Fah Thai Magazine Mar-Apr 2019

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"FAH THAI" is an Inflight Magazine of Bangkok Airways.

MAR-APR 2019

TRANSPORTING

WAYS IN VIETNAM

NHA TRANG’S

OUTGOING OFFERINGS

TAKING THE LONGEST

SEA CROSSING

SONGKRAN’S

TOP DESTINATIONS

COMPLIMENTARY COPY


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

It is my honour to welcome you on

board our Bangkok Airways flight.

This year, our airline continues to

determinedly pursue improvement in

services across the board – starting

with the welcome of two new aircraft

to our fleet in January. This includes

an ATR72-600 with a 70-seat capacity

and an Airbus A319 with a 144-seat

capacity – making it a total of 40 to

our number of aircraft.

We also launched a new route from

Bangkok to Cam Ranh, Vietnam and

are about to launch two brand new

routes using Chiang Mai as our aviation

hub. These include Chiang Mai-Krabi,

operating daily using the Airbus A319

and Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang (Laos),

operating every Tuesday, Thursday and

Saturday using the ATR72 aircraft. The

two new routes will make its debut on

31 March 2019.

I believe these inaugural routes will

provide more alternatives in travel and

enhance comfort and contentment to

any of your journeys. In this bid to keep

passengers happy, Bangkok Airways

offers promotional tickets year round.

Lastly, I’d like to thank you for your

trust in choosing Bangkok Airways. We

will surely continue improving our services

to meet with your highest level of

satisfaction as always.

Thank you.

ผมมีความยินดีเป็นอย่างยิ่งที่ได้ต้อนรับท่าน

ผู้โดยสารทุกท่านสู่การบริการของสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

สำหรับปีนี้ สายการบินฯ ยังมุ่งพัฒนา

การบริการอย่างต่อเนื ่อง เริ่มจากการรับ

เครื่องบินใหม่เข้าสู่ฝูงบิน โดยในเดือนมกราคม

มีการรับเครื่องบินใหม่ถึง 2 ลำ เป็นเครื่องบิน

แบบ ATR72-600 ความจุ 70 ที่นั่ง 1 ลำ และ

เครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส เอ319 ความจุ 144

ที่นั่ง อีก 1 ลำ ทำให้ฝูงบินของสายการบินฯ

ปัจจุบันมีเครื่องบิน 40 ลำ

นอกจากนี้แล้ว เรายังได้เปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่

จากกรุงเทพสู่คัมรัน ประเทศสาธารณรัฐ

สังคมนิยมเวียดนาม และสายการบินฯ จะเปิด

เส้นทางบินใหม่เพิ่มอีก 2 เส้นทาง โดยใช้

สนามบินเชียงใหม่เป็นฐานปฏิบัติการบิน

ได้แก่ เส้นทางเชียงใหม่-กระบี่ ให้บริการทุกวัน

โดยเครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส เอ319 และเส้นทาง

เชียงใหม่-หลวงพระบาง ไป-กลับ ให้บริการ

ทุกวันอังคาร พฤหัส และเสาร์ โดยเครื่องบิน

แบบเอทีอาร์72 โดยทั้ง 2 เส้นทางจะเริ่มให้

บริการในวันที่ 31 มีนาคมนี้

ผมเชื่อว่าการเปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่นั้น

จะสามารถเพิ่มความสะดวกสบายให้แก่

ผู้โดยสาร ทำให้ผู้โดยสารมีทางเลือกในการ

ท่องเที่ยวมากขึ้น นอกจากนี้แล้ว สายการบินฯ

ยังมีการออกโปรโมชั่นบัตรโดยสารตลอด

ทั้งปี เพื่อตอบสนองความต้องการของท่าน

ผู้โดยสาร

ผมขอขอบคุณผู้โดยสารทุกท่านที่ไว้วางใจ

และเลือกเดินทางกับสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส เราจะยังคงพัฒนาการบริการต่อไป

เพื่อความพึงพอใจสูงสุดของท่าน

ขอบคุณครับ

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

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OVERTURES

FEATURES

18 GET CULTURED

It’s entertainment galore in exciting

destinations; from the celebration

of elephants in Thailand, Art Basel

in Hong Kong, Maroon 5 in concert

and Disney on Ice for the kiddies.

24 FAIL-SAFE FACE

Get your makeup arsenal ready

for the unexpected water that

comes your way at a water fest.

Stay perfect and protected with

the right tools.

26 WATER READY

Just because you’re Songkran wet

from head to toe does not mean

a drenched look all day. With the

right fabrics and style for men,

bring on the splashes.

28 FESTIVE SOAK

No matter which country you’ll

celebrate the Buddhist New Year

in, play with water in your fun

wardrobe statement.

30 TRAT’S BOUNDLESS

NATURE

Enjoy Trat province’s full spectrum

– from outdoor activities to

mangrove forests and inspiring

community life.

34 SOOTHING MANGO

Get immediate relief from the

sweltering summer with the

rush of goodness from a mango

smoothie.

36 SUPREME DURIAN

Much loved or much maligned,

the durian still holds the crown

for being a highly-prized fruit

in Asia.

38 CELEBRATE THE

BUDDHIST NEW YEAR

Southeast Asia expresses the

many styles of Songkran as

enthusiastic water festivals

honour the Buddhist New Year.

48 A BRIDGE CROSSING

Travelling between Hong Kong,

Macau and the Pearl River

Delta gets easier with a new

bridge and time for more fun.

56 REEF RESPONSIBILITY

As coral bleaching remains

an increasing issue, one

man’s quest results in heroic

solutions.

62 GETTING AROUND

Vietnam’s innovative spirit

relies on existing resources to

move their population from the

ground level up to mountain

high innovations.

70 FUN LOVING IN

NHA TRANG

This coastal town has an established

reputation for its resort offerings

but its entertainment options

make it the ideal fun getaway.

80 MUMBAI MEMORIES

For culture seekers, a classic

destination like Mumbai, India

remains a favourite. In photos,

we capture the dynamism of

this city in its daily life.

48

Bridging the

Great Divide

10

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HAPPENINGS

CORPORATE

A selection of relevant events around Asia.

92 BANGKOK

96 SAMUI

100 PHUKET

102 CHIANG MAI

103 PATTAYA/ TRAT

104 CHINA

106 HONG KONG

SINGAPORE /KL

108 CAMBODIA

110 VIETNAM

111 MYANMAR

112 LAOS

113 MUMBAI/

MALDIVES

116 NEWS

Bangkok Airways announces collaborations

and winners.

126 ROUTE MAP

128 AIRCRAFT INFO

CHECKING OUT

130 NATURALLY GREEN KRABI

This month’s cover:

High Above in

Nha Trang, Vietnam

38

New Year

Water Bath

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS

Hats Off to Trat

The skilled hands of

a Trat artisan keeps

the tradition alive

in the Thai province

with “ngop Nam

Chiao” hats woven

from palm leaves.

Under the hot sun or

rain, these hats offer

the best protection

and worn with pride.

NEWS AND EVENTS 18 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 24 / STYLE 26 / THAILAND TREASURES 30 / A TASTE OF THAILAND 34 /

FRUITFUL FINDS 36 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 38 / CHECKED IN 42

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

News Flash

THAILAND

TWO THAI DESSERTS CONSIDERED

AMONG WORLD’S BEST

It’s a sweet triumph for Thai desserts! Recently,

CNN listed two beloved Thai desserts, Mango

with Sticky Rice and Thab Thim Krob, a delicate

sweet of water chestnuts in coconut milk, as

choices for “50 of the World’s Best Desserts”

for the year 2018.

Alongside the comprehensive list of

dessert favourites like Italy’s Tiramisu, Turkey’s

Baklava, the Singapore Cendol and Austrian

Apfelstrudel, Mango with Sticky Rice and Thab

Thim Krob from Thailand now join the ranks of

globally-known delights.

Popular items among locals and tourists,

pastry chef and writer Jen Rose Smith points

out that two standout varieties of mangoes –

nam dok mai (sweet) and ok rong (with a higher

acidity to contrast with the mango sweetness),

are perfect companions for the glutinous rice

soaked in rich coconut milk and palm sugar.

Perfect after a meal, Thab Thim Krob

(meaning crispy rubies) is eaten cold with

crushed ice and sweetened coconut milk

infused with pandan leaves. It’s the best

welcome to your stay in Thailand. edition.cnn.

com/travel/article/world-50-best-desserts

2019

1-3MAR

SINGAPORE

THE ART OF DRUMMING

Since its debut at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe

Festival, Drum Tao has wowed the audience

with their innovative and exhilarating Taiko

drumming performances. In March, the troupe

returns to Singapore with a spectacular brandnew

production that blends the traditional art of

drumming with state-of-the-art showmanship.

Drum Tao – Rhythm of Tribe further

expands the Japanese traditional art of

entertainment, expressing the theme of a

samurai’s journey in search of a soul in the

past, to the present and into the future. With

Japanese drums as the centre of attraction,

Drum Tao will take spectators on a journey

filled with spellbinding projections, musical

elements and beautiful costumes. MES Theatre,

Mediacorp, drum-tao.com

7MAR

2019

SINGAPORE

MAROON 5 LIVE

Multi-platinum band Maroon 5 will stop over

in the Garden City for their Red Pill Blues

world concert tour. The three-time Grammy

award-winning band will perform for one

night only at Singapore’s National Stadium.

The band, fronted by singer Adam Levine, last

performed in the country four years ago.

With an impressive list of hits spread

across six albums over the course of 17

years, Maroon 5’s return will no doubt be

an exciting event for music fans. Expect the

band to belt out their signature tunes such

as ‘Sugar’, ‘Moves Like Jagger’, and ‘Sunday

Morning’, along with their latest hits from

their most recent album, Red Pill Blues. The

sixth studio album by the American pop rock

band was released in 2017 and featured hits

like ‘What Lovers Do’, ‘Wait’, and ‘Girls Like

You’. National Stadium, livenation.sg

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

28-31

MAR

2019

13-17

MAR

2019

CHIANG RAI & BKK

MOUNTAIN FÊTE & BOAT RACE

FOR ELEPHANTS

On a ridge in northern Thailand overlooking

the border with Myanmar and Laos is perched

the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort while the

neighbouring Golden Triangle Asian Elephant

Foundation (GTAEF) Camp sits nearby. Together,

they will host a series of elephant-themed

events in a picturesque mountain setting.

To celebrate National Elephant Day, a fête

takes place from 13-14 March, featuring such

activities as Walking with Giants, an Elephant

Buffet, an arts and crafts market as well as an

exploration of Northern Thai cuisine. The exclusive

VIP evening function aims to raise significant

charitable donations while generating awareness

to benefit the future of the Asian elephant.

The second part of the event celebrates

next to Anantara Bangkok Riverside, from 15-

17 March, continuing the pachyderm homage

with a boat race and a fun-filled weekend of

sporting and cultural events to suit everyone.

To join Anantara Hotels in celebrating Thailand’s

majestic animal and to support fundraising

efforts in their conservation and welfare, please

visit bangkokriverfestival.com

2019

23MAR

KOH SAMUI

MIDNIGHT RUN FOR CHARITY

Charity and a holiday can sometimes go hand in

hand or rather on foot as in the case of the 7th

annual Koh Samui Midnight Run. Taking place

every March, Samui’s annual athletic endeavour

is organised by the Thai Hotels Association and

the Tourism Association of Koh Samui. At the

stroke of midnight, participants can opt to run

either 5 or 10km through bustling Chaweng

streets. With the proceeds of the run going to

Koh Samui’s new School for Autistic Children

and the Green Project, runners can do good for

society as well as their bodies. With a projected

participant count of 2,000 runners, this year’s

race will be the biggest yet and promises

enjoyment for all that join – from runners to

spectators. The Samui Midnight Run will take

place on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 and

registration can be done at the event’s website.

Reggae Pub Chaweng Lake, samuimidnightrun.com,

+66 (0) 77 430 345

BANGKOK

SUMMER SKATIN’

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of iconic

Disney character Mickey Mouse, together with

cohorts Minnie Mouse and Goofy, and along with

their other friends from Disney and Disney

Pixar – everyone gets invited to experience

family fun and an exciting adventure with

“Disney on Ice Presents Mickey’s Super

Celebration” at Impact Arena, Muang Thong

Thani. Apart from the much-loved and familiar

crew from Disney, this March show marks

the debut of many characters namely The

Emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger and Fear from

the “Inside Out” movie as well as “Moana.” The

magical show and Disney’s signature heartwarming

tales promise to continue capturing

the hearts of young and old around the world.

Starting from 700 Baht, tickets are now available

at Thaiticketmajor.com.

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

29-31

MAR

2019

HONG KONG

ARTISTIC ENCOUNTERS

Art aficionados will want to pay a visit to

Hong Kong this March as the city once again

plays host to Art Basel. The seventh edition will

feature art displays from 242 leading galleries

from 36 countries and territories across Asia,

Europe, North and South America, the Middle

East and Africa during the duration of the

event. These exhibitors will present modern and

contemporary works of the highest quality by

emerging as well as established artists. Alongside

a robust roster of returning galleries, this year’s

show features 21 galleries participating in

the Hong Kong show for the first time. These

include galleries such as Galleries Greta Meet

from Belgium, Galleries Barbell Grassland and

Galleries Max Hitler from Germany, and Paula

Cooper Gallery from the United States, all of

which have played an influential role in defining

the art scene in their respective countries over

the years. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition

Centre (HKCEC), artbasel.com/hong-kong

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APR

2019

CAMBODIA

CHOUL CHNAM THMEY

As the rest of the world gets into the full swing

of 2019 in April; Cambodians across the country

will be busy celebrating the Khmer New Year.

The occasion, which also coincides with the

end of the harvesting season, is celebrated in

grand fashion over three days beginning 14 April

across the nation.

For visitors, the Khmer New Year known as

Choul Chnam Thmey provides a good insight to

the traditions and the people of Cambodia. The

festivities usually kick off with an offering of

fruit on the first day followed by fellowship and

the offering of gifts amongst family, friends and

the community on the second day.

The last day of the celebrations will see

locals washing and cleaning statues of Buddha

with scented water. The ritual symbolises the

washing away of evil deeds and gaining blessings

for the year ahead. tourismcambodia.com

Photo Johan Persson

24 -12

APR

2019

MAY

2019

SINGAPORE

MUSICAL MASQUERADE

Broadway’s longest-running show makes

Singapore its home in the month of April for a

three-week engagement. The Phantom of the

Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous musical,

will feature a 37-strong international cast joined

by a full 12-piece live orchestra playing some of

Lloyd Webber’s most memorable music.

The Phantom of the Opera, which is based

on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux,

tells the tale of a disfigured musical

genius who haunts the depths of the

Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by

the talents and beauty of a young

soprano, Christine, the Phantom lures

her as his protégé and falls fiercely

in love with her.

To date, the multiple

award-winning musical has

played to over 145 million

people in 150 cities around

the world and it’s widely

regarded as one of the most

successful in entertainment

history. Sands Theatre

at Marina Bay Sands,

marinabaysands.com

®

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OVERTURES

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

AQUAFLASH

FOUNDATION BRUSH

RAINFOREST OF THE SEA

COLLECTION FROM TARTE

(1,100 Baht)

A densely-packed dome brush

that buffs foundation in a flash,

leaving an effect that’s flawless,

streak-free, and never cakey.

The coral-inspired brush handle

will add some under-the-sea

fun to your vanity. The brush is

vegan and cruelty-free.

Saving Face

There’s no shame in getting drenched for Songkran

or melting in summer’s heat with waterproof makeup.

On model Nalintra, we used the selection of

brushes to blushes, blending colour palettes for a

fresh and bright look with staying power.

ROLLER EYES

BRIGHT PENCIL

0.11G FROM BENEFIT

COSMETICS (900 Baht)

A brightening waterline

eye pencil in a universallyflattering,

soft-pink shade

that gives you a naturallooking,

eye-opening effect.

WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG PHOTO SANG-ARUN CHAMPAWAN STYLIST SARANYA ARIYAKUL HAIR THANON SONGSIL

MAKE-UP SIRINRAT SUNGWIAN MODEL NALINTRA WARD DRESS MATTER MAKERS, GAYSORN VILLAGE

WATER FOUNDATION

BROAD SPECTRUM SPF15

– RAINFOREST OF THE

SEA COLLECTION 30ML

FROM TARTE (1,750 Baht)

A hypo-allergenic, vegan

foundation that delivers

powerful pollution defence

and a weightless, buildable

coverage that makes your

look naturally flawless.

SETTING SUPERPOWER

POWDER BRUSH FROM

TARTE (1,200 Baht)

This powder brush dusts on

the perfect amount of shape

tape setting powder for a

budge-proof, crease-proof

finish. Make sure that you tap

off any excess amount before

applying. Loosely-packed,

bunny-soft bristles diffuse

powder to keep the makeup

underneath it in place.

CHROME PAINT

SHADOW POT 3G

FROM TARTE

(850 Baht)

Features 80 per

cent pure pearl

pigments that give

you the high sheen of a cream or gloss

with the easy wear and application of a

powder. The mirror-effect loose pigment

melts instantly and stays put for hours.

Try “water

resistant” before

“waterproof”.

The elements in

waterproof products

are thicker and water

resistant products

might get the exact

same job done with

less weight.

Stay away

from items with

silicones. It’s a

heavy ingredient

that congests your

skin and even clogs

your pores.

LIP GLOW TO THE MAX 3.5G FROM

DIOR (1,390 Baht)

A lip balm with a two-colour swirl of rich,

pearly pigments that naturally revive

colour for fresh, outrageously radiant

lips and the mango-butter-enriched

balm formula smooths, softens,

and hydrates your lips for up to

24 hours.

If you are going

waterproof, invest

in a proper makeup

remover. These

products are heavier

and harder to remove.

If you’re using the

wrong cleanser,

ultimately you’ll

leave mascara

remnants.

METEORITES COMPACT

POWDER 10G FROM

GUERLAIN (2,800 Baht)

This creates a subtle and natural

effect by giving every skin tone

just the right amount of light

and correction while offering a

violet fragrance that’s original

and totally addictive.

SCUBA WATER

RESISTANT BLACK

MASCARA 9.8ML

FROM THE BALM

(750 Baht)

This lash-lengthening

mascara is smudge proof

and water resistant–

perfect for the beach or

lounging poolside. Say

goodbye to smudges,

drips, and runs!

Tips

Waterproof

spray. If you know

your skin won’t do

well with the heavy

ingredients found

in waterproof

products, use a

waterproof spray

on top of your

usual choice of

makeup item.

BECCA X KHLOE

KARDASHIAN &

MALIKA HAQQ

BRONZE, BRUSH

& GLOW PALETTE

12G FROM BECCA

(1,700 Baht)

This easy-to-use, allin-one

face palette is

just like a photo filter in real life. Inspired by

the skin-smoothing effect of photo filters,

the innovative formula’s sheer, buildable

shades are infused with soft focus pearl

and blurring pigments to softly scatter and

reflect light.

DIAMOND LIGHT MULTI-USE 12G

FROM TOO FACED (1,350 Baht)

Each highlighter has a unique diamond

fire finish, just like a real diamond

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STYLE







WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLIST SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO SUDARAT HAWHAN

Summer

Splashed

So you’re thinking about Songkran

in April, but you’re not quite sure

what to expect and how to dress.

This is an easy way to make you

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with prints. Mostly importantly,

use a waterproof bag to keep

valuables safe!

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(1,300 Baht)

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STYLE







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THAILAND TREASURES

Trat: Like No Other

Enjoy a sense of wonder in Trat’s greenery and waterways while

basking in its warm community spirit.

Story & Images Courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Compilation Chusri Ngamprasert

Clockwise from Top

Intricate tree roots at

a mangrove forest.

Local weavers

skillfully create

functional yet

artistic-looking

baskets.

A tranquil activity

involves plying a

boat through the

still waters past

mangrove trees.

An Instaworthy

shot of a wooden

bridge in Trat.

A tasty Trat dish —

Prik Gluea fried

rice (rice and

seafood with chilli

and salt dip).

Tucked away in Thailand’s far east, Trat

province’s fame lies in the uniquely

spectacular beaches and islands.

Abundant local cuisines and food, ethnic

diversity and distinctive cultures mean

Trat has more to share with visitors who

look for rustic beauty and the warm

hospitality that goes beyond its beautiful

beach destinations.

Ban Tha Ranae, located around the

Trat River estuary, is where past and

present are interwoven. For the longest

time, the seaside community served as

a port for Chinese junks to dock and

unload their goods. On their way back to

their motherland, the Chinese merchants

would load fragrant spices like pepper,

Siam cardamom and Bustard cardamom to

trade in China. With such brisk trades, the

Chinese made the prosperous township

their home, and many started pepper

plantations for the export market.

When visiting Ban Tha Ranae, an herbal

drink believed to be an elixir called “Cha

Roi Roo” or ant plant tea, and a boat trip

to Lan Taboon mangrove forest define

Trat experiences.

At Lan Taboon, which literally means

“fields of the cannonball mangrove tree,”

enjoy the mesmerising view of beautifully

intertwined roots of the mangrove trees.

Get a crash course on the mangrove forests

and ecosystems that provide Trat’s abundant

marine life.

Engage in fun learning followed by

sweets with a trip to the village of Ban

Tha Ranae where locals teach you how to

make a “Muak Bai Kanthong” hat from tree

leaves or indulge your sweet tooth as local

experts make snacks.

From the estuary, visitors can travel

back inland to Baan Nam Chiao in Laem

Ngop district and see cultural diversity

and natural beauty mingled together. Baan

Nam Chiao is a charming community with

rustic beauty.

Buddhist Thai, Chinese and the Muslim

Cham people from Cambodia have been

living together in a peaceful village for more

than 200 years. In the close-knitted

community, visitors can cherish the

cultural diversity as they visit Al-Kubaro

Mosque, enjoy a quiet moment in Wat

Nam Chiao temple, and appreciate the

exotic charm of the Chinese shrine.

