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    What’s On for April 2015

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    National Events and Festivals

    Songkran Splash
    What: The traditional Thai New Year, popularly called Songkran, takes place on April 13. Main celebrations are happening nationwide, with some destinations extending the festivities for days. Pattaya, for example, has an extended celebration that runs for 10 days. The event is traditionally a day for all Thais to pay respect to their elders, visit the temples, and make merit. The festival had since been a big fun party characterized by a riotous water-throwing revelry that is eagerly awaited by both locals and foreign travelers.
    Where: Nationwide
    When: April 13-15
    Shoot & Share Trat (Islands of Dream)
    What: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Trat Office, Bangkok Airways, and the public and private sectors in Trat are organizing this initiative as part of the ‘Sharing the Travel Experience via Social Media’ project. Tourists are invited to shoot their “selfies” together with Nong Sukjai, the TAT mascot, or send in some generic shots of Trat attractions at 11 designated locations, which will entitle them to win some prizes. Shots with Nong Sukjai must be taken in at least five of the 11 attractions. To be eligible, these must be shared via TAT’s Trat Facebook fanpage.
    When: Ongoing until Aug. 20
    Where: 11 tourist attractions in Trat: TAT Trat Office, Ban Namchieo community village, Trat Airport; Trat Bus Terminal, Trat Museum, Thammachat Ferry, Ratchakarun Beach, Makathanee Resort Ko Mak Pier, Kong Chao Beach Ko Kut, and Ban Salak Khok Ko Chang.
    More info: 039 597 259 to 60

    Art & Culture

    What: This exhibition compares the life and activities of Queen Savang Vadhana and her great granddaughter, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the original and current residents of Srapathum Palace. This exhibition clearly shows the similarities between the two in their social welfare projects and their support for the country’s traditional arts and crafts, indicating how Her Royal Highness has carried on the vision of her great grandmother.
    When: Until April 30
    Where: Vadhana Museum, Bangkok
    How much: Entry fee is THB 150 for adults and THB 50 for students
    More info: 02 251 3999 ext 201 – 202
    Imply Reply
    What: Avant garde Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping presents sculptures, installations and drawings from his past collections, in this joint exhibition with contemporary Bangkok artist Sakarin Krue-On, who presents his multimedia works.
    When: Until April 26
    Where: Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 939 Rama 1 Rd, Bangkok (BTS: National Stadium)
    More info: 02 214 6630/8
    Forms of Devotion
    What: A grand art exhibition that is part of the ongoing “Festival of India,” available for viewing this month and the next. The exhibition, which features more than 200 works by 100 artists, deals with continuity and change, as reflected in various faiths and cultures, through a collection of traditional and recent works of art. The artists use totally mixed media: paintings, drawings, collage, video, installations, and sculptures. The art exhibition premiers in Bangkok, after which it will tour Europe, America, the Middle East, and finally find a permanent space in the Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium
    When: April 27-May 10
    Where: Faculty of Fine Arts Hall, Chulalongkorn University, Rachatevi Road
    More info:;
    Anamorphoses Photo Exhibition
    Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel

    Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel

    What: French photographer Charles Maze will showcase his work during “Anamorphoses,” the inaugural exhibition of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit’s S Gallery. The exhibition is a modern interpretation of “anamorphoses,” a distorted projection or drawing that appears normal only when viewed from a particular point or with a suitable mirror or lens.
    When: Until April 5
    Where: Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel, 189 Sukhumvit between soi 13 and 15, Bangkok (BTS: Nana/Asoke)
    More info: 02 126 9999

    How Are You Thailand?
     The Gallery on the 36th floor, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

    The Gallery on the 36th floor, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

    What: Sub-titled, “A Travel Photography Exhibition in Film” is a brilliant collaboration by the i use film and BAREFOOT Magazine. The project is a selection of photographs by readers and followers of the page and the magazine who have submitted their photos, taken by film camera, throughout their travel experience in Thailand. The photos are categorized into five segements: Architecture, Nature, People, Culture, and Food. These photos are highly emotive, at times charming or wistful, unique landscape and inner feelings that rarely encountered, with such a comprehensive collection from so many artists. Special 25 photographs have been chosen exclusively for Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, to display at the Gallery for a two-month period.
    Where: The Gallery on the 36th floor, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Silom Rd
    When: Until April 8
    More info: 02 238 1991

