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Live the French way Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16, Rua do Visconde Paço de Arcos, Macau Book your stay at www.sofitelmacau.com PARIS – LONDON – NEW YORK – BEIJING – BALI – Coming soon: MEXICO CITY

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In this edition, we’ll take you explore the iconic landmarks and destinations around Asia. Taiwan, meet the locally fun travel in Tamsui, along with a must-visit in New Taipei City and indulge in a tasteful sense of fine dining restaurants in Taipei. Malaysia, let’s see the city of Instagrammer’s inspiration in Kuala Lumpur and seek for Melaka, a small fascinating city. Touch the rich cultural experience in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Fly to Sendai with Thai Airways, revel in a snowfall and be one of the winds of winter!

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More stories to surprise our beloved reader, this edition has something very special; we’re glad to tell you that NOW Travel Asia Awards event, has come full circle to announce the winners, with the new concept, 2019-2020 NOW Travel Asia Awards Gala Ceremony “Ultra Luxury.” In this time, we host the event at Fullon Hotel Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, Taiwan. And importantly, the winners of each best hospitality in Asia’s travel industry now appear on faces! So, let’s get your adrenaline fix in an exciting travel. Maybe you’ve done reading, you would already have drawn your journey in mind!

Kanapot Sitthiwong Editor-in-Chief editor.nowtravelasia@gmail.com

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Latest news & Updates for what’s going on in Asia’s travel industry.

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GUIDE TO SERENITY Tamsui

The serenity escape from city bustling New Taipei City

Let's get along with a mustvisit in New Taipei City Taipei

Let’s meet epicurean fine dining destinations in Taipei

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TRAVEL IN SEASON Sendai

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The land of marvelous and inspiring snowfall

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DESTINATION Phnom Penh

Home of rich Cambodia’s cultural tradition.

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Let’s have a small talk with Mr. Michael Parker, MD of Rosewood Phnom Penh. DESTINATION Kuala Lumpur

The scene of iconic bustling city in the heart of Malaysia Melaka

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Life’s little luxuries

From villas with infinity pools to relexing spa treatments, they are all here at the

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay

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or most of us, the point of travelling is to get away from everyday life. What’s even better? When you get to enjoy an indulgent, pampering lifestyle that is worlds apart from the life you know. At Wyndham Grand, we believe travel is the best way to enjoy a taste of the grand things in life. We want you to value each moment of your time with us. Whether relaxing in bed or splashing around in your private pool, our goal is to transform ordinary experiences into unforgettable memories. Everything we do enables you to escape the everyday, and embrace the extraordinary. This is where the Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay comes in. For starters, the resort is only 10 minutes from the popular Patong Beach and Jungceylon shopping mall, and there are regular free shuttle services. But you won’t be aware of the close proximity to town because the resort is housed on a clifftop with unobstructed views of the sea, meaning you’ll wake up to idyllic ocean views and fall asleep at night to the soothing sound of lapping waves. But you’ll be in for an even bigger treat if you book one of the suites or villas… they come with their own outdoor deck with lounges and – wait for it – a private infinity pool.

The ultimate breakfast Forget breakfast in bed – enjoy a floating breakfast in your own pool! A service exclusive to suite and villa residents. If you want to get out of your residence, you can dine in style at Latitude 98 where there’s Thai and Italian mouth watering dishes and on Saturdays has the buffet with several live cooking stations or enjoy a Thai cooking class. Alternatively Infiniti Lobby Bar offers Thai Tapas indulge in Mediterranean favourites at Thabtim Cafe’ and our The Deck Pool Side Bar offers snacks and refreshing floating Flamingo cocktail.

Maximum pampering Book the Energising Package at Zana Spa. This top-to-toe treatment begins with a herbal foot ritual. Next, you enjoy a Himalayan salt scrub and energising bath, followed by a deep tension relief massage. The spa also has treatment rooms equipped with Jacuzzi baths or Vichy showers, said to boost circulation. Then, head back to your posh villa and lap up the stunning ocean views from your plush king-sized bed. Life is good.

