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Siam Paragon has a whole new dining zone worth getting excited about The mall’s innermost north zone has reopened after a huge renovation with a seemingly endless list of cafes and restaurants. Some are familiar names like Mugendai (now as a steakhouse, though), La Creperie, Shio, Brix, Holy Moly and Veganerie, but there’s also a ton of all-new players like Milch, Gokoku and Homsuwan. Clinton Street joins later this month too. Yum! The Pattaya-Hua Hin ferry may not be happening after all Originally set to launch on Jan 1, the ferry claiming to cut travel between the two coastal towns from five hours to less than two has hit a real snag. Pattaya council members say the city’s Bali Hai Pier already needs millions of baht of repairs— and adding more boats and passengers will only make it worse. We should hear a final decision on the ferry’s future any day now. A Thai ad is one of the most viral videos of 2016 Back in January, 7-Eleven released a nine-minute ad titled “Teachers,” a heartbreaking true story about a school principal who fights to save a school after its future is threatened by property developers. The fact that it has nothing to do with 7-Eleven didn’t stop the video from getting nearly 800,000 shares, making it to no. 10 in video ad tech company Unruly’s top 20 viral videos of 2016. Good advertising or irrelevant tearjerker? You be the judge: More shisha bars are getting wiped out Police raids on nightclubs and bars have become routine over the past few months. The most recent venues to join the list are Thonglor’s Muse and She Bar and Ekkamai’s Cubic Bar, all of which were raided by soldiers for their shisha equipment late last week. Luckily no customers were arrested this time, though.

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Hot: Objectivity

Not: Subjectivity

Last year, France stood up to World’s 50 Best Restaurants (the yearly list which tends not to favor French restaurants) with La Liste: 1,000 restaurants picked by a computer algorithm to be completely impartial. And this year it’s back with an equally confusing list of restaurants from Thailand that made the cut. Right up there with Le Normandie and Nahm is a place on Samui called Ocean 11 and somewhere else called Breeze. What is Breeze? A quick Google search reveals it could be a detergent, a spa, or a restaurant at Lebua State Tower.


Hot: Actual travel

Not: Photoshop travel

A traveler to Doi Inthanon became public enemy number one recently when she stood on an out-of-bounds fence. But at least she actually went there. Another blogger who calls herself ticha_ek and won a contract with Emirates for her jetsetting Instagram was caught photoshopping herself into photos and pounced on by the internet. She no longer works for Emirates.

Hot: Inequality

Not: Wealth distribution

The only two places on earth more unequal than Thailand, according to Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Report 2016, are Russia and India. If the thought of that makes you want to emigrate, you have a choice between 193 countries where you stand to gain a better slice of the GDP than here.

Hot: Festivals

Not: Beer gardens

Better late than never. Despite this year’s December being an out-of-town festival wilderness, news is quickly rolling in that Jan-Feb will have us more than covered in places to go exercise our inner hippie, starting this Jan 14 with Keep on the Grass. And this year they’re even loosening the rules: we still have to be quiet during the songs but can clap politely after.

By day, Pitipong Somboonpon, 29, works as an electrical engineer at the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) in Chiang Mai. But in his freetime, he’s an inventor who creates synthesizer machines from scratch as Piti Loves Our Instruments. His latest work, a simplified version of a synth designed for children, just exhibited at New Originals: Chiang Mai Design Week 2016. Here he discusses his work as well as how he plans to use those same skills to help Thai farmers. What drew you to the word of synthesizers? As a kid I loved to listen to music before I became a guitarist with friends during high school. I loved ‘90s Bakery Music bands and then a new generation of musicians like Slot Machine, Death of a Salesman and bands from the Smallroom label. I learned the importance of synthesizers and finally bought one, a MicroKorg, and started dreaming of making my own sounds. I researched about how to make a sound card first, before aiming to build a synthesizer while studying to be an electrical engineer at Naresuan University. But I was never successful. So when did you succeed? Things got clearer when I started working as an electrical engineer at NARIT in Chiang Mai. I had the chance to work with better technology while also developing electronic systems and writing new software to support them. Making a synthesizer from scratch was so new in Thailand. No one had done it before. Nobody understood what I was trying to do.


How was the feedback? Pretty mixed. People wanted more options from it so I decided to study with professors at Chiang Mai University to learn more advanced mathematical formulas. After that I released MBXone M2 in late 2015. Now I’m making new models, both higher in performance and less complicated, such as MBX Kids, the prototype just showed at Chiang Mai Design Week 2016. How do your synthesizers compare to others on the market? They have many more functions than other synthesizers in the same price range, because I use only one chip to process all the sounds. The chip I use is just like the one in smartphones.

Do you have much international business? Yes, people from the US and UK have placed orders. Most musicians play around with many synthesizers anyway, so they love to try something new. Thais aren’t as into this stuff, but we’ll still open a booth at electronic music events in Chiang Mai like Delicate Decibel ( The MBXone M2 sells for US$198 [B7,056]. What’s next for you? We’re using our knowledge about sound and light waves to create a color sorting machine for Thai rice farmers. As my family grows rice in Nakhon Pathom, we thought we could do something to help them. Normal color sorting machines are big and really expensive as they have to be imported. Only big rice mills can afford them. We had the idea of producing a cheaper, smaller version to help farmers refine their rice product. We have got the patent and will continue to develop it. We might name it Piti Loves Rice. Interview by Monruedee Jansuttipan

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I relied on the internet to see what others had done. When I had to be on shift at the Doi Inthanon observatory, I spent my spare time experimenting with mathematical formulas to make the processor chip create sounds correctly. I worked alone for nearly a year before I released the MBXone, my first synthesizer, in late 2014.



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Craft-cocktail lounges, booming beer bar culture and the return of Thonglor... It’s the best of Bangkok nightlife in 2016! By BK staff

The Italian mixologist who used to be at W Bangkok, Michele Montauti, brought nightlife to Pan Road when he opened Mikys—a space which, though a bit too plain for a crazy night, pitches things just right for pre-drinks with friends. Most of the drinks are priced at B340, for which you get the likes of “Julie”—a heady mix of Broker’s gin, Mancino Bianco vermouth, Earl Grey tea, jasmine syrup, lime and egg white. Best of all, it’s only a drunken stumble away from the nightlife civilization on Sathorn 10-12. 64 Pan Rd., 02-637-8368. Open Mon-Sat 5:30pm-1am

Think this place is a restaurant? Think again. This Mexican bar and tapas joint really comes to life later (and stays open through till two in the morning) thanks to some of the best hip-hop played anywhere in town. Drinks cut it alongside the best craft-cocktails despite often coming in at under B300, while the location right in front of Beam is perfect if you really want to get the party going. 1/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 061-550-6346. Open Sun 6pm-1am; Tue-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am

At Bottles of Beer, the drinks come from all corners of the globe and even include gluten-free options as well as ciders. The best part? If you buy six bottles you get wholesale prices, which most often sit at B150-200. Taproom also gets a nod thanks to the sheer volume of draughts—26 taps with something new to try with practically every visit. Taproom, 51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 087-460-2626. Open daily 5pm-midnight Bottles of Beer, Sukhumvit Soi 34, 02-040-0473. Open daily 5pm-12:30am

Behind a set of industrial, steel-rimmed glass doors and a rich velvet curtain sits this sultry den of high-class cocktail cliches from Japanese bartender Hidekuyi Saito. Our top picks include “Sei”—a deliciously rich blend of Bacardi Ocho, umeshu (plum wine), cacao, port wine, molasses and matcha, with a side treat of housemade rum yokan (Japanese dessert jelly)—and "The Butter," which sees the classic Sazerac mix of absinthe, cognac and American whiskey infused with melted butter.

