Fah Thai Magazine Sep-Oct 2018

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SEP-OCT 2018

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OVERTURES

FEATURES

18 ASIA DATEBOOK

Mark your calendar to run for the

heroes in your lives or watch buffalos

race if you happen to be in Thailand.

22 SCENTSIBILITY

Harness the power of scent for

him with fragrances that are

‘Intense’ or ‘Obsessed.’

24 COOL SUEDE SHOES

Show no fear when you’re fashion

forward in a pair of suede shoes.

The latest styles come in cool

neutrals that go with any ensemble.

26 TRAT THE WAY WE LIKE IT

Find your type of vacation joy

in the getaway destinations in

nature and islands in Trat province.

Inviting waters make swimming or

boating ideal.

32 BANANA BOASTS

The versatile fruit can be eaten

raw or cooked, sweet or savoury.

Find more about its history and

the countless varieties that exist

to be enjoyed.

34 UPCYCLING HERITAGE

End up in the former jails of Hong

Kong’s Tai Kwun Heritage Centre

now revamped into a new glory;

also learn how waste becomes

treasures in the creative hands of

upcycling in Myanmar.

46 BACK TO FOOD’S

HISTORY

Adventurous palates always

seek the next big thing. For

Singaporeans with their foodobsessed

reputations, going

back in time seems to be the

order of the day.

56 LIGHT MATTERS

Bangkok-based artist Eiji Sumi

engages in light inspired work

that dissects the concept

right down to its smallest

particles yet showcases them

on a large scale.

64 BIENNALE TRIO

Thailand becomes a stage for

art when works from renown

local and international artists

exhibit at three different

points in time for three

separate biennales.

74 DANCE AND MUSIC FEST

Bangkok plays host to a monthlong

celebration of dance and

music with renown artists and

performance companies.

84 THE WEDDING LIST

For the perfect destination

wedding, Fah Thai’s list of

places and wedding coordinators

will be on hand to make your

day special.

100 STORMING HONG KONG

In the vastness of an urban city

like Hong Kong, there’s a lot

to uncover. Our photographer

embarks on a mission to do so

despite inclement weather.

100

The

Monsoon

Mood

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HAPPENINGS

CORPORATE

The latest must-dos and must-knows around the

region as we enter into an eventful new season.

110 BANGKOK

116 SAMUI

120 PHUKET

124 CHIANG MAI /

CHIANG RAI

125 TRAT

126 GUANGZHOU

/ CHENGDU /

CHONGQING

128 HONG KONG

130 SINGAPORE

131 KUALA

LUMPUR

132 PHNOM

PENH /

SIEM REAP

134 HANOI /

QUY NHON

136 YANGON

138 VIENTIANE

139 MALDIVES /

MUMBAI

142 NEWS

Bangkok Airways announces collaborations and

winners.

150 ROUTE MAP

152 AIRCRAFT INFO

CHECKING OUT

154 LUANG PRABANG

Seeking serenity in the beauty of

Luang Prabang.

This month’s cover:

Dance and music

luminaries perform

in Bangkok.

74

World-class

Performances

Come to

Bangkok

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

It is with great pride for me and all of

us at Bangkok Airways that our airline

won two prestigious awards this year

at the Skytrax World Airline Awards

2018. Recognised as the “World’s

Best Regional Airline,” this honour is a

fourth time win for us, followed with

the second award as “Best Regional

Airline in Asia,” an honour we received

for the eighth time. Besides these two

world-class awards, Bangkok Airways

was awarded the “Travellers’ Choice

Regional Carrier-Asia and Travellers’

Choice Economy Class-Asia from

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards

for Airlines 2018. Additionally, we were

designated the “Best Brand for Travel

2018” from Smart Travel Asia in two

categories, including “Top Ten Airline

Overall – Worldwide” and “Top Ten

Best in Cabin Service – Worldwide”.

On behalf of Bangkok Airways

executives and staff, I’d like to

extend our sincere thanks to all of

you, our passengers, for flying with

us and for your votes which earned

us these awards. We promise to

keep on working hard and doing our

best to excel in providing services

that give you the safest and greatest

experience wherever you travel –

from start to finish in any of your

destinations. For all of us at Bangkok

Airways, “Your happiness is our

best reward”.

Thank you very much.

นับเป็นความภาคภูมิใจสำหรับผมและ

ชาวบางกอกแอร์เวย์สอีกครั้ง ที่ในปีนี้

เราสามารถคว้ารางวัลระดับโลกจาก

Skytrax World Airline Awards มาได้ถึง

2 รางวัล ได้แก่ รางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาค

ยอดเยี่ยมของโลก และรางวัลสายการบิน

ภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยมแห่งเอเชีย ซึ่งปีนี้เป็นครั้ง

ที่ 4 ที่เราได้รับรางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาค

ยอดเยี่ยมของโลก และเป็นครั้งที่ 8 ที่เราได้

รับรางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยม

แห่งเอเชีย นอกจากนี้ สายการบินฯ ยังได้

รับอีก 2 รางวัลจากเว็บไซต์ทริปแอดไวเซอร์

(TripAdvisor) ได้แก่ รางวัลสายการบิน

ยอดเยี่ยมในภูมิภาคเอเชียและรางวัล

สายการบินที ่มีที่นั่งชั้นประหยัดยอดเยี่ยม

ในภูมิภาคเอเชีย ประจำปี 2561 และในระยะ

เวลาใกล้เคียงกันก็ได้รับรางวัลสุดยอด

แบรนด์ท่องเที่ยวประจำปี 2561 จาก

สมาร์ท แทรเวล เอเชีย ได้แก่ รางวัลท็อป

เท็นสายการบินที่ดีที ่สุดในโลก (Top Ten

Airline Overall – Worldwide) และ

รางวัลท็อปเท็นสายการบินที่มีการบริการ

บนเครื ่องที่ดีที่สุดในโลก (Top Ten Best

in Cabin Service – Worldwide) อีกด้วย

ผมในนามของคณะผู้บริหารและ

พนักงานของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

ขอขอบคุณผู้โดยสารทุกท่านจากใจ ที่ท่าน

เลือกเดินทางกับเรา และโหวตให้สายการบิน

ของเราได้รับรางวัลต่างๆ ในครั้งนี้ พวกเรา

จะมุ่งมั่น ทุ่มเท และพัฒนาการให้บริการ

อย่างต่อเนื่อง เพื ่อสร้างประสบการณ์

ในการเดินทางที่ประทับใจตั้งแต่ต้นจนถึง

ปลายทางอย่างปลอดภัย เพราะ “ความสุข

จากการเดินทางของท่าน คือรางวัลที่ดี

ที่สุดของเรา”

ขอบคุณครับ

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

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Cover Photography: Courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS

Upcycling Ways

Artists in Yangon begin an

upcycling trend making

colourful wallets and tilitarian

objects from unwanted

materials. The next souvenir

you buy may be one of their

re-creations.

NEWS AND EVENTS 18 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 22 / STYLE 24 / THAILAND TREASURES 26 / A TASTE OF THAILAND 30 /

FRUITFUL FINDS 32 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 34 / CHECKED IN 38

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

8SEP

2018

1JUL

2018

SAMUI

AS GOOD AS GOLD

Congratulations are in order for the 88-villa

resort Banyan Tree Samui, recently recognised

as the first and only resort in Thailand to be

given a “Gold Certification” by EarthCheck.

As the leading organisation for scientific

benchmarking and the world’s certification

and advisory group for travel and tourism,

EarthCheck gave the luxury hotel the highest

level recognition award as soon as it met with

excellence standards in ten key performance areas.

The green certification process assesses

greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency,

management of freshwater resources, ecosystem

conservation and management, management

of social and cultural issues, land use planning

and management, air quality protection and

noise control, wastewater management,

solid waste management, and storage of

environmentally harmful substances.

The Banyan Tree Samui, nestled against

a lush 38-acre hillside, overlooks a secluded

cove of beach. With their green certification,

guests are encouraged to join in their sustainable

ecotourism activities, such as walking along

a nature trail for bird-watching, along with

participation in a coral regeneration project.

banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui

NOW- 30SEP

2018

CHIANG MAI

RUN HERO RUN 2018

Bangkok Airways Lanna Marathon 2018

is calling all running enthusiasts and

the ‘heroes’ in their lives in Thailand to

participate in the “Run Hero Run” in the

North and run together for our heroes in the

south of Thailand. Register now until the end

of September to be part of the charity run

on Sunday 11 November 2018 at the Chiang

Mai 700th Anniversary Stadium in Chiang

Mai and a chance to win Her Royal Highness

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup.

The marathon’s objective is to raise funds to

provide the highest quality bulletproof vests

for officers that serve the country in the 3

Southern border provinces. So, let’s protect

those who protect us and the country and

turn your sweat and effort into a bulletproof

vest! For more information and registration,

go to runherorun2018.com, facebook.com/

runherorunthailand.com, teelakow.com

SINGAPORE

80S POP REVIVAL

Two of the biggest female pop icons from

the 1980s will perform together on stage at

the Lion City this September. Far from being

rivals, pop princesses Tiffany and Debbie

Gibson will unite in Singapore for a once-in-alifetime

concert, where they will belt out their

signature hits. The Smash Hits Concert will see

the duo perform their sing-along hits, which

topped the global music charts in that era.

Both stars broke into the music scene

in their teens with Tiffany riding the charts

high with hit songs, ‘All This Time’ and her

chart-topping hit, ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’.

Gibson became a worldwide sensation at only

17 with her high energy pop singles ‘Only In

My Dreams’, ‘Shake Your Love’ and ‘Out of The

Blue’. For fans of 80s pop, this one-night only

performance is a rare opportunity to see these

two icons on the stage for the first time in

Asia. The Star Theatre Singapore, thestar.sg

15, 17, 19

2018

SEP

SINGAPORE, BANGKOK, HONG KONG

THE KILLERS LIVE

Influential American rock band The Killers

will draw the curtain on its 2018 Asia Tour

with a highly-anticipated one-night only

performance in Singapore, Bangkok and Hong

Kong this month. Following their stops in

Singapore on 15 September for the Singapore

Grand Prix and Bangkok on 17 September at

Thunder Dome, the Las Vegas rockers led by

Brandon Flowers will be bringing their brand

of music to Asian fans.

The Killers last performed in Hong

Kong in 2013 but this latest tour is bound

to an exciting and entertaining affair as the

American rock band will perform tracks from

their latest album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’

along with their enviable back catalogue of

songs such as ‘Mr. Brightside’ and ‘Somebody

Told Me’. thekillersmusic.com

16SEP

2018

KUALA LUMPUR

POSTMODERN JUKEBOX LIVE

Following their sold-out performance in

Kuala Lumpur in 2016, the collective known

as Postmodern Jukebox will be making their

way back to Malaysia for their Asia tour. The

brainchild of Scott Bradlee, the band has

garnered a huge following on YouTube since

their debut in 2009 with their catchy soulful

and jazzy renditions of modern songs.

To date, Postmodern Jukebox has

amassed more than 925 million YouTube

views with 3.2 million subscribers and over

1.3 million likes on Facebook. Nevertheless,

watching the group live is an occasion that

should not be missed, especially if you are

a music fan with a penchant for enjoying

great renditions of hit numbers done with

a vintage twist. KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail,

postmodernjukebox.com

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2018 OCT

-32019

FEB

BANGKOK

BLISSFUL ART

With the notable participation of artists

from across the globe, the Bangkok Art

Biennale 2018 marks its inaugural event

in Thailand. With much time devoted to

planning, the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018’s

theme is “Beyond Bliss.” The concept of ideal

happiness and its creative interpretations

get manifested and discussed by the world’s

leading artists. Among those headlining are

the likes of influential performance artist

Marina Abramović who will be communicating

art through her body to open up a better

understanding about the physical and mental

limitations as a human being. Korean artist/

designer Choi Jeong Hwa who is known for his

whimsical creation of large-scale and massive

size different art forms, is among the roster

of artists to show his work along with other

artist heavyweights like Japanese artist Yayoi

Kusama and more. bkkartbiennale.com

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

2018

21OCT

LUANG PRABANG

THE MEKONG RUN

Take to running for a real cause with the Luang

Prabang Half Marathon – a goodwill run in the

Unesco World Heritage Site on the Mekong

River. Organised by the Lao Friends Hospital

for Children, the charity race will take place

on Sunday, October 21. Good for all fitness

levels, the race offers three distances – 7

kilometres, 14 kilometres and half marathon

(21 kilometres). The starting and finishing line

will be in front of the National Museum that

was once a royal palace. With Luang Prabang

tucked away in the mountainous valley of

Northern Laos and sitting at the confluence

of the Mekong and Khan rivers, the marathon

takes runners along a route of Buddhist

temples and colonial architecture. This annual

race hopes to raise more than US$50,000 to

benefit impoverished Lao children. The LPB Half

Marathon will be providing free medical care

for the children as well. Online registration, with

an early-bird promotion rate, is available on its

official website. luangprabanghalfmarathon.com

2018

23OCT

CHON BURI

BUFFALO RACING FESTIVAL

A different kind of race makes for a fun festival

in Thailand. “Wing Kwai” or the Buffalo Racing

Festival 2018, held annually for more than 140

years, takes place in front of Chon Buri City

Municipality Office on 23 October, one day

before the end of Buddhist Lent. The event

follows the long period of hard work for farmers

and buffaloes. You get to see water buffalo racing

which is divided into various categories according

to their age. Apart from the excitement of

buffaloes racing each other, entertaining activities

such as the Miss Farmer Beauty Contest, Buffalo

Fashion Contest, the Healthiest Buffalo Contest

round out the event. tourismthailand.org

20-22OCT

2018

MAE HONG SON

CHONG PARA FESTIVAL

Mae Hong Son in northern Thailand will be

celebrating the Chong Para Festival signalling

the end of the three-month long Buddhist

Retreat on October 20-22, highlighted with

a cultural performance from the Shan ethnic

group. Dancers dressed in half-bird costumes

move to percussive beats before a bonfire,

transporting the visitor back some 100 years

with the dances. The festival marks the Lord

Buddha’s return from heaven after visiting

his mother for three months. The Shan people

in Mae Hong Son build small wooden castles,

decorating them with colourful paper and

illuminating them with lanterns that welcome

the Lord Buddha. The festival begins with

local folks bringing offerings to monks in the

temples in a procession and carrying the

models of castles on poles. Performed on

temple grounds will be theatre and dance

performances — some of them unique to

northern Thailand. Mae Hong Son’s beautiful

province setting fulfils a travellers’ notion

of how a northern Thai city should be, with

white-washed pagodas topped with golden

parasols, women with thanaka powder on

their cheeks going past, while the air fills

with the smoke of cheroots.

tourismthailand.org

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OVERTURES

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO SANTIPONG CHOOCHAROEN

SPOTLIGHT

The Secret’s In

The Scent

Fragrance when worn, becomes

extraordinary and relevant, and lets

people know who you are, along with

your convictions. Finding the right

scent goes beyond a passive sniff

test. Make it an active mission and

test out ones that work best for you

and activated by the warmth of your

skin. If someone brushes by and a

whiff of their perfume simply makes

you feel good – that’s a winner.

LUNA ROSSA BLACK

EAU DE PARFUM

100ML FROM PRADA

(4,300 Baht)

The energy when man and

nature meets is captured

in this scent with a dry,

musky amber set off with

patchouli and coumarin,

with hints of a gentler

bergamot and angelica

that slowly builds and

crashes with a seductive,

masculine force.

L’HOMME INTENSE

EAU DE PARFUM

100ML FROM PRADA

(4,600 Baht)

Contemporary yet

classic, this contrasting

composition of unusual

facets speaks to the

modern day man who

wants a chosen fragrance

to be just as intriguing as

his enigmatic, yet alluring

personality.

OBSESSED EAU DE

PARFUM INTENSE

FOR MEN 125ML FROM

CALVIN KLEIN (3,700 Baht)

Memories of an infatuation

can come unravelled with

this fragrance; breathe in

an intensity that’s brought

on by the addition of an

amber warmth and a higher

concentration of oils that

evoke a nearly tangible

feeling of sensuality…

including a reminder of the

scent of another.

COACH FOR MEN

EAU DE TOILETTE

SPRAY 100ML FROM

COACH (3,800 Baht)

A surge of crisp energy

gained from the juice

of the nashi pear and

bergamot infuses itself

with a spicy core of

cardamom and aromatic

coriander; also creating

a subtle warmth that

continues to dominate

the earthy base of soft

suede and addictive

ambergris notes.

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ENAMOURED

HI-SHINE LIP

LACQUER

LIPGLOSS 5ML

FROM MARC

JACOBS BEAUTY

(1,100 Baht)

This mint-flavoured

lip gloss collection

features a profusion

of creamy pinks,

shimmering

lavenders, and

iridescent brightness

that makes your

lips lush with a

lasting colour and

unbelievable shine.

ALL NIGHTER WATERPROOF

SETTING POWDER 7.5G FROM

URBAN DECAY (1,250 Baht)

Simply buff powder over your foundation for

long-lasting, locked-in coverage. Then finish

up with your blush and highlighter routine.

MAGIC BLACK POWDER FACIAL

LIFTING MASK 50G FROM

CAOLION (1,890 Baht)

This anti-ageing, face lifting mask tightens

rough and sagging skin, enhancing its texture

and providing a strengthening skin barrier.

TEINT IDOLE ULTRA

WEAR CAMOUFLAGE

CONCEALER 12ML

FROM LANCÔME

(1,300 Baht)

Easily blends and can be built

up to create an even skin

tone, maintaining a naturallooking

matte finish that

will not cake or crease.

With a Look,

A Statement

All that’s needed to do to make your eyes glow

invitingly while being elegantly chic requires

smokey eyes with dark as night shades yet

refined. Grey tones also look perfect with black

and gold shades, and equally beautiful with

brown. Cover your entire lid, or just highlight

the corner of your eye. This can be done with

a light pencil or eyeliner mark. These catchy

colours look great with darker skin tones and

completely glamorous for fairer skin tones.

Tips

Copper Eyes – There’s no reason why your

eyes shouldn’t be dolled up using some copper

eye shadow. It’s striking and sexy, and on the

right side of subtle.

Highlighted Skin – Go all out to create

that subtle sheen on your face with the help of

a highlighter.

Strong Brows – Since we’re coming up to

more parties as the rains have gone, get your game

on with strong brows by filling them in thickly.

Subtle Contouring – Take full advantage

of the season and subtly contour your jawline

and cheekbones.

Dark Lips – Dark, bold lipstick needs a place

in your makeup bag, we’re just saying.

MR. BURBERRY EAU DE TOILETTE

50ML FROM BURBERRY (2,800 Baht)

Classic scents of British perfumery with

unexpected ingredients of fresh, crafted

top notes of crisp zesty grapefruit are cut

with a seductive base of earthy vetiver

and smoky guaiac wood.

BLACK ORCHID EAU DE TOILETTE

50ML FROM TOM FORD (3,700 Baht)

A luxurious and sensual fragrance of rich,

dark accord and an alluring potion of black

orchids and spice, Black Orchid is both

modern and timeless.

TERRACOTTA THE SUN-KISSED

HEALTHY GLOW POWDER 10G

FROM GUERLAIN (2,350 Baht)

The powder contains a cocktail of active

ingredients to help your skin feel energised,

protect against free radicals and pollution and

preserve skin’s natural hydration, ensuring a

long-lasting feel.

NOIR ANTHRACITE EAU DE

PARFUM SPRAY 50ML FROM

TOM FORD (4,800 Baht)

Noir Anthracite reflects light in the dark,

featuring the brilliance of bergamot and spice

against rich black woods such as cedar wood,

Macassar ebony, and santal from Sri Lanka.

PHOTO FINISH

MATTIFY PRIMER

STICK 9G FROM

SMASHBOX

(1,400 Baht)

It controls oil and shine

for 12 hours without

drying skin, ensuring

that makeup goes on

flawlessly, looks better

and lasts longer.

STOCKISTS

Guerlain

MF, The Emporium

Tel +66 (0) 2269 1000

Lancôme

1F Central Chidlom

Tel +66 (0) 2254 9146

Sephora

1F Siam Center

tel +66 (0) 2658 1616

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STYLE







WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLE SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTOS SANTIPONG CHOOCHAROEN





Seductive Suede

Suede can be a little intimidating, partly

due to its need to be maintained properly.

But with the right shirt and trousers

combination, suede shoes can be worn in all

situations – from that work meeting you’ve

been dreading, to a date you’ve been trying

to score for three months.

FOR HIM

SMOOTH

SQUALE SUEDE

WITH MATCHING

MATTE SIGNATURE

SPIKES FROM

CHRISTIAN

LOUBOUTIN

(33,800 Baht)

STOCKISTS

Christian Louboutin

GF Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5814-15

SILKY

NUBUCK

WITH FRONT

ELASTIC INSERTS

SLIP-ON

SHOES FROM

TOD’S

(23,500 Baht)

Tod’s

MF Siam Paragon

Tel +66 (0) 2610 9999

SMOOTH

SQUALE SUEDE

WITH SWAROVSKI

CRYSTALS, LOUIS

FLAT FROM

CHRISTIAN

LOUBOUTIN

(129,900 Baht)

ELEGANT

SMOOTH

LEATHER AND

SUEDE EMBOSSED

LOGO GOMMINO

DRIVING SHOES

FROM TOD’S

(24,500 Baht)

1F Central Chidlom

Tel +66 (0) 2251 9208

VELVETY

SUEDE WITH

STAMPED LOGO

SIDE ELASTIC

INSERTS

SLIP-ON

FROM TOD’S

(27,500 Baht)

FOR HER

POLKA DOT

PRINT CALFSKIN

LEATHER ROCK

STUD COIN PURSE

AND CARDHOLDER

FROM VALENTINO

(16,800 Baht)

STOCKISTS

Christian Louboutin

GF Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5814-15

SADDLE

BAG CALFSKIN

WITH GOLD

TONE METAL

LOGO FROM

DIOR

(115,000 Baht)

Dior

GF Emporium

Tel +66 (0) 2664 8363

MF Siam Paragon

Tel +66 (0) 2610 6799

PATENT

LEATHER POINTED

TOE PUMPS

FROM

CHRISTIAN

LOUBOUTIN

(26,500 Baht)

RED PATENT

LEATHER WITH

AN EMBOSSED

CROCODILE

EFFECT LOAFERS

FROM TOD’S

(26,500 Baht)

Tod’s

MF Siam Paragon

Tel +66 (0) 2610 9999

1F Central Chidlom

Tel +66 (0) 2251 9208

POLKA DOT

PRINT CALFSKIN

LEATHER

ROCKSTUD

PUMPS FROM

VALENTINO

(32,600 Baht)

Valentino

MF Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2129 4868

MF Emquartier

Tel +66 (0) 2129 4868

The Power

of Red

Scarlet, ruby, crimson, maroon – call

this brilliant colour whichever way

you want. If there’s only one that

should be seen this season, it’s red.

The colour typically screams of

sensuality; but this time around, the

approach is more refined, grownup and

stands as an uplifting trend that feels

entirely attainable for us mere mortals.

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THAILAND TREASURES

Trat: A Place of

Dream Islands

Translation Chusri Ngamprasert

Story & Photos Courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

Located to the east of Thailand, Trat province offers

travellers a variety of attractions – from stunning

blue seas, abundant forests and mountains, magical

waterfalls, to community-based tourism. Strong

practices in environmental awareness contribute to

an endless list of activities.

Koh Chang, Thailand’s second

largest island after Phuket as a popular

getaway boasts powdery white sandy

beaches, a plethora of boutique resorts

and restaurants to chill out. With

abundant ecosystems, Koh Chang

makes for a year-round paradise for all

sea and beach lovers.

For a different island vibe, there’s

charming Koh Kood, also surrounded

by the azure sea and blessed by bright

blue skies that’s a haven from a busy

city life. Enjoy the luxury of time while

strolling around the fisherman village

in Ao Salat (Pirate Bay) and embrace

the slow-paced lifestyle. Dotted with

Clockwise from Top

A lighthouse stands

tall at Bang Bao

Bay, Koh Chang.

Enjoy the endless

view on Koh Mak.

Rowing along Trat’s

lush and green

waterways.

seafood restaurants, Ao Salat is a place

to get the fresh catch of the day from

the sea, both cooked and raw. Enjoy

a variety of beach activities or laze

around in the resort on the island.

Koh Mak island sits between Koh

Chang and Koh Kood. This idyllic island

offers an enticing line of coconut trees

along the powdery white sand beach

that will put you in vacation mode. With

crystal-clear water in the bays being

calm and safe, visitors can choose to

dive into Ao Ta Nid, Ao Phai, Ao Prong,

Ao Pad and Ao Daeng. The villagers

live a simple life, engaging in their work

in rubber plantations and traditional

fisheries. The abundant coral reefs

around Koh Mak and its neighbouring

islands make popular spots for shallow

water snorkelling.