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MATTA strengthens role in Penang MATTA, the full name of “Malaysia Association of Tour and Travel Agents”, currently has 12 workplaces in Malaysia and organize a collection of journey festivals for both outbound and inbound travel companies. And Now, it has a latest move to open a brand-new department on the popular island, Penang, for 179 company members.

ACCOR PLANS TO LAUNCH 13 IBIS BUDGET HOTELS IN SINGAPORE In accordance with the deal between Hospitality group Accor and Global Premium Hotels, Accor concludes a plan to launch new hospitality of 13 ibis budget hotels in Singapore (Rebranded from existing Fragrance hotels), bringing all inventory to 7,625 rooms across 30 hotels. The company also provides 3,357 rooms in the luxury and additional space, 1,840 in midscale and a further 2,428 in economy. Moreover, the renovation plan, it aims to become the largest hotel operator in Singapore by rebranding into one Mercure and one ibis Styles hotel by mid-2020 as well.

Chiva-Som’s fundraising gala dinner for a mangrove preservation project Chiva-Som International Health Resort is now hosting an event “Wellness Chiva-Som International Gala Dinner” for the crowdfunding to a mangrove preservation and environmental wellness project to protect Hua Hin’s last remaining mangrove forest. Chef Sinchai Srivipa, Chiva-Som’s executive, and Michelin star chef Dan Bark will collaborate to perform an eight-course wellness-inspired cuisine dinner, and with a fine range of four wine parings and wellness drinks. The event will be held on 1 December 2019 at the resort.

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VIETNAM AIRLINES OFFERS IN-FLIGHT WIFI This is the first time who travels with Vietnam Airline will be able to connect to the internet via WIFI accessibility on several flights. This can be called another innovative step for the flag carrier towards embedding digital technology in its provided service. Which WIFI service can be experienced on Airbus A350 on routes between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai and Osaka; and between Ho Chi Minh City and Osaka and Singapore. This service is available from October 2019 to the end of December 2019.


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DUBAI OFFERS INSTANT VAT REFUNDS FOR CHINESE TRAVELERS VIA WECHAT

MMPRC PLANS TO BRING MICE ON MALDIVES RADAR Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) has revealed its efforts to enter MICE (Meetings, Incentive Travel, and Conventions) cultural and sports tourism. MMPRC had aimed at hosting five roadshows in 13 markets in Maldives, plus 12 joint promotion programs by working with MICE for the strategies. And with two global campaigns and several foreign media trips have been conducted with great success.

Myanmar expands visaon-arrival list Several countries are added in its visa-on-arrival list of Myanmar as its tourism appeal worldwide. Six countries for a visa-on-arrival list: Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland, will be effective from October 2019. May Myat Mon Win, chairperson of Myanmar Tourism Marketing, demonstrated that with these new regulation to ease access to Myanmar will bring more traveler from the globe to discover and have fun with our rich and beautiful culture, nature and friendliness from people.

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Chinses traveler can now enjoy and benefit from instant VAT refund capabilities at Dubai Airports via “We Tax Refund� on WeChat app. The tax refunds will be received in Chinese RMB currency, and a notification will be shown once the refund has been issued. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism stated, this support key would allow the city to increase our portfolio of critical touchpoints. According to the policy, it has 12% growth of Chinese travelers (650,000 Chinese travelers) within the first eight months of the year.


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NEWS NOW CHINESE OUTBOUND TRAVELER’S EXPENDITURE REACHES TOPS USD 127.5 BILLION According to the tourism report from the Balance of Payments Report released by China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange in the first half of 2019, revealed that Chinese traveler spent a total of amount of USD 127.5 billion on outbound destination in the first half of 2019. 54% of Chinese outbound travelers was spent in Asia, 24% and 13% in America and Europe orderly. Moreover, the most common and frequent payment was on online mobile and seem to increase continually in number.

Oakwood’s warmhearted hospitality now lands in Hanoi Oakwood officially opened new b ra n c h i n n a m e , “Oa k wo o d Residence Hanoi.” Located in Vietnam’s capital city, which aims the property for travelers both business and leisure. “Relax in peace when you need it”, Oakwood Residence Hanoi offers that value to the guest as well as a sense of belonging in the bustling city. Humayoon Shaikhzadeh, general manager of Oakwood Residence Hanoi shared, “Heartfelt service is at the center of what we do, and we aim to make a difference for our guests when they stay with us.”

