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Bangkokpost.com : Travel

  • VAT refund for tourists hiked to B30,000
    The Revenue Department is set to raise the ceiling for value-added tax (VAT) refunds for tourists at downtown agents to 30,000 baht per traveller from 12,000 baht at present.
  • Historic hotel
    The 130-years Old Customs House in Bang Rak will soon be renovated into a luxury hotel.
  • Yim Bangkok Hostel & Cafe
    One great thing about Bangkok as a travel destination is the plethora of stylish yet inexpensive places to stay. This three-storey hostel, whose name translates as "smile Bangkok", is a decent choice for visitors to the city. It houses dorms on the second floor and private rooms, each with its own bathroom, on the ground and the top floors.
  • Stay a little longer
    The sweet fragrance of cocoa diffuses in the air inside the house of Preecha Inkong, the owner of Rose Cocoa Garden, in Tha Sala district in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
  • Booking.com: 2020 travels bode well for environment
    In 2020, Thai travellers will be seeking experiences with lower environmental impact and more trips to second-tier cities, predicts Booking.com.

Bangkokpost.com : Leisure

  • Sex and sustenance
    Why is it that a box of chocs makes such a great gift for lovers?
  • Savour the charm, Warmth and seafood of ban sakha
    There are places whose charm does not lie in any historical monument, gorgeous beach or other obvious tourist attraction, but rather in the local style and special atmosphere on offer. When rushing around in a big city, it is easy to forget that there are small towns nearby where people spend their days in the same traditional and unhurried way they did in the past.
  • One for the books
    When was the last time you went into a bookshop? You know, the place that sells those ancient things Thai people don't read, but rather use to swat flies and shield their delicate skin from the sun's harsh rays. But even if you prefer to keep your face glued to your smartphone, don't be deterred from entering fancy new venue The Bookshop, because the only reading you'll have to do here is perusing...
  • Classic confucian cuisine
    Shang Palace at Shangri-La hotel, Bangkok, is offering diners a rare opportunity to experience Qufu's famed Kong family cuisine for lunch and dinner from tomorrow until March 15. Unique in style, the cuisine of the Kong family features creative presentations of skilfully combined ingredients that express the four most important elements in the art of Chinese cooking: colour, aroma, flavour and...
  • In the mood for one more love
    Regardless of its much younger age, In The Mood For Love One, which first opened a few months ago in the middle of a serene residential soi, is a mature version of the popular two-year-old sushi bar of the same name in Sukhumvit Soi 36.

Bangkokpost.com : Entertainment

  • Sex-filled SXSW now gets app for hooking up with strangers
    Austin's annual music, film and interactive fest South by Southwest (SXSW) -- dubbed spring break for geeks -- now has a whole new way for attendees to hook up with each other, a sex app called Bang with SXSW, a spinoff of the recently launched Bang with Friends.
  • Novel interpretation of a classic
    Last last month, Opera Siam celebrated Verdi's 200th birthday by mounting the Southeast Asian premiere of Otello, considered by many to be the master's masterpiece. Aware that, in this Verdi year, he needed a new twist, artistic director Somtow Sucharitkul went to Phya Rachawangsan, a play by King Rama VI which is adapted from Shakespeare's Othello and which just happens to be having its own 100th...
  • Kaleidoscope of instrumental hues
    Listening to almost anything written by the modern French composer Henri Dutilleux it is hard to understand why his work was a specialists' preserve for so long.
  • Food for thought
    Eating is the most important activity for humans, both individually and socially. Food is not only necessary to maintain survival but also reflects society and culture.
  • Never gonna give the 80s up
    Looking at the line-up, you can predict the "Big 80s Rewind Festival" will become the concert of the year.

Bangkokpost.com : Life

  • Nicolas de Stael painting sold for record €20m
    PARIS: A monumental painting by Nicolas de Stael was sold for €20 million at Christie's auction on Thursday, in what could be the most paid for a painting of a football match.
  • America's saviour
    Bill Clinton wasn't the best president of the United States of America, nor was he the worst. Nor was he the most oversexed. John F. Kennedy had more pillow-mates by far. Yet Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton didn't make a fuss about it.
  • all's fair in classy dining
    IVY47 Sukhumvit 47 FRENCH Open daily from 6pm-12am www.Ivy47.com, 02-116-5253
  • A lively party
    Exploring the Garden of Numerals and passing a digital maze geared up guests for a lively party held by Pendulum managing director Yuki Srikarnchana, to launch Franck Muller x Vatanika Thailand Limited Edition, at the Glass House, Nai Lert Park Heritage Home.
  • Finding the Right Turn
    It's not often that a professional ballet dancer from San Francisco elegantly pirouettes his way through Bangkok to demonstrate and share his expertise. Ikolo Griffin was spotted as a star and immediately recruited by the San Francisco Ballet company at the age of eight and never looked back. In the last 30 years, his passion for ballet has seen him twirl on reputable stages, from the San...

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