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It’s the most fashion-forward month of the year, and simultaneously the most confusing to dress for — between the endings of the summer season and the beginnings of autumn, and the both heavily intense rain showers and still wildly humid rush hour haze. Whatever you’re wearing, whatever you’re sweating, let’s just call it right here, right now: September has been quite a month.

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We ate our hearts out in mountains of custard, lotus seed, and durian through the Mid-Autumn Festival at the beginning of the month, looking perhaps to clean and lean up with the start of the Vegetarian Festival at the end of it. Gaggan continued to excited us with sporadic pop-ups, whilst Phuket was crowned the new home of the world’s largest underwater restaurant. We lived for the retro moments at London, Paris, and Milan Fashion Week, all the while also supporting our homegrown brands, with the wicked and wild 20th anniversary of ISSUE. Yet whilst throughout all these happenings we’re always trying to stay one step ahead of the trends and report these to you on a lively stream of stories, it is often times understandably difficult for the buzzy busy bee to keep up with every hot feature. But that’s exactly why we’ve created this round-up.

Whether you’re an avid reader seeking a monthly ‘Best Of’ reel, or an insider looking to get the low-down on our most popular stories, we’ve put it all together here in one raving recap. In order of popularity (and exempting our monthly columns), relive some of the best exclusives we’ve covered this September, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive right into October.

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LSA Neighbourhood Guide: 10 reasons to visit Suan Phlu
19 September 2019

"Despite being in the financial hub of Sathorn, there are no skywalks or trains in sight here. Instead, the area is lined with only ground-level bohemian cafés, classic bars, and artisan bakeries. There’s a real sense of community here, and we love its “slow life” Parisian vibe."

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The 10 most Instagram worthy places in Bangkok (that aren’t just tourist spots)
18 September 2019

"To give your ‘gram a bit more edge and original content, we’ve rounded up some of the most Instagram worthy places in Bangkok that are more low-key and lesser known. These spots are still just a few steps away from the bustling hotspots of the aforementioned areas, but you won’t have to fight off a swarm of tourists to snap your pics. Now, let us give you a little Instagram tour."

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Prep your chopsticks: here are the 8 best places for dim sum in Bangkok
19 September 2019

"Perched on the 32nd floor of Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse, not only does Yào Restaurant offer a cool, highly Instagrammable cityscape, the outlet also makes mean dim sum and other succulent Chinese stir-fries."

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These are the best breakfast spots in Bangkok
25 September 2019

"Breakfast can be made delicious anywhere but for a gold standard of flavour and ‘grammability, Chu Chocolate Bar & Café totally nails it. Although the name suggests it to be the master of chocolate (and it is), Chu is also a devotional guru when it comes to breakfast food. The venue offers drool-inducing morning meals like Brioche French Toast with Nutella Banana (THB 200), Eggs Benedict (THB 250) and Breakfast Tacos (THB 300)."

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9 must-have products from the new KIS beauty store at Central World
5 September 2019

"KIS beauty store is a one-stop shop for hundreds of international brands and products all the way from L.A. to New Zealand to South Korea. The vibrant and glamorous space is lined with big names like Mac and Nars to more niche brands like XOXO and Peripera. Here you’ll also find brands like Clarins and Jo Malone offering special products from their youth range, understanding that young millennials want top quality beauty products too. With such a wide range and several international products exclusive to KIS beauty, this is a beauty store for all ages, budgets, and styles."

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Japan Travel Guide: the 10 best hotels in Tokyo
2 September 2019

"Home to a population of 37 million people, Tokyo boasts a diverse range of neighbourhoods, each of which have their own unique character — from the shopping district of Ginza to the nightlife hotspot of Roppongi, over to the buzzing hub of Shinjuku. Here, we’ve put together some of the very best Tokyo hotels you should consider for your next trip to Japan."

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Checking in: 9 Hornbills Tented Camp, Koh Yao Noi
12 September 2019

"‘Tent’, of course, is the understatement of the weekend. The villa’s exterior is made of tent material, whilst the interiors feature warm wooden accents and charmingly exotic touches. The large bed and dreamy mosquito net are the centre points of the room, with a lounging area on one side, and an open bathroom on the other. A stand-alone bathtub sits by the window overlooking the view outside, and a rainforest shower is located outside of the tent itself for a rinse beneath the sun or stars."

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The art of healthy eating: Beanbag shows the fun, artsy side to enjoying clean food
3 September 2019

“It was from this that Nichapat realised the fundamental problem in sticking to a healthy diet was. If it’s boring, you’ll stop doing it. She decided to set out and make her own healthy and exciting snacks to motivate a long-term clean diet. Beanbag snacks was born. After about 200 trials to get to the final recipe, Nichapat created her own product line of healthy flavoured nuts.”

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5 things you didn’t know about Bangkok’s beloved Neilson Hays Library
15 September 2019

"From an impressive range of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, to limited-edition books, magazines, and newspapers, Neilson Hays Library has a little something for everyone. But you already knew that.

Founded in 1869, this year marks the library’s 150th anniversary as one of the leading cultural centres in our community, and the oldest not-for-profit organisation in Thailand. To commemorate the occasion, we’ve put together five facts you may not have known about Neilson Hays Library. Read on and be surprised."

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Why Jek Pui, the ‘musical chair’ restaurant, lives up to its Netflix hype
19 September 2019

"For those who never paid a visit to this oasis of curry and rice and are currently wondering if it truly lives up to the hype, the greatness of this place could also be visibly measured by its presence in Netflix’s latest Street Food show. The series documents Asia’s street food culture and is directed by David Gelb, the very same guy behind Chef’s Table. Although Jay Fai was highlighted as the star in the Bangkok episode for Street Food, Jek Pui was also given ample screen time. It has its own tale that constitutes the age-old Thai culinary wisdom and values which have been embedded evidently in street-side cooking."

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