BEST WESTERN ARRIVES IN WONDERFUL KYOTO. Best Western Hotels & Resorts schedules to debut a new hospitality in Kyoto, Japan’s imperial capital and cultural heart, following the signing of an exquisite new hotel that will also mark the Japanese launch of the BW Signature Collection. The hotel design will be drawn by the charming Kyoto, a low-rise style with wooden façade. This wouldn’t have happened if without collaborating on two other hotels in Japan: Best Western Hotel Takayama and The Hotel Nagasaki, BW Premier Collection.

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Enthusiastically start the applause for the golden time with great pleasure, there is nothing more gratifying than this moment, 20192020 NOW Travel Asia Awards Gala Ceremony “Ultra Luxury”, to announce the winners crowned best of the best in 22 categories of the best hospitalities: hotels, airlines, restaurants, spas, chefs and more in Asia’s travel industry. After collecting all valued votes from our 750,00 online readers across Asia-Pacific. This year, 2019-2020 NOW Travel Asia Awards Gala Ceremony “Ultra Luxury”, officially holds the spectacular milestone on 15 November 2019, in Taiwan, at Fullon Hotel Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf Let’s meet the new luxury step of best hospitality in Asia’s travel industry, with us, NOW Travel Asia.

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THE WINNERS 2019-2020

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ASIA AWARDS

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ASIA’S TOP BEACH HOTELS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Fusion Maia Da Nang, Vietnam Rayavadee Resort Krabi, Thailand New Star Beach Resort, Thailand Atmosphere Kanifushi, Maldives The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Indonesia Atmosphere Kanifushi, Maldives

New Star Beach Resort, Thailand

Rayavadee Resort Krabi, Thailand Fusion Maia Da Nang, Vietnam

The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Indonesia

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ASIA’S TOP FAMILY HOTELS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Resorts World Sentosa Festive Hote, Singapore Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, Thailand Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Thailand Fullon Hotel Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, Taiwan Club Med Guilin, China

Royal Cliff Grand Hotel Live by unforgettable experience between the city and ocean. A stylish architectural wonder, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel provides your bespoke need meet the true relaxation of the life aside the ocean, sea-facing balconies with the stunning sea scene. Additionally, from the facilities to every section, the guests, at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel, would have the luxury of other privileges and exclusive services as they please.

Resorts World Sentosa - Festive Hotel, Singapore

Club Med Guilin, China

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Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort Hotel, Thailand Thoroughly enjoy a weekend escape or Sunday family and find the pleasant surprise at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort Hotel, where the magnificent beach resort and a largest lagoon pool are offered. Another fabulous zone of the resort is the kids club, several fun activities for the kid to enjoy all day long. It reckons on a vast property which will impress your satisfaction, your family or friend at its best wonderful service.

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ASIA'S TOP SPA HOTELS & RESORTS 1. 2.

3. 4. 5.

Sofitel Macau Macau The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Thailand HOTEL DES ARTS SAIGON MGALLERY, Vietnam Sibsan Resort & Spa Maetaeng, Thailand ONE FARRER HOTEL, Singapore

Sofitel Macau Revel in the luxury French in the world’s most iconic city. Sofitel Macau is located in the central city of the charming historical quarter, it can be reached just a short walk from St.Paul’s Ruins and A-Ma temple, which is so easy to access to other major attractions of arrival for travelers. Sofitel Macau offers a wide range of relaxation, such as restaurant, spa, bar, and recreational facilities, to assure you will be happy as much as you please during your stay. HOTEL DES ARTS SAIGON - MGALLERY, Vietnam

Sibsan Resort & Spa Maetaeng, Thailand

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ASIA'S TOP LEISURE HOTELS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

S31 Sukhumvit Hotel, Thailand Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin, Thailand The Parisian Macao, Macau Four Seasons Hotel GUANGZHOU, China Conrad Macao, Cotai Central, Macau

Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin Enjoy your leisure holiday with those spectacular range of fun activities at Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin. The first branch’s Holiday Inn brand in Asia where provides the water park for travelers in the resort, with 19 fun heart-beating playthings! Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin, it’s truly one of ideal resorts that sets on the top leisure destination for people who wish for the ultimate holiday!

