In love with Tanabata

Thailand June 17, 2015 01:00

By THE NATION

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Yamazato, the Japanese restaurant at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, marks the Tanabata Festival - one of Asia's most romantic tales - with a new Gozen set lunch.



In love with Tanabata
Yamazato, the Japanese restaurant at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, marks the Tanabata Festival – one of Asia’s most romantic tales – with a new Gozen set lunch (Bt850) and a seven-course set Kaiseki dinner from June 29 to July 12. Tanabata Festival, also known as the “Star Festival of the Weaver”, celebrates a Japanese love story about the weaving princess Orihime and her love for Hikoboshi. Legend states that Orihime and Hikoboshi may only meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Call (02) 687 9000 or e-mail: yamazato@okurabangkok.com.
 
Hangzhou-Bangkok service launched
Air China, one of the major airlines of the People's Republic of China, recently launched a new Hangzhou-Bangkok route, bridging China’s east coast with the Thai capital. There are three flights a week – on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – with the flight departing Hangzhou at 10.40pm (Beijing time) and arriving in Bangkok at 2.10am local time. The red-eye flight leaves Bangkok at 3.20am and lands at Hangzhou at 8.20am Beijing time. About 11,000 Chinese, from Hangzhou alone, visited Thailand between January and October 2014.
 
Hungry into the night
Red Oven, on the seventh floor of Sofitel So Bangkok in North Sathorn Road, is extending its dinner buffet on Friday and Saturday nights until 11pm. The late dinner promises visitors a selection of fine food for Bt900 per person. Dine on the late buffet at Red Oven in a group of four this Friday and you’ll enjoy a complimentary bottle of house wine. Call (02) 624 0000 or e-mail: H6835-FB3@Sofitel.com.
 
Tasting Isaan
Discover the authentic cuisine of Northeast Thailand with Isan Explorer, a family-run travel agency in Khon Kaen province. The food tour “Taste of Isaan” is now available and begins in a large fresh market to buy most of the food that guests will be eating for lunch and the ingredients they will use to cook dinner. It then moves out of the city to a small village. The menu is designed for sampling: in total there are 20 signature dishes – including bamboo shoot curry, pork laab, sour fish, grilled chicken and steamed mushrooms. Call (085) 354 9615 or visit Facebook.com/IsanExplorer