Yearly Archives - 2012

ICH BIN EIN BERLINER – 24 Nov

Glow Nightclub, Sukhumvit Soi 23

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SUPERBEAT – Dec 9

PAUL VAN DYK and EDDIE HALLIWELL

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BANGKOK BOAT PARTY 5 – Dec 1

BANGKOK BOAT PARTY 5 - Dec 1BANGKOK BOAT PARTY

9:00PM SATURDAY DECEMBER 1ST 

SAPHAN TAKSIN BTS – SATHORN PIER

After the success of the first 4 parties and due to public demand, Bangkok’s most unique party is back!
Cruise along the Chaophraya River, on a 2 Floor party boat, taking in the beautiful surroundings of Bangkok, from temples to high-rises whilst dancing to tunes played by Bangkok’s elite DJs.

The boat has 2 floors, with 2 different music arenas, playing different styles of music!

The Top Deck will feature a mix of house music, whilst the base-ment downstairs will be playing a variety of music from hip-hop, dubstep to drum n bass.

Don’t worry about any rain, the new boat with a fully water-proof top deck and huge downstairs air-con cabin, will easily accommodate the party goers.

Tickets are 800 Baht and if you buy 5 you get 1 free!

There will be a wide variety of drinks, all at a reasonable price, no drinks more than 200 Baht!

Every Boat party event has sold out, so make sure you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Music
Orawan (Bed supperclub)
Tech 12 (Ghetto Blasters)
CO2AN (kolour Sundays)
Tony B (Bangkok Invaders)
Swindle (Boat Party Residnet)
IK (Illbar Records)
MC EM-Jay 

Click here for the Facebook page.

 

The 10th World Film Festival – Nov 16-Nov 25

10th Edition World Film Festival, Bangkok, ThailandKriangsak “Victor” Silakong, Festival Director, brings you the 10th Edition of the World Film Festival here in Bangkok. A truly international event, the festival brings films from a wide range of countries including India, South Korea, Iran, Jordan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Myanmar, USA, France, and a host of others. A total of around 50 films will be shown.

The festival is well-known for promoting independent Thai film-makers and in the past has unearthed considerable local talent.

The event takes place at Esplanade Cineplex from November 16 to November 25 and tickets are only 100 baht a shot. It couldn’t be easier to get to – it’s on Ratchadaphisek Road and you can get there by the MRT underground – the Thailand Cultural Center station is right next to it, so no excuses. The festival opens Friday November 16 with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Mekong Hotel – an hour-long film that was shown in Cannes earlier this year. 

Check out the festival website… 

STING: BACK TO BASS – Dec 12

STING: BACK TO BASS Live in Bangkok 2012STING: BACK TO BASS Live in Bangkok 2012

Following the critical and popular success of Sting’s 2011-2012 world tour Live Nation is pleased to announce that the Back to Bass tour will continue this fall, with Sting performing many of his greatest hits, stripped down, with a 5-piece band at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, near Bangkok, Thailand.

Ticket prices are:  2,000/ 3,000/ 4,000/ 5,000 Baht and gold package 6,000 Baht.

Tickets available here. See Sting here.

 

Dave Vega @ GLOW by With Love – Nov 16

Dave Vega @ GLOW by With Love - Nov 1616 Nov 2012 – Glow Night Club, Sukumvit Soi 23, Bangkok

400 + 1 Drink + 1 Shoot

Dave Vega started DJing in the late ’90s in Karlsruhe in the south of Germany. It was here that Vega and friends organized illegal techno parties at secret outdoor locations, with sound systems so loud that people in other villages kilometers away could feel the bass. People would come from all over to party and would stay all day and all night. Inevitably these parties always led to fracases with the police…

After some years organising parties, Dave was bitten by the music bug and finally made the step from the dancefloor to the other side of the dj booth. In 2000, he moved to Frankfurt and began work as a music journalist. Later he met people like Ata and Heiko MSO who offered him work at their revered label empire, comprising Playhouse, Klang Elektronik and Ongaku. A residency in the famous Robert Johnson club soon followed, and Dave started to play all over the world. Over the years, he has played countless gigs in clubs like Berlin’s Panorama Bar/Berghain, Harry Klein and Rote Sonne in Munich, Rex Club in Paris, Nitza Club in Barcelona, Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, Space in Ibiza, and lately even a boat party in Honolulu, to list a few…

