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Green Retreats

A Family Affair

Some of Thailand’s best eco-resorts

New era for the Sukosol hotels

Eco-innovators Thais who are making inroads to being green

Crafts That Tell Stories

ThaiCraft Fair weaves a fascinating story of village artisans

SEPTEMBER 2012 VOL. 41 NO.09

Kanchanaburi Mini-guide for a green dream vacation

Luxe-experience Future of Koh Phangan

Wild Outdoors Season of green adventure in Thailand


Exclusive Interviews:

Philip Baechtold, Cadeaux Jewelry Antje Sahling, Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Jeerasak Loturit, GLOW Pratunam



Fullerton Hotel Singapore Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam World Gourmet Festival 2012 Quince Little Beast Pigwit And more…


What's Inside

SPECIAL FEATURE Benefits of Going Green// 14 The To be or not to be – green – that should not

even be a question these days, and we answer at our own risk. Lookeast shares some reasons why we should all go, live, be green


LIFESTYLE 40 A Life Bejeweled//

Philip Baechtold, CEO of Cadeaux Jewelry (Thailand) shares the story of his life with Lookeast

Retreats// 18 Green Eco-resorts: The green movement is certainly

44 Primed for Phuket//

// 22 Kanchanaburi A mini- guide to discovering a destination

Family Affair// 46 A The rebranding of Sukosol Hotels in October

GM Antje Sahling successfully opens Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Resort enjoys not only her challenging work but also the perks that go with it

making headway in the Thai hotel industry and here are some – just some -- of Thailand’s several best green retreats

where a dream vacation can be truly green

Kred by bike // 24 Koh Exploring the backroads of Koh Kred in a fun, easy way

‘Luxe-experience’ // 26 Phangan The future of Koh Phangan is shaping -- into a high-end luxury island destination

marks a new era for the homegrown hotel chain


The Best is Not Enough//

Jeerasak Loturit, GM of GLOW Pratunam says his goal is make his new hotel the No. 1

blend of old and new// 28 Endearing Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a masterpiece of

understated elegance and comfort; it’s definitely more than just frills


Exclusive sanctuary//

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is the epitome of contemporary luxury combined with Oriental heritage, a well-loved address in one of Asia’s most exciting cities

32 Focus on what’s important//

With its “Stay Smart” concept, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam meets the travelers’ growing demand for comfort and value



September is the season of green adventure in Thailand. Photo by Dave Stamboulis

That Tell Stories// 52 Crafts Behind every high-quality item at the

ThaiCraft Fair is a fascinating story of the village artisans who made them

54 Wild Outdoors//


-- and Thai// 56 Green Some eco-innovators who are making

6 10 12 34 36 58 68 71 72 76

It’s the green season and Thailand and its time to enjoy the many outdoor adventure offerings



inroads to being green, the Thai way

WINE & DINE 60 Quince// Quince is more than a restaurant,

says foodie Paul Cypert, it is an eating movement

62 The Beast of Thonglor//

Is Little Beast all quirky marketing and restaurant styling or does the monster have fangs?

64 World Gourmet Celebration//

Four Seasons Bangkok welcomes top international chefs, winemakers, and food experts for the annual WGF celebration Sept. 3-9





Sawasdee Krub!


To be or not to be green? That should not be question these days. Going green is an idea that never should always be in our consciousness. Thing is it’s so easy to take them for granted. That is why it is always necessary to remind ourselves that we need to increasingly be, do, and live green on a day-to-day basis. This issue, Lookeast hopes to do its humble share in making this world really a green planet by at least raising continuing awareness about the subject.


We have asked our writers and contributors to round up ideas on “going green” and here are some of what they turned in: anchor features on “The Benefits of Going Green (page 14),” “Green Retreats: Some of Thailand's best eco-resorts (page 18),” “Get Wild: Outdoor adventure in Thailand (page 54),” and "Being and Thai (page 56)." Of course, even the stories on our Regular Sections: Mini-Guide “Kanchanaburi (page 22),” “Biking in Koh Kred (page 24,” Journal –“Koh Phangan (page 26) – among others -- weave a green thread around them. Even the Thai crafts fair story on page 52 dwells on a sustainable activity, and the Wine & Dine focus on Quince (page 60) has something green to it. Elsewhere, we have gathered a cornucopia of stories and features that you should find interesting, not the least the interviews in our personality sections from page 40 to 48, and everything you have come to expect from us. We have CEO Philip Baechtold of Cadeux Jewelry, the Sukosol clan (headed by the inimitable jazz diva Kamala Sukosol), and Antje Sahling and Jeerasak Loturit, general managers of Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Resort and GLOW Pratunam Bangkok, respectively. We wish we could do more in greening the world and I know most people do although there's so much hurdle around to let us go the full nine yards. But I think we will all get there, and the future generation will be more careful than maybe our elders or us in what they do that harm the planet. We just hope that in even in a small way, somewhere along the way, we will have contributed to the global efforts to make this world a greener, better place to live for all of us.



