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Fun alternative things to do during the Loy Krathong festival
Things to do

Fun alternative things to do during the Loy Krathong festival

This year, we saw and felt the effects of environmental degradation and mindless garbage disposal like never before, from dead sea creatures turning up ashore with bellies full of plastic waste to hazardous chemicals leaking into lakes and rivers. So this year, on Loy Krathong, do your part to prevent more waste ending up in our waterways by not floating krathong made of non-biodegradable waste such as styrofoam and plastic. Instead, why not engage in the following alternative activities that still embody the spirit of the festival.

Awakening Bangkok
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Awakening Bangkok

Awakening Bangkok, a Charoenkrung-wide light exhibition, is set to return Nov 15-24 with more locations around one of Bangkok's most historic neighborhoods, more fun powered by music gigs, and more variety of activities.   Currently, the organizing team is recruiting young creative masterminds who would bring new cool to one of Bangkok's oldest surviving quarters. Scool down for more info of the open call info.  Initiated by Time Out Bangkok, the project is made possible with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Mitsubishi Motors.

Where to find the best street food at Banglamphoo
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Where to find the best street food at Banglamphoo

We roamed the area and came up with a list of some of the best street food joints in the neighborhood.

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

Check out what's in this issue of Time Out Bangkok

In this issue, you’ll find:  Bangkoks’s best brunch spots, Halloween parties, Hajime Sorayama interview, Three things to do at Inle Lake, and more

The ultimate list of Bangkok’s best brunch spots
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The ultimate list of Bangkok’s best brunch spots

Here’s our guide to the city’s brunch venues that are worth getting out of bed for

Latest restaurants and cafés review

Kin by Eats Payao
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Kin by Eats Payao

This new Eats Payao, now called Kin, has a more grown-up feel

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
OOOBkk
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OOOBkk

OOOBkk is actually a playful acronym for One Ounce for Onion.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
[REVISIT] Thiptara
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[REVISIT] Thiptara

Now that Thai fine-dining is on the rise in Bangkok, Thiptara is finding ways to transform itself, albeit slowly

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
1919 at Vesper
Restaurants

1919 at Vesper

The new 1919 by Vesper goes back to its roots, serving Italian aperitivo drinks and a selection of hearty Italian fare

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
[REVISIT] Gaa
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[REVISIT] Gaa

Gaa stands out from the rest, thanks to Chef Garima Arora’s willingness to break the boundaries that define Thai, Indian and Western fare

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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Latest bars review

Copper Bar
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Copper Bar

Seating yourself on one of these gilded barstools allows a front-row view to owner Fabio Brugnolaro’s impressive mixology ministrations

Alonetogether
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Alonetogether

The peeps behind Sugar Ray, the city’s coolest hidden gem, have collaborated with the owner of old town speakeasy Ku Bar to open a jazz bar

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Mutual Bar
Bars

Mutual Bar

A collaborative project among seven friends, Mutual Bar is a casual and cozy space where you can wind down while surrounded by comfy seating, good cocktails and lively music

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Suriyasai Content Bar
Bars

The Suriyasai Content Bar

The Suriyasai Content Bar takes you back to the glamour of the 1920s

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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New movie releases

The Addams Family
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The Addams Family

This (re)animation kicks off with the Addams clan getting chased out of town by a pitchfork-wielding mob and looking for somewhere “horrible and corrupt” to settle. They opt for New Jersey. It’s one of the few decent gags in an animated comedy that’s hardly overflowing with the macabre wit that made Barry Sonnenfeld’s The Addams Family and Addams Family Values such ghoulish delights back in the ’90s. Despite the stellar voice cast, the film’s celebration of misunderstood outsiderdom is too generic to amount to much more than a bargain-basement Despicable Me, the franchise it’s trying to emulate. For Charles Addams purists, the characters’ looks—the pencil-thin Morticia (voiced by Charlize Theron), the roly-poly Gomez (Oscar Isaac), teardrop-faced Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz)—are dead faithful to his original New Yorker cartoons. But that nicely antique feel quickly gets washed away by the cheap-looking CG animation. The story isn’t much more sophisticated. It involves persecution from the nearby ultra-conformist town of Assimilation (geddit?), a scheming home-improvement TV star (Allison Janney) and, for Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard) at least, a folk-dancing rite of passage involving a sword. Co-directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) find a neat way to introduce the theme song and have some fun with the family’s haunted asylum-cum-mansion (Morticia feeds it morning coffee via the toilet). But by this iconic family’s standards, there’s a real shortage of snap.

