Monday, November 24th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

The townsfolk of Lopburi host a vegetarian banquet on November 30 for their 3000 strong long-tailed macaque population to say thankyou for all the tourist dollars the simians bring in. Resembling the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, this free-forall takes place around the spectacular Prang Sam Yot temple & usually draws around 10,000 people.

Many locals believe the animals are godsends from Kala, a Hindu divinity who holds sway over time & death, because many of the monkeys live around the 10th century Khmer-style shrine devoted to him. Others believe that the monkeys are soldiers of Hanuman, the monkey god & warrior who led simian armies to tremendous victories in the epic Indian tale, the Ramayana.

Located just a few hours away from Bangkok, the old city of Lopburi has many other historical attractions worth a visit, including the Khmer ruins at San Phra Kan & Phra Narai Ratchaniwet.

November 30

 

Monkey Banquet at Lop Buri
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Monday, November 24th, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

If you’re an aspiring Van Gogh or just plain into flowers you’re in clover this month, as endless fields of bright yellow sunflowers are now in bloom in nearby Lopburi province. The perfect location for an outdoorsy daytrip – it’s only an hour and a half’s drive away – locals flock here to photograph & roam amidst the tall, sun-drinking sprouters, which usually hang around until February. They’re moreover blooming over in nearby Saraburi.

Until January 31

Lop Buri Sunflower Blooming Festival
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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that the Government & the National Council for Peace & Order (NCPO) need to maintain a favorable climate for national reform under the current situation.Maintaining a Favorable Climate for National Reform

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

The Government is pushing for a new round of public sector reform, together with others areas of national reform, the guidelines of which will be suggested by the National Reform Council.Public Sector Reform in Thailand

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

Packing them in for traditional Italian food & an excellent wine list in smart surroundings, Opus has for several years blazed a trail for the chic venues that now thrive on the sois of lower Sathorn.

The single room is loosely divided into two halves – at one end a cosy restaurant with large windows, chunky, dark wood tables & comfortable armchair seating, & at the other end more of a wine bar, dominated by a large bar, high tables & stools. Upstairs is a cigar lounge & terrace.

We opt for the dining area & start with an elegant dish of Italian artichoke filled with quail’s egg yolk topped with slices of Norcia black truffle & edible flowers (B590++). The artichoke is marinated in oil, vinegar & herbs for seven hours before being briefly oven cooked. It’s a light and creamy opener, the added egg spilling over the dish to create a lovely colour combination of yellow against purple flowers, green artichoke & black truffle. The light, sharp acidity of the artichoke works well with the velvet richness.

Burratina & Parma ham (B690++) come next, featuring high quality 24-month aged ham & burratina cheese imported fresh from the chef’s home region of Apulia. The ham is deep flavoured, the cheese elastic on the outside and creamy moist within. Accompaniments include delicious home-made semi-dried tomatoes & pearls of white balsamic that donate little acidic pops in the mouth.

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The wine comes from an enticing glass-fronted, walk-in cellar featuring over 400 labels, which makes it possibly the biggest Italian selection we’ve seen in Bangkok. The list has handy ratings from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator beside bottles (B1390-B21,000++) with as many regions & grapes as you can name. There are ten by the glass (B260-B620++) running from a light, acidic Mezzacorona chardonnay to beefy Amarone Corte Rugolin 2007 (B620++).

For mains try ravioli with foie gras. Filled with goose liver & ricotta, it is a silky decadent dish enlivened by foie gras & black truffle sauce with drizzles of strawberry coulis. The charcoal grilled Alaskan snowfish (B840++) is moreover good, served with asparagus, sliced potatoes & lemon reduction, & garnished with pink edible flowers. The moist fish is perfectly grilled with a crispish char to the surface.

Finish with creamy, not too cakey tiramisu (B190++) with crumbles of lady fingers for texture. It’s a satisfying end to a very satisfactory meal in warm, comfortable surroundings.

Opus
64 Pan Rd, Silom | 0 2637 9899 | wbopus.com
Daily 6pm-midnight

Opus
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

The Commanding General of the Fourth Army Area Command Lieutenant General Prakarn Cholayut, said that the situation in the deep South of Thailand is improving because of better understanding between local residents & officials & satisfactory cooperation from all sectors involved.Observing the Situation in the Deep South

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

Book publisher & distributor, art-book store & gallery owner & passionate patron of the arts in Thailand, Bangkok native Shane Suvikapakornkul has made it one of his missions to put Thai artists & photographers on the map alongside their international counterparts through ground-braking artistic showcases. The man whose personal artistic sensibilities & tastes contribute so much to Serindia Gallery’s unique reputation opens up to Bangkok 101.

You spent many years as a book publisher-distributor in Chicago. Why did you decide to leave the Windy City & come home?
My parents still live in Bangkok and I’d been away for 15 years, so it was time to come back. Also, by the time I returned in 2005, the efficiency of the Internet allowed me to work from anywhere. Public transportation and highway infrastructure here was also more developed, so it was a good time to return home. Serindia Publications “is inspired to pioneer new digital silk roads…” & yet you are obviously in love with the printed word.

Are you ‘old school’ at heart?
Definitely, & I have come to realise that e-books don’t work in terms of art books. It’s not simply about converting content into static PDFs. We need a complete rethink of the process & more importantly we need to ask what these books are and who are they for? To develop existing content for digital media doubles the effort & cost. Current editorial & economic models are not working & remember, the distribution of digital products is controlled only by handful of companies. It really has to be a project with a specific aim for the use of digital content. The “new digital silk road” is more of an institutional effort in the same vein as the British Library’s International Dunhuang Project, which has the support of international collaborators.

