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JAN-FEB <strong>2018</strong><br />



SAMUI’S<br />








Welcome on board our Bangkok Airways flight.<br />

This auspicious year marks Bangkok Airways’ 50th Anniversary and with<br />

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

your trust in our airline. Our continued passion to deliver the best in service<br />

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

to stress our commitment to our passengers by offering the best in satisfaction.<br />

Throughout five decades of operations, Bangkok Airways has introduced<br />

new routes constantly, aiming to fulfil our passengers’ ideal of a complete travel<br />

experience by offering choices and convenience.<br />

We plan to commit the entire year of <strong>2018</strong> to well-thought out promotions and<br />

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

Last but not least, the Bangkok Airways crew and I wish you and your family<br />

a bright, healthy, prosperous and happiest time for the new year ahead and we<br />

look forward to welcoming you on Bangkok Airways in the future.<br />

Thank you.<br />

สวัสดีท่านผู้โดยสารทุกท่าน ขอต้อนรับสู่การบริการของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส<br />

ในโอกาสครบรอบ 50 ปีของสายการบินฯ ในปี 2561 ผมและพนักงานทุกคนขอขอบคุณท่านผู้โดยสาร<br />

ที่ไว้วางใจใช้บริการกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เราจะพัฒนาการบริการให้ดียิ่งๆ ขึ้นไป เพื่อความพึงพอใจสูงสุด<br />

ของท่าน และเพื่อบรรลุเป้าหมายองค์กร “To be the Leading Airline in Asia”<br />

โดยตลอดระยะเวลาที่ผ่านมา เรามุ่งมั่นสร้างสรรค์การบริการ เปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่ๆ เพื่อให้ท่าน<br />

ผู้โดยสารได้รับประสบการณ์การท่องเที่ยวที่แสนพิเศษ<br />

และตลอดปี 2561 นี้ จะมีการจัดกิจกรรมเพื ่อสังคม กิจกรรมส่งเสริมการตลาด และโปรโมชั่น<br />

พิเศษต่างๆ เพื่อตอบแทนท่านผู้โดยสารที่ร่วมเดินทางเคียงข้างกับเรามาโดยตลอด<br />

ในโอกาสวันขึ้นปีใหม่นี้ ผมและพนักงานทุกคน ขออวยพรให้ท่านผู้โดยสารพบเจอแต่สิ่งดีๆ มีสุขภาพ<br />

ร่างกายแข็งแรง และมีความสุขตลอดปี 2561 และหวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าจะได้พบท่านอีกบนเที่ยวบินของเรา<br />

ขอบคุณครับ<br />

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ<br />

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth<br />

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited<br />





Our A-list for regional<br />

events has the Bangkok Edge<br />

Festival, and former Oasis member<br />

Liam Gallagher in concert.<br />


If skin perfection is a goal, the<br />

path to it is paved with natural<br />

ingredients. Try our list of new<br />

products on the market that’s meant<br />

to nurture and protect.<br />


From casual to cool, good footwear<br />

is crucial for the styling gent to look<br />

right for all occasions.<br />

25 CARRY ALL<br />

Our range of handbags can be<br />

part of any mood, with colours and<br />

styles that make the bag both your<br />

practical necessity and art piece.<br />

26 HAPPINESS IS…<br />

A history lesson in the open air<br />

museum of Sukhothai and a sunset<br />

to match.<br />


With every taste of a butterfly pea<br />

flower, find out why it’s an advantage<br />

to have the colour purple.<br />

34 SOME RAYS AND<br />

A BITE<br />

Life’s a beach on most<br />

days in Phu Quoc,<br />

but this getaway’s also<br />

resplendent with<br />

farm and food attractions<br />

that deserve equal<br />

attention.<br />

42 OUTRE FITS<br />

THE BILL<br />

We meet exuberant hotel<br />

designer Bill Bensley<br />

whose design flair for<br />

dramatic and luxurious<br />

lodging offers intuitive<br />

comfort and protects the<br />

land it sits on.<br />

54 PHUKET’S<br />


Before it became a<br />

popular island getaway,<br />

a younger Phuket was<br />

equally cool in its cultural<br />

offerings.<br />

66 SAMUI ALL IN<br />

By land or by sea,<br />

the island resort engages<br />

all our senses with<br />

countless activities.<br />

78 CLASSIC, YET<br />


Capture a day in the life of<br />

a Chinese opera travelling<br />

troupe as they perform<br />

under the stars of a<br />

Bangkok night.<br />

103<br />

A Circle of<br />

Light in<br />

Guangzhou<br />

10<br />




Catch up on the cultural conversations in the<br />

region with exciting events and venues.<br />

90 BANGKOK<br />

92 SAMUI<br />

94 PHUKET /<br />

KRABI<br />

98 CHIANG MAI<br />

100 PATTAYA /<br />

TRAT<br />

102 CHENGDU /<br />



104 HONG KONG<br />

106 SINGAPORE<br />

107 KUALA<br />

LUMPUR<br />

108 SIEM REAP<br />

110 DANANG /<br />

PHU QUOC<br />

111 YANGON/<br />


112 MUMBAI /<br />


116 NEWS<br />

Bangkok Airways holds events to thank loyal<br />

customers and continue our social responsibility<br />

programmes.<br />


126 ROUTE MAP<br />

128 AIRPORT MAP<br />


130 CHENGDU<br />

Tongue-numbing and Good<br />

This month’s<br />

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Beauty<br />

of Ang Thong<br />

National<br />

Marine Park<br />

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Contributors<br />

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Richard Augustin<br />

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Sarita Urupongsa<br />

Sirin P Wongpanit<br />

Veena Thoopkrajae<br />

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Contributing Photographers<br />

Apichat Sukhunnee<br />

Dolnapa Ram-Indra<br />

Oliver Gane<br />

Permboon Wongpanit<br />

Pete Cloonie<br />

Suwit Kittitien<br />

Yvan Cohen<br />

ART<br />

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This awe-inspiring Dr. Bhau Daji<br />

Lad Museum stands as one of the<br />

oldest structures in Mumbai and the<br />

first colonial building built in 1857.<br />

A museum since its inception, the<br />

gorgeous interiors of famed Minton<br />

tile floors, gilded ceiling mouldings<br />

and ornate architecture add to its<br />

grand reputation.<br />





-11<br />

NOW<br />


MAR<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />


Art-goers should head over to the National<br />

Gallery of Singapore from now until 11 March<br />

for the Century of Light exhibition. The artworks<br />

divide into two shows – Colours of Impressionism<br />

and Between Worlds – consisting of masterpieces<br />

from the Musée d’Orsay as well as the works of<br />

renowned Southeast Asian artists, Raden Saleh<br />

and Juan Luna.<br />

Colours of Impressionism will feature over<br />

60 works by the masters Monet, Renoir, Manet,<br />

Pissarro and Cézanne and will highlight the<br />

importance of colour to these Impressionist<br />

painters of the 19th century. For fans of<br />

Southeast Asian art, Between Worlds will see<br />

the works of Indonesian artist Raden Saleh and<br />

Filipino artist Juan Luna. The exhibit serves as<br />

the first major show of the artists and their work<br />

that achieved wide acclaim in Europe.<br />

nationalgallery.sg<br />

9<br />

JAN<br />

-27<br />

FEB<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />



Take an opportunity to bask in the cheery cool<br />

weather of Bangkok and head over to the<br />

Goethe-Institut. In a collaboration with the<br />

Switzerland and Austrian embassies, all film<br />

lovers should book seats for the anticipated<br />

“Open Air Kino <strong>2018</strong>” every Tuesday evening –<br />

starting from 9 <strong>Jan</strong>uary <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Aiming to provide a deeper insight into<br />

the German film culture and current works of<br />

important directors, this year Open Air Kino<br />

has selected “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns<br />

(Welcome to Germany, 2016),” from German<br />

director Simon Verhoeven as the opening film<br />

at 7.30pm.<br />

Other film screenings include Jugend<br />

ohne Gott (Youth Without God, 2017) and<br />

new features and short films from Germany,<br />

Switzerland and Austria with <strong>Thai</strong> and English<br />

subtitles. Entrance to all film evenings is free of<br />

charge. 18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathorn Soi 1, Bangkok,<br />

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

<strong>2018</strong><br />

12JAN<br />



Oasis may have disbanded in 2009 with a<br />

well-publicised row between the Gallagher<br />

brothers, but fans of the group will have<br />

a chance to get themselves ready for this<br />

highly-anticipated concert as Liam Gallagher<br />

continues on a comeback tour. He began his<br />

world tour last year to promote his latest solo<br />

album As You Were, extending it into <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

His solo effort debuts the single, Wall of Glass,<br />

followed by Chinatown and For What It’s<br />

Worth. The album has reached number one<br />

on the iTunes chart in more than 10 countries,<br />

including <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

Liam Gallagher Live<br />

in Bangkok takes place<br />

at BITEC Bangna, Friday<br />

evening. If you’re wondering<br />

whether there’s a chance<br />

the ex-Oasis front man will<br />

perform acclaimed songs<br />

from Oasis like Wonderwall<br />

– the coy answer is a<br />

maybe! T: +66 (0) 2026<br />

3068 ticketmelon.com/<br />

event/LiamGallagher,<br />

liamgallagher.com/tour<br />

17-31JAN<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />



Hong Kong will be one of the key stopovers<br />

for the world’s toughest sailing race this<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>uary. After tackling the Southern Ocean<br />

from Cape Town to Melbourne and sailing<br />

nearly 6,000 miles, Hong Kong will provide a<br />

much needed reprieve for participants of the<br />

Volvo Ocean Race.<br />

As the yachts dock at the Royal Hong<br />

Kong Yacht Club, the festivities will kick off<br />

with entertainment and revelry at the Kai Tak<br />

Runway Park. From 17 to 31 <strong>Jan</strong>uary, the race<br />

festival will see the venue transformed into an<br />

entertainment hub with food stalls and bars with<br />

sailing races, live music by DJs and performances<br />

being held. The fest will culminate in the flag<br />

off for Leg 5 of the race as the sailors make<br />

their way towards Guangzhou on 1 <strong>Feb</strong>ruary.<br />

volvooceanracehk.com<br />

20-21JAN<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />



A cutting-edge festival is back for the second<br />

time in Bangkok with provocative talks, topnotch<br />

entertainment and food galore. Held in<br />

the very heart of Bangkok’s old town along the<br />

Chaophraya River, the Bangkok Edge festival<br />

will be packed with activities ranging from talks,<br />

workshops, concerts with the attendance of<br />

local favourites Hugo, Chanudom, Yellow Fang,<br />

Rasmee Isan Soul, and Siplor. Highlighting the<br />

event as well is of course, food, and an enticing<br />

Art and Crafts market for everyone to enjoy.<br />

Save the date for the third weekend of <strong>Jan</strong>uary<br />

for the event that’s meant to challenge and<br />

nurture you. You can capture the latest trends<br />

in <strong>Thai</strong> art and culture through Museum Siam,<br />

Chakrabongse Villas or be part of book launching<br />

events and talks by acclaimed international<br />

speakers such as Chris Baker, Julian Thomson,<br />

Christina Lamb, Marina Mahatir, Lawrence<br />

Osbourne, Medeliene Racknagel and Veeraporn<br />

Nitiprapha.<br />

For those who are interested, tickets for<br />

the Chill Pass that lets participants relax at<br />

Chakrabongse Villas and join in the house tour<br />

can contact chillpass@bangkokedge.com.<br />

T: +66 (0) 2622 1900, bangkokedge.com or<br />

facebook.com/bangkokedge<br />

26JAN<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

INDIA<br />


India celebrates its 69th Republic Day on 26<br />

<strong>Jan</strong>uary. While the major celebratory parade<br />

takes place on Rajpath in New Delhi, Mumbai<br />

also hosts a smaller version at Shivaji Park.<br />

The parade is presided over by the state’s<br />

chief minister and involves great pomp and<br />

splendour. There’s a flag hoisting ceremony<br />

followed by military marches, traditional song<br />

and dance performances, and elaborate floats<br />

often depicting social messages.<br />

Abide With Me, a Christian hymn by<br />

Scottish Anglican Henry Francis Lyte, is<br />

always played during the Republic Day parade<br />

because it was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s<br />

favourite songs.<br />

Many family or community events also<br />

take place with parties and celebrations. Fairs<br />

and talent contests take place and throughout<br />

the day, patriotic songs are played through<br />

loud speakers. Republic Day is not merely a<br />

one-day celebration. Spreading over 3 days,<br />

crowds gather and cheer at the ending<br />

performance, the Beating Retreat, on <strong>Jan</strong>uary 29.<br />

incredibleindia.org<br />

18 19


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FEB <strong>2018</strong> FEB <strong>2018</strong><br />



The Dewan Filharmonik Petronas hosts<br />

the visiting Ballet of Armenia for the third<br />

instalment of the MPO’s Ballet Festival.<br />

Performing at the grand hall, conductor Karen<br />

Durgaryan and the Ballet of Armenia troupe<br />

are set to enthral audiences with memorable<br />

performances from Tchaikovsky’s greatest<br />

ballet scores, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker<br />

for the opening weekend in <strong>Feb</strong>ruary. Swan<br />

Lake, one of the most popular ballets in the<br />

world, tells the story of evil sorcerer Von<br />

Rothbart who turned Princess Odette into a<br />

swan. The ever popular Christmas Eve tale of<br />

Clara and the Nutcracker never fails to delight<br />

audiences of all ages. In the following week,<br />

they will perform Khachaturian’s two most<br />

well-known ballets, Gayané and Spartacus.<br />

mpo.com.my<br />

13-19FEB<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />



Laos, once known as “The Land of a Million<br />

Elephants”, will throw the country’s biggest party<br />

for a parade of elephants at the sleepy border<br />

town of Sayabouly Province, near Vientiane<br />

in mid-<strong>Feb</strong>ruary. The annual Lao Elephant<br />

Festival often draws more than 80,000 local<br />

and international visitors who gather together<br />

to witness the procession of thousands of<br />

elephants. Before the start of festivities, the<br />

elephants undergo their own makeover – with<br />

extra pampering making them fresh and radiant<br />

as they parade pass the crowds. A blessing<br />

ceremony is also performed by monks for them.<br />

Equally special at the festival is the selection of<br />

the “Elephant of the Year” with more than 100<br />

pachyderm contestants. Highlighting that is the<br />

majestic procession complete with the elephants<br />

in decorative body paint as they march through<br />

the small town of Sayabouly. At the festival,<br />

colourful and energetic performances of both<br />

local and foreign artists entertain all, with<br />

traditional games played and night markets for<br />

strolling. tourismlaos.org<br />

16FEB<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />



Rather, the astrological canine gets a whole<br />

year, as based on the Chinese zodiac sign.<br />

Fortune tellers advocate lifestyle changes for<br />

the Year of the Earth Dog <strong>2018</strong>. In Hong Kong,<br />

households continue the flurry to prepare for<br />

the Lunar New Year, which begins on <strong>Feb</strong>ruary<br />

16. This is a good time for major lifestyle<br />

changes: such as starting a new business, or<br />

moving to a new residence. If you’re a smoker<br />

– consider quitting, states the sage advice.<br />

Predictions also say that it’s a good time to<br />

bring on social change and the Chinese people<br />

believe that a dog is an auspicious animal.<br />

Meanwhile, the village of Lam Tsuen in<br />

Tai Po celebrates the Well-Wishing Festival<br />

with people travelling from all over to make<br />

wishes for the lunar new year. There are two<br />

conduits to ensure that wishes are heard: in<br />

the form of Wishing Trees or the Wishing<br />

Lanterns. The tradition calls for writing your<br />

wish on a piece of paper that’s tied to an<br />

orange fruit with a decent length of string<br />

attached. Aim well and throw your “wish”<br />

into the Wishing Tree. If it catches on the<br />

branches, your wish is said to come true.<br />

Another chance to make a wish follows<br />

after various ceremonies that are held<br />

throughout the festivities. This time, your wish<br />

is released with the Wishing Lanterns into the<br />

night sky. The all-day event at Lam Tsuen in<br />

Tai Po is easily accessible. Just take the MTR<br />

to Tai Po Station, exit the station and take the<br />

64K bus to Lam Tsuen.<br />





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When in<br />

Sukhothai...<br />

Sukhothai is a town known for its deep<br />

roots in historical significance. As the<br />

capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom, the<br />

province located in the lower northern<br />

part of <strong>Thai</strong>land promises a wide<br />

array of mesmerising ancient sites<br />

to discover. However, other valuable<br />

discoveries this town has to offer go<br />

beyond its historical aspects. There are<br />

the genteel culture, a relaxed yet funloving<br />

lifestyle, and culinary marvels<br />

that leave a lasting impression. For a<br />

true Sukhothai experience, consider our<br />

must-dos while visiting the ancient capital.<br />

Above<br />

Phra Achana in the main hall of<br />

Si Chum Temple. The story goes<br />

that a “secret opening” enabled<br />

a person to speak without being<br />

seen. Innocent bystanders would<br />

think it was the voice of Buddha<br />

talking to them.<br />


It is said that a person does not really<br />

make it to Sukhothai unless respects are<br />

paid to Phra Achana, the grand statue<br />

of Buddha whose seated image is in the<br />

“Subduing Mara” pose in the main hall of<br />

Si Chum Temple.<br />



King Ramkhamhaeng the Great ruled<br />

Sukhothai Kingdom, a valiant sovereign<br />

of the Kingdom of <strong>Thai</strong>land who was<br />

bestowed the title “The Great” for his<br />

abilities in war, politics, administration,<br />

and religion. He is also known for<br />

the Ramkhamhaeng Stele on which<br />

the first <strong>Thai</strong> alphabet was inscribed.<br />

His monument and statue is located<br />

inside the central zone of Sukhothai<br />

Historical Park.<br />



Cyclists can enjoy biking around<br />

the Historical Park and noting the<br />

admirable and exquisite details<br />

of traditional architecture and art,<br />

as well as learning about history.<br />

Many forms of art and its disciplines<br />

originated in Sukhothai, including<br />

the fine arts in which the Kingdom’s<br />

Buddhist sculptures see interpretation<br />

in superb traditional aesthetics.<br />

Conceptualisation of systematic urban<br />

planning and the creation of the <strong>Thai</strong><br />

alphabet also began here.<br />



Sangkhalok glazed ceramics are the<br />

province’s most famous products, with<br />

trademark features of scalloped rims<br />

and bluish-green patterns, including<br />

expressive figurines. Visitors can learn<br />

to create and paint a Sangkhalok ware<br />

of their own using unique colours,<br />

lines and patterns as done by longago<br />

potters.<br />





Formerly located on Phra Mae Ya<br />

Hill, the shrine has been re-located<br />

to the front of the Sukhothai town<br />

hall. The venue is believed to have<br />

been constructed during the reign<br />

of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great<br />

in dedication to his mother, Princess<br />

Sueang. The shrine is highly respected<br />

by the people of Sukhothai and an<br />

annual festival is held in her honour.<br />




When visiting Si Satchanalai, don’t miss<br />

browsing through the wide array of intricate<br />

works in gold and silver meticulously done<br />

in the carefully-crafted Sukhothai style.<br />

These elaborate masterpieces are created<br />

by local artisans who have retained<br />

the cherished styles that’s passed from<br />

generation to generation.<br />


“Khao Perb”, or steamed rice flat<br />

noodles with its assortment of fillings,<br />

is the local dish found at Na Ton Chan<br />

Village only. Khao Perb is made with<br />

ground rice grains which are filtered<br />

to create a thick, white rice cream. It<br />

is later steamed on a thin muslin cloth,<br />

resulting in a translucent skin which<br />

serves as a wrap for tasty stuffing. This<br />

cooking is done in the same manner<br />

as another <strong>Thai</strong> favourite, Khao Kreab<br />

Paak Mor. Assorted vegetables, like Kan<br />

Song, ivy gourd, and star gooseberries<br />

are then stuffed inside the rice flour<br />

before being steamed. Once it is ready,<br />

the rolls are served with hot broth and<br />

a steamed egg.<br />



The colourful Khok Moo pick-up truck is<br />

a fun choice for travellers who want to<br />

experience the authentic lifestyle of the<br />

Sukhothai people – simple, traditional and<br />

gets you to the destination.<br />

Clockwise from<br />

Top Right<br />

King<br />

Ramkhamhaeng<br />

Statue.<br />

Intricate handiwork<br />

of the Sukhothaistyled<br />

jewellery.<br />

The exterior of<br />

Si Chum Temple.<br />

The sublime<br />

flavours of ‘Khao<br />

Perb,’ a specialty<br />

dish in Sukhothai.<br />



With 40 years in the business of sweets<br />

and desserts, “Khanom Phing Mae Tim”<br />

(<strong>Thai</strong> mini cookies by Mae Tim) is best<br />

known for the rich and delicious flavour<br />

of their cookies distinctive through its<br />

unique method of using a charcoal stove<br />

for baking. As Mae Tim’s Khanom Phing<br />

is a top-selling product, customers have<br />

to queue up to purchase it. The bakery<br />

also has the charming feature of being<br />

known as “Khanom Phing Ngaem Pratoo<br />

Khai” (mini cookies sold through the folding<br />

door). Its popularity and large number of<br />

customers result in the bakery minimising<br />

the door opening to sell their products and<br />

lessen crowding.<br />


A sunset at the Sukhothai Historical Park<br />

is mandatory. Never to be missed, it’s the<br />

gift of a lasting impression. A glimpse<br />

of inspiring history outlined against the<br />

coming of dusk envelopes spectators in<br />

serenity – and the best way to end a trip<br />

in Sukhothai.<br />

For more information, contact the Tourism<br />

Authority of <strong>Thai</strong>land, Sukhothai Office, at<br />

+66 (0) 55 616 0228-9.<br />

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Purple Magic<br />

Anything with a butterly pea flower is beautiful<br />

consumption with benefits. In <strong>Thai</strong>land, you’ll<br />

find it in vivid blue cocktails or as a deep purple<br />

beverage. It’s also what gives an enticing lavender<br />

shade to creative sticky rice that partners with<br />

mangoes on a dessert menu.<br />

Since the old days, the flower has been used<br />

widely for strengthening hair and eyebrows, as<br />

a natural colourant in food and desserts or as<br />

an edible accompaniment with Nam Prik (a chilli<br />

paste) meals.<br />

Considered an herb or flower – butterfly<br />

pea plants are attractive because of their vivid<br />

signature colour. It is originally a tropical plant<br />

but has been introduced to America, Australia,<br />

and Africa. They are very easy to find and grow,<br />

making the plant a common sight in one’s home<br />

garden in the tropics. The flower is known to<br />

come with abundant health benefits, with an<br />

important aspect as that of a potent antioxidant.<br />

There are many ways to enjoy the use of<br />

butterfly pea flowers, and one of the simplest<br />

things to do is turn the blue-and-purple<br />

flowers into a refreshing drink for everyone.<br />

Mild and light in taste, some people may add<br />

a bit of lime juice in their butterfly pea drink<br />

to make it even more unique and flavourful.<br />

As a magical treat, watch how drops of lime<br />

transform the natural blue colour into the<br />

pinkish-purple blue of a beach sunset.<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 100g of butterfly pea flowers<br />

