Mughal Magic — The Udaipur City Palace

Call us superficial, but we’d be lying if we’d deny that we put Rajasthan on our ‘to-go’ list mainly because we wanted to shoot a single picture: the blue Queen’s Chambers at the City Palace in Udaipur (header image) – it did not disappoint. Built over the course of 400 years, the Udaipur City Palace…

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The French touch — Scarlette boutique hotel in New Delhi

What is it with the French and their ways of making any space look effortlessly chic? Staying at Scarlette, a small-scale boutique hotel in New Delhi, feels like entering the set of an ELLE Decor or AD shoot, complete with carefully arranged magazine stacks and precisely positioned picture frames, but peppered with a heavy je…

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Contemporary Cool — 28 Kothi in Jaipur

Judging from the pompous palace hotels dotted around Jaipur and its surroundings, the Rajasthani’s know a thing or two about luxury stays. However, the over-the-top combinations of velvet drapes and gilded pillars are not everyone’s cup of chai (it’s certainly not ours), so stumbling upon the newly-opened 28 Kothi brought a huge relief. Set inside…

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Happy Espresso — Bangkok’s oldest barista pours a perfect latte

Finding good coffee in Bangkok’s Chinatown area has always been a challenge. Sure, you have the classic coffee shops serving kaffe boran and roadside carts pouring a cup of overly sweet instant coffee, but a perfect latte seemed hard to come by. That was until the lovely folks at Ba Hao recommended Happy Espresso at…

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Thai Innovative Craft — a contemporary take on traditional techniques

When you combine the techniques of traditional artisans with the direction of some of Bangkok’s most creative minds, magic is bound to happen. Last month, we had the honour of joining SACICT (The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand) and 56thStudio on a visit to local craftsmen and communities in and around Chiang…

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A Villa of Great Pleasure – Villa Mahabhirom in Chiang Mai

Rome wasn’t built in a day – and Villa Mahabhirom is a great example of that. It took three design-savvy friends seven years to build this hidden luxury retreat in one of Chiang Mai’s lesser-visited neighborhoods. In contrast with most luxury hotels in Northern Thailand, you won’t find much Lanna architecture at ’The Villa of…

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Chiang Mai’s quirkiest breakfast — Uncle Neng’s Pa Thong Ko

Deep-fried crullers, also known as pa thong ko (ปาท่องโก๋) in Thai or youtiao (油條) in Chinese are a common sight at streetside food carts all over Asia. Usually served as a breakfast dish alongside hot soy milk or porridge, these crispy yet soft sticks of dough make a perfect morning treat. One crafty vendor in Chiang…

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Understated luxury at Park Hyatt Bangkok

Ever since its long overdue (soft) opening in May 2017, the Park Hyatt Bangkok has been luring us for a stay. It might have been the iconic architecture or the seriously chic brand campaigns of its mothership Central Embassy, but something made us long for a staycation. From the moment we entered the airy lobby it was clear: Hyatt…

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Cheap and Cheerful — Thailand’s Mom & Pop Shop Souvenirs

Cheap, cheerful and a touch of Isaan-chic. These trinkets just scream ‘Thailand’, and make a colorful touch to even the dreariest of interiors (or, you know, you could also use them for their intended purpose). At less than a 100 baht a piece, it’s hard to not pick up a few to bring back home.…

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Where to stay in Bangkok – an insider’s guide

Ever since we made Bangkok our home 5 years ago, we have been asked numerous times: “What is the best area to stay in Bangkok?” With 50 districts and more than 1000 hotels to choose from, deciding on where to stay in Bangkok can be intimidating for first-timers. In this guide, we’re going to do…

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