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Where to eat, drink, and visit before the end of the year

by Aiden

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Yue Restaurant & Bar at Courtyard by Marriott Phuket Town (pictured above)

Chef Kenny Chang heads this new Chinese restaurant fusing authentic Cantonese flavours with a modern chic design. With Phuket’s rich Chinese influence dating all the way back to the 16th century, Yue Restaurant & Bar – derived from ‘yue’ which means Chinese for happiness – honours and pays homage to the legacy of the settlers who shaped the island’s architecture and cuisine. The restaurant offers its patrons a mix of social booth-style seating, intimate tables, and three private dining rooms all decorated with a dragon-inspired design. Now serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant makes handmade dim sum, premium teas, and signature menu items like Yue sichuan lobster and golden peach gum longan jelly. Facebook: @CourtyardbyMarriottPhuketTown

Catering by getfresh

Popular healthfood restaurant, getfresh, are now taking their healthy eats concept to convenient catering. With 20 stores across Bangkok, getfresh goes beyond natural and organic farm-fresh salads and nutritious smoothies. Its expansive menu offers guilt-free desserts, rice bowls, soups, pasta dishes, and an ever-growing list of vegan, keto, high-protein, and dairy-free items that keep up with “clean eating” standards. Catering by getfresh provides the opportunity for customers to bring the getfresh experience to MICE programmes, seminars, training events, and other significant professional or personal events. With live cooking stations, meal boxes, coffee breaks, and canapes, getfresh has garnered popularity within the Indian community for parties and wedding ceremonies, alongside high tea networking and panel events for the India-Thai Chamber of Commerce.

LUZ Bangkok Tapas Bar

On the 33rd and 34th floors of the luxe boutique hotel, Innside by Melia Bangkok Sukhumvit, LUZ Bangkok Tapas Bar takes its guests on a culinary journey through Spain’s hearty and rich cuisine. Featuring a Spanish-style open bar, where you can see the magic happen as chefs and  bartenders work side by side, the restaurant’s vision is to combine fun with a relaxed ambience, with a story behind every dish. Expect street-food classics, to creative signature dishes, as well as tapas to share and exciting craft cocktails. Facebook: @InnsideBangkok

Inside Bar

Just a brief walk from BTS Chong Nonsi Station, Inside Bar is a two-storey tavern that is the brainchild of renowned mixologist Francesco Moretti and celebrity ice sculptor Art Hongpong, who’s sculpted for the likes of Bill Clinton and Mike Tyson, and has won a gold medal in the arts and culture division of the Olympic Games. Their menu is inspired by the cosmos, reflecting Francesco’s love for all things horoscope-related, and is divided into five sections, each reflecting one aspect of life’s journey. Order cocktails like the aptly-named Arctic, which looks like an art piece with a beautifully-carved ice block inside a drink that’s very, very cool in more way than one. Facebook: Inside Bar

Aesops Greek Restaurant & Rooftop (New Location)

Opa! Bangkok staple Aesops, of Michelin Guide fame and renowned for hosting rabble-rousing parties where you can break plates in celebration to your hearts’ content, has now moved atop the Column Bangkok Hotel. Still with the slogan of “turning ordinary into extraordinary one plate at a time,” the space has been transformed into one worthy of a Bacchanalia, with sweeping Greek columns and striking décor, as well as a 25-seat semi-private dining room perfect for more intimate gatherings. Make sure to order their range of cocktails and Greek delicacies, including options such as their perfectly-marbled steak, which they claim is “fit for the Greek gods” – an assertion you surely have to check out yourself. Facebook: @aesopsbangkok

Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant

Famed Thai brand Jim Thompson has opened Jim Thompson, A Thai Restaurant, which celebrates the eponymous Silk King’s renowned hospitality and legendary gatherings. Tucked next to the iconic Jim Thompson House, the restaurant is surrounded by traditional Thai houses and lush verdure, creating an oasis in the middle of the bustling city. Blending tradition and innovation, Executive Chef Pepe Dasi balances authentic flavours with innovative twists, honouring Jim Thompson’s Thai culinary heritage while adding the chef’s own contemporary charm. Make sure to embark on the restaurant’s culinary journey either indoors in a classically-done up space, or in their semi-al-fresco area, and order dishes such as their Sabai sabai khai jeow, a twist on the Thai omelette that is comprised of delectable, premium flavours. Facebook: @jimthompsonrestaurant.thailand

