Fah Thai Magazine Jul Aug 2019

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An In-Flight Magazine of Bangkok Airways

JUL-AUG 2019

PHANG NGA’S DRAMATIC

BEAUTY AND TRANQUILITY

LIVELY HERITAGE IN

PHUKET TOWN

CHENGDU’S INTRIGUING

LIVE MUSIC

MEET PEARYPIE,

INSTAGRAMMER STAR

COMPLIMENTARY COPY


LONG LIVE THE KING

Our Best Wishes to

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua

on His 67 th Birthday Anniversary

From the Executives and Staff of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

and Fah Thai Magazine


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Passengers,

Welcome on board to our services on

this Bangkok Airways flight.

Our executives, employees, and I feel

honoured to be part of another year of

world award achievement namely: “World’s

Best Regional Airline” and “Best Regional

Airline in Asia.” Both prestigious awards

for the aviation industry were bestowed

by SKYTRAX World Airline Awards since

2016, and has continued awarding us for

four consecutive years.

Additionally, Bangkok Airways was voted

as the winning airline by passengers who

expressed satisfaction with the services

provided and the best-selected experiences

offered. I strongly believe that we would

not have received these esteemed awards

without the support from all our passengers.

Apart from the aforementioned awards,

we also won the “Travelers’ Choice Awards –

Regional Airline Asia 2019” from TripAdvisor.

The world-leading travel site has been

ranking airlines globally, determined through

the service satisfaction ratings of passengers.

I would like to thank all our passengers

who have been supporting and voting for

Bangkok Airways. All of our employees

and I take this pride in this and use this

achievement as determination to improve

the quality in our airline services even

more, with safety and satisfaction as our

utmost priorities.

Thank you.

สวัสดีครับผู้โดยสารทุกท่าน ขอต้อนรับ

ทุกท่านสู่การบริการของสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์สครับ

นับเป็นความภาคภูมิใจสำหรับผม ทีมผู้

บริหารและพนักงานบางกอกแอร์เวย์สทุกคน

กับอีกหนึ่งปีแห่งความสำเร็จ กับรางวัลระดับ

โลก “รางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาคยอดเยี่ยม

ของโลก” และ “รางวัลสายการบินภูมิภาค

ยอดเยี่ยมของเอเชีย” จาก SKYTRAX World

Airline Awards เป็นครั้งที่ 4 ติดต่อกันที่เรา

ได้รับทั้ง 2 รางวัลนับตั้งแต่ปี 2559 รางวัลนี้

ถือเป็นรางวัลอันทรงเกียรติในอุตสาหกรรม

การบิน ซึ่งได้มาจากการสนับสนุนของผู้โดยสาร

ทุกท่าน ที่ได้รับความประทับใจจากการบริการ

รวมถึงประสบการณ์ต่างๆ ที่เราได้คัดสรรสิ่งดีๆ

เพื่อมอบให้กับท่านผู้โดยสารตลอดการเดินทาง

ผมเชื่อว่าเราจะไม่ได้รับรางวัลเหล่านี้เลย หาก

ขาดการสนับสนุนจากท่านผู้โดยสาร

ซึ่งนอกจากรางวัลที่กล่าวมาแล้วนั้น

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ เรายังได้รับรางวัล “ทราเวลเลอร์ส

ช้อยส์ แอร์ไลน์ อวอร์ดส์ – สายการบินยอดเยี่ยม

ในภูมิภาคเอเชีย ประจำปี 2562” จากทริป

แอดไวเซอร์ เว็บไซต์ด้านการท่องเที่ยวชั้นนำ

ของโลก ที่มีการจัดอันดับความพึงพอใจในการ

ใช้บริการสายการบินทั่วโลกอีกด้วย

ผมจึงขอขอบคุณผู้โดยสารทุกท่านที่ให้การ

สนับสนุนและโหวตให้กับสายการบินฯ มาโดย

ตลอด ผมและพวกเราชาวบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

ทุกคน จะนำความภาคภูมิใจจากการที่ได้รับ

รางวัลเหล่านี ้ มาเป็นแรงผลักดัน เพื่อมุ่งมั่น

พัฒนาคุณภาพการบริการของสายการบินฯ

ให้ดียิ่งๆ ขึ้นไป โดยจะมุ่งเน้นความปลอดภัยและ

ความพึงพอใจสูงสุดของผู้โดยสารเป็นสำคัญ

ขอบคุณครับ

กัปตัน พุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

Captain Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ | President, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

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OVERTURES

FEATURES

52

Travel with

Thai Chic

22 GREEN DAYS

In this green season, a full moon

calls for the graceful vigour

in rattan ball matches, the

adrenaline of marathons,

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios to

the arts and concerts. There’s

moon and star gazing in the

Maldives too in our calendar

of regional events.

26 FACE FORWARD

Pay more attention to skincare

with our timely tips on the

latest products on the market

that banishes dull skin for a

radiant look.

28 VERDANT WEAR

Men in green doesn’t have to be

an alien concept in fashion. Our

wardrobe picks bring out the best

in stylish menswear.

30 SHADES OF GREEN

Stand out in clothing and

accessories as you stylishly

express yourself. Look smart as

you make others green with envy!

32 AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE

Phuket Old Town’s revival makes

history fun with offerings aplenty:

colourful shophouses, Sino-

Portuguese architecture, local

food stalls and wall art.

36 FIND YOUR

PASSION FRUIT

A taste of passion fruit can

transport you to an island

paradise or the feel of a breezy

summer. We give you the

facts on what makes this fruit

increasingly popular.

38 OH, O AEW

This dessert name may not roll

off the tongue easily but it’s a

real treat for the tastebuds. Try

this refreshing and sweet “only in

Phuket” specialty on your visit to

the Thai island.

40 AN AIRPORT’S

NEW HEIGHTS

Now it’s even more enjoyable

to hang out at Singapore’s

Changi airport regardless of

whether you have a flight or

not. The recent expansion,

Jewel, has now become a

destination in itself, elevating

the airport experience.

44 SAMUI STANDARDS

Only in Samui can you get the

hospitality of a long standing

Thai hotel, enjoy a spa day in a

jungle forest setting, or dine on

true southern food at one of the

finest restaurants.

52 A GOOD

INFLUENCE

With over 2 million

followers, Pearypie

embarks on a mission

to make Thai textiles

a winning and cool

combination – combat

boots included.

58 STILL CRAZY

FOR PHANG NGA

If a perfect holiday

destination means

tranquil shores with

uninterrupted views of

limestone mountains

and spectacular waters,

then Phang Nga is for you.

72 CHENGDU’S

LIVE MUSIC

Consider another side

to Chengdu’s cultural

offerings – an active,

underground music

scene that’s rivals

most places in China.

84 A CRAFTING

SOJOURN

To continue their

visibility and viability,

we visit Chiang Mai

to see how a tribe

perseveres in keeping

their way of life through

handicrafts and weaving.

Photo Amata Chittasenee

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HAPPENINGS

CORPORATE

A selection of relevant events around Asia.

96 BANGKOK

98 SAMUI

102 PHUKET

106 CHIANG MAI/

PATTAYA

108 HONG KONG /

SINGAPORE

109 KUALA LUMPUR

110 PHNOM PENH /

VIENTIANE /

NHA TRANG

112 MUMBAI/

MALDIVES

113 YANGON

116 NEWS

Bangkok Airways announces collaborations

and winners.

126 ROUTE MAP

128 AIRCRAFT INFO

CHECKING OUT

130 MALDIVES

The Maldives continue to defy expectations.

This month’s cover:

Phang Nga's

natural splendours.

84

Keeping

Traditions

Alive

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ESSENTIAL NOTES TO GUIDE YOUR TRAVELS

Food Art

Follow the wall

murals in Phuket

Old Town as they

lead you to the best

food stalls this

heritage town has

to offer.

Photo IG: Tootoomama

NEWS AND EVENTS 22 / BEAUTY AND HEALTH 26 / STYLE 28 / THAILAND TREASURES 32 / A TASTE OF THAILAND 36 /

FRUITFUL FINDS 38 / ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS 40 / CHECKED IN 44

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

NOW

-

DEC

2019

Now-3 JUL

2019

MANDALAY

WASO CHINLONE FESTIVAL

Cheers ring out for the 91st annual Waso

Chinlone festival where as many as 1,800

teams converge in Myanmar to take part in a

variant of Hacky Sack. The challenge is to keep

the “chinlone,” a rattan ball, from falling to the

ground. The festival takes place in a stadium in

Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay and is celebrated

every year on the day after the full moon of

Waso month. The sport is over 1,500 years old

and strongly defined in the old kingdom.

The sport uses a small rattan ball and a team

of six players who must pass it around by using

their legs, knees and head as they play in a circle.

One player stays in the middle of the circle

while the rest of team supports him as they

work together to keep the ball from hitting the

ground. Once the ball hits the ground, the rival

team gains a point.

It’s also the time when locals from around

the region flock to pay their respects to Buddha

during the event. You will meet a river of crowds,

food vendors, local magic shows and traditional

shops around the area of Mahamuni Pagoda.

It’s a chance to join in, drink some Burmese

tea, eat some Laphet Thoke (green tea salad),

and enjoy the matches as a live orchestra plays

the traditional ‘Saing Waing’ on stage for a

fascinating event. tourism.gov.mm/mandalay

5 -18

JUL

2019

AUG

2019

HONG KONG

SUMMER OF ARTS

The summer months in Hong Kong have always

been the perfect time to celebrate the arts thanks

to the organisers of the International Arts Carnival.

Held annually, this year’s programme offers an

exquisite line-up of overseas and local shows and

participative activities for the whole family.

This year’s line-up includes a variety of

performances including multimedia theatre;

puppetry and interactive theatre for children, all

of which are designed to entertain audiences

and nurture the interest of children and young

people in the performing arts.

This year’s opening programme is The Heart

of Robin Hood, a modern take on the beloved

English folk story presented by Icelandic theatre

group, Vesturport. Also scheduled to take the

stage at IAC 2019 is Vietnamese acrobatic

troupe A O Lang Pho. Various venues across

Hong Kong, hkiac.gov.hk

6-21 2019

JUL

SINGAPORE

KURIOUS NATURE

Considered the world’s greatest contemporary

circus, Cirque du Soleil once again pitches its

tent in Singapore, this time for a two-week

engagement for its most acclaimed touring

show yet. KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities,

presented in the intimate setting of the

signature Big Top at Marina Bay, celebrates the

greatest inventions of the 19th century. Watch

as the show transports audience members into

the Curio Cabinet of an ambitious inventor who

defies the laws of time, space and dimensions

in order to reinvent everything around him.

With the help of dazzling performances and

artistic showcases, the show brings to life his

perspectives, quite literally turning the world

upside down in the process. Under the Big Top

Tent next to Marina Bay Sands, cirquedusoleil.com

21JUL

2019

PATTAYA

PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL

MARATHON 2019

Are you ready for the biggest running event

in Pattaya? This year, Pattaya International

Marathon will be held on Sunday of 21st July,

2019 at Pattaya Klang Junction. The event

will feature a full marathon (42km), a half

marathon (21km), a quarter marathon (10km),

a wheel chair marathon (5km), and a fun run

(5km). This long-standing event has become

the sporting tradition of Pattaya and has been

attracting runners from all over the world. The

event usually starts at 3am and continue

until 10.30am, and it is such a popular event

in Pattaya that even the streets are lined with

a lot of spectators and locals who come to

cheer and support all the runners. Whoever

is in Pattaya during that time is welcomed

to join the event. But if running is not your

thing, being a spectator and enjoying the run

is also a good idea, too! facebook.com/Pattaya-

Marathon-366422933378043

Photos Banyan Tree

PHUKET, MALDIVES

BANYAN TREE 25TH ANNIVERSARY

This year Banyan Tree Luxury Hotels &

Resorts celebrates 25 years and will

offer added and complimentary experiences that

guests can enjoy, showcasing local heritage,

culture, sustainability and bringing exceptional

experiences to guests.

At Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru In Maldives,

guests are welcomed to enjoy the conservation

day at the Marine Lab embarking on coral

planting and exploring the Ranamaari Shipwreck.

Or if you visit Phuket, Thailand and stay at Banyan

Tree Phuket, there will be body awareness

workshops taking place with special Banyan

Tree “Wellbeing Hosts” who will showcase how

posture and poise can positively impact overall

health and wellbeing. Guests of Cassia Phuket

can also enjoy scooter tours of Phuket town,

uncovering local treasures and experiences like

a true local.

On top of this, there is a 25% saving on

room rates as part of the anniversary and all

guests will receive a signature 25th Anniversary

Cocktail, called the Botanical, on arrival.

banyantree.com, cassia.com

16-17 2019

JUL

SOUTHEAST ASIA

ASARNHA BUCHA & BUDDHIST

LENT DAY

Asarnha Bucha Day marks the day when the

Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon known

as “Dhammachakkappawattanasutta” which he

preached to five ascetics at Benares in India

over 2,500 years ago. As a result, all of them

attained enlightenment and was ordained by

the Buddha as the first ever Buddhist monks.

Asarnha Bucha falls on the full moon day

of the eighth lunar month of the calendar year,

generally in July. Buddhists perform a variety

of Buddhist activities at temples across Laos,

Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand – mainly

merit-making ceremonies such as offering food

and alms to monks, listening to sermons and

practising meditation in order to purify the mind.

This day also marks the beginning of

Buddhist Lent or Khao Phansa, a threemonth

period when monks retreat into their

monasteries to escape the monsoon rains and

study Buddhist teachings. It is a time of making

merit and candlelight processions, or wian thian

in Thai, held at temples throughout the country.

Asarnha Bucha Day is Thailand’s public

holiday and everyone should note it is illegal

to buy and sell alcohol on this day.

tourismthailand.org

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OVERTURES

NEWS AND EVENTS

23-262019

AUG

PHNOM PENH

GLITTER & GOLD

The Cambodia International Gems & Jewellery

Fair 2019 presents the country’s best gems

and jewellery as well as the finest international

diamonds, gemstones, fine jewellery designs and

timepieces from around the world. Organised

by The Cambodian Gems & Jewellery Traders

Association and supported by Cambodian Ministry

of Commerce, the annual national flagship fair

seeks to capitalise on the growing trend of the

gems and jewellery market in the region.

For visitors, the fair presents a good avenue

to explore and peruse some choice pieces

from the world of fine jewellery as well as

the latest collections from the world’s biggest

brands. Over 40 exhibitors will be lining up to

showcase their creations at this year’s event.

Diamond Island Convention & Exhibition Centre,

Phnom Penh, jewelrytradefair.com/Cambodia

Photos Anantara Kihavah Maldives

20JUL

2019

MALDIVES

ANANTARA KIHAVAH MALDIVES

CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF

MAN’S FIRST WALK ON THE MOON

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon

and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

stepped down from their lunar module onto the

surface of the moon, the first humans in history

to do so. On 20 July, Anantara Kihavah Villas will

commemorate the 50th anniversary of man’s first

walk on the moon with ‘The Eagle Has Landed

Celebration’. The astronomer’s paradise, Baa

Atoll in the Maldives, is one of the best places on

earth to enjoy moon and star gazing. Its proximity

to the equator and its non-polluted skies mean

both hemisphere’s stars are clearly visible from

the resort with SKY, the Maldives’ first and only

overwater observatory featuring a research-grade

16” Meade LX200 telescope. The custom-built

Ash-dome observatory sits on the roof deck of

the resort’s Sky Bar surrounded by nothing but

open skies and the ocean waves below.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the

first moon walk, guests are invited to join sky

guru and a native Maldivian, Ali Shameem, for

a ‘Star Gazing’ breakfast with an early start of

4am. Shameem will take you on a journey before

taking a look through the powerful telescope at

the craters on the moon that still amaze people

50 years after the first landing. The price for the

experience, including breakfast is 450USD per

person. kihavah-maldives.anantara.com

14AUG

2019

BANGKOK

FORMIDABLE FOALS

Name bands with the most intense live act and

surely the name of British rock band Foals will

be ranked among the list. Yannis Philippakis (lead

vocals, lead guitar), Jack Bevan (drums, percussion),

Jimmy Smith (rhythm guitar) and Edwin Congreave

(keyboard) formed Foals in 2005 and brought

the music industry the mad, yet beautiful force.

The band has received attention from

alt-rock listeners and rose to prominence since

the release of their first album Antidotes in

2008. They have already launched five albums

under their belt, including the Foals’ latest album

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1. The

Foals have received numerous critical acclaims

and awards from NME, Q Awards and such.

Guaranteed by their presence in leading

music festivals from Glastonbury, Coachella

to Reading, the Foals are sure to bring a raw and

amazing power to the show while hypnotising

the crowd with their music. This August, Singha

Corporation is presenting Foals Live in Bangkok

at Moonstar Studio. Tickets are now available

through ticketmelon.com/VIJI/FOALS

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OVERTURES

BEAUTY AND HEALTH

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(1,150 Baht)

A gentle skin polisher that

scrubs gently and brushes

away roughness and

flakiness. It smooths skin

to lessen the appearance

of fine lines while clearing

the way for moisture.

CLARIFYING FACIAL

OIL-CLARY SAGE AND

PEACH 30ML FROM

VOTARY (4,105 Baht)

Keep your skin clear and

calm with a soothing,

lightweight oil. Developed

specifically for blemishprone

skin, this fast-absorbing

oil gives troubled skin the hydration

it needs to be balanced and healthy.

AQUASOURCE MILKY

LOTION 200ML FROM

BIOTHERM (1,500 Baht)

Milky lotion that combines

the freshness of a lotion with

the comfort of an emulsion.

Instantly, skin’s moisture

is rebalanced, your skin

strengthened day after day,

revealing its healthy, moist glow.

VITAMIN C SERUM

SKINCARE 29ML FROM

MARIO BADESCU

(1,780 Baht) A powerful serum that

supports youthful luminosity while

delivering antioxidant defence

against environmental stressors

and free radicals.

GENIUS ULTIMATE ANTI-AGING

TONER 150ML FROM ALGENIST

(1,780 Baht) This powerful formula

activates the skin and helps

minimise the appearance of

fine lines and wrinkles with

breakthrough Alguronic Acid,

nourishing Microalgae Oil

and essential vitamins.

Beauty Tips

It’s a simple and easy thing

– remove your makeup. During

the night, let your skin take its

own deep breath and renew while

you sleep. Wipes, oils, skin milks,

micellar water, and creams – these

are all the choices on hand. Just

do it and consider this beauty step

as the perfect and final relaxing

moment of the day.

Skin cleansing, the start to

better skin. In the morning, begin

your wake-up routine by washing

Brilliant Solutions

Do you dream of having smooth skin and a freshface

look? Now it’s time to treat your skin to a real

routine. Most of us want to learn how to get perfect

skin while eliminating excess sebum and

impurities. Leave all that behind and

radiant skin is yours to have.

MEGA MUSHROOM SKIN RELIEF

SOOTHING FACE LOTION 50ML

FROM DR. ANDREW WEIL FOR

ORIGINS (3,600 Baht)

Instantly calm skin with this lightweight

face lotion. It’s formulated with soothing

Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms. Visibly

reduces redness and sensitivity now and in

the future.

NUTRITIOUS MICRO-ALGAE PORE

PURIFYING CLEANSING JELLY 125ML

FROM ESTÉE LAUDER (1,100 Baht)

Its ingredients help to awaken your skin’s natural

beauty with the power of microalgae and helps

your skin detox naturally, support radiance and

combat fatigue while helping to minimise pores

and control shine.

POWERMUD DUALCLEANSE

TREATMENT 15G FROM

GLAMGLOW (810 Baht)

Say goodbye to weekly buildup and transform your cleansing ritual.

A revolutionary dual action mud-to-oil cleansing treatment that gently

but deeply removes dirt, oil and makeup, and reveals fresh, clean,

velvety-smooth skin.

with your favourite facial cleanser.

You’ll eliminate impurities and

refine pores. Repeat in the evening.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Drinking water is essential; the same

goes for our skin. The idea is to bring

all the ingredients you need to get

a perfect healthy, smooth and fresh

look. A lack of moisture means dry

and green-tinged skin. It’s not a

good look so try this simple way to

have nice skin every day.

Makeover skin with a scrub.

Once a week your skin needs to be

stimulated and purified. Using an

exfoliator will eliminate impurities

and dead skin cells. Just refresh

your skin and it will look smoother.

Get your beauty sleep. Catch

your Zzzs every night for healthier

skin. A good night’s sleep is a

must, if you want to have clear

and radiant skin.

Facial workout. Give your

face some exercise. It’s a healthy

way to tone our skin. Maybe

surgery won’t be needed anymore

to look younger with just 5 to

10 minutes a day to exercise our

facial muscles!

CAPTURE

YOUTH INTENSE

RESCUE OIL

SERUM 30ML

FROM DIOR

(4,100 Baht)

With Intense Rescue,

it helps repair dryness

for your skin that feels

instantly nourished, supple, and

comfortable. With its breakthrough

transformative texture, this formula

combines the revitalising power of a

serum with the nourishment of an oil.

