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The 3 best new rooftop bars in Bangkok
Bars

The 3 best new rooftop bars in Bangkok

The best new rooftop bars in Bangkok.

The evolution of sex in Thai movies
Movies

The evolution of sex in Thai movies

To celebrate the month of love and lust (and the Oscars), we look back through 90 years of Thai film history, examining controversial sex scenes, and the rise and fall of Thai bombshells.

New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month
Restaurants

New restaurants, cafés and bars to try in Bangkok this month

Break your eating routines and check out these new restaurants, cafes and bars around Bangkok.

The best dim sum restaurants in Bangkok
Restaurants

The best dim sum restaurants in Bangkok

Best places for shrmp ha-gao and melt-in-your-mouth lava buns 

The Time Out gift guide 2017
Shopping

The Time Out gift guide 2017

Season’s greetings, Bangkok! Still looking for year-end gift inspiration? Relax – we’ve sorted out. The Time Out Bangkok gift guide is packed with ideas sure to satisfy everyone, from your grumpy mom to really picky friends. Enjoy! (Click the tab below to see more categories)

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Latest restaurants and cafés review

Sri Trat
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Sri Trat

For most Thai folks, Trat, a small province on the eastern seaboard, is of little significance – barring its islands, which are usually overrun by tourists. But for the food-passionate, the region is home to one of the most delightful cuisines in the country, thanks to its abundance of seafood, fresh fruits and rare herbs. Recently, Trat native Wongwich Sripinyoo, hoping to put the city’s signature dishes on the food map, opened Sri Trat, a restaurant that also pays tribute to the two things he loves the most: his hometown and his mother. Tucked in Sukhumvit 33 (a soi that’s already brimming with restaurants offering a gamut of choices), this charming house-turned-restaurant is stylishly dressed in dark indigo tones and greets diners with a make-yourself-at-home vibe. The reception room also functions as the bar, where a giant rose – the favorite flower of Wongwich’s mother – has been hand-painted on the floor. The homey dining room features chic, rustic details, with walls decked out with framed photographs recalling the owner’s childhood memories, and one corner is devoted to a colorful mural depicting his mother, a former beauty queen, elegantly clad in a locally inspired gown. The menu carries items that strictly follow old family recipes and meticulously combine an array of fresh ingredients (some of them grown on-site). It includes staple dishes from Trat like pork curry with chamuang leaves (B220), which highlights tender pork chunks swimming in a tangy herbal soup.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Magpie Café
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Magpie Café

Award-winning designer (and part-time Insta-hunk) Nappadol “Ou” Baholyodhin has been calling himself an On Nut local for a while now—to the fact that he’s been heading the design team for home textiles at silk institution Jim Thompson, which is headquartered in Soi On Nut 30, for four years. A coffee—latte in particular—addict, Ou found himself struggling to find a good place to buy coffee before going to work. He found his solution when he discovered that this odd-shaped shophouse near his office was being rented out—Ou decided to open up his own café. The talented designer knew the moment he stepped inside the shophouse—once a ramshackle noodle shop—that he would be able to create a miracle and transform the space. And he did—starting out with the first two floors. The decor and the name of the place, Magpie, reflects Ou’s personality of collecting things. The first floor of this tiny, five-story building now boasts elegant décor inspired by an European orangerie—white walls have been hand-painted with green chinoiserie patterns, vases full of flowers, plants and ferns hang from the ceiling, and natural light filters in through huge windows—everything follows Ou’s dream of creating a lush, garden-like ambiance. The windowless second floor (actually a mezzanine) has been converted into some sort of lounge, with sophisticated sofas, Chinese porcelain and shiny mirrors. The third floor is now on its way to becoming a chef’s table-style supper club with five chefs taking over

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Cantina Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen
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Cantina Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen

A few yearsback, the main stretch of soi Ari (Phaholyothin 7) became known as one of the city’s most promising food hubs. Now, the parallel soi, Ari Samphan, is starting to gain equal prominence, clustered with an array of new restaurants. One in the growing long list is Cantina Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen, the one and only Italian establishment in the neighborhood.  Run by the people behind Sukhumvit hotspots like Above Eleven, Charcoal and Havana Social, Cantina seems unassuming from the outside, but a contradictory scenario hits you when you walk in. The candle lit enclave is decked out with medieval details, giving the venue the feel of an underground church in Europe. One wall holds a tall wooden wine rack – it extends up to the darker and more intimate second floor – that stores premium bottles.  The menu offers simple, produce-driven Italian favorites that deliver on-point flavor. You have a selection of bruschetta (from B230) and a variety of Neapolitan-style pizza. Try the cheese-loaded mascarpone e tartufo (B520), which is topped with mascarpone, mozzarella and San Daniele ham, and drizzled with white and black truffle oil.  Pasta spans simple carbonara (B240) to a lasagna that is whipped up following a family recipe. The homemade approach also carries into impressive desserts like tiramisu (B180) and panna cotta (B150), which are both served in hefty portions.  Co-owner Mathew Milotich is certified a sommelier so you can trust him to recommend the best wine to

