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IN DO TABLE OF CONTENTS MY DO: Meet our staff 6

TO DO What’s on in November 8-9

DO JOURNEY Sweet Koh Kred

DO TONIGHT Best drinks by the Chao Praya

DO STYLE Dress up for Loy Krathong 34-37

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DO GADGETS Eco-friendly tech

DO DRINK Moonlight Kiss by La Lune 38

DO SURVIVE Street food etiquette DO STORY The twinkling tales behind Loy Krathong

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DO SLEEP Historic hotels in Bangkok

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DO PEOPLE The IT queen was a Nang Noppamas

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DO EAT That cuisine at its best

DO IDEA Krathong origami

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DO SPOIL Thai treat(ment)s

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Oranuj Ittipakorn Editor In Chief Mr. Kitti 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 Duangtawan Nilayon Contributor Siew lamination Co., Ltd. Financial Management DF 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: do.pocazine@gmail.com facebook.com/do.pocazine twitter.com/do_bkk

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MY DO THE DO TEAM WE ARE NAUGHTY, NOSY, FRIENDLY, EDGY, HIPPY, LIVELY, GUTSY, COZY, NOTEWORTHY, AND SURPRISINGLY MORE THAN YOU THINK... HOPE YOU ALL WILL ENJOY DO.


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TO DO Reflection the Chao EVENTS INofPraya NOVEMBER at Baan

Kalabok Surin Elephant Roundup > Legendary elephant act in Surin, performed by 100 elephants and 2,000 performers. Nov 21-22. Si Narong Stadium, Surin. B40, B300, B500, B1,000. +66 4451 4447-8, +66 4451 8529 www.surin.go.th

What is design? > The distinctive designs from 10 countries and cultures. Ongoing. Gallery 1, TCDC. +66 2664 8448 www.tcdc.or.th

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Imprint in Memory Watercolor art and printmaking techniques by Pishnu Supanimit. Until Nov 30. Ardel Gallery. Free. +66 2422 2092, +66 8 4772 2887 www.ardelgallery.com < Aksra Hoon Lakron Lek Experience the traditional Thai puppet theater with eleven splendid scenes. Every Thursday and Sunday until Nov 8. Aksra Theatre, King Power Complex. B800. +66 2262 3456 www.thaiticketmajor.com

Ploenchit Fair > Annual charity fair hosted by the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN). Nov 28. Shrewsbury International School, Charoenkrung Road. +66 2204 1587

Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival > Be dazzled by the launching of illuminated lanterns and various demonstrations of Lanna culture. Nov 1-3. Chiang Mai. Free. +66 5324 8604, +66 5324 1466, +66 5325 2578

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A Boy and A Tiger A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera with Siam Philharmonic and Fongnaam. Nov 28-29. Main Hall, Thailand Cultural Center. B200, B500, B1,000, B2,000. +66 262 3456 www.thaiticketmajor.com

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The 7th World Film Festival Enjoy 80 quality international indie films in Bangkok. Nov 6-15. Paragon Cineplex. Free. +66 2338 3618-9 www.worldfilmbkk.com


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DO STYLE WORLDLY POSSESSIONS This month we celebrate the goddess of water with the festival of Loy Krathong. With the concept of nature and environmental preservation in mind, the perfect style for this eco-friendly month should be about celebrating the earth through its natural colors.


The festival can be quite crowded. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to bring your own protective masks to prevent the spread of H1N1 virus. Models: Duangtawan Nilayon Osatee Ularangkoon Special thanks to: Central Department Store 1027 Phloenchit Road, Lumphini, Tel: +66 2793 7777 BTS Chidlom www.central.co.th Open daily 10am-10pm Baan Dinso 113 Soi Silp, Dinso Road, Ratchadamnoen, Phra Nakorn Tel: +66 2622 0560-3 www.baandinso.com

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Our models are dressed in an earth-toned wardrobe from Japanese brand Muji and Next Phase from Hong Kong, whose collections rarely stray too far from the basic colors of brown, nude and dark hues. For the first casual look, she wears a striped tank top, a cardigan jacket and skinny jeans from Muji while he lounges on the bed with shirt and shorts from Muji. As the night progresses, he gets ready for a more formal date in a Muji brown top, blue trousers and beige jacket while she waits in a terry cloth top and white shorts from Next Phase. Reflecting the colors of the festival, the clothes are accented with green representing the leaves of the krathong, blue for the river and red that symbolizes the lights from the candles. She is adorned with turquoise and green accessories from Evita Peroni, sandals from The Cat and a bright blue shopping bag by Liz Claiborne, while her romantic date goes simple with a red Thai-style scarf from Nikko and sneakers from Replay.


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DO GADGETS ECO-FRIENDLY TOYS In the spirit of Loy Krathong, what’s a better way to promote the festival of the goddess of water and nature as a whole than presenting to you new trends in personal gadgets and technology? Here comes the new generation of ecofriendly gadgets.

InCase, a company that makes cases for iPhones, recently came out with a new line of eco-friendly cases. The new collection is made entirely out of bamboo. Not only are they biodegradable, but the nartural colors and looks are sophisticated enough to make your iPhones standout. Check out www.goincase.com for more info. ODO is a design division at Sony which aims to create environmentally friendly products for consumers. The products currently on ODO’s concept table range from digital cameras to batteries. Under this brand, you can be sure that the design will not be ordinary. Like the Twirl camera whose handle also doubles as a crank that user has to wind to make it work. You can also take a look at what ODO has in store at http://bit.ly/ DO-odo. Samsung Reclaim is a new QWERTY handset, perfect for chatting and emailing. But how green is this thing? Not only is it green in color, but the materials used in creating this phone also come from recyclable bio-plastic made from corn. The phone also comes with applications geared towards helping users understand more about the concept of being eco-friendly. For every purchase in the US, US$2 will also be donated to The Nature Conservancy’s land conservation program. For more information, check out the official website at http://bit.ly/DO-reclaim


Suanploo secluded room

Herbal compresses at Suanploo

SUANPLOO THAI MASSAGE 1345 Charoenkrung Road, Bangrak, Bangkok Tel: +66 2238 1541-2 BTS Saphan Taksin Open daily: 10am-10pm Taksin Robinson Station Bangrak

Wat Assumption Suanploo Cathedral

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Lebua at State Tower

Silom Rd.

Sathorn Rd.