OLIGO-THERMAL

CARE, ULTRA

MOISTURIZING

NORMAL AND

COMBINATION SKIN

75ML FROM BIOTHERM

HOMME (1,900 Baht)

With oligo-elements and

vitamins in a formula that

quenches the skin with

moisture for hours. Skin is

ideally hydrated all day long,

whatever the conditions. Fresh

gel texture, with Life Plankton.

AQUASOURCE

AURA

CONCENTRATE

SERUM 50ML

FROM BIOTHERM

(1,800 Baht)

Intense regenerating

and moisturising serum

for dry and very dry

skin that helps your

skin glow again.

STOCKISTS

Biotherm

1F Central Chidlom

Tel +66 (0) 2255 6971

Dior

GF Emporium

Tel +66 (0) 2269 1000

Estée Lauder

MF Siam Paragon

Tel +66 (0) 2610 7717

Origins

2F Siam Center

Tel +66 (0) 2610 7763

Sephora

1F Siam Center

Tel +66 (0) 2658 1616

2F Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 2160 5817

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A LUXURY BEACHFRONT RESORT

OVERLOOKING THE ANDAMAN SEA






WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLIST SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO SUTHASINEE WERUKAMKUL

Retreat to an island paradise where lush hillside overlooks powdery beach. Hide away

in luxury pool villas for two or sprawling residences for families.

At Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, we invite you to engage or unwind at one the finest

luxury hotels in Phuket. Feast in a Cliffside chapel overlooking the ocean.

Master the art of Muay Thai. Submit to healing massages at Anantara Spa.

For reservation or more information, please call +66 (0) 7631 7200

or Email: phuketlayan@anantara.com

Agreeable Green

Who says the colour green can’t be

in menswear? To all the doubters out

there, this rich hue is not just a trend.

In fact, its beauty lies in its versatility.

Neon green – why not? Accessories in

a shade of green? A smart move. For

added fun, slip on some neon socks or

sneakers with a dash of neon, just like

the male runway models.

FOR HIM

NEON GREEN

RUBBER SLIDE

WITH SIGNATURE

MEANDER BORDER

AND ICONIC MEDUSA

HEAD FROM VERSACE

(10,500 Baht)

STOCKISTS

Balenciaga

MF Emquartier

Tel +66 (0) 2003 6477

NEON GREEN

ZIPPED POUCH

WITH EMBROIDERED

LOGO IN

STRIPES FROM

BALENCIAGA

(26,100 Baht)

Off-White

MF Siam Paragon

Tel +66 (0) 2129 4530

ANKLE SOCKS

POLYAMIDE

WITH LOGO AND

HORIZONTAL

STRIPES FROM

VERSACE

(3,500 Baht)

RUBBER

KEYCHAIN WITH

A CLASP

CLOSURE

FROM

OFF-WHITE

(10,000 Baht)

Prada

MF Emquartier

Tel +66 (0) 2003 6044

NEON GREEN

CLOUDBUST KNIT

TRAINER WITH

RUBBER VELCRO

FASTENING STRAPS

FROM PRADA

(34,000 Baht)

Versace

GF Central Embassy

Tel +66 (0) 3160 5801

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WORDS PASSAKORN HONGTHONG STYLIST SARANYA ARIYAKUL PHOTO SUTHASINEE WERUKAMKUL

In Green We Trust

With the rain comes the green season.

As nature shows off its verdant world,

so should our wardrobe. For 2019, the

fashion sphere voted green as one of the

key colours to be on trend for the year.

This trend encompasses all shades and

tones of green from outrageous neon lime

to kelly green, and shades of the forest.

So add a little green to your wardrobe all

season, not just for the weekend!

FOR HER

SNEAKY VIV’ SILK

SATIN SLIP-ON SNEAKER

WITH CRYSTAL-

EMBELLISHED BUCKLE

AND RUBBER OUTSOLES

FROM ROGER VIVIER

(49,500 Baht)

STOCKISTS

Gucci

MF Emporium

Tel +66 (0) 2664 8200

SATIN SANDAL

WITH ANKLE

STRAPS AND KNOT

DETAILS FROM

PRADA

(36,000 Baht)

LEATHER CARD

CASE WITH

DOUBLE G LOGO

FROM GUCCI

(9,300 Baht)

Prada

MF Emquartier

Tel +66 (0) 2003 6044

CALF LEATHER

BAG WITH PYRAMID-

SHAPED STUDS

SHOULDER STRAP

AND FRONT BUCKLE

FROM PRADA

(78,000 Baht)

Roger Vivier

GF Central Chidlom

Tel +66 (0) 2664 8442

METAL DOUBLE

G BROOCH

WITH CRYSTALS

FROM GUCCI

(10,900 Baht)

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THAILAND TREASURES

Renewing Phuket’s Old Charm

Phuket still dwells on its past and in a good way, with the presence

of a true heritage town of mansions, colourful shophouses, street

food and charming wall murals.

Words Chusri Ngamprasert

Information & Photos Courtesy of

the Tourism Authority of Thailand

On Phuket’s west side, spectacular

beaches attract holidaymakers and sun

worshippers who luxuriate in the resorts

and beach clubs that reflect the modern

face of this tropical island paradise. But

the island also smoothly integrates with

a past that’s still evident in its heritage

town. A mere ride away from the bustling

beaches lands you in Phuket Old Town

on the island’s south side. The area is

a reminder of the complex history and

culture of this exotic island that raised

itself in relevance, all generated from trade

and tin mining.

You don’t have to be a history buff

to enjoy Phuket Old Town. This heritage

and historical block has Sino-Portuguese

mansions aplenty, street art by skilled

artists and fabulous foods that’s uniquely

Phuket. Phuket Old Town transformed

since its designation as a UNESCO Creative

City of Gastronomy in 2015. The vibrant

Not just plain

graffitis - these

drawings on the

walls are the

artist statement

underlining

Phuket as a

UNESCO Creative

City of Gastronomy

since 2015.

dining scene, together with its fascinating

Peranakan culture inspired a group of

Phuket descendants called So Phuket to

establish F.A.T (Food Art Old Town) Phuket

in 2016. Talented Thai and international

graffiti artists like Alex Face and Rukkit

Kuanhawate collaborated on a series of

murals reflecting the food, traditions and

culture of Phuket in the old town.

Hungry travellers and foodies alike can

stroll along and follow a food graffiti trail to

alleys that spring to life with the aromas of

cooking. There is nothing better than eating

local food such as a barbeque of freshly

caught seafood served with a spicy dip,

crispy fried pork ribs and mouth-watering

noodles as heritage buildings rich with

architectural details compliment the vibe.

One of the most photographed spots

sits at the junction of Romanee Road and

Thalang Road. A striking character known

as Mardi, has the face of a child with three

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eyes. Wearing a rabbit-eared hoodie, Mardi

is artist Alex Face’s signature work while

Ang Ku Koe, features Mardi in a red turtle

cake dress, representing the longevity cake

commonly eaten during festivals like Por

Tor or the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Another colourful mural shows a

vendor cooking the traditional street food

O Tao, a favourite of deep-fried pork

rinds and tiny oysters in an egg mixture

with taro in a gooey, spicy batter – sure

to make passersby want to have a bite.

Other murals depict festivals in Phuket

like the Vegetarian Festival, the Chinese

Lunar New Year and the custom of Dern

Tao where people pack dinner and head

to the beach to collect turtle eggs from

evening until daybreak. This is sure to

trigger thoughts to bring tasty vegetarian

fried noodles and street foods ideal for a

picnic on the beach under the moonlight.

These head-turning murals brighten up

the Sino-Portuguese quarter in Phuket’s

old town, in turn creating memorable

moments for the islanders.

Following the success of F.A.T 2016,

So Phuket and 4Studio launched the

“F.A.T Street Art Season 2” in the year

2018 encouraged a more active art

scene in Phuket. Twenty local artists and

art students were invited to create new

murals portraying childhood memories and

their Phuket sentiment emphasising its

multicultural culinary heritage, traditions

and cultures.

Highlighted in each and every new

mural is pride of the island showcasing

the mix of different cultures and beliefs.

Some artists build on old works. A wall

painting of an old yaya or elderly woman

sits with her food carrier is now a livelier

depiction, joined by a girl and a boy by her

side. Adjacent to the portrait of the yaya,

a customer holds a plate while a dog looks

up in anticipation, adding to the painting

of the street vendor cooking O Tao.

If you happen to check out the street

art on Sunday, you can shop ‘til you drop

from 4pm to 10pm at Phuket Walking

Street or Lardyai (Talad Yai). Lardyai,

meaning ‘big market’ in the southern

Thai dialect sets up right in the middle of

the historical Sino-Portuguese district of

Phuket Town. Jolt your taste buds with

various southern Thai culinary specialities

and continue your shopping spree at local

handicraft and gift stalls. Enjoy many street

performances while strolling along this

vibrant walking street.

Chim Jae Walking Street also is

an ideal place to get handmade crafts

that are also stylish. This newly-opened

market comprises of two connecting

houses resulting in a 130 metre covered

walkway from Thalang Road to Dibuk

Road. So come rain or shine, more than

80 food and handicraft stalls await your

visit. Phuket Old Town still retains its

charms through the years, capturing it

just requires walking.

What a combination!

Art, eat and

shopping can be in

one place around

Old Town Phuket

on Sunday. Walking

along Rommanee,

Thalang, Patipat,

Phang Nga roads

can be quite

enjoyable and

educational at the

same time.

Photo Tootoomama

Street Art Route

More than 20 wall murals are right in

Phuket’s Old Town, starting from Thalang

Road to Dibuk junction and Patipat Road

via Phang Nga Road.

Phuket Walking Street: Lard Yai

Location: Thalang Road, Mueang, Phuket

Telephone: +66 (0) 81 677 9851

Every Sunday from 4-10pm

Facebook: phuketwalkingstreet

Chim Jae Walking Street

Location: Thalang Road, Mueang, Phuket

Telephone: +66 (0) 91 454 4249

Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm

Sunday from 10am to 10pm

Facebook: ChimJaewalkingstreet

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A TASTE OF THAILAND

Of Ice and Colours

The unique “O Aew” or jelly

in shaved ice is one type of

refreshing dessert to try and

introduced by the town of

Penang in Malaysia. It became

popular in the Hokkien or

Fujian region of China and

Taiwan and a first dessert

choice for summertime. It

later arrived in Southeast Asia,

thanks to Chinese migration

and earned a reputation as

one of Phuket’s local sweets.

O Aew begins with drying

the seeds of the O Aew

fruit and grinding them. A

Chinese herb known for its

cooling effect known as Jian

Kang (a gypsum powder) and

cultivated bananas get added

to solidify the combination

with the grounded seeds.

When boiled together in

water an opaque, white jelly

becomes the result. To serve

this dessert, the jelly should be

cut into small pieces.

People in the old days

would eat O Aew on its own

to cure mouth ulcers or simply

quench a thirst. Now O Aew

is enjoyed with shaved ice as

a dessert, or with different

types of sweet side dishes at

a dessert café. As a tip, do as

the locals would who order O

Aew based on colour codes.

Pick a combination: white and

red, white and black, or white,

black and red. White stands

for O Aew, red for red beans

while black refers to grass jelly.

Ingredients:

• Boiled red beans

• Grass jelly

• Cultivated banana

• Shaved ice

• Red salaccaflavoured

syrup or

regular syrup

WORDS SARITA URUPONGSA

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FRUITFUL FINDS

A Fruit’s

Passionate

Side

The next time you need a natural vitamin

boost, think about adding a fresh passion

fruit as part of a healthy plan.

WORDS CHUSRI NGAMPRASERT PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL

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With its purple or yellow colours,

it possesses an inedible outer shell

and a hard rind. But once cut open, a

fragrance releases and the many edible

seeds hold a sweet, tangy, juicy pulp.

The passion fruit, round or oval in

shape, comes in the size of a large egg.

Botanists say this tropical fruit is

considered a type of berry, the fruit

of the Passiflora vine and a type of

passion flower. The purple passion fruit

is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay

and Argentina while the yellow variety

is of unknown origin. It thrives in

tropical weather, but some varieties

can survive in a sub-tropical climate.

The fruit got its name from

its eye-catching flower when the

missionaries and explorers came to

Brazil in the 16th century. Drawn

to the striking look of the fragrant

flower, they connected it to the

crucifixion of Jesus Christ, also

called the Passion of the Christ.

In looking at the flower, the spikes

protruding from the centre of the

flowers symbolised the crown of

thorns, and believers say that the

ten petals represent the ten faithful

apostles. The three stigmata

represent the three nails from

the crucifixion, and five anthers

represented the five sacred wounds

on Christ while the flower’s trailing

tendrils resembled whips he

encountered. So much symbolism

alone can be found in the flower.

The fruit while small in size, is

loaded with nutrients and plant

compounds that could benefit your

health. It is a good source of fibre,

vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants,

minerals and dietary fibre, which

could soothe your skin, enhance your

immunity and help lower the risk of

diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

Enjoying the fruit simply requires

cutting the shell open and scooping

the tangy yellow pulp with a spoon.

Don’t be afraid of the crunchy black

seeds inside. All of those are chewable!

A fabulous fruit to play with in

the kitchen, a passion fruit can be

used in a variety of ways. Add it to

drinks, desserts, yoghurt, or make

delicious salad dressings, or eat it on

its own – the list is endless. In many

recipes, the pulp is pushed through

a sieve yielding a purée perfect for

flavouring beverages and sauces.

Just like its name, the heady

fragrance of the passion fruit ignites

an equally passionate response with

just one taste.

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ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS

Evergreen Jewel Transforms

Changi Airport

Words

Sarita Urupongsa

Photos Jewel Changi Airport Devt Pte Ltd.

In this 21st century marked by its own age of

innovation, design aesthetics and the presence

of authentic nature becomes part of it. The

recently unveiled Jewel, the latest buzz to the

bustle of Changi Airport in Singapore, reflects

this aspirational yearning for futuristic thinking

yet stays close to a preference for the organic

by creating a multi-dimensional lifestyle

destination. This urban space and complex now

connects to three of the airport’s terminals with

impressive and unforgettable sights showcasing

a modernity and mix of entertainment choices.

Jewel Changi Airport now holds quite a

number of design marvels, especially the

stunning structure of the HSBC Rain Vortex,

which features a shower of water down

to the centre of the building. Considered

the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the

rainwater is funnelled and harvested for

landscape irrigation systems and sounds

like something out of a sci-fi movie; but this

is what happens when design aesthetics

meets innovative technology.

Since its unveiling to the public, Jewel

has enticed and invited travellers to have

a stopover and linger in comfort while

taking in the new architectural details and

the forest-like indoors. Local residents also

find themselves a new playground that

integrates all aspects of popular and new

eateries, shopping and entertainment so it

is not an exaggeration that Jewel Changi

delivers a unique lifestyle experience while

at the same time provides an easier and

convenient transit point for everyone.

The project began in 2014, the

brainchild of renowned architect Moshe

Safdie who envisioned a functional

complex enveloped by indoor greenery

within a vibrant space. Jewel actually

encapsulates Singapore’s legacy as “The

City in the Garden,” with modern architecture,

pleasingly inviting businesses and urban

greenery, all with advanced technology

benefitting all who visit. Jewel’s attraction

lies in the variety of trees and plants grown

indoors specially selected and imported

from all over the world before being

nurtured in Singapore’s climate.

The eye-catching Façade, the domeshaped

enclosure with specially designed

glass transmits light and reduces heat. The

Façade’s glass surface underwent a great

number of research and tests to ensure

that the glare from the surface would not

obstruct the daily operations of air traffic

control. Another aspect of Jewel, the

Connector, bridges together the airport

terminals of Singapore Changi Airport,

representing Singapore’s well-known

importance as a connecting hub. There’s

the Shiseido Forest Valley, a terraced garden

with interactive experiences for visitors,

walking trails, cascading waterfalls and

serene areas for seating. While Canopy

Park, the 14,000 square metre-space

located on the 5th floor of Jewel, features

play attractions, themed gardens, dining

outlets and Cloud9 Piazza that can fit up to

1,000 people.

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Apart from its groundbreaking design,

Jewel perfectly encompasses the essence

of a vibrant business and commercial

hub. It consists of different concepts

or pillars to ensure that everyone, not

just travellers, enjoys their time in the

destination. The first pillar, Shop & Dine,

has over 280 units with a wide array of

F&B and retail options. Visitors can taste

sumptuous delicacies and browse through

exclusive stores, including the Pokémon

Center, the only one of its kind outside

Japan with custom merchandise dedicated

to its Singaporean outlet. There is Tiger

Street Lab, an original Singaporean beer

that offers a curated experience to fans

with unique beer flavours and special

merchandise. A Nike store allows fans to

go for customised options and create their

unique sneakers.

The second pillar of thinking, Fly, eases

the journey for travellers as the hassle of

connecting flights, painfully-long waits

between flights or luggage storage get

addressed. Jewel is strategically located

next to Singapore’s bustling Changi Airport

so travellers benefit from early check-in

counters and baggage storage facilities that

are open from 6am to midnight.

Jewel’s concept of Stay is dedicated

to YOTELAIR, of cabin-styled rooms

meant to deliver a comfortable rest with

smart beds and amenities which can be

booked starting from four hours and more.

Famously-known for its flexible option to cater

to various needs of travellers, it finally made its

debut in Asia as the first YOTELAIR at Jewel.

YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport provides

self check-in kiosks for travel convenience

with a gym and a chance to view the Rain

Vortex cascading right next door.

With Jewel’s concept of Play, it captures

the theme of exciting exploration that is

best conveyed in the layout and experience

offered at Canopy Park, located at the top of

Jewel whilst the Changi Experience Studio

on the fourth floor portrays the diverse

stories of Changi Airport.

Even after the normal closing hours,

Canopy Park and Jewel’s Basement 2 will

still be open, some even until 3am to make

sure that the fun never stops. Other areas

which are still operating on extended hours

include the Changi Lounge on level 1 and

its neighbouring cafés, as well as YOTELAIR

Singapore Changi Airport.

Jewel Changi, set in innovative

architecture and astounding choices of

food, shopping and entertainment goes

beyond being a desirable airport terminal.

Not just a rest stop for travellers, it’s also

a destination for all hours of the day set in

lush greenery and serene surroundings to

ease the stress of travel. With technology,

commerce and nature rolled under one

glass dome roof, Jewel Changi maintains

Singapore’s reputation as a forwardthinking

city with cutting-edge wonder.

jewelchangiairport.com

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CHECKED IN: SAMUI

STAYED: SANTIBURI

Located in Maenam in north Koh Samui,

Santiburi is a luxurious resort sprawled

out along a lazy arc of golden sand and

calm, clear waters. Harking back as one of

the first 5-star resorts in Samui, Santiburi

is a classic example of a meticulously

maintained Siamese-style resort.

Flanking each side of the lobby are

the original rooms in a variety of layouts to

adapt to guests – from solo travellers to

big families. You’ll find exquisitely tasteful

artwork adorning walls amongst teakwood

furniture and accents. Quality is the name

of the game for Santiburi in everything

from service to décor to dining.

They’ve recently completed a sizable

expansion dubbed The Reserve and

although you will find all of the fine

qualities of the original resort, the style is

distinctly contemporary with clean lines

and state-of-the-art, well, everything.

Making the List in Koh Samui

The Reserve consists of 19 pool villas

that are surprisingly private tucked behind

their wooden gates. An enormous sliding

door opens at the foot of the bed and if

you step through that door, you’re in the

pool. A huge floating beanbag is provided

and once settled into it, good luck trying

to get out of it for anything. If you do

manage to escape, there are sun loungers

and an oversized umbrella. You’ll also find

an outside shower which is a very nice

touch indeed.

Join in the exploration of Samui’s vast array of places that are worthy of attention, as we

venture from classically elegant Thai accommodations to a unique spa nestled among

boulders and jolting our tastebuds with true southern food. Words & Photos Jeremie Schatz

Inside the ample 250sqm villas are

welcome snacks and fruit awaiting you in

the living room. A big flat screen is above

the Bluetooth soundbar so you can really

make yourself at home. There’s a coffee-pod

machine for a pick me up, a mini bar for a

cool down, and room service for everything

in between. From the cavernous bathroom

with his-and-her sinks to the small but not

insignificant details like the ample cushy

pillows and ideally placed lighting, the villas

are impeccably appointed and welcoming.

On your coffee table you will find a

booklet that says “Len” on the front – which

means “to play” in Thai. Here Santiburi has

created a way to cater the day’s activities

to your current state of mind. First you

can choose from adventure, relax, family,

culture, or romance. Next you will choose

from spa, activity, or gourmet and your

treatment, destination, or dishes will reflect

your selected mood. A unique and clever

way to ensure your experience is narrowly

tailored to your day.

However, the accommodations are

only one part of the equation – albeit

an important one. Let’s not overlook the

stunning beach with plenty of sun loungers,

hammocks, and activities such as a Hobie

cat to sail and paddle boards to explore on.

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The resort’s freeform

pool is a massive

50 metres long.

The kids club for the

little ones.

You don’t even have

to get out of your

private pool to enjoy

a luxurious floating

breakfast.

