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Publisher’s blog The long list of lady ambassadors in Thailand says a lot about this country


t is highly likely that Thailand currently hosts more lady ambassadors than any other country on this planet – an amazing 26 in total comprising 14 based here and at least another 12 based elsewhere but responsible for Thailand. Why this should be is not clear, but for many this large female representation reflects very well on Thailand, a country widely applauded for its tolerant attitudes and ready acceptance of a changing world. In a similar vein, it should be noted that several male ambassadors here are openly gay and have already experienced a typically warm welcome from their hosts. According to sources, the number of lady ambassadors could actually increase in the next year or so, a gratifying development. Among local diplomats, it is generally agreed that the female contingent is just as dedicated as their male counterparts, and perhaps even more so. Those interested in Thailand’s diplomatic circles can learn more from this month’s excellent story by Maxmilian Wechsler that appears on page 8 of The BigChilli.

The Chinese are coming in force to the EEC


he growing power and influence of China in Thailand is reflected in no uncertain terms by the announcement that Charoen Pokphand through its property arm CP Land Plc is joining forces with Guangxi Construction Engineering Group to set up an industrial estate in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) that targets Chinese-speaking investors. It is estimated that the 60 billion baht project will create some 20,000 jobs within six years. Companies from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China are expected to locate businesses there. The EEC has already attracted the likes of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, whose owner Jack Ma has committed some 11 billion baht to the project. Rivals and Tencent are also reportedly interested in investing. Some observers of the EEC project have



suggested that one of its shortcomings overall will be a shortage of labour. This will be easily solved if these Chinese-speaking investors are permitted to import workers from their respective countries. Meanwhile, many of the finer details about the EEC project have yet to be revealed, including the exact location of the three “new towns” that will be built within the Easter Seaboard. EEC management has said it is withholding such information to “avoid land speculation.”

Pub investors seek the right sites


ince the closure of Molly Malone’s, unquestionably one of Bangkok’s most successful and popular pubs, two would-be successors have appeared – Shenanigans on Patpong/Suriwongse and O’Malleys on Silom in the former Pintsman premises. Both will go some way in filling Molly’s vacuum, but there’s still no shortage of potential investors looking for suitable sites for a pub in the Convent Road area. Unfortunately, such sites are simply not available right now. Watch this space for updates.

More car parks are NOT needed


lans to build an underground car park in the busy Ratchadamnoen Road area of Bangkok are being mooted by the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy. In one way, such a project makes eminent sense; this part of Bangkok suffers badly from a shortage of parking space. Parked vehicles belonging to people working here pack the roads and on occasions, the sidewalks. Seen from another angle, additional parking space is illogical as it will merely attract even more cars into the area. And in one of the city’s congested districts, this doesn’t make sense at all. Indeed, The BigChilli has longed argued that car parks, other than for residential buildings, should not be allowed in new commercial projects as they encourage addition traffic. We would go one step further and advocate severe restrictions on the number of parking spaces currently available on roads like Ratchadamnoen.

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13 great things ahead to see and do in and around Bangkok





02 01 Bangkok Art Book Fair 6-9 September Bangkok CityCity Gallery Second year, with collaborations from independent artists, photographers, writers, graphic designers, illustrators as well as independent publishers, small publishing houses and contemporary art collectives from Thailand and abroad. Entry fee B60/Person/Day

02 Red Velvet

8 September, 17:00-20:00 hrs Thunderdome The only chance to meet the unparalleled charms and unique colors of “Red Velvet” through their mega hit songs and dazzling performances. Be ready to discover the mysterious and thrilling experience together! Tickets B2,000-B6,000

07 03 Carmen

12, 14 Sept 7:30pm Thailand Cultural Centre A passionate rendering of Georges Bizet’s much-loved classic Carmen, an opera in 4 acts. Starring some of the top singers in the opera world today, the orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Tickets B2,000-B10,000

04 Intl Thai Film Festival (ITFF)

14 September, from 2pm Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, 5th Floor Alongside screenings of a wide variety of amazing films, film and entertainment professionals from Thailand and overseas share their knowledge and work experience with the audience. Tickets B500 per person

05 05 Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra - World Without End 14-15 September, 7pm/4pm Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University Music spanning the globe and telling important stories – truly a world without end. The program also features the work “Poem Ayutthaya” by Thailand’s most celebrated modern composer Narong Prangcharoen. Tickets B400-B1,500

06 Boney M

15 Sept, 8pm BITEC The legendary group who capitalised on the disco movement and brought you hit songs like Rasputin, Daddy Cool, Gotta Go Home, Sunny, Ma Baker, and of course the one that became their global anthem Rivers of Babylon. Tickets B1,500-B6,000


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13 07 Wanna One

16 September 6pm BITEC 11 piece Korean Boy Band who won both the Best K-Pop Artist of 2017 and Billboard’s Best New K-Pop act of 2017. Tickets B2,000-B6,000

08 Dua Lipa live in Bangkok

17 September, 7pm/4pm GMM LIVE HOUSE@CENTRAL WORLD London-born pop singersongwriter Dua Lipa is bringing her smash hits “Hotter Than Hell,” “Blow Your Mind (Mwah),” “Scared to Be Lonely,” “New Rules” and “IDGAF” in her muchanticipated tour to Thailand for the first time ever Tickets B2,000-B3,000



09 Bus Stop by BCT

20-29 September, 7:30pm BNH Hospital In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City, Missouri pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, is the passenger with most to worry about. Tickets B500 http://

10 Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra Carmina Burana

21-22 September, 7pm/4pm Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University TPO’s 13th season concludes with one of the most popular

11 works for choir and orchestra. Join Chief Conductor Gudni A. Emilsson as we celebrate the season! Tickets B400-B1,500

11 Bangkok Patana Fun Run

23 September, 7am-10:30pm Samut Prakarn Bangkok Patana Fun Run is a  9.0 km, 5.0 km, 3.0km and 1.3 km fun run for all the family with all proceeds going to some of our school charities: Habitat for Humanity, Interact Club and Smile Club. The event takes place entirely within the beautiful and scenic Ancient Siam park. Tickets B400

12 Samui Festival Marathon & Trail

30 September, 3:30am9:30am Koh Samui Samui Festival Marathon & Trail 2018 is part of the Sports Festival. The type of run is Fun run (5 km), Mini Marathon (10.5km), Marathon (42.195km) and Trail (30km)

13 Mariah Carey 9 Nov BITEC Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 selfpenned), more than any solo artist in history!













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Coffee WORKS Dale Lee, Founder IF you’ve ever enjoyed a cup of coffee in Bangkok, there’s a good chance the beans that make it so delicious come from CoffeeWORKS, a company owned by an American from Michigan named Dale Lee. Operating since 1995, CoffeeWORKS is today one of the top three suppliers of coffee and related equipment in Thailand. Its 800-plus customers include a long list of major corporations with coffee-thirsty staff, many of the country’s best known hotels as well as specialist coffee shops, cafés and chain outlets. Among them are Dean & Deluca, W Hotel, McCafe outlets at McDonald’s Thailand, and Bluecup Coffee by S&P.

Beervana Aaron Grieser and Brian Bartusch, Founders TWO fates collided when home-brewers and beer fanatics Aaron Grieser and Brian Bartusch met at a food festival in Spring of 2012. Realizing their mutual love of all things craft beer, the two joined forces to create Thailand’s first craft beer importing company, Beervana. It can be safely said that Beervana started a movement. Whereas only a few years ago Bangkok was a virtual beer desert, today the city is awash with great craft beer, including many imported by new beer distributors following in Beervana’s footsteps.

Tea and Fruits Ido Berger, Founder TEA and Fruits was launched in Thailand by Ido Berger in 2013 and in less than a year was present on the shelves of five of the seven leading supermarket chains in the country. A unique concept, Tea and Fruits presents users with two bags – one filled with tea, the other with a mix of dried fruits – and these are used together to make a two-in-one drink experience. “We call it tea and dessert in the same cup,” says Ido.

Wishbeer Jerome Le Louer, Founder LAUNCHED in February 2013, Wishbeer is now the number one Online Craft Beer Store in Thailand. Stocking 500 different beers from over 15 countries, it also offers home delivery anywhere in Thailand. “We’re now delivering dozens of orders each month to both expats and Thais,” says founder Jerome. “We have great visibility in both communities, not just through social media [Wishbeer’s facebook page has 222,000 fans], but also through sponsoring networking events and organizing regular beer tastings.”

The Soda Company Ltd Florian Preuss, Founder and Managing Director AFTER 18 years in the airline industry, German-born Florian Preuss felt he had reached a point in his life where he needed new horizons and, perhaps more importantly, control over his future. The upshot is a small company importing quality wines from South Africa into Thailand which has already added a new dimension to Bangkok’s burgeoning wine culture.



