SOME RATES AND BITE 

Life’s a beach on most days in Phu Quoc, but this getaway’s also resplendent with farm and food attractions that deserve equal attention. read more

OUTRE FITS THE BALL

We meet exuberant hotel designer Bill Bensley whose design flair for dramatic and luxurious lodging offers intuitive comfort and protects the land it sits on. read more

PHUKET’S PRESENT PAST 

Before it became a popular island getaway, a younger Phuket was equally cool in its cultural offerings. read more

SAMUI ALL IN 

By land or by sea, the island resort engages all our senses with countless activities. read more

CLASSIC, YET TEMPORARY 

Capture a day in the life of a Chinese opera travelling troupe as they perform under the stars of a Bangkok night. read more

PHNOM PENH LONG WEEKEND

Once a city interrupted, Phnom Penh now shines with fast-expanding urbanisation and style. In a 3-day weekend, read more

DRESSING THE PART

An international costume designer lets us in on his world of dressing the stars with India as the guidign light for inspiration – read more

WEDDING WANDERLUST

Couples are opting to break from tradition and marry far from home, bringing friends and family to exotic locales for memorable nuptials. read more

FROM INDUSTRIAL TO HIP: WARESHOUSES SHED THEIR FORMER IMAGE

Fast-evolving Bangkok transforms from the fund own into the up and coming. Recently, a creative facelift in neglected neighbourhood spots means a chance to be more community in feel and artisan in movement. read more

COLOURFUL EXPRESSIONS: INDIA’S CLASSIC LOOKS

Primal colours in India’s quotidian life hold a mesmerizing joyfulness in their vibrancy. Photographer Dinesh Khanna captures the enterprising hues of vendors and their tantalizing goods and other ‘windows’ of opportunity to colourful street life. read more

BIDDING FAREWELL 

All the Thai kingdom’s men and women come together in the name of art for a poignant send off to a much-loved monarch. read more 

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

An acclaimed floral designer is sought after for his modern twists using traditional flora. read more

A YOUNG SAMUI

A retired doctor remembers a younger Samui before there were ‘tourists’. read more

GREEN PEACE 

Our excursion to verdant and tranquil Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang results in top tips on where to max out on their charm. read more 

IN FOODIE PURSUIT

While time is never enough to explore one of their favourite islands of gastronomy, our foodies re-visit Phuket to eat to their hearts’ content. read more 

PHOTO OPTICS

A photographer choses a simple subject but expounds its meaning through black and white images. read more 

FUN ART 

Museums can be formal, staid buildings. Singapore’s museums light up their lives.

LINE BY LINE

An illustrator lets us in or what’s between the lines.

MYSTIQUE

It may be fun in the sun but Samui’s got its mysterious side.

DANANG ROADIE

An intrepid visitor joins the throngs of motorbike riders to live and eat.

WHEELS GO ROUND

To experience ancient history, get on a bike.

LIGHTS, CAMERA

A photographer plays with light and captures it magical effects.

STRAIGHT UP
A mixologist’s repertoire nowadays holds a liquid arsenal of pre-prohibition drinks and vintage cocktails to satisfy Bangkok’s ever-sophisticated drinking scene. Drink to your heart’s content in the soothing ambience of well-designed spaces spaces to match the mood. read more 

GREEN CHOOSING
With one eye on protecting the environment and the other on keeping hotel guests happy, Tongsai Bay hoteliers make being green stylish and appealing. read more 

IN FRUITION
Thailand’s main fruit provinces produce a smorgasbourg that justifies their name as the Orchard of the East. Our comprehensive guide points out the sweetness of the varieties at the height of summer. read more 

ART ‘NOUVEAU’
Malaysia’s streetscapes become a surprise hit for our writer who finds contemporary street culture as an addendum to historical architecture. read more 

IN PURSUIT OF REAL
The town of glorious temples and wild nature yields interesting eats for the locals. A morning walk through the Luang Prabang market shows what real foraging means. read more 

EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD
A turn around the bend either meets with a narrow escape or a stunning landscape. For those who dare, do not Zoji-La. read more 

SPLASH 

Get your rattiest shirt ready for Songkran festivities with our briefing one the spirit of the water festival. read more 

A GOOD EAR 

We tune in to award-winning sound mixer Traithep Wongpaiboon and his insights on sound quality and its importance in making you like a movie so much. read more 

FEAR NOT 

Solo Travel these days means going it alone on a journey, but it does not mean being lonely. The best apps, gadgets and attitude might make it habit-forming. read more 

ART MARKET 

The global art world shows up for Art Basel Hong Kong in March while Shanghai also aims to be a major player in contemporary art. We give you the list of who’s there and what’s there. read more 

GUANGZHOU 

Guangzhou reveals itself to be an industrial port city with traditional architecture but a look around shows dazzling retail complexes and cultural landmarks with cutting edge design. read more 

UNDERWATER 

Stunning photographs of the underwater world of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand show the dance and sway of colourful and unique marine life. read more 

CHINESE TREATS 

How you love that nian ago cake you’ve been savouring during Chinese New Year depends on whether it’s made from a traditional recipe in Guangdong or elsewhere in China. Learn which dialect group’s varying traditions still translate into the same meaning and fun. read more 

FANTASY REALM 

Floor to soaring ceiling display windows in New York offers up a fantasy world of merchandising done in surprising ways. We take about how ‘paper cuts’ and their aesthetic assemblage create all things great and small in store windows. read more 

ANOTHER ROAD

A recently screened movie inspired a long and adventurous road trip to Mandalay. Colonial history and unexpected nature deepens a writer’s connection to Myanmar. read more 

AWAKENING 

A visit to Koh Samui can go beyond the worship of the sea and sun to learning the practice of loving kindness. It takes just a few days at the Dipabhavan Meditation Centre to be enlightened. read more 

RISING UP 

Bagan always moves in mystical ways when you soar above the countryside in a hot air balloon. Photographer Simon Bond captures the magic at dawn’s early light. read more