Fah Thai Magazine July/August 2017

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Long Live His Majesty

KING MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN

BODINDRADEBAYAVARANGKUN

In Celebration of the Auspicious Occasion of

His Majesty the King’s 65th Birthday on 28th July, 2017

From the Executives and Staff of Bangkok Airways

Public Company Limited and Fah Thai magazine


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Passengers,

Welcome aboard our Bangkok Airways’ flight and thank you for the trust in our services.

We’re happy to share the recent good news that Bangkok Airways has increased its flight

frequency on various routes both domestically and internationally for your convenience.

Increased options are now available for Bangkok-Danang (Vietnam), from 4 to 7 flights per

week, Chiang Mai-Mandalay (Myanmar) from 4 to 7 flights per week, Chiang Mai-Mae Hong

Son from 10 to 14 flights per week.

To maintain our commitment to society, we continue our CSR projects that nurture and

benefit many communities and younger generation. A good example is the “Blue Volunteers”

youth camp that aims to create social awareness and an understanding of sustainable social

activities among our youth. The goal is to inspire them and make them into role models who

develop their own community in the near future. Another project is “Samui Rak Nam” which

we initiated involving a water system development for schools around Samui Airport.

In June, we organised a variety of interesting sport tourism events, including the “Queen’s Cup

Bangkok Airways – SAT Samui Golf Tournament 2017” to win Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the

Queen Consort of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s prestigious cup held at Santiburi Samui

Country Club and “Bangkok Airways Boutique Series 2017 – Samui Marathon” on Samui

island. Both sporting events not only underline the island’s potential for being a terrific

venue for such international-scale events, but also boasts unbeatable views, making it one of

the most attractive destinations in the world.

Last but not least, everyone in the Bangkok Airways crew and I hope you find our flight and

services outstanding and we hope to serve you again in your upcoming trips.

สวัสดีครับท่านผู้โดยสาร

ขอต้อนรับท่านผู้โดยสารสู่สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และขอบคุณท่านเป็นอย่างสูงที่ไว้วางใจในการเลือกใช้

บริการจากเราครับ

และเพื่ออำนวยความสะดวกสบายในการเดินทางให้แก่ผู้โดยสารมากยิ่งขึ้น บริษัทฯ ได้เพิ่มความถี่ของเที่ยวบินในเส้นทางบิน

ทั้งในประเทศและระหว่างประเทศ ได้แก่ เส้นทางบินไป-กลับ ระหว่างกรุงเทพฯ-ดานัง (เวียดนาม) จากจ ำนวน 4 เที่ยวบินต่อ

สัปดาห์เพิ่มเป็น 7 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์ ระหว่างเชียงใหม่-มัณฑะเลย์ (เมียนมาร์) จากจ ำนวน 4 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์เพิ่มเป็น 7

เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์ ระหว่างเชียงใหม่-แม่ฮ่องสอน จากจ ำนวน 10 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์เพิ่มเป็น 14 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์

ทั้งนี้ บริษัทฯ ยังคงมุ่นเน้นการพัฒนาโครงการความรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม (CSR) อย่างต่อเนื่อง โดยที่ผ่านมา

ได้มีการจัดกิจกรรมต่างๆ ที่เป็นประโยชน์ต่อชุมชนและเยาวชน อาทิ โครงการค่ายเยาวชนต้นแบบ “Blue

Volunteers” เพื่อสนับสนุนและส่งเสริมให้เยาวชนมีจิตสำนึกที่ดีต่อชุมชน และพัฒนาศักยภาพเพื ่อเป็นตัวแทน

ชุมชนในการดำเนินกิจกรรมต่างๆ ที่จะนำมาพัฒนาท้องถิ่นในอนาคต และโครงการ “สมุยรักษ์น้ำ” เพื่อช่วย

วางแผนการพัฒนาระบบน้ำใช้ภายในโรงเรียนต่างๆ รอบสนามบินสมุย เป็นต้น

ส่วนในเดือนมิถุนายนที่ผ่านมา บริษัทฯ ยังได้จัดกิจกรรมต่างๆ อีกหลายกิจกรรมที่เป็นการส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยว

เชิงกีฬา อาทิ การแข่งขันกอล์ฟเอเชี่ยนทัวร์ รายการควีนส์คัพ บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส – เอสเอที สมุย กอล์ฟ ทัวร์นาเมนต์

2017 ชิงถ้วยพระราชทานจากสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์พระบรมราชินีนาถ ในรัชกาลที่ 9 ณ สนามกอล์ฟสันติบุรี สมุย

คันทรี คลับ และการแข่งขันรายการวิ่ง “Bangkok Airways Boutique Series 2017 สมุยมาราธอน” ที่เกาะสมุย ซึ่ง

กิจกรรมดังกล่าวนี้ได้แสดงให้เห็นถึงศักยภาพของเกาะสมุยที่สามารถรองรับการจัดกีฬาระดับสากลต่างๆ ควบคู่ไปกับ

เป็นแหล่งท่องเที่ยวที่มีชื่อเสียงระดับโลก

ท้ายสุดนี้ ผมและพนักงานทุกคนหวังว่าท่านผู้โดยสารจะประทับใจในการเดินทางกับเรา และหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าจะ

ได้ต้อนรับท่านอีกนะครับ

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

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OVERTURES

FEATURES

HAPPENINGS

CORPORATE

18 STAY IN

Come in from the

rain; engage in

Cosplay or hear the

dinosaurs roar.

22 SHINE ON

Beauty is in the

shimmery eye of the

wearer. Show your

dramatic eyes with the

right shades.

24 COLOURIST

Just two colours,

yet the options

are endless. We

feature harmonious

combinations.

25 IN BLACK

AND WHITE

Elegance is immediate

when selecting classic

ensembles in black

and white

26 DURIAN

MASSAMAN

To live in durian

paradise means

cooking with the

king of fruits.

Behold our recipe.

28 BLUSH

Know your rose

apples and the

different varieties.

30 KICKSTART

It may be a combat

sport but there’s

beauty in Muay

Thai rituals.

Cover:

Evening calm at the

World Heritage Site

of Hoi An, Vietnam

34 FUN ART

Museums can

be formal, staid

buildings. Singapore’s

museums light up

their lives.

44 LINE BY LINE

An illustrator lets us

in on what’s between

the lines.

52 MYSTIQUE

It may be fun in the

sun but Samui’s got

its mysterious side.

60 DANANG

ROADIE

An intrepid visitor

joins the throngs of

motorbike riders to

live and eat.

68 WHEELS

GO ROUND

To experience ancient

history, get on a bike.

76 LIGHTS,

CAMERA

A photographer

plays with light and

captures its magical

effects.

Catch enchanting portraits by a renown

photographer or taste a laksagna –a real

original.

86 BANGKOK

90 CHIANG MAI

94 SAMUI

98 PHUKET /

TRANG

100 PATTAYA

102 HONG KONG

106 SINGAPORE

108 KUALA

LUMPUR

109 MYANMAR

110 CAMBODIA /

LAOS /

VIETNAM

112 MUMBAI

113 MALDIVES

116 NEWS

Bangkok Airways events

and outings

126 ROUTE MAP

CHECKING

OUT

130 Keep up with a fastchanging

Phnom Penh

and its cultural spectrum

of re-building.

60 Danang

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COMPANY LIMITED

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Chalotorn Payomyol

Chusri Ngamprasert

Kay Choomongkol

Kongkapan Chaimano

Nadia Willan

Nawarat Acosta

Nuttaporn Srisirirungsimakul

Passakorn Hongthong

Phoowadon Duangmee

Sarita Urupongsa

Sheela Sivanand

Veena Thoopkrajae

Yelin Qui

Photo Editor Thewin Chanyawong

Contributing Photographers

Bigs Vatcharasith

Chisanupong Pansap

Chusri Ngamprasert

Dolnapa Ram-Indra

Jeeraw Bunpook

Lena Bui

Simon Bond

Thewin Chanyawong

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Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd. All articles and

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at their own discretion and do not necessarily represent the views of the

airline. Bangkok Airways holds no responsibility or liability arising out of the

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS

The readers have spoken, or

rather, written effusively.

The big reveal is on our inside

page of temple splendours

and magnificent Buddhas in

Bangkok that made captivated

people exclaim “breath-taking”

on one particularly influential

travel website.

NEWS AND EVENTS 18 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 22 / STYLE 24 / ON THE MENU 26 / FRUITFUL FINDS 28 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 30

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

6

JUNE 2017

THAILAND

SPOTLIGHT

Best in Asia

A clear indication it’s monsoon season begins with

closings of Thailand’s national parks – a temporary

necessity that lasts until mid-October. The well-deserved

break conceptualised by Thai tourism authorities offers

a chance for the areas to regenerate and prepare for the

next crowd of tourists.

Luckily, influential website TripAdvisor reminds

us of alternatives and main attractions in Bangkok. In

gathering readers’ comments for the top 25 landmarks in

16-18

AUG 2017

KOH SAMUI

SKIN DEEP

Tattoos and beaches seem to go together.

See what new designs get created in

body art and see the ink mania at the 4th

Samui Tattoo Convention 2017. This 3-day

event, held at Central Festival between

Chaweng Beach Road and Chaweng Lake

in the central part of the resort town in

Koh Samui, is packed with over 50 booths

from home-base Samui to overseas tattoo

artists. A lot of intricate and elaborate

tattoos could be seen here together with

tattoo artists at work. The latest designs

may vary from realistic to customised

graphics done by talented artists and skilled

hands, along with the old (bamboo-style,

anyone?) to the new school of tattooing

methods. Feel the energy and the buzzing

of the machines; ink-related merchandising

and accessories are available. So if you’re

in the market for some self-expression with

a tattoo or are simply a tattoo enthusiast,

make your way to the convention.

samuitattooconvention.com

7-8

JUL 2017

Asia, 3 rankings pleasingly belong to Bangkok. Among

them, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho),

the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

(Wat Phra Kaew) make it to the must-visit sites. All

placed 4th, 9th and 14th respectively and are all found

on the historic centre of Rattanakosin Island. With her

golden Buddha in a recline pose, Wat Pho took no. 21 for

the world’s top landmarks.

tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice

DHAKA

COMICON SUMMER

Get your costume on! If you just happen

to be in Dhaka during this period, find

some time to visit Bangladesh’s 6th comic

book convention or the Dhaka Comicon

Summer 2017 created by a group of

die-hard fans of fantasy fiction, comics

and imaginary worlds as they gather

to celebrate the genre of comic books,

movies, video games, manga and anime

culture. At the huge venue grounds of

TOPKAPI, Gulshan-2, you’ll run into

participants dressing up in their favourite

characters – Wonder Woman, Thor,

Logan, Iron Man and other fantastical

characters. Or prep your own costume and

your own fantasy character at the event.

But it’s not only about Cosplay here.

At the convention, you’ll get a chance to

preview a mind-blowing new comic by a

new generation of comic book artists and

writers. See illustrations drawn by artists

and buy merchandise including T-shirts

and action figures relating to favourite

superheroes, robots and ninjas.

Open 11am - 9pm, Tel: +8801714986668,

+8801713011557, +8801711429717,

facebook.com/DhakaComicon

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MAY OCT 2017

THAILAND

ANDAMAN NATIONAL MARINE

PARKS SEASONAL CLOSING

Some Andaman National Marine Parks will close until the

month of October as part of their ‘break’. Parks closing

include Mu Koh Surin, Koh Ta Chai and Mu Koh Similan in

Phang Nga province; Koh Hin Daeng – Hin Muang, Koh Ha

and Koh Rok diving sites located in Krabi’s Mu Koh Lanta

park; Hat Chao Mai in Trang; and the islands of Adang, Rawi

and Hin Ngam in Satun’s Tarutao National Marine Park. The

respite marks the period for national parks to prepare itself

for the next season. The surrounding areas continue to

welcome visitors with a landscape that’s verdant green at this

time of year and plenty of activities.

Meanwhile, Lipe Island in Satun province remains open,

with white sandy beaches offering opportunities for that

quiet spot on the beach and snorkelling that’s within easy

reach. Several top dive sites are equally accessible for more

adventurous underwater excursions.

Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Tel: +66 (0) 2561 0777, +66 (0) 2579 6666, dnp.go.th

ON

GOING

HONG KONG

PALLING AROUND

Need a friend in Hong Kong to show you all the local spots

but don’t know anyone? Head over to the Hong Kong

Tourism Board and they’ll hook you up with a volunteer who’ll

show you their favourite haunts. The volunteer programme

promises a memorable time with ‘Meet the Pals.’ You can

walk to hidden spots around the world’s longest covered

outdoor ride – the Mid-to-Central levels escalators – and visit

places like Soho and see a blend of old Hong Kong and hip

restaurants, or engage in craft-making or see green tourism.

Enthusiastic locals give travellers personalised

recommendations as experiential tourism is on the rise. As

a result, the Hong Kong Tourism Board created the free

service under this volunteer programme called “Meet-the-

Pals”. By making an online appointment, visitors can meet

some of the Hong Kong Pals at two in-town visitor centres

and get information on a range of interesting topics, from

Chinese paper craft and butterfly-watching to the hidden

treasures around the Central-to-Mid-Levels escalator.

discoverhongkong.com

NOW- 31

JUL 2017

THAILAND

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

This way, shoppers. During this time of the year, visit the

Land of Smiles and bring that grin on your face and have

fun – because almost everything here in the capital of

Thailand is on sale. You can save up to as much as 80%, as

the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with

major credit card companies and local retailers across the

kingdom organises the Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise

2017 campaign. Under the theme “Dining, Shopping and

Travelling”, get on the world’s longest shopping endeavour in

Bangkok and benefit from participating products and services

in areas like accommodations, airlines, restaurants, theme

parks, department stores, spas and jewellery shops. The

whole month of July will mark Bangkok as a true destination

for anyone who loves great shopping, delicious food and

unbeatable bargains. Tourism Authority of Thailand call centre

1672, thailandshoppingdining.com

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

1JUL-31

DEC 2017

SPOTLIGHT

KUALA LUMPUR

Life-Size Discovery

This not-to-be-missed and life-size journey happens as Kuala Lumpur

has created an exciting and unimaginable Jurassic wonderland called

Dinosaur Alive. At the Malaysia Tourism Centre on Jalan Ampang,

about 40 all-time favourite dinosaur species take you on a journey of

discovery – spanning 165 million years when these prehistoric creatures

dominated the earth. It’ll be a ‘ground-shaking’ time watching T-Rex

and their friends move around and roar in a realistic close-up; it’s as if

they were alive. Children can become palaeontologists, excavate their

own fossils – together with other fun-filled and interactive adventures

that await you and your family behind the gate from 10am to 10pm.

Tickets are available onsite at the box office. Adults: RM60, Children

(3-12): RM40, Seniors (over 60): RM50 while group tickets for over 10

people get a 10% discount. dinosaursalive.asia

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AUG OCT 2017

LAOS

FAST BOAT IN

LUANG PRABANG

Be part of the thrill along the Nam Khan river

in Luang Prabang where boat racing or Boun

Souang Heua takes place during the weekends

from the end of August to the beginning of

October. The local festival occurs every year

before the end of Buddhist lent throughout the

country – starting from Luang Prabang, then in

many villages along the Mekong River or one of

its tributaries. The last race traditionally takes

place at Ban Xieng Ngeun, about 30 kilometres

from Luang Prabang with a mid-day start and

finish before sunset.

Sign up as a spectator or more to witness a

big day in the city of Luang Prabang as boats and

50 athletes from different villages compete along

a length of 400 metres under the sweltering heat

to win the honour as the fastest boat on the river.

Aside from river activities, on the list should

be a stroll at the market fair, from the old stadium

grounds to the Tourism Information Centre the day

before the annual Buon Souang Heua. Hundreds of

vendors from around the country get together for

a special street market day that starts early in the

morning and ends in the afternoon. tourismlaos.org

HONG KONG

19-25 BOOKTOPIA

JULY 2017 People may seem to read less nowadays

and print continues to die out, but these

publishers keep hope alive! At the 28th

Hong Kong Book Fair, more than 3,600

booksellers and publishers present the

latest books to the public with the belief

that quality content can promote a love

for reading under the theme ‘Reading

the World – People, Places, Passions’.

The annual exhibition at the City Hall of

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition

Centre on 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai,

has become a major event in Hong Kong

with the number of visitors reaching new

heights every year and they look forward

to beating last year’s over 1 million visitors

to create new milestones for this weeklong

literary and cultural extravaganza.

Apart from an extensive range of

books and other multimedia contents,

the organiser HKTDC also spares no

effort in organising diversified cultural

activities during the Book Fair, including

seminars by celebrity authors and new

book parades. Running alongside the

fair is the month-long Cultural July

citywide campaign, with over 250

cultural events such as seminars, sharing

sessions, workshops, cultural tours and

story theatres were held at educational

institutions, bookstores, libraries,

shopping malls and other venues.

Opening hours: 19-20 & 23-24 July

10am to 10pm, 21-22 July – 10am to

midnight (level 1) and 10am to 11pm

(level 3), 25 July – 9am to 5pm,

Tel: +852 1830 668,

hkbookfair.hktdc.com

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OVERTURES

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

SPOTLIGHT

On A Night

Like This

Picking a gorgeous dress for a

party might not be tough. But

stunning makeup to match

might not be as easily achieved.

Here are tips for a

glittering makeup look to

make the spotlight shine

brightly – only on you.

STEP 1 EYES

In order to create

the luxurious effect

of metallic smokey

eyes, Thabalm

nude’tude’s Need It

Nude eyeshade palette

is needed for this look.

The shadow colours are

highly pigmented and blend very easily

making it a perfect choice for this

catchy effect.

STEP 2 CHEEKS

To enhance your

cheekbones, a subtle shade

is totally recommended.

Since focus has been given

to the eyes, it’s important

to keep the cheeks as natural

as possible with Too Faced

Sweethearts perfect flush blush.

STEP 3 LIPS

Take a clean lip brush and draw

a thin line of red lip liner from

the Sephora Collection. Trace

the shape of your lips and

directly apply Nars’ Velvet Lip

Glide to fill in lips. Add a layer

of clear gloss to the centre of

your mouth to plump them up.

STEP 4 LAST BUT

NOT LEAST

Complete your look

with Better Than Sex

mascara and get your

face glowing with

powder from Guerlain

in the right areas.

Highlighter should be

applied where light hits

on the face naturally

and remember the

mantra – less is more.

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO BIGS VATCHARASITH MODEL PIM BUBEAR

Keep it Glowing

A winning formula of primers, powders and concealers deliver flawless results to your

skin. Bold lipsticks are the cherry on top.

VELVET LIP GLIDE 5.9ML FROM

NARS (1,090 Baht)

Soft in feel yet strong in effect. Effortless

and intense, polished and provocative

– this lip formula encourages you not to

compromise in look and feel. Glides on

with easy strength. Go with it and see

where its results take you.

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while customising the

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Monochrome

Moment

The monochrome colour palette

can be where a good design

sense starts and ends. Move it

forward to a well-considered

lifestyle in black and white

with versatile shifting from the

traditional to the modern. Here,

two colours can be everything.

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Tel: +66 (0) 2003 6138

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Two Colours,

Full Elegance

Black and white still stands

the test of time. This forever

team is essential to any design

aficionado and aesthete. With

only these two colours in

hand, combinations might be

something of a style minefield

yet there are plenty of clever

ways to pair up black and white.

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Immortal Dish

of Memories

A Thai king once wrote a poem detailing the feelings

evoked by an aromatic massaman curry. Despite the

passage of time, the dish’s popularity has never ceased.

While the traditional recipe has variations executed

in many kitchens, some homes and restaurants offer

surprising local touches.

Words: Sarita Urupongsa

Photos: Dolnapa Ram-Indra

Many Thais are familiar with the

mention of massaman curry in the poetry

verses composed by Prince Itsarasunthon,

or King Rama II. Loosely translated,

the words state:

“Massaman, a curry made by my love,

is fragrant with cumin and strong spices,

(มัสมั่นแกงแก้วตา หอมยี่หร่ารสร้อนแรง)

Any man who has tasted the curry pines

for her” (ชายใดได้กลืนแกง แรงอยากให้ใฝ่ฝันหา)

Picked as the best food in the world

by CNN’s Traveller’s “World’s 50 Most

Delicious Foods,” massaman curry has

always played a big part in the history of

Thai cuisine. Believed to have originated in

the sophisticated court of Ayutthaya, the

rich flavours of the curry are influenced

by Persian, Malay and Indian cuisines and

various theories are offered on the name

“massaman.” Some believe the savoury

word derived from the word “Mussulman”

an archaic word for ‘Muslim’ while the

other school of thought says that the

name came from the Malay word “masam”

meaning sour.

Sreerat Sripinyo, owner of Sri Trat

Restaurant on Sukhumvit Road remembers

her childhood and the food memories

associated with her family, including

massaman curry. An extended household

resulted in her mother serving as the

main cook who whipped up delicious Thai

dishes. Once the meals were ready to be

served with hot steamed rice, her mum

called for all the children to eat together.

As a young girl, Sreerat wasn’t busily

running and playing around the house like

other kids her age. Instead, she would stay

in the kitchen and be her mother’s little

helper. This has given her a clear memory

for every recipe as well as the exhilaration

of cooking with her mother.

Thus it’s recipes from their kitchen

that journey to their restaurant where

diners enjoy eastern Thai dishes with the

homemade touch. Authentic ingredients

from Trat Province are a must for their

restaurant located in the heart of Bangkok.

More than 80 dishes at Sri Trat

restaurant are both original recipes

from Sreerat’s mother along with

new inspirations. One of the featured

dishes is “massaman chicken curry

cooked with young durian”, her

family’s favourite curry. This dish is

not to be missed for the experience of

Trat’s authentic flavours. The balanced

taste of the massaman curry results

from the combination of original

ingredients from Trat, ranging from

the sweet flavour of palm sugar, the

sour flavour from tamarind juice to the

salty taste from krill paste and Three

Rabbit fish sauce, Trat’s famous and

preferred fish sauce brand. Another

key ingredient replacing potatoes is

Monthong durian, a fruit that’s the

pride of Trat. Pride in their hometown

and further homage is given in the

restaurant proudly named Sri Trat.

