Get the most out of your life in the city with these events and activities:
Moving to Bangkok doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite interests from home. Living in Bangkok 2014 being held September 13 at Bumrungrad International Hospital connects expats with the people and organizations that help make living in Bangkok an enjoyable experience. And here are some other good resources for enjoying your favorite pursuits and pastimes from home.
International arts & films
- The Bangkok Art & Culture Centre hosts contemporary international art festivals and exhibitions, films, music and theater.
- The Neilson Hays Library hosts exhibitions for international artists and authors.
- The Japan Foundation hosts art and cultural events and shows Japanese films every Friday.
- Alliance Francaise exhibits French art and photography and screens films every Wednesday.
- Catch a German film at The Goethe Institute.
- House RCA cinema shows art house and indie films from all over the world.
- The World Film Festival of Bangkok running from Oct 17-26 will show 80 short and feature-length films.
- The EU’s 2015 film festival is slated for May/June.
Sports & Recreation – pick your favorite team sport from home and Bangkok probably has it.
- The local Australian Rules Football League plays on the campus of the New International School of Bangkok.
- The Thai World Hockey League ice hockey season runs September to May.
- The Bangkok Cricket League offers three divisions of play.
- Join a rugby squad through the Thailand Rugby League, find a soccer/football team with the Bangkok Soccer League (BSL), or do some slo-pitching via the Bangkok International Softball League.
- Pollution aside, Bangkok is a good running city.
- Consider joining a running club like the Hash House Harriers & Harriettes. Check schedules for fun runs happening most weekends on English websites including www.jogandjoy.com & www.runthailand.org.
- The popular Bangkok Marathon returns on November 16, 2014, one week after Nov. 9’s Banyan Tree 16th annual Vertical Marathon a 61-floor ascent covering nearly 1,100 stairs.
- Cycling has taken off in Bangkok. The www.bicyclethailand.com English website covers everything from cycling clubs and events,where to buy equipment and offers suggestions for rides in Bangkok and beyond.
- One place to cycle clear of traffic is on the newly-opened 23-km cycling track that circles around Suvarnabhumi Airport.
- With dive spots like Koh Phi Phi and the Similan Islands mere hours away, sign up for one of Bangkok’s many certification courses.
Live here and learn
You’re in a new city, why not learn some thing new! If you’re an aspiring chef, Le Cordon Bleu Dusit culinary school offers single short courses all the way up to the six-course Grand Diplome program,cover ing Thai and European cuisines, all taught in English.
You can learn to speak Thai, of course – or choose just about any language. Courses are offered year-round at Alliance Fran caise, Japan Foundation and Goethe Institute, and there are also reputable companies that offer instruction in several languages Berlitz, ProLanguage and ECC are among the best known.
Both Executrain and NETsolutions offer computer and IT courses in English for professional development-minded individuals.
Save the date:
Living in Bangkok 2014 brings together people,organizations and resources that make living in Bangkok more fulfilling for expats and their families.
The event takes place on Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bumrungrad International Hospital on Sukhumvit soi 3.
Admission is free, and a complimentary shuttle bus service runs all day from BTS Nana station (exit 1) along Sukhumvit Road.
For more details,visit www.bumrungrad.com/livinginbangkok or www.facebook.com/LivinginBangkok