July 2020: what a month.

Though ‘month’ feels a bit like a misnomer.

It’s been four weeks that have felt like a string of long weekends put together, with a few disorienting working days in between. Can you believe it’s already nearly August?

Time — though still no international airlines — has really flown by. And whilst we’re still a little sad about said international airlines not taking us to the likes of Santorini, Monaco, or Milan this summer, we’ve been loving the chance to embrace what our beautiful country has to offer from North to South.

Stories you loved this month were themed around weekend getaways and staycation deals from the islands to the city centre, as well as the best foodie haunts about town. You sought inspiration from Bangkok fashionistas for your next beachside escape, and you took note on how to prevent, cure, or simply be aware of the all-new and all-dreaded ‘maskne.’

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 July, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive right into August.

[Hero Image Credit: Amanpuri; Featured Image Credit: Nanbei at the Rosewood Bangkok]

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9 lesser mainstream places in Thailand that need to be on your weekend trip list

28 June 2020

If you’re looking to plan your next weekend trip yet are a little tired of Phuket, Pattaya, or Samui, here’s a list of a few lesser mainstream places you should consider. There’s so much more to be discovered and to be experienced. Here are some of the most offbeat places to visit in Thailand that need to be added to your bucket list.

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The 6 best places to find really decent bagels in Bangkok

12 July 2020

Thanks to the transportation of cuisines all across the world, the fond for the doughy bread has now touched down in Thailand, and the demand for decent bagels has risen significantly. Although there are only a handful of eateries and bakeries specialising in bagels, they do make mouth-walloping versions that will sure to satisfy your bagel need. So here it is: a list of places to get the best bagels in Bangkok.

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Chef’s Cheat Day: 5 eateries Chef Julien Imbert absolutely swears by

24 July 2020

“It is a beautiful restaurant. I love the decoration, the view, and the service. The tables and seating are also very comfortable, which makes perfect sense as it is situated in a 5 star hotel. The dish we never ever miss out on whenever we’re there is the Peking duck, which the chef would prepare and carve by your table side. I also really like the duck broth. It’s delicious and serves a purpose as a perfect palate cleansing before moving on to dessert.”

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The best staycation and hotel reopening deals in Phuket

8 July 2020

What’s that saying? Who needs Santorini, Saint Lucia, or the Seychelles, when you have Phuket?

Perhaps it is not a saying, but it’s definitely a thought. Here, we’ve rounded up the best hotel reopening deals we’ve set our sights on for Phuket. With a long weekend coming up soon, it’s a great time to get booking. 

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7 boutique hotels in Khao Yai for a cool getaway

15 July 2020

If you’re one for glamping, you’ll love Lala Mukha. The tented camp blends together safari lodge-like elements with the lush tropical landscape of Khao Yai National Park. With grasslands all around, rise in your dreamy ecru tent to admire the lime-stone mountains and take part in many of the back-to-nature activities provided here. It’s a lot like childhood camping, but for adults, and the best part is that it’s an eco-friendly resort, too. 

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What are Bangkok hotels doing to ensure safe travel after COVID-19?

2 July 2020

The Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is maintaining their high level of safety and health measures with their global programme called ‘Kempinski White Glove Services.’ To incorporate the programme, the company has issued comprehensive guidelines to all the Kempinski hotels worldwide with essential health and safety measures to be implemented on all aspects of their daily operations like arrival of guests, food and beverage outlets, housekeeping, and facilities. All employees will greet you with white gloves and white masks while maintaining social distancing. Expect to see the mandatory temperature check-ins, sanitising stations, and air purifiers. Interestingly, the hotel has also launched a Wellness App for guests to stay fit and healthy in the comfort of their rooms. If you’re looking to stay in the popular area of Siam, then this is the most opulent way to go.

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Best Dressed in Bangkok: “Beach Please” Edition

2 July 2020

Making a trip to the beach will give you a dose of joy and deep contentment because the feeling you get when your feet touch the sand and waves hit your skin is just irreplaceable. With star-studded figures also surfing their way to the beachfront, they’ve brought along with them the high fashion and steal-able sleek looks, making the beach fashion more instagrammable and elegant than ever. 

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Nutritionist Non-Confidential: what to actually eat while intermittent fasting

2 July 2020

Intermittent fasting is one of the top lifestyle trends this year — not only because we came out of COVID-19 looking a little chubbier and tubbier, but also because it has proven results with (relatively) little effort required. Nevertheless, as with all diets (and diet fads), it’s important to be properly informed before embarking on a journey of changing your eating habits. Here, Dr. Priya Khorana gives us the ultimate low-down on intermittent fasting, from the perspective of someone who really knows a thing or two about this stuff. Read on, take note, and decide for yourself if you’re ready to (stomach) rumble.

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Where to buy the best birthday cakes in Bangkok

27 July 2020

Having a birthday cake is crucial and what’s even more crucial is getting the right one that will cater to the palates of the birthday boys and girls most. Here, we’ve curated a list of bakeries and online shops that make custom birthday cakes to your order and liking in Bangkok. Scroll down to see which one would make it to your next birthday party. 

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‘Maskne’ is the new acne: here’s how to treat and prevent it

16 July 2020

Has wearing masks caused your skin to break out? Maskne is a very real thing. Thanks to the global pandemic, wearing masks has become a part of our daily routine and between all this, our skin has been taking a toll. Not to mention, with the heat of summer in the air and having to wear masks round-the-clock, it is no fun for our skin as we’ve been trapping all that bacteria and carbon dioxide — around that little space behind the mask.

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.