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Polar Photographic Exhibition ANT(ARCTIC)A at La Lanta Fine Art Gallery


La Lanta Fine Art Gallery is currently hosting a two part photographic exhibition entitled ANT(ARCTIC)A.  The opening reception was held on October 4th and was presided over by Her Excellency Anna Maria Ramirez, the Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to Thailand, and His Excellency James Wise, the Ambassador of Australia to Thailand.


Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.

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Marriott Introduces New AVP Philip Bryson


The New York Steakhouse at the JW Marriott Hotel hosted a cocktail reception to introduce Mr. Philip Bryson, the new Area Vice President, Marriott International South East Asia.


Mr. Bryson has worked for Marriott International for over 17 years, and will now take over the operational responsibilities for properties in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and The Philippines.  He has previously worked in England, Sharm El Sheikh, Mumbai and Hong Kong, before overseeing operations in Northern China, Korea and Guam.


The New York Steakhouse will mark its tenth anniversary with a celebration party and charity dinner on October 20th.  Special three and five course menus have been designed and will feature from October 21st to November 30th.


Words and photo by Paul Hutton.

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Sax in the City - Live Jazz at VIE Hotel


Jazz lovers have been treated to a feast of laid back melodies at The Vie Hotel recently, and plans are afoot to extend the sessions for upcoming months.  Some of Thailand’s top musical talent have been performing at the inner city venue, and more are on the way. 

Koh Mr. Saxman will continue his Wednesday and Thursday night performances throughout October, along with Lookwah, from Doo ba Doo, Fon from Monotone, Jazzy Frank, K.O.M and Lookpad Chonlanan.


Words, photos and movie by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.

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TAT Guides to Thailand Launched


The Tourism Authority of Thailand has produced four innovative new guidebooks aimed at different segments of the tourist industry.  Catering to special interest groups, the books will be distributed at trade fairs, international events, in Thai Airways and Bangkok Air lounges and in bookstores such as Asia Books and Kinokuniya.  Downloads will also be available through Amazon and the TAT website.


Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.


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A Tale of Four Jims and a Vampire


American author Jim Newport visited The Bamboo Bar at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 6th to talk about his new book, The Siamese Connection, the fourth instalment in his The Vampire of Siam series.

A lot of scenes take place right there in The Bamboo Bar, so the setting was apt for Jim to explain how his main character was in place as the impresario of The Bamboo Bar shortly after the end of The Second World War.  The book also features Jim Thompson, who was part owner of the hotel at the time.


Jim went on to reminisce about previous visits to The Bamboo Bar, which has hosted leading authors, musicians and movie stars over the decades; it was here that Jim watched the late Jimmy Witherspoon perform. 


Words, photos and movie by Paul Hutton.


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Surf in the City at Centara Grand


Following on from the success of the Champagne Surf and Turf Sunday Brunch, the Centara Grand Hotel at Central World has introduced a Surf in the City lunch to be held every Friday.

Such was the popularity of the Champagne Surf and Turf Brunch that the event went from once a month to the now recognised first and third Sunday of each month.  The logical progression sees the Fifty Five Restaurant host the TGIF luncheon every Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Diners can savour the most dramatic city views as they dine on the finest seafood and juiciest cuts of meat, while a selection of fine wines helps to start the weekend in style.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.


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Diplomat Bar Hosts Master Mixologist


Belgian Master Mixologist Nicolas Everrard is currently guest of honour at the Diplomat Bar at the Conrad Bangkok, where he can be found mixing unique cocktail creations until 27th August.

Nicolas is visiting from the Conrad Brussels, where he has twice been awarded the distinction of “Best Barman in Belgium”.  With a fourth place finish at the recent World Cocktail Competition, and more than 10 years experience in bars and restaurants in his home country, Nicolas comes to Bangkok on the crest of a wave.

Conrad Bangkok held a welcoming party on August 19th, in collaboration with Ketel One and China Airlines, to introduce a selection of distinctive creations prepared on the spot by Nicolas himself.  Connoisseurs are invited to drop by and sample the range for themselves.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.

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Conrad Celebrates Eight Years on the Eighth of the Eighth


Conrad Bangkok celebrated the eighth anniversary of the luxury hotel on the eighth day of the eighth month, August 2011. In celebration, the hotel partnered All Seasons Property Co., Ltd to launch the prestigious Celebr8 ASP Club Card, offering a host of privileges at All Seasons Place and Conrad Bangkok, Bangkok’s leading commercial complex and five-star hotel.

“Since our opening just over eight years ago, Conrad Bangkok has been highly committed to deliver personalized and memorable service to savvy leisure and business travelers alike”, said Vincent Mercurio, general manager, Conrad Bangkok.  “Our joint vision and close collaboration with our ownership, All Seasons Property Co., Ltd. has been an ongoing journey that will continue to position Conrad Bangkok as a premiere destination hotel in Bangkok, and in Thailand.”


Words and photos courtesy of Conrad Bangkok.

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MyBar is Your Bar


City centre revellers have recently been discovering evenings of note right alongside one of Bangkok’s major transport hubs.  MyBar at the Dusit Thani Hotel has been pumping to the sounds of resident DJs Jay and M on regular themed nights such as the Friday Ladies Night, the Tickled Pink Glam Party and the Saturday Boogie Flashback Eighties Disco Night.

Words, photos and movie by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene.

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Marco Polo - East Meets West


The Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel hosted a dinner to celebrate the inception of the new East Meets West Cultural Dinner at the Imperial China Restaurant.

The Marco Polo Wine Dinner teams fine Italian wines, from the renowned Abbazia di Novacella winery, with exceptional Chinese cuisine prepared by Master Chef Chu Hong, from Hong Kong (left).

Established within the estates of a working 12th century Augustinian abbey, Abbazia di Novacella has produced premium wines from three major vineyards for centuries.  A selection of some of their most popular creations is now being served alongside Chef Chu Hong’s six course menu as an ongoing promotion.

Words and photos by Paul Hutton.

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