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Thailand is giving out keys to the kingdom. The Thai government recently inaugurated Thailand Elite, a travelers' club with a $25,000 membership fee, open to frequent visitors. Members are granted the privilege of buying property in the country; e...
There’s a big reward waiting when you decide to slow down—you can finally go on those trips you’ve always dreamed of, without having to worry about a too-small allotment of vacation days. Whether you want to explore never-inhabited corners of the ...
The sun is descending over the paddies, casting shadows across the old wooden rice barn and dripping banyan trees. A straw-hatted villager in an indigo smock guides two water buffalo down a muddy path, trailed by three clucking roosters. As daylig...
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 ...
These days, cultural faux pas in Thailand may be met with more than angry looks from the locals. A spate of recent "abuses" of the Buddha's image by foreigners—including its appearance on a line of Victoria's Secret swimwear—has resulted in mounti...
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...
Oregon The mini-bars at Hotel Monaco stock one of Portland’s best beers: Drop Top Amber Ale ($5), made at a partially wind-powered brewery near the waterfront. Doubles from $239. Vermont Set in the countryside, Twin Farms has free snacks that c...
Travel changes everything: it supports communities, restructures economies, protects environments, and preserves our cultural heritage. In 2008, this has never been more certain. As they do every year, T+L’s Global Vision Awards celebrate the peop...
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...
Understated is not a word usually associated with Aussie designer Marc Newson and his glossy creations. But the man behind the luxe-mod interiors of New York’s Lever House Restaurant (390 Park Ave.; 212/888-2700), and the space-age Ikepod watch p...
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...