Rabbit Hole

Thonglor Soi 25, 02- 036-6071. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-2am Touche Hombre

The Thonglor nightclub with its fancy laser lightings and expensive sound systems is easy to love (bar the drink prices) thanks to music that’s nowhere near as cheesy as Levels or Demo. Reasonably late opening hours, a credible lineup of international DJs and a fresh-faced crowd make it not just the best nightclub of 2016, but the best nightclub full stop. 1/F, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7750. Open Wed-Sat 9pm-2am

Original and sophisticated yet playful and edgy, Kelly Wheatley’s design of Bunker makes us want to drink there as much as the cocktails from Diageo World Class 2015 finalist Natakorn Changrew (try the Bourbon Maple Sour, B360). We pity you if you need to do your makeup in the bathroom mirror made from strips of bronze, but boy, does it look good. 118/2 Sathorn Soi 12, 092-563-9991. Open Tue-Sun 6pm-1am


They call it “Fashion Hour,” we call it the best damn drinks deal in the city: two-for-one on all standard drinks, every night of the week, for three hours (5-9pm). Count B400 net for two drinks. And this being Vogue Lounge, bear in mind their idea of “standard” drinks are anything but.


Mikys Cocktail Bar

6/F, Mahanakhon Cube, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 02-001-0697. Open daily 5pm-2am

Fun and experimental, the recently-added bar snacks at Rabbit Hole are anything but ordinary. Chef Riley Sanders uses the bar as a practice space for his upcoming restaurant project, Canvas, rolling out small plates that are big on flavors and complexity. His uni toast, for example, bursts with flavors of shoyu, brown butter, roast garlic and slices of kaffir lime leaf.

It sits 26 floors above the Chao Phraya River, so instead of just a sky-high view of tall buildings, you also get a clear sight of the river as it meanders through the city. To drink, French mixologist Alexandre Hersent rolls out refreshing signature cocktails like the Bora Bora Paradise Island (Absolut pear vodka, curacao, Joseph Cartron banana liqueur, apple juice and coconut ice cream, B380).

Focusing more on home-infusions than pricey spirits means that the follow up to Sathorn’s UNCLE manages to sell all its cocktails for less than B200 while guaranteeing a taste that still packs a punch. In fact, we can’t tell the difference between drinks here and some places charging double that. 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7637. Open daily 6pm-2am

Avani Riverside, 257 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-4319100. Open daily 5:30pm-1am

125 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 081-822-3392, 098-969-1335. Open daily 7pm-2am

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cover story Called the Art Book, it charts 14 boozy creations each inspired by a famous work of art. Our favorites see Rene Magritte’s “The Treachery of Images” interpreted as a smoky, potent blend of Moonshine unaged whiskey, Alipus San Baltazar mescal, Carpano Bianco and tonic bitters (B390), and Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Necklace of Thorns” blended into a bitter-sweet mix of Tanqueray, Campari, kombu beer reduction and green Chartreuse (B390).

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10/15 Convent Rd., 02-235-2777. Open Mon-Fri n o o n -2 : 3 0 p m ; M o n - S a t 6 p m -1 a m ; S u n 6am-midnigh


Every Friday and Saturday night, the three-piece jazz act—guitar/vocals, snare and double bass— set a sultry mood to go with the gypsy-meets-occult-meets-voodoo theme. Sukhumvit Soi 29, 02- 662-3060. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight

It’s not just the vintage train cabin decor that wins us over at this petite drinking den at the Commons. A drinks menu which travels the world looking for new inspiration every three months also makes repeat visits a joy. Through Dec you can get a taste of Mumbai, India, through heady, spice-laden concoctions like Sweet Bandra (safflower-infused Tanqueray gin, coconut water, house-made cardamom and rose syrup, raspberry liqueur, milk and creole bitters, B385). 1/F, The Commons, 355 Thonglor Soi 17, 02-101-4525. Open daily 5pm-1am


Evil Man Blues

At the second spot of the asylum-themed beer bar you’ll find hospital beds, doctor’s equipment, surgery room-like lighting and a strong smell of disinfectant. Apart from that, they serve a wide selection of craft beers from every corner of the world.

It’s back! After letting Sathorn and Chinatown steal the limelight for two years on the trot, Thonglor hit back in 2016 with a vengence. The Commons and 72 Courtyard were just the start of a big year for Bangkok’s original highend party strip.

593/27 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, 02-258-1461. Open daily 5pm-midnight

It’s not just the spangly mix of wood, marble, brass and neon that make this bar an Instagram hit. Mixologist Liam Baer’s drinks also have somethig to do with it. For the ultimate in vanity, go with the Self(ie)-Adored (B440)—a sweet-andsour mix of Bison Grass flavored vodka, elderflower liqueur, raspberry and egg white that comes served with your very own Polaroid. G/F, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-392-7740. Open daily 6pm-2am

Spirit-forward cocktails

This follow-up to burger sensation Escapade takes its Isaan-inspired dishes more seriously than any other bar in Bangkok thanks to the Isaan native chef-partner Chalermpon "Van" Rohitratana. Larb (B140 for pork/B180 for beef), deep-fried beef skirt (B240) and stewed pig cartilage with rotating vegetables (B160) are all must-tries, while mixologist Karn Liangsrisuk rolls out a rotating list of signature drinks together with his daily special written on a chalkboard pole or limited items announced on Instagram. 49 Phra Athit Rd., 081-406-3773. Open Tue-Sun 5pm-midnight



The Owl Society Whiskey Saloon, Sukhumvit Soi 61, 02-046-3798. Open daily 5pm-2am Malt & Salt, G/F, Ekamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-714-4249. Open daily 5pm-1am

Who are we to disagree with the judges from World Class 2016, who voted the head bartender at Vesper and Il Fumo the best in Southeast Asia back in June? Find her behind the bar at Vesper (Convent Rd., Silom) from Thu-Sat, and Il Fumo (Rama 4 Rd.) from Tue-Wed.

This was tough. Strong words were thrown around the office between Camp Hide and Camp Miky, but in the end there could only be one winner... And it's basically everyone behind the bar at Bronx. Thonglor Soi 25, 02- 036-6071. Open Tue-Sun 7pm-2am

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The Owl Society doesn’t just have some 100 odd bottles for you to try. They’ve also brought in one of the best bartenders in town, Suchada “Fahbeer” Sopajaree, to whip up some amazing whiskey cocktails like The Great Grey (Johnnie Walker Black Label, Cynar, Port Cherry and patron XO Cafe, B360). Malt & Salt might not be as ambitious, but it makes a great place to start your whiskey education thanks to tasting flights like Royal Flight (Glenfiddich 21 year old, Singleton 18 year old, Glenlivet 21 year old, B1,490). They do have some rare bottles try try as well, like Johnnie Walker King George V. (B1,750/35ml glass).

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Sense of the Sea The ultra-luxurious design hotel Iniala Beach House (076-451-456, has partnered with Tim Butler of Bangkok’s Eat Me (No.23 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016) to open a new seafood venture called Esenzi. The first Butler restaurant outside of Bangkok replaces the property’s old restaurant, Aziamendi, with seafood dishes that pluck flavors from all around the world. A5 marbled wagyu beef from Shiga prefecture comes served with swordfish belly in red curry, while the Dutch Harbor king crab salad features heirloom tomatoes, basil sorbet and bloody Mary. For the full experience, go with the eight-course tasting menu at B8,000 or B12,500 with wine pairing.


Glamping Island Samui is getting in on the Northern glamping trend (see Situated on Maenam Beach on the island’s north coast, the boutique pool villas of Khwan Beach Resort (www. will welcome a new collection of luxury tents in midJan at the special opening rate of B6,930 (from Jan 23), nearly half the full rate of B12,900. The tents have mod-cons like air-con despite their 19th-century expedition vibe—think four-poster king beds, oil lamps, vintage wooden chairs, leather trunks and daybeds. The location is close to the weekly walking street on Maenam Road and famous island food staples like Ko Seng, Kanomjeen Pa Maitree and even the posh Woo Bar at the east-end of the beach.


Mountain Club There’s a new restaurant at Khao Yai’s giant Tuscan-themed estate, Toscana Valley. Club Lago (089-308-6555, 098-308-6555, takes its name from the Italian for lake and sits right beside a pool. On the menu you’ll find Thai staples (somtam with grilled chicken, B280) as well as fusion dishes like grilled Australian rib eye with jaew dipping sauce (B290), salmon tacos with guacamole (B310), massaman pie (B260), and baked mussels with white wine and spicy wasabi seafood sauce (B350). Rates at Toscana’s two hotels currently start at B5,225 and B6,423 for a suite.