    What is Design?
    Gallery 1 at TCDC

    Gallery 1 at TCDC

    What: The “What is Design” exhibition looks at how 10 countries: England, Italy, France, Germany, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Japan, and Brazil, have each interpreted their cultural uniqueness into the 20th century industrial design classics, and also explores industrial design in Thailand.
    When: April 18 to November 30
    Where: Gallery 1 at TCDC 6th Floor, The Emporium Shopping Complex, 22 Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok (BTS Phrom Phong)
    More info: 02 105 7409; 02 664 7667 ext. 111

    Trade Fair & Shows

    Songkran Festival Dinner in Phuket
    Songkran Festival Dinner

    Songkran Festival Dinner

    What: Amari Phuket is holding a special Thai evening on the night of “Songkran,” from 7 p.m. onwards, with a sumptuous dinner featuring many of the most popular dishes representing world-famed Thai cuisine from the four regions of the country.
    When: April 13
    Where: Rim Talay Restaurant, Amari Phuket, 2 Muen-ngern Rd, Patong Beach, Kathu, Phuket
    How much: THB 990++ excluding beverages; kids 5-15 get 50% off
    More info: 076 340 106-14, ext. 8027

    Anantara Chiang Mai Culinary Events
    What: Three highly exclusive culinary events will unfold in Chiang Mai, hosted by one of the world’s greatest patissiers: Michelin Star Chef Roger van Damme from Belgium. The award-winning chef, TV celebrity, and author, is owner and chef of the Michelin Star Het Gebaar Restaurant in Antwerp. Chef van Damme will be hosting a “Molecular Dessert Cooking Class” on April 9, two Michelin Chef dinner events on April 10, and a six-course “Fine Dining Asian Dinner” on April 11.
    When: April 9-11
    Where: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai
    More info: 053 253 333 or email:
    Evening of Opera and Musical Favorites
    What: In honor of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday, Grand Opera (Thailand) and the Royal Cliff Hotels Group will be hosting the “Music of Love and Devotion: An Evening of Opera and Musical Favorites.” Stephan Sanchez, artistic director of European Chamber Opera and Grand Opera Thailand, will be leading a talented group of young artists who will grace the stage with their incredible serenades. Registration starts at 6 p.m.
    When: April 2
    Where: Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, Pattaya
    How much: THB 300 (students), THB 500 (hotel guests), and THB 700 (public)
    More info: 038-250421, ext. 2782, or email:
    BIG + BIH 2015
    What: The Bangkok International Gifts and Bangkok International Houseware Fair (BIG+BIH), jointly organized by The Department of International Trade Promotion of the Ministry of Commerce and the Thai Lifestyle Products Association, offer an opportunity for business operators to present their ultimate quality design and lifestyle products to the whole world. This important regional exhibition brings together thousands of buyers from all over the world.
    When: April 19-23
    Where: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), Bangna-Trad Road, Bangkok (BTS: Bangna)
    More info:
    Bangkok Comic Con X Anime Festival Asia Thailand 2015
    BKK Comic Con and Anime Festival

    BKK Comic Con and Anime Festival

    What: The biggest pop culture festival in Asia is back, and now biggere than ever. This year’s event, dubbed as the largest ever to be held in Thailand, offers everything that fans of pop culture could ever want. The event brings together, in one roof, the best in anime. It also provides a platform for Thai fans and industry players to come together for the latest in anime technology.
    When: April 30 -May 3
    Where: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), Bangna-Trad Road, Bangkok (BTS: Bangna)
    More info: 089 511 2498 (PR); 02 282 3800 (Thaiticketmajor);

    ASEANbeauty 2015
    What: A seminar showcasing the latest beauty trends in Southeast Asia.
    When: April 8-10
    Where: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), Bangna-Trad Road (BTS: Bangna)
    More info: