Where To Eat, Stay And Play In March
1. Tasty Treats For Women By Women
The annual Women in Gastronomy global food forum takes place on 8-9 March at Banyan Tree Bangkok. Hosted by Gastronauts Asia and celebrating International Women’s Day, the event sees some of the most talented lady chefs in the world gather under one roof. This year the forum also marks the 150-year-old friendship between Italy and Thailand. Culinary luminaries taking part include chef Cristina Bowerman, who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurant Glass Hostaria in Rome. Guests will be able to enjoy a variety of regional and international cuisines and beverages, a food symposium featuring leading lights from the industry and a six-course degustation dinner by Bowerman in collaboration with Top Chef Thailand’s chef Chudaree Debhakam.
2. Los Atico's On Fire
Los Atico brings Hong Kong’s most beloved Mexican speakeasy straight to the heart of Bangkok. Located on Cali-Mex Bar & Grill’s rooftop at Sukhumvit 11, Los Atico boasts a strong selection of authentic Mexican firewater and seasonal cocktails prepared by charismatic head mixologist Rob Kariakan. His signature cocktail, the Los Atico margarita, is a classic made with Patron Silver Tequila, while the daringly named Tequila Makes My Clothes Come Off makes you want to taste it based on its name alone. The bar’s interior walls are painted over by renowned graffiti artists such as Miami-based Ruben Ubiera and Golden, while Sol Passion Music’s catchy hip-hop beats keep things sophisticated and sexy. Los Atico opens from 5pm to 2am Tues-Sun.
3. Mixing Love 1826
Rembrandt Hotel’s newly opened 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar is named for the Sukhumvit soi it is located in (18) and its floor number (26). This neat little narrative demonstrates 1826’s cocktail philosophy: make them succinct and fun. Its main lineup consists of 12 storytelling cocktails and six seasonal ones. Visual tales are blended in too as award-winning mixologist Stephen Pinto and his colleagues do their work. They are happy to interact and enthusiastically relate the history of the cocktail industry and the provenance of the famous cocktails they make. The bar is open from 5pm to 1am daily.
4. Koh Samui's Many Friendly Faces
Experience Koh Samui in a fresh new way at Lub d Koh Samui Chaweng Beach, one of a clutch of trendy new hotels on the island. Unlike regular properties of old, these new ‘social hotels’ are where making new friends is part of the plan, with thrilling, stress-busting activities designed to bring guests together under a veil of newfound camaraderie. Lub d’s Tropics Beach Club is its biggest draw, a seaside community hub where you can swim, dine and host poolside parties and games. It’s a good vacation spot, whether you’re going alone or with family. With a trip to Lub d, you’ll discover that social spaces don’t have to be stuffy—they can be fun and relaxing too.
5. Get Fit Get Lit
Tone Box Gym is a great new way to get fitter, leaner and healthier. The recently opened private boutique gym at the Portico Langsuan is just a five-minute walk from Chidlom BTS station. Its facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art, but more impressive is the community of influential fitness professionals on hand to provide individualised training and nutritional programmes and fitness metric assessments. Fitness is not just a state of your body, it’s a lifestyle and a mode of thought and a good community is essential to foster that. Tone Box’s sessions are tailored to each individual to meet personal goals and needs.
6. J’Adore SO! SPA
Ladies, why not book yourself a 120-minute special spa treatment at SoSPA at SO Sofitel Bangkok this March? Celebrating International Women’s Day, SoSPA will embark on a month-long campaign in collaboration with local Thai beauty products brand Ytsara to provide the smoothest care for your skin. Ytsara’s products combine centuries of Asian wisdom on skincare with precise French scientific finesse to deliver the very best for your skin. There will also be a giveaway of Ytsara’s limited edition products for the duration of the month. Go on, treat yourself to a rejuvenating pampering session.
7. Inspire Me, Creative Flows
Go to IconSiam’s first floor and you may spot a dense forest-like structure, an unusual sight in the middle of the bustling shopping mecca. In fact, it is Inspire Me MQDC, a newly established “life café” meant to serve as an inspirational space rather than just a run-of-the-mill café. Inspire Me MQDC tries to stimulate young and old with new ideas and perspectives and integrates virtual technology in the form of Augmented Reality Mapping in its décor. The outlet also serves premium blended Mavam Exspresso coffee and food by Parisian-style bakery PAUL, with menus inspired by different projects of real estate developer, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation (MQDC). Located on the first floor of the IconLux zone, Inspire Me MQDC is open daily from 10am to 10pm.
