DestinAsian Dec 2020/Jan-Feb 2021

DestinAsian is the only travel magazine in the world exclusively dedicated to covering destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. Published 6 times a year, it delivers regular features about food, shopping, spa retreats, luxury lodgings, design, and fashion, all backed by award-winning writing, photography, and design.

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from the publisher

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.”–Anais Nin So, here we are at the end of what has been an appalling year for the travel industry. I cannot think of anyone who hasn’t had their life turned upside-down by the Covid-19 pandemic. There is, of course, some light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the recent announcements of successful clinical trials for multiple vaccines that have been developed at record speed. We’re especially heartened by AstraZeneca’s commitment to make its own vaccine available to less well-off countries at reasonable prices — and the fact that its long-lasting agents are immensely practical, as they can be stored at temperatures comparable to those found in an ordinary fridge. The road to recovery will naturally be…

riverside rejuvenation

THAILAND Already a powerhouse in the wellness market, Thailand has welcomed another upscale health retreat with the December debut of RAKxa ( Situated on an oxbow bend of the Chao Phraya River at the edge of Bangkok’s urban sprawl, the 32-hectare wellness and medical center is also the first high-end resort for Bang Krachao, a vast, verdant oasis known as the Thai capital’s “green lung.” Deriving its name from the Thai word for “heal,” RAKxa incorporates holistic and traditional healing practices alongside more cutting-edge therapeutic offerings such as infrared saunas, vitamin IV infusions, and a cryotherapy chamber that bathes you in liquid nitrogen at temperatures as low as -140°C. Visits begin with a consultation at an on-site clinic run by VitalLife, a subsidiary of Bumrungrad International Hospital, after which multiday treatment packages…


CALL OF THE WILD It’s not just gemstones and diamonds that make these beautiful pieces sparkle: this is jewelry with a purpose. Following a visit to Shinta Mani Wild in southern Cambodia, Australian jewelry designer Kate McCoy teamed up with the luxury tented camp’s creator, Bill Bensley, to produce a range of limited-edition pendants, earrings, and bracelets that support conservation efforts in the resort’s 350-hectare swath of wilderness. Called Nature’s Treasury (, the 20-piece collection features motifs inspired by the lush surrounds, ethically sourced gems, 18-karat gold, and, more precious still, the assurance that each purchase directly funds the forest rangers who protect this fragile habitat from illegal logging and poaching. VEGGING OUT It’s salad days for Ovolo Hotels (, which announced in October that its eight properties in Hong Kong and Australia…

spirited away

CENTRAL JAVA Sitting cross-legged in a grassy clearing next to a terraced field planted with corn, tobacco, and shallots, I did my best to follow Patrick Vanhoebrouck as he guided me through a series of yogic meditation techniques. A sonorous mantra played on Patrick’s iPhone —Om Brahma astra pasupati, Visnu astra pasupati, Siva astra pasupati. Down at the edge of the field, a group of village kids flew homemade kites high in the morning sky. And beyond the tree line, hidden out of sight now, crouched the distant bulk of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, smack-dab in the middle of the world’s most populous island. We’re on the grounds of Amanjiwo, where Patrick, a Belgian who has spent 15 years in this part of Java, serves as the resort’s resident anthropologist.…

wes world

Wes Anderson fans bemoaning the indefinitely delayed release of the filmmaker’s tenth feature, The French Dispatch, will find some solace in the pages of a new photography book by fellow Anderson-phile Wally Koval. Called Accidentally Wes Anderson (Trapeze;, the 368-page edition is an extension of the popular Instagram account of the same name that Koval and his wife, Amanda, launched in 2017 as a tribute to Anderson’s distinctive, pastel-hued aesthetic. Filled with pops of color, whimsy, and above all, obsessive symmetry, the book brims with photos contributed by more than 180 enthusiasts in 50-plus different countries, each image capturing a real-life setting that could be a still from The Darjeeling Limited or Moonrise Kingdom or The Grand Budapest Hotel. There are lighthouses and church steeples, pink A-frame beach cottages and…

in with the old

SARAN YEN PANYA Thai designer Saran Yen Panya’s oeuvre is an exploration of cultural contrasts. Whether it’s a collaboration with a century-old prayer pillow workshop in Bangkok’s Chinatown to create contemporary takes on metal street-food stools, or designing cheeky patterns for a collection of Benjarong (traditional Thai porcelain) tableware, he matches kitsch with cool, the high-end with the mundane. A recent addition to his repertoire is OMT (short for One More Thing), a textile-driven brand with a showroom in Charoenkrung, Bangkok’s de facto design district. OMT’s first collection, Swear Like Thai Spirit, consists of tote bags and holdalls with kaleidoscopic motifs created with a jacquard weaving technique and inspired by tilework and patterns found around Bangkok’s historic Old Town area ( ALVIN TJITROWIRJO Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of natural rattan, and…