Word of Mouth: The Sands of Ko Samui

A quick guide to the major beaches comprising this idyllic Thai island

by Jennifer Miller Any trip to Thailand should include some time spent at one of the country’s incredible beaches, which are known for their magazine-worthy shorelines packing fine white sand, cerulean water and luscious palm trees. Thailand’s beaches are an ideal escape from the heat and bustle of Bangkok, offering quiet havens and cafes cooking fresh Pad Thai just an hour outside of the capital …

Hot Air Ballooning in Myanmar

Spectacular views of 3,000+ ancient temples of Bagan, as seen from the sky

by Tanveer Badal November, 2010 saw the lift of longstanding sanctions and boycotts of Myanmar with the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after 15 years of house arrest, effectively opening a largely unseen and significant portion of southeast Asia to Westerners for the first time in decades. Both historically significant and stunningly beautiful are the 3,000+ 11th century temples found in the …

Maison & Objet Autumn 2013: Asian Designers

Innovation from the East at the Parisian design trade show

The continuous blossoming of Asian designers is both evident and spectacular, especially concerning their contributions to innovation. It’s no surprise that Singapore will host the inaugural Maison & Objet Asia in March 2014, as this year’s Parisian exhibition already offered up a taste of intriguing and forward-thinking designs. From work rooted deeply in traditional craftsmanship to daydreams of a colorful future, here as some selections …