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MAR-APR <strong>2018</strong><br />

OUR GOOD<br />

FOODS ISSUE<br />

KNOW WHAT MAKES<br />

A THAI SWEET<br />

HAVE INTENSE ENCOUNTERS<br />

IN CHENGDU<br />

ANCIENT RECIPES<br />

REDEFINE THAI FOOD<br />

COMPLIMENTARY COPY


OVERTURES<br />

FEATURES<br />

16 IT’S SHOWTIME<br />

Our calendar roundup includes<br />

a circus, book fair and a music<br />

festival in a season <strong>of</strong> stellar<br />

performances in Asia, plus news<br />

<strong>of</strong> a <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> route that<br />

goes from one northern capital to<br />

another – Chiang Mai to Hanoi.<br />

20 LIGHTEN UP<br />

The heat is on, and it’s time to be<br />

kinder to summer skin. A lighter<br />

touch begins with our product<br />

suggestions for skin nourishment in<br />

beguiling light fragrances.<br />

22 FEEL COOL, BE HOT<br />

Feel more than fine with your<br />

summer style with bold prints<br />

in muted colours from your<br />

favourite brands.<br />

24 INNERMOST KRABI<br />

For every blue route on the waters<br />

<strong>of</strong> Krabi is a green route as well.<br />

We provide a guide to verdant<br />

pathways leading you inland to<br />

quiet rows <strong>of</strong> mangrove trees<br />

and villages.<br />

28 FROM THE HEAVENS<br />

Cool yourself from within. Khao<br />

Chae, the fragrant dish originally<br />

made for the gods and royalty can<br />

now be enjoyed by everyone,<br />

recipe included.<br />

44 FÊTE AND EAT<br />

Colourful powders may be the<br />

headlining act <strong>of</strong> the Holi Festival;<br />

but we shine the spotlight on an<br />

equally important feast for the<br />

eyes: the food.<br />

60 BORDERING ON<br />

ANCIENT<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> eats rely on a history lesson<br />

from its food culture that goes<br />

back in time.<br />

70 CHENGDU<br />

BEYOND RED<br />

Red may be the colour <strong>of</strong> Chengdu’s<br />

spicy cuisine, but we’ll also tell<br />

you what else there is to savour.<br />

80 THAI SNACKS<br />

Sweet nibbles are everywhere<br />

in <strong>Thai</strong>land. We share inside<br />

knowledge on the popular ones<br />

so that you, too, can enjoy.<br />

70<br />

Masterful<br />

Creations<br />

In Chengdu<br />

6<br />

7


HAPPENINGS<br />

CORPORATE<br />

When we’re not up in the air, we keep our ears<br />

to the ground for the latest and greatest in<br />

trends and events.<br />

92 BANGKOK<br />

94 SAMUI<br />

96 PHUKET<br />

100 CHIANG MAI /<br />

CHIANG RAI<br />

102 PATTAYA /<br />

TRAT<br />

104 CHENGDU /<br />

CHONGQING /<br />

GUANGZHOU<br />

106 HONG KONG<br />

108 SINGAPORE<br />

109 KL<br />

110 PHNOM<br />

PENH /<br />

SIEM REAP<br />

112 DANANG /<br />

PHU QUOC<br />

114 VIENTIANE /<br />

YANGON<br />

115 MUMBAI<br />

MALDIVES<br />

118 NEWS<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> holds events to thank loyal<br />

customers and continue our social responsibility<br />

programmes.<br />

124 ROUTE MAP<br />

128 AIRCRAFT INFO<br />

CHECKING OUT<br />

130 HANOI<br />

Indulging in pho soups and Vietnamese drip<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee is closer to reality with flights between<br />

Chiang Mai and Hanoi.<br />

This month’s<br />

cover:<br />

Chefs give<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> food a<br />

new spin from<br />

forgotten<br />

recipes.<br />

44<br />

Colours for<br />

a Holi Fest<br />

8


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT<br />

On behalf <strong>of</strong> <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong>, I’d like to convey my gratitude for your support and<br />

thank you again for flying with us.<br />

As you already know, aside from our services that work in consistent collaboration<br />

with flight schedules, <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> operates and manages 3 domestic airports <strong>of</strong><br />

Samui, Sukhothai, and Trat. We realise that the convenience <strong>of</strong> getting in and out <strong>of</strong> the<br />

airport becomes crucial to people from all walks <strong>of</strong> life. In ensuring ease <strong>of</strong> travel, on<br />

hand are limousines and taxis, providing on the spot options. Additionally, on January<br />

9, <strong>2018</strong>, our airline signed an agreement together with <strong>Thai</strong>land’s Department <strong>of</strong> Land<br />

Transport to provide public buses for travellers to commute between the 3 airports and<br />

city centres, including main tourist attractions and bus terminals for more convenience<br />

and options for travellers. These new transport services come with the reassurance <strong>of</strong><br />

safety standards to be closely monitored and administered with government support.<br />

In addition to <strong>of</strong>fering better service quality in managing our three airports<br />

mentioned above, we’re also excited to announce our new expansion route <strong>of</strong><br />

Chiang Mai to Hanoi (Vietnam) once a day using our ATR72-500 planes with seating<br />

for 72 people. We begin service on this route on <strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Again, I express sincere thanks for your trust in <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> and we maintain<br />

the commitment to not disappoint you, our valued customers. We look forward to<br />

continue giving you our best in services.<br />

ในนามของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ผมมีความยินดีเป็นอย่างยิ่งที่ได้ต้อนรับท่านผู้โดยสารทุกท่าน<br />

และขอขอบคุณที่ท่านเลือกเดินทางกับเรา<br />

ท่านผู้โดยสารทุกท่านคงทราบกันแล้วว่า สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สนอกจากจะให้บริการเที่ยวบิน<br />

ตามตารางบินแล้ว เรายังมีสนามบินอีกสามแห่งภายใต้การจัดการของบริษัทฯ ได้แก่ สนามบินสมุย<br />

สนามบินสุโขทัย และสนามบินตราด เราคำนึงถึงความสะดวกสบายของผู้โดยสารในการเดินทางเข้าถึง<br />

และออกจากสนามบิน โดยปัจจุบันเราจัดให้มีบริการรถแท็กซี่และรถลีมูซีนสำหรับลูกค้า ซึ่งการเพิ่ม<br />

ช่องทางการเดินทางเข้าถึงและออกจากสนามบินแต่ละแห่ง เป็นการช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกและเพิ่ม<br />

ทางเลือกในการเดินทางแก่ท่านผู้โดยสารมากขึ้น และเมื่อวันที่ 9 มกราคม 2561 ที่ผ่านมานั้น โดยความ<br />

สนับสนุนจากกรมการขนส่งทางบก บริษัทฯ ได้ลงนามในบันทึกความร่วมมือในการจัดให้มีรถโดยสาร<br />

สาธารณะเพื่อเชื่อมระหว่างสนามบินกับชุมชน แหล่งท่องเที่ยวและสถานีขนส่ง ภายใต้การควบคุม กำกับ<br />

ดูแลมาตรฐานความปลอดภัยและคุณภาพการให้บริการอย่างใกล้ชิดจากภาครัฐ<br />

นอกจากการยกระดับคุณภาพการให้บริการภายในสนามบินทั้งสามแห่งแล้ว บริษัทฯ ยังมีการ<br />

ขยายเครือข่ายการบินอีกด้วย โดยจะเปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่ เชียงใหม่-ฮานอย (ประเทศเวียดนาม)<br />

ในวันที่ 25 มีนาคม 2561 สำหรับเส้นทางบินใหม่นี้ ให้บริการทุกวัน วันละ 1 เที่ยวบิน โดยเครื่องบิน<br />

แบบ ATR72-500 ความจุ 72 ที่นั่ง<br />

ผมขอขอบคุณผู้โดยสารทุกท่านที่เชื่อมั่นในการบริการของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เราจะยังคงพัฒนาการ<br />

บริการให้ดียิ่งๆ ขึ้นไป เพื่อตอบโจทย์ความต้องการของผู้โดยสารโดยจะค ำนึงถึงความพึงพอใจสูงสุดของท่าน<br />

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ<br />

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth<br />

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

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS<br />

Water Themed<br />

It’s the season for all things water –<br />

from a festival <strong>of</strong> non-stop splashing to<br />

fruits that give us their juicy best.<br />

In the Asian summer, it’s the watermelon<br />

that’s our best bet for a thirst quencher.<br />

NEWS AND EVENTS 16 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 20 / STYLE 22 / THAILAND TREASURES 24 / A TASTE OF THAILAND 28 /<br />

FRUITFUL FINDS 30 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 32 / CHECKED IN 36<br />

15


OVERTURES<br />

NEWS AND EVENTS<br />

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

NOW -24MAR<br />

HONG KONG<br />

A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS<br />

Hong Kong welcomes a performance arts<br />

extravaganza starting late February when the<br />

Hong Kong Arts Festival takes place throughout<br />

the island. Heading into its 46th edition, the<br />

Festival continues to present a wide array <strong>of</strong><br />

music, opera and dance performances, ranging<br />

from the traditional to the contemporary and<br />

experimental. This year, the programme directors<br />

have curated an impressive list <strong>of</strong> performances<br />

around the theme <strong>of</strong> “What’s Real to Me,” a<br />

commentary on today’s “post-truth” era.<br />

Highlighting the HKFA will be the World<br />

Music Weekend with klezmer music from<br />

eastern Europe, the presence <strong>of</strong> Korea’s singerstoryteller<br />

pansori tradition, and Buryat-Mongol<br />

music from the vast and distant Lake Baikal<br />

region <strong>of</strong> Siberia. The line-up also includes the<br />

Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the<br />

B’Rock Orchestra, a unique group whose<br />

repertory combines classical music with theatre,<br />

visual art or video. Grammy-award winners<br />

like trumpeter Chris Botti and jazz artist<br />

Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Dhiel<br />

Trio will be there, along with other renowned<br />

performance troupes like the Ballett Zürich and<br />

the American Ballet Theatre.<br />

The 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival will also<br />

present a number <strong>of</strong> theatre performances,<br />

such as a new take on flamenco dance and<br />

adaptations <strong>of</strong> Chinese opera. For lovers <strong>of</strong> the<br />

performing arts, choices abound.<br />

Various locations throughout Hong Kong,<br />

hk.artsfestival.org<br />

2MAR<br />

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

MUMBAI<br />

FESTIVE MOOD<br />

Spring is in the air as the city gears up for two<br />

important festivals in <strong>March</strong>. First comes Holi<br />

the Hindu spring festival, India’s second biggest<br />

festival after Diwali, which gets celebrated with<br />

much fanfare. In Mumbai, street jamborees<br />

compete with private Holi parties and the city<br />

takes on many colourful hues. The festival falls<br />

on <strong>March</strong> 2nd this year. Turn to page 44 to feast<br />

your eyes on some lip-smacking Holi delicacies.<br />

In the second festival, On Gudi Padwa,<br />

people in this Maharashtra state bring in the new<br />

year. <strong>March</strong> 18th marks the first day <strong>of</strong> spring.<br />

Many households erect a gudi (a bamboo staff<br />

topped with a garlanded copper pot and a piece<br />

<strong>of</strong> silk cloth) outside their homes to usher in<br />

prosperity in the New Year. In the Girgaum area<br />

<strong>of</strong> Mumbai, residents march in huge processions<br />

to celebrate. It’s a street spectacle worth seeing<br />

as women dress in traditional nine-yard saris,<br />

young men beat the dholak (drum), and kids<br />

perform with lezhim (a musical instrument made<br />

up <strong>of</strong> small cymbals). indianholiday.com<br />

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

25MAR<br />

CHIANG MAI-HANOI:<br />

A NEW ROUTE<br />

If you love the aromatic flavour <strong>of</strong> pho soups,<br />

cha ca (grilled turmeric fish with dill), bun cha<br />

(grilled pork patties), a café culture, along with<br />

a mixture <strong>of</strong> French culinary and architectural<br />

influences. <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> “Boutique Airline”<br />

will open a brand-new route directly from<br />

Chiang Mai, starting this coming 25 <strong>March</strong> with<br />

one flight per day.<br />

A few days in Chiang Mai on your way<br />

to Hanoi would be a nice bonus. <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

northern city has the slow pace, tribal <strong>of</strong>ferings,<br />

and increasingly eco approach to travel<br />

compared to Hanoi’s vibrant, fast-paced,<br />

free-wheeling street ambience.<br />

Check out flight schedules for<br />

booking and information<br />

at bangkokair.com.<br />

28<br />

MAR<br />

-<br />

8APR<br />

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

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

NONTHABURI<br />

MOTOR SHOWTIME<br />

This is the biggest automotive event in<br />

Southeast Asia and you can expect the world’s<br />

latest innovations, technology and designs from<br />

the automobile industry.<br />

Apart from the futuristic concept cars, the<br />

leading car manufacturers are moving towards<br />

the same direction – producing electric<br />

vehicles, autonomous driving technologies,<br />

with smart and connected vehicles. This<br />

will all be showcased at the 39th <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

International Motor Show held from 28 <strong>March</strong><br />

until 8 <strong>April</strong>, <strong>2018</strong> at Challenger 1-3, Muang<br />

Thong Thani, Nonthaburi. Entrance Fee: 100<br />

baht, open 12 - 10pm on weekdays and 11am -<br />

10pm on weekend, 12 - 10pm on VIP Day<br />

(26 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2018</strong>), bangkok-motorshow.com,<br />

facebook.com/<strong>Bangkok</strong>Motorshow,<br />

T: +66 (0) 2522 1731-8<br />

28<br />

MAR<br />

-<br />

8APR<br />

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

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

BANGKOK<br />

TIME TO READ<br />

Pencil this in! <strong>Bangkok</strong>’s annual book fair will<br />

come alive again and thousands <strong>of</strong> books await<br />

their readers to discover them. Organised by<br />

the Publishers and Booksellers Association<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land, approximately 450 publishing<br />

houses and more than 900 booths will be<br />

<strong>of</strong>fering books and interesting activities at the<br />

46th National Book Fair and 16th <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

International Book Fair <strong>2018</strong> at Queen Sirikit<br />

National Convention Center, Ratchadaphisek<br />

Road. Events include a book exhibition, rare<br />

books, titles from local and international<br />

publishers, new book launches and other<br />

publishing-related activities. Open 10am - 9pm,<br />

pubat.or.th, facebook.com/bookthai,<br />

T: +66 (0) 2954 9560-4 ext 101<br />

4<br />

APR<br />

- 27<br />

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

MAY<br />

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

MUMBAI<br />

CRICKET MANIA<br />

After the major festivals <strong>of</strong> Holi and Gudi<br />

Padwa, a celebration <strong>of</strong> the another “major<br />

religion” takes place in India – cricket! Cricket<br />

is a national obsession and it reaches fever<br />

pitch with the annual Indian Premier League<br />

(IPL) Championship. The <strong>2018</strong> season will<br />

begin on <strong>April</strong> 4th and carry on until May<br />

27th, with 60 matches being played in the<br />

Twenty20 cricket format. This is the 11th<br />

edition <strong>of</strong> the championship and matches<br />

will take place across India. In Mumbai, the<br />

iconic Wankhede Stadium will host the city<br />

matches. It promises to be a season <strong>of</strong> great<br />

cricket with both Indian and international<br />

cricketers competing across 8 teams. Get<br />

set to watch the city’s team, Mumbai<br />

Indians defend its championship title<br />

amidst high-octane competition. Book your<br />

seats in advance and soak in the charged<br />

atmosphere. bookmyshow.com/mumbai<br />

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OVERTURES<br />

NEWS AND EVENTS<br />

13-15APR<br />

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

SOUTHEAST ASIA<br />

SONGKRAN FESTIVAL<br />

Like Chiang Mai, Vientiane, <strong>Bangkok</strong> and<br />

some other cities in Southeast Asia over the<br />

traditional New Year celebrations, water plays a<br />

major role as a symbol <strong>of</strong> cleansing and blessing<br />

as much as cooling down the <strong>April</strong> heat. Find<br />

your way to the banks <strong>of</strong> the Mekong River on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 14 and witness thousands <strong>of</strong> sand stupas<br />

being created as locals make them to keep the<br />

evil spirits at bay over the new year celebration.<br />

Luang Prabang in northern Laos will be<br />

celebrating the traditional New Year on <strong>April</strong><br />

13, and the festive event extends itself with<br />

fun activities, colourful processions and meritmaking<br />

ceremonies along the peaceful banks<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Mekong River. Legend has it that King<br />

Kabilaprom lost a quiz challenge to Prince<br />

Thammakuman, forcing him to pay a penalty –<br />

decapitation. Since no monarch’s head should<br />

touch the ground, it was placed on a tray and<br />

kept on Mount Krailard to be brought down<br />

every year by one <strong>of</strong> his seven angel daughters<br />

for a procession. Known as the Sang Klan<br />

Long Festival in Laos, the legend is recreated<br />

annually for Pee Mai Lao (Lao New Year), with a<br />

vibrant parade overseen by the most beautiful<br />

local women. Meanwhile, senior monks are<br />

seated on a palanquin, over whose hands the<br />

faithful pour perfumed water.<br />

In <strong>Thai</strong>land, the Songkran festival is<br />

celebrated for three days from <strong>April</strong> 13 to <strong>April</strong><br />

15 in a grand way: in Chiang Mai, Khaosan<br />

and Silom roads in <strong>Bangkok</strong>, Pattaya, Koh<br />

Samui, other big cities and almost everywhere<br />

throughout the country. It marks a new year<br />

and a new beginning for <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

18-29APR<br />

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

SINGAPORE<br />

MAGIC UNDER THE BIG TOP<br />

The circus has always had an allure <strong>of</strong> magic<br />

and mystery. Circus 1903: The Golden Age<br />

<strong>of</strong> Circus is <strong>of</strong>fering guests <strong>of</strong> all ages to<br />

relive that very magic that brings to life a<br />

turn <strong>of</strong> the century circus performance.<br />

Backed by the expertise <strong>of</strong> The Illusionist,<br />

the world’s biggest magic show, the performance<br />

will showcase an eclectic mix <strong>of</strong> sensational<br />

puppetry featuring giant elephants. Circus<br />

1903 will also be complemented by a huge cast<br />

<strong>of</strong> the most unique, amazing and dangerous<br />

acts from all four corners <strong>of</strong> the world.<br />

Step right up and be enchanted by the<br />

magic <strong>of</strong> the big top as Circus 1903 brings<br />

to life the golden era <strong>of</strong> circus with the aid<br />

<strong>of</strong> contortionists, acrobats, musicians as<br />

well as thrilling high wire acts. It’s a magical<br />

performance that will captivate audiences <strong>of</strong><br />

all ages. Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands,<br />

circus1903.com<br />

29-1<br />

APR MAY<br />

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

KUALA LUMPUR<br />

SHOE FETISH<br />

The Malaysian International Shoe Festival<br />

(MISF) will once again showcase some <strong>of</strong><br />

the biggest and popular brands and designs<br />

to shoe enthusiasts. The country is widely<br />

recognised as being one <strong>of</strong> the leaders in<br />

the ASEAN region with its high fashion<br />

footwear and exporter <strong>of</strong> international<br />

fashion wares. The event provides an ideal<br />

platform for brands and designers to reveal<br />

their latest creations.<br />

Organised by the Malaysia Footwear<br />

Manufacturers Association, visitors will not<br />

only get to enjoy a journey into the world <strong>of</strong><br />

stylish footwear but also gain the chance to<br />

meet world-renowned footwear designers,<br />

celebrities, and get the latest designs and<br />

collections. Some <strong>of</strong> the biggest shoe brands<br />

in the world will also exhibit their <strong>of</strong>ferings as<br />

well. Part trade show, part retail – the MISF<br />

will also present the opportunity for visitors<br />

to purchase footwear on display at the event.<br />

Putra Wold Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur,<br />

misfshoe.com<br />

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OVERTURES<br />

BEAUTY AND HEALTH<br />

20<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Be Light<br />

With summer’s approach, it’s time to change<br />

your routine to a low maintenance one. Let<br />

your products make the season feel light and<br />

prepare yourself for a bare, sun-kissed look.<br />

Our essentials provide you with a lighter touch<br />

but a stronger protection.<br />

DAZZLING SPRING<br />

BODY OIL 100ML<br />

FROM ERB (890 Baht)<br />

Pour a generous<br />

amount and apply<br />

liberally all over a damp<br />

and freshly showered<br />

body to nourish your<br />

skin with olive oil and<br />

grapeseed oil.<br />

ORIENTAL<br />

EXPRESS<br />

FLEURFUME<br />

HAND CREAM 25G<br />

FROM ERB (290 Baht)<br />

Notes <strong>of</strong> lemongrass<br />

and bergamot<br />

expresses the scents<br />

from the tranquil East.<br />

The sparkling and<br />

invigorating scents<br />

from <strong>Thai</strong> botanical<br />

ingredients deliver a<br />

perfumed Eden.<br />

AROMATIC WOOD<br />

AROMATHERAPY<br />

CONDITIONER<br />

200ML FROM<br />

THANN (550 Baht)<br />

Leaves hair s<strong>of</strong>t and<br />

shiny, helps repair,<br />

restore and strengthen<br />

your crowning glory from<br />

the sun’s strong rays.<br />

EDEN BREEZE<br />

HAND CREAM 40G<br />

FROM THANN<br />

(790 Baht)<br />

More sun exposure<br />

does a number on your<br />

hands too. Revitalise dry<br />

and aging hands with 6<br />

natural precious oils in a<br />

non-greasy lightweight<br />

but intensely enriched<br />

formula.<br />

HAND SALVE 3OZ<br />

FROM BURT’S<br />

BEES (250 Baht)<br />

Moisturise rough,<br />

dry hands with 100%<br />

natural ingredients.<br />

Brimming with<br />

botanical oils, herbs<br />

and beeswax, this hand<br />

salve <strong>of</strong>fers skin the<br />

hydration it craves,<br />

plus nourishment.<br />

OIL-FREE FACIAL<br />

SUNSCREEN<br />

SPF30 PA+++ 40G<br />

FROM THANN<br />

(1,000 Baht)<br />

Protect against the<br />

damaging effects <strong>of</strong><br />

harmful UVA and UVB<br />

rays on the skin and<br />

prevent premature<br />

aging and wrinkles.<br />

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO APHICHAT SUKHUNNEE<br />

SPECIALIST DREAM SCREEN SPF<br />

45 PA+++ 45ML FROM BENEFIT<br />

(1,350 Baht)<br />

It absorbs instantly to help prevent skin<br />

from aging by protecting against sun<br />

damage and leaves your skin feeling<br />

moisturised.<br />

LIGHT SUN FLUID SPF 50+<br />

PA+++ 50ML FROM LANEIGE<br />

(950 Baht)<br />

Provides moisture to<br />

skin and keeps your skin<br />

healthy and moisturised<br />

by forming a protective<br />

layer that protects skin<br />

from various external<br />

environments.<br />

HYDRATING PRETTIFYING FINISHER<br />

SPF 35 PA+++ 50ML FROM ORIGINS<br />

(1,600 Baht)<br />

Fortified with energising c<strong>of</strong>fee beans and<br />

panax ginseng, it instantly restores luminosity<br />

as it perfects your skin to look smooth, supple<br />

and vibrant.<br />

Tips<br />

Remember what the SPF number<br />

means: the numbers are a guide that<br />

tells you how long you can stay in the<br />

sun without getting burned. An SPF <strong>of</strong><br />

15 means that you can be in the sun for<br />

fifteen times longer without burning than<br />

you’d be able to without sunscreen.<br />

Apply generously. Wearing sunscreen is<br />

a great start, but it won’t live up to its sun<br />

protection potential if you’re not putting<br />

enough on.<br />

Don’t rely on clothes for protection.<br />

Covering up is a great added measure <strong>of</strong><br />

protection, but experts say that an average<br />

t-shirt only provides an SPF <strong>of</strong> about 8.<br />

Don’t miss those hard-to-reach or<br />

easily forgotten spots, like your ears,<br />

behind your knees, and the tops <strong>of</strong> your<br />

feet. If they’re exposed, it’s getting some<br />

unwelcomed love from the sun.<br />

TOTAL AGE DEFY CREAM<br />

SPF 15 SUNSCREEN 1.69OZ FROM<br />

SEPHORA COLLECTION (1,230 Baht)<br />

This anti-aging facial cream produces<br />

visibly younger-looking and beautiful skin.<br />

Safety First<br />

As the temperature rises, the number <strong>of</strong> day dreams do too, <strong>of</strong><br />

days at the beach or a picnic in the park. We may love the feel <strong>of</strong><br />

a little sun on our face, but we’ll get by with help from some SPF<br />

for sun safety.<br />

FIRMING BODY<br />

LOTION 200ML<br />

FROM TRILOGY<br />

(1,040 Baht)<br />

Fragrance <strong>of</strong> lavender,<br />

frankincense and rose<br />

geranium gets your<br />

skin moisturised, more<br />

firm while improving<br />

your skin’s elasticity<br />

and texture.<br />

CAVIAR RAPID<br />

REPAIR SPRAY<br />

125ML FROM<br />

ALTERNA (1,280 Baht)<br />

A vitamin-packed spray that helps<br />

revitalise hair while adding instant shine<br />

and moisture that can be used as a<br />

finishing shine spray for a lustrous look.<br />

FIZZING BATH CUBE CHERRY<br />

BLOSSOM 18G FROM SEPHORA<br />

COLLECTION (50 Baht)<br />

Indulge in a special moment <strong>of</strong> well-being<br />

as the colourful cube dissolves in bath<br />

water – leaving an inviting milky-ness that<br />

leaves your skin silky with a delightful scent.<br />

Just sit back and relax and be assured it’s all<br />

tested to be kind to your skin.<br />

MOISTURIZING<br />

HAND CREAM<br />

50ML FROM<br />

SEPHORA<br />

COLLECTION<br />

(260 Baht)<br />

A moisturising<br />

hand cream<br />

that protects<br />

and leaves<br />

your hands<br />

feeling<br />

supple all<br />

day long.<br />

NOURISHING VELVET CREAM<br />

MANGO 250ML FROM SEPHORA<br />

COLLECTION (520 Baht)<br />

A luxurious yet light ‘whipped cream’<br />

texture, with a delicate fragrance, and<br />

a feeling <strong>of</strong> comfort upon application.<br />

It provides a light sensory experience,<br />

complementing their bath scents<br />

collection.<br />

STOCKISTS<br />

Burt’s Bees<br />

MF Siam Paragon<br />

Tel +66 (0) 87 811 4554<br />

Erb<br />

5F Central Chidlom<br />

Tel +66 (0) 62 597 5563<br />

AHA BOTANICAL<br />

BODY SOAP<br />

236ML FROM<br />

MARIO BADESCU<br />

(300 Baht)<br />

Refresh your skin with a<br />

body wash infused with<br />

fresh fruit extracts to<br />

thoroughly cleanse and<br />

exfoliate skin.<br />

Sephora<br />

1F Siam Center<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2658 1616<br />

Thann<br />

3F Gaysorn Village<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2656 1399<br />

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OVERTURES<br />

STYLE<br />

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<br />

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<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTOS APHICHAT SUKHUNNEE<br />

