POCKETS FULL OF SUNSHINE

From sunbathing on deserted powdery sands to dancing under a fat moon, Thailand has beaches to suit every holiday dream.

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SNIFFING SUCCESS

A scent ‘architect’, Chalida Kunalai has designed everything from hotel ambience to colours for the blind.

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SUBMERGE YOURSELF IN SONGKRAN

Need a little help navigating Thai New Year? Check out our guide to the wildest water wars plus unique and gentle traditions.

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THAILAND BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT

Contemporary Thai artists are unveiling startling new visions of their country – drawing admiring glances from a global audience.

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THROUGH COLOURS SHINING THROUGH

THROUGH COLOURS SHINING THROUGH  The vast and vibrant diversity of India reaches high tide on one day of the year – welcome to Holi! Words: Sugato Mukherjee Photos: Sugato Mukherjee & Soumya Bandyopadhyay In the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, a few hours...
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STRETCHING TO HISTORY 
CAMBODIA | 8-13 MAR 2020 

Renowned Pilates teacher Leslie Logan is hosting a cultural and fitness experience in Siem Reap this March and August. Read more

TOUCH THE SKY 
KUALA LUMPUR | 19-22 MAR 2020 

The Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has been lighting the skies over Malaysia’s hub of government since 2009, read more

RAUCOUS RITE OF PASSAGE 
CHIANG MAI | 26-30 MAR 2020 

Poy Sang Long, or “Ordaining Beloved Sons” in the Shan language, is a lively festival in which boys aged seven to 14 join the monkhood as novices. Read more

 

JUST A CLICK AWAY 
LAOS | NOW 

The Laos Tourism Board has launched Discover Laos Today to provide tourists with up-to-date travel news, as well as information on off-the-beaten-track options. Read more

BORN TO BE WILD 
PHUKET | 12-14 APR 2020

Each year, the island is shaken by a deep rumble that gets louder until windows are rattling and heads are poking out to see what’s happening. Read more

HAVE A SPLASHING NEW YEAR! 
SOUTHEAST ASIA | 13-17 APR 2020 

People in Buddhist countries all around Southeast Asia mark the traditional New Year more or less the same way – read more

ALL ABOARD FOR HUA HIN!

There’s no better place for a quick, quiet getaway from the bustling capital. Read more

A BOLD BOWL OF FLAVOUR 

Oozing complex flavours, the simple-looking dip known as Nam Phrik is a masterpiece in disguise. Read more

CHILLING WITH THE QUEEN OF FRUITS 

Looking like a purple tennis ball with a funny green hat, the mangosteen has been crowned a foodie favourite alongside King Durian. Read more

GEMS OF DELIGHT 

When the weather gets hot, chill out with a bowl of ice-cold ‘rubies’. Read more

STAYED: HOTEL NIKKO BANGKOK 

A few minutes on foot from Thonglor skytrain station, Hotel Nikko Bangkok offers travellers warmth and comfort in elegant interiors. Read more

STAYED: OCEAN ROCK KALIM 

The pool deck at Ocean Rock Kalim offers a tantalising vista as the Andaman meets the sky on the far horizon. Read more

TRIED: SALAROM SPA AT BAAN HIN SAI

Most of us enjoy an occasional pampering session, and for many visitors to Thailand, one or more visits to the spa sits high on their list of must-dos. Read more

TASTE OF THE RISING SUN 
BANGKOK 

The Salon du Japonisant has hidden its presence well on busy Sukhumvit 39, read more

A FOODIE’S DREAM COME TRUE 
SAMUI 

The delicious flavours of Thai dishes are a major draw for tourists, and cooking classes are often high on the list of their must-do activities. Read more

AGE-LESS THE BEST 
PHUKET

If Anantara Layan’s spectacular location, five-star pampering and lustrous reputation aren’t enough to woo you, read more

STEP BACK IN TIME 
PATTAYA 

Seeking something a little more authentic than the beach or entertainment venues in Pattaya? The head to the Chak Ngaew Old Chinese Market. Read more

MARINATED IN HISTORY 
CHIANG MAI

Stepping into Chiang Mai’s fabulously restored Kiti Panit General Store, visitors find themselves transported back to the 1800s. Read more

MIDNIGHT FEAST 
CHENGDU

Long famed for its pandas and cultural landmarks, Chengdu in Sichuan province has now added sizzling nightlife to the mix. Read more

THE ART OF UNDERSTANDING 
HONG KONG

The swirling seas of cultural and national exchange have swept into the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, read more

TREE FOR ALL 
SINGAPORE 

Singapore’s answer to Central Park now has more than just flowers and trees to feast your eyes on. The new observation deck at Gardens by the Bay offers rare unobstructed views of the city scape. Read more

HISTORY AT HAND 
KUALA LUMPUR 

The Malaysian Chinese Museum brims with all you need to know about the history, culture and heritage of Chinese Malaysians. Read more

COMFORTINGLY CAMBODIAN 
PHNOM PENH 

Inspired by old family recipes passed down from generation to generation, Chef Kethana set out to recreate true Cambodian flavours at her new restaurant. Read more

DREAMY DETOXIFICATION 
SIEM REAP 

Renowned for its tranquil location minutes away from Angkor Wat, the Navutu Dreams Resort is considered one of Siem Reap’s top destinations for wellness and yoga. Read more

HIGH-CONCEPT DINING 
YANGON 

Established in a stunning 1927 heritage building formerly the New Law Courts, Rosewood Yangon offers 205 spacious guestrooms, read more

DEDICATED TO THE GODDESS 
KIM THAI, VIETNAM

Every year, the Phu Giay Festival commemorates Lieu Hanh – the mother goddess of Vietnamese folk religion – read more

WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS 
MUMBAI 

The Indian festival of Holi splashes over the country to mark the end of winter on the first full moon of March. Read more

RIDING THE LONGEST WAVES  
MALDIVES 

Though it’s getting cold in the southern hemisphere, the surf’s rising in the clear waters of the Maldives. Read more