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LIFESTYLE+TRAVEL Special Edition Issue 100 / 2022 spotlighting Korapat ‘Nanon’ Kirdpan

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LIFESTYLE+TRAVEL Special Edition Issue 100/2022 spotlighting Korapat ‘Nanon’ Kirdpan

LIFESTYLE+TRAVEL Special Edition Issue 100 / 2022 spotlighting Korapat ‘Nanon’ Kirdpan with 12 pages of Nanon’s fashion shooting and 6 pages of an exclusive…

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The influence of Peranakan culture is one the biggest cultural charms to be discovered on Phuket. The province was once a destination for numerous immigrant Chinese who married with locals and merged their cultures into a harmonious blend, even incorporating some of the Western influences which had started to seep through. Even though the heart of Peranakan culture is still Singapore and Malaysia, the southern region of Thailand is rich with multiculturalism and Peranakan culture is most prominent in Phuket. Whether it’s Peranakan cuisine or architecture you would like to delve into, there are a number of places to experience them on Phuket. There are, however, two very elegant Peranakan manors that are eminent and not-to-be-missed.   Baan Ar-Jor HISTORY: The three-storey mansion was built by Chinese tin-mining businessman Tan Jin Nugn in 1936. He was not only a successful entrepreneur, but a man who lived a compelling life. The house remained intact throughout decades of its occupants’ trials and tribulations, was abandoned for some more decades, and then thankfully revived by the original owner’s great-grandsons in more recent times. They have turned the mansion into a living museum that showcases rare collectibles and unveils the rich story of the family. The mansion-turned-museum’s name comes from the word ‘Ar-Jor’, which means 'great-grandparent'. STYLE: Peranakan architecture with a nostalgic ambience and décor, surrounded by tranquil greenery. HIGHLIGHTS: The mansion is home to Michelin-recommended Toh-Daeng Restaurant, which serves authentic Phuket dishes made from the family’s recipes which have been passed down for generations. All proceeds from the entrance fee (THB 200 per person) will be given to Baan Mai Khao School to support educational purposes. Artwork by the young students of Baan Mai Khao School are displayed at the museum, delightful to see and heart-touching. The mansion is also a homestay, so you can enjoy a very unique stay on the island. LOCATION: A few minutes’ walk from Mai Khao Beach. WEBSITE: www.baanarjor.com   Baan Chinpracha HISTORY: The manor was built during the reign of King Rama V by Phra Pitak Chinpracha, a prosperous tin-mining businessman who was also a philanthropist. He lived in Malaysia prior to settling down in Phuket, and brought many Peranakan and Western influences with him, such as Western-style furniture imported from British Malaya (present-day Malaysia). The manor is considered to be the most beautiful and well-preserved Sino-Portuguese building in Phuket, and the descendants of the original owner still live here. STYLE: A Melaka-inspired Peranakan manor with luxurious architectural details. The architecture lets plenty of natural light in, since the house was built when there was no electricity available. The building was constructed with a traditional version of cement that allows breathability, and the pond in the centre framed by an arch not only acts as a visual delight but also serves to collect rainwater. There are more architectural details to amaze visitors, which they can learn about during their visit. HIGHLIGHTS: The kitchen preserves its original look and functions, and displays rarely-seen kitchen ware. Numerous antiques, collected for over a century, are showcased alongside a collection of intriguing vintage photos.

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As travel restrictions have been eased, Phuket Old Town is filling with tourists once again. Nevertheless, if you prefer hanging around quieter spots, or are just wishing to take a break from the crowds, here are our picks of not-so-touristy places in the old part of town for quality experiences.   Museum Phuket The museum has long been located in the Old Town, but you may have walked past it many times without realising it as it sits within a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. The museum showcases stories of Phuket’s rich history, Peranakan culture, Chinese influences and much more that will all help you appreciate and enjoy the island even more.   Drawing Room Phuket Drawing Room Phuket is an art space with a slow bar serving handcrafted coffee made with an intelligent choice of coffee beans, as well as non-coffee drinks. If you are an epicurean, you should stop by when you are in town.   Rosa Sweets & Chocolate Rosa is a new paradise for those with a sweet tooth! When you enter the shop, you will be delighted by the myriad choices of craft chocolate. There is seating so you may slowly indulge into some sweet treats, and coffee and chocolate drinks are offered here as well. You may even like to opt for a bottle of Prosecco to pair with your choice of confection.   Pop Espresso Phuket This coffeehouse delivers the fine aromas and flavours of coffee, to be selected from an array of well-chosen beans and then transformed into a heavenly cuppa using either the pour-over method or with an Aram Espresso Maker. If you are looking for a spot to sip and chat, discover new coffee flavours and take a break from the outside sun, this is the place for you.   Cloud Markt It is neither a grocery store, restaurant nor bar, but a terrific combination of all three! Open day to night, you will find local products like snacks and aromatic candles here and be able to enjoy tasty dishes, light bites and a range of drinks including craft beer, kombucha cocktails and natural wines with cold cuts to accompany those.     Text and Photos by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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NEWS & UPDATES

