Bangkok is forever a city filled with fun things to do and see and amazing places to go and be, and the remainder of this month proves as no exception. Songkran may be long gone, but Easter’s almost here, and Bangkok‘s thriving art, event and activities scene continues to be in full bloom. From interesting green conferences and fruit festivals to a beach polo tournament not too far from the city, there’s one thing that’s for sure: your electronic diary will be flashing constant reminders of what to do, where to go and who to see. Read on for our hand-picked selection of things to do in Bangkok during the next two weeks and don’t forget to click “add to your calendar” for the ones that catch your eye.
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With the relatively recent legalisation of medical marijuana in Thailand, many are keen to learn more about the practice that is no doubt changing many lives. In this conference held in cooperation by thailandmedicalmarijuana.org, InfluenceBKK and U4XLabs, experts and leaders in Thai law, medicine, wellness and marketing will gather to discuss the many aspects of the soon to be booming market. What a way to celebrate 420 we say!
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny how undeniably Thai you feel when gorging on the country’s most notorious fruit, the incredibly bold durian. Now’s your chance to let things rip at Bangkok’s original durian buffet, where you’ll be absolutely knee-deep in ‘Mon-thong durian’. If durian really isn’t your thing, fret not, there are many other of Thailand’s golden fruits to whet your heart, including mangosteen, mango, rambutan, melon, watermelon as well as fruit-inspired desserts and drinks. Head to Centra Food Hall if you’re in the mood for some hardcore fruit.
Fourth-year Pohchang Academy of Arts students present their culminating works in an exhibition that’ll see new-wave and contemporary jewellery designs and metalworks. Along – Thong in Thai translates as “beauty and elegance” and there’s no better time to see the talent and creativity of Thailand’s emerging designers, who will be sure to impress, if they’ve been given the River City seal of approval.
Songkran’s gone, but Easter’s here, and there’s no better time to gorge on chocolate delights, Peninsula-Bangkok-style. Created by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Nicolas Pelloie and his talented team, guests will be able to experience savoury bites and desserts, including Easter’s favourite Simnel Cake, Hot Cross Buns, Chocolate Egg Nests, Corn Macaroon with Foie Gras, Madeira Jelly and last but not least, scones. Get in the jolly Easter spirit!
Easter Sunday (this year April 21) wouldn’t feel right without a “Fun-tastic Egg Hunt”, something luxury boutique hotel 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok has gone to great lengths to organise for families and loved ones. After some fun feasting on a chocolate-inspired menu at Bangkok Trading Post, parents and their little ones – or anyone looking to channel their inner-child – can venture into the Alfresco Garden on Level 1 in a hunt to find some magical chocolate eggs.
Plant House, one of the highly respected vendors housed at theCOMMONS has put together this workshop to teach you how to create your own miniature garden, which could feature as the perfect centrepiece to add some flower power to your home. Learn about the art of floral landscaping and of course, take home your creation so that you can show it off to everyone.
Tune right into this multidimensional experience that takes viewers on a journey brought to life through 1500 works of art from 16 of the world’s most famous European modernist painters. Projected in state-of-the-art fashion and accompanied by surround sound, 20 of the world’s finest museums worked tirelessly to make ‘Visions Alive’ a reality, an exhibition that has already been greatly received in Berlin.
If you’re looking for a burst of creativity or to be inspired, there’s no better place to head to than The Knack Market at The Jam Factory, which offers fresh local foods, fun and handcrafted products, live music and activities scattered around the funky grounds of one of Bangkok’s coolest artsy spaces. Shop for accessories, vintage clothing and old books; listen to live music and partake in some yoga and more generally, just immerse yourself in a vibe that is reminiscent of the carefree 70’s.
Well, technically it’s not in Bangkok but this is undeniably where the city’s high-flying and finest will be venturing to on this particular weekend. Asia’s only beach polo event returns to the Intercontinental Hua Hin, drawing in international polo players to compete for the highly reputable Princess Pa Cup. Guests will not only be feasting their eyes on the thrilling beach polo finals, but they’ll also be delighted by numerous daytime activities such as Kid’s Polo, a celebrity fashion show via horseback, wonderful bites while ending the day on a swinging note, dancing on the beach and sipping delicious cocktails. Dress code: anything blue.
Bangkok’s favourite jazz-fuelled event returns for the 4th year running, a musical experience brought to you by Sweets Records, in collaboration with theCOMMONS. The whole hip venue will be turned into a jazz playground, with leading local jazz bands, upbeat tunes and a buzzing atmosphere that will have you swoonin’ and flying to the moonin’. If you’re in your favourite tucked-away corner of theCOMMONS, you’ll still be able to appreciate the music as the live show will be projected on all floors, so that all can listen to some sweet and jazzy honey.