IN DO TABLE OF CONTENTS DO STORY Happy Children’s Day
MY DO: Little Editor 6
DO SLEEP Northern Delights 44-47
DO DRINK Fun Punch
TO DO Events in January JAN
DO STYLE Stylish Kids 10-11
DO GADGETS Hi-tech Generation
DO TONIGHT Shopping for Memories
DO GAME Sudoku
DO EAT Sweet Eats
DO SURVIVE Temple Etiquette
DO JOURNEY Khong River Getaway
DO PEOPLE Mr. Toys
DO SPOIL Learning is Not Boring
DO IDEA Dough and Me
Oranuj Ittipakorn Editor In Chief Mr. Kitti & Mrs. Naree Ittipakorn Exclusive Advisor Kkelvin Studio Graphic Advisor Panida Teeravarodom Sales Manager Warunee Ruangyam Assistant Sales Manager Nampetch Vorakanonta Director of Photography Juthamas Lavanapipat Editorial Assistant Alisara Chirapongse Writer Narathip Keawtapan Junior Writer Denjai Komalakanchana Graphic Designer John Webb Proofreader Komsan Khumsingsan Contributor Siew lamination Co., Ltd. Financial Management DF Digital printing Co., Ltd. Digital Proof Denfa Printing [Thailand] Co., Ltd. Printing & Distribution Support DO HUB 77/52 15th floor Sinsathorn Tower, Klongtonsai, Klongsarn, Bangkok, Thailand 10600 tel: +66 2440 0838 fax: +66 2440 0839 or contact DO at: email@example.com facebook.com/do.pocazine twitter.com/do_bkk
MY DO LITTLE ME Full Name
Jum+ [It’s not used anymore and hopefully
everyone will forget asap.]
3 Years Old
Female [But some people can’t tell!]
Trying on mom’s cosmetics,
using the phone to speak with no one.
Soft boiled rice with some kind of fish.
[A real picky eater]
Cockroaches, Brothers, Swimming lessons
A cat doll named ‘meao-koo’
Wanted To Be
A beautiful princess who has a super long
dress and long hair.
TO DO EVENTS IN DECEMBER
< Thailand International Jazz Conference The jazz music event includes exhibitions and workshops with world class musicians. Jan 29-31. B500 (1-day workshop pass), B500 (1-day performance pass), B2,000 (3-day conference pass). College of Music, Mahidol University, Puttamonton Sai 4, Salaya. +66 2262 3456. www. music.mahidol.ac.th/tjic
Passage Explore the visuals of time with first solo exhibition by Metta Sudsawad. Until Jan 30. Free. ARDEL Gallery, Thonglor Soi 10 +66 2422 2092, +66 8 4772 2887 www.ardelgallery.com
Lantern Festival … See San Muang Tai Nine dazzling themes of lantern showcase, illuminating the life of Southern culture. Plus, exclusive ice lanterns from China. Until Feb 28. Free. Hat Yai Public Park, Hat Yai, Songkla. +66 7423 1055, +66 7423 8518, 1672. www. hatyailantern.com.
Muse Mobile > Museum Siam is going on a roadtrip and is taking their exhibition to the province of Nan. Until Feb 28. Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Nan Municipal Office, +66 54710234. www.ndmi.or.th
Happy Kids Festival 2010 Spark your child’s inspiration with four creativity zones plus a story telling on clock tower, doll theatre and science activities. Jan 14-17. Free. Plenary Hall, Queen Sirikit Conventional Center +66 2575 2559. www.planforkids.com.
< Denim 101 Mini exhibition on the revolution of denims. Explore its origin and rise to fame. Until Feb 28. TCDC Resource Center, 6th The Emporium, Sukhumvit Soi 24, +66 2664 8448. www.tcdc.or.th
Deep Desire > Alluring artworks from Silpakorn’s award-winning artist, Pachcharapong Meesilp. Until Jan 15. Free. DOM Hualampong Gallery. +66 2422 2092, +66 8 4772 2887.
Big Mountain Music Festival > The 48-hour non-stop party in two biggest live music stages, three pub sections and a dance arena manned by Dudesweet and Mashroom. Feb 5-6. B1,400. Bonanza Khao Yai, Pak Chong, Nakhonratchasima. +66 2262 3456. www. bigmountainmusicfestival.com.
< Greenday Live in Bangkok Sing out loud “American Idiots” and other chart toppers with this legendary punk band. Jan 12. B800, B1,500, B2,000, B2,600. Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani. +66 2262 3456. www.thaiticketmajor.com.
Fringe Festival 2010 Enjoy a variety of creative performances at Patravadi Theater’s new stage in Hua Hin. Jan 22-Feb 20. Vic Hua Hin, Moo Ban Hua Na, Petchakasem Road, +66 2412 7287-8. www. patravaditheatre.com
DO STYLE TRENDY TASTE
SPECIAL THANKS TO BELLI BELLY 228/3 Siam Square Soi 2, Rama 1 Road Tel: +66 2255 8489 www.bellibelly.com
though as the price can be a little steep, however the store
some of the best kids boutiques in town.