Digital Forest The National Museum Singapore ( just unveiled a trippy new art piece, Story of the Forest, where indigenous flora and fauna populate 360-degree screens. Designed by Japanese artists teamLab, the installation is a sensory overload of tropical flowers slowly falling from a starlit sky and exotic beasts peacefully pacing about, all of which are native to the city state. It's all based on the museum's prized collection of watercolors, the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. The team used sensors and a drum-shaped projector to animate the 69 drawings on the dome’s 15-meter-high and 170-meter-long walls. Admission tickets cost SG$8-15 (B200-376) for the exhibition and SG$18 (B451) for an all-access pass to the whole museum.

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Blast from the Past Following collaborations with the likes of 25 Hours and Getsunova, the latest installment of Greyhound’s “The Iconic Collection” sees the brand team up with Thai pop singer Da Endorphine for a unisex fashion range that’s heavily indebted to ‘80s and ‘90s street culture. Think cherry bomb and smiley face emblazoned tees (B750) and rucksacks (B550), and brightly colored bandanas (B450). One particularly retro T-shirt pays homage to LA’s infamous D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) campaign, scrubbing out part of the logo to leave just Da’s name. Check out the full collection at, www. or call 02-699-9999.


Timeless Piece Watchmaker Titan has released a super-skinny new Edge model which pays tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The royal emblem sits at the 12-o’clock mark, while the 9-o’clock mark uses the Thai numeral to honor his reign. You will also find the inscription “In Honor of His Majesty the King” on the back of the watch. At just 3.6mm thick, it’s also one of the slimmest watches in the world. Available with a black, blue and brown dial with matching leather strap and gold or rose gold plated case. B8,900 from Central, Robinson and The Mall Group department stores nationwide.


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On the Bounce Australian-hailing trampoline park Bounce has devised a fun way to integrate cardio and bodyweight training while bouncing. BOUNCEfit sessions come in three different options: Beginner (classic workout), Step Up (cardio and aerobic exercises) and Combat (martial arts). The instructors claim that bouncing on a trampoline for 10 minutes burns as many calories as running for 30 minutes, making this a great alternative workout. Classes welcome participants of every level and last 60 minutes. Available at both EmQuartier and The Street branches (02-014-2446).


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Float On One of only two float centers in town, Bangkok Float Center now has a new home at SHOW DC Entertainment Mall, over by RCA. Float in a tank of 35.5-degree-Celsius salt-water balanced to create an almost no-gravity condition amid total sensory deprivation. Opt for a single float, starting at B1,950/60 minutes, or go for one of the multiple-entry packages (from B6,000 for four 60-minute sessions). If it’s your first time, you can also score an intro pack, which gives you three floats for the price of two. 4/F, SHOW DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex, 99/6-9 Rim Klong Bangkapi Rd., 090-993-6487. Open daily 10am-10pm


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Bangkok's best onsen experiences. By BK Staff

Let's Relax Onsen and Spa Thonglor

Kashikiri Soda Onsen and Spa

Yunomori Onsen & Spa

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Out of Town Onsens

Opened back in 2012, this was Thailand’s first onsen and it’s the real deal. That means men must go commando, while women get the option of disposable undies (men and women bathe in separate sections). If this thing is new to you, fear not, there are cartoons detailing the whole procedure. The water is said to be sourced from a hot spring in Ranong; choose from carbonated, hot, cold or jet-equipped baths to increase blood flow and rejuvenate your skin. Rates start from B450 for all-day onsen, and B350 for Thai massage (60 mins). There are also aromatherapy body massages starting from B900 (90mins)-B1,100 (120 mins) and body scrub for B750 (45 mins). A Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-259-5778. Open daily 10:30am-midnight.

Let’s Relax Onsen and Spa Thonglor


For its 18th branch, Thai spa empire Let’s Relax targets Thonglor’s Japanese expat crowd with this high-end bathhouse that's a picture of blond-wood serenity—and that's before you even leave the lobby. The baths themselves are separated into men’s and women’s zones where, amid a mix of bamboo, dark stone and the sort of dim lighting where you can't tell night from day, you'll find five pools of different temperatures, all said to offer different health benefits. The supposed highlight features "onsen concentrate" brought over from Japan's renowned Gero hot springs (42 degrees Celsius), while you can also take a tub in the milky-textured silk bath (40 degrees), soda bath (38 degrees) or standup whirlpool bath (36 degrees), before cooling off in the cold bath (a bracing 18 degrees). A few added goodies differentiate this from the other onsens in town, namely the hot stonebed room and 12-degree-Celsius cool-down zone. Unlimited onsen is B650 and packages start at B1,100 for onsen and one-hour Thai massage.

The One Sand Bath Therapy

Kashikiri Soda Onsen and Spa Too shy for the naked shared baths at regular onsen? Located a little bit out of town, this spa offers private onsen tubs and a full line of spa treatments, from traditional Thai massage to body scrubs, manicures and pedicures. It’s designed to look like a traditional bath-house and imports all the equipment and onsen salt from Japan. Packages start at B750 for a 30-minute onsen and 30-minute head-and-shoulder massage. There are also aromatherapy and body scrub services that start from B750 (60 mins) and Thai massage at B400 (60 mins). They formulate their own bathing products, which are also for sale, including body lotion (B270), shampoo (B125) and body scrub (B400). There's also another branch on Sukhumvit Soi 49. 12 Wachirathamsathit Soi 32, 081-857-6424. Open daily 11am-11pm.

The One Sand Bath Therapy

Looking a little like something out of 1980s Tokyo, this low-key, rooftop health complex combines a sushi restaurant, fitness center, salon, bar and onsen. Open until the unusual hour of 2am, unlimited use of its onsen (hot and cold bath), sauna and Jacuzzi is priced at B400 per day. Other services include Thai massage (B400/60 mins), aroma massage (B1,000) aroma massage with body scrub (B1,500/120 mins), facial mask (B1,500/60 mins) and anti-cellulite slimming massage (B1,500/60 mins). The rooftop bar is also a pretty chill place to have a pint of draught Asahi after your treatment.

Instead of water, this spa offers hot sand tubs which use volcanic Japanese sand selected for its larger than average grains. The spa claims that the 50 essential vitamins and minerals contained within this sand will improve your immune system, stave off signs of aging, detoxify your system and improve blood circulation. Prices start from B2,500 for a one-hour session of sand bathing (15 minutes sand bath followed by a scrub and shower). The therapist will check your pulse before bathing to analyze the proper duration your body can handle. While the experience is super-relaxing, you should be prepared to sweat... a lot. The default temperature for the tub is 55 degrees Celsius, and you shouldn't really stay longer than 20 minutes. In fact, the owners compare it to rigorously excercising for one-and-a-half-hours. Aside from the sand onsen, the spa also offers aromatherapy (from B800/60 mins) and Thai massage (from B500/60 mins).

Silom Plaza, 491/43-44 Silom Rd., 02-233-6666. Open daily noon-2am.

The One Residence, 319 Sri Nakarin Rd., 02-185-6364, 085-140-5454. Open daily 1-9pm.

5/F, Grande Centre Point Hotel, 300 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-0428045-6. Open daily 10am-midnight.

Onsen Sky Spa



Yunomori Onsen & Spa NEW! Bangkok’s first full-scale onsen heads to the beach. With its separate men’s and women’s zones, and zen-inspired decor, Yunomori Onsen & Spa Pattaya is a familiar sight for Bangkok fans—only it’s three times the size. Other perks include a sauna in the female zone (which Bangkok sadly lacks) and an all-new “silk bath,” whose tiny bubbles create better buoyancy and are said to help relieve aches and pains. All the water comes from Kanchanaburi’s reputed Wat Wangkanai Tayikaram hot springs. Unlimited onsen is B450 from 9am-midnight. Try a signature massage (B1,550), which combines Thai and Japanese techniques, or the 3.5-hour program that includes onsen, body scrub, aroma and herbal compress at B2,850. Thepprasit Rd., between soi 9 and 11, Pattaya, 038-197-038, www.


