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BK MAGAZINE NO. 634 FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016. www.bkmagazine.com

Paradise Found Thailand’s most underrated beach destinations.

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Summer Getaway

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14 fashion

Draft Dodging

Beach Please

16 blends

20 bites

Sathorn to Thonglor

Chef’s Selection 30 BK Now

Modern German

Plan Ahead

Who's in charge? Editor in Chief / Product Director Grégoire Glachant Managing Editor Oliver Irvine Deputy Editor Carl Dixon Features Associate Monruedee Jansuttipan Senior Staff Writers Vasachol Quadri, Lily Kittisrikangwan Staff Writers Natcha Sanguankiattichai, Bonnie Sananvatananont Branded Content Associate Sureepak Janyapat Content Coordinator Nontaya Kumyat Junior Writer Kankanid Mitrpakdee Production Supervisor Komkrit Klinkaeo Deputy Art Director Panita Thiraphapong Graphic Designers Chantich Kongchanmitkul, Peeraya Sirathanisa Junior Graphic Designers Wariya Whangwaewklang, Parida Ritthiron Production Assistant Saranya Chawanrattanasakul

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That You Can’t Always Trust Sacred Cows Everyone loves to love Bangkok’s old food institutions. And so did we until finally eating at Niyom, where the legendary “best-mookrob-in-town” was so oily we felt sick after just a couple of bites. See page 28.

That Supanniga Thonglor is better than the one in Sathorn. Or is it? Supanniga’s owner says he’s heard feedback that his Thonglor branch is better than the one in Sathorn. Except we’ve heard the exact opposite. Can someone set up an online poll? www.supannigaeatingroom.com That Our Indie Music Scene Will be Busy This Year. Fingers Crossed. Since Two Door Cinema Club and Disclosure confirmed they’re coming here, rumors have surfaced that Radiohead and Chvrches might be too. So far, all we have to go on is a post on Fungjai but, hey, we can dream, right?

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A checklist of BK Magazine’s most important discoveries this week.

That Malls Can Actually Pull off a Convincing Faux Festival Vibe The EmDistrict’s World’s Pop-up Beach (Mar 10-Apr 27) is surprisingly nice (at least on weekends): people sipping drinks in the summer heat, cute kids running around, ripped dads with Crossfit memberships. Hot!

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That Salted Egg Yolk Lava Croissants Are Here. Finally. There’s no stopping Bangkok’s obsession with everything oozing. Now there’s no more looking with envy at cafes in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore—CODE Cafe offers Bangkok’s first taste of salted yolk lava croissants in all their gooey glory. www.fb.com/codedessertcafe That Unleashing Dinosaurs in Downtown Bangkok Causes Traffic Jams Were you trying to get anywhere near Sukhumvit last Friday? Hope you were on the BTS. If the opening of the new lizard park Dinosaur Planet’s success were measured in mayhem caused, we’d say it’s a hit. www.dinosaurplanet.net That Bangkok is Ready for Monthly Gin Tasting Sessions Teens of Thailand head honcho Niks Anuman-rajadhon is reliving his teaching days at Drinks Academy. Last week, the gin bar launched a series of tasting sessions aimed at teaching you all about the trending spirit. www.fb.com/teensofthailand

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upfront HOT OR NOT

Hot: Beers on the beach

Not: Coffee in Chiang Mai

The two weeks of the year when you can kind of pretend to yourself that Chiang Mai has hot-coffee weather are now well and truly over. With temps across the country pushing 40, there’s only one reason we’ll be traveling, and it ain’t to drink a single-origin latte in a room without Wi-Fi. Where are we headed? See page 6 to find out.

INTERVIEW

Hot: Business-based rewards

Not: Kickbacks

Remember the Thaksin-era when corruption was called “commissions”? Well the current term is now “business-based rewards.” Now that our defence minister who’s also a general has taken the word of another general on this, we can all move on.

Hot: Walking on the ARL

Not: Waiting for the BTS

Forget the BTS’s mini Bangkok shutdown last February. In March, the ARL was offering free, impromptu hour-long sauna sessions. This is the same ARL which manages its 17 million passengers on a budget of B33 billion a year. To put that in perspective, river taxis deal with 29 million people on B70 million.

Hot: Disclosure

Not: Tom Jones

The gap between how far an artist is past their creative peak and when they visit Bangkok has been brought down from four decades to just a couple of years thanks to the news that Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club will both be coming to town—and bringing the sound of 2012 with them. But not before Tom Jones returns to excite Thai aunties everywhere (see page 30).

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Every year on Apr 1-12, when Thailand’s 21-year-old men must go through military conscription, an average of 900 transgender women are also caught up in the draft. To help them through the process, the Thai Transgender Alliance has produced a guide detailing what the military requires of them to avoid conscription. Here, BK chats to ThaiTGA executive director Jetsada Taesombat, 32, about the project. When did you become involved with this issue? A decade ago in 2006, a transgender woman named Samart Meecharoen decided to sue the Ministry of Defense to force them to change the wording in the conscription certificate called Sor Dor 43, which used the phrase “permanent mental disorder” to describe how transgender people could avoid conscription. Crucially, this goes on to affect a person’s life following the draft because companies always ask to see their Sor Dor 43 before hiring them. When an HR department sees that description then the chances are they will not hire you. Samart finally won her case in 2011, when the wording was changed to “gender dysphoria”— which sounds much more positive. But transgenders still face lots of difficulties to avoid conscription. What do they need to do?  They need to start preparing at the age of 17, when they get their first military notice. By the time they are 20, they need to have gone to the hospital, which should be a military hospital, in Nov-Feb, to get tested by a doctor who can endorse the fact that they are transgender and cannot serve as a soldier. That way, they will have the correct paperwork in time for the annual conscription

season from Apr 1-12. Most transgender women are afraid of what they might face. The worst case we encountered was someone contemplating suicide to avoid conscription. Has the situation improved? It was terrible about a decade ago. Most conscriptions happened in large public spaces like schools, temples or government offices. Transgender women were forced to strip down in front of guys, exposing their breats. Many of them were mocked and molested, made to do pageant contests. But the military has improved a lot since then, working together with gender identity rights groups, including us. There are no cases of indecency reported anymore. We really appreciate that effort. Have there been any cases of transgender women who were conscripted?  Yes. If you’re transgender and middle class, then you have the money to transform yourself to look like a woman. But not everyone has the ability to do that. There are many poor transgender conscripts who need to work hard to take care of their parents in rural areas and who still look masculine. We had one case in which a male-looking transgender woman needed our help to

resend her papers, prove she wasn’t a man and revoke the conscription. Where can people find your guide? Apart from our office, we distribute it to government offices and military bases where they work on conscription procedures. Since we only have a limited print budget, we try to promote it on social media and our website as much as possible. We now get calls from parents, boyfriends of transgender people and even regular guys who just want advice about the conscription process. What else does ThaiTGA work on?  It might seem like the transgender community now has more freedom, but in reality there is still a lot of violence against them, mostly from their families, schools and the workplace. Society still views us as an abnormality, even in Thai health education textbooks. It creates a discriminatory mindset, resigning us to second-class citizens, sexual objects or entertainers. So we’re trying to spread a more positive attitude and ensure society understands us. Interview by Monruedee Jansuttipan See more at www.thaitga.com

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Underrated Beaches The five hottest alternative coastal destinations this summer. By Monruedee Jansuttipan

Theerasak Saksritawee

Koh Similan

PHANG NGA Phang Nga has long been overshadowed by neighboring Phuket, despite the undoubted majesty of Khaolak Beach and Andaman Sea hot spots the Similan and Surin islands. This year the province is emerging as a hot destination thanks in part to its “See the Unseen” campaign aiming to promote the abundant natural attractions waiting to be discovered.

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San Lang Mangkorn, Koh Yao Noi TAT Phang Nga

Phung Chang Cave TAT Phang Nga

Stay here: There are camping sites available at the viewpoints (contact the heads of the village, Noppadol on 089-591-0569 and Bang Nhee on 062208-1390). It’s B400 for a tent and B100 for a camping spot. But if you’re looking for a proper deep sleep, De Chom Villa (081-926-3286, www. fb.com/dechomvilla) is a good choice nearby. You can also stay at Khaolak or Koh Yao Noi: Beyond Resort Khaolak (076-592-300, goo.gl/O8FS0o) recently unveiled new villas, while Paradise Koh Yao (076-584-450, www. paradise-kohyao.com) comes with a grand sunset view of Phang Nga Bay.

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Head here: There’s plenty here for adventure seekers. Dubbed “Little Amazon,” Klong Sang Nae (086-953-1789, 076-424-176) looks like something out of an Indiana Jones film, snaking its way through thick banyan tree forests in Takua Pa district, an old mining boom area. It costs B500 to rent a canoe or paddle boat and B700 for a motorboat. Other nearby must-visits are Samed Nang Chee and Toh Li viewpoints, which offer unrivaled views over Phang Nga Bay from vantage points two kilometers apart. From Hin Rom Pier you can take a cruise around Phang Nga Bay. As well as homestays and legit fisherman family-run seafood restaurants, other attractions around the bay include Tham Phung Chang (or Elephant Belly Cave), the savannah-like Koh Phra Thong and Koh Yao Noi. One particular highlight is the 2km sand spit that connects Koh Yao Noi and Koh Plong at low tide. Locals call it “San Lang Mangkorn,” which means “dragon spine.” Check tide times if you want to catch it.

Samed Nang Chee viewpoint

Klong Sang Nae

Koh Phra Thong

How to get there: Traveling around is pretty tricky. It’s better to rent a car as local buses are really sparse. Contact TAT Phang Nga (076-481-900-2) for more tips. It takes 10 hours to drive from Bangkok but you can fly to Phuket and rent a car from there.

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ADVERTORIAL

Thai Treasures Twenty of Thailand's most renowned artists celebrate HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's 61st birthday at River City Bangkok. On the auspicious occasion of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 61st birthday, River City Bangkok is honored to host an exhibition in celebration of her lifelong contribution to the arts of Thailand and her tireless support for the Kingdom’s artistic traditions. “Arts for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn” is a collaborative exhibition with some of the most celebrated names in traditional and contemporary Thai art. River City will display more than 50 works of art from March 28 until April 8, 2016 at RCB Galleria (2/F). Some of the highlights include the masterpieces of Asst. Prof. Sakol Sutthimarn, a two-time winner of the Bua Luang Painting Competition, whose semi-traditional paintings transform bas-relief sculptures into bright, fragmented deconstructions of classical scenes from the Ramakien. Also on show will be a sculptor and master crayon artist, Somyot Kumsang, whose semi-traditional Thai paintings are reminiscent of Chinese and Japanese brush techniques. They will be joined by a score of artists, from the late master sculptor Toh Kumdech to the Lanna artist Duangjan Jantarat. Also on show will be priceless antiques by some of the Kingdom’s foremost artisans. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn by Thanarit Thipwaree 'Silpbaramee' by Uthai Kanoey integrating the techniques of pencil drawing and gold leaf gilding. A scene from the classical epic ‘Ramakien’ by Asst. Prof. Sakol Sutthimarn, a two-time winner of the Bua Luang Painting Competition.