Close to Koh Mak is Koh Kham, an

island where a huge volcanic rock lines

the shore, making a dramatic contrast

against white sand and deep blue sea.

The vibrant coral reef on the east side

of the island is a beautiful place to

snorkel and scuba dive.

Apart from the beautiful islands

and stunning sea, Trat also has various

interesting community-based tourism

attractions under its sleeve such as

Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Group, and

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THAILAND TREASURES

Clockwise from Top

Kayaking,

one of the most

popular activities

on Koh Kood.

Traditional woven

hats made from

palm leaves and

bamboo called

“Ngob Nam Chiao”.

Huay Raeng Sub-district Ecotourism

Group. These community-based tourism

initiatives are outstanding places to

learn how to live harmoniously with

different cultures and beliefs and with

nature. Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism

Group is a multicultural community

where Buddhists, Muslims and Thai-

Chinese groups live happily together

with everyone respecting the different

cultures and religious beliefs. Ban

Nam Chiao community is proud of its

famous handicraft “Ngob Nam Chiao”,

traditional woven hats made from palm

leaves and bamboo in the shape of a

wok pan.

Blessed with an abundant ecosystem,

the Huay Raeng community dwells in

the heart of major diversity with sources

of fresh water, brackish water and brine.

The seasonal tides give the shoreside

plantations plenty of nourishment, making it fruitful all year

round. The community is also well-known for its folk wisdom

learning and sharing. By relying on their knowledge, the strongbonded

community live harmoniously with nature. Villagers

grow vegetables and fruits, catch giant freshwater prawn, make

rice wrapped in betel nut bract as an eco-friendly lunchbox

instead of using plastic containers or plastic bags while artisan

soap is made from mangosteen rind.

For more information, contact Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Trat

office at +66 (0) 39 597 259-60 or the Visitor Information Centre 1672.

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A TASTE OF THAILAND

A Wonder Herb

A popular garden herb in a Thai

household, lemongrass is much loved

for its aromatic scent and a key culinary

ingredient in the often requested

tom yum soup. This plant is crucial

among Thai herbs plants as it contains

antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic

compounds that provide abundant

health benefits. It helps in increasing

appetite, alleviating flu symptoms,

coughs and headaches while its

anti-oxidant properties generate a

youthfulness to the skin. When boiled

and made into lemongrass juice and

lemongrass tea that’s served either

iced or hot, the herb miraculously

refreshes and comes with a bonus to

cooling down the body. Among its other

benefits include aiding with digestion

and reducing gastrointestinal gas. Most

Thai people usually make sure they have

lemongrass in their kitchen as it helps

reduce a fishy or meat odour when it

comes to cooking.

Lemongrass also comes with another

highlighted feature: its essential oil

that’s found in the stems and leaves. Its

fragrance finds common use as an insect

and mosquito repellent. Apart from its

relaxing fragrance, applying lemongrass

essential oil on the skin gives a warmth

that helps release muscle tension. When

used to massage the body, the soothing

oil rids the body of muscle strains and

joint pain and a reason why lemongrass

essential oil is a much sought-after

ingredient in massage oils and spa

products compared to other herbs.

Ingredients

• 4 lemongrass stalks

• 4 cups of water

• ¾ cup of sugar

• Small ice cubes

• 4 pandanus leaves

to add fragrance

Instructions

Clean lemongrass and pandanus leaves

in water.

Chop the lemongrass and pound the

chopped pieces. Tie them into chunks

using pandanus leaves.

Measure water and pour into a pot,

followed by the lemongrass and pandanus

leaves. Simmer on medium heat until

the water boils and takes on a light

greenish colour.

Remove the pot from the flame. Filter

the lemongrass and pandanus leftover

from the liquid.

Reheat the filtered juice. Add sugar until

it melts. Adjust the taste as preferred.

Let the liquid cool down, add ice

cubes, and decorate the glass with fresh

lemongrass.

TIPS

Filtered lemongrass

stalks can be boiled 1-2

more times. The taste

may be less rich, but the

drink is still wonderfully

refreshing.

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA

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FRUITFUL FINDS

WORDS CHUSRI NGAMPRASERT PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL

A Good

Bunch

The crescent-shaped banana reigns

as one of the world’s most favourite

fruits. Neatly tucked in its own peel,

the grab and go benefit makes it a

portable choice and eco-friendly

when it comes to disposing the

skin. Just peel and take a bite – no

utensils required.

Loaded with valuable micronutrients

especially potassium, this tropical

fruit is an excellent source of vitamin

C, D, B6, fibre, and carbohydrates.

Bananas can be eaten alone or

mixed into a fruit salad, added to the

gelatin dessert of jello, or spun into a

smoothie, a milkshake or baked into

a delicious banana bread.

The ancestors of the domestic

banana plant and also a wild variety

remain inedible due to several large

black seeds are called Butuhan in

the Philippines and Kluay Tani in

Thailand. The bananas we see today

are the tasty mutants with immature

seeds that won’t develop at all.

Originally found in Southeast

Asia, bananas were brought

west by Arab conquerors, then

moved from Asia Minor to Africa.

From Africa to the Americas,

Spanish and Portuguese colonists

adopted the fruit’s African name

“banana,” which might have been

derived from the Arabic word

meaning ‘finger’.

There are more than 1,000

varieties of bananas in Africa and

Asia. They are the world’s most

popular fruit which have been

eaten everywhere from New York

to Berlin, London to Moscow.

Thailand has plenty of banana

varieties too, Kluay Nam Wa or

Pisang Awak (sweet, firm and with

a bit of sticky, starchy texture

when eaten), Kluay Leb Mue

Nang or Lady’s Finger Banana

(creamy consistency with a sweet

flavour), Kluay Khai or Baby

Banana (rich and sweet, with a

honey-like taste), Kluay Hak Mook

or Silver Bluggoe (sweet, with a

fluffy texture).

Bananas in Thailand can be

eaten raw or cooked as snacks

or savoury dishes: Kaeng Luk

Kluay (a young banana curry),

Khao Tom Mut (banana in

steamed sticky rice), Kluay Buat

Chi (bananas in coconut milk),

Kluay Ping (grilled banana) and

Kluay Tak (sun-dried banana).

Endless in taste and varieties,

the tropical prosperity of bananas

indeed knows no bounds.

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

FROM POLICE HEADQUARTERS

TO COMMUNITY SPACE

In the spirit of conversion, Hong Kong

now sports a new art complex that

widens the scope of what we mean

by exhibition.

For years, locals knew of its history

as the Police Headquarters in the Mid-

Levels section in Hong Kong’s Central

district. With a nice, leisurely walk or ride

along the escalators to get there, Tai Kwun

Centre for Heritage and Arts is an ideal

rendezvous spot for art, dining and

community gathering in what was once

a police station, courthouse and prison.

Purposeful

Rebirth

There’s no stopping the practice of turning things

abandoned or discarded to be of benefit again. Newfound

ways now mean a prison yard in Hong Kong becomes

an inspiring community space for higher art while

entrepreneurs in the capital of Myanmar are using their

artistic visions to try to fix a major problem.

Words N Wright Photos Bigs Vatcharasith

Hong Kong is home to many of

the world’s leading commercial galleries

but has always lacked a museumstandard

not-for-profit art space.

Tai Kwun, meaning “big station” in

Chinese, fills that gap. Impressive in

scale, three of the buildings are declared

monuments that bore witness to rich

history; surprising facts include Ho Chi

Minh’s imprisonment there in the 1930s

and its use as a Japanese army base

during World War II.

With a rebirth since it was

decommissioned in 2006, the inviting

complex of open spaces and courtyards

of 16 heritage buildings and two new

buildings by Swiss architect Herzog de

Meuron blend seamlessly across the

Hong Kong skyline. The designers have

inserted two modern buildings in the

complex; a gallery for contemporary

art and a 200-seat auditorium for the

performing arts, film screenings and

events. Both are clad in monumental

perforated aluminium bricks that mimic

the façades of the buildings. JC Cube,

the Laundry Steps, the Prison Yard

and the Parade Ground will become

performance spaces for theatre, music,

dance and film, with a wide range of

programming. Prison cells with their

original numbers and locks can be

toured with video projections depicting

stories of time in incarceration, including

attempted jailbreaks.

Visitors can walk through more than

1,500 square metres of exhibition space

that hosts six to eight exhibitions every

year. Catch two inaugural exhibitions:

a group show titled Dismantling the

Scaffold, curated by Christina Li of Spring

Workshop, along with an exhibition

of new work by Hong Kong artist

Wing Po So. In a bid to connect

visitors to the community’s past, an

exhibition titled “100 Faces of Tai

Kwun” gives an intriguing glimpse

into the history, the compound and

its neighbourhood, complete with

interactive spaces and setup.

Beyond art and culture, Tai Kwun

offers dining options that range from

a casual drink to cocktails to sit down

meals including Café Claudel bistro

and Old Bailey. Stay for as long as you

can – there’s a light and sound show

late evening and a perfect way to end

the night if you happen to be in

the neighbourhood.

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

Words & Photos Ronan O’Connell

TURNING TRASH TO TREASURE

IN YANGON

Yangon is one of Asia’s fastest-growing cities,

swelling by the day as it becomes an increasingly

attractive home for people from Myanmar’s rural

areas. This overcrowding in Yangon has created a

major trash problem, which resulted in a gigantic

garbage dump fire which burned for almost two

weeks this April.

Now local artists in Yangon are trying to

tackle this problem by re-purposing garbage to

use as materials in their inventive artworks and

household items. Leading this charge is a motherand-son

team called Shin Thant Upcycle Craft.

Daw Cingh Khaw Huai and her 27-year-old son

Peter started this business in 2015 not just

as a way of making a living, but as an attempt

to change the way Burmese people think

about waste.

Peter explains this to me as we walk around

Hla Day, a funky shop in downtown Yangon which

specialises in eco-friendly products. This shop

is one of the key outlets for the goods which

are handmade by Peter and his mother in their

apartment in Yangon’s eastern suburbs.

“Conserving the environment is something

which I’ve thought about for many years and been

interested in but something which I think Burmese

people don’t pay enough attention to,” Peter

tells me, as he holds a wallet made from recycled

newspaper. “So much stuff just gets thrown away

which could actually be used to make things of

value. We can’t keep doing that. Yangon is growing

so fast, there will be more and more rubbish, so

we have to become smarter about re-using it.”

Peter’s family home is overflowing with used

plastic bags and newspapers. He and his mother

spend many hours each week sorting through

these materials, cleaning them and then flattening

them out. Once the bags and newspapers have

gone through this process they are ready to be

“upcycled”, as Peter likes to call it. The newspaper

is compacted, folded and stitched together to

make chic purses and wallets. The plastic bags,

meanwhile, are heated and pressed into multiplelayers

to create a strong material for items like

handbags and lampshades.

These products are designed to appeal to

Yangon’s increasing number of Western tourists,

who make up the majority of their customers.

Unfortunately Shin Thant’s upycling efforts are not

yet greatly appreciated by locals. The concept of

upcycling is still very foreign to Burmese people,

Peter says with a sigh of resignation. It was foreign

support which had enabled he and his mother to

start their upcycling. In 2014 Peter took part in

an eco-friendly project funded by an Italian nonprofit

organisation in which Yangon locals were

encouraged to make creative and useful items

from discarded plastics.

This experience convinced Peter that upcycling

had a big future in Myanmar. Now he just has

to convince his fellow Burmese people of this.

“Even though local people haven’t really got into

our products much yet, or got into upcycling, I’m

confident still that upcycling is the way forward

for us as a country,” he says. “The more problems

we have with having too much rubbish in the city,

I think people will start to understand what we’re

doing is important.”

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

TRIED: SPA AT SANTIBURI

Who doesn’t find pleasure in a bit of

pampering from time to time? When

that time comes, the Santiburi Spa offers

lavish indulgence and soothing solace

within the confines of its Old Siaminspired

design and concept.

Nestled in the resort’s gardens, you

are met with the sounds of trickling water

and the sweet aroma of lemongrass.

Stunningly-detailed carved wood panels

accent the peaceful ambiance while you

sip fresh fragrant tamarind juice. Begin

your journey to relaxation by outlining

your treatment preferences such as oil

fragrance, massage pressure, and areas

of the body for your therapist to focus

on. Discover the marble-topped Vichy

shower bed, steam room, outdoor soaking

Finding Favourites in

Koh Samui and Phuket

Words and Photos Jeremie Schatz

Anyway you look at it, no two

resort islands are alike. But the

one thing Koh Samui and Phuket

have in common is the luxurious

abundance of hotels, restaurants

to spas to explore.

tub, and the perfected traditions of

Thai massage. Replenish your body and

spirit with luxurious aromatic therapies,

pedicures, manicures, and more.

If you truly seek to revel in a state of

heavenly bliss, the Thai oil massage will

take you there. Simply lying face down on

the massage table with a bowl of freshly

picked orchids and aromatics is when you

begin to realise what it must be like to be

royalty. The trained and certified massage

therapists are attentive and work in slow

and deliberate movements – this is worlds

away from the cheap massage parlours

dotting all tourist areas in Thailand. In fact,

Santiburi’s Spa was one of the first to be

certified by the Ministry of Public Health.

To obtain this certification, a spa must

Clockwise from

Top Left

A massage right on

the beach is part of

an afternoon well

spent.

The elegant

treatment room.

It’s impossible to

leave the Santiburi

Spa without

reaching a state of

divine relaxation.

Splendid spa

products are also

available in the

gift shop.

meet strict guidelines regarding ambience,

equipment, management, products, quality

of service and more. The Santiburi Spa is

one of only 28 spas in Thailand to hold

this certification.

If you can’t pull yourself away from

the sand, beachside massage is available

just feet from the breaking waves.

Whether you have booked one of the

beautiful rooms at Santiburi or are staying

elsewhere in Koh Samui and searching

for a quality spa experience, the Santiburi

Spa will leave nothing more to be desired.

Santiburi Koh Samui

12/12 Moo 1, Maenam Beach,

Koh Samui, Surat Thani

+66 (0) 77 425 031

info@santiburisamui.com

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

TASTED: PO LAD BEACH

BISTRO AT TONGSAI BAY

RESORT

Blessed with its own private beach and

blissful waterside location, the Tongsai

Bay Resort also plays host to the Po Lad

Beach Bistro. While the chic all-day

dining spot lies at the heart of the resort,

the doors are open to any who wish to

explore the recently recreated menu.

What lends to the bistro’s uniqueness,

and is certainly intriguing to a growing

number of diners, is the extensive and

original vegetarian menu. Meat dishes

are also available for those carnivores;

however the plant-based creations are

without a doubt some of the best to be

found in Koh Samui.

Fitting for an all-day bistro, a vast

array of more than 60 menu options

are offered up ranging from the freshbaked

signature pizza sporting thinly

sliced salmon with zingy rocket and

mozzarella, onion-ring-topped wagyu

beef burgers from the grill, to the rich

and tangy seafood niçoise salad with

homemade dressing.

The collection of obligatory, yet

carefully concocted Thai dishes have

origins spanning the country. Try the

crowd-pleasing sweet and savoury

khao soi gai curry from Chiang Mai in

the north, the pan-fried egg noodles of

phad mee sapam thalay born in Phuket

in the south, and the sweet and sour

goodness of tom yum goong with its

roots in central Thailand.

Looking back to the vegetarian

menu you will find dynamic creations

Clockwise from Top

Look out for specials

like this spicy shrimp

wrap - an ideal

lunch option.

Everyone loves

a good tom yum

goong, especially

when it’s made with

the freshest and

most tender prawns.

With a location

like this, there’s

no reason to rush

through a meal at

Po Lad.

If you’ve never tried

khao soi gai, do

yourself a favour

and discover your

new favourite.

like the roasted pumpkin and rocket

salad sprinkled with fresh parmesan and

feta. The pumpkin gnocchi which blends

traditional tomato sauce and phanaeng

curry is symbolic of the unique offerings.

In addition to the plethora of

omnivorous, vegetarian, and gluten-free

offerings, Po Lad sources their organic

“birds claw” rice locally, which is chosen

for its high nutritional content and

nutty flavour.

Feeling inspired by your meal at

Po Lad? Tongsai Bay Resort not only

offers Thai cooking classes, but they

will take you to their off-site organic

garden where you personally harvest

the ingredients for your meals.

The Tongsai Bay

84 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

+ 66 (0) 77 913 750

info@tongsaibay.co.th

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CHECKED IN: PHUKET

STAYED: LA FLORA PATONG

Arguably Phuket’s most popular, and

certainly most raucous, beach destination,

Patong Beach is sometimes referred to as

“Bangkok on the beach”. Steady streams

of visitors from a diverse range of locales

around the world come for the Andaman’s

tropical sun, sand, and sea, and the

promise of wild times on Bangla Road.

Every type of imaginable

accommodation can be found but

none can quite match La Flora for its

combination of prime location, beach

front access, boutique-resort style,

and friendly service. Situated right

smack dab in the middle of Patong

Beach, La Flora is fortunate enough to

have staked a claim to 2.7 rai (about one

acre) of some of the most desirable real

estate in Phuket.

The quaint 67-room property offers

up seven lodging varieties ranging from

the roomy, water-side pool view rooms, up

to the 2-bedroom beach-front grand deluxe

pool villas. The rooms are all tastefully

outfitted with a blend of contemporary tile

and warm, natural wood accents. Extensive

lighting details help set the mood and

create a beautiful atmosphere, all controlled

from a central bedside remote. Add in

the up-to-date flat screen TV, Bluetooth

soundbar, and relaxing bathtub and you’ll

feel right at home.

All Photos Courtesy of La Flora

La Flora might be a small property

but they sport a spa, workout room, 2

restaurants (one is rooftop), a beach bar,

concierge/activities desk, and chill out

spots sprinkled around the grounds. The

Surface rooftop restaurant/bar is open

to the public and is a choice sunset spot

with its sublime views over Patong Bay.

Kick back in a bean bag with a fruity

cocktail while parasailers float past in

front of another epic Andaman sunset.

One of the most distinguishing

features of La Flora is that despite it being

only 200 metres from the uninhibited

nightlife to be found at Bangla Road, it is

an oasis of peace and solitude. While you

can relax in the oversized lobby chairs and

watch the world go by on the busy street,

once inside of the resort you are met with

quiet privacy and perhaps a much needed

respite from the bustling city outside.

Clockwise from

Top Left

No matter which

room you choose at La

Flora, the pool is right

outside your door.

Spectacular

bird’s-eye view of

a secluded beach

— just steps away

from La Flora.

A specious, waterside

pool view room

awaits you in all

seasons.

Finding a comfy

place to kick back and

relax certainly isn’t a

problem at La Flora

as all rooms are

stylishly decorated

with a contemporary

warm atmosphere.

Only a few properties have their

own little slice of Patong Beach and

La Flora is one of them. You can work

your way out from a comfy poolside

lounge chair to a shady spot in the sand

just steps away. Beach bar staff is on

hand to keep your glass and belly full.

Speaking of staff, La Flora has one

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is a return customer. After a visit, you

might find yourself joining them.

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ARTISANAL EATS

Artisanally

Words Sirin P Wongpanit

Photos Permboon Wongpanit

Yours

Singapore tops the list of

‘great small countries’ with

outstanding examples of

modernity, technologies

and brains. Amidst all things

modern however, Singaporeans

now find meaning in the

craft of edibles.

You can say that the brain has a

great ability to discern the good

from the bad. But it is the stomach

that “holds” your heart. The art

of making good and delicious food does

not have to be at all fancy, it is genuine

sustenance and its old recipes that have

not only made them survive, but also

thrive amidst modern Singapore. Younger

generations here, despite their aspirational

education and high-paying professions, are

seeking out the tradition of crafted foods.

We now see the swift rise of artisanal eats in

Singapore becoming as prominent as their

economic prowess.

Reading about the Lion City

leads you to two main points.

First, this island nation has a

reputation stacking high with its

long list of being the regoin’s,

if not the world’s, centre stage

in so many aspects. Finance trade,

technology, and medical technology,

they lead as a smart city or leader

– even as a maritime port or in

oil-refining. Earlier this year,

CNBC confirmed that Singapore,

for the fifth year in a roll, maintains

its long-standing position as being

the world’s most expensive city to

live in, making it official that this

place is even pricier to have

a life in than New York, London

and Paris.

But then, if you talk to any

Singaporean, or any food-obsessed

native, you will notice one thing.

The younger generations now

favour hawker food, whose stands

serve as the place where a multitude

of tasty and satisfying bites can

be savoured at good value. This

creation of authentic food follows

or sometimes develop from

ancestral recipes.

“We call them hawkerpreneurs,”

says Peh Ching Her, the fourth

generation owner of the 93-yearold

Pek Sin Choon, the shop

for original Nanyang Tea in

Singapore’s Chinatown, in

referring to the rise of young

owners of old-school hawker food

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ARTISANAL EATS

Above

Old-school method of

packing tea by hand

at Pek Sin Choon Tea

Shop in Chinatown.

A variety of

hand-made steam

dumplings at Jalan

Kukoh Food Centre.

Below

Mr. Peh Ching Her,

a fourth generation

owner of Pek Sin

Choon Tea Shop in

Chinatown.

stalls. “They are a breath of fresh

air in our ecological food system.

While many of them are trying

to perpetuate the old-school

eats of Singapore, many of them

(the food entrepreneurs) develop

something entirely new, that

somehow maintain crucial links to

the past.”

Our four days in Singapore

confirmed the fact that the city

is exorbitantly pricey. Museums

here do not offer a ‘free day’ of

the week, and admission can cost

up to S$26 per adult. Taking a

taxi can produce a real sweat,

especially if you are hurrying into

the city centre while their smart

road-congestion managing system

or ERP (Electronic Road Pricing)

ticking up the metre for the final

cost. But when it comes to food,

we are pretty impressed. There are

a lot of great and delicious foods at

amazing values. And we are talking

about real artisanal and hearty fare

that is available to everyone.

The curry puff as a snack well

represents Singapore with a mixture

of Malay and Chinese characteristics.

Spices came from its trading

background, when its fragrant

migration dominated its maritime

ports. At Wang Wang Crispy Curry

Puff stall at the Old Airport Hawker

Center - perhaps the oldest part

of Singapore - the puff pastry gets

rolled by hand, stuffed with fillings

and then speedily crimped before

being deep-fried. The crispy, flaky

and very yummy treat will cost you

just about S$1.20.

But if you are up for more,

like chunkier pieces of chicken

and potatoes, or creamy custard

and luscious durian puffs, head

to the air-conditioned Soon Soon

Huat on East Coast Road in Katong

area. A daughter now continues

her grandmother’s recipes with

a modern flair. A coffee or tea set

with a signature handmade puff

will cost you just S$2.60.

The obsession with handmade

edibles continues with many things

Above

Deep fried sesame balls at one of the

hawker centres in Singapore.

Below

Singapore old-school tarts in local

varieties and shapes.

Above

Curry puffs are like smaller pies filled

with the goodness of a curry or other

filling variation.

Below

Assorted old-school baked goodies at the

Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Confectionery

(Hue Kee) in Alexandra Village.

There are a lot of great and

delicious foods at amazing

values. And we are talking

about real artisanal and

hearty fare that is available

to everyone.

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ARTISANAL EATS

Clockwise, from Left

Sibling owners carry

on the tradition of

making kueh.

Curry puffs at the

Old Airport Hawker

Centre are made

fresh on the spot.

Prepping recipes

at the Chinatown

Tai Chong Kok

Confectionery.

in Singapore. At Jalan Kukoh Food

Centre not too far from the Chinatown,

a nondescript Teochew Kueh shop

is busy taking orders and turning

away those who did not call and

order in advance.

Teochew Kueh, a type of steamed

dumpling, has skin made from rice

flour and the stuffing varies from

bamboo shoots, turnips, dried

shrimp to chives and yam. As you

might guess, this stall makes every

single thing by hand. Hand-kneaded

‘kueh’ skin, with hand-chopped

ingredients and stir-fried fillings

make their way into each delicious

treat that will cost you just about a

dollar each.

All food artisans we talked to

confessed that going old-school is a

tough choice, but it’s a better choice

nonetheless. At the Chinatown

Tai Chong Kok Confectionery

(Hue Kee), heaps of fresh lotus

seeds get hand-sorted, cleaned

and made into the luscious and

thick paste fillings for this year’s

mooncake festival. Now into its

second generation, Tai Chong Kok

still perpetuates the use of ancient

recipes - all done by hand. “It’s

a natural thing to do,” explains

Wing Cheong who from dawn each

day checks into this production

unit in Aljunied area, while he’s

prepping and producing oldschool

Cantonese confectioneries.

“Although it is tiring, handmade

foods are always better.”

Above, from Left

to Right

Curry puffs at Old

Airport Hawker

Centre are freshly

made at their spot.

At Tai Chong Kok,

lotus seeds are

hand-picked for this

year’s mooncake

festival.