Rarinjinda Wellness Spa Chiang Mai's first Japanese-style onsen sits at this wellness spa not far from the city center. Each of the spa’s three pools offers different benefits: the hot spring pool features concentrate from Japan’s renowned Gero hot springs and is designed to help you de-stress by relaxing muscles and improving blood circulation. The soda carbonated pool also helps with blood circulation while cleansing and promoting healthy skin. Finally, the cold pool is designed to tighten your pores and refresh your skin. Rates start from B3,000 including the use of the three pools, rainforest steam sauna and up to three hours at the spa lounge, which serves herbal tea and snacks like sticky rice and mango. Chareonraj Rd., Chiang Mai, 053-247-000. www.rarinjinda

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Sky Brews The city's newest beer bar offers 30th-floor views of Sukhumvit. Along with a free and easy party atmosphere, Brewski brings surprisingly down-to-earth prices to the rooftop of Radisson Blu Plaza hotel. Beers are available in three glass sizes—100ml for tasting, 250ml for half pint, and 470ml for full pint—with choice selections including Rogue  Hazelnut Brown Nectar Stout from the USA (B120-320) and La Chouffe from Belgium (B100-280). There's also a decent selection of ciders (try the Zeffer Crisp Green Apple Cider from New Zealand, starting from B90) plus plenty of bar munchies like sai krok  Isaan (Thai-style pork sausages with fresh chilli, ginger and peanuts, B120). Radisson Blu Plaza, 489 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-302-3333




Coffee World

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Attached to the spacious flagship cafe of Chiang Mai roasters Pacamara  on Thonglor Soi 25,  The Specialty Coffee Lab  completes this one-stop coffee community by offering training courses and tasting sessions.  Fully equipped with a roasting room, cupping room and coffee making lab, on top of a lecture space, the academy presents courses ranging from coffee fundamentals and basic barista skills (two days, B6,000) to basic latte art (two days, B8,500). Overseeing the classes are barista champions like Krirkphan Boonsin. Check their Facebook page for the full schedule. 66 Thonglor Soi 25, 090-930-9340.

With its wall-to-wall sake selection, cozy blond wood decor and decorative barrels, Orihara Shoten looks like something straight out of Japan. This sake-specializing bar is a collaboration between Japanese sake exporters Orihara and local booze distributors BB&B, so you can rest assured this is the good stuff. The 100-plus-bottle selection of both chilled and hot sake starts from as little as B180 per glass. One solid entry point is the Yuki no Bosha Yamahai Junmai (B240/90ml), known for its smoky taste similar to whiskey. Bar snacks like Japanese-style potato salad (B140) and salmon jerky (B240) are on offer, or you can seek more sustenance at the adjoining Tori Tama, a Tokyo-hailing yakitori restaurant run by the same people. 18 Park Lane, Sukhumvit Soi 63, 02-382-0131. BTS Ekkamai

Opened less than six months ago, Hideyuki Saito's Bronx  bar takes the details of its drinks to a whole new level. Now it's got a food menu that's comparatively low-key but no less impressive.  Owner-bartender Saito, who previously had a stint in a kitchen before taking up bartending almost 10 years ago, here rolls out a compact menu of snacks inspired by Japan's tavern-like  izakaya  culture: cold appetizers like seaweed salad (B80) and scallop with kimchi sauce (B100), as well as hot appetizers like gyoza (B120), served grilled or in soup.  Proper hungry? Opt for the Japanese-style pasta (from B240) and  hayashi  rice (beef with demiglace sauce, B250). Thonglor Soi 25, 02-036-6071


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Top Tipples

We couldn’t find every bottle our bartenders recommended in the supermarkets. But we’re told this stuff is also out there for under B1.5K—if you look hard enough.

Six bartender-approved spirit bottles for under B1,500 you’ll find in Bangkok supermarkets. By Choltanutkun Tun-atiruj


Niks Anuman from Teens of Thailand recommended this one, calling it his go-to for a rum and Coke. Diplomatico’s distributor, Brand Connect, say you should be able to find it at Villa Market and Tops for B1,299, but we had no luck.

Absolut Raspberry Vodka

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

B1,119/liter (Tesco)

B1,449/liter (Villa Market)

B1,135/700ml (Villa Market)



“I personally like to mix it with 7-Up. Yummy!”

“I prefer it neat, or with an ice cube, but it also makes an exceptional whiskey and soda or ginger ale, and goes surprisingly well with coconut water for those who prefer something tropical.”

This vodka is made in Vietnam from rice and comes recommended by The Bamboo Bar’s Jamie Rhind. “Boasting great Thai flavors, it is perfect for cocktails and mixing with premium soft drinks such as Fentimans tonic,” he says. Try looking for it at Godfather, the Central Embassy wine boutique from Water Library Group. A bottle costs B890.


“It has a vanilla smell and tastes sweet. I find it very tasty.”

Essentials Above Eleven. 33/F, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, 38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 083-542-1111. Open daily 6pm-2am Blaq Lyte. 107 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 095 520 8378. Open WedSun 8pm-very late

Tanqueray Gin


Beefeater 24 Gin

B1,019/750ml (Tesco)

B1,122/750ml (Villa Market)

B819/750ml (Villa Market)

The Bamboo Bar. 1/F, Mandarin Oriental, 48 Charoen Krung Soi 40 (Oriental Avenue), 02- 659 - 9000. Open un-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5pm-2am


Wareewan “Oil” Yodkamol of Freebird says she’s bought this sweet liqueur in Villa Market and Big C in the past for around B900-1,100. We checked out the Villa Market on Sukhumvit Soi 33 without success.

Freebird. 28 Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-662-4936. Open daily 5:30pm-midnight Havana Social. Sukhumvit Soi 11, 087-066-7711. Open daily 6pm-2am




Teens of Thailand. 76 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Rd., 081-443-3784. Open Wed-Sun 7pm-midnight

“This is the go-to gin of the premium gin world. The quality, matched with the affordable price, makes it a musthave gin in bars and drinks cabinets around the world.”

“It’s great with freshly squeezed tangerine juice.”

“The quality matches the price. My personal favorite is Beefeater 24 with tonic.”

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When BK Magazine did a blind gin taste test back in Nov 2014, this gin came tops. Jeremiah Forrest Reilly of new-intown bar Blaqlyte recommends drinking it with tangerine juice. Though not in supermarkets, he says it can be bought at Wishbeer for roughly B800.

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6 new Thai design solutions that made us go wow From Demark Award winners to a new way to pack beer, the Kingdom is killing it on the design front. THE BARCODE: T&T METAL COMB This comb is unique to you alone. Each one is produced to represent a barcode of your birth date, and the irregular teeth will make your impeccably parted hair look a little less stiff. Plus, it’s metal and will probably outlast you.


Designer: Pongpol Yodmuangcharoen (Tough & Tumble)

This chic aroma diffuser reminds us of the magical oil lamp from Aladdin. This East-meets-West limited -edition aroma diffuser aims to create amazing home ambiance with your choice of essential oils. Designer: Jean-Marc Gady, a French designer who has partnered up with local spa brand Panpuri.

Price: B900,

Price: B7,500, at Panpuri retailers



Inspired by how Thai children used to make rifles from banana leaves, this hat stand and coat hanger is made from solid oakwood. We like that the pegs can be folded back, creating a single pole when not in use—a neat feature for tiny spaces.

Thanks to the natural acoustic properties of wood, this organic and tactile iPhone dock not only looks wonderful, it also amplifies the sound coming from your phone without the need for electricity. You’ll get a different tone from both the beech wood and walnut versions.

Designer: Chayanin Siribongkot (Hari Ora)




Price: B3,900,

BE LEAF These ceramic coasters not only look cool on your coffee table, but their leaf pattern actually helps absorb water droplets from your glass instead of collecting a small pool on the coaster. No more getting annoyed at your glass sticking to the coaster—we like. Designer: Mr. Prakobsuk Yudee (Dhanabadee Art Ceramic) Price: B90, available at Talad Eathai, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd.

