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10 of the Most Colorful Places in Asia

Happier days are ahead! For now, virtually escape to these 10 cheerful places.

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Experience next-level Indonesian hospitality in marvellous melting-pot Jakarta

There are few places as kinetic as the Indonesian capital, where layers of history mesh with the contemporary, and modern drinking and dining venues are elevating the city’s game—and the most elevated address in town is the new Park Hyatt Jakarta.

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Here’s How to Gear Up for the Olympics in Tokyo

The best way to gear up for the Tokyo Olympics? Three days of intensive training in sport and culture. Just keep your gloves on.

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Cast off for holistic Kiwi hospitality in the City of Sails

Wonderful, walkable Waitematā harbour beckons, and now there’s a new waterfront manse to call “your wharenui” for travellers and locals alike. The understated luxury of Park Hyatt Auckland presents perfectly in low-key but ahead-of-the-curve New Zealand.

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5 Luxe Thai Getaways Where You Can Start the Year Off the Right Way

We can’t imagine a better beginning to 2020 than a holiday at one of these gems in the Cape Hotel Collection.

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Reasons To Travel in February

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

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A Historic Tasting Binge in Luang Prabang

Often squeezed out by the cuisine of its neighbors, Laos offers its own menu worth exploring, writes Duncan Forgan, who goes on a historic tasting binge in Luang Prabang.

Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

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Getting a new and memorable view of dynamic Hong Kong

This electric city—with its beloved mix of good eats, commerce, history, culture and nature—has been centered on the sea for centuries. Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong offers an easy access, upscale stay where there are seriously no bad views.

One King Bed, Deluxe Room

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How to have a spirit-calming cultural immersion in Seoul

Some places just scream “cool”, others do it with a casual whisper. Seoul, with its historic nooks and enviable style, is the rare place that does both. Ensconce yourself in chic city living that stays rooted in the culture at Andaz Seoul Gangnam.

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This Might Be Bangkok’s Wildest Hotel Suite

A new suite in a beloved boutique hotel lets you feel the call of the wild in the middle of Bangkok.

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How Thailand is Becoming a Hub for LGBT+ Travel

As Thailand targets the LGBT+ market, local hoteliers are adopting cool new services and amenities that give deeper meaning to the term “all-inclusive.”

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Snorkeling with Sharks in the Maldives

Beyond the overwater villas and sparkling lagoons, the friendly giants of the Maldives inhabit a paradise of their own.

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Passage to Lan Ha—Halong Bay’s Quieter Waters

A new luxury ship with a focus on wellness carries cruisers to a quiet corner of Halong Bay, promising a mindful journey through 500 million years of history—if that thought gets too heavy for you, just faceplant on a massage table and commune with working out your kinks instead.

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Where to go 2020

Twenty places to visit this year, including the majestic Hunza Valley, Bangkok for those with an appetite, and a new-look Kyoto.

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An Eco-Tour Helping Save Sabah’s Elephant Population

In a palm-oil plantation in Sabah, an unlikely eco-tourism alliance paves the way for Borneo pygmy elephants.

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6 Amazing Beach Bars for a Sundowner in Asia

These stylish watering holes at InterContinental resorts serve up drinks with a view.

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Maldives Rising: The New Resort That Puts Conservation at Its Forefront

InterContinental Maamunagau may have opened up the Maldives’ less-developed Raa Atoll to more visitors, but this sparkling new jewel makes protecting its pristine foundations the prime mission.

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Bacolod Might Be the Philippines’ Most Welcoming City

Tracing her roots to Bacolod, Stephanie Zubiri discovers one secret to happiness in the Philippines’ “City of Smiles.”

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3 Ethical Tours for Wildlife Lovers

Sail into Komodo territory, visit retired elephants in Phuket, or try horse whispering in Gurgaon—this assortment of new experiences across Asia provides animal-friendly answers to the call of the wild.