Reservations recommended. For more

information: facebook.com/sritrat

Ingredients

• 200g chicken thighs

(sliced into 2-inch pieces each)

• 100g of raw Monthong durian

(sliced into approximately 2-inch pieces each)

• 1kg coconut milk

• 1 tbsp cumin seeds (roasted)

• 2 tbsp peanuts (roasted)

For Massaman Curry Paste

• 5 big dry chillies (sliced)

• 2 stalks of lemongrass, sliced

• 4-5 galangal slices

• 1 tsp long pepper

• 1 tsp cumin

• 1 tsp coriander seeds

• 1 tsp krill paste

• 5 small shallot cloves

• 2 garlic cloves

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 tsp pepper

Seasoning

• 3 tbsp tamarind juice

• 100g palm sugar

• 2 cinnamon sticks, around 10g

• 3 tbsp fish sauce

Cooking Instructions

• Wrap the krill paste in banana leaf.

Grill until it releases a fragrance.

• Stir-fry the rest of the curry paste

ingredients (except the dry chillies,

salt and pepper) in a pan using

medium heat, about 5 minutes until

it turns yellow.

• Crush salt, pepper and dry chillies

together in a mortar. Slowly mix the

grilled krill paste and stir-fried curry

paste into the mortar.

• Prepare coconut milk by separating

the thick, creamier liquid from thin

coconut milk.

• Boil chicken thighs in thin coconut

milk using high heat until they’re

cooked.

• Boil the thicker coconut milk with

high heat until it reaches a boil and

let it simmer. Add the crushed curry

paste and boil until it releases a

fragrance, then pour it in the pot

containing chicken thighs in thin

coconut milk. Mix them together

using high heat. Lower the heat

to medium.

• Add all the seasoning items, followed

by cumin seeds and peanuts. Lower

the heat and stir it for an hour. Then

put the durian in the pot and stir for 5

more minutes.

Other Ways to Have

Massaman in Bangkok

MASSAMAN CURRY WITH BRAISED

LAMB BELLY

The restaurant names itself after the

word “baan” meaning home in Thai.

One of Baan’s most famous dishes is

‘massaman curry with braised lamb

belly.’ Made with local young lamb, the

curry also boasts Baan’s homemade

chilli paste. The love and care that this

restaurant has put into the food along

with quality ingredients are the secret

to this delightful dish. Baan’s massaman

curry is rich and perfect with a sweet and

balanced flavour, which goes well with

the succulent lamb belly.

baanbkk.com, +66 (0) 2655 8995

BEEF MASSAMAN WITH POTATO,

FIVE SPICE BEEF SOUP, DIY

NOODLES

Together with the dramatic pavilion setting,

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin offers stunning decor

that contrasts dark wood with shimmering

Thai silk. A pond of white lotuses sits in the

centre of the dining room as a tribute to

the lotus pond of Sra Pathum Palace.

All menus created by renowned

Michelin-starred chef Henrik Yde

Andersen are using authentic local

ingredients. Their beef massaman is

served with soup and tofu strips. Despite

having a separate soup, the flavour of

the dish is deeply rich, nourishing, and

reflects the blend of ancient Thai cuisine

and the creativity of modern culinary art.

kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel,

+66 (0) 2162 9000

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WORDS & PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL

The Crisp

of Rose

Apples

All it takes is a

crunchy bite to fall in

love with its floral yet

subtle taste.

It’s neither an apple nor a red pear, but a ‘Chomphu,’ as the

Thai Rose Apple is called.

The name of this fruit might be misleading when rose

apples have nothing to do with roses or apples. It’s been

said that the fragrance reminded people of rose water,

hence the name.

They normally come in small pear or bell shapes, about

one to two inches wide and one and a half inches long –

some people say it looks like a nose! Rose apples have a

smooth, thin and waxy skin. And when you cut it open, it

is more or less hollow inside, with some two to four loose

seeds. The white flesh inside is crisp, faintly sweet and

fragrant – somewhere between a watermelon and guava.

Depending on the cultivar, or variety, it can be dry in

texture and delivers a mild taste. But most of the time, it is

the right amount of ‘juicy’ with a faint rose water taste to

it. The rose apple fruit is ready to pick three months after

blossoming, when it starts to get hollow inside, and you can

hear the seeds rattle.

Originating in India almost two centuries ago, there are

several varieties of rose apples in Thailand. The most common

ones have a green exterior that’s flushed with pink called

Chomphu Phet Samphran and the ruby-red coloured rose

apple called Chomphu Thabthim Chan, which gives more of

a sweet and sour taste. These varieties are available almost

year round, but out of all the rose apples, Chomphu Phet

Samphran yields the sweetest taste. What else is out there?

You may encounter names such as Chomphu Phet Sairung,

Chomphu Phet Namphueng, including rose apple varieties

that have become very rare and expensive. There’s the light

green-skinned Chomphu Thoon Klao which is very sweet, or

the dark reddish Chomphu Mamiao which is sour in taste. A

sweet Chomphu Nam Dokmai looks somewhat like a miniature

pomegranate with a skin that is more yellow than green.

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Words: Sarita Urupongsa

The Combat

and the Glory

Photos courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

For as long as can be

remembered, “Muay

Thai” or Thai Boxing

proudly belongs to the

cultural heritage of Thai

people. In the old days,

the grand size of the

Kingdom of Thailand

shared borders next to

numerous countries,

resulting in constant

territorial battles.

Almost every Thai man

then was trained in

using ancient weapons

such as a sabre, a wood

staff, sword, halberd or a

lance. Combine that with

the skills of Muay Thai,

whose combat tactics

require the use of all

limbs – both hands, feet,

elbows and knees and

invincibility can happen.

These days, Muay

Thai evolved from

ancient boxing styles

whose variations derived

through local expertise.

There’s Muay Ta Sao in

the North, Muay Korat in

the Northeast and Muay

Chaiya in the South, for

example. As time passed,

Muay Thai became a

sport and competition

with an entertainment

purpose. Classification

is indicated by a boxer’s

weight, which is similar

to international boxing

standards.

The main highlight

before a Muay Thai

match begins with

the unique beauty of

“Wai Khru” a ritual

performed as a means

to show respect to the

teaching masters. Both

competing boxers would

prostrate 3 times to show

their gratitude towards

their parents, masters

and sacred beings.

While performing the

ritual, the boxers would

wear a “Mongkol” or a

headband made of holy

threads. Wearing the

Mongkol is considered

a sacred act as masters

performed their own

blessing ceremony

for the headband’s

auspiciousness.

The combat moves

and self-protection

prowess of Muay Thai

has fascinated many

people as it reflects an

identity that’s one of

a kind, whose punches

and moves differ from

that of international

boxing. Muay Thai is

unique not only for its

use of fists, but also of

feet, knees and elbows.

Furthermore, the style

comes with many

tactical moves such as

a spiral punch and knee

strike – combat moves

which have caught

keen interest around

the world.

As the national

sport rose to global

proportions, the Thai

government introduced

the “Thai Fight”

competition, to search

for the King of Muay

Thai in 2010. The project

aimed at bringing

international recognition

to the importance of

Muay Thai and Thailand’s

role as the home of

this combat skill. A

combination of Muay

Thai and entertainment

showcases the Thai

Fight, an international

sports event attracting

Thai and foreign boxers

as well as gaining an

audience that continues

to grow. The competition

boasts authentic Muay

Thai skills and opens

up the opportunity

for fighters from

everywhere in the world

to participate in this

traditional combat event.

Recognising

the value of Muay

Thai as a sport in

the international

community, the United

Nations signed the MOA

in cooperation with the

World Muaythai Council

and the International

Federation of Muaythai

Amateur. Muay Thai is

now on its way to be

included as one of the

sports in the

Olympic Games.

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Welcome To

the Fight Club

Here are the places where Muay Thai

fanatics can get closer to this traditional

sport in the best possible way.

THE REAL DEAL RINGSIDE

Does the adrenalin-fuelled match excite you? If yes,

then this place is definitely for you.

Established in 1945, Rajadamnern Stadium

enjoys its legacy as the oldest boxing stadium in

Thailand. It has now become one of the world’s

most renowned boxing stadiums and a prestigious

institution in Muay Thai. Rajadamnern Stadium

operates 4 days a week every Monday, Wednesday,

Thursday and Sunday. Doors open from 6pm

onwards. The seating is provided in 3 categories,

from ringside class, 2nd class and 3rd class.

Ringside seats bring audiences the ultimate

boxing experience. Sitting next to the boxing

ring serves an unobstructed and exciting view

of the boxers on stage – and the adrenalin rush

while surrounded by the fighters’ supporters

and other keen enthusiasts. The ringside seats

also come with direct access to a beverage bar

and an exclusive photograph with the winner

of the night.

If Muay Thai is your kind of thing, you can

buy ticket online at rajadamnern.com

JOIN THE FIGHT CLUB

Love the training and the sweat of throwing kicks? Here’s the best place to

be. Bangkok Fight Lab is the premier fight sports gym in Bangkok. Together

with a top-notch coaching staff, the place offers 250 sq m of a premium

training area, including a boxing ring, MMA cage, strength and conditioning

equipment, and 90 sq m of beautiful flexi-roll grappling mats. Aside from

Muay Thai, classes like MMA, western boxing, K1 boxing, judo, wrestling,

Brazilian jiu jitsu (Gi), No-Gi submission grappling and Filipino kali are also

available. Whether you are looking to get fit and learn new skills, find out

more at bangkokfightlab.com

FIGHTING TO GET FIT

FITFAC brings the concept of fitness facilities and Muay Thai together to deliver

extraordinary results in training and a bonus of weight loss. They claim customers

can lose over 7kg within 1 month through regular and appropriate training.

Offering fitness and fight experiences to participants of all levels, FITFAC’s

team consists of over 50 professional Muay Thai trainers. All of them have years

of training and fighting experiences in Bangkok and abroad, including Khaokor

Galaxy who won the World Boxing Association’s bantamweight championship

twice. Now you can enjoy Muay Thai in the environment that is professional, clean

and easily reached by BTS or MRT in the heart of Bangkok. fitfacmuaythai.com

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M ASTERING

THE

Set a course for a weekend museum

hop for a glimpse of how Singapore

connects the dots between its past,

present and futuristic forays.

Words Nuttaporn Srisirirungsimakul

ART FORM

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From artsy cultural

offerings to mindblowing

trips into

3D immersive

experiences – all set

against Instagram-worthy

backgrounds – Singapore

is brimming with

opportunities to explore

amazing art and exhibits.

Who says museums are

boring? Certainly not in

the Lion City.

Opening Page

Light installations

cast colours on

the facade of the

National Museum

of Singapore. The

spectacular canvas is

part of the Singapore

Night Festival,

which is set to return

in August.

IN THE BEGINNING

With its inception as the Raffles

Library and Museum dating back to

1887, the current National Museum

of Singapore is the island’s oldest

museum. Step into this white

neo-classical edifice and you’ll

find yourself under the iconic

rotunda dome delicately decked

with stained glass. The exhibitions

here trace the history of the island

as it changed and evolved through

the years, from its days called

Singapura, to the Crown Colony,

Syonan-To, and finally, Singapore.

There’s also a museum section that

explores how Lee Kuan Yew and

his team built the foundation for

modern Singapore during the first

ten pivotal years of independence.

Homegrown artist Suzann

Victor’s shimmering chandeliers

greet you at the bridge that links the

original building with its modern

wing. Featuring more than 14,000

Swarovski crystals, the chandeliers’

swinging patterns evoke the

movements of a soaring mythical

creature, signalling a shift towards

a more imaginative, larger-thanlife

experience that awaits you in

the Glass Rotunda. “Story of the

Forest,” a digital art installation

by the renowned Japanese art

collective teamLab, stirs up wonder

and excitement with a 360-degree

immersive animation inspired by

the William Farquhar Collection

of Natural History Drawings. It’s a

sure-fire way to mark your visit on

a high note.

EXPLORE A FUSION CULTURE

Small yet interesting, the

Peranakan Museum weaves a

beautiful tapestry of the mixed

ethnic descendants of Chinese

traders who settled and married

the locals in the former Straits

Settlements, which are now

Singapore, Penang, and Malacca.

From language and fashion,

to religious beliefs and dining

customs, the exhibition

showcases many elements of

this merged culture that arose

from intermarriages. Gape at the

extensive collection of Nyonya

(women of Peranakan descent)

embroidery and beadwork.

Everyday household items like

curtains, bedcovers and slippers

were painstakingly stitched with

minuscule beads and gold and

silver threads. Motifs and designs

reflect a mix of influences from

Chinese auspicious symbols to

European-inspired flora and fauna

embroidery patterns. A must for

arts and crafts aficionados.

Top

The museum’s

elegant building

impresses

with neo-classical

architecture.

Bottom, Clockwise

Exhibition galleries

in the National

Museum

Immerse in a digital

universe at the Future

World exhibition,

ArtScience Museum

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A TRIP INTO THE FUTURE

If you prefer art, you can interact with the usual

traditional displays, or go to the ArtsScience

Museum. Nestled on the Marina Bay waterfront,

the museum is love at first sight with its iconic,

lotus-inspired architecture. It has hosted some of

the most renowned touring exhibitions including

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, NASA - A Human

Adventure, and Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal.

Created in collaboration with teamLab,

its latest permanent exhibition, FUTURE

WORLD: Where Art Meets Science, ignites your

creativity with cutting-edge interactive digital

art installations. Take a mesmerising journey

through various zones. Draw a car, a building or

a plane, place them in a digital scanner, and see

your two-dimensional sketches transform into

3D objects that you can interact with. You might

enjoy it more than you would like to admit. Just

don’t fight for crayons with your little ones!

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CONTEMPORARY CLUSTER

Once a British military camp,

and a key site to train national

servicemen - today Gillman

Barracks provides a platform to

both emerging young talents and

established artists to showcase

their creative works.

The contemporary art precinct

is tucked away in the tranquil

tropical surroundings, about

30-minutes away from the city

centre. It’s easy to get lost in this

vast compound as you explore its

many international galleries that

have set up alongside homegrown

spaces. So be prepared to walk and

wear comfortable shoes. Stop by to

refuel in between gallery hopping

at one of the on-site cafes and

restaurants.

If possible, plan your visit to

Gillman Barracks on either its Art

Day Out or Art After Dark event.

Galleries will launch new shows

and extend opening hours. Artists

in residence at the NTU Centre for

Contemporary Art Singapore will

also open their studio to welcome

art enthusiasts.

HOP SM ART

Here are our

favourite city

navigating apps

that will help you

find your way

to Singapore

museums with

ease.

CITYMAPPER

This smart trip planner

is only available in

some 30 cities around

the world, and

Singapore is one of

that. It combines and

compares all transport

modes available from

the bus, MRT, LRT

and ferry lines, Uber,

to even walking, and

suggesting the best

routes. Citymapper

tells you which section

of the subway to

board to beat the

rush-hour crowds,

which exit to take for

the easiest transfers,

and even offers ‘heat

safe’ routes to avoid

the hot weather as

much as possible. The

best thing is you’ll be

alerted when it’s time

to get off. No more

missing your stop

because you are dozing

off or busying playing

with a smartphone.

SG BUSLEH

Don’t you hate

it when you find

yourself at the

bus stop, waiting

endlessly wondering

when your bus will

come? SG BusLeh

comes to the rescue.

Simply tap to find the

bus stop you’re at,

and you can see the

buses available, their

arrival times, and

even seat availability.

So you know how

many more minutes

you have to wait. You

can also click on the

bus number to see

bus routes or locate it

on the map.

Top

Tree-shaped

columns near a

bridge linking the

former Sypreme

Court and City Hall.

Above Left

Outdoor art

installations

spread across the

Gillman Barracks

complex.

INSIDER TIPS

Make the most of your art day out

at Gillman Barracks by combining it

with a morning hike at the Southern

Ridges. This 10-kilometre trail will

take you through the picturesque

treetop walkways that connect

some of Singapore’s popular parks

together. The highlight of the

course is Henderson Waves, the

pedestrian bridge that towers 36

meters above the ground. Like

its name suggests, it catches the

attention with its aesthetic wavelike

design. Once you manage to

walk up, you’ll be rewarded with

exhilarating, uninterrupted views of

Singapore’s ever-changing skyline

and the harbour.

FROM DAY TO NIGHT

National Gallery Singapore is aweinspiring

even before you enter.

The powerhouse of Southeast Asia

modern art spreads across two

massive historic buildings: the

former City Hall and Supreme Court.

Above Right

Gillman Barracks

welcomes art

enthusiasts in

leafy, tropical

surroundings.

Top Left

One of the art

galleries within

the Gillman

Barracks

compound

Bottom Left

An exhibit at

Gillman

Barracks

With more than 10,000 artworks

in its collection, it hosts one of

the world’s largest collections of

modern Southeast Asian art from

the 19th and 20th centuries.

You can easily spend half a day

exploring galleries in this beautifully

restored venue. Don’t know where

to start? Join the Gallery Highlights

tour that will introduce you to key

masterpieces. Better yet, secure

a spot in the Building Highlights

Tour to discover the rich history and

architecture of the monumental

buildings while also finding your

next perfect Instagram shots.

After spending the day in art

galleries, culture vultures can

transform into night owls. Book the

highly-coveted seats at National

Kitchen by Violet Oon to taste

delectable Peranakan delights.

Then, head up to rooftop bar Smoke

& Mirrors to wind down the day with

cocktails and panoramic views of

Marina Bay.

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SINGAPORE CULTURE

ซ้ายบน

รูปทรงดอกบัวที่เลื่องลือ

ของตัวอาคารพิพิธภัณฑ์

วิทยาศาสตร์ศิลปะ หรือ

ArtScience Museum

กับฉากหลังมารีนาเบย์

แซนด์สุดอลังการ

ขวาบน

พิพิธภัณฑ์แห่งชาติ

สิงคโปร์กับสีสันแสงไฟ

ยามค่ำคืนต้อนรับนักท่อง

เที่ยวที่ผ่านไปมา

ขวาล่าง

นิทรรศการที่จัดขึ้นที่

DBS Singapore Gallery

ตั้งแต่เรื่องราววัฒนธรรมสุดล้ำลึก

ประสบการณ์เสพงานศิลป์สามมิติ ไป

จนถึงฉากหลังสำหรับถ่ายรูปลงอินสตา

แกรม ทุกอย่างที่กล่าวมาหาได้ครบจากที่

สิงคโปร์เพียงที่เดียว ใครที่พูดว่าเที่ยว

พิพิธภัณฑ์น่าเบื่อ แสดงว่ายังไม่เคยย่าง

กรายมายังเมืองสิงโตแห่งนี้

ท่องไปยังโลกแห่งอดีต

Raffles Library and Museum ก่อตั้งขึ้น

ในปี 1887 ปัจจุบันเป็นพิพิธภัณฑ์แห่งชาติ

สิงคโปร์ และเป็นพิพิธภัณฑ์ที่เก่าแก่ที่สุด

ของประเทศ คุณจะเห็นอาคารแบบนีโอ

คลาสสิก ห้องโถงกลมที่ประดับด้วย

กระจกสี พร้อมการจัดแสดงประวัติศาสตร์

ของเกาะสิงคโปร์ตั้งแต่ครั้งยังชื่อว่า สิงหปุระ

เปลี่ยนชื่อเป็น คราวน์โคโลนี และโชนันดะ

จนกลายมาเป็นสิงคโปร์สมัยใหม่ที่นำโดย

นายลีกวนยูและคณะหลังการกอบกู้เอกราช

จากรัฐอาณานิคม ชมความงามของโคมไฟ

ระย้าที่ประดับด้วยคริสตัลชวารอฟสกี้

กว่า 14,000 เม็ด ต้อนรับคุณเข้าสู่ห้อง

โถงกระจกที่จัดนิทรรศการ “Story of the

Forest” ที่นำเสนอศิลปะญี่ปุ่นด้วยภาพ

เคลื่อนไหว 360 องศา ดื่มด่ำภาพวาด

ศิลปะแห่งชาติในชุดศิลปะของวิลเลี่ยม

ฟากูฮาร์ เพื่อเป็นจุดเริ่มต้นการท่องเที่ยว

แสนประทับใจ

ค้นพบการผสมผสานทางวัฒนธรรม

ที่ Peranakan Museum พบการถักทอ

เรื่องราวการผสมผสานทางวัฒนธรรม

ของลูกหลานพ่อค้าชาวจีนที่เข้ามาตั้ง

รกรากในนิคมช่องแคบ ซึ่งปัจจุบันคือ

ประเทศสิงคโปร์ ปีนัง และมะละกา

พิพิธภัณฑ์แห่งนี้จัดแสดงรากเหง้าของ

ภาษา แฟชั่น ความเชื่อทางศาสนา และ

อาหารการกิน ที่ผสานหลอมรวม

วัฒนธรรมหลากหลายผ่านการแต่งงาน

กับชนพื้นเมือง นอกจากนี้ยังนำเสนอ

ความงดงามของผ้าทอ ลูกปัด และเครื่อง

ใช้เครื่องประดับภายในบ้านที่ได้รับอิทธิพล

จากวัฒนธรรมจีนและยุโรป

ท่องไปยังโลกแห่งอนาคต

หากชื่นชอบงานศิลปะแนวใหม่ ขอ

แนะนำพิพิธภัณฑ์วิทยาศาสตร์ศิลปะ

ArtsScience Museum ซึ่งเป็น

สถาปัตยกรรมที่ได้รับแรงบันดาลใจจาก

รูปทรงดอกบัว ปัจจุบันจัดแสดง

นิทรรศการถาวรอย่าง FUTURE

WORLD: Where Art Meets Science ที่

จุดประกายสร้างแรงบันดาลใจด้วยสื่อ

ดิจิตอลที่สามารถโต้ตอบกับผู้เยี่ยมชมได้

คุณสามารถวาดรูปรถ สแกนเป็นไฟล์

ดิจิตอล จากนั้นคุณจะได้เห็นรูปรถของ

คุณในแบบสามมิติในทันที

ศูนย์รวมแห่งความร่วมสมัย

Gillman Baracks ซึ่งเคยเป็นค่ายทหาร

ของสหราชอาณาจักรมาก่อน เป็นแหล่ง

รวมความคิดสร้างสรรค์ของทั้งศิลปิน

หน้าใหม่และศิลปินที่มีชื่อเสียงมากมาย

ห่างจากตัวเมืองแค่เพียง 30 นาที คุณจะ

พบแกลเลอรีนานาชาติพร้อมกับร้าน

กาแฟและร้านอาหารมากมาย ขอแนะนำให้

มาที่นี่ในวัน Art Day Out หรือมาในงาน

Art After Dark เพื่อชมชุดการแสดงใหม่ใน

ช่วงเวลาเปิดทำการที่ยาวนานขึ้น

หรือจะลองเส้นทาง 10 กิโลเมตรในช่วง

เช้าเพื่อเยี่ยมชมสวนสาธารณะและสะพาน

คนเดินดีไซน์แปลกตา Handerson Waves

ที่สูง 36 เมตรเพื่อดื่มด่ำทิวทัศน์สุดลูกหูลูก

ตาก็ถือว่าเป็นไฮไลต์ของเส้นทางนี้

เที่ยวกลางวันยันกลางคืน

National Gallery Singapore สวยสง่า

เมื่อมองมาจากด้านนอก ภายในจัดแสดง

งานศิลปะกว่า 10,000 ชิ้น ถือเป็นแหล่ง

รวมงานศิลปะเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ที่

ใหญ่ที่สุดเลยทีเดียว ต้องใช้เวลากว่า

ครึ่งวันในการเยี่ยมชมแกลเลอรี อย่าลืม

จองที่นั่งในร้านอาหาร National Kitchen

by Violet Oon เพื่อลิ้มรสอาหารของชาว

เปอรานากัน แล้วตบท้ายค่ำคืนด้วยการ

จิบค็อกเทลบนดาดฟ้าของ Smoke &

Mirror ที่มากับวิวพาโนรามาของมารีนาเบย์

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SUTHIPA KAMYAM

ILLUSTRATING

LINES OF NATURE

Graphic designer and illustrator Suthipa Kamyam

takes the fine point of a pencil to make a big

statement. For the talented artist, the quirks of

nature play an even larger role.