Happy reading to all of you – may we all grow green. And yes, safe travels every one.

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september 12 National Events & Festivals

is held between 05.00 pm and 10.00 pm. The public can also join a cruise of evening fishing of cuttlefishes that are dragged by the lights of the boats. Where: Phetchaburi //

September Phichit Boat Race

September Vegetarian Festival

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bring good fortune to those who religiously observe them. Where: Phuket //

September Sweet Tamarind Fair

Sweet tamarind is grown mostly in Phetchabun. Sweet Tamarind Fair is thus organized in Phetchabun to celebrate the harvest of this fruit. This day is also called Phetchabun’s Agricultural Day. During the festival, farmers bring their sweet tamarind to sell at reasonable price at Phetchabun’s provincial athletic field where contests of sweet tamarind and other crops are held. Besides this, there are other agricultural exhibitions and entertainment organized during the event. Where: Phetchabun //

September Roast Pork Festival

Trang Roast Pork Festival is a tourism promotion activity of Trang, held every September. The festival features Trang roast pork is of a special recipe. The pork skin is crispy, the meat is tender and it is delicious due to a process by which the pig is fermented with herbs then roasted whole on a specially made grill. Trang’s roast pork is sold daily and eaten with morning coffee or can be a banquet dish. Where: Trang

September Cha-am Feast Fish Flock Shellfish Festival The events of the Fish Flock Shellfish are held, yearly, on the viewing terrace of Cha-am beach in Phetchaburi (located 160 km south to Bangkok). Lot of stands offers the best seafood and fishes 50 chefs from the leading hotels of the city. The festival


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The Phichit Boat Races take place on the Nan River in Phichit, one of the most scenic regions in Thailand. The event features long boat competitions with great fervor amid enthusiastic cheers from crowds of spectators. Preceding the King's Cup LongBoat Race are decorative boat processions on the Nan River in front of the Tha Luang Pier. The event is celebrated with various kinds of cultural shows, music performances as well as OTOP Fair and local product sales. Where: Pichit, Chumphon, and Nan

30 Moon Festival (MisAutmn Festival)

Originating in China, the Moon Festival takes on a new meaning in Bangkok. Stripped of its cultural significance, besides the fact that it’s a delicacy from China, the festival is an exciting time to waltz into a gourmet market or bakery and feel the festival spirit through colorful shelf displays. Choose any food imaginable and there’s a corresponding mooncake flavor for it. Where: Chinatown (Yaowaraj)

Trade Fairs & Shows

15 New deadline for Conrad’s ‘Young Musician Of Thailand' competition 12-16 Elephant Polo

The charitable event, now in its 11th year, has to date, raised over half a million dollars in charity to help Thailand’s elephants. This year’s event will be held in Hua Hin and promises to have more nail-biting action both on and off the field.For more information on King’s Cup Elephant Polo, please visit www. Where: Anantara Hua Hin

time to prepare their recorded performance that must be submitted with the competition's entry form by post or by hand to: Conrad Bangkok The Conrad Young Musician of Thailand Competition 2011 All Seasons Place 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Finals will be held at the Conrad Bangkok Ballroom on Oct. 29. The overall winner will receive The Royal Trophy given by HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bt100,000 cash, and other exciting prizes. For more details and to download entry form: www.ConradYoungMusician. com, e-mail: info@ or call 02-690-9999.

A new entry submission date for “The 6th Annual Conrad Young Musician of Thailand Competition 2012” has been announced. The new deadline, Sept. 15, will give potential candidates additional

1-9 Bangkok Wedding Fair

Dubbed as the “Best Wedding Fair of the Year,” the event – organized by World Fair – is yet another showcase of the capital as a wedding hub. Couples will find everything they need to realize a dream wedding. The fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Hall 1-4, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: 02-731-1331; www.

