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Bangkok July 30th 2014

Celebrity Watch

Zalora Japanese Cosplay Le Meridien Phuket Around Anniversary Red Rose Restaurant

Your Fortnightly What’s On Guide to Bangkok






COVER: Kimberly Ann. Photo by Paul Hutton. ---------------------------------------------Page 4 Watch Expo at Siam Paragon.

Page 16 Japanese Cosplay at Central World.

Page 24 Red Rose Restaurant.

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Page 38 Zalora Fashion Show at Pullman G.

Page 48 Hilton Millenium Anniversary.

Page 52 Audemars Piguet at Central Embassy.

Page 54 Around Magazine Fashion Party.

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Page 64 Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Daily Events New Pasta Dishes @ Up & Above, Okura Prestige Peas panzerotti with Maine lobster medallion in crustacean reduction and coconut froth. Egg yolk ricotta ravioli with slow cooked tomatoes, parmesan foam, spinach salad in truffle dressing. Squid chili pasta with clams, thyme and bread crumbs. Egg pasta leaves with lamb ragout, zucchini and aubergine salsa. Pappardelle oxtail in Barolo wine with shaved parmesan. Liquid quail ravioli celeriac with foie gras in truffle butter. Every evening from 6:00 pm until 10:30 pm Throughout August and September.

Uni and Hamo Menus @ Kisso Authentic yet inventive, Kisso Japanese restaurant at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok places great store on offering lovers of Japanese cuisine the true taste of Japan, as experienced in Japan itself. This and its strong focus on seasonal variation are what more than anything differentiate the restaurant’s cuisine from the ordinary. Hokkaido "Uni" or “Sea urchin” is a delicacy highly prized for its light fluffy texture and rich yet subtle flavours and commands high prices in Japan’s top sushi restaurants. Though uni is most commonly appreciated in its raw form, it also possesses an uncanny versatility when paired with other ingredients. Throughout July and August.

Healthy Thai Food Promotion @ Thara Thong Come and Enjoy super healthy dinner menus made up of fresh local ingredients that will also delight your taste buds! Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is presenting you with special healthy menus in compliance with the Colour Your Plate Programme, which is a simple approach to healthy eating that encourages you to eat colourful and nutrient-dense meals. Savour this great value for THB 360 - 400 ++ per dish. From now until August 31st.

Charolais Beef @ Hamilton’s Steak House Mouth-watering Charolais Beef dishes are back at Hamilton’s Steak House throughout July and August. Featuring Charolais Beef Rib Eye Steak and Charolais Beef Tenderloin, the enticing selections are sure to satisfy your craving for a sumptuous beef treat. The Charolais Beef promotion is available now through 31st August for lunch and dinner, prices starting from THB 1,700++ per dish. Throughout July and August.

Watch Expo Siam Paragon’s Annual Timepiece Showcase

The latest collections from the world’s leading watch manufacturers will be on show at Siam Paragon from July 31st - August 18th in the Bangkok shopping mall’s latest timepiece exhibition. More than 180 brands and over 30,000 items worth around 18 million baht are due to be on display under the concept of 'The Legacy of Timepieces'. This year marks the ninth year that the prestigious event has been held at Siam Paragon. Top brands on show include Baume & Mercier, Bovet, Breguet, Breitling, Bremont, Cadeaux, Carl F. Bucherer, Corum, Demonaco, Frederique Constant, Graham, Hublot,. Maitres Du Temps, Maurice Lacroix, Montblanc, Ralph Lauren, Tag Heuer, Zenith, and more. Prominent celebrities led by Kimberly Ann Voltemas modelled the designs in a special preview at the shopping centre on July 23rd. Photos by Paul Hutton.




Japanese Cosplay Com

mes to Central World

Photos by Paul Hutton

Japan Expo and Japan Festa Coming in August Central World will host the 10th annual Japan Festa in Bangkok this year, on August 30th and 31st, this time in conjunction with Japan Expo Thailand 2014, which is also to be an annual event. Leading Japanese artists will appear live on stage and all cosplay fans are encouraged to join the event with the aim of breaking the record for the biggest cosplay gathering in Thailand.