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Zombieland: Double Tap
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Zombieland: Double Tap

Emma Stone, still with her post–La La Land and The Favourite glow yet palpably bored to be in a zombie sequel, isn’t the only thing that’s tired about this belated follow-up to 2009’s Zombieland. The redneck-liberal alliance of the first movie—embodied by Woody Harrelson’s strutting Tallahassee and Jesse Eisenberg’s neurotic Columbus (people assume the names of their hometowns in this post-apocalyptic universe)—once felt edgy. But in today’s political landscape, it’s less believable than reanimated corpses. Meanwhile, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have honed their R-rated snarksmanship in two Deadpool movies. What was left to be said here? Very little, and the film seems to realize as much. (Eisenberg even thanks the audience in a cringingly clever voiceover: “Everyone has choices when it comes to zombie entertainment.”) It’s extra infuriating that the new plot line does so little to justify its own existence. The gang now lives in a gone-to-seed White House—the front façade, overgrown with weeds and stray lumbering flesh-eaters, is a dreamy piece of CGI—but the new residents bicker just like they did the last time, and only Little Rock (a grown-up Abigail Breslin, underutilized) fantasizes about straying off the grounds. She does, triggering a rescue effort. Heroically, Double Tap’s new actors, rare though they are, save it from being completely brain-dead. Zoey Deutch (soulful and spunky in Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some!!) does what she can—a lot—w

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Terminator: Dark Fate
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Terminator: Dark Fate

The headline on this latest addition to the Terminator franchise—a Hollywood series that’s creaking like an aging T-800 with stiff joints—is that it reunites the people who made it great in the first place: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and James Cameron (though not original co-producer Gale Anne Hurd). They’re back for Dark Fate, promising to straighten all those crooked timelines and deliver some honest-to-goodness shock and awe. On paper at least, that’s a tantalizing prospect. In reality, however, the involvement of James Cameron is limited to a story and producer credit—and it’s hard to imagine the story took him longer than an Avatar 2 lunch break to whip together. The set-up and structure is so similar to 1991’s landmark Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Dark Fate could almost be called a remake. It’s a watery facsimile of that movie, full of nods and winks to iconic moments long past. Deadpool director Tim Miller is the latest filmmaker to try to bring freshness to these reheated beats, and there are some promising flashes early on. That iconic shot of terminators skull-crunching their way across an apocalyptic landscape transforms into a tranquil beachside scene in one smooth edit. The tension at the heart of these Terminator movies was always between the clutch of terrified, clued-up survivors and the oblivious masses, and the moment captures it neatly. The setting, 27 years after Judgment Day, then shifts south of the U.S. border where a Mexican woman, Dani (N

Time Out says
2 out of 5 stars
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

An overstuffed follow-up to 2014’s Maleficent (a skillful Sleeping Beauty spin-off), Joachim Rønning’s sequel finds one worthy reason to exist in Michelle Pfeiffer’s wicked Queen Ingrith. As the nemesis to Angelina Jolie’s red-lipped siren, Pfeiffer gives us exactly what we want—the same hissing Catwoman attitude she heated up for Mother! Intimidating in Ellen Mirojnick’s pearl-encrusted costumes, Pfeiffer strides into character: Her Ingrith plots to overtake the realm, poisoning the familial bond between its young queen, Aurora (a graceful Elle Fanning), and her misunderstood godmother, Maleficent (Jolie, glamorous and imposing). Will Ingrith’s villainy destroy the duo’s love, which the first film so thoughtfully built? Even if you have an idea how that question gets answered, Pfeiffer’s deceitful empress (with flower allergies) keeps things entertaining. The rest of the package isn’t as inspired, despite Patrick Tatopoulos’s fanciful production design, which recalls a lesser Avatar, and all the cute, flickering things hovering around. A smitten Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson), engaged to Aurora, sometimes downgrades the otherwise central Maleficent from feared potentate to anxious empty-nester. There’s also an underground clan of creatures that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor’s horned Conall, living in hiding from human threat. It all leads to a noisy finale that wears out its welcome. (You’ll crave for more of the quieter battle from an earlier dinner scene, when Pfeiffer an

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars

The latest Time Out interviews

Valentina Ploy
Music

Valentina Ploy

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Patchara “Pom” Pirapak
Restaurants

