250 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-649-8385. Open daily 6pm-2am.
Here you’ll find a large circular area with cozy couches (a.k.a. “love seats”) lining the periphery. Ignore the DJ and draw her in close with those magic words, “Will you marry me? At least for the next two hours?” That’s sure to charm the pants off her. If not, settle for some nibbles; the menu was designed by a two-star Michelin chef.

Crystal Lounge

28 Sukhumvit Soi 20 (next to Koi), 02-258-1599. Open daily 11am-1am.
A nice place to lure your date for dining, then scoot over to the crystal shop to buy her a little ring and drop that question like a hot 10 baht coin. Will she pick it up, or will she just pass on by, like a stingy hiso striding past a nude beggar? Well, you have nothing to lose by trying. Crystal Lounge is redefining the meaning of “one-stop service” for lovers.

Moon Bar at Veritigo

61/F, Banyan Tree, 21/100 South Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200. Open daily 5pm-1am (weather permiting).
This sky-high, open-air rooftop bar offers a panoramic view of the city, with telescopes on hand to provide pervy close ups. Lounge and jazz music enhance your mood. For a memorable evening, do the deed at Moon Bar…then never look back.

To Die For

H1, 998 Soi Thonglor, 02-381-4714. Open Sun-Thu 11:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am.
You’ve been with your significant other for how long now? Well, as they say, either poop or get off the pot. Tie that knot without a second thought! This is a romantic place to make it happen, and in those recliners in the back, you can even propose horizontally! Honestly, though, she won’t mind where you take her, as long as you really mean it, and she really is the one “to die for.”


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Diving Master

Ready or not, Songkran’s coming. Prepare yourself for big splashes and super-sweaty crowds in Khao San with the latest Dive Master 500 collection from Victorinox. Designed for divers and swimmers, this robust, futuristic wristwatch is waterproof to depths of 500m and comes with non-reflective glass. Choose metal or rubber bracelet. B22,700 (rubber bracelet). Available at Time Deco (3/F, Central Chidlom, 1027 Ploenchit Rd., 02-793-7777).

Size Does Matter

King-size worshippers, hear this: Playground! has just brought an XL brand straight from Belgium. A simple concept, Extra-Large is aimed at those who love everything HUGE. There’s a long list of stuff for you to choose from, ranging from ordinary objects like pencils, erasers and straws to the essential-but-not-so-common giant condom. B500-5,000. Available at Playground! (818 Soi Thonglor, 02-714-7888).


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Finnegan’s Irish pub & Restaurant

23/1 Sukhumvit 4, 02-656-8160. Open daily 9am-1am.
This is a snug little bar, cozy and congenial. Authentic Irish breakfasts are served: Enjoy homemade soda bread and white pudding. Pub quiz on Wednesdays. Live Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day.


12/1 Sukhumvit 4, 02-255-0644. Open daily 10am-1am.
Breaking the mold of other Irish pubs, the newly-opened Hanrahan’s is refreshingly free of stained oak, horse brasses and other “ye olde” trappings. The design is modern and light. Excellent decked rooftop garden. Happy hour 4pm-7pm, daily drinks promotions, pool table and live music every night except Sat.

The Irish X Change

1/5-6 Convent Rd., 02-266-7160/1. Open daily 9am–1am.
Magnificent pub breakfasts (B149, served from 9am-noon) and other hearty fare. Happy hour (Mon-Fri 5-9pm) features B75 pints of Tiger and Heineken, and live bands perform Wed and Fri from 9:30pm. Secretary Night (Thu) offers a host of deals and music by Lee Shamrock.

Shamrock Bar

2/F The Center, Khao San Rd., 02-282-4366. Open daily 6pm-1am.
The nightly live music draws people to the Shamrock Bar, but the real reason to head there is it's the only place on Khao San Road with draft Guinness (B200/pint). And, hey, if you get bored, there’s another bar downstairs.


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Make outfit for resemble Kazakhstan No. 6 most famous man .... is nice!

Get yourself a big brown tote bag (B4,800) from Blue Bovine and a pair of brown sunglasses (B3,890) from Nice Optic.

Super-Borat khaki suit (B2,900), black shirt (B490) and pants (B690) from Carrot.

A gold tie is needed to make it truly freaky in Borat’s unique way. We recommend a cheap one from Wan Variety at only B100.

You can find simple black leather shoes anywhere. These plain black shoes (B1200) from the Parisian shop in MBK will do the trick.

Complete the set with your own fake mustache (see below), fool around with people in the middle of Siam Square and boom…here comes Borat!

DIY: Borat mustache

You’ll need:
- False eyelash adhesive
- Cotton wool pads
- Toothbrush
- Black marker pen

1. Cut up the cotton wool pads into the shape you want.
2. Paint the pieces black with the black marker pen, and wait for them to dry.
3. Fluff up the pads by brushing them carefully with the toothbrush.
4. Apply adhesive on both the pads and your skin. Stick them on.