21-25 International Ko Lae Boat Races

The "Ko-lae" boats are traditional fishing vessels commonly found in the Malay communities of Southern Thailand. In the southern provinces of Thailand, the Thai Ko-lae Boat Race was first hosted in 1976 in honor of Their Majesties the King and Queen, when the Royal Family traveled to Narathiwat on a state visit. Since then, Ko-lae and longboat races have been organized as an annual event and have become one of the main attractions of the province. Where: Narathiwat

4-7 Oct Nai Lert Park Bangkok International Flower Show

The event marks the 26th anniversary of Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Bangkok’s annual floral exposition and the renaming of the event as the “Nai Lert Park Bangkok International Flower Show,” which will be the official name from now on. The event features a spectacular presentation of flora from several continents along with condominium garden decoration displays from Thailand’s most famous condominium developers. Breathtaking flower creations at the lobby will be the highlight this year. There will also be gorgeous flower arrangements exhibition by local professional flower stylists. Entrance fee is Bt120 per person. A group of 10 students or more is at Bt50 per person. Where: Swissotel Nailert Park Bangkok, Wireless Road (BTS: Ploenchit // Contact: PR Department at 02 253 0123 or 02 867 7000




Thai Dining Theatre A total sensory experience and journey into the heart and soul of Siam, Maya combines live show cooking, contemporary Thai dance and a theatrical performance of service that has to be seen to be believed!

Open: Curtain opens: Show start: Dress Code:

3rd floor, Millennium Hilton Bangkok 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600 T: +66 (0) 2442 2000 F: +66 (0) 2442 2020 E:,

Tue-Sat 7.00 p.m. 7.30 p.m. Smart casual


1-9 Fashion & Jewelry Fair

Fashionistas and jewelry enthusiasts should not miss this fair to be between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on the first nine days of the month. Expect a glittering showcase of some of the kingdom’s outstanding fashion and jewelry lines. Where: Hall 1-4, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: 02-7311331;

1-9 Bangkok Furniture Fair

A showcase of the range and quality of furniture available in Bangkok, dubbed as “this year’s biggest furniture fair for city dwellers.” Open to the public between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Where: Hall 1-4, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: 02-731-1331; www.

5-9 9Th National Herb Expo

A conference dedicated to traditional Thai and internationally approved medical practices. Open: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: Hall 7-8, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: Department for Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine at 02 591-8567; http://natherbexpo. com/

13-17 50Th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

The much-awaited premier exhibition that showcases exquisite gems and jewelry -- handcrafted, contemporary, traditional, urban jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones – featuring more than 1,000 companies all over the world. Open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. for trade/public visitors on Sept 13-15, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept 16-17. Ticket costs Bt100 per. Where: Challenger 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani,

Nonthaburi // Contact: Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association at 02-630 1390-7; www.

Art & Culture

19-21 Green Building & Retrofits Expo Asia

This exhibition explores the history of Japan’s martial arts -- from battlefield techniques to international sport. The first half of the exhibition features a display of historical weapons and implements reproductions: sword mountings, bows, arrows, helmets, suits of armor, etc. while the second half focuses on the contemporary practice of Japanese martial arts. Exhibit hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed: Monday) Admission is free, Opening ceremony on Sept 7 at 6 p.m. Where: G23 Art Gallery, Bangkok114 Sukhumvit 23 Rd., Wattana, Bangkok // Contact: 02-649-5000, ext. 5005

An international exhibition of the latest in sustainable and green solutions, technologies, systems, products, and materials for buildings and factories for the Asian market, held in conjunction with the “Building Maintenance & Asset Management Expo Asia 2012.” Where: Hall 7, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: 02 833-5210; www.

19-21 World Spa & Well-Being Convention

A professional platform for the spa and well-being industry, this convention will be divided into Education Section, Industry Standards Section, Commercial Section, and Innovation Section. Where: Hall 4, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: 02-833-5126; www.

22-30 Thailand Open

22-23 Amber Lounge Singapore

In time with the F1 Grand Prix weekend in Singapore, Amber Lounge Singapore presents two top VIP attractions, British R&B sensation Lemar, and Italian fashion on the runway. New F1 stars, including Sebastian Buemi (Red Bull Racing-Renault), Jerome d'Ambrosio (Lotus-Renault), Sam Bird (Mercedes), Esteban Gutierrez (SauberFerrari), Jules Bianchi (Force India-Mercedes), Dani Clos (HRTCosworth) and Ma Qing Hua (HRT-Cosworth) will take to the catwalk and model timeless, tailor-made garments from Italy’s leading fashion houses such as Brioni and Stefano Ricci. Luxury lingerie label, La Perla, will also present its latest collection on the runway. Sonia Irvine, sister of Ferrari F1 stars Eddie Irvine, founded Amber Lounge. It was launched at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 2003 to create a truly VIP party that reflected the glamour and exclusivity of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. Over the years, Amber Lounge has carved a reputation as a unique venue where F1 drivers, celebrities, royalty, and regular race fans can come together to enjoy a stylish, fun night out. For 2012, Amber Lounge will run in Monaco, Singapore, Delhi and Abu Dhabi. Amber Lounge Fashion was launched in 2006 and since then has become an established favorite with the world’s media and celebrity social elite. Where: Temasek Reflection (next to the Millenia Towers & Conrad Centennial Hotel, 1 Temasek Avenue, Singapore // Contact: www.