Patchara “Pom” Pirapak

“The food I serve now reflects 100 percent who I am,” says Chef Patchara “Pom” Pirapak

The cast of The Naked Director
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The cast of The Naked Director

Japan is known the world over for promoting the unique and unconventional, even in it adult movie offerings. Japanese porn has satiated the passions and desires of people all over the world. It is kinky, submissive and role play-centric, and quite antagonistic to country’s generally conservative attitude. The country’s porn industry owes its leading position in the global stage to Toru Muranishi, whose wild imagination and progressive vision, gave rise to a different brand of Japanese AV (adult video) films in the ’80s. The Naked Director, an Netflix original series starring acclaimed actors Takayuki Yamada in the lead role, Shinnosuke Mitsushima and Tetsuji Tamayama, showcases the journey of Muranishi in revolutionizing the Japanese, and eventually the global, porn industry. We sat down with the stars of the film, and found out more than we expected—about the movie and about Japanese porn. The Naked Director/Netflix What are your thoughts on Toru Muranishi? Yamada: He is self-centered and forced many people to work for him. On the other hand, he has many unique and imaginative ideas and likes to do what others haven’t done before. He transformed pornography from an underground industry into to a form of entertainment that’s acceptable by society.   How did Toru Muranishi feel when he learned that Netflix was making a series based on his life? Did you meet him in real life? Yamada: Yes, we did meet Muranishi. He was quite optimistic about having a series made ba

Genius Gangster
Art

Genius Gangster

The arts and music scene in Bangkok is always changing and evolving, and into this highly prolific arena comes ShapeShifter, a music performance that puts focus on visuals as much as sound. The idea might sound a bit cliché but, trust us, ShapeShifter is everything but. The concept was created by a group of creatives called Genius Gangster, comprised of Voranat “Urk” Voraphitak, a graphic designer and owner of musical instrument store Sathon Chainsaw; Chanida “Kook" Voraphitak, founder of graphic design brand Cuscus the Cuckoos; and Gunn Leelhasuwan, one of the masterminds behind popular bars Asia Today and Teens of Thailand. ShapeShifter is basically a platform where people who specialize in different art forms can gather, collaborate and work with each other’s distinctive skills and talents.   Genius Gangster Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok   Each of the founders’ unique taste in art and music served as inspiration. “I like clubs with loud music and everything, but most of the clubs that I’ve been to seem to only put effort into the sound but not the visuals,” Urk explains. “When I started working in this industry, I realized that I can make every element equally good. So every time we do our events, we really put our mind and dedication to all the elements. Like when we do the visuals, we do it like it’s a film, and not just pictures that respond to the music.” Most of the time, when you attend different events hosted by the same curator, you can already prede

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
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W Bangkok

W Bangkok integrates twisted Thai culture with quirky Western motifs

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
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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
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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

Three things to do at Inle Lake
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Three things to do at Inle Lake

Shan State freshwater lake awaits your exploration

Siem Reap through new eyes
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Siem Reap through new eyes

Here are are new places you have to visit when you’re in Siem Reap

Unconventional museums around the world
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Unconventional museums around the world

Check-in: Renaissance Koh Samui
Travel

Check-in: Renaissance Koh Samui

If you’re looking to experience an extraordinary holiday, Renaissance Koh Samui might just be the place for you. Though you have the option to indulge in your usual tropical holiday activities, like sunbathing or chilling by the pool, Renaissance’s new global marketing campaign, titled “Discover This Way,” may just convince you to venture outside of your comfort zone—and even outside of the hotel—for an entirely unique travel experience. The Discover This Way program features activities within and beyond the hotel led by a Samui-born and raised navigator who knows every best bit of the island. Renaissance Koh Samui, located on the picturesque Lamai beach, has been a staple for many travelers for decades—not so surprising since the accommodations, facilities and impeccable service have never failed to impress. Deluxe rooms offer views of the 50-meter Leelawadee lap pool (said to be the longest pool on the island) and the resort’s lush grounds, while pool villas offer the ultimate privacy and spacious rooms consisting of 4-poster king-size bed. Your Renaissance journey starts soon as you check in, with Punchbowl Rituals, a cocktail-making session by the beach. A mixologist will guide you through the process of making a unique drink using only Thai ingredients —we’re talking lemongrass, galangal, Thai chili, hot basil, kaffir lime, and fresh cane syrup, all of which are mixed with renowned Phuket spirit, Chalong Bay Rum. After the session, you’ll be seated at the Navigator’s