Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

fahthaimag

JAN-FEB 2018

HOTEL FUN AND LUXE

WITH BILL BENSLEY

SAMUI’S

GREAT ESCAPES

KNOW PHU QUOC

FULL WELL

CHINESE OPERA’S

MOVING PERFORMANCE

COMPLIMENTARY COPY


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Welcome on board our Bangkok Airways flight.

This auspicious year marks Bangkok Airways’ 50th Anniversary and with

heartfelt gratitude, we offer our sincere thanks to all of you who have always put

your trust in our airline. Our continued passion to deliver the best in service

remains, along with our goal to be “the Leading Airline in Asia.” We also wish

to stress our commitment to our passengers by offering the best in satisfaction.

Throughout five decades of operations, Bangkok Airways has introduced

new routes constantly, aiming to fulfil our passengers’ ideal of a complete travel

experience by offering choices and convenience.

We plan to commit the entire year of 2018 to well-thought out promotions and

campaigns that not only give back to society, but also benefit our valuable customers.

Last but not least, the Bangkok Airways crew and I wish you and your family

a bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest time for the new year ahead and we

look forward to welcoming you on Bangkok Airways in the future.

Thank you.

สวัสดีท่านผู้โดยสารทุกท่าน ขอต้อนรับสู่การบริการของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

ในโอกาสครบรอบ 50 ปีของสายการบินฯ ในปี 2561 ผมและพนักงานทุกคนขอขอบคุณท่านผู้โดยสาร

ที่ไว้วางใจใช้บริการกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เราจะพัฒนาการบริการให้ดียิ่งๆ ขึ้นไป เพื่อความพึงพอใจสูงสุด

ของท่าน และเพื่อบรรลุเป้าหมายองค์กร “To be the Leading Airline in Asia”

โดยตลอดระยะเวลาที่ผ่านมา เรามุ่งมั่นสร้างสรรค์การบริการ เปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่ๆ เพื่อให้ท่าน

ผู้โดยสารได้รับประสบการณ์การท่องเที่ยวที่แสนพิเศษ

และตลอดปี 2561 นี้ จะมีการจัดกิจกรรมเพื ่อสังคม กิจกรรมส่งเสริมการตลาด และโปรโมชั่น

พิเศษต่างๆ เพื่อตอบแทนท่านผู้โดยสารที่ร่วมเดินทางเคียงข้างกับเรามาโดยตลอด

ในโอกาสวันขึ้นปีใหม่นี้ ผมและพนักงานทุกคน ขออวยพรให้ท่านผู้โดยสารพบเจอแต่สิ่งดีๆ มีสุขภาพ

ร่างกายแข็งแรง และมีความสุขตลอดปี 2561 และหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าจะได้พบท่านอีกบนเที่ยวบินของเรา

ขอบคุณครับ

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

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OVERTURES

FEATURES

18 CULTURAL WATCH

Our A-list for regional

events has the Bangkok Edge

Festival, and former Oasis member

Liam Gallagher in concert.

22 NATURE’S GIFTING

If skin perfection is a goal, the

path to it is paved with natural

ingredients. Try our list of new

products on the market that’s meant

to nurture and protect.

24 GET YOUR KICKS

From casual to cool, good footwear

is crucial for the styling gent to look

right for all occasions.

25 CARRY ALL

Our range of handbags can be

part of any mood, with colours and

styles that make the bag both your

practical necessity and art piece.

26 HAPPINESS IS…

A history lesson in the open air

museum of Sukhothai and a sunset

to match.

28 STEEPED IN GOODNESS

With every taste of a butterfly pea

flower, find out why it’s an advantage

to have the colour purple.

34 SOME RAYS AND

A BITE

Life’s a beach on most

days in Phu Quoc,

but this getaway’s also

resplendent with

farm and food attractions

that deserve equal

attention.

42 OUTRE FITS

THE BILL

We meet exuberant hotel

designer Bill Bensley

whose design flair for

dramatic and luxurious

lodging offers intuitive

comfort and protects the

land it sits on.

54 PHUKET’S

PRESENT PAST

Before it became a

popular island getaway,

a younger Phuket was

equally cool in its cultural

offerings.

66 SAMUI ALL IN

By land or by sea,

the island resort engages

all our senses with

countless activities.

78 CLASSIC, YET

TEMPORARY

Capture a day in the life of

a Chinese opera travelling

troupe as they perform

under the stars of a

Bangkok night.

103

A Circle of

Light in

Guangzhou

10

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HAPPENINGS

CORPORATE

Catch up on the cultural conversations in the

region with exciting events and venues.

90 BANGKOK

92 SAMUI

94 PHUKET /

KRABI

98 CHIANG MAI

100 PATTAYA /

TRAT

102 CHENGDU /

CHONGQING /

GUANGZHOU

104 HONG KONG

106 SINGAPORE

107 KUALA

LUMPUR

108 SIEM REAP

110 DANANG /

PHU QUOC

111 YANGON/

VIENTIANE

112 MUMBAI /

MALDIVES

116 NEWS

Bangkok Airways holds events to thank loyal

customers and continue our social responsibility

programmes.

125 AIRCRAFT INFO

126 ROUTE MAP

128 AIRPORT MAP

CHECKING OUT

130 CHENGDU

Tongue-numbing and Good

This month’s

cover:

The Breathless

Beauty

of Ang Thong

National

Marine Park

90

Lhong Life

A Creative Haven

in Bangkok

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS

Enduring Edifice

This awe-inspiring Dr. Bhau Daji

Lad Museum stands as one of the

oldest structures in Mumbai and the

first colonial building built in 1857.

A museum since its inception, the

gorgeous interiors of famed Minton

tile floors, gilded ceiling mouldings

and ornate architecture add to its

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NEWS AND EVENTS 18 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 22 / STYLE 24 / THAILAND TREASURES 26 / A TASTE OF THAILAND 28 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 30

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

-11

NOW

SINGAPORE

MAR

2018

THE ART WITHIN

Art-goers should head over to the National

Gallery of Singapore from now until 11 March

for the Century of Light exhibition. The artworks

divide into two shows – Colours of Impressionism

and Between Worlds – consisting of masterpieces

from the Musée d’Orsay as well as the works of

renowned Southeast Asian artists, Raden Saleh

and Juan Luna.

Colours of Impressionism will feature over

60 works by the masters Monet, Renoir, Manet,

Pissarro and Cézanne and will highlight the

importance of colour to these Impressionist

painters of the 19th century. For fans of

Southeast Asian art, Between Worlds will see

the works of Indonesian artist Raden Saleh and

Filipino artist Juan Luna. The exhibit serves as

the first major show of the artists and their work

that achieved wide acclaim in Europe.

nationalgallery.sg

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JAN

-27

FEB

2018

2018

BANGKOK

KINO UNDER THE STARS

Take an opportunity to bask in the cheery cool

weather of Bangkok and head over to the

Goethe-Institut. In a collaboration with the

Switzerland and Austrian embassies, all film

lovers should book seats for the anticipated

“Open Air Kino 2018” every Tuesday evening –

starting from 9 January 2018.

Aiming to provide a deeper insight into

the German film culture and current works of

important directors, this year Open Air Kino

has selected “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns

(Welcome to Germany, 2016),” from German

director Simon Verhoeven as the opening film

at 7.30pm.

Other film screenings include Jugend

ohne Gott (Youth Without God, 2017) and

new features and short films from Germany,

Switzerland and Austria with Thai and English

subtitles. Entrance to all film evenings is free of

charge. 18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathorn Soi 1, Bangkok,

T: +66 (0) 2108 8234, goethe.de/thailand

2018

12JAN

BANGKOK

LIAM LIVE

Oasis may have disbanded in 2009 with a

well-publicised row between the Gallagher

brothers, but fans of the group will have

a chance to get themselves ready for this

highly-anticipated concert as Liam Gallagher

continues on a comeback tour. He began his

world tour last year to promote his latest solo

album As You Were, extending it into 2018.

His solo effort debuts the single, Wall of Glass,

followed by Chinatown and For What It’s

Worth. The album has reached number one

on the iTunes chart in more than 10 countries,

including Thailand.

Liam Gallagher Live

in Bangkok takes place

at BITEC Bangna, Friday

evening. If you’re wondering

whether there’s a chance

the ex-Oasis front man will

perform acclaimed songs

from Oasis like Wonderwall

– the coy answer is a

maybe! T: +66 (0) 2026

3068 ticketmelon.com/

event/LiamGallagher,

liamgallagher.com/tour

17-31JAN

2018

HONG KONG

SAILOR STOPOVER

Hong Kong will be one of the key stopovers

for the world’s toughest sailing race this

January. After tackling the Southern Ocean

from Cape Town to Melbourne and sailing

nearly 6,000 miles, Hong Kong will provide a

much needed reprieve for participants of the

Volvo Ocean Race.

As the yachts dock at the Royal Hong

Kong Yacht Club, the festivities will kick off

with entertainment and revelry at the Kai Tak

Runway Park. From 17 to 31 January, the race

festival will see the venue transformed into an

entertainment hub with food stalls and bars with

sailing races, live music by DJs and performances

being held. The fest will culminate in the flag

off for Leg 5 of the race as the sailors make

their way towards Guangzhou on 1 February.

volvooceanracehk.com

20-21JAN

2018

BANGKOK

ON THE EDGE ONCE MORE

A cutting-edge festival is back for the second

time in Bangkok with provocative talks, topnotch

entertainment and food galore. Held in

the very heart of Bangkok’s old town along the

Chaophraya River, the Bangkok Edge festival

will be packed with activities ranging from talks,

workshops, concerts with the attendance of

local favourites Hugo, Chanudom, Yellow Fang,

Rasmee Isan Soul, and Siplor. Highlighting the

event as well is of course, food, and an enticing

Art and Crafts market for everyone to enjoy.

Save the date for the third weekend of January

for the event that’s meant to challenge and

nurture you. You can capture the latest trends

in Thai art and culture through Museum Siam,

Chakrabongse Villas or be part of book launching

events and talks by acclaimed international

speakers such as Chris Baker, Julian Thomson,

Christina Lamb, Marina Mahatir, Lawrence

Osbourne, Medeliene Racknagel and Veeraporn

Nitiprapha.

For those who are interested, tickets for

the Chill Pass that lets participants relax at

Chakrabongse Villas and join in the house tour

can contact chillpass@bangkokedge.com.

T: +66 (0) 2622 1900, bangkokedge.com or

facebook.com/bangkokedge

26JAN

2018

INDIA

STATE MATTERS

India celebrates its 69th Republic Day on 26

January. While the major celebratory parade

takes place on Rajpath in New Delhi, Mumbai

also hosts a smaller version at Shivaji Park.

The parade is presided over by the state’s

chief minister and involves great pomp and

splendour. There’s a flag hoisting ceremony

followed by military marches, traditional song

and dance performances, and elaborate floats

often depicting social messages.

Abide With Me, a Christian hymn by

Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte, is

always played during the Republic Day parade

because it was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s

favourite songs.

Many family or community events also

take place with parties and celebrations. Fairs

and talent contests take place and throughout

the day, patriotic songs are played through

loud speakers. Republic Day is not merely a

one-day celebration. Spreading over 3 days,

crowds gather and cheer at the ending

performance, the Beating Retreat, on January 29.

incredibleindia.org

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OVERTURES

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NEWS AND EVENTS

2-4& 9-11

FEB 2018 FEB 2018

KUALA LUMPUR

MPO BALLET FEST

The Dewan Filharmonik Petronas hosts

the visiting Ballet of Armenia for the third

instalment of the MPO’s Ballet Festival.

Performing at the grand hall, conductor Karen

Durgaryan and the Ballet of Armenia troupe

are set to enthral audiences with memorable

performances from Tchaikovsky’s greatest

ballet scores, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker

for the opening weekend in February. Swan

Lake, one of the most popular ballets in the

world, tells the story of evil sorcerer Von

Rothbart who turned Princess Odette into a

swan. The ever popular Christmas Eve tale of

Clara and the Nutcracker never fails to delight

audiences of all ages. In the following week,

they will perform Khachaturian’s two most

well-known ballets, Gayané and Spartacus.

mpo.com.my

13-19FEB

2018

VIENTIANE

SAYABOULY ELEPHANT FESTIVAL

Laos, once known as “The Land of a Million

Elephants”, will throw the country’s biggest party

for a parade of elephants at the sleepy border

town of Sayabouly Province, near Vientiane

in mid-February. The annual Lao Elephant

Festival often draws more than 80,000 local

and international visitors who gather together

to witness the procession of thousands of

elephants. Before the start of festivities, the

elephants undergo their own makeover – with

extra pampering making them fresh and radiant

as they parade pass the crowds. A blessing

ceremony is also performed by monks for them.

Equally special at the festival is the selection of

the “Elephant of the Year” with more than 100

pachyderm contestants. Highlighting that is the

majestic procession complete with the elephants

in decorative body paint as they march through

the small town of Sayabouly. At the festival,

colourful and energetic performances of both

local and foreign artists entertain all, with

traditional games played and night markets for

strolling. tourismlaos.org

16FEB

2018

HONG KONG

A DOG HAS ITS DAY

Rather, the astrological canine gets a whole

year, as based on the Chinese zodiac sign.

Fortune tellers advocate lifestyle changes for

the Year of the Earth Dog 2018. In Hong Kong,

households continue the flurry to prepare for

the Lunar New Year, which begins on February

16. This is a good time for major lifestyle

changes: such as starting a new business, or

moving to a new residence. If you’re a smoker

– consider quitting, states the sage advice.

Predictions also say that it’s a good time to

bring on social change and the Chinese people

believe that a dog is an auspicious animal.

Meanwhile, the village of Lam Tsuen in

Tai Po celebrates the Well-Wishing Festival

with people travelling from all over to make

wishes for the lunar new year. There are two

conduits to ensure that wishes are heard: in

the form of Wishing Trees or the Wishing

Lanterns. The tradition calls for writing your

wish on a piece of paper that’s tied to an

orange fruit with a decent length of string

attached. Aim well and throw your “wish”

into the Wishing Tree. If it catches on the

branches, your wish is said to come true.

Another chance to make a wish follows

after various ceremonies that are held

throughout the festivities. This time, your wish

is released with the Wishing Lanterns into the

night sky. The all-day event at Lam Tsuen in

Tai Po is easily accessible. Just take the MTR

to Tai Po Station, exit the station and take the

64K bus to Lam Tsuen.

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OVERTURES

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

SPOTLIGHT

Nature’s Goods

Make it a green revolution this year and switch

over to an eco-friendly plan for your skin. For

the best in organic products that use natural

ingredients, here’s a roundup of good things that

also make the world a better place.

LEGENDARY

THAI FLOWER

COLLECTION,

FRANGIPANI

BODY LOTION,

200ML FROM

SATIRA (550 Baht)

Frangipani’s rich,

heady and exotic scent

imparts depth and

quality. It’s a fragrance

that’s evocative of

what’s sensual yet also

has the influencing

power to bring on inner

peace and harmony.

THE JOURNEY,

ARGAN

EXFOLIATOR FACE

& BODY SCRUB

150ML FROM

OR’AGAN (630 Baht)

Gentle and

biodegradable scrub

beads help exfoliate

your skin until it’s

smooth. With the

presence of argan, the

great reveal results in a

radiance and brightness

found in healthier skin.

LEGENDARY

FLOWER ORCHID

GLYCERIN SOAP

100G FROM

SATIRA (230 Baht)

This gentle formula

gives a thorough

cleansing while keeping

the skin moisturised.

The bonus? This

luxurious and skinfriendly

soap can be

enjoyed for the face

and body.

ORGANIC BATH

BODY AND

MASSAGE OIL

125ML FROM

OR’AGAN (650 Baht)

Its beneficial ingredients

are like loving touches

from nature. You’ll be

more in love with this

oil with its multitasking

benefits that work

beautifully as a daily

moisturiser, a skin

treatment, mending

split ends, and softening

nail cuticles.

DAZZLING SPRING

BODY OIL 100ML

FROM ERB (890 Baht)

Certified organic

ingredients with

softening, smoothening

and nourishing abilities

in an attractive

retro-package.

100% PURE ARGAN

OIL 10ML FROM

OR’AGAN (700 Baht)

This fast-absorbing oil

brings the essence of

what is authentic and

unique in argan oil,

together with supreme

qualities benefitting your

whole body.

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO APHICHAT SUKHUNNEE

VITAMIN C SKIN

BOOST 30ML

FROM THE BODY

SHOP (1,320 Baht)

Give your skin a

healthy-looking

glow with the

Vitamin C infused

radiance booster.

For maximum

effectiveness, use it

after moisturising.

ALOE SOOTHING DAY CREAM

50ML FROM THE BODY SHOP

(820 Baht)

Use this gentle moisturiser to help calm

sensitive and dry skin. Formulated without

any fragrance, colour, preservatives or

alcohol, this is the perfect choice for

sensitive skin.

TEA TREE SKIN

CLEARING BODY

WASH 250ML FROM

THE BODY SHOP

(450 Baht)

The Tea Tree body wash

is ideal for targeting

problem areas on your

back and body where

oily skin can result.

The outcome is skin

that feels clean,

looks clear and

is refreshed.

GHASSOUL CLAY WITH 7 PLANTS

150G FROM OR’AGAN

(1,050 Baht)

It has a unique ability to capture oil, dirt

particles and toxins from your skin. With the

addition of 7 nourishing plant extracts, your

skin will be supple, with a glow from within.

A Force

of Nature

Those who are busy, tired or sluggish among us

will enjoy the divine smell of botanical products.

Lather your face with a cleanser that’s fresh with

the fragrance of eucalyptus or sink into a tub with

a rose-scented bath oil. Cleansing, toning and

moisturising with nature’s goods becomes a joy

when you know it benefits your skin.

SIAMESE JASMINE FLEURFUME

HANDCREAM 25G FROM ERB

(290 Baht)

A sweet and fresh scent with gentle notes.

A purely Thai aroma that blends effortlessly

together, and a real remedy to relaxation.

Tips

GHASSOUL CLAY

New to Ghassoul? It’s Moroccan natural

clay sometimes referred to as Rhassoul.

Rich in minerals, Ghassoul clay is ideal as a

hair mask; use it on your skin for enhanced

elasticity.

INCA INCHI OIL

Native to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest,

the oil is pressed from the seeds, with

higher fatty acids and Vitamin E content

compared to rosehip. It’s not only good for

your hair, but also promotes healthy skin

with anti-aging qualities.

JASMINE OIL

Apart from the sweet and unique scent a

jasmine flower imparts, the essential oil

extracted can magically relieve depression,

lift your energy, as well as bring on the

mood for a romantic time!

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STYLE




WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTOS APHICHAT SUKHUNNEE




In His Shoes

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THAILAND TREASURES

When in

Sukhothai...

Sukhothai is a town known for its deep

roots in historical significance. As the

capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom, the

province located in the lower northern

part of Thailand promises a wide

array of mesmerising ancient sites

to discover. However, other valuable

discoveries this town has to offer go

beyond its historical aspects. There are

the genteel culture, a relaxed yet funloving

lifestyle, and culinary marvels

that leave a lasting impression. For a

true Sukhothai experience, consider our

must-dos while visiting the ancient capital.

Above

Phra Achana in the main hall of

Si Chum Temple. The story goes

that a “secret opening” enabled

a person to speak without being

seen. Innocent bystanders would

think it was the voice of Buddha

talking to them.

A VISIT TO SI CHUM TEMPLE

It is said that a person does not really

make it to Sukhothai unless respects are

paid to Phra Achana, the grand statue

of Buddha whose seated image is in the

“Subduing Mara” pose in the main hall of

Si Chum Temple.

PAYING RESPECT TO KING

RAMKHAMHAENG THE GREAT

King Ramkhamhaeng the Great ruled

Sukhothai Kingdom, a valiant sovereign

of the Kingdom of Thailand who was

bestowed the title “The Great” for his

abilities in war, politics, administration,

and religion. He is also known for

the Ramkhamhaeng Stele on which

the first Thai alphabet was inscribed.