Designer: Pattarapong Pornpanapong (Pana Object)

Wish Limited Edition Aroma Diffuser

Thumm Acoustic iPhone Dock

Price: B990, available at Room Concept Store, 3/F, The Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd.

SINGHA FRIDGE PACK Singha’s newest design, the 8-can fridge pack, is a real party must-have. Not only does it save space in your fridge, but it’s also super-easy to grab each beer thanks to a cardboard shoot that rolls each can out one by one. Simply place the box in the fridge, undo the shoot and you’re all set.

Available at 7-Eleven, MaxValu, Villa Market, Tesco Lotus, Gourmet Market (Siam Paragon, EmQuartier) Singha Fridge Pack

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Festive Feasts Here’s what’s happening at Bangkok’s top hotels this Christmas and New Year. By Natcha Sanguankiattichai

Avani Riverside Dec 24: A festive three-course wine-pairing dinner (B2,900 net) at Skyline. Dec 25: A Thai buffet lunch (B990 net) and a festive three-course wine-pairing dinner (B2,900) at Skyline. Christmas tapas with two selected drinks (B1,000 net) at Attitude (9pm). Dec 31: Free-flow drinks, tapas and DJs tunes from 9pm-2am (B14,900 net) at Attitude; festive buffet dinner (B2,500 net) at Skyline. 257 Charoennakorn Rd., 02-431-9100

Anantara Riverside Dec 24: A Christmas buffet dinner (B3,500 net; B1,400 extra for alcoholic beverages) at Riverside Terrace; festive dinner on Manohra Cruise from 7:30 -10pm (B3,800 net; B1,400 extra for alcoholic beverages); a special a la carte menu at Trader Vic’s. Dec 25: A family brunch (B3,990 net) at The Market; a Christmas buffet dinner (B3,000 net) at Riverside Terrace; a dinner (B3,800 net; B1,400 extra for alcoholic beverages) on Manohra Cruise; a special a la carte menu at Trader Vic’s. Dec 31: A buffet dinner with performances at Riverside Terrace (B10,990 net); a five-course modern Thai set menu (B7,900 net) on Manohra Cruise; a four-course dinner for two in private pergolas (B30,000 net) and a four-course Pacific Rim cuisine dinner with wine (B6,000 net) at Trader Vic’s; a four-course Mediterranean set dinner (B3,900 net) at Brio. 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Rd., 02-4760022

Centara Grand at CentralWorld Dec 24: A festive buffet dinner (B1,999) at The World and Ginger; a brunch buffet (B1,999) at Uno Mas. Dec 25: A Christmas buffet brunch and dinner (B1,999) at The World and Ginger; a Champagne brunch (B3,555) at Uno Mas. Dec 31: An all-you-can-eat dinner with Champagne (B9,999) at Uno Mas; an eight-course gala dinner (B15,555) at Red Sky; a countdown party (B3,000) at Red Sky Bar. 999 Rama 1 Rd., 02-769-1234

Centara Grand Central Ladprao Dec 24: A special a la carte menu at Don Giovani; a buffet dinner (B1,499) at Chatuchak Cafe. Dec 25: A special a la carte menu at Don Giovani; a buffet brunch (B1,499) and dinner (B1,499) at Chatuchak Cafe. 1695 Phaholyothin Rd., 02-541-1234

Dusit Thani Dec 24-25: A six-course dinner (B2,999) at 22 Kitchen & Bar; a fivecourse Thai dinner (B1,999) at Benjarong; a set lunch (B2,499) and dinner (B3,199) at Hamilton’s; a seafood buffet dinner (Dec 24, B2,399) and brunch (Dec 25, B2,399) at The Pavilion. Dec 31: A seven-course set dinner (B3,900) at 22 Kitchen & Bar; a fivecourse Thai dinner (B2,599) at Benjarong; a set dinner (B3,399) at Hamilton’s; a seafood buffet dinner (B2,999) at The Pavilion. 946 Rama 4 Rd., 02-200-9000

Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Dec 24: An international buffet dinner (B1,900 net; B2,500 net with wine) at The Glass House. Dec 25: A buffet lunch and dinner (B1,650 net; B2,250 net with wine) at The Glass House. Dec 31: A buffet dinner (B2,100 net; B2,700 net with wine) at The Glass House; a five-course Italian dinner (B4,300 net with a glass of sparkling wine) at Luce; a poolside party (B850 net with three drinks) at Luce Pool Bar; a countdown party with free-flow food and drinks (B2,200 net) at Sky Lounge. 33-33/1 South Sathorn Rd., 02-210-8100

Grand Hyatt Erawan Dec 24-25, Dec 31, Jan 1: A sixcourse Danish festive meal (B2,500) at Tables Grill. A buffet (B4,200) at The Dining Room. Poolside dining (B4,200, Dec 31 only) at The Breezeway. 494 Ratchadamri Rd., 02-254-1234

JW Marriott Dec 24: A dim sum buffet lunch (B1,500) at Man Ho; a buffet dinner (B3,100) at Marriott Cafe; a special set menu (B2,000) at Tsu; a special set menu (B2,500) at Nami. Dec 25: A dim sum buffet lunch (B1,150) at Man Ho; a grand buffet brunch (B3,100) and dinner (B2,500)

at Marriott Cafe. Dec 31: A dim sum buffet (B1,500) at Man Ho; a special a la carte menu at New York Steakhouse; a special set menu (B2,000) at Tsu; a special set menu (B2,500) at Nami; a beverage package of three cocktails (B2,500 net) at Manhattan Bar & Lobby Lounge. 4 Sukhumvit Soi 2, 02-656-7700

Okura Prestige Dec 31: A buffet dinner (B3,900; B4,900 with wine) at Up & Above; a six-course (B4,900) or seven-course (B5,600) French dinner with a glass of Champagne at Elements; a set lunch (B1,500) and dinner (B3,500) at Yamazato. 57 Wireless Rd., 02-687-9000

Plaza Athenee Dec 24: A buffet dinner (B2,400) at The Rain Tree Cafe; an eight-course dinner with a glass of Champagne (B7,800; B4,200 extra for wine pairing) at Reflexions. Dec 25: A buffet brunch featuring unlimited Boston lobster (B3,200) at The Rain Tree Cafe; a buffet dinner (B2,200 with one Boston lobster; B1,100 extra for beverages) at The Rain Tree Cafe; an eight-course modern French dinner with a glass of Champagne (B7,800; B4,200 extra for wine pairing) at Reflexions. Dec 31: A buffet dinner (B4,500 with free-flow beverages) at The Rain Tree Cafe; a seven-course dinner (B8,850 per person with one bottle of Bottega Gold for two people; B4,400 extra for wine pairing) at Reflexions; a countdown party with DJ (from B1,500 per person) at The View. 61 Wireless Rd., 02-650-8800

Pullman Grande Sukhumvit Dec 24: An international buffet dinner (B2,200) with seafood and free-flow soft drinks at Atelier.

soft drinks, B2,290 with alcoholic beverages) at Twenty-Seven Bites; a Tuscan dinner (B2,290 with one glass of prosecco) at Attico. Dec 25: A Christmas brunch (B1,990 with soft drinks, B2,490 with alcoholic drinks) at Twenty-Seven Bites. Dec 31: Festive buffet (B1,990/B2,490) at Twenty-Seven Bites; a Tuscan dinner (B2,890/B3,890 with free-flow prosecco) at Attico. Jan 1: A brunch (B1,890/B2,290) at Twenty-Seven Bites; a rooftop sunset barbecue (B1,000 with three pints of beer) at Brewski. 489 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-302-3333

Rembrandt Dec 24: A buffet dinner (B1,800 net) by the pool. Dec 25: A buffet brunch with festive menu (B690 net) and set dinner (B1,200 net) at Mexicano; an Indian buffet brunch (B1,200 net) and dinner (B1,500 net) at Rang Mahal. Dec 31: An all-you-can-eat dinner (B1,600 net) at Mexicano; a gala buffet dinner (B3,700 net) at Rang Mahal. 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, 02-261-7100

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Dec24: A seafood buffet dinner (B2,500, B4,000 with wine) at Orchid Cafe; a Thai set dinner (from B1,500) at Basil; a Christmas Eve dinner (B3,400; B4,900 with wine) at Rossini’s; a barbecue dinner (from B1,400) at The Sala; a festive menu (B1,850; B3,000 with three glasses of wine) at Dine in the Dark. Dec 25: A buffet lunch (B3,400, B4,900 with wine) at Rossini’s, The Living Room and Basil; a seafood buffet lunch and dinner (B2,500; B4,000 with wine) at Orchid Café; Thai set menus (from B1,500) at Basil; a four-course set dinner (B2,500) at Rossini’s.

