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October 8th 2014

Flower Show Fashion

Your Fortnightly What’s On Guide to Bangkok






COVER: Flower Show 2014. Photo by Paul Hutton. ----------------------------------------------

Page 4 International Flower Show at Swissotel

Page 18 Sugar Opens in Sukhumvit 11

Page 22 DVF Journey of a Dress



Page 30 Thailand W-I-D-E

Page 36 Dilmah Tea Awards

Page 38 Brioni Shop Opening at Gaysorn

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Page 42 Getaway: Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

Daily Events Hokkaido Catch of the Season @ Kisso Kisso’s inspired seasonal menu for October-November showcases the compelling flavors and textures of prime Hokkaido Kinki Fish, Live Surf Clams, Red Rock Fish, Scallops, Sea Urchin, Salmon Roe and Snow Crabs. Kisso is open for lunch daily from 12 pm – 2.30 pm and dinner 6 pm – 10.30 pm on the 8th floor of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Throughout October and November.

Hokkaido Seafood Sensation @ Yamazato The dishes include seasonal favourites such as kani suki (crab hotpot) and kaki dotenabe (oyster miso hotpot); Hokkai sashimi (seven kinds); taraba kani hotate butter yaki (grilled king crab with scallop, corn and butter), demi-glace gratin (oyster, scallop, crab, demi-glace gratin) and kaki zosui (oyster and rice porridge with pickles). A la carte menu items are available for lunch and dinner, priced from Baht 350++. The Hokkaido seafood season begins Sunday 5 October and runs until 30 November 2014. Until November 30th.

Afternoon Chocolate Tête-à-Tête @ Dusit Thani Chocolate lovers have a great new spot for a teatime tête-à-tête at the Lobby Lounge of Dusit Thani Bangkok during October and November 2014. You can enjoy a three-tier stand of bite-sized chocolate treats and pastries such as Hazelnut Chocolate Tart with Cream, Chocolate Marshmallow and Cool Spicy Chocolate Drink. TWG Tea varieties such as 1837 Black Tea, English Earl Grey or Chocolate Tea complete the decadent mid-day indulgence. This afternoon chocolate set is available daily at Lobby Lounge during 14:30-17:30 hrs. at THB 600++ per person. Throughout October and November.

A Haven for Music Lovers @ Trader Vic’s Daily musical entertainment features: Stormy Mondays. Jazzy Tuesdays. Ladies Got the Blues Wednesdays. Thirsty Thursdays. Frisky Fridays. Saturday Night Live. Jazzy Sunday Brunch. Trader Vic’s is at Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa. Throughout October and November.

A Tropical Wonderland 28th Annual International Flower Show 2014 Taking ‘A Tropical Wonderland’ as its colourful theme, Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Bangkok’s 28th Annual International Flower Show, from 2nd – 5th October 2014, offered a feast for all the senses. Her Royal Highness Princess Srirasmi presided over the grand opening of the festival that celebrated the 31-year legacy of Nai Lert Park. All proceeds of the festival will be donated to the Thai with Disability Foundation and Charity Funds for Dental Prostheses.

Andy McFadden presented a tour de force multiple course dinner optionally paired with specially selected wines. Born in Ireland, McFadden has excelled at three Michelin-starred restaurants: Pied à Terre and its sister L’Autre Pied in London and Oud Sluis in The Netherlands. With each move, his reputation for creative, innovative and simply delicious dishes grew.

