MAR-APR 2017










letter from the president

Greetings from Bangkok Airways! I hope all of you

began the year 2017 with flying colours as we

welcome the month of March.

Last December, our airline received the 9th

A320 aircraft into the fleet in our plan to support

new routes and increase flight frequencies. We

are also delighted to announce our new route

from Samui Island to Guangzhou, which began on

January 20, 2017.

Apart from our hospitality services, Bangkok

Airways has always been engaged in environmental

issues and social responsibility. With the recent

celebration of Children’s Day, our CSR department

organised a sports day for the Thewa Klong Trong

School, Samut Prakan province. Our staff volunteered

with much enthusiasm and hosted fun activities

for the children at the National Council on Social

Welfare of Thailand, under the royal patronage of our

late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Both our team and the

children spent the day with happy results.

This year, Bangkok Airways will be involved

in sporting events that are geared towards health

awareness and related travel activities. An example

is the marathon run called “Bangkok Airways Boutique

Series” that takes place in many provinces around the

kingdom like Trat, Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai.

Please check out details as all Bangkok Airways

passengers receive extra privileges by joining the event.

I do hope the passion we give to our services bring

you memorable experiences and incredible moments.

Have an enjoyable journey!

สวัสดีครับท่านผู้โดยสาร ขอต้อนรับสู่เดือนมีนาคม ผมหวังว่าทุกท่าน

ได้เริ่มต้นปี 2560 ด้วยความความสดชื่นสดใสนะครับ

เมื่อเดือนธันวาคมที่ผ่านมา สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้รับ

เครื่องบินรุ่น A320 เป็นล ำที่ 9 เข้ามาเพิ่มในฝูงบิน เพื่อรองรับแผนการ


ในส่วนของเส้นทางบินใหม่ล่าสุด สมุย-กวางโจว เราก็ได้เริ่มเปิดให้

บริการเที่ยวบินแรกเมื่อวันที่ 20 มกราคมที่ผ่านมาครับ

นอกเหนือจากงานบริการแล้ว เรายังให้ความสำคัญในเรื่อง

กิจกรรมเพื่อสังคมและสิ่งแวดล้อมอยู่เสมอ โดยเมื่อวันเด็กแห่งชาติ

ที่ผ่านมา ทางส่วนงานรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม (CSR) ได้จัดกิจกรรม

แข่งขันกีฬาสีให้กับโรงเรียนเทวะคลองตรง จังหวัดสมุทรปราการ


เด็กๆ ณ สภาสังคมสงเคราะห์แห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์

อิ่มสุข อิ่มใจทั้งผู้ให้และผู้รับจริงๆ ครับ

สำหรับกิจกรรมพิเศษอื่นๆ ในปีนี้เรามุ่งเน้นในด้านการจัดกิจกรรม

กีฬาเพื่อส่งเสริมสุขภาพควบคู่ไปกับการท่องเที่ยว เช่น กิจกรรมการ

แข่งขันวิ่งมาราธอน Bangkok Airways Boutique Series ซึ่งจะ

จัดขึ้นหลายจังหวัดทั่วประเทศ อาทิ เช่น จังหวัดตราด เกาะสมุย

ภูเก็ต เชียงใหม่ เป็นต้น โดยผู้โดยสารของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส


ผมหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าการบริการต่างๆ จะสร้างประสบการณ์




Captain Putthipong Prasarttong-Osoth

President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited




20 sundress

Dare to be in the sun with our choice for

beauty and sun protection and wear it well

with our lady’s choices for clothing.


Let him be cool for the summer in bold

colours and coconut tree prints from our list of



When you need to spice things up for a meal,

the popular Thai dish of Gaeng Khiew Waan

is not that hard to make. Follow our ‘curry in a

hurry’ recipe.


The majestic presence of Thailand’s elephants

get recognised on Elephant Day while Asian

artists’ works of self-expression and selfintrospection

go on display.


Get your rattiest shirt

ready for Songkran

festivities with our briefing

on the spirit of the water



We tune in to awardwinning

sound mixer

Traithep Wongpaiboon

and his insights on sound

quality and its importance

in making you like a movie

so much.


Solo Travel these days

means going it alone on

a journey, but it does not

mean being lonely. The

best apps, gadgets and

attitude might make it



The global art world

shows up for Art Basel

Hong Kong in March

while Shanghai also aims

to be a major player in

contemporary art. We give

you the list of who’s there

and what’s there.


Stunning photographs

of the underwater world

of the Andaman Sea and

the Gulf of Thailand show

the dance and sway of

colourful and unique

marine life.







Festive drinks at helipad cocktail bars to

festivals in unmissable places define our

regional line-up.

86 Bangkok















116 news

Bangkok Airways events and outings


CHecking out

Danang’s worthwhile pursuits of local food and

culture plus night activities give more options

than just the perfect tan and picturesque


This month’s


The Solo



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Makeup: Rattanachot Pokum Hair: Peter Kim


Essential Notes To Guide Your Travels

Water, Water, Everywhere

Another new year, you ask?

This time, it’s the Buddhist New Year celebrated

in countries like Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia

and Laos. Falling in the hot month of April,

the wet look is de riguer as bystanders engage in

nonstop water splashing to ensure a cleansing

of the past year’s ills. We’ll tell you how to

survive the chill of water and gobs of scented

powder during Songkran in Thailand.

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



news and events


mar 2017



Calling all Thai boxing fans to join a weeklong annual festival of

Thai boxing and martial arts demonstrations from around the

world. The festival is part of National Muay Thai Day on March

17 in conjunction with Ayutthaya World Heritage events.

The town of Ayutthaya organised the festival to

commemorate Nai Khanom Tom, a local boxing legend around

the time of 1760, when Siam (Thailand) was defeated in a

war against Burma. According to local lore, Nai Khanom Tom

represented Siam in a match against a Burmese champion as

King Mangra of Burma wanted to see Muaythai. The boxer, also

a war prisoner, performed a traditional wai khru (dance ritual

that pays homage to the teacher) before the bout and when

the fight began, Nai Khanom Tom launched an unstoppable

barrage of punches, kicks and elbows to crush ten of his

Burmese opponents. The Burmese king was so impressed

with the boxer’s performance and rewarded him freedom.




nov 2017




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

Airways Boutique Series 2017, which takes place throughout different points in Thailand.

The first run began in February in a setting yet unseen by travellers in Koh Chang in Trat province. The marathon

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

Be part of any of the sporting events and get 20% discount when booked together with Bangkok Airways flight

or get a 15% discount when you apply for a Bangkok Airways Boutique Series package online for the following

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

final one on November 19, the Lanna Marathon (Chiang Mai) and the final one on December 8-10 Ultra-Trail

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



8MAy 2017



Mark your calendar and

don’t drive through popular

Orchard Road on these dates.

Stylewatchers and shoppers

watch out! A massive fashion

parade in Singapore is going

to bring real glamour on the

street. Fashion Steps Out

at Orchard, which debut in

2010, celebrates this year’s

Spring/Summer season with

its growing number of local

and international brands, and

exciting fashion moments.

A must-see is the annual

Orchard Fashion Runway —

held right here on the iconic

road. So get prepared for the

longest catwalk show you’ll

probably get to see with a

troop of stunning models in

top looks from brand name

boutiques. If you prefer

fashion a little more handson,

look out for numerous

design-inspired events and

activities and a chance to

hobnob with fashion types at

soirees. yoursingapore.com


MAR 2017



If you just proposed marriage or have been

proposed to — the first thing on your checklist

is attending the 15th KLPJ Wedding Fair 2017

at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre. The premier

wedding expo is the only bridal fair in 2017

that incorporates more than 100 hotels and

restaurants for a dream wedding in Malaysia.

The show features the trendiest and latest

pre-wedding photography concept inspired

from around the world — and everything else

you may need from Malaysia’s best wedding

resources. Arrangements for banquets, wedding

gowns, shoes, jewellery, live bands, a wedding

planner, wedding decor, florists, bridal make-up

and a photo booth — this is the fair to organise

your wedding nuptials — all under one roof.





news and events


MAR APR 2017




Rejoice jazz fans, because your favourite music festival is here again. Back on its fourth

run, the three-day fest will have multiple Grammy Award winners gracing the stage

including singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae and Canadian record producer David

Foster. Groove to the snazzy beats of funk bassist Nik West and catch a performance by

Senegalese musicians Youssou N’dour and Le Super Etoile de Dakar for a mix of Cuban

samba, hip hop, jazz and soul.

This year’s edition will also introduce The Late Show, featuring a curated line-up of

international artists and DJs such as Sing Jazz alum Incognito, electronic duo Basement

Jaxx and Brit act Rudimental. sing-jazz.com, facebook.com/singjazzfestival




APR 2017


APR 2017



During this joyous time of the year, people in many

countries around Southeast Asia celebrate their new

year in more or less similar ways — with water! Just like

Thailand’s Songkran Water Festival (read more in our

Songkran feature on p.32), Myanmar’s Thingyan, Laos’

Boun Pimai as well as Cambodia’s Chaul Chnam Thmey

mark their new year with merry-making.

myanmartourism.org, tourismcambodia.com,

tourismthailand.org, visit-laos.com


Concert of a Lifetime

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

their Asian Tour 2017. The British rock band begins their tour in major

concert venues like the National Stadium, Singapore (March 31 - April 1),

the MOA Concert Ground, Manila, the Philippines (April 4), Rajamangala

National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand (April 7), HSR Taoyuan Station

Plaza, Taipei, Taiwan (April 11-12), Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea

(April 15-16) and Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan (April 19). coldplay.com



Beauty and health







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Keep skin glowing

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L’OCCITANE (1,390 Baht)

Thanks to its concentration

in shea (10%) and its

aerated texture, this body

care nourishes and protects

the skin from the baddest

weather ever!




L’OCCITANE (450 Baht)

A summer essential

for every man’s need.

Quick and easy to

apply, it leaves behind

the fresh, zesty and

aquatic scent of

L’Homme Cologne


Beauty items for beaches are

always evolving products.

Before basking in the sun

or plunging in the sea, here

are some insights to up your

summer knowledge.


ML FROM THANN (650 Baht)

It’s time to relax and find

balance! This shower gel is

specially formulated to optimise

the skin’s natural moisture

balance. A good way to remove

damage free radicals caused by

everyday pollution.



BURT’S BEES (930 Baht)

This moisturiser is

formulated with royal

jelly to help enhance

skin’s natural radiance.

Fed to the queen bee

to nurture her, this

nourishing royal jelly

should also make you

queen this summer!



(1,355 Baht)

A moisturising body milk whose

fragrance is an irresistibly floral

and deeply captivating scent of

an Arlesienne. It will remind you

of hot summers in Provence.


BEES (520 Baht)

When nature plays a little too rough,

this penetrating blend of oils can

come to your rescue!




(1,190 Baht)

This soothing massage oil

is a blend of revitalising

essential oils in a

skin-softening base of

lavender and bergamot

to nourish your body and

calm your mind.


Burt’s Bees

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 87 811 4554


M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7769

Neal’s Yard Remedies

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 95 543 6654


4th Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2690 1000

Words ALEXIS Style Saranya Ariyakul Photo Kitti Bowornphatnon

Toiletries Tips!

➊ For skincare, if you don’t know

where to begin – think of cleanser,

treatment and moisturiser.

➋ For makeup, start with some beauty

products you’ll feel comfortable using

(lipstick, mascara – all should

be waterproof!)

➌ For fragrance, think of the triple

Fs! (floral, fruity or fresh)







(264 Baht)

A high impact lipstick

that delivers a vivid

shock of colour with a

sultry, matte finish. It’s

the piece that brings

pure sweetness to

your lips!





AESOP (1,350 Baht)

A hydrating

formulation of cooling

botanicals refreshes

and moisturises the

skin in a body balm.

The lightweight

cream makes you feel

comfortable under

the sun.



BEES (280 Baht)

100% natural formula is

infused with moisturising

shea butter, vanilla bean and

vitamin E. Keep in mind that

the delicious vanilla flavour

perfectly pampers your pout!



STILA (1,590 Baht)

This palette will leave your complexion

radiant. The formulation meltingly absorbs

on to cheeks to create a glow from within; a

perfect beauty tool for festive fantasies.

Pack & Go (Like A Pro)

When it comes to packing for a vacation, real travellers like you

know to be a pro in spite of the unexpected chaos. Avoid panic!


FROM GIVENCHY (price upon request)

Givenchy’s iconic and best-selling loose

powder in a travel size for on the go touchups,

with 4 shades which gives a matte yet

radiant and translucent complexion. You

are the queen of outdoor activities with

your flawless face!

The Summer


(Don’t You Dare Miss!)

Shea Butter – mainly used in the

cosmetics industry for skin and hairrelated

products. It is an excellent

emollient for people who suffer from dry

skin conditions. For any other skin types,

just use the appropriate amount.

Coconut Oil – excellent massage oil

that acts as an effective moisturiser on all

types of skin, especially dry skin. Unlike

mineral oil, there is no chance of having

any adverse side effects on the skin.

Bergamot – with both calming

and uplifting abilities, bergamot

can dissipate anxious feelings while

simultaneously cleansing and purifying

the skin. That makes it a perfect fit for

the summer season.



JACOBS (3,985 Baht)

This new interpretation of Daisy eau

de toilette design embodies the joyful

spirit of the season with a nod to vintage

holiday ornaments. The fresh floral scent

makes you charming and seductive.



M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7513

Burt’s Bees

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 87 811 4554


Siam Paragon, the

Emporium, Isetan/Zen @

Central World and The

Mall Bangkapi

Marc Jacobs

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 1000


all branches of

Watsons stores


Sephora 1st Floor,

Siam Centre

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 1616






Words ALEXIS Style Saranya Ariyakul Photos KITTI BOWORNPHATNON





Ladies: a sleek-looking and puttogether

man can be counted

on! When it’s time for sea, sand

and sun – make him the best

companion ever, all dressed up

and ready for any occasion.



sunglasses from

Illesteva @ House of

Glasses (13,500 Baht)

➋ Short sleeve printed

shirt from Jack Spade

(5,550 Baht)

➌ Short sleeve polo

shirt from Vilebrequin

(4,500 Baht)

➍ Brown leather BOAT

SHOES from Hackett

(7,690 Baht)

➎ Straw hat from

Hackett (2,700 Baht)

➏ Coconut tree

embroidery swim

trunks from

Vilebrequin (22,500 Baht)

➐ Printed rubber FLIP

FLOPS from Havaianas

(1,290 Baht)

➑ Stainless STEEL HIP

FLASK from Jack Spade

(3,950 Baht)

➒ Cardholders from

Hackett (3,190 Baht)

➓ Cedrat shampoo

250ml from L’Occitane

(980 Baht)

• 11 Cedrat aftershave

75ml from L’Occitane

(1,450 Baht)



M Floor, Siam Discovery

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 1616


2nd Floor, Siam Centre

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 1602

Illesteva at House of Glasses

3rd Floor, Central World

Tel. +66 (0) 92 250 9654

Jack Spade

1st Floor, Central World

Tel. +66 (0) 2658 6574


M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7769


2nd Floor, Emquartier

Tel. +66 (0) 2003 6132


Burt’s Bees

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel: +66 (0) 87 811 4554

Cutler and Gross at

House of Glasses

3rd Floor, Central World

Tel. +66 (0) 92 250 9654

Kate Spade

1st Floor, Central World

Tel. +66 (0) 2252 1260

Pim Cosmetix


Tel. +66 (0) 86 970 8029

Tory Burch

M Floor, Siam Paragon

Tel. +66 (0) 2610 7734


Creamy matte

lipsticks from Pim

Cosmetix (495 Baht)

➋ Turtle print shorts

from Vilebrequin

(6,500 Baht)

➌ Leather sandals

from Tory Burch

(10,900 Baht)

➍ Fish print onepiece

swimwear from

Vilebrequin (10,500 Baht)

➎ Turtle print hat from

Vilebrequin (7,500 Baht)

➏ Short sleeve polo

shirt from Vilebrequin

(6,000 Baht)

➐ Sunglasses from

Cutler and Gross @

House of Glasses

(Price upon request)

➑ Leather clutch from

Kate Spade (15,500 Baht)

➒ Drinking tumbler

from Kate Spade

(1,250 Baht)

➓ Hand Cream Quatour

set from L’Occitane

(1,590 Baht)

11 Arlesienne shower

gel 250ml from

L’Occitane (940 Baht)


BURT’S BEES (1,300 Baht)



Feeling the caress of a warm

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on the menu



A classic Thai dish not to be missed

is definitely Gaeng Khiew Waan

or Green Curry. Its rich flavour

has a strong kick of spiciness that

may challenge some palates, yet

every fragrant spoonful offers an

authentic Thai taste.

During the Ayutthaya period, locals in this central part

of Thailand adapted recipes from Gaeng Liang (spicy

mixed vegetable soup) and Gaeng Paa (hot and spicy

red curry) – both served as a base for new creations.

First came dishes like Gaeng Daeng or Gaeng Phed

(both are red curries) from existing recipes. Then

with more creativity, they invented a new meal for

the dining table – Gaeng Khiew Waan – by adding

a hand-pounded paste of green chillies, chilli leaves

and coriander roots as ingredients to make the curry

greener. It explains why they called it Gaeng Khiew,

or green curry. The word ‘waan,’ which means sweet,

does not come from a sweet taste, though. It’s the

Thai description for the soft green colour when fresh

coconut milk gets blended into the curry. This was

how the classic Thai recipe originated and is now

ranked at 19 out of 50 of the most popular dishes

across the globe.

In the old days, Gaeng Khiew Waan was prepared

using a salt base with the belief that the natural

sweetness from the coconut milk and meat was

enough to make it taste good. Ingredients used in the

making of Gaeng Khiew Waan include garlic, shallots,

lemongrass, coriander, chilli peppers, cumin and

galangal to lessen the meat odour as well as boost

the taste of the curry soup. With the exception of

ground spices and chillies; meat and ingredients such

as devil’s figs, Thai eggplants and bamboo shoots can

be substituted. When the curry is ready, sweet basil,

kaffir lime leaves and pieces of red chillies can garnish

the dish and give it a bold colour and beautiful


Gaeng Khiew Waan is normally made with various

kinds of meats – beef, pork, chicken, fish and fishballs –

and served with steamed rice or Khanom Jeen

(fresh rice noodles).