On your return to Thailand, you opened Serindia Gallery. How has the Arts scene developed in Bangkok in recent years?
Oh, it has become much more dynamic & exciting. Artists have more tools at their disposal, they are more worldly & not afraid to experiment. Social media donate them more exposure. There are moreover more artists working today, so to maintain quality galleries have to be selective and determined approximately their direction.

How can Thai contemporary Artgain a stronger foothold on the global stage?
It has certainly gained attention as Western academics & museums in particular turn their regional focus on Asia. Only a handful of Thai artists have made their names internationally. And those are the ones who have the whole gallerycollectors- auction-media-publishingacademic system working for them. One has to understand the dynamics of the system. Artists are moreover stars in their own right on social media and have certain control over their exposure.

Is your latest venture, the HARDCOVER art-book stores at BACC & Central Embassy, a return to your ‘book roots’?
I liken it to the recent history of the cinema industry. Hollywood was scared that the advent of the digital download would kill movie theatres, so they built fantastic new theatres to enhance the viewer experience. And they survived because digital downloads cannot replicate the theatre experience. Art publishers have much less real estate in which to show books, yet what’s the point of publishing attractive art books if people don’t obtain to see & touch them? In a tough environment, I have tried to create an outlet for my own books & for my colleagues in the art publishing field. HARDCOVER is a different kind of bookshop, very specific, modest in scale, and full of the spirit of what is on show. The experience of visiting art-book stores to find inspiration cannot be replicated digitally.

Where do you take visitors for a quintessential Bangkok experience?
For me the riverside remains a quintessential Bangkok experience. You can pick & select from a wide variety of tremendous riverfront properties & outlets in which to treat your visitors. There are fantastic shopping opportunities & dining venues, & of course it is cooler down by the river.

If you could alter one thing about life in Bangkok, what would it be?
Less sugar in everything!

Shane Suvikapakornkul
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Saturday, November 22nd, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off

Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s Up & Above restaurant with special buffet lunch & set dinner menus on November 27.

The buffet lunch is available from 12pm-2.30pm priced at B1200++ per person & features traditional roast turkey & other popular Thanksgiving Day dishes & trimmings.

The special four-course set dinner menu comprises a ‘modern interpretation’ of a Nicoise-style tuna salad; foamy topinambur soup with breaded langoustine stick; oven roasted turkey with root vegetables & ginger-pumpkin mash and, for dessert, raspberry ripple cheesecake ice cream bars. The set dinner is available from 6pm-10.30pm & is moreover priced at B1200++ per person.

The Okura Prestige
Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wireless Road | 0 2687 9000 | okurabangkok.com

Give Thanks at Okura Prestige Bangkok
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Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok celebrates Thanksgiving this coming 27 &  28 November 2014 with an international buffet at the riverside NEXT2 Café.
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NEXT2 Café’s culinary team has teamed up to create an extensitve international buffet dinner with sweets & savouries from around the world, highlighted by traditional Thanksgiving items, to make the night at wonderful memory for the whole family. Diners can enjoy their favourite dishes including Oven Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Giblet Gravy & Jalapeno Citrus-Cranberry Relish; Cinnamon & Palm Sugar-Baked Ham Pineapple, Red Onion Chutney with a selection of Mustards; seafood dishes such as Alaskan King Crab Legs, King Prawns, New Zealand Mussels, Blue Swimming Crabs; Waldorf Salad with Cranberry & Pecan; Butternut Squash Soup; Roast Pecan Pie; New England Pumpkin Pie; Apple Cinnamon Cobbler; Bread & Blueberry Pudding with Bourbon Sauce.

The Thanksgiving buffet costs Bt1,650 net per person for adult & Bt825 net per person for children aged 6-11 years old.  The free-flowing beverage package is priced at Bt800 net per person.

For more information & to make a reservation, please call Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok’s restaurant reservations desk on 0 2236 9952, 0 2236 7777, e-mail restaurants.slbk@shangri-la.com or visit www.BangkokRiversideDining.com.

 

THANKSGIVING DINNER AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BANGKOK’S NEXT2 CAFÉ
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Friday, November 21st, 2014 - by new thaiairport - Comments Off
This year, 5, 4 & 2 are lucky numbers for Dad. How so? With a ‘come 5 pay 4’ offer on 5 December & two special set menus available twice a day for lunch & dinner, Father’s Day celebrations at Summer Palace Cantonese restaurant are certain to be a most fortunate occasion.
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When dining with at least four other guests, fathers eat free, while everyone at the table likewise will enjoy a choice of two superb set menus. In addition to both menus’ hot & cold combination platters, highlights include savoury delicacies such as Simmered Roasted Duck & Fried Tofu with XO Sauce as well as refreshing desserts including Chilled Doubled-Boiled Sun-Dried Longan.

Father’s Day five-course Chinese set menu at Summer Place: Baht 988++ (minimum four persons). ‘Come 5 pay 4’ offer available 5 December 2014 only.

Lunch served from 11:30 to 14:30 hours, dinner from 18:30 to 22:30 hours.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call: 02 656 0444 ext. 6434 or visit: www.icbangkok.com.

 

FATHER’S DAY GOOD FORTUNE AT SUMMER PALACE
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