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Fah Thai Magazine Jul-Aug 2018

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HAPPENINGS LAOS VIENTIANE MALDIVES / INDIA MALDIVES / MUMBAI Each Southeast Asian country’s cuisine has developed unique flavours of its own, but all are bound by a dedication to fresh ingredients and spices. From the spicy minced pork dish in Laotian cooking to a hot bowl of Thailand’s “Tom Yum Goong,” the 3 Merchants restaurant at Crowne Plaza Vientiane now serves various Southeast Asian dishes in a stylish setting. The 3 Merchants is noted for dishes from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia, and each dish offers a story to match the restaurant’s themed décor. Freshness and complexity strongly feature in the spices of all the dishes. Guests can choose their favourite Southeast Asian cuisines like Laksa (Malaysia), Massaman curry (Thailand), Pork Stew (Vietnam), SPOTLIGHT Wine and Dine in Style Laab, spicy minced pork with herbs from Laos available for lunch and dinner. The restaurant also keeps a large selection of fine wines and beverages, ensuring an elegant dining experience. 3 Merchants Crowne Plaza Vientiane G Floor, open for lunch (11.30am-2pm) and dinner (6.30pm- 9.30pm) from Tuesday to Sunday, +856 21 908 888 INDIGO TIME Indigo Café, an independent lodging establishment — has opened its second property, going from a bed and breakfast to a restaurant and small hotel in Vientiane. This follows the success of their property in Luang Prabang that’s located on Phnom Penh Road and within 500 metres of the Mekong River. The latest venture carries on Indigo’s signature white and blue palette, providing a warm ambiance following a major renovation. With just three private rooms, each features a living area with a large sofa to unwind after a long day exploring the capital city. Indigo is noted for their baked goods and coffee: try their Indigo Plate & Eggs Royale breakfast. Indigo Café also has plenty of vegan options like the vegetable burger. Handicrafts from Laos and other Asian countries are available for sale. Indigo also is within walking distance to the Laos National Museum, Laos culture hall and Chao Anouvong Stadium. Phnom Penh Road, 01000, Rue Phanompenh, Vientiane, +856 20 22 227 980 SPOTLIGHT Luxury Stay Amidst Lush Nature The secret’s out that the AccorHotels group recently introduced the opening of their Fairmont luxury brand on the Shaviyani Atoll in North Maldives, called the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Couples or families can enjoy the 112 new villas complete with 200 metres of infinity pools, together with luxury safari-style tented villas located on the island’s lush jungle. Sirru Fen Fushi, means ‘secret water island’ in the local Dhivehi language and the luxurious property features accommodations with design interiors of copper bathroom fittings and carved wood detailing on their furniture, giving the villas a bohemian rustic chic vibe. At the moment, the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the SIP AND DINE July and August is peak monsoon season in Mumbai with grey skies, thunderstorms, and rain showers. It’s best to duck indoors and enjoy the rains from the safety of a cosy coffee shop. Here’s one of many ways to make the most of the city when it rains. Sea Lounge at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel has arguably the best view in the city. Here, you can sip a cup of coffee or even indulge in an elaborate afternoon tea while looking over the iconic Gateway of India. And this scene becomes even more poetic in the rains. Another fabulous place to have an afternoon tea is the Drawing Room at the St. Regis Mumbai. Not only can you get a quintessentially English high tea, there’s also a Mumbai version to choose from that includes vada pav sliders, Bombay sandwich fingers, masala chai and more. Sea Lounge, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel,+91 22 66653366 The Drawing Room, The St. Regis Mumbai, +91 22 61628000 only hotel on the pristine atoll and the untouched aspect of the island has benefitted a thriving marine life. Setting the hotel property apart is the presence of the country’s first coral regeneration project in the form of an underwater art installation. Created by underwater naturalist SOAK IT UP However, if you want to truly get a sense of why Mumbai welcomes the monsoon with open arms, head to Marine Drive. This long, sea-facing promenade is the city’s prized treasure — lined on one side by beautiful Art Deco buildings and on the other side by the Arabian Sea crashing against its shore. Marine Drive comes alive during the monsoons, especially in the evenings when little children, young couples, and sprightly senior citizens all congregate here to enjoy the rains. Grab a cup of piping hot chai or a bhutta (roasted corn on the cob rubbed with lemon and chilli powder) and join the masses to enjoy the monsoon, Mumbai-style! and artist Jason deCaires Taylor, the work serves as an homage to the abundant sea life and pristine coral house reef surrounding the resort. A ‘manta ray cleaning station’ at the house reef lets guests get up close and personal with the sea creatures that visit the area on a regular basis. The property pays respect to the natural surroundings even at the resort’s contemporary dining outlets and extends it to the surroundings of their Willow Stream Spa. ART BEAT Mumbai has several museums and art galleries where you can spend hours admiring everything from classical to contemporary artworks. The National Gallery of Modern Art presents art from the 1850s onwards and has a permanent collection featuring Jehangir Sabavala, V S Gaitonde and others. Jehangir Art Gallery is a contemporary art space featuring exhibitions by painters, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, and the like. Both the galleries hold special exhibits from time to time; check their websites for schedule of upcoming exhibitions. National Gallery of Modern Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, 114 115