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Bangkok-based LGBTQ figures you should know right now
LGBT

Bangkok-based LGBTQ figures you should know right now

Time Out Bangkok celebrates Pride Month by introducing to you to the new faces in the Thai LGBTQ community who are helping make our society a more understanding and accepting one

The best co-working spaces in Bangkok
Things to do

The best co-working spaces in Bangkok

24-hour accessible areas, private offices, designed desks, meeting rooms, common areas—you name it

Check out what's in the latest issue of Time Out Bangkok
Things to do

Check out what's in the latest issue of Time Out Bangkok

In this issue, you’ll find 🌃 Bangkok’s best non-mainstream music venues🎶 Interviews with DJs Sunju Hargun and Mae Happyair🍸 Restaurant and bar reviews, including Chefs Table, Lennon's, and more.

The absolute best Pride parties in Bangkok
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The absolute best Pride parties in Bangkok

Bangkok's LGBT scene is only getting bigger and better. If you're looking for LGBT things to do, we've lined up the best Pride parties in the city that you don't want to miss in this month of Pride. Wed 19 Love Out Loud at W Bangkok; 7 pm; B300/inclusive of one drink W Bangkok, in partnership with Gayle and Chandon Thailand, invite you to celebrate this pride month with “Love Out Loud”, a party celebrating self-expression, queer history, and love. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Love Foundation. Fri 21 Pride Night: Drag Me to SO at HI-SO; 6 pm; B450/inclusive of one drink Glam up in your most fabulous outfit and come celebrate pride month at HI-SO. Hobnob with your favorite drag divas Kwang Yonce, Zymone "The Rapper Queen," and Meannie Minaj while dancing to hot beats from DJ StevenG and DJ SoShine.  Wed 26  Pride Month Celebration at SO Sofitel Bangkok; 6 pm OUT BKK, UNGlobe, GLIFAA, and Equal AF are joining hands in co-hosting this pride month celebration at So Sofitel Hotel. Let your pride shine and enjoy fun activities, performances, and giveaways. Sun 30 Drag-a-licious 2 at Maggie Choo's; 7.30 pm; B500/inclusive of two drinks Maggie Choo’s is hosting their special themed gay night party with Drag-a-licious 2. Enjoy 10 Drag shows and free shots all night long. DJ Yui Truluv and Dj Tackthai will be spinning tunes from the 90’s mixed with today’s hottest pops.  

Time Out meets Angele Anang
LGBT

Time Out meets Angele Anang

The winner of Drag Race Thailand Season 2 talks about her journey to success, her role in the LGBT community and future plans.

Latest restaurants and cafés review

Kaizen Coffee
Restaurants

Kaizen Coffee

The relocated coffee shop now serves full-on meals in a two-story glasshouse-style building decorated with warm tones and raw materials

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Chef's Table
Restaurants

Chef's Table

The latest addition to Lebua hotel impressively excels in all the criteria required of a haute cuisine restaurant

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Vela
Restaurants

Vela

A Rooftop eatery serves crowd-favorite fusion dishes that merge local flavor with French influences, as well as creative cocktails

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Medici
Restaurants

Medici

The restaurant revamps its menu, combining the tastes and styles of cuisine from countries like France, Spain and Italy

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Old Street Bak Kut Teh
Restaurants

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Old Street, Singapore's biggest bak kut teh restaurant chain, has just landed in Bangkok

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

Baby Bar
Bars

Baby Bar

The Mastermind who used to be behind now-defunct All Six To Twelve Cafe & Social Bar and Amontre Playroom & Brasserie has opened a new bar at the resort-inspired boutique hotel Craftsman

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Lennon’s
Bars

Lennon’s

 This partrecord store, part-bar is home to more than 6,000 vinyl records and tape cassettes (said to be the country’s biggest collection)

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Flamenco
Bars

Flamenco

The new hangout spot combines over-the-top Baroque splendor with bold brash Latino party vibes

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Wet
Bars

Wet

Wet is fun and laidback, showcasing Gaggan’s take on the currently trendy natural wine bar concept

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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New movie releases

