Guru by Bangkok Post's pick of the most exciting products, activities, food and travel to indulge in.
Escape to Polynesia / Trader Vic’s, Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Trader Vic’s is injecting its popular Sunday brunch with a dose of Polynesian beach fun. The new tiki-themed buffet brunch on the Thon Buri side of the river will focus on popular Pacific Rim dishes served alongside frosted tropical cocktails, fine wine and live music. Hung with strings of vibrant blossoms in true Hawaiian style, the main dining room with its warm bamboo, rattan and wood finishes will feature live stations serving delectable flavours of the West Coast, Asia, Polynesia and Hawaii to a background of live band music and DJ sets. The generous buffet selection will include everything from fresh salads, seafood and dish sum to Tex-Mex, Cho-Cho BBQ and desserts, as well as premium a la carte mains such as lobster Thermidor and Rossini steak. Outside on the breezy riverside terrace guests can dine by the water and dance to their heart’s content. Prices are B2,500++ per person with juices and soft drinks; B3,400++ with sparkling wine, wine, beer, cocktails, juices and soft drinks; B6,999++ with unlimited Laurent Perrier Champagne. Children below the age of 12 dine for free. Call 02-431-9488, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit anantara.com/en/riverside-bangkok/restaurants/trader-vics.
Voyage À Paris / Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel / Until Nov 30
The “Voyage à Paris” afternoon tea at R Bar, beautifully curated by executive pastry chef Ornicha “Kitty" Tejagupta, is inspired by the elegance and charm of France with a modern twist. The tea includes Tarte aux pommes, Matcha Religieuse, Peach mousse cake, Salmon tartare and King crab mousse. The "Voyage à Paris" Afternoon Tea set is served from 22-5pm and is priced at B1,188++ per set, inclusive of two crafted mocktail drinks for two persons, along with tea or coffee or B1,688++ per set, inclusive of two crafted cocktail drinks for two persons, along with tea or coffee. Call 02-125-5000, Line: @renaissancebkk or visit renaissancebangkok.com.
Set lunch / Uno Mas, Centara Grand at CentralWorld
Spanish restaurant Uno Mas at Centara Grand at CentralWorld has a new weekday set lunch menu curated by chef Roberto Gonzalez Alonso. The menu features three exquisite courses made with the freshest and finest ingredients. Guests can choose from various starters, main courses, and desserts, each of which showcases the unique flavours of Spanish cuisine. The menu offers five starters to choose from, including Empanada de bonito Gallega (Galician puff pastry filled with tuna, tomato and capsicum), Huevos revueltos (scrambled organic egg with confit leeks and prawns) and Pastel de cabracho (red snapper terrine). The main course selection includes Albondigas Asturianas (Iberico pork and wagyu beef meatballs, tomato sauce and Manchego cheese), Salmon a la Naranja de Valencia (Pan-seared salmon with orange sauce and endives) and Arroz Zamorano (Zamora-style creamy Bomba rice with Iberico pork chorizo, shoulder and ear). The lunch menu ends with a Catalan cream or a fruit platter and Catunambu Spanish coffee or tea. The “Weekday Set Lunch” is priced at B690++ per person, including water and a soft drink. In addition, guests can add beer “cana”, Sangria, or a glass of Spanish white or red wine for an additional B100++. Call 02-100-6255 or email email@example.com.
King salmon / Akira Back, Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park / Until Nov 30
Akira Back Restaurant and Bar, at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, is offering the finest king salmon, from New Zealand and served in a variety of styles. Throughout November, diners can choose from four delectable dishes: Salmon sushi & sashimi platter (B1,200++), a mouth-watering selection of the freshest Japanese-style seafood; Salmon tartare (B550++), an elegant blend of raw salmon with wasabi soy sauce and brioche toast, topped with Oscietra caviar; Salmon salad (B480++), premium cured salmon with mesclun and balsamic ginger dressing; and Josper-grilled salmon (B690++) with a salmon croquette, green asparagus and yuzu butter sauce. Call 02-059-5999 or visit sevn.ly/xSPKO2DY.