River City Bangkok Since it opened in 1985, River City Bangkok has established itself as Thailand’s premier hub for arts and antiques from all over Asia. The luxurious riverside complex not only hosts monthly auctions renowned among art connoisseurs, but is also home to more than 80 art and antiques stores, showcasing priceless collections of fine craftsmanship by master artisans. Beyond the masterpieces on display, River City Bangkok is also a one-stop lifestyle destination with sophisticated dining experiences, sweeping views of the river and a carefully curated selection of boutiques. Recently renovated, River City Bangkok is now more welcoming and sophisticated than ever. River City Bangkok, Yota Rd., 02 237 0077. Free shuttle boat from BTS Saphan Taksin (every hour on the hour).

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CHUMPHON

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Head here: A diving day trip sets off from Mu Koh Chumphon National Park. The diving spots are separated into two zones: the north, which comprises Koh Ngam Noi, Koh Ngam Yai, Koh Talu, Koh Pitak and Koh Kalok, and the more accessible south, where you'll find Koh Langka Jew and Koh Lawa. As the coral reef is in pretty good condition, you can even snorkel around some of the prime dive sites. Koh Talu is probably the top pick, an underwater world of colorful fish species and coral, while Koh Langka Jew is home to a heart-shaped coral reef. Switching to rivers, Patoh district offers whitewater rafting tours (077-539-040, 089-592-8376) through the end of April.

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Koh Langka Jew

When people think of diving, they usually head straight for the Andaman Sea, but this gateway-to-the-South province is a hidden gem for deep-sea activities in the Gulf of Thailand. It’s home to Mu Koh Chumphon National Park, an archipelago that spans islands such as Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. But there are many more islands that haven’t received the same attention due to being protected bird reserves. The limited access to the islands has actually helped preserve the surrounding marine life, too. And now some of these spots are just being opened for diving tours.

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Whitewater rafting at Patoh district

Koh Ngam Yai

Coral at Koh Nga Yai

Stay here: Mu Koh Chumphon National Park (077-558-144-5, goo. gl/s5OYb8) offers its own accommodation but if you want something luxe, the boutique Tusita Resort (077-579-151, www.tusitaresort. com) offers tasteful rooms and villas by the sea.

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How to get there: Nok Air operates daily one-hour flights starting from B2,804 for a round trip. A road trip takes about six hours, with buses departing from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal daily. Contact TAT Chumphon for more information: 077-502-775-6, 077-501-831.

RANONG Ranong has never been this hot. Covered in dense rainforest, this mountainous province is starting to draw in tourists not afraid to get off the beaten path. Here, you’ll find plenty of natural charm in the form of untouched jungles, beautiful coastlines and natural geysers. It’s also an important port for visitors looking to take a day trip to Myanmar’s gorgeous Andaman islands.

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Wasin Waeosri

Ao Khao Kwai, Koh Phayam

Cocks Comb Island

Head here: Koh Phayam still tops the list. It’s been on the tourist trail for years, but retains its no-frills charm. Apart from the pristine beaches, the island is home to the amazing Phukhao Ya Song Si (twotone grass hill), which resembles a savannah owing to its lack of trees. The name refers to the color of the grassland, which is green in rainy season (May-Oct) and gold in dry season (Nov-Apr). For some chill beach time, head to Ao Khao Kwai, home to the island’s iconic Hippy Bar, a heavy-drinking establishment that looks just like a beached pirate ship. Further afield, Grand Andaman Travel (080-243-8888, 090-710-5555, www.fb.com/grandandamantravel) offers B3,900 tours to Myanmar’s Cocks Comb Island, whose deep azure inland lake is dubbed “The Emerald Heart.” Thais don't need a visa, while foreigners can get a day pass for a fee. Stay here: The boutique Sino-Portuguese-style Hidden Resort & Restaurant Ranong (077-821-900, www.thehidden-ranong.com) just added a new pool where guests can swim surrounded by vibrant greenery. Alternatively, consider a farm-stay at Baan Rai I Arun (096938-2981, www.fb.com/baanraiiarun) and its modishly-styled wooden house. On Koh Phayam, Blue Sky Resort Koh Phayam’s (02-2477310-11, www.theblueskyresort.com) villas dot a scenic mangrove forest. How to get there: Nok Air’s one-hour-20-minute flights start from B3,354 and offer a considerable shortcut from the eight-hour drive. Daily buses also depart from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. Contact TAT Ranong for more information: 077-502-775-6, 077-501-831.

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REALLY THAI

Veranda Pattaya

Sangkhlaburi

Summer Escapes

Five amazing travel plans to keep you cool this summer. 1. Hit the Beaches Our pick: Pattaya For a last-minute beach escape, taking a daytrip to Koh Larn is a popular choice. It’s 15 minutes away from Pattaya via speedboat, and the clear seawaters make it worth the ride. But that’s not the only thing that makes Pattaya a fun summer escape. The seaside town of Chonburi has changed a lot in recent years, turning itself into a spot full of trendy new openings that come with amazing views, like Veranda Pattaya and the new branch of The Chocolate Factory. Need to cool down? You’ve got fine imported Sri Lankan tea in the Tea Factory at A’ La Campagne, as well as Skoop for gelato. The best part is that it’s only a 2-hour drive away from Bangkok.

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Fun fact: During the annual Songkran festival, the Eastern provinces of Thailand celebrate through until Apr 19. The real water fights don’t really start until the final day, known as Wan Lai (Flowing Day). Try hitting Lan Pho Na Kluer Park and Wat Chai Mong Kol, where you’ll find merit-making activities, the construction of sand chedi, the Kong Khao procession in appreciation of the Goddess of Rice, as well as the Nang Songkran beauty pageant. Who says Pattaya is only about water fights and foam parties? Pattaya City Call Center 1337, www.pattaya.go.th

2. Take in the Arts Our pick: Chiang Mai Chiang Mai

Phuket Old Town

The North of Thailand is as notoriously hot as Bangkok at this time of year, but we’re such big fans of the Lanna capital that we make sure to visit every year. On top of its reputation as coffee capital and slow-life centrale, Chiang Mai has more to offer beyond the hipster streets of Nimmanhaemin. There’s also a growing contemporary art community headed by the soonto-arrive new art space Mai Iam. On top of artwork organically installed across the city, some permanent art spaces include the experimental-leaning Gallery Seescape and Hern Gallery. Grab the recently published Chiang Mai Art Map to find out about all the very best galleries in town, including the likes of Vichit Studio, Lyla Gallery, C.A.P. Studio, Documentary Arts Asia, DC Collection and Thapae East Art Space.

Fun fact: Chiang Mai has long hosted the Pra We Nee Pii Mai Muang event every Apr 12-14. As well as cultural Lanna events at sacred temples such as Wat Phra Singh and Phra That Doi Suthep, the festival also includes huge water fights around the central moat. Expect a cultural parade on the first day of the festivities, with highlights like the float carrying the sacred Phra Buddha Sihing and the Nang Songkran Chiang Mai beauty pageant. Chiang Mai Metropolitan Office, 053-259-000

3. See the Unseen Our pick: Sangkhlaburi And no, it’s not just because GQ Germany decided to do a Louis Vuitton fashion shoot there. In fact, summer is the best time to visit this super quaint land of three cultures (Thai, Mon and Burmese). Its main draw is the former Wang Wiwekaram Temple, which has been submerged by the waters of Khao Laem Dam for the most part of the year since 1984—hence the name: Wat Tai Nam Muang Badan (underwater temple). Mar-May is considered drought season, when the water level drops, and is the only time of the year visitors can actually take a boat trip and walk around ruins of the old temple. Also check out Wat Somdej, another rarely visited old temple. We recommend booking a floating guesthouse to make the most of your stay. Fun fact: The Mon community here also hosts a unique Songkran festival from Apr 13-17. The festival starts with a monk almsgiving on Uttamanusorn Bridge (also known as Mon Bridge), which is the second longest wooden bridge in the world and takes in beautiful views of the lake. Other festivities include bathing the monks by pouring water into long bamboo pipes. Sangkhlaburi District Office, 034-595-120

4. Explore Thailand’s Old Town Heritage Our pick: Phuket Here you’ll find the best of both worlds. Phuket Old Town’s unique Thai-Chinese heritage feels worlds away from the private beaches at painfully beautiful luxurious resorts. The island’s baba nonya culture shines brighter than ever

now thanks to the new breed of “baba-chic” restaurants and cafes in old Sino-Portuguese buildings. Make sure you check out the likes of Kopitiam by Wilai, Tu Kab Khao, Raya and China Inn. Last month also welcomed the PeranakanNitat Museum, a 1907 building dedicated to the Strait of Malacca’s unique cultural heritage. Fun fact: Songkran festivities on Phuket are usually held at several locations including Sarasin Bridge (which connects Phuket to the mainland) and the Old Town on Thalang Road. Parties continue around Patong beach too. If you’re staying through the rest of the long break, Phuket is also gearing up to host the first Thailand Balloon Music Festival from Apr 14-17, with concerts by artists such as Singto Namchok, Musketeers and Jetset’er. TAT Phuket, 076-211-036, 076-212-213

5. Live the slow-life in Thailand’s Ancient Cities Our pick: Sukhothai The first thing that comes to mind is the striking image of the ruins in the Sukhothai Historical Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the tasty Sukhothai-style noodles with the signature kai yang matoom (medium-boiled eggs). But this often overlooked destination (why go when Ayutthaya is much closer?) is also home to some cool retro cafes and delightful homestays at Baan Na Ton Jhun, a small village in Sri Satchanalai. If you have more time on your hands, take the train from Hua Lamphong up to Phitsanulok on the way there. Fun fact: They say you can celebrate the Thai new year for half a month in Sukhothai. Festivities start from Apr 7 with the 170-year old Sukhothai Ordination Parade on Elephant Back Festival at Hadsiao Temple. Traditional Songkran fairs and food fests then continue throughout the city at various historical sites from Apr 8 onwards. The main “Khao Tok Road with Floral Cloth” Sukhothai Songran Festival takes place at Sukhothai downtown. The whole thing comes to a close with the local Bathing Chao Muen Dong Ceremony between Apr 17-19 in Sri Satchanalai. TAT Sukhothai Office, 055-616-228-9

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Yataa Resort

SATUN

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Koh Hin Son

Koh Phetra Yataa Resort

Head here: Protected bird reserve Koh Phetra is welcoming tourists for the very first time, though activities are limited to swimming and snorkeling. It’s a similar case with Koh Lao Liang Phi and Koh Lao Liang Nong, which come under the management of Mu Ko Phetra National Park National Parks & Marine Reserves (077-558-144-5, goo.gl/V6xxj6), though here you can also camp and go rock climbing. You’ll probably have to base yourself at Koh Sukorn, a larger island where locals are able to sustain themselves with large watermelon and rice plantations, and water buffaloes are known to walk the beaches. They even have their own sand spit called "Jade Dragon Spine." Nearby Koh Hin Son is renowned for its unique landform of two rocks stacked on top of each other—a popular spot to catch sunset. Koh Lipe, Koh Ravee and Koh Adang are equally gorgeous.