His monument and statue is located

inside the central zone of Sukhothai

Historical Park.

CYCLING IN THE

HISTORICAL PARK

Cyclists can enjoy biking around

the Historical Park and noting the

admirable and exquisite details

of traditional architecture and art,

as well as learning about history.

Many forms of art and its disciplines

originated in Sukhothai, including

the fine arts in which the Kingdom’s

Buddhist sculptures see interpretation

in superb traditional aesthetics.

Conceptualisation of systematic urban

planning and the creation of the Thai

alphabet also began here.

JOIN A SANGKHALOK CERAMIC

WORKSHOP

Sangkhalok glazed ceramics are the

province’s most famous products, with

trademark features of scalloped rims

and bluish-green patterns, including

expressive figurines. Visitors can learn

to create and paint a Sangkhalok ware

of their own using unique colours,

lines and patterns as done by longago

potters.

➎ PAYING HOMAGE TO THE

STATUE OF “PHRA MAE YA”

(GRANDMOTHER GODDESS) AT

PHRA MAE YA SHRINE

Formerly located on Phra Mae Ya

Hill, the shrine has been re-located

to the front of the Sukhothai town

hall. The venue is believed to have

been constructed during the reign

of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great

in dedication to his mother, Princess

Sueang. The shrine is highly respected

by the people of Sukhothai and an

annual festival is held in her honour.

➏ A SPREE AMONG ANCIENT

SILVER AND GOLD AT

SI SATCHANALAI

When visiting Si Satchanalai, don’t miss

browsing through the wide array of intricate

works in gold and silver meticulously done

in the carefully-crafted Sukhothai style.

These elaborate masterpieces are created

by local artisans who have retained

the cherished styles that’s passed from

generation to generation.

➐ “KHAO PERB” TASTING

“Khao Perb”, or steamed rice flat

noodles with its assortment of fillings,

is the local dish found at Na Ton Chan

Village only. Khao Perb is made with

ground rice grains which are filtered

to create a thick, white rice cream. It

is later steamed on a thin muslin cloth,

resulting in a translucent skin which

serves as a wrap for tasty stuffing. This

cooking is done in the same manner

as another Thai favourite, Khao Kreab

Paak Mor. Assorted vegetables, like Kan

Song, ivy gourd, and star gooseberries

are then stuffed inside the rice flour

before being steamed. Once it is ready,

the rolls are served with hot broth and

a steamed egg.

➑ JUMP INTO A “KHOK MOO”

(PIGSTY) PICK-UP TRUCK

The colourful Khok Moo pick-up truck is

a fun choice for travellers who want to

experience the authentic lifestyle of the

Sukhothai people – simple, traditional and

gets you to the destination.

Clockwise from

Top Right

King

Ramkhamhaeng

Statue.

Intricate handiwork

of the Sukhothaistyled

jewellery.

The exterior of

Si Chum Temple.

The sublime

flavours of ‘Khao

Perb,’ a specialty

dish in Sukhothai.

JOURNEY OF SWEETS AT

BAAN GONG

With 40 years in the business of sweets

and desserts, “Khanom Phing Mae Tim”

(Thai mini cookies by Mae Tim) is best

known for the rich and delicious flavour

of their cookies distinctive through its

unique method of using a charcoal stove

for baking. As Mae Tim’s Khanom Phing

is a top-selling product, customers have

to queue up to purchase it. The bakery

also has the charming feature of being

known as “Khanom Phing Ngaem Pratoo

Khai” (mini cookies sold through the folding

door). Its popularity and large number of

customers result in the bakery minimising

the door opening to sell their products and

lessen crowding.

SUNSET TIME

A sunset at the Sukhothai Historical Park

is mandatory. Never to be missed, it’s the

gift of a lasting impression. A glimpse

of inspiring history outlined against the

coming of dusk envelopes spectators in

serenity – and the best way to end a trip

in Sukhothai.

For more information, contact the Tourism

Authority of Thailand, Sukhothai Office, at

+66 (0) 55 616 0228-9.

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A TASTE OF THAILAND

Purple Magic

Anything with a butterly pea flower is beautiful

consumption with benefits. In Thailand, you’ll

find it in vivid blue cocktails or as a deep purple

beverage. It’s also what gives an enticing lavender

shade to creative sticky rice that partners with

mangoes on a dessert menu.

Since the old days, the flower has been used

widely for strengthening hair and eyebrows, as

a natural colourant in food and desserts or as

an edible accompaniment with Nam Prik (a chilli

paste) meals.

Considered an herb or flower – butterfly

pea plants are attractive because of their vivid

signature colour. It is originally a tropical plant

but has been introduced to America, Australia,

and Africa. They are very easy to find and grow,

making the plant a common sight in one’s home

garden in the tropics. The flower is known to

come with abundant health benefits, with an

important aspect as that of a potent antioxidant.

There are many ways to enjoy the use of

butterfly pea flowers, and one of the simplest

things to do is turn the blue-and-purple

flowers into a refreshing drink for everyone.

Mild and light in taste, some people may add

a bit of lime juice in their butterfly pea drink

to make it even more unique and flavourful.

As a magical treat, watch how drops of lime

transform the natural blue colour into the

pinkish-purple blue of a beach sunset.

Ingredients

• 100g of butterfly pea flowers

• 2 cups of clean water

• 4 tbsp syrup or

• 2 tbsp honey

Instructions

Wash the butterfly pea flowers and boil them

in clean water. With the lid on the pot, leave it for

2 to 3 minutes to steep before taking the flowers

out from the pot.

Mix the butterfly pea flower tea with syrup or

honey, adjusting preferred sweetness. To preserve

all the nutrients, do drink it immediately.

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA

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OVERTURES

ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

Your 2018

Bucket List?

See More Art

Words Sarita Urupongsa

There’s no denying a simple encounter with art adds

the proverbial colour to life. Consider engaging in the

creative spirit and the soothing ways of art appreciation.

With the plethora of museums and galleries that makes

it more accessible, mark this as a year that’s more

art-filled. As we’re spoilt for choice – here’s a curated

collection of some of the best places in Asia to satisfy

your artistic yearnings.

Bibo in Hong Kong

Bibo is not your usual place for a spot of food. Yes, it’s fine dining for

French gastronomy lovers and while it’s luxurious, the presence of

contemporary art makes it beyond a gastronomy destination. Housed in

the former Compagnie Générale Française de Tramways office, the place

magically and stylishly morphed into a glamorous, yet boho-chic art and

culinary destination. Bibo combines the finest of both worlds with indoor art

and an enticing menu – all in one place. Diners can savour the finest seasonal

French gastronomy while taking in the 1930s vibe and admiring artworks from

renowned artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons. bibo.hk

OCK POP TOK IN LUANG PRABANG

Ock Pop Tok or “East meets West” was founded in 2000 by Jo Smith and Veo

Douangdala. Despite a difference in nationalities and talents, both hold the

same commitment and connection of that of the artistic spirit. They established

‘OPT’ to introduce the Lao heritage of beautiful textiles and offer economic

opportunities for local artisans to continue the craft. In its early days, OPT was

a small shop selling only a few designs. Now the business has expanded into

two locations: one in the historic district of Luang Prabang and the other, the

Living Crafts Centre (LCC), on the Mekong riverbank. Apart from the wide array

of gorgeous hand-loomed textiles, visitors can immerse themselves in seeing

instructional demos of silk and cotton weaving, dyeing, and Hmong batik.

ockpoptok.com

THEAM’S HOUSE IN SIEM REAP

Theam’s House is a home-cum-atelier of artist and designer Lim Muy

Theam. Passionate about Cambodia’s cultural heritage, Theam, upon

returning to his homeland after 15 years in France, set off on the journey

to bring back Khmer art and culture. The mission took him to marvellous

discoveries of astonishing artefacts and splendid temples and pagodas.

Aiming to blend Cambodia’s rich art and cultural aesthetics into modern

surroundings, the designer launched Theam’s House as a showroom for

local artisan products crafted from original techniques and materials

favoured by people in the old days. The place also offers the opportunity

for local artists and villagers to work there and hone their talents.

theamshouse.com

Redtory Art &

Design Factory

in Guangzhou

THE LAND FOUNDATION IN CHIANG MAI

Here’s a situation rarely visualised – that of rice fields and

a creative space coming together. Two artists intentionally

engaged in the use of anonymity to redefine the idea of

land ownership and created the Land Foundation. Here,

two concepts merge in an open space where agriculture

and art come together in an artists’ residence in nature’s

setting. Nestled in area that’s naturally serene and close to

the San Pa Tong district in Chiang Mai, the lush land and

its surrounding green environment now belongs to the

Land Foundation who in turn cultivated a landscape that

dedicated one fourth of its area to the concept of earth

and three-fourths of it to water. The resulting terrain offers

lucky folks a chance to dwell and experience living among

agricultural communities and furthering the creative spirit.

Working with nature up close, the Foundation aims to make

it the core energy of all artistic endeavours for artists and to

inspire art lovers. thelandfoundation.org

Its significant beginning was that of a

canned food factory, but this industrial

space in Guangzhou now sees new life

as Redtory, an artists’ village and art

district that serves to inspire its creative

and residential community. A major force

since 2009, over 200 exhibitions, cultural

events and lectures have been held with

the goal of bringing art and modern design

into ordinary people’s lives. In an area that

spans 170,000 square metres, the Redtory

industrial setting has been transformed into

seven exhibition areas and over ten creative

designations that include studios and art

shops. In a big nod to its industrial heritage,

Redtory embraces creative industries

such as design and applied engineering to

complement its contemporary art platform.

redtory.com.cn

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

Photos Dolnapa Ram-Indra

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

in Mumbai

Mumbai-based Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is where fine and decorative arts

define the city’s cultural heritage. Apart from the splendid array of miniature

clay models, dioramas, lithographs, and rare books – the museum has also

formed an artistic partnership with other museums and cultural institutions

around the world in bringing contemporary artists and international

exhibitions to this already culturally rich city. The museum’s historic past

merges splendidly with the design aspects of modern day when its Museum

Restoration Project won the 2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award

of Excellence for Conservation. This achievement was a collective effort of

the public and private partnership between the Brihanmumbai Municipal

Corporation, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),

and the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. bdlmuseum.org

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PHU QUOC

Words S.O. Knight

Photos Pete Cloonie

If you’re looking to be spirited away to a pristine

island and enjoy nature or just luxuriate in a

resort, Phu Quoc is the latest travel gem with

lots to offer. Rollicking expanse of beaches,

indigenous farms tours and superb local seafood

complete the picture.

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PHU QUOC

F

rom the plane, the lush green

of nature strikes you when

descending into Phu Quoc –

Vietnam’s largest island just off

the Gulf of Thailand. A hotspot for beach

and outdoor lovers, Phu Quoc races

toward transformation with fast-paced

and mega-infrastructure construction.

Paved roads are being built to connect

the entire island, and five-star resorts

settle on many stretches of its beautiful

beaches. But more than half of Phu Quoc’s

unspoiled nature is strictly preserved as

part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve

and protected with a UNESCO designation.

This is an island with two worlds: one

existing in its original greenness, and the

other one possessing world-class beachfront

accommodations.

Visitors can

explore scenic

farms with

abundant

pepper plants.

Farm tours with

friendly staffers

educate visitors

on understanding

quality pepper.

When the Vietnamese

government listed Phu Quoc in

its National Tourism Master Plan

more than a dozen years ago, locals

immediately felt the changes. Over

the past five years, the island has

changed very rapidly into quite a

tourist destination. Most visitors

to Vietnam need a visa to enter

the country, but not if Phu Quoc is

listed as one of the destinations.

Huge investments are approved

in a rapid manner to provide

sound infrastructure on the island.

Undersea high voltage 110kv cables

have been laid to provide much-

needed stability to the island’s once

sporadic electricity supplies. The

island’s water treatment plants -

worth almost US$100 million – have

been in the works. The new airport

opened in 2012 and has already seen

additional expansion. It will soon

service larger aircrafts by the time

the island expects to welcome as

many as three million visitors per

year by 2020.

We drove by Phu Quoc’s old

Duong Dong airport on our way to

the famous pepper and bee farms

up north. Construction has levelled

out some areas into stretches of

emptiness awaiting development,

with roads leading to the airport

used conveniently as shortcuts for

locals going between the seaside

and inland. The front end of the

abandoned airstrip is now dotted

with fruit trucks, mainly colourful

6-wheelers and open-through beds

piled high with local fruits. Among

them are durians ferried over from

the Mekong Delta.

The newly-built roads mean

easier passage from north to south

of this big island of almost 600

square kilometres. Phu Quoc’s

developed centre is ‘Duong Dong’

which had early establishments of

hotels, banks, and shops that used to

cater backpackers. The river running

through this area makes it a vibrant

living port. Fishing has always

been and still is Phu Quoc’s main

industry. The island is famed for its

naturally aromatic and high-protein

fish sauce, still largely made from

tons of anchovies steeped at least for

two years in salt and water. Of the

island’s many fish sauce factories,

four cater to tours and tasting. Go

to one of the local restaurants for

Vietnamese spring rolls - fresh or

deep-fried - and dip it into their

famous fish sauce.

Most locals you meet on Phu

Quoc are descendants of fishermen

on the island. Our chatty guide

Danny could talk endlessly on how

changes on the island in recent years

dramatically impacted his family

and day-to-day lifestyle, all said

with an understandable mix of pride

and dread.

“I was still in the generation

that had to travel to the mainland

for a higher education,” said our

local guide, who’s 25. “But now,

Phu Quoc is seeing a new foreigninvested

hospitality university and

my younger brother who is now in

a local high school can choose to

get an education here, or venture

onto the mainland like I did. Life

should be easier for him with more

education and jobs on the island in

the near future. I got it a bit rough

living away from family back then.”

Adventurous Europeans first

discovered Phu Quoc over 20 years

ago. They were drawn to its remote,

Clockwise from

Top Right

A real eating

town, freshness

guaranteed.

Phu Quoc produces

fish sauce prized

by Vietnamese

households.

Visitors on ecotours

learn about honey

bee conservation at

bee farms.

Pearl farms show

how oysters create

these little ‘gems’.

true far-away destination. Clear,

unspoiled emerald-green beaches

were a big magnet. Before direct

flights from Bangkok became

available, people who flew to Phu

Quoc needed a full day’s journey that

included a long layover in Ho Chi

Minh City. Now, you can even fly in

directly from Scandinavia countries

and London. There are also daily

ferries from Phu Quoc to seaport

cities like Ha Tien and Rach Gia

that are south of Vietnam.

Long beach, not too far south

from Duong Dong, caters to many

tourists with its extensive stretch

of beach – full of beachfront

resorts, bars, and restaurants -

both local favourites and ones

catering to tourists. The island’s

famed night market is also there,

just under the main bridge and

opposite the town’s main fresh

market. It is quite easy to get

around, with options of a metred

taxi, a private tour or a scooter

rental. And like other parts of

Vietnam, ear-splitting honking is

the roadside norm.

The cacophony is enough

to remind you of Phu Quoc’s

rapid ascension on the hot list of

getaways. Luckily, there’s also

the option for a quiet escape to its

protected nature.

TO-DOS:

Phu Quoc is also famed for ecotourism

and tourists can roam

around sampling away –from the

fish sauce factories in Duong Dong

area all the way to the north, which

is abundant with pepper farms, bee

farms and sim or rose myrtle wine

factories. At Phu Quoc Countryside,

the farm-stay pepper farm has

good facilities - including their own

restaurant and draft beer brewery.

The sim plant is wild and abundant

in Phu Quoc’s forests, and from that

comes an island specialty. Sim wines

– ranging from light enough to be

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Right

Breath-taking view

from a balcony of

JW Marriott Phu

Quoc Emerald Bay

Bottom to Right

The largest

Buddhist temple

in Phu Quoc and

a meditative place

to see a sunset.

Stroll through the

night market for

fresh seafood

made to order.

Ideal for sunset

viewing is Choun

Choun Sky Bar.

Phu Quoc Prison,

also called the

Coconut Tree Prison,

used to house

prisoners of war.

a ‘baby’ wine to one with a robust

and mature body - are fragrant and

cheerful for drinking.

The Fisherman’s village of Ham

Nihn is dotted with floating seafood

restaurants for your choosing. Green

chilli sauces are meant only for the

squid dishes; while lime, salt and

pepper are the condiments mixture

for all others. The Night Market in

Duong Dong is known for pricey

seafood, but serves as a good place

for tourists to wander. Drop by the

nearby Ra Qhoi or 343 Restaurant

for local munches, but for the treat

of large seafood bowls Westernstyle,

head to Crab House. When

the weather permits, Choun Choun

Sky Bar overlooking the riversplit

and Duong Dong tributary

is an excellent choice for sunsets.

Another viewing is the Q Sky Bar

on Tran Hung Dao Street. Café

Sua Da next to the night market

will get you a cooling drink or

two, while Aroi Café opposite of

Crab House offers equally thirstquenching

options.

For more hilltop sea views

dotted with sights of gorgeous

bonsai varieties, head to the newlybuilt

Ho Quoc Pagoda that boasts

Mahayana Buddhist architecture and

beautifully adorned with exquisite

potted plants.

For a history stop, Phu Quoc

Prison tells the story of Phu Quoc’s

tragic past. Built in 1949-1950

and renovated into a museum,

showcased are prisoner cages

and torture practises during the

Indochina War when Phu Quoc

became a P.O.W camp and detention

of captured Viet Cong and North

Vietnamese. A new jail museum is

being built to house these unsettling

exhibits with the government

determined to “promote” this

disturbing story of this island’s past.

STAY:

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald

Bay opened about a year ago in

the southern hub of An Thoi and

immediately became the talk of

the island. Designed by prolific

hotel designer Bill Bensley - the

resort’s design creation is based

on a fantasy tale that borrows

from Vietnam’s episode of

French colonisation and warweary

history. While fictitious

yet convincing, the resulting

story is that the property was

built out of a deserted and

ancient building – and converted

into the structurally elaborate

‘Lamarck University’ in the

1920s. Thus the modern-day

resort rises up from a madeup

past. Rich in historical

details, the resort is the place

where you will spend your

time browsing through their

eclectic antique collection and

enjoying the exuberant feel of

the lobby. Guestrooms have

high ceilings and universitythemed

department names.

