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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.

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI THE WHITE TEMPLE Anyone who visits “The Black House” should not miss a trip to nearby “Wat Rong Khun”, commonly known as “The White Temple”. The contemporary and unconventionally-styled temple is the private property owned by national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, a younger contemporary of the late artist Tawan Duchanee. These two prominent destinations in Chiang Rai are brainchild projects of the artists who are from the same art school in Thailand. Chalermchai himself designed and constructed the temple. It’s been said that Tawan’s work represents hell and for Chalermchai, it’s heaven. T: +66 (0) 53 673 579, (0) 53 673 967, (0) 53 673 539 THE BLACK HOUSE An extraordinary place for every visitor to Chiang Rai is Baandam Museum, commonly known among visitors as “The Black House”. True to its name, black is the dominant colour of the museum. Home to the late national artist Thawan Duchanee who was born in the province, the museum best explains the artist’s lifetime of artworks displayed in aged teak wood buildings, sculptures, installations and poetry. Most buildings showcase cow and buffalo skulls and horns as decorative items. Tables and chairs clad in leopard or bear pelts are also part of the aesthetic at the museum from his personal stash of collectibles. 414 Moo 13 Nang Lae, Mueang, Chiang Rai, T: +66 (0) 53 705 834, (0) 53 776 333, (0) 81 673 1155 C M Y CM SPOTLIGHT A Parade of Elephants At the beginning of this year, almost 100 funky and colourful life-size elephant statues were seen over Chiang Mai to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “The Elephant Parade.” Marc and Mike Spits initiated the project in 2006, moved by the story of pachyderm landmine victim Mosha at the elephant hospital in Chiang Mai. Since then, the project has raised millions in donations to elephant care. The exhibition itself delighted spectators in Italy, England, Amsterdam, California, Singapore and Denmark. The art concept has made an impact and gained momentum and now has its own museum called “The Elephant Parade Land” in the city where it all started. An ideal place for the family, the museum offers education, information, shopping and other activities where visitors can paint their own elephant replicas. Take a tour to learn about artists and celebrities who have “designed” their elephants as well, including American superstar singer Katy Perry. The museum is packed with fun facts about these large mammals. Shop for cool merchandise – you might as well take home pieces of exquisite work from artists such as Paul Smith or Virgin Air’s Sir Richard Branson. Taking photos with exhibited pachyderms is also an enjoyable experience. Opening hours: 9am - 5pm, 180/9 Moo. 7, Tambon San Phisuea, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, +66 (0) 62 918 9621 MY CY CMY K 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 98