Sushi Kappo Takizawa Pop-Up

From November 2023, The Sukhothai Bangkok is proudly presenting the Sushi Kappo Takizawa Pop-Up, a traditional Japanese omakase experience by Chef Shumpei Takizawa, most well known for his exquisite mastery of traditional Japanese culinary artistry and commitment to perfection. Chef Shumpei hails from Shizuoka, and he brings to bear his family’s history with producing dried fish products; his peripatetic culinary journey spanning the US, Europe, and the UAE; and his history with Edomae-sushi at Michelin-starred sushi bars in Hokkaido and Tokyo; to bring a truly magical experience to Bangkok. Seamlessly blending Edomae Sushi with Kappo dishes, this pop-up is one of a kind so reserve your seats now! Facebook: @thesukhothaibangkok 


The Upper Ground Chatuchak

Located in the heart of Bangkok, the new event space The Upper Ground Chatuchak has the potential to become a go-to venue to host a variety of events, including corporate meetings, weddings, and other social gatherings. The very spacious and versatile space of the Upper Ground can accommodate up to 300 guests with its modern and stylish interior and exterior decor. Alongside its state-of-the-art technology, ensuring a smooth delivery, there is a dedicated team of event professionals to help you plan and execute the event according to your preferences or requirements. There are various packages and pricing options depending on your budget, which makes it easier for newlyweds to book their next wedding venue, be it intimate or on a slightly more fabulous and grander scale.
Facebook: The Upper Ground

Neeta’s Herbal

Conceived in 1984, Neeta’s Herbal was started in Malaysia by its namesake to serve a single purpose: to prove that “nature has everything you need to live a wonderful life,” and to treat hair and skin disorders in a natural Ayurvedic way. Suffering from severe hair fall herself, Neeta found herbs and plants that could alleviate her own misery, and having found her winning formula, she opened her business to great success. Now with branches around the world, Neeta’s Herbal launched their first branch in Thailand, on the 4th floor of Marche Thonglor, bringing their range of all-natural treatments and products to the City of Angels for the first time.

New Balance Flagship Store

One of the world’s most beloved sports footwear and apparel manufacturers, New Balance, is opening their flagship store in Bangkok. Capacious and high-end mall centralwOrld will once again be the site of this much-anticipated opening, and Bangkokians can now avail of more options than ever of the brand’s unique technical features such as their blended gel inserts and sizes for narrow or very wide feet. Make sure to visit their store for all their new collections!
Facebook: @newbalancestoreth

SO Wet Bubble at Sofitel Hua Hin

Cha-am’s first integrated relaxation resort and activity centre just launched its brand-new swimming pool play zone – the
SO Wet Bubble
. Catering to families, the hotel has added a chic cabana, Jacuzzi pool, and a giant inflatable dome that shoots water jets four and a half feet into the sky. Surrounding the dome are water bouncers, climbing walls, and slides where you can play and enjoy with a beautiful view of the beach. With the upcoming holidays, SO Sofitel is offering family fun packages for two adults and two children starting at THB 4,555 per night until 23 December.
Facebook: @SOSofitelHuaHin


Courtyard Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport 

For those looking for a luxurious stay only a stone’s throw away from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Courtyard Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is opening soon, aiming to provide flexibility and choices for their guests. The resort will feature spaces for guests to work or relax, including cutting-edge amenities such as media pods, and of course, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the sprawling property. Guests can indulge in their well-equipped fitness centre, their Asian-inspired restaurant, Chon Som, and their Big Bite Burger for juicy burgers and Western bites.

InterContinental Chiang Mai The Mae Ping

Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, the Rose of the North, InterContinental Chiang Mai The Mae Ping is a stunning property only a short drive away from the international airport. Imbued with olde-worlde Lanna charm and contemporary elegance, the resort features the handiwork of local artisans as well as all the modern trappings that you need for a rejuvenating retreat. With 240 keys, each room and suite is an exhibition of ‘Chang Sip Mu,’ the ten craftsmanship styles commanded by King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai. Offering a range of F&B outlets spanning Kam Lobby Lounge, The Gad Lanna, and HONG’s Chinese Restaurant & Sky Bar your stay is sure to be a gastronomic experience, featuring Northern Thai cuisine specialities and plenty more. Facebook: @intercontinentalchiangmai

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