Photos: W. & Co.

Words: Kongkapan Chaimano

“The Isolated Land”, Pencil on Paper and Digital Collage

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SUTHIPA KAMYAM

I

t was the last stage of summer when

Fah Thai met with Suthipa “Toey”

Kamyam, an illustrator whose works

have been used widely in the domestic

and international realm. While we may not

know Toey’s portfolio, her work appears

on many familiar brands. A talk on the

creative process took place at her private

studio, where time is spent making sure

never-ending ideas materialise into art.

Opposite:

Clockwise from Left

“Brazil”, Pencil on

Paper and Digital

Collage, 35x26 cm.,

for Taylors of

Harrogate, 2017

Art Direction:

Pearlfisher London

“An Old Weathered

Wine”, Pencil on

Paper, 30x40 cm.,

for Cambria Estate

Winery, 2015

Art Direction: John

McNeil Studio

“The Harvest”,

Pencil on Paper

and Digital Collage,

120x120 cm., for Jim

Thompson, 2016

“Caribbean Island

Wild Flowers”, Pencil

on Paper and Digital

Collage, 70x100 cm.,

for Crabtree & Evelyn,

2016 Art Direction :

Crabtree & Evelyn

One sees Toey’s illustrations

used in various global products

such as Nespresso or L’Occitane

en Provence, Crabtree & Evelyn,

tea company Taylors of Harrogate

and American company Sonoma

Cannabis Co. She did work for

Jelmoli Department store in

Switzerland and lifestyle company

Cocolux in Australia, spanning to

Villa La Madonna in Italy and Okio

Accessories in Sweden. This full

range makes her work familiar to us

all while her well-known domestic

contribution is the design of scarf

patterns for renowned textile house

Jim Thompson.

Her signature work shows lined

patterns drawn delicately. Finishes

hold a unique visual texture with her

trademark technique of small links

and mesh shapes. Her drawings

are complex but the device she

usually uses is simple. It’s just a

propelling pencil and up to now,

she gives no thought to trying new

tools. A propelling pencil is easy

to use, she says, with an ability to

give sharp lines without sharpening.

Toey adds that it is mostly suited

to her illustration style. “Drawing

wasn’t my skill in the first place.

So when I started, I just wanted to

use something simple. I finally

realised its simplicity – it’s

attractive,” she says.

Toey was sitting at her desk,

relaxed and serenely talking about

how she became an illustrator.

In high school she was like many

students, filled with doubts of

about what major should be chosen

at university. The answer eventually

was graphic design and after

graduation spent two years working.

Journeying to do her masters in

Gothenburg in Sweden, it was there

where she found the love of drawing.

“Living in Sweden was new to me

and in a new environment – we

yearn for novelty. Many of my

friends there drew quite well, so I

went around asking them to teach

me,” the talented artist said.

She kept on drawing and got

an opportunity to be an assistant to

a trainee photographer and practise

her illustrating skills. Drawing held

the stronger attraction but difficult

if one wanted a secure living. So

Toey returned to working in graphic

design and carried on drawing in

her spare time for the personal

joy it gave.

However, this love of drawing

wasn’t just a joy to behold alone

anymore. In 2014, she decided to

hold her first exhibition and that

was the beginning of a career as an

‘Staying focused while drawing lets me be

present. If not, a distraction could mean that

things literally get out of ‘line.’

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SUTHIPA KAMYAM

Top from Left

“The Raven”, Pencil

on Paper, 80x80

cm., for Nordic

Fashion Biennale,

2014

Art Direction :

Cooper & Gorfer

“Pterois volitan”,

Pencil on Paper,

50x50 cm., for

Beach Club by

Haadtien, 2013

illustrator. “I held the exhibition

for the simplest reason that I just

wanted to make it happen – that’s

all, but the audience turnout was

totally unexpected and illustration

jobs gradually were offered to me

after that,” Toey said.

Toey’s works are apparently

influenced by nature as various

kinds of animals and plants

often appear as subjects in her

drawings. She says that nature

has become her great inspiration

since she found it so surreal and

full of mystery and that there’re

still many other things which we

haven’t discovered yet. A Surinam

toad is an example. To make her

explanation about nature clear, she

points out that seeing the female

toad giving birth to offsprings from

holes in her back is truly stunning.

“It’s strange but it’s also real and

meaningful. Nature makes itself

unique, exotic, unexpected and

unbelievable,” she states.

However, inspiration just

doesn’t come directly when

needed. She resorted to literally

going somewhere to get it – like

trekking. It’s now been more than

ten years since Toey started the

activity. Her first trip was to Sapa,

a hill station town in Vietnam.

The confession that she knew

nothing about trekking meant five

days of suffering that turned out

to be a beautiful remembrance.

She loved the scenery and wanted

to stay in a world where she got used

to a great existence.

After the Sapa trip, Toey

ventured to more nature sites

in many countries. Each place

unquestionably inspired her

but there are some favourites

– places with an astonishing

landscape like the Himalayans

and the Arctic Circle. Anything

she appreciated on each trip

became raw material for her

illustrations. “Every single detail

of nature is fabulously amazing.

There’ll always be something

new and exciting every time you

look at it. What you see today will

be totally different tomorrow.”

It’s not only nature that could

turns on this young creator –

but also people, urban myths and

cultures. “To me, India, Nepal

and Myanmar are impressive

and lively. I love seeing people’s

lives and listening to their tales,”

she said.

When asked about the future,

she replied with a smile and says

that her focus is on the present.

But it doesn’t mean there aren’t

plans, she states. “I would like to

run my own brand, like creating

for home decoration with my

illustrations on them.”

Top

“Suluja”, Pencil on

Paper, 60x40 cm.,

for Nespresso, 2015

Art Direction:

MullenLowe France

Left Bottom

“Untitled”, Pencil

on Paper, 60x40 cm.,

for 56th Studio, 2016

Toey didn’t

want to draw a

tiger that was

‘restrictively

Thai’ so she

transformed

unique and classic

characters of tiger

images that she

saw in Bhutan,

Tibet and Japan

and created a

whole new tiger

– a new look and

new postures.

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SUTHIPA KAMYAM

Wildes Afrika Colouring Book, Pencil on Paper, 46x24 cm., 2016

ฟ้าไทยได้สัมภาษณ์คุณเตย

สุทธิภา คำแย้ม ศิลปินและนัก

ออกแบบที่คร่ำหวอดในวงการงาน

ออกแบบทั้งในไทยและต่างประเทศ

หลายคนอาจจะไม่รู้จักชื่อของเธอ

นัก แต่คุณต้องเคยเห็นผลงานของ

เธอจากแบรนด์ชื่อดังอย่าง เนส

เพรสโซ ล็อกซิทาน หรือแครบทรี

แอนด์เอเวอลินแน่นอน ความรู้และ

ความชำนาญรอบด้านทำให้เธอ

เป็นที่รู้จัก รวมทั้งในฐานะผู้

ออกแบบลวดลายบนผ้าพันคอ

ของแบรนด์จิม ทอมป์สันอีกด้วย

ลวดลายอันเป็นเอกลักษณ์ของ

เตยประกอบสร้างขึ้นจากเส้นและรูป

ร่างที่ละเอียดซับซ้อน แต่เครื่องมือที่

เธอใช้ไม่ได้มีความซับซ้อนแต่อย่างใด

และไม่มีทีท่าว่าเธอจะปันใจให้แก่เครื่อง

มือชิ้นอื่นใดนอกเหนือจากดินสอกด

ธรรมดาๆ ด้ามหนึ่ง

เตยบอกกับเราว่า ความที่เธอ

ไม่ได้ถนัดวาดรูปเป็นทุนเดิมอยู่

แล้ว เธอจึงเลือกใช้สิ่งที่เรียบง่าย

แต่ดึงดูดใจ เตยเริ่มจากการเรียน

ปริญญาตรีออกแบบกราฟิกใน

มหาวิทยาลัย เรียนต่อปริญญาโท

ที่กอเทนเบิร์กในสวีเดน ประเทศที่

สร้างแรงบันดาลใจในการวาดรูป

ขณะที่ทำหน้าที่เป็นผู้ช่วยช่าง

ภาพฝึกหัดในเวลาเดียวกัน

ช่วงเป็นนักออกแบบกราฟิก

เตยวาดรูปในเวลาว่าง จนกระทั่ง

เธอตัดสินใจจัดนิทรรศการของ

ตัวเอง เพียงเพราะคิดว่าอยาก

เริ่มวาดรูปอย่างจริงจังเสียที

นิทรรศการประสบความสำเร็จ

อย่างมากจนเธอได้รับข้อเสนอให้

เป็นนักวาดภาพประกอบเรื่อยมา

ภาพวาดของเธอส่วนใหญ่ได้

รับอิทธิพลจากสัตว์ป่าและพันธุ์

พืช เนื่องจากเธอหลงใหลในความ

ลึกลับและความเหนือจริงของสิ่งมี

ชีวิตที่เธอได้พบเห็นจากการเดิน

ป่าในช่วง 10 ปีที่ผ่านมา การ

ท่องเที่ยวของเธอเริ่มต้นที่เมือง

ซาปาทางตอนเหนือของประเทศ

เวียดนาม แล้วเริ่มเขยิบไปยังเทือก

เขาหิมาลัย จนแตะขอบฟ้าใหม่ใน

แถบวงแหวนขั้วโลกเหนือ เตยได้

ค้นพบความอัศจรรย์ของธรรมชาติ

อันยิ่งใหญ่ และเรื่องเล่าของชาว

เมืองที่ต่างกันออกไปทุกครั้ง

เมื่อได้สัมผัส

เตยมีแผนจะสร้างแบรนด์

ของแต่งบ้านอันประดับด้วย

ลวดลายที่เธอออกแบบจากแรง

บันดาลใจของตัวเอง แต่อนาคต

ของเธอจะเป็นเช่นไรไม่ใช่เรื่อง

สำคัญ เพราะเธอขออยู่กับ

ปัจจุบันขณะให้ดีที่สุด

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“The Horses”, Pencil on Paper and Digital Collage, 180x80 cm., for Okio, 2012

INTRODUCING THE MOST STYLISH

SUNDAY BRUNCH ON THE ISLAND

Enjoy live jazz, free-flowing beverages and savour a fine selection of international cuisine.

Indulge in a spa experience* or relax on the beach* while your children have fun learning

at the kids club. Our Brunch is just one of the unique dining experiences to be

discovered at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.

Find out more at:

fourseasons.com/kohsamui

*additional charge

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SAMUI

Less than an hour’s flight from the eclectic enigma

of Bangkok is Samui, known for its castaway

vacation vibe. But this island also possesses

another enticing energy that comes from the

island’s folk stories, supernatural beliefs and

spiritual symbolism. Words Nadia Willan

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SAMUI

Crystal clear waters lap at the whitest sand beaches

of Samui set against year-round sunshine and blue

skies. Nearby are 42 islands of Ang Thong Marine

National Park and part of the largely uninhabited

islands of Chumphon Archipelago: Koh Samui is set in a

spectacular landscape that simply inspires. And there is

something otherworldly and ethereal about Thailand’s

third largest island that reverberates with the very core of

your inner being, with places echoing the heart and soul of

Buddhist spiritualism and Thai culture.

Top Right

Na Muang Waterfall

where a serpent-like

tree stands

Middle

A private park, the

Magic Garden is

full of stone

sculptures depicting

human, animals

and deities aimed to

teach people about

the afterlife.

Bottom Right

A striking landmark

in Samui is that

of the legendary

Chinese warrior,

Guan Yu, who is

revered as a

god of war

and protection.

One such place is the Magic Garden

that takes you off the beaten path

and into a hillside jungle. Hidden

away, this private oasis of incredible

stone sculptures was apparently

inspired by the owner of the land,

a durian farmer, who founded

a waterfall at the beauty spot.

In his 70s at the time, some 40

years ago, he decided to spend

15 years creating a mystical

garden to teach people about the

afterlife. The human, animal and

deity depictions of classic Thai

folk stories are mesmerising and

wonderfully soulful.

Elsewhere on the island, trees

where spirits are also believed to

reside are protected with colourful

ribbons. Silk outfits are left hanging

from spirit tree branches as a gift

to the female guardian tree spirits,

Nang Mai and Nang Takian. At

Na Muang Waterfall, one part of

a spirit tree resembles a serpent

(naga), a symbolically important

animal in Thai folklore and Buddhist

teachings, and has been honoured

with ornate decorations. It is

believed a cobra sheltered Buddha

from a storm as he meditated

and Thai legend tells of a snake

requesting to change into a man to

enter the monkhood.

Grandparents on their way

to ask the parents of their

grandson’s paramour for her

hand in marriage are caught in

a storm, another Samui legend

relates. Shipwrecked, they perish

and turn into stones, Hin Ta and

Hin Yai (Grandfather Rock and

Grandmother Rock) as a continuing

pledge to their mission. The rocks

resemble the intimate regions of a

man and woman and the story adds

some folklore charm to the visually

interesting rocky scene.

Whether elaborate make-believe

or not, the tale demonstrates how

animism underpins Buddhist beliefs

in Thailand: that stones, rivers and

trees have souls.

Local superstition is that young

couples who visit the area soon

break up should they get close to the

stones. Cars honk their horns as a

sign of respect to the spirits looking

over motorists as they pass

Photo: Thewin Chanyawong

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SAMUI

Right

Luang Por Daeng

or the Mummified

Monk at Wat

Khunaram

Right, Middle

Spirit houses are

believed to have the

presence of ‘spirits’

– respect is given

with offerings of

food, flowers and

the tying of

colourful ribbons

Below

A legendary

tale surrounds

the tantalising

formation of

Hin Ta and Hin

Yai of perished

grandparents

transformed

into rocks.

by the area’s spirit houses. It is this

wonderfully intriguing blend of

spiritualism and superstition that

is so endlessly fascinating, drawing

visitors into what at times can be a

somewhat surreal realm.

Visitors and locals alike are

drawn to the Guan Yu shrine.

Dedicated to the god of war and

protection, the statue looms 16

metres at Hua Thanon near Lamai

beach. The deity is also recognised

for traits of loyalty and honesty

and it is believed can bestow a long

and happy marriage on couples

requesting Guan Yu’s blessing for

their nuptials.

The Mummified Monk of Wat

Khunaram has sat in the temple

for close to half a century and is

the remains of Luang Por Daeng, a

locally born monk who is revered

throughout Thailand. It is said that

he was a psychic who predicted

the exact day of his death to his

followers. Sitting in a meditative

pose, he proceeded to fulfil this

prophecy and thus still remains

[with legs folded into a lotus style]

to this day. It is thought that the

holy body of the meditation master

who taught Buddhists how to attain

Nirvana was preserved as a sign of

his enlightenment.

Often depicted on Thai amulets

worn round the neck to protect

against disease and evil spirits;

the monk is displayed at the

temple in a glass case wearing a

pair of shades, which only adds to

this rather strange Samui sight.

Meanwhile, visitors can shake a

box of wooden sticks (siamsee)

until one numbered stick falls

and correspond it to a specific

written fortune. Those receiving

what they deem negative

predictions tie the paper to string

surrounding the temple’s sacred

tree to ward off bad luck.

Mysticysm abounds with the local tale of

grandparents who turned into Hin Ta and

Hin Yai rock formations following a shipwreck.

Set in spectacular natural

surroundings, there is a sense of

timeless culture on the island and

something visceral about Samui’s

supernatural side that inspires an

inner journey of contemplation and

reflection.

Thai spirit houses are incredibly

detailed mini shrines that are

seen in the gardens of homes,

on street corners and within the

grounds of buildings in Thailand.

There are usually two spirit houses,

strategically positioned, placed next

to each other. The taller of the two,

San Phra Phum, which looks like

a Thai temple with a Khmer prang

on the top sits on a single pedestal

and acts as a gatehouse. People

give offerings of incense, fruit,

snacks and fizzy drinks to appease

the guardian spirits of the land and

bring good fortune. San Ta Yai is

the smaller of the two and sits on

four pillars, paying homage to the

ancestors of the land. It is custom

to ‘wai’ spirit houses by bowing the

head with a quick nod and hands in

the praying position.

Hansar Moment of Happiness

Samui, Bangkok, Pranburi, Khao Yai, Cha Am

www.hansarhotels.com

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SAMUI

นั่งเครื่องบินไม่ถึงหนึ่งชั่วโมงดี เราก็มาถึง

เกาะสมุย เกาะสวรรค์ของนักท่องเที่ยวจากทุก

มุมโลกที่จับใจไปกับท้องฟ้าสีคราม หาดทรายขาว

ละเอียดและแสงแดดจ้าตลอดปี เกาะใหญ่

อันดับสามของประเทศไทยแห่งนี้ยังเต็มไป

ด้วยเรื่องเล่าท้องถิ่น และความเชื่อเหนือ

ธรรมชาติมากมาย

ณ ป่าลาดเชิงเขา เป็นที่ตั้งของ สวนพระพุทธ

รูปลึกลับ แหล่งรวมพระพุทธรูปหินที่เจ้าของ

ที่ดินเริ่มสรรค์สร้างขึ้นตั้งแต่ราว 40 ปีก่อน เพื่อ

สื่อถึงชีวิตหลังความตายผ่านรูปปั้นมนุษย์ สัตว์

และสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์

เชื่อกันว่า ต้นไม้แต่ละต้นจะมีนางไม้และนาง

ตะเคียนสิงสถิตอยู่ นั่นเป็นเหตุผลว่าทำไมผู้คน

จึงต่างนำผ้าหลากสีมาพันรอบต้นไม้ บ้างก็นำ

ชุดผ้าไหมมาบูชาสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์ที่พวกเขาเชื่อว่า