Apart from the homemade lotus

paste, Tai Chong Kok is also a master

in recreating nostalgic treats. This is

my first time biting into the crispy,

yet with a bit of chewiness, savoury

cookie called ‘baby chicken cookie,’

or ‘gai zai pang.’ It’s made with

traditional ingredients, including

lard and preserved red bean curd,

hence its distinct sharp aroma and

texture. This particular cookie recipe

might have been a century old, going

back to the time Chinese settlers here

would have asked for a fresh brew of

strong and fragrant tea to go with it.

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ARTISANAL EATS

In 1965, Singapore, which used

to be a part of Malaysia, became a

sovereign nation. With a land area

of about 590 square kilometres,

no hinterlands and not much

in natural resources, Singapore

completely depends much on

imports and making do with what

they have. But look at Singapore

today and the locals will say to

you with a swell of pride. “We have

nothing, yet we have everything.”

Nanyang Tea, a particular tea

blend which has become truly

native to Singapore, is the one

local staple that can best tell the

story of this nation. It’s about

thinking ahead, backing it up,

improvising and comparing.

Above, Clockwise

Mother-daughter

team of Soon Soon

Huat.

Curry puffs and

kopi drinks at Café

Soon Soon Huat.

Kueh Dar-Dar,

white coconut roll:a

Peranakan dessert

at Galicier.

Peranakan desserts

at Galicier.

Artisanal kueh

making at Galicier in

Tiong Bahru.

Instead of depending on just

one resource for teas that could

peril its supplies, Singapore tea

merchants decided to blend their

own, using a variety of teas from

different places, thus reducing

their risk of overdependence on

one source. So they made their

very own series of this healthy and

ambrosial tea.

“The brands, the logos, the

names of our teas are as political

as they are historical,” says Mr. Peh,

of Pek Sin Choon. “We were

founded back in 1925, our teas

have been through a series of

political and social events in

Singapore; hence products were

developed in homage to those

(events). But through it all, it is

great to know that even as old as

we are, a new generation of people

are looking back and studying the

past. Tea, food, all the cultures of

Singapore, we hope, will be then in

good hands.”

Artisanal Eats in Singapore

• Get fresh blends of the

• Enjoy an early afternoon tea,

• Soon Soon Huat Crispy Curry

• For refreshing, sparkling teas

signature Nanyang tea at

Teochew style, at Jalan Kukoh

Puff, 220 East Coast Road. opens

made from the old-school style

Pek Sin Choon in Chinatown.

Teochew Kueh (call and reserve

daily: 7.30-17.30.

of Nanyang Tea, head to Danger

peksinchoon.com

in advance), Block 1, Jalan

T +65 6841 5618

Close Tea and ask for their

Kukoh, Kukoh 21 Food Centre,

‘Chinois’ blend. Block 120, Bukit

• Order the most traditional

01-19/20. Opens Tuesdays

• Try Nonya kueh and mango

Merah Lane 1 #01-05,

mooncakes and “baby chicken”

7am until sold out, and 4-9pm,

cakes and other Peranakan

T +65 9435 9194

cookies from Tai Chong Kok

Wednesdays to Sundays 7am

pastries at Tiong Bahru Galicier

Confectionery (Hue Kee),

until sold out, closed Mondays.

Pastry, Block 55, Tiong Bahru

• Wang Wang Crispy Curry Puff,

chinatowntaichongkokconfec-

T +65 9838 0235

Road, T +65 6324 1686, daily:

#01-126, Old Airport Food Centre.

tioneryhuekee.com

10.00-21.00 (closed Mondays).

Opens daily: T +65 9090 7009

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อาหารไม่ใช่แค่สารที่หล่อเลี้ยงร่างกาย...แต่

อาหารคือชีวิตและจิตวิญญาณ นี่คงจะเป็น

เหตุผลที่หนุ่มสาวชาวสิงคโปร์แสวงหาตำรับ

อาหารโบราณอันโอชะ จนทำให้ศิลปะแห่งอาหาร

เติบโตอย่างรวดเร็วในสิงคโปร์เทียบเท่ากับการ

พัฒนาทางเศรษฐกิจเลยทีเดียว

เมื่อได้พูดคุยกับคนสิงคโปร์ ต่างพูดเป็น

เสียงเดียวกันว่า คนหนุ่มสาวนิยมอาหาร

ฮอกเกอร์ฟู้ด (แหล่งรวมร้านอาหารหลายอย่าง

ไว้ในที่เดียวกัน) เพราะทั้งราคาถูกและอร่อย

แถมส่วนใหญ่ก็เป็นตำรับอาหารโบราณ หรือได้รับ

แรงบันดาลใจจากตำราเก่าแก่

Peh Ching Her เจ้าของรุ่นที่ 4 ของร้าน

Nanyang Tea ดำเนินกิจการมาแล้วกว่า

93 ปี เขาเรียกเจ้าของธุรกิจร้านอาหารเหล่านี้

ว่า “hawkerpreneurs” เขากล่าวว่านี่คือ

บรรยากาศแปลกใหม่สำหรับธุรกิจอาหารใน

สิงคโปร์ มีทั้งร้านที่ขายอาหารในแบบต้นฉบับ

แม้แต่อาหารที่แปลกใหม่ก็ยังเชื่อมกับความ

ดั้งเดิมไม่ทางใดก็ทางหนึ่งอยู่ดี

เมื่ออยู่สิงคโปร์หลายวันเข้า ก็ค้นพบว่า

กระเป๋าไม่ตุงอยู่สิงคโปร์ไม่ได้ ไหนจะค่าพิพิธภัณฑ์

(ไม่มีวันเข้าฟรี) ค่าแท็กซี่บวกค่าธรรมเนียมจาก

ระบบจัดการจราจรหากต้องการเข้าไปยังกลาง

ใจเมืองในเวลาเร่งด่วน แต่ค่าอาหารกลับตรงกัน

ข้าม ของถูกและดีมีอยู่จริงในสิงคโปร์

อาหารจากรสมือดั้งเดิมในสิงคโปร์

• ชิมชา Nanyang ต้นตำรับที่

Pek Sin Choon ในไชน่าทาวน์

peksinchoon.com

• สั่งขนมไหว้พระจันทร์และคุกกี้

“baby chicken”จาก Tai Chong Kok

Confectionery (Hue Kee)

chinatowntaichongkokconfectioneryhuekee.com

• จิบชายามบ่ายสไตล์ Teochew ที่ Jalan

Kukoh Teochew Kueh (โทรจองล่วงหน้า)

บล็อก 1, Jalan Kukoh, Kukoh 21 Food

Centre, 01-19/20. T +65 9838 0235

• Soon Soon Huat Crispy Curry Puff,

220 ถนน East Coast T +65 6841 5618

• Wang Wang Crispy Curry Puff,

#01-126, Old Airport Food Centre

T +65 9090 7009

บน

ขนมไหว้พระจันทร์เลื่องชื่อ

ของร้าน Chinatown

Tai Chong Kok

พิถีพิถันคัดเมล็ดบัวด้วย

มือทุกขั้นตอน เพื่อเป็น

ส่วนประกอบชั้นดีของ

ขนมไหว้พระจันทร์

หน้าร้าน Tai Chong

Kok Confectionery

(Hue Kee)

ล่าง

กรรมวิธีทำขนมอบโบราณ

ของร้าน Tai Chong Kok

Confectionery (Hue

Kee) นำขนมเก่าของวัน

ก่อนมาผสมผสานด้วย

อย่างกะหรี่พัฟการผสมผสานระหว่าง

วัฒนธรรมมาเลย์และจีน ให้ตรงดิ่งไปยังร้าน

Wang Wang Crispy Curry Puff ใน Old

Airport Hawker Center ทางร้านแป้งนวด

แผ่นบาง ใส่ไส้น่าทาน จับจีบอย่างรวดเร็วด้วย

ความชำนาญ แล้วทอดจนเหลืองกรอบ ทั้งหมด

นี้ซื้อได้ในราคาเพียง 30 บาท!

ถ้ายังไม่หนำใจ มุ่งหน้าไปที่ Soon Soon Huat

บนถนน East Coast ย่าน Katong พัฟไก่มันฝรั่ง

แน่นเต็มคำ หรือจะเป็นพัฟครีมคัสตาร์ดทุเรียน

พร้อมกับเซ็ตชาหรือกาแฟ ก็ราคาเพียง 65 บาท

หรือจะเป็น Teochew Kueh หรือขนมจีบ

แป้งข้าวเจ้า ใส่ไส้หน่อไม้ หัวไชเท้า กุ้งแห้ง

ปลาแห้ง และกุ้ยช่าย ร้านหาไม่ยาก อยู่ใน

Jalan Kukoh Food Center ไม่ไกลจากไชน่าทาวน์

นัก ราคาชิ้นละไม่ถึง 30 บาท แต่ต้องโทรมาจอง

คิวก่อน ไม่งั้นอดทานแน่

เจ้าของร้านอาหารเหล่านี้ต่างพูดเป็น

เสียงเดียวกันว่าการตัดสินใจทำอาหารแบบ

ดั้งเดิมนั้นไม่ง่ายเลย แต่เป็นทางเลือกที่ดีกว่า

ทางเลือกอื่น อย่างที่โรงงาน Tai Chong Kok

Confectionery (Hue Kee) คนงานแกะเมล็ด

บัว เลือกสรรอย่างประณีต ล้างให้สะอาด

แล้วนำมาเป็นส่วนผสมของไส้ขนมไหว้

พระจันทร์ในปีนี้ นี่แหละคือการทำอาหาร

อย่างที ่ควรจะเป็น นอกจากนี้ยังมีขนม Gai

Zai Pang หรือคุกกี้กรอบแต่เหนียวนุ่ม ทำมา

จากส่วนผสมดั้งเดิม สูตรอายุกว่าร้อยปีจาก

ผู้อพยพชาวจีนรุ่นแรกๆ เหมาะกับทานคู่ชาแก่

กลิ่นหอมหวน

ที่ขาดไม่ได้คือ Nanyang Tea ชาสัญชาติ

สิงคโปร์ ที่พ่อค้าชาตัดสินใจผสมชาขึ้นเอง

เพราะไม่ต้องการพึ่งพาใบชาจากเพียงแหล่ง

เดียว เกิดเป็นชาเพื่อสุขภาพหอมกรุ่น คุณ

Peh แห่ง Pek Sin Choon กล่าวว่า แบรนด์

โลโก้ และชื่อของชาสะท้อนแนวคิดทางการ

เมืองและประวัติศาสตร์ที่ดำเนินมาตั้งแต่ปี

1925 ได้เป็นอย่างดี เพื่อให้คนรุ่นหลังได้มอง

ย้อนกลับไปและศึกษาอดีตของประเทศ เขา

หวังว่าคนรุ่นหลังจะสามารถบำรุงรักษาทั้งชา

อาหาร และวัฒนธรรมทั้งหมดของสิงคโปร์ไว้

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EIJI SUMI

Artist Eiji Sumi shows us

that the power of light

lies not just in its ability to

illuminate. It also has the power

to make a social statement and to

change perceptions.

Words Korakot Punlopruksa, N Wright

Photos Korakot Punlopruksa

A

roommate’s innocent ‘theft’ of

artist Eiji Sumi’s art work in his

early career became a light bulb

moment. What was considered

a ‘hobby’ sat on the wall of a café in the

Lower Eastside neighbourhood in New

York, propped up together with a friend’s

faith in the Japanese artist’s work. “Back

then, I painted and my roommate stole my

artwork and brought it to the café because

he thought it was interesting,” Sumi

relates. A few weeks later the café called,

saying someone wanted to buy it.

“At first, I was unhappy he did

this behind my back. But then it hit

me: hey, people are interested in

my work,” the Japanese artist

now based in Bangkok recalls in

wonderment. After studying art

and design, his art career led to

collaborative works commissioned

by notable hotels like the Bowery and

the Maritime Hotel in New York.

His creative path included painting

and photography, which evolved

into his current specialisation in

on-site large installations that

interprets his visions of light, backed

by deep science and innovative

digital technology.

What got him noticed during

his time in New York was one large

scale work using bubble wrap,

where the packing material became

the canvas and digitised patterns

formed in synchronicity to electromusic.

Using a low-cost material

and recycling it into complex art

garnered him an invitation to be a

lecturer in Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn

University. The play of light, created

and manipulated via a tablet, became

another one of his success story.

“The bubble wrap projection

was why ‘Chula’ invited me because

not too many people were doing

something like that, even in New

York. If they did, it would be someone

I know, a friend.” While his focus

was on teaching art, he also created

work that got noticed and shown

around Bangkok.

More works making a statement

came in the shape of an exhibit,

“Quark,” where he used a reflective

powder that created swirling

patterns, shown at leading H Gallery

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EIJI SUMI

Above, Clockwise

Sumi ponders

potential

lighting ideas

in his studio.

At Play(e)scape, the

artist shows

versatility as an

equally skilled

photographer.

Thoughts in

motion for an

art project.

Below

Deliberate ‘stage’

design and lighting

are meant to make a

social statement.

in Bangkok. Art meets science as

Sumi’s work created extragalactic

effects. His art trajectory meant

numerous exhibitions including art

festivals in Bangkok and abroad.

With work that’s been curated by

notable people in the art world

like Eric Shiner, Helen Homan Wu,

Brian Curtin, Gridthiya Gaweewong,

Keiichi Miyagawa, Lyno Vuth,

Ni-kun, amongst others, Sumi

modestly says, “I’m lucky to work

with good curators.”

Now producing art projects

using light and its many hues,

Sumi combines science interwoven

with personal expressions of

social issues. He believes that in

order to be relevant, a certain

kind of focus is needed, especially

for an artist whose world is ever

changing. “For example, if Yayoi

Kusama did a painting like Picasso,

people wonder, what happened to

her? No one would recognise her

artwork.” But installation artists

like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst

can change everything because they

are established artists. He points

out that he’s not just a lighting

artist, “because I do photography

and virtual reality work.” But the

constant themes revolve around

social issues and urban development.

A recent installation, Play(e)

scape features just that, from

photography of theme parks to a

see-sawing platform similar to

yesteryear’s spinning playground

equipment at Bangkok’s Gallery

Ver. Although Play(e)scape derived

from a localised Thai context,

universal issues on power balance

plays out with the combination of

physics and politics. People step up

and randomly plant themselves on

the stage and coloured lights get

activated by their movements. “The

intention is that not everyone is

equal to begin with in society; some

people have power, and some have

more power than others,” Sumi

says, wanting dialogue to happen

while moving around the platform.

When balance is achieved and

less see-sawing occurs, a singular

colour is created and the message

gets across.

He likens some of his work to

being child-like. “I like my artwork

to be simple so that children can

connect to it, have a good time and

get excited about it, get involved.

It’s like my inner child coming

out and making things. I know

what children cannot practise and

I am like an adult playing a role

for children,” says Sumi, who was

born in Tokyo and graduated from

Rikkyo University.

Now producing art projects using light

and its many hues, Sumi combines science

interwoven with personal expressions of

social issues. He believes that in order

to be relevant, a certain kind of focus is

needed, especially for an artist whose

world is ever changing.

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He ensures that his work has

a certain quality that has to be

met.” If we make something and

it’s mediocre work, the audience

will know it and I will know it.

So it is my challenge, I have to

please myself first. Before showing

to people, I want to see it first.

Curiosity is the starting point.

First I have to please myself, I

have to wow myself for it has to

worth something.” Sumi is about

to launch an exhibit outside of

Thailand, a fact he is coy about

until details are finalised.

To make the concept accessible,

he points out that art appreciation

should be commonplace and

transformative. “For me, art can

be in an ordinary life. In a place

This Page

Lights change

according to

the balance and

number of people

on the see-sawing

platform.

where there’s a painting – when

you are working from 9 to 5 and

come home, when you see the

painting you already detach from

the normal daily life, the consuming

part.” Detach from the routine in

a regular life where art has a role,

he suggests. Connect with this

artwork and disconnect from the

daily, consuming life, he suggests.

He even voices hope that the simple

task of cooking may result in an

inspired recipe.

Meanwhile, Thai art is setting

foot in the global art community as

big international players are coming

this year with the three biennale this

year going into early February 2019.

Sumi says it will be good for galleries

since more new collectors and the

general public might be more

familiar with art. Art will be a part of

a lifestyle, part of entertainment –

just like watching movies. Currently,

art is quite exclusive among the

general Thai audience.

He presses the point that art

plays a role to stimulate us. When

we look at it, Sumi says our brain

refreshes, resets. “The DNA, or

brain cells divide when it gets

stimulated, it makes us younger.”

What to look for then where art is

concerned? “I guess it depends on

your interest, but what I look for

is stimulation, brain nutrition and

having intellect thrive. Good art has

elaborate elements and it gives us

a mysterious energy, of power, to

rejuvenate our minds.”

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เรื่องทั้งหมดเริ่มจากเพื่อนร่วมห้องเจ้า

ปัญหาในนิวยอร์ก “ขโมย” งานศิลปะของ

ไอจิ ซูมิ ไปแขวนไว้ผนังของร้านคาเฟ่แห่ง

หนึ่ง ไม่กี่อาทิตย์จากนั้น ซูมิก็ได้รับโทรศัพท์

แจ้งว่า มีคนสนใจซื้อผลงานของเขา แรกที

เดียวซูมิรู้สึกแย่ที่เพื่อนคนนั้นทำไปโดยไม่

บอกกล่าว แต่พอคิดดูอีกที เออ...มีคน

สนใจงานของเราด้วย

หลังจากเรียนศิลปะและการออกแบบ

ซูมิได้ร่วมงานกับโรงแรมที่มีชื่อเสียงอย่าง

Bowery และ Maritime ในนิวยอร์ก

ร่วมสร้างงานศิลปะที่ผสมผสานการวาด

ภาพและภาพถ่ายเข้าไว้ด้วยกัน เป็นงาน

จัดแสดงขนาดใหญ่ที่ตีความผ่านแสงและ

เงา ผ่านวิทยาศาสตร์และเทคโนโลยีดิจิทัล

งานที่ได้รับความสนใจมากที่สุดของ

เขาในช่วงที่ใช้ชีวิตในนิวยอร์ก คืองานที่ใช้

บับเบิ้ลหรือพลาสติกกันกระแทก แล้วฉาย

ลวดลายสอดประสานกับดนตรีอิเล็ก

ทรอนิกส์ จนทำให้ซูมิได้รับเชิญให้เป็น

อาจารย์ที่จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย

ซูมิทำงานสอนระดับมหาวิทยาลัยไปด้วย

แต่ก็ยังสร้างงานศิลปะอยู่บ่อยครั้ง เช่น

นิทรรศการ “Quark” จัดแสดงที่ H Gallery

กรุงเทพฯ เขาใช้ผงสะท้อนแสงสร้างเป็น

รูปแบบหมุนวน เกิดเป็นสีสันเหมือนอวกาศ

และยังมีงานจัดแสดงในเทศกาลศิลปะอีก

มากมายในกรุงเทพฯ

การทำให้ศิลปะอยู่ในกระแสจะต้องมี

จุดสนใจ โดยเฉพาะงานศิลปะในโลกที่

เปลี่ยนแปลงไปอย่างรวดเร็ว งานศิลปะ

ของซูมิแสดงถึงแง่มุมทางวิทยาศาสตร์

และประเด็นต่างๆ ในสังคมไปพร้อมกัน

ซูมิเลือกที่จะใช้การถ่ายภาพและศิลปะ

เสมือนจริงเพื่อวิพากษ์ประเด็นในสังคม

และการพัฒนาของชุมชนเมือง

Play(e)scape เป็นงานจัดแสดงศิลปะ

ล่าสุดที่เล่นประเด็นเรื่องความสมดุลเชิง

อำนาจ โดยผสมผสานฟิสิกส์และการเมือง

ไว้อย่างลงตัว ผู้ชมงานศิลปะจะขึ้นไปบน

เวที การเคลื่อนไหวของร่างกายจะทำให้ไฟ

หลากสีฉายออกมา เพื่อสะท้อนว่าแต่ละ

คนไม่ได้เกิดมาเท่าเทียมกัน คนคนหนึ่ง

อาจมีอำนาจน้อยหรือมากกว่าคนอีก

คนหนึ่งเสมอ แต่เมื่อไรที่เกิดความสมดุล

ขึ้น แสงของไฟจึงจะฉายออกมาเป็นสี

เดียวกัน

ซูมิอธิบายว่า เขาต้องการสร้างงาน

ศิลปะที่แม้แต่เด็กเล็กก็สามารถเข้าถึงได้

เหมือนกับเป็นการดึงตัวตนความเป็นเด็ก

ในตัวเขาออกมา เพราะซูมิรู้ว่ามีบางอย่าง

ที่เด็กไม่สามารถทำได้ ในฐานะผู้ใหญ่

เขาจึงอยากทำสิ่งนี้แทนเด็กๆ

แน่นอนว่างานของซูมิต้องมีมาตรฐาน

ความท้าทายคือการที่เขาต้องทำให้

ตัวเองพอใจกับงานก่อนจึงจะจัดแสดง

ต่อสาธารณชน ซูมิเห็นว่าการเสพงาน

บนและล่าง

ผลงานของไอจิ

ที่ชอบเล่นกับแสง

สีและเงาของไฟ

เป็นงานที่ตีความผ่าน

มิติของวิทยาศาสตร์

และประเด็นต่างๆ ใน

สังคมในคราวเดียวกัน

ศิลปะควรเป็นเรื่องธรรมดาสามัญและ

ก่อให้เกิดการเปลี่ยนแปลงได้ งานศิลปะ

ควรมีหน้าที่ช่วยทำให้เราตัดขาดจาก

ชีวิตประจำวันที่ยุ่งยากและยุ่งเหยิง ทำให้

ทุกคนตัดขาดจากโลกแห่งความเป็นจริง

และเป็นหนึ่งเดียวกับศิลปะ

ศิลปะกำลังกระจายตัวและเป็นส่วนหนึ่ง

ของวิถีชีวิต โดยเฉพาะเมื่อจะมีการจัด

งานเบียนนาเล่สามงานในประเทศไทย

จนถึงช่วงเดือนกุมภาพันธ์ปีหน้า เป็น

โอกาสอันดีที่บุคคลทั่วไปจะได้มีโอกาส

สร้างความคุ้นชินกับงานศิลปะ และทำให้

งานศิลปะกลายเป็นความบันเทิงอีกแขนง

ที่ไม่ต่างจากการชมภาพยนตร์สักเรื่อง

ซูมิยังย ้ำอีกว่า เซลล์สมองของเราจะ

แบ่งตัวเมื่อได้รับการกระตุ้น ทำให้เรา

อ่อนเยาว์ลง หน้าที่ของศิลปะคือการ

กระตุ้นผู้ชม ซึ่งถือเป็นอาหารสมองที่ให้

พลังงานอันลึกลับ ให้เราได้สัมผัสถึง

พลังอำนาจ และทำให้จิตใจของเราอ่อนวัย

กระปรี้กระเปร่าอีกครั้ง

62


THAILAND’S BIENNALES

A

Triple

Treat

in Contemporary

for Thailand

Art

Words Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong

Photos Courtesy of Bangkok Art Biennale,

The Thailand Biennale, and The Bangkok Biennial

Cultural landmarks, temple grounds and beckoning beaches in

Thailand become exhibition spaces for relevant curators and

renown artists to launch new works. Here’s what to expect from the

different art extravaganzas taking place around the country.

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t last, Thailand is

joining the pack

of art biennialshosting

countries,

with no less than three

major art events running in

Bangkok, Krabi and other

cities through February 2019.

Iconic sites, from the capital’s

famous temples to lush

natural reserves on the

Andaman coast, will soon

host a plethora of artworks

and exhibitions by both Thai

and international artists.

As a large number of visitors,

artists and curators converge

towards Thailand, could this

unprecedented occurrence

boost the country’s

reputation as an emerging

contemporary art destination?

about hosting artworks, notes

Kunavichayanont. Art practitioners

working in such environment also

had the opportunity to engage at

a deep level with local actors and

local communities since the early

stages of the project.

Supported by business tycoon

Thapana Sirivadhnabhakdi, CEO

and President of ThaiBev, the

Bangkok Art Biennale promises

to be a lavish affair, running

from October 19 until February 3

under the theme “Beyond Bliss”.

Seventy-five artists, including

international big-names such as

Marina Abramovic, Yayoi Kusama

and the Nordic duo Elmgreen

& Dragset, have positively

responded to veteran curator, and the

Biennale’s artistic director, Apinan

Poshyananda’s invitation to take

part in the event’s inaugural

Right

Chemi Rosado-Seijo’s

photo collage “Bowl-

Pool La Perla”, 2007.

Bottom, Clockwise

Artists who will take

part in the Thailand

Biennale and their

previous work;

Dusadee Huntrakul,

Wichoke Mukdamanee’s

sculpture in 2005,

Mella Jaarsma

‘DogWalk’ Two

channel video, 3’ 10’’

2015/2016,

Yuree Kensaku,

Hot Pot Sweet

Dream, 2014.

