Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia January 2020

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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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t+l digital

THIS MONTH ON TRAVELANDLEISUREASIA.COM A NEW RESORT IN THE HIMALAYAS IS A HAVEN FOR TEA DRINKERS A new mountain resort in Darjeeling offers an intimate chance to get away from it all, immersed in West Bengal’s tea-making traditions. SIX CRAFT BREWERIES IN ASIA WORTH CHECKING OUT Asia’s craft suds scene keeps getting better. Check out six exciting breweries using local flavors and ingredients to push beer boundaries. THE ABSURD NUMBER OF NEW OPENINGS IN THE MALDIVES Among the freshest fly resorts in the Indian Ocean, a few are doing environmental backflips to keep their aquatic neighbors in the swim. +LOOKOUT Why Taiwanese whisky should be on your radar; a new luxe resort in Sanya, China; discovering Batanes in the Philippines’ verdant north; the latest travel deals and much more. DOWNLOAD US T+L TABLET EDITIONS Available on iOS, Android, Win 8 and…

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1 David Van Driessche PHOTOGRAPHER “Destination Paro” Page 66 “I wanted to immerse in Paro because the main attractions on my Bhutan bucket list are there. I also wanted to visit small monasteries and build friendships with local monks. Sonam Tobgyal Dorji, our guide, is a wonderful person. Without him many of my photos would not have been possible. He got access into monasteries to show their way of life and is the most devout and helpful person I’ve ever met. A true new friend.” Best memory? “Reaching the viewpoint of Tiger’s Nest, or seeing the Bhutanese monks and masked performers—it’s difficult to choose.” Instagram: @davidvandriessche. 2 Joe Cummings WRITER “Destination Paro” Page 66 “I also deeply appreciated our guide, Sonam Tobgyal Dorji, because of his infectious, vigorous joy. Even after more than 50 climbs to Tiger’s Nest, he…

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on our watch

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editor’s note

YOU’D BE HARD PRESSED, at least in my books, to come up with a sexier question than Where are you going on vacation next? Our January suggestions to kick off your year of travels are as diverse as Asia itself. For sheer beauty, the Hunza Valley is rarely surpassed and visiting now is easier than it has been in a while. As host of the Summer Olympics, Tokyo is a headliner in 2020, but rates highly at any time. Everything you could ever think of, and some things you cannot, are found in the Japanese capital. Always-popular Kyoto has seen an influx of new names and diversions to complement its rich historical roots. If you can’t visit this spring, definitely go in autumn. There’s plenty new on the food front, too.…

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where to go 2020

no. 1 The Hunza Valley: Fairy-tale mountain trails The spectacular peaks and glaciers of north Pakistan’s Hunza Valley have fascinated travelers since the 1970s. A road trip along the Karakoram Highway, which crosses Hunza on its way to the Khunjerab Pass and the China border (the highest paved crossing in the world, upwards of 4,700 meters), was on every traveler’s bucket list until 9/11 repercussions threatened the security of the area. This stunning destination is back on the map in 2020 thanks to a stabilized situation in the north and a simplified e-visa procedure ( to encourage more inbound tourism. A great way to see the region at your own speed is via a guided motorbike tour with Karakoram Bikers (; all-inclusive tours from US$2,400, daily rent from US$13), and a stay…

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the big blue

MY BODY IS RIGID. My arms crossed tight to my chest. Muffled expletives gurgle through my snorkel as I yelp at the sight of a four-meter-long grey nurse shark staring me down, angling straight for me. We’re about to face off, but as she nears, she quickly turns a few degrees and skims right past me, her wake causing a ripple of bubbles in the water and a chill of goose bumps on my skin. She’s not the only local I’ve interrupted in the last 10 minutes—I’m floating in the middle of a group of at least 30 nurse sharks off the coast of Dhiggaru Atoll, an hour’s boat ride from Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, who had promised me—multiple times—that this was a safe snorkeling activity. Now, so many sharks above…