S31 Sukhumvit Hotel Touch the exciting vibrancy in the heart of Bangkok with the luxurious accommodation offerings from S31 Sukhumvit Hotel. Satisfy your expectation with the guest exceptional service, artfully decorated facilities, and an array of modern rooms and suites which was designed in minimalist tastes. A fitness center, spa and heated sauna, jacuzzi comprised of outdoor swimming pool will be hold your joy all day long. 30 NOWTR AVELAS IA.C O M N O VEM BER -D EC EM BER 2 0 1 9


The Parisian Macao Sense all inspiring Paris and become one of them at The Parisian Macao, the hotel landmark where was designated as Eiffel of Macau. The entire design and property took the magnificent design of Paris as much as every angle, incorporating artistic, leisure, romantic elements from French palaces and Parisian landmark, which all essence of French, it’s absolutely guaranteed to delight and charm the guest who enters.

Four Seasons Hotel GUANGZHOU, China

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ASIA’S TOP EMERGING HOTELS Utopia Naiharn, Thailand

Utopia Naiharn The wonderful and luxury property for modern living, the branch of Utopia brand. Now, it launched a brand new with the best hospitality in Phuket. 5-starred quality in service and decoration. Private swimming pool, private parking an outstanding relaxation with its luxury of the villa offerings as the best property to satisfy your anticipation, “once come, next repeat”. Convenient access to beaches and a serene lake, numerous shopping locations and premium restaurant, in the immediate vicinity.

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ASIA'S TOP FINE DINING RESTAURANTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Acqua Restaurant Phuket A certainly one of the most notable fine dining venues with clean lines, a futuristic design and the great scene overlooking Andaman Sea. Explore fine Italian dishes with the deepest passion of Alessandro, Chef who creates the wonderful menu and the owner of the restaurant, amidst imaginative lighting, there is nowhere comparable with vibrant atmosphere more so than this.

Mix Restaurant & Bar, Thailand

Mix Restaurant & Bar, Thailand Acqua Restaurant Phuket, Thailand Mume, Taiwan RAW, Taiwan Tin Lung Heen, Hong Kong

ASIA'S TOP CHEFS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Alessandro Frau Vicky Lau Paul Pairet Hiroyasu Kawate Vick Chung

Alessandro Frau

Hiroyasu Kawate

Mume, Taiwan

Tin Lung Heen, Hong Kong

Paul Pairet

Vicky Lau

Vick Chung

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ASIA’S TOP HERITAGE HOTELS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Fairmont Peace Hotel, China Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand Raffles Singapore, Singapore EASTERN & ORIENTAL HOTEL, Malaysia Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

Raffles Singapore, Singapore

Fairmont Peace Hotel, China

EASTERN & ORIENTAL HOTEL, Malaysia

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ASIA'S TOP WELLNESS SPAS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Chann Wellness Spa, Thailand THE BARAI HUA HIN, Thailand The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Oasis Spa, Thailand So Spa – Sofitel Macau, Macau

Chann Wellness Spa Indulge your whole body and soul in the haven of relaxation with the service over 30-year experience for being the professional spa, in the tranquil garden setting. Ultimate relaxation will treat you, by the highly trained therapists, only the finest botanical ingredients, to complete harmony between the human sense and Mother Nature. Guaranteed that you’ll return home with the best relaxed feeling.