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THAILAND TREASURES

@yaipearn.blogspot.com

The villagers in Baan Nam Chiao

appreciate their simple way of living.

Simplicity and sincerity are the charms

that always draw visitors back to their

village for a big dose of rustic beauty.

To follow local footsteps to a simple way

of life, visitors are advised to forage light

shells for dinner. And, seeing everyone

plodding through the mud in search of

food such as the molluscs creates a

strong sense of adventure. Stay overnight

in a local home, share their home-cooked

meals and exchange laughter with

them are the best way to experience

heartfelt hospitality.

While in Laem Ngop district, enjoy

your stroll in Had Sai Dum mangrove

forest trail where birds, crabs, monkeys

and mudskippers wander freely. Allow

yourself to have a good time when you

reach Had Sai Dum, the only black sand

beach in Thailand, at the end of the trail.

Soothe your tired feet in the warm black

sand for a relaxing moment before the

start of your new excursion.

Trat is a “Garden of Eden” for fruit lovers

since it’s abundant with mangosteen,

rambutan, salak or snakefruit, and, of

course, durian. For the love of salak,

don’t miss a chance to treat yourself at

Somphoch Farm – Thailand’s best salak

farm. Sala Loy Kaew (seedless salak in

cold syrup) is a must.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

When in Trat eat Prik Gluea – a dip made

of chilli and salt.

The fisherman in Thailand’s eastern

part would pack enough of the Prik Gluea

dip while leaving home for fishing for

a week or two. Like salt and pepper,

chilli and salt make food tasty. Some

creative fisherman add garlic and lime

juice to make their food even tastier (if

not more edible). Today food stalls add

shrimp, chunks of fish like snapper and

seafood to make chilli and salt a lot more

decadent than the original blend.

Clockwise from Top

A boardwalk allows

everyone to get

closer to the trees.

Trat’s richness in

flora offers pleasant

strolls.

The black sands in

Trat offer a natural

form of exfoliation.

The salak fruit offers

citrus notes and

honey sweetness.

Bright red flowers

of the salak fruit.

Prik Gluea is now recognised by

the Tourism Authority of Thailand as

a signature dish of Thailand’s East.

Your trip to Trat is not complete without

having your tongue tingling while having

“khao kluk prik gluea” (rice and seafood

with chilli and salt dip).

For more information, call the Tourism

Authority of Thailand (Trat office) at

+66 (0) 39 597 259 or call TAT

Contact Centre at 1672.

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A TASTE OF THAILAND

Summer

is Mango

Madness!

When it comes to the varieties of mango in

Thailand, its long list has resulted in a neverending

love affair for the succulent fruit. While

the juicy mango is a seasonal fruit, it’s something

people can enjoy all the time, especially when it

reaches its peak flavour in the summer. Growers

are now able to provide them year round to meet

demands for this tropical fruit. From popular

cultivars like “Kheow Sawoei”, “Rad”, “Ok Rong”,

Fah Lan” and “Chok Anan”, the mango can be

enjoyed simply by peeling the skin and eating

it ripe or raw. Either way, the fruit is delectably

delicious in its own uniqueness. Known for its

high doses of vitamin C and anti-oxidants, some

mango varieties can be intensely sour when

unripe, making them perfect to pair with a sweetand-salty

condiment dip, or its flesh can be crispy

and sweet – which makes it the right snack to

keep one’s appetite stimulated. The ripe mango,

meanwhile, is refreshingly sweet and rich in

vitamin A and beta carotene.

Ripeness and a generous pulp makes it the

perfect smoothie drink for the summer. Making

a refreshing glass of mango smoothie is very

simple; an excellently ripe mango and a blender

are the only requirements. First select a good,

ripened mango whose uniform yellow colour

should indicate a healthy state, along with a nice

fragrance. Clean the fruit well with water before

peeling the skin delicately, and cut the mango

into smaller cubes before putting them in the

blender. Add water, a handful of ice, a bit of lime

juice and some honey, based on preference.

Blend the ingredients until they are perfectly

combined. The smoothie should be enjoyed right

away to guarantee maximum freshness.

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA PHOTO SHUTTERSTOCK

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FRUITFUL FINDS

Behold the King of Fruits

With its prickly exterior, this odoriferous

Southeast Asian delicacy hides a soft inside that

devotees fiercely love.

WORDS CHUSRI NGAMPRASERT PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL

With spines like that of a sea urchin,

the spiky durian is a most controversial

fruit: you either love it at first taste or

hate it forever for its pungent smell.

The origin of the durian is

believed to be from Borneo and

Sumatra. The word durian comes

from the Malay word “duri”, meaning

“thorn”. Attributing to its formidable

look, heavenly taste and overpowering

odour, the durian receives the crown

as the “King of Fruits”. Although beloved

among its fans, this spiky king is banned

from most public places and transport

in Southeast Asia because of its strong

smell. Think – intense blue cheese!

The French culinary

encyclopaedia, Larousse

Gastronomique, tells us that the

durian fruit is ready to eat when

its husk begins to crack as the

fruit would be at its sweetest

and creamiest. From region to

region, the stage of ripeness to

be enjoyed varies. Simply keep in

mind that the more they ripen,

the more they smell.

Like nature’s answer to a multivitamin

tablet, the durian is rich in

vitamin C, vitamin B complex, iron,

potassium, tryptophan, and dietary

fibre. It supports the immune system,

enhances red blood cell regeneration

and lowers blood pressure.

Fresh durian tastes better if served

chilled. When in season, the durian

craze goes around the Asian region. In

Thailand, Khao Niao Thu Rian (Durian

with Sticky Rice), durian paste, durian

ice cream and pastries with durian

fillings are everywhere. For the fainthearted,

start with a durian chip. Made

from unripe durian, the crunchy chip

has a lighter aroma plus a rich taste of

the famed thorny fruit.

With seedling variations, there

are over 300 varieties of durian in

Thailand. Popular breeds are Mon

Thong (thick, full-bodied creamy with

a mild sweet flesh and moderate

smell), Chanee (rich and creamy flesh,

a strong smell), Kan Yao (smooth,

almond-like and creamy flesh, less

odorous), Kradum (buttery, smooth,

with a moderate scent), Long Lap Lae

(smooth, creamy, moderately sweet,

with less of a smell) and Phuang

Manee (sweet, creamy custard, bright

yellow colour, and a strong smell).

For durian fans, the delicious taste

of the fruit can be addictive. Once the

fruit is enjoyed, you’ll be oblivious to

the smell of the rind and you’ll keep

asking for more!

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

Throwing

a Water

Party!

LAO’S “PI MAI LAO”

During the 14th to 16th of April every

year, many activities during this event

are similar to those of the Thai Lanna

tradition, which covers the cleaning

of homes, “Bai Sri Su Kwan” (the Thai

threading ceremony) for blessings, and a

bathing ritual for Buddha statues. Pi Mai

Lao is divided into three days. On the first

day known as “Wan Sang Khan Luang”,

true New Year’s Day with blessings and

Throughout history, humans

and water have been

symbiotically inseparable

as hydrogen and oxygen

molecules combined nourish

organic life. When you ponder

water’s significance in each

part of the region, many places

in Asia always express gratitude

in respectful worship and

fun ways.

Words Sarita Urupongsa

Photos Shutterstock

people clean their houses as a means

to chase away bad energy and prepare

for new things. The second day or “Wan

Nao” is considered the family day in which

relatives gather to perform the Bai Sri Su

Kwan ceremony for elderly relatives. The

last day or “Wan Sang Khan Khuen” is the

bathing rituals for the Buddha statue. The

beauty pageant of “Nang Sang Khan” or

Lao’s Miss Songkran also takes place at

the grounds of the Great Stupa.

Pi Mai Lao’s Water Festival is well

known among tourists who flock to the

country to participate in water fights

that take place in many towns in Laos,

especially at the UNESCO world heritage

site of Luang Prabang where the whole

town erupts in joyous celebration.

During these last few years, the town

has been hosting fun events along the

roadside, with temple fairs and markets,

selling charming handicrafts and bites of

traditional Lao cuisine.

THAILAND’S SONGKRAN FESTIVAL

In the old days, Songkran was regarded as

the Siam kingdom’s New Year’s Day. Taking

place during the 13th to 15th of April every

MYANMAR’S THINGYAN

year, the traditions of the festival see

Called Thingyan, Myanmar’s water festival takes

influences from Brahman beliefs. It first

place in the second week of April, and based on

began with the observance of nature. For

Songkran splashing can actually be found

of the Thai tradition and upheld as

the Buddhist calendar. It’s a greatly anticipated

Thailand, the designated period coincides

in many spots such as Khaosan Road

Family Day countrywide. Among some

event among the people of Myanmar as it means

with the end of the harvest and the planting

in Bangkok, Songkran Phra Pradaeng

of the activities taking place during the

relaxation and celebrations for the New Year.

of new crops. April is usually the hottest

in Samut Prakan province, the “Pi Mai

festivities are the bathing rituals for

The Thingyan festivities begin with a five day

month of the year, so people engage in

Mueang” tradition for the northern Thai

Buddha statues for auspiciousness and

water fight to wash away one’s “sins” before the

cooling down activities – including alms-

New Year around Chiang Mai’s Old City

alms-giving as well as paying respect to

New Year begins. In Yangon, crowds gather on

giving events and fun activities; such

Canal, and Songkran celebrations at Khao

the elderly folks. Traditionally, people

the Kandawgyi Pat Lann and Kabaraye Roads.

traditions remain until today.

Niew Road in Khon Kaen province.

in big cities will travel back to their

Temporary water-spraying stations, and pandal

With the backdrop of summertime,

Apart from the exuberant sloshes,

hometown to see their families during

ceremonial structures are set up and double

sun and fun, Thailand’s Songkran Festival

the Songkran festival reflects the beauty

the Songkran festival as well.

as dance floors. When the festival is over, it is

has participants dealing with unbearable

the time to pay respect to the elderly, with the

heat, a factor that makes the festivities

even more enjoyable. In this annual

event, people nationwide come out in

the streets to join in a water fight. Back

then simple household items, namely a

water bowl and hose, were the weapons

of choice before advancing into a variety

of colourful water guns. The best of

In Thailand “Din Sor Phong” or powdered marl is a popular item during Songkran, a mineral

mixed together with scented water. Made of marlstone with deposits of calcium carbonate,

the name Din Sor Phong comes from its origin in Din Sor Phong Village, Lopburi Province. Powdered marl

is produced following an herbal medicinal recipe. It’s used for minimising rashes, curing acne, reducing

perspiration and giving a cooling feel. As it comes in a white colour, people participating in Songkran then

love to mix it with water and pat the mixture on their faces and bodies. One caution is that if the powdered

marl gets into your eyes, it must be immediately rinsed off with clean water or do a wash in sterile water.

gentle pouring holy water into their hands as

a blessing. Other activities popular among the

Myanmar people include monk ordinations for a

son in the family and an ear-piercing ceremony

for daughters. Afterwards, it is quite common to

see processions of daughters on the streets and

pagoda grounds and newly-ordained novices in

almost every temple.

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

CAMBODIA’S CHAUL CHNAM

THMEY OR KHMER NEW YEAR

The New Year in Cambodia takes place

in the dawn of the harvest season. Each

year, the Cambodian government always

selects either the dates of the 13th to

15th or the 14th to 16th of April as

the date for the Khmer Songkran. It has

similar traditions to that of Thailand in

which the festival is divided into three

days. On the first day, people give alms

and carry sand to temples in preparation

for building or rebuilding sand pagodas.

Family Day takes place on the second day

in which families gather together and may

exchange presents. On this day, people

also get together in the evening to build

sand pagodas. The third day, meanwhile,

is the day of fun and celebration with

activities like bathing rituals for the

Buddha statue and pouring holy water

into the hands of the elderly.

FESTIVAL ORIGIN MAY TRACE BACK TO INDIA

When we look back on history, here’s

Some legends say that the Holi

how Songkran came about. It’s said that Festival is the celebration of Krishna’s

the festival in Mumbai and Delhi in India victory over the demon “Holika”. As he

marked the origin of Songkran.

burnt her body to ashes, the act of

Taking place in the month of March burning unpleasant things out of the

as well, the Holi Festival indicates the end home is an observance of the legend.

of the harvest year. According to the belief Holi is also regarded as the

among Indians, the act of splashing colour “Festival of Friendship.” Since colour

represents the chasing of dark forces in is playfully smeared on the body and

life. The colour or “tika” which ranges clothes and can’t be washed off, it

from red, yellow, green to blue comes symbolises friendships that will remain

from natural pigments found in plants for always. The colour splashing usually

and herbs. These herbs also play a part in takes place during day, before the

strengthening the body’s immunity in the crowds disperse to bath or clean up,

same manner as the concept of Ayurveda emerging pristine again in the evening

or natural therapy.

for celebration and gatherings.

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

STAYED: FARMER’S BOUTIQUE

RESORT

Majestic birds swoop in and out searching

for fish in the shallow rice paddies. The

droning hum of a spectrum of frogs

hypnotise the night, a reminder that the

entire nocturnal ecosystem is active in

the shadows. A top-notch Thai restaurant

overlooks it all, as steaming plates of

cuisine fit for royalty find their way from

the kitchen to the tables of already content

guests. If you’re one of those guests, you’ll

feel like someone has let you in on a guarded

little secret, the one that led you to learn

of this resort oasis.

Of course with a website offering

online bookings, Farmer’s Boutique

Resort is no secret. Without the constant

hustle of busier areas like Chaweng,

the Mae Nam district where Farmer’s is

located maintains a more toned-down,

natural vibe.

Top Left and Right

Colonial-style

architecture is

evident throughout

the resort.

The Farmer’s

top-tier rooms

are equipped

with their own

swimming pools.

Clockwise from

Right

Enjoy rice paddies

out front and a

mountian backdrop.

Luxurious coconutwood

floors adorn

the spacious villas.

Rooms overlook

a lotus pond and

infinite sky.

Because you can dine on water, rest in what feels like a secret

hideaway, and feel just plain incredible – here are some alluring Samui

resorts whose signature offerings leave you refreshed, renewed and

satiated. Words & Photos Jeremie Schatz

Beyond Pampered in Koh Samui

The property lies on a sprawling 16-rai

parcel (more than 6 acres) with verdant

rice paddies, lily ponds, and 45 luxurious

villas. Split into two by the lobby/parking

area, the villas line each side of 2 ponds

with infinity pools at each end.

The villas themselves fall into four

spacious categories ranging from 50 to

110sqm, some boasting their own private

swimming pools. The rooms are big and

airy with tall vaulted ceilings and huge

sliding glass doors opening onto breezy

verandas. Colonial-style furnishings are

carved teakwood and give the villas a regal

air. Refresh under the rain shower head in

the partially open air bathroom.

If rest and relaxation is your primary

objective, you’ve found the perfect spot.

Early morning and sunset are enchantingly

picturesque with low-hanging mist

illuminated by the rising sun. Thai

water buffaloes graze and bathe on the

neighbouring undeveloped land. Sip a

steaming cup of Thai-grown coffee in the

open air breakfast restaurant and listen

to the soothing rustle of wind blowing

through the bamboo stalks. Although it’s

not a beachfront resort, the sea is close

by and bicycles are provided for you to

explore the neighbourhood.

The Farmer’s private ownership also

lends to its secret hideaway feel while

maintaining a high bar for friendly and

helpful service. The staff are prompt,

courteous, and attentive. Compared to

corporate hotel groups, Farmer’s feels

unique and personal, like you’re staying at

your friend’s resort.

The owner also offers cooking

classes so you can learn how to cook

authentic Thai classics as well as some

Thai/Indonesian fusion recipes. The

restaurant serves her recipes and they

are mind blowing.

If Farmer’s were a secret, it’s not

anymore. But that’s okay, some secrets

just shouldn’t be kept.

1/26 Moo 4, Mae Nam Beach, Koh Samui,

Surat Thani

farmersboutiqueresort.com

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

TASTED: OCEAN PIER AT

LE MERIDIEN SAMUI

Le Meridien has a reputation, and a good

one at that. Their property on Lamai Beach

in Koh Samui sets the benchmark for a high

calibre, classically Oriental-styled resort.

Everything about the place emanates a

sense of allure and romance. Therefore, it

should come as no surprise that they have

devised a dining experience which equals

that of their luxurious habitation.

To fully reflect the resort’s demeanour

in a culinary fashion, naturally it must

come in the form of an exclusive private

dinner. To distinguish themselves from the

offerings of other resorts, Le Meridien

hosts such private dinners on a floating

dock. Extending out into the vibrant blue

waters of the Andaman Sea, the dock offers

an unparalleled view of the coastline and, as

might be expected, a lovely place to watch

the sun set behind palm covered mountains.

It is an undeniably romantic experience and

makes any day a special occasion.

Although the scene itself is unique,

the meal adds an entirely new level of

extravagance. Several options of menu

are available to cater to a variety of tastes.

Choose from Thai, seafood, over the

land-under the sea, Thai vegetarian, and

Western vegetarian.

You will be sipping a glass of wine,

gently bobbing on the floating dock when

your appetiser arrives. Maybe it’s the

pan-seared pepper tuna and scallop with

sautéed veggies and a honey lemon sauce.

Lightly cooked, the tender tuna’s light

flavours are accentuated by the encrusted

peppercorns and tangy sauce awakening

the palate for what’s to come.

Still ruminating on the delicate

balance of the spinach cream soup with

asparagus, feta, and crispy prosciutto,

the main course materialises. You’ve

chosen the roasted beef tenderloin

which is served alongside a grilled

herb-crusted lamb chop and lightly

grilled Phuket lobster. Good choice.

The tenderloin is everything you want

Clockwise from

Top Left

The pan-seared

pepper tuna

appetiser is a mouthwatering

way to

begin the meal.

Epic sunsets are

almost guaranteed

at the Ocean Pier at

Le Meridien.

The Le Meridien

cheesecake with

raspberry sauce is so

good you’ll feel guilty.

The atmospheric

Ocean Pier at nightfall.

in a cut of beef: flame-kissed outside,

tender and juicy inside, and not too

many spices that hide the natural taste.

It takes a trained hand to cook lobster

on a barbecue properly – evenly

cooked without sticking to the shell,

all while keeping the meat moist and

tender – and the chef nailed it.

Hopefully, for your sake, you saved

a bit of space for the sweet stuff. There’s

a reason why it’s called the “Le Meridien”

cheesecake; it’s so good they felt compelled

to put their name on it. It’s rich and incredibly

delectable. If there’s a sweet tooth heaven,

you’ll be there soon.

There’s simply not enough space

on this page or adjectives available to

accurately describe just how special

this private dinner is, nor portray the

quality of the fresh ingredients and skill

in creating the dishes. Like so many

experiences in life, you’ll just have to go

and find out for yourself.

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OVERTURES

CHECKED IN: SAMUI

Clockwise from

Right

Aromatic massage

oils are proven

to help infuence

your mood.

A cool towel and

freshly-brewed

ginger tea is the

sweet ambrosia

awaiting you

at the end of

your treatment.

A colourful

and serene

treatment room.

TRIED: BREEZE SPA AT

AMARI SAMUI

Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach has a lot to

offer. You’ll find warm tropical seas that

meet golden sands, a spectrum of shopping

options from traditional to opulent, cuisines

from all over the globe, and a robust nightlife

scene. There are so many places to visit

and things to do in Koh Samui that it’s

easy to go non-stop exploring, tasting,

experiencing. At some point, it will dawn on

you that the time has come to take the pace

down a notch and just find some peace and

quiet. Breeze Spa at Amari Koh Samui is

exactly where you will find it.

Truth be told, peace and quiet is just a

small part of what you will find at Breeze

Spa. The spa is located on the beachfront

with the sparkling sea reaching off to the

horizon outside of your window. They

have two treatment rooms that can be

connected for a romantic couple’s spa

session. Enjoy the refreshing welcome

drink and cool towel while they take note

of your preferences. Peruse the various

body care products on offer from their

own private label.

Try one of the Mood Therapy

treatments ranging from dreamy, serene,

rejuvenated, invigorated, or energised, that

use certain techniques and specific aromas

to gently shift your body’s balance. It’s not

just marketing hype, it turns out that scent

has a much greater influence on your

mood than previously thought. In fact, the

part of your brain that controls emotions

is connected to your olfactory system that

detects scents.

Another popular treatment at Breeze

is the Samui Pina Colada which consists

of a natural self-tanning extract that

boosts melanin production in your skin,

resulting in an even tan without hours

in the sun. The treatment reaches its

crescendo with shimmering body oil

soothingly rubbed into your skin to give

you a golden radiance.

If it’s your first spa experience

in Thailand, then a Thai massage is

a must. The professionally-trained

massage therapists use traditional and

contemporary techniques that relax,

soothe, stretch, and rejuvenate. The

therapists are very attentive and are

open to feedback to ensure you receive

a tailored experience and walk out

feeling limber and refreshed.

After your treatment – even though

you wish it would never end – relax in the

foyer with a pot of freshly brewed ginger

tea and get acquainted with the new you.

14/3 Chaweng Beach, Bophut,

Koh Samui, Surat Thani

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46


THE HK/MACAU/ZHUHAI BRIDGE

TRAVERSING THE

HONG KONG/MACAU/ZHUHAI BRIDGE

One bridge, three cities, one day. All is possible

with the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge’s

recent opening, offering the longest sea crossing

in the world. For the travellers, the thrill of the

ride is just being on the bridge itself.

Words Nawa Acosta Wright Photos Thewin Chanyawong & Shutterstock

48 49


THE HK/MACAU/ZHUHAI BRIDGE

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Clockwise from Top

Modern ports await

passengers at every

port connected to

the HZMB.

Efficient signage

lessens confusion for

the 3 linked cities.

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Paying tolls at

the crossing.

Architectural

rendering

of a bridge section.

