Hong Kong Handover

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The announcement that the Michelin guide is coming to Thailand has left many foodies in an excitable frenzy, but there’s some time to go yet before we know who is—and who isn’t—star worthy. In the meantime, you can enjoy the signature one-Michelin-star creations of chef Gordon Leung, from the Peninsula Hong Kong’s Spring Moon Chinese restaurant, at the Peninsula Bangkok’s Mei Jiang. Keep your schedule free between June 19 and 21 or miss the chance to try stunning Cantonese dishes such as braised half duck stuffed with assorted meat, mushrooms and salted eggs, pan-fried abalone with supreme soy sauce, and creamy scrambled eggs with nuggets of crab meat and crunchy bean sprouts. The set dinner is priced at 4,888 baht per person, with some dishes available on the lunch menu as a la carte dishes. For more information and reservations call, 0-2020-2888 or email diningpbk@peninsula.com.

 Haute House

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Situated within the stunning House on Sathorn at the W Bangkok, The Courtyard offers outdoor seating and a nostalgic ambience that is hard to match. And now you can add one more attraction to the list: chef Fatih Tutak has introduced a new menu featuring lots of Thai classics, from a hearty massaman curry with wagyu ribs to a flavourful crab curry. For a lighter choice try its crunchy endive salad with healthy quinoa and rich blue cheese, while those looking for something sweet should try the Peruvian warm chocolate cake served with a silky Hokkaido milk ice cream. The good news doesn’t stop there; The Courtyard is also offering a set menu that plays to the restaurant’s strength—seasonal comfort foods. Choose between two or three courses with stunning dishes like yellow fin tuna tartare or paccheri pasta with a fragrant saffron cream. The set menu is priced at 640 baht per person for two courses and 780 baht per person for three courses, and will be available weekdays from 12pm-2:30pm. For more information and reservations call, 0-2344-4025 or email thehouseonsathorn@whotels.com.

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 Sweet Siam

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At the Dusit Thani Hotel, a location steeped in history and culture, guests are spoilt for choice as to where to relax and take in the ambience. However, a popular option throughout June looks set to be the Lobby Lounge, which is the temporary home of a delectable Thai-style afternoon tea set that perfectly matches the heritage of the surroundings. Sweet tooths are particularly spoilt for choice, with Thai tea macaroons, sweet and tangy mango with sticky rice sushi, and a Thai take on an afternoon tea classic, lychee scones served with clotted cream and pineapple jam. Those with more of an appetite for savoury nibbles should keep an eye out for the crunchy fried chicken with Thai herbs. The tea set for two is priced at 1,100 baht. For more information and reservations call, 0-2200-9000 or email dtbkdining@dusit.com.

Comforting Nostalgia
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A new addition to the buzzy thonglor scene is The Salil Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 57. What sets it apart, according to the creators, is the concept: The Salil is a modern living space that encompasses the philosophy of stay, eat, work, shop, play and relax. Guests are offered an experience that is less like that of a standard hotel and more akin to that of a private residence, one decorated in modern Japonaiserie-inspired style. The hotel has 130 rooms with 24 premier rooms and 12 one-bedroom suites boasting a generous 45 square metres of space. Facilities include an all-day dining café, tea lounge, fitness room and a rooftop swimming pool and garden. Being on Thonglor guests are close to the ultra chic EmQuartier mall and many of Thonglor’s most stylish bar, clubs and restaurants. For more information or reservations call, 0-2072-2882 or email infosl2@salilhotel.com.

Sri Lankan Thrills and Spills

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The leisure arm of SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan Holidays, is currently promoting travel to and from Sri Lanka through partnerships with leading hotels, tour operators and other tourism organisations. Whether it be golden beaches or mountain ranges, they are now catered for. For example, a not-tobe- missed package for those seeking a more off the beaten track holiday is the Sri Lanka Safaris package, which promises a mix of beautiful landscapes, tropical beaches, wildlife spotting and natural habitat. Packages of four, five and six days are available. Packages to the Maldives are also available. For more information and reservations, call 0-2187-2793 or email info@slhthailand.com.

Wheels of Fortune

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Bangkok Airways, one of the leading airlines in Thailand and the region, has unveiled a new Bike On Board service aimed at making life easier for travelling cyclists—a clever idea at a time when more and more Thais are discovering the pleasures of two-wheeled transport. The recently launched initiative allows passengers to be able to load their bicycles as their second piece of luggage, when they fly, at no additional cost. For those interested in taking their bikes, ensure that they are either collapsible or suitably packed with all tires deflated. Bike On Board will run on all the airline’s routes up until the end of March 2018. For more information, call the Bangkok Airways call center at 1771 or email reservation@bangkokair.com.

Pillar of Excellence

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One of Chiang Mai’s best boutique luxury hotels, 137 Pillars House, has opened a luxurious 34-suite hotel in the heart of the buzzing Sukhumvit area. 137 Pillars Hotel consists of 34 suites named after different royal periods of Thai history, including Rattanakosin, Ayuthaya, Sukothai and Thonburi. Each luxury suite comes with its own private dining room, private wine cellar and an expansive balcony to soak in the spectacular views day and night. On top of this, 137 Pillars hotel also provides a private butler and personal shopper service for all its rooms, making it a standout amongst other offerings in the area. Hotel services include a spa and meditation sala, Nimitr fine dining restaurant, Sky bar, an infinity pool and a cigar bar. For more information or reservations call, 0-2079-7137 or email info@137pillarshotels.com.

