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Constant State Of Bliss

Finding paradise at the adults-only An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay

In Homer’s Odyssey, the Greek hero Odysseus stumbles across the land of the Lotus Eaters, a people so completely at bliss that everyone who sets foot there never wants to […]

By |September 28th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Alice’s Adventures in Phu Quoc

Seaside Wonderland at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay

Eager for her next adventure, Alice found herself on her way to the creamy white sands of Bai Khem (Ice Cream) Beach on the emerald island of Phu Quoc. What Alice would […]

By |September 26th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Island Gem

From prison island to paradise island, Con Dao’s unspoiled terrain makes it one of the world’s top destinations
“Con Dao is an island of heroes, a great historical monument… It will be the property of the people and an invaluable asset […]

By |September 19th, 2018|Destination, Features|0 Comments
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North by North Shore

Idyllic adventures of a castaway on Phu Quoc’s north shore
I am what is known as a late adopter. (Fine. It’s not strictly one of the technology cycles but much preferable to being called a “laggard.“) I didn’t climb aboard the […]

By |September 18th, 2018|Destination, Features|0 Comments
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A Better Way to see Halong Bay

There’s something undeniably magical about Halong Bay. Despite the sometimes off-putting news of trash in the water, long lines of boats doing exactly the same itinerary, and new rules seemingly enacted at whim suddenly closing off the top decks of boats and governing where you can and cannot […]

By |August 2nd, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Starstruck on Phu Quoc

The perfect summer getaway at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc has recently popped up on the travel world’s radar as Vietnam’s next up-and-coming beach destination, with a handful of international chains making their belated appearance. But as the Grand Dame of Phu Quoc, the first 5-star […]

By |July 26th, 2018|Destination, Travel|0 Comments
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Learning to Leather

The art of leatherworking

We make an eclectic bunch, sitting in a sunny D2 café on a Saturday afternoon: a motherly insurance worker, a young French architect, a vivacious quality assurance inspector and a writer. Together, we’re the Etsy version of the Breakfast Club.

What’s brought us here […]

By |July 19th, 2018|Features|0 Comments
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Cuisine of the Soil

A Michelin-star experience at L’Escale By Thierry Drapeau

A shiver of delight struck food lovers in Asia when Michelin released its first restaurant guide to Bangkok just a few months ago. However, in a case of “so close, yet so far”, a Michelin-starred meal for gastro-minded […]

By |July 9th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Eating History

Rewriting the rule book at Caravelle’s Reflections Restaurant

Traditions are great. They create structure and stability, and give us a sense of familiarity and safety. That applies to everything from centuries-old institutions, say the British monarchy, to your favorite restaurant where you can always count on your usual table […]

By |July 2nd, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Ms. Saigon

Taking the traditional Vietnamese silk brocade well into the modern age is Thuy Design House. Dubbed “the woman of brocade,” designer and painter Thuy Nguyen experiments with traditional materials and shapes to arrive at her signature bold and resplendent designs. By reinventing traditional forms of dress such as the ao dai, Thuy liberates […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Fashion|0 Comments