A

nticipation builds

up as the Fah Thai

team geared up

for travel on the

longest bridge and tunnel sea

crossing in the world amidst

much hype. We are part of

the hundreds of curiosity

seekers, which meant the

strategy has to be a weekday

trip from energetic Hong

Kong island, the starting

point where the bridge

connects Lantau Island with

Macau and then Zhuhai in

Guangdong province. Also,

the chance to be in three

places in one day was equal

to the thrill of experiencing

three culturally diverse cities.

When it opened late last year,

eager tour groups in large numbers

hurried over from the cities around

the Pearl River Delta in mainland

China to take the Hong Kong-

Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB). A

name nearly as long as the bridge

itself, the HZMB links three cities,

thereby shortening travel times

significantly. Running the length

from Hong Kong to Macau’s port

and then Zhuhai’s port, the HZMB

stretches for 42km, making it the

longest bridge-and-tunnel sea

crossing in the world. When you add

the Zhuhai Link Road, the HZMB’s

length totals 55km, which is said

to be 20 times longer than San

Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Debuting in late 2018, thousands

of people made the crossing in a

single day, with chaos ensuing and

consternation from the locals in

places like Tung Chung in Hong

Kong whose lives experienced

‘bridgus interruptus.’ To avoid

that, we started in Hong Kong

to get the bus ticket. Many

authorised agencies issue tickets

and in our case, we zigzagged

through the colourful trams and

double-deckers on Queen’s Road to

Shueng Wan in the Central district.

It’s a straight forward process at the

China Merchants Building, the same

building agents sell tickets for the

Macau ferry.

We made the trip on the HZMB

shuttle bus, where it waiting at the

Transborder Office in Tsim Tsa Tsui

on the Kowloon side. The first leg

of the journey feels like a commuter

journey, going past lively scenes

on Mongkok street. As the familiar

views of the Ngong Ping cable car

loomed, the initial bridge adventure

felt more like heading to the airport.

But there are different sections

to the HZMB, and we reach the Hong

Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities,

which is the Hong Kong Port itself.

The bridge connects the three cities

in Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong,

Macau and cities in Guangdong

province), and here at the Port, the

modern building and cavernous

ceiling is photo-worthy in its design

of undulating waves but there’s not

much time to appreciate this as the

lines form to get on the shuttle bus

to Zhuhai.

On the bus, the blue water

views extend past the horizon on

both sides of the bridge. There

are few structural interruptions,

just signboards on the bridge but

you’ll notice busy shipping lanes,

and some artificial islands on which

parts of the bridge sit. The bridge

curves along the water on a smooth

and tranquil ride with its gentle

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THE HK/MACAU/ZHUHAI BRIDGE

twists until the mainland port of

Zhuhai. At the seemingly orderly

Immigration area, officials in fatigue

colours or regulation brown remind

you that indeed, you have arrived in

the mainland.

Most people come to Zhuhai

for business in this largely economic

zone, so for a night’s rest,

accommodations are plentiful,

with international and Chinese

hotel chains scattered about. Meal

recommendations always point

to the restaurant strips of Wanzai

and Nanping, offering the freshest

seafood in open crates for you to

pick and choose. Be warned that the

lively shrimps wriggle their legs in

freshness or crabs stare pleadingly

with their eyes before they get

prepared in the Cantonese style of

simplicity, focusing on the quality

of the ingredients. One pleasing

point of Zhuhai is that China’s

eight regional cuisines are nicely

represented in the smattering of

restaurants ensuring that you get to

eat well indeed.

One of Zhuhai’s main attraction

is that of the Fisher Girl Statue, but go

a little further along the atmospheric

graceful opera house with its giant

clam-like structures rise above the

land in a design meant to represent

the clams in Boticelli’s “Venus.”

At the New Yuanmingyuan

Garden, you can play dress up and be

an empress or emperor for the hour

complete with a manservant to hold

up the elaborate layers of clothing

and makeup artists to guarantee

authenticity to your total look.

Adding to the hip component is

the Beishan Art District, a heritage

area with the traditional feel of a

mainland China with its alleyways,

temples, ancestral halls, coffee shops,

complete with heritage inns, an old

theatre converted into a cultural

space, a vegetarian restaurant and

a jazz academy. One can easily get

comfortable browsing in a café,

watching people engage in discourse

while sipping the latest pu‘er tea.

Meanwhile, Macau is a mere

10-minute walk through an

underground mall at Dongbei port,

home of cheap or fake goods. Here’s

where you emerge from the retail

shops to the border crossing. We

GETTING

THERE

Varying bus

services across the

bridge from Hong

Kong by crossborder

transport

operators who

offer pickups from

major points in

the city to Zhuhai

city centre. It takes

about 45 minutes

and costs around

HK$80 each way.

The HZMB shuttle

buses run along

the length of the

bridge only, so you

need to find your

own way to and

from the bridge

entry or exit

points.

One Bus Hong

Kong Macau –

onebus.hk/en

TIL Chinalink –

trans-island.com.hk

Ferries run

about once

every two hours

from the Macau

ferry terminal in

Sheung Wan and

the China ferry

terminal in Tsim

Sha Tsui. They are

more expensive,

at HK$195 each

way, and take 55

minutes. Details at

cksp.com.hk

Top

The ruins of

St. Paul’s in Macau,

built in the

17th century.

Clockwise from

Top Left

Zhuhai’s major

attraction - a statue

of the Fisher Girl

near Lover’s Lane.

With makeup artists

and ‘stagehands’

at the ready, dress

up as an empress

dowager for the

moment at the

Yuangmingyuan

Garden.

A flavourful bowl of

hand-pulled noodles

in the Beishan area.

An enchanting

bookstore in the

Beishan Art district

in Zhuhai.

join the many folks who seem

to be crossing over for a day,

bringing with them grocery bags

of food and vegetables and other

utilitarian things. Cheaper prices

and variety, perhaps?

Present day Macau has dramatic

remnants of its Portuguese colonial

past, evident in the architecture of

the ruins of Saint Paul’s church,

including the streets and alleyways,

alongside the Macanese glitz shining

from the casinos and complexes

showcasing major sporting events

and shows. We aim for the church

but get side-tracked by a local

teahouse, a cha chaan teng. Already

home to several notable and

Michelin-starred restaurants, these

affordable teahouses meanwhile

offer pastries equally as delicious.

Still hoping to see the HMZB

from this side, we head to Macau

Tower, 338 metres in height. From

its observation deck, impressive

panoramic views all over Macao and

much of the Pearl River Delta can be

seen. And there it is, in the distance

– forming that link where three

diverse cultures can be experienced

because the bridge unites them.

52


THE HK/MACAU/ZHUHAI BRIDGE

ความตื่นเต้นเพิ่มดีกรีขึ้นเรื่อยๆ เมื่อทีม

ฟ้าไทยกำลังจะได้ผจญภัยไปยังสาม

วัฒนธรรมในวันเดียว บนสะพานและ

อุโมงค์ข้ามทะเลที่ยาวที่สุดในโลก เชื่อมโยง

ฮ่องกง มาเก๊า และจูไห่ เข้าด้วยกัน

ครั้งที่สะพานแห่งนี้เปิดตัวเมื่อปลายปี

ที่แล้ว กรุ๊ปทัวร์นับไม่ถ้วนแห่แหนไปยัง

สามเหลี่ยมลุ่มแม่น้ำจูเจียงในประเทศจีน

เพื่อข้ามสะพานฮ่องกง จูไห่ มาเก๊า หรือ

HZMB ที่ยาวกว่า 42 กิโลเมตร ถ้าหาก

นับถนนเชื่อมจูไห่เข้าไปอีก ก็จะมีความยาว

ถึง 55 กิโลเมตร ยาวกว่าสะพานโกลเด้นเกต

ของซานฟรานซิสโกถึง 20 เท่า

ทีมฟ้าไทยหลีกเลี่ยงความวุ่นวายใน

ตุงชุง ฮ่องกง เราเลือกเดินทางด้วยรถราง

หลากสีและรถบัสสองชั้นจากถนนควีนไปยัง

เชิงหว่าน ไปลงที่ย่านตึกไชน่าเมอร์ชานต์

แล้วซื้อตั๋วเรือข้ามฟากไปมาเก๊าได้ที่ตึกนี้เลย

เราเริ่มทริปด้วยรถบัสรับส่ง HZMB

จากสำนักงานข้ามเขตในจิมซาจุ่ยฝั่งเกาลูน

เพลิดเพลินกับความครึกครื้นตลอดถนน

มงก๊ก ให้ความรู้สึกเหมือนเดินทางไปยัง

สนามบินไม่น้อย

แล้วเราก็มาถึงอาคารข้ามชายแดน

ฮ่องกง ซึ่งก็คือท่าฮ่องกงนั่นแหละ ตึกสมัย

ใหม่ที่มีเพดานออกแบบเหมือนลอนคลื่น

เหมาะกับการอัพรูปลงไอจียิ่งนัก แต่เวลา

ไม่รอท่า เพราะรถบัสที่ท่าไปจูไห่ก็คงไม่รอ

เราเหมือนกัน

บนรถบัส เราค่อยมีเวลาได้ชื่นชม

ความงามของขอบฟ้าตัดกับน้ำทะเล

แบบไม่มีโครงสร้างตึกมาขัดตา สะพาน

คดเคี้ยวไปตามผืนน้ำอันสงบเงียบจนไป

ถึงท่าแผ่นดินใหญ่ที่จูไห่ คุณสามารถ

เลือกที่พักนับไม่ถ้วนจากเครือโรงแรม

ของจีนและนานาชาติ ร้านอาหารใน

หว่านไจ๋และนานปิงยั่วยวนต่อมรับรส

ด้วยวัตถุดิบอาหารทะเลสดปรุงเป็น

อาหารเลิศรสสไตล์กวางตุ้ง หรือจะเป็น

อาหารจากทั้งแปดภูมิภาคของประเทศ

จีนก็มีให้เลือกสรร

อย่าลืมแวะไปที่รูปปั้นหญิงสาวชาว

ประมง แล้วเลยออกไปอีกนิดเพื่อชมความ

ตระการตาของอาคารทรงหอยที่ได้รับ

แรงบันดาลใจจาก “วีนัส” ของบอตติเชลลี

หรือจะแวะไปที่สวนหยวนหมิงหยวน จัดเต็ม

แต่งองค์ทรงเครื่องเป็นจักรพรรดิ และ

จักรพรรดินีเก็บเป็นภาพความประทับใจ

เพิ่มความฮิปอีกเล็กน้อยที่ย่านศิลปะ

เป่ยซาน ดื่มด่ำกับตรอกทางเดิน วัด และ

ร้านกาแฟแบบย้อนยุค พร้อมกับชมงาน

ตามเข็มนาฬิกาจาก

บนซ้าย

นักท่องเที่ยวพากันถ่าย

รูปหน้าสถาปัตยกรรม

สวยงามที่หลงเหลืออยู่

ของโบสถ์เซนต์ปอล

เรียนรู้ประวัติศาสตร์ยุค

จักรพรรดิจีนภายใน

โถงใหญ่ของสวน

หยวนหมิงหยวน

โพสต์ท่าถ่ายรูปเหนือชั้น

บนมาเก๊าทาวเวอร์

ศิลปะคลอดนตรีแจ๊ส จากนั้นเดินต่ออีก

สิบนาทีผ่านห้างใต้ดินที่ท่าตงเป่ยเพื่อข้าม

แดนไปยังมาเก๊า

คุณจะได้เห็นเมืองสไตล์อาณานิคม

โปรตุเกส พร้อมกับคาสิโนและสนามกีฬาใหญ่

เรามุ่งหน้าไปที่โบสถ์ แต่พอเห็นชาชังเตง

หรือร้านน้ำชา ก็อดใจไม่อยู่ เลยขอแวะ

จิบชาพร้อมกับขนมปังระดับมิชลินสตาร์

ในราคาจับต้องได้

เรามุ่งหน้าต่อไปที่ตึกมาเก๊าสูง 338

เมตร ตื่นตากับวิวพาโนรามาของมาเก๊า

แบบสุดลูกหูลูกตา เห็นสะพานยาวอยู่

ไกลๆ ที่ซึ่งสามวัฒนธรรมอันรุ่มรวยและ

หลากหลายเชื่อมถึงกัน

ล่างซ้าย

จู่ไห่ โอเปราเฮ้าส์

ยิ่งใหญ่ อลังการ

การเดินทาง

มี บริการรถบัส มากมายให้เลือก

เดินทางจากจุดหลักกลางเมืองไปยัง

เมืองจูไห่เพื่อข้ามไปยังฮ่องกง ใช้เวลา

ประมาณ 45 นาที ในราคาประมาณ

80 ฮ่องกงดอลลาร์ต่อเที่ยว รถรับส่ง

HZMB ให้บริการบนเส้นทางสะพาน

เท่านั้น คุณจำเป็นต้องจองการเดินทาง

เพื่อเข้าและออกจากตัวสะพานต่างหาก

One Bus Hong Kong Macau

– onebus.hk/en

TIL Chinalink – trans-island.com.hk

เรือข้ามฟาก

ให้บริการทุกๆ สองชั่วโมงจากท่าเรือ

ข้ามฟากมาเก๊าในเชิงหว่าน และท่าเรือ

ข้ามฟากจีนในจิมซาจุ่ย ราคา 195

ฮ่องกงดอลลาร์ต่อเที่ยว ใช้เวลา

ประมาณ 55 นาที ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมที่

cksp.com.hk

54


ANUAR ABDULLAH

The

Coral Conservationist:

Restoring

Reefs For The

Driven by his passion for rehabilitating coral

reefs, Anuar Abdullah has sparked a movement

that has delivered a positive impact in Southeast

Asia. As the founder and CEO of Ocean Quest, a

social enterprise and conservation organisation,

he is now looking to spread that message across

the globe in order to revitalise this precious

ecosystem for future generations.

Words Richard Augustin

Photos Kevin Teh, Anuar Abdullah

56 57


ANUAR ABDULLAH

For over 14 years, Anuar Abdullah

has been rehabilitating coral reefs

around the region. Driven by his

passion and perseverance, he has

blazed his own path in the field of coral

conservation which has not only sparked

a positive effect on the reefs he has helped

revitalised, but also the people who have

come together to share such goals.

Top and Bottom

Working on

propagating coral.

Anuar and his team

use an ‘organic’

way to grow coral.

When we first meet Anuar, it is

evidently clear the man has spent a

large portion of his life embarking

on seaborne adventures. With a

fit frame, tanned sun-kissed skin

and easy-going attitude; he cuts

a perfect image of a dive master,

someone with extensive dive logs

under his belt.

Anuar’s story is somewhat

unique, beginning in his home state

of Terengganu on Malaysia’s east

coast, where he was exposed to the

ocean from a very young age. It

was this affinity with the sea that

sparked an interest in oceanography,

which eventually garnered him a

scholarship at the Florida Institute

of Technology in the United States.

Upon receiving a master’s

degree in oceanography, he

travelled extensively to various

islands across the globe, where

he developed a keen interest in

conservation efforts, specifically

coral restoration. With his return to

Malaysia, Anuar began his own selffunded

research to discover a more

effective way to help revitalise and

propagate corals.

“I tried various methods over

the course of that time and also

studied closely what others were

doing in the field as well,” recalls

Anuar. “Eventually I looked at how

people were rehabilitating forests

and figured a replication of that idea

could be the best course of action.”

To put this theory to the test,

Anuar began studying coral

propagation techniques more

closely by visiting coral farms

around the region. Although these

farms were known to export their

coral to aquariums around the

globe, he knew first-hand that they

provided an ideal training ground

for his studies.

“I looked at how these farms

were growing coral and I looked

at refining their techniques and

ensuring there were proper protocols

to follow.” Eventually he discovered

a way to effectively grow corals

using household glue and rock. “I

discovered this method in 2004,

but back then people who saw me

attempting this technique thought I

was crazy. However, the method not

only worked but it was also highly

effective,” stresses Anuar.

“It is a cheap and efficient way

and it’s completely organic with

no use of any artificial structure,”

he says. “As we only use a small

piece, our footprint is small and

we can grow up to 1,000 corals

a day. The whole process takes

between 7-21 days once the coral

is able to attach itself unto the

rock on its own. By then there is

no trace of the glue, meaning our

process is 100% organic.”

Anuar opines that current

methods such as artificial reefs are

not conducive enough. “Look at the

word ‘artificial’, it implies that it is

fake,” he states. “Having a natural

reef that has been revitalised in an

organic way does more in the long

run. It will undoubtedly deliver more

benefits for coastal communities.”

With his experience in coral

propagation, Anuar also believes

that the current advancements

in the field are not workable

enough, especially over a long term

period. “We’ve read the news on

how scientists have discovered a

way to grow coral up to 40 times

faster. However, these tests are

largely done in labs in a controlled

environment. The methods we

apply are done in the ocean and

subjected to actual environments

and conditions.”

Upon discovering a workable way

to revitalise and grow coral, Anuar

immediately set out to structure an

education plan and protocols for

his rehabilitation technique. “The

system used in most places today is

outdated as it employs a cataloguing

to chart the growth and health of

reefs,” he explains. “We needed a

proper way to map our progress and

also monitor the reefs in a more

precise and sustainable way.” This

ultimately paved the way for Anuar

to create Ocean Quest.

“I founded Ocean Quest eight

years ago and made it a social

enterprise specifically focused on

coral reef preservation,” explains

Anuar. In a span of less than ten

years, Ocean Quest can now be

found in countries such as Brunei,

Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines.

They also currently have over 800

trainers across the globe.

“We have 160 trainers from

mainland China alone, all of whom

are scuba instructors living in

Southeast Asia who are helping

spread the word on what were are

doing and helping to keep Ocean

Quest alive,” he adds. “We are

non-profit, we only charge USD12

Left to Right

With Anuar’s

leadership, Ocean

Quest trainers help

spread the word on

the organisation.

Coral propagation

is done in an

actual ocean

environment,

and not in a lab.

Ocean Quest spends

around four years

to grow and nurture

coral before a local

outfit in each country

takes over.

“The normal time frame for us to propagate

corals is roughly four years and that includes

development, monitoring and training.”

for registration and administration

fees and we basically fund ourselves

on that.

Anuar elaborates that all it

takes is for each trainer to teach

five students a month to keep

the endeavour going, adding

that everyone who is attached to

Ocean Quest does so on a strictly

volunteer basis. “Presently, we

have people across the globe in

places such as Finland, Switzerland

and France, who help out with

various duties pertaining to our

conservation efforts.”

In terms of projects, Ocean Quest

efforts can be found in 180 islands,

most of which are in Thailand. One of

the biggest projects they are lending

their expertise to at the moment is

Maya Bay in Phi Phi Ley, where the

movie The Beach was filmed.

“The normal time frame for

us to propagate corals is roughly

four years and that includes

development, monitoring and

training. Once the work is

completed, the reefs are then

handed over to the local personnel

to take charge and care for them.

“Our services are free, pro-bono

so to speak, however our only

criteria is that we have to work

together as partners.”

Ocean Quest doesn’t preselect

a site to rehabilitate, as it is

practice by the outfit to be invited

to survey the site first. Upon their

evaluation, they will decide the

best course of action for the site at

hand, be it propagation or simply

advising on the proper steps to

ensure the reefs are given the best

possible protection.

To date, Ocean Quest works

extensively with Thailand National

Parks as well as partners with Sea

Shepherd. International collaborations

should increase just like the number

of reefs they help revitalise.