 Yes, Grandma

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The siam tea room at the Bangkok Marriot Marquis Queen’s Park has unveiled some new Thai dishes that delve deep into chef Anukul Pulpipat’s culinary roots. Each Grandma’s Recipe is steeped in the chef ’s family legacy and uses ingredients that are sustainable, sourced locally and prepared using time-tested traditional methods. Dishes to look out for include a punchy yum som choon with crispy fish or tangy grilled pork ribs with chilli sauce. Main courses that should not be missed include a rich massaman curry with beef cheek and a river prawn and crab meat curry. End the meal with a choice of fresh coconut ice cream or Thai traditional kaya dip with fluffy bread. For more information and reservations call, 0-2059-5999 or email restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com.

Absolutely Fab-lab-ulous

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New lifestyle café FABLAB in Ekamai is an enticing mix of multi-brand fashion store and innovative gastronomy. The café part features a rotating specials menu and a big selection of coffees, teas and chocolate and matcha beverages. The signature cocktails, meanwhile, come in lab glassware and test tubes, giving a new, science-y spin on the tried-and-tested classics. When it comes to its signature dishes, keep an eye out for the tender FABLAB wings or fragrant larb chicken with edamame for an appetiser, or signature main courses like the hearty kurobuta schnitzel over eggs and kra pao sauce and the fabulous rich mac & cheese. For more information of reservations call 09-4323-3555 or email café.ekm@fablab-store.com.

Bhajis and Bhangra
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Rembrandt hotel’s Rang Mahal, a restaurant known among Bangkok gourmands for its bold take on Punjabi cuisine, has introduced a new way for couples to come and enjoy an amazing meal and night out together. The Couple Kitty Party promises a minimum of three couples a romantic set dinner comprised of Rang Mahal’s signature dishes, followed by the chance to dance the night away in an ambience straight out of a Bollywood movie, or soak up the restaurant’s stunning skyline views. The set menu is priced at 1,200 baht per couple or 1,100 baht per couple for the vegetarian set menu, and for those looking to get into the party mood one litre of Chivas whisky and four mixers cost 2,200 baht. For more information or reservations call, 0-2261-7100 or email rangmahal@rembrandtbkk.com.

Plastic Fantastic

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Amatara Wellness Resort, in Phuket’s secluded Cape Panwa bay, has introduced an exclusive package for holders of American Express Platinum cards. Starting from 24,600 baht per person, this special three-night package includes round-trip airport transfers, daily breakfast at The Restaurant, a fine-dining set at The Grill, and one spa treatment per guest. It does not end here, though, as guests can also choose from a series of luxurious treatments that include the signature Amatara massage, Thai massage, Indian head massage, and many more. Guests staying at the sea view pool villa or the ocean pool villa will also have access to evening cocktails at The Grill Lounge and be provided with an exclusive resort butler service and special in-villa dining. The package is valid until November 30. For more information or reservations, call 0-7631-8888 or visit www.amataraphuket.com.

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Something’s Brewing

Hot Ticket June 12.jpgChaidim organic tea hails from the mountains of northern Thailand, where organic and sustainable farms now produce an array of highquality organic teas. What sets Chaidim apart from other brands is the bond they share with the farmers—they work closely alongside them to produce the most outstanding teas. All the tea leaves are free from pesticides and hand-picked to ensure the plants stay healthy. Types available include herbal, green, oolong and black teas, all promising to be fragrant and soothing. Chaidim is proud to say that it supplies its products to a variety of hotels and restaurants such as Park Hyatt Bangkok, Hansar hotels, Gianni restaurant and Enoteca restaurant. For more information, call 0-2319-8890.

The Next Big Bang

Hot Ticket June 13.jpgFinnish game developers Lightneer have debuted an amazingly successful game that can be played as an app on both Android and iPhones. The game Big Bang Legends uses a combination of casual fun game-play and educational content centred on particle physics. Being easy to play, yet highly entertaining and educational, it comes as little surprise that it currently holds the number one position in app store charts for educational games in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. The game is free to download with 118 unique characters based on the elements on the periodic table. For more information or to download, simply type Big Bang Legends into your app search bar and have a good time.

Chick Hit

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After a hiatus, the Tourism Authority of Thailand has brought back its Women’s Journey Thailand campaign, which aims to entice women travellers from around the world to come and enjoy a range of activities, deals, discounts and privileges in the kingdom. Running in August, women can capitalize on the TAT’s many collaborations with tourism-related businesses, from hotels, health and spa services to dining facilities, theme parks and other recreation venues. Another initiative aimed at boosting women travellers to Thailand is the introduction of a “pink lane” for ladies at airport immigration through August. For more information, call the Tourism Authority of Thailand at 0-2250-5500 or visit the website womensjourney.tourismthailand.org.

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