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Happy December — in some ways “finally”, in other ways, “already?”. As the weather cools down and the festive decorations go up, now marks a good time to reflect back on the year that has, quite literally, flown by, and look ahead towards the year to come. While we busy ourselves with finishing up on work before our year-end travels, last-minute gift-shopping, and resolution making, Bangkok continues to buzz with an endless variety of happenings.

Among the events taking place this week we see a couple of returning names, such as the comeback of Goethe Institut’s Christmas Market and the revival of MR Kukrit Pramoj’s iconic Four Reigns stage play. While we’re getting into the festive vibe, let’s also remember that Thai father’s day takes place this Thursday, and really, there’s no better time than now to call up your dad’s and remind them of how much you care.

From art exhibitions, to pop-up stores and dining events, scroll to see your plans for the week!

1
Father’s Day Feast

WINE & DINE — This Thai Father’s Day, why not show your dad your love and appreciation, by treating him to a sumptuous feast at one of Thailand’s luxury hotels. For one day only, the Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit will be hosting a special Father’s Day buffet line, with a delightful range of delicacies to make the day all the more special for you and dad. Expect the likes of grilled half lobster with lemon garlic white wine sauce, seafood on ice, and divine snow crab. There will, of course, also be a selection of desserts especially prepared by the in-house pastry chef. 

THB1,950 per person. 12-3pm, December 5, 2019. Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2797 0000, or email diningbangkok@marriott.com

2
German Christmas Market

NEWS & EVENTS — Since the 2018 event was such a big success – with over 5,000 visitors – the Goethe-Institut Thailand is once again opening its doors for its annual German Christmas Market. Across more than 40 booths you can discover and enjoy German Christmas specialties, such as mulled wine and stollen (German Christmas cake), but also Vietnamese sandwiches and Mediterranean food as well as gifts, natural products, and a small flea market with second-hand articles. This year’s event particularly focuses on sustainability, so that all Christmas decorations will be made completely out of recycled material. Entertainment, meanwhile, includes a jazz band, and a school choir performing German Christmas carols.

4-10pm, December 7, 2019. Goethe Institut Thailand. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event Page.

3
Mi Qiaoming: Layers of Tranquility

ART & CULTURE — Tang Contemporary Art Bangkok presents Mi Qiaoming’s first solo exhibition in Bangkok. Having studied abroad in Russia, Mi Qiaoming is reputed for her realist oil painting skills. An exploration into the fusion between Western oil painting and Chinese ink painting, the exhibition consists of three central themes, split into three series: Buddhist Charms and Auspicious Images, New Peking Opera, and Southern River Town.

Until December 14. River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit the official Facebook event page.

4
Four Reigns (Si Paen Din)

ART & CULTURE — MR Kukrit Pramoj’s masterpiece Si Paen Din, or Four Reigns, returns to the stage for the fourth time. For this rendition, the performance is held in a spectacular outdoor stage play along the Chao Phraya River, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lhong 1919, and simultaneously, the longstanding Thai-Chinese relations it represents. Expect a truly remarkable experience fitting of December’s breezy weather, made even more enjoyable by cutting-edge light and sound techniques, and top-notch directing.

Tickets range from THB1,500 – THB7,000. Until December 15, 2019. Lhong 1818. To purchase your tickets or find out more, visit thaiticketmajor.com

5
Hay Pop-Up Store at Siam Paragon

NEWS & EVENTS — Hay Thailand, Bangkok’s purveyors of premium Scandinavian-chic, has just launched a new pop-up space in Siam Paragon’s BeTrend zone. With an aesthetically enticing selection of well-curated Hay accessories, expect stylish items that range from Hay’s iconic line of totes, to stationary, and even home-decor. For those planning to get a bit of gift-shopping done for the festive season, this space is a definite must!

Until January, 2020. Siam Paragon. To find out more, visit Hay Thailand’s official Facebook page

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