His special menus at The Conservatory included: Ceviche of Hokkaido The annual festival of flora, set in the hotel’s famous garden, was not only Scallops, Black Quinoa, Crème Fraiche, Radishes, Fennel & Dill paired a celebration of the beauty of plants and flowers but a chance to indulge in with N.V Champagne Lombard & Cie Brut; Flame Grilled Mackerel, Hazelnuts, Apple Tapioca, Celery & Miso paired with Schloss exceptional cuisine, including that of a celebrated Michelin Star Chef, Andy McFadden from London’s L’Autre Pied restaurant, and a Dim Sum Schönborn Riesling Trocken 2013, Germany; Salad of Crab, Horseradish, Onion Ashes, Balsamic and Rocket paired with Faievely Maestro Chef from Fairmont Beijing. Chablis 2012 Burgundy France; Roast Foie Gras, Turnips, Chicory, Brazil Nuts and Agen Prunes paired with Les Couvrset Famille Quiot Other highlights of the four-day festival included a Wonderland Flower 2012 Cotes de Provence France; Poached Sole, Smoked Eel, Squash, Show Centrepiece by Nongnooch Garden & Resort, a Wonderland Wedding Showcase, a Mini Concert by ‘Stamp’ Apiwat Eurthavornsuk, a Celeriac and Soybean or Roast Breast and Confit Leg of Duck, Sloane’s Black Pudding, Beetroot and Peanuts paired with Corte Mahidol University Band Performance, an Afternoon Tea with HauteRugolin Amarone della Valpolicella Classico "Crosara de le Strie" Couture Fashion Show, a Pet Fashion Show and Activities, a Farmers’ 2007 Veneto, Italy; Cremeux of Marou Chocolate, Honeycomb, Market in the Park, a Shopping Extravaganza, All-day Desserts at Syn Pistachio and Tonka Bean Ice-cream paired with Lambrusco Amabile Bar, and much more besides. Casali Emilia, Italy. Visitors to the festival enjoyed the sights and scents of extensive With the hotel pastry chef’s expert input, Gourmandises Café and wonderland-themed flower displays both from the tropics and temperate Bakery also offered floral specials. Proceeds from its signature climes. With the plants and their natural habitats identified, it was an sandwich, salad and cake for the month will be donated to charity, as opportunity to cultivate familiarity with the wonderful world of flora. will those from its cake and saro tea set. The riot of blooms made the 100 hectare garden, with its fish ponds and Meanwhile, Noble House, the hotel’s authentic Cantonese restaurant, bridges, towering trees and lagoon-style swimming pool, more Eden-like also celebrated the flower festival in style. Gary Guo, a dim sum master than ever. currently resident at the Fairmont Beijing, paid a timely visit to create special dim sum lunches with a twist. Think Shrimp Crab Shumai, Dining and entertainment dimensions were expounded by visiting Beijing Style “Rolling Donkey” and Steamed Creamy Custard Buns Michelin Star Chef Andy McFadden from London, a Divine Dessert for example. Plus desserts of Almond jelly with assorted fruits, Taro Buffet, a Floral Afternoon Tea, special menus at ISO restaurant and tapioca pudding and Sweet jelly with pine nuts and peanuts. Noble House restaurant, along with the Mini Concert and High-Tea Fashion Show.

Your Music Your Beat: First Ever Interactive Fun Run Comes to Thailand! AIA is calling all music lovers and running enthusiasts to get ready to get their fists pumping and their hearts thumping as it is bringing The Music Run by AIA, the most interactive 5km fun run on the planet, to Bangkok, Thailand for the first time! Slated for 1st November 2014 at Bangkok’s Suan Luang Rama IX Park, The Music Run by AIA promises a running experience unlike any other as music fans can walk, run, or dance through five 1km music zones. The music zones ‘Rock’, ‘Pop’, ‘Retro’, ‘R&B/ Hip Hop’ and ‘Dance’ all powered by The Music Run™ by AIA promises to provide fun for everyone with each zone having its own unique interactive games and various prizes. In line with the run’s tagline ‘Your music, YourbeatTM’, all participants who register can vote online for their favourite track from each of the five music genres. The five most popular tracks from each music genre will then be selected to form music zone playlists for the actual run. The Music Run is owned by Fresh Events Global and promoted by Exceed Sports & Entertainment. AIA Thailand, a passionate supporter of sports in the country, has come on board as the Presenting Sponsor for the Bangkok run.

Unlike other marathons and themed running events, The Music Run™ has no time clock which means anyone of any fitness level can join in the fun and complete the run at his or her own pace. True to its fun philosophy, The Music Run by AIA will end its programme with a fist-pumping music festival at the finish zone that will surely keep its participants partying after a good work-out to end a perfect day. The Music Run also focuses on giving back, and will be donating to two charities – Global Charity Partner Purosangue and Local charity “Friends-in-Need Volunteers” or Peaun Pueng Pa Yam Yak Foundation presided over by Princess Soamsawali Phravorarachatinuddamat. Participants can register online at or at Ari Running Concept Store at CentralWorld. Each ticket is priced at 700 THB. Each participant will receive a running pack that includes The Music Run by AIA branded Dri-Fit shirt, a drawstring bag as well as lots of other goodies.

In photo from left to right: Jamorn Jirapaet, MET 107 FM Station Director, Tahra Laszlo Taylor, Chief Operations Officer, Boot Room Co.,Ltd., Saloon Tham, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Thailand, Martin Capstick, Managing Director and Founder, Exceed Sports & Entertainment Ltd., Rati Panthawi, Executive Director The Office of the President of Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd., Pratanporn Phornprapha, Deputy Managing Director, Siam@Siam Design Hotel celebrate the official launch of The Music Run™ by AIA the most interactive 5km fun run on the planet, to Bangkok, Thailand for the first time.