• 2 cups of clean water<br />

• 4 tbsp syrup or<br />

• 2 tbsp honey<br />

Instructions<br />

Wash the butterfly pea flowers and boil them<br />

in clean water. With the lid on the pot, leave it for<br />

2 to 3 minutes to steep before taking the flowers<br />

out from the pot.<br />

Mix the butterfly pea flower tea with syrup or<br />

honey, adjusting preferred sweetness. To preserve<br />

all the nutrients, do drink it immediately.<br />





Your <strong>2018</strong><br />

Bucket List?<br />

See More Art<br />

Words Sarita Urupongsa<br />

There’s no denying a simple encounter with art adds<br />

the proverbial colour to life. Consider engaging in the<br />

creative spirit and the soothing ways of art appreciation.<br />

With the plethora of museums and galleries that makes<br />

it more accessible, mark this as a year that’s more<br />

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

collection of some of the best places in Asia to satisfy<br />

your artistic yearnings.<br />

Bibo in Hong Kong<br />

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

French gastronomy lovers and while it’s luxurious, the presence of<br />

contemporary art makes it beyond a gastronomy destination. Housed in<br />

the former Compagnie Générale Française de Tramways office, the place<br />

magically and stylishly morphed into a glamorous, yet boho-chic art and<br />

culinary destination. Bibo combines the finest of both worlds with indoor art<br />

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

French gastronomy while taking in the 1930s vibe and admiring artworks from<br />

renowned artists like Banksy, Damien Hirst, and Jeff Koons. bibo.hk<br />


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

Douangdala. Despite a difference in nationalities and talents, both hold the<br />

same commitment and connection of that of the artistic spirit. They established<br />

‘OPT’ to introduce the Lao heritage of beautiful textiles and offer economic<br />

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

a small shop selling only a few designs. Now the business has expanded into<br />

two locations: one in the historic district of Luang Prabang and the other, the<br />

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

of gorgeous hand-loomed textiles, visitors can immerse themselves in seeing<br />

instructional demos of silk and cotton weaving, dyeing, and Hmong batik.<br />

ockpoptok.com<br />


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

Theam. Passionate about Cambodia’s cultural heritage, Theam, upon<br />

returning to his homeland after 15 years in France, set off on the journey<br />

to bring back Khmer art and culture. The mission took him to marvellous<br />

discoveries of astonishing artefacts and splendid temples and pagodas.<br />

Aiming to blend Cambodia’s rich art and cultural aesthetics into modern<br />

surroundings, the designer launched Theam’s House as a showroom for<br />

local artisan products crafted from original techniques and materials<br />

favoured by people in the old days. The place also offers the opportunity<br />

for local artists and villagers to work there and hone their talents.<br />

theamshouse.com<br />

Redtory Art &<br />

Design Factory<br />

in Guangzhou<br />


Here’s a situation rarely visualised – that of rice fields and<br />

a creative space coming together. Two artists intentionally<br />

engaged in the use of anonymity to redefine the idea of<br />

land ownership and created the Land Foundation. Here,<br />

two concepts merge in an open space where agriculture<br />

and art come together in an artists’ residence in nature’s<br />

setting. Nestled in area that’s naturally serene and close to<br />

the San Pa Tong district in Chiang Mai, the lush land and<br />

its surrounding green environment now belongs to the<br />

Land Foundation who in turn cultivated a landscape that<br />

dedicated one fourth of its area to the concept of earth<br />

and three-fourths of it to water. The resulting terrain offers<br />

lucky folks a chance to dwell and experience living among<br />

agricultural communities and furthering the creative spirit.<br />

Working with nature up close, the Foundation aims to make<br />

it the core energy of all artistic endeavours for artists and to<br />

inspire art lovers. thelandfoundation.org<br />

Its significant beginning was that of a<br />

canned food factory, but this industrial<br />

space in Guangzhou now sees new life<br />

as Redtory, an artists’ village and art<br />

district that serves to inspire its creative<br />

and residential community. A major force<br />

since 2009, over 200 exhibitions, cultural<br />

events and lectures have been held with<br />

the goal of bringing art and modern design<br />

into ordinary people’s lives. In an area that<br />

spans 170,000 square metres, the Redtory<br />

industrial setting has been transformed into<br />

seven exhibition areas and over ten creative<br />

designations that include studios and art<br />

shops. In a big nod to its industrial heritage,<br />

Redtory embraces creative industries<br />

such as design and applied engineering to<br />

complement its contemporary art platform.<br />

redtory.com.cn<br />

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Photos Dolnapa Ram-Indra<br />

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum<br />

in Mumbai<br />

Mumbai-based Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is where fine and decorative arts<br />

define the city’s cultural heritage. Apart from the splendid array of miniature<br />

clay models, dioramas, lithographs, and rare books – the museum has also<br />

formed an artistic partnership with other museums and cultural institutions<br />

around the world in bringing contemporary artists and international<br />

exhibitions to this already culturally rich city. The museum’s historic past<br />

merges splendidly with the design aspects of modern day when its Museum<br />

Restoration Project won the 2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award<br />

of Excellence for Conservation. This achievement was a collective effort of<br />

the public and private partnership between the Brihanmumbai Municipal<br />

Corporation, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),<br />

and the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. bdlmuseum.org<br />


PHU QUOC<br />

Words S.O. Knight<br />

Photos Pete Cloonie<br />

If you’re looking to be spirited away to a pristine<br />

island and enjoy nature or just luxuriate in a<br />

resort, Phu Quoc is the latest travel gem with<br />

lots to offer. Rollicking expanse of beaches,<br />

indigenous farms tours and superb local seafood<br />

complete the picture.<br />

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PHU QUOC<br />

F<br />

rom the plane, the lush green<br />

of nature strikes you when<br />

descending into Phu Quoc –<br />

Vietnam’s largest island just off<br />

the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land. A hotspot for beach<br />

and outdoor lovers, Phu Quoc races<br />

toward transformation with fast-paced<br />

and mega-infrastructure construction.<br />

Paved roads are being built to connect<br />

the entire island, and five-star resorts<br />

settle on many stretches of its beautiful<br />

beaches. But more than half of Phu Quoc’s<br />

unspoiled nature is strictly preserved as<br />

part of the Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve<br />

and protected with a UNESCO designation.<br />

This is an island with two worlds: one<br />

existing in its original greenness, and the<br />

other one possessing world-class beachfront<br />

accommodations.<br />

Visitors can<br />

explore scenic<br />

farms with<br />

abundant<br />

pepper plants.<br />

Farm tours with<br />

friendly staffers<br />

educate visitors<br />

on understanding<br />

quality pepper.<br />

When the Vietnamese<br />

government listed Phu Quoc in<br />

its National Tourism Master Plan<br />

more than a dozen years ago, locals<br />

immediately felt the changes. Over<br />

the past five years, the island has<br />

changed very rapidly into quite a<br />

tourist destination. Most visitors<br />

to Vietnam need a visa to enter<br />

the country, but not if Phu Quoc is<br />

listed as one of the destinations.<br />

Huge investments are approved<br />

in a rapid manner to provide<br />

sound infrastructure on the island.<br />

Undersea high voltage 110kv cables<br />

have been laid to provide much-<br />

needed stability to the island’s once<br />

sporadic electricity supplies. The<br />

island’s water treatment plants -<br />

worth almost US$100 million – have<br />

been in the works. The new airport<br />

opened in 2012 and has already seen<br />

additional expansion. It will soon<br />

service larger aircrafts by the time<br />

the island expects to welcome as<br />

many as three million visitors per<br />

year by 2020.<br />

We drove by Phu Quoc’s old<br />

Duong Dong airport on our way to<br />

the famous pepper and bee farms<br />

up north. Construction has levelled<br />

out some areas into stretches of<br />

emptiness awaiting development,<br />

with roads leading to the airport<br />

used conveniently as shortcuts for<br />

locals going between the seaside<br />

and inland. The front end of the<br />

abandoned airstrip is now dotted<br />

with fruit trucks, mainly colourful<br />

6-wheelers and open-through beds<br />

piled high with local fruits. Among<br />

them are durians ferried over from<br />

the Mekong Delta.<br />

The newly-built roads mean<br />

easier passage from north to south<br />

of this big island of almost 600<br />

square kilometres. Phu Quoc’s<br />

developed centre is ‘Duong Dong’<br />

which had early establishments of<br />

hotels, banks, and shops that used to<br />

cater backpackers. The river running<br />

through this area makes it a vibrant<br />

living port. Fishing has always<br />

been and still is Phu Quoc’s main<br />

industry. The island is famed for its<br />

naturally aromatic and high-protein<br />

fish sauce, still largely made from<br />

tons of anchovies steeped at least for<br />

two years in salt and water. Of the<br />

island’s many fish sauce factories,<br />

four cater to tours and tasting. Go<br />

to one of the local restaurants for<br />

Vietnamese spring rolls - fresh or<br />

deep-fried - and dip it into their<br />

famous fish sauce.<br />

Most locals you meet on Phu<br />

Quoc are descendants of fishermen<br />

on the island. Our chatty guide<br />

Danny could talk endlessly on how<br />

changes on the island in recent years<br />

dramatically impacted his family<br />

and day-to-day lifestyle, all said<br />

with an understandable mix of pride<br />

and dread.<br />

“I was still in the generation<br />

that had to travel to the mainland<br />

for a higher education,” said our<br />

local guide, who’s 25. “But now,<br />

Phu Quoc is seeing a new foreigninvested<br />

hospitality university and<br />

my younger brother who is now in<br />

a local high school can choose to<br />

get an education here, or venture<br />

onto the mainland like I did. Life<br />

should be easier for him with more<br />

education and jobs on the island in<br />

the near future. I got it a bit rough<br />

living away from family back then.”<br />

Adventurous Europeans first<br />

discovered Phu Quoc over 20 years<br />

ago. They were drawn to its remote,<br />

Clockwise from<br />

Top Right<br />

A real eating<br />

town, freshness<br />

guaranteed.<br />

Phu Quoc produces<br />

fish sauce prized<br />

by Vietnamese<br />

households.<br />

Visitors on ecotours<br />

learn about honey<br />

bee conservation at<br />

bee farms.<br />

Pearl farms show<br />

how oysters create<br />

these little ‘gems’.<br />

true far-away destination. Clear,<br />

unspoiled emerald-green beaches<br />

were a big magnet. Before direct<br />

flights from Bangkok became<br />

available, people who flew to Phu<br />

Quoc needed a full day’s journey that<br />

included a long layover in Ho Chi<br />

Minh City. Now, you can even fly in<br />

directly from Scandinavia countries<br />

and London. There are also daily<br />

ferries from Phu Quoc to seaport<br />

cities like Ha Tien and Rach Gia<br />

that are south of Vietnam.<br />

Long beach, not too far south<br />

from Duong Dong, caters to many<br />

tourists with its extensive stretch<br />

of beach – full of beachfront<br />

resorts, bars, and restaurants -<br />

both local favourites and ones<br />

catering to tourists. The island’s<br />

famed night market is also there,<br />

just under the main bridge and<br />

opposite the town’s main fresh<br />

market. It is quite easy to get<br />

around, with options of a metred<br />

taxi, a private tour or a scooter<br />

rental. And like other parts of<br />

Vietnam, ear-splitting honking is<br />

the roadside norm.<br />

The cacophony is enough<br />

to remind you of Phu Quoc’s<br />

rapid ascension on the hot list of<br />

getaways. Luckily, there’s also<br />

the option for a quiet escape to its<br />

protected nature.<br />

TO-DOS:<br />

Phu Quoc is also famed for ecotourism<br />

and tourists can roam<br />

around sampling away –from the<br />

fish sauce factories in Duong Dong<br />

area all the way to the north, which<br />

is abundant with pepper farms, bee<br />

farms and sim or rose myrtle wine<br />

factories. At Phu Quoc Countryside,<br />

the farm-stay pepper farm has<br />

good facilities - including their own<br />

restaurant and draft beer brewery.<br />

The sim plant is wild and abundant<br />

in Phu Quoc’s forests, and from that<br />

comes an island specialty. Sim wines<br />

– ranging from light enough to be<br />

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PHU QUOC<br />

Right<br />

Breath-taking view<br />

from a balcony of<br />

JW Marriott Phu<br />

Quoc Emerald Bay<br />

Bottom to Right<br />

The largest<br />

Buddhist temple<br />

in Phu Quoc and<br />

a meditative place<br />

to see a sunset.<br />

Stroll through the<br />

night market for<br />

fresh seafood<br />

made to order.<br />

Ideal for sunset<br />

viewing is Choun<br />

Choun Sky Bar.<br />

Phu Quoc Prison,<br />

also called the<br />

Coconut Tree Prison,<br />

used to house<br />

prisoners of war.<br />

a ‘baby’ wine to one with a robust<br />

and mature body - are fragrant and<br />

cheerful for drinking.<br />

The Fisherman’s village of Ham<br />

Nihn is dotted with floating seafood<br />

restaurants for your choosing. Green<br />

chilli sauces are meant only for the<br />

squid dishes; while lime, salt and<br />

pepper are the condiments mixture<br />

for all others. The Night Market in<br />

Duong Dong is known for pricey<br />

seafood, but serves as a good place<br />

for tourists to wander. Drop by the<br />

nearby Ra Qhoi or 343 Restaurant<br />

for local munches, but for the treat<br />

of large seafood bowls Westernstyle,<br />

head to Crab House. When<br />

the weather permits, Choun Choun<br />

Sky Bar overlooking the riversplit<br />

and Duong Dong tributary<br />

is an excellent choice for sunsets.<br />

Another viewing is the Q Sky Bar<br />

on Tran Hung Dao Street. Café<br />

Sua Da next to the night market<br />

will get you a cooling drink or<br />

two, while Aroi Café opposite of<br />

Crab House offers equally thirstquenching<br />

options.<br />

For more hilltop sea views<br />

dotted with sights of gorgeous<br />

bonsai varieties, head to the newlybuilt<br />

Ho Quoc Pagoda that boasts<br />

Mahayana Buddhist architecture and<br />

beautifully adorned with exquisite<br />

potted plants.<br />

For a history stop, Phu Quoc<br />

Prison tells the story of Phu Quoc’s<br />

tragic past. Built in 1949-1950<br />

and renovated into a museum,<br />

showcased are prisoner cages<br />

and torture practises during the<br />

Indochina War when Phu Quoc<br />

became a P.O.W camp and detention<br />

of captured Viet Cong and North<br />

Vietnamese. A new jail museum is<br />

being built to house these unsettling<br />

exhibits with the government<br />

determined to “promote” this<br />

disturbing story of this island’s past.<br />

STAY:<br />

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald<br />

Bay opened about a year ago in<br />

the southern hub of An Thoi and<br />

immediately became the talk of<br />

the island. Designed by prolific<br />

hotel designer Bill Bensley - the<br />

resort’s design creation is based<br />

on a fantasy tale that borrows<br />

from Vietnam’s episode of<br />

French colonisation and warweary<br />

history. While fictitious<br />

yet convincing, the resulting<br />

story is that the property was<br />

built out of a deserted and<br />

ancient building – and converted<br />

into the structurally elaborate<br />

‘Lamarck University’ in the<br />

1920s. Thus the modern-day<br />

resort rises up from a madeup<br />

past. Rich in historical<br />

details, the resort is the place<br />

where you will spend your<br />

time browsing through their<br />

eclectic antique collection and<br />

enjoying the exuberant feel of<br />

the lobby. Guestrooms have<br />

high ceilings and universitythemed<br />

department names.<br />

Their beautiful ‘Spa Chanterelle’<br />

provides a luxurious and<br />

relaxing escape. It’s a great<br />

choice for foodies too – with<br />

excellent comestibles, especially<br />

their mega-breakfast buffet with<br />

fabulous vegetarian choices, a<br />

delicious lunch consisting of<br />

Vietnamese traditional dishes,<br />

and beachfront seafood dinners.<br />

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PHU QUOC<br />

ซ้ายบน<br />

เรือประมงทาสีฟ้า<br />

ตัดเขียว พากัน<br />

ออกหาปลาทุกวี่วัน<br />

ขวาบน<br />

ชายหาดทอดแนวยาว<br />

กว้างไกลสุดลูกหูลูกตา<br />

เต็มไปด้วยรีสอร์ต<br />

และที่พักใกล้ชิด<br />

ท้องทะเลสีคราม<br />

ซ้ายล่าง<br />

ชายหาดบนเกาะฟู้โกว๊ก<br />

ยังคงความงามตาม<br />

วิถีธรรมชาติ<br />

ฟู้โกว๊ก เกาะที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในเวียดนามแห่งนี้<br />

ห่างจากประเทศไทยไม่มากนัก เกาะแห่ง<br />

นี้กำลังเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่างรวดเร็วพร้อม<br />