A spectacular fashion show will see Thai and Japanese models rubbing shoulders on the catwalk. Scheduled to appear on the runway are Aom Sucha Manaying, May Sitapa Attaburanon and the four sexy members of girl group Hipzter. Ploy Chermarn Boonyasak is also lined up to appear, along with a host of top TV stars and celebrities from both Thailand and Japan.

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Sweet and Succulent Eclairs at Le Meridien

The first ever global éclair programme was launched this month by Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts, with Le Meridien hotels around the world unveiling a variety of destination-inspired eclairs. Le Meridien’s six properties throughout Thailand are all joining in with guests being given the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists on the chic Parisian pastry. Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa is also due to open this October, and Marco Cammarata (above), Executive Sous Chef from the new hotel, played an active role as the new promotion was launched at the Bangkok property in Surawong Road. Special eclairs can be found at each property: Le Méridien Bangkok features a Citrus-Inspired Éclair with mango, lime and ginger; a Lemongrass Éclair by Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel, aptly takes advantage of the widely used ingredient in Thai cuisine; Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa unveils an island-inspired éclair, the Kalamae Éclair, highlighting the ancient Koh Samui specialty of kalamae, a traditional candy made from sticky rice, coconut milk and palm sugar; a Banana and Passion Fruit Éclair at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort innovatively combines local lady finger bananas with sour passion fruit to create a refreshing combination; Le Méridien Chiang Mai utilizes fresh strawberries to serve up a full-flavoured Strawberry Éclair; Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort use the sweetness of the lady finger bananas as the core flavour for the Banana and White Chocolate Éclair and Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa is set to introduce a Candied-Lotus Éclair showcasing the versatility of the lotus plant. Additionally, all Le Méridien properties in Thailand will also offer three signature flavours: coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

Red Rose Restaurant No trip to Chinatown would be complete without a Chinese meal to round off the experience, and where better to relax after a busy shopping trip than the atmospheric Red Rose at the aptly named Shanghai Mansion. The plush surroundings offer a welcome retreat from the bustling market streets all around, with polished chrome, tiled floors, an elegant spiral staircase, subdued lighting and Chinese artwork combining to lull the senses.

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But the cuisine brings vibrancy back to the fore with a range of exotic dishes designed to excite by owner chef Narapong “Tu” KongKham. Jazz is also on the menu, with the restaurant’s resident trio playing two or three sets most nights of the week. Words and photos by Paul Hutton.

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Top Left: Asst. F&B Manager Thanapol “Tum” Kongthanadarakorn. Top: Waitresses Yenrudee “Joy” Tuaprakhon and Walaiporn “Nong” Kanavapee. Above: Owner chef Narapong “Tu” KongKham. Left: Crispy River Prawn with Creamy Milky and Lime Sauce. Below Left: Grilled Rack of Lamb Marinated with Chinese Honey Serve with Stir Fried Turnip Cake with X.O. Sauce. Below Right: A Combination of Crispy Wasabi Prawn, Peking Duck and Pan Seared Foie Gras.

Wednesday July 30th Sherlock Holmes: Where It All Began @ Chulalongkorn University You can catch this interpretation of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries at Faculty of Architecture until August 3rd. Performances start at 7pm each evening, but there are also 1.30pm shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are 250 baht and 290 baht. See Phan Din the Musical @ Muangthai Rachadalai Theatre The title means Four Reigns, and the production tells the tale of Mae Ploy and her life during the four reigns of the Chakri dynasty. The popular musical was originally pencilled in until August 3rd, but you can now catch the show on new dates throughout August. The show will now also be performed every Thursday to Sunday until August 24th. Shows start at 7.30pm, but there are also 1.30pm shows at weekends. Tickets are 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000 baht. The Royal Khon Performance: Wisdom of the Kingdom @ Central Chidlom and Central Embassy The two malls, which sit side by side, are hosting the exhibition to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 82nd birthday anniversary and to pay tribute to her support in preserving and promoting this art. On show will be photographs of khon performances, beautiful garments, accessories and ornate head-dresses. Guests can also see demonstrations on how to wear khon costumes and how to make props and scenes. Performances will also be held on Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm. Free Entry. Daily until August 17th. 10am – 10pm