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While this province in Thailand’s deep South is renowned for popular summer destinations Koh Lipe and Koh Adang, this year sees neighboring islands Koh Phetra and Koh Laoliang also opening their shores to tourism. Decades of restricted access has helped preserve the islands’ powdery white beaches and vibrant coral reefs teeming with sea life.

Koh Lao Liang Phi

Koh Sukorn

Stay here: Yataa Resort (075-828-594, 090-545-9614, www.yataaresort. com) is your best option on Koh Sukorn. It offers daily diving trips to Koh Phetra and Koh Lao Liang Phi at B900 per person for groups of at least six. Meanwhile, Laoliang Beach (082-790-9674 , 081-737-8176, www.fb.com/ laoliangbeach) has a three-day-two-night camping package on Koh Laoliang, inclusive of seven meals, at B6,000-B6,500 but it's only available till May 9, when the island closes for monsoon season.

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TAT Trat

How to get there: You can fly to Trang via AirAsia (www.airasia.com) and Nok Air (www.nokair.com) starting from B5,000 for a round trip. From here, catch a local van to Taseh Pier and connect to Koh Sukorn with a 15-minute longtail boat ride. Daily buses depart from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. Contact TAT Satun at 075-215-867, 075-211-058 for more information.

KOH MAK

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Koh Rang

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Koh Kham

Ao Khao Koh Mak

Situated between Koh Chang and Koh Kood, this small island’s limited number of rooms helps put a cap on visitor numbers. Recently local businesses have banded together to market the island as a low-carbon destination. That means lots of low-key outdoor activities like kayaking and diving, plus bicycle rental (no motorbikes). Organic food is produced on the island to cut down on transportation and many places use solar power. Head here: Diving still dominates. Koh Rang, a 10-minute boat ride away, is praised as the most beautiful spot for shallow coral reef diving in Eastern Thailand. At Koh Rad, the underwater scene is marked out by nine giant elephant statues put in place by the Department of Fisheries. You’ll have to go scuba diving to see it, though. Other top diving islands include Koh Kham, Koh Yak Yai, Koh Yak Lek and Koh Mapring. Another neighbor, Koh Kradad, is dubbed the "Sea Safari" for the herd of deer that calls it home. The island is only 1.2 kilometers at its widest and home to just one resort, Kradad Resort (www.kohkradadresorts.com), who you will need to book with to take a tour. Back on Koh Mak, the 20km ring road connecting the whole island makes for one serious cycling course. Be sure to stop at the 70-year-old Koh Mak Temple and Luang Prompakdi Home, whose construction dates back to the King Rama VI era in 1932. Stay here: There are around 30 resorts on the island and all of them have diving packages on offer. Go luxe at Plub Pla Koh Mak Retreat (087802-7575, www.plubplakohmak.com) or opt for mid-range at Koh Mak Cinnnamon Art Resort and Spa (039-501- 054, www.kohmak cinnamonresort.com), which offers well-designed huts right by the sea.

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How to get there: A six-hour drive will get you to Trat where you catch a boat to Koh Mak from Laem Ngob Pier. Bangkok Airways (www. bangkokair.com) offers a one-hour flight between Bangkok-Trat starting from B5,400, but do note it’s a one-hour transfer from airport to pier. Boonsiri Ferry (www.boonsiriferry.com) rolls out an all-in-one package that includes a van ride from Bangkok and catamaran ferry ticket with prices starting at B750. Contact TAT Trat at 039-597-259-60 for more information.

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CHIANG MAI

Crossing Over Ever lusted over those super-exclusive, equally expensive X2 boutique hotels? Well, now the rest of us can have a go thanks to the brand’s new cut-price offering in Chiang Mai. With opening rates at just B1,300 net including breakfast, X2 Vibe Chiang Mai Decem Hotel (053-214828, www.x2vibe.com) combines the same designer-y sense of style as its sister properties— beds floating in the middle of rooms, industrial fixtures, glam bathrooms—only this time in a proper 72-room hotel built around a swimming pool courtyard and lofty vertical garden. It’s all just steps from Maya shopping mall—not the sexiest direct location, but right on the doorstep of the hip Nimmanhaemin neighborhood. Rooms on the higher floors also get bonus views of Doi Suthep Mountain.

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Beach Barbecue

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After a very successful run from the Chiang Mai edition of Camp Meating (090-4049500, www.fb.com/campmeating), the chic (and little bit Wonderfruit-esque) outdoor barbecue dinner returns this Mar 31 with a summer edition, set to take place on a hidden beach in Hua Hin. The beach barbecue gathering will take place every Thu-Sun through Apr 30. A barbecue set is B1,000 per person (excluding soft drinks and alcohol) and consists of seasonal vegetables, mixed mushrooms, a small seafood platter and a bread basket. You also have the option to pay extra for a main dish: French cut pork chop, premium dry-aged Angus beef, New Zealand lamb chops or Canadian lobster. Dinners start at 5pm. It’s reservations only and there are limited slots available per day.

Akasaka Palace is like Tokyo’s answer to Versailles: a sprawling, 15,000-sq-meter pile where the country’s royal nobs of old liked to kick their feet up. Well, now the likes of you and us are allowed in, thanks to the Japanese government’s decision to open it to the public for 150 days a year instead of the usual 10, starting from the beginning of Apr through Aug. Joining it is the more classically Japanese Kyoto State Guest House, now open for visitors through till the end of this year. It’s all part of the gov’s plan to boost visitor numbers to 30 million a year before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Kampai!

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Food and Flowers Tulips take over Singapore just in time for our Songkran break this year, with The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay (www.gardensbythebay.com.sg) playing host to Tulipmania this Apr 8-May 22. And it’s timed to coincide perfectly with this year’s World Gourmet Summit (www.worldgourmetsummit.com), happening now through Apr 24, with leading local chefs coming together with Michelin lights from around the world. As if that’s not enough, the island is also hosting FoodAsia 2016 (www.foodnhotelasia.com) right during Songkran, Apr 12-15, which features six exhibitions: Food Asia, Hotel Asia, Bakery & Pastry, Hospitality Style Asia, Hospitality Technology and Specialty Coffee and Tea.

Download our free guide to the best new openings in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Samui and more. bit.ly/wherehotspots2015

Have some cool rooms? Email your news and promotions to travel@asia-city.co.th

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Military Lady Designer Boonyanuch “Kae” Vittayasamrit reinvented her family’s longstanding shoemaking factory a few years back to start turning out modern leather bags and accessories under the brand 31 Thanwa. The sharp geometric design of the signature square and rounded cross-body bags have become an everyday choice of working women ladies with that boyish attitude. Her latest collection, Army of Hers, strengthens those boyish looks by taking inspiration from World War I. The result is bold bags in military colors like khaki, silver and military green with a femininely shiny finish. Our pick: the pretty new Bomb series in bucket shapes with gold and silver belt details. 2/F, Qurator Thai Designers Zone, The Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd. BTS Phrom Phong. www. fb.com/31thanwashop

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SPORT

CO-WORKING SPACE

Bare Light

Tight Spot

Work & Play

On the heels of Pisanu Light’s earlier offering of vintage bulbs and industrial loft-style lighting comes this minimal new collection of concrete pendant shades in earth tones. Options range from natural-color half-egg shapes (B3,250) to sandy-textured cones (B1,850) and hat-like pieces with a matte texture (B2,650). For a touch of elegance, check out the cones with copper details (B3,140). None of those prices include a bulb, so don’t forget to also pick up the perfect tungsten bulb (starts from B200) from their collection. 445/2 Sri Ayuthaya Rd., 092424-2453. www.fb.com/pisanulight

Online fast-fashion shopping center Pomelo has added a new sportswear line to its portfolio. Called Alita, it offers every basic piece you might need for the gym—sports bras, shorts, leggings— in fashionable patterns and details. Each piece is made from that perfectly stretchy, drip-dry gym material, with an antibacterial coating to make sure you feel clean as well as comfy. Most of the pieces go in for vivid colors and prints, along with woven patterns, cutout details and mixed materials. We like the Asana zipped floral bra (B1,490) with matching leggings (B1,190) for the day, while the black sports bra (B1,390) and black and white flower print leggings (B1,590) give a more sophisticated, after-hours workout look. Shop at www.pomelofashion.com/alita

Thonburi residents don’t need to travel across the river for their co-working needs anymore. Located right by the future Icon Siam BTS station (the nearest is currently Thonburi), Poolsub Co-Working Space rents out hot desks for B100 for three hours per person, while day passes are just B200. Or sign up for a 30-day pass (valid for a 45-day timeframe) for B4,500. The co-working space is attached to Poolsub Private Office, which opened in late 2015 and offers 32-sq-meter offices for up to 10 people at B21,500/month on six-month contracts. Expect to see these guys holding regular workshops and events over the coming months in a bid to create a creative scene for the area. 56/5 Charoennakorn Soi 8, 089-9997964. Open daily 8am-10pm. www.fb.com/poolsubspace

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Beach Calling

Clip-on sunglasses, Oliver Peoples, price TBA

The hottest swimwear and accessories everyone needs this summer. By Vasachol Quadri

Cartoon print shorts, Mash-Up, B4,390

Costume de bain swimwear, Vilebrequin, B9,500 Coralist Swimwear

Marble print long-sleeve swimsuit with twist detail, Swimware, B3,090

Flamingo ring, Zeenzone, B2,500

We are Handsome

Men Long-sleeve swimsuit with collar detail, Coralist Swimwear, B1,890

Women Long sleeves and sports bra-style swimsuits seem to have taken over from high-waisted vintage looks this season, as well as styles inspired by Japanese student uniforms. Kimonos were a hit for casual office looks recently, and can be turned into your classy cover-up at the beach, too.

Sky surf longsleeve swimsuit with twist detail, Swimware for Haus of Jewelry, B2,590

There are so many choices of cool printed shorts out there for guys, and not just from veterans like Timo, but new ones to watch like We Are Handsome and Mash-Up, too. Our tip is to choose something above the knee and leave surfing shorts to the actual surfers. Pair them with whatever shades suit your face and make sure your sandals are velcro.

Geometric print shorts, Timo x The Archivist, B3,500 Velcro sandals in light gray, Norse Projects x Suicoke, B5,900

Essentials Fringe sandals, H&M, B999

Floral print kimono, H&M, B699

Coralist Swimwear available at Statement, Thonglor Soi 11, 02-003-6973. BTS Thong Lo Swimware available at www. shopswimware.com

Oliver Peoples available at Niche Nation 2/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5825. BTS Phloen Chit

Zeenzone available at Central Department Stores nationwide

Mash-Up available at A-VeryWear, G/F Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd. BTS Siam

Mitr available at www.instagram.com/mitr

Vilebrequin 2/F, The Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-

6132. BTS Phrom Phong Timo x The Archivist available at The Selected, 3/F Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-1378. BTS Siam Norse Projects x Suicoke available at www.onionbkk. com

SPA Four Spa Packages to Get Ready for the Beach

SORBET SCRUB AT DEVARANA SPA

SALT SCRUB AT THE ELEMIS SPA

YUNOMORI ONSEN & SPA

AWAY SPA

Sorbet Scrub sees mashed potato mixed with fresh fruits including strawberry, kiwi, orange and lemon that's chilled at 15-20 degrees celsius before being rubbed on your skin. The vitamins from fresh fruits help refresh the skin after long exposures to the sun. B2,500/hour or get it for free (30-min) after any other two-hour treatment. Through Apr 30.