So Spa – Sofitel Macau, Macau

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Oasis Spa, Thailand

THE BARAI HUA HIN Enter the relaxation destination where was created as a true temple of sanctuary, retrieve the meaningful beauty and purpose from ancient Khmer Aquifers. THE BARAI HUA HIN is a captivating escape from the frenetic outside world. Be pleasure in a place of calm and serenity and embark on a personal wellness journey, this deeply healing environment fully offers a holistic approach that treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit at its extremely maximum scale. N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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ASIA'S TOP AIRPORTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Beijing Capital Airport Hamad International Airport Incheon International Airport Singapore Changi Airport Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Beijing Capital Airport

Hamad International Airport

Incheon International Airport

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

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ASIA-PACIFIC'S MOST OUTSTANDING AIRLINES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

EVA Air Thai Airways International Oman Air China Southern Airlines Emirates Airline

Emirates Airline

Thai Airways International

China Southern Airlines

Oman Air

ASIA'S TOP BUDGET AIRLINES 1. 2. 3. 4.

Thai Lion Air Thai Airasia Tigerair Vietjet Air

Thai Lion Air

Thai Airasia

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ASIA'S TOP DESIGN HOTELS 1. 2. 3.

4. 5.

Hotel EClat Beijing, China Mira Moon, Hong Kong VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery Hotel Collection, Thailand W Taipei, Taiwan G Hotel Gurney, Malaysia

Hotel EClat Beijing, China

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VIE Hotel Bangkok, MGallery Hotel Collection, Thailand

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ASIA'S TOP ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEXES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam

The Venetian Macao, Macau The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Galaxy Macau, Macau Legoland Malaysia Resort, Malaysia

The Grand Ho Tram Strip The Grand Ho Tram Strip, the first luxury integrated resort, reigned by tropical sunshine and beach where you can hear its peaceful voice from the ocean whisperer, it’s considered as the paradise in real life. On the beach, there is a wide range of leisure sea activities to enjoy. The Grand Ho Tram Strip is the perfect mix of exciting day life comprised of spectacular nightlife. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Galaxy Macau, Macau

Legoland Malaysia Resort, Malaysia

The Venetian Macao The Venetian Macao, the most premium luxury integrated hotel and the center of entertainment complex in Macau, is modeled on its sister property in Las Vegas and Venice. At The Venetian Macao, revel in the magnificent room with eye-opening sight, update the latest fashion in worldclass shopping, discover the best fine dining restaurant and enjoy an array of recreational entertainments.

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ASIA'S TOP VILLA RESORTS 1. 2. 3.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia Alila Villas Uluwatu, Indonesia Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa, Philippines

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Indonesia

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort and Spa, Philippines

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ASIA'S TOP HOTEL CHAINS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Paxton Vacances Hotel Management Group Dusit International Fullon Hotels & Resorts Best Western Hotels & Resorts Rhombus Group

Paxton Vacances Hotel Management Group

Fullon Hotels & Resorts

Dusit International

Rhombus Group

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ASIA'S TOP BUSINESS HOTELS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Conrad Hong Kong, Hong Kong Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel,Taipei, Taiwan SWISSOTEL BANGKOK RATCHADA, Thailand Kempinski Hotel Chengdu, China THE PENINSULA TOKYO, Japan

Conrad Hong Kong, Hong Kong

ShangriLa's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel,Taipe, Taiwan

Kempinski Hotel Chengdu

THE PENINSULA TOKYO, Japan

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ASIA'S TOP WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS HOTELS & RESORTS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay Leave ordinary behind, for ultimate comfort and relaxation, at Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, a modern grand resort in beautiful Phuket, provides a paradise escape on property location of the sea for honeymooner or asking someone to make a promising proposal! The luxury venue features a spacious event area and abundant garden, or enjoy only the gentle sounds of peaceful waves rolling into shore.

Bvlgari Resort Bali, Indonesia

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, Thailand Pimalai Resort and Spa, Thailand Conrad Bali, Indonesia W Maldives, Maldives Bvlgari Resort Bali, Indonesia

W Maldives, Maldives

Conrad Bali, Indonesia

Pimalai Resort and Spa Feel the first time you fell in love with each other again at Pimalai Resort and Spa, a 5-starred luxury resort, “because something as beautiful as love deserves to be celebrated amidst astounding beauty.” Let’s discover the romantic holiday on tropical Koh Lanta, and find your perfect wedding and honeymoon as you please as heaven, all service, venue and setting will give you the most satisfaction. N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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ASIA'S TOP BOUTIQUE HOTELS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Luxehills Maison Albar Hotel Chengdu, China Dream Hotel Bangkok, Thailand Kundala Beach Resort Hua Hin, Thailand The Edison George Town, Penang, Malaysia Luang Say Residence, Laos