อยู่ในต้นไม้เหล่านี้ บริเวณ น้ำตกหน้าเมือง มี

ต้นไม้ต้นหนึ่งรูปร่างคล้ายพญานาค สัตว์ใน

ตำนานปรัมปราพื้นบ้านและเรื่องเล่าในพระพุทธ

ศาสนา ใจความตอนหนึ่งในตำนานเล่าสู่กันมา

ว่า พญานาคได้แผ่พังพานปกพระพุทธเจ้าขณะ

พระองค์กำลังทำสมาธิ ส่วนอีกเรื่องพญานาค

ได้แปลงกายมาเป็นมนุษย์เพื่อขอบวช

ยังมีตำนานเก่าแก่ของเกาะสมุยเล่าขานกัน

ปากต่อปากว่า มีตายายคู่หนึ่งเรือล่มกลางมรสุม

พายุขณะกำลังเดินทางไปขอเจ้าสาวให้กับหลาน

ชายของตน เมื่อเสียชีวิตไปแล้วทั้งสองได้กลาย

ร่างเป็น หินตาหินยาย ในที่สุด

ไม่มีใครทราบว่าตำนานเหล่านี้มีที่มา

อย่างไร แต่ผู้คนท้องถิ่นต่างเชื่อว่าหากคู่รักเข้า

ใกล้หินสองก้อนนี้ ทั้งสองต้องมีอันเลิกราจาก

กัน นอกจากนี้ยังมีความเชื่อว่าผู้ที่ขับรถผ่าน

ศาลพระภูมิจะต้องบีบแตรเพื่อเป็นการแสดง

ความเคารพต่อสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์อีกด้วย

นอกจากนี้ ทั้งคนสมุยและนักท่องเที่ยวต่าง

พากันมากราบไหว้รูปปั้นสูง 16 เมตรของ

เทพเจ้ากวนอู ซึ่งเป็นเทพแห่งนักรบและผู้ปกป้อง

ที่ตั้งอยู่บริเวณหัวถนน กวนอูยังเป็นเทพแห่ง

ความซื่อสัตย์ เหมาะที่คู่รักจะพากันไปขอพร

ศาลพระภูมิเจ้าที่

เป็นศาลขนาดเล็กที่

พบเห็นได้ตามมุมถนน

หรือภายนอกอาคารบ้าน

เรือน มักจะประกอบด้วย

ศาลสองหลังตั้งอยู่ตาม

จุดที่เชื่อว่าเป็นมงคล

ศาลทรงสูงเรียกว่า ศาล

พระภูมิ ได้รับอิทธิพลจาก

อาคารทรงเขมร มียอด

เหมือนกับพระปรางค์

ด้านหน้ามักจะมีดอกไม้

ธูปเทียนและอาหารตั้ง

ถวาย อีกหลังหนึ่งที่มี

ขนาดเล็กกว่าเรียกว่า

ศาลตายาย ซึ่งเชื ่อว่าเป็น

ที ่สถิตของวิญญาณ

บรรพบุรุษในพื้นที่นั้น

มัมมี่พระ วัดคุณาราม เป็นที่ตั้งสังขารที่

ไม่เน่าเปื่อยของหลวงพ่อแดงผู้เป็นที่เคารพ

ของประชาชนทั่วประเทศไทย เล่ากันว่าหลวง

พ่อแดงสิ้นอายุขัยขณะนั่งสมาธิ ผู้คนต่างเชื่อ

ว่าสังขารที่ไม่เน่าเปื่อยเป็นสัญลักษณ์บ่งบอก

ว่าพระรูปนั้นได้เข้าสู่นิพพานแล้ว ที่นับว่า

แปลกตาคือ สังขารของหลวงพ่อแดงสวมใส่

แว่นตากันแดด โดยด้านหลังพระวิหารที่

ประดับประดาอย่างวิจิตรจะเป็นสถานที่รับ

บริจาคแว่นตากันแดดจากประชาชนทั่วไป

ด้วย ผู้ที่มาเยี่ยมชมสามารถเสี ่ยงเซียมซีเพื่อ

รับคำทำนายดวงชะตา หากได้คำทำนายที่ไม่

ดีนัก สามารถร้อยกระดาษไว้กับเชือกแล้ว

แขวนไว้ตามจุดต่างๆ ภายในวัด ซึ่งเชื่อกันว่า

จะสามารถช่วยขจัดโชคร้ายให้พ้นตัวได้

บนเกาะสมุยที่ห้อมล้อมด้วยธรรมชาติ

แห่งนี ้เต็มไปด้วยวัฒนธรรมที่อยู่เหนือกาล

เวลา พร้อมกับสิ่งลี้ลับเหนือธรรมชาติที่เชิญ

ชวนให้เราแปลกใจเสมอ

ซ้ายบน

เป็นความเชื่อแต่โบราณ

ที่ว่า การจุดธูปเป็นการ

สักการะบูชาเทพเจ้าบน

สรวงสวรรค์หรือสื่อสาร

กับดวงวิญญาณด้วย

ของหอม

ขวาบน

วัดคุณาราม

ขวาล่าง

การถวายพวงมาลัย

หลากสีหลายชั้นเป็น

เครื่องแสดงความเคารพ

ต่อสิ่งศักดิ์สิทธิ์และดวง

วิญญาณที่มองไม่เห็น

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Tandem

Photos: Bigs Vatcharasith

Words: Yelin Qui

Ride

w

Feast and Frolic

Danang is best done on the swerving

finesse and horsepower of a motorbike.

Our writer becomes a pillion passenger

through narrow roads to taste a

Vietnamese-style crepe and see the fiery

breath of a dragon.

Model: Pim Bubear Stylist: Saranya Ariyakul Makeup: Kachapond Phraengam

Assistant Photographer: Chisanupong Pansap

Fresh off the Danang Airport, I’m ushered onto the back of my

friend’s motorbike, and moments later; we’re speeding through

the dizzying theatre of downtown traffic. The streets were steadily

buzzing with noisy swarms of motorbikes. As the fantastic urban

tableaux bursts into view, my tired senses were all of a sudden awake.

I see a family of four piled onto one bike; on another, a man perched on

the seat of his ride for a nap, utterly oblivious of the honking and roaring

around him while granny zigzagged through the wet market, balancing

dozens of eggs on the backseat.

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Right:

Trichaws, or cyclo,

are everywhere on

the streets of

Hoi An, tempting

in its leisurely pace.

Opposite:

My friend takes me

to Bà Duong - she

loves both the

exterior crunch of

the batter and the

bean sprouts tucked

the Vietnamesestyle

crepe.

To first-time visitors, the daily

cacophony of motorbikes might

spell chaos and danger; to locals,

these magical vehicles, along

with the impossible payload or

passenger configuration, carry the

fantastic spirit and energy of a fast

developing city.

First stop, dinner at Bà Duong,

a well-known food joint hidden

deep in a narrow alleyway

[K280/23 Hoang Dieu]. We sat

at the table closest to the open

kitchen, where the shop’s main

attraction, Bánh Xèo, was fried

and stacked. The golden sizzling

rice crepe holds a fold of bean

sprouts, stir-fried shrimp, pork,

fried sausage on a stick, spring

onions and lettuce. Like most local

foods here, condiments and fresh

accompaniments matter as much

as the main ingredient. You lay

open the Bánh Xèo, spread all of

the goodies on top, roll it up and

wrap in a thin rice paper before

dipping into the thick peanut sauce,

Print swimsuit (Top) and skirt from Kloset

One hand around my weekender bag, the other tightly

clutched to the tail fairing, I was clearly not prepared

for this unusual means of transport. “You are going

to love the motorbike,” my friend claimed, reassuring

me that her metal and tin horse will ferry us to all the

best foods and views.

consisting of peanut, hoisin sauce,

chillies and pork liver. My first

mouthful of Vietnam packed so

much flavour that it quite literally

knocked me out of my seat. I leaned

over to fetch an additional order

from the kitchen counter next to

me and lost my balance!

A divine first meal and a good

laugh set my Danang trip on the

right track. Minutes later, joined by

more friends, we rode to the city’s

best-known site, Dragon Bridge.

As far as heavy symbolism goes,

there are few I know as ostentatious

as this dragon-shaped bridge that

breathes fire and spits water. Long

a symbol of prosperity in Asia, the

dragon cannot be a more perfect

image for a once buoyant shipping

port poised for re-awakening.

Standing atop this marvel of

engineering, you could see the lone

skyscraper up north – Danang’s

administrative centre – and other

iconic bridges punctuating a

resurgent city with improving

infrastructure and growing confidence.

After nightfall, we rode along

the strip of bars and restaurants on

the Han River bank and stopped by

Strapless jumpsuit from Soda

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DANANG / HOI AN

Silk trousers from Soda

Top Left:

You can choose

between hiking up

to the top of the

Marble Mountain

or paying for the

elevator at 15,000

VD (one way)

Bottom:

A must-try bowl

of Mì Quang

Opposite:

The famous Japanese

bridge in Hoi An

the infamous Golden Pine Pub, a

rowdy place with cheap drinks and

a local-expat-mix crowd spilling

well into the street [52 Bach Dang

Street]. The chatty staff kept us

entertained as well as inebriated;

some 3 hours of dancing and pool

games later, we were stumbling out

of the pub, pining for a late night

snack. It was the fateful moment

when I discovered a central

Vietnam specialty, Mì Quang: a

handful of flat wide rice noodles

half-submerged in rich broth,

Embroidered top and stripe pallazzo from Kloset

Riding into the town of Hoi An, for once,

our motorbikes were rendered useless

because the central Ancient Town barred

entrance of any automobiles. The journey

continued on foot.

topped with pork (or shrimp,

chicken), boiled eggs, peanuts,

rice crackers, fresh herbs, and

unlimited selections of greens,

chillies and sprouts on the

side. It was somewhere between

a noodle soup and a salad,

making it arguably the healthiest

post-drinking snack one could

ever have.

Danang visitors often have

the historic town of Hoi An on

their itinerary, and so I did. Early

morning, after a hearty bowl of

Pho, I was on the motorbike again,

cruising along the endless coastline

towards Hoi An. For 45 minutes

of a breezy ride, you can see long

stretches of scenic beaches, mega

resorts, and hundreds more under

construction, witnessing all the

signs and commotions of a Koh

Samui-like resort town in the

making. Be proud of yourself for

beating other tourists to it!

As a natural breaking point, we

stopped at the Marble Mountains

about halfway between Danang

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Below:

The Gothic-styled

Sacred Heart

Cathedral in

Danang. It’s also

nicknamed the

‘Rooster Church’ and

the only church in

Danang constructed

under French

colonialism.

and Hoi An. It’s a cluster of five

marble and limestone hills, jutting

out conspicuously against the

surrounding plains. It makes for a

pleasantly easy hike, dotted with

Buddhist sanctuaries in hidden

grottoes, various pagodas on the

way, and panoramic viewing points

at the hilltops.

Riding into the town of Hoi

An, for once, our motorbikes

were rendered useless because

the central Ancient Town barred

entrance of any automobiles. It

speaks to the extraordinary steps

the Vietnamese people take to slow

time and stall erosions of modern

businesses, making it well worth

the UNESCO World Heritage Site

title for almost two decades.

The principal port of the

ancient Cham Kingdom, and a

major international trading centre

in the 16th and 17th centuries,

Hoi An played host to merchants

from China, Japan, France and the

Netherlands. The layered look of

ถนนจากสนามบินดานังคลาคล่ำไปด้วย

มอเตอร์ไซค์เหมือนฝูงมด ภาพที่เห็นคือ

กิจกรรมอันหลากหลายบนท้องถนน ครอบครัว

ซ้อนสี่บนมอเตอร์ไซค์คันเดียว พนักงานใส่สูท

จอดรถซื้อ บั๋นหมี่ หรือแซนวิชเวียดนาม คุณยาย

กำลังขนไข่ไปขายในตลาดเฉอะแฉะ เราจะเห็นทุก

อย่างนี้ได้ระหว่างขี่มอเตอร์ไซค์ผ่านเข้าตัวเมือง

เริ่มแรกแวะทานอาหารเย็นที่ บ่าเซือง ร้าน

อาหารชื่อดังสำหรับคนท้องถิ่นดานังในตรอก

แคบ อย่าลืมสั่งบั๋นแซว แผ่นแป้งทอดสีเหลือง

อร่ามทานพร้อมกับถั่วงอก กุ้งผัด หมู ไส้กรอก

ทอด ต้นหอม และผักกาด ม้วนใส่ตามชอบ

แล้วจิ้มน้ำจิ้มถั่วสไตล์เวียดนาม แค่คำแรกก็

เกือบสั่งเพิ่มอีกชุดแทบไม่ทัน

เราไปต่อที่สะพานมังกร สัญลักษณ์แห่ง

ความมั่งคั่งที่สามารถมองเห็นศาลากลาง

ของดานังและตึกระฟ้าทางทิศเหนือท่ามกลาง

เมืองที่กำลังเติบโต แค่ไม่กี่ก้าวเดิน คุณสามารถ

หาเครื่องดื่มราคาย่อมเยาได้แถวริมแม่น้ำหาน

เราเลือกผับโกลเด้นไพน์ที่เต็มไปด้วยทั้งชาวเมือง

ดานังและนักท่องเที่ยวจากทั่วโลก ถ้ายังไม่จุใจ

ลองหาหมี่กว่านเส้นก๋วยเตี๋ยวในน้ำซุปพร้อม

กับหมู (กุ้งหรือไก่) ไข่ต้ม ถั่วลิสง ขนมข้าวกรอบ

สมุนไพร และผักเครื ่องเคียงเต็มอัตรา ทาน

รองท้อง รับรองต้องติดใจ

รุ่งขึ้น หลังจากทานเฝอเป็นอาหารเช้า เรา

ขี่มอเตอร์ไซค์เลียบชายฝั่ง 45 นาทีเพื่อไปยัง

ฮอยอัน เมืองเต็มไปด้วยมนต์เสน่ห์ที่ทุกคนต้อง

Photo: Lena Bui

มาเยือน ระหว่างทางเราได้แวะชมภูเขาหินอ่อนที่

ประกอบด้วยเนินเขาหินอ่อนและหินปูนห้าลูกตั้ง

ตระหง่านบนที่ราบ ภายในเต็มไปด้วยถ้ำและซอก

หินที่ประดิษฐานพระพุทธรูปและเจดีย์หลากหลาย

รูปแบบ จากนั้นดื่มด่ำไปกับวิวจากยอดเขา

เพื่อเหตุผลทางด้านการอนุรักษ์ รถทุกชนิด

ไม่ได้รับอนุญาตให้เข้าไปยังเมืองโบราณฮอยอัน

สมกับที่ได้เป็นเมืองมรดกโลกของยูเนสโกมา

ตลอด 20 ปี

ฮอยอันเป็นเมืองท่าหลักของอาณาจักร

จามโบราณช่วงศตวรรษที่ 16-17 รูปลักษณ์

ของเมืองได้รับการรักษาไว้จนถึงปัจจุบันเพื่อ

แสดงถึงการผสมผสานระหว่างวัฒนธรรม

หลากหลายให้เหมือนกับชื่อเมืองที่แปลว่า

“สถานที่พบปะอันสงบสุข”

อาคารแต่ละหลังประดับด้วยกรอบไม้สลัก

ศิลปะจีน กำแพงสีแดงทอง พืชพรรณที่แผ่สาขา

ไปทุกทิศทางบนหลังคากระเบื้องสีอิฐ แม้ว่า

ปัจจุบันอาคารส่วนใหญ่จะไม่ได้เป็นร้านรวง

ดั้งเดิมอีกต่อไปเนื่องจากถูกปรับเปลี่ยนเป็น

ร้านอาหาร คาเฟ่ ร้านตัดเย็บเสื้อผ้า ร้านเครื่อง

หนัง และอื่นๆ แต่ชาวเมืองต่างก็ยังทำงานอยู่ใน

เมืองเก่า จึงมีร้านอาหารเปิดให้บริการตาม

ถนนและริมแม่น้ำมากมาย ขอแนะนำให้ลิ้มรส

บั๋นหมี่จากร้านมาดามคาห์นสุดอร่อย หาย

เหนื่อยแล้วหาโอกาสเดินเที่ยวชมทุ่งนา ดูชาวนา

นอนพักบนหลังควาย แล้วไปที่หาดอันบัง นั่งทาน

บั๋นหมี่ไปจิบเบียร์เย็นๆ ไปอย่างสบายอารมณ์

บน

สะพานญี่ปุ่น แลนด์มาร์ก

ขึ้นชื่อของเมืองฮอยอัน

ต้องซื้อตั๋วเพื่อเข้าชม

ราคาคนละ 120,000

เวียดนามดอง (ราว 180

บาท) แถมตั๋วเข้าชมสถาน

ที่ต่างๆ ภายในเมืองเก่า

อีก 4 แห่ง

Print outfits from Kloset

the town, exceptionally preserved

till today, shows the confluence

of cultural influences. And Hoi An

thus aptly translates as “peaceful

meeting place”.

Under auburn clay roof

tiles, you can find elegantly

articulated open beam systems,

and intricately carved Chinesestyle

wood panels. Everywhere you

look, the golden-poppy-coloured

walls abound, with lush vegetation

growing from all possible crevices

and in all directions. Inside

the marvellous architecture,

disappointingly, few shops of

substance exist today. Most spaces

have been transformed into

restaurants, posh cafés, tailors and

leather goods shops. Fret not, as

locals continue to live and work

in and around the Old Town, so

the wet market on the riverside

and scattered street food stalls are

still worth the visit. Try grabbing

a Vietnamese sandwich by Madam

Khanh, the fabled Bánh Mì Queen,

then pack a box of fresh-cut fruits

from Central Market, and head for

the less touristy An Bang beach,

where the quiet beauty of Hoi An

will finally settle in, just like the

gentle waves in front of you.

By the end of my trip, no longer

was I fearful on the motorbike, I

became a convert of this go-getter

vehicle. I took out the camera

to capture my last moments in

the city, when our motorbike

nimbly dodged traffic, on our way

back to the airport. It’s not an

exaggeration that the city works,

eats and dreams on motorbikes;

I can’t think of a better way to

experience it than on one of these

two-wheeled chariots.

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SUKHOTHAI

SPINNING WHEELS

FOR HISTORY

A visit to Sukhothai

and its rich history is

usually done on foot

to closely connect to

its past. Now, touring

on wheels to cover

the expanse grounds

of ruins and relics gets

you further by being

a lot faster yet at a

leisurely speed.

Words: Phoowadon Duangmee

Photos: Chusri Ngamprasert

What kind of

cyclist are

you? Superfit

obsessive

with a racer that’s up for

a long and tough spin on

the road? Maybe you’re a

fair-weathered rider who

rambles along country lanes,

limiting the distance to 20

kilometres a day or one who

cycles along a gentle path to

cultural landmarks and beer

stops? If you fall into the

latter category, then cycling

around Sukhothai Historical

Park could be for you.

Located in the lower part of northern Thailand,

visitors come to the historic town of Sukhothai with

knowledge that it was once the capital of the first

Kingdom of Siam from the 13th and 15th centuries.

Such illustrious history makes it one of Thailand’s

most impressive World Heritage sites. With the old

town having 21 historical ruins within the old city

walls and 70 more remnants outside (the compound),

it offers much adventure for amateur and serious

archaeologists who’ll consider touring ancient

remnants while on two wheels.

“We explore the historic monuments outside the

wall today – we’ll try to enjoy cycling in its purest

experience at our own pace, take photographs, stop for

lunch and have some beer,” I said with determination,

while discussing the riding plan and setting up our

bikes with Jang, my girlfriend.

“At high noon, when the air is too warm, we drop in

the museum to take a closer look at Sukhothai’s finest

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Opposite

High above, a

sitting Buddha

image at Wat Si

Chum, Sukhothai

Province, looks on

compassionately

and visitors.

Top Right

A cyclist takes

a break at Wat

Chetuphon,

Sukhothai

Historical Park.

Buddha and art relics. Just before

the end of the day, we look for a

place for sunset beyond the ruins.

Then we will have an extra beer

before calling it a day,” I said with

further conviction. With the ideal

programme in place, we set off

from Sukhothai Treasure Hotel, our

base camp for a few days, and head

west to begin the history.

Nestled on the west side

of Yom River, the old city was

established in 1238 and flourished

until 143. With its finest religious

art and architecture, this early

kingdom marked the golden age of

Thai civilisation. The remains of

Sukhothai today features around

45 square kilometres of rebuilt

ruins, making up one of the most

remarkable historical parks in

Thailand. Like Angkor in Cambodia

and other ancient cities in Asia, the

old city of Sukhothai is founded

inside the city’s rectangle walls –

which runs two kilometres east to

west and 1.6 kilometres north to

south. A huge gate in the centre of

each wall stands where the local

Unlike the Ayutthaya Historical Park,

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Central

Thailand, Sukhothai is blessed with

solitude and beauty.

Above

A Standing Buddha

at Wat Mahathat

in the compound of

Sukhothai

Historical Park

Bottom Left

A Buddha image

is displayed at

Ramkhamhaeng

National Museum.

folks and visitors rub their eyes in

wonder as they pass through the

ancient gates.

Inside are the royal palace and

cluster of large ruins of temples

such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Sra

Si and Wat Si Sawai. However, there

are some important temples outside

the city wall since more than 200

ruins are scattered around the old

city and rice paddy fields. All of

them can be fascinating and ideal

for cycling among Thailand’s brick

fragments from the first civilisation.

We reach the old city of

Sukhothai, also referred as the

“Dawn of Happiness” from the Thai

word “suk (happiness) and u-thai

(dawn) and reach Kamphaeng Hak

on the east gate. Then, taking a

left turn along the local road and

heading south, it lands you at Wat

Chetuphon.

Sukhothai Historical Park is an

easy place to be a bike tourist if

you’re going it alone. It’s relatively

straightforward for a visitor to drop

in the bicycle rent shop (30 baht

per day) and enjoy an adventure

at their own pace. The cycle lanes,

with well-marked sights, go side by

side with the local roads, slithering

through the ancient landscapes.

On the southern side we teetered

through a field of enormous

potholes and into the cluster of

small ruined temples, appealing

in their dark brown stones. A man

on his motorcycle passes by with a

little boy in school uniform perched

on it. On our simpler wheels, we

exchange a brief smile. Two cyclists

are about to leave the temple

ground when we arrive at Wat

Chetuphon. By then, we have the

temple to ourselves.

Unlike the Ayutthaya Historical

Park, UNESCO’s World Heritage

Site in central Thailand, Sukhothai

is blessed with solitude and beauty.

Few street hawkers and food

vendors approach you since the

park keeps them at bay, letting

visitors make the most out of their

time walking amongst the ruins.

“It’s splendid!” Jang exclaims

excitedly, as we approach the

striking sculpture of the Standing

Buddha on a huge stucco wall. Built

within the circle of water lines in

early 15th century; four Buddha

images – Walking, Reclining,

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Top Right

A cyclist walks

around Wat

Chetuphon in

Sukhothai

Historical Park.

Bottom Left

Ruins of an ancient

Buddhist temple,

Wat Si Sawai, with

columns and three

pagodas in the

Khmer Style

Bottom Right

A bicycle shop rents

out bikes for only 30

baht a day.

Standing and Sitting – flanked each

side of a solid stone panel. Yet it is

the Walking Buddha that survived

to the 21st century.

“The head and hands may be

gone, but the sculpture remains

beautiful,” Jang points out, while

visualising how the missing face

would have looked.

From the temple of Wat

Chetuphon, we negotiate a small

trail to the monument of Wat Chedi

Si Hong. The temple has a smaller

chapel hall and a bell-shaped

pagoda. This leafy and modest

temple is worth roaming around to

see the elephant stucco sculpture

and disintegrated chapel wall,

making a perfect backdrop for a

portrait shot.

Leaving the elephant stucco and

Walking Buddha image behind, we

stand still beneath the merciful gaze

of the Sitting Buddha high atop

Wat Si Chum.

