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HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND pattaya / si racha hong kong SPOTLIGHT 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 SPOTLIGHT 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 102 103