RHAPSODY 4th floor, The Emporium, Sukhumvit Soi 24 Tel: +668 1830 9944 www.myrhapsodystudio.com
to six-year-olds. Your children no longer need to go through
COCOBERRY 3rd floor, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Road Tel: +66 2399 3629-21
vintage rebel characters like James Dean through rocker yet
Who says children cannot be stylish? We scouted the town for
Since the brand is already a well-known maternity fashion store, Belli Belly decided to extend its line to after the pregnancy with a collection of new-born and toddler wears. The pastel colors are set against a variety of cartoon characters, giving it a mellow yet sophisticated look for youngsters. The best seller
assures that you’ll be going home with the best in quality. Paving the way for future fasionistas/rockers is Rhapsody, which aims to adapt some of the adult wears for pre-schoolers your closet and model mommy and daddy as here they can get their own collection of music-inspired street-style clothing. Aiming to be a trendsetter in children’s wear, Rhapsody brought child-friendly colors of white, red and navy blue. The highlight here is of course the red tee with an iconic James Dean printed on it.
for boys here is the combination of the simple yet chic bluesky t-shirt that matches with a funky blue navy stripe jumpsuit. But don’t get carried away browsing through their collection
For the older pre-teen crowd, Cocoberry brings forth its indie style through a collection of clothing for girls, with items like little black dresses, artsy tees and rocker jackets highlighting the brand’s playful nature. They also keep the patterns simple and elegant with a focus on classic polka dots and stripes. The dress-of-the-moment is a mini gray dress with a little bit of stitchplay on the hems of the skirt.
TOY ‘R’ US 6th Floor, Central World, Pharam 1 Road, Pratumwun, Tel. +66 2613 1400 www.toysrus.co.th Zen@Centralworld 6th Floor, Central World, Pharam 1 Road, Pratumwun, Tel. +66 2667 5555 www.zen.co.th
DO GADGETS TECHIE KIDS
Walking the shopping malls nowadays often makes you wish you were a kid again. Children these days have access to the best toys. To make the big boys envy and little ones cry for more, here are some of our picks for the best kiddy gadgets. The Battle Strikers are not just regular spinners. The joystick allows
you to control the toy, by making it jump, speed-up, dodge and even attack your opponent’s “strikers”. There are also 16 strikers available and each of them has different levels of performance determined by their ability in control, defense and attack. Roborover’s unique character comes from his personality and speech, which becomes more sophisticated the more you play with him! In Lookout Mode he can scan his environment and warn you of any intruders. Or try the Explore Mode that allows him to roam free. You can also use the remote control just like you would control your favorite toy car—only better. The revamped Rubik’s cube, the Rubiks 360, comes with six colored balls, one transparent sphere and only one solution. The game takes on a spherical shape as opposed to the traditional cube, and the challenge is to find out how to put the colored balls into their corresponding slots. Check out the tutorial online at http://bit.ly/ DO-rubik to get a sense of the challenge waiting for you.
The biggest and most popular zone is of course the main playground area, complete with monkey bars, sliders, a track for bicycles and rollerblades and a basketball-football court combo. There’s also an extended outdoor area where kids can build sand castles. Upstairs is home to the craft rooms where children can embark on mini craft projects made with various recycled materials, from popsicle sticks to used bottles and paper. These crafts will then later be used to decorate Funarium. Not only is it economical, children can also feel A LITTLE SOMETHING Room 422, 2nd floor, Racquet Club Building 4, Sukhumvit Soi 49 Tel: +66 2762-7899 www.a-littlesomething.com
Crafty kids at Funarium
Getting ready for their first lesson
• Despite paying special attention to safety, Funarium is not a childcare center and it does not encourage the practice of leaving children at Funarium for the day. • Don’t be alarmed by the unisex children’s toilets. They are designed so the parents can go in with them. Of course the adults have separate toilets. FUNARIUM 111/1 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Tel: +66 2665-6555 www.funarium.co.th
Sukhumvit 24 Emporium
Another place where children can create something they can be proud of is at A Little Something. Not just a cooking school for kids, A Little Something is a place where children can learn about teamwork and about healthy diets. The facility, from the kitchen to the utensils and tools, are designed to be
A Little Something
Prom Si Soi 1
Spring Summer Restaurant
proud seeing their work on display.
child-friendly. The classes are split into two age groups and the younger one of ages 3-5 does not involve the use of knives while A Little Something’s trained staff and chefs supervise the older groups. The cooking tools used here are also specially
DO SPOIL LEARNING THROUGH FUN The idea of combining fun with the subjects of health and the
environment is no longer impossible. Here are some of our picks of new and exciting places for your children to learn, grow, and just simply have fun. Named the city’s biggest indoor playground, Funarium gives more than just a place for your children to go wild. A huge warehouse-like space was turned into a giant children’s world
where they can play sports, hang out with friends and enjoy a series of activities. With safety, cleanliness and enjoyment as their priority, the aim here is to give a place for children to explore their creativity and potential fully. The concept of Funarium also focuses on bringing joy to the whole family, with a food court where parents can mingle while their kids play, and a private party zone if you plan to throw your child a
themed birthday party.
A Little Something makes cooking child-friendly
• Arena 10 is a football field, not a football school so there is no coach on staff. • On Sundays there’s a football buffet. You can have an unlimited play for B200 per person.
