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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T<br />

he BTS skytrain from the east side at<br />

Bang Chak station to the city centre<br />

stop at Siam Square is over too<br />

quickly. With its super efficiency,<br />

there’s no point to open a book and read – or<br />

even post something on social media. Such is<br />

Bangkok’s modernised transportation that’s<br />

changed life and timetables and made the<br />

once impossible possible. Zipping along on<br />

the rails allows the duration of journeys to<br />

be bearably shorter, with more time each day<br />

to work, run errands, or tour the city more<br />

effectively and beyond. More than that, it<br />

opens travellers to the energy of forgotten<br />

neighbourhoods.<br />

Top Left to Top Right<br />

Merchandise<br />

displays and art<br />

benefit from<br />

large wall spaces<br />

in warehouse<br />

architecture. Little<br />

work has been done<br />

to tamper with the<br />

As a fan of public transportation,<br />

my daily life constantly takes me<br />

on journeys to discover Bangkok. In<br />

addition to the skytrain, the Khlong<br />

(canal) Saen Saeb boats and the<br />

Chao Phraya River express boats are<br />

favourite modes of transport. They<br />

take me to experience Bangkok’s<br />

constant boom in creativity in very<br />

unique ways, by chance and by choice.<br />

original steel<br />

features and<br />

framework. These<br />

buildings may be<br />

converted, but the<br />

design concepts pay<br />

homage to their<br />

industrial heritage.<br />

Right<br />

Prepared on the<br />

spot, the food<br />

at both modern<br />

warehouse<br />

spaces is a sure<br />

palate-pleaser<br />

in freshness and<br />

presentation.<br />

This time, the boats plied a<br />

path straight to Warehouse 30 and<br />

Yelo House, Bangkok’s newest<br />

creative projects. Both underwent<br />

similar renovation bound by a<br />

concept and desire to rescue and<br />

revive old warehouses, turning<br />

them into modern stimulating<br />

spaces that respect and preserve<br />

the architectural wonders in the old<br />

neighbourhoods. Warehouse 30<br />

greets all those who visit on<br />

Charoen Krung Soi 30, close to<br />

the Chao Phraya River while Yelo<br />

House brings something new that’s<br />

opposite the National Stadium and<br />

close to Khlong Saen Saeb.<br />



Over the past 5 years, I have been<br />

going to the river area around<br />

Khlong San pier and Si Phraya pier<br />

for a fix of the arts in all its forms.<br />

Things started out with The Space,<br />

located on the second floor of the<br />

low-rise building next to the pier<br />

overlooking the Chao Phraya River.<br />

The Space was the first creative<br />

venue along the river, initiated<br />

and supported by world-renowned<br />

photographer James Nachtwey,<br />

where any form of creation had<br />

a ‘space’ in which to happen:<br />

photography exhibitions, miniconcerts,<br />

performances, pop-up<br />

dinners, workshops and more. Then<br />

came (and still is) the next-door<br />

compound of The Jam Factory, run<br />

by Duangrit Bunnag, a top-tier<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> architect who revived a set of<br />

dilapidated old warehouses into a<br />

chic space that’s home to a café,<br />

restaurant, showroom, event space,<br />

and his architecture firm.<br />

A similar approach was applied<br />

to his newest project across the<br />

river, adding more hues to Charoen<br />

Krung’s already colourful and<br />

vibrant art scene. The Warehouse<br />

30 complex is a stunning compound<br />

of World War II-era warehouses<br />

that have been resuscitated into<br />

concept stores with local designer<br />

clothing brand Lonely Two-Legged<br />

Creature, the floral shop Wallflower,<br />

handsomely-made furniture maker<br />

P. Tendercool, as well as purveyors<br />

of collectable vinyls, vintage<br />

cameras, photography books,<br />

and more.<br />

The former editor of <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

Elle <strong>Dec</strong>oration magazine, Rungsima<br />

Kasikranund, joined Duangrit in<br />

sourcing the desired objets d’art<br />

alongside offerings for wellbeing<br />

such as the juice bar Raw & Real.<br />

One of the warehouses is a hall of<br />

food and drink, home to The Fox<br />

and The Moon, serving delicious<br />

light salads and soups, and fresh<br />

brews of coffee can be sipped at<br />

A Coffee Roaster by LI-BRA-RY.<br />

Events that give you real food for<br />

thought can be found in the same<br />

warehouse at the Doc Club Theater<br />

with top documentaries from around<br />

the world being shown with guest<br />

speaker talks and seminars. With all<br />

that, an old storage facility becomes<br />

an integrated, modern culture haven.<br />

A bonus is the presence of<br />

delicious Muslim restaurants and<br />

community nearby where I stop in<br />

for some mouth-watering <strong>Thai</strong>-<br />

Muslim food before heading to the<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land Creative & Design Center<br />

(TCDC), which is less than a 5<br />

minute walk from there.<br />


Soi Kasemsan 1 has never been<br />

known for anything beyond its<br />

budget hotels or convenience to a<br />

skytrain stop, a Khlong Saen Saeb<br />

boat stop, and the Jim Thompson<br />

House and Museum in the next<br />

soi (street) over. Then this past<br />

August, Yelo House launched yet<br />

another innovative space in an<br />

unexpected spot.<br />

Unusual in its location and<br />

unmatched in its offerings, Yelo<br />

House is tucked inside the end of the<br />

soi, away from the ever-busy traffic<br />

and mobs of people at the shopping<br />

Above<br />

Original exposed<br />

beams at<br />

Warehouse 30<br />

provide an airy area<br />

to leisurely shop in<br />

comfort for clothing<br />

from independent<br />

designers.<br />

WAREHOUSE 30<br />

52-60 Charoen Krung Rd,<br />

Bang Rak, Bangkok.<br />

map<br />


20/2 Soi Kasemsan 1 (Opposite<br />

MBK shopping mall) on Rama 1<br />

Road, Bangkok.<br />

72 73

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