Thursday July 31st White Party @ Ocean Bangkok The monthly event is back this Thursday at the urban oasis that is Ocean, in Sukhumvit 33. It’s a cocktail party meets pool party. Girls wearing white will get three free drinks. Free Entry. 9pm - late. DJ Festival @ Levels Featuring Futuristic Polar Bears and Richard Durand. Entry: 300 baht. Ladies get 3 Free Drinks before Midnight.

Friday August 1st Leopard Party @ Moonstar Studio Catch Buddha Bless and Moderndog, along with sexy shows by the sexy Leo girls. Free Entry 7pm - late International Beer Day @ BeerVault This year, BeerVault, one of Bangkok’s best beer pubs, celebrates International Beer Day on 1 August 2014. The celebration for this fantastic day is taking place worldwide covering over 200 cities across 50 countries. • Imported beer bucket on selected items • Beer Lover list all night. THB 150/half pint, THB 200/pint • Singha Draught Beer THB 120/pint all night • Free Dip & Dash from 5:30 – 7:30pm • Free Paella from 8pm onwards!

Kaoru Konagai Solo Exhibition @ GOJA Gallery Café August 1st - 17th. Fun is the key to this Japanese artist’s work. She creates images that make people smile and a variety of work that ensures that there is something for everyone. Swing, an Exhibition by Jedsada Tangtrakulwong @ TADU-Thaiyarnyon Contemporary Art August 1st - September 15th. The Swing Exhibition is themed around where the hall of TADU-Thaiyarnyon Contemporary Art Gallery is located, and supported by the TADU-Thaiyarnyon Automobile Company. Since the gallery hall is modified from part of the original parking space of this place, energy, force, reaction and speed are being considered for an exhibition concept as well as the auto parts and mechanical tools stored in the storage and garage are being used as art materials. Hustle and Flow @ Nest Rooftop Lounge Every Friday - with Concrete Roses. Free Entry 9pm - 2am.

Saturday August 2nd Underground Circus @ Glow This Special Edition of Underground Circus celebrates Resident Underground Circus DJ Sunju Hargun’s 31st Birthday! Also: Dan Buri and Alexander Neuwirth. Hi5 House Hits @ Bangkok Convention Centre, Central Plaza Ladprao The Aussie Children’s Entertainment Group are in Bangkok for four shows on two days: Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 3pm. Tickets are 800, 1500 and 2500 baht. 20 years Hua Kaew Hua Waen by Got Jakkraphan @ Royal Paragon Hall The prince of Thai traditional music returns, with special guests who will definitely impress as there are more than 80 dancers and musicians lined up. Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. Tickets: 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 and 3000 baht. Kool By The Pool @ Sofitel Sukhumvit Monthly afternoon pool party series, combining a BBQ with music by international DJs, cocktails and poolside lounging. Free Entry. 1pm - 8pm.

Sunday August 3rd Noir Party: Time Is Running Out @ Demo Two bars provide two different sound stages. DJs lined up are: Dazeter, Gus, Underdog, Supremacy and Xillix. 9pm - 2am

Tuesday August 5th Air Supply Live in Bangkok @ Impact Exhibition Hall 3, Muangthong Thani The Greatest Hits Concert. Tickets: 1500, 2500, 3500 and 4500 baht. World renowned soft rock duo Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock will feature their biggest hits of a long career. Air Supply have had a succession of hits worldwide, and have sold more than 100 million albums. The duo is on a world tour covering major cities in the USA and Asia, and are performing two shows in Japan before heading to Bangkok and then the Philippines.


