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Expats We Love

Time Out Bangkok sits and talks with expats we love about Bangkok they love.

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Travel

Q&A with Kumamon

Kumamon is not the first city mascot we’ve met, but the black cuddly bear happens to be the funniest. The character was created in 2010 to represent a campaign that was aimed at drawing tourists to the Kyushu region following the opening of a high-speed train line. This black bear with cherry-red cheeks later became one of Japan’s most famous characters, subsequently attracting more tourists, particularly from overseas, to travel in Kumamoto prefecture.     Following the devastating earthquake in Kumamoto a few months ago, Kumamon, actually a civil servantreporting directly to the governor, is now working hard to re-assure tourists that it’s now safe to return to Kumamoto and its neighboring cities. Time Out Bangkok had a chance to sit down for a quick chat with the playful bear.  What do you eat to keep you so energized?Kumamoto is famous for fresh agricultural products: melon, strawberries, and so many other fruits. These are what I enjoy eating.   What is Kumamoto cuisine famous for?Horse meat! Kumamoto horse meat is the best. What awesome things can we do in Kumamoto?Rent a car and drive around the prefecture to get different perspectives of Kumamoto. Fruit picking, for example, a fun activity. You shouldn’t miss the Yamaga Toro Matsuri dance and firework festival in August. It’s when thousands of dancers in yukata costumes perform traditional dances underneath amazing fireworks!  There are so many onsen sites in Kumamoto. Which ones would you recommend visiting if w

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Music

Spotlight on Selena Gomez

Get to the the stories behind her success before her Bangkok debut concert next week.

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Comedy

Woody Milintachinda on the old Woody, the new Woody and what he's learned

Woody Milintachinda is now at the top of his game. With TV shows, Facebook Live, social media channels, an event organizing company and a trillion of the projects in the pipeline, the talkative TV host can’t deny he is having the best time of his life.

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Shopping

The 5 awesome reasons to shop at Siam Discovery

Let’s go shopping! From exclusive items and unique collaborations to state-of-the-art design and sustainable concepts, Siam Discovery has already become the most happening shopping destination in Bangkok.

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Latest restaurants and cafés review

Restaurants

Toro

Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette take their award-winning, conceptual Spanish creations to an international audience - in Bangkok.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants

Char Bangkok

Come for the amazing vistas of Bangkok on the top floors of Hotel Indigo Bangkok and the food.

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Restaurants

Muiné

Pratchya Vilaipol's eatery that focuses on street cuisine from Southern Vietnam.

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Restaurants

Shinsen Fish Market

An eatery built around the concept of modern-looking fish market in Taipei.

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Restaurants

Man Fu Yuan Kitchen

Casual, all-day-dining Chinese food venue. 

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Latest bars review

Bars

The best cocktail bars in Bangkok

Time Out Bangkok searched through the city to find the greatest cocktail concoctions.

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Nightlife

Sing Sing Theater

Shanghai in the ′30s with futuristic Blade Runner-esque elements.

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Bars

Evil Man Blues

Art inside a mad man’s mind.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Bars

The best bars and clubs in Bangkok

Time Out Bangkok rounded up the best bars and clubs in the city. 

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The latests Time Out interviews

Travel

Q&A with Kumamon

Kumamon is not the first city mascot we’ve met, but the black cuddly bear happens to be the funniest. The character was created in 2010 to represent a campaign that was aimed at drawing tourists to the Kyushu region following the opening of a high-speed train line. This black bear with cherry-red cheeks later became one of Japan’s most famous characters, subsequently attracting more tourists, particularly from overseas, to travel in Kumamoto prefecture.     Following the devastating earthquake in Kumamoto a few months ago, Kumamon, actually a civil servantreporting directly to the governor, is now working hard to re-assure tourists that it’s now safe to return to Kumamoto and its neighboring cities. Time Out Bangkok had a chance to sit down for a quick chat with the playful bear.  What do you eat to keep you so energized?Kumamoto is famous for fresh agricultural products: melon, strawberries, and so many other fruits. These are what I enjoy eating.   What is Kumamoto cuisine famous for?Horse meat! Kumamoto horse meat is the best. What awesome things can we do in Kumamoto?Rent a car and drive around the prefecture to get different perspectives of Kumamoto. Fruit picking, for example, a fun activity. You shouldn’t miss the Yamaga Toro Matsuri dance and firework festival in August. It’s when thousands of dancers in yukata costumes perform traditional dances underneath amazing fireworks!  There are so many onsen sites in Kumamoto. Which ones would you recommend visiting if w