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Clinton Street Baking Company
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Clinton Street Baking Company

Bangkok ends a year big with the opening of Clinton Street Baking Company, a New York-born pancake purveyor of celebrity chef Neil Kleinberg. Tucked in the just-opened fine-dining zone on the ground floor of Siam Paragon, the Bangkok outpost dishes out all-day breakfast and comfort food that puts a spotlight on Kleinberg’s signature buttermilk pancake, which has been praised by some food critics as the world’s best. Your choices are two (B260) or three pieces (B320) plus the topping of your like (blueberry, banana walnut and chocolate chunk). Other goodies that made their way into the menu include Chicken & Waffles (B320) that sees the buttermilk fried chicken serves on waffles, and French toast (B260) that is made of brioche and served with caramelized banana, roasted pecans, and warm maple butter.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Tonkin-Annam
Restaurants

Tonkin-Annam

A new Vietnamese eatery serving up authentic northern and central Vietnamese fare

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Dim Dim
Bars

Dim Dim

The hyped-up food and booze district of Sukhumvit 33 recently welcomed Dim Dim, a Chinese-inspired bar that replaced the modern Taiwanese eatery Bao & Buns. Situated next to Peppina pizzeria, the dimly-lit cocktail hub features a vintage-style, red-lit setting decorated with Oriental teahouse furniture and shelves lined with East Asian clichés like Japanese lucky cat charms, Chinese tea sets and jars storing exotic-looking herbs. Barmen in white lab coats, however, add a modern, quirky edge to the vibe. Manned by the Sugar Ray team, the bar menu sticks to Dim Dim’s Asian-inspired vibe by incorporating Chinese herbs into the concoctions it slings together. Oolong tea (B280), for instance, is given a sweet and boozy kick with oolong- and orange peel-infused bourbon, orange and cardamom syrup, lemon and egg white, while the classic cocktail Clover Club (B280) is given a herbal spin and transformed into a rosella-infused gin-based drink. For more spirit-forward items, go for Bakkwa Old Fashioned (rosemary-infused bourbon with chili and cinnamon syrup, orange bitters and orange peel, B340). Garnished with sweet meat jerky, chili and sesame oil, every sip is a medley of sweet, savory and spicy flavors. The bar also serves house-made herbal liqueur like chrysanthemum vodka (B280) and salted plum gin (B280), which can be enjoyed as shots or on the rocks. No need to pop by the pizzeria next door if you feel peckish. Dim Dim whips up flavorful Asian comfort food, such as a silky-sm

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Golden Coins Taproom
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Golden Coins Taproom

After ardous attempts to make their brand legit in Thailand, Golden Coins take things a step further by bringing their kegs to a taproom concept with an eponymous named bar.  It was a long journey for founder Pieak Pipattanaphon, who started the brand in 2011, pioneering the local craft beer industry and becoming one of the first-talked about Thai craft beers. In 2015, he opend Let The Boy Die in the Chinatown, the first bar in Bangkok to serve only Thai craft beer on tap. The future of Thai craft beer still remains uncertain, with many Thai brewers, including Golden Coins, needing to partner up with local breweries in neighboring countries to produce batches of beer before importing them back to Thailand just to make the entire process more legal. Replacing the old spot of Butterscotch ice cream shop at Ekkamai Shopping Mall, Golden Coins Taproom features six taps dedicated to the brand's different beer styles (in the future you can expect more brews on rotation). Golden Coins is known for their IPA and Pale Ale beers, and beer lovers would do themselves a favor by trying the Wish Do, an American-style Pale Ale brew. The Happy Stout is another blockbuster. Containing five percent stout, this style is easy to drink and smells just like cookies and cream — it may actually be a little too sweet if you're more into bitter IPAs. (Beers start from B180/glass.) The food menu has more variety than in Let The Boy Die, combining a range of beer chow from all over the world. You can

Flûte A Perrier-Jouët Bar
Bars

Flûte A Perrier-Jouët Bar

Sky Bar and Sirocco, two notable establishments at The Dome at Lebua, have topped the lists of Asia’s – if not the world’s – best rooftop dining and drinking venues over the recent years. Last year, Lebua decided to team up with Pernord Ricard in a project meant to elevate the sky-high drinking experience even more. After talks and discussions, the project was revealed as Flûte A Perrier-Jouët Bar, the world’s highest bar of its kind. Set on the 64th floor of the State Tower Buiding, the sophisticated bar is located right at the entrance to Sky Bar and Sirocco. From the lit-up bar adorned with elegant butterfly patterns, lush green cushions, and exclusive Champagne glasses decorated with golden butterflies, it’s not too difficult to guess that the space was designed to cater more to ladies who look for the finer things in life. The Champagne selection includes Perrier-Jouet Blanc de Blancs, Cuvée Belle Époque Brut & Rosé, G.H. Mumm Cuvée R. Lalou (B40,000/bottle), G.H. Mumm Grand Cru Brut Selection (B21,000/bottle), Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé (B18,000/bottle) – all of which are available exclusively here. Some of the world’s finest caviar – Beluga Imperial (30g, B40,000), Beluga Special Reserve (30g, B70,000) and Ossetra Special Reserve (30g, B44,000) – are available to compliment the expensive bubbly. With limited seats, the privilege of tasting exclusive Champagne belongs to only a few guests per night. 