<br />

➑<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Tropical Spirit<br />

Get into the spirit <strong>of</strong> summer and also<br />

look the part. Begin with the smells <strong>of</strong> the<br />

season and move on to your wardrobe<br />

style. Your lifestyle should not come to<br />

a grinding halt with the rise in mercury.<br />

Instead, be the cool look <strong>of</strong> summer.<br />

FOR HIM<br />

LARGE YAZU<br />

COTTON BEACH<br />

BAG FROM<br />

VILEBREQUIN<br />

(6,800 Baht)<br />

➋ CAROUBIS<br />

SOLID LINEN<br />

SHIRT FROM<br />

VILEBREQUIN<br />

(8,500 Baht)<br />

➌ SOFORT SMALL<br />

FUNCTIONALITY AND<br />

CONTEMPORARY<br />

COLOUR CAMERA<br />

FROM LEICA<br />

(11,800 Baht)<br />

➍ AROMATIC<br />

WOOD<br />

AROMATHERAPY<br />

SHAMPOO<br />

250ML FROM<br />

THANN (550 Baht)<br />

➎ REPLAI WISHER<br />

TREATMENT<br />

CONDITIONER<br />

140ML FROM<br />

ERB (590 Baht)<br />

➏ MOOREA BIRD<br />

OF PARADISE<br />

POLYAMIDE<br />

SWIMSHORTS<br />

FROM VILEBREQUIN<br />

(9,000 Baht)<br />

➐ SUN SEA SALT SURF<br />

SANDALS FROM<br />

HAVAIANAS (990 Baht)<br />

STOCKISTS<br />

Erb<br />

5F Central Chidlom<br />

Tel +66 (0) 62 597 5563<br />

Havaianas<br />

MF Siam Center<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2658 1602<br />

Leica<br />

2F Gaysorn Village<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2656 1102<br />

Thann<br />

3F Gaysorn Village<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2656 1399<br />

Vilebrequin<br />

2F Helix Bldg. Emquartier<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2003 6132<br />

STOCKISTS<br />

Havaianas<br />

MF Siam Center<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2658 1602<br />

Maison La Bougie@Matter Maker<br />

GF Siam Center<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2658 1098<br />

S’well@Matter Maker<br />

GF Siam Center<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2658 1098<br />

Thann<br />

3F Gaysorn Village<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2656 1399<br />

Vilebrequin<br />

2F Helix Bldg. Emquartier<br />

Tel +66 (0) 2003 6132<br />

FOR HER<br />

WAIKIKI PALM TREE<br />

PRINT WATER BOTTLE<br />

FROM S’WELL@MATTER<br />

MAKER (1,790 Baht)<br />

➋ BIRD OF PARADISE<br />

PACKMIN DELIGHTFUL<br />

ZIPPED CASE FROM<br />

VILEBREQUIN (2,250 Baht)<br />

➌ EDEN BREEZE<br />

AROMATHERAPY SHOWER<br />

GEL 320ML FROM THANN<br />

(650 Baht)<br />

➍ HUMLAN WASH AND<br />

WEAR HEADPHONES<br />

IN TOMATO FROM<br />

URBANEARS (1,990 Baht)<br />

➎ JANGALA SCENTED<br />

CANDLE 190G FROM<br />

MAISON LA BOUGIE@<br />

MATTER MAKER (2,150 Baht)<br />

➏ SLIM PAISAGE SANDAL<br />

AERIAL BEACH SCENES<br />

FROM HAVAIANAS<br />

(1,290 Baht)<br />

➐ TRIANGLE SHAPE BIKINI<br />

TOP MIX POLYMIDE FROM<br />

VILEBREQUIN (5,500 Baht)<br />

➑ SOLID NEOPRENE<br />

BIKINI SHORTS FROM<br />

VILEBREQUIN<br />

(5,500 Baht)<br />

} PARADISE 3D PRINTS<br />

ONE PIECE SWIMWEAR<br />

SILKY TOUCH FROM<br />

VILEBREQUIN<br />

(10,500 Baht)<br />

Mercury<br />

Rising<br />

Get in the mood for summer<br />

with fun and colourful tropical<br />

designs that proclaim the<br />

season. Surround yourself with<br />

the sights <strong>of</strong> summer and get<br />

into the breezy rhythm with<br />

everything you own.<br />

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OVERTURES<br />

THAILAND TREASURES<br />

Krabi’s<br />

Inner<br />

Beauty<br />

The sheer beauty <strong>of</strong> Krabi<br />

– radiant in its dazzling<br />

cerulean waters that<br />

blend and sometimes<br />

contrast with an indigo<br />

sky and dreamy sunsets<br />

– puts it at the top <strong>of</strong> the<br />

list for many travellers.<br />

If the pull <strong>of</strong> the sea, sand, and karst<br />

islands weren’t enough, Krabi <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

forests and mountains, along with<br />

local history, a thriving mix <strong>of</strong> cultural<br />

heritage and therapeutic regimens that<br />

create an overall feel <strong>of</strong> wellbeing.<br />

To top it all <strong>of</strong>f is the hospitality and<br />

friendliness <strong>of</strong> the local people that<br />

makes the island a true sanctuary for<br />

relaxation and indulgence in nature.<br />

Photos Courtesy <strong>of</strong> Tourism Authority <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

THE ROMANCE OF LAEM SAK<br />

Your boat trip from Laem Sak will pass<br />

by dramatic landscapes, including the<br />

amazing ancient cliff paintings. Be part<br />

<strong>of</strong> the flora and fauna preservation<br />

by participating in an orchid planting<br />

activity. Experience the diverse Buddhist-<br />

Islamic-Chinese culture, where people<br />

<strong>of</strong> different origins and beliefs have<br />

co-existed in harmony for generations.<br />

A local dish not to be missed is rice<br />

prepared with a local shrimp paste and<br />

served with the crunch <strong>of</strong> seaweed<br />

grapes known as green caviar.<br />

THE HAPPINESS OF<br />

WANDERING FREELY<br />

A Krabi outing takes you to the mangrove<br />

forest and the tranquil village <strong>of</strong> Thung<br />

Yi Pheng in the Lanta Island district.<br />

Relax your mind and body during your<br />

stay in the local community, enveloped<br />

by tranquillity and surrounded by nature.<br />

Practise some mindfulness while listening<br />

to birdsong and rustling leaves and cool<br />

breezes. Let your thoughts flow with the<br />

streams. This great combination with<br />

nature makes you come away revitalised.<br />

Opposite Page,<br />

Bottom Left<br />

Calm waters<br />

smooth the path<br />

to paddle through<br />

Thung Yi Pheng.<br />

Expect to see fishes,<br />

lobsters, shrimps<br />

and hopefully,<br />

a crab-eating<br />

macaque monkey.<br />

Opposite<br />

Kayaking along<br />

the Laem Sak route<br />

brings you closer<br />

to nature and its<br />

stillness.<br />

Below Top<br />

Koh Klang is one<br />

place to visit and<br />

learn about local<br />

village life.<br />

Bottom<br />

The mangrove trees<br />

<strong>of</strong> Thung Yi Pheng.<br />

In Krabi, you’re spoilt for choice<br />

with the many well-known natural<br />

havens – having been amplified by word<br />

<strong>of</strong> mouth and power <strong>of</strong> social media.<br />

Popular islands and destinations include<br />

Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Koh Hong,<br />

Koh Poda, Ao Nang bay, Ao Railey, Ao<br />

Luek, and Khlong Muang beach. From<br />

bungalows to luxury hotels, abundant<br />

places <strong>of</strong>fer modern and comprehensive<br />

facilities, and travel companies are at<br />

the ready to arrange island-hopping<br />

daytrips or pampering massages and<br />

wellness retreats.<br />

We highly recommend a deep<br />

immersion in the Krabi experience<br />

and the following five compelling<br />

trips should tell you why the alluring<br />

attractions <strong>of</strong> the island makes for a<br />

special getaway.<br />

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25


OVERTURES<br />

THAILAND TREASURES<br />

EXPERIENCE GENUINE CHARM<br />

As you meander around a local village<br />

that’s only a 5-minute trip from the<br />

city, you will be in the unique Baan Koh<br />

Klang community, Khlong Prasong subdistrict.<br />

Experience the simplicity <strong>of</strong> the<br />

pre-dominantly Muslim community’s way<br />

<strong>of</strong> life and the surrounding nature. Take<br />

the time to also glide along the quiet <strong>of</strong><br />

the mangrove forests, local fishing areas,<br />

and their nursery habitats. Local foods<br />

and crafts include locally-grown Sung<br />

Yod rice, long-tail boat miniature models,<br />

colourful Pateh cloth and exquisitely<br />

painted Batik cloth. The village exudes<br />

its rural charms despite its close<br />

proximity to the city.<br />

RELAX NON-STOP<br />

This begins when your body is soothed<br />

with the natural hot springs at Wareerak<br />

Hot Spring Retreat, Khlong Thom district.<br />

The hot and natural water pools will put<br />

your mind at ease and improve your<br />

overall health. Combine this relaxation<br />

opportunity with tasty and healthy food.<br />

This journey would include spa facilities<br />

such as Nattha Waree Spa, a resort with<br />

a network <strong>of</strong> eight bathing pools at<br />

different temperatures, or a natural<br />

“hot-tub jacuzzi” from thermal springs<br />

like Khlong Thom Hot Waterfall and<br />

Krabi salt water hot springs.<br />

➎ LET YOUR ADVENTUROUS<br />

SPIRIT SURFACE<br />

Armed with your enthusiasm, soar<br />

past hilltops with three different<br />

heights <strong>of</strong> adrenaline and exhilaration.<br />

Surrounded by the local forest, these<br />

adventure activities will make your<br />

heart beat faster. Enjoy rope climbing,<br />

fixed ladder climbing, cycling, a “flying<br />

broom,” cliff-climbing and numerous<br />

other pursuits. The panoramic view<br />

from the highest spot, along with the<br />

vastness <strong>of</strong> preserved forest, will take<br />

your breath away.<br />

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These travel itineraries show<br />

Krabi in all its finest through the<br />

exploration <strong>of</strong> the island paradise.<br />

The current government tourism<br />

campaign, “Amazing <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

Tourism Year <strong>2018</strong>,” reached<br />

out to local communities for<br />

collaborative initiatives focusing<br />

on environmental sustainability,<br />

like the orchid-planting activity<br />

mentioned earlier, with messages<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> social and cultural values.<br />

Local communities design,<br />

manage, and operate tourism<br />

activities, impressing upon visitors<br />

and locals alike the values <strong>of</strong><br />

responsible tourism. With the<br />

tourism campaign serving as<br />

a guiding force, everyone is<br />

encouraged to fully enjoy Krabi’s<br />

stunning beauty while protecting<br />

its nature sanctuary. Bask in<br />

genuine friendliness from the<br />

local folks and their natural role<br />

as hosts to travellers from all over<br />

world. They’ll make sure you find<br />

the true wonders <strong>of</strong> Krabi.<br />

Clockwise from Top<br />

The mangrove trees<br />

<strong>of</strong> Thung Yi Pheng<br />

provide a lush<br />

landscape, ideal for<br />

a meditative ride<br />

along the waters.<br />

A village artisan<br />

from Koh Klang<br />

shows a miniature<br />

boat that makes<br />

a nice handmade<br />

souvenir.<br />

Enjoy an outdoor<br />

massage by trained<br />

experts at Wareerak<br />

Hot Springs Retreat.<br />

Large karst<br />

formations along<br />

the Laem Sak route.<br />

Krabi <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

ecotourism projects<br />

that include<br />

replanting orchids<br />

in the forest.


OVERTURES<br />

A TASTE OF THAILAND<br />

Khao Chae: A Dish Royale<br />

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA<br />

By wanting auspiciousness from the<br />

heavens, the Mon people created<br />

a dish meant for the gods that later<br />

became fit for royalty. Now this<br />

ambrosial dish, Khao Chae, is enjoyed<br />

by all.<br />

In Mon tradition, the refreshing<br />

fragrant dish Khao Chae (khao, rice<br />

in <strong>Thai</strong>, while chae means to soak)<br />

features the purity <strong>of</strong> jasmine rice<br />

infused by floral water with the<br />

tasty companions <strong>of</strong> savoury side<br />

dishes – meant for celestial beings<br />

during the Songkran rites <strong>of</strong> the<br />

ancient Mon group.<br />

Khao Chae was His Majesty<br />

King Rama IV’s favourite and during<br />

that era, Yison Phad Waan (sweetened<br />

stir-fried eagle ray fish), and Chai<br />

Pow Waan (sweetened dry turnips)<br />

served as accompaniments. Other side<br />

dishes like Hua Hom Yad Sai (stuffed<br />

onions), Prik Yuak Yad Sai Moo (green<br />

peppers stuffed with minced pork), and<br />

colourful vegetables were added in<br />

the later years <strong>of</strong> King Rama V’s reign<br />

— making the recipe known as “Khao<br />

Chae Savoey” the Royal Khao Chae.<br />

After the passing <strong>of</strong> His Majesty<br />

in 1910, the Khao Chae menu was<br />

shared with the rest <strong>of</strong> the kingdom,<br />

in many provinces in the central part<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land and eventually become<br />

the sought-after summertime menu,<br />

particularly during Songkran. The recipe<br />

we see these days is the adapted<br />

version and is a specialty dish in menus<br />

belonging to old-style restaurants.<br />

Apart from the gustatory satisfaction<br />

and the aromatic fragrance <strong>of</strong> the<br />

cooling rice soaked in the local floral<br />

water, each accompanying side dish is<br />

crafted marvellously, with unique and<br />

sophisticated ingredients and methods.<br />

The way to prepare Khao Chae is thus<br />

a vibrant and enjoyable process, just<br />

like its gratifying results.<br />

How to Make Khao Chae<br />

Rice<br />

Cook rice (jasmine rice is highly recommended for its ideal texture<br />

and gentle fragrance) until it s<strong>of</strong>tens. In a rice cooker, this should<br />

be a few minutes before it goes <strong>of</strong>f. Drain any remaining cooking<br />

water from the rice before pouring in cold water and do it again<br />

until the rice cools down. Later, scrub the rice gently with both<br />

hands to rinse <strong>of</strong>f any starch and let it dry by using a straining or<br />

cheese cloth. The next step is a little more complex and requires<br />

the <strong>Thai</strong> aromatic candle. Smoke the rice in a container with a lid.<br />

Put the lit candle in. Its smoke releases a fragrance that should<br />

be that <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> flowers like a light jasmine and cananga. Keep the<br />

candle in and close the lid as it snuffs itself out with the absence<br />

<strong>of</strong> oxygen. Leave it overnight to rest.<br />

Side Dishes<br />

Kapi Thod (deep-fried shrimp<br />

paste balls); a key side dish.<br />

Pound garlic, coriander<br />

seeds, sliced shallots, sliced<br />

Chinese ginger, and sliced<br />

lemongrass together before<br />

adding shrimp paste.<br />

Add catfish meat and more<br />

shrimp paste.<br />

Stir-fry all the ingredients<br />

together until they become<br />

cooked and dry. Knead into<br />

balls, soak them in eggs and<br />

fry to golden perfection.<br />

Hua Chai Pow Waan<br />

(sweetened dry turnips)<br />

Clean and slice the dry<br />

turnips.<br />

Saute sliced onions in the<br />

pan and add the dry turnips.<br />

Continue cooking them together,<br />

adding palm sugar and continue<br />

frying some more.<br />

Add an egg and continue<br />

frying. Make sure that it doesn’t<br />

dry up since it can harden the<br />

turnips and impact the taste.<br />

Prik Yuak Yad Sai Moo<br />

(green peppers stuffed with<br />

minced pork)<br />

Mix the minced pork with<br />

garlic, peppers and season<br />

with sugar and fish sauce for a<br />

deeper savoury taste.<br />

Cut open the green peppers,<br />

clean out the membranes and<br />

seeds inside, and stuff it with<br />

the marinated pork mixture.<br />

Steam in high heat, wait for<br />

about 15 minutes until the<br />

green peppers change colour.<br />

Soak them in egg and fry<br />

to golden perfection.<br />

Fresh Vegetables<br />

Khao Chae should be<br />

accompanied with fresh<br />

vegetables to cut the greasiness<br />

<strong>of</strong> fried items. Prepare<br />

vegetables such as Chinese<br />

ginger, thinly-sliced green<br />

mangoes, thinly-sliced fresh<br />

turmeric, cucumbers, spring<br />

onions and do carve them for<br />

an impressive presentation.<br />

TIP<br />

How to Enjoy Khao Chae<br />

Place the smoked rice in a bowl and pour the cool flower-scented and fragrant water in<br />

before adding ice (flakes). First, taste the side dishes separately. Follow this by having the<br />

rice and a taste <strong>of</strong> the scented water.<br />

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FRUITFUL FINDS<br />

In <strong>Thai</strong>land, the watermelon is<br />

easy to find in any open air market,<br />

supermarket or at any fruit cart<br />

on the street. You can find several<br />

watermelon varieties available.<br />

The four most popular ones in<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land are Jintara (recognisable<br />

with its striped skin and oval shape<br />

and red flesh) the Torpedo (a large<br />

oval shape, with a crisp flesh and<br />

fewer seeds), Kinnaree (marked by<br />

a dark green skin, round shape and<br />

red flesh) and Nam Phueng (called<br />

honey, aromatic and yellow, with<br />

a crisp bite.)<br />

Another great way to enjoy<br />

the thirst-quenching properties<br />

<strong>of</strong> the watermelon is to gulp<br />

down a shake, one <strong>of</strong> the all-time<br />

favourite slushy drinks in <strong>Thai</strong>land.<br />

The <strong>Thai</strong> people have much<br />

passion for this juiciest <strong>of</strong> fruits<br />

and it’s not just appreciated as a<br />

sweet treat, but also as a savoury<br />

one. At the peak <strong>of</strong> summer, it’s<br />

an ideal accompaniment in the<br />

recipe called Phad Pla Haeng Tang<br />

U-lit or Phad Pla Haeng Taengmo<br />

(Fried Salted Snakehead Fish with<br />

Watermelon). This well-known<br />

summer dish from the early<br />

Rattanakosin era was created<br />

when ice was scarce and enjoyed<br />

in the absence <strong>of</strong> refrigeration.<br />

The recipe calls for the flaked<br />

meat <strong>of</strong> fried salted fish that is<br />

seasoned with sugar, salt and<br />

crispy fried shallots. Watermelon<br />

pieces get topped with this fried<br />

salted fish and enjoyed in one<br />

bite as a snack or mixing the fried<br />

salted fish with steamed rice for<br />

a light meal. The combination<br />

<strong>of</strong> salt and sweet is a common<br />

Super Sweetness<br />

in Summer<br />

The watermelon is the glamour star <strong>of</strong> summer fruits. On a hot<br />

sunny afternoon, the tastiest way to keep cool is to take a bite<br />

<strong>of</strong> a refreshingly cold one.<br />

enough in many cuisines, and this<br />

summer treat is no exception.<br />

Some varieties <strong>of</strong> watermelons<br />

come with different sizes <strong>of</strong><br />

seeds and less flesh, and grown<br />

intentionally for their larger seeds.<br />

Once separated from the rest <strong>of</strong><br />

the watermelon, they get washed,<br />

soaked in salted water and then<br />

roasted to make Guay Ji or Guazi,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the most popular snacks<br />

in China. These nutty-flavoured<br />

seeds can be traced to the Yuan<br />

Dynasty and was very common<br />

in the Ming and Qing dynasties<br />

as well. So enjoy a watermelon in<br />

its wholesomeness – take a bite<br />

<strong>of</strong> its crisp juiciness or practise<br />

the art <strong>of</strong> cracking a seed for its<br />

nourishing crunch.<br />

WORDS & PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL<br />

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS<br />

Reel<br />

Independent<br />

Words Sarita Urupongsa<br />

In the celluloid world, the languages may differ and<br />

forms <strong>of</strong> expressions vary. Yet the magic <strong>of</strong> cinema binds<br />

us all. What’s needed is the hush ambience in a dark<br />

screening room and the unfolding <strong>of</strong> stories in different<br />

life journeys. Here, we list independent cinemas in Asia<br />

that take on art films and the occasional box-<strong>of</strong>fice hits.<br />

BANGKOK<br />

BANGKOK SCREENING ROOM<br />

Among the ordinary-looking shophouses and<br />

spacious residential homes in Soi Sala Daeng 1,<br />

the cinematic goldmine <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Bangkok</strong> Screening<br />

Room (BKKSR) tucks itself quietly on the 2nd<br />

floor <strong>of</strong> Wo<strong>of</strong> Pack creative hub. The 52-seating<br />

cinema showcases independent movies, classic<br />

films and rare <strong>Thai</strong> masterpieces. The screening<br />

programme changes every month, with various<br />

themes to suit movie lovers. With a high quality<br />

sound and visual system, BKKSR promises the<br />

full experience <strong>of</strong> motion pictures. Adjacent to<br />

the theatre is the café, with delicious selections<br />

<strong>of</strong> snacks – bite into some Larb Fries, Spaghetti<br />

with Northern Sausage or Sai Ua, a Hendrick’s<br />

Tonic, maybe include the popcorn with their<br />

unique flavours before entering the cinema.<br />

Best <strong>of</strong> all, drinks from the bar can be taken into<br />

the theatre. bkksr.com<br />

HONG KONG<br />

BROADWAY CINEMATHÈQUE<br />

Hong Kong’s only arthouse cinema, Broadway<br />

Cinemathèque, runs indie movies and numerous film<br />

festivals. It also hosts retrospectives <strong>of</strong> filmmakers such<br />

as Francois Truffaut and Yamada Yoji. The Yau Ma Tei<br />

venue in Kowloon has <strong>of</strong>ten hosted the Hong Kong Asian<br />

Film Festival and the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film<br />

Festival, along with screening the most diverse range <strong>of</strong> film<br />

selections in the city. The cinema’s Kubrick Café is also a<br />

great spot to browse through the wide range <strong>of</strong> books and<br />

magazines about films. bc.cinema.com.hk<br />

LUANG PRABANG<br />

L’Étranger Books & Tea<br />

L’Étranger Books & Tea is a place where you can linger for hours. Its<br />

shoes-<strong>of</strong>f policy encourages neighbourly lounging amid wicker s<strong>of</strong>as<br />

and s<strong>of</strong>t pillows. Named after Albert Camus’s novel “L’Étranger” (The<br />

Stranger), the bookstore and lounge has a nightly 7pm movie screening.<br />

Guests feel at home in the cosy and small house <strong>of</strong> rosewood in Ban<br />

Aphay just opposite the Royal Palace/Main Street in Luang Prabang.<br />

This laidback place is founded by a Québécois filmmaker and her<br />

partner in 2011 and has risen to become one <strong>of</strong> the town’s sanctuaries<br />

for restful breaks. You can chill at the 2-storey house with its teas<br />

served in a proper pot, delicious Western cuisine, and books that you<br />

can both buy and swap. facebook.com/Booksandtea<br />

Photos Dolnapa Ram-Indra<br />

PHNOM PENH<br />

TARANTINO MOVIE THEATER & RESTAURANT<br />

Formerly part <strong>of</strong> the Flicks Community Theatre, Tarantino<br />

Movie House parted ways and <strong>of</strong>fers a unique venue as it<br />

only shows movies that came out before 2000. Similar to<br />

its previous affiliation, ticket prices are US$3.50, along with<br />

a meal option and popcorn that claim to be “the best in<br />

town.” facebook.com/tarantinomovietheater<br />

PHNOM PENH<br />

THE FLICKS COMMUNITY MOVIE THEATRES<br />

Started in 2009 by a New Zealand couple, and subsequently changed<br />

hands via a crowdfunding project in 2011, The Flicks have turned into<br />

Phnom Penh’s leading art house cinemas. Featuring two locations on Street<br />

95 and Street 136, the Flicks Community Movie Theatres are fully volunteer<br />

run, and are the <strong>of</strong>ficial venues <strong>of</strong> the Phnom Penh International Film Festival.<br />

With only a charge <strong>of</strong> US$3.50 per day, moviegoers can enjoy the latest<br />

blockbusters, classic masterpieces, and documentaries on the HD quality<br />

big screen. The pr<strong>of</strong>its earned from the tickets help to support social and<br />

cultural events in Phnom Penh. A distinguishing feature is a very strict<br />

no cellphone policy, and you can get asked to leave if caught. theflicks.asia<br />

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS<br />

BANGKOK<br />

Cinema Winehouse<br />

Cinema Winehouse may not be that noticeable among the colonial-inspired<br />

shophouses along Samsen Road. But the unpretentious venue combines a<br />

brunch spot, wine bar, and laidback upstairs lounge that screens mainstream<br />

classic films from around the world. A broad selection <strong>of</strong> wine complements<br />

the high quality food. Reservations are recommended in advance on busy<br />

nights. Starting in <strong>2018</strong>, the cinema will emphasise more indie and interesting<br />

themes to their selection. facebook.com/cinemawinehouse<br />

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SINGAPORE<br />

THE PROJECTOR<br />

The Projector is an independent cinema resulting from a collaboration <strong>of</strong> design pr<strong>of</strong>essionals<br />

who renovated two iconic theatre halls. Housed in the historic Golden Theatre, the Project is<br />

known for its niche selection <strong>of</strong> award-winning alternative films and a venue for unique events.<br />

The art house consists <strong>of</strong> “The Green Room,” a hall with 230 seats, “The RedRum” — inspired<br />

by the goose-bumps-causing line from Stanley Kubrick’s movie “The Shining,” a casual lounge<br />

for events and private screening room, and the foyer café. Differentiating itself from other<br />

mainstream cinemas in Singapore, the Projector provides a clean, minimalist, and playful design<br />

together with vintage charms like original flip-up theatre seats and wooden armrests. It aims to bring<br />

back the old way <strong>of</strong> going to the movies; along with cultural events and inspiring experiences.<br />

Several upcoming movie festivals include the Swedish Film Festival <strong>2018</strong>, held for the 3rd<br />

consecutive year, and the Polish Film Festival <strong>2018</strong>, to be held for the first time. Both events<br />

will take place in <strong>April</strong>. theprojector.sg<br />

INTRODUCING THE MOST STYLISH<br />

SUNDAY BRUNCH ON THE ISLAND<br />

Enjoy live jazz, free-flowing beverages and savour a fine selection <strong>of</strong> international cuisine.<br />