From Tokyo to Bangkok/ Viu, St. Regis Bangkok / Nov 15-18
The St. Regis Bangkok unveils its newest guest chef series, featuring Michelin-starred Gucci Osteria Tokyo’s chef Antonio Iacoviello. A cooking class on Nov 15 and an eight-course dinner at Viu from Nov 16-18 will take place. “This menu is inspired by my two favourite seasons in Italy — summer and autumn — and pays homage to the amazing products you can find in the equivalent seasons in Japan and Thailand,” says chef Iacoviello. The cooking class is priced at B2,200++ per person and the dinner at B5,200++ per person, with an additional B1,500++, including three glasses of wine pairing or B2,700++, including seven glasses of wine pairing and a cocktail). Call 02-207-7777, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit sevn.ly/xWYGzPAJ.
Sushi Kappo Takizawa Pop-Up / The Sukhothai Bangkok
Starting this month, The Sukhothai Bangkok will host the Sushi Kappo Takizawa Pop-Up, a Japanese omakase experience by chef Shumpei Takizawa. Chef Takizawa's passion for traditional Japanese culinary artistry and commitment to perfection promise to redefine the omakase dining experience in Bangkok. Chef Takizawa's omakase style seamlessly blends traditional Edomae sushi with kappo dishes. Edomae sushi involves ageing, marinating and curing, while kappo dishes fuse authentic Japanese cooking with influences from other culinary traditions such as French and Chinese. Limited seating is being offered to ensure an intimate and unforgettable dining experience. The pop-up is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch, priced at B2,900++ per person and for dinner at B5,900++ per person. Call 08-0643-3323, email email@example.com or Line:@sushikappotakizawa.
The race of legends / Laguna Phuket Triathlon / Nov 19
Laguna Phuket will host the 29th edition of the “Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT)” on Nov 19. Known as "The Race Of Legends", LPT will feature a unique race distance comprising a 1.8K swim, a 55K bike ride, and a challenging 12K run. These elements will take athletes through the breathtaking tropical landscapes of the acclaimed Laguna Phuket resort destination and the picturesque local communities in the northern part of Phuket Island. For the first time, all Thai and non-Thai athletes who aspire to compete with the pros can now vie for cash prizes. To join this elite league of competitors, simply select the "Elite Category" during the registration process, rather than the age group category. Alongside with the official Bike Practice Session and Clinic that take place on Nov 17, this year the athletes will have the chance to kickstart their LPT journey with an Open Water Practice Swim on Nov 18 at 7am. A series of engaging activities include a recovery yoga session and a sumptuous breakfast at the farm-to-table restaurant Open Kitchen to an adrenaline-pumping Muay Thai boxing show. The festivities culminate with the Lifestyle Night Market on Nov 18 and 25. Visit lagunaphukettri.com.
Bamboo magic / VLCC Wellness, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort
The “Bamboo Magic Therapy” at VLCC Wellness, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort is a treatment that utilises smooth bamboo sticks to provide a range of therapeutic benefits. This innovative approach to massage has quickly gained popularity for its ability to relieve tightness and pressure points in muscles and joints, stimulate blood circulation, relax the nervous system, and promote a better night's sleep. In addition to its physical benefits, “Bamboo Magic Therapy” at VLCC Wellness also offers mental and emotional relaxation. Get a 90-minute massage treatment for B3,531. Call 032-898-989 or Line: @VLCCHuaHin.
New campaign / Glenfiddich
Chatchawarn “Chut” Janthachotibutr, Leica Thailand ambassador, recently joined hands with Glenfiddich to reveal his “Single Best Quality” as a maverick for "The Where Next Club" campaign, that is being held in Thailand for the third consecutive year. “The Adventurous Life” exhibition, held at Rimshot Bar in the heart of Sukhumvit 22 tells the story of Chut’s eventful life, with highlight on eight important figures who made a profound impact on his life, portrayed through Chut’s lenses. Driven by Glenfiddich’s core value of maverick spirits and limitless possibilities, the campaign unites individuals from various industries to share their stories and find their own “Single Best Quality” to fuel inspiration for what is next in the best possible version. Chut also collaborated with Glenfiddich to create special drinks that convey the word “Adventurous”. “Passionate” is conveyed through a special cocktail made with the Glenfiddich 15-year-old, followed by “Mysterious” cocktail starring Glenfiddich 12-year-old and “Clarity” heroes the Glenfiddich 18-year-old. Follow @valleyofthedeer.th.
Colossus / Hop Photo Gallery / Nov 18 to Jan 7, 2024
The solo exhibition by Yoshiki Hase explores his fascination with sculptures and he photographed them in natural settings. Hase said, "Statues are not natural objects, nor do they perfectly shape the human figure, but they seem to bring ‘life’ to their surroundings and to the landscape, even if they are incomplete, lacking a head or a body part. Humans try to control nature as if it were their own, but at the same time, it is humans who find something divine in that same nature and seek a spiritual belonging to it. Human actions are full of contradictions." By photographing this fictional landscape, he feels as if he peeks into a time when humans are able to maintain their serenity and dignity, and at the same time, are not so arrogant. The opening reception is on Nov 18 from 5pm. Hop Photo Gallery is on the third floor of Seacon Square, Srinakarin Road. Open daily from 11am-8pm.
Portraits Of "Áo Dài" - Hope For Peace And Love / Whoop! / Nov 18 to Jan 7, 2024
Despite the world becoming increasingly globalised, with Western nations at the forefront of cultural influence, artists continue to create works that reflect their cultural identities. This is evident in the photography series "Portraits Of Áo Dài - Hope For Peace And Love" by the award-winning Vietnamese fashion photographer Chiron Duong. Duong's photography series captures the essence of the Áo Dài, the iconic national dress of Vietnamese women. It also reflects his childhood memories of seeing his grandmother and mother wearing the dress, which they always looked elegant and proud. These memories and experiences were hidden in Duong's subconscious, but they ultimately inspired him to create photography that is both authentic and unique. His images also represent a new era for Vietnam, one that is free from war and filled with hope, peace, and love. The opening reception is on Nov 18 from 5pm. Whoop! is on the third floor of Seacon Square, Srinakarin Road. Open daily from 11am-8pm.
Renaissance: A Film By Beyoncé / SF Cinema / Dec 21
Thai Beehive can experience Beyoncé's groundbreaking and record-breaking world tour in 4K at 43 branches of SF Cinema from Dec 21. Although her ninth and latest "world tour" (quotation because it skipped Asia and Australia) concluded on Oct 1, fans in Thailand can witness the extravaganza and spectacular of her Renaissance World Tour. The concert film will cover highlights from the full run of the tour and footage of the development of the album and the tour. Why are we telling you this early? You can book a ticket now via the SF Cinema app and sfcinema.co. The prices start from B500 and every seat will receive a commemorative poster. Better yet, gather fellow fans and have the entire cinema all to yourself. A private viewing for a group requires at least 40 seats. Contact Line: @sfgroupbooking.
68th YWCA Diplomatic Charity Bazaar / CentralWorld / Nov 16-19
CentralWorld kickstarts the festive season with the 68th edition of the YWCA Diplomatic Charity Bazaar in collaboration with the YWCA Association and Spouses of the Ambassadors Accredited in Thailand. Shopping for international products from 200 booths representing more than 40 countries around the world from Nov 16-19 at CentralWorld. The proceeds from the event will be spent to help develop and promote the quality of life for children, women and the underprivileged.
Island escapes / Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach / Until Nov 30
Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa, Nai Yang Beach is inviting travellers to stay, play, dine and unwind in style with its new “Island Escape” package. Available to book until Nov 30 for stays through April 30, 2024, the promotion offers a choice of exciting activities and exquisite dining experiences to let every guest create their ultimate vacation. The “Island Escape” package treats every traveller to world-class accommodation in a stylish room, spacious suite or beachfront pool villa, including daily buffet breakfast for two people at the Andaman Kitchen, the resort’s vibrant all-day dining restaurant with indoor and alfresco seating. A minimum three-night stay is required and for every night booked, guests will also be able to choose from a selection of inspiring activities, including a traditional Muay Thai boxing class for two people, a 60-minute Thai massage for two, or a sunset walk to Pling Island, which is connected to Nai Yang Beach at low tide, accompanied by a hotel guide. Alternatively, lovers of great gastronomy can opt for a relaxing lunch or delectable dinner for two at the Andaman Kitchen, or one hour of free-flow beverages for two people at Mama’s Kitchen, the casual outdoor restaurant and bar – perfect for sunset cocktails. Call 076-625-555, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bit.ly/IslandEscape_Package_en.
11.11 Flash Sale / Centara Hotels & Resorts / Until Nov 13
Centara Hotels & Resorts announced the 11.11 Flash Sale to offer travellers an opportunity to experience the best of Thailand and beyond at affordable rates. The five-day sale runs until Nov 13 and is valid for stays until Oct 31, 2024. The sale covers Centara’s six distinctive brands, designed to meet the needs of every traveller and lifestyle. Stays start at B1,111 net at Cosi Pattaya Wong Amat Beach and Cosi Samui Chaweng Beach, while Centara Korat, Centara Udon and Centara Ubon offer contemporary rooms in Isaan starting at B1,411 net. Guests looking for a serene beachfront getaway will enjoy rooms from B3,111 net at Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa Krabi and from B4,111 net at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin. Tempting deals also apply to Centara’s international destinations such as Vietnam, the Maldives, Dubai, Oman and beyond! CentaraThe1 members will also enjoy an extra 15% savings applied on top of the already discounted room rates when logged into their accounts before booking online. Sign up for free at centara1card.com. In addition to the sale, Centara is extending another special offer whereby CentaraThe1 members can redeem 1,111 points for a B200 cash voucher to be used toward rooms, dining, laundry services, spa treatments and more. Normally it requires 2,400 points for the same value. This voucher is valid for six months until Apr 30, 2024. Visit centarahotelsresorts.com/11-11-23-flash-sale.
New direct flights / AirAsia / Until Nov 26
AirAsia is introducing new direct flights between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and Kaohsiung, the trendy port city and destination in southern Taiwan. Flying four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday), the route commences on Feb 2, 2024. As Taiwan is among top destinations for Thai travellers, AirAsia will boost services to Taiwan to three routes namely Don Mueang to Taipei and Kaohsiung and Chiang Mai to Taipei. Must-visits in Kaohsiung include the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas located at the Lotus Lake, where visitors enter the mouth of the dragon and exit through the tiger's mouth to rid themselves of bad fortune, Pier 2 Art Center, a warehouse converted into an open-air art display with chic stores and cafes, and the home of iconic Taiwanese street food, Liuhe Night Market. The new route is being offered on a promotional fare starting from B2,290 per trip. Book by Nov 26 for travel from Feb 2 to March 29, 2024.
New release / Paul Partohap
Following the release of Paul Partohap's song "Bestfriend", the singer is back with an even bigger surprise. Jakarta-born Partohap collaborates with friends, namely various other Asian musicians for the latest version of "Bestfriend", including Nathan Hartono from Singapore, D Gerrard from Thailand, Arthur Miguel from the Philippines and Rizal Rasid from Malaysia. The song, which describes Partohap's friendship with his Indonesian friends in Germany, is brought to life with various Asian musicians. “This is a very valuable experience for me. I was able to realise the song that I originally wrote with the inspiration of my friendship in Germany with my musician friends in Southeast Asia. The process of working and recording also flows relaxedly, like hanging out just be with friends. As a result, the song became a song that was really sung with friends," says Partohap. "Bestfriend" is available on all digital streaming platforms or listen here: wmid.lnk.to/PAULPARTOHAPbestfriend.
Christmas decor / H&M Home
It's time to bring Christmas cheer into your home and H&M Home presents a holiday collection that exudes opulence and style, from a tree and its ornaments in your living room to your table, setting the stage for a soirée where family and friends gather. Deck out a resplendent tree with white iris-inspired flower ornaments, round white pearl baubles and pearl garlands. Or mix it up with an updated take on the traditional striped baubles, from white/burgundy, dark green/black to mustard/gold variations. If you’re after an unexpected and quirky tree, try chess-inspired pieces like a knight and a tower, a Champagne glass and a deck of cards ornament. The other festive items include oversized vases, candleholders, cushion covers, table runners, plates, napkin rings and more. Available in H&M Home stores.