In two words, everything about May has been pretty ‘new’ and none of it has felt at all ‘normal.’

Nevertheless, ‘new normal’ is the buzzword that has been ringing through the concrete jungle of Bangkok city this month, referring to the new rules and regulations we’re all slowly learning to adapt to.

We saw the re-opening of many restaurants and malls this month, as we finally got hair cuts at re-opened salons, and a much-needed manicure post 6 weeks of closure. Things kind of felt like they returned to a time pre-COVID-19, but in a weird behind-a-plastic-screen kind of way.

But we did not let this dampen our spirits. We embraced plexiglass partitions at dining outlets, we were inspired by celebrities showing us how to rock those Korean protective face shield things, and we took on our new ‘new normal’ lifestyle with a great sense of humour. Stories you loved this month continued to be about food, but also took on angles of how we proceed in a world post-pandemic, what we can do to help the disadvantaged, and how Vera Wang drinks a vodka cocktail to look so great at age 70.

That last one was kind of an oddball, but we loved that you loved it.

And so, as we aim to bring you an exciting slew of stories on a daily basis, it is understandable that both the buzzing and the lazy bee may have missed something — between making Dalgona coffee, home workouts, and taking a nap of course.

Whether you’re an avid reader seeking a monthly ‘Best Of’ reel, or an insider looking to get the low-down on our most popular stories, we’ve put it all together here in one raving recap. In order of popularity (and exempting our monthly columns), relive some of the best exclusives we’ve covered this May, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive right into June.

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Most Popular Stories May 2020
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7 best food trucks in Bangkok serving lip-smacking bites

14 May 2020

As things are slowly getting back on track, foodies can now rejoice to see their go-to food trucks coming back to dole your delicious usuals. For those not in the know already for the best gourmet food trucks around town, our list is here to help you to easily drop a pin on Google Maps for your next food itinerary. Let’s hop to it.

Most Popular Stories May 2020
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Everything we know about the high-tech Flash Coffee that just arrived in Bangkok

19 May 2020

After successfully winning hearts in Indonesia, this new tech-enabled coffee chain Flash Coffee has opened its door in the heart of Sathorn. Bangkokians can be ready to indulge in a range of highly addictive signature coffee menus curated by World Latte Art Champion Arnon Thitiprasert and Indonesian Latte Art Champion Robby Firlian. What’s more, the new joint boasts an award-winning coffee menu that is not only visually attractive but also reasonably priced (cups start at THB 40) for every type of customer in need of a caffeine fix.

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Celebrated chefs from the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok prep meals for frontline medical staff

18 May 2020

The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is now offering more than 700 meals a day for two long months — May and June 2020.

All the meals will be distributed to the frontline medical authorities at The Red Cross Society supporting The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital where patients are being treated. More than 42,000 meals are expected to be donated to all those affected by the pandemic — from essentials service workers to authorities.

Most Popular Stories May 2020
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Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020: 5 Bangkok bars bring it home for Thailand

15 May 2020

Bars may be closed in Bangkok city at the moment, but we can still be plenty proud of the drinks industry.

A glimmer of hope could be felt at the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 awards, where Thailand celebrated many a win — including an entry into the Top 10 — in a virtual awards ceremony.

The Best Bar in Asia award went to Singapore’s Jigger & Pony this year, and whilst we can give a warm virtual round of applause to our brothers and sisters in Lion City, The Big Mango has gained much acclaim, too.

Most Popular Stories May 2020
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Vera Wang says the secret to looking great at 70 is work, sleep, and a vodka cocktail

13 May 2020

The fashion designer went viral last week after posting photos of herself on lockdown in Miami. And whilst we can admit that age is just a number and that it should not matter, the wow-factor stemmed largely from the fact that the renowned wedding dress designer is 70 years of age — and looks incredible, with abs et al.

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The weird and wonderful food trends that popped up during this pandemic

5 May 2020

Although trends do have this sort of unsavoury reputation as being a short-lived fashion, what they do, especially during this time, is bring humanity together. For the first time ever, people are getting onto a serious cooking bandwagon, whipping up Korean-inspired coffee, focaccia, American cakes and cookies, and so much more. As it turns out, food always triumphs for being a glue to unite folks from all walks of life.

Most Popular Stories May 2020
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5 Thai celebrities take on the #LSAInstantNoodleChallenge

15 May 2020

This May, we’ve launched a very special challenge, asking our readers and friends to share their special recipe for instant noodles. For some inspiration, here’s how five Thai celebrities have taken on the #LSAInstantNoodleChallenge. Read on for their special recipes.

Most Popular Stories May 2020
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Chef Gaggan Anand shares a vegetarian recipe straight from his kitchen

2 May 2020

Gaggan Anand, one of the world’s most decorated chefs who snatched the most prestigious spots in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants many years in a row, has recently shared his recipe for a vegetarian eggplant stir-fry — and let us tell you, it looks drool-inducing fabulous.

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6 stylish activewear brands in Bangkok that will make you want to workout

11 May 2020

Can’t find the inspiration to kickstart your workout? Having an attractive set of activewear can really, really boost your motivation to start sweating it out. To start cranking up those in-home routines, those 30-days ab challenges, or yoga exercises, we’ve got you covered to keep your fitness goals in check. Whether you prefer a flexible stretchy legging or loose sweat pants, these fashionable Thai and International activewear brands are all available to order online. Prepare to sweat in style.

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Founder of Soneva Sonu Shivdasani reflects on the pandemic, and how to move forward

8 May 2020

With three ultra-luxe properties across Asia — one of which is our beloved Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, no less — Soneva has long associated itself with wholesome living and being, in a way that is mindful and kind to the earth.

No time like the present for such trains of thought, founder and CEO of Soneva Sonu Shivdasani has recently shared a thought-provoking opinion piece, explaining his view on the effect of the pandemic on industry, planet, and individual, from an angle of sustainability.

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.