแผนกการตรวจสอบคุณภาพการปฏิบัติการ<br />

และทีมพนักงานจาก Bangkok Airways Operations Centre<br />

(BAOC) และสำนักงานใหญ่ ได้จัดกิจกรรมแข่งขันกีฬาสี เนื่องใน<br />

โอกาสวันเด็กแห่งชาติ ประจำปี 2560 ณ โรงเรียนเทวะคลองตรง<br />

(หลัง BAOC) ตำบล ราชาเทวะ อำเภอ บางพลี จังหวัด สมุทรปราการ<br />

โดยมีวัตถุประสงค์เพื่อมอบความสุขแก่เด็กนักเรียนในโรงเรียน<br />

กว่า 70 คน รวมถึงเป็นการส่งเสริมนักเรียนให้เรียนรู้ทักษะต่างๆ<br />

จากการเล่นกิจกรรมร่วมกับเพื่อน รักการออกกำลังกาย และ<br />

ใช้เวลาว่างให้เกิดประโยชน์<br />

ในการนี้ ทีมพนักงานฯ ได้เตรียม 4 เกมสนุกๆ สำหรับเด็กๆ<br />

ได้แก่ 1) เกมกินวิบาก 2) เกมช้อนลูกปิงปอง 3) เกมเหยียบ<br />

ลูกโป่ง และ 4) เกมเก้าอี้ดนตรี ซึ่งได้สร้างสีสันและความสนุก<br />

แก่เด็กทุกคนเป็นอย่างมาก นอกจากนี้ ทีมพนักงานฯ ยังได้<br />

เตรียมของขวัญน่ารักและมีประโยชน์หลากหลาย เพื่อให้เด็กๆ<br />

ได้ลุ้นกับการจับสลากของขวัญ อาทิ ตุ๊กตา หุ่นยนต์ หนังสือ<br />

คำศัพท์ อุปกรณ์การเรียน ดินสอระบายสี รวมถึงได้ประสาน<br />

กับคุณครูที่โรงเรียน เพื่อจัดเตรียมก๋วยเตี๋ยวและไอศกรีม<br />

เป็นอาหารกลางวันแก่เด็กๆ โดยทีมพนักงานฯ ที่ต่างก็มีความ<br />

ตั้งใจและมีน้ำใจดี ได้ร่วมกันสนับสนุนเงินคนละเล็กละน้อยเป็น<br />

ค่าใช้จ่ายในการจัดกิจกรรมทั้งหมด อีกทั้งส่วนหนึ่งของเงินที่<br />

รวบรวมได้ ยังได้จัดสรรเป็นทุนการศึกษามอบแก่นักเรียนระดับชั้น<br />

ประถมศึกษาปีที่ 1-6 ระดับชั้นละ 1 ทุนๆ ละ 1,000 บาท โดย<br />

คุณครูเป็นผู้คัดเลือกนักเรียนเพื่อรับทุนการศึกษา<br />

Led by Ms. Nawarat Wannatrong, Director –<br />

Corporate Social Responsibility Department <strong>of</strong> Bangkok<br />

Airways, staff volunteers proudly hosted Children’s Day<br />

activities on January 14, <strong>2017</strong> – at the National Council<br />

on Social Welfare <strong>of</strong> Thailand under the patronage <strong>of</strong><br />

His Majesty, the late K<strong>in</strong>g Bhumibol Adulyadej.<br />

Aimed to commemorate great royal contributions with<br />

support from the government and private sectors, the<br />

event comprised <strong>of</strong> short documentary screen<strong>in</strong>gs from<br />

Ratprachanukroh Foundation, which is under the patronage<br />

<strong>of</strong> His Majesty. In addition, The Off ice <strong>of</strong> the Royal<br />

Development Projects Board presented an exhibit honour<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Their Majesties K<strong>in</strong>g Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit.<br />

Other programmes <strong>in</strong>cluded activities relat<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

alternative energy PTT PCL, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a mushroom<br />

cultivation tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g from an expert represent<strong>in</strong>g Khao H<strong>in</strong><br />

Sorn Sub District, Phanom Sarakham District <strong>in</strong><br />

Chachoengsao Prov<strong>in</strong>ce, a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g competition,<br />

exhibition and quiz activities from the Council <strong>of</strong> Social<br />

Welfare <strong>of</strong> Thailand; end<strong>in</strong>g with ceremonies award<strong>in</strong>g<br />

plaques, certificates, and p<strong>in</strong>s to children for their<br />

performances.<br />

The National Council on Social Welfare <strong>of</strong> Thailand<br />

commends the dedicated volunteers who jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> this<br />

Children’s Day event to work together for our children’s<br />

brighter future.<br />

Ms. Nawarat Wannatrong, Director — Corporate Social Responsibility Department <strong>of</strong> Bangkok<br />

Airways, staff volunteers proudly hosted Children’s Day activities on January 14, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

วันเสาร์ที่ 14 มกราคม 2560 — บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) โดยคุณนวรัตน์<br />

