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A Tour of Today's Asia

Asia is to the 21st century what Europe was to the previous three, and its influence touches every aspect of life in the West—culturally, politically, demographically, not least economically. Asian design, cinema, fine art, fashion, cuisine, medicine, and even spirituality have come to permeate and (re)define our own.

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Inspired by: Take the New Grand Tour: Asia — by Peter Jon Lindberg, Published Aug. 2006

Hotels (12)

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    Datai

    This luxury resort fronting a pristine cove was the first to put this Tanjung Rhu's tranquil sand and water on the map.

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    Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

    “They provide an experience that you could miss in an ordinary concrete box,” says designer Bill Bensley of the tents at the Four Seasons Tented Ca

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    Como Shambhala Estate

    Billing itself not as a resort but as a “retreat for change,” this lush private estate employs a small army of life coaches, energy healers, yoga m

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    Hiiragiya Ryokan

    Hiirogiya is among Kyoto’s most illustrious ryokan. Their 33 rooms— featuring lacquered bathrooms with wooden tubs—have hosted the likes of Elizabe

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    Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

    In this legendary 1876 hotel and modern tower, many of the 393 rooms now have floor-to-ceiling windows, with spectacular views of the busy Chao Phr

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    The Peninsula Hong Kong

    Since 1928, this Hong Kong institution has defined the luxury hotel experience, and although certain kinds of travelers (especially lovers of sleek

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    Park Hyatt Tokyo

    Years after its starring role in the hit indie film Lost in Translation, the Park Hyatt Tokyo—housed in the upper floors of a handsome steel Kenzo

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    Amanpuri, Phuket

    Phuket's Amanpuri is the very first Amanresorts property and, perhaps, the loveliest. Guests may book one of 40 rooms or 30 villas and dine in eith

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    Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor

    Carefully restored French colonial retreat features a lap pool inspired by Angkor’s royal baths.

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    St. Regis, Beijing

    Beijing’s toniest hotel became even tonier in 2008, thanks to a $27 million refurbishment. Although the property had already cocooned guests in sum

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    Hotel 1929

    Housed inside five refurbished 1929 shophouses, this retro-inspired Chinatown hotel is decorated with vintage designer furniture from hotelier Loh

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    Costa Lanta

Restaurants (11)

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    Celadon

    Order the banana blossom, chicken, and shrimp salad at this hotel restaurant.

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    Meric

    The traditional Khmer specialties (stir-fried frogs, dried snake) are not to be missed.

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    Foreign Correspondents' Club

    One of the more pleasant places to eat on the Quay is the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), a lovely colonial-style building that is neither a cl

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    Hee Kee Fried Crab Expert

    It doesn’t take much sleuthing to discover the specialty of this Causeway Bay restaurant; the name should be a giveaway to crustacean-seeking diner

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    Li Qun

    A real slice of old Beijing, this atmospheric restaurant is set along one of the city’s quickly disappearing hutongs. The place is perpetually lo... More
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    Kikunoi

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    Isetan

    Isetan is one of Tokyo's most popular department stores and its basement depchicka, or "food hall" (in the tradition of European stores such as Har

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    Ku dé Ta

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    Daiwa Sushi

    One of two sushi restaurants inside the Tsukiji Fish Market, Daiwa is a traditional sushi counter with room for about a dozen sitting elbow-to-elbo

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    Park Houay Mixay

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    The Cupola at Three on the Bund

    When money is no issue, this two-level restaurant perched atop the historic Bund building offers a VIP experience. Having hosted Tom Cruise and Hal

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Activities (36)

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    Jenggala Keramik

    Known for its modern, affordable ceramics.  Pick up stylish tableware at this Bali standout.

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    Warisan

    Designed to resemble a traditional Javanese house, this renowned home furnishings store is located in Kerobokan, about seven miles north of Kuta. M

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    Almeta

    Founded in 1992, Almeta sells high quality silk products from its boutique and showroom in Bangkok. The brand has silk in more than 1,000 colors cr

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    Kit-Ti's

    Pick up a piece of "contemporary ethnic" jewelry at this Bangkok staple.

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    Propaganda

    Browse the ingenious, inspired, and just plain nutty creations proferred at this design store at Bangkok's Emporium shopping center.

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    OckPopTok

    A wonderful textile boutique; owners Joanna Smith and Veomanee Duangdala will ship purchases to the U.S. Pick up the handwoven, natural-dyed textil

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    A-Dong Silk

    Head here for faithful copies of Western styles.

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    Ipa-Nima, Hanoi

    Whimsical, flamboyant handbags.

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    Chang & Biörck

    Check out the Scandinavian-Chinese designs at this Sun City shop.

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    Thaipusam

    At the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam—which takes place in January or February, depending on the year—males demonstrate their faith by piercing

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    National Museum, Phnom Penh

    Don't miss the dazzling array of Khmer relics housed in this Phnom Penh museum.

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    Art Vietnam Gallery

    The gallery showcases the leading edge of contemporary Vietnamese art

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    Shanghai Center Theatre

    The Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe performs here. The show is simultaneously touristy and indescribably brilliant.

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    798

    The cluster of Bauhaus-style factory buildings, dating from the 1950's, have been converted into artists' studios and experimental galleries.

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    Mori Art Museum

    The museum was designed by Richard Gluckman and houses contemporary Japanese art. The shop is worth the 52-story elevator ride for the colorful tex

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