Gaeng Khiew Waan

Nutrition Facts:

This dish provides the average amount

of daily protein and is high in fat, but its

nutritional value makes Gaeng Khiew Waan

good for increasing vitamin, mineral and

protein intake. The dish is high in fibre,

from devil’s figs and other vegetable




(the easy and store-bought way that

skips pounding all ingredients in a

mortar to make the green curry paste)


• 2 cups of coconut milk

• 2-3 tbsp green curry paste

• 1/2 kg of desired meat,

cut into bite-size strips

• 1/4 kg small, round Thai eggplants

(makhuea proh), cut in halves or

quarters, or substitute with 2

long Asian eggplants, cut in

bite-size chunks

• 1/2 cup of small devil’s figs

(makhuea phuang)

• 2 kaffir lime leaves (bai makrood)

• Fish sauce (nam plaa) to taste

• 2 tsp palm sugar

• 1/2 cup fresh Thai sweet basil leaves

(bai horapha)

• Slivered chillies, adjusted to

desired hotness

Cooking Steps

Do not shake the can of coconut

milk before opening, so that the

cream remains on top. Spoon about

2/3rd cup of this thick cream into

a medium-size saucepan and heat

over medium to high heat. Reduce

amount of cream until smooth and

bubbly or until oil begins to separate

from the cream. Add the curry

paste and fry in the cream for a few

minutes to release the aromas.

Then add the protein of choice

and cook it just so and pour in the

remaining milk.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and

simmer 5-10 minutes uncovered

before adding the Thai eggplants.

Simmer a few minutes more, then

stir in the devil’s figs and kaffir lime

leaves. Season to taste with fish

sauce (may not be needed if the

curry paste is already salty). Add

palm sugar to balance and enhance

the spice and herb flavours to your

liking. Continue to simmer until

eggplants and devil’s figs are tender.

Stir in the basil and chillies (amount

based on preferred spiciness) and

cook another minute. Serve hot

over plain steamed rice or

khanom Jeen noodles.

The Benefits of Thai Herbs

and Spices:

Devil’s Figs

Amazingly a pain killer,

a haemostatic agent

(stops bleeding), alleviate

symptoms of ulcers,

bronchitis and arthritis

Kaffir Lime Leaves

Reduce inflammatory


Sweet Basil

Relieves heartburn, gas,

stomach distension,

encourages appetite

Thai Red and Green

Chilli Peppers

A laxative, carminative agent

(prevents formation of gas).

Relieves cold, phlegm and

creates appetite


Relieves colds and

improves the respiratory



An antibiotic, helps lessen

blood cholesterol,

cancer-fighting properties


Relieves gas, stomach

distension and phlegm


Relieves flatulence

and stomach distension

Coriander Root

A detoxifying agent, heals



Relieves gas and aids in



Is believed to fight cancer,

aids in digestion or

stomach upset and helps

improve bone health.

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Words & photo KAY Choomongkol




Know your Thai mango

varieties and its

delectable sidekick

When the golden mango starts the tango with sticky rice to

create a sweet treat, you know it’s summer in the tropics. As

the Thai heat intensifies, this fragrant fruit comes to the rescue

– with a little help from the sweet companion of coconut sticky

rice – to make the soaring temperatures bearable.

Mention this traditional dessert anywhere, from Thailand

to the rest of the world, and you’re guaranteed a rapturous

reaction. Perhaps it’s the delightful combination of a ripe

mango’s sweetness and hints of tanginess. With the fruit

nicely laid out on sticky rice that’s drenched in a sweet

coconut milk and topped with a gentle layer of salty coconut

cream, this dessert is simply everyone’s favourite.

To elevate your experience of Sticky Rice and Mango

(Khao Niao Mamuang) when eaten from a popular vendor

or restaurant, know the type of mango available and the

way sticky rice should properly taste, spoonful by spoonful.

There are two major varieties of fragrant mangoes to

complement this super dessert: Nam Dok Mai and Ok-

Rong. Nam Dok Mai is the larger and longer shaped fruit

with a yellow-gold peel when ripe and a generous, juicy

flesh of sweetness. Ok-Rong has a shape that is shorter,

smaller in size, with a less than attractive peel – a mix of

yellow and brownish colours. Even though Ok-Rong may

have some fibrous strands, it is without a doubt among

Thais to be the best variety, whose unique taste blends

the sweet and sour of an authentic Thai mango.

For the ultimate in taste, mangoes should be cool and

freshly prepared. The sticky rice grains should shine with

the richness of coconut milk and the sprinkling of crunchy

mung beans as a final touch.






Gigantic Feast!

The elephant, ‘chang’ in Thai,

is one of the enduring symbols

of Thailand that’s played an

important role in the history

and culture of the kingdom.

In 1998, the Thai authorities

formally recognise their

significance by designating

March 13 as National Thai

Elephant Day. Even during King

Rama II’s reign in 1817, when

the country was still known as

Siam, the flag represented a

white elephant.

On Elephant Day, various

events take place in zoos and

elephant parks throughout

Thailand. A huge banquet of

fruits and sugar cane spreads

out for them to indulge. In some

cases, Buddhist ceremonies are

held with the aim of bringing

good luck for the elephant and

its mahout.

When travelling around

Thailand, you will also notice

many Thai temples with

depictions of elephants – from

statues to mural paintings.

In the Buddhist legend, it is

believed that Queen Maya

(Buddha’s mother) conceived

after the dream of a white

elephant holding a lotus in its

trunk entered her womb. This

is why the white elephant is

seen as highly auspicious and

enjoys royal status in Thailand.

Buddhism in Thailand also

incorporates elements of Hindu

beliefs and it is common to

see elephants together with

Hindu gods and deities. The

Hindu god Ganesh with an

elephant’s head and Erawan,

the white elephant often seen

carrying the god Indra, are

often depicted in shrines and at

temples in Thailand.

T-shirts and souvenirs, as

well as everyday objects, draw

the hard-working creatures

in realistic portraits to playful

illustrations. Some Thai hotels

offer towels with elephant

logos, whilst restaurants

and coffee shops in Thailand

may also feature elephants

on plates or cups in warm

affection. Here’s to spotting an

elephant in any shape or form

on this day. tourismthailand.org









Artistic Identities

Bangkok’s Sombatpermpoon Gallery is showcasing a wide-ranging exhibition of works by prominent Thai

artist, professor and director, Kittikong Tilokwattanothai. “Color Identities” is a mixed media art show in

which Kittikong reflects on the many hats he wears in life, some of which he has chosen for himself, others of

which have been bestowed. In the exhibition, chosen mediums of colour and shapes express a wide-ranging

experience in playing the varied roles and responsibilities that constitute his life. The artist says that what

surprised him most in searching for himself was the realisation that the frequent usage of particular colours

represented aspects of his childhood and its vivid memories. sombatpermpoongallery.com



Art on Water

Bangkok’s art scene is undoubtedly dynamic,

but one enterprise stands out amidst all the

bustling activity. Located on privately owned

ferries operating on the Thai capital’s iconic

Chao Phraya River, The Ferry Gallery is a

unique public contemporary art space. It

was founded a few years back by Thai artist

and entrepreneur, Kawita Vatanayankur, as

a means to promote contemporary art in

the city and bring it to the masses. Kawita

has ambitious plans and sees the project

as a first step towards democratising art in

Bangkok. Just given the sheer numbers of

daily commuters on the river, a large audience

is all but guaranteed and so provides

maximum exposure for the works exhibited.


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One of the earliest peoples to reside in Southeast

Asia, the Mon are the second major ethnic

group in Myanmar who reside mainly along the

Irrawaddy River delta and the southern border

of Thailand. Suvannabhumi was the capital of

the Mon people and was famous for its talented

artists and skilled architects. The Suvannabhumi

Art Gallery in Thailand’s Chiang Mai is the

only gallery there which features exclusively

Myanmar art from a wide range of artists. The

gallery is an impressive showcase of distinct

paintings in original styles, content and themes.


hong kong

Symbols of Nature

Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road is a well-known destination for antique

hunters, especially Chinese furniture. It is therefore no surprise that the

street is home to the Liang Yi Museum, a four-storey building which

houses one of the world’s largest and best-curated collections of

Chinese antique furniture. On show until March 31 is the exhibition

titled “The Secret Garden: Symbols

of Nature in Wood, Silver and Gold”

featuring over 200 objects from

the museum’s three permanent

collections and the largest showcase

of the museum’s objects to date.





Wild wet

– How Songkran Went from Words: Phol Wadoo

Sprinkling Water to Tossing Buckets

Thailand’s hottest time of the year marks Songkran, the traditional

New Year. The festival is celebrated across the country as Thai people

count on a new beginning, spiritual cleansing and, well – getting

others completely soaking wet without guilt.




The word “Songkran” itself, as

legend has it, comes from Sanskrit,

meaning transformation or the

changing of the zodiac sign. The

festival always falls on April 13th through

the 15th, coinciding with the rising of Aries

in the Zodiac chart. Songkran has been

celebrated since the Sukhothai kingdom

(1238-1438), and carried on throughout

400 years of the Ayutthaya kingdom

(1351-1767), right up to the Rattanakosin

era or present day Thailand.


Now the ‘big guns’

come out in megawater



Water fights in the

past used water

from a nearby

river or canal.

The first day of Songkran, April 13, is

called “Wan Maha Songkran,” when

the sun is about to leave Pisces into

Aries. Usually, people clean up their

homes and prepare for the new year

merit-making. On the second day

of Songkran, or “Wan Nao,” the sun

approaches Aries – and completely

leaves Pisces behind. Since it’s

neither in the old or new year, but

somewhere in between, people use

polite words and hope for the best in

the year to come. Many people go to

the temple, with food and buckets of

sand for the religious ceremony. The

New Year begins on the third day

“Wan Tha Rerk Suk,” since the sun

has completely moved into Aries.

Traditionally, the Buddhist

temple would become the centre

stage for the Songkran celebration.

The classic Thai poem “Khun

Chang Khun Phaen” portrays a

love triangle during the Ayutthaya

period, when the Songkran

festival saw celebration for three

days at a local temple. Local folks

would gather at the Wat Pa Lelai

monastery, as the poem goes, to

offer food to the monks. People

build sand pagodas as a way of

making merit, along with freeing

birds from cages.

It is here, at the temple during

the Songkran ceremony, that the

dashing but poor novice monk

Phaen meets beautiful Wanthong.

Enter another suitor, Chang

(unattractive but rich) who gets

involved. They pour perfumed

water into the hands of the elders

to show respect and seek their New

Year blessing. Then, young people

throw buckets of water to each

other for fun and to keep cool in

the April heat.

As time went by, Songkran

began to be a more visible and

active event. In Chiang Mai in

1922, the city promoted Songkran

to boost domestic tourism.

From Bangkok, visitors took an

overnight train to Chiang Mai for

the holiday. The very first tourist

group to Chiang Mai visited the

city’s landmarks, such as Wat

Phrathat Doi Suthep before bathing

the Singh Buddha image and

throwing water amongst the locals.

By the 1950s the city, led by

its elite members such as Kraisri

Nimmandheminda, reinvented

Songkran Festival for tourism. In

order to showcase Lanna culture

and capture the festive mood of

Songkran, Chiang Mai developed a

procession of Buddha images and

cultural floats. As the procession

roamed around the old city of

Chiang Mai, local people put up

altars in front of their homes as

a way to pay their respects to the

Buddha. The addition of the beauty

contest “Miss Songkran” added

more colour to the festival, so did a

series of Lanna cultural shows.

By the 1980s, Chiang Mai

attracted the first foreign tourists

for the Songkran holiday following

the successful domestic tourism

campaign. Phra Singh, Chiang Mai’s

most sacred Buddha image, left the

temple for the first time to join the

Songkran procession. Many more

temples created their own floats

and joined grander processions. A

parade of beautiful women riding

bicycles and holding parasols

became “poster girls.” The Tourism

Authority of Thailand (TAT) joined

in organising splendid cultural

shows at Tha Phae Gate.

From its beginnings in the

temple grounds, Songkran moved

Where to Get Wet

in Thailand?

Two of the most popular Songkran

destinations in Thailand are Bangkok

and Chiang Mai.

Silom Road

In the capital, the

business district of

Silom hosts the largest

and wildest crowd of

revellers in Bangkok.

The water deluge

stretches about 5 km.

To stay dry stay on the

BTS skywalk to observe

the huge crowds in

their water splashing

fun and smattering of

scented powder.

Khao San Road

It’s Songkran and more

– meaning things can

get wilder along the bars

and restaurants of

Khao San Road in

Bangkok. Police checkpoints

make sure

inebriated and overly

enthusiastic participants

don’t get out of hand.

Chiang Mai

The entire city

celebrates Songkran.

Around Tha Phae Gate

(Chiang Mai Gate,)

beware of water

ambushes. The most

popular places for water

play take place around

the moat, canals and

around the Ping River.





Elephants playfully

douse humans

during Songkran.

The former capital

of Ayutthaya is an

ideal place to see

them get into the

splashing game.


Expect to be wet all

day, and most likely

at night, too.

The first blast of

cold water is

never the kindest,

especially when

foam is involved!

to spread around the old city and its

moat. From sprinkling water as a

means to bless people, to splashing

bowls of water, Songkran became

a big participatory event. That’s

why 2.4 million foreign tourists

visit Thailand in April alone, most

coming for the Songkran holiday

with its billing as the “World’s Best

Water War.”

Now, festivalgoers roam around

Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and

other Songkran holiday destinations

with tanks of water on pickup

trucks. All modes of transportation

- bicycles, motorcycles, cars –

deliver aggressive blasts from water

guns or throw water balloons at

passersby. The government even

tried to ban skimpy clothing and the

high-powered water guns from the

Thailand’s water festival may have

more visibility, but neighbouring

countries Laos, Myanmar and

Cambodia also engage in their own

versions of water fights.

Songkran Festival. But few take it

seriously and instead playfully leave

dirt and wet powder pastes on the

faces of policemen.

The Songkran Festival is also a

homecoming event for Thai people.

Businesses close down for three

days or longer. Bangkok experiences

a mass exodus a few days prior to

reunite with family members in

their hometowns. To capture the

spirit of Songkran, people wear

brightly printed shirts. The fanciful

shirts, once a choice for country

folk only, reinvented itself as “high

fashion” over Songkran for the

holidaymakers and festival goers

who want a quick dose of the good

old days.

From sprinkling perfumed

water to high-pressured water

guns, from traditional Thai

costumes to wet t-shirts and

shorts, Songkran has evolved

through a series of makeovers. At

its heart though, Songkran is still

Thailand’s celebration of family

and the new year.

Hansar Moment of Happiness

Samui, Bangkok, Pranburi, Khao Yai, Cha Am




เมื่อเอ่ยถึงคำว่า สงกรานต์ เชื่อว่าอารมณ์แรกที่

ทุกคนนึกถึงคือ ความสนุกสนานเฮฮา การพบปะ

สังสรรค์ระหว่างเพื่อนฝูงญาติมิตร โดยมีองค์

ประกอบสำคัญอันจะขาดไปเสียไม่ได้เลย คือ น้ำ



นับถือ และน้ำในภาชนะใบย่อมที่ต่อมาถูกปรับ

เปลี่ยนไปตามยุคสมัยและกาลเวลา จากขันเงินสู่

ถังใบน้อยหรือขันน้ำพลาสติก แล้วจึงพัฒนาใน

ภายหลังมาเป็นปืนพลาสติกหรือกระบอกสูบน้ ำ



ดังที่หลายคนทราบกันดีว่า “สงกรานต์” เป็น

คำที่มาจากภาษาสันสกฤต แปลว่า “ผ่าน” หรือ

“เคลื่อนย้ายเข้าไป” อันหมายถึง วันที่พระอาทิตย์


ตามความเชื่อทางจันทรคติ ซึ่งถือเป็นช่วงวัน

เวลาเริ่มต้นเข้าสู่จุลศักราชใหม่ โดยจะอยู่ในช่วง

ประมาณวันที่ 13-15 เดือนเมษายนตามดวงดาว

ที่เคลื่อนไปไม่ตรงกันในแต่ละปี ทั้งนี้ให้ถือว่า

วันขึ้น 1 ค่ำ เดือน 5 เป็นวันมหาสงกรานต์ จาก

นั้นวันถัดมาคือ วันเนา ซึ่งแปลว่า “วันอยู่” หมายถึง

วันว่าง อยู่เฉยๆ พักจากการงานทั้งปวง แล้วจึง

ถึงวันเถลิงศก อันเป็นวันที่ 3 ที่ถูกนับว่าเป็นวัน




จนถึงสมัยกรุงศรีอยุธยา ดังปรากฏหลักฐาน


เรื่องขุนช้างขุนแผน โดยได้บรรยายถึงบรรยากาศ

วันสงกรานต์ ต่อมาในปี พ.ศ. 2483 รัฐบาล

ขณะนั้นได้เปลี่ยนให้วันที่ 1 มกราคมเป็นวันขึ้น

ปีใหม่แทน เพื่อให้เข้ากับหลักสากลที่นานาประเทศ

นิยมปฏิบัติ แต่ถึงแม้วันขึ้นปีใหม่จะเปลี่ยนแปรไป




มิได้มีเพียงแค่การละเล่นสาดน้ำเท่านั้น แต่ยังมี


มาเป็นประเพณีอันดีงาม นอกจากจะเป็นวัน

รวมสมาชิกในครอบครัวให้พร้อมหน้าแล้ว ยังมี


ผู้ใหญ่เพื่อความเป็นสิริมงคล พร้อมทำบุญ

อุทิศส่วนกุศลให้แก่บรรพชนผู้ล่วงลับ และช่วย

กันขนทรายเข้าวัด ก่อเจดีย์ทราย ร่วมกัน

ตักบาตรทำบุญ อันเป็นการสร้างความสามัคคี

กลมเกลียวขึ้นในสังคมส่วนรวม และช่วยกัน

ทำนุบำรุงพุทธศาสนา เทศกาลสงกรานต์


เพียงแค่การฉลองวันขึ้นปีใหม่เท่านั้น หาก



อันมั่นคงสถาพรนั ่นเอง


Songkran is the craziest festival in Thailand. People will throw bucketfuls of water at

anything that moves and gently or maybe not, smear powder paste to the cheeks of

passersby. To prepare for the water festival, here is a short list of things to do.