Their beautiful ‘Spa Chanterelle’

provides a luxurious and

relaxing escape. It’s a great

choice for foodies too – with

excellent comestibles, especially

their mega-breakfast buffet with

fabulous vegetarian choices, a

delicious lunch consisting of

Vietnamese traditional dishes,

and beachfront seafood dinners.

jwmarriottphuquoc.com

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ซ้ายบน

เรือประมงทาสีฟ้า

ตัดเขียว พากัน

ออกหาปลาทุกวี่วัน

ขวาบน

ชายหาดทอดแนวยาว

กว้างไกลสุดลูกหูลูกตา

เต็มไปด้วยรีสอร์ต

และที่พักใกล้ชิด

ท้องทะเลสีคราม

ซ้ายล่าง

ชายหาดบนเกาะฟู้โกว๊ก

ยังคงความงามตาม

วิถีธรรมชาติ

ฟู้โกว๊ก เกาะที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในเวียดนามแห่งนี้

ห่างจากประเทศไทยไม่มากนัก เกาะแห่ง

นี้กำลังเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างรวดเร็วพร้อม

กับโครงการก่อสร้างพื ้นฐาน โดยมีถนน

ที่เชื่อมทั้งเกาะเข้าด้วยกัน และโปรเจ็คต์

โรงแรมระดับห้าดาวที่ผุดขึ้นบนหาดทราย

ที่ทอดแนวยาวของฟู้โกว๊ก ในขณะเดียว

กัน ยูเนสโกได้กำหนดเขตพื้นที่อนุรักษ์

ชีวมนฑลเกียนยาง เพื่อรักษาความ

หลากหลายทางชีวภาพในพื้นที่เกินครึ่ง

ของเกาะ เรียกได้ว่า ฟู้โกว๊กคือเกาะแห่ง

โลกสองใบอย่างแท้จริง

จากนโยบายการท่องเที่ยวของ

รัฐบาล เกาะฟู้โกว๊กเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่าง

ก้าวกระโดด นักท่องเที่ยวไม่จำเป็นต้อง

มีวีซ่าเพื่อเข้าเวียดนาม หากหนึ่งใน

สถานที่ท่องเที่ยวของคุณคือเกาะแห่งนี้

นี่ยังไม่รวมการลงทุนโครงสร้างพื้นฐาน

สายไฟฟ้าแรงสูงใต้ทะเล โรงงานบำบัด

น้ำเสียมูลค่ามหาศาล และสนามบินที่ได้

รับการขยายพื้นที่เพื่อรองรับนักท่องเที่ยว

3 ล้านคนต่อปีในอีกสามปีข้างหน้า

ถนนตัดใหม่ทำให้เดินทางได้สะดวก

สบาย เริ่มต้นที่ ดวงดอง ‘Duong Dong’

ศูนย์กลางนักท่องเที่ยวสะพายเป้ ที่มีทั้ง

โรงแรม ธนาคาร และร้านค้ามากมาย

คุณจะได้เห็นแม่น้ำที่ชาวบ้านอาศัยเป็น

แหล่งทำการประมงเป็นอาชีพหลัก เกาะ

แห่งนี ้ยังมีชื่อเสียงด้านการทำน้ำปลา

ผลิตจากปลากระตักที่หมักอย่างน้อย

สองปี อย่าลืมลองชิมปอเปี๊ยะเวียดนาม

ทอดจิ้มน ้ำปลาอันหอมหวน รสชาติ

อร่อยล้ำอย่าบอกใครเชียว

คนท้องถิ่นที่นี่ส่วนใหญ่ล้วนเป็นลูก

หลานชาวประมง แดนนี่ ไกด์ของเราเล่า

ให้ฟังว่า ความเป็นอยู่เปลี่ยนไปมาก จากที่

ต้องเดินทางไปเรียนที่แผ่นดินใหญ่ เดี๋ยวนี้

ใครๆ ก็สามารถเข้าเรียนมหาวิทยาลัยที่

ลงทุนโดยชาวต่างชาติบนเกาะฟู้โกว๊กได้

เลย รวมถึงน้องชายของเขาด้วย

การเปลี่ยนแปลงครั้งใหญ่เริ่มเมื่อ

นักสำรวจชาวยุโรปเดินทางมายังเกาะ

ฟู้โกว๊กช่วง 20 ปีก่อน ความที่ฟู้โกว๊กห่างไกล

จากทุกสิ่งบนโลก อีกทั้งทะเลยังเป็น

สีเขียวมรกต สองเสน่ห์นี้เองที่ดึงดูด

นักท่องเที่ยวจากทั่วทุกมุมโลกให้มาสัมผัส

เกาะแห่งนี้ ในอดีต การเดินทางมายังเกาะ

ฟู้โกว๊กต้องใช้เวลาเดินทางหนึ่งวันเต็มจาก

โฮจิมินห์ แต่ปัจจุบันกลับสะดวกง่ายดาย

เพราะสามารถบินตรงจากกรุงเทพฯ ได้เลย

นักท่องเที่ยวส่วนใหญ่จะมาพักที่หาด

ยาวทางใต้ของดวงดอง ที่เต็มไปด้วย

รีสอร์ต บาร์ และร้านอาหาร ตกกลางคืนก็

เดินเที่ยวตลาดกลางคืนซึ่งอยู่ใต้สะพาน

หลักตรงข้ามตลาดสด การเดินทางก็แสน

สะดวก มีทั้งแท็กซี่มิเตอร์ ไกด์นำเที่ยวส่วน

ตัว หรือรถมอเตอร์ไซค์เช่า คลอด้วยเสียง

แตรอื้ออึงอันเป็นเอกลักษณ์ของเวียดนาม

กิจกรรม:

ฟู้โกว๊กโด่งดังเรื่องการท่องเที่ยวเชิงนิเวศ

แวะไปลองชิมน้ำปลารสดีได้ที่ โรงงาน

น้ำปลา ในย่านดวงดอง ทางตอนเหนือ

มี ไร่พริกไทย ฟาร์มผึ ้ง และโรงงานไวน์

พร้อมกับทานอาหารพลางจิบเบียร์

ดราฟต์อันหอมหวานที่ ฟู้โกว๊ก

คันทรีไซด์

หมู่บ้านชาวประมงในฮามนิง เต็มไปด้วย

ร้านอาหารทะเลบนแพ อย่าลืมว่าน้ำจิ้ม

พริกเขียวมีไว้สำหรับจิ้มปลาหมึกเท่านั้น

ส่วนน้ำจิ้มซีฟู้ดคู่กับอาหารจานอื่นๆ

ตลาดกลางคืนที่ดวงดองขายอาหาร

ทะเลราคาสูง อย่าลืมแวะ Ra Qhoi

หรือ ร้านอาหาร 343 ทานอาหาร

ท้องถิ่นเด็ดๆ แล้วไปต่อที่ Crab House

เพื่อทานอาหารทะเลจานใหญ่สไตล์

ตะวันตก พออากาศดีได้ที่ก็ไปต่อที่

Choun Choun Sky Bar หรือที่

Q Sky Bar เพื่อดื่มด่ำวิวตะวันตกดิน

และแม่น้ำกลางดวงดอง คุณจะเข้าไป

ลองจิบเครื่องดื่มเย็นๆ แบบชาวท้องถิ่น

ที่ คาเฟ่ Sua Da ข้างตลาดกลางคืน

หรือจะไปที่ Aroi Café ตรงข้าม

Crab House ก็น่าสนใจ

หากอยากชมวิวทะเลให้ได้ภาพจาก

มุมสูง มุ่งหน้าไปที่ เจดีย์โฮโกว๊ก ชื่นชม

สถาปัตยกรรมศิลปะมหายาน พร้อมกับ

ต้นบอนไซอันงดงาม

นอกจากนี้ ยังสามารถย้อนรอย

อดีตอันเจ็บปวดที่ ทันฑสถานฟู้โกว๊ก

ซึ่งมีการจัดแสดงห้องขังและเครื่องมือ

ทรมานที่ใช้ในช่วงสงครามอินโดจีน

เป็นสถานที่กุมขังเวียดกงและชาว

เวียดนามเหนือ ปัจจุบันได้รับการบูรณะ

เป็นพิพิธภัณฑ์ให้นักท่องเที่ยวได้สัมผัส

และเรียนรู้ไปพร้อมกัน

ที่พัก:

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Resort & Spa รีสอร์ตที่สะท้อน

ประวัติศาสตร์ของเวียดนามและการ

ครองอาณานิคมโดยฝรั่งเศส รีสอร์ต

แห่งนี ้ออกแบบโดยนักออกแบบชื ่อดัง

บิล เบนส์ลีย์ (อ่านบทสัมภาษณ์ได้ใน

หน้า 42) คุณจะได้ชมความงามของ

คอลเล็กชันของเก่าที่ได้รับการคัดสรร

อย่างประณีต ล็อบบี้ที่ให้ความรู้สึกมี

ชีวิตชีวาอบอวลไปด้วยประวัติศาสตร์

แห่งมหาวิทยาลัยลามาร์ก และไฮไลต์

อย่าง สปา Chanterelle เพื่อการผ่อน

คลายอย่างมีระดับ

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BILL BENSLEY

Out of This World

Creative genius Bill Bensley lives one half of

his life in imagination and the other in reality.

‘Escapism’, his recent design tome, showcases

bits of lifetime work; manifesting the fact that

the hotel designer has no problem crossing the

line between real life and colourful fantasies.

Bensley flouts convention and inspires our writer.

Her takeaway? Blue sky thinking.

Photos Suwit Kittitien, Bensley Design Studio

Words Sirin P Wongpanit

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If life is about setting records, Bill

Bensley is certainly intent on breaking

a good run with new ones. Known for

his new explorations in resort designs,

Bensley is easily one of the world’s most

prolific hotel architects who has designed

over 200 resorts in 30 countries. Among

his long list of projects, many of which are

located in pristine and remote areas, is a

palace – a real one. He has two offices, one

in Bangkok, the other in Bali. On average,

he and his 200-manned dream team would

work on about 45 different projects at the

same time. When I met him the first time,

Bensley was sitting in on five different

meetings, his two dogs slumbering at his

feet. It is a known fact that Bensley travels

most of the time. His schedule is crazy,

as his secretary will readily confirm. And

when we talked for the second time for the

interview, the seemingly indefatigable man

had just unpacked from a month-long trip

to Eastern Europe.

“Now we have made it to

92 countries,” says the largerthan-life

architect on the number

of countries he travelled. “My

plan is when I turn 60, which is

about one and half years from

now, we will land on a new,

uncharted country and make it

our 100th.”

His younger days meant

numerous summertime road

trips and camping and being very

comfortable with trudging into

lands unknown. Bensley recalls

seeing new places with a fresh

pair of eyes, a necessity to stay

Opposite Page

Suspended boats

above playful jewel

tones and plaid at

the Royal Istana in

Malaysia.

Clockwise from Top

Eclectic cool living

in a transformed

palace, the Royal

Istana in Malaysia.

on the alert and have fun. “I grew

up travelling constantly. Every

summer, we went on a big tour all

over America, we went to Mexico,

we went to Canada. And when I

graduated from school, I went

on for four months to Europe,

using the money my sister gave

me for my Harvard (class) ring

to purchase the rail pass and

took a detour to Europe before

eventually landing in Asia.” The

year was 1984, Bensley was 24

years old, and the travel that

originated from his home in

Anaheim, California to Asia took

four and a half months.

Dubbed the ‘King of Exotic

Luxury Resorts’ by Time magazine

and the ‘craziest sane hotel designer

Rich in details, yet

Baan Bhirom Bhakdi

in Bangkok exudes

an unruffled and

tranquil vibe.

An homage to Bruce

Lee manifests as

a bronze Kung Fu

rabbit at the Capella

Golf Clubhouse,

Foshan, China.

in the world’ by Vanity Fair;

Bensley – while still planning

to traverse from one place to

another – always picks up new

ideas at every moment in his

journeys. “It goes directly from

vacation to designs,” he says.

“In Krakow, Poland for example;

I got excellent ideas for our

villa project in Halong Bay. My

memories are all photographed

and some are translated into

tiny details of whatever we

are doing. When we were in

Dubrovnik, Croatia, our room

with the balcony overlooking the

stone staircase where Game of

Thrones’ Cersei walked in shame

got me so inspired – and now we

are making the sketch I did back

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right then and there into a 6 by

1.5 metre drawing, for the Four

Seasons Chiang Mai renovation.”

Global trips might have given

Bensley aesthetic ideas, but it is

his strong desire to dream, have

fun and really immerse in novel

and inner journeys that make him

different, or ‘crazy and sane’ at

the same time. Lately, Bensley’s

resort blueprints create a new

realm – that of another world

or an “out of this world” kind of

vacation. A real escapism, if you

will, where guests are convinced

they are in a certain time and

place, yet everything has all

been created and built. He and

his team achieved that in grand

orchestration and indicative of

the high art of putting an entire

wholesome project together. Every

minute string of the story is tied

together within the designs and

with a strong and reality-based

timeline. The experience is made

real with facts complete with fine

and minuscule details required

to make everything flawlessly

function so guests can really escape

into this new world; a world

according to Bill Bensley.

But it is also the stark realities

existing in life that drove him to

sketch out a project closest to

his heart. Concerns on poverty,

the widespread encroachment

of natural environments and

uncontrolled wildlife poaching

are addressed in his latest project

Clockwise from Top

Yessir, they’ve got

lots of bananas at

the InterContinental

Danang Sun

Peninsula Resort,

Vietnam.

Jazzed up bar at

Deco Bar, The Siam

Bangkok.

An ode to Phuket’s

yesteryears at

The Slate Phuket.

– one that is most important to

him: the Shinta Mani Wild

in Cambodia.

“I bought a 99-year lease

to log in this land, but with no

intention to log,” explains the

architect who is known for doing

everything in his design to avoid

cutting even one single tree.

“Instead, we want this place to

be a sanctuary for all animals, big

and small, as well as the whole

entire forest. It will also be the

place where our guests can be

in (a) totally different but real

world; of the wild of Cambodia.”

Shinta Mani Wild will be the

fourth in the small cluster of

Bensley-owned and operated

hotels in Cambodia that generates

income to support the work of the

Shinta Mani Foundation, created

on the idea of responsible tourism

that benefits local communities.

The Shinta Mani Wild, scheduled

to launched in late 2018, will still

provide an out-of-this-world

experience to its guests and more

along the lines of luxury camping.

“I really like the outdoors,

the camping and being in tune

with nature, being exposed,”

says Bensley.

“So I would say that the Shinta

Mani Wild is everything I want

to see in a holiday. You can get

more adventure there than you

can imagine. Guests can go with

rangers and catch poachers,

do community work; or even

foraging in the forest for food.

We just found twelve new types

of edible mushrooms there. They

are delicious.”

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Bulldoze first, build later is

the convenient mantra of any

development, and Bensley sees

too many of that happening

and vows that his properties

are living proof that one can, in

fact, easily build within nature.

“It’s heartbreaking,” he says,

referring to the destruction of

some natural habitats. “Some

of those places must have been

there for thousands of years,

untouched by mankind.”

The Shinta Mani Wild sits in

a pristine estuary surrounded by

a rainforest-covered mountain

range southwest of Cambodia.

It is one of the few remaining

habitats for wild species of

Asian elephants, guar reptiles,

the southern serow (a species

of goat/antelope), hog deer,

tigers, bears and much more. The

tented accommodations there

are placed 500 rais (80 hectares)

apart from one another, and on

stilts over (water) rapids,“to allow

migration of smaller animals that

can go underneath and keep the

place safe from wild animals,”

Bensley points out. The National

Geographic Unique Lodges of

the World (that only features

a strictly curated collection

of extremely environmentally

sensitive and socially responsible

Top

Channeling the

island of Bali at the

Maia Luxury Resort

and Spa, Seychelles.

Right

Colours of royalty

for a room that’s

more than fit for a

king at The Royal

Istana.

Below Left & Right

Mimicking an

upside down

Vietnamese cone

hat, a dining

table sits right

at the edge,

InterContinental

Danang Sun

Peninsula Resort,

Vietnam.

DC Beach House,

Kamala Beach,

Phuket - with a

painting of Picasso’s

famous subjects

having fun on a

Phuket beach.

accommodations) is said to be

interested in featuring the Shinta

Mani Wild.

“I really want to make this

work,” says Bensley. “It’s about

saving that huge chunk of jungle

from the loggers and those animals

from poachers while creating new

and sustainable opportunities

for local people through the

management of the Shinta Mani

Foundation. But this would never

make up for the forests I have seen

cleared, cut – for new construction.

Nothing will ever make up for that.”

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BILL BENSLEY

บิล เบนส์ลีย์ คือเจ้าของสถิติการออกแบบ

รีสอร์ตล้ำยุคมากกว่า 200 แห่ง ใน 30

ประเทศทั่วโลก โดยเฉลี่ยเขากับทีมงาน

กว่า 200 คนจะทำโครงการราว 45 แห่ง

ในเวลาเดียวกัน การเดินทางจึงเป็นสิ่งที่

หลีกเลี่ยงได้ยาก ฟ้าไทยมีโอกาสได้

สัมภาษณ์คุณเบนส์ลีย์หลังจากที่เขาเพิ่ง

เดินทางกลับมาจากยุโรปตะวันออกมา

หมาดๆ หลังจากต้องดูแลงานที่นั่นอยู่

นานเกือบหนึ่งเดือน

นักออกแบบสุดล้ำอย่างเบนส์ลีย์

เล่าว่า ตอนนี้เขาสร้างโรงแรมมาแล้ว

92 ประเทศ และวางแผนไว้ว่าจะต้องทำ

สถิติแตะประเทศที่ 100 ก่อนอายุ 60

ในอีกแค่ปีครึ่งหลังจากนี้

ตอนยังหนุ่ม เบนส์ลีย์มีโอกาสได้เดิน

ทางไปสำรวจดินแดนแปลกใหม่ ตื่นตา

ตื่นใจกับความสนุกที่ได้จากการท่องเที่ยว

ไม่หยุดหย่อน หลังจากเรียนจบในวัย 24 ปี

เขาใช้เงินที่พี่สาวมอบให้เดินทางจาก

บ้านเกิดของเขาในเมืองแอนาไฮม์

แคลิฟอร์เนีย เพื่อไปท่องยุโรป จนสุดท้าย

จบลงที่ทวีปเอเชีย!

นิตยสารไทม์ขนานนามเขาว่าเป็น

“ราชาแห่งรีสอร์ตหรูสุดแปลก” ในขณะที่

วานิตี้แฟร์เรียกเขาว่า “นักออกแบบ

โรงแรมสติดีที่บ้าบิ่นที่สุดในโลก” เบนส์ลีย์

มักจะออกเดินทางเพื่อค้นหาแรงบันดาลใจ

ใหม่ๆ เสมอ เช่น ระหว่างท่องเที่ยวใน

โครเอเชีย เขารู้สึกซาบซึ้งในความงามของ

ขั้นบันไดที่ตัวละครเซอร์ซีจากซีรีส์

เกมอ็อฟโธรนเดินตัวเปลือยเปล่าระหว่าง

ถูกประณามโดยคนทั้งเมือง จนเป็นที่มา

ของแนวคิดการปรับปรุงโรงแรม

โฟร์ซีซันส์ เชียงใหม่

บรรยากาศของ จินตมณี

ไวล์ด โครงการที่พัก

กลางขุนเขาและลำน้ำใน

กัมพูชาล่าสุดของ บิล

เบนสลีย์ ที่เขาและทีมงาน

ออกแบบให้สิ่งปลูกสร้าง

และธรรมชาติอยู่ด้วยกัน

ได้อย่างลงตัวโดยไม่

เบียดเบียนกันมากที่สุด

ล่าสุด เบนส์ลีย์ได้ออกแบบรีสอร์ต

ที่เป็นคำนิยามของคำว่า “หลุดโลก”

อย่างแท้จริง แขกที่มาพำนักจะเชื่อว่า

ตนเองอยู่ ณ สถานที่และห้วงเวลาหนึ ่ง

ซึ่งแวดล้อมด้วยศิลปะชั้นสูง รายละเอียด

ต่างๆ ที่ร้อยรัดเรื่องราวจนหาที่ติไม่ได้

นี่เองคือโลกในนิยามของเบนส์ลีย์ ที่ซึ่ง

ผู้เข้าพำนักเร้นหลีกจากความเป็นจริงได้

อย่างสมบูรณ์แบบ

ไม่เพียงเท่านั้น เขายังให้ความสำคัญ

กับเรื่องปากท้อง การอนุรักษ์ธรรมชาติ

และสิ่งแวดล้อม โครงการล่าสุด จินตมณี

ไวล์ด ตั้งอยู่ในผืนป่าในประเทศกัมพูชา

เบนส์ลีย์ตั้งใจจะรักษาต้นไม้ทุกต้นเพื่อให้

สถานที่แห่งนี้เป็นแหล่งอนุรักษ์พันธุ์สัตว์

ป่าทั้งใหญ่และเล็ก หลังเปิดตัวในช่วง

ปลายปี 2561 รีสอร์ต จินตมณีไวล์ด จะ

เป็นหนึ่งในสี่โครงการรีสอร์ตของบิล

เบนสลีย์ ในกัมพูชา ที่มีส่วนสนับสนุน

มูลนิธิจินตมณี เพื่อสร้างประโยชน์แก่

ชุมชนท้องถิ่นอีกด้วย

สำหรับเบนส์ลีย์ การทำลายถิ่นที่อยู่

ตามธรรมชาติถือเป็นเรื่องน่าเศร้า เขาจึงตั้ง

ปณิธานว่าสิ่งก่อสร้างที่อยู่ภายใต้

การดูแลของเขาจะต้องเป็นแบบอย่างของ

การอยู่ร่วมกันระหว่างสิ่งก่อสร้างและ

ธรรมชาติให้สมดุลที่สุด

รีสอร์ต จินตมณีไวล์ด ตั้งอยู่ตามแนว

เขาที่ปกคลุมด้วยผืนป่าฝนทางตะวันตก

เฉียงใต้ของประเทศกัมพูชา ที่พักแต่ละหลัง

จะตั้งห่างออกจากกันภายในพื้นที่ 500 ไร่

และอยู่เหนือลำน้ำเชี่ยวเพื่อให้สัตว์น้อย

ใหญ่สามารถใช้เส้นทางและใช้ชีวิตได้อย่าง

ปลอดภัย นิตยสารที่ตีพิมพ์เฉพาะที่พักซึ่ง

ใส่ใจสิ่งแวดล้อมและสังคมอย่าง เนชันแนล

จีโอกราฟฟิก มีแผนที่จะตีพิมพ์บทความ

เผยแพร่แนวคิดของ จินตมณีไวล์ด ลงใน

เว็บไซต์ ยูนีค ลอดจ์ อ็อฟ เดอะ เวิลด์ ของ

นิตยสารอีกด้วย

บิล เบนส์ลีย์ กล่าวว่า “ผมอยากทำ

โครงการนี้ให้สำเร็จ เพื่อรักษาผืนป่าจาก

ใครก็ตามที่ตัดไม้ทำลายป่า และปกป้อง

สัตว์จากการค้าสัตว์ป่า สร้างโอกาสให้กับ

ชาวบ้านได้อยู่ร่วมกันอย่างยั่งยืนผ่าน

การจัดการมูลนิธิจินตมณี อย่างไรก็ตาม

สิ่งเหล่านี้ไม่อาจทดแทนป่าไม้ที่ถูกแผ้วถาง

ไปก่อนหน้านี้ และไม่มีอะไรสามารถทดแทน

ธรรมชาติได้จริงๆ”

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PHUKET

Photos Permboon Wongpanit

Words Sirin P Wongpanit

When Phuket’s sea and sun beckons, it’s hard to

ignore the call. Yet the resort island’s fun alternative

lies in its rich history. So get off the sand for a little

bit and explore its other cultural cool.