กับโครงการก่อสร้างพื ้นฐาน โดยมีถนน<br />

ที่เชื่อมทั้งเกาะเข้าด้วยกัน และโปรเจ็คต์<br />

โรงแรมระดับห้าดาวที่ผุดขึ้นบนหาดทราย<br />

ที่ทอดแนวยาวของฟู้โกว๊ก ในขณะเดียว<br />

กัน ยูเนสโกได้กำหนดเขตพื้นที่อนุรักษ์<br />

ชีวมนฑลเกียนยาง เพื่อรักษาความ<br />

หลากหลายทางชีวภาพในพื้นที่เกินครึ่ง<br />

ของเกาะ เรียกได้ว่า ฟู้โกว๊กคือเกาะแห่ง<br />

โลกสองใบอย่างแท้จริง<br />

จากนโยบายการท่องเที่ยวของ<br />

รัฐบาล เกาะฟู้โกว๊กเปลี่ยนแปลงอย่าง<br />

ก้าวกระโดด นักท่องเที่ยวไม่จำเป็นต้อง<br />

มีวีซ่าเพื่อเข้าเวียดนาม หากหนึ่งใน<br />

สถานที่ท่องเที่ยวของคุณคือเกาะแห่งนี้<br />

นี่ยังไม่รวมการลงทุนโครงสร้างพื้นฐาน<br />

สายไฟฟ้าแรงสูงใต้ทะเล โรงงานบำบัด<br />

น้ำเสียมูลค่ามหาศาล และสนามบินที่ได้<br />

รับการขยายพื้นที่เพื่อรองรับนักท่องเที่ยว<br />

3 ล้านคนต่อปีในอีกสามปีข้างหน้า<br />

ถนนตัดใหม่ทำให้เดินทางได้สะดวก<br />

สบาย เริ่มต้นที่ ดวงดอง ‘Duong Dong’<br />

ศูนย์กลางนักท่องเที่ยวสะพายเป้ ที่มีทั้ง<br />

โรงแรม ธนาคาร และร้านค้ามากมาย<br />

คุณจะได้เห็นแม่น้ำที่ชาวบ้านอาศัยเป็น<br />

แหล่งทำการประมงเป็นอาชีพหลัก เกาะ<br />

แห่งนี ้ยังมีชื่อเสียงด้านการทำน้ำปลา<br />

ผลิตจากปลากระตักที่หมักอย่างน้อย<br />

สองปี อย่าลืมลองชิมปอเปี๊ยะเวียดนาม<br />

ทอดจิ้มน ้ำปลาอันหอมหวน รสชาติ<br />

อร่อยล้ำอย่าบอกใครเชียว<br />

คนท้องถิ่นที่นี่ส่วนใหญ่ล้วนเป็นลูก<br />

หลานชาวประมง แดนนี่ ไกด์ของเราเล่า<br />

ให้ฟังว่า ความเป็นอยู่เปลี่ยนไปมาก จากที่<br />

ต้องเดินทางไปเรียนที่แผ่นดินใหญ่ เดี๋ยวนี้<br />

ใครๆ ก็สามารถเข้าเรียนมหาวิทยาลัยที่<br />

ลงทุนโดยชาวต่างชาติบนเกาะฟู้โกว๊กได้<br />

เลย รวมถึงน้องชายของเขาด้วย<br />

การเปลี่ยนแปลงครั้งใหญ่เริ่มเมื่อ<br />

นักสำรวจชาวยุโรปเดินทางมายังเกาะ<br />

ฟู้โกว๊กช่วง 20 ปีก่อน ความที่ฟู้โกว๊กห่างไกล<br />

จากทุกสิ่งบนโลก อีกทั้งทะเลยังเป็น<br />

สีเขียวมรกต สองเสน่ห์นี้เองที่ดึงดูด<br />

นักท่องเที่ยวจากทั่วทุกมุมโลกให้มาสัมผัส<br />

เกาะแห่งนี้ ในอดีต การเดินทางมายังเกาะ<br />

ฟู้โกว๊กต้องใช้เวลาเดินทางหนึ่งวันเต็มจาก<br />

โฮจิมินห์ แต่ปัจจุบันกลับสะดวกง่ายดาย<br />

เพราะสามารถบินตรงจากกรุงเทพฯ ได้เลย<br />

นักท่องเที่ยวส่วนใหญ่จะมาพักที่หาด<br />

ยาวทางใต้ของดวงดอง ที่เต็มไปด้วย<br />

รีสอร์ต บาร์ และร้านอาหาร ตกกลางคืนก็<br />

เดินเที่ยวตลาดกลางคืนซึ่งอยู่ใต้สะพาน<br />

หลักตรงข้ามตลาดสด การเดินทางก็แสน<br />

สะดวก มีทั้งแท็กซี่มิเตอร์ ไกด์นำเที่ยวส่วน<br />

ตัว หรือรถมอเตอร์ไซค์เช่า คลอด้วยเสียง<br />

แตรอื้ออึงอันเป็นเอกลักษณ์ของเวียดนาม<br />

กิจกรรม:<br />

ฟู้โกว๊กโด่งดังเรื่องการท่องเที่ยวเชิงนิเวศ<br />

แวะไปลองชิมน้ำปลารสดีได้ที่ โรงงาน<br />

น้ำปลา ในย่านดวงดอง ทางตอนเหนือ<br />

มี ไร่พริกไทย ฟาร์มผึ ้ง และโรงงานไวน์<br />

พร้อมกับทานอาหารพลางจิบเบียร์<br />

ดราฟต์อันหอมหวานที่ ฟู้โกว๊ก<br />

คันทรีไซด์<br />

หมู่บ้านชาวประมงในฮามนิง เต็มไปด้วย<br />

ร้านอาหารทะเลบนแพ อย่าลืมว่าน้ำจิ้ม<br />

พริกเขียวมีไว้สำหรับจิ้มปลาหมึกเท่านั้น<br />

ส่วนน้ำจิ้มซีฟู้ดคู่กับอาหารจานอื่นๆ<br />

ตลาดกลางคืนที่ดวงดองขายอาหาร<br />

ทะเลราคาสูง อย่าลืมแวะ Ra Qhoi<br />

หรือ ร้านอาหาร 343 ทานอาหาร<br />

ท้องถิ่นเด็ดๆ แล้วไปต่อที่ Crab House<br />

เพื่อทานอาหารทะเลจานใหญ่สไตล์<br />

ตะวันตก พออากาศดีได้ที่ก็ไปต่อที่<br />

Choun Choun Sky Bar หรือที่<br />

Q Sky Bar เพื่อดื่มด่ำวิวตะวันตกดิน<br />

และแม่น้ำกลางดวงดอง คุณจะเข้าไป<br />

ลองจิบเครื่องดื่มเย็นๆ แบบชาวท้องถิ่น<br />

ที่ คาเฟ่ Sua Da ข้างตลาดกลางคืน<br />

หรือจะไปที่ Aroi Café ตรงข้าม<br />

Crab House ก็น่าสนใจ<br />

หากอยากชมวิวทะเลให้ได้ภาพจาก<br />

มุมสูง มุ่งหน้าไปที่ เจดีย์โฮโกว๊ก ชื่นชม<br />

สถาปัตยกรรมศิลปะมหายาน พร้อมกับ<br />

ต้นบอนไซอันงดงาม<br />

นอกจากนี้ ยังสามารถย้อนรอย<br />

อดีตอันเจ็บปวดที่ ทันฑสถานฟู้โกว๊ก<br />

ซึ่งมีการจัดแสดงห้องขังและเครื่องมือ<br />

ทรมานที่ใช้ในช่วงสงครามอินโดจีน<br />

เป็นสถานที่กุมขังเวียดกงและชาว<br />

เวียดนามเหนือ ปัจจุบันได้รับการบูรณะ<br />

เป็นพิพิธภัณฑ์ให้นักท่องเที่ยวได้สัมผัส<br />

และเรียนรู้ไปพร้อมกัน<br />

ที่พัก:<br />

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay<br />

Resort & Spa รีสอร์ตที่สะท้อน<br />

ประวัติศาสตร์ของเวียดนามและการ<br />

ครองอาณานิคมโดยฝรั่งเศส รีสอร์ต<br />

แห่งนี ้ออกแบบโดยนักออกแบบชื ่อดัง<br />

บิล เบนส์ลีย์ (อ่านบทสัมภาษณ์ได้ใน<br />

หน้า 42) คุณจะได้ชมความงามของ<br />

คอลเล็กชันของเก่าที่ได้รับการคัดสรร<br />

อย่างประณีต ล็อบบี้ที่ให้ความรู้สึกมี<br />

ชีวิตชีวาอบอวลไปด้วยประวัติศาสตร์<br />

แห่งมหาวิทยาลัยลามาร์ก และไฮไลต์<br />

อย่าง สปา Chanterelle เพื่อการผ่อน<br />

คลายอย่างมีระดับ<br />



Out of This World<br />

Creative genius Bill Bensley lives one half of<br />

his life in imagination and the other in reality.<br />

‘Escapism’, his recent design tome, showcases<br />

bits of lifetime work; manifesting the fact that<br />

the hotel designer has no problem crossing the<br />

line between real life and colourful fantasies.<br />

Bensley flouts convention and inspires our writer.<br />

Her takeaway? Blue sky thinking.<br />

Photos Suwit Kittitien, Bensley Design Studio<br />

Words Sirin P Wongpanit<br />

42<br />



If life is about setting records, Bill<br />

Bensley is certainly intent on breaking<br />

a good run with new ones. Known for<br />

his new explorations in resort designs,<br />

Bensley is easily one of the world’s most<br />

prolific hotel architects who has designed<br />

over 200 resorts in 30 countries. Among<br />

his long list of projects, many of which are<br />

located in pristine and remote areas, is a<br />

palace – a real one. He has two offices, one<br />

in Bangkok, the other in Bali. On average,<br />

he and his 200-manned dream team would<br />

work on about 45 different projects at the<br />

same time. When I met him the first time,<br />

Bensley was sitting in on five different<br />

meetings, his two dogs slumbering at his<br />

feet. It is a known fact that Bensley travels<br />

most of the time. His schedule is crazy,<br />

as his secretary will readily confirm. And<br />

when we talked for the second time for the<br />

interview, the seemingly indefatigable man<br />

had just unpacked from a month-long trip<br />

to Eastern Europe.<br />

“Now we have made it to<br />

92 countries,” says the largerthan-life<br />

architect on the number<br />

of countries he travelled. “My<br />

plan is when I turn 60, which is<br />

about one and half years from<br />

now, we will land on a new,<br />

uncharted country and make it<br />

our 100th.”<br />

His younger days meant<br />

numerous summertime road<br />

trips and camping and being very<br />

comfortable with trudging into<br />

lands unknown. Bensley recalls<br />

seeing new places with a fresh<br />

pair of eyes, a necessity to stay<br />

Opposite Page<br />

Suspended boats<br />

above playful jewel<br />

tones and plaid at<br />

the Royal Istana in<br />

Malaysia.<br />

Clockwise from Top<br />

Eclectic cool living<br />

in a transformed<br />

palace, the Royal<br />

Istana in Malaysia.<br />

on the alert and have fun. “I grew<br />

up travelling constantly. Every<br />

summer, we went on a big tour all<br />

over America, we went to Mexico,<br />

we went to Canada. And when I<br />

graduated from school, I went<br />

on for four months to Europe,<br />

using the money my sister gave<br />

me for my Harvard (class) ring<br />

to purchase the rail pass and<br />

took a detour to Europe before<br />

eventually landing in Asia.” The<br />

year was 1984, Bensley was 24<br />

years old, and the travel that<br />

originated from his home in<br />

Anaheim, California to Asia took<br />

four and a half months.<br />

Dubbed the ‘King of Exotic<br />

Luxury Resorts’ by Time magazine<br />

and the ‘craziest sane hotel designer<br />

Rich in details, yet<br />

Baan Bhirom Bhakdi<br />

in Bangkok exudes<br />

an unruffled and<br />

tranquil vibe.<br />

An homage to Bruce<br />

Lee manifests as<br />

a bronze Kung Fu<br />

rabbit at the Capella<br />

Golf Clubhouse,<br />

Foshan, China.<br />

in the world’ by Vanity Fair;<br />

Bensley – while still planning<br />

to traverse from one place to<br />

another – always picks up new<br />

ideas at every moment in his<br />

journeys. “It goes directly from<br />

vacation to designs,” he says.<br />

“In Krakow, Poland for example;<br />

I got excellent ideas for our<br />

villa project in Halong Bay. My<br />

memories are all photographed<br />

and some are translated into<br />

tiny details of whatever we<br />

are doing. When we were in<br />

Dubrovnik, Croatia, our room<br />

with the balcony overlooking the<br />

stone staircase where Game of<br />

Thrones’ Cersei walked in shame<br />

got me so inspired – and now we<br />

are making the sketch I did back<br />

44 45


right then and there into a 6 by<br />

1.5 metre drawing, for the Four<br />

Seasons Chiang Mai renovation.”<br />

Global trips might have given<br />

Bensley aesthetic ideas, but it is<br />

his strong desire to dream, have<br />

fun and really immerse in novel<br />

and inner journeys that make him<br />

different, or ‘crazy and sane’ at<br />

the same time. Lately, Bensley’s<br />

resort blueprints create a new<br />

realm – that of another world<br />

or an “out of this world” kind of<br />

vacation. A real escapism, if you<br />

will, where guests are convinced<br />

they are in a certain time and<br />

place, yet everything has all<br />

been created and built. He and<br />

his team achieved that in grand<br />

orchestration and indicative of<br />

the high art of putting an entire<br />

wholesome project together. Every<br />

minute string of the story is tied<br />

together within the designs and<br />

with a strong and reality-based<br />

timeline. The experience is made<br />

real with facts complete with fine<br />

and minuscule details required<br />

to make everything flawlessly<br />

function so guests can really escape<br />

into this new world; a world<br />

according to Bill Bensley.<br />

But it is also the stark realities<br />

existing in life that drove him to<br />

sketch out a project closest to<br />

his heart. Concerns on poverty,<br />

the widespread encroachment<br />

of natural environments and<br />

uncontrolled wildlife poaching<br />

are addressed in his latest project<br />

Clockwise from Top<br />

Yessir, they’ve got<br />

lots of bananas at<br />

the InterContinental<br />

Danang Sun<br />

Peninsula Resort,<br />

Vietnam.<br />

Jazzed up bar at<br />

Deco Bar, The Siam<br />

Bangkok.<br />

An ode to Phuket’s<br />

yesteryears at<br />

The Slate Phuket.<br />

– one that is most important to<br />

him: the Shinta Mani Wild<br />

in Cambodia.<br />

“I bought a 99-year lease<br />

to log in this land, but with no<br />

intention to log,” explains the<br />

architect who is known for doing<br />

everything in his design to avoid<br />

cutting even one single tree.<br />

“Instead, we want this place to<br />

be a sanctuary for all animals, big<br />

and small, as well as the whole<br />

entire forest. It will also be the<br />

place where our guests can be<br />

in (a) totally different but real<br />

world; of the wild of Cambodia.”<br />

Shinta Mani Wild will be the<br />

fourth in the small cluster of<br />

Bensley-owned and operated<br />

hotels in Cambodia that generates<br />

income to support the work of the<br />

Shinta Mani Foundation, created<br />

on the idea of responsible tourism<br />

that benefits local communities.<br />

The Shinta Mani Wild, scheduled<br />

to launched in late <strong>2018</strong>, will still<br />

provide an out-of-this-world<br />

experience to its guests and more<br />

along the lines of luxury camping.<br />

“I really like the outdoors,<br />

the camping and being in tune<br />

with nature, being exposed,”<br />

says Bensley.<br />

“So I would say that the Shinta<br />

Mani Wild is everything I want<br />

to see in a holiday. You can get<br />

more adventure there than you<br />

can imagine. Guests can go with<br />

rangers and catch poachers,<br />

do community work; or even<br />

foraging in the forest for food.<br />

We just found twelve new types<br />

of edible mushrooms there. They<br />

are delicious.”<br />



Bulldoze first, build later is<br />

the convenient mantra of any<br />

development, and Bensley sees<br />

too many of that happening<br />

and vows that his properties<br />

are living proof that one can, in<br />

fact, easily build within nature.<br />

“It’s heartbreaking,” he says,<br />

referring to the destruction of<br />

some natural habitats. “Some<br />

of those places must have been<br />

there for thousands of years,<br />

untouched by mankind.”<br />

The Shinta Mani Wild sits in<br />

a pristine estuary surrounded by<br />

a rainforest-covered mountain<br />

range southwest of Cambodia.<br />

It is one of the few remaining<br />

habitats for wild species of<br />

Asian elephants, guar reptiles,<br />

the southern serow (a species<br />

of goat/antelope), hog deer,<br />

tigers, bears and much more. The<br />

tented accommodations there<br />

are placed 500 rais (80 hectares)<br />

apart from one another, and on<br />

stilts over (water) rapids,“to allow<br />

migration of smaller animals that<br />

can go underneath and keep the<br />

place safe from wild animals,”<br />

Bensley points out. The National<br />

Geographic Unique Lodges of<br />

the World (that only features<br />

a strictly curated collection<br />

of extremely environmentally<br />

sensitive and socially responsible<br />

Top<br />

Channeling the<br />

island of Bali at the<br />

Maia Luxury Resort<br />

and Spa, Seychelles.<br />

Right<br />

Colours of royalty<br />

for a room that’s<br />

more than fit for a<br />

king at The Royal<br />

Istana.<br />

Below Left & Right<br />

Mimicking an<br />

upside down<br />

Vietnamese cone<br />

hat, a dining<br />

table sits right<br />

at the edge,<br />

InterContinental<br />

Danang Sun<br />

Peninsula Resort,<br />

Vietnam.<br />

DC Beach House,<br />

Kamala Beach,<br />

Phuket - with a<br />

painting of Picasso’s<br />

famous subjects<br />

having fun on a<br />

Phuket beach.<br />

accommodations) is said to be<br />

interested in featuring the Shinta<br />

Mani Wild.<br />

“I really want to make this<br />

work,” says Bensley. “It’s about<br />

saving that huge chunk of jungle<br />

from the loggers and those animals<br />

from poachers while creating new<br />

and sustainable opportunities<br />

for local people through the<br />

management of the Shinta Mani<br />

Foundation. But this would never<br />

make up for the forests I have seen<br />

cleared, cut – for new construction.<br />

Nothing will ever make up for that.”<br />



บิล เบนส์ลีย์ คือเจ้าของสถิติการออกแบบ<br />

รีสอร์ตล้ำยุคมากกว่า 200 แห่ง ใน 30<br />

ประเทศทั่วโลก โดยเฉลี่ยเขากับทีมงาน<br />

กว่า 200 คนจะทำโครงการราว 45 แห่ง<br />

ในเวลาเดียวกัน การเดินทางจึงเป็นสิ่งที่<br />

หลีกเลี่ยงได้ยาก ฟ้าไทยมีโอกาสได้<br />

สัมภาษณ์คุณเบนส์ลีย์หลังจากที่เขาเพิ่ง<br />

เดินทางกลับมาจากยุโรปตะวันออกมา<br />

หมาดๆ หลังจากต้องดูแลงานที่นั่นอยู่<br />

นานเกือบหนึ่งเดือน<br />

นักออกแบบสุดล้ำอย่างเบนส์ลีย์<br />

เล่าว่า ตอนนี้เขาสร้างโรงแรมมาแล้ว<br />

92 ประเทศ และวางแผนไว้ว่าจะต้องทำ<br />

สถิติแตะประเทศที่ 100 ก่อนอายุ 60<br />

ในอีกแค่ปีครึ่งหลังจากนี้<br />

ตอนยังหนุ่ม เบนส์ลีย์มีโอกาสได้เดิน<br />

ทางไปสำรวจดินแดนแปลกใหม่ ตื่นตา<br />

ตื่นใจกับความสนุกที่ได้จากการท่องเที่ยว<br />

ไม่หยุดหย่อน หลังจากเรียนจบในวัย 24 ปี<br />

เขาใช้เงินที่พี่สาวมอบให้เดินทางจาก<br />

บ้านเกิดของเขาในเมืองแอนาไฮม์<br />

แคลิฟอร์เนีย เพื่อไปท่องยุโรป จนสุดท้าย<br />

จบลงที่ทวีปเอเชีย!<br />

นิตยสารไทม์ขนานนามเขาว่าเป็น<br />

“ราชาแห่งรีสอร์ตหรูสุดแปลก” ในขณะที่<br />

วานิตี้แฟร์เรียกเขาว่า “นักออกแบบ<br />

โรงแรมสติดีที่บ้าบิ่นที่สุดในโลก” เบนส์ลีย์<br />

มักจะออกเดินทางเพื่อค้นหาแรงบันดาลใจ<br />

ใหม่ๆ เสมอ เช่น ระหว่างท่องเที่ยวใน<br />

โครเอเชีย เขารู้สึกซาบซึ้งในความงามของ<br />

ขั้นบันไดที่ตัวละครเซอร์ซีจากซีรีส์<br />

เกมอ็อฟโธรนเดินตัวเปลือยเปล่าระหว่าง<br />

ถูกประณามโดยคนทั้งเมือง จนเป็นที่มา<br />

ของแนวคิดการปรับปรุงโรงแรม<br />

โฟร์ซีซันส์ เชียงใหม่<br />

บรรยากาศของ จินตมณี<br />

ไวล์ด โครงการที่พัก<br />

กลางขุนเขาและลำน้ำใน<br />

กัมพูชาล่าสุดของ บิล<br />

เบนสลีย์ ที่เขาและทีมงาน<br />

ออกแบบให้สิ่งปลูกสร้าง<br />

และธรรมชาติอยู่ด้วยกัน<br />

ได้อย่างลงตัวโดยไม่<br />

เบียดเบียนกันมากที่สุด<br />

ล่าสุด เบนส์ลีย์ได้ออกแบบรีสอร์ต<br />

ที่เป็นคำนิยามของคำว่า “หลุดโลก”<br />

อย่างแท้จริง แขกที่มาพำนักจะเชื่อว่า<br />

ตนเองอยู่ ณ สถานที่และห้วงเวลาหนึ ่ง<br />

ซึ่งแวดล้อมด้วยศิลปะชั้นสูง รายละเอียด<br />

ต่างๆ ที่ร้อยรัดเรื่องราวจนหาที่ติไม่ได้<br />

นี่เองคือโลกในนิยามของเบนส์ลีย์ ที่ซึ่ง<br />

ผู้เข้าพำนักเร้นหลีกจากความเป็นจริงได้<br />

อย่างสมบูรณ์แบบ<br />

ไม่เพียงเท่านั้น เขายังให้ความสำคัญ<br />

กับเรื่องปากท้อง การอนุรักษ์ธรรมชาติ<br />

และสิ่งแวดล้อม โครงการล่าสุด จินตมณี<br />

ไวล์ด ตั้งอยู่ในผืนป่าในประเทศกัมพูชา<br />

เบนส์ลีย์ตั้งใจจะรักษาต้นไม้ทุกต้นเพื่อให้<br />

สถานที่แห่งนี้เป็นแหล่งอนุรักษ์พันธุ์สัตว์<br />

ป่าทั้งใหญ่และเล็ก หลังเปิดตัวในช่วง<br />

ปลายปี 2561 รีสอร์ต จินตมณีไวล์ด จะ<br />

เป็นหนึ่งในสี่โครงการรีสอร์ตของบิล<br />

เบนสลีย์ ในกัมพูชา ที่มีส่วนสนับสนุน<br />

มูลนิธิจินตมณี เพื่อสร้างประโยชน์แก่<br />

ชุมชนท้องถิ่นอีกด้วย<br />

สำหรับเบนส์ลีย์ การทำลายถิ่นที่อยู่<br />

ตามธรรมชาติถือเป็นเรื่องน่าเศร้า เขาจึงตั้ง<br />

ปณิธานว่าสิ่งก่อสร้างที่อยู่ภายใต้<br />

การดูแลของเขาจะต้องเป็นแบบอย่างของ<br />

การอยู่ร่วมกันระหว่างสิ่งก่อสร้างและ<br />

ธรรมชาติให้สมดุลที่สุด<br />

รีสอร์ต จินตมณีไวล์ด ตั้งอยู่ตามแนว<br />

เขาที่ปกคลุมด้วยผืนป่าฝนทางตะวันตก<br />

เฉียงใต้ของประเทศกัมพูชา ที่พักแต่ละหลัง<br />

จะตั้งห่างออกจากกันภายในพื้นที่ 500 ไร่<br />

และอยู่เหนือลำน้ำเชี่ยวเพื่อให้สัตว์น้อย<br />

ใหญ่สามารถใช้เส้นทางและใช้ชีวิตได้อย่าง<br />

ปลอดภัย นิตยสารที่ตีพิมพ์เฉพาะที่พักซึ่ง<br />

ใส่ใจสิ่งแวดล้อมและสังคมอย่าง เนชันแนล<br />

จีโอกราฟฟิก มีแผนที่จะตีพิมพ์บทความ<br />

เผยแพร่แนวคิดของ จินตมณีไวล์ด ลงใน<br />

เว็บไซต์ ยูนีค ลอดจ์ อ็อฟ เดอะ เวิลด์ ของ<br />

นิตยสารอีกด้วย<br />

บิล เบนส์ลีย์ กล่าวว่า “ผมอยากทำ<br />

โครงการนี้ให้สำเร็จ เพื่อรักษาผืนป่าจาก<br />

ใครก็ตามที่ตัดไม้ทำลายป่า และปกป้อง<br />

สัตว์จากการค้าสัตว์ป่า สร้างโอกาสให้กับ<br />

ชาวบ้านได้อยู่ร่วมกันอย่างยั่งยืนผ่าน<br />

การจัดการมูลนิธิจินตมณี อย่างไรก็ตาม<br />

สิ่งเหล่านี้ไม่อาจทดแทนป่าไม้ที่ถูกแผ้วถาง<br />

ไปก่อนหน้านี้ และไม่มีอะไรสามารถทดแทน<br />

ธรรมชาติได้จริงๆ”<br />


PHUKET<br />

Photos Permboon Wongpanit<br />

Words Sirin P Wongpanit<br />

When Phuket’s sea and sun beckons, it’s hard to<br />

ignore the call. Yet the resort island’s fun alternative<br />

lies in its rich history. So get off the sand for a little<br />

bit and explore its other cultural cool.<br />

54<br />


