DestinAsian Sep/Nov 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

Twenty years ago this October, DestinAsian launched its first-ever print issue. The dream was to create a world-class travel magazine for and by Asia-based travelers with a global outlook. What a journey it’s been. There have been many ups and downs over the past two decades: DestinAsian was born just weeks after 9/11, and in the subsequent years, we’ve dealt with the effects of calamities both natural and man-made. But the Covid-19 pandemic beats them all by the sheer scale of the disruption to our daily lives and travel habits. Over the summer, I took my first international trip since March 2020. The United States has been welcoming visitors from most countries in Asia and I leapt at the chance to go. I wanted to see firsthand what it was like…

turning the page on pakistan

PAKISTAN It may not be the first place that springs to mind when pondering a holiday, yet for Anam Hussain, a Birmingham-based journalist who was born in Lahore but raised in England, her ancestral homeland is a vastly underrated destination. “Despite its striking natural beauty and rich cultural traditions, Pakistan suffers unfairly from a negative image abroad,” she says. “Admittedly, there are still some areas that are off-limits to visitors, but that is hardly the whole picture. I have been visiting regularly and my experiences have been really quite extraordinary.” To share her passion for the country while challenging the stereotypes attached to it, Hussain has launched Capra Falconeri Traveller (, a wanderlust-inducing magazine dedicated to all things Pakistan. The biannual publication takes its title from the scientific name for the…

a new leaf

Occupying a handsome two-story mansion built a century ago as Chiang Mai’s British Consulate, The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar at the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort has launched a new menu that’s as head-turning as its moody spy-themed decor. Chefs here are cooking up cannabis-infused dishes to showcase the dietary benefits of fresh marijuana leaves (recently decriminalized in Thailand), which have none of the mind-altering effects of the dried buds. Diners will find the ingredient in dipping sauces and a shiitake mushroom soup, flash-fried till crispy to complement battered seabass, and blended with teas and juices to create thirst-quenching drinks. All told, it’s the balance of flavors — not the cannabinoids — that will keep patrons wanting more (…

good samaritaine

A Parisian retail institution for more than a century, Right Bank department store La Samaritaine has emerged from a 16-year redevelopment as Samaritaine Paris Pont-Neuf, reclaiming its place among the French capital’s most sophisticated shopping destinations. Founded in 1870 and now majority-owned by French luxury conglomerate LVMH, the historic landmark (which comprises several buildings) has seen its original art deco and art nouveau elements restored, while a new structure on Rue de Rivoli sports a wavy glass facade by Pritzker Prize–winning Japanese architecture firm Sanaa. Inside, visitors will find four floors dedicated to luxury fashion, jewelry, and watches, a dozen restaurants, and what is billed as Europe’s largest beauty floor; the main building’s glass-roofed atrium, with its grand central staircase, ironwork balustrades, and Belle Époque peacock frescoes, is an attraction…

encounters with ice

Studded with icebergs that calve from one of the fastest moving glaciers on the planet, western Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord has long been a magnet for tourists and climate researchers alike. Now, there’s a new reason to visit this UNESCO World Heritage site: the Ilulissat Icefjord Centre, a boomerang-shaped venue that overlooks the head of its namesake fjord and the frigid waters of Disko Bay beyond. Inside, a multimedia exhibition called “The Story of Ice” provides an immersion into the science, anthropology, and environmental impact of ice, with various artifacts and projections displayed within hand-blown glass “ice prisms.” Elsewhere, an audio installation features the sounds of shifting ice transmitted from research stations across Greenland, while the building’s curving roof doubles as an observation deck where visitors can bask in the otherworldly…

brushing up

Best known as a hotel architect, landscaper, and designer, Bangkok-based Bill Bensley is also a prolific artist, as visitors to the new Bensley Outsider Gallery in central Vietnam will discover. Occupying a pavilion at the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, the breezy space is full of his exuberant, Fauvist-style paintings and prints, which are as appealing to the eye as they are the conscience: a passionate conservationist, Bensley will donate proceeds from each sale to wildlife charities, including those dedicated to combating poaching in Southeast Asia.…