Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

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NOV-DEC 2018

CAPTIVATING

CHAM LEGACY

GET AWAY

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CLAIM YOUR

ISLAND DREAM

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Greetings from Bangkok Airways,

Time flies and we find ourselves at

the end of the year again. Meanwhile,

our airline keeps moving forward as

we continue to engage and stay in full

gear with our determination to make

us ‘your chosen airline’.

We take pride in the recent award

received last September from TTG

Travel Award, declaring Bangkok

Airways as the “Best Boutique

Airline” for 2018. The award ceremony

occurs annually to honour distinctive

individuals and organisations in

various sectors of the travel industry

in the Asia Pacific region. As a result,

this prestigious award validates our

commitment and efforts into making

our airline be the best as “Asia’s

Boutique Airline”.

Besides focusing on our excellent

services, Bangkok Airways has been

involved in the area of social responsibility,

and we have encouraged several

projects along the way. Knowing

that our youth serve as crucial core

resources for the nation, we initiated

the “Youth Education Camp,” where

we capitalise on our strength in aviation

so that our youth gain knowledge and

inspiration for future aviation careers

– especially among the popular

professions of pilot or flight attendant.

Within 2018, we plan to welcome

2 brand-new ATR72-600 aircraft

with a 70-seat capacity to join the

fleet, for a total of 15 with our

ATR72-500/600, together with 24

for the Airbus A319 and A320.

Lastly, on behalf of everyone

at Bangkok Airways, we wish you a

delightful journey with us.

Thank you!

สวัสดีครับท่านผู้โดยสาร ขอต้อนรับ

ผู้โดยสารทุกท่านสู่บริการของสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

อีกไม่นานก็จะถึงสิ้นปีแล้วนะครับ เวลา

เดินไปข้างหน้าอย่างต่อเนื่อง สายการบินของ

เราก็เช่นกัน เรายังคงมุ่งมั่น ตั้งใจพัฒนา

การบริการอย่างต่อเนื่อง เพื่อให้เราเป็น

สายการบินในใจของผู้โดยสารทุกท่าน

เมื่อเดือนกันยายนที่ผ่านมา สายการบินฯ

ได้รับรางวัล “Best Boutique Airline” ใน

งานประกาศรางวัล TTG Travel Award

2018 ซึ่งงานนี้จัดขึ้นเป็นประจำทุกปี เพื่อเป็น

เกียรติแก่บุคคลและองค์กรในอุตสาหกรรม

ท่องเที่ยวที่มีความโดดเด่นในประเภทต่างๆ

ของภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก รางวัลนี้เป็นอีก

รางวัลหนึ่งที่เราได้รับในปีนี้ ซึ่งแสดงให้เห็นถึง

ความตั้งใจในการบริการของพนักงานทุกคน

ให้สมกับสโลแกน “เอเชีย บูทีค แอร์ไลน์”

นอกจากสายการบินฯ จะมุ่งเน้นเรื่อง

การบริการแล้ว เรายังมีการทำโครงการ

เพื่อสังคมอย่างต่อเนื่องอีกด้วย เพราะเรา

เล็งเห็นว่าการที่ประเทศชาติจะมั่นคงได้ ต้อง

มีรากฐานที่มั่นคง และเยาวชนก็คือรากฐาน

สำคัญของประเทศชาติ ซึ่งโครงการ “ติดปีก

เติมฝัน ปันความรู้ สู่อาชีพการบิน” นี้ เป็น

โครงการที่มุ่งให้ความรู้และสร้างแรงบันดาลใจ

แก่เยาวชน เพื่อให้เข้าถึงอาชีพในสายงาน

ของธุรกิจการบิน ซึ่งอาชีพที ่เยาวชนให้

ความสนใจเป็นอย่างมาก คือ นักบินและ

พนักงานต้อนรับบนเครื่องบิน

สำหรับฝูงบินของสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส ภายในสิ้นปีนี้ สายการบินฯ มีแผน

จะรับมอบเครื่องบินใหม่ป้ายแดงจากโรงงาน

เข้าร่วมฝูงบินอีก 2 ลำ เป็นเครื่องบินแบบ

ATR72-600 ความจุ 70 ที่นั่ง ซึ่งจะทำให้

ฝูงบินของเราประกอบไปด้วย เครื่องบินแบบ

ATR72-500 และ 600 จำนวน 15 ลำและ

เครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส A319 และ A320

จำนวน 24 ลำ

สุดท้ายนี้ ในนามของสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส ผมและพนักงานทุกคนหวังว่าท่าน

ผู้โดยสารจะได้รับความประทับใจตลอดการ

เดินทางเมื่อเดินทางไปพร้อมกับเรา

ขอบคุณครับ

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

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OVERTURES

FEATURES

18 IN THIS LIFETIME

Check our calendar and practise

your lyrics for the Guns N' Roses

concert in Hong Kong, celebrate

Wonderfruit’s music and the arts

and much more.

22 SAGE HERBS

Our elders knew best how to fix

whatever ills or discomfort befall us.

See a rundown of balms and creams

from old world blends and rub away.

24 FIGHTING STYLE

Now you can 'muay Thai' and

show your love for the sport

outside the ring in clothing and

accessories. Kick back in style

with the boxing athleisure look.

25 SENTIMENTAL LADY

Stock up on all the retro trends for

women, from tiffin containers to

upcycled bags with their classic logos

that still serve their practical purpose.

34 PERFUMED FRUIT

The lychee fruit possesses a taste

and fragrance potent enough to woo

a woman centuries ago. Today, it’s

still eaten with the same fervour.

36 NEW LINE

Bangkok’s metro system unveils

its new line soon, transporting

commuters to their designation

and letting imaginations take flight

with their inspired interiors.

50 EPIC HOLIDAY

From beach clubs to

hidden beaches, Phuket

is the place to be to

have a blast or take a

well-deserved break.

With our list, go beyond

the basic itinerary. Get

on a yacht, seek out a

quiet beach, or get your

high with a spiritual visit.

58 LITERARY ART

Embroidery brings

together our wordsmith

and a circle of needle

workers to produce a

striking book. Using

needle and thread for

a beckoning cover, a

Thai publisher weaves

a colourful story in

children’s literature.

66 MIGHT OF

THE CHAMS

In their heyday, the

Cham people wielded

major influence across

Asia. Now only a

small population of

descendants and

temples give testament

to their legacy.

76 BUYING THE

FANTASY

Live the dream life

with a special feature

on the hows and

whys of real estate

in Thailand. With

the right real estate

connection, have

an island home in

your future.

90 FLOAT A

FESTIVE BOAT

We tell a picture story

of a practice that began

centuries ago on a full

moon night to connect

with the water goddess.

A ‘krathong’ boat becomes

a colourful link for

wishes to be heard.

20

Under the

Pattaya Sky

10

11


HAPPENINGS

CORPORATE

The latest must-dos and must-knows around the

region as we enter into an eventful new season.

100 BANGKOK

106 SAMUI

110 PHUKET

114 CHIANG MAI

115 KOH CHANG

116 GUANGZHOU

/ CHENGDU /

CHONGQING

118 HONG KONG

120 SINGAPORE

121 KUALA LUMPUR

122 PHNOM PENH/

SIEM REAP/

SONG SAA

124 HANOI

126 YANGON

128 LUANG

PRABANG

130 MUMBAI

131 MALDIVES

134 NEWS

Bangkok Airways announces collaborations

and winners.

142 ROUTE MAP

144 AIRCRAFT INFO

CHECKING OUT

146 PESCETARIANS

Get up close with the whales

in Phetchaburi during their gorge

fest of local fishes.

This month’s cover:

Despite an everchanging

world,

the centuries-old

tradition of

Loy Krathong

comes to life annually

in Sukhothai.

66

Knowing

the Chams of

Vietnam

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS

Oh, Wondrous Night

Wonderfruit’s days of music,

artistic performances,

art installations, celebration

of ideas and partying ends in a

touching moment with nature.

This year, the event moves

to a new venue at The Fields

at Siam Country Club,

outside Pattaya in Chon Buri

Province, Thailand.

NEWS AND EVENTS 18 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 22 / STYLE 24 / THAILAND TREASURES 26 / A TASTE OF THAILAND 32 /

FRUITFUL FINDS 34 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 36 / CHECKED IN 40

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

NOW-

26FEB

2019

27SEP

2018

BANGKOK

WORLD-CLASS MEGA-ARENAS

FOR BKK

It’s a thrill indeed, as two premium arenas in

Bangkok – EM LIVE and The Bangkok Arena

– are set to debut, serving as mega stadiums

for entertainment, sports and events that

can host anywhere from 6,000 to 16,000

people. Both are expected to open in 2022

and 2023 respectively.

Behind the projects is The Mall Group,

one of Thailand’s leading mall operators,

already known for retail and lifestyle

complexes like The Mall, Siam Paragon,

The Emporium and The EmQuartier. They

recently announced their partnership

with the globally-known sports and live

entertainment group, AEG. This is the first

major investment in Southeast Asia, and

hosting of large-scale business, retail and

entertainment events, including the

category of MICE (Meetings, Incentives,

Conferences and Exhibitions) and new lifestyle

experiences. The two new entertainment

districts position the city as a premier retail

and entertainment destination in Southeast

Asia. EM LIVE will be located at EmSphere,

a luxury & lifestyle retail and entertainment

district in the heart of the trendy Sukhumvit

area while The Bangkok Arena marks its presence

at Bangkok Mall, Bangna. themallgroup.com

2018

NOW- 18NOV

SINGAPORE

ROLL UP TO THE BIG TOP

After a decade, the stars of the Great Moscow

Circus make their long-awaited return to

Singapore. Recognised as one of the best

touring circuses in the world, this time around

over 45 performers are due to entertain under

the big top, including acrobats, clowns, jugglers

as well as daredevils.

Renowned for their theatrical flair and

breath-taking performances, the Great Moscow

Circus is set to showcase several

death-defying acts including

the Wheel of Death and

the Motorbike Sphere of

Fear. But there will be no

shortage of laughs

and guffaws as well,

making it a fun-filled

destination for the

whole family. The action

will take place under a

specially constructed big

top that, adjacent to the

picturesque Singapore

Bayfront, which will be

home to these circus

superstars throughout

their Singapore stint.

Bayfront Avenue, greatmoscow-circus.com

NOW- 25DEC

2018

BANGKOK

JOURNEY OF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS

A Rattanakosin skilled master, National Artist

Chakrabhand Posayakrit is showcasing his

masterpieces for the first time in 15 years.

The Thai legendary artist’s collections include

drawings, sculptures as well as a highlight

collection of traditional Thai puppets which

he has spent time and effort collecting and

preserving. His first generation of puppetry

Phra Aphai Mani along with latter ones like

Sam Kok (Three Kingdoms) and Taleng Phai

will also be featured in the exhibition. Due

to limited space and large scope of the

exhibit, audiences are requested to submit

a request to schedule a visit in advanced.

The Chakrabhand Posayakrit Exhibition will

rotate every 4 months until 25 December

2018. Opens daily from 1-4.30pm, Chakrabhand

Posayakrit Foundation, Sukhumvit 63, Bangkok

HONG KONG

INK AND WOOD

Two distinct Chinese art disciplines are on

show at the Liang Yi Museum in a special

exhibition titled, “Ink and Wood: Modern

Chinese Paintings in the Scholar’s Studio.”

The exhibit will bring together 24 exquisite

modern Chinese paintings from a private

collection, as well as a total of 240 objects

from Liang Yi Museum’s classical Ming and

Qing dynasties antique collection.

The exhibited artefacts in Ink and Wood:

Modern Chinese Paintings in the Scholar’s

Studio are rendered as both mutually exclusive

and as interconnected components spanning

Chinese art history. This inter-disciplinary

exhibition not only juxtaposes classical

Chinese furniture alongside modern Chinese

paintings with references to history, but it

also provides visitors a chance to explore

the artistic traditions of furniture making

and ink painting. 181-199 Hollywood Road,

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, opening hours

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm (by appointment

only), liangyimuseum.com

2018

14NOV

KUALA LUMPUR

ROCK TO GUNS N’ ROSES

Legendary rockers Guns N’ Roses are making

their return to the capital city of Malaysia for a

one-night only gig as part of their ‘Not In This

Lifetime Tour’. This time around though, the

band will boast the classic line-up of Axl Rose,

Slash and Duff McKagan, who last performed

together during the band’s ‘Use Your Illusion

Tour’ way back in 1993.

The prospect of seeing these legendary

rockers reuniting on stage in Kuala Lumpur will

indeed be special as Guns N’ Roses will only

make stopovers in selected Asian cities. The

‘Not In This Lifetime Tour’ has already garnered

rave reviews from The Washington Times and

Rolling Stone, who proclaimed the concert tour

as “a triumphant return of one of the most

important bands of rock music history.”

Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon, galaxy.com.my

21-23NOV

2018

CAMBODIA

WATER FESTIVAL

At the end of November, Cambodians across

the country celebrate Bon Om Touk, which

marks the end of the rainy season. Held on the

full moon of the Buddhist month of Kadeuk,

the celebration is one of the most important

on the Cambodian calendar.As such, people

across the country come together to partake

in the festivities that take place for three

straight days.

Across the nation, Cambodians celebrate

Bon Om Touk with musical and dance

performances as well as boat races and

parades. The festival also sees local festive

treats being prepared, most notably, Ak Ambok,

which consists of ground rice, banana and

coconut. As evening falls, illuminated boats

take to the rivers lending a colourful motif to

the celebration with some major towns also

lighting up their skies with fireworks displays.

tourismcambodia.com

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

2018

23NOV

VIENTIANE

THAT LUANG FESTIVAL

To the Lao people, That Luang Festival (or

Boun That Luang) is a home-coming festival.

Visitors to Vientiane, the Lao capital, can

experience this festive event that could last

for a week, offering the best time to mingle

and experience local culture and hospitality.

Standing 148 feet tall in the centre of

Vientiane will be the enormous pagoda

of That Luang, a most respected national

monument. Legend has it that Ashokan

missionaries from India built a pagoda there

to house a piece of Lord Buddha’s breastbone

in the third century BC. With the full moon

in November every year, the Lao people

gather to celebrate the religious ceremony

for three days. This year, the full moon will

be on November 23, with the festival starting

with a colourful candlelight and ‘wax castle’

procession at Wat Si Meuang and ending at

the pagoda. Thousands of monks and tens

of thousands of religious pilgrims come

from all over the country and even from

Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to attend

the festival. Buddhist devotees carry large

arrangements of marigold flowers to the

pagoda and also food offerings to That Luang

early in the morning before doing the same

for Buddhist monks. One week before the

religious festival, a huge fair features goods

and exhibitions from all over the world.

tourismlaos.org

8-16DEC

2018

CHIANG MAI

CHIANG MAI DESIGN WEEK 2018

The fourth incarnation of this vibrant design

fair is all the buzz about town this December.

Artists, designers and craftsmen from near

and far will be sharing their work in pretty

much every nook and cranny of Chiang Mai.

Spearheaded by the Thailand Creative & Design

Center (TCDC), this ambitious gathering unites

over 200 collaborators and offers a slew of

activities from workshops, talks, pop-up markets,

and design showcases to performances.

Chiang Mai sparks up when this inspiring

design festival enlivens the town’s creative

atmosphere. Inventive activities are dotted

across the city with events highlighting

innovative design and modern living, while

paying homage to the area’s rich heritage in

arts and culture. With the innovative lead of

Thailand’s CDC, in partnership with a slew

of local businesses and organisations, all are

welcome to visit, participate and observe the

city from a new perspective. Hopefully your

imagination will be invigorated as well!

chiangmaidesignweek.com

13-16DEC

2018

PATTAYA

WONDERFRUIT FÊTE

Get ready for the big event in music, the arts,

thought-provoking talks and the theme of

sustainable living. It’s time for Wonderfruit 2018,

which is returning again from 13-16 December

2018. This year, the event will be held in a new

home, just a kilometre away from the previous

site, and within the grounds of Siam Country

Club in Pattaya. Expect lush venues surrounded

by shady coconut plantations in a tropical forest,

with pristine lakes, nearby beaches, and stunning

sunsets set against mountain vistas that’s the

glory of Pattaya. It may be a new venue, but the

fun and enlightenment will all be the same.

Enjoy live music and international DJs with

a line-up that includes Nicolas Lutz, Craig

Richards, Mathew Jonson, Margaret Dygas,

Job2do, Costlywood, Bobby Pleasure, Carmen

Rizzo, Felix Dickinson, Fleetmac Wood, Gidge,

Goldie and The Ensemble, Horse Meat Disco,

Howie Lee, Kweku Collins, Libella, Lord Echo,

Kuniyuki and much more! Experience sustainable

and innovative art and architecture created by

artists from all over the world such as Solar

Stage by Gregg Fleishman, The Quarry by

All(zone), Theatre Stage by Mpdstudio, Eco

Pavilion by Ab Rogers Design, Theater of Feasts

by Ab Rogers Design, Bath House by Ab Rogers

Design, Molam Bus from the Jim Thompson Art

Center, etc. Apart from the eclectic music and

art, on tap are a variety of activities everyone

can enjoy–such as perspective-shifting talks and

workshops, world-class cuisine, and familyfriendly

activities. Get your ticket and get set for

the fun and global inspiration! wonderfruit.co/th

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OVERTURES

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLING SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO SANTIPONG CHOOCHAROEN

SPOTLIGHT

Having Faith in the Old Ways

Oils, balms, ointments and powders have always been part

of the Thai medicine cabinet and beauty arsenal. No Thai

ever leaves home without a small tin of Tiger Balm and

now the secret’s out as the round containers can be found

on retail shelves outside of the country. Essentially packed

with Thai wisdom through the decades and local herbs

with the power to soothe and improve, here’s a rundown

on unusual products and packaging you were curious about

but were afraid to ask!

PRICKLY HEAT

COOLING POWDER

CLASSIC 140G

FROM SNAKE

BRAND (33 Baht)

Essential in a humid

summer, this original

cooling, refreshing and

soothing powder is

effective in relieving

itching due to a prickly

heat rash or skin irritations

from the hot weather.

Apply after a bath as an

antiseptic and absorbent

dusting powder with the

guarantee to make you

feel fresh and relaxed.

Suitable for daily use for

the whole family.

HERBAL TALCUM

POWDER 60G

FROM YOKI

(30 Baht)

The talcum powder

continues to offer

soothing properties using

the traditional features of

absorbing oil and sweat

to prevent acne and

blemishes. It’s relief for

itchiness, rashes as well as

minor skin irritations, good

for your face and body.

BOTANICAL GREEN

SOAP & REFRESHING

FLORAL FRAGRANCE

60G FROM PARROT

(20 Baht)

Distinctive for its parrot

image and green paper

packaging, this Thai

naturally floral-scented

soap offers thorough

cleansing and a long-lasting

fragrance on the skin. A

bonus to its lingering scent

is also a refreshing feeling

during and after use. Easy

to rinse off and suitable for

all skin types.

RED OINTMENT 30G

FROM TIGER BALM

(95 Baht)

This warmer variation

of the classic Tiger

Balm muscle pain relief

ointment is ideal for

soothing muscular aches

and pains. The ointment

offers quicker relief by

working fast to soothe

itches from insect bites

as well.

THAI MEDICATED

BALM 8G FROM

WHITE MONKEY

HOLDING PEACH

(20 Baht)

Contains several traditional

Chinese herbs providing

effective relief of physical

pains and discomfort

including minor backaches,

sprains, strains, insect

bites, headaches, motion

sickness, hangover and

nasal congestion.

STOCKISTS

EATHAI

LGF Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5995

GLOBAL WORLD WIDE

HERB SHOP

24 Section 34/1

Chatuchak Market

Tel +66 (0) 817 92 8579

Thailand Beauties

Thailand’s home-grown beauty brands are gaining international

recognition, and you shouldn’t miss out. If a nourishing herbal

face mask on a lazy Sunday afternoon sounds appealing or simply

getting that fresh feeling after a long day of work, these are local

beauty and health brands to find in Thailand. Get these uniquelydesigned

souvenirs for your friends and family.

NATURE THAI HERBAL TOOTH

POWDER 40G FROM THIPNIYOM

(10 Baht)

The original Thai herbal tooth powder for

clean gums and teeth. Reduces plaque,

tobacco and coffee stains. Keep your breath

fresh and clean with the natural herb extracts.

HERBAL TOOTHPASTE THAI HERBS

ORIGINAL TASTE 30G FROM

TEPTHAI (105 Baht)

A concentrated herbal toothpaste for your

healthy oral hygiene. Of high quality, use

minimally, just the size of a small green bean

seed is effective enough.

POWDER LOTION

COOLING, FRESH

& AROMATIC 80ML

FROM MONG LEYA

(27 Baht)

This liquid talc has

a pleasant aroma

and is usually used

as cooling powder

and skin tonic to

help keep you cool,

reducing itchy and

rashes. Just pour

on your palms and

gently slap its

refreshing coolness

on your face and body.

BALM 2G FROM GOLDEN CUP (6 Baht)

Made from all organic materials from

northern Thailand’s mountains, works to

relieve discomfort, aches and pains. Used

for help with muscle pain and strain,

rheumatic pains, sprains while providing

relief for burns and scalded skin, itches

and insect bites. Effective as a nasal

decongestant and works well for massages.

BLACK COLOUR

CREAM-TONE

OIL SHAMPOO

TINT 12ML FROM

AUDACE (52 Baht)

Long lasting, washes away

grey and leaves black

hair shiny, beautiful and

naturally soft and supple.

FACIAL SCRUB

5G FROM

SUPAPORN

(24 Baht)

Supaporn Facial

Scrub removes dead

skin cells whilst

rejuvenating facial skin,

without irritating skin

surface. Experience

smoothness, radiance,

and healthy skin.

PEARL CREAM GOLD

EDITION 3G FROM

KUAN IM (15 Baht)

Tackle facial wrinkles from a cream

with genuine crushed pearls and

natural extracts to reduce acne

scars, melasma, aging, spots and

suitable for all skin types.

COOLING POWDER NATURAL TALCUM

MADAM AROMA 200G FROM BHAESAJ (35 Baht)

Natural talcum powder, combined with perfume oils from

France. Camilla Aroma provides a sweet and fragrance

from aromatic barks, blended with sweet blossoms.

It refreshes and cools your skin with menthol, with

calamine mixed in to prevent or alleviate rashes,

prickly heat and itches.

JASMINE PERFUME BODY TALCUM

POWDER 200G FROM SPRING SONG (19 Baht)

A vintage, classic scent of jasmine in a body powder

that’s been around for more than a 100 years. Provides a

natural & relaxing jasmine scent throughout your day.

ALL-IN-ONE WHITENING OIL

CONTROL POWDER PERFECT FOR

OILY SKIN 10G FROM SRICHAND

(280 Baht)

Srichand translucent powder is perfect for

oily skin and helps clear the face. Banish

acne, pimples with their whitening mask

and oil control properties.

Tips

STOCKISTS

BIG C SUPERCENTER

Ratchadamri

Tel +66 (0) 2250 4888

Rama 4

Tel +66 (0) 2661 5580

GLOBAL WORLD WIDE

HERB SHOP

24 Section 34/1 Chatuchak

Market

Tel +66 (0) 81 792 8579

TESCO LOTUS

Rama 4

Tel +66 (0) 2672 8585

Try these effective Thai traditional remedies

and secrets to feel contentment in time wellspent

taking care of yourself.

Turmeric – Turmeric is used as a great

facial scrub. To make this face scrub, take some

turmeric powder then add a little water and blend

well. Spread all over your face with the paste and

gently rub for four minutes before rinsing off.

Coconut Oil – Both used in Thai food and for its

beautifying properties since coconut oil is a great

ingredient. This oil is used as a great multipurpose

product for hair, face and body since it’s considered

as one of the safest oils.

Tamarind – Tamarind is a popular ingredient

in Thailand that’s high in minerals and vitamins,

bringing great benefits in the beauty care.

Thai Massage – Massages are also one

of the best beauty secrets of Thai women.

Massages flush out toxins from the body and

soothe aching muscles as well. The principles

of Thai massage give an overall wellbeing body

and soothing the soul.

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STYLE








WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLING SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTOS SANTIPONG CHOOCHAROEN




Sporting Goods

The Muay Thai shorts has inevitably become

a fashionable item as the iconic sport is

world renowned. The Muay Thai look is

not apparent just in Thai men’s styles, but

gadgets and accessories nowadays carry

the look and logo in a distinctively Thai way

for everyone to follow.