Luxehills Maison Albar Hotel Chengdu

The Edison George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Kundala Beach Resort Hua Hin One of the best resorts in Thailand to chill out and get the full exploration of the ocean scenery. Dip yourself in the hot Onsen pool and let your heart follow the serenity in the tropical garden in an exceptionally relaxing atmosphere. Let’s enjoy simple on stuning beachfront garden while dining under the stars with the soft sound of the waves coming ashore. Everything that provides to the guest is second to none, and exclusive retreat unlike anywhere else!

Luang Say Residence, Laos

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Guide to Serenity

Taiwan TAMSUI

THE CITY BREAK ESCAPES

DON’T MISS

an evening sunset is the best scene which draws several visitors come to Tamsui.

Even as a development widely booms in the world of civilization, but there is a place where you can escape from the hustle and bustle city life. Tamsui, the enchanting land of nature, city and seaside atmosphere are combined. Your sense will perceive while you’re here as a time skip!

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Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf

The popular scenic landmark of Tamsui where you can sense all details of joy between sea and city. It was originally a small fishing port, and took not too much long time to become a place of multifunctional leisure, which people know very well in its beauty of spectacular sunset, delicious fresh seafood, several riverside eateries, hotels and the fun party boat! There is no need to think that much If your travel itinerary is pinned on Tamsui, then this one is must drop-off point! Address: Guanhai Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Tamsui lover's bridge

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Take a short stroll from Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf, you’ll arrive here just a minute. The famous 194-meter-tall lover’s bridge, a beautiful walking bridge with romantic ambience that draws couples from Taiwan and oversea visitor to have their honeymoon time. The skyline looks very promising; you should try to take the stroll with your loved one along

the curbside way of the bridge. And when the evening gradually falls into the night while the stunning gradation of colors in the sky puts a final touch to an unforgettable time in Tamsui. And then once it gets dark, this bridge will be dancing, by a multi-colored illumination. Address: 199, Guanhai Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan


WUJI TIANYUAN TEMPLE Wuji Tianyuan Temple, the temple of heaven and the heavenly romantic sightseeing of sweet pink Sakura. You can name this temple as the temple of Chery Blossoms as well. The temple has recently become a popular tourist attraction, so the visitor traffic is quite moderate and if you’ve come up with some efforts and patience, it’s absolutely possible to take the shot without being photobombed by other visitors! Besides of that, let’s take some flights of stairs up the temple to appreciate that peaceful and magnificent view of the eyecatching surroundings from the top, and pray for the good luck comes in life by following the Taiwanese tradition. Address: 36, Section 3, Beixin Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan

THE LOVELY TIME: The cherry blossom is dancing in the wind only in Spring, which is between January – March (it ends April sometimes.)

Fort Santo Domingo Let’s step back in time with Fort Santo Domingo. Fort Santo Domingo was built to refer the victory of Spanish occupation, its own name “Hong Mao Chen”, which means “Red Hair Fortress.” This was constructed and designed with majestic red bricks and features verandas as well as a four-sided steep roof, providing a warm and delicate atmosphere. Additionally, if you pay more

attention, you’ll see the great combination of Dutch and British architecture that has painted the green hill and environs with exceptional balanced detail. Address: Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan Opening Hours: every day 9.30 am. – 5.00 pm.

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YANGMINGSHAN NATIONAL PARK Embrace and discover the nature. Quiet and peaceful with plenty of the green surroundings from the high mountain to the landscape. There are many living endemic species you can catch a glimpse.

Tamsui Art Gallery Tamsui Art Gallery is plugged as the new cultural hub in Tamsui, where several visitors both Taiwanese and foreigner are straightforwardly drawn by its eye-catching and wondrous appearance. Thanks to the valued history of Tamsui, and thanks to the local inspired artists that creatively produce these works of art. If you take a good look, you’ll see how vibrant between modern and old town run a culture and creativity at its combination can be. Address: 298, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 26282610 Opening Hours: Saturday -Sunday 09:30 am. - 6:00 pm, Monday - Friday 09:30 am. - 5:00 pm.