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ANUAR ABDULLAH

ระยะเวลากว่า 14 ปีของความรักและ

ความอุตสาหะ อันวาร์ อับดุลลาห์ ซีอีโอ

ของโอเชียนเควสต์ ไม่ได้เพียงแค่อนุรักษ์

และฟื้นชีวิตให้กับแนวปะการังในแถบ

เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้เท่านั้น แต่ยังได้

สร้างแรงบันดาลใจแก่ผู้คนมากมายให้เข้า

ร่วมเดินไปสู่เป้าหมายเดียวกัน

ผิวสีคล้ำก่ำแดด ร่างกายที่กำยำ

แข็งแรง และความเป็นกันเอง บอกเราทันทีว่า

อันวาร์คือปรมาจารย์แห่งการดำน้ำใต้

ท้องทะเลอย่างแท้จริง อันวาร์ผูกพันกับ

ท้องทะเลที่รัฐตรังกานู มาเลเซียตั้งแต่

เยาว์วัย จนได้ทุนการศึกษาต่อสาขา

สมุทรศาสตร์ ที่สถาบันเทคโนโลยีฟลอริดา

สหรัฐอเมริกา เขาเริ่มท่องเที่ยวไปยังเกาะ

มากมายทั่วโลก จนเกิดเป็นความตั้งมั่น

ในการรักษาและฟื้นฟูปะการังในมาเลเซีย

อันวาร์เล่าว่าจากงานวิจัยของตัวเขาเอง

และการศึกษาของผู้อื่นในสาขาเดียวกัน

เขาได้ปรับใช้วิธีการฟื้นฟูผืนป่าไม้มา

ใช้กับการฟื้นฟูปะการัง เริ่มจากศึกษา

เทคนิคการขยายพันธุ์ปะการังตามฟาร์ม

ที่เพาะพันธุ์เพื่อส่งออก แล้วนำเทคนิค

นั้นมาขัดเกลาและสร้างระเบียบวิธีที่เหมาะ

สมในการเพาะปะการัง

อันวาร์จำได้ว่าตอนที่เริ่มใช้กาวสำหรับ

ใช้ในบ้านกับก้อนหินเพื่อฟื้นฟูปะการัง

ทุกคนหาว่าเขาบ้า แต่สิ่งที่เขาทำไม่ใช่แค่

ได้ผลและมีประสิทธิภาพสูงเท่านั้น แต่ยัง

ใช้ต้นทุนยังต่ำอีก ด้วยความที่หินมี

ขนาดเล็ก ทำให้สามารถปลูกปะการังได้

เป็นพันจุดในหนึ่งวัน ในเวลาเพียง 7-21 วัน

ปะการังก็จะติดอยู่ที่หินได้เองโดยไม่

เหลือร่องรอยของกาว ทำให้เทคนิคนี้

เป็นกระบวนการอินทรีย์ 100 เปอร์เซ็นต์

จากประสบการณ์ที่ผ่านมา อันวาร์

เชื่อว่าความก้าวหน้าในปัจจุบันใช้ไม่ได้ผล

โดยเฉพาะปะการังเทียม การขยายพันธุ์

ปะการังตามธรรมชาติแบบอินทรีย์ให้ผลดี

กว่าในระยะยาว การขยายพันธุ์ที่เร็วกว่า

เดิม 40 เท่าในห้องทดลองไม่ช่วยอะไรหาก

ใช้ไม่ได้ในทะเลและสภาพแวดล้อมจริง

โอเชียนเควสต์ก่อตั้งเมื่อแปดปีก่อนใน

ฐานะกิจการเพื่อสังคม โดยมุ่งเน้นที่การ

อนุรักษ์ปะการัง มีสาขาในหลายประเทศ

เช่น บรูไน มาเลเซีย ไทย และฟิลิปปินส์

พร้อมกับครูฝึกกว่า 800 คนทั่วโลก

โอเชียนเควสต์เป็นองค์กรไม่แสวงหาผล

กำไร เก็บค่าลงทะเบียนเพียง 12 ดอลลาร์

สหรัฐฯ ซึ่งเป็นทุนหลักในการดำเนิน

กิจกรรมขององค์กร ขับเคลื่อนโครงการ

บนเกาะกว่า 180 แห่ง โดยเฉพาะเกาะใน

ประเทศไทย

อันวาร์ได้วางโครงสร้างการให้การ

ศึกษาและสร้างระเบียบวิธีของเทคนิคแบบ

อินทรีย์นี้ พร้อมกับตรวจสอบและติดตาม

ตามเข็มนาฬิกาจากบน

โอเชียนเควสต์กับภารกิจ

เพาะขยายพันธุ์ปะการัง

วิธีใช้กาวติดปะการัง

เข้ากับก้อนหิน ใช้เวลา

เพียง 7-21 วัน ปะการัง

ก็สามารถยึดติดกับก้อน

หินได้เองโดยไม่เหลือร่อง

รอยของกาว ทำให้เทคนิค

นี้เป็นกระบวนการอินทรีย์

100 เปอร์เซ็นต์

อันวาร์ ใช้ชีวิตใต้น้ำอุทิศ

แด่การชุบชีวิตปะการัง

อันวาร์ อับดุลลาห์

นักต่อสู้ชาวมาเลเซียผิว

คล้ำพร้อมความหวังใน

การสานต่อแนวคิดฟื้นฟู

ปะการังทั่วโลก

การเติบโตและสภาพของปะการังที่มี

ความแม่นยำและยั่งยืนมากกว่าที่เป็นอยู่

ในปัจจุบัน

กรอบเวลาของโครงการขยายพันธุ์

ปะการังอยู่ที่ประมาณ 4 ปี ซึ่งรวมถึงการ

พัฒนา ติดตาม และการฝึกอบรม จากนั้น

จะส่งมอบแนวปะการังคืนแก่บุคลากรใน

ชุมชน แน่นอนว่าขั้นตอนทั้งหมดนี้ไม่มี

ค่าใช้จ่าย มีเพียงเงื่อนไขเดียวเท่านั้น คือ

ชุมชนต้องมีส่วนร่วมด้วย

โอเชียนเควสต์ไม่ได้เลือกพื้นที่ในการ

ฟื้นฟูไว้ก่อนแล้ว แต่ขึ้นอยู่กับการร้องขอ

ให้สำรวจมากกว่า โอเชียนเควสต์จะ

ประเมินและตัดสินใจใช้วิธีการที่เหมาะสม

กับแต่ละพื้นที่ ไม่ว่าจะเป็นการขยายพันธุ์

หรือการปกป้องที่เหมาะสม ปัจจุบัน

โอเชียนเควสต์ทำงานร่วมกับอุทยาน

แห่งชาติในประเทศไทยอย่างต่อเนื่อง ความ

ร่วมมือมีแต่จะเพิ่มขึ้นเรื่อยๆ เหมือนกับ

จำนวนปะการังที่ได้รับการฟื้นฟู

อันวาร์ทำงานหนักเพื่อเผยแพร่แนวคิด

และสานต่อความร่วมมือทั่วโลก หลังจากที่

สัมภาษณ์จบ เขาต้องเดินทางไปยังกรุง

ปารีสเพื่อเผยแพร่อุดมการณ์ แล้วเดินทาง

ต่อเพื่อติดตามความคืบหน้าของโครงการ

บนเกาะกีลี ประเทศอินโดนีเซีย

อันวาร์กล่าวว่า เป้าหมายระยะสั้น

ประสบความสำเร็จอย่างมากแล้ว เพราะ

ใช้การปฏิบัติงานแบบเปิด แต่มีเพียงสิ่งเดียว

ที่เรายังดำเนินการไม่เต็มที่คือการเผยแพร่

เทคนิคนี้ เพราะโอเชียนเควสต์ต้องมั่นใจว่า

ความรู้ที่ถ่ายถอดให้แก่แต่ละฝ่ายที่ร่วมมือ

เป็นวิธีการที่ถูกต้อง

เขายังยอมรับอีกว่าผลลัพธ์ที่เขาหวัง

ไว้คงจะไม่สำเร็จได้ในช่วงชีวิตของเขา

แม้จะเป็นความจริงที่เจ็บปวด แต่อย่างน้อย

แนวปะการังของโลกใบนี้ก็มีสภาพขึ้นดี

กว่าก่อนมาก ทั้งหมดเกิดจากความ

พยายามของคนตัวเล็กๆ คนหนึ่งอย่าง

อันวาร์ อับดุลลาห์

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FROM

Vietnam’s unusual and quirky forms of

transport never cease to amaze, but also

offers insights into this unique country.

Words & Photos Ron Emmons

CIRCULAR CORACLES

TO

THRILLING

CABLE CARS

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From coracles to cable cars, kayaks

to cruisers, buffaloes to bicycles,

the variety of Vietnamese transport

is almost endless. In order to deal

with the country’s diverse topography,

which includes mountains and deserts,

wetlands and beaches, the Vietnamese

have developed some wacky ways of

getting around.

Vietnam’s coastline stretches

for over 3,000 kilometres, and

since most of the population live

near the sea, it’s hardly surprising

that the country features plenty

of unconventional vessels, from

the round-shaped coracle to sleek,

luxury junks.

The coracle, which is basically a

big bamboo basket sealed with tar

or other waterproof adhesive, is not

unique to Vietnam. In fact, countries

as far away as Iraq and Scotland

use them, but its simple structure

that’s shaped like a shallow bowl

and durability make it a favourite

among Vietnamese fishermen. On

any morning along the country’s

coastline, scenes of locals baling out

their baskets, folding their fishing

nets or rowing out to sea provide

priceless examples of Vietnam’s

distinctive culture.

To float through the otherworldly

seascape of Ha Long Bay

or Bai Tu Long Bay, most visitors

to Vietnam board a boat, though

cruises through the Red River

Delta and Mekong Delta also offer

Top and Bottom

Tourists boarding

boats for a trip to

Trang An Scenic

Landscape Complex,

near Ninh Binh.

Fishermen bailing

out their coracle on

the beach at Mui Ne.

a restful way to explore these

fertile and densely populated

areas. At Nha Trang, Vietnam’s

undisputed party town, hundreds

of visitors board party boats

each day to cruise around nearby

islands, with plenty of stops for

snorkelling, singing, dancing and

swimming round the floating bar.

For adventurous travellers, kayaks

provide an eco-friendly way to

explore the coastline.

Life in Vietnam’s two deltas

revolves around different types

of boats, including simple rowing

boats, clunky ferries carrying

passengers across tributaries

and huge wooden barges with a

pair of staring eyes at the prow

(supposedly to scare away sea

monsters) that carry goods such

as sugar cane, rice husks, incense

sticks, timber and coconuts. In the

Vietnamese manner of doing certain

things differently to other cultures,

rowers often stand to propel their

craft, while others lean back and

row with their feet.

Back on land, until recently

the bicycle was the main form of

transport, along with the cyclo, a

tricycle with a passenger seat in

front, which is still Vietnam’s most

iconic form of transport. A ride in

a cyclo offers a thrilling experience

for anyone brave enough to sit

unprotected among the relentless

traffic. Sadly, cyclos are gradually

being squeezed off the streets of

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where

they are prohibited from using many

major thoroughfares.

These days the motorbike is king

of Vietnam’s roads, with around 45

million registered vehicles – one

for every two people in the country.

Besides transporting entire families,

this magical machine is also used as

a mobile shop, a means of moving

house and even, at a pinch, as

a makeshift bed. However, with

motorbikes and cars now clogging

city centres, the opening of a new

metro system in Hanoi (2019) and

Ho Chi Minh City (2020) can’t come

soon enough.

Clockwise, from Top

Boat trips around the islands off the

coast of Nha Trang include stops for

snorkelling, eating, drinking and singing.

In Vietnam, motorbikes are used for

all kinds of unlikely purposes, such as

moving house.

It takes nerves of steel for pedestrians

to cross the street in Hanoi.

A leisurely cruise on a colonial-style

ship is a great way to explore the Red

River Delta.

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Top and Bottom

Cable cars carrying

visitors to the

Perfume Pagoda,

near Hanoi.

Schoolgirls wearing

ao dai cycling home

from school in the

Mekong Delta.

In passing, we should

acknowledge the part played by

domestic flights, trains, long-haul

buses and xe om (motorbike taxis)

in keeping travellers on the move,

though these types of transport are

less idiosyncratic.

Consistent with the Vietnamese

penchant for devising unorthodox

uses for their vehicles, their rules

of the road is barely “manageable

chaos.” These appear to include

sounding your horn as often and

as loudly as possible, driving on

whichever side of the road suits

you, keeping moving at all costs and

making life difficult for pedestrians.

Before the arrival of motorised

vehicles, the Vietnamese relied on

animals to carry themselves and

their goods around, a tradition that

lingers on today in rural parts of the

country. It’s not unusual to see kids

riding on the backs of water buffalo

or farmers using oxen or buffalo

to pull cartloads of goods around.

And sure-footed oxen are still used

to plough steep hillsides where a

mechanised plough could not work.

Many Vietnamese were forced

to hide in underground tunnels half

a century ago because of the war.

Now, Vietizens of the 21st century

have developed an obsession with

gliding above the earth, gazing

down at their beautiful country. And

how do they do that? By cable car,

of course.

During the last couple of decades,

cable cars have popped up in all

parts of the country, and Vietnam

currently holds the Guinness world

record for the longest cable-car ride,

spanning 8 kilometres from the

island of Phu Quoc to Hon Thom,

a small island to the south. The

country also holds the record

for the highest elevation gain

for a three-rope cable car (over

1,400 metres), in the form of the

‘Fansipan Legend’, which whisks

passengers from the town of Sa Pa

through the clouds to the summit

of Fansipan, the highest mountain

in mainland Southeast Asia at

3,143 metres.

While still embracing traditional

forms such as coracles and buffaloes,

the adaptable Vietnamese have also

welcomed the arrival of expressways,

cable cars and metro systems. And for

visitors exploring this country and its

quirky rides, these countless means

of transport offer plenty of chances

for a joyride of new experiences.

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เรือบด รถเคเบิ้ล คายัค เรือนำเที่ยว

จักรยาน หรือแม้แต่ควาย ใครจะไปคิดว่า

ทั้งหมดนี้เป็นเพียงส่วนหนึ่งของวิธีการ

เดินทางของชาวเวียดนาม ท่ามกลาง

สภาพภูมิประเทศที่หลากหลาย ตั้งแต่

ภูเขา ทะเลทราย หนองบึง ไปจนถึงชายฝั่งที่

ทอดยาวกว่า 3,000 กิโลเมตร เราจะ

พบเห็นพาหนะรูปร่างแปลกตาที่หาไม่ได้

ที่ไหนในโลก

แม้ว่าเรือบดจะพบเห็นได้ในหลายๆ

ประเทศ แต่เวียดนามนิยมเรือชนิดนี ้เป็น

พิเศษ เพราะมีรูปทรงเหมือนชามไม้ไผ่สาน

มีขนาดใหญ่และคงทน ภาพชาวประมง

มัดแหอวนพายเรือออกหาปลาจึงเป็น

ภาพธรรมดาแต่มีเอกลักษณ์ในวัฒนธรรม

เวียดนามอย่างแท้จริง

นอกจากนี้ยังมีเรือแจวเรือข้ามฟาก

ที่มีคนยืนพายเรือหนึ่งคน เรือไม้ขนสินค้า

หลากหลายชนิดที่มีลูกตาสองข้างติดไว้

เพื่อขับไล่สิ่งชั่วร้ายในท้องทะเล ในขณะที่

บางคนก็ใช้เท้าพายเรือ แปลกเข้าท่าทีเดียว

วิธีเดินทางไปฮาลองเบย์และไบตูลองเบย์

ที่ง่ายที่สุด คือ การนั่งเรือนำเที่ยวผ่าน

สามเหลี่ยมแม่น้ำแดงและสามเหลี่ยม

แม่น้ำโขง หรือจะนั่งเรือปาร์ตี้ไปยังเมือง

แห่งแสงสีอย่างญาจาง ระหว่างทางก็หยุด

ดำน้ำ ร้องเพลง ว่ายน้ำเล่น หรือจะพาย

เรือคายัคก็เป็นความคิดที ่ดีไม่น้อย

ตัดภาพมาบนแผ่นดิน หากต้องการ

เดินทางไกล คุณสามารถเลือกเที่ยวบิน

ในประเทศ รถไฟ รถบัสทางไกล และ

จักรยานยนต์รับจ้างได้เลย ทั้งสะดวกและง่าย

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา

จากบนซ้าย

เรือข้ามฟาก พาหนะ

ขนส่งชาวเวียดนามทุกผู้

ทุกนามที่เห็นจนชินตา

รถไฟหัวรถจักรไอน้ำที่

สถานีดาลัด

นอกจากจะช่วยทำไร่

ไถนาแล้ว วัวยังเป็นอีก

พาหนะคู่ใจชาวบ้านไร่

เวียดนามในชนบท

แต่การเดินทางที่นิยมสุดๆ จนรู้จักกัน

ทั่วโลก ต้องยกให้รถสามล้อที่มีที่นั่งของ

ผู้โดยสารอยู่ด้านหน้า ทั้งเท่ ทั้งหวาดเสียว

ไปพร้อมกัน

ยานพาหนะที่ครองอันดับหนึ ่งเห็นจะ

เป็นรถจักรยานยนต์ที่มีจำนวนประมาณ

45 ล้านคันทั่วประเทศ นอกจากใช้เพื่อ

เดินทางแล้ว ยังใช้เป็นร้านค้าเคลื่อนที่

หรือจะเป็นบ้านพร้อมเตียงนอนเลยก็มี

รถเยอะขนาดนี้ ถ้าไม่ได้ยินเสียงแตรสนั่น

หวั่นไหวบนท้องถนน แสดงว่าคุณยังมา

ไม่ถึงเวียดนาม

ในอดีต ชาวเวียดนามใช้สัตว์เป็นพาหนะ

ในการเดินทางและขนส่งสินค้า ปัจจุบันยัง

พบเห็นได้บ้างในพื้นที่ชนบท เด็กๆ ชอบ

นั่งบนหลังควาย ส่วนชาวนาก็ใช้ควาย

ลากคันไถเพื่อเตรียมดินบริเวณภูเขาชัน

ซึ่งไม่สามารถใช้เครื่องจักรทดแทนได้

ในช่วง 20 ปีที่ผ่านมา มีการสร้าง

เคเบิ้ลคาร์กระจายตัวอยู่ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

ยาวที่สุดในโลกด้วยระยะทาง 8 กิโลเมตร

จากฟู้โกว๊กไปยังเกาะฮอนทอม และยังมี

เคเบิ้ลคาร์สูงจากระดับน้ำทะเลมากที่สุด

ที่ ‘Fansipan Legend’ พาผู้โดยสาร

จากซาปาขึ ้นไปยังยอดเขาฟานซีปัง

ยอดเขาที่สูงที่สุดในเอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้

ซึ่งสูงถึง 3,143 เมตร

ชาวเวียดนามยังคงอนุรักษ์เทคโนโลยี

การเดินทางจากอดีตจนถึงปัจจุบัน และ

ยังคงพัฒนาช่องทางการคมนาคมอีก

มากมาย ไม่ว่าจะเป็นระบบรถไฟใต้ดินใน

กรุงฮานอยและเมืองมรกดโลกฮอยอัน

วิธีการเดินทางที่หลากหลายทำให้นัก

ท่องเที่ยวสามารถสัมผัสเวียดนามในมุม

มองที่แตกต่างออกไป เพราะจุดหมาย

อาจไม่ได้สำคัญเท่ากับการเดินทาง

โดยเฉพาะการเดินทางในเวียดนาม

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NEW ROUTE: NHA TRANG

NHA TRANG:

A City

For All

Words & Photos Phoowadon Duangmee & Shutterstock

Nha Trang, one of the latest beach destinations,

gives you the limitless sea or infinity pools, a dose

of culture or cutting loose at a party.

The many pleasures to be found on Vietnam’s

southern coast keep everyone – from small tots to

moody teens, and especially adults – in sunny moods.

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Clockwise from Top

A fisherman’s

village in Nha Trang

with attractive

seascapes and

local restaurants.

An impressive

promenade dotted

with small parks

and sculpture

gardens on

the beach side

of Nha Trang.

Menus at eating

establishments cater

to a range of

palates.

Dine with a view.

Think of Nha

Trang, Vietnam’s

southern coastal

town, and the

image of Copacabana

Beach in Brazil and the

French Riviera crosses my

mind. Envision a sweeping

crescent-shaped beach

that stretches out six

kilometres from north to

south with golden sand

and turquoise water. A

promenade with palm trees

swaying, beachfront bars,

rooftop clubs and liquor

shops at every corner help

to define the vibe of the

Nha Trang resort town. Of

course, you won’t see Paris

Hilton, Bruce Willis and

A-list celebrities partying

on yachts and raving at

beach clubs in this part of

Vietnam yet. Nha Trang,

however, has become

a serious contender for

Southeast Asia’s best beach

party destination.

“Nobody can stand after two

glasses of Secret Carre,” a playful

bartender at Skylight Rooftop Club

warns me while setting fire to my

cocktail. I take the bartender’s

advice with great care. No one

wants to lose their shoes after

having two cocktail drinks.

Perched 151 metres above Nha

Trang Beach, Skylight Nha Trang is

a perfect landing place if you want

to get a sense of Nha Trang.

TK Nguyen, a thirty-something

Vietnamese American, transformed

a helipad on top of Havana – a

hotel in the highest building in

town – into a lighthouse with a

Skydeck and Rooftop Beach Club.

Nha Trang is best viewed from here.

This resort town is ringed by

a mountain range on the western

side and dotted with tropical islands

along the crescent beach on the

east. You could see Nha Trang

Cathedral on the hill, looming over

Vietnamese households like a giant

mother hen guarding her chicks.

The best time to take the lift to

Skylight Nha Trang is 30 minutes

before the sunset. With a glass of

Chardonnay or a bottle of local beer,

you could watch it paint the sky red

in style.

The impressive promenade

dotted with small parks and

sculpture gardens situates itself

on the beach side, while small

boutique shops, coffee bars and

other cosmopolitan arrays cuddle on

the town side. The beach is the place

to go for a refreshing mid-afternoon

dip, a leisurely stroll, or experience

a flavourful meal at one of the many

beachfront restaurants.

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NEW ROUTE: NHA TRANG

“The golden stretch of sand

is long and the water is shallow,

making Nha Trang an ideal beach

for the family with small kids who

enjoy wading in the water,” says

Suyash Kumar, director of Food

& Beverage, Sheraton Nha Trang

Hotel & Spa.

There is a lot to do in Nha Trang,

so the next day I start exploring

Vietnam’s coastal town.

History has it that Nha Trang

was under the influence of the

ancient Champa Kingdom – the

Cham ethnic group who ruled this

part from the 2nd to 15th centuries

in what is today southern Vietnam.

Like many great kingdoms,

Champa rose and fell. In the 15th

century, the Champa kingdom

surrendered to the Vietnamese,

who marched from the north to

eliminate their southern rival. What

still stands and speaks as evidence of

the Cham people is Po Nagar Cham

Towers – their ancient temple.

Clockwise

from Top

The apse in Nha

Trang Cathedral

makes a bold

statement with

its Gothic

architecture.

Po Nagar Cham

Towers, built for the

Hindu gods.

The Cathedral is

worth visiting for

the elegance of its

architecture.

A guidebook states that this

ancient temple was built around

the 7th Century for the iconic

Hindu gods – Shiva, Parvati and

Ganesha. The biggest temple is

made for Parvati, the Mother

Goddess, while the second largest

one is dedicated to Shiva. The

smallest one is a shrine of Ganesha,

son of Shiva and Parvati.

However, I rather enjoyed my

Vietnamese guide’s version of the

Hindu ruins.

“That’s a ‘woman’ temple

where women go to pray and ask

for what they want,” says my

guide, pointing to a most massive

stone tower, a Parvati Temple.

“Can I, a man, go inside and

pray?” I ask. “Yes, you can. But

I am not sure if you would get

what you want. The goddess only

answers to a woman’s call,” the

guide replies. “Man Temple is on

the left. You can ask for anything.”

I head to where I belong, a

“man” temple – which is dedicated

not to an ordinary man – but to the

God Shiva.

