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Celebrated in many countries in Asia, this year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on 10 September. A huge part of the auspicious festival is, definitely, mooncake, to be given to the loved and important ones in your life as an expression of gratitude and wishing them prosperity. Here are places to get exquisite mooncakes in Bangkok:   Pagoda Chinese Restaurant Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park Highly-acclaimed Pagoda Chinese Restaurant invites you to celebrate the magic of the Mid-Autumn Festival with its rich-in-flavour handcrafted mooncakes, made with premium ingredients, wrapped inside an elegant box, making it an ideal gift for your loved ones. THE CLASSICS: Macadamia Nuts and White Lotus Seeds, Pork Bak-kwa and Assorted Nuts, White Lotus and Melon Seeds with a Single Egg Yolk, and Chantaburi Durian and White Lotus Seeds with a Single Egg Yolk THE SPECIALS: Mini Salted Egg Yolk Vanilla Custard, Malted Chocolate Rocher, and Araksa Earl Grey Macadamia Orange, developed in partnership with Araksa, the Chiang Mai-based sustainable tea producer PRICES: The Classic Box is priced from THB 999 / The Marquis Box is priced from THB 1,888 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Pagoda LINE SHOPPING / Megatix / restaurant-reservations.bkkqp@marriotthotels.com (for pre-ordering)   Dynasty Restaurant and ZING Bakery Centara Grand at CentralWorld Revel in the moon-shaped pastries loaded with indulgent fillings made with sweet beans, lotus seeds, and other delectable surprises, served in beautiful boxes in auspicious colours. THE CLASSICS: Monthong Durian with Salted Egg, Lotus Seeds Salted Egg, Jujube Salted Egg, Mixed Nuts Fruits Salted Egg, Black Bean Green Tea, and Purple Sweet Potatoes Salted Egg PRICES: Little Gold Moon Box (1 piece) is priced at THB 128 / Luxurious Red Moon Box (4 pieces) is priced at THB 1,188 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Dynasty restaurant or Zing Bakery at Centara Grand at CentralWorld / Tops at CentralWorld, Central Chidlom and Central Bangna   Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse This year, the hotel offers a series of special mooncakes presented in a vivid-coloured luxury packaging under the 'Story of Mid-Autumn' theme, inspired by the auspicious symbol of rabbit in the moon to bless you and your important ones with good health. THE CLASSICS: Durian with Egg Yolk, Mixed Nuts with Egg Yolk, Jujube with Egg Yolk, and Lotus Seed PRICES: Premium Mooncake Box (4 pieces) is priced at THB 999 / Yào Box (2 pieces) is priced at THB 599 / Individual mooncake is priced at THB 169 AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: LINE: @@MarrottSurawongse / +66 (0) 2 088 5666   Dusit International Dusit International has unveiled its Jade Moon Signature Collection, featuring an array of meticulously handcrafted mooncakes made using finest ingredients, available in exquisite gift boxes. THE CLASSICS: Durian, Lotus Seed, Mixed Nut, Jujube, Black Sesame, and Custard THE SPECIALS: Macadamia Caramel and Mango with Coconut PRICES: THB 185 per piece for a classic filling / THB 222 per piece for a limited-edition filling AVAILABLE UNTIL: 10 September 2022 PURCHASE AT: Selected Dusit properties in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Phuket, as well as Siam Paragon, EmQuartier, CentralWorld, Central Chidlom, and Central Rama 3 in Bangkok / Call +66 (0) 2 264 6464 for more details

Ministry of Crab, the world-famous seafood experience in Sri Lanka, ranked 35th on the 'Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2022', will be showcasing its scrumptious creations along the Phuket glittering coastline at five-star Anantara Layan Phuket throughout this August. At the resort's Beach House, you can indulge in a five-course dinner set menu prepared by celebrated chef Dharshan Munidasa, featuring fresh and succulent Sri Lankan lagoon crabs, weighing up to 3kg, and giant freshwater prawns. Highlights include the Garlic Chilli Prawns and the Pepper Crab - the lagoon crabs are cooked in a pepper broth together with whole and hand-crushed Sri Lankan black peppercorns; as well as coconut crème brûlée which is baked in a coconut shell with rich coconut milk. The dinner set is priced at THB 2900++ per person. For reservation, please contact +66 (0) 076 317 200, beachhouse.alay@anantara.com or visit beachhouselayan.com