A Rainy Afternoon at Cen


ntral Embassy in Bangkok Composite Photo by Paul Hutton

Le Coral Hideaway Beyond Phuket Unveiled

Standing majestically on the most exclusive and serene stretch of Natai Beach, also known by some as the Hamptons of Phuket, is the brand new five-star Le Coral Hideaway Beyond Phuket featuring 58 luxurious rooms and suites and complete with restaurants and a bar serving gourmet international cuisine and cocktails as well as a world class spa. The Thai owned world class resort which soft opened in March 2014 is now fully operational and is gearing towards a grand opening in October 2014. To further enhance the experience, guests can choose any one of the resort’s eight suite types available, be it with direct access to the main pool, their very own private pool or personal butler service. Every room offers a view of the ocean, comfortable beds, balconies, amenities by Molton Brown, state of the art entertainment and 24 hour room service provided by the resort’s La Perla Restaurant.

Vespino Party

Vespa’s Sixties Bash at Sofitel So Announced that the New Sporty Vespino is Back in Town Photos by Paul Hutton

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Qantas Best of New Zealand with Master Chef Simon Gault

The Parkview Restaurant at The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel hosted world renowned New Zealand celebrity chef Simon Gault (third left) for a five day festival of fine dining and fine wines, as a variety of outstanding ingredients were delightfully paired with the wines of Yealand Estates, a well known exporter of New Zealand wines. Innovative and entrepreneurial chef Simon Gault started as an apprentice in Auckland, New Zealand before working in a string of top restaurants in the UK where he gained invaluable and varied experiences. His career has taken him around the world - working in top restaurants, and as a high-flying personal chef - and back again as an internationally respected chef. Simon is a global culinary superstar who has a remarkable talent for bringing together tastes and techniques from around the world.

New Kaiseki Set Menus at Yellow Tail Sushi Bar

You can now discover the original culinary art of Japan at YTSB at VIE Hotel with the brilliantly presented and prepared Kaiseki Set Menus for weekend lunch, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 – 14:30 hrs. Five set menus are available and each one of them expresses the austere yet rich tastes of Japanese Kaiseki cuisine, an art that balances tastes, textures, appearance and colours with fresh seasonal ingredients that are delicately presented, beautifully arranged and garnished, with various courses and side dishes. Experience a world apart with the Salmon Set, with three pieces of salmon sashimi, five kinds of salmon sushi and more; the Himachi Set, with virtually every kind of sushi made from the “Yellow Tail - king of fish”; the Sakana Kama Set, an incredible meal of grilled fish jawbone; the Sakana Don Set, with selected fish chopped with rice, chawanmushi and other delicacies; and the signature YTSB Sushi Set with everything your heart desires from the best sushi restaurant in town. Each set is priced at THB 599++. Advanced reservations are advised! Page 36

Wednesday August 6th Family Wednesdays Featuring Moodwax Glow Discotheque An event by the team that brought you Kolour. This week's line-up also features Koish and Sarah de la Rosa.

Thursday August 7th

Wrong Disco Grease The monthly series by DJ Will and DJ Baptiste heads for the Club Room at Grease. Free Entry.

Friday August 8th

Sunday August 10th

Dmitry Sitkovetsky plays Mozart Queen’s Cup Toyota Hua Hin Thailand Cultural Centre International Triathlon 2014 Distinguished violin virtuoso Black Mountain Water Park Dmitry Sitkovetsky from Baku, Hua Hin Azerbaijan, has also become inThis is the sixth annual event and creasingly known as an will take place on Aug 10th in authoritative conductor, and he celebration of Her Majesty’s 82th will perform both roles here in this birthday. The event is open to men stunning, irresistible all Mozart and women aged 18 or older. programme with the Bangkok Participants can enter individually Symphony Orchestra. His reputaor in teams of three. tion as a violinist is of the highest There is also a duathlon open to order, having appeared as soloist individual men and women who with an extensive list of the world’s will run for 5.5km, cycle for 43km pre-eminent orchestras – Berlin then run again for 11km. Philharmonic; New York Philharmonic; Royal Concertgebouw; Leipzig Gewandhaus; and Chicago/Philadelphia/Cleveland orchestras to name but a few. Tickets: 400, 700, 1200, 1600 and 2000 baht.

