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New restaurants and cafes to visit in Charoenkrung
Restaurants

New restaurants and cafes to visit in Charoenkrung

In the previous issue, we introduced you to some of the most drool-worthy grub in historic Charoenkrung. The neighborhood seems to have bounced back to its vibrant and bustling glory days, seeing a surge of new cafes and restaurants in both the area’s back alleys and along its main stretch. Time Out Bangkok revisits the recently resurrected neighborhood for the newest and coolest places to drink and dine.

These are three Buddhist temples around Bangkok showcasing artworks for Bangkok Art Biennale 2018
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These are three Buddhist temples around Bangkok showcasing artworks for Bangkok Art Biennale 2018

As well as galleries, malls, and museums, Buddhist temples around Bangkok are also filled with artworks, so let's check out the best pieces to see at these religious sites here

Lego opens its first official store in Thailand at Siam Paragon
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Lego opens its first official store in Thailand at Siam Paragon

Lego, the Danish brick toy giant, has landed its first certified store in Bangkok at Siam Paragon

Michelin announces 2019 stars for Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-nga
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Michelin announces 2019 stars for Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-nga

Michelin today (Nov 14) reveals the second edition of Michelin Guide Thailand, Michelin Guide 2019 Bangkok, Phuket and Phang-nga, at the star revelation event at Park Hyatt Hotel Bangkok. 217 restaurants make it into this year’s red-covered guide, while 27 (26 in Bangkok and 1 in Phuket) are lauded with stars.

Time Out Bangkok's guide to the best restaurants in Phuket
Restaurants

Time Out Bangkok's guide to the best restaurants in Phuket

The best places to eat in Phuket revealed. 

Latest restaurants and cafés review

Na-Oh
Restaurants

Na-Oh

A luxurious airplane restaurant serving “futuristic” fare

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
HeiJii
Restaurants

HeiJii

Charoenkrung’s hottest (and hippest) new café mixing retro-Chinese elements with industrial chic interiors 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Bull & Bear
Restaurants

Bull & Bear

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok's reincarnation of legendary steakhouse

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Odtomato
Restaurants

Odtomato

A modern Australian eatery in Sukhumvit 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Sarath N. Chocolatier
Restaurants

Sarath N. Chocolatier

A new chocolate café dedicated to Thai cocoa and steered by Bangkok’s top chocolatier

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

Ku Thai Bar
Bars

Ku Thai Bar

A rustic beach-inspired bar set in an old Thai pavilion

The Key
Bars

The Key

The hip hood of Ari has just welcomed a new face to its cocktail scene

Sugar Ray : You've Just Been Poisoned
Bars

Sugar Ray : You've Just Been Poisoned

The famed secret bar has been given a sleeker upgrade at a new Sukhumvit location

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
TaladNath
Bars

TaladNath

Funky cocktail bar specializing in fruit brandy and globe-spanning cocktails

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New movie releases

Ralph Breaks the Internet
Movies

Ralph Breaks the Internet

With so many animation franchises content to tread water—or in one interminable case, ice—it’s seriously refreshing to see a sequel that’s not only an upgrade on the original, but more thoughtful too. If Wreck-It Ralph launched us head-first into a 16-bit wonderland fit to blow the synapses of bright-eyed kids and weathered gamers alike, this surprisingly vibrant follow-up is a giddy, sugar-coated joy. And it’s an expansion pack that plugs in plenty of new ideas: about friendship, insecurity and the mind-bending transience of the online world. It’s not every animation that features an eBay-spoofing riff involving a corn chip shaped like Beyoncé. The story sends arcade-villain-turned-good guy Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and his new BFF, arcade racer Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), into the internet to find a new part for her broken arcade game. Their arcade’s newly installed “wifey”, as the endearingly slow-on-the-uptake Ralph calls it, is a portal to a host of opportunities for witty visual representations of cyberspace. If it’s sometimes a touch literal—the internet is a sci-fi city filled with buildings marked “Amazon” and “IMDb” and (presumably for legal reasons) “Buzzfood”—the finer world-building is sharp. Every facet of cyberspace has a walking, talking avatar, including a patronizing search engine that notes its “autofill is a touch aggressive today,” and weasely clickbait pop-ups that are shunted aside by ad-blockers clad like burly security men. Refr