The St. Regis Gourmet Week to Bring Top Chefs to Bangkok

Eight outstanding St. Regis chefs from around the world will come together this month to present the very best of their craft. Executive Chefs from St. Regis hotels in Bal Harbour (Miami, USA), Saadiyat Island (UAE), Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Osaka and Bali will team up with St. Regis Bangkok's very own Bastian Mantey and Carlo Valenziano to prepare an unmatched culinary experience. St. Regis Gourmet Week Dinner at VIU 14th – 17th October 2014 Course 1 / Chef Daniel Prawn – seared Mix leaves and autumn vegetables, cauliflower puree

St. Regis Gourmet Week Dinner at DECANTER by Executive Chef Agung St. Regis Bali 15th -16th October 2014 Salmon Citrus cured, sour cream, beetroot pickels in jelly, salmon roe, tomato – cucumber salsa and micro organic

Course 2 / Chef Bastian Foie gras Pistachio terrine & pan fried, pumpkin, dehydrated vanilla tomato, chili brioche

*** Scallop Sweet corn velvet, parmesan tuille, vanilla foam and garnitures

Course 3 / Chef Gunnar Lobster Boiled leeks, potato, beet root sauce

*** Slow poached snowfish – slipper lobster Cuttlefish & zucchini risotto, lemongrass infused sea urchin emulsion

Course 4 / Chef Gunnar Sauteed Seabass Porcini broth, manchego espuma, fava

*** Heart of berries with yoghurt mousse Crystalline of orange, citrus sponge, pandan leaf infused mascarpone ice cream, kir caviar

Course 5 / Chef Daniel Lamb Poached turnip, eggplant puree, black olive powder, jus Course 6 / Chef Bastian Mango Spicy mango mousse, St Regis chocolate Dome, coconut jelly & Valrhona pearls

St. Regis Gourmet Week Dinner at JOJO 14th – 17th October 2014 Veal tonnato (Chef Stefano Abu Dahbi towers) with tuna emulsion, crispy gorgonzola gnocchi and fried capers *** Cod fish (Chef Fabio Singapore) Potato mousseline, pickled spring onion and trevisana salad *** Handmade mushroom tortelloni (Chef Stefano Abu Dhabi towers) with burrata sauce & parmesan cheese *** Scallops (Chef Carlo Bangkok) Topinambur mousseline, mandarin gel, water cress sauce & squid ink crumble *** Spiedino of Wagyu beef cheek (Chef Fabio Singapore) duck foie gras crusted skewer, celeriac puree, wine sauce and grilled apple *** White chocolate, Pumpkin & Ginger (Chef Carlo – Bangkok) Mousse, Pumpkin seed crumble Ginger ice cream Moscato Spumante, Batasiolo ***

*** St. Regis Gourmet Week Afternoon Tea by Executive Pastry Chef Antonio St. Regis Bal Harbour At ST. REGIS BAR and THE LOUNGE 14th -19th October 2014 Macaroons Chocolate Bonbons Raspberry Chocolate Verrines Coconut rice pudding Verrines Key lime Verrines White chocolate mini entremets Cheese cake Cucumber & salmon finger sandwich Vanilla scones with mango & strawberry jam Afternoon set for two person at baht 1,300 ++ St. Regis Gourmet Week Gourmet Sunday Brunch at VIU Available on 19th October 2014 Chef Gunnar – Osaka Tuna oblaten Chef Agung – Bali Citrus cured salmon tarta with citrus sour cream Chef Stefano – Abu Dhabi Nation Towers Mushroom tortelloni, served with burrata sauce Chef Daniel – Abu Dhabi Sayidaat Prawn, baby vegetables & kohlrabi pueree Chef Fabio – Singapore Wagyu cheek, celeriac pueree, wine sauce & grilled apple Chef Antonio – Bal Harbour Assorted sweets in the pastry room (buffet line) Chef Bastian & Carlo – Bangkok Lobster Thai thermidor “Siam Mary” with morning glory & chili Tomato hollandaise

Thursday October 9th Dramathais Adler Subhashok Gallery Bangkok Dramathais exhibition by three Thai artists: Preyawit Nilachulaka Zato Theekawut Boonvijitara Teerawat N. Josh Opens tonight at 6.30pm Exhibition runs until the end of November. Jenny & the Scallywags Live Overground Live & unplugged! Join Jennifer Lackgren (The Voice), Charlie & Adam for an intimate acoustic set on the outside deck! Join in for a great evening of acoustic alternative and mainstream pop! 100B BEERS Western and Thai food Home designed cocktails and shots So Bring Me Back Sofitel So The regular musical trip down memory lane is back, with a tribute night to Bon Jovi. Entry is 350 baht and includes an open bar from 9pm to 10pm. Top Secret Second Anniversary Safe House Resident DJs will be joined by guest DJs Dam-Sib-Dao (MAD), Mixzymuse and Bowza (SyamSpin). Dresscode: Sexy Black! Entry is free. The House of the Raja: Splendour and Desolation in Thailand’s Deep South Neilson Hays Library This photographic book launch will feature a talk by the photographer himself, Spaniard Xavier Comas, who will explain the motivation behind his poignant black-and-white photographs of the dilapidated wooden palace that was once home to a Malay ruler. 7pm - 9.30pm