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Visiting Byron Bay? Check Out This Chic, Local-Is-Best Nest

A launch pad for Mullum’s hip cafés, the destination Kiva Spa and the bush trails of Nightcap National Park (part of the UNESCO-listed Gondwana rainforests), Blackbird Byron makes a compelling case for hyper-local travel.

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Taipei’s Food Scene Heats Up

With a group of young, wildly creative chefs leading the way, the Taiwanese capital is emerging as Asia’s buzziest culinary destination.

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5 Reasons to Travel in November

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

Culture

Discovering Batanes in the Philippines’ Verdant North

At the top of the Philippines is a clutch of windswept islands where the bonds of community have been forged by the elements. In verdant Batanes, Stephanie Zubiri dances among lighthouses, absorbs lessons from tribal elders and just lets go. Photographed by Scott A. Woodward There are places of beauty and then there are places […]

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Watching Wild Antelope and Cheetahs on an Emirati Desert Island

Just off the coast of Abu Dhabi is an enchanting wildlife reserve with 8,000 years of human history. Jeninne Lee-St. John heads to a resort island where it’s hard to tell your sitting room from the savannah.

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This Hidden Sabah beach Is a Diver’s Paradise

A little-known north Borneo beach is Sabah’s best alternative diving spot, writes Marco Ferrarese, who asks that you keep Mengkabar Bay to yourself—and don’t disturb the tarsiers.

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Japan’s Sado Island Is a Trip Back to the Country’s Golden Age

Off the west coast of Japan, Adam H. Graham visits Sado Island seeking an immersion in the nation’s golden age, and discovers a shingle-roofed, pine-ridged, Midcentury time capsule.

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Returning to The Roof of The World, Nepal

With its myriad legends and legendary treks, mystical Nepal is adventure incarnate. Two decades after his first visit, Duncan Forgan heads back and finds you don’t need to climb Everest to reignite your sense of wonder.

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Preserving Paradise in Phu Quoc

How to prep a corner of paradise for the outside world while keeping it as pristine as possible is on the minds of many in Phu Quoc these days. It’s shockingly easy to get to this on-the-up Vietnamese idyll— just please don’t eat the sea urchin.

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MACAU BEYOND THE NEON

If you ever need to get away from the bustling crowds in Macau and neon lights of the Cotai Strip, Coloane village offers a breath of fresh air and slices of nature: beaches, hiking trails, pandas and more.

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Shopping in Tokyo with Fashion Designer Tomo Koizumi

Fashion designer Tomo Koizumi pauses from his breakout year to share some of his favorite places to shop in the Japanese capital, stops that inspire him every day.

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A Study in Contrasts in Guizhou

In China’s Guizhou province, a tech-forward culture rubs shoulders with ancient traditions.

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3 Reasons to Travel in September

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

Culture

Taking Thailand’s South By Motorcycle

Touring the south of Thailand on a vintage motorcycle is a chance for Duncan Forgan to get a true taste of the region and its limestone karsts, abandoned beaches and more than a plate or two of spicy food.

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Canggu is the Bali of Your Dreams

With a prolific population of creative, locally-minded cool kids, the place to be in Bali right now is surf town Canggu.

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This is Top chef Éric Ripert’s Travel Uniform

Eric Ripert may be one of the globe’s most highly lauded chefs, but he stays grounded with daily meditation—and keeping things simple on the road.

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3 Reasons to Travel in August

T+L’s monthly selection of trip-worthy places, experiences and events.

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Here’s Why Taiwanese Whisky Should Be On Your Radar

Taiwan might not be the first locale that comes to mind when speaking of whisky. But Duncan Forgan seeks out the water of life here, and finds its single-malt expressions maturing mighty finely.

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The Eastern Side of Koh Lanta Is the Perfect Quiet Island Getaway

The eastern shore of Koh Lanta offers a more subdued take on the popular Thai island, writes Joe Cummings, who is already daydreaming of his next visit.