FOR HIM

SATIN SHORTS

WITH MAUY THAI

EMBROIDERY

AND DRAWSTRING

WAISTBAND

FROM K.1

(490 Baht)

STOCKISTS

K.1

1F JJ Mall

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5995

LIGHTER

WITH LOGO

PRINT FROM

THE ONLY

MARKET

@SIWILAI

(149 Baht)

SIWILAI

5F Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5809-12

PHAYANAK

MATCHSTICKS

FROM SIWILAI

(95 Baht)

PLASTIC

NYLON BAG

WITH LOGO

PRINT FROM THE

ONLY MARKET

@SIWILAI

(550 Baht)

YELLOW

MUSCLE

T-SHIRT WITH

RED BULL

LOGO PRINT

FROM K.1

(290 Baht)

FOR HER

NOTEBOOK

WITH VISET-

NIYOM THAI

TRADITIONAL

TOOTHPASTE

PRINT FROM

SIWILAI (890 Baht)

STOCKISTS

GLOBAL WORLD

WIDE HERB SHOP

24 Section 34/1

Chatuchak Market

Tel +66 (0) 81 792 8579

PLASTIC

NYLON BAG

WITH ROSE

PRINT FROM

WEARNCARRY

(450 Baht)

JUNKTION

2 Section 34/1

Chatuchak Market

Tel +66 (0) 81 692 3478

FAN, WOVEN

BAMBOO FROM

K.1 (89 Baht)

K.1

1F JJ Mall

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5995

ENAMEL

TIFFIN FOOD

CARRIER

FROM

JUNKTION

(250 Baht)

SIWILAI

5F Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5809-12

TANAKA

GOLD POWDER

MASK 20G

FROM

SRICHAND

(90 Baht)

WEARNCARRY

Tel +66 (0) 95 424 5151

IG @wearncarry

Siamese

Nostalgia

Several blasts from the past define

nostalgic design for Thai women.

Luckily, they’ve been around awhile

or upcycled into utilitarian items. With

motifs and styles pointing to a strong

reflection of beauty and lifestyle, here’s

our tribute to the old days.

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THAILAND TREASURES

The 7 Wonders

of Lampang

Story & Images Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Translation Chusri Ngamprasert

With a diversity of natural and cultural

attractions, Lampang, a cosy town

in Northern Thailand, has the right

appeal for all generations.

The spiritual soul of the city lies in

the wooden temple of Wat Phra That

Lampang Luang and considered as one

of the most beautiful wooden temples

in Thailand. The impressive structure

holds an open viharn or assembly hall,

a protective Naga adorning a stairway,

and excellent examples of Lanna and

Thai Lue architecture. A noteworthy

fact, the temple of Phra That Lampang

Luang is a zodiac patron for people

born on the Year of the Ox. Meanwhile,

the pagoda enshrines the hair, forehead

bone and neck bone relics of Lord Buddha.

Another historical significance here

includes bullet holes on the brass railing

of the temple, fired by infamous folk

hero Nan Thipchang, an ancestor of

Chao Ched Ton dynasty, that ruled three

northern states of Siam: Chiang Mai,

Lampang and Lamphun.

On top of Doi Phra Chan mountain,

the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Phra

Chan reveals an incredible panoramic

view of Mae Tha district. The vista of

a green valley against a backdrop of

misty mountains depicts your classic

Northern Thai image. During the rainy

season and winter, the early morning

mist enshrouds the whole area, creating

a dreamlike image of a serene haven.

Worth visiting too is Wat Phra

Phutthabat Sutthawat, acclaimed as an

“Unseen Thailand” attraction with striking

scenic rocky cliffs around the temple itself.

It’s worth taking a bus up the mountain

and strolling along the 800-metre winding

path to enjoy the dramatic and panoramic

view of many small white-washed pagodas

positioned on rock peaks. Here, the footprints

of the Buddha are enshrined in the crown of

the pagoda.

Opposite

‘Unseen’ Wat

Phutthabat

Sutthawat, sitting

atop the mountain

Top

An aerial view of

Wat Phra That

Lampang Luang

Bottom

Chae Son

National Park

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THAILAND TREASURES

Chae Son National Park in Mueang

Pan District makes a perfect destination

for the family and easily visited year

round. A large rocky area with many

small pools of hot springs water creates

a picturesque view in the morning when

the soft sunlight shines through the

haze from the pools. There’s a choice

for a short trek to beautiful Chae Son

waterfall to dip in fresh water or wind

down in the bathhouses with their

large pools and private huts. It’s also

good to try a famous snack in the area,

Yum Khai Nam Rae (a salad with eggs

cooked in the hot springs).

For an inspiring experience, visit the

Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in

Lampang which provides space for an

elephant hospital. The hospital emphasises

care for ill elephants and elephant calves.

The centre also manages an elephant

dung paper factory, and visitors can

Photo Thanadit Sriyanong

Clockwise from

Top Left

Dhanabadee Ceramic

Museum and its

famed roosterdesigned

bowls

High above at Phra

That Doi Phra Chan

Taking a splash

at the Thai Elephant

Conservation Centre.

Kad Kong Ta

walking street

further enjoy an elephant show and

mahout experience to learn more about

the pachyderms.

To know Lampang better, one

exciting activity to do on the weekends

is to stroll along Kad Kong Ta walking

street. Formerly a colonial trading

community, the charm of the place

lies in well-preserved buildings and

houses constructed in a variety of

Chinese, European and Burmese-Tai Yai

architectural styles. This is a place to

shop for local products, handicrafts,

local foods and souvenirs. Cultural shows

are on hand to entertain the crowd.

Lampang also finds fame in its

rooster-designed bowl. At Dhanabadee

Ceramic Museum, learn more about the

history of this most loved and ubiquitous

dish that uses traditional ceramics

production techniques. See the exhibition

of the world’s smallest rooster bowl, right

up to the oldest Dragon Kiln in Lampang.

To round out the trip, consider the

Lampang rooster bowl as one of the best

souvenirs for friends and family.

Touring Lampang

in a horse-drawn

carriage.

For more information, call the Tourism Authority of Thailand (Lampang Office) at

+66 (0) 54 222 214-5 or phone TAT Contact Centre at 1672.

Photo Teerapat Bupphapibul

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A TASTE OF THAILAND

Sweetness in the Eye

of a Dragon

The longan fruit, also known as the

Dragon’s Eye (due to its black seed which

resembles an eye) is a summertime

favourite. Many Thai people enjoy fresh

longans with its refreshingly sweet taste.

Its benefit does not just lie in the fruit

itself but also in the other parts of the

plant. People in the old days would boil

longan leaves to cure them of colds.

Burn its seed until it becomes ash, and

this can be rubbed on scars to speed up

healing and also soothe itches.

Small in size, but abundant in

benefits, the longan fruit is said to block

carcinogenic substances and reduce

oxidants in white blood cells. Another

key feature of the fruit is that it can

strengthen the body. It specifically

has minerals, vitamins, and nutrients,

notably Vitamin C and B12, to nourish

the blood, nerves, eyes, and heart. Even

Chinese medical books give the recipe

of boiling dried longan fruits together

with ginseng and other medicines

Ingredients

to help older adults experiencing

forgetfulness. Longan fruits may be rich

with nourishment, but a moderate intake

is recommended as the fruit itself has a

heating effect, meaning that its excessive

intake can cause mouth ulcers.

The longan fruit’s sweetness is

high in carbohydrates or sugar which

quickly replenishes the body from any

deficiency. The fruit then provides

energy to the body. It’s a reason why

those who drink longan juice feel

instantly refreshed. Hot or iced, regular

drinking of longan juice can guarantee a

peaceful night’s sleep as well.

Another great thing about the

longan fruit is that it is excellent for

desserts – from longan fruit with

sticky rice (a Thai-style sweetened

dessert with young coconut meat) to

iced longan in syrup. These desserts

promise a refreshing taste, thanks to

their sweetness of flavour and reviving,

aromatic fragrance.

• ½ cup of dried longan fruits

• 1 litre of water

Instructions

• ¾ cup of refined sugar

• A pinch of refined salt to further

brighten taste

Clean the dried longan fruits in water

twice to wash away dirt and longan flakes.

Pour ¼ cup of sugar in a pot and

melt on medium heat. Continue to stir

until the sugar liquefies and the colour

changes to dark brown.

Pour water in and stir until the sugar

further melts. Add the dried longan

fruits and continue to boil for around

10 minutes.

When the longan fruits are softened

enough, add the rest of the sugar and

salt. Continue to boil and stir until all the

sugar is dissolved.

Put the lid on the pot and remove from

the stove. Leave it to cool down. Before

drinking, add ice. The refreshing longan

juice is now ready to be enjoyed.

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA

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FRUITFUL FINDS

WORDS CHUSRI NGAMPRASERT PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL

A Lucky

Red

With an attractive red colour albeit

scaly peel, the translucent white

flesh of the lychee fruit offers a taste

that’s sweet, tangy and refreshing.

With its aromatic scent, the fruit can

be enjoyed throughout the season as

a timeless treat.

Its light, floral notes of rose and

pear pair perfectly with other

tropical flavours like limes and

coconut in a symbiotic fruit mix.

Lychee martinis and mojitos give

any party a blast. The fruit also

goes well in bubble tea or made

into desserts like ice cream.

Originating in southern China

in the Guangdong and Fujian

provinces, the lychee was first

introduced to the West in 1656

by Michal Boym, a Polish Jesuit

missionary. The fragrant fruit is

extensively grown in China, India,

Thailand, Vietnam and many tropical

and subtropical regions of the world.

The rosy-coloured fruit also

became a symbol for love after

Emperor Tang Ming Huang of the

Tang Dynasty arranged a special

courier service to deliver the fresh

fruits hundreds of miles from South

China. A quick delivery got carried

out to the Imperial court in the

North before the fruit got spoiled

to please his favourite concubine

Yang Guifei, considered one of

the four most beautiful women in

ancient China. A popular lychee

variety is named Fei Zi Xiao, or the

concubine smile, after this legend.

With over 40 varieties of lychee

worldwide, Thailand has: Hong Huay

(from oblong, conical to heart-shaped

with a thin skin, sweet and sour

properties and aromatic); Ohia (heartshaped,

thinner skin, a soft and thicker

flesh, sweet); Emperor or Jakkraphat

(huge, thick skin, pinkish red, sweet,

juicy) and Khom (heart-shaped,

reddish-pink, juicy, and sweet).

Apart from its enticing taste, the

fruit has vitamin C, vitamin B complex.

The beneficial presence of copper,

phosphorus, and polyphenol oligonol

gives it antioxidant and anti-viral

properties. It’s said that the lychee aids

in weight loss, protects the skin, and

boosts the immune system. Eating a

lychee can be a preventative measure

for cancer, improve digestion, lower

blood pressure, improve circulation,

and optimise metabolic activities.

With its delicate and lingering

taste, the lychee has put a smile for

hundreds of years on many faces.

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

Design Splendour

for a Subway Line

Bangkok’s next subway line elegantly blends Thai traditional design and

neo-classical European architectural influences. Expect to see awe-inspiring

interiors not just above ground, but underground as well.

Words Sarita Urupongsa Photos Chakkaphong Sukkasame

When they debut, the four subway

stations of Bangkok’s MRT Blue Line

extension – from Hua Lamphong to

Bang Khae – will reflect a classic charm to

their design while referencing significant

flourishes in history. Captivating events

inspired the MRT station’s interior,

reflecting each area’s diversity and cultural

stories. The Sanam Chai station will be a

tasteful showcase of traditional Thai art

conceptualised by Professor Dr. Pinyo

Suwankiri, Thailand’s National Artist in the

Visual Arts, esteemed for his expertise

in Thai architecture, traditional pattern

drawing and woodcarving. Having been

selected by contractor CH. Karnchang,

his vision is seen in the now completed

interior of MRT Sanam Chai.

Inspired by the desire to preserve the

majestic heritage of Thai architecture,

Dr. Pinyo tastefully highlights elaborate

Thai art and culture while underlining the

spectacular architectural lines that future

generations can appreciate. As a result,

the MRT’s Sanam Chai station is a oneof-a-kind

masterpiece.

The station’s main highlight is

located on the ticketing floor, just before

patrons descend to the platform level.

Resembling an ancient royal court hall,

this part of the station will feel familiar

from history books, while commuters

also experience a visit to the magnificent

Grand Palace outside.

MRT Sanam Chai’s imitated royal

court interior is elaborately decorated

with ancient-style columns adorned

with exquisite bullet wood flower tile

patterns. Lotus-shaped decorations in

gold plate are above each column, all

of which from floor to ceiling visualises

an ancient city gate.

Another spectacular sight is the

ceiling’s decorative carved pattern

known as Dao Lom Duean, meaning

“Moon Encircled with Stars.” Lavishly

ornamented, the pattern is a sight to

behold with a mesmerising use of white,

gold, and crimson as the setting and

gold leaf plate covering the patterns.

Already, the Sanam Chai line hears

praise as Thailand’s most beautiful

subway station.

One interesting aspect of this MRT

station in this historically-rich area of

Bangkok are the archaeological discoveries

during its construction. Site excavations

uncovered an underground foundation

of a former palace that could date back

to the early Rattanakosin era. Further

research revealed that the area was once

the location of the residence of His Royal

Highness Prince Adisorn Udomdej.

Many artefacts like pearl shells, intact

horses’ bones, and glazed clay items

were unearthed.

To acknowledge such valuable

discoveries, space outside the station has

been dedicated to the historical finds, as

curated by Museum Siam. MRT Sanam Chai

Station is located at the junction between

Sanam Chai and Phra Phiphit Road, and

Sanam Chai and Rachini Road, Phra Borom

Maha Ratchawang Sub-District. It is set to

open in December 2019.

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

A Chef’s Tour started from a

passionate chef who also happens

to be a licensed tour guide named

Nutth. A Bangkok native, he knows

the city like the back of his hand

and as a chef, he appreciates

the joy a delicious dish brings. A

Chef’s Tour was created with the

goal to introduce culinary gems

hidden in the City of Angels, from

her backstreets and back alleys

catering to food enthusiasts and

adventure seekers. Most of all,

they’re meant to be tours that

chefs themselves can enjoy. During

the four and half hour tour, guests

can expect 17 different dishes,

snacks, and drinks as well as

interacting with locals. They may

make their acquaintance with a

vendor who still makes noodles

by hand for old-style dishes of

steamed shrimp noodles. The bowl

gets topped with juicy and tender

pork slices, squid and black bean

sauce and places like these have been

in business for over 60 years. Get the

local experience and grab colourful

plastic stools that famed Jek Pui curry

stall whose traditional doorways

become Insta-worthy spots.

Trailing Cuisine’s Culture

A Chef’s Tour is not just another

run-of-the-mill food tour that has

been springing up in tourist spots

all over the world. If anything, it

hopes to differentiate itself by taking

food lovers off the beaten track to

savour authentic tastes and delve

in the culture and history behind

each food or vendor’s business. Its

goal is not just to deliver a palatepleasing

experience, but also to unveil

interesting stories, as well as offer

a glimpse into local people’s lives

through the culinary tour. Already

known for their street-wise style

and true knowledge in the art of

food and cooking, the team behind

A Chef’s Tour has spent days and

hours following the foodie path and

selecting only the best, the most

delicious, interesting, and hygienic

for the tour.

The unique eating trails featured

on A Chef’s Tour are organised by

local knowledge and expertise from

the team’s circles of chefs, passionate

home cooks, and foodies. Lasting

about 4 hours, each tour delivers a

true experience to food aficionados

amidst street vibes, with 8 guests at

maximum per one tour to ensure a

rounded experience. What’s even

more special about A Chef’s Tour is

that it is customised, basing itself on

local surroundings. That’s why it’s

not surprising to see A Chef’s Tour in

Chiang Mai which highlights authentic

Northern cuisine. Since its launch,

A Chef’s Tour has branched out to

Phuket, Chiang Mai, then further

abroad to India in popular towns

like Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi.

The tour plans to cultivate a bigger

foodie experience in Asia in 2019,

with their sights set on cities such as

Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai,

Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh, Kuala

Lumpur, Penang, Singapore and

many more. achefstour.com

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CHECKED IN: LUANG PRABANG

The pink-tinged

soup of “Lon Som”

(sour fish eggs

in pork and

eggplant curry)

TASTED: THE GREAT HOUSE

AT ROSEWOOD LUANG

PRABANG

Ever wonder about tasting a menu

borne of a culinary marriage between a

classically-trained French chef and longlost

Lao recipes? Here at the Great House,

Culinary Director Sébastien Rubis takes

diners on that merger. It’s a genuine food

journey in a restaurant concept that is

based on an enduring love for Laos and its

culinary specialties.

When life brought Sébastien to this

country two decades ago, the young chef

enjoyed the simplicity and serenity of the

beautiful Lao landscape. It was then that

he also delved deeper to learn about past

royal Lao cuisine by canvassing from a

wide spectrum of forgotten recipes.

An Inside List to Luang Prabang

and Koh Samui

Words Anutra Ungsuprasert (Luang Prabang), Jeremie Schatz (Samui)

Photos Pangchanak Pangviphas (Luang Prabang), Jeremie Schatz (Samui)

Forgotten recipes take on new life in Laos while in Koh Samui,

a popular restaurant continues its long run. Our team

experienced it all lately, to share information on where

you can sleep well, a place where you can be well, and a

place where you can…well, stay for the party.

Clockwise

from Top

Rosewood Luang

Prabang’s main

lobby with the Great

House dining area

Laotian dishes in

a farm-to-table

concept, using

organic and fresh

ingredients

Culinary Director

Sébastien Rubis

reintroduces recipes

found in royal

Lao cuisine.

Now “Noor Tho,” (bamboo shoots

cooked with fish paste on Acacia leaves)

and the pink-tinged soup of “Lon Som”

(sour fish eggs in pork and eggplant

curry) which disappeared from menus a

long time ago have been re-introduced.

Once reserved for royalty, such recipes

are being brought back to the table so

everyone at every social class can taste it.

The Culinary Director insists that both he

and his restaurant team stick to old-school

cooking methods to derive an authentic

taste, even though the preparation takes

longer to go from plate to palate.

Awarded as the ASIA Geographical

Indication (GI) Ambassador for Laos,

from the United Nations’ (FAO) and

French Development Agency (AFD)

project with a focus on protecting

food culture in the region and reviving

ancestral and forgotten recipes,

Sébastien brings a seasonal and

sustainable farm-to-table concept to

Rosewood Luang Prabang. He began

working with local farmers before

the hotel opened, presenting

organic freshness with the

local produce.

Apart from hotel

guests benefitting from the organic

produce, the Great House, located at

the main lobby, also welcomes nonhotel

guests for breakfast, lunch and

dinner with an affordable price, starting

from US$20 per person. The 16-table

restaurant, with its design luxury brings

colonial nostalgia as your eyes catch

the stunning view past the oval-shaped

swimming pool facing Nahm Dong river.

Look further to see the colourful statue

of the sacred Phra Mae Thorani sitting in

a wildly thrashing stream.

Whether your choices are traditional

Lao dishes like Nem Khao, Papaya Salad,

Mieng Phadeck or other comfort foods

with a strong French flair yet using local

ingredients like Fish ‘n’ Chips or a Buffalo

Burger, the Great House definitely has

much to offer. And if you’re inspired

enough, try Lao cooking classes which are

available for a small group, with advance

booking recommended.

The Great House

Rosewood Luang Prabang

Opens daily: Breakfast 6-10am, Lunch

11.30am-3pm, Dinner 5.30-10pm

Ban Nadueay, Luang Prabang, Lao

+856 7121 1155

luangprabang@rosewoodhotels.com

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

STAYED: NIKKI BEACH

Widely known as one of the most

glamorous and extravagant beach clubs

in the world, Nikki Beach Club has been

building up and polishing that reputation

for more than 20 years. With locations in

renowned seaside party locales such as

Miami, Mallorca, Ibiza, and Saint Tropez,

and their Lipa Noi Beach location in Koh

Samui, they pretty much have all the

bases covered.

Many consider Nikki Beach Koh

Samui an elite destination for a day

chilling in the pool, sipping on

champagne, and dancing to top-notch

international DJs. What some may not

realise is that you can come for the

day, and never leave. That’s because in

addition to their beach club, which was

voted the “sexiest beach bar” by the

Travel Channel, Nikki Beach Koh Samui

is also an exclusive 48-room beach resort.

The accommodations are set into

two separate wings flanking the beach

club in the centre offering up five basic

room types: garden villas, seaview villas,

pool access suite, pool view suite, and

the penthouse. Appealing to groups

of friends or families, several suites

can be converted to two, to up to five

bedrooms. The suites are situated on

each side of a pool so long it’s more like

an inland sea. They all have immense

balconies with cosy couches and strong

ceiling fans to keep the breeze blowing

– a small but appreciated detail.

The 70 sqm. garden villas have equally

spacious verandas just outside of the

tastefully decorated and well-appointed

rooms. Step off the veranda of a seaview

villa right onto the sand and leave the

door open and let the salty breeze blow

through. Seaview pool villas have the best

of both worlds with a pool right outside

your door and only steps to the sea.

All rooms are luxuriously appointed

with silky linens on comfy king-size beds,

high ceilings with modern lighting, and

sprawling bathrooms with his-and-her

sinks. The walk-in showers are equipped

with awesome rain shower heads and

posh aromatherapy products. While you

take a break from partying at the beach

club, you can flick on the 42″ TV with

a ton of international channels where

something is always on.

And as one may expect of a resort

of this calibre, they offer many other

activities to keep you occupied including

a full service spa, gym, boutique shop,

Thai cooking classes, a beachfront

massage pagoda, and shuttle service to

take you to all sorts of cool spots around

the island. Any mention of Nikki Beach

Koh Samui would be remiss without

bringing up their notoriously amazing

Sunday brunch with an endless array of

delectable fare and drink options.

Most people are likely come to Nikki

Beach with their sights set on having a wild

time at the beach club, but now you can

come for the part and stay for the resort.

96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

+66 (0) 77 914 500

nikkibeach.com

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

TRIED: HEALTH REPUBLIC

With our whirlwind modern lifestyles,

many of make sacrifices in our wellbeing

to keep up. Not getting enough rest,

suffering from stress, consuming a poor

diet, and slacking on exercise almost

go hand-in-hand with juggling work

and home life. The human body can be

extremely resilient and adaptable but

it can only be pushed so far before

problems arise.

Naturally the best solution is to adapt

a healthier lifestyle and treat your body as

the temple that it is. Let’s be honest, there

is a strong culture (and maybe a bit of human

nature) tending towards the “binge and

purge” lifestyle. It’s easy to binge and

neglect your body, but what to do when

it’s time to purge?

Detoxes have exploded in popularity

in recent years as a way to quickly purge

your body of toxins and waste products,

recover from some of the damage it’s

been subjected to, and help regain its

natural balance. Detoxes are based on the

premise that waste products which aren’t

naturally expelled from our bodies and

can’t be broken down accumulate in our

organs. Detox programmes utilise various

methods designed to remove these toxins.

Situated on beautiful Lamai Beach

in Koh Samui, the Beach Republic has

recently introduced Health Republic

Wellness Center and Spa. Just next door

to their long-running beach club, Health

Republic is comprised of their own piece

of serene beach, a beachfront massage

Clockwise from Top

Yoga and meditation

classes are offered

daily as part of Health

Republic’s wellness

and detox programmes.

Therapeutic

massages not only

feel good, but offer

physiological benefits

during a detox.

What better view

could one ask for

while embarking on

a journey to improve

your mental and

physical wellbeing?

sala, a huge open air yoga and meditation

sala, indoor/outdoor café, juice shack,

modern colema facilities, herbal steam

rooms, and outdoor showers.

Health Republic offers a full menu of

wellbeing options from 2-3 day wellness

programmes as well as comprehensive

detox programmes from 1-9 days.

Depending on duration, the wellness

programmes aim to boost overall physical

and mental wellbeing using meditation

and yoga, cold pressed juices and fruit,

massage and herbal steams, colemas, and

healthy meal options.

Detox programmes begin with expert

instruction to prepare you for what to

expect and how to proceed through the

steps of the detox. During the detox

your meals are replaced with specially

formulated detox drinks, nutritious

broths, and herbal supplements that help

break up and mobilise toxins, especially

in the intestines. Daily yoga classes and

therapeutic massages help relax the body

and mind while relieving stress.

A vital part of Health Republic’s detox

programmes are the twice-daily colemas.

Colemas are similar to an enema but

introduce more water into the colon in

order to provide a more thorough cleanse.

It’s very important to carefully and

properly transition your body back to a

normal diet at the end of your detox. Your

detox guide will provide you with specially

formulated drinks, probiotic capsules, and

specific light foods to break your fast.

