Laos

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Top 10 Hotels Overall: City 1. Park Hyatt, Milan 98.95 2. Stafford London by Kempinski 98.40 3. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest 98.07 4. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi 97.50 5. Milestone Hotel, London 97.39 6. Olissippo Lapa Palace, Lisbo...
Spin a globe, and chances are Matt Lauer has been wherever your finger lands—that’s no surprise, considering he’s logged 248,166 miles on Today’s “Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?” He’s helped transport millions of viewers to far-flung destinatio...
The 1970’s The traveler’s map sure looked different in T+L’s first decade. Future hot spots like Shanghai, Prague, Moscow, and Saigon were still well beyond the pale, but Americans were heading to Burma, to Iran (then booming under the shah), and...
My Other Left I have always gotten lost. My geographic survival instincts are low. I stare at things for way too long with my mouth hanging open, ignoring my father’s Russian advice to “Shut your mouth; a crow will fly in.” As a five-year-old, I ...
Eastern & Oriental Express, train, Southeast Asia
Picture this: You leave the cacophony of Bangkok in the evening, watch the rice paddies and sinuous Mekong River unscroll outside your window, then pull into Vientiane, Laos, for breakfast (after a stop at the ancient Khmer ruins of Phimai, natura...
Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time with people in the travel world, first at the Pure Life Experiences show in Marrakesh and then at ILTM, the International Luxury Travel Market, in Cannes. In fact, I’m on the flight home from France as...
“Consider the dragonfly,” said Nithakhong Somsanith, erstwhile prince of an old lineage in Laos. On a warm day in the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang, the two of us were seated on the wood veranda of a French-colonial villa. Nearby, in one...
Obsessions insinuate themselves in the strangest places. On a late-summer morning in 1991, I stood atop a crumbling riverbank in northern Thailand and gazed at the ruddy, monsoon-swollen Mekong River and the fog that shrouded the far shore. Somewh...
After decades of near-isolation, tiny Laos is emerging like a silk worm from its rigid communist cocoon, thanks in part to the country's complex craft traditions, such as sophisticated weaving and dying techniques. To visit one of the finest fabri...
In a renovated colonial villa on the banks of the Mekong River, six architects are plotting their next move, examining a 10-foot-wide wall map: a meticulously detailed rendering of the city just outside their office door. Icons show the location a...
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 ...
Secluded Scottish Castle By Shane Mitchell Any faraway land gets my blood pumping, but if I desire the pleasure of my husband’s company, the choice narrows to the bonny realm of haggis and heather. Nothing in life gives Bronson, who claims Scott...
In the heyday of the British Empire, young Englishmen of privilege would customarily round off their educations with a lengthy peregrination around the Continent—attending opera in Vienna, roaming the Accademia, sketching the Acropolis. The premis...