designed for children’s small, delicate hands. The classes, usually held on weekends, teach children how to cook real adult food, from dim sum to chicken potpies. For older groups of children, especially for football lovers, Arena 10 is a professional football arena where you don’t have to deal with the sun. You don’t have to deal with the dirt either as the field is completely made of artificial grass that is soft so it acts as a cushion for when you fall. The facility is also at par with any professional stadium, with showers and locker rooms that are well maintained and secure. Though a great practice space for footie fanatics at any age, Arena 10 is however popular among school children who come here for a few kicks after school. Arena 10 does not aim to be a soccer school, but rather a
Get your own limited edition soccer boots ARENA 10 225/11 Thonglor Soi 10, Sukhumvit Soi 55 Tel: +66 2711 6644 www.arena10.com
can organize a family game here or gather your children snack bar, a soccer equipment store with special edition and professional quality football boots. Arena 10’s aspiring athletes
Funky Villa Arena 10 Muse Thonglor Soi 10 Oishi Japanese Buffet Restaurant
Sukhumvit 55 (Thong Lor)
5-person and a 7-person, are available daily for a fee. Parents and their friends for a fun fitness-filled day out. There’s also a
place where children can play football safely. The two fields, a
DO STORY “SUK SANT WAN DEK”
There’s one particular day that children all over the country look forward to each year and that is National Children’s Day, which falls on the second Saturday of January every year. It was first started in 1955 by The International Forum for Child Welfare under the United Nations and its goal is to help children realize their importance in society, and also to create awareness about the role and rights of children. Each year, the Prime Minister of Thailand is asked to come up with a motto or a slogan for children’s day to act as a guide of conduct. That is why each year’s motto always revolves around the idea of responsibility, humility, prudence, and diligence.
• The definition of a child according to the Thai dictionary is anyone under the age of 14. • It is best for children under the age of 5 to be in a stroller when visiting places on Children’s Day as it can be very crowded and it is easy for both you and your child to travel around. • Make sure your children put on sunscreen, dress light and wear a hat or cap as the afternoon sun can be quite harsh on their eyes and skin.
But the most awaited part of this celebration has to be the
in need, but they can also teach your children about the
special only-on-children’s-day activities that are getting the
power of giving. At foundations such as Foundation For
kids, and their parents, all excited. Venues usually closed to
Children (www.ffc.or.th) you can donate education funds and
public such as military bases and even the Government House
school supplies, and you can also host a feast or a storytelling
are open for kids to act as adults for a day. This is in addition to
session for the kids at one of the foundation’s participating
numerous programs and promotions happening around town
on this particular day. Another great way to make merits this Children’s Day is by donating Don’t have a clue as to how to tackle this smorgasbord of fun?
toys and games to unfortunate children. The Mirror Foundation
Here’s a DO guide to getting the best out of this fun festival.
(www.mirror.or.th) every year compiles toys such as balloons, teddy bears, dolls and other goodies for the hill-tribe children in Chiang Rai.
MORNING OF MERIT 20-21
You can donate toys by mailing them to the foundation.
The best way to kick start children’s day is by doing it Thaistyle—making merits. The act of making merits isn’t just
These foundations are only a few among many organizations
restricted to Buddhists; it’s a Thai tradition that encourages
set up to help these children. Here are some of the other
people to give back to the society. Many temples around
foundations and centers you can visit on Children’s Day:
the city also have special children’s day fairs to make temple
• Foundation For Child Development (www.iamchild.org)
visits a little more exciting for the children. There’s also another
• World Vision (www.worldvision.or.th)
way to make merit on Children’s Day and that is at Bangkok’s
• Santisuk Foundation (www.santisuk.or.th)
various children’s centers. Not only will you be helping children
• Foundation for Slum Child Care (www.fscc.or.th) • Duang Prateep Foundation (www.dpf.or.th)
• If you want your children to play by themselves, make sure that they carry some form of identification, with their name, names of parents and phone number just in case.
Muang stages aircraft shows and exhibitions of historical
This is the moment every Thai kid has been waiting for all year.
aircrafts. Kids are also invited on board some of the Air Force’s
This is the only chance for them to visit the most secured, most
planes. Those interested in the work of the navy can head to
• Always carry with you a few snack packs and bottles of water.
exclusive places in town that otherwise would not open for
Sattahip, Thailand’s biggest navy base, where they can witness
public visits. Palaces, Government House, and army bases
first hand the life of the marines. There are also showcases of
open their doors once a year for the kids so they can learn
historical and royal vessels, as well as a variety of games and
about politics and Thai history in a fun, less-boring way.
activities for both children and parents. If your kids love war
• Take note of all exits and meeting points, as well as first-aid booths or information counters. • Parents should always call ahead before visiting any place on Children’s Day, whether it is restaurants, hotels, or shopping malls, as they always offer special promotions for children.
tanks and weapons, don’t miss a visit to the Royal Thai Army If there isn’t a political gathering happening on Children’s
base where kids can take a ride on military tanks, handle real
Day then kids from all over can go inside the Thai government
war weapons (under supervision of course), and watch the
house. Children will be able to see inside a number of historical
training of military dogs.
rooms where governmental decisions and policies are made. The tour will also teach children about the roles of the
Other special only-on-children’s-day events vary from one year
government and introduce them to the different buildings and
to another, so keep yourself updated by checking out loca
sections within the government house. The highlight is of course
newspapers about a week or two ahead when places start
a chance to sit in the Prime Minister’s chair. Besides the tour,
promoting the festival.
