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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS LAOS /

HAPPENINGS LAOS / VIETNAM KHAMMOUANE / LUANG PRABANG / HO CHI MINH Located on Ngo Duc Ke Street with its gorgeous view of majestic and heritage buildings, The Workshop takes coffee very seriously for enthusiasts and it’s a good spot to park yourself with a laptop or your shopping bags after a trip to Ben Thanh market. With exposed bricks and a picturesque walkup and high ceiling, the coffee shop is located in a heritage building. Take a seat around wood tables by the windows and white-washed walls and enjoy the aroma of coffee as you watch the world go by. The Workshop roasts its own coffee with thanks to Vietnam for its share of the finest Arabica beans. facebook.com/the.workshop.coffee, +84 28 3824 6801 Photos Phoowadon Duangmee SPOTLIGHT A River Runs Through It FRENCH CONNECTION The French introduced Vietnam to coffee in the 19th Century and originally tea drinkers, the Vietnamese people took to the other caffeine immediately. Fastforward to the 21st century in Ho Chi Minh City and its specialty coffee culture. “The Workshop”, the trendy and industrial-styled coffee place is one of the best places in Ho Chi Minh City to have a good cup of joe and hearty breakfast. This trip to central Laos will surely be epic because in the remote Hin Nam No national protected area, Xe Bang Fai River Cave is one of the largest active river cave passages in the world. With thanks to the National Geographic expedition in 2008, what’s known is that the river, which originates from the Annamites, travels seven kilometres through the mountainous chambers. Yet this is only scratching the surface, no pun intended. The stunning caverns are filled with hanging stalagmites, subterranean gardens, fossil passages and foot-long cave pearls made from minerals. On their 10-day exploration in 2008, photographer Dave Bunnell spent as many as 17 hours per day paddling a kayak through Xe Bang Fai. His photos reveal a stunning paradise that city-dwellers will gladly leave their apartments to explore. Xe Bang Fai River Cave is a must-visit on a Lao itinerary as the river cavern is an ideal destination for river kayaking amidst gigantic stone chambers. greendiscoverylaos.com GOODWILL RUNNING Go to Luang Prabang with a pair of running shoes and sign up for the Luang Prabang Half Marathon – a goodwill run at the UNESCO World Heritage Site along the Mekong River. Organised by the Lao Friends Hospital for Children, the charity race will take place on a Sunday. For different fitness levels, the race offers the 7km, 14km and half marathon (21.098km). The start and finish line will be in front of the National Museum, which was once a royal palace. Tucked away in the mountainous valley of Northern Laos and sitting at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is an idyllic place to run along some of the finest Buddhist temples and to admire colonial-styled buildings. Last year’s run raised USD 53,543, helping save Lao children and funds from this year’s LPB Half Marathon will provide free medical care for them. October 22, luangprabanghalfmarathon.com 110

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