Could this unprecedented

occurrence of 3 art biennials

boost the country’s reputation

as an emerging contemporary

art destination?

edition. Their Thai counterparts

include Kawita Vatanajyankur,

Pichet Klunchun, Dujdao

Vadhanapakorn, Jakkai Siributr and

Tawatchai Puntusawasdi.

For this occasion, indoors

institutional sites such as the BACC

will accommodate a number of art

performances and installations,

while ThaiBev Plc is also putting

to contribution its real estate

properties such as the East

Asiatique Building on the Chao

Phraya riverside and the newlybuilt

One Bangkok complex in the

heart of the city.

In Krabi province, where the

Ministry of Culture is holding its

first-ever Thailand Biennale in

luxuriant settings, international

and Thai artists taking part in

the event have also immersed

“This year, the spotlight

is shining on Thailand,” says

Luckana Kunavichayanont, a

member of the Bangkok Art

Biennale’s curatorial team and

former director of the Bangkok

Art and Culture Centre (BACC).

Of course, this attention comes

with a number of questions

raised, particularly regarding the

fact that there are three parallel

events – The Bangkok Biennial,

Bangkok Art Biennale and

Thailand Biennale – sharing similar

purposes and timing. Nevertheless,

Kunavichayanont believes it is

in part explained by Thailand’s

ultimate readiness to host such

events, both on institutional and

artistic levels.

Since the 1990s, the Thai

contemporary art scene has

become more and more vibrant

with each passing year. Many

Above, Clockwise

Discussing art to

pave the way for the

upcoming Bangkok

Art Biennale.

Elmgreen from the

Nordic duo Elmgreen

& Dragset on a visit

to Bangkok, Bangkok

Art Biennale.

Korean artist Choi

Jeong Kwa who

will take part in the

Bangkok Art Biennale.

Left, Top and Bottom

Cinema Taipei

new galleries and art centres have

opened their doors, while Thai

artists are increasingly exhibiting

their works abroad. Within the

country, appetite for art has never

been more pronounced. “This

maturation has been continuous

over the past decade and we’ve

reached a point where hosting

an international manifestation

of contemporary art is the next

natural step,” adds the curator.

Mixing cultural heritage with

contemporary art practices, the

Bangkok Art Biennale also makes

history in Thailand through its use

of temples - touristic highlights

Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Wat

Prayoon for instance - as pavilions

to showcase artworks, a first in the

country, where these sites retain

an active religious and cultural

role. Abbots and monks looking

after the sites have been very keen

Courtesy of the artist and 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok

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Photo Phasin Sudjai

themselves in the local culture

through numerous site visits.

The Thailand Biennale draws its

singularity from its outdoors-only

exhibition sites, in a province popular

with visitors. Set against natural

backdrops, the site-specific artworks

curated by Jiang Jiehong under

the theme “Edge of Wonderland”

will dialogue with the Andaman

coast beaches, fertile lands and

mountain ranges.

Despite its reputation as a

touristic spot, Krabi is accustomed

to hosting international art events,

ever since the introduction of an

“art cities” policy by the Office

of Contemporary Art and Culture

to promote the decentralisation

of art exhibitions, usually taking

place in Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

Clockwise,

from Above

“Coming Soon”

pavilion of the Bangkok

Biennial, created by

Lara Van Meteeren

and Bart Wissink.

Video installation by

François Roche.

Opening ceremony of

the Bangkok Biennial

at Rama VIII bridge.

Right

COOP Pavilion of the

Bangkok Biennial.

Bottom Left & Right

Tintin Cooper at

Artist + Run.

Im-mature at TARS

Gallery.

The Thailand Biennale furthers this

strategy by inviting international

artists such as Camille Normant,

Giuseppe Penone and Hong Kong’s

Para-Site co-founder Chi Wo Leung

to participate in the event. The

curatorial team, which includes

Thai curators Vichaya Mukdamanee

and Vipash Purichanont, also

handpicked several of Thailand’s

finest contemporary artists for the

Biennale. Established practitioners

such as Kamin Lertchaiprasert will

see their works presented alongside

those of mid-career artists like

Jedsada Tangtrakulwong, Dusadee

Huntrakul, as well as rising star

Chulayarnnon Siriphol.

Decentralisation appears to be a

theme common to several of the art

events taking place in Thailand

this autumn. Aside

from the Bangkok

Art Biennale and

the Thailand

Biennale,

independent

pavilions

are opening

their doors to

visitors in Khon

Kaen or Pattani.

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An up-and-coming destination

for art aficionados in Thailand, the

Southern town is hosting “Re/Form/

Ing Patani,” an exhibition that looks

at the region’s past and present

identities. With the participation

of local artists and Thai artists from

elsewhere in the country, the show

- set in four different locations,

including the Patani Artspace, a

vanguard space in the region’s

art scene - involves communitybased

artworks.

Thailand’s different biennales

provide opportunities for many

Thais to be in contact with artists

and contemporary art from varied

origins,” says artist Jakkai Siributr.

Siributr’s textile works, often

dealing with the complex history

and identities of ethnic minority

groups, will be displayed in the

context of the Bangkok Art Biennale,

as well as in Pattani.

“In a sense, we’re bringing

contemporary art to non-art

communities, as well as drawing

art-initiated audiences in cities or

areas they may not be familiar with,

thus creating dialogue,” he adds.

In Khon Kaen, where the

Khon Kaen Manifesto will take

place starting on October 6, Thai

artists from the Isaan region

and elsewhere in the country,

will collectively imagine an

inclusive definition of “Thai

contemporary art,” whilst using

art as a platform to reflect on the

country’s socio-political situation.

Often criticised for being

tools to boost international

“In a sense, we’re bringing contemporary

art to non-art communities, as well as

drawing art-initiated audiences in cities or

areas they may not be familiar with, thus

creating dialogue.”

Clockwise

from Above

Assembling the art

at the Bangkok

Biennial; Works by

INESTETIK.

Left

Artist + Run

tourism, Biennials are nonetheless

important meeting points for local

and international art enthusiasts

and promote intercultural dialogues

and exchanges.

Thailand is famous with

visitors for its beautiful,

natural landscapes, as well

as its rich cultural heritage.

Beaches, temples and palaces,

that’s what we’re known for,”

Kunavichayanont notes.

“This year’s international

art events will definitely be a

showcase to the world of our

contemporary art scene.”

Which of the Bangkok

Biennial, Bangkok Art Biennale

or the Thailand Biennale will

hold the most influence is yet

to be assessed. But all three are

sparking a new conversation on

Thai contemporary art and the

potential for Bangkok to become a

new art hub in Southeast Asia.

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ความอนุเคราะห์สถานที่จาก BACC รวมไปถึง

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และ One Bangkok คอมเพล็กส์ใจกลาง

กรุงเทพฯ งานศิลปะร่วมสมัยยังจะจัดแสดงที่

แหล่งมรดกทางวัฒนธรรมของไทยอย่าง

วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร

(วัดโพธิ์) วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร

(วัดแจ้ง) และวัดประยุรวงศาวาส เพื่อสื่อถึง

อิทธิพลของศาสนา วัฒนธรรม และชุมชนที่มี

ต่องานศิลปะร่วมสมัยอีกด้วย

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา

จากบนซ้าย

Cinema Taipei ส่วน

หนึ่งของงาน Bangkok

Biennial

ศิลปินเยือนสถานที่

จัดงานที่ชายหาดจังหวัด

กระบี่ก่อนหน้าจะมีงาน

Thailand Biennale

อาร์ติสต์ทอล์คที่หอศิลป

วัฒนธรรมกรุงเทพฯ

(BACC) จัดโดย

Bangkok Art Biennale

ในขณะเดียวกัน กระทรวงวัฒนธรรม

รับหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพจัดงานไทยแลนด์เบียนนาเล่

ในจังหวัดกระบี่ แสดงงานศิลปะกลางแจ้ง

ท่ามกลางพื้นหลังของธรรมชาติ หาดทราย

ขาว น้ำทะเลใส และหุบเขาอันอุดมสมบูรณ์

ทั้งชาวไทยและต่างประเทศจะได้ยลโฉมความงาม

ของจังหวัดกระบี่ให้สมกับที่เป็นเมืองท่องเที่ยว

และสถานที่จัดงานศิลปะระดับนานาชาติอยู่

บ่อยครั้งตามนโยบายการกระจายการจัดงาน

ศิลปะให้ครอบคลุมทั้งประเทศ

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นิทรรศการ “RE/FORM/ING PATANI” เพื่อ

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ของ Bangkok Biennial

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CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA

A Festival

Extravaganza

in Bangkok

Words Sarita Urupongsa

Photos Courtesy of Bangkok’s

International Festival of Dance

and Music

The City of Angels will soon host an array of mesmerising

cultural performances, from operas, ballets, and musicals to

hip hop, dance percussion, and magic. Bangkok’s International

Festival of Dance and Music celebrates its 20th anniversary

with an enchanting line-up of world class performances.

The star-studded Moscow State

Classical Ballet of Russia will perform

three of their flagship shows.

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o celebrate two

exciting decades,

Bangkok’s International

Festival of Dance and

Music will host thousands

of professional artists from

around the world, including

the legendary conductor

Zubin Mehta and a talented

cast of over 250, many of

whom hail from the historic

opera theatre, Teatro di San

Carlo in Naples, Italy.

Among the scheduled

participating shows, the starstudded

Moscow State Classical

Ballet of Russia will perform three

of its flagship shows. The list

goes on with more performances

from the Karlsruhe Theatre from

Germany, ballet performances

from the Singapore Dance

Company, a Korean Symphony

Orchestra and the Hangzhou

Philharmonic Orchestra. Aside

from classic works, unique shows

spotlight the energetic percussion

ensemble from the Ju Percussion

Group in Taipei, the Magnificent

Seven Magician show by New York’s

International Magicians Society,

tango and hip hop performances

from Argentina and Switzerland, a

Bollywood musical from India, and

a Flamenco dance performance

from Spain. Finally, a Michael

Jackson Tribute Concert will bring

the event to a close.

At the Bangkok International

Festival of Dance and Music,

members of the world’s oldest,

and probably the most elaborately

decorated opera house will be

Above, Clockwise

George Bizet

opera ‘Carmen’.

The Korean

Symphony Orchestra

holds a performance

to celebrate diplomatic

relations between

Korea and Thailand.

Violin soloist

Ning Feng.

Bottom Left to Right

The Korean

Symphony Orchestra

performs on Sept 24.

Maestro Zubin Mehta

conducts the San

Carlo Symphony

Orchestra.

Members of

the Hangzhou

Philharmonic

Orchestra.

teaming up with the celebrated

conductor and maestro Zubin Mehta.

The Teatro di San Carlo

in Naples dates back to 1737

and founded 41 years before

the birth of Milan’s La Scala

and 55 years before Venice’s

Fenice theatre. As one of the

iconic landmarks in Naples, the

opera house has stood the test

of time, showcasing the stars

and a venue of grandeur in the

world of arts and performances.

Legendary conductor Zubin

Mehta meanwhile will lead the

San Carlo Symphony Orchestra

in two symphony concerts

on September 13 and 15. An

Evening with Beethoven features

a chorus from Leonore Overture

No.3 and Symphony No.9 to

be performed on September 13

whereas Tchaikovsky Symphonies

(Symphony No. 4, Symphony

No.6) will be unveiled on

September 15. The aforementioned

performances also aim at

commemorating the 150th

anniversary of diplomatic ties

between Italy and Thailand.

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Audiences get to see George

Bizet’s Carmen in Four Acts. The

San Carlo Symphony Orchestra

meanwhile will be presenting

two symphony concerts. Carmen

will be staged by the San Carlo

opera house along with its 256

members on September 12 and 14.

Tenors Saimir Pirgu and Carlo

Bosi, mezzo sopranos Veronica

Simeoni and Giuseppina Bridelli,

sopranos Jessica Nuccio and

Sandra Pastrana, and baritones

Vito Priante, Fabio Previati,

Roberto Accurso, and Gianfranco

Montresor are leading names in

the world of opera, and among

the regulars performers at Milan’s

La Scala, St. Petersburg, the Royal

Opera House in Covent Garden;

New York’s Metropolitan Opera,

Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Paris

Opéra and Sydney Opera.

To celebrate 60 years of

diplomatic ties with the Republic

of Korea, performances and shows

from the Republic of Korea feature

in the festival. On September 24,

the Korean Symphony Orchestra

entertain with Western classical

music while the Hangzhou

Philharmonic Orchestra takes to

the stage on October 1. The Korean

Symphony Orchestra will be led by

Chi-Yong Chung, one of the most

sought after conductors and will

be featuring famed piano soloist

Jiyeong Mun who will interpret

Top Left & Right

The Moscow State

Classical Ballet, one

of Russia’s top dance

companies.

Below, from Left

The Singapore Dance

Theatre stages

‘Classical Weddings,’

on Sep 26.

The international extravaganza runs for six weeks

with world-class artists and performers engaging in

exceptional performances.

The Karlsruhe Ballet

from Germany will

bring two delightful

performances.

The Moscow State

Classical Ballet will

perform on Oct 5,

6 & 7.

Bedrich Smetana’s Ma Vlast

(The Moldau; My Fatherland),

Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and

Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No.1.

Praised as one of the top five

orchestras in China, the Hangzhou

Philharmonic Orchestra will be

bringing its 120 musicians and

violin soloist Ning Feng to

present Jiping Zhao’s Violin

Concerto No.1 and Gustav Mahler’s

Symphony No.5.

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Clockwise from Top

Break the Tango,

the dancers and

musicians from

Argentina &

Switzerland.

International

Magicians Society’s

top seven magicians

of the world.

Born To Dance by the

brothers who make

up Los Vivancos.

Clockwise from

Below Left

Ju Percussion Group

from Taipei.

Taj Express

will present a

Bollywood musical.

A Michael Jackson

Tribute Concert

on Oct 8.

The International Festival

of Dance and Music will not

be complete without graceful

ballet performances. In this case,

the Singapore Dance Theatre

performs on September 26, as they

celebrate their 30th anniversary,

with a performance of “Classical

Weddings” on September 26 from

the selected ballets of Coppelia

Act 3, Sleeping Beauty Act 3, and

Don Quixote Act 3. Additionally,

performances from the Moscow

State Classical Ballet takes place on

October 5-7, and the Karlsruhe Ballet

from Germany on October 14-15.

Russia’s top ballet companies,

the Moscow State Classical Ballet,

will be performing The Firebird

and The Rite of Spring on October 5.

In the first story, themes of love,

magic and danger are presented

and glorified whereas the latter

tells the pagan tale of human

sacrifice. Favourites like The

An eclectic selection of cultural offerings

range from the creme de la creme in Russian

ballet to a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Nutcracker and Legend of Swan Lake

and the Ugly Duckling will also

bewitch audiences with the magic of

its fairytale and sheer talent.

The Karlsruhe Ballet from

Germany will also be enchanting

audience with classics like A

Midsummer Night’s Dream on

October 14 and Gala Performance

on October 15 with Youri Vámos

as choreographer for the former

performance, promising a stunning

spectacle of elaborate set design.

Packed with such cherished

classics and impressive performances,

Bangkok’s International Festival of

Dance and Music will definitely

appeal to a wide audience.

For more information: bangkokfestivals.com

Tickets: Thai Ticket Major (thaiticketmajor.com; Hotline 02 262 3191 and at the counters)

Venue: Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok

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กลับมาอีกครั้งกับมหกรรมศิลปะการแสดงและ

ดนตรีนานาชาติ กรุงเทพฯ เฉลิมฉลองสอง

ทศวรรษแห่งความตระการตา ระหว่างวันที่ 12

กันยายน - 18 ตุลาคม 2561 นอกจากศิลปิน

หลายพันคนจากทั่วทุกมุมโลกแล้ว กรุงเทพฯ

ยังได้รับเกียรติจากวาทยากรระดับตำนาน

Zubin Mehta กับอุปรากรที่เก่าแก่ที่สุดของ

โลก พร้อมกับนักแสดงมากกว่า 250 ชีวิต

เตรียมพบกับบัลเลต์คลาสสิกจากมอสโก

และสิงคโปร์ การแสดงจากเยอรมนี ซิมโฟนี

ออร์เคสตราจากเกาหลีและจีน รวมไปถึงการ

แสดงอื่นๆ เช่น การแสดงเพอร์คัสชันจากไทเป

การแสดงมายากลจากนิวยอร์กและห้าม

พลาดการแสดงเพื่อระลึกถึงไมเคิล แจ็กสัน

ที่หาดูที่ไหนไม่ได้อีกแล้ว

ดื่มด่ำไปกับคณะอุปรากรที่เก่าแก่ที่สุดใน

โลก ที่เริ่มขึ้นตั้งแต่ปี 1737 ในเนเปิลส์ อิตาลี

บน

ฟลาเม็งโกแนวผสมผสาน

กับ 7 หนุ่มสเปน Los

Vivancos ใน Born to

Dance

ขวา

คณะบัลเลต์จากประเทศ

เพื่อนบ้าน Singapore

Dance Theatre กับการ

แสดงในชุด Sleeping

Beauty Act 3

ซ้ายล่าง

ตื่นตากับมายากลสุด

อัศจรรย์จาก 7 สุดยอด

นักมายากลนิวยอร์ก

The Magnificent Seven

มหกรรมครั้งนี้จะเผยความงามแห่งศาสตร์

อุปรากรให้ทุกคนตื่นตะลึง แสดงโดยคณะ

ละคร San Carlo Opera House ผสมผสาน

กับดนตรีโดยวาทยกร Zubin Mehta ใน

Carmen อุปรากร 4 องก์

ยังไม่จบแค่นั้น Zubin Mehta ยังแสดง

คอนเสิร์ตซิมโฟนีออร์เคสตรา 2 รายการใน

วันที่ 13 และ 15 กันยายน ได้แก่ An Evening

with Beethoven และ Tchaikovsky

Symphonies เพื่อเฉลิมฉลองความสัมพันธ์

ไทยอิตาลีอันยาวนานกว่า 150 ปี ความ

สัมพันธ์อันแน่นแฟ้นของประเทศไทยกับ

ประเทศอื่นๆ ยังสื่อผ่านการแสดงจาก

Korean Symphony Orchestra ในวันที่ 24

กันยายน และ Hangzhou Philharmonic

Orchestra จะแสดงวันที่ 1 ตุลาคม พร้อมกับ

นักดนตรีกว่า 120 ชีวิต

มหกรรมครั้งนี้จะสมบูรณ์ไปไม่ได้เลยถ้า

ขาดการแสดงบัลเลต์โดย Singapore Dance

Theatre ในวันที่ 26 กันยายน the Moscow

State Classical Ballet ในวันที่ 5-7 ตุลาคม

และ Karlsruhe Ballet ในวันที่ 14-15 ตุลาคม

รวมไปถึง Moscow State Classical Ballet

คณะบัลเลต์อันดับหนึ่งของรัสเซียในชุดการ

แสดง The Firebird and The Rite of

Spring วันที่ 5 ตุลาคม

ที่กล่าวมาเป็นแค่ตัวอย่างไฮไลต์ความ

อลังการเพียงเล็กน้อยเท่านั้น ความตื่นตาตื่นใจ

ยังรอให้ทุกท่านมาสัมผัสได้ในมหกรรมศิลปะ

การแสดงและดนตรีนานาชาติ กรุงเทพฯ ในปีนี้

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WEDDING SPECIAL

Destined

to Get

Married

Words Pallavi Mehra

Destination weddings are increasing in popularity. More and more couples

are choosing to plan their nuptials in interesting getaways. In exotic

locations, guests take a break from their busy schedules to celebrate a

joyous occasion. They often turn the destination wedding into a personal

holiday and explore a new country.

More importantly, the wedding hosts are able to relax and celebrate while the

execution is taken care of by the venue’s knowledgeable professionals. Often,

destination weddings turn out to be more cost effective and easier to plan as

luxury hotels have a team of experts to make your dream wedding a reality.

Home to some of Asia’s most scenic locations

and unforgettable experiences, the Kingdom of

Thailand is truly majestic as a setting for weddings.

A melting pot of religions and traditions, the

country has a rich history of cultural influences,

which are visible even today.

Thus imagine a serene beach, a magnificent

sunset, crashing waves and soft ocean breeze all

coming together as a picture-perfect backdrop for

your special day. In the romance of this setting,

some couples choose to be bound together by the

Thai tradition of tying a string together.

With countless luxury resorts dotted along

the shores, a wedding in Thailand offers guests

a remarkably unique experience. The country

hosts destination weddings all year round and

sees over 100 Indian weddings a year. I’ve had

the wonderful opportunity of attending over

50 destination weddings all over the world. I

have been a part of marriage revelries in places

near and far, across the US, Europe, Asia and

closer home in Kerala, Rajasthan, and Mumbai,

amongst others.

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Ideal Spots for a Dream Wedding

Some of my best experiences have been in Thailand.

From Bangkok’s famed nightlife to Koh Samui’s serene

beaches, Phuket’s hidden gems and Pattaya’s diverse

entertainment options, you’ll find the best of everything

in this beautiful country.

When it comes to astounding, dreamlike beauty, it’s

difficult to come close to wedding destinations like that

of Koh Samui. The magical island of Koh Samui is ideal

to tie the knot. Plan a wedding to remember with striking

backdrops, exceptional hospitality, expert culinary

teams and a personalised touch at one of Koh Samui’s

extravagant resorts.

Photo The Naka Phuket

Top and Bottom Left

Island resorts are the masters

of providing wedding colours,

themes and decorations.

Bottom Right

Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort &

Spa offers a stunning walkway

on the water for the ideal

oceanside vow exchange.

Photo Conrad Samui

Clockwise

from Above

Beach weddings add

extra romance to

the occasion, topped

off with elegantly

inspired décor.

Wedding planners

can always be

relied upon for their

countless ideas to

create your vision,

with nature as the

perfect backdrop.

Koh Samui, Thailand’s third largest

island, is famed notably for its

beaches. But it’s also gaining a

reputation for its environmental

awareness initiatives and promoting

well-being through its yoga

retreats, spa therapies and

healthful dining. It now hosts a

large variety of travellers, and the

island’s uncanny ability to fit in

travellers with different tastes,

preferences, and budgets, while

retaining its unique local culture,

makes the island paradise a great

destination for weddings.

Many properties are set on a

private beach, often with dramatic

views of the Gulf of Thailand. The

island’s breath-taking coastline,

expanses of golden sand, sprawling

lawns, and bright blue waters all

form an idyllic backdrop for your

fairy-tale wedding. Whether it’s a

tropical vibe, or whimsical southern

Thai architecture, or unrivalled

views, all can create a sense of awe.

Photo Conrad Samui

Some resorts sprawl over 20

acres in isolated areas or hills.

Others provide spaces that jut out

120 meters into the sea, creating

a dream-like feeling of watery

expanse and weightlessness.

Numerous enchanting venues can

host either intimate ceremonies or

grand weddings.

And you don’t necessarily

have to travel far from Samui

International Airport. Several

resorts are just 10 minutes away,

with pickup services easily arranged

to and from there. Getting around

the island can be arranged by the

hotels; metred taxis on the island

abound and daring souls who want

to rent motorbikes may do so at

their own risk if they are experts at

manoeuvring sharp curves along

the road.

Wedding themes offer Thai

and Western wedding ceremonies,

which includes blessings from

Thai monks and other local rituals.

Themes can also come from the

space itself – is it water, lush

greens surroundings, or hills with

a view that couples want, and

what kind of emotions do they

want to evoke?

On Koh Samui’s more virgin

north shore, guests can feel

like they’re more isolated with

its magnificent beach frontier.

Whether it’s a gorgeous garden

oasis or a golden sand beach,

wedding festivities can feel very far

removed from mundane reality.

All in all, Koh Samui guarantees

lush green natural landscape,

private bays and ambience of

discreet charm offers an unmatched

backdrop for a vow exchange.

Phuket is another natural

choice for a destination wedding,

and the biggest island of Thailand

that sits on the Andaman Sea. The

Tourism Authority of Thailand

(TAT) website points out the many

beaches to visit and note the fact

Photo Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket

that Laem Phromthep Viewpoint

features the most beautiful sunsets

in Thailand for even more romantic

moments. For a beach break, cultural

elements include classical architecture

and heritage spots, the famous Phuket

nightlife, and world-class shopping.

In Phuket, I had a chance to

attend an intimate destination

wedding at a resort situated in the

unspoiled Kamala Bay. The resort

offered two natural settings — a

private beach and an untouched

hillside. Additionally, I have also

been invited to a destination

wedding in Phuket at a resort that

has access not to one, but to three

beaches. At the resort, verdant

greenery rolls down to golden

sand beaches, which gives way to

blue waters that stretch out to the

horizon. The wedding functions

were hosted at the resort’s chic

beach club, beach lounge and beach

restaurant, amongst other venues.

I have also been lucky to

attend destination weddings in

Photo Nikki Beach Samui

Preparing for

a Destination

Wedding

Some tips for guests

to survive a taxing

destination-wedding

season include booking

flights in advance,

packing the essentials,

drinking responsibly,

being social, and always

respecting the venue and

laws and etiquette of the

country. On the other

hand, hosts should pick

a venue which is easy

for their guests to travel

to and offers a good

team of professionals to

help plan the festivities.