children and their parents can also enjoy a variety of activities, such as a concert, a fair, and exhibitions. For real political fun, the Parliament also has its own open day where children can learn about the Parliament and its duties, about the roles of the citizen in a democratic society, the constitution, and the history of Thai politics through a series of activities, tours, and exhibitions. Children can also become soldiers for a day at Thailand’s various military bases. The Royal Thai Air Force base in Don
The best way to find out what’s coming up in this year’s Children’s Day is at these kid-friendly resources. • TK Park (www.tkpark.or.th) • Ministry of Social Development (www.m-society.go.th) • The Office of Knowledge and Development (www.okmd.or.th)
• MUSEUM SIAM Maharat Road, Tha Tien Pier, www.ndmi.or.th • CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM Chatuchak Tel: +66 2615 7333 • PLANETARIUM Sukhumvit Road, Ekamai www.bangkokplanetarium.com • DUSIT ZOO Rama 5 Road, Dusit www.dusitzoo.org • SAFARI WORLD Ram Indra Road www.safariworld.com • SIAM OCEAN WORLD Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Road www.siamoceanworld.co.th
FUN FOR ANYONE, ANYTIME Who said kids can have fun only on Children’s Day? Bangkok is a fun-filled city and there are numerous venues and places where children and their parents can enjoy a great day out together. Museums can be a fun option if you know where to go. The Museum Siam, though about subjects kids usually find boring such as history and geography, introduces the topics in a fun interactive way through the use of new technology, like touch screen panels and light and sound shows. For younger children, the Children’s Discovery Museum in Chatuchak offers youngsters different zones filled with a hands-on approach to learning. The themes can range from cultures and environment to science and technology. There’s also a Rainbow City zone, which acts like a mock city complete, with buildings, shops, and supermarkets for children under six years. For nature loving kids, the choices are vast. Astronomy lovers can visit the Planetarium in Ekamai. This hall is composed of six exhibitions about the origin of Earth, the planets and space
exploration, and one planetarium where you spot different stars and planets on its artificial night sky. On Earth, the Dusit Zoo offers a chance for your children to explore its inhabitants, and families can also have a picnic session around the zoo’s big lake. If you really want to get close to the animals, Safari World lets you drive through its synthetic wilderness, where you can greet creatures like ostriches, giraffes, lions, tigers and deer right from your car window. Of course we can’t neglect sea creatures. At Siam Ocean World, children will be introduced to the underwater world. There’s also a fish feeding show by the staff divers who dive into the aquarium’s big tank and answer questions from children about the creatures and the aquarium. 26-27
These venues also host their own Children’s Day specials so be sure to call or check out their websites ahead of time so you can make plans for the day. For additional edutainment activities, check out our DO Spoil column on page 14 for more ideas.
• The Ratchada market peaks at around 8pm but if you come with children, the best time would be around 6:30pm when the crowd is light. • The best way to get here is by the MRT. You can get off at either Ratchadapisek or Ladprao Station as the market is situated between the two.
DO TONIGHT REPLAYING OUR MEMORIES
Well-known street musician at Ratchada Night Bazaar
Second hand models on ‘bae-ka-din’
With Children’s Day being our theme this issue, we would like to invite you back to the sweet old time when you cried for a lollipop and saved a whole month’s of hard-earned pocket money for a carnival zinc car. These night markets will definitely bring back old memories and create new ones for some.
Our first destination is Ratchada Night Bazaar. There are three main shopping “lanes”. The right side is a bae-ka-din, a Thai term used to describe a merchant’s floor mat where his goods are displayed. This can be a bit tricky to browse as they are spread out on the floor, as you need to be in an awkward squatting position to check out the goods—but that’s just the fun of it. The left side of the market is dedicated to secondhand motor parts, while the center is home to various booths selling things like clothes and shoes to quick snacks.
• With such a big area to explore, you should first get a map of Suan Lum Night Bazaar from the information booth at the E-1 Zone near Gate No. 1 • Some of the stores, especially home décor shops, also do overseas shipping. Ask the vendor about their policy. If you’re not planning to buy it right away, make sure you get the vendor’s phone number. Most of the vendors also have shops in other markets. RATCHADA NIGHT BAZAAR Ladprao Junction, Ratchadapisek Road Between MRT Ladprao and MRT Ratchadapisek stations Open Sat 6pm-midnight
This market will give you flashbacks, through their toys and goodies from the 60s such as old-school stationery and wornand-torn baby dolls. The good thing is, you can bargain here. Not only that, the prices are reasonable, the shop keepers can also help you find the right item to take home. It is quite hard to pin-point a good merchant here as they all have their own distinctive character. But if we had to pick one, Fanchun would top the list with its reinventions of childhood trinkets such as toy guns, candies, stickers, most of which can’t be found anywhere else. The concept is based on the Thai blockbuster hit, Fanchun, which took audiences back to their childhood and this is exactly what the idea the store is trying to bring forth to shoppers. Japanese Manga fans will go crazy over this unnamed shop on the same lane as Fanchun. Get your hands on hard-to-find pieces like the first series Gundum or a set of figurines from famous Japanese animations, or the origami cardboard toy characters which you can fold into a variety of Japanese anime icons. Another memory route we’re taking you on tonight may be a more modern one. Suan Lum Night Bazaar is a fascinating place, with a larger-than-life market area and a wide variety of goods that may confuse any Suan Lum newbie. The stuff sold here
• Do not wear your best shoes. The flooring here is all dirt. • Despite cheap prices and interesting finds, most of the stuff here is either no longer working or needs special hard-to-find parts in order for them to work. Always ask the shopkeepers about the condition of the item before buying. SUAN LUM NIGHT BAZAAR At the corner of Wittayu and Rama 4 Roads MRT Lumphini Open daily 5pm-1am
may not be the kind children would like, but those young-atheart will surely appreciate these glimpses of their childhood all laid out on the store fronts. If you are a fan of old-fashioned cars, the four-year-old Donald Shop in Lopburi Zone Soi 7 takes the images of the vintage vehicles and transfers them on different kinds of home decorations like wall clocks, magnets and even smaller realistic models of the cars. And if you have a sample in mind, you can even request a made-to-order model for around B2,000-4,000. A scary movie buff since you were a kid? Welcome to SOFTRASIN Model in Ayutthaya Zone Soi 7 where you can find stunning life-like models of your favorite horror movie characters from Freddy, Jason and the Alien, for only B650 a piece. Don’t waste your time bargaining here though, the owner won’t budge. For a complete opposite feel, instead of vintage cars and movie figures, the tiny shop San Fan in Ayutthaya Soi 1 is known for its minuscule things. The crafty owner creates impressively realistic miniature versions of almost everything he sees from street-food carts to shop houses to the very things inside those carts and shops like a bowl of noodles, a dish of phad thai and snack packs. He also accepts custom orders just in case you want to have a miniature version of your own home.