วรรณตรง ผู้อานวยการส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม ได้นาทีมพนักงานจิตอาสามาดูแลการทา<br />

กิจกรรมของเด็กๆ ณ สภาสังคมสงเคราะห์แห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์ (บริเวณ<br />

สี่แยกตึกชัย ใกล้อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ) เนื่องในโอกาสวันเด็กแห่งชาติ ประจาปี 2560<br />

แนวคิดการจัดงานฉลองวันเด็กแห่งชาติของสภาสังคมสงเคราะห์ฯ ในปีนี้คือ เพื่อ<br />

น้อมรำลึกในพระมหากรุณาธิคุณ พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช<br />

โดยได้รับความร่วมมือจากหน่วยงานภาครัฐและเอกชนร่วมจัดฐานกิจกรรมส ำหรับเด็กในงาน<br />

ประกอบด้วย 1) กิจกรรมฉายภาพยนตร์สั้น ของมูลนิธิราชประชานุเคราะห์ ในพระบรม-<br />

ราชูปถัมภ์ 2) กิจกรรมให้ความรู้เรื่องการเพาะเห็ด (วิทยากรจากตำบล เขาหินซ้อน อำเภอ<br />

พนมสารคาม จังหวัดฉะเชิงเทรา) และจัดนิทรรศการเฉลิมพระเกียรติพระบาทสมเด็จ<br />

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชและสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ ของ<br />

สำนักงานคณะกรรมการพิเศษเพื่อประสานงานโครงการอันเนื่องมาจากพระราชดำริ<br />

(สำนักงาน กปร.) 3) กิจกรรมเกี่ยวกับพลังงานทดแทนของปตท. และ 4) กิจกรรมประกวด<br />

วาดภาพ จัดนิทรรศการ และตอบคำถามชิงรางวัลของสภาสังคมสงเคราะห์ฯ นอกจากนี้<br />

ยังมีพิธีมอบโล่ เกียรติบัตร เข็มเกียรติคุณ และทุนการศึกษาแก่เด็กดีเด่น ประจ ำปี 2560 ด้วย<br />

ทั้งนี้ ทีมงานของสภาสังคมสงเคราะห์ฯ ได้กล่าวชื่นชมการปฏิบัติหน้าที่ของทีมพนักงานจิต<br />

อาสาอย่างมาก เพราะปฏิบัติหน้าที่ด้วยความขยันขันแข็งและแสดงออกถึงความเต็มใจให้<br />

บริการประชาชนที่พาลูกหลานเข้ามาร่วมกิจกรรม อีกทั้ง ได้กล่าวเชิญชวนบริษัทฯ<br />

หากจะมีแนวทางความร่วมมือกันสร้างสรรค์ประโยชน์เพื่อสังคมอีกในอนาคต<br />

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ผู้โชคดีที่ได้รับรางวัลแพ็กเกจท่องเที่ยวจากแคมเปญฉลอง 10 ปี<br />

“Ten Years <strong>of</strong> Magical Journeys” สู่ 12 จุดหมาย ได้แก่ ลอนดอน<br />

ฮ่องกง มัลดีฟส์ เชียงใหม่ กระบี่ หลวงพระบาง มัณฑะเลย์ ภูเก็ต สมุย<br />

สุโขทัย ตราด และย่างกุ้ง โดยแคมเปญนี้เปิดโอกาสให้สมาชิกที่เดินทาง<br />

กับสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สระหว่างวันที่ 10 ธันวาคม 2558 ถึง 9<br />

ธันวาคม 2559 ลงทะเบียนลุ้นรับรางวัลตลอดปีที่ผ่านมา<br />

การเติบโตอย่างต่อเนื่องและความสาเร็จอย่างท่วมท้นของรายการ<br />

สะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัส ส่วนหนึ่งเกิดขึ้นจากแรงสนับสนุนที่เหนียว<br />

แน่นของสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัสที่สามารถรักษาสถานะสมาชิกระดับ<br />

‘พรีเมียร์’ ต่อเนื่องตั้งแต่ขวบปีแรกจนถึงปัจจุบัน ครบ 10 ปี เพื่อเชิดชู<br />

สมาชิกฯ ระดับพรีเมียร์เหล่านี้ ฟลายเออร์โบนัสได้จัดทาเข็มกลัดทองคา<br />

ที่ระลึกรูปหางเครื่องบิน สลักตราสัญลักษณ์ครบรอบ 10 ปีฟลายเออร์-<br />

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จ. สุโขทัย และทาพิธีมอบไปแล้วเมื่อปีที่ผ่านมา<br />

ย่างเข้าสู่ทศวรรษที่สอง รายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัสยังคง<br />

มุ่งมั่นมอบการบริการที่ดีที่สุดและนาเสนอสิทธิพิเศษต่างๆ เพื่อสมาชิกฯ<br />

ตลอดไป สมกับตาแหน่ง ‘สายการบินระดับภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยมของโลก’ และ<br />

