Paradise Peak on Halong Bay, image courtesy of Paradise Cruises

Why You Need (at least) Two Nights on a Halong Bay Cruise

Spending a night on Vietnam’s Halong Bay is on many a travel wish list, but after experiencing it for myself I’ve realized there’s a slight problem with that idea. One night on a Halong Bay cruise may be lovely, but when you finally make it to this natural wonder you should really stay for atRead More

Sunny Wang and her Anantara Emei colleague Snow Li

Sunny Wang, Anantara Emei Resort and Spa PR: Ten Questions

After years of hearing wonderful things about the Anantara Resorts I recently had the chance to experience one for myself. Rather than start at one of their original properties I went to one of their most recent, the Anantara Emei Resort and Spa in Southwest China. It was here that I met Sunny Wang, theRead More

Man Wah restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Doing Hong Kong in Style at the Mandarin Oriental

It starts the moment I step off the plane. There at the end of the walkway I can see a young woman holding a sign with my name underneath the iconic Mandarin Oriental fan. At first I’m confused. I hadn’t requested the optional limo service and was planning to take a taxi to the hotelRead More

Village Hotel Katong, Singapore

Singapore Village Hotels in Katong and Changi

When you go to Singapore it’s easy to head right into the city and base yourself there. But if you want to get to know a different side of Singapore, there’s much to gain from staying in one of the villages within this city-state. On a recent trip I tried out not one but twoRead More

Brett Walker, Village Hotel Katong, Singapore

Brett Walker, Manager Village Hotel Katong: Ten Questions

The Village Hotel Katong is one of the few hotels found in Singapore’s Katong and Joo Chiat area, which is a great place to learn about Peranakan heritage and culture, and enjoy local foods and treats. It’s also part of Far East Hospitality’s Luxe Package which is a five day, four night experience for visitorsRead More

Butterfly Garden, Changi Airport

Changi Airport Singapore: Ten Top Things to Do

Of all of the “I love Changi airport” stories I’ve heard in the past week my favourite comes from my friend Gary. Despite the fact that he lives in Singapore, he confessed “I love Changi so much I checked into the Crowne Plaza when I landed once because I didn’t want to leave the airport.”Read More

Villa Song Boutique Hotel Saigon

Villa Song Saigon Boutique Hotel Review

Recently I read a quote from a life coach who claimed most people spend more time planning their annual holiday than they do plotting their career path. As I was about to scoff at such a ridiculous idea I caught myself. And remembered just how many hours I put into organising my trip to CambodiaRead More

Mekong Cruise at Sunset

Mekong Cruise from Cambodia to Vietnam

There are some who believe cruises are just for old people. Or extremely drunk young people who ain’t looking for nothing but a good time. I used to think that way, and then I did a cruise around the Mediterranean. Followed by another one. Having recently completed my first river cruise down the mighty Mekong,Read More

Boutique Hotel Cambodia

Journeys Within Boutique Hotel Cambodia

One of my first memories of Cambodia, after the heat, and that wonderful tropical smell, is the hotels. The large, imposing, almost Vegas-size hotels that lined the road to the Siem Reap airport as we drove past to find my home for the next few days – the boutique hotel, Journeys Within. In retrospect, itRead More

Angkor Wat Sunrise

Angkor Wat Sunrise

“Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat… Tourist cliche, or worth doing?” Brandon from Journey’s Within smiles before he answers. I’ve only just touched down in Siem Reap and arrived at his boutique hotel but I can’t help asking the big questions. Turns out, it’s a bit of both. As Brandon explains, it’s definitely aRead More