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London's Edge Minimalism becomes the Metropolitan, London's latest ode to utilitarian chic. Hotelier and fashion impresario Christina Ong collaborated with United Designers' Keith Hobbs and Linzi Coppick—who styled the interiors of Dublin's Claren...
. . . from TorontoMatthew Modine, actor "I was shooting a film--Tom DiCillo's The Real Blond, with Daryl Hannah and Marlo Thomas. We did one scene at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and I was impressed by the Henry Moore sculptures. Our hotel, the S...
"So, what's new in Bangkok?" I ask my friend Rungsima Kasikranund during a recent visit to Thailand's capital. "Spas, Latin dancing, and coffee bars," she replies offhandedly, as if to preclude any tiresome questions about good places for pad thai...
Asia is filling up with tourists again, and a crop of newly hip hotel bars is welcoming them—and cocktail culture—with fanfare. Here, where to celebrate in style. —Rob Mckeown Aqua Regent Bangkok 155 RAJDAMRI RD., BANGKOK 66-2/251-6127 The Vibe ...
If you think you know Thailand because you've stayed at the Oriental or shopped for handwoven silk at Jim Thompson's, here's a swift kick in the head. It's called muay thai, and in a country that has been packaged as an elegant colonial fantasy, t...
London's Metropolitan Hotel now has a super-sophisticated Asian twin in the heart of Bangkok. An attractive staff in urban black welcomes guests into the Zen lobby, which is lined in acres of Thai makha wood and flooded with light from the second-...
Profession: Fashion Designer Home Base: New York “I appreciate beauty most when i have to look for it,” Derek Lam says. “And that’s what I love about Bangkok. There’s a sensory overload—the buzz of traffic, the intense heat, the utter ...
Don't you just love it when things cost less than they did a year ago?Well then, love this: • A double room at the Bangkok Oriental (800/526-6566) — rated Asia's best hotel by Travel & Leisure readers — cost $264 in late 1996, but $185 in November...
I returned this past monday from a trip to Delhi and Bangkok, organized around the debut of the new South Asia edition of Travel + Leisure—it’s our sixth, after Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Australia, and China. Beginning with the magazine’s launch par...
Thai Airways 791 Economy Class Passenger Christopher R. Cox Aircraft Airbus A340-500 Route New York (JFK) to Bangkok (BKK) Class/Seat No. Economy, 50J Departure Time 11:05 a.m. Check-in/Boarding Check-in was a snap. The economy-class queue w...
Ever wanted to sit in the front row at a runway show?Tour operator Remote Lands has launched customizable trips to Fashion Weeks in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Mumbai, and Delhi. Travelers not only get prime seats, they also go backstage, attend VIP parti...
Happy cab rides are all alike; every unhappy cab ride, however, is unhappy in its own way. In Prague I learned from expensive experience that meters can be set at different rates. The next time, I made sure the driver set the correct rate, but he...
ARUN RESIDENCE The Look Hidden on a small residential street in the Old City, this quaint four-story hotel abuts the Chao Phraya river and offers views of Wat Arun, the 19th-century Temple of the Dawn, from its open lobby. The Scene Diplomats and...
THE PENINSULA VS. THE ORIENTAL The News The Peninsula (www.bangkok-peninsula.com) The old spa packed a big punch, despite its diminutive basement location. On December 1, the hotel opened a sprawling 19,070-square-foot spa building, replete with...
The gateway to Thailand got a sleek, shining makeover last month with the opening of Bangkok’s new Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Designed by Chicago-based Murphy/Jahn Architects, the megaplex-like, glass-and-steel monolith comprises more tha...