A Chinatown secret — the Sol Heng Tai Mansion

Discovering the 200-year Sol Heng Tai Mansion was like discovering a hidden treasure. Having walked past at least 20 times without ever noticing it, we were struck with awe at the moment we stepped into its courtyard for the first time. This historical mansion was built before ‘Bangkok’ as we know it even existed. Dating…

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For old times’ sake — Bangkok’s old-style cafes

With metro tiles, bare lightbulbs and – dear god – iced coffees in mason jars being all the rage in Bangkok’s coffee shops these days, these old-style cafes found in Bangkok’s Old Town are a welcome change of scenery. Don’t expect Ethiopian beans, avocado toast or cold brew lattes, but good ‘ol Thai coffee and kaya toast…

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Living the suite life at Bali’s Bisma Eight

Prepare to let go of your carefully planned Bali itinerary, because once you’ve checked in at Ubud’s Bisma Eight it will be nearly impossible to get any outside activities done. It is as if this hotel is meticulously designed to completely mess up sightseeing plans and capture guests for the duration of their stay. We…

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Limalimo Lodge in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

The rugged landscape of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park isn’t exactly the place where you’d expect a state-of-the-art boutique hotel to pop up, yet that is exactly what the fantastic team behind Limalimo Lodge managed to build. We took the hellish 14-hour bus ride from Addis Ababa to the Simien Mountains on our Eastern Africa trip…

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Less is more — TUVE hotel in Hong Kong

Is “depressing, but in a good way” a thing? If it is, then I’d use that to describe my stay at TUVE in Hong Kong’s Tin Hau district. From the moment I opened the heavy, oxidized metal front gate and stepped inside the monolith-like building that houses TUVE,  a sense of gloom fell over me. The result of…

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Halal Heaven — Bangkok’s Muslim Restaurant

I clearly remember my first time at Muslim Restaurant in Bangkok’s Bang Rak district – it was about a year ago, on my usual lunch-break-stroll in the area around my office, that I decided to finally give this place a try. I’ve passed by many times, but as I’ve never been a fan of places…

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How to survive a visit to Chatuchak Market

Let’s face it: the Chatuchak Weekend Market just sucks. It’s unbearably hot, there are a million sweaty tourists slumping around and about 90% of the stalls are filled with useless crap. Luckily, there’s a few stalls and sections that stand out from this cesspool of mediocracy – making the suffering somewhat worth it.

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Labor of love — The Katamama in Bali

Ask us about our favorite hotel in Asia, and chances are high you’ll get “Katamama!” for an answer. It’s not often that you find a hotel where everything just… works. From the custom-made cocktail mugs at the hotel’s Akademi bar to the hand-woven bathrobes made by artisans from Bali’s Blahbatuh village, the obsessive attention to…

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Swahili Dreams — a Guide to Lamu, Kenya

Oh, Lamu… mention its name and we get flashbacks of golden sunsets, swaying palms, whitewashed Swahili villas and bougainvillea-covered terraces. This little island, just off the coast of Kenya, was the absolute highlight of our trip to Kenya, yet it remains surprisingly (and luckily) off the well-trodden tourist trail. Don’t make the same mistake as many…

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