Friday October 10th Stand Up Comedy Open Mic The Comedy Club The Royal Oak Headliner: Tony Chou from China. Also featuring Marty Lappan from Australia. The Comedy Club Bangkok's is back with it's open mic stand-up comedy show with headliner Chinese comedian star Tony Chou and featured comedian Marty Lappan, an acclaimed veteran Australian comedian of 20 years! Come and watch Bangkok's finest and ever more seasoned comedians along with fresh talent having a go! 250 baht in advance with a drink and drinks specials including 80 baht beers! 350 baht on the door. Ocean Electro Friday: Dennis Frost & Ed Knowles Ocean Bangkok, Sukhumvit 33 The Pressure Chamber is going to be back, meaning unlimited free drinks until the first person leaves the basement! Start: 9:30 pm.

Jenny & The Scallywags

Queen of Envy is Back Party ONYX, RCA Featuring Tattoo Colour and Rave and Glow DJs. Launching a brand new Breezer apple flavour in Bangkok. Bloodline Culture Heaven (ZEN 17th floor) Female DJs Zara Gift & DJ Yukio plus MCs Mastermind and Marvinz1r. Shark Free Bar from 9pm to 11pm. Armada Night KU DE TA The lineup features Marlo and Mark Sixma, who will be joined by celebrities and sexy girls from FHM Girls Next Door. Plastic Girl Thonglor Art Space Pattareeya Puapongsakorn presents her fantasy about Barbie and her plastic pal Ken. Show runs Thursday to Monday until October 20th. 8pm Tickets: 450 / 500 / 550 / 600 baht. Hipster the King: Keep Calm and Love Me BACC October 10th to 12th. Contemporary dance by Dtam Thanaphol Virulhakul.

Saturday October 11th 2PM World Tour in Bangkok Impact Arena Go Crazy with the six guys from the Korean K-Pop circuit. 6.30 start. Tickets 5500 / 5000 / 4000 / 2500 / 1500 baht. Turkish Delights Baan Le Flux Lounge Turkish themed party with delicious tasty and healthy Mediterranean food. Try some raki, ayran (yogurt drink). 6pm - 11pm. Daydream Brownstone Studios 11th October - 5th November. In this group exhibition, five artists will share their visual interpretations of "Daydream" in an attempt to transcend the viewer into an unreal world which holds a deeper reality. The artists are Pimviphak Yamsirasuwan, Thitawan Jeammangkang, Prewpai Phetkhun, Jane Srijaroensak and Alongkot Jaisong. Jimpster Glow House DJ and producer Jimpster, from the UK, will be supported by local talent Superstar Panda and The Outsider. Open Bar from 10pm to 11pm.

Sunday October 12th Soundset Sundays Radisson Blu With International Star DJ Tall Sasha from the USA. Dan Cole 2pm - 4pm Cello 4pm - 5:30pm Zidov Akuma 5:30pm - 7pm Tall Sasha (San Francisco, USA) 7pm - 8:30pm Alex Fischer 8:30pm - 10:00pm


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Connecting ASEAN Plus

The Connecting ASEAN PLUS workshop on 17 – 26 October 2014 links all cultural development, from Khon dancing to Martial Arts and even Meditation, with the aim of opening up national boundaries. One hundred and fifty ASEAN youths will be selected to participate in this event, thereby cultivating and exchanging regionally by providing cultural development for networking and collaborating and sharing history through the performing arts and dance. An excerpt of Pina and Rina choreographed by Rina Schenfeld, a prima ballerina and choreographer of the Batsheve Dance Company, described by the New York Times as “one of the most important artists of our generation” will be performed on 26 October 2014 at 17:00hrs for the general public. Past history reflects future actions, and with last July’s workshop being a huge success, this October schedule promises a 10 day free workshop at the fourth Floor Studio of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre during 17-26 October 2014. For more information please visti or contact our press officers Khun Muchsharee Mobile: 083-882-0648 email: Or Khun Linh Mobile: 094-207-4068 email:

Belgian Food and Beer Marathon Announced

To celebrate 110 years of diplomatic presence in Thailand the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium proudly presents the first Belgian Food & Beer Marathon. The event will take place in Bangkok, Hua Hin and Phuket. On the 2nd of October, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Thailand organized a press conference to announce the Belgian Food & Beer Marathon. Whoever is interested will get the opportunity during this festival to taste many authentic Belgian dishes and drinks thanks to the five partners (the Blue Elephant Bangkok, the Hilton Millennium Hotel Bangkok, La Paillote in Hua Hin, La Brasserie in Phuket and Belgian beer importer Brewberry. While the first four partners will add some Belgian dishes to their menu for a week, Brewberry assures the food will be accompanied by some of Belgium’s finest beers. The activities will be enormously varied: La Brasserie will take care of the Belgian culinary classics, Belgian chef Koen Lefever will fly over to cook in the Hilton Millennium Hotel, the Blue Elephant will prepare spectacular fusion food and the first Belgo-Thai fritkot will open its doors at La Paillote. The Belgian Food & Beer Marathon, which is one of the activities to celebrate 110 years of Belgian diplomatic presence in Thailand, will start on the 13th of October and will last until the end of November. Furthermore, everyone who orders a Belgian dish during the Food & Beer Marathon will have the chance to win an air ticket to Belgium thanks to sponsor Lufthansa. When: from 13th to 19th October

