The second half of May presents an exciting two weeks, as the city finally cools down a little from the hot heat high, and we slip and swerve into the sweet spot right before the beginning of the rainy season. Our event calendars are making a splash front, left, right, and centre, with the finale of Game of Thrones, multiple international artists making an appearance, and a host of other activities to engage in. From wine and art classes to a book sale and a roller disco, here’s our curated list of what to do in Bangkok this month.
Hero and featured image credit: Jason Mraz
In collaboration with the Dante Alighieri Cultural Association, the Embassy of Italy is presenting the fifth edition of the Italian Film Festival Bangkok this May, beginning with the colourful musical UN’AVVENTURA. The opening night will take place at the iconic SCALA Theatre cinema, before moving to Phrom Phong’s Cinema Oasis for the remaining 10 days and 25 movie screenings. All movies will be in original Italian soundtrack with English and Thai subtitles.
Celebrating a feel-good ‘80s and ‘90s vibe, MOJJO is hosting a Bohemian Rooftop Party this month, featuring free-flow beer, wines, and cocktails, overlooking the cityscape. A popular watering hole almost any day of the week, expect a host of Mediterranean light bites to nibble on, and catchy tunes to groove to long into the night.
Singer, songwriter, and producer LAUV is coming to Asia, and bringing to Bangkok his smooth American alt-pop tunes for the first time this year. Best known for tracks like ‘I Like Me Better’ and ‘The Other’, LAUV’s debut concert in Bangkok will see a set list of his current hits and past favourites, as well as tracks from the San Francisco-born artist’s latest ‘Superhero’ release.
There’s no denying that art and wine go hand in hand, and for those who like a paint brush in one and a glass of red in the other, the Paron School of Art is hosting a special event this May. Taking inspiration from Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, participants are invited to create mixed media collages whilst sipping on free flow wine. A soothingly creative Saturday activity, all materials (and a couple nibbles alongside) will be provided, too.
20 May is a national holiday in Thailand, which is not only great for Bangkok office dwellers, but also for local ‘Game of Thrones’ aficionados. As the final episode of the record-breaking show is set to air that day, Bangkok Island has found a way to celebrate it in style: with a special screening on a cruise boat. Beginning at 7pm, guests will be picked up at Menkhala Pier before floating along the river with drinks, snacks, and other die-hard GoT fans. ‘Dress up and screams’ are highly recommended.
Where Ed Sheeran stole our hearts with his arrival in Bangkok last month, Jason Mraz is here to warm them up all over again with his Good Vibes Asia Tour. The ‘Lucky’, ‘I’m Yours’, and ‘Make it Mine’ singer will be performing tracks from his latest album ‘Know.’, which features singles like ‘Have it All’ and ‘More than Friends (feat. Meghan Trainor)’. With the support of L.A.’s Raining Jane, the Grammy-award-winning artist will begin his Asia Tour in the Philippines and Hong Kong, before heading over to Bangkok to spread those vibes.
For those who are always seeking a reason to head to the beautiful Neilson Hays Library, this may be one of the greatest in the yearly calendar of the avid bookworm. The Silom library is hosting its semi-annual book sale this May, selling thousands of second-hand English language books. From fiction to non-fiction, as well as a few foreign language titles, the popular fundraiser will see books in all genres, with prices starting at as little as THB20. Those who have unwanted books to contribute may also drop them off before the sale, between 9.30am and 5pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. All proceeds go to the library’s upkeep and educational arts programs.
K Village is always boasting monthly events to lure us into its Phrom Phong neighbourhood haven. From organic nibbles to handmade crafts, the small mall on Sukhumvit 26 is welcoming its first Yard Sale this month, with plenty of goodies to expect. Spanning two days, get your shopping bags ready as you sample clothing, household items, toys, books, sporting goods, and plenty of food.
Do you know Thailand’s place in the history of tea? An interesting concept to consider, especially as you sip on your afternoon cha yen, George Van Driem will be summarising the dazzling history of tea over the millennia at one of Bangkok’s cosiest book nooks atop Central Embassy. From the role of tea in the Kingdom of Siam, to the interesting place Thailand holds in its evolution, expect a riveting tale, and plenty of cool takeaway points to recount and impress at your next tea party.
High rollers who like to get a move on: put on your best roller skates and head to Emporium to end the May month in style. Held at the Roller Dome, Bangkok Roller Derby is hosting a Friday Nite Roller Disco, inviting participants to ‘skate and boogie’ to big tunes and great beats. No skill level is required, and roller skates are provided. Just bring and bust a couple moves.