Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia October 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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1 Craig Sauers WRITER “Change is Brewing” Page 40 — “Craft beer in the West has been dominated by bearded white dudes—like me, for example. But the scene in Asia is younger, and evolving alongside our views on gender and culture issues. With their Long Island Iced Beer, Taiwan-based Taihu has done a remarkable job of replicating the flavor (and strength) of the world’s classiest cocktail.” Next on tap? “Spontaneously fermented ales aged in sake barrels, Sichuan peppercorn–laced stouts aged in bourbon barrels, and salty-sour gose infused with indigenous ingredients like yuzu and shekwasha. Basically, funky beers.” Instagram: @cksauers. 2 Stephanie Zubiri WRITER “Pride of Place” Page 70 — “I’d never been to Batanes before this trip but I’ve always wanted to go. It’s known to be this magical place that’s super exotic for Filipinos because of its unique…

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on our watch

SINGAPORE WAS TOP OF THE GLOBAL TABLE WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL SECURITY, followed by Copenhagen, Hong Kong—before the current troubles, no doubt—Tokyo and Wellington. AS FAR AS THE GROWING CONCERN OF DIGITAL SECURITY GOES, the best options were Tokyo, Singapore, Chicago and Washington, D.C., with Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for fifth place. IF HEALTH IS FOREMOST ON YOUR MIND WHEN TRAVELING, the top cities in the world were Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul, with Amsterdam and Stockholm tied in the fourth position.…

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editor’s note

MOST OF US THINK OF BHUTAN as being off the map, and in many ways it still is. Having visited the Himalayan kingdom several times, photographer Lester V. Ledesma ventures further in “The Wild East” (page 80), exploring the east end of the landlocked nation where things are pretty much as they were a century ago, where mobile-phone reception can be as elusive as a yeti. His journey fits perfectly into this month’s theme: dream trips. Even if you’re a beach bum or an urban junkie, the photos here will change your mind. Remote or relaxing, surprising or straightforward, all apply. For an unexpected turn, check out Jeninne Lee-St. John’s journey to Abu Dhabi (“Where the Antelope Play,” page 52). Our deputy editor visits an island wildlife refuge in the emirate—yes,…

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no. 1 the ultimate insider’s guide to local dining.

Finding the best local eats while traveling would be so much easier if you had a direct line to the world’s foremost food experts. The Local Tongue (; @the.localtongue) brings us a step closer to that reality with neighborhood drinking-and-dining guides by top chefs and food critics across five continents. Experts from Japan to Brazil share their favorite hometown haunts, whether mom-and-pop noodle shop, Michelin restaurant or back-alley bar. The section devoted to Asia includes “the best chaat in the universe” according to Times of India food scribe Marryam Reshii; a perambulation through Filipino culinary culture by food journalist Cheryl Tiu; and why chef Mingoo Kang of Michelin two-starred Mingles thinks you should get to the airport early for one last meal in Seoul. The site is the passion project of…

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no. 2 a rustic-chic twist on tibetan hospitality in the sangke grasslands.

At the long, mahogany table next to me, a group of Tibetan monks unwinds, picking the best strips of yak meat from a sizzlinghot platter, the maroon of their robes contrasting against a background of soft, green hills and blue, cloud-patched sky. We’re sitting in the Sky Bar, a wooden cottage with a magical atmosphere that sits atop a tongue-shaped rock, which, I’m told, is sacred to nomadic Tibetans. Floorto- ceiling windows and a wrap-around balcony help guests survey their surrounding kingdom of green meadows, traversed by a slow-flowing stream where wild horses stop and quench their thirst. There is powerful beauty in the Sangke Grasslands, a remote corner of the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Amdo, which marks the northern fringes of ancient Tibet that today are part of Gansu Province…

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no. 3 central’s dazzling new dining hubs.

TAI KWUN Opened for a little more than a year now, Tai Kwun (taikwun. hk) is one of Hong Kong’s largest revitalization projects to date—a buzzing cultural center converted from the old Central Police Station. Considering the high bidding war over prime real estate, the F&B mix here is remarkably well considered. Over at Aaharn (, Thai-food missionary David Thompson dishes up the unadulterated flavors of his adopted homeland, from thrillingly complex curries to fiery relishes best tempered by a tropical cocktail downstairs at Bar at Armoury ( Craving Chinese? Pick a genre. Sample creative Cantonese fare at the mysterious Madame Fu (; visit Old Bailey (, where Jiangnan cuisine is distilled to a core selection of masterfully executed classics; or head to The Chinese Library (, for ageold recipes such…