Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia August 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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this month on THE MOST ROMANTIC GETAWAYS TO INSPIRE YOUR NEXT TRIP Bohemian isles, castaway retreats, adults-only hideouts—make it a magical couple’s getaway in one of these lush luxury escapes. DESPERATE FOR TRAVEL? TOUR AN AIRPORT OR BRING A 5-STAR HOTEL TO YOUR HOME Times are weird for the wanderlusting traveler, but hospitality players have never been more innovative. YOUR FIRST FINE-DINING MEAL POST-PANDEMIC SHOULD BE AT THIS NEO-INDIAN RESTAURANT Each dish on their tasting menu is transportive, and also comes straight from their urban garden and upcountry farm. +Lookout Tips for better sleep; 21 questions with our new editor in chief; the best business hotels in the region; the latest travel deals and much more. DOWNLOAD US T+L TABLET EDITIONS Available on iOS, Android, Win 8 and Zinio Desktop Reader. FOLLOW US TWITTER.COM/TRAVLEISUREASIA FACEBOOK.COM/TRAVELLEISUREASIA PINTEREST.COM/TRAVLEISUREASIA INSTAGRAM.COM/TRAVELANDLEISUREASIA KEEP UP WITH US Sign up for our newsletter for…

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1. Blair Christopher GREEN MEANS GO (P. 22) What did you discover about Bali while you had the island to yourself? Trekking Batur volcano alone at sunset on a moody day when the peak was shrouded in cloud was a strange and magical experience. The island has taken a big, deep breath and so exploring and hiking lonely trails—as well as the northeast and northwest coasts and “old Bali”—has brought me peace during these turbulent times. Most interesting personal takeaway from lockdown. Write. I’ve found letter-writing in order to record this moment to be a big learning experience. One day we will all look back on 2020 and realize this was a time of deep social and ecological importance. And see if we made some right decisions. There’s a time capsule of…

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letter from the editor

ON FEBRUARY 29, a friend of mine crossed the water border from Thailand into Burma to sail off-grid into the Mergui Archipelago, where he and four other volunteers planned a three-week conservation project at a five-star resort. Four months and a global pandemic later, he made it out to Yangon and on a repatriation flight back to France. I’ve never spoken to someone so happy to leave paradise. As you might imagine, it’s a weird time to take the wheel of a travel magazine because, well, everything is weird, especially travel. So, I’ve changed things up a bit this month and we’re easing into this issue with a much-needed deep breath, courtesy of an insightful young Rinpoche in Bhutan. We’ve also enlisted a few thoughtful writers to try to make sense…

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inward journeys

Past experiences that have shaped us, new adventures born of isolation—and some Buddhist mantras for every day. This issue we reflect on travel from a different perspective. EARLIER THIS YEAR, as the world came to a grinding halt and citizens around the globe were forced into some form of isolation, one man in the tiny nation of Bhutan embraced the change, retreating for three months into a cave in one of the Kingdom’s peaceful mountain forests. Meet His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche, a fifth reincarnate and head of Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery ( in Trongsa, who assumed responsibility for the temple at 19, and at 30 travels the world imparting Buddhist principles and how they can be applied to everyday living. Barely a week out of his meditation retreat, he shared with us…

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come fly with me

MOST EIGHTIES KIDS I knew grew up riding their bikes through the bush. My experience of that world was short but sweet. I was eight when my family packed up our suburban Canberra existence for the rushing sights and smells of post-war Seoul in the early nineties. And as an “expat brat,” many of my childhood memories were formed in the sky. Flying made me feel safe. The places on either side of the journey were new and strange, but being on planes, and the ritual of coming and going, was a familiar world. My sense of adventure thrived, because I shared the experience of excitement and anticipation within the safety net of my family unit—my one constant. So since air travel came to a grinding halt and the aviation industry…

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filial piety

JUST GO, BE ALERT and do your best, as always,” my mother Tundra used to tell me on the eve of each new journey. It was her way of chasing away bad luck, for my unconventional traveling-and-writing lifestyle gave her both infinite pride and inextinguishable apprehension. Tundra carried the name of a gelid and featureless Arctic region that inspires adventure, but her chilly name didn’t match the warmth of her heart, nor the fact that she never traveled as much as she had wanted. But, in her later years, my efforts to escape the uninspiring reality of Voghera—my small hometown in Lombardy—had given her new reasons to be curious about life. Please understand that in Italy’s ever-conservative mindset, writing for a living means committing a heinous career crime. Still, back in 2007,…