Indulge in a spa experience* or relax on the beach* while your children have fun learning<br />

at the kids club. Our Brunch is just one <strong>of</strong> the unique dining experiences to be<br />

discovered at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui.<br />

Find out more at:<br />

fourseasons.com/kohsamui<br />

*additional charge<br />

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI<br />

Koh Samui continues<br />

weaving its island<br />

magic on vacationers<br />

with ever-increasing<br />

options to sleep, relax and<br />

dine. Fully experiencing<br />

a resort getaway requires<br />

sampling as much <strong>of</strong><br />

the holiday <strong>of</strong>ferings<br />

from meals in awardwinning<br />

restaurants to spa<br />

treatments. We’ve done<br />

the research to lessen<br />

your guesswork on blissful<br />

accommodations, scenic<br />

dining and luxuriating<br />

spa treatments.<br />

Testing the Waters in Samui<br />

Top<br />

The dramatic<br />

entrance to the<br />

Le Meridien Koh<br />

Samui Resort &<br />

Spa, with feng shui<br />

design principles<br />

and a welcoming<br />

atmosphere.<br />

Bottom<br />

Privacy and<br />

seclusion are key<br />

attractions at the<br />

Ocean Front pool<br />

villa, plus a gorgeous<br />

view <strong>of</strong> the water<br />

and Ocean Pier.<br />

STAYED: Relaxation begins upon arrival<br />

at Koh Samui International Airport and<br />

continues twenty minutes later at the<br />

Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort and<br />

Spa. Unique in its architecture and<br />

intimate in its setting, the hotel design<br />

is an homage to Chinese craftsmanship<br />

with traditional <strong>Thai</strong> aesthetics that<br />

feels like the inviting home <strong>of</strong> a wealthy<br />

merchant. Fourteen villas and sixty<br />

three suites spread out surrounded by<br />

fragrant trees and verdant tall plants<br />

lining the walkways to the rooms,<br />

affording intimacy and privacy.<br />

EXPERIENCED: With a continuing<br />

nod to feng shui, one nightly ritual is<br />

their 1919 tradition. At the designated<br />

time <strong>of</strong> 7.19pm, guests gather around<br />

a wading pool to welcome the night<br />

by releasing a krathong – small floats<br />

shaped like a lotus – and make a<br />

wish, truly a moment to unwind and<br />

watch the twinkling lights. And if that<br />

doesn’t calm you enough to retire for<br />

the night, a free shuttle awaits guests<br />

wanting to check out a little more<br />

action on Chaweng Beach.<br />

For another version <strong>of</strong> a magical<br />

night – there is the Ocean Pier, a<br />

120-metre platform gently bobbing on<br />

the water with views <strong>of</strong> fishing boats<br />

on the Gulf <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land. On serene<br />

mornings you can feed the fishes or<br />

practise yoga poses – but a sundowner<br />

marks the best way to end the day.<br />

A Starlight dinner is available, a private<br />

dining setup where a curtain <strong>of</strong> lights<br />

gives you privacy from the rest <strong>of</strong><br />

the world.<br />

Additional relaxation also comes<br />

with the hotel’s spa that evokes<br />

a cave, with muted colours and<br />

dramatic arches leading to zen<br />

massage rooms and walls cascading<br />

with water. Jacuzzi baths face<br />

waterfalls as natural birdsong lend<br />

to the atmosphere. Other pursuits at<br />

the hotel include cooking classes and<br />

learning to make <strong>Thai</strong> food in Samui<br />

is a treat with fresh ingredients, and<br />

hands-on instructions from the hotel<br />

chef in making classics like Green Curry<br />

Chicken, or Tom Yum Gung.<br />

Website: lemeridienkohsamui.com<br />

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI<br />

Photos Courtesy <strong>of</strong> Tamarind Springs<br />

TRIED: TAMARIND SPRINGS<br />

In many ways it takes to bliss out in Samui,<br />

doing a spa retreat should be high on<br />

the list. When it comes time to further<br />

soothe the body and soul, a place like<br />

Tamarind Springs Forest Spa achieves it<br />

upon first glance <strong>of</strong> the verdant property<br />

and rock formations.<br />

Formerly a jungle, the now pristine<br />

and lush environment transforms you<br />

to a different realm <strong>of</strong> calmness. It’s a<br />

literal climb to spa nirvana, with massage<br />

pavilions spread out at different levels <strong>of</strong><br />

a tranquil environment lush with trees and<br />

flowers and the jewel in the crown – an<br />

herbal steam cave.<br />

But as Kanjapha Kitijapirak, the<br />

managing director points out – just looking<br />

at all that greenery and hearing the birds<br />

are already part <strong>of</strong> the relaxation process.<br />

The cares <strong>of</strong> the world go away as soon<br />

as guests tie on the sarong provided by<br />

the day spa. There’s reassurance that<br />

their massage therapies and wellness<br />

treatments balance the physical, mental<br />

and emotional wellbeing. There should<br />

be no pain, no strong pressure that brings<br />

on a feeling <strong>of</strong> discomfort, she stresses.<br />

While massage treatments are based on<br />

established principles, certain techniques<br />

are structured to address whatever ails a<br />

modern lifestyle.<br />

The pathway to all treatments<br />

requires a meandering climb pass big<br />

stone boulders appearing like little<br />

hideaways. The steam cave sits next to a<br />

cold dipping pool so guests can alternately<br />

sit indoors in the heat, in the engaging<br />

outdoors for a therapeutic cold splash<br />

in the dipping pool. On hand are scrubs<br />

made from ingredients liked crushed<br />

sesame, oranges and c<strong>of</strong>fee grinds, all<br />

artfully presented. Specialised snacks await<br />

guests at the conclusion <strong>of</strong> the treatments<br />

Clockwise<br />

from Top Left<br />

Though a short walk<br />

to the treatment<br />

areas, guests pass by<br />

greenery as far as<br />

the eye can see.<br />

After the steam<br />

caves: a welldeserved<br />

and cooling<br />

splash for improved<br />

circulation.<br />

Nature provides a<br />

meditative view<br />

between wellness<br />

treatments. Outdoor<br />

refreshments include<br />

nutritious snacks<br />

and herbal drinks.<br />

Exfoliating scrubs<br />

made from sesame<br />

seeds to orange peels<br />

await guests coming<br />

out <strong>of</strong> the steam caves.<br />

Massage areas<br />

tucked into greenery<br />

and trees, complete<br />

with natural sounds<br />

<strong>of</strong> birds singing.<br />

or during contemplative moments.<br />

The on-site restaurant has a menu<br />

<strong>of</strong> nourishing meals carefully curated<br />

with close attention to the healthful<br />

benefits <strong>of</strong> foods. Aptly described as<br />

a “sparadise,” the total package <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

the ultimate in how you can feel once<br />

serenity is obtained.<br />

Website: tamarindsprings.com<br />

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI<br />

TASTED: DR FROGS<br />

Together with Samui’s <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>of</strong> a good<br />

night’s rest and some pampering should<br />

include meals with spectacular views.<br />

Dr Frogs <strong>of</strong>fers all that as you enjoy<br />

the flavours basking in sunsets and<br />

a panorama that create true holiday<br />

moments. It takes a scenic winding road<br />

between Chaweng and Lamai beaches<br />

to get to the restaurant. Once there,<br />

you’re rewarded with breath-taking<br />

sea and coastal views from an open-air<br />

dining veranda.<br />

This notable restaurant <strong>of</strong>fers a<br />

menu <strong>of</strong> Italian specialties, as well as <strong>Thai</strong><br />

dishes. Park yourself at a table and order<br />

classic Italian favourites <strong>of</strong> pasta or pizza.<br />

The long-time chef creates his own menu<br />

<strong>of</strong> classics, from antipasti to the favourite<br />

tiramisu. The versatile menu <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

dishes includes the catch <strong>of</strong> the day,<br />

such as a fried pompano, which gets<br />

cooked to crisp perfection.<br />

Right<br />

A stalwart in the<br />

Samui dining scene,<br />

Dr Frogs has the<br />

views, vibe and<br />

vongole.<br />

It’s not just pastas<br />

and pizzas on the<br />

menu: the extensive<br />

list includes a surf<br />

and turf.<br />

The design <strong>of</strong><br />

the restaurant<br />

maximises the<br />

water views, with<br />

live music on most<br />

nights <strong>of</strong> the week.<br />

Dr Frogs <strong>of</strong>fers breakfast, lunch, or<br />

dinner, with a space large enough to<br />

accommodate a party or function. While<br />

some items like their breakfast granola<br />

is made by a local community, plans are<br />

underway to source more ingredients and<br />

foodstuff locally. Some tunes with your<br />

meals continue the casual beach vibe as<br />

the restaurant also has live music and<br />

entertainment. Catch the acoustic talents<br />

<strong>of</strong> Oliver Jones and Nok, two separate<br />

and popular acts who are there every<br />

week. Reservations are a must at Dr<br />

Frogs to ensure the best spot and views<br />

in the house.<br />

Contact: drfrogs.com<br />

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI<br />

TASTED: THE CLIFF BAR & GRILL<br />

Since its debut on vivacious Samui in<br />

2004, The Cliff Bar & Grill has been the<br />

must-visit destination for those with<br />

an appreciation for high quality dining.<br />

The restaurant holds a great number<br />

<strong>of</strong> prestigious awards and recognition,<br />

including <strong>Thai</strong>land Tatler’s <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

Best Restaurants (2017). Blessed with<br />

unobstructed views <strong>of</strong> the serene Gulf<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land, the restaurant boasts the<br />

reputation <strong>of</strong> all-day dining destination led<br />

by executive chef Sergio Martelli, with<br />

extensive menus from fabulous tapas<br />

to noteworthy Mediterranean dishes.<br />

Piri Piri Chicken is the house specialty<br />

done on a chargoal grill, while only the<br />

freshest fish are used for their seafood<br />

platter. They don’t compromise on their<br />

beef either, with the best brought in from<br />

King Island in Australia. Inspiration for the<br />

menu hails from Portugal, Spain and Italy;<br />

with many <strong>of</strong> the classics and familiar<br />

tastes expertly executed. Vegetables<br />

are organically grown with fresh herbs<br />

coming from their garden.<br />

Easily found between Chaweng Noi<br />

and Lamai, the restaurant is just minutes<br />

away from Crystal Beach/Silver Beach<br />

whose inviting shoreline beckons from<br />

the dining terrace itself. With such<br />

unrivalled views and a sophisticated<br />

menu, booking is a must.<br />

Contact: thecliffsamui.com<br />

Clockwise from Top Left<br />

Always make<br />

room for<br />

dessert as The<br />

Cliff features<br />

a chocolate<br />

brownie cake.<br />

Pasta inspired<br />

by the true<br />

flavours <strong>of</strong> Italy<br />

have been a<br />

mainstay on<br />

the menu.<br />

Grab a chance<br />

to gaze at the<br />

view <strong>of</strong> Silver/<br />

Crystal beach<br />

with your<br />

meal.<br />

Seafood<br />

Platters can be<br />

enjoyed with<br />

wine from an<br />

impressive<br />

cellar.<br />

Meats<br />

imported from<br />

Australia and<br />

New Zealand,<br />

grilled<br />

expertly.<br />

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HOLI FOOD<br />

Vibrant<br />

z<br />

Taste<br />

Holi<br />

x<br />

The advent <strong>of</strong> spring is marked with colourful<br />

celebrations <strong>of</strong> Holi across India. Prachi Joshi takes<br />

you on a journey to explore its festive foods.<br />

Words Prachi Joshi<br />

Photos Neha Mathur<br />

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HOLI FOOD<br />

s winter wanes, India gets ready to<br />

welcome spring with much fanfare.<br />

From burning bonfires, to the fun<br />

and frivolity <strong>of</strong> colouring each<br />

other with gulal (coloured powders), joy and<br />

merriment mark the celebration <strong>of</strong> Holi all<br />

over the country. In fact, in Northern India,<br />

Holi is a bigger festival than even Diwali (the<br />

festival <strong>of</strong> lights considered as one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

most important holidays in India.)<br />

Holi is celebrated over two days.<br />

The first night is Holika Dahan or<br />

Chhoti Holi when people gather<br />

around bonfires, perform rituals, and<br />

symbolically burn evil. Legend has<br />

it that the demon witch Holika was<br />

burnt to death by Lord Vishnu. The<br />

act <strong>of</strong> lighting bonfires symbolises<br />

this victory over evil. The next day,<br />

is known variously in different parts<br />

<strong>of</strong> India as Holi, Rangwali Holi,<br />

Dhulivandan, or Phagwah.<br />

This is the day when almost<br />

every street in India turns into a<br />

colourful party. People smear each<br />

other with colours and pelt waterfilled<br />

balloons, while kids run around<br />

squirting coloured water from plastic<br />

pistols. After spending the entire<br />

morning getting their faces painted<br />

in rainbow colours, everyone retires<br />

home for a long bath, followed by a<br />

huge feast. Because where there is<br />

an Indian festival, feasting goes<br />

hand in hand.<br />

Holi is no exception and the<br />

sheer variety <strong>of</strong> food – both savoury<br />

and sweet – made across India is<br />

quite mindboggling. Here are some<br />

<strong>of</strong> the most popular Holi foods.<br />

Top<br />

A gujiya may<br />

resemble a<br />

savoury samosa in<br />

appearance, but<br />

is actually a sweet<br />

dumpling.<br />

Bottom<br />

The diamondshaped<br />

shakarpare<br />

and deep fried<br />

snack.<br />

Opposite Page<br />

Dahi bhalle, a<br />

popular snack<br />

provides a nice<br />

salty contrast to the<br />

sweetness <strong>of</strong> other<br />

Holi snacks.<br />

GUJIYA<br />

The most symbolic <strong>of</strong> festive foods<br />

made for Holi, especially in North<br />

India, is gujiya – a decadent sweet<br />

dumpling <strong>of</strong> sorts. Pastry sheets<br />

are made with refined flour and<br />

semolina. These are filled with a<br />

sweet mixture <strong>of</strong> sugar, dry fruits,<br />

and khoya (milk solids made by<br />

heating whole milk for several<br />

hours in an open iron pan till it’s<br />

thickened). The dumplings are<br />

folded over to form a semicircle<br />

and its round edge is twirled<br />

to form a serrated design. The<br />

dumplings are then deep-fried and<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten also dipped in sugar syrup. In<br />

Maharashtra state, these are called<br />

karanji and contain a mixture <strong>of</strong><br />

coconut and jaggery (a traditional<br />

cane sugar) instead <strong>of</strong> the dairy<br />

product <strong>of</strong> khoya.<br />

SHAKARPARE<br />

Sweet shakarpare or savoury<br />

namakpare are also quite popular<br />

as Holi snacks. A mixture <strong>of</strong><br />

refined flour, semolina, ghee,<br />

milk, sugar and salt is kneaded<br />

together to form dough. This is<br />

then rolled out into a disc and<br />

diamond-shaped shakarpare are<br />

cut out, which are then deep-fried<br />

in ghee or oil. For shakarpare,<br />

some jaggery may also be added<br />

to increase the sweetness or<br />

they may be rolled in powdered<br />

sugar. Namakpare are the savoury<br />

version where sugar is replaced<br />

with spices such as cumin,<br />

caraway seeds, and occasionally<br />

even chilli powder. Both shakapare<br />

and namakpare are made in bulk,<br />

as they stay fresh for several days,<br />

making these addictive snacks a<br />

favourite teatime accompaniment<br />

even after Holi fest. These are<br />

typically made in Gujarat and<br />

Maharashtra states.<br />

DAHI BHALLE<br />

To counter the sugar overload,<br />

dahi bhalle are <strong>of</strong>ten brought out.<br />

This is a chaat preparation made<br />

<strong>of</strong> fried lentil balls served with<br />

thick beaten yoghurt. The dish is<br />

also laced with chutneys – sweet<br />

and sour chutney made from<br />

tamarind and jaggery, and spicy<br />

chutney made with chillies and<br />

coriander or mint.<br />

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HOLI FOOD<br />

Right<br />

Often associated<br />

with the Holi fest<br />

is Thandai, a cold<br />

drink made fragrant<br />

with spices and<br />

nuts, such as saffron<br />

and cardamom.<br />

Bottom<br />

The sweet flatbread,<br />

Puran Poli, gets<br />

folded into a treat<br />

made during special<br />

festivals like Holi.<br />

THANDAI<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the most popular drinks<br />

during Holi is bhang thandai –<br />

sweetened yoghurt lassi spiked with<br />

very small quantities <strong>of</strong> marijuana.<br />

The buds and leaves <strong>of</strong> cannabis are<br />

crushed into a green paste (called<br />

bhang goli) and added to the lassi,<br />

which is a mixture <strong>of</strong> milk, sugar,<br />

dry fruits, and spices (saffron and<br />

cardamom are most common) to<br />

make bhang thandai. It gives you a<br />

pleasant high and brings to mind<br />

all those Bollywood songs – from<br />

Rajesh Khanna singing “Jai Jai Shiv<br />

Shankar” (invoking the cannabissmoking<br />

Lord Shiva) to the illicit<br />

It gives you a pleasant high<br />

and brings to mind all those<br />

Bollywood songs – from<br />

Rajesh Khanna singing “Jai Jai<br />

Shiv Shankar” (invoking the<br />

cannabis-smoking Lord Shiva)<br />

to the illicit crooning <strong>of</strong> Amitabh<br />

Bachchan in “Rang Barse”.<br />

crooning <strong>of</strong> Amitabh Bachchan in<br />

“Rang Barse”. Of course, thandai<br />

can be made without adding the<br />

bhang, but where’s the fun in that?<br />

This drink is particularly popular<br />

in the northern states <strong>of</strong> Rajasthan<br />

and Uttra Pradesh.<br />

PURAN POLI<br />

In Maharashtra, puran poli is<br />

the staple Holi food. Jaggery<br />

and split yellow gram lentils<br />

are cooked together to form a<br />

sweet paste, which is flavoured<br />

with cardamom and nutmeg. The<br />

paste is then filled into a wheat<br />

flatbread, which is roasted on<br />

a pan. The puran poli is usually<br />

served with a generous dollop<br />

<strong>of</strong> ghee and a bowl <strong>of</strong> plain milk<br />

to dunk the flatbread. Another<br />

accompaniment to this sweet<br />

preparation is a thin and spicy<br />

lentil curry.<br />

Holi falls on <strong>March</strong> 1st and 2nd this year. If you’re in India,<br />

don’t miss trying out some <strong>of</strong> these festive sweets, most <strong>of</strong><br />

which are made as special treats for Holi.<br />

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HOLI FOOD<br />

เมื่อลมหนาวพัดผ่านไป ก็ถึงเวลาแห่ง<br />

การเฉลิมฉลองเทศกาล “โฮลี” ถ้าจะ<br />

ว่ากันตามจริง เทศกาลโฮลีของชาว<br />

อินเดียทางตอนเหนือดูเหมือนจะยิ่งใหญ่<br />

กว่าเทศกาลดิวาลีเสียด้วยซ้ำ<br />

เทศกาลโฮลีฉลองกันสองวันสอง<br />

คืนติด ในคืนแรกหรือ โฮลิกา ดาฮัน<br />

ผู้คนจะมารวมตัวกันรอบกองไฟเพื่อ<br />

เป็นสัญลักษณ์แทนเหตุการณ์ที่พระวิษณุ<br />

ได้แผดเผาแม่มดชั่วร้ายโฮลิกา เป็นอีก<br />

ครั้งที่ทุกคนกำชัยเหนือความชั่วร้าย<br />

ส่วนชื่อของเช้าวันรุ่งขึ้นจะเรียกแตกต่าง<br />

กันไปตามสถานที่ของอินเดีย เช่น โฮลี<br />

รางวาลีโฮลี ดูลีวันดัน หรือปักวา<br />

ท้องถนนทุกสายเปลี่ยนเป็นลานสำหรับ<br />

การละเล่น ที่ทุกคนพากันปาผงสีและฉีด<br />

น้ำเล่นกันอย่างสนุกสนาน คล้ายกับ<br />

เทศกาลสงกรานต์ในเมืองไทย แต่เต็มไป<br />

ด้วยสีสัน<br />

หลังจากเหนื่อยมาทั้งวัน อาบน้ำ<br />

ล้างตัวให้เรียบร้อย เตรียมท้องไว้รอ<br />

งานเลี้ยงอาหารในยามค่ำคืนที่จะมาถึง<br />

ซึ่งมีให้เลือกทานหลากหลายทั้งคาว<br />

หวาน อร่อยจนลืมเคี้ยวกันเลยทีเดียว<br />

เทศกาลโฮลีจัดขึ้นวันที่ 1-2<br />

มีนาคมของทุกปี และหากมีโอกาสได้<br />

สัมผัสวัฒนธรรมสาดสีแล้วละก็<br />

อย่าลืมชิมอาหารอินเดียเลิศรส<br />

พร้อมกับของหวานเด็ดๆ ที่มี<br />

เฉพาะช่วงเทศกาล เพื่อร่วม<br />

ฉลองชัยชนะแห่งพระวิษณุเจ้า<br />

ด้วยกัน<br />

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา<br />

จากซ้ายบน<br />

ผู้คนต่างออกจากบ้าน<br />

มาร่วมเฉลิมฉลอง<br />

ประเพณีแห่งสีสันใน<br />

เทศกาลโฮลีของอินเดีย<br />

“บาง” อีกรูปแบบของ<br />

กัญชาที่ดื่มได้ตาม<br />

ธรรมเนียมดั้งเดิมของ<br />

เทศกาลโฮลีใน<br />

ช่วงฤดูดอกไม้ผลิ<br />

น้ำตาลจากธรรมชาติ<br />

ของอินเดีย ทำมาจาก<br />

มะพร้าวและอินทผลัม<br />

ให้วิตามินและเกลือแร่สูง<br />

กุจิย่า<br />

กุจิย่าเป็นเหมือนขนมจีบหวาน<br />

เป็นสัญลักษณ์ของเทศกาลโฮลีได้ดี<br />

ที่สุด แผ่นแป้งผสมจากแป้งหมี่ละเอียด<br />

ห่อไส้ที่ให้ความหวานด้วยน ้ำตาล<br />

ผลไม้แห้ง และโกยา หรือน้ำนมที่ต้มไฟ<br />

อ่อนๆ จนแข็งตัว จากนั้นพับเป็นครึ่ง<br />

วงกลม จับจีบที่ขอบอย่างประณีต<br />

แล้วทอดกรอบ จิ้มกับน้ำจิ้มรสหวาน<br />

ชาการ์ปารี<br />

ชาการ์ปารีรสหวาน หรือนามักปารี<br />

รสกลมกล่อม นิยมทานเป็นของว่างใน<br />

เทศกาลโฮลี แป้งขนมผสมกับแป้งหมี่<br />

น้ำมันเนย นม น้ำตาล และเกลือ นวดจน<br />

ได้ที่ รีดแล้วตัดขอบเป็นแผ่นกลมบาง<br />

หรือทรงข้าวหลามตัด นำไปทอดกรอบ<br />

หากชอบหวานก็ทานกับน้ำตาลอ้อยได้<br />

ส่วนนามักปารีจะใส่เทียนขาว เมล็ดยี่หร่า<br />

บางครั้งใส่พริกป่นด้วย ขนมทั้งสอง<br />

อย่างนี้จะทำในปริมาณมากเพื่อ<br />

ให้ทานได้หลายวันระหว่าง<br />

และหลังเทศกาลโฮลีในรัฐ<br />

คุชราตและมหาราษฏระ<br />

ทันได<br />

คือเครื่องดื่มสำหรับหน้าเทศกาลโฮลี<br />

อย่างแท้จริง ทันไดเป็นลาสซีโยเกิร์ต<br />

ผสมจากนม น้ำตาล ผลไม้แห้ง และ<br />

เครื่องเทศอย่างหญ้าฝรั่นและกระวาน<br />

เสริมด้วยดอกและใบกัญชาปั่นละเอียด<br />

เล็กน้อย เรียกว่า “บาง” ดื่ม “ทันได”<br />

แล้วเพลิดเพลินไปกับเสียงเพลงภารตะ<br />

เครื่องดื่มชนิดนี้เป็นที่นิยมในรัฐราช<br />

สถานและอุตตรประเทศ แน่นอนว่าก็มี<br />

ทันไดที่ไม่ผสม “บาง” เช่นกัน แล้วมันจะ<br />

ไปสนุกอะไรล่ะ<br />

ดาฮิ บาลา<br />

มาลดระดับน้ำตาลในเลือดกันเล็กน้อย<br />

เริ่มจากการเตรียม “ชาต” หรือก้อนถั ่ว<br />

เลนทิลทอด เสิร์ฟกับโยเกิร์ตข้นตีให้นุ่ม<br />

อาจรับประทานคู่กับ ชัตนีย์ (ซอสอินเดีย<br />

รสหวานเปรี้ยวจากมะขามและน้ำตาล<br />

อ้อย) หรือจะเป็นชัตนีย์เผ็ดที่ผสมพริก<br />

ผักชี หรือมินต์ ก็เข้ากันดี<br />

ปูรัน ปูลิ<br />

ในรัฐมหาราษฏระ ปูรัน ปูลิ เป็นอาหาร<br />

หลักในเทศกาลโฮลี เริ่มจากนำน้ำตาล<br />

อ้อยและเมล็ดถั่วเขียวซีกเลาะเปลือก<br />

เคี่ยวเป็นซอส ปรุงรสด้วยกระวานและ<br />

จันทน์เทศ ทาซอสลงบนแผ่นแป้งสาลี<br />

นำมาย่างกระทะ เสิร์ฟพร้อมกับน้ำมัน<br />

เนยชามโตและนมจืดสำหรับจิ้มจุ่ม ส่วน<br />

ใหญ่เราจะเห็นแกงกะหรี่ถั่วเล็นทิลรส<br />

หวานวางคู่อยู่กับปูรัน ปูลิเสมอ<br />

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CHUDAREE DEBHAKAM<br />

x<br />

After abandoning an early career using her<br />

skills a food analyst, our Top Chef winner finds<br />

contentment in a pr<strong>of</strong>essional kitchen using<br />

her talents to create exciting cuisine.<br />

Photos Wichit Kongsiangsung<br />

Words Phoowadon Duangmee<br />

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CHUDAREE DEBHAKAM<br />

When Chudaree Debhakam<br />

started her culinary career<br />

at fine dining restaurant,<br />

the Water Library at<br />

Chamchuri Square in <strong>Bangkok</strong>, it was<br />

a lesson in misplaced confidence. As<br />

a trained food scientist, she was quite<br />

sure that knowledge would translate to<br />

complimentary abilities in the kitchen.<br />

Above<br />

Vino with a view at Scarllett<br />

Wine Bar and Restaurant.<br />

“I was assigned to do a glass<br />

<strong>of</strong> beetroot juice,” Chudaree<br />

remembers. Known as “Tam”<br />

with friends and family, she<br />

recalled the days <strong>of</strong> being young<br />

and naïve. “I ran the beetroot<br />

through the juicer and left a<br />

visual hell <strong>of</strong> red splats all over<br />

the kitchen wall. The sous chef<br />

asked me to leave the restaurant<br />

right away. I broke down in tears<br />

and vowed that I would learn how<br />

to prepare food properly.”<br />

That determination led to New<br />

York City and the Pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

Culinary Arts programme at the<br />

International Culinary Center.<br />

After graduation she cut her<br />

teeth as a sous chef at Blue Hill<br />

at Stone Barns – an acclaimed<br />

Top<br />

Top Chef <strong>Thai</strong>land winner<br />

prepares Grilled Tiger Prawns<br />

with Charred Romesco.<br />

farm-to-table restaurant north <strong>of</strong><br />

New York City. There she learned<br />

to combine the art and science<br />

<strong>of</strong> food preparation. The upscale<br />

restaurant’s acclaimed chef, Dan<br />

Barber, is recognised as an early<br />

practitioner <strong>of</strong> the farm-to-table<br />

movement. When Chudaree came<br />

back to <strong>Thai</strong>land, she felt like she<br />

finally returned as a chef.<br />

Last year, she won Top Chef<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land in its premier series on<br />

the One 31 cable network. Battling<br />

it out amidst crazed cooking<br />

drama, the 24-year-old was the<br />

youngest contestant and walked<br />

away from the network show<br />

with a cheque worth 1,000,000<br />

baht. Like the original “Top<br />

Chef” reality show in America,<br />

Chudaree competed against 14<br />

aspiring chefs and was grilled<br />

by judges like old school chef<br />

Willment Leong and <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

celebrity chef Suphamongkol<br />

Suphaphiphat.<br />

Life has now taken a worthy<br />

turn. Before, scant knowledge<br />

made her splatter the kitchen wall<br />

red with beetroot juice, but now<br />

honed skills resulted in a win <strong>of</strong> a<br />

million baht in a cooking contest.<br />

“I was supposed to be a food<br />

analyst working in the laboratory,<br />

trying to improve food safety<br />

and flavour,” says Chudaree,<br />

who graduated in Nutrition and<br />

Food Science at the University <strong>of</strong><br />

Nottingham, England. It can be<br />

said that she found the idea <strong>of</strong><br />

living <strong>of</strong>f a job in food analysis<br />

unappealing. Why, just look at<br />

what she would deal with: a<br />

cold and quiet laboratory with<br />

folks in white outfits, for one.<br />

Then there are microbes to study<br />

and food additives and artificial<br />

flavours – no wonder being a<br />

food scientist job is not her cup<br />

<strong>of</strong> tea. She was once captain <strong>of</strong><br />

her basketball team; a fact that<br />

wasn’t mentioned on the reality<br />

show. The sport encouraged Tam<br />

to move quickly in unexpected<br />

directions and enjoy chasing a<br />

challenge and the ball, <strong>of</strong> course.<br />

“I followed my passion for<br />

cooking and it lead me to other<br />

side <strong>of</strong> the food industry; to a<br />

kitchen with a chopping board<br />

and heat. I like the ambience<br />

<strong>of</strong> the kitchen,” says Chudaree.<br />

“Food analysis is too scientific,<br />

leaving no room for art. Cooking<br />

is a blend <strong>of</strong> art and science. In<br />

the kitchen, imagination and<br />

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CHUDAREE DEBHAKAM<br />

creativity play a part when you<br />

want to create a menu. However,<br />

you can’t throw whole ingredients<br />

into a pot all at once to make a good<br />

stock. You need to think scientifically<br />

when you start cooking up relevant<br />

flavour and body.”<br />

Top Chef showed Chudaree’s<br />

imaginative concepts, with liberal<br />

views when it comes to cooking.<br />

In the final episode <strong>of</strong> Top Chef<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land, she duelled with female<br />

