Category: Asia

Recipe of the week: Grilled tiger prawns with passion fruit sake sauce served with Thai herb rice

Recipe of the week: Grilled tiger prawns with passion fruit sake sauce served with Thai herb rice

The succulent and unique flavour of the Tiger Prawns combined with sweet shallots and sour passion fruit make this dish a sensation for all the senses; the perfect combination of sweet and sour. The dish takes about 20 minutes to create and is a great dish all year round. If you love being creative with […]

Top 10 private island holidays for private jet travellers

Top 10 private island holidays for private jet travellers

Whilst the super wealthy have always dabbled in private island ownership, most travellers are more than happy to simply spend their holidays visiting and enjoying a luxurious private paradise. Indeed, the trend of visiting remote, secluded locations is on the rise as decades of tourism take their toll on the more popular tourist spots and […]

Photograph of the week: Yangshuo sunset

Photograph of the week: Yangshuo sunset

This mesmerising picture was taken in a remote corner of China, a half hour drive from the mountainous town of Yangshuo in Guangxi, a place that is truly far away from the beaten-track. The locals of Yangshuo are welcoming and infectiously cheerful, which is perhaps no surprise given the incredible scenery they wake up, work […]

The ultimate island guide

The ultimate island guide

Think island-living and do you imagine being shipwrecked on a deserted island, Robinson Crusoe style, but perhaps a little less rustic and a little more luxurious living? This can either be your idea of complete paradise or confined torture. But lucky for some there can be more to island living than lying on a perfect […]

5 great places to stay, close to UNESCO World Heritage sites

5 great places to stay, close to UNESCO World Heritage sites

Stay at some of the finest hotels in the world and visit captivating places, recognised by the World Heritage Organization for their natural or cultural importance. Explore the wilderness, uncover historic ruins and discover glorious buildings with captivating architecture – all sources of life and inspiration and all irreplaceable. Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, Saint […]

4 new walking tours in Macau

4 new walking tours in Macau

The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) has unveiled four new fascinating walking tours designed to take visitors off the beaten tourist trail and help them discover lesser known communities, savour local cuisines and discover the city’s culture like never before. Available for free download from the website or from tourist information centres, the four walking […]

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Like a bit of ghoul with your glamour? Or perhaps you prefer your comfort with a side of creepy? Then you’ll love a stay in one of these reputedly haunted properties this Halloween season; luxurious by day, chilling by night… for some potentially spooky surprises, here are our top five suggestions. Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg, […]

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

Photograph of the week: Lebua at State Tower

lebua at State Tower is known for its golden dome with its fantastic view, fine dine cuisine and luxury accommodation. It became especially famous after the launch of the well known film “The Hangover Part II”  and now is a ‘must see, must stop’ destination when visiting Bangkok, Thailand. The image below was taken during Jon Raho’s first […]

Top 3 animal experiences in Koh Samui, Thailand

Top 3 animal experiences in Koh Samui, Thailand

Visiting the exotic isle of Koh Samui in Thailand gives you the chance to enjoy experiences that you can’t elsewhere. The natural beauty of the island is best enjoyed from the comfort of your own private villa rental but whilst you’re out and about you can also get into the thick of it and experience […]

Top 10 luxury hotels in the Maldives

Top 10 luxury hotels in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of those picture-perfect destinations that are completely true to the pictures on the front of the postcards. The extremely high standard of its luxury hotels and the spectacular diving aside, it’s hard to find a destination to rival its display of sharp and intense colour – the iridescent turquoise waters, the […]

10 of the best beaches on the planet

10 of the best beaches on the planet

Whether you are looking for a private patch of perfect sand, the best seaside party or a beach you can even enjoy in the rain, our round-up of the best beaches on the planet has something for everyone. If you know of some great beaches too, then feel free to add them in the comments […]

Suite of the week: Amanoi Ocean Pool Pavilion at Amanoi Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Suite of the week: Amanoi Ocean Pool Pavilion at Amanoi Resort, Nha Trang, Vietnam

Suite name: Amanoi Ocean Pool Pavilion, Amanoi Resort Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam Size of accommodation: Typically 125 sq m (including pool deck and pool areas) Cost per night: £1,005 per room, per night based on 2 sharing including taxes and service charge What makes it special: The resort’s name means peace place in Sanskrit and the suites have been designed […]

The fake city of Paris... in China!

The fake city of Paris… in China!

Do you remember our blog post about the Chinese replica of the Austrian village of Hallstatt? They built a full scale replica of the Apline village in the Guangdong province of China. Well, it doesn’t stop there – the Chinese have also designed replicas of Italian, German, English and French towns. One such place is Tianducheng, […]

The world's best botanical gardens

The world’s best botanical gardens

The world is a beautiful place, filled with a myriad of natural wonders which botanical gardens magnificently display throughout their grounds. From the South African bush to the gardens that inspired some of Claude Monet’s greatest artworks, botanical gardens preserve the best of nature – and are ready to welcome you into their figurative arms. We’ve […]

Day 7 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Day 7 of leg 8 of the Silk Road Trail 2013 – New Delhi #SilkTrail2013

Today was a well-earned rest day and an opportunity to do some sightseeing in Delhi. Unfortunately, it was one of those days that just didn’t go as smoothly as it might. The traffic didn’t help matters and, take note, a number of Delhi attractions are closed on Mondays, but unfortunately our guide didn’t appear to […]

5 must-see sights in Taiwan

5 must-see sights in Taiwan

Probably my favourite of all the islands in Asia, Taiwan is a little known yet fantastic destination, offering a variety of culinary, cultural and visual treats. It’s tough to whittle down the list but after much hand-wringing I have managed to select what I consider to be the five must-see sights on the island: A […]

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