Finally, both hosts and

guests should let their

hair down and enjoy the

merriment!

Photo Le Méridien Samui

Bangkok, Pattaya, Rayong

and Hua Hin in Thailand.

The nuptial in Bangkok is

one of the best weddings I

have experienced. The first

night of the extravagant

revelries was held at a

popular Bangkok rooftop

bar, overlooking the city’s

dazzling skyline. The next

day, a leisurely pool party

was organised for the guests

at a lavish hotel’s pool deck,

followed by a cocktail night

and wedding ceremony at

the hotel’s grand ballroom.

The in-house events team

of all the venues seemed to

have extensive knowledge

of Western, Thai and Indian

weddings, and offered highly

personalised service.

Couples usually wed

during the cooler months

of November to February,

when the rainy season has

departed. From May to

October, the skies may be

grey, but Thai people are

unfazed by this as sporadic

showers are mostly of a short

duration and the sun continues

to shine. One thing to consider

for the rainy season are

special packages and offers

during these months, since

airfares may be lower with

special hotel discounts prices

offered during the so-called

“green” season.

Thailand offers

spellbinding retreats that

serve as a romantic setting

for a celebration of love.

I hope to keep coming

back to Thailand for more

destination weddings, and

one day even host my own

destination wedding in

enchanting Thailand!

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Blissful Nuptials

พิธีแต่งงานในต่างแดนกำลังได้รับความ

นิยมอย่างมากในหมู่คู่รักที่ต้องการหลีกหนี

ตารางชีวิตอันเร่งรีบ พร้อมกับได้ท่องเที่ยว

สถานที่แปลกใหม่ในคราวเดียว นับเป็น

ทางเลือกที่เจ้าบ่าวเจ้าสาวแทบไม่ต้อง

ตระเตรียมอะไรเลย แค่ไว้ใจทีมงานมือ

ฉมัง ก็เนรมิตงานแต่งในฝันให้กลายเป็น

จริงได้ในชั่วพริบตา

และประเทศไทยคือสถานที่จัดงาน

แต่งที่หลายคู่ใฝ่ฝัน ทั้งเจ้าภาพและแขก

ในงานจะได้สัมผัสกับวัฒนธรรมอันวิจิตร

หาดทรายขาว อาทิตย์อัสดง คลื่นสงบ

เย็น และลมทะเลอันอ่อนโยน อีกทั้งยังมี

โรงแรมหรูริมชายหาดเพื่อจัดงานแต่งงาน

ที่ทุกคนจะไม่มีวันลืม

จากที่ผู้เขียนได้รับเชิญไปงานแต่งงาน

ต่างแดนมาแล้วเกือบทั่วทุกมุมโลก

ประเทศไทยคือที่สุดในทุกๆ ด้าน และหาก

ไม่พูดถึงเกาะสมุยคงเป็นไปไม่ได้ ลองนึก

ภาพงานแต่งงานที่มีฉากหลังเป็นทะเล

อันงดงาม ทีมปรุงอาหารมือหนึ่งและ

รีสอร์ตที่จัดเตรียมมาเพื่อคุณโดยเฉพาะ

นอกจากความอลังการทางธรรมชาติ

สมุยยังขึ้นชื่อในเรื่องเป็นเกาะผู้นำที่มุ่งมั่น

ในการสร้างจิตสำนึกด้านสิ่งแวดล้อม

และเป็นเกาะเปิดกว้างไปด้วยกิจกรรม

อันส่งเสริมคุณภาพชีวิตและสุขภาพอันดี

สมุยจึงกลายเป็นทางเลือกสีเขียวที่ลงตัว

ของคู่รักยุคใหม่

ไม่ไกลนักจากท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติ

สมุย เดินทางด้วยรถแท็กซี่มิเตอร์เพียง

ไม่ถึงสิบนาที คุณจะพบกับรีสอร์ตจำนวน

มากที่ล้วนมีเอกลักษณ์เฉพาะตัวเรียง

รายรอคอยคู่รัก พร้อมจัดงานทั้งพิธีการ

แต่งงานแบบไทยดั ้งเดิมและแบบสากล

บ้างเป็นรีสอร์ตส่วนตัวที่แฝงตัวอยู่ ณ

พื้นที่สงบห่างไกลผู้คน บ้างก็เป็นรีสอร์ต

ที่พร้อมจัดงานเล็กๆ ท่ามกลางคนรู้ใจ

โอบล้อมด้วยธรรมชาติแสนงดงามเป็น

ฉากหลังให้บ่าวสาวได้พบประสบการณ์

ครั้งหนึ่งในชีวิตอันน่าจดจำ เกาะสมุย

เป็นดั่งสถานที่จัดงานแต่งงานที่มอบทั้ง

ความสวยงามของธรรมชาติรอบขุนเขา

Photo Nikki Beach Samui

บน-ล่าง

จะมีสิ่งใดที่คู่บ่าวสาวจะ

ปรารถนา นอกเหนือไป

จากงานแต่งงานสุด

โรแมนติกบนหาดทราย

พร้อมพิธีสมรส

ท่ามกลางสายลม

แสงแดด ท้องทะเล

และเพื่อนเจ้าบ่าว

เจ้าสาวที่รู้ใจ

การเตรียมการสำหรับ

งานแต่งงานต่างแดน

สำหรับแขกที่มาร่วมงาน

ควรจองตั๋วเครื่องบินล่วงหน้า

จัดเตรียมของที่จำเป็น

ดื่มอย่างมีความรับผิดชอบ

เคารพสถานที่ กฎหมาย และ

ธรรมเนียมของประเทศ

เจ้าภาพควรเลือกสถานที่จัด

งานที่ง่ายต่อการเดินทาง และ

มีทีมงานมืออาชีพที่เชื่อถือได้

เพื่อให้ทั้งเจ้าภาพและแขกได้รับ

ประสบการณ์และความสนุก

อย่างเต็มอิ่ม

มีหาดทรายขาวละเอียดทอดยาวตัดกับ

น้ำทะเลใสบริสุทธิ์ และอ่าวส่วนตัวที่

บรรดาคู่รักโรแมนติกไม่ว่าจากชาติไหน

ต่างฝันถึง

อีกฟากของประเทศไทย เกาะภูเก็ต

นับเป็นสถานที่จัดงานแต่งงานอีกแห่งที่

ทุกคนจะตราตรึงไม่มีวันลืม สรวงสวรรค์

บนดินที่มีท้องทะเลอันดามันสีฟ้าคราม

สดใสเป็นฉากหลัง ลงตัวที ่สุดสำหรับ

การให้คำมั่นแห่งความรัก

ภูเก็ตเต็มไปด้วยโรงแรมระดับเวิล์ด

คลาสมากมาย โอบล้อมด้วยทัศนียภาพ

งามงดบนเกาะอันเขียวขจีด้วยแนวต้น

มะพร้าวและต้นสนทะเลเรียงราย นอกจาก

ที่กล่าวมาทั้งหมดนี้ เกาะภูเก็ตยังเต็มไป

ด้วยกลิ่นอายของวัฒนธรรมเขตร้อน

แถมด้วยทางเลือกการจัดงานทั้งภายใน

ห้องจัดเลี้ยงและสถานที่กลางแจ้งที่ทีมงาน

ตระเตรียมไว้ได้อย่างน่าประทับใจ

ผู้ขียนยังมีโอกาสได้รับเชิญไปร่วม

งานแต่งงานทั้งในกรุงเทพฯ พัทยา ระยอง

และหัวหิน ได้มีโอกาสยลแสงสียามค่ำคืน

ของกรุงเทพฯ ยามราตรีจากบนสุดของ

รูฟทอปบาร์ พร้อมพิธีแต่งงานแบบอินเดีย

ในห้องจัดเลี้ยงอันโอ่อ่า โดยทีมงานมือ

อาชีพ พร้อมกับบริการเพื่อเจ้าบ่าวและ

เจ้าสาวโดยเฉพาะ

ประเทศไทยคือสวรรค์ที่แท้จริงของ

คู่รักที่ต้องการจัดงานแต่งงาน เก็บความ

ทรงจำที่ไม่มีวันลืมเลือน และพร้อมจะ

ย้อนกลับมาเยือนที่นี่ครั้งแล้วครั้งเล่า

ผู้เขียนเองแอบหวังในใจว่าสักวันจะจัด

งานแต่งงานของตัวเองขึ้นที่ไทยเช่นกัน

Bliss Events & Wedding

(Thailand), a professional

events management and

wedding planning company

based in the paradise islands

of Koh Samui and Phuket;

specialises in destination

events all over the Land of

Smiles. Established in 2012,

a young and energetic team

with extensive experience in

events management in various

luxury hotels all over Thailand

guarantee expert management

in weddings of all sizes.

With their own sound and

lighting systems along with

different styles in décor, you are

only limited by your imagination.

Their selection of fabrics, vases,

cutleries, and decorative items

bring out the wow factor. The Bliss

team is versatile when it comes to

ideas, planning and execution. No

detail is left unattended to ensure

the smooth running of weddings.

Bliss Events also makes sure

that the special moment is

captured with experienced

photographers and videographers.

With the belief that not two

weddings are alike, personalised

service reassures each wedding

couple in creating an unforgettable

day. With a service that’s not

only limited to a photographer

and videographer, a vast selection

of renowned hair and makeup

artists work on creating the

right look in keeping with your

ideas for a dreamy wedding.

More importantly, they offer

a personalised and stress-free

experience throughout the

whole planning and execution

process for lasting memories.

Contact Ms. Chatjuta Limapant,

info@blisseventthailand.com

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An Ideal Tropical

Destination Wedding

Thailand’s sun, sea and fun

vibe ranks the country as one of

the top places for a destination

wedding. From wedding packages

to all-inclusive packages created

by hotels and venues, all the

plannings have been done for you

with the right beach wedding or

celebration ideas. Planners give

you ideas for unique ceremony and

reception venues, right up to your

wedding bouquet, boutonnieres,

table centrepieces or ceremony

and reception flowers. To create

memories that last a lifetime, it’s

all in the details.

A Beach Wedding to Remember

Santiburi Koh Samui offers unmatched romantic beach wedding packages

complemented by personalised services, world-class accommodation, rounded

out with delicious cuisine on stunning Koh Samui. Exchange your vows with

a breathtaking tropical backdrop to a soundtrack of lapping waves on the

champagne shores of a peaceful bay. Choose a western-style ceremony, or

a Thai-inspired blessing. Indulge in a gourmet cuisine prepared by worldrenowned

chefs and enjoy special entertainment performed for you and your

guests. Whatever your preferences, an efficient team will help you create the

perfect day. weddings@santiburisamui.com, Tel +66 (0) 77 425 031

Romance on Lipa Noi Beach

Nikki Beach Koh Samui Resort & Spa is perfectly situated

on the stunning Lipa Noi beach in Thailand. Ideal for a

romantic getaway or wedding, Nikki Beach Koh Samui

offers picturesque view that faces the sunset side of Lipa

Noi beach. As the first location in the Nikki Beach Hotels &

Resort portfolio, no detail was spared when it came to this

award-winning property, which is known for its five-star

service and amenities. Brides can be kissed in the paradise

setting of Koh Samui, with the hotel property able to

accommodate a western wedding celebration for 30 guests.

Hold a private wedding on their beachside Garden Villa,

complete with flowers and decorations, enjoy an open

bar and BBQ buffet and complimentary use of an evening

reception venue. For more information, contact

info.kohsamui@nikkibeach.com, Tel +66(0) 77 914 500

Lavishly Celebrate Your Day

A Clear Stage to Exchange Vows

Dreams of a perfect wedding can come to life in

sunny Koh Samui. With miles of golden sand and lush

tropical gardens, the setting of Anantara Bophut creates

memorable moments that make your fairytale wedding

come true. Walk down an aisle of soft sand strewn with

flowers that leads to a canopied archway, or choose to

honour your love in an intimate garden ceremony.

At Anantara Bophut, your special day can be tailored

with a choice of Western or Thai ceremonies in aweinspiring

venues. Colourful rituals and lavish extras add

finishing touches to your romance.

bophutsamui@anantara.com, Tel +66 (0) 77 428 300

Have your ideal wedding at Conrad

Koh Samui, where the ceremony can

be an intimate one for both of you

or as grand as you wish, right up to

200 guests. Exchange your wedding

vows while barefoot on soft, white

sand, in the romance of a place

surrounded by coconut trees. Adding

to the ambience is the sound of waves

lapping gently at the beach. For the

ultimate experience, exchange your

vows over the water, as you stand

on the resort's signature wedding

platform: a transparent stage. Book

their signature wedding package,

starting from THB 108,888 net

before October 31, 2018 and save

up to 10% when confirming your

wedding dates before June 30, 2019.

For wedding enquiries, email

USMKS.events@conradhotels.com,

Tel +66 (0) 77 915 888

A “Hiro” for Your Day

Wedding couples at Tongsai Bay rely quite a bit on the

eco-luxe property’s wedding planner. One guest says,

“Hiro (pronounced ‘hero’ which is very fitting!) is a

genuinely kind and helpful man and we cannot speak

highly enough of him and how wonderful he is at his job.

His communication and organisation skills are second

to none and he did all in his power to make the day run

smoothly. The cake and the flowers were beautiful and

just as we had requested, the ceremony and private

dining setup were breath-taking and Hiro helped us

choose the perfect makeup artist, entertainment and

celebrant.” weddings@tongsaibay.co.th,

Tel +66 (0) 77 913 750

Uniquely Exquisite Way to Wed

Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa unveils the perfect venue that

transforms the wedding you’ve dreamed of into reality. The resort’s

spectacular Ocean Pier floats the length of 120 metres out into the

water with panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand. It’s simply

a unique setting for all couples to indulge in romantic private

dinners, enjoy celebratory cocktails at sunset and intimate wedding

ceremonies. Exclusive wedding packages are at the ready, should you

be inclined towards a Western wedding or wish to explore a Thaithemed

ceremony. A professional team will go above and beyond to

create memorable moments. Wedding packages at Le Méridien Koh

Samui Resort & Spa start from THB 110,000 net. For more inquiries,

please contact, sales.kohsamui@lemeridien.com,

Tel +66 (0) 77 960 888

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With A View to Say “I Do”

At Novotel Phuket Resort, a perfect and memorable wedding day begins with a

view and a team of experts dedicated to making your day special. Nestled on

a hillside overlooking Patong Bay on 8 acres of tropical landscaped garden,

it’s just a short stroll from Patong Beach; the island’s nightlife and shopping

centre. Bridal couples can relax in the three-tiered swimming pool with a

panoramic view of the Andaman Sea, savour the local cuisine and take in the

sunset on the terrace. Novotel Phuket Resort is just truly a place for living the

wedding fantasy. Chris and Kerri who got married there say, “We have some

fond memories of our time spent when we had our wedding,” and already have

plans to book the same room to celebrate their one-year anniversary, along

with Christmas and New Year. event@novotelphuket.com, Tel +66 (0) 76 342 777

Location is Key

to A Dreamy Day

Embark on a journey of

wedded bliss at Banyan Tree

Samui, where romantic vistas

of the Gulf of Thailand and

the serenity of a private

bay combines to create a

setting as unique as your

love story. Whether for a

wedding ceremony nestled

beachside or perched on

the hillside overlooking

the resort, this intimate

destination delivers a retreat

to nature and tranquillity,

setting the mood for the

most unforgettable day of

your life.

The resort’s wedding

specialist, along with their

team of dedicated associates,

is fully committed to help

ensure your dream wedding

proceeds smoothly and

becomes a cherished

memory for you and your

special guests.

An Indulgent Getaway

for Couples

Twinpalms Phuket is literally a paradise to

indulge for the honeymoon of a lifetime. With a

location that’s within a stone’s throw from the

enchantment of Surin beach, it’s easily one of

the most beautiful and least crowded stretches of

sand on Phuket’s west coast. Popular as a couple’s

destination, the resort offers a wide-range of

activities, from local experiences to luxurious

pampering in a quiet and peaceful setting.

The resort offers ‘strictly romance’ that

lives up to the dreams of most couples. An

inviting swimming pool amidst the guest room

chalets is designed in harmonious blending with

their water garden. Another romantic venue at

Twinpalms Phuket is the HQ Beach Lounge, a

place to dine, celebrate and soak up the sea views.

With the chic simplicity of your surroundings,

enjoy light beachside fare, wine and music that’ll

soothe your soul. book@twinpalms-phuket.com,

Tel +66 (0) 76 316 599

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Dream Beach Wedding

At the Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, the kiss after

an exchange of vows becomes more special

while barefoot on a white sand beach, or you can

choose the soft blanket of a green lawn.

As the hotel aims to please, they strive to

create a “heaven on earth” experience for an

unforgettable and exotic dream beach wedding.

Choose your choice of venue, along with a

meticulous preparation and service. Hosting your

wedding reception is a treat for all senses, with

cuisine and settings to suit your personal taste

and preferences.

The resort’s dynamic wedding team offers

a personalised service to ensure distinctive and

individual weddings while paying close attention

to details. Contact dream maker:

naruebadin.hm@dusit.com, Tel +66 (0) 76 362 999

Above and Beyond

Memorable

The Naka Phuket is the ultimate

destination for memorable

weddings in paradise. With

its spectacular architecture

and views, it’s the perfect

location for intimate wedding

ceremonies of up to 120 of

your closest friends and family.

A variety of exotic locations

are available within the hotel

property – from a white sandy

beach to their lush green lawn,

or the MEKA sky lounge.

dos@thenakaphuket.com,

Tel +66 (0) 76 337 999

Your Contact for Weddings

Pawadee Sangthamrong

Food & Beverage, Romance & Dining Concierge

E-mail

pawadee.sangthamrong@banyantree.com

Create Unforgettable Memories

In An Unforgettable Setting

Banyan Tree Samui

99/9 Moo 4 Maret Samui, Surat Thani

84310 Thailand

+66 (0) 77 915 333, +66 (0) 77 915 388

www.banyantree.com

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A Well-crafted

Wedding

Samujana provides full-serviced Wedding Planning –

and will happily welcome an external wedding planner

if you prefer. A dedication to 5-star service means

they effortlessly combine contemporary luxury with

Thai hospitality, to create bespoke and well-crafted

experiences and everlasting memories.

From intimate gatherings to lavish celebrations,

Samujana can host your entire wedding party for the

ultimate destination wedding. With expert wedding

associates, and international suppliers, you are

assured utmost attention is given to all details.

Samujana’s scenery alone is a beautiful backdrop

for a picturesque wedding. Knowing that every bridal

couple deserves the best, you can enlist the aid of their

best team of set designers, to bring beauty to life in each

wedding. With a personal touch from experts, Samujana

can help turn wedding ideas into cherished memories

when you celebrate ‘forever,” be it a luxury-themed

arrangement or a gorgeous rustic-theme.

A dedicated personal wedding specialist will help

craft and organise your dream wedding, priding

themselves on that personal touch. From plans that

begin with the wedding date down to the how the

lighting should be shown at the reception, all these

factors contribute to first-class service.

No Wedding

Is Too Big or

Too Small

If it’s a cosy affair you’re after for your wedding,

Beach Republic on Koh Samui’s paradise setting

can easily work with you to make it an intimate

one for both of you. But if you want to go big,

Beach Republic can easily take the lead in making

all the arrangements for your perfect wedding.

“Relax” may be the last word that comes

to mind but leave the planning to their

wedding coordinators so that you can

focus on you and your loved one.

Having done this countless times,

their professional team aims to exceed

all expectations on your special day. Find

out what pre-set packages and menus

are on offer for a wedding ceremony

and celebration as they aim to please. In

addition to a Perfect Wedding, the team

is happy to put together a Commitment

Ceremony, Stag Night, Hen Night, or all

manners of vow renewals.

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WEDDING SPECIAL

Personal Touches

to a Special Day

For heartfelt beach weddings with a personal touch, the ideal

setting of Banana Fan Sea resort on Koh Samui's Chaweng

Beach offers not only an incredibly charming venue for your

wedding day, but also a remarkable team. They’ll organise a

memorable event in a lush landscape along the picturesque

stretch of white sandy beach. From the exchanging of vows,

to the cheers of champagne popping, the celebratory dinner

or an intimate romantic dinner for two, even a joyous gala to

share the blissful moments with all your friends and family, all

is done right on the beautiful beach with backdrop of cerulean

blue oceans of Thailand.

Reasons For a Tropical Wedding

At Amari Koh Samui the setting is picture

perfect. Blue skies, aquamarine seas, white

sand beaches and swaying palms are the bonus

points to an island resort with a contemporary

airy design. Add delicious dining options, the

latest conveniences and touches of legendary

Thai hospitality to the mix, and couples have a

recipe for the perfect wedding destination on a

tropical island.

A Western-style Wedding Package at Amari

Koh Samui has all the details covered from

the moment guests arrive, to planning and

organising throughout the ceremony until the

after party ends. Alternatively, enjoy nuptials

that has the vibrant mix of ritual, colour and

music special to Thai weddings. The Buddhist

Wedding Package covers all the details, leaving

everyone to bask in its uniqueness.

A wedding on the beach is the best way to

ensure the most stunning wedding photos. A

photographer will not only get photos of the

ceremony, but will also follow the couple on a

romantic walk along the sandy shore and take

candid snapshots in the best possible light.

A Beach Wedding That’s Uniquely Yours

Banana Fan Sea Resort

201 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road,

T. Bophut, Koh Samui,

Surat Thani 84320, Thailand.

For further information on wedding packages, please contact:

sales@bananafansea.com

www.bananafansea.com

Tel: 66 (0) 77 413 483-6


WEDDING SPECIAL

Bespoke Romance,

Anantara Style

Your paradise beach wedding

comes to life in extraordinary style

at Anantara Layan Phuket Resort.

Visualise pristine sands and the

dazzling Andaman Sea as your

backdrop, framed by exquisite

floral tributes. Begin that first

step to the wedding march with

a lullaby of waves joining in.

Choose between an array of

wedding options, and enjoy the

professional and attentive service

of a dedicated wedding planner

who will ensure that every fantasy

is realised to perfection. Create

a lavishly grand or intimate

celebration, before relaxing into

an unforgettable honeymoon.

Their Wedding Package includes:

• Elegant cabana set-up

• Instrumental background music during

ceremony (from an in-house library)

• Chair and table set-up for ceremony

• Anantara wedding certificate

• Anantara wedding planner services

• Four hours with a professional

photographer

• One bottle of sparkling wine for the

wedding night

• Roundtrip airport transfer for bride

and groom

The First Step to “Together”

Begins With the Right Place

Find out more about our

wedding packages and how we

can create the perfect celebration,

please contact our dedicated

Wedding Specialists at

+66 (0) 76 317 200 or

email: jiraporn_jo@anantara.com

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort

168, Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4,

Cherngtalay, Amphur Thalang,

Phuket 83110 THAILAND

T+ 66 (0) 76 317 200,

M+ 66 (0) 93 574 2297

www.anantara.com


N THE MOOD

OF A MONSOON

GALLERY

Words and Photos Bigs Vatcharasith

A photographer lands in Hong Kong with

expectations to capture the essence of

multidimensional Hong Kong. Stuck in what he

called a complicated opportunity of either being

caught in the rain or bestowed teasing bursts of

sunshine, his reward was the island’s fierce beauty.

hat can you expect if you arrive in Hong Kong

during the monsoon season and a typhoon greets

you? Sure, it’s common enough during the season

but what does the wrath of Category 8 storm advisory mean?

Perplexed with the rain’s shifting moods, I start and stop,

the changing weather plays with my emotions.

I woke up every morning for days on end in Hong Kong

with this conundrum – what can I expect? I don’t want to go

out, there’s a storm warning posted everywhere.

I try to cheer up. If you want something different, you’ve

got to fight for it.

I’m walking in the rain, it’s crazy windy. I’m giving

myself a pep talk. Be patient, I repeat to myself, and wait for

the perfect light. Use my instincts, find the hidden message

in this situation.

Hong Kong skyscrapers do a nightly

symphony of colourful lights that’s

best experienced from the water.

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GALLERY

TOP AND BOTTOM

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

offers rides day and night at the

iconic Harbourfront.

Locals still flock to traditional

eateries for Cantonese favourites.

OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE

Des Voeux Road West, also known

as the “Dried Seafood Street”,

where families buy ingredients for

dinner banquets.

Street scenes intensify in colour

after the rain.

One should try the ferry crossing

between Kowloon and Hong Kong

Islands for the view.

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GALLERY

ABOVE, BELOW

The colours and moods contrast on a rainy day.

Culinary destinations in Hong Kong include dining

spots popular among locals and tourists.

OPPOSITE

Still non-stop at night in the Central district

of Hong Kong.

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GALLERY

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Bigs Vatcharasith is a high-profile

fashion, commercial and fine art

photographer currently based

in Bangkok.