The villas in The

Reserve are outfitted

with far more

than the necessary

amenities.

Unwind in a hot bath.

Families will be pleasantly surprised at

the vast amount of activities for the little

ones. There’s a kids club with outdoor and

indoor play areas where they show movies,

host hands-on projects, and tons of toys

to keep them entertained. They even have

movie time on the beach to keep them

occupied while you relax at the restaurant.

Speaking of restaurants, Santiburi has

a few such as The Beach House where

you can sit barefoot with your feet in the

sand and order something from the wellrounded

menu. Sala Thai has superb Thai

classic dishes and a sommelier on hand.

12/12 Moo 1, Maenam Beach, Koh Samui,

Surat Thani, +66 (0) 77 425 031

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Top Centre

After a healing

and detoxifying

experience, nourish

your body with a

fresh and healthy

meal in the café.

Plunge pools await

you around every

corner, tucked

amongst the

towering granite

boulders.

Tamarind Springs’

location couldn’t be

more idyllic with

the grounds lovingly

maintained

and styled.

Here is where you

begin and end your

enchanting journey,

shedding the

accumulated stresses

of daily life.

TRIED: TAMARIND SPRINGS

Steam swirls around you in random

patterns visible in the dim light trickling

through a few small frosted-glass

windows. As condensed steam steadily

drips off of the huge granite boulder

in front of you, a mysterious rumbling

emanates from somewhere deep in the

shadows. The sound gradually seems

to grow louder while at the same time

crawling closer. Steam begins to slowly

roll out of the hidden vent mingling with a

bouquet of herbal scents beckoning you

to breathe deeply. You’re starting to feel

like a character in a movie script when you

remember where you actually are – at one

of the most unique spas in Thailand.

Tamarind Springs is not what you

might expect when browsing options

of a place to spend an afternoon being

pampered. Instead of being located

off the side of a resort lobby, Tamarind

Springs is in a perfectly manicured jungle

valley amongst towering rounded granite

boulders. Tree roots have grown to

embrace boulders with a small stream

meandering through as it has for millennia.

Small waterfalls cascade into splash

pools which can be found tucked into

corners of boulders. Vibrant tropical vines

dangle from tree trunks while butterflies

flitter about and exotic bird song echoes

through the canopy. The scene feels

surreal, serene, and has an indescribable

sense of magic.

Visitors can begin their experience at

the cooler of two steam rooms. Let the

steam turn your stress and tense muscles

into jelly. Once outside of the steam room

splash off with cool water, rehydrate,

and rub down with one of the natural

body scrubs provided (the coffee scrub is

amazing). Another steam, a rinse, and into

the plunge pool you go. Make your way

downhill where the hotter steam room

awaits to work its healing magic.

Although you’ve undoubtedly reached

a euphoric level of relaxation and inner

peace by now, you still have the massage

to look forward to. Tamarind Springs offers

up quite a selection and combination

of options such as the Forest Dreaming

where you can choose from 3 different

types of 2.5-hour treatments or a Thai

oil massage paired with a facial, head

or face reflexology. There are also hot

and cold stone massages and specialty

prenatal treatments.

The open-air massage salas are

perched on the hillside above the springs

with cool breezes wafting in. Visiting on a

rainy day makes the vibe more dreamlike.

After reaching complete nirvana,

showering and getting dressed, you will kick

back in their beautiful 9 Seasons Restaurant

with a coffee or tea and some fresh vegan

spring rolls and fruit. The restaurant is open

for breakfast and lunch with a menu of tasty

Thai and fusion options.

If you don’t want to wander too far

from this jungle haven, they also have four

different luxury villas available that are

elegantly simple and private.

When you’ve inevitably decided

that it’s time for temporary detachment

from a bustling world outside, Tamarind

Springs beckons you to their sanctuary of

relaxation, peace, and tranquility.

205/7 Thong Takian, Koh Samui,

Surat Thani, +66 (0) 85 926 4626

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TASTED: SEA GRILLE AT CELES

What is it about seaside dining that is so

alluring? The sea itself beckons many on

some subliminal, instinctual level. So much

so that simply looking out over it while

indulging in a meal somehow satiates this

mysterious desire.

If you’re going to succumb to that

urge while in Koh Samui, the Sea Grille

is the place to do it. Located on the

beachfront in the corner of Celes Resort,

this bright and airy eatery delivers one of

the finest dining experiences on the island.

Ample space for any size party is

available in the spacious, air-conditioned

dining room. If that’s not close enough

to the water, an outdoor patio gets you

as close as possible without getting your

feet wet. The theme is distinctly nautical

with wooden fish lining the walls as well

as lighthouse and sailboat models nestled

in between.

Okay, so it’s a beautiful spot, but what

about the food? This is where we get

down to business. This discussion can be

prefaced by saying, if you’re a devotee to

an epicurean lifestyle, especially fine cuts

of beef; you’ve found a place that ought

to appeal to your sensibilities.

While the menu is overflowing with

culinary delights from all around the

world such as Thai favourites, pizza and

pasta, and creative sandwiches, there are

few stand-out dishes that deserve your

special attention.

The Jack’s Creek wagyu tomahawk

steak certainly qualifies for this list and

likely merits the top spot. Before even

taking a bite you know it’s going to be a

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The experience of

devouring amazing

surf and turf.

Jack’s Creek wagyu

tomahawk steak.

The Sea Grille is

highly recommended

for casual fine dining.

The imported wagyu

steak with a local twist.

The popular tom

yum goong is made

right at your table.

mind-blowing steak. Jack’s Creek earned the

award as the “World’s Best Steak Producer”

two years in a row. They specialise in only

the highest quality grain-fed beef.

However, the best cut is nothing

without being cooked with care along

with the right spices. Fortunately, the

Sea Grille’s chef knows his way around

the grille. The ideal blend of salt, pepper,

and other spices combined with precisely

enough time over just the right-sized

flame produces an extraordinarily

succulent and flavourful steak. Served with

a savoury au jus and equally masterfully

cooked roasted potatoes, there exists

little opportunity for disappointment.

If you want to stick with steak but

are more inclined to dabble in the local

flavours, the nuea yang namjim jaew fits

the bill. Here is an incredibly tender cut of

wagyu beef served with a crowd-pleasing

sauce from northeastern Thailand that’s

made with chillies, lime, fish sauce, and

toasted ground sticky rice. The slight spicysourness

of the sauce compliments the

rich umami nicely and don’t be surprised to

find yourself asking for a refill.

Other instant favourites can be found

such as the mixed sea and land skewer

with generous servings of New Zealand

lamb, beef tenderloin, and fresh prawns.

Let’s not forget that it’s essential to

warm up before embarking on a meal of

this stature. To wake up the palate, the

yellow fin tuna rolls couldn’t do a better job.

Rolled with truffle essence, basil, served on

top of a lemon tapenade green apple salsa

and topped with roe, what could go wrong?

The Sea Grille touts quite the bounty

of enticing dining options sure to inspire

the savvy gourmet.

175/3 Thaveerat-Pakdee Bophut Beach,

Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani,

+66 (0) 77 900 999

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TASTED: BAITONG RESTAURANT AT BANANA FAN SEA

Here you are in Thailand – the land of experience their specialty, take a look at the

smiles. It’s also the land of some of the southern Thai food offerings.

tastiest food on the planet. This is so

Unsurprisingly, most countries as

universally agreed upon that it’s nearly big as Thailand exhibit several regional

crossed the line from opinion to fact – if culinary variations. There are many famous

that’s even possible. Regardless, there is dishes from the central and northeastern

no doubt that to Thai people, their cultural parts of the country such as papaya salad,

heritage has far transcended the realm larb, green curry, and tom yum. Southern

of mere sustenance to something much Thai dishes are lesser-known but certainly

more sacred and cherished.

offer equal, if not more, in terms of flavour

This being said, not all Thai food is varieties and intensities.

created equal and this is evident after

Let’s start with the dish that exemplifies

dining at Baitong Restaurant. Located right the cuisine of several southern provinces

on the water at the Banana Fan Sea Resort – orange curry with fish (gaeng som

on Chaweng Beach, a beautiful tropical plaa). Many of these southern dishes are

beachside atmosphere is complemented by inherently spicy, although they can tone

an extended menu with plenty of options it down for you upon request, and orange

for all palates. However, if curry is no exception. Typically made with

you truly want to fresh white snapper, this thin curry mates

The zesty khua

kling gai is

adorned with fresh

green peppercorns.

turmeric with chilli peppers, garlic, shallot,

shrimp paste, tamarind, and lime to create

a unique flavour that balances sour, sweet,

and spicy.

Another very unique dish is the shrimp

pan fried with shrimp paste and sataw which

is often called stink bean or bitter bean in

English. They start with the freshest Thai

shrimp and lightly fry them. After, they toss

in a pan with shrimp paste, fish sauce, palm

sugar, garlic, and other spices along with

the sataw beans. The result is an intensely

potent and complex flavour. The distinct

aromatic taste of the sataw meets the flavour

of the shrimp paste halfway and morphs into

something that is neither fishy nor overly

oniony. There’s a depth to the flavour that is

elusive in other types of cuisine.

Top Right

Sataw, or stink bean,

can at first seem to

overwhelm the senses,

but will be followed

by a new appreciation

for its uniqueness.

Middle Right

This creamy curry

with pork is cooked

with a type of

sprouted bean in a

flavour similar to stink

bean but lighter.

Left

Many would consider

orange curry with fish

the signature dish of

southern Thai cuisine.

Sticking with the theme of full,

complex-flavoured dishes, khua kling is a

dish commonly found in eateries across

the south. Most often made with minced

pork or chicken, khua kling is sautéed in

a dry curry. Perhaps it’s the dryness that

reduces the curry paste resulting in such

profound tastes. Khua kling is packed

with kaffir lime leaves, black pepper,

lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, garlic,

and of course chillies.

All the food at Baitong tastes

incredibly fresh thanks in part to their

herb garden. On Mondays, Baitong puts

together a great beach barbecue.

201 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Chaweng,

Koh Samui, Surat Thani,

+66 (0) 77 413 483

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Meet

Pearypie:

AN

INFLUENCERWords Phoowadon Duangmee

Photos Amata Chittasenee, Wichit Kongsiangsung

OVES FROM COSMETICS

to

TRADITIONAL WEAR

Makeup tutorials shot her to fame, and now

this Instagram star hopes that by adding the

cool factor to Thai traditional fabrics, they

get to develop their own fandom.

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AMATA CHITTASENEE

On one Monday afternoon, Amata Chittasenee made her way to a

Thai restaurant in Thong Lor, Bangkok’s trendy and fashionable

neighbourhood. Her face, in neat makeup, had a sweet and charming

glow. An outfit of a loose shirt and trousers from Thai traditional

fabric may contrast with her Dr. Martens but they definitely made a fashion

statement. In making Thai silk and combat boots unusual bedfellows, she

made it cool. Her real name, Amata, makes her a relative unknown. But it’s

“Pearypie” – her social media persona – that gives her celebrity status with

almost two million followers in Asia and beyond.

“That’s Pha Lai Yang! What a

coincidence!” Amata or Pearypie

bursts in excitement, as she

discovered a piece of fabric hanging

down a wooden bar at Patara Fine

Thai Cuisine. It turns out her outfit

and textiles in the restaurant are

made from traditional Pha Lai Yang

(Siamese chintz), which was once

reserved for aristocracy in the late

Ayutthaya and early Rattanakosin

period and whose decorative patterns

denote rank.

“This traditional textile has

a long history, when the trend of

printed fabric made its way for the

very first time to the Ayutthaya

kingdom. Back then, Siam didn’t

have the technology for printed

fabric, and artisans in the royal court

had to design the floral patterns

before sending them to be printed in

a textile factory in India,” she says.

Concluding her story about

India-Siam fashion influence

around the 18th century, she

called a waitress to order a glass

of iced coffee to treat herself on a

Top Right

Pearypie poses with

colourful threads

of Thai silk at

Thasawang Village

in Surin province,

Northeastern

Thailand. The

village is famous for

making the finest

silk in Thailand.

Below, Left & Right

Pearypie makes a

personal statement

for Thai silk on a trip

to Petra Caves and

the Roman Ruins at

Jerash in Jordan.

warm afternoon as I took notes

on her commitment to traditional

Thai fabrics.

Amata’s friendly smile makes

her seem quite nice and her story

also holds amazing twists and turns.

Born into a well-off family in

Bangkok, Amata went to Central

Saint Martin’s in London, England,

to study art and theatrical design.

Then she earned a master’s degree

in business management. Like many

people in the digital age, Amata has

her physical world interface with a

digital realm. She created “Pearypie”

as an online identity to enjoy the

thrill and adventure in digital

platforms via Instagram, Facebook

and other social media applications.

Driven by a passion for makeup and

fashion, she started her Instagram

feed sharing makeup tutorials.

“I am passionate about makeup,

and always take it as an art form,”

said Amata, having done her visual

arts degree in the London art

school. “I painted and dabbled in

colours and cosmetics on models’

faces. When the models changed

their postures or express different

emotions, I could see my art, as

makeup springs to life and develops

into different perspectives.”

“When you do what you love,

you give it your very best. I take

Instagram, Facebook and other

digital platforms as my centre

stage, to bridge my creativity with

like-minded followers.” Recently,

Pearypie has 1.6 million followers.

In the past five years, she was

recognised as a leading beauty and

fashion influencer in Asia. The viral

success took her to London and

Paris fashion shows. She worked

with some major brands and had

significant collaborations.

Pearypie had been happy with the

challenge and success for five years

until she found a drawback in the

circle of online influencer and shill

business of product endorsement.

By nature, an online influencer

is a creature of propaganda. Unlike

TV commercials in the conservative

form of advertisement, the

authenticity that drives the world

of online advertising is based on

having ordinary people recommend

merchandise or services they enjoy.

Imagine a review from some real

user or even your friends telling the

high and low points of their latest

smartphone, digital camera or a new

restaurant in the neighbourhood

based on their liking. You don’t

need very much creativity to shill a

product, but you have to make your

feed raw and real to ensure that

people will respond to your post.

But Pearypie is not the average

influencer. “As soon as I post my

latest beauty clip in my channels,

someone would make a comment

immediately: I cannot wait for your

next video clip,” said Pearypie.

“That’s heartbreaking! It took

me longer than a month to do a

storyboard, shooting, editing,

reediting and finalising a video

clip. Alas, the emotions and the

lifespan of the clip lasted only a

few seconds. Did a follower really

appreciate my creativity?”

Clearly, Amata, while an affable

person, is also frank. She has many

stories to share and is not shy to

express her feelings and ideas.

Looking into her dark eyes, I could

see a strong sense of independence

and wilfulness. The fashion

industry is full of untruths, Amata

admitted, and a person around

the industry sometimes insults

human intelligence by talking and

dramatising the same old things.

Almost two million people follow

you, and many of them see you as

an influencer, who is your influencer

or idol, I asked – wondering if an

influencer needs an influencer?

“My influencers are Samruay in

Buri Ram province, Ko in Surin

province, Kong at The Cloud who

is an environmental crusader and

Kob at Big Tree Foundation who is a

guardian of every single tree in the

city,” says Amata. “My influencers

and idols are ordinary people, a

common man and woman, who

contribute extraordinary work to

a community.”

Pearypie gave me a full body

twist, and I needed a high dose

of caffeine to handle her spin. In

this case, a double shot espresso

would do.

If you follow Pearypie’s IG

feed or Facebook lately, you might

realise that Pearypie does not feed

“As a makeup artist, I deal with colours and pigments all

the time – but they’re chemicals. The local people taught

me to source pigments from nature. They really took me

out of my comfort zone. They’re my influencers.”

Top Left

Inspired by the

Japanese kimono,

Pearypie fashioned

an outfit of

elegant silk from

Surin province

in Northeastern

Thailand.

Top Right

Pearypie does her

strut at the Louvre

in Paris with a gray

overcoat made from

Thai silk.

beauty video clips any more. She

found a new thrill in traditional

Thai fabrics. This beauty influencer

has transformed herself into a

fashionista. While many Thais find

their traditional and ethnic textile

uninspiring, Pearypie finds them

cool and chic.

“I got a piece of silk a few

years ago as a gift for my beauty

workshop at Khon Kaen University.

The lecturer kept telling me how

expensive and luxurious Khon Kaen

silk was, and I doubted it, maybe

it was an overstatement,” recalled

Pearypie. With no better idea of

what to do with that piece of silk,

Pearypie tailored her clothing and

packed it for a Dior fashion show

in Paris. It was silk, burgundy-pink

with geometric patterns, a classic

blouse with Mandarin collar,

winged shoulders and long sleeves.

Pearypie put it on with her denim

jeans to make a statement for Khon

Kaen silk in Paris.

“People from Dior gave me a

thumbs up, and they asked where

I got such a beautiful fabric to

make my blouse,” said Pearypie.

“Wow! Our traditional textiles can

be super cool and extremely good if

we make it right.”

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After a trip to Paris, Pearypie

gravitated to a new passion –

traditional Thai fabrics. She often

travels across the country scouring

for material for her custom-made

designs. Following the threads

of textiles to local looms around

Thailand, Pearypie came across

equally beautiful people in her

eyes who have dedicated their

craftsmanship for the sustainable

and lasting beauty of Thai fabrics.

“In Buri Ram province, I met

Auntie Samruay, who took me to

gather volcanic stone in the wood,

and she even taught me about

sustainability. In Udon Thani, I

found out that local people dye their

clothes using water lily flowers,”

said Pearypie. “As a makeup artist,

I deal with colours and pigments all

the time – but they’re chemicals.

The local people taught me to source

pigments from nature. They really

took me out of my comfort zone.

They’re my influencers.”

Pearypie demystifies the

“traditional textile makes boring

dress” idea with her stylish designs

that fit into the modern lifestyle.

She wore her custom-made outfits

and took some photos at iconic

landmarks and travel destinations,

such as Petra caves in Jordan, the

Pink Palace in India’s Jaipur and the

Louvre Museum in Paris.

Pearypie posted her photos with

these outfits in her social media

networks, and followers take their

hats off to her for the creativity.

“I want to create a new fashion

for traditional Thai fabric. I want to

make it cool,” she ended.

