HK Magazine Vintage Covers
Kenting Sunset
Adventures in Kenting Two weekends ago, I took an impromptu trip to Kenting, in southern Taiwan. I’d wanted to check out its laid-back beach resorts, fresh seafood and local surfer culture—and then my friend A gave me an excuse to finally book tickets. The superstar athlete had entered...
Nov 18 2011
Going, Going, Guangzhou The lovely folks over at GHC organized a press outing to the new Hilton in Guangzhou, and because I was chained to my desk last week I sent the inimitable Penny Zhou in my stead. A Hangzhou native who’s lived in HK for years, I figured she could put her film-critic...
Nov 10 2011
Le Méridien Koh Samui
Beach Paradise It’s rough being a travel columnist. No, really. Here’s why—emails announcing beautiful new beach resorts, with purple prose describing the color of the water and the cushiness of the bed… and I’m stuck at a desk, surrounded by skyscrapers and smog. But...
Nov 4 2011
Slums in Medellin
For Asia-based travelers, South America is an undeniably exotic destination. One of the hardest parts of the world to reach in terms of cost and distance, the continent offers cultures, sights and landscapes so different to most of Asia that a rewarding and varied travel experience is virtually...
Nov 4 2011
Orient Express trains and cruises
On the Right Track When I was a kid, my grandma and mom would take me on these 25-hour train rides to Florida when we wanted to go on vacation and those of appropriate age didn’t want to be behind the wheel for that long. I thought it was ingenious how the toilet in our compartment turned...
Oct 27 2011
Singapore's Wink Hostel
Singapore on a Budget Singapore Airlines has got a reputation that’s hard to beat: comfortable seats, top-notch service and, of course, jaw-droppingly attractive flight attendants. It’s also known for being tough on the wallet, but last week word got out that its planned low-cost...
Oct 17 2011
The Red House
Here’s a test for our most devoted readers: remember our Taiwan issue last spring? We listed six can’t-miss Taipei sites, from the arts center, movie theater and market at The Red House (pictured below) to Primo, a club that’s sorta like a Taiwanese Dragon-i. Now Cathay Pacific is...
Oct 12 2011
Mount Kinabalu
Our lovely sister magazines in Thailand and Singapore (hi guys!) helped bring to our attention some of the cool events happening all over Asia this fall.Zip Down Under to check out the Melbourne International Arts Festival (through Oct 22), one of the largest performing arts gatherings in Australia...
Oct 12 2011
The mammoth Galaxy Macau opened its doors early this summer. And let’s consider ourselves lucky that some corporate bigwigs out there sunk $15 billion into this huge project. With more than 2,200 rooms available in three different five-star hotels: the eponymous Galaxy; a branch of sleek...
Oct 12 2011
The Urban King Room
Starwood Hotels, the brains behind hotel chains the St. Regis, Sheraton, W and Westin (to name a few), recently launched a new brand called Aloft. The idea is to provide modern accommodations that are high-tech, design-savvy and affordable. They’re spreading faster than that virus in...
Oct 7 2011