Where To Eat, Stay And Play in September
Lin-Fa Special 27th Anniversary Dinner
Lin-Fa at the Sukosol is celebrating its 27th anniversary with a special nine-course degustation menu served throughout September. Created by the talented chefs at Lin-Fa in collaboration with new executive chef Jeremy Harris, the menu features some of Lin-Fa’s most popular recipes with a modern interpretation. Dishes include charcoal-infused xiao long bao and lobster salad, signature fish maw and tiger prawn with Imperial sauce, grilled French oysters with Cantonese black bean sauce. For mains, choose between wok-fried wagyu beef or sliced grouper with black pepper, capsicum and spring onions. The nine-course menu is priced at 2,500++ baht per person with an additional 999++ baht for wine pairings.
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Drinks And Tacos At Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Shake off a hard day’s work with a light meal and a few drinks at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar at Marriott Bangkok Sukhumvit. What better drink to have with a fiery sunset than the popular Italian Aperol Spritz? An alternative is the Siam Spritz cocktail, a special concoction inspired by Thai local ingredients. For a scrumptious light meal to go with your drinks, taco sliders come with a delicious filling of salmon and tuna with lime, chilli, coriander and avocado. Available exclusively throughout September, the tacos cost 330++ baht per serving and the drinks 350++ a glass.
Sweet & Savoury At Siam Kempinski
The five-course Afternoon Tea Reimagined at the Siam Kempinski is a spectacular offering presented in the elegant setting of the hotel’s grand lobby and Hanuman Bar. Served course by course, rather than as a one-time tea set, it consists of canapés, sandwiches, scones, pastries and desserts including mini éclairs and mignardises. Guests can enjoy the tea accompanied by a harpist. Priced at 999+ per person, the tea is available between 2pm-5pm every weekend from September onwards.
Disconnect and relax at AWAY Spa with treatments inspired by minerals and gems. Recharge to the fullest with the Ruby, a 75-minute hot stone massage with ruby massage oil containing ginger, rosemary and mandarin to rejuvenate tired muscles. Alternatively, pamper body and soul with the Emerald, a treatment that includes a sea salt and mint body scrub and a eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary oil massage. To detox, try the Rose Quartz treatment, which features a Himalayan salt body scrub and rose quartz treatment as well as a geranium, rose and rosewood oil massage. Prices range from 2,700++ to 3,899++ baht per person.
Starbucks Thailand celebrates its 20th anniversary by partnering with the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) and the heirs of Wirat Pinsuwan, a member of the Master Artisans of Thailand, to create a heritage Benjarong coffee mug collection. The name Benjarong is derived from benja meaning five and rong meaning colour and refers to the use of red, yellow, green, blue and white in the making of the ceramic. Often deep purple, a brownish hue and pure gold are also used. Priced at 1,900 baht, customers can choose from the ceramic mug with the prajam yam pattern of encircling vines and flowers or the chrysanthemum flower pattern on a deep orange background.
Alliance Française Bangkok has a new home at 179 Witthayu Road, just across the road from its previous location. Spanning five floors, the new facility comprises 29 classrooms, 330sqm of interactive library space, a brighter dance studio and a more spacious sewing room. A brand new 219-seat auditorium is designed with higher ceilings to offer superb acoustics. Book lovers can peruse the shelves at Carnets d’Asie, a spacious bookstore located at the entrance of the new site. Open Monday to Saturday from 9am-7pm, the bookstore offers an ordering service for individuals and institutions with a delivery time of three weeks. When you’ve found your book, snuggle up at Café Mademoiselle where you can enjoy cold cuts and cheeses as well as traditional Thai cuisine.
New Attraction, Old World
Under the concept of the legends of Thailand, Legend Siam is set to become a new landmark in Pattaya where visitors can experience Thai culture and lifestyle. Situated on 164 rai, the site comprises shops and an amusement park. Vignettes of Thai culture and lifestyle can be experienced through three different zones. Siam Vilize showcases mesmerising architecture and the Legendary Royal Elephants parade, while Araya Thai brings back to life a fun-filled Thai temple fair, mythical creatures from Thai literature and Wat Phra Si San Phet from the Ayutthaya era. For a hair-raising experience there is the home of the ghost from the legend of Khlong Phra Khanong. Wrap up a visit with the Bhumi Pan Din zone, where one can learn about the legend of the Bangrachan warriors.