Special thanks to Patara Fine Thai Cuisine for

shooting location. patarathailand.com,

+66 (0) 2185 2960-1

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พิถีพิถัน เสื้อผ้าไทยหลวมๆ และกางเกง

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ทว่าลงตัว น้อยคนนักที่จะรู้จักเธอในนาม

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ทีเธอคงไม่ใช่เน็ตไอดอลธรรมดาๆ แน่ๆ

ภายใต้รอยยิ้มหวานเป็นมิตร มีเรื่อง

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โตในกรุงเทพฯ เธอเข้าศึกษาการออกแบบ

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ในนาม “แพรี่พาย” บนโลกดิจิทัลออนไลน์

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ด้วยความหลงใหลในเครื่องสำอาง

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สิ่งที่เรารัก และโลกออนไลน์ก็เป็นเหมือน

สะพานที่เชื่อมระหว่างความคิดสร้างสรรค์

ของเธอกับผู้ติดตามที่มีความหลงใหลใน

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ว่าเป็นกูรูด้านความงามและแฟชั่น จนนำ

มาซึ่งความสำเร็จในงานแฟชั่นโชว์ระดับโลก

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ตลอดห้าปีในฐานะแพรี่พาย เธอมี

ความสุขกับความท้าทายและความสำเร็จ

แต่วงการออนไลน์อินฟลูเอ็นเซอร์และ

การรีวิวสินค้าออนไลน์ไม่ได้น่าตื่นเต้น

สำหรับเธออีกต่อไป

เธอเล่าว่า พอเธอโพสต์คลิปวิดีโอ

ล่าสุด ก็จะมีคนมาคอมเม้นต์ว่า “รอ

คลิปต่อไปอยู่นะคะ” แต่ใครจะรู้ว่ากว่า

เธอจะสร้างสตอรีบอร์ด ถ่ายทำ และ

ตัดต่อ กระบวนการทั้งหมดนั่นใช้เวลา

เป็นเดือน ขณะที่ความรู้สึกและอายุของ

คลิปวิดีโอมีความยาวแค่ไม่กี่วินาที จน

เธอเกิดคำถามในใจว่าผู้ที่ติดตามเธอ

เห็นคุณค่าของความคิดสร้างสรรค์

จริงหรือเปล่า

นัยน์ตาสีเข้มของอมตาสะท้อน

ความเป็นตัวของตัวเองและความมุ่งมั่น

บนซ้าย

อมตา จิตตะเสนีย์

หรือที่เรารู้จักกันดีในชื่อ

“แพรี่พาย” สวมเสื้อคลุม

ผ้าไทย “ลายอย่าง” ซึ่ง

บังเอิญเป็นผ้าชนิดเดียว

กับที่แขวนประดับอยู่

ร้านอาหารภัทรา

ย่านทองหล่อ ที่เธอให้

สัมภาษณ์กับนิตยสาร

ฟ้าไทย

ล่างขวา

“แพรี่พาย” กับผ้าไหม

ไทยสีฟ้าและผ้าทอมือ

พันรอบคอเพื่อกันหนาว

ระหว่างเดินทางท่องเที่ยว

ที่เพชรบูรณ์

แล้วเราก็ได้แปลกใจอีกครั้งเมื่อได้รู้ว่า

ไอดอลของแพรี่พายคือใคร

คุณอมตาได้รับแรงบันดาลใจจาก

คุณสำรวยที่บุรีรัมย์ คุณโก้ที่สุรินทร์

คุณก้องที่ The Cloud และคุณกบที่

Big Tree Foundation เธอบอกกับเรา

ว่าแรงบันดาลใจของเธอมาจากคน

ธรรมดานี่แหละ บุคคลเหล่านี้คือผู้ที่

สร้างคุณูปการให้แก่สังคมของเรา

หากคุณติดตามแพรี่พายผ่านไอจี

และเฟสบุ๊ค จะสังเกตว่าเธอหันมาให้

ความสนใจผ้าไทยโบราณ เปลี่ยนตัวเอง

ให้เป็นแฟชั่นนิสต้าผ้าไทย เธอเล่าว่า

เธอได้รับผ้าไหมจากมหาวิทยาลัย

ขอนแก่น เธอตัดผ้าไหมสีชมพูเบอร์กันดี

ลายเรขาคณิตผืนหนึ่งเป็นเสื้อแขนยาว

คอจีน ไหล่ตั้งเล็กน้อย สวมคู่กับกางเกงยีนส์

ชุดของเธอสวยงามจนดีไซเนอร์ดิออร์

ยกนิ้วให้ในงานแฟชั่นโชว์ที่ปารีส

กลับจากปารีส แพรี่พายได้ค้นพบ

ความตื่นเต้นใหม่ในผ้าไทยโบราณ เธอ

เดินทางไปทั่วประเทศเพื่อเฟ้นหาลายผ้า

ที่เปี่ยมด้วยเอกลักษณ์ จนเธอได้พบ

กับผู้คนมากมายที่อุทิศตนเพื่อสืบสาน

งานฝีมืออันงดงามของไทยไว้

อมตาได้ความรู้มากมายจากชาวบ้าน

ไม่ว่าจะเป็นการใช้สีย้อมผ้าจากดอกบัว

และอีกหลายๆ ศาสตร์จากธรรมชาติ

เธอพบโลกแห่งภูมิปัญญาและความ

พอเพียง โลกใบใหม่นี้เองที่สร้างให้งาน

ศิลปะของเธอมีเอกลักษณ์ ผ้าไทยจึง

ไม่ใช่เรื่องน่าเบื่ออีกต่อไป อมตาสวมใส่

เสื้อผ้าตัดจากผ้าทอผ้าไทย โดยมี

ภาพพื้นหลังเป็นถ้ำเพตราในจอร์แดน

พระราชวังสีชมพูในอินเดีย หรือจะเป็น

พิพิธภัณฑ์ลูฟว์ในปารีส

แพรี่พายแบ่งปันความแปลกใหม่

สร้างจากความดั้งเดิมของไทย ผนวก

ผ้าไทยเขากับไลฟ์สไตล์สมัยใหม่ของ

แต่ละคน เปลี่ยนความคิดว่าผ้าไทย

“เชย” ให้เป็นความ “ชิค” แบบลงตัว

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In Phang Nga, this wonder of a province

comes with generous offerings of

extraordinary natural sights and beauty.

Phang Nga:

SMALL AND

AWESOME

Words Sirin P Wongpanit

Photos Permboon Wongpanit

Phang Nga Bay from the

Samed Nang Chee viewpoint.

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This sleepy yet

stunning town on

the Andaman coast

of Thailand calls

out to those seeking beauty

amidst absolute solitude.

There are two types of travellers,

I gather. One seeks recognition,

perpetually in desperate need for

popular, they-go-I-go kind of

check-in destinations. And another

type exists on the total opposite

end. Those always finding a chance

to leave the world behind may

look deeper into something far

more greater and significant than

oneself. For this group, this is

where nature beckons.

Wedged between Phuket and

Krabi – already the two megadestinations

of the Thai south,

Phang Nga is a vast and verdant

province with everything to do

amidst its natural wonders. If

you try to pinpoint Phang Nga on

the map, chances are that it will

take you directly to the touristpopulated

beachfront stretch of

Right

Once called Koh

Tapu (Nail Island),

this rock rose

to fame for its

appearance in a

movie and became

known as James

Bond Island in

Phang Nga Bay.

Bottom

Koh Panyi -

Phang Nga’s only

existing community

on water.

Khao Lak. Though not a faulty

location choice, it limits your

perspective on this wonderful place.

The annual migration of tourists

usually blow down from the northern

hemisphere to Thailand. Winters

see families from far away flocking

to Phang Nga beaches for its

tropical solace.

But when the crowds lessen,

your exploration can begin. Phang

Nga locals will tell you in perfect

unison that their province requires

long drives – from one destination

to another, and then from one

communal cluster to another. So

plan your trip wisely to get the total

effect during this greenest time.

Phang Nga is dense with lush

forests. After all, this one province

contains as much as three and

a half national parks. While the

stunning and mostly unpaved Si

Phang-Nga National Park lines

the northern rugged shores,

Khlong Phanom National Park,

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

and Ao Phang Nga National Park

are equally great and open for

authentic nature explorations.

A trail of hot springs dot the

northern Kapong District. Some

sites are community-run facilities,

others remain bare-boned in

services, trimmed down to just being

surrounded by limestone peaks. For

tree worshippers, it’s a site best

described as awesome. Visitors

can enjoy the ancient hot springs,

understanding their therapeutic

properties from knowledge passed

down from one generation to

another. Rain, drizzle and cloudy

skies are typical in Phang Nga,

making secluded places even more

mesmerising in scenery.

Visit Phang Nga for a few days

and you immediately realise that

once overlooked things turn out

to be hidden gems and one should

have planned for more time to

enjoy them all. The ever-famous

Phang Nga bay is in fact best seen

not from the middle of the bay, but

instead from the elevated shores

of Samed Nang Chee. You can’t

pick the best weather, but even on

Visit Phang Nga for a few days and you

immediately realise that once overlooked things

turn out to be hidden gems and one should have

planned for more time to enjoy them all.

partly cloudy days, the magnificent

natural limestone structures of the

bay is simply spectacular.

If you’ve heard about the trading

routes of the Thai south and the

Malay peninsula, you will notice a

remnant of this direct link between

Phuket and Phang Nga. As the major

trading hub of Phang Nga in the old

days, the district of Takua Pa boasts

a small but untainted stretch of an

old Sino-English community. These

original century-old shophouses are

‘so authentic’ here a local told me,

it can overwhelm Phuket people

with nostalgia.

However, the town centre of

Phang Nga is not Takua Pa, though.

Top Right & Below

Ao Phang Nga

National Park,

famous for its

unique limestone

formations,

and highly

recommended for

an adventurous

daytrip.

Ideal acitvity

includes trekking at

Khao Lak-Lam Ru

National Park.

The story has it that back in 1809,

the Siam-Burmese wars drove

people down to Phang Nga bay,

hence the new settlement that

has now become the province’s

municipal seat. It’s still small

in size, but with newer natural

charms. Mountains surround

Phang Nga with their magnificent

limestone peaks that create

wonderfully amazing signature

views. Driving through the town’s

small parallel streets and looking

up, one can only marvel at Mother

Nature. Perpetual rain and misty

mornings to virtual greenness –

Phang Nga people will confirm

you get all that.

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Only In

Phang Nga

Clockwise, from

Top Left

Phang Nga town -

small, serene,

yet full of life.

The Phang Nga

City Shrine.

Turtles at the Royal

Navy Turtle Nursery.

Colonial-style

mansion turned

Phang Nga Museum.

“Onsen” quail eggs

at Plai Phu Hot

Springs in

Kapong district.

PHANG NGA TOWN

Enveloped by a series of limestone

mountains, Phang Nga exudes

greenery. Mornings can be spent

spotting the lowering clouds on

top of Wat Khao Lang Bat where

a century-old pagoda stands.

While a nondescript structure, it is

classified as a royal-class temple

and now a place with a solitude

that’s sacred.

PHANG NGA HOT SPRINGS

For those wishing for a maximum

do-nothing vacation, head towards

some of the available mineral hot

springs in Phang Nga. A daytrip or

a stayover at nearby accommodations

are possible. While the communityrun

Rommanee Hot Springs are

more built up with facilities, the

all natural Plai Phu (both in Kapong

district) is where you can embrace

the elements of the nature while

enjoying delicious ‘onsen-style’ eggs.

ROYAL NAVY TURTLE NURSERY

The third fleet of the Royal Thai

naval base in Phang Nga has

been an important sanctuary for

thousands of sea turtles since 1995,

with support by the royal initiation

of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the

Queen Mother. This is an important

nesting ground for this vulnerable

animal and a great place to spend

hours wandering from pond to

pond, listening to tales of the

turtles. Even better, you can be a

volunteer helping clean the pond

and turtles themselves. It’s a great

excuse to be able to touch this

magnificent creature.

Feeding times: 9am, 1pm and 5pm,

+66 (0) 76 453 342

MURALS OF PHANG NGA TOWN

Alex Face or Patcharapol Tangruen,

an influential Thai graffiti artist,

portrayed his three-eyed baby Mardi

in three locations in Phang Nga town.

All have become check-in points

for visitors. For more information

about Phang Nga’s popular stops,

visit tourismthailand.org.

PHANG NGA MUSEUM

Get to know Phang Nga better by

walking through simplified exhibits

at the Phang Nga Municipality

Museum. The museum is in a

colonial-style mansion of the

Rama VII era built back in the early

1930s. Now preserved and visited,

this beautiful building has been

listed as a national architectural

heritage landmark by the

Department of Fine Arts in 1987.

For more information,

call +66 (0) 76 481 956. For a local

guide, call +66 (0) 90 226 9556.

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Stay in Phang Nga

Hotels & Resorts



APSARA BEACHFRONT

RESORT AND VILLA

Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa

on Pakarang Beach is a convenient

90 minute drive from Phuket

International Airport. Guests can

enjoy the natural wonders of the

area. Friendly waves make the

beach an ideal spot to also surf

during the green season from June

to October.

apsarakhaolak.com

CASA DE LA FLORA

A Design Hotels property in palmfringed

Khao Lak. Stunning views

of the Andaman will embed in

your memory, including the modern

architecture and unique design

in a lush tropical setting that’s

perfect for a romantic getaway or

a relaxing stay in ultimate luxury.

casadelaflora.com

LA VELA KHAO LAK

The ideal place to kick back and

relax in tranquility, Khao Lak has

always offered the loveliest beach

to feel the sand between your toes.

A modern resort, be sure to enjoy

the swimming pool, their dining

choices and feel like a whole new

person at their spa.

lavelakhaolak.com

LAGUNA KHAOLAK RESORT

Perched on the cliff off the Khao

Lak range, Khao Lak Laguna is

a sprawling northern-style

property guaranteed to make

you feel right in Thailand. All

wood trimmings, Thai traditional

decoration, glittering details and

big swimming pools with facilities

feature the old-school standards of

Thai hospitality.

khaolaklaguna.com


EDEN BEACH RESORT

AND SPA

With a modern rustic theme,

Eden’s plush natural-toned rooms

provide excellent solace for

travellers looking for some luxury

to their trip. Located in the tourist

cluster of Khao Lak, Eden Beach

Resort offers a great choice for

those wishing to explore the

beachfront areas as well as the

nearby national parks and hot

springs. edenbeachkhaolak.com


Hotels & Resorts

Eat in Phang Nga

Many local eateries in Phang Nga areas have been listed in the Michelin guide

encompassing Bangkok, Phuket & Phang Nga (2019). This is a province of good local

Southern foods, seafood and simple hearty all-day meals the likes of rice vermicelli

and deep-fried chicken.

KHRUA LUANG THEN

Located on Phet Kasem road on the way

to Khao Lak, this local restaurant has

received the “Big Gourmand” award

from Michelin Guide 2019. Famous for

its authentic Southern taste, be sure

to try Khua Kling beef, deep-fried

fish with cumin, Kaeng Som Mamud

- whose herbs and spices spark your

tastebuds. Be warned - dishes are hot, as

authentic flavours and spiciness are not

compromised (even for Thais).

Opens daily: 11am-1.30pm, 5-9.30pm, closed

every 10th, 20th and 30th of each month,

+66 (0) 90 716 4182

KHANOM CHEEN PA SON

(NA SAN CHAO)

A hole-in-the-wall that serves all-youcan-eat

rice vermicelli with a selection of

curries rated from super spicy Gaeng Tai

Plaa to sweet Nam Prik. Highlights are the

generous selection of fresh, blanched and

pickled vegetables and nibbles collectively

called ‘Pak Nor.’ Opens Tuesday-

Sunday: 11am-6pm,

+66 (0) 86 593 9658

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หากคุณเป็นนักท่องเที่ยวที่แสวงหาความ

ยิ่งใหญ่และความล้ำลึกของโลกใบนี้ ได้

เวลาสัมผัสธรรมชาติเขียวขจีอันกว้าง

ใหญ่ที่พังงา จังหวัดที่ถูกขนาบข้างด้วย

สองจังหวัดยักษ์ใหญ่อย่างภูเก็ตและกระบี่

ทางชายฝั่งอันดามัน

เมื่อนึกถึงพังงา ความคิดแรกคงหนี

ไม่พ้นชายหาดเขาหลัก ที่คลาคล่ำไปด้วย

นักท่องเที่ยวซึ่งหลีกหนีความหนาวเหน็บ

มาให้แสงแดดชโลมผิว เมื่อไฮซีซั่นจบลง

นักท่องเที่ยวเริ่มซา เมื่อนั้นคือช่วงเวลา

สำหรับนักท่องเที่ยวตัวจริง

คุณอาจต้องวางแผนการเดินทาง

มากกว่าปกติ เพื่อไปยังแต่ละจุดหมาย

ต่างๆ ในพังงาที่ห่างกันพอสมควร ความ

อุดมสมบูรณ์ของธรรมชาติในอุทยาน

แห่งชาติหลายแห่งกระจายตัวอยู่ทั่ว

จังหวัด อย่างอุทยานแห่งชาติศรีพังงา

อุทยานแห่งชาติคลองพนม อุทยานแห่ง

ชาติเขาหลัก-ลำรู่ และอุทยานแห่งชาติ

อ่าวพังงา

ลองแวะไปตอนเหนือของพังงา ที่

อำเภอกะปง เพื่อบำบัดร่างกายและ

ผ่อนคลายจิตใจด้วยการแช่น้ำพุร้อน

ซึ ่งห้อมล้อมด้วยภูเขาหินปูนและแมกไม้

นานาชนิด ปรอยฝนและร่มเงาจากก้อน

เมฆยิ่งทำให้บรรยากาศของพังงาน่า

ค้นหาเพิ่มขึ้นอีก

ระยะเวลาเพียงสองสามวันอาจไม่

พอสำหรับการค้นหาความล้ำค่าของ

พังงา คุณอาจพบความงดงามของอ่าว

พังงาที่จุดชมวิวเสม็ดนางชี ไต่สูงขึ้นไป

ตามแนวชายหาดเพื่อได้สัมผัสทิวทัศน์

ภูเขาหินปูนธรรมชาติตั้งตระหง่านท้าให้

ทุกคนตื่นตาตื ่นใจ

หรือจะแวะไปที่อำเภอตะกั่วป่า เพื่อ

ย้อนรอยเส้นทางการค้าระหว่างดินแดน

ตอนใต้ของไทยกับคาบสมุทรมาเลย์ แม้

ขนาดของชุมชนการค้าในพังงาจะค่อน

ข้างเล็ก แต่สถาปัตยกรรมชิโน-อองเกลที่

ผสมผสานระหว่างจีน-อังกฤษเต็มไปด้วย

ความดั้งเดิมขนานแท้

ถึงอย่างนั้น ศูนย์กลางของพังงาก็ไม่

ได้อยู่ที่ตะกั่วป่า เนื่องจากชาวเมืองได้

อพยพหนีสงครามระหว่างสยามและพม่า

ในปี พ.ศ. 2352 ลงมาตั้งรกรากบริเวณ

อ่าวพังงา สร้างเป็นเมืองเล็กๆ ปกคลุมไป

ด้วยหมอกยามเช้าตรู่ ละอองฝนอ่อนโยน

และธรรมชาติที่ทำให้นักท่องเที่ยวอย่างเรา

ประทับใจครั้งแล้วครั้งเล่า

พังงาโอนลี่

ตัวเมืองพังงา

เริ่มเช้าวันใหม่ที่วัดเขาล้างบาศ ชมสาย

หมอกและปุยเมฆยามเช้าท่ามกลาง

พรรณไม้เขียวและเขาหินปูน พร้อมกับ

ความงามของเจดีย์อายุกว่าร้อยปี

ท่ามกลางความเงียบสงบที่ทุกคน

แสวงหา แล้วเดินทางไปชมพังงาสตรีท

อาร์ต เช็คอินและอัพไอจีกับงานศิลปะฝา

ผนังของ อเล็กซ์ เฟซ หรือพัชรพล แตงรื่น

ศิลปินกราฟฟิตี้ชาวไทย เจ้าของภาพ

วาด Mardi ทารกสามตา ดูแหล่งเช็คอิน

เพิ่มเติมได้ที่ tourismthailand.org

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และ 30 ของทุกเดือน, 090 716 4182

ที่พัก

ASPARA BEACHFRONT RESORT AND VILLA

อัปสรา บีชฟร้อนท์ ตั้งอยู่บนหาดปะการังอันเงียบสงบ

ห่างจากสนามบินนานาชาติภูเก็ตไปเพียงชั่วโมงครึ่ง

เหมาะสำหรับพักผ่อนอย่างแท้จริง นอกจากนี้ยังเป็น

สถานที่จัดการแข่งขันเล่นเซิร์ฟนานาชาติ เมื่อเดือน มิ.ย.

ถึง ต.ค. ของปีที่แล้วอีกด้วย apsarakhaolak.com

CASA DE LA FLORA

โรงแรมดีไซน์โมเดิร์นเรียบหรู ท่ามกลางธรรมชาติของ

ทะเลอันดามัน และความเขียวชุ่มฉ่ำของแมกไม้บริเวณ

เขาหลัก casadelaflora.com

EDEN BEACH RESORT AND SPA

พักผ่อนในห้องพักโทนธรรมชาติเรียบหรูที ่ Eden Resort

ซึ ่งตั้งอยู่ใจกลางแหล่งท่องเที่ยวเขาหลัก คุณสามารถเดิน

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ร้อนได้สะดวก ที่นี่คือที ่พักผ่อนสำหรับนักท่องเที่ยวอย่าง

แท้จริง edenbeachkhaolak.com

LA VELA KHAO LAK

รีสอร์ทริมหาดสุดไพรเวทที่เสิร์ฟความสุขให้คุณได้ครบ

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LAGUNA KHAOLAK RESORT

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ต้อนรับผู้มาเยือนด้วยมิตรไมตรี khaolaklaguna.com

Phang Nga’s

Preferred Hotels

This paradise of a province boasts accommodations that range from homey charm to

unimagined luxuries that never deviate from the ultimate comfort of guests.

Fah Thai offers a shortlist of accommodations that showcase the best of Phang Nga

hospitality, spectacular vistas included.

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Luxuriate

in Beauty and Comfort at

La Vela Khao Lak

Inspired by verdant tropical nature,

a shimmering ocean, and a rich

cultural heritage of the ancient

Takola seaport, La Vela is anchored

on Khao Lak’s most serene stretch of

beach called Bang Niang. Khao Lak

has long been considered one of the

loveliest beach escapes in the south

of Thailand, with stretches of sand

meant for barefoot pleasure.

La Vela Khao Lak, a modern

resort with touches of rustic charm,

welcomes visitors from everywhere

with genuine hospitality that

reflects the beautiful traditions of

the local people tracing back to the

era of maritime trade. Discover a

haven of comfort at our exquisite

beachfront, immerse yourself in

our stunningly enormous free-form

swimming pool, dine with a loved

one by candlelight at our beach

club, and refresh your spirits at

our spa. What better way to spend

a vacation than at La Vela in a

beautiful destination?

La Vela Khao Lak

98/9 Moo 5, Khuk Khak,

Takuapa, Phang Nga

82220 THAILAND

contact

T +66 (0) 76 428 555

F +66 (0) 76 428 500

website

www.lavelakhaolak.com

reservations

contact@lavelakhaolak.com

A Brand New Luxury Hotel

In Khao Lak, Thailand

Situated on a white, sandy beach on the southern

shores of Khao Lak overlooking the crystal waters of

the Andaman Sea, Eden Beach Resort & Spa opened its

doors to guests on the 10th of December 2018.

Occupying over 30,000 square metres of land, the

resort comprises 208 luxury accommodations in a

variety of categories, including pool access suites.

A spa with a full range of treatments, two dining

outlets, a fitness centre, swimming pool and more

allow our guests to enjoy the best in this pictureperfect

piece of paradise.