Salt scrubs are one way to prepare youself for a healthy summer glow. Choose from two formulas at The Elemis Spa: Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow uses rich salt and hibiscus to exfoliate your skin before it gets enriched by Tahitian monoi oil and frangipani flowers (B3,800/45-min); Ginger and Salt Glow exfoliates and softens your skin using lime, ginger, salt, bergamot, coconut and sweet almond oils (B3,800/45-min).

Bangkok’s top onsen spa offers a special body mask packages throughout April. The treatment starts off with an onsen bath followed by a body mask and aromatherapy massage (B2,350). Alternatively, go for the onsen scrub and body mask at B2,300, or the all-in onsen, scrub, body mask and aromatherapy massage at B3,250. Through Apr 30.

W Hotel’s Away Spa welcomes summer with refreshing seasonal body scrub treatments available through the end of June, as well as an April-only Songkran Escape package to get yourself ready for the water festival. This treatment starts with a 30-minute white clay facial followed by a 60-minute Champaca oil body massage at B2,999 per person (90 min).

A-Square, 120/5 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-259-5778. www.fb.com/YunomoriOnsen

6/F, W Hotel Bangkok, 106 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-4000. BTS Chong Nonsi. www.whotelbangkok.com

Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama 4 Rd., 02-6363596. Open daily 9am-10pm. MRT Silom. www. devaranaspa.com

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12/F, The St. Regis Bangkok, 159 Rajadamri Rd., 02-2077779. BTS Ratchadamri. www.elemisspabangkok.com

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BAR

Head Upstairs Some consider the guys behind Sathorn Soi 12’s UNCLE as the makers of the very best cocktails in town. Well, they’re now in Thonglor, too, and the prices are downright cheap compared to the rest of the scene. Just as with the original location, the new branch sits above Lady Brett and Rocket (all three belong to the Sapparot Group), only this time the space is much bigger, decked out with a huge dark marble bar, big leather couches and bold blue walls. A sizable outdoor terrace offers some alfresco seating, while private egg chairs sit round the corner for a more intimate choice. Or pull up a stool at the bar to see the guys in action. Sapparot group head mixologist Philip Stefanescu created the drinks list, and we’re prepared to call it the cheapest list of classics-with-twists in town. The spirit selection sticks pretty much to the same bottles you find over at Sathorn, with the focus more on home infusions and homemade ingredients than pricey spirits. Try The Big Red (B195), which mixes Iron Balls gin with fresh watermelon, Campari, lemon and homemade cinnamon syrup. The Manhattan Latino (B195) adds a twist to the classic Manhattan by basing it on rum, to which is added Mancino Rosso, cocoa and bitters—very easy going. The Wild Southeast (B195) is a surprisingly refreshing bourbon-based drink featuring pineapple-infused Wild Turkey bourbon mixed with Mancino Rosso vermouth and Mancino Bianco vermouth. 3/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor) 

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DESSERT

CAFE

The Right Thyme

Ice, Ice Baby

Savory Sins

The industrial-chic glass box that is Thyme sits in an unlikely location on Nang Linchi Road. While maintaining a casual eatery vibe, Spanish head chef Victor Burgos doesn’t compromise on his European offerings.  Expect Spanish classics like croquettes (B180), patatas bravas (fried potatoes, B180), cherry gazpacho (B190), cold cuts (B550) and delicious paella (B850-1,600). More ambitious items on the menu include shaved foie gras terrine (B290) served with crispy corn atop peach puree, Angus beef carpaccio (B500) and rack of lamb (B850-2,500).  Don’t miss dipping the crispy churros (B200) in the accompanying dark chocolate and dulce de leche or the Thyme tea (B100)—an icy milkshake to which you can add your preferred amount of tea provided in glass tubes. 411/2 Nang Linchi Rd., 02-678-1333

After debuting on After You’s menu last year, the much-hyped icy treat kakigori now has its own separate shop. Maygori at The Commons provides even more choices of toppings for your delicately shaved ice, including ume (Japanese plum, B185), yuzu yogurt panna cotta (yuzu sauce, yogurt cream, panna cotta, B185), Milo/Jamba (chocolate malt, pink milk, B185/B175), hojicha (roasted green tea, tapioca pearl, shiratama dango, B225) and mont blanc (chestnut cream and roasted chestnut, B245). Like at After You, you have to pay for your order at the counter before sitting. 1/F, The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2519

This brand new spot is already doing the social media rounds thanks to its dining table that sits in an all-white swimming pool. The food’s no gimmick, though. Once an online dessert shop, 3nvy has expanded to a full cafe dishing out colorful food like the 7 Sins chicken soup (B180), which comes with six oils in different colors including basil, butterfly pea and chili oil. The smoked salmon salad (B380) is served in the form of a pile of mashed avocado, mango chunks, boiled shrimps and smoked salmon in salad cream, while the fresh homemade beetroot fettuccine with cream carbonara (B320) is another vivid offering. Drop by on Sunday for brunch dishes like eggs and toasted brioche, sausages and vegetables, served on skillet (B260). Just expect some company for the pool table. 1246 Rama 4 Rd., 084459-6266

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Hot promotion to welcome summer (today-30 April 2016) Get a chance to win a Freezing trip to Finland at Snow Castle Hotel and see the Northern Lights for 8 days/5nights when spend in every 1,000 baht

Exclusive at CentralWorld Spend 6,000 baht and get free a shoe bag designed by Marie Claire (worth 1,000 baht) Special offers for Mastercard holders. *Terms and conditions apply.

For more information, please contact the redemption booth at Eden 1 (1/F)

1. Japan Summer Food Festival

2. Stylistic Summer Pop up 2016

3. Swarovski Sparkling Couture from Dubai

Chow Down on Japanese Street Food

Stay Frosty with the Cool Kids

Admire Siamese Haute Design

Is your Instagram hankering for enormous caterpillar rolls and mountains of tempura flakes? Chomp on all things Japanese as CentralWorld welcomes 50 of Japan’s best-known street stalls from major cities like Hokkaido, Kobe, Kyoto, and Okinawa. See, you can feast on richly marbled Kobe beef and fresh giant King crabs from Hokkaido without booking a plane ticket.

Ice breaking competitions, pop-up stores, and rock music in the same place might sound a bit overwhelming, but here’s how to make the best of this summer pop-up. First, browse the temporary fashion booths for the latest summer collections from top high-street labels like Topshop, Da+PP and GAP. Then cool yourself down with an ice-breaking challenge, where you can break giant ice cubes to win must-have items or vouchers. Finally, end the day with a head-banging rock performance by Lomosonic (presented by H&M).

The Swarovski x Thai Designers ‘Sparkling Couture’ exhibition sees the cream of our local designers team up with the luxury crystal makers from Austria. Known for its collaborations with celebrities and designers ranging from Katy Perry to Jean-Paul Gaultier, Swarovski has invited celebrated Thai designers like Vatit Itthi, Iconic, 77th and Sirena to create masterpieces decorated with Swarovski crystals. Exhibited in Dubai last year, this is the first time they will be shown here. And don’t forget to bring your designer shades. This exhibition is guaranteed to sparkle and dazzle.

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8. Chocoholic's Party Climb the Great Wall of Chocolate Move over Hansel and Gretel. Here comes a chocolate forest, a wall made up of 1,000 pieces of chocolate, a splendid tea party, and a chocolate sculpting competition from world-famous chefs. You can make your own chocolate. You can sip tea with your pinky raised. Or you can slurp up cocoa while munching on trays of treats.

26 April-6 May 2016, Central Court, Eden 1, Eden 2, Atrium

9. Thailand Toy Expo 2016 Get Your Game On Thailand Toy Expo 2016 is for the young and young at heart. The largest toy expo in Southeast Asia will roll out the top collections from 50 brands worldwide along with heavy discounts on CentralWorld’s Big Saving Day (up to 80%). You’re bound to go nuts for all the collectibles and limited edition anime and superhero models but please be a good kid and leave a little something for the actual children out there.

4-8 May 2016, at all event zones

4. Vogue Loves X CentralWorld

6. Food Night Market by Health Cuisine

Keep Up with the Fashion Editors

Dine Under a Sky Full of Stars

For the first time in Thailand, the most-respected magazine in the fashion industry is about to throw a summer party combining hot picks, a juice bar and a pop-up store. Keep your eyes peeled for ‘Vogue Loves’ tags on this season's must-have items and be first in line to grab limited-edition merchandise at the Vogue Pop Up Store, whose proceeds go to the Rama Foundation. And if the jostling gets too intense and your muscles get sore from carrying those shopping bags, make sure you stop by Vogue Juice Bar for their signature drink (get it when spending B2,000 at CentralWorld, 9-10 April).

CentralWorld is about to be lit up by a myriad stars and a constellation of food stalls (spoiler alert: it’s a mini-planetarium slash foodie’s night market). Whether you’re into late-night munchies or a fullblown meal, you’ll have 100 pop-up stalls to explore. The best way to wrap up your journey into the midsummer night’s Milky Way? A bottle of delicious creamy milk from Milk Bar by Health Cuisine.

5. M2F Presents Bangkok Songkran Festival 2016

Sharpen your Bartending Skills

6-17 April 2016, Skylink 2nd floor

Foam it Up It’s going to be the hottest summer in decades (50 years, to be precise) and the government has told us to save water during Songkran. But fear not, the solution comes in the shape of millions of bubbles. Covering three distinct zones: Bangkok’s largest and bubbliest foam party, carnival games and a concert with big names like Potato, Big Ass and Slot Machine.

22-24 April 2016, Square A

7. Diageo World Class 2016 The final round of the prestigious bar competition is drawing near and cocktail enthusiasts out there are saving the date. All the greatest bartenders in the country are expected to show off their skills and execute their newest recipes to win the first prize. To follow in their footsteps, keep a keen eye on the pros to pick up a thing or two. And if that sounds like too much effort, you can always just order a stiff drink from the bar.

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Sakuragawa Sushi

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Omakase 101 Bangkok’s sushi connoisseurs are now leaving it up to the chefs to decide what they eat. Here’s how the whole thing works. By Natcha Sanguankiattichai

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iterally meaning “I’ll leave it up to you” in Japanese, omakase sees diners entrust their dinner to the chef.

The Scene The last 24 months have seen an explosion in the number of restaurants offering omakase, from imported big names like Sushi Masato, helmed by Japan-native Masato Shimizu, who became the youngest chef in NYC ever to win a Michelin star at just 29, to a host of local chefs. Thais making their name in omakase include Wacharun Iamarramsak, chef-owner of In the Mood for Love; his previous team member Charoensri Somsook, chef of Mizu by Sankyodai; Banphot Boonklom, chef of Umi (previously of Sushi Cyu); and Chaichat “Randy” Noprapa, chef of Fillets, who had a stint in the kitchen of Masaharu Morimoto, one of America’s most-praised Japanese chefs.

The Show Omakase is basically a chef’s time to shine. The man behind the counter acts as both director and performer in a culinary performance that can last two hours. It takes Japanese chefs years of learning all about hot and cold kitchens before they actually get their hands on something as delicate as sushi. “Sushi is the last step in a Japanese chef’s career,” says Charoensri, of Mizu by Sakyodai. The

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experience is incredibly intimate. As Wacharun, of In the Mood for Love, says, “There’s no other form of dining in the world that brings diners so close to the chef. Throughout each course, they get to know more and more about the chef.”

The Courses An omakase set usually contains a few appetizers, a range of sushi as the main and then tamago, soup and dessert. “I like to serve seasonal fresh sashimi as appetizers,” says Ginza Sushi Ichi’s executive chef Masakazu Ishibashi, who trains all the chefs in the Sushi Ichi empire. At Fillets, chef Randy not only lets the fresh fish shine in the form of sashimi, but also plays around with the likes of fresh shiro ebi (glass shrimp) served with osetra caviar and dried fluke roe. On the other hand, Tama chef Seiji Sudo (previously head chef at Bangkok’s branch of Ginza Sushi Ichi) doesn’t stick to nigiri for the main course, offering sashimi and other funky items like mixed rice with grilled hairy crab meat and uni.

The Sushi Edomae, the most popular style of sushi, requires special handling. “At the time this style of sushi originated, more than 300 years ago, there were no refrigerators. So in order to keep fish and rice from spoiling, sushi stall chefs had to preserve them by curing, marinating, seasoning or cook-

ing,” says Shimizu, chef-owner of Sushi Masato. Techniques include curing and marinating fish in salt, vinegar, soy sauce, sake and seaweed. Sushi rice is also an important element. Most places use red vinegar to season their rice, while Ginza Sushi Ichi and Umi use both red and white vinegar to season two different kinds of rice.

The Sequence “It’s the chef’s task to create harmony throughout the whole meal,” says Sato Tomohiko, chef of Sushi Hinata. While there’s a rule of thumb that milder-tasting fish like white fish should be served earlier and stronger red-flesh fish later, some chefs decide to chart their own taste journey. “I want my diners to feel excited throughout the course,” says chef Randy of breaking with the rules. Sakuragawa Sushi’s chef-owner Takuya Komada too likes to switch between oily and less oily fish. “If every heavy piece is served toward the end of the course, you can easily feel like you have eaten too much. As a customer, I wouldn’t like it.” Some chefs also like to break the nigiri journey into two or three parts, interspersed with sashimi or cooked items.

The Rest

Ginza Sushi Ichi. Lunch from B1,300-4,000 for about 10-15 items. Tue-Sun noon-2pm; Dinner from B4,000-7,000 with 8 nigiri and 7-10 other items. Tue-Sun 6-9:30pm. LG/F, Erawan Bangkok, 494 Ploen Chit Rd., 02-250-0014. BTS Chit Lom In the Mood for Love. B4,500-6,500 for 9-14 sushi, appetizers, soup and tamago. Tue-Sun 5:30-midnight. Maximum 6 people. 69 Ekkamai Soi 1, Bangkok, 02-392-8477

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kok we can see the diversity on show, from the spongy and airy tamago at Fillets to the smooth and custardy one at Mizu, with various levels of sweetness and saltiness at play. Wacharun says: “My tamago is dense and almost unsweet. My set also doesn’t include desserts as I’m personally not a dessert person. I only cook what I find tasty.” Elsewhere, the most popular desserts include ice cream and puddings.

The Diners When we asked chefs how diners can get the most out of their omakase experience, the answer was unanimous: eat whatever you’re served as soon as possible. Using your hands to eat sushi is the preferred option. Pressing too hard with chopsticks can cause the sushi rice to crumble. Some chefs, like Komada of Sakuragawa Sushi, prepare for this: “If I spot diners who prefer using chopsticks, I’ll make their sushi a bit denser so that the rice ball stays in one piece.” Also note that every piece of sushi you get from a chef is already seasoned. There’s no need to put that extra wasabi or soy sauce on it. While a chef will attempt to cater to diners’ limitations, in return they expect open-mindedness to successfully showcase their best.

After the main course, you’re likely to be served tamago, a type of Japanese omelet where a chef will often try to add his own flourishes. In Bang-

TIP Fish Down?

Essentials Fillets. B6,000 for about 15 items. Only Sun-Fri at 7:30pm. Maximum 8 people. 3/F, Portico, 31 Lang Suan Rd., 02-041-6056. BTS Chit Lom.

Ginza Sushi Ichi

Mizu by Sankyodai. Lunch from B1,500-3,300 for 9-15 items. Tue-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner from B2,500-6,500 for 10-18 items. Tue-Sun 5:3010:30pm. 2/F, Charn Issara Tower, 942/43 Rama 4 Rd., 02-250-0014. MRT Silom Sakuragawa. B3,000-5,500 for 14-20 items. TueSun 11:30pm-3pm; 5:30-10pm. Maximum 8 people.B1/F, Jasmine Tower, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 098829-5278. BTS Asok Sushi Hinata. B5,000 for about 20 items. Maximum 12 people. 5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5935. BTS Phloen Chit

Sushi Masato. B4,000 for about 20 items. TueSun 5:30pm and 9pm. Maximum 9 people. 3/22 Sawasdee Soi 1, Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-040-0015. BTS Phrom Phong Tama. B6,500 for about 23 items. Tue-Sun 6pm and 8:30pm. Maximum 6 people. M/F (above Karatama Robatayaki), Piman 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 091-871-0666 Umi. B5,000 for about 20 items. Tue-Sun noon2pm; 6-11pm. Maximum 10 people. 2/F (above Kai Yang Sua Yai by Mangmoom), Piman 49, Sukhumvit 49, 02-662-6661

They say good sushi will break and blend in your mouth, resulting in a flavor that’s more than the sum of its parts. Most chefs recommend eating sushi fish-side down: you’ll get the varying flavors and temperatures of the fish first, instead of the rice, which may stay the same throughout the meal.

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Metallic FringeTrimmed One-Shoulder Silk Velvet Mini Dress, Vatanika

Twelve of the Hottest Copper and Brass Finds in Bangkok

Concrete pendant lamp, Pisanu Light

Eagle Bag, 31 Thanwa

Pirate Chambre Acid

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Copper Candle, Casa Pagoda

This year we see brass, copper, rose gold and marble outshining all other materials. Not only has Bangkok welcomed the 1950s-inspired furniture of Jonathan Adler with its heavy reliance on brass and copper details, but the city’s new cafes, bars and restaurants have all been falling back on the warm shiny materials, too.

Fashion A touch of metallic detail makes the most of the summer sunlight. Keep the total look warm and sexy with hot shades like copper, bronze and rose gold matched with earth-tone outfits. Here’s what you need to get the look.

Copper Stool, Nex Living

Multi-Strap Heels, Charles & Keith

Copper Nail Lacquer, O.P.I

Highlight powder in bronze gold, Bobbi Brown

Gold Shaker Thistle, St. Louis

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Finish your look with metallic eyes and nails or get an all-over sexy shimmer glow this summer. This is the season for skin, not lips, so choose the perfect foundation to prepare your flawless complexion and let the eyes shine brightest with copper shades. Finish with shimmer on the nose and cheekbone.

Cocktails

YSL Beaute

Seventh Sin Color, Tom Ford

Gold Tasting Glass Thistle, St. Louis

Copper Mug, Casa Pagoda

Even on the cocktail scene, copper and shiny metals have proven themselves the bartender’s favorite accessories. From fancy coupe glasses with metallic rims to sexy copper shakers and other equipment, shiny metal seems like an essential ingredient for the perfect pour—and rightly so, since some of the world’s best spirits like Absolut Elyx are produced in copper stills.

ABOUT ABSOLUT ELYX

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Elyx is the super-premium line of the Absolut family. The taste is distinct from your familiar Absolut vodka because it’s made from a single estate wheat plantation in Rabelof, Sweden. This single estate can produce only a limited amount per year, making every bottle special. But the real craft comes during the distillation process. The spirit is made in a copper distillation column—a traditional process that purifies vodka to perfection and rewards its drinker with a silky texture. To highlight the bottle’s premium qualities, Absolut has also created a special copper pineapple glass that symbolizes “wealth, hospitality and wellness.” Best mix: There are two signature drinks created especially for the Absolut Elyx. The Ocean Drive mixes Absolut Elyx with passion fruit puree or fresh pulp, fresh pineapple juice, lime juice, agave syrup, cayenne pepper and kaffir lime leaves served in a copper pineapple glass. The Pink Squirrel mixes Absolut Elyx with fresh watermelon juice, lime juice and chili syrup

served in a copper pineapple glass. But that’s not all. The barmen at these outlets below create their own signature versions of Absolut Elyx, too. Get these cocktails at: Exclusively available at Red Sky (55/F, Centara Grand at CentralWorld, 999/99 Rama 1 Rd., 02-100-6255) Sorrento (Sathorn Soi 10, 02-2349933), Chicon (2/F, Le Cafe des Stagiaires, 142/21 Sathorn Soi 12, 062-445-0445), Namsaah Bottling Trust (401 Silom Soi 7, 02-636-6622.), Pirate Chambre (3/F, Maneeya Centre North, Ploenchit Rd., 02-2525131), Roof Hideaway (3/F, TO-B by Muse Thonglor, 159/8 Thonglor Soi 10, 089-988-5995), Kukkuuk Yakiniku Cafe (63 Sukhumvit Soi Between 5-7, 094-4466269), Peninsula Hotel (333 Charoen Nakhon Rd., 02861-2888) Intercontinental Hotel (973 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-656-0444) and The Okura Prestige (Park Venture Ecoplex, 57 Rd., 02-687-9000), Siam Kempinski Hotel (991/9 Rama 1 Rd., 02-162-9000), Belle’s Room (981 Silom Rd., 02-630-1998), Whisgars Phloenchit (2/F, Mahatun Plaza, 888/25-26 Phloenchit Rd., 02-650-8157)

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New Venues

Sabroso Bo.lan

THE EXCLUSIVE FOUR HANDS DINNER This Apr 1-2, Bo.lan collaborates with Singapore’s Malcolm Lee of Peranakan (straits-Chinese) restaurant Candlenut. At B3,500, you’ll be covered with two sets of amuse bouche, five mains with rice and dessert. Reservations required.

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Feedpoint

Mexican restaurant Sabroso has closed down its shop and now only does delivery with a minimum order of B1,000. www.fb.com/sabrosobkk

FEEDPOINT Asoke now has the humble neighborhood bagel shop it needed. 88/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-101-6335

Deals

Bo.lan, 24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2961-2. BTS Thong Lo

INNOVATION IN THE FOOD BUSINESS

Veganerie Concept

Food Entrepreneurs Thailand group hosts a meetup with speakers and networking opportunities on May 10 at Launchpad. For more information, visit www.meetup.com/foodentrepreneurs Sethiwan Tower, 139 Pan Road. BTS Surasak

The Bar

CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTERS Every Thu from 7-9pm, The Bar offers four oysters with unlimited Moet & Chandon champagne at B3,990. Till end of June.