There is an ancient inscription

engraved on the edge of the Shiva

Temple entrance. Inside the

temple, I find a broken lingam;

dark and drained, in the small

chamber. Usually wishes are made

to phallic representations but no

worshippers seem present. The

answer might be waiting on the

‘woman’s’ side – the Temple of the

Goddess Parvati.

Above the entrance to the

“Woman” Temple is a bas-relief

showing two musicians flanking a

dancing four-armed Shiva – who has

one foot on the bull Nandin. Under

the main chamber, there is a statue

in black stone of the goddess Parvati

with 10 arms. Some female devotees

on their knees pray for what they

have in mind - love, beauty, a rich

husband, to name a few.

Three and a half kilometres south

of the Cham Temple is Nha Trang

Cathedral. Sitting on the hilltop,

this Christian church was built in

the early 20th century in the French

Gothic style. It’s worth visiting for

the elegance of the building.

In additional to Nha Trang’s blissful beach,

a Gothic-inspired church and ancient temple ruins

indicate a rich spiritual history.

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As noon approaches, I

start to get hungry. Follow a

recommendation from the locals, I

arrive at Country Home Memento

– a boutique resort 30 minutes

outside Nha Trang. Located in the

middle of rice paddies, the old

villa with its shaded garden, small

lodges in the stilt-house style and

of course, people in conical hats

define Country Home Memento.

If you’re like me, you will enjoy

putting in filling and wrapping

yourself a fresh spring roll, a

classic in Vietnam, with cooked

shrimp and fresh aromatic herbs.

Besides the cultural heritage

and rustic countryside, Nha Trang

is also an ideal destination for an

action-packed holiday. Nha Trang

is alive with islands, underwater

wonders and a theme park. Close

to Nha Trang, visitors can dive up

to 50 feet (16 metres) down from

the beach. The beautiful scenery

yields interesting encounters with

cuttlefish, octopus and lionfish. I

didn’t sail out to diving sites, but

took a cable car to Vinpearl Land

– a Disney-inspired theme park.

With an all-inclusive Day Pass,

the theme park offers a ‘friends

and family’ day with various

active choices – varying from the

evolution ride and swing carousel

to seeing a rose garden and a group

or flamboyance of flamingos.

Clockwise from Right

Vinpearl Land –

a Disney-inspired

theme park –

satisfies thrillseekers

in

Nha Trang.

Rice and spring

rolls for lunch in

the middle of

a rice field.

Bottom

The Sailing Club

whose DJs fuel the

vibe with club beats

and party music.

IF YOU GO

Bangkok Airways

operates four

flights weekly

(Monday,

Wednesday,

Friday and

Sunday) to/from

Bangkok and Nha

Trang on Airbus

A319 aircraft.

Visit bangkokair.

com.

And then there is the issue of

getting around and seeing something

beyond the touristic town of Nha

Trang. A fan of cold beer and surfing

could make a journey to Bai Dai

– or Long Beach – which is 30

minutes south of Nha Trang.

Out there, with its long pristine

beach and rough waters, you

will find surfers on the beach

with their toes planted firmly in

the sand. Their eyes lock on the

rolling waves, figuring which one

is right for a ride. You can create

your own spirit of surf culture

by bobbing up and down on the

surfboard or boogie board. On the

northern part of the bay, check

out Shack Vietnam to rent a board

or learn to surf. This little shack

with character also offers food and

drinks and a potential beach party.

Bai Dai is good for surfing from

September to April.

“Nha Trang had been popular

for the backpackers who looked

for a pristine beach and promising

party. The beach now starts to draw

middle-income holidaymakers from

overseas,” says Cable Enstrom, a

general manager of the Sailing Club.

The Sailing Club sits on a

beautiful stretch of sand in Nha

Trang Beach with a breath-taking

view of the ocean and has been

attracting a spunky crowd for

decades. Days are spent relaxing

either on or right by the beach with

a refreshing cocktail. After sunset,

it transforms into Nha Trang’s best

night club with inventive drinks

like the Sailing Sexy Martini and

Chateau de Pampelonne on the

menu. The full moon parties are

epic with DJs fuelling the intensity

with their club beats and party music.

“Back in 1994, the Sailing Club

started off as a small bar by an

Australian backpacker who loved

Nha Trang Beach too much to leave

it behind,” Cable relates.

From a small bar with slabs of

beer and a few tables, Sailing Club

is now an iconic beach club. And

when it comes to partying, you can

trust they put on a show.

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NEW ROUTE: NHA TRANG

ตามเข็มนาฬิกาจากบน

อาหารทะเลสดๆ

ในเมืองญาจาง

หาดทรายสีทอง

ตัดท้องทะเลสีครามเป็น

เสน่ห์ดึงดูดนักท่องเที่ยว

จากทั่วโลกให้มาพัก

ผ่อนที่เมืองญาจาง ทาง

ตอนกลางของเวียดนาม

ชาวเวียดนามกำลังลอย

เรือกระด้งที่บริเวณ

หมู่บ้านชาวประมง

ในเมืองญาจาง

ตลาดสดเมืองญาจาง

เพิ่มสีสันให้นักท่องเที่ยว

ที่เดินทางมาพักผ่อน

ที่เมืองท่องเที่ยวริมทะเล

ด้วยอาหารทะเลสด

ผักและผลไม้

ที่วางขายริมถนน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

ให้บริการเส้นทาง

กรุงเทพ-

ญาจางด้วยเครื ่อง

บินแอร์บัส A319

สี่เที่ยวบินต่อ

สัปดาห์ (จันทร์ พุธ

ศุกร์ และอาทิตย์)

ข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม

bangkokair.com

เมื่อนึกถึงเมืองชายฝั่งเวียดนามทางตอนใต้

อย่างญาจาง ภาพของหาดโคปาคาบานา

แห่งบราซิล หรือริเวียร่าฝรั่งเศสก็ผุดขึ้น

มาทันที หาดพระจันทร์เสี้ยวทอดยาว

ทรายสีทองสะท้อนตัดกับทะเลสีฟ้าใส

ต้นปาล์มลิ่วตามลม บาร์ริมชายหาด ผับ

รูฟท็อป และร้านขายเครื่องดื่มแอลกอฮอล์

อยู่ทุกหัวมุม ยิ่งทำให้ญาจางสมกับเป็น

เมืองปาร์ตี้ชายหาดแห่งเอเชียตะวันออก

เฉียงใต้อย่างแท้จริง

คุณจะสัมผัสญาจางอย่างแท้จริงเมื่อ

ขึ้นไปที่สกายไลท์ญาจาง บนชั้นดาดฟ้า

ของตึกฮาวานาสูง 151 เมตร ซึ่งเปลี่ยน

จากลานจอดเฮลิคอปเตอร์เป็นประภาคาร

พร้อมกับสกายเด็ค สนุกตามจังหวะเสียง

เพลงที่รูฟท็อปบีชคลับพร้อมกับดื่มด่ำ

ความงามของเส้นขอบฟ้ากว้างไกล

สุดลูกหูลูกตา

หากต้องการความสดชื่นรื่นรมย์

แนะนำให้ไปฝั่งชายหาดที่มีสวนสาธารณะ

และสวนที่ประดับด้วยประติมากรรม หรือ

จะเลือกไปร้านบูติก ร้านกาแฟ และร้าน

ขายของหลากหลายได้ที่ฝั่งตัวเมือง

คุณซูยาช กูมาร์ ผู้อำนวยการฝ่าย

อาหารและเครื่องดื่ม เชอราตันญาจาง

โฮเท็ลแอนด์สปา กล่าวว่า หาดที่นี่ทอดยาว

และทะเลไม่ลึก จึงเหมาะสำหรับทั้งเด็กและ

ครอบครัว สามารถเดินลุยน้ำไปตาม

ชายหาดอย่างสบายอารมณ์

แต่ญาจางก็ไม่ได้มีแค่หาดทรายสวย

เท่านั้น แต่ยังรุ่มรวยไปด้วยประวัติศาสตร์

อารยธรรมจามปาที่รุ่งเรืองช่วงศตวรรษ

ที่ 2 และล่มสลายในศตวรรษที่ 15 ให้แก่

ชาวเวียดนาม ถึงกระนั้นก็ยังหลงเหลือ

ร่องรอยอารยธรรมไว้ให้เราได้ชื่นชม

วัดพูนากาเป็นหนึ่งในสถาปัตยกรรม

จามที่หาชมได้ยาก สร้างขึ้นช่วงศตวรรษที่ 7

ประกอบด้วยอาคารหลังใหญ่สุดที่อุทิศแด่

พระนางปารวตี และอีกสองอาคารที่เล็กรอง

ลงมาอุทิศแด่พระศิวะและพระพิฆเนศตามล ำดับ

เหนือทางเข้าอาคารหลังใหญ่สุดประดับ

ด้วยประติมากรรมแกะสลักนูนต่ำรูป

พระศิวะสี่กรกำลังร่ายรำ ทรงประทับบน

โคนนทิ ภายในมีรูปปั้นพระนางปารวตีสิบกร

เชื่อกันว่าพระนางจะประทานพรทุกประการ

แก่ผู้ศรัทธาสตรีเพศ

เดินทางเพียง 3.5 กม. จากวัดจามไป

ทางทิศใต้ คุณจะได้เห็นความสง่างามของ

โบสถ์คริสต์ญาจางบนเนินเขา ล้อมรอบ

ด้วยบ้านเรือนละลานตา สร้างขึ้นช่วงต้น

ศตวรรษที่ 20 ตามสไตล์โกธิคฝรั่งเศส

หากไม่ได้แวะชมก็ถือว่าน่าเสียดาย

เวลาเที่ยงวันมาถึง เดินทางออกจาก

ญาจางเพียง 30 นาทีก็จะถึงบูทีครีสอร์ต

คันทรีโฮมเมเมนโต ท่ามกลางทุ่งข้าว สวน

ร่มรื่น และบ้านใต้ถุนสูง ห้ามพลาดอาหาร

ท้องถิ่นเวียดนามอย่าง ปอเปี๊ยะสด กุ้งคั่ว

และพืชผักสมุนไพรหอมสดชื่นนานาชนิด

หากต้องการความตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ ไม่ต้อง

ไปไกลที่ไหน ญาจางมีครบรส ไม่ว่าจะ

เป็นการดำน้ำลึก 15 เมตร ตื่นตากับ

สัตว์ทะเลหลากหลายชนิด สวนกุหลาบ

หรือแม้กระทั่งฝูงนกฟลามิงโก หรือจะเป็น

สวนสนุกวินเพิร์ลที่ได้รับแรงบันดาลใจ

จากดิสนีย์ ตั๋ววันใบเดียวก็เล่นเครื่องเล่น

ได้ทุกอย่างแล้ว

คุณยังสามารถเดินทางจากญาจาง

ไปทางใต้เพียง 30 นาทีเพื่อไปยังหาดไบ่ไต๋

หาดทรายทอดยาวเงียบสงบ และเกลียวคลื่น

ที่แรงเหมาะกับการเล่นเซิร์ฟช่วงเดือน

กันยายนถึงเมษายน หากเล่นไม่เป็นก็มี

บริการสอนสำหรับนักเล่นเซิร์ฟมือใหม่

คุณเคเบิ้ล เอ็นสตรอม ผู้จัดการทั่วไป

ของเซลลิ่งคลับ กล่าวว่า นักท่องเที่ยว

แบ็คแพ็คต่างหลงใหลความสงบและ

สายลมเอื่อยที่คู่ขนานกับความตื่นเต้น

และสนุกสนานของญาจาง เซลลิ ่งคลับ

เป็นอีกหนึ่งจุดหมายที่นักท่องเที่ยวจะมา

สัมผัสวิวทะเลตอนกลางวันและเคลิบเคลิ้ม

ไปกับเสียงเพลงหลังตะวันตกดิน โดย

เฉพาะช่วงวันพระจันทร์เต็มดวง ขอท้า

ให้ลอง Sailing Sexy Martini และ

Chateau de Pampelonne

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GALLERY

Under the Spell of

Mumbai

For Mumbai, the western city in India long famed for its mesmerising colours

in places and people, it needs a must-see list.

Words Dolnapa Ram-indra, Sarita Urupongsa

Photos Dolnapa Ram-indra

With hours spent on research for

ideal spots to visit – we produced

a list of Mumbai attractions.

Waiting with utmost anticipation for our trip

to begin, the realisation came that a planned

schedule was pointless, and from the length

of the list, only half of what had been planned

will get covered. No mishap affected its

adjustments, it’s just that Mumbai, bewitching

in its alluring landscape and charming

people, made you stop and look, and admire

a detail here and there.

Formerly called Bombay, Mumbai or the hub

of Bollywood movies, is a city that perfectly

combines Western architecture side by side

with authentic Indian designs that mark its

lifestyle. For every step we took during a

morning walk or a night stroll, we can’t help

but slow down and breathe in moments that

dazzle, in the signature Mumbai way.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Terminus, the historic train station,

listed as one of UNESCO World

Heritage Site around the world.

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GALLERY

ABOVE

A man sells red roses in the

heart of Dadar Flower Market.

BELOW

Life and colour on the main

street to Dadar Market during

morning hours.

OPPOSITE TOP

A garland stall at Dadar Flower

Market sells flowers to present

to the gods – with marigolds

signifying prosperity and a

colour of the gods.

OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Women’s art form in

carrying things on their heads

– it’s a skill that requires

daily practice.

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83


GALLERY

A touch of Neo-

Gothic architecture

in Chhatrapati Shivaji

Maharaj Terminus or

Victoria Terminus,

Mumbai’s central

railway station.

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85


GALLERY

BELOW LEFT

Rickshaws or passenger carts

in front of Bandra train station.

BELOW RIGHT

A woman sells flowers in

an alley next to a bridge in

the market.

OPPOSITE TOP

A girl selling flowers under

the bridge.

OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Roadside barbers in Colaba

district – the makeshift

stands are a common sight

in Mumbai.

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GALLERY

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Dolnapa Ram-indra is a Bangkok-based

photographer and graphic designer who

loves the beginnings of a sunrise, along with

the lifestyle of people from diverse areas.

She loves travelling, earning her fresh,

new perspectives and providing her with

inspiration in work and life.

flickr.com/people/somdolnapa

OPPOSITE TOP

Riding in a women-only

carriage.

OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Inside Mahim Junction Station,

located in the never-ending

bustling Dharavi district.

ABOVE

Daily life inside Mahim

Junction Station.

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Plane

Spotting

Watch the

magnificence of high

flying aircraft as you

lounge idyllically

on the white sands

of a Phuket beach

while planes take

off and land at the

airport. The perfect

spot for this free air

show lies at Nai Yang

Beach that sits of the

western side of this

island paradise with

the romance of the

skies above.

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BANGKOK 92 / SAMUI 96 / PHUKET 100 / CHIANG MAI 102 / PATTAYA & TRAT 103 /

CHENG DU & GUANGZHOU 104 / HONG KONG, SINGAPORE & KL 106 / KAMPOT & PHNOM PENH 108 / HANOI & PHU QUOC 110 /

YANGON 111 / LUANG PRABANG 112 / MALDIVES & MUMBAI 113

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

A Riverfront Star

With the cultural diversity of

Bangkok’s riverside communities,

it’s no surprise the areas along

the Chao Phraya River or “River

of Kings” provide the exciting

opportunity for luxury brand

Capella to drop anchor. Amidst

existing waterfront residential

and entertainment projects,

the Capella Bangkok opens

as “the first urban resort in

Thailand” – promising to be a

marvellous oasis of a property

that sits on the banks of the

historic river. Set to open in June

2019, Capella Bangkok offers 101

suites with unobstructed views

of the legendary waterway as

well as the city’s first riverfront

villas. Additionally, the five-star

residence features a restaurant

with menus crafted from Michelinstarred

chef Mauro Colagreco,

the Auriga Wellness Spa, and

The Capella Living Room.

300 Charoen Krung Road,

Yannawa, capellabangkok.com

FAST TRACK TO TACOS

Taco Bell, the American fast food chain with its Mexicaninspired

menu finally reaches Thailand. From its small

beginning 56 years ago, the chain has expanded to

30 countries across the globe offering its brand of

Mexican food to tortilla lovers with its multitude of

fillings and bold flavours. Set to open its first branch

at Mercury Ville in the bustling Chidlom District, Taco

Bell is bringing its Southern California-styled menus

that are enjoyed around the world, interpreted in their

tacos, burritos and other Mexican-inspired specialties

to Bangkok. Taco Bell fans can look forward to seeing

the chain’s familiar items like the Crunchwrap Supreme,

Grilled Stuffed Burrito and Crunch Taco, as well as

specials that cater exclusively to the Thai market.

Mercury Ville 540 Ploenchit Rd, facebook.com/tacobellth

LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

In paying homage to long-lost traditional

Thai recipes, Iron Chef challenger “Jack”

of Flavors Restaurant further illustrates

his culinary journey by adding interesting

twists and rare ingredients to classic Thai

dishes. Taste his creations during the

Weekdays Buffet at Flavors, located at

the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong

Hotel. Among the highlights of the

rediscovered Thai recipes include “Saeng

Wa”, a grilled shrimp salad with a Thai herb-

based sauce, and “Pla Haeng Taeng Mo”,

watermelon with mint and cinnamon

served with a crispy fish salad. Delightfully

rich and authentic in taste, the “Lost

Thai Recipes” menu represents a

gastronomic journey with dishes that

reflect the good old days. Palates are

guarantee to find satisfaction with the

range of dishes on offer in the lush and

intimate décor of Flavors. The hotel’s

all-day dining restaurant is best known

for its sumptuous cuisine and interactive,

theatre-style kitchen. M fl. Renaissance

Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel,

renaissancebangkok.com, +66 (0) 2125 5010

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

Homey Dining

Baan Nual, the lastest dining

spot to open, has that old school

vibe, owing to their menu of

home-inspired recipes. The

origin of this much-loved eatery

comes from the passion of a

pair of siblings who, since their

childhood days, were taught how

to cook by their mother. Inspired

by the atmosphere of family

gatherings over a meal, the

siblings went on a search for the

perfect location for Baan Nual.

After finding the perfect spot in

the old area of Bang Lamphu,

the two began to tantalise food

lovers with their authentic

recipes of Thai dishes with

seasonal ingredients. As a result,

rare menu items like stir-fried

GIRLS’ HONOUR

Hinamatsuri, Dolls or Girls Festival is Japan’s

traditional celebration where families honour

their young women and Hina dolls are

commemorated. The event is usually held on

the 3rd day of the 3rd month of each year in

Japan with Emperor and Empress or Hina dolls

put on display and girls hold parties with their

friends to enjoy traditional foods.

To join in the celebration, award-winning

Yamazato Restaurant offers Gozen lunch

platters and a Kaiseki dinner comprising

various traditional foods and savouries made

from the skilled hands of the restaurant’s

chefs. The Girls’ Festival at Yamazato will be

celebrated from 1-24 March 2019 with a set

price at Bt1,400++ per person for a gozen

lunch and Bt4,700++ per person for a kaiseki

dinner. 24 Fl. The Okura Prestige Bangkok Park

Ventures Ecoplex 57 Wireless, okurabangkok.com,

+66 (0) 2687 9000

sea bass with bird’s eye

chilli, and fried larb

with vermicelli can

be found and enjoyed

here. Due to high

demand and the need to

preserve the authenticity

and the flavour of the dishes,

Baan Nual only accepts reservations and opens

during 12pm-2pm and 5-9pm. For reservations,

contact them via Instagram, @baannual372. Opens

Wednesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner, 372 Baan

Paan Thom, Samsen Soi 2

TWISTS ON TOAST

This Bangkok restaurant has been

serving unforgettable French toast and

breakfast since 2016. Beginning with

its first location in Soi Rang Nam, Kay’s

Boutique Breakfast ventured to New

York City to do a French toast pop-up

store. Passionate for the delectable bread

that’s soaked in eggs and milk, the owner

has taken the inspiration for hearty and

delicious breakfast items and combined it

with good vibes for Kay’s Boutique Café

at Open House, Central Embassy. Apart

from the highlight of homemade brioche,

the Café offers its signature French

toast in four flavours of Salted Caramel,

Chocolate, Matcha Green Tea and Thai

Tea. As the place boasts all-day dining

menus, interesting dishes like Hangover

French Toast, with power bacon, egg

and cheese as well as the exclusive

menu Royal French Toast Sandwich

with egg vanilla ice-cream in the centre

are a must-try. Opens daily 10am - 10pm,

Open House, 6 Fl. Central Embassy, 1031

Ploenchit Rd., kaysboutiques.com

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

SAMUI

SPOTLIGHT

Good to the Last Drop

Inspired by her own miraculous journey to

health, Khun Kwang or Miss Kwang, started

Juice Queen in 2014 to share her knowledge and

fervent love of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

What started as a local juice bar has blossomed

over the years into a one-stop shop for wellbeing

and rejuvenation through food. Now the

queen of juice has branched out to offer not only

the freshest and most delicious drink nectars on

the island, but she also serves healthy meals for

breakfast and lunch. Juice cleanses in a variety of

choices are available for holiday-goers as well as

long-term islanders. The Juice Queen team even

assists anyone in making the

transition from juice fasting

to healthy eating simpler with

their expert nutrition offerings

and recommendations. With

a convenient location on the

ring road of Chaweng, Juice

Queen is easily accessible

to those looking to squeeze

the best out of their holiday

in Samui. Opens Monday-

Saturday, 8am-4pm, 61/7,

Moo 6 Bophut, juice-queen.com,

+66 (0) 61 412 0777

PASTRIES BY THE SEA

Breezy mornings, swaying palm trees,

and rolling blue waves on the coast of

one of Thailand’s chicest islands – and a

decadent coffee and croissant in hand.

