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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2018

HAPPENINGS VIETNAM

HAPPENINGS VIETNAM DANANG / PHU QUOC MYANMAR / LAOS YANGON / VIENTIANE PHU QUOC PROMOS AND UPGRADES From now until 28 February 2018, book a flight to Phu Quoc with Bangkok Airways and receive a 20% discount on best available rate for the superlative rooms at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay with breakfast for two. This special promotion also includes complimentary upgrade to the next room category, complimentary roundtrip airport transfer and 15% discount on food & beverage, spa and laundry service. Some basic conditions apply. For those staying somewhere else but fly to Phu Quoc on Bangkok Airways, upon presenting your boarding pass at the resort, you will get a complimentary entrance fee (value VND500,000) to experience this one-of-a-kind ‘Lamarck University’, complimentary welcome drink at Department of Chemistry, 15% discount on food and beverage and Chanterelle Spa by JW. jwmarriottphuquoc.com, T: +84 297 377 9999 Photos @Congcaphe SPOTLIGHT Communist Themed and Hip Amid modern hotels, apartments, restaurants and the spectacular Dragon bridge, a glimpse of the communist past finds new life in a chic and stylish hangout along the Han waterfront. The moment you step into Công Caphe, a Communist-themed café and restaurant, you’re stunned by details of found objects and designs, as if it were a secret hideout. Founded by Vietnamese pop singer Linh Dung, the Communist kitsch décor and atmosphere are uniquely amazing and worth posting a holiday snapshot for your social media. Packed with young residents and tourists, this great little café serves up good coffee. It’s also worth making a beeline during Tet (the Vietnamese New Year) for a Coconut Coffee Smoothie, Yoghurt Coffee or Coffee with Coconut Milk. When your caffeine craving is satisfied later in the day, Công Caphe can be the best place to stay and watch the world go by with a beer or cocktail in hand in Vietnam’s fastest changing city. From the 2nd floor of the café, customers can see a fantastic view of the Han riverfront with boats commuting up and down the river. Come after the sun goes down, choose a seat, and spend the rest of your night peacefully. congcaphe.com, T: +84 91 181 11 66 SPOTLIGHT The Charm of Puppets For lovers of culture who learn about Myanmar traditional puppetry, it’s only natural to have an enhanced enjoyment when it comes time for the next performance. Knowing how puppetry art requires the unique expertise of skilled hands results in a greater appreciation of the craft. Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre, AFTERNOON TEA IN A COLONIAL ATMOSPHERE Not far from Inya Lake on Saya San road stands the famous white colonial-style tea salon “Acacia Tea Salon”; one of the must-visit places in Yangon for tourists, especially tea lovers. A beautiful colonial interior and relaxing atmosphere makes it perfect for informal business meetings for lunch or dinner. Acacia Tea Salon opens from 8am to 10pm and offers all-day dining, offering a light breakfast or full courses, delicious cakes and the best tea in Yangon, in a warm and cosy atmosphere. acaciateasalon.com, T: +95 9 731 13812 Ext. 554739 located at No. 12 Yama Street in Ahlone Township of Yangon is one of the notable and award-winning puppetry shows in Myanmar. Advanced booking is strongly recommended, especially large groups of more than 10 people. Luckily, showtimes can be chosen beforehand but an afternoon scheduling is suggested. Get to know more about TASTE OF SINGAPORE IN YANGON Located in the compound of the Union Business Center (UBC), in Yangon, the House of Singapura has become widely known. It’s a popular stop not only among business people to work or attend meetings at the UBC building, but also among tourists as its location is not far from Shwedagon Pagoda. Once you step into the House of Singapura, you will be greeted and attended to in efficient service. The restaurant serves Singaporean favourites such as bak kut teh, Hainanese chicken rice, char kway teow, satay and desserts like ice kacang, the shaved-ice dessert of sweet corn mixed with different flavours. T: +95 9 302 58388 traditional art by checking out demonstrations on the puppetmaking process. Booking in advance ensures a spot for guests who’ll learn how to handle puppet movements at basic levels and potentially advance into professional levels. htweoomyanmar.com, T: +95 9 512 7271 THE FRENCH CONNECTION The French might have left Laos more than half a century ago, but their legacy remains in the presence of Vientiane haute cuisine. A fascinating newcomer is the casual chic bistro L’Adresse de Tinay (behind the temple of Wat Ong Teu; 856-20-5691-3434), run by a Lao-French couple Tinay and Delphine Inthavong. Get acquainted with dishes done the French way or swap tastes with herbal and spicy Lao delicacies with the restaurant’s diverse selection. Their seasonal and promising menu might include goat cheese rolls with sun-dried tomatoes and cherry confiture or Grandma Lydie’s Special: duck confit with a white bean and sausage cassoulet. The two-storey colonial-designed house has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with a staff eager to help, who can often take special requests. With the number of French guests and regulars, it is quickly noticeable that L’Adresse is a firm favourite amongst those who appreciate French cuisine. Open daily from 5pm - 10.30pm, T: +856 20 56 913 434 110 111