Various old-fashioned toys
Tiny soda models from San Fan Shop
The cozy all-white decor also makes it a comfortable spot to
have breakfast. Their breakfast menu includes a selection of pancakes, waffles and sandwiches, and no surprise, some of them are made in the shape of a bear, like the Breakfast Pancake set where each of the circular patties resemble a bear’s face, ears and nose. Adults looking for a quiet afternoon tea session can lounge away on its cozy sofa at the back of the cafe where they can sip on one of its hot pots of fruit teas while nibbling on freshly baked bread. Upon first look, Big Knit may not seem like a child-friendly place, but rather a comfort zone for crafty housewives to spend their quality afternoon time with their children. Of course their big focus is the crafts, as its walls are lined with rows of colorful
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begged and forced to eat healthy veggie-filled meals all year, together, and it’s even more fun to dine in these cute cafes. From chocolates to cakes, here are some of our sweet picks for
DO RECOMMENDS: • Bearkery Breakfast Pancakes • Bearkery brownies
a fun food session on Children’s Day. The name says it all. Of course there are no bears here; Bearkery’s name comes from the theme of the bakery, whose furry mascot appears in almost anything on offer. If you don’t consider the mascot, it is pretty much a simple bakery, offering cakes, cookies and breads that kids and adults alike are
familiar with. What makes this place so special is that every piece of dessert here is shaped like a bear. The bestsellers are the wide range of Teddy Cakes, from butter to chocolate chips that make up most of the space on the brightly lit store shelf.
by its crafty patrons. However, its menu of Thai delicacies also makes this place a great stop for a fun lunch. While the dishes served here are quick comfort foods that you can take a bite
of between your knitting strokes, they are not short of choices. Cozy atmosphere at Bearkery Soi Pattanakarn 32
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would give you a healthy answer. Children have been asked,
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Ask any kid what they like to eat, and surely none of them
but now it’s time to spoil them a little. Desserts and kids go great
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BEARKERY Pattanakarn Soi 30, Suanluang Tel: +66 2319-3355 Open daily 9am-9pm
DO EAT PLUSH CAFES
• Though they have a lot of bearshaped goodies like candies and toys, it is best to stick only to their baked goods.
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“Beary” good custards
yarns ready to be woven into pretty scarves and pillowcases
BIG KNIT CAFE 88 Sukhumvit Soi 49 Tel: +66 2260 5050 www.bigknit49.com Open daily 9am-9pm
DO RECOMMENDS: • Vol au vant with fillings of the day • Spaghetti with spicy Northern sausage
• For children who have no previous knitting knowledge, Big Knit offers a special machine that spins in the yarn and out comes a neatly woven ball. These balls can then be creatively knitted together with different sizes to create a complete doll.
Simple yet creative knitted goodies
selection ranges from a la cartes and quick bites to elaborate Thai favorites like som tum and suki. The desserts are as to-diefor as their knitted goodies, from cheesecakes to brownies, you can basically spend your whole afternoon here. Kids who come here don’t need to be intimidated as Big Knit techniques are child-friendly, with the special knitting machine that requires almost no training, your children can basically whip up their own little knitted teddy bears within one lunch session. For parents, don’t worry if you don’t know how to knit, as there’s always a team of skillful knitters on hand to help you and your child create that one-of-a-kind piece. Friendly knitting club
• Cherubin only has three parking spots, it would be wiser to walk from Phrom Phong BTS Station as it is not too deep into the soi.
For a place both mommies and kiddies, Cherubin appears to be a place where children will feel at home with teddy bears of all shapes and sizes decorating every corner of this cafe. Though most of them are from a private collection of the
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BigKnit’s other comfort
owner, Khun Pat, she does offer a corner of teddies that are for sale in case you want to take home one of Cherubin’s fluffy mascots. The main focus of the menu here is chocolates, the ultimate favorite treat for kids of all ages. From shakes to cakes
and every little piece of chocolate drop in between, it can give
CHERUBIN Sukhumvit Soi 31 BTS Phrom Phong Tel: +66 2260-9800 Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-7pm
you a feeling of choco overload. But they are not too sweet.
DO recommends: • Chocolate Creme Brulee • Chocolate raspberry cheese cake
want to try Cherubin’s cooking that doesn’t involve cocoa
Like the Chocolate shake that still retains the bitterness of cocoa, or the Chocolate Crème Brûlée whose creamy custard flavor isn’t completely overshadowed by the chocolate. If you beans, come by during lunch for its special lunch sets, with choices of sandwiches, rice bowls, and even pasta gratins, for when you need something savory. For children’s day, a little
bird told us that any kid who comes by on that particular day will get a free treat.
BY CAR From Bangkok, take Highway No. 2 (Mittraphap) through Saraburi until Seekew District, Nakorn Ratchasima then take a left onto Highway No. 201. Going through to Chaiyaphum and connect with Highway No. 12 in Khon Kaen. Take a left to Khon Sarn District onto Highway No. 201 again. Drive past Phoo Kra Dung and head straight to Chiangkhan in Loei.
