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Bustling Bangkok

The first stop on our backpacking journey through Asia was Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is the capital and is known for its beautiful street life, bustling markets and historic landmarks and temples. My companion and I stayed at the New Siam Palace in Bangkok. This hotel has a pool and a restaurant, as well as many rooms to accommodate guests. The New Siam Palace was right in the heart of Bangkok, near many restaurants and right down the street from the the infamous backpacker street in Bangkok, known as Khaoson Road. Khaoson Road is known for its nightlife and is...

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Backpacking Through Asia

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” My dear friend Danny Giger lived his life by this phrase; to say he always lived every day to its fullest is an understatement. After Danny passed away in December of 2018, our memories of his love for his family and friends, zest for life and sense of adventure inspired my three best girl friends and I to embark on a month-long journey of backpacking through Asia. We began our journey in Bangkok, Thailand, where we rode in “tuk tuks,” or taxi bikes, through the hustle and bustle of...

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7 Asian Destinations to Vacation for Nature Enthusiasts

Asia is home to the most beautiful landscapes, islands, forests, and seas. If you are looking for a nature-based vacation, choosing a destination in Asia will be greatly rewarding. Taking some time away from busy city life and getting in tune with nature outside is great for everyone to experience. Asia has the most breathtaking art created by nature. From Japan to India, there are countless locations that will embody the beauty that we all dream of. Tropics to mountainous landscapes, there are many countries in Asia that are homes to the most extravagant nature spots in the world....

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Futuristic Gardens by the Bay is a Feast for the Senses

You might think you’ve stepped onto another planet at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. The park, a well-known attraction in the city, takes the traditional conservatory concept up more than just a notch or two. With its Supertrees, suspended walkway and ginormous domed glass greenhouses, the place is a horticulture wonderland with a futuristic vibe. The Gardens is a must-see destination for travelers to Singapore. It’s a showpiece of innovation and artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a fresh, new way. This “green jewel” simultaneously entertains while educates visitors about plants from around the world, ranging from species...

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A Quality Afternoon Time in Beijing for the Most Sophisticated Palates

Waldorf Astoria Beijing is collaborating with prestigious Swiss watch and jewelry brand, Chopard, to give guests a romantic and flavorsome treat. Continuing to set standards for stylish sophistication and impeccable service, the hotel is offering “Chopard Jewelry Themed Afternoon Tea” from 1st November 2018 to 28th February 2019. This is a unique celebration of the culinary delights from Waldorf Astoria Beijing and aesthetic excellence from Chopard. Chopard originated in Switzerland. For 158 years, it has continued the spirit of pursuing excellence and innovation. Similarly, Waldorf Astoria Beijing’s talented pastry team bring their common spirit into this new themed afternoon tea, providing guests with quality and...

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Ritz-Carlton Shanghai presents the Michelin Star Explore Journey

The romance of autumn in Shanghai does not exude only from the golden Platanus lining the city’s streets but also from the aspirations for a quality life. This fall, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is extremely happy and proud to be recognized as the #1 hotel in China as well as 12th  Best Hotel in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s 31st annual Reader’s Choice Award in 2018. To celebrate this special moment, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is pleased to have two illustrious guest chefs – Michelin three star Emmanuel Renaut and Michelin two star Marco Sacco, to provide an opportunity for guests to step onto the Michelin Star Explore Journey from France to Italy....

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Niccolo Chongqing launches special fall / winter collaboration afternoon tea with Tory Burch

Niccolo Chongqing is pleased to announce “Happy Times”, a special fall / winter collaboration themed afternoon tea with well-known American lifestyle brand, Tory Burch, at Niccolo’s Tea Lounge from 1st to 31st October 2018. Since its launch on 8 September last year, Niccolo positioned itself as a contemporary chic sky hotel at the fashionable IFS address, becoming a prestigious destination for global travellers and press in the city. The new partnership with Tory Burch aims to bring more sophisticated and modern lifestyle experiences to Chongqing. Named after its “Happy Times” collection, the Tory Burch design team gives botanicals more space,...

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Unique Accommodations in Japan

Where to stay in Japan has become infinitely more interesting recently with a growing range of unique accommodations. From temples steeped in history, to renowned art installations doubling as hotels, the country’s lodging offerings extend much farther than conventional hotels, resorts and even the ubiquitous and wonderful traditional Ryokan inns. Travelers throughout the country can now stay at a selection of unusual overnight alternatives and immerse themselves in Japan’s unparalleled culture, tradition and innovation. Terahaku (Temple Stays) Launched on July 18, 2018, the new Terahaku project (meaning “temple stay”) allows travelers to look for, view and book stays at temples online through a...

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First Ruby Chocolate for Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs, in Hong Kong

Ruby, the fourth chocolate category, becomes available for artisan chocolatiers and chefs. Callebaut Finest Belgian Chocolate ruby ‘RB1’ — the first ruby chocolate produced in Belgium by the Callebaut chocolate makers – will be officially available in Hong Kong this September. To celebrate the launch, RB1 was proudly presented at an exclusive showcase today with illustrious chefs for a handful of chocolatiers in Hong Kong. Ruby RB1: unlearn everything you knew about chocolate Less than a year after it was first revealed in Shanghai, ruby chocolate will become available to chocolatiers and chefs in Hong Kong as ‘RB1’ by Callebaut. RB1 offers them a new platform through which...

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Libre Resorts Opens Libre Resorts Lijiang

Group Libre Hospitality recently announced that Libre Resorts Lijiang, the new hospitality benchmark of China cultural tourism industry, has officially opened. The hotel, invested by Forise Group in concert with Libre Resorts’ world-class team, is the second upscale hotel in Libre Resort’s portfolio, following the opening of Libre Resorts Huangshan. Libre Resorts Lijiang is designed to deliver a Libre-branded “One for All” experience for the whole family, by integrating the hotel stay, dining, playing, relaxing, gathering, and the always available highly-experienced hotel staff, dubbed the “Magic Crew”, into a comprehensive package, creating a unique and fun-filled event to be enjoyed by the whole family. The...

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Journey Over The Pamir Highway & Fabled Frontiers

Tour The Silk Road Less Traveled: Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan are some of the most rugged and beautiful on Earth, soaring upward where the Himalayas, the Tien Shan, and the Hindu Kush all meet. MIR Corporation is offering an adventurous 18-day journey over the Pamir Highway, a breathtaking route in use since the time of the Silk Road. Guests will travel up and over the sheer passes of the majestic Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains on this overland trip through the remote ravines and secluded villages of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Western China. The tour is slated for July 16 – August...

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Growing Segment of Travellers Booking Walking Tours

As leaders in active luxury travel, Butterfield & Robinson covers the globe on two wheels, and biking trips continue to be one of the most immersive and healthiest ways to travel. But the desire to cover more ground (especially with aging travellers) has caused a shift in the trips we offer. With considerable growth in booked walking trips throughout the last few years, B&R has beefed up its portfolio of scheduled, bespoke and Ready-to-Book walking departures around the world – and it’s paying off! Through January and February 2018, B&R has seen a 44 per cent increase in travellers booking trips from...

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