Cloud Gate Theater The wonderful transformation of an old radio broadcast warehouse into a dance per formed stage. It was fully renovated after a blaze in 2008 into the beautiful blending design of Eastern a n d We s t e r n c u l t u re s .

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Cloud Gate Theater is the first Taiwanese professional modern dance group, you can enjoy the wonderful dance which combines of modern dance, Ballet, Tai chi including brilliant worldwide martial arts. Moreover in 2017, Cloud Gate Theater won the first prize of the prestigious Far Eastern Architectural

Design Award. This will turn your mind into a huge fan of its marvelous performance! Address: 36, Ln.6, Sec. 1, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2629 8558 Opening Hours: every day except Monday 10.00 am. – 5.00 pm.


Where to eat RED CASTLE 1899 If you have the critical event to negotiate with your business partners or meet some old friend you don’t meet for a long time to roll back the good old day, then Red Castle 1899 is a place for your significant time. Awesome atmosphere with a fascinating decoration and artwork hanging along the walls and ledges. These authentic tastes of Western and Chinese cuisine will satisfy your taste and add your conversation livelier and more fun as well! Address: 6, Sanmin Street, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 8631 1168 Opening Hours: every day 11.00 am. – 9.00 pm.

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Bali Water Front People said that this restaurant is one of best stunning sunset points, all-day nice ambience and mouthwatering seafood menus in Tamsui. The decoration is very artistic, there are many different seating areas which are carefully designed to unblock a view in front of the sea. Each dish will serve you with the creative ideas!

Address: 229-9, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2629 0052 Opening Hours: every day 12.00 pm. – 9.30 pm.

Enjoy your favorite pick with modern British-traditional Taiwanese inspired dishes. A place on the natural seaside is extremely comfortable to enjoy the meal. The truly warm welcome and friendliness from the owner will make pin here as the great stop. A fine range of afternoon tea will enjoy your post meridiem at its best! Address: 272, Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2626 7570 Opening Hours: every day 12.00 pm. – 10.00 pm.

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Where we must go in New Taipei City

Let’s meet the places where you must once go “check-in” when your journey has landed in New Taipei City. The life of its historical past and remembrance of culture will give you lots of inspirations.

SHENAO ELEPHANT TRUNK ROCK Amazing natural huge rock formation in shape of big elephant trunk. And with its unique, or you can also callstrange instead, which naturally becomes the popular tourist attraction for travelers. This is a viewpoint where you can absorb the scene of Pacific Ocean as well. A common sense of people will give them the direction to do for all travelers who come to visit here, “Present yourself with great scenery by climbing uphill, and dare the strong wind that extremely blows on your face”, comprising of taking selfie with those strange yellow stones. The water is crystal clear, no pollution whatsoever, with hundreds of colorful fish swimming around, you may even see Nemo from above! Besides of that, this is not only the best part to get along with Shenao Elephant Trunk Rock. Let’s find the secret spot nearby, there are several water tunnel and cave right under the Elephant itself, and if you walk towards to the ocean, you’ll find the special geological features there, and many secret spots for a pick of discovery. Address: Ruifang, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2960 3456 Opening Hour: 24-hour

To observe the notice stepped on the elephant back, together with nature, can adore this stuning scene longer.

Jiufen Old Street More tales, more values to discover. A place with a sense of authenticity, with rich history and culture. This has a long story to tell about. Before the road landed and the civilization has come, the main transportation for the gold mining is the ship, and it was whispering its golden past! Jiufen was the center of gold mining, located within the hill in northeast Taiwan. The power of green is very strong, especially the scenery on top of the scenic mountain which people considered it as a photographic delight. And even more special, with three 52 NOWTR AVELAS IA.C O M N O VEM BER -D EC EM BER 2 0 1 9

horizontally and one vertically and with many spectacular surrounding steps as features including its unique beauty of teahouses, it gave the wonderful inspiration for Studio Ghibli to produce the aminated movie, “Spirited Away” to be introduced to the world. In the night at Jiufen, it holds a different flavor with brightly lit shops forming a charming sight. Stay the night, you’ll absolutely feel the lifestyle different from the morning. 180-panoramic sunset is a scene you must capture here. Address: Jishan Street, Ruifang, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 24063270


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THE BEST POSITION: When you reach the observation area, choose the lower one (Point A) that gives you a better eye level view of the waterfall. NEAR ATTRACTION: Shifen Railway Station and Shifen Waterfall are nearby, you can rent an electric bike around the station.