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The annual much-awaited professional tennis championship is again on. Some of the world’s leading players are expected to play. Tickets are available at ThaiTicketmajor. com Where: Arena, Impact Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi // Contact: 02-262-3456; www.

5-8 Food & Hotel Thailand

What’s the latest in Thailand’s food and hotel scene? Get a glimpse of things to come in this annual fair. Where: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center, Bangna-Trad Road (BTS: Bangna) // Contact: Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd. at 02-615-1255; www.

8-27 The Spirit Of Budo

1-10 Life on the Frontline

A photo exhibition by Khun Li, one of the first graduates of Documentary Arts Asia's photography training program in Laiza, Kachin State, Northern Burma. His work gives essential documentation of life in this isolated and underreported area. On view during weekdays only Where: The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand The Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Rd (BTS: Chidlom) // Contact: 02-652-0580/1

1-9 London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Poster Exhibition

London 2012 has commissioned 12 leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Screen prints and lithographs of these works are displayed at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival. Prints of the same work are also on display at the Drawing Room Bangkok. Where: Drawing Room Bangkok, Sala Som 35/4 Soi Yommarat, Sala Daeng, Silom // Contact: 02636-3313

1-6 In Memories

A solo exhibition by Indonesian artist Ida Bagus Putu Purwa, open daily except Sundays and Mondays between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Where: La Lanta Fine Art. 245/14 Sukhumvit 31 Rd (BTS: Phrom Phong) // Contact: 02 204-0583.


in theatres now


reel life



The Words Synopsis: A writer at the peak of success discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man's work. Starring Bradley Cooper, Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, and Zoe Saldana, the layered romantic drama follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought-after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch - he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana

Resident Evil: Retribution Synopsis: The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh-eating Undead in this “Evil Goes Global: resident Evil 5” sequel. The human race’s last and only hope, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), awakens in the heart of Umbrella's most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe Shawn Roberts, and Sienna Guillory


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Synopsis: On the night before an old friend's wedding, three frisky bridesmaids go searching for a little fun but find much more than they bargained for. With lovely Becky (Rebel Wilson) set to marry her handsome sweetheart, Dale (Hayes MacArthur), the remaining members of her high school clique reunite for one last bachelorette bacchanal in the Big Apple. Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is an overachieving, ueber-Maid of Honor who's secretly smarting over the fact that she's not the first to marry, while Gena (Lizzy Caplan) is a whip-smart sarcastic who's actually a closet romantic, and Katie (Isla Fisher) is a ditzy beauty who loves the good life. But when Becky insists on keeping the bachelorette party tame, the women proceed with an after-hours celebration of their own. Directed by Leslye Headland Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer, Isla Fisher, and James Marsden

House At The End Of The Street

Hotel Transylvania

Synopsis: Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined. Directed by Mark Tonderai Starring: Max Thieriot, Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Shue, Nolan Gerald Funk, Krista Bridges, and Gil Bellows

Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky Starring: Adam Sandler ... Dracula (voice), Kevin James ... Frank (voice) Fran Drescher ... Bride (voice), David Spade ... Quasimodo (voice), Steve Buscemi ... Wayne (voice), and Molly Shannon ... Wanda (voice)

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Synopsis: A shy and unpopular teenager describes his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person and explores the awkward times of adolescence, including drug use and sexuality. Directed by Stephen Chbosky Starring: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, and Johnny Simmons


Lookeast | in theatres now


// Paragon Imax Theatre 5F-6F Siam Paragon (BTS: Siam Square) Contact: 02 515-5555 // SF World Cinema 7th Floor Central World Plaza (BTS: Chidlom) Contact: 02 268-8888

// SFX Cinema Emporium 6th Floor, Emporium (BTS: Phrom Phong) Contact: 02 268-8888 // Major Sukhumvit 1221/39 Sukhumvit 63, (BTS: Ekkamai) Contact: 02 381-4855

// Major Rama III 8th Floor Central Rama III, Contact: 02 511-5555 To find the theatre nearest you, log on to



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