Praya Palazzo Delivers a Distinctive Bangkok Experience

 Former mansion of 1920s Thai nobleman takes to an international stage. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. After quietly biding its time as a local secret, Praya Palazzo, a boutique hotel on the banks of Bangkok’s legendary Chao Praya River, has hired a blossoming management company and multifaceted general manager to lure international travellers to one […]

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Tsu Nami Sunday Brunch

JW Marriott’s Japanese Sunday Brunch is going down a storm in Bangkok. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. A golden rule of buffet dinners is to avoid filling yourself up on the stodge. Skip the bread rolls and head straight for the sashimi is my motto. But what do you do when there is no stodge? […]

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On The Table: Blue Elephant

Mark Bibby Jackson visits Bangkok’s Blue Elephant restaurant to chat with its founder Nooror Somany Steppe about the main passion in her life — Thai food. It’s a lucky journalist who gets to sit down with Nooror Somany Steppe in the Bangkok branch of her Blue Elephant restaurant chain. Today, I am even luckier, as […]

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Say Ciao to Pizza

The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok recently opened Ciao restaurant, demonstrating a contemporary Italian flair that goes much far beyond the pizza. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. “We wanted to create something different,” explains executive chef Luca Casini as he joins us towards the end of our dinner. “An Italian restaurant with no pizza.” Hailing from near […]

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InAzia

The Sheraton Hua Hin’s signature restaurant might have a touch of Indochina about its décor, but it’s a Japanese shellfish that takes the biscuit. Words by Mark Bibby Jackson. There are times in good meals you realize there is no point in going any further. The dish presented in front of you is just too […]

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Rossini’s, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

With so many great restaurants in Bangkok, there really is no need to resort to five-star hotel restaurants. However, as Mark Bibby Jackson discovers, sometimes the journey is well worth it. Until I came to Asia hotel restaurants were strictly preserved for Sunday brunches. You sleep in hotels and eat in restaurants and never the […]

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The Local

Mark Bibby Jackson pops down to The Local to see whether it delivers on its promise to bring local Thai food to the heart of Bangkok. Photos by Nick McGrath. In today’s increasingly globalised world, it comes as a breath of fresh air to find a restaurateur who strives to keep things local. Ploypan Markawat […]

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