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PHUKET

U

ntil visions of beautiful beaches

consumed its visitors, Phuket

was known as the land rich with

unique culture. As the trading

and mining hub of the Malay Peninsula

back at the turn of the twentieth century,

Phuket was all things for cross-cultural

settlements. If one wonderful thing about

travelling is getting to know the destination

well, these five magnificent places in

Phuket will surely make you feel like you

dug beneath the surface.

ON ON HOTEL

Once a dorm-style guesthouse

for seafarers, On On (happiness

of visitors in Chinese) Hotel

was the first and the longestoperating

hotel in Phuket.

Standing on Phang Nga road in

the middle of Phuket Old Town,

it is hard to imagine that this

inland spot was once very close

to a main docking pier, set up on

a small canal and branching out

from a main tributary of the vast

Andaman Sea.

Built in 1929, the descendants

of the original owners had kept

the premises in its genuine

condition as it evolved. Its dreary,

haunting, and run-down state

became famous when it was

featured in the Hollywood film

Above

The oldest hotel

still in operation in

Phuket Old Town,

On On Hotel’s

renovation

preserved its

original design

elements and guests

can come stay and

reminisce.

This Page

On On Hotel may

have seen renovation

but still retains its

former charm and

remnants of history.

Before its major

overhaul in 2012, the

On On Hotel was in a

dire state but it still

attracted fans from

around the world.

‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo

Di Caprio.

Before its major overhaul in

2012, the On On Hotel was in

a dire state but still attracted

fans from around the world.

Fifty million baht and a full

year closure later, the hotel

reopened as ‘The Memory at On

On Hotel’ with some remnants

of its heyday – such as original

walls, teak wood elements, and

furniture. Dormitory rooms and

the original setting of famous

scenes in the movie are kept for

visitors to relive the memory,

now outfitted with the comfort

of ensuite bathrooms and airconditioning.

thememoryhotel.com

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PHUKET

Baan Chinpracha

is a mansion that

has stood through

the glory days and

gloomy times of

Phuket.

Its preserved

grandeur is one

of the finest

works of original

Anglo-Chinese

architectural

design.

CHINPRACHA HOUSE

Among the best places to get a

glimpse of Phuket’s glorious past is

the 114-year-old ‘Baan Chinpracha,’

or Chinpracha Mansion, one of a

few remaining ‘Anglo-Chinese’

style mansions. It was originally

built at a time when Phuket enjoyed

its commercial peak during the

reign of King Rama V, just before

World War II.

History buffs will enjoy

browsing the house’s eclectic

personal collection of antique

furniture, mostly exquisite

Chinese-style mother of pearl

sets built of intricate woodwork

and still auspiciously exist as a

set of two.

Other details of the house, such

as the beautiful ceramic floor tiles

and decorative fences, were also

brought in by trading ships from

as far as Holland and Italy. Phuket

was then a centre of trading in the

region with ships coming from all

over the world.

Passed down to the sixth

generation, the original owner

Phra Pitak Chinpracha was a

Fujian descendant who came to

settle down in Phuket during the

reign of King Rama IV. Chinpracha

later became one of Phuket’s

prominent figures in the tinmining

industry. Visitors can

reminisce about its storied past,

and those wishing to hire the

entire place for special occasions

can do so with an advanced

booking. Baan Chinpracha, 98 Krabi

Road, Phuket, T: +66 (0) 76 211 281

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PHUKET

KASET MARKET

You can eat your way through

Phuket by starting the day at the

Kaset fresh market not too far from

the old town area. Talad Kaset,

operating at most hours of the

day with different foods rotating

on displays, serves as an excellent

testament to Phuket people’s

adoration of their food.

Many locals wake up at dawn

to shop for ‘khanom sod,’ or ‘fresh

sweets,’ which include a wide variety

of sweet breakfast foods. Many of

them are inspired by Malaysian

cuisine, but most are adapted with

local ingredients like coconut, sticky

rice, jackfruit, and seafood. You

will find many similar shops selling

these desserts.

Recommended items include

‘Giam Goi’ or steamed rice

dumplings, served with dried

shrimp, toasted shallots, spring

onions and a sweet sauce called

‘Pao Lang.’ Other can’t-miss bites

include banana-wrapped sticky

rice with savoury fillings, and

‘Go Sui’ - rice flour cakes darkened

with brown sugar and served with

grated coconut. They’re all staples

with coffee in the morning.

Off to the side of the market,

stalls sell black and white sticky

rice with various toppings,

including Thai egg custard, dried

fish and candied coconut. They’re

good for takeaway, or better yet

– buy some and take a seat at the

nearby stall selling coffee and

accompany these sweet morning

treats with a hot drink.

Right

A Hokkien holy

place founded in

1891, Saeng Tham

Shrine is one of

Phuket’s oldest.

It is best enjoyed

when the place

has no ceremonies

taking place and

do not miss its

well-preserved

murals in the

inner sanctum.

Below

Kaset Market, the

main fresh market

relied on by locals.

SAENG THAM SHRINE

A Hokkien holy place founded by

a settling family in 1891 as a site

of worship and fellowship for

friends and family, Saeng Tham

Shrine is Phuket’s oldest and

best-kept religious treasure. Now

this historic sanctuary represents

one of the most beautiful original

Chinese architecture in the city,

with well-preserved adorning roof

tiles, ceramic dragons and figurines

representing auspicious elements in

the Fujian holy books.

Though small, it has meticulous

and fully-preserved murals depicting

the story of an ancient Chinese deity

who spent a lifetime as an emperor.

The main building is set back deep

in the alley with the house of gods

adorned with historic black-ink

paintings. The Association of

Siamese Architects back awarded the

house its prestigious Architectural

Conservation Award in 1997.

Saeng Tham Shrine is still

the place where Chinese families

in Phuket gather for auspicious

events, especially during the

vegetarian festival in October when

big celebrations take place and

Chinese people adhere to strict

vegetarian diets to pray to the Nine

Emperor Gods.

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PHUKET

A WINDMILL VIEWPOINT

Ask any local where they go to

watch the province’s magnificent

sunset, and chances are they’ll say:

‘anywhere but the tourist-flocked

Laem Phromthep.’

But not too far from the famous

viewpoint lies a high cliff near

cosy Yanui Beach. Its height and

sea-facing location became an

ideal place to put wind turbines to

generate clean energy for the island.

The wind turbines operate only

occasionally, and the whole area has

been turned into a playground and

ideal setting for those looking for a

gorgeous sunset.

Strong winds also mean windsurfers

will get their thrills. Cloudless days

see a lot of pre-wedding photo shoots.

To pleasantly pass the day, bring a

picnic blanket. At the small cliff, look

for a one way alley that leads to the

windmill station. You can park your

car there, or yourself, for a restful treat.

Above

The Windmill

viewpoint has

become a peaceful

respite for sunset

watching. It’s also

popular grounds for

paragliders.

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PHUKET

ใครๆ ก็รู้ว่าภูเก็ตเป็นเมืองท่องเที่ยวโด่งดัง

ที่มีเอกลักษณ์วัฒนธรรมอันงดงามและ

หลากหลาย เป็นศูนย์กลางการค้าและ

การทำเหมืองแร่ของคาบสมุทรมาเลย์

ช่วงต้นศตวรรษที่ 20 ฟ้าไทยฉบับนี้

อาสาพาคุณไปทำความรู้จักกับภูเก็ตให้

ลึกซึ้งกว่าเดิม พร้อมแนะนำสถานที่ 5 แห่ง

ที่ไม่อยากให้คุณพลาด

โรงแรมออนออน ถือเป็นโรงแรมที่เก่า

แก่ที่สุดในภูเก็ต เปิดให้นักท่องเที่ยวเข้าพัก

ตั้งแต่ พ.ศ. 2472 โรงแรมประวัติศาสตร์

แห่งนี้ตั้งอยู่ใจกลางเมืองบนถนนพังงา

หลายคนอาจไม่เชื่อว่าที่แห่งนี้เคยอยู่ใกล้

กับท่าเรือหลักที่หันหน้าออกสู่ทะเล

อันดามันอันกว้างใหญ่ อาคารที่ดูทรุดโทรม

และน่ากลัวนี้เป็นที่รู้จักหลังปรากฏใน

ภาพยนตร์ฮอลลีวูดเรื่อง ‘เดอะ บีช’

นำแสดงโดยลีโอนาโด ดิ คาปริโอ ก่อน

การปรับปรุงครั้งใหญ่ด้วยงบกว่า 50

ล้านบาท ภายใต้ชื่อใหม่ “โรงแรมเมมโมรี

แอท ออนออน” ดื่มด่ำกลิ่นอายของ

โรงแรมในอดีตที่มีผนังดั้งเดิม เครื่องเรือน

ไม้สัก และชมห้องที่ปรากฏในภาพยนตร์

เพื่อให้แฟนๆ ได้รื้อฟื้นความทรงจำสุด

ประทับใจ thememoryhotel.com

บ้านชินประชา บ้านพักอายุ 114 ปี

เป็นอาคารสถาปัตยกรรมแองโกล-ไชนีส

ที่เหลือเพียงไม่กี่แห่ง สร้างขึ้นในช่วงที่

ภูเก็ตรุ่งเรืองด้านการค้าสูงสุดในสมัย

รัชกาลที่ 5 ก่อนหน้าสงครามโลกครั้งที่

สองไม่นาน คุณจะได้ยลโฉมเครื่องเรือน ชุด

ของสะสม ไข่มุกประดับงานไม้ พื้นบ้าน

เซรามิก และยังจัดแสดงเรือขนส่งสินค้า

อันเป็นสัญลักษณ์ของเมืองภูเก็ตในฐานะ

ศูนย์กลางการค้าของภูมิภาค

บ้านหลังนี้สร้างโดยพระพิทักษ์

ชินประชา บุคคลสำคัญเชื้อสายฝูเจี้ยน

ผู้บุกเบิกเหมืองดีบุกในภูเก็ต ปัจจุบัน

ทายาทรุ่นที่หกเปิดบ้านต้อนรับผู้เยี่ยมชม

จากทั่วทุกมุมโลกเพื่อย้อนกลับไปยังอดีต

แถมยังสามารถจองช่างภาพล่วงหน้า

เพื่อภาพถ่ายสุดพิเศษในบ้านชินประชา

ได้อีกด้วย

มาถึงสถานที่ลำดับที ่ 3 คงไม่มีอะไร

เหมาะไปกว่าการลิ้มรสอาหารในตลาดสด

ภูเก็ตที่ไม่ไกลจากย่านเมืองเก่านัก

ตลาดเกษตร เปิดตลอดทั้งวันโดยมี

อาหารหลากหลายหมุนเวียนเปลี่ยนไป

ในแต่ละช่วงของวัน เริ่มต้นด้วย ‘ขนมสด’

ในช่วงเช้าตรู่ แม้จะเป็นอาหารเช้าแบบ

มาเลเซีย แต่ก็ปรับใช้วัตถุดิบท้องถิ่น

เช่น มะพร้าว ข้าวเหนียว ขนุน ส่วน

‘เกี่ยมโก้ย’ แป้งข้าวเจ้านึ่ง ทานกับกุ้งแห้ง

หอมแดงปิ้ง ต้นหอม และซอสหวาน

ที่เรียกว่า ‘เป่าล้าง’ ที่พลาดไม่ได้คือ ข้าว

เหนียวปิ้งไส้กล้วยรสกลมกล่อม และ ‘โกสุ้ย’

เค้กแป้งข้าวเจ้าโรยด้วยน้ำตาลแดงและ

มะพร้าวขูด หรือจะลองรับประทานข้าว

เหนียวขาวข้าวเหนียวดำหน้าสังขยา

ปลาแห้ง หรือมะพร้าวเชื่อมก็ได้

ศาลเจ้าแสงธรรม ศาสนสถานฮกเกี้ยน

เก่าแก่ เป็นแหล่งเก็บรักษาของล้ำค่าทาง

ศาสนา สร้างขึ้นใน พ.ศ. 2434 ก่อสร้างใน

รูปแบบสถาปัตยกรรมจีนแบบดั้งเดิม

ประดับด้วยกระเบื้องหลังคา มังกรกระเบื้อง

และรูปปั้นสัญลักษณ์ธาตุต่างๆ จาก

คัมภีร์ศักดิ์สิทธิ์ของมณฑลฝูเจี้ยน

ศาลเจ้าใหญ่แห่งนี้ตกแต่งด้วยภาพ

วาดหมึกจีนสีดำ เล่าเรื่องราวของ

เทพเจ้าที่จุติเป็นองค์จักรพรรดิ หลังการ

บูรณะครั้งใหญ่ สถานที่แห่งนี้ยังคงเป็น

จุดนัดพบของสมาชิกครอบครัวเชื้อสาย

จีนที่ต่างมารวมตัวกันตามงานสำคัญๆ

นอกจากนี้ยังมีเทศกาลกินเจทุกเดือน

ตุลาคมเพื่อบูชาเทพจักรพรรดิทั้งเก้า

ไม่ไกลจากแหลมพรหมเทพ คือจุด

ชมพระอาทิตย์ตกดินอันโด่งดังอีกแห่งที่

เรียกว่า จุดชมวิวกังหันลม คุณจะพบกับ

หน้าผาสูงใกล้หาดยะนุ้ย พร้อมกับ

กังหันลมในโครงการผลิตพลังงาน

ทดแทนเพื่อใช้บนเกาะ ในวันที่ลมแรงจะมี

ผู้ที่มาตากลมชมวิวนับไม่ถ้วน แต่หาก

วันไหนลมพัดเพียงเอื่อยๆ ก็อาจพบเจอ

กองถ่ายภาพพรีเวดดิ้งให้คุณมองเพลินๆ

อีกด้วย ถ้าจะชมพระอาทิตย์ตกดินให้ได้

แสงและสีสมบูรณ์แบบ ทางที่ดีควรมาถึง

จุดชมวิวกังหันลมเวลาประมาณ 17.00 น.

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SAMUI

Samui Trippin’

Spread across the dazzling

turquoise waters of Samui

Island are splendid escapes

and unknown activities

that’s just a hop and a skip

away. Once you get there,

exploration may simply

require some rowing. For

outdoor explorers, it’s a

virtual paradise of calm

waters and cool breezes. Slip

on a pair of spiffy sunglasses

with polarised lens to

protect against dazzling

reflecting waters, and prep

the sunblock for the ride to

Samui enchantment.

Words Sarita Urupongsa

Photos Oliver Gane, Anutra U.

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SAMUI

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

Within the protected archipelago

of 42 karst islands lie beaches

surrounded by exuberant greenery

and coconut palms trees, saltwater

lakes with deep blue hues, and

amazing dive spots skittering with

marine life, particularly at Ang

Thong National Marine Park. Paving

a clear path to these wonders are

numerous travel agencies with

various itineraries from Samui to

Ang Thong islands. A Typical journey

starts in the morning with Koh Mae

Koh as a highlight stop. You’ll be

mesmerised by a pristine emerald

lake in the middle of a limestone

mountain, forming a crater-like

Right

Daytrippers can

easily rent a boat

for the short trip

to a quiet piece of

paradise at Koh

Mudsum.

Below, Moving Right

Aerial view shows

inviting shorelines.

Snorkellers view

thriving marine

life in crystalline

waters.

Pandanus seacones

in green and red

grow wild around

Koh Mudsum.

Constant calm seas

ensure easy rowing

for sea kayakers.

lagoon resulting from rock erosion

and a cavern collapse. Climbing

up 500 metres will reward you

with an unparalleled panoramic

view in the Gulf of Thailand. An

amazing experience kayaking

and snorkelling around Koh Tai

Plao and other bizarre-looking

islets from the north to the south

of the national park. Most day

trips include lunch, soft drinks,

snorkelling gear and life vests.

45 minutes by speedboat from Nathon

Pier to Ang Thong National Marine

Park. More information at

lomprayah.com; +66 (0) 77 420 121

As a further treat, camping and

staying overnight on Koh Wua Talap

is an option. A tent, light torch, a

sleeping bag and mosquito net are

available for rent. In the morning,

you’ll have sightings of black tip

reef sharks and rays, with a small

fishing village within view.

Contact Ang Thong National Marine

Park at +66 (0) 77 286 025

BEACH DELIGHT

Koh Mudsum, a hidden gem,

displays itself out in a glorious

43-rai cape. Private sunbathing

and romantic moments serve

their best purpose here. On the

other side of the island, catch

the sheen of granite pebbles

that wash up on shore for more

island ambience.

Travel to Koh Taen around noon

and find delight in the colourful

fish and corals before trekking

through the natural trails and

mangrove forests, absorbing the

cultures of the local islanders

along the way. End your perfect

night during sunset with savoury

barbecue and dinner set menus.

Take a speedboat (10 minutes) or

long-tail boat (15 minutes) from

Thong Krut pier to Koh Mudsum.

Book the trip at Angthong Sea Tour;

+66 (0) 77 960 665,

+66 (0) 81 894 0581 or

email: ang.thongseatour@hotmail.com

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Top, Clockwise

A compelling reason

for spa therapy: an

herbal steam cave.

Mind and body

connect through the

gentle movements

of aqua therapy.

The scent of

coconuts and their

oils have become

crucial to the spa

experience.

BE WELL

Take a look into the wellness

programme that pays homage

to healing traditions in the

region. The treasured art of Thai

massage marries poetically with

aqua therapy with its graceful

dance movement. At Thai Aquatic

Freedom, enjoy a transformative

experience of weightlessness in

the aqua therapy pool as your body

is moved dynamically through

the water to stretch the muscles,

relieve stiff joints, and quiet the

mind. Here’s a chance to really let

go and relax the body and mind.

