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Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

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

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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 124