Carrot: 1/F, Siam Theater, 02-658-3768, 08-1555-5883
Wan Variety: M 43, 3/F, MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd., 08-1929-7784, 08-9688-5502.
Parisian: B60, 3/F, MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd., 02-611-8070.
Blue Bovine: G/F, MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd., 02-686-3741, 08-9125-8105.
Nice Optic: 198 Siam Square Soi 1, 02-251-0654, 02-251-8468. Open daily 10:30am-8pm.

Check out our movie review of Borat


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Swedish producer, pianist and songwriter, Rasmus Faber’s heart beats to a 4/4 rhythm. Along with his vocalist Melo, they launched All For the Best in 2003 under the name Soul Treat. They are now touring the world spreading the house music gospel.

Favorite audience:
People who are there for the music, not to show off their money or looks.

All time fave song:
One of them is definitely Stevie Wonder’s “Superwoman,” though there are many more.

Rule for life:
Work hard, but only at things you love.

Favorite Bangkok sound/ noise:
Whatever the waiter says when bringing me some lovely Thai food!

Last thing that made me stop and think:
When I heard Bush is sending more troops to Iraq.

If Bangkok were music, it sound likes:
A lot of percussion and rhythm, hectic and fast, but with a great warm, loving feeling.

Favorite website:

Most embarrassing record you’ve owned:
Twisted Sister, Stay Hungry. Actually, it wasn’t a record, it was a cassette tape, and I was 7 years old!!

Rasmus Faber will DJ while Melo sings on Mar 9 at Bed Supperclub, 26 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-3537. Open daily 7:30pm-1am. B1,000 (2 drinks).


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Four generations of the same family have run the restaurant of the Dolada Hotel, located in Pieve D’Alpago, Veneto, Italy. The son of Michelin-star chef Enzo De Pra, Chef Riccardo De Pra is the latest and by far the most innovative. He is known for his “Artistic Cuisine” that pairs classic ingredients with modern techniques. Catch him in the kitchen at Italianate (The Conrad Bangkok, Wireless Rd., 02-690-9999. Open daily noon-2:30pm, 6-11pm) Mar 12-17; Chef Riccardo will also be conducting cooking classes Mar 13 and 17.

Did you always want to be a chef?
No, I started cooking because I didn’t want to go to school at the age of 16. I started to love the job at the age of 21 when I was working for the Roux brothers in London.

How’s it feel to have a father who is a Michelin-star chef? Do you feel any pressure living up to that reputation?
No, my father always gives me helpful advice, especially about the ancient regional cucina Italiana.

What kind of food do you enjoy eating?
Seafood and Asian recipes from Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.

What’s your favorite cooking technique?
The ancient way of cutting used in Japanese kaiseki cuisine.

How do you take criticism with regard to your food?
As the only thing that permits me to do it better.

Where do you get your inspiration? Are you afraid of running out of inspiration?
Hey! I’m not a poet.

From the point of view of a man who makes cheese himself, how important is cheese in Italian cuisine?
Of course cheese is very important in Italian cuisine. That’s why I won’t mix any good cheese with other ingredients. It’s like using a very good wine for cooking. Yes, you can do that, but a winemaker wouldn’t do that to his son.


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Chit Chat Pub

Soi Choke Chai 4, 02-618-7179. Open Sat 8pm-1am.
This serious women-who-prefer-women bar is operated by Lesla, a Thai lesbian organization. Come here to network with other lassies, whatever your sexual orientation. There is a monthly event here organised by Lesla with different themes, depending on the occasion. Visit their website for updated info:


56 Phra Atit Rd., 02-282-7507. Open Mon-Sat 4pm-midnight.
One of the first hip places that sprang up on this road, Hemlock is very lesbian-friendly, though the crowd is mixed. This bar-cum-restaurant serves Thai dishes at reasonable prices along with jazz music. If you want to make lots of female friends, go there on weekends.


106/12-13 Soi Lang Suan, near Sarasin Rd., 02-254-6463. Open daily 7pm-1am.
The newest girl-dominated-venue in town, Shela caters to a slightly older crowd than RCA. An all-girl live band plays retro pop music nightly. A good place for celebrity spotting ("Is she...?")


29/67-69 Soi Soonvijai, Royal City Avenue, Rama 9 Rd., 02-203-0994, 02-203-0997. Open daily 6pm-1am.
Run by a young, hip crew of ladies, this lesbian haven has already made a name for itself. The bar’s claim to fame is “exclusively for women,” and they are serious about it. You can’t even bring along your gay friends unless you come as a big group. You go, girls.


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Twenty-one year-old Chinawut Chantanatrat (Cheno) may still be in university, but he’s been break-dancing since 1999. As a member of the best break-dancing crew in Southeast Asia, the Ground Scatter Breakers, he’s represented Thailand and Southeast Asia in the Battle of the Year, an international break-dancing competition in Germany. You may have seen him practicing near MBK, Seacon Square or Tawanna 2. This month, he starts a new class at Alliance Francaise. By Matthew Murray.

How did you start break-dancing?
I saw it on TV, in a music video, and loved it right away. I tried to copy what I saw, but I could not. So I searched on the internet and I found my answer.