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Ámantee Gilles Sandre, Founder ESTABLISHED in 2014 by French expat Gilles Sandre in partnership with celebrated French baker Benoît Fradette and Master Baker Jonathan Valdman, Ámantee prides itself on baking breads and pastries made using premium stoneground flour and other nutritious ingredients (such as Einkorn, the world’s oldest cereal) imported from France. The bakery now has two outlets in Bangkok – its flagship, on Chan Kao Road (Chong Nonsi); and a space in EmQuartier, which also stocks French butter and cheese from Jean Yves Bordier, pastry from Issaya La Pâtisserie, and even some cold cuts.

Jo’s Artisan Cheese

THE ACCIDENTAL BUTCHER Steve Craig, Founder OPENED in June 2013 on Ekkamai Soi 10, The Accidental Butcher is based on the traditional butcher shop of days gone by. Aussie butcher Steve Craig offers premium quality pasture fed meat (Australian Angus beef and lamb) plus a range of premium sausages and smoked bacon all made in-house without the use of fillers or preservatives. With a focus on customer education, Steve and his team sell products based on the preferred cooking methods or desired results of their clients, just as they do with the restaurant chefs they work with.

Jo Stevens, Founder BRITISH entrepreneur Jo Stevens was first introduced to cheese making while visiting a friend in Ooty in southern India. A woman had established a small dairy farm and over a period of just two weeks happily passed on her tricks of the trade to Jo. She now makes a variety of cheeses under the label ‘Jo’s Artisan Cheese’. Buyers are split more or less equally between Thais and foreigners, and in addition to a legion of friends, Jo’s customers also include many of Bangkok’s restaurants and hotels.

SLOANE’S Joe Sloane, Managing Director JOE was born in the UK and studied catering at his local culinary school before following his love of travel and food to work across three continents. With a background of traditional French cuisine, he spent over a decade in Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels before following his passion for butchery and charcuterie and setting up Sloane’s. Sloane’s Artisan is one of the leading producers of meat and dairy products in the country with clients including wholesalers, restaurants, hotels, Gourmet Market outlets, Villa Market branches in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin and soon in Udon Thani, as well as Rimping Supermarkets in Chiang Mai.



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The Banana Warrior Julia Panchkowry, Founder

VIVIN Nicolas Vivin, Co-founder LAUNCHED in 2014, VIVIN sells a mix of gourmet french delicacies and local Thai products. The husband and wife team behind the company has their own sales corner in the Central Chidlom Food Hall where shoppers can sample VIVIN’s wares and learn the story behind each handmade product. Their products are sold online as well where connoisseurs can browse through an enticing selection of fine treats.

Theodoré International The Kirn family, Founders ESTABLISHED in 2004, Theodoré International began its operations by simply importing caviar. Today, the company brings in a wide range of food products from China, Australia,

and Europe and has a real focus on sustainable seafood. In 2014, the family opened its first warehouse offering state of the art storage and an onsite dining room where the Kirn family regularly hosts dinners featuring their products, for Thailand’s top chefs, restaurateurs, and suppliers.



JULIA Panchkowry, a 33-year-old yoga teacher with a passion for all things nourishing, moved from London to the Bamgkok three years ago. Her brand, The Banana Warrior, sells nutritious vegan banana bread and other food products made with only organic and ethically sourced ingredients. Carefully designed with health at the forefront, she distributes her products to restaurants, cáfes, yoga studios, vegan food markets and gyms around the city such as Broccoli Revolution, Beatroot Yoga and BASE. Julia is constantly working to evolve her brand and plans to establish her yoga studio with a café and expand to Bali and London.

Siam Organic Neil and Palmmy, Founders PEETACHAI Dejkraisak (Neil) and Pornthida Wongphatharakul (Palmmy), journey began in 2011, when they learned that while Thailand is the second largest rice exporter in the world, Thai farmers were among the poorest in the world, earning just $0.40/day, as a result of low yields, rising costs and inefficient agricultural systems. With a desire to create a sustainable, scalable and long-term solution to this problem that could bring both great social and financial impact to the farmers, they founded Siam Organic, a social enterprise that works with small-scale farmers to alleviate poverty through innovative organic products with global appeal. Siam Organic was the first Thai company to ring the closing bell at NASDAQ and now packs and distributes their rice internationally, allowing them to connect over 1,800 small-scale farmers in rural Thailand with markets around the world.

Tuk Tuk Factory (TTF) Dennis Harte, Managing Director AFTER unveiling a successful prototype in 2009, Dutch engineer Dennis Harte is taking Thailand’s ubiquitous three-wheeler to the next phase with his silent and emissions-free electric models. Tuk Tuk Factory (TTF) currently assembles four models of electric tuk-tuks of its own design in Thailand and exports them to countries around the globe, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Iceland, the USA and France to name but a few. Producing more than 30 e-tuks per month, the company is continuously moving into new markets and their e-tuks revolution shows no signs of slowing down.

NomineeS Thailand International Business Awards


Fitcorp Global Daniel Remon, Founder and CEO HEADED by Daniel Remon, an Australian expat with over 20 years experience as an entrepreneur and expert in the health and wellness industry, Fitcorp Global is a network of strategic health and wellness brands dedicated to developing programs, sports performance initiatives and opportunities for the private and corporate sector. Daniel currently oversees a global network of pioneering wellness brands including The Aspire Club, a leading health club and sports performance centre famous for its popular rooftop fitness classes.

Infinite Potential Shalini J. Yamdagni, Founder SHALINI is a certified Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Delhi University, India. She also holds a Certificate of Participation in Radical Healing, Emotional Empowerment Therapy and is a certified Reiki Level 1 practitioner. Shalini is gifted at treating people who are in pain and feeling stuck, helping them to move past their issues and regain a joyful and peaceful life.

The Lab Richard Cohen, CEO and Founder

Lion’s Head Boxing Jay-R Crisologo, Founder ESTABLISHED in 2009 with an initial B1,400 investment to buy focus pads, Lion’s Head Boxing is a personal training service for anyone wanting to learn what California expat ‘Coach J’ calls “the sweet science”. The World Boxing Council (WBC) certified coach has an evergrowing number of clients and works with hotels owners, big business people, celebrities, university kids and even trainers itself.



STARTING out as a gym being run in Richard’s lounge, The Lab is now a profitable two-location business in the centre of Sukhumvit with a third location opening soon. The client base is made of 60% Thai and 40% expat and features high profile celebrities, professional athletes and the regular nine-to-fivers, all working out together under one roof. From TRX to Beach Body classes, and from Circuit Training to Warrior Workouts, The Lab constantly evolves to ensure there’s something for everyone.

Carry On Bags Linda O’Connor Jennings, Managing Director AMERICAN expat Linda O’Connor Jennings first spotted the inspiration for her business around 30 years ago when travelling to the culturally-rich province of Chiang Rai. And, although it’s taken almost three decades to get her resulting business, Carry On, off the ground, her eco-friendly and unique handbags were worth the wait. Linda’s product range includes bags to suit every occasion, as well as everything from luggage tags and wine insulated bags to jewellery and yoga mat holders, all made from recycled rice bags.

NomineeS Thailand International Business Awards


The Winning Edge Bert van Walbeek, Founder THE Winning Edge’s founder, Bert “Bow-Thai” van Walbeek, arrived in Thailand in 1985 and, upon insistent requests by hospitality and tourism organizations to tap into his vast experience, started The Winning Edge in 1993 as a boutique consulting company, offering primarily services to the tourism industries, but also to automobile, pharmaceutical and optical industrial sectors. Today, the company operates in any destination between Beijing and Bali as well as Mauritius and Macau.

Monroe Consulting Group John Tolmie, Managing Director MONROE Consulting Group is an executive level recruitment agency operating predominantly in emerging markets. Unlike most direct search companies, the company does not work with hefty upfront retainers, preferring to prove its abilities in a manner that requires the company to be successful. “This has opened up large markets that have always desired the services of a professional executive search agency but were reticent about paying up-front costs,” says John.

Hungry Hub Surasit Sachdev, Founder HUNGRY Hub first appeared in 2014 after founder Surasit Sachdev decided to quit his job and start his own business. Initially, Sachdev’s project was a reservations app after he noticed the boom in restaurants bookings and the growing demand in the food industry. That concept, however, has since been developed to focus on bookings for larger parties and social functions. Hungry Hub vision is to make sure the customer knows what he will be paying for before he even enters the restaurant.

eatigo Thibaut Lacave, Pumin Yuvachruskul, Siddhanta Kothari, Michael Cluzel (pictured left), Sylvain DeMuynck, Founders FOUNDED in 2013 by a group of French, Swiss, Belgian, Indian and Thai entrepreneurs, eatigo makes a business of connecting empty stomachs to empty tables. Via their website, iPhone and Android applications, the eatigo guys serve up time-based discounts of up to 50% for all participating restaurants every day at over 100 of the most popular dining places in Bangkok. The discounts apply to every food item on the menu and can be booked at no cost whatsoever online with no need for any credit card information or printed coupons.