Charoenkrung Rd. TMB Bank Suanploo Thai Massage

DO SPOIL THAI TREATS Thai massage is undoubtedly one of the most popular styles of massage in any world-class spa facilities. In the city of Bangkok, it can be quite a task to find the right service that can truly deliver an authentic Thai massage experience. In our debut issue, we have two, one new and one unique, Thai massage havens to recommend to both first-timers and fans of this ancient arts. For those who want a quick massage fix, newcomer Suanploo Thai Massage is worth a try. Despite having only opened its doors for eight months, this mini-sized facility is already bustling with tourists and locals who come here for a quick massage fix. Thanks to the heavy foot traffic on this busy corner of Charoenkrung Road, this tiny shophouse has been busy, offering a variety of traditional Thai massage menus within its minimalist Thai décor. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a whiff of mood lifting aromatic lemongrass oil getting you ready for a session of complete tranquility. Though the place is quite small, with only two stories and one currently in the works, it does have the necessary treatments for a complete Thai massage experience. The first floor is where tired feet are treated with a relaxing session of reflexology. For a full body massage, head to the dim lit hall upstairs and lounge away on one of their cozy mattresses.

Traditional bath at Suk Spa

Suanploo’s massage rooms are located on second floor


Mini gallery at Suanploo

The choices here aren’t extensive, though they do cover all the basics of the art, such as traditional massage (B230 for 60 min.), foot reflexology (B250 for 60 min.) and Thai herbal hot compresses (B520 for 90 min.) Suanploo Thai Massage isn’t just a spa, but also an art gallery with a rotating photographic exhibition by renowned and up-and-coming Thai artists and photographers. The artwork adorning the walls of the spa’s first floor is an intriguing highlight to this rather minimalist space.

Thai - style comfort at Suk Spa

If you’ve got time to spare and want to spend it at a place you will never forget, head to Suk Spa for some unique Thai massage experience. “Sawaddee Chao Ka”, exclaimed one of the modest hostesses in an ancient Thai greeting. Don’t be alarmed by the old age talk uttered from the sabai- (Thai traditional wrap) wearing staff here as this is exactly what you should expect in this Thai-themed spa and restaurant complex.

The Ambassador Hotel Nana Station

Sukhumvit Rd.

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Suk Spa takes you back in time

Asoke

Suk Spa

Sukhumvit 11

Soi Nana

SUK SPA 1/30 Sukhumvit Soi 11, opposite Ambassador Hotel Tel: +66 2651 0461 BTS Nana www.sukspa.com Open daily 11am-10pm

Asoke Station

This secluded spot off Sukhumvit Soi 11 truly opens up a new world for those familiar with the chaos of this happening street. What makes this compound a much needed breath of fresh air isn’t just its quiet and tranquil atmosphere, but also its unique take on the concept of the ancient Thai way of living. And we’re not only talking about the decor, which looks to have been taken off a scene in an epic Thai movie, complete with wooden elevated architecture and leafy and shady exterior. It is the whole spa experience we’re talking about, from the ingredients implemented in its spa treatments, all the way to the treatment rooms themselves, which are made to resemble a Thai folk village. Your spa journey begins with a complimentary refreshment and a relaxing foot bath before being led upstairs into one of its Thai-style rooms, which are adorned with elements found in a traditional Thai home such as a wooden bathtub, a ceramic washbowl and a sleeping mattress that has turned into a comfy massage bed. Suk Spa treatments range from basic 60-minute foot or facial massages all the way to 180 minutes of the immense Suk Spa signature experience that gives you complete head-to-toe indulgence. Though the prices (starting at B920 for basic treatments and B1,950 for spa packages) may not be as wallet-friendly as your neighborhood spa, quality service and the uniquely Thai experience are more than enough of a lure to keep you coming back.


LOY KRATHONG TIPS Don’t worry about not being able to buy a krathong. During the festival, there will be a lot of sidewalk stalls offering different designs and sizes of krathongs to suit your needs.

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DO STORY LOY LOY KRATHONG In November on the night of the full moon, every part of Thailand comes to life. No, we’re not talking about the famous full moon beach parties in the south. This is the night where Thai people celebrate one of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand—Loy Krathong. Though this year’s festival has already passed (Nov 2nd), it still deserves a mention in our November issue. This festival of lights and water is remarkable as it is usually celebrated at night, where thousands of lights from the krathongs and the floating lanterns illuminate the rivers and the night sky. THE ORIGIN OF LOY KRATHONG The festival is held on a full moon night in November of every year when the tide is at its highest and the weather is starting to cool down. Loy is a Thai word for to float while Krathong refers to a small decorated raft usually made of banana leaves and shoots. The Krathong plays an integral part in the festival as a form of offering to pay respect to the goddess of water. Some believe the festival of Loy Krathong has its origins from a Hindu tradition where devotees pay respect to the gods of the Ganges River, then later adopted by the believers of Brahma Buddhism. The festival is said to have originated in the province of Sukhothai but since then it has evolved into different regional celebrations with their own takes on the festivities. Today, Loy Krathong is regarded as a festival of new beginnings. Couples float their rafts together in hopes of a brighter future in their relationship. Singles float theirs in hopes of finding new or rekindling lost love. It is also a festival of forgiveness where mistakes and regrets are symbolically floated away with the raft.


LOY KRATHONG TIPS Bangkokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traffic is already bad on a weekday, but during the festivals, it can get much worse. To avoid the traffic, forget a taxi. The BTS Skytrain and the MRT Subway can take you to a number of public parks such as Chatuchak Park, Suan Lumphini Park, Benjakitti Park and Benjasiri Park, which are hotspots for Loy Krathong.

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WHO IS NANG NOPPAMAS ? During the month of November, ladies of all ages walk on stage to battle it out for the title of Nang Noppamas. But who was Nang Noppamas and what role did she play in the history of Loy Krathong? Some believe she was a royal consort during the Sukhothai era, who also created the first krathong as an offering to a Sukhothai King. Some skeptics however believe she was just a work of fiction, a character created to promote the beauty and manners of an ideal Thai woman, which still remains the true message behind the event today. Whatever the legend, the Nang Noppamas Pageant is undoubtedly a popular event during the festivities. The contestants are usually dressed in a traditional Thai silk dress and compete in a talent competition. The contestants will show off their skills in traditional arts such as Thai dancing and music, as a way to promote the skills to the younger generation. Today you can catch the contest at almost every venue celebrating Loy Krathong, from universities to local temple fairs.