When: from 27th October to 2nd November

When: from 10th to 16th November

When: from 24th to 30th November

Where: Blue Elephant

Where: La Brasserie

Where: La Paillote

Where: PRIME @ Millennium Hilton

233 South Sathorn Road

18 Rassada Road

174/1 Naresdamri Road

123 Charoennakorn Road,

Kwaeng Yannawa,

T. Talandnua

Hua Hin Prachuap Khiri Khan

Klongsan, Bangkok

Khet Sathorn, Bangkok

Muang, Phuket

Tel +66(0)32521025

Tel +66(0)4422000

What’s on? Enjoy Belgian cuisine in a true

What’s on? Guest Chef Koen Lefever is

What’s on? Royal Thai Cuisine with a delicate

Tel +66(0)26739353

What’s on? Enjoy some of Belgium’s finest

Tel +66(0)76210511

Belgian setting!

coming all the way from Belgium to serve

Belgian touch

dishes in Phuket!

Daily Menu:

Belgium’s best to you!

On the menu:

On the menu:

Chicken Waterzooi

Chef Koen Lefever, Belgian restaurant


Flemish beef stew

from the city of Gent

Salmon Tar Tar with Endives

Rabbit with dark beer based sauce

Meat balls with Hot Tomato Sauce


Cheese croquette

from the city of Liège

from the famous

Tomato Prawn Salad with Mussels

Shrimp croquette

Carrot Stoemp and sausages

Pakhuis in Gent,


Tomate crevette

from the Belgian capital Brussels

Docks Café in

Main Course

Paling in het groen

Belgian Beer Beef Stew with Thai

Moules frites

10th November: Inauguration of

Quincaillerie in

Basil or Thai Style Chicken Waterzooi

Steak tartare

the first Belgo-Thai Fritkot in front



Vol au vent

of La Paillote

Belgian Chocolate Mousse & Mango

Steak Frites

11-13-15th November: Mussels Days

Cheesecake with Speculoos

Special events:

with a special Mussels Menus offering 9 different tastes

group managing ‘t

Antwerp and La

DVF: Journey of a Dress Diane von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress designs have been popular now for 40 years, and Central Chitlom hosted a special celebration night, Journey of a Dress, along with a Fashion Show, Bohemian Wrapsody Fall 2014 Collection, to celebrate the anniversary. The show also featured an exhibition of dresses, famous fashion portraits featuring DVF dresses and lots of other memorabilia. The exhibition has now moved on to Central Embassy, where it can be viewed by members of the public until October 26th.

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After the Storm, at Anantara


Phuket Layan Beach Resort Composite Photo by Paul Hutton

Bastian Baker16th Thursday October Opening Celebration Party Azura Loungebar Party starts with Free Open Bar and Tapas 9pm to 10pm Featuring music by Resident Djs Fred Jungo and Cello Live Musicians Sexy Greek Goddesses Dress Code: Mediterranean Chic Azura Lounge Bar is the hottest new alfresco spot on Soi 11 and offers cool, relaxed Mediterranean vibes, bed style dining, wonderfully delicious tapas, sophisticated yet fun and playful cocktails designed by world class mixologists along with superb resident DJs spinning an eclectic mix of chill electronica and upbeat sexy house music.

Don’t Sit Down 3 Aftermoon Four bands and four styles! The lineup features the popular bands Lomosonic, Barbies, Slur and The Jukks.

Sunday October 19th Tattoo Night - Second Edition Velvet Music by DJ Fameway. A chance to show off your tats! Tattoo Art Expostion. Tattoo Shop Performing Live. Free Entry.

ALL MONTH Give Me a Spoon ATTA Gallery

Friday October 17th Great Artists Concert Series: The Best Of Musicals (A Night at the Musicals) Thailand Cultural Centre West End Musicals maestro Michael England is set to return to Bangkok by popular demand after the fantastic performance he directed here with the BSO last year – to a completely sold-out and thrilled TCC! Expect more of the same on Friday 17th October as he works his interpretive magic on a magnificent potpourri of showstoppers from no less than fourteen top musicals.

Dope as Funk 3 Wine Bibber Sangria DJ Luck-E will be joined by DJ Logan Bay, DJ Karl Andy and guest host Unda.