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An Eating Tour in Hong Kong With a Food Writer and Her Michelin Three Starred Chef Husband

Where do food writer Juliana Loh and her head chef husband, Guillaume Galliot, of the Michelin three-starred Caprice at the Four Seasons, dine out in Hong Kong? From cheap eats to high-end, the foodie couple serves us some of their favorites in the city.

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4 Floating Breakfasts That Are Worth Skipping The Buffet For

You know that phrase, “do it for the gram”? We’re pretty sure floating breakfasts were born from it, and, well, as long as we get the shot, we’ll welcome the trend from every angle.

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Exploring Hue One Bite at a Time

Vietnam’s last dynasty may have built extravagant monuments around its imperial citadel, but Lester V. Ledesma says the enduring monarchic influence is found in the food of the commonfolk—the banh Hue.

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6 Craft Breweries in Asia Worth Checking Out

Asia’s craft suds scene keeps getting better. Craig Sauers checks in with six exciting breweries using local flavors and ingredients to push beer boundaries.

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Unmanning the Bar: 5 Women Shaking Up Asia’s Bar Scene

Meet some of the cool women shaking things up in Southeast Asia’s best drinking dens.

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A heritage row in the former Burmese capital gives us food envy

Lined with crumbling fin-de-siècle buildings, Rangoon’s Pansodan Road transports visitors back to the former capital’s colonial yesteryears. But now, on-trend restaurants are breathing new life into the heritage edifices that once housed government offices and banks.

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RETURN TO PARADISE: BORACAY’S GREEN COMEBACK

Boracay is back, cleaner and greener than ever. But what are the other implications when a popular tourist haunt shuts down for a reboot? Stephanie Zubiri returns to be the island to see if this Philippines favorite can preserve its soul along with its shores.

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5 Private-Jet Tours Worth Saving Up For

First class isn’t the only way to fly. How about flatbeds, chefs and your own crew on one-of-a-kind trips that let you skip the customs line? Private-jet tours are taking well-heeled travelers for the most luxurious cultural exchanges.

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7 Reasons You Should Explore Bangkok’s Thonburi Side

A flashy new mall has lured more visitors over to the Thonburi side of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river than ever before, but its Khlong San neighborhood has long been a local hub for Sino-Siamese eats and a lively social scene.

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Khmer Connection

Newly paved roads in Cambodia’s northeast make exploring via motorbike easier than ever. An intrepid solo trip around Banlung leads to natural discoveries and tasty local eateries and, best of all, that warm Khmer hospitality.

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This Luxe Resort Was Inspired by Its Island Site’s Celestial Energy

By Daven Wu. As islands go, the first impression of Ulleungdo tends to be a little underwhelming. Rising out of South Korea’s East Sea, this squat, dark mound of cedar- and juniper-cloaked volcanic rock seems an unlikely dream destination, especially as getting here is, to put it mildly, a major schlep. And yet, for generations, successive waves […]

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How to Spend a Weekend in Vientiane

Often considered a gateway town, Vientiane is an underrated destination in its own right. Laurel Tuohy wanders its heritage streets and finds hip new hangouts that are reinvigorating the city.

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Finding Inner Peace at Vietnam’s Most Spiritual Resort

Following the well-trod pilgrim path to Vietnam’s most spiritual peak, features editor Eloise Basuki spends a few nights at Yen Tu mountain’s new designer resort, a sprawling palace that honors the mountain’s regal history.

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Fit for a Raja

Rajasthan is littered with the former forts, castles and chateaux of the Rajput Maharajas who ruled the region for centuries. On a royal tour of new palatial digs turned into heritage hotels, Rachna Sachasinh finds luxurious renewal projects that manage to conjure the community spirit of far humbler abodes.

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11 Bucket-List Worthy Resorts In The Maldives

Sinking? More like sprouting. There are so many beautiful new reasons to visit the Maldives, it’s hard for us to keep track. Read on for a hit-list of some of the freshest resorts in this far-flung Indian Ocean paradise nation.