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Recently at Bangkok's one-of-a-kind Wang Hinghoi Restaurant, award-winning Glenfiddich officially unveiled its exciting 'TIME-REIMAGINED' Collection of finest single malt whiskies that are 'Made With Mastery, Refined by Time', in collaboration with Chef Natthapol 'Nick' Pavapaiboon, who curated a special culinary journey that is inspired by the compelling stories of the collection. The TIME RE:IMAGINED Collection comprises Glenfiddich single malt scotch that are 30, 40, and 50 years of age, each of which offers unique senses that are meticulously cultivated by the Malt Masters over the decades. Now that these single malts have reached the apex of their maturity, they are now ready to exquisitely gratify single malt enthusiasts. For the Thailand launch, Glenfiddich joined forces with Natthapol “Nick” Pavapaiboon, executive chef and co-founder of Wang Hinghoi to create an exclusive dinner menu inspired by the single malts of the collection. 'I’m a Thai chef, so I incorporate the elements around the crafts of whisky making in the menu. Each course reflects the exceptional approach to single malt of Glenfiddich, and together they paint the picture of the brand. My goal is not only to create a tasteful whisky pairing dinner but also to echo a similar creation narrative,' explained Chef Nick. 'In whisky production, we often talk about the role of Malt Masters and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask. But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing. Both nature and time play huge roles in making whisky taste like it does and Glenfiddich’s TIME RE:IMAGINED pays homage to this process and the exquisite liquid it helps to create,' said Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master. The TIME RE:IMAGINED Collection will be available to purchase at The Distillers Library Bangkok, Piman49 or Italasia group, the official distributor of Glenfiddich in Thailand. For more stories about Glenfiddich, visit Instagram: valleyofthedeer.th

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Mango Art Festival, in collaboration with Public House, will debut its first edition of 'Urban Collectibles' – a pop-up marketplace for the urban art community, where like-minded people can connect and exchange ideas during 11-13 November 2022 at Public House Hotel, Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, showcasing limited-edition designer toys, pop art furniture, as well as a variety of original artwork on canvas, and more rare finds by local and international urban artists such as Retina, Todd James, Madsaki and Keith Haring. The venue will feature paintings by renowned and emerging urban artists such as Alex Face, Bonus Tmc, Bigdel, Mamablues, and others on the first floor, while on the second floor is an opportunity to explore urban art collectives such as NEV3R & FRIENDS, Temporarywest, MSV Crew, and TRK & PREDUCE Skateboards. There will also be an art auction for works by world-famous street artists such as Kaws, Katherine Bernhardt, Daniel Arsham, Javier Calleja, and Yusuke Hanai. For more details, visit www.mangoartfestival.com or Facebook: @MangoArtFestival

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WHAT’S HOT

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MICHELIN-Starred restaurant Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu at The Okura Prestige Bangkok invites you to experience its new 'Autumn Guestronomic Dining Journey', featuring an array of autumn-inspired fares created by Chef Gerard Villaret Horcajo and his team. As lush green leaves turn red, orange, and brown, the weather gets cooler, yet the ambience gets warmer and comforting. Chef Gerard's autumn offerings are, therefore, characterised by herbs, spices and hearty ingredients, at the side of lighter touches to classic French cuisine and exquisite premium seasonal produce from Japan. Always seeking to be playful and bold, he often uses tow sauces in a dish so as to provide complex flavour range and contrasts. Warm, tangy and full of a inspiring seasonal essence, highlights of the autumn menu includes succulent ‘chutoro’ with marbled Kombu, daikon and hijiki; ‘Hokkaido scallop’ with eryngii (oyster mushroom), sherry and scallop-bushi (cured, cold smoked and dried scallop); ‘canard en croute de sel – on the bone’ with togarashi (Japanese mixed chilli and spices), confit Cannellonis, and foie gras; ‘A5 Miyagi wagyu – Baba’ with Pommes Dauphine, shallot and umeboshi; and signature ‘binchotan’ with Japanese whisky, citrus and milk chocolate. The 'Autumn Guestronomic Set Journey' is available from 23 September 2022, from 18:00 to 22:30, with prices starting from THB 4,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or email elements@okurabangkok.com

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During the upcoming cool season months, Bangkok's one-MICHELIN-Starred modern-Thai restaurant, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok unveils its new tantalising 16-serving 'Winter Journey', co-created by award-winning Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen and Senior Head Chef Chayawee Suthcharitchan. The menu is inspired by Chef Henrik's memories of his gastronomic experiences during his adventures, from Thailand to Japan and Europe, and creatively and tastefully portray his idea of the flavours of winter using finest seasonal ingredients. The culinary journey will start with the famed eight ‘snack and street food’ canapés, followed by Tom Yum Kung with a playful side, Spicy Hokkaido Scallop Salad with pomelo, King Fish Flan in Miso, Dino Fish with carrot and tamarind, Green Curry Snow Fish Cake, Duck Confit Pad Krapow with peas and quail egg served with aromatic Surin rice, and conclude with classic European desserts with a Thai touch. The ‘Winter Journey’ will be served at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin from 1 November 2022 until 31 March 2023 for lunch, with a selection of an eight-serving menu at THB 2,150++ and a ten-serving menu at THB 3,200++; and dinner with a 16-serving menu at THB 3,900++. Additional wine pairing is also available. For more information or reservation, please call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com, or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/sra-bua-by-kiin-kiin/  

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There is always a good reason to go to the spa. It is not only about making time for yourself to relax your body and mind, but also about discovering a new scene and experiencing a new spa treatment created with local wisdom and a touch of modern wellness techniques. 1. This newly opened spa in Chiang Mai is the third outlet after a successful launch in Koh Samui and Phuket. 2. The 'YHI' was inspired by the goddess YHI, responsible for life and light and personified by the sun for the Karraur First Nations people in Australia. 3. The conceptual treatment at YHI Spa is derived from ancient Asian healing wisdom combined with modern wellness techniques. 4. Its extensive spa menu includes massages, body scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy facials, manicures and pedicures, and more. 5. The seven treatment rooms are spacious and designed with an underwater theme, with a touch of a Thai herbal sauna and steam. 6. The signature spa menu here is the 90-minute treatment that combines an ancient Northern Thai massage (Tok Sen) with a Spanish massage aimed at relaxing muscles and providing fatigue relief. 7. YHI Spa pays homage to Thailand with designated massage treatments such as "Traditional Thai," which focuses on the body’s pressure points, and "Thai Lanna," which uses a Thai herbal ball. 8. "Kid Therapy" is a 45- or 60-minute treatment for children aged six to twelve years that aims to prevent hyperactivity. 9. YHI Spa uses products from HARNN, an organic Thai wellness brand. Their products are known for their natural ingredients and the wisdom of Thai artisans.  