DO JOURNEY TAKE A BREAK IN CHIANGKHAN
BY BUS Take a Bangkok-Chiangkhan bus at Northern Terminal (Mochit 2). Only one trip available a day. Call Air Muang Loei for more information (+66 2936 0142)
each place possesses its own unique and interesting character.
BY PLANE There are no flights to Chiangkhan, so take one to Udon Thani and take the airport bus from Udon Thani Airport to Loei. Flights are available through www.thaiairways.com, www. nokair.com and www.airasia.com
With winter season being so rare, when it does come, people seek the best destinations in Northern Thailand. But choosing the right spot to spend the sacred winter is a challenge, as But if we had to choose, the small district in the province of Loei in the Northeast of Thailand would top our list. Chiangkhan has been going through a change for the past five years thanks to the influx of tourists who discovered this Isaan sanctuary. And the change is well received by both locals and visitors as Chiangkhan is where age-old tradition meets modern conveniences of well-groomed accommodation and shops to keep things fresh and welcoming. STROLLING ALONG THE WOODEN LANE
The color of padding field
The first thing youâ€™ll see in this small Isaan town is its distinct character, which is preserved in the form of old wooden
Traditional morning alms giving
Lighting in the morning
Restaurantâ€™s atmosphere you can see every evening
• Pioneers on the strip like Niyom Thai not only sells signature quilts to visitors but also opens up their shops for those curious about how these warm and fluffy comforters are made in an old-school way.
shop houses. Your days will be spent strolling along the alleys
• There’s no need to stick to the map, as the streets are easy to navigate. Besides you might discover a place where no guidebook writer has gone before.
as hand-painted postcards, embroidered fabrics, silk-screened
of wooden houses, most of which double as a place of commerce, from souvenir stores to restaurants. The signature gifts of Chiangkhan are mostly intricate homemade crafts such t-shirts and a variety of knick-knacks like key chains, fridge magnets, and photographs. Though the selection is endless and it can be quite hard to resist not stopping at every store, try not to be overwhelmed by it as you’ll end up carrying more stuff than you need to.
For starters, Idea DD (+668 3084 3315) stands out thanks to its collection of affordable and artistic postcards. Photophiles
ลมรำเพย) (+668 4155 2488,
will go crazy over Lom Rum Phoei’s (
www.lomrumpoei.multiply.com) collection of photographs, while fashionistas can go back in time through Sabai Dee
สบายดีเชียงคาน) (+668 4602 8507) selection of old school t-shirts. The souvenir haven has to be Ruk Loei (รักเลย)
(+668 1885 6975), whose array of postcards, magnets and antiques will make lovers of Chiangkhan drool.
Lom Rum Phoei’s lobby DON’T MISS • If you want a panoramic view of the city contrasting with the flickering lights of the river, head out to Phoo Thok mount, which is the best viewpoint of the area.
After a series of shop visits, it’d be nice to alternate between
• Wake up a little earlier than usual and you can witness the traditional morning alms giving.
to the friendly and attentive owner. The newest addition Jum
• Baan Tha Dee Mhee is where two rivers, Nam Hueng and Khong, meet. Here you can witness the contrasting colors of the two rivers as they come together.
your shopping stops with a session at a local coffee house. The lane is lined with classic cafes, all boasting a rather homey vibe like Open & Close, which truly makes you feel at home thanks
จำเลยรัก) (146 Moo 4, Soi 12-14, +668 1557 2469) is also
Loei Ruk (
bustling with patrons who come here for its retro setting. But if you want to kick it old school, check out Suwan Rama, nestled under an old Chiangkhan theater, and you’ll be sipping on a cup of coffee among its collection of antiques. SLEEPING IN HISTORY Don’t expect five-star hotel chains here. The real charms are in these old-homes-turned-guest-houses, although most appear to be a little battered and bruised, they are however the very places where you can truly savor the Chiangkhan atmosphere. The original guesthouses like Chiangkhan Guest House (+668
Little dog at Rak Loei
Breakfast at Jum Loei Rak
เฮือนหลวงพระบาง) (+66 4282 1046)
6232 8366), Huen Luang Prabang (
and Chiangkhan River View (+668 0741 8055) offer simple and
For new, but already notable guest houses, Baan Chankhiang
friendly accommodation for those who seek peace and quiet.
เรือนแรมลูกไม้) (+66 4282 2334) attracts
บ้านชานเคียงที่เชียงคาน) (146 Moo 2 Chaikhong
The popular Ruan Ram Look Mai (
at Chiangkhan (
a wave of guests due to its artistic nature of the hotel. The
Road, +66 4282 1096, +668-5460-2035) offers free wifi and
owner, Somboon Homtheinthong, a prominent Thai modern
bicycles for guests. The rich-in-concept Term Suk Chiangkhan
artist, turned this riverside home into a comfy stay so he could
share the view of the river with other Chiangkhan lovers.
Road, +668 1626 4273, +668 1626 5837) only has two rooms on
เติมสุขเชียงคานบานบุร)ี (187/1 Moo 2, Soi 15, Chaikhong
offer, but they are the rooms with the best view in the area.
พูลสวัสดิ)์ (Soi 9, +66 4282 1114)
Visiting with friends? Pool Sawat (
offers more spacious rooms for big parties while still retaining the age-old charm in its traditional architecture. It is also filled with activities where you can try your hand at local pastimes, Chan Khiang at night
like fabric painting, while staying here.