A 15-minute drive from Samui

International Airport to Spa Village

Koh Samui. ritzcarlton.com/

kohsamui; +66 (0) 77 915 777

For total wellness, spas are a necessity on

vacation, with soothing treatments that

address what ails us. Expect feel good results

and a lightness of being.

Bliss begins with just a glance

at the aesthetic design of Tamarind

Springs Forest Day Spa in Koh

Samui. The highlight is a unique

steam room whose combo of

moderate heat, steam and aromatic

herbs starts the relaxation process,

followed by the cooling temperature

of a natural rock pool which

helps improve blood circulation.

tamarindsprings.com,

+66 (0) 85 926 4626

If you’re in the mood to

splurge, there’s always the Eranda

Herbal Spa. A veteran in the business,

their 15 years of services culminated

in a literal Midas touch. Their ultimate

facial treatment comes with the

luxury of pure gold that’s 99.99% –

just like what Cleopatra did way back

then. Another exceptional treat is

Eranda’s signature pearl soft mask to

renew skin cells. erandaspa.com,

+66 (0) 7730 0323, +66 (0) 7730 0321

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Built into a steep hillside

descending down to a small

beach in Koh Samui, Kamalaya is

another spa offering the luxury

combination of oriental and

western practices. The uplifting

touches result in a body, mind and

spirit immersed in well-being. If

you have difficulty sleeping, this is

your place to fix it. kamalaya.com,

+66 (0) 7742 9800

Sounding like the ultimate

destination, it’s hard to resist

The Source Samui. Their 3 detox

programmes – Detox, Weight Loss

& Ultimate Detox, are becoming

popular among travellers with a

determined goal to cleanse their

system. If you’ve got the time, take

advantage of their programmes

which range from 7 up to 14 days.

This is also an opportunity to learn

about herbs, essential oils and how to

mix tinctures and formulas to make

on your own. thesourcesamui.com,

+66 (0) 89 067 9856,

At The Secret Garden Spa,

you’ll get a chance to get up-close

and personal with Koh Samui’s

origins in the area of special herbs,

plants and flowers. Absolutely

try ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Earth

to Sky’ programmes, with spa

rituals using oils from fresh local

coconuts. You’re at the beach –

of course you need the heavenly

smell of coconuts. Deep breaths,

and revitalise. fourseasons.com/

kohsamui/spa, +66 (0) 77 243 000

Top

Hammocks on

Samui beaches

tempt relaxation.

Bottom, from Left

Soothing sunsets add

to the calm within.

Artful floral

arrangements at

spas add visual

beauty to the

experience.

A wondrous Samui

sight as a temple

glints in response to

the sunset.

PEACE-SEEKING MISSION

The beach is always an effective

way to unwind, we can all attest

to that. It’s conventional wisdom

that beaches like those in Koh

Samui create a calming influence

as we gaze at the lapping water on

the shore. But there’s a scientific

basis, as psychologists say that

the colour blue brings a sense of

calm and peace.

Staring off into the ocean

waters alters our brain waves’

frequency and relaxes us into

a mild meditative state. This

is probably best done from a

hammock or while relaxing on the

side of a pool. In Chaweng beach,

perhaps? And what happens as you

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listen to the rhythmic flow of the

waves? It actually de-stimulates

our brains. The sounds — coupled

with the visuals — activate your

parasympathetic nervous system

and help to slow us down and give

us a chance to relax.

Besides the sounds and

visuals, the smell of the ocean

breeze plays a part to soothe us.

That may have something to do

with the negative ions in the air

that you breathe in. The oxygen

atoms have extra electrons,

especially at waterfalls and the

ocean. Na Mueang Waterfalls

comes to mind, after you reach

it from the walking path. A

scientific paper had suggested

that therapy from negative ions

could be used to treat symptoms

of seasonal affective disorder, in

which the lack of sunlight creates

a depressive state. Finally, to

round out the senses, the simple

To be sure, some beaches and destinations induce

more relaxation and peacefulness than others.

That’s where Samui comes in. The combination

of visual beauty, warm sand, cool breeze, and

shimmering blue-green tint of the water all add up

to overall well-being.

Top

Find a spot among

the intimate rock

formations on

Koh Samui and

meditate.

Left

To feel like a whole

person again,

indulge in massage

therapy.

act of feeling the sand on your

feet makes you relaxed. Consider

a walk on Lamai beach, among

Samui’s plethora of powdery

sand offerings.

But like much of science and

medicine, it turns out there’s a

bit of a placebo effect happening

too. We’ve all been conditioned to

equating a beach, or a vacation,

with relaxation and peacefulness.

When we arrive at our destination,

our minds and bodies go into

automatic relaxation mode.

To be sure, some beaches

and destinations induce more

relaxation and peacefulness than

others. That’s where a return

trip to Samui comes in. The

combination of visual beauty,

warm sand, cool breeze, and

shimmering blue-green tint of the

water all add up to overall wellbeing.

It may not be scientifically

proven, but…

Whether you’re hoping to

take the perfect sunset photo,

are planning island excursions,

a twilight proposal, or want

sunset restaurant reservations

somewhere stunning, make sure

you’re free by 6pm. You’re always

guaranteed the best Samui sunset

anywhere on the island.

It’s the greatest hits of dazzling

spots. So off you go to Samui, with

its stunning scenery. It’s quiet

amazement of the best kind.

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หนาวนี้ ฟ้าไทยชวนคุณไปสำรวจสมุย

และรอบๆ เกาะ สัมผัสท้องทะเลสีเขียว

มรกตสงบนิ่งปะทะลมหนาวเบาๆ เตรียม

แว่นและครีมกันแดดให้พร้อม แล้วออก

เรือไปท่องอ่าวไทยกัน

เริ่มต้นกันที่ อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะ

อ่างทอง ท่องเรือชม 42 เกาะที่รายล้อมกัน

อย่างน่าอัศจรรย์ ไฮไลต์ของทริปอยู่ที่เกาะ

แม่เกาะ จุดที่ทะเลสีเขียวมรกตเข้มถูกโอบ

ล้อมด้วยภูเขาหินปูนที่ยุบตัวลงบริเวณ

กลางเกาะเกิดเป็นแอ่งน้ำสวยงาม หากไม่รู้

จะเริ่มตรงไหน ลองใช้บริการบริษัททัวร์

หลายแห่งที่จัดโปรแกรมน่าสนใจจาก

เกาะสมุยสู่หมู่เกาะอ่างทอง โดยโปรแกรม

จะเริ่มต้นราว 9 โมงเช้า ทัวร์ส่วนใหญ่จะนำ

เที่ยวจากตอนบนของอุทยานฯ ไล่ลงมา

เรื่อยผ่านเกาะน้อยใหญ่ต่างรูปร่าง ให้คุณ

ได้พายเรือคายัคและดำน้ำตื้นผ่าน

ช่องแคบและถ้ำ หรือหากต้องการนอนค้าง

สักหนึ่งคืน เต้นท์และอุปกรณ์สำหรับค้าง

คืนมีพร้อมให้เช่าที่เกาะวัวตาหลับ อันเป็น

ที่ตั้งของที่ทำการอุทยานแห่งชาติ

ต่อกันที่ เกาะมัดสุม หาดสวรรค์

สำหรับคนรักสงบ ณ แหลมที่ยื่นตัวออก

ไปในทะเลบนพื้นที่เกาะกว่า 43 ไร่ คุณจะได้

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา

จากขวาบน

อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะ

อ่างทองที่อุดมไปด้วยเกาะ

เล็กเกาะน้อยน่าค้นหา

ชายหาด เกาะวัวตาหลับ

เกาะศูนย์กลางของ

อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะ

อ่างทอง มีหาดทรายขาว

ละเอียด น้ำทะเลสีฟ้าใส

ซ้ายบน

ม่านหินย้อย

ที่ถ้ำบัวโบก บริเวณอ่าวคา

เกาะวัวตาหลับ

ซ้ายล่าง

เรือสปีดโบ๊ตที่กำลังมุ่ง

หน้าไปยังเกาะมัดสุม

นอนอาบแดดบนพื้นทรายทอดยาวแบบไร้

ผู้คนรอบกาย หากอยากปลีกวิเวกกว่านั้น

ลองเดินบุกทางเดินเท้าที่ตัดผ่านทุ่งหญ้า

สูงจากหน้าหาดทรายยาวไปยังอีกด้าน

ของเกาะที่เต็มไปด้วยหินแกรนิตสวย

กลมมนที่เกิดจากน้ำทะเลพัดเซาะและสุม

ขึ้นมาบนหาดตลอดวัน

เพียงไม่กี่นาทีจากเกาะมัดสุม เกาะแตน

คือจุดที่ดีที่สุดสำหรับการดำน้ำตื้นชม

ฝูงปลาและปะการังหลากสี ก่อนจะเดิน

ศึกษาเส้นทางธรรมชาติ เรียนรู้ชุมชน

ในอดีต และระบบนิเวศป่าชายเลน ปิด

ท้ายด้วยมื้อเย็นที่มีให้เลือกทั้งบาร์บีคิว

หรือจะเตรียมอาหารปิกนิก นั่งเอกเขนก

รับประทานบนเบาะนุ่มสบาย พร้อมชม

ภาพพระอาทิตย์ตกลงกลางท้องน้ำ

การท่องเที่ยวทะเลและเกาะแก่งยังช่วย

ชำระล้างจิตใจได้อีกทาง ดั่งเช่นที่นัก

จิตวิทยาได้ให้ข้อมูลว่า สีฟ้าช่วยให้คนเรา

เข้าถึงความสงบได้จริงๆ คุณสามารถมอง

ออกไปกว้างไกลและดื่มด่ำกับทะเลสีคราม

ได้จากเปลญวนหรือข้างสระน้ ำบน หาดเฉวง

ฟังเสียงคลื่นกระทบฝั่ง ทั้งภาพและเสียงที่

คุณได้สัมผัสจากท้องทะเลจะกระตุ้นสมอง

ให้สั่งเราเคลื่อนไหวและคิดช้าลง และนั่นเป็น

โอกาสที่ดีที่เราจะได้ผ่อนคลายจากความ

กังวลทั้งปวง

นอกจากนี้ กลิ่นอายทะเลหรือน้ำจาก

น้ำตก ยังช่วยสร้างความรู้สึกเบาสบายให้

เราได้อย่างไม่รู้ตัว คุณสามารถไปที่

น้ำตกหน้าเมือง เพื่อรับรู้ถึงความรู้สึกดีๆ

เหล่านี้ได้บนเกาะสมุย

จากรูป เสียง กลิ่น สิ่งสุดท้าย

ซึ่งสำคัญสำหรับมนุษย์ก็คือ สัมผัส

การท่องเที่ยวทะเลมอบทุกสิ่งที่ดีสำหรับ

ชีวิต คุณจะรับรู้ได้ทันทีที่เท้าเปลือยเปล่า

สัมผัสผิวทรายเม็ดละเอียดบน หาดละไม

พร้อมกับพบว่าตัวเองมีความสุขแค่ไหน

นั่นทำให้ใครหลายๆ คนต้องกลับมาเยือน

เกาะสมุยอีกครั้ง และอีกครั้ง

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GALLERY

Ending

On a

High Note

The tradition of Chinese opera performances is fading in Thailand as the

descendants of Chinese immigrants, many of whom don’t speak Chinese,

lose interest in this art form. Audiences are growing smaller and older

but the shows remain as colourful and dramatic as ever. Photographer

Yvan Cohen captures the detailed preparation behind the scenes of this

temporary setting and relates the moving stories of the performers.

Words & Photos Yvan Cohen

The performers are like

itinerant players from a

medieval era – erecting

temporary stages for a few days,

then dismantling them and

moving on,” explains Cohen.

Chinese opera is performed in

Thailand by travelling troupes

of players, most of whom are

from the northeastern region of

Thailand known as Isaan.

While some of the actors are

ethnic Chinese, surprisingly

many are rural Thais who

do not speak the language

and memorise their words

phonetically to sing the operas.

The images are part of a

multi-year project that had the

photographer covering many

different troupes in different

locations around Bangkok.

Cohen explains that it’s a very

photographic project, exploring

the visual universe – which is so

atmospheric of Chinese opera.

“This is a parallel world

where you can experience a

Bangkok of yesteryear and you

almost have the show to yourself.

It’s just you and the ‘gods’ –

partly because very few people

understand what is being said.”

It’s usually an outdoor stage,

done in the cool of the evening in

local Thai neighbourhoods.

There’s a wonderful quote from

one of the actors, Cohen points

out as he recites the poignant

statement: “We eat like pigs, sleep

like dogs and dress like angels.”

It’s a window into an art form

that comes from way back but

may not be around for much

longer. “It’s a story about the

shadow of a traditional culture

that still lingers in the city despite

rapid changes, but for how long?”

A performer watches

the ongoing stage action,

awaiting his cue.

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TOP

The facial makeup and

exaggerated details on

an opera performer’s

face are painted with

colours carrying

different meanings.

BOTTOM

A Chinese opera

performer goes

through his

makeup and stage

paraphernalia

while awaiting

his stage turn.

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CLOCKWISE

A performer dons

comfortable clothes

during a break.

A close-up of the

madeup face of

a Chinese opera

performer.

Most of the

performers put

on their ‘look’ in

makeshift and al

fresco dressing areas.

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TOP

These temporary ‘homes’

may have bi-level backstage nooks

and crannies to create a cosy

resting place.

BOTTOM

Makeup styles and colours signify

specific roles in the opera. For

example, the application of a red

face denotes bravery and loyalty.

TOP

Chinese opera

performers

backstage as they

prepare for a show.

A performer looks

on, waiting for the

signal to get back

on stage.

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OPPOSITE PAGE

TOP & BOTTOM

Chinese opera is

characterised by its

lavish costumes,

the falsetto delivery

of its actors and

the highly stylised

presentation of its

set piece stories,

which are drawn

from Chinese

folklore.

The elaborate

colours signify a

character’s role,

including their

fate, together

with illustrating

the character’s

emotional state.

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TOP & BOTTOM

A motion-blur

image of a Chinese

opera performer

onstage during a

performance in the

Chinatown area of

Bangkok.

A Chinese opera

performer rushes

onto the stage

during a show in

the Thai capital.

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TOP AND BOTTOM

Close-up of the dramatic slashes of

makeup worn by a Chinese opera

performer.

To while away the time between

acts, two Chinese opera performers

chat back stage.

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Modern day distractions for two

young performers of an ancient art.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Yvan Cohen’s career as a photojournalist

spans more than three decades working

across Asia from his base in Bangkok.

Yvan’s work has been published in a

wide array of international publications,

including covers for Time Magazine

and the New York Times for whom he

worked regularly for many years. His

work includes fashion, features and

commissioned portraits. Yvan is also a

co-founder of the LightRocket media

management platform. www.lightrocket.

com and www.lightrocketmedia.com

For almost a decade, Yvan

has been documenting Bangkok’s

Chinatown community in one of

the most well-preserved and

atmospheric areas of Thailand’s

rapidly modernising capital city. His

images of Chinese Opera represent

a significant part of this work,

introducing viewers to a timeless

universe that represents a direct

line to an ancient theatrical art form

that was transported to Thailand by

Chinese migrants over a century ago.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Organically

Delicious

Vegetables now play a larger

role in meals, with an artful

preparation and taste that

appeals to most diners.

A culinary diversion in

Koh Samui is Vikasa Life Café,

whose eye-popping and

colourful organic dishes

taste as good as they look.

BANGKOK 90 / SAMUI 92 / PHUKET & KRABI 94 / CHIANG MAI 98 / PATTAYA 100 / CHENGDU, CHONGQING & GUANGZHOU 102 / HONG KONG 104 /

SINGAPORE 106 / KL 107 / SIEM REAP 108 / DANANG & PHU QUOC 110 / YANGON & VIENTIANE 111 / MUMBAI & MALDIVES 112

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

of King Rama IV. Apart from the chill vibes felt

when one is next to the iconic Chao Phraya River,

there’s also a wide selection of eateries and design

stores to enjoy. Lhong 1919 is also recognised for

a renovation that preserved the original structure.

Chinese mural paintings, for instance, were given

the gradual touch-up with colours that were

closest to the original shades. 248 Chiang Mai Road,

Khlong San, facebook.com/LHONG 1919

SPOTLIGHT

Turf and Surf

Treat

After keeping Bangkok

fidgeting in high anticipation

for the opening of mega-treat

dining, Burger & Lobster

finally launched their first

venture in Thailand on the

ground floor of Gaysorn Village

and its second branch in

Southeast Asia.

SPOTLIGHT

Lhonging for the Past

Since the old days, riverine

areas have been hailed as the

melting pot of trade, culture,

and lifestyle. An appreciation

for such unique features

and the desire to preserve

a glorious past inspired the

creation of Lhong 1919. A pier

and its riverside stretch along

the 6-rai (2.3 acres) land has

warehouses transformed into a

mix-use project that retains its

former structure’s aesthetics

and details of ancient Chinese

heritage. While the site holds

a contemporary function,

its history ties in with the

prosperity enjoyed during the

golden age of Thai-Chinese

commerce during the reign

From its modest beginning in a small

Irish Pub in the affluent neighbourhood

of Mayfair in London, the restaurant

has made a delicious reputation with

exceptionally made lobster rolls and

more than pleasing burgers. Its Bangkok

branch also boasts the special

combo-sharing tower menu, which

is exclusively catered to suit the Thai

sharing culture.

facebook.com/burgerandlobsterbkk,

T: +66 (0) 2656 1111

ALWAYS A CLASSIC

TNOP is recognised as one of the

world’s leading names in the graphic

design scene. Inspired by culture

and its contemporary existence,

the brand has recently launched

the collection of Siamese Girls

Notebooks. At first glance, we

may be transferred back to

the old days of vintage

images of Siamese girls

in a bold, colourful background

and retro font types. But looking

closely, the cover designs of these

notebooks combine Thai mainstream

culture with the backdrop of

traditional landmarks portrayed in a

humorous and stylistic presentation.

tnop.com

A HIT AND HIP

The word JUA comes from the Thai blackjack game that means,

“hit me!” The name for this restaurant and bar is a playful

reference to the establishment, a former gambling house that

now houses the unpretentious restaurant and bar. It’s the latest

addition to Charoen Krung, a popular hangout area now casually

known as “the creative district.” JUA offers a place that serves

an assortment of Japanese and Korean drinking food as well as

a wide collection of craft beers, wine, cocktails, sake, and spirits.

Apart from the keen ambience of social gatherings and friend

get-togethers, JUA is noteworthy for its design aesthetics – an

ode to a combination of Thai and

Japanese modernist elements.

facebook.com/juabangkok,

T: +66 (0) 61 558 7689

CULINARY SANCTUARY

Among various Middle-Eastern dining

establishments in Thailand, Al Saray

stands out as the venue that whips up

the marvel found together in Lebanese

and Indian cuisines and interpreted into

one fine dining restaurant. Striving to

introduce sophisticated and tasty Lebanese

and Indian dishes to the palate of Thai

diners, Al Saray voiced a commitment

to maintaining its authentic cuisine

with quality ingredients that ensure all

diners will be thrilled by the impressive

experience to be had at Al Saray. One way

to begin the culinary adventure is with

hummus, which awakens the senses with

its balance of garlic, acidity of fresh lime,

and the drizzle of olive oil before indulging

in the hearty and aromatic Grill Platter, or

try their popular Indian signature dish of

Butter Chicken and Naan. And to round off

the meal, don’t forget to enjoy it with some

Lebanese wine to complete the enjoyment

of the inspiring menu. alsarayrestaurant.com,

T: +66 (0) 2234 4988 DINE HIGH, REALLY HIGH

In Bangkok’s mesmerising dining choices, here’s the latest

addition that requires being strapped in. In what is a daredevil

feat of a meal, Dinner in the Sky offers 22 thrill-seeking diners a

chance to enjoy a meal close to the heavens. Dinner guests will

be strapped to their seats around a dining table before being

taken up in the air by a crane. Those who are not intimidated

by the 50-metre height will be rewarded with the spectacular

view of the Em District sparkling on Sukhumvit Road while

enjoying a 4-course dinner created by Chef Gaetano Palumbo of

the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. The meals cost 4,990THB for

weekdays and 5,390THB for weekends. Dinners are scheduled

for 6pm and 7.30pm daily and run until the end of February 2018.