Located outside the western wall,

the old temple houses Phra Aajana

Buddha which is about 16 metres

high by 11 metres wide. To make

any spiritual connection with the

700-year-old Buddha image you’re

advised to sit before altar and look

upwards into Buddha’s eyes.

“So beautiful, isn’t it? Seeing the

hand, the expression, one could sit

here forever,” I tell my girlfriend.

As the morning wore on, the

heat intensifies. We fall prey to

the allure of lunch. The winning

combination of a cool beer, hearty

noodles, air-con and seats are way

more comfortable than the bike

saddles. The folks in Sukhothai are

proud of their unique noodles with

ground peanuts and lime juice so a

trip to the noodle stand is a treat.

Our appetites are sated,

we drop in at Ramkhamhaeng

National Museum for some of the

masterpieces on display from the

Sukhothai period. In its heyday,

the kingdom is accredited with

the invention and development of

many of the unique characteristics

that define Thai culture. The Thai

alphabet was created here in 1283.

The Buddha of Sukhothai is noted

as a classic beauty. Though the

original stone inscription has been

allocated for exhibition in Bangkok,

Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

is definitely worth the effort for

some of the finest Buddha images

and pottery collection.

Just before the sun sets behind

the ruins of the kingdom, we visit

Wat Phra Phai Luang outside the

northern gate. Built in the 12th

century at the time when Sukhothai

was just an outpost of the Cambodian

empire, the temple was dedicated

to the god Vishnu. Prang, the stone

tower shaped like a lotus bud, still

stands against the test of time but the

lingam representing Shiva has been

removed, leaving a canopy as a home

sweet home for bats.

We find a green lawn with

luxurious grass. After the ‘strenuous’

cycling, the green meadow proves

to be the perfect place to soothe a

tired body. As we lay down on the

meadow, I watch the clouds drift

like a time lapse over a 900-yearold

statue. The face is gone, just the

imprint in a pile of red bricks is left

for the visitor to guess what the face

has been.

The former kingdom

of Sukhothai and her

associated historic

towns are well-known sites

in the north of Thailand.

Linked by a splendid past,

the 3 major ancient towns

in the Kingdom include

Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai and

Kamphaeng Phet.

Grand ruins from the once prosperous

Siamese kingdom show the unique

arts, culture and architecture that

trace back 700 years. Every piece

of ancient brick that once formed

these archaeological remains, temples

and palace walls in the historic town of

Sukhothai and nearby towns reflects

a civilisation whose contributions

transcend time. Such evidence of this

acclaimed past and the influencing

spread of Sukhothai resulted in

connecting Si Satchanalai and

Kamphaeng Phet into a resplendent

trio of innovative places.

Immerse in the

Majestic Past of the

Sukhothai Kingdom

and the Surrounding Historic Towns

In 1991, UNESCO listed Sukhothai

and the historic sister towns as a

World Heritage site. The Sukhothai

style and contributions have been

destined for preservation, to be

appreciated by generations to come.

The rich heritage of the Sukhothai

Kingdom allows us to learn more

about the origins of the Thai people in

this region. As a popular destination

for ancient sites in Thailand, the area

attracts local and foreign tourists who

gaze at the rich vestiges of a kingdom

that flourished and played a prominent

role in the continent.

Consequently, a few organisations

are now key players in developing

the heritage and cultural tourism

in the connected historic towns. One

of them is the Designated Areas for

Sustainable Tourism Administration

(Public Organization) or DASTA, whose

initiatives facilitate and support various

local development networks as part

of the management of integrated

tourism. The organisation aims to

promote quality and sustainable

tourism operations, aiming to

preserve all three sites’ distinctive

historical and cultural values.

Many of these creative tourism

projects allow people to experience

the enriching background and the

local lifestyle. They also learn

about the development of the Phra

Ruang historic route which links

Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai, and

Kamphaeng Phet.

When present meets past, visitors

can also savour the authentic cuisine.

The use of local ingredients creates

dishes that reminisce on the

bygone era of Sukhothai. Tourists

can also enjoy various other activities

such as weaving their own palm

leaf mobile with the local fish motif,

or learning about pottery and celadon

making for a full experience.

For more information, please contact the Designated Area of Sukhothai, Si-Satchanalai and

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park (DASTA 4). Tel: +66 (0) 55 610481-2, dasta.or.th/dastaarea4,

facebook.com/dastahistoricalpark

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บนและขวา

วัดมหาธาตุ ถือเป็นสถาน

ที่สำคัญที่ผู้คนกล่าวขาน

และถ่ายภาพมากที่สุดใน

อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์

สุโขทัย องค์พระประธาน

โบราณขนาดใหญ่

ประดิษฐานอยู่ท่ามกลาง

ซากปรักหักพังของเสา

พระอุโบสถ แต่ยังคงความ

งดงามแม้จะผ่านกาลเวลา

มาเนิ่นนาน

ล่าง

เจดีย์ของวัดเจดีย์สี่ห้อง มี

เอกลักษณ์เด่นตรงรูปปั้น

ช้างล้อมบริเวณฐานเจดีย์

ไม่ว่าคุณจะเป็นนักปั่นแบบไหน หากคุณหลงใหล

ในเรื่องราวความเป็นมาในอดีต อุทยานประวัติ

ศาสตร์สุโขทัยก็เป็นอีกแห่งหนึ่งที่ไม่ทำให้คุณผิด

หวังอย่างแน่นอน

จังหวัดสุโขทัยเป็นอดีตราชธานีในศตวรรษ

ที่ 13-15 มีสถานที่สำคัญทางประวัติศาสตร์ถึง

21 แห่งภายในกำแพงเมือง และมีอีกกว่า 70 แห่ง

อยู่ภายนอก เหมาะที่จะปั่นจักรยานเพื่อเยี่ยมชม

พร้อมจินตนาการถึงภาพในอดีตเป็นอย่างยิ่ง

เราตั้งหลักที่โรงแรมสุโขทัย เทรเชอร์ จาก

นั้นเดินทางยังเมืองประวัติศาสตร์สุโขทัยทางทิศ

ตะวันตกที่สร้างขึ้นในพ.ศ. 1781 และรุ่งเรือง

จนถึง พ.ศ. 1980 เป็นอาณาจักรในยุคทองของ

อารยธรรมไทย ปัจจุบันเป็นหนึ่งในอุทยานประวัติ

ศาสตร์ที่มีชื่อเสียงที่สุดในประเทศ

สุโขทัยโอบล้อมด้วยกำแพงเมืองทรง

สี่เหลี่ยมผืนผ้า ภายในกำแพงเป็นที่ตั้งของ

พระราชวังและวัดวาอารามต่างๆ เช่น วัด

มหาธาตุ วัดสระศรี และวัดศรีสวาย ส่วนด้าน

นอกกำแพงเมืองยังมีโบราณสถานมากกว่า

200 แห่งท่ามกลางทุ่งนาเขียวขจีให้เราได้เชยชม

ไม่รู้เบื่อ คงจะดีไม่น้อยหากเรามีจักรยานเป็น

พาหนะคู่ใจในทริปนี้

ที่นี่ คุณสามารถหาเช่าจักรยานได้ในงบ

เบาๆ เพียง 30 บาทต่อวัน จากนั้นคุณก็พร้อม

ปั่นไปตามเลนจักรยาน พร้อมพกพาความรู้สึก

เต็มอิ่มกับภาพวิถีชีวิตของชาวเมืองสุโขทัยที่

เปี่ยมด้วยรอยยิ้ม

อย่าพลาดชมพระพุทธรูปปางต่างๆ ที่

สร้างขึ้นตั้งแต่ศตวรรษที่ 15 เพราะถึงแม้จะไม่มี

เศียรและกรแล้ว แต่ก็ยังความงดงามน่าประทับ

ใจ จากวัดเชตุพน ที่หมายถัดไปของเราคือวัด

เจดีย์สี่ห้อง มีเอกลักษณ์เด่นตรงที่มีเจดีย์ทรง

ระฆังคว่ำพร้อมกับรูปปั้นช้างล้อม จากนั้นลอง

แวะวัดสีชม ชมความงดงามของพระอจนะ

พระพุทธรูปปางมารวิชัยขนาดใหญ่ ซึ่งมีความ

สูงถึง 16 เมตร และกว้าง 11 เมตร

หลังจากชมความงามของสถานที่อันเคย

รุ่งเรืองในอดีตจนขาเริ่มล้า ขอแนะนำให้พักทาน

อาหารประจำถิ่น ก๋วยเตี๋ยวสุโขทัย บีบมะนาว

และถั่วลิสงบดสุดอร่อย หากหายเหนื่อยแล้ว ปั่น

ต่อไปยังพิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติรามคำแหง

เพื่อชมต้นกำเนิดของอักษรไทย และปิดท้ายวัน

ก่อนพระอาทิตย์ตกดินที่วัดพระพายหลวงซึ่ง

สร้างขึ้นในศตวรรษที่ 12 ช่วงเวลาที่สุโขทัยยัง

เป็นเพียงเมืองหน้าด่านของอาณาจักรเขมร

เพื่อชื่นชมความงามของพระปรางค์ที่อุทิศให้กับ

พระวิษณุ เป็นอันจบทริปปั่นจักรยานทั่วอาณา

จักรสุโขทัย แหล่งกำเนิดวัฒนธรรมไทย ศูนย์

รวมเครื่องปั้นดินเผา และพระพุทธรูปอันงดงาม

ตระการตา

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GALLERY

Words & Photos Simon Bond

Through the process of

light painting or light

drawing, photographer

Simon Bond does a

dance of luminescence

that magically wraps

around cultural symbols.

Light painting is a very modern

looking technique, although it has

actually been around since the early

days of photography. In this series of

photos, a piece of equipment called a

pixelstick was used to create the lighting

effects. Light painting involves using a

light source to “paint” into a scene during

a long exposure photo. All of the photos

seen here are 5-30 second exposures. The

pixelstick is a long metal pole containing

200 LED lights that can be programmed to

emit any light colour that you desire.

White light swirls into a

whimsical pattern and envelopes

a dancer in an ethereal glow.

The photographer intentionally

choses a colour that adds a more

profound depth to his subject.

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OPPOSITE PAGE

The pixelstick is a great way of adding

context to a scene, by light painting into it.

This is a familiar scene from Thailand, with

Wat Suthat Thepwararam near the centre

of Bangkok. In this photo I painted the Thai

flag, the same (concept) as I did in another

photo in Myanmar with their flag.

TOP

The humble tuk-tuk is a transport staple

available to everyone living and travelling

in SE Asia. Considered a great way to see

Bangkok, these vehicles cut down on

walking on humid days. The drivers are

often strong characters; you have to be on

your toes to get the best deal! This photo

is a simple photograph of a tuk-tuk using

the colours red and blue, which are the

common colour schemes for a tuk-tuk.

BOTTOM

The north gate is part of the Bayon

temple in the Angkor temple complex.

The combination of nature and ancient

architecture is what draws many people to

one of the most famous tourist attractions

in the world. In this photo, light flows

around the trees in front of Buddha and

continues on.

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The path to enlightenment is a

precept followed by Buddhists

in the hope to gain wisdom.

In this photo of the U Bein

bridge, I use the pixelstick to

silhouette some monks and

hopefully indicate my idea of

the path to enlightenment.

This was a tricky photo to

make and I was indebted to

some people who helped me

photograph this. The distance

between the camera and where

this light painting happened

within a 5-minute walk. I had

to do the light painting on the

bridge and at the same time

coordinate with someone to

capture it all with my camera.

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Go with the flow, it’s said. This

often-used saying points out that

when life pushes you gently to a

particular direction, it’s for a

reason. I apply this thinking to the

photo as the light painting flows

towards Buddha at Pyathetgyi

Pagoda on the plains of Bagan.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Simon Bond is a travel photographer based in Asia, but originally from the

UK. His work has been published in many respected magazines, including

National Geographic. He’s always looking for the story in his images and

likes to apply creative photography techniques to the scene in front of

him to enhance the message to an audience. You can learn more about the

photographic techniques through his book “Simple Scene, Sensational

Shot”, or for more advanced photography methods, you could check out

his blog www.creative-photography-school.com. He has photographed

in almost every country in Asia, and you can see his travel photography

portfolio at www.simonbondphotography.com

The flag of Myanmar is a fairly recent

design and I wanted to use the pixelstick

to capture it in a light painting. In this

case, I used photoshop to create an image

with red, yellow and green. The image file

was then uploaded onto an SD card so it

could be transmitted with the pixelstick

during the light painting. This photo was

taken at Dhammayangyi Pagoda, one of

the most famous in Bagan.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

ตามติดชางภาพเงินลานสูปฏิบัติการณสองโลกใตน้ำ

เปดประตูสูมหาสมุทรสุดยิ่งใหญที่ซึ่งจินตนาการอาจพาคุณไปไมถึง

Get strategic and be

socially connected in

Bangkok. The area of

Charoen Krung just

happens to be the

neighbourhood du jour.

Great meals await,

creative mixology is

non-stop and emerging

art shows open late into

the night.

COMING SOON

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BANGKOK 86 / CHIANG MAI 90 / SAMUI & PHA NGAN 94 / PHUKET & TRANG 98 / PATTAYA & TRAT 100 / HONG KONG 102 /

SINGAPORE 106 / KUALA LUMPUR 108 / YANGON & NAY PYI TAW 109 / PHNOM PENH, LUANG PRABANG & HOI AN 110 / MUMBAI 112 / MALDIVES 113

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THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

More Cool in the City: Charoen Krung

A wave of cool has officially hit Bangkok’s Soi Nana (Wongwian 22),

an ‘it’ destination that’s easily accessible from either Yaowarat

(Chinatown) or Hua Lamphong MRT Station (Exit 2). A stroll

along Soi Nana sees a neighbourhood inhabited by a collective

of people fuelled on innovative ideas and a strong creative

spark. Imagine this amidst the old grandeur of classic architecture

that may date back some centuries. Here’s our helpful guide to

some Soi Nana standouts when you make the visit.

ONEDAY WALLFLOWERS OLD TOWN

The journey should begin with Oneday Wallflowers Old Town.

Operated by the owner of popular coffee hangout Casa Lapin

and best known for its signature décor, Oneday Wallflowers

Old Town comes with the same uniquely exceptional style. It is

the home to wildflowers in the heart of this old town housed

in an antique building, complete with airy freshness from its

high ceilings. The industrial-chic décor and raw utilitarian appeal

mixes in with serene touches of an English cottage and a glass

roof lets natural light in. The flowers are meanwhile kept in cold

storage in an anterior 4x8 square metre glass room, also a Oneday

Wallflowers Old Town’s stunning design filled with varieties

of wildflowers from different farms from all over the world.

Bouquets are arranged by their florist’s signature style – instantly

and exceptionally charming. Next to the glass room is space

for exhibiting made-to-order flowers and a workshop for those

passionate about the shop’s unique style of floral arrangements.

facebook.com/onedaywallflowers, +66 (0) 94 661 7997

PATANI STUDIO

Fans of classic analogue photos and film cameras will be smitten

too once they venture into Patani Studio. Seekers of aesthetics

should first make an appointment or knock on the door behind this

classic studio. It’s hidden, and for good reason, as the owner has a

cat whose fluffy paws tend to run into the bustling street. A true

believer in moments captured by film, the place offers analogue

photography services, film developing in monochrome, colour

negatives and E-6 as well as analogue contact printing in both

monochrome and colour [RA-4]. Patani Studio is known among

hard-core photography lovers because of their varied stock of Ilford

black and white photographic paper for darkroom enlargement.

facebook.com/patanistudio +66 (0) 81 985 9691

NAHIM CAFÉ X HANDCRAFT

Only a few steps away, the brick-and-mortar space of

NAHIM Café x Handcraft dwells in all its chic cuteness.

A showcase of sweet pastel décor and alpaca graffiti

makes it perfect for snapshots. The café is designed

with cutesy little details from its decorative items,

staff uniforms to tableware. NAHIM Café x Handcraft

also dedicates a corner of handmade items from the

owner’s friends or customers who cannot get enough of

these items and want to bring some back home.

facebook.com/nahimcafe.handncraft, +66 (0) 2623 3449

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BANGKOK

PROJECT 189 BANGKOK

Opposite the studio is a door that leads visitors to

Project 189 Bangkok. Project 189 Bangkok is an

artist-in-residence programme housed in a functional

ruin of an older building in Chinatown. The project is

privately funded and collaboratively curated. Artists

and guests are invited to join the creative working

space in the aged building situated in a historical

neighbourhood. Creative juices get going in a space

that produces work that reflects the surroundings and

lifestyle that’s different from traditional art spaces.

facebook.com/project189bkk, +66 (0) 89 890 0450

BA HAO

Before the curtain closes on the day, hop into a

bar that brings back the 70s vibe to Bangkok’s

Chinatown again. Ba hao, or “house no. 8”

offers a completely unique experience from a

comfortable living space to delicately done foods

in the old Chinatown quarter of Bangkok. Ba hao

aims to bring guests friendly service, affordable

and Chinese-inspired bar comfort food with

recipes that combine favourite old-time snacks

and China’s popular street food with a touch of

signature savoury and sweet. The place is also

an ideal venue for an evening enjoying tea, beer,

signature cocktails and other spirits with fixed

price for cocktails at 288 baht, a memento of Ba

hao’s name. Plus, the 3rd and 4th floor

of Ba hao offers accommodation,

with “MAITRI CHIT” that gives

guests a spectacular view of

Soi Nana and “SANTIPHAP”

that boasts magnificent image

of the sacred Traimit Temple.

ba-hao.com, +66 (0) 81 454 4959

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GET GOING, GET INSPIRED

A little bit further away from Soi Nana, inspiration seekers will find themselves in the creative district

where various representations of street art call Soi Charoen Krung 28-32 home. Seeking for the

best, the most captivating piece? Then walk along to see the district’s highlight graffiti on the wall of

the Embassy of Portugal in Soi Charoen Krung 30. The wall sculpture was from the creative mind of

famous Portuguese artist Vhils from the Scratching the Surface Project in February. The same soi is

also the location where artwork from Italian street artists STEN † LEX is featured.

THAILAND CREATIVE & DESIGN CENTRE

OR TCDC CHAROEN KRUNG

is a few steps away. As the resource centre of

creativity and design, TCDC strives to incorporate

art and creativity into real-life application. Regarding

Charoen Krung’s significance as the cultural and

historical melting pot, TCDC at the Grand Postal

Building or TCDC Charoen Krung was officially

opened in May 2017 with the goal to serve as

creative space for artists, aesthetic seekers and

creative entrepreneurs to get inspired amidst the

rich and cultural district of Charoen Krung.

tcdc.or.th, +66 (0) 2 105 7400 #213, 214

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DIFFERENT ERAS, SAME CLASSIC TOUCHES

Originally built in the late 1800s as the residence of the royal

governess of His Majesty King Vajiravudh or King Rama VI, the

Raweekanlaya Bangkok underwent a modification that now

features 38 guestrooms and artfully reflects the charm of the

Old Siam days with the contemporary. The style and the design

theme of this residence are a sophisticated interplay between

modern comfort and traditional Thai décor from the era of King

Rama VI with precious artistic elements. Located on 900 square

metres of lush greenery, the hotel promises to offer guests

the warm ambience as well as the holistic and rejuvenating

experience amidst the serenity of classic Siamese heritage.

raweekanlaya.com, +66 (0) 2 628 5999

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

CHIANG MAI

PLACES YOU MAY WANT TO VISIT ON NIMMAN

GONGDEE MUSEUM

A gallery set out to showcase some

of the finest wood creations with an

Asian and Western blend. The décor

shop showcases its global style in

interior and exclusivity in design.

Open 8am to 8pm, 30 Nimmanhaemin

Soi 1, +66 (0) 53 225 032

SPOTLIGHT

Streetful of Desirables

If you find one kilometre a

short walk, meander along

Chiang Mai’s Nimmanhaemin

Road that’s long on attractions.

Wowing visitors along the path

are encounters with fine dining,

local food, specialty coffee, arts

and crafts and shopping galore.

It is one of the funkiest

streets in Chiang Mai but traffic

congestion and relatively steep

prices in the area make local

residents shy away. But out

of towners are never deterred

on Nimman, as it’s commonly

called. Both Thai and foreign

visitors still flock to this trendy

area, drawn by a great variety of

things on offer.

Nimman begins from the

junction with Huay Kaew Road

in the North to Suthep Road in

the South. The four-lane road

seems a lot more pedestrian

friendly than the neighbouring

superhighway.

Convenience comes with

a price, though. Nimman is

notorious for its rush-hour

traffic congestion. But for those

staying in hotels on Nimman,

strolling along the street is

pretty pleasant. Hotel and

guesthouse rooms have kept

increasing on this relatively

short-distanced road. The

latest saw the 147-room

“U Nimman Chiang Mai”

hotel opening at the corner of

Rincome junction.

The North side is packed

with attractions especially now

that U Nimman Chiang Mai is

there with Think Park Plaza

and Maya shopping mall on the

opposite side of the hotel.

An outdoor flea market sells

goods out front at night.

THE BOOKSMITH

An indie bookshop that has grown into a chain and has become

a Thai distributor of imported magazines such as design-centric

Kinfolk. Opened in Oct 2012, its flagship store is on Nimman

and specialises in art and design books.

Open 10am to 10pm, in front of Nimmanhaemin Soi 3

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U HOTEL NIMMAN

Designed by Thailand’s national artist Ong-art Satraphan, the

hotel is one of the latest properties on the road. Non-guests

can check out the hotel’s terrace bar on the ground floor or

have a meal at EAT@Rincome, an all-day dining restaurant.

1 Nimmanhaemin Road, right at the Rincome junction,

+66 (0) 52 005 111

RISTR8TO

A jewel of a coffee spot on Nimman, Ristr8to (pronounced

ris-trae-to) is a specialty café in Chiang Mai with excellent

baristas and a hipster vibe. A good coffee is guaranteed and

the waffle is worth a try.

Open 7.08am to 6.08pm

15/3 Nimmanheamin Road near Soi 3, +66 (0) 53 212 278

TONG TEM TOH

A place for authentic Northern cuisine,

Tong Tem Toh is consistently packed.