Put on your worst

clothes – That goes without

saying! Not only water, but

also powder paste will be

flying at you and there’s no

way to wash it out of your

clothes. Wear a white t-shirt

or go out with a technicolour

shirt or floral prints to keep

as a souvenir.

Leave expensive things at

your hotel – There’s a lot

of body contact and touching

involved during Songkran

celebration, it’s heaven for


Cover your mobile phone

– You will need a waterproof

mobile phone cover. A Ziploc

bag is the best alternative. It

keeps your phone safe from

water and allows you to use it

(press buttons, scroll, etc.);

the only downside is not

being able to take photos.

Resistance is futile, you

will be splashed – Soaking

is not everybody’s cup of tea,

and Songkran Festival is an

intense water battle. Some

people lock themselves in

their rooms to avoid being

Photo: Thalay Thammapakkul

ambushed with water. But

hey, this is Songkran. It may

feel awkward or downright

scary to have people

aggressively throw water or

scented powder on you, but

have a playful attitude and

join in the good game.

Have fun - Go out there,

enjoy yourself, be crazy, be a

child, and celebrate the spirit

of cleansing.


Traithep Wongpaiboon

Photos: Lek Kiatsirikajorn

Words: Chalotorn Payomyol

Sound design plays a key role

in how films are watched

and felt. Winner of multiple

awards and Thai sound mixer

for Wong Kar Wai’s “The

Grandmaster” makes us listen.

- An Aural


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Traithep Wongpaiboon


s the closing

credits rolled,

the realisation

occurred that

this film experience

feels different. Scenes of

walking, movement, falling

leaves or even breathing

became more distinct and

the precise timing of the

musical score enhanced

my enjoyment. Yes, there’s

narrative, acting and visuals

– but this time, sound

effects really registered,

unlike before when I paid

less attention. Because Fah

Thai had a chance to talk

with a renowned sound

master recently, every

auditory facet in the movie

became important.


A recent sound

design work

included See You

Tomorrow, a

romantic comedy.


‘The Grandmaster’

featured rapid kung

fu movements that

required sound


Traithep “U” Wongpaiboon,

a sound and music lover, avid

vinyl collector and the managing

director at Kantana Sound

Studio, points out that except for

dialogue, the rest of the sounds in

a movie have to be created in the

studio. With more than 20 years

of sound and music experience

and as a band member of the

Kidnappers, a Thai 90’s indie

electronic pop band – he is no

rookie in the sound industry.

His job as a re-recording mixer

deals with post audio production.

Once the movie is shot, sound

effects, foley sounds and music

get integrated according to

a director’s specifications.

Consequently, Traithep is

responsible for the whole soundmixing

process. It’s a technical

process but results in a film with

an artistic soundscape and the

viewer absorbs the narrative

without noticing the sounds as a

storytelling companion.

While his client roster

includes mostly Asian film

studios, his portfolio includes

Thai and foreign films ranging

from mainstream to independent

ones. One of his masterpieces is

“The Grandmaster,” the action

drama directed by filmmaker

Wong Kar Wai, which won

Traithep a Hong Kong Film Award

for best sound design and a

Golden Reel Award for best sound

editing in 2014. It took him six

months to finish Wong’s project

and while the work was not easy,

it paid off.

His working relationship with

the Hong Kong director spans 10

years. “Working with him was

tough and exhausting because he

is quite a perfectionist. Everything

has to be perfect. And he loves

experimenting,” Traithep explains.

“For The Grandmaster, I did several

versions and it was so tiring then,”

Traithep reminisced with a laugh.

Recently, he worked with Wong Kar

Wai again in “See You Tomorrow,”

a romantic comedy film produced

by Wong and released in Hong Kong

last December.

Traithep recognised his

audiophile leanings early in life and

chose to study sound engineering in


Traithep Wongpaiboon

Top Right

Mementos and

sound equipment

showcase Traithep’s

affinity for audio.


Awards won include

the Hong Kong

Film Award for best

sound design and a

Golden Reel Award

for best sound

editing in 2014.

the US. While technical knowledge

created career advantages, his

impressive portfolio made him

stand out in the industry. The work

is challenging and he takes pride

in the quality of a good product.

“When I put the right sound into

a soundless motion picture and

feelings add to the visual, I feel

good about it,” Traithep explains

and regards it as the fun part of

his work.

As a sound expert, what’s

his favourite movie? “Gravity,”

Traithep says firmly, after quick

contemplation. This sci-fi adventure

movie won many rewards for best

sound mixing and editing, and he

just loves the sound techniques

created specially for the movie to

make it perfect.

Traithep admits this profession

not only requires technical

knowledge, but also a good ear,

good auditory perception and an

ability to detect sounds. “Most

importantly, good taste matters.

We also sell quality. Those who

work fast without a sense of good

taste will not go far,” he adds.

Working in the sound

industry for more than 20 years

has established high personal

standards. “You cannot lie to

yourself. We tend to think that

what we do is already good

enough, when we can do better.

We need to set our standards

higher and do our best. With our

client and directors, we know

to do better for them. They may be

okay with the work but if we feel it

can be better, then more should be

done,” Traithep says.

Besides sound and music,

vinyl records are another love.

Admitting to always having been

crazy for them, his collection

began at a young age. Being able

to manufacture them became the


Traithep Wongpaiboon

“From vinyl collector

to vinyl maker,

Traithep now has

regular orders from

artists and vinyl

lovers – not to

mention women who

want to give records

to their boyfriends

as a gift.”

ฟ้าไทยพาคุณมารู้จักกับไตรเทพ วงศ์ไพบูลย์


ป็อป Kidnappers, กรรมการผู้จัดการบริษัท

กันตนา ซาวด์ สตูดิโอ และซาวด์เอ็นจิเนียร์


ภาพยนตร์ เขามีประสบการณ์การทำเสียงใน


20 ปี ทั้งภาพยนตร์ไทยและต่างประเทศ หนึ่งใน


The Grandmaster ยอดปรมาจารย์ยิปมัน

กำกับโดย หว่องกาไว ซึ่งได้รับรางวัลการ


จาก Hong Kong Film Award และ MPSE

(Motion Picture Sound Editor) ของอเมริกา


หว่องกาไวเป็นโปรดิวเซอร์คือเรื่อง See You

Tomorrow ซึ่งเพิ่งเข้าฉายในฮ่องกงเมื่อปลายปี

ที่แล้ว เขาเผยว่าการมีความรู้พื้นฐานใน

งานด้านนี้เป็นเรื่องดี แต่สิ่งสำคัญกว่าคือ


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การมีหูที่ดี และรสนิยมที่ดีก็ถือเป็นคุณสมบัติ


เมื่อถามถึงมาตรฐานในการทำงาน ไตรเทพ

บอกเราว่าเขาฝึกที่จะไม่หลอกตัวเอง และตั้ง

มาตรฐานให้สูงเข้าไว้ ถ้าอะไรไม่ดีก็ต้องบอกว่า

ไม่ดี และทำให้มันถึงจุดที่ดีที่สุด การท ำงานด้านนี้

ยังทำให้เขาได้เรียนรู้จากผู้ก ำกับไปเรื่อยๆ เช่นกัน


เด็ก และตัดสินใจไปเรียนการท ำแผ่นเสียงที่ประเทศ


แผ่นเสียงกลับมายังประเทศไทย ด้วยความ

ที่เติบโตมากับแผ่นเสียง การผลิตมันได้เองจึง

ถือเป็นเรื่องสุดยอดสำหรับเขา ทุกวันนี้มีคน

สนใจสั่งทำแผ่นเสียงกับเขามากมาย เพราะ


นอกเหนือจากเสียงและดนตรีแล้ว ไตรเทพ

นึกไม่ออกว่าเขาจะทำอะไรได้อีก เพราะความรัก

ในสิ่งที่เขาทำอย่างสุดหัวใจ บวกกับการเรียนรู

สั่งสมประสบการณ์อย่างไม่หยุดนิ่ง จึงไม่น่า



Collaborative work

between Traithep

and Wong Kar Wai

goes back several

years in many

films and awards










ultimate goal. Traithep went to

Germany and spent two weeks

learning how to make vinyls and

brought back to Thailand a recordmaking

machine. The machine is

one of only two in Asia, and now

he also has regular orders from

artists and vinyl collectors – not to

mention women who want to give

records to their boyfriends as a gift.

Traithep has seen the comeback

of vinyl because people buy fewer

CDs nowadays and downloaded

music is intangible when compared

to the physicality of owning a

record. “Apart from the sound

qualities, its charms include artwork

and album covers. It also provides

you with details and information

and delves deeper into the music

and artists,” Traithep explains.

With such love for sound and

music, Traithep could not imagine

his life without them. “If I didn’t do

this job, I would still find something

else to do with sound anyway,” he

says with a smile.



Photos: Bigs Vatcharasith

Words: Nattaya Likitdecharoj

With knowledge in

hand, have no fear in

navigating alone.


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Styling: Saranya Ariyakul Makeup: Rattanachot Pokhum Hair: Peter Kim

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Reasons to travel alone can range from recovering

from a broken relationship, searching for

spiritual answers or finding a purpose in life.

Maybe you just want to escape from a chaotic

routine, or a there’s a scheduling conflict with a potential

travel companion. Maybe no one else shares your

interests in certain activities or you’re simply tired of

travelling with others? Going solo can be a cool way to

challenge yourself and it can become habit-forming!

Travelling Alone: Where’s the Point?

Whether it’s a long trip around the world or a habit

of solitary weekend jaunts, here are advantages when

travelling alone:

Alone Time

1 is Healthy

Admit it, you rarely get enough of

alone time, especially as a parent

or partner. Being by yourself and

unplugging enforces a voyage of selfdiscovery

and self-knowledge. You

reflect on life, recent experiences on

the road and the direction things are

heading. It could be a perfect time to

refresh and focus on a new goal.

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Spaghetti strap top from Disaya

Distance Makes You Appreciate

2 People in Your Life

Distance makes you appreciate the people who matter

most in your life. Especially those you’ve taken for

granted. Far away and alone, the reminder to make the

most of every second with loved ones can be repeated

when you return. The same distance can also make

you realise that some people in your life aren’t quite

as important as you thought they were. Be they a bad

influence, a toxic love or a fair-weather friend, it’s not

always a welcome realisation. But it’s usually for the



You Gain a Deep Understanding

of the Local People and the

Destinations You’ve Visited

For truly rewarding solo travel, it’s crucial that you

connect with the culture and not remain an outsider.

When travelling solo, you’re more immersed in your

surroundings. You notice the unique characteristics that

truly make a place. Also, you learn to engage with local

people and folks who are more open, and definitely

more curious when it’s only you walking into that holein-the-wall

joint, or tasting the flavours of a roadside

food stall. From a heartfelt conversation on a train to

suddenly having a network of genial families happy to

host you for a night, you know none of these incredible

experiences would have been possible if you’d been

travelling with others.

You’re Completely

4 Your Own Boss

Is there something you’ve been dying to

try that no one is willing to try with you

— like diving with whales in Australia,

seeing Khmer ruins, or simply eating

fresh durian down south in Thailand?

Travelling alone, it’s just you and you

alone who decides what’s next. It might

be daunting at first, but spending time

alone on the road is among the most

rewarding of travel experiences.

You can spend a day doing nothing but

café hopping or lingering in a museum.

You can loll on a beach on the South

China Sea, hire a guide to visit remote

villages or join agroup of like-minded

strangers for a bike trip in Vietnam. There

is no need to compromise. As a lonesome

wanderer you travel where you want,

when and how you want it – all with a

liberating degree of indulgence.

When You’re a Little Lonely,

5 You’ll Get More Creative

Whether journaling, drawing, philosophising or

brainstorming future entrepreneurial goals, solo

travellers are usually forced to find new ways to amuse

themselves when there’s no one to converse with or

in the absence of wifi. You might even stumble upon a

surprising new vocation.

You Always Return Home with

6 Lots of New Friends

If you’re a born extrovert, travelling alone can be a

wonderful way to meet locals and make new friends.

Often, people who are alone appear more approachable

to others. Before you know it, you could be chatting with

some interesting folks at a sidewalk café or meet people

with common interests like yoga on the beach. The key

is to keep an open mind while keeping safety in mind,

especially in a foreign land.

Simple Logistics

7 It can be challenging to coordinate a trip and time

away from work with another busy person in your life,

and it’s even more difficult when you try to make plans

with a group. Usually, these challenges can be overcome

by simply planning ahead. But if you find yourself with

some downtime and you can’t find a travel partner on

short notice, it may be the perfect time to pack your

bags and go anyway — alone.

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You’ll Learn to be More Open,

8 But Also More Cautious

Of course, single travel has its perils too — such as safety concerns,

loneliness and the dreaded single supplement charged for lodging.

But a little preparation and common sense can save you money and

get you through the rough spots.

As soon as you step out of your comfort zone, dangers await.

The best way to travel alone safely is to ‘smile and keep your guard

up’. Befriend locals and live harmoniously with them, but do not

trust anyone too much.


You Will Be a Better Traveller

If travelling makes you a better and smarter person,

then travelling alone makes you doubly more better

and smarter. For any of you who may feel uncomfortable

even sitting alone at a diner to have breakfast, taking a

trip by yourself might seem awkward. Once you take

the plunge and get over your fears, you’ll feel a

sense of empowerment. A successful solo vacation

can inspire you to tackle things in life you’ve

been afraid to try. You will become observant,

curious, and pay more attention to details.

Meeting different people will change

you into someone with more empathy,

compassion, and patience.



solo travel

10 Amazing Apps

Apart from simple, everyday apps like

Facebook, Flickr, Skype, Viber, Whatsapp,

Google Maps, or music/iBooks, you may find

these apps useful with just a fingertip swipe.

➊ Banking – to quickly check your

balance and transfer funds whilst

on the go.

➋ Dropbox – A great way to back

up all of your photos and videos

in case you lose your computer/

external hard drive.

➌ Uber/GrabTaxi – for a reliable

rate and safety, plus GPS to track

where the driver is, how they look,

the driver’s phone number and the

car’s registered number.

➍ Google Translate/Microsoft

Translator – Whether you’re trying

to understand a road sign in a

foreign language — or a menu in

a Chiang Mai café or wondering

how to say “Can you give me a

discount?” in the Thai language —

the apps work like magic.

➎ TripIt – Your personal assistant!

All you have to do is to forward all

confirmation emails you receive

— car rental, flight, hotel, dinner,

whatever to TripIt and the app

“automagically” assembles

them as trip itineraries in one

handy location.

➏ SoloTraveller – Quick way to

meet new travel buddies to share a

ride, drink or adventure. It instantly

connects you with like-minded

solo travellers across the globe.

➐ Travelmob – A new

way of finding friends with

accommodations. You can search

for hospitable people who can

share their spaces with you by

browsing accommodations,

checking the hosts’ profiles

and reviews.

➑ Here – Forget the paper map

if you travel alone. Map apps

are better choices and not make

you look too touristy. Apart from

navigating online and offline, these

apps give you information about

tourist attractions, subway maps

and other public transportation in

the particular country.

➒ Findery – allows you to leave or

view digital “notes” (which include

photos, videos, and even music

clips) that have been distributed all

over the globe by other travellers.

➓ Foodspotting – is a handy tool,

whether you’re craving a specific

cuisine or flavour and want to

track down the best.

must haveS

When travelling alone, you will need trustworthy

items to keep a solo trip trouble-free and easy as

ABC. Be sure to have this list of devices and apps

before venturing out on the solo journey and

you’ll be thankful you did!


Gone are the days of solo travellers not wanting to take any technology with

them. Now that technology has improved and its cost decreased — it’s much

easier to take some of these devices with you.

Mobile Phone – A true

friend and a must. Without

it, you’re completely alone

with a greater chance of

getting lost.

Travel Sim Card – Better

check and compare local

sim cards and carrier

policies. Find one that suits

your needs and habits.

Power Bank – as a backup

to make sure your device is

charged at all times.

Small, Adjustable Tripod

/ Selfie Stick – Most solo

travellers love this when

they know they themselves

are the best photographers

and don’t want to impose

on anyone else.

Laptop/ Tablet – are

alternatives. Carrying too

many things may become a

burden in the end.

Alarms, Whistles –

People walking alone in

isolated places or travelling

in public transport such as

trains and may fall asleep

can rely on these items as

added protection.

Solo travellers

need not feel lonely

with apps that

connect with fellow

sojourners with

matching interests.

It could be a meet at

a live event, local spot

or exotic meal.




i roam alone author who travelled

to over 70 countries, Monthon

“Mint” Kasantikul, 28, Thailand

Take for example

Monthon “Mint”

Kasantikul, who wrote

a book on solo travel. The

passion for travelling alone

happened to Mint, who is a

28-year-old Thai blogger,

and has been globetrotting

to over 70 countries. She’s

become quite addicted to it

and has written about her

unaccompanied journeys.

Mint said she loved the

way she felt every time

she travelled alone. “The

experience will be your own.

It is your own story that is

deeper. It is the memory that

lasts longer,” she says. Apart

from being the master of

her own trip with no filtered

experience, just spontaneity,

solo travelling is also a path

of self-discovery for her.

Mint has discovered peaceful

moments to reflect – to learn

to overcome loneliness, and

have a new attitude. Her


student from the state

of Colorado, Toland

was inspired by his

father’s ‘once in a lifetime’

year-long travel stories

of the South Pacific and

Southeast Asia back in 1985-

1986. Owen decided to travel

solo for the first time in his

life after graduating from

the University of Colorado.

He spent 8 months making

his way through Southeast

Asia and South Pacific in

October 2015. He enjoyed the

scenery and

hot-tempered tendencies

changed and she has learned

to calm down, appreciate

nature, people and culture


At first, being a young

female who travelled alone

was not easy As soon as she

stepped out of her comfort

zone, dangers awaited.

Mint suggests that you

befriend locals and live

harmoniously with them,

but do not trust anyone too

much. Her attitude of ‘smile

hiking in New Zealand,

scuba diving in Australia,

trekking in Nepal, surfing

in Indonesia, just to name

a few.

During the solo trip,

Owen bought a motorbike

in Vietnam and travelled up

north through the country.

It was a 23 day-long journey

of nearly 2,500km which he

said was one of the greatest


On the other hand, there

were many times Owen felt

down, exhausted,

overwhelmed, or

simply homesick, but

making it through

those times with

a smile is one of

the great parts of


“When you

encounter a problem

while travelling, you

just simply need to

deal with it. It’s not

like when you are

but keep your guard up’

seemed to work out

very well.

