The month of love – February – in Bangkok is set to also be filled with Chinese New Year festivities and more. With Bangkok’s thriving art and event scene always in full bloom, you can be sure there really is never a dull moment. From candlelit dinners with your love to lion dances, dragon shows, workshops and more, 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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Chinese New Year celebrations at Gaysorn will be a long and more-than-two-week affair this year, centred around the Urban Lifestyle Village’s concept ‘RETREAT, EAT, ART’. Guaranteed to meet the needs of today’s lavish lifestyle seekers, shoppers will be able to enjoy a series of special promotions. For anyone spending THB 800, they’ll receive a set of red envelopes. Spend more than THB 8,000 to receive a free tote bag and THB 80,000 to enter the ‘Lucky Ang Bao’ lucky draw for a chance to win exciting gifts from leading brands in Gaysorn village. Have a relaxing massage at La Vie Detox & Wellness Center or drink in art by the young and talented illustrator, Phannapast Taychamaythakool, who has decorated the entire Gaysorn Village with beautiful animal decorations. And there’s plenty else to do to, so head on there to suss it out.
It wouldn’t be Chinese New Year in Bangkok without a visit to one of the Central Department Stores to see what they’ve got going on. This year, Central Embassy celebrates a new year of good fortune with THB 2 Million worth of fantastic prizes and giveaways and a grand opening ceremony that’s bound to dazzle viewers: expect 5 silver dragons, 25 Chinese lions, an LED drum performance and more. Following that and up until 11 February, make your way through Central Embassy’s rendition of ‘Little China’ with the likes of bright lights and big city culture mixed in with Chinese traditions. You may also get to see masked and traditional performances to get you in the festive spirit. And shopaholics will delight in exploring all the souvenir stalls at the ‘Chinese Market’.
Chinese New Year is one of the most important events for Thai-Chinese communities in Thailand. And perhaps this might just be the biggest Chinese New Year extravaganza that Bangkok has to offer this year. Bangkok’s newest and definitely quite spectacular landmark along the Chao Phraya, ICONSIAM, will be bringing a riverside extravaganza to celebrate the Year of the Pig like no other, featuring Thailand’s longest LED-illuminated dragon, a lion dance and splendid performances from China as the Chinese Acrobatic Troupe will be making an appearance to ring in the auspicious occasion. Partnering with the Ministry of Culture, Department of Cultural Promotion, True Corporation, CITIBANK,China’s leading online tourism platform Fliggy and the Chinese Opera Troupe, this may just go down in history as ‘Thailand’s first’.
Begin February with the tail-ends of Bangkok Design Week 2019, a magnificent celebration and community of the city’s greatest talents who all gather by the riverside in the name of design. You’ll be able to witness the works of local designers, skilled craftsmen and entrepreneurs to businesses, students, major corporate and financial institutions, property developers and more. It won’t just be a social affair or an excuse to party. With a theme centred around ‘Fusing Forward’, one of the main objectives of the week is to brainstorm, understand and plan ways all those in the industry and beyond can create spaces, places and ideas that promote positive change within our city. Definitely somewhere to head to if you’re short of inspiration.
This six zone celebration of art alongside the riverside mecca for arts, food and crafts – The Jam Factory – is somewhere to head to if you’re looking to really soak in the contemporary artistic nature of the city. Art Ground continues in its aim to build a community that fosters and focuses on the arts in all areas by creating an open space for both Thais and visiting artists to showcase their works. There will be a gallery space featuring the works of well-known artists, an area showcasing over 40 new young artists, an area to kick back, chill and listen to music and even some space – and time – for you to make art yourself.
Have you ever been interested in making a film yourself? Why not give it a whirl? The Hive Thonglor can help you during the first weekend of February as it sets out to teach you how to make a short film in only 48 hours! Don’t think of it as a contest. Instead, you’ll be learning how to create a visual story, produce useable shots and piece together your own footage into a completed short film, doing so alongside experienced filmmakers and like-minded colleagues. Starting on Friday night and ending on Sunday afternoon, you’ll get the most out of it if you’re there for most or all of it!
Looking for kid-friendly activities to get up to on a Saturday morning in Bangkok? Shrewsbury school will be playing hot to its very first Farmers Market and Family Activities Morning. Sift through local vendors selling fresh produce and indulge in a bit of food and drink that’ll help you forget that really long week you just had. You’ll also be able to participate in a range of fun eco workshops, from marble painting to terrarium jar making. You don’t have to be related to a Shrewsbury school student to attend either. Have fun!
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be right without a visit to The Peninsula Bangkok. Something about this particular hotel just oozes sweetness and romantic riverside moments. This year, the hotel may just be offering one of the most spectacular options for couples looking to experience love at new heights while seeing the city of Bangkok in a new light. Five couples on Valentine’s Day can have the chance to experience a private helicopter sky tour, a photo shoot by celebrity and wedding photographer Wirun Kultan and a nine-course menu of love at Jesters by Austrian Executive Chef Stefan Leitner. What a way to show your other half how much you care about them!
Fall in love all over again on Valentine’s Day at The St. Regis Bangkok and choose from three delectable dining experiences, the first and foremost being a 6-course Exclusive Poolside romance that comes with wine pairing and gifts featuring a tote bag, flowers, a St. Regis teddy bear, macarons and a 925 sterling silver bracelet with a coloured gemstone from SETTE. Or, try the 5-course Alluring Seduction at JOJO that comes with a bottle of Mini Moet and Chandon Rose, macarons, cookies, a St. Regis teddy bear and a V-Yada scented candle. Or maybe just enjoy an epic Valentine’s buffet at VIU, which comes with a glass of prosecco and a St. Regis teddy bear. The night is yours, make it count!
Bangkokians love a good bar crawl and this one will be sure to excite attendees, with the prospect of, not just speed dating, but the celebration of new friendships and the discovery of new local bars. This will be BKKbarcrawler’s first love-themed event of the year, with Singha x Bkkbarcrawl’s ‘LOVE ISLAND’ starting at Gypst Bar on Sukhumvit 29. Expect special speed dating activities (which are optional!), complimentary Valentine themed drinks, a series of interesting activities, a brand new exclusive bar location, live DJ performances, new friends and more! If you’re already in love, wear red; if you’re single and ready to mingle, wear white, and if you like to drink a lot, wear black.