VEGANERIE CONCEPT One of Bangkok’s best-loved vegan bakeries opens a full-scale restaurant. 35/1 Soi Methi Niwet, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-258-8489

The House on Sathorn, 106 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-4023. BTS Chong Nonsi

Lady Brett X 72 Courtyard Erawan Tea Room

LADY BRETT X 72 COURTYARD SUMMER FOOD FESTIVAL

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The Roof@38th

From Apr 10-26, Erawan Tea Room offers its summer menu, including khao chae (steamed rice in jasmine-scented iced water with condiments), khao mun somtam (green papaya salad with coconut-flavoured rice) and mieng goong (crispy shrimp salad with betel leaves).

Every Wed from 5-8pm, you can enjoy an hour of free-flow sparkling wine for only B299 at The Roof@38th. Till May 1.

Erawan, 494 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-250-7777. BTS Chit Lom

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LADIES NIGHT

72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7626

Mode Sathorn, 144 Sathorn Rd., 02-6234555

Every day from 11:30am-2:30pm, Vivanda Cuisine offers a come-4pay-3 deal for international lunch buffet. B550 per person. Wanda Grand, 111 Chaengwattana Rd., 02-582-8282

starting from B6,000

The second branch of Lady Brett continues the brand’s barbecue focus while adding a punchy new menu of salads and starters.

Patisserie Potager

PATISSERIE POTAGER A Japanese cafe serving up cutesy fruit and veggie-based desserts. 111/1 Thonglor Soi 5, 095-962-0324

Email sales@asia-city.co.th or call 026249601

80/20

THE BEST IS YET TO COME A few months after opening, 80/20 is undergoing renovation and will reopen with a new menu on Apr 17. 1052-1054 Charoenkrung Rd., 095-843-2056

Mulligan’s

COCKTAILS COCKTAILS Every Mon and Tue from 6pm-midnight, buy-one-get-one-free on classic cocktails at Mulligan’s Suhkumvit Soi 11, 02-255-5025

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Maygori

MAYGORI After You’s spin-off is all about icy treats.

ALL DAY BREAKFAST Throughout April, get one croissant or muffin with the choice of hot (B150) or iced (B180) coffee or tea at Dean & Deluca.

The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2519

All branches. Try Mahanakhon Cube, 96 Narathiwas Rd., 02-023-1616

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Suhring Fine modern German cuisine in a peaceful house setting. The buzz: The debut restaurant of twin German chefs Thomas and Mathias Suhring follows their departure from Mezzaluna at LeBua and has been a hot topic among Bangkok’s foodie community. Not least because they’ve opened in partnership with Gaggan Anand— owner of the top restaurant in Asia's 50 Best two years in a row. The decor: The beautiful house on Yen Akart Road doesn’t mess with the building’s original floorplan, meaning that the space really maintains that dinner-at-someone’s-home vibe. Cookbooks line the shelves, scatter cushions invite you to get comfy on the banquette, and rustically landscaped gardens cocoon you from the outside world through floor-to-ceiling windows. The large open-plan kitchen sits at the back of the house, leaving some space for an intimate chef’s table. Head up to the mezzanine to sip on their spirits selection and listen to music.

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The food: The chefs aim to introduce diners to a different perspective of German food that’s not just about hearty chunks of pork knuckle, sausages and sauerkraut—though these classics do make the occasional, playful appearance. For now, you can only opt for seven- (B1,800) or nine-course (B2,500) set menus, in which the chefs guide you on a journey through a series of small plates. German cooking methods like pickling and smoking are combined with modern gastronomic flair in dishes like the refined pork knuckle sandwich topped with Riesling sauerkraut cream and sous-vide Simmental beef, finished on a charcoal grill and served with comforting kasespatzle (German-style pasta cooked with cheese). We particularly like their simple salad of dried, grilled, pickled and raw vegetables. Brotzeit (literally, bread time) culture also plays a large part here, with homemade sourdough and soft pretzel served along-

side Oldenburger butter, schmalz (lard), obatzda cheese dip, pickle, Black Forest ham and dry-aged beef. Their take on rice pudding sees jasmine rice topped with cinnamon espuma and cherry ice cream. The drinks: Ex-L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon sommelier Thanakorn Bottorff presides over a beautiful collection of old- and new-world wines, starting at an approachable B380 by the glass. His wine-pairing package will be added to the menu soon. Why you should care: Come here and you’ll see (and enjoy) how much there is to modern German cuisine. If the names of the twin chefs don’t already grab your attention, then remember they have this city’s top culinary badass, Gaggan Anand, as an investor too. Natcha Sanguankiattichai

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TABLE TALK Tum Thonglor

Chubby

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Inside Scoop One of this city’s long-standing homemade ice-cream shops has just been reborn. For over 20 years, Chula kids have known the name Chubby (69/11 Ekkamai Soi 21, 085-9136566) thanks to a stall on campus which used to sell its frozen goodness. Now, the brand has come back with this new shop in Ekkamai’s Bangchak gas station, offering more than 30 flavors including coconut, custard apple, taro, durian, Irish coffee and butterscotch at B45/scoop. The compact shop doesn’t have anywhere for guests to sit, so be prepared for takeaway.

Be My Guest Another cozy house on Ekkamai Soi 12 has opened as a coffee shop. At Ekkamai Macchiato (6/2 Ekkamai Soi 12, 083785-9090), all the drinks cost B100 including espresso-based coffee made using a Thai-Ethiopian-Brazilian blend from local

roaster Bottomless and filter coffee using rotating single origins (currently Roots). They also offer chocolate drinks, green tea latte, iced tea and fruit shakes. The second floor is open for work space rental.

Isaan Air The Thonglor crowd now has a proper restaurant for their Isaan feast. Somtam is of course the star at Tum Thonglor (2/F, The Taste, Thonglor Soi 11, 091-874-4999), where the eponymous signature dish (B485) features spicy papaya salad with salted eggs, a large grilled prawn and side of moo yor (Vietnamese pork sausage), crispy pork skin and naem. Those who fancy the taste of pla ra (fermented fish) can also opt for the  tam taad (somtam platter) for an additional B245. The likes of grilled chicken (B375/whole bird), pork neck namtok (B125) and fried duck beaks (B125) are also available.

139/5 Wireless Rd. (between Japanese Embassy and Lumphini Police Station), 02-655-8995, 081-432-4050. Open Wed-Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm; Mon 11am-2:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm MRT Lumphini Specializing in “homestyle” dishes utilizing organic rice and veggies and free-range meat and eggs, Baan—which means “home” in Thai—is one of the growing constellation of restaurants in chef Thitid Tassanakajorn’s dining empire, and features recipes cooked up by his very own family. Standout dishes include a kai palo-tom sap hybrid (Chinese-style fivespiced egg soup flavored with Isaan-style spices) and deepfried sun-dried pork. Exclusive privileges for Citi credit cardmembers. Get 10% discount on food only when spending 1,000 Baht or more /sales slip (Today – 30 Sep 16)

Natcha Sanguankiattichai

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Scruffy Apron HHHH 6/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-003-6263. Open Mon-Thu 11am-10:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-11pm. BTS Promphong. Corkage charge B1,200. BB-BBB. F

This venue from the Hyde and Seek team is named in tribute to apron-clad craftsmen and specializes in retro Western comfort food. The menu competently covers everything from cold cuts, salads and soups to pasta, sandwiches and meat and seafood mains but falls short of greatness. On the decor front, comparisons with Hyde & Seek are even crueler. While the Ruamrudee bar and restaurant brought New York-style sophistication to town with its paneled wood interior, illustrated menu of tweaked classics (by Ian Kittichai no less) and stiff classic cocktails, Scruffy Apron slips into full-on Disney territory. No amount of bricks and tacky chandeliers can really block out that you’re on the sixth floor of a mall; and what should have been

Niyom

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Silom Plaza, Silom Rd., 02-234-0149, 02-234-0156. Open daily 5pm-2am. BTS Chong Nonsi. No corkage charge. BB. F

If you want to eat at this late-night ThaiChinese food institution then you best arrive early. With every Toyota Camry that drives into Silom Plaza’s carpark, another of Niyom’s tables disappears. It’s one of those restaurants which makes you feel sorry for everywhere around it as it sucks in life from the half-dozen other restaurants in the area. You can take a seat in the atmosphere-void indoor space, but the aircon is so bad that we recommend you plump with the outdoor seating instead, where you’ll find the at-first frighteningly abrasive service does loosen up once your order’s taken. The menu charts a very Bangkokcentric path through Chinese-influenced Thai seafood and Teochew cuisine, as

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playful just feels fake. Of course, the signature cocktails (from B299) remain excellent, as do the smoothies (B150-170) and milkshakes (B195). The comfort food theme is best expressed by that little hot dog stand out the front, a neat idea that translates into six tasty combos ranging from a Yankee dog with caramelized onions and homemade salsa (B220) to a decadent chili cheese dog (B280). But not everything is double deck cheeseburgers (B450), chili cheese fries (B295) or smoked pork poutine on fries (B295). The kitchen demonstrates a lighter touch in its rather flavorful paella (B395) and “Nicoise salad” (B365), which comes with raw tuna with a spicy rub, perfectly poached eggs, plump capers and a pleasantly sour vinaigrette. We also recommend the sea bass (B1,250) covered in slices of fennel and lemon, all of it perfectly baked. Still, there’s so much going on in that menu, it’s hard not to compare each dish to a better version of itself—a particularly glaring issue with the cardboard pizzas (from B320). Pop in for a Secret Sour (Gold Label Reserve, Red Gluhwein, citrus, lavender, B380) or The Popsicle (Tanqueray gin, lychee liqueur, pineapple syrup, grapefruit, ginger, apple popsicle, B320); look out for the B299/399 net, 2- and 3-course set lunch; just don’t go planning some weep-worthy gourmet meal, here.

well as a whole lot of fried drinking snacks. In fact, one of its best-known dishes is the moo krob (deep-fried crispy pork , B190), which chef Thitid Tassanakajohn (of Le Du and Baa Ga Din) even called the very best in town. For our money though, Niyom’s fried dishes are so oily that they verge on inedible for all but the most-hardened stomachs. The shrimp omelet (B160) is like a sponge literally dripping with fat, while after a couple of mouthfuls the moo krob quickly turns from a sinful treat into something you’d rather not have in your field of vision. The restaurant is on much safer territory with its seafood and vegetable stir-fries. The stir-fried sugar peas (B160) are deliciously fresh and the sauce not too gloopy, while the stir-fried crabmeat in curry powder (B200) contains bountiful chunks of fresh-tasting crabmeat—though it does need a good dose of fish sauce to awaken the flavor. The stir-fried clams in chili paste (B190) are a real highlight thanks to a liberal portion and basil-rich sauce. We can kind of see why Niyom has a formidable reputation among Bangkok’s after-hours eaters, but for our money this one’s not quite worth the indigestion and sweet-salty-bitter aftertaste of too much MSG.

