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Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia January 2019

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 DISCOVER THESE UNSPOILED ISLANDS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC Far, far off the beaten path, the Marquesas are for those who crave adventure, seclusion and truly stunning scenery. WHY JAKARTANS ARE FLOCKING TO BANDUNG With a remarkable blend of history, and Art Deco architecture, this Indonesian highlands enclave is well-worth exploring. INTO THE HEART OF ULURU This haunting, crimson Australian landscape, held sacred by the Anangu people, holds an air of mysticism, and offers new reasons to visit. 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 + LOOKOUT The best new openings of 2018; check out the inaugural Bangkok Art Biennale; introducing Melbourne’s newest boutique hotel; why you should go surfing in Siargao…

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1 Leigh Griffiths PHOTOGRAPHER “Enter the Dragon” “Eight years ago on a cliché backpacking trip in Southeast Asia with my mates, Halong Bay was on the list. As cheap bachelors, we took the party boat. We met lots of people, drank lots of Vietnamese whiskey and slept through the morning. On the luxury President Cruises ship, a big contrast was the freedom to choose what to do with my time—kayaking or drinking on a sunbed, for example. The staff were clearly having a good time, which rubbed off on the passengers and helped create a joyful experience… As did watching the giant jellyfish glide by while we sat fishing with bamboo rods.” Instagram: @leighgriffithslens. 2 Rachna Sachasinh WRITER “Reasons to Travel in 2019” and “Paint the Town” “India is a nostalgic place; in many ways it’s lodged…

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on our watch

Selfie Drones The world’s first autonomous flying drone was unveiled last year by Skydio. The auto-piloted drone recognizes your face, body and clothing, so it can follow you around as you film. This year, Skydio is working on updating their technology so the drones can also make un-piloted deliveries. Selfie Check-in Get to your room faster when staying at Grand Park City Hall in Singapore, the flagship is the first of the Park Hotel Group’s properties to install facial recognition technology for immediate check-in when you arrive. Skip the queue, download the hotel’s app, take a quick selfie, and a digital room key will be sent straight to your phone. No Selfie Sticks Allowed Those ubiquitous arm extenders are now banned at many of the world’s most frequented sites. Ditch your stick before you head…

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editor’s note

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE NEW HOTSPOT? As an editor of a travel magazine, I’m asked this more often than the Asian standard, “have you eaten yet?” This year and last, the query has become a doubly tough start to any conversation. I never want to suggest that a particular Hong Kong restaurant I dine in this week is better than the Balinese breakfast place I stopped at last, yet the bigger problem is that there are just so many new hotels and resorts and restaurants and bars opening up around our region, the options really are mind-boggling. If we in Asia were spoiled for choice before, we’re now headed into unchartered territory when it comes to travel. There’s a new, must-see address to check out almost every week. So to kick off…

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now’s the time to book a trip to this long-lost island paradise.

SCATTERED LIKE UNCUT JEWELS across the Andaman Sea off Burma’s southern coast, the 800 islands, atolls and coral reefs of the Mergui Archipelago form one of the least-visited marine destinations on earth. The thickly forested islands, most blissfully uninhabited, are rimmed by crystal beaches and striking rock formations. Stilted fishing villages, shifting settlements of indigenous Moken or “sea gypsy” families, and a few Burmese naval camps occupy only a handful of plots of land. Such isolation means the archipelago harbors a great diversity of flora and fauna, still largely uncatalogued, and some of the finest diving in Asia. Until recently the Burmese government zealously guarded this living treasure, allowing only registered liveaboard boats to cruise through—no overnight stays on the islands allowed. However, since 2011 the government has granted licenses for the…

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hong kong’s heritage hub has become the hottest place to eat and drink.

It opened last year as an arts-and-culture center in Hong Kong’s old Victoria Police Station, but, let’s be honest, the real reason we’ll be heading to heritage-space Tai Kwun ( is for the fare. The spot in Central has now opened 13 of its F&B outlets, and they are as pretty as they are tasty. A trio of upscale outfits by Aqua Restaurant Group are the latest: try regional cuisine at The Chinese Library or a modern British menu at Statement, while lounge bar The Dispensary bridges the two literally and with its East-meets-West line-up. They’re in good company with Behind Bars (a drinkery in the old jail), Aaharn and Old Bailey, with more to come.…