Eden Resorts is unique in the unspoiled Khao Lak beach,

surrounded by the sea and nature. The resort overlooks

the Andaman Sea’s southern Thai coast. A perfect drive

within one hour from Phuket International Airport, or a

second option from Krabi International airport which is

approximately one and a half hour journey.

Eden is the place where friendliness, happiness and

caring take place for our guests and lives up to its name.

We provide the finest personal service and facilities

for our guests who will always enjoy a warm, relaxed,

and comfortable setting.

Eden always makes it happen for our guests’ needs.

Eden Beach Resort & Spa

12/12 Moo 2, T. Lam Kaen, A. Thai Muang, Phang Nga 82210 THAILAND

contact

T :+66 (0) 76 410 186-7 | F :+66 (0) 76 410 187

website

www.edenbeachkhaolak.com

reservations

info@edenbeachkhaolak.com


A Pleasure

destination

for your precious

relaxation

Stay in Modern Luxury,

Hide Away in Nature’s Beauty

Casa de La Flora, a member of Design

Hotels, sits on the beautiful, palmfringed

beach of Khao Lak; a scenic

one hour and twenty minutes drive

from Phuket International Airport. This

ultimate design resort holds stunning

Andaman views with a friendly service

that warmly welcomes visitors from

across the globe. We take pride in

being the first modernist hideaway

in Khao Lak, presenting cutting-edge

architecture and a unique design amidst

tropical nature. Whether you’re looking

for a romantic hideaway or a luxury

holiday experience, Casa de La Flora

is definitely a perfect choice.

Casa de La Flora

67/213 Moo 5, Khuk Khak,

Takuapa, Phang Nga

82220 THAILAND

contact

T +66 (0) 76 428 999

F +66 (0) 76 428 998

website

www.casadelaflora.com

reservations

contact@casadelaflora.com

Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa

sits on tranquil Pakarang Beach just

90 minutes from Phuket International

Airport. The resort nestles in an area of

outstanding natural beauty where the

tides of the Andaman Sea flow into a

lush lagoon and mangrove forest, a true

paradise for nature lovers!

The beautiful lagoon divides the

resort into two zones. The resort zone

itself has a lively ambiance while the

Make us your home away from home.

villa zone across the bridge offers

privacy, quiet, and solitude.

Apsara serves as a great place for

surfing, particularly for those looking

for uncrowded spots and friendly

waves. Surfing at Pakarang Beach

during the green season from June

to October has become more popular

with international surfers, especially

following the Khao Lak Surf Contest

& Festival 2018.

Apsara Beachfront

Resort and Villa

45 Moo 2 Khuk Khak,

Takua Pa, Phang Nga

82220 THAILAND

contact

+66 (0) 76 584 444

website

www.apsarakhaolak.com

reservations

rsvn@apsarakhaolak.com


CHENGDU’S LIVE MUSIC

An Insider’s Trip

through the

In Chengdu’s dark of the night,

experience the city’s bars and live

music venues that showcase an active

indie scene.

Words Joe Henley

Photos Paul Ratje

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CHENGDU’S LIVE MUSIC

Only in China can a

city of 14 million

be considered

“small.” But that’s

Chengdu, capital of Sichuan

Province, where the frontier

of the airy eastern Tibetan

highlands meets the hazy

western China urban sprawl.

For the people of Chengdu,

in this left-of-centre section

of a 1.4 billion-piece puzzle,

flying under the radar is

just fine. They’ve got their

own thing going on, free of

the snide cynicism of their

eastern counterparts. And

whether you’re a first-time

visitor or an old Chengdu

hand, you’re more than

welcome to join in.

In Chengdu’s Wuhou District,

an area with a sizable population of

Tibetan migrants who come down

from the plateau in search of work

and a chance at living the urban

dream, prayer flags hang in shop

windows and signs and menus still

feature the flowing scrawl of the

Tibetan script.

It is here in Wuhou, against the

backdrop of Tibetan tradition, that

Chengdu’s multi-faceted Chinese

music scene thrives. It is where

many streets are marked by Tibetan

bars where singers still perform

songs in their native tongue, singing

for khata, silk scarves of red, green,

or gold that equate to tips paid by

patrons of between 100 and 500

yuan (USD 14 and 72). A good singer

will finish a song draped in layer

upon layer of silk, the added weight

no burden, as it means a hefty

addition to an otherwise modest

monthly paycheck.

Clockwise, from Left

New Machu Picchu

Bar offers not just

live performances

but also an

impressive bar.

Patrons get to enjoy

a thriving, confident

music scene

in Chengdu.

At New Machu

Picchu Bar,

musicians from

all over have

performed – from

jazz, acoustic, to

electronic and

experimental music.

A much more

relaxed city,

Chengdu enjoys the

increasing popular

of live music venues.

This is just a small part of what

Wuhou has to offer, though. The

district is also where you will find

many of the bars and live-houses

where the city’s underground

and established rock and indie

musicians ply their trade seven

nights a week.

As good a place as any for an

intro to Chengdu’s musical culture

is New Machu Picchu Bar, a dark,

lamp-lit space that feels like home,

even for the wayfarer. The walls

are covered in photos of all the

musicians who have taken to the

bar’s small stage over the past six

years, the furniture is carved from

Himalayan softwoods, and the

bands and solo acts who play here

tend to favour the softer end of the

musical spectrum - jazz, acoustic,

electronic, and experimental.

On any given night at Machu

Picchu, you might see a table of

Tibetans doing rounds of shots,

musicians from Shaanxi or Luzhou

or Yunnan talking shop or putting

together new collaborations over a

cocktail or two. Listen in and you

might hear them mention that in

Chengdu it’s not nearly as hard to

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CHENGDU’S LIVE MUSIC

make a living purely from music or

art as it might be in the nation’s

other tier-one urban centres. The

scene here is well-developed in a

country where indie music is still

something of a fresh face, barely

into its third decade of existence.

Starting with a place called

Little Bar just over 20 years ago,

the Chengdu indie scene has

flourished, and Machu Picchu is

merely a starting point. A short taxi

ride away is Steam, a music and art

hub that also serves as a hostel, a

place where many an underground

touring band beds down for the

night when passing through the

city for a gig.

Steam’s owner, Mao Mao, is

one of those who has come from

away. Originally from Yushan,

a county west of Chengdu, the

transplanted thirty-something

founded Steam with the simple

goal of providing a space

wherein musicians, music fans,

and travellers can have a good

time. Even if there isn’t a show

scheduled, anyone is welcome to

get up on the Steam stage and jam.

There is even an on-site studio,

Havoc, where local bands record,

and where artists from abroad,

including New York post-punk

legends Television, had expressed

interest in laying down tracks.

Top, Clockwise

Jam sessions at Jah

bar, a reggae joint,

with a riverside

location.

A casual and

down-to-earth

spot, Jah Bar draws

music fans and

musicians alike.

In between

listening to sets,

foosball matches

offer additional

entertainment at

Jah Bar.

Chengdu, according to locals,

is relatively more free - more

liberal in its sensibilities - than

other major cities in China. Still,

there are the usual one-party state

authoritarian hallmarks that can

plague something as liberated and

disorderly as rock n’ roll. There

was a time, scenesters say, when

the 21 floors of the Poly Center on

Jinxiu Street were filled with rock

and electro clubs. Today, just one

remains. TAG (which stands for “To

Another Galaxy”) is the last space

standing, the others shut down

by police raids and accusations

of open drug use on site. Online

reviews for TAG are a mixed bag,

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CHENGDU’S LIVE MUSIC

WHERE TO ENJOY

THE TUNES

New Machu Picchu Bar

Yulin Beijie 1, Chengdu

• Tel: +86 158 8235 6944

Steam

30 Wuhouci Street,

Wuhou district, Chengdu

• facebook.com/Steam-Hostel

but when it comes to big-name

international DJs coming through

Chengdu, it’s the place to be.

For a real taste of Chengdu’s

libertarian spirit, though, head to Jah

Bar, near the Old South Bridge in the

Jinjiang District. It’s a reggae bar,

the interior bathed in a red glow,

paper lanterns hanging overhead,

strings of lights behind the bar. The

red could very well be a cheeky nod

to the bar’s location, in the middle

of Chengdu’s officially unofficial red

light district.

Jah Bar is a place where you

might catch an impromptu reggae/

dub jam session by a crew of scene

veterans both homegrown and

foreign, or a live set from a tight

jazz trio. Patrons bask in the peaceand-love

vibes, watching the band,

heading outside for a cigarette and

a game of Foosball, going back in

for another libation and a few more

songs. It’s a throwback, bar regulars

say, to what the Chengdu scene was

like a decade ago, organic and pure.

The growth of any music community

brings with it its share of pain and

contempt bred from the strains of

familiarity. But none of that seems

to exist at Jah Bar. Here it’s all about

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Above

At Steam, also

a hostel, musicians

benefit from the

presence of

Havoc studio.

Wu Zhuoling

(right) of indie

band Wednesday’s

Trip hangs with

bandmate Mao Mao

at Steam.

the love and the P.M.A., Positive

Mental Attitude.

From Little Bar to Jah Bar,

Chengdu pumps with both positivity

and creativity. It is a place to indulge

and be indulged, a million miles

from pretension, a stone’s throw

from the Next Big Thing. Come, stay

a while, and you just might discover

your new favourite band, or that

intimate venue that will make you

say “I know a little place...” the next

time you hear “little” Chengdu come

up in conversation.

GETTING THERE

Bangkok Airways flies

to Chengdu four times

a week from Koh Samui.

For flight information,

visit bangkokair.com.

Little Bar

87 Fang Qin Jie, Yulin Shang

Wu Gang, Chengdu

Jah Bar

Old South Bridge, Huang Gate

Road #36-118, Chengdu

• Tel: +86 136 8905 1773

Tag

Room 2118, Building A –

Poly Centre, Jinxiu Street,

Wuhou district, Chengdu

• Tel: +86 139 8190 9901

• zx024@163.com


CHENGDU’S LIVE MUSIC

คงจะมีเพียงประเทศจีนเท่านั้น ที่ถือว่า

เมืองที่มีประชากร 14 ล้านคน เป็นเมือง

ขนาด “เล็ก” ที่แห่งนี้คือเฉิงตู เมืองเอก

ของมณฑลเสฉวน ดินแดนที่เชื่อมระหว่าง

ที่ราบสูงตะวันออกของทิเบตกับเขตเมือง

ทางตะวันตกของประเทศ ไม่ว่าคุณจะ

เคยมาเยือนเฉิงตูหรือไม่ สถานที่แห่งนี้

จะอ้าแขนต้อนรับคุณอย่างอบอุ่นเสมอ

ณ อำเภอวูเฮาของเฉิงตู ซึ ่งคลาคล่ำ

ไปด้วยชาวทิเบตที่เข้ามาแสวงหาอาชีพ

ธงมนต์ที่โบกสะบัดอยู่หน้าร้านรวงเป็น

สัญลักษณ์ว่าร้านนี้ต้อนรับชาวทิเบต

เสมอ หากลองเงี่ยหูฟังดีๆ คุณจะได้ยิน

ดนตรีจีนสอดประสานกับเสียงร้อง

ภาษาทิเบต นักร้องเสียงหวานจะได้รับ

คาทา (khata) ผ้าพันคอไหมสีแดง เขียว

และทองเป็นรางวัล ซึ่งจะเปลี่ยนเป็น

เงินสดได้ราว 100-500 หยวนเมื่อวัน

สิ้นเดือนมาถึง

หากคุณกำลังมองหาเมืองที่มีบาร์

และดนตรีใต้ดิน ดนตรีร็อก และอินดี้เล่น

สดทั้งเจ็ดวันต่อสัปดาห์ รับรองได้ว่า

เฉิงตูจะไม่ทำให้คุณผิดหวัง

ลองแวะไปที่ New Machu Picchu

Bar ร้านแสงไฟสลัวแต่อบอุ่นเหมือน

บ้าน ผนังตกแต่งด้วยรูปถ่ายศิลปินที่

เคยแสดงบนเวทีเล็กๆ แห่งนี้ เฟอร์นิเจอร์

แกะสลักจากไม้เนื้ออ่อนหิมาลายัน

คุณจะได้พบกับศิลปินทั้งเดี่ยวและกลุ่ม

ที่มากับเสียงดนตรีแจ๊ส อะคูสติกส์

อิเล็กทรอนิกส์ และเอ็กซ์เปริเมนทัล แล้ว

ดื่มด่ำไปกับวัฒนธรรมแห่งเสียงดนตรี

ในสไตล์เฉิงตู

เมื่อ 20 ปีก่อน Little Bar เป็นจุดเริ่ม

ต้นเล็กๆ ของดนตรีอินดี้ ที่ปัจจุบัน

เติบโตจนมีนักดนตรีจากสถานที่หลาก

หลายมาปล่อยของให้แก่ผู้ฟังทั้งชาวจีน

และทิเบตได้เพลินเพลินโดยมีแอลกอฮอล์

เป็นกับแกล้ม

นั่งแท็กซี่ออกมาอีกสักหน่อยก็จะเจอ

ร้าน Steam ที่เป็นแหล่งศิลปะ ดนตรีและ

โฮสเทลในที่เดียวกัน คุณเหมา เหมา

เจ้าของร้าน ไม่ได้เกิดและเติบโตที่วูเฮา

เขาเพียงแต่ตั้งใจเปิดบริการที่พักให้แก่

ศิลปิน แฟนเพลง และนักท่องเที่ยว แต่ก็มี

เวทีให้แก่ศิลปินแสดงตัวตนได้ทุกเมื่อ แถม

ยังมีห้องอัด Havoc ที่แม้แต่ศิลปินจาก

ต่างประเทศยังให้ความสนใจมาใช้บริการ

แม้ว่าเฉิงตูจะรู้จักกันโดยทั่วไปว่าค่อน

ข้างเสรีมากกว่ามณฑลอื่นๆ ในประเทศจีน

แต่ก็มีบางยุคที่เจ้าหน้าที่มีอิทธิพลเข้า

ตรวจค้นแหล่งบรรเทิงยามราตรีอย่าง

Poly Center ที่เคยอัดแน่นไปด้วยอิเล็กโทร

และร็อกคลับ จนเกือบทั้งหมดต้องปิดตัว

ตามเข็มนาฬิกา

จากบนซ้าย

นักดนตรีจากทั่วประเทศ

จีนมักแวะเวียนกันมา

เฉิงตูเพื่อซึมซับรับฟัง

ดนตรีคุณภาพจากนัก

ดนตรีฝีมือฉกาจ หาตัวจับ

ได้ยาก ที่เล่นกันสดๆ

คิดดูว่าโลกดนตรีของ

เฉิงตูทีเด็ดขนาดไหน

ขนาดภาครัฐยังโปรโมท

เชื้อเชิญว่าดนตรีสดของที่

นี่ เป็นสิ่งที่ “ต้อง” มาชม

บาร์หลายๆ แห่งของเฉิงตู

ไม่ได้มีสีสันแค่ดนตรีสด

ตัวสถานที่เองก็น่านั่ง

ชิลล์ไม่แพ้กัน

จูดี้ ฉู่ เจ้าของบาร์เร็กเก้

Jah Bar

ลงในที่สุด เหลือเพียงแค่คลับ TAG เท่านั้น

ถ้าคุณกำลังหาแหล่งรวมดีเจสุดฮ็อตจาก

ทั่วโลก ที่นี่ตอบโจทย์แน่นอน

หากต้องการสัมผัสความเสรีนิยมของ

เฉิงตูที่แท้จริง ให้แวะไปที่ Jah Bar ใกล้กับ

Old South Bridge ในอำเภอจินเจียง คุณ

จะได้สัมผัสบาร์เร็กเก้ ภายในตกแต่งด้วย

สีแดงสว่าง เพดานห้อยโคมไฟกระดาษ

พร้อมกับศิลปินเร็กเก้ที่เล่นดนตรีแบบ

ด้นสดกันเดี๋ยวนั้น อินไปกับความรักและ

สันติภาพผ่านเสียงดนตรี หรือจะชวนกัน

เล่นโต๊ะโกลเพลินๆ ก็อยู่ที่นี่ได้ทั้งคืน

จาก Little Bar สู่ Jah Bar เฉิงตูอัด

แน่นไปด้วยทัศนคติเชิงบวกและความคิด

สร้างสรรค์ ที่นี่คือสถานที่สำหรับทั้งให้

และรับความสุขโดยไม่มีเสแสร้ง ลองแวะ

มาสักครั้ง คุณอาจได้พบวงดนตรีสุด

โปรดวงใหม่ ได้ใกล้ชิดกับสถานที่แห่งนี้

จนบอกกับใครต่อใครได้ว่า “รู้จักที่เล็กๆ

แห่งหนึ่ง...” จนไม่อยากเก็บเอาไว้คน

เดียว เพราะของดีมีไว้บอกต่อ

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GALLERY

Visiting the Last

Pwo Karen

Taking a tricky path to a remote place in Chiang Mai, a writer spends time with a

hilltribe community whose endangered way of life could see a rebirth with their

vibrant crafts and welcoming spirit. Words & Photos Marisa Marchitelli

The road becomes increasingly treacherous

as I cling to the roof of the pick-up truck

for fear of being flung overboard. We

soon lose cell reception and eventually

emerge in a verdant valley that evokes a

feeling of a time gone by. The surrounding

Thai mountains that border Myanmar

are virgin forests, protected by their

sheer remoteness. We have arrived in

Sop Lan village, a quiet community in

the southernmost edge of Chiang Mai

province, a dizzying 6-hour journey from

Chiang Mai city.

The Pwo Karen people have settled in

this village for generations, for the most

part in complete isolation from the outside

world. It was soon before my visit that they

had electricity for the first time. Before

that, they existed entirely off the land and

continue to produce everything they need

to survive — they grow their own rice and

food, they raise a variety of farm animals,

they weave vibrant and intricate textiles

and make stunning baskets to carry their

things. They welcomed me into their

homes and allowed me to observe their

way of life. They shared stories of wild

elephants and tigers that used to roam

the area and insisted that I taste their

powerfully spicy Karen chilli pepper.

The Karen people make up the largest

group of hilltribe in Thailand, littered

throughout the Northern highlands and

lowlands. The Pwo Karen are a minority

sub-group who possess a distinct way of

life, a preliterate language, and unique

culture and customs, all of which are

critically endangered.

Polo Mu carries spools of

fine silk to the loom to set

up for weaving.

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BELOW LEFT

Jetli and Phong

diligently weave rattan

baskets at a workshop

led by Sop Moei Arts,

who provides sustainable

support to the Pwo Karen

for over 30 years.

BELOW RIGHT

A rustic pedestrian

bridge crosses the

Yuam River, close

to the Thai border

with Myanmar.

BOTTOM

The Salween River is the

last undamed major river

in Southeast Asia, running

from the Himalayas,

through China, Myanmar,

Thailand and back

to Myanmar.

OPPOSITE TOP

This bridge for

motorbikes also

crosses the Yuam

River, serving as

a conduit for travel

and commerce

between villages.

OPPOSITE BOTTOM

A woman at

Huay Naam Sai

village waits for

her husband to

return home

from planting rice

in the fields.

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GALLERY

OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP

Yai Gi Phae prepares bamboo strips to

weave traditional baskets adapted as

plant holders.

Paku Mu is in the midst of one of the

many detailed stages leading up to the

weaving process.

A traditional Pwo Karen blouse, vibrant

and hand-embroidered with fine thread

and Jobe’s tears seeds.

The loom is set up and ready for weaving

in Sop Lan Village, Om Koi.

THIS PAGE, TOP RIGHT

A curious Pwo Karen woman stops by a

weaving workshop.

Her tattoo markings depict flowers and fire

ants, and elements from nature, only seen

on women from her tribe.

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OPPOSITE PAGE

Husband and wife, Paku Phi

and Paku Phu in their home in

Sop Lan, Om Koi.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT

Paku Mu attends to the many

detailed stages before weaving.

She and her sister have been

weaving together since they

were about 7 years old.

Polo Mu stays with her sister

Paku Mu as she spins fine silk

threads onto spools in

preparation for weaving

on the loom.

Yai Gi Phae’s tattoos reveal his

Thai animist faith. The Pwo

Karen follow a range of beliefs

from Christianity, to Buddhism

and animism - often combined.

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

BELOW, CLOCKWISE

A young generation of Pwo

Karen hill tribe men are

learning to weave fine baskets

from generations before them.

Yai Gi Phae preparing bamboo

for chicken baskets.

Klu De meticulously weaves

baskets to hold bottles in his

home. The baskets are then

placed in a smokehouse for

about a month, following a

centuries-old tradition of

fumigation while adding a

warm patina.

Marisa Marchitelli is a Thai-Italian filmmaker,

photographer and writer living in Chiang Mai.

Her photography and writing has appeared in

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, BBC Travel,

CNN, DestinAsian Magazine and more. She

is passionate about the environment and

disappearing culture and offers bespoke tours

of the region.