Saturday October 18th Berlin Beats Glow The lineup features a live set by Sascha Zastiral, Harrington (Souldust) and a back to back set by Felix Moreno & Jaydubb. Page 32

Throughout October and until November 9th. ATTA Gallery, the only gallery in Thailand specializes in Contemporary Art Jewellery, proudly presents a group exhibition "GIVE ME A SPOON" curated by Vipoo Srivilasa, a world-renowned Thai ceramic artist living in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition features the work of 31 local and international artists across many art and craft disciplines. “The idea is to challenge artists to create something that they do not normally create and exercise their creativity by translating their practice into a new kind of work. Most importantly, it is for the artists to have fun!”

Vipoo Srivilasa, Curator

akyra Manor Chiang Mai Slated for Q1 2015 Opening

akyra Manor Chiang Mai has been given a launch window of Q1, 2015, with the chic urban resort concept set to provide an invigorating shot of passion, design flair and contemporary style for the 'Rose of the North'. akyra Manor Chiang Mai is the hotly-anticipated, hip downtown hotel Chiang Mai never had, a collaboration between AHMS - The Collection and Singapore's maverick hot-shop Manor Studio, located in the heart of buzz-worthy boulevard Nimmanhaemin Soi 9, known as 'coffee street'. AHMS - The Collection managing director and founder Anchalika Kijkanakorn (left) said akyra Manor Chiang Mai was set to become 'the place to be seen' in downtown Chiang Mai, with flourishes like a state-of-the-art show kitchen and pizza ovens as part of flagship contemporary Italian experience to be called Italics, and a showstopping rooftop pool bar where the sunsets would be a 'religious experience'. The hotel is a five-star, 28-key all-suite luxury hotel, with 21 suites at 610 sq ft and seven larger suites at a capacious 1050 sq ft created around a courtyard-within-a-room concept. akyra Manor Chiang Mai joins a collection which comprises existing sister resort akyra Chura Samui as well as AKARYN Samui, Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga and Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, and which will see the addition of AKARYN Koh Krabeay Retreat & Spa later in 2015 - located on its own private island in Cambodia, and featuring 40 exquisite pool villas and a destination AYURAH Wellness Centre. Ms Kijkanakorn said she was thrilled to be creating a hotel with Manor Studio, and looked forward to developing the creative partnership AHMS had forged with the Singaporean design visionaries. Chaw Chih Wen, Manor Studio's Design Director and the design lead on akyra Manor Chiang Mai, is the acknowledged master of creating living spaces as blank canvases that invite interaction from their inhabitants, and has been widely awarded for his work. The former protege of Cesar Pelli Architects in New York has had his work selected for exhibitions such as La Triennale di Milano (2007), the 6th International Conference in Tokyo, Japan (2006), and Tokyo Designers Week (2010). He is also the 2012 A'Design Award winner for Interior Space and Exhibition Design.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok invites all beer lovers to celebrate the world famous Oktoberfest with a “Beer Festival” at their fabulous pool bar. The Oktoberfest at pool bar is available 5-11 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 16 October – 30 November 2014. Beer lovers also get the chance to have dinner at the same time with delightful Japanese BBQ (yakitori), teriyaki, smoked salmon ball with Hollandaise sauce, roasted beef prime rib with pepper, grilled king river prawn, sea bass, spicy beef salad and much more. A special promotion “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” applies on a variety of renowned imported and local beers starting at THB 350 net per pitcher. Guests can also freshen up their taste buds with the newest “frozen foam beer” that is served on top of a drink like soft serve whipped cream, to keep it super cold at minus 5 degrees Celsius(-°C). Frozen beer foam starts at THB 170 net per glass with promotion Buy 1 Get 1 Free. Guests can celebrate the traditional “Oktoberfest at pool bar” and also enjoy the parade of authentic Thai and Western cuisines at Miss Siam restaurant & Pool Bar, Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, in the heart of Bangkok, close to Siam BTS Skytrain station.

Loy Krathong Heritage Night Party Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, Bangkok is already gearing up for Loy Krathong. The hotel invites you to celebrate the beauty and culture of Thailand’s majestic Loy Krathong festival with dinner and entertainment on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at poolside bar & Miss Siam restaurant. Float your Krathong under the theme “floating market” plus indulge yourselves for the rest of the evening under the moonlight and chill breeze of the winter at the tropical garden poolside. You can enjoy a wide selection of succulent traditional Thai delicacies serve in enticing Thai contemporary ambience. Special offerings on the authentic Thai buffet dinner and enjoy the show of Miss Noppamas Beauty and grab a chance to win lucky draws. Guests will also be serenaded with a live Thai classical music and touch of elegant classical Thai performances e.g. Dance of the Four Regions, Folk Dance and Fawn “Tian" or Candle Dance. Buffet dinner for Loy Krathong Heritage Night Party is Bht 850 net per person with a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Every table of diners will be given their very own krathong to set free. Bring your family and enjoy a 50% discount for children aged 4-12 years. Doors open at from 6:00-10:30 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Blue Elephant Launches “Health & Beauty” Menu to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month This October