546 Sukhumvit Rd, dinnerinthesky.co.th

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

SAMUI

SPOTLIGHT

Resort to

Peace

Serenely hidden among swaying

coconut trees, The Ritz-Carlton,

Koh Samui, is the latest resort

added to the island’s dossier

of gorgeous hideaways and

wellness retreats. This getaway

to sanctuary is being praised for

the remarkable combination of

The Ritz-Carlton’s signature

of legendary hospitality and

Koh Samui’s vibrant and inspiring vibe.

Exquisitely designed suites and pool

villas beckon guests, as well as their

exceptional recreational programmes.

Not to be missed and a highlight of this

oceanfront resort is the Spa Village Koh

Samui, the true gem among wellness

retreats. It merges the island’s ambience

of pampering with an approach of

soothing Thai therapies. Spa Village

strives at indulging the guests and their

wellness needs with its 8 treatment suites,

3 outdoor massage pavilions, including a

yoga pavilion, a lap pool, cabanas to

relax in and a health bar.

ritzcarlton.com/kohsamui, +66 (0) 77 915 777

SPOTLIGHT

An Organic Affair

Vikasa Life Café is simply breathtaking for its cuisine that is a

masterpiece of natural ingredients at its peak quality. The result

is delicious flavours without any additives and finished off with a

delightful food plating and presentation. The featured menus are a

collaboration of two highly-experienced chefs: namely, Boris Lauser,

Europe’s best raw food chef award winner, and Cyril Schivo, who

accumulated a culinary experience that spans many countries and

prestigious establishments. At Vikasa Life Café,

only locally-grown products are selected from

reliable organic sources to ensure the freshness

and the quality of its cuisine. Our picks from the

menu marvel of Vikasa Life Café include the juicy

Pink Burger, with a salmon patty in a wholegrain

beetroot bun and vegetable pickles, and the

savoury Mango magic; a mélange of avocado,

mango carpaccio and local greens dressed in a juicy

mango-tamarind dressing with spiced daikon.

vikasalifecafe.com, +66 (0) 77 422 232

FULL FLAVOURED

Award-winning restaurant Full Moon

defines the combination of a chargrill

restaurant amidst the authentic Koh

Samui aesthetics of seaside dining. The

contemporary venue sits on a stylish

alfresco deck which promises the

stunning view of the Gulf of Thailand’s

shoreline and the hotel infinity pool. The

menu itself is a marvellous selection of

what they call ‘land and ocean.’ Ranging

from freshly-caught seafood to premium

imported meat from notable sources,

Full Moon’s cuisine team manages to

transform all these finest ingredients

into a well-crafted culinary experience.

After having the restaurant’s highlights,

namely Lao-Inspired Beef Tartar, Full

Moon Signature Roast Spatchcock,

top it off with a dessert of Belgium

Chocolate Naked Crème Brûlée. They

are certainly ways to satisfy your

desire to savour good food, coupled

with creating a memorable experience

as part of your dream escape on this

resort island. samui.anantara.com,

+66 (0) 77 428 300

A SPIRITED OCCASION

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Tongsai Bay, the

environmentally-conscious luxe hideaway has teamed up

exclusively with the Bangkok-based gin distillery Iron Balls Gin

in offering specially crafted cocktails featuring Iron Balls Gin

to celebrate the event. The spirit itself is meticulously distilled

from freshly cracked coconuts and pineapples with hints of

juniper, hillside ginger and lemongrass. The craft spirit’s brand

ambassador and mixologist Carson Quinn will be creating 3

special gin-based cocktails at The Tongsai Bay’s beachfront

Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar, which also features Fever Tree

premium tonics and 2 fresh and new garden-inspired cocktails

with infusions and distillations made from herbs and plants

directly from the hotel’s homegrown organic garden.

tongsaibay.co.th, +66 (0) 77 913 750

WONDROUS WELLNESS

Conrad Spa Koh Samui glows with the

accolade of being named Asia’s Best

Hideaway Spa 2017 from the Haute

Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa Awards

2017, recently held in Bangkok. A

prestigious recognition in the world of

spas and pampering hospitality, it reflects

their commitment to providing the best

in wellbeing and treatment for guests.

It’s all made possible with their highlyskilled

therapists who’ve been striving to

elevate a guest experience from vacation

retreat into magical bliss. Situated atop a

hill, the Conrad Spa Koh Samui offers a

panoramic view of the stunning azure sea.

This blissful sight translates into an equally

blissful mind during spa treatments that

combine traditional and contemporary

techniques where guests walk away from

a most exceptional spa experience.

conradhotels3.hilton.com,

+66 (0) 77 915 888

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

Phuket’s Peranakan Museum

The much-awaited opening of the

Peranakan Museum in old town Phuket

following its renovation now presents

schedules of exhibits staged across

multimedia platforms. Descendants of

Chinese immigrants who came to the

Malay Archipelago in the 15th to 17th

century, the Peranakan groups, later

settled in southern Thailand, Penang,

Singapore and Malaysia, creating their own

cliques and culture. In Phuket, Peranakan

cuisine and elaborately-detailed costumes

are reasons to celebrate in style. Housed

in the century-old historic Standard

Chartered Bank building, the museum

showcases Phuket’s glorious past when

trading and mining bestowed much

prosperity during the reign of King Rama V.

The governor ordered the construction of

the town’s first-ever commercial bank,

A long-standing Muslim restaurant where locals still go

and enjoy the comforting menu, Arun Pochana serves from

early morning on various kinds of curries – from chicken to

beef or fish. If you happen to be there during weekends, do

not miss their specialty of mutton curry, too. As a southern

Thai restaurant, this place also serves ‘‘khanom cheen’ or

fermented rice vermicelli complete with a basket full of fresh

assorted local vegetables as well.

Filling favourites include roti with fried eggs, so-called

1+1, 2+1 or 3+1 – referring to the number of roti per egg.

If you like some sweetness to start your day, choose from

their toppings such as bananas, chocolate and eggs. Their

house tea is fabulous: deeply fragrant and cleansing. It’s

perfect to pair with this delicious meal. Arun Pochana: Thalang

Road, Phuket Old Town, open daily 7am - 5pm (except during

Ramadan), T: +66 (0) 76 212 187

complete with a police station

on an opposite site, to provide

maximum security. Now the

museum building has been fully

restored to its past magnificence

with details of Penang design and

architecture, Chinese tile roofing,

and elaborate wooden windowsills

and frames. Located at the corner

of Phang Nga and Phuket roads,

the museum is open daily (except

for Mondays) from 9.00am -

4.30pm. T: +66 (0) 76 211 333

A HEARTY ROTI BREAKFAST

If you happen to be in Phuket Old Town and are craving something hearty and local,

try the Muslim-style sustenance of roti that’s fresh off the griddle and curries at the

famous Arun Pochana on Thalang Road.

HOUSING A LIVING MUSEUM

Take an opportunity to really see the historical Sino-

Portuguese shophouses that have been around in Phuket

Old Town for over a century. The i46 Old Town Café on

Krabi Road houses a café, restaurant and tourist information

centre. It’s also an actual living museum that serves as a

private home to a fourth-generation of Phuket locals. Inside

the i46 Old Town Café displays show

how generations of Phuket locals lived

under the same roof with multiple living

spaces, a main communal area designed

with a ‘Chim Chae,’ an open sun-roof

that allows the light in, and a big well

that accumulates water during the rains.

This is a real home-style café with

homemade Phuket signature dishes and

hearty in nature dish, along with snacks

– all created by the owners. Come in for

a meal or wonderful drinks and snacks;

friendly conversations also on offer.

Open daily (except Saturdays), 8am - 4pm,

T: +66 (0) 81 895 4795, facebook.com/

I46OldTown

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PHUKET / KRABI

SPOTLIGHT

More Raw

Phuket is known for its annual

Vegetarian Festival, but for

year-round meatless cuisine, the

island comes up quite short with

comparatively limited choices.

Atsumi Raw Cuisine, part of the

Atsumi Detox Center, has been

serving Western-style raw and

vegan dishes since 2013, partly

in service to those following

detox retreat programmes. But

now that the trend of going

vegan is expanding, the place is

open to any walk-ins interested

in recharging their bodies with the plantbased

cuisine.

Raw food is all vegan, but not all

vegan foods are raw foods. Raw food, as

its name implies, means the food is raw

or not cooked above temperatures of 40-

49 C or 104-120 F. After all, chefs who

prepare such foods will need to make

these dishes look and taste fantastic,

while keeping its organic benefits

mostly untouched. Open daily: 9am -

8.30pm, 99/1 Moo 7, Wiset Road, Rawai

District, Phuket, T: +66 (0) 76 623 828,

atsumirawcafe.com

ALL ABOUT THE FOOD

The three-day Phuket Food and Wine Expo

will premiere on Friday, 9 March and last until

Sunday, 11 March 2018 at the Royal Phuket

Marina in Phuket. This first-ever event plans

to bring together suppliers and businesses

that relate to the food and wine industries

from leading companies around the world.

Visitors and traders alike can browse through

various selections including fresh produce,

drinks, wines of all types. This extends to

kitchen supplies and services as well as luxury

lifestyle products.

Hosted by the Royal Phuket Marina,

the event also features informative

conferences and seminars as well as live

cooking demonstrations. A farmer’s market

also showcases gourmet and local cuisine,

finally ending with a charity gala dinner. The

organiser of this event is the Talisman Media

Group (TMG), known for their food and

lifestyle publications including Bangkok101.

Registration is now available online for buyers,

traders and visitors. For more information,

visit phuketfoodandwine.com.

LANTA’S ORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

On every habitable island first lived local

communities before the appearance of boatloads

and flocks of tourists. On Lanta island, off Krabi’s

shores, local Muslim communities own a unique

culture that curious outside minds can get to know.

Unlike most of the available tour packages, this one

is arranged and managed by local Lanta folks. Most

of the gained income sees fair distribution among

the locals and the community who in fact are the

main reasons to visit. The half-day tour to ‘Baan Thung

Yipheng’ on the east side of the island features

a unique Muslim-Thai community still living their

natural way of life. Rich mangrove forests

provide a sanctuary for sea creatures and

visitors can row serenely along in old-style

wooden boats and quietly observe the

surroundings. A home-made lunch or dinner

will also be prepared for guests by the locals.

For more information, visit localalike.com

for available locally-run and managed tour

packages in Phuket, Krabi and Trang.

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

CHIANG MAI

SPOTLIGHT

Hippocampus Getaway

Hippocampus is an escape from the

chaotic city life for both the owners and

their guests. The Thai couple fled their

busy lives and settled on a beautiful

piece of land in Chiang Dao – which

offers a priceless mountain view. They

first designed and built a comfortable

abode and lived in the “Baan Noi (small

house)” for a certain period. Now as

proprietors, they offer a corner of their

paradise to homestay guests.

Hippocampus is a café, gallery (the

male owner is an artist) and homestay

rolled into one. The owners now stay

in another house they have just built

and the addition of another small

house called “Baan Yung” has been

added. Little in size yet comfortable,

the wooden house was formerly a rice

barn that has been renovated. Guests

can come and share the beauty of

nature with the two owners. It is highly

recommended that you book in

advance – for the reason that

there are only two houses for

rent but also because booking

ahead allows one of them to

prepare the ingredients for

your meals. The food here is

freshly cooked and freshly

baked. Hippocampus serves

a homemade breakfast and a

nice gourmet coffee. Guests

can stroll along the farm where

people plant rice, mulberries,

coffee and passion fruits,

among others. There is no TV

in the rooms so guests can

enjoy what nature has to offer.

At night, stargazers can marvel

at the panoramic view of the

sky – which sums up the very

reason why the owners and

their guests are there.

334 Moo 12, Chiang Dao,

Chiang Mai, facebook.com/

HippocampusChiangdao,

open between Thursday and

Monday from 9am - 6pm

BOOKISH BUFFALO

A relaxing shop with great coffee and second-hand English books for children and young

adults, “Bookish Buffalo” just opened in October this year. The owners are book and coffee

lovers so they have filled the place with a great selection of both. Firmly believing that all kids

should be encouraged to read or have access to good books, the owners bought plenty of

second-hand English books from the UK and sell them at very affordable prices.

The shop has comfortable bean bags for kids to

spend time reading or selecting books for as long as they

wish. Outdoor tables let you enjoy the mountain views,

while indoor ones allow parents to spend time with their

children. Named after ‘Nong Khwai’, the sub-district where

it is located, Bookish Buffalo is quite close to the Chiang

Mai Night Safari intersection. Located on a large field

where the owners plant organic vegetables for personal

consumption, they are also happy to share produce with

customers at reasonable prices. It opens from 8.30am to 6pm

on weekdays, but closes every Wednesday, and from 9.30am

to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.

facebook.com/bookishbuffalo

THE SWEETEST QUALITY

What’s considered popular food in

Chiang Mai isn’t just all about Northern

specialties. One of the lesser-known gems

in the city is a street food shop called “Tao

Huay Savoey.” They sell Chinese desserts

like “Tao Huay” (silken tofu in ginger tea)

and “Bua Loy Nam Khing” (black sesame

dumplings in ginger tea) with gingko as an

add-on ingredient. Prices start at about

50 cents (USD) for a basic bowl and about

$2 for a bowl featuring a combination of

everything in ginger tea.

What makes this shop stand out is

the sweet tea soup which gives a strong

and refreshing taste of ginger, unlike a

new generation of commercially-made

“Tao Huay”. Another main difference is

the thinner flour wrapping for the sesame

dumpling, giving it a softer bite with an

authentic burst of the stuffed sesame. It

opens twice a day – in the morning from

6am to 9am at No. 3 Soi Sirimangalajarn

and in the evening from 5.30pm to

9.30pm at the mouth of Soi Sirorot off

Suthep street, not so far from the morning

shop. In case you can’t find the shop, call

+66 (0) 86 916 9856 or +66 (0) 53 894 103.

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PATTAYA / TRAT

SPOTLIGHT

Float Through

the Mangroves

Travelling to an island doesn’t

necessarily mean you have

to stick to beach activities all

the time. Here in Koh Chang,

there’s another tranquil activity

available when you feel like

taking a short break from the

sea and sand. One of the popular

options to consider to taking

a boat and rowing along the

mangroves. The trees grow in

abundance in Koh Chang around

Salak Khok Bay. Along quiet

waters, visitors will be able to

explore mangroves up close

SPOTLIGHT

Glimpsing Van Gogh

Imagine being able to view and

admire world-class artworks of

the masters in the busy city of

Pattaya? Yes, you definitely can.

The museum, Hello Van Gogh

Pattaya, is the only one of its

kind in Thailand that showcases

the creations of Vincent Van

Gogh in stunning technology.

All masterpieces are presented

as convergence art, projected

onto large screens with highdefinition

projectors. Step into

the wonderful world of Vincent

Van Gogh and get a retrospective glimpse

into his incredible life before he became such

a great artist. You can also admire works

belonging to other Impressionist artists such

as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne,

Paul Gauguin, and many more. High-quality

prints of Van Gogh and Monet paintings are also

available for sale at the gallery. If all sounds

interesting enough, list this place as your next

destination in Pattaya now. They say that art

is a balm for the soul, so take a break from the

hectic pace and engage in some art appreciation.

hellovangoghpattaya.com

by kayak or a traditional wooden boat.

This eco tour is operated by Baan Salak

Khok Community Tour Club who know

the area best. Feel what it’s like to float

along the endless rows of mangroves

and experience the way of life among the

fisherfolks. These excursions also help

the community earn extra money apart

from their main livelihood as fishermen.

So take a boat ride, reconnect with nature,

and enjoy the serenity and amazing views.

facebook.com/SalakKhokKayakStation

AUTHENTICALLY INDIAN

Feel like taking a break from seafood?

If yes, go for an option that defines

sophisticated dining at the Maharani

Indian Restaurant that’s in the Royal

Cliff Beach Hotel. A meal there involves

tasting the richness of incredible Indian

specialties with the added bonus of

spectacular views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Maharani, which means “The Queen” in

Hindi, offers up the perfect combination

of rich savoury dishes, superb ambience

and exceptional service. Such fine details

make it a unique and authentic experience

with Indian cuisine. If you have no idea

what to start with, the delicious and

popular dishes like that of the Maharani

Lamb Chop, Prawn Till Tikka and Garlic

Naan send you off in the right direction.

Expect to feel truly special with their

service and experience Indian food at its

finest, in a regal and vibrant atmosphere,

as the restaurant lives up to the name as

the “Queen of Indian Flavours.”

royalcliff.com/restaurants/maharani

OF SOUND, MIND AND BODY

A shout out to people living healthy lives as they remind us it’s a good

idea to revitalise our minds and nurture our bodies as frequently as

possible. The Spa Koh Chang is just the right immersion into a holiday

that’s tranquil and healthy. A good variety of body detoxification

options are for the choosing, with three main programmes offering

3-7 days of detox retreats. Each is designed to meet personal health

goals, remove toxins from the body as well as a chance to direct your

mind into a relaxing state. A strong emphasis at the Spa involves

cleansing and re-balancing your entire body system through healthy

nutrition. Check out programmes that suit your interest and just enjoy

a time of detoxification while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of

Koh Chang. thespakohchang.com

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HAPPENINGS

CHINA

CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU

SHINE ON

The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival as it’s called in mainland China, is

celebrated all over the country with the lighting of lanterns. Chengdu has

been doing it since the year 711. While in other parts of the country the

festivities last one day, in Chengdu lanterns are lit for a month for the festival.

The tradition originated in the Tang Dynasty, and now can be seen at Culture

Park and Qingyanggong Park.

Also known as Shangyuan, the Spring Festival sees families gather to

appreciate the full moon, eat Yuanxiao (glutinous rice balls) and admire

the lantern displays. Other main traditions of the festival include guessing

lantern-themed riddles, watching fireworks, dragon and lion dances and

stilt walking acts. cometochengdu.com

ART NOUVEAU IN GUANGDONG

The Guangdong Museum is featuring one of the fathers of Art Nouveau,

the Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha. A leading figure

of the Art Nouveau style, he not only produced paintings and artwork

but also many commercially used illustrations, advertisements, postcards,

and designs. The exhibition’s collection of Mucha’s finest works shows a

variety of materials and forms including metal sculptures, furniture, and

posters. He became an instant star with a commissioned lithographed

advertising poster for a play featuring actress Sarah Bernhardt in 1894.

Mucha’s works are on display until 25 March 2018, 9am - 5pm, 50RMB

for adults, 30RMB for children. gdmuseum.com

SPOTLIGHT

Guangzhou Speakeasy

While speakeasies pop up relentlessly

in many urban areas, Hope and Sesame

distinguishes its cocktails by using

high quality spirits for their inventive

cocktails, including infusions using a

sous vide machine.

True to some speakeasies’ attempt at

being mysterious and exclusive, getting

to it requires walking through an alley in

Dongshankou, recognising the hidden

door, and passing a brief “interrogation”

on the intercom before entering. The

establishment is actually “hidden” behind

a traditional Cantonese Café. There is a

separate room with live jazz every night,

the menu changes every 4 months, and each

drink has been specially created. A few of the

most famous signature cocktails include the

Earl Grey Dark & Stormy and Angostura and

Chamomile Sour (using a black chamomile

from the Tibet / Xingjian region).

Beyond just making drinks, the

establishment has a cocktail lab, the

“Spirits Kitchen,” that conducts video

master classes and a tasting of premium

spirits in a test kitchen setting. Here’s

where customers go beyond sipping and get

a chance to educate themselves on various

cutting-edge techniques used at Hope &

Sesame to create their signature cocktails.

