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CONCIERGE LETTER AUGUST 2017

Discover in your room at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit our Concierge Letter. A monthly letter that we created specially for our valued guest to keep up with the latest news from Thailand, Bangkok and Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit!

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Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Concierge letter August 2017

 

INTERNATIONAL MACARON DAY 2017

FOR THE LOVE OF SUMPTUOUS MACARONS
“MACARON DAY 2017”

Join us at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit on Monday 20 March from 3pm – 4pm as we celebrate “Macaron Day 2017”.

Started in France by Pierre Hermé, the man that Vogue called “the Picasso of Pastry”, Macaron Day is now celebrated around the world.

Pierre Hermé once said of these delightful little creations, “Macarons only weigh a few grams, but that’s enough to leave your senses quivering with pleasure. Their thin, crisp shell, slightly rounded shape, tempting colors and tender interiors draw devotees to devour them with their eyes and caress their smooth surfaces. Their flavors solicit the nose and, when one bites into that crisp shell, the ears tingle with pleasure and the palate is finally rewarded.”

To mark the occasion of “Macaron Day 2017” at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, the talented Pastry Chef Joffrey Jacob from our Parisian-style café, Le Macaron, has created an array of special macarons. Guests can buy a macaron shell at THB 20 net each or ‘buy 5, get 1 free’ to stick on a 1.5 metre high elephant located in the hotel lobby. Proceeds from sales will be donated to the Elephant Foundation of Thailand. The charitable event is the perfect blend of Thai and French art and culture.

At Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit’s distinctly Parisian café, Le Macaron, guests can also enjoy our Macaron Special with 6 macarons of your choice for only THB 299++ or take home a box of 12 for only THB 599++ from 7 am – 11 pm only from 20 March – 20 April.

Guests are invited to join us at the “International Macaron Day 2017 Celebration” on Monday 20 March from 3pm – 4pm where they will enjoy our delightful pass-around macarons in many enticing flavors with free flow tea shakes.

Open daily from 7 am – 11 pm, Le Macaron serves morning coffees and smoothies to enjoy in air conditioned comfort or on the Parisian-style terrace. Temptations to accompany a menu of fine coffees and teas include exquisite French pâtisserie items, freshly baked breads, heavenly Viennoiserie, and our signature macarons, all complemented by friendly service from welcoming Sofitel Ambassadors. At Le Macaron, you can also rediscover the enduring tradition of Afternoon Tea or a decadent Champagne Afternoon Tea, served daily from 2pm – 5pm.

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bangkok on Sukhumvit Road, Le Macaron is also ideal to pick up a light bite and a coffee to take away.

For further information or reservations, please contact: 02 126 9999 or email: h5213-fb8@sofitel.com

Le Macaron – Lobby, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
Open daily: 7am to 11pm

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OPENING OF RAMMY NARULA’S PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION ‘PLATFORM 10’

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On Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6:30pm , S Gallery at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit welcomes art lovers to a new photography exhibition and a launch and signing of  a new photo book, ‘Platform 10’ by Rammy Narula.

Platform 10 exhibition

The solo photography exhibition is a showcase for the work of talented Thai–Indian artist, Rammy Narula. Rammy is a Bangkok-based photographer with a deep passion for travelling and exploring the streets. His work covers personal projects, portraits, and photography resulting from countless hours roaming the streets of the cities he visits. His most recent work, Platform 10, a project shot on a single platform at the Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok, has been published as a photo book with Peanut Press, a publishing house in New York.

In 2013 he exhibited his first Hua Lamphong Train Station series, a black and white project of the same train station he worked on in 2015 for “Platform 10”. In 2014 he exhibited “Life is a Act”, a project consisting of candid street photographs taken on his travels.

Platform 10 is the culmination of Rammy’s work at Hua Lamphong, Bangkok Central Train Station. He went there the first time in 2012 and his early pictures of people at the station were made in black and white. That work became an exhibition in 2013. He switched to colour photography in 2014 and kept going back trying to take pictures of the station with a fresh idea.

After over a year without a real breakthrough it was very much by chance that on a random day in 2015 he found himself on a quiet platform at the far end of the station when a short train came in, made a 20-minute stop, and got going on its way. He discovered that the photographs he took that day had a very different feel to his previous work and it was the spark that he had been looking for. He kept going back every day for the next six months to photograph that window of time on the same platform.

“Life moves very quickly and a lot can happen when you’re not looking. Hua Lamphong train station, renowned for being very slow-paced, wakes into life each time a train makes a short stop. Passengers move,” says Rammy Narula. “Train officials ushering them on. Custodians begin their maintenance work. Supplies get loaded. All of it begins and ends almost just as soon as it starts. As an observer, the feeling it evokes when everything happens at the same time in that way feels oddly harmonious. Like watching an orchestra performing without a conductor, I set out to take pictures in this small window of time on a single platform. A platform blessed with atmospheric mood found when a short three cabin train makes its daily short 20-minute stop. I focused on the isolated moments. The little pauses while everything was in motion. The stillness of the different characters connected with me and they became my muse. What was everyone thinking, I often wondered. They say life’s a journey and through the people on Platform 10, I believe I made mine.”

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At the opening night of the exhibition, the lobby will recreate the atmosphere of Hua Lampong station.

Guests will enjoy a welcome drink inspired by flavors of Thailand and light Thai street food canapés. Background music will complement the artistic ambience. Art lovers and VIPs will then be invited to a new photo book launching and signing of ‘Platfrom 10’ by Rammy Narula, followed by a viewing of his works in S Gallery.

The photo book will be available at THB 1,500 net and a special limited edition book numbered 001 – 100 will be avilable at THB 5,500 net including a print photograph of the signature image from the exhibition signed by the artist.

Mr. William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said recently, “Rammy has a passion for street photography. He enjoys walking and making new discoveries everywhere he goes. People and their interactions with their environment interest him. He’s always looking for situations and scenes that he can respond to visually and emotionally and he takes candid photographs in the most harmonious way possible. It is a great pleasure to showcase Rammy’s orignal work and to welcome a receptive art loving audience to another unique exhibition at S Gallery.”

Rammy’s unique photography art exhibition will be on show at S Gallery until 14 February 2017.

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For further information or reservations, please contact Martin Gerlier, MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors at 093 5826588 or e-mail: Martin.gerlier@gmail.com .

S Gallery – Lobby Level, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

S Gallery is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

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LOY KRATONG & THE SUPERMOON

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Are you looking for the perfect place to take part in the Loy Kratong and view the “Supermoon”, look no further.

The biggest & brightest Moon since 1948 will be visible from our L’Appart Rooftop Bar & Restaurant.
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Traditionally in the evening of Loy Kratong, thousands of people go down to the nearest river to float their kratong, a small raft made from a banana palm and decorated with flowers, a candle and incense.

This year it gives us great pleasure to invite you to our own magnifique Loy Kratong celebrations at our pool, on the 9th floor where a special ceremony will be held to release your own kratong for good fortune and to pay homage to the Goddess of Water!

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And after the ceremony join us at L’Appart on the 32 floor to watch November’s Full Moon! Tonight’s night sky will be graced with the supermoon, the biggest and brightest moon since 1948.

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A magnifique moment not to be missed as the moon will not be this close to Earth any time before the year 2034!

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OPENING OF KOSTAR’S ART EXHIBITION ‘PARADOXES’ AT S GALLERY

On Wednesday 14 September 2016 from 5:30pm – 10pm, S Gallery at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit welcomes art lovers to a new exhibition, ‘Paradoxes’ by Kostar.

The solo exhibition is a showcase for the work of talented French artist, Kostar, whom was born in the 70’s in Paris. He became renowned in the 1990s for street art, painting walls on various surfaces such as trains, trucks, and subways in the USA, Europe, Asia. He also appeared on for TV shows, sports events and worked for well-known brands.

While based in Beijing, his artworks were exhibited in Chinese and French galleries. During this time his works began expressing humor and positive vibes, like his PSCIYL project: Put Some Color into Your Life.

Kostar has given urban art a whole new definition. This revolutionary artist moves us through dynamic images, and thought provoking phrases; he takes a leap of faith and chooses the path of passion and the unknown, rather than safety and conformity.

Kostar is constantly evolving with new materials such as neon, sculpture, photography and film.   What remains constant is his razor sharp wit and incisive humour.

At the opening night of the exhibition, guests will enjoy a welcome cocktail and light canapés in the lobby as our DJ creates an artistic atmosphere. Art lovers and VIP’s will then be invited to view Kostar’s works in S Gallery.Mr. William Haandrikman, General Manager of Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, said recently, “Kostar’s work, his passion, and his art act as a mirror of society, giving us a glimpse of what is taboo and thoughts that dare not be verbalized. I am sure art lovers will be challenged and delighted by this distinctly contemporary work on show at S Gallery, the latest in our series of exhibitions showcasing emerging and established Thai and French artists.”

Kostar’s colorful urban art will be on show at S Gallery until 14 December 2016. 

For further information or reservations, please contact Martin Gerlier, MoonStar Fine Arts Advisors at 093 5826588 or e-mail: Martin.gerlier@gmail.com.

S Gallery – Lobby Level, Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

S Gallery is open daily from 10 am. to 10 pm.

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