Where To Eat, Stay And Play In April
A Cooling Treat: Khao Chae
April brings with it some of the hottest days of the entire Thai year, and what better way to beat the heat than with some khao chae? It’s chilled rice in floral-scented water eaten with beautifully crafted condiments including deep fried shrimp paste balls, fried bell peppers and shallots, as well as sweet shredded pork and fish. Amongst the places offering this delicacy, head to Anantara Siam Bangkok for a set prepared by chef Warinthorn Sumrithpon. Available daily from March 4 - April 19, the set is priced at 720 baht each. Other options include Royal Orchid Sheraton’s Thara Thong and Lobby Lounge between April 1 - June 30, Spirit by Jim Thompson by chef Montri Virojnvechapant available until June 15, Siam Tea Room at Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park until May 31. Or head to SO Sofitel’s Red Oven for a special Songkran Day buffet with khao chae.
Mediterranean Blue By Chef Nicolas Isnard
For only three days, you can meet Michelin-starred chef Nicolas Isnard right here in Bangkok. Better yet, experience a seven-course dinner meticulously prepared by the man himself. As a collaboration between Sofitel, Thai Airways International and Krungthai Card Public, VIE Hotel Bangkok features Isnard as a guest chef at its La VIE restaurant between April 3-5. As one of Southern France’s most innovative chefs, Isnard’s cuisine combines Mediterranean and French flavours with a dash of Latin flair picked up from his Italian nonna. The end result of his diverse background is a culinary style that is bold, explosive and sincere. Normally you’d never taste this cuisine outside of his restaurant Auberge de la Charme in France, so this is a great gastronomic opportunity. Priced at 5,750 baht per person.
Table Tales: Le Petit Chef
What if you could relive the journey Marco Polo took along the Silk Road from Western Europe all the way to China? Park Hyatt Bangkok’s Le Petit Chef at the Embassy Room offers a culinary odyssey that promises to deliver both the tastes and the sights Marco Polo experienced on his travels, all condensed to the confines of a dining table. Through the use of visual 3D technology, scenes of the animated little chef and his journey are projected onto the dining table to accompany the five-course meal. Originally envisioned by a Belgian artist, this novel concept of narrative dining was a success in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, and now it’s here in Bangkok. It’s a journey you can’t afford to miss. Prices start at 3,299 baht and it runs until July 31.
Bangkok metro network has unveiled its latest Metro Mall at Chatuchak Park underground station. The station is a major transportation hub connecting Chatuchak market, the BTS skytrain and a mass transit coach station and authorities want the new Metro Mall to become a meeting point for commuters. Transforming over 2,000 sqm of space into a dynamic lifestyle platform, the Metro Mall boasts various kiosks such as easy grab-and-go cafés and restaurants including Starbucks, Au Bon Pain Bon To Go, S&O, Vietnam Express and Gourmet to Go among others. It also covers other needs with lifestyle outlets such as barber shops, MINISO and Danish home decor brand JYSK.
A Soothing Sojourn To Akyra Beach Club Phuket
Opening this month, the exotically named Akyra Beach Club Phuket promises ‘unlimited wellness’ or tranquil rest for the weary, relief for the stressed and spirituality for the lost, ultimately helping guests achieve a sense of inner peace. Located above the sands of Natai Beach, Akyra embraces a holistic approach to wellness with luxurious accommodation, healthy cuisine, traditional spa therapies, exciting fitness programmes, local destinations to explore and more to cover every aspect of good living. The resort’s secluded isolation and relaxed character allows each guest to approach wellness and relaxation on their own terms.
A Weekend Wonder: Hotel Labaris Khao Yai
Hotel Labaris Khao Yai looks out over the breathtaking scenery of a mountain range. Rooms are located in two buildings and come in three different types, all overlooking a maze-like flower garden. The hotel has a fun main swimming pool but those who want more privacy can opt for one of the 10 pool villas in a private zone called the Secret Village. The hotel’s restaurant and bar is a beautiful glass-panelled dining room serving Thai cuisine and grill options. Other facilities include the Rabbit Cafe, a ballroom that can accommodate up to 120 people, as well as an outdoor space for weddings and concerts.
Legend Siam Pattaya
Adding to Pattaya’s already busy landscape is Legend Siam Pattaya, an ambitious cultural theme park designed to showcase the ancient glory of Siamese civilisation. Launched in late February to much fanfare, Legend Siam is the first establishment of its kind in Thailand. Fancy showrooms featuring relics and bits of culture from all of the country’s 77 provinces and from across all eras of Thai history make Legend Siam a must-visit for Thai enthusiasts. Authentic décor instantly transports visitors into earlier times and the park’s three different zones give a glimpse of different aspects of life in Thailand’s distant past. It’s history, but fun and inspiring and well worth a visit. Tickets are 450 baht per person.
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