PHUKET<br />

U<br />

ntil visions of beautiful beaches<br />

consumed its visitors, Phuket<br />

was known as the land rich with<br />

unique culture. As the trading<br />

and mining hub of the Malay Peninsula<br />

back at the turn of the twentieth century,<br />

Phuket was all things for cross-cultural<br />

settlements. If one wonderful thing about<br />

travelling is getting to know the destination<br />

well, these five magnificent places in<br />

Phuket will surely make you feel like you<br />

dug beneath the surface.<br />


Once a dorm-style guesthouse<br />

for seafarers, On On (happiness<br />

of visitors in Chinese) Hotel<br />

was the first and the longestoperating<br />

hotel in Phuket.<br />

Standing on Phang Nga road in<br />

the middle of Phuket Old Town,<br />

it is hard to imagine that this<br />

inland spot was once very close<br />

to a main docking pier, set up on<br />

a small canal and branching out<br />

from a main tributary of the vast<br />

Andaman Sea.<br />

Built in 1929, the descendants<br />

of the original owners had kept<br />

the premises in its genuine<br />

condition as it evolved. Its dreary,<br />

haunting, and run-down state<br />

became famous when it was<br />

featured in the Hollywood film<br />

Above<br />

The oldest hotel<br />

still in operation in<br />

Phuket Old Town,<br />

On On Hotel’s<br />

renovation<br />

preserved its<br />

original design<br />

elements and guests<br />

can come stay and<br />

reminisce.<br />

This Page<br />

On On Hotel may<br />

have seen renovation<br />

but still retains its<br />

former charm and<br />

remnants of history.<br />

Before its major<br />

overhaul in 2012, the<br />

On On Hotel was in a<br />

dire state but it still<br />

attracted fans from<br />

around the world.<br />

‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo<br />

Di Caprio.<br />

Before its major overhaul in<br />

2012, the On On Hotel was in<br />

a dire state but still attracted<br />

fans from around the world.<br />

Fifty million baht and a full<br />

year closure later, the hotel<br />

reopened as ‘The Memory at On<br />

On Hotel’ with some remnants<br />

of its heyday – such as original<br />

walls, teak wood elements, and<br />

furniture. Dormitory rooms and<br />

the original setting of famous<br />

scenes in the movie are kept for<br />

visitors to relive the memory,<br />

now outfitted with the comfort<br />

of ensuite bathrooms and airconditioning.<br />

thememoryhotel.com<br />


PHUKET<br />

Baan Chinpracha<br />

is a mansion that<br />

has stood through<br />

the glory days and<br />

gloomy times of<br />

Phuket.<br />

Its preserved<br />

grandeur is one<br />

of the finest<br />

works of original<br />

Anglo-Chinese<br />

architectural<br />

design.<br />


Among the best places to get a<br />

glimpse of Phuket’s glorious past is<br />

the 114-year-old ‘Baan Chinpracha,’<br />

or Chinpracha Mansion, one of a<br />

few remaining ‘Anglo-Chinese’<br />

style mansions. It was originally<br />

built at a time when Phuket enjoyed<br />

its commercial peak during the<br />

reign of King Rama V, just before<br />

World War II.<br />

History buffs will enjoy<br />

browsing the house’s eclectic<br />

personal collection of antique<br />

furniture, mostly exquisite<br />

Chinese-style mother of pearl<br />

sets built of intricate woodwork<br />

and still auspiciously exist as a<br />

set of two.<br />

Other details of the house, such<br />

as the beautiful ceramic floor tiles<br />

and decorative fences, were also<br />

brought in by trading ships from<br />

as far as Holland and Italy. Phuket<br />

was then a centre of trading in the<br />

region with ships coming from all<br />

over the world.<br />

Passed down to the sixth<br />

generation, the original owner<br />

Phra Pitak Chinpracha was a<br />

Fujian descendant who came to<br />

settle down in Phuket during the<br />

reign of King Rama IV. Chinpracha<br />

later became one of Phuket’s<br />

prominent figures in the tinmining<br />

industry. Visitors can<br />

reminisce about its storied past,<br />

and those wishing to hire the<br />

entire place for special occasions<br />

can do so with an advanced<br />

booking. Baan Chinpracha, 98 Krabi<br />

Road, Phuket, T: +66 (0) 76 211 281<br />


PHUKET<br />


You can eat your way through<br />

Phuket by starting the day at the<br />

Kaset fresh market not too far from<br />

the old town area. Talad Kaset,<br />

operating at most hours of the<br />

day with different foods rotating<br />

on displays, serves as an excellent<br />

testament to Phuket people’s<br />

adoration of their food.<br />

Many locals wake up at dawn<br />

to shop for ‘khanom sod,’ or ‘fresh<br />

sweets,’ which include a wide variety<br />

of sweet breakfast foods. Many of<br />

them are inspired by Malaysian<br />

cuisine, but most are adapted with<br />

local ingredients like coconut, sticky<br />

rice, jackfruit, and seafood. You<br />

will find many similar shops selling<br />

these desserts.<br />

Recommended items include<br />

‘Giam Goi’ or steamed rice<br />

dumplings, served with dried<br />

shrimp, toasted shallots, spring<br />

onions and a sweet sauce called<br />

‘Pao Lang.’ Other can’t-miss bites<br />

include banana-wrapped sticky<br />

rice with savoury fillings, and<br />

‘Go Sui’ - rice flour cakes darkened<br />

with brown sugar and served with<br />

grated coconut. They’re all staples<br />

with coffee in the morning.<br />

Off to the side of the market,<br />

stalls sell black and white sticky<br />

rice with various toppings,<br />

including <strong>Thai</strong> egg custard, dried<br />

fish and candied coconut. They’re<br />

good for takeaway, or better yet<br />

– buy some and take a seat at the<br />

nearby stall selling coffee and<br />

accompany these sweet morning<br />

treats with a hot drink.<br />

Right<br />

A Hokkien holy<br />

place founded in<br />

1891, Saeng Tham<br />

Shrine is one of<br />

Phuket’s oldest.<br />

It is best enjoyed<br />

when the place<br />

has no ceremonies<br />

taking place and<br />

do not miss its<br />

well-preserved<br />

murals in the<br />

inner sanctum.<br />

Below<br />

Kaset Market, the<br />

main fresh market<br />

relied on by locals.<br />


A Hokkien holy place founded by<br />

a settling family in 1891 as a site<br />

of worship and fellowship for<br />

friends and family, Saeng Tham<br />

Shrine is Phuket’s oldest and<br />

best-kept religious treasure. Now<br />

this historic sanctuary represents<br />

one of the most beautiful original<br />

Chinese architecture in the city,<br />

with well-preserved adorning roof<br />

tiles, ceramic dragons and figurines<br />

representing auspicious elements in<br />

the Fujian holy books.<br />

Though small, it has meticulous<br />

and fully-preserved murals depicting<br />

the story of an ancient Chinese deity<br />

who spent a lifetime as an emperor.<br />

The main building is set back deep<br />

in the alley with the house of gods<br />

adorned with historic black-ink<br />

paintings. The Association of<br />

Siamese Architects back awarded the<br />

house its prestigious Architectural<br />

Conservation Award in 1997.<br />

Saeng Tham Shrine is still<br />

the place where Chinese families<br />

in Phuket gather for auspicious<br />

events, especially during the<br />

vegetarian festival in October when<br />

big celebrations take place and<br />

Chinese people adhere to strict<br />

vegetarian diets to pray to the Nine<br />

Emperor Gods.<br />


PHUKET<br />


Ask any local where they go to<br />

watch the province’s magnificent<br />

sunset, and chances are they’ll say:<br />

‘anywhere but the tourist-flocked<br />

Laem Phromthep.’<br />

But not too far from the famous<br />

viewpoint lies a high cliff near<br />

cosy Yanui Beach. Its height and<br />

sea-facing location became an<br />

ideal place to put wind turbines to<br />

generate clean energy for the island.<br />

The wind turbines operate only<br />

occasionally, and the whole area has<br />

been turned into a playground and<br />

ideal setting for those looking for a<br />

gorgeous sunset.<br />

Strong winds also mean windsurfers<br />

will get their thrills. Cloudless days<br />

see a lot of pre-wedding photo shoots.<br />

To pleasantly pass the day, bring a<br />

picnic blanket. At the small cliff, look<br />

for a one way alley that leads to the<br />

windmill station. You can park your<br />

car there, or yourself, for a restful treat.<br />

Above<br />

The Windmill<br />

viewpoint has<br />

become a peaceful<br />

respite for sunset<br />

watching. It’s also<br />

popular grounds for<br />

paragliders.<br />


PHUKET<br />

ใครๆ ก็รู้ว่าภูเก็ตเป็นเมืองท่องเที่ยวโด่งดัง<br />

ที่มีเอกลักษณ์วัฒนธรรมอันงดงามและ<br />

หลากหลาย เป็นศูนย์กลางการค้าและ<br />

การทำเหมืองแร่ของคาบสมุทรมาเลย์<br />

ช่วงต้นศตวรรษที่ 20 ฟ้าไทยฉบับนี้<br />

อาสาพาคุณไปทำความรู้จักกับภูเก็ตให้<br />

ลึกซึ้งกว่าเดิม พร้อมแนะนำสถานที่ 5 แห่ง<br />

ที่ไม่อยากให้คุณพลาด<br />

โรงแรมออนออน ถือเป็นโรงแรมที่เก่า<br />

แก่ที่สุดในภูเก็ต เปิดให้นักท่องเที่ยวเข้าพัก<br />

ตั้งแต่ พ.ศ. 2472 โรงแรมประวัติศาสตร์<br />

แห่งนี้ตั้งอยู่ใจกลางเมืองบนถนนพังงา<br />

หลายคนอาจไม่เชื่อว่าที่แห่งนี้เคยอยู่ใกล้<br />

กับท่าเรือหลักที่หันหน้าออกสู่ทะเล<br />

อันดามันอันกว้างใหญ่ อาคารที่ดูทรุดโทรม<br />

และน่ากลัวนี้เป็นที่รู้จักหลังปรากฏใน<br />

ภาพยนตร์ฮอลลีวูดเรื่อง ‘เดอะ บีช’<br />

นำแสดงโดยลีโอนาโด ดิ คาปริโอ ก่อน<br />

การปรับปรุงครั้งใหญ่ด้วยงบกว่า 50<br />

ล้านบาท ภายใต้ชื่อใหม่ “โรงแรมเมมโมรี<br />

แอท ออนออน” ดื่มด่ำกลิ่นอายของ<br />

โรงแรมในอดีตที่มีผนังดั้งเดิม เครื่องเรือน<br />

ไม้สัก และชมห้องที่ปรากฏในภาพยนตร์<br />

เพื่อให้แฟนๆ ได้รื้อฟื้นความทรงจำสุด<br />

ประทับใจ thememoryhotel.com<br />

บ้านชินประชา บ้านพักอายุ 114 ปี<br />

เป็นอาคารสถาปัตยกรรมแองโกล-ไชนีส<br />

ที่เหลือเพียงไม่กี่แห่ง สร้างขึ้นในช่วงที่<br />

ภูเก็ตรุ่งเรืองด้านการค้าสูงสุดในสมัย<br />

รัชกาลที่ 5 ก่อนหน้าสงครามโลกครั้งที่<br />

สองไม่นาน คุณจะได้ยลโฉมเครื่องเรือน ชุด<br />

ของสะสม ไข่มุกประดับงานไม้ พื้นบ้าน<br />

เซรามิก และยังจัดแสดงเรือขนส่งสินค้า<br />

อันเป็นสัญลักษณ์ของเมืองภูเก็ตในฐานะ<br />

ศูนย์กลางการค้าของภูมิภาค<br />

บ้านหลังนี้สร้างโดยพระพิทักษ์<br />

ชินประชา บุคคลสำคัญเชื้อสายฝูเจี้ยน<br />

ผู้บุกเบิกเหมืองดีบุกในภูเก็ต ปัจจุบัน<br />

ทายาทรุ่นที่หกเปิดบ้านต้อนรับผู้เยี่ยมชม<br />

จากทั่วทุกมุมโลกเพื่อย้อนกลับไปยังอดีต<br />

แถมยังสามารถจองช่างภาพล่วงหน้า<br />

เพื่อภาพถ่ายสุดพิเศษในบ้านชินประชา<br />

ได้อีกด้วย<br />

มาถึงสถานที่ลำดับที ่ 3 คงไม่มีอะไร<br />

เหมาะไปกว่าการลิ้มรสอาหารในตลาดสด<br />

ภูเก็ตที่ไม่ไกลจากย่านเมืองเก่านัก<br />

ตลาดเกษตร เปิดตลอดทั้งวันโดยมี<br />

อาหารหลากหลายหมุนเวียนเปลี่ยนไป<br />

ในแต่ละช่วงของวัน เริ่มต้นด้วย ‘ขนมสด’<br />

ในช่วงเช้าตรู่ แม้จะเป็นอาหารเช้าแบบ<br />

มาเลเซีย แต่ก็ปรับใช้วัตถุดิบท้องถิ่น<br />

เช่น มะพร้าว ข้าวเหนียว ขนุน ส่วน<br />

‘เกี่ยมโก้ย’ แป้งข้าวเจ้านึ่ง ทานกับกุ้งแห้ง<br />

หอมแดงปิ้ง ต้นหอม และซอสหวาน<br />

ที่เรียกว่า ‘เป่าล้าง’ ที่พลาดไม่ได้คือ ข้าว<br />

เหนียวปิ้งไส้กล้วยรสกลมกล่อม และ ‘โกสุ้ย’<br />

เค้กแป้งข้าวเจ้าโรยด้วยน้ำตาลแดงและ<br />

มะพร้าวขูด หรือจะลองรับประทานข้าว<br />

เหนียวขาวข้าวเหนียวดำหน้าสังขยา<br />

ปลาแห้ง หรือมะพร้าวเชื่อมก็ได้<br />

ศาลเจ้าแสงธรรม ศาสนสถานฮกเกี้ยน<br />

เก่าแก่ เป็นแหล่งเก็บรักษาของล้ำค่าทาง<br />

ศาสนา สร้างขึ้นใน พ.ศ. 2434 ก่อสร้างใน<br />

รูปแบบสถาปัตยกรรมจีนแบบดั้งเดิม<br />

ประดับด้วยกระเบื้องหลังคา มังกรกระเบื้อง<br />

และรูปปั้นสัญลักษณ์ธาตุต่างๆ จาก<br />

คัมภีร์ศักดิ์สิทธิ์ของมณฑลฝูเจี้ยน<br />

ศาลเจ้าใหญ่แห่งนี้ตกแต่งด้วยภาพ<br />

วาดหมึกจีนสีดำ เล่าเรื่องราวของ<br />

เทพเจ้าที่จุติเป็นองค์จักรพรรดิ หลังการ<br />

บูรณะครั้งใหญ่ สถานที่แห่งนี้ยังคงเป็น<br />

จุดนัดพบของสมาชิกครอบครัวเชื้อสาย<br />

จีนที่ต่างมารวมตัวกันตามงานสำคัญๆ<br />

นอกจากนี้ยังมีเทศกาลกินเจทุกเดือน<br />

ตุลาคมเพื่อบูชาเทพจักรพรรดิทั้งเก้า<br />

ไม่ไกลจากแหลมพรหมเทพ คือจุด<br />

ชมพระอาทิตย์ตกดินอันโด่งดังอีกแห่งที่<br />

เรียกว่า จุดชมวิวกังหันลม คุณจะพบกับ<br />

หน้าผาสูงใกล้หาดยะนุ้ย พร้อมกับ<br />

กังหันลมในโครงการผลิตพลังงาน<br />

ทดแทนเพื่อใช้บนเกาะ ในวันที่ลมแรงจะมี<br />

ผู้ที่มาตากลมชมวิวนับไม่ถ้วน แต่หาก<br />

วันไหนลมพัดเพียงเอื่อยๆ ก็อาจพบเจอ<br />

กองถ่ายภาพพรีเวดดิ้งให้คุณมองเพลินๆ<br />

อีกด้วย ถ้าจะชมพระอาทิตย์ตกดินให้ได้<br />

แสงและสีสมบูรณ์แบบ ทางที่ดีควรมาถึง<br />

จุดชมวิวกังหันลมเวลาประมาณ 17.00 น.<br />

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SAMUI<br />

Samui Trippin’<br />

Spread across the dazzling<br />

turquoise waters of Samui<br />

Island are splendid escapes<br />

and unknown activities<br />

that’s just a hop and a skip<br />

away. Once you get there,<br />

exploration may simply<br />

require some rowing. For<br />

outdoor explorers, it’s a<br />

virtual paradise of calm<br />

waters and cool breezes. Slip<br />

on a pair of spiffy sunglasses<br />

with polarised lens to<br />

protect against dazzling<br />

reflecting waters, and prep<br />

the sunblock for the ride to<br />

Samui enchantment.<br />

Words Sarita Urupongsa<br />

Photos Oliver Gane, Anutra U.<br />

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SAMUI<br />


Within the protected archipelago<br />

of 42 karst islands lie beaches<br />

surrounded by exuberant greenery<br />

and coconut palms trees, saltwater<br />

lakes with deep blue hues, and<br />

amazing dive spots skittering with<br />

marine life, particularly at Ang<br />

Thong National Marine Park. Paving<br />

a clear path to these wonders are<br />

numerous travel agencies with<br />

various itineraries from Samui to<br />

Ang Thong islands. A Typical journey<br />

starts in the morning with Koh Mae<br />

Koh as a highlight stop. You’ll be<br />

mesmerised by a pristine emerald<br />

lake in the middle of a limestone<br />

mountain, forming a crater-like<br />

Right<br />

Daytrippers can<br />

easily rent a boat<br />

for the short trip<br />

to a quiet piece of<br />

paradise at Koh<br />

Mudsum.<br />

Below, Moving Right<br />

Aerial view shows<br />

inviting shorelines.<br />

Snorkellers view<br />

thriving marine<br />

life in crystalline<br />

waters.<br />

Pandanus seacones<br />

in green and red<br />

grow wild around<br />

Koh Mudsum.<br />

Constant calm seas<br />

ensure easy rowing<br />

for sea kayakers.<br />

lagoon resulting from rock erosion<br />

and a cavern collapse. Climbing<br />

up 500 metres will reward you<br />

with an unparalleled panoramic<br />

view in the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land. An<br />

amazing experience kayaking<br />

and snorkelling around Koh Tai<br />

Plao and other bizarre-looking<br />

islets from the north to the south<br />

of the national park. Most day<br />

trips include lunch, soft drinks,<br />

snorkelling gear and life vests.<br />

45 minutes by speedboat from Nathon<br />

Pier to Ang Thong National Marine<br />

Park. More information at<br />

lomprayah.com; +66 (0) 77 420 121<br />

As a further treat, camping and<br />

staying overnight on Koh Wua Talap<br />

is an option. A tent, light torch, a<br />

sleeping bag and mosquito net are<br />

available for rent. In the morning,<br />

you’ll have sightings of black tip<br />

reef sharks and rays, with a small<br />

fishing village within view.<br />

Contact Ang Thong National Marine<br />

Park at +66 (0) 77 286 025<br />


Koh Mudsum, a hidden gem,<br />

displays itself out in a glorious<br />

43-rai cape. Private sunbathing<br />

and romantic moments serve<br />

their best purpose here. On the<br />

other side of the island, catch<br />

the sheen of granite pebbles<br />

that wash up on shore for more<br />

island ambience.<br />

Travel to Koh Taen around noon<br />

and find delight in the colourful<br />

fish and corals before trekking<br />

through the natural trails and<br />

mangrove forests, absorbing the<br />

cultures of the local islanders<br />

along the way. End your perfect<br />

night during sunset with savoury<br />

barbecue and dinner set menus.<br />

Take a speedboat (10 minutes) or<br />

long-tail boat (15 minutes) from<br />

Thong Krut pier to Koh Mudsum.<br />

Book the trip at Angthong Sea Tour;<br />

+66 (0) 77 960 665,<br />

+66 (0) 81 894 0581 or<br />

email: ang.thongseatour@hotmail.com<br />

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SAMUI<br />

Top, Clockwise<br />

A compelling reason<br />

for spa therapy: an<br />

herbal steam cave.<br />

Mind and body<br />

connect through the<br />

gentle movements<br />

of aqua therapy.<br />

The scent of<br />

coconuts and their<br />

oils have become<br />

crucial to the spa<br />

experience.<br />

BE WELL<br />

Take a look into the wellness<br />

programme that pays homage<br />

to healing traditions in the<br />

region. The treasured art of <strong>Thai</strong><br />

massage marries poetically with<br />

aqua therapy with its graceful<br />

dance movement. At <strong>Thai</strong> Aquatic<br />

Freedom, enjoy a transformative<br />

experience of weightlessness in<br />

the aqua therapy pool as your body<br />

is moved dynamically through<br />

the water to stretch the muscles,<br />

relieve stiff joints, and quiet the<br />

mind. Here’s a chance to really let<br />

go and relax the body and mind.<br />

A 15-minute drive from Samui<br />

International Airport to Spa Village<br />

Koh Samui. ritzcarlton.com/<br />

kohsamui; +66 (0) 77 915 777<br />

For total wellness, spas are a necessity on<br />

vacation, with soothing treatments that<br />

address what ails us. Expect feel good results<br />

and a lightness of being.<br />

Bliss begins with just a glance<br />

at the aesthetic design of Tamarind<br />

Springs Forest Day Spa in Koh<br />

Samui. The highlight is a unique<br />

steam room whose combo of<br />

moderate heat, steam and aromatic<br />

herbs starts the relaxation process,<br />

followed by the cooling temperature<br />

of a natural rock pool which<br />

helps improve blood circulation.<br />

tamarindsprings.com,<br />

+66 (0) 85 926 4626<br />

If you’re in the mood to<br />

splurge, there’s always the Eranda<br />

Herbal Spa. A veteran in the business,<br />

their 15 years of services culminated<br />

in a literal Midas touch. Their ultimate<br />

facial treatment comes with the<br />

luxury of pure gold that’s 99.99% –<br />

just like what Cleopatra did way back<br />

then. Another exceptional treat is<br />

Eranda’s signature pearl soft mask to<br />

