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Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia April 2018

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 TRAVELANDLEISUREASIA.COM(JOHN BARTON)(WEIXIANG LIM.)(ILLUSTRATION BY VIRGINIE BROQUET)10 OF OUR FAVORITE PLACESOur writers, editors and photographers share the trips and memories from the past 10 years that make them want to return again and again.WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT JAKARTA NOWWith a new modern art museum, a bevy of high-end hotels and a burgeoning dining scene, the Indonesian capital beckons.IN HONOR OF ASIA’S GRANDE DAMESEven after decades of raising the bar, our favorite old-world hotels still effortlessly exude class, and offer fascinating history around every corner.LOOKOUTVenture off the beaten path in Japan with these easy day trips from Kyoto and Tokyo; iconic hotel bars worth staying for another drink or two; Bangkok’s oh-so-cool new creative spaces; teeny, tiny hotels across Australia; how to travel the world like a digital nomad;…

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editor’s note

(CHRISTOPHER KUCWAY)Do you ever wonder what’s around the next corner when you’re traveling? If you don’t, you probably should. Taking that extra step, more often that not, uncovers something unexpected and worthwhile, anything from a great little coffee shop to a grand vista stretching in the opposite direction, not to mention a moment in time that you’ll remember years later. Surprise should be a key ingredient in all our travels, whether in our hometown or on the other side of the world. Throughout this month’s issue, we arm ourselves with an added dose of curiosity and revel in the unexpected.In Hong Kong, for example, we head away from Central to Sai Ying Pun (“Go West,” page 26) for a glimpse of that chic, ever-changing neighborhood. Today, microbrews or avo on…

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from my travels

(IRFAN SAMARTDEE)(COURTESY OF THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS QUEEN’S PARK)Everyone knows that Bangkok is a food-lover’s paradise and not just for the variety of Thai cuisine. Still, I was a bit skeptical when it came to visiting a restaurant that blends Korean, Japanese, French, American, Mexican and Peruvian flavors on its menu. But Akira Back at the Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park (bangkokmarriottmarquisqueenspark.com), the newest outpost from the Korean-American chef whose Seoul degustation restaurant just earned him his first Michelin star, masters this global mixing. For an inkling of what to expect here, think tuna pizza—it’s not what you’d probably predict—Wagyu bulgogi tacos and Jeju domi, a Korean sashimi dish infused with orange. ■…

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(COURTESY OF DAVE TACON)1 Dave TaconPHOTOGRAPHER“New Concession”Page 66After six years in Shanghai, the Melburnian says world-class cocktail bars and a serious coffee culture are the big changes on the social scene. Among new hotels, he says, “I love the Drawing Room at The St. Regis for its great natural light. Come summer, W has the best outdoor pool, with an unbeatable skyline view.” His local recommendations for guests of Capella, Jian Ye Li? “Jianguo 328, a small, clean Shanghainese restaurant two blocks west, and Speak Low, a speakeasy on Fuxing Road that recently cracked the top 10 in a World’s Best Bars list. It’s a long walk, but worth it.” Instagram: @davetacon.(COURTESY OF ALLISON SMITH)2 Allison SmithWRITER“Soul Food”Page 28“Fukuoka’s culinary scene is a symbiotic blend of past and present. It’s…

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on our watch

We’re strong advocates of taking a break, but with the release of Expedia’s latest Vacation Deprivation Study it seems many aren’t booking as many days off as deserved. The survey found that Asia-Pacific ranked highest of the holiday-deprived, with full-time workers in South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and Singapore all making the top six. Here are some of the more alarming stats, so—considering we have great beaches, private islands, remote jungles and luxurious resorts on our doorstep—book a flight, leave your desk and read this magazine poolside.81% of South Koreans feel they don’t take enough vacations, the highest number of all countries surveyed.NORWAY is the most content vacation nation—only 38 percent feel like they don’t take enough holidays.THAILAND is the country with the lowest average amount of minimum leave—just…

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A pocket of Coron from above.By @mmarinrz.The Mui Ne sand dunes in Vietnam look like an Arabian desert.By @zaksey.The Chocolate Hills of Bohol in the Philippines.By@charlespcooper.A view of Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchiko.By @charm.wu.SHARE AN INSTAGRAM PHOTO BY USING THE #TLASIA HASHTAG, AND IT MAY BE FEATURED IN AN UPCOMING ISSUE. FOLLOW @TRAVELANDLEISUREASIA ■…