Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

September 2020

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 OUR EDITOR LEARNS TO COOK THE PERFECT STEAK Jeninne Lee-St.John dons her monogrammed apron for a lesson on grilling up top-notch steak at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. 9 PERFECT QUARANTINE HIDEOUTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA Some of the region’s best getaways don’t require boarding a plane. Isolate in style with your own luxury villa. HOW TO ENJOY TOKYO LIKE A LOCAL From trendy Tomigaya to scenic Kichijoji, we highlight some lesser-known Tokyo neighborhoods that score top points with locals. Lookout An art lover’s guide to Siem Reap; the top 10 hotel brands in the world; new and dreamy eco-resorts in Bali; and so 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 monthly highlights and offers from T+L Southeast Asia. TANDL.ASIA/NEWSLETTER CONTACT US TLEDITOR@MEDIATRANSASIA.COM…


1. Lauryn Ishak SLOW BOAT TO KOMODO (P. 56) Pre-lockdown, the Singapore-based photographer sailed around Indonesia with several eco- and community-minded guides. “I always enjoy going back and connecting with my former home country every chance I get. I loved my two days on the river in Kalimantan. One specific moment remains a favorite of the trip: a sudden tropical downpour while slowly cruising on the river. It was so peaceful and beautiful.” @laurynishak 2. Aidan Dockery MEALS ON WHEELS (P. 48) The Bangkok resident hopped on a Royal Enfield to eat all the noodle soup up north. “I’ve lived in Thailand for nine years and been keen to visit Nan province for a long time. After travel restrictions were eased, we were looking for open landscapes with low population density, so we got to discover…

letter from the editor

TWENTY-TWENTY HAS BEEN AN adventure for all of us—though not in the way most expected back in January, and certainly not in the way anyone would’ve hoped. But that’s the thing about challenges: hopefully they make us stronger. This issue is dedicated to finding our grit, to rediscovering our passion for exploration, to, far from urban centers, filling our lungs with fresh air and our sight lines with the grace of billions of galaxies. Some adventures follow our food cravings, others, the footsteps of trailblazers from another age. Still others demonstrate how much more edifying our trips can be when we consult true locals, whether that’s black Africans taking more prominent roles in shaping the safari industry or Indonesian tour guides empowering their own communities while protecting their waters and wildlife. While…

dark matters

I’M SLIGHTLY BUZZED on awamori rice spirits, floating belly-up on pink wacky noodles, and spinning around a resort pool under a moonless charcoal sky twinkling with glittering stars. It may sound like a pool party, but it’s actually part of an unusual and very intense Tinnu Floating treatment at the Hoshinoya Resort Taketomi (; doubles from ¥25,200) on Japan’s island of Taketomi. During the 30-minute pool time, floatees like me lose their sense of gravity and “fall” into infinity’s distant galaxies, red dwarves, blue super giants, Subaru (Pleiades), and other celestial objects visible to the naked eye. It’s surreal and slightly nauseating at times, but positively life-changing. I emerge from the pool a night-sky nerd. For two weeks, I’ve been exploring Japan’s coral-ringed Yaeyama Islands, located in the southern extremities of…

the evolving art of dim sum

IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME since rolling carts and loud leng lois were a prerequisite for delicious dim sum. While there’s a lot to love about the authentic, frantic, mom-and-pop-shop ambience, Hong Kong’s fine-diners are where it’s at for innovation. A glance around more upscale establishments in Central reveals nouveau-Cantonese delights not even a pandemic can quash—indeed, the city’s intermittent 6 p.m. dining curfews may even enhance the appeal of this early-day meal. Descend the glamorous staircase of Mott 32 Hong Kong ( and you’re in for a stark contrast to the aforementioned typical dim sum joint. Opulent contemporary interiors by design studio Joyce Wang and decadent, modern dim sum are the name of the game here, with chef Lee Man-Sing, who previously worked at Mandarin Oriental’s Michelin-starred Man Wah, doing…

how to lockdown in luxury

MISSING PISCO SOURS, sunset tunes and lemongrass-scented spa days? A pair of hotel-loving friends has created the perfect remedy. Kissa Castãeda and Alex Seitz have curated Checking In: Bringing The Hotel Home, a collection of hallmark experiences and inspirations from 35 luxury hotels and resorts around the globe. Speaking to designers, mixologists, chefs and CEOs, the book breaks down key touchpoints from every property that you can DIY at home—whip up a bowl of Amanpuri’s crab curry, host a Hoshinoya Kyoto–style tea ceremony, cue up a Desa Potato Head sunset session and even go on virtual safari. All proceeds from the book go to organizations supporting hospitality workers affected by COVID-19. Find out more, make a donation, and download your copy at…