48 Miaoqian Xijie, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou,

+86 188 1935 3462

SPOTLIGHT

Bridges in Karst Country

The wondrous karst landscape of

Wulong National Geology Park

features a range of stone bridges and

deep mountain valleys in Chongqing

municipality. A UNESCO World Heritage

Site, the area is famous for the Three

Natural Bridges as well, a naturally

formed karst structure not found

anywhere else in the world. A paved

downhill path leads to the three stone

archways and to the Tianlong Bridge,

featured in the movie ‘Curse of the

Golden Flower’ by Zhang Yimou. The

best times to visit are in the spring,

autumn and winter. Give yourself a day

or two to fully explore the area and take

in the natural scenery. cnto.org/

unesco-sites/south-china-karst

CHENGDU MUSEUMS OFFER

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION

Chengdu wants to be well known not only for

its food, but for its deep cultural heritage. Until

6 March 2018, four museums in Chengdu are

offering 50% off the admissions price.

The four major museums offer varied takes

on Chinese history and culture, and they all

occupy scenic settings in Chengdu. The Wuhou

Shrine Museum, itself a historical site, celebrates

Chengdu’s influence during the Three Kingdoms

period of the third century.

Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage Museum pays

homage to one of China’s most revered poets

(712-770). Besides its large collection of Du Fu’s

poems and other relics, the 24-acre site with

green walking trails and ponds gives you a tranquil

experience in honouring Chinese literature.

For ancient Chinese history going back 3,000

years, the Jinsha Site Museum, conveniently

located in the centre of town, showcases

troves of artefacts at an archaeological site

unearthed only recently in 2001. The Yongling

Museum, built around China’s only above-ground

mausoleum of Sichuan ruler Wang Jian (847-918),

commemorates the founding of Chengdu as

Wang Jian’s capital during his dynastic reign.

cometochengdu.com

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HAPPENINGS

HONG KONG

MELODIC MEOWSICAL

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical, CATS, returns to Hong Kong once

more. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is

widely praised for its incredible sets and entertaining characters.

The musical first premiered in 1981 in London and then New York,

and to date has gone on to enchant more than 81 million people in over

300 cities. From 6 Jan to 4 Feb, the Jellicle Cats will make the Hong Kong

Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre their home as they enthral

audiences in Hong Kong once more. catsthemusical.com

HORSING AROUND

The world’s best show jumping riders will compete against each other at the

World Asia Expo arena during the Hong Kong Masters 2018 from 9 to 11

February. Considered one of the top equestrian events in Asia since the 2008

Olympics, the event will not only deliver a sporting spectacle for fans but also

strengthen Hong Kong’s position as the equestrian capital of the region.

Now in its sixth edition, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong has become

an integral part of the region’s social and cultural calendar, combining heartpounding

competition by the world’s top show jumping riders and horses with

world-class entertainment, fashion, art and gastronomy. longinesmasters.com

SPOTLIGHT

Chinese Fine Dining

Considered one of Hong Kong’s best

Chinese fine dining establishments,

Golden Leaf has been continually

recognised for its Cantonese cuisine

as well as top-notch dim sum for 27

years. Housed within the Conrad hotel,

the restaurant has garnered numerous

awards over the years and proudly

claims a Michelin star under its belt.

The décor of the outlet is your

stereotypical high-end Chinese

restaurant, adorned with lanterns,

latticework screens and teak and

rosewood furniture. In short, a typical

place you’d find businessmen cutting

deals as they dig into inventive dishes

such as roasted suckling pig, prawns

in Chinese wine and baked lobster

with ginger.

Although priding itself on

Cantonese cuisine, the Golden Leaf is

perhaps more famously known for its

dim sum, a staple tradition in Hong

Kong. The selections here are standard

with siu mai, dumplings and barbequed

meat, taking its place on the menu.

Signature dishes include the shallowfried

crispy chicken and fresh crab

claw, which is served whole and on a

bed of fresh steamed egg white. Open

daily, 11.30am - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm, Lower

Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific

Place, 88 Queensway, conraddining.com/

en/golden_leaf

ELEVATED HOT POT

The hot pot is part and parcel of Hong Kong’s

culture. It is a staple offering that is enjoyed by

both locals as well as visitors to the city. In fact,

the sight of watching friends huddled together

over a table with steaming pot of simmering soup,

meticulously cooking a variety of ingredients is as

common as the city’s notorious traffic jams.

But for a true elevated experience, few

hot pot establishments can match the prestige

and excellent track record Megan’s Kitchen has

managed to garner. Its seventh consecutive

listing in the Hong Kong Michelin Guide is

proof of that. Situated in busy Wan Chai,

the outlet has single-handedly elevated the

concept of the hot pot with its inventive soups,

accompaniments and ingredients.

The 16 creative soup bases range from tomato

and crab to sea clam, along with a wide choice

of premium ingredients. With creations like

the rainbow cuttlefish balls and cheesy beef

tongue dumplings, Megan’s is the definite

place to get your hot pot fix in Hong Kong.

Open daily, 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11.30pm,

5/F Lucky Centre 165-171 Wanchai Road,

meganskitchen.com

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HAPPENINGS

SINGAPORE

MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR

SPOTLIGHT

Sky High Dining

1-Altitude has taken the concept of

elevated dining to brave new heights.

The 16,000 square-feet, multi-concept

lifestyle destination is not only the

first of its kind in Singapore - but

one that is unmatched when it comes

to offering breath-taking views of

the city.

With several restaurants and

bars, this high-concept dining and

meeting space, situated at the top of

One Raffles Place, has been packing in

visitors since 2010. Stellar is perhaps

one of the most prominent outlets

within this facility as it carries

quintessential progressive Australian

cuisine, prepared by award-winning

Executive Chef Christopher Millar.

As the highest restaurant in the

city, Stellar aims to match the

breath-taking view with delicious and

contemporary meals for a heightened

gastronomic experience that is

currently unmatched and unchallenged.

Open daily 6pm - 4am, 1 Raffles Place,

Singapore, 1-altitude.com

SPOTLIGHT

KL’S Food Street

Jalan Alor perhaps is the shortest answer

locals will give to visitors, when it comes

to the spot for tasting some of the city’s

best street food. Although some scoff

at the idea due to Jalan Alor being too

touristy, there is no denying that this

stretch of road in the heart of KL’s

Golden Triangle is perhaps the best

bet when it comes to experiencing the

many flavours of Malaysia.

Every evening from 5pm, vendors

ply their trade here, dishing out

signature favourites ranging from

stir-fry dishes to Satay and Lok-Lok

(skewers of meat dipped in hot broth).

Choices are abundant but a safe bet is to

always head for the stall or restaurant

that has a queue outside of it.

Of particular interest is Wong Ah

Wah’s Chicken Wings, which serves

delectable and sinfully sticky barbequed

wings – arguably the one must-visit

stop on this delicious stretch of tar in

Kuala Lumpur. Jalan Alor, off Jalan Bukit

Bintang, open daily after 5pm.

UPFRONT WITH THE FLEET FOXES

Grammy-nominated American indie-rock band,

the Fleet Foxes are heading to KL for the very first

time. The Seattle-based band first broke into the

music scene in 2008 with their eponymous debut

album and was hailed by Rolling Stone and Q as

one of the best albums of the year.

The Fleet Foxes sophomore effort,

Helplessness Blues, was equally well-received

– as was their recently released third album,

Crack-Up, which broke into the top ten of the

Billboard Charts in June 2017. The Fleet Foxes’

one-night only performance at the KL Live will

see the band deliver their best songs from all

three albums. 16 January, ticketpro.com.my

WALK WITH ARTS

Since its inaugural inception in 2005, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival

has been championing the field of arts in the Garden City.

This year’s event themed Let’s Walk, inspired by Singaporean artist

Amanda Heng’s street performance, will see the arts fest presenting a series

of progressive, exciting works from artists. Their creative work will confront

audiences with questions about the body, gender, beauty and equity.

The 12-day programme this year will see a range of theatrical

and visual arts being held, including the Asian premiere of Displaced,

a performance by Canada’s Ground Cover Theatre that depicts the struggles

of three female immigrants. 17-28 Jan, singaporefringe.com/fringe2018

AMBASSADORS OF MUSIC

For nearly five centuries, the Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a permanent fixture

and an enduring icon of music in Austria. Many musicians have risen from its

ranks over the years including Franz Schubert, the famous Austrian composer,

who wrote his first compositions when he was with the court choir boys.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical

life, even performing on Sundays with members of the Vienna Philharmonic

Orchestra and of the Vienna State Opera Chorus in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel.

It’s a tradition kept since 1498.

This January, Asian fans will not only get to experience the most

beautiful and purest voices on earth but also engage with the world famous

choir in various activities across Singapore. 11-15 January, svbc.sg

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HAPPENINGS

CAMBODIA

SIEM REAP

SPOTLIGHT

Meals that Make a Difference

Siem Reap, like most Southeast Asian

cities, is not short on delicious food.

But Spoons Café, operated by the

non-profit group EGBOK, is dishing

out meals with a difference. The

restaurant has been garnering rave

reviews for its elevated Cambodian

cuisine, which infuses local street

food and home style dishes with

western influences.

But delicious meals aside, the

organisers are also helping educate

the Cambodian youth by

providing them a training

ground to help them gain

hospitality experience.

Everything about Spoons

Café is holistic in nature, right

from its structure made with

sustainable bamboo to its

locally sourced ingredients.

Open Tuesdays to Sundays,

11.30am to 10.oopm,

egbokmission.org/spoons

RUNNING ITS COURSE

The Angkor City Night Music Run 2018

once again invites runners to go on an

epic race through historic Siem Reap.

Following the success of last year’s

inaugural event, the running route this

year covers the length of 5km. The path

snakes its way around town, passing

landmark sights and places of interest.

The ‘flag off’ begins at the Hard Rock

Café, with a running path that follows

the ancient stream of Stung Siem Reap

in town. Its waters originate from Kulen

Mountain, considered a sacred spot and

ancient city belonging to the 9th century

– in a time before Angkor Wat.

Throughout the running course,

there will be various party zones set

up with music and entertainment, as

well as interactive stations. The event

ends in Pub Street in front of the main

stage, with DJs delivering their pulsating

beats until 10pm. Each finisher will get a

medal for their effort and proceeds from

the event benefit the Children’s Hospital

in Cambodia. 28 January, cambodiaamazingevents.org

CAFÉ’S GREAT STORY

Genevieve’s is arguably one of Siem Reap’s most

popular restaurants. Located near Pub Street and the

Old Market, the outlet has been dishing out highquality,

Khmer/Western cuisine since 2013. The quaint

yet unassuming restaurant also holds a commitment to

contributing meaningfully to the lives of young people

in the community.

Operated by Phil Rogers, the café encourages a

training programme benefitting Cambodian youth, all of

whom have little or no prior knowledge or experience

in hospitality. It’s still the delicious food that keeps

diners coming back, especially with an eclectic menu

that offers a wide array of Cambodian cuisine, as well

as popular dishes. All are made, naturally, with love

from local hands. Open Monday to Saturday, 12pm to

9.30am, facebook.com/GenevievesRestaurant

“Getaways for kids of all ages” at Raffles Cambodia

Immerse yourselves in the culture and history of the Kingdom of Wonder while taking in the heritage of

Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap.

Create unforgettable memories for the whole family (two, three, four, or more), enjoying Cambodia’s finest swimming pools along with

our fabulous Raffles Spa and lavish Raffles Afternoon Tea - a tasty treat for all.

The grown-ups can also enjoy their favourite pre-dinner cocktails in the hotels’ iconic Elephant Bars, dining in style with the uniquely offered

Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1967 menu in Phnom Penh and the Royal Dynasty Recipe menu in Siem Reap.

Both of our landmark addresses finding the perfect balance of then and now, while delivering a fabulous getaway experience

for colleagues, couples, and families - including Christmas and New Year (with fireworks in Siem Reap) celebrations.

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raffles.com/phnom-penh Reservations: T +855 23 981 888 E: bookus.phnompenh@raffles com

raffles.com/siem-reap Reservations: T +855 63 963 888 E: bookus.siemreap@raffles.com


HAPPENINGS

VIETNAM

DANANG / PHU QUOC

MYANMAR / LAOS

YANGON / VIENTIANE

PHU QUOC PROMOS AND UPGRADES

From now until 28 February 2018, book a flight to Phu Quoc with

Bangkok Airways and receive a 20% discount on best available

rate for the superlative rooms at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald

Bay with breakfast for two. This special promotion also includes

complimentary upgrade to the next room category, complimentary

roundtrip airport transfer and 15% discount on food & beverage,

spa and laundry service. Some basic conditions apply.

For those staying somewhere else but fly to Phu Quoc

on Bangkok Airways, upon presenting your boarding pass at

the resort, you will get a complimentary entrance fee (value

VND500,000) to experience this one-of-a-kind ‘Lamarck

University’, complimentary welcome drink at Department of

Chemistry, 15% discount on food and beverage and Chanterelle

Spa by JW. jwmarriottphuquoc.com, T: +84 297 377 9999

Photos @Congcaphe

SPOTLIGHT

Communist

Themed

and Hip

Amid modern hotels,

apartments, restaurants

and the spectacular Dragon

bridge, a glimpse of the

communist past finds new

life in a chic and stylish

hangout along the Han

waterfront. The moment

you step into Công Caphe, a

Communist-themed café and

restaurant, you’re stunned

by details of found objects

and designs, as if it were a

secret hideout. Founded by

Vietnamese pop singer Linh

Dung, the Communist kitsch

décor and atmosphere are

uniquely amazing and worth

posting a holiday snapshot

for your social media. Packed

with young residents and

tourists, this great little

café serves up good coffee.

It’s also worth making a

beeline during Tet (the

Vietnamese New Year) for

a Coconut Coffee Smoothie,

Yoghurt Coffee or Coffee with

Coconut Milk. When your

caffeine craving is satisfied

later in the day, Công Caphe

can be the best place to stay

and watch the world go by

with a beer or cocktail in

hand in Vietnam’s fastest

changing city. From the 2nd

floor of the café, customers

can see a fantastic view of the

Han riverfront with boats

commuting up and down the

river. Come after the sun goes

down, choose a seat, and

spend the rest of your night

peacefully. congcaphe.com,

T: +84 91 181 11 66

SPOTLIGHT

The Charm of Puppets

For lovers of culture who learn about

Myanmar traditional puppetry, it’s only

natural to have an enhanced enjoyment

when it comes time for the next

performance. Knowing how puppetry

art requires the unique expertise

of skilled hands results in a greater

appreciation of the craft. Htwe Oo

Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre,

AFTERNOON TEA IN A

COLONIAL ATMOSPHERE

Not far from Inya Lake on Saya San road

stands the famous white colonial-style

tea salon “Acacia Tea Salon”; one of the

must-visit places in Yangon for tourists,

especially tea lovers. A beautiful colonial

interior and relaxing atmosphere makes

it perfect for informal business meetings

for lunch or dinner. Acacia Tea Salon opens

from 8am to 10pm and offers all-day dining,

offering a light breakfast or full courses,

delicious cakes and the best tea in Yangon,

in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

acaciateasalon.com, T: +95 9 731 13812

Ext. 554739

located at No. 12 Yama Street in Ahlone

Township of Yangon is one of the

notable and award-winning puppetry

shows in Myanmar. Advanced booking

is strongly recommended, especially

large groups of more than 10 people.

Luckily, showtimes can be chosen

beforehand but an afternoon scheduling

is suggested. Get to know more about

TASTE OF SINGAPORE IN YANGON

Located in the compound of the Union

Business Center (UBC), in Yangon, the

House of Singapura has become widely

known. It’s a popular stop not only among

business people to work or attend meetings

at the UBC building, but also among

tourists as its location is not far from

Shwedagon Pagoda. Once you step into

the House of Singapura, you will be greeted

and attended to in efficient service. The

restaurant serves Singaporean favourites

such as bak kut teh, Hainanese chicken

rice, char kway teow, satay and desserts

like ice kacang, the shaved-ice dessert of

sweet corn mixed with different flavours.

T: +95 9 302 58388

traditional art by checking out

demonstrations on the puppetmaking

process. Booking in

advance ensures a spot for

guests who’ll learn how to

handle puppet movements at

basic levels and potentially

advance into professional

levels. htweoomyanmar.com,

T: +95 9 512 7271

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

The French might have left Laos more than half a century

ago, but their legacy remains in the presence of Vientiane

haute cuisine. A fascinating newcomer is the casual chic

bistro L’Adresse de Tinay (behind the temple of Wat Ong

Teu; 856-20-5691-3434), run by a Lao-French couple

Tinay and Delphine Inthavong. Get acquainted with dishes

done the French way or swap tastes with herbal and spicy

Lao delicacies with the restaurant’s diverse selection. Their

seasonal and promising menu might include goat cheese rolls

with sun-dried tomatoes and cherry confiture or Grandma

Lydie’s Special: duck confit with a white bean and sausage

cassoulet. The two-storey colonial-designed house has a

friendly and relaxed atmosphere with a staff eager to help,

who can often take special requests. With the number of

French guests and regulars, it is quickly noticeable that

L’Adresse is a firm favourite amongst

those who appreciate French cuisine.

Open daily from 5pm - 10.30pm,

T: +856 20 56 913 434

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HAPPENINGS

INDIA / MALDIVES

MUMBAI / MALDIVES

SPOTLIGHT

Museum Magic

Mumbai’s premier museum,

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu

Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) is hosting a

collaborative showcase of ‘India and

the World: A History in Nine Stories’,

in association with London’s British

Museum and New Delhi’s National

Museum. The exhibition covers two

million years of history through more

than 200 artefacts from the three

museums. One hundred and twenty

four iconic pieces from the British

Museum are on display in Mumbai

SPA UTOPIA

A Maldivian approach to an ultimate experience

happens at the One & Only Spa where treatments

at this nature resort come with top notch aesthetics

within its relaxing vibe.

Here, the body and the mind can rejoice

and be revitalised by heavenly pampering from

the spa’s signature treatments, namely One &

Only Reethi Sun Ritual Treatment (2 hours) for

a healthy glow of your already sun-kissed skin,

for the first time in this unique

exhibition, including inscriptions,

tools, paintings, sculptures, and more.

The exhibition showcases the common

threads of human history through

evocative stories. It will be open till

February 18, 2018. csmvs.in

ART ATTACK

What happens when 40 Indian and international

artists are given free rein over the city’s fishing

harbour? The historic Sassoon Docks has been

revitalised into a new art precinct with the

recently held St+Art Mumbai Urban Art Festival.

Beautiful murals now grace its walls, many of

them depicting Mumbai’s original inhabitants

– the koli or fisherfolk – in a tribute to the life

of Sassoon Docks. Once the festival ends, the

vibrant murals remain to be enjoyed by all. The

Yok & Sheryo’s Varuna Vessel mural connects

the fishing culture with South Asian mythology

while Fearless Collective transforms a brightly

coloured golden wall into a backdrop for

stories of koli women, and Guido Van Helten’s

photorealistic murals adorn an entire façade of

the docks. st-artindia.org

ON YOUR PLATE

Go on a journey on the Grand

Trunk Road at Taftoon Bar &

Kitchen, which recently opened

at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC),

Mumbai’s corporate enclave.

Named after the aromatic, saffron

and cardamom infused Persian

bread, Taftoon is an ode to the

flavours of Asia’s oldest road.

The cuisine covers everything

from Kabul to Kolkata, with

stopovers in Kashmir, Delhi,

Lucknow, and Bihar. There are

succulent kebabs, slow-cooked

meats, pulaos, and regional

vegetarian fare on offer. Another

new BKC restaurant is the Goan-

Portuguese inspired O Pedro, from

the folks at The Bombay Canteen.

