The best things to do this week, including a wedding showcase, an outdoor festival at Hua Hin, and the farewell of Isetan.
As we go past the excitement of re-openings and post-lockdown freedom, 2020 is also setting itself to be a year of sentimentality, nostalgia, and fond farewells. We recently bid goodbye to Scala — Bangkok’s last independent theatre — while over at Central World, Isetan is hosting its final clearance sale, as the beloved Japanese department store gets ready to shut its door for good on August 31. While, of course, an end signifies a new beginning, it’s always nice to look back on what once was and appreciate them for what they are — the backdrops of some pretty memorable times.
Farewells aside, it’s rather relieving to see the country back in full steam, with events taking place that range from wedding showcases, to art exhibitions, and even an outdoor festival. Scroll to see your plans!
Mandarin Oriental Wedding Showcase
WEDDINGS — While 2020 may not be the best time for grand events, it never hurts to plan ahead. Following this line of reasoning, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is inviting all prospective wedding couples to their Wedding Showcase 2020 — titled ‘Dreams Do Come True’. The event offers the opportunity for the hotels’ wedding specialists, along with their professional culinary and catering teams, to showcase samples of their classic services, stunning floral designs, and innovative culinary offerings. Soon-to-be-brides will also get the chance to customise their bridal scent, or even choose their preferred wedding scent, at the event, through private consultations with a Jo Malone stylist.
10am – 5pm, July 19, 2020. The Authors’ Lounge. To find out more, visit mandarinoriental.com.
Feast de La Mer
WINE & DINE — Sprawled over the private beaches of Intercontinental Residences Hua Hin, Intercontinental Hua Hin Resort by Proud Real Estate PCL is hosting the ‘Feast De La Mer’, an upscale outdoor festival that takes place during long weekends. Hosted in collaboration with III Social Club, the festival offers visitors the chance to enjoy family activities and great food prepared by Top Chef Poom. Expect the likes of top-notch services, live music, and even an outdoor cinema with films from the 50s-60s, providing a firsthand experience of what Intercontinental has to offer.
Every weekend until July 28. Intercontinental Residences Hua Hin. To find out more, visit FB @ProudRealEstatePLC.
NEWS & EVENTS — If, like us, you grew up roaming the shiny floors of Isetan, this goodbye will hold special significance. It truly is, after all, the end of an era. After over thirty years, the iconic Japanese department store will be bidding farewell to Thailand, and is set to close its doors officially this August 31. In the meantime, however, you can head over to enjoy some pretty incredible sales — some of which go up to a typically unheard of 80%.
Until August 31. Isetan, Central World. To find out more, visit setan.co.th.
Out of the Darkness
ART & CULTURE — Rather fitting for our current times, as the city begins to recover, and ease back from our lockdown measures, Woof Pack’s gallery makes its much-awaited comeback with a new art exhibition. Marking the first solo exhibition by Phongsakorn “Thank” Mahapaurya, ‘Out of the Darkness’ showcases a collection of his private work, curated by his younger sister Karn Chatikavanij — who previously curated 528Hz – The Love Frequency. From caricatures taken from his first sketchbooks, to strikingly realistic paintings of horses in motion, the artwork illustrates his journey as a n artist, former actor, monk, and jewellery designer — exploring the influences of his career changes, volatile relationships, health issues, and rehabilitation. Reflecting Phongsakorn’s own journey, the exhibition aims to bring some light to his audiences, especially after the challenging times we have endured.
Until August 8, 2020. Woof Pack Bangkok. To find out more, visit FB @WoofPackBangkok.