THE CELEBRATION Though the festival is called Loy Krathong, some parts of Thailand celebrate the festival differently but all of them still maintain the same symbolic gesture of forgiveness and new beginnings. Up north we have the Yee Peng Festival in the province of Chiang Mai. This spectacular Loy Krathong festival is observed by floating lit lanterns or Khoem Yee Peng into the night sky. This tradition was originally founded during the Ayuthaya era, then named Loy Phraprateep, where these lanterns were symbolically sent to the heavens to pay respects to the Lord Buddha. In Isaan, or the northeast region of Thailand, Loy Krathong is celebrated with a carriage of fire boats. Usually held in Nakhonpranom, these boats are designed traditionally with banana leaves and decorated with various Thai flowers as well as candles and lanterns to illuminate the vessels. The Isaan people believe that by making the boat as a family, you will be blessed by the Lord Buddha. 24-25

For a real step back into time, head to Ayuthaya for great traditional performances as well as a chance to loy your krathong in the exact same fashion as done in the old days. Thus, the name Loy Krathong Krung Kao, or Loy Krathong in the ancient city. The event is held at four different “corners” of the city where three rivers, the Chao Praya, Pa Sak and Lopburi intersect, and at each of them are some of Ayuthaya’s ancient sites so visitors will get to experience what it was like to loy krathong back in the day. At these sites, there are usually traditional performances during the festival where performers reanact the tales from the old Ayuthaya days through dance and music. LOY KRATHONG IN BANGKOK Traditionally, Loy Krathong is usually celebrated by the river where families and friends gather by the nearest pier or river bank and float their krathongs together. In Bangkok, there are also a number of parks, ponds and pools where you can celebrate the festivities. For parks, Suan Lumphini on Rama IV Road has a large lake in the middle, which is perfect for big groups of friends and families. Another park worth checking out is the Benjakitti Park in Asoke. This park is vast and has a long lake right in the middle of it. At these parks you can even rent a boat and paddle out into the lake for a more intimate Loy Krathong moment.


LOY KRATHONG TIPS On a krathong, people usually put a candle, an incense stick, and a few coins into the krathong as an offering to the goddess of water. Don’t be alarmed if you see children in the water stealing money from your krathongs. It is usually the best part about the festival for kids.

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Most of Bangkok’s major colleges are also open to public during the festivities. The most popular lake, where couples go to get their romantic wishes granted, is at Chulalongkorn University on Phaya Thai Road. The legend has it, that if you’re single, you will get together with the person you’re floating the krathong with. However, floating as a couple here can cause the two of you to break up. Of course we cannot talk about Loy Krathong without mentioning the Chao Praya River. If you don’t mind the crowd, there are a number of piers that are popular among the locals such as the Tha Pra Arthit Pier on Pra Arthit Road and by the Rama VIII Bridge near Samsen Road. If you’d like a more sophisticated Loy Krathong experience, Bangkok’s selection of premier riverside hotels such as The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Marriott, and the Royal Orchid Sheraton are just a few of the prominent venues that not only offer special Loy Krathong dining promotions but also a cruise along the Chao Praya on their respective wooden ferries.


Reflection of the Chao Praya at Baan Kalabok

LA LUNE 15/3 Soi Ruamrudee, Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan Tel: +66 2250 0711 BTS Ploenchit Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight DO RECOMMENDS La Lune Salmon Salad Spaghetti Phad Khee Mao River Prawn Spring Rolls

British Embassy

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Private dining at Bo.lan

Spaghetti Phad Khee Mao at La Lune

Bo.lan Between

Soi Ruam Rudee

Wireless Rd.

Sinthorn Bldg.

Rama 4 Rd.

Rd.

Ploenchit Station

Sukhumvit

Petchaburi Rd.

La Lune

DO EAT THAI TASTE Of course there are countless number of Thai restaurants in Bangkok but finding ones with true character is the challenge. Take our picks for this month’s celebration of Thai cuisine. One is tucked deep in a Japanese street, one is disguised behind a pub facet and one is completely off the Bangkok map. But what they have in common are great price, great atmosphere and of course, great original flavors. What’s a better place to celebrate the full moon festival than at a place called La Lune? This venue is also not your average bar and restaurant where the food usually comes second as the title suggests. Its team of skillful chefs have professional training from another one of Bangkok’s successful bar and restaurants, Pla Dib, so the flavor is undoubtedly exceptional. La Lune is a great place for an evening get-together after work, thanks to its prime location in central Bangkok. The seating however can be quite limited inside when the evening picks up, but the good news is, when the sun goes down, the mini concrete patio outside turns into an additional alfresco area, making it a great spot for people-watching the


BO.LAN 42 Soi Pichai Ronnarong, Sukhumvit Soi 26, Klong Toey Tel: +66 2260 2962-3 BTS Phrom Phong www.bolan.co.th Open Tue-Fri 6:30pm-midnight, Sat-Sun 11:30am-4pm

Cozy seating at La Lune

Bo.Lan

Sukhumvit 24

Sukhumvit 26

Fourwings Hotel Emporium Department Store

Benjasiri Park

Sukhumvit Rd. Prompong Station

DO recommends Bo.lan Between appetizers Lhon Poo Khem, crab in coconut cream dip Gang Thay Pho curry

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the ever-changing Thai local ingredients of each season. An interesting way to start your Bo.lan meal is with Bo.lan Between (B280). A specially designed series of five bitesized appetizers, diners will be taken on a journey of flavors as they move from one piece to another. This sequence also changes regularly to keep the idea fresh. One caution though, they don’t cater to the delicate western palate here so be prepared for the chef’s determination on keeping the original recipe, even if it means heavy doses of spices and chilies. Crave for the atmosphere? Go out of your way for this dining gem. Kalabok is an old Thai word used to refer to a royal hairdresser of King Rama IV. But what does it have to do with this riverside restaurant? Jirayu Kaewattana, the owner and chef of Baan Kalabok, used to be the hairstylist to Bangkok’s modern day royals, socialites and celebrities, until she found her new calling—Thai cooking. After discovering this abandoned shabby wooden house by the river, she then turned it into a cozy Chinesethemed restaurant and tearoom, a place where she can explore her new skills. To live up to its riverside lifestyle, Baan Kalabok’s Thai folk dishes are prepared with Thailand’s best river catches from snakehead fish, and crab, to river prawns and water vegetables such as lotus.

stylish crowd visiting nearby Ruamrudee Village. The menu here can be considered rather unconventional Thai. Even with the use of salmon and spaghetti, the flavors should not be considered fusion. Take the signature La Lune Salmon Salad for example. Despite being a big chunk of salmon in a dark gravy, upon tasting it you’ll be hit with a strong flavor of naam prik phao or Thai chili paste. Although the food is their strong suit here, it shouldn’t stop you from staying on and enjoying a few house cocktails or two before heading out for the night.