“My personal rule is to stay

conscious of your situation.

Don’t drink. Don’t go outside

at night. Don’t draw attention.

Be simple as much as possible

and live like the locals. If

there is a problem, like sexual

harassment, I don’t hesitate

to act like I’m very angry and

threaten that I’m going to write

a review online. It works.”





home and can just turn your

head and forget about it.

One of my favourite aspects

of travelling alone is the

demand it creates to meet

new people. It forces you out

of your comfort zone and

allows you to make these

incredible bonds with people

that you’ve only known for a

few days but will remember

for years to come,” he says.

He adds that, “travelling

taught me many things, such

as perspective and patience,

how to deal with stress and

how to interact socially

with people from different

cultures and demographics.

I hope I am a better person

after travelling; a more

reasonable person who

enjoys life and doesn’t take it

for granted as much.”

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บล็อกเกอร์สาววัย 28 แห่งบล็อก I roam

alone เธอกลับนิยมลุยเดี่ยว มิ้นท์ออกเดิน

ทางคนเดียวมาแล้วกว่า 70 ประเทศ การเดิน

ทางคนเดียวทาให้มิ้นท์ค้นพบตัวเอง เรียนรู้ที่

จะใจเย็นลง และละเมียดละไมกับความงามของ

ธรรมชาติ ผู้คน วัฒนธรรมท้องถิ่นมากขึ้น


ภัย คือ ต้องมีสติตลอดเวลา ไม่ทาตัวเป็นเป้า

สายตา และห้ามไว้วางใจใครง่ายๆ แต่ไม่ถึงกับ


เมื่อปี 2015 โอเวน โทแลนด์ อีกหนึ่งหนุ่ม

นักเดินทางโซโลสัญชาติอเมริกันวัย 23 เลือก


และเอเชียอาคเนย์ โดยเลือกลุยเดี่ยวตลอดระยะ

เวลา 8 เดือนหลังจากเรียนจบมหาวิทยาลัย


ดาน้าลึกที่ออสเตรเลีย เทรคกิ้งที่เนปาล เล่น

เซิร์ฟที่อินโดนีเซีย และอีกหลายกิจกรรมใน

ประเทศแถบนั้น แต่ที่ตรึงตราอยู่ในใจโอเวน

ตลอดมาคือ การควบมอเตอร์ ไบค์ฉายเดี่ยว


ทางกว่า 2,500 กิโลเมตร ตลอดเวลา 23 วัน

แม้จะสนุกสุดๆ แต่ตลอดทริป โอเวนบอก

ว่า ความอดทนอดกลั้นและการยิ้มสู้กับปัญหา

จะช่วยให้ผ่านช่วงเวลาแย่ๆ ไปได้ เหนืออื่นใดที่

โอเวนได้เรียนรู้ระหว่างเดินทางคือ การได้ผูกมิตร

กับเพื่อนใหม่ ซึ่งแม้รู้จักกันเพียงแค่ไม่กี่วัน




Hong Kong


Photos: Courtesy of Art Basel

Words: N. Wright

is Where

Hong Kong Art Basel 2017

and its Show Companions

the Art Is


ommuters in Hong Kong this

March may find themselves on a

public tram that’s been converted

into an art space. Artist Kingsley

Ng’s ‘Twenty-Five Minutes Older’ exhibit

turns two of Hong Kong’s iconic public

trams into a dark room concept of camera

obscura. Once on board, passengers view

images of passing street life displayed

inside the tram alongside texts from Liu

Yichang’s famous story, Tete Beche.

The exhibit is one of many from the Hong Kong

Art Basel fair, as galleries, artists, collectors

and art enthusiasts from Asia and the world

congregate in the prestigious international

art event. Art Basel in Asia features some of

the world’s leading modern and contemporary

art galleries showcasing paintings, sculptures

and digital art such as videos by more than

4,000 artists at the Hong Kong Convention and

Exhibition Centre. The fair goes from March 23

to March 25, 2017.


Walter Oltmann,

Bristle Disguise,

2014, Aluminum

Wire, 47 1/4 × 30

11/16 × 21 1/4 in,

120 × 77.9 × 54 cm,

Courtesy Goodman




Hong Kong


Imura art

gallery shows


“3 kg Painting,



Artist Kingsley Ng

uses a public tram

as an ‘art space.’

Magician Space by

Li Jinghu

The scope of Art Basel features

some 250 galleries in 6 show

sectors. Determined art enthusiasts

navigate the fair’s sectors through

categories such as Discoveries

(emerging artists) and Encounters

(large-scale works). The 2017 Hong

Kong edition, the fifth in the city,

for the first time includes Kabinett,

in which galleries organise miniexhibitions

within their own

booths, whether solo or group

shows or presentations focused on

art history.

Art Basel’s widely acclaimed

Encounters sector showcases

17 projects by internationally

renowned artists. Curated by

Alexie Glass-Kantor, Executive

Director of Artspace in Sydney,

the 2017 edition has works by

“I was interested in

exploring the relationship

between time and experience,

specifically, how time is

related to ‘Ewncounters,’”

says Alexie Glass-Kantor,

the third-year curator of

the Encounters sector at Art

Basel HK, citing the 17 largescale

sculptural installations.

notable artists like Pio Abad,

Rasheed Araeen, Katharina Grosse,

Gonkar Gyatso, Joyce Ho, Hu

Qingyan, Bingyi, Waqas Khan,

Kimsooja, Alicja Kwade, Dinh Q. Lê,

Li Jinghu, Sanné Mestrom, Michael

Parekowhai, Shen Shaomin, Rirkrit

Tiravanija and Wang Wei. Another

sector, Insights, brings works of

galleries and their artists from the

broader Asian market, with final

sectors being Magazines, with art

publications from around the world

and Film, a 3-day programme done

by and about artists.

The pre-eminent Gagosian

Gallery will present German

artist Katharina Grosse’s series

of six new sculptures cast in

aluminum and intricately spraypainted

in vivid hues.

Edouard Malingue Gallery’s

debut ‘Slipping Mural 2’ (2017)

by Chinese artist Wang Wei. The

floor-based installation uses

images from a Beijing zoo and an

idyllic beach framed by a palm

tree, birds and clouds, exploring

the return to nature in its most

basic form and reflecting upon the

nature of reality.

In a timely piece, 10

Chancery Lane Gallery and

P.P.O.W. will explore today’s

global refugee crisis with an

installation titled ‘The Deep

Blue Sea’ (2017) by Vietnamese

artist Dinh Q. Lê (b. 1968).

Osage Gallery will present

‘Summit’ (2009-2010) by Chinese

artist Shen Shaomin (b. 1956),

which features sculptures of five

deceased Communist leaders:

Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Kim

Il Sung, Vladimir Lenin and Mao

Zedong. Castro is depicted on his

deathbed while the others are each

presented in a crystal coffin.

Silverlens will show ‘Not a

Shield, but a Weapon’ (2016) by

Filipino artist Pio Abad (b. 1983).

The installation consists of 180

counterfeit reproductions of former

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s

iconic handbag – produced in

Marikina in the Philippines –

and continues Abad’s interest in

exploring ideas surrounding value,

cultural artefacts and the political

histories of the United Kingdom

and the Philippines.

Magician Space will

premiere ‘Archaeology of the

Present (Dongguan)’ (2017), an

installation by Chinese artist Li

Jinghu (b. 1972). Inspired by the

artist’s hometown of Dongguan,

which has become an industrial

centre sometimes referred to as

‘the factory of the world’, the

installation will feature lights

from factories that Li Jinghu has

transformed into abstract clouds.

Sullivan+Strumpf will premiere

an installation by Dutch-Australian

artist Sanné Mestrom (b. 1979).

‘The Bathers’ (2016), based on

Cézanne’s infamous painting of

the same name, extends Mestrom’s

investigation into the language

of painting as explored through

sculptural form. The work will be

the artist’s most ambitious work to

date, consisting of a series of three

large resin figurine abstractions

that appear to recline in the ‘tears’

of a fourth abstracted figurine – a

large aluminium and bronze

‘water fountain’.

‘House of Red Bamboo’

(2017) by Pakistani artist Rasheed

Araeen (b. 1935) will be premiered

by Rossi & Rossi. The scaffolding

structure made of bamboo

references the artist’s long-standing

investigations into geometric

and architectural structures as

Postmodernist representations

of non-compositional forms, and

metaphorically their reference

to utopian ideologies following

the Constructivist and De Stijl


Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija,

whose works have been shown at

the Guggenheim in New York and

other major museums, experiments

with 3-D printing. Within a

structure built of traditionally tied

bamboo scaffolding, visitors will

discover five versions of the same

3D-printed bonsai tree positioned

on bases inspired by Constantin

Brâncuși’s wooden pedestals.



Hong Kong

Clockwise from Left:

Li Zhenhua,

Art Basel Film

Curator, HK,


Minutes by Kingsley

Ng, Korean

conceptual artist


Bottom Right:

Artist Hu Qingyan at

Galerie Urs Meile

Left Bottom:

10 Chancery Lane

Gallery and P.P.O.W.

present artist

Dinh Q Le

‘Wanwu: Metamorphosis’

(2013) by Chinese artist Bingyi

will be shown by Ink Studio. This

will be the international debut

of Bingyi’s large-scale landscape

ink paintings will be exhibited

and installed within the context

of an international art fair. The

immersive installation consists

of panels taken from the artist’s

monumental series ‘Wanwu’,

which was inspired by China’s

dramatic landscapes and weather.

Goodman Gallery curators Neil

Dundas and Damon Garstand says

that since its first edition, Art

Basel Hong Kong has grown in

stature and the complexity of its

international voice. “The reach

of the fair seems to grow year on

year and we now deal with clients

from across Australasia and the

Pacific coast of the Americas. We

certainly have adapted our offering

at Art Basel Hong Kong to appeal

to collectors from these regions.”

Away from the fair itself you’ll

find countless art spaces, in Soho

and also in PMQ, which used to be

a Police Headquarters converted

into a concept retail space. Other

places in Hong Kong other than

Central – include Wong Chuk Hang

on the south side of the island,

now popular due to the opening of

the metro’s South Island Line. Up

and coming is the West Kowloon

Cultural District and the M+ Gallery

of Chinese art. M+ is the new

museum for visual culture in Hong

Kong, as part of West Kowloon

Cultural District, focusing on 20th

and 21st century art, design and

architecture and moving image.

Meanwhile, check out Art

Futures, a section of young galleries

and the works of budding artists

from around the world. Then

there’s the Asia Contemporary

Art Show, the largest in Asia in

terms of the number of artworks

offered for sale. This year also has

Art Central by art fair veterans

Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus who

found the original Art Hong Kong

and later became Art Basel. The

exhibition is housed in a purposebuilt

tent right on the city’s new

Central Harbourfront, a 10 minute

walk from Art Basel.

The Hong Kong branch of Asia

Society moved into a Tod Williams

and Billie Stein-designed building,

a renovation of a former munitions

factory used by the British military.

Include Pedder Building on your

tour because it’s where some of

Hong Kong’s biggest galleries like

Gagosian, Hanart TZ, Lehmann

Maupin’s Rem Koolhaas–designed

space, and Pearl Lam, are located in

the 1924 neoclassical, a necessary

visit for anyone interested in the

city’s commercial art world today.



Shanghai Art Scene

Tucks into the Industrial

and Arboreal

A Shanghai art aficionado formerly with Sotheby’s in

Hong Kong commented recently that Hong Kong is

an established place for collectors, Beijing is the place

for artists to thrive, and Shanghai is the showcase for

contemporary art. Proof of Shanghai’s dedication to

today’s art came on a blustery cold day last November,

as the city buzzed with the excitement of the

West Bund Art Fair. Two other major art shows, the

contemporary art fair ART021 and the 11th edition of the

Shanghai Biennale made the metropolis the place to be.

More than a dozen private art museums with

impressive architecture dot the landscape. Galleries in

re-purposed and carefully designed spaces proliferate

in tree-lined residential areas and art fairs of an

international scope plunges Shanghai further into the

art limelight. Government support, the art market

and metropolitan culture of Shanghai contributed into

making the city a continuing art destination. Here’s a

guide to places that reflect Shanghai’s art scene.

The Bund

When in Shanghai, the historic

Bund is a place to visit with

its impressive buildings along

the Huang Pu River where the

iconic skyline provides many

a snapshot. Near the touristy

riverfront boardwalk, you’ll find

galleries and museums. A few

miles south of the Bund lies the

West Bund, a rapidly developing

area of world-class arts and

culture hub.

The Long Museum

Contemporary art is featured in

the Long Museum, an area once

filled with car manufacturing

plants. Currently, it showcases

American artist James Turrell, with 13

impressive installations and artworks

special to Shanghai.

The Power Station of Art

Located within an abandoned power

station on the banks of the Huangpu

River, the Power Station of Art’s

unusual design reflects its artworks.

The oversized neon thermometer

sticking out the top of the building

has become a landmark. Shanghai’s

first state-run contemporary art

gallery also hosts the prestigious

Shanghai Biennale, bringing it to

international attention.

The Rockbund Art Museum

As the Rockbund Art Museum

continues to hold popular

exhibitions by esteemed Chinese and

international artists, it is believed

to be the first contemporary art

museum in China that ‘is fully

devoted to supporting contemporary

art production and creativity.’

The space was restored by British

architect David Chipperfield and has

presented works of China’s leading

contemporary artists, from Zeng

Fanzhi to Cai Guo-Qiang.

Yuz Museum

Once the hangar of Longhua

Airport, Yuz Museum in the West

Bund area has an exceptional size

of 9,000 square metres in the

Xuhui district whose goal is to

enhance the public’s appreciation

and understand the world of

contemporary art. With its size, the

Yuz Museum is often able to exhibit

larger than life pieces of art always

worth seeing up close.

Pearl Lam

Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam

Galleries is described as a driving force

within Asia’s contemporary art scene.

M50 District

This art complex is tucked away in

an old industrial area along Suzhou

Creek along abandoned warehouses.

Here, you’ll find ShangArt –

considered one of the most influential

art institutions in the country and was

among the first few Chinese galleries

to participate in major international

art fairs like Art Basel.

Other galleries in the compound

include J Gallery that promotes

young artists, while Vanguard

Gallery focuses on media and

conceptual art.

Former French Concession

Galleries are nestled among old

villas, cafés and bars with plane

trees that outline narrow streets of

the Former French Concession.

Leo Xu Project

The gallery represents a selection

of young Chinese and international

artists and shows case works

depicting experiences of displaced

Chinese citizens.

Bank Gallery

Bank Gallery’s Mathieu Borysevicz

says that their projects are ‘research

based and meant to provoke issues

of cultural history(s) and global

interests and attitudes, especially

as it pertains to China in the 21st



The gallery considers itself an

‘experimental space’ acting as

both gallery and art laboratory.

ณ วินาทีนี้ ฮ่องกงได้กลายเป็นสรวงสวรรค์

สาหรับผู้หลงใหลงานศิลปะไปแล้ว เมื่องาน

ฮ่องกง อาร์ต บาเซิล ประจาปี 2017 ได้เริ่มต้นขึ้น



‘Twenty-Five Minutes Older’ ของศิลปิน

จีนชื่อดัง คิงสลีย์ อึ้ง ที่ดัดแปลงภายในตู้

โดยสารให้กลายเป็นห้องมืด และฉายภาพชีวิต


นวนิยายเรื่อง Tete Beche ที่สร้างชื่อเสียงให้ผู้เขียนอย่าง หลิวอี้จาง


ศิลปะ ศิลปิน นักสะสมและผู้สนใจเสพศิลปะจากทั่วโลกมาไว้ด้วยกัน ฮ่ องกง


ศิลปินนานาชาติกว่า 4,000 ราย รวมทั้งฤกษ์ฤทธิ์ ตีระวนิช ศิลปินชาวไทย

ฮ่องกง อาร์ต บาเซิล 2017 ประกอบด้วยงานแสดง ณ ศูนย์ประชุม

และจัดงานนิทรรศการฮ่องกง และการนาเสนอผลงานจากแกลเลอรี

ศิลปะอีก 250 แห่ง รวม 6 ส่วนด้วยกัน เช่น Discoveries จัดแสดงผล

งานของศิลปินหน้าใหม่หรือสมัครเล่น, Encounters จัดแสดงงานศิลป์

ขนาดใหญ่, Insights นาเสนอผลงานจากแกลเลอรีและศิลปินในตลาดงาน

ศิลป์เอเชีย, Magazines เกี่ยวเนื่องกับการจัดพิมพ์งานศิลปะรอบโลก

ขณะที่ Films เป็นรายการภาพยนตร์ที่เกี่ยวข้องและจัดขึ้นโดยศิลปิน

นอกจากงาน อาร์ต บาเซิล ที่ฮ่องกงแล้ว นครเซี่ยงไฮ้ยังนับเป็นเมือง

แห่งศิลปะร่วมสมัยที่พิสูจน์มานักต่อนักว่ามีงานแสดงศิลปะคุณภาพผุ ดขึ้น

อย่างต่อเนื่อง อาทิ เดอะ บันด์ อาร์ตแฟร์, อาร์ต021 และเซี่ยงไฮ้

เบียนนาเล ครั้งที่ 11

พิพิธภัณฑ์เอกชนนับสิบแห่ง รวมไปถึงสถาปัตยกรรมนาสมัย และ


งานศิลป์ อาทิ The Bund สถาปัตยกรรมโคโลเนียลย่านประวัติศาสตร์

ตลอดริมฝั่งแม่น้ าหวงผู่คู่นครเซี่ยงไฮ้, Long Museum พิพิธภัณฑ์ศิลปะ

ร่วมสมัยที่เคยเป็นโรงงานผลิตรถยนต์, the Power Station of Art แกลเลอรี

ที ่ปรับพื้นที่รกร้างจากโรงผลิตไฟฟ้าเก่าให้เป็นมิวเซียมระดับนานาชาติ,

M50 District อาร์ตคอมเพล็กซ์ที่แปลงโฉมจากย่านอุตสาหกรรมเก่า,

อดีตเขตการปกครองฝรั่งเศส พร้อมแกลเลอรีอีกนับไม่ถ้วน ทาให้วันนี้เซี่ยงไฮ้




Words: N. Acosta


The Nostalgic and the Contemporary

Guangzhou reveals itself to be an industrial port city with

traditional architecture but a look around shows dazzling retail

complexes and cultural landmarks with cutting edge design.