Vogue Lounge
Bars

Vogue Lounge

Stepping into their second anniversary in November, one of Bangkok’s most stylish cocktail bars, Vogue Lounge, offers a solid reason why you should pay them a revisit: a new barman. Everyone's favorite bartender, Hideyuki Saito, has left Vogue Lounge to open his own joint, Bronx Liquid Parlour, on Thonglor Soi 25, providing a chance for new mixman, Francesco Moretti, to shine in the spotlight. Moretti is no stranger to Asia's drinking scene. He’s tended the bar in many watering holes, including the famous Bar Rouge in Shanghai where he made his fame with “fire magic" (he really set fire to his drinks). He set foot in Bangkok two years ago to consult with Char Bangkok and Pirate Chambre during their opening periods, and decided to settle in the city. In Bangkok, Moretti begins a new chapter in his life by infusing classic concoctions with local flavors and aromas. Try Oh Beautiful (B340), one of his signatures, a well-rounded sweet and sour concoction that mixes pineapple skin-infused tequila with house-made pandan syrup, fresh pineapple juice, egg whites, Galliano vanilla syrup and fresh lemon juice. The vaporizer by the bar is not there to merely set the mood. Lemon bitters are placed inside and the scent that is produced is used to wash a pipe-shaped serving glass for a cocktail called This is Not a Pipe (mezcal, white rum, apple juice, amaretto, chocolate bitters and lemon juice, B360). For something a little rough, the Gold Fashioned (B380) plays up a classic drink with

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New movie releases

Elle
Movies

Elle

Adapted by David Birke from the novel by Philippe Djian, Elle has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Isabelle Huppert, who gives a fierce performance as Michele, a video-game–company founder living in Paris. Those midcoital moans we heard? Michele is being raped in her living room by a ski-masked assailant.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Salesman
Movies

The Salesman

The Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for 2011's A Separation. After making 2013's The Past in Paris, he returns to Tehran for this charged, intelligent but not entirely satisfying drama about a youngish couple, Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini).

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Moonlight
Movies

Moonlight

The first miracle of Barry Jenkins’s exquisite coming-of-age drama Moonlight—a heartbreaker filled with many such miracles—happens around a kitchen table.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Manchester by the Sea
Movies

Manchester by the Sea

The proud white steeples, choppy waters and forthright, salty demeanour of small-town New England make an exquisite counterpoint to a devastating tale of buried trauma in Manchester by the Sea, an emotional powerhouse with the weave of great literature. 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars

The latest Time Out interviews

Buakaw punching through silver screen
Movies

Buakaw punching through silver screen

Buakaw Banchamek steps out of the boxing ring and, once again, lands his foot on the big screen

Q&A with Flure
Music

Q&A with Flure

The Thai pop band’s official reunion after nine years is making fans weep for joy

Q&A with Peem Jaiyen
Movies

Q&A with Peem Jaiyen

Peem Jaiyen opens up about his dark side in HBO Asia's new series Halfworlds

Eddie Redmayne tells all about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Movies

Eddie Redmayne tells all about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

When Eddie Redmayne first started acting professionally after Cambridge, he half expected to get a call from the Harry Potter casting agent. With a ginger tinge, he thought he might be in with a shot of playing a minor Weasley. ‘Sadly, it never happened!’ he says. This is typical Redmayne. He has landed the role of a lifetime in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, JK Rowling’s new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The film’s producer says that he was the first and only choice to play magician Newt Scamander. And yet, here he is with a nice line in self-deprecating humour. We meet at 9am at Claridge’s. It’s Redmayne’s first day back at work after paternity leave. His wife Hannah gave birth to their first child, Iris, in June. He says he’s knackered, but he’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, grinning ear to ear. The 34-year-old Londoner has a lot to smile about. Last year he pocketed the Best Actor Oscar for his gorgeous portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. Now, he’s gone and bagged – or briefcased – the lead in ‘Fantastic Beasts’. JK Rowling has written the script (her first) for the film, which finds eccentric magician Newt arriving in 1920s New York with a case full of misbehaving magical creatures. During the hour we spend chatting, the only time a cloud passes over Redmayne’s face is when he thinks he might have let slip something about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ he shouldn’t have (he hasn’t). He glances at the door as if heavies might

Where to stay in Bangkok

W 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.

Sala Arun
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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.

Baannai
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.

Silom Art Hostel
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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.