Embarking on a detox can be a bit of a

challenge to abstain from your norms and

vices. With Health Republic’s beachfront

location and spectacular facilities on a

paradise island combined with supportive

staff, it’s less of a challenge and more of

a pleasure.

176/34 Moo 4, Tambon Maret,

Koh Samui, Surat Thani

+66 (0) 77 458 100

beachrepublic.com/Health

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

TASTED: PREGO

If you’re in Koh Samui and you absolutely

must have some real-deal, down home

Italian cooking you have two options:

you travel 9,000 kilometres to Italy or you

go to Prego.

Established in Koh Samui in 2003,

Prego (Italian for ‘you’re welcome’) was

met with instant success. Part of that

success can be attributed to the fact that

there was simply no competition, but if

you ask someone who’s had the pleasure

of enjoying one of Chef Marco Boscaini’s

creations, they’ll tell you he still doesn’t

have any competition.

Chef Marco’s tale of Thailand is not

unique; like so many others he came here

for a short trip in 1994 and simply never

left. However, his kitchen history dates

back a bit farther to his culinary training

at the Instituto Giovanni Pastore in 1983.

Whatever food-based sorcery they taught

him hasn’t gone unnoticed as one of his

risotto recipes was featured in “100 Best

Risottos”, a book whose author compiled

a list of the best in the world.

Beyond risottos, inside the recently

and tastefully renovated restaurant you

will find the kitchen churning out dishes

like the well-received Crema di zucca

(pumpkin soup), Filetto di manzo (Grilled

Australian beef tenderloin, sautéed

asparagus, with a truffle taleggio sauce),

a variety of select seafood creations, and

17 different pizzas. Chef Marco explained

it’s common for their wood-fired oven to

see 100-150 pizzas pass through it

in a day. It’s clear he believes that for

pizza to be considered authentic there

is no other option than to cook it in a

wood-fired oven.

Several homemade pasta frescas can

be found on the menu as well. The Pici

comes highly recommended: Tuscan handrolled

pici pasta, Chianti wine beef ragú,

and pecorino. Who doesn’t love a good

homemade pasta with that smooth fresh

flavour and firm texture?

A little inside tip: if you happen to be

in the neighbourhood in November and

you’re a truffle fan, Prego is the place to

be. Chef Marco orders in a fresh batch of

these luxurious delicacies, using them to

create unique weekly specials.

Clockwise from Top

Chef Marco Boscaini

has developed a

menu of authentic

Italian classics that

has made Prego

one of the go-to

restaurants on

Koh Samui.

Tiramisu is often

offered, but rarely

done as well as

Prego’s.

To many Italianfood

lovers,

offering pasta

fresca elevates a

restaurant to a new

benchmark.

Prego’s wood-fired

oven often bakes

over 100 pizzas a

day to perfection.

Prego’s reputation for expertly crafted

Italian food and attentive service from staff

who’ve been there since the beginning

have made it necessary for them to

expand from about 110 seat to nearly

200. Before, they would hope for see

60 patrons walk through their door but

would end up with 200-400. They make

significant efforts to accommodate their

guests offering dishes in two sizes for

varying appetites as well as gluten-free

and non-dairy cheese options.

Italy is an incredible country and

worth making the journey to visit,

but Prego recreates the flavours of

Italy without having to leave this

island paradise.

Opposite Amari Koh Samui on Chaweng

Beach Road, Koh Samui, Surat Thani

+66 (0) 77 300 306

prego-samui.com

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PHUKET FOCUS

Phuket:

Always An Ideal Escape

Words Pallavi Mehta Photos Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Jeremie Schatz

With its sheer size, Phuket offers potential itineraries as long

and as plenty as its many coastlines. Find your pace, be it

active or tranquil, for memorable island experiences.

Only an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Phuket (‘h’ is

silent in the pronunciation of Phuket) has long

been a candidate for one of the finest holiday

destinations in Asia. Studies indicate that your

stress goes away quickly when you catch sight of the sea.

But if it’s action you’re after – the entire island, including

its magnificent beach frontier becomes an extravagant

setting with beach parties.

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However, Phuket is much

more than its beach offerings.

It bedazzles travellers with its

nature that’s meant to be seen

and enjoyed, aquamarine waters

that beckon you to explore (with

a lot of help from tour operators

hawking their business), limestone

cliffs and lively towns, it’s difficult

to come close to that of Phuket.

Travellers who visit Thailand’s

southwestern island are welcomed

with a little slice of paradise, brimming

with some of the finest hotels of edgy

or organic architecture, restaurants

offering the best in simple dishes

to inventive fare and spas whose

names are renowned in the world.

There’s something for everyone,

regardless of taste and budget.

You can splurge on a wellappointed

pavilion in one of the

numerous luxurious hotels or

resorts that overlook the scenic

Andaman Sea or check into a villa

with a private terrace and pool. Start

your vacation by indulging in the

extensive wellness offerings of your

hotel. Take your pick from authentic

herb-infused Thai treatments or hit

the gym or Pilates facilities. Cap it up

with traditional meals of scrumptious

Thai curries (among some of the

most intense in the country), and

delicious seafood – Phuket has its

own spiky version of lobster! Here

is where you’ll also find the best

of world cooking. Local favourites

include Peranakan food in Phuket

Town or Hokkien Chinese stir-fries,

in addition to fine dining options

scattered throughout the island.

Being Thailand’s largest island,

Phuket is enclosed by over 30

glorious beaches. Patong Beach, Kata,

Karon, Kamala, Nai Harn Beach, and

Mai Khao are the most renowned

places. From the exclusive resorts of

Surin Beach and Bang Tao Beach, to

family-friendly Nai Harn Beach, or

the party city of Patong, there is a

beach for every mood.

Clockwise from Left

Wat Chalong,

always on people’s

list for Phuket,

for its religious

and architectural

relevance.

Phuket Town’s rich

past is visible in

old-world shops,

charming cafés,

and grand Sinocolonial

mansions.

Below Left & Right

The glorious colours

at Nai Harn beach

An aerial view of

Koh Phi Phi

The nearby tropical islands,

can be accessed by a speedboat

or a luxury yacht or cruise, and

gaining in popularity as a means of

exploration. Well-furnished yachts

take visitors on a voyage to discover

the islands of the Phuket archipelago

with more golden sand beaches that

are equal parts mesmerising and

enjoyable. Characteristic to Phang

Nga Bay are the sheer limestone

karsts that vertically stand out of the

emerald-green water. James Bond

Island and Panyi Island are two of

the most well-known in this bay.

By far the best way of enjoying the

impressive Phang Nga Bay, with only

passing encounters with tourists at

James Bond and Panyi islands, is to

take a laid-back luxurious cruise.

Another stop on these cruises

is world famous Maya Bay. In 1999,

Maya Bay was magical – white-sand

beaches, azure skies and a jeweltoned

sea, which was abundant in

natural resources and colourful

marine life. Located in Koh Phi Phi,

off the coast of Phuket, is the

strikingly scenic bay that comprises

a 200-metre idyllic beach, which is

enclosed by 100-metre high cliffs

on three sides. Maya Bay became a

popular tourist attraction after the

Hollywood movie – ‘The Beach,’

starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed

there in 1999. In recent times, it

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has been speculated its popularity

received an average of 200 boats and

4,000 tourists daily. Unfortunately,

because of excessive tourism, there

has been environmental damage to

this once unspoiled area.

Due to extensive destruction

of the coral reef and marine life

of Maya Bay, Thailand’s National

Parks and Wildlife Department

decided to close the bay. Locals

and tourists alike are hopeful that

Maya Bay will be restored to its

former beauty when it reopens.

Meanwhile, there are numerous

hidden beachfront escapes for a

more private experience. These

‘secret’ beaches boast a laidback vibe

tempered with an indulgent dash

of luxury.

Ao Sane Beach is ideal for

snorkelling and lounging during the

day. Its beachside restaurant serves

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Top Left & Right

Nui Beach and its

quiet side.

Big Buddha sits tall

at 45 metres high.

Bottom

Banana Beach’s

clear, blue waters

and verdant

surroundings.

Not only are you guaranteed unobstructed views

(at Big Buddha), the 6-km drive up also gives you a

peek into the authentic, non-touristy side of Phuket.

up tasty Thai fare and fresh fruit

smoothies with a stunning view of

Koh Man.

Ao Yon Beach for a fun, relaxed

ambiance and the best nature has

to offer, all in one place. Choose to

blissfully unwind at this pictureperfect

beach oasis.

Banana Beach (more details

in Happenings Phuket, p. 110) for

an exotic virgin beachfront. Vast

stretches of azure waters and

pearlescent sands on a crescentshaped

beach are enough to captivate

one’s attention. Banana Beach

is jaw-droppingly beautiful on

a calm day. Take in the scenic

locale as you soak in the serenity and

exquisiteness of this hidden beach.

Nui Beach for beach activities

such as snorkelling, beach volleyball

and sea kayaking. Also known as

Water Beach Club, this beach has

its own luxurious spa along with a

trendy restaurant and bar. Nui Beach

is perfectly maintained by the Water

Beach Club staff and is great for

indulging in activities away from the

crowds in an exclusive setting.

Khao Kad Beach also known

as Panwa Beach has been able to

maintain its natural beauty and not

be overridden by tourists. Only 8km

east of Phuket Town, this beach

exudes its own unique feel and is a

world apart from the rest of Phuket.

At the culturally rich and

charming capital - Phuket Town, it

has its own unique personality and

history and time should be set aside

to explore it. Its rich past is visible

in Buddhist and Chinese temples,

old-world shops, charming cafés,

quaint museums and grand Sinocolonial

mansions.

Wat Chalong and the Big

Buddha are two of the island’s most

admired cultural destinations. A

multitude of glittering pieces of

glass adorn Wat Chalong, a revered

Buddhist temple, thereby creating

reflections on its many pagodas.

Big Buddha, which at 45 metres

tall, rests at the top of the Nakkerd

Hills. The 6-km drive up reveal

unobstructed views, giving you

a peek into the authentic, nontouristy

side of Phuket.

The sight of Phuket’s sparkling

waters and towns should put you

in immediate holiday mode. With

every trip, the island shows you just

enough to be satisfied, yet creates

the desire to be back for more.

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จะมีที่ไหนเหมาะกับวันหยุดยาวของคุณ

มากไปกว่าภูเก็ต เพียงบินจากกรุงเทพฯ

ราวหนึ่งชั่วโมง คุณจะได้ชะล้างความเครียด

ด้วยหาดทรายสวยสด เหมาะที่สุด

สำหรับปาร์ตี้บนชายหาดในฝัน

มาพักผ่อน ณ สวรรค์แดนใต้ของไทย

ต้องไม่พลาดชมธรรมชาติสุดอลังการของ

สิ่งมีชีวิตใต้น้ำหลากสีสันนานาพันธุ์ แนว

ปะการังสวย และตัวเมืองที่ไม่เคยหลับใหล

พร้อมที่พักที่มีให้เลือกหลากสไตล์ ไม่ว่าจะ

หรูหรา หรือเก๋ไก๋ ร้านอาหารอร่อยใน

ราคาที่เอื้อมถึง และสปาระดับโลก เรียกว่า

มีทุกอย่างสำหรับทุกคน ทั้งในแบบหรูหรา

และงบประมาณจำกัด

ภูเก็ตเป็นเกาะที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในประเทศไทย

ล้อมรอบด้วยหาดทรายกว่า 30 แห่งที่ให้

อารมณ์ความรู้สึกที่แตกต่างกันออกไป

อย่างหาดป่าตอง หาดกะตะ หาดกะรน

หาดกมลา หาดในหาน และหาดไม้ขาว

ล้วนเป็นหาดที่กำลังโด่งดัง พบรีสอร์ต

สุดพิเศษที่หาดสุรินทร์และอ่าวบางเทา

ที่พักสำหรับครอบครัวที่หาดในหาน

หรือจะเป็นที่สุดแห่งความรื่นเริงยาม

ค่ำคืนที่หาดป่าตอง

นั่งเรือยอร์ชเพียงไม่นานจากภูเก็ต

ยังมีความงามบนเกาะแก่งอื่นๆ อีก

มากมายรออยู่ เกาะพีพีอันโด่งดัง

อุทยานแห่งชาติอ่าวพังงา เขาตะปู

ท่ามกลางน้ำทะเลสีมรกต หรือจะนอน

อาบแดดอย่างสบายอารมณ์ที่เกาะปันหยี

ชมความงดงามของธรรมชาติ คลอด้วย

เสียงเกลียวคลื่นซัดสาด

จุดจอดเรืออีกแห่งที่พลาดไม่ได้

คืออ่าวมาหยาบนเกาะพีพี ชมทรัพยากร

ธรรมชาติสมบูรณ์ อุดมด้วยสัตว์น้ำ

น้อยใหญ่ แต่เนื่องจากมีนักท่องเที่ยวแวะเข้า

มาเยี่ยมชมเกาะแห่งนี้วันละกว่า 4,000 คน

ส่งผลเสียต่อสภาพแวดล้อม กรมอุทยาน

แห่งชาติ จึงตัดสินใจปิดเกาะเพื่อเยียวยา

ธรรมชาติ และยังไม่ประกาศเปิดจน

ถึงบัดนี้

ภูเก็ตยังมีหาดทรายที่ค่อนข้างมี

ความเป็นส่วนตัวสำหรับผู้ที่ชอบความ

สงบและความหรูหรา ลองมาที่หาดอ่าวเสน

ดำน้ำดูปะการัง ทานอาหารสุดชิคริม

ชายหาดที่เสมือนกั้นไว้เป็นหาดส่วนตัว

เล็กๆ อย่าลืม อ่าวยน ที่มีกระแสลมอ่อน

คอยประโลมใจ ต้นปาล์มพลิ้วไหวล้อกับ

หาดทรายขาว นี่คือเกาะในฝันโดยแท้

นี่ก็อีกที่ ลองหนีความวุ่นวายมายัง

หาดกล้วย หาดทรายสีขาวรูปร่างเหมือน

พระจันทร์เสี้ยวที่ดึงดูดทุกสายตา เป็นหาด

ส่วนตัวที่สงบเงียบไร้สิ่งรบกวน

หาดนุ้ย มีกิจกรรมหลากหลายให้

คุณได้สนุก เช่น ดำน้ำ วอลเลย์บอล

ชายหาด พายเรือคายัค หรือจะไปผ่อน

คลายที่สปาสุดหรูพร้อมร้านอาหารและ

บาร์อินเทรนด์ หรือแวะมาที่ หาดพันวา

ที่ยังคงความงดงามและความสมบูรณ์ไว้

ได้ท่ามกลางชายหาดที่ทอดยาวกว่าแปด

บน

หอนาฬิกาสีเหลือง

ตระหง่านใจกลางย่าน

เมืองเก่าภูเก็ต

ล่าง

อ่าวเสนเรียงรายด้วย

แนวหินทอดยาวไปทั่ว

ชายหาด

กิโลเมตร ความร่มรื่นผสมผสานกับ

ความหรูหราทำให้หาดแห่งนี้เป็นที่ที่ทุก

คนแสวงหา

หากคุณต้องการวันหยุดที่มีเอกลักษณ์

และดื่มด่ำวัฒนธรรม ห้ามพลาดตัวเมือง

ภูเก็ต รวมถึงที่วัดฉลอง ไหว้ขอพรพระ

สักหน่อย รับรองว่าทริปภูเก็ตครั้งแรก

ของคุณจะเป็นประสบการณ์ที่คุณไม่

ลืมเลือน และเรียกร้องให้คุณมาเยี่ยมเยือน

อีกนับครั้งไม่ถ้วน

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Words Phoowadon Duangmee

Photos Wichit Kongsiangsung

An independent publisher has created their version of a

rare book, distinctive for its stitched art and potentially a

collectible with its limited production. Meet one crafter

of words and the community of needleworkers whose

different sets of skilled hands ‘bound’ together a delightful

Thai children’s classic.

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Today many people read – not a

book – but a tablet, a smartphone

and other electronic devices.

A book, as we know, naturally

loses its charm to digital media. Project

Gutenberg, for example, has more than

22,000 e-books for free downloads. To

survive the abrupt rise of the digital

revolution, a publisher in Thailand did

some novel magic to win a reader back to

a bookstore.

Top

The publisher

shows a piece of

embroidery that is

on its way to

becoming a

book cover.

Bottom,

Left to Right

Embroidered books

are painstakingly

done, requiring

skilled needlework.

Each embroiderer

stitched their own

cover interpretation

as a means of

personalising

their work.

Butterfly Book, a small and

independent publishing house,

recently released a threaded cover

edition of “Kru Wai Jai Rai (Mean

Teacher Wai)”, a well-known

children’s book, whose cover is

done in needlework. Behind the

decision is one of the publisher’s

co-founders, Makut Onrudee. Makut

is a respected author himself. The

68-year-old Thai writer is noted for

his acclaimed novel “Pheesua Lae

Dokmai (Butterfly and Flowers)”.

The story reveals a beautiful side

despite the hard lives of children

along Thailand’s southern frontier.

To introduce Thai readers to world

literature, Makut and his two friends

established the small publishing

house Butterfly Book. For decades,

they translated and distributed

children’s literature and classical

novels (P. L. Travers’s “Mary

Poppins”, Roald Dahl’s “George’s

Marvellous Medicine”, Tetsuko

Kuroyanagi’s “Totto-Chan: The

Little Girl at the Window” and Andre

Malraux’s “La Voie Royale,” to name

a few) for Thai readers of all ages.

Butterfly Book has always

fascinated bibliophiles with their

drop-dead gorgeous books, the

type that readers crave to add

to their collection. Their team

spends considerable time editing

manuscripts, designing charming

covers and illustrations, not to

mention using quality paper in their

printing with durable book binding

that can last for many years.

“The Butterfly threads series

bind together two types of art

– writing and embroidering,”

indicated Makut – who’s a cofounder

of Butterfly Book. For Kru

Wai Jai Rai, Makut explains, “We

sketch out a line drawing portrait

for the embroiderers, then with only

needle and thread, they sew it all by

hand. A finished embroidered cover

is then cleaned, dried and glued to

the hardcover using a traditional

hand bookbinding technique.”

The illustrations in the book

are also embroidered, then

photographed and scanned for

page layout since they can not be

bound into the book. This unique,

beautiful book will appeal to lovers

of handmade work and book lovers

alike. A copy of the threads covers

edition will cost a reader and book

collector Bt3,000 (around US$93).

“This is a gift-worthy edition of Kru

Wai Jai Rai, and marking its 50th

Anniversary [in print].”

Makut revealed that his passion

for doing an embroidered book cover

started more than 30 years ago when

he saw the Japanese bestseller,

Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the

Window. “Back then, when I got a

Butterfly Book has always fascinated

bibliophiles with their drop-dead gorgeous

books, the type that readers crave to add to

their collection.

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copy of Totto-Chan, I was fascinated

by its beautiful and sweet cover. I

wished it to have an embroidered

cover to complement that beauty.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it

going because I couldn’t find a

fine embroiderer.”

This year, he came across

Nopphakao Netbutr, an independent

female embroidery artist who

wanders around with stitching

needles and threads in Thailand’s

Deep South to teach local people the

art of ornamental needlework. That

meeting re-ignited Makut’s passion

for making an embroidered cover.

The editor convinced the

embroidery artist that with needles

and pens, they can co-create new

and potent art. The exquisite

embroidery art could take the

beautiful story of Kru Wai Jai Rai to

the next level, and vice versa.

“Nopphakao was interested

in a threaded cover project, but

she wasn’t sure how long it would

take as embroidering was such a

time-consuming process. She needs

several weeks to complete a piece

of embroidered cover. A hundred

covers would take around two

years,” said Makut.

Creating the expected 500 pieces

would surely take an eternity. And

no one can wait that long. So the

editor himself and the embroidery

artist spread the news about their

planned project to an embroidery

Top Left & Right

Several embroiderers

work on the same

book concept and the

same pattern, yet

they each add their

own details.

For Kru Wai, an

embroiderer may

choose a different

hair colour,

different styles of

floral prints, or add

blush to her cheeks

or even a hint of

a smile.

community and asked if anyone

would like to participate. The

response was phenomenal as more

than 200 embroiderers turn up.

Butterfly Book then decided to

create its first embroidered cover

with Kru Wai Jai Rai – one of its

bestselling novels written by another

co-founder Phakawadee Uttamote.

The book tells a story of an older

female schoolteacher – infamous for

her strictness and cold looks, making

students and villagers in the small

village nickname Kru Wai (Teacher

Wai), as jai rai (mean in Thai).

The idea of embroidering a book

cover is not new but an ancient art.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the

Europeans embroidered a Bible cover

in cotton, silk and even gold threads.

Needlework on a book is luxurious

and the painstaking process of

thought and work that must go into

both aspects of embroidering

and bookbinding.

In 2011, Penguin Books (USA)

commissioned artist Jillian Tamaki,

an illustrator and comic artist

(who also has a strong passion for

embroidery), to create embroidered

covers for three classic novels –

“Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell,

“The Secret Garden” by Frances

Hodson Burnett and “Emma” by

Jane Austen. Tamaki completed the

three covers by hand over a twomonth

period before her original

copies were reproduced through an

innovative printing technique for

final covers.

The stitch-like book covers

are spellbinding – but each book

does not give a sense of originality

as Butterfly Book does. Their

threaded series, on the other

hand, offer original embroidery

and needlework on every cover.

“We print 500 copies, and each

has its unique cover. Not one of

those 500 covers are the same

since they’re stitched by different

embroiderers,” said Makut,

illustrating his point as he showed

five different stitched covers.

“Before the project started,

the local embroiderers had no idea

about the story of the book they’re

working on, because they don’t read

a novel or anything [else]. Once

the project carried on, they went

through the story to find out who

Teacher Wai is. They then discussed

the character and passed along the

stories around their circle in their

embroidery community,” related

Makut, who has dedicated himself

to promoting reading among Thais

for decades.

Already, Kru Wai Jai Rai with its

stitched cover got more than 300

copies sold at the pre-order period.

Butterfly Book plans to exhibit all

500 of the embroidered covers at

the National Library of Thailand

before the delivery of the luxurious

edition to the bibliophiles.