ALATi at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok invites you to embark on a flavourful culinary journey through its 'Stories of Morocco', featuring redesigned dishes inspired by Executive Chef Carlo Valenziano's travel in various provinces in the charming country in North Africa while adding a touch of Mediterranean taste to each fare. Among the highlights are 'Shakshuka egg' – spiced tomato and bell pepper stew, soft egg, merguez and fresh herbs, served with Arabic bread; ‘Harira soup’, traditional chickpea, lentil and tomato soup, fresh coriander and lemon; 'Pastilla' – filo pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, almonds, cinnamon and sugar dust, shaped uniquely like a roll for sharing and served with harissa; ‘Lahm Tagine’ lamb stew with Ras El Hanout and honey jus, prunes, almonds and cinnamon; ‘Chicken Tagine’ with lemon confit, olives and capers, cooked in a saffron and turmeric bouillon; as well as sweet treats including ‘Moroccan almond pastry’ – filo pastry filled with almond compote, orange blossom water and caramelised almonds. The 'Stories of Morocco' will be available from 1 August to 30 November 2022. The à la carte menu is priced from THB 320++, and the three-course dining set menu is priced from THB 1,250++ per person. Mediterranean wine by the glass and bottle are also available. For more details or reservation, call +66 (0) 2 162 9000, email dining.siambangkok@kempinski.com or visit www.kempinski.com/en/bangkok/siam-hotel/restaurants-and-bars/alati

Bangkok's famous osteria, Salvia at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, has brought a mouth-watering addition to its current á la carte menu, featuring some of premium pieces from Ranger Valley's Black Onyx beefs. To satisfy the needs of meat lovers, 'Dry-aged Delizia' comes with the the best dry-aged beef from the award-winning beef producer, showcasing the unforgettable taste and texture of aged 270-day grain-fed beef and 100% pure Angus beef to be presented as savoury cuts of prime rib Angus steak or well-marbled striploin steak, served with a full set of Italian-inspired sauces and side dishes for a marvelous dinner done in true Italian style. 'Dry-aged Deliza' will be available daily for lunch and dinner from 1 to 31 August 2022. Prices start from Baht 2,900++ per dish. For more information or reservations, please contact + 66 (0) 2 254 1234, bangkok.grand@hyatt.com, or visit www.grandhyatterawanbangkok.com

Award-winning Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu, at The Okura Prestige Bangkok has unveiled its latest 'Summer Guestromonic Journey' set menu, featuring exquisite indulgences with cheerful tastes of summer crafted by brilliant Chef Gerard Villaret Horcajo from today, 29 June 2022, onwards. The culinary creations focus on the use of seasonal ingredients to take you on a buoyant journey inspired by vibrant blooms, refreshing fruits, and light-flavoured greens. Bursting with fresh zests, the 8-course delight features Hamachi with sweet peas, oyster and rhubarb; Smoke eel with kureson, crème fraiche and caviar; Norwegian Wild Cod with spinach, takenoko and cockles veloute; Fleur de Crouguette a la Barigoule with miso béchamel, Perigord truffle and gyojya niniko; and the signature Satsuma Wagyu A5 with pommes dauphine, shallot and umeboshi; followed by a choice of delicate dessert between Binchotan with Japanese whisky, citrus and milk chocolate; or Mono with verbena, buckwheat and smoke vanilla. On top of the new summer set menus, the chef has also included signature dishes from Element's all-time favourites as a la carte options for guests to order as add-ons. The Summer Guestronomic Set Journey at Elements, inspired by Ciel Bleu, is available from 29 June 2022, from 18:00 to 22:30  ‘Mizu’ 8-course experience is priced at Baht 5,900++ per person; ‘Chikyu’ 6-course experience is priced at Baht 4,600++ per person; and ‘Ku-Ki’ 4- course experience is priced at Baht 3,800++ per person. For more information and reservations please call +66 (0) 2 687 9000 or email elements@okurabangkok.com

Beachfront Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa invites you to celebrate America's Independence day on Friday 8 July 2022, bringing together countryside-American-style eats and drinks to its lush yard. Usually celebrated in the 4th of July in the US, the country is filled up with fun picnics and get-togethers, and in the countryside, there are one-off tailgate parties. Renaissance Pattaya's tailgate party will feature pickup trucks offering a tasty US buffet of hotdogs, hamburgers and BBQ, a variety of cold US special beverages, as well as a live acoustic band to enhance the good vibes of freedom at the resort's lawn from 17:00 to 22:00. Entrance with buffet is THB 890++ (food only) per person, and an additional beverage package is available at THB 700++ per person. Advance reservation is highly recommended at +66 (0) 38 259 099. Visit www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/pyxbr-renaissance-pattaya-resort-and-spa for more details about the stay.