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Marketing Bear Jan Rohweder, Founder IN November 2013 Jan Rohweder founded Marketing Bear, a leading online marketing company offering customised solutions tailored specifically to each business. With clients spread globally, their services include Web Development, PR, SEO, Graphic Design, Branding, Market Research, and Social Media Marketing.

Atmostreams Keith Nolan, Founder IRISH born classically trained pianist and New Age artist Keith Nolan has been active in the music industry for over 30 years working with artists, brands and licensing companies. Now based in Asia, Keith is trying to bring fresh and institutive music for its listeners and has composed over the years several designer chill-out and relaxation music albums for resorts and spa’s throughout Asia such as Anantara, Shangri-La, and Fullerton. As a composer and sound designer, he has also composed music for documentaries, television and film and worked with many global ad agencies creating music for brands such as Dove, Toyota, Nescafé, Red Bull, Coca-Cola and others.

Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. Fred Tibbitts, Founder and CEO FROM studying and practicing clinical psychology in the early 60s, to obtaining a degree in Economics, to becoming a highly respected international wine supplier, to converting to Buddhism and living in a monastery for 18 months, to giving away most of his possessions and eventually turning his own company into a social enterprise which gives all of its money to charity, well, there aren’t many people as humble and caring as Fred Tibbitts. From New York to Delhi and from Bangkok to Hong Kong, Fred’s annual dinners bring together the world’s’ leading hoteliers for a night of wining and dining and inspiring conversation. The message: let go of what you have and help those less fortunate.

Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Amy Baron, Founder CREATED by Amy Baron, a former SCAD volunteer, in June 2012, PAWS provides spay/neuter and veterinary health services for stray or community animals, adoption programs, as well as responsible pet ownership education in Bangkok. Working tirelessly 24/7 and without the expectation of recognition or financial reward, Amy relies heavily on volunteers and donations to carry out her mission, and she can often be found at pet events throughout Bangkok where she inspires people to support her cause.

Courageous Kitchen Dwight Turner, Founder AMERICAN expat Dwight Turner first established In Search of Sanuk in 2009. The foundation has now been reborn as the Courageous Kitchen, an officialy recognized, tax-exempt charity in the US. Dwight’s mission is to fund basic needs and support Bangkok’s marginalised youth education. They work with at-risk students and their families in small communities across the city.



NomineeS Thailand International Business Awards


Caviar House Alexey Tyutin, Co-founder IN 2011, Russia-born Alexey Tyutin went into business with Thai national Noppadon Khamsia to raise the sturgeon that produce black caviar on a farm near Hua Hin. In 2015, together with Noppadon, he co-founded Caviar House Co., Ltd. to bring black caviar – a product usually reserved for the elite – to the local Thai and expat community at affordable prices.

Fine Food & Two Chefs Erwin Eberharter, Founder AFTER 20 years of running the kitchens of top hotels in Bangkok and around the world, Austrian-born Erwin Eberharter decided to go it alone and launch Thailand’s first ready-toeat range of fine dining meals under his own brand, Chef Erwin. Erwin and his team combine imported ingredients and raw products with their refined cooking process and creativity to produce chilled, rather than frozen, fine-dining quality meals that are ready to eat in just minutes.

Food Glorious Food Bob Coombs, Founder IN his 46 years in Thailand, Bob Coombs has built a successful company in an industry known for fierce rivalries and shady dealings. The straight-talking founder of Choice Foods was the first to bring chilled beef and oysters from Australia, salmon from Scotland, and a number of other delicacies to Bangkok and was the first food supplier to operate refrigerated vehicles, other than ice cream vans, in Thailand. Food Glorious Food is the retail arm of Choice Foods, considered the leading and longest established retailer of premium meats and gourmet delicacies.

Folies Bangkok Eric J D Cornille, Founder ESTABLISHED in 1991 by French baker and chef Eric J D Cornille, a former executive chef of the Oriental Hotel and Dusit Thani Group in charge of pastry, Folies provides hard-baked evidence that artisan-style bakeries can grow their business into large companies without sacrificing quality. The company transports bread and pastries to all areas of the kingdom in a fleet of trucks, and even ships products to Singapore, Australia and Maldives. Folies’ client list in Bangkok alone is over 250 clients-strong and includes hotels such as Conrad, Plaza Athénée, and The Sukhothai.

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London Pie Steve Mines, Founder and Managing Director YORKSHIREMAN Steve Mines and his wife set about building The London Pie from the ashes of The British Pie shop. Day one of The London Pie saw them with one table, one baking bowl, the household oven from their house in Phuket, and a burning desire to show a band of ex-investors what could be done with Yorkshire grit, Thai grit, something to prove, and a chip on his shoulder large enough to be seen from space on a good day. Risen from the ashes, Steve’s pies are now available online and at their restaurant in Ekkamai.

Asia Media Publishing Group Markus Kreth, CEO

Danish Loft Design

FOUNDED in 2017 by Markus Kreth, the Asia Media Publishing Group is one of Thailand’s premier, international/multilingual media company focused on creating content and campaigns for clients in Thailand or foreign companies wishing to make a mark within the Kingdom. The company works closely with all major Chambers of Commerce and with many international embassies based in Bangkok. In addition to content creation, they handle all aspects of Media Planning, Event Management, PR, Location Scouting and Talent Casting for commercials and films, as well as providing a full range of services for pre-production and post-production of films. Founder and CEO Markus Kreth’s quickly developed a reputation of being innovative, efficient and completely ‘current’ in its ability to utilise new media and technology at every turn.

Steven Tynan, Partner and Head of Design ON the international arena, the Loft design remains among the hottest interior design trends. Think New York’s Meatpacking District and images of wood, metal, high ceilings and rough semi-industrial settings come to mind. The design borrows from various other styles, whilst remaining true to the fundamental combination of wood and metal. It is on this very foundation that Danish Loft Design Company has built its furniture series. Blended with simple Danish design philosophies to create modern furniture pieces, they take the Loft style to the next level.

Spark Communications Tom Athey, Managing Director SPARK Communications is an innovative and independent Bangkok-based public relations company. With a primary aim to serve clients with the highest possible standards and utilising a blend of Asian and Western market expertise, they seek partnerships of trust and cooperation and a promise to deliver beyond the expected parameters. Spark offers every client a programme of customised, integrated services designed to meet their specific marketing goals, by blending the right combination of strategic insight, creative spark and execution for every campaign.

Infinity Communications Duncan Worthington, Business Development Manager FOUNDED in 2007, Infinity Communications is an independent PR and Communications company incorporated in Thailand, delivering multimedia communication solutions to clients across diverse business sectors. From blue-chip brands to SMEs, Infinity develops bespoke communications plans and strategies to fit client needs. Their wide range of services includes public relations, communications, strategic communications planning, media relations, event organisation and more. Duncan has a track record of conceptualising and delivering B2B and B2C events for leading clients around Thailand and co-founded the Thailand Property Awards.



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Thailand-Property Ben Neve and Neil Sutton, Founders HAVING met while enlisted in the Royal Air Force, British expats Ben Neve and Neil Sutton assumed they would remain friends, but co-founding one of the fastest growing websites in Thailand 20-years down the road was something neither predicted. Today, they are the entrepreneurial minds behind, a leading real estate portal for Thailand’s expatriate community, which helps thousands of English speakers from around the world navigate the foreign home-seeking process all over Thailand.

Cornerstone Richard Bell, Founder and Managing Director CORNERSTONE grew from a one-man start-up into one of Thailand’s top construction management companies, with a portfolio of high-profile clients behind some of this country’s best-known buildings. Owned and operated by British expatriate Richard Bell, Cornerstone is a totally independent BOI-supported organisation whose key services include project management, construction management, quantity surveying, project auditing and property appraisals.

Cees KC Cuijpers Cees KC Cuijpers, Entrepreneur SERIAL entrepreneur Cees has been living and working in Thailand since 1997. He set up Town & Country Property in Pattaya fifteen years ago and has since then steered it to become one of the city’s leading realtors specializing in property on the Eastern Seaboard. Altruistic to the core, Cees is passionate about raising funds for impoverished children and, through his popular monthly networking, Mover & Shakers (which he founded in 2009), has raised millions of baht for children’s charities in Thailand. His latest venture, Impulse Thailand, is a networking mixer jointly promoted by some of the kingdom’s leading event organizers.