64 65


Three bronze statues of Chinese

women on nearby Shamian Island

in Guangzhou aptly chronicles its

historic direction: that of a woman

in traditional clothing from the colonial

period, another woman in a cheongsam

dress from the mid-20th century and a

young Chinese woman wearing shorts and

talking on a mobile phone.

Such is the history of Guangzhou; because gone are

vintage postcard memories of boats chugging along the

Pearl River. Instead, online postings show the latest

gleaming co-working spaces and cafés as people sip

their latte.

In the 18th century, the Qing Dynasty imperial court

gave approval for the Pearl River Delta area of Guangdong

province (with Guangzhou as its base) to be the first in the

region opened for trade with the outside world.

Since then, activity never really ceased and twice a

year since 1957, the city hosts the largest import/export

fair in China called the Canton Fair.

Nostalgic travellers to

Guangzhou may still think of it

as Canton despite its status as the

third largest city in China and the

political, economic, technology,

educational and cultural hub

of southern China. It lies close

to the South China Sea, Hong

Kong and Macau on the Pearl River

(also referred to as Zhujiang), and is

the third longest river in China.

The strategic location of

Guangzhou’s past has historic

offerings for visitors like the

Western Han Nanyue King’s

Tomb Museum (which houses

the 2,000 year old tomb of King

Zhao Mo), the Bright Filial Piety

Temple for a lesson on the ancient

history of the city, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s

Memorial Hall, Yuexiu Park, the

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees, or

Qingping Market. The beauty of the

mountains at Baiyunshan scenic

area is another attraction while

colonial history is still preserved

on Shamian Island with its grand

mansions set amidst greenery.

Meanwhile, its modern offerings

are scattered in a metropolis

whose construction pops out new

skyscrapers adding to the city’s

hyperactive skyline. Now cultural

landmark buildings are avant-garde

architecture such as Zaha Hadid’s

Guangzhou Opera House (also called

the ‘double pebble’); the carved

box-shaped Guangdong Museum,

and the familiar Canton TV Tower

skyscraper whose design resembles

a thin hourglass.

Gastronomic delights resulted

from its pleasant weather,

abundant rain and sunlight in the

ideal conditions for agriculture.

Top & Below Left

Visitors to


remember that

nestled comfortably

with sleek

architecture are

ancient temples

worth visiting.

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Below Popular in

Guangzhou cuisine

are dim sum and

roast meats, among

countless dishes.

There’s a Chinese

saying that one

should be born

in Suzhou, live in

Hangzhou, eat in

Guangzhou and die

in Liuzhou.

It is said that Guangzhou has the

most number of restaurants and

teahouses in China. Cantonese

cuisine (Yuecai), includes dim

sum, roast duck and pork, is one

of the most widely eaten in the

world – and the basis for food and

restaurant offerings in Chinatowns

around the world. Guangdong

residents were among the first to

immigrate to places like America, so

their food defined Chinese cooking


Chefs will tell you that Cantonese

cooking is one of the most refined

The Opera House, designed by the late

architect Zaha Hadid, sits at the heart

of Zhujiang (Pearl River) new town. The

twin boulder design visually links to the

river, but also unifies nearby old and

new buildings.

and celebrated cuisines in China.

Foreign merchants who arrived in

the region to establish trading posts

brought along with them not only

their merchandise, but their culinary

customs as well. Yue chefs adapted

styles and ingredients from other

Chinese cuisines, even incorporating

Western influences, making

Guangdong cooking the first truly

cosmopolitan cuisine of China.

Trade and commerce formed the

ancient route to Guangzhou and now

this city is also a prime destination

to shop and play in the new way.

Enormous malls and retail

stores cluster around the old

and new parts of town. The Tee

Mall Plaza, the China Plaza,

including the trade fairs in

the Guangzhou International

Building provide easy access to

top-notch products from all over

the world. Strolls can be enjoyed

on the Shangxiajiu Pedestrian

Street and Beijing Road Business

Street. Younger

consumers head to more

trendy places in Tianhe


Here is where one finds

APF Kafe decorated with

high stools and long

communal tables lit by

slender pendant

lamps and angular

wand sconces set

the mood.



Top The maritime

Silk Road started the

retail wonderland in

Guangzhou - from

silk goods centuries

ago, to current

high-end global


Fangsuo Commune is located

in TaiKoo Hui, one of the most

luxurious shopping malls in the city,

neighbouring with top brands such

as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.

The multifunctional space of Fangsuo

Commune combines a bookstore,

café, gallery, culture gathering,

fashion and design store. Parc Central

shopping malls, whose aerial shot

looks like a ‘double fish’ incorporates

planted walkways and living walls.

It’s very easy to imagine that the next

bronze installation will be that of a

futuristic woman shopping.


คงไม่มีใครปฏิเสธ ยิ่งสำหรับคนที่เคยมาเยือน




หญิงสาวสามนางที่ปรากฏบนเกาะซาเหมี่ยน ชุด


เป็นไปของกวางโจวได้อย่างชัดเจน เริ่มจากยุค

ต้นๆ ที่ยังอยู่ในชุดเสื้อผ้ารัดกุมมาจนถึงยุค

กลางหลังสงครามโลกที่คลี่คลายลงไปบ้าง และ


โทรศัพท์มือถือ ทั้งหมดคือเรื่องราวของกวางโจว

โดยย่อ เมืองเก่าแก่อายุกว่า 2,000 ปีที่เต็มไปด้วย





ดอกไม้ เพราะอากาศที่สดชื่นตลอดปีท ำให้บรรดา



อาหารกวางตุ้งเลิศรส กวางโจวในฐานะเมืองเอก


มากที่สุดในโลก เชฟแถวหน้าจากทั่วโลกล้วน



เฉพาะตัวตามตำรับกวางตุ้งแท้ๆ แต่กระนั้น รส

ชาติใหม่ๆ ก็เกิดขึ้นตามมาหลังจากต่างชาติเข้า

มาติดต่อค้าขายในกวางโจว นับเป็นรสชาติผสม




มากมายแล้ว สิ่งปลูกสร้างทันสมัย อาคารสูง

ระฟ้า และสถาปัตยกรรมสุดอลังการ กวางโจว

โอเปร่า เฮ้าส์ จากการออกแบบของดีไซเนอร์ชื่อ

ดังผู้ล่วงลับ ซาฮา ฮาดิด ก็กลายเป็นสัญลักษณ์





ศตวรรษที่ 18 เป็นต้นมา จากนั้นกวางโจวก็ไม่

เคยหลับไหล หากกระโดดโลดแล่นก้าวล้ำนำหน้า



Canton Fair ปีละ 2 ครั้งตลอดมานับตั้งแต่ปี

พ.ศ. 2500 เพื่อเป็นศูนย์กลางการเจรจาค้าขาย

ในหมู่นักธุรกิจจากทุกมุมโลก ประชากรและเมือง


ต่างถิ ่นที่มีจุดหมายปลายทางยังเมืองแห่งนี้

ไม่ว่าจะด้วยเหตุผลใดก็ตาม – เพื่อชื่นชม

ธรรมชาติ ช้อปปิ้งเทรนด์ใหม่ล่าสุด ดื่มด่ำกับ

อาหารการกิน หรือติดต่อธุรกิจซื้อขายสินค้า

น้อยใหญ่ กวางโจวมีคำตอบให้กับทุกคนเสมอ



Words: Nat Sumanatemeya

Photos: Vinid Rangpueng and Nat Sumanatemeya

Divers easily encounter the neon liveliness of coral

beds and the sublime sightings of sea creatures

going about their business in the beautiful and rich

marine life of the Andaman Sea.

A gentle giant, the manta ray (Manta birostris)

greets a diver at Hin Daeng in Krabi, while

surrounding wrasse fishes start cleaning its body.

Giant manta rays eat plankton and a fully-grown

one can reach 5 metres in width.

The living seas of Thailand remain an awe-inspiring place to explore

among scuba divers. The Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea hosts

some of the largest variety of the world’s most fascinating fishes.

Enormous yet docile ones like the whale shark or small fishes like the ghost

pipefish inhabit clear waters with the backdrop of soft-coral reefs. The best

way to see the great and diversified marine life is to don a mask and oxygen

tank. In Thailand’s scuba diving history, the opening chance to develop

into one of the world’s best diving destinations arrived with the closing of a

military base.

Before scuba diving’s reputation as a recreational activity, it was first

introduced as a sport in the 1960s by the United States Air Force when they

established their military base in U-tapao, near Pattaya. Soon after the

Vietnam War and the departure of the United States’ military force from

Thailand, several American soldiers left the force and started their scuba diving

businesses. Certified scuba diving courses then became available throughout

the area and Pattaya became the first scuba diving centre in Thailand.

72 73


Top left

The Longface Emperor fish hunts its small prey

at Richelieu Rock.

Below Left

The pink anemone fish (Amphiprion perideraion,) also known

as clown fish, is found in great abundance both in the Gulf of

Thailand and the Andaman Sea. This photo was taken in the

Gulf of Thailand during coral bleaching several years ago when

warmer temperatures caused coral to expel algae.


The ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus)

camouflages itself within the colours of the soft coral.

74 75


A school of topsail drummers

(Kyphosus cinerascens) swims into

waves that crash into the cliff walls

of Koh Bon in the Similan Islands

National Park, before the waves curl

and dissolve into underwater clouds.





Noon sunlight shines

through a crack above a

small pitch-black cave in

Koh Bon in the Similan

Islands. A school of small

fish encounters a camera

flash, making them look

like stars at night.

Bottom left

A colourful harlequin

shrimp (Hymenocera

picta) at Richelieu Rock.

Middle bottom

A whale shark

(Rhincodon typus), the

world’s largest fish,

frequently visits rocks

under the Andaman Sea,

especially at

Richelieu Rock.

Bottom right

The pinecone fish

(Monocentris japonica)

covered in heavy platelike

scales, is often found

hiding in the dark rocky

nooks of Richelieu Rock.


A spectacularly bright

coral reef attracts a

family of lionfishes

(Pterois volitans).





A blue-spotted seabass

dwells among gorgonians

and soft corals in

Koh Tachai.


At Richelieu Rock,

a Harlequin shrimp

nibbles its breakfast,

the arm of a starfish,

whose size is big

enough for the

Harlequin shrimp

to live on for several days.


Thousands of fusiliers flee near

underwater pinnacles easily

seen in Thailand’s seascape.


Abundant bush-like gorgonians

can be found under the sea

of Koh Tachai – part of the

Similan National Park in the

Andaman Sea. Gorgonians are

small marine creatures that

live as a family on limestone

structures built through their

own efforts.




About the photographers

Vinid Rangpueng

is a travel writer/

photographer with

over 30 years of

experience. He has

published more than

500 articles and

photographs. His

keen interest in marine life and underwater

photography resulted in more than 2

decades of experience as a professional

marine photographer. He is the Editor of the

well-recognised “Andaman and Beyond”

photography book. Also, his pocket book

documentary about the underwater world

received the Thailand National Book Award

in 1995. At present, he works as Director of

Promotional Materials, Production Division,

Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Nat Sumanatemeya has had a

special relationship with the

sea since his father took him on

trips as a youngster. He learned

to skin dive at an early age but

hadn’t considered scuba diving

until later in life. Once he did,

Nat started taking photos of the

exquisite underwater world.

Nat apprenticed at the travel magazine Orsoto,

which was affiliated with the current Tourism Authority

of Thailand, as a photographer and a freelance writer

from 1994-1999. He later cofounded a travel magazine

and became a photo editor until 2007. Now a freelance

writer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker, he

specialises in scenes of the underwater world. Above

water, Nat also shoots aerial photos for Loksopha

documentaries to capture the beauty of the aquatic

underworld across the globe.

Hundreds of chevron

barracuda (Sphyraena

genie) head towards the

Tatchan Pinnacles.



Know Before You Go

In Singapore, the ArtScience

Museum’s created a digital

universe that interacts with

your presence and opens into

a future world. Stroll through

a luminous field of flowers

that seem to go on forever.

bangkok 86 / chiang mai & up north 90 / samui 94 / phuket & krabi 100 / pattaya & Si racha 102 / hong kong 103 /

singapore 106 / kuala lumpur 108 / inle lake & yangon 109 / danang, luang prabang & phnom penh 110 / mumbai 112 / maldives 113






The Serious Business of Pampering

Feel good, yet be well is the new

luxury. Thailand’s leading luxury

spa under the “Harnn” brand has

just founded the “Asian Holistic

Academy” which is entirely

dedicated to education on holistic

wellness. After 17 years in the spa

business in Thailand and beyond,

Harnn is now ready to share its

rich knowledge and expertise on

holistic wellness relating to Asian

cultures. The courses are diversified

and include workshops to learn

self-massage to relieve stress, short

courses on foot massages, and head

and shoulder massages. Professional

courses like spa management are

certified by Thailand’s Education

Ministry. Qualified and properly

trained professionals conduct

these courses in Thai and English.


No More (Airport) Nightmares

Got time at the airport? It can be an inconvenience

if you want to get comfortable and public benches

are the only choice. Now there’s a better option,

because rooms for rent are available at both

Bangkok international airports, at the basement

level of Suvarnabhumi and on the 4th floor of

Don Muang. Boxtel provides an hourly ‘sleep box’

service, offering 12 rooms that are soundproof

in a modest space of four square metres. With

free wifi and a small foldable table, the room can

be rented for four, six or eight hours. Prices start

at 1,250 baht (about US$35) for four hours. It

accommodates one person, which can be shared

with a child aged under 12. You can also request

for a wake-up call. The shared bathroom requires

a short walk. Unfortunately, there is no shower

at the Suvarnabhumi facility while the ‘Sleep Box’

by Miracle Group at the Don Muang airport, which

opened earlier, provides 25 rooms with a TV and

shower in each room. boxtelthailand.com,

+66 (0) 2535 1192, +66 (0) 2134 9626, Sleep Box

+66 (0) 2535 7555

86 87



For the Love of Trees

Starting with only 30 core members in 2010, now the

“Big Trees” group has over 130,000 like-minded people,

judging from the numbers on their social network. Borne

out of attempts to prevent developers from chopping

down some of the largest and aged trees, the group

has taken action toward more civic responsibility. The

founding members include young professionals, not just

tree-huggers. Weekends have been spent studying big

trees endangered by the boom in property development.

To save trees and raise public awareness, check out:


Gentleman’s Cave

Men want manicures and

pedicures too – hopefully

in a setting especially

suited for them. Look no

further with the opening

of “Dirty Hands Club,”

where men get groomed

in a more preferred

hangout. Located in the

same building as Black

Amber Social Club in Soi

Thonglor (between Soi 5

and 7), the nail salon for

men offers professional

attention to hands and

feet in an environment

dubbed the ‘gentleman’s

cave.’ facebook.com/

dirtyhandsclub +66 (0) 96

884 1564


Passion Transforms Furniture

Inside the two-story setting of Atelier Mayasura in Soi Sukhumvit

31, objet d’arts from the 19th and 20th century along with Thai

contemporary art and design pieces greet customers from their

cosy surroundings. The retail space is the brainchild of Waan

Pithansombat Booth, formerly a museum merchandiser at the

Thai silk company Jim Thompson and a director for MAIIAM

Contemporary Art Museum.

Atelier Mayasura features antique and vintage furniture

that have been given new life. For an appointment,

call +66 (0) 81 666 8297 or email: info@ateliermayasura.com,



A Build up to Drink,

Dine and Wine

Located at the corner of Charoen

Krung Soi 31, the newly-opened

FooJohn is a concept building based

on the idea of bringing a French bistro

and a true American smokehouse

under the same roof. Once an office

building owned by an actual FooJohn,

the old shophouse has undergone a

makeover and is now done in a retro

style. Think red and warm-coloured

walls, warm lighting, decorated

mirrors and vintage mosaic tiles.

FooJohn takes over the first floor

of the building, a French wine bar

and creperie with Brittany-styled

buckwheat crepes, salads and cheese

with an all-French wine list. On

the second floor, FoudeJoie offers a

cosy jazzy cocktail lounge, serving

a fine selection of French spirits.

The ambience takes visitors back to

the 1920s with jazz music, period

décor and a selection of cocktails

inspired by the famous early 20th

century cocktail manual, “The Savoy

Cocktail Book” and the Parisian

classic cocktail book from 1910 to

1940s era. Having high quality French

liquors or French-made spirits result

in a ‘real breath of fresh air,’ says

owner Romain Dupuy, who promises

cocktails that are more strong and

tasty with unique flavours never

tried before.

“Spareparts” is on the top half,

seeking to be best smokehouse in

Bangkok. facebook.com/FooJohn

Building, +66 85 527 3511




CHIANG MAI & up north


Poi Sang Long Festival

Poi Sang Long (Festival of the Jewelled Sons), also known as Buad Luk Kaew

(Ordaining the Beloved Sons), represents one of the most important annual events for

the Thai Yai people in Mae Hong Son province and takes place just before the Buddhist

rain retreat period or Buddhist Lent. Considered a rite of passage ceremony for young

boys entering monastic life, the festival begins soon after the school year ends.

Groups of boys in full Sang Long dress travel from temple to temple to participate

in ceremonies. The ritual climaxes on the third day with an evening event featuring

traditional Thai Yai music and dance. April 1 to 4. festivalsofthailand.com









Busy Bees

The importance of bees, beekeeping, and the relationship to the

environment can’t be underestimated. This is made most apparent

at Chiang Mai’s Bee Conservation and Breeding Centre, one of

Thailand’s most interesting agri-tourism spots. Located just 10

kilometres from Chiang Mai, the centre undertakes research to

support beekeepers in Northern Thailand. Visitors should contact

the centre beforehand and proceed in learning about the life

cycles of bees in lectures from bee experts. tourismthailand.org

A Potter’s Tranquil


The verdant hills north of Chiang

Rai provide the natural resources

for Doy Din Dang Pottery (red clay

hill) while the surrounding tranquil

landscape provides the inspiration.

After an apprenticeship with a

master potter in Japan, Somluk

Pantiboon returned to his

native Chiang Rai to set up a

pottery studio in 1991. Now an

internationally renowned artist,

Somluk also spent years training

local villagers to become skillful

potters. His kiln fires and produces

vases, bowls, and teapots with his

signature designs. While serving

an age-old function, his works

also showcase a blend of the

contemporary and the traditional.