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These 6 Design Hotels Are Millennial-Approved

Low-budget, high-design, next-gen hotels have begun to sweep Asia, an on-trend fit for digital nomads, flashpackers and aesthetes alike.

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These Are Our Favorite Business Hotels Around Asia

Traveling on the job doesn’t have to be boxy and boring. These upscale hotels do the hard work for you, leaving more time to enjoy your surroundings.

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Art at the Edge of the World

Sydney is in the midst of a cultural renaissance, with a booming contemporary art and festival scene that could rival any on the global stage. Tony Perrottet explores the creative side of Australia’s iconic city by the sea. Plus, where to stay, eat and drink right now.

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On the Maritime Frontier of Off-the-Grid Burma

Off the south coast of Burma, the barely touched, largely uninhabited Mergui Archipelago beckons the intrepid sailor. Joe Cummings checks his phone at the cabin door for an exploration of the new eco-resorts in one of the least touristed places in Southeast Asia.

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A New Era in Kuala Lumpur

As Malaysia goes through a political shake-up, the capital is rippling with change. With an influx of luxury hotels and experimental, proudly Malaysian restaurants, plus a community of small bars adding cool spots to spend the night, Eloise Basuki finds it is now worth lingering in Kuala Lumpur.

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The 6 Best Hotels to Celebrate A Special Occasion

From a former royal guesthouse to a room with sweeping Mount Fuji views, these intimate, extravagant and picturesque resorts are just the spots to celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime moments.

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Sight Unseen in Saigon

With its landmark heritage buildings, and now shimmering skyscrapers, Dong Khoi Street is undoubtedly Saigon’s most prestigious address. But it’s the drag’s more inconspicuous charms, squirrelled away in century-old apartment blocks, that continually coax Connla Stokes to the area.

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This inspirational underwater tour explores the Indigenous ties to the Great Barrier Reef

Adventure group Experience Co’s Indigenous rangers tell the creation stories that were passed down to them from First Nation land and sea owners.

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6 Hotels Perfect for a Family Vacation

We know it’s no easy feat to vacation with multiple people, ages and energy levels, so here are some of our favorite hotels where everyone can get their kicks.

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Perth Coming of Age

On the shore of Western Australia, once-sleepy Perth is coming of age as a new culinary and creative destination.

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3 Cozy Australian Hotels with Big Perks

Across Australia, compact quarters among the great outdoors are sometimes the coziest way to spend a weekend. Eloise Basuki uncovers a few tiny hotels offering big experiences.

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8 Creative Hotels For Digital Nomads

With designer digs and creative spaces, a new crop of hotels is making it easier than ever to ditch the nine-to-five and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle.

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Meditative State: Cruising Burma’s Irrawaddy River on the Road to Mandalay

Channel your inner Buddha on a Belmond cruise through Burma.

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4 Bangkok Rooftop Bars With Killer Views

The Southeast Asian City of Angels definitely looks its best from high up in the sky. Soak in the stellar panoramas from these stylish watering holes.

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Dining and Driving Through Central Vietnam

Vietnam’s narrow waistline is bursting with indigenous dishes and inviting eateries. Duncan Forgan dines and drives from Hue to Danang to Hoi An.

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3 Bangkok Spas You Have To Try

You can’t walk a block in the capital with out passing two things: a 7-Eleven and a massage place. In truth, we’d entrust our sore muscles to plenty of the latter, but the following spas truly surpass your standard street-side foot rubs .

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5 Unforgettable Dishes You Have to Try

Whether they’re served in a bar, a humble street restaurant or a Michelin-worthy gastronomic temple, some specialties are worth seeking out no matter where in the world they may be.

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Mermaid Island

On verdant, volcanic Cheju, farmers raise tasty black pigs, grandpa statues boost fertility, and lady divers pry abalone from the icy depths of the sea. Duncan Forgan reports from this legendary treasure chest in the Korean Strait.