In 2007, Vega finally made the move to Berlin. Fueled by the energy of the city and a decade of DJing, he started producing his own music. After a few collaborations with friends like Mr. Statik from Athens on Mo’s Ferry, Vega is set to release his first EP in March 2011 on the Berlin based label, Exone. His second EP will be released on the Canadian label Thoughtless Music in May. Vega’s roots have always been somewhere between House and Techno – that’s what he plays and and still drives him after almost 15 years of electronic music experience.

 

Culture ONE 2012 – 5th Anniversary

 

Culture ONE 2012 – 5th Anniversary
Culture ONE 2012 – 5th Anniversary

Bangkok’s International Outdoor Dance Music Festival, Lakeside, Bitec Bangna, Bangkok
Saturday November 17th, 2012

A vision, a dream, an idea. Culture ONE, Bangkok’s first international outdoor dance music festival that put Thailand on the global festival clubbing map is back and this year, we’re turning 5. To celebrate our 5th anniversary, we’ve got something special in store for everyone who’s anyone.

Culture ONE is the first outdoor dance music festival in Thailand that gathers dance music lovers and party goers in one field of electronic vibe. The event combines 5 stages, Godskitchen Boombox, Hacienda, Club Culture BASS, Popscene, and Psyhead Community.
More than 30 artists line-up. From House to Trance, Electro to Dupstep, Indie Pop to Rock. 

The uniqueness of this festival include elaborate theme and dancer performance in combination with the world’s renowned artists and world class sound system creating the ultimate festival experience.

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See the Facebook Page for more or email for more info.

Royal Checkup at BNH

arrivalIn late April, 2012 I spent a day at BNH hospital getting a Royal Checkup.  This very thorough examination includes x-rays, ultrasound, a physical exam, full blood and fluids analysis, along with a thorough cardiac workup involving an active stress test.  BNH offers this comprehensive exam at a special price of 17,900 baht.  Other less extensive checkup options are available at prices of 3,900 baht and 6,900 baht.


I arrived at the hospital at 9am.  It was surrounded by a construction fence because of all the work being done remodelling the building exterior.  The interior was undergoing the same treatment in various spots.  The emergency entrance was being used as a general entrance on a temporary basis, but probably by now the construction is finished and things are back to normal.  BNH has been in operation since 1898, but has evolved into one of the most advanced modern hospitals operating in Bangkok today.

Chaiyaphum, Thailand

 

Barely heard of and even less touristed Chaiyaphum makes the ideal base for nearby stunning national parks.
Barely heard of and even less touristed Chaiyaphum makes the ideal base for nearby stunning national parks.
Barely heard of and even less touristed Chaiyaphum makes the ideal base for nearby stunning national parks.

Though not as rich in attractions as its neighbouring provinces, barely heard of and even less touristed Chaiyaphum makes the ideal base for nearby stunning national parks, and has a few worthy spots of its own too. CHRIS WOTTON gets under the skin of this undiscovered slice of Isaan.
 
Never heard of Chaiyaphum? That’s little surprise, as few people have. Tucked up in Thailand’s north-eastern Isaan region and bordered by Khorat and Khon Kaen, this largely untouristed province barely registers a foreign face. Still very Thai in appearance and character, the main industries here are rice and sugar production, while the province is also renowned as a silk centre. The capital city of an otherwise largely rural province shows the signs of some limited urban development, but venture here and you will still discover somewhere pleasingly quiet and low-key, the perfect antidote to the Bangkok lifestyle.

The primary attractions here, the Jao Pho Praya Lae monument and Prang Ku, are largely unimpressive and at most worth a passing glance. In fact, you will probably pass the former several times before even realising what it is. Jao Pho Phraya Lae was the eighteenth century Lao ruler of Chaiyaphum, and this statue in his name is the centrepiece of a roundabout in the centre of town on Bannakan Road. He switched sides to fight with Bangkok when Vientiane declared war on Siam at the start of the 1800s.

