Coffee culture in Vietnam, image courtesy Hoi An Now

Bean Me Up: Discovering Coffee Culture in Vietnam

… This is a guest post by Mike Zacks from Hoi An Now … With all the motorbike and bicycle tours available in Vietnam, you’ll want to find some way to relax afterwards. This is where coffee comes into play – something that the Vietnamese are rightly famous for. “That was the best coffee we’veRead More

Road leading to one of Phu Quoc’s beaches. image courtesy Motormanner

An Epic Vietnamese Motorcycle Road Trip

… This is a guest post by Laura Knight of Motormanner … Vietnam is a mix of old and new (as is much of Southeast Asia these days). You can travel to almost any part of the country, even random, ramshackle garages that sell petrol out of water bottles, and find perfect, high speed Wi-Fi.Read More

Sunset over the pool at Centara Ceysands Resort, Bentota, Sri Lanka

A Sri Lanka Stay at Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa

As I step out of the airport and into Sri Lankan air for the first time I have one of those moments. One where I realize I’ve never smelt the air in this part of the world before and that I am breathing in a new country. The air is warm and thick, and consideringRead More

When skiing the right travel insurance is a must

Off Piste Travel Insurance Tips for the Japan Ski Season

As someone who would never whip out her passport without knowing her travel insurance is all in order I am aghast when someone tells me they are travelling without it. To me it’s not just about what would happen if my valuables were stolen or about replacing lost luggage, although it sure would be handyRead More

Lobby Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok

Shopping Bangkok’s Pratunam and Sleeping in Centara Watergate Pavillion

When the woman in the first clothing stall seemed overly excited about me trying on a shirt I didn’t get it. “You can try!” she kept telling me with a big smile, and I smiled right back, telling her I was just looking for now but thank you, all the while thinking “well, of courseRead More

Changi Village Hotel Pool

The Best Hotels Close to Changi Airport, Singapore

I’d just had the most incredible plane experience of my life and was getting ready to head to the gate for the second leg of heaven in Singapore Airlines Suites when it happened. Our flight was delayed. Until the morning. It was now around 1am and I couldn’t believe I was facing a night inRead More

Burmese cat in Burmese cat village, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Visiting the Burmese Cat Village at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Sometimes you assume something about the place you’re going to which turns out not to be true. Travelling to Myanmar for the first time I thought that I would see lots of Burmese cats sunning themselves on windowsills or watching the world go by from their various clever cat vantage points. After all, this isRead More

Topiaries at Centara Grand Hua Hin

Feeling Grand at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin

Grand. It’s a word that some hotels use when they really shouldn’t but as I ate breakfast to the sounds of a harp player and looked out at large topiaries in the garden of my beautiful colonial style heritage hotel it’s a word that most definitely fit. In fact that morning I was feeling prettyRead More

Golden Summit Mount Emei China

Anantara Emei, Gateway to the Golden Summit, Sea of Clouds and Panda fun

I have a friend who decided she had to stay in every single Anantara resort and hotel after she fell in love with her first one in Thailand. After her rave reviews I decided the time had come for my own first Anantara experience, and soon found myself facing a very difficult decision.  Which luxuryRead More

Anders Ho Groenholm, Executive Chef Banyan Tree and Angsana Lang Co

Anders Ho Groenholm, Exec Chef Banyan Tree Lang Co: Ten Questions

The organic garden at Banyan Tree Lang Co in Vietnam is home to an array of vegetables and herbs, some rabbits, chickens and goats that children can pet, and the occasional resort guest in an apron. You see it is here that guests can pick fresh ingredients and then learn how to cook some ofRead More