CHIANG MAI & up north

Northern Lights and Sounds

Since 1999, Chiang Rai hosts an annual light

and sound show to highlight the culture and

daily lives of the Akha hill tribes who live in

the hilltop villages in Mae Chan district. Staged

once a month during the tourist high season,

the festival includes performances of the Akha

tribe’s unique culture and lifestyle, including

children’s games. Ornately-done handicrafts

are also on display. Tel: +66 (0) 53 602 579-80



Polo Playing Elephants

Elephants play polo? In addition to soccer? Although the sport is

commonly played on horses, there is a long history of playing polo on

elephants, with its origins tracing back to Nepal. The Anantara Golden

Triangle Resort in Chiang Saen hosts the annual King’s Cup Elephant

Polo Tournament on its grounds. Ten teams from different countries

participate in the tournament. In addition to polo, there’s a whole host

of elephant-related activities such as a parade and painting. Proceeds

from the event get donated to Thailand’s National Elephant Institute.








If you love running, but don’t like the

sun as much, this charity sporting event

is for you. The 5th annual Koh Samui

Midnight Run is organised by the Thai

Hotels Association (THA) and the Thai

Association of Koh Samui (TAKS), with an

open invite for everyone to join. Circle in

Saturday, March 25 and make your way

to Reggae Pub on the banks of Chaweng

Lake. The starting point of the run is also

where everyone meets minutes before

the race starts at midnight. You can

choose between a 5 km or 10 km run along

Chaweng beach road or the streets of

Green Mango, then to the finishing line at

the Reggae Pub. Proceeds from the event

will be donated to Koh Samui’s School for

Autistic Children and the Green Project.


Luxe Stay and Garden Fresh

Know the amazing thrill of cooking your own

meal and knowing where your food comes

from. Just a few steps away at the grounds

of the Hansar Samui Resort & Spa, fresh herbs

and vegetables are grown fresh in organic

plots that’s cared by a dedicated team. It’s

not just the popular cooking class that the

Hansar Samui is also known for, but also their

commitment to protection of the environment.

Also check out their property and its

calming ambience where luxury of stay and

the luxury of dining with food from the hotel

garden make for a fulfilling visit.









Many of us want to volunteer, even

on vacation, but it can be difficult and

time-consuming. Being a ‘Trash Hero”

is simple. A few years ago, Sakdadech

Sutsawang and his small group of

friends started to worry about the sea

and the litter pile-up. Their concern

propelled them into picking up garbage

on the beach on Lipe Island, in Satun

province until it became a regular thing.

Trash Hero was born and through word

of mouth, communities became aware

of the group and made it their mission

to join in the cleanup and spread their

volunteer wings.

Trash Hero’s Koh Samui chapter became a voluntary community activity

six months ago. In order to join this eco-conscious event, you don’t need to

pay or sign up. Just show up at the meeting point at Phru Chaweng Seafood

restaurant at 3pm on Sundays and you can become one of the trash heroes –

to help pick garbage and keep the beaches and waters of Koh Samui beautiful.

What began as a small mission has now grown into what is a worldwide

environmental cleanup network. As of April 16, 2016, over 12,000 volunteers

have removed 155 metric tons of garbage in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia,

the Philippines, as well as New York and Prague.

trashhero.org, facebook.com/Trash Hero Koh Samui

Four the Love of the Caribbean

In Hunter S. Thompson’s novel The Rum Diary, freelance journalist Paul

Kemp is drawn into a love triangle and debauchery in the Caribbean in

the late 1950s. In present day innocence and good times, including casual

ambiance, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is bringing back the charm

of hot Caribbean nights at CoCoRum. The beach bar offers cocktail mixes

of flavourful rum and authentic Thai traditional culinary methods that blend

with the Four Seasons’ concept of signature luxury. One is encouraged to

indulge in a intriguing collection of exclusive rums from around the world and

the impressive cocktail menu from the award-winning Proof & Company bar

team. If you don’t fancy rum, then indulge in a handpicked selection of fine

wines, beers from around the world, fresh tropical juices and other nonalcoholic

drinks while nibbling on savoury Latin American influenced bites. In

true Caribbean beat, live music sessions fill the evening with fast rhythms and

stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand and its tropical greenery.

After an upbeat night at CoCoRum, there’s soothing afternoon tea

to consider at KOH Thai Kitchen & Bar on the property to calm

the senses. It’s a great way to pamper oneself in preparation for

the next step of the journey. The menu highlight is coconut

ice cream served in its shell, along with mouth-watering

local and international bites. So sip a cup of tea from

noon to 5pm. fourseasons.com/kohsamui






A music and lifestyle festival, Paradise Island, debuts in Koh Samui, a

2-day arts and music event that takes place on 15-16 April at the

secluded beauty of Big Buddha Beach. The event promises to be an

eco-conscious and environmentally friendly alternative to the Full Moon

parties. A variety of activities include boat parties, secret afterparties,

scratch DJ competitions, Thai cooking classes, as well as classes in

yoga, meditation, and tai chi. Confirmed international headliners are

Hip Hop originators De La Soul, Drum & Bass legend Goldie, the

English electronic act Maribou State (DJ Set), the Japanese electronic

live act Anchorsong and Dub/Dubstep/Reggae artist Mad Professor,

alongside Thai artists and a programme showcasing Thai culture.


Situated in Koh Samui’s quieter area of the

Mae Nam District, the place is easily accessible

with shuttle services. During the stay, there’s

authentic Thai cuisine created from family recipes

at The Farmer Restaurant & Bar, following the

experience of planting rice. Another treat is

the fact that the resort has a heavenly dish – a

sumptuous Farmer’s Duck voted Samui’s ‘No.1

Tasty Duck’ on TripAdvisor.


Scenic Stay and Harvest

The Farmer’s Boutique Resort may sound like a contradiction, yet it’s not. Absolutely, the resort grounds

with its 45 charming villas in 4 alluring styles suit a need for peaceful relaxation. And the scenic nature and

spectacular rice fields that embrace the resort provide a unique experience – a lesson on rice. This beloved

and crucial staple ever present on dining tables becomes more relevant when its virtues are learned

alongside the resort’s farmers. So exchange beachwear for more comfortable rice-planting garb – maybe

even a traditional mor-hom (indigo-dyed cotton outfit) and gain knowledge on rice. Guests can plant and

give their crop a name in the resort’s paddy fields. The resort will make sure to take care of the plant and

give monthly updates with photos for 6 months.




Phuket /Krabi


Bikers Have Their Day

Once you hear the vroom of motorcycle bikes as they rumble around the hills

and highways on the island, then it’s Phuket Bike Week. This annual event has

much to entertain bike enthusiasts, so make it a family event to see exhibits on

motorbikes and custom bikes. There’s even a Miss Phuket Bike Week competition,

a beach party, concert and a ride for peace. The event’s main attractions take place

at Patong Beach and Loma Park as well as at various other locations in Patong.

The top activity most biker enthusiasts look forward to every year centres on

the motorcycle exhibition, a chance for a closer look at big and shiny bikes from

makers like Harley Davidson to BMW. April 11-13, phuket.com

Laanta Lanta

The Laanta-Lanta Festival held every year in Koh Lanta’s Old Town around

March offers a chance for locals and visitors to celebrate unique cultural

practices from various ethnic groups on the island. This festival offers

thanks by displaying the best of their art and customs – the performances

can be magical, with the traditional “Rong Ngeng” singing and dancing

along other great traditional Thai performances. The local Chao Le (Sea

Gypsies) will conduct a special “boat floating” ceremony to promote peace

and prosperity for the island.

Lanta Old Town’s ambience is definitely something to see with its wooddecked

streets and restaurants on stilts in the water. The town’s beauty and

Andaman island charm gets enhanced during the festival with colourfully lit

lanterns adorning the streets.

With an abundant choice of delicious snacks and meals available

throughout the three days, you will be able to enjoy local and exotic food

and beverages. The festive and warm hospitality will surely make you want

to return again to this island of rich cultural expressions.

March, tourismthailand.org

Wine & Dine

Lovers of fine food and fine spirits can

partake in Phuket’s first Food & Wine 2017

at the Royal Phuket Marina. Count it as a

destination to sample epicurean foods from

celebrity chefs, learn recipes, see the latest

luxury kitchen gadgets and products in

action, and enjoy tasty food accompanied

by wines and spirits. There’s no room for

boredom with the variety of activities for

everyone, including a farmers’ market, live

entertainment, whiskey and cigar-rolling

demonstrations, a beach barbecue at The

Village, an Eat-Drink-Pink charity dinner

and even fashion events.

March 17-19,



When hotel resorts turn 30, they go big. To mark three

decades in the hospitality industry, the Laguna Phuket

group celebrates with the Laguna Phuket Food & Music

Festival 2017 within its resort complexes.

The presence of international chefs like Masterchef

Asia judge Audra Morrice guarantees a culinary feast,

along with other experts who’ll whip up dishes during live

cooking demonstrations. Pop-up food booths will serve

international and Peranakan cuisine. The options are

endless as food trucks serve additional eats, alongside a

beer garden while a Chef’s Challenge showcases cooking

feats with an emphasis on using Phuket’s local ingredients.

Phuket holds status as a “City of Gastronomy” as

designated by UNESCO. Performances from Black ‘n Blue,

Fivera, Gam are in the line-up – they’ll also play at the

charity gala dinner with part

of the proceeds benefitting

Phuket orphanages.



Tel: +66 (0) 76 362300

ext. 1404




pattaya / si racha

hong kong


Sanctuary of Truth

How is truth manifested? In Pattaya, it

begins with a remarkable structure that’s

a gigantic wooden temple. This mustsee

edifice has a top that’s 105 metres

high. The creation represents a spiritual

place of worship meant to reflect Eastern

philosophy. Its strength also lies in a

framework to withstand both wind and

sunshine at the seashore on Rachvate Cape.

Using ancient Thai skills, every square

centimetre is covered with carved wooden

sculptures. Seek its truth in Chonburi

province. sanctuaryoftruth.com

Live Sounds on the Beach

An annual fixture, the Pattaya International Music Festival is one of the best

recognised outdoor music events in Asia and attracts music lovers and fun-seekers

from all across the world. The three-day event takes place along Pattaya Beach Road

in Chonburi, starting at 6pm and goes on until midnight. Visitors can enjoy beach

activities during the day before attending the music festival as night falls. Performers

include a wide range of Thai and Asian talent who play everything from hip-hop to

rock. festivalsofthailand.com Tel: +66 (0) 38 427 667, +66 (0) 38 428 750,

+66 (0) 38 423 990


Art and Deco

Hong Kong’s Bibo embodies understated luxury and a realisation of art in all its forms – on the

wall, on the plate and in the cocktail glass. Diners enjoy some of the very best of seasonal French

gastronomy alongside the works of some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists

such as Banksy, Damien Hirst, Daniel Arsham, Jeff Koons and Aya Takano, to name a few. Brought

together in a space where street art meets fine dining, Bibo evokes a 1930s feel of form and

function. From the arched ceiling and brass pipes to Versailles-style French oak parquet, Bibo’s

commitment to French Art Deco is indeed impressive. bibo.hk

Striped Sensations

Hug them while they’re still young and cuddly. Located only 30

minutes from Pattaya, the Tiger Zoo is a popular destination for

close-ups with tigers and other wildlife creatures. Ten million

visitors have dropped in since 1997 to stroke tiger fur and gape

at other animals. An ideal family trip means visiting over 400

Royal Bengal tigers. Visitors can see their home environment,

watch them play and even hold and feed a tiger cub. But there

are more than just tigers at the zoo, as it includes camels, deer,

elephants and donkeys as well as crocodiles. tigerzoo.com




hong kong

Feathered Friends

First-time visitors to Hong Kong get surprised at the greenery of the territory in between the

urban sprawl and skyscrapers. One of the best places to experience green Hong Kong can be

found at the Hong Kong Wetland Park located in the New Territories. This world-class ecotourism

attraction demonstrates the diversity of Hong Kong’s wetland ecosystem and highlights the need

to conserve it. The park’s signature annual event is the Bird Watching Festival which introduces

visitors to a whole array of feathered friends through thematic exhibitions, guided walks and

numerous edutainment activities. Until April 10. wetlandpark.gov.hk


Electronic Arts

Since its creation in 1994, Sónar has established itself

globally at the cutting edge of the electronic music

landscape and is widely considered the world’s most

respected electronic music and arts festival. Beyond

the music, Sónar plays an equally vital role promoting

digital culture and visual arts through the Sónar+D

series of activities which are designed to link, cultivate

and inspire the various creative and technological

communities. This year’s Hong Kong festival will take

place across six stages and include an impressive blend

of established and emerging local talent.

April 1. sonarhongkong.com

Sonic Healing

San Lau is a Hong Kong-based and trained

sound healing practitioner who uses gongs,

crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls,

drums, tuning forks and other instruments

to create group soundbaths. Sound healing

takes place when different sound instruments

create healing vibrations to facilitate physical,

emotional and even spiritual wellbeing,

bringing the body back into balance and

harmony. The workshop involves participants

lying down in a circle with the instruments

placed in the middle and in some instances,

Tibetan singing bowls may even be placed

on the participant’s body to create an even

more intense healing effect.

March 11. eventbrite.hk

Culinary Learning

Hong Kong is rightfully known as one of the world’s

great food cities and here’s a chance to take a

culinary course. You can release your inner dim sum chef

or learn serious knife skills at the Chinese Culinary

Institute where Hong Kong’s top chefs are trained.

A home cook can also do a “Fun Kitchen,” a four-hour

immersion in the art of Chinese cooking.

The Intercontinental Hotel’s “Cooking with

the Culinary Chefs” courses are taught by its

top chefs from such establishments as

Nobu and Spoon by Alain Ducasse.

The experts demonstrate their dishes

before joining participants in a

champagne lunch.

cci.edu.hk, hongkong-ic.






Art Comes to Life

As stunning outside as it is inside,

Singapore’s iconic lotus flowershaped

ArtScience Museum has

opened a new permanent exhibition,

‘Future World.’ Visitors can explore

a fully immersive digital universe

where 16 spectacular art installations

are brought to life and evolve in

real-time through visitor presence

and participation. The digital

installations (which include some

created especially for Future World)

take visitors on an exciting journey

through four key narratives: nature,

town, park and space. The exhibition

is a collaboration with teamLab, an

award-winning Tokyo-based art

collective of “ultra-technologists”

that includes artists, programmers,

engineers, CG animators,

mathematicians, architects and

designers. marinabaysands.com

2017: Space Odyssey

Blast off to explore the wonders of space at

‘NASA – A Human Adventure’ at Singapore’s

ArtScience Museum. The exhibition marshalls an

extraordinary collection of over 200 historically

significant artefacts from the United States and

Soviet Union space programmes. Follow the story

of space travel by starting with the early dreamers

who ignited a passion for travel to the stars and

move on to the brilliant pioneers who took the

first brave steps to make trips into space a reality.

Objects on display are a mix of original and spaceflown

objects and high-fidelity replicas and scale

models. Until March 19. marinabaysands.com

A Mega-brave Zip

Adrenaline-junkies visiting Singapore will be sure

not to miss the MegaZip Adventure Park on

Sentosa Island, the city-state’s resort paradise.

Guaranteeing guests with the flight of their life is

the MegaZip centrepiece attraction, a 75-metrehigh

and 450-metre-long zip line which hurtles

the brave at 60 miles per hour from the green

jungle canopy of Imbiah Hill to the white sands of

the Fox Finishing Point. Other attractions include a

high ropes adventure course, a para jump, climbing

wall and MegaBounce. megazip.com

Red Marks the Shopping Spot

A unique Singapore attraction, the Red Dot Design Museum presents the

latest trends in the international design scene with a collection of more

than 1,000 exhibits in the field of product and communication design from

over 50 countries. It also hosts one of the world’s leading and largest design

competitions. To top it all, the museum also has an outstanding shop which

carefully curates a large collection of good design objects from all over the

world. Good design makes good gifts, so when you are out of gift ideas, the

Design Museum Shop is the perfect place in Singapore to visit.







inle lake / yangon


On Lotus Pond


Split Landing

Kuala Lumpur most certainly lacks no imagination when it comes to themed nightspots, but nothing comes close to the

Heli Lounge Bar. As the name suggests, it is an actual helicopter landing pad by day and by night: it turns into a rooftop

bar. Everything in the downstairs lounge is an aviation theme, such as a booth made from the converted side panel of a

Boeing 737 while a Boeing-747 turbine engine is reinvented as a DJ console. Guests should, however, take care when on

the 36th floor of the helipad – there are no rails, walls or anything else to stop you from going over the edge.


Splendid varieties of lotus grow in

the Taunggyi district of the Shan

State, with the most famous being

the “Kyar” (Padonmar lotus), also

considered a sacred flower. “Kyar”

blossoms reveal themselves from

December to March and once they

mature, become the perfect flower

stem to make thread.

The story goes that more than

150 years ago, Daw Sar Ou, a female

devotee from a village on the lake

created a robe made of true lotus

fibres and gave them to a revered

abbot. Thus began the origin of handmade

lotus thread from the flower

stem. Threads are created from the

processed stem and manually spun

with a spindle. After the spinning

process, the cloth is woven with a

traditional handloom. Lotus threads

create beautiful fabrics with a soft

texture. Monks’ robes are created from

them and the artisanal fabrics drape

sacred images. Utilitarian items like

shirts, jackets and ties benefit from

the strong threads. It is believed that

this fabric absorbs negative energies

and unpleasant odours. An added

bonus to the wearer is luck. Myint

Thein Tun, the third generation of

the lotus fabric weaving family owns

a lotus yarn factory in Inle and he’s

famous as a lotus fabric designer

in Myanmar. Everyday, visitors are

welcomed to his home which doubles

as a factory. My beloved work enjoys a

natural setting and a foundation of old

traditions – this reflect happiness on

Inle, he says. Khit Sunn Yin Inle Silk &

Lotus weaving, East Quarter, Inn Paw Khon,

Inle, Shan State Tel: +95 (0) 9492 53333

Up, Up and Away

Reminiscent of New York’s renowned Adirondack festival, My Balloon Fiesta brings its

annual event back to Kuala Lumpur after 8 consecutive years in Putrajaya. This time, it

nestles in the lush neighbourhood of Desa ParkCity – the vast green area surrounding

the township – where international and local participants inflate their hot air balloons in

the park. Visitors can expect to see many colourful teardrop-shaped balloons but there

are also some quirky designs. For folks not keen on flying, a good idea includes bringing

your own picnic blanket. The day offers other fun activities and many opportunities to

photograph the bright and brilliant balloons.