Dark Groove Alliance Dickinspn’s Culture Cafe The first Thursday of every month sees the culture cafe host a night of electronic progressive musiv. Free Entry.

Tempo Band Pure Live Music Request Show Nest Rooftop Request your favourite songs, from the 60's up to the present day, just tell your server what you want to hear! Performance starts at 9pm. Free Entry.

Tuesday August 12th Half Marathon QSNCC and Benjakitti Park This event is organized in order to celebrate Her Majesty's 82th birthday.

Saturday August 9th Aof Pongsak Wine Society The Wine Society at Major Ratchayothin is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary with an exclusive concert by the popular Thei Pop and R&B singer Aof Pongsak. 6pm - late.

Ploy Chermarn Heads Second Anniversary Secret Closet Fashion Show Celebration at Pullman G

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Photos by Paul Hutton

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Hilton Millenium’s Eighth Year Anniversary Party Millenium Hilton Bangkok held an Elegant in Black cocktail celebration evening to celebrate their eighth anniversary. The event was held in the Three Sixty Jazz Lounge on the 32nd floor of the riverside hotel.

Photos by Paul Hutton

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Ippudo To Open First Bangkok Outlet

Ippudo, the internationally renowned ramen noodle chain based in Japan, is opening its first store in Bangkok at Central Embassy! Ippudo was founded by chef Shigemi Kawahara, who earned the ‘Ramen King’ title and was placed in the Ramen Hall of Fame for three consecutive years after competing with other ramen chefs in a Japanese TV programme. In August the restaurant will open its doors for you to taste the range of authentic Japanese dishes. In addition to its signature ramen noodles served in delicious pork broth, Ippudo also offers a large variety of main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages in both fusion and original Japanese style.

Weekend Eggs Benedict Beside The River Eggs Benedict is one of the most popular breakfasts around, and now you can sample different styles on Saturday mornings at Royal Orchid Sheraton’s Sambal Bar and Grill Restaurant. This American breakfast is sure to suit all tastes, especially as a variety of eggs benedict menus have been carefully designed and prepared by the hotel’s skilful chefs. Prices start from THB 190. Highlights include Eggs benedict with smoked salmon, spinach and béarnaise sauce on whole wheat toast, Eggs benedict with English back bacon and hollandaise sauce on English muffin, Eggs benedict prosciutto with chive hollandaise sauce on croissant served with rocket salad and Eggs benedict with ham, spinach, mushroom, tomato and hollandaise sauce on waffle. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Audemars Piguet Opening The first Audemars Piguet boutique opened last week in the new Central Embassy shopping centre in Ploenchit Road. A joint venture with Cortina Watch, the 50 square metre outlet showcases the best of the iconic 140 year old Swiss brand’s new designs.

To celebrate the opening a cocktail party was held in the mall’s basement event arena, complete with a ballet performance and a presentation of some of the top of the line new watches. Photos by Paul Hutton.


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Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel Hosts Fashion Show Celebration Party: Go 4 Gold Photos by Paul Hutton

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Le Meridien Phuket Beach

Resort: A Slice of Paradise

Freshly renovated throughout, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort sits grandly amidst 40 acres of lush greenery.

The huge complex consists of 417 rooms and 54 luxury suites. The 266 square metre Oceanfront Grande Suite offers beauty and relaxation within its modern layout and enjoys expansive sea The hotel features two lagoon-sized swimming pools and there are views. Authentic Thai and contemporary designs work in tandem 10 restaurants and bars to explore, so boredom in not an option. in this spacious two bedroom design. The open plan living area includes a dining space, while the master bedroom offers a Gastronomical goodies from all corners of the globe are to be had private living area, an en-suite bathroom with separate soaking here, and guests can travel between Europe and Asia sampling tub, and private balcony. A large main balcony invites you to cuisine from Tuscany to Hokkaido, stopping at all points in between. just sit back and watch the day or the evening unfold. The oversized pools sit alongside each other and are adjacent to the beach. A pool deck includes a whirlpool and kids' pool. For the more health conscious there are four tennis courts and a pair of air-conditioned squash courts in which to work off the Calories. The resort also boasts a world-class spa, six meeting rooms, a variety of land and sea sports facilities and a discovery centre for children: The Penguin Club.