Sounds dreamy, right? They come true

at one of Fisherman’s Village most wellknown

eateries – Bar Baguette. Famous

for their unbeatably delicious pastries,

the Bar Baguette team knows how to

serve up comfort and delight in the

perfect setting. With a focus on quality

and fresh produce, pleasing its barrage

of patrons each day comes naturally for

the restaurant. Breakfast is arguably the

most popular choice for guests though

there are also light lunches, dinners and

an array of cocktails available well into

the evening. Strolling along Bophut’s

vibrant Fisherman’s Village is a favourite

activity amongst tourists and is often

made better with an appetising bite at

Bar Baguette. Opens daily: 7am- 10.30pm,

The Wharf, Bophut beach, barbaguettesamui.com,

+66 (0) 94 804 1221

BOHO MEAL BREAKS

Long stretches of days on Samui’s shores with nearly

uninhabited beaches dotted with quaint bungalows may be a

thing of the past. However, experiencing the remote getaway

is still attainable in some rare corners of the island. Treehouse

Silent Beach offers visitors the opportunity to capture a

glimpse of that dreamy past. Sticking to what they know works

propelled the beachside venue to become one of the most

popular choices not only for accommodation but also for a

meal and drinks on Maenam’s coast. Treehouse Silent Beach

first began a 24-year legacy in Koh Chang but eventually made

its way to the holiday island of Samui where it has become a

favourite amongst travellers of all ages. Decorated with colourful,

bright and boho elements, patrons are instantly put at ease before

even being graced with the stunning blues of the gulf. Daily happy

hours paired with western and Thai favourites (khao soi noodles!),

draw guests in day and night. Opens daily 8am - 11pm, 12/2 Moo 1

Maenam, tree-house.org, +66 (0) 62 240 4305

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

SAMUI

SPOTLIGHT

Escape from Paradise

Escaping the island may not be

the first thought on visitors’

minds once they’ve finally

landed on beautiful Koh Samui.

However, one tour company

offers patrons the chance to do

just that in the most adventurous

way. Escape the Island, a game

challenge, appeals to thrill

seekers and strategists and

can become your new favourite

holiday activity. Offered from

Koh Samui, the adventures

take participants to the tiny

neighbouring island of Koh Taen.

Escape the Island holds up to two

games per day lasting 4-5 hours

each where participants challenge

themselves to “escape” the

island in groups of three or

more. Through a series of

mental and physical challenges,

teams race against the clock

to solve riddles and prove that

they can escape Koh Taen.

The escape games are open

to all ages, family friendly and

invite children under age seven

to participate for free. Opens daily

9am-3pm, 76/8 Moo 5 Taling Ngam,

Thong Krut, abclubsamui.com/

escapetheisland, +66 (0) 90 165 0411

BAOS AND BEYOND

Maenam welcomed its latest fusion delight in December 2018 with

the addition of Bao Bao Café & Eatery. As the name suggests, the

main offerings are the delicious Chinese bao buns which have been

cleverly turned into sandwich-like entrées and more. In addition

to the delicious rice flour buns, Bao Bao also offers a number of

Asian tapas (Xiao Chi) as well as choices of house-made juices,

coffees or teas and of course, beers. With a mixture of industrial

and tropical styles, Bao Bao draws guests in with its mysterious and

modern look and convenient location – a short walkable distance

to Maenam’s walking street. The restaurant prides itself on being

completely plastic free, insisting on products made from bamboo

and other plant fibres. Opens Tuesday to Sunday

from 10.30am to 10.00pm, 203/4 Moo 1 Maenam,

baobao.cafe, +66 (0) 98 831 7657

ONE OF THAILAND’S BEST

In 2018, one restaurant on Samui had the honour of being

awarded the TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award as one of the

Best Everyday Dining in Thailand. The distinction belongs to one

restaurant – Chaweng’s beloved Khaw Glong. Priding itself on

serving traditional Thai cuisine with no MSG or other additives,

Khaw Glong has held the highest standards throughout its

entire seven years of operation. Being a family-run restaurant

and keeping their operations heartfelt and genuine has helped

propel the eatery to its status as one of Thailand’s best. Some

customer favourites range from the ever-spicy Tom Yum Goong

to the delightful Shrimps with Tamarind sauce. Khaw Glong is

open for dine-in or carry-out and

can be easily accessed from

Chaweng’s main beach road

in the heart of Koh Samui.

200/12 moo 2 Chaweng

Beach Road, Bophut,

khawglong.com,

+66 (0) 89 154 4560

FOOD, FUN & FUNK

Open daily from 10am to midnight, Music Beach

offers the chance to experience multiple holiday

joys, all in one location. Boasting an infinity

pool overlooking a palm tree lined beach, with

live music, delectable food and cocktails and a

dance floor to boot, Music Beach is Bang Por’s

choice club and bar for all ages. Food, fun and

funk is the Music Beach’s slogan and it does

not disappoint in any of those arenas. Bang Por

is known for being one of Samui’s serene,

picturesque beaches with views of islands

scattered in the blue-green background, it’s no

wonder why Music Beach chose this location

to open shop in April 2018. With live bands

rotating each night, music goers can always

find something special whenever they should

choose to drop by. facebook.com/MUSIC-

BEACH-239060793333370, +66 (0) 77 374 683

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

A Gastropub Comes to Town

It’s official, Phuket Town is

getting trendy. Just a few years

ago, that seemed unlikely

but with a sea of Instagramworthy

businesses popping

up, the welcome update has

become reality.

Case in point is the Gardens

Gastro Bar located on Phang Nga

Road – a classy joint with a

breezy fourth-floor rooftop deck.

The skilled bartenders offer up

30+ artisanal cocktails like the

Gardens drink with lychee, apple

and lime juices, elderberry syrup,

vodka, with finished drinks

adorned with fresh flowers.

The kitchen is small but

packs a serious punch with

creative Euro-Thai fusion

concoctions. The bright red

beetroot hummus and pita

platter was fresh and full

of flavour. The soft shell

crab burger comes highly

recommended and is served

on a sweet bread bun with

sour mango and molasses

sauce accompanied by a killer

potato salad.

Swing by early for some

generous happy hour specials.

44 Phang Nga Rd, A. Mueang,

Phuket, +66 (0) 62 242 0210

HIGH FLYING IN PHUKET

Looking for a little excitement on your next visit to Phuket? Slap

on some sunscreen and get down to Kite Zone where you can

learn kiteboarding from one of their top-notch instructors.

Kite Zone has an ideal location on Friendship Beach with

good onshore winds and a shallow bay perfect for beginners.

Learn the basics about equipment, wind dynamics, and the fast

track to getting up on a board and shredding – all against a

backdrop of tropical islands in Chalong Bay. With a bar/restaurant,

beachfront bungalows next door, tons of toys including stand up

paddle boards, and a pro shop to buy your own gear, there’s no

need to even leave.

They also have another location in Cape Panwa and in Nai

Yang during the monsoon season. 14/12, Soi Mittapap, Rawai,

A. Mueang, Phuket, +66 (0) 83 395 2005

RUNWAY WITH A BEACH

Are you looking to nurture your inner airplane nerd?

Or perhaps you’re a real-life trainspotter? Phuket just

happens to have the perfect spot for you to kick back,

eyes turned upward, and get your fill of these airborne

feats of modern engineering.

Phuket International Airport’s southern border is

shared with Sirinat National Park – a tree-lined, seaside

strip of beautiful coastline. Strolling north along the

beach eventually lands you where the runways meet the

sand. With hundreds of international and domestic flights

making their way through the airport every day, there

is ample opportunity to watch the planes landing just

several meters above your head (or taking off depending

on wind direction).

It’s a unique piece of beach to have a picnic and a

swim, while watching the planes lumbering in overhead.

SPOTLIGHT

Songkran’s Soggy Fun

On April 13th comes one of Thailand’s

most well-known and loved holidays,

Songkran. Although often referred

to as the Thai New Year, Thailand

officially starting celebrating the

New Year on January 1 in 1888 and

Songkran became a national holiday.

Songkran comes from Sanskrit,

meaning an astrological passage,

and marks the shift of the seasons

in Thailand. However, it seems

HONEST TO GOODNESS SOUP

There’s something to be said about

restaurants that specialise. Rather than

opting for an encyclopaedic menu,

it’s one page…front only. It not only

makes ordering more simple, but the

establishment is honest to stick with

what they do well.

At Cha Kang Rao, a simple

wooden-stooled eatery on a busy

Phuket Town street, they specialise in

what is probably the most consumed

lunchtime dish in Thailand – noodle

soup. The owner, Khun Dtaw, started

with a recipe from a shop he worked

at long ago and perfected it to his own

taste, and obviously to the taste of the

throngs of customers that flock there

every day. His wife is Korean, so they

also offer up some solid spicy ramen

complete with fresh homemade kimchi

adding that sour bite. A handful of other

side dishes can be found as well, as in

a really good chao guay – a black grass

jelly dessert in milk and raw sugar. 38/1

Patipat Road, Talat Nuea, Mueang, Phuket

few people are concerned with the

origins of the holiday and now focus

on the capacity of their water guns’

reservoirs! The significance of water

in this celebration began with small

amounts being poured over Buddha

statues as well as the hands of the

young and old, but things have

changed slightly.

The modern iteration consists of

truck loads and hordes of dancing

LONGEVITY NOODLE SHOP

Part of what makes Phuket a special place is its rich cultural

history. And it’s all the better when that cultural history is edible.

Enter Mee Ton Phoe, a bustling little noodle shop in the heart

of Old Town Phuket that is nothing short of an institution. When a

restaurant opens its doors in 1946 and those same doors are still

open in 2019, they have unequivocally done something right.

What they’ve done right is Phuket-style Hokkien noodles;

fresh egg noodles stir fried with Chinese kale, pork, seafood, and

a soft boiled egg in a rich brown gravy. It’s a safe dish for the spice

averse. A dedicated satay griller mans the barbecue, pumping out

the cherished chunks of skewered meats with peanut dipping

sauce. 214/7-8 Phuket Road, Talat Nuea, Mueang, Phuket,

+66 (0) 76 216 293

people of all ages and ethnicities

throwing buckets of water at each

other – sometimes ice water. If you

wander outdoors – you’re fair game.

Be prepared for a fun and soggy day.

Bangla Road in Patong Beach offers

the largest gathering of determined

water throwing with its biggest and

wildest Songkran reputation while

Rawai Beach will offer some rest in

between the splashing.

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THAILAND

PHUKET / CHIANG MAI

THAILAND

PATTAYA / TRAT

BEST BURGER COOKOFF

Attention all fine burger

aficionados: prepare your

taste buds for the 5th annual

Phuket’s Best Burger cook-off.

A burger is far more than the

sum of its parts. Simply beef and

bun won’t cut it. A good burger

must have the fine subtleties

dialled in just right: high-quality

beef without gristle, spiced to the

ideal balance, and maybe a bit

of egg to keep the minced meat

together. What about the bun?

Well, the true connoisseur will

judge the density and delicate

flavours with a keen eye – or

tongue rather. And we haven’t

even begun discussing the

toppings and condiments yet!

Want to get in on the action?

Clear your schedule and your

stomach for Saturday, March 30

at Boat Lagoon Marina. 22/1

Moo 2 Thepkasattri Rd, Koh Kaew,

Mueang, Phuket, facebook.com/

PhuketBestBurger,

+66 (0) 86 943 7840

YES TO COFFEE

Coffee drinkers love coffee because it

makes them feel good. However, drinking

Yes Coffee will make you feel great. There’s

no fancy caffeine or infused superfood, it’s

what some of the profits are used for that

will make bring on the feelings.

Founded in 2012, Nai Harn-based

Yes Coffee is a boutique coffee roaster

that uses a portion of their profits to

operate a school for underprivileged

kids. Located just next to the café, the

60+ student schoolhouse is comprised

of Thai and Burmese kids who are taught

various subjects by two teachers.

The café itself is a stylish little coffee

house tucked into a quiet forested

area and a beautiful spot for a morning

coffee. You can check out the roasting

room and buy all sorts of Thai-grown

coffees as well.

20/8 Moo 1, Rawai, Muang, Phuket,

+66 (0) 76 388 086

Music

festival 2019

The legendary music festival, one

of the biggest event in Pattaya is

back again this year after taking a

2-year break. This year, the Pattaya

Music Festival returns with the

same fun and variety of music.

Organised by Pattaya City Hall and

the Tourism Authority of Thailand,

the event has been held annually

for more than 10 years and attracts

a crowd of music lovers from all

over the country each year. This

year, the festival will take place

on 15-16 March, 2019 at Pattaya

beach. There are two main stages

with a great music lineup. Starting

5pm until midnight, prepare to

enjoy good music from a number

of famous Thai artists. No entrance

fee is needed. Just get yourself to

the event and enjoy the music.

tourismthailand.org,

+66 (0) 38 253 100 ext 4115

SPOTLIGHT

Migration of Tastes

Khu Khao is the name of the

main restaurant at the newlyopened

Raya Heritage in Chiang

Mai. Curated from the core

concepts that focus on the story

of the Thai North, Khu Khao

– referring to the traditional

rice huller made from handwoven

stripes of bamboo –

serves a menu that reflects the

migration of tastes. The result

is an array of unique dishes that

reflect the seamless culinary

cultures of Thai Lanna, the Thai

North, the Yunnan region of

China, along with Myanmar,

Laos and Cambodia. Tuck into

a bowl of ‘Khao Raem Fuen

Yunnan Style’ and be amazed

by how this century-old

rice recipe is perpetuated in

different cultures. Jin-Loong,

or minced pork balls, is served

over the delicate house-made

fermented rice vermicelli. As

a sister hotel of Rayavadee

in Krabi, Raya Heritage takes

on a sustainable approach in

its architecture and designs,

using local handcrafted, antique

and, in many cases, hard-tofind

materials, refining them

to fit into its soothing fivestar

ambience.

Set by a serene stretch of

the Ping River, Raya Heritage

is now showcasing ‘Tracing

the Fading Legacy’ exhibition

that features stories of living

legends of the Thai North until

31 March 2019. Opens daily:

10am - 7pm. rayaheritage.com

HEALTHY AT FIG CAFÉ

Healthy eating will not be a bland and

boring experience when visiting Fig Café

at Koh Chang. Located at Kai Bae beach,

Fig Café is surrounded by lush gardens

with a calm and peaceful environment

and offers a variety and spectrum of

healthy vegetarian food. The owner of

Fig Café turned a passionate interest in

cooking into a home-cooked restaurant

serving healthy and delicious vegetarian

food and drinks. Customers’ favourites

include the Honey Baked Banana Pancake,

a Fig Salad, Tofu Salad and Grilled Mozzarella

and Tomato Panini. You can be sure that

all ingredients are natural and nutritious

with a balanced seasoning. If that doesn’t

sound healthy enough, the restaurant also

serves up cold-pressed juice made daily

to ensure freshness. For coffee enthusiasts,

the beverage is not to be missed.

+66 (0) 81 410 4747,

facebook.com/figcafekohchang

COMMEMORATION RUN IN TRAT 2019

If you happen to be in Trat these days, spare a day in

your holiday for a major event – The Memorable Run

2019! The event was organised to mark the 113th year of

celebration of Trat Independence Day, on March 23,

1907 when Trat was liberated and returned to Thai

sovereignty after almost 3 years under French rule. The

commemorative event will be held on Sunday of 24th

March at Trat Stadium. The race options include 5K,

10K, 21K, VIP 5K, VIP 10K AND VIP 21K with entry fees

starting at 500-2,000 Baht. Those who finish the 21K will

be given the official finisher T-shirts. The registration is

open until all seats are reserved, and all proceeds after

expenses will be given to Trat Hospital. Other than the

main run, other activities include parades, exhibitions,

and other festivities as part of Trat Independence’s 5-day

celebration from 23-27 March. Make a run for it to learn

some history and also celebrate with the locals!

facebook.com/TheMemoryRUNTrat

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CHINA

CHENGDU / GUANGZHOU

SPOTLIGHT

Love-Themed Street

Chengdu, with its 2,000-yearold

history, culture and culinary

accolades, is considered one of the

fastest growing cities in the world. It

may be speeding towards the future

in rapid time but this city in the

Sichuan province still holds on to a

relevant past, evident in the popular

destination of Qintai Road.

The themed street was created for

visitors to get a feel for past dynasties

as traditional houses line the stone

streets while shops and teahouses

beckon everyone to try their wares.

The 920-metre-long path paved

with bricks carved with the pictures

depict the daily life of the people in

the Han Dynasty.

Easily reached and located in central

Chengdu, this reprentation of old China

already serves as a popular tourist

destination. Food lovers can try the

hotpot restaurants for which Sichuan

is famed for, including the rituals in

tea houses, or attend the well-known

Sichuan opera venue, Shufeng Yayun.

Generations who grew up hearing

the old love story of the young wealthy

widow, Zhuo Wenjun, and a poor

scholar, Sima Xiangru come to capture

the romance with strolls through

the vibrant and colourful street that

commemorates the couple.

GLOBAL GUIDE FOR CANTONESE FOOD

While the entire world already enjoys with its crispy outer skin, yum cha or

the breadth and width of Cantonese dim sum, to more exquisite creations.

cuisine – the Michelin Guide, in

The guidebook includes approximately

recognition of this fact released a 300 Michelin Star, Bib Gourmand and

global list of their top choices for Plate Cantonese restaurants that covers

restaurants specialising in Cantonese 15 countries and regions, including 39 in

cuisine. This newest publication is Guangzhou, and also 89 in Hong Kong,

the first time that the Michelin Guide 29 in Shanghai, 26 in Singapore, 16

team has released a book focused on in the United States and the added

a specific cuisine, instead of picking a surprise of one dining establishment

specific geographic location.

in Norway. Copies can be obtained at

In Guangzhou, the home of major online bookstores or your nearest

Cantonese cuisine itself, restaurants neighbourhood ones.

such as Bing Sheng Mansion, Wisca

and Sky No. 1 already renowned

in their own right, get featured

in the pages of Michelin’s first

Cantonese food guide that’s written

in both English and Chinese. Notable

restaurants feature Cantonese dishes

that range from the popular eats like

roast goose, a type of siu mei, or

Cantonese-style barbecued meat dish

GUANGZHOU SPEED UP

Passengers travelling through Guangzhou’s Baiyun International

Airport need never fear that a weak Wi-Fi signal will interfere

with their digital devices or a social media posting. The airport

launched a ‘5G base station’ in early 2019 and while the 5G

sites have been setting up around the country over the past

year, the airport at the Guangdong capital is the first 5G-covered

one in China.

Users familiar with 4G networks will already feel the difference

as data carried over 5G will be 10 times faster. So high definition

movies can be downloaded with a few seconds to make the plane

road more bearable.

The airport is about 28 kilometres from the airport to the

downtown area of Guangzhou and is one of the three largest air

hubs in China.

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HONG KONG

SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA

SINGAPORE / KUALA LUMPUR

SPOTLIGHT

Luxury Hammam

SPOTLIGHT

The Great Outdoors

National Geographic and the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB)

have teamed up to promote some of the city’s most stunning

landscapes as part of its 10th annual Great Outdoors campaign.

With its ‘One Place, Two Perspectives’, narrative – the

campaign will allow visitors to discover some of Hong Kong’s

most picturesque nature trails, traditional villages, and

beautiful landscapes.

The campaign features insights presented by National

Geographic photographers such as Frenchman Matthieu Paley

who has lived in Hong Kong for nine years and National

Geographic award-winning photographer and Hongkonger,

Tugo Cheng. Local trail runner Wyan Chow Pui-yan, the first

local female to win the Vibram Hong Kong 100 and stood 17th in

the Ultra Trail World Tour also lends her expertise in hiking and

trail-running along Tai Mo Shan. discoverhongkong.com

TEXTILE HERITAGE

The old cotton spinning mills of Nan Fung

Textiles in Tsuen Wang have been revitalised and

repurposed into a unique non-profit art centre

that aims to promote the creative industry. The

Centre for Heritage, Arts & Textile (CHAT), which

opens in March is not only a part of the heritage

conservation project of The Mills, but it also

aims to re-examine the legacies of Hong Kong’s

textile heritage through contemporary art, public

participation and collective exploration.

CHAT’s new lineup will encompass a

diverse range of in-house curated exhibitions,

installations, as well as co-learning programmes.

The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan,

mill6chat.org

EXPERT WAGYU OMAKASE

Japan’s top wagyu specialist has set up shop in Hong Kong.

Hisato Hamada, the co-founder and culinary mastermind

behind Wagyumafia, Tokyo’s exclusive members-only Wagyu

beef restaurants, has launched his first international branch in

Oi Kwan Road in Wan Chai. The restaurant will welcome up

to 18 diners to experience an omakase menu specialising in

Japan’s most renowned beef.

Since 2016, Waygumafia has prided itself on serving

authentic Japanese-reared Wagyu, sourced directly from the

farmers breeding champions of Kobe and Tajima beef. The

Hong Kong tasting menu will present the same pedigreed

Wagyu and Kobe beef sourced from select Japanese farmers.

Aside from showcasing a broad range of cuts and cooking

methods, from the traditional yakiniku and shabu shabu to

more unconventional techniques, the menu will also include

Wagyumafia’s world-famous Cutlet Sandwich. Shop 1B,

Guardian House, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, wagyumafia.com

With its variety of traditional

treatments, Sofitel Kuala

Lumpur’s SoSPA offers the

perfect respite for weary

travellers to the capital city.

A recent recipient of several

awards at the Haute Grandeur

Global Hotel and Spa Awards

2018 including ‘Best New Hotel

ROBOT CHEFS ROLLOUT

Guests at Millennium Hotels and Resorts

can now get their eggs cooked by AUSCA

(Autonomous Service Chef Associate),

the world’s first robot chef. The high-tech

and fully autonomous chef first made its

debut in late 2017 but has since undergone

significant upgrades to allow it to prepare

a variety of egg dishes.

The first prototype could prepare

eggs — either sunny-side up or omelette

style just under three minutes. The current

version offers the choice of both egg

styles at an improved time of slightly

more than a minute. It also allows guests

to choose from a selection of toppings

for their omelette.

