Invite a bunch of artists, photographers, designers and the like to a luxury resort on the idyllic Thai island of Koh Yao Noi and the result could be a cultural retreat like no other – or an offshoot of Netflflix’s Fyre. With the help of this Singapore- born sister duo though, Camp Cape Kudu – the by-invite-only concept introduced by the five-star Cape Kudu Hotel in August – comes close to a creative paradise.
The Visudharomns – lively, hip with an indie edge, and seen at all the coolest parties in Bangkok where they’re based – are former fashion magazine staff who now run Acorn And Associates, a boutique communications agency. When asked to curate the inaugural four-day, three-night programme, they tapped into what they’ve always loved about Cape Kudu and inadvertently created a new kind of community/eco tourism.
On the itinerary: batik workshops with local female artisans and the construction of hornbill houses with advice from a local conservation group. Six creative professionals from the region were flown in to take part, including Singapore artist Mriz Sidah, who led a drawing class; and Thai chef Chudaree Debhakam, who whipped up a menu based on local ingredients. The whole point is to get tastemakers from various creative fields inspired and in turn give back to Koh Yao Noi.
“I wouldn’t call what we’ve done as ‘charity’, but it’s something that we’re looking into more, with the first experience giving rise to so many new ideas for further engagement with the local community,” says Kim.
The sisters are already bringing back the milliner Eric Tobua and designer/art expert Waan Booth this month, even though plans to make Camp Cape Kudu an annual affair remain preliminary. Their purpose: work with local schools to develop upcycling workshops.
This story first appeared in the December 2019 print issue of FEMALE.
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