Sun worshippers cannot fail to appreciate the 500 metre long pristine beach with private sun loungers and huts perfect for sunbathing or relaxing with a good book. Guests can use nonmotorised sports equipment free of charge, and activities such as beach volleyball and beach football games are arranged regularly by the resort.

Photos by Paul Hutton.



Baan Hom Tian Loosely translated as “Fragrant Home of Candles�, Baan Hom Tian is a compound built on a steep hillside with candle shops galore and its own restaurant perched at the top of a winding path, full to the brim with bric a brac and serving coffees, snacks or more substantial meals. Fill yourself up here before dawdling back down the hill exploring the brightly decorated shops full of oversized candles. You can find full sized alpaca candles and giant wax patchwork hearts along the trail, plus a make your own candle studio, perfect for keeping the kids amused for an hour or so while you put your feet up. Baan Hom Tian is located close to the centre of Suan Phueng and is easily reached from Morning Glory Resort and Bakery.

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PORTOFINO Guests at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort have a world of cuisine to choose from, but one of the most popular choices for the evening meal is the trattoria style range of fine dining dishes served up at Portofino, one of the leading Italian restaurants on the island. Chef de Cuisine Michele Laiso (above) has garnered a fine reputation for his meals during stints in several highly ranked eating establishments in Thailand, and he is now bringing his own distinctive touches to Portofino. The restaurant has a homely air about it, with murals covering the walls and ceilings. But many plump for the al fresco experience, sitting poolside in a romantic setting that is perfect in the early evening as the light fades and the sea breezes grow ever cooler. Words and photos by Paul Hutton.

Full Moon Weddings

Couples in search of nuptials with a difference need look no further: AHMS The Collection has announced it will introduce Full Moon Weddings at each of its four Thailand resorts and has begun accepting reservations. The concept was pioneered by Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi last year, when couples were invited to tie the knot at midnight by moonlight - an initiative aimed at couples with a taste for the dark and mysterious side of life. AHMS founder and managing director Anchalika Kijkanakorn, said the Aleenta Hua Hin initiative had been popular with adventurous couples. She was now looking forward to each of the collection's four Thailand resorts in Greater Phuket, Koh Samui and Pranburi, near Hua Hin, putting their own unique stamp on the concept. Ms Kijkanakorn, who is also Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), said the experience was in keeping with a trend towards ever more unique and buzz-worthy ways of getting married. "Brides and grooms are always looking for something unique, a way to stamp their wedding as their own," she said. "AHMS Full Moon Weddings promise the ultimate bragging rights and a Big Day - or rather, Big Night - that the wedding party and all of your guests will never forget. "It will appeal to night owls, romantics and people who are unafraid to defy convention and break the mould. It's the non-cookie-cutter take on the tropical beach wedding. "Let's face it," she added, "some of us just aren't morning people." Full Moon Weddings at Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi The original package remains available at Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, with a chauffeured car ride or optional Harley-Davidson motorcycle transfer to the moonlit beaches of Pranburi, and to the front door of the resort at Paknampran Bay. Full Moon Weddings at Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga It's a wonderful night for a moon dance now that the blue moon sees you're no longer alone. Aleenta Phuket redefines the essence of a uniquely blissful luxurious wedding and honeymoon with its take on Full Moon Weddings held on the shimmering, pristine sands of Natai Beach, the 'Hamptons' of Greater Phuket. Full Moon Weddings at AKARYN Samui On ultra-private and beautiful Hanuman Bay, Full Moon nights are a sight to behold. Reflections shimmer in the half moon cove as the bright orb begins its rise. This is romance for the brave hearts and seekers of something new. Full Moon Weddings at akyra Chura Samui Far away from it all, vow undying love to each other against the backdrop of Chaweng beach waves on the island that launched a thousand Full Moon Parties. Create an intimate experience by the Full Moon for just close friends and family, or push the boat out and stage your own wedding and Full Moon Party for up to 100 guests.

