Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia September 2019

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia is the regional edition of the world’s biggest—and most trusted—travel magazine brand. Every month, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia inspires its readers to experience stunning adventures; explore cutting-edge hotels, spas, shopping and more; and travel in sensational style, armed with hands-on, up-to-date, accurate and practical travel information. A chic, stylish and authoritative guide for today’s traveler within Asia and beyond, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia is the must-read guide to all that Asia has to offer.

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from city chic to country charm

Sprawling Metro Manila can be an overwhelming place to navigate as a driver, but the Lexus showroom occupies a block in North Bonifacio, a planned citywithin-a-city boasting gleaming hotels and condos, public art installations, upscale bars, trendy restaurants, pocket parks, and walkable sidewalks. I’m picking up a brand-new 2019 Lexus NX300h and our mission is to pilot this hybrid machine into the greenest heart of Laguna Province, and a cluster of water-filled volcanic craters known as the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. The neighborhood’s easily navigated streets make the perfect launching point, and soon I’m headed south on elevated South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Passersby admire the subtly chiseled curves that suggest a muscular agility which, I soon discover, matches the car’s driving character perfectly. The car’s unique spindle grille evokes the…

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1 Charles Dharapak PHOTOGRAPHER “Uni, Deux, Tropical” Page 66 — “It is so easy to get to Phu Quoc from Bangkok, where I live—wonderful since I love Vietnam.” The former White House photographer for AP describes his time at JW Marriott Phu Quoc: “I’d walk past the same spot and would see something that I hadn’t seen previously. The details seemed random but I then realized that designer Bill Bensley was being deliberate. I was a jazz aficionado nodding in enjoyment to a creative artist’s solo. Colors and artifacts contrasted and beautifully clashed, visually popping, telling the story of the fictional university.” Instagram: @charlesdharapak. 2 Aaron Joel Santos PHOTOGRAPHER “A Turn in the South” and “Return to the Roof of the World” Pages 22 and 76 — “I’ve always lusted after those gorgeous Royal Enfields, so a south Thailand…

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on our watch

THE MOST DANGEROUS COUNTRIES FOR SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS were South Africa, Brazil and Russia, followed by Mexico and Iran. In Asia, the least-safe country was India, in ninth place globally, while Malaysia rated poorly when it comes to women walking alone at night. CULLED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, INCLUDING UNITED NATIONS’ SURVEYS, World Health Organization studies and Gallup polls, the survey looks at general safety concerns, such as getting a taxi, but also cultural attitudes and the legal system. THE SAFEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD WERE SPAIN, SINGAPORE AND IRELAND. European nations fared well at this end of the table, with Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal and Croatia following the top three. ASIDE FROM SINGAPORE, Japan, South Korea and Australia rated highly, followed in short order by the Philippines, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.…

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editor’s note

THIS MONTH’S ADVENTURE TRAVEL ISSUE veers off the beaten track in more ways than I ever thought possible. For starters, when we sent digital media editor Veronica Inveen on assignment to Vietnam, it was with a plea of “Be careful.” Her report about demining in what had been a demilitarized zone during the war with America (“Planting for Peace,” page 31), takes on a less sinister tone once it’s apparent that the program involved has visitors planting trees on cleared land, leaving the dangerous task of disposing of ordnance to the experts. Avowed urbanite Grace Ma would be the first to admit that plunging into the nitty gritty of the natural world isn’t exactly what she would consider a normal vacation. Still, this month she ventures to The Andaman in Langkawi…

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no. 1 a new adults-only hotel brings urban-chic to sentosa island.

A fresh addition to Singapore’s offshore playground, The Outpost (; doubles from S$370) offers a modern stay that blends city sensibilities with its tropical vibes. Prioritizing personalization, the black-, white- and metallic-toned property feels cozier than its 193 rooms—perhaps partly because of the peaceful hallways marked by an absence of children under 12. Guests have access to two seaward-facing adults-only pools, including a slick rooftop number that gives off beach-club sophistication. In fact, you’re indoctrinated to the club at check-in, when a bartender shakes up your fresh welcome drink and presents it in a copper pineapple. It’s non-alcoholic, but it’s still super cute. As is the pick-your-own-minibar, offering a bounty of five gourmet snacks and drinks of your choosing, ensuring you get exactly the nosh you want—and reducing food waste.…

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no. 2 the australian school that helps indigenous chefs blossom.

The Australian government has announced it will hold a referendum on whether to formally recognize its Indigenous population in the constitution, but for a few years already a group of the country’s most influential gourmands has been helping to spotlight their talents and fare in the kitchen. The National Indigenous Culinary Institute ( is a training school dedicated to placing apprentices and qualified chefs in some of the country’s best kitchens—and this month four of them are traveling to Ireland to showcase Australian wild ingredients at the Taste of West Cook Food Festival and at their embassy in Dublin, for the first time. It’s apiece with the growing interest in Indigenous cultural tourism across Australia. NICI students and graduates are currently working at various restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne on a…