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South Korea’s capital is a hard nut to crack, travel-wise. For visitors, it can be difficult to gain insider-level intel on the city’s ultra-hip world of trendy cafés, boutiques and artsy spaces—not to mention hard-to-find restaurants with un-translated menus. (OpenRice...
Jun 15 2012
Lessons from China I'm writing from Guilin, mid-way through a four-day trip to China organized by Shangri-La. (Lemme tell ya, the fact that this travel columnist gets to actually TRAVEL for once instead of ogling resort photos from her desk—it's uber-exciting!) Watch this section for a full-...
May 31 2012
Hanoi’s Underground History The Metropole in Hanoi is one of those places you’ve got to visit at least once. It’s that much of an institution. Everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Angelina Jolie has stayed there—needless to say, the hotel (now run by Sofitel) has got a rich past...
May 25 2012
Dive With a Purpose When I went to Kota Kinabalu two years ago—ostensibly to climb Mt. Kinabalu and acquire a sweet sunburn snorkeling—I wish I’d known about the Gayana Eco Resort. A 10-minute ferry ride from KK itself, the all-villa hotel has a mission: to protect the local...
May 18 2012
Artsy Getaway Fittingly, because it’s located in the heart of the 798 art district, the year-old Grace Beijing has more than a touch of creative flair. In addition to a mural-lined courtyard, its 30 beautiful rooms are each outfitted with a different, contemporary take on Ming dynasty-style d...
May 11 2012
Savings in Samui Doing research for our Thailand issue several weeks back, I came across a set of lovely hotels there operated by Boutique Hotel Management Asia. One of their properties, The Sea Koh Samui, has an early-bird promotion. If you book online at least 21 days in advance for stays from...
May 4 2012
Hot Hotels Summer’s fast approaching, and with it come public holidays, school vacations and that insatiable urge to escape the oppressive heat by any means necessary. I decided to devote this week’s column to a couple of great places to stay in the region that are also good value for...
Apr 27 2012
The Coolest Film Festival Ever The HKIFF is all well and good, and Cannes is the crème de la crème, but try this regional film festival on for size. Film on the Rocks Yao Noi—which was held from March 9 to 13 at the Six Senses resort on the Thai island in the Andaman Sea—...
Apr 6 2012
Tuk-Tuk Adventures A UK-based company called The Adventurists organizes positively zany challenges across the world that raise money for charity, from a 2,500-kilometer journey across the Siberian wilderness on old-school motorbikes to a trek from the UK all the way to the steppes of Mongolia in...
Mar 29 2012
All Right, London? Blimey! Just in time for the Olympics, British Airways is upping its service between London and Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Airlines is launching its first flight to the UK with an all-business plane. Brill. (Let’s see how much British slang this American columnist can bandy...
Mar 16 2012