Crispy La Lune Spring Rolls

To experience the true Thai fine dining, Bo.lan is the place to start. Amidst the fusion of Thai touches and modern accents, this place serves only the best of traditional Thai cuisine. But what makes die-hard fans of Thai cuisine feel at home isn’t the soothing lounge music in the background or the dim-lit atmosphere: it’s the food that boasts the best in ingredients with original recipes intact. For a complete Bo.lan experience, opt for the menu set Bo.lan Balance. For a mere B1,500 per person, you’ll get a full course which starts with an interesting shot of Bo.lan’s signature aperitif, Ya Dong Phaya Sue, a Thai folk herbal whisky, followed by an a la carte and a dessert. The menu here also rotates every two months to follow

Bo.lan’s traditional Lhon dip

Bo.lan’s Gang They Pho Curry


Savory views at Baan Kalabok BAAN KALABOK Chaeng Wattana Road, Wat Sanam Neua pier, Pak Kred, Nonthaburi Tel: +66 2963 5476, Open daily 11am-11pm Rama 4 Bridge Baan Kallabok Wat Sanam Nuea

Being a Chinese tea expert, the owner also hosts a monthly tea workshop at the restaurant among her collection of Chinese art and antiques. For only B500 per person, fans of her hairstyling days can also make a reservation for a private session in her vintage salon chair. Where else can you get a haircut with a view of the Chao Praya River?

Koh Kret

DO recommends Miang Pla Chon, Thai wraps with fried fish Hor Mhok, baked curry paste Stir-fried prawns with lotus stems

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Baan Kalabok signature Hor Mhok


Wat Arun greets diners at Vivi

Cozy vibe by the river

A dose of coffee before a night out at Vivi

VIVI CAFE 394/29 Maharaj Road, Tha Tien, Pra Nakorn Tel: +66 2226 4672 Open daily 11am-8pm Chaopraya River Rajini Pier

Vivi

Rajini Thai School Bank

Tatien Pier

Bangkok Bank

Maharaj Rd. Former Ministry of Commerce

DO TONIGHT RIVER VIEW VENUES Although the festivities have already passed, it doesn’t mean these night spots by the river aren’t worth a visit. Pubs and restaurants battle it out for this most-sought-forlocation in Bangkok along the Chao Praya River but which ones deserve to be in the spotlight in our debut issue?

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Wat Po

Wat Po

Grand Palace

An exceptional place to start your night on the Rattanakosin Island is at the tried-and-tested Vivi Café because of its stunning view of the illuminated Wat Arun. As it sits on the other side of the Chao Praya River, the temple’s lit exterior beautifully brightens the soothing river ripples, creating a painting-like scene for this small nondescript cafe. Vivi serves a great selection of sandwiches and homemade cakes that go well with their menu of tea and java brews. There are three zones visitors can lounge in: you can choose to stay inside its tin-walled room for the cooling air condition or have a little private drink on its small patio by the river. For a group of friends, it is best to order a round of cappuccinos and take a seat in its spacious alfresco area by the pier. Whichever spot you choose, Vivi promises to give visitors a private view of Wat Arun and the sunset.


TO SIT PIER 92 Charansanitwong Soi 92, Bang Aor, Bang Plad Tel: +66 2879 1717 www.tosit.com Open daily 4pm-1am

To-Sit Pier 92 Jaransanitwong Soi 92

Bangplad Bridge

To-Sit Sunlight is still shining

KIN LOM CHOM SAPHAN 11/6 Samsan Soi 3, Samsan Road, Watsampraya, Phra Nakorn Tel: +66 2628 8382-3 www.kinlomchomsaphan.com Open daily 10am-1am

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Samsen Soi 6

Rama VIII Bridge

Kin Lom Chom Sapan

Wat Sampraya Samsen Rd.

Samsen Soi 4

Khaosan Rd.

Banglumpu Cross Rd.

Samsen Soi 3

Chaopraya River

Office of Phranakorn District

Chaopraya River

Jaransanitwong Rd.

To Wongsawang

Sang Hee Bridge

Pier 92’s musical discovery

Yum Kha Moo Bavarian

Kin Lom’s splendid scene on a ferry

Another busy spot with a pretty view is at seven-yearold To Sit Pier 92. This riverside venue is dressed in blue and white with a lighthouse theme to reflect its serene location. The crowd here, though are mostly families and working professionals, it does attract anyone who wants a place to unwind after a long day. Pier 92 has a special zone for private events complete with a buffet deal that can accommodate up to 100 guests. For a more intimate experience, especially when the weather plays nice, there’s a ‘lovers room’ on the second floor where, for B700, a couple can have a specially designed romantic dinner under the moonlight. Try the signature drink, To-Sit Sunlight (B120), to truly experience the To Sit vibe. Though the menu boasts rather common offerings, the flavors don’t disappoint, especially for the house specials Thod Man Poo Kai Dang (fried crab and fish patty topped with salted egg yolk, B180) and Hor Mok Ma Prao Orn (steamed fish with curry paste and young coconut, B140). Grab a seat at one of the outdoor corners on the second floor for a more private dinner or party. Make sure you place a reservation if you plan to enjoy your To Sit experience upstairs, as it is quite a popular spot at this evening haven. One of the prominent spots in the area however has to be this riverside venue, which has conquered Bangkokians’ attention since 2002 because of its splendid view of Rama 8 Bridge. Kin Lom Chom Saphan is located at the far end of the Samsen Soi, but it does offer complimentary tuk-tuk service to help get you from the main road to the venue and back. The décor here is dressed in white, from the ceiling to its wooden floors, with the drink station and mini acoustic stage being the focus in the center of the venue. This place is usually bustling with lovers and groups of youngsters and working professionals who come here for great food, great booze and great music. For starters, try their signature Meang Kung Hang (dried salted prawn wrapped in leaves, B105) that goes well with their star cocktail Mai Tai Tod Saphan (B120), which is a remix of Mai Tai in their own style. To get closer to the view, opt for the outdoor seating and grab a bottle of their select house wine. It’s also about romance here; so if you and your date are not feeling the vibe at the restaurant, every Tuesday to Thursday evening you can take your dinner aboard a cruise for an extra B150 per person.