8. SO Sofitel's Exclusive Eats
From 28-30 March, So Sofitel Bangkok will be hosting a SO exclusive dinner at Park Society featuring fine fare by Michelin-starred chef Sascha Stemberg. His fresh and forward-thinking German cuisine will be a feast for the eyes and a pleasure to the taste buds. With a touch of magic Stemberg transforms refined ingredients into culinary classics. Named one of the top 50 chefs in Germany, he is a rising star in the culinary world. His six-course menu includes intriguing marinated lobster and succulent sea bass, quail with aromatic champignon mushrooms, and sumptuous roasted pork sirloin paired with crisp green apple and rich boudin noir sausages. The menu is topped off with perfect wine pairings. Priced at 3,500++ baht per person with an addition of 2,500++ baht for wine pairing.
9. Next Stop, The NEXT2
NEXT2 Café at the Shangri-La Hotel presents Along the Silk Road Night—a traditional dinner available every Thursday from 6:30pm-10:30pm. The dinner draws inspirations from the ancient trade routes running from the Far East to the Mediterranean. This extravaganza features multinational delicacies created by executive chef Marc Cibrowius and his talented culinary team. Diners will discover the tastes from the Orient including made-to-order Vietnamese rice paper rolls, flavourful black-bean Angus beef and a variety of house-made dim sum. The journey of discovery continues to the Middle East with mezze creations including hummus with spiced minced beef, Egyptian pulled spiced lamb shoulder and much more. Desserts include Turkish chocolate nougat and caramel flan. Priced at 1,900 baht per person, the menu is available at half-price for children aged six to 11 years old.
10. Italian Job
The latest project by the award-winning Pizza Massilia restaurants, Pizzaiola is located at the seventh floor of CentralWorld. It promises to be more than just a pizzeria, presenting bold pizza flavours and a menu that covers both meats and seafoods. Salerno-born chef Michele Fernando and Veneto native Massimo Verzini head the kitchen. They offer classic Italian cooking with a contemporary approach that incorporates both imported and local ingredients—for instance, a Chiang Mai sai-ua sausage pizza. For a more traditional taste, dishes such as the Emilia-Romagna region specialty of gnocco fritto and prosciutto—deep-fried pastry paired with Italian cured Parma ham—are available.
11. Tusk Force
Anantara hotels and Resorts have revealed plans for a charity-driven celebration of Thailand’s majestic national animal—the elephant. From the banks of the mighty Mekong to the River of Kings, the week-long festival will link the natural and the urban in two quintessentially Thai locations. Kicking off on March 13 at Anantara Golden Triangle, guests can get up close to the gentle giants in their natural habitat before joining the Elephant Boat Race festival at Anantara Riverside in Bangkok from March 15-17. Don’t miss the fun as international teams participate in the age-old cultural tradition of dragon boat racing, only this time paddling unique elephant-themed craft.
12. Thailand's Route Finder
Bangkok Airways is to launch two new routes from Chiang Mai to Krabi and Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang in Laos. The flights will be available from the end of March onwards. The one-way Chiang Mai-Krabi service will begin with a three-flights-per-week operation on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays before switching to a daily service from April 30 onwards. The airline will use a 144-seater Airbus A319 aircraft to service this route with the outbound flight PG246 departing from Chiang Mai International airport at noon and arriving at Krabi International airport at 1:55pm. The round-trip Chiang Mai-Luang Prabang service will also operate three flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays via a 70-seater ATR 72-600 aircraft.
13. Star Gazing
What does 2019 have in store for travellers based on the stars? Ruby Warrington, founder of cosmic lifestyle platform The Numinous, has created an astrology guide for W hotels across the Asia Pacific region. The guide is designed for avid travellers and cosmic fans alike, pairing guests with travel inspiration that has been personalised to their Zodiac sign. Drawing on each hotel’s location, design and aesthetic, Warrington, a former Sunday Times style editor, matches each W hotel to the personality traits of each star sign. Delving into everything from travel types, packing tips, flavours to savour and what to see and do in each city, the comprehensive guide gives playful insight into every W hotel and destination in the region.
14. Taking Up Office
HQ, a leading workspace provider under IWG, operator of top international workspace companies such as Regus and Spaces, has opened its first location in Thailand at SPE Tower on Phaholyothin Road. The new office hub is connected to Sanam Pao BTS station and is just a few minutes’ walk from the Phayathai airport rail link. HQ aims to provide Bangkok’s working professionals and freelancers with a place to get the job done. The new facility is designed to suit everyone with simple pricing and an application that allows customers to book a meeting room or reserve a space online. The first branch will occupy the 10th floor of the 17-storey SPE Tower. With 910 sqm of space it includes 60 offices, 188 workstations and two meeting rooms with co-working lounges.