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

BANGKOK

SPOTLIGHT

Free Ticket to Ride

Great news for those who waited in anticipation

and excitement for the new MRT Blue Line

extension. The public can get aboard the latest

metro transit system at the first four stations of

the MRT Blue Line. With its recent unveiling, the

interiors are hardly nondescript or utilitarian for

MRT stations. Commuters will experience the

wonderment of their striking design, cultural

expression and the thrill of modern transport.

The first four stations of the long-awaited Hua

Lamphong-Bang Khae extension includes Sanam

Chai, Wat Mangkon, Sam Yot and Itsaraphap,

all standouts with their own design concept

that reflects the history or cultural legacy of

the area. Sanamchai station, for instance, sits

within the vicinity of the classic Rattanakosin

Photos Dolnapa Ram-Indra

Island with its many venues

of Thai history. The station is

designed to resemble a royal

court or a palace. Meanwhile

Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, or

Dragon Temple, is one of the

destinations known to people

who seek to improve their fate

and ask for blessings. The vision

for Wat Mangkon MRT station

combines Sino-Thai aspects,

represented by the station’s

dragon pattern as well as lotus

and other dragon decor. For

Sam Yot station, the ambience

of the century-old shophouses

along Charoen Krung Road

provide great inspiration for

the station’s mixed Sino-

Portuguese architecture, which

was then fused with classic

Thai culture. Finally, Itsaraphap

marks its significance as the

first MRT station on Bangkok’s

Thonburi area, connected with

the recent construction of a

tunnel under the river, stressing

the station’s importance as the

gateway Bangkok’s s sibling

area. Enjoy free rides between

July and August – after, fares

start from 16 Baht to 42 Baht in

September. Bangkok MRT daily

operating hours: 6am to midnight

MOVING TOWARD CREATIVITY

Based in Los Angeles and Bangkok, the

foundation called Creative Migration

launched its latest project by converting

the residence that once belonged to

former Thai minister Sanan Devahastin

Na Ayudhaya, known for his noble title of

“Chao Phraya Thammasakmontri”. With

this transformed and collaborative space

called Bangkok 1899 – art, design, urban

and social innovation meet and interact

with the organisation’s goal to connect

through cultural diplomacy. With support

from The Rockefeller Foundation and

the Ford Motor Company Fund, Bangkok

1899 appeals to locals and visitors alike

with artist residency programmes and

events, as well as a variety of public

events. The space is open to everyone and

provides the opportunity to rediscover

one’s inner creativity in a gathering with

like-minded folks in discussions and sharing

of experiences. 134 Nakhon Sawan Road,

Wat Sommanat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai,

creativemigration.org

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

SAMUI

SPOTLIGHT

Good Chi in Bangrak

Bangrak beach has long been

known as one of the best

places on the island to catch

a stunning sunset with a

mountains and sea backdrop.

Chi Samui is among one of

the many establishments to

provide their patrons a lush

and comfortable setting to

experience them. Their 25m

beachfront stretch sets Chi

apart and an infinity salt pool

complete with a swim up

bar. Each evening from 6pm

onwards Chi features live

music with sets ranging from

instruments like the saxophone

and guitar to opera and more.

In addition to the luxury pool

and live entertainment, Chi also

offers an international wine

list, artisan cocktails, and food

expertly crafted by chef Andrew

Freeman who comes from the

UK. Wednesday nights are

arguably the most popular at

Chi with their brilliant Oysters

& Sax night offering guests

delectable molluscs with wine

pairings and the brassy sounds

of the saxophone. 16/4 Moo 4,

Bophut, +66 (0) 92 271 7439,

chisamui.com

A THRILLING JUMP

At some point in life, people may

have imagined jumping from 50

metres in the air with the wind

rushing past their ears and pure

adrenaline pumping through their

veins. For some, this may just be a

fantasy that could never possibly

come true, but for those who dare

– Samui Bungy Jump can make it

a reality. Being the only bungee

jumping service on Koh Samui,

it offers an exciting alternative

beyond the usual days at the beach

or trips around the island. Samui

Bungy Jump offers guests some

of the most incredible views of

the Chaweng area from 50 metres

up, with sights like a beautiful

golden temple, the white sands

of Chaweng coast, and popular

Chaweng lake. However, those

who dare to live on the edge and

jump can only see these views.

Booking in advance is encouraged

to avoid disappointment. Soi

Reggae, Chaweng, samuibungy.com,

+66 (0) 77 414 252

HIGH END & FUSION

Asian meets Italian at Link Cuisine – located in the heart

of Fisherman’s Village on Bophut Beach. Long known as

a tourism hot spot, the stretch of beach with its dining

and entertainment options have always been bountiful in

Fisherman’s Village and Link Cuisine has staked its claim as

being one of the best for the past three and half years. An

eye-catching sleek wooden shopfront draws guests in while

the highly-rated food and beautiful sea views keep them

staying. Link prides itself in creating an upscale atmosphere

where guests feel relaxed while enjoying meals that blend

East and West. Visitors and locals alike hold Link in high

regard and consider dining there a special night out along

beautiful Bophut beach. Though reservations are not required,

the restaurant is busy and booking in advance will help

guarantee a spot during high season. Opens Daily for lunch

& dinner, 79/3 Moo 1, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Samui,

+66 (0) 77 963 493, linkcuisine.com

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

SAMUI

Photos Apiwath Boonsin

SPOTLIGHT

Peaceful Beach

Camping

Dreamy boho beach vibes create

a kind of theme that some

holidaygoers seek on trips to

Koh Samui. Samui Caravans

provides one of the best places

on the island to experience that

ideal. Beach camping with a

collection of charming caravans

has drawn many from around

the world to the sandy south

coast of Koh Samui. Samui

Caravans prides itself on being

the only accommodations

provider on the island that offers

this special experience. With a

full service breakfast, breathtaking

sunrise views, and free

access to kayaks, the offerings

go beyond just camping on

the beach. A stay with Samui

Caravans offers the ultimate

peaceful experience that should

not be missed. Reservations can

be made year-round online, by

phone, or in person. 35/2 Moo 4,

Namuang, +66 (0) 65 395 2659,

facebook.com/samuicaravans

STAY AND CATCH

For lovers of fishing, or even those new

to the sport, Fishing Park Samui offers

the chance to throw a line without having

to leave the comfort of your resort. Fully

equipped with 17 guest rooms and 12

comfortable day salas that can seat

four people each, the Fishing Park has

options for guests to stay at the resort or

purchase day passes for fishing. Choices

of three different room types including

poolside townhouse cottages, lakeside

superior and lakeside deluxe rooms with

both lakeside accommodations offering

the chance to fish directly from your

room. The resort sits on an 8 rai (over

1 hectare) lake with some 3,000 fishes

and over 25 species, including Mekong

Catfish, Amazon Arapaima, Redtail Catfish,

Siamese Carp and more. All fishing

equipment is provided to novices and

experts who would like to try their hand

at reeling one in. Fishing Park Samui is

a unique venue offering an experience

unlike any other on Koh Samui. 66/16

Moo 2, Namuang, +66 (0) 61 419 1414,

fishingparksamui.com

FRESHLY CAUGHT FARE

With an already well-established

reputation on Koh Samui, the

owners of the ever-popular Italian

restaurant Pepenero decided in March

2017 to open a second location,

focusing on fresh seafood cooked

in a Mediterranean style. Salefino

(meaning fine salt) has established itself

as a worthy follow-up to Pepenero

with its breezy seaside location and

unparallelled Mediterranean flair. The

fresh, never frozen, seafood is sourced

directly from local fishmongers several

times throughout the day providing

patrons true deliciousness. Though

there are a handful of Italian options

available on Koh Samui, none have

quite nailed the true essence of Italian

seafood, that is, until Salefino came

along to fill that need. A traditional

Spaghetti alle Vongole paired with

a juicy Italian wine, and the gentle

lapping of waves from the Gulf of

Thailand at your feet makes for a

perfect afternoon or evening. Opens

Monday-Saturday 6pm-10pm, 300

metres before Big Buddha, Bangrak,

+66 (0) 91 825 2190, salefinosamui.com

DIY GOURMET

When looking to prepare a delicious meal while on a resort island, tourists

and locals alike can go to Merchant Gourmet who provides high-quality

essentials. Gourmet food options on Koh Samui continue to grow each

year, and Merchant Gourmet has become a go-to food provider in Lamai

town. They specialise in meats, steaks, tomahawk cuts, lamb to seafood

like Canadian lobsters, to cheeses and home-made ice cream. Though the

shop is located in Lamai in the southeast corner of the island, visitors come

from all areas to purchase the imported quality products. Specialty meats

and cheeses typically purchased abroad are found in the shining display

cases of Merchant Gourmet. The shop offers different cuts and size options,

happily tailoring to small or large portions, based on requests. Opens Monday

-Saturday 9am-6pm, 127/8 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai, +66 (0) 88 857 5563,

merchantgourmetsamui.com

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

Oceans For All

There’s no overlooking the

mounting support for

environmental awareness

and conservation in Thailand.

Many resorts, restaurants, and

other businesses are boasting

about their paper straws,

water conservation practices,

and composting and recycling

programmes. Every little bit helps,

however, the majority of these

efforts are just “green washing”

or making a big deal of a small

effort for marketing purposes.

Thankfully there are

organisations whose efforts are

geared towards making tangible,

substantial, and lasting positive

impacts. Based in Boat Lagoon

Marina in Phuket, Oceans For All

is a non-profit organisation that

has made it its mission to bring

about these changes. They are

implementing a mutli-faceted

approach beginning with the crucial

education of the youth about the

big problems that plague marine

environments such as overfishing,

climate change, pollution, and

tourism impacts.

Oceans For All is keenly aware

that to acknowledge these issues

and bring about change, they

must collaborate and integrate

with Phuket’s tourism industry.

Developing solutions that reward

participation economically are

crucial while evolving Phuket’s

reputation to be one which

treasures and protects the marine

environment it depends on so

heavily. oceansforallfoundation.org,

+66 (0) 92 197 9338

A WELL-CRAFTED CAFÉ

Located in Cherngtalay in the Laguna

Phuket area, Project Artisan is a recent

addition to the burgeoning café scene

on the island.

The idea of Project Artisan was

born out of inspiration to create

a community-oriented place that

represented the diversity of modern

Thailand as well as the local expat

community. It is partly a bohemianstyle

café (think Canggu, Bali) with

luscious garden seating offering up

a tantalising selection of breakfast

options like smoothie bowls and

Brussels-style waffles. Veggie-lovers

will find many creative plates such as a

poached-pear salad, quinoa and roasted

pumpkin salad, as well as black bean

and red rice vegan burgers.

As the name suggests, another

facet of Project Artisan is to foster a

creative atmosphere. The walls are

adorned with huge paintings and

creative spaces are bustling with activity.

With a strong focus on art and local

crafts visitors can learn everything from

the secrets of music therapy to the

ancient and holistic benefits of proper

breathing techniques. Come for the

food, stay for the drinks, and enjoy the

atmosphere. 53/17 Moo 6, Cherngtalay,

Thalang, +66 (0) 93 790 9911

TANDOORI NIGHTS

Everything about this non-descript Indian eatery is

unassuming: the name, the location on the quiet end

of a strip mall on a busy street, and if you changed the

name on the front of the menu it could fit most Indian

restaurants. However, this place stands out where it

counts most – the flavour.

Who knows what kind of culinary magician they

have back there in the kitchen, but he deserves a

raise. Some of the garden-variety dishes such as butter

chicken, jalfrezy, and vindaloo curry exhibit flavours

with surprising depth. The usual tandoori chicken

could simply not be improved; it’s moist and tender,

the rich smoky-spiced-flavour somehow permeates

the meat through and through.

If there is one dish to not be missed, it is the eggplant

masala. Take it is a personal challenge to find a better

one. The wide variety of fresh spices like cardamom,

ginger, and turmeric are perfectly and delicately balanced

and blend seamlessly with the soft-but-not-mushy

eggplant. It’s the kind of meal that will make your eyes roll

back in your head. 5/32 Fisherman Way Business Garden,

Wiset Road, Rawai, +66 (0) 89 652 9265

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Attention all sailing enthusiasts! It’s time to batten down the

hatches and get all hands on deck because the Cape Panwa

Hotel Phuket Raceweek is right around the corner.

Coming into its 16th year, the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket

Raceweek is comprised of four days of world-class yacht racing

and of course, the four nights of obligatory beachside parties.

Run over six or more classes including IRC, multihull, charter

and one-design classes – Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek

has gained a reputation for its competitive racing and moderate

courses around islands for less experienced racers.

phuketraceweek.com

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

PHUKET

SPOTLIGHT

Surf

House

Phuket

The waves come and go, but at

the Surf House Phuket the surf

is always up!

With locations in both Kata

Beach and Patong Beach, the

Surf House gives you and your

friends and family a way to

test your skills on the flow rider.

The flow rider shoots a wide,

shallow sheet of water over an

inclined, padded base. Although

often referred to as surfing,

it’s a closer relative to wake

boarding in style and equipment.

Regardless, it’s super fun and

almost anyone can try it.

The Kata Beach Surf House

is just across the street from

the sand and is an ideal

location for catching the sunset

with a happy hour drink,

ordering up something tasty

from their restaurant, and

working on your cutbacks and

180’s. The Patong Surf House

is complemented by a complex

with a bar, restaurant, surf

shop, as well as indoor dining

with a co-working space.

Opens everyday from 9.30am

to midnight, 4 Soi Pakbang,

Karon, Mueang, Phuket,

surfhousephuket.com

PURE VEGAN HEAVEN

Adhering to veganism where you don’t

consume nor use any foods or products

derived from animals can be challenging.

Luckily we have restaurants like Pure Vegan

Heaven that eases that challenge a bit.

Nestled among the Muay Thai camps,

tattoo shops, and barbecue joints

lining Soi Ta-ied, Pure Vegan is armed

with a well-rounded menu offering up

appetizers, options for every meal of the

day, and a long list of fresh juices and

other hot and cold creations.

Omnivores might be dissuaded by

the vegan concept assuming that the

food is not as hearty or flavourful but

alas, here’s a little eatery that busts those

myths. The portions are oversized, prices

quite reasonable, and the flavours are

rich and super healthy.

The smoky bbq bowl can be

vouched for and is loaded with

roasted sweet potatoes, bbq jackfruit,

lettuce, pico de gallo, probiotic kimchi,

crispy shallots, and topped with a

raw turmeric chia dressing. A perfect

complement is the Ayurveda turmeric

latte which is even better than it

sounds. You won’t miss the meat.

10/120 Moo 5, Soi Ta-ied, Chalong,

Mueang, Phuket, +66 (0) 64 014 4068

BREATH-TAKING PHROMTHEP CAPE

Despite the fact that several breath-taking viewpoints can be

found on Phuket, many would consider Phromthep Cape the

crowning jewel.

Situated at the very southern tip of the island, Phromthep

Cape is a vividly picturesque vantage point that looks down along

a rocky peninsula, which points out across the blue expanse of the

Andaman Sea. A nearby island has a small Buddhist temple empty

except for a few monks who reside there. The outlines of islands

far offshore are visible on clear days.

The viewpoint itself dominated the hilltop with a shrine

dedicated to elephants and a small lighthouse that houses a

maritime museum. Don’t expect to get this gem all to yourself

as it is a planned stop on just about every tour itinerary. There

are a variety of shops peddling the usual souvenirs and a hillside

restaurant whose food and prices are both pretty good.

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND

CHIANG MAI / PATTAYA

MIXED FEASTS

For the past 16 years, Chef John Lee

has been offering enticing Mexican

comfort food at two branches of Salsa

Kitchen in Chiang Mai. With his wife

Latawan by his side, the power couple

opened Feast Society late last year,

which became a playground for John

to experiment and explore, extending

beyond his Mexican repertoire. The

menu is rustic home cooking, influenced

by Mediterranean cuisine with a dabble

of Middle Eastern and the occasional

appearance of kimchi. What brings

it all together is John’s signature

sourdough bread, which is charred and

piled on to just about every dish, a

WEAVING A BUZZ

Don’t be fooled by the industrial, nondescript exterior.

Weave Artisan Society is all the buzz about Chiang Mai.

This creative hub was formed by a group of diverse and

international friends and echoes their love of craft heritage

while inviting it into a contemporary and dramatic space

(that was formerly an ice factory). Set in the heart of

Wualai, a historic community of silversmiths, Weave is part

artisan studio and part performance space, with an in-house

flower shop and barista featuring carefully selected

local coffee. Julian Huang, one of the founders, speaks

passionately about how he imagined a centre to showcase

and tell stories of the many skilled artisans scattered

throughout Chiang Mai. As a visitor, the remoteness of

these craftsmen impedes exploration, but Weave offers

the opportunity to visit a living community of artisans, all

conveniently under one roof. Their concept store will surely

leave you a few pennies poorer, but all in the name of

supporting local makers! weaveartisansociety.com

reflection of how John himself likes

to eat: fork in one hand and bread in

the other. He speaks so lovingly of his

customised oven that he retro-fitted

for bread making that you wonder if

his wife is jealous! He prides himself

on making absolutely everything from

scratch – from sauces, to curing meats,

breadmaking, pickling and even cheesemaking.

Excellent offerings for vegans

and carnivores alike. Noon-11pm, daily,

facebook.com/Feast-Society-by-Salsa-

Kitchen-610992249315943/

Sriphoom Road Soi 1, Mueang, Chiang Mai,

+66 (0) 99 376 4400

SPOTLIGHT

Time with Adorable

Animals

Get yourself ready to have a fun day in another

one of Pattaya’s popular attractions. Located on

the Pattaya-Rayong Road, Pattaya Sheep Farm

is a perfect destination for family or a group of

friends. The farm has four main zones to cater

to all creature preferences. Animal lovers should

not miss the Pet Farm where you’ll be greeted

with endearing animals such as alpacas, sika deer,

rabbits, and sheep that wander freely in the green

field, surely the highlight on the farm. You can feed

the sheep and other animals too.

For an extra treat, head to Bird Land where

you can see many kinds of birds up close. And the

Animal Show will impress you with their talents.

For the perfect photo, you will also want to stop by

the Town of Fairy Tales for group shots or selfies.

Spare a day and come for a good time here. 73/8

Moo 3 Nong Plalai, Bang Lamung, Chon Buri,

+66 (0) 92 321 6718, pattayasheepfarm.com

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HAPPENINGS

HONG KONG / SINGAPORE MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR

SPOTLIGHT

Gordon’s At The Peak

Fish & Chips, Marrow Fat Peas and Curry Sauce

– these are the quintessential British favourites

that await diners at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread

Street Kitchen & Bar at the Peak Galleria in Hong

Kong. Offering Hong Kong diners and global

travellers an authentic British dining experience

at The Peak, the restaurant introduces a whole

new dimension to destination dining.

With a large open space and urban English

feel, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar serves a

selection of meticulously prepared British

favourites designed for sharing with family

and friends. The menu features signature and

new additions including flatbreads, Foie Gras

Ballantine and the appetising seasoned Smoked

Steak Tartare, paired with crispy home-made

tacos. Opens Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm,

Shop G02, G/F, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong

Kong, diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Bread-

Street-Kitchen

SPOTLIGHT

Caddy

Concierge

As a leading creator of exclusive experiences,

Hilton Kuala Lumpur has introduced a

programme specifically curated for golfers.

The Caddy Concierge, a one-stop contact to all

things golf, takes care of all the necessary

booking arrangements according to guests’

schedules and preferences. The service also

entails a private chauffeur service and massage

therapies at the hotel’s spa.

The programme not only handles the

scheduling of training slots, coaching sessions

and games but also offers guests the opportunity

to tee off at the city’s best golf clubs, such as the

TPC Kuala Lumpur, which is a mere 15 minutes

away from the property. Each golf getaway

package will be curated to suit guests’ requests

upon their arrival. For bookings, email kualalumpur@hilton.com,

life.hiltonkl.com.

RUN WILD

Get closer to nature without leaving the city at the Southern

Ridges. Spread over 10km of green and open spaces, this

network of scenic ridges and pathways boast some of the

best panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern

Islands. A trek along the Southern Ridges brings visitors to

five other parks – Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park,

HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and the Labrador Nature Reserve.

As part of the journey, travellers cross bridges through

the Adinandra Belukar, a distinct secondary forest, and can

observe a variety of birds. Henderson Waves is another

highlight of the walk. Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge,

it’s a marvel during nightfall when it’s illuminated with LED

lights. Here, trekkers can also enjoy panoramic views of lush

greenery and the sights and sounds of wildlife. Henderson

Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore

TRUE SINGAPOREAN TZE CHAR

Visitors wanting to experience some

authentic Singaporean tze char (street food)

should pay a visit to New Ubin Zhongshan

Park, located within the vibrant Balestier

commune. The new outlet from the

home-grown restaurant chain, New Ubin

Group, serves up a variety of signature

appetisers and wok-kissed classics, which

will surely tantalise tastebuds.

The 150-seat restaurant can be

found within the four-star Ramada by

Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park.

Top picks on the menu include the Foie

Gras Egg Special, which is a decadent

spin on the traditional Singaporean

breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, with chunks

of foie gras and sprinkling of truffle salt.