Baby Mussels Red Curry with Pineapple Chef Nooror Somany Steppe, Ambassador to the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer (QSCBC), has created a special five-course menu entitled ‘Health & Beauty’ to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In order to enhance a healthy glow and wellness Chef Nooror has integrated 70% certified organic herbs, vegetables and ingredients from “Surakij Farm” into every dish of this tantalizing menu. Fresh, organic ingredients such as Bai Tong Lang, Wagyu Beef and Prawns have been used to conjure up a delicious series of innovative dishes such as Southern Sea Bass Salad, Egg Custard with Salmon, Grilled Wagyu Beef & Yard-Long Beans Salad and Spicy Almond Prawns. The ‘Health & Beauty’ menu, priced at Baht 1,980++ per person, will be available for lunch and dinner throughout the month of October. A percentage of proceeds from the sales of this menu will be donated to the Queen Sirikit Center for Breast Cancer (QSCBC). For more information and reservations, please contact Khun Pattama at the Blue Elephant Cooking School & Restaurant Bangkok at Tel: 0-2673-9353 – 8 or e-mail:

Grilled Wagyu Beef & Yard-Long Bean Salad

Cumin Leaves Sea Bass

Top Hospitality Professionals Take Part in the First Ever

The winning team from Shangri-La Bangkok

The winning concoction by Shangri-La Bangkok Page 36

Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge Thailand 2014

Professional teams from five-star hotels, resorts and culinary institutes throughout Thailand recently came together to compete at the first ever Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge Thailand 2014 which took place at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. Bringing their understanding of tea to the high-tea table were 15 of Thailand’s top hotels and hospitality companies including Centara Grand at Central World; Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit; Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok; The Westin Grande Sukhumvit; Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit; Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa; Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa; Hotel Muse; Angsana Laguna Phuket; Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Gold and Spa Resort; Swissôtel Resort Phuket; JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa; Holiday Inn Chiang Mai; Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok and Impact Exhibition Management. Two days of stiff competition, exceptional creativity and innovation in tea gastronomy and mixology resulted in the dynamic duo from Shangri-La Bangkok coming out on top. The team from Shangri-La Bangkok consisting of Executive Pastry Chef Reinolf Moessl, and Ms. Wilai Tangprasertsuk, Team Leader of the Lobby Lounge, shared their visions by presenting a contemporary ‘Pink Royal’ themed high-tea, focusing on the unique Thai culture and incorporating royal elegance in every aspect from the elaborate tableware and flower decorations, to the well-thought out pairings and sophisticated plating of each dish and beverage. Both Chef Reinolf and Khun Wilai were highly praised by all three judges for their harmonious matching of tea with food, and notable teamwork during the presentation. Their knowledge of tea was displayed in their well-thought out reasoning behind each pairing and concoction, as well as the overall flow of their presentation. The winning pair will soon embark on a spectacular seven-day VIP tour of Dilmah’s home country Sri Lanka, and will travel back to Sri Lanka next year to represent Thailand in the Dilmah Real High Tea Global Challenge. Zazen Samui took second place


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New Store Opens in Gaysorn Shopping Centre

Brioni Thailand General Manager Savita “May� Sresthaporn in the new shop.


Hyatt Regency

Phuket Resort


Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, the first Hyatt-branded resort to open in Phuket, is terraced along a steep hillside overlooking Kamala Cove at the southern tip of Kamala Beach. Most of the 199 rooms offer unobstructed panoramic views of the Andaman Sea with its spectacular tropical sunsets. The Regency Club features contemporary, open-concept bedrooms and bathrooms, overlooking the resort from a large balcony with Jacuzzi or private dipping pools. Regency Club Guests also have access to the Club Lounge, featuring a private infinity pool. The Resort is well positioned for exploring the diverse activities of Phuket island; whether it's golfing at world-class championship courses, exciting eco-adventures in tropical forests, or Patong Beach’s shopping and vibrant nightspots.

Water-based activities can also be arranged; enjoy an exhilarating speedboat trip to the surrounding islands, a serene cruise around mystical Phang Nga Bay or world-class diving in the Andaman Sea. Enjoy casual all-day dining at the Pool House, which serves a sumptuous selection of Thai and Italian comfort food, and a wide choice of wine, beers, cocktails, and freshly squeezed tropical juices. Linger with a cocktail till nightfall at the chic Pool Bar, where the Resident DJ sets the mood with soothing beats. End your day overlooking the resort with one of the best views of the Phuket sunset at the open-air Sunset Grill. Dine on locally sourced market-fresh seafood, hand-selected meat, salad greens and vegetables and enjoy a selection from an extensive wine list.