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HOSPITALS Phyathai 1 Hospital 364/1 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Phyathai, Rajdhevi. +66 2640 1111 www.phyathai.com Bumrungrad International Hospital 33 Sukhumvit 3, Wattana. +66 2667 1000 www.bumrungrad.com Bangkok Hospital 2 Soi Soonvijai 7 New Petchburi Road, Huay Kwang. +66 2310 3000 www.bangkokhospital.com Piyavate Hospital 998 Rimklongsamsen Road, Bangkapi, Huay Kwang. +66 2625 6500. www.piyavate.com Samitivej Hospital 133 Sukhumvit 49, Klongtan Nua, Wattana. +66 2711 8181 www.samitivejhospital.com BNH Hospital 9/1, Convent Road, Silom, Bang Rak, +66 2686-2700 www.bnhhospital.com Praram 9 Hospital 99 Soi Praram 9 Hospital, Huay Kwang, +66 2202 9999 www.praram9.com Bangkok Dental Hospital Thonglor Dental Building 61/6 Sukhumvit 55 Rd., Thonglor, +66 2382 0044 www.bangkokdentalhospital.com Chulalongkorn Hospital 1873 Rama 4 Road, Pathumwan, +66 2256 4000. www.chulalongkornhospital.go.th

AIRLINE TICKET RESERVATIONS Bangkok Airways +66 2270 6699 www.bangkokair.com Thai Airways +66 2288 0060, +66 2628 2000 www.thaiair.com Nok Air +66 2900 9955 www.nokair.com

DO INFO PHONE NUMBERS / WEBSITES / ADDRESSES Air Asia +66 2515 9999 www.airasia.com Suvarnabhumi Airport +66 2132 8888 www.airportsuvarnabhumi.com

SHOPPING Emporium Shopping Complex 622 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey. +66 2269 1000 www.emporiumthailand.com Siam Paragon 991/1 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan. +66 2658 3000 www.siamparagon.co.th CentralWorld 999/1 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan. +66 2667 5555 www.centralworld.co.th Gaysorn Plaza 999 Ploenchit Road. +66 2656 1149 www.gaysorn.com MBK Center 444 Phyathai Road, Pathumwan. +66 2620 9000 www.mbk-center.co.th Platinum Fashion Mall 222 (Pratunum) Petchaburi Road, Rajdhevi. +66 2121 8000 www.platinumfashionmall.com

BOOKSTORES AND LIBRARIES Neilson Hays Library 195 Surawongse Road. +66 2233 1731 www.neilsonhayslibrary.com Dasa Book CafĂŠ 710/4 Sukhumvit Road, between Sois 26-28. +66 2661 2993-4 www.dasabookcafe.com Kinokuniya 6th floor Isetan, Central World, Rajdamri Road, Pathumwan. +66 2255 9898 www.kinokuniya.com. Asia Books 4th floor Siam Discovery Center, Rama 1 Road. +66 2658 0418-20 www.asiabooks.co.th

CINEMAS Paragon Cineplex 6th floor Siam Paragon, 991/1 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan. +66 2690 1000 www.siamparagon.co.th SF World Cinema 7th floor Central World, 999/1 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan. +66 2268 8888 www.sfcinemacity.co.th Lido Theatre Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan. +66 2252 6498 www.apexsiam-square.com House RCA 31/8 RCA, New Petchaburi Road, Huay Kwang, +66 2641 5177-8 www.houserama.com

EVENTS Kingpower Complex Rangnam Road, Phyathai, Rajdhevi. +66 2205 8888 www.kingpower.com Queen Sirikit National Convention Center 60 New Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey. +66 2229 3001 www.qsncc.com Thailand Cultural Center Ratchadaphisek Road, Huai Khwang. +66 2247 0031 www.culture.go.th Impact Muang Thong Thani 99 Popular Road, Pakkred, Nonthaburi. +66 2833 4455 www.impact.co.th

MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES The National Museum Na Phrathat Road, Phranakorn. +66 2224 1333 www.thailandmuseum.com Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) 6th floor Emporium Shopping Center 622 Sukhumvit 24, Klong Toey. +66 2664 8448 www.tcdc.or.th


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Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center 939 Rama 1 Road, Wang Mai, Pathumwan. +66 2214 6630-8 www.bacc.or.th Museum of Siam, National Discovery Museum Institute 4 Sanam Chai Road, Phra Nakhon. +66 2225 2777 www.ndmi.or.th

SERVICES Thai Red Cross +66 2263 9600. www.redcross.co.th. AVIS Car Rental Call Centre: +66 2251 1131 [8am- 6pm On Weekday 8.30 am – 5pm On Weekend], www.avisthailand.com TAT Tourist Information Center 1672, www.tourismthailand.org. Taxi 1681

BANGKOK POLICE STATIONS Lumpini Police Station 139 Wireless, Lumpini, Pathumwan. +66 2255 5993-7 Yannawa Police Station 80 Surasak Road, Silom, Bang Rak. +66 2233 7296 Bang Na Police Station 90 Srinakharin, Nong Bon, Prawet. +66 2396 1656-8 Phyathai Police Station 320 Sri Ayutthaya Road, Tung Paya Tay, Rajdhevi. +66 2246 1196 Thonglor Police Station 800 Sukhumvit 55, Klong Ton Nua, Wattana. +66 2390 2240 sos

EMERGENCY SERVICES Tourist Police 1155. Ambulance and Rescue 1554. Fire Department 199.

DO INFO PHONE NUMBERS / WEBSITES / ADDRESSES National Disaster Warning Center 1860. Crime 1195. Medical Emergency Call 1669.