He has studied at Silpakorn

University in the Thai capital, the

London College of Printing and the

London College of Fashion. Bigs

comes from a creative background

that spans architecture, fashion

and art.

His work has appeared in various

magazines as well as corporate media

and advertisements in Asia.

ABOVE

Man Mo temple: a serendipitous

exploration during a downpour.

Located in Sheung Wan,

the altar is dedicated to the

literature god Man Tai.

BELOW

Life goes on, even during

a monsoon. Busy lanes lead

to small, intimate alleys

of discovery.

OPPOSITE TOP

Waiting to watch the

‘Symphony of Lights’; in

Mongkok with a treasure

trove of bargains.

OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Lan Fong Yuen, an old tea

house known for inventing the

smooth, malty milk tea strained

through a ‘stocking’.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Calling on LINE

LINE friends come to

life in Bangkok. Stroll

through their digital

theme park or hang

out for a game with a

favourite character.

BANGKOK 110 / SAMUI 116 / PHUKET 120 / CHIANG MAI & CHIANG RAI 124 / TRAT 125 /

CHENGDU, CHONGQING & GUANGZHOU 126 / HONG KONG 128 / SINGAPORE 130 / KL 131 / PHNOM PENH & SIEM REAP 132 /

HANOI & QUY NHON 134 / YANGON 136 / VIENTIANE 138 / MALDIVES & MUMBAI 139

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THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

“Line” Up for a Digital World

People who go gaga over the cuteness of the

characters from Line Friends will get the chance

to experience the adventures of Brown, Cony,

and their pals in a different dimension with Line

Village Bangkok. From their beginnings as a

messaging app, the Line characters now feature

in their own digital theme park. With a sprawl

across 1,500 sq. metres in the capital city, various

sections of the place draw inspiration from each

Line character’s passion and style. One of which

is Brown’s Room where visitors glimpse the

world of the popular though silent bear, along

with Cony’s House where players help our rabbit

friend cook via a touch-screen game. This digital

destination features a space that offers not only

adventures in virtual reality, but also the best

spots for Instagram destined shots. Siam Square

One, 388 Rama I Rd, linevillagebangkok.com,

+66 (0) 95 503 6666

PREMIUM FLUFFY

This is great (and delicious) news for pancake lovers as famed

Gram Café & Pancakes finally opens in Thailand. From its

original spot in Osaka, Japan, the ever popular Gram Café &

Pancakes brings its mouth-watering interpretations that’s been

tagged as “the best, no.1 pancake house in Osaka” by those

who’ve enjoyed the light batter and presentation. All this

goodness can be had with their location on the ground floor

of the Siam Paragon shopping complex here in Bangkok. With

their distinctive green logo, the café guarantees its famous

“Premium Pancakes”, a tower of fluffy good that comes in three

sumptuous layers. To celebrate its first branch in the Land

of Smiles, Gram Pancakes is launching an exclusive menu of

“Premium to Go.” Ground floor, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama 1 Rd,

facebook.com/grampancakesthailand

PURE AND TRUE

Brisuthi or “pure” in Thai definitely sums

up the essence of this organic beauty

brand. The founders’ passion for skincare

products led to the major step towards

customising their organic oil involving

meticulously-sought premium and

beneficial ingredients from all over the

world. If your quest is for true beauty

results, Brisuthi caters that need with their

organic product line that is minimalist in

design, but maxes out when it comes to

benefits. Its star, the “African Baobab Oil

Treatment Cleanser”, as an

example, truly gets to the heart of the

brand. The cleanser contains Morocco’s

best organic oil as certified by the USDA

Organic symbol and gently washes away

all make-up, helps unclog pores, and leaves

skin wonderfully refreshed and balanced.

Ecotopia, 4th floor, Siam Discovery,

989 Rama I Road, facebook.com/brisuthi

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THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

The Empyrean Offering from

the Avocado

Nothing beats lying down

on an avocado-shaped

cushion or sharing a table

with strangers in Thailand’s

first ever avocado-themed

café. The Hass Bistro was

inspired by the owners’

passion for the buttery

richness of avocados. The

name of the café also derives

its name from what is the

world’s top cultivar for the

avo, now the café’s star

product in their savoury and

sweet menu flavours.

Having the fruit by itself

is just the tip of the avocado

iceberg. Hass Bistro proves

that avocados suit various

dishes, sliced or smashed in

hamburgers, into Vietnamese

spring rolls – all that beyond

guacamole and tortilla chips.

Don’t forget to try the softest

of the soft – an avocado

cheesecake with avocado

sauce, sure to satisfy avocado

lovers. 1/6 Sukhumvit 49,

facebook.com/thehassbistro,

+66 (0) 99 192 9626

UP WITH WINE

Located on the 3rd floor of Brasserie Cordonnier, The Bar

Upstairs provides a wine library housed in décor inspired by

the rustic charm of a Provençal house. It offers a fun and

laid-back atmosphere in which guests can discover the art and

enjoyment of wine under its high-ceiling roof. With classes,

a retail space and everything dedicated to all things wine,

The Bar Upstairs welcomes anyone wishing for a good time

and excellent wine. Homemade terrines, imported cheeses,

cold cuts as well as light fare is available from Brasserie

Cordonnier’s kitchen. 33/30 Sukhumvit Rd, Soi 11 (Chaiyos),

upstairsbkk.com, +66 (0) 2821 5110

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THAILAND

BANGKOK

A FOREST BAKE

The Chiang Mai-based Forest

Bake is finally introducing

Bangkokians to the delicious

charm of their bakery. Apart

from offering sumptuous

artisanal baked goods using the

best ingredients, Forest Bake

BKK adjusts itself to the fast

beat of an urban lifestyle by

offering delivery and grab-andgo

baked goods. Designed like

a modern cabin, the bakery

stands out from the cluster

of Sukhumvit 22 shophouses,

and attractive in warm wood

tones. Upon entering, customers

are immediately greeted with

a long table full of baked

goods inspired by recipes

from around the world from

their Bakery Showcase where

customers can grab what they

want to take back.

224/3 Soi Ma Seuk Sukhumvit 22,

forestbake.com,

+66 (0) 61 397 7077

SPOTLIGHT

Revival in Therapeutic Arts

The Oriental Spa at the Mandarin

Oriental Bangkok celebrated its

25th anniversary by unveiling two

new treatment packages that reintroduces

ancient Thai traditional

therapeutic arts, namely the Thai

northern Lanna style of Tok Sen

and the Isaan style bamboo

massage. Such total indulgence

includes an herbal foot bath, a

body wrap and scrub, your regional

choice for therapy, a warm herbal

body oil massage and a warm foot

herbal compress.

While the Spirit of Isaan package

features body scrubs made from

Thailand’s northeastern region that’s

famous for black sticky rice and

jasmine rice, the Lanna Ceremony

meanwhile is beneficial by using

indigenous staples. “Bai miang”

or preserved tea leaves and fang, a

native plant with a red bark from

the Thai northern region is known

for promoting blood circulation and

strengthening the skin structure. The

ancient massage of Tok Sen uses a

small wooden wedge and hammer to

lightly tap away muscle tension along

the body’s meridian lines. The 2.5 hour

package is at 7,000++ Baht including

a standard massage room. The Deluxe

Suite and their iconic Oriental Suite

are also available. Indeed, it’s a great

and quality escapade to one of the best

luxury spas in Bangkok. Opens daily

9.00 - 22.00, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bang

Rak, mandarinoriental.com/bangkok,

+66 (0) 2659 0000

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THAILAND

SAMUI

High in the hills of Chaweng Noi

sits a favourite local venue with

arguably one of the best views on

the island. That legendary resort,

restaurant and lounge is The

Jungle Club. With an outstanding

reputation for relaxed vibes,

delicious cocktails, and inventive

food cooked by a five-star chef,

the Jungle Club is not giving up

SPOTLIGHT

A Jungle Up High

its top spot anytime soon. The breathtaking

coastal views combined with the

comfortable bohemian setting can have

you spending a whole afternoon and

evening at this high-up venue. Offering

bungalows and an infinity pool for guests

as well, the Jungle Club really does have

it all. Pick-up services are available

for patrons as the drive up to this

beautiful location is not for the faint of

heart. Guests are encouraged to book

in advance for optimum seating and

pick-up services. jungleclubsamui.com,

+66 (0) 81 891 8363

PUT YOUR ARCHERY SKILLS TO THE TEST

Hidden off the beaten path in Maenam Soi 1 is some daring fun those with a keen

eye and a steady hand. The Flying Arrow Restaurant & Archery is a heart-pumping

day activity for novices or pros to practise shooting a variety of bows at staggered

targets. Archery lessons and instructions are offered on site and the highest safety

precautions are taken for visitors wanting to test their skills. The Flying Arrow

Restaurant & Archery offers not only the recreational activity of Archery in a

beautiful setting, but also delicious local and western food and drinks for patrons

to enjoy throughout the day. Bookings can be made in advance or in person.

flying-arrow.net, +66 (0) 83 045 8209

Photos by Chatta Phoyen

DISC CHALLENGE

Located in Maenam Soi 5 is one of Samui’s most unique sports

offerings – Samui Disc Golf, where you try your best to swing

a disc into a basket. With challenging courses laid out amongst

towering palm trees, and beautiful rolling grass fields, a day spent

here is more than just a fun sporting event, it’s also an immersion

into nearly untouched nature. With annual competitions being

held at the course, Samui Disc Golf has established itself as a

top destination for professional Disc Golfers from all over the

world. International crowds gather each year for competition

and comradery. In addition to the annual competitions, Samui

Disc Golf is open to the public year-round and regularly holds

barbecues and parties. samuidiscgolf.com, +66 (0) 98 670 1768

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

SAMUI

SPOTLIGHT

Running the Distance

The annual Samui Festival Marathon & Trail Run

is returning for its 12th year on 30 September,

2018. In conjunction with the annual Samui

Festival, the marathon draws long distance

runners from around the country. A number

of different race lengths

are available. Each year

participants come together

to push themselves past

physical limits amongst the

picturesque island setting. After

the race, runners can enjoy

entertainment, food, and fun

at the Samui Festival in Nathon

town. gotorace.com/event/

samui-festival-marathon-2018

CHILL OUT BEACH CAFÉ

Emerging as Lamai’s new favourite café on the

beach is Yousabuy Samui, which offers guests fresh

food and drinks on an idyllic beachfront setting.

Positioned perfectly on a low-tide area of Hua-

Thanon beach, the café draws guests from all areas

of the island. Beautifully painted wood, breezy

white drapes line the café, adding to the relaxed

island feeling you can only find on a beach. Located

only 700 metres from the Guan Yu Shrine of Koh

Samui, the Yousabuy is an obvious stop after a day

of cultural activities on the island. facebook.com/

Yousabuysamui, +66 (0) 89 450 0895

Photos by Chatta Phoyen

SIBLINGS CAFÉ

One of the most unique and true-toits-roots

restaurants, Sweet Sisters

Café lies far off the normal beaten

tourist paths of Chaweng and Bophut.

It’s proven to be well worth the journey

to its southern location. Khun Noi’s

emphasis on local, organic, and

healthy ingredients combined with

her creative flair keep her customers

coming back for more. Not to mention

the impressive and extensive menu

featuring over 100 options, and special

that change daily. After a healthy and

fulfilling meal enjoyed in the open-air

café, guests can go to the connected

shop to purchase local snacks, imported

and local health foods, and handicrafts

made by skilled Thai artisans.

facebook.com/sweetsisters.cafe.samui,

+66 (0) 86 470 8631

A MIND-BENDING EXERCISE

With the rainy season approaching here in the South,

you might find yourself looking for adventure while being

sheltered from the rain. Those adventure seekers need not

look further than the Escape Break Room housed in Beach

Republic in Lamai. For those who want a true challenge, a

night in the EBR allows guests a one hour to escape from

a locked room full of riddles and mysteries. Deductive

reasoning and a group effort are needed to escape before

time runs out. Opened in 2014, the Escape Break Room has

only continued to grow in popularity while offering a number

of different options and themes in each room. While not

required, advanced bookings are advised, either by phone or

website. facebook.com/escapebreaksamui, +66 (0) 77 458 100

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THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

Khao Khad’s Towering View

Photos Jeremie Schatz

When it comes to killer views in

Phuket, the vast majority of travellers

find themselves atop the iconic Big

Buddha with its towering statue, or

the favoured Karon viewpoint with a

birds-eye view of Kata Noi, Kata Yai,

and Karon beaches.

A lesser known yet equally magical

spot to soak in the sights is the Khao

Khad View Tower in Cape Panwa.

Located just a quick jaunt south from

Phuket Town, this well-marked

mountaintop can be easily accessed via

car or motorbike with ample parking to

boot. Enjoy the drive as the road sneaks

through the dappled light of lush jungle

and rubber tree plantations. A staircase

directly accesses the 360-degree

lookout tower while a circuitous

walkway takes you to several picnic

tables tucked into banana trees off to

the sides. Bring some snacks and make

a picnic of it amongst the mountain

breezes and buzzing cicadas. Don’t be

surprised to have it all to yourself.

T. Wichit, A. Muang, Phuket,

+66 (0) 63 536 7045

8080 CAFÉ

Following their grand opening three years ago across from

Central Festival shopping mall, 8080 Café Phuket has found

its niche as a popular motorcycle-themed hotspot for night

life. Hosting live rock entertainment, this industrial-style bar/

music venue/motorcycle shop gets hopping on the weekends.

It’s a magnet for local “big bike” enthusiasts to show off their

rides from cool café racers and rumbling Harley Davidson’s to

stylish Triumphs and trendy Vespas. Join in on an organised

ride around southern Thailand. Buy a new Vespa, or swing by

for a cold one, shoot some pool, and enjoy the scene.

Beside HomeWorks Phuket, T. Wichit, A. Muang, Phuket,

+66 (0) 61 176 7744, 8080cafephuket.com

ANTHEM WAKEPARK

With its world famous beaches and

tepid azure seas, it’s no wonder Phuket’s

visitors flock to the water. However, the

sea is not the only place to cool off and

have fun. Anthem Wakepark can be

found on the shores of their very own

lake oasis tucked beside Wat Manik in

Cherngtalay. The ultra-friendly staff,

pro-level equipment, and laid back vibes

make Anthem a choice spot to post up

with friends or the family. Never wake

boarded before? Worry not as one of

their experienced instructors will have

you carving it up in no time. Sporting a

650-metre-long cable with 11 obstacles

and a separate beginner’s cable, all level

of rider can participate and progress.

Get out on the water or chill on the deck

with something tasty from the kitchen

and a mojito and watch the show.

194/6 M.7 Si Sunthon Road, Phuket,

+66 (0) 76 620 034, anthemwakepark.com

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THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

Vegetarian Festival Phuket

Occurring from October 8-17,

this ritual celebration by the

Thai-Chinese community is

an act of veneration to honour

one’s ancestors and gods.

Although celebrated around

Southeast Asia, about a third of

Phuket locals take part making

it the largest such celebration.

Devotees dressed in white,

which signifies purification via

their abstinence in consuming

meat and stimulants, will enter

trance-like states, and perform

flagrant acts of self-mutilation.

All the festivities and processions

come to a head on the final day

where spectators line the streets

and fill the temples to witness

the crescendo of this impressive

albeit bizarre tradition.

During this time, visitors

will see Phuket transform

with restaurants, street stalls,

and pop-up tents serving up

all variety of vegetarian fare.

Be brave, some dishes may

look suspect but the flavours

can be surprisingly varied and rich. Despite the

seemingly violent nature of this Taoist tradition,

there’s a festive air and visitors are welcome

to view the processions and temple activities.

Jui Tui and Bang Niaw Shrines in Phuket Town

are the buzzing epicentres of festivities during

the celebration. For more information, contact the

Tourism Authority of Thailand, 191 Thalang Road,

T. Talad Yai, A. Muang, Phuket, +66 (0) 76 211 036.

GREEN ROOM SURF SHOP

Following its recent inclusion as an

Olympic sport, surfing’s popularity in

Thailand is on the rise. Good beginner

surfing beaches like Kata and Khao

Lak have seen a surge in domestic and

international tourists looking to learn

how to hang ten. There is a smattering

of surf shops peddling goods around

the island, but none with the style of

the Green Room Surf Shop in Nai Harn

Beach. You’ll find something for everyone

from a selection of men’s and women’s

beachwear, swimsuits, accessories,

bicycle rentals and, of course, surfboards.

Secondhand boards can be found as well

as a rack full of locally-made Elleciel

Surfboards. These unique wood and epoxy

masterpieces are equally at home on the

waves or on artistic display. Custom boards

available and encouraged. Stop by and

say hi to Nueng who will brew you up

a strong coffee to sip while you shop

for your new board. 15/53 Viset Road,

Rawai (Nai Harn beach), Phuket,

+66 (0) 83 102 9532

PHUKET’S NEW LIFESTYLE HUB

This September, Central Pattana Group (CPN) officially

debuts Central Phuket – the newest flagship resort

shopping destination in the heart of Phuket. It comprises

a complex shopping centre with 2 buildings (Floresta and

Festival) connected by a sky-link to bring the concept of a

leisure and luxury lifestyle and family excursion that’s all in

one place.

Housing over 400 retail stores, Central Phuket adds

many options to entertain its visitors with 3 world-class

attractions, including “Tribhum” – the Mystery of Three

Worlds in a 3D walkthrough theme park, “Aquaria,” Thailand’s

largest aquarium and “Tales of Thailand” – where people

can shop, browse and chill within the atmosphere of a

traditional Thai floating market. centralphuket.com

AO YON BEACH CAPE PANWA

Tucked away down a winding coastal

road on Phuket’s Cape Panwa peninsula

is a small unassuming strip of tropical

sea-kissed sand split in two by a rocky

headland. Although not on the same list

as Phuket’s famous west coast beaches,

this little gem is a quiet, scenic spot

perfect for a peaceful sunset with your

toes dangling in the Andaman. A weekend

favourite of the locals, you’ll find families

picnicking and teenagers taking selfies

with the cool formations on the rocky promontory.

You will discover several small cafés and restaurants

as you stroll the golden sands.

When the northwest monsoon isn’t blowing

(November-April) the sailing school offers training,

team building, day trips and more. In calm weather,

adventurous souls can rent a kayak and paddle across

the channel to Lon Island to wander the beach or

bring a snorkel and explore the aquatic wonders of

the barrier reef. T. Wichit, A. Muang, Phuket

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CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI

THAILAND

KOH CHANG

Luxury, a unique design, and the

tranquil banks of the Ping River set

the scene at X2 Chiang Mai Riverside

Resort, immersing guests with a

good balance of Lanna heritage

and an active Chiang Mai city. X2

(pronounced “cross-two”) Chiang

Mai Riverside Resort blends modern

design elements with the traditional

Lanna style that is a hallmark of

northern Thailand, with touches

of the local architectural influence

through decorative motifs and red

brick walls. Two Tamarind Suites

overlook X2’s green courtyard, while

20 Riverfront Suites offer picturesque

river views from the balconies. The

six Grand Suite River View include

a separate indoor seating area and

the two Pool Suite River View open

SPOTLIGHT

Luxury and

Indulgence

onto their own gardens with 10 metre

private pools. The resort, built on

grounds formerly used for rice wine

making, found inspiration from Chiang

Mai’s widely-known Wat Umong, a

temple for meditation retreats. X2

Chiang Mai Riverside Resort aims for

peacefulness, also for exhilaration of

the senses through pampering at its

spa or spending time at the rooftop

bar. 369/1 Charoenraj Road, Wat Ket,

+66 (0) 53 931 999, x2resorts.com/

resorts/chiang-mai-riverside

SPOTLIGHT

Chilling with a View

After a refreshing fun dip in the ocean,

what makes it even better is a great

meal with an amazing view at Oasis

Koh Chang, whose restaurant offers

such an experience. Nestled in the jungle

and built like a pirate’s hideaway, the

restaurant overlooks the beautiful coast

itself and nearby small islands. It’s a perfect

place to enjoy both Thai and international

dishes, deliciously prepared in picturesque

surroundings. The restaurant’s signature

dish of “Los Pollos Hermanos” is not to

be missed with its hearty homemade

chicken burger topped with melted brie

cheese and cranberries, served

with breaded onion rings and

potato wedges. Guests are also

welcome to soak up the laidback

atmosphere up on the

restaurant’s tree house where

everyone can linger over a glass

of wine or a cold beer to further

enjoy a spectacular sunset for

every moment that counts.

oasis-kohchang.com/

koh-chang-restaurant

JAVA IN CHIANG RAI

Chiang Rai in the north of Thailand distinguishes

itself with its temples and also the infamous

Golden Triangle. With a high altitude, cool

climate, and plenty of sun, Chiang Rai now

makes a further mark as fertile ground for

growing Arabica coffee. When in the area,

get a caffeine kick and experience the local

coffee culture as an addition to the roster of

must-dos. Visit Chivit Thamma Da, a beautiful

coffee house in a colonial style setting that

serves coffee with a seriously good apple

crumble pie in an English garden

by the river. Their coffee

is rich and fragrant,

especially The Chivit:

iced coffee cubes

with milk poured

over them. Also in

Chiang Rai, Local

Coffee – a friendly

coffee house with

a cosy ambience – is an ideal destination for

coffee sipping since it has a large collection

of local and international beans. Within a

15-minute drive from the Chiang Rai Airport,

Time, a stylish coffee house-cum-coworking

space, creates the link between coffee and

creativity. It serves local brews along with light,

organic fare. About 10 kilometres north of

Baan Dam Museum, Hacienda Coffee House

& Restaurant serves its coffee in a cottage and

English garden. Savour a cup inside the cottage,

or bring it outside for some fresh air in the

garden. Meantime, in the isolated highlands

of Mae Suai, Doi Chang Coffee Farm is known

for beans with a strong caramel sweetness

and a nutty undertone, as well as its strong

community involvement in producing organic

coffee beans. chivitthammada.com, facebook.

com/LocalCoffeeandHomeRoaster, facebook.com/

Time-Chiang-rai, hacienda-coffee-house.business.

site, facebook.com/DOICHANGCOFFEEFARM

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HAPPENINGS

CHINA

CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU

A PARK IN THE FALL IN GUANGZHOU

Yuntai Garden in Guangzhou reigns in its prestige as one of the

largest parks of its type in mainland China, covering an area over

120,000 square metres. Located at the base of the Baiyun Mountain

in Guangzhou, Yuntai is considered to be the epitome of modern

gardens, integrating Eastern and Western architecture with a blend

of modernity and antiquity. Visiting this sight is magnificent any time

of the year, but during Mid-Autumn Festival, Yuntai further enhances

its beauty by hosting a magnificent lantern show during the months

of September and October from 6-10pm. 801 Guangyuan Zhong Lu,

Baiyun District, Guangzhou

SPOTLIGHT

Mooncakes In Autumn

As the blissful days of summer come to a close and

the splendour of fall arrives, Chinese homes are abuzz

with traditions and celebrations for the Mid-Autumn

Festival. Zhongqiu Jié, as it’s known in Mandarin, has

many additional names used throughout the region:

Lantern Festival - a term used in Singapore, Malaysia,

and Indonesia; Moon Festival – which surrounds the

Japanese traditions of moongazing and lunar worship;

or Reunion and Children’s Festival; to name a few.

Despite the many names and titles, the traditions

remain unified, supporting the concept of family and

friends gathering and giving thanks for a bountiful

harvest and prayers for success and good fortune in the

months to come.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time of celebration,

showcasing harmony and unity through various

traditions, and includes carrying brightly-lit lanterns,

the preparation and exchange of mooncakes, comraderie

among friends and family over tea and wine, and

sometimes the occasional matchmaking alongside

various games and activities.

On the day of the festival itself, family members

gather together to offer a sacrifice to the moon. In the

modern era this “sacrifice” translates into a variety of

customs, from simple appreciation of such a bright full

moon – to eating the rich and decadent moon cakes

dessert eaten in celebration.

RUSSIAN TREAT IN

CHONGQING

The city of Chongqing has always

been at the centre of mainland

China’s drive to urbanise and

develop many of its western

provinces. As it continues

to diversify, so does its food

selection – and so we have a

very unique gem near Sichuan

Province. Russian Kitchen, as it’s

simply and directly translated

from its Chinese name, has

received stellar reviews since its

opening in May 2017.

+86 (0) 236 758 7366

CHENGDU’S PANDA BABIES

On most days, Chengdu is known for just two things: its fiery cuisine and

the pandas. No visit to this city in the Sichuan provide is complete without

riding out just minutes from downtown Chengdu to the

Chengdu Panda Base. Autumn is one of the best

seasons to see panda babies as the giant panda

mums have their offspring in the summer.