Its vaulted ceiling, pale blue walls,

and colonial Portuguese-style

décor complement the fun Goa

vibe perfectly. Try the coastal

favourite Beryl’s Fish Curry

with Sannas or the Seafood

Cataplana (a Portuguese

seafood stew). The warm poee

(sourdough bread) with choriz

butter is inspired, as is the Veal

Tongue Prosciutto. Desserts

range from the Goan Bebinca

to the Portuguese Pastel de

Nata (egg custard tarts).

Taftoon Bar & Kitchen, Naman

Centre, Unit No.2, C-31 & C-32,

G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,

Mumbai, +91 22 26530255,

O Pedro, Unit No. 2, Plot No. C-68,

Jet Airways-Godrej Building, Bandra

Kurla Complex, Mumbai

and there’s also a Pre and Post Natal Treatment

(45 minutes) for the well-being of pregnant and

nursing mothers. For the complete One & Only

Spa experience, guests are recommended to

arrive 45 minutes in advanced to indulge in the

exclusive spa facilities ranging from the Vitality

Pool, Crystal Steam Room, or the sauna sip their

signature hot drinks.

oneandonlyresorts.com

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

INTRODUCING OUR

NEWEST AIRLINE PARTNER,

QATAR AIRWAYS

Recently, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

is pleased to announce the launch of its frequent

flyer programme collaboration with codeshare partner,

Qatar Airways. Effective 1 November, 2017 FlyerBonus

members can begin earning and redeeming

FlyerBonus points on eligible Qatar Airways flights.

Similarly, members of Qmiles, Qatar Airways’

Frequent Flyer Programme, can also start earning

and redeeming their miles when travelling on

Bangkok Airways flights to some of South East

Asia’s most popular destinations including Samui,

Krabi, Phuket, Luang Prabang, Danang and Phu

Quoc via Bangkok.

FlyerBonus, the Frequent Flyer Programme of

Bangkok Airways, is all about easy earnings and fast

rewards. Lifestyle and rewards go hand in hand; no

matter whether you're flying, renting a car, shopping

or staying at a hotel – FlyerBonus points can be

earned. It translates into award flights, hotel stays

and an array of exclusive programme partner deals

instantly and conveniently. For more information,

please visit www.flyerbonus.com

1. Mr. Jirapon Hirunrat, Vice President – Fleet and Network Management , Bangkok

Airways (3rd from Left) 2. Mr. Terence Yu, Country Manager – Thailand & Myanmar,

Qatar Airways (2nd from Left)

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ

จำกัด (มหาชน) หรือสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และสายการบิน

กาตาร์ แอร์เวย์ส ประกาศความ

ร่วมมือด้านรายการสะสมไมล์

(Frequent Flyer Programme)

โดยเริ่มตั้งแต่วันที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน

2560 เป็นต้นไป สมาชิกรายการ

สะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัสของ

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส จะได้รับคะแนน

สะสมเมื่อเดินทางกับสายการบิน

กาตาร์ แอร์เวย์ส

ฟลายเออร์โบนัส คือ รายการสะสมคะแนน

ของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เพื่อมอบ

สิทธิพิเศษและสิทธิประโยชน์ให้แก่สมาชิก

มากมาย อาทิ สะสมคะแนนจากการบิน,

บริการเช่ารถ, ช้อปปิ้ง หรือเข้าพักในโรงแรม

ชั้นนำก็สามารถได้รับคะแนนสะสมเพื่อแลกของ

รางวัล เช่น ตั๋วเครื่องบิน, โรงแรม และข้อเสนอ

พิเศษจากพันธมิตรอีกมากมาย นอกจากนี้

การสมัครเป็นสมาชิกรายการสะสมคะแนน

ฟลายเออร์โบนัสยังไม่เสียค่าใช้จ่ายใดๆ

สามารถค้นหาข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมได้ที่

www.flyerbonus.com

THANK YOU TO OUR

FLYERBONUS

HALF-MILLION MILER!

CELEBRATING THE 1,000 TH

FLIGHT OF A TRUE

BANGKOK AIRWAYS

FREQUENT FLYER

A heartfelt event was recently held

by the FlyerBonus programme of

Bangkok Airways, led by Mr. Prote

Setsuwan, Vice President for Marketing,

along with the esteemed presence

of Mrs. Darunee Debavalya, Senior

Director – Customer Satisfaction

and Relationship Management. The

occasion acknowledged Mr. Perasit

Charoanviriyapap, a FlyerBonus

member who has flown one thousand

flights, or more than half a million

miles, since joining in 2006. To express

gratitude, Bangkok Airways gave

Mr. Peerasit a Business Traveller Set

from famed Jim Thompson Fabrics

(aka the King of Thai Silk.) The items

were monogrammed for the

honoured frequent flyer in the

familiar blue colour representing

the Bangkok Airways brand.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

โดยคุณพรต เสตสุวรรณ รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายการตลาด และ

คุณดรุณี เทพวัลย์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส

ส่วนบริหารความพึงพอใจและความสัมพันธ์

ลูกค้า ร่วมแสดงความยินดีกับคุณพีรศิษฐ์

เจริญวิริยะภาพ สมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส

ที่เดินทางกับสายการบินฯ ครบ 1,000

เที่ยวบิน หรือเป็นระยะทางรวมกว่า

500,000 ไมล์ในพิธีมอบของที่ระลึกเพื่อ

เป็นเกียรติแก่สมาชิกฯ

สำหรับของที่ระลึก "Traveller Set"

ประกอบด้วยของใช้ส่วนบุคคล 5 ชิ้น ซึ่ง

ทีมงานสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สและ

ทีมออกแบบของจิม ทอมป์สัน หรือที่รู้จัก

กันในนาม “ราชาผ้าไหมไทย” ได้ร่วมมือ

กันคัดสรรวัสดุที่ดีที่สุดมาผลิตด้วยขั้นตอน

แบบ Hand Made โดยใช้โทนสีฟ้า ซึ่งเป็น

สีของสายการบินฯ และเพิ่มความพิเศษคือ

การปักชื ่อบนงานทุกชิ้นเพื่อสร้างความ

ประทับใจให้แก่ผู้รับ

BANGKOK AIRWAYS’ FLYERBONUS PROGRAMME ORGANISES

AN EXCLUSIVE TRIP TO MUMBAI AND AURANGABAD

FlyerBonus, Bangkok Airways’ Frequent Flyer programme, recently

organised an exclusive trip for top-spending FlyerBonus Premier

Members and their companions. Over the course of 5 days and

3 nights, Premier Members experienced the vibrant charms and

myriad styles of Indian culture, as well as the wonders of the

Ajanta and Ellora Caves. The official presenter for Bangkok Airways,

Ms. Urassaya Sperbund, also joined the trip.

Enrol now to jumpstart your travel rewards with FlyerBonus

Points and enjoy exclusive privileges at

www.bangkokair.com/flyerbonus

รายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัส นำสมาชิก

ฟลายเออร์โบนัสระดับพรีเมียร์ กลุ่ม Top Spender

พร้อมผู้ติดตาม เดินทางแบบเอ็กซ์คลูซีฟ 5 วัน 3 คืน

สู่มุมไบ-ออรังกาบัด สัมผัสกับเสน่ห์ทางวัฒนธรรม และ

ความอลังการของพุทธสถานสำคัญอย่างถ้ำอชันต้า และ

ถ้ำเอลโลร่า โดยมีญาญ่า อุรัสยา เสปอร์บันด์ พรีเซ็นเตอร์

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ร่วมเดินทาง

สมัครเป็นสมาชิกรายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

“BANGKOK AIRWAYS LANNA MARATHON”

– ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RUN IN THE BANGKOK AIRWAYS

BOUTIQUE SERIES 2017

Recently, Bangkok Airways Public

Company Limited organised the

“Bangkok Airways Lanna Marathon,”

whose starting point took place at

the Chiang Mai International

Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The event was part of the Bangkok

Airways Boutique Series 2017

and attended by thousands of

running enthusiasts.

Mr. Kridhakorn Sirabhabhoj,

Senior Director – Marketing

Communication of Bangkok Airways

stated that, “the Bangkok Airways

Lanna Marathon is the fifth event

in our Bangkok Airways Boutique

Series 2017 programme and was

organised to promote tourism

and sporting events in Chiang

Mai. Participating runners had a

chance to experience the unique

Lanna culture as the run took

them around the outskirts of the

city with a route designed to

include both flat and cross-country

segments, complemented with

the Bangkok Airways’ signature

boutique touches.”

"The Bangkok Airways Lanna

Marathon offered runners 4

different categories: the Fun

Run (5 kilometres), the Mini

Marathon (10 kilometres), a Half

Marathon (21.5 kilometres)

and a Full Marathon (42.195

kilometres), and attracted over

4,800 runners from around

the world," Mr. Kridhakorn

indicated.

Other marathon destinations

in the Bangkok Airways Boutique

Series 2017 include Trat (Koh Chang),

Koh Samui, Phuket, Chiang Rai,

Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนายกฤตธกร

สิรภาพจน์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส ส่วนสื่อสารการตลาด จัดงาน

“บางกอกแอร์เวย์สล้านนามาราธอน” หนึ่งในหกรายการวิ่งของ

“บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูธีค ซีรีย์ 2017” ณ บริเวณศูนย์ประชุมและ

แสดงสินค้านานาชาติ จังหวัดเชียงใหม่ โดยมีนายปวิณ

ชํานิประศาสน์ ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ เป็นประธานในพิธีเปิด

พร้อมนักวิ่งทั้งชาวไทยและชาวต่างชาติกว่า 4,800 คน เข้าร่วมงาน

นายกฤตธกร สิรภาพจน์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส ส่วนสื่อสาร

การตลาด สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กล่าวว่า “งานบางกอก

แอร์เวย์สล้านนามาราธอน เป็นรายการวิ่งรายการที่ 5 ของบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส บูธีค ซีรีย์ 2017 ที่จัดขึ้นเพื่อส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยวและ

การกีฬาในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ โดยนักวิ่งจะได้สัมผัสกับอีกหนึ่งแง่มุม

ของวัฒนธรรมล้านนา กับเส้นทางวิ่งนอกตัวเมืองเชียงใหม่ที่ได้

รับการออกแบบมาเป็นอย่างดี ระหว่างเส้นทางเรียบบนถนนและ

การวิ่งครอสคันทรี พร้อมผสมผสานกับกลิ่นอายความเป็นบูธีค

ในแบบฉบับของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส”

“สำหรับการแข่งขันรายการนี้แบ่งออกเป็น 4 ประเภท ได้แก่

แบบฟันรันและแบบมินิมาราธอน ระยะทาง 5 และ 10 กิโลเมตร

แบบฮาล์ฟมาราธอน ระยะทาง 21 กิโลเมตร และแบบมาราธอน

ระยะทาง 42 กิโลเมตร โดยมีนักวิ่งทั้งชาวไทยและชาวต่างชาติให้

ความสนใจเข้าร่วมงานกว่า 4,800 คน” นายกฤตธกร กล่าวเสริม

รายการวิ่งบางกอกแอร์เวย์สล้านนามาราธอน ถือเป็น

รายการที่ 5 จากทั้งหมด 6 รายการของ “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูธีค

ซีรีย์ 2017” ที่จัดขึ้นใน 6 จุดหมายปลายทางของสายการบินฯ

ตลอดปี 2560 ได้แก่ ตราด (เกาะช้าง) เกาะสมุย ภูเก็ต เชียงราย

เชียงใหม่ และแม่ฮ่องสอน

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

JOINING THE

“ENGLISH CLUB

WITH BANGKOK

AIRWAYS”

ON KOH SAMUI

Bangkok Airways, led by Mrs.

Chanthip Thongkanya – Vice

President, Office of the President,

recently organised an “English

Club with Bangkok Airways.” The

educational activity was meant

to inspire and encourage students

on Koh Samui to practise English

in their daily lives. Held at the

grand ballroom of Samui Palm

Beach Resort in Koh Samui, the

event was attended by the airline’s

official presenter and Thai

actress Yaya Urassaya Sperbund,

local government officials, Bangkok

Airways representatives and

more than 120 Samui students.

Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya,

Vice-President, Office of the

President of Bangkok Airways

said that “Bangkok Airways, an

organisation that uses English

on a daily basis, understands the

need for the Thai youth to learn

how to effectively use the English

language. Thus we organised this

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)

activity, the ‘English Club with

Bangkok Airways,’ to inspire

and encourage students from

schools around Samui Airport

to take a greater interest in

learning English through fun and

engaging activities."

The English Club with Bangkok

Airways activity is one of the CSR

1. Mr. Noppadol Khawmali, Permanent Secretary, Samui (5th from left) 2. Ms. Urassaya Sperbund, Actress

(6th from left) 3. Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice President - Office of the President (6th from right)

4. Mrs. Nongyao Jirandorn, Director of the Samui Office, Tourism Authority of Thailand (5th from right)

5. Mrs. Nutchayathorn Nutsudanijvipa, Director Samui Airport (4th from right)

programmes by Bangkok Airways,

allowing airline staff, partners,

children and community members

to come together for the

betterment of society. “The activity

has been held for two years now,

previously taking place in the

provinces of Sukhothai, Trat and

Koh Samui (Surat Thani),”

Mrs. Chanthip added.

Students who participated in

the English Club with Bangkok

Airways come from Wat Plai

Laem School, Wat Buntrikkaram

School and Wat Bang Raksa

School. The students described

the event as an ‘amazing time

learning English,’ with fun-filled

activities including word games

involving guessing, hinting and

pairing – along with storytelling

in English by Yaya Urassaya.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนางจันทร์ทิพย์

ทองกันยา รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ จัดกิจกรรม “English Club with Bangkok

Airways” เพื่อส่งเสริมและสร้างแรงบันดาลใจให้กับเยาวชนบน

เกาะสมุยให้เห็นถึงความส ำคัญของการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษในชีวิตประจ ำวัน

โดยมี ญาญ่า อุรัสยา เสปอร์บันด์ ตัวแทนจากหน่วยราชการท้องถิ่น

ตัวแทนผู้บริหารและพนักงานของสายการบินฯ พร้อมนักเรียน

จากโรงเรียนรอบสนามบินสมุยกว่า 120 คน เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม

ณ ห้องประชุมใหญ่ โรงแรมสมุยปาล์มบีช เกาะสมุย

นางจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา กล่าวว่า “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ในฐานะ

องค์กรต้นแบบที่มีการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษเพื่อการสื่อสารในการปฏิบัติ

งานและชีวิตประจำวัน เล็งเห็นถึงความสำคัญของการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษ

ของเยาวชนรุ่นใหม่ที่กำลังจะก้าวขึ้นมาเป็นกำลังของชาติในอนาคต

อันใกล้นี้ จึงจัดกิจกรรม ‘English Club with Bangkok Airways’ ขึ้น

เพื่อสร้างแรงบันดาลใจและกระตุ้นให้เยาวชนที่อยู่ในพื้นที่รอบสนามบิน

สมุยมีความสนใจในการเรียนรู้ภาษาอังกฤษผ่านทางกิจกรรมที่มี

ความสนุกสนานและเข้าใจง่าย”

“กิจกรรมนี้ถือเป็นหนึ่งในโครงการรับผิดชอบต่อสังคมของ

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สในการนำกลุ่มเยาวชน ชุมชน พนักงาน

ผู้บริหารของบริษัท และภาคีเครือข่าย มารวมตัวกันเพื่อทำ

กิจกรรมเพื่อสังคม โดยจัดขึ้นติดต่อกันเป็นปีที่ 2 แล้วในจังหวัด

สุโขทัย ตราด และสุราษฎร์ธานี (เกาะสมุย) ซึ่งเป็นจังหวัดที่ทาง

บริษัทฯ เข้าไปดำเนินกิจการสนามบินและมีเส้นทางบินตรงให้

บริการ” นางจันทร์ทิพย์ กล่าวเสริม

กิจกรรมดังกล่าวได้รับความร่วมมือจากโรงเรียนวัดปลายแหลม

โรงเรียนวัดบุณฑริการาม และโรงเรียนวัดบางรักษ์ ซึ่งเป็นโรงเรียน

โดยรอบสนามบินสมุย โดยนักเรียนที่เข้าร่วมจะมีโอกาสได้เรียนรู้

และพัฒนาทักษะการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษผ่านกิจกรรมทายคำศัพท์

ใบ้คำศัพท์ เกมจับคู่คำศัพท์ พร้อมกิจกรรมเล่านิทานภาษา

อังกฤษโดยญาญ่า อุรัสยา

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AIRCRAFT INFO

BANGKOK AIRWAYS OPERATES FOUR TYPES OF AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS A319

NUMBER OF FLEET : 14

NUMBER OF DUAL CLASS :

4 (Business & Economy)

NUMBER OF SINGLE CLASS :

4/4 (Economy)

LENGTH : 33.84 m

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m

HEIGHT : 12.17 m

ENGINE : IAE V2500

CRUISING SPEED : 920 km/h

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

12 seats & 108 seats

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

138/144 seats

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

39,800 ft

AIRBUS A320

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9

LENGTH : 37.57 m

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m

HEIGHT : 12.17 m

ENGINE : IAE V2500

CRUISING SPEED :

870 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

39,800 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

162 seats

•••••

ATR 72-500

NUMBER OF FLEET : 6

LENGTH : 27.17 m

WINGSPAN : 27.06 m

HEIGHT : 7.65 m

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127F

CRUISING SPEED :

509 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

25,000 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

70 seats

ATR 72-600

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9

LENGTH : 27.166 m

WINGSPAN : 27.050 m

HEIGHT : 7.72 m

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127M

CRUISING SPEED :

509 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

25,000 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

70 seats

OUR SCHEDULE FLIGHTS AND FREQUENCY

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations

Chiang Mai : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Chiang Rai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Hat Yai :

1 flight per day from Phuket

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Krabi : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Mae Hong Son : 2 flights per day from Chiang Mai

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Chongqing : 3 flights per week from Koh Samui

Danang : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Guangzhou : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Hong Kong : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Kuala Lumpur : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Luang Prabang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Malé :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Mandalay : 1 flight per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from Bangkok

Phu Quoc : 4 flights per week from Bangkok

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from Bangkok

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Vientiane : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Yangon : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

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AIRPORT MAP

LEVEL 4

DEPARTURES

LEVEL 3

TRANSFER COUNTER

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ARRIVALS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT, BANGKOK

CONGRATULATIONS TO

BLAINE HARRINGTON III

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

FOR HIS PHOTO OF THE ZOJILA PASS,

WORLD IN FOCUS PHOTO COMPETITION

featured this photo in our article,

“Dangerous Beauty”

(May/June 2017 issue)

Exposing the sheer beauty of the Zojila

mountain pass and the risks it poses, the

image is both captivating and dramatic.

Look out for more eye-catching

photography in ,

Bangkok Airways inflight magazine.

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CHECKING OUT

Real Hot

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province

in China, was the first Asian city that

UNESCO bestowed the title of “City of

Gastronomy.” It’s the birthplace of many

culinary traditions and a major dining

destination for prominently fiery foods

like their hot pot or the global favourite

– kung pao chicken. These dishes owe

their popularity to a standout ingredient:

that of the aromatic and intense Sichuan

peppercorn that’s best sampled in its

place of origin.

We offer sincere

apologies to our

readers. Fah Thai’s

November/December

2017 issue mistakenly

featured a photo of

Angthong National

Marine Park in our

Checking Out page

instead of Phu Quoc

island in Vietnam.

นิตยสารฟ้าไทยขออภัยท่านผู้อ่านอย่างสูง

ต่อความผิดพลาดที่เกิดขึ้นในคอลัมน์

Checking Out ในหน้า 146 ประจำฉบับ

เดือนพฤศจิกายน/ธันวาคม พ.ศ.2560

ที่มีการตีพิมพ์รูปภาพหมู่เกาะอ่างทอง

แทนภาพเกาะฟู้โกว๊ก ประเทศเวียดนาม

จึงขออภัยมา ณ ที่นี้

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