Toy Story 4
Movies

Toy Story 4

Turns out, Pixar’s sentient toys can still make us cry: Nearly 25 years after their cinematic debut, the sweetly selfless plastic pals return in a fourth Toy Story, one charged by the animated series’ thematic essence of finding purpose in being useful to others. It’s a hopeful, immensely human chapter that echoes the franchise’s complex notions of loyalty, displacement and self-worth, doing so with humor and warmth. Working from a script by Andrew Stanton and Stephany Folsom (as well as six other story contributors, including ousted ex-Pixar chief John Lasseter), director Josh Cooley successfully balances all of these elements—a noteworthy achievement considering the large cowboy boots he had to fill after the epic yet nuanced Toy Story 3, one of Pixar’s more perfect achievements. The reliable company of old friends certainly helps: Now happily living with a new kid, Bonnie (voiced by Madeleine McGraw), Tom Hanks’s pull-string pardner Woody, Tim Allen’s devoted Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack’s feisty Jesse and the rest of the gang are back. New to the clan is Forky (Veep’s Tony Hale, adding nervy personality and genuine weirdness), an existentially confused spork with low self-esteem that the ever-imaginative Bonnie creates as a kindergarten craft project. Convinced of his status as trash (an unusually raw class dilemma for a Pixar movie), Forky get a crash course on his toyness from Woody, himself thrown by a life crisis resembling that of a retiree. Bonnie has moved on to o

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Men In Black: International
Movies

Men In Black: International

Nobody wanted this one: a reboot of a series that now feels more redundant with every galaxy-guarding wisecrack coming from the theater next door. But how fun was it back in 1997, when CGI-heavy sci-fi first collided with salt-and-pepper buddy comedy? After three films, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are now AWOL—probably wisely on their part—leaving the dark suits and memory-wiping neuralyzers to Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, who may bring to mind their superior Thor: Ragnarok (which you probably saw and swiftly forgot about some lazy afternoon). They have little to do in a film that’s both whirlingly busy and stubbornly listless and uninspired. It won’t exactly make you hate movies, full stop, but Men in Black: International imposes such a generic dullness, it will have you seriously examining your entertainment choices. For a character that’s meant to be born and raised in Brooklyn, Thompson’s Molly, an often naïve trainee agent, represents a missed opportunity for toughness—or at least the endearing street smarts that this series used to supply on the regular. Meanwhile, if you ever wondered when Hemsworth’s surfer-bro charm would curdle into swagger, it’s now: As Molly’s new partner, Agent K, Hemsworth is almost shockingly unfunny. When, only 15 minutes in, you’re hearing boss Emma Thompson complain about their secret organization’s gendered name (“I’ve had the conversation,” she fumes), you have no idea you’re experiencing the film’s only funny line. She dispatch

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Movies

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

First, the good news: Dark Phoenix is a fairly watchable addition to a franchise that has felt stretched to breaking point. It boasts visual sass, the set pieces are mostly fun and the acting stands up as well as you’d expect with a charismatic cast well-grooved in the X-universe. In Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey and Jennifer Lawrence’s Raven, it has two nuanced female characters front and center—three, if you count Jessica Chastain’s ethereal alien-type creature Vuk, which is something that still can’t be said for too many superhero movies. It’s not nearly as good as Logan or X2, but it’s a whole lot better than the eyeball-poking affliction that was 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. On the flipside, it still feels like a fairly pointless retread of comis creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Dark Phoenix Saga, which we’ve already seen (and hated) in Brett Ratner’s 2006 disaster X-Men: The Last Stand. It bolts on a pallid alien invasion storyline that’s more X-Files than X-Men and is laden with lumpen dialogue about destiny and “controlling your inner power” that could have been lifted wholesale from a tai chi manual. Throw in a long delay of the release date and there’s the inescapable feeling of a franchise half-heartedly winding down before the inevitable reboot kicks in, with Disney (and the might of Marvel Studios) replacing 20th Century Fox at the wheel and meshing the mutants into its superhero pantheon. Dark Phoenix introduces the serving X-Men as a kind of global 911 serv