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Dec 31: A buffet dinner (B2,800, B4,300 with wine) at Orchid Cafe; a Thai set menu (from B1,500) at Basil; a four-course set dinner (B3,500) at Rossini’s; a barbecue dinner (B2,800 or B4,300 with wine) at The Sala; a countdown party with bubbly and bands (from B1,000-B9,000) at The Living Room; a four-course dinner (B1,850 or B3,000 with three glasses of wine) at Rossini’s; a party (cocktails at B150 and NV Veuve Clicquot Champagne at B6,000/bottle) at Barsu.

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250 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-649-8888

Dec 25: An international brunch (B2,300) with traditional festive menu and free-flow soft drinks at Atelier. Dec 31: An international buffet dinner (B2,500) with seafood, free-flow soft drinks at Atelier and complimentary glass of sparkling wine to toast the new year at InBlu. 30 Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke). 02-204-4000

So Sofitel Dec 24-25: A buffet brunch and dinner (B2,500; B500 extra for beer and wine) at Red Oven; a five-course dinner (B4,900; B1,000 extra for wine pairing) at Park Society. Dec 31: A buffet dinner with DJ (B4,000) at Red Oven; a seafood buffet under the stars (B6,000) at Solarium; a six-course dinner (B9,500; B13,000 extra for wine pairing) at Park Society; DJ countdown parties at The Water Club (B1,500 net), Park Society Terrace (B4,500 net) and Hi-So (B6,500 net). 2 Sathorn Rd., 02- 624- 0000. MRT Lumphini

The Sukhothai Dec 24: A buffet dinner (B3,800 net) at Colonnade; a special a la carte menu at La Scala. Dec 25: A buffet brunch (B3,800 net) and a buffet dinner (B4,500 net) at Colonnade; a seven-course set dinner (B7,000 net) at La Scala. Jan 1: A buffet brunch (B3,800 net) at Colonnade. 13/3 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-8888

Swissotel Le Concorde Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1: Festive international buffets with special dishes. Dec 24 (B1,999), Dec 25 (B1,299), Dec 31 (B1,999) and Jan 1, 2017 (B1,999) at 204 Bistro & Bar. 204 Ratchadapisek Rd., 02-694-2222

Vie Hotel Dec 24: A five-course set dinner (B2,500; B999 extra for wine) at La Vie. Dec 25: A buffet brunch (B1,800; B1,300 extra for beverage) at La Vie. Dec 31: A five-course set dinner (B3,000; B1,199 extra for wine) at La Vie. 117/39-40 Phayathai Rd., 02-309-3939

W Bangkok Dec 24-25: A festive set dinner (B2,500) at The Kitchen Table; W Does Xmas Brunch (Dec 24, B3,100; B600 extra for alcoholic drinks) at The Kitchen Table; Lazy Xmas Sunday Brunch (Dec 25, B775; B775 extra for alcoholic drinks) at The Kitchen Table. Dec 31: A festive buffet dinner (B3,500; B4,700 with alcoholic drinks) at The Kitchen Table; a countdown party at Woobar.

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Le Salon de L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Tea and sandwiches endorsed by Michelin critics’ favorite chef. The buzz: French chef Joel Robuchon’s restaurant portfolio holds the most Michelin stars in the world. Here though, the signature L’Atelier fine-dining brand is used for a more casual tearoom-style restaurant in a mall. The decor: In contrast to L’Atelier at Mahanakhon’s sultry lighting and hushed atmosphere, Le Salon is plonked in the middle of the mall’s hallway (think TWG), where the signature red leathers and lacquered black surfaces are framed by luxury boutiques. A prep counter sits in the middle of it all, where you can see chefs finish the plating. Nearby, you'll find another counter hidden behind one of the mall's massive columns, where you can buy takeaway baked items like croissants and bread.


The food: Instead of rolling out solely tearoom specialties (like other Le Salon de The branches), this one also carries some items from L’Atelier, mostly light fare that doesn’t require much cooking like Sologne imperial caviar layered with lobster meat and jelly (B2,800) and la betterave (apple and beetroot tartare with guacamole and green mustard sherbet, B550). Apart from that, the menu highlights sandwiches and savory crepes. Expect no less than millefeuille-like, prettily-layered bread and fillings like caviar, lobster, avocado and cocktail sauce (B1,400) or salmon, fennel, dill and sour cream (B350). On the sweet side, they roll out Brussels-style crispy waffles served with dollops of jellies, mousses, custard and sorbets, such as passion fruit custard, caramelized bananas and coconut (B450) or pistachios, chocolate cremeux and confit cherries (B650).

The drinks: Coffee and tea comes at B200 per serving while there are also juices (B230), mocktails (B230), beer (Sapporo and Estrella Damm, B290) and a few wines (B490 by the glass). Why you should care: Though not intended as a Michelin-star experience, Robuchon takes the tearoom experience to the next level with fine-dining attention to detail and elegant presentation. It’s also the perfect place for a glimpse at what goes on in L’Atelier proper—very big hair clientele included. Natcha Sanguankiattichai

G/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Cit Rd. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phloen Chit

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Cheese Please Ratchada Train Market's grilled cheese specialist Holy Cheese has branched out into the city center (4/F, Silom Complex, Silom Rd. BTS Sala Daeng). The second venue features the familiar yellow and black decor with a large see-through preparation counter and a few tables to dine at. The decadently gooey ciabatta grilled cheese still stars, with eight filling options including the newly launched Pop Eye (spinach, B155) and What a Chick (battered chicken, B165). You can also add bacon (B20), egg (B15) or jalapeno (B10) to your sandwich, and order a side of waffle-shaped fries with cheese dip (B99).

Scone Ville Scone specialist Witty Ville (Ari Soi 1, 081-735-6604) fills a petite unit with its goodies. Enjoy daily-baked scones (B55) in flavors like matcha, nutella, bacon and cheese, lemon

and macadamia. The space only sits a couple of people, but they’re willing to warm your scone and serve it with jam, clotted cream and some tea (B65). They also have their own blends you can take home for B280.

Bistro Empire Water Library Brasserie apparently pulls the most consistent crowds at Bangkok’s quietest mall, Central Embassy. Now the Water Library group has taken its French bistro concept on the road, branching way, way out to Raminthra. The similarly named Brasserie by Water Library (2/F, The Crystal Veranda, Praditmanutham Rd., 094-4537777) shares the same dramatic, slightly industrial decor of its sister venue and rolls out familiar fare like the lobster cold pasta (B580) and pan-seared Chilean sea bass in ponzu butter sauce (B850), alongside new creations like squid spaghetti with pesto sauce (B490) and lamb shank with pumpkin puree and vegetables (B950). Natcha Sanguankiattichai

La Tavola & Wine Bar Renaissance, 518/8 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-125-5020. BTS Chit Lom. Open daily 11:30am-10:30pm Renaissance Hotel’s signature Italian restaurant serves up refined yet classic Italian dishes like ravioli with porcini and seared scallop (B600++), tagliolini with lobster (B990++) and Neapolitan style pizza with Parma ham (B550++) as well as meaty dishes like wagyu T-bone steak (B2,500++). Don’t miss the squid and scallop risotto with wagyu rib eye (B750++), too. La Tavola also doubles as a wine bar, with a range of international labels on offer at B360++ by the glass. They also offer special menus created around seasonal ingredients like truffle and game meat. Exclusively for Citi credit cardmembers. Get 15% discount on food only (Today – 31 Mar 17)