Popular with Thais and foreigners alike,

all seasonal northern specialties are on

offer. Prices are inexpensive.

Nimmanhaemin Soi 13,

+66 (0) 053 894 701

THE SALAD CONCEPT

You won’t miss seeing the glass restaurant at the corner of

Soi Nimman 13. Look inside and you’ll see all the greens that

are fit to drink and consume. The healthy food joint offers hot

dishes, smoothies and health drinks, all a must-try.

At the corner of Nimmanhaemin Soi 13, +66 (0) 53 894 4455

GUU FUSION ROTI & TEA

Highly recommended for roti-lovers.

The place offers an extensive menu

featuring both the sweet and savoury.

Roti is paired with curry and other

local delicacies. Plan ahead, it can be

crowded during dinnertime.

Open 9am to 20.30pm

At the corner of Nimmanhaemin Soi 3,

+66 (0) 53 105 731

NIMMAN THAI COOKING SCHOOL

If you have some 3 hours to spare

and love Thai cooking, this is a place

to be. Nimman Thai Cooking School

offers classes that you can book

online and select any 5 dishes to

learn. They also pick you up and drop

you off at the hotel.

Open 9am to 8.30pm, Nimmanhaemin

Soi 17, +66 (0) 83 575 0424

MINIMAL GALLERY

A night with a dose of art and drinks

could happen here at Minimal Gallery.

The first floor houses an art space and

a minibar so you can sip your drinks

and indulge in the arts. Head upstairs

for the art studio which regularly holds

exhibits by local talents.

Open 12pm to 12am, 24/2 Nimmanhaemin

Soi 13, +66 (0) 84 169 3283

CHABA BOUTIQUE

A small shop packed with clothing and accessories in the

vibrant boho style. Their collections are unique and use

natural materials. The shop has two branches on Nimman

with the second one at Think Park Plaza.

Open 10am to 9pm, Nimman Promenade Soi 4

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SAMUI / PHA NGAN

SPOTLIGHT

Party…

Beach Style

Be young. Be free. Live in the moment…

and party in a bliss. Koh Pha Ngan’s

Full Moon Party is a world famous

festival of a night and a regular

monthly event in the region, with

parties held on July 10th and August

7th, 2017. Boats take revellers across

from Koh Samui and back again, with

lazy days on the beach adding some

pre-event chilling and promising

some post-festival recovery.

If you find the idea of a Full

Moon Party too full on, then the

balmy evenings of July and August

are ideal for laid-back drinks on the

beach, watching fire dancers and

mini beach parties in popular island

hotspots such as Chaweng. Head to

a beach where you can lounge on

cushions on a mat on the sand or

enjoy an intimate dinner under the

stars with a table in the sand.

As the sun sets, follow a massage

on the beach with a sundowner and

perhaps dinner and some dancing,

Thai-island style. For a more

upmarket beach-party atmosphere

grab a cabana and relax in style at

Nikki Beach, known for its Sunday brunches,

at home on glorious Lipa Noi Beach in

Samui. The beach-club experience is all

about lounging in a fabulous beachside

location with a cool pool, delicious food

and great people watching!

Tel: +66 (0) 77 914 500, nikkibeach.com

BE WELL, GET BETTER

The beauty of islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngnan,

as well as the mainland coastline of the Gulf of Thailand, inspires

a feeling of wellbeing.

There are plenty of year-round retreats and special

workshops that attract international yoga masters to come and

teach. In August, Australian Kula Yoga teachers will be running

a blissful week of yin yoga, vinyasa flow and meditation in Koh

Samui at the Vikasa Retreat Centre.

Drop-in studios on the island include The Yogarden in

Fisherman’s Village in Bophut; Yoga House in Lamai; and

Absolute Sanctuary in Choeng Mon. Enjoy healthy lunches and

Samui’s café culture to make the most of wellness getaways.

The natural beauty of Thailand’s beaches brings out a

sense of freedom and inner peace that really takes you to a

place of deep relaxation. It is little wonder that Thailand has a

global reputation as a wellness retreat oasis; a haven for yoga,

meditation and detox workshop experiences in a beautiful part

of the world. kulayoga.com.au/workshops/retreats; house-yoga.com;

absolutesanctuary.com

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SAMUI

A LEISURELY MARINE PARK DAY

The long sunshine days of July and August are perfect for boating and getting

out on the open water. It’s a special time in Samui before the monsoon rains

in September and after the scorching heat of April and May. Beyond the

white sand beaches, the Ang Thong Marine National Park is a Gulf of Thailand

beauty; a stunning archipelago of 42 islands. Think lush rainforest clad islands,

limestone mountains and seemingly endless blue waters.

Take a speedboat or cruising boat tour, there are many, and enjoy

snorkelling outside of the park which can be reached in an hour or so from

Samui. Visit a lagoon that looks like a lake; explore with a kayak adventure;

and snap away picture-perfect shots of an island that looks like a monkey with

views that are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

If ever there is an experience that defines Koh Samui and beach holidays

in Thailand, it is exploring this extraordinary marine landscape.

THE SUGARCANE SPIRIT

Discover local features that are particular to a destination. What better

way than to stop off for a pleasant lunch on the island of Koh Samui

with a visit to a rural distillery. Alambic Distillery is home to a very

distinctive local spirit – an agricultural rum created at K&S Rum that, at

the moment, is only available in Samui.

Free to visit, the distillery is set in one of the pretty spots on the

island a short ride away from the beach. Owner Ludovic, who gets his

sugarcane delivered from North Thailand, is happy to chat with visitors

and explain the process which all takes place mainly in one shed. It

doesn’t get much more artisanal than this. Meanwhile, a French chef

rustles up Thai cuisine, tapas, accras and samosas as well as French and

Caribbean dishes. A bar serves up a shot of rum with a spiced-citrusy

juice and cocktails too, all in a chilled-out and shaded terrace restaurant

that is totally original. Of course, if you develop a taste, you can always

take home a bottle or two! rum-distillery.com

SPOTLIGHT

ALIX Gets Wooed

Known as the luxury, stylish

and inspirational hotel chain,

W Hotels never ceases to

amaze jetsetters with new

ideas to glamourise their

dream stay. It has recently

formed a collaboration

with the Council of Fashion

Designers of America (CDFA)

to pave way for fashion

talents’ inspiration and

business. This time, the

world-class luxury destination

W Samui had the opportunity

to turn the swanky Woo Bar

into an exclusive runway for

New York-based bodysuit

brand ALIX.

A graduate of the reputed

Parsons School of Design,

Alexandra

Alvarez was

smitten by

the glamorous

simplicity and contemporary

silhouette of bodysuits and

decided to make them the

basics that every woman

needs. From its debut in 2014,

ALIX has now expanded its

bodysuit design with various

fabrications from jersey to silk

and launched the new swimsuit

collection for SS2016. It has

also teamed up with famous

retailers, namely Net-A-Porter,

Shop Bop, Saks Fifth Avenue

and Harvey Nichols.

wretreatkohsamui.com,

alixnyc.com

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PHUKET / TRANG

SPOTLIGHT

Brave the Waves

For four days and five nights between July 19 and 23, Phuket turns into a place for

professional racers from around the world during the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.

Raceweek is the first event in the annual Asian Yachting Grand Prix comprising of four

days of professionally run, international-standard yacht racing off Phuket’s south coast

during the windy southwest monsoon. Over six or seven classes (depending on entries),

include the IRC Classes, Sports Boat, Bareboat Charter, Cruising, Multihulls, the breathtaking

Firefly 850 and the splendid Classic Class. The “Regatta Bar” opens daily – offering

ice cold post-race pints as bragging rights are given when participants come off the boats.

A one of a kind, Raceweek is

Asia’s most exciting and fastest

growing regatta. The event that

features racing on water and land

as well as beachside parties will

show how Phuket as a must-visit

destination and a racing ground.

Raceweek is held under the

auspices of the Ao Chalong Yacht

Club, in conjunction with the

Tourism Authority of Thailand,

the Sports Authority of Thailand

and the Yacht Racing Association

of Thailand. +66 (0) 89 000 4664,

phuketraceweek.com

HIDDEN TALENT

Phuket Art Village is a hidden treasure off the Rawai main strip where original art

pieces by talented Thai artists dwell, as most of their creators are from the area.

Located at the end of Soi Naya 2 in Tambon Rawai, the plot that covers

around one rai (1,600sq m) used to be Rawai Art Village. It wasn’t until Somrak

Maneemai, an artist from Krabi, gathered with a group of talented artists to create

works of art and display them in the artsy community. Since then, the pace of creativity

renamed the place as Phuket Art Village.

The village is home to eight studios that feature contemporary art in different

media – from painting to music. Visitors are free to stroll through the studios in

the village and appreciate art from displays as well as talk to local artists.

Tel: +66 (0) 89 471 5653, +66 (0) 95 026 6100, facebook.com/Phuket-Art-Village/

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FROM TIN TOWN TO CULTURED ROAD

Billing itself as a small town with a glorious past, the Kathu district has made a comeback

and repositioned itself on the tourism map with the Kathu Culture Street Festival. The

cultural event, in the town once a rich source of the grey metal, celebrates on the streets

of Kathu from July 9-11 around Kathu market on Wichit Songkhram Road.

First held in 2009, the street event is how folks at Kathu district demonstrate

their way of life and tell their history of the rare element – from the last century and

carried on to the next generation. Located just 9km from Muang, the district once

relied on rice farming and tin mining. It also is one of the first to have a vegetarian

tradition ahead of the town of Phuket.

The event will demonstrate the old days of Kathu and of course tell the story

of how the town became known for tin mining, all detailed in its exhibition. Along

the streets, you will have a chance to taste local food influenced by Chinese cuisine,

many of which are vegetarian dishes. To add more nostalgia, locals leave their homes

bedecked in the traditional Chinese attire. facebook.com/culturlstreetkathu

THE CAKE IS LEGEND

After 21 years, the Trang Cake Festival simply gets larger and

more vibrant. Bakers from all over Trang will showcase their

best work on cakes from Trang at the King Rama V plaza in

Muang district in early August.

The history of the unique cake started when a Chinese

immigrant named Kugming Heng arrived in Trang and baked his

own cake made simply from flour, eggs and sugar to accompany

morning coffee. The original recipe was later shared among

locals who also wanted to sell the cake.

Fast forward to two decades and the cake now becomes

an OTOP product, with various flavours – from coffee to green

tea and fruits like orange or lychee. However, bakers manage

to keep the original recipe and not add preservatives in the

ingredients. The unique quality is that the cake is still fresh and

tastes great after four or five days. A bite of the famous cake

where it’s created is always a treat.

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THAILAND

PATTAYA / TRAT

SPOTLIGHT

Spicing Up Life

Spicy food reigns supreme in your life? If so, rev up your taste buds further at the

unique Asian Spicy Garden. Visiting this place will give you a chance to explore the

world of spices through tours of the botanical garden and museum. Learn about the

diversity of spices and herbs and their widespread use in the kitchen. Walk through a

garden of freshness and be amazed at a variety of exotic flavourings that are cooked

in Asian spicy foods. And in the museum part, enjoy your time learning about the

production of spices. Finish the tour with a cooking show demonstration to discover

the secrets of Thai cuisine. Here on, you’ll taste some of the most popular Thai dishes

such as Som Tum, Tom Yum Kung, including that of exotic Thai fruits. If you feel

a tasting is not enough, just join the cooking classes and learn how to create your

favourite Thai food and let your cooking skills shine. spicy.siamtv.ru

CRUISIN’ ON THE RIVER

If the hustle and bustle of Pattaya gets a

bit much, consider a day trip cruising along

canals on a long tail boat. Just an hour away

is a journey on a long tail boat, meandering

through canals in Samut Prakan province.

You will find yourself back in time as local

lifestyles appear on both sides of the canal.

Seeing lush rice fields, gardens and old

villages also highlight how river trips are

hard to find in city settings. Blend in with

locals and pay a visit to markets along the

way. A great selection of local food abounds

and on this tour, feel free to eat whatever

you like. Escape the city for one day and

just soak up memorable moments on a long

tail boat. pattayabikeandboattours.com/gb/

boat-tour

STRIKE A RELAXING POSE

Even though you’re travelling, maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even better,

unwind with a breathtaking view and some yoga. This can be done at the

Blue Lagoon Koh Chang, where one gets invited to join a yoga class in a

serene environment surrounded by lush nature. The class takes place on

a terrace above a beautiful lagoon. Two yoga sessions are provided each

day, during morning sunrise and evening sunset. Opt to start your day

with morning yoga or ease your travel tensions with evening yoga after a

long day. Experience the pure relaxation that happens to your body and

mind, while listening to the sound of nature and feeling the refreshing sea

breeze and finally, contentment. kohchang-bungalows-bluelagoon.com/yoga

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

Sorry to disappoint but this is not the museum where the exhibits come

to life at night when the doors close – like in a particular fantasy film.

However, the good news is that this museum goes from day to night and

comes fully loaded with creative fun. The Parody Art Museum welcomes

visitors who can bring a sense of fun and humour coupled with a

knowledge for popular artwork and their masters.

This nocturnal event shows a great range of art pieces you may

know already and uniquely re-created by independent artists under the

concept of ‘parody’ and applied to drawings, sculptures and video clips.

The museum founder’s motives aim for mirthful fun and joy for visitors

upon seeing the original art and beauty reinterpreted in a different set of

originality. parodyartmuseum.com

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HAPPENINGS

HONG KONG

TAKE ME HOME.

SPOTLIGHT

SKA and Reggae

Rhythm

Not wanting the

vacation mode to

end? The Endless

Summer Hong Kong

International Ska and

Reggae Festival offers

a lengthy all afternoon

into night programme

at the PMQ venue. In

its previous life, PMQ

served as the Police

Married Quarters.

In 2010, the HKSAR

government preserved

the site and invited the

creative industries to

renovate and use the

premises. Now PMQ

serves as a vibrant

retail and design

space, and where

concerts rock. Right in

the heart of Central,

the festival at PMQ

promises to be the

city’s biggest event

and celebration of

Jamaican music. Some

of Asia’s top quality

acts perform with fullsize

bands who keep

the rhythm going with

rocksteady, dub and

dancehall.

Aug 26, 5-11pm,

PMQ 35 Aberdeen

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MOROCCAN TREAT

Many of us have been in an Ashley

Sutton designed space, the creative

mastermind behind some of

Bangkok and Tokyo’s most popular

restaurants, bars, and clubs such

as Iron Fairies, Maggie Choo’s, Sing

Sing Theatre, J. Boroski Mixology

and many more.

The latest place to dine and

drink is Lilya, a Morrocan-inspired

lounge and bar in the Central area.

An eye-catching and colourful

display of Babouche slippers greet

people at the entrance. Phones

should be at the ready and aimed

at the elegant Arabic graphics and

Mystical Fatima hands on the wall.

Low couches provide seating

to enjoy beautifully-presented

meals and drinks presented in their

exclusively designed cocktail glasses.

A promise of an inspired menu and

stimulating music transports you.

Lilya, 2/F, 77 Wyndham Street,

Central

PRIVATE NOSHES

One of the very few co-working spaces for chefs and food

people, Bite Unite offers the public a novel option to book a

chef for a private meal eaten at their cosy space in Wan Chai.

You can also find a chef to cook customised meals for you.

The space hosts several events, like this month’s special on

French sweet canapés. Whether you’re a visitor or a local,

eating well should be on your itinerary.

Simply go to their website and scroll through their roster

of chefs. Select a cuisine or menu that appeals to you, gather

like-minded friends and book yourselves a restaurant-quality

meal. biteunite.com

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HAPPENINGS

HONG KONG

ROMANCE ROCKS

Hong Kong gears up for Valentine’s

Day, formally known as the Seven

Sisters Festival. It is a familiar tale

of star-crossed lovers, and we all

have heard various versions of the

doomed couple and this is the time

of year their story is celebrated. The

origins of the holiday involves two

lovers Altair and Vega. According

to Chinese legend, the lovers – a

mortal cowherd and a goddess

weaver – get wrenched from each

other’s arms. In a variation on

the story, this festival marks their

reunion. Magpie birds take pity on

the pair and create a temporary

bridge for them to be reunited.

Among young romantics,

the festival in Hong Kong means

additional offerings at Lover’s Rock

on Bowen Road in Wanchai. The

area which the massive stone sits

on also offers breath-taking views

of Victoria Harbour. Considered

miraculous, the Lover’s Rock is

believed to be the home of the God

of Love. Pilgrims, mostly women,

troop to the prominent monolith

to make offerings of roast chicken,

suckling pig and oranges. They

also hang prayer-papers, burn joss

sticks and offer spiritual money to

ask for eligible husbands for the

single ladies and faithful partners

or fertility for the married ones.

Old ladies also come to the rock to

ask for prosperous married life for

their children.

August 2, Lover’s Rock,

Bowen Road, Wanchai

FLORENTINE STYLE

If your idea of a steak is a thick

cut like the ones favoured by

the folks in Florence, Italy – then

you’ll appreciate the specialty of

Bistecca. Patterned after the rustic

butcher shop in the traditions of

Northern Italy, the establishment

now has a new head chef, Marc

Benkoe, who expands on the

menu with his expert preparations.

He’ll ensure the enjoyment of a

dry aged Porterhouse steak that’s

featured in many of the world’s

best steakhouses. It’s prominently

displayed in the open kitchen, then

authentically char-grilled over a

wood fire.

Chef Benkoe introduces other

dishes like Burrata with heirloom

tomatoes, oregano and basil pesto,

Pan-seared Foie Gras with figs, aged

balsamic, port wine and brioche,

among many. He also makes sure

that the selection of unique wines

accompanies these dishes.

Grand Progress Building, 15-16

Lan Kwai Fong

HONOUR AND GLORY

If you’re ever around Man Mo temple, along

Hollywood road – check out the celebration for

Kwan Tai’s birthday, a general of the Han dynasty

(second century AD), who became the god of

war. Hong Kong holds many celebrations on

this festive occasion, in particular at the temple.

Elaborate ceremonies mark his birthday across

town, including those at the Man Mo Temple on

Hong Kong Island, where an ever-burning lamp

flickers before Kwan Tai’s statue.

Shrines to the god are also found in everyday

people’s homes, restaurants and businesses.

Many believe Kwan Tai to be a wealth god who

protects honourable businessmen and who give

a longer life to those who need his help. In Hong

Kong, an altar dedicated to Kwan Tai can be

found in almost every temple, alongside the

main deity.

You can visit the Man Mo temple on

Hollywood road to see a statue of him from the

19th Century. Unlike most temple statues, it is a

colourful one, red-faced and with a gold crown.

The “God of War” carries a sword and is the

patron of the police and also the triads. Kwan

Tai was a real person like most Taoist “gods”;

from the Three Kingdoms period and a symbol

of integrity and loyalty. The Han dynasty general

then became immortalised as the God of War

is widely regarded as a symbol of loyalty and

integrity. 17 July, Man Mo Temple, 126 Hollywood

Road, Sheung Wan, Sham Shui Po Kwan Tai

Temple, 158 Hai Tan Street, Sham Shui Po

SPOTLIGHT

The Sound of Nostalgia

The “Sound of Silence”

by Paul Simon & Art

Garfunkel blew away

radio listeners when

it debuted in the mid-

1960s. Over the next

decades, the sound

of Simon & Garfunkel

touched listeners around

the world. A production

that captures the

nostalgia and history

of the famed duo, The

Simon & Garfunkel

Story, makes its way to

Hong Kong in August

after selling out in

Europe. The show tells

how two young guys

from Queens in New

York became the world’s

most successful music

duo. It begins with their

humble beginnings as

1950s rock n roll duo Tom

& Jerry, their breakup and

a move on to solo careers.

A live band will

perform all their hits,

including “Mrs

Robinson”, “Bridge

Over Troubled Water”,

“The Sound Of Silence”

and more. Photographs

from the 1960s plus

film footage will be

accompanied by a full

band. July 29-1 August,

Hong Kong Academy for

Performing Arts

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HAPPENINGS

SINGAPORE

FULL ON FOOD

Singaporeans always crack the joke that eating is the national pastime and

food – well, it’s a national obsession. The Singapore Food Festival, first

introduced in 1994, is proof that the joke is not an overstatement.

From its humble beginnings, the Singapore Food Festival, an annual event

that takes place every year in July, has grown over the years to become a key

event in the city state at various locations. Featuring a colourful plethora of

local cuisines that pay tribute to a multi-cultural heritage, the festival serves

up a unique opportunity for visitors to get acquainted with local food in both

traditional and contemporary ways.

Highlighting is STREAT– with street food, like ‘laksagne,” laksa-flavoured

lasagna and emerging dining concepts at various price points. July 14-30,

visitsingapore.com

A NATION CELEBRATES

Singapore roars to life on National Day, as it

remembers its colourful rise to independence.

Get into the mood of the celebration by wearing

anything red and flying the Singapore flag.

This year, National Day Parade returns to

the Marina Bay Floating Platform. Spectators can

sit back and enjoy interactive activities, the Red

Lions’ parachuting performance, the parade of

the Singapore Armed Forces, harmonies from a

2000-strong combined school choir and dazzling

pyrotechnics set against the stunning cityscape

framed by the Marina Waterfront.

National Day Parade 2017 will celebrate

Singapore’s strength in unity, and rally all

Singaporeans to remain united in times of

uncertainty and challenges. The theme this year,

OneNationTogether, calls all Singaporeans to take

pride in the nation. August 9, ndp.org.sg

UNBEATABLE BEATS

Grab your gear and head to the biggest alternative music festival of its kind in

Singapore and the region.

The annual festival, Baybeats, presents a fist pumping line-up

showcasing prominent Singapore and international acts. The festival

covers genres including folk, pop, metal, post-rock, emo, punk, electro

and everything in between.

Launched in 2002 as a platform to showcase Singaporean musicians

and indie performers from across Asia to a local audience, the festival is an

opportunity for musicians to meet and exchange ideas and for audiences to

celebrate free live alternative music over three fun-filled days.