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Designed for travellers of younger generations, Ying’nFlo, an upper midscale hospitality brand capturing the dashing spirit of of Millennials and GenZ excursionists, has been officially launched in Wanchai, Hong Kong, marking Langham's Hospitality Group's 20th anniversary, with more hotels in various cities in its roadmap. Ying’nFlo is designed as a place which feels like a friend’s apartment, but better, with spaces that invites people to connect and recreate in style, focusing on state-of-the-art design, arts and music, as well as facilities that brilliantly meet the needs of young travellers. Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, Langham Hospitality Group said "Ying’nFlo is a bold colourful canvas for the younger urban travellers, at an affordable price. It’s a smart guest experience for a generation that has grown up with digital. The concept combines simple stylish design with brilliant basics which are efficiently executed with a strong social vibe." "We will locate Ying’nFlo in destinations where our guests want to travel. These locations would be the front door to cultural, entertainment and tech hub districts," he added. "There is a strong opportunity to grow Ying’nFlo in Asia-Pacific and beyond where 50% of the population are millennials or GenZers." For more information on the Ying’nFlo (Hong Kong), visit yingnflo.com

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Highlights

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The St. Regis Bangkok has recently unveiled its new afternoon tea experience, the 'Autumn Afternoon Tea', featuring tempting savouries and sweet treats made with seasonal ingredients at the side of the classics, reflecting the earthy shades of the season. The Autumn Afternoon Tea set includes specials like Pistachio Éclair and Raspberry Pate de Fruit; as well as Red Velvet Bread; Smoked Duck and Berries Sauce; Octopus and Heirloom Tomatoes; Beetroot and Mustard Marinated Salmon on Éclair/ and Organic Root Vegetable, Hummus; Green Olive Crumb; chocolate indulgences; and more. The afternoon tea experience is priced at THB 1,800++ per set including tea or coffee for two persons, served from 14:00 to 17:00, available until 20 November 2022 at The St. Regis Bar and The Drawing Room. Reserve your seats at +66 (0) 2207 7777 or fb.bangkok@stregis.com

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JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa has officially unveiled the new face of the resort, with 127 additional rooms and villas, and new dining, recreational, and event facilities to become a stunning 'destination within a destination'. Situated by the long stretch of soft sands of Khuk Khak Beach in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa now features a total of 420 spacious rooms, suites, and villas, including new Lagoon Pool View Rooms, Deluxe Lagoon Pool Access Rooms, Family Pool Access Studios, One-Bedroom Villas and a Two-Bedroom Villa, plus the debut of JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites, an exclusive collection of 52 stylish two-bedroom suites. More additions encompass the Aqua Play Zone with a wave pool, fountain trampoline, a big a waterslide and outdoor playground setting along the 2.4 km lagoon pool waterway, which is the longest in Southeast Asia; beachfront Drift Beach Bar & Grill serving heavenly Mediterranean cuisine and seafood grills; a brand-new beautiful ballroom that can accommodate up to 810 people, being the largest in southern Thailand; JW Garden, where organic fruits and vegetables are cultivated, welcoming guests to enjoy a family picnic amidst fragrant herbs and flowers; and more to come! "We are delighted to be unveiling the reimagined JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa today. There is high demand for fully-integrated, beachfront resort experiences in Thailand from around the world and we are positioned to deliver this across multiple segments and market sectors. I believe Khao Lak is ready and I believe the destination will become one of Thailand’s leading leisure tourism and MICE hubs in the years to come," said Abhimanyu Singh, General Manager, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.  To find out more about experiences at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, please visit www.jwmarriottkhaolak.com