renew skin cells. erandaspa.com,<br />

+66 (0) 7730 0323, +66 (0) 7730 0321<br />


SAMUI<br />

Built into a steep hillside<br />

descending down to a small<br />

beach in Koh Samui, Kamalaya is<br />

another spa offering the luxury<br />

combination of oriental and<br />

western practices. The uplifting<br />

touches result in a body, mind and<br />

spirit immersed in well-being. If<br />

you have difficulty sleeping, this is<br />

your place to fix it. kamalaya.com,<br />

+66 (0) 7742 9800<br />

Sounding like the ultimate<br />

destination, it’s hard to resist<br />

The Source Samui. Their 3 detox<br />

programmes – Detox, Weight Loss<br />

& Ultimate Detox, are becoming<br />

popular among travellers with a<br />

determined goal to cleanse their<br />

system. If you’ve got the time, take<br />

advantage of their programmes<br />

which range from 7 up to 14 days.<br />

This is also an opportunity to learn<br />

about herbs, essential oils and how to<br />

mix tinctures and formulas to make<br />

on your own. thesourcesamui.com,<br />

+66 (0) 89 067 9856,<br />

At The Secret Garden Spa,<br />

you’ll get a chance to get up-close<br />

and personal with Koh Samui’s<br />

origins in the area of special herbs,<br />

plants and flowers. Absolutely<br />

try ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Earth<br />

to Sky’ programmes, with spa<br />

rituals using oils from fresh local<br />

coconuts. You’re at the beach –<br />

of course you need the heavenly<br />

smell of coconuts. Deep breaths,<br />

and revitalise. fourseasons.com/<br />

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

Top<br />

Hammocks on<br />

Samui beaches<br />

tempt relaxation.<br />

Bottom, from Left<br />

Soothing sunsets add<br />

to the calm within.<br />

Artful floral<br />

arrangements at<br />

spas add visual<br />

beauty to the<br />

experience.<br />

A wondrous Samui<br />

sight as a temple<br />

glints in response to<br />

the sunset.<br />


The beach is always an effective<br />

way to unwind, we can all attest<br />

to that. It’s conventional wisdom<br />

that beaches like those in Koh<br />

Samui create a calming influence<br />

as we gaze at the lapping water on<br />

the shore. But there’s a scientific<br />

basis, as psychologists say that<br />

the colour blue brings a sense of<br />

calm and peace.<br />

Staring off into the ocean<br />

waters alters our brain waves’<br />

frequency and relaxes us into<br />

a mild meditative state. This<br />

is probably best done from a<br />

hammock or while relaxing on the<br />

side of a pool. In Chaweng beach,<br />

perhaps? And what happens as you<br />

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SAMUI<br />

listen to the rhythmic flow of the<br />

waves? It actually de-stimulates<br />

our brains. The sounds — coupled<br />

with the visuals — activate your<br />

parasympathetic nervous system<br />

and help to slow us down and give<br />

us a chance to relax.<br />

Besides the sounds and<br />

visuals, the smell of the ocean<br />

breeze plays a part to soothe us.<br />

That may have something to do<br />

with the negative ions in the air<br />

that you breathe in. The oxygen<br />

atoms have extra electrons,<br />

especially at waterfalls and the<br />

ocean. Na Mueang Waterfalls<br />

comes to mind, after you reach<br />

it from the walking path. A<br />

scientific paper had suggested<br />

that therapy from negative ions<br />

could be used to treat symptoms<br />

of seasonal affective disorder, in<br />

which the lack of sunlight creates<br />

a depressive state. Finally, to<br />

round out the senses, the simple<br />

To be sure, some beaches and destinations induce<br />

more relaxation and peacefulness than others.<br />

That’s where Samui comes in. The combination<br />

of visual beauty, warm sand, cool breeze, and<br />

shimmering blue-green tint of the water all add up<br />

to overall well-being.<br />

Top<br />

Find a spot among<br />

the intimate rock<br />

formations on<br />

Koh Samui and<br />

meditate.<br />

Left<br />

To feel like a whole<br />

person again,<br />

indulge in massage<br />

therapy.<br />

act of feeling the sand on your<br />

feet makes you relaxed. Consider<br />

a walk on Lamai beach, among<br />

Samui’s plethora of powdery<br />

sand offerings.<br />

But like much of science and<br />

medicine, it turns out there’s a<br />

bit of a placebo effect happening<br />

too. We’ve all been conditioned to<br />

equating a beach, or a vacation,<br />

with relaxation and peacefulness.<br />

When we arrive at our destination,<br />

our minds and bodies go into<br />

automatic relaxation mode.<br />

To be sure, some beaches<br />

and destinations induce more<br />

relaxation and peacefulness than<br />

others. That’s where a return<br />

trip to Samui comes in. The<br />

combination of visual beauty,<br />

warm sand, cool breeze, and<br />

shimmering blue-green tint of the<br />

water all add up to overall wellbeing.<br />

It may not be scientifically<br />

proven, but…<br />

Whether you’re hoping to<br />

take the perfect sunset photo,<br />

are planning island excursions,<br />

a twilight proposal, or want<br />

sunset restaurant reservations<br />

somewhere stunning, make sure<br />

you’re free by 6pm. You’re always<br />

guaranteed the best Samui sunset<br />

anywhere on the island.<br />

It’s the greatest hits of dazzling<br />

spots. So off you go to Samui, with<br />

its stunning scenery. It’s quiet<br />

amazement of the best kind.<br />


SAMUI<br />

หนาวนี้ ฟ้าไทยชวนคุณไปสำรวจสมุย<br />

และรอบๆ เกาะ สัมผัสท้องทะเลสีเขียว<br />

มรกตสงบนิ่งปะทะลมหนาวเบาๆ เตรียม<br />

แว่นและครีมกันแดดให้พร้อม แล้วออก<br />

เรือไปท่องอ่าวไทยกัน<br />

เริ่มต้นกันที่ อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะ<br />

อ่างทอง ท่องเรือชม 42 เกาะที่รายล้อมกัน<br />

อย่างน่าอัศจรรย์ ไฮไลต์ของทริปอยู่ที่เกาะ<br />

แม่เกาะ จุดที่ทะเลสีเขียวมรกตเข้มถูกโอบ<br />

ล้อมด้วยภูเขาหินปูนที่ยุบตัวลงบริเวณ<br />

กลางเกาะเกิดเป็นแอ่งน้ำสวยงาม หากไม่รู้<br />

จะเริ่มตรงไหน ลองใช้บริการบริษัททัวร์<br />

หลายแห่งที่จัดโปรแกรมน่าสนใจจาก<br />

เกาะสมุยสู่หมู่เกาะอ่างทอง โดยโปรแกรม<br />

จะเริ่มต้นราว 9 โมงเช้า ทัวร์ส่วนใหญ่จะนำ<br />

เที่ยวจากตอนบนของอุทยานฯ ไล่ลงมา<br />

เรื่อยผ่านเกาะน้อยใหญ่ต่างรูปร่าง ให้คุณ<br />

ได้พายเรือคายัคและดำน้ำตื้นผ่าน<br />

ช่องแคบและถ้ำ หรือหากต้องการนอนค้าง<br />

สักหนึ่งคืน เต้นท์และอุปกรณ์สำหรับค้าง<br />

คืนมีพร้อมให้เช่าที่เกาะวัวตาหลับ อันเป็น<br />

ที่ตั้งของที่ทำการอุทยานแห่งชาติ<br />

ต่อกันที่ เกาะมัดสุม หาดสวรรค์<br />

สำหรับคนรักสงบ ณ แหลมที่ยื่นตัวออก<br />

ไปในทะเลบนพื้นที่เกาะกว่า 43 ไร่ คุณจะได้<br />

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา<br />

จากขวาบน<br />

อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะ<br />

อ่างทองที่อุดมไปด้วยเกาะ<br />

เล็กเกาะน้อยน่าค้นหา<br />

ชายหาด เกาะวัวตาหลับ<br />

เกาะศูนย์กลางของ<br />

อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะ<br />

อ่างทอง มีหาดทรายขาว<br />

ละเอียด น้ำทะเลสีฟ้าใส<br />

ซ้ายบน<br />

ม่านหินย้อย<br />

ที่ถ้ำบัวโบก บริเวณอ่าวคา<br />

เกาะวัวตาหลับ<br />

ซ้ายล่าง<br />

เรือสปีดโบ๊ตที่กำลังมุ่ง<br />

หน้าไปยังเกาะมัดสุม<br />

นอนอาบแดดบนพื้นทรายทอดยาวแบบไร้<br />

ผู้คนรอบกาย หากอยากปลีกวิเวกกว่านั้น<br />

ลองเดินบุกทางเดินเท้าที่ตัดผ่านทุ่งหญ้า<br />

สูงจากหน้าหาดทรายยาวไปยังอีกด้าน<br />

ของเกาะที่เต็มไปด้วยหินแกรนิตสวย<br />

กลมมนที่เกิดจากน้ำทะเลพัดเซาะและสุม<br />

ขึ้นมาบนหาดตลอดวัน<br />

เพียงไม่กี่นาทีจากเกาะมัดสุม เกาะแตน<br />

คือจุดที่ดีที่สุดสำหรับการดำน้ำตื้นชม<br />

ฝูงปลาและปะการังหลากสี ก่อนจะเดิน<br />

ศึกษาเส้นทางธรรมชาติ เรียนรู้ชุมชน<br />

ในอดีต และระบบนิเวศป่าชายเลน ปิด<br />

ท้ายด้วยมื้อเย็นที่มีให้เลือกทั้งบาร์บีคิว<br />

หรือจะเตรียมอาหารปิกนิก นั่งเอกเขนก<br />

รับประทานบนเบาะนุ่มสบาย พร้อมชม<br />

ภาพพระอาทิตย์ตกลงกลางท้องน้ำ<br />

การท่องเที่ยวทะเลและเกาะแก่งยังช่วย<br />

ชำระล้างจิตใจได้อีกทาง ดั่งเช่นที่นัก<br />

จิตวิทยาได้ให้ข้อมูลว่า สีฟ้าช่วยให้คนเรา<br />

เข้าถึงความสงบได้จริงๆ คุณสามารถมอง<br />

ออกไปกว้างไกลและดื่มด่ำกับทะเลสีคราม<br />

ได้จากเปลญวนหรือข้างสระน้ ำบน หาดเฉวง<br />

ฟังเสียงคลื่นกระทบฝั่ง ทั้งภาพและเสียงที่<br />

คุณได้สัมผัสจากท้องทะเลจะกระตุ้นสมอง<br />

ให้สั่งเราเคลื่อนไหวและคิดช้าลง และนั่นเป็น<br />

โอกาสที่ดีที่เราจะได้ผ่อนคลายจากความ<br />

กังวลทั้งปวง<br />

นอกจากนี้ กลิ่นอายทะเลหรือน้ำจาก<br />

น้ำตก ยังช่วยสร้างความรู้สึกเบาสบายให้<br />

เราได้อย่างไม่รู้ตัว คุณสามารถไปที่<br />

น้ำตกหน้าเมือง เพื่อรับรู้ถึงความรู้สึกดีๆ<br />

เหล่านี้ได้บนเกาะสมุย<br />

จากรูป เสียง กลิ่น สิ่งสุดท้าย<br />

ซึ่งสำคัญสำหรับมนุษย์ก็คือ สัมผัส<br />

การท่องเที่ยวทะเลมอบทุกสิ่งที่ดีสำหรับ<br />

ชีวิต คุณจะรับรู้ได้ทันทีที่เท้าเปลือยเปล่า<br />

สัมผัสผิวทรายเม็ดละเอียดบน หาดละไม<br />

พร้อมกับพบว่าตัวเองมีความสุขแค่ไหน<br />

นั่นทำให้ใครหลายๆ คนต้องกลับมาเยือน<br />

เกาะสมุยอีกครั้ง และอีกครั้ง<br />








The winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards were announced on December 7th 2017 in<br />

an awards ceremony in New York City. Find out more winners at<br />

www. thecontentcouncil.org/files/galleries/Pearl_Awards_2017_Winners.pdf<br />

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Ending<br />

On a<br />

High Note<br />

The tradition of Chinese opera performances is fading in <strong>Thai</strong>land as the<br />

descendants of Chinese immigrants, many of whom don’t speak Chinese,<br />

lose interest in this art form. Audiences are growing smaller and older<br />

but the shows remain as colourful and dramatic as ever. Photographer<br />

Yvan Cohen captures the detailed preparation behind the scenes of this<br />

temporary setting and relates the moving stories of the performers.<br />

Words & Photos Yvan Cohen<br />

The performers are like<br />

itinerant players from a<br />

medieval era – erecting<br />

temporary stages for a few days,<br />

then dismantling them and<br />

moving on,” explains Cohen.<br />

Chinese opera is performed in<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land by travelling troupes<br />

of players, most of whom are<br />

from the northeastern region of<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land known as Isaan.<br />

While some of the actors are<br />

ethnic Chinese, surprisingly<br />

many are rural <strong>Thai</strong>s who<br />

do not speak the language<br />

and memorise their words<br />

phonetically to sing the operas.<br />

The images are part of a<br />

multi-year project that had the<br />

photographer covering many<br />

different troupes in different<br />

locations around Bangkok.<br />

Cohen explains that it’s a very<br />

photographic project, exploring<br />

the visual universe – which is so<br />

atmospheric of Chinese opera.<br />

“This is a parallel world<br />

where you can experience a<br />

Bangkok of yesteryear and you<br />

almost have the show to yourself.<br />

It’s just you and the ‘gods’ –<br />

partly because very few people<br />

understand what is being said.”<br />

It’s usually an outdoor stage,<br />

done in the cool of the evening in<br />

local <strong>Thai</strong> neighbourhoods.<br />

There’s a wonderful quote from<br />

one of the actors, Cohen points<br />

out as he recites the poignant<br />

statement: “We eat like pigs, sleep<br />

like dogs and dress like angels.”<br />

It’s a window into an art form<br />

that comes from way back but<br />

may not be around for much<br />

longer. “It’s a story about the<br />

shadow of a traditional culture<br />

that still lingers in the city despite<br />

rapid changes, but for how long?”<br />

A performer watches<br />

the ongoing stage action,<br />

awaiting his cue.<br />

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TOP<br />

The facial makeup and<br />

exaggerated details on<br />

an opera performer’s<br />

face are painted with<br />

colours carrying<br />

different meanings.<br />

BOTTOM<br />

A Chinese opera<br />

performer goes<br />

through his<br />

makeup and stage<br />

paraphernalia<br />

while awaiting<br />

his stage turn.<br />



A performer dons<br />

comfortable clothes<br />

during a break.<br />

A close-up of the<br />

madeup face of<br />

a Chinese opera<br />

performer.<br />

Most of the<br />

performers put<br />

on their ‘look’ in<br />

makeshift and al<br />

fresco dressing areas.<br />

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TOP<br />

These temporary ‘homes’<br />

may have bi-level backstage nooks<br />

and crannies to create a cosy<br />

resting place.<br />

BOTTOM<br />

Makeup styles and colours signify<br />

specific roles in the opera. For<br />

example, the application of a red<br />

face denotes bravery and loyalty.<br />

TOP<br />

Chinese opera<br />

performers<br />

backstage as they<br />

prepare for a show.<br />

A performer looks<br />

on, waiting for the<br />

signal to get back<br />

on stage.<br />

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TOP & BOTTOM<br />

Chinese opera is<br />

characterised by its<br />

lavish costumes,<br />

the falsetto delivery<br />

of its actors and<br />

the highly stylised<br />

presentation of its<br />

set piece stories,<br />

which are drawn<br />

from Chinese<br />

folklore.<br />

The elaborate<br />

colours signify a<br />

character’s role,<br />

including their<br />

fate, together<br />

with illustrating<br />

the character’s<br />

emotional state.<br />


TOP & BOTTOM<br />

A motion-blur<br />

image of a Chinese<br />

opera performer<br />

onstage during a<br />

performance in the<br />

Chinatown area of<br />

Bangkok.<br />

A Chinese opera<br />

performer rushes<br />

onto the stage<br />

during a show in<br />

the <strong>Thai</strong> capital.<br />

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Close-up of the dramatic slashes of<br />

makeup worn by a Chinese opera<br />

performer.<br />

To while away the time between<br />

acts, two Chinese opera performers<br />

chat back stage.<br />


Modern day distractions for two<br />

young performers of an ancient art.<br />


Yvan Cohen’s career as a photojournalist<br />

spans more than three decades working<br />

across Asia from his base in Bangkok.<br />

Yvan’s work has been published in a<br />

wide array of international publications,<br />

including covers for Time <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

and the New York Times for whom he<br />

worked regularly for many years. His<br />

work includes fashion, features and<br />

commissioned portraits. Yvan is also a<br />

co-founder of the LightRocket media<br />

management platform. www.lightrocket.<br />

com and www.lightrocketmedia.com<br />

For almost a decade, Yvan<br />

has been documenting Bangkok’s<br />

Chinatown community in one of<br />

the most well-preserved and<br />

atmospheric areas of <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

rapidly modernising capital city. His<br />

images of Chinese Opera represent<br />

a significant part of this work,<br />

introducing viewers to a timeless<br />

universe that represents a direct<br />

line to an ancient theatrical art form<br />

that was transported to <strong>Thai</strong>land by<br />

Chinese migrants over a century ago.<br />

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Organically<br />

Delicious<br />

Vegetables now play a larger<br />

role in meals, with an artful<br />

preparation and taste that<br />

appeals to most diners.<br />

A culinary diversion in<br />

Koh Samui is Vikasa Life Café,<br />

whose eye-popping and<br />

colourful organic dishes<br />

taste as good as they look.<br />







of King Rama IV. Apart from the chill vibes felt<br />

when one is next to the iconic Chao Phraya River,<br />

there’s also a wide selection of eateries and design<br />

stores to enjoy. Lhong 1919 is also recognised for<br />

a renovation that preserved the original structure.<br />

Chinese mural paintings, for instance, were given<br />

the gradual touch-up with colours that were<br />

closest to the original shades. 248 Chiang Mai Road,<br />

Khlong San, facebook.com/LHONG 1919<br />


Turf and Surf<br />

Treat<br />

After keeping Bangkok<br />

fidgeting in high anticipation<br />

for the opening of mega-treat<br />

dining, Burger & Lobster<br />

finally launched their first<br />

venture in <strong>Thai</strong>land on the<br />

ground floor of Gaysorn Village<br />

and its second branch in<br />

Southeast Asia.<br />


Lhonging for the Past<br />

Since the old days, riverine<br />

areas have been hailed as the<br />

melting pot of trade, culture,<br />

and lifestyle. An appreciation<br />

for such unique features<br />

and the desire to preserve<br />

a glorious past inspired the<br />

creation of Lhong 1919. A pier<br />

and its riverside stretch along<br />

the 6-rai (2.3 acres) land has<br />

warehouses transformed into a<br />

mix-use project that retains its<br />

former structure’s aesthetics<br />

and details of ancient Chinese<br />

heritage. While the site holds<br />

a contemporary function,<br />

its history ties in with the<br />

prosperity enjoyed during the<br />

golden age of <strong>Thai</strong>-Chinese<br />

commerce during the reign<br />

From its modest beginning in a small<br />

Irish Pub in the affluent neighbourhood<br />

of Mayfair in London, the restaurant<br />

has made a delicious reputation with<br />

exceptionally made lobster rolls and<br />

more than pleasing burgers. Its Bangkok<br />

branch also boasts the special<br />

combo-sharing tower menu, which<br />

is exclusively catered to suit the <strong>Thai</strong><br />

sharing culture.<br />

facebook.com/burgerandlobsterbkk,<br />

T: +66 (0) 2656 1111<br />


TNOP is recognised as one of the<br />

world’s leading names in the graphic<br />

design scene. Inspired by culture<br />

and its contemporary existence,<br />

the brand has recently launched<br />

the collection of Siamese Girls<br />

Notebooks. At first glance, we<br />

may be transferred back to<br />

the old days of vintage<br />

images of Siamese girls<br />

in a bold, colourful background<br />

and retro font types. But looking<br />

closely, the cover designs of these<br />

notebooks combine <strong>Thai</strong> mainstream<br />

culture with the backdrop of<br />

traditional landmarks portrayed in a<br />

humorous and stylistic presentation.<br />

tnop.com<br />


The word JUA comes from the <strong>Thai</strong> blackjack game that means,<br />

