When in Jaipur, get your picture taken

“Hello! Hello! Old Camera!”. We usually bolt in a different direction when a street-side tout starts shouting at us, but upon seeing Mr. Chand and his vintage camera just outside Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal, we knew we’d be in for something good. The camera is a piece of history. Manufactured in Germany in the 1860s, the…

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Colaba coolness — Abode boutique hotel in Mumbai

Finding a charming boutique stay in Mumbai can be a challenge. Sure, you have the Taj, the Oberoi and a plethora of international luxury chains, but small-scale, design-driven boutique hotels are few and far between. A standout is Abode Bombay in the heart of South Mumbai’s bustling Colaba district. Set in a beautiful historical building…

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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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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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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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Wat Pariwat — A cure for temple fatigue

Confession: We don’t recall ever spending more than 20 minutes in one of Thailand’s temples. Despite the sheer beauty and displays of amazing craftsmanship, temple-fatigue sets in quite quickly as, in our humble opinion, so many temples simply look… the same. That was until we discovered Wat Pariwat, a temple along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river…

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Souvenir shopping in Iran (for design-savvy travelers)

Before arriving in Iran, we told ourselves to not bring anything but a small keepsake home. Little did we know that Iran’s mesmerizing bazaars, quirky antique stores, and carpet shops would make this an absolutely impossible promise to keep… This is what we ended up lugging back home: Best places for souvenir shopping in Iran…

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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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