DON’T MISS • If you come here during the summer, visit Kaeng Kud Khoo, a rocky river that glitters under the summer sunlight.
Husband & Wife GuestHouse & Handicraft (241 Moo 1, Chai
• For souvenirs, make sure you take home coconut chips, quilts, bamboo rice and fermented pork wrapped in banana leaves.
with traditional Lanna-Isaan touches, and it’s the only structure
TRAVEL TIPS • People mostly commute by bicycle or on foot so bring comfy shoes like sneakers.
Younger visitors will take interest in Plern Plern Thii Chiangkhan’s
• The weather in Chiangkhan is cool yearlong, so make sure to pack a sweater and thick socks. • There aren’t that many guest houses, so book ahead at least a week.
Khong Road, Soi 8-9, +668 5464 8008, +668 9438 8008) doubles as a home stay and a gift shop where you can take home some of the province’s famous OTOP treats. The rooms are decked out left on the strip that still possess classic ceramic roofing. A couple in winter romance
เพลินเพลินที่เชียงคาน) (185 Moo 2, +66 4282 2058) colorful decor,
Khao Pun noodles in curry
whose in-house restaurant is popular among visitors who stop by for some comforting Thai dishes. Other youngster-friendly
สุเนต์ตรา) (+668 6999 9218, www. suneta.net) and Chan Khiang (ชานเคียง) (+66 4282 1096, http:// spots are Sunetra Guest House (
sites.google.com/site/chankhiang) which offer stunning views of the Khong River in their contemporary-style houses.
Traditional bedroom in wooden lane
Little gallary at Lom Rum Phoi
• Bring a camera. This is one truly photogenic place.
MEET AND EAT
USEFUL LINKS www.chiangkhan.com www.loeikagallery.com www.chiangkhan.loei.police.go.th www.welovechiangkhan.com
up with its past recipes. For the best fish menu, Rabieng Khong
Chiangkhan is known for its variety of folk dishes that still keep
ระเบียงโขง) (+66 4282 1532) offers a wide selection of fish dishes.
A must-try local delicacy is Khao Piak, a noodle dish derived from Vietnamese cuisine, and a favorite among the locals.
ข้าวเปียกซอย10) (+668 5447
You can try some at Khao Piak Soi 10 ( 42-43
3862). For easy a-la-carte comforts like green curries and fried rice with Thai fermented shrimp paste, head to Ton Khong Guest
ต้นโขงเกสต์เฮาส์) (+66 4282 1279). But if you crave true Isaan จิตตำส้ม) (+668 7232 5259) makes
exploding flavors, Jit Tum Som (
some mean som tum, grilled chicken, grilled pork knuckles and roasted fish. Another must-try local dish is Khao Pun noodles in
ข้าวปุน้ น้ำแจ่ว), and the best place to try that is at the fresh
market, which offers unlimited side vegetables, a truly tasty and healthy menu. Then end your night at Krua Sang Thong where you can savor the sunset over the river.
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drawn graphics. These images were visualized from the cheerful faces of children, the magnificence of nature, and the overall concept of this “Rose of the North” land. This is the ideal escape where you can lay back and appreciate its unique design, while at the same time embrace the beautiful nature of Chiang Mai and its artistic culture. Though there are only nine rooms available, each of these villas are distinct in style. For a minimal classic, an all-white room provides a sense of peacefulness, while the brown villa will bring you closer to
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
Proud Phu Fah
Chiang Mai - Fang Rd.
nature. And don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this place, each of Mae Rim - Samoeng Rd. 18km.
the rooms are equipped with the best of modern day conveniences, such as free wifi and a media player. But who wants to come to Chiang Mai and stay in the room all day? The resort offers a number of recreational activities that are also culturally educational, such as a water-color painting workshop, Thai massage, Thai cooking course, elephant riding, and if you really want to experience the true
DO SLEEP LOUNGE AWAY UP NORTH Thailand is known for its hot weather, and when people visit
during Winter, foreigners and Thais alike would flock to various parts of the North to find that perfect spot to experience the rare cool winds. Of course, the popular and increasingly modernized Chiang Mai still tops the lists. But the best way to enjoy the northern cities is to get away from the crowds.
Lanna lifestyle, trips to Samoerng’s nearby rural highlands for a fresh strawberry picking session.
BAAN MUANG KHAN 201 Moo 2, Rim Khong Road, Chiang Khan, Loei Tel: +668 2849 0850 firstname.lastname@example.org B500/room of 2-3 persons B200/person for room of 4 or more Complimentary coffee and sticky rice for breakfast. Khong River Chai Khong Rd.
Soi 16 Highway 201
Baan Muang Khan
Wat Si Khun Muang
Highway 211 Wat Matchimaram
Wat Pa Tai
But there’s no need to always stick to the tried-and-true spots 46-47
like Chiang Mai. Get off the beaten path a little into the Northeast and you’ll find that it is just as cool and charming. Like in Loei, which we covered in our travel column, is also a worthy winter destination. If we had to pick one home stay in Chiang Khan, Baan Muang Khan would reign on top for its oneof-a-kind concept and history. The full name of this two-room guesthouse in Thai means, “Baan Muang Khan—The home of the heartbroken”. It may sound dramatic but the idea is simple—this is where you come to forget about all your troubles. The owner Khun Tom was the pioneer of this idea. From someone who was used to working in a demanding and pressure filled environment of an advertising agency, Chiang Khan helped opened his mind to the world of tranquility. He rented a house and decided to make it his permanent residence. When his friends and family started coming to visit, he decided to turn it into a business in hopes that Chiang Khan might be able to help other troubled urban souls like him. The concept is “not so convenient but very comfortable”, meaning you won’t find five-star treatment in his wooden home stay, rather the comfort and the tranquility from the River Khong and the people who live here. More like a home than a hotel where guests mingle with staff and locals act like they have known each other for years. The home stay also encourages guests to experience the true Chiang Khan lifestyle by including complimentary alms given to visiting monks in the early morning.