You may have to jostle your way around as

thousands of visitors descend

on this place every year. But

consider a visit here to see

giant pandas rescued from

the wild. panda.org.cn

AT THE PEAK OF BAIYUN MOUNTAIN

Baiyun mountain, looming right behind Yuntai garden in northern Guangzhou, has been one of the most famous and marvellous

spectacles of nature in the province and even all of Canton province since ancient times. The collection of peaks reaches nearly

400 metres above sea level and provide a gorgeous view from below as snowy white clouds perch on them. By cable car, one can

also ascend to the summit, permitting a breath-taking view of the Canton landscape and Guangzhou underneath, like fingers of

the Pearl River Delta spreading as if to grasp the horizon itself.

A scenic destination since ancient times, it is actually a range of 30 peaks, the most famous of which is the Moxing Ridge. Its summit

is about 382 metres above sea level, and from there you have a splendid view of the city and the Pearl River.

Among its many treasures is the Nine Dragon Spring in the 16,000-square-metre Forest of Steles, which was built in the Qing

Dynasty, now under the cultural relics protection in Guangzhou City, along with the tomb of Zhang Yuqiao, a Ming Dynasty singer.

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HONG KONG

AWARD-WINNING SUSHI

In late March this year, Hong Kong

welcomed Sushi Saito, the first

overseas branch of Tokyo’s three

Michelin-starred restaurant.

Housed on the 45th floor of the

Four Seasons, the restaurant serves

the freshest seasonal seafood,

hand-picked by Chef Takashi

Saito himself every morning at

Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market before it is

transported to Hong Kong.

It is this care and attention to

detail that has made Sushi Saito the

“best sushi restaurant in the world”

according to most

diners. Just like

the outlet in

Tokyo, this

Hong Kong

outpost

successfully

preserves the highly-respected Japanese culinary art

form with its authentic Edomae sushi.

With its intimate setting made up of two separate

dining rooms, which sits groups of eight at each time,

getting a seat at Sushi Saito can be difficult. But if

you’re fortunate enough to find yourself at a lunch or

dinner sitting, then rest assured you’ll be treated to an

out-of-this-world dining experience delivered by one

of the true masters of Japanese cuisine.

45/F, Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central,

Hong Kong, opens daily 1pm-1.30pm; 6pm-8pm,

globallink.com.hk/sushisaito

HOLE IN ONE

When there’s a need to escape the busy

confines of Hong Kong, Strokes may well be

the place for it. The F&B outlet on Fashion

Walk on Causeway Bay isn’t your typical

watering hole as it merges an indoor minigolf

course with a bar and restaurant. Billed

as a premier Crazy Golf & Lifestyle Club,

Strokes boasts 9,000 square feet of space,

which consists of a 9-hole course featuring

loop-the-loops, tunnels, and ball jumps; along

with a bar and diner.

Although most patrons come here to

sink putts and play a round or two, Strokes

also serves up a pretty hearty and healthy

menu with offerings such as protein salad

bowls, cauliflower beef burgers and steak

tacos. Its bar, on the other hand, is manned by skilled

juicers, baristas and mixologists, who are ever ready to

serve up a variety of thirst quenchers at all hours of the

day. G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston St, Causeway

Bay, opens Mon-Fri, 11.30am-1am; Sat 11.30am-3am;

Sun, 11.30am-11pm, strokeshk.com

SPOTLIGHT

Celebration

of Dance

The Hong Kong Ballet

Company is putting on

a creative showcase

with the help of some

of the best local

choreographers and

artists. Hong Kong

Cool, which is produced

in partnership with

West Kowloon Cultural

District and Hong Kong

Arts Centre, will see

dance makers partnering

with composers, painters,

sculptors, fashion designers

and video artists for a unique

display of arts and culture.

The event will boast seven

world premieres and each

show will culminate with a

screening of Oliver Shing’s

documentary, The Unheard

Beat, which reveals the sweat,

passion and drama behind the

creative dance process. 13-16

September, Studio Theatre,

Hong Kong Cultural Centre,

hkballet.com

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HAPPENINGS

SINGAPORE

MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR

SPOTLIGHT

Open Farm To

Table

In a concrete jungle like Singapore,

it is refreshing to see a restaurant

champion the efforts of sustainable

farming and seasonal cooking. That’s

the message Open Farm Community

(OFC) imparts unto its diners as it

strives to deepen the relationship

between urban communities with

nature by supporting the local

urban farming movement. Since its

inception in 2015, OFC has celebrated

local farmers, creative chefs, and

delicious seasonal fare.

The open-concept kitchen

and restaurant in Minden

Road recently welcomed

Head Chef Oliver Truesdale-

Jutras and Sous Chef Phoebe

Oviedo, the new creative

culinary force at the OFC. The

duo has already embarked

on dishing up inventive and

hearty dishes all made with

locally-sourced ingredients.

The OFC also organises a

curated farmer’s market,

which allows guests to deepen

the pleasures of simple,

freshly harvested ingredients

that is both nourishing and a

visual feast. 130E Minden Road

Singapore, opens Mon-Thu:

12pm-4pm; 6pm-11pm, Sat &

Sun: 11am-5pm; 3.30pm-10pm,

openfarmcommunity.com

SPOTLIGHT

Fine Dining Takes Flight

A unique pop-up dining

experience, Plane in the City

literally lives up to its name

as it is housed in a refurbished

Boeing 737. The plane, now

retro-fitted into a fine-dining

restaurant, will be parked at

the Kuala Lumpur city centre

until mid-2019. Plane in the

City is offering diners a chance

to savour a fine dining meal

prepared by one of the city’s

finest hotels in the interior of

the aircraft.

Promoted as an aircraft

dining experience, ‘passengers’

have the option of dining from

a three or four-course menu

and the opportunity to visit the

cockpit of the airplane or walk

on its wings. Seating 20 at a

time, Plane in the City operates

two sessions every Tuesday to

Thursday and three sessions

from Friday to Sunday, with

dining packages beginning from

RM199 per person. Skyland, Jalan

Bukit Bintang, planeinthecity.com

GOURMET FEST

Resorts World Sentosa is putting on another epicurean feast this

September with the return of The Great Food Festival. Like last year’s

event, the gourmet food festival will provide foodies with access

to over a 100 signature dishes from Michelin-starred and awardwinning

restaurants.

More than just an event that celebrates good food,

The Great Food Festival will also allow visitors to attend

celebrity chef master classes and hands-on workshops

during the duration of the event.

Visitors will not only gain an insight to cooking prepared

by the masters themselves, but also the opportunity to rub

shoulders with the culinary stars of Singapore and sample

some pretty amazing meals and treats. The Great Food

Festival takes place from 27 to 30 September

at Resorts World Sentosa, tgff.com.sg

CINEMATIC ESCAPE

Housed in a beautiful heritage building, Screening Room on Ann

Siang road provides the perfect escape from the busy bars below.

A multi-faceted entertainment and hospitality venue, the outlet

provides the perfect setting of good food, delicious drinks and great

music to put its guests at ease.

However, one of the main appeals of this unique F&B retreat

is that it houses its own boutique film theatre. The Screening

Room lives up to its name by providing guests with a calendar

of exciting films and screenings held throughout the week. From

timeless classics to foreign productions as well as live telecasts of

big sporting events, the Screening Room provides a total feast for

all senses under one roof. 12 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore, opens daily

5:30pm-2am, screeningroom.com.sg

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HAPPENINGS

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH / SIEM REAP

SPOTLIGHT

A Taste Of Russia

Strong ties between the Soviet Union and Cambodia date back to the

mid-50s. That’s why a restaurant like Irina, which serves authentic

Russian cuisine, doesn’t seem out of place in Phnom Penh.

In a way you could say that the establishment is helping to further

strengthen relations between the two nations by providing locals as

well as visitors an authentic taste of Russia. Opened since 2000, the

family-run restaurant is not short on traditional Russian fare and

classic dishes, as well as specialities from neighbouring Ukraine,

Georgia and Uzbekistan.

KHMER ART

Artist Em Riem has been

championing Cambodian

art across the globe but it is

here in Phnom Penh where

he has honed his abilities

in order to develop the art

form. With XEM Design: La

Galerie, which he opened

in 2008, the local artist

showcases his best works

drawn from his experience

as a child growing up under

the Khmer Rouge.

Stepping into his gallery,

you will immediately notice

the large-scale portraits

of Khmer Rouge victims,

alongside unique installations,

abstract works, sculpture, and

ceramics. A former student

of Parisian institutions

Saint-Etienne Ecole des

Beaux-Arts and the Ecole

Nationale Superieure des

Arts Decoratifs, Em Riem’s

art is often described as

sophisticated and diverse,

but it also serves to educate

and inspire a new wave of

Cambodian artists.

XEM Design: La Galerie,

13D Street 178, Phnom

Penh, view by appointment,

facebook.com/galeriexem.la

FRENCH CAMBODIAN FUSION

When Chef Joannès Rivière came to Cambodia

in 2003 to work as a volunteer cooking teacher,

he would not have imagined that 15 years later,

he would be the owner of one of the 50 best

restaurants in Asia. But that’s exactly what the

Frenchman has accomplished as he has built on

the reputation of Cuisine Wat Damnak as one of

the finest restaurants in Siem Reap.

Housed in a traditional Cambodian wooden

house in the heart of Siem Reap’s Wat Damnak

village, the restaurant’s approach to its eclectic

menu is to bring together Cambodian flavours

with French culinary techniques and flair.

The restaurant only serves ingredients

sourced from local farms around Siem Reap in

order to maintain freshness and to help sustain

local agriculture. Cuisine Wat Damnak changes

its menu regularly to reflect the seasons,

ensuring a changing, creative experience for

diners at all times. Cuisine Wat Damnak, Wat

Damnak village, Sala Kamreuk Commune,

Siem Reap, opens Tue-Sat, 6.30pm-9.30pm,

cuisinewatdamnak.com

The menu include staples such as blini with mushrooms, chicken

kiev and feta meatballs, but also unique offerings such as golubtsy

(pork stuffed in cabbage), selyodka (Russian salt-cured mackerel)

and a variety of dumpling dishes like pelmeni and vareniki. As you

might expect, Irina carries an extensive vodka selection to go with

your hearty Russian meal. 22 Street 29, Phnom Penh, opens daily,

9am-11pm, facebook.com/russianrestpp

CINEMATIC JOURNEYS

Founded by film directors Rithy Pan and Leu Pannaker,

the Bophana Center seeks to inspire, train, and educate

Cambodians about the movie industry. Located in Phnom

Penh, the centre showcases archival audio-visual footage

about Cambodia from across the world.

The Bophana Center not only provides free public

access to film footage but also the historical significance

behind this creative industry. Additionally, the centre

doubles as a learning centre by educating and training

young Cambodians for careers in filmmaking, broadcasting

and new media. bophana.org

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HAPPENINGS

VIETNAM

HANOI / QUY NHON

SPOTLIGHT

Elevated Luxury

The Anantara Quy Nhon

Villas, the third property

in the portfolio of luxury

resorts in Vietnam by

the Anantara Hotels and

Resorts, is scheduled to

open in late November

2018. Located in a secluded

bay in south central

Vietnam in Binh Dinh

province, Anantara Quy

Nhon Villas will have 26

one and two-bedrooms

of ocean-facing villas on

7.2 hectares of landscaped

tropical gardens.

The spacious villas offer

an enticing visual of sleek

timber and granite sundecks

with minimalist plunge

pools with extended low

overhang roofs that offer a

fresh, contemporary feel.

Vietnamese blue stone are

among some of the design

features, while granite and

marble elements add a

touch of modernity.

Restaurants emphasise

local seafood and regional

flavours; a top-notch

Anantara Spa perched on

a hillside offers maximum

wellbeing. anantara.com/

en/quy-nhon

A TEMPLE OF LEARNING

If you happen to be in possession of a 100,000 Vietnamese

dong bill, notice the Temple of Literature depicted on it. If you’re

in Hanoi and a fan of ancient architecture, consider a visit to

some of the best preserved architecture styles and home to the

first national university of Vietnam.

The Temple of Literature dates back eight centuries, evident

in the wood and tiles composition; and standing tall on the

grounds are hundred-year-old trees that have witnessed

incredible history. The Temple of Literature is about 10 minutes

from Hoan Kiem lake in the northern capital, constructed in

1070 under the Ly Thanh Tong dynasty.

The first to honour Confucius, it now archives and

celebrates the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam.

With its many courtyards with pagodas and ponds, all have their

great significance and picture-perfect views. Come examine

time, the altars become popular among students wishing for

good grades. People use to rub the blue stone turtles present in

one of the courtyards but in order to preserve them, students

(and everyone else) these days are discouraged from doing so.

Entrance fee is 10,000 VND, opens 8:30am to 11:30am,

13:30pm to 16:30pm everyday except Mondays and national

holidays. vanmieu.gov.vn

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HAPPENINGS

MYANMAR

YANGON

SPOTLIGHT

Brittle Sweet

Memories

Your trip is coming to an end but

it’s not over until the gifts list

gets completed. For travels to

Myanmar, suitcases filled with

local handicrafts and perhaps

some gemstones make some

nice memories. However, one of

the more popular souvenir items

for everyone should be peanut

crisps and peanut butter brittle.

Because peanuts are grown

widely in many parts of this

country, especially around

Bagan and Mandalay, it’s the

ideal present. Peanuts are found

in many local dishes, either

sprinkled on top of noodles,

pounded into salads, served in

a peanut soup or toasted and

simmered with palm sugar to

make peanut candy crunch and

peanut brittle.

With the many types and

flavours to choose at the local

markets, the more simple crispy

confections come in several

flavours. Choices include sesame

and cashew nut or butter peanut candy crunch,

which are slightly sweeter versions. You’ll also

find Myanmar chocolate on the shelves to satisfy

every sweet tooth, packed with fruits and nut

combinations. A block of organic sweet jaggery, a

sugar made from the sap of toddy palm trees, is a

local dessert often eaten right after a heavy meal

to help with digestion which offers a rich taste and

makes an ideal gift.

Traditional jaggery used to be serve in chunks

but now the dessert has become a delicacy and

updated as bite size and in a stylish package.

These sweets and desserts are now part of the

Burmese identity. Before leaving Myanmar,

pop into any supermarket and look for a shelf

with ‘The Pride of Myanmar’ sign, for the many

delicacies to bring home.

All Photos Thawat Tangtienchai

THE BRUNCH SOCIETY

It’s basically all day dining at the Brunch Society,

of western favourites with Asian influences, and

a well-stocked bar for drinks. Stylishly done,

the restaurant is located in the happening spot

of Sule Plaza, just a short walk to Shangri-La

Hotel at one end and the Sule Pagoda at the

other. What attracts the crowd is not just its

sleek utilitarian interior and industrial look,

it’s also the vibrancy of the dishes prepared

by an experienced Thai chef who was trained in

the United States. There is also a wide range of

beverages for you to enjoy, from regular cocktails

to decent coffee and tea. With its friendly and

reasonable prices, it’s a nice place to hold a business

lunch in Yangon or a great meal and quick bite for

travellers. facebook.com/thebrunchsociety

HIGH TEA AT THE STRAND

Among one of the traditions left behind

by the British continue in popularity in

Myanmar – the afternoon tea. This longstanding

tradition still can be enjoyed in

many restaurants and hotels in Yangon,

not to mention that it’s become quite

a fashionably social event in Yangon.

To experience the best afternoon tea

tradition, indulge yourself in a cuppa at

one of Myanmar’s finest, The Strand Hotel

Yangon on the banks of the Yangon River.

The historic Strand’s Victorian-styled

architecture was built in 1901 by the

ambitious Sarkies Brother and eventually

became one of Asia’s most prestigious

hotels. Now renovated and under new

ownership, the elegant colonial building

retains much of its original details with its

high ceilings, classic rattan furniture, and

modern touches while retaining service of

the highest standard.

Seat yourself in The Strand Café to

embrace the colonial era atmosphere,

then enjoy a full British ‘high tea’ with

savoury treats and patisseries, and equally

delightful cakes from local ingredients.

The tea service features the requisite

silver tea trays and china served by a

professional team who are just as elegant

in their Burmese longyi. Afternoon tea at

The Strand Café is available daily from

2-5pm, facebook.com/TheStrandYangon

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HAPPENINGS

LAOS

VIENTIANE

MALDIVES / INDIA

MALDIVES / MUMBAI

A STAY THAT’S GOLDEN

Located within walking distance to the 16th-century Pha That Luang, Vientiane’s mostrespected

pagoda, sits a new boutique hotel, Le Thatluang D’or by D Varee. Inspired by both

French colonial and traditional Lao architecture, the design elements set a new benchmark

in hotels and its urban immersion into the Vientiane scene. Noted for their restored

architectural structures and designs, the hotel offers 50 guestrooms ranging from a Deluxe

to Presidential Suite. The Deluxe room, at 35 square metres, is ideal for couples or business

travellers who prefer a lifestyle hotel in Vientiane. The 71-square-metre Premier Suite,

on the other hand, offers plenty of space for guests to relax with a balcony overlooking a

leafy neighbourhood. All rooms provide a strong sense of ultimate comfort with beds and

luxurious details. Le Thatluang D’or by D Varee also provides a fine dining experience at

Suankua Bistro, an open-air restaurant. Guests can find some down time at their swimming

pool and fitness centre. That Luang Neua, Saysettha, Vientiane, +856 21 41 7958,

+856 21 41 7959, dvaree.com

ARTISAN-DRIVEN

Do you need to squeeze in a few hours of shopping on your trip to

Vientiane? A stop at Saoban means bagging some quality Lao crafts

that vary from bamboo basketry to silk scarves, to forks and spoon

recycled from bomb remnants.

To promote sustainability, fair trade and traditional craft skills,

Saoban’s products are created straight from Lao villages. Skillfully

made by hand, all the goods employ traditional materials and

techniques passed down from generations. Buying from Saoban

supports employment and training for artisans, with profits from

the sale of Saoban products staying in the village, thereby creating a

stable, sustainable livelihood for rural families and communities. Laos

is a country of diverse ethnic groups, with each of them highly adept

in their own unique craft and artisanal skills. This rich

diversity produces abundant styles and directly

linking local craftspeople to alternative

markets which helps preserve the

centuries-old art silk cultivation and

knowledge. 97/1 Chao Anou Road,

Ban Watchan, Chanthabouly,

Vientiane, +856 21 241 835

SPOTLIGHT

A Curated Joy

The Maldives doesn’t lack in

luxurious resorts and with

the opening of Joali this

September, luxury meets

curated art and amenities

to provide guests with what

the property calls the “Joy

of Living” experience.

Individualised stories

inspire the design of elegant

rooms, marked by artisanal

amenities, curated in-room

libraries, and select objets

d’art. Butler and valet

services make the living

easy, along with their

stunning infinity pools at

this luxurious retreat. Art

and design is central to

Joali’s aesthetic offering,

evident in the creative

design and layout of the

architecture and their own

art space, the Joali Art

Studio & Gallery. Guests

benefit from 73 beach and

water villas and residences,

restaurants with a global

slant on fusion cuisine,

an ESPA Spa, and fitness

and sports activities.

With sustainability a top

priority, Joali organises

jaunts to learn about coral

degradation or visits to local

communities. joali.com

French expat Micka Perier,

an experienced coffee

roaster, recently introduced

Le Trio, Vientiane’s first

boutique coffee roastercum-coffee

bar in the

downtown area. Set inside a

small yet stylish shop house,

Le Trio impresses coffee

aficionados with a a gleaming

roasting machine that

occupies most of the modest

space. The beans are grown

in Bolaven Plateau – a coffee

grower’s utopia in Southern

Laos – and Perier blends

them for their different and

unique characteristics. Open

daily 8am-4pm, Setthathirath

Road, Near Nam Phu Square,

letriocoffee.com

SPOTLIGHT

The Finest

Bolaven Roast

MUMBAI IDOL

September marks the beginning of the festive season in Mumbai, which carries

on over the next couple of months. The 10-day long festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi

and Navratri are the most awaited celebrations in the city, Here’s how and where

to join in the festive fervour in Mumbai.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration of Lord Ganesh (Ganapati), arguably

Mumbai’s favourite deity. It begins with the installation of a Ganesh idol both

in private homes as well as in public pandals (a temporary structure erected

for housing the idol). These range from small ones in an apartment complex to

massive public pandals that are thronged with devotees from all over the city.

DANCE BEATS

The other major festival celebrated in Mumbai is Navratri. This festival honours

the goddess Durga and her triumph over the demon Mahishasura. At night, it’s

time for revelry – men and women wear colourful, traditional outfits and perform

the garba and dandiya dance, a high-energy dance involving complex whirling,

rhythmic clapping and elaborate steps while tapping together wooden batons.

This year, Navratri begins on October 10. There are several places where

you can watch and even participate in dandiya like Kora Kendra Ground

(Haridas Nagar, Borivali), Goregaon Sports Club (Link Road, Malad), and

Police Hockey Ground (Ghatkopar).

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS WINS

“WORLD’S BEST REGIONAL AIRLINE”

AND “BEST REGIONAL AIRLINE IN

ASIA” AT SKYTRAX WORLD AIRLINE

AWARDS 2018

Bangkok Airways recently won 2

Skytrax Awards for “World’s Best

Regional Airline” and “Best Regional

Airline in Asia” at the prestigious

Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth,

Bangkok Airways’ President (4th

from left) together with the airline

management attended the award

ceremony held at The Langham

Hotel in London, England.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

said, “It is a very special year for

Bangkok Airways as we celebrate

our 50th anniversary. The airline

has been awarded by Skytrax

World Airline Awards 2018 as

winners for ‘World’s Best Regional

Airline’ for the fourth time and

‘Best Regional Airline in Asia’ for

the eighth time this year. The

Skytrax World Airline Awards are

well recognised and respected across

the aviation industry worldwide.

It is considered a global benchmark

of airline excellence, based on

votes by global passengers.”

“We would like to thank all the

voters for the continued support

and confidence that you have for

us. The awards offer a great deal

of encouragement for everyone

at Bangkok Airways to continue to

deliver the best to our passengers.

The management team and everyone

at Bangkok Airways will continue

our commitment to provide high

quality service and safety to make

every journey an exceptional one.

At Bangkok Airways, we believe

your happiness is our best reward,”

Mr. Puttipong added.

Bangkok Airways is a regional

carrier providing full services with

the highest standard to underline

its commitment as “Asia’s Boutique

Airline”. It is the one and only airline

in Thailand that allows passengers

in both economy and business

classes to access the lounge. All

meals served on board are well

prepared and creatively made with

best quality ingredients in food.

Bangkok Airways was previously

awarded “Best Regional Airline

in Asia” by Skytrax World Airline

Awards in 2004, 2005, 2008,

2009, 2014, 2016, 2017 with the

latest win in 2018. The airline also

received awards for “Southeast

Asia’s Best Regional Airline” in

2006 and 2007 and “World’s Best

Regional Airline” in 2014, 2016,

2017. This year, 2018, marks the

fourth time the airline receives

the title from the prestigious

Skytrax Awards.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ได้รับรางวัลสายการบิน

ภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยมของโลกและรางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยม

แห่งเอเชีย จากการประกาศผลรางวัล สกายแทร็กซ์ เวิลด์ แอร์ไลน์

อวอร์ด ประจำปี 2561 โดยมีนายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ (ที่ 4 จากซ้าย) และคณะผู้บริหารของ

สายการบินฯ เข้ารับมอบรางวัล ณ โรงแรมเดอะแลงแฮม กรุงลอนดอน

สหราชอาณาจักร

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กล่าวว่า “ปีนี้เป็นปีที่พิเศษ

ของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ในโอกาสที่บริษัทดำเนินธุรกิจมาครบรอบ

50 ปี การได้รับประกาศจากทางสกายแทร็กซ์ เวิลด์ แอร์ไลน์

อวอร์ด ให้เป็นสายการบินภูมิภาคที่ดีที่สุดในโลก เป็นครั้งที่ 4 และ

สายการบินภูมิภาคที่ดีที่สุดในเอเชีย เป็นครั้งที่ 8 ถือเป็นเกียรติและ

เป็นความภาคภูมิใจของพวกเรา รางวัลนี้ถือเป็นรางวัลอันทรงคุณค่า

มากที่สุดรางวัลหนึ่งของอุตสาหกรรมการบินของโลก เพราะมาจาก

ผลการโหวตของผู้โดยสารทั่วโลก”

“ผมขอขอบคุณทุกแรงสนับสนุนและความเชื่อมั่นจากผู้โดยสาร

ที่ร่วมโหวตให้กับบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ซึ่งถือเป็นกำลังใจให้กับผู้ปฎิบัติ

งานที่จะส่งมอบการบริการที่ดีที่สุดให้กับผู้โดยสารต่อไป ผู้บริหาร

และพนักงานของบางกอกแอร์เวย์สทุกคนจะยังคงมุ่งมั่นที่จะให้

บริการแก่ผู้โดยสารให้ได้รับความสะดวกสบายและปลอดภัยตลอด

การเดินทาง เพราะเราเชื่อว่าความสุขของผู้โดยสาร เปรียบเสมือน

รางวัลอันมีค่าของพวกเรา” นายพุฒิพงศ์ กล่าวเสริม

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สเป็นสายการบินระดับภูมิภาคที่ให้บริการ

เต็มรูปแบบ (Full Service) ภายใต้สโลแกน “Asia’s Boutique

Airline” หรือ “ความประทับใจแห่งเอเชีย” มีการให้บริการอันเป็น

เอกลักษณ์เพื่อทำให้การเดินทางของผู้โดยสารทุกคนเป็นความรู้สึก

พิเศษ อาทิ บริการห้องรับรองผู้โดยสารที่ให้บริการผู้โดยสารทั้ง

ชั้นธรรมดาและชั้นธุรกิจ บริการเสิร์ฟอาหารทุกเที่ยวบิน โดยเมนู

อาหารมีการสร้างสรรค์และได้รับการพัฒนาอยู่ตลอดเวลาเพื่อให้

เป็นที่ชื่นชอบของผู้โดยสาร

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้รับรางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาค

ยอดเยี่ยมแห่งเอเชียจากสกายแทร็กซ์ เวิลด์ แอร์ไลน์ อวอร์ด มาตั้งแต่

ปี 2547 ปี 2548 ปี 2551 ปี 2552 ปี 2557 ปี 2559 ปี 2560 และ

ล่าสุดปี 2561 รวมทั้งได้รางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยมแห่ง

เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ ในปี 2549 และ ปี 2550 และได้รับรางวัล

สายการบินภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยมของโลกครั้งแรกในปี 2557 ครั้งที่สอง

ในปี 2559 ครั้งที่สามในปี 2560 และล่าสุดปี 2561 ซึ่งถือเป็นครั้งที่

สี่ที่สายการบินฯ สามารถคว้ารางวัลอันทรงเกียรตินี้มาครอง

The boutique carrier, Bangkok Airways,

led by Mrs. Chanthip Thongkanya,

Vice President – Office of the President,

together with Le Cordon Bleu Dusit

Culinary School by Ms. Suchada

Sthapitanonda – Executive Director,

organised an exclusive pastry workshop

to celebrate Bangkok Airways’ 50th

anniversary. This special workshop was

held at the Carème Kitchen of Le Cordon

Bleu Dusit Culinary School, Bangkok.