Chef luca appino of Pizza Massilia and Frederic Meyer of Gambero Rosso bring a new concept of gourmet pizza to Bangkok. Pizza Massilia, inspired by the Italian community in Marseille, offers a Neapolitan-style pizza with soft and airy dough topped by select ingredients such as San Marzano or Piennolo tomatoes, burrata, mortadella from Bologna and many DOP products. Not to be missed is the burrata and culatello pizza, which showcases Culatello di Zibello, one of the most prized salumi in Italy. Diners will delight in classic combinations as well as more unusual variations. Recognised as the first pizzeria in Bangkok to provide gluten-free pizza, the Ruam Rudee branch of Pizza Massilia has dedicated one of its two wood-fired ovens exclusively to baking gluten-free pizza. Other branches include Sukhumvit and a pizza truck in Saladaeng.
Sounds Of Sunday At The Sheraton Grande
The Sunday Jazzy Brunch at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit is back. Held every first Sunday from now until December it includes the chance to bid in an auction for vouchers to stay in luxurious Marriott Hotels & Resorts around the world. Each monthly auction will raise essential funds for the Pediatrics Cardiac Surgery Foundation, an outstanding charity dedicated to helping children who live in poverty and suffer from heart disease by performing life-saving operations. Priced at 2,500 baht per person with an additional 999++ baht per person for free flow beverages, the spectacular Sunday Jazzy Brunch entices diners with à la minute dishes including foie gras and wagyu prime rib, as well as a selection of fresh seafood. Lovers of exotic flavours can also experience Indian curries, Thai temptations and Chinese dim sum delights.
TWG Tea has launched a new menu introducing a range of sweet and savoury treats incorporating exclusive tea blends to celebrate the reopening of the TWG Tea Salon and Boutique at Siam Paragon. Starters include seared tuna niçoise salad with red wine vinegar infused with the Eternal Summer tea dressing, pan-seared tiger prawn salad with strawberry tea-infused vinaigrette and scallop carpaccio with hibiscus dressing infused with Jade of Africa tea. For mains, try the Norwegian salmon and matcha beurre blanc or pan-seared snow fish with pea purée and French earl grey miso sauce. Pasta lovers can choose from tiger prawn squid ink spaghetti infused with Earl Grey Gentleman, genmaicha mushroom linguine and many more.
Bangkok Airways and Jet Airways, India’s premier full-service international carrier, have announced an expansion of their existing code-share agreement to provide more choice and convenient travel connections for passengers flying between key destinations across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and India. This expanded partnership will offer passengers enhanced connectivity and access on the combined networks of both airlines. Under the agreement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Bangkok Airways’ flights beyond Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Sukhothai and Trat in Thailand, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia and Da Nang and Phu Quoc in Vietnam. Bangkok Airways will also place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ flights beyond Mumbai to key destinations.
The Slate Phuket is offering a weekend itinerary consisting of three key elements: Hit, Heal and Heat. Kickstart the weekend with Hit, intensive Thai boxing sessions in which guests learn from skilled martial arts specialists in one-to-one lessons. In the afternoon, guests can Heal their post-workout pains with a rejuvenating Thai massage at Coqoon Spa. For men looking to impress loved ones back home, turn up the Heat with spicy and tantalising Thai cuisine by learning authentic Thai recipes at Moo’s Kitchen. The combination of hitting and healing, mixed in with a touch of heat, makes for the ideal break for men looking for a mid-year re-set or a getaway with a group of friends. The three-day, two-night package starts from 24,500 baht and includes a Pearl Bed Suite.
Designed with the independent traveller in mind, SALA Hospitality has launched SALA Journeys through which guests will be able to explore the local areas of three Sala boutique destinations in 12 hour series. The 12 hours in Rattanakosin explores Bangkok’s old town with a self-guided walking tour that covers classic destinations including Wat Po and Wat Arun, as well as local secrets such as a roadside cart that has been selling soy milk pudding and grass jelly desserts for over 50 years. The 12 hours in Ayutthaya guide starts at Sala Ayutthaya, highlighting must-see temples and includes a stop at the quirky Million Toys Museum. Finally, the 12 hours in Wat Ket unearths cultural and culinary treasures in Sala Lanna Chiang Mai’s riverside neighbourhood.
Make A Splash At The Blue Tree Phuket
Set over 140 rai in Cherng Talay, Blue Tree Phuket is positioned as Phuket’s premier family attraction. Located within easy reach of the island’s popular central west coast, it will be the island’s first international-standard fully integrated waterpark and family entertainment complex. Opening in the first quarter of 2019, Blue Tree will comprise water and entertainment parks, a four-storey vertical beach club, a fitness zone, a kid’s club and multiple retail spaces. In addition, 17 restaurants and food outlets will cater to all tastes and budgets, centred around the complex’s star attraction, the Blue Tree Lagoon. The 17,000 sqm man-made lagoon is flanked by artificial beaches and offers an aquatic playground for activities such as water slides and cliff jumping powered by Crystal Lagoons’ sustainable technology.