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INGREDIENTS: 3 oz. Of Apple Juice 3 oz. Of Orange Juice 3 tablespoons of limejuice 1 teaspoon of salt 1 cup of water 3 tablespoons of red strawberry syrup Ice tray A few colorful straws • First you need to prepare the strawberry ice cubes the night before by mixing together water and the syrup. • Pour the mixture into the ice tray and put it in the freezer. • Mix together the apple juice and orange juice. Here you can add a little bit of limejuice and salt to make the drink a little tangy. • Add as many syrup ice cubes as you like, but keep in mind that the more cubes you add, the sweeter the drink. • Decorate the glass with strawberry or lime slices, depending on your liking. Put in the straws and it is ready to be enjoyed.
DO DRINK KITTY FRUITY
To remain alcohol-free for our child-friendly issue, here’s a little “mocktail” recipe that both you and your children can enjoy.
THAI TERMS Kha khao thao rai? • How much is the entrance fee? Mee guide mai? • Is there a tour guide? Perd/pid ghee mong? • What time do you open/close? Hong naam yuu nai? • Where is the toilet? Thaai roop hai noi dai mai? • Can you take a photo for me? Mee bro chua mai? • Do you have a brochure? • To be polite, always end your questions/sentences with “kha” if you’re female, and “krub” if you’re male
DO SURVIVE SIGHTSEEING ETIQUETTE
Most of Thailand’s attractions are of cultural significance. Places like temples and palaces are highly respected by the locals for their religious values and there are certain customs and etiquette you need to respect when visiting these places. • You are required to wear “polite dress” when visiting official buildings and palaces. This means no flip-flops, no shorts, no skirts above the knees for ladies, no sleeveless t-shirts and at some places, even no t-shirts allowed. • The attire rules can get pretty annoying we know. However, these places also know that most tourists don’t know about these rules. That’s why you can also rent a sarong (a long skirt) at most of these places so you don’t need to miss out on visiting a site.
• Thais usually frown upon people who make loud noises, whether it is from their steps or their conversations. So keep your voice down when visiting temples and museums. • Buddhist monks are not allowed to touch women, accidentally or not. So if you’re a woman, be careful when visiting a temple, and even when you ride public transport you should not be seated next to a monk. • And just like you would do in any Thai home, you should take off your shoes before entering. So you should do the same when visiting temples and indoors-religious sites.
Mee guide mai?
For more information about the museum, visit: www.milliontoymuseum.com
Kha khao thao rai?
“There will always be toys. As long as we have inspiration, ideas and imagination, we’ll always see these thoughts in physical forms.”
Perd/pid ghee mong?
DO PEOPLE YOUNG AT HEART
Recently appointed as a professor of literature for children at Srinakarinwirot University, illustrator, and Million Toy Museum owner, Krirk Yoonpun has always been obsessed with toys since he was a child. We sat down with this child-at-heart for our Children’s Day issue. WHY THE TOY MUSEUM? I got the inspiration when I was visiting Japan, where I went to accept my NOMA award, a Japanese prize granted to illustrators. This first career of mine led me to Kirahata Tin Toy Museum and since then I decided to collect toys seriously. FIRST TOY YOU OWNED? A dolly girl that I bought from this kind grandma seller at Saphan Daeng, in the Saphan Kwai area. This doll is actually over 100 years old now. WHAT IS THE MOST RARE TOY YOU OWN? It must be the tin cars, which, to my knowledge, are only being shown in London, Germany, Japan and of course, my place.
Hong naam yuu nai?
Thaai roop hai noi dai mai?
Mee bro chua mai?
ONE TOY YOU WANT EVERY CHILD TO HAVE? I believe every toy has its own worth, which will fulfill a kid’s life. A toy that a kid should have should be decided by their parents. They must find one that can develop and inspire their child’s imagination.
TOOLS: - 1 ½ cups of cooking flour - 2 teaspoons of salt - 2 tablespoons of cooking oil - 1 cup of warm water - You choice of food coloring - Ziploc bags TIPS: • Just like bread, dough can get moldy. Always store it in a cool, dry place. Throw away immediately if mold has formed. • If the dough sticks to your fingers, add a little bit more of the cooking oil. • Even though the dough is edible, we do not encourage consumption of the dough. Make sure your children understand that it is a toy and not a candy.
DO IDEA HOW TO MAKE SAFE PLAY DOUGH
Clay, plasticine, Play Doh, whatever it is, to children there’s always something fascinating about these squishy lumps. For kids, it is one of the easiest ways for them to explore their creativity. And for adults, they are great stress relievers. No matter the purpose, here’s an easy way to make your own play dough that is also safe for children. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Mix the flour, salt, warm water and oil together to form the dough. 2. You can adjust the squishy-ness by adding a little more flour. If it appears you have added too much, adjust by adding more oil and water. 3. Once you have reached the ideal consistency, add one drop of food coloring. Do not put too much coloring in as it can stain fingers when played with. Mix well. 4. Store the dough in an airtight Ziploc bag so it doesn’t become hardened. 5. If you want your child’s dough art to retain its shape, just leave it out to dry. But dried dough is brittle so be careful not to drop it or it will break.
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