COURIER SERVICES DHL 175 South Sathorn Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn. +66 2345 5000 www.dhl.co.th Federal Express 8th floor Green Tower building, 3656/22-23 Rama 4 Road, Klongton, Klongtoey. +66 2367 3222 www.fedex.com UPS 16/1 Soi Sukhumvit 44/1, Sukhumvit Road, Prakhanong, Klongtoey. +66 2728 9000 www.ups.com

INTERNATIONAL BANKS Bank of America All Seasons Place, CRC Tower, 33rd floor, 87/2 Wireless Road. +66 2305 2900 www.bankofamerica.com Banque Nationale de Paris 29th floor Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama 4 Road. +66 2636 1900 Deutsche Bank 208 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan. +66 2651 5000, +66 2646 5000 www.db.com World Bank 30th floor, Siam Tower, 989 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan. +66 2686 8300 www.worldbank.or.th Citi Bank 82 North Sathon Rd., Bangrak. +66 2232 2484, +66 2232 2000, 1588 www.citibank.co.th

BUS TERMINALS North and Northeastern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit Mai)

Phahonyothin Road. +66 2936 2841-48, +66 2936 2852-66 ext 442, 311 Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) Boromrat Chonnani Road. +66 2422 4400-1, +66 2984 6122, +66 2422 4444, +66 2262 3456 Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) Sukhumvit Road. +66 2936 2841-48, +66 2936 2852-66 ext. 448, 611

RAILWAY STATIONS Bangkok Railway Station (Hualampong) Rama 5 Road. +66 2621 8701, +66 2223 3777, +66 2223 3786, 1690. Don Muang Railway Station +66 2566 2959, +66 2220 4334, +66 2220 4567, 1690

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS Immigration Bureau Government Center, Building B 120 Moo 3, Chaengwattana Road. +66 2141 9889 www.bangkok.immigration.go.th Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand 443 Sri Ayudhya Rd. +66 2643 5000 Department of Land Transportation (Thai driver’s license) 1032 Phaholyothin Road, Jompol, Chatuchak. +66 2272 5322, +66 2272 5416 The National Telecommunications Commission 87 Phaholyothin Road. +66 2271 0151-60. www.ntc.or.th.


LA LUNE 15/3 Soi Ruamrudee, Ploenchit Road, Pathumwan Tel: +66 2250 0711 BTS Ploenchit Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight

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DO DRINK MOONLIGHT KISS Loy Krathong is always celebrated on the night of a full moon, so for our DO Drink this issue, we sought for a perfect sip that completely reflects the image of this celestial icon. Pub and restaurant La Lune lends us their fitting name and recipe for the ultimate full moon drink. Recipe: 1 oz. ½ oz. 1 oz. ½ oz. ½ oz.

Tequila BOLS Maraschino Liqueur Lemon juice Syrup Grenadine

This bright yellow drink boasts a rather candy-like taste, making it a great after-meal cocktail. The sweetness comes from the Maraschino Liqueur, which is made by distilling Marasca cherries and blending it with a number of herbs to give it that distinctive flavor. Grenadine is added to give the color while lemon juice helps tone down the sweetness without losing the strong flavor of the liqueur. This drink is shaken, poured into a glass of crushed ice, then topped with a vibrant cherry to give a hint of what’s to come.


BY VAN You can take a van (B25) from Victory Monument at the Phaholyothin stop. Take the van that goes to Pak Kred and get off at Wat Sanamnue Temple. BY CAR Drive on Second State Sirat Express way and take the Chaengwattana-Pak Kred exit. Drive pass Pak Kred junction until you reach Major Hollywood movie theater. There, look out for Lotus Express supermarket and next to it you will find a small road that goes to Wat Sanamnue Temple. You can park your car at the temple for B30 a day.

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DO JOURNEY KOH KRED If you love to travel but your urban lifestyle restricts weekend island getaway time, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an alternative just an hour road trip away from central Bangkok. Though there are no sandy beaches or fancy resorts, this island has more to offer for those who seek a unique experience away from the chaos of the city. And the good news is, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have to break open your piggy bank for it.

A glimpse into the Mon lifestyle


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This cultural sanctuary is called Koh Kred, located in the province of Nonthaburi. Originally, Koh Kred was a part of mainland Nonthaburi, but due to its shape, which made it difficult for commuters on the Chao Praya River to reach, a canal was dug through the area to create a shortcut. The Klong Lad Koh Kred canal, as it is known, expanded in size over the years and has since become a river, separating Koh Kred further from Nonthaburi. For our trip to Koh Kred, we had one goal in mindâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to be able to find the best of the island, yet still keep our budget light and worthwhile. So we did what most visitors of Koh Kred would doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the boat ferry. The pier is easy to find as it is located near the prominent Wat Sanamnue temple, which sits right across from Koh Kred. For only B60 per person, the ferry takes visitors past all the interesting stops along the edges of the island. The tour is also overseen by a knowledgeable local who guided us through the appealing places worth checking out.

Traditional riverside homes


KOH KRED TIPS • Koh Kred is only open on weekends and public holidays. • The best ferry trip is at 11am as the tour will end exactly at lunchtime, leaving you with enough time to explore the island. • For the best view of the island, try to pick the seats on the left side of the boat. • The island is quite crowded and the weather is hot during noon, so make sure you dress light. Simple t-shirt, shorts and sneakers or sandals will do.

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The first tidbit of Koh Kred culture we were introduced to was the white Muta Pagoda or the Chedi Eiang as the locals call it due to its rather tilted structure. This landmark pagoda was built 200 years ago by a group of Mon people, who migrated from Myanmar during the Ayutthaya period and set up their homes on Koh Kred. Heavy winds and the currents of the river caused it to tilt slightly, thus creating the structure we see today. What makes Koh Kred so appealing is that we can see traces of Mon culture in the crafts and culinary creations found on the island today. SWEET KOH KRED Most Thais come to Koh Kred for its traditional Thai desserts and at our first boat stop at Baan Kanom Waan Khun Aaew, we also got a chance to witness how these sugary treats are made. This Thai dessert house offers delicious traditional Thai desserts such as foy thong, thong yib, and thong yod, in the atmosphere of a charming riverside home. Your sweet journey doesn’t end here. On Koh Kred there’s a secret little canal nicknamed Klong Kanom Waan as it is home to many more Thai dessert houses offered by the locals. At Baan Kanom Waan Somchai, though there was no cooking demonstration, we were quite impressed with the quality and the prices, which start around B10 for a variety of homemade Thai snacks and treats.

The monumental chedi

Sweet attraction

The famous Thong Yod

Preserved nature

We also had a little bit of fun on the boat itself. Along the journey, the boat stopped to visit another group of Koh Kred locals—the fish. Living near the bustling market by the river, they wait for delicious loafs of bread thrown in by the visitors. This Talad Naam Wat Saengsiritham market is rather small but does give you a charming glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals.


