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Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia February 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 SRI LANKA’S UNSPOILED SOUTHERN SHORELINE The rugged beauty of this coastline is undeniably compelling. Take a drive to find its new boutique hotels and hidden holes-in-the-wall. CYCLING IN YANGSHUO, LONGJI AND GUILIN The striking karsts and winding rivers of rural China are best explored by bicycle. Don’t worry—there’s amazing sustenance to power you on. SAIGON’S HOTTEST SUBURB Once a sleepy bedroom neighborhood, Thao Dien has evolved into a favorite drinking, dining and hangout spot of the hipster set. LOOKOUT Why Canggu is the it spot in Bali right now; discover some truly awesome street art all over India; Perth is now a culinary capital; how to make the most of your long layover; and much more. travelandleisureasia.com 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…

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1 David Van Driessche PHOTOGRAPHER “Maritime Frontier” Page 80 “I first went to the Mergui Archipelago in 2009. I’ve been back 15 times, and I stayed for a month at Boulder Island Eco-Resort, which has a visionary minimal-footprint policy. The Mergui is nearly as undiscovered and pristine as it was 50 years ago. I love to sail for a week without seeing another tourist. But one thing that has changed is the situation of the Moken, the sea nomads—they now live more in villages than on kabang boats. I get so excited when I see a Moken tribal family on a sea expedition, and I try to get close enough to photograph their way of life, which is very rare today.” Instagram: @davidvandriessche. 2 Jenny Hewett WRITER “Pure Shores” Page 31 “Australian beach culture is not forced…

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on our watch

Penang Celebrated on the 15th night of the New Year (this year, February 19), Chap Goh Meh will see the single ladies of Penang head to the esplanade where the tradition of throwing oranges into the sea aids their wish to find a husband. Sinkawang The Chap Goh Meh ritual is more shocking in this town in West Kalimantan, Indonesia: tatung banishes evil spirits with steel spikes piercing dazed participants’ bodies. Saigon In the first four days of Tet, a book festival in District 1 aims to preserve Vietnam’s ancient reading culture. Singapore During a communal dish of yu sheng (raw fish salad), family members use chopsticks to lo hei (toss up for good fortune). The higher you toss, the more fortuitous your year will be. Hanoi Located on the edge o f West Lake, the vibrant Quang Ba…

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editor’s note

VENTURING BEHIND THE SCENES on any trip is best done, as everyone knows, with the help of a local. Combine this with the goal of uncovering a great place to eat in Tokyo, and you end up with a mouthwatering look at the Japanese capital such as “Behind Closed Doors” (page 26). Through the eyes and lens of photographer Shinsuke Matsukawa, otherwise unknown—at least to gaijin—addresses spring to life along with more than a few unforgettable menus, whether you prefer oden, a traditional seafood hotpot, or a spell in a tempura “speakeasy” with only eight seats. Warning: this humble tale will leave you famished. It’s reminded me to ask Shin about that fresh soba place we went to one night in Tokyo, because I’ll never be able to find it…

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reasons to travel now

no. 1 There’s smoother sailing in Antarctica on board these new vessels. Book now on the cutting-edge ships setting sail in 2019 and beyond. Scenic’s Eclipse debuted last month with two helicopters, a submarine and a team of butlers (scenicusa.com; 12 days from US$15,395). This fall, Aurora Expeditions launches the Greg Mortimer, whose conical bow means a calmer ride across the notorious Drake Passage (auroraexpeditions.com.au; 11 days from US$9,100), and Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen arrives in Antarctica with hybrid engines that can cruise past glaciers in near silence (hurtigruten.com; 15 days from US$10,127). Quark Expeditions christens a new ship in 2020: its Zodiacs rapidlaunch, so you’ll never miss a breaching whale or colony of penguins (quarkexpeditions.com). — JEN SALERNO no. 2 This inspirational underwater tour explores the Indigenous ties to the Great…

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sight unseen in saigon

1. THE CATINAT BUILDING Between Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House, you’ll find the Catinat Building—an evocative, Art-Deco building that once hosted Cochinchina’s leading French entrepreneurs. In more recent times, a wave of Vietnamese millennials has taken over, room by room, transforming this striking heritage site into a five-floor emporium filled with fashion boutiques and quirky cafés. Wander and browse freely after grabbing lunch at Bong Cai Xanh (fb.com/bongcaixanhcafe) or an iced coffee at the kitschy Công Cà Phê (congcaphe.com), literally, “Communist Café.” Entrance at 26 Ly Tu Trong. 2. RED DOOR CAFE Duck through the art arcade at 151 Dong Khoi (never mind the cheap knickknacks and ersatz Klimts), head down the hallway and turn right, then walk up to the third floor to find Red Door, where a discerning…