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เมื่อคนหันมาอ่านหนังสือผ่านหน้าจอมาก

ขึ้น สำนักพิมพ์ผีเสื้อจึงผุดไอเดีย ตีพิมพ์

ครูไหวใจร้าย ฉลองวาระครบรอบ 50 ปี

ของวรรณกรรมเรื่องนี้ด้วยหน้าปกผ้าปัก

สุดประณีต

มกุฏ อรฤดี ผู้ร่วมก่อตั้งสำนักพิมพ์

ผีเสื้อกล่าวว่า ชุดหนังสือผ้าปักของผีเสื้อ

ผสานศิลปะสองแขนงเข้าไว้ด้วยกัน ได้แก่

งานเขียนและงานปัก ปักลายหน้าปกด้วยมือ

ติดลงบนหน้าปกแข็งที่จะเย็บเข้ากับตัว

หนังสือด้วยเทคนิคดั้งเดิม ภาพสแกนงาน

ปักด้ายที่ใช้เป็นภาพประกอบจะดึงดูด

ทั้งคนที่รักหนังสือและงานฝีมือให้เก็บสะสม

หนังสือชุดนี้ไว้ในคอลเลกชันส่วนตัว

มกุฏ อรฤดี นักเขียนและบรรณาธิการ

วัย 68 เป็นที่ยอมรับในแวดวงวรรณกรรม

อย่างกว้างขวาง เขากับเพื่อนอีกสองคน

ร่วมกันก่อตั้งสำนักพิมพ์ผีเสื้อ เพื่อตี

พิมพ์วรรณกรรมแปลและวรรณกรรม

คลาสสิกให้แก่ผู้อ่านไทยทุกเพศทุกวัย

หนังสือแต่ละเล่มล้วนผ่านกระบวนการ

การปรับแก้ต้นฉบับที่ละเอียดและใช้เวลา

ออกแบบหน้าปกและคัดสรรภาพประกอบ

อย่างละเมียดละไม ยังไม่รวมกระดาษ

คุณภาพดี และระบบเย็บกี่ที่ทำให้หนังสือ

แต่ละเล่มมีอายุยาวนานหลายสิบปี

นักเขียนวัย 68 ปีเล่าให้ฟังว่า หนังสือ

โต๊ะโตะจังเด็กหญิงข้างหน้าต่าง มีหน้าปก

ที่สวยงามมากอยู่แล้ว ทว่าหากเป็น

หน้าปกผ้าปักคงจะดีกว่านี้ไม่น้อย

เขาคิด แต่ก็หาช่างปักทำให้ไม่ได้สักที

จนเขาได้มาพบกับ นพเก้า เนตรบุตร

ศิลปินผ้าปักที่เดินทางไปทั่วแดนใต้เพื่อ

สอนศาสตร์การปักผ้าแก่คนท้องถิ่น

แม้จะตอบตกลง แต่นพเก้าต้องใช้เวลา

หลายอาทิตย์เพื่อปักผ้าหนึ่งชิ้น และคง

ใช้เวลาเกือบ 2 ปีกว่าจะปักได้ร้อยปก

บน

มกุฏ อรฤดี บรรณาธิการ

และผู้ร่วมก่อตั้งส ำนักพิมพ์

ผีเสื้อ ท่ามกลางผลงาน

ที่เขารัก

ล่าง

“ครูไหวใจร้าย” ในหน้า

ปกผ้าปัก แม้จะมีลวดลาย

ต้นแบบเดียวกัน แต่สีสัน

และรายละเอียดฝีเข็มจะ

แตกต่างกันไปตามใจผู้ปัก

เมื่อมกุฏตั้งเป้าไว้ที่ 500 เล่ม เขาจึง

ประกาศรับสมัครนักปักผ้าทั่วประเทศ

จนได้ช่างฝีมือปักผ้ากว่า 200 ชีวิตใน

เวลาไม่กี่วัน สำนักพิมพ์ผีเสื้อจึงตัดสินใจ

รังสรรค์หนังสือหน้าปกผ้าปัก ครูไหว

ใจร้าย ซึ่งเล่าเรื่องราวของคุณครูวัย

กลางคนที่สอนนักเรียนด้วยความเข้มงวด

ด้วยหน้าตาท่าทางเคร่งขรึมของเธอ

จนเป็นที่โจษจันไปทั้งหมู่บ้าน

แน่นอนว่าหน้าปกผ้าปักไม่ใช่ความ

คิดใหม่ ชาวยุโรปในศตวรรษที่ 17 และ 18

ปักผ้าเพื่อเป็นปกของพระคัมภีร์ไบเบิล

ปักบนผ้าฝ้าย ผ้าไหม หรือแม้แต่บน

แผ่นทอง อีกทั้งยังต้องเย็บเข้าเล่มอย่าง

ประณีต ซึ่งไม่ใช่เรื่องง่ายเลย

ในปี พ.ศ. 2554 สำนักพิมพ์เพนกวิน

ได้ตีพิมพ์นวนิยายคลาสสิกอย่าง Black

Beauty ของ Anna Sewell The Secret

Garden ของ Frances Hodson Burnett

และ Emma ของ Jane Austen ปักหน้า

ปกหนังสืออย่างประณีต ถ่ายภาพและ

สแกน จากนั้นตีพิมพ์หน้าปกด้วยเทคนิก

พิเศษ ถึงกระนั้น หนังสือแต่ละเล่มก็ไม่ได้มี

เอกลักษณ์แต่อย่างใด

แต่ชุดหนังสือผ้าปักของสำนักพิมพ์

ผีเสื้อใช้ปกผ้าปักจริงบนหน้าปกของ

หนังสือทั้ง 500 เล่ม แถมไม่มีเล่มไหนที่

ซ้ำกันเลยเพราะปักด้วยฝีเข็มและฝีด้ายที่

แตกต่างกัน ทั้งหมดเป็นรูปหญิงวัยกลาง

คนใส่แว่นตา สวมเสื้อคอปกลายดอกไม้

รายละเอียดของสีและลายปักก็จะแตกต่าง

กันไปจากการตีความของช่างปักแต่ละคน

ครูไหวใจร้าย ปกแข็งลายผ้าปักจะเปิด

ให้จองล่วงหน้าและจะจัดแสดงหน้าปกทั้ง

500 เล่ม ณ หอสมุดแห่งชาติ มกุฏกล่าว

ว่า กำไรจากหนังสือชุดผ้าปักนี้คงไม่ได้

มากมายอะไร แต่กำไรที่สำนักพิมพ์ได้รับ

ที่แท้จริงคือแรงบันดาลใจต่างหาก

อย่างไรก็ตาม สำนักพิมพ์ผีเสื้อคงไม่

ปรับเปลี่ยนเป็นธุรกิจอีบุ๊ก แต่จะยังคง

สร้างหนังสือเพื่อวางไว้บนชั้นหนังสือต่อไป

งานฝีมือและการเย็บหนังสือด้วยมือแบบ

ดั้งเดิมนี่แหละจะเป็นแรงขับเคลื่อนเศรษฐกิจ

ความคิดสร้างสรรค์ของไทย

เมื่อสำนักพิมพ์เปลี่ยนจากหนังสือ

กระดาษเป็นหนังสือรูปแบบดิจิทัล หนังสือ

เล่มงามก็จะกลายเป็นของล้ำค่า แต่สิ่งที่

แน่นอนกว่านั้นคือ โต๊ะโตะจังเด็กหญิงข้าง

หน้าต่าง และ ผีเสื้อและดอกไม้ จะมีหน้า

ปกผ้าปักลายประณีตให้ทุกคนเก็บสะสม

ได้ตราบนานเท่านาน

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The

CHARM

Words & Photos Ron Emmons

of the

CHAMS

Dramatic spiritual complexes built by the ancient Cham

people with their intricate details dot parts of the Vietnam

landscape. Their origins and the significance of their lasting

contributions are explained by Ron Emmons.

If you travel along Vietnam’s central coastline, you’re

likely to spot some striking brick towers standing on

hilltops; these are ancient Cham temples. Visitors

heading for the beach resorts of Mui Ne or Nha Trang

will almost certainly see examples of such towers, originally

built over a thousand years ago.

On the road leading into Mui Ne

from Phan Thiet, the Po Sah Inu

Towers gaze out from an isolated

spot above the South China Sea,

while on a hill above Nha Trang,

huge brick columns line the entrance

to the Po Nagar Temple. This is

dedicated to a local goddess, Yan

Po Nagar, who is venerated in the

main tower. A carving of Durga,

a female warrior goddess with

whom Yan Po Nagar is identified,

adorns the pediment above the

entrance to the temple. So who are

these Chams, the creators of such

beautiful structures?

As just one of Vietnam’s 54

ethnic groups, these days the

Chams are largely a forgotten

people, with a population of

around 160,000. Yet for centuries

they have clung on to their

traditional ways, which differ

from mainstream Vietnamese

culture in almost every aspect.

They have their own language

and script, which is derived

from Sanskrit. Matriarchal in

society, women initiate marriage

proposals, pass their family name

to their children, and leave family

property to daughters, not sons.

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Top Left & Right

For hundreds of

years, the Chams

were known

throughout Asia

– with the South

China Sea referred

to as the Champa

Sea for the kingdom

that controlled all of

central Vietnam.

Bottom Left & Right

The Chams cultivate

their own rice and

take care of their

own animals.

The Cham women

engage in a

traditional dance

during a festival;

and tend to wear a

scarf or turban.

Young girls receive careful protection,

and great importance is placed

on virginity. A Cham saying goes

“As well leave a man alone with

a girl as an elephant in a field of

sugar cane.”

The women are highly skilled in

pottery and weaving, particularly

brocade, and the men play unique

musical instruments, such as the

xaranai, a type of clarinet, and the

paranung, a cylindrical drum. These

are put to good use in Cham festivals,

particularly the Kate festival, which

honours past kings and ancestors,

and takes place in late September

or early October each year. For

three days, the Chams celebrate

by making and eating ginger cakes,

dancing and singing, and carrying

offerings to their local temple,

which is housed in an ancient

brick tower.

The women are highly skilled in

pottery and weaving, particularly

brocade, and the men play unique

musical instruments, such as the

xaranai, a type of clarinet, and the

paranung, a cylindrical drum.

A thousand years ago, the

Chams were one of the most

feared peoples in Asia, frequently

fighting pitched battles with

their sworn enemies, the Khmers

and the Dai Viet. Their Champa

Kingdom, established in the

second century, occupied what

is now Central Vietnam, as well

as parts of modern-day Laos and

Cambodia, and the Chams were

also undisputed masters of the

South China Sea (then known as

the Champa Sea). Then in the 15th

century they were heavily defeated

by the Vietnamese, and many of

them fled west to neighbouring

Cambodia, though a large number

stayed in Vietnam.

They practised Hinduism,

probably because of trade with

Indian merchants, and they used

the wealth accumulated from

selling goods such as spices and

sandalwood to finance the building

of eye-catching towers in which to

worship their Hindu gods. Later,

many Chams converted to Islam,

so they split into two groups —

the Balamon Cham, following

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Hinduism, and the Bani Cham,

following Islam.

Most of the Balamon Chams

live in villages around the towns

of Phan Thiet and Phan Rang on

Vietnam’s south-central coast,

while the smaller group of Bani

Cham are predominantly based

in the Mekong Delta around Chau

Doc. Both groups make their

living from fishing, farming, and

making handicrafts.

Traditionally, both men and

women wear a kind of sarong, as

well as a scarf or turban. Travellers

who venture into their territory

find most Chams living in thatched

huts made of mud, straw and bamboo,

with no running water or electricity.

Yet despite the appearance of

poverty, they are a welcoming,

fun-loving people. If strangers

wander into their village, the

locals will usually invite them

to a cup of tea and maybe a snack

of rice crackers.

Several generations live

together in their simple houses

and the children help with tasks

like gathering firewood and caring

for their animals, such as goats

and water buffalo. When they have

free time, the kids are out playing

on nearby sand dunes or inventing

games, such as throwing their

sandals to see who can get nearest

to a chosen target. As for cuisine,

they are particularly keen on sour

Top Left & Right

The brick-red

structures serve as

places of worship for

the Cham people.

Below Left & Right

The Cham men

play traditional

instruments at a

festival, music being

an important part

of lives.

Cham descendants

farm their land.

soups made with local ingredients,

such as young tamarind leaves and

frogs in the rainy season.

In recent years, Vietnamese

authorities have come to appreciate

the appeal of the country’s diverse

ethnic groups to visitors, and funds

have been provided to promote

their culture. As a result, many of

the Cham towers that are scattered

around the landscape between

Da Nang and Phan Thiet have now

been carefully restored, revealing a

sophisticated sense of design.

The bricks are crafted so skillfully

that no mortar is necessary to hold

the buildings together, and the

bricks are also often carved into

images of elephants or mythical

creatures that decorate the exterior

of the towers.

One of the best-preserved

Cham temple complexes is the

Po Klong Garai Temple, located

on a hill near Phan Rang, built

in the late 13th century. The temple

features a gorgeous carving of

Shiva over the mandapa and

considered a masterpiece of Cham

sculpture. Many Cham towers

see dedication to Shiva, though

some honour local kings or other

Hindu deities.

A Cham temple complex consists

of four principal elements. The

main sanctuary, or kalan, houses

the particular deity (often Shiva)

that is worshipped here.

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Right

Artefacts

belonging to the

Cham civilisation,

the likes of brick

flooring, their

sandstone pillars,

and pottery pieces,

go as far back as

the second

century A.D.

Below

Red-brick temples

give Cham towers

their distinction.

The entrance hallway that leads

to the central sanctuary is called

the mandapa, while a separate

building with a saddle-shaped

roof, the kosagrha, is used for

storing objects relating to the

deity. Finally, the gopura is an

arched gateway that leads into

the temple complex.

For anyone intrigued by Cham

culture, a visit to the UNESCO

World Heritage Site of My Son

(pronounced ‘mee sern’) is a

must. American bombs destroyed

much of this temple city during

the 1960s, but restoration work

has been going on steadily and

the site, surrounded as it is by

lush green hills, exudes an eerie

spirituality. Though comparisons

with Angkor are inappropriate as

the scale here is much smaller,

the silent evidence of a highly

developed ancient culture is

similarly awe-inspiring.

An informative museum at

the entrance to the complex

helps visitors to identify different

aspects of temple architecture, as

well as strange mythical creatures

such as the gajasimha, a combination

of lion and elephant, and the

hamsa, a mythical bird. Despite

its remote feel, My Son is just a

short ride from either Hoi An or

Da Nang, so it’s easy to get to,

but since a visit entails a lot of

walking, it’s better to go there

either early or late in the day to

avoid the midday sun.

Besides being innovative and

accomplished temple builders, the

Chams are also excellent sculptors

in stone, and this is clear to see

at the Da Nang Museum of Cham

Culture, which makes an ideal first

or last stop on a tour to learn about

the Chams. Most of the exhibits are

huge slabs of sandstone that were

meticulously crafted centuries ago,

and were later removed from the

Cham temples they adorned for

safekeeping. Delightful depictions of

Hindu gods and mythical creatures

reflect a vibrant culture that achieved

great artistic heights in its heyday.

Even today, though more subdued,

Cham culture is alive and well, and

thoroughly charming.

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สถาปัตยกรรมอิฐตั้งสูงตระหง่านบนทิวเขา

ต้อนรับผู้มาเยือนที่กำลังมุ่งหน้าไปยังรีสอร์ต

ในมุยเน่ หรือนาตรัง ประกาศความศิวิไลซ์ของ

อารยธรรมโบราณที่สร้างขึ้นกว่าพันปีมาแล้ว

พระปรางโปซาอินุ ในวัดโปนาการ์ สร้างเพื่อ

อุทิศแด่เจ้าแม่โปนาการ์ ประดับด้วยทับหลัง

อันวิจิตรบนประตูทางเข้าวัด แสดงความ

เจริญรุ่งเรืองของชาวจามไว้อย่างเด่นชัด

จาม เป็นหนึ่งในกลุ่มชาติพันธุ์ 54 กลุ่มใน

เวียดนาม มีประชากรประมาณ 160,000 คน

งดงามด้วยวัฒนธรรมที่แตกต่างจากวัฒนธรรม

กระแสหลักของเวียดนามอย่างสิ้นเชิง โดยเฉพาะ

ค่านิยมทางสังคมที ่เพศหญิงเป็นใหญ่ มีภาษา

พูดและภาษาเขียนเป็นของตัวเอง

หญิงชาวจามมีทักษะขั้นสูงด้านเครื่องปั้น

ดินเผาและการทอผ้า ในขณะที่ผู้ชายสามารถ

เล่นดนตรีที่แปลกหูแปลกตาอย่าง xaranai

(เครื่องเป่าคล้ายคลาริเน็ต) และ paranung

(กลองทรงกระบอก) จนใครหลายคนอาจไม่เชื่อ

ว่าเมื่อพันปีก่อน ชาวจามแห่งอาณาจักรจำปา

เป็นที่เกรงกลัวจากการต่อสู้เพื่อยึดครองดินแดน

ที่ปัจจุบันคือเวียดนามตอนกลาง ลาวและ

กัมพูชา แต่ก็พ่ายแพ้ต่อชาวเวียดนามช่วง

ศตวรรษที่ 15 ในที่สุด

ชาวจามนับถือศาสนาฮินดู เผยแพร่จาก

พ่อค้าชาวอินเดียที่เข้ามาค้าขาย ทำให้อาณาจักร

ร่ำรวยจนสามารถสร้างศาสนาสถานอัน

ยิ่งใหญ่อุทิศแด่เทพเจ้าฮินดูได้ ต่อมาชาวจาม

บางส่วนได้หันมานับถือศาสนาอิสลาม (กลุ่ม

จามบานี) แต่ยังมีกลุ่มที่ยังนับถือศาสนา

อิสลามอยู่ (กลุ่มจามบาลามง)

ชาวจามทั้งชายและหญิงสวมโสร่งตาม

ธรรมเนียม พร้อมกับผ้าพันคอ หรือผ้าโพกหัว

ที่อยู่อาศัยสร้างจากดิน โดยไม่มีน้ำประปาหรือ

ไฟฟ้าเข้าถึง ถึงดูเหมือนว่าความยากจนจะ

แทรกอยู่ทุกอณู แต่น้ำใจมีเปี่ยมล้น ต้อนรับขับสู้

ผู้มาเยือนด้วยข้าวเกรียบรับประทานคู่กับน้ำชา

อยู่เสมอ ชาวจามใช้ชีวิตเรียบง่าย อยู่ร่วมกัน

หลายรุ่นในหนึ่งครัวเรือน เด็กมีหน้าที่หาฟืน

และดูแลสัตว์เลี้ยง ใช้เวลาว่างวิ่งเล่นหยอกล้อ

กันตามประสาเด็ก ชาวจามโปรดปรานแกงรส

เปรี้ยวที่ปรุงจากวัตถุดิบท้องถิ่น เช่น ใบมะขาม

และเนื้อกบในช่วงฤดูฝน

เมื่อไม่กี่ปีมานี้ ภาครัฐของเวียดนามได้ให้

ความสำคัญกับความหลากหลายของชาติพันธุ์

จัดสรรงบประมาณเพื่อบูรณะพระปรางศิลปะ

จามในดานังและฟานเทียต จนทำให้รู้ว่าอิฐ

แต่ละก้อนได้รับการแกะสลักอย่างประณีต

ประกอบกันอย่างแน่นหนาจนไม่จำเป็นต้องใช้

เสาหลักค้ำยันไว้ อีกทั้งยังมีลวดลายเป็นรูป

สัตว์ในตำนานอันงดงามน่าทึ่ง

วัดจามประกอบด้วยสี่องค์ประกอบหลัก

ได้แก่ อาคารหลัก ใช้เป็นอาคารบูชาเทพเจ้า

(พระศิวะ) โถงทางเดินสู่อาคารหลัก พร้อมกับ

บน

โบราณสถานและโบราณ

วัตถุจากอารยธรรมเก่า

แก่ที่ย้อนไปกว่าพันปี

ของชาวจาม

ล่าง

กิจวัตรของเด็กๆ ชาย

หญิงชาวจาม เมื่อเว้น

ว่างจากงานดูแลฝูงสัตว์

เลี้ยง อย่าง แกะหรือ

วัวควาย

อาคารอีกหลังซึ่งใช้เป็นที ่เก็บวัตถุที่เกี่ยวข้อง

กับเทพเจ้า และซุ้มประตูทางเข้าสู่วัด

วัดโปกลองการาย เป็นได้รับการบูรณะ

จนมีสภาพสมบูรณ์ที่สุดแห่งหนึ่ง ตั้งอยู่บน

ภูเขาใกล้ฟานซาง สร้างขึ้นช่วงศตวรรษที่ 13

ภายในมีรูปปั้นของพระศิวะ ศิลปะชิ้นเอกของ

อารยธรรมจาม สำหรับผู้ที่หลงใหลใน

วัฒนธรรมจาม สามารถมาเยี่ยมชมแหล่ง

มรดกโลกหมีเซินได้ แม้ว่าจะได้รับความเสียหาย

จากระเบิด แต่การบูรณะก็เป็นไปอย่างต่อเนื่อง

สะท้อนความงดงามของอารยธรรมโบราณได้

อย่างไร้ที่กังขา

นอกจากนี้ ยังแนะนำให้ไปชมพิพิธภัณฑ์

เพื่อดื่มด ่ำความซับซ้อนของสถาปัตยกรรม

ทุกแง่มุม อีกทั้งยังตั้งอยู่ไม่ไกลจากเมืองฮอยอัน

หรือดานังมากเท่าใดนัก เตรียมตัวให้พร้อม

สำหรับการเดินเท้า และขอแนะนำให้มาเที่ยว

ช่วงเช้า หรือช่วงบ่ายเพื่อหนีความร้อนระอุใน

ช่วงกลางวัน

ชาวจามยังมีความสามารถด้านประติมากรรม

หินสลักด้วย อย่าลืมแวะเยี ่ยมชม พิพิธภัณฑ์

วัฒนธรรมจามแห่งดานัง จัดแสดงหินแกะสลัก

ฝีมือประณีตขนาดมหึมาอายุหลายศตวรรษ

โดยเคลื่อนย้ายมาจากวัดจามเพื่อการเก็บรักษา

สื่อภาพของเทพเจ้าศาสนาฮินดู สัตว์ในตำนาน

และวัฒนธรรมอันรุ่มรวย นับเป็นวัฒนธรรม

จามที่ยังมีชีวิตและเปี่ยมเสน่ห์ไม่รู้คลาย

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CALLING

ANISLAND

HOME

Words Jeremie Schatz

There’s no need to plan anymore for an island

getaway when you already own your little slice

of beach paradise. Imagine sipping a tropical

drink at your leisure and admiring seaside

sun views anytime, knowing you don’t have

to leave. In Thailand, it’s not as impossible a

dream as you may think.

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Let’s be honest, at

some point the

majority of us have

let our minds

wander into a daydream

where you’re the master

of your own little tropical

dominion. You while away

days supine in your hammock,

the warm salty breeze is

always blowing, with gentle

turquoise waves lapping at

the shore, and the supply

of perfectly ripe coconuts is

endless. But we always have

to snap out of it and find our

way back to reality...or do we?

Maybe that concept of a tropical

living is a bit idealistic, but the

possibility of owning an island

property in Thailand is closer

and within reach than you might

realise. The reasons are simple, says

John Dopere, General Manager of

Koh Samui real estate developer

Samujana. “It’s a beautiful island

and we build amazing houses.” All

joking aside (he’s right though), it’s

unlikely that the reasons in favour

of investing in island property have

ever been so great.

Botanica

ACCESS

For those considering purchasing

a vacation home or secondary

residence, having reliable and

convenient access will be the first

consideration. After all, what good

is your piece of paradise if you can’t

get to it.

Fortunately, Bangkok Airways

opened Koh Samui Airport way

back in 1989 and currently offers

dozens of daily flights including

direct flights to Bangkok, Phuket,

Singapore, Hong Kong, and many

more to come.

Once you’ve landed at Koh

Samui’s award-winning airport,

many property development

companies employ a villa manager

who will be waiting to whisk

you away.

There is a small contingent of

foreign buyers in Thailand that opt

Azur

Clockwise from Top

Sweeping vista of

Koh Samui from

the Samujana

residential

development.

Developers such

as IVL Property

ensure that your

island paradise is

an easy escape from

Thailand's major

airport hubs.

The design of Azur

residences integrate

views from the

surrounding nature

that can be appreciated

in the home.

Bottom

Beautiful Botanica

Villas, Cherngtalay,

Thalang District

Samujana Photo by Jeremie Schatz

"Pool on the Hill"

for the peace and tranquillity that

can be found living in more rural,

undeveloped areas. Those coming

from more developed countries or

cities may struggle with

insufficient infrastructure,

difficulty in communication,

and lack of familiar creature

comforts. That’s why so many fall

in love with Thailand’s holiday

islands, they discover a healthy

economy, warm and welcoming

communities, modern and

international amenities, and a

place that is thoroughly enjoyable

to spend time in.

INFRASTRUCTURE

For those who visited Koh Samui

back in the 1980’s, things have

come a long way. Although a bit

narrow in places, paved roads

criss-cross the island enabling

access to all of the popular

beaches and little hideaways.

Electricity is supplied via an

underwater cable from a power

station on the mainland. In case

of a power cut, many villas or

estates are equipped with backup

generators. For even more peace

of mind, Impact Samui’s latest

developments, The Peak and

Residence8, will be equipped with

solar panels and battery storage as

well as rain catchment systems for

more independence and a smaller

environmental footprint.

WHO’S BUYING AND WHY

Of course, if you look at who’s

invested in island properties – a vast

range of nationalities are represented.

However, logic dictates that people

living in places such as Hong Kong,

Singapore, and Australia are better

represented considering their

geographical location and ease of

access. Indeed, those residing in Asia,

both nationals and expats, comprise

the majority of foreign investment in

island properties.

Since the real estate market

in Koh Samui and Phuket hasn’t

experienced an overnight explosion,

there hasn’t been the corresponding

influx of investors looking to make

a quick buck. Instead, properties have

been purchased to serve as holiday

escapes, rental properties, retirement

homes, or as primary residences.

If managed properly, many

people can have their vacation

getaway and rent it the rest of the

time. “Buy now, get a bit of return

on investment, and also importantly,

get your property used frequently,”

explains Susan Field, Director of

Impact Samui Property Specialists.

Susan’s last point is a valid one as

those who wish to leave their houses

Layan Residences by Anantara

empty need a management company

to keep an eye on maintenance of

the property. “90% of people buy

for rental investment purposes and

for a family home. They want to

rent it out however many weeks of

the year and they want to use it for

themselves or their friends

and family.”

Others buy with what Susan

calls an “exit plan” in mind. They

purchase a property and rent it out

for several years before retiring, thus

enabling them to make a smooth

transition into post-career life when

the time is right.