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As travel restrictions have been eased, Phuket Old Town is filling with tourists once again. Nevertheless, if you prefer hanging around quieter spots, or are just wishing to take a break from the crowds, here are our picks of not-so-touristy places in the old part of town for quality experiences.   Museum Phuket The museum has long been located in the Old Town, but you may have walked past it many times without realising it as it sits within a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. The museum showcases stories of Phuket’s rich history, Peranakan culture, Chinese influences and much more that will all help you appreciate and enjoy the island even more.   Drawing Room Phuket Drawing Room Phuket is an art space with a slow bar serving handcrafted coffee made with an intelligent choice of coffee beans, as well as non-coffee drinks. If you are an epicurean, you should stop by when you are in town.   Rosa Sweets & Chocolate Rosa is a new paradise for those with a sweet tooth! When you enter the shop, you will be delighted by the myriad choices of craft chocolate. There is seating so you may slowly indulge into some sweet treats, and coffee and chocolate drinks are offered here as well. You may even like to opt for a bottle of Prosecco to pair with your choice of confection.   Pop Espresso Phuket This coffeehouse delivers the fine aromas and flavours of coffee, to be selected from an array of well-chosen beans and then transformed into a heavenly cuppa using either the pour-over method or with an Aram Espresso Maker. If you are looking for a spot to sip and chat, discover new coffee flavours and take a break from the outside sun, this is the place for you.   Cloud Markt It is neither a grocery store, restaurant nor bar, but a terrific combination of all three! Open day to night, you will find local products like snacks and aromatic candles here and be able to enjoy tasty dishes, light bites and a range of drinks including craft beer, kombucha cocktails and natural wines with cold cuts to accompany those.     Text and Photos by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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The influence of Peranakan culture is one the biggest cultural charms to be discovered on Phuket. The province was once a destination for numerous immigrant Chinese who married with locals and merged their cultures into a harmonious blend, even incorporating some of the Western influences which had started to seep through. Even though the heart of Peranakan culture is still Singapore and Malaysia, the southern region of Thailand is rich with multiculturalism and Peranakan culture is most prominent in Phuket. Whether it’s Peranakan cuisine or architecture you would like to delve into, there are a number of places to experience them on Phuket. There are, however, two very elegant Peranakan manors that are eminent and not-to-be-missed.   Baan Ar-Jor HISTORY: The three-storey mansion was built by Chinese tin-mining businessman Tan Jin Nugn in 1936. He was not only a successful entrepreneur, but a man who lived a compelling life. The house remained intact throughout decades of its occupants’ trials and tribulations, was abandoned for some more decades, and then thankfully revived by the original owner’s great-grandsons in more recent times. They have turned the mansion into a living museum that showcases rare collectibles and unveils the rich story of the family. The mansion-turned-museum’s name comes from the word ‘Ar-Jor’, which means 'great-grandparent'. STYLE: Peranakan architecture with a nostalgic ambience and décor, surrounded by tranquil greenery. HIGHLIGHTS: The mansion is home to Michelin-recommended Toh-Daeng Restaurant, which serves authentic Phuket dishes made from the family’s recipes which have been passed down for generations. All proceeds from the entrance fee (THB 200 per person) will be given to Baan Mai Khao School to support educational purposes. Artwork by the young students of Baan Mai Khao School are displayed at the museum, delightful to see and heart-touching. The mansion is also a homestay, so you can enjoy a very unique stay on the island. LOCATION: A few minutes’ walk from Mai Khao Beach. WEBSITE: www.baanarjor.com   Baan Chinpracha HISTORY: The manor was built during the reign of King Rama V by Phra Pitak Chinpracha, a prosperous tin-mining businessman who was also a philanthropist. He lived in Malaysia prior to settling down in Phuket, and brought many Peranakan and Western influences with him, such as Western-style furniture imported from British Malaya (present-day Malaysia). The manor is considered to be the most beautiful and well-preserved Sino-Portuguese building in Phuket, and the descendants of the original owner still live here. STYLE: A Melaka-inspired Peranakan manor with luxurious architectural details. The architecture lets plenty of natural light in, since the house was built when there was no electricity available. The building was constructed with a traditional version of cement that allows breathability, and the pond in the centre framed by an arch not only acts as a visual delight but also serves to collect rainwater. There are more architectural details to amaze visitors, which they can learn about during their visit. HIGHLIGHTS: The kitchen preserves its original look and functions, and displays rarely-seen kitchen ware. Numerous antiques, collected for over a century, are showcased alongside a collection of intriguing vintage photos.

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As tourism is flourishing again, the world's largest multi-attraction pass, Go City, has made an exciting debut of 'Go City Bangkok' – value-for-money travel passes with access to a number of top attractions and experiences in the vibrant metropolis. Go City's unique passes offer the opportunity to see the best of a city, from the top sights to unique off-the-beaten-path experiences, all at a massive savings. There are two options for the Go City Bangkok pass, each designed for a different type of travel style. Presently, the Go City Bangkok passes allows access to these unmissable experiences: King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk, Chinatown Food Tour and Bangkok Pub Tour, Ayutthaya Day Tour, Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise, Tuk Tuk Tour, and authentic Thai massage experiences. In the near future, Go City is planning to add more lifestyle options into the mix like stunning sky bars, mouth-watering food and beverages options, and others. On top of that, for Thai travellers who is taking a trip overseas, Go City has also expanded attraction options in various cities including London, New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney. The Bangkok's All-Inclusive pass lets spontaneous customers maximise their visits and see as much of the city as they can for a set number of days. An Adult 2-Day All-Inclusive Pass is priced at THB 2,999 (approximately USD 89). The Explorer Pass offers flexibility for your exploration across 60 days, which you can choose ahead of time or upon arrival. An Adult 3-Choice Explorer Pass is priced at THB 1,899 (approximately USD 57). To learn more or make a purchase, visit GoCity.com/Bangkok, or download the Go City app from the App Store or Google Play.

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When ‘wellbeing’ cannot be completed simply by massages or spa rituals, Dusit International, Thailand’s preeminent hospitality group, has stepped up its game by introducing the new group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, based on the three key principles: pause, focus, and growth. At Dusit Thani Hua Hin Beach Resort, Devarana Wellness Centre offers exceptional services for an elevated sense of wellbeing of guests. Blending in Thai wisdoms and Buddhist principles, plus organic ingredients to be turned into nourishing meals, the wellness experience here really goes beyond the spa. You can opt for various programmes and even customise your own retreat to match your unique needs. DETAIL MATTERS The wellness journey starts right at your room, with health-friendly minibar and complimentary fruits and treats to freshen you up throughout the day. To help enhance your deep sleep, aside from comfy mattress and smooth bed linens, there are various types of pillows on bed, so you can be sure to find the right one.   WELLNESS AT ITS FINEST At the newly-refurbished Devarana Wellness Centre, soul-soothing sense would approach you on the first step with its calming sounds, refreshing scents, stylish design, and ample space. An array of wellness workshops and fitness classes will be held amidst this beautiful setting. For a spa session, there are a selection of over 30 treatments and therapies to be conducted by experienced staffs. Before the session starts, a mini singing bowl ritual will help you transport your busy mind into a more meditative state to help you obtain the best of restorative benefits of each session. Strongly recommended is the Devarana Signature Massage, a harmonious combination between Thai Ayuraveda healing, Shiatsu techniques, and Swedish influence ─ it is optimal for physically and mentally de-stressing.   STAY WELL INSIDE AND OUT Emotional wellbeing is also the heart of the wellness concept. There are daily activities for you to improve your emotions including tai chi, sunset yoga, meditation in the garden, and numerous more. You can also indulge in special wellness events like full moon beach sound bath, reiki healing, among others. In addition, there will be wellness videos available on-demand throughout your stay, in collaboration with expert wellbeing coach and educator, Cat Lau.   To find out more about Devarana Wellness at Dusit Thani Hua Hin, visit www.dusit.com/dusitthani-huahin/devarana-wellness

