Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

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

HAPPENINGS

LAOS / VIETNAM

LUANG PRABANG / DANANG / HO CHI MINH / HOI AN

ROMAN HOLIDAY IN HO CHI MINH CITY

SPOTLIGHT

3D Art

Following its success in Thailand,

“Art in Paradise” – the world’s

biggest 3D Art museum – finally

makes it to Vietnam’s booming

resort town of Danang. Its popularity

may transcend that of other cultural

spots like museums as the largescale

three-dimensional art pieces

try to tempt visitors with its brand

of humour and entertainment. Art

in Paradise Danang showcases a

collection of more than 130 unique

and extraordinary three-dimensional

art pieces.

With ‘Art in Paradise Danang’,

you enter a modern white building at

C2 Block at 10 Tran Nhan Tong Street

with anticipation. Then, shoes are

requested to be taken off. Next is a

surprising sight and a mind-blowing

look at 3D art collections like that of

a dark creepy tower, the Smurfs and

a Flying Carpet. They look real,

if startling, in all dimensions.

Distributed in several large rooms,

the artwork done by South Korean

artists is impressive in scale and

dimension. People will try to strike

the silliest pose and before you know

it, you’ll want to do the same, like

trying to tame a lion. Open daily from

9am to 10pm, facebook.com/aipdanang,

+84 91 159 11 00

FULL MOON IN HOI AN

Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 45 minutes south of

Danang, will turn off city lights and let moonlight transform

the ancient port town into a magical night; complemented

with flickering light from candles and silk lanterns. The

riverside town, with its mix of eras and styles that range from

wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colourful French

colonial buildings and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge,

celebrates the Hoi An Lantern Festival every full moon night,

and November and December are the best times to enjoy the

fresh air and enjoy the atmospheric town lit up. The two last

full moons of the year are on November 2 and December 1.

vietnamtourism.gov.vn

Known as the capital of motorcycles, Ho

Chi Minh City has more than four million

bikes and another 1,500 are added each

year. The Vietnamese believe their scooters

and mopeds can carry anyone – including

the tourists – to anywhere, anytime.

Like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck

did in “Roman Holiday”, visitors can enjoy

a larger dose of adventure on a vintage

Vespa in Ho Chi Minh City. Tours offered

by Vietnam Vespa Adventures transport

visitors to the city’s lesser-know areas on

beautifully restored vintage scooters.

A well-versed local guide leads halfday

options like the “Insider’s Saigon”,

traversing through the streets for views of

city life including local stops past temples

smoky with incense sticks in the old

Cholon nieghbourhood, or places where

bird owners gather on weekend mornings

as they take their tweeting pets out for

the day. Significant places in history, like

the spot where the Buddhist monk Thich

Quang Duc burned himself to death, are

covered in the tour.

Snarling traffic and negotiating through

historic street blocks and alleys make

motorcycles the obvious vehicle of choice.

When cars and buses stop at red lights,

scooters fill the gaps and try to stay at

the front row. Before traffic lights turn

green, tourists exchange greetings with

local riders and riders themselves flirt with

drivers. Yet the romance is fleeting. As

soon as the lights change, scooters dash

away on their journey. vespaadventures.com

ALFRESCO FILM FEST

The annual Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) returns to the

ancient Lao capital on December 8-13, transforming the fabled

riverside town into an open-air cinema. The festival showcases

a range of feature film screenings, short film programmes, panel

discussions, and events. This year, LPFF audiences and visitors alike

can look forward to a continuation of the SPOTLIGHT programme

with a new focus on Thailand, led by Bangkok Post writer Kong

Rithdee. With a current Thai film industry flourishing across many

genres, this year’s SPOTLIGHT on Thai films should be fascinating

for festivalgoers. One of Asia’s most ambitious cinematic events,

LPFF might be the world’s only film festival held in a location

without a single movie theatre. The festival has become known as

an unmissable event for filmmakers from across the region, with

plenty of networking opportunities with professionals from the

ever-expanding Southeast Asian film industry. LPFF also stands

apart from other film festivals in that it gives audience members

intimate access to filmmakers, whether it be after their screenings,

at public discussions, or at festival events. lpfilmfest.org

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