Also not to be overlooked is the Boss

Bee Hoon, a three-ingredient family

recipe that truly brings out the

flavours and aroma of stir-frying.

Opens daily from 12am to 3pm;

6.30pm to 10.30pm, 16 Ah

Hood Road, Singapore

newubinseafood.com

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HAPPENINGS

CAMBODIA / LAOS PHNOM PENH / VIENTIANE VIETNAM

NHA TRANG

FOR A GOOD CAUSE

A social enterprise operated by nongovernmental

organisation, the Tree

Alliance, this restaurant trains and

employs former street children and

marginalised youth in a variety of

sectors such as hospitality and F&B.

Friends the Restaurant is located

near the National Museum and has

been serving up creative tapas and

good vibes since 2001.

The vibrant and colourful

training restaurant specialises in

shared plates of creative cuisine

with influences from across the

globe along with refreshing cocktails

and beverages. Diners can not only

experience the best of Cambodian

cuisine here but also enjoy some of

its art forms thanks to the restaurant’s

ongoing collaboration with culture

enterprise, Cambodian Living Arts.

Opens daily, 11am to 11pm, 215,

St 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,

tree-alliance.org

ACCESSIBLE STREET FOOD

No trip to Cambodia would be complete without a sampling of local

street food. Mr. Mab 123 aims to cater to the demands of visitors

by making Khmer street food more accessible. Operated by expert

chefs and caterers, this restaurant and bar not only serves classic local

dishes but also an extensive variety of bites from Asia as well as Europe.

A perfect place to not only savour Cambodian cuisine, the

eatery is also an ideal place to kick back and relax with some

refreshing beverages. Mr. Mab 123’s drinks menu includes a wide

selection of beers, cocktails as well as rum and whiskey flights.

If you’re visiting Phnom Penh and want to experience a slice of

Cambodian life, then this place will undoubtedly satisfy your

craving. Opens 11am-11pm daily, 69, Street 123, Chomkamorn,

Phnom Penh, mrmab.com

SPOTLIGHT

Nha Trang

Noodles

With a coastline of over 3,000km,

Vietnam has a sea that is a vital

part of daily life. Nowhere is it

more evident than the city of

Nha Trang on the south central

coast of Vietnam. Blessed with

a beautiful bay, Nha Trang

enjoys some of the most pristine

beaches and an abundant bounty

of sea life from which tourism

and fishing play relevant roles.

This is most obvious in

the culinary offerings where

fish is prominent. While the

entire country features

vermicelli noodles and

their respective protein of

either pork or beef, in Nha

Trang, fish takes centre stage

with dishes like Bun Ca and Banh

Canh Cha Ca. Bun is rice vermicelli

(bun) and fish (ca), while banh

canh is a thicker rice noodle

similar to Japanese udon as a

complementary noodle to the dish

of Banh Canh Cha Ca (Vietnamese

udon with grilled fish).

These dishes may not be served

in too many dining establishments

in the rest of the country, so it is

here in Nha Trang that it should

be enjoyed. Chopsticks may be

the more popular choice but in

Nha Trang, to eat banh canh cha

ca, people use a spoon instead for

more delicious slurping. This can

be enjoyed at eateries dotting the

city or a food stall at the market.

For a bowl of Bun Ca, visit

Xom Moi market at Vo Tru Street

corner where it’s guaranteed goodness since

this food stall has been in business for over two

decades. It will be a tasty bowl priced at around

20,000 VND per bowl, that’s less than 1 USD! Open

daily from 1pm-7pm.

Nocturnal snackers wishing for thicker noodles

can go to Banh Canh Ba Thu

at 55 Yersin Street or Dam

market at night at Hai Ba

Trung Street, from 5pm-

3am. Again, that bowl

will set you back

around 1 USD.

SPOTLIGHT

Vientiane Memories

Make a souvenir more than just

a keepsake when you use it for

home décor and reminder of an

adventure on the road. When

in the Lao capital of Vientiane,

visit FranMuan at Sihom Café

for travel mementoes with

their great stories to share

back home. FranMuan is a

local brand for Lao handicrafts

made by underprivileged and

handicapped Lao women across

the country. At the corner of a

high-ceiling and stylish café,

you’ll be enticed by displays of

indigo plate mats and napkins,

beautiful wooden mugs and

spoons and more. “FranMuan”

comes from two different terms –

Fran or Frangipani (Plumeria);

Lao national flower, and “Muan”

which means “fun” in the Lao

language. Handicrafts by Lao

women and the handicapped

(who fantastically mastered

their craftsmanship) are very

unique, liberated and delicate.

Appreciating the texture and

uniqueness of each handiwork

leads to supporting Lao women’s

lives. At home, pieces of plate

mat with blue, red and yellow

strips could bring back good

memories of hiking in Northern

Laos and savouring heartwarming

chicken soup made by Lahu

woman. facebook.com/franmuanlaos

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HAPPENINGS

MALDIVES / INDIA

MALDIVES / MUMBAI

MYANMAR

YANGON

SPOTLIGHT

Autonomous Eats

& Drinks

SPOTLIGHT

Ithaafushi Heaven

The latest design-forward and ultra-luxury

property in the Maldives is the Waldorf

Astoria Hotels & Resorts, located in the heart

of the South Malé Atoll at Ithaafushi Island.

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

debuted their all-villa resort in July,

encompassing three private islands.

The property will offer a sophisticated

and serene retreat just 30 minutes from

Malé International Airport, reachable with

the resort’s private yacht. The resort boasts

122 luxuriously appointed villas, each with

its own pool and uninterrupted

views of the Indian Ocean in its own

private enclave. Reef, beach and

overwater villas will open onto an

indoor and outdoor deck featuring a

swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an

infinity pool, in-water lounge and

an outdoor shower.

The Waldorf Astoria Spa

comprises ten idyllic overwater

and garden treatment villas, and

an extensive menu of treatments

with Asian-inspired therapies for

relaxation and rebalance. Families

can enjoy The Waldorf Astoria Young

Discovery Park, a water park for

young guests, and the Lagoon Pool,

ideal for families looking to enjoy a

variety of activities with ease.

To celebrate the hotel’s opening,

Hilton Honors members will earn an

additional 5,000 Points per stay of

three nights or more, for bookings

from July to September 2019.

waldorfastoriamaldives.com,

+960 4 000300

Created by PUN + PROJECTS in

2014, Port Autonomy has had

many incarnations since it first

opening in Lanthit Jetty, from

a verdant garden on Kabar Aye

Pagoda Road to its highly

anticipated dining pop-ups at

Yangon Zay.

The legendary Port Autonomy

is now back in Yangon. In

collaboration with 57 Below,

Port Autonomy can be found at

the former Union Bar and Grill

building on 42 Strand Road,

Botahtaung Township.

Bigger and better than ever,

Port Autonomy will be bringing

exciting brunches, live DJ sets,

signature cocktails and an Asian

fusion menu along with Mexican

and Western influences. From

the King George of Cuba

sandwich, made with Korean

dijonnaise and gochujang, to

Charred Kimchi Quesadilla,

and Rainbow Chopped Tea Leaf

Salad to Rare Australian Sirloin

“Not A Steak Sandwich”, the

newly-revamped bar provides

refreshing and potent cocktails

to cool you off at this distinctive

open-air bistro. 11am-11pm, 42

Strand Rd, beside the Red Cross

Myanmar building, Botahtaung

Township, Yangon, +95 (0) 1 392 263

DANCING IN THE RAIN

Mumbai’s monsoon is meant to be enjoyed thoroughly, which means stepping

outside and getting drenched in the downpour! The best place to do this is

at Marine Drive, a 3.6km seaside boulevard in South Mumbai flanked by Art

Deco buildings on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Walk along the

promenade from Girgaon Chowpatty all the way down to what’s called Land’s

End (near NCPA theatre). Grab a bhutta (roasted corn on the cob sprinkled

with salt, chilli powder, and lime juice) and get soaked as the waves crash over

the stone parapet onto the promenade. In the evenings, as the streetlights

come on, the drive is cast in the golden glow of the “Queen’s Necklace”.

Other places in the city to enjoy the monsoon are Worli Sea Face and Bandra

Bandstand; the latter has the added advantage of a fantastic view of the

Bandra-Worli Sea Link, an iconic cable-stayed bridge that connects South

Mumbai to the suburbs.

DAY TRIPPING

As monsoon sets in, almost every Mumbaiite plans a day trip to Lonavala,

a popular hill station in the Western Ghats that is less than 2 hours’ drive

from the city. Whizz on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and follow the

signs for Lonavala. The hill station is surrounded by verdant hills dotted

with waterfalls in the monsoons. There are plenty of hiking opportunities

here such as to Rajmachi Point, Lohagad Fort, and Duke’s Nose. Then head

over to the Bushi Dam waterfall to join monsoon revellers. Next stop is

Karla Caves, a complex of Buddhist cave shrines that date to 3rd century

BC. Don’t forget to buy a packet of Lonavala chikki, a candy made with

jaggery & peanuts from several shops in and en route Lonavala.

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

115


BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS RECEIVES

AWARD AS MOST PUNCTUAL AIRLINE

Bangkok Airways is the only Thai

carrier that ranks in the Top 20 airlines

– based on its On-Time Performance

(OTP) of 87.16 per cent in 2018. In

addition to ranking fifth overall

in an impressive leap from 32nd

place in 2017, the airline is also

ranked second among airlines in

the Asia Pacific region. This

recognition means a great deal

and encouragement for everyone at

Bangkok Airways. With this recognition,

the goal continues to maintain

quality on punctuality performances

with the highest safety standards.

OAG is the world’s leading

provider of annual travel data and

insight ranking of OTP for the

world’s largest airlines and airports.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สเป็นสายการบิน

เดียวของประเทศไทยที่ติดอันดับท็อป 20

ด้านความตรงต่อเวลา จากการจัดอันดับ

ของสายการบินจากทั่วโลก (Top 20

Airlines by On-Time Performance) จาก

โอเอจี (OAG) ด้วยสถิติความตรงต่อเวลา

87.16% ในปี 2561 เป็นอันดับที่ 2 ใน

ภูมิภาคเอเชียแปซิฟิก และเป็นอันดับที่ 5

ของโลก เลื่อนขึ้นมาจากอันดับที่ 32 ของ

โลก ในปี 2560 ทั้งนี้ สายการบินฯ ไม่เพียง

แต่ให้ความสำคัญในระดับความตรงต่อ

เวลา (On-Time Performance: OTP)

เท่านั้น แต่ยังคงมุ่งมั่นปฏิบัติตามขั้นตอน

เพื่อให้เกิดความตรงต่อเวลาอย่างแท้จริง

โอเอจี (OAG) เป็นบริษัทชั้นนำในการ

วิเคราะห์ข้อมูลด้านอุตสาหกรรมการบิน

ระดับโลก ที่เปิดเผยข้อมูลรายงานเกี่ยวกับ

สถิติความตรงต่อเวลาของสายการบินเเละ

ท่าอากาศยานทั่วโลกเป็นประจำทุกปี

BANGKOK AIRWAYS WINS “TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS –

REGIONAL AIRLINE ASIA 2019” FROM TRIPADVISOR

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited

has been awarded the “Travelers’ Choice

Awards – Regional Airline Asia 2019” by

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

are based on reviews by global travellers

that focus on service, quality and value.

TripAdvisor, through using an algorithm,

accounts for the quantity and quality

of airline reviews and ratings over a

12-month period (January - December

2018) to determine the award recipients.

BANGKOK AIRWAYS

AWARDED SUPERBRANDS

THAILAND 2018

Bangkok Airways President Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-

Osoth (left) recently received the Superbrands Thailand

2018 Award from Mr. Preecha Kaenprom, Country

Director, Superbrands Thailand (right). The award

presentation took place at the airline headquarters.

The award bestows a distinguished accolade to

organisations with the strongest brands in Thailand. Thai

consumers, marketers and journalists give their votes and

final results are determined by the Superbrands council of

judges from over 500 leading organisations in Thailand.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดย นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ

กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ (ซ้าย) รับมอบรางวัลสุดยอดแบรนด์

แห่งปี 2561 จาก นายปรีชา แก่นพรม ผู้อำนวยการซุปเปอร์แบรนด์

ประเทศไทย (ขวา) ณ สำนักงานใหญ่ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

รางวัลสุดยอดแบรนด์แห่งปี 2561 ถือเป็นรางวัลทรงเกียรติ

สำหรับองค์กรที่มีความเป็นเลิศในการสร้างแบรนด์ให้แข็งแกร่งเป็นที่

ยอมรับในระดับสากล ซึ่งได้รับการโหวตจากผู้บริโภค ผู้ทรงคุณวุฒิ

ด้านการตลาด สื่อมวลชน และได้รับคะแนนโหวตสูงสุดจากคณะ

กรรมการอิสระจากองค์กรชั้นนำกว่า 500 แห่งทั่วประเทศไทย

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ได้รับรางวัล

“ทราเวลเลอร์ส ช้อยส์ แอร์ไลน์ อวอร์ดส์ –

สายการบินยอดเยี่ยมในภูมิภาคเอเชีย ประจำปี

2562” จากทริปแอดไวเซอร์ (TripAdvisor)

เว็บไซต์ด้านการท่องเที่ยวชั้นนำของโลกที่มีการ

จัดอันดับความพึงพอใจในการใช้บริการสายการบิน

ทั่วโลกตลอดระยะเวลา 12 เดือน (มกราคม -

ธันวาคม 2561) การรีวิวและคะแนนที่ได้รับล้วน

แสดงถึงคุณภาพและความโดดเด่นในการให้

บริการของสายการบินที่ลูกค้าชื่นชอบ ซึ่งเป็น

ส่วนสำคัญที่ทำให้นักเดินทางมีความเชื่อมั่นและ

เลือกใช้บริการกับสายการบินฯ

BANGKOK AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE

FIRST QUARTER OF 2019 TOTAL REVENUE 7,789.9 MILLION BAHT;

NET PROFIT 510.8 MILLION BAHT

Bangkok Airways Public Company

Limited announces its operating

results for the first quarter of

2019 which has achieved a total

revenue amounting to 7,789.9

million baht. The net profit was

reported at 510.8 million baht.

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-

Osoth, President of Bangkok

Airways Public Company Limited

commented that, “In the first

quarter, total revenue of the company

was 7,789.9 million baht. The net

profit was reported at the amount

of 510.8 million baht in which the

profit attributable to the equity

holder of the company was 504.3

million baht. Earnings per share

equal to 0.24 baht. The total

number of passengers in the first

quarter of 2019 was 1.73 million

passengers and the passenger

load factor was at 74.6 per cent.

For this quarter, the majority of

passengers were from point-ofsale

in Europe at 25 per cent, in

Thailand at 23 per cent and in

Asia, excluding Thailand, at 20

per cent respectively.”

“In February, the Civil Aviation

Authority of Thailand approved

the renewal of the company’s

Airport Operator License (AOL);

the license is valid for 10 years. In

March 2019, Bangkok Air Aviation

Training Center Company Limited

(BATC), a subsidiary of Bangkok

Airways Public Company Limited

signed a partnership agreement

with International Air Transport

Association (IATA) on the

establishment of IATA Regional

Aviation Training Partner in Bangkok.

Additionally, the company has

joined hands with BTS Group

Holding Public Company Limited

and Sino-Thai Engineering &

Construction Public Company

Limited, submitting the proposal

under the name of “BBS Joint

Venture” for the bidding of U-Tapao

International Airport and Eastern

Aviation City Development project

to the Royal Thai Navy, which is

under the public private partnership.”

In the first quarter of 2019,

Bangkok Airways launched new

non-stop flight services between

Bangkok-Cam Ranh (Vietnam)

with 4 flights per week and

Chiang Mai-Krabi (one way) with

3 flights per week. Additionally,

the airline increased its flight

frequency on various routes such

as Bangkok-Danang (Vietnam)

route from 7 flights per week to

14 flights per week, Bangkok-

Mandalay (Myanmar) from 11

flights per week to 14 flights per

week to facilitate its passengers

and code-share partners,”

Mr. Puttipong confirmed.

นายพุฒิพงศ์ ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่

บริษัท การบินกรุงเทพ จำกัด (มหาชน) เปิดเผยว่า “ผลการ

ดำเนินงานในไตรมาสที่ 1 ของปี 2562 บริษัทฯ มีรายได้รวม

7,789.9 ล้านบาท มีกำไรสุทธิเท่ากับ 510.8 ล้านบาท โดย

เป็นกำไรสุทธิที่เป็นส่วนของผู้ถือหุ้นของบริษัทฯ เท่ากับ 504.3

ล้านบาท กำไรต่อหุ้นเท่ากับ 0.24 บาทต่อหุ้น มีจำนวนผู้

โดยสารรวม 1.73 ล้านคน และมีอัตราส่วนการขนส่งผู้โดยสาร

เฉลี่ย (Load Factor) ร้อยละ 74.6 ซึ่งสัดส่วนผู้โดยสารจากจุด

จำหน่ายบัตรโดยสาร (Point-of-Sale) 3 อันดับแรก มาจาก

ภูมิภาคยุโรปร้อยละ 25.0 ในประเทศไทยร้อยละ 23.0 และใน

ภูมิภาคเอเชียไม่รวมประเทศไทยร้อยละ 20.0”

“ในเดือนกุมภาพันธ์ที่ผ่านมา บริษัทฯ ได้รับการต่อใบอนุญาต

ประกอบกิจการค้าขายในการเดินอากาศ (Airport Operator

License หรือ AOL) จากสำนักงานการบินพลเรือนแห่ง

ประเทศไทย โดยใบอนุญาตมีอายุ 10 ปี และในเดือนมีนาคม บริษัท

บางกอกแอร์ เอวิเอชั่น เทรนนิ่ง เซ็นเตอร์ จ ำกัด ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทในเครือ

ได้ลงนามสัญญากับสมาคมขนส่งทางอากาศระหว่างประเทศ

(IATA) เพื่อจัดตั้งศูนย์ฝึกอบรมด้านการบินของ IATA ระดับภูมิภาค

และนอกจากนี ้บริษัทฯ ได้ร่วมกับ บริษัท บีทีเอส กรุ๊ป โฮลดิ้งส์

จำกัด (มหาชน) และ บริษัท ซิโน-ไทย เอ็นจิเนียริ่ง แอนด์ คอน

สตรัคชั่น จำกัด (มหาชน) ในนามของ “กิจการร่วมค้าบีบีเอส”

ในการยื่นข้อเสนอเข้าร่วมลงทุนในโครงการพัฒนาสนามบิน

อู่ตะเภาและเมืองการบินภาคตะวันออกต่อกองทัพเรือ”

“สำหรับการขยายเส้นทางบินและการเพิ่มเที่ยวบินของ

บริษัทฯ ในไตรมาสแรกปี 2562 บริษัทฯ ได้เปิดให้บริการเส้น

ทางบินใหม่ระหว่างกรุงเทพฯ-คัมรัน (เวียดนาม) เมื่อเดือน

มกราคมที่ผ่านมา โดยให้บริการสัปดาห์ละ 4 เที่ยวบิน ด้วย

เครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส เอ319 ขนาด 144 ที่นั่ง และเส้นทาง

เชียงใหม่-กระบี่ (เที่ยวเดียว) ให้บริการ 3 เที่ยวบินต่อสัปดาห์

ด้วยเครื่องบินแบบแอร์บัส เอ319 ขนาด 144 ที่นั่ง ในเดือน

มีนาคม และได้เพิ่มความถี่ของเที่ยวบินในเส้นทางบินระหว่าง

ประเทศที่ได้รับความนิยม ได้แก่ กรุงเทพฯ-ดานัง (เวียดนาม)

จากสัปดาห์ละ 7 เที่ยวบิน เพิ่มเป็นสัปดาห์ละ 14 เที่ยวบิน

กรุงเทพฯ-มัณฑะเลย์ (เมียนมาร์) จากสัปดาห์ละ 11 เที่ยวบิน

เพิ่มเป็นสัปดาห์ละ 14 เที่ยวบิน เพื่ออำนวยความสะดวกให้แก่

ผู้โดยสารและสายการบินพันธมิตร” นายพุฒิพงศ์กล่าวปิดท้าย

116 117


BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

BANGKOK AIRWAYS WELCOMES ITS LATEST ATR 72-600 AIRCRAFT

Recently, Bangkok Airways led by

Air Marshall Dechit Chareonwong,

Vice President of Flight Operations

(3th from right) together with

airline pilots welcomed a brandnew

ATR 72-600 aircraft at

Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The new ATR 72-600 was

delivered from the ATR manufacturer

in Toulouse, France. This new

generation ATR-600 is equipped

with a state-of-the-art, full-glass

cockpit monitoring and control

systems. It also features high

comfort layout seating for 70

passengers with larger overhead

bins to enhance travel convenience

and satisfaction. The recently

delivered ATR 72-600 will be

part of added services on domestic

flights such as Sukhothai, Trat,

Lampang, Samui (Surat Thani),

Phuket, Krabi and Hat Yai (Songkhla).