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Kimpton Kitalay Samui invites you to join the celebration of the resort's first anniversary with a series of exclusive pop-up event, featuring a seven-course dining experience by Thailand's acclaimed culinary talents, Chef Napol 'Joe' Jantraget and Chef Saki Hoshinowhich form Samlor in Bangkok, which will take place on 25 and 26 November at BoHo Thai Lifestyle Café. Highlights of delectable creations include 'Marinated Local Fish Crudo' with citrus vinaigrette & chili oil; 'Curry Crab Chawanmushi' with local beans and fermented chili; and 'Grilled Wagyu Striploin' with glazed oyster, baked rice and kale.The special dining experience is priced at THB 2,500 per person, with optional wine pairing at THB 1,800++ per person. Advance reservations are recommended, which can be made at +66 (0) 77 951 999, kimptonkitalay.info@ihg.com or kimptonkitalaysamui.com

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During the upcoming cool season months, Bangkok's one-MICHELIN-Starred modern-Thai restaurant, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok unveils its new tantalising 16-serving 'Winter Journey', co-created by award-winning Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen and Senior Head Chef Chayawee Suthcharitchan. The menu is inspired by Chef Henrik's memories of his gastronomic experiences during his adventures, from Thailand to Japan and Europe, and creatively and tastefully portray his idea of the flavours of winter using finest seasonal ingredients. The culinary journey will start with the famed eight ‘snack and street food’ canapés, followed by Tom Yum Kung with a playful side, Spicy Hokkaido Scallop Salad with pomelo, King Fish Flan in Miso, Dino Fish with carrot and tamarind, Green Curry Snow Fish Cake, Duck Confit Pad Krapow with peas and quail egg served with aromatic Surin rice, and conclude with classic European desserts with a Thai touch. The ‘Winter Journey’ will be served at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin from 1 November 2022 until 31 March 2023 for lunch, with a selection of an eight-serving menu at THB 2,150++ and a ten-serving menu at THB 3,200++; and dinner with a 16-serving menu at THB 3,900++. Additional wine pairing is also available. For more information or reservation, please call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com, or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/sra-bua-by-kiin-kiin/  

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The St. Regis Bangkok has recently unveiled its new afternoon tea experience, the 'Autumn Afternoon Tea', featuring tempting savouries and sweet treats made with seasonal ingredients at the side of the classics, reflecting the earthy shades of the season. The Autumn Afternoon Tea set includes specials like Pistachio Éclair and Raspberry Pate de Fruit; as well as Red Velvet Bread; Smoked Duck and Berries Sauce; Octopus and Heirloom Tomatoes; Beetroot and Mustard Marinated Salmon on Éclair/ and Organic Root Vegetable, Hummus; Green Olive Crumb; chocolate indulgences; and more. The afternoon tea experience is priced at THB 1,800++ per set including tea or coffee for two persons, served from 14:00 to 17:00, available until 20 November 2022 at The St. Regis Bar and The Drawing Room. Reserve your seats at +66 (0) 2207 7777 or fb.bangkok@stregis.com

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As travel restrictions have been eased, Phuket Old Town is filling with tourists once again. Nevertheless, if you prefer hanging around quieter spots, or are just wishing to take a break from the crowds, here are our picks of not-so-touristy places in the old part of town for quality experiences.   Museum Phuket The museum has long been located in the Old Town, but you may have walked past it many times without realising it as it sits within a beautiful Sino-Portuguese building. The museum showcases stories of Phuket’s rich history, Peranakan culture, Chinese influences and much more that will all help you appreciate and enjoy the island even more.   Drawing Room Phuket Drawing Room Phuket is an art space with a slow bar serving handcrafted coffee made with an intelligent choice of coffee beans, as well as non-coffee drinks. If you are an epicurean, you should stop by when you are in town.   Rosa Sweets & Chocolate Rosa is a new paradise for those with a sweet tooth! When you enter the shop, you will be delighted by the myriad choices of craft chocolate. There is seating so you may slowly indulge into some sweet treats, and coffee and chocolate drinks are offered here as well. You may even like to opt for a bottle of Prosecco to pair with your choice of confection.   Pop Espresso Phuket This coffeehouse delivers the fine aromas and flavours of coffee, to be selected from an array of well-chosen beans and then transformed into a heavenly cuppa using either the pour-over method or with an Aram Espresso Maker. If you are looking for a spot to sip and chat, discover new coffee flavours and take a break from the outside sun, this is the place for you.   Cloud Markt It is neither a grocery store, restaurant nor bar, but a terrific combination of all three! Open day to night, you will find local products like snacks and aromatic candles here and be able to enjoy tasty dishes, light bites and a range of drinks including craft beer, kombucha cocktails and natural wines with cold cuts to accompany those.     Text and Photos by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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Hilton, one of the world's leading hospitality companies, has recently unveil the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma, being the first Hilton Garden Inn in Japan. The hotel is situated in a premium location in central Kyoto, offering 250 stylishly-appointed guest rooms and appealing facilities. Throughout the hotel, you can revel in the sleek interior design that combines traditional Japanese elements with contemporary beauty, with 9 types of guest rooms, ranging from functional standard rooms to luxurious family rooms that can accommodate up to 6 people comfortably. To take care of your appetite, all-day-dining Together & Co. pampers your tastebuds with Western and Japanese cuisines created using Kyoto's seasonal ingredients, served in a cosy and lively setting. "Japan is one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations and we are delighted to celebrate the timely debut of Hilton Garden Inn following the reopening of Japan’s borders to international travelers. Opening in Kyoto, Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma will cater to the pent-up travel demand that we anticipate will sweep over the country. This debut is especially significant as it also represents the 600th hotel to join the Hilton portfolio in Asia Pacific, cementing Hilton’s position as the fastest growing hotel company in the region and a great milestone in our drive to have 1,000 trading hotels in Asia Pacific by 2025," said Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton. For more information and reservations, please call +81 75-320-5111 or visit hgikyotoshijokarasuma.jp

