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14 Epic things to do in Bangkok this weekend
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14 Epic things to do in Bangkok this weekend

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Chanel's Coco Game Center is now open, and we've already gone mad.
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Chanel's Coco Game Center is now open, and we've already gone mad.

You can now scream internally as the luxe game center has just touched down in Bangkok at Erawan.

Best places to Instagram in Bangkok
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Best places to Instagram in Bangkok

Get your phone at the ready, go out, and explore the city to step up your Insta-game.

Best dim sum restaurants in Bangkok
Restaurants

Best dim sum restaurants in Bangkok

Top places for delicious dumplings and melt-in-the-mouth lava buns

Best Portuguese restaurants in Bangkok
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Best Portuguese restaurants in Bangkok

Check out the best spots to savor Portuguese fare in the city

Latest restaurants and cafés review

R.Haarn
Restaurants

R.Haarn

Thai celebrity chef Chumpol Jangprai’s newest fine-dining venture

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Tenshino
Restaurants

Tenshino

Pullman Bangkok King Power reveals a not-your-typical Japanese restaurant

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Ocken
Restaurants

Ocken

The mastermind behind cool brunch joint Roast delves into the fine-dining arena  

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Lhong Tou
Restaurants

Lhong Tou

A group of friends, comprised of two interior designers and a food stylist, have ventured into a café business that highlights caffeinated brews with dim sum bites. Here, they recommend pairing a cup of tea or coffee with a number of fried dim sum such as fried custard lava buns and miniature barbeque pork buns. They also serve boiled rice with eight savory sides and condiments made from ingredients that have been carefully handpicked from noteworthy shops in Chinatown.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Spirit Jim Thompson
Restaurants

Spirit Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson's newest Thao food venture in the heart of the city. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

TaladNath
Bars

TaladNath

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

The Bar Upstairs
Bars

The Bar Upstairs

A vibey wine bar has taken over the upper floor of French bistro Brasserie Cordonnier

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Middle Bar
Bars

Middle Bar

There's a new hidden bar in Soi Sukhumvit 36

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Cactus
Bars

Cactus

Soi Yen Akart has recently welcomed the area’s first proper watering hole. The rooftop bar Cactus brings a touch of palmy California to the leafy alley with the festooning of prickly cactus and fire pits against view the palm-filled lawn. The lofty space fashions Mid-Century modern motifs like pine-green cushions and edgy abstract artworks. The concoctions are created by the world-renowned Joseph Boroski and are designed to be refreshing-yet-strong like the low-ABV West Hollywood Spritz which mixes Fernet Blanca, Campari and cucumber.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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New movie releases

Isle of Dogs
Movies

Isle of Dogs

If Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox was a slice of whimsy, his latest foray into stop-motion creature features is a more complex beast. Set in a near-future Japan, it’s a dystopian, fitfully funny tale in which crusading young people take on a corrupt establishment. But it’s mostly about the dogs: Banished from the city of Megasaki after outbreaks of snout fever and flu, cute canines are dumped on Trash Island and left to fend for themselves amid piles of garbage. Their barks are conveniently translated into English for us by a typically Andersonian voice cast: There’s a loyal pack led by alpha dog Rex (Edward Norton), gossip Duke (Jeff Goldblum), sports mascot Boss (Bill Murray) and pooch actor King (Bob Balaban). Snarling on the sidelines is Chief (Bryan Cranston), who’ll rip your ear off to get to a can of maggots but who slowly emerges as the soul of the story. Chief’s arc kicks in when a 12-year-old Japanese boy, Atari, lands a tiny plane on Trash Island, intent on finding his banished, beloved companion Spots. Depicting the bond between boy and dog is what Isle of Dogs does best, and its focus is oddly affecting. While the film’s pace is speedy to a fault, it pauses just long enough to ponder the emotional contract between master and pet. Bitches, it must be said, are relegated to the sidelines: There’s a potential Lady and the Tramp romance between Chief and Scarlett Johansson’s ex–show dog Nutmeg, and Greta Gerwig voices an American foreign-exchange student who at l

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Leave No Trace
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Leave No Trace

Two people—a man and his teen daughter—adopting a simpler life in the backwoods of America may sound like the beginnings of a Bon Iver concept album, but in the hands of co-writer/director Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), it forms the crux of a smart, heartfelt examination of outsiderdom in a society that doesn’t just prize conformity, but demands it. For a small story, it tackles some pretty big themes, gauging America’s reactionary social climate through the eyes of father Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (Thomasin McKenzie), living outdoors in the misty Oregon rainforest.  Like a Bear Grylls family outing spun wildly out of control, the pair forage for food, nursing fuel supplies and essentials scrapped together with money Will makes selling painkilling meds to fellow veterans. As the title implies, the duo is ever-wary of betraying their presence to the authorities. It’s a hardscrabble rural existence that’ll be semi-familiar to anyone who’s seen Granik’s Ozarks-set drama Winter’s Bone, although here there’s an element of choice and, initially, an air of quiet satisfaction at sticking it to The Man. Of course, it doesn’t last: they’re soon sucked back into the system and processed by social workers whose uncomprehending kindnesses only rub salt in the wounds.   Unlike Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, another film that explores the quiet radicalism of disappearing off the grid, there’s no big emotional swells here. Leave No Trace is a more hushed, contemplative movie. Grani

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Sicario: Day of the Soldado
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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Sicario, the grisly 2015 narco-thriller about an FBI agent on a black ops mission in Mexico, combined slam-bang action with PhD-smart analysis of the moral ambiguities of America’s war on drugs. Now here’s a sequel, missing key players: actor Emily Blunt, director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and cinematographer Roger Deakins have all bailed. Sicario 2 is decent enough, but you can’t deny the weapons-grade star power is gone. We’re back on the Mexico-US border where the drug cartels have upped the ante: now they’re trafficking Islamic terrorists alongside immigrants. (In a horrible scene at the start a suicide bomber blocks the door of a supermarket in Kansas City while a woman clutching a little girl begs him not to detonate his bomb.) Josh Brolin is CIA agent Matt Graver. He may look like a stoner dude, but Graver is the guy the US government calls to do its dirty work on foreign soil. His response to the terrorist attack is to plot the kidnap of a Mexican cartel boss’s teen daughter and start a gang war. Director Stefano Sollima (TV’s Gomorrah) and writer Taylor Sheridan bring authentic-feeling details to the film and we get more Benicio del Toro as Alejandro, the prosecutor-turned-assassin determined to avenge the murder of his family. Del Toro is the Ernest Hemingway of screen badasses: the less he says the better he is—he does his most convincing work while looking like he’s about to nod off. Sicario 2 sets up a future installment centered on him: that sequel

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Submergence
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Submergence

James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James's assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story.

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Warawut Silpa-archa
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Warawut Silpa-archa

The son of a former Prime Minister has plans to step back into the political spotlight. 

Scud
Movies

Scud

The Chinese director talks about his newest film, 30 Years of Adonis, the significance of pain, and how gay life can be miserable.

Natalia Pliacam
LGBT

Natalia Pliacam

Meet the drag queen who, ironically enough, sells coffins in real life. The first winner of Drag Race Thailand reveals her aspirations beyond drag-queen celebritydom

Piyarat Kaljareuk
LGBT

Piyarat Kaljareuk

The Kantana heir on continuing the company's legacy, dealing with depression, supporting LGBT equality, and launching the localized version of RuPaul's Drag Race

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