DCM Solutions Julian Olds, Founder JULIAN Olds started his construction company DCM Solutions in 2000 with just a one million baht investment. Today, the company has a turnover of around 750 million baht and employs thousands. And it all started with a detour to Bangkok on the way to Hong Kong, with the eventual goal to get back to England to resume a professional rugby career.

Equator Pure Nature Peter N. Wainman, Chairman and CEO A PROFESSIONAL investor in start-up companies from New York, Peter has been doing business in Asia since 1996 and relocated to Thailand in 2006. In 2010, he had severe allergic reactions to chemicals commonly used in Thailand’s laundry care products. Unable to find suitable natural alternatives, he and his partner decided they would create them themselves. The business began in 2010 as pure research and development with the aim of creating a natural product that could clean as well as synthetic/petrochemical-derived products. Their brand name, Pipper Standard, has been filed in 44 countries worldwide, and the products are all natural, hypo-allergenic certified and fully bio-degradable.

i-Store Vimi.Co.Ltd

Asia Media Studio

Mike Darnell, Co-Founder

Laurent Couche, Owner

ISRAELI born web entrepreneur Mike Darnell met Virode Imtanasan for the first time in a McDonald’s near Asoke BTS station sometime late in 2010. After working together on a few projects, they thought it might be fun to set up a company together, and Vimi was born. The duo now prides themselves on creating great websites and apps while having fun at the same time. Among their many clients are Samsung, Tops, Appy Hotel, AXA and 7-Eleven,

WITH a wide portfolio of Thai and European clients, Asia Media is a branding, design and digital agency based in Bangkok that’s been operating since 2007. Their services are designed to work in total harmony with the client’s positioning and to visually reflect and enhance the brand’s aspirations. That includes naming development, logo and brochure design, packaging and stationery design, print production, and website design and development.

Mr. Pakdee Anivat, CEO & Founder WHEN it comes to decluttering small spaces and storing away valuables, i-Store services can be considered one’s hero nowadays. Their self-storage units are available for both individual and corporate clients and help maximise utilisation by storing items that aren’t frequently used. From wine cellars and small storage boxes to premium 18 square meters units, they have the space users need to sort out packed garages, messy households and disorganised offices. Located right in the heart of Bangkok, i-Store is one of the leading providers of premium self-storage services in Thailand.



Awards exist in order to acknowledge excellence in performance, process and creativity, to compare against peers, to highlight best practice and to reward supporting staff. BCCT wishes to make this a meaningful and successful Awards competition for all nationalities and sizes of company. We started small in 2017, embraced what went well and learnt from what didn’t. We will continue to build TIBA into an initiative that engages more and more companies and entrepreneurs. We will also continue with the ‘smart casual’ format of the presentation dinner in order to engage with businesses and entrepreneurs at all levels. By participating in TIBA you will raise your profile, grow your networks and develop new commercial opportunities. Simply select a category or multiple categories, produce a maximum of 500 words in English to present your profile focusing on the five criteria below, and email to Nominations close on Friday 14 September 2018

• Thai Entrepreneur: Thailand has some excellent business talent. Judges are looking for examples of Thai nationals who have taken an initial concept through development stages and achieved success in Thailand and, if appropriate, overseas. • Young Professional (less than 30 years old): young professionals are instrumental in the success of a business. Their unconventional ideas and dedicated approach to learning and development make them a force for business growth. Judges will look for outstanding performance and clear career progress.


Categories (7) Corporate • Most Innovative Company: as businesses successfully evolve they create innovative ways to develop their product or service. Judges will look for evidence of proven innovation in processes, productivity and performance that has led to success. • Outstanding Small Company (30 employees maximum): Judges are seeking evidence of strong business growth, implementation of innovative business strategies and market leadership in its sector. • Most promising new business (less than 3 years old): new businesses are key to the advancement of the Thai economy. Judges will look for development of concepts into a professional business plan and subsequent success. • Outstanding Company: judges will look for strong performance in its sector, evidence of ingenuity, impact of initiatives through measurable results and long term plans and initiatives.

• Nominated (with the approval/agreement of the nominee) or self-nominated • Corporate: Thailand-registered company with all necessary licences (corporate) or • Individual: employee of a Thailand-registered company with a work permit in the case of a non-Thai national • Companies and individuals may compete in more than one category Nominee Profiles (provided by the nominated company or individual) 500 words (no images) maximum covering: • Clear explanation of overall business • Performance • Creativity/Innovation • Contribution to the Thai economy • Level of staff participation/involvement

Individual • Expat Entrepreneur (sponsored by The BigChilli): open to expatriates who own a business in Thailand. Judges will look for originality of business concept (how innovative is the business), job creation (how many people does the business employ); growth potential (domestically and overseas), and impact of the business in the marketplace. Check your BCCT Calendar here for event details: To contact us by email: General Enquiries:, Technical Enquiries: BCCT Information Services TheBigChilli



on the scene Hot new restaurants, bars & cafes in Bangkok

The Roots of All Goodness

ROOTS Bangkok, located right in the heart of K Village at Sukhumvit 26, is a serene lush outdoor garden location which is perfect for hanging out, chilling or just relaxing. The specialties are barbecued and charcoal grilled dishes, but with a live oven station and charcoal grill in place, there are tantalising kebabs, pizzas, burgers and the unique secret Jerk Sauce made with imported chilies. Kids under seven can even eat for FREE. 081 821 5834

Premium Quality at Jumbo Lobster

AT Jumbo Lobster in Yaowarat Soi 11, seafood lovers can enjoy the Jumbo-sized fresh seafood served in Thai style, with signature dish Kung Mungkorn Song Jai recommended, as is giant spiny lobster, grilled in a unique cooking process. Follow it with Tom Yum Kung in a giant mud pot with lobster and noodles, or scallops grilled with cheese or butter. Jumbo Lobster represents street food style with quality ingredients and hygienic preparation. 081 830 2252

Gram Pancakes are now available! THE wait is over legendary Japanese pancake brand Gram Pancakes has now arrived in Thailand. Experience authentic Japanese pancakes today at Gram Pancakes Thailand on G floor, Siam Paragon.

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Dining Out

Chatuchak Café Restaurant By Aparat Konghoen

Experience a six -hour Luxury Lazy Lunch buffet with the longest opening hours in Bangkok


F you are a buffet lover, be sure not to miss the special six-hour ‘Luxury Lazy Lunch’ from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs. every Saturday at Chatuchak Café at Centara Grand at CentralPlaza Ladprao Bangkok. It stays open longer than any other lunch buffet in Bangkok, and it’s just perfect for leisurely family gatherings and dining with friends. Like our daily lunch and dinner buffet, the Saturday ‘Luxury Lazy Lunch’ features a host of great local and international dishes, including soups, salads, pasta, dim sum, noodles, sushi & sashimi, seafood, curries, a carvery, and irresistible spicy Thai specials.    


Every guest is entitled to a half lobster, sweet and tender baked in a creamy sauce, as well as a freshly cooked slice of foie gras with pepper brown sauce and topped with pineapple.

The Luxury Lazy Lunch’s prices start from Baht 2,000 ++, 3,000+++ and 4,000 ++ per person.    


Other recommendations from our generous Asian and Western seafood spread include Alaskan king crab, crayfish, yellowfin tuna sashimi, fresh-shucked French oysters and a choice of fresh seafood paired with a delicious sauce.   Diners can also tuck into Australian Wagyu flank steak, paella, along with Indian, Italian, Chinese and Thai specialties – over 70 dishes in all – plus imported cheeses, while sipping Chandon champagne, wine, beer or cocktails. And finally, enjoy some of Bangkok’s tastiest Thai and international desserts.

Chatuchak Café International Restaurant is a 180-seat open 24 hours a day, with modern luxury style of decoration and outstanding buffets station, serving international and Asian favourites in casual and comfortable surroundings. Buffets are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the a la carte is available around the clock.


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Chatuchak Café International Restaurant Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok, Phaholyothind Road. 02-541 1234 ext. 4151



Scrapbook Last month’s foodie functions in focus

The Art of Tea Blending

1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt launched “The Art of Tea Blending Master Class”, a workshop offering an experience of Europe’s tea excellence and a wonderful tea journey with the world’s oldest tea houses. The event included lunch with a ‘Tea Infused Culinary’ concept including afternoon tea sets, pastries, cakes, desserts, tempting chocolates and tea infused macaroons. Open daily on 1st floor Gaysorn Village from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.

Slow Coffee phenomenon in Bangkok Sansiri and BODUM invite you to indulge in a slow-coffee experience at Southeast Asia’s first BODUM Pop-Up Café at Sansiri Lounge at 3rd Fl Siam Paragon from 20 to 24 August from 11am to 8pm at Slow Coffee with Thai Blends by Sansiri x BODUM. Experience the best coffee blends made from several varieties of Thai beans, each of which boasts a distinct aroma and flavour.



Mekhong Elite Table - the 4th year!

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Mekhong, the Spirit of Thailand, is hosting the Mekhong Elite Table 2018 for the fourth year running. To showcase the Art of Thai Spirit Pairing, cocktails using Mekhong are perfectly paired with Thai dishes and from sharing local herbs and spices this results in an elevated dining experience. Discover the perfect combinations at Chim on Sukhumvit 31, Blue Elephant on Sathorn, and Sri Trat on Sukhumvit 33, from now until the end of September 2018.











Food& Drink Bangkok’s hottest dining deals and news

Mooncakes on the Rise at Centara Grand

‘On top of the world’ gourmet snacks

To celebrate the Mooncake Festival, Zing Bakery and Dynasty Restaurant at Centara Grand at CentralPlaza Ladprao Bangkok present delectable mooncakes, including lotus seed paste with egg yolk, red bean paste with egg yolk, durian paste with egg yolk, chocolate, green tea, coconut and more. Available 15th August to 15th October, for 128 baht net per piece or a gift set of four pieces with a traditional box at 788 baht net.

CRU Champagne Bar, the 59th floor ‘top of the world’ rooftop bar at Centara Grand at CentralWorld has updated its high-rise gourmet snack menu combining premium produce with a touch of artistic flair to include Sweet Potato Hummus, Fish and Sweet Potato Chips, Popcorn Shrimps, Pork Rillettes Sliders, and Flavour Dynamics of Cheese. Alongside our menu of exclusive Champagne and Champagne-inspired cocktails, they can be enjoyed every day above downtown Bangkok from 17.00 to 01.00 hrs.

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Lobster Lovers Delights

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Ibn Battuta at Chatuchak Café FOLLOWING Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta, the Chatuchak Café International Buffet Restaurant, Centara Grand at CentralPlaza Ladprao Bangkok presents live cooking station and a grand buffet every Wednesday dinner from 18.30 - 22.30 hrs. from now until 31 October. Enjoy Middle East and international favourites such as harira, tabouleh, beef kebab, lamb kofta, ouzi, lamb dawood basha, sautéed duck with chili sauce, seafood on ice and much more at 1,250 baht ++ per person. 02 541 1234 ext. 4151



DEAN & DELUCA’s team presents 2 new mouthwatering dishes with lobsters imported fresh from Maine, USA. Our chefs have created Grilled Lobster with Spicy Olio Pasta (1,195 baht) with housemade tagliolini

mixed with garlic, chili, and basil. For brunch style, try Lobster Avocado Poached Egg Toast (695 baht) in chef’s special sauce, served on toasted sourdough with avocado, poached egg and rocket. Both available at MahaNakhon CUBE, Central Embassy, Emquartier and The Crystal. 02-635-1166

New à la carte menu with creative flavours

Mexicano Sunday Brunch MEXICANO at Rembrandt Hotel makes Sundays 12pm to 3pm a fiesta with Sunday Brunch featuring live music and free-flow juices, Margaritas and Sangria. The all-you-can-eat à la carte menu is cooked live at the quesadillas, salsa, and grill stations, with wicked desserts, fresh fruits, and much more. Outstanding value at 1,250 baht net per person, children aged 6 -12 years at B650 net per person. 02 261 7060

DELIGHT in the refreshing tantalising flavours of new à la carte dishes with tableside cooking at Grand Hyatt Erawan’s elegant Tables Grill. Michelin Chef Hans Zahner’s fresh, healthy spin makes the cuisine less rich, lighter, more refreshing and suitable for diners’ present lifestyles. Available daily from 6pm to 10pm, with a new five-course degustation menu at 2,900 baht ++ per person and 3,900 baht ++ for seven-course degustation menu. +66 2254 6250

Terrace@72 Buffet Feasts! TERRACE@72 Restaurant at Ramada

All-You-Can-Eat Tiger Prawns FROM September to October the Pathumwan Princess Hotel celebrates its 22nd anniversary at CiTi BiSTRo with large, very succulent tiger prawns from Sri Lanka, to enjoy every Friday and Saturday at the all-you-can-eat Buffet Dinner. With traditional favourites including seafood on ice, beef, pork, salmon, sushi, authentic Thai dishes, and our tempting desserts corner, at just 1,690 baht nett per person (children half price). 02-216-3700 ext. 20100

Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside offers a variety of interactive Thai, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Western buffets for lunch and dinner. Throughout September and October 2018, the grand buffet dinner includes fresh seafood and salad corner, BBQ corner and Chinese style wok skills.  Buffet Lunch is 790 baht ++, Buffet Dinner is 1400 baht ++, all inclusive of free flow soft drinks. Kids below 10 dine free when accompanying paying adults. 02-688-1000 ext. 80118



Wa-Shoku-Matsuri at Goji Kitchen + Bar BANGKOK Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park is preparing to host Wa-ShokuMatsuri, an exquisite ten day celebration of fine Japanese cuisine from 14th to 23rd September at Goji Kitchen + Bar. The highlight will be a traditional fish cutting demonstration, with an expert Japanese chef preparing a 40-kilogram bluefin tuna, on 14th and 21st September. Lunch buffet prices start from B898++, dinner buffet from 1,388 baht ++ +66 (0) 2 059 5999

Seafood Market at Eastin Grand Sathorn! Chinese Business Set Lunch & Dinner DYNASTY Restaurant, Centara Grand at CentralPlaza Ladprao Bangkok, presents its business set lunch and dinner featuring a variety of traditional Chinese dishes and dim sum, in three different choices: Set 499 baht net, Set 599 baht net, and Set 699 baht net, all including Chinese Tea. +66 (0)2 541 1234 ext. 4151



JW Marriott appoints Peter Li JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok welcomes Chef Peter Li as its new Executive Chinese Chef. With nearly 30 years experience, Chef Li is a master of Chinese cuisine, focused on the best product to combine delicious tastes with art to create exceptional masterpieces. As the Chinese Executive Chef, he will oversee the award-winning Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, as well as the hotel’s Chinese catering and events. +66 2 656 7700

THE Glass House at Eastin Grand Sathorn presents an authentic Seafood Market experience throughout September and October as resident Thai Chef Shick has hand-selected the freshest quality seafood for an unforgettable dining experience every Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday lunchtime. Also enjoy a wonderful selection of Thai, Japanese and international cuisine at 1,800 baht net per person with children under 12 years of age at 50% discount. 02 210 8100

Katsu Curry at Soba Factory

Soba Factory at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park has unveiled a special Katsu Curry promotion from September 1 to October 31 for lunch (12.00 –14.30 hrs) and dinner (17.30 – 22.00 hrs). This classic Japanese dish includes crispy deep-fried pork or chicken, topped with homemade curry sauce and served with either rice, udon or soba noodles, plus classic Japanese side dishes. Dishes start from 278 baht ++ 02 059 5999

Special Set Lunch at medici

Medici Kitchen & Bar offers its newest Set Lunch Menu, a 2-course set at 499 baht ++ and a 3-course set at 550 baht ++, ranging from light starter, a main course, and with a remarkable dessert. Choices include Bocconcini and cherry tomato salad, Rocket Salad, Truffle Orecchiette, Brown crab cannelloni, Tiramisu Amaretto mascarpone and many more. Available every day from 12.00 to 14.30 hrs on the lower ground floor of Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan. 02-630-4000

Autumn Afternoon Tea at Up & Above Bar THE Okura Prestige Bangkok is serving up sweet and savoury treats with the Autumn Afternoon Tea at Up & Above Bar on 24th floor. Patrons can enjoy sweet delights including melon crème or chocolate kumquat sacher, and savoury bites including ricotta tartine or mini brioche with duck rillettes, pairing beautifully with rich coffee or premium tea. Available 1st October - 30th November from 2pm – 5pm daily at 1,190 baht ++ inclusive of premium coffee or tea for 2 persons. 02 687 9000



Popular Spritz at the rooftop OCTAVE Rooftop Lounge and Bar brings you Italy’s most popular drink, the signature Italian “Aperol Spritz” cocktail, made from Aperol, Orange and Prosecco. Now meet the “Siam Spritz” cocktail, inspired by Thai local ingredients, consisting of Vodka, Feijoa, Honey, Pineapple, Thai Basil, Lime and Prosecco. Available in September only at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar from 5pm – 2am, priced 350 baht ++ per glass. 02 797 0000

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Travel Cobble stone pavements in the narrow alleys of the Basque villages.


fter almost a quarter of a century, predominantly covering the slopes in the Himalayans and the hills in Asia, the 25th anniversary ride was meant to be special one and the first time to Europe, exploring Spain’s Basque Country of the Pyrenees under the slogan ‘Making Basque Great Again’. The Basque country as it stands today is known as ‘The Autonomous Unified Basque Country’, consisting of the North and South Provinces. The North is controlled by the French and the South by the Spanish. Initially a little reserved towards foreigners, the locals are very proud of their identity and have their own Basque national flag. Basques have fought for their land, their culture, and their pride. Their traditions are alive and flourishing today. The widely spoken Basque language is a language with no known linguistic relatives as it is unrelated to any of the other languages of Europe.