chef Phattanant Thongthong<br />

using everyday ingredients. She<br />

added a sizable piece <strong>of</strong> blood<br />

curd into her fish soup. The<br />

blood curd was a mistake and<br />

considered by judges to be an odd<br />

pairing <strong>of</strong> proteins. Nevertheless,<br />

it (Top Chef <strong>Thai</strong>land) indicated<br />

that she is a big fan <strong>of</strong> underdog<br />

ingredients and the unsung hero<br />

too – and bold when it comes<br />

to pushing an ordinary and<br />

overlooked ingredient and giving<br />

it a new culinary perspective.<br />

So for the main course, she<br />

made “Beef Two Ways,” <strong>of</strong> beef<br />

belly and lengua – beef tongue.<br />

“Beef belly is an undercut piece<br />

from over the belly <strong>of</strong> the cow. It’s<br />

cheap, tough and chewy,” noted<br />

chef Suphamongkol Suphaphiphat,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the judges who commented<br />

on chef Tam’s dish. “If you can<br />

make it tender, you’re awarded<br />

with big fat flavour. Chef Tam<br />

did well with her beef belly,” the<br />

judge concluded.<br />

Nevertheless, it (Top Chef <strong>Thai</strong>land) indicated that she<br />

is a big fan <strong>of</strong> underdog ingredients and the unsung hero<br />

too – and bold when it comes to pushing an ordinary<br />

and overlooked ingredient and giving it a new culinary<br />

perspective.<br />

Top<br />

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Chicken Liver<br />

Mousse with spiced<br />

Tamarind and<br />

Grilled Sourdough<br />

is presented<br />

by Chudaree<br />

Debhakam.<br />

She battled against pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

chefs and stayed on top with cheap,<br />

but not cheap - looking ingredients<br />

like “ma kwaen,” a type <strong>of</strong> black<br />

rice with a wild pepper with tangy<br />

end taste, “pony fish,” the “katuk<br />

plant,” phak waan in <strong>Thai</strong> and<br />

“bai bua bok (pennywort)” –<br />

among some <strong>of</strong> the affordablypriced<br />

ingredients.<br />

“I don’t need fancy ingredients<br />

to cook up fancy food,” she added.<br />

“Local and seasonal ingredients are<br />

the best, and the rest is all about the<br />

cooking technique.”<br />

At the International Culinary<br />

Center, Chudaree, along with her<br />

classmates were trained on classic<br />

French cuisine techniques with a<br />

farm-to-table concept that sourced<br />

ingredients from nearby producers.<br />

She immersed in traditional cooking<br />

techniques and discovered the strong<br />

ties between agriculture and cuisine.<br />

“We travelled a lot to farms, got<br />

exposure to farmer’s markets and<br />

talked to local producers and<br />

butchers working on the quality <strong>of</strong><br />

ingredients and flavours. There is a<br />

season for everything.”<br />

This chef listens to culinary<br />

wisdom to take her cooking to new<br />

heights. “For the best in taste, I<br />

only buy available ingredients that<br />

are in season and hopefully grown<br />

in local areas,” confirms Chudaree.<br />

Her tasting menus served on the<br />

reality TV show held much promise<br />

and the audience got to hear about<br />

the ideas and stories behind her<br />

dishes. But are those meals that she<br />

prepared what she actually makes<br />

for herself, we wonder?<br />

“No, I don’t cook such meals for<br />

myself,” she affirmed. “At the end <strong>of</strong><br />

the day, after a long hour <strong>of</strong> cooking<br />

in a kitchen, I will go for nothing<br />

fancy – just something simple. A<br />

bowl <strong>of</strong> rice topped with “phad ka<br />

phrao moo” (spicy stir-fried pork<br />

with holy basil leaves) and a fried<br />

egg will do.”<br />

Meanwhile, Chudaree continues<br />

travelling around <strong>Thai</strong>land in search<br />

for inspiration and exposure to local<br />

taste and flavour, including common<br />

ingredients with bold characteristics.<br />

With cooking techniques – classic<br />

and modern (and even avant-garde),<br />

she wants to take a local ingredient<br />

to a new taste perspective.<br />

Now at Scarlett Wine Bar and<br />

Restaurant, at the Pullman <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

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Her chicken liver mousse <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

real rich liver with a texture that’s<br />

oh-so-smooth. The spicy tamarind<br />

sauce topping the entrée is probably<br />

inspired by “namjim jaew” (a<br />

much-loved and classic spicy,<br />

tangy sauce that <strong>Thai</strong>s have with<br />

roast pork belly). All in all, the liver<br />

mousse, with dried chilli smacks on<br />

your tongue and keeps you eating<br />

- making it a perfect degustation<br />

start. The grilled tiger prawns,<br />

complemented by grilled vegetables,<br />

is just as sensational.<br />

So it just begs the question as<br />

to when she’ll have her own place.<br />

From the first to the final episode <strong>of</strong><br />

Top Chef <strong>Thai</strong>land, ‘Chef Tam’ was<br />

celebrated as the youngest celebrity<br />

chef, with time being in her favour.<br />

People keep asking when she’ll have<br />

her own restaurant – as they can’t<br />

seem to wait a minute longer to<br />

try her dishes after watching them<br />

served to the judges on TV. She,<br />

however, remains tight-lipped.<br />

“I cannot yet stay put. Having<br />

my own restaurant requires it,” the<br />

talented chef said as she pointed out<br />

the restrictions. “I enjoy travelling<br />

from one place to another in search<br />

<strong>of</strong> inspiration for cooking.”<br />

Recently, Chudaree did a pop-up<br />

dinner project with her team. “This<br />

conceptual dining experience <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

new tasting menus – which are<br />

based on a particular ingredient or<br />

theme… c<strong>of</strong>fee or black chicken, for<br />

example,” she explains. “The project<br />

will be hosted in different places,<br />

and will last for a week.”<br />

Definitely, our young chef<br />

loves the great sense <strong>of</strong> discovery<br />

that comes from experimenting,<br />

testing, trying and creating new<br />

dishes. Call it a kind <strong>of</strong> research and<br />

development, but one that’s outside<br />

<strong>of</strong> a food laboratory.<br />

ชุดารี เทพาคำ หรือ เชฟ “ตาม” ได้รับบท<br />

เรียนตอนเริ่มทำงานสายอาหารที่ร้าน<br />

อาหารชื่อดัง วอเตอร์ ไลบรารี่ ที่จามจุรี<br />

สแควร์ กรุงเทพมหานคร ว่าความมั่นใจ<br />

อาจอยู่ผิดที่ผิดทางได้<br />

“เราได้รับมอบหมายให้ทำน้ำบีทรูท”<br />

เชฟตามนึกย้อนถึงเมื่อครั้งยังอ่อนทั้งวัย<br />

และประสบการณ์ “ก็ปั่นบีทรูทในเครื่องปั่น...<br />

แต่จบตรงที่ครัวแดงเถือกไปหมด น้ำบีทรูท<br />

เปื้อนกำแพงทั้งครัว แล้วซูส์เชฟก็บอกให้<br />

ลาออกจากร้านอาหารเดี๋ยวนั้นเลย<br />

ตามร้องไห้อย่างหนัก แล้วสาบานว่าต้อง<br />

เรียนทำอาหารแบบจริงจังให้ได้”<br />

ความตั้งใจพาชุดารีไปสู่กรุงนิวยอร์ก<br />

เรียนหลักสูตรศิลปะการทำอาหารเพื่อ<br />

วิชาชีพที่ศูนย์ศิลปะการประกอบอาหาร<br />

นานาชาติ หลังจบการศึกษาก็ได้เริ่ม<br />

ชีวิตการเป็นซูส์เชฟที่ บลู ฮิลล์ แอ็ท<br />

สโตน บาร์นส ร้านอาหารฟาร์มทูเทเบิ้ล<br />

ที่ได้รับการยอมรับอย่างกว้างขวาง<br />

ภายใต้การดูแลของเชฟ แดน บาร์เบอร์<br />

ผู้ริเริ่มกระแสอาหารฟาร์มทูเทเบิ้ล<br />

หลังจากนั้นชุดารีก็กลับมายังไทยใน<br />

ฐานะเชฟอย่างเต็มภาคภูมิ<br />

ปีที่แล้ว เชฟตามได้รับชัยชนะใน<br />

รายการท็อป เชฟ ไทยแลนด์ ซีซั่นแรก<br />

เธอฟันฝ่าดราม่าทำอาหารอันเร่าร้อน<br />

ด้วยอายุเพียง 24 ปี ซึ่งถือเป็นผู้เข้าแข่งขัน<br />

ที่อายุน้อยที่สุดในรายการ เชฟตามต้อง<br />

แข่งขันกับเชฟอีก 14 คนที่ต่างก็มีความ<br />

มุ่งมั่นไม่แพ้กัน อีกทั้งยังถูกกดดันจาก<br />

คณะกรรมการรุ่นเกจิ<br />

ชุดารีจบการศึกษาหลักสูตรวิทยา<br />

ศาสตร์การอาหารและโภชนาการจาก<br />

มหาวิทยาลัยน็อตติงแฮม ประเทศ<br />

อังกฤษ ทว่าความรักที่มีต่อการทำ<br />

อาหารได้พาเธอไปยังอีกฟากหนึ่ง สู่ห้อง<br />

ครัวที่มีเขียงและเครื่องไม้เครื่องมือประกอบ<br />

อาหารรายล้อม สำหรับเธอ การทำอาหาร<br />

เป็นการหลอมรวมศิลปะและวิทยาศาสตร์<br />

เข้าด้วยกัน “จินตนาการและความคิด<br />

สร้างสรรค์มีบทบาทในการสร้างเมนูใหม่<br />

แต่เราก็ไม่สามารถโยนส่วนผสมทุกอย่าง<br />

ลงในหม้อทีเดียวได้ เราต้องคิดอย่าง<br />

นักวิทยาศาสตร์ตั้งแต่เริ่มทำอาหารเพื่อ<br />

ให้ได้รูปและรสตามที่ต้องการ”<br />

รายการท็อป เชฟ ไทยแลนด์ ดึง<br />

ความคิดสร้างสรรค์ของเธอออกมา และ<br />

เชฟตามขึ้นเป็นที่หนึ่งด้วยส่วนประกอบ<br />

อาหารราคาถูกแต่ดูแพง เช่น มะแขว่น<br />

หรือข้าวดำกับพริกป่าที่มีรสชาติ<br />

ค่อนข้างแรง ปลาแป้น ผักหวาน และ<br />

ใบบัวบก อาหารที่เชฟตามรังสรรค์ขึ้นมา<br />

ในเมนูอาหารล้วนแล้วแต่ประสบความสำเร็จ<br />

ทั้งสิ้น จนคนอดสงสัยไม่ได้ว่า แล้วอาหารที่<br />

เชฟตามทำทานเองเป็นอย่างนี้หรือเปล่า<br />

เชฟตามยืนยันว่า “ไม่ค่ะ สุดท้ายแล้ว<br />

หลังจากที่อยู่ในครัวมาทั้งวัน เราไม่ได้<br />

อยากกินอะไรหรูหราหรอกค่ะ แค่ข้าวผัด<br />

กะเพราหมูไข่ดาวก็พอแล้ว”<br />

แน่นอนว่าเชฟอายุน้อยของเราคนนี้<br />

รักการค้นพบ การทดลอง และการพยายาม<br />

เพื่อสร้างสรรค์อาหารจานแปลกใหม่<br />

ถือได้ว่าสิ่งที่เธอทำเป็นงานวิจัยและ<br />

พัฒนาอย่างหนึ่งก็ว่าได้ แค่เป็นปฏิบัติ<br />

การณ์นอกห้องทดลองเท่านั้นเอง<br />

บน<br />

ท็อป เชฟ ไทยแลนด์<br />

ชุดารี เทพาคำ กับความ<br />

หลงใหลในศิลปะการทำ<br />

อาหาร โดยเธอไม่ลืม<br />

ผนวกวิชาการฟาก<br />

วิทยาศาสตร์ที่เธอ<br />

ร่ำเรียนมาควบคู่<br />

ไปด้วยกัน<br />

ล่างซ้าย<br />

บรรยากาศร้าน<br />

Scarlett Wine Bar<br />

and Restaurant ใน<br />

โรงแรมพูลแมนกรุงเทพ<br />

ที่เชฟตามโชว์ฝีมือการ<br />

ปรุงอาหารให้ทีมฟ้าไทย<br />

ได้ลิ้มลอง<br />

58


THAI FOOD SCENE<br />

Food<br />

Scene:<br />

Followers <strong>of</strong> hip eats might start to find listings passe.<br />

Real foodies, those who live and breathe food alone,<br />

are seeking something more significant and meaningful<br />

beyond the story <strong>of</strong> a tasty dish. To get their appetites<br />

going, they may have to revisit the past.<br />

Words Sirin P Wongpanit<br />

Photos Permboon Wongpanit<br />

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61


THAI FOOD SCENE<br />

For the latest in the <strong>Thai</strong> food scene,<br />

the loudest hum might just come<br />

from the North. The earth that<br />

nurtures growth there is being<br />

re-explored, while old stories on cooking<br />

are dusted <strong>of</strong>f and retold. Creative dishes<br />

are portrayed by enlightened chefs who<br />

now ask different questions that relate<br />

to a really distant past. From boundless<br />

ignorance comes this learning that turns<br />

into a great treasure <strong>of</strong> culinary knowledge.<br />

“It was a tipping point in my<br />

life, when I was deep in the jungle<br />

and learnt that I knew absolutely<br />

nothing, not even how to survive<br />

for a day,” says Chef Kongwuth<br />

“Kong” Chaiwongkachon, the<br />

chef owner <strong>of</strong> one <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

hottest table, Locus Native Food<br />

Lab, that is in the middle <strong>of</strong><br />

nowhere Chiang Rai. “That fact<br />

gave me a new mind set. I thought<br />

I knew everything being a city<br />

boy and all that - but that trip<br />

provided me with the reality that<br />

I really knew so little. And here<br />

I am, searching for new things<br />

everyday by learning from the<br />

wisdom <strong>of</strong> the locals.”<br />

This time, new learning involves<br />

age-old knowledge beyond how<br />

locals forage for food using old<br />

ways <strong>of</strong> thinking and methodology.<br />

It is a more localised way to eating<br />

what’s in season as markets up<br />

north change their produce and<br />

food every two weeks and in turn<br />

determines the change in menus.<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land has seen a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

food transformations in the past<br />

decades. Now we’re moving past<br />

the series <strong>of</strong> the tasty foreign<br />

influx, the gentrification <strong>of</strong> menus,<br />

buzz words like ‘organic,’ ‘housemade,’<br />

‘artisanal,’ ‘sustainable,’<br />

and sprinklings <strong>of</strong> ‘farm-to-table.’<br />

We have somehow come <strong>of</strong> age<br />

and coming around to our roots,<br />

resulting in more mature foods<br />

on the table. In other words, more<br />

Top<br />

Chef Kongwuth<br />

Chaiwongkachon<br />

plates his creations.<br />

Left<br />

The rustic ambience<br />

<strong>of</strong> Locus with its<br />

open kitchen.<br />

Opposite Page,<br />

Clockwise<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> northern style<br />

herbal, yellow rice<br />

with young chicken.<br />

Smoked Tomme<br />

Cheese from Chiang<br />

Rai with local<br />

sausages and herbs.<br />

The tender parts<br />

<strong>of</strong> a young banana<br />

trunk in curry<br />

served as a contrast<br />

to the crispy clear<br />

noodles.<br />

The French<br />

technique <strong>of</strong> making<br />

a consomme is<br />

adapted for Yam Gin<br />

Gai, a spicy chicken<br />

broth that’s famous<br />

in the <strong>Thai</strong> north.<br />

real and unpretentious. Foods in<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land have always been packed<br />

with variety and diversified through<br />

creativity. But now the most exciting<br />

thing happening is the combination<br />

<strong>of</strong> earnest searches for knowledge in<br />

the chef world, coupled with the rise<br />

<strong>of</strong> enlightened eaters.<br />

Part <strong>of</strong> this new way <strong>of</strong> old<br />

food is the revival <strong>of</strong> ancient<br />

recipes, which happened three<br />

years ago in an old shophouse in<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong>’s Old Quarter. A former<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> head chef at the then Four<br />

Seasons <strong>Bangkok</strong> quit her job and<br />

pursued her dreams. “I wanted<br />

to create <strong>Thai</strong> food <strong>of</strong> a new<br />

era,” says Ann Khanarak <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

Cooking by Ann Khanarak. “In my<br />

years <strong>of</strong> cooking <strong>Thai</strong> food, I have<br />

always wanted to present them<br />

in new ways, but with true <strong>Thai</strong><br />

tastes and all edible ingredients –<br />

not carving pumpkin and making<br />

rose petals from tomato skins.<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> food can be interesting since<br />

they derive from ancient recipes<br />

and there are so many elements<br />

we did not know, just because we<br />

never searched for it.”<br />

At Ann’s Chef’s Table, many<br />

forgotten herbs - all arranged like<br />

floral bouquets - are served with<br />

an ample bowl <strong>of</strong> relish, and wellrounded<br />

curries served colourfully<br />

in old-style ceramics. Side dishes or<br />

appetisers - something as ordinary<br />

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as Mee Krob (fried vermicelli<br />

noodles) - are reawakened with new<br />

forms <strong>of</strong> presentation. Gorgeous,<br />

dainty and super delicious. Beautiful<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> dishes served by Ann at this<br />

shophouse spurred a new creative<br />

movement, opening up new<br />

possibilities for <strong>Thai</strong> foods long<br />

thought to be hopeless and at the<br />

level <strong>of</strong> other classic ‘gourmet’<br />

cuisines such as French and Italian<br />

or even New American.<br />

“Now I dare to say that the<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong> food scene is on par with<br />

many global cities,” says Varatt<br />

Vichit-Vadakan. Ten years ago, he<br />

pioneered the current craze for craft<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fees and foods with his small<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee shop Ohana and now has a<br />

Top, Clockwise<br />

from Left<br />

Chef Ann Khanarak<br />

teaches a crew <strong>of</strong><br />

chefs from London.<br />

A floral roll with 20<br />

types <strong>of</strong> flowers.<br />

Varatt Vichit-<br />

Vadakan.<br />

Crispy climbing<br />

wattles with<br />

a mildly spicy<br />

minced-pork salad.<br />

mini-empire <strong>of</strong> the ever-popular<br />

Roast restaurants and Roots c<strong>of</strong>fee<br />

shops. In his business plan to build<br />

The Commons community mall<br />

in <strong>Bangkok</strong>, Varatt subliminally<br />

shaped people’s ideas <strong>of</strong> ‘trendy<br />

foods’ to be something that’s<br />

selective, craft-driven, and even<br />

personified. Thanks to The<br />

Commons’ workshop spaces,<br />

young and aspiring chefs have<br />

more opportunities to shine. Eating<br />

well now means knowing your food<br />

well and being able to select the<br />

best for yourself. The trend now is<br />

to catch up with the demands <strong>of</strong><br />

even more savvier consumers who<br />

scrutinise the total dish and not<br />

merely their flavours.<br />

“I think we have come full<br />

circle,” says Varatt. “Now what is<br />

happening is a lot <strong>of</strong> young chefs<br />

are making their own statements<br />

in the food and beverage scene<br />

by focusing on one or two things<br />

they do best. A lot <strong>of</strong> shops and<br />

restaurants are selling just one or<br />

two products. Being more focused<br />

on those and being able to fully<br />

trace it back to its origins. A soy<br />

milk café in Chiang Mai can tell you<br />

who grows the soybeans you are<br />

drinking, for example.”<br />

With even savvier consumers<br />

looking for new and more exciting<br />

eating experiences, being successful<br />

in the current food scene in<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land now means one needs to<br />

spend more time working with the<br />

food. This means the backstory, as<br />

well as the impact <strong>of</strong> food to the<br />

community, the environment. There<br />

is a re-discovery <strong>of</strong> the repertoire <strong>of</strong><br />

ancient recipes because consumers<br />

seem to be wanting it all. And that<br />

means everything is coming<br />

together: innovative dishes which<br />

are the revival <strong>of</strong> some forgotten<br />

delicacies, a revival <strong>of</strong> local arts and<br />

crafts that is part <strong>of</strong> the story and<br />

meal presentation, revisiting the old<br />

days, and perhaps that means more<br />

reading <strong>of</strong> old books and old recipes.<br />

“All the (culinary) treasures I<br />

found are inside the heads <strong>of</strong> older<br />

people,” says Chef Kong. “I always<br />

have tons <strong>of</strong> questions for them.<br />

Now I realised that everything is<br />

connected. The changing <strong>of</strong> the<br />

seasons, the new sprouts, new<br />

produce, and that makes cooking<br />

for me even more exciting.”<br />

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Where<br />

to eat<br />

Chiang Rai<br />

LOCUS NATIVE FOOD LAB<br />

A 10-course <strong>Thai</strong> degustation (mostly revived from<br />

forgotten Northern dishes) by Chef Kong with an<br />

entirely new menu each month. Dishes are determined<br />

by seasons, which in turn determine the local<br />

ingredients. The special thing about this place is the<br />

deconstructing <strong>of</strong> each local dish and presentation that<br />

sometimes require haute French cooking techniques.<br />

Advanced reservation is a must. Address: 171/24 Baan<br />

Santarnlhuang, Tambon Rim Kok, Amphur Muang,<br />

Chiang Rai, <strong>Thai</strong>land, T: +66 (0) 86 881 7299,<br />

facebook.com/locusnativefoodlab<br />

Chiang Mai<br />

VILLA MAHABHIROM<br />

Revival <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> traditional<br />

old recipes. <strong>Thai</strong>-style<br />

alfresco lunch by the pool<br />

with interesting dishes<br />

such as ‘stir-fried sticky<br />

rice with dried anchovies,<br />

crispy fried ‘climbing<br />

wattle’ or cha-om with<br />

salad dressing, dried version<br />

<strong>of</strong> pork and eggs braised in<br />

five spices and a new version<br />

<strong>of</strong> the famous durian and sticky<br />

rice, this time in coconut durian<br />

mousse. Address: 62 Moo 10, Tambon<br />

Suthep, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai,<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land, T: +66 (0) 53 271 200,<br />

villamahabhirom.com<br />

THE IRONWOOD<br />

Quality ingredients are sourced,<br />

with twists in <strong>Thai</strong> and western<br />

recipes plus the English cottage<br />

vibe makes this place a popular<br />

sanctuary in Mae Rim district <strong>of</strong><br />

Chiang Mai. Try their ‘shrimp<br />

paste rice’ with sweet pork infused<br />

with ‘ma kwaen’ or <strong>Thai</strong> northern<br />

Sichuan pepper, and a salad <strong>of</strong> phak<br />

kood, an edible fern. Address: 592/1<br />

Mae Rim - Samoeng Highway, Mae<br />

Ram, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, <strong>Thai</strong>land,<br />

T: +66 (0) 81 858 3555,<br />

facebook.com/theironwoodmaerim<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

BAREFOOD BANGKOK<br />

Believers in the responsible food movement and<br />

within the network <strong>of</strong> the crafted foods community in<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong>, Barefood is a project run by Chef Edoardo<br />

Bonavolta and Taksina Nuangsri. They create vegan<br />

cheeses from assorted nuts, make pickles and plantbased<br />

products. To network with like-minded<br />

individuals, workshops on crafted and plant-based<br />

foods are <strong>of</strong>fered. Address: 26 Sukhumvit 61, <strong>Bangkok</strong>,<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land, barefood.live, facebook.com/barefoodbangkok<br />

BAD BOY VALLEY<br />

Set menu served in an “Alice in Wonderland” ambience, hidden deep in<br />

the woods. The entire place is a jungle <strong>of</strong> fantasies with the eclectic and<br />

personal collections <strong>of</strong> the owners - ranging from invaluable antiques<br />

and taxidermy. Their food is equally fancy with over-the-top flower<br />

garnishes. Only prix-fixe menus are available, with accommodations in<br />

their antique-strewn rooms. Address: Wat Phraphutthabat Si Roi,<br />

Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, <strong>Thai</strong>land, T: +66 (0) 62 474 1656<br />

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เทรนด์ตามลิ้มลองอาหารสุดฮิปกำลัง<br />

