The best things to do in Bangkok this week, as we enter the month of August.
Happy Long Weekend! As most Bangkok city dwellers braved the traffic on Rama 2, in a hurry to begin their getaways, some of us have chosen instead to stay home-bound. If you decided to stay back, good news is the extra days off have left Bangkok in a rather wonderful, crowd-free state. That doesn’t mean, of course, that nothing is happening — rather, the city is seeing a surge of exciting events, from a blind wine tasting at Madison Steakhouse, to an exhibition highlighting crystal formations that date back 200 million years. From exhibitions about the fascinating mystique of darkness, to new flagship openings and which tastings to book, scroll to see your plans for the week!
A Blind Date at Madison Steakhouse
WINE & DINE — Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, and the Thai Sommelier Collective have joined hands for another edition of ‘Kin Kao Jib Wine’. Taking place at designer steakhouse Madison, expect a six-course dinner, with the exclusive opportunity to experience the fascinating knowledge of expert sommeliers, who have selected secret vintages to pair with each course. Delicacies include Hamachi with Tiger’s Milk, lobster with pomelo and nutty beurre noisette, saffron turbot served with Piccalilli, quail with foie gras, and a succulent Wagyu rib eye. Sweet toothed guests should definitely save some room for the incredible Caramelia Chocolate, specially made with passionfruit, hazelnuts, and coffee. The highlight of the event, of course, is the blind taste test, where guests will get the opportunity to score each wine that comes paired with the different courses. After the final course, the winning label and sommelier will be announced.
THB3,500++ (includes a six-course meal with wine pairings). 6pm onwards, August 1, 2020. Madison Steakhouse. To reserve your seats or find out more, call 0 2126 8866, or email email@example.com.
ART & CULTURE — Hosted by River City Bangkok, this exquisite exhibition brings together 20 crystal formations found in the USA, France, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Indonesia, and India. These rather miraculous forms have been carefully collected over 15 years by geologist Robert McLeod — owner of Agata Gallery — and are estimated to be 30,000 to 200 million years old. Among them are Gogottes, which were predicted to have formed in the final stages of an ice age around 30-50,000 years ago, and were created by a complex process of freezing, weathering, and thawing.
From July 29, 2020 onwards. 3FL, River City Bangkok. To find out more, visit rivercitybangkok.com.
Dyson Demo Space
NEWS & EVENTS — If you’re in Bangkok this week, why not pop by Dyson’s new Demo Space at Central World? Engineered to offer Thai-based clients a chance to experience Dyson’s technology, the space will have key products from the Dyson portfolio on display, including the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, the Corrale straightener, the V8 Slim cord-free vacuum cleaner, and even the Pure Cryptomic purifying fan. Having just recently opened its doors, the demo space will be joining Dyson’s other flagships in Thailand, including those in Central Ladprao, Siam Paragon, and Iconsiam — guests can experience exclusive services, including extended warranty, special edition colourways and even personalised leather packaging.
Dyson Demo Space, Central World. To find out more, visit dyson.co.th.
The Silent Profundity of the Dark
ART & CULTURE — A solo exhibition by Verapat Sitipol, The Silent Profundity of the Dark showcases six of the artists’ recent paintings, created on linen. Here, Sitipol confronts the idea of ‘darkness’, and makes an effort to understand its duality — not only as a source of fear, but also a point of fascination. As such, much of the work in this exhibition is created using a darker palette of green and black, where Sitipol creates visual depth by layering lighter hues across the surface to create a sense of intrigue. In many of the paintings, the subjects seem to almost create a sense of light pushing through from the darkness.
Until August 14, 2020. Richard Koh Projects, Art Warehouse. To find out more, visit rkfineart.com.