There’s a general consensus

amongst property specialists like

Diah Intan Maulidya, Property Sales

Manager at Samujana, explaining

how “properties consistently

generate positive income and rental

returns as tourism continues to

increase each year.”

Then of course there are those

who fully commit and start a new

life in Koh Samui or Phuket with

their families. This is continually

becoming a more viable option

for some due to fast and reliable

internet connections, quality and

Botanica

Right, Top & Bottom

Multi-level spaces

on a Koh Samui

landscape at the

Grand Himalai

development.

Resort design relies

on natural materials

for an organic and

inviting feel.

Left, Top & Bottom

For island homes, the

design concept stays

true to comfort,

luxury and relaxation.

Sunsets come

automatically with

a resort home.

Grand Himalai

Grand Himalai

affordable healthcare and hospitals,

international schools delivering a

high standard of education, as well

as security and low crime rates.

“For those looking to own

a property overseas but not

necessarily use, the Koh Samui

long-term rental market is buoyant

due to the International schools,

retirees [foreigners over 50 years

old are eligible for retirement visas]

and the foreigners who live here

all year round,” explains Emma

Johnson, managing director of

Overseas Property Portfolio (OPP).

If you’re worried about getting

stuck without being able to rent

your property, anything is possible

but it’s unlikely considering the

steady growth in tourism and

development. A good indication of

the health of the vacation rental

market can be based in part on

flight passenger numbers. In the

last five years, foreign passenger

arrivals via international flights

to Koh Samui has doubled and

Phuket has seen a 19% increase

from last year. This steady increase

is a promising sign for the ongoing

economic health of the islands.

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ใครบ้างล่ะจะไม่ต้องการนอนเอกเขนกอยู่

ท่ามกลางสายลมและแสงแดดอ่อน พร้อม

กับเสียงคลื่นซัดชายฝั่ง ขณะเดียวกับ

ที่กำลังดื่มน้ำมะพร้าวเย็นฉ่ำ แต่สุดท้าย

เราทุกคนก็ต้องกลับมาสู่โลกความเป็น

จริงอยู่ดี เอ๊ะ...ต้องเป็นแบบนี้เสมอไป

จริงเหรอ

บางที การเป็นเจ้าของอสังหาริมทรัพย์

บนเกาะในประเทศไทยก็ไม่ได้ไกลเกินฝัน

การเข้าถึงสถานที่

การเดินทางไปยังบ้านพักตากอากาศหรือ

บ้านหลังที่สองก็เป็นปัจจัยสำคัญไม่น้อย

ถึงที่พักของคุณจะสวยแค่ไหน แต่หากเดิน

ทางยากลำบากก็จบข่าว

โชคดีที่บางกอกแอร์เวย์สเปิดสนามบิน

เกาะสมุยตั้งแต่ปี พ.ศ. 2532 ปัจจุบันมี

เที่ยวบินตรงจำนวนมาก ทั้งไปและกลับ

จากกรุงเทพฯ ภูเก็ต สิงคโปร์ ฮ่องกง

และอาจมีเส้นทางบินเพิ่มสู่เมืองอื่นๆ อีก

ในอนาคต

ทุกคนที่มาที่เกาะสมุยไม่ต้องกังวลว่า

จะสื่อสารกับคนท้องที่ไม่ได้ หรือไม่ได้รับ

ความสะดวกสบายอย่างที่เคยชิน เกาะใน

ประเทศไทยจึงเป็นสถานที่ในฝันสำหรับ

การพักผ่อนในช่วงวันหยุดของคนจาก

ทั่วทุกมุมโลก

โครงสร้างพื้นฐาน

นับจากปี พ.ศ. 2523 สมุยพัฒนาไป

ไกลมาก แม้ถนนจะเล็กไปบ้าง แต่ก็ตัดผ่าน

ทุกสถานที่ยอดนิยมและมุมลับเฉพาะบน

เกาะ เดินทางสะดวกสบายหายห่วง

ไฟฟ้าส่งผ่านทางสายเคเบิ้ลใต้น้ำ ถ้าไฟ

ถูกตัดขาด ก็มีเครื่องปั่นไฟสำรองไว้ใช้ใน

ยามฉุกเฉิน นอกจากนี้ โครงการ The

Peak and Residence 8 ได้พัฒนาและ

Lavaliere

ติดตั้งแผงพลังงานแสงอาทิตย์และระบบ

เก็บน้ำฝน รักษ์โลกได้แบบไม่จำเป็นต้อง

พึ่งพาใคร

กลุ่มเป้าหมายและเหตุผลในการซื้อ

แน่นอนว่าคนจากทุกชาติสามารถเป็น

เจ้าของบ้านบนเกาะสมุยได้ แต่กลุ่มผู้ซื้อที่

น่าจะเป็นกลุ่มหลักคือชาวฮ่องกง สิงคโปร์

หรือออสเตรเลีย รวมไปถึงผู้ซื้อจาก

ประเทศอื่นๆ ในเอเชีย เพราะประเทศเหล่านี้

ไม่ไกลจากเกาะสมุยมากนัก

เนื่องจากเกาะสมุยไม่ได้โด่งดังแบบ

ชั่วข้ามคืน อสังหาริมทรัพย์บนเกาะจึงซื้อ

ไว้เพื่อเป็นบ้านพักวันหยุด บ้านสำหรับ

ปล่อยเช่า บ้านพักหลังเกษียณ หรือเป็น

ที่พักถาวรเสียส่วนใหญ่

Susan Field ผู้อำนวยการของ

Impact Samui บริษัทผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้าน

อสังหาริมทรัพย์ อธิบายว่า ซื้อตอนนี้ ได้

มาอยู่บ่อยแน่นอน แถมยังมีรายได้จาก

บน

Lavaliere บ้านพักตาก

อากาศสุดหรูจาก

Impact Samui ที่หลาย

คนฝันถึง นอกจากจะได้

ใช้วันหยุดกับคนรัก

ครอบครัว และเพื่อนๆ

อย่างแสนจะส่วนตัว

มีระดับแล้ว ยังเป็นการ

ลงทุนระยะยาวที่ดีอีกด้วย

ล่าง

Azur Samui โครงการ

บ้านพักย่านแม่น้ำ

ที่สวยงามทุกรายละเอียด

Azur

การลงทุนไปพร้อมกันด้วย ผู้ซื้อกว่า 90

เปอร์เซ็นต์ซื้อเพื่อการลงทุน และต้องการ

มาพักผ่อนบ้างปีละหลายๆ สัปดาห์

Diah Intan Maulidya ผู้จัดการ

ฝ่ายการขายอสังหาริมทรัพย์ของ

Samujana เห็นด้วยว่ารายได้จากการ

ลงทุนอสังหาริมทรัพย์บนเกาะสมุยเพิ่ม

ขึ้นเพราะการท่องเที่ยวเติบโตขึ้นทุกปี

หรือจะเริ่มต้นชีวิตใหม่หรือชีวิตวัย

เกษียณที่นี่ก็เป็นทางเลือกที่ดีเลิศ เพราะมี

โรงพยาบาลและการสาธารณสุขคุณภาพ

สูง ราคาไม่แพง มีโรงเรียนนานาชาติชั้นนำ

รวมไปถึงมีความปลอดภัย และอัตรา

อาชญากรรมค่อนข้างต่ำ

แนวโน้มอสังหาฯ

เนื่องจากกระบวนการและระเบียบในการ

ซื้ออสังหาริมทรัพย์เปลี่ยนแปลงค่อนข้างบ่อย

การดำเนินการซื้อเองด้วยตนเองเป็นเรื่องที่

จุกจิกและยุ่งยากอยู่บ้าง การได้รับค ำแนะนำ

จากผู้เชี่ยวชาญอย่าง “Architecture

Properties & Development”และ “Minor

International” ในภูเก็ต หรือ “Samujana”

“IVL” “Impact” หรือ “OPP” หรือ Overseas

Property Portfolio บนเกาะสมุยก็เป็นทาง

เลือกที่ไม่เลว

Emma Johnson กรรมการผู้จัดการ

ของ OPP บริษัทอสังหาริมทรัพย์ที่คร่ำ

หวอดมาตั้งแต่ปี พ.ศ. 2551 ซึ่งแนะนำว่า

ให้วางใจผู้เชี่ยวชาญเมื่อต้องการลงทุน

เกาะในไทยไม่ได้เป็นแค่เพียงสถานที่

ท่องเที่ยว แต่ยังเป็นทางเลือกในการลงทุน

อันหอมหวาน การพัฒนาด้านโรงสร้าง

พื้นฐานที่เอื้อต่อการท่องเที่ยวและการอยู่

อาศัย การสาธารณสุขและการศึกษาที่มี

มาตรฐานสูง ล้วนทำให้คุณภาพชีวิตและ

ความเป็นอยู่บนเกาะสมุยและภูเก็ตพัฒนา

ขึ้นแบบก้าวกระโดด

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PROPERTY SPECIAL

DYNAMIC DESIGN FOR

A SAMUI HAVEN

Nestled in the hills above Maenam, yet only a five-minute

drive from the main road is Azur Samui. Designed by

award-winning architects, the development offers

unrivalled panoramic views out over coconut plantations

across to the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan and

stunning vistas of the southern coastline.

There’s a sense of peaceful calm at this easily accessible

hillside property, yet a mere 10-minute drive from the ever

popular and charming Fisherman’s Village, and only 20

minutes from the island’s airport. The bustling downtown

area of Chaweng, not to mention Maenam’s beautiful and

unspoilt beach are also just 5 minutes away.

The inspiration of local property developer and

hotelier Tim Dean-Smith, who with the help of an

international firm of architects, (who had worked on

another of his Samui developments, the ever popular

and eminently fashionable Beach Republic in Lamai)

set about drawing up an equally impressive design

for a hillside community in this magnificent location.

With the exacting standards and attention given to Azur

Samui, many materials have been brought in from as far

afield as Australia and Europe.

There are now seven completed villas, all sold

and occupied, with a further three currently under

construction. In addition, what will be the centrepiece

of this “village in the hills”, is the Clubhouse with its

26-metre swimming pool, a fully

equipped gym, a yoga and Pilates

centre, and a kiosk selling food and

beverages. When the West Wing of

the Clubhouse opens in 2019, there

will be further facilities added such

as a herbal steam room, massage

rooms, and mini-mart.

With many property owners

visiting only a few times a year,

security is paramount. At Azur

Samui, the presence of a single road

in and out of the development, a

constantly manned gatehouse and

security barrier, 24-hour patrols and

a state-of-the-art CCTV system,

provide owners with peace of mind.

Ownership at Azur couldn’t

be easier, with straightforward

contracts, developer finance

available at up to 50%, and

repayment plans customised to

suit each buyers’ specific needs.

With the financing packages

available, first-rate design and

exemplary standards in build

quality, plus the amenities and

security, Azur Samui aims to be one

of the most affordable and desirable

developments in Koh Samui.

KAMALA BEACH ADVANTAGE WITH

GRAND HIMALAI

Our residential project sits on

Millionaire Mile Road in Kamala

Beach, assuredly the most exclusive

coast in Phuket where top island

resorts and multi-million dollar

villas are situated in a place where

one can live like royalty.

Ideally located, construction

of the development sits beside a

Hyatt hotel property in their deluxe

category. The project’s vision aims

to maximise ocean views, with a

guarantee that it can be seen it

from all of the residences. Fivestar

facilities include glass-edged,

ocean view swimming pools, a beach

club, a spa and recreational area,

high end restaurants, a kids’ club,

a fitness club with sauna facilities

and a fantastic view point at the top

of the mountain–completing the

framework of a wonderful 5-star

vacation and investment retreat.

This investment opportunity is

supported by the international hotel

management of Ramada Plaza. In this

pre-launch phase, incredible prices

start at 3.9 M Baht. Units sizes are

33.92 sqm, with studios that can be

combined into 2 bedrooms at 67.84 sqm.

Connecting units with a simple double

door will offer more flexibility, and a

return on your investment, enabling

you to rent separately or combine it into

a 2-bedroom family suite.

SIGN UP NOW FOR

PRESALE PRICES!

Beachfront Residences with prices

starting from 3.90M Baht

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PROPERTY SPECIAL

ENHANCING BEAUTY

AND IDYLLIC SURROUNDINGS

Botanica Luxury Villas defines itself as the ultimate in

luxury with the best in concept for architecture and

interiors, right down to the organic feel of the space.

The Phuket tropical terrain is part of the inspiration,

giving a flow of the space that can be appreciated

indoors and outdoors and most importantly, a welcoming

feel and comfort of being home.

When planning Botanica Luxury Villas, the architect

and developer kept in mind a personal dream project. As a

result, the property accentuates details that would appeal

also to him as a homeowner, and also keeping in mind

the lush nature that is true to Phuket’s topography.

The materials that define the villas are natural

wood and natural stone tiles used in the outdoor

spaces that visually merge the

indoors and outdoors. Spacious

indoors have high ceilings and

a panoramic window that look

out into the green outdoors with

views of the infinity pool and

a covered terrace. An overall

soothing colour pallet creates a

calming environment.

Bedrooms are available in 3 to

5 combinations, ranging from 265

to 700 sqm.

In 2018, the Thailand Property

Awards selected Botanica Luxury

Villas as the winner for Best

Villa Development (Phuket), also

coming in highly commended

in the category of Best Housing

Architectural Design (Resort).

For more information, contact

Botanica Villas Phuket, +66 (0) 98

394 7097, +66 (0) 81 893 2113,

info@botanicavillasphuket.com,

botanicavillasphuket.com

COMMITTED TO ETHICAL

BUILDING AND COMMUNITY

PROJECTS

Property developer Impact Samui established early

on that there were many opportunities to enhance the

beauty of the island, by adapting a responsible approach

to its developments.

Director David Birchall says: “Redeveloping older and

unfinished houses is a real passion for me. Looking at what

exists and then designing something new and relevant to

the project location is personally very rewarding.”

Impact’s first project was the

transformation of four houses with a

central swimming pool. Rebranding

it as Lavaliere, the company created

four newly-configured villas, each

with a private pool. Existing trees

and plants were moved to an offsite

nursery to be nurtured throughout

the building phase and then replanted

on completion.

Impact’s current redevelopment

project, Residence8, involved

transforming a partly-built

house into six beautiful and

individual apartments, all of

which have magnificent views

across the Gulf of Thailand.

“We are constantly looking at

ways to raise the bar, and using the

latest technology to minimise energy

consumption and global warming,”

says director Rodney Waller.

Impact Samui’s latest new-build

project, The Peak, will showcase

the highest possible eco-sensitive

building standards available to

create spacious, family-friendly

luxury villas in one of the island’s

most sought-after locations.

Social responsibility is a passion of

company director, Susan Field. “Whilst

our business provides commercial

benefits to the country and its people,

we feel it is important to give back to

our local community. As such, we are

involved in the current renovation

of the Children’s Ward at the public

hospital in Nathon, providing goods

and services to help create a friendly,

colourful environment for young

patients. We have also assisted with

Soi Dog’s island-wide neutering

programme and supported the island’s

Elephant Sanctuary.”

OWNING THE BEAUTY OF NATURAL LUXURY

www.botanicavillasphuket.com | Tel: +66 (0) 98 394 7097, +66 (0) 81 893 2113

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PROPERTY SPECIAL

GET TO KNOW THE EXPERTS ON

KOH SAMUI REAL ESTATE

IVL Property welcomes you to Thailand, with a special

welcome to Fah Thai readers flying to Koh Samui. If

you have fallen in love with the island and are ready

to own a piece of paradise, we provide a full spectrum

of services, from land surveying and construction to

all administrative and financial services at the time of

purchase and for the lifetime of your investment.

Interested in a coconut farm in the hills or a plot

of beach land? Purchasing off plan or a completed,

furnished villa? We are a Koh Samui-based boutique

real estate company with a proven track record and

deep understanding of the property market and Thai

business practices, and we can help you.

We are proud co-developers of the stunning

villas at The Ridge, winner of the Best Residential

Development - Koh Samui, now completed and

fully booked this holiday season. Currently under

construction is Oasis, an award-winning collection

of stunning pool villas on a gentle, palm tree fringed

hill with sea views. Off plan and completed villas are

available for sale.

Based on the success of these developments, the

soon to be launched, award-winning luxury villas and

apartments of Anamaya will surely impress holiday

makers from around the world.

HEAVENLY RETREAT

In the search for the ultimate in luxury living in

Phuket, Layan Residences by Anantara is a sure

contender to connect tranquillity and luxurious

comfort in a residence. Sitting high on a hill looking

onto Layan Bay, the special location ensures dreamy,

awe-inspiring views merging beautifully in a

residential layout. All this caters to a discerning

home owner who gets to define what it means to

live at Layan Residences by Anantara.

The design vision, inspired by the west coast of

Phuket, belonged to the late Indonesian design guru Jaya

Ibrahim. Known for his refinement and elegance, these

qualities are also brought into the property in a space

that borrows from the surrounding lush environment

while maintaining efficiently luxurious indoors.

With an open-plan design, the

layout possesses clean lines that

plays up the natural light, leading

the eye to appreciate the outside

view of land and sea. As a design

visionary, Jaya’s signature touches

include lattice-decked ceilings and

entrance doors accentuated by

antique Burmese teak.

The interiors of the Residences

speak to classic Asian design yet

pay attention to modern wants

and conveniences. This is seen in

the high ceilings for the feeling

of spaciousness and airiness, while

floor-to-ceiling windows play up the

vistas belonging to Layan Beach.

With 15 exclusive pool residences,

owners enjoy the privacy while looking

into the secluded Anantara Layan

Phuket Resort, which itself is a tropical

sanctuary in a tranquil beach setting

on the island’s west coast. Customised

to reflect each owner’s personality,

each residence is individually created

in a two-story layout, available in

three to eight-bedrooms, ranging

from 1,700 to 3,600 sqm.

YOUR GREAT ESCAPE

WITH EXTRAORDINARY MOMENT

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Project Name:

Layan Residences by Anantara

Developer:

Hua Hin Resort Limited

Registered Capital:

200,000,000 Baht

Project Location:

Layan Soi 4, Cherngtalay,

Layan Beach,

Phuket 83110

Registered Address:

16th Floor, Berli Jucker Building,

99 Soi Rubia, Sukhumvit 42

Road, Prakanong Sub-District,

Klongtoey District, Bangkok

10110, Thailand

Plot No.:

23, 54, 55, 57

Title Deed No.:

9441 (internal access road),

29786 (partial), 29787 and 29788

Project Area:

32 Rai 1 Ngan 52.8 Square Wah

Number of Residences:

15 residences

Construction Permit No.:

44/2556, 45/2556

and 51-62/2556

Schedule Completion Date:

May 2016

Layan Residences by Anantara

168 Moo 6, Layan Beach Soi 4,

Cherngtalay, Layan Beach,

Phuket 83110

Mobile: +66 (0) 85 484 8752

Email: residences@minor.com

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PROPERTY SPECIAL

A HOME WITH SCENIC VIEWS AMONGST

SAMUI’S NATURAL BEAUTY

Samujana is an exclusive collection

of spacious individual, free standing,

and luxury residences on the island

of Samui whose award-winning

architecture, design and interiors

embraces its natural tropical

environment. Gary Fell of GFAB

Architects designed Samujana with

a grand vision to preserve and protect

the incredible natural beauty

surrounding the development.

This allowed him to incorporate

the majestic natural features,

including mature trees and rock

formations into living areas, gardens

and even directly into some pools.

Perfectly perched on a Samui

hillside with expansive sea views and

direct beach access, the residences

boast some of Asia’s largest private

pools. Each uniquely-designed

villa offers impressive views of

neighbouring islands and Samui’s

rolling landscape. Ideally located just

minutes away from the airport and a

short distance to Chaweng and Choeng

Mon beaches, the hillside location

affords spectacular views and an

enviable location that fronts a secluded

coral bay. A plethora of attractions and

activities available to be enjoyed in

Koh Samui and its surrounding islands

allow you to indulge in a fantastic mix of cultural

immersion and adventures, either in an island

jungle or at sea.

A dedicated staff provides exemplary estate

and villa management and hospitality services.

All residences are fully furnished with high

quality furniture and fittings. The villas feature

exceptionally large living areas including living

room, dining room, and kitchen, which wrap

around a pool, – all adding to the feel of freedom

and openness. The villa construction includes

sturdy and hardwearing natural materials with

an eye to superior specifications and materials.

Consequently, the villas include superb quality

kitchens (at both front and service kitchen) and

spacious double bathrooms for each bedroom.

Private offices, media rooms, gyms and home

theatres complement the general feeling of space

for occupants.

Many of the homes utilise extensive internal

landscaping to provide shade and privacy while

also encouraging natural and cooling ventilation

which ensures a comfortable environment even

when away from natural breezes. Assisted by

overhead fans, minimal air-conditioning is required.

With proximity to all necessities on the island

while providing a luxurious haven, Samujana

is an excellent option for both your investment

opportunities and lifestyle.

MAKE YOUR ISLAND DREAM A REALITY

As an independent estate agent with

over 10 years experience solely in

the Koh Samui property market,

OPP should be your first choice to

make your dreams of island living

become a reality. At OPP we provide

personal, professional, honest

and straightforward advice. We

understand that you, our client,

require both astute and financially

sound property advice in addition to

a turn key service.

With knowledge that can only

be gained by local experience, we

can engage with, and advise you on

how best to navigate the property

market and find the most suitable

properties that the charming island

of Koh Samui has to offer. We strive

to understand your needs depending

upon the type of property you are

looking for and its purpose.

Koh Samui is firmly on

the map with its international

airport, international schools and

international hospitals making

the island a paradise for investors,

holiday makers, families and those

looking to retire. With steadily

increasing passenger numbers

year-on-year due to airline route

expansion, the future for Koh Samui

is bright.

Benefit from OPP’s knowledge

and expertise and arrange an

appointment with us.

FOR SPECIALIST PROPERTY ADVICE

ON KOH SAMUI, VISIT OUR OFFICE IN BOPHUT OR CALL US

AND WE WILL COME TO YOU.

Tel: +66 (0)80 535 1725

Email: martin@overseaspropertyportfolio.com

Website: www.overseaspropertyportfolio.com

119/20 Samui Town Centre, Moo1, Bophut, Koh Samui

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GALLERY

Paving

Every year, people gather for the Loy Krathong

festival in the ancient and spiritual kingdom of

Sukhothai, where it is believed to have started.

A Festive Path

Sukhothai

Words & Photos Sugato Mukherjee

alking through the

neatly manicured

gardens of Sukhothai

Historical Park, I

pass the ancient statues of Buddha

that serenely face eastwards to the

mellow glow of the morning sun.

With a goal to celebrate, I arrive

at the northern fringes of the park

with its leafy backwoods.

At the annual festival of Loy

Krathong, rivers and canals come

to life with revellers floating

colourful vessels to give thanks to

the water goddess for a bountiful

harvest, as well as pray for

the washing away of negative

thoughts. Before this uplifting

act of penance, a ceremony

takes place. A small group of

orange-robed monks arrive

and wordlessly enter through a

narrow slit in the wall. Following

them inside, I stand transfixed.

In front of me is one of the largest

and finest Buddha statues I have

ever seen.

As the chants of the monks

reverberate among the complex of

pagodas, the rays of the sun filter

through, lighting up the golden

fingers of the 13th century statue.

This is the Speaking Buddha of

Wat Si Chum, as legend has it,

that boosted the morale of the

Siamese king’s troops in a battle

with the invading Burmese army.

Now part of folklore, monks

commemorate the 15th century

incident during the Loy Krathong

celebrations in Sukhothai.

In the evening, the main

boulevard of the former capital

of Thailand brims with colours.

It is the fifth and climactic day

of Loy Krathong. Festivities

included beauty pageants,

basket-making competitions,

food stalls, and musical soirées.

A grand parade slowly inches

towards the Historical Park.

Women in flowing traditional

costumes on palanquins vogue in

elegant poses to the delight of the

shutterbugs, and small children

dart in and out of the procession

towards snack vendors.

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GALLERY

OPPOSITE

According to a Thai legend, the

stuccoed Buddha statue inside Wat

Si Chum of Sukhothai Historical

Park spoke to the Siamese army

during a 13th-century battle against

Burmese invaders.

RIGHT

The Loy Krathong festival has

spiritual overtones in which the

Thai people pay their respects to

the water goddess, along with the

promise to protect and respect

her generosity.

BOTTOM

Colourful parades and traditional

attire are an integral part of the

festivities in Sukhothai.

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GALLERY

TOP

The strikingly beautiful son-et-lumiere show

encompasses the history of Kingdom of Sukhothai

that was founded in 1238 A.D.

OPPOSITE LEFT

Sporting a festive smile and headgear.