“hit me!” The name for this restaurant and bar is a playful<br />

reference to the establishment, a former gambling house that<br />

now houses the unpretentious restaurant and bar. It’s the latest<br />

addition to Charoen Krung, a popular hangout area now casually<br />

known as “the creative district.” JUA offers a place that serves<br />

an assortment of Japanese and Korean drinking food as well as<br />

a wide collection of craft beers, wine, cocktails, sake, and spirits.<br />

Apart from the keen ambience of social gatherings and friend<br />

get-togethers, JUA is noteworthy for its design aesthetics – an<br />

ode to a combination of <strong>Thai</strong> and<br />

Japanese modernist elements.<br />

facebook.com/juabangkok,<br />

T: +66 (0) 61 558 7689<br />


Among various Middle-Eastern dining<br />

establishments in <strong>Thai</strong>land, Al Saray<br />

stands out as the venue that whips up<br />

the marvel found together in Lebanese<br />

and Indian cuisines and interpreted into<br />

one fine dining restaurant. Striving to<br />

introduce sophisticated and tasty Lebanese<br />

and Indian dishes to the palate of <strong>Thai</strong><br />

diners, Al Saray voiced a commitment<br />

to maintaining its authentic cuisine<br />

with quality ingredients that ensure all<br />

diners will be thrilled by the impressive<br />

experience to be had at Al Saray. One way<br />

to begin the culinary adventure is with<br />

hummus, which awakens the senses with<br />

its balance of garlic, acidity of fresh lime,<br />

and the drizzle of olive oil before indulging<br />

in the hearty and aromatic Grill Platter, or<br />

try their popular Indian signature dish of<br />

Butter Chicken and Naan. And to round off<br />

the meal, don’t forget to enjoy it with some<br />

Lebanese wine to complete the enjoyment<br />

of the inspiring menu. alsarayrestaurant.com,<br />

T: +66 (0) 2234 4988 DINE HIGH, REALLY HIGH<br />

In Bangkok’s mesmerising dining choices, here’s the latest<br />

addition that requires being strapped in. In what is a daredevil<br />

feat of a meal, Dinner in the Sky offers 22 thrill-seeking diners a<br />

chance to enjoy a meal close to the heavens. Dinner guests will<br />

be strapped to their seats around a dining table before being<br />

taken up in the air by a crane. Those who are not intimidated<br />

by the 50-metre height will be rewarded with the spectacular<br />

view of the Em District sparkling on Sukhumvit Road while<br />

enjoying a 4-course dinner created by Chef Gaetano Palumbo of<br />

the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit. The meals cost 4,990THB for<br />

weekdays and 5,390THB for weekends. Dinners are scheduled<br />

for 6pm and 7.30pm daily and run until the end of <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

546 Sukhumvit Rd, dinnerinthesky.co.th<br />

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SAMUI<br />


Resort to<br />

Peace<br />

Serenely hidden among swaying<br />

coconut trees, The Ritz-Carlton,<br />

Koh Samui, is the latest resort<br />

added to the island’s dossier<br />

of gorgeous hideaways and<br />

wellness retreats. This getaway<br />

to sanctuary is being praised for<br />

the remarkable combination of<br />

The Ritz-Carlton’s signature<br />

of legendary hospitality and<br />

Koh Samui’s vibrant and inspiring vibe.<br />

Exquisitely designed suites and pool<br />

villas beckon guests, as well as their<br />

exceptional recreational programmes.<br />

Not to be missed and a highlight of this<br />

oceanfront resort is the Spa Village Koh<br />

Samui, the true gem among wellness<br />

retreats. It merges the island’s ambience<br />

of pampering with an approach of<br />

soothing <strong>Thai</strong> therapies. Spa Village<br />

strives at indulging the guests and their<br />

wellness needs with its 8 treatment suites,<br />

3 outdoor massage pavilions, including a<br />

yoga pavilion, a lap pool, cabanas to<br />

relax in and a health bar.<br />

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


An Organic Affair<br />

Vikasa Life Café is simply breathtaking for its cuisine that is a<br />

masterpiece of natural ingredients at its peak quality. The result<br />

is delicious flavours without any additives and finished off with a<br />

delightful food plating and presentation. The featured menus are a<br />

collaboration of two highly-experienced chefs: namely, Boris Lauser,<br />

Europe’s best raw food chef award winner, and Cyril Schivo, who<br />

accumulated a culinary experience that spans many countries and<br />

prestigious establishments. At Vikasa Life Café,<br />

only locally-grown products are selected from<br />

reliable organic sources to ensure the freshness<br />

and the quality of its cuisine. Our picks from the<br />

menu marvel of Vikasa Life Café include the juicy<br />

Pink Burger, with a salmon patty in a wholegrain<br />

beetroot bun and vegetable pickles, and the<br />

savoury Mango magic; a mélange of avocado,<br />

mango carpaccio and local greens dressed in a juicy<br />

mango-tamarind dressing with spiced daikon.<br />

vikasalifecafe.com, +66 (0) 77 422 232<br />


Award-winning restaurant Full Moon<br />

defines the combination of a chargrill<br />

restaurant amidst the authentic Koh<br />

Samui aesthetics of seaside dining. The<br />

contemporary venue sits on a stylish<br />

alfresco deck which promises the<br />

stunning view of the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

shoreline and the hotel infinity pool. The<br />

menu itself is a marvellous selection of<br />

what they call ‘land and ocean.’ Ranging<br />

from freshly-caught seafood to premium<br />

imported meat from notable sources,<br />

Full Moon’s cuisine team manages to<br />

transform all these finest ingredients<br />

into a well-crafted culinary experience.<br />

After having the restaurant’s highlights,<br />

namely Lao-Inspired Beef Tartar, Full<br />

Moon Signature Roast Spatchcock,<br />

top it off with a dessert of Belgium<br />

Chocolate Naked Crème Brûlée. They<br />

are certainly ways to satisfy your<br />

desire to savour good food, coupled<br />

with creating a memorable experience<br />

as part of your dream escape on this<br />

resort island. samui.anantara.com,<br />

+66 (0) 77 428 300<br />


To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Tongsai Bay, the<br />

environmentally-conscious luxe hideaway has teamed up<br />

exclusively with the Bangkok-based gin distillery Iron Balls Gin<br />

in offering specially crafted cocktails featuring Iron Balls Gin<br />

to celebrate the event. The spirit itself is meticulously distilled<br />

from freshly cracked coconuts and pineapples with hints of<br />

juniper, hillside ginger and lemongrass. The craft spirit’s brand<br />

ambassador and mixologist Carson Quinn will be creating 3<br />

special gin-based cocktails at The Tongsai Bay’s beachfront<br />

Po-Lad Beach Bistro & Bar, which also features Fever Tree<br />

premium tonics and 2 fresh and new garden-inspired cocktails<br />

with infusions and distillations made from herbs and plants<br />

directly from the hotel’s homegrown organic garden.<br />

tongsaibay.co.th, +66 (0) 77 913 750<br />


Conrad Spa Koh Samui glows with the<br />

accolade of being named Asia’s Best<br />

Hideaway Spa 2017 from the Haute<br />

Grandeur Global Hotel and Spa Awards<br />

2017, recently held in Bangkok. A<br />

prestigious recognition in the world of<br />

spas and pampering hospitality, it reflects<br />

their commitment to providing the best<br />

in wellbeing and treatment for guests.<br />

It’s all made possible with their highlyskilled<br />

therapists who’ve been striving to<br />

elevate a guest experience from vacation<br />

retreat into magical bliss. Situated atop a<br />

hill, the Conrad Spa Koh Samui offers a<br />

panoramic view of the stunning azure sea.<br />

This blissful sight translates into an equally<br />

blissful mind during spa treatments that<br />

combine traditional and contemporary<br />

techniques where guests walk away from<br />

a most exceptional spa experience.<br />

conradhotels3.hilton.com,<br />

+66 (0) 77 915 888<br />

92 93



PHUKET<br />


Phuket’s Peranakan Museum<br />

The much-awaited opening of the<br />

Peranakan Museum in old town Phuket<br />

following its renovation now presents<br />

schedules of exhibits staged across<br />

multimedia platforms. Descendants of<br />

Chinese immigrants who came to the<br />

Malay Archipelago in the 15th to 17th<br />

century, the Peranakan groups, later<br />

settled in southern <strong>Thai</strong>land, Penang,<br />

Singapore and Malaysia, creating their own<br />

cliques and culture. In Phuket, Peranakan<br />

cuisine and elaborately-detailed costumes<br />

are reasons to celebrate in style. Housed<br />

in the century-old historic Standard<br />

Chartered Bank building, the museum<br />

showcases Phuket’s glorious past when<br />

trading and mining bestowed much<br />

prosperity during the reign of King Rama V.<br />

The governor ordered the construction of<br />

the town’s first-ever commercial bank,<br />

A long-standing Muslim restaurant where locals still go<br />

and enjoy the comforting menu, Arun Pochana serves from<br />

early morning on various kinds of curries – from chicken to<br />

beef or fish. If you happen to be there during weekends, do<br />

not miss their specialty of mutton curry, too. As a southern<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> restaurant, this place also serves ‘‘khanom cheen’ or<br />

fermented rice vermicelli complete with a basket full of fresh<br />

assorted local vegetables as well.<br />

Filling favourites include roti with fried eggs, so-called<br />

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

If you like some sweetness to start your day, choose from<br />

their toppings such as bananas, chocolate and eggs. Their<br />

house tea is fabulous: deeply fragrant and cleansing. It’s<br />

perfect to pair with this delicious meal. Arun Pochana: Thalang<br />

Road, Phuket Old Town, open daily 7am - 5pm (except during<br />

Ramadan), T: +66 (0) 76 212 187<br />

complete with a police station<br />

on an opposite site, to provide<br />

maximum security. Now the<br />

museum building has been fully<br />

restored to its past magnificence<br />

with details of Penang design and<br />

architecture, Chinese tile roofing,<br />

and elaborate wooden windowsills<br />

and frames. Located at the corner<br />

of Phang Nga and Phuket roads,<br />

the museum is open daily (except<br />

for Mondays) from 9.00am -<br />

4.30pm. T: +66 (0) 76 211 333<br />


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

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

famous Arun Pochana on Thalang Road.<br />


Take an opportunity to really see the historical Sino-<br />

Portuguese shophouses that have been around in Phuket<br />

Old Town for over a century. The i46 Old Town Café on<br />

Krabi Road houses a café, restaurant and tourist information<br />

centre. It’s also an actual living museum that serves as a<br />

private home to a fourth-generation of Phuket locals. Inside<br />

the i46 Old Town Café displays show<br />

how generations of Phuket locals lived<br />

under the same roof with multiple living<br />

spaces, a main communal area designed<br />

with a ‘Chim Chae,’ an open sun-roof<br />

that allows the light in, and a big well<br />

that accumulates water during the rains.<br />

This is a real home-style café with<br />

homemade Phuket signature dishes and<br />

hearty in nature dish, along with snacks<br />

– all created by the owners. Come in for<br />

a meal or wonderful drinks and snacks;<br />

friendly conversations also on offer.<br />

Open daily (except Saturdays), 8am - 4pm,<br />

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

I46OldTown<br />






More Raw<br />

Phuket is known for its annual<br />

Vegetarian Festival, but for<br />

year-round meatless cuisine, the<br />

island comes up quite short with<br />

comparatively limited choices.<br />

Atsumi Raw Cuisine, part of the<br />

Atsumi Detox Center, has been<br />

serving Western-style raw and<br />

vegan dishes since 2013, partly<br />

in service to those following<br />

detox retreat programmes. But<br />

now that the trend of going<br />

vegan is expanding, the place is<br />

open to any walk-ins interested<br />

in recharging their bodies with the plantbased<br />

cuisine.<br />

Raw food is all vegan, but not all<br />

vegan foods are raw foods. Raw food, as<br />

its name implies, means the food is raw<br />

or not cooked above temperatures of 40-<br />

49 C or 104-120 F. After all, chefs who<br />

prepare such foods will need to make<br />

these dishes look and taste fantastic,<br />

while keeping its organic benefits<br />

mostly untouched. Open daily: 9am -<br />

8.30pm, 99/1 Moo 7, Wiset Road, Rawai<br />

District, Phuket, T: +66 (0) 76 623 828,<br />

atsumirawcafe.com<br />


The three-day Phuket Food and Wine Expo<br />

will premiere on Friday, 9 March and last until<br />

Sunday, 11 March <strong>2018</strong> at the Royal Phuket<br />

Marina in Phuket. This first-ever event plans<br />

to bring together suppliers and businesses<br />

that relate to the food and wine industries<br />

from leading companies around the world.<br />

Visitors and traders alike can browse through<br />

various selections including fresh produce,<br />

drinks, wines of all types. This extends to<br />

kitchen supplies and services as well as luxury<br />

lifestyle products.<br />

Hosted by the Royal Phuket Marina,<br />

the event also features informative<br />

conferences and seminars as well as live<br />

cooking demonstrations. A farmer’s market<br />

also showcases gourmet and local cuisine,<br />

finally ending with a charity gala dinner. The<br />

organiser of this event is the Talisman Media<br />

Group (TMG), known for their food and<br />

lifestyle publications including Bangkok101.<br />

Registration is now available online for buyers,<br />

traders and visitors. For more information,<br />

visit phuketfoodandwine.com.<br />


On every habitable island first lived local<br />

communities before the appearance of boatloads<br />

and flocks of tourists. On Lanta island, off Krabi’s<br />

shores, local Muslim communities own a unique<br />

culture that curious outside minds can get to know.<br />

Unlike most of the available tour packages, this one<br />

is arranged and managed by local Lanta folks. Most<br />

of the gained income sees fair distribution among<br />

the locals and the community who in fact are the<br />

main reasons to visit. The half-day tour to ‘Baan Thung<br />

Yipheng’ on the east side of the island features<br />

a unique Muslim-<strong>Thai</strong> community still living their<br />

natural way of life. Rich mangrove forests<br />

provide a sanctuary for sea creatures and<br />

visitors can row serenely along in old-style<br />

wooden boats and quietly observe the<br />

surroundings. A home-made lunch or dinner<br />

will also be prepared for guests by the locals.<br />

For more information, visit localalike.com<br />

for available locally-run and managed tour<br />

packages in Phuket, Krabi and Trang.<br />






Hippocampus Getaway<br />

Hippocampus is an escape from the<br />

chaotic city life for both the owners and<br />

their guests. The <strong>Thai</strong> couple fled their<br />

busy lives and settled on a beautiful<br />

piece of land in Chiang Dao – which<br />

offers a priceless mountain view. They<br />

first designed and built a comfortable<br />

abode and lived in the “Baan Noi (small<br />

house)” for a certain period. Now as<br />

proprietors, they offer a corner of their<br />

paradise to homestay guests.<br />

Hippocampus is a café, gallery (the<br />

male owner is an artist) and homestay<br />

rolled into one. The owners now stay<br />

in another house they have just built<br />

and the addition of another small<br />

house called “Baan Yung” has been<br />

added. Little in size yet comfortable,<br />

the wooden house was formerly a rice<br />

barn that has been renovated. Guests<br />

can come and share the beauty of<br />

nature with the two owners. It is highly<br />

recommended that you book in<br />

advance – for the reason that<br />

there are only two houses for<br />

rent but also because booking<br />

ahead allows one of them to<br />

prepare the ingredients for<br />

your meals. The food here is<br />

freshly cooked and freshly<br />

baked. Hippocampus serves<br />

a homemade breakfast and a<br />

nice gourmet coffee. Guests<br />

can stroll along the farm where<br />

people plant rice, mulberries,<br />

coffee and passion fruits,<br />

among others. There is no TV<br />

in the rooms so guests can<br />

enjoy what nature has to offer.<br />

At night, stargazers can marvel<br />

at the panoramic view of the<br />

sky – which sums up the very<br />

reason why the owners and<br />

their guests are there.<br />

334 Moo 12, Chiang Dao,<br />

Chiang Mai, facebook.com/<br />

HippocampusChiangdao,<br />

open between Thursday and<br />

Monday from 9am - 6pm<br />


A relaxing shop with great coffee and second-hand English books for children and young<br />

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

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

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

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

The shop has comfortable bean bags for kids to<br />

spend time reading or selecting books for as long as they<br />

wish. Outdoor tables let you enjoy the mountain views,<br />

while indoor ones allow parents to spend time with their<br />

children. Named after ‘Nong Khwai’, the sub-district where<br />

it is located, Bookish Buffalo is quite close to the Chiang<br />

Mai Night Safari intersection. Located on a large field<br />

where the owners plant organic vegetables for personal<br />

consumption, they are also happy to share produce with<br />

customers at reasonable prices. It opens from 8.30am to 6pm<br />

on weekdays, but closes every Wednesday, and from 9.30am<br />

to 5pm on weekends and public holidays.<br />

facebook.com/bookishbuffalo<br />


What’s considered popular food in<br />

Chiang Mai isn’t just all about Northern<br />

specialties. One of the lesser-known gems<br />

in the city is a street food shop called “Tao<br />

Huay Savoey.” They sell Chinese desserts<br />

like “Tao Huay” (silken tofu in ginger tea)<br />

and “Bua Loy Nam Khing” (black sesame<br />

dumplings in ginger tea) with gingko as an<br />

add-on ingredient. Prices start at about<br />

50 cents (USD) for a basic bowl and about<br />

$2 for a bowl featuring a combination of<br />

everything in ginger tea.<br />

What makes this shop stand out is<br />

the sweet tea soup which gives a strong<br />

and refreshing taste of ginger, unlike a<br />

new generation of commercially-made<br />

“Tao Huay”. Another main difference is<br />

the thinner flour wrapping for the sesame<br />

dumpling, giving it a softer bite with an<br />

authentic burst of the stuffed sesame. It<br />

opens twice a day – in the morning from<br />

6am to 9am at No. 3 Soi Sirimangalajarn<br />

and in the evening from 5.30pm to<br />

9.30pm at the mouth of Soi Sirorot off<br />

Suthep street, not so far from the morning<br />

shop. In case you can’t find the shop, call<br />

+66 (0) 86 916 9856 or +66 (0) 53 894 103.<br />






Float Through<br />

the Mangroves<br />

Travelling to an island doesn’t<br />

necessarily mean you have<br />

to stick to beach activities all<br />

the time. Here in Koh Chang,<br />

there’s another tranquil activity<br />

available when you feel like<br />

taking a short break from the<br />

sea and sand. One of the popular<br />

options to consider to taking<br />

a boat and rowing along the<br />

mangroves. The trees grow in<br />

abundance in Koh Chang around<br />

Salak Khok Bay. Along quiet<br />

waters, visitors will be able to<br />

explore mangroves up close<br />


Glimpsing Van Gogh<br />

Imagine being able to view and<br />

admire world-class artworks of<br />

the masters in the busy city of<br />

Pattaya? Yes, you definitely can.<br />

The museum, Hello Van Gogh<br />

Pattaya, is the only one of its<br />

kind in <strong>Thai</strong>land that showcases<br />

the creations of Vincent Van<br />

Gogh in stunning technology.<br />

All masterpieces are presented<br />

as convergence art, projected<br />

onto large screens with highdefinition<br />

projectors. Step into<br />

the wonderful world of Vincent<br />

Van Gogh and get a retrospective glimpse<br />

into his incredible life before he became such<br />

a great artist. You can also admire works<br />

belonging to other Impressionist artists such<br />

as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne,<br />

Paul Gauguin, and many more. High-quality<br />

prints of Van Gogh and Monet paintings are also<br />

available for sale at the gallery. If all sounds<br />

interesting enough, list this place as your next<br />

destination in Pattaya now. They say that art<br />

is a balm for the soul, so take a break from the<br />

hectic pace and engage in some art appreciation.<br />

hellovangoghpattaya.com<br />

by kayak or a traditional wooden boat.<br />

This eco tour is operated by Baan Salak<br />

Khok Community Tour Club who know<br />

the area best. Feel what it’s like to float<br />

along the endless rows of mangroves<br />

and experience the way of life among the<br />

fisherfolks. These excursions also help<br />

the community earn extra money apart<br />

from their main livelihood as fishermen.<br />

So take a boat ride, reconnect with nature,<br />

and enjoy the serenity and amazing views.<br />

facebook.com/SalakKhokKayakStation<br />


Feel like taking a break from seafood?<br />

If yes, go for an option that defines<br />

sophisticated dining at the Maharani<br />

Indian Restaurant that’s in the Royal<br />

Cliff Beach Hotel. A meal there involves<br />

tasting the richness of incredible Indian<br />

specialties with the added bonus of<br />

spectacular views of the Gulf of <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

Maharani, which means “The Queen” in<br />

Hindi, offers up the perfect combination<br />

of rich savoury dishes, superb ambience<br />

and exceptional service. Such fine details<br />

make it a unique and authentic experience<br />

with Indian cuisine. If you have no idea<br />

what to start with, the delicious and<br />

popular dishes like that of the Maharani<br />

Lamb Chop, Prawn Till Tikka and Garlic<br />

Naan send you off in the right direction.<br />

Expect to feel truly special with their<br />

service and experience Indian food at its<br />

finest, in a regal and vibrant atmosphere,<br />

as the restaurant lives up to the name as<br />

the “Queen of Indian Flavours.”<br />

royalcliff.com/restaurants/maharani<br />


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

idea to revitalise our minds and nurture our bodies as frequently as<br />

possible. The Spa Koh Chang is just the right immersion into a holiday<br />

that’s tranquil and healthy. A good variety of body detoxification<br />

options are for the choosing, with three main programmes offering<br />

3-7 days of detox retreats. Each is designed to meet personal health<br />

goals, remove toxins from the body as well as a chance to direct your<br />

mind into a relaxing state. A strong emphasis at the Spa involves<br />

cleansing and re-balancing your entire body system through healthy<br />

nutrition. Check out programmes that suit your interest and just enjoy<br />

a time of detoxification while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of<br />

Koh Chang. thespakohchang.com<br />



CHINA<br />


SHINE ON<br />

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

celebrated all over the country with the lighting of lanterns. Chengdu has<br />

been doing it since the year 711. While in other parts of the country the<br />

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

The tradition originated in the Tang Dynasty, and now can be seen at Culture<br />