March 10 to 12. myballoonfiesta.com

One Breath at a Time

A two-day workshop hosted by a renowned international yoga

teacher will take place in Kuala Lumpur on April 29 and 30.

Focusing on ashtanga yoga, “Be Strong. One Breath at a Time.”

will be hosted by author and blogger Kino Macgregor, who is only

one of 14 people in the United States to receive certification to

teach ashtanga yoga from its founder, Sri K. Patthabhi Jois. In

her motivational yet easy-going approach, Macgregor aids her

students in developing and deepening their understanding of their

own life through yoga. She believes that yoga’s most authentic

manifestation is through its message of spiritual empowerment,

composed flexibility and expressive harmony.

April 29 to 30. kinoyoga.com/schedule/malaysia-workshop

A Generous Master

U Tin Win is known as a master artist in Myanmar. With a reputation as a collector of antiques, his influence as a painter inspires

the younger generation of his country. His art gallery “Beikthano” in Yangon is well known for its extensive works and collections.

Yet his generosity stands out. Guests can enjoy a private collection of ancient beads, ethnic costumes and Buddha amulets from

the north of the country. Myanmar artists feature in exhibitions throughout the year. beikthanogallery.com



vietnam / lAOs / cambodia

danang / Luang Prabang / Phnom Penh


Good Food,

Good Wine and

Good Coffee

When in Danang, take the Ba Na cable

car – one of the most impressive and

scenic cable car lines in the world – to

the French Village on Ba Na Hills. There,

you’ll discover a unique architectural

work that transports you to ancient

France. But a visit to Ba Na Hills won’t

be complete without a check of the of

100-metre long Debay Ancient Wine

Cellar which was dug deep in Ba Na

Mountain in 1923. Don’t miss a chance

to grab a bottle of wine and enjoy it

with Vietnamese cuisine at a Hoi An

restaurant, which evokes the atmosphere

of an ancient town similar to Hue.

From Cherries to Cup

Another café worth checking out for coffee aficionados in Luang

Prabang lies next to L’Elephant Café on Khem Khong Road. Saffron

Coffee Espresso, Brew Bar and Roastery offers various ways to

experience your Arabica coffee – hot or cold, French press or

drip. All of their specially-selected coffee beans come from the

mountains near Luang Prabang. Your coffee experience shouldn’t

stop at the tasting. Saffron also takes you to a “Cherry to Cup

Tour” where you can witness the beginning to the end of the

coffee journey – picking coffee beans when they are still fresh red

‘cherries,’ to the drying, roasting, and finally the coffee-making

process itself; to be savoured by the cup. saffroncoffee.com

But if you’d rather read postcards

than get absorbed in social media, go

to Café Postal, a modern French bar

with modern and contemporary art that

adorns their brick walls with postcard

correspondence. Visit the bar at Mercure

Danang, open from 6:30am till 10pm,

where the café serves a wide range of

international wines, specialty coffee

and upscale tasty snacks.


Tel: +84 5113 799 888

Never-ending Café Culture

Of all the itineraries and activities in this World Heritage City,

Café Culture is one of the most fascinating cafés to enjoy

a cup of coffee – and sits on the patio. Downtown Luang

Prabang on and around Sisavangvong road is the easiest place

on earth to indulge in café hopping. They’re all within walking

distance, if not next to each other. You could be drawn to

one of two Joma Bakery Cafés while doing the morning run

along Khan and Khong rivers that run through the city. The

one on Khan River gives you quiet ambience, while the other

one by Chao Fa Ngum statue is livelier. But both serve the

best organic coffee, grown in southern Laos by a farmers’

cooperative. Signature treats include fresh squeezed juice from

locally grown passion fruit and gourmet ice cream – something

for non-coffee drinkers. joma.biz

Heritage Night

If you are more of a night person, make

sure to go for free flow beer and nonstop

music for only $10 at the Mansion

Heritage Bar in the old town of

Phnom Penh. It’s just a few steps from

the Royal Palace, opposite the National

Museum on Sothearos Boulevard. An

old, abandoned and almost torn down

French colonial villa built in 1910 by

a wealthy Cambodian trader comes

alive at night, hosting concerts and art

performances. Other forms of evening

entertainment include film screenings

(Mondays) and live music (Wednesdays).

The Mansion operates daily from 5pm

till late night. fcccambodia.com







Colaba Rations

Sumptuous eating and shopping surround this neighbourhood. Start with a

seafood lunch at Mahesh Lunch Home before heading to Taj Mahal Palace, the

beyond 5-starred hotel and city landmark. From here you can walk to the Gate of

India and street shopping with endless bargaining opportunities behind the

Taj Mahal Palace. Stop for a snack at the classy Leopold Café or take a horse-driven

carriage around the neighbourhood and feel a lovely breeze from the Arabian Sea.

A signature cocktail at the Harbour Bar 1933 inside the Taj Mahal Palace whets

your appetite for Bademiya, which means big brother, a popular street barbecue

behind the Taj Mahal Palace.

Prayers to Ganesh

One of the most sacred Lord Ganesh

temples in the world resides in the heart of

the city in the Prabhadevi neighbourhood.

From a tiny worship place built in 1801,

it became a grand temple welcoming

worshippers from all walks of life. Politicians,

film stars, even Apple’s Tim Cook, have

started their day here by chanting morning

prayers and making a wish not only at the

orange-hued statue of Ganesh but also into

the ears of rats statues. Rats are considered

Lord Ganesh’s best friend and a vehicle that

ensures wishes are heard.


Thai Tastes on

the Island

Any chance you crave a Land of Smiles’

taste, one of the best and luxury dining

experience is at Benjarong – the signature

Thai restaurant at the Dusit Maldives at

Baa Atoll. The selection ranges from Phla

Kung or a spicy shrimp salad in chilli

sauce, Tom Yum Poe Taek or Thai seafood

soup flavoured with lemongrass and herbs,

a Thai- style lobster dish, shrimp cakes

to the delicacy of Crepe Phueak or taro

coconut pancake dribbled with syrup.

The hotel’s Thai cooking classes are also

available. You can learn more about the

secret aspects of Thai ingredients and

how to prepare popular recipes such as

Massamun, Phad Thai and Curry – just like

a Thai chef. dusit.com

3-2-1, Action

A visit to Mumbai is incomplete without

experiencing a Bollywood set. SJ Studios,

located in the city, gives you a good glimpse

of what’s it’s like to work on the set. This

may be an Indian TV series, movies or

commercials with tour packages available

from early morning until evening. A wax

museum houses statues of Bollywood

legends. A mini-theatre with Bollywood

dancers mesmerising visiting guests with

their riveting dance numbers lets you

participate and show off some of your


Photo Josh Friedman

Max Out at AER Bar

Make sure you don’t miss the chance to

enjoy the view from “Maximum City” at

AER Bar. Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar is

located on the 34th floor of Four Seasons

Mumbai in the Worli neighbourhood.

Friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable staff

guarantees walking away content. Drinks

perfectly match the fun and creative vibe,

and enjoyed with Indian-fusion snacks.

Wings Over Atolls

Why bother flying all the way

without continuing with a

connecting seaplane flight to your

designated atoll? The view from

above, once taking off from Malé,

is heavenly, magical, and surreal

and should be the reason you are

vacationing in the Maldives. There

are only two seaplane services

– Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans

Maldivian that are now merged

under the Blackstone group. Apart

from their impressive pick-up and

drop-off services, the smooth flight

will make you forget your vertigo

(if any), so enjoy the pictureperfect

archipelago from an aerial

perspective. transmaldivian.com

The Deep Blue Sea

Being up in the air for a spectacular view will be one of

the highlights of your trip to a Maldivian atoll. But you also

need to go below the surface. To actually surround yourself

with the marine life in the Indian Ocean can be a sublime

experience. If you’re a diver who’s gone to renown diving sites

around the world – once again, you’ll give in to the deep blue

colour of the Maldivian waters. To dive to different atolls, try

Best Dives Maldives. bestdivesmaldives.com



angkok airways news 116 / flyerbonus 122 / route map 124 / aircraft info 126 / airport map 128


Bangkok Airways NEWS




High quality milk

products from

Chitralada Palace

now served on

Bangkok Airways’


Bangkok Airways supports Chitralada Palace

initiatives launched by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

We provide passengers with products from His Majesty’s

Royal Projects and now Chitralada UHT fresh milk

and Royal Chitralada (Dusit) milk candy are available

on board. Chitralada UHT milk is served with tea or

coffee, while Royal Chitralada (Dusit) milk candy comes

with a children’s meal box set.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส สนับสนุนโครงการตามแนว


โดยนาผลิตภัณฑ์นมจาก “โครงการหลวงส่วนพระองค์ สวน-

จิตรลดา” อาทิ นมกล่องยูเอชทีสวนจิตรลดาและนมปรุงแต่งชนิด


ชั้นธุรกิจ โดยนมกล่องยูเอชทีสวนจิตรลดาจะนามาเสิร์ฟพร้อม

เครื่องดื่มชาและกาแฟ สาหรับนมปรุงแต่งชนิดเม็ดสวนดุสิตจะ




Bangkok Airways, led by Capt.

Tipparat Pakpoomsin, Director for

Flight Operations (4th from left)

together with our pilots, welcomed

the arrival of the latest Airbus 320

at Suvarnabhumi Airport recently.

This Airbus 320 holds 162 economy

class seats and serves both domestic

and international routes such

as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Krabi,

Yangon (Myanmar), Siem Reap

(Cambodia), Dhaka (Bangladesh)

and Mumbai (India).

Currently, Bangkok Airways’

fleet consists of 35 aircraft; 6 ATR

72-500, 8 ATR72-600, 12 A319

and 9 A320.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จ ำกัด (มหาชน)

หรือสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดยกัปตัน

ทิพรัต ภาคภูมิสิน ผู้อำนวยการส่วนปฏิบัติ

การบิน (ที่4 จากซ้าย) พร้อมทีมนักบิน รับเครื่องบิน

แบบแอร์บัส A320 ลำใหม่ล่าสุด ณ ท่าอากาศยาน


เครื่องบินโดยสารแอร์บัส A320 ล ำนี้ประกอบไป

ด้วยที่นั่งชั้นประหยัดจ ำนวน 162 ที่นั่ง ซึ่งจะให้บริการ

ในเส้นทางบินภายในประเทศ และระหว่างประเทศ อาทิ

เชียงใหม่ ภูเก็ต สมุย กระบี่ สหภาพเมียนมาร์ (ย่างกุ้ง

มัณฑะเลย์) กัมพูชา (เสียมราฐ พนมเปญ) อินเดีย

(มุมไบ) และบังคลาเทศ (ธากา) เป็นต้น


ประจำฝูงบินทั้งหมด 35 ล ำ ประกอบไปด้วยเครื่องบิน

แบบเอทีอาร์ 72-500 จำนวน 6 ลำ เอทีอาร์ 72-600

จำนวน 8 ลำ แอร์บัส A319 จำนวน 12 ลำ และ

แอร์บัส A320 จำนวน 9 ลำ


Bangkok Airways NEWS

“A Lifetime

Experience in


Campaign Offering

An Exclusive Premier League

Box Seat and Memorable

Journey in London

Bangkok / 29 December 2016 — Bangkok Airways

launches “A Lifetime Experience in London

with Bangkok Airways” Lucky Winner campaign,

to win a special 5 day-3 night package in

London, England to exclusively experience the

English Premier League at Stamford Bridge

stadium. The campaign starts from 1 January

2017 onwards. For further information,

please visit the Bangkok Airways website


Mr. Prote Setsuwan, Vice President –

Marketing for Bangkok Airways, says “We would

like to thank our passengers by offering a truly

unforgettable experience with an exclusive

trip to London. The lucky winners will enjoy a

Premier League football match in a VIP box seat

at Stamford Bridge stadium, visit main tourist

attractions, and taste savoury menus recommended

by the Michelin Guide. We are

offering twelve prizes (two seats per prize)

for the exclusive trip, and for those who miss

the grand prizes still stand a chance to win

Bangkok Airways’ domestic and international

flights. The campaign’s prizes are worth

4,121,340 Baht in total.”

Participants must be Thai nationals and can

participate by purchasing a Bangkok Airways

flight and fly between 1 January and 31 August

2017. To enter — send an SMS, type PG,

followed by a 13-digit airline ticket number

such as PG82921773554XX, and send the

text to 4642929. Frequent FlyerBonus

members can receive 2 free entries by typing

F followed by FlyerBonus member number

followed by a 13-digit airline ticket number,

such as F141133XX82921773554XX,

sending the SMS to 4642929 (3 Baht fee for

AIS, DTAC and TrueMove network).

The prizes will be drawn twice. The first draw will take place on 3

April 2017 for those who purchase and fly with Bangkok Airways

between 1 January to 31 March 2017. The second draw will

take place on 1 September 2017 for those who purchase and fly

with Bangkok Airways between 1 April to 31 August 2017.

The list of lucky winners will be announced on

www.bangkokair.com and www.facebook.com/flybangkokair.

กรุงเทพฯ / 29 ธันวาคม 2559 – สายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส เปิดตัวแคมเปญ “ลุ้นบินลัดฟ้าสู่ลอนดอนกับ

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส” ชิงรางวัลร่วมทริปสุดพิเศษสู่ประเทศ

อังกฤษ 5 วัน 3 คืน พร้อมชมการแข่งขันฟุตบอลพรีเมียร์ลีก

ในปี 2560 ณ สนามสแตมฟอร์ด บริดจ์ ผู้สนใจร่วมลุ้น

รางวัล โดยพิมพ์ PG ตามด้วยหมายเลขบัตรโดยสาร

13 หลักมาที่เบอร์ 4642929 เริ่มส่งได้ตั้งแต่ 1 มกราคม

2560 เป็นต้นไป โดยติดตามกติกาและรายละเอียดเพิ่ม

เติมได้ที่ http://bangkokair.com/lifetimeexperience

นายพรต เสตสุวรรณ รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการ

ใหญ่ ส่วนการตลาด กล่าวถึงวัตถุประสงค์ของการจัด

แคมเปญ “ลุ้นบินลัดฟ้าสู่ลอนดอนกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส”

ว่า “เพื่อเป็นการขอบคุณลูกค้าของสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส และมอบความสุขพร้อมประสบการณ์พิเศษ

ครั้งหนึ่งในชีวิต โดยร่วมเดินทางกับเราไปยังประเทศ

อังกฤษ เพื่อชมการแข่งขันฟุตบอลพรีเมียร์ลีกในที่นั่ง

วีไอพี บ๊อกซ์ ณ สนามสแตมฟอร์ด บริดจ์ เยี่ยมชมสถาน

ที่ท่องเที่ยวที่สำคัญของกรุงลอนดอน และชิมอาหารจาก

ร้านอาหารที่แนะนำโดยมิชลินไกด์ จำนวน 12 รางวัล

(รางวัลละ 2 ที่นั่ง) นอกจากนี้บริษัทฯ ยังมีรางวัลบัตร

โดยสารเส้นทางบินในและระหว่างประเทศอีก 20 รางวัลให้

ร่วมลุ้นอีก รวมมูลค่ากว่า 4,121,340 บาท”


กอกแอร์เวยส์ระหว่างวันที่ 1 มกราคม - 31 สิงหาคม

2560 และต้องเป็นผู้มีสัญชาติไทย มีภูมิลำเนาใน

กรุงเทพมหานครหรือต่างจังหวัดเท่านั้น ขอสงวน 1

หมายเลขบัตรโดยสารต่อ 1 สิทธิ์ โดยการพิมพ์ PG

แล้วตามด้วยหมายเลขบัตรโดยสาร 13 หลักเช่น

PG82921773554XX และส่ง SMS มาที่เบอร์

4642929 และพิเศษสำหรับสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส

สามารถรับสิทธิ์เพิ่มเป็น 2 สิทธิ์ โดยการพิมพ์ F ตาม

ด้วยหมายเลขสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส และตามด้วย

หมายเลขบัตรโดยสาร 13 หลัก เช่น

F141133XX82921773554XX และส่ง SMS มาที่เบอร์

4642929 (ค่าบริการครั้งละ 3 บาทสำหรับเครือข่าย


กำหนดการจับรางวัลแบ่งเป็น 2 ครั้ง ครั้งที่ 1 ในวันที่ 3 เมษายน 2560 ส ำหรับผู้ร่วมกิจกรรม

ที่ซื้อบัตรโดยสารและบินกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์สระหว่างวันที่ 1 มกราคม - 31 มีนาคม 2560

และครั้งที่ 2 ในวันที่ 1 กันยายน 2560 สำหรับผู้ร่วมกิจกรรมที่ซื้อบัตรโดยสารและบินกับ

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ระหว่างวันที่ 1 เมษายน - 31 สิงหาคม 2560

โดยจะประกาศผลผ่านทางหน้าเว็บไซต์ www.bangkokair.com หรือทางหน้าแฟนเพจ


Love Samui, Save Coconut Trees

Bangkok Airways recently organised a coconut tree

planting activity in alignment with its ongoing CSR

campaign called “Love Earth, Save Earth: Love Samui,

Save the Coconut Trees,” which aims to encourage the

people of Koh Samui to plant more coconut trees. The

event was held November 2016 at Wat Chaeng Nok in

Koh Samui and joined by many distinguished guests and

members of the media.

Mrs. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Advisor – Commercial,

Bangkok Airways, pointed out that Koh Samui is one of

Thailand’s major destinations that draws in millions of

tourists from around the world. “It’s not only the warm

hospitality of the Samui people that attracts tourists to

visit the beautiful island, there’s also the beauty of

its pristine nature – such as white sandy beaches,

crystal clear water, and an idyllic underwater world.

And most importantly, coconut trees have long been

seen as the island’s natural trademark and important

economic crop,” she stressed. With this in mind,

Bangkok Airways initiated the ‘Love Earth, Save Earth:

Love Samui, Save the Coconut Trees’ campaign with

the intention to help preserve this natural heritage

for the younger generation.

“We were delighted to see a lot of people and students

from Koh Samui and surrounding areas join in the activity

today. Apart from being fun-filled and meaningful, the

tree planting activity included one of Thailand’s mostloved

celebrities Khun Alex Rendell. Best of all, we also

gave away one thousand aromatic coconut sprouts to

interested farmers.” added Mrs. Ariya.