SHIFEN WATERFALL Taiwan’s most famous and scenic natural water fall among both local and foreign travelers because of its pleasant to the eyes. Shifen Waterfall was nicknamed as “A little Niagara of Taiwan”, which is according to its majestic beauty, its horseshoe shape and its powerful flow. The 40-meter-tall waterfall, you can take as close as possible to see the welcoming

rainbow’s splash. If you’re think, you’re the powerful person and have much more stamina, highly recommend to take a casual hike through the line of waterfall, with the pure nature, the nice scenery, plus photo-taking opportunities along the way, it’s worth to go on with great time exploring and appreciating nature. The nature lovers would very and very much enjoy.

Shifen Railway Station The old major interchange station where the old train and sky lantern gather as the main focus. It was originally built in Japanese era for the convenient coal transportation. Even if it passes through day after day, but remains a glimpse of the old railroad town, and retains the rustic charm, moreover, it’s still managed today to connect the village to other places of greater Taipei. A must-do activity here, which it can easily guess that it would be a favorite one among travelers, is designing all of their wishes on the lantern, and

Transportation to get here is a little troublesome and cost quite a bit, but activities here is totally free. Address: 10, Qiankeng, Pingxi, New Taipei City, Taiwan Opening Hours: every day 9.00 am. – 5.00 pm.

sending them into the sky( believe the heaven can capture and make them true), you may not know the lantern festival brings this small town alive! This is an awesome place where you will meet lots of unfolded ideas and youths. The place was relatively small and there were lots of souvenir shops on both sides of the railroad. When the train arrives, the crowd moves to the side and begins to take photos and videos of the train. Address: 51, Shifen Street, Pingxi, New Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 24958307

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Epicurean Taiwan

FINE DINING DESTINATIONS I N TA I P E I

RAW Restaurant

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Let’s find out the paradise of gourmet in Taipei, all delightful dish is guaranteed to satisfy your taste!


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RAW RESTAURANT

A chief is preparing a dish with his specialized skills to come out of the wonderful taste.

A wonderful taste of Michelin-starred rate is a taste that worldwide people are looking for. Meet the cook of perfection in reinterpreting traditional Taiwanese cuisine, it’ll absolutely hit upon your sense of food awakening! Raw restaurant invites you to catch a vibrant atmosphere, “where the food meets art” within a contemporary space of eye-catching sculptural wooden stones surfaces and unique design of floor-to-ceiling window. Moreover, the magical performance of dish from the chefs would be running a cast in front of your eyes, which it will definitely make you amazed! Address: 301, Le Qun 3rd Road, Zhongshan, Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +8862 9667 30638 Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30 am. – 2.30 pm, Dinner 6.00 pm. – 10.00 pm. Closed on Monday & Tuesday

MUME Restaurant Another resplendent crown of Michelin Star is owned here. One represents the fantastic contemporary casual fine dining European restaurant, in a very wonderful way and full creativity on dish! MUME Restaurant is elaborately decorated in Nordic style, it’s so inspired to enjoy the quality time of happy dish. Each dish you have is carefully crafted in taste, and beautifully presented. An exceptional combination of herbs to elevate a new level of taste sensations, so don’t leave Taipei without trying this gem. Address: 28, Siwei Road, Da’an, Taipei City, Taiwan Opening Hours: Every day 6.00 pm. – 10.00 am. Tel: +886 2 2700 0901 N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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The Jade Lounge Indulge in the finest time with the finest range of afternoon tea, the amazing traditional complementary European and Chinese teas and pastries. The jade Lounge, the high