Special guests attending the event

included popularly-known actress and

model Khemmanit “Pancake” Jamikorn.

The class was taught by the the

instructor and Head of Patisserie, chef

Marc Champire. All guests learned the

basics in pastry making, as well as the

intricacies of creating the French entremet

of Cherry Pistachio. Everyone enjoyed the

hands-on experience in the creation and

assembly of this sweet French delicacy.

Immensely impressed with the class and

the pleasing results in creating their own

handmade entremet, all the participants

eagerly took the pastries home as a gift

for their loved ones.

BANGKOK

AIRWAYS CHOSES

LUCKY WINNERS

OF CUSTOMER

SATISFACTION

SURVEY

Bangkok Airways Public Company

Limited led by Mrs. Darunee Debavalya,

Senior Director – Customer Satisfaction

and Relationship Management (2nd

from left), together with Mrs. Waewta

Chaiyapol, Director – Customer Relations

and Experience Management (3rd from

left) had the pleasure of selecting 10

lucky winners as part of the Bangkok

Airways Public Company Limited

Customer Satisfaction Survey in July

2018. The ceremony was held at the

Bangkok Airways Ticketing Office on

Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

BANGKOK AIRWAYS AND LE CORDON BLEU

DUSIT CULINARY SCHOOL HOLD AN

EXCLUSIVE PASTRY WORKSHOP CELEBRATING

THE AIRLINE’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนางจันทร์ทิพย์

ทองกันยา รองผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สำนักผู้อำนวย

การใหญ่ ร่วมกับ โรงเรียนสอนการประกอบอาหาร

เลอ กอร์ดอง เบลอ ดุสิต โดย นางสาว สุชาดา

สถาปิตานนท์ ผู้อำนวยการโรงเรียนฯ จัดกิจกรรม

เวิร์กช็อปทําขนมเค้กสไตล์ฝรั่งเศสสุดเอ็กซ์คลูซีฟ

เพื่อเฉลิมฉลองเนื่องในโอกาสครบรอบ 50 ปีของ

สายการบินฯ โดยมี แพนเค้ก-เขมนิจ จามิกรณ์

นางแบบ/นักแสดง เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม ณ โรงเรียน

สอนการประกอบอาหาร เลอ กอร์ดอง เบลอ

ดุสิต กรุงเทพฯ

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) หรือ

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดย คุณดรุณี

เทพวัลย์ ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโสส่วนบริหารความ

พึงพอใจและความสัมพันธ์ลูกค้า (ที่ 2 จากซ้าย) และ

คุณแววตา ชัยพล ผู้อำนวยการแผนกบริหารลูกค้า

เวิร์กช็อปดังกล่าวได้รับเกียรติจาก เชฟมาร์ค

ชอมปิเร่ หัวหน้าเชฟประจำหลักสูตรการประกอบ

ขนมอบของโรงเรียนสอนการประกอบอาหาร เลอ

กอร์ดอง เบลอ ดุสิต เป็นเชฟผู้สอน โดยผู้เข้าร่วม

เวิร์กช็อปทุกท่านได้เรียนรู้วิธีการทำเค้กฝรั่งเศส

“Entremet Cherry Pistachio” พร้อมการลงมือ

ปฏิบัติในทุกขั้นตอนและเพลิดเพลินไปกับการ

สร้างสรรรค์ผลงานการตกแต่งหน้าเค้กด้วย

ตนเอง ซึ่งผู้เข้าร่วมกิจกรรมทุกท่านได้รับ

ความรู้ ความสนุกสนาน และ

ความประทับใจทั้ง

จากการสอน

ของเชฟมาร์ค

ทีมงานของโรง

เรียนฯ และ

ผลงานเค้ก

สวยๆ จาก

ฝีมือตัวเองที่

นำกลับไปอวด

ครอบครัวอีกด้วย

สัมพันธ์และประสบการณ์ลูกค้า (ที่ 3 จากซ้าย) เป็น

ประธานจับรางวัลผู้โชคดี 10 ท่าน จากการสำรวจ

ความพึงพอใจของผู้โดยสาร ครั้งที่ 1 ประจำปี

พ.ศ. 2561 ณ สำนักงานออกบัตรโดยสาร

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ถนนวิภาวดีรังสิต

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS PREMIUM SERVICES AT A VALUE PRICE

From now on, Bangkok Airways

Economy Class passengers can

enjoy upgrade services that include

lounge privileges and seat upgrades.

For your highest level of

convenience, our airline now offers

new services to benefit travellers.

All Economy Class passengers can

upgrade their seat to Business

Class or Premium Economy Class

seats with all the privileges equal

to Business Class passengers,

such as use of the Premium Lane,

additional 10kg luggage with priority

tags, an inflight meal, amenity kit

and a chance to use the Business

Class Blue Ribbon Club Lounge.

All you have to do is contact our

staff at the Airport Ticketing Office,

Check-in Counter or Boutique and

Blue Ribbon Club Lounges for an

upgrade payment on the chosen

travel date.

Moreover, Economy Class

passengers can also have access

to the Blue Ribbon Club (BRC)

Lounge at 950 Baht per person,

with the service available at the

following domestic and international

airports including Suvarnabhumi,

Samui, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,

and Luang Prabang. The premium

services at the BRC Lounge include

a hot meal, snacks & cakes, soft

drinks & beverages, computer use,

free Wifi, a private shower room,

massage chair, television, newspapers

and magazines.

For more information on lounge

and seat upgrades, terms and

conditions apply, contact the

Bangkok Airways Call Centre at 1771.

ตั้งแต่วันนี้ ผู้โดยสารชั้นประหยัดของสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์สสามารถอัพเกรดการใช้บริการห้องรับรองและ

ที่นั่งเป็นชั้นโดยสารธุรกิจได้แล้วด้วยราคาสุดคุ้ม

เพื่อความสะดวกสบายสูงสุดของผู้โดยสาร สายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สเปิดให้บริการสุดพิเศษเพื่อให้ผู้โดยสาร

ชั้นประหยัดอัพเกรดตั๋วเครื่องบินจากชั้นประหยัดเป็นชั้น

ธุรกิจหรือชั้นพรีเมียม โดยผู้โดยสารจะได้รับสิทธิประโยชน์

เช่นเดียวกันกับผู้โดยสารชั้นธุรกิจทุกประการ อาทิ

พรีเมียมเลนเพื่อผ่านพิธีตรวจคนเข้าเมืองได้อย่าง

รวดเร็ว น้ำหนักกระเป๋าเพิ่มขึ้น 10 ก.ก. โดยไม่ต้องรอ

กระเป๋านาน อาหารชั้นเลิศ ชุดเครื่องใช้จำเป็น และสิทธิใน

การใช้ห้องพักรับรอง Blue Ribbon Club สำหรับชั้น

ธุรกิจ โดยสามารถติดต่อซื้อบริการอัพเกรดได้ ณ วันที่

ผู้โดยสารเดินทางเท่านั้น ที่ Airport Ticketing Office

เคาน์เตอร์เช็คอิน เคาน์เตอร์บริการหน้าห้องรับรอง

Boutique และ Blue Ribbon Club (BRC) หรือหากใน

สถานีต่างประเทศที่ไม่มี Airport Ticket Office สามารถ

ซื้อได้จาก City Ticket Office

นอกจากนี้ ผู้โดยสารชั้นประหยัดของสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สยังสามารถติดต่อหน้าห้องรับรองเพื่อ

ใช้บริการใน Blue Ribbon Club ด้วยราคาเพียง 950 บาท

ต่อท่าน เปิดให้บริการที่สนามบินในประเทศและสนามบิน

นานาชาติ ได้แก่ สนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ สมุย เชียงใหม่

เชียงราย และหลวงพระบาง ซึ่งให้บริการอาหารปรุงร้อน

ขนม และเครื่องดื่มต่างๆ เครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์ สัญญาณ

wifi โทรทัศน์ ห้องอาบน้ำส่วนตัว เก้าอี้นวด หนังสือพิมพ์

และนิตยสารเทียบเท่าชั้นธุรกิจ

สอบถามข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับบริการอัพเกรด

การใช้บริการห้องรับรองและที่นั่งเป็นชั้นโดยสารธุรกิจ

ได้ที่ Bangkok Airways Call Centre #1771

(เงื่อนไขเป็นไปตามที ่บริษัทฯ กำหนด)

ENJOY A SPECIAL DISCOUNT AND 50 FLYERBONUS POINTS

WHEN SPENDING 500 BAHT FOR HOTEL BOOKINGS WITH

BOOKING.COM/BANGKOKAIR

Bangkok Airways and Booking.com, one of

the world’s largest travel reservations

websites, are delighted to offer all

FlyerBonus members and Bangkok Airways

passengers the privilege of up to a 25%

discount when booking hotel rooms for

a better rate than booking directly

with Booking.com. Use Booking.com to

enjoy Thailand’s popular destinations

like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui,

Phuket and Pattaya. Make your reservations

from now until 31 October 2018 for

stays until 31 December 2018 and also

earn points for the same time period.

Moreover, FlyerBonus members will

receive 50 FlyerBonus points with every

500 baht spent on each hotel booking

through Booking.com/bangkokair by giving

the membership number when reserving

hotel rooms. This special privilege is

offered only for hotel reservations via

www.bangkokair.com or www.booking.com/

bangkokair. Get more FlyerBonus points

and book now until 31 October 2018

and enjoy an amazing rate for hotel stays

until 31 December 2018. Find out more

at flyerbonus.bangkokair.com.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส และ Booking.com

หนึ่งในเว็บไซด์การจองห้องพักที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในโลก

มีความยินดีมอบสิทธิพิเศษให้กับสำหรับสมาชิก

ฟลายเออร์โบนัสและผู้โดยสารบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

ด้วยข้อเสนอส่วนลดราคาห้องพักพิเศษกว่า

การจองโดยตรงกับเว็บไซด์ Booking.com ซึ่ง

ลดสูงสุด 25% สำหรับการจองห้องพักในจังหวัด

ท่องเที่ยวยอดนิยมภายในประเทศ เช่น กรุงเทพฯ

เชียงใหม่ สมุย ภูเก็ต รวมถึงพัทยา ระหว่างวันที่

1 กรกฎาคม - 31 ตุลาคม 2561 (เข้าพักตั้งแต่

1 กรกฎาคม - 31 ธันวาคม 2561)

พิเศษไปกว่านั้นสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัสยังจะ

ได้รับคะแนนสะสมฟลายเออร์โบนัส 50 คะแนนใน

ทุกการใช้จ่าย 500 บาทต่อหนึ่งยอดการสำรอง

ห้องพักกับ Booking.com เพียงระบุหมายเลข

สมาชิกในขณะทำการสำรองห้องพักกับเรา

สิทธิพิเศษนี้เฉพาะการสำรองห้องพักในเว็บไซต์

www.bangkokair.com หรือ www.booking.com/

bangkokair ผ่านช่องทางนี้เท่านั้น สำรองห้องพัก

พร้อมรับคะแนนได้ตั้งแต่วันนี้ถึง 31 ตุลาคม 2561

และสามารถเข้าพักได้ถึง 31 ธันวาคม 2561 นี้

สามารถอ่านรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติมได้ที่

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS AND TCEB WELCOME CLMV MARKETS

SHOWCASING CHIANG MAI AS EVENTS DESTINATION

Bangkok Airways Public Company

Limited, led by Mr. Komkrit

Ngamwongwirot — Regional Sales

Director, recently joined hands with

the Thailand Convention and

Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) as

represented by Mrs. Nichapa

Yoswee, Senior Vice President —

Business in organising a familiarisation

trip to Chiang Mai for 30 travel

agents and press members from

Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar

and Vietnam (CLMV). To sweeten

the incentive for CLMV business

travellers to choose Chiang Mai

and Thailand for their meetings and

incentive travels, both organisations

offered the joint promotion campaign

“Fly and Meet Double Bonus.”

The familiarisation trip took

place in Chiang Mai during August

1 to 4, 2018 under the theme

“Chiang Mai: Yesterday, Today,

and Tomorrow”. The presentation

depicted the city’s journey through

the passage of time. Chiang Mai’s

seven hundred years of history is

steeped in a heritage of unique

arts and craftsmanship that’s been

passed down and further nurtured

by the current generation. Now the

city is becoming a business events

destination with a strong potential

to host meeting functions. By looking

to the future, Chiang Mai aims

to secure its status as a leading

destination for business events in

northern Thailand.

During the trip, the participants

from the four countries had the

chance to visit both modern and

specialised venues for events in

Chiang Mai, while noting the city’s

history and heritage. They also

engaged in creative and enriching

activities that could potentially

benefit business travellers, including

meeting and discussing goals with

leading Thai business events

suppliers in Chiang Mai.

Bangkok Airways is proud

to be a part of “Fly and Meet

Double Bonus,” and holds a strong

presence in CLMV connecting

Thailand with Cambodia, Lao

PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

With an extensive flight network,

the joint and exclusive offer

with TCEB and their support

with the “Fly and Meet Double

Bonus”, Bangkok Airways looks

forward to welcoming frequently

business travellers from Thailand’s

neighbouring countries.

Bangkok Airways’ CLMV

destinations at the present include

Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Vientiane,

Luang Prabang, Mandalay, Nay Pyi

Taw, Yangon, Phu Quoc, Danang,

and Hanoi; direct flights are available

from Chiang Mai to Mandalay,

Yangon, and Hanoi.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดย คุณคมกริช งามวงศ์วิโรจน์

ผู้อำนวยการส่วนขายภูมิภาค ร่วมกับ สำนักงานส่งเสริม

การจัดประชุมและนิทรรศการ (ทีเส็บ) โดยคุณนิชาภา ยศวีร์

รองผู้อำนวยการอาวุโสสายงานธุรกิจ จัดทริปแนะนำเชียงใหม่

ผ่านบริษัทตัวแทนขาย (Agent) และสื่อมวลชน จำนวน 30 ราย

จากกัมพูชา ลาว พม่าและเวียดนาม (CLMV) ระหว่างวันที่ 1-4

สิงหาคม 2561 ที่ผ่านมา พร้อมนำเสนอแคมเปญ Fly and Meet

Double Bonus ที่ทั้งสองหน่วยงานพัฒนาร่วมกันและเปิดตัวไป

แล้วก่อนหน้านี้ เพื่อดึงดูดนักเดินทางธุรกิจจากกลุ่มประเทศ

CLMV ให้เดินทางมาจัดงานประชุมองค์กรและท่องเที่ยวเพื่อเป็น

รางวัล ในจังหวัดเชียงใหม่

การจัดทริปในครั้งนี้ มีขึ้นภายใต้แนวคิด “Chiang Mai:

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” ถ่ายทอดเรื่องราวของ

เชียงใหม่ผ่านกาลเวลา เชียงใหม่มีอดีตอันรุ่งเรืองและมรดกทางศิลปะ

และวัฒนธรรมอันมีคุณค่ามากกว่า 700 ปี และได้รับการสืบสานมา

จนถึงในปัจจุบัน จนกลายเป็นเมืองที่มีศักยภาพในการรองรับการ

จัดงานประชุมระดับชาติต่างๆ ที่มีเอกลักษณ์เป็นของตนเอง และจะ

ก้าวต่อไปเป็นเมืองชั้นนำสำหรับจัดงาน MICE ของภาคเหนือ

ผู้เข้าร่วมงานจากทั้ง 4 ประเทศได้มีโอกาสสัมผัสประสบการณ์

ตรงผ่านกิจกรรมเชิงสร้างสรรค์ต่างๆ และได้เยี่ยมชมสถานที่จัดงาน

จริงที่มีความทันสมัย เป็นเอกลักษณ์ และมรดกทางประวัติศาสตร์

รวมถึงแหล่งท่องเที่ยวต่างๆ ที่น่าสนใจสำหรับกลุ่มนักเดินทางธุรกิจ

ที่มาเยือนเชียงใหม่ โดยบริษัทตัวแทนขายยังได้ร่วมการเจรจาธุรกิจ

กับบรรดาผู้ประกอบการในอุตสาหกรรมไมซ์ชั้นน ำของเชียงใหม่อีกด้วย

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สมีความภูมิใจที่ได้มีส่วนร่วมกับ

แคมเปญ Fly and Meet Double Bonus เพื่อตอบสนองนโยบาย

รัฐบาลในการกระตุ้นอุตสาหกรรมไมซ์สำหรับประเทศไทยในตลาด

CLMV และด้วยเส้นทางบินที่ครอบคลุมเมืองหลักต่างๆ ในประเทศ

กัมพูชา ลาว พม่าและเวียดนาม รวมถึงการสนับสนุนจากทีเส็บผ่าน

แคมเปญดังกล่าวนั้น ทำให้มั่นใจได้ว่าประเทศไทยจะเป็นจุดหมาย

ปลายทางที่น่าสนใจของนักเดินทางธุรกิจจากกลุ่มประเทศ CLMV

ปัจจุบันบางกอกแอร์เวย์สมีเส้นทางบินครอบคลุมกลุ่มประเทศ

CLMV เช่น จากกรุงเทพฯ ไปยังพนมเปญ เสียมราฐ เวียงจันทน์

หลวงพระบาง ย่างกุ้ง มัณฑะเลย์ เนปิดอว์ ดานัง เกาะฟู้โกว๊ก (เวียดนาม)

และมีเส้นทางบินตรงจากเชียงใหม่สู่ย่างกุ้ง มัณฑะเลย์และฮานอย

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FLYERBONUS

SCB CREDIT CARDHOLDERS' BENEFIT WITH FLYERBONUS

FREQUENT FLYER PROGRAMME PARTNERSHIP

Mr. Jirapon Hirunrat – Bangkok Airways’ Vice President for Network and Fleet Management (2nd from left), Ms. Kanpiorn Suwan – Siam Commercial Bank’s

FSVP for Credit Card Usage & Partnership Management ( 3rd from left).

SCB Credit Cardholders can now enjoy boutique services and

awards from point redemption within the Bangkok Airway’s Flyer

Bonus Frequent Flyer Programme. Discover arrays of awards to

redeem from such as, Bangkok Airways and partner airlines flight

awards, hotel vouchers, car rental, Bangkok Airway’s lounge access

and lifestyle awards.

For SCB Private Banking, SCB First and SCB My Travel Credit

Cardholders, receive a transfer rate of 2,000 SCB Rewards Points

for 1,000 FlyerBonus Points. Plus, for other SCB Credit Cardholders,

a transfer rate of 3,000 SCB Rewards Points would equal 1,000

FlyerBonus Points.

The partnership between FlyerBonus and Siam Commercial Bank

is to assist in providing SCB Credit Cardholders with passion for travelling,

exclusive and hand-picked privileges. Nonetheless, also providing a

more seamless way to travel with Bangkok Airways, which will then

double the value of transactions through SCB Credit Cards.

Convert SCB Rewards points now through SCB Easy App or

contact SCB Credit Card Customer Services at 02 777 7777.

สมาชิกผู้ถือบัตรเครดิตไทยพาณิชย์สามารถบินสไตล์บูทีคและ

แลกรับของรางวัลบัตรโดยสารสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สและ

สายการบินพันธมิตรที่ร่วมรายการ บัตรกำนัลที่พักโรงแรมชั้นนำ

บริการรถเช่า การเข้าใช้บริการห้องรับรองพิเศษบลู ริบบอนคลับ

และแลกรางวัลไลฟ์สไตล์ต่างๆ ผ่านรายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์

โบนัสได้แล้ววันนี้

ทั้งนี้อัตราแลกคะแนนสำหรับสมาชิกบัตรเครดิต SCB Private

Banking, SCB First และ SCB My Travel เริ่มต้นที่ 2,000 คะแนน

SCB Rewards เพื่อแลกคะแนนสะสมฟลายเออร์โบนัส 1,000 คะแนน

สำหรับบัตรเครดิตไทยพาณิชย์ประเภทอื่นๆ ทุกๆ 3,000 คะแนน SCB

Rewards สามารถแลกคะแนนสะสมฟลายเออร์โบนัส 1,000 คะแนน

ความร่วมมือด้านรายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัสกับบัตร

เครดิตไทยพาณิชย์นั้น เป็นความตั้งใจตอบแทนลูกค้าผู้ถือบัตรฯ ที่มี

ไลฟ์สไตล์รักการเดินทาง ให้ใช้จ่ายผ่านบัตรเครดิตไทยพาณิชย์ได้คุ้มค่า

มากกว่าเดิม โดยสามารถนำคะแนน SCB Rewards ไปใช้สำหรับ

การเดินทางกับบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้สะดวกยิ่งขึ ้น

ช่องทางการโอนคะแนนผ่าน SCB Easy Application หรือ

ศูนย์บริการลูกค้าบัตรเครดิตไทยพาณิชย์ 02 777 7777

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AIRCRAFT INFO

AIRBUS A319

NUMBER OF FLEET : 15

LENGTH : 33.84 m

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m

HEIGHT : 12.17 m

ENGINE : IAE V2500

CRUISING SPEED :

920 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

39,800 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

12 seats & 108 seats / 144 seats / 138 seats

BANGKOK AIRWAYS OPERATES FOUR TYPES OF AIRCRAFT

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AIRBUS A320

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9

LENGTH : 37.57 m

WINGSPAN : 34.1 m

HEIGHT : 12.17 m

ENGINE : IAE V2500

CRUISING SPEED :

870 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

39,800 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

162 seats

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ATR 72-500

NUMBER OF FLEET : 5

LENGTH : 27.17 m

WINGSPAN : 27.06 m

HEIGHT : 7.65 m

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127F

CRUISING SPEED :

509 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

25,000 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

70 seats

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ATR 72-600

NUMBER OF FLEET : 9

LENGTH : 27.166 m

WINGSPAN : 27.050 m

HEIGHT : 7.72 m

ENGINE : 2 x 2,750 hp

Pratt & Whitney

Canada PW127M

CRUISING SPEED :

509 km/h

MAX OPERATIONAL ALTITUDE :

25,000 ft

PASSENGER CAPACITY :

70 seats

OUR SCHEDULE FLIGHTS AND FREQUENCY

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai :

Numerous flights every day from a variety of destinations

Chiang Mai : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Chiang Rai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Hat Yai :

1 flight per day from Phuket

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Krabi : 3 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Mae Hong Son : 1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Chongqing : 3 flights per week from Koh Samui

Da Nang : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Guangzhou : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Hanoi :

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

Hong Kong : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Kuala Lumpur : 1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Luang Prabang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Malé :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Mandalay : 11 flights per week from Bangkok ;

4 flights per week from Chiang Mai

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok

Phnom Penh : 6 flights per day from Bangkok

Phu Quoc : 5 flights per week from Bangkok

Siem Reap : 5 flights per day from Bangkok

Singapore : 2 flights per day from Koh Samui

Vientiane : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Yangon : 4 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

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CHECKING OUT

Luang Prabang Beckons

Low-key Luang Prabang

with its old world culture,

colourful markets and

graceful temples continue to

nurture the traveller’s soul.

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