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An avid food enthusiast from an early age, Sahil Rattanaphas spent his childhood mesmerised by cooking shows rather than cartoons, and learned to read poring over cookbooks! It was perhaps inevitable that he would find his calling in merging his love of food with his other great passion: photography. The prolific food photographer specialises in producing stunning visual assets for hospitality businesses under his agency, 'The Turquoise Truck Creative'. Sahil has worked in 15 countries so far, photographing extensively in Asia and Europe.   Capturing Bangkok’s Finest Chefs in Action Sahil’s instinctive creative flair stands out in his dynamic movement shots—a unique skill he’s carefully honed over the years with careful diligence and dedication. Apart from his profound understanding of food, his ability to visualise and create breathtaking compositions on the fly is what makes him such a highly sought-after food photographer in the hospitality industry.  Currently based in Bangkok, Sahil Rattanaphas has worked with some of the city’s finest chefs, from iconic street food establishments to Michelin-starred restaurants. He shares his perspective on working with them through his captivating shots and personal impressions.     Jay Fai: Bangkok’s Michelin-Starred Street Food Legend Being contacted by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants during the middle of the pandemic for a photo shoot was thrilling enough for Sahil, having been a huge fan since he was a kid. But when he discovered that he would be taking photos of Jay Fai, he couldn’t believe his luck!  Supinya Junsuta, better known as Jay Fai, has been operating her humble street food stall since the 1980s. She received international fame when her roadside eatery became Bangkok's first street food stall to be awarded a Michelin star in 2018 and then again in 2019.   Photographing Jay Fai for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants: Icon Award 2021, Sahil found her an absolute inspiration up close. As a food lover, Sahil was initially sceptical about the feverish hype surrounding Jay Fai—how good can an omelette possibly be?  But when she forced him to stop shooting to eat, one bite of her signature crab omelette blew him away. He immediately understood her viral success. Jay Fai’s passion and dedication in transforming simple ingredients into masterpieces are, in his opinion, what makes her a true culinary artist.   Chef El Palanca: An Eccentric Force of Nature  Head Chef at Vaso When Sahil first met Chef El Palanca, he couldn’t help but feel slightly bewildered at the Madrid native’s outrageous eccentricity and flamboyant personality. Covered in tattoos from head to toe, with a forehead tattoo that reads “Can’t Lose”, Chef El Palanca is an absolute force of nature in (and out of) the kitchen. But despite their vastly different cultural backgrounds from different corners of the world, Sahil and Chef El Palanca quickly bonded over their passion for food (and beer). The chef’s quirky yet delicious Asian-influenced traditional Spanish cuisine at Vaso, Bangkok’s hottest new tapas bar, embodies his love of both cultures in his highly individualistic style.    Wilfrid Hocquet: A Classical Chef with an Urban Edge Executive Chef at Blue by Alain Ducasse When asked what he enjoyed most about

Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, the city's new boutique hotel Else is slated to open in September 2022 in the former Lee Rubber Building, honouring the landmark's architectural legacy while embracing contemporary design, featuring 49 well-appointed guest rooms, 2 compelling dining concepts, and modern wellness facilities. Else Founders Justin Chen and Javier Perez commissioned local leading designers, artists and partners to create their vision of conscious hospitality. Malaysian design firm Studio Bikin conceptualised the design and oversaw the restoration which was executed by Faizah Architect, another celebrated Malaysian partner. Complex, thought-provoking and inspiring art pieces have been acquired from emerging and award-winning Malaysian artists. "Else has been a four-year project realized through the challenges of the global pandemic and inspired by the emerging new era of traveller. The result is an urban haven for the globally minded and curious. Our design and construction team have sensitively balanced a contrast of new and old with a refined juxtaposition of a pre-war building beautifully preserved and innovative design that invites all our guests to explore the property on their own, and discover intimate pockets to pause and reflect," commented Justin Chen. Else opens on 10 September 2022 with opening rates from MYR 398 until 31 October 2022. For more information, visit www.elseretreats.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

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

On 18-19 June 2022, ASAI Bangkok Chinatown will host 'The Hamlet for Good' charity weekend filled with creative funs, organised by the team behind renowned The Hamlet bar-camp at Wonderfruit Festival, featuring exciting culinary collaborations by up-and-coming local chefs, a creative bar takeover, art therapy workshops, cutting-edge DJs, and other unique activities. Net proceeds go to support humanitarian assistance for victims of conflict. Situated in the heart of Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown, the hotel's concept of elevating local experiences seamlessly matches with the one-off mini-festival, being an ideal base of exploration. During the event, special room rates will be offered to the participants, starting only at THB 1,500 per night inclusive of complimentary access to the creative bar takeover (THB 550 on the door for non-guest / non-dinner ticket holders). Alongside three exclusive dinners held at three nearby venues, the tasty offerings include a creative Sunday Brunch at the hotel’s JAM JAM Eatery & Bar. Here's a peek of what's going to happen: Art Therapy with Peace Please and Watercolour Paints with Sansuwanya; an interactive art exhibition featuring curated masterworks from 15 emerging artists presented in 16 different rooms; not-to-be-missed collaboration meals at the hotel's JAM JAM Eatery & Bar and 3 partnering venues by Chefs Paolo Vitaletti (Appia Trattoria), Billy Bautista (Billy’s Smokehouse), Napol ‘Joe’ Jantraget (Samlor), Koranat ‘Tle’ Robkob (Mother), and Jirapat ‘Sept’ Praphotjanaporn (Aunglo by Yangrak), Chefs Bo & Dylan (Bo.Lan) and Num Weerawat Triyasenawat (Samuay and Sons), Chalee Kader (100 Mahaseth), Prin Polsuk (Samrub Samrub Thai), and more; a morning yoga session with Kru Jah; among others. Each dining experience at The Hamlet for Good is priced at just THB 3,000++ per person and includes one welcome drink. Special drinks pairings created by event sponsors Campari, Aperol, and Wine Garage will also be available. Workshops start at THB 1,750 per person. Special room rates are available via direct booking at asaihotels.com or call +66 (0) 02 220 8999. Dinner and workshop tickets are available at ticketmelon.com/asaihotels/thehamletforgood2022    