Old memories at Rim Kred

CULINARY DELIGHTS By the time the boat tour stopped at its last pier, it was noon, time to explore some more delicious facets of the island. The selection of food on Koh Kred is endless, from ordinary Thai dishes to exotic Mon cuisine. The must-try dish of the island is Nhor Kala, which is a local vegetable that can only be found on Koh Kred. This lotus-stem like treat can be used in a variety of dishes such as thodmun fish cakes and gaengsom curries and all this can be tried at Rim Kred. This white wooden restaurant gives off a homey vibe, with childhood toys and games like porcelain dolls and old-school radios playing up the décor of the place.

Affordable Thai crafts

Prized possessions

But for those who want to try traditional Burmese cuisine, the nondescript eatery Baan Pa Soon offers some of the distinctive and rare Mon dishes that cannot be found in the city, including Meang Muang Morn, a form of dried noodle roll with minced pork. Diners are served complimentary glasses of refreshing pandanus drinks while being serenaded by crooners from the past on the restaurant speakers. A rather odd sight to see on this Mon island is a steakhouse. Fortunately people usually stop by Baan Lek Tee Neung for its aromatic coffee rather than the heavy grilled fare. The friendly owner of this restaurant near the pier greeted us with his welcoming smile while we sipped our traditional brews. The best seat at this coffee house is by the little canal where you can take off your shoes and just dip your toes into the waters to immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind Koh Kred experience. KOH KRED TIPS • Though most people don’t stay over night on the island, there are however some home stays available. But they are not very well maintained. So stay only if you need to. • The symbol of Mon culture is a swan and you can see it prominently at Wat Pailom, where there are two big swan statues standing tall at the front of the temple.

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Cute coffee shack.

Meang Muang Mon.

KOH KRED TIPS • The terrain on the island is quite rough, and accidents can happen. There is no drugstore here so make sure you carry some bandages and tissues with you just in case. • Everything is cheap here. So always bring cash and small bills. • For our trip, we only spent B354 and that includes all fares, food and light shopping. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Koh Kred.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES It’s all about reliving the old days here on Koh Kred, which is why you will see many shop houses selling toys, gifts and snacks from the past. You’ll be amazed by the amount of colorful tin toys at Ror Sor 227. The attentive owner suggested a tin boat driven by heat-power, the kind of toy our parents would play with back in the day. It is refreshing to see that you can still find these childhood reminders not so far from the city. If the owner is in a good mood, he will show you one of his most prized possessions, a 70year-old bear figurine. No matter how much we persisted, it wasn’t for sale. Jipata is also another good store to scavenge through. Jipata in Thai means everything and it is rightly so that at Jipata you will find a variety of toys, wooden home decor and ceramic figurines, all hailed from different parts of Thailand as well as Indonesia and India. The item we fell in love with was a bird-shaped ceramic whistle that needs water to produce sound. The shop was lovely and has everything for everybody for less than B50.


Rama 4 Bridge Village No.6 Pottery Row

Wat Sanam Nua Riv er

Village No.1 Pottery Row

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Koh Kred

OTOP Village

Tambon Administration Organization Office

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THE STATE OF THE ARTS Aside from the food and vintage toys, Koh Kred is also known for its traditional Mon pottery. At the end of the boat trip we landed right at the Pottery Village, where you can take home some of these signature souvenirs. Venture further into the village and you will be able to see how the locals use traditional kilns to bake these artistic pots. This craft has been passed down from one generation to the other and with such admiration for the craft instilled in these people, potters like the owner of Dor Dek Pun Din pottery shop are one of the few who work hard on keeping the tradition alive on this little island. Many parts of Koh Kred have now been turned into shopping markets selling city items like clothing and food, causing the island to slowly lose its charm. He explained that some of the people on the island have become so wrapped up with the commercial aspect of these crafts, that they have forgotten that it is about expressing and promoting the art. If you want to learn more about the history of the island and its traditions, Wat Poramaiyikaram temple near the Pagoda is also home to a pottery museum, showcasing antique pottery made by the Mon people of Koh Kred.

Intricate pottery art

Keeping the art alive


One of Baan Pra Nond’s classic rooms

Vibrant red sofa at Ariyasomvilla

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DO SLEEP HISTORIC HOTELS Looking for some affordable lodging in Bangkok? Forget the carbon-copied hostels or big named industrial chain. Another breed of boutique hotels has been born. These hotels were once homes of some of Bangkok’s prominent figures and now you, too, can live like a Thai elite in these historic hotels. Being hidden from the chaos deep within Sukhumvit Soi 1 is exactly what makes Ariyasomvilla so special. The hotel was once the residential home of Thailand’s most revered architect and engineer, Phra Charoen Visavakum, the founder of Chualongkorn University’s faculty of engineering. Built during World War II, the hotel still retains some of its original structure and furnishings. Though quite small with only 24 rooms, the hotel’s service however is up to par with those of mega fivestar hotels. All rooms are equiped with a king-sized bed and are decorated in a traditional Thai-style decor with a combination of old teakwood, Thai silk and antique finishing touches like Victorian-style bathtubs and stained glass windows. Ariyasomvilla also aims to be a holistic

Baan Dinso art

Brightly lid hallway at Baan Pra Nond


ARIYASOMVILLA 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Tel: +66 2254 8880-3, +66 2253 8800 www.ariyasom.com BTS Phloen Chit

Thai-style welcome at Baan Dinso

Baan Dinso’s Thai modern decor

B3,750-9,750 Complimentary breakfast Internet service Parking Ploenchit Station

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BAAN DINSO 113 Soi Silp, Dinso Road, Ratchadamnoen, Phra Nakorn Tel: +66 2622 0560-3 www.baandinso.com B942-2,000 Complimentary breakfast Internet service No parking

Democracy Monument Ratchadamnoen Rd.

Baan Dinso

Trok Sin

Bank Thai

destination for peace-seeking travelers. The Som Sen Spa, which focuses on health rather than beauty treatments, offers Thai massages with an emphasis on your pressure points in order to stimulate the body’s energy flow. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Na Aroon, also serves healthy vegetarian menu in a variety of cuisines. The highlight of Ariyasomvilla is in The Library, which is part of the hotel’s function room and holistic center. Here, guests can participate in Ariyasom’s special meditation and Dharma classes, which are held twice a month and conducted in both Thai and English.