จะเอ้าท์ เมื่อกลุ่มคนรักอาหารตัวจริง<br />

แบบที่หายใจเข้า-ออกเป็นอาหาร กำลัง<br />

แสวงหาอาหารจานที่มีความหมาย<br />

มากกว่าแค่รสชาติถูกปาก ภาคเหนือดู<br />

เหมือนจะตอบโจทย์นี้ได้อย่างลงตัว<br />

พร้อมกับการสร้างสรรค์อาหารจาน<br />

ใหม่ๆ ที่ผสมผสานวัฒนธรรมที่น้อยคน<br />

นักจะรู้จัก<br />

เชฟก้องวุฒิ ชัยวงศ์ขจร เจ้าของ<br />

ร้าน Locus Native Food Lab ใน<br />

เชียงราย เล่าว่าเขาได้มีโอกาสไปเดินป่า<br />

จนทำให้รู้แจ้งว่า จริงๆ แล้วเขาแทบจะ<br />

ไม่รู้อะไรเลยเกี่ยวกับเรื่องอาหาร<br />

ทัศนคติของเชฟก้องเปลี่ยนไป เขาเริ่ม<br />

เรียนรู้จากภูมิปัญญาท้องถิ่นที่ได้พบเจอ<br />

วงการอาหารไทยเปลี่ยนแปลงอยู่<br />

ตลอดเวลา แต่สิ่งที่ไม่เคยขาดหายไปคือ<br />

ความหลากหลายและความคิดสร้างสรรค์<br />

ซึ ่งตอนนี้ได้ผนวกเข้ากับแรงกระหาย<br />

ความรู้ที่นักชิมต่างสรรหา จนเป็นที่มา<br />

ของตำราอาหารไทยโบราณที่ปรากฏ<br />

โฉมขึ้นอีกครั้ง นี่เป็นอีกเหตุผลหนึ่งที่<br />

แอน คณารักษ์ ลาออกจากการเป็นเชฟ<br />

โรงแรมชั้นนำระดับโลก เพื่อหันมาสร้าง<br />

อาหารไทยยุคใหม่ โดยใช้ส่วนผสมและ<br />

ตำรับโบราณ<br />

ที่ร้าน Chef’s Table ของเชฟแอน<br />

สมุนไพรที่หลายคนหลงลืมได้รับการจัด<br />

เป็นช่ออย่างละเมียด เสิร์ฟพร้อมกับ<br />

แกงสีสันงดงามในชามกระเบื้องแบบ<br />

ดั้งเดิม แม้แต่อาหารเรียกน้ำย่อยแสน<br />

ธรรมดาอย่าง หมี่กรอบ ก็ได้รับการ<br />

แปลงโฉมให้สง่างามพร้อมกับรสชาติ<br />

อร่อยจนลืมหายใจ ปลุกกระแสการ<br />

สรรค์สร้างอาหารไทยให้เทียบเท่า<br />

อาหารฝรั่งเศสหรืออิตาเลียนได้ไม่แพ้กัน<br />

วรัตต์ วิจิตรวาทการ ผู้บุกเบิกกระแสกาแฟคราฟต์<br />

และผู้ก่อตั้งร้าน Ohana ที่ปัจจุบันขยายเป็นร้านอาหาร<br />

Roast และร้านกาแฟ Roots หรือแม้แต่ Commons คอม<br />

มิวนิตี้มอลล์ที่เปิดโอกาสให้ทั้งเชฟและนักชิมได้เลือกสรร<br />

และเสาะหาอาหารที ่ดีที่สุด ได้เรียนรู้ถึงเรื่องราวเบื้องหลัง<br />

อาหารแต่ละจานอย่างถ่องแท้ ซึ่งเป็นอะไรที่มากกว่า<br />

รสชาติอันโอชะ<br />

คุณวรัตต์ บอกว่า ร้านอาหารจำนวนมากเสนอ<br />

อาหารเพียงไม่กี่อย่าง เพื่อให้ลูกค้าย้อนรอยกลับไปหา<br />

ต้นกำเนิดของรสชาตินั้นๆ ได้ เช่น คาเฟ่นมถั่วเหลืองที่<br />

คนทานจะรู้ได้ว่าถั่วแต่ละเมล็ดมาจากไหน<br />

เมื่อผู้บริโภคต้องการประสบการณ์การทานอาหาร<br />

อันตื่นเต้นแปลกใหม่ ร้านอาหารในไทยจึงปรับตัว สืบค้น<br />

เรื่องราว สร้างแรงบันดาลใจให้กับสังคม รักษาสิ่งแวดล้อม<br />

และรื้อฟื้นตำรับอาหารโบราณทั้งระบบ อาหารต้อง<br />

แปลกใหม่ แต่คงไว้ซึ่งรากเหง้า ผสมผสานศิลปะท้องถิ่น<br />

แบบดั้งเดิม<br />

เชฟก้องกล่าวว่า ขุมทรัพย์ที ่เขาค้นพบล้วนแล้วแต่<br />

มาจากคนเฒ่าคนแก่ เขาถามผู้รู้อยู่เสมอ จนทำให้รู้ว่า<br />

ทุกอย่างเชื่อมโยงถึงกันหมด ไม่ว่าจะเป็นการเปลี ่ยน<br />

ฤดูกาล ผักที่งอกใหม่ ส่วนผสมที่แตกต่าง ทั้งหมดนี้<br />

ทำให้การปรุงอาหารน่าตื่นเต้นยิ่งกว่าที่เคย<br />

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา<br />

จากบนสุด<br />

ชีสที่ทำจากถั่วและผักดอง<br />

แบบต่างๆ กำลังเป็น<br />

เทรนด์ใหม่ล่าสุดเวลานี้<br />

ปลาแห้งแตงโม<br />

อาหารโบราณที่เรียก<br />

ความสดชื่นได้เสมอ<br />

ข้าวกั้นจิ้นในแบบฉบับ<br />

ของเชฟก้องวุฒิ<br />

พล่ากุ้งแม่น้ำ จานหลัก<br />

จากหุบเขาคนโฉด<br />

ข้าวเหนียวทุเรียนที่เสิร์ฟ<br />

ในมูสน้ำกะทิทุเรียน<br />

นักชิมห้ามพลาด<br />

Locus Native Food Lab<br />

รายการอาหารพิเศษ 10 เมนู (ส่วนใหญ่<br />

เป็นอาหารเหนือเก่าแก่) โดยเชฟก้อง<br />

อาหารแต่ละจานขึ้นอยู่กับฤดูกาลโดยใช้<br />

ส่วนผสมท้องถิ่น แต่ละจานสร้างสรรค์<br />

และนำเสนอแปลกใหม่ จำเป็นต้องสำรอง<br />

ที่นั่งล่วงหน้า<br />

171/24 บ้านสันทางหลวง อำเภอเมือง<br />

เชียงราย, +66 (0) 86 881 7299,<br />

facebook.com/locusnativefoodlab<br />

Villa Mahabhirom<br />

การกลับมาของสูตรอาหารไทยดั้งเดิม<br />

เสิร์ฟริมสระน้ำ มีเมนูน่าสนใจมากมาย<br />

ไม่ว่าจะเป็น ข้าวเหนียวผัดปลากระตัก<br />

ชะอมทอดกรอบกับน้ำสลัด หมูและไข่ตุ๋น<br />

เครื่องเทศห้าชนิด และข้าวเหนียวทุเรียน<br />

62 หมู่ 10 อำเภอเมือง เชียงใหม่,<br />

+66 (0) 53 271 200, villamahabhirom.com<br />

The Ironwood<br />

ส่วนผสมที่คัดเลือกมาอย่างดี ดัดแปลง<br />

ผสมผสานทั้งตำรับไทยและตะวันตก พร้อม<br />

กับบรรยากาศชนบทประเทศอังกฤษ จนได้<br />

รับความนิยมอย่างมากในแม่ริม จังหวัด<br />

เชียงใหม่ ต้องลองข้าวคลุกกะปิ เคียงด้วยหมู<br />

หวานที่ปรุงด้วยมะแขว่นและสลัดผักกูด<br />

592/1 แม่ริม – ถนนหลวงสาเมือง<br />

อำเภอแม่ริม เชียงใหม่,<br />

facebook.com/theironwoodmaerim<br />

Bad Boy Valley<br />

อาหารเซ็ตเมนูท่ามกลางบรรยากาศแมกไม้<br />

เหมือนอยู่ในแดนมหัศจรรย์ ประดับด้วย<br />

ของสะสมจากหลายยุครวมกัน ตั้งแต่ของ<br />

เก่าล้ำค่า ไปจนถึงสัตว์สตัฟฟ์ อาหารก็<br />

เด็ดไม่แพ้กัน ประดับด้วยดอกไม้<br />

สวยงาม มีบริการเพียงเมนูชุดเท่านั้น<br />

หรือสามารถค้างคืนที่นี่เลยก็ได้<br />

วัดพระพุทธบาทสีรอย อำเภอแม่ริม เชียงใหม่,<br />

+66 (0) 62 474 1656<br />

Barefood <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

โครงการของเชฟ Edoardo<br />

Bonavolta และ ทักษิณา เนื ่องศรี<br />

ที่ต้องการสร้างเครือข่ายอาหารที่รับ<br />

ผิดชอบต่อสังคม ผลิตชีสมังสวิรัติจาก<br />

ถั่วธัญพืช ทำผักดอง และอาหารที่มีพืช<br />

เป็นส่วนประกอบหลัก พร้อมกับสร้าง<br />

เครือข่ายสมาชิกที่ชื่นชอบเวิร์กช็อปการ<br />

ทำอาหารประเภทนี้<br />

26 สุขุมวิท 61 กรุงเทพฯ,<br />

+66 (0) 98 924 6995, barefood.live<br />

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CHENGDU<br />

Chengdu<br />

It<br />

In a cuisine-rich place like Chengdu, no<br />

reservations are necessary to eat well —<br />

as long as you have no reservations<br />

Yourself<br />

in eating its bold, fiery food.<br />

Words & Photos Mark Pochaw<br />

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CHENGDU<br />

We arrived in Chengdu late evening, weary travellers with<br />

growling stomachs. It was close to 9 o’clock at night, the<br />

dreaded hour when you just have to take your chances for<br />

any decent meal. But we were excited to be in a city lauded<br />

for its culinary culture and dramatic landmarks. While Chengdu served<br />

as the base, we were also taking advantage <strong>of</strong> its gateway to some <strong>of</strong> the<br />

more ancient and beautiful parts <strong>of</strong> China.<br />

Any visit to Chengdu includes<br />

pandas, the giant Buddha image<br />

at Leshan, and the awe-inspiring<br />

height <strong>of</strong> Mount Emei. But it’s what<br />

we can eat going from place to<br />

place that fuelled our anticipation.<br />

We were told that the simplest<br />

pedestrian bowl <strong>of</strong> noodles is just<br />

as delicious and executed with as<br />

much technical prowess as Chengdu<br />

haute cuisine. Our group decided to<br />

just explore and see where it took<br />

us, the only must-eat item being<br />

the famous Mapo T<strong>of</strong>u. That, we<br />

ordered and sampled practically<br />

every place we visited.<br />

We retained a local tour guide for<br />

exactly one reason: in addition to his<br />

recommendations for local eateries,<br />

we needed an interpreter for our<br />

culinary adventures. We wanted<br />

to be able to walk into any local<br />

establishment and ask or request<br />

anything without a language barrier.<br />

Right, Top to Bottom<br />

Best <strong>of</strong> the season in<br />

Chengdu: bamboo<br />

shoots from Mount<br />

Emei.<br />

The local cuisine<br />

shows its creative<br />

side with a pork dish<br />

<strong>of</strong> Chinese bacon<br />

strips wrapped like<br />

a Mayan pyramid.<br />

Bottom Left<br />

To visit Chengdu<br />

also means a visit to<br />

the giant Buddha at<br />

Leshan.<br />

We weren’t looking for the most<br />

exotic items but wanted to be able to<br />

ask about the ingredients. It was<br />

a really good idea since the first<br />

snack we encountered were rabbit<br />

skulls, um, head, dunked in chilli oil.<br />

We wouldn’t have wanted to order<br />

that by mistake.<br />

Across the street from the<br />

hotel seemed a good choice for the<br />

first meal. Keep it simple, we tell<br />

ourselves and head to a mom-andpop<br />

eatery. However, a display <strong>of</strong><br />

semi-wilted vegetables and other<br />

unrecognisable greens that marked<br />

the remains <strong>of</strong> the day didn’t seem<br />

promising. Our stir-fry dishes<br />

arrived with rice and the first bite<br />

revealed depth <strong>of</strong> flavour despite<br />

the simplicity <strong>of</strong> the cooking.<br />

A nondescript eatery with<br />

straightforward dishes whipped up<br />

quickly and delicious. Were we just<br />

lucky? No, that’s Chengdu. The first<br />

meal set the tone for the rest<br />

<strong>of</strong> our trip. Other fascinating<br />

seasonal vegetables started to<br />

appear. We heard tongue-twisting<br />

names, such as celtuce, osmanthus<br />

– all sounded so exotically new<br />

and, it turns out our guide Jay from<br />

yakpanda.com, who had trained to<br />

be a chef at one time, explained to<br />

us that the first item to master in a<br />

Sichuan chef’s training was how to<br />

make the right and proper “red oil”.<br />

Most dishes were intense colours<br />

<strong>of</strong> red, made so by the presence<br />

<strong>of</strong> dried chillies and the aromatic<br />

Sichuan peppercorns, with a final<br />

taste pr<strong>of</strong>ile that’s balanced by<br />

dark vinegar and generous presence<br />

<strong>of</strong> peanuts.<br />

The first side trip was to<br />

Huanglongzi ancient town.<br />

Harking back to the Qing Dynasty,<br />

we walked through seven<br />

cobbled-stone streets and nine<br />

alleys with streams and water<br />

snaking through the village.<br />

Grandma vendors approached<br />

female visitors to sell crowns<br />

fashioned from dahlia flowers;<br />

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Right, Clockwise<br />

Always centrestage<br />

are red chillies on a<br />

s<strong>of</strong>t t<strong>of</strong>u snack.<br />

Fresh straw<br />

mushroom buds in<br />

a typical Sichuan<br />

stir fry.<br />

Chengdu has an<br />

exhaustive list <strong>of</strong><br />

noodles to try.<br />

Bottom Left<br />

Everyday<br />

Sichuan spices at<br />

a local shop.<br />

just like the colourful ones worn<br />

at a Swedish midsummer festival.<br />

Whether it was just a touristy<br />

gimmick or not, everyone looked as<br />

picturesque as the rest <strong>of</strong> the town.<br />

For lunch, we decided on a<br />

homey restaurant by the river. The<br />

menu consisted <strong>of</strong> baskets <strong>of</strong> no<br />

less than 30 varieties <strong>of</strong> seasonal<br />

vegetables. We sat by the river<br />

blissfully watching a fisherman<br />

working his catch. We learned<br />

it was river eel which were on<br />

display, live, in metal basins in<br />

front <strong>of</strong> the restaurant. Naturally,<br />

we ordered some, despite objections<br />

by one member <strong>of</strong> the group who was<br />

a devout Buddhist. The simple<br />

kitchen had several types <strong>of</strong><br />

doubanjiang or douban set out. This<br />

spicy and salty bean paste worked<br />

as the essence in most dishes in<br />

Chengdu. When the dishes arrived,<br />

it was a feast <strong>of</strong> colours and tastes<br />

- all from only vegetables and some<br />

simple seasonings. The depth <strong>of</strong><br />

flavour and the umami imparted<br />

by Chengdu culinary magic made<br />

every dish stand out, all done in the<br />

flaming heat <strong>of</strong> a wok.<br />

On to beautiful and misty Mount<br />

Emei, one <strong>of</strong> the four most sacred<br />

The depth <strong>of</strong> flavour and the<br />

umami imparted by Chengdu<br />

culinary magic made every dish<br />

stand out, all done in<br />

the flaming heat <strong>of</strong> a wok.<br />

Buddhist mountains in China.<br />

Stunning lush trees and waterfalls<br />

bring to mind the ink brush paintings<br />

done by scholars from centuries past.<br />

We stopped to indulge in a local<br />

habit <strong>of</strong> just hanging at the nearby<br />

teahouse, enjoying the taste <strong>of</strong> fresh<br />

mountain air and the scent <strong>of</strong> bamboo<br />

groves in a batch <strong>of</strong> young tea leaves.<br />

The leaves were also visually appealing<br />

as they remained suspended upright<br />

in the tea, looking like the bamboo<br />

leaves that surrounded us. The clicking<br />

sound <strong>of</strong> pumpkin seeds set the<br />

tone for a day in the life <strong>of</strong> Chengdu.<br />

Relaxing, spiritual, and gustatory.<br />

A side trip to the Leshan<br />

Giant Buddha can be included<br />

together with Mount Emei on a<br />

single trip. The Buddha is carved<br />

from a gigantic hill in terracotta<br />

colour at the confluence <strong>of</strong><br />

three important Sichuan rivers.<br />

At 71 metres high with fingers<br />

measuring 8 metres long, the<br />

Buddha has shoulders larger than<br />

a basketball court where dozens<br />

<strong>of</strong> people can stand on.<br />

On the way there, we purchased<br />

some fresh picked bamboo shoots<br />

from an old woman laden with a<br />

basket full. Not quite knowing what<br />

to do after we bought them on a<br />

whim, we entrusted our acquisition<br />

to the cooks at the restaurant we<br />

selected for lunch. Simply stir-fried<br />

with salt and garlic, this variety<br />

had a slightly bitter bite to it, with<br />

the fresh fragrance <strong>of</strong> mountain<br />

flowers. Then we had our first taste<br />

<strong>of</strong> the famous Chengdu fish stew<br />

called Sichuan Oil-Boiled Fish or<br />

Shui Zhu Yu. Slices <strong>of</strong> delicate, flaky<br />

fish lies beneath a slick, intense<br />

bed <strong>of</strong> red chillies, Sichuan pepper,<br />

and boiling oil – this imparts that<br />

numbing sensation people refer to<br />

with Sichuan cuisine. This lightlypoached<br />

local fish is served with<br />

green vegetables and potato starch<br />

noodles, placed in a large bowl<br />

covered generously in a layer <strong>of</strong><br />

chillies, ginger, green onion, garlic<br />

slices and cilantro.<br />

The Chengdu culinary scene<br />

is so vast in its <strong>of</strong>ferings that we<br />

almost forgot to try the classic<br />

mapo t<strong>of</strong>u. This concoction <strong>of</strong> s<strong>of</strong>t<br />

bean curd with douban is redder,<br />

and has the fires <strong>of</strong> hell sitting on<br />

your tongue. There’s an exhaustive<br />

list <strong>of</strong> noodles, like sweet water<br />

noodles served in a snack-size<br />

bowl with vinegar, classic dan dan<br />

noodles, and zajiang mian, a thicker<br />

wheat variety with soybean paste<br />

and dozens <strong>of</strong> other variations.<br />

The list goes on. The only thing we<br />

didn’t get to try was the hot pot and<br />

chuan chuan, Chengdu’s version <strong>of</strong><br />

a hot pot, with <strong>of</strong> skewered meats<br />

and vegetables that’s conveniently<br />

cooked. But like most people, we’ll<br />

return because we can’t get enough.<br />

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CHENGDU<br />

Words Mark Pochaw, N Acosta<br />

Photos Chengdu Food Tours<br />

STAYING ON THE SICHUAN<br />

EATING PATH…<br />

What else in Chengdu is there to<br />

try in its vast dining landscape?<br />

We ask Chengdu Food Tours,<br />

whose drool-worthy Instagram<br />

posts show a Sichuan food<br />

repertoire that reflects the scope<br />

<strong>of</strong> their dining itineraries, proving<br />

just how many options there are<br />

to discover. The CEO, or ‘chief<br />

experience <strong>of</strong>ficer’ Jordan Porter,<br />

gives his top recommendations<br />

for a well-rounded Chengdu food<br />

experience.<br />

A good bowl <strong>of</strong> streetside<br />

noodles. Porter points out<br />

that Chengdu noodle variations<br />

run the gamut in toppings and<br />

combinations but there are definitely<br />

two basic options: soup or dry. A<br />

good start would be beef or rib<br />

noodles in red soups or zajiang<br />

noodles, also generous in chilli oil<br />

and fried minced pork – both <strong>of</strong><br />

which are easily found.<br />

Roast rabbit. “Rabbit is a<br />

huge part <strong>of</strong> Sichuan cuisine and it’s<br />

something I don’t think gets eaten<br />

at Sichuan restaurants outside <strong>of</strong><br />

the province as <strong>of</strong>ten,” says Porter.<br />

But this is not to be confused with<br />

rabbit heads, one <strong>of</strong> the popular<br />

local snacks.<br />

Late night Chuan Chuan!<br />

Known as the Chengdu version<br />

<strong>of</strong> hot pot, skewers come most<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten cooked and already sitting<br />

in a master pot to serve, unlike a<br />

traditional hot pot that’s cooked<br />

at your table. Porter describes it<br />

as being “more than a meal – it<br />

occupies an important social and<br />

cultural space for local people. The<br />

word chuan means to skewer, or on<br />

sticks, and refers to the fact that all<br />

the meat and veggies are threaded<br />

onto sticks before being cooked so<br />

they are easy to retrieve - rather<br />

than tossed into the pot and fished<br />

out like in a normal hot pot.”<br />

This is more <strong>of</strong> a convivial and<br />

communal style <strong>of</strong> eating.<br />

“Of course, (enjoy) the<br />

bustling jovial atmosphere <strong>of</strong><br />

hot pot with a group <strong>of</strong> friends,”<br />

Porter says with enthusiasm,<br />

referring to the traditional style.<br />

“Because Chengdu is an amazing<br />

city that’s not just full <strong>of</strong> incredible<br />

food and fresh produce, but an<br />

energetic and unpretentious food<br />

culture that permeates all aspects<br />

<strong>of</strong> society.”<br />

He has lived in Chengdu since<br />

2010 – and the company strongly<br />

believes in telling the stories <strong>of</strong> the<br />

city and using food as a vehicle for<br />

visitors to gain insight – and not<br />

just the food itself, but also its food<br />

culture. The result, says Porter, is<br />

an amazing experience <strong>of</strong> seeing<br />

what makes the place so special.<br />

“This is a rapidly developing city,<br />

but one that retains a relaxed<br />

feel, a great work-life balance<br />

and harbours a great number<br />

<strong>of</strong> subcultures that make it an<br />

interesting place. And mostly,<br />

people here are just nice!”<br />

Above, Clockwise<br />

Chengdu, a UNESCO<br />

City <strong>of</strong> Gastronomy,<br />

and the famous<br />

Anshun Bridge.<br />

Chengdu is known<br />

for an exhaustive<br />

list <strong>of</strong> noodle<br />

combinations.<br />

Chuan Chuan it in<br />

Chengdu! Meat and<br />

vegetable skewers<br />

called “chuan” sit<br />

in a spicy broth in a<br />

city where the food<br />

culture and leisure<br />

culture go hand-inhand.<br />

Left<br />

Sweet water noodles<br />

and pea starch<br />

noodles are popular<br />

all day snacks.<br />

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CHENGDU<br />

เรามาถึงเฉิงตูเกือบสามทุ่ม ช่างเป็นช่วง<br />

เวลาที่ไม่ค่อยเป็นใจ หวั่นใจเล็กๆ ว่าจะมี<br />

โอกาสได้ลิ้มรสอาหารดีๆ สักมื้อทันไหม<br />

เพราะใครๆ ต่างพากันร่ำลือว่าเมือง<br />

เฉิงตูแห่งนี้ช่างรุ่มรวยไปด้วยวัฒนธรรม<br />

อาหารการกิน<br />

ก่อนไปเยี ่ยมชมหมีแพนด้า พระพุทธ<br />

รูปเล่อซาน และเขาเอ๋อเหมย กองทัพ<br />

ต้องเดินด้วยท้อง เราตัดสินใจตามใจ<br />

ปาก เพื่อทดสอบความจริงที่ว่าก๋วยเตี๋ยว<br />

ข้างถนนที่เฉิงตูจะเทียบเท่าอาหารชั้นสูง<br />

รสเลิศในภัตตาคารจริงหรือไม่<br />

ร้านอาหารริมทางด้านหน้าโรงแรม<br />

น่าจะเป็นตัวเลือกที่ดีที่สุด ถึงแม้ว่าผัก<br />

จะเหี่ยวไปนิด บางอย่างก็ดูไม่ออกว่า<br />

เป็นอะไร ส่วนกระบวนการปรุงก็ดูจะ<br />

เรียบง่ายไปสักหน่อย แต่พอได้ลิ้มรส<br />

เท่านั้น ทีเด็ดอย่าบอกใคร หรืออาจจะ<br />

บังเอิญโชคดีเจอร้านอร่อย แต่อย่าลืม<br />

ว่าเราอยู่ในเฉิงตูนี่นะ พืชผักตามฤดูกาล<br />

แปลกตาเริ่มปรากฏให้เห็น พริกแห้งสีสัน<br />

สดใสน่ารับประทาน เติมด้วยความหอม<br />

จากพริกไทยเสฉวน ตัดรสด้วยน้ำส้ม<br />

สายชูหมักและถั่วลิสงเต็มจาน<br />

เริ่มต้นทริปนี้กันที่เมืองโบราณหัวหลง<br />

ในสมัยราชวงศ์ชิง เราเดินบนถนนปูลาด<br />

ด้วยพื้นหิน มีลำธารพาดผ่านหมู่บ้าน<br />

ผู้คนดูเหมือนหลุดมาจากเทพนิยาย<br />

กลมกลืนไปกับบ้านเรือนแบบตะวันตก<br />

สไตล์เสฉวน เราพักทานอาหารกลางวัน<br />

ที่ร้านอาหารนั่งสบายริมแม่น้ำ มองชาว<br />

ประมงหาปลา บนโต๊ะอาหารมีตะกร้าผัก<br />

กว่าสามสิบชนิด ตามด้วยเมนูผักอีก<br />

มากมายที่ปรุงด้วยเต้าเจี้ยวเผ็ดสีฉูดฉาด<br />

หลากรสชาติผสมปนเปเข้าด้วยกันเป็น<br />

ความกลมกล่อมจากเตาไฟร้อนฉ่า<br />

บนเขาเอ๋อเหมย หนึ่งในสี่ภูเขา<br />

ศักดิ์สิทธิ์ในพระพุทธศาสนาของประเทศ<br />

จีนที่งดงามดั่งภาพวาดหมึกพู่กันอายุ<br />

หลายร้อยปี เราจิบชายอดอ่อนที่มีกลิ่น<br />

คลับคล้ายอากาศบริสุทธิ์แห่งขุนเขา<br />

ผสมกับกลิ่นยอดไผ่ปลิวไสว พร้อมกับ<br />

ขบเคี้ยวเมล็ดฟักทองอย่างเพลิดเพลิน<br />

จากนั้น แวะมาที่พระพุทธรูปเล่อซานใน<br />

วันเดียวกัน คุณจะได้เห็นงานแกะสลัก<br />

พระพุทธรูปสูง 71 เมตร ไหล่กว้างกว่า<br />

สนามบาสเก็ตบอลบนหน้าผาสีดินแดงงามตา<br />

ระหว่างทาง มีแม่ค้ามาเสนอขายหน่อไม้<br />

หน่อใหญ่ เราต้องปอกเปลือกออกเพื่อลิ้มรส<br />

ส่วนที่อ่อนนุ่มด้านใน เรายังได้ชิมปลาต้ม<br />

เสฉวนอันเลื่องชื่อที่ซุกซ่อนอยู่ใต้ชั้น<br />

พริกแดง พริกเสฉวนและน้ำมันร้อน พร้อม<br />

ปลาลวกที่เสิร์ฟกับผักและเส้นหมี่มันฝรั่ง<br />

พริก ขิง ต้นหอม กระเทียม และผักชี<br />

อาหารของเฉิงตูมีให้เลือกชิมหลาก<br />

หลายจนเราเกือบลืมเต้าหู้มาโฝสุด<br />

คลาสสิก (เต้าหู้นิ่มกับเต้าเจี้ยวเผ็ดร้อน)<br />

หรือจะเป็นก๋วยเตี๋ยวหลากชนิด เช่น<br />

ก๋วยเตี๋ยวน้ำซุปหวานเสิร์ฟพร้อมกับ<br />

น้ำส้มสายชูหมักถ้วยโต ก๋วยเตี๋ยวแดนแดน<br />

จาจังเมียน ซึ่งก็คือเส้นข้าวสาลีกับ<br />

เต้าเจี้ยวและเครื่องปรุงอีกมากมาย หรือ<br />

จะเป็นขนมจีบซาลาเปาสอดไส้ต่างๆ<br />

จะให้ไล่ทุกเมนูคงมีที่เขียนไม่พอ อาหาร<br />

อย่างเดียวที่เราไม่ได้ลองคือ ฮ็อตพ็อต<br />

สไตล์เสฉวน แต่ไม่เป็นไรหรอก เพราะ<br />

ครั้งหน้าจะกลับมาเก็บทีเด็ดให้ครบ<br />

อย่างแน่นอน!<br />

จากบน<br />

บรรยากาศเมืองเก่า<br />

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ตามท้องตลาด<br />

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เกลือเท่านั้น<br />

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GALLERY<br />

Finding<br />

z <strong>Thai</strong><br />

Sweets Spot<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> desserts, or khanom, are blissful treats with a ubiquitous<br />

presence. They inspired a popular <strong>Thai</strong> food blogger and a<br />

photographer to engage their sweet tooth and reacquaint with<br />

the traditional and contemporary craft <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> snacks and sweets.<br />

With every luscious bite, the team tasted their everlasting appeal.<br />

Words & Style Kay Choomongkol<br />

Photos Chanathip Nantachaibancha<br />

In a bustling market, follow<br />

the warm yellow light<br />

from industrial bulbs that<br />

hang above a dessert stall.<br />

The s<strong>of</strong>t hues set the scene<br />

for the vendors who busily<br />

pack delectable desserts into<br />

containers in a familiar retail<br />

scene in <strong>Bangkok</strong>. Even more<br />

enthralling are those at smaller<br />

markets who do things the<br />

old-fashioned way, cutting<br />

and trimming banana leaves in<br />

geometric shapes to wrap the<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> delights. Gentle piercings<br />