RIGHT

Traditional art, crafts and customs come together,

a fire breathing demonstation (opposite page),

at a parade.

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GALLERY

OPPOSITE, TOP

Participants atop

palanquins grace the

vibrant procession,

to the delight

of shutterbugs.

OPPOSITE, BOTTOM

The krathongs are released

into the water as an

offering to Phra Mae

Khongkha, the goddess

of water.

TOP LEFT

Crafted from banana tree

trunks and its folded

leaves, the krathong gets

colourfully decorated

with flowers.

TOP RIGHT

The whisper of a prayer

accompanies the release

of paper lanterns into the

night sky.

BELOW

An exquisite

display of fireworks

inside Sukhothai

Historical Park.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Sugato Mukherjee is a photographer

and writer based in Calcutta, India.

When he is not working on longterm

personal projects, Sugato

loves to weave visual narratives

on exotic and offbeat destinations.

He has contributed to The Globe

and Mail, Al Jazeera, National

Geographic Traveller, Jet Wings

International, among others. His

work on sulphur miners of East Java

was awarded by UNESCO. Sugato’s

coffee table book ‘An Antique Land:

A Visual Memoir of Ladakh’ was

published from New Delhi in 2013

and received critical acclaim.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Unconventional

Expression

Staying true to its

objectives for

contemporary

works, Toot Yung

Gallery in Chiang Mai

exhibits artist

Montri Toemsombat’s

striking and

original work.

BANGKOK 100 / SAMUI 106 / PHUKET 110 / CHIANG MAI 114 / KOH CHANG 115 /

CHENGDU, CHONGQING & GUANGZHOU 116 / HONG KONG 118 / SINGAPORE 120 / KL 121 / PHNOM PENH, SIEM REAP & SONG SAA 122 /

HANOI 124 / YANGON 126 / LUANG PRABANG 128 / MUMBAI 130 / MALDIVES 131

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

A Grand Hotel

Comes to Bangkok

Bangkok continues to ascend

the ranks of incredible luxury

with new hotel offerings this

year. The arrival of iconic

luxury hotel Waldorf Astoria

Bangkok, marks the latest

property under the portfolio of

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts,

owned by the Hilton Group. The

property strives to introduce its

legacy of hospitality and style

to the City of Angels as well

as deliver once-in-a-lifetime

experiences for guests. Located

within the 60-storey Magnolias

Ratchadamri Boulevard, the hotel

is conveniently within walking

distance to all the excitement

that Bangkok has to offer. It

boasts the most striking ballroom

with its sweeping staircase and

sophisticated ambience, making

it a great venue for social events

and weddings. Designed by

architect André Fu and his AFSO

studio which blends contemporary

architecture together with Thai

artisanal elements, the Waldorf

Astoria Bangkok’s 171 guest rooms

and suites are the marvel of the

chain’s legendary luxury adapted

to a local yet contemporary setting.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is also set to

become a dining destination, with 3

unique restaurants including Nordic–

Thai Cuisine at Front Room, a lounge

and 2 bars to fulfil everyone’s culinary

desires. 151 Ratchadamri Road, Lumphini,

waldorfbangkok.waldorfastoria.com,

+66 (0) 2846 8888

A REFINED SPOT ON THE BLOCK

Ratchadamri’s legendary establishment, the

Peninsula Plaza, recently welcomed a new

addition to its dining outlet with MaiMai

Eatery. Here’s a place where east meets west

in a refined setting with flavourful fusion

dishes, namely Crispy Wonton Pad Thai

with Shrimp, and international mash-ups like

Crab Croquette with Tartar Sauce. MaiMai

Eatery caters to any craving for local Thai

touches with the likes of popular Penin

Boat Noodles and its “hi-so” (high society)

options for either tender pork or beef, based

on an authentic recipe hailing from Ayutthaya.

Spacious and air-conditioned, MaiMai Eatery’s

setting offers a Euro-chic atmosphere thanks

to the natural light pouring through the

transparent ceiling, not to mention live piano

performances. The Peninsula Plaza Bangkok 153

Ratchadamri Rd., facebook.com/maimaieatery,

+66 (0) 2652 1399

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

All’s Well in a Sanctuary

Asia’s leading wellness brand Pañpuri recently

unveiled Pañpuri Wellness, an urban oasis

aimed to promote rejuvenation and introduce

long-lasting vitality. Pañpuri Wellness greets

guests upon their entry to this wellness

sanctuary with an elegant and timeless space

with organic materials such as natural woods,

fine marble, with silk draperies as well as

a panoramic view of the Bangkok skyline.

Following Pañpuri’s unique offerings of “The

Seven Wonders of Pañpuri Wellness”, the

wellness oasis features 12

treatment rooms diversified

into couples and singles massage

rooms as well as 2 exclusive

suites with an en-suite onsen

for privacy. The spa also uses

Blueair, a premium air purifying

system to prevent harmful

effects of poor air quality and

ensure guests’ ultimate relaxation.

Apart from Pañpuri’s finest spa

materials, another highlight of

the place are onsen pools with

different types to complement

guest’s wellness journey.

12th Floor, Gaysorn Urban

Retreat, Gaysorn Village,

Ploenchit Rd., Lumphini,

panpuriwellness.com,

+66 (0) 2253 8899

HIGH UP IN GLAMOUR

Sitting high on the 32nd floor of

the Bangkok Marriott Hotel — The

Surawongse, is Yào Restaurant and Rooftop

Bar that modernises the concept of a

Chinese eatery with its contemporary

sophistication. The venue is designed

in 2 levels: the restaurant has a breathtaking

view of the Bangkok skyline and

shimmering Chao Phraya River, and the

rooftop bar with its modern Chinese feel.

Offering diverse menus of Cantonese and

Shanghai cuisines, Yào’s head chef Bruce

Hui has crafted authentic recipes with

a stylish twist to give Yào’s menus

a unique representation from other

Chinese eateries. The drink selection

is not to be missed either. Apart from

extensive signature cocktails, Yào offers

a Chinese-style tea ceremony known as

Des-Tea-Ny which introduces diners

to distinctive tea aromas and exotic

flavours. 262 Surawongse Road, Si Phraya,

Bang Rak, +66 (0) 2088 5666,

bangkokmarriottsurawongse.com

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BANGKOK

Photos by Dolnapa Ram-Indra

SPOTLIGHT

A Tempest of

Tastes

In the old days in Thailand,

“Am-dang” meant Mrs. or Miss

whereas “Typhoon” referred

to the manner of stir-frying

crabs found in typhoon shelters

off Hong Kong Island. This

unusual combination reflects

the idea of preserving authentic

Thai recipes which requires

meticulous details in every step,

many of which may soon be

forgotten. The restaurant, Amdang

Typhoon has a dedicated

owner and chef Yai Buncharas

who strives to maintain local

Thai recipes with authenticity

and fresh ingredients of the

highest quality. The result is

a mesmerising array of Thai

and Chinese dishes – from

Stir-Fried Pork Crackling with

Green Curry Paste to Hong Kong

Typhoon Shelter Spicy Crab

which includes the hot, peppery

flavour and aromatic fragrance

from stir-frying garlic with

fresh crabs. Sukhumvit 32,

facebook.com/amdangtyphoon,

+66 (0) 95 716 4712

LIGHTS OUT IN DINING

The name, Wang Hinghoi, says it all, as this sensory experience

of a restaurant is named after the firefly, ‘hing hoi’ in Thai. The

dining concept at Wang Hinghoi bridges the city, the woods,

and people as more than 1,000 sq. metres of land has been

transformed into a lush area in the city. It’s a different kind

of dining in the dark, encased in a large glasshouse whose

steel framework lends an urban and contemporary

touch as fireflies flit about. Inside, the model

ecosystem houses the creatures who

engage in their show of light to entertain

as diners go about their meal in a

separate space. During the 18 months

that Wang Hinghoi remains open,

experience seekers will dine on food

that is relied on by all five senses. On

offer are different culinary journeys

crafted under the concept, “The Four

Elements of Life.” Earth, water, wind, and

fire are interpreted into diverse menus which

promise a true awakening of the senses. As the

dining experience at Wang Hinghoi is truly

one-of-a-kind, advanced booking is the only

option. wanghinghoi.com, +66 (0) 91 979 6226

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THAILAND

SAMUI

SPOTLIGHT

Five-Star Luxury

On A Private Island

Luxury in the Gulf of Thailand

has reached a new standard

with the addition of the

beautiful 5-star resort Cape

Fahn. Situated on the small

private island of Koh Fahn,

the resort offers guests a truly

exclusive experience. Just

300 metres off the north east

coast of Koh Samui, guests

can arrive by private boat

or simply walk from Samui

during low-tide. Once at the

Cape, guests get immersed

in luxury with private pool

villas, world-class French

and Thai cuisine, natural

spa treatments and much

more. Each one of the 22

private pool villas comes

well equipped and includes

around-the-clock staff to

meet the desires of guests.

As the only resort on the

small island of Koh Fahn, the

property sets a new standard

of luxury and offers guests

the experience of a private

island. capefahnhotel.com,

+66 (0) 77 602 301

AN ESTABLISHED FAVOURITE

Since 2008, Karma Sutra Bar Et Kitchen

has been a well-loved staple of vibrant

Fisherman’s Village. With the blue sea

and Koh Phangan as a backdrop, guests

stop by Karma Sutra for the views just

as much as the delicious food. With

extensive opening hours from 7.30am

to 2am every day, people are constantly

flowing in and out of the beach restaurant.

In the morning, the place is a favourite

among tourists and locals alike looking for

a hearty breakfast. In the evening Karma

Sutra turns into one of the liveliest bars

in the village. Rattan décor, pastel colours,

and the breeze from the ocean make for

perfect beach vibes. Karma Sutra’s menu

features Thai and local favourites as well

as French dishes, along with influences

from the establishment’s owners. Guests

are invited to enjoy some of Samui’s

favourite food and drinks on one of Karma

Sutra’s two floors; each offering beautiful

views and friendly faces.

karmasutrasamui.com, +66 (0) 81 891 8363

FEEL THE BURN

For those looking to burn off the indulgence of a holiday well

spent in Samui, Air Wellfit is the perfect place to take part in

dance and fitness classes. With classes ranging from aerial silk

acrobatics to hip hop dance, and everything in between, the

studio offers something to suit all tastes. With two studios

based in Plailaem and Chaweng, Air Wellfit provides group

classes for children and adults, as well as private specialised

classes. facebook.com/airwellfit, +66 (0) 99 312 2194

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SAMUI

BEACH RESTAURANT BUZZES

Lively Chaweng Beach has seen a new fabulous

addition to its already impressive line-up with the Tent

Restaurant at Sala Chaweng. The Tent has become one

of Chaweng’s most coveted beachfront dining spot

due to its chic restaurant and lounge set against the

powdery white sand. In addition to the stunning beach

setting, the Tent also boasts a perfectly manicured

lawn for guests to lounge on while sipping artisan

cocktails and wine. With an impressive selection of

imported gin and wine, guests from around the island

are drawn to the Tent to appeal to their finer tastes.

A number of dining options are available from private

beach salas to a cool terrace overlooking the sea. Each

night of the week, the Tent features new offerings for

its guests including surf and turf buffets, live music,

traditional Thai dancing, movie nights on the lawn and

much more. facebook.com/SALASamuiChaweng,

+66 (0) 77 905 888

TOUR OF THE ISLANDS

A guided tour while vacationing on Koh

Samui can provide a special experience.

With so many tour operators to choose

from, it can often be difficult to select

the right one. For a unique tour option

with a completely relaxed, unrushed and

authentic feel – Island Gem Tours serves

as a good choice. Island Gem Tours

offers a guided variety on Samui and

the surrounding islands. Partnering with

local families and offering a look into the

authentic Samui life, the operator prides

itself on giving patrons a memorable

experience. Available tours include one

for drinks tasting, wellness, island view

sunset tour, a private speed boat charter

and the most popular one – a picnic tour.

islandgemtours.com, +66 (0) 84 647 6185

A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS

A sky full of stars, plush and lush beach cushions, artisan food and drinks,

and your favourite film on the big screen. To many people this may sound

like a dream evening. W Hotel of Koh Samui makes dreams come true with

their weekly Monday beach cinema nights starting at 8pm. Each week guests

or non-guests can attend this relaxed and picturesque evening full of great

food and great films. Guests are invited to watch the films at no cost but are

required to purchase an item from the W’s beach menu. Laying back in the

comfort of 5-star seating on a white sand beach, with a beautiful backdrop of

palm trees, stars, and the sprawling sea, is a perfect way to spend a Monday

evening. Seating is limited, so booking in advance is recommended and can

be done by calling the W Hotel directly. wkohsamui.com, +66 (0) 77 915 999

SUNDAY BRUNCH & YOGA

When we fantasise about a

Sunday brunch on a beautiful

island:an unending buffet,

bottles of champagne and a DJ

spinning tunes come to mind.

For those who prefer to start

their day off with wellness as

their top priority, Wide Tribe

Superfood Café & Juice Bar

offers a special twist on the

typical Sunday. At Wild Tribe’s

Sunday Yoga Brunch, you

won’t find unending bottles

of champagne or every kind of

indulgence. What you will find is

a peaceful and gentle yoga class

followed by a healthy, organic

and nourishing meal, all for only

590 Baht. Located at the end

of Lamai Beach road, Wild Tribe

is perfectly positioned in busy

Lamai but also has the beach

right at its steps. Yoga Brunch

is held every Sunday and starts

at 10.30am, wildtribecafe.com,

+66 (0) 80 112 5541

SPOTLIGHT

An Oyster Bar to Remember

On the corner opposite of Karma

Sutra Bar Et Kitchen sits Art of

Life Restaurant. Known for fresh

oysters and seafood served in an

industrial décor setting, Art of

Life is making a name for itself

as one of the most coveted seats

in Fisherman’s Village. As Samui’s

first true oyster bar, Art of Life

has set the standard extremely

high. At the helm of the

restaurant is Christophe Scali,

a well-known French chef who

sources 85% of his products

from the esteemed Rungis

market in France. All seafood

is delivered fresh twice a week

or purchased daily from local

fishermen on Samui. A true

French experience can be had

at Art of Life, though the

restaurant can still cater to

the Thai palate and offer

some local fare. Diners

are are encouraged to

book on a Friday night.

artoflifesamui.com,

+66 (0) 80 319 1924

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THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

Hip and

Chill Retail

As a more recent addition to Phuket’s market scene, Chillva has

sprouted up and flourished as a hip hangout spot.

Located near Rajabhat University, this nightly market attracts

local students and tourists alike as a more stylish option to the

well-known Naka weekend market. Dozens of food stalls serve up

snacks while specialised restaurants offer up fantastic seafood,

noodle soups, and more. Treat yourself to a unique t-shirt, new pair

of shoes, or wacky gift for a friend. Converted shipping containers

stacked two tall serve as themed pubs with live music or the airing

sporting events.

Chillva has something happening every night of the week, but

it’s more fun Thursday-Saturday when there’s live music on the

main stage and everything is in full swing. Yaowarat Rd., Talat Yai,

Amphoe Mueang Phuket, +66 (0) 94 419 5670

YOUR OWN SLICE OF PARADISE

Everyone comes to Phuket in pursuit of a little slice of paradise.

While most are perfectly content at the popular spots, the more

adventurous wander off in search of something a bit more off the

beaten track.

Nestled amongst the swaying palms and rugged headlands

between Bang Tao and Nai Thon is where one can find just

the slice they’re searching for at Banana Beach. You won’t find

beachside parking, sun loungers, or someone fetching you mai

tais, but you will find a secluded crescent of sand and glistening

sea in a national forest setting.

Find limited parking along the road and a short, steep trail

down to the sand. From November to April, the calm, crystal-clear

waters are an ideal setting for a chill afternoon. Cherngtalay,

Thalang District

SURF’S UP FOR THE SEASON

The best thing about monsoon season

in Phuket is that it’s also surf season!

From May through October, the

Andaman Sea awakens and delivers

some fun-sized waves for all abilities.

For the past 15 years, Phuket Surf at

Kata Beach has been offering lessons

and board rentals for adventure seekers.

Nestled in the southern corner of Kata

Beach, their shop offers the perfect vantage

point to check out the entire beach, and more

importantly, the waves.

With several decades of combined

experience, the team at Phuket Surf will have

you catching your first wave in no time.

From stretching to paddling, to proper stance

and reading waves, reading waves, they know

all the tricks to make it seem easy.

phuketsurf.com

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PHUKET

WHERE JAZZ MATTERS

In the heart of Phuket Town tucked down

a dark alley is the area’s quintessential, and

only, dedicated jazz club. Unmistakable with

tables out in the street, dim red lighting, and

jazz tunes echoing down the alley, Music

Matter has been filling the ears of local and

visiting jazz fans for more than 18 years.

Known for his friendly personality and

pure passion for jazz, owner and pianist

Jeffrey Sevilla almost always joins in for

the popular Wednesday night jam session.

Jeffrey has an infectious dedication to

supporting the jazz community in Phuket,

hosting many special events such as

the King Rama IV Memorial Concert on

October 14 and the upcoming UNESCO

International Jazz Day on April 30. 119

Chanajaroen Rd., Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang

Phuket, facebook.com/phuketmusicmatters

WOVEN AND WEARABLE ART

Let’s face it, who isn’t always on the prowl for something

unique and colourful to enrich their fashion repertoire? With

a colour palette ranging from subdued earth tones through

vivid hues of all sorts, Paul Ropp’s eclectic selections will

please almost everyone.

The Bali-based designer proclaims that his creations are

not merely fashion, but “wearable art”. Indeed, the colours,

textures, and styles are not your run-of-the-mill department

store standards. The high-end fabrics are woven and dyed

by hand in India with the garments, shoes, and accessories

crafted in Bali. The styles run the gamut from what could

be described as wildly bohemian-hippie to elegantly simple.

paulropp.com

JOURNEY TO WAT SIN SUPHARAM

This glittering and usually quiet temple sits picturesquely poised

over a pond. Wat Sin Supharam pays homage to the late Luang Pu

Supa and is one of two Buddhists temples he built after coming to

Phuket in 1957.

Born in 1896 in Sakon Nakhon, Luang Pu Supa was acknowledged

as a Buddhist prodigy who became a monk at nine years old and

studied in China, India, Afghanistan, and across Southeast Asia.

He came to Phuket after being directed to do so in a dream and

reached near god-like status for his strict personal ideals as a

phra thudong (forest monk).

Passing away in 2013, Buddhist amulets bearing his likeness

are considered very sacred and valuable. Chalong, Amphoe

Mueang Phuket, +66 (0) 76 521 342

THE BRUNCH CLUB

Phuket has always been the ideal

getaway for beach clubs and now, add

brunch to the list and where the party

can keep going. After all, a leisurely

spread of food favourites is the best

thing to greet you. For a real escapist

holiday, experience the ultimate at the

Dream Beach Club and their Sunday

brunch, called “All New Around the

World Sunday Brunch” available from

12 to 4 pm, followed by a pool party

right on Layan Beach.

Nothing wakes you up better

than their brunch smorgasbord of

seafood, other meats and high quality

ingredients in the vibrant atmosphere

whipped up by the Dream Beach Club.

The ‘All New Around the World Sunday

Brunch’ will have live cooking stations

for dishes à la minute, a Japanese

Kitchen, a Carvery selection and

freshly made BBQ, desserts and global

menus galore.

Enjoy the meal with the weekly

Dream Beach Club Pool Party every

Sunday at 12pm, which goes on until late.

Promising an exuberance of Carnival and Mardi

Gras, the atmosphere intensifies poolside as the

weekly themed parties get underway. ‘Pirates of

the Caribbean meets Superheroes’ is how the

organisers describe it, with some of the best

international DJs and live musicians while aerialists,

fire shows, and Dream Dancers round out the

mix. For an even better time, book their sunbed

packages for the ultimate Dream Beach Club

VIP experience. Layan Beach, Soi 2, Cherng Talay,

Amphoe Thalang, dreambeachclub.com,

+ 66 (0) 98 048 3500

SPOTLIGHT

Food

that’s

Worth

the

Detour

Krua Sirin is a brand new

addition to the Phuket culinary

scene and this place truly

has it all: a killer location in

Old Phuket Town, an artsy

vibe with funky tiles and a

huge mural, and honest-togoodness

homestyle Thai

cooking. After the first bite, it’s

no surprise that Chef Jurairat

has been spending the last 30

years working in kitchens.

The signature dish is the

namprik goong siep; a potent

dip made with dried shrimp,

garlic, chilli, shallot, coconut

and more, served with a raw

veggie medley. Another

recommended dish is the

gaeng khua moo sapparot

which is a thick, spicy curry

with minced pork and Phuket

pineapple overflowing with

complex flavours. Other classic

favourites include the epitome

of Southern Thai food - gaeng

som, as well as geeyin (pork,

crab, and shrimp eggrolls), and

fried fish with garlic and

black pepper.

If we were talking about an

average restaurant we would

say stop by if you’re in the

neighbourhood – but Krua

Sirin isn’t average and is worth

going out of your way. 58/3

Ratsada Rd., Tambon Talat Nuea,

Amphoe Mueang Phuket, +66 (0)

64 241 4665

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THAILAND

CHIANG MAI

THAILAND

KOH CHANG

SPOTLIGHT

In-Depth Culinary Experience

Three Trees embraces Thai

culinary traditions of past and

present. Drawing on historical

recipes and 15 years of extensive

research, founder and prominent

food scholar, Hanuman Aspler

offers a bespoke and intimate

approach to learning the art of

Thai cooking. From Royal Thai

cuisine to regional cooking,

minority dishes and even Laotian

cuisine – given enough notice,

a unique experience can be

carefully crafted to suit your

interest. All classes are private

for 1-3 students at a time, and

the setting is pure magic. Just

30 minutes from the city centre,

the school is nestled on a 15-rai,

luscious farm at the foothills of

Doi Saket. Hanuman dedicated

years to revitalising the area’s

swampland, managing water

systems and creating a food

forest that is reminiscent

of ancient Siam. A definite

foodie haven for those

seeking out an in-depth

appreciation of Thai cuisine.

thaifoodmaster.com

TASTE OF THE MEXICAN SPIRIT

Take a break from Thai seafood and indulge

in a fun Mexican dining experience on

Barrio Bonito on Koh Chang. Located in

the heart of Kai Bae village on the island,

the restaurant is known for its authentic

Mexican fare. Founded by a Mexican chef

and a Frenchman who felt the only way

to not miss home is to bring the mood of

the barrio, or neighbourhood in Spanish,

over to the island. Originally from Mexico

City and Oaxaca, the owner brought with

her the local culture and gastronomy with

imported spices and ingredients. Chipotle

chilli, ancho chillies, and achiote paste add

an authentic touch to the scrumptious

dishes. Spice up your day with a wide

array of Mexican delights such as alambre,

taquitos, cochinita pibil, along with their

signature cocktails. 98/14-15 Moo 4

Kai Bae, Koh Chang, Trat, barriobonito.com

ART MEETS NATURE

Toot Yung (that’s “mosquito butt” in Thai)

abandoned the bustle of the Bangkok

art scene earlier this year in favour of an

unlikely and rather remote enclave in Mae Rim

district. Some 30km north of Chiang Mai

city, the compound was designed by owner

and art enthusiast Udom Dansakchai with

a vision of creating a peaceful space that

blends art and nature. The haven features

a world-class art gallery, a design gallery

and a workshop for artists-in-residence,

all nestled in lush tropical gardens.