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Comedy

Woody Milintachinda on the old Woody, the new Woody and what he's learned during the past few years

  I’m really nervous because you’re Woody!Please don’t say that. Because once you say that, I feel so old. Once you reach thirty-something and people say they get excited around you, it’s both good and bad. It’s good because I feel like I mean something to them, which is great, and I love them for that. But it also feels like I’ve been here for a long time. I feel like an institution, which is really okay, but sometimes they compare me to wines of the eighties. (laughs) I feel honored, but at the same time, I can’t get over the fact that I feel a bit, you know, old.  But you always look the sameBecause I have great doctors and great people taking care of my face. Don’t get me wrong now. I don’t like to do anything with my face, but I’m forced to by my three assistants. But isn’t it essential in this business? You looks do matter.It is. When I look in the mirror, I can tell whether I’m okay-looking or not-okay-looking. But I have so many things to do each day. I think my face is the last thing that I think of. I tried to do [medical treatment] every six months. To me, laser treatment is the best thing that’s ever happened. I never thought that I would be able to handle the pain, but once I realize that the pain is good, I started to smile.  During an old interview you mentioned that you didn’t like looking at yourself in the mirror. Why?I gave that interview a few years back. At that time, I wasn’t okay with my skin. I wasn’t okay with who I was. I looked in the mirror and

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Clubs

Expats We Love

We sit and talk with expats we love about Thailand they love. 

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Restaurants

Q&A with Jamie 
Bissionnette

Why Spanish?My partner, Ken, and I are American- born and we started cooking classic French food. And we both were traveling independently to different parts of the world, when we were in Spain, working with Spanish chef we fell in love with the culture, we fell in love with that style of food and that style of eating. So it’s just natural progression for us to start cooking Spanish food.  What the main differences between Spanish and other kind of food?Spanish food is packed with flavors. And they do small portion, the whole model is eat a little bit often. So American is about getting appetizer and a big entrée, but in Spain, it’s about a little of this, a little of that, so you get to try more variety. And what’s awesome about Spanish food is indicative of the culture that it’s around. Spanish chef coming to America isn’t going to look for just Spanish ingredients, they;re going to cook with all fresh ingredients around them. So it makes it lean itself really well to adding any kinds of flavors together, which is why we’re really excited tobe in Bangkok.  I’ve heard a story that before becoming a chef, you were a vegetarian?I was a vegetarian, and vegan, for a long time. And that’s probably why I was a chef because in the early 1990s in the States, being a vegetarian was difficult. My mother would not cook for me. School lunches are not vegetarian. I loved food, so it was only natural that I started cooking at home and me watched Jacques Pépin and cooking show on PBS. I

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Where to stay in Bangkok

Hotels

W Bangkok

One of the franchise of the well-known W Hotel, W Bangkok integrated Thai Culture with Western style  beautifully throughout the hotel and its facilities. A Boxing ring is used to separate the VIP zone at Woobar. The elevator is decorated colorfully inspired by the light of Tuk Tuk. Hanuman, from Thai myth, welcomes all the guest in front of SWEAT fitness. Not to mention their exquisite service, W retains their concept of Whatever/Whenever to keep all customer pleased.

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Hotels

Sala Arun

Sala Arun is hiding in a corner of the old community of Ta Tien. This small boutique hotel offers the stunning view right across the beautiful Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. You can also make the most of the view by enjoying their custom cocktails from the sun rise to the sunset.

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Hotels

Baannai

The restaurant has everything from familiar menus such as Nam Prik Long Rua serving together with vegetables, Thai omlette and bitter melon soup with minced pork. The others are quite rare to see in normal Thai restaurant. The best bet would be Pla Haeng Tangmo, diced watermelon with crispy little fish is perfect for summer while Kanom Pa Pai, the rare Thai dessert making of green beans is so yummy that 5 pieces are barely enough. Here also serves monthly special menu as Khao Chae in April. We’re still waiting for the new menu in May but we are so ready for this mysterious dish.

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Hotels

Silom Art Hostel

Silom Art Hostel changes your mind about all hostels being “risky, too public and dissatisfying.” Giving off the vibe of a boutique hotel, this colorful, unique four-story building was decorated by an experienced architect who plays a big role in designing many of the city’s upscale hotels. Here, the desire and imagination inspired by Bangkok is reflected in every little detail. The mezzanine features a cozy TV room and a small sized business center, as well as a comfy-looking hammock. Different types of rooms are available: shared rooms and bathrooms, ensuite rooms with twin beds or king-sized beds. The fourth floor houses the women’s dormitory, which requires a keycard to enter. Ladies don’t have to worry about security anymore. 

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