Jao Pho Phraya Lae lost his life in the ensuing battles, but was kept in high esteem in Chaiyaphum and today has two annual festivals celebrated in his name in January and May.

The Khmer Prang Ku further along Bannakan Road past the entrance to Siam River Resort, meanwhile, is really equally disappointing as a sight. Poorly preserved and not much to look at at all, in its heyday it was a temple on the route that connected Angkor Wat with the (far more impressive and better restored) Prasat Muang Singh just outside of Kanchanaburi.
Today, if nothing else it serves as a reminder of just how small Chaiyaphum proper really is – particularly at night, by the time you’ve walked just a short way east to this site, you feel like you’re well out of the city and into Isaan village life.

Tat Ton National Park makes for far more of a reason to visit Chaiyaphum. Twenty-three kilometres away and easily reached by 30 baht public songthaew share taxi from a stand at the north end of the city on Non Muang Road, it boasts amongst other sights an impressive waterfall that stretches to 50m wide in the rainy season – take care as it is easy to sip by the water’s edge. Group tours aside, you are likely to be almost alone in the park, and pretty much certainly the only foreigner. The 100 baht entrance fee gets you access to the whole park, which also includes the smaller Tat Fah waterfall.

The park as a whole is the perfect spot for a dose of back-to-nature relaxation sure to enliven the senses, and if you want to drag it out a little longer there are bungalows to rent too. The return journey to Chaiyaphum is a bit more of a pain than getting there, since songthaews don’t take this route after the morning – but you can hitch a ride back to Chaiyaphum quite easily. If all else fails, walk some way along the road you came down, make yourself look tired and wait for a few women to start shouting, asking if you need a lift back to Chaiyaphum (for a price). They came to our rescue, so they’re bound to for you as well.

Back in Chaiyaphum proper, picnics are the order of the day at a secluded, peaceful spot at the side of a small lake in the streets behind the Tesco Lotus supermarket on Sanambin Road. Roll up on a bike or on foot, having stopped at food stalls on the lanes nearby for giant Isaan-sized grilled chicken skewers and fresh pineapple with dried chilli and sugar, and soak up the goodness of some fresh Chaiyaphum air from the shade of the many trees lining the lake. As is the beauty with so much in this city, aside from the odd local fisherman you will likely have the place to yourself.

GET THERE: Buses run by at least three different companies connect Chaiyaphum with Bangkok’s northern Morchit bus terminal in about six hours. On the return leg, the three companies unhelpfully all have their own departure terminals dotted around town, but there are also local bus connections to Khon Kaen and Khorat, both linked to Bangkok by trains and planes.

WHERE TO STAY: Most western tourists stay at the five-star Siam River Resort, towards the far end of Bannakan Road, where 990 Baht will bag you a plush room with balcony and breakfast, and access to the pool. There’s free wi-fi and bike hire and staff are excellent. The Deeprom Hotel is also worth a look, with its pleasing pastel exterior, though staff speak little English. Expect to pay 800 Baht for a double air-con room.

MOVING ON: Khon Kaen is two and a half hours away by local bus – great for foodies, it also boasts the Bueng Kaen Nakhon lake which makes for a great walking spot. Buses to Khorat take two hours.

CHRIS WOTTON is a twenty-something crazy about Thailand. After a first visit in 2008, he fell in love with the country and has since travelled its length and breadth, searching out local life – and local food! – while writing and researching for SE Asia travel guides and magazines. When not discovering and writing about Thailand, Chris studies French and German in his native UK, and runs an online shop selling authentic Japanese and Thai cooking ingredients.

The Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery features a stunning collection of contemporary Thailand-themed paintings and sculptures on Rajadamnoen Road, just a ten minute walk from Khao San Road.

I recently spent several hours there on a Friday afternoon and was delighted with the collection.  I was also very pleasantly surprised to find no more than a dozen other visitors spread across the gallery’s four beautiful stories of exhibition space.

I shall return.

 

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101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road, Borwonniwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

 

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[looking across Rajadamnoen Road, view from The Queen’s Gallery]