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JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa has officially unveiled the new face of the resort, with 127 additional rooms and villas, and new dining, recreational, and event facilities to become a stunning 'destination within a destination'. Situated by the long stretch of soft sands of Khuk Khak Beach in Khao Lak, Phang Nga province, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa now features a total of 420 spacious rooms, suites, and villas, including new Lagoon Pool View Rooms, Deluxe Lagoon Pool Access Rooms, Family Pool Access Studios, One-Bedroom Villas and a Two-Bedroom Villa, plus the debut of JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Suites, an exclusive collection of 52 stylish two-bedroom suites. More additions encompass the Aqua Play Zone with a wave pool, fountain trampoline, a big a waterslide and outdoor playground setting along the 2.4 km lagoon pool waterway, which is the longest in Southeast Asia; beachfront Drift Beach Bar & Grill serving heavenly Mediterranean cuisine and seafood grills; a brand-new beautiful ballroom that can accommodate up to 810 people, being the largest in southern Thailand; JW Garden, where organic fruits and vegetables are cultivated, welcoming guests to enjoy a family picnic amidst fragrant herbs and flowers; and more to come! "We are delighted to be unveiling the reimagined JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa today. There is high demand for fully-integrated, beachfront resort experiences in Thailand from around the world and we are positioned to deliver this across multiple segments and market sectors. I believe Khao Lak is ready and I believe the destination will become one of Thailand’s leading leisure tourism and MICE hubs in the years to come," said Abhimanyu Singh, General Manager, JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa.  To find out more about experiences at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, please visit www.jwmarriottkhaolak.com

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Designed for travellers of younger generations, Ying’nFlo, an upper midscale hospitality brand capturing the dashing spirit of of Millennials and GenZ excursionists, has been officially launched in Wanchai, Hong Kong, marking Langham's Hospitality Group's 20th anniversary, with more hotels in various cities in its roadmap. Ying’nFlo is designed as a place which feels like a friend’s apartment, but better, with spaces that invites people to connect and recreate in style, focusing on state-of-the-art design, arts and music, as well as facilities that brilliantly meet the needs of young travellers. Brett Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, Langham Hospitality Group said "Ying’nFlo is a bold colourful canvas for the younger urban travellers, at an affordable price. It’s a smart guest experience for a generation that has grown up with digital. The concept combines simple stylish design with brilliant basics which are efficiently executed with a strong social vibe." "We will locate Ying’nFlo in destinations where our guests want to travel. These locations would be the front door to cultural, entertainment and tech hub districts," he added. "There is a strong opportunity to grow Ying’nFlo in Asia-Pacific and beyond where 50% of the population are millennials or GenZers." For more information on the Ying’nFlo (Hong Kong), visit yingnflo.com

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is one of Phuket’s beautiful places to stay, offering tranquility amidst a delightful design that blends effortlessly into the natural island surroundings.   SETTING THE SCENE As Mai Khao Beach is a protected area, crowds are not a thing here. Meliá Phuket Mai Khao is a tranquil getaway set amidst tropical island greenery offering wellness-inspired facilities and satisfying dining options. Whether you are at the lobby, in a spa treatment room or strolling along the walkways, you will enjoy spaciousness and be able to admire the tropical island greenery. To drench yourself in summertime delight, there are two good-sized swimming pools, one situated on the beachfront lawn with private pavilions dotted around. If you are fond of watching sunsets the poolside pavilions will become your very favourite spot, as you can overlook the sun setting over the sea from them. Another popular spot is the leafy lawn by the beach, where you can enjoy wellness-inspired activities such as yoga at dawn and unwinding in peace at dusk.   GETTING COMFORTABLE The beachfront resort comprises of 30 suites and 40 villas, all of which are remarkably spacious. In addition, 15 of the villas are wellness-oriented with compelling add-ons such as a vitamin-C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, and Tempur-Pedic pillows. The interior design focuses on clean lines and mellow palettes with Mediterranean touches, and with the spacious bedroom and outdoor lounging area of my villa, I am ecstatic to have all these for my stay at Meliá Phuket Mai Khao.   DINING OPTIONS The culinary team here is led by Italian Chef Luca Mancini, who has lived in Thailand for over a decade. He knows Mediterranean and Thai flavours so well and has create a marvellous menu with both cuisines. All-day SASA serves up flavoursome Thai and international dishes in a gorgeous indoor setting, while alfresco GAIA Beach Club indulges playful souls with Mediterranean-inspired casual dining as well as tasty cocktails. Dishes here are mainly made with locally-sourced ingredients and there are also a number of healthful options available.   WHY I’D RETURN I find this resort offers the right balance between selfcare and having fun ─ I can opt for wellness activities all day long, and then unwind with a delicious, refreshing cocktail in hand by the pool followed by a good meal. In addition, there is something about the air here that makes me feel invigorated all day long.   ONE OR TWO QUIBBLES… As the resort places an emphasis on relaxation there is no work station in the guestrooms, and that may be a bit inconvenient for those who do need to spend some time doing work.   MELIÁ PHUKET MAI KHAO 233 Moo 3, Mai Khao, Thalang, 83110 Phuket T. +66 (0) 76 563 550 E. info@meliaphuketmaikhao.com W. www.melia.com/en/hotels/thailand/phuket/melia-phuket-mai-khao FB. @meliaphuketmaikhao     Text by Pakvipa Rimdusit