What was the scene like back then?
In 1999 there were not so many break-dancers and every move was very new for us. So we challenged each other every day.

How has the scene changed?
Now there are about 300 dancers in Bangkok, and it’s different because everybody knows the moves, but they don’t know the attitude. Break-dancing is about your character, your style, your original moves. Not just copying each other. I think the important thing is creativity, not just doing a move, but thinking about it and creating something new.

Can anybody do this?
At the beginning, everyone is very bad. You need to practice a lot.

What’s your favorite music to break to?
Funk, like James Brown or the Incredible Bongo Band, old skool hip hop, acid jazz and electronic.

What will be taught in the workshop?
I’ll teach the foundations of breaking—toprock, footwork and freeze—and the basics of hip hop culture.

Which are?
Hip hop is about peace, unity, love and having fun, not about the gangsta thing. It’s not a bad culture. We have no need to fight because we don’t have a bad attitude, we battle just for fun.

What’s in your future?
I want to have my own studio...a hip hop academy.


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Like a shooting star, Thailand’s first model to make it big on the world stage burned bright and then quickly faded from view. Looking nothing like the Miss Thailand ideal, this farmer’s daughter from Ubon was discovered 12 years ago eating noodles on the street and then controversially took first prize in a career-making contest. Soon “Yui” was a covergirl, the face of a Chanel perfume and shuttling between New York, Paris, London and Milan. But with fame and fortune came parties and drugs, which would be her downfall, and the next thing we heard she was being arrested for beating up her mother. Five years later, Yui has reemerged—first on the talk show circuit and now modeling for Naughty Monkey. She’s also working on a pocketbook to tell her story.

I was with my family in the countryside, not working, for five years. I’ve been doing interviews and a little bit of modeling. But things have been going slowly, not like before. I want to work, but there aren’t a lot of jobs for me.

I’m 31 now. When people say things about me, it doesn’t bother me so much. Before I was so sensitive, but I’m more confident now. I believe in myself.

Sometimes I miss what I had before. I miss the catwalk. And the photo shoots. I miss doing commercials, too.

When I was 19, a lot of people said I shouldn’t have won that contest. That made me sad. But I was happy that the company from New York thought I was perfect for overseas.

I never felt beautiful. When I started shooting for Vogue, Chanel, seeing myself in magazines, I changed. I still didn’t feel beautiful, but once I saw the pictures I said, “OK, I can be beautiful”—well not beautiful, just photogenic.

When I see the Chanel poster, it makes me happy. I’m proud of myself. But also I remember it was not just me—it was photographers, stylists, assistants. Everybody worked together to come up with the picture.

When I was “hot” I was so full of myself. I was making lots of money, and money can make things easier. But then I started spending a lot. I mean a lot, a lot, a lot. And my ego was so big.

My family told me, “Yui, you must not go out so much, you must save money, you must get close to your mother.” They tried to tell me many times, but I didn’t want to talk to them. I was too cocky.

I lost everything because I was partying too much. I took drugs. It affected my work: like I was late a lot. And I didn’t do a good job. I became another person.

When I had money, I had a lot of friends. I spent a lot on them. But then when I didn’t have money, everybody was gone.

Family is important. When I lost everything, I had nobody—just my mother.

If I could do it all again, even if things would end up the same, I would do it. Even if it’s not all nice, I think it’s good to have experience. Experience makes you stronger. It helps you grow up.

I would tell a young model who wants to make it that she has to be strong. I would say, “Be yourself. Don’t let others try to make you something you are not.”

Don’t always believe everything people tell you. Keep far away from drugs and bad people.

I don’t believe in plastic surgery for myself. I might consider it, but not doing it is better. Because if I do it one time, I’ll have to just do it again and again.

Girls should realize that they can be pretty in their own way regardless of their race or nationality. Thai girls should be proud of how they look and should have the confidence to show it off.

I accept who I am. I’m a country girl. Normally models have to be from a good family, rich, a different background. So for me, a farmer’s daughter, to make it as a model, is something.

I’m lucky, because everyone has been really nice. Some people are proud of me, of what I did for Thailand. This gives me strength. So I’m very happy. And I’m happy that people still remember me.


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Beauty Book

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Laura Mercier has launched a handy all-in-one makeup palette. With a selection of natural colors, Laura’s Signature Collection Book promises flawless results. The set contains three new shades of lipstick, three earthtone eye shadows and two tones of blush. B2,200. Available at Laura Mercier counters (try 1/F, Central Chidlom 1027 Ploenchit Rd., 02-793-7777).

Never Too Much Heaven

Looking for a new place to release your stress? The Bangkok Oasis Spa (64 Sukhumvit 31, 02-262-2122. is a new downtown facility with its roots in Chiang Mai. Indulge yourself with Oasis’ signature four hands massage at B2,500, or try its hair spa treatment at B1,800/hour. If you have a bit more time, also highly recommended is their Ayurveda package (B3,900), a pleasurable two-hour traditional East Indian oil massage .


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