Currently, the Bangkok Airways

fleet consists of 40 aircrafts; 2

ATR72-500s, 13 ATR72-600s,

16 A319s, and 9 A320s.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส นำโดย

กัปตัน พล.อ.ท. เดชิศร์ เจริญวงศ์ รองกรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายปฏิบัติการบิน (ที่ 3 จากขวา)

และผู้บริหารของสายการบินฯ ร่วมกับทีมนักบิน ให้การ

ต้อนรับเครื่องบินแบบเอทีอาร์ รุ่น 72-600 ลำล่าสุด

ณ ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ

เครื่องบินโดยสารแบบเอทีอาร์ รุ่น 72-600 ลำนี้

มาจากโรงงานเอทีอาร์ เมืองตูลูส ประเทศฝรั่งเศส

ประกอบไปด้วยที่นั่งจำนวน 70 ที่นั่ง มีระบบควบคุม

การบินที่มีความทันสมัยซึ่งแสดงผลเป็นระบบดิจิตัล

ทั้งหมด มีที่นั่งโดยสารที่กว้างขวางสะดวกสบาย

และช่องใส่สัมภาระเหนือศีรษะที่มีขนาดใหญ่ขึ้นกว่าเดิม

โดยเครื่องบินเอทีอาร์รุ่น 72-600 ลำใหม่นี้จะให้

บริการสำหรับเส้นทางบินในประเทศของบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส อาทิ สุโขทัย ตราด ลำปาง สมุย (จังหวัด

สุราษฎร์ธานี) ภูเก็ต กระบี่ และหาดใหญ่ (จังหวัด

สงขลา) เป็นต้น

ปัจจุบัน สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์สมีเครื่องบิน

ประจำฝูงบินทั้งหมด 40 ลำ ประกอบไปด้วยเครื่องบิน

แบบเอทีอาร์ 72-500 จำนวน 2 ลำ เอทีอาร์ 72-600

จำนวน 13 ลำ แอร์บัส เอ 319 จำนวน 16 ลำ และ

แอร์บัส เอ 320 จำนวน 9 ลำ

BANGKOK AIRWAYS CONGRATULATES

THAI AIRWAYS ON ITS 59TH ANNIVERSARY

Recently, Bangkok Airways represented by Mr.

Songkrot Palakawong Na Ayuthaya, Director

– Corporate Communications, (3rd from left)

made a visit to the Thai Airways International

(THAI) Head Office to congratulate the national

carrier on its 59th anniversary and to donate

funds for their “Rak Khun Tao Fah” charity

campaign. The donation was received by Mr.

Sumeth Damrongchaitham (2nd from right),

President of Thai Airways International.

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยนาย

ทรงกรต ปาลกะวงศ์ ณ อยุธยา ผู้อำนวยการส่วน

ประชาสัมพันธ์องค์กร (ที่ 3 จากซ้าย) ร่วมแสดง

ความยินดีและมอบเงินบริจาคเข้ากองทุนเพื่อการ

กุศล “รักคุณเท่าฟ้า” เนื่องในโอกาสวันคล้ายวัน

ก่อตั้งครบรอบ 59 ปีของบริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด

(มหาชน) โดยมีนายสุเมธ ดำรงชัยธรรม กรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ (ที่ 2 จากขวา) เป็นผู้รับมอบ ณ

สำนักงานใหญ่ บริษัท การบินไทย จำกัด (มหาชน)

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

FRENCH CUISINE WORKSHOP BY BANGKOK AIRWAYS

An exclusive cooking workshop

for members of the media to

learn about French cuisine was

recently organised by Bangkok

Airways. Led by airline president

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth

(3rd from left) and Gourmet Primo

Co. General Manager Mr. Gerhard

Engleitner (2nd from right), the

workshop was held at Brassie 9

restaurant also with members of the

Bangkok Airways management team.

BANGKOK AIRWAYS INTRODUCES

A “SURF ON BOARD” CAMPAIGN

To support a healthy lifestyle and

sports tourism, Bangkok Airways

launches the special “Surf On Board”

campaign, waving the usual service

fees when passengers check in their

surfboards for all flights (conditions

apply). The offer will be valid from 1

May until the end of December 2019.

Surfers who travel on Bangkok

Airways flights (except for ATR aircraft)

will be able to load their surfboards (1

per passenger) for free in addition to the

regular baggage allowance (limited space

per each aircraft). The surfboard should

be properly packed. Additionally, this

service is applied for travel purpose only

and not for commercial.

To take advantage of this service,

passengers are requested to contact

Bangkok Airways Call Centre at 1771, or

at email: reservation@bangkokair.com to

book space, as there may be limitations

in some aircraft.

For worry-free travel, the airline highly

Gourmet Primo Co., is a business

unit of Bangkok Air Catering Co.,

(BAC), offering the highest quality

food products for a wide range

of customer tastes. The company

also provides semi-prepared

products, specialty dish ingredients,

as well as fully-prepared cooked,

chilled, or frozen meals. In addition,

the company manages three

dining establishments: Brasserie 9

restaurant, offering their finest in

authentic French cuisine located

on Sathorn Soi 6, and two branches

of the Al Saray restaurant, serving

the best of Lebanese and Indian

cuisine. In the fourth quarter of

2019, the company also plans

to introduce another restaurant,

“Ruen Noppakao,” to offer the

best in Thai royal cuisine.

recommends passengers travelling with

surfboards to consider purchasing “Protective

Wing,” a travel insurance that will ensure

their travels go smoothly by avoiding any

potential damage that may occur. To

purchase the Protective Wing policy,

please visit insurance.bangkokair.com or

call 02 305 8457 for more information.

สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส จัดแคมเปญ “Surf

On Board” เพื่อส่งเสริมการออกกำลังกายและ

สนับสนุนการท่องเที่ยวเชิงกีฬา โดยมอบสิทธิพิเศษ

แก่ผู้โดยสารของสายการบินฯ ในการโหลดกระดาน

โต้คลื่นในเที่ยวบินโดยไม่มีค่าใช้จ่าย ทั้งนี้อยู่

ภายใต้เงื่อนไขที ่บริษัทฯ กำหนด เริ่มตั้งแต่วันที่

1 พฤษภาคม ถึงวันที่ 31 ธันวาคม 2562 นี้

ผู้โดยสารที่เดินทางกับสายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์สและมีความประสงค์ที่จะโหลดกระดานโต้คลื่น

สามารถโหลดขึ้นเครื่องได้ 1 ท่านต่อ 1 ชิ้น นอกเหนือ

จากสัมภาระปกติ (น้ำหนักสัมภาระรวมของผู้โดยสาร

จะไม่ถูกนับในสิทธิพิเศษนี้) โดยผู้โดยสารจะต้องจัด

เก็บกระดานโต้คลื่นในถุงอุปกรณ์ให้เรียบร้อย ทั้งนี้

การให้บริการจะยกเว้นเที่ยวบินที่ให้บริการด้วย

เครื่องบินแบบเอทีอาร์ และมีจำกัดจำนวนกระดาน

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอก

แอร์เวย์ส โดยนายพุฒิพงศ์

ปราสาททองโอสถ กรรมการ

ผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ (ที่ 3 จากซ้าย)

ร่วมกับบริษัท กรูเมท์พรีโม่ จำกัด

โดย มร. แกร์ฮาร์ด อิงลิชเนอร์

ผู้จัดการทั่วไป (ที่ 2 จากขวา) จัด

กิจกรรมเวิร์กช็อปทำเมนูอาหาร

ฝรั่งเศสแบบดั้งเดิม โดยมีสื่อมวลชน

และผู้บริหารของสายการบินฯ เข้า

ร่วม ณ ร้านอาหารบราซารี่ไนน์

(Brasserie 9) ถนนสาธร ซอย 6

บริษัท กรูเมท์พรีโม่ จำกัด เป็น

บริษัทในเครือบริษัท บางกอกแอร์

เคเทอริ่ง จำกัด (BAC) ให้บริการ

อาหารแปรรูปเพื่อจัดจำหน่าย

รวมถึงให้บริการจัดเลี้ยงและให้

บริการให้คำปรึกษาเกี่ยวกับเรื่อง

อาหาร นอกจากนี้ ยังมีธุรกิจร้าน

อาหารในเครืออีก 3 แห่ง ได้แก่

ร้านอาหารบราซารี่ไนน์

(Brasserie 9) เป็นร้านอาหารฝรั่งเศส

แบบดั้งเดิม ร้านอาหาร Al Saray

เป็นร้านอาหารเลบานีสและอาหาร

อินเดีย ซึ่งปัจจุบันมีอยู่ 2 สาขา

คือ สาขาซอยศูนย์วิจัยและสาขา

สีลม และภายในปี 2562 บริษัทฯ

มีแผนจะเปิดให้บริการร้านเรือน

นพเก้า ซึ่งเป็นร้านอาหารไทย

ตำรับชาววังเพิ่มเติมอีก 1 แห่ง

โต้คลื ่นต่อเที่ยวบิน การใช้สิทธิ์ดังกล่าวเพื่อจุด

ประสงค์ในการท่องเที่ยวเท่านั้น ไม่สามารถใช้

ขนย้ายอุปกรณ์กระดานโต้คลื่นในเชิงพาณิชย์ได้

ผู้โดยสารต้องติดต่อแจ้งความประสงค์ก่อนเดิน

ทางล่วงหน้า เพื่อตรวจสอบสถานะการใช้สิทธิ์ได้ที่

ศูนย์บริการข้อมูลลูกค้าโทร 1771 (ค่าบริการครั้งละ

3 บาททั่วไทย เฉพาะโทรศัพท์พื้นฐาน) หรือที่อีเมล

reservation@bangkokair.com และทางสายการ

บินฯ แนะนำผู้โดยสารที่มีความประสงค์ซื้อประกัน

การเดินทาง Protective Wing เพื่อคุ้มครองการเดิน

ทางและอุปกรณ์ที่จะนำขึ้นโหลด สามารถซื้อพร้อม

บัตรโดยสาร หรือผ่านทาง http://insurance.

bangkokair.com ล่วงหน้า 3 ชั่วโมงก่อนเวลา

เดินทาง สอบถามข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับประกันภัย

การเดินทางได้ที่ โทร. 02 305 8457

BANGKOK AIRWAYS AND TAT

LAUNCH “BANGKOK AIRWAYS

HAPPY WEEKDAYS” CAMPAIGN

Bangkok Airways Public Company

led by Ms. Plernpis Kosolutasarn,

Director – Marketing Promotion

(2nd from right), in collaboration

with the Tourism Authority of

Thailand (TAT) led by Mr. Noppadon

Pakprot, Deputy Governor for

Domestic Marketing (2nd from

left) and Mr. Wiboon Nimitrwanich,

Executive Director of the Eastern

Region (1st from left ) organised

the official launch of “ Bangkok

Airways Happy Weekdays”

campaign. Bangkok Airways

passengers who purchase a

domestic ticket for travel on the

weekdays of Monday, Tuesday,

Wednesday, and Thursday

during 15 May - 31 July 2019

will receive a chance to win

Bangkok Airways prizes. The

launch was announced at the

Bangkok Airways head office on

Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

The “Bangkok Airways Happy

Weekdays” campaign is aimed at

boosting tourism and travel before

the weekend arrives. Bangkok Airways

passengers who purchase a domestic

ticket during 15 May - 31 July 2019

will be eligible to win one of the 50

prizes of 2 round trip tickets to

various domestic destinations such

as Bangkok-Samui (10 prizes), Bangkok-

Chiang Rai (10 prizes), Bangkok-Krabi

(10 prizes), Bangkok-Lampang (10

prizes) and Bangkok-Trat (10 prizes).

Bangkok Airways passengers

can register at www.bangkokair.com

/weekdayspecial from 15 May - 2

August 2019 to participate and

take advantage of this offer. The

drawing of ticket prizes will take

place on 8 August 2019. The

lucky winners will be announced

on 15 August 2019 via www.

bangkokair.com/weekdayspecial and

www.facebook.com/flybangkokair

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส น ำโดย นางสาวเพลินพิศ

โกศลยุทธสาร ผู้อำนวยการส่วนส่งเสริมการตลาด (ที่ 2 จากขวา)

ร่วมกับ การท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย (ททท.) โดยนายนพดล

ภาคพรต รองผู้ว่าการด้านตลาดในประเทศ (ที่ 2 จากซ้าย) และนาย

วิบูลย์ นิมิตรวานิช ผู้อำนวยการภูมิภาคตะวันออก (ซ้าย) เปิดตัว

แคมเปญ “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ชวนบินวันธรรมดา ลุ้นฟินแบบไม่

ธรรมดา” มอบสิทธิ์ในการลุ้นรางวัลบัตรโดยสารเครื่องบินแก่ผู้

โดยสารของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส เมื่อซื้อบัตรโดยสารเส้นทางภายใน

ประเทศระหว่างวันที่ 15 พฤษภาคม - 31 กรกฎาคม 2562 เพื่อเดิน

ทางท่องเที่ยวในวันธรรมดา (จันทร์ อังคาร พุธ พฤหัสบดี) ณ

สำนักงานใหญ่ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส

แคมเปญ “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส ชวนบินวันธรรมดา ลุ้นฟินแบบไม่

ธรรมดา” จัดขึ้นเพื่อกระตุ้นการเดินทางท่องเที่ยวในวันธรรมดาให้

มากขึ้น โดยผู้โดยสารของสายการบินฯ ที่ซื้อบัตรโดยสารเส้นทาง

ภายในประเทศระหว่างวันที่ 15 พฤษภาคม - 31 กรกฎาคม 2562

เพื่อเดินทางท่องเที่ยวในวันธรรมดา (จันทร์ อังคาร พุธ พฤหัสบดี)

จะได้รับสิทธิ์ลุ้นรางวัล บัตรโดยสาร ไป-กลับ เส้นทางบินภายใน

ประเทศจำนวน 50 รางวัลๆ ละ 2 ที่นั่ง ได้แก่ กรุงเทพฯ-สมุย 10

รางวัล กรุงเทพฯ-เชียงราย 10 รางวัล กรุงเทพฯ-ลำปาง 10 รางวัล

กรุงเทพฯ-กระบี่ 10 รางวัล และ กรุงเทพฯ-ตราด 10 รางวัล

ผู้โดยสารที่สนใจสามารถลงทะเบียนร่วมกิจกรรมได้ที่ www.

bangkokair.com/weekdayspecial ตั้งแต่วันที่ 15 พฤษภาคม -

2 สิงหาคม 2562 ทั้งนี้แคมเปญดังกล่าวมีกำหนดจับรางวัลในวันที่

8 สิงหาคม 2562 และจะประกาศรายชื่อผู้โชคดีที่ได้รับรางวัลในวันที่

15 สิงหาคม 2562 ผ่านทางเว็บไซต์ที่ www.bangkokair.com/

weekdayspecial และทางเฟสบุ๊คที่ www.facebook.com/

flybangkokair

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BANGKOK AIRWAYS NEWS

“BANGKOK AIRWAYS KRABI HALF MARATHON” MARKS AIRLINE’S

BOUTIQUE SERIES 2019

The “Bangkok Airways Krabi Half

Marathon” at Thara Park in Krabi

province was recently organised

by the airline, led by Mr. Nijjapat

Piyapant, Vice President – Ground

Operations. The event was attended

by Mr. Somkuan Khanngern, Vice

Governor of Krabi and joined by

more than 3,500 running enthusiasts

from around the world.

Bangkok Airways organised

the half marathon to promote

Krabi tourism and to ensure

that participants recognise the

importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Divided into 3 categories, the fun

runs on offer included 5 kilometres,

a mini marathon of 10 kilometres

and a half marathon of 21 kilometres.

Along the route, runners had an

opportunity to experience the

vibrant lifestyle of Krabi city and

the natural beauty of the Paknam

Krabi area. This year’s participants

also experienced Bangkok Airways’

signature boutique touches

from the collaboration with

stupidnoobmacc, a renowned Thai

illustrator behind “BabyBoy” who

designed a special collection just

for “Bangkok Airways Boutique

Series 2019”. The unique designs

highlighted each province’s

uniqueness thus themes created

by BabyBoy are featured on the

running series’ shirts, medals and

trophies in each destination.

Bangkok Airways Krabi Half-

Marathon is the first event out of

six planned programmes of the

Bangkok Airways Boutique Series

2019. The remaining programmes

are the “Samui Half Marathon”

on 2 June 2019, “Lampang Half

Marathon” on 7 July 2019, “Phuket

Half Marathon” on 4 August 2019,

“Chiang Rai Marathon” on 15

September 2019 and “Lanna Half

Marathon” on 3 November 2019.

For more information, please

visit www.facebook.com/Bangkok

Airways.Run or register to participate

at www.bangkokairwaysrun.com

เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้ สายการบินบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดย นายนิจพัฒน์

ปิยะพันธ์ รองกรรมการผู้อำนวยการใหญ่ ฝ่ายปฏิบัติการ

ภาคพื้น จัดงาน “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กระบี่ฮาล์ฟมาราธอน”

รายการวิ่งรายการแรกของ “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูทีค ซีรีส์

2019” (Bangkok Airways Boutique Series 2019) ณ

สวนสาธารณะธารา จังหวัดกระบี่ โดยมีนายสมควร ขันเงิน

รองผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัดกระบี่ เป็นประธานในพิธีเปิด และมี

นักวิ่งทั้งชาวไทยและชาวต่างชาติร่วมงานกว่า 3,500 คน

การแข่งขัน “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กระบี่ฮาล์ฟมาราธอน” จัดขึ้น

เพื่อส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยวและการกีฬาในจังหวัดกระบี่ โดยแบ่ง

การแข่งขันออกเป็นประเภทฟันรัน 5 กิโลเมตร มินิมาราธอน 10

กิโลเมตร และฮาล์ฟมาราธอน 21 กิโลเมตร โดยเส้นทางวิ่งผ่านตัว

เมืองทำให้นักวิ่งมีโอกาสได้สัมผัสวิถีชีวิตผู้คนยามเช้า และความ

งดงามทางธรรมชาติบริเวณปากน้ำกระบี่ ผสมผสานความเป็น

บูทีคในแบบฉบับของบางกอกแอร์เวย์ส โดยเสื้อวิ่งที่ใช้ในการแข่งขัน

ได้รับการออกแบบโดย stupidnoobmacc ศิลปินอิลลัสเตรเตอร์

ชื่อดังชาวไทย ในการนำคาแรคเตอร์ “เบบี้บอย (BabyBoy)” มาใช้

ในเสื้อ เหรียญรางวัล และถ้วยรางวัล ให้มีเอกลักษณ์ไม่ซ้ำกันใน

แต่ละรายการวิ่งของ บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูทีค ซีรีส์ 2019

รายการวิ่ง “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส กระบี่ ฮาล์ฟมาราธอน” เป็น

รายการแรก จากทั้งหมด 6 รายการของ “บางกอกแอร์เวย์ส บูทีค

ซีรีส์ 2019” ที่จัดขึ้นใน 6 จุดหมายปลายทางของสายการบินฯ

ตลอดปี 2562 โดยรายการวิ่งที่เหลืออีก 5 รายการ ได้แก่ รายการ

วิ่ง “สมุยฮาล์ฟมาราธอน” ที่อำเภอเกาะสมุย จังหวัดสุราษฎ์ธานี

ในวันที่ 2 มิถุนายน 2562 รายการวิ่ง “ลำปางฮาล์ฟมาราธอน”

ที่จังหวัดลำปาง ในวันที่ 7 กรกฎาคม 2562 รายการวิ่ง “ภูเก็ต

ฮาล์ฟมาราธอน” ที่จังหวัดภูเก็ต ในวันที่ 4 สิงหาคม 2562 รายการ

วิ่ง “เชียงรายฮาล์ฟมาราธอน” ที่จังหวัดเชียงราย ในวันที่ 15

กันยายน 2562 และรายการวิ่ง “ล้านนาฮาล์ฟมาราธอน” ที่จังหวัด

เชียงใหม่ วันที่ 3 พฤศจิกายน 2562

สำหรับผู้ที่สนใจสามารถสอบถามและดูรายละเอียดเพิ่มเติม

ได้ที่ www.facebook.com/BangkokAirways.Run และสมัครเข้า

ร่วมแข่งขันได้ที่ www.bangkokairwaysrun.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 : 13

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 Koh Samui

Chiang Rai : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

Hat Yai :

1 flight per day from Phuket

Koh Chang/Trat : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Krabi : 3 flights per day from Bangkok ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui ;

1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

Lampang : 3 flights per day from Bangkok

Mae Hong Son : 1 flight per day from Chiang Mai

Pattaya : 1 flight per day from Phuket ;

1 flight per day from Koh Samui

Sukhothai : 2 flights per day from Bangkok

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Chengdu : 4 flights per week from Koh Samui

Chongqing : 3 flights per week from Koh Samui

Da Nang : 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

Malé :

1 flight per day from Bangkok

Mandalay : 11 flights per week from Bangkok ;

4 flights per week from Chiang Mai

Mumbai : 1 flight per day from Bangkok

Nay Pyi Taw : 6 flights per week from Bangkok

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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