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There is always a good reason to go to the spa. It is not only about making time for yourself to relax your body and mind, but also about discovering a new scene and experiencing a new spa treatment created with local wisdom and a touch of modern wellness techniques. 1. This newly opened spa in Chiang Mai is the third outlet after a successful launch in Koh Samui and Phuket. 2. The 'YHI' was inspired by the goddess YHI, responsible for life and light and personified by the sun for the Karraur First Nations people in Australia. 3. The conceptual treatment at YHI Spa is derived from ancient Asian healing wisdom combined with modern wellness techniques. 4. Its extensive spa menu includes massages, body scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy facials, manicures and pedicures, and more. 5. The seven treatment rooms are spacious and designed with an underwater theme, with a touch of a Thai herbal sauna and steam. 6. The signature spa menu here is the 90-minute treatment that combines an ancient Northern Thai massage (Tok Sen) with a Spanish massage aimed at relaxing muscles and providing fatigue relief. 7. YHI Spa pays homage to Thailand with designated massage treatments such as "Traditional Thai," which focuses on the body’s pressure points, and "Thai Lanna," which uses a Thai herbal ball. 8. "Kid Therapy" is a 45- or 60-minute treatment for children aged six to twelve years that aims to prevent hyperactivity. 9. YHI Spa uses products from HARNN, an organic Thai wellness brand. Their products are known for their natural ingredients and the wisdom of Thai artisans.  

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During the upcoming cool season months, Bangkok's one-MICHELIN-Starred modern-Thai restaurant, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok unveils its new tantalising 16-serving 'Winter Journey', co-created by award-winning Chef Henrik Yde-Andersen and Senior Head Chef Chayawee Suthcharitchan. The menu is inspired by Chef Henrik's memories of his gastronomic experiences during his adventures, from Thailand to Japan and Europe, and creatively and tastefully portray his idea of the flavours of winter using finest seasonal ingredients. The culinary journey will start with the famed eight ‘snack and street food’ canapés, followed by Tom Yum Kung with a playful side, Spicy Hokkaido Scallop Salad with pomelo, King Fish Flan in Miso, Dino Fish with carrot and tamarind, Green Curry Snow Fish Cake, Duck Confit Pad Krapow with peas and quail egg served with aromatic Surin rice, and conclude with classic European desserts with a Thai touch. The ‘Winter Journey’ will be served at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin from 1 November 2022 until 31 March 2023 for lunch, with a selection of an eight-serving menu at THB 2,150++ and a ten-serving menu at THB 3,200++; and dinner with a 16-serving menu at THB 3,900++. Additional wine pairing is also available. For more information or reservation, please call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com, or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/sra-bua-by-kiin-kiin/  

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MICHELIN-Starred restaurant Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu at The Okura Prestige Bangkok invites you to experience its new 'Autumn Guestronomic Dining Journey', featuring an array of autumn-inspired fares created by Chef Gerard Villaret Horcajo and his team. As lush green leaves turn red, orange, and brown, the weather gets cooler, yet the ambience gets warmer and comforting. Chef Gerard's autumn offerings are, therefore, characterised by herbs, spices and hearty ingredients, at the side of lighter touches to classic French cuisine and exquisite premium seasonal produce from Japan. Always seeking to be playful and bold, he often uses tow sauces in a dish so as to provide complex flavour range and contrasts. Warm, tangy and full of a inspiring seasonal essence, highlights of the autumn menu includes succulent ‘chutoro’ with marbled Kombu, daikon and hijiki; ‘Hokkaido scallop’ with eryngii (oyster mushroom), sherry and scallop-bushi (cured, cold smoked and dried scallop); ‘canard en croute de sel – on the bone’ with togarashi (Japanese mixed chilli and spices), confit Cannellonis, and foie gras; ‘A5 Miyagi wagyu – Baba’ with Pommes Dauphine, shallot and umeboshi; and signature ‘binchotan’ with Japanese whisky, citrus and milk chocolate. The 'Autumn Guestronomic Set Journey' is available from 23 September 2022, from 18:00 to 22:30, with prices starting from THB 4,800++ per person. For more information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or email elements@okurabangkok.com