Baybeats runs at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay – from the main

Baybeats Arena to outdoor theatres and two smaller spaces that profile more

intimate performances, such as electronic music and DJ sets. June to August

SPOTLIGHT

Owl Night Long

For two weekends every August, art

and culture spill onto the streets

when dusk falls at the Singapore

Night Festival. The event is treated

as the most special time for all art

lovers who would like to see art in a

different light.

With the goal of showcasing

arts of all forms, the festival brings

together a diverse range of arts

institutions, lifestyle enterprises,

culture vultures and individuals who

need to be inspired.

Singapore Night Festival

transforms the Bras Basah/Bugis

heritage precinct into a midsummer’s

celebration of sorts. The massive

street party of fun and entertainment

offer heaps to see and do. Various

street and music performances, by

local and international artists, all

play their original works until late

into the night.

The signature highlight of the

festival is the interactive light

installations that turn the facades

of the Singapore Art Museum and

the National Museum of Singapore

into works of wonder.

Night owls will enjoy strings of

events held late into the night at

cultural institutions such as the

National Museum of Singapore, the

Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art

Museum, The Substation and more.

August 18-19, August 25-26, nightfest.sg

BEYOND A FOAMY SIP

If you are of legal drinking age, then Beerfest

Asia is an event not to be missed. The festival

returns to tempt both beer and beverage

enthusiasts with its diverse selection of beers

at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.

Featuring more than 500 types of commercial,

craft beers and ciders while also embracing an

exquisite range of spirits from all over the world,

beer enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice

with the variety of drinks available.

Guests can indulge in beer

tasting platters and sample

over 100 first-time-ever

in Singapore bottles and

Beerfest Asia-only special

brews, thereby fulfilling a beer

bucket list in a single festival.

Each ticket includes one

complimentary welcome beer to

be redeemed on festival grounds.

August 17-20, beerfestasia.com

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HAPPENINGS

MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR

MYANMAR

YANGON / NAY PYI TAW

SPOTLIGHT

Catching the Poké Trend

It’s got nothing to do with the Pokémon game, but it’s just as

phenomenally popular. Poké, the traditional Hawaiian dish of

seasoned fresh fish has become a trendy food in the United States,

the United Kingdom and Australia with long lunchtime queues a

common sight for a poke bowl. And it is Malaysia’s turn to catch

poké fever. Opened in August 2016, the Fish Bowl is the first

restaurant in Malaysia that serves this satisfyingly delicious poké.

This Hawaiian classic recipe requires chunks of raw ahi tuna tossed

with shoyu or soy sauce, topped with green and white onions

and sesame oil. It’s served over a bowl of warm rice, preferably

vinegared sushi rice. But there are several variations of the dish

you can choose. Healthier toppings can be added to the bowl such

as corn, quinoa, cucumber, seaweed, etc. At The Fish Bowl, Poké is

considered a comfort food that you can go enjoy at any time of day.

It’s possible that a drop in for this healthy sustenance that’s all

the rage may create a poke addiction that can reach Pokémon Go

levels! facebook.com/thefishbowlmalaysia/

A CLASS-Y TAKE ON BATIK

A beautiful batik clothing or product is always a smart acquisition,

but add some fun and consider making it a DIY project to create a

unique piece. All that’s needed is just four hours. At Batik Boutique,

there’s a batik class that explores the process of batik and tie-dye

making which everyone can learn. Not only can personalised batik

pieces be made, but one also takes part in supporting local female

artisans since Batik Boutique aims to help in lessening poverty in

Malaysia and help women utilise a sustainable skill and gain a fair

income. For those in Kuala Lumpur or bound for a Malaysia getaway,

engage in a class and have fun creating multi-coloured designs on

cloth but more importantly, be part of a good cause.

batikboutique.com

YANGON OASIS

In mid-rainy season, it’s goodbye to

hanging out in the Yangon outdoors.

Social meetups and mellow moments

with friends in the ambiance of café

are but a distant memory. But then

again – maybe it’s still possible.

Situated among vintage buildings in

the corner of Nawaday and Boyar

Nyunt Street in busy downtown

Yangon, Craft Café is like the oasis in

town. Now popular among Yangon’s

youth and tourists, the draw is the

inviting décor, friendly atmosphere

and delicious food. The three storeyed

Singaporean-style café opens early

from 7am until 11pm; offering

traditional coffee as well as an

Asian or Western breakfast, brunch,

lunch and dinner, however you like

it. Highlight dishes are Singapore

Chicken Rice, Laksa, Kaya Toast, Eggs

Benedict, a Beef Burger and the

BBQ Chicken Chop. Free and fast

wifi makes this an ideal café to sip a

favourite cup of coffee while working

on your laptop, or simply to take a

break from the heat or rain.

Tel: +95 9 960 608333, open daily

CAFETERIA COMFORT

It may not be as popular a destination as its original location in Yangon, but

Shwe Pu Zun café offers its comforting presence at Nay Pyi Taw. Having

expanded its business there, Shwe Pu Zun caféteria is the familiar face you

see upon arrival in the capital city that’s just right for a casual meal. The

bakery-cum-eatery is tastefully decorated and separated into two main

sections. One offers selections of homemade breads and pastries, while the

other space offers indoor or outdoor seating. Here is where one can sample

delicious and classic Myanmar favourites such as Mohinga or Shan noodles.

Try their coffee too, as the beans come from their plantation.

Tel: +95 67 417 100, open daily

DWELLINGS SMALL YET GREEN

Could we really live in a house without having to pay for

monthly electricity and water bills? The GreenMan Tiny Home

is Malaysia’s first ever extreme zero energy, completely

off-grid, carbon neutral and affordable house. This selfcontained

home is comfortable despite its small size and

environmentally friendly though its biodegradable materials

and waste management system.

This unique home is the brainchild of Matthias Gelber,

known internationally as “The Green Man” and his mission is to

start a green revolution in Malaysia. The GreenMan Tiny Home

design gets its inspiration from Kampung houses, the traditional

Malaysian village house. It was built with eco-friendly materials

and raised above the ground to keep the interior cool. It is proof

how Malaysian people and others around the world can reduce

environmental impact on local surroundings and the earth while

still living comfortably and in style. See it yourself and get inspired

by this GreenMan Tiny Home at the Construction Research

Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) in Kuala Lumpur.

greenmantinyhome.com

SPOTLIGHT

Food and Drinks Allowed

YGN Bus Café is Myanmar’s first ‘pit stop on wheels’ located

in the ever-popular Kandawgyi Park where Yangon locals

usually take a relaxing stroll. The sitdown eatery is a

well-restored red city bus that’s been transformed into a

vintage-style café. YGN Bus Café has quickly become the

town’s favourite spot to hang out with friends and family

after it opened at the end of 2016. Expect nostalgic touches

in the décor, complete with one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

Beyond its attractive looks, the café also serves tasty cakes,

coffee with signature latte art, non-caffeinated drinks and

food. Consider having a bite with the Charcoal Chicken

Burger – a signature dish one shouldn’t miss. Jump on the

local café scene and get on the bus. Tel: +95 9 772 625086,

open daily from 10am - 09.30pm

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HAPPENINGS

CAMBODIA / LAOS / VIETNAM

PHNOM PENH / LUANG PRABANG / HOI AN

Réhahn captures a

portrait of a

Vietnamese woman.

Photo is courtesy of Rehahnphotographer.com

LUANG PRABANG,

A PALATE TEASER

Luang Prabang, with its setting as a

sleepy riverside town of 33 gilded

temples, saffron-robed monks, and

faded Sino-European villas, can

effortlessly slow your pulse and help

you perfect the art of doing nothing. If

you need to awaken from “sleep mode,”

a sure-fire way is to challenge the taste

buds. Do as the locals do and stroll to

the nearest food stand and tuck into

a “papaya salad” – the unofficial Lao

national dish.

Luang Prabang is famous among Thai

visitors for its sensational som tum or

papaya salad. And “Nang Tim Somtom”,

a small food stand opposite the temple

called Wat Nong, is best for visitors.

The number of chillies

used measures the scale of

spiciness in a dish. It varies

from one or two pieces for

a mild spiciness to three

to five for moderate (to

a handful of chilli for the

extremists).

In places in Laos,

pinches of monosodium

glutamate (MSG) – or

“paeng nua” – go into every

single dish. If you’re not

comfortable with MSG, you

might tell the food vendor to

omit the “delicious power”

from your papaya salad.

Food Stand Opposite Wat Nong

SPOTLIGHT

Tribes and Portraits of Vietnam

French photographer Réhahn opens

his Precious Heritage Gallery-

Museum in Hoi An in Central

Vietnam, showcasing his five

years of exploring Vietnam and

his own tribute to the country’s

ethnic groups.

Nestled in the former French

Quarter of Hoi An, the museum

displays over 200 photographs, as

well as more than 30 rare traditional

costumes and various artefacts such

as pipes, earrings, etc. The space is

organised into two areas, the first

is a gallery dedicated to Réhahn’s

photographs and models, while the

other museum section covers 2 levels

and focuses on ethnic groups.

Born in Normandy, France and

now based in Hoi An, Réhahn travelled

to over 35 countries in the name of

photography. He was listed among

Steve McCurry and Jimmy Nelsson as

one of the world’s best portrait and

travel photographers. The French

photographer is famous for catching

the soul of his subjects.

Réhahn is equally passionate

about culture and ethnic diversities.

“I have visited 45 of the 54 ethnic

groups of Vietnam and I hope

to meet the remaining 9 in this

coming year to then start preparing

my book,” Réhahn has said.

The museum displays in

Vietnamese, French and English.

26 Phan Boi Chau, Hoi An,

rehahnphotographer.com, open daily

from 8am to 8pm, entrance is free

UP FOR A SUNDOWN

Visitors to Phnom Penh make the trip at least once to Russian Market for

the hustle and bustle and shopping sprees over affordable name-brand

clothing. Now they can visit the market more often for other reasons,

thanks to Sundown Social Club – the city’s new watering hole perched

over the sweltering bazaar.

The Sundown Social Club stands three stories above the northern

edge of Russian Market – where local vendors ply their trade for fresh

fruits, vegetables and meats. The newly opened club is definitely an oasis

of calm, as well as a great way to watch time go by. You can bite into a

burger or shake off hot and humid Phnom Penh with a cold beer.

St 440, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, facebook.com/sundownsocialclub

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HAPPENINGS

INDIA

MUMBAI

HAPPENINGS

MALDIVES

July and August are monsoon months. City folk welcome the relief

from the summer heat, the end of season sales in July and music

celebrating the romance of the rains. This year, work on a new

metro is making it difficult to move around. But Mumbai never lets

anything stop her never-say-die spirit.

MONSOON GETAWAYS

The Sahyadri range of hills come alive in the rains. These are

the months when nature lovers leave the city on day trips to

enjoy the brief season of mists, waterfalls and freshly-washed

green meadows. You could go to villages famous for peacocks

or fireflies or hike to forts and Buddhist caves. If you have more

than a day, it is worth going to the Kaas plateau, which is covered

with carpets of rare flowers between August and September. You

could also stay at a heritage resort in the hill towns of Panchgani,

Matheran or Mahabaleshwar. morachichincholi.com; grassroutes.co.in;

prospect-hotel.com; the-verandah-in-the-forest.neemranahotels.com;

natureindiatour.blogspot.in

SPOTLIGHT

Surf’s Up

The name Four Seasons is

associated with comfort and

luxury. Add surfing to the mix

as a better way to make your

vacation an unforgettable

experience. Learn what a bottom

turn is and maybe execute one

in no time. Pro surfers from

Tropicsurf in Noosa, Australia

will guarantee a fun way to ride

the waves at the Four Seasons

Resort Maldives at Kuda Haraa’s

pristine shores. Various surf

courses are available, from

beginner level to Tropicsurf

“surfari” cruise which promises

a marvellous trip aboard the

luxurious Four Seasons Explorer.

fourseasons.com/maldiveskh

RAINY DAY FARE

Marine Drive, Juhu Beach and the Gateway

of India are the places to go for views of

waves, sometimes eighteen feet high,

lashing the sea walls. Intrepid residents

enjoy walks along the seafront and getting

soaked to the skin.

For the visitor, Soam, just off Marine

Drive is a good place for monsoon comfort

food, while you stay dry. They create a

seasonal menu with ginger tea and assorted

vegetable fritters, including pineapple or

raw mango dipped in chickpea batter. It is a

safe place to experiment with chaat which

are spicy street snacks.

Other Marine Drive restaurants where

you can enjoy a sundowner or a barbecue

while watching dramatic cloudscapes

are Intercontinental - The Dome,

Bayview at Marine Plaza and Pizza by

the Bay. Monsoon-themed food festivals

showcasing corn on the cob, many kinds of

tea and fried snacks (chai

and pakoras) are

usually arranged. The Sea Lounge at

Taj Mahal Hotel is unbeatable for its views

and old-world service. Sizzler festivals

featuring grilled food on steaming sizzler

plates are very popular at this time.

facebook.com/soamrestaurant;

ihg.com; hotelmarineplaza.com/bayview;

pizzabythebay.in; taj.tajhotels.com/en-in/

taj-mahal-palace-mumbai/restaurants/sealounge-restaurant

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT THE MUSEUM

The fifteenth of August is Independence Day and there’s no better

place to check out the origins of the city and its cultural past than a

little jewel box of a museum set in a garden. The 160 year-old

Bhau Daji Lad Museum (previously named the Victoria and Albert)

has a permanent collection of photographs, paintings, sculptures and

lithographs. There are always new events and exhibitions happening

in this newly renovated museum. Check out their calendar or

Facebook page on your travel dates to see what is on offer by

way of workshops, lectures, screenings and theatre performances.

bdlmuseum.org

YOGA BY THE OCEAN

Located on the unspoiled Thaa Atoll, Como Maalifushi boasts a superb natural landscape and

privacy that goes hand-in-hand with its visual feast. As an added bonus, the resort is also well

known for the Como Shambhala Retreat, an award-winning wellness and spa programme.

Trained and experienced experts manage Asian-based therapies, nutrition, exercise and yoga.

The best option, however, is the Como Shambhala Yoga as an ideal way to channel peace

and bring balance to the body and mind with the calming yet stunning view of the sea.

Personal instruction is also available for those who feel the need to explore the benefits of

this ancient discipline and learn beneficial poses. comohotels.com/maalifushi

SWIMMING WITH THE WHALE SHARK

LUX* South Ari Atoll is the answer for those searching for appealing

activities during their holidays. Located on the picturesque island of

Dhidhoofinolhu, LUX* South Ari Atoll offers various water sports and

land activities for adrenaline seeking lovers. Meanwhile, the resort

offers memorable experiences scuba diving at the resort’s 5-Star

PADI IDC Dive Centre. If luck has it, the whale shark – the biggest

fish in the world yet a gentle giant and 4-14 metres in length – may

appear to make the diving experience even more life-defining.

Also enjoy the magnificent marine underworld like the splendidly

colourful reef fish in their natural paradise. luxresorts.com/en/hotelmaldives/luxsouthariatoll

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

HRH PRINCESS UBOLRATANA RAJAKANYA VISITS BANGKOK

AIRWAYS BOOTH AT ITB 2017

BANGKOK AIRWAYS RECEIVES ITS LATEST ATR 72-600

Bangkok Airways led by Air Marshall

Dechit Chareonwong, Flight

Operations (4th from right) and Capt.

Tipparat Pakpoomsin, Flight Operations

(2nd from right) together with the

company’s airline pilots welcomed

two of its latest ATR 72-600 at

Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The 70-seater ATR 72-600 aircraft

are the last two from a total of nine

purchased by Bangkok Airways from

manufacturer ATR in France. The brand

new ATR 72-600 is equipped with a

new full-glass cockpit and features a

HRH Princess Ubolratana

Rajakanya Siri Vadhana Phannavadi

visited the Bangkok Airways

booth at the exhibition grounds

of the Internationale Tourismus

Boerse 2017 (ITB) held in Berlin,

Germany. The princess was

greeted by Bangkok Airways

President Mr. Puttipong

Prasarttong-Osoth (2nd left)

and airline executives.

ITB Berlin is the world’s

leading travel trade show and

held in Berlin on March 2017.

Bangkok Airways had its first

booth and attendance at the

fair since 1998.

high comfort layout with larger overhead

compartments, offering extra comfort

for passengers. These ATR 72-600s

will be serving both the domestic

and international routes of Bangkok

Airways such as Phuket, Sukhothai,

Trat, Lampang, Luang Prabang, Yangon,

Mandalay and Siem Reap.

Currently the Bangkok Airways fleet

consists of 36 aircrafts; 6 ATR 72-500s,

9 ATR 72-600s, 12 A319s and 9

A320s. For more information, please

visit www.bangkokair.com or the call

centre at 1771 (available 24 hours).

ทูลกระหม่อมหญิงอุบลรัตนราชกัญญา

สิริวัฒนาพรรณวดี เสด็จเยี่ยมบูธของ

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ในงาน

มหกรรมการท่องเที่ยวโลก

Internationale Tourismus Boerse

2017 (ITB 2017) ณ กรุงเบอร์ลิน

ประเทศเยอรมนี โดยมีนายพุฒิพงศ์

ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อำนวย

การใหญ่ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด

(มหาชน) (ที่ 2 จากซ้าย) และคณะผู้

บริหารเฝ้ารับเสด็จ

งานไอทีบี เบอร์ลินได้รับการยกย่อง

ว่าเป็นงานด้านการท่องเที่ยวที่มีชื่อเสียง

ติดอันดับโลก ซึ่งจัดแสดงจนถึงวันที่ 12

มีนาคม 2560 ทั้งนี้สายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์สได้เข้าร่วมงานจัดแสดงครั้งแรก

ในปี พ.ศ. 2541

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน)

นำโดย พล.อ.ท. เดชิศร์ เจริญวงศ์ รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ส่วนปฏิบัติการ (ที่ 4 จากขวา) และ

กัปตันทิพรัต ภาคภูมิสิน ผู้อำนวยการส่วนปฏิบัติ

การบิน (ที่ 2 จากขวา) พร้อมทีมนักบิน รับเครื่องบิน

แบบเอทีอาร์รุ่น 72-600 จำนวน 2 ลำใหม่ล่าสุด ณ

ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ

การรับมอบเครื่องบินทั้ง 2 ลำดังกล่าว ทำให้

บริษัทฯ ได้รับเครื่องบินแบบเอทีอาร์ 72-600 ครบ

ทั้ง 9 ลำจากทางบริษัท เอทีอาร์ ประเทศฝรั่งเศส

เครื่องบินโดยสารเอทีอาร์รุ่น 72-600 มีความจุ

จำนวน 70 ที่นั่ง ประกอบไปด้วยห้องนักบินที่มี

ความทันสมัย มีการแสดงผลเป็นระบบดิจิตัล

ทั้งหมด พร้อมกับที่นั่งที่กว้างขวางสะดวกสบาย

โดยทางสายการบินฯ จะนำมาให้บริการในเส้นทาง

บินภายในประเทศและระหว่างประเทศ อาทิ ภูเก็ต

สุโขทัย ตราด ลำปาง หลวงพระบาง ย่างกุ้ง

มัณฑะเลย์ และเสียมราฐ เป็นต้น

ปัจจุบันสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สมีเครื่อง

บินประจำฝูงบินทั้งหมด 36 ลำ ประกอบไปด้วย

เครื่องบินแบบเอทีอาร์ 72-500 จำนวน 6 ลำ เอที

อาร์ 72-600 จำนวน 9 ลำ แอร์บัส A319 จำนวน

12 ลำ และแอร์บัส A320 จำนวน 9 ลำ

สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมสามารถเยี่ยมชมได้ที่

www.bangkokair.com หรือสำรองที่นั่งกรุณา

ติดต่อ call centre โทร 1771 (ครั้งละ 3 บาททั่วไทย

เฉพาะโทรศัพท์พื้นฐาน)

BANGKOK AIRWAYS (BA) ANNOUNCES OPERATING RESULTS

FOR FIRST QUARTER 2017

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

(BA) announces its operating results for

the first quarter of 2017 with the

average passenger load factor at 71.3

per cent in this quarter.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth,

President of Bangkok Airways

commented that, “in the first quarter of

2017, total revenue of the company was

7,469 million baht. The net profit was

reported at the amount of 565 million

baht in which the profit attributable to

the equity holder of the company was

548.4 million baht, with earnings per

share equal to 0.26 baht. In this quarter,

the company’s passenger yield per RPK

was 4.91 baht while the growth in

number of passengers rose by 2.7 per cent.”

Furthermore, the airport-related

businesses of the company – including

catering services and ground services

– had an overall positive performance

that grew from the same period in

2016 by 11.9 per cent. This is mainly

derived from a 14.4 growth in revenue

for Bangkok Air Catering (BAC) when

compared to the first quarter of 2016.

The increased revenue was derived

from additional airline customers.

For ground services, the revenue grew

by 10.4 per cent while the number of

flights grew by 9.7 per cent, compared

to the same period of 2016.”

Mr. Puttipong states, “earlier this

year, Bangkok Airways launched

its non-stop flight service between

Samui and Guangzhou (China) with 7

flights per week. Additionally in the

first quarter, the airline increased its

flight frequency on various routes such

as Bangkok-Danang (Vietnam) from 4

flights per week to 7 flights per week,

Chiang Mai-Mandalay (Myanmar) from

4 flights per week to 7 flights per week,

Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son from 10

flights per week to 14 flights per week.”

In February 2017, Bangkok Airways

became the first airline in Thailand to

receive the new air operation certificate

(AOC) in accordance with ICAO

standards from the Civil Aviation

Authority of Thailand. “Receiving

this certificate demonstrates that

Bangkok Airways’ operational

management and control systems

are rising up to the highest standards

and are internationally recognised.”

added Mr. Puttipong.

