A Taste of Kep-sur-Mer at La Maison de Domi

Known as kep-sur-mer when it hosted French colonists and Khmer elites in the early 20th century, the breezy seaside retreat of Kep was the equivalent of Saint Tropez on the Cambodian Riviera. While most of its stylish summer villas are gone, the spirit of Indochine lives on at La Maison de Domi. Built in 2012 … Read more

“Better than Home” at Samanea Beach Resort

Countless hotels bill themselves as a “home away from home”. But every now and then, you come across one that might be even better than home. Welcome to Samanea Beach Resort, a luxe all-villa property on the tranquil shores of Kep, on Cambodia’s southern coast. Just 30 minutes from the Vietnamese border, Kep was once … Read more

Nurtured by Nature at Alila Villas Koh Russey

Alila Villas Koh Russey isn’t just about the destination, spectacular as it is, a pristine island playground just minutes off Cambodia’s southern coast. It’s equally about the Alila lifestyle, effortlessly chic yet casual, where luxury isn’t defined by the odd perk here and there but rather is a state of being. We touch down at … Read more

The rise of the Cambodian Riviera

A bittersweet memoir of Cambodia’s southern coast Sometimes the idea of something is more real than the reality. Just knowing that beauty and purity exist somewhere in the world is enough to soothe the soul. Like the stained glass majesty of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. The regalness of the world’s most famous princess even when … Read more

Fit for a King

Yu Chu gives comfort Cantonese cuisine a royal makeover Chances are that if you’ve had Chinese food outside of China, it’s been a version of Cantonese cuisine. In the 1800s, a large number of mainly Cantonese immigrants journeyed overseas to work on the railroads in America or to follow the gold rush in Australia. They brought with them their cuisine which combined with local ingredients … Read more

Repast Hoi An

Uncovering Hoi An’s fascinating history through food While Hoi An is firmly on the tourist map for a lot of things—a ridiculously photogenic Old Quarter replete with colorful Insta-ready lanterns and artfully faded walls, an absurd number of tailor shops churning out designer-inspired garments in a day, and a unique mix of architectural influences that recall its history as a bustling medieval port town—what … Read more

The Champa Kingdom

Cham-inspired travel combining culture and comfort Known as intrepid seafarers, the Champa Kingdom developed international trade routes that allowed them to accumulate wealth and political power as well as forge ties with other regional kingdoms and with South Asia and China. Together with the Khmer and Dai Viet kingdoms, a maritime route starting from Thang Long, near the Red River in Vietnam’s north, spread … Read more

Hoi An on a Plate

Spice Viet Restaurant serves up lighter, fresher fare One of the joys of Hoi An is uncovering its surprisingly robust culinary scene. While part of the foodie experience is wandering down alleyways in search of a single-dish food stand that may or may not be open or even uncovering your own hole-in-the-wall find, sometimes you just want to enjoy it all with minimum … Read more

Blueprint to Paradise

Can conservation and tourism co-exist in Coron? We slip into the glassy, emerald waters of one of Asia’s cleanest lakes, our hands feeling our way past smooth underwater boulders. Crystal clear visibility reveals a moonscape beneath the surface of Coron’s Kayangan Lake. Encircled by soaring, vegetation- clad granite cliffs and with no other tourists around, … Read more