‘สายการบินยอดเยี่ยมที่สุดในเอเชีย’ ประจาปี 2559 จากสกายแทร็กส์<br />

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AIRCRAFT INFO<br />

Bangkok Airways operates four types <strong>of</strong> aircraft<br />

AIRBUS A319<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> fleet : 12<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> dual class :<br />

4 (Bus<strong>in</strong>ess & Economy)<br />

Passenger capacity :<br />

12 seats & 108 seats<br />

number <strong>of</strong> s<strong>in</strong>gle class :<br />

4/4 (Economy)<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>e : IAE V2500<br />

Passenger capacity :<br />

138/144 seats<br />

Length : 33.84 m<br />

W<strong>in</strong>gspan : 34.1 m<br />

height : 12.17 m<br />

cruis<strong>in</strong>g speed : 920 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

39,800 ft<br />

AIRBUS A320<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> fleet : 9<br />

Length : 37.57 m<br />

W<strong>in</strong>gspan : 34.1 m<br />

height : 12.17 m<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>e : IAE V2500<br />

cruis<strong>in</strong>g speed :<br />

870 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

39,800 ft<br />

passenger capacity :<br />

162 seats<br />

•••••<br />

atr 72-500<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> fleet : 6<br />

Length : 27.17 m<br />

W<strong>in</strong>gspan : 27.06 m<br />

height : 7.65 m<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>e : 2 x 2,750 hp<br />

Pratt & Whitney<br />

Canada PW127F<br />

cruis<strong>in</strong>g speed :<br />

509 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

25,000 ft<br />

passenger capacity :<br />

70 seats<br />

atr 72-600<br />

NEW<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> fleet : 7<br />

Length : 27.166 m<br />

W<strong>in</strong>gspan : 27.050 m<br />

height : 7.72 m<br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>e : 2 x 2,750 hp<br />

Pratt & Whitney<br />

Canada PW127M<br />

cruis<strong>in</strong>g speed :<br />

509 km/h<br />

Max operational altitude :<br />

25,000 ft<br />

passenger capacity :<br />

70 seats<br />

OUR SCHEDULE FLIGHTS AND FREQUENCY<br />

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS<br />

Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :<br />

Numerous <strong>flight</strong>s every day from a variety <strong>of</strong> dest<strong>in</strong>ations<br />

Chiang Rai : 3 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

Hat Yai :<br />

2 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Phuket<br />

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

Krabi : 3 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Koh Samui<br />

Lampang : 3 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

Mae Hong Son : 2 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Chiang Mai<br />

Pattaya : 1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Phuket ;<br />

1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Koh Samui<br />

Sukho<strong>thai</strong> : 3 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS<br />

Chengdu : 4 <strong>flight</strong>s per week from Samui<br />

Danang : 1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Bangkok<br />

Dhaka :<br />

1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Bangkok<br />

Guangzhou : 1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Samui<br />

Hong Kong : 2 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Koh Samui<br />

Kuala Lumpur : 1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Koh Samui<br />

Luang Prabang : 2 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

Malé :<br />

1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Bangkok<br />

Mandalay : 1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Chiang Mai<br />

Mumbai : 1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Bangkok<br />

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 <strong>flight</strong>s per week from Bangkok<br />

Phnom Penh : 6 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

Siem Reap : 5 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore : 2 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Koh Samui<br />

Vientiane : 2 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok<br />

Yangon : 4 <strong>flight</strong>s per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 <strong>flight</strong> per day from Chiang Mai<br />

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AIRport map<br />

LEVEL 4<br />

departure<br />

ชั้น 4 ผู้โดยสารขาออก<br />

Bangkok Airways at suvarnabhumi airport, <strong>bangkok</strong><br />

Take me home.<br />

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It is YOUR MAGAZINE. It is distributed with our compliments<br />

on all Bangkok Airways <strong>flight</strong>s. We hope you enjoy it .<br />

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level 2<br />

domestic and all arrivals<br />

ชั้น 2 ภายในประเทศ<br />

Domestic Baggage Claim<br />

Customs<br />

Oversize Baggage Claim<br />

Security Screen<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Departures<br />

International Baggage Claim<br />

Meet<strong>in</strong>g Po<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Left Baggage<br />

Wait<strong>in</strong>g Area<br />

Airport Information<br />

Toilet<br />

Immigration<br />

Airl<strong>in</strong>e Lounge<br />

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check<strong>in</strong>g out<br />

As Different as<br />

Night and Day<br />

The romance <strong>of</strong> Danang’s beach weather<br />

with clear blue skies happens from March<br />

to mid-September. Daytime activities<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude a stroll on the riverfront promenade<br />

or savour<strong>in</strong>g Mi Quang, noodles <strong>in</strong> broth<br />

that’s a local favourite. If you happen to be<br />

there <strong>in</strong> April, look up <strong>in</strong>to the night sky.<br />

Fight<strong>in</strong>g for supremacy over the Han River<br />

are colourful pyrotechnic displays from the<br />

annual Danang International Fireworks<br />

Competition.<br />

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