The Mega-Phenomenon “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” at ICONSIAM
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joins forces with ICONSIAM and entrepreneurs along the banks of Chao Phraya River to unite Thai hearts by organizing the mega-phenomenon “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” promising to become the most spectacular celebration of Thailand to ring in the New Year, under the concept of “The Wonders of Happiness upon the River”, representing hope, faith, prosperity, and happiness.
The mega-event will feature over 20,000 spectacular, eco-friendly fireworks, which are made from Thai sticky rice, that will be lit up along the most beautiful curve of the Chao Phraya River spanning an area of over 1,400 meters and within a distance of over 5 kilometers of the city-wide celebration. Each act signifies auspicious meanings of Big Hope, Believe, Brilliant Life, Beautiful World, Blooming Wealth, Be Together (presented by True Corporation), and Best Begin.
In addition to a myriad of entertainments throughout the night of New Year’s Eve by top artists and the avant-garde fireworks, one of the unmissable activities is the “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2021” video and photography contest under the theme of “Magic upon the River”, granting over THB 500,000-worth prizes to the winners.
ICONSIAM is easily and rapidly accessible via the complete modes of transportation – cars, rails, and boats. The operation of Bangkok’s Gold Line electric rail route in December will also ease the public transportation.
Phuket is an island of sophistication with an ever-evolving cultural scene. The recent opening of Living Art Gallery has elevated the local art scene to international level. Set in the centre of Blue Tree, the lifestyle hub of Phuket, the new gallery promises to showcase revolving exhibitions of works by Thai artists of different genres, as well as by designers who work closely with Thai artisanal communities, which the gallery intends to support. Led by Somchat Krainara, The Living Art Gallery will host its inaugural annual festival in Phuket during 26 - 29 November 2020. “Phuket is a tourist destination because of its local attractions. The city has its own charms and characteristics, drawing in visitors from all over the world. The city is incredibly rich in culture, and by bringing art into Phuket I’m hoping it will enhance the art and cultural reputation of the destination -- in other words making Phuket become known as a MICE destination for arts, and creating a truly cultural and creative city,” said Somchat. Both the gallery and the upcoming festival hold on to the same purpose – to provide a platform for emerging Thai artists to showcase their work to an international audience, and to support artisanal communities across Thailand with opportunities to make connections with art lovers, fellow artists and designers, and an international audience. Living Art Gallery is divided into four zones: Zone 1: Peranakan Culture (Baba-Yaya) in Phuket Province Inspired by the traditional Peranakan houses of Phuket old town, Awika Samukrsaman – the apparel designer – creates woven textiles in pastel hues that interpret the patterns, colours and symbols of southern Thai culture. Awika has been w orking closely with local communities to preserve the local traditional knowledge of textiles and weaving, while pushing it into a contemporary direction. Within the conceptual Peranakan house, the vivid and intricate embroidered paintings of Sunisa Assawinrungroj are displayed. Stirred by the death of her pet rabbit, Sunisa embroidered delicate rabbits in traditional Phuket dress into these pieces. Hanging in one corner is Rungcheewan Kamvichit’s collection of contemporary tie-dyes, made using fine Thai silk and the rare Shibori tie-dye technique. On the opposite side hang a painting titled Sao Phuket by Sarawut Yasamut which depicts a southern woman carrying a Chinese-style food basket and embraced by flowers native to Phuket and Indonesia. Ongkorn Sinlapangkul is also featured in this zone, with the artist’s special interpretation of the colours and sights of Phuket in two fantastical paintings of a seahorse and woman with a dragon mask. Zone 2: Forest and Landscape of Phuket The second zone of the gallery takes visitors on a journey through Phuket’s landscape from the viewpoint of artists. It kicks off with a special collection of nature-inspired ceramics crafted by master artisan Professor Somlak Pantiboon, known for his pottery studio Doi Din Dang in Chiang Rai. Also hailing from northern Thailand, but from Chiang Mai, is Likit Tunoud who describes the interaction of humans and nature, and its oftentimes destructive consequences, in intricate ink-on-paper drawings. Adding his influence to this zone is Professor
Tonino Lamborghini, the legendary Italian brand famous for its luxurious products and designs, partners up with Utopia Corporation, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, to bring the "Italian feeling" to the paradise island of Phuket in form of a completely one-of-a-kind luxury boutique hotel. Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will be situated on the beachfront at secluded Chalong Bay, overlooking the azure Andaman Sea. This spectacular low-rise retreat will be curated by Alexander Wong, founder of Alexander Wong Architects, whose original avant-garde style has won multiple global awards. For a dramatic first impression, guests will be welcomed into a world of international glitz with a Glamour Lobby that features slatted rosewood LED screens. With 39 suites and 7 villas, all of which are equipped with cutting-edge amenities and adorned with designer furnishings and abstract artworks, a beyond-expectation experience is what to expect here. Alexander Wong, the hotel's designer, considers Phuket to be the “Miami of Asia”, due to its international allure and cultural appeal. Reflecting the spirit of South Beach, Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel Phuket will feature its signature Red Pool, which will embrace the best elements of a chic Floridian beach club. The Miami restaurant is a multi-sensory feast for diners, with a contemporary menu and a colourful ceiling inspired by the French post-impressionist painter, Henri Rousseau. Guests can also stay in shape at the state-of-the-art Power Gym. “Our goal is to bring a branded Tonino Lamborghini experience to the best places worldwide, and soon we will bring the Tonino Lamborghini spirit to Phuket: one of the world’s finest tourist destinations. Tonino Lamborghini Boutique Hotel will be a luxury hotel with captivating architecture, bespoke interior design and top-quality services, with the ultimate purpose to satisfy the top-level requests of international clientele. Together with Utopia, we will strive to offer a new concept of hospitality. Our clientele will feel the values of our family’s DNA and heritage, Italian spirit, extreme attention-to-detail, and the energy that Tonino Lamborghini brand transmits. As my father always says; ‘If I cannot give you Italy, I will give you Its feeling!’” Utopia Corporation has grown rapidly since its establishment in 2015 with a collection of hospitality, residential, commercial and entertainment projects across Phuket, along with architecture, design, development, engineering, construction and hotel operation services. It operates three own-branded hotels in Phuket: Utopia Kata, Utopia Loft, and Utopia Naiharn, which was named as Asia’s “Top Emerging Hotel” in the Now Travel Asia Awards. “We are delighted to form this landmark agreement with Tonino Lamborghini. It is indeed an honour to introduce this famous Italian name to Thailand’s hotel industry for the first time; their brand is recognised around the globe as a beacon of luxury, exclusivity and flair. Combined with Utopia Corporation’s hospitality and development expertise, I am confident that our partnership will usher in an exciting new era for Phuket’s tourism industry, allowing us to attract new markets,” commented Mr. Hachi Yin, Chief Executive Officer, Utopia Corporation. By collaborating with Tonino Lamborghini, Utopia
Setting up branches at Mahanakhon CUBE are a dozen favourite Thai street food restaurants, some of which are Michelin-recommended. The new rock star venue for foodies is named ‘Thai Taste Hub Mahanakhon CUBE’, and will unquestionably offer plenty of mouth-watering comfort foods to satisfy every palate. Located on the first floor of Mahanakhon CUBE, which is found at exit number three of Chong Nonsi BTS station, Thai Taste Hub fits the bill especially for those who love legendary street foods but not the hassle of driving around crowded areas and trying to find a parking space, then queuing up at the original restaurant and fighting to keep their seats. The 640 sqm space here can accommodate 200 foodies at a time. The ambience is street of course, with a mix of arts by Thai artists working in different mediums e.g. Beerpitch on typography, Benzilla on street art, Gongkan on acrylic on wall, Pim on ceramic and mosaic, and Lolay on the 3.5-metre sculpture at the heart of the space. Yih Sahp Luhk (Michelin Plate 2020) Original restaurant: Phra Athit Road Signature dishes: Braised Short Ribs Rice Pot (THB 220), Hotate (scallops) Rice Pot (THB 450) Our thoughts: The baked rice was flavoursome, the beef ribs were tender and super juicy, and the accompanying soup was perfect! Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu (Michelin Bib Gourmand 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Dinsor Road Signature dishes: Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Crispy Pork Belly (THB 220), Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu Grilled Pork Jowl (THB 190) Our thoughts: The Pad Thai sauce was vibrant and coated the noodles thoroughly. It’s worth observing the cooking process as well since the large flames that engulf the entire wok is pretty impressive. Nai Ek Roll Noodle (Michelin Plate 2018-2019) Original restaurant: Bangkok Chinatown Signature dishes: Roll Noodles (THB 65-90), Deep Fried Crispy Pork with Rice (THB 65-90) Our thoughts: The Roll Noodles (Guay Jub) had a slight chewiness that was satisfying, the crispy pork was perfectly cooked, and we could not waste even a single drop of the aromatic black pepper soup gave our sinuses a big hit (in a good way!). Maverick Suki (Michelin Plate 2019-2020) Original restaurant: Soi Yod Sae, Bamrungmuang Road Signature dishes: Stir-Fried Sukiyaki (THB 80), Stir-Fried Noodle with Chicken (THB 70) Our thoughts: The sukiyaki sauce, which has been passed down through generations since 1960, proved to be so irresistible that we kept asking for more. The marinated pork was so tender it literally melted in our mouths. Phed Phed Hey! Original restaurant: Nakhon Phanom Signature dishes: Salad with Vermicelli Noodles (THB 275), Mongosteen Papaya Salad with Shrimp Paste and Sugar Cane (THB 275) Our thoughts: The oversize portions were impressive, as well as the succulence of each dish. Even so, the three of us found it difficult to finish each portion! So the more of you, the merrier a meal here becomes. Boon Lert Original restaurant: Nang Loeng Signature dishes: Egg Noodle Soup with Crab (THB 70-80), Wontons with Grilled Pork in Soy Sauce (THB 55-65) Our thoughts: The traditional bone broth complemented the delicate egg noodles splendidly, and the crab meat was very succulent. Limlaosa Original restaurant: Song Wat