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

From 1 June to 31 July 2022 at dusk and nighttime, King Power Mahanakhon will heighten your excitement at the iconic skyscraper with the 'AMAZ ซิ่ง BKK' event, featuring light installations that tell the stories of Bangkok Metropolis, presenting the amazements of the 3 outstanding districts that are famed for vibrant nightlife: CHINESE NEON represents the one-off charm of street food scene at Yaowarat Chinatown. FARANG FREE FORM brings the vibrance of bustling and fun-filled Khao San Road into arts. INDIAN PATTERN takes inspiration from the rich-in-culture Little India area covering Pahurat Road, Triphet Road, and Chakraphet Road. The event will take place on 74th floor, King Power Mahanakon from 19:00 to 22:00. Entrance ticket is priced at THB 250. To buy ticket: HERE. For more information, please call +66 (0) 2 677 8721 or kingpowermahanakhon.co.th

Recently in late April, Capella Bangkok's Côte has welcome its founding Chef Chef Mauro Colagreco to Thailand. After one year and a half of the restaurant's inauguration, Côte by Mauro Colagreco has been one of Bangkok's most acclaimed culinary gems, keeping food aficionados coming back for more and more, thanks to its exquisite concept of 'Riviera to River' – bringing the Mediterranean Riviera flavours to the bank of Chao Phraya River while paying homage to the origins and the destination alike. The culinary team led by highly-talented Chef Davide Garavaglia plays a massive role in its success, flawlessly translating Chef Colagreco’s philosophy and passion for sustainable and seasonal produce through a range of fascinating tasting menus and a signature '9-course Carte Blanche' gastronomic journey. Côte's excellence stands out from the crowd that it has been awarded one Michelin Star. 'I’m so delighted to be in Bangkok to finally celebrate the first Michelin star with all the team. It such an achievement,' said Chef Colagreco. 'This trip is a dream come true. It has been so challenging to travel the last years, being here in Bangkok, feeling the energy of the city, of my team and meet our dedicated guests, it’s incredible.' During his stay in Thailand, Chef Colagreco with his team met with organic farmers at Poomjai Garden located next to the Bangkhuntien canal in Bangkok and Plean Yod Tarn community in Samutsongkhram province to source vegetables and herbs of the highest quality. 'For me, working with sustainable ingredients not only means following the seasons, it also means working the land with full respect and embracing what nature brings into the kitchen. We have to be flexible and resourceful in adapting the menu to highlight the best produce available every single day.' Chef Colagreco explained. Côte by Mauro Colagreco is located on the second floor of Capella Bangkok, and is open for lunch from 12:00 to 14:00 and dinner from 18:00 to 22:00 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). For reservations, email cote.bangkok@capellahotels.com, call +66 (0) 2 098 3888 or visit www.cotebkk.com. Keep yourself posted at Facebook: @cote.bangkok or Instagram: @cote.bangkok.

VLCC, the leader in wellness and beauty service provider, has arrived in Thailand to offer exceptional care in the premium beachfront setting of Avani+ Hua Hin Resort, with tailor-made programmes designed to meet individual needs and deliver quantifiable results provided by experienced medical practitioners. Each rejuvenating programme fuses modern medical testing and diagnostics with Ayurveda therapies to deliver first-rate holistic care. Medi-spa treatments include aesthetics and injectables including Botox, fillers, body contouring and skincare solutions along with custom blends of IV Therapy. The unique flexi-concept of VLCC at Avani+ Hua Hin allows you to dip in and out of their wellness programme, enjoy the facilities of the resort and welcome friends and family to stay and relax at the beach together. In addition to relaxing treatments, you may opt for multiple layered programmes that resolve long term chronic pain sufferers with a dynamic approach to pain management for overall wellness and long term musculoskeletal conditions that can be improved through anti-inflammatory treatments, the elimination of heavy metal residues as well as rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions led by a team of highly trained experts. The medical team includes a specialist aesthetic and regenerative Doctor, expert physiotherapist, qualified nutritionist, trained medical nurse and Ayurvedic practitioner from India. Each programme is designed to nourish the body, mind and soul. Itineraries include recreation activities such as Zumba, nature walks, yoga and meditation sessions to complement traditional spa treatments and medical solutions. Another unique aspect of the offerings of VLCC at Avani+ Hua Hin includes Post-package Follow-up, Review and Consultation for up to 12 months. This consultation will be available at over 217 VLCC Wellness & Aesthetic Beauty Clinics in 11 countries. To find out more and to book, please visit www.avanihotels.com/en/hua-hin/wellness