The latest version of AUSCA is currently

deployed at Orchard Hotel Singapore,

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

Singapore, M Hotel Singapore, Studio

M Hotel Singapore and Copthorne King’s

Hotel Singapore. millenniumhotels.com

Spa in Asia’, the first luxury

hammam in KL is widely

recognised for its extensive

therapies and Malay, Chinese

or Indian massages, which are

infused with French expertise.

SoSPA boasts a menu,

inspired by gastronomy, which

are held in five luxurious

treatment rooms, all of which

are designed with calming

French inspired décor to instil

total relaxation. In addition

to its health and beauty

treatments, the spa also

affords its guests to rejuvenate

their body, mind and soul with

a relaxing hammam session as

well as steam therapy in the

sauna. 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit

Damansara, Kuala Lumpur,

sofitel.com

MULTI-SENSORY SHOWCASE

A theatre of light and sound, SkySymphony presented by Resorts

World Genting is a free to the public performance showcasing

an extraordinary orchestra of audio, visual and motion graphics

programming. The state-of-the-art installation, which is Asia’s

largest permanent kinetic balls display and the first multimedia

winch attraction in Asia.

SkySymphony utilises 1,001 winch balls suspended from a

four-storey high ceiling, and larger-than-life cinematic visuals and

original music mix to reveal an immersive display. Viewers will also

be enthralled by the unique 360 degrees and 3D performance

presented through three original shows held every hour from

10am to midnight daily. Level 1, SkyAvenue, Resorts World Genting,

rwgenting.com

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HAPPENINGS

CAMBODIA

KAMPOT / PHNOM PENH

For travellers looking to get

closer to nature during their

visit to Cambodia, the answer

can be found at the southern

tip of the Cardamom National

Park. Roughly three hours away

from Phnom Penh, the nature

reserve is now home to Shinta

Mani Wild, a unique resort

that offers visitors a luxurious,

tented camp experience in the

Cambodian wilderness.

The resort consists of 15

luxury safari tents, most of

which are set up nearby jungle

and waterfalls, providing a

view and experience unlike any

other resort in Asia. Although

nestled in the Cambodian wild

with nature practically at the

SPOTLIGHT

Into

the

Wild

doorstep, Shinta Mani Wild

nevertheless offers its guests

modern amenities as well as

impeccable service. The resort

houses its own restaurant, bar and

spa and also offers guided nature

tours. shintamani.com/wild

Photo Michaël Gras

FRENCH ART ESCAPE

For 26 years, the Institut Français du Cambodge (IFC) has

stood as one of Phnom Penh’s most important art centres, one

which has played an important role in the cultural, artistic, and

educational cooperation between France and Cambodia.

The centre hosts regular exhibitions, workshops, talks as

well as classes, live entertainment, music and art performances,

film screenings and mini festivals as well. Institut Français du

Cambodge also operates its own restaurant, Le Bistrot, which

serves French-styled cuisine as well as pastries, wine and coffee.

218 rue 184 - BP 827 - Phnom Penh, institutfrancais-cambodge.com

HILLTOP RETREAT

Situated in Kampot, a four hours drive from Phnom Penh, Le Bokor Palace offers a

perfect cooling retreat from the hot and humid climes of Cambodia. The historical

hotel has been around since the 1920s, and famously hosted royalty and elites

for decades. But thanks to Sokha Hotels & Resorts, Le Bokor Palace underwent

extensive renovations and refurbishment, which has transformed it into a luxurious

6-star hotel in 2018.

Perched on a cliff at the top of Bokor Mountain, the hotel boasts 36 luxury

rooms and suites with breath-taking views of the surrounding areas. The property

also features two restaurants, which captures the elegance of the hotel’s historic

past, with renaissance menus that pays tribute to Royal Khmer cuisine prepared

with the freshest vegetables and ingredients sourced from nearby organic farms.

Krong Kampot, Cambodia, lebokorpalace.com

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VIETNAM HANOI / PHU QUOC

MYANMAR YANGON

SOUVENIR PORCELAIN

Bat Trang, a traditional village known

for porcelain and pottery, has a

storied history dating back seven

centuries. Located on some land

rich in clay, the village has natural

advantages to create fine ceramics.

Ensconced in the Red river between

Thang Long and Pho Hien, two

ancient trade centres in the north

of Vietnam, Bat Trang’s ceramics

were favourite products during the

15-17th centuries. The village is

just minutes outside of Hanoi and

visitors should include a trip as part

of a Hanoi itinerary.

The ceramics are produced for

daily household use from plates

and bowls to altar objects and

decorative items. In recent years,

new production techniques, designs,

and features have enhanced the

allure of traditional pottery.

The Bat Trang Porcelain and

Pottery Market has a concentration

of stores, as well as pottery classes,

with numerous stores lining the roads

in the village.

Bat Trang is part of the Gia Lam

district of Hanoi. You can get there

with public transport, bus 47 (Long

Bien - Bat Trang) stops at Dong

Xuan market or private cars are easy

to hire at travel agencies scattered

throughout Hanoi.

SPOTLIGHT

Phu Quoc Healing

The island getaway of Phu Quoc

recently welcomed the opening

of Harnn wellness spa at the

InterContinental Phu Quoc Long

Beach Resort. Winning accolades

globally, this branch in Vietnam

of the HARNN Heritage Spa chain

brings luxurious pampering to a

spa retreat by promoting relaxation

using healing practices from around

the region.

The Thailand-based company

has won international awards and

their Phu Quoc vision features a

space that surrounds a lagoon

in a quiet corner of the resort. The

destination spa boasts separate

treatment villas in shell-shaped

bamboo sculptures that appear to

float above the water.

Guests wanting to avail

of the services learn that

treatments derive from the

healing traditions of Vietnam,

Thailand, including concepts

from Ayurveda, aromatherapy,

and traditional medicines.

The menu introduces a

signature bamboo massage,

using a rolling bamboo stick, or

a bamboo body brush designed

to exfoliate and promote healthy

blood and lymphatic circulation

to leave you feeling renewed.

Reservations can be made at

phuquoc.intercontinental.com

NINH BINH WATERWAYS

The area of Ninh Binh is also known as the Ha Long Bay on land for

an obvious reason – it resembles Ha Long Bay but without the water.

Instead, imagine hundreds of limestone monoliths emerging from the

ground, covered by intensely green foliage that surrounds a city with

rivers and caves to explore.

To travel along the water, boats are aplenty with women rowers

clamouring for your business. The ride itself meanders calmly through

views of lush nature as your oarsperson rows with her feet. “It’s less

tiring this way,” they always say.

The town of Ninh Binh is only 95 kilometres from Hanoi (about a

2-3-hour journey) and also reachable from Ha Long Bay.

Hotels and travel agencies can provide information. It may not be

as well-known as Ha Long Bay but that is changing quickly.

TOP SEED BY THE LAKE

Swiss couple Lucia and Felix Eppisser came to Yangon in

2010 bringing with them a combination of exemplary culinary

experiences and personal touches in hospitality. Chef Felix

himself is Michelin-starred and after settling to their life in Yangon

marked by extensive culinary journeys, they decided to create an

enchanting restaurant and lounge by Inya lake called Seeds.

Seeds sits on a modern bamboo and glass lake-styled house

together with a lush, green, tropical garden. The place is located to

the west of Inya Lake shore, offering a stunning view of the sunset

over the lake.

Enjoy Chef Felix’s specialties like truffle ravioli, a home-cured

salmon – all in an elegant setting with excellent service by an

attentive Seeds team. seedsyangon.com

WELL PLANTED ELEGANCE

Well-known Inya Lake in actuality is a man-made lake located

in Yangon created in the past by the British to serve as a water

reservoir. Some of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Yangon

embrace the area surrounding Inya Lake, and it’s also where Aung

San Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest. Other attractions

sit along its bank, with hotels, parks, the Yangon sailing club and

many great restaurants.

Le Planteur is a draw for those seeking dining that is set in

a beautiful colonial mansion overlooking the lake. Opened since

1998, the place sets a quality standard for authentic French

cuisine in a unique setting. Its stylish design befits its elegant

environment and you can enjoy the indoor lounge and outdoor

garden area, or the scenic veranda for high tea. Opens daily from

11.30am to 11.30pm, 80 University Avenue, Bahan Township, Yangon,

Myanmar , +95 1 514 230, leplanteur.net

SPOTLIGHT

Unexpected Yet Good

One fine dining place worth

the effort through Yangon

downtown’s traffic is Burma

Bistro, on the corner of

Merchant Road and Shwe Bon

Thar Road. Look carefully for

the luminous sign outside on

the street since the restaurant’s

misleading façade can be

easily missed. It’s a beautifully

restored colonial heritage

building with attention to

details. Once you make it up the

old and creaky staircase to the

first floor, Burma Bistro awaits

you with its impressive high

ceilings and old ventilators in

a rustic but modern vibe, along

with with beautifully chosen

furniture, exposed brickwork

and lovely balconies.

Almost completely empty

when it opened, Burma Bistro

is now gaining popularity with

thanks to people and their social

media postings of meals. For

aperitifs, Burma Bistro offers

an impressive selection of beer,

wine, champagne and cocktails

to choose from or go up the

spiral staircase to find the

island bar and a walk-in wine

cellar. It’s slightly more private

here with ‘VIP’ style booths,

and good for a nice and quiet

conversation.

Burma Bistro’s signature

dish of rice cooked in bamboo is

one of the restaurant’s must-eat

dishes. The spicy pork ribs are

textural and rich, the meat used

in the satay is of good quality

and the peanut sauce, first class.

Here, the vegetables in curries

get steamed, differing from the

usual fried method and there is

no shortage of vegetarian dishes.

If you’re looking for a

unique place to dine, Burma

Bistro comes highly

recommended with superb,

traditional Burmese

dishes with a modern

twist. The prices

totally correspond to

the food’s quality and

it’s perfect for locals,

tourists and expats.

burmabistro.net

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LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

INDIA / MALDIVES

MUMBAI / MALDIVES

SPOTLIGHT

An Extravagant Adventure

Rosewood Luang Prabang adds

the romance to travel for the

discerning guest who lands at

their luxury property in the

Lan Xang Kingdom in northern

Laos. Carrying out the vision of

renowned hotel designer Bill

Bensley, who left his mark at Four

Seasons Golden Triangle Tented

Camp in Chiang Rai and many

luxury properties worldwide, the

Rosewood Luang Prabang perches

over a hilltop outside the world

heritage site’s Old Town.

All 23 villas, suites and a oneof-a-kind

enormous white tent

reflect décor that fantasises a

journey seen through the eyes of

explorers in the 19th century. The

Rosewood Luang Prabang also

celebrates the culture and heritage

of a royal city, with equal homage

to the hill tribes.

The Great House, their main

dining room, is inspired by the

mansion of Auguste Pavie – a

French explorer and governor of

Luang Prabang in the late 1800s.

The resort serves Lao dishes

inspired by Luang Prabang’s

long-lost royal cuisine – a

bowl of spicy soup with young

bamboo shoots, for example.

A hedonistic trip to Rosewood

Luang Prabang cannot be

complete without a pampering

at The Sense Spa, ensuring all

senses are sated when you leave.

+856 7121 1155, rosewoodhotels.com/

en/luang-prabang

SPOTLIGHT

Festive Touch

Mumbai heralds spring with

two festivals that are celebrated

with much pomp and splendour.

Add to this, an ever-evolving

restaurant scene and new street

art, and there’s much to see and

do in the city.

Holi is one of the most

important festivals in the Indian

calendar and is celebrated on

a grand scale in Mumbai. This

festival of colours begins on

March 20th with bonfires being

lit in every neighbourhood –

these bonfires represent the

demoness Holika and symbolise

the victory of good over evil.

The next day, March 21st, will

be one big street party! Young

and old all indulge in playful

revelry, smearing each other

with coloured powders, squirting

water pistols, and aiming water

balloons at all and sundry.

Close on the heels of Holi,

Maharashtrians celebrate the

New Year according to the

Hindu lunar calendar. Gudi

Padwa falls on April 6th this

year. Many families erect a Gudi

flag with a silk cloth, garlanded

with flowers and auspicious

mango tree leaves, topped by

an upturned pot. This flag is a

symbol of prosperity and good

luck in the New Year and is

usually displayed in windows or

balconies or on the roof or on a

nearby tree. The festival is also

marked by colourful (and noisy)

parades around the city featuring

men and women in traditional

costumes dancing to the beat

of drums. No Indian festival is

complete without food. Gudi

Padwa is often celebrated with

the traditional Maharashtrian

dessert of puran poli, a flatbread

stuffed with sweetened lentil

mixture, served with a drizzle of

ghee (clarified butter) and a side

of thin, spicy curry.

SPOON FULL DINING

Bouang meaning “spoon” in the Lao language is the latest restaurant

that does fusion with a stress on local foods. Located within walking

distance from Luang Prabang’s Royal Palace Museum, Bouang shows

culinary skills that add new flavours and colours to the local food

scene in this UNESCO World Heritage city in Laos.

Founded by a French woman, this shophouse with graffiti art

walls, vintage-styled posters, and whimsical ceiling lamps exudes an

air of girl power. Tasty Asian fusion fare, good coffee, local beer and

creativity adds further appeal to this small restaurant in Sisavangvong

Road. Most of the dish ingredients and produce are sourced locally –

especially dairy products from Laos Buffalo Diary in Luang Prabang.

Main street Luang Prabang, +856 20 55 632 600, facebook.com/

Bouang.asianeatery

A RICE TERRACE WRAP AROUND

Pullman Luang Prabang, a new and

stylish resort in Laos, goes the extra mile

for the good of local communities and

environment with their locally-sourced

menu to responsible tourism activities.

The resort is five kilometres west

of the Royal Palace Museum. All 123

guestrooms vary, from the Deluxe Room,

Premium Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite,

Premium Deluxe Suite and Two-Bedroom

Pool Villa, and embraced by endless

terraces of rice paddy fields and the rustic

beauty of Luang Prabang’s countryside.

The presence of the paddy field, lagoonstyle

pool and cluster of contemporary

Lao cottages resemble a traditional

Lao village:with palm trees, a community

reservoir and swathes of greenery lending

privacy to each cottage and villa. Pullman

Luang Prabang combines a modern design

with conventional Lao and Asian pieces,

creating a property that gives a strong

sense of place. +856 71 211 112,

pullman-luangprabang.com

A SANDBANK PICNIC

For those seeking a different kind

of quick getaway in the Maldives,

your own private sandbank

awaits. In addition to the atolls,

many of the islands that surround

the Maldives consist of pure

and powdery sand embraced

by a lagoon or a reef known as

sandbanks, or baby islands. It’s

a hide and seek game as some

of the sandbanks get entirely

submerged at high tide and

appear only at low tide.

These new islands materialise

every day and it’s enough reason

to leave your stretch of beach

at your resort in the Maldives

for a private spot on a nearby

sandbank surrounded by nothing

but aquamarine waters. Unique

picnics are easily arranged

by resorts since most of the

sandbanks are within easy reach.

Bring sun protection and pop up

an umbrella for your spectacular

picnic on the sandbanks.

STREET ART IN TRIBUTE

The newly christened Mahim

(East) Art District within

Dharavi has been given an arty

makeover. The St+Art Festival

began in early December with

six internationally renowned

urban artists making their mark

on the residential buildings in

Shahu Nagar Colony. Eleven

colourful murals now adorn

these buildings, the most striking

of which is the one by Italian

mural artist Millo. His artworks

have breathed new life into

neighbourhoods from his native

Italy to across Europe, the USA,

Australia, and Asia. Millo’s first

mural in India is a tribute to

Mumbai’s everyday man standing

amidst the chaos of the city,

holding up a bright blue umbrella

as he is showered with goldenyellow

marigold flowers.

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS 116 / ROUTE MAP 126 / AIRCRAFT INFO 128

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS RANKS 5TH AS MOST PUNCTUAL AIRLINE

GLOBALLY BY OAG AVIATION WORLDWIDE

Bangkok Airways came in as the fifth

‘most punctual airline’ in 2018 as rated

by OAG Aviation Worldwide, the global

aviation industry data analysis company,

recently. Bangkok Airways is the only

ranking Thai carrier among the top 20

airlines based on an On-Time Performance

(OTP) of 87.16 per cent in 2018.

In addition, Bangkok Airways has been

ranked second best among Asia Pacific

airlines with a 98.4 per cent OTP score.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth,

President of Bangkok Airways said,

“We are proud to be ranked fifth on our

On-Time Performance among the top

20 airlines globally by OAG Aviation

Worldwide. This recognition means a great

deal in encouragement for management

and everyone else at Bangkok Airways.

We will continue to deliver the best

service with the highest safety standards

to be the best airline in Asia.”

OAG Aviation Worldwide is the leading

company in global aviation industry data

analysis, and reveals annual ratings of the

best On-Time Performance for the world's

largest airlines and airports. For more

information, please visit www.oag.com

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ได้รับ

การจัดอันดับเป็นอันดับที่ 5 ของสายการบินที่ตรง

ต่อเวลาที่สุดในโลกจาก “โอเอจี เอวิเอชั่น เวิลด์ไวด์”

(OAG Aviation Worldwide) บริษัทวิเคราะห์

ข้อมูลด้านอุตสาหกรรมการบินระดับโลก ซึ่งสาย

การบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สเป็นสายการบินเดียวจาก

ประเทศไทยที่ติดอันดับอยู่ในท็อป 20 สายการบิน

จากทั่วโลก (Top 20 Airlines by On-Time

Performance) ประจำปี 2561 ด้วยสถิติความ

ตรงต่อเวลา ร้อยละ 87.16

นอกจากนี้ สายการบินฯ ยังได้ถูกจัดอันดับ

เป็นอันดับที่ 2 ของสายการบินที่ตรงต่อเวลาที่สุด

ในภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก ด้วยสถิติความตรงต่อ

เวลาร้อยละ 98.4

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

กล่าวว่า “รู้สึกภูมิใจเป็นอย่างยิ่งที่ได้รับการจัดอันดับ

ให้เป็นสายการบินที่ตรงต่อเวลาที่สุดเป็นอันดับ 5

ของโลก ซึ่งถือเป็นกำลังใจสำคัญให้กับผู้บริหารและ

พนักงานทุกคนที่ทุ่มเทท ำงานเพื่อมอบบริการที่ดีที่สุด

ให้แก่ผู้โดยสารโดยคำนึงถึงความปลอดภัยสูงสุดเป็น

สำคัญ ซึ่งสายการบินฯ จะยังคงมุ่งมั่นสร้างสรรค์ความ

เป็นเลิศ เพื่อเป็นสายการบินที่ดีที่สุดของเอเชียต่อไป”

โอเอจี เอวิเอชั่น เวิลด์ไวด์ (OAG Aviation

Worldwide) เป็นบริษัทชั้นนำในการวิเคราะห์ข้อมูล

ด้านอุตสาหกรรมการบินระดับโลก ที่เปิดเผยข้อมูล

รายงานเกี่ยวกับสถิติความตรงต่อเวลาของสาย

การบินเเละท่าอากาศยานทั่วโลกเป็นประจำทุกปี

สามารถดูรายละเอียดการจัดอันดับเพิ่มเติมได้ที่

www.oag.com

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS

WELCOMES THE

40TH AIRCRAFT TO

ITS FLEET

Recently, Bangkok Airways, led by Air

Marshall Dechit Chareonwong, Vice

President of Flight Operations (centre)

and Mr. Nijjapat Piyapant, Vice President

of Ground Operations (4th from right)

welcomed the latest Airbus A319 at

Suvarnabhumi Airport, making it the

40th aircraft to join its fleet.

This aircraft type consists of 144

economy class seats and will serve

popular domestic and international

routes such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui,

Krabi, Myanmar (Yangon, Mandalay),

Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh),

India (Mumbai) and Vietnam (Da Nang).

This includes the city of Cam Ranh, which

is the airline’s latest route for Vietnam.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดย กัปตัน

พล.อ.ท. เดชิศร์ เจริญวงศ์ รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายปฏิบัติการบิน (กลาง)

และนายนิจพัฒน์ ปิยะพันธ์ รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายปฏิบัติการภาคพื้น

(ที่ 4 จากฝั่งขวา) ต้อนรับเครื ่องบินแบบแอร์บัส

เอ319 ซึ่งเป็นเครื่องบินลำที่ 40 เข้าสู่ฝูงบิน

ของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ณ ท่าอากาศยาน

สุวรรณภูมิ

เครื่องบินโดยสารแอร์บัสลำนี้ประกอบไปด้วย

ที่นั่งชั้นประหยัดจำนวน 144 ที่นั่ง ซึ่งจะให้บริการ

เส้นทางการบินยอดนิยมภายในประเทศและ

ระหว่างประเทศ อาทิ เชียงใหม่ ภูเก็ต สมุย กระบี่

สหภาพเมียนมาร์ (ย่างกุ้ง มัณฑะเลย์) กัมพูชา

(เสียมราฐ พนมเปญ) อินเดีย (มุมไบ) และ

เวียดนาม (ดานัง) รวมทั้งเมืองคัมรัน ซึ่งเป็นเส้น

ทางบินใหม่ล่าสุดที่เปิดให้บริการไปเมื่อวันที่ 25

มกราคมที ่ผ่านมา

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS PIONEERS DIRECT SERVICE FROM BANGKOK

TO CAM RANH–VIETNAM'S GATEWAY TO NHA TRANG

Bangkok Airways Public Company

Limited has successfully made

its maiden flight from Bangkok to

Cam Ranh, Vietnam. The airline

operates four flights a week

(Monday, Wednesday, Friday and

Sunday) with a 144-seater Airbus

A319 aircraft.

Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya,

Vice President – Sales, Bangkok

Airways PCL said, “Bangkok Airways

is pleased to offer this new service

from Bangkok to Cam Ranh,

Vietnam. Cam Ranh is situated on

the southeastern coast of Vietnam

and has been one of the most

desirable beach holiday destinations

for upscale Vietnamese and European

tourists. Currently, Cam Ranh has

experienced rapid growth in the

number of visitors every year,

not to mention constant support

from the Vietnamese government

in putting this city on the world

map, by offering a 15-day visa free

policy for tourists from England,

France, Spain, Italy, Germany and

the 14-90 days visa free for tourists

from Japan, South Korea, Philippines

and Chile. In addition, Cam Ranh

is also very close to Nha Trang

city, known as the “Riviera of the

South China Sea,” and has been

one of the most popular tourism

destinations for European and

Vietnamese travellers.

We consider this to be another

milestone, as this will make Bangkok

Airways the only scheduled airline

to fly directly to this popular beach

holiday destination from Thailand.

The aim of this new launch is to

not only enhance Bangkok Airways’

network to cover the Indochina

region, but also to provide better flight connections

for European, Thai and Vietnamese customers as well

as offering regional connecting routes to Cam Ranh

for our long-haul codeshare partners.

Cam Ranh is the fourth destination in Vietnam,

adding to the Bangkok Airways route network after

a successful performance on Bangkok-Da Nang,

Bangkok-Phu Quoc and Chiang Mai-Hanoi flights

launched earlier in May 2016, October 2017 and

March 2018, respectively. We anticipate that the

majority of our passengers will be businessmen and

tourists from the two countries. We are confident

that with our strong reputation of offering a boutique

flying experience for our passengers, Bangkok

Airways will be the leading player in this market,”

Mr. Varong added.

Bangkok Airways will offer four flights a week

(Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) with a

144-seater Airbus A319 aircraft. The outbound

flight PG993 will depart Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)

at 10.20hrs and arrive Cam Rahn (Nha Trang)

International Airport at 12.05hrs. The inbound

flight PG994 will depart Cam Rahn (Nha Trang)

Airport at 12.55hrs and arrive Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi)

at 14.40hrs.

For more information, please contact Bangkok Airways

Call Centre at 1771 (24hrs) or visit www.bangkokair.com

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เปิดเส้นทางบินใหม่ระหว่าง

กรุงเทพฯ-คัมรัน (เวียดนาม) โดยให้บริการสัปดาห์ละ 4 เที่ยวบิน

(จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และอาทิตย์) ด้วยเครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส เอ319

ขนาด 144 ที่นั่ง

นายวรงค์ อิสรเสนา ณ อยุทธยา รองผู้อำนวยการใหญ่

ส่วนขาย สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กล่าวถึงวัตถุประสงค์

ในการเปิดเส้นทางบินกรุงเทพฯ-คัมรัน ว่า “บริษัทฯ เล็งเห็น

ศักยภาพและเชื่อมั่นว่าเส้นทางกรุงเทพฯ-คัมรันจะได้รับความ

นิยมจากนักเดินทางทั้งชาวเวียดนาม ชาวยุโรป และชาวไทย

เนื่องจากเป็นเมืองตากอากาศที่สวยงาม ตั้งอยู่ทางชายฝั่ง

ตอนใต้ของประเทศเวียดนาม และได้รับการพัฒนาจากรัฐบาล

เวียดนามให้เป็นแหล่งท่องเที่ยวสำหรับตลาดไฮเอนด์ ซึ่งจะเห็น

ได้จากการมีโรงแรมระดับ 5 หรือ 6 ดาว ที่เปิดให้บริการอยู่

และมีแผนที่จะลงทุนเพิ่มเติมในอนาคต นอกจากนี้ รัฐบาล

เวียดนามยังสนับสนุนให้คัมรันกลายเป็นจุดหมายปลายทาง

ของนักท่องเที่ยวทั่วโลก โดยการยกเว้นวีซ่านานถึง 15 วัน

ให้แก่นักท่องเที่ยวจาก 5 ประเทศ ได้แก่ อังกฤษ ฝรั่งเศส สเปน

อิตาลี และเยอรมันนี และยังยกเว้นวีซ่า 14-90 วัน ให้อีก 4

ประเทศ คือ ญี่ปุ่น เกาหลีใต้ ฟิลิปปินส์ และชิลี อีกด้วย”

“ไฮไลท์ด้านการท่องเที่ยวที่สำคัญของคัมรัน คือตั้งอยู่

ไม่ไกลจากเมืองญาจาง (Nha Trang) ซึ่งเป็นเมืองตากอากาศ

ชายทะเลที่มีชื่อเสียงอีกแห่งหนึ่งของประเทศเวียดนาม มีความ

สวยงามจนได้รับการขนานนามว่าเป็นริเวียร่าแห่งทะเลจีนใต้

มีแหล่งท่องเที่ยวทางธรรมชาติที่อุดมสมบูรณ์และแหล่ง

ท่องเที่ยวเชิงวัฒนธรรมที่หลากหลาย และได้รับความนิยม

จากนักท่องเที่ยวชาวเวียดนามและชาวยุโรป ดังนั้น การเปิด

ให้บริการเส้นทางบินตรงระหว่างกรุงเทพฯ-คัมรัน (ประตูสู่

ญาจาง) จะเป็นการช่วยขยายเครือข่ายเส้นทางบินของบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส ให้ครอบคลุมหลากหลายเมืองในประเทศกลุ่ม

CLMV (กัมพูชา ลาว เมียนมาร์ เวียดนาม) และยังเป็นการ

อำนวยความสะดวกให้แก่ผู้โดยสารในเที่ยวบินร่วมของ

สายการบินพันธมิตร (codeshare partners) โดยเฉพาะ

นักท่องเที่ยวชาวยุโรปที่เดินทางผ่านกรุงเทพฯ มาพักผ่อนที่

เมืองชายทะเลสองแห่งนี้ นอกจากนี้ ยังเป็นการบุกเบิกเส้น

ทางบินที่มีเอกลักษณ์สำหรับนักท่องเที่ยวชาวไทยที่ต้องการ

แสวงหาแหล่งท่องเที่ยวใหม่ๆ รวมทั้งชาวเวียดนามท้องถิ่นที่

ต้องการบินเข้ามาท่องเที่ยวยังประเทศไทยอีกด้วย” นายวรงค์

กล่าวเสริม

เส้นทางบินกรุงเทพฯ (สุวรรณภูมิ)-คัมรัน (เวียดนาม) ให้

บริการสัปดาห์ละ 4 เที่ยวบิน (จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และอาทิตย์)

ด้วยเครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส เอ319 ขนาด 144 ที่นั่ง โดยเที่ยว

บินขาไป PG993 ออกจากกรุงเทพฯ (สุวรรณภูมิ) เวลา

10.20 น. ถึงคัมรัน เวลา 12.05 น. เที่ยวบินขากลับ PG994

ออกจากคัมรัน เวลา 12.55 น. ถึงกรุงเทพฯ (สุวรรณภูมิ)

เวลา 14.40 น.

ปัจจุบัน สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สให้บริการเส้นทาง

บินตรงระหว่างกรุงเทพฯ กับเมืองสำคัญในกลุ่มประเทศ CLMV

อาทิ พนมเปญ เสียมราฐ (กัมพูชา) เวียงจันทน์ หลวงพระบาง

(ลาว) ย่างกุ้ง มัณฑะเลย์ เนปิดอว์ (เมียนมาร์) ดานัง เกาะฟู้โกว๊ก

(เวียดนาม) และยังให้บริการเส้นทางบินตรงระหว่างเชียงใหม่-

มัณฑะเลย์ (เมียนมาร์) และ เชียงใหม่-ฮานอย (เวียดนาม) อีกด้วย

BANGKOK AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES

LUCKY WINNERS OF THE

“BANGKOK AIRWAYS CUSTOMER

SATISFACTION SURVEY 2/2018”

Recently, Bangkok Airways Public

Company Limited, led by Mrs.

Darunee Debavalya, Senior Director

– Customer Satisfaction and

Relationship Management (centre)

together with Mrs. Waewta Chaiyapol,

Director – Customer Relations

and Experience Management

(right) organised the lucky winners

drawing for its Customer Satisfaction

Survey Feb 2018 at Bangkok Airways’

Head Office.

For more details of the winners

and prizes, please go to

esurvey.bangkokair.com

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส โดย นางดรุณี เทพวัลย์

ผู้อำนวยการอาวุโสส่วนบริหาร

ความพึงพอใจและความสัมพันธ์

ลูกค้า (กลาง) และ นางแววตา ชัยพล

ผู้อำนวยการแผนกบริหารลูกค้า

สัมพันธ์และประสบการณ์ลูกค้า

(ขวา) จับรางวัลผู้โชคดี 10 ท่าน

จากการสำรวจความพึงพอใจของ

ผู้โดยสาร ครั้งที่ 2 ประจำปี 2561

ณ สำนักงานใหญ่ สายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ถนนวิภาวดีรังสิต

ทั้งนี้ ผู้โดยสารสามารถตรวจสอบ

ผลการจับรางวัลได้ที่

esurvey.bangkokair.com

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

Building on the success of last

year’s ‘Fly and Meet Double Bonus’

campaign in the countries of

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and

Vietnam (CLMV), Bangkok Airways

and the Thailand Convention and

Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) recently

cooperated for another launch.

By teaming up, the involved parties

plan to make the campaign even

more attractive this year by

increasing eligibility for groups

intending to come to Thailand

and lowering the size of attendees

to only 30 persons. This move will

benefit even more organisations

in the CLMV countries in planning

corporate meetings and incentive

travel to Thailand.

Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya,

Bangkok Airways Vice President –

Sales commented, “We are delighted

to be an exclusive airline partner

of TCEB for the ‘Fly and Meet

Double Bonus – Redefined’ campaign

for the second year running. The

positive feedback we received last

year reflected the tremendous

potential traffic in the meeting

and incentive sectors from the

CLMV markets.”

Ms. Nooch Homrossukhon,

TCEB's Director of Meetings and

Incentives Department said, “With

the number of MICE [Meetings,

Incentives, Conventions and

Exhibitions] travellers from CLMV

growing by 206% in 2018 and the

opening of many new attractions,

the TCEB and Bangkok Airways’

relaunch of the new ‘Fly and

Meet Double Bonus – Redefined’

campaign with a lower requirement

of only 30 participants encourages

more outbound corporate meetings

and incentives from the four

countries to Thailand. These four

countries are rated among the

fastest growing MICE markets

for Thailand.”

The 2019 ‘Fly and Meet Double

Bonus – Redefined’ campaign will

provide ease of travel, convenience

and an excellent return on investment.

The benefits include financial

incentives, one free ticket for every

30 tickets purchased, pre-assigned

group seating, priority boarding

and extra baggage allowances.

Upon arrival in Thailand, fast-track

immigration services at Suvarnabhumi

airport, meet-and-greet services,

and cultural performances will

be included.

To qualify, each group must

comprise of a minimum of 30 people,

fly to Thailand on Bangkok Airways,

stay for at least two nights, or hold

an event at a venue recognised by

the Thailand MICE Venue Standard

(TMVS) or a registered hotel.

Applications are ongoing from

now until August 31, 2019 with travel

completed by September 30, 2019.

For more information, please visit

www.businesseventsthailand.com

BANGKOK AIRWAYS AND TCEB

LAUNCH THE ‘FLY AND MEET

DOUBLE BONUS – REDEFINED’

CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT MORE

CORPORATE GROUPS FROM

CAMBODIA, LAOS, MYANMAR

AND VIETNAM (CLMV)

พนมเปญ – เมื่อเร็วๆ นี ้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สจับมือ

สำนักงานส่งเสริมการจัดประชุมและนิทรรศการ หรือ ทีเส็บ เปิดตัว

แคมเปญดึงนักเดินทางไมซ์จาก กัมพูชา ลาว พม่า และเวียดนาม หรือ

กลุ่มประเทศซีแอลเอ็มวี เจาะกลุ่มองค์กรธุรกิจและกลุ่มเดินทางเพื่อ

เป็นรางวัล โดยเสนอเงื่อนไขกลุ่มนักเดินทางต้องมีจ ำนวนอย่างต่ำ 30

คน จะได้รับสิทธิประโยชน์ในการเดินทางสู่ประเทศไทย หลังจากเคย

ออกแคมเปญร่วมกันจนประสบความสำเร็จในในปี 2561 ที่ผ่านมา

นายวรงค์ อิศรเสนา ณ อยุธยา รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่

ฝ่ายขาย สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กล่าวว่า “เรามีความยินดีที่

ได้ร่วมเป็นพันธมิตรในการออกแคมเปญเจาะตลาดกลุ่มประเทศซีแอล

เอ็มวีร่วมกับทีเส็บเป็นปีที่สองติดต่อกัน หลังจากแคมเปญที่ทำ

ร่วมกันในปีที่แล้วได้รับการตอบรับเป็นอย่างดี มียอดการเดินทาง

เพิ่มขึ้นจากกลุ่มองค์กรธุรกิจและการเดินทางเพื่อเป็นรางวัล และ

หวังเป็นอย่างยิ่งว่าแคมเปญที่มีการปรับปรุงใหม่ในปีนี้จะทำให้

ยอดนักเดินทางในกลุ่มองค์กรธุรกิจจากตลาดในภูมิภาคนี้มี

จำนวนเพิ่มขึ้น”

นางสาวนุช หอมรสสุคนธ์ ผู้อำนวยการฝ่ายการประชุมองค์กร

และการท่องเที่ยวเพื่อเป็นรางวัล สำนักงานส่งเสริมการจัดประชุมและ

นิทรรศการ หรือ ทีเส็บ กล่าวว่า “นักเดินทางกลุ่มไมซ์จากประเทศ

กัมพูชา ลาว พม่า และเวียดนาม มีอัตราการเติบโตติดอันดับสูงสุด

โดยมียอดเดินทางเข้าประเทศไทยเพิ่มขึ้นร้อยละ 206 ในปี 2561

ประกอบกับภาคธุรกิจในกลุ่มประเทศซีแอลเอ็มวีมีการตื่นตัวสูง

โดยคาดการณ์เศรษฐกิจขยายตัวต่อเนื่อง จึงได้พัฒนาแคมเปญใหม่

ในชื่อ ‘Fly and Meet Double Bonus – Redefined’ เพื่อเจาะตลาด

องค์กรจากกลุ่มประเทศซีแอลเอ็มวี โดยมีการปรับลดเงื่อนไขจ ำนวน

นักเดินทางขั้นต่ำเหลือ 30 ราย เพื่อตอบโจทย์ของตลาดได้ดีขึ้น”

ในส่วนของแคมเปญ ‘Fly and Meet Double Bonus –

Redefined’ มีการมอบสิทธิประโยชน์ต่างๆ เพื่ออำนวยความ

สะดวกในการเดินทางและการพำนักในประเทศไทย เช่น การสนับสนุน

งบประมาณการจัดงาน การให้บริการ Fast-track ณ สนามบิน

สุวรรณภูมิ บัตรโดยสารฟรี 1 ใบต่อการจอง 30 ที่นั่ง สิทธิพิเศษ

ในการขึ้นเครื่องเป็นลำดับแรก น้ำหนักสัมภาระเพิ่มเติม การแสดง

ศิลปวัฒนธรรมในงานประชุมหรืองานเลี้ยงของกลุ่มนักเดินทาง

เมื่อเดินทางถึงประเทศไทย

เงื่อนไขการรับสิทธิประโยชน์ภายใต้แคมเปญดังกล่าว จะต้องเป็น

กลุ่มนักเดินทางขั้นต่ ำ 30 ราย เดินทางด้วยสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

และพำนักอยู่ในประเทศไทยอย่างน้อย 2 คืน หรือจัดงาน ณ สถานที่

จัดงานที่ได้รับการรับรองด้วย Thailand MICE Venue Standard

(TMVS) หรือจัดงาน ณ โรงแรมที่จดทะเบียนถูกต้องตามกฎหมาย

เปิดรับสมัครตั้งแต่วันนี้ถึงวันที่ 31 สิงหาคม 2562 และจะต้อง

เดินทางภายในวันที่ 30 กันยายน 2562 โดยศึกษาข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมได้ที่

www.businesseventsthailand.com

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS LAUNCHES THE “BANGKOK AIRWAYS

OPEN HOUSE” PROGRAMME FOR 2019

Bangkok Airways, led by Mr.

Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya,

Vice President – Sales, organised

the “Bangkok Airways Open

House” 2019 initiative at the

Bangkok Airways Operations

Center (BAOC), Suvarnabhumi

airport. In addition, the airline also

organised a premier familiarisation

trip to Sukhothai during 13-15

February 2019 for professors

from leading universities in

Thailand to have a first–hand

experience of Bangkok Airways

services. The press conference

was also attended by Mr. Visroot

Inhyam, Executive Director

Northern Region, the Tourism

Authority of Thailand.

The “Bangkok Airways Open

House” campaign is organised to

disseminate knowledge on the

operational aspects of Bangkok

Airways. The campaign aims to

provide practical knowledge and

inspire students who may have

an interest in working in the

tourism, hospitality and aviation

industry. Participants are given

an opportunity to visit actual

areas involved in the Bangkok

Airways operations and learn

from the airline professionals, in

the categories of Flight Operation

Control, Ground Operations,

Reservations and Ticketing, and

a Cabin Mock up and Flight

Simulator exclusively meant for

student pilots. Also, there were

opportunities to travel with

Bangkok Airways on a field trip

to observe the travel end of the

business. Project participants will

receive a certificate from the airline

after completing the project.

Since its introduction in 2016,

the “Bangkok Airways Open

House” has been well received

by leading universities with a

curriculum that includes the

tourism or hospitality industry

and aviation business majors.

Some 12 universities and over

2,000 students nationwide have

participated in the campaign.

For interested universities or

students, simply contact the Sales

Department of Bangkok Airways at

02 265 8452 or email: sales_

coordinator@bangkokair.com

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนายวรงค์ อิศรเสนา ณ อยุธยา

รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ฝ่ายขาย จัดโครงการ “เปิดบ้าน

สอนน้อง” ประจำปี 2562 ณ อาคารทับสุวรรณ (Bangkok Airways

Operations Center) สนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ พร้อมจัดทริปนำร่อง

นำคณะอาจารย์และตัวแทนนักศึกษาจากมหาวิทยาลัยชั้นนำ ร่วม

เดินทางไปจังหวัดสุโขทัย เพื่อศึกษาดูงานนอกสถานที่ ระหว่างวันที่

13-15 กุมภาพันธ์ 2562 นี้ โดยได้รับเกียรติจากนายวิศรุต อินแหยม

ผู้อำนวยการภูมิภาคภาคเหนือ การท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย

ร่วมเปิดงาน

โครงการ “เปิดบ้านสอนน้อง" เป็นโครงการของสายการบิน

บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ที่จัดขึ้นเพื่อเปิดโอกาสให้นักศึกษาที่มีความสนใจ

และเรียนในสาขาวิชาอุตสาหกรรมการท่องเที่ยว โรงแรม และสาย

การบิน ได้มีโอกาสเข้ามาศึกษาดูงานจากการปฏิบัติงานจริง พร้อม

รับฟังบรรยายโดยวิทยากรจากหน่วยงานต่างๆ ที่มีประสบการณ์

ในธุรกิจการบินโดยตรง อาทิ เจ้าหน้าที่ควบคุมปฏิบัติการบิน

(Flight Operation Control) พนักงานต้อนรับบนเครื่องบิน (Cabin

Crew) พนักงานต้อนรับภาคพื้นดิน (Ground Operations)

พนักงานสำรองที่นั่งและออกบัตรโดยสาร (Reservations and

Ticketing) ห้องโดยสารจำลอง (Cabin Mock up) และห้องจำลอง

การบิน (Flight Simulator) (สำหรับ Student Pilot เท่านั้น) เป็นต้น

พร้อมทั้งยังได้มีโอกาสร่วมเดินทางกับสายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

เพื่อศึกษาดูงานในส่วนของธุรกิจนำเที่ยวจากการปฏิบัติงานนอก

สถานที่ โดยผู้เข้าร่วมโครงการฯ จะได้รับประกาศนียบัตรจากสาย

การบินฯ หลังจบการเข้าร่วมโครงการฯ อีกด้วย

โครงการเปิดบ้านสอนน้อง จัดขึ้นมาอย่างต่อเนื่องตั้งแต่ปี

2559 จนถึงปัจจุบัน ต่อเนื่องเป็นปีที่ 4 และได้รับความสนใจจาก

มหาวิทยาลัยชั้นนำทั ่วประเทศไทย ที่เปิดสอนในหลักสูตรการ

ท่องเที่ยว การโรงแรมและธุรกิจการบิน โดยมีมหาวิทยาลัยเข้าร่วม

โครงการแล้วทั้งสิ้น 12 แห่ง คิดเป็นจำนวนผู้เข้าร่วมมากกว่า

2,000 คน

สำหรับสถาบันการศึกษาที่สนใจ สามารถสอบถามราคาและ

รายละเอียดเพิ่มเติมได้ที่ฝ่ายขาย สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

โทรศัพท์ 02 265 8752 หรืออีเมล์ sales_coordinator@

bangkokair.com

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AIRCRAFT INFO

AIRBUS A319

NUMBER OF FLEET : 16

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 : 2

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 : 3 flights per day from Bangkok (As from March 31, 2019 onwards)

Krabi : 3 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui ;

3 flights per week from Chiang Mai (As from March 31, 2019 onwards)

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Mae Hong Son : 1 flight per day from Chiang Mai (As from March 31, 2019 onwards)

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 2 flights per day from Bangkok (As from March 31, 2019 onwards)

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Chongqing : 1 flight per week from Koh Samui

Da Nang : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

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 ;

3 flights per week from Chiang Mai (As from March 31, 2019 onwards)

Malé :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Mandalay : 11 flights per week form Bangkok ; (As from March 31, 2019 onwards)

4 flights per week from Chiang Mai

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok

Nha Trang : 4 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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