<strong>of</strong> sharp bamboo sticks called<br />

“mai klad” keep the wrapping<br />

in place.<br />

Many vendors make the<br />

desserts on site at the market,<br />

a lively and charming scene in<br />

hidden alleys <strong>of</strong> the bustling<br />

capital <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land. Stoves light<br />

up, fresh coconuts get grated<br />

for their cream, and egg yolks<br />

drizzle into sugar syrup. All the<br />

while, the dessert magicians<br />

fry, steam, chat and <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

customers sage advice and tips<br />

on how to best enjoy the sweets.<br />

The fragrant aroma <strong>of</strong> boiling<br />

coconut milk permeates, with<br />

added notes <strong>of</strong> pandan and other<br />

ingredients filling the air with<br />

mouth-watering scents.<br />

Such desserts and snacks are<br />

available in any market in <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

starting from early morning while<br />

some sellers put them out only<br />

in the afternoon. No matter what<br />

time they begin, stroll in and<br />

explore the flavourful taste <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

snacks and desserts. At a mere 20<br />

baht, or around USD 60 cents, it’s<br />

a taste that lingers forever.<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> desserts <strong>of</strong>fer a<br />

colourful array <strong>of</strong> textures,<br />

from crunch to chewiness<br />

with many that are<br />

coconut-based.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

OPPOSITE<br />

Sakhoo Sai Moo and Khao Kriab<br />

Pak Mor (Steamed Tapioca Balls<br />

with Pork Filling and Steamed<br />

Rice Dumpling) are like twins<br />

– always together at the same<br />

snack stall. Sakhoo Sai Moo uses<br />

tapioca to wrap the minced pork<br />

filling while Khao Kriab Pak Mor<br />

uses a rice flour wrap. Deepfried<br />

garlic, aromatic herbs <strong>of</strong><br />

coriander, lettuce, and fiery<br />

chillies complete the taste.<br />

TOP<br />

Making <strong>Thai</strong> sweets requires<br />

patience and attention to<br />

detail, right up to the final<br />

presentation. Their inspired<br />

origins trace back to traditional<br />

times when the colourful<br />

desserts got their bright hues<br />

from flowers and plants and this<br />

practice continues to this day.<br />

Blue comes from the butterfly<br />

pea flowers, yellow from night<br />

jasmine flowers and green from<br />

pandan leaves.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

OPPOSITE PAGE<br />

Bouncy s<strong>of</strong>t and<br />

creamy Steamed<br />

Coconut Milk<br />

Custard or Khanom<br />

Thuay is a beautiful<br />

result <strong>of</strong> sweet<br />

pandan-scented<br />

flavours contrasting<br />

with the mild tang<br />

<strong>of</strong> saltiness from<br />

the cream <strong>of</strong><br />

coconut topping.<br />

This custard gets its<br />

name from the tiny<br />

ceramic ramekins<br />

that hold the mixture<br />

as it cooks in a<br />

steamer. Some<br />

shops may serve it<br />

the authentic way,<br />

accompanied with<br />

a small wooden<br />

paddle for a spoon.<br />

TOP<br />

Khanom Tom<br />

is a gooey and<br />

delicious coconut<br />

ball <strong>of</strong> delight<br />

enveloped in<br />

glutinous rice flour<br />

and draped with<br />

grated coconut.<br />

It’s the oldest <strong>Thai</strong><br />

dessert recorded<br />

in Buddhist<br />

literature from the<br />

Sukhothai period.<br />

The sticky, chewy<br />

coconut balls<br />

were traditionally<br />

used in a blessing<br />

ceremony or<br />

religious rituals.<br />

LEFT<br />

Khanom Thua Paep<br />

or mung bean ricecrepe<br />

got its name<br />

from its similarity<br />

to the Hyacinth<br />

Bean (Thua Paep).<br />

A sprinkling <strong>of</strong><br />

split mung beans,<br />

complements<br />

the shredded<br />

coconut strands<br />

and topping <strong>of</strong><br />

sugar and aromatic<br />

roasted black and<br />

white sesame seeds.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

Khanom Khrok or<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> rice pancake<br />

with coconut milk is<br />

evidence <strong>of</strong> shared<br />

culture in Indochina<br />

as the snack shares a<br />

kinship with “montlin<br />

mayar” in Myanmar,<br />

“khaonomkok” in<br />

Laos and “numkrok”<br />

in Cambodia. Though<br />

they look alike, the <strong>Thai</strong><br />

Khanom Khrok has<br />

its unique charm. It is<br />

made with two separate<br />

batters: a thinner, more<br />

watery blend that results<br />

in a crispy outer shell<br />

when cooked while the<br />

thicker batter forms the<br />

inner core <strong>of</strong> coconut<br />

custard. Ingredients for<br />

both batters are flour,<br />

coconut milk and salt but<br />

in different proportions.<br />

Have it plain or choose<br />

from the variety <strong>of</strong><br />

toppings like green onions,<br />

corn, taro, and even<br />

pumpkin. The succulence<br />

and contrasting sweetand-salty<br />

<strong>of</strong> coconut<br />

cream is best when it is<br />

freshly-made and hot<br />

from the cast iron<br />

Khanom Khrok pan.<br />

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GALLERY<br />

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

Chanathip Nantachaibancha<br />

graduated from the Faculty<br />

<strong>of</strong> Fine Arts Srinakharinwirot<br />

University with a major<br />

in painting. He started his<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional career as a<br />

photographer at Cheewajit<br />

magazine under Amarin Printing<br />

and Publishing Public Company<br />

Limited. His work has been<br />

published in various magazines<br />

including SEVENTEEN, OK<br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>, Marie Claire, to name<br />

a few. Photography to Chanathip<br />

is like painting, but instead <strong>of</strong><br />

brushstrokes on canvas, he<br />

paints his work using light.<br />

This set <strong>of</strong> photos represent the<br />

simple concepts <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> snacks<br />

and desserts whose complex<br />

tastes remain untainted by<br />

trends and time.<br />

View more <strong>of</strong> Chanathip’s<br />

work at www.f8stu.com.<br />

TOP<br />

Fried Sweet Potato Balls are called<br />

Khai Nok Gratha because <strong>of</strong> its<br />

similarity to quails’ eggs. It is<br />

mostly found alongside other deepfried<br />

snacks like banana, taro, and<br />

potato fritters. It’s a crunchy first<br />

bite, yet s<strong>of</strong>t and chewy with a mild<br />

sweetness. Irresistibly light, once<br />

the eating starts – it’s hard to stop.<br />

RIGHT<br />

Khanom Bueang or <strong>Thai</strong> crispy<br />

pancake is a <strong>Thai</strong> dessert that can be<br />

traced back to the Ayutthaya period.<br />

Made in the style <strong>of</strong> a crepe and<br />

looking like a taco, Khanom Bueang<br />

has two types <strong>of</strong> fillings, salty and<br />

sweet. The added touch is a topping<br />

<strong>of</strong> finely-grated coconut that’s been<br />

gently stir-fried with sugar, fish<br />

sauce or salt and sprinkled with<br />

finely-chopped kaffir lime leaves,<br />

spring onions, and coriander. When<br />

it’s sweet on sweet, it’s topped with<br />

Foi Thong on cream.<br />

Khanom Nang Led or<br />

Khao Taen, has gained<br />

much popularity and<br />

imitation. The <strong>Thai</strong><br />

rice cracker was borne<br />

<strong>of</strong> the traditional way<br />

to preserve cooked<br />

glutinous rice. Leftover<br />

cooked grains would be<br />

fashioned into flat round<br />

shapes and dried. The<br />

sun-dried rice cake would<br />

then be deep-fried and<br />

swirled with palm sugar<br />

syrup. In the northern<br />

part <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land, where<br />

Nang Led is called Khao<br />

Taen, watermelon juice is<br />

added to the cooked rice<br />

before letting it dry.<br />

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO<br />

Have a Cuppa<br />

Sit back and take in a<br />

leisurely afternoon at the<br />

latest tea parlour and café<br />

in <strong>Bangkok</strong>. If you linger<br />

long enough, watch as the<br />

ceiling opens up to reveal<br />

a night sky.<br />

BANGKOK 92 / SAMUI 94 / PHUKET 96 / CHIANG MAI & CHIANG RAI 100 / PATTAYA & TRAT 102 / CHENGDU, CHONGQING & GUANGZHOU 104 / HONG KONG 106 /<br />

SINGAPORE 108 / KL 109 / PHNOM PENH & SIEM REAP 110 / DANANG & PHU QUOC 112 / VIENTIANE & YANGON 114 / MUMBAI & MALDIVES 115<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

BANGKOK<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Vivid Tastes and<br />

Dreamy Delights<br />

SRETSIS, the <strong>Thai</strong> fashion brand <strong>of</strong><br />

unique kitschy and quirky charisma<br />

designs has once again released<br />

a dream-like manifestation, this<br />

time with Sretsis Parlour. The<br />

fashion café cum cosy eatery is<br />

the ideal spot for a rendezvous as<br />

their fantasy-esque den attracts<br />

design followers and those wanting<br />

space and time with loved ones.<br />

Temptations on hand are fantasy<br />

confectioneries beautifully<br />

decorated, savoury snacks, drinks<br />

and music while a home décor<br />

section additionally completes the<br />

brand manifesto <strong>of</strong> ‘iconic romantic.’<br />

The menus give interpretation to<br />

the brand’s design sensibilities with<br />

names like Sretsis Signature, Forest<br />

Fairies, and Siamese Delight <strong>of</strong><br />

photo-ready presentations. Along<br />

with the tantalising décor and<br />

sumptuous savoury delights, Sretsis<br />

Parlour’s interior showcases their<br />

collaborative masterpiece between<br />

the <strong>Thai</strong> brand and London-based<br />

label, House <strong>of</strong> Hackney.<br />

Central Embassy, 2/F 1031 Ploenchit<br />

Rd., facebook.com/SretsisParlour,<br />

+66 (0) 2160 5875<br />

SHOT OF NITRO WITH YOUR COFFEE<br />

Passionate c<strong>of</strong>fee brewer Nitro Labs is bringing craft cold brew<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee and tea to <strong>Bangkok</strong>ians on tap, adding their unique stamp to<br />

the art <strong>of</strong> c<strong>of</strong>fee brewing. On <strong>of</strong>fer is nitro c<strong>of</strong>fee, which is charged<br />

witn nitrogen – just like draft beer. The presence <strong>of</strong> nitrogen gives<br />

the brewed drink a richness and crema that brings out the natural<br />

sweetness <strong>of</strong> the c<strong>of</strong>fee bean and gives every sip a velvety feel.<br />

Housed in a <strong>Thai</strong> iconic vehicle, the craft drink on tap comes in a<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee Tuk Tuk that is parked at the W District. Their brews are from<br />

3 bean types: Original and Signature Blend (both sourced from the<br />

north <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land), and a Nepal Single Origin. Nitro Labs is looking to<br />

open 8 more outlets in <strong>Bangkok</strong>.<br />

W District, Sukhumvit Rd., facebook.com/nitrolabswdistrict,<br />

+66 (0) 2332 2470<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Tastefully French<br />

Despite the bustling area <strong>of</strong> Sathorn<br />

road, the restaurant Brasserie 9 sits<br />

serenely on Soi Phiphat. The elegant<br />

wood exterior <strong>of</strong> this new dining<br />

spot retains the splendour <strong>of</strong> the<br />

past while introducing the marvels<br />

<strong>of</strong> French cuisine with a modern<br />

twist. Diners can expect classic<br />

French dishes such as a Bouillabaisse,<br />

GLAM BEACH DRESS UP<br />

From two bestie friends with a love for the beach comes Sunbath and Pool Only, a<br />

complete beachwear store also in the hip area <strong>of</strong> the Ari neighbourhood. Located<br />

on the ground floor <strong>of</strong> Josh Hotel, the pink summer-loving boutique Sunbath and<br />

Pool Only promises to fulfil the wardrobe list for a beach lover’s fabulous getaway.<br />

Its variety <strong>of</strong> stylish beachwear from local designs to one-<strong>of</strong>-a-kind pieces makes<br />

for looking glamourous on a beach holiday. Apart from their own designs that<br />

change every season, the boutique features select pieces from unique names such<br />

as Parking Lot’s Hawaiian shirts, classy-glam swimsuits from Zika, and cute, trendy<br />

sunglasses from Exissoriez.<br />

19/2 Phaholyothin Rd., Soi Ari 4 Nua, facebook.com/Sunbath and Pool Only<br />

Entrecôte Café de Paris and Foie Gras<br />

created from the best ingredients with<br />

the impeccable skills <strong>of</strong> trained chefs.<br />

Their seafood bar on the 2nd floor is<br />

a pleasing highlight. Brasserie 9 is<br />

also known for its excellent selection<br />

<strong>of</strong> liquors and wine list as well as<br />

cigar rooms with Cuban cigars and a<br />

personal cigar locker for members.<br />

27 Soi Phiphat, Silom, brasserie9.com,<br />

+66 (0) 2234 2588<br />

ZEN IN THE CITY<br />

The hipster kingdom <strong>of</strong> Ari street now<br />

welcomes Calm Spa, the latest zenmotivated<br />

addition to complete a<br />

work-life balance. This design-oriented<br />

spa values the truest sense <strong>of</strong> relaxation<br />

amidst the calm. Their serene atmosphere<br />

and use <strong>of</strong> the finest organic products<br />

ensure the most blissful experience.<br />

Calm Spa <strong>of</strong>fers different pampering<br />

treatments that are inspired by both<br />

<strong>Thai</strong> and Western wellbeing approaches,<br />

specifically its highlight treatment –<br />

Created by the Culture. Get to know<br />

Swedish massage techniques, together<br />

with the use <strong>of</strong> a heated Himalayan<br />

salt pot.<br />

facebook.com/Calmspa<strong>Thai</strong>land,<br />

+66 (0) 96 941 8645<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

SAMUI’S AMAZING<br />

FAMILY BEACH CLUB<br />

THAILAND<br />

SAMUI<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Cerulean<br />

Cruising<br />

The splendour <strong>of</strong> Angthong<br />

National Marine Park and the<br />

surrounding islands can now<br />

be appreciated on daytrips<br />

aboard luxury yachts. Private<br />

charters such as that <strong>of</strong> Boutique<br />

Yachting <strong>of</strong>fers you travel<br />

comfort and style, and the<br />

choice <strong>of</strong> two yachts – The<br />

Naga and The Baidee – both<br />

<strong>of</strong> which are well-equipped to<br />

ensure smooth journeys. The<br />

yacht cruises can be tailored to<br />

suit your needs with half-day,<br />

one-day or multi-day journeys.<br />

You can lounge on the yacht’s<br />

expansive sundeck with a full<br />

bar while taking in the stunning<br />

island views that are like no<br />

other. Petcherat Marina Pier<br />

82/1, boutiqueyachting.com,<br />

+66 (0) 80 695 0801<br />

UP IN THE AIR<br />

Fly through the Samui<br />

rainforest and get an<br />

adrenaline rush with<br />

zip-lining at Canopy<br />

Adventures. Once<br />

airborne, marvel at the<br />

lush rainforest from high<br />

up in the trees as you glide<br />

up to 80 kilometres per<br />

hour along its 2,000-metre<br />

route. Relying solely on<br />

gravity, the zip-line is an<br />

activity that is a friend<br />

to the environment with<br />

a simple and safe setup.<br />

A pr<strong>of</strong>essional team<br />

will be in tune to your<br />

needs to provide thrilling<br />

fun. No experience is<br />

necessary, so first-timers<br />

should simply buckle<br />

up and enjoy the ride.<br />

canopyadventuresthailand.<br />

com, +66 (0) 77 300 340<br />

STACK ‘EM UP!<br />

Stacked Burger adds unsurpassable standard<br />

to Koh Samui’s burger scene. Since 2014,<br />

the contemporary burger bistro <strong>of</strong> Chaweng<br />

has been drawing tourists and locals in for<br />

its hearty and juicy burgers with choices <strong>of</strong><br />

premium ingredients like US and Australian<br />

grass-feed beef and homemade buns <strong>of</strong><br />

varying options. The people <strong>of</strong> Stacked have<br />

great pride in their burger business, as seen<br />

from the way each patty is crafted fresh to<br />

ensure the delicious taste and tender, juicy<br />

texture. Also, Stacked <strong>of</strong>fers menu alternatives<br />

for non-beef eaters and vegetarians to ensure<br />

that the place is the perfect venue for everyone.<br />

If you feel like chilling out in a feels-like-home<br />

atmosphere with exceptional casual grub, then<br />

Stacked is the right one. Enjoy its best-selling<br />

menu “The Cowboy” with onion rings – a<br />

showcase <strong>of</strong> Stacked BBQ, smoked bacon,<br />

cheddar cheese, Stacked sauce, and salad<br />

on a black sesame bun – while sipping on a<br />

reasonably-priced drink from Stacked’s selection<br />

<strong>of</strong> local craft beers and cocktails.<br />

South Chaweng Beach Road, stacked-samui.com,<br />

+66 (0) 77 915 222<br />

SANCTUARY WITHIN<br />

It began in 2004 when Bonnie<br />

and her family decided to call<br />

Koh Samui home. Bonnie is a<br />

certified instructor in Hatha<br />

yoga, which emphasises<br />

physical exercises to master<br />

the mind and body. Together<br />

with her husband Ian, an<br />

accomplished chef with a<br />

passion for healthy food, they<br />

collaborated to create their<br />

centre for wellbeing: The Yogarden.<br />

Part yoga sanctuary, part<br />

wellness retreat – the Yogarden<br />

strives to deliver an experience<br />

catered to both the body and<br />

the mind. The venue, near<br />

Fisherman’s Village, <strong>of</strong>fers a Yoga<br />

Holidays programme packaged<br />

as a comprehensive guide that<br />

paves the way for you to plan<br />

directly with Yogarden and<br />

they’ll take care <strong>of</strong> the rest.<br />

Their Detox Programmes<br />

range from 3 days to 5 days,<br />

with the belief that true healing<br />

involves the body getting rid <strong>of</strong><br />

all toxins, as well as the stress<br />

and feelings impeding the path<br />

to wellbeing. Fisherman’s Village,<br />

theyogardensamui.com<br />

Come Play!<br />

All Are Welcome...<br />

Free sunbed & use <strong>of</strong> towel<br />

Beach Volleyball everyday<br />

Beach Bar / Swim-Up Pool Bar<br />

Happy Hour 4-7pm. everyday<br />

Children’s Activities<br />

Table Tennis & Pool Table<br />

Beach Front Restaurant & Bars<br />

www.shivasamui.com<br />

NEXT TO<br />

AQUARIUM & TIGER ZOO<br />

FREE WATER SPORTS<br />

Kayaks, Paddleboards, Snorkelling<br />

MAENAM<br />

Shiva Samui, Koh Samui Hua Thanon, Samui, <strong>Thai</strong>land<br />

Phone: +66 077 332 980<br />

Email: beachclub@shivasamui.com<br />

4170<br />

AIRPORT<br />

LAMAI<br />

CHAWENG<br />

BOPHUT<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

THAILAND<br />

PHUKET<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Southern <strong>Thai</strong> Touch<br />

This black traditional <strong>Thai</strong> teak<br />

house sits on stilts in a floating<br />

illusion that seems to exist in<br />

your surreal dreams. Black<br />

Ginger – an elaborate <strong>Thai</strong><br />

restaurant at the Slate Phuket<br />

– is known for its dreamy and<br />

mysterious atmosphere, as<br />

well as its good mixture <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong><br />

southern flavours served as<br />

exquisitely as the ambience.<br />

Phuket-style fresh spring<br />

rolls derived from a Hokkien<br />

recipe – is among the favourites,<br />

as well as Bua Thod – Phuket’s<br />

popular appetiser made from local<br />

leaves and spices. In case you<br />

want to delve deep into the local<br />

food repertoire, try their yellow<br />

fish curry and the equally fiery<br />

Khua Gling Moo, a southernstyle<br />

stir-fry minced pork, also<br />

with southern curry. While all<br />

these intense flavours seem too<br />

daunting to enjoy with wine, the<br />

restaurant does provide a wellcurated<br />

wine pairing experience,<br />

ensuring that even the spiciest<br />

curry in <strong>Thai</strong> cuisine goes well with<br />

a well-selected drink. Open daily:<br />

6.30 - 11pm, T: +66 (0) 76 327 006,<br />

theslatephuket.com/black-ginger<br />

RIDING THE THIRD-WAVE<br />

For c<strong>of</strong>fee connoisseurs, spending time to<br />

slowly appreciate a cup <strong>of</strong> craft c<strong>of</strong>fee is a<br />

given. At many third-wave c<strong>of</strong>fee bars, you<br />

get to know your beans, the farmer who<br />

grows it and your barista provides the full<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee experience and brewing method.<br />

At The Shelter C<strong>of</strong>fee in Phuket,<br />

the AeroPress c<strong>of</strong>fee maker replaces<br />

the expensive high-end espresso<br />

machine. Each cup <strong>of</strong> your c<strong>of</strong>fee is<br />

hand-pressed, or if you prefer slowly<br />

dripped, to perfection. C<strong>of</strong>fee beans are<br />

also hand-roasted in small batches via a<br />

small ceramic pan by the owner – who<br />

came into the spotlight after winning the<br />

Specialty C<strong>of</strong>fee Association <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land’s<br />

AeroPress <strong>Thai</strong>land 2016 competition. A<br />

small menu <strong>of</strong> craft c<strong>of</strong>fees, two snacks, or<br />

lunch <strong>of</strong> the day featuring a one-dish meal,<br />

is also made by the owner. A perfect place<br />

to take it easy and be gentle on your soul.<br />

Open daily except Wednesdays: 9am - 5pm,<br />

T: +66 (0) 86 595 5148<br />

DEMYSTIFYING A PHUKET DESSERT<br />

The origins <strong>of</strong> Phuket’s most famous shaved ice dessert, ‘O Aew,’ has always been a mystery, even for<br />

the locals. In a bowl, the translucent jelly is cut up into big cubes and typically served with red kidney<br />

beans, black glass jelly and adlay millet. A lot <strong>of</strong> people explain that this strange-sounding dessert is<br />

made from banana, thanks to the fruit’s natural pectin component.<br />

At Cafe’in <strong>Thai</strong>hua Museum in Phuket Old Town, O Aew is revealed to be a derivative <strong>of</strong> a Hokkien<br />

sweet made <strong>of</strong> Aiyu Jelly – a natural jelly made from the dried seeds <strong>of</strong> a fig-like fruit. The museum also<br />

shows many new creations <strong>of</strong> Aiyu Jelly desserts served to fit modern tastes. You can try many variations<br />

such as lemon and lychee jelly, red bean paste jelly or watermelon jelly. Although some <strong>of</strong> the newer<br />

desserts may look unorthodox, they sure are as refreshing as in the old days. Open Tues - Sun: 9.30am - 7pm,<br />

T: +66 (0) 88 766 0962<br />

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THAILAND<br />

PHUKET<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

A Crab Call<br />

Specialising in giant black crabs, The Crab House is a crustacean-centric seafood<br />

restaurant in the Patong area that serves an array <strong>of</strong> delicious dishes with crabs,<br />

Phuket lobsters and seafood from the Andaman sea. Black crabs are the specialty<br />

here and super-sized, a sign that they are imported. Popular menus include<br />

Singaporean-style Chilli Crab served with mantou (Chinese steamed buns,)<br />

lobster in XO sauce, and steamed blue crab with the special house sauce.<br />

The place is not by the beach, but it has a big room for functions and a<br />

separate full bar that’s good for sipping a drink before or after a meal.<br />

169/83 Phang Mueang Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket, open daily from noon - 11pm,<br />

T: +66 (0) 76 687 065, thecrabhouse.net<br />

CURRY-A-PLENTY<br />

Phuket cuisine <strong>of</strong>fers a mixture <strong>of</strong><br />

southern <strong>Thai</strong> and Hokkien favourites.<br />

At Go Huad, one can tuck into a variety<br />

<strong>of</strong> Phuket style rice and assorted curries<br />

plus some side dishes, just like real<br />

locals do. Go Huad has been a go-to<br />

local restaurant for more than 30 years.<br />

Each morning, the back kitchen will be<br />

humming to churn out trays or pots <strong>of</strong><br />

freshly cooked curries, soup, stir-fries<br />

and deep-fries. Phuket is known for its<br />

seafood and the restaurant <strong>of</strong>fers more<br />

than 80 different seafood selections per<br />

day – a showcase <strong>of</strong> how locals make<br />

the best from local ingredients. Musttries<br />

include deep-fried Bigeye Trevally<br />

(pla mong), stir-fried morning glory with<br />

shrimp paste, fish kidney curry (gaeng tai<br />

pla). Gaeng Som (fiery clear curry) serves<br />

as an indicator <strong>of</strong> a cook’s expertise for<br />

the flavours since the curry needs to be<br />

perfectly balanced before adding fresh<br />

vegetables, fish or shrimp and served<br />

piping hot. The best time to pop in if<br />

you want to see the grandeur <strong>of</strong> all their<br />

selections is around 11am. Open daily:<br />

8am - 3pm, T: +66 (0) 85 882 0416<br />

BIG MARKET SUNDAYS<br />

Thalang Road in Old Town Phuket was<br />

once called ‘Lad Yai’ – the local dialect<br />

for ‘Talad Yai’ meaning ‘Big Market.’<br />

Looking at the road and the surrounding<br />

neighbourhood now, you would not<br />

believe this place was once next to a main<br />

pier where seafaring traders stopped to<br />

moor their vessels and stock up at the big<br />

market nearby. Phuket is about 150 years<br />

old, but its Old Town thankfully retains<br />

its charms despite modernisation. On<br />

Thalang Road in particular, many old family<br />

shopkeepers still live and sell their wares in<br />

the same houses for decades.<br />

New generations <strong>of</strong> locals perpetuate<br />

the old market vibe <strong>of</strong> the street. Every<br />

Sunday, at sundown, a new market is<br />

created with a main road closed for a<br />

street fair. Live bands complement the<br />

presence <strong>of</strong> local snacks, fruits, and<br />

assorted goodies. Look out for a truck <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Thai</strong> southern durian for a real Phuket<br />

delicacy. Open Sundays from 4 - 10pm,<br />

facebook.com/phuketwalkingstreet<br />

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THAILAND CHIANG MAI<br />

THAILAND CHIANG RAI<br />

One way to celebrate Songkran<br />

in its most traditional form is a<br />

good dousing <strong>of</strong> water and even<br />

more non-stop fun where it all<br />

began – Chiang Mai. The Water<br />

Festival actually marks the <strong>Thai</strong><br />

New Year and it is the longest and<br />

most anticipated public holiday<br />

in <strong>Thai</strong>land. This year, <strong>of</strong>ficial<br />

celebrations in Chiang Mai starts<br />

from <strong>April</strong> 12 to <strong>April</strong> 15. Following<br />

ancient traditions, there will<br />

be religious ceremonies held to<br />

auspiciously mark the beginning<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Mother <strong>of</strong> All Songkran<br />