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Movies

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The first Fantastic Beasts had a lot of heavy lifting to do. It needed to establish a world connected to the Harry Potter universe, but also one that was self-contained. It had to introduce several busloads of new characters and kick off a story complex enough to sustain another four movies (at least). With all that done, the second instalment should have earned itself some breathing room, a bit of time to cut loose and enjoy the possibilities of a new magical universe. But as beautiful and inventive as it is, The Crimes of Grindelwald often feels like we’re starting the world-building all over again. Trying to establish where everyone is at the beginning of this sequel without giving too much away is going to get confusing, so our apologies in advance. Fascist wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp, looking rough) has broken out of jail in London and fled to Paris to lay the groundwork for an uprising. In order to stop him, the wizarding government approaches Grindelwald’s ex-friend Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law, relishing his fairly brief screen time), who refuses the mission but enlists the help of animal-lover Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) for a more secret version of the same mission. There are about eight other major characters involved, but we’ve only got so much space. Short version: A wizard war is a-brewing. Moving most of the action to Paris gives the film’s creative team the opportunity to run wild with some gorgeous production design. Visually, the world couldn

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Robin Hood
Movies

Robin Hood

A war-hardened Crusader and a Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure. Packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance, ROBIN HOOD is a never before seen story of how Robin Hood became the icon and legend as we know him today.

The Grinch
Movies

The Grinch

The Grinch is back, free of the grip of Jim Carrey, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and, in Grinch terms, a bit less grinchy (ungrinchy?) than you might expect. Unlike the 2000 live-action Carrey movie, this new spin on the Dr. Seuss tale is computer-animated by Illumination, the same studio behind Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Minions movies, so by design it feels a little closer to the slim, hand-drawn 1957 book that bore it. (The Grinch’s green color, meanwhile, has another source: the 1966 Chuck Jones cartoon that first brought the character to screen.) British actor Cumberbatch plays the Grinch as a grouchy American, all prissy and nasal and mischievous, but with a sad, soft aspect too—a side of his character amusingly winked at in a scene where he plays “All By Myself” at home on a huge organ. He’s a grump, of course, but this is the 21st century, so he’s a grump with issues and a bit of a backstory. There’s not much psychological exploration, though (fine by us); the film is mainly a series of slapstick episodes, not always neatly hung together, and with barely any memorable side characters. Even the Grinch himself fails to make a massive impact at times. This new version features the voice of Pharrell Williams as the narrator, dipping in and out of Dr. Seuss’s warming rhymes. That binds to the film to its authentic source, but the gaps between the spoken verse still remind us that this is a slender story s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d into a feature. That said, it’s likab

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars

The latest Time Out interviews

James Teeradon and Cherprang Areekul
Movies

James Teeradon and Cherprang Areekul

The starlets talk about GDH’s new thriller-fantasy flick Homestay, and how it pushed them beyond their boundaries

Ryuichi Sakamoto
Music

Ryuichi Sakamoto

The musical polymath on his five-year documentary journey and the inspiration behind ‘async’, his first album in eight years.

Pat Chayanit
Movies

Pat Chayanit

Meet the actress who’s redefining what it means to be a teen star

Wanchana Sawasdee
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Wanchana Sawasdee

If there's an actor who's best known for playing the part of the patriotic hero, that would be Wanchana “Colonel Bird” Sawasdee. 

Where to stay in Bangkok

W Bangkok
Hotels

W Bangkok

W Bangkok integrates twisted Thai culture with quirky Western motifs

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Hotels

The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The Okura Prestige Bangkok has set a new standard for luxury hotels

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
SO Sofitel Bangkok
Hotels

SO Sofitel Bangkok

Gorgeous views and unique designs are the key reasons you’ll love SO Sofitel Bangkok. Located a few blocks away from Lumpini Park, the enclaves lush greenery can be spotted from most rooms. Room styles are crafted around four different themes: earth, water, wood and metal. The Earth rooms are embellished with playful, curvy walls inspired by prehistoric cave paintings found in Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani. Metal rooms are decked out like an urban refuge with minimal, modern decor and pristine white furniture. The Wood room, on the other hand, is inspired by a traditional Northern Thai wooden house, while the Water room—the sexiest room of all—features concrete walls and semi-transparent glasses partitions.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
The Peninsula Bangkok
Hotels

The Peninsula Bangkok

Perhaps the most luxurious hotel on the other side of the river

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars