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  • LIFESTYLE

    Anger is an energy

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 17/08/2018

    » It takes Trent Reznor 45 minutes to say hello. He voices his surprise that it's taken his band Nine Inch Nails nearly 30 years to do a show in Thailand. They almost made it in 2014 for the aborted Silverlake Festival in Pattaya, cancelled due to the volatile political climate, so there was no small amount of anticipation ahead of their show at Bangkok's packed Moonstar Studio on Tuesday night.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Lights, Camera, Cuisine!

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » It begins, like a good movie, with a great opening sequence. You enter the lift in the Landmark Bangkok lobby, hit the highest button, and the glass cage slowly ascends 31 floors of the hotel's facade as Bangkok's inverted constellation of night time neon reveals itself, extending out to the horizon. You emerge from the lift into a plush bar fitted with deep seats and a wall of spirit bottles flanked by two wine cellars. To the right is the restaurant, bathed in red light...but is it the red of sensuality or danger?

  • LIFESTYLE

    Ring in the new

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 16/12/2013

    » Bangkok was different in February 1970, back when Dusit Thani first opened her doors onto the junction of Silom and Rama IV. Beer was ten baht, gas one baht a litre, a good hotel room eight dollars. Siam Centre was a copse of trees by a dusty roundabout. An original print ad for the hotel boasted of 'a wide choice of sophisticated supper clubs, Continental and Siamese restaurants, coffee shops and cocktail lounges.' The photo shows the building looking much as it does today, minus the towering downtown skyscrapers, which is precisely the appeal of this grand dame of Bangkok hospitality.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A touch of Michelin magic

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 19/12/2013

    » Who are the heavyweights of cooking right now: Heston Blumenthal and his avant-garde creations? Bellowing TV bully Gordon Ramsey? The woman who wrote 'Cooking with Poo'? Yes and no. Yes, they get plenty of column inches and television moments, but the real powerhouses of cooking are Michelin magnets like Ferran Adria, Alain Ducasse and, for Thai cuisine, David Thompson.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Head to Hank's

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 23/12/2013

    » You'll hear Christmas songs, you'll hear classic party music, you might even hear some Elvis but one sound that's definitely absent is the rumbling of tummies. No one goes hungry here. Henry J. Beans is a classic American diner, which means everything is big: huge plates of wings, 750g T-bones, two-hander tacos and giant glasses of margarhita. Go alone if you dare, but it's best to share.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Between Heaven and Earth

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 27/12/2013

    » The name means new heaven and Earth, and although the altitude of the 22nd floor is not quite heavenly, the food certainly is. Master chef is the talented Singaporean-Chinese Lam Kok Weng whose skills ensured that this place won the Chinese category in the 2013 awards from Bangkok's Best Restaurants.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A luxury of choice

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 13/12/2012

    » Traditionally at this time of year, calorie-watchers worry about what they eat between Christmas and New Year. A better policy would be to worry about what you eat between New Year and Christmas, and leave this season for a dose of rewarding indulgence. Luckily for those fond of extravagance, one of Bangkok's best hotels has created a festive menu featuring the finest ingredients from every gastronome's wish-list.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Christmas Eve Cravings

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 17/12/2012

    » Sukhumvit Soi 11 has been cool for some time. Spaceship supperclub Bed landed on 11 ten years ago, and Q Bar opened its party doors as far back as 1999. The less well-heeled have been propping up the scrapyard bar at Cheap Charlie's since the early eighties. In between Charlie's and Q Bar, physically and fiscally, was a mish-mash of massage parlours, tailor touts, street food stalls and a handful of dodgy hostess bars.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Around the world in 8 dishes

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 18/12/2012

    » The Dusit Thani, as one of the grandest hotels in the Kingdom, does not do Christmas by halves. This is not the place to visit for lovers of dry turkey and sweaty Christmas puddings. In their place is a gourmand's global wish-list of the best food available on the planet. Eating one chef's special dish per day in each of their eight outlets would take over a week, but it would be an epic week of epicurean pleasure.

  • TRAVEL

    All That Jazz and More

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 21/12/2012

    » What makes a hotel five-star? For most people it's the service, ideally utterly charming and catering to your every outlandish whim. For others it's the food, with delicious menus conjured up by international kitchen-wizards. For others yet it's the other guests: one's view must be peopled with those of a certain station. Add a concierge who knows how to get you into the best nightspots, or, if sir prefers, the worst nightspots.

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