<strong>of</strong> the New Year. The first day will<br />

feature a long parade with Phra Singh,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land’s most sacred Buddha<br />

statues and a chance for everyone<br />

to join in the bathing ritual <strong>of</strong> the<br />

sacred statues.<br />

People in traditional costumes<br />

will perform cultural dances during<br />

the procession. The province will<br />

also hold a beauty contest for Miss<br />

Songkran and the other for Mister<br />

Songkran. On the streets, foreign<br />

visitors must be prepared for a “warm<br />

welcome” from the hosts, who will<br />

greet them with water pistols or<br />

buckets full <strong>of</strong> water. Traffic will<br />

come to a standstill as part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

festival charm, with many roads<br />

crammed with people celebrating and<br />

visitors are encouraged to explore as<br />

many fun spots as possible.<br />

Chiang Mai Municipal, +66 (0) 53 359 365<br />

MISTY ON DOI PHA MEE<br />

Doi Pha Mee village, literally<br />

means “Bear mountain,” – a<br />

former opium plantation in Chiang<br />

Rai turned c<strong>of</strong>fee growing area.<br />

C<strong>of</strong>fee produced by the Akha hill<br />

tribespeople is more than just a<br />

commodity; it’s also an expression<br />

<strong>of</strong> love and care from the late King<br />

Bhumibol who worked hard to<br />

transform the community. Now<br />

the Akha tribespeople have also<br />

developed a community-based<br />

tourism programme, allowing<br />

tourists to catch a glimpse <strong>of</strong> their<br />

daily lives through various activities.<br />

Visitors can join the local people<br />

in planting fruits and vegetables,<br />

picking and roasting home-grown<br />

c<strong>of</strong>fee, weaving and embroidering<br />

indigenous clothing or sample their<br />

freshly-brewed Arabica c<strong>of</strong>fee.<br />

The community still observes old<br />

traditions and one <strong>of</strong> the must-see<br />

attractions on the mountain is the<br />

wooden giant swing. Men in the<br />

village would remove the wooden<br />

seat and swing as high as they<br />

could to prove their manhood. In<br />

addition, it is the focal point <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Akha new year. Tourists can also<br />

hop on the swing; it’s actually a<br />

pretty safe activity. Those interested<br />

in absorbing the environment a<br />

bit longer can stay a night or two<br />

on the highlands, where there are<br />

various homestay accommodations.<br />

Alternatively, the tourists can also<br />

erect tents in areas designated for<br />

camping. The spot uniquely <strong>of</strong>fers<br />

a great view <strong>of</strong> three countries –<br />

<strong>Thai</strong>land’s Mae Sai district, Tachileik<br />

in Myanmar and Laos. It’s an<br />

unforgettable sight as Doi Pha Mee<br />

greets visitors with mornings mists<br />

and a scenery that’s serene and<br />

beautiful. tourismthailand.org/chiangrai,<br />

+66 (0) 53 717 433,<br />

+66 (0) 53 744 674-5<br />

GET TO KNOW LOANG HIM KAO<br />

Add smart purchases to your Chiang Mai trip with clothing and textiles<br />

ranging from tie-dyed items to creations with elaborate embroidery done by<br />

the Mon people. Known as the Loang Him Kao community, you can now visit<br />

and support their creations <strong>of</strong> handmade items.<br />

Loang Him Kao also <strong>of</strong>fers various workshops for everyone to participate,<br />

such as ones on traditional Lanna cooking, crafting earrings from “teen jok”<br />

fabric, and learning the art <strong>of</strong> dyeing in the Japanese Shibori style. For those<br />

wanting to learn more about the community and their projects, a local guide<br />

is available at 500 baht per visit. facebook.com/Loanghimkao,<br />

+66 (0) 85 037 5252<br />

AN ARTS VENUE<br />

PAST AND FUTURE<br />

A must-visit for those wanting to learn<br />

more about Chiang Mai, now that the<br />

Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre<br />

has just finished renovations; recently<br />

unveiling 15 multi-media permanent<br />

exhibition rooms. The centre is home to<br />

interesting Lanna arts and exhibitions<br />

with comprehensive history and traditions<br />

<strong>of</strong> the northern region.<br />

The centre introduced 15 permanent<br />

exhibition rooms under the “Discover<br />

the Origins <strong>of</strong> Chiang Mai’s Identity”<br />

theme. The presentations are spectacular<br />

with usage <strong>of</strong> new media like video,<br />

s<strong>of</strong>tware, models and graphic boards and<br />

comprehensive descriptions. Do carve<br />

out some time, it is worth spending an<br />

hour or more at the centre. Tickets cost<br />

90 baht. Open Tuesday to Sunday from<br />

8.30am to 5pm, cmocity.com,<br />

+66 (0) 53 217 793<br />

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THAILAND PATTAYA<br />

THAILAND KOH CHANG<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Truly <strong>Thai</strong><br />

Get to know all about the deep roots <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Thai</strong> art and culture at the <strong>Thai</strong> Thani Art<br />

and Culture Village in Pattaya. This new<br />

tourist attraction <strong>of</strong>fers old <strong>Thai</strong>land as<br />

they preserve the art, culture, traditions,<br />

crafts and traditional performances. It is<br />

also a good place to soak up the beauty <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Thai</strong> architecture, with structures like the<br />

multi-gabled pagoda, houses in various<br />

styles from the four regions <strong>of</strong> the country.<br />

You can join activities like painting on<br />

cotton fabric and mulberry paper, pottery<br />

making, creating <strong>Thai</strong> sweets from palace<br />

recipes and other skilled crafts. Spare a<br />

full day for these cultural experiences<br />

and enjoy the old <strong>Thai</strong> way <strong>of</strong> life in a<br />

contemporary setting.<br />

thaithanipattaya.com<br />

STAND FOR THE PADDLE BOARD<br />

It’s not just peaceful relaxation on the beach<br />

that defines the island destination <strong>of</strong> Koh<br />

Chang. Get <strong>of</strong>f the sand and consider stand up<br />

paddleboarding, or SUP. The fun and exciting<br />

sport <strong>of</strong>fers an adrenaline rush while on the<br />

water. Unlike traditional surfing, an SUP rider<br />

stands on a board, using a paddle to manoeuvre<br />

through the water. This novel way to explore<br />

the ocean and nature is an alternative and<br />

adventurous fun and big waves aren’t needed<br />

for paddling. You can go to any open water and<br />

enjoy the ride on an SUP and experience the<br />

beautiful waters <strong>of</strong> the island, get closer to<br />

nature while keeping yourself fit at the same time.<br />

facebook.com/supstationkohchang<br />

ULTIMATE SUNDOWNER<br />

Visitors looking for a perfect place to end a<br />

productive beach day are usually enthralled<br />

by the the ideal sunset setting at Porn’s Bar<br />

and Restaurant. Nestled in the secluded<br />

beach <strong>of</strong> Kai Bae, this resort is a Koh Chang<br />

fixture and guests benefit from its wooden<br />

bungalow architecture surrounded by trees and<br />

tranquillity. The restaurant and the stairs lead<br />

to the upper levels where you could absorb<br />

the peaceful atmosphere in their terraced<br />

pavilions while enjoying the beautiful views<br />

and great food <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> and Western specialties.<br />

Hammocks or lounging on pillows ensure<br />

comfortable viewing <strong>of</strong> four nearby islands,<br />

making the restaurant a popular place. For a<br />

little more action, there’s also a fire juggling<br />

show. pornsbungalows-kohchang.com<br />

MESMERISING MAGIC<br />

Do magic tricks and disappearing<br />

acts continue to amaze you? Do you<br />

always wonder how such sleight <strong>of</strong><br />

hand is possible? If yes, come and<br />

explore the world <strong>of</strong> magic in Pattaya<br />

at the Tuxedo Illusion Hall. Prepare<br />

yourself for the fascinating mysteries<br />

in magic acts and illusions by Mr.<br />

Tuxedo, a pr<strong>of</strong>essional magician.<br />

The theatre, arranged at full maximum<br />

to showcase tricks and illusions,<br />

presents a Broadway-like production.<br />

A full range <strong>of</strong> world-standard magic<br />

performances blows your mind away<br />

with live exhibits and ‘headless’<br />

opportunities <strong>of</strong> jaw-dropping<br />

experiences at Tuxedo Illusion Hall.<br />

tuxedopattaya.com<br />

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CHINA<br />

CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU<br />

A STROLL IN DONGSHANKOU<br />

Dongshankou in Guangzhou is best visited on foot or by bike. Take<br />

a leisurely walk along the tree-lined streets radiating out from the<br />

Dongshankou metro station, and duck into the many historic buildings<br />

turned art galleries. Kui Yuan Art Gallery in the 1922 building is an<br />

excellent place to savour art from Chinese and international artists, or<br />

explore the quiet streets to discover smaller galleries like Art 11. You<br />

may catch a traditional guzheng (Chinese zither) performance or a tea<br />

ceremony demonstration. Those looking for a more guided itinerary<br />

can join Cycle Canton bike tour complete with guides well versed in<br />

local history. cyclecanton.com<br />

A CLIMB TO QINGCHENG MOUNTAIN<br />

Qingcheng Mountain is an oasis <strong>of</strong> verdant green with historic sites nestled<br />

among its trees and winding streams. One <strong>of</strong> China’s most significant Taoist<br />

mountains, it is home to Jianfu Palace which was constructed in the Tang<br />

Dynasty (618-907 CE) and Tianshi Cave, a major temple that houses a Sui<br />

Dynasty (581-618 CE) stone statue <strong>of</strong> Master Zhang Daoling. The mountain<br />

is a two-hour drive from Chengdu, or from the Chengdu Railway Station, take<br />

the bullet train to Qingchengshan and connect to the number 101 bus.<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Chongqing’s Red Fortress<br />

Shibaozhai Pagoda, or<br />

“Stone Treasure Fortress”<br />

in English, is considered<br />

an architectural wonder<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Qing Dynasty<br />

(1644-1912) as it was<br />

constructed without nails.<br />

Built into a steep, craggy<br />

hill, the Pagoda’s twelve<br />

stories overlook the<br />

Yangzte River in Zhong<br />

County, Chongqing.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> China’s largest<br />

wooden temples, the<br />

Pagoda’s red pavilion is<br />

accessible via a wooden<br />

bridge and a yellow<br />

entrance gate adorned<br />

with dragons and lions.<br />

Shibaozhai Pagoda can be<br />

reached via cruise boats<br />

along the Yangzte River,<br />

stopping at the Pagoda<br />

for two to three hours.<br />

Another outstanding<br />

presence is that <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Pavilion, whose vivid<br />

red colour provides a<br />

striking contract to the<br />

surrounding greenery,<br />

and its surprising<br />

shape that’s similar<br />

to a pyramid.<br />

yangtze-river-cruises.com<br />

FRENCH-FUELLED<br />

With two floors, a stylish bar, and ro<strong>of</strong>top lounge, Fuel invites guests to<br />

enjoy French bistro cuisine and drinks overlooking the dramatic Guangzhou<br />

skyline across the Pearl River. Chefs Greg Louraichi and Steven Chen have<br />

just launched a new menu and highlights include “Alaska king crab in jelly with<br />

Kaluga caviar, avocado foam, and saffron aioli” to start; “pigeon with daikon,<br />

pumpkin, fig, chutney, and fresh fig” for a main; and an irresistible “chocolate<br />

bomb with chocolate biscuit, black spicy chocolate, vanilla cream brulée,<br />

coconut, and Bailey’s sauce” to end. Yuexi Road 118 Pearl River Pazhou<br />

District B, 4-5, greglouraichi.com, T: +86 592 531 6600<br />

SIMULTANEOUS EIDOS IN GUANGZHOU<br />

The Guangdong Museum <strong>of</strong> Art’s 2017 Triennial explores the way modern<br />

technology is expanding the definition <strong>of</strong> what constitutes photography. The<br />

exhibition argues for a flexible concept <strong>of</strong> photography that draws on dynamic<br />

uses <strong>of</strong> traditional and modern art, physical and non-physical space, and multidimensional<br />

images that interact with the museum’s setting in old Canton and<br />

the modern Pearl River Delta. Catch this free exhibit Tuesday through Sunday.<br />

38 Yanyu Lu, Ersha Island, Yuexiu District, guangzhouimagetriennial.org<br />

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HONG KONG<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Gastronomic Art<br />

Vicky Lau has carved a reputation for serving<br />

beautifully presented edible stories at the<br />

well-established Tate Dining Room & Bar. The<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionally trained graphic-designer-turnedchef<br />

has clearly meshed her two talents together as<br />

Tate has consistently brought diners on a journey <strong>of</strong><br />

discovery through food.<br />

Established in 2012 in Soho, Elgin Street, Tate now<br />

calls Hollywood Road its home. The new facility now<br />

incorporates a dining room with space for 30, as well<br />

as a private chef’s kitchen and a private bar. The outlet<br />

prides itself on its French and Asian Cuisine, all <strong>of</strong><br />

which are presented intricately on a plate.<br />

Dining at Tate is best described as a full-on sensory<br />

experience, with dishes that deliver both visual and<br />

gustatory simulation. Intimate and personal, Tate<br />

opens only for dinner with seasonal tasting menus<br />

on <strong>of</strong>fer along with a carefully selected wine list.<br />

210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong,<br />

+852 2555 2172, tate.com.hk<br />

GIN THERAPY<br />

Despite taking a whimsical approach<br />

to cocktails – specifically gin-based<br />

drinks – Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour is<br />

serious about its staple beverage.<br />

The speakeasy outlet celebrates gin,<br />

evident by over 250 varieties and<br />

brands housed in their outlet.<br />

On the <strong>of</strong>ficial website, the<br />

outlet is said to specialise in treating<br />

“patients’ ailments, and stress-related<br />

symptoms with concoctions <strong>of</strong> fresh,<br />

local herbs and botanicals – paired<br />

with gins from around the world”.<br />

That is certainly evident by its menu,<br />

which is populated by creative<br />

concoctions, expertly made in-house<br />

by resident mixologists.<br />

The outlet itself is conducive for<br />

enjoying a tipple or two, thanks to<br />

its stylised interior that is inspired<br />

by a vintage apothecary. With its<br />

wooden décor, retro wallpaper and<br />

ingredients housed in glass jars,<br />

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour certainly<br />

provides the ideal setting to throw<br />

back a gin or two in the evening, or<br />

even in the afternoon. Shop B31A,<br />

First Basement Fl., Landmark Atrium,<br />

15 Queen’s Road, drfernshk.com<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Bear Witness<br />

With over 12 million albums sold, Katy Perry is<br />

an artist that needs no introduction. Famous<br />

for her hit singles “Roar”, “Firework” and<br />

“Dark Horse”, Perry is an icon <strong>of</strong> American<br />

music, despite only making her debut just a<br />

decade ago.<br />

In <strong>March</strong>, Perry will be bringing her brand<br />

<strong>of</strong> music and entertainment to Hong Kong<br />

as part <strong>of</strong> her world tour. Fresh <strong>of</strong>f her North<br />

American leg, Perry’s WITNESS: The Tour will<br />

set the stage for the artist’s highly-anticipated<br />

debut performance in Hong Kong.<br />

Her sold-out performances in America<br />

have thus far garnered rave reviews for its<br />

enormous, colourful sets with eye-popping<br />

props. Hop on board WITNESS: The Tour for<br />

an entertaining journey through Katy Perry’s<br />

biggest milestones and mega-hits. 30 <strong>March</strong>,<br />

AsiaWorld-Expo, Arena, katyperry.com<br />

ATTENTION ON DECKS<br />

Technology meets music in Sónar,<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the world’s biggest electronic<br />

music events. Respected by music<br />

fans the world over for its eclectic<br />

line-up, high-quality production and<br />

unwavering support for pioneering<br />

electronic artists, Sónar first began in<br />

Barcelona back in the mid-90s.<br />

Continuing its worldwide success,<br />

the event returns to Hong Kong for<br />

its second edition to enthral electronic<br />

music lovers. Just like the previous<br />

instalment, Sónar will deliver a<br />

line-up <strong>of</strong> established artists and hotly<br />

tipped emerging talents. The mix <strong>of</strong><br />

performances will range from live acts<br />

to DJs, and dance-floor-driven sets to<br />

experimental electronica. Sónar will<br />

also showcase technology-centred<br />

activities, including Workshops, Talks,<br />

an Expo, Virtual Reality and New<br />

Media, which will allow guests to<br />

exchange ideas and technology in<br />

a fun and inspiring environment.<br />

17-18 <strong>March</strong>, Hong Kong Science Park,<br />

Shatin, sonarhongkong.com/en/<strong>2018</strong><br />

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SINGAPORE<br />

MALAYSIA<br />

KUALA LUMPUR<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Neighbourhood <strong>of</strong> Good Eats<br />

Lined with beautifully restored<br />

colonial shophouses, Duxton Hill<br />

makes for a very picturesque setting.<br />

Its unique architecture aside,<br />

this prominent neighbourhood<br />

has carved a reputation as an area<br />

that is both a feast for the eyes,<br />

as well as the stomach.<br />

The area once known more<br />

for its KTV operations decades<br />

ago is now a renowned foodie<br />

destination – thanks to a<br />

number <strong>of</strong> quaint restaurants,<br />

bars and cafés that have set up<br />

shop in the neighbourhood.<br />

Catering to the tastebuds<br />

<strong>of</strong> Singapore’s young, hip<br />

crowd and omnipresent expat<br />

community, this delicious<br />

enclave serves up a wide variety<br />

<strong>of</strong> international flavours and<br />

refreshing beverages.<br />

From fresh seafood to Spanish tapas<br />

as well as Mexican bites, being spoilt<br />

for choice is a requisite in Duxton Hill.<br />

Although there are too many to mention,<br />

some <strong>of</strong> the standouts in the area include<br />

the newly opened Brightside, for light bites<br />

and refreshments and French fine-dining<br />

establishment, Rhubarb Le Restaurant, which<br />

owns the distinction <strong>of</strong> a Michelin Star.<br />

Duxton Hill, Singapore<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Time for Kopitiam<br />

This traditional old school kopitiam<br />

(c<strong>of</strong>fee shop) is an institution for<br />

KL-ites. Situated near the centre <strong>of</strong><br />

the Kuala Lumpur City Centre on<br />

Jalan Kamunting, Yut Kee has been<br />

dishing out delicious Hainanese<br />

dishes for decades.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the ‘go-to’ places for<br />

a typical Malaysian breakfast,<br />

Yut Kee serves up an interesting<br />

variety <strong>of</strong> dishes ranging from<br />

the staple, half-boiled eggs<br />

with toast, to more elaborate<br />

<strong>of</strong>ferings such as the Roasted<br />

Pork Roll, which is only available<br />

on weekends. Other mainstay<br />

favourites include the Roti Babi - a<br />

deep fried bun stuffed with minced<br />

pork, stir-fried Hailam Noodles,<br />

and the Hainanese style Pork and<br />

Chicken Chop.<br />

The décor <strong>of</strong> the outlet is<br />

stereotypically Chinese with<br />

Western influences such as mosaic<br />

tiles and it exudes a nostalgic<br />

appeal that keeps fans and foodies<br />

coming back for more. As such,<br />

it’s not surprising to find a regular<br />

crowd lining up outside the outlet<br />

to get a table in the morning –<br />

especially on weekends.<br />

1, Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit, Kuala<br />

Lumpur, +603 2698 8108<br />

NOT YOUR AVERAGE FISH MARKET<br />

Backed by Norwegian design and expertise, the FiSK<br />

Seafoodbar & Market has elevated the fish market concept<br />

in the Garden City. Part restaurant and part retail outlet,<br />

the upmarket establishment <strong>of</strong>fers a Scandinavian-inspired<br />

menu by Executive Chef Markus Dybwad.<br />

The outlet smokes its own fish; menu highlights include<br />

Norwegian favourites such as Atlantic Halibut and Lobster<br />

Salad, as well as Asian-influenced <strong>of</strong>ferings like the Sea Bream<br />

Curry and Black Pepper Salmon. The outlet is also well-stocked<br />

with a selection <strong>of</strong> quality wines. FiSK Seafoodbar & Market, 30<br />

Stevens Road #01-01, fisk.com.sg, +65 6732 0711<br />

FRESH CATCH<br />

Surrounded by the pristine Keppel<br />

Marina, Bayswater Kitchen provides<br />

the ideal setting for tucking into fresh<br />

and delicious seafood. A favourite<br />

haunt for seafood lovers, this casual<br />

seafront dining establishment has<br />

been reeling in customers with its<br />

approachable ambience and menu<br />

that’s populated by seasonal favourites.<br />

Bayswater Kitchen’s alfresco<br />

setting and waterfront views have<br />

made it a top pick for the brunch<br />

crowd where favourites such as<br />

Lobster & Prawn Rolls, S<strong>of</strong>t-Shell Crab<br />

Eggs Benedict and traditional Fish &<br />

Chips are the order <strong>of</strong> the day. It’s also<br />

widely popular with the after-<strong>of</strong>fice<br />

hour crowd and families, thanks to its<br />

laidback atmosphere and its extensive<br />

sharing platters.<br />

Whole fish, lobsters, Fisherman’s<br />

Feasts and fresh shucked oysters are<br />

the top picks here, naturally. Cutlery is,<br />

<strong>of</strong> course, totally optional.<br />

2 Keppel Bay Vista, Marina at Keppel Bay,<br />

bayswaterkitchen.com.sg,<br />

+65 6776 0777<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

CAMBODIA<br />

PHNOM PENH / SIEM REAP<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Pedalling for Charity<br />

Cycling remains one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

best ways to truly soak in the<br />

sights and sounds <strong>of</strong> Cambodia.<br />

Each year, the CamNam<br />

Noble Challenge affords<br />

that opportunity to cycling<br />

enthusiasts via an epic 10-day<br />

trek through Cambodia and<br />

Vietnam. Despite the arduous<br />

and challenging journey, the<br />

event is for a good cause as it<br />

helps raise money for charity.<br />

The cycling adventure takes<br />

participants from the iconic<br />

temple complex <strong>of</strong> Angkor Wat<br />

to Phnom Penh before the final<br />

leg to Ho Chi Minh. The itinerary,<br />

which covers over 400km, will<br />

take participants through some<br />

<strong>of</strong> Southeast Asia’s most<br />

stunning landscapes.<br />

The CamNam Noble<br />

Challenge <strong>of</strong>ficially ends at<br />

the Christina Noble Children’s<br />

Foundation’s flagship project,<br />

the Center <strong>of</strong> Social Assistance<br />

for Disadvantaged Children. The<br />

money raised from this event<br />

will be channelled towards the<br />

charity, for the betterment <strong>of</strong><br />

these young deserving children.<br />

21-30 <strong>March</strong>, cncf.org/camnam<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

A Cause for Fine Dining<br />

With its strong European influences, Cambodian cuisine<br />

possesses a natural fusion <strong>of</strong> both European as well as<br />

traditional Khmer cooking techniques. Black Bambu,<br />

however, has taken this concept up a few notches by<br />

presenting fine gourmet food and cocktails in Phnom<br />

Penh at affordable prices.<br />

Run by the Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), Black<br />

Bambu <strong>of</strong>fers both big plates as well as small plates,<br />

with dishes inspired by cuisines from across the globe.<br />

This includes European and Asian-inspired tapas, tacos<br />

and pizzas, which are perfect for sharing as well as<br />

mains such as Crispy Snapper, Chilli Crab Linguini and<br />

Prawn & Cashew Nut Curry.<br />

BUGS ALIVE<br />

Adventurous eaters who want to experience more than just<br />

Khmer cuisine may want to pay a visit to Bugs Café in Siem<br />

Reap. But be forewarned, dining here isn’t for those with weak<br />

stomachs, as the specials here are <strong>of</strong> the insect variety.<br />

Bugs Café holds bragging rights to being the first ever Insect<br />

Tapas restaurant in Cambodia. Each dish boasts a fusion <strong>of</strong> both French<br />

and Khmer cooking methods, and made with locally-sourced insects.<br />

Opened from 5pm daily, the outlet allows diners to tuck<br />

into items such as Spring Rolls stuffed with Ants, Tarantula<br />

Donuts, Pan-Fried Scorpions and Savoury Cupcakes topped<br />

with crickets and silkworms. Bugs Café also carries a noninsect<br />

menu for its guests. 351 Angkor Night Market St., Krong<br />

Siem Reap, +855 17 764 560, bugs-cafe.e-monsite.com<br />

CAKES FOR A GOOD CAUSE<br />

Blossom Training Centre & Café in Siem<br />

Reap has carved itself a reputation<br />

for its beautifully designed cakes and<br />

confectionaries. But the sweet and<br />

delectable sweet treats are just one<br />

aspect <strong>of</strong> this elegant café. Established<br />

in 2013 by Bloom Asia, the F&B outlet<br />

helps assist and tutor Cambodian women<br />

in vocational training.<br />

Managed by Matthew and Melissa<br />

Stock, Blossom Training Centre & Café<br />

primarily educates, equips and empowers<br />

young Cambodian women. The students<br />

at Bloom Asia are trained on-site in a<br />

VET-accredited hospitality course before<br />

they are employed in the social enterprise<br />

café and cake business, where they<br />

continue to receive ongoing training,<br />

education, mentorship and support.<br />

Transforming communities aside,<br />

the café is also well worth a visit for its<br />

impressive array <strong>of</strong> cakes and pastries, as<br />

well as creative c<strong>of</strong>fee and teas. 6 Mondul,<br />

1 Svay Dangkum, Central Market, Siem Reap,<br />

+855 17 800 301, blossomcakes.org<br />

Housed in a beautiful setting, the outlet also supports<br />

the CCF’s mission <strong>of</strong> transforming children into tomorrow’s<br />

leaders. Proceeds <strong>of</strong> the restaurant’s pr<strong>of</strong>its go towards<br />

funding this initiative. Black Bambu opens for lunch and<br />

dinner daily, except Mondays from 10.30am to 3.30pm and<br />

dinner from 5.30pm to 11pm.<br />

28, Street 228 (corner <strong>of</strong> Street 55), Phnom Penh,<br />

+023 966 895, black-bambu.com<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

VIETNAM<br />

DANANG / PHU QUOC<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

A Sunset Bar<br />

After a day being barefoot at the<br />

beach, end it by catching a sunset.<br />

Chuon Chuon Bistro & Sky Bar,<br />

perched high over the city and beach<br />

is your place to watch the sun slip<br />

into the horizon.<br />

Chuon Chuon Bistro & Sky Bar<br />

started as a small bar up on a hill and<br />

has now turned into the largest and<br />

highest location in town. It’s usually<br />

packed with young locals, tourists and<br />

expats who come to wind down as<br />

they listen to some R&B. Chuon Chuon<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers a variety <strong>of</strong> drinks with their<br />

signature being the “Five Elements”<br />

cocktail. The bar serves dinner with<br />

the beautiful night sky, together with a<br />

view <strong>of</strong> the ocean, mountains, and the<br />

town itself. Sao Mai Hill, 69 Tran Hung<br />

Dao, Phu Quoc, T: +84 (0) 297 3608 883<br />

A CONTINUOUS BIG BANG<br />

The Danang International Fireworks Competition<br />

(DIFC) returns to the Han River waterfront in <strong>2018</strong><br />

with a longer, more spectacular series <strong>of</strong> duelling<br />

fireworks from teams across the globe. The first<br />

event in 2008 saw the participation <strong>of</strong> four<br />

international pyrotechnic teams, and the festival<br />

always draws crowds <strong>of</strong> spectators and pyrotechnics<br />

enthusiasts to the waterfront for enormous fireworks<br />

displays. This year, the competition will be spread<br />

over a month. From <strong>April</strong> 30 to June 9, a pair <strong>of</strong><br />

eight pyrotechnic design teams from Poland, France,<br />

US, Hong Kong, Italy, Sweden, Portugal, and Vietnam<br />

will be fighting for top prize, culminating in the finale<br />

and awards ceremony on June 30. difcdanang.com<br />

SPICE UP YOUR TRIP<br />

Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island may be noted for its<br />

beaches and chill vibe. However, this southern<br />

island has more to <strong>of</strong>fer holidaymakers beyond its<br />

seafood and beaches. Because Phu Quoc’s soil is<br />

rich in minerals and produces quartz, it is also an<br />

ideal environment for growing pepper. Anyone can<br />

take a side trip to explore this popular souvenir item.<br />

The pepper plant here is among the world’s finest<br />

in its aroma and grown from such a unique terroir.<br />

With exposure to the sun and sea breezes, the vines<br />

<strong>of</strong> the plants produce outstanding peppercorns.<br />

A visit to a pepper plantation can literally spice up<br />

your holiday in the discovery <strong>of</strong> how the pepper<br />

finds its way from Phu Quoc farms to dining tables<br />

everywhere. Currently over 400 hectares <strong>of</strong> pepper<br />

plantations and farms can be found throughout the<br />

central and northern regions <strong>of</strong> Phu Quoc Island.<br />

phuquocislandguide.com<br />

DANANG STREET PARTIES<br />

The Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango and other<br />

dances that complement a street party<br />

will be demonstrated as Danang plays<br />

host to a series <strong>of</strong> street bands and party<br />

music with Street Festival <strong>2018</strong>. Street<br />

Festival <strong>2018</strong> is scheduled to take place<br />

on the Han River banks for two hours<br />

(7.30 - 9.30pm) on the last Saturday <strong>of</strong><br />

each month. Brass bands performing<br />

Vietnamese and international music gets<br />

the dancing going and the partying in full<br />

swing. Cultural and festive shows with<br />

activities ensure a festive mood while<br />

dancers wearing masks do the Paso Doble,<br />

Rumba, Cha Cha, Tango, Disco, Salsa<br />

moves. In addition to the brass bands<br />

and parades – expect spontaneous dance<br />

demonstrations. tourism.danang.vn/en<br />

Photo: Danang Visitor Centre<br />

Photos: Chuon Chuon Bistro & Sky Bar<br />

DO THE TASTIEST TREATS TOUR<br />

IN DANANG<br />

What you get is a promise to sample authentic<br />

Vietnamese food and Danang specialties when you<br />

sign up with Danang Food Tour. But beyond just<br />

eating, the tour regales participants with stories<br />

on how people in Danang live and play, with an<br />

itinerary that’s culture and lifestyle focused as well.<br />

Whether it’s during the day or night, you decide.<br />

For the early birds, the Danang Morning Food<br />

Tour (40 US$/person) promises walking and eating<br />

adventures on the streets <strong>of</strong> Danang. For the night<br />

owl, the tour (45US$/person) starts at 5pm <strong>of</strong>f the<br />

city centre before making its way down bustling side<br />

streets to check out some local eateries.<br />

T: +95 9 302 58388<br />

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HAPPENINGS<br />

LAOS / MYANMAR<br />

VIENTIANE / YANGON<br />

INDIA / MALDIVES<br />

MUMBAI / MALDIVES<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Meal with a View<br />