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Glass walls give the stairwell at Ariyasomvilla a great view

Seven Eleven Bangkok Metropolitan Office

Baan Dinso is not your average backpacker lodging despite its location. In fact, its guests choose to stay here for its peaceful and homey environment. Tucked away in a tiny alley on Dinso Road, this 1922 house was formerly the residence of Phraya Wisesongkran, a Thai nobleman during the reign of King Rama V. Only two years ago it was reinvented into a unique Thai Colonial-style boutique hotel. Despite having only nine rooms, the hotel still sees waves of guests who come here daily for its exotic charms. Deluxe rooms come with their own bathroom, while twin and single rooms upstairs share a communal bathroom. There’s also an activity hall in the basement where complimentary internet access and a selection of homemade cakes and baked goods are available. Want something to take home with from your experience at Baan Dinso? The souvenir kiosk offers a few trinkets from the hotel. The open area out front plays the part of a diner and cafe, serving guests American breakfast sets as well as home brewed coffee and tea. Being an old house, guests might have to bare a bit of squeaks and creaks from its aged wooden floors but that’s the charm of staying at this historic hotel.


A princess room at Baan Pra Nond BAAN PRA NOND BED AND BREAKFAST 18/1 Charoen Rat Road, Sathorn Tel: +66 2212 2242 BTS Surasak www.baanpranond.com

Chaopraya River

Baan Pra Nond

Charoen Krung Rd.

Narathiwat Rd.

Charoenrat Rd.

B3,000-5,100 Complimentary breakfast Internet service Parking

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Surasak Station

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Baan Pra Nond still holds its history dear to their heart

However, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always have to go all the way into the old town to enjoy a stay in an old Thai house. Situated in the middle of Central Business District of Sathorn, Baan Pra Nond looks out of place despite being located there for over 70 years, way before the concrete and the skyscrapers were introduced to this area. Tasma Cotsmire, the granddaughter of the original owner, a Thai supreme court judge, gave up her advertising career to take care of this nine-roomed house so she could share the love of this place with visitors of Bangkok. The colors of bright yellow and green may look modern but the owner swears they are the original colors of the house before they were weathered with age. The rooms here are distinctively decorated; while the main house maintains the old vibe with antique wooden furniture, the new quarter is decked out with more modern touches of colors and patterns. The best room in the house has to be the one by the pool. Yes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pool and a mini garden here despite the size of this charming personal palace. The lobby makes a nice living room where guests can lounge in front of a flat screen TV or grab one of the travel guides and old books from the shelf behind. Of course, being a Bed and Breakfast, no other meals are served except a complimentary continental selection for the morning.


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DO GAME SUDOKU This simple yet addictive game of logic is perfect for our witty DO readers. The gameplay may seem easy but it will definitely keep you busy for a while. The objective here is to fill the numbers into the big 9x9 grid in a way that each row, column, and individual 3x3 blocks contain the numbers from 1 to nine only once.


USEFUL THAI WORDS Naam = with soup (for noodles) Haeng = without soup (for noodles) Phii Set = big portion Mai Phet = not spicy Mai Waan = not too sweet Naam Plao = drinking water Naam Kaeng = ice Gep Tang = check please Ao Glub Baan = takeaway Chet Toh = please clean up the table

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DO SURVIVE HOW TO ENJOY STREET FOOD • Dress lightly as the weather in Bangkok can be hotter than tom yum! • Always carry small change. • Taste the dish before you add seasoning. • Carry your own tissues or napkins as most shops don’t provide it. • Street stalls usually close on Mondays, and are usually busy around 12pm during weekdays. • Always clean your utensils with tissues before use. Some places have a pot of hot water nearby where you can sterilize your tools. • Always use straws when drinking. • When the place is crowded, it’s an acceptable practice to share a table with other patrons. • There are always hawkers and beggars asking for change. It is OK to refuse. • For great street food areas, check out Silom, Yaowarat, Jatujak, and Pratunam

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Recently selected to be Thailand’s and Asia’s Miss Twitter 2009, Chatpawee Trichatchawanwong (Cee) seems to be involved with the latest gadgets and totally not related to anything traditional at all. But back in 2003, before stepping into the hi-speed world, she held the position of Nang Noppamas at Chulalongkorn University. What drive led you to the contest? Well, I wasn’t there when my friends were selecting the contestants. When I later found out, I was a bit confused, but I’m glad that my friends chose me. How did it feel when they announced the result? I was very proud of it. It was like being Miss Thailand Universe or something like that. Among other contestants, can you tell us why they chose you? Besides luck, I think I was relaxed and I showed my true colors. On the day, I had to wear a traditional sleeveless dress and apply an old-style hairdo. The judges, who are tutors, were staring at me. I felt funny, so I asked, “Why are you looking at me like that?” Everyone was laughing because of what I said. That might be one thing that made them recognize me. In your opinion, why do we need to have a Nang Noppamas? There is a history for Nang Noppamas. But from my point of view, Nang Noppamas is the color of the Loy Krathong festival, which represents the image of a graceful Thai woman. Some tips to our readers who might want to step into the Nang Noppamas contest? Research about this tradition and remember to be different. Walk with grace and just smile naturally.


TIPS • Take the regular white candle and start rubbing the wax onto both sides of the paper. This will waterproof your krathong. • Use different color paper for more vibrant krathongs • Make sure your paper is not too thin or it will break when you try to turn the corners. • Be careful when lighting the candle you don’t want to burn your beautiful craft!

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DO IDEA HOW TO FOLD YOUR OWN KRATHONG What you need: - A 3’’ x 3’’ piece of recycled paper - Small tea candles, about 1’’ - One regular white candle 1 Fold the paper (1) in half and then half again (2) to form the cross. Unfold. 2 Fold all four corners (3) towards the cross point in the middle (4) and turn it over. 3 Fold all four corners (5) into the cross in the middle again. 4 Here’s the tricky part; Put your fingers in the pocket (6) under one of the corners and gently flip the pocket over. 5 Press the folded area to hold it in place (7). 6 Do the same for the rest (8) of the corners and it’s done. 7 Place a tea candle (9) on the krathong before floating it in your favorite Loy Krathong spot.


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DO Pocazine Issue No. 1 | Loy Krathong | November 2009