Sustainable Souvenirs to Buy in Southeast Asia and, No, Not Elephant Pants

2019-09-16T23:44:50+07:00By |

Sustainable souvenirs to buy in Southeast Asia include anything that's handmade and handcrafted, fair trade and ethically-produced rather than factory-made, and locally created rather than imported. Traditional crafts, art and artisanal wares, along with eco-friendly, pre-loved, recycled, and up-cycled things are all good sustainable choices. Elephant pants are not. There’s a reason I’m singling out ...

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia You Can’t Miss

2020-01-26T13:29:28+07:00By |

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Southeast Asia you can't miss include everything from the near perfectly preserved historic centres of Luang Prabang in Laos and Hoi An in Vietnam to the spectacular sprawling temple sites of Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, Sukhothai Historical Park in Thailand, and Bagan Archaeological Zone in Myanmar. Southeast Asia is ...

Best Luang Prabang Boutique Hotels for Absorbing the Town’s History and Culture

2019-09-08T22:29:47+07:00By |

The best Luang Prabang boutique hotels to book to absorb the history, culture and beauty of this well preserved UNESCO World Heritage listed old town include handsome French colonial-era residences of late kings, a former royal summer house, and the old French Governor’s residence of the 1900s. Lovely Luang Prabang received its UNESCO World Heritage ...

Best Hotel Swimming Pools in the World for Some Serious Swimming

2019-06-09T11:33:16+07:00By |

The best hotel swimming pools in the world for swimming must be big pools where you can get in some laps. Whether they’re enchanting courtyard pools lined by palm trees or sleek infinity pools with sweeping sea views, the bigger the better for some serious swimming. Summer is well and truly underway in the northern ...

Best Cooking Classes in the World, Tried and Tested

2018-05-27T16:01:50+07:00By |

Learning to cook a dish from one of Asia’s best restaurants, mastering the art of making macarons in Paris, and cooking with a Countess in Venice are just a few of our picks of the best cooking classes in the world. I've long said that discovering the cuisine of a destination is a way into the heart ...

Asian Travel Etiquette — Greetings, Gestures and Good Manners

2018-12-17T18:04:06+07:00By |

Asian travel etiquette is not so complicated to understand, nor is it mysterious. Almost every Asian guidebook, travel website and those free little tourist magazines seem to have a section on etiquette — how you should greet people, how to conduct yourself, what’s considered good manners and what’s not, and what you should wear. Yet we’re ...

A Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel

2019-06-06T17:17:03+07:00By |

I was asked to craft a Grantourismo-style romantic city escape or luxury honeymoon holiday, a break focused firmly on love and romance but one involving a slow, local and experiential travel, and a lot of food and wine. Grantourismo's romantic city escapes and luxury honeymoon holidays Barcelona, Spain Stay The intimate ABaC Hotel, designed by architect Antoni de ...

12 Reasons We Are Smitten With South East Asia

2019-06-11T17:23:51+07:00By |

We spent a lot of time in 2011 in South East Asia. Based out of Bangkok for four months while researching a book and working on stories, we bounced across the region on assignments, around Thailand, along the Mekong, and to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. It's since we left, while posting our Asian stories, that we’ve ...

Where to Stay in Luang Prabang — A Tale of Two Luxury Hotels

2019-09-11T14:36:23+07:00By |

Where to stay in Luang Prabang in Laos? A decade ago your options would have been limited to guesthouses. For many years the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town was predominantly a backpacker destination with few choices for travellers looking for comfort and style. How things have changed. Things have most certainly changed in Luang Prabang on ...

Local Knowledge: Hack from Luang Prabang

2015-08-14T11:19:15+07:00By |

The waiter who looked after us during the Amantaka cooking course we did on the organic farm in the Luang Prabang countryside was brilliant. His service was impeccable. He was so good at his job that when we asked him what his future plans were, whether he had a dream, we expected he would say ...

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