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Officially open in 2022, ibis Styles Bangkok Silom has been welcoming discerning travellers from all over the world as a stylish base of exploration with playful details, well-appointed facilities, and best value for money. ibis Styles Bangkok Silom is situated right at Silom Road, which is Bangkok's CBD, surrounded by mouth-watering eats and vibrant entertainment. The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway is just a short walk away, so getting to places is completely convenient. From the entrance to the rooftop pool, there are vivid murals inspired by the neighbourhood by talented Thai artist Tikkywow, and the 264 guest rooms are painted in a lively colour palette, with the famed Sweet Bed™ by ibis in every room. "We are so thrilled to open ibis Styles Bangkok Silom. Guests staying at this stylish hotel can look forward to enjoying comfortable rooms at accessible prices and creative dining experiences, from street-food-style fare to the funky rooftop bar. Silom has long been loved for its lively energy, and our hotel is ready to welcome guests seeking to  explore the neighbourhood," said Nitah Thongsuk, General Manager, ibis Styles Bangkok Silom. For more information and reservations, email HB6N1@accor.com, call +66 (0)2 3525 999, or visit www.ibisstylesbangkoksilom.com

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Mango Art Festival, in collaboration with Public House, will debut its first edition of 'Urban Collectibles' – a pop-up marketplace for the urban art community, where like-minded people can connect and exchange ideas during 11-13 November 2022 at Public House Hotel, Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, showcasing limited-edition designer toys, pop art furniture, as well as a variety of original artwork on canvas, and more rare finds by local and international urban artists such as Retina, Todd James, Madsaki and Keith Haring. The venue will feature paintings by renowned and emerging urban artists such as Alex Face, Bonus Tmc, Bigdel, Mamablues, and others on the first floor, while on the second floor is an opportunity to explore urban art collectives such as NEV3R & FRIENDS, Temporarywest, MSV Crew, and TRK & PREDUCE Skateboards. There will also be an art auction for works by world-famous street artists such as Kaws, Katherine Bernhardt, Daniel Arsham, Javier Calleja, and Yusuke Hanai. For more details, visit www.mangoartfestival.com or Facebook: @MangoArtFestival

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Recently at Bangkok's one-of-a-kind Wang Hinghoi Restaurant, award-winning Glenfiddich officially unveiled its exciting 'TIME-REIMAGINED' Collection of finest single malt whiskies that are 'Made With Mastery, Refined by Time', in collaboration with Chef Natthapol 'Nick' Pavapaiboon, who curated a special culinary journey that is inspired by the compelling stories of the collection. The TIME RE:IMAGINED Collection comprises Glenfiddich single malt scotch that are 30, 40, and 50 years of age, each of which offers unique senses that are meticulously cultivated by the Malt Masters over the decades. Now that these single malts have reached the apex of their maturity, they are now ready to exquisitely gratify single malt enthusiasts. For the Thailand launch, Glenfiddich joined forces with Natthapol “Nick” Pavapaiboon, executive chef and co-founder of Wang Hinghoi to create an exclusive dinner menu inspired by the single malts of the collection. 'I’m a Thai chef, so I incorporate the elements around the crafts of whisky making in the menu. Each course reflects the exceptional approach to single malt of Glenfiddich, and together they paint the picture of the brand. My goal is not only to create a tasteful whisky pairing dinner but also to echo a similar creation narrative,' explained Chef Nick. 'In whisky production, we often talk about the role of Malt Masters and it is our responsibility to find the delicate balance between the taste of the whisky and the intensity of the oak cask. But we don’t always acknowledge how each cask, each bottle, is absolutely unique because of the time it has spent maturing. Both nature and time play huge roles in making whisky taste like it does and Glenfiddich’s TIME RE:IMAGINED pays homage to this process and the exquisite liquid it helps to create,' said Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich Malt Master. The TIME RE:IMAGINED Collection will be available to purchase at The Distillers Library Bangkok, Piman49 or Italasia group, the official distributor of Glenfiddich in Thailand. For more stories about Glenfiddich, visit Instagram: valleyofthedeer.th

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This December, the exclusive clubhouse Soho House Bangkok will officially open its door, being the first House in South East Asia. Soho House Bangkok is located within the quaint colonial-style building of the former Eugenia Hotel in the Sukhumvit neighbourhood, with stylish spaces for members and their guests to enjoy foods and drinks. Soho House is a members-only club for those working in the creative industries. In addition to its 38 houses around the world, as well as restaurants, workspaces with Soho Work, and the interiors and retail brand Soho Home. Each House is designed to be a 'home away from home' for the local members; every element including design, furniture, artwork and food and beverage reflects the unique and individual characteristics of the community, culture and creative scene of its city. Founder and CEO Nick Jones said; "I have wanted to expand Soho House in Southeast Asia for a long time so this is an exciting moment for me and our members everywhere. To have a truly diverse and inclusive global membership, we need to represent cultures and creative communities from all parts of the world. Bangkok has such a vibrant and progressive energy, full of Thai warmth and kindness, and I can't wait to welcome members from the city into our new House."  

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Available daily at Peacock Alley, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok unveils its new afternoon tea set that pays homage to classic American dishes, featuring creatively crafted savouries and sweet treats by executive sous-chef Chalit (Toddi) Kobaukaew and executive pastry chef Andrea Noli. Highlights include Organic Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon; Waldorf Salad Tortilla Wrap topped with Walnut Tuiles; Crab Cake dipped with Thousand Island Dressing; and Green Zebra Tomato-Shaped Virgin Bloody Mary (New York’s beloved drink turned into a bite!); Modern Strawberry Red Velvet Cake; New York Sundae Choux; among others. The afternoon tea set is available from 13:00 to 17:00, priced at THB 2,500++ (or THB 2,943 net) for two and includes a selection of fine savory and sweet pastries, freshly-baked scones served with clotted cream, lemon cream and strawberry jam, and Mariage Frères tea or coffee. Reserve a table at +66 (0) 2 846 8888, bkkwa.fb@waldorfastoria.com or LINE: @WaldorfAstoriaBKK

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