Curator and director Myrtille Tibayrenc

has a penchant for the provocative and

believes that destiny brought this centre

into being. This December showcases

respected Thai sculptor, Haritorn

Akarapat. tootyunggallery.com,

+66 (0) 84 914 5499

HANDMADE, FROM START TO FINISH

A passion project of founder and designer Boontavee “Boon”

Charoenpoonsiri, Torboon, embraces every stage of the bag-making

process – from weaving the base fabric, to selecting the finest leather

details and above all, for a carefully crafted and enduring design. After

deciding on a career change, Boon spent two years learning the art

of bag-making in Florence and Milan. Returning home with new skills

in tow, she found further inspiration in the local culture of textile

weaving, thereby creating a marriage of Thai heritage and Italian

craftsmanship. Her contemporary range has expanded to include

women’s shoes, unisex hats and a men’s bag line. One Nimman,

1 Nimmanhaemin Road, torboonchiangmai.com

A NOT-SO-SECRET CAFÉ

My Secret Café’s (not-so-secret, really)

In Town branch echoes the vibrant mood

and cosy feel of their flagship location on the

outskirts of town (minus the lamyai or longan

farm and friendly horses). Nestled in a nook

just behind popular Akha Ama coffee, their

discreet yet central location is steps away

from Sunday walking street and the revered

Phra Singh temple. On offer is a combination

of Thai and Western comfort food with

an array of mouth-watering, fresh-baked

goodies. The otherwise tranquil café comes

alive with Tuesday Music Nights, expect an

impressive line-up of jazz, blues, samba and

more – featuring up-and-coming musical

talents – all carefully curated by respected

local sax player “Ek.” 175/12 Rachadamnoen

Road, facebook.com/mysecretcafeintown

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CHINA

CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU

VIBRANT EXPRESS TO GUANGZHOU

A new bullet train service between Hong Kong and Guangzhou on the

mainland whisks travellers in a speedy 40 minutes. While more efficient than

airport commutes with potential flight delays, travellers must still arrive early

for security and immigration. The trains have two classes of seats, Standard

Class and First Class. The stations involved are the Guangzhou South railway

station, a quick stop in Shenzhen, and on the Hong Kong end of the High

Speed Rail line, the futuristic West Kowloon station, conveniently located

between the Kowloon (MTR and Airport Express) and Austin (MTR) stations.

Timetables can be downloaded via a special High Speed Rail app, which also

includes trip planning, advice on which station exit to use, and other practical

information. Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone, and online.

The new high-speed railway will travel at 200kph (or 120mph) to 44

destinations in the mainland. A first class ticket on the Vibrant Express

train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou costs around HK$370 and a second

class ticket HK$247.

SPOTLIGHT

Almighty Gorges

in Chongqing

GET READY FOR YOUR PISTE IN XILING

The 18th Xiling Snow Mountain Snow and Ice Festival will start on December 20 at Xiling Snow

Mountain in west Chengdu’s Dayi County. Tourists can appreciate a beautiful snowscape, go skiing and

take part in other colourful events during the Festival, including a music gala, family activities, a theme

photography programme, and a flash mob, etc.

For night skiing and visits, the ski field in the mountain will open at 19.00-20.00 daily with a

professional illuminating system for the trails, decorative string lights celebrating the season, and

spotlights that will light up the night sky over the resort.

Considered the largest snow mountain skiing resort in China, Xiling Snow Mountain’s location

in the Sichuan Province offers visitors its natural beauty and culinary delights. Getting there is just a

two-hour bus ride from Chengdu. gochengdu.cn/events/festivals/18th-xiling-snow-mountain-snow-and-icefestival-a6614.html

THE OASIS OF ZHUJIANG PARK

Hidden in plain sight, at the centre of Zhujiang

New Town, is a nearly 70-acre park filled with

interlaced foot paths, jogging tracks, trails, streams,

and waterfalls. If you happen to be in Zhujiang

New Town, and have at least half an hour to spare,

take time to absorb the charming atmosphere.

The park is wonderfully diverse, having 8 gardens,

namely: Ornamental Forest Zone, Shady Plant

Zone, Osmanthus Garden, Magnolia Garden,

Palm Garden, Flowers Garden, Lake Area, and

the Sparse Lawn zone. Zhujiang Park, Metro Line 5

(Jiaokou–Wenchong) to Liede station.

CELEBRATING ANCIENT CULTURE

The Tianfu Old Town International Art Festival 2018 will celebrate Chinese

cultural and arts & craft creations at Anren Ancient Town, in west Chengdu’s

Dayi County.

Everything from China’s four famous ink stones, porcelain ware,

embroidery crafts, woven bamboo ware, figurines, and lacquer ware will be

showcased. Famous old towns in China will exhibit their unique heritage and

cultural offerings.

Chengdu, the city of hotpot and pandas, is one of the fastest-growing

cities in China. Their new Tianfu International Airport expects completion by

2019 as a world-class aviation hub. gochengdu.cn, enquiry@gochengdu.cn

It’s been said that the Three Gorges served as the main

reason why people journeyed to Chongqing. A crucial visit

on any China itinerary, Chongqing is either the start or end

for most people wanting to journey along the Yangtze River

to experience the scenic and historic Three Gorges area.

Itineraries include sailing down the Yangtze from

Chongqing to Yichang so that you can take in the scenery

while passing through the lush valley between mountains.

Temples and river towns dot the vast landscape with their

stories told to all spectators. The Qutang Gorge is famous

for its magnificence and the gateway to the mighty Yangtze,

Wu Gorge takes on a quieter beauty while Xiling Gorge

held a past reputation as the most dangerous gorge for its

treacherous shoals.

Tickets (about Y100 for an hour) can be purchased at each

dock. Travellers can stop over anywhere along the way.

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HONG KONG

SPOTLIGHT

A Modern Roast House

When it comes to Hong Kong

cuisine, roast meats often take

top billing on most foodies’

list. Hongkongers have taken

the art of roasting meat to near

perfection and this element

certainly shines through at

Madame Ching. This truly

modern Chinese restaurant and

roast house offers traditional

Cantonese dishes with an

internationally-inspired twist.

Nested in the Star Street

neighbourhood, the restaurant

reinterprets classic Chinese

flavours whilst paying tribute

to local Cantonese roasts. The

menu at Madame Ching tells

a story of Chinese provenance

and features authentic flavours

with favourites such as General

Son’s Chicken and Sichuan

staples such as Mapo Tofu.

Still, it is roast meats that

take prominence here, with

specialities such as Pork Belly

(Siu Yuk), Char Siu (barbecued

pork) and Roast Duck, all of

which are prepared in the

traditional drum oven. G/F,

No.5 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong

Kong, opens Monday to Thursday

& Sunday, 12pm-10.30pm;

Friday & Saturday, 12pm-11pm,

madameching.hk

FLORAL FANTASY

Inspired by the hole-in-the-wall florists

of Paris, Dear Lilly offers a whimsical

and fantastical take on contemporary

western cuisine with fine cocktails.

The restaurant and bar – the brainchild

of award-winning Australian designer,

Ashley Sutton – features an

exquisite floral themed interior

with stunning views overlooking

Victoria Harbour.

However, don’t just let the

interior of the restaurant be the

hook that reels you in. Dear Lilly

also carries an impressive menu, with their own

respective takes on cocktails, which are inspired

by 1920s French drinks and modern western fare

such as the short rib burger, slow-cooked octopus

and rocket and seaweed hummus. With its warm

atmosphere, Dear Lilly offers the perfect setting

for a leisurely meal or a casual catch up over

drinks in busy Hong Kong. Shop 4010, Podium

Level 4, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong

Kong, opens Sunday-Wednesday, 11.30am-12am;

Thursday-Saturday, 11.30am-1am, diningconcepts.com/

restaurants/Dear-Lilly

EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE

Named as one of the best new restaurants in 2017 by CNN,

12000 Francs has stamped an indomitable mark on Hong

Kong’s dining scene. The restaurant prides itself on an

ingredients-driven menu that showcases innovative, refined

and thoroughly comforting modern European dishes. Under

the helm of Chef Conor Beach, 12000 Francs takes great

attention to detail with the food it serves.

Each dish is created from scratch,

utilising elements of both traditional and

contemporary preservation methods to

create an intriguing yet accessible menu

for both lunch and dinner. Everything

from the sourdough bread to terrines

and even the pastrami is made in-house.

Complementing the eclectic menu is a

60-label-strong wine collection, which

showcases many boutique and hardto-source

wines available by the glass.

43A Elgin Street, Elgin Building Ground

Floor, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, opens

Wednesday-Friday, 12pm to 2.30pm

(lunch); Tuesday-Sunday from 6pm,

12000francs.com.hk

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HAPPENINGS

SINGAPORE

MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR

SPOTLIGHT

Vibe Dining

At Its Best

SPOTLIGHT

Simply

Rustic

Don’t let the old exterior

of Chocha Foodstore fool

you – beyond the walls of

this unique restaurant lies a

hidden gem. Situated in busy

and crowded Petaling Street,

the eatery prides itself on

local and regional favourites

served with a creative twist

like its Duck Confit Rice and

Cincalok (fermented shrimp)

Fried Chicken.

The appeal of this restaurant,

however, stretches beyond

its food. The sheer rustic

appeal of Chocha Foodstore

complete with old wooden

tables, exposed light bulbs and

an open staircase, also lends a

homely vibe. With its laid-back

Take quality Italian-American

cuisine, pair it with electrifying

music and amazing views of the

city and you undoubtedly have

the trappings of a bona fide

F&B hit on your hands. That’s

what the proprietors of LAVO

Italian Restaurant & Rooftop

Bar are fortunate to have as the

restaurant has been attracting

droves of diners ever since it

opened its doors at the iconic

Marina Bay Sands.

Nestled on the 57th floor of the

hotel and offering 180-degree

views of Singapore’s spectacular

skyline, LAVO favours classic

Italian-American dishes like

Chicken Parmigiano and the

staple meatball, done of course

with a twist using fresh Imperial

Wagyu Beef and Italian sausage.

The restaurant

also flaunts a

luxurious lounge complete

with a fully-equipped DJ booth

as well as an outdoor bar and

terrace. Level 57, Hotel Tower 1,

Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront

Avenue, opens daily 10.30am-

2am, LAVOSingapore.com

setting and delicious food, it

offers a perfect reprieve for

diners looking to escape the

hectic city just outside its

doors. Chocha Foodstore, 156

Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur,

opens Tuesday to Sunday 11am

to 10pm, chocha.foodstore

GLUTEN-FREE DELIGHTS

Singapore’s hip heritage neighbourhood,

Tiong Bahru, has welcomed its newest

restaurant, The Butcher’s Wife, which

boasts an entire menu of delicious

gluten-free meals. Spearheaded by

consultant Chef Diego Jacquet, the

concept eatery features modern

European-styled cuisine which is 100

per cent gluten-free.

The menu at The Butcher’s Wife is

firmly anchored on comfort cooking and

most importantly free from any trace of

gluten, without sacrificing an ounce of

taste. Diners can embark on an epicurean

journey with hearty starters such as a Kale

& Gorgonzola ‘Buñuelo’ with saffron

aiòli and Green Peas ‘Hummus’ served

alongside grilled lamb sausage, yogurt,

mint and pistachio. The Butcher’s Wife

also carries a wide variety of vegan

dishes on its menu. 19 Yong Siak Street,

Tues to Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm,

Sat & Sun 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm,

thebutcherswifesg.com

SHOTS OF FUN

Whisky lovers and connoisseurs will want to check out Whisky

Live 2018 as it makes its return to the Garden City. After a

global tour, the international whisky tasting show makes a

pit stop in Singapore for its ninth stint offering fans of the

delectable spirit a chance to savour new releases, and also the

opportunity to delve deeper into the world of whiskies.

Held at the Andaz, visitors can experience an extensive

selection of whiskies and spirits, learn more about brand

histories and attend whisky master classes. 3-4 November,

Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, whiskylive.sg

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HAPPENINGS

CAMBODIA

PHNOM PENH / SIEM REAP / SONG SAA

SPOTLIGHT

Island Paradise

If you’re searching for a truly

private and luxurious escape,

then Song Saa Island may well

deliver the dream vacation you

so desperately crave. Located

in Cambodia’s southwest Koh

Rong archipelago, the two

islands that make up Song Saa

– Koh Ouen and Koh Bong offer

24 luxurious, environmentally

friendly villas.

A short flight away from

Siem Reap and Phnom Penh,

Song Saa is considered one of

Cambodia’s most exclusive

island getaways and hidden

secrets. The resort is inspired

by Cambodian fishing villages,

each of which come with sunset

views and their own private

pool. Guests can engage in a

wide variety of marine-based

activities or even conservation

and community initiatives

during their break. Song Saa

is accessible via a 30-minute

speed boat transfer from

Sihanoukville port. songsaa.com

CHIC COCKTAIL BAR

Ever since opening its doors a decade ago, Miss

Wong has built itself a reputation for being one

of Cambodia’s most sophisticated cocktail bars.

Embracing a 1930s old Shanghai speakeasy

theme, the intimate watering hole is located in a

small lane in the central bar and restaurant district

of Siem Reap.

Premium cocktails and spirits are the order

of the day at Miss Wong, and it is undoubtedly

something the outlet does rather well. So well in

fact that proprietor Dean Williams has opened a

second outlet, which exudes a Chinoiserie-style

motif, in the Sino-French heritage quarter of

Battambang. The menu at Miss Wong is occupied

by delectable and creative cocktails as well as

staple Chinese bites such as dim sum, hot pots,

duck pancakes and steamed pork buns, which

are perfect accompaniments for an evening of

drinking and socialising. The Lane, Siem Reap,

Cambodia, opens daily 6pm-1am, misswong.net

RECYCLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Rehash Trash offers a unique and imaginative solution to Cambodia’s

plastic problem and it’s helping improve Cambodian lives too.

The social enterprise champions women’s empowerment and

skills-training whilst promoting recycling efforts as part of its

mission statement of ‘Recycling Rubbish & Renewing Lives’.

The green initiative employs disadvantaged Khmer women

to create products of value so they can support their families

and transform their lives. Sale proceeds of the items are then

channelled back providing a source of income for the women

in the programme. Tourists to Cambodia can choose to support

the efforts of Rehash Trash by not only purchasing products,

but to also engage in recycling workshops where they will learn

to turn trash into treasure. Sombai Road, Krong Siem Reap,

opens daily 8am-5pm, facebook.com/RehashTrash

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DELICIOUS START

The claim to fame for Khéma Pasteur

in Phnom Penh has always been its

free-flow breakfast. The sophisticated

international boutique restaurant

features an on-site gourmet café,

bakery and delicatessen with a wide

range of specially imported and housemade

delights to ensure you get the

right start to your day.

The restaurant welcomes diners as

early as 6am with a value-for-money

spread made up of western as well as

local fare. From eggs done any way you

like to traditional Cambodian breakfast

soups and rice dishes and freshly baked

pastries, Khéma undoubtedly rewards

those who rise and shine in time for its

luscious spread. The outlet also caters

to the lunch and dinner crowd, which

is perfect for those who prefer a later

start to the day. Arunreas Hotel Ground

Floor, Corner of Street 228 & Street 51,

Phnom Penh, opens daily 6am-11pm,

khema-restaurant.com

Sriwilai Sukhothai Resort & Spa offers the ultimate relaxation

and comfort on your Thai cultural journey.

Experience the tranquility of endless rice fields while exploring

the history of Thailand’s ancient civilisation.

www.sriwilaisukhothai.com


HAPPENINGS

VIETNAM

HANOI

SPOTLIGHT

Soul In

Your Nighlife

Just when you think Hanoi has gone

too commercial — too many soulless

venues for a night out — someone

opens a new place that renews your

faith in this city. Monsoon is one.

Opening in September of this year, and

somewhat concealed in a basement, it

may be a part of the “Hidden Charm”

promised in brochures and ads by the

tourism authority of Vietnam. And

perhaps it is the odd combination

of the two partners with an artist’s

sensibility that has resulted in such a

disciplined yet delightful environment,

and a focused menu of fine food.

At street level, guests walk past

a wall of bamboo and a high counter

hiding the kitchen then are invited

down a few stone steps reminiscent

of Japanese gardens. Go through the

unadorned double door and you are

greeted in an anteroom with leather

couches surrounding a contemporary

metal fireplace. Enjoy a glass of wine

and a quick chat with the owners,

Khuat Tuan-Anh, a graduate of the

Harvard Kennedy School of government,

and Le Vinh, a Columbia University-trained

urban designer turned food designer,

both with a penchant for small venues that

are exquisite, relaxing, and a shelter from

the bustle of Vietnam’s capital city.

For Monsoon, Tuan-Anh and Vinh

bring select fish and meat from the US,

which they cure and pickle themselves.

Their salted duck breasts are simply

delicious. But if you’re hankering for

something more local, there is a beef

noodle soup that’s flavourful and true

to its Vietnamese roots. The owners

claim to keep the wine list limited,

avoiding anything pretentious or too

expensive. Yet, what they serve fits

well with the dishes, and an evening

at Monsoon will be remembered

with delight. Tuan-Anh has already

mounted several branches of a café

named Tranquil, as well as a small

concept store with an attached café

called Vui. It is astonishing that in

a city consumed with social media

and selfies, Tranquil spaces are often

a refuge for people quietly reading

a book, working on a hand-drawn

design, or simply having a hushed

conversation. Monsoon: 77 Nguyen Thai

Hoc Street, Hanoi, +84 (0) 96 325 6477,

8am-10pm; Tranquil Cafés: 5

Nguyen Quang Bich Street, Hanoi,

+84 (0) 98 938 4541, 8am-10.30pm,

18b Nguyen Bieu Street, Hanoi,

+84 (0) 98 938 4541, 8am-10.30pm

TANNIN WINE BAR

Real wine lovers can opt for the more

elaborate Tannin Wine Bar, in the centre

of Hanoi’s old quarter. By elaborate,

we mean the wine selection: over 400

varieties, including an impressive array of

champagnes. This comes with no surprise

as two of the owners, Sylvan Bournigault

and his wife Van Anh, have been importing

wine into Vietnam for over 15 years and

still run Celliers d’Asie. Van Anh is easily

the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur

in Hanoi: she is professional and dedicated

in her formal wine studies, and travels

throughout Europe in search of fine wines

from dozens of vintners.

The other two owners, Matt and Thu,

have dreamed of a wine bar for a decade,

and finally settled on a typical Hanoi tube

house — the same house where Thu was born, and still owned by

her family. It’s narrow but well laid out with high tables on one

side and a long bar on another. Large chalkboards make it easy

to select your wines — or the cold cuts and specialty dishes that

can keep you from getting too drunk.

The partners are in the establishments most nights to mingle

with the guests. At any moment, you’ll hear Vietnamese and

English — with Australian, American and British accents. And if

you’re there late enough, you might catch Sylvain claiming in his

native French, “Je suis saoule — I am drunk.” For your information,

“saoule” is pronounced exactly as the word “soul!” 46 Hang Vai,

Hanoi, opens 2pm til midnight, +84 (0) 90 478 9482

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HAPPENINGS

MYANMAR

YANGON

SPOTLIGHT

Lighting Up the Night

The Tazaungdaing festival,

also known as the “Festival

of Light,” is celebrated for

several days in November all

over Myanmar in the days

leading up to the full moon

day of Tazaungmone. It also

marks the end of the rainy

season, expected to be around

the November 21 full moon

this year.

A nationwide holiday, it is

also the time for monks and

Buddha images to be offered

new robes in a ceremony known

as “Kahtein” or “Kathina”.

The merit one achieves from

the offering during this time

is said to be greater than that

at any other time. Teams of

weavers compete to weave

the robes to be offered to

the Buddha images the next

day. The robes are called

mathoe thingan, meaning,

‘before food spoils’ because the

weaving should be completed

before the evening’s food goes

bad overnight. Ceremonies are

held at most of the pagodas

throughout Myanmar, especially

at the major pagodas like the

Shwedagon in Yangon.

Around the country, in the

evening after the full moon, temple

goers are customarily treated to

a salad of “mezali” flower buds.

This treat, tasting a little on the

bitter side, however is believed

to protect one from 96 kinds

of diseases!

In the Taunggyi region of

the Shan State, a traditional

hot-air balloon festival is widely

celebrated. Starting seven days

before the full moon, two types

of balloons are floated: daytime

balloons and large night balloons

made with handmade paper crafted

into animal figures. Locals as

well as folks from other parts of

the country come to Taunggyi to

partake in this delightful event.

SEEKING CANTON PARADISE

Since Myanmar is a no stranger to Chinese

traditions and food, the city of Yangon finds

itself filled with many Chinese restaurants

existing from ages ago. A new addition to the

Yangon dining scene – the multi-award winning

Singapore restaurant Canton Paradise – recently

made its first venture to Yangon.

Bringing Hong Kong vibes to town, Canton

Paradise features dim sum delights, traditional

congees, soups, roasts, seafood and specialty

Cantonese dishes.

Set in a vibrant venue that’s ready to

accommodate 300 diners, the restaurant has a

lavish dining hall and sixteen private dining rooms

to cater to parties or business meetings.

An all-day dining menu offers 27 choices

of dim sum along with their signature salted egg

yolk and custard piggy buns, crispy BBQ pork

buns with honey for 2,500 Kyats each. The chef’s

special roast duck and Cantonese chicken are

at 6,000 Kyats (for half a bird), and 17,000 Kyats

for the whole plate.

Eldwin Chua, the CEO of Paradise Group,

which also runs Beauty In the Pot Myanmar

guarantees authentic Cantonese dishes based

on frequent trips to Guangzhou and Hong Kong

for inspiration. 61 Saya San Road, Yangon,

strongsourcegroup.com, facebook.com/

cantonparadisemm

GOOD STUFF IN MYANMAR

Yangoods sounds like a good thing for

people interested in buying authentic

souvenirs. Found in their fashionable

bags and homewares are design twists

of archetypal symbols in Burmese

kingdoms and landmarks.

The 3-year-old Yangoods started in a tiny

corner at Bogyoke market in 2015, and now

has five outlets in Yangon, one in Mandalay,

one in Bagan and more than 20 displays

in many boutique hotels in Myanmar.

“I grew up in Paris, the capital of

fashion and luxury which had a major

influence on me as an artist. Here in

Yangon, I am a foreigner who discovers

through curiosity and eager eyes the

cultural and artistic contrasts that Myanmar

offers,” said Delphine de Lorme, one of the

four entrepreneurs who had put their heads

together to come up with the creative

fashion brand of Yangoods. “I often wander

downtown with my camera or sketchbook.

Inspiration is all around us. In the streets, I

search through antique book shops, looking

for old photos, and the memories that I find

there to inspire me.”

With their range of designs, one of

their services include customisation goods

for businesses, right up to furnishings and

interior designs for hotels, restaurants or

office spaces. They now have Yangoods at

Bangkok’s very own Open House Central

Embassy. 62 Shan Gone Street, Bogyoke

market; Le Planteur Fine Dining, 2nd Fl.,

Myanmar Plaza; City Mall St. John, Yangon,

yangoods.com

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HAPPENINGS

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

SPOTLIGHT

A Day In

A Farmer’s Life

More than 80 per cent of Lao

people engage in farming

activities, and “Living Land Lao”

organic farm just outside Luang

Prabang helps visitors experience

the traditional Lao farm life. This

arable farm prides itself on a

“hands-on” approach: visitors

are encouraged to experience

how rice is grown and cultivated.

A budding farmer can sign up

for a home-stay programme

for a night or two, and get a taste

of agricultural life. Plowing a rice

paddy involves negotiating with

the meek yet occasionally stubborn

water buffalo with a plough. Set

in the idyllic village and classic

countryside, Living Land Lao also

offers a half-day programme for

those who want to watch and try

to understand fun and educational

farm practices. Living Land Lao

is a must-do in Luang Prabang

since it offers a chance to integrate

in the life of the locals, and

providing fascinating insights into

rice growing in Laos. Ban Phong Van,

Luang Prabang, +85620 55199 208,

livinglandlao.org

RESURRECTING LOST RECIPES

Michelin star Chef Bongoch Satongun,

also known as “Chef Bee”, has reinvented

historical Lao cuisine into a fine dining

experience at “Paste Laos” – a newly-opened

restaurant in Luang Prabang. Chef Bee is

noted for her culinary art beyond “Paste”,

a one Michelin Star restaurant in Bangkok,

and “Paste Laos” is her culinary expansion

of Lao cuisine. Located inside The Apasara,

a small and beautiful hotel with a French

colonial accent, Paste Laos promises to

bring Luang Prabang’s long-lost recipes

to the modern and fine dining scene.

Some menus are inspired by the royal

cookery book of Phia Sing – a Lao chef who

served the royal family in Luang Prabang’s

Royal Palace in the mid 20th century. A

signature dish is Kalee Ped – Lao Duck

Curry – where the royal chef made it more

complex than the Thai version due to the

combination of French and Lao cooking

techniques. Chef Bee brings more than

just skill, creativity and experience to the

Paste Laos experience. Her family heritage

traces back across northern Thailand

and Laos, providing the very important

genetic connection required to decode and

represent these complex natural flavours.