At the Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, recreational amenities include one of the largest infinity pools in Phuket, a children’s pool and supervised play area, a well-equipped fitness centre, a gift shop and a Tour Centre in the relaxing lounge off the main lobby. The beach in front of the resort is accessible via a small coastal road, while a complimentary shuttle service to the public main beach of Kamala on a fixed schedule between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm provides another alternative. This five-star Resort features the Nahm Spa, where eight private spa suites deliver great views from atop the resort, and provide specialist massages, herbal and aromatic treatments and traditional Thai massages. For events, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort has 402 square metres of space, with a 218 square metre ballroom, divisible into two sections, three individual meeting rooms, each measuring 49 square metres and a boardroom able to seat 12. Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort caters to families, newly-weds and couples, combining the best of Thai hospitality with an unparalleled setting. There are 199 well-appointed guestrooms on site, including 12 elegant two bedroom Regency Suites, with panoramic ocean views.

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Head Chef Alessandro Martinelli’s Creative Cuisine Born and raised in Alta Valtellina, a beautiful valley in northern Italy, Chef Alessandro developed a passion for cooking at an early age. His cooking philosophy is to always use fresh and natural ingredients. In order to present the genuine features of the food, he is keen to try some contemporary and creative cooking methods. Chef Alessandro has 15 years of culinary experience. Starting at “Grissini” in London, he moved on to join one of the most famous Italian restaurants in Madrid. In December 2007, Chef Alessandro joined Hyatt International as chef de cuisine at The Grill, Park Hyatt Azerbaijan. In March 2011, Chef Alessandro moved on to Guangzhou – now one of the largest oriental gastronomy capitals. All this experience has helped him develop a better understanding of good food and how to cook it. Now at Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort, Chef Alessandro brings the key flavours of appetising, fresh and authentic Italian, international cuisine.

Opposite Page: Daytime and nighttime views of The Sunset Grill. Simple but delicious salads: Beetroot, Tomato, Feta Cheese. Tomato Basil Salad. This page: Chef Alessandro. Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables, Olive Tapenade. Surf and Turf: Grilled Tiger Prawns, Australian Beef Tenderloin.

Visage by Attasit Pokpong at La Lanta Fine Art Gallery

The exhibition belongs to Attasit’s ongoing "Portrait" series of surreal images of beautiful young women each against monochromatic backgrounds. The new series one of the artist’s most celebratory and exciting works to-date, painted in his iconic Neo-Pop colour palette and signature cropped, close-up composition. The women’s docile expression invites one to gaze upon their visage, as if recalled from a memory or dream. Their gentle expression is in dynamic contrast to their sublime face and their perfectly painted ultra-vivid lips. About Attasit Pokpong Attasit belongs to a new generation of Contemporary SE Asian artists who are making their mark throughout Asia and now Europe and the U.S. The artist received his Diploma in Art from Rajamonkala Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2009, Attasit had a major exhibition in Shanghai, China followed by another exhibition in Paris, France. His unique style has attracted considerable international attention, prompting additional exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France, the U.K., in Asia (Hong Kong, Japan, China, Singapore, Thailand), Australia as well as in New York and Los Angeles. Exhibition on display until Oct 29, 2014 —------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Rebel Art Space Presents Compilation: A Salon Installation by Vasan Sitthiket 11th October - 30th November Opening Reception Saturday, 11th October: Beginning 6pm

Rebel Art Space will present an exhibition of over 150 artworks by Vasan Sitthiket as a salon installation throughout the gallery's five levels. The exhibition entitled Compilation, will open at Rebel Art Space on Saturday the 11th of October, 2014. An opening reception will be held on the same day beginning at 6:00pm, with a contemporary dance performance by artist Sai Wannaphon Chimbangchong. With artworks ranging in medium and spanning various stages in his career from the 1990's to recent times, Compilation gives visitors a rare opportunity to view a wide cross-section of Vasan's work side-by-side. Vasan's artworks are known to be direct and outspoken. Often using a vibrant palette, Vasan's treatment of the subject matter at hand often veers towards the outlandish with a complete disregard for propriety. The artist gives justification to the provocative nature of his work as his form of radical rebellion to champion causes he feels strongly about. While Vasan's oeuvre also shows a friendlier side to his personality with series about nature and sex, it is the directness and fearlessness in a career spanning over three decades which has made him one of Thailand's most prominent and internationally recognised artists. Vasan Sitthiket was born in 1957 in Nakhorn Sawan, Thailand, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art from the College of Fine Art, Bangkok in 1981. The artist spends his time between Bangkok and his studio in Nakhorn Sawan. Rebel Art Space is located in a small cul-de-sac 60 metres from the beginning of Sukhumvit Soi 67.

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