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) หรือ

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส (BA) ประกาศผลการ

ดำเนินงานของบริษัทฯ ในไตรมาสที่ 1 ปี 2560

บริษัทฯ มีรายได้รวมอยู่ที่ 7,469 ล้านบาท และมี

กำไรสุทธิเท่ากับ 565 ล้านบาท โดยมีอัตราบรรทุก

ผู้โดยสารเฉลี่ย (Load Factor) อยู่ที่ร้อยละ 71.3

จากการเปิดเผยของ นายพุฒิพงศ์

ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) ถึงผลการ

ดำเนินงานของบริษัทฯ ในไตรมาสที่ 1 ปี 2560 ว่า

“รายได้รวมของบริษัทฯ อยู่ที่ 7,469 ล้านบาท และมี

กำไรสุทธิ 565 ล้านบาท โดยเป็นกำไรสุทธิที่เป็นส่วน

ของผู้ถือหุ้นของบริษัทฯ เท่ากับ 548.4 ล้านบาท

กำไรต่อหุ้นอยู่ที่ 0.26 บาทต่อหุ้น บริษัทฯ มีรายได้

จากการขนส่งผู้โดยสารต่อหน่วย (Yield) เท่ากับ

4.91 มีอัตราการเติบโตของผู้โดยสารอยู่ที่ร้อยละ

2.7 นอกจากนี้ บริษัทฯ มีอัตราการเติบโตของรายได้

รวมของธุรกิจที่เกี่ยวข้องกับธุรกิจสนามบินร้อยละ

11.9 เมื่อเทียบกับช่วงเวลาเดียวกันของปี 2559 โดย

เป็นผลมาจากธุรกิจครัวการบินซึ่งมีรายได้เพิ่มขึ้น

ร้อยละ 14.4 เมื่อเทียบกับไตรมาส 1 ปี 2559 ซึ่งการ

เพิ่มขึ้นดังกล่าวเป็นผลมาจากจำนวนสายการบิน

ลูกค้าที่เพิ่มขึ้น และสำหรับธุรกิจบริการภาคพื้นและ

การให้บริการในลานจอดและอุปกรณ์ภาคพื้นนั้นมี

รายได้เติบโตขึ้นในอัตราร้อยละ 10.4 ซึ่งเป็นผลมา

จากจำนวนสายการบินลูกค้าที่เพิ่มขึ้น ส่งผลให้

จำนวนเที่ยวบินที่ให้บริการมีอัตราเพิ่มขึ้นร้อยละ 9.7

เมื่อเทียบกับไตรมาส 1 ของปี 2559”

“สำหรับการขยายเส้นทางบินและเพิ่มเที่ยวบิน

ของบริษัทฯ ในไตรมาสแรก ปี 2560 บริษัทฯ ได้เปิด

ให้บริการเส้นทางบินตรงระหว่างเกาะสมุย-กวางโจว

(ประเทศจีน) เมื่อเดือนมกราคมที่ผ่านมา โดยให้

บริการสัปดาห์ละ 7 เที่ยวบิน และได้เพิ่มความถี่ของ

เที่ยวบินในเส้นทางบินทั้งในประเทศและระหว่าง

ประเทศ ได้แก่ เส้นทางบินไป-กลับ ระหว่าง

กรุงเทพฯ-ดานัง (เวียดนาม) จากจำนวน 4 เที่ยว

บินต่อสัปดาห์เพิ่มเป็น 7 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์

เชียงใหม่-มัณฑะเลย์ (เมียนมาร์) จากจำนวน 4

เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์เพิ่มเป็น 7 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์

เชียงใหม่-แม่ฮ่องสอน จากจำนวน 10 เที่ยวบินต่อ

สัปดาห์เพิ่มเป็น 14 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์”

“ในเดือนกุมภาพันธ์ที่ผ่านมา สายการบินบาง

กอกแอร์เวย์ส เป็นสายการบินแรกของประเทศไทย

ที่ได้รับใบรับรองผู้ดำเนินการเดินอากาศใหม่ตาม

มาตรฐานองค์กรการบินพลเรือนระหว่างประเทศ

หรือ ICAO จากสำนักงานการบินพลเรือนแห่ง

ประเทศไทย (กพท.) ซึ่งใบรับรองนี้แสดงให้เห็นว่าการ

จัดการในการดำเนินงานและระบบการควบคุมของ

บริษัทฯ มีมาตรฐานสูงและได้รับการยอมรับในระดับ

สากล” นายพุฒิพงศ์กล่าวเสริม

116

117


BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS

INTRODUCES

THE BEST OF THAI

AND ASEAN MENUS

THAI AND BANGKOK AIRWAYS ENTER CODE SHARE AGREEMENT

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) led by

Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo – Acting President and Bangkok Airways

Public Company Limited by Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

– President; signed a Code Share Agreement at THAI’s Head

Office to strengthen their respective route networks, to

facilitate commercial sales and to improve passenger

convenience in flight connections between the two air carriers.

Flights Operated by Bangkok Airways

Domestic flights on 10 routes: round-trip flights include

Bangkok-Samui, Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai,

Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-

Sukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son and

Samui-Phuket. International flights on 4 routes: round-trip flights

include Bangkok-Danang (Vietnam), Bangkok-Luang Prabang (Laos),

Bangkok-Malé (Maldives) and Bangkok-Siem Reap (Cambodia).

Flights Operated by THAI

Round-trip international flight on Bangkok-Singapore route

and other future routes are being considered.

For more information, reservations and ticketing, passengers may visit

www.thaiairways.com or call the THAI Contact Centre at Tel. +66 (0)

2356 1111 or through travel agents across Thailand.

Passengers may also visit www.bangkokair.com or call the Bangkok

Airways Call Centre by calling 1771; 24 hours a day (at a service charge

of 3 Baht nationwide, landline calls only).

นางอุษณีย์ แสงสิงแก้ว รักษาการกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท

การบินไทย จำกัด (มหาชน) และนายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้

อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) ได้ร่วมทำพิธีลงนาม

สัญญาความร่วมมือระหว่างกันบนเที่ยวบินร่วม (Code Share) เพื่อเป็นการ

เพิ่มความแข็งแกร่งให้กับเครือข่ายเส้นทางบิน รวมทั้งรองรับการขยายช่อง

ทางการขายและเพิ่มความสะดวกสบายให้กับผู้โดยสาร ในเส้นทางบินเชื่อมต่อ

ของทั้งสองสายการบินให้มากยิ่งขึ้น ณ สำนักงานใหญ่ การบินไทย

เที่ยวบินที่ทำการบินโดยสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

เส้นทางบินภายในประเทศ 10 เส้นทางบิน ได้แก่ เส้นทางไป-กลับ

กรุงเทพฯ-สมุย กรุงเทพฯ-เชียงใหม่ กรุงเทพฯ-เชียงราย กรุงเทพฯ-ภูเก็ต

กรุงเทพฯ-กระบี่ กรุงเทพฯ-ลำปาง กรุงเทพฯ-สุโขทัย กรุงเทพ-ตราด

เชียงใหม่-แม่ฮ่องสอน และสมุย-ภูเก็ต เส้นทางบินระหว่างประเทศ 4 เส้น

ทางบิน ได้แก่ เส้นทางไป-กลับ กรุงเทพฯ-ดานัง ประเทศเวียดนาม

กรุงเทพฯ-หลวงพระบาง ประเทศลาว กรุงเทพฯ-มัลดีฟส์ (มาเล่)

สาธารณรัฐมัลดีฟส์ และกรุงเทพฯ-เสียมราฐ ประเทศกัมพูชา

เที่ยวบินที่ทำการบินโดยสายการบินไทย

เส้นทางบินระหว่างประเทศ ได้แก่ เส้นทางไป-กลับ กรุงเทพฯ-สิงคโปร์ และเส้น

ทางอื่นๆ ในอนาคต อยู่ในระหว่างการพิจารณา

ทั้งนี้ ผู้สนใจสามารถดูรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม สำรองที่นั่ง และออกบัตรโดยสารของ

การบินไทยได้ที่เว็บไซต์ www.thaiairways.com หรือสำนักงานขายการบินไทย THAI

Contact Centre โทร 0 2356 1111 หรือตัวแทนจำหน่ายทั่วประเทศ

สำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เส้นทางบินที่ให้บริการหรือ

สำรองที่นั่ง สามารถติดต่อ Call Centre หมายเลข 1771 ตลอด 24 ชั่วโมง (ค่าบริการ

ครั้งละ 3 บาททั่วไทย เฉพาะโทรศัพท์พื้นฐาน) หรือเว็บไซต์ www.bangkokair.com

Bangkok Airways recently organised a

press conference and presentation of its

new in-flight menus under the concept,

“The best of Thai and ASEAN cuisine,”

represented by M.L. Sirichalerm Svasti,

In-Flight Services Consultant of Bangkok

Airways, together with Ms. Aramsri

Tassanasuwan, In-flight Services Manager

of Bangkok Airways and Mr. Amorn

Rassamesangpetch, Director, Corporate

Communications of Bangkok Air

Catering at the Vanilla Room of Bangkok

Air Catering at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The airline’s new menus will feature six

Thai renowned recipes and the signature

dishes of 10 ASEAN countries.

Ms. Aramsri said, “One of our missions

is to make sure that everything we

provide on board is at its highest quality.

Most of our products are environmentally

friendly and are either from a local

community or a project that supports the

welfare of local communities – such as

the macadamia nuts and coffee

products from the Mae Fah Luang

foundation, juice products from the Doi

Kham Royal Project, UHT milk and milk

candy products from the Chitralada

Royal Project, to name a few.”

M.L. Sirichalerm Svasti a.k.a. Chef

Mc Dang said, “This year’s menu concept

is to support government policies on

Thai food promotions. So the Bangkok Air

Catering team and I have designed a

new menu concept showcasing 6 of the

renowned Thai dishes which are Phad

Thai, Chicken Green Curry, Chicken

Massaman Curry, Tom Yum Kung, Tom

Kha Gai and Som Tum.”

“Furthermore, to welcome the official

ASEAN community, we have crafted

some signature dishes from other ASEAN

countries to serve our passengers on

their national days such as a Shrimp

Noodles (Singapore), Nasi Uduk (Indonesia),

Pho with Chicken Sausage (Vietnam) and

Amok or Steamed Fish with Curry Paste

(Cambodia). For passengers travelling from

other airports, locally inspired menus such

as Chicken Potato Masala with Balachaung

(Burmese condiment) will be served on the

Yangon-Bangkok flight, Mutton Vindaloo

(Tender lamb pieces cooked in Goan style

curry) and Paratha will be served

on the Mumbai-Bangkok flight and

Braised Pork with preserved vegetable

Szechuan in light soya sauce egg

noodles with blanched choy sum

menu will be served on Hong

Kong-Samui flight to name a few.”

“The offering aims to provide

authentic tastes of famous Thai and

ASEAN menus with our ‘boutique twist’,

which we believe will add an even

more memorable flying experience for

everyone,” M.L. Sirichalerm added.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส จัดงานเปิดตัวเมนู

อาหารบนเครื่องใหม่ภายใต้แนวคิด “สุดยอด

อาหารไทย-อาเซียน” นำเสนอเมนูอาหารประจำ

ชาติของ 10 ประเทศสมาชิกอาเซียน และ 6 เมนู

อาหารไทยที่ได้รับความนิยมไปทั่วโลก โดยมี

ม.ล. ศิริเฉลิม สวัสดิวัตน์ ที่ปรึกษาการให้บริการ

บนเครื่องบิน สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

นางสาวอร่ามศรี ทัศนสุวรรณ ผู้จัดการส่วน

สนับสนุนการบริการในห้องโดยสาร สายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และนายอมร รัศมีแสงเพชร

ผู้อำนวยการฝ่ายสื่อสารองค์กร บริษัท ครัวการ

บินกรุงเทพ จำกัด ร่วมแถลงข่าว ณ ห้องประชุม

วานิลา บริษัท ครัวการบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด

ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติสุวรรณภูมิ

นางสาวอร่ามศรี กล่าวว่า “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

มุ่งมั่นสร้างสรรค์และส่งมอบผลิตภัณฑ์และการ

บริการที่เป็นเลิศเพื่อประโยชน์ต่อผู้โดยสาร ซึ่งถือ

เป็นหนึ่งในพันธกิจหลักของบริษัทฯ เราเลือกใช้

ผลิตภัณฑ์ที่มีส่วนช่วยเหลือและสร้างประโยชน์ต่อ

ชุมชนหรือผลิตภัณฑ์ที่เป็นมิตรกับสิ่งแวดล้อม

อาทิ กาแฟและถั่วแมคคาเดเมียจากมูลนิธิแม่ฟ้า

หลวง ผลิตภัณฑ์น้ำผลไม้จากโครงการหลวงดอยคำ

ผลิตภัณฑ์นมสดและนมอัดเม็ดจิตรลดา จาก

โครงการส่วนพระองค์จิตรลดา”

ม.ล. ศิริเฉลิม กล่าวเสริมว่า “แนวคิดการ

ออกแบบเมนูอาหารบนเครื่องของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

ในปีนี้ ยังคงเน้นการสนับสนุนโครงการสานพลัง

ประชารัฐของภาครัฐในการส่งเสริมการบริโภค

อาหารไทย เราจึงนำเสนออาหารไทย 6 เมนูที่ได้

รับความนิยมจากทั่วโลก ได้แก่ ผัดไทย แกงเขียว

หวานไก่ มัสมั่นไก่ ต้มยำกุ้ง ต้มข่าไก่ และส้มตำ

ไทย มาให้บริการผู้โดยสารของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

และเพื่อเป็นการต้อนรับการเข้าสู่ประชาคม

เศรษฐกิจอาเซียนอย่างเป็นทางการ เราได้คัดสรร

เมนูอาหารที่เป็นเอกลักษณ์ของแต่ละประเทศ

สมาชิกอาเซียน อาทิ บะหมี่สิงคโปร์กุ้ง (สิงคโปร์)

นาสิกอูดุก (อินโดนีเซีย) เฝอไก่ยอ (เวียดนาม)

ห่อหมกปลา (กัมพูชา) มาให้บริการแก่ผู้โดยสารของ

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สในวันชาติของประเทศนั้นๆ สำหรับ

ผู้โดยสารที่เดินทางออกจากสนามบินอื่นๆ อาทิ เส้น

ทางบินย่างกุ้ง-กรุงเทพฯ จะเสิร์ฟเมนู แกงไก่มันฝรั่ง

พร้อมบาลาฉ่อง (น้ำพริกคั่วกุ้งแบบพม่า) เส้นทาง

บินมุมไบ-กรุงเทพฯ จะเสิร์ฟเมนูแกงกะหรี่แกะพร้อม

โรตี เส้นทางบินฮ่องกง-สมุย จะเสิร์ฟเมนูบะหมี่หมู

ตุ๋นกับผักดองและซีอิ๊วขาวพร้อมผักบ๊อกฉ่อย

เป็นต้น โดยจะยังคงเอกลักษณ์ความเป็นบูทีคตาม

สโลแกน Asia’s Boutique Airline ซึ่งผมเชื่อว่าจะ

ถูกใจและเป็นส่วนหนึ่งที่ทำให้ประสบการณ์การเดิน

ทางกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์สเป็นความรู้สึกพิเศษ”

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

AIRCRAFT INFO

BANGKOK AIRWAYS OPERATES FOUR TYPES OF AIRCRAFT

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited, led by Ms. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice

President – Office of the President, hosted the “Blue Volunteers” Youth Camp at

Fountain Tree Resort, Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima. The project aims

to create social awareness and understanding of sustainable activities among the

younger generation, as well as develop the participants into role models who can

create their own community in the future.

The Blue Volunteers Youth Camp is one of many CSR projects within Bangkok

Airways that recruits 60 volunteers aged 15-20 in Samui, Sukhothai and Trat.

Selected are people with the potential for strong leadership skills with strong

interests in social work and community building.

Also, the Blue Volunteer campaign consists of three phases. In the first phase

(25-28 April 2017), 60 participants attended a series of workshops, including topics

on social awareness, project design, teamwork implementation and the Green Hotel

project and Sustainable Economy theory. During the second phase (May-December

2017), volunteers will work on their planned projects and collaborate with local

communities. In the last phase (2-3 December 2017), volunteers from all areas will

get together and present their project outcomes. Scholarships and educational trips

are provided to those with outstanding results on their social projects.

BANGKOK AIRWAYS

HOSTS

“BLUE VOLUNTEERS”

YOUTH CAMP

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด

(มหาชน) หรือ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

โดยนางจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา รองกรรมการผู้

อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักกรรมการผู้อำนวยการ

ใหญ่ (กลาง) และนางนวรัตน์ วรรณตรง

ผู้อำนวยการส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม (ที่ 3 จาก

ซ้าย) จัดโครงการค่ายเยาวชนต้นแบบ “Blue

Volunteers” เพื่อสนับสนุนและส่งเสริมให้

เยาวชนมีจิตสำนึกที่ดีต่อชุมชน เพิ่มความรู้

ความเข้าใจเรื่องกิจกรรมในการทำงานเพื ่อ

สังคมอย่างยั่งยืน และพัฒนาศักยภาพเพื่อเป็น

ตัวแทนชุมชนในการดำเนินกิจกรรมต่างๆ ที่จะ

นำมาพัฒนาท้องถิ่นในอนาคต ณ ฟาวเท่นทรี

รีสอร์ท อำเภอปากช่อง จังหวัดนครราชสีมา

โครงการค่ายเยาวชนต้นแบบ “Blue

Volunteers” เป็นหนึ่งในโครงการรับผิดชอบต่อ

สังคมของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ที่

คัดเลือกเยาวชนอายุ 15-20 ปี ในพื้นที่รอบ

สนามบินสมุย สนามบินตราด และสนามบิน

สุโขทัย จำนวน 60 คน ที่มีประสบการณ์หรือ

ความสนใจในด้านการทำงานจิตอาสา มีภาวะ

ผู้นำ และมีใจเปิดกว้างรับสิ่งใหม่ๆ พร้อมพัฒนา

ความรู้ความสามารถของตนเองมาร่วมทำ

กิจกรรม โดยมีวัตถุประสงค์เพื่อสร้างกลุ่ม

เยาวชนรุ่นใหม่ให้เข้ามามีส่วนร่วมในการทำงาน

เพื่อสังคมและชุมชนที ่ตนอาศัยอยู่ พร้อมทั้ง

สนับสนุนกิจกรรมต่างๆ ของส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อ

สังคมของสายการบินฯ ตลอดปี 2560

AIRBUS A319

NUMBER OF FLEET : 14

NUMBER OF DUAL CLASS :

4 (Business & Economy)

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

12 seats & 108 seats

NUMBER OF SINGLE CLASS :

4/4 (Economy)

ENGINE : IAE V2500

AIRBUS A320

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9

LENGTH : 37.57 m

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m

HEIGHT : 12.17 m

ENGINE : IAE V2500

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

ATR 72-600

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9

LENGTH : 27.166 m

WINGSPAN : 27.050 m

HEIGHT : 7.72 m

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127M

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

CRUISING SPEED :

870 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

39,800 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

162 seats

CRUISING SPEED :

509 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

25,000 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

70 seats

CRUISING SPEED :

509 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

25,000 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

70 seats

•••••

TRAT AIRPORT

RECEIVES EIA

MONITORING

AWARDS 2016

Recently Trat Airport, managed by

Bangkok Airways Public Company

Limited, received the EIA Monitoring

Awards 2016 in excellent class and

as an excellent organisation

(Air Transport Category) in complying

with the environmental policy for

4 years. The award was presented

by General Surasak Karnjanarat,

Minister of Natural Resources and

Environment (right) and received by

Bangkok Airways’ Vice President

of Airports, Mr. Narongchai

Tanadchangsaeng (left). The event

took place at the Convention Centre,

Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สนามบินตราด ภายใต้การบริหารของ

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) ได้รับ

รางวัลยอดเยี่ยมสถานประกอบการที่ปฏิบัติตาม

มาตรการในรายงานการวิเคราะห์ผลกระทบสิ่ง

แวดล้อม และมีการจัดการสภาพแวดล้อมดีเด่น

ประจำปี 2559 ( EIA Monitoring Awards 2016)

ในโครงการพัฒนาสนามบินตราด ประเภทคมนาคม

จากสำนักงานนโยบายและแผนทรัพยากรธรรมชาติ

และสิ่งแวดล้อม ซึ่งสนามบินตราดได้รับรางวัล

ประเภทดีเด่นมา 4 ปี (พ.ศ.2551 พ.ศ.2552

พ.ศ.2554 และพ.ศ.2557) โดยมีนายณรงค์ชัย

ถนัดช่างแสน รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่าย

สนามบิน (ซ้าย) เข้ารับรางวัลจากพลเอก สุรศักดิ์

กาญจนรัตน์ รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงทรัพยากร

ธรรมชาติและสิ่งแวดล้อม (ขวา) ณ ห้องคอนเวนชั่น

เซ็นเตอร์ โรงแรมรามาการ์เดนส์ กรุงเทพฯ

OUR SCHEDULE FLIGHTS AND FREQUENCY

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations

Chiang Mai : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

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

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Chongqing : 3 flights per week from Koh Samui

Danang : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Dhaka :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Guangzhou : 1 flight per day from Koh 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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AIRPORT MAP

BANGKOK AIRWAYS AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT, BANGKOK

LEVEL 4

DEPARTURE

ชั้น 4 ผู้โดยสารขาออก

LEVEL 3

INTERNATIONAL BOARDING

LEVEL 2

DOMESTIC AND ALL ARRIVALS

ชั้น 2 ภายในประเทศ

Domestic Baggage Claim

Customs

Oversize Baggage Claim

Security Screening

Departures

International Baggage Claim

Meeting Point

Left Baggage

Waiting Area

Airport Information

Toilet

Immigration

Airline Lounge

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CHECKING OUT

True Colours

While cultural landmarks and

heritage buildings embrace

Phnom Penh; these days this

Cambodian capital engages in

colourful self-expression with

terraced buildings and rooftops

showing off their fresh, bright

shades. As the city moves away

from a grim past, its present

life involves trendy spots,

vibrant market scenes and a

lively nightlife.

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