For those wanting a break<br />

from the local hotel breakfast,<br />

there’s always dim sum near<br />

Kandawgyi Park. Signature Fine<br />

Dining and the Garden Bistro<br />

serves steaming hot dim sum<br />

in the early morning as well<br />

as a delicious Western-style<br />

breakfast. Lunch and dinner<br />

are also <strong>of</strong>fered in both Asian<br />

and European cuisines. You<br />

can choose to sit inside the<br />

SPOTLIGHT<br />

Goan Good and More<br />

ON THE RUN<br />

Think <strong>of</strong> it this way: when you go on a<br />

run – you’ll be sightseeing on foot and<br />

working out at the same time. And to<br />

achieve this along the most pristine<br />

banks <strong>of</strong> Mekong River? Well, bring a<br />

comfortable pair <strong>of</strong> running shoes if you<br />

are in Vientiane in early <strong>March</strong> when<br />

the annual Vientiane International Half<br />

Marathon takes place. This annual run<br />

starts at That Luang Pagoda, winding<br />

through Vientiane’s interesting and<br />

hidden parts. <strong>March</strong> 4, facebook.com/<br />

vientianehalfmarathon<br />

SPIRIT OF LAO TEXTILES<br />

Lovers <strong>of</strong> traditional and even antique<br />

textiles are in for a treat in Vientiane,<br />

as the Lao Textile Museum is one <strong>of</strong><br />

the many must-see attractions. Located<br />

just a little outside <strong>of</strong> the capital, the<br />

Lao Textile Museum is a labour <strong>of</strong> love<br />

from the Sisane Family. It began as<br />

a private collection whose inventory<br />

turned into the remarkable Lao Cultural<br />

Centre showcasing Lao traditional<br />

textiles, architecture and handicrafts. The<br />

museum stands on a leafy traditional Lao<br />

compound — where a large traditional<br />

house stages the private museum. On the<br />

ground floor are traditional looms used<br />

air-conditioned room or have a meal in<br />

comfortable outdoor seating. The restaurant<br />

is located just right at the park, where the<br />

views go well with your meal. Corner <strong>of</strong> Kaba<br />

Aye Pagoda Rd. and Kanyeikthar Rd., Yangon,<br />

open daily from 7am - 10pm, T: +95 1 546 488<br />

over the last century, while the second floor features antique<br />

silk pieces made by different ethnic groups in Laos. The life in<br />

Laos and its history have been woven into the fabric, inspired<br />

by present and past weavers. Many fabrics on display are mostly<br />

ceremonial and have been made for all occasions – weddings,<br />

religious and shrouding events. Some <strong>of</strong> these priceless fabrics<br />

take many months to make, whilst others are quite old and<br />

delicate. Visitors would definitely enjoy the stories beyond the<br />

traditional looms, shuttles and yarns, further appreciating a<br />

textile before grabbing a piece or two at the retail space. Lessons<br />

on natural dyes and the process are also available for those who<br />

want to get down with the indigo process. Ban Nongtha Tai<br />

(4 kilometres from Vientiane’s downtown), open daily from 9am to<br />

4pm. Admission is 30,000 kip.<br />

Goa seems to be the flavour<br />

<strong>of</strong> the season in Mumbai.<br />

Lady Baga brings the relaxed<br />

Goa beach shack vibe with<br />

an ambience <strong>of</strong> deck beds,<br />

hammocks, and bean curtains.<br />

This is coupled with some<br />

authentic Goan fare such as<br />

prawn curry, pork vindaloo,<br />

Rechado crabs, and more. The<br />

cocktails are also Goa-inspired<br />

with ingredients such as Goan<br />

port wine, tamarind, and even<br />

a chorizo-infused vodka! Other<br />

new openings worth checking<br />

out are Keiba at Mahalakshmi<br />

ALL INCLUSIVE PARADISE<br />

The world-class holiday destination <strong>of</strong><br />

the Maldives never runs out <strong>of</strong> hospitable<br />

choices for a dream sojourn. It has<br />

recently welcomed Park Hotel Group’s<br />

first luxury resort Grand Park Kodhipparu,<br />

the one-island-one-resort masterpiece<br />

created from award-winning hospitality<br />

firm Hirsch Bedner Associates. Calling<br />

on the design firm’s artistic spirit, the<br />

resort sets a state-<strong>of</strong>-the-art standard<br />

for the property. Its unique combination<br />

<strong>of</strong> contemporary interior design and<br />

traditional charisma calls on native wood<br />

and rattan aesthetics.<br />

As an oasis <strong>of</strong> cherished peace, the<br />

resort located in the North Malé Atoll,<br />

is blessed with pristine beaches and<br />

cobalt sea as well as marvellous sites for<br />

snorkelling and diving. The property has<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the best house reefs in Maldives,<br />

with a stunning display <strong>of</strong> coral, other marine<br />

life like turtles, sting rays and hundreds <strong>of</strong><br />

colourful fish species – all seen from your villa.<br />

parkhotelgroup.com/en/maldives<br />

Racecourse, where you can relish Japanese &<br />

Chinese delicacies while overlooking the stables,<br />

and The Wine Rack, a stylish wine bar where you<br />

can choose from more than 300 wines and pair<br />

them with a menu curated by celebrity chef Sarah<br />

Todd (<strong>of</strong> MasterChef Australia fame).<br />

Lady Baga, Kamala Mills, +91 49731012<br />

Keiba, Mahalakshmi Racecourse, +91 8976040121<br />

The Wine Rack, Lower Parel, +91 8452833377<br />

THEATRE TALES<br />

NCPA, the city’s premier theatre venue starts the Spring<br />

Season <strong>of</strong> the Symphony Orchestra <strong>of</strong> India (SOI) with<br />

a stellar line-up. On <strong>March</strong> 4th, the Bournemouth<br />

Symphony Chorus will join SOI to bring two glorious<br />

choral works to Mumbai – Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy<br />

and Haydn’s Mass For Troubled Times. This will be<br />

followed by their rendition <strong>of</strong> Handel’s Messiah on <strong>March</strong><br />

6th. Both performances will take place at NCPA’s Jamshed<br />

Bhabha Theatre. On <strong>March</strong> 10th and 15th, NCPA’s Godrej<br />

Dance Theatre will stage an opera screening <strong>of</strong> Puccini’s<br />

La Bohème followed by a theatre screening <strong>of</strong> the French<br />

play Scapin the Schemer on <strong>March</strong> 21st. Book tickets on<br />

bookmyshow.com/mumbai.<br />

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS<br />

PLAN TO CONNECT PUBLIC BUSES AND<br />

COMMUNITIES TO AIRPORTS CREATED<br />

BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND<br />

TRANSPORT AND BANGKOK AIRWAYS<br />

Recently, Mr. Sanit Promwong, Director<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Department <strong>of</strong> Land Transport<br />

and Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth,<br />

President <strong>of</strong> <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> PCL<br />

signed an agreement for public buses<br />

to service routes to relevant airports.<br />

Plans are underway for public buses to<br />

provide service to commuters needing<br />

travel between the 3 airports operated<br />

by <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong>; namely Sukhothai,<br />

Trat and Koh Samui airports and the<br />

respective city centres. Apart from the<br />

convenience, the collaboration<br />

supports the tourism and aviation<br />

industry with the goal to boost<br />

economic growth to the areas.<br />

Mr. Sanit Promwong, Director <strong>of</strong><br />

the Department <strong>of</strong> Land Transport, said,<br />

“The memorandum <strong>of</strong> understanding<br />

(MOU) articulates the government<br />

and the Ministry <strong>of</strong> Transport’s ‘One<br />

Transport’ policy to develop and<br />

integrate a public transportation<br />

system to connect airports, city<br />

centres and bus terminals – under<br />

the rules <strong>of</strong> high standards and safety<br />

supervision. Land transportation<br />

representatives have been delegated<br />

in each province where each airport<br />

is located, so they can liaise with the<br />

airports and involved parties to plot<br />

bus routes, bus stops, bus parking<br />

areas, and determine fares that<br />

match commuter demands and flight<br />

schedules. This collaboration will<br />

increase more options for travellers<br />

and their lifestyles.”<br />

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth,<br />

President <strong>of</strong> <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> PCL<br />

also added, “We have elevated our<br />

service standards in all <strong>of</strong> our 3<br />

operating airports in order to make<br />

it convenient for all travellers. These<br />

days, they can choose to commute<br />

from airports into the city using a<br />

taxi or limousine for more independent<br />

transport. On the other hand, this<br />

(agreement) will be providing a great<br />

option with public transportation.<br />

Parking areas for buses will be wellorganised<br />

and addressing safety<br />

standards. It’s all within a short walking<br />

distance and for the convenience <strong>of</strong><br />

the public.”<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ นายสนิท พรหมวงษ์ อธิบดีกรมการ<br />

ขนส่งทางบก และนายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ<br />

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท การบิน<br />

กรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) ร่วมลงนามบันทึกความ<br />

ร่วมมือในการจัดให้มีรถโดยสารสาธารณะบริการ<br />

รับส่งผู้โดยสาร เชื่อมการเดินทางระหว่างตัวเมือง<br />

และท่าอากาศยานที่บริหารงานโดย บริษัท การบิน<br />

กรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) ทั้ง 3 แห่ง ประกอบด้วย<br />

ท่าอากาศยานสุโขทัย ท่าอากาศยานสมุย และ<br />

ท่าอากาศยานตราด เพื่อให้ผู้โดยสารและประชาชน<br />

ที่มาใช้บริการท่าอากาศยานได้รับความสะดวก<br />

สบายจากการเดินทาง ทั้งยังส่งเสริมอุตสาหกรรม<br />

การบินและการท่องเที่ยว และส่งเสริมการขยายตัว<br />

ทางเศรษฐกิจของประเทศ<br />

นายสนิท พรหมวงษ์ อธิบดีกรมการขนส่ง<br />

ทางบก เปิดเผยว่า “การลงนามร่วมกันในครั้งนี้<br />

สอดคล้องกับนโยบายรัฐบาลและนโยบาย One<br />

Transport ของกระทรวงคมนาคม ที่ต้องการให้มี<br />

การบูรณาการและพัฒนาระบบการขนส่งเชื่อมต่อ<br />

การเดินทางทุกรูปแบบจากท่าอากาศยาน โดย<br />

เฉพาะการให้บริการรถโดยสารสาธารณะเพื่อเชื่อม<br />

สนามบินกับชุมชนและสถานีขนส่ง ภายใต้การ<br />

ควบคุม กำกับ ดูแลมาตรฐานความปลอดภัย<br />

และคุณภาพการให้บริการอย่างใกล้ชิด เพื่อให้<br />

ผู้โดยสารมีทางเลือกในการเดินทางที่หลากหลาย<br />

ตรงกับไลฟ์สไตล์ โดยกรมการขนส่งทางบกได้มอบ<br />

นโยบายให้สำนักงานขนส่งจังหวัดที ่มีที่ตั้งของ<br />

ท่าอากาศยาน ดำเนินการสำรวจเส้นทางเดินรถ<br />

โดยสารสาธารณะร่วมกับท่าอากาศยาน และหน่วย<br />

งานที่เกี่ยวข้อง เพื่อกำหนดจุดต้นทาง ปลายทาง<br />

จุดจอดระหว่างทาง พื้นที่จอดรถ ให้ตอบโจทย์<br />

ผู้ใช้บริการ และร่วมกันกำหนดตารางการเดินรถ<br />

เพื่อให้สอดคล้องกับเที่ยวบิน และอัตราค่าโดยสารที่<br />

เหมาะสมและเป็นธรรม”<br />

ด้าน นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ<br />

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ<br />

จำกัด (มหาชน) กล่าวว่า “บริษัทฯ ได้ยกระดับ<br />

คุณภาพการให้บริการภายในท่าอากาศยานทั้ง<br />

สามแห่ง เพื่อตอบโจทย์ผู้โดยสารที่ใช้บริการให้ได้<br />

รับความสะดวกสบาย ปัจจุบันการเดินทางเข้าสู่<br />

ตัวเมืองในทุกสนามบินมีรถแท็กซี่และรถลีมูซีน<br />

รองรับสำหรับกลุ่มลูกค้าที่ต้องการเดินทางด้วย<br />

รถยนต์ที่มีความเป็นส่วนตัว ในขณะที่การเพิ่ม<br />

รูปแบบการให้บริการด้วยรถโดยสารสาธารณะ<br />

คาดว่าจะสามารถรองรับกลุ่มลูกค้าที่เป็นนักท่องเที่ยว<br />

ชาวต่างชาติ ที่นิยมเดินทางด้วยระบบขนส่ง<br />

สาธารณะ ซึ่งแต่ละท่าอากาศยานได้จัดเตรียม<br />

สถานที่ภายในท่าอากาศยานสำหรับเป็นจุดจอด<br />

รถโดยสารสาธารณะเพื่อรับส่งผู้โดยสารได้อย่าง<br />

สะดวกสบาย ไม่ไกลจากตัวอาคาร รวมทั้งจัด<br />

ระเบียบและรักษาความปลอดภัยในบริเวณจุดจอด<br />

รถให้เกิดความเรียบร้อย”<br />

BANGKOK<br />

AIRWAYS DRAWS<br />

LUCKY WINNERS OF<br />

CUSTOMER<br />

SATISFACTION<br />

SURVEY<br />

Recently, <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> Public<br />

Company Limited led by Mrs. Darunee<br />

Debavalya, Senior Director – Customer<br />

Satisfaction and Relationship Management<br />

(3rd from left), together with Mrs. Waewta<br />

Chaiyapol, Director – Customer Relations<br />

and Experience Management (2nd from<br />

left) had the pleasure <strong>of</strong> selecting 10 lucky<br />

winners from a second draw that was part<br />

<strong>of</strong> the <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> Public Company<br />

Limited Customer Satisfaction Survey<br />

2017. The event was held at the <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

<strong>Airways</strong> Ticketing Office on Vibhavadi<br />

Rangsit Road.<br />

NEW INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER LOUNGES<br />

AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT<br />

Passengers on <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> flights<br />

can now enjoy new International Passenger<br />

Lounges at Suvarnabhumi Airport, an<br />

additional service <strong>of</strong>fering extra comfort<br />

and convenience. The brand new<br />

International Passenger Lounges are<br />

located on the third floor <strong>of</strong> concourse D,<br />

opposite gate D7.<br />

The new lounges have been designed<br />

to showcase the airline brand identity <strong>of</strong><br />

the “boutique” touch. The new Boutique<br />

Lounge, 250sqm in size, can accommodate<br />

up to 120 passengers, while the Blue<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดย<br />

คุณดรุณี เทพวัลย์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโสส่วน<br />

บริหารความพึงพอใจและความสัมพันธ์ลูกค้า<br />

(ที่ 3 จากซ้าย) และคุณแววตา ชัยพล ผู้อำนวยการ<br />

แผนกบริหารลูกค้าสัมพันธ์และประสบการณ์ลูกค้า<br />

Ribbon Club Lounge is 200sqm in size and<br />

can accommodate up to 50 passengers.<br />

Passengers <strong>of</strong> <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> departing<br />

on international flights can now enjoy these<br />

brand new lounges from today onwards.<br />

Opening hours are from 04.30am to 10pm.<br />

For more information, please visit our<br />

website: www.bangkokair.com or Call Centre<br />

by dialling 1771, 24 hours a day.<br />

(ที่ 2 จากซ้าย) เป็นประธานจับรางวัลผู้โชคดี<br />

10 ท่าน จากการสำรวจความพึงพอใจของ<br />

ผู้โดยสาร ครั้งที่ 2 ประจำปี พ.ศ. 2560 ณ<br />

สำนักงานออกบัตรโดยสาร สายการบินบางกอก<br />

แอร์เวย์ส ถนนวิภาวดีรังสิต<br />

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เปิดให้<br />

บริการห้องรับรองผู้โดยสารขาออก<br />

ระหว่างประเทศแห่งใหม่ ณ ท่าอากาศยาน<br />

สุวรรณภูมิ เพื่อรองรับเทศกาลท่องเที่ยว<br />

ปลายปี โดยห้องรับรองผู้โดยสาร<br />

ระหว่างประเทศแห่งใหม่นี้ตั้งอยู่บริเวณ<br />

ชั้น 3 ของอาคารผู้โดยสาร Concourse D<br />

ตรงข้ามกับประตูขึ้นเครื่องหมายเลข<br />

D7 ซึ่งผู้โดยสารของสายการบินฯ<br />

สามารถเข้าใช้บริการได้ตั้งแต่วันนี้<br />

เป็นต้นไป<br />

ห้องรับรองผู้โดยสารแห่งใหม่นี้ถูก<br />

ตกแต่งอย่างสวยงามและมีเอกลักษณ์ซึ่ง<br />

สะท้อนความเป็น “บูทีค” ของสายการบินฯ<br />

ได้อย่างลงตัว ห้องรับรองผู้โดยสารดังกล่าว<br />

มีขนาด 450 ตารางเมตร แบ่งเป็น บูทีค<br />

เลาจน์ สามารถรองรับผู้โดยสารได้ 120<br />

ท่าน และบลูริบบอนคลับเลาจน์ สามารถ<br />

รองรับผู้โดยสารได้ 50 ท่าน<br />

ห้องรับรองผู้โดยสารระหว่างประเทศ<br />

แห่งใหม่เปิดให้บริการทุกวันตั้งแต่เวลา<br />

04.30 ถึง 22.00 น. ซึ่งผู้โดยสารสามารถ<br />

ตรวจสอบรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติมได้ทาง<br />

เว็บไซต์ www.bangkokair.com หรือที่<br />

ศูนย์บริการข้อมูลลูกค้า โทร.1771 ตลอด<br />

24 ชั่วโมง<br />

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS<br />

“LOVE EARTH, SAVE EARTH: LOVE<br />

SAMUI, SAVE THE COCONUT<br />

TREES” YEAR 3<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong>, led by Ms.<br />

Nutchayathorn Nutsudanijvipa –<br />

Director, Samui Airport and other<br />

representatives, recently relaunched<br />

the environmental awareness<br />

project, “Love Earth, Save Earth:<br />

Love Samui, Save the Coconut<br />

Trees.” Now in its third consecutive<br />

year, the eco-initiative was held at<br />

Wat Laem Suwannaram, Koh Samui<br />

district, Surat Thani. The joint goal<br />

is to share eco-conscious knowledge<br />

among the island community to<br />

preserve and protect the iconic<br />

coconut trees <strong>of</strong> Koh Samui.<br />

In the “Love Earth, Save Earth:<br />

Love Samui, Save the Coconut<br />

Trees” Year 3 project, more than<br />

140 farmers, planters, locals and<br />

tree enthusiasts in Koh Samui<br />

gained more knowledge on care<br />

for their coconut trees. Participants<br />

were taught about pest control<br />

and eradication methods, such as<br />

the biological control <strong>of</strong> tree pests<br />

such as black-headed caterpillars,<br />

and having vespidae wasps as a<br />

natural way to control coconut<br />

pests. Young coconut plants and<br />

vespidaes were also donated<br />

during the event.<br />

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส<br />

จัดกิจกรรม “ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุย<br />

ปี 3” ภายใต้โครงการ “Love Earth, Save<br />

Earth: Love Samui, Save the Coconut<br />

Trees” เพื่อรณรงค์ให้ประชาชนบนเกาะสมุย<br />

หันมาใส่ใจและอนุรักษ์ต้นมะพร้าว ซึ่งเป็น<br />

สัญลักษณ์สำคัญทางการท่องเที่ยว โดยมี<br />

นางสาวณัฏฐ์ชยธร ณัฐสุดานิจวิภา<br />

ผู้อำนวยการสนามบินสมุยและตัวแทนจาก<br />

หน่วยงานต่างๆ เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม ณ วัด<br />

แหลมสุวรรณาราม อำเภอเกาะสมุย<br />

จังหวัดสุราษฎร์ธานี<br />

กิจกรรม “ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุย<br />

ปี 3” เปิดโอกาสให้เกษตรกรและประชาชนใน<br />

พื้นที่เกาะสมุยกว่า 140 คนที่เข้าร่วมงานได้<br />

เรียนรู้องค์ความรู้ต่างๆ อาทิ การควบคุม<br />

และกำจัดแมลงศัตรูมะพร้าว การฝึกปฏิบัติ<br />

การควบคุมแมลงศัตรูมะพร้าวโดยชีววิธี<br />

การเพาะเลี้ยงขยายแตนเบียน การควบคุม<br />

หนอนหัวดำมะพร้าว เป็นต้น รวมถึงยังได้รับ<br />

กล้ามะพร้าวเพื่อนำไปปลูก และแจกแตน<br />

เบียน เพื่อให้เกษตรกรนำไปควบคุมแมลง<br />

ศัตรูมะพร้าวให้ยั่งยืนต่อไป<br />

BLUE VOLUNTEERS FOR<br />

CHILDREN’S DAY<br />

It’s another feel good moment for the Blue Volunteers<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> who were lucky to spend quality<br />

time with <strong>Thai</strong> kids recently. On <strong>Thai</strong>land’s Children’s<br />

Day last January 12, <strong>2018</strong>, Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya<br />

– Vice President, Office <strong>of</strong> the President; together<br />

with the <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong>’ Blue Volunteers team<br />

organised fun activities and prepared lunch for<br />

students at Thewa Khlong Trong School in Samut<br />

Prakan province. The event aimed at sharing in the<br />

happiness and fun with the children and challenging<br />

them with games and activities. The following day<br />

also was a great opportunity as the National Council<br />

on Social Welfare <strong>of</strong> <strong>Thai</strong>land under the patronage<br />

<strong>of</strong> His Majesty, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej,<br />

appointed the Blue Volunteers to create wonderful<br />

activities under the theme, “10 Duties for Good Kids”<br />

around the Mahidol Building grounds.<br />

สำหรับปีนี้ ทีม Blue Volunteers ของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ได้มีโอกาส<br />

จัดและร่วมกิจกรรม วันเด็กแห่งชาติประจำปี 2561 ถึง 2 กิจกรรม<br />

โดยเมื่อวันศุกร์ที่ 12 มกราคมที่ผ่านมา ทีม Blue Volunteers ของ<br />

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สกว่า 20 คน นำโดยคุณจันทร์ทิพย์ ทองกันยา<br />

รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักกรรมการผู้อำนวยการ<br />

ใหญ่ จัดกิจกรรมสำหรับนักเรียน และเด็กๆ ณ โรงเรียนเทวะคลอง<br />

ตรง จังหวัดสมุทรปราการ เพื่อมอบความสุขและความสนุกสนาน<br />

ให้กับน้องๆ ผ่านกิจกรรมต่างๆ รวมถึงเลี้ยงอาหารกลางวัน วันถัด<br />

มาวันเสาร์ที่ 13 มกราคม ทีม Blue Volunteers ก็ได้รับเกียรติจาก<br />

สภาสังคมสงเคราะห์แห่งประเทศไทยให้ช่วยดูแลฐานกิจกรรมต่างๆ<br />

บริเวณลานหน้าตึกมหิดล ณ สภาสังคมสงเคราะห์แห่งประเทศไทย<br />

ในพระบรมราชูปถัมภ์ ซึ่งกิจกรรมจัดภายใต้แนวคิด “เด็กเอ๋ย เด็กดี<br />

ต้องมีหน้าที่ 10 ประการ”<br />

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AIRCRAFT INFO<br />

AIRBUS A319<br />

NUMBER OF FLEET : 14<br />

LENGTH : 33.84 m<br />

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m<br />

HEIGHT : 12.17 m<br />

ENGINE : IAE V2500<br />

CRUISING SPEED :<br />

920 km/h<br />

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :<br />

39,800 ft<br />

PASSENGER CAPACITY :<br />

12 seats & 108 seats / 144 seats / 138 seats<br />

BANGKOK AIRWAYS OPERATES FOUR TYPES OF AIRCRAFT<br />

TAKE ME<br />

HOME<br />

READ<br />

<strong>Fah</strong> <strong>Thai</strong> is the inflight magazine<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong>. It is YOUR<br />

MAGAZINE. It is distributed with our<br />

compliments on all <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong><br />

flights. We hope you enjoy it .<br />

TOO MUCH BAGGAGE?<br />

ONLINE!<br />

AIRBUS A320<br />

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9<br />

LENGTH : 37.57 m<br />

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m<br />

HEIGHT : 12.17 m<br />

ENGINE : IAE V2500<br />

CRUISING SPEED :<br />

870 km/h<br />

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :<br />

39,800 ft<br />

PASSENGER CAPACITY :<br />

162 seats<br />

•••••<br />

We also come in a digital format. You can read us at:<br />

FAHTHAIMAG.COM<br />

And feel free to send us your feedback.<br />

Your voice is our inspiration!<br />

ATR 72-500<br />

NUMBER OF FLEET : 6<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 />

CRUISING SPEED :<br />

509 km/h<br />

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :<br />

25,000 ft<br />

PASSENGER CAPACITY :<br />

70 seats<br />

Read more<br />

ATR 72-600<br />

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9<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 />

CRUISING SPEED :<br />

509 km/h<br />

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :<br />

25,000 ft<br />

PASSENGER CAPACITY :<br />

70 seats<br />

OUR SCHEDULE FLIGHTS AND FREQUENCY<br />

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS<br />

<strong>Bangkok</strong>, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :<br />

Numerous flights every day from a variety <strong>of</strong> 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 <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Hat Yai :<br />

1 flight per day from Phuket<br />

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Krabi :<br />

3 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong> ; (As from <strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong> onwards)<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Lampang : 3 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Mae Hong Son : 1 flight per day from Chiang Mai (As from <strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong> onwards)<br />

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;<br />

1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Sukhothai : 2 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong> (As from <strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong> onwards)<br />

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS<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 <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Guangzhou : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui<br />

Hanoi :<br />

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai (As from <strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong> onwards)<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 <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Malé :<br />

1 flight per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Mandalay : 1 flight per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong> ;<br />

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai<br />

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Phu Quoc : 4 flights per week from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong><br />

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui<br />

Vientiane : 2 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong> (As from <strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong> onwards)<br />

Yangon : 4 flights per day from <strong>Bangkok</strong> ;<br />

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai<br />

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CHECKING OUT<br />

Hanoi Closeness<br />

Hanoi’s c<strong>of</strong>fee lifestyle is now within easy<br />

reach, as <strong>Bangkok</strong> <strong>Airways</strong> introduces<br />

flights from Chiang Mai to Hanoi starting<br />

<strong>March</strong> 25, <strong>2018</strong>. Sit with dedicated locals<br />

and sip the smoothness <strong>of</strong> a Ca Phe or<br />

Vietnamese c<strong>of</strong>fee, ideally with the scenic<br />

West Lake in full view.<br />

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