On top of the ridge crossing the Spain/France border enjoying a stunning view over the French peaks of the Pyrenees before starting a long bumpy downhill.



On single tracks through autumn colored forests.

Altar of the Basque Roncesvalles Church and Monastery.

Like on all the earlier rides the basic concept was simple: a daily good workout in beautiful surroundings, preferably cycling single trails; simple accommodation and reasonable food. However there is no compromise on the amber beverage: ‘enough chilled beer for everybody every evening!’ Attention to detailed logistics therefore is an absolute requirement. Only a few members of the original group presently still live in Taiwan since some have returned to their

home countries, mainly the US, or have found new opportunities in China or the Asian region. Thus flights carrying the bikes touched down in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao from all over the world. In order to get acclimatized and check the equipment, a ‘warm up ride’ in the little known desert of ‘Bardenas Reales de Navarra’ was staged before getting into the mountains and onto the Basque highlands. While altitude this time was no issue, the steep gradients still did require endurance (on the up) and technical skills (on the down). Usually starting in the morning on dirt roads up a valley, trails soon led into the lush woods mainly following single tracks through autumn-coloured oak tree forests. Living in the tropics for so many years and being accustomed to an almost continuous sight of ‘green nature’ made experiencing the autumn season even more special for some. Above the tree line, open grasslands covered the slopes where healthy looking sheep, cattle, and horses were feeding on the juicy and nutritious highland grass. Alpine flowers added bright, colourful spots. Breathing the clean fresh air, no longer a given in many of Asia’s cities, felt good.




To reach the Spain/France border required a long, big push uphill. On day 4 of the trip, a long valley ended at a very steep, grass-covered slope which was not rideable, requiring an ascent by serous pushing of the bikes uphill for almost 2 hours. Reaching the top of the ridge we were surprised by a low 2-wire fence indicating the Spanish/French border. After lifting the bikes over and enjoying the far view towards the French peaks, we enjoyed a long, bumpy downhill finally ending up at an asphalt road only to start a steep serpentine uphill to the Col de Larrau (one of the passes on the 2007 Tour de France) and returning back onto Spanish territory again. Weather can change fast from calm and sparkling sunshine to heavy wind and horizontal rain. However, we were lucky most of the time as we got caught in the misty rain only once. The overall pleasant fall temperatures and the low humidity contributed to the enjoyment of the daily rides. The favorable climatic conditions, however, did not ease the pressure on some softer body part caused by the extended hours in the saddle. While the majority of the rides followed animal trails, we also came across some well-marked and popular walking trails with numerous enthusiastic trekkers. These were pilgrims on the ‘Way of St. James’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It leads from France through northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela over almost 1050 kilometers and thus is part of the ‘First Cultural Route of Europe’. Many of the small villages we passed boasted churches



and monasteries dating back many centuries. One is Roncesvalles, which offers a special daily pilgrim’s mass. In addition, it is a symbolic place, whose fame crossed all Europe in the Middle Ages due, above all, to the songs about the deeds of the figure of Charlemagne and his nephew Roldan in the epic battle of Roncesvalles.

with warm croissants for breakfast, baguettes with cured ham and air dried salami and fruit for lunch, tapas and olives, fresh salad, vegetables, and meat rounded off with tasty cheese accompanied by local wine made up dinner. The bottom line: Spanish food is a great treat with absolutely no danger of ‘Delhi Belly’, which in the lesser developed parts of the globe, is not an abnormal experience during similar adventures in earlier years. Although the rides were a challenge, no bike breakdown was recorded. Even the number of punctures was below average. Most importantly, besides a few minor bruises caused by some spectacular stunts ‘over the handle bars’ no serious accident occurred. The final day was a stunningly beautiful ride on the cliffs above the Atlantic. The far view into the Bay of Biscay with the white sands of the distant French city of Biarritz in the North, the contours of the Pyrenees towards the north east, and the dark

The ‘Biking Brotherhood’ at the start at Bardenas Reales de Navarra. Cobblestone pavements in the narrow alleys of the villages were lined with rustic houses decorated with beautiful flowers in front of their windows. Compared to earlier trips where simple homestays, dormitories, or tents hosted the group, this time cozy family guesthouses provided comfortable shelter during the nights. While the food on the previous rides was meant primarily to provide the required energy to compensate for the daily calorie consumption, this time we felt really spoilt by local delicacies: Freshly brewed coffee

blue waters with white crests washing the coast of northern Spain below us was overwhelming. Ending up in the old historic part of ‘San Juan’, a small fishing village outside San Sebastian, where the waiting beer was cold and plentiful, was like a ‘grand finale’. While enjoying the local amber brew ‘Keler’ all reflected on another memorable week of physical workout and enjoyment in a very scenic, diversified, and interesting part of the world; celebrating unique brotherly friendship. ON ON to more foreign shores in the upcoming years!

School Report

EXCITING NEWS AND DEVELOPMENTS AT KIS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Another Year of Excellent IB Diploma Results KIS’s class of 2018 all participated in, and obtained, the full IB Diploma with an average score over 34 points, well above the world average of around 30, placing the school amongst the top competitive schools globally. Furthermore, 50% of our students received a bilingual diploma. KIS continues IB and CIS accreditation The school received visits from As part of their regular 5 year re-evaluation of the school, The Council of International Schools (CIS) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) recently confirmed KIS’s status as an authorised IB World School and a CIS accredited school. AD LEO PRO LSS 2018 M3.pdf



New Facilities KIS has added a new building with an arts center, design center, drama suite, school shop and offices, opening mid-July, with an additional swimming pool and 2 indoor sports courts opening in January 2019.

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New Board Member Ray Davis, who is Director of School Support & Evaluation Services at the Council of International Schools (CIS) has joined KIS’s Executive Board as Advisor. A Londoner by birth, Ray has led international schools in Singapore and Malaysia, and has an MA in International Education Management from the University of Bath, UK. +66 (0) 2274 3444











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Education: Making The Right Choice for your child


NE of the most important responsibilities a parent has is to choose the right school for their child. From the moment they start their journey in education, it is vital to ensure that they have the best possible opportunities to enable them to be successful in their future careers/lives. For over 50 years Traill International School has been the right choice for generations of successful students.  We deliver a world-renowned British curriculum education in a caring and supportive atmosphere.    Over the years we have built an enviable reputation on academic results and awards but at the same time we have stayed true to the school’s founding principle that every

student matters equally, regardless of their ability.   This simply means that each of our students has a personalised education plan, which allows us to offer increased stimulus or support to students, depending on their needs. In order to do this, we maintain an overall student to teacher ratio of 8 to 1, which allows our highly qualified and experienced teachers the opportunity to work individually with students during lesson time to work towards their own personal peak of attainment.    Another extremely important contribution to the success of our students is the strong bond  of support which is evident throughout the school.  We care for our students like extended family and we encourage the students to treat each other the same. In this nurturing

environment, self confidence flourishes and students are able to enjoy their studies and other school activities. As part of our ongoing development and review scheme we asked this year’s graduating students to let us know about their experience of life at Traill.  All of them talked about the support and encouragement they received from teachers and fellow students and how this empowered them and drove them on to succeed.   If you want your child to be part of the next generation of successful students to benefit from an outstanding education at Traill International School, book a visit online via our website www.  or telephone our admissions team on 027188779.