Park and Qingyanggong Park.<br />

Also known as Shangyuan, the Spring Festival sees families gather to<br />

appreciate the full moon, eat Yuanxiao (glutinous rice balls) and admire<br />

the lantern displays. Other main traditions of the festival include guessing<br />

lantern-themed riddles, watching fireworks, dragon and lion dances and<br />

stilt walking acts. cometochengdu.com<br />


The Guangdong Museum is featuring one of the fathers of Art Nouveau,<br />

the Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha. A leading figure<br />

of the Art Nouveau style, he not only produced paintings and artwork<br />

but also many commercially used illustrations, advertisements, postcards,<br />

and designs. The exhibition’s collection of Mucha’s finest works shows a<br />

variety of materials and forms including metal sculptures, furniture, and<br />

posters. He became an instant star with a commissioned lithographed<br />

advertising poster for a play featuring actress Sarah Bernhardt in 1894.<br />

Mucha’s works are on display until 25 March <strong>2018</strong>, 9am - 5pm, 50RMB<br />

for adults, 30RMB for children. gdmuseum.com<br />


Guangzhou Speakeasy<br />

While speakeasies pop up relentlessly<br />

in many urban areas, Hope and Sesame<br />

distinguishes its cocktails by using<br />

high quality spirits for their inventive<br />

cocktails, including infusions using a<br />

sous vide machine.<br />

True to some speakeasies’ attempt at<br />

being mysterious and exclusive, getting<br />

to it requires walking through an alley in<br />

Dongshankou, recognising the hidden<br />

door, and passing a brief “interrogation”<br />

on the intercom before entering. The<br />

establishment is actually “hidden” behind<br />

a traditional Cantonese Café. There is a<br />

separate room with live jazz every night,<br />

the menu changes every 4 months, and each<br />

drink has been specially created. A few of the<br />

most famous signature cocktails include the<br />

Earl Grey Dark & Stormy and Angostura and<br />

Chamomile Sour (using a black chamomile<br />

from the Tibet / Xingjian region).<br />

Beyond just making drinks, the<br />

establishment has a cocktail lab, the<br />

“Spirits Kitchen,” that conducts video<br />

master classes and a tasting of premium<br />

spirits in a test kitchen setting. Here’s<br />

where customers go beyond sipping and get<br />

a chance to educate themselves on various<br />

cutting-edge techniques used at Hope &<br />

Sesame to create their signature cocktails.<br />

48 Miaoqian Xijie, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou,<br />

+86 188 1935 3462<br />


Bridges in Karst Country<br />

The wondrous karst landscape of<br />

Wulong National Geology Park<br />

features a range of stone bridges and<br />

deep mountain valleys in Chongqing<br />

municipality. A UNESCO World Heritage<br />

Site, the area is famous for the Three<br />

Natural Bridges as well, a naturally<br />

formed karst structure not found<br />

anywhere else in the world. A paved<br />

downhill path leads to the three stone<br />

archways and to the Tianlong Bridge,<br />

featured in the movie ‘Curse of the<br />

Golden Flower’ by Zhang Yimou. The<br />

best times to visit are in the spring,<br />

autumn and winter. Give yourself a day<br />

or two to fully explore the area and take<br />

in the natural scenery. cnto.org/<br />

unesco-sites/south-china-karst<br />



Chengdu wants to be well known not only for<br />

its food, but for its deep cultural heritage. Until<br />

6 March <strong>2018</strong>, four museums in Chengdu are<br />

offering 50% off the admissions price.<br />

The four major museums offer varied takes<br />

on Chinese history and culture, and they all<br />

occupy scenic settings in Chengdu. The Wuhou<br />

Shrine Museum, itself a historical site, celebrates<br />

Chengdu’s influence during the Three Kingdoms<br />

period of the third century.<br />

Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage Museum pays<br />

homage to one of China’s most revered poets<br />

(712-770). Besides its large collection of Du Fu’s<br />

poems and other relics, the 24-acre site with<br />

green walking trails and ponds gives you a tranquil<br />

experience in honouring Chinese literature.<br />

For ancient Chinese history going back 3,000<br />

years, the Jinsha Site Museum, conveniently<br />

located in the centre of town, showcases<br />

troves of artefacts at an archaeological site<br />

unearthed only recently in 2001. The Yongling<br />

Museum, built around China’s only above-ground<br />

mausoleum of Sichuan ruler Wang Jian (847-918),<br />

commemorates the founding of Chengdu as<br />

Wang Jian’s capital during his dynastic reign.<br />

cometochengdu.com<br />

102 103




Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical, CATS, returns to Hong Kong once<br />

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

widely praised for its incredible sets and entertaining characters.<br />

The musical first premiered in 1981 in London and then New York,<br />

and to date has gone on to enchant more than 81 million people in over<br />

300 cities. From 6 <strong>Jan</strong> to 4 <strong>Feb</strong>, the Jellicle Cats will make the Hong Kong<br />

Academy for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre their home as they enthral<br />

audiences in Hong Kong once more. catsthemusical.com<br />


The world’s best show jumping riders will compete against each other at the<br />

World Asia Expo arena during the Hong Kong Masters <strong>2018</strong> from 9 to 11<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary. Considered one of the top equestrian events in Asia since the 2008<br />

Olympics, the event will not only deliver a sporting spectacle for fans but also<br />

strengthen Hong Kong’s position as the equestrian capital of the region.<br />

Now in its sixth edition, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong has become<br />

an integral part of the region’s social and cultural calendar, combining heartpounding<br />

competition by the world’s top show jumping riders and horses with<br />

world-class entertainment, fashion, art and gastronomy. longinesmasters.com<br />


Chinese Fine Dining<br />

Considered one of Hong Kong’s best<br />

Chinese fine dining establishments,<br />

Golden Leaf has been continually<br />

recognised for its Cantonese cuisine<br />

as well as top-notch dim sum for 27<br />

years. Housed within the Conrad hotel,<br />

the restaurant has garnered numerous<br />

awards over the years and proudly<br />

claims a Michelin star under its belt.<br />

The décor of the outlet is your<br />

stereotypical high-end Chinese<br />

restaurant, adorned with lanterns,<br />

latticework screens and teak and<br />

rosewood furniture. In short, a typical<br />

place you’d find businessmen cutting<br />

deals as they dig into inventive dishes<br />

such as roasted suckling pig, prawns<br />

in Chinese wine and baked lobster<br />

with ginger.<br />

Although priding itself on<br />

Cantonese cuisine, the Golden Leaf is<br />

perhaps more famously known for its<br />

dim sum, a staple tradition in Hong<br />

Kong. The selections here are standard<br />

with siu mai, dumplings and barbequed<br />

meat, taking its place on the menu.<br />

Signature dishes include the shallowfried<br />

crispy chicken and fresh crab<br />

claw, which is served whole and on a<br />

bed of fresh steamed egg white. Open<br />

daily, 11.30am - 3pm; 6pm - 11pm, Lower<br />

Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific<br />

Place, 88 Queensway, conraddining.com/<br />

en/golden_leaf<br />


The hot pot is part and parcel of Hong Kong’s<br />

culture. It is a staple offering that is enjoyed by<br />

both locals as well as visitors to the city. In fact,<br />

the sight of watching friends huddled together<br />

over a table with steaming pot of simmering soup,<br />

meticulously cooking a variety of ingredients is as<br />

common as the city’s notorious traffic jams.<br />

But for a true elevated experience, few<br />

hot pot establishments can match the prestige<br />

and excellent track record Megan’s Kitchen has<br />

managed to garner. Its seventh consecutive<br />

listing in the Hong Kong Michelin Guide is<br />

proof of that. Situated in busy Wan Chai,<br />

the outlet has single-handedly elevated the<br />

concept of the hot pot with its inventive soups,<br />

accompaniments and ingredients.<br />

The 16 creative soup bases range from tomato<br />

and crab to sea clam, along with a wide choice<br />

of premium ingredients. With creations like<br />

the rainbow cuttlefish balls and cheesy beef<br />

tongue dumplings, Megan’s is the definite<br />

place to get your hot pot fix in Hong Kong.<br />

Open daily, 12pm - 3pm; 6pm - 11.30pm,<br />

5/F Lucky Centre 165-171 Wanchai Road,<br />

meganskitchen.com<br />







Sky High Dining<br />

1-Altitude has taken the concept of<br />

elevated dining to brave new heights.<br />

The 16,000 square-feet, multi-concept<br />

lifestyle destination is not only the<br />

first of its kind in Singapore - but<br />

one that is unmatched when it comes<br />

to offering breath-taking views of<br />

the city.<br />

With several restaurants and<br />

bars, this high-concept dining and<br />

meeting space, situated at the top of<br />

One Raffles Place, has been packing in<br />

visitors since 2010. Stellar is perhaps<br />

one of the most prominent outlets<br />

within this facility as it carries<br />

quintessential progressive Australian<br />

cuisine, prepared by award-winning<br />

Executive Chef Christopher Millar.<br />

As the highest restaurant in the<br />

city, Stellar aims to match the<br />

breath-taking view with delicious and<br />

contemporary meals for a heightened<br />

gastronomic experience that is<br />

currently unmatched and unchallenged.<br />

Open daily 6pm - 4am, 1 Raffles Place,<br />

Singapore, 1-altitude.com<br />


KL’S Food Street<br />

Jalan Alor perhaps is the shortest answer<br />

locals will give to visitors, when it comes<br />

to the spot for tasting some of the city’s<br />

best street food. Although some scoff<br />

at the idea due to Jalan Alor being too<br />

touristy, there is no denying that this<br />

stretch of road in the heart of KL’s<br />

Golden Triangle is perhaps the best<br />

bet when it comes to experiencing the<br />

many flavours of Malaysia.<br />

Every evening from 5pm, vendors<br />

ply their trade here, dishing out<br />

signature favourites ranging from<br />

stir-fry dishes to Satay and Lok-Lok<br />

(skewers of meat dipped in hot broth).<br />

Choices are abundant but a safe bet is to<br />

always head for the stall or restaurant<br />

that has a queue outside of it.<br />

Of particular interest is Wong Ah<br />

Wah’s Chicken Wings, which serves<br />

delectable and sinfully sticky barbequed<br />

wings – arguably the one must-visit<br />

stop on this delicious stretch of tar in<br />

Kuala Lumpur. Jalan Alor, off Jalan Bukit<br />

Bintang, open daily after 5pm.<br />


Grammy-nominated American indie-rock band,<br />

the Fleet Foxes are heading to KL for the very first<br />

time. The Seattle-based band first broke into the<br />

music scene in 2008 with their eponymous debut<br />

album and was hailed by Rolling Stone and Q as<br />

one of the best albums of the year.<br />

The Fleet Foxes sophomore effort,<br />

Helplessness Blues, was equally well-received<br />

– as was their recently released third album,<br />

Crack-Up, which broke into the top ten of the<br />

Billboard Charts in June 2017. The Fleet Foxes’<br />

one-night only performance at the KL Live will<br />

see the band deliver their best songs from all<br />

three albums. 16 <strong>Jan</strong>uary, ticketpro.com.my<br />


Since its inaugural inception in 2005, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival<br />

has been championing the field of arts in the Garden City.<br />

This year’s event themed Let’s Walk, inspired by Singaporean artist<br />

Amanda Heng’s street performance, will see the arts fest presenting a series<br />

of progressive, exciting works from artists. Their creative work will confront<br />

audiences with questions about the body, gender, beauty and equity.<br />

The 12-day programme this year will see a range of theatrical<br />

and visual arts being held, including the Asian premiere of Displaced,<br />

a performance by Canada’s Ground Cover Theatre that depicts the struggles<br />

of three female immigrants. 17-28 <strong>Jan</strong>, singaporefringe.com/fringe<strong>2018</strong><br />


For nearly five centuries, the Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a permanent fixture<br />

and an enduring icon of music in Austria. Many musicians have risen from its<br />

ranks over the years including Franz Schubert, the famous Austrian composer,<br />

who wrote his first compositions when he was with the court choir boys.<br />

The Vienna Boys’ Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical<br />

life, even performing on Sundays with members of the Vienna Philharmonic<br />

Orchestra and of the Vienna State Opera Chorus in Vienna’s Imperial Chapel.<br />

It’s a tradition kept since 1498.<br />

This <strong>Jan</strong>uary, Asian fans will not only get to experience the most<br />

beautiful and purest voices on earth but also engage with the world famous<br />

choir in various activities across Singapore. 11-15 <strong>Jan</strong>uary, svbc.sg<br />






Meals that Make a Difference<br />

Siem Reap, like most Southeast Asian<br />

cities, is not short on delicious food.<br />

But Spoons Café, operated by the<br />

non-profit group EGBOK, is dishing<br />

out meals with a difference. The<br />

restaurant has been garnering rave<br />

reviews for its elevated Cambodian<br />

cuisine, which infuses local street<br />

food and home style dishes with<br />

western influences.<br />

But delicious meals aside, the<br />

organisers are also helping educate<br />

the Cambodian youth by<br />

providing them a training<br />

ground to help them gain<br />

hospitality experience.<br />

Everything about Spoons<br />

Café is holistic in nature, right<br />

from its structure made with<br />

sustainable bamboo to its<br />

locally sourced ingredients.<br />

Open Tuesdays to Sundays,<br />

11.30am to 10.oopm,<br />

egbokmission.org/spoons<br />


The Angkor City Night Music Run <strong>2018</strong><br />

once again invites runners to go on an<br />

epic race through historic Siem Reap.<br />

Following the success of last year’s<br />

inaugural event, the running route this<br />

year covers the length of 5km. The path<br />

snakes its way around town, passing<br />

landmark sights and places of interest.<br />

The ‘flag off’ begins at the Hard Rock<br />

Café, with a running path that follows<br />

the ancient stream of Stung Siem Reap<br />

in town. Its waters originate from Kulen<br />

Mountain, considered a sacred spot and<br />

ancient city belonging to the 9th century<br />

– in a time before Angkor Wat.<br />

Throughout the running course,<br />

there will be various party zones set<br />

up with music and entertainment, as<br />

well as interactive stations. The event<br />

ends in Pub Street in front of the main<br />

stage, with DJs delivering their pulsating<br />

beats until 10pm. Each finisher will get a<br />

medal for their effort and proceeds from<br />

the event benefit the Children’s Hospital<br />

in Cambodia. 28 <strong>Jan</strong>uary, cambodiaamazingevents.org<br />


Genevieve’s is arguably one of Siem Reap’s most<br />

popular restaurants. Located near Pub Street and the<br />

Old Market, the outlet has been dishing out highquality,<br />

Khmer/Western cuisine since 2013. The quaint<br />

yet unassuming restaurant also holds a commitment to<br />

contributing meaningfully to the lives of young people<br />

in the community.<br />

Operated by Phil Rogers, the café encourages a<br />

training programme benefitting Cambodian youth, all of<br />

whom have little or no prior knowledge or experience<br />

in hospitality. It’s still the delicious food that keeps<br />

diners coming back, especially with an eclectic menu<br />

that offers a wide array of Cambodian cuisine, as well<br />

as popular dishes. All are made, naturally, with love<br />

from local hands. Open Monday to Saturday, 12pm to<br />

9.30am, facebook.com/GenevievesRestaurant<br />

“Getaways for kids of all ages” at Raffles Cambodia<br />

Immerse yourselves in the culture and history of the Kingdom of Wonder while taking in the heritage of<br />

Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap.<br />

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

our fabulous Raffles Spa and lavish Raffles Afternoon Tea - a tasty treat for all.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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







From now until 28 <strong>Feb</strong>ruary <strong>2018</strong>, book a flight to Phu Quoc with<br />

Bangkok Airways and receive a 20% discount on best available<br />

rate for the superlative rooms at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald<br />