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Mar 23, 2016 Our annual Top Tables dining guide launched at an event that welcomed over 200 guests comprised of chefs, restaurateurs, food industry professionals and BK Magazine partners. Now in its seventh year and sponsored by Citibank for the first time, Top Tables has grown into Bangkok’s most trusted guide for discerning foodies. Top Tables is compiled by a completely independent panel of 45 foodies, bloggers, journalists and F&B professionals who vote on the guide’s Official Selection (86 restaurants) and Top 30. @Cover.indd 1

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SAT Surf’s Up Songkran comes early when A-Square (Sukhumvit Soi 26) transforms the center of Bangkok into a massive beach party for the Rip Curl Summer Carnival 2016 this Apr 2. Taking place from midday to midnight, expect plenty of watersports from “flow-riding” to wakeboarding, bikini contests and, of course, a huge pool party with beats from British DJs Jackbeats and Gotsome, plus 10 other local DJs. Tickets are B350, available at any Ripcurl store in Bangkok.

TUE Sex Bomb Welsh crooner Tom Jones has been doing his thing since the mid-‘60s, but this Apr 5 he returns to Bangkok Convention Centre (Centara Grand at CentralWorld) to prove he’s still got the moves. Expect plenty of his danceable hits on the night, including “Sex Bomb,” “It’s Not Unusual,” and “She’s a Lady,” all delivered in that unmistakable Welsh brogue. Tickets are B2,5004,500 from Thaiticketmajor

SAT Summer of Spending Trying to save money? Well, don’t go anywhere near Zaap on Sale this weekend. The market, which brings together all the big online fashion shows, is now in its sixth installment under the theme “Aloha Summer.” Expect some 400 booths and a huge (but fashionable) crowd to fill Royal Paragon Hall (5/F Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd. BTS Siam) this Apr 2-3. Unlike most markets in town right now, don’t expect any food stalls or much sitting space—this one’s all about shopping.

THU Up to Eleven The city’s up and coming indie bands make their big stage debut at Fung Jai Mun this Apr 7, a concert organized by the music zine that shifts the spotlight onto young talent. Taking place at Play Yard by Studio Bar (Ladphrao Soi 8), the night will introduce bands ranging from alternative punk to hip-hop going by colorful names like Vivid Dream, Shark Boy Alive, Lord Liar Boots, Telex Telexs and River Rhyme. Tickets are B250 at bit. ly/22zbDk9.

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‘Tis the season for boat parties, but Karma Kruise this Apr 2 might be the only one that’s for a truly good cause. In order to raise funds for the Duang Prateep Foundation that provides education and work opportunities around the country, the charity party will set sail along the Chao Phraya River to a soundtrack served up by DJs Takayu Harrington, Sunju Hargun, Eddy Frampton and Boris Rubin while it passes some of Bangkok’s most scenic riverside landmarks. Tickets are B900-1,100 at bit.ly/1UeWEHt.

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Bingo Players

Timmy Trumpet

BINGO PLAYERS

The Dutch DJ and producer, best known for his track "Get Up (Rattle)" featuring Far East Movement, spins electro house tracks live. Apr 1, 5pm. Onyx, Soi Soonvijai, Rama 9 Rd. Free.

tures music from DJs Dan Buri, Mendy Indigo, Lando, Sunju Hargun and Pepe. Free entry for those with a Karma Kruise wristband. Apr 2, 10pm. Glow, 96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-3007, 02-2614446. B250. MRT Sukhumvit.

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The reggae artist performs his original tracks live with support from DJs Maft Sai and Dragon, plus food from Carribean Cuisine food truck. Apr 1, 9pm. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661. B400 (includes one drink). BTS Thong Lo.

Nothing but bass-heavy underground music including dubstep, trap, moombah, glitch hop and more. Apr 2, 10pm. Dark Bar, 2/F, Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-381-9896, 090-528-4646. B100.

PHATFUNK DRUM 'N' BASS

The Australian house DJ known for incorporating trumpet solos into electro tracks performs live, with support from DJs Hell Kids, Romper and Ball. Dress code is red. Apr 8, 6pm. Ztudio Live Hall, RCA, Chalerm Phrakiat Rama 9, 093-9399893. Free.

The monthly drum 'n' bass night featuring music from Phatfunk-resident DJs Azek, DeLorean and Instinct, plus special guest DJ Sweed. Apr 1, 9pm. Glow, 96/4-5 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-3007, 02-2614446. B250 (includes one drink). MRT Sukhumvit. ADAM ELLIS

The British DJ and producer, known for his uplifting tech and trance remixes of old classics, makes his Thailand debut. Apr 2, 8:30pm. Live RCA Bangkok, RCA, Rama 9 Rd., 086-860-0808. B450-550.

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DJ Paul Unglo spins plenty of psychedout tunes ranging from cinematic funk to avant-garde jazz with support from DJ Maft Sai. Apr 8, 9pm. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661. B200. BTS Thong Lo.

KARMA KRUISE AFTER PARTY

The official after party of Karma Klique's boat party (see highlights, page 34) fea-

GIGS & CONCERTS

Kurt 1967-Forever

Asking Alexandria

ASKING ALEXANDRIA

The English metalcore band perform their biggest hits from three studio albums: Death to Destiny, Reckless and Relentess, and Stand Up and Scream. Apr 3, 8pm. Ztudio Live Hall, RCA, Chalerm Phrakiat Rama 9, 093-939-9893. B1,500-1,800. KURT 1967 - FOREVER

Local bands Jimmy Revolt, Madman, The Layers, Pretty Punks and Nirvalung perform tribute covers in memory of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Apr 1, 8:30pm. The Rock Pub, Hollywood Street, 93/26-28 Phaya Thai Rd., 02-251-9980, 086-977-0621. B200 (includes one drink). BTS Ratchathewi. CHRISTINA VON BĂœLOW / JAKOB DINESEN / DARIN PANTOOMKOMOL

A jazz night featuring two top saxophonists from Denmark who'll be collaborating with a Thai pianist. Apr 5, 9pm. Badmotel, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-7127288. B500. FUNG JAI MUN

The team from the online music zine hosts a concert dedicated to local emerging bands like Vivid Dream, Shark Boy Alive, Lord Liar Boots, Telex Telexs and River Rhyme. Apr 7, 7pm. Play Yard by Studio Bar, Lad Phrao Soi 8, 081-173-3616. B250. MRT Phahon Yothin BK Magazine Friday, April 1, 2016

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WHY NOT Get in Touch with your Inner Self Yoga Elements Studio debuts its new location this Apr 2-3 with a weekend course dubbed Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human, a class on how to stop being selfish and start being a better person. Archarya Samten Kobelt uses experimental teaching methods to introduce his students to Shambhala teachings of Tibetan Buddhism: The Basic Goodness of Being Human, The Basic Goodness of Society and The Basic Goodness of Reality. Entry is free, register at bit.ly/1T5YtW2. Yoga Elements, 7/F Dhammalert Building, Sukhumvit Soi 13. Sat 4pm-7pm, Sun 9am6pm

Pepsi S2O Songkran Music Festival

DANCE & THEATER

G Circuit SK10

The Illusionists

Songkran Splash Away

music festivals PEPSI S2O SONGKRAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Get a dose of EDM at the three-day music festival where the Dutch progressive house DJ Nicky Romero will be making his official Bangkok debut. Other big names including Afrojack, Deorro, Makj and Quintino will be joining him. Apr 11-14. Show Oasis Arena, Rama 9 Rd. B1,800-3,900 at s20festival.com.

parties SONGKRAN FESTIVAL AT CRAFT

A water-free three-day indoor and outdoor party filled with good food, strong drinks and live music. On top of a selection of 80 wines, 60 craft beers, 140 malt whiskies, 1,000 cigars and a long list of cocktails, you’ll be entertained by music from DJs Camilo, Mr. Markus, Mizuyo and live bands The Jukes, Fab Four and The Vintagers, to name a few. Apr 13-15, 2pm-late. Craft, 18 Sukhumvit Soi 23. B350.

SONGKRAN SPLASH AWAY AT W BANGKOK

The chic hotel’s annual pool party is always one of the best in town. They collaborate with local party collective the Kolour Krew to bring a lively, cool crowd to the hotel’s “Wet Deck ,” where you’ll find live electronic music and specially crafted cocktails sponsored by Ciroc Vodka. April 13, 1pm-8pm. W Hotel Bangkok, 106 Sathorn Rd. 02344-4000. B700-900 from www.wbangkok.com

G CIRCUIT SK10

This annual gay party takes place over three days and stretches across multiple venues around town, including huge opening and closing parties at CentralWorld and pool parties at Sofitel So and Double Tree by Hilton. Be prepared for lots of topless locals and tourists dancing the night away. Tickets are available at www.gcircuit.com. April 15-17. B5,400 from www.gcircuit.com

Wild & Wet

Z-SPLASH SONGKRAN FEST

A two-day party that transforms the parking space of this club into a massive water fight featuring live DJs and lots of drinks. A VIP package is available for B7,000 including five one-day pass tickets, two bottles of Chivas Regal Extra, 10 mixers and two tanks of water. Apr 13-14, 4pm-late. DND Club, Ekamai Soi 5/1. B400.

WILD & WET

The city’s first ever open-air beach bar hosts a four-day celebration featuring 18 international and local DJs including DJs Dowager (Singapore), Fully Charged (UK), Admin (Holland) and Big Daddy (Norway), who’ll all be spinning plenty of danceable house and techno beats. Apr 12-15, 2pm-late. Superflow Beach Club, Khao San Rd. B250 (includes one drink).

traditional WATER FESTIVAL

Temples including Wat Arun, Wat Prayoon and Wat Kalayanamitr will each have their own activities, along with riverside shopping promenades Tha Maharaj, Yodpiman Riverwalk and Asiatique the Riverfront. What to expect? Local food, traditional games, Thai dance performances and a far more considered approach to water splashing than you’ll find out on the mean streets of Silom and Khao San. There’ll also be free water transportation running between each of the seven venues.

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SUK KA SAK KA RAJ

Cellist Yui Cello performs accompanied by various stage performances including dance, movement and experimental sound in a show about time travel. Through Apr 4, 7pm. Thong Lor Art Space, 58/14-15 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). B370-450. UP POMPEII

Bangkok Community Theater presents the British comedy filled with innuendos and oneliners as part of a three-course "dinner theater" performance. Apr 1-2, 7-9, 7pm. Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 24, 02-620-6666. B1,000. THE ILLUSIONISTS

Broadway's biggest-selling magic show features seven of the world's best illusionists in a series of logic-defying performances which combine dance, comedy and worldclass props. Apr 7-10, 8pm. Royal Paragon Hall, 5/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-610-8023. B1,500-5,500.

ART HIGHLIGHT

Kick start Songkran with some healthy exercise at this run offering 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10km distances. Three fun stations will take place along the track: water, powder play and Thai folk dancing.

This Apr 1-3 sees the debut of Art Ground, The Jam Factory Magazine's market for upcoming artists, where they can display their artworks in a casual, open-air exhibition. On top of this are plenty of art workshops that range from learning the basics of alternative photography processing, all the way to introductory classes to screen printing. As always, expect plenty of live music and food booths on-site to complete the event.

Apr 3, 5pm. Lumphini Park, Rachadamri Rd. B300, register at songkranrun2016@gmail.com

Free entry. 4pm-9:30pm. The Jam Factory, 41/1-41/2 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-861-0950.

other SONGKRAN RUN

Up Pompeii

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ART FROM ANOTHER SPACE

Jutinut Songvoravit uses items found in the trash to create unique art installations expressing the wasted beauty of what is often considered unwanted material. Apr 2-30. Chomp, 63-65 Samsen Soi 1, 02-629-2026.