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Vietnamese. 2/F, Habito, Sukhumvit Soi 77, 092959-4629. Open daily 11am-9:30pm. F BB


A spin-off of the longstanding Vie Halong restaurant (near BTS Udom Suk), this chic space looks to take Vietnamese food in a younger, more playful direction. While the hipster wet-dream decor of red bricks, bare concrete and plants might set alarm bells ringing, Muine delivers some seriously satisfying flavors. Despite what’s claiming to be a street foodfocused menu, the dishes here are pretty far removed from what you find on the streets of Saigon. That’s not necessarily a drawback but arguably a reflection of superior produce. Take the mixed pork vermicelli (B210), a version of bun cha with three types of delectable pork. The charcoal-grilled pork shoulder is juicy with just the right fattiness, the fried spring rolls plump with protein and the minced pork patties tinged with sweetness. The mix of pickled carrot and daikon is spot on, too. The place’s main claim to fame, though, are the banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches), which are up





Morimoto HHHH Japanese. 4/F, Mahanakorn Cube, 96 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 02-060-9099. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, Sun-Wed 6-11pm, Thu-Sat 6pm-1am. BTS Chong Nonsi

Now franchised across the US, as well as Japan, Mumbai and New Delhi, Morimoto is not your typical Japanese restaurant. Its founder, Iron Chef America Masaharu Morimoto, is known for harmonizing Japanese ingredients with other food cultures (his training spans classic kaiseki cuisine in Hiroshima and New York’s Nobu), and here in Bangkok is no exception. Even the decor blends cultures with its stylish, wood-paneled booths, Scandinavian-influenced furnishings, wavy ceiling and, at its heart, a sushi bar where diners can see through to the kitchen. A lot of the time, Morimoto’s cultural flavor mix works well. His tuna belly tartare with four varieties of wasabi, seaweed pasted, sour cream, guacamole and soy sauce (B650) and “Ishi Yaki Buri

Bop” (a take on Korea’s hot-stone bibimbap featuring yellowtail fish, B590) perfectly blend Japanese-style sashimi with new flavors and presentation. The tartare is truly addictive thanks to the sweet, sour and salty flavors, while the bibimbap features fish lightly cooked by the hot stone, delicious rice and scent of yuzu citrus. Not everything is so successful, though. A cooked fine de claire oyster with uni (B590) is ruined under the weight of foie gras and a dense teriyaki sauce, while the shrimp tempura with creamy gochujang sauce and wasabi aioli (B320) and Indian-inspired organic half chicken in a curry dressing (B550) are both forgettable. Better work takes place over at the bar, where mixologist Shingo Gokan (from Shanghai’s Speak Low, second place in Asia’s Best Bars 2016) pours out deliciously fresh creations like the Yuzu (B380), which features shochu, yuzu, shiso and plum salt. Desserts are also both playful and tasty. Their s’more (B350) sees a shard of hardened kuromitsu sugar syrup served with a slightly salty, smoked soy-infused chocolate mousse, melted Graham cracker ice cream and toasted marshmallow. Clever and delicious! Prices here also aren’t too crazy, and clearly seem to be winning over the international clientele, most of whom sit in front of the sushi bar enjoying a soundtrack of ‘60s70s easy-listening hits.


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there with the best in town. Again, don’t expect authenticity with the premium ribeye option (B245) option, though its hoisin -slathered strips of beef don’t disappoint. Even the classic cold cuts banh mi, with its layers of pate, sliced Vietnamese pork sausage and crispy sweet sausage (B185), tastes more buttery than we’re accustomed to (that’s a compliment from us). Muine’s secret weapon is undoubtedly the baguettes which are pre-baked to be finished on-site. The crisp-yet-fluffy bread is a step above the competition, though if pushed we’d probably pick the more traditional sandwich stylings of Banh Mi Crispy (which also happen to be half the price, from B90). The baguette can also be enjoyed with the chicken curry with sweet potato (B200), a heavily spiced coconut curry that’s more like a stew than its rich and heavy Thai counterparts. The beef pho (also available with chicken, both B180) is also a heady mix of cloves and cinnamon, but we can’t help but feel it lacks the depth of flavor that comes with a slow-simmered broth. However, we do appreciate the side of crisp greens. Muine may not be Bangkok’s most authentic Vietnamese experience, but that’s not really its mission. Throw in some well-priced Thai craft beers from Golden Coins (B165) or a super-strong Vietnamese drip coffee (B165) and you’ve got one cool little space that’s probably your best reason to venture to Sansiri’s out-of-the-way Habito mall.

Under B500 B500-900 B900-1,500 B1,500 and up Price per person, including one drink, appetizer, main course, dessert, charges and tax.


H Reservations recommended F Parking available E Dress requirements G Live music

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FRI Banding Together Chladni Chandi, the band which combines psychedelic and stoner rock with Indian classical instruments, returns to performing live after a year-long break. Dec 16, 8pm. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02261-6661. B200. BTS Thong Lo.

WED It's Alive! Best known for graffiti featuring his iconic three-eyed character wearing animal costumes, street artist Alex Face hosts Alive, a solo exhibition showcasing 30 of his latest artworks where the character is lost in a new world within a waterlily pond. Dec 21-Feb 19 2017, 6pm. Bangkok CityCity Gallery, 13/3 Sathorn Soi 1, 083-087-2725. MRT Lumpini

SUN Feeling Blue In The Blue Cinema, artist Nijsupa Nakaurai presents oil paintings inspired by strange and scary scenes in her favorite movies which she reinterprets on canvas. Dec 18-Jan 31 2017, 6pm. RMA Institute, Room 238, 238 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-663-0809.

FRI Vintage Union Over 50 brands gather for the new Union Camp Flea Market, selling retro furniture, classic cars, motorcycles and vintage clothing from within tents set up with urban, grungy vibes. On top of the shopping, expect plenty of food, drinks and live music throughout the 3-day event. Dec 16-18, 4pm. Acmen Ekamai Complex, 267-15 Ekkamai Soi 13-15.


Phones and digital cameras are confiscated at the door of this authentic '90s alternative rock, grunge, rave, techno, hip-hop, r 'n' b and d 'n' b party. Guests don't get their digital possessions back till the end of the night. Film cameras allowed. Dec 16, 8pm. Whiteline, Silom Soi 8, 087-061-1117. B400-600. BTS Chong Nonsi. P. GRANT

The internationally known DJ who performed at a private party by Madonna takes over the dancefloor at Sathorn's chic rooftop bar. Dec 16, 9pm. Vogue Lounge, 6/F, Mahanakhon Cube, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 02001-0697. Free. BTS Chong Nonsi. STRICTLY STEPPAS VOL.3 Michael Selby


Local DJs Woken and K9 spin reggae, dub, dubstep, jungle and drum 'n' bass with a special guest DJ from Eu-

rope, Stepherd. Dec 17, 8pm. Jam, 41 Charoen Rat Soi 1, 083-5451-833. B100. BTS Surasak. GLOBAL-LOCAL FEATURING KENSHO KUMA

The Japanese-American rapper from Califonia performs a freestyle set at Bangkok's best venue for hip-hop music with support from locals UNDA, BangkokFlex, MC Emon and ProtoZua. Dec 17, 9pm. The Beat Lounge, RCA, Rama 9 Rd., 081-341-0512. B200 (includes one drink). SUBCULTURE

This new series aims to give local artists the space to play sets outside of their normal range. First up are Superstar Panda and Moreno in the upstairs Safe Room. B100 before midnight. Dec 17, 10pm. Whiteline, Silom Soi 8, 087-061-1117. B200. BTS Chong Nonsi.


This weekly free event is all about soul, funk, boogie and hip-hop. Dec 23, 9pm. Studio Lam, Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661. Free. BTS Thong Lo. CHRISTMAS PARTY X SUNDAY GAY NIGHT

Celebrate Christmas in a rather different style this year with drag queen Pangina Heals and live DJs Yui Truluv and Steven G. The B500 tickets also include a 2-hour open bar (7-9pm). Dec 25, 7pm. Maggie Choo's, underground/F, Hotel Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, 320 Silom Rd., 091-7722144. B300-500. BTS Surasak.