Moreover, participants of this campaign had a chance

to join in many activities and learn more about coconut

products that can easily generate income. Activities

included a cooking demonstration of Thai caramel made

from coconut sugar, a production demonstration of

coconut body scrub, an exhibition of coconut OTOP

products as well as a lecture entitled “Coconut: from the

upstream to downstream.”

Bangkok Airways

Participates in the

Excellence Model

School Project

to Improve the Quality

of Vocational


From left to right: 1. Mr. Alexander Rendell 2. Ms. Nutchayathorn Nutsudanijvipa, Director - Samui Airport

3. Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice President - Office of the President 4. Mrs. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Advisor - Commercial,

Bangkok Airways 5. Mr. Poonsak Sophonpathumrulk, Senior Deputy - District of Koh Samui 6. Mr. Muensilp Poolsawat,

Deputy Mayor of Koh Samui 7. Mrs. Nongyao Jirundorn, Director of TAT - Koh Samui 8. Mr. Narop Tuaycharoen, Chairman of

the Municipal Council of Koh Samui 9. Dr. Bannasart Ruangchandra, Director - Samui Tourism Association

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส จัดกิจกรรม

“ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุย” ภายใต้โครงการ

“Love Earth, Save Earth: Love Samui, Save

the Coconut Trees” เพื่อรณรงค์ให้ประชาชนบน

เกาะสมุยหันมาใส่ใจและอนุรักษ์ต้นมะพร้าว ซึ่งเป็น

สัญลักษณ์สาคัญทางการท่องเที่ยว โดยมีนางอาริญา

ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการและที่ปรึกษาฝ่ายการ

พานิชย์ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) (ที่ 4

จากซ้าย) นางจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา รองกรรมการ

ผู้อานวยการใหญ่ สาหนักงานผู้อานวยการใหญ่

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) (ที่ 3 จากซ้าย)

นางสาวณัฐชยาธรณ์ ณัฐสุดานิจวิภา ผู้อานวยการ

สนามบินสมุย (ที่ 2 จากซ้าย) นายพูลศักดิ์ โสภณ

ปทุมรักษ์ ปลัดอาวุโส อาเภอเกาะสมุย (ที่ 5 จาก

ขวา) นายหมื่นศิลป์ พูลสวัสดิ์ รองนายกเทศมนตรี

อาเภอเกาะสมุย (ที่ 4 จากขวา) นายณะรบ ทวยเจริญ

(ที่ 2 จากขวา) ประธานสภาเทศบาลนครเกาะสมุย

นายแพทย์บรรณศาสตร์ เรืองจันทร์ นายกสมาคม

ส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยวเกาะสมุย (ขวาสุด) นางนงเยาว์

จิรันดร ผู้อานวยการสานักงานการท่องเที่ยวแห่ง

ประเทศไทยเกาะสมุย (ที่ 3 จากขวา) และ นายอเล็กซ์

เรนเดล (ซ้ายสุด) เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม ณ วัดแจ้งนอก

อ.เกาะสมุย จ.สุราษฎร์ธานี

กิจกรรม “ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุย” จัดขึ้น

ระหว่างวันที่ 18-19 พฤศจิกายน 2559 โดยภายในงาน



รายได้ให้กับเกษตรกรในท้องถิ่น อาทิ กิจกรรมสาธิต

การกวนกาละแมจากน้ าตาลมะพร้าว กิจกรรมทาสครัป

ผิวด้วยผลิตภัณฑ์มะพร้าว นิทรรศการผลิตภัณฑ์โอ

ท็อปจากมะพร้าว รวมไปถึงมีการบรรยายให้ความรู้ใน

หัวข้อ “มะพร้าว จากต้นน้ าสู่ปลายน้ า” เป็นต้น

Bangkok / December 23, 2559 — Capt. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth (3rd from right),

President of Bangkok Airways, welcomed Dr.Teerakiat Charoensettasilp, Minister of

Education (4th from left) at Prathummas room, Pathum Thani Vocational Education

College, as the minister visited Bangkok Airways’ booth for the signing ceremony on

the partnership in the Excellence Model School Project. The initiative seeks to

improve the quality of vocational professions in support of the government policy.

This partnership raises the quality of vocational education to compete in the

global market. Bangkok Airways has taken part in developing Aircraft Mechanical and

Maintenance study programmes in English together with Thai-Austrian Technical

College, Sattahip, Thalang Technical College and Don Muang Technical College. The

programmes follow the vocational school curriculum guidelines from the Ministry of

Education and matches the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) standard. This

cooperation started at the beginning of this year.

กรุงเทพฯ / 23 ธันวาคม 2559 — บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) หรือ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

โดยนายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อานวยการใหญ่ (ที่ 3 จากขวา) ให้การต้อนรับนายแพทย์

ธีระเกียรติ เจริญเศรษฐศิลป์ รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงศึกษาธิการ (ที่ 4 จากซ้าย) ที่ให้เกียรติเยี่ยมชมบูธ

ของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ในโอกาสที่ บริษัทฯ ได้เข้าร่วมพิธีลงนามความร่วมมือ Excellence Model School

ตามโครงการ “สานพลังประชารัฐ ยกระดับคุณภาพวิชาชีพอาชีวศึกษา” ณ ห้องประทุมมาศ วิทยาลัยการ


การลงนามร่วมมือในครั้งนี้ เพื่อดาเนินการยกระดับคุณภาพวิชาชีพอาชีพอาชีวศึกษาให้สามารถแข่งขันในตลาด

โลก โดยบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้ตกลงที่จะทาความร่วมมือในการพัฒนาหลักสูตรช่างอากาศยานร่วมกับวิทยาลัยเทคนิค

สัตหีบ วิทยาลัยเทคนิคถลาง และวิทยาลัยเทคนิคดอนเมือง โดยพิจารณาจากหลักสูตรของสานักคณะกรรมการอาชีวะ

ศึกษา กระทรวงศึกษาธิการ ที่จัดให้มีรูปแบบการเรียนการสอนแบบภาษาต่างประเทศ (English Programme) และได้มี

การพัฒนาเนื้อหารายวิชาให้สอดคล้องกับมาตราฐาน EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) โดยจะเริ่มดาเนิน

การในช่วงต้นปี 2560 เป็นต้นไป

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Bangkok Airways NEWS

Children are the Future

On the occasion of Thailand’s Children’s Day 2017, Ms. Chanthip

Thongkanya, Bangkok Airways Vice President – Office of President,

Mr. Teppasidh Phadungyotee, Manager – Operations Compliance and our staff

from the Operations Centre and Bangkok Airways’ head off ice organised

a sports day at Thewa Klong Trong School, Racha Thewa Sub District,

Bang Phli District in Samut Prakan Province. The event, held on January 13,

2017, aimed to share in the happiness with over 70 young students.

They were encouraged to exercise, learn more skills through fun activities

with their peers, and to spend their time wisely.

The kids really enjoyed games such as Motocross Eat, Ping Pong

Balls, Balloon Stomping and Musical Chair challenges. They took part in

lucky draws to win dolls, robots, dictionaries, stationery, colour pencils

and other educational tools. After the fun, our staff prepared a lunch of

noodles and ice cream to finish. Best of all, donations from across all

Bangkok Airways staff provided 6 scholarship funds worth 1,000 Baht,

each for 6 excellent students from Prathom 1-6.

วันศุกร์ที่ 13 มกราคม 2560 — บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด

(มหาชน) นำทีมโดยคุณจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ คุณเทพสิทธิ์

ผดุงโยธี ผู้จัดการแผนกการตรวจสอบคุณภาพการปฏิบัติการ

และทีมพนักงานจาก Bangkok Airways Operations Centre

(BAOC) และสำนักงานใหญ่ ได้จัดกิจกรรมแข่งขันกีฬาสี เนื่องใน

โอกาสวันเด็กแห่งชาติ ประจำปี 2560 ณ โรงเรียนเทวะคลองตรง

(หลัง BAOC) ตำบล ราชาเทวะ อำเภอ บางพลี จังหวัด สมุทรปราการ


กว่า 70 คน รวมถึงเป็นการส่งเสริมนักเรียนให้เรียนรู้ทักษะต่างๆ

จากการเล่นกิจกรรมร่วมกับเพื่อน รักการออกกำลังกาย และ


ในการนี้ ทีมพนักงานฯ ได้เตรียม 4 เกมสนุกๆ สำหรับเด็กๆ

ได้แก่ 1) เกมกินวิบาก 2) เกมช้อนลูกปิงปอง 3) เกมเหยียบ

ลูกโป่ง และ 4) เกมเก้าอี้ดนตรี ซึ่งได้สร้างสีสันและความสนุก

แก่เด็กทุกคนเป็นอย่างมาก นอกจากนี้ ทีมพนักงานฯ ยังได้

เตรียมของขวัญน่ารักและมีประโยชน์หลากหลาย เพื่อให้เด็กๆ

ได้ลุ้นกับการจับสลากของขวัญ อาทิ ตุ๊กตา หุ่นยนต์ หนังสือ

คำศัพท์ อุปกรณ์การเรียน ดินสอระบายสี รวมถึงได้ประสาน

กับคุณครูที่โรงเรียน เพื่อจัดเตรียมก๋วยเตี๋ยวและไอศกรีม

เป็นอาหารกลางวันแก่เด็กๆ โดยทีมพนักงานฯ ที่ต่างก็มีความ

ตั้งใจและมีน้ำใจดี ได้ร่วมกันสนับสนุนเงินคนละเล็กละน้อยเป็น

ค่าใช้จ่ายในการจัดกิจกรรมทั้งหมด อีกทั้งส่วนหนึ่งของเงินที่

รวบรวมได้ ยังได้จัดสรรเป็นทุนการศึกษามอบแก่นักเรียนระดับชั้น

ประถมศึกษาปีที่ 1-6 ระดับชั้นละ 1 ทุนๆ ละ 1,000 บาท โดย


Led by Ms. Nawarat Wannatrong, Director –

Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Bangkok

Airways, staff volunteers proudly hosted Children’s Day

activities on January 14, 2017 – at the National Council

on Social Welfare of Thailand under the patronage of

His Majesty, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Aimed to commemorate great royal contributions with

support from the government and private sectors, the

event comprised of short documentary screenings from

Ratprachanukroh Foundation, which is under the patronage

of His Majesty. In addition, The Off ice of the Royal

Development Projects Board presented an exhibit honouring

Their Majesties King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit.

Other programmes included activities relating to

alternative energy PTT PCL, including a mushroom

cultivation training from an expert representing Khao Hin

Sorn Sub District, Phanom Sarakham District in

Chachoengsao Province, a painting competition,

exhibition and quiz activities from the Council of Social

Welfare of Thailand; ending with ceremonies awarding

plaques, certificates, and pins to children for their


The National Council on Social Welfare of Thailand

commends the dedicated volunteers who joined in this

Children’s Day event to work together for our children’s

brighter future.

Ms. Nawarat Wannatrong, Director — Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Bangkok

Airways, staff volunteers proudly hosted Children’s Day activities on January 14, 2017.

วันเสาร์ที่ 14 มกราคม 2560 — บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จากัด (มหาชน) โดยคุณนวรัตน์

วรรณตรง ผู้อานวยการส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม ได้นาทีมพนักงานจิตอาสามาดูแลการทา

กิจกรรมของเด็กๆ ณ สภาสังคมสงเคราะห์แห่งประเทศไทย ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์ (บริเวณ

สี่แยกตึกชัย ใกล้อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ) เนื่องในโอกาสวันเด็กแห่งชาติ ประจาปี 2560

แนวคิดการจัดงานฉลองวันเด็กแห่งชาติของสภาสังคมสงเคราะห์ฯ ในปีนี้คือ เพื่อ

น้อมรำลึกในพระมหากรุณาธิคุณ พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดช

โดยได้รับความร่วมมือจากหน่วยงานภาครัฐและเอกชนร่วมจัดฐานกิจกรรมส ำหรับเด็กในงาน

ประกอบด้วย 1) กิจกรรมฉายภาพยนตร์สั้น ของมูลนิธิราชประชานุเคราะห์ ในพระบรม-

ราชูปถัมภ์ 2) กิจกรรมให้ความรู้เรื่องการเพาะเห็ด (วิทยากรจากตำบล เขาหินซ้อน อำเภอ

พนมสารคาม จังหวัดฉะเชิงเทรา) และจัดนิทรรศการเฉลิมพระเกียรติพระบาทสมเด็จ

พระปรมินทรมหาภูมิพลอดุลยเดชและสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ ของ


(สำนักงาน กปร.) 3) กิจกรรมเกี่ยวกับพลังงานทดแทนของปตท. และ 4) กิจกรรมประกวด

วาดภาพ จัดนิทรรศการ และตอบคำถามชิงรางวัลของสภาสังคมสงเคราะห์ฯ นอกจากนี้

ยังมีพิธีมอบโล่ เกียรติบัตร เข็มเกียรติคุณ และทุนการศึกษาแก่เด็กดีเด่น ประจ ำปี 2560 ด้วย

ทั้งนี้ ทีมงานของสภาสังคมสงเคราะห์ฯ ได้กล่าวชื่นชมการปฏิบัติหน้าที่ของทีมพนักงานจิต

อาสาอย่างมาก เพราะปฏิบัติหน้าที่ด้วยความขยันขันแข็งและแสดงออกถึงความเต็มใจให้

บริการประชาชนที่พาลูกหลานเข้ามาร่วมกิจกรรม อีกทั้ง ได้กล่าวเชิญชวนบริษัทฯ


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FlyerBonus members travelling between December 10, 2015 and December

9, 2016 had the chance to win an array of great prizes throughout the year.

The continued growth and overwhelming success of FlyerBonus can

be attributed in part to the loyalty and patronage of esteemed, long-serving

members who have retained ‘Premier’ tier status consecutively since

the loyalty programme’s inception. In recognition of this, FlyerBonus

presented its high flyers with a Golden Plane Tail Brooch engraved with

the inscription, “The 10th Anniversary of FlyerBonus”. This is a limited

edition masterpiece created by the skilled goldsmiths at Somsamai Gold

in Sukhothai whose craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail are

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Entering its second decade, FlyerBonus remains staunchly committed

to offering members with only the best selection of promotions and

benefits. On board, members are looked after from the heart, to ensure

that only fond memories are captured on each and every flight.


ผู้โชคดีที่ได้รับรางวัลแพ็กเกจท่องเที่ยวจากแคมเปญฉลอง 10 ปี

“Ten Years of Magical Journeys” สู่ 12 จุดหมาย ได้แก่ ลอนดอน

ฮ่องกง มัลดีฟส์ เชียงใหม่ กระบี่ หลวงพระบาง มัณฑะเลย์ ภูเก็ต สมุย

สุโขทัย ตราด และย่างกุ้ง โดยแคมเปญนี้เปิดโอกาสให้สมาชิกที่เดินทาง

กับสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สระหว่างวันที่ 10 ธันวาคม 2558 ถึง 9

ธันวาคม 2559 ลงทะเบียนลุ้นรับรางวัลตลอดปีที่ผ่านมา


สะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัส ส่วนหนึ่งเกิดขึ้นจากแรงสนับสนุนที่เหนียว


‘พรีเมียร์’ ต่อเนื่องตั้งแต่ขวบปีแรกจนถึงปัจจุบัน ครบ 10 ปี เพื่อเชิดชู

สมาชิกฯ ระดับพรีเมียร์เหล่านี้ ฟลายเออร์โบนัสได้จัดทาเข็มกลัดทองคา

ที่ระลึกรูปหางเครื่องบิน สลักตราสัญลักษณ์ครบรอบ 10 ปีฟลายเออร์-

โบนัส Limited Edition โดยช่างทองผู้ชานาญการจากห้างทองสมสมัย

จ. สุโขทัย และทาพิธีมอบไปแล้วเมื่อปีที่ผ่านมา

ย่างเข้าสู่ทศวรรษที่สอง รายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัสยังคง

มุ่งมั่นมอบการบริการที่ดีที่สุดและนาเสนอสิทธิพิเศษต่างๆ เพื่อสมาชิกฯ

ตลอดไป สมกับตาแหน่ง ‘สายการบินระดับภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยมของโลก’ และ

‘สายการบินยอดเยี่ยมที่สุดในเอเชีย’ ประจาปี 2559 จากสกายแทร็กส์


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Bangkok Airways operates four types of aircraft


Number of fleet : 12

Number of dual class :

4 (Business & Economy)

Passenger capacity :

12 seats & 108 seats

number of single class :

4/4 (Economy)

Engine : IAE V2500

Passenger capacity :

138/144 seats

Length : 33.84 m

Wingspan : 34.1 m

height : 12.17 m

cruising speed : 920 km/h

Max operational altitude :

39,800 ft


Number of fleet : 9

Length : 37.57 m

Wingspan : 34.1 m

height : 12.17 m

Engine : IAE V2500

cruising speed :

870 km/h

Max operational altitude :

39,800 ft

passenger capacity :

162 seats


atr 72-500

Number of fleet : 6

Length : 27.17 m

Wingspan : 27.06 m

height : 7.65 m

Engine : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127F

cruising speed :

509 km/h

Max operational altitude :

25,000 ft

passenger capacity :

70 seats

atr 72-600


Number of fleet : 7

Length : 27.166 m

Wingspan : 27.050 m

height : 7.72 m

Engine : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127M

cruising speed :

509 km/h

Max operational altitude :

25,000 ft

passenger capacity :

70 seats



Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations

Chiang Rai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Hat Yai :

2 flights per day from Phuket

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Krabi : 3 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Mae Hong Son : 2 flights per day from Chiang Mai

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok


Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Samui

Danang : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Dhaka :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Guangzhou : 1 flight per day from Samui

Hong Kong : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Kuala Lumpur : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Luang Prabang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Malé :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Mandalay : 1 flight per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from Bangkok

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from Bangkok

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Vientiane : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Yangon : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai


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As Different as

Night and Day

The romance of Danang’s beach weather

with clear blue skies happens from March

to mid-September. Daytime activities

include a stroll on the riverfront promenade

or savouring Mi Quang, noodles in broth

that’s a local favourite. If you happen to be

there in April, look up into the night sky.

Fighting for supremacy over the Han River

are colourful pyrotechnic displays from the

annual Danang International Fireworks



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