September 2020: what a month. 

It was the strangest fashion month we have ever experienced, with many a surprise (and many a surprising dropout). Designers, even in Bangkok, found new ways to present their collections, and we found new ways to appreciate this new normal. Are we sick of that term yet? 

After all, by now, it’s hardly ‘new’; we’ve learned to adjust to this kind of normal and we’re proud to say we’re doing a great job. We’re embracing mask chains, we’re enjoying domestic travel, and we’re trying to support our local industries. Whilst all these feats come with a sad lining given COVID-19, it is in our Bangkokian spirit to never let the big scary things get us down. 

Stories you loved this month very much followed suit, as you geared up for mooncake season, put new hotel openings on your bucket lists and continued to suss out the latest and greatest on Bangkok’s dining scene. 

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 September, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive right into October.

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Where to find the best mooncakes in Bangkok

8 September 2020

With competition amongst hotels out-roaring one another in terms of luxurious packaging and creative recipes, we’ve tasted some of the most beautifully-presented and deliciously decadent mooncakes in Bangkok to save you time from decision-making. Nibble your way through our picks for the best ethereal mooncakes and decide for yourself which one suits your taste most. We are sure you’ll find something worth indulging in this season.

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First Look: The Aman Nai Lert Bangkok

15 September 2020

Situated in the beautiful century-old tropical gardens of Nai Lert Park, the property will bring together the serenity and heritage of Nai Lert Park with the elegant and sophisticated ethos of the Aman brand.

After all, architecture and design are a hallmark for Aman. World-renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy is behind the urban sanctuary at Nai Lert Park, drawing inspiration from the culture and history of its very location. Think, the rich tapestry of the Nai Left Park Heritage Home infused with the signature Aman design identity.

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Chef’s Cheat Day: feast like Chef Arnaud Dunand-Sauthier at these places

15 September 2020

For over 50 years, three generations of the family behind Gai Thod Jay Kee have been fuelling the city with crispy garlic-covered fried chicken along with Isaan delights like som tam and tom zap. The secret to their famed fried bird lies in the deep frying with no help of flour or egg coating – just pure chicken and its skin that gets cooked until light, golden, and crunchy. Yet although the fried chicken is the must-have here, Chef Arnaud’s focus seems to be on their selection of larb, since the chef himself is a full-on larb devotee. 

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Gotta catch ‘em all: Longchamp is collaborating with Pokemon

23 September 2020

Thanks to French accessories brand Longchamp, “Pokémon GO,” the famous augmented reality video game — which has been nothing short of a social phenomenon since its release in 2016 — will be taking up residence in the French capital next month. And for good reason, the leather goods manufacturer is launching a whole collection featuring Pikachu, a worthy representative of ‘kawaii’ fashion, in a full reinterpretation of its emblematic bags.

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The best products from Selena Gomez’s makeup line, according to our favourite Youtubers

5 September 2020

Have you been eagerly waiting for Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty launch in Thailand? Before you get your hands on any of the products and before they reach our shores, find out whether they’re worth the hype or not.

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Checking in: the romance is real at Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui

3 September 2020

Touching on its Luxury Collection status just a bit more, General Manager Dieter explains to us that this is a big part of the magic at Vana Belle. You’re meant to have a personalised experience. You’re meant to have your needs met, no matter what they are. Slip into conversation that you’re a fitness freak and you’ll find a mat and dumbbells in your room. Mention that you love the local fruit and you’ll find them on your table at breakfast. It’s about details, and it’s about tailor-made laid-back luxury. 

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Where to stay in Samui, according to your vibe and your tribe

17 September 2020

Especially with the current government travel scheme (but also even without it), getting to Samui has never been so affordable. On a bittersweet note, it has also never been so beautiful. It is really, honestly, the best time to go; between all-time-low ticket fares and a severe lack of crowds.

The latter is a bit of a sad fact to consider, but Mother Nature sends its thanks: both coral and beaches are significantly cleaner, and the wildlife seems to be slowly returning. Hence, we too are returning to Samui, previously too often swayed by the likes of Bali or the Maldives, as the international airport is yet to open for international tourism.

A great way to support the local tourism industry, and experience Thailand’s charms all for yourself before the outsiders come back in, here we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Samui resorts of the minute.

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Get sugar high with these 7 best cookie deliveries in Bangkok

11 September 2020

Of course, a home-made batch of cookies can easily be done. There are a bunch of cookie recipes out there that fit all types of taste and preference. But when time is not on your side and the cookie hunger keeps kicking in, buying these sweet little treats from the shops is also a treat in itself, since it frees you from everything (time and energy) but deliciousness.

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Everything we know about the first Raffles Hotel that is opening in London

16 September 2020

Anyone who’s been to Raffles Hotel Singapore would know that not just any building would do for this monumental export. The Old War Office, a colossal chunk of a Grade II* listed building, was selected to house what would soon be Raffles London, a 125-room hotel with a 720-person ballroom, spa facilities with a 25-metre indoor pool, and nine restaurants and bars. When it opens (construction is still underway), the history of this one — if we might be so bold to say — will be even more captivating than its original.

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Must-tries: Southern Indian fare at JHOL

1 September 2020

Indian food as we know it boasts bold flavours and sizzling spiciness already. But multiply by ten the deliciousness for this haunt. Highlighting the lesser common southern coastal Indian cuisine, JHOL serves Indian staples with a haute-cuisine sophistication, leaving your eyes captivated and your palates with a mouth-walloping taste that’s familiar yet new and unique.

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.