It was a month of glorious long weekends and public holidays, of cooling temperatures, and of a run-up to the spookiest day of the year. Between news scandals, new collections, and the newest technological unveils, let’s just call it right here, right now: October has been quite a month.
The rain finally seems to be phasing out as the Christmas trees begin to appear across all our favorite department stores, and a whiff of the upcoming festive season appears to float through the air. Loy Krathong is coming up, Thanksgiving is lurking, and soon we’ll slip and slide right into the heart of Christmas and New Years. Nevertheless, October has managed to keep us cool, calm, and collected. Stories we loved this month were centered less than usual around dining, but more on explorations both of locations and of lifestyles. A bunch of really cool fashion collabs dropped in Thailand (some of them even exclusively for us), and we took one of our favorite brands out for a true Bangkokian stroll around Yaowarat.
Yet whilst throughout all these happenings we’re always trying to stay one step ahead of the trends and report these to you on a lively stream of stories, it is often times understandably difficult for the buzzy busy bee to keep up with every hot feature. But that’s exactly why we’ve created this round-up.
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 October, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive right into November.
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15 October 2019
“Very few brands get quite the same craze from Bangkokians than Issey Miyake does. The Japanese brand known for their signature futuristic pleats and technology-driven designs, is one of the best-selling in Thailand. Their pieces are seen as far more than just clothes, being equal to collectible art pieces in the eyes of Bangkokians. Having long had great relationships with their customers here, Issey Miyake has now released an incredibly special collection that’s absolutely exclusive to Thailand.”
18 October 2019
“French press, pour-over, or cold drip: can’t decide which coffee you want? Goat Story Gina Smart Coffee Instrument (approx. THB 7,423) is probably the most special coffee brewing experience you will ever have in your kitchen. The vintage-looking coffee maker has a precise valve to control the drip, it comes with a digital scale, and has a brewing app.”
17 October 2019
“Famed as Bangkok’s oldest road, Charoenkrung still retains its historic aesthetic whilst developing into the city’s coolest artsy hub. The road exudes an anachronistic glamour, with authentic vintage architecture housing some of the trendiest cafés and bars. Unsurprisingly, it is a hotspot for some of the most Instagram worthy places in Bangkok. Charoenkrung is also a pretty long road, and all its sprawling hidden gems really make it a must-visit for hundreds of reasons.”
16 October 2019
“The white-linen-bearing staff makes you feel safe, your surroundings feel raw and close to nature, and honking cars and sirens from the city fade out of the picture entirely. Instead we jam to a soundtrack of gentle river streams, a drizzle, or, goodness, an angry cricket in heat — at most. As ever the millennials we may be stubborn to admit; but as it turns out, along the tranquil Ping River, sometimes simple really does it.”
16 October 2019
“A year since the renowned chef and TV host’s passing, the grief still runs deep amongst Bourdain’s fans around the world. Yet whilst the culinary voyager is no longer with us, fans of Bourdain can now own a piece of his story.”
24 October 2019
“Bangkok is a loud and proud haven for all night-crawlers with a sprawling number of rooftop bars taking over the city in the blink of an eye. Yet whilst the “old-timers” or more mainstream ones like Sirocco Sky Bar and Above Eleven may have already been well under your radar, we’ve decided to put together a list with some new and refreshed flavours — all the while still attributing some of our beloved classics.”
13 October 2019
“It’s interesting, given that nahm was formerly often associated with the kind of place you’d take your visiting foreigner friends, yet this time there’s something a little bit more intimate and close to home about the menu. A lot of it stems from Chef Pim’s very own homecoming.”
18 October 2019
“If talking about my ultimate guilty pleasure food, Charoen Saeng Silom is my move,” Chef Ton says. Famous for their khao ka moo braised pork knuckle, the fork-tender sensation in which the meat renders is what he always goes back for. His usual order is extra on fatty skin and intestines, and covered in a savoury, caramel-like sauce is his usual order. He also asked us not to tell his trainer.”
15 October 2019
“Remember that puffy pink dress Kendall Jenner wore to Cannes earlier this year? The one that seemed to be all over social media yet almost impossible to get your hands on? Well, that magical dress and key piece from the internet-viral H&M x Giambattista Valli collaboration is officially back for a second drop. But not only that, the entire collection will be landing on the brand new H&M Thailand online store this November. To say we’re excited would most definitely be an understatement.”
23 October 2019
“The New York-born breakfast spot is serving buttermilk pancakes fresh off the griddle, along with a generous smear of warm maple butter and a shower of maple syrup. Situated on the ground floor of Siam Paragon, the pancake house boasts a red-painted wall that makes you feel as though you’re dining out in an American barn — except that the pancakes are more of the fine-dining kind.”
10 October 2019
“On this little monthly tour, we take along a chosen brand-of-the-moment and let their style and concept do the talking — or rather, the walking. This October, we play ‘Hide and Seek’ with the Gen-Z hit German brand MCM and their adventurous (and slightly mischievous) new collection of that very name. Following around the collection’s mysterious white rabbit motif, we found exploring the wonderland of curious old alleys and curiouser quiet corners of Yaowarat, making a few quick stops along the way. Maybe you’ll recognise some of the more iconic spots of the Chinatown area, but you’ll probably also see some more unfamiliar hidden locations.”