NEW THEME PARKS

ASYLUM SEEKER: THE POND AND THE FIREFLIES

Prapat Jiwarangsan's latest art installation uses the ongoing conflict of Thai politics and the country's social changes as the backdrop for his own self-discovery. Apr 5-May 15. The Jam Factory, 41/141/2 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-861-0950.

DINOSAUR PLANET

CHANG GLOBAL CARNIVAL

This B500-million attraction offers a whole host of pre-historic-lizard-based family fun split into eight different sections ranging from kids’ dino rides to edutainment activities, as well as live shows and theme park rides like the Dino Eye (B200). Admission is B600 per adult and B400 for kids, unless they’re under 90cm, in which case it’s free.

This world-class carnival promises to get the adrenaline rushing for people of all ages with rides hailing straight from Europe. Expect more than 20 intense rides including the Booster, a 40-meter tall crane drop for height-lovers; the Euro Star, a high-speed hanging roller-coaster; Extreme, a massive robotic spider that guarantees a dizzying ride, and many more. Away from the rides, expect a fairground atmosphere filled with games, food and drinks. Entrance is B90 (excluding the price of each ride).

Emdistrict, 554/1 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-833-2209. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phrom Phong

CONTEMPLATION #1: (RE)VERSE

EXTREMELY NONSENSE

The first installment of Parinot Kunakornwong's latest art series presents mixed-media reconstructions of his previous artworks solely from memory. Apr 6-27. Tars Gallery, Sukhumvit Soi 67, 099-736-8672.

Patt Yingcharoen, Kamolchat Pangtho, Nattiwut Chamonowat and Elzis Sukmanatham present their acrylic paintings capturing all things weird and bizzare. Apr 1-May 19. Kalwit Studio & Gallery, Wireless Soi 2 (Ruam Rudi).

PAINTER PRESTIGE

PARTICLES EVOLUTION

Verapong Sritrakulkitjakarn presents a series of intricate collage works on canvas about the artistic life. Apr 8-30. National Gallery, 4 Chao Fa Rd., 02-282-2639-40.

French artist Thibaud Tchertchian uses spray paint to create unexplored worlds and delve into the human imagination. Apr 7-Jun 5. S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., 093-5826588.

Lumphini Square, Rachadamri Rd. Open daily – weekdays 4pm-10pm, weekends/public holidays 10am-10pm. MRT Lumphini

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Gypsy Stone Accesories

CREATIVE TYPOGRAPHY

THAITAY RAP BOOT CAMP

A class detailing the different styles of typography, teaching the basic steps and techniques, as well as how to transfer them onto cloth. Limited to 10 participants. Apr 2, 1:30pm. Shopspot, 68 Pahonyothin Rd., 091-741-7295. B1,580.

The popular rap group Thaitanium hosts Thailand's first ever hip-hop boot camp where participants will learn the ins and outs of the industry through an intensive day of workshops covering everything from song-writing to marketing tips. Space is limited to 50 participants. Apr 3, 10am. Rockademy, A-Square (next to Flow House, opposite K-Village), Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-261-3833. B5,350.

WOODLAND ANIMAL WATERCOLOR

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Korakrit Arunanondchai presents a video series on denim art, featuring light design by Alex Gvojic and music by Harry Bornstein, plus an opening performance by indie rock band Yellow Fang. Apr 3-Jun 5. Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 13/3 Sathorn Soi 1, 083-087-2725.

RED-EARED SLIDER

Vipoo Srivilasa's latest collection of decorated ceramic turtle figurines highlights the disregard we have for the environment. Apr 2-30. S.A.C. Subhashok The Art Centre, Sukhumvit Soi 39.

This watercolor painting class covers techniques on drawing woodland creatures ranging from squirrels to foxes. All abilities are welcome. Equipment and paint provided. Register at workshop.tentaclesgallery.com. Apr 3, 1pm. Tentacles, Room B01, Homeplace Bld., 283/11-12 Sukhumvit Soi 55, 089117-3434. B1,800. 2ND CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

A beginner's class covering the basic skills of modern calligraphy. All materials are provided as well as snacks and drinks. Apr 3, 1pm. Rainhill, Sukhumvit Soi 47. B3,200. BTS Phrom Phong. GYPSY STONE ACCESSORIES

BK Weekend

Thaitanium

Create your own handmade gypsy-style accessories using borax mineral stone. All equipment is provided. Apr 3, 1pm. Shopspot, 68 Pahonyothin Rd., 091-741-7295. B1,700.

ALEXANDER LAMONT CALLIGRAPHY

Calligrapher Candice Lin leads this workshop hosted by the chic design brand, demonstrating the basics of copperplate calligraphy with an introduction to the tools, practice strokes and techniques. Register at warawadee@alexanderlamont.com Apr 2-5, 2pm. Alexander Lamont, Room L2-01/1, 2/F, Central Embassy, Ploenchit Rd., 02-160-5772. BTS Phloen Chit. LIGHTING DESIGN #10

The team behind this theater space hosts a four-day beginners' workshop covering the ins and outs of stage design and lighting. Register at bit.ly/1LJ3nqq. Apr 3-6, 8pm. Crescent Moon Space, 65/1 Thonglor Rd., 02-3813860. B4,000-5,000. BTS Thong Lo.

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SALES & FAIRS

The Glass by Artbox

JAM HEAD IN WONDERLAND

After hosting the Dream Castle Fest at the end of last year, the vast area that used to be Wonderland Fun Park will be taken over by annother cutesy outdoor gathering that takes advantage of the iconic castle. Expect live performances by more mainstream acts Lula, Jetset'er, Atom and many more. There will be food, DIY arty products, a HOBS popup bar and plenty of parking space. Apr 1-3, 4pm. Wonder World Fun Park, 41 Kanchanaphisek Rd. THE GREAT OUTDOOR POP UP EXPERIMENT

This unique market is set in a sixmeter-tall "Rustic Warehouse" made of bamboo. It promises food from The Kitchen Mess, Guss Damn Good

and more, plus live music from Gym & Swim, Inspirative Band, X0809 and Marathon. There will also be a "Neon Club," a river bar and an outdoor theater screening experimental films. Apr 2-3, 6pm. Tha Din Daeng East Pier. SUMMER IN COLOR MARKET

A pet-friendly market filled with activities ranging from henna tattoo making to photo booths. They're also promising live music, food stalls and shopping booths throughout the event. Apr 2-3, 11am. K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02 2589919-21. NATIONAL BOOK FAIR AND BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

For the 44th year, this annual cele-

The Great Outdoor Pop-up Experiment

bration of literature brings together writers and publishers across all genres for special talks and discussions, as well as nearly 1,000 booths selling local and international books. Through Apr 10, 10am. Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, 60 New Ratchadapisek Rd., 02-229- 3000. Free. MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 (USA)

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (USA)

Comedy. While trying to juggle their marital problems and rebellious teenage daughter, Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are suddenly discover they have yet another massive Greek wedding to prepare for. Mar 31

Drama/Sci-Fi. After suffering a horrific car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker with two strange men who insist that they must remain inside to stay safe. Mar 31

ABOUT RAY (USA)

11 12 13 RUK GUN JA TAI (THAI)

Drama. A teenager (Elle Fanning) wishing to transition from female to male must go through the journey of acceptance from her family members (Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan). Mar 31

Comedy/Horror. When three teens die under separate tragic circumstances across each three days of the Songkran festival, they all come back to haunt their friends and loved ones in terrifying and humorous ways. Mar 31

THE GLASS BY ART BOX

After a short break, Bangkok's biggest container market returns with stalls selling clothes, food, drinks and handmade items. Through Jun 19, 5pm. The EmDistrict, The Emquartier and The Emporium, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-269-1000. BTS Phrom Phong

SPOTLIGHT Gin Ga Toong – Artbox Booth

Upcoming

One thing that makes Artbox better than other markets is… how every booth is set up in container. It brings a unique, artisanal touch to the market. One thing missing from Artbox is… parking! It makes traveling to and from the market quite inconvenient for both the vendors and the people. Our favorite regular Bangkok market is… Rotfai, because of its focus on classic, vintage goods. It feels very different from anything else in town right now. Our favorite place to go shopping in Bangkok is… Siam because of the variety. Siam Square and Siam Paragon, for example, are totally different but they’re so close together, so it combines into one great spot. One thing we dislike about shopping in Bangkok is… sometimes the staff in malls can be a bit reserved. Maybe it’s to do with the culture, but we wish they were more friendly and welcoming. The stalls here are an exception to that.

Gin Ga Toong sells refreshing, vibrantly colored fizzy drinks straight from the bag. They’ll be at The Glass by Artbox Market (see above) every weekend through June 19.

LUANG PEE JAZZ 4G (THAI)

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR (USA)

Comedy. An ex-playboy-turned-monk must try to stay disciplined in his new role while his two friends tease him with the fun of normal life during Songkran. Apr 6

Action. A young queen who can freeze her enemies in ice (Emily Blunt) resurrects the body of her dead sister to form an indestructible army that threatens the entire kingdom. Apr 6

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

UPCOMING RUNS MBKG 2ND CHARITY RACE BANGKOK 2016

MBK’s annual charity race offers 5km and 10km runs, with all proceeds donated to less fortunate children around the country. Register at on.fb.me/1SXj5zG. Apr 24, 6:30am. Lumphini Park, Rama 4 Rd. B500. MRT Lumphini TU WALK AND RUN 2016

Thammasat University’s running event to raise proceeds for supporting the needs of Thammasat Hospital. Offering 3.5km, 7.5km and 14km distances. Register at on.fb.me/1R254zi. Apr 24, 5am. Thammasat University Rangsit Campus, 99 Soi Ban Uea Athon Phahon Yothin Project, Klong Nung. B300.

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FRUIT RUN

A fancy dress run themed around “Colorful Fruits”, where the top three runners with the best costumes will receive rewards. Offering 10km mini marathon and 5km fun run. Register at bit.ly/1pL6fZW. May 7, 6am. Lumphini Park, Rama 4 Rd. B400-500. MRT Lumphini

This Apr 2, the Jump Foundation hosts a screening of the documentary Human, a powerful collection of stories and images by French photographer and director Yann Arthus Berthan (of the acclaimed Earth from Above photo series). Human captures stories of everyday life from over 60 countries and shares poignant interviews with 2,020 people in 63 languages to ignite a discussion on what it means to be human. The filmmaker will be present at the screening to hold a post-show talk. Please note that the film is suitable for those aged 15 years or above.

MERK CHARITY RUN: GIVE ME FIVE

A charity team run that aims to raise funds for turtle protection around the country, organized by the Veterinary Medicine faculty of Chulalongkorn university. Teams are made of 5 people running 4km each. Register at bit.ly/1RAw9p5. May 29, 6:15am. Lumphini Park, Rama 4 Rd. B500. MRT Lumphini

Entry is free. RSVP at bit.ly/1T5YtW2. 2-5pm, NIST International School, 36 Sukhumvit Soi 15, 02-651-2065

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