New Rolls Royce Ghost Arrives in Thailand

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present Ghost V-Specification in Thailand, a unique series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase motor cars that are only available for a limited period. It will be on display on the second floor of Siam Paragon Mall, where Rolls-Royce’s first Boutique showroom in Asia is located. This debut also marks the first anniversary since the opening of the Boutique showroom. Designed to aid customers in the creative process of commissioning a Rolls-Royce motor car, the two-car showroom is a smaller, intimate space where customers are invited to use their imagination, sample examples of wood and leather or select from a palette of 44,000 different colours. Thailand is one of the very few markets in the region with two showroom facilities, underlining its importance to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Chatvithai Tantraporn, Deputy Managing Director for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bangkok, commented, “I am very pleased to have Ghost V-Specification debuting in the Boutique showroom, a fitting way to celebrate its first year anniversary. Both are exemplars of how we create every car as commissioned by our customers.” Ghost V-Specification “This limited series celebrates one of Ghost’s defining characteristics; the exquisite 6.6 litre Rolls-Royce V12 engine,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “Since its introduction in 2009 an extraordinary marriage of assured presence and remarkable driving dynamics has endeared Ghost to a new generation of highly discerning businessmen and women, ensuring the car’s position as the statement of choice for a growing band of successful entrepreneurs around the world.” At the heart of the Ghost’s driving experience is its hallmark V12 engine. Acceleration is delivered with a characteristic immediacy and smoothness, propelling occupants from 0 to 60 km/h in just 4.9 seconds with 80 per cent of power available from idle. This unique powertrain is celebrated with a 30bhp power increase on all Ghost V-Specification motor cars. Elegantly applied design touches hint at Ghost V-Specification’s inherent dynamism. V-Specification motif coachlines finish the exterior paint-scheme while customers can either choose from five specially selected exterior colours, or from Rolls-Royce’s 44,000 hue palette. Optional visible chrome exhausts and 21” part-polished wheels add further expression to the car’s dynamic promise. The V-Specification motif is echoed around the car’s handcrafted interior through engraving to the treadplates, embroidery to the rear armrest and hand-applied steel inlays to the front multimedia screen lid. The interior is completed with an exclusively designed clock with a black crown surrounding the face. The V-Specification car to debut in Thailand comes in Infinity Black, which is one of the Commission Collection paints. Asia Pacific expansion With the recent appointment of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Phnom Penh, the brand is represented in 15 markets and 26 cities in the Asia Pacific region outside of China. The company has recently inaugurated new dealerships in emerging markets such as the Philippines and Vietnam, as well as increasing its network in more established markets such as Australia (Western Australia, Queensland); India (Ahmedabad, Chandigarh); Japan (Osaka); and Taiwan (Taichung). In Thailand, the brand opened its first Asian Boutique showroom in a Bangkok luxury shopping mall. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars This year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates its 110th year of excellence. Founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for the first time in May 1904 and agreed to form a company that would become synonymous with the very best.

Vira’s Etchings Sombat Permpoon Gallery’s New Exhibition 15th August - 15th October

Sombat Permpoon Gallery is delighted to present a rare series of etching art prints by a leading figure of Thai modern art, Vira Jothaprasert, who was born in 1934 in Bangkok and died in 2002. He was a leading figure of Thai modern art. Vira received a B.F.A from Silpakorn University and in 1962 he received a Scholarship to further his education in Italy at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. Vira specialized in watercolour and etching techniques. He is remembered as one of the few artists dedicated to the arts of prints, etchings and monotypes. The artist applied traditional Thai painting styles by showing subjects in his works in two dimensions without perspective. He also adorned his expertise of water colours on the prints at the end of his printing process. Vira’s works resembled the early period of Thai visual art, which combined both western techniques and Thai spirit.

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VIVA Bangkok Issue 58  

Your Fortnightly What's On Guide to Bangkok Thailand

VIVA Bangkok Issue 58  

Your Fortnightly What's On Guide to Bangkok Thailand