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Shopping Mall Sugar Rush: Bangkok’s Sweet Spots

Shopping Mall Sugar Rush: Bangkok’s Sweet Spots

I will always choose savoury over sweet, spice over sugar. My ideal dessert is something like this traditional chocolate Catalan treat, because it includes salt and olive oil. I’ll eat — and I’ll enjoy — dessert when it comes at the end of a degustation menu and...
Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

Bangkok Shopping Malls: Monsoon Havens & Modern Town Squares

The much-maligned shopping mall makes sense in steamy Bangkok, especially during monsoon season* — just as it does in the oppressive heat of Dubai. Whereas the gritty streets of both cities offer few opportunities to escape the elements, air-conditioned shopping centres provide a respite from the...
Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Saigon Take-Homes: Communist Kitsch and Post-Modern Fashion

Interestingly, the subject that seems to most inspire Saigon’s contemporary designers is the past – the tumultuous historic events of the 1960s and 1970s, along with Vietnam’s traditional culture, heritage, arts, and crafts. The story of Vietnamese-Australian designer, artist and entrepreneur Mai Lam is similar...
Saigon Shopping: the Most Beautiful Boutiques Of All

Saigon Shopping: the Most Beautiful Boutiques Of All

Saigon has undergone a style revolution in recent years, so much so, that for Asian-based travellers who think nothing of hopping on a flight for a weekend break (or visa run), the city’s beautiful shops, along with its stylish restaurants and bars, are proving as...
The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

The Mask Makers of Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

Located in a lovely valley amid gently undulating hills, Dan Sai, in the Loie Province of Thailand’s Isaan region, is a town of dilapidated wooden houses that is famous for Phi Ta Kon, a boisterous three-day rainmaking festival, also known as the Ghost Festival, which coincides...
Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

Bangkok Take-Homes – Homegrown Gifts from Thailand

When it comes to shopping for souvenirs, Bangkok has some terrific shops where you can buy Thai made gifts. Most guidebooks will head you to budget shopping mall MBK or Jim Thompson for Thai Silk (which is stunning), but I also like to go to...
Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

Bangkok’s Best Boutiques

I love shopping Bangkok’s boutiques because I love Thai fashion. Take homegrown brands such as FLYNOW, Theatre, Wonder Anatomie, Tipayaphongpoosanaphong, and Palette – they’re fresh, quirky, colourful, and fun. And even when Thai fashion is more grown-up and serious, like the elegant evening wear of...
Kicking Back in Bangkok: Chatuchak Weekend Markets

Kicking Back in Bangkok: Chatuchak Weekend Markets

My favourite thing to do on a weekend in Bangkok is kick back at the sprawling Chatuchak Market or JJ Market, as it’s also known locally. Banjo-plucking cowboys, lipstick-wearing coffee pourers, puppy-hugging hipsters, Birkenstock-clad tourists, they’re all here. Along with plenty of simple eateries serving...
A Guide to Thai Design by Jitrin Jintaprecha

A Guide to Thai Design by Jitrin Jintaprecha

Bangkok designer Jitrin Jintaprecha‘s striking furniture and light fittings featured in an exhibition of Thai contemporary design that caught the international design world’s attention when it showcased at the 2011 Salone del Mobile in Milan, the most prestigious furniture fair on the planet. We talked...
Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

Local Produce: Edinburgh Farmer’s Market & Specialty Shops

We must admit that we were pretty spoilt for good local produce to cook on our stay-at-home nights in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. When we checked into our elegant apartment the owner told us there were a few speciality food shops worth visiting in our neighbourhood, as...
Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

Sustainable Shopping: Guide to Stockbridge Charity Stores Edinburgh

The first time we strolled down Stockbridge’s high street, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of charity shops. There are literally dozens of the things. Here’s our guide to Stockbridge charity stores. And these are no dusty old stores crammed to the rafters with junk...