The Mother of All Markets
What was once an old landfill in Thonburi, has been transformed into the ‘creative village’ of CHANGCHUI. Brainchild of SOMCHAI SONGWATTANA (also behind fashion brand Flynow), this 11-rai space on the border of Bangkok and Nonthaburi aims to showcase the work of young artists and designers, and appropriately features an art gallery, co-working space, private museum, theatre, cinema, design studio, exotic garden, vintage barber, tea house, several cafés, restaurants, and food trucks, plus plenty of music, book, and clothing stores across 18 separate buildings made from reused materials. Did we mention it also boasts an old airplane that is being transformed into a luxury dining room and bar? Open daily from 11am-11pm.
Calling All Artists
Thai contemporary art is getting catapulted onto the global stage with the recent announcement that the first ever BANGKOK ART BIENNALE is due to take over the city from November 2018 to February 2019. And while that seems like a long way off, organizers are currently running an open call for local and international artists—from now until the end of September—and the shortlist of exhibiting artists is expected to be confirmed by the end of January, 2018. The Italian term biennale translates to “every other year”, and is commonly used to describe large-scale recurring international contemporary art exhibitions (as popularized by the world-famous Venice Bienniale).
Kickin’ in Khao San
People of Khao San Road… forget those elephant pants and don your boxing gloves, because JAREONTHONG MUAYTHAI KHAOSAN indoor gym has just opened on Tanee Road, in the middle of the popular tourist area. Established by Muay Thai Legend JAROENTHONG KIATBANCHONG, this is the newest branch of string of training facilities located around Thailand, including Koh Samui, Khao Lak, Ranong, and Phuket. The Bangkok location boasts a rooftop training area with a perfect view of Wat Chana Songkram temple and Bangkok’s Old Town. The courses, including ancient Muay Thai and Muay Thai Waikru classes, vary from beginner to advanced. Drop-in class fees are B600 for 1.5 hours, or B1,200 for a private session. Classes run daily from 10am to 9pm.
Get Messy in the Attic
With trained artists at the helm, ATTIC STUDIOS provides specialist art classes for both adults and children (above the age of five years) in a variety of media. No matter your skills, or what level you are at, this studio aims to teach you artistic technique while encouraging self-expression—allowing you to go wild and just have fun. Classes on offer include: beginner drawing and painting art classes; children and teen art classes; one-night BYOB painting art classes; and private art lessons. While the main branch is located in Sukhumvit Soi 31 (open daily from 10am to 4pm) a second branch is opening soon in the seaside town of Rayong.