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Café Onion – The Hippest Café To Visit In Seoul

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A Glistening Jewel in Chiang Mai

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Shanghai Art Walk

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The Seongsu area around Seoul Forest has earned the reputation of being the “Brooklyn of Seoul”, with cafes such as Daelim Warehouse, Zagmachi, or.er, Café Cow&Dog being new hangout places for the hip and young Koreans. Café Onion itself which has fast become a popular landmark of the area, is converted from a metal factory. …

Along the Ping river in Chiang Mai, a glistening jewel of a hotel has recently opened, offering a new spin on local design techniques. The Little Shelter hotel was designed by Bangkok-based architecture, interior and landscape design firm Department of Architecture Co., whose design of the fourteen-room hotel is a homage to the traditional housing …

This special designed Art Walk will introduce you to a creative and versatile aspect of Shanghai. Starting your walk in Pudong, at a former coal factory, crossing the river where we head to some hidden galleries, you’ll experience Shanghai’s way of life & work and learn about artists that got inspired by this remarkable city. Contact …

Every textile tells a story if you know what to look for, especially the antique textiles you’ll see in museums and elegant shops throughout Asia and Southeast Asia. Going to local markets, museums, and festivals allows you to truly immerse yourself in the culture. The raw material – cotton, silk, plant fibers or camel hair – tells you where the weaving was done. The colors speak …

Eight years ago, it would have been impossible to find a sophisticated Bangkokian tossing back a shot of ya dong, or Thai herbal moonshine. It costs just 30 cents a pop at shady liquor carts on street corners around the city, found in rows of cookie jars with questionable infusion recipes. While its street version …

It’s easy to love Chiang Mai. Thailand’s ‘second city’ has a small-town vibe, an absolute contrast to the mega-metropolis of Bangkok. It’s littered with golden temples, incredible eateries, and backed by the grand Doi Suthep mountain with its waterfalls, hiking trails, and views over the city. If you’re heading to Thailand and want a break …

The textiles of the Miao and Dong people in this southwestern province of China literally tell of their history and beliefs in pictorial illustrations and symbols. A woman’s marital status and home village can be identified by the color and pattern of the clothing she wears. The Miao are known among textile collectors for their fine embroidery skills, weaving and batik dying.  Since this is …

Hong Kong’s Art Basel is in the news and Setouchi is set for three seasons of contemporary art in the Seto Inland Sea, but what about South Korea? Keen art lovers will know that Gwangju’s Biennale is worth a look, but the country’s capital has plenty of boasting to do when it comes to the …

With some time to kill before catching our train to Lanzhou we went to Dafo Si, Giant Buddha Temple, which has the largest wooden reclining Buddha in Asia. The temple itself is very big and was originally built in the 11th century. The Buddha itself is a sight to behold, although no photos were allowed, …

The first sight on descent into Luang Prabang is the range of hills in which it nestles. If you go in the wet season you’ll see the higher ones, lush with the summer rains, peeking through a fine mist. Welcome to the most forested country in Asia. The second sight is the mighty Mekong, the …