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Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and Alfonso Scarano present Ravel's Spanish influences with a trio of works, joined by a Czech violin soloist Ivan Zenaty. Dec 16-17, 4pm. Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University (Salaya Campus), 25/25 Buddhamonthon Sai 4 Rd. B100-500. AN EVENING WITH IVAN SHARAPOV

The Russian pianist performs pieces by Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Chopin, as well as one in honor of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Dec 18, 6pm. Neilson Hays Library, 195 Surawong Rd., 02-233-1731. B500-600.


The Feroci Philharmonic Winds perform the late king's jazz compositions to honor his recent passing. Presented by Silapakorn University. Dec 18, 7pm. Thailand Cultural Centre, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-262-3456. Free. MRT Thailand Cultural Centre.


Back for a second time, the festival showcases experimental world music from the likes of Wat Noi Nang Hong Morlam Band (molam), JindaJohn (psychedelic), The Dude of Stratosphear (electronic) and Bangkok Riddim Syndicate (world music with a heavy dub influence) along with a music/art market. Dec 17, 6:30pm. The Overstay, Charan Sanit Wong Soi 80-82, 02-883-4836. B250 (includes one drink). FULL SHOW TABASCO, YELLOW FANG, DE FLAMINGO

Three Bangkok local bands with standout indie sounds team up for a fun, friendly, intimate gig with their fans. Limited to 300 tickets. Dec 17, 7pm. Play Yard by Studio Bar, Lad Phrao Soi 8, 081-173-3616, 085-1468017, 086-866-8869. B250.



Virunan Chiddaycha presents a solo exhibition of landscape shots capturing spaces that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej developed as part of his Royal Projects initiative. The series not only captures the stunning landscapes at sunset, but also how the Royal Projects have assisted people in the area. Through Dec 25. Hof Art Space, W District, Sukhumvit Soi 69-71, 662 711 1251, 089 926 2196.

Thai-Indian street photographer Rammy Narula presents photos captured on a single platform at Hua Lamphong station over a period of six months at the same time of the day. The photos have also been published by New York publishing house Peanut Press, and will launched at the exhibition. Through Feb 14 2017. S Gallery, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Rd., 093-582-6588.



Eight Bangkok bands—Inspirative, Thom AJ. Madson, Govinda Bhasya, Hope the Flowers, Jia Pa Bor Sue, Spring.Fall.Sea, Into The Air and Floated our friend—team up for a mini music festival. Dec 17, 2pm. Brownstone Studio, 1395 Sukhumvit Soi 77, 087-703-0448. B550.

Keswarin Tantawanich teams up with local musician friends to perform three sets of jazz on flute. Dec 18. The Commons, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, 089-152-2677. Free.

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Artist Pomme Chan presents an exhibition inspired by the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac: large scale drawings on canvas, drawings on paper, illustrations on ceramic and a unique acrylic spirit house designed in collaboration with interior designer Pruitsatorn Sakulthai. Through Feb 12 2017. The Jam Factory, 41/1-41/2 Charoen Nakorn Rd., 02-861-0950.

Chutchawan Wannapo presents a collection of highly detailed paintings and prints inspired by nature and focusing on light, shadows and forms. Through Jan 14. Ardel Gallery of Modern Art, Belle Ville, 99/45 Borommarachonnanee Rd.






Date: Feb 13 Price: B2,000 from Thaiticketmajor Location: BCC Hall, Central Ladphrao, Paholyothin Rd.

Date: Feb 28 Price: B,3500-14,000 from Thaiticketmajor Location: SCG Stadium, Muang Thong Thani, Popular Rd.

Making their Bangkok debut, the American rockers who formed back in 1986 are arguably best known for their 1998 single "Iris," along with other hits like "Name," "Naked" and "Slide.” They have sold more than 12 million albums throughout their career, as well as earned four Grammy Award nominations. Now, they’re on tour to promote their eleventh studio album, Boxes, which includes singles "Over and Over" and "So Alive."

With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Guns N' Roses are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, with massive hits including "Sweet Child 'O Mine," "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." The band's classic lineup of Axl Rose (vocals), Slash (lead guitar) and Duff McKagan (bass) will take to the Bangkok stage as part of their Not In This Lifetime world tour.


The English band, who records have gone Platinum many times over, are best known for hits like “Waiting All Night” and “Right Here” which combine elements of drum ‘n’ bass, soul and deep house. They’ll be making their Bangkok debut as part of Wonderfruit festival, alongside other international artists including Shura, Lianne La Havas and Blitzen Trapper.



The popular pop-up market returns for its year-end edition, featuring over 500 booths from online brands that will be offering huge discounts up to 90-percent off their products. There also promises to be food from some of the trendiest restaurants around town. Dec 24-25, 2pm. Royal Paragon Hall, 5/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-610-8023. BTS Siam WINTER VIBES MARKET


Date: Feb 16-19 (at Wonderfruit Festival) Price: B5,500 for four days, from Location: The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya

Zaap on Sale

Date: Apr 7 Price: B1,800-6,500 from Thaiticketmajor Location: Rajamangala National Stadium, Soi Ramkamhaeng 24 Having won seven Grammy awards and sold over 80 million records worldwide, Chris Martin and co. are best known for their massive hits including "Yellow," "Viva La Vida," "The Scientist," "Hymn for the Weekend" and many more. This will be the band's first visit to Thailand since 2003 to promote their Head Full of Dreams album.

A brand new pop-up market in celebration of the upcoming winter, promising plenty of arts and crafts including an installation from cartoonist Lolay, film screenings and booths selling food, home decor and books. Plus, there promises to be live music from Greasy Cafe and Thee Chaiyadej. Dec 23-25, 3pm. 953 Art Mall, 124 Sukhumvit 53. ARTBOX CHATUCHAK

Arguably the city's most popular pop-up market returns to a brand new venue, this time a little further from the city center. Expect some 100 trendy food stalls, over 150 stalls selling clothes at affordable prices, 20 stalls selling home decor and 50 stalls selling DIY and handmade products. As always, they'll be set up in large, colorful container boxes alongside plenty of live music and various art installations. Every Fri-Sun until April next year. Through Apr 30 2017, 12pm. Chatuchak Park, 3 Kamphaeng Phet Rd. MRT Chatuchak Park

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This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, celebrate at The Okura Prestige Bangkok and enjoy our indulgent lunch and dinner menus at Yamazato, Elements and Up & Above restaurants. Gourmet dining with all your seasonal favourites, a wonderful festive atmosphere, beautiful decorations, live jazz and a visit from Santa Claus with gifts for children, it’ll be a very Merry Christmas! Call 02 687 9000 for more details or email Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330 T. 02 687 9000 F. 02 687 9001 E.

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Opening (Dec 15)




Comedy. In the hope of impressing a big potential client, the branch manager of a company decides to throw an epic Christmas party.

Drama. In the process of coping with his daughter’s death, a successful New York advertising executive (Will Smith) decides to write public letters dedicated to love, time and death.


ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (USA)Action/Adventure. A group of unlikely heroes join forces on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.

Drama/Fantasy. Prabda Yoon’s controversial film debut sees multiple romantic relationships unfold in a mysterious, otherworldly love motel just outside of Bangkok.

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Action/Drama. After her son is kidnapped, a frantic single mother (Halle Berry) goes on a mission around the city to rescue him.



Comedy. A reclusive young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) who dreams of becoming a children’s author finds an unlikely mentor in her rich, bad-tempered neighbor.


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This Dec 16-18, Thonglor Art Space presents “Inspirational Films from the Last Century,” a three-day film festival dedicated to cult movies from the early ‘60s through to late '90s. The selected films have arguably made an impact on the fields of art, fashion, architecture or film itself, and include titles such as William Klein’s Who are you Polly Maggoo (1966), Paul Morrissey’s Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), Jim Sharman’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and more. Tickets are B250 at the door. Seats are first come first served. For the full schedule, visit thonglorartspace. Thonglor Art Space, 58/14 Sukhumvit Soi 55

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