Spa & Wellness

Natural Oriental remedies The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s serene 25th floor spa offers the benefits of essential oils from remedies such as plai, tamarind, camphor, lemongrass, kaffir lime and turmeric. A 30 minute body scrub to warm and relax is followed by a 60 minute oil massage to relieve tension. Natural Oriental Remedies is available daily from 10am10pm, 1st October to 31 stDecember, priced per person at B4,000++/ B4,500++ for 90/120 minutes. 02 687 9000

‘Intimate Moment’ for deep relaxation eforea spa on level 17 of Hilton Pattaya introduces ‘Intimate Moment’, a deep relaxing spa package that combines a choice of treatment with a relaxing oil massage. Starting with an exfoliating body scrub or eforea’s signature treatment ‘Journey Enhancement’, you complete the package with ‘Relaxing Oil Massage’, a deeply relaxing aromatic warm oil massage from head to toe. Priced at B4,000 nett per person for 120 minutes, available until 31 October, 10am - 10pm. +66(0)38-253-000

Blind therapist Muay Thai classes skills at Spa with a view Cenvaree Halfway up Centara Grand at CentralWorld tower at LifeStyles on 26 fitness centre, professional Muay Thai instructors guide you through basic punching and kicking moves in a series of kickboxing classes for all abilities, moving on to more advanced defence, knee and elbow techniques. Muay Thai is fantastic cardio workout building strength, flexibility and confidence. Classes every Thursday from 18.00 – 18.50 hrs, priced at B400 02 100 6299 centaragrand/cgcw/services



Spa Cenvaree in Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok is offering three special packages until 31 December, provided by two blind massage therapists who, because of their lack of sight, channel and feel the flow of energy through their sense of touch. Royal Thai Massage, Traditional Foot Massage, and Aromatherapy Massage are 60 or 90 mins, with prices starting from B1,600++. Expert therapists are also available. 02 541-1234 ext 4292 or 4567

“QUEEN OF POP ZUMBA PARTY” O, Join the “Queen of Pop Zumba Party” on Sunday 30 September at InterContinental Hua Hin Resort and groove to the fantastic beats that feel more like a dance party than a workout. Set fitness goals, earn motivating rewards and dance with friends alongside your favourite celebrity Zumba® instructor Kru Num at Tamarind Ballroom, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort’s BluPort Wing. Ticket price B890 net. 032-616-999

Expat Women TIMELESS ELEGANCE, BRINGING PASSION ALIVE ASAVA celebrated its 10th anniversary with a grand celebration at Dusit Thani Bangkok which highlighted Asava’s success and also recognised the success of the Thai fashion industry, achieved through Thai people’s creativity and talent. A short film, 080808-Faithfully Yours, illustrated dreams and talents of Thai people with a special collection highlighting Asava’s iconic silhouettes and famous pieces from over the past decade. Asava Group Flagship Store is on Sukhumvit 45.


LYN concept store, created by architect Mr Duccio Grassi, is a translation of brand essence and fashion attributes, such as Trend, Sexy, Elegant and Sophisticated. The Black Glass and Metal Gold materials bring a touch of luxury, connecting LYN fashion accessories with women seeking to be updated on a contemporary “runway” lifestyle. “Fashion as affordable luxury” is the essence that LYN is unveiling though this new and modern shop.


CARISA Janes, founder and CEO, officially launched Hourglass, the American cosmetics brand renowned for its revolutionary intersection of science, beauty and luxury with modern ingredients free from parabens and sulfates containing organic ingredients without any contaminant or allergic reaction triggers and never tested on animals - a truly vegan brand. Experience Hourglass extensive product lines at Hourglass counters at Siam Paragon and Emporium.   


UNDER Armour (UA), a leader in high-performance sportswear apparel, has opened their 11th outlet at CentralWorld. This UA Brand House showcases the advanced tech of its much-anticipated new running shoes, the HOVR Series 2 which feature UA’s cutting-edge HOVR™ technology to provide explosive cushioning and energy return with lightweight directional strength and unmatched comfort. Under Armour also offers MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal to support improving users’ health and fitness. Facebook UnderArmourThailand



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Enoteca, a worthy anniversary venue

Bangkok Beefsteak & Burgundy


HIS was the eleventh anniversary of our first lunch at Enoteca and once again we have to thank the Enoteca team for a warm welcome and great food. I had requested a reprise of some favourite dishes from menus of the past and was well pleased with the outcome. A tasty amuse bouche (melon and parma ham, a macaroon and truffle flavoured ice cream) started the proceedings accompanied by Raventos Blanc Nit de Nit Rose 2015 (Spain), a refreshing rosé. Daniel Arn, our food spokesman, complimented Chef Stefano for this great start to the meal. The five breads also attracted

praise and with these came a choice of two absolutely delicious olive oils which perhaps exhausted the restaurant’s annual budget for condiments! Sorry, Nicola, for our possibly taking advantage of your generosity. Next came Onion cooked in salt filled with braised quail and the first of two Sauvignon Blancs, Churton Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Malborough, NZ). Both wine and food earned praise though wine spokesman, Jake Meerman, noted the wine to be slightly acidic and with a characteristic “kerosene” nose. The quail was delightful and well matched with the wine.



Danny’s favoured dish at home, Spaghetti & tomato water and Burrata cheese, fulfilled all his expectations with the raw tomato juice adding flavour to perfectly cooked spaghetti one could deem “toothsome”. Jake found the second Sauvignon (Terlano Winkl Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Alto Adige, Italy) seemed to be almost a carbon copy of the first apart from additional smoothness and sweetness. Lasagna 2017 “(Granny would never be able to do that)” is a signature dish of Stefano and appreciated by the several diners who visit Enoteca regularly. Danny complimented the beef and béchamel sauce but confessed he likes his pasta to be softer, less

crunchy; I liked it very much. This was served with Massolino Nebbiolo Langhe 2012 (Langhe, Piedmont, Italy) and was thoroughly appreciated by one and all; sadly the colour has started to fade from the wine which might herald its passing. Our pick of the wines of the day was Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 (Tuscany, Italy) to which Parker had given 95 points; we all thought it to be a very nice wine with lots of things going for it. However, it was postulated that an Amarone might have proved a more suitable match for the Roasted Venison, popcorn, caramelized peach and beans purée, the main dish of the lunch. The meat was quite gamey (I loved that), but tender and had been cooked perfectly. Chocolate after-eight Cigar at first sight seemed to be too much to follow four large savoury servings but most ploughed on and enjoyed the dessert. It was accompanied by Rabl Traminer Auslese 2010 (Austria), not too sweet and very popular with most diners. There just remained a selection of Italian Cheeses with Taylor’s Port or Armagnac, thoughtfully brought by Tom Whitcraft and Andrew MacDowell to celebrate their birthdays. Finally, coffee. As ever, the service was immaculate, and we appreciated the attention we received throughout the meal from Proprietor Nicola, Maître d’ Alessandro and the three lovely waitresses.


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Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), the developer of the 101 TheThird Place project, has announced the winner of the 3-minute short film competition ‘My Third Place’ worth B500,000. The winning film, “The Real World” by Nasho team at Bangkok University, will be reshot by professionals for publishing online and on BTS media. The team will visit a TV station in Japan for 5 days/3 nights in September. +66 81 309 7799 +66 62 895 3636


Expedia®, one of the world’s leading full-service travel brands, announced Expedia Add-On Advantage, which unlocks guaranteed discounts from hundreds of thousands of participating hotels for travellers who book a flight or package (flight + hotel) on expedia. and later book a hotel up until the day of their departure. On average, Thai travellers can secure up to 51% off the cost of their hotel.


The exhibition “Visual Field: Senses & Transfigurations” has opened, exploring the concept of data visualisation through 14 paintings and sculptures Kasikorn Bank and Siam Piwat Co Ltd have teamed up to launch a new by artists Sanitas Pradittasnee, Navin credit card - the “OneSiam KBank Credit Card”. The card offers world-class Tantanadaecha, Sujin Wattanawongchai, experiences to its clients, benefitting from unrivalled lifestyle privileges at Jedsada Tangtrakulwong and Kade Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery. The launch included Javanalikhikara. The exhibition will run until 30 November, 10am - 10pm, breathtaking promotional campaigns under the concept “Make Everyday at Room 206, 2nd floor of River City Extraordinary” in collaboration with VISA and Emirates Airline. 02 888 8889 Bangkok. Those interested in the paintings should contact our Concierge.