Kingkitsarath Road, Ban Wat Sene, Luang

Prabang, pastelaos.com

TIME FOR CINEPHILES

The annual Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) returns to Laos’

ancient capital on December 7-12, transforming the fabled

riverside town into a fascinating open-air cinema. The festival,

which celebrates Southeast Asian cinema every December at

the UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a range of feature

film screenings, short film programmes, public discussions,

and events. This year’s Spotlight will focus on the Indonesian

film industry. Curated by KOLEKTIF Project Manager Gayatri

Nadya, the programme will offer audiences a full day of

programming and lively discussions from leading Indonesian

film experts and filmmakers. 7-12 December 2018, lpfilmfest.org

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HAPPENINGS

INDIA MUMBAI

MALDIVES MALDIVES

SPOTLIGHT

Theatre Talking

While Mumbai rarely sees a winter

season, there’s a palpable nip in the

air as November rolls around. Diwali

will be celebrated with great gusto in

early November, complete with lanterns,

fireworks, and special sweets and

savouries. The city takes on a festive

flavour, which continues well into

December and right up to Christmas

and New Year’s Eve.

The theatre season begins and

this year, the National Centre for the

Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai’s

premiere performance space adds an

international flavour to its calendar of

events. First up is the India première

of Nick Payne’s award-winning play

Constellations, directed by Bruce Guthrie.

From 22-25 November, there will be 6

performances of the play that The New

York Times called “the most sophisticated

date play Broadway has seen”. This will

be followed by NCPA and The Shakespeare

Edit’s co-production of Shakespeare’s

poem Lucrere, directed by

Paul Goodwin. The play stars

Bollywood actress Kalki

Koechlin and is a modern

adaptation of the 16th-century

poem that tackles current issues

around sexual assault and

patriarchy. The play runs from

28-29 November. The final

production, in collaboration

with the Australia Fest, is

Slingsby’s Emil and the

Detectives by Erich Kästner,

from 19-20 January, 2019.

All productions will be staged

at NCPA’s Experimental Theatre.

ncpamumbai.com

SPOTLIGHT

Weather Check

for the Maldives

It’s high time to plan your winter

getaway. For island destination

like the Maldive Islands, the

best weather is taking place

right now. To max out diving at

popular spots like Banana Reef,

or snorkelling at one of the

atolls, make sure there are enough

sunny days to really make it

a true beach holiday. Travel

consultants say to visit between

November and April as the

weather is pleasantly warm

with average temperatures of

23 to 31 o C and the rains make

infrequent appearances.

The high season falls between

December and March as people

opt for tropical getaways, lured

by thoughts of enchanting

white sands and mesmerising

blue waters. In the Maldives,

accommodations on the islands offer

innovative resort designs that borrow

from nature or science fiction, from

over the water bungalows to underwater

restaurants. With many coral atolls in the

Indian Ocean to choose from, a vacation

here becomes the ultimate in low impact

luxury with eco-awareness trips such as

coral regeneration or seeing the bluegreen

glow of bioluminescent plankton.

Water-based activities are the big

draw naturally. The best marine life

viewing happens here without having

to seek too hard above and below

the water. If you’re fascinated by the

thought of spotting the gentle whale

shark, the South Ari Atoll is the place

to go with their year-round sightings,

making it one of the top spots to see

them in the world.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

There’s no chance of a white Christmas in

Mumbai, but the city puts on a pretty show

for the festival. Most major hotels and malls

pull out all stops with massive Christmas

trees, fairy lights, festive decorations, and

of course, a visiting Santa Claus. We

recommend visiting the Oberoi, ITC

Maratha and ITC Grand Central, Vivanta

by Taj, Westin Mumbai Garden City, Sofitel

Mumbai BKC, and Marine Plaza Hotel to

see some of the prettiest trees. Malls such

as Palladium in Lower Parel, Phoenix Market

City in Kurla, Inorbit Mall in Malad, and

Viviana Mall in Thane also have elaborate

decorations and special promotions.

If you want to attend Christmas Mass,

head to Mount Mary’s Basilica in Bandra,

the city’s favourite church that has been

around for more than 100 years. Carols

start at around 11.30pm and the midnight

mass is quite well attended. Other churches

for midnight mass include the Gothic-style

Gloria Church in Byculla, the 16th-century

Saint Andrew’s Church with a particularly

picturesque location in Bandra overlooking

the Arabian Sea, and Saint Michael’s Church

in Mahim.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for a Christmas

feast as most restaurants have special menus.

Consider places like Grand Hyatt Mumbai,

or Geoffrey’s at Hotel Marine Plaza, to name

a few.

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

Mr. Darren Ng, Managing Director, TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd (2nd from left), Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, Vice President – Sales, Bangkok Airways PCL (3rd from left),

Mr. Pierre Quek, Publisher – TTG Travel Trade Publishing (2nd from right)

BANGKOK AIRWAYS VOTED BEST BOUTIQUE AIRLINE 2018

BY TTG ASIA

Bangkok Airways, led by Mr. Varong

Israsena Na Ayudhya, Vice President

– Sales, recently received recognition

as “Best Boutique Airline” from

TTG Travel Awards 2018. Given

by Group Publisher – Travel Group

TTG Asia Media, represented by

Mr. Darren Ng, Managing Director

and Mr. Pierre Quek, Publisher, the

award was received at the 29th

Annual TTG Travel Awards 2018

Ceremony and Gala Dinner held at

the World Ballroom, Centara Grand

at Central World in Bangkok.

“On behalf of everyone at

Bangkok Airways, I am honoured

to receive the TTG Travel Awards

2018 for Best Boutique Airline” said

Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya,

Vice President – Sales of Bangkok

Airways. “I would like to extend our

thanks to all the readers of TTG

publications for their consideration

in making us a contender and further

more, for the effort put into voting

for us. Not only does this award

validate our overall credibility within

the aviation industry but also serves

as a reminder of the exemplary

dedication of our airline staff. They

made this possible by providing the

highest quality in services for our

passengers. We promise consistency

in our service standards in order to

underline our commitment as Asia’s

Boutique Airline.”

Organised annually by TTG Asia,

the TTG Travel Awards honours the

best of the best in the Asia-Pacific

travel trade. This prestigious travel

industry event marks a time for the

industry to recognise the exemplary

organisations that raise the bar

for excellence.

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นายวรงค์ อิศรเสนา ณ อยุธยา รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายขาย สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

กล่าวว่า “ผมในฐานะตัวแทนของผู้บริหารและพนักงานบางกอก

แอร์เวย์สทุกคน รู้สึกเป็นเกียรติอย่างยิ่งที่ได้รับรางวัล

สายการบินบูทีคยอดเยี่ยมในปีนี้ ผมขอแสดงความขอบคุณ

ต่อผู้อ่านนิตยสาร ทีทีจี ทุกท่านที่ลงคะแนนโหวตให้เรา

ความสำเร็จในครั้งนี้นอกจากจะสะท้อนให้เห็นถึงคุณภาพ

การบริการและมาตรฐานความปลอดภัยของสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สซึ่งเป็นที่ยอมรับในระดับสากลแล้ว ยังแสดง

ให้เห็นถึงความตั้งใจของพนักงานทุกคน ที่มุ่งมั่นสร้างสรรค์

และส่งมอบผลิตภัณฑ์และการบริการที่เป็นเลิศเพื่อความ

ประทับใจสูงสุดของผู้โดยสารภายใต้สโลแกน Asia’s

Boutique Airline’ อีกด้วย”

รางวัลทีทีจี ทราเวล อวอร์ดส์ จัดขึ้นเป็นประจำทุกปี

เพื่อเป็นเกียรติแก่บุคคลและองค์กรในอุตสาหกรรมท่องเที่ยว

ที่มีความโดดเด่นในประเภทต่างๆ ของภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก

BANGKOK AIRWAYS PARTNERS WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF

NATIONAL PARKS, WILDLIFE AND PLANT CONSERVATION IN

“BANGKOK AIRWAYS AGAINST WILDLIFE CRIME” INITIATIVE

Recently, Bangkok Airways Public

Company Limited led by Ms. Ariya

Prasarttong-Osoth, of the Board of

Directors and Chairman – CSR Working

Committee, together with the Department

of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant

Conservation and Veterinary Medical

Aquatic Animals Research Center

(VMARC) organised the “Bangkok

Airways Against Wildlife Crime”

training for airline executives and staff

members in order to raise awareness

on illegal wildlife trade in connection

with the aviation industry. The event

was held at Bang Phra Wildlife Domestic

Research Station, Chon Buri.

The training provided all participants

with practical knowledge on how to

classify various species of turtles,

as well as how to give basic care to

injured ones. Participants also had the

opportunity to engage in the activity

to release turtles. These included

sick and injured turtles that had been

rescued and rehabilitated for their

release back to the wild by the Veterinary

Medical Aquatic Animals Research

Center (VMARC), Faculty of Veterinary

Science, of Chulalongkorn University.

In addition, Bangkok Airways

donated two air conditioners to the

Wildlife Hospital at Bang Phra Wildlife

Domestic Research Station, Chon Buri

as part of the activity to support the

veterinarian team.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนางอาริญา

ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการบริษัทฯ และ

ประธานคณะทำงานส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม

ร่วมกับกรมอุทยานแห่งชาติสัตว์ป่าและพันธุ์พืช

และศูนย์วิจัยโรคสัตว์น ้ำ คณะสัตวแพทยศาสตร์

จุฬาลงกรณ์มหาวิทยาลัย จัดกิจกรรมอบรม

“Bangkok Airways Against Wildlife Crime”

ให้กับผู้บริหารและพนักงานของสายการบินฯ

เพื่อสร้างความตระหนักและการมีส่วนร่วมใน

การแก้ไขปัญหาและหยุดยั้งการลักลอบค้าสัตว์

ป่าผิดกฎหมายในอุตสาหกรรมการบิน ณ สถานี

เพาะเลี้ยงนกน้ำบางพระ จังหวัดชลบุรี

กิจกรรมดังกล่าวเปิดโอกาสให้ผู้เข้าร่วม

กิจกรรมได้เรียนรู้การจำแนกประเภทของเต่า และ

การสังเกตอาการและวิธีการดูแลเต่าที่บาดเจ็บใน

เบื้องต้น เพื ่อนำความรู้ที่ได้รับกลับไปใช้ในการ

ปฏิบัติงานหากพบกับเหตุดังกล่าว และยังได้ร่วม

ปล่อยเต่าคืนสู่ธรรมชาติ ซึ่งเป็นเต่าป่วยหรือ

พิการที่ได้รับความช่วยเหลือมาจากสถานที่

ต่างๆ เช่น วัด ท้องถนน ฯลฯ และได้รับการรักษา

พยาบาลและดูแลฟื้นฟูร่างกายโดยศูนย์วิจัยโรค

สัตว์น้ำ คณะสัตวแพทยศาสตร์ จุฬาลงกรณ์

มหาวิทยาลัย เพื่อคืนชีวิตให้อยู่ในธรรมชาติที่

เหมาะสมและแพร่ขยายพันธุ์ได้ต่อไป

นอกจากนี้ สายการบินฯ ยังได้ร่วมมอบ

เครื่องปรับอากาศ จำนวน 2 เครื่องให้กับทาง

โรงพยาบาลสัตว์ป่าของทางสถานีเพาะเลี้ยงนก

น้ำบางพระ จังหวัดชลบุรี เพื่อสนับสนุนการ

ทำงานของทีมสัตวแพทย์อีกด้วย

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS' YOUTH

EDUCATION CAMP

Recently, Bangkok Airways’ CSR

Department, led by Ms. Ariya

Prasarttong-Osoth, Board of

Directors and Chairman – CSR

Working Committee, together

with the airline’s executives,

organised the “Youth Education

Camp” programme by taking 60

secondary school students from

Sukhothai, Trat and Surat Thani

(Koh Samui) aboard a Bangkok

Airways flight. Additionally in

Samut Prakan, the airline's

Operations Centre participated

in the 3-day programme, where the

professional staff and executives

from different areas of the

aviation industry shared their

knowledge and experience with

the students.

The “Youth Education Camp”

project is one of the activities

initiated by Bangkok Airways’

CSR Department with the objective

of giving youths an opportunity

to learn directly from veteran

lecturers, for example, pilots, flight

attendants, ground staff, ticketing

staff and aircraft technicians.

The children have a chance to

observe the airline’s actual

operation site for each department,

which will benefit and inspire

them to consider the aviation

profession. A highlight of the

programme was piloting an

aircraft in a flight simulator and

up close with Bangkok Airways

President, Capt. Puttipong

Prasarttong-Osoth.

All 60 students in the “Youth

Education Camp” programme are

selected secondary schoolers,

aged between 14-18 years old

from six schools in three provinces

(20 students from each province);

Koh Samui School and Theeparat

Pittaya (Koh Samui, Surat Thani),

Sukhothai Witthayakhom School

and Sawan Anan Witthaya School

(Sukhothai), Khiriwes Rattana

Phien Upatham School and Khlong

Yai Witthayakhom School (Trat).

All the activities they took part in

the campaign at the Bangkok

Airways’ Operations Centre in

Samut Prakan is a complimentary

gesture of the airline.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อ

สังคม (CSR) นำโดยนางอาริญา ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการ

บริษัทฯ และประธานคณะทำงานส่วนรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม และคณะ

ผู้บริหารของสายการบินฯ จัดโครงการ “ติดปีกเติมฝัน ปันความรู้

สู่อาชีพการบิน” โดยนำคณะเยาวชนระดับชั้นมัธยมศึกษาจาก 3

จังหวัด ได้แก่ สุโขทัย ตราด และสุราษฎร์ธานี (เกาะสมุย) จำนวน

60 คน เดินทางโดยเที่ยวบินของสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

มาร่วมโครงการฯ ณ ศูนย์ปฏิบัติการ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ

จำกัด (มหาชน) จังหวัดสมุทรปราการ เป็นระยะเวลา 3 วัน เพื่อรับ

ฟังการบรรยายให้ความรู้และแบ่งปันประสบการณ์ทางด้านธุรกิจ

การบินจากพนักงานและผู้บริหารของสายการบินฯ ซึ่งมีประสบการณ์

ในสายงานต่างๆ

โครงการ “ติดปีกเติมฝัน ปันความรู้ สู่อาชีพการบิน” เป็นหนึ่ง

กิจกรรมที่อยู่ภายใต้โครงการรับผิดชอบต่อสังคม (CSR) ของ

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยมีวัตถุประสงค์เพื่อให้เยาวชน

ท้องถิ่นได้มีโอกาสเข้ามาศึกษาเรียนรู้ จากผู้บรรยายที่มีประสบการณ์

ในสายงานของธุรกิจการบินโดยตรง เช่น นักบิน พนักงานต้อนรับบน

เครื่องบิน พนักงานต้อนรับผู้โดยสารภาคพื้นดิน พนักงานส ำรองที่

นั่งและออกบัตรโดยสาร และฝ่ายช่าง เป็นต้น รวมถึงได้มีโอกาสเข้าชม

สถานที่ปฏิบัติงานจริงของแต่ละหน่วยงาน เพื่อสร้างแรงบันดาลใจใน

การประกอบอาชีพด้านธุรกิจการบินในอนาคต ในโอกาสนี้เยาวชนที่

เข้าร่วมกิจกรรมยังได้ทดลองขับเครื่องบินในห้องจำลองการบิน

(Flight Simulator) โดยมีกัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน)

มาเป็นผู้ให้คำแนะนำและบรรยายแก่เยาวชน

สำหรับโครงการ “ติดปีกเติมฝัน ปันความรู้ สู่อาชีพการบิน”

ทางสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สได้คัดเลือกเยาวชนระดับชั้น

มัธยมศึกษาที่มีอายุระหว่าง 14-18 ปี จาก 6 โรงเรียนใน 3

จังหวัด ได้แก่ โรงเรียนเกาะสมุย และโรงเรียนทีปราฏร์พิทยา จาก

จังหวัดสุราษฎร์ธานี (เกาะสมุย) โรงเรียนสุโขทัยวิทยาคม และ

โรงเรียนสวรรค์อนันต์วิทยา จากจังหวัดสุโขทัย โรงเรียนคีรีเวส

รัตนเพียรอุปถัมภ์ และโรงเรียนคลองใหญ่วิทยาคม จากจังหวัด

ตราด โดยแบ่งเป็นจังหวัดละ 20 คน รวมจำนวนทั้งสิ้น 60 คน

เดินทางมาเข้าร่วมกิจกรรม ณ ศูนย์ปฏิบัติการ บริษัท การบิน

กรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) จังหวัดสมุทรปราการ โดยไม่เสียค่าใช้จ่าย

ในการเข้าร่วมโครงการ

BANGKOK AIRWAYS SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH AMADEUS

Recently, Bangkok Airways President,

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

and airline reservations systems

Amadeus, represented by Mr. Cyril

Tetaz – Executive Vice President,

Airlines, Asia Pacific, held a signing

ceremony to announce a partnership

at Bangkok Airways headquarters.

“As Asia’s leading boutique

airline, we need to continuously

innovate and enhance the company

through innovation and technologies

that improve our operations and

management in the very competitive

and fast growing aviation industry.

We believe that with Amadeus

Altéa Suite, and by putting the

traveller experience at the heart

of everything we do, this will help

drive our expansion plans and bring

success for many years to come,”

affirmed Mr. Puttipong.

TIME TO SAVE THE

COCONUT TREES

Bangkok Airways, led by Ms. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth,

from the Board of Directors and other

representatives in Samui from the Department

of Agriculture, Koh Samui District Agricultural

Extension Office, hospitality entrepreneurs and

agriculturists, recently re-launched the 4th year

project, “Love Earth, Save Earth: Love Samui,

Save the Coconut Trees.” The goal is to share

eco-awareness among the community to

preserve the iconic coconut trees of Koh Samui.

This year, Acting Sub. Lt. Kittiphop Roddon,

Samui’s District-Chief, presided over the

opening ceremony at Baan Talay (Baan Lay)

Public Park, Samui, Surat Thani, with over 100

interested participants.

Participants were also taught about pest

control, such as the biological control of

tree pests such as black-headed caterpillars,

and having vespidae wasps as a natural way

to control coconut pests. Young coconut

plants and vespidaes were also contributed

to the public during the event.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดย

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ และบริษัทอะมาดิอุส เอเชีย

จำกัด โดย มร.ไซริล เททัซ รองประธานกรรมการ

ส่วนสายการบินประจำภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก

จัดพิธีลงนามความร่วมมือการใช้ระบบบริการ

ผู้โดยสาร “อะมาดิอุส อัลเทีย สวีท” ณ สำนักงานใหญ่

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน)

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สจัดกิจกรรม

“ปลูกต้นมะพร้าวเพื่อเกาะสมุยปี 4” ภายใต้

โครงการ “Love Earth, Save Earth: Love

Samui, Save the Coconut Trees” เพื่อรณรงค์

ให้ประชาชนหันมาสนใจและอนุรักษ์ต้นมะพร้าว

ซึ่งเป็นสัญลักษณ์สำคัญของเกาะสมุย โดยมี

คุณอาริญา ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการ

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) และ

ตัวแทนจากหน่วยงานต่างๆ อาทิ กรมวิชาการ

เกษตร เกษตรอำเภอเกาะสมุย ผู้ประกอบการ

จากโรงแรมในอำเภอเกาะสมุย และเกษตรกร

เข้าร่วมกิจกรรม โดยได้รับเกียรติจากว่าที่ร้อยตรี

นายพุฒิพงศ์ กล่าวว่า “ตลอดเวลาที่ผ่านมา

บางกอกแอร์เวย์สมุ่งมั่นที่จะสร้างสรรค์นวัตกรรมและ

เสริมสร้างศักยภาพในการดำเนินงานของสายการบินฯ

เพื่อส่งมอบการบริการที่เป็นเลิศให้แก่ผู้โดยสาร รวมถึง

เสริมประสิทธิภาพในการปฏิบัติงานและบริหารจัดการ

ของธุรกิจ โดยระบบอัลเทียของอะมาดิอุส ถือว่าเป็น

ระบบปฏิบัติการที่ทันสมัยและเป็นเทคโนโลยีชั้นนำที่ได้

รับการยอมรับจากสายการบินชั้นนำทั่วโลก”

กิตติภพ รอดดอน นายอำเภอเกาะสมุย เป็น

ประธาน และมีเกษตรกรรวมถึงผู้ที่สนใจ เข้าร่วม

กิจกรรมกว่า 100 คน ณ สวนสาธารณะบ้านทะเล

(บ้านเล) อำเภอเกาะสมุย จังหวัดสุราษฎร์ธานี

กิจกรรมดังกล่าว เปิดโอกาสให้ผู้ที่สนใจ

ได้เรียนรู้วิธีการควบคุมและกำจัดแมลงศัตรู

มะพร้าว การควบคุมแมลงศัตรูมะพร้าวโดยชีววิธี

การเพาะเลี้ยงขยายแตนเบียน และการควบคุม

หนอนหัวดำมะพร้าว นอกจากนี้ สายการบินฯ

ยังได้มอบกล้ามะพร้าวเพื่อให้เกษตรกรและผู้ที่

เข้าร่วมโครงการนำไปปลูก และแจกแตนเบียนเพื่อ

ให้นำไปใช้ควบคุมแมลงศัตรูมะพร้าวอีกด้วย

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FLYERBONUS

PREMIER MEMBERS VISIT PHUKET AND CHIANG RAI

FOR THE BANGKOK AIRWAYS BOUTIQUE SERIES MARATHON

FlyerBonus, the Frequent Flyer

Programme of Bangkok Airways,

recently organised two exclusive

trips for lucky Premier Members

and their companions. Both trips

were part of the 'Bangkok Airways

Boutique Series 2018', the Phuket

Half Marathon held between 4-5

August and the Chiang Rai Marathon

held between 15-16 September.

As well as testing themselves physically,

the Premier Members had time to visit

a selection of interesting attractions

and enjoy sumptuous food offerings

in both cities.

In Phuket these included a trip to

Chinpracha House, a beautiful example

of Sino-Portuguese architecture, along

with a secret dining experience at the

China Inn Café & Restaurant located

in the heart of the old town. In

Chiang Rai, Premier Members spent

time at 'Baan Dam’ (Black House),

the museum home of renowned

Thai artist Thawan Duchanee;

savoured Northern Thai dishes as

well as dropping by the picturesque

Le Meridien Resort on the banks

of the Mae Kok River to sample

authentic Italian cuisine at 'Favola'.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ รายการสะสมคะแนนฟลายเออร์โบนัส สายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำสมาชิกฟลายเออร์โบนัส ระดับพรีเมียร์

ผู้โชคดีพร้อมผู้ติดตาม เข้าร่วมกิจกรรมวิ่ง รายการ บางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส บูทีค ซีรีย์ 2018 “ภูเก็ต ฮาล์ฟ มาราธอน” ระหว่าง

วันที่ 4-5 สิงหาคม และ “เชียงราย มาราธอน” ระหว่างวันที่

15-16 กันยายนที่ผ่านมา พร้อมท่องเที่ยวสถานที่ต่างๆ

ที่น่าสนใจ และยังได้อิ่มอร่อยกับอาหารรสเลิศจากร้านเด็ด

ร้านดังของทั ้งสองจังหวัด

ที่ภูเก็ต คณะฯ ได้เข้าชม “บ้านชินประชา” บ้านเก่าแก่ทรงโบราณ

สถาปัตยกรรมแบบชิโน-โปรตุกีส เต็มไปด้วยเสน่ห์ของกลิ่นไอเมือง

เก่าภูเก็ตดั้งเดิม และเพลิดเพลินกับอาหารไทยคลาสสิกและเมนู

ตะวันตกหลากหลายในสวนสวยหลังร้าน China Inn Café &

Restaurant ร้านอาหารที่ตั้งอยู่ในอาคารสไตล์ชิโน-โปรตุกีส

ใจกลางย่านเมืองเก่าภูเก็ต ส่วนที่เชียงรายนั้น คณะฯ ได้เยี่ยมชม

“พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านดำ” ของ อ.ถวัลย์ ดัชนี ศิลปินแห่งชาติ และร่วม

ดินเนอร์มื้อพิเศษที่ห้องอาหารอิตาเลียน “ฟาโวล่า” ภายในโรงแรม

“เลอ เมอริเดียน เชียงราย รีสอร์ท” อบอวลด้วยบรรยากาศอันแสน

โรแมนติกริมแม่น้ำกก

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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 : 4

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 : 11

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 : 4 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 : 2 flights per day from Chiang Mai

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Chongqing : 1 flight per week from Koh Samui

Da Nang : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Guangzhou : 1 flight 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 : 1 flight per day 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

Just Say ‘Ahhh’

Open wide, a mama whale shows her

offspring, as both engage in the straight up

art of eating fish in the waters of Phetchaburi.

The seaside town outside of Bangkok is

home to pods of Bryde’s Whales, pronounced

“broo-dus,” with conservation groups

organising whale-sighting tours. Without any

teeth, the tropical whales gulp in enormous

amounts of schools of fishes and krill through

furry-looking baleen plates.

Photo Thewin Chanyawong

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