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Aladdin
Movies

Aladdin

Twenty-seven years after the release of the animated classic, Aladdin gets the live-action treatment, with Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie at the helm. The well-known plot is the stuff of Disney magic: a rags-to-riches tale in which a common thief wins the heart of a princess with the help of a magic lamp that transforms him into a prince. If today's Aladdin is not quite a scene-for-scene remake, it’s pretty close. The plot is tweaked with some sensible improvements: Agrabah, a mythical Silk Road city, was once described in the original opening song as “barbaric.” It’s now simply chaotic, with a bustling population of people from as far as northern Europe (look out for Billy Magnussen’s hilarious Prince Anders) to China, and everywhere in between. It’s clear that this version of Aladdin celebrates the cultures from which the Arabian Nights folk tale emerged—a sensitivity no doubt learned (better late than never) from Black Panther, which provided an alternative to the typical white-savior motif. Canadian-Egyptian actor Mena Massoud perfectly captures Aladdin’s street-smart charm, while British-Gujarati actress Naomi Scott gives a fire-cracker performance as Princess Jasmine, showing she’s less concerned with finding a husband than learning the required skills to succeed her father (Navid Negahban) to the throne. Marwan Kenzari’s Jafar verges on pantomine villainy, but there’s no denying that he cuts a menacing figure. Best of all, the film is a proudly out-and-out mus

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars

The latest Time Out interviews

Crossthy
Music

Crossthy

We have chat with Ken Phupoom and Timothy Supreeleela, the duo behind EDM project Crossthy

Naphat Siangsomboon
Movies

Naphat Siangsomboon

Get to know more about the young actor who—with his looks, lineage and sensitive smarts—seems bound for Asiawide success

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.

Best hotels in Bangkok

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

The stunning, brand-new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok shoots up from the bustling Rachaprasong intersection like a flower; in fact, it was designed to look like one—a magnolia, to be exact. Inside, design elements by Hong Kong-based architect Andre Fu—such as wrought iron sculptural panels and an assortment of intricate chandeliers—pay homage to local Thai culture as well as the Waldorf legacy. The property boasts 171 rooms and suites, each with interactive entertainment systems, well-stocked mini bars and sprawling bathrooms with rainfall showers, high-tech toilets and toiletries by Salvatore Ferragamo. Guests have access to three restaurants, two bars and a tea room lounge; our favorites are the Front Room, a lobby-level eatery serving innovative Nordic-Thai fare, and the top floor Champagne Bar, offering flutes of bubbly to be enjoyed on plush green velvet couches overlooking the city below. A small (three rooms) but lovely spa sits next to the open air, rooftop pool, scattered with giant wicker chairs and affording one of the best views from the property. There's also a 24-hour fitness center, as well as the aforementioned lounge, Peacock Alley, perfect for whiling away the hours between city exploration and dinner—look for the clock behind the bar, a quiet nod to the storied hotel brand's first property in Manhattan (every Waldorf Astoria has a version of the first location's beautiful wall clock).  Time Out tip: Book ahead at the spa and the Front Room, both popular must-d

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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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

Out of town

Things to do in Can Tho
Travel

Things to do in Can Tho

Experience the fascinating places and attractions that Mekong Delta’s capital city has to offer

Check-in: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay
Travel

Check-in: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Get away to a Vietnam resort built around whimsy and fantasy

Doi Tung: a mountainous land transformed with love and nurtured with faith
Travel

Doi Tung: a mountainous land transformed with love and nurtured with faith

If you visited Doi Tung, one of Chiang Rai’s northernmost peaks, some 30 years ago and never had a chance to return, you’d barely recognized it today. The once desert-like mountains suffered from mobile plantation and—worse—opium planting; now, it’s one of the lushest areas in the north. Everything changed when Princess Srinagarindra, the grandmother of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, set up the Doi Tung Development Project in 1988 with an aim to improve the quality of both the people’s lives and the area they lived in. She even had a house built in the vicinity so she could watch her project grow at close range.     Learning from the consequences and successes of previous projects initiated by her son King Bhumibol, the Princess Mother opted to start out “small,” taking a slow contemplative pace—like with everything in her life. She didn’t want to merely give money to those in need; she wanted to help the people stand on their own feet, which is why she carefully created an environment and cultivated micro-industries that the community could benefit from. Thirty years have passed and, though Princess Srinagarindra didn’t get the chance to see Doi Tung in full bloom, her wish did come true. The once scraggly mountainside is now a lush plantation that produces gorgeous textile, paper and pottery—all trice handmade—and, most importantly, some of the world’s best macadamia nuts and coffee beans. Opium was replaced by harvests more beneficial to the community, both morall

5 reasons why you should visit the Maldives
Travel

5 reasons why you should visit the Maldives

November marks the beginning of the travel season in Thailand and Asia, and Maldives is one of the best holiday destinations you may want to consider.