Weekday Saver at White Sand Beach Residences Pattaya

Well Hotels & Resorts offers Weekday Saver promotion at White Sand Beach Residences Pattaya. The promotion is for staying from now until 31 October on weekdays or Sunday to Thursday (except long weekends/PH), and includes daily breakfast. Net prices start from B2,940 Baht for Studio, B3,726 for One Bedroom, B6,879 for Two Bedroom, B9,228 for Family Two Bedroom and B10,800 for Executive Two Bedroom. All rooms feature a private balcony facing the ocean. 033 005210

MATES’ RATES Need a quick cheap getaway? Check out these great offers

Escape Offer at W Koh Samui

W Koh Samui’s newest promotion is Escape Offer : book a minimum of 3-night stay in a one-bedroom pool villa from only B13,500 (plus 18.7% VAT and service charge) per night for up to two guests and get daily breakfast, airport transfers, nightly set menu dinner, daily cocktail session, one-time couple spa treatment, and 24/7 access for complimentary ice-creams and soft drinks. Available through 2018, blackout dates may apply. 077 915 999

‘Shopaholic’ room package

Centara Grand at CentralWorld has launched a ‘Shopaholic’ room package on any type of room, price start from THB 6,500++, booked for a stay until 30 November. Benefits include a complimentary BTS day-pass, free Wi-Fi, 20% discount on all hotel F&B, free late check-out at 14.00 (on request) and buy 1 get 1 foot massages on site; plus a B600 ‘Central’ gift card (per room) if you book 2 consecutive nights. 0-2100-1234 ext. 6761-63

Best Benefit Guarantee Program

Wedding Anniversary Package

02 541 1234 ext. 4416 or 4460

X2 Resorts, X2 Vibe Hotels, and Away Resorts launch “Best Benefit Guarantee Program” with early check-in and late check-out, free room upgrade, 15% discount on F&B, and 20% discount on next stay. Guests receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine each day throughout the period of stay at X2 Resorts and Away Resorts, and a cash voucher for food and beverages from all 17 hotels, resorts and villas.



Wedding couples will love Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok’s wedding anniversary package. From now until 30th December with prices from B7,999 net per night for Deluxe Suite and B9,999 net per night for Premium Deluxe Suite, the package includes daily international buffet breakfast at Chatuchak Café, a Thai body balance for two at Spa Cenvaree, bouquet and chocolate mousse cake in room, and a set dinner at Blue Sky Rooftop Bar or Don Giovanni Restaurant.

Weekday Saver at Costa Well Resort Pattaya

Well Hotels & Resorts offers the Weekday Saver promotion at Costa Well Resort Pattaya. The promotion is for staying from now until 31 October on weekdays or Sunday to Thursday (except long weekends/PH), and includes daily breakfast. Net prices start from B1,800 for Superior Room to B2,900 for Deluxe Jacuzzi. Benefits include free in-room minibar, free late check-out until 4pm, 20% discount on food at Fira Restaurant, 10% discount at Costa Spa. 033 679885

Beyond Bangkok

“The Royal Project Tourism Areas” After a successful year promoting “Follow the King’s Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism”, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is working on “The Royal Project Tourism Areas” in Buriram with embassies from over 25 countries. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand, was joined by Mrs. Mary Jo A. Bernardo-Aragon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Joaquim Amaral, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Mr. Radouane Chaouki, Second Secretary of The Kingdom of Morocco, and Ms. Panita Chittanonda, representative of Honorary Consul of The Republic of Armenia.



Beyond Bangkok Music & Happy Hour Offers at Baba Beach Club Hua Hin Newly opened beach and music lovers hotel, Baba Beach Club Hua Hin, introduces its September promotions with live entertainment every weekend, and at Happy Hour a Buy 1 Get 1 on exclusive Baba cocktails, available Monday to Thursday from 4 - 6pm at the beachfront bar and Baba Beach Restaurant. What better way to spend your holiday! 032-899-130

A NEW RESTAURANT AT INTERCONTINENTAL HUA HIN Azure Restaurant, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort’s popular restaurant has a new menu, inspired by location and a commitment to fresh local seafood and vegetables. It promises a gastronomic experience like no other supporting local sustainability by making the most of locally-grown fruits and vegetables from nearby farms as well as freshcaught seafood supplied by the area’s surrounding fishing villages. Dine at Azure’s signature Raw Bar, with local oysters and jumbo prawns showcased alongside imported delicacies.

Sake Extraordinaire night @ Sheraton

InAzia Restaurant at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa invites you to The “Sake Extraordinaire” on Saturday 15th September from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. Executive Chef Jakub has prepared this Japanese culinary journey paired with some great quality and rarity Sakes. Menu highlights include Cha-Am Blue Crab, Yellow-tail Tuna, Koru Buta Pork and Wagyu Beef, Kani Avocado Salad, Sashimi platter, Kuro Buta Kakuni and many more at B 2,200 net per person. 032 708000 ext. 1112




Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort wins Thailand’s best resort spa 2018

Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort’s signature luxury spa So SPA with L’Occitane has won the World Luxury Spa Award 2018 for top Luxury Resort Spa in Thailand, bettering last year’s win as the Continent Winner for Asia. Thanks to its inviting Thai style interiors and set amidst lush gardens, this tranquil haven of serenity features 12 intimate treatment rooms with a large menu of exclusive treatments for a blissful effect. 075-627-800

Celebrate the beautiful autumnal equinox at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin with an exclusive collection of mooncakes specially handcrafted from original recipes. Try Durian, White Lotus Seed or Red Bean - all enriched with a single egg yolk. This year’s range includes Green tea! During September there is also Sip & Savour Tradition, the traditionally subtle indulgence of mooncake and tea pairings. +66 (0) 3251 2021


Taste the juiciest flavours as Railway Restaurant at Centara Grand Hua Hin brings you “Tempting Tartares”. offering the perfect mix of the best and freshest meats, from land or sea. Every Tuesday throughout August and September, refreshing flavours such as Salmon Tartare, Exotic Akami Tuna Tartare, Classic Beef Steak Tartar, all accompanied by traditional condiments in classic style. Prices start from Baht 370++. +66 (0) 3251 2021

Chinatown Market Night at Dusit

Join us on Monday 1 October at the Dusit Thani Hua Hin for Chinatown Market Night at San Marco, to celebrate the start of Golden Week, with the mouth-watering taste of delicious Chinese foods and fabulous dance performances, highlighted by live stalls serving suckling pig, Peking duck and many more Chinese specialities. Price B 888++ per person 032-520009 Ext 2013

Legend Siam, Thailand’s only cultural theme park

Travel back in time and experience Legend Siam, set to become the new landmark of Pattaya, where visitors can experience Thai culture and lifestyle in three aspects: Siam Vilize, Araya Thai, and Bhumi Pan Din. It’s a cultural destination bringing together Thai arts, culture, shops and amusement park, with special shows like “The Echoes of Legend Siam”, a music and art performance, or “Legend Siam Culture Fashion Show”, a feast for your eyes! 02 030 1399, 086 410 3333

Mooncake Festival At Café Kantary

Enjoy the Mooncake Festival at Café Kantary from 1st August – 24th September, with mooncakes from its very own traditional bakery. Come and choose from the special selection of egg yolk joyously seated in Red Bean, Durian or Lotus seed. Share good fortune with friends or offer a piece of luck to your colleagues. Available at Café Kantary locations throughout Thailand!

Five-course Plant-Based Wine Pairing Dinner

Anantara Layan Phuket Resort hosted an unforgettable night of mindful, sustainable dishes, paired with organic fine wines, in the stunning setting of Layan Residences by Anantara’s luxury beachfront villas and residences. Innovative raw and vegan recipes, many gluten free, teamed with organic and biodynamic wines from around the world. With the emphasis on balance of taste, texture and colour in his cuisine, it was a splendid feast! 076 317 200


Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya offers a “Perfect Duo” promotion of a 6oz LEGENDARY® BURGER + Coke or Sprite at B299 only. The LEGENDARY® BURGER features a juicy certified Angus Beef® burger topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, golden fried onion ring, crisp lettuce and vine-ripened tomato. Available from 1 August till 30 September from noon till late night. Not just a restaurant but a rockin’ attraction! 038-426-635 HardRockCafePattaya


Café del Mar Pattaya opening in September

Café del Mar Pattaya will bring a unique touch of Ibiza to the coastline ten minutes south of Pattaya City, an ideal destination to unwind in luxury cabanas and enjoy exotic music, beautiful sunsets, fresh seafood, and effortlessly cool style with direct beach access, infinity pool, indoor/outdoor dining, four bars and a menu combining the best of Thailand with coastal Mediterranean flavours.

Taste the juiciest flavours as Railway Restaurant at Centara Grand Hua Hin brings you “Tempting Tartares”. offering the perfect mix of the best and freshest meats, from land or sea. Every Tuesday throughout August and September, refreshing flavours such as Salmon Tartare, Exotic Akami Tuna Tartare, Classic Beef Steak Tartar, all accompanied by traditional condiments in classic style. Prices start from Baht 370++. +66 (0) 3251 2021

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Beyond Bangkok

Phuket Raceweek closing gala dinner The 15th Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2018 closed with a lavish gala dinner at Cape Panwa Hotel, attended by VIPs, international media and more than 500 sailors and guests. The award-winning Raceweek welcomed 38 boats and sailors from more than 20 countries.



The BigChilli September 2018  

Thailand's best-read expat magazine. Find out what's hot in Bangkok and beyond. September 2018

The BigChilli September 2018  

Thailand's best-read expat magazine. Find out what's hot in Bangkok and beyond. September 2018