Bay with breakfast for two. This special promotion also includes<br />

complimentary upgrade to the next room category, complimentary<br />

roundtrip airport transfer and 15% discount on food & beverage,<br />

spa and laundry service. Some basic conditions apply.<br />

For those staying somewhere else but fly to Phu Quoc<br />

on Bangkok Airways, upon presenting your boarding pass at<br />

the resort, you will get a complimentary entrance fee (value<br />

VND500,000) to experience this one-of-a-kind ‘Lamarck<br />

University’, complimentary welcome drink at Department of<br />

Chemistry, 15% discount on food and beverage and Chanterelle<br />

Spa by JW. jwmarriottphuquoc.com, T: +84 297 377 9999<br />

Photos @Congcaphe<br />


Communist<br />

Themed<br />

and Hip<br />

Amid modern hotels,<br />

apartments, restaurants<br />

and the spectacular Dragon<br />

bridge, a glimpse of the<br />

communist past finds new<br />

life in a chic and stylish<br />

hangout along the Han<br />

waterfront. The moment<br />

you step into Công Caphe, a<br />

Communist-themed café and<br />

restaurant, you’re stunned<br />

by details of found objects<br />

and designs, as if it were a<br />

secret hideout. Founded by<br />

Vietnamese pop singer Linh<br />

Dung, the Communist kitsch<br />

décor and atmosphere are<br />

uniquely amazing and worth<br />

posting a holiday snapshot<br />

for your social media. Packed<br />

with young residents and<br />

tourists, this great little<br />

café serves up good coffee.<br />

It’s also worth making a<br />

beeline during Tet (the<br />

Vietnamese New Year) for<br />

a Coconut Coffee Smoothie,<br />

Yoghurt Coffee or Coffee with<br />

Coconut Milk. When your<br />

caffeine craving is satisfied<br />

later in the day, Công Caphe<br />

can be the best place to stay<br />

and watch the world go by<br />

with a beer or cocktail in<br />

hand in Vietnam’s fastest<br />

changing city. From the 2nd<br />

floor of the café, customers<br />

can see a fantastic view of the<br />

Han riverfront with boats<br />

commuting up and down the<br />

river. Come after the sun goes<br />

down, choose a seat, and<br />

spend the rest of your night<br />

peacefully. congcaphe.com,<br />

T: +84 91 181 11 66<br />


The Charm of Puppets<br />

For lovers of culture who learn about<br />

Myanmar traditional puppetry, it’s only<br />

natural to have an enhanced enjoyment<br />

when it comes time for the next<br />

performance. Knowing how puppetry<br />

art requires the unique expertise<br />

of skilled hands results in a greater<br />

appreciation of the craft. Htwe Oo<br />

Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre,<br />



Not far from Inya Lake on Saya San road<br />

stands the famous white colonial-style<br />

tea salon “Acacia Tea Salon”; one of the<br />

must-visit places in Yangon for tourists,<br />

especially tea lovers. A beautiful colonial<br />

interior and relaxing atmosphere makes<br />

it perfect for informal business meetings<br />

for lunch or dinner. Acacia Tea Salon opens<br />

from 8am to 10pm and offers all-day dining,<br />

offering a light breakfast or full courses,<br />

delicious cakes and the best tea in Yangon,<br />

in a warm and cosy atmosphere.<br />

acaciateasalon.com, T: +95 9 731 13812<br />

Ext. 554739<br />

located at No. 12 Yama Street in Ahlone<br />

Township of Yangon is one of the<br />

notable and award-winning puppetry<br />

shows in Myanmar. Advanced booking<br />

is strongly recommended, especially<br />

large groups of more than 10 people.<br />

Luckily, showtimes can be chosen<br />

beforehand but an afternoon scheduling<br />

is suggested. Get to know more about<br />


Located in the compound of the Union<br />

Business Center (UBC), in Yangon, the<br />

House of Singapura has become widely<br />

known. It’s a popular stop not only among<br />

business people to work or attend meetings<br />

at the UBC building, but also among<br />

tourists as its location is not far from<br />

Shwedagon Pagoda. Once you step into<br />

the House of Singapura, you will be greeted<br />

and attended to in efficient service. The<br />

restaurant serves Singaporean favourites<br />

such as bak kut teh, Hainanese chicken<br />

rice, char kway teow, satay and desserts<br />

like ice kacang, the shaved-ice dessert of<br />

sweet corn mixed with different flavours.<br />

T: +95 9 302 58388<br />

traditional art by checking out<br />

demonstrations on the puppetmaking<br />

process. Booking in<br />

advance ensures a spot for<br />

guests who’ll learn how to<br />

handle puppet movements at<br />

basic levels and potentially<br />

advance into professional<br />

levels. htweoomyanmar.com,<br />

T: +95 9 512 7271<br />


The French might have left Laos more than half a century<br />

ago, but their legacy remains in the presence of Vientiane<br />

haute cuisine. A fascinating newcomer is the casual chic<br />

bistro L’Adresse de Tinay (behind the temple of Wat Ong<br />

Teu; 856-20-5691-3434), run by a Lao-French couple<br />

Tinay and Delphine Inthavong. Get acquainted with dishes<br />

done the French way or swap tastes with herbal and spicy<br />

Lao delicacies with the restaurant’s diverse selection. Their<br />

seasonal and promising menu might include goat cheese rolls<br />

with sun-dried tomatoes and cherry confiture or Grandma<br />

Lydie’s Special: duck confit with a white bean and sausage<br />

cassoulet. The two-storey colonial-designed house has a<br />

friendly and relaxed atmosphere with a staff eager to help,<br />

who can often take special requests. With the number of<br />

French guests and regulars, it is quickly noticeable that<br />

L’Adresse is a firm favourite amongst<br />

those who appreciate French cuisine.<br />

Open daily from 5pm - 10.30pm,<br />

T: +856 20 56 913 434<br />

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Museum Magic<br />

Mumbai’s premier museum,<br />

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu<br />

Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) is hosting a<br />

collaborative showcase of ‘India and<br />

the World: A History in Nine Stories’,<br />

in association with London’s British<br />

Museum and New Delhi’s National<br />

Museum. The exhibition covers two<br />

million years of history through more<br />

than 200 artefacts from the three<br />

museums. One hundred and twenty<br />

four iconic pieces from the British<br />

Museum are on display in Mumbai<br />


A Maldivian approach to an ultimate experience<br />

happens at the One & Only Spa where treatments<br />

at this nature resort come with top notch aesthetics<br />

within its relaxing vibe.<br />

Here, the body and the mind can rejoice<br />

and be revitalised by heavenly pampering from<br />

the spa’s signature treatments, namely One &<br />

Only Reethi Sun Ritual Treatment (2 hours) for<br />

a healthy glow of your already sun-kissed skin,<br />

for the first time in this unique<br />

exhibition, including inscriptions,<br />

tools, paintings, sculptures, and more.<br />

The exhibition showcases the common<br />

threads of human history through<br />

evocative stories. It will be open till<br />

<strong>Feb</strong>ruary 18, <strong>2018</strong>. csmvs.in<br />


What happens when 40 Indian and international<br />

artists are given free rein over the city’s fishing<br />

harbour? The historic Sassoon Docks has been<br />

revitalised into a new art precinct with the<br />

recently held St+Art Mumbai Urban Art Festival.<br />

Beautiful murals now grace its walls, many of<br />

them depicting Mumbai’s original inhabitants<br />

– the koli or fisherfolk – in a tribute to the life<br />

of Sassoon Docks. Once the festival ends, the<br />

vibrant murals remain to be enjoyed by all. The<br />

Yok & Sheryo’s Varuna Vessel mural connects<br />

the fishing culture with South Asian mythology<br />

while Fearless Collective transforms a brightly<br />

coloured golden wall into a backdrop for<br />

stories of koli women, and Guido Van Helten’s<br />

photorealistic murals adorn an entire façade of<br />

the docks. st-artindia.org<br />


Go on a journey on the Grand<br />

Trunk Road at Taftoon Bar &<br />

Kitchen, which recently opened<br />

at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC),<br />

Mumbai’s corporate enclave.<br />

Named after the aromatic, saffron<br />

and cardamom infused Persian<br />

bread, Taftoon is an ode to the<br />

flavours of Asia’s oldest road.<br />

The cuisine covers everything<br />

from Kabul to Kolkata, with<br />

stopovers in Kashmir, Delhi,<br />

Lucknow, and Bihar. There are<br />

succulent kebabs, slow-cooked<br />

meats, pulaos, and regional<br />

vegetarian fare on offer. Another<br />

new BKC restaurant is the Goan-<br />

Portuguese inspired O Pedro, from<br />

the folks at The Bombay Canteen.<br />

Its vaulted ceiling, pale blue walls,<br />

and colonial Portuguese-style<br />

décor complement the fun Goa<br />

vibe perfectly. Try the coastal<br />

favourite Beryl’s Fish Curry<br />

with Sannas or the Seafood<br />

Cataplana (a Portuguese<br />

seafood stew). The warm poee<br />

(sourdough bread) with choriz<br />

butter is inspired, as is the Veal<br />

Tongue Prosciutto. Desserts<br />

range from the Goan Bebinca<br />

to the Portuguese Pastel de<br />

Nata (egg custard tarts).<br />

Taftoon Bar & Kitchen, Naman<br />

Centre, Unit No.2, C-31 & C-32,<br />

G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,<br />

Mumbai, +91 22 26530255,<br />

O Pedro, Unit No. 2, Plot No. C-68,<br />

Jet Airways-Godrej Building, Bandra<br />

Kurla Complex, Mumbai<br />

and there’s also a Pre and Post Natal Treatment<br />

(45 minutes) for the well-being of pregnant and<br />

nursing mothers. For the complete One & Only<br />

Spa experience, guests are recommended to<br />

arrive 45 minutes in advanced to indulge in the<br />

exclusive spa facilities ranging from the Vitality<br />

Pool, Crystal Steam Room, or the sauna sip their<br />

signature hot drinks.<br />

oneandonlyresorts.com<br />








Recently, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited<br />

is pleased to announce the launch of its frequent<br />

flyer programme collaboration with codeshare partner,<br />

Qatar Airways. Effective 1 November, 2017 FlyerBonus<br />

members can begin earning and redeeming<br />

FlyerBonus points on eligible Qatar Airways flights.<br />

Similarly, members of Qmiles, Qatar Airways’<br />

Frequent Flyer Programme, can also start earning<br />

and redeeming their miles when travelling on<br />

Bangkok Airways flights to some of South East<br />

Asia’s most popular destinations including Samui,<br />

Krabi, Phuket, Luang Prabang, Danang and Phu<br />

Quoc via Bangkok.<br />

FlyerBonus, the Frequent Flyer Programme of<br />

Bangkok Airways, is all about easy earnings and fast<br />

rewards. Lifestyle and rewards go hand in hand; no<br />

matter whether you're flying, renting a car, shopping<br />

or staying at a hotel – FlyerBonus points can be<br />

earned. It translates into award flights, hotel stays<br />

and an array of exclusive programme partner deals<br />

instantly and conveniently. For more information,<br />

please visit www.flyerbonus.com<br />

1. Mr. Jirapon Hirunrat, Vice President – Fleet and Network Management , Bangkok<br />

Airways (3rd from Left) 2. Mr. Terence Yu, Country Manager – <strong>Thai</strong>land & Myanmar,<br />

Qatar Airways (2nd from Left)<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ<br />

จำกัด (มหาชน) หรือสายการบิน<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และสายการบิน<br />

กาตาร์ แอร์เวย์ส ประกาศความ<br />

ร่วมมือด้านรายการสะสมไมล์<br />

(Frequent Flyer Programme)<br />

โดยเริ่มตั้งแต่วันที่ 1 พฤศจิกายน<br />

2560 เป็นต้นไป สมาชิกรายการ<br />

สะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัสของ<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส จะได้รับคะแนน<br />

สะสมเมื่อเดินทางกับสายการบิน<br />

กาตาร์ แอร์เวย์ส<br />

ฟลายเออร์โบนัส คือ รายการสะสมคะแนน<br />

ของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เพื่อมอบ<br />

สิทธิพิเศษและสิทธิประโยชน์ให้แก่สมาชิก<br />

มากมาย อาทิ สะสมคะแนนจากการบิน,<br />

บริการเช่ารถ, ช้อปปิ้ง หรือเข้าพักในโรงแรม<br />

ชั้นนำก็สามารถได้รับคะแนนสะสมเพื่อแลกของ<br />

รางวัล เช่น ตั๋วเครื่องบิน, โรงแรม และข้อเสนอ<br />

พิเศษจากพันธมิตรอีกมากมาย นอกจากนี้<br />

การสมัครเป็นสมาชิกรายการสะสมคะแนน<br />

ฟลายเออร์โบนัสยังไม่เสียค่าใช้จ่ายใดๆ<br />

สามารถค้นหาข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมได้ที่<br />

www.flyerbonus.com<br />








A heartfelt event was recently held<br />

by the FlyerBonus programme of<br />

Bangkok Airways, led by Mr. Prote<br />

Setsuwan, Vice President for Marketing,<br />

along with the esteemed presence<br />

of Mrs. Darunee Debavalya, Senior<br />

Director – Customer Satisfaction<br />

and Relationship Management. The<br />

occasion acknowledged Mr. Perasit<br />

Charoanviriyapap, a FlyerBonus<br />

member who has flown one thousand<br />

flights, or more than half a million<br />

miles, since joining in 2006. To express<br />

gratitude, Bangkok Airways gave<br />

Mr. Peerasit a Business Traveller Set<br />

from famed Jim Thompson Fabrics<br />

(aka the King of <strong>Thai</strong> Silk.) The items<br />

were monogrammed for the<br />

honoured frequent flyer in the<br />

familiar blue colour representing<br />

the Bangkok Airways brand.<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส<br />

โดยคุณพรต เสตสุวรรณ รองกรรมการ<br />

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายการตลาด และ<br />

คุณดรุณี เทพวัลย์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส<br />

ส่วนบริหารความพึงพอใจและความสัมพันธ์<br />

ลูกค้า ร่วมแสดงความยินดีกับคุณพีรศิษฐ์<br />

เจริญวิริยะภาพ สมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส<br />

ที่เดินทางกับสายการบินฯ ครบ 1,000<br />

เที่ยวบิน หรือเป็นระยะทางรวมกว่า<br />

500,000 ไมล์ในพิธีมอบของที่ระลึกเพื่อ<br />

เป็นเกียรติแก่สมาชิกฯ<br />

สำหรับของที่ระลึก "Traveller Set"<br />

ประกอบด้วยของใช้ส่วนบุคคล 5 ชิ้น ซึ่ง<br />

ทีมงานสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สและ<br />

ทีมออกแบบของจิม ทอมป์สัน หรือที่รู้จัก<br />

กันในนาม “ราชาผ้าไหมไทย” ได้ร่วมมือ<br />

กันคัดสรรวัสดุที่ดีที่สุดมาผลิตด้วยขั้นตอน<br />

แบบ Hand Made โดยใช้โทนสีฟ้า ซึ่งเป็น<br />

สีของสายการบินฯ และเพิ่มความพิเศษคือ<br />

การปักชื ่อบนงานทุกชิ้นเพื่อสร้างความ<br />

ประทับใจให้แก่ผู้รับ<br />



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Ms. Urassaya Sperbund, also joined the trip.<br />

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ฟลายเออร์โบนัสระดับพรีเมียร์ กลุ่ม Top Spender<br />

พร้อมผู้ติดตาม เดินทางแบบเอ็กซ์คลูซีฟ 5 วัน 3 คืน<br />

สู่มุมไบ-ออรังกาบัด สัมผัสกับเสน่ห์ทางวัฒนธรรม และ<br />

ความอลังการของพุทธสถานสำคัญอย่างถ้ำอชันต้า และ<br />

ถ้ำเอลโลร่า โดยมีญาญ่า อุรัสยา เสปอร์บันด์ พรีเซ็นเตอร์<br />

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Recently, Bangkok Airways Public<br />

Company Limited organised the<br />

“Bangkok Airways Lanna Marathon,”<br />

whose starting point took place at<br />

the Chiang Mai International<br />

Exhibition and Convention Centre.<br />

The event was part of the Bangkok<br />

Airways Boutique Series 2017<br />

and attended by thousands of<br />

running enthusiasts.<br />

Mr. Kridhakorn Sirabhabhoj,<br />

Senior Director – Marketing<br />

Communication of Bangkok Airways<br />

stated that, “the Bangkok Airways<br />

Lanna Marathon is the fifth event<br />

in our Bangkok Airways Boutique<br />

Series 2017 programme and was<br />

organised to promote tourism<br />

and sporting events in Chiang<br />

Mai. Participating runners had a<br />

chance to experience the unique<br />

Lanna culture as the run took<br />

them around the outskirts of the<br />

city with a route designed to<br />

include both flat and cross-country<br />

segments, complemented with<br />

the Bangkok Airways’ signature<br />

boutique touches.”<br />

"The Bangkok Airways Lanna<br />

Marathon offered runners 4<br />

different categories: the Fun<br />

Run (5 kilometres), the Mini<br />

Marathon (10 kilometres), a Half<br />

Marathon (21.5 kilometres)<br />

and a Full Marathon (42.195<br />

kilometres), and attracted over<br />

4,800 runners from around<br />

the world," Mr. Kridhakorn<br />

indicated.<br />

Other marathon destinations<br />

in the Bangkok Airways Boutique<br />

Series 2017 include Trat (Koh Chang),<br />

Koh Samui, Phuket, Chiang Rai,<br />

Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son.<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนายกฤตธกร<br />

สิรภาพจน์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส ส่วนสื่อสารการตลาด จัดงาน<br />

“บางกอกแอร์เวย์สล้านนามาราธอน” หนึ่งในหกรายการวิ่งของ<br />

“บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูธีค ซีรีย์ 2017” ณ บริเวณศูนย์ประชุมและ<br />

แสดงสินค้านานาชาติ จังหวัดเชียงใหม่ โดยมีนายปวิณ<br />

ชํานิประศาสน์ ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ เป็นประธานในพิธีเปิด<br />

พร้อมนักวิ่งทั้งชาวไทยและชาวต่างชาติกว่า 4,800 คน เข้าร่วมงาน<br />

นายกฤตธกร สิรภาพจน์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโส ส่วนสื่อสาร<br />

การตลาด สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กล่าวว่า “งานบางกอก<br />

แอร์เวย์สล้านนามาราธอน เป็นรายการวิ่งรายการที่ 5 ของบางกอก<br />

แอร์เวย์ส บูธีค ซีรีย์ 2017 ที่จัดขึ้นเพื่อส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยวและ<br />

การกีฬาในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่ โดยนักวิ่งจะได้สัมผัสกับอีกหนึ่งแง่มุม<br />

ของวัฒนธรรมล้านนา กับเส้นทางวิ่งนอกตัวเมืองเชียงใหม่ที่ได้<br />

รับการออกแบบมาเป็นอย่างดี ระหว่างเส้นทางเรียบบนถนนและ<br />

การวิ่งครอสคันทรี พร้อมผสมผสานกับกลิ่นอายความเป็นบูธีค<br />

ในแบบฉบับของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส”<br />

“สำหรับการแข่งขันรายการนี้แบ่งออกเป็น 4 ประเภท ได้แก่<br />

แบบฟันรันและแบบมินิมาราธอน ระยะทาง 5 และ 10 กิโลเมตร<br />

แบบฮาล์ฟมาราธอน ระยะทาง 21 กิโลเมตร และแบบมาราธอน<br />

ระยะทาง 42 กิโลเมตร โดยมีนักวิ่งทั้งชาวไทยและชาวต่างชาติให้<br />

ความสนใจเข้าร่วมงานกว่า 4,800 คน” นายกฤตธกร กล่าวเสริม<br />

รายการวิ่งบางกอกแอร์เวย์สล้านนามาราธอน ถือเป็น<br />

รายการที่ 5 จากทั้งหมด 6 รายการของ “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูธีค<br />

ซีรีย์ 2017” ที่จัดขึ้นใน 6 จุดหมายปลายทางของสายการบินฯ<br />

ตลอดปี 2560 ได้แก่ ตราด (เกาะช้าง) เกาะสมุย ภูเก็ต เชียงราย<br />

เชียงใหม่ และแม่ฮ่องสอน<br />






AIRWAYS”<br />


Bangkok Airways, led by Mrs.<br />

Chanthip Thongkanya – Vice<br />

President, Office of the President,<br />

recently organised an “English<br />

Club with Bangkok Airways.” The<br />

educational activity was meant<br />

to inspire and encourage students<br />

on Koh Samui to practise English<br />

in their daily lives. Held at the<br />

grand ballroom of Samui Palm<br />

Beach Resort in Koh Samui, the<br />

event was attended by the airline’s<br />

official presenter and <strong>Thai</strong><br />

actress Yaya Urassaya Sperbund,<br />

local government officials, Bangkok<br />

Airways representatives and<br />

more than 120 Samui students.<br />

Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya,<br />

Vice-President, Office of the<br />

President of Bangkok Airways<br />

said that “Bangkok Airways, an<br />

organisation that uses English<br />

on a daily basis, understands the<br />

need for the <strong>Thai</strong> youth to learn<br />

how to effectively use the English<br />

language. Thus we organised this<br />

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)<br />

activity, the ‘English Club with<br />

Bangkok Airways,’ to inspire<br />

and encourage students from<br />

schools around Samui Airport<br />

to take a greater interest in<br />

learning English through fun and<br />

engaging activities."<br />

The English Club with Bangkok<br />

Airways activity is one of the CSR<br />

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

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

4. Mrs. Nongyao Jirandorn, Director of the Samui Office, Tourism Authority of <strong>Thai</strong>land (5th from right)<br />

5. Mrs. Nutchayathorn Nutsudanijvipa, Director Samui Airport (4th from right)<br />

programmes by Bangkok Airways,<br />

allowing airline staff, partners,<br />

children and community members<br />

to come together for the<br />

betterment of society. “The activity<br />

has been held for two years now,<br />

previously taking place in the<br />

provinces of Sukhothai, Trat and<br />

Koh Samui (Surat Thani),”<br />

Mrs. Chanthip added.<br />

Students who participated in<br />

the English Club with Bangkok<br />

Airways come from Wat Plai<br />

Laem School, Wat Buntrikkaram<br />

School and Wat Bang Raksa<br />

School. The students described<br />

the event as an ‘amazing time<br />

learning English,’ with fun-filled<br />

activities including word games<br />

involving guessing, hinting and<br />

pairing – along with storytelling<br />

in English by Yaya Urassaya.<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนางจันทร์ทิพย์<br />

ทองกันยา รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักกรรมการ<br />

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ จัดกิจกรรม “English Club with Bangkok<br />

Airways” เพื่อส่งเสริมและสร้างแรงบันดาลใจให้กับเยาวชนบน<br />

เกาะสมุยให้เห็นถึงความส ำคัญของการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษในชีวิตประจ ำวัน<br />

โดยมี ญาญ่า อุรัสยา เสปอร์บันด์ ตัวแทนจากหน่วยราชการท้องถิ่น<br />

ตัวแทนผู้บริหารและพนักงานของสายการบินฯ พร้อมนักเรียน<br />

จากโรงเรียนรอบสนามบินสมุยกว่า 120 คน เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม<br />

ณ ห้องประชุมใหญ่ โรงแรมสมุยปาล์มบีช เกาะสมุย<br />

นางจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา กล่าวว่า “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ในฐานะ<br />

องค์กรต้นแบบที่มีการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษเพื่อการสื่อสารในการปฏิบัติ<br />

งานและชีวิตประจำวัน เล็งเห็นถึงความสำคัญของการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษ<br />

ของเยาวชนรุ่นใหม่ที่กำลังจะก้าวขึ้นมาเป็นกำลังของชาติในอนาคต<br />

อันใกล้นี้ จึงจัดกิจกรรม ‘English Club with Bangkok Airways’ ขึ้น<br />

เพื่อสร้างแรงบันดาลใจและกระตุ้นให้เยาวชนที่อยู่ในพื้นที่รอบสนามบิน<br />

สมุยมีความสนใจในการเรียนรู้ภาษาอังกฤษผ่านทางกิจกรรมที่มี<br />

ความสนุกสนานและเข้าใจง่าย”<br />

“กิจกรรมนี้ถือเป็นหนึ่งในโครงการรับผิดชอบต่อสังคมของ<br />

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สในการนำกลุ่มเยาวชน ชุมชน พนักงาน<br />

ผู้บริหารของบริษัท และภาคีเครือข่าย มารวมตัวกันเพื่อทำ<br />

กิจกรรมเพื่อสังคม โดยจัดขึ้นติดต่อกันเป็นปีที่ 2 แล้วในจังหวัด<br />

สุโขทัย ตราด และสุราษฎร์ธานี (เกาะสมุย) ซึ่งเป็นจังหวัดที่ทาง<br />

บริษัทฯ เข้าไปดำเนินกิจการสนามบินและมีเส้นทางบินตรงให้<br />

บริการ” นางจันทร์ทิพย์ กล่าวเสริม<br />

กิจกรรมดังกล่าวได้รับความร่วมมือจากโรงเรียนวัดปลายแหลม<br />

โรงเรียนวัดบุณฑริการาม และโรงเรียนวัดบางรักษ์ ซึ่งเป็นโรงเรียน<br />

โดยรอบสนามบินสมุย โดยนักเรียนที่เข้าร่วมจะมีโอกาสได้เรียนรู้<br />

และพัฒนาทักษะการใช้ภาษาอังกฤษผ่านกิจกรรมทายคำศัพท์<br />

ใบ้คำศัพท์ เกมจับคู่คำศัพท์ พร้อมกิจกรรมเล่านิทานภาษา<br />

อังกฤษโดยญาญ่า อุรัสยา<br />




AIRBUS A319<br />

NUMBER OF FLEET : 14<br />


4 (Business & Economy)<br />


4/4 (Economy)<br />

LENGTH : 33.84 m<br />

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m<br />

HEIGHT : 12.17 m<br />

ENGINE : IAE V2500<br />

CRUISING SPEED : 920 km/h<br />


12 seats & 108 seats<br />


138/144 seats<br />


39,800 ft<br />

AIRBUS A320<br />


LENGTH : 37.57 m<br />

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m<br />

HEIGHT : 12.17 m<br />

ENGINE : IAE V2500<br />


870 km/h<br />


39,800 ft<br />


162 seats<br />

•••••<br />

ATR 72-500<br />


LENGTH : 27.17 m<br />

WINGSPAN : 27.06 m<br />

HEIGHT : 7.65 m<br />

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp<br />

Pratt & Whitney<br />

Canada PW127F<br />


509 km/h<br />


25,000 ft<br />


70 seats<br />

ATR 72-600<br />


LENGTH : 27.166 m<br />

WINGSPAN : 27.050 m<br />

HEIGHT : 7.72 m<br />

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp<br />

Pratt & Whitney<br />

Canada PW127M<br />


509 km/h<br />


25,000 ft<br />


70 seats<br />



Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :<br />

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations<br />

Chiang Mai : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Chiang Rai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Hat Yai :<br />

1 flight per day from Phuket<br />

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Krabi : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Mae Hong Son : 2 flights per day from Chiang Mai<br />

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Sukhothai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok<br />


Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui<br />

Chongqing : 3 flights per week from Koh Samui<br />

Danang : 1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Guangzhou : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Hong Kong : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui<br />

Kuala Lumpur : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Luang Prabang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Malé :<br />

1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Mandalay : 1 flight per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai<br />

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok<br />

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Phu Quoc : 4 flights per week from Bangkok<br />

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from Bangkok<br />

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui<br />

Vientiane : 1 flight per day from Bangkok<br />

Yangon : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;<br />

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai<br />


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featured this photo in our article,<br />

“Dangerous Beauty”<br />

(May/June 2017 issue)<br />

Exposing the sheer beauty of the Zojila<br />

mountain pass and the risks it poses, the<br />

image is both captivating and dramatic.<br />

Look out for more eye-catching<br />

photography in ,<br />

Bangkok Airways inflight magazine.<br />

Published by MPMI Group Co., Ltd.<br />


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Real Hot<br />

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province<br />

in China, was the first Asian city that<br />

UNESCO bestowed the title of “City of<br />

Gastronomy.” It’s the birthplace of many<br />

culinary traditions and a major dining<br />

destination for prominently fiery foods<br />

like their hot pot or the global favourite<br />

– kung pao chicken. These dishes owe<br />

their popularity to a standout ingredient:<br />

that of the aromatic and intense Sichuan<br />

peppercorn that’s best sampled in its<br />

place of origin.<br />

We offer sincere<br />

apologies to our<br />

readers. <strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>’s<br />

November/December<br />

2017 issue mistakenly<br />

featured a photo of<br />

Angthong National<br />

Marine Park in our<br />

Checking Out page<br />

instead of Phu Quoc<br />

island in Vietnam.<br />

นิตยสารฟ้าไทยขออภัยท่านผู้อ่านอย่างสูง<br />

ต่อความผิดพลาดที่เกิดขึ้นในคอลัมน์<br />

Checking Out ในหน้า 146 ประจำฉบับ<br />

เดือนพฤศจิกายน/ธันวาคม พ.ศ.2560<br />

ที่มีการตีพิมพ์รูปภาพหมู่เกาะอ่างทอง<br />

แทนภาพเกาะฟู้โกว๊ก ประเทศเวียดนาม<br />

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