If you are into creative drinks, design-forward venues, or one-of-a-kind tasting experiences, check out these recently-opened bars offering surprises that could be one of the highlights of your travel.   Club Soda Bali, Indonesia Images by Club Soda Bali   The 'postmodern happiness portal' has recently been launched in Berawa, curated by the founders of award-winning Restaurant Locavore in Ubud. Here, you can indulge in creative concoctions while surrounded by art installation and energetic beats. What to expect: Innovative cocktails, mocktails, as well as natural wines that will never cease to amaze, as well as Asian and Japanese-inspired bites – all of which are crafted using local Indonesian ingredients. Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00 onwards More details: locavorenext.com/family/club-soda     Villa Frantzén Cocktail Bar, Bangkok, Thailand Images by Villa Frantzén   The cosy Nordic barn is situated in the very heart of Bangkok, serving up fascinating modern Nordic cocktail with Asian influences. The bar is led by Gabriel Valdés, who was the mastermind behind Pharmarium, a unique bar experience in Stockholm. What to expect: Smooth cocktails boasting pure taste of natural ingredients that reflect the Scandinavian landscape. Don't be fooled by the drinks' plain looks – you will definitely be stunned. Hours: Open daily, 17:00 until midnight More details: villafrantzen.com     COCOA XO at Centara Grand at CentralWorld, Bangkok, Thailand Image by Centara Grand at CentralWorld   Centara Grand at CentralWorld has recently introduced its new, unique tasting experience in an alfresco setting, COCOA XO, Bangkok's first cacao pod, on the 57th floor, in collaboration with Martell Cognac and artisanal French Chocolatier Cacao Barry. What to expect: A marvelous world of decadence featuring premium chocolate and cognac, a chocolate fountain, bespoke choctails by talented mixologists, among others, overlooking stunning Bangkok skyline. Hours: Open daily, 16:00-00:30 More details: www.cocoaxobangkok.com     Metropole Underground at Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Cambodia Image by Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh   Phnom Penh's first subterranean bar, Metropole Underground, takes inspiration from the metro system of the early 20th Century Paris, seamlessly blending European with Khmer influences. What to expect: Speakeasy-style cocktails to be savoured in a chic surrounding, together with lively DJ beats. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 18:00-01:00 More details: www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/cambodia/hyatt-regency-phnom-penh/pnhrp/dining

To offer Thailand's creatives a chance to explore and to pamper guests with visual delights, Anantara Siam Bangkok has recently unveiled its marvelous 'Art Afternoon Tea' series, featuring art-inspired experience with exquisiteness. In collaboration with Thai visual artist Naraphat Sakarthornsap, the 'House of Bloom' Afternoon Tea turns the eats in to the art, alongside the whole experience, inspired by the artist's creative process, in which he tapped his childhood imagination to create a fantastical world of lavish flowers that defy the laws of nature. The resulting floral collages, displayed in the lobby in light boxes, are striking, multi-layered and playful, reminding guests to enjoy every moment and savour new experiences. His art is coupled with and enhanced by the elegant confectionery from Anantara’s Cluster Executive Pastry Chef Anupong Nualchawee. He uses the motif of overlapping blooms to create delightful petal cakes served on a gold-plated tiered tray alongside fresh flowers and dewy moss. In 'orchid' cakes, he brings together tangy passion fruit and rich chocolate, while the delicate apple rose petals are balanced with yuzu meringue. Artfully camouflaged as kala flowers and orchids are two playful white peach and cherry blossom pop cakes. Equally creative are the multilayer savouries such as shrimp wrapped in lotus and spring rolls with sea bass, as well as scones flavoured with lavender and white chocolate served with clotted cream, pineapple and jasmine jam, and caramel butter. Guests can upgrade the experience by opting for one of the refreshing mocktails or two glasses of premium champagne. House of Bloom Afternoon Tea is available daily from 14:00 to 18:00 and is priced at THB 1,950++ for two guests including tea, coffee or mocktail, with additional THB 1,000 for two glasses of Moët & Chandon Champagne. For reservations, please call +66 (0) 2126 8866 or email dining.asia@anantara.com.

Five-star Meliá Chiang Mai has unveiled the new mouth-watering 'Brunch el Domingo' – the Sunday brunch to be savoured twice a month from this July until September, featuring Spanish, Mediterranean and Thai delicacies. Available on the first and the last Sunday of the month at Laan Na Kitchen, the Brunch el Domingo fulfills your afternoon with imported charcuterie, chilled prawns on ice, healthful Mediterranean salads and a live cooking noodle station. On offer are Tortilla Española, chorizo and bacon quiche; imported Manchego and artisan cheeses; a selection of cold cuts including Ibérico ham (jamón), Spanish sausage (chorizo), chicken ham, and smoked fish; soi curry noodle soup with grilled chicken; a large Paella; pan cooked fideuá; the hotel’s famous churros; fruit and marshmallow skewers to be dipped in a warm chocolate fountain; and many more. The Sunday brunch will be held on 3 July, 31 July, 7 August, 28 August, 4 September and 25 September 2022, priced at THB 1,499 nett per person, THB 750 nett per child aged six to 12 years, and free for children aged five and below. A two-hour free-flow package with house wine, draft beer and soft drinks is THB 1,000 nett per person. In addition, you can enjoy 'come four, pay three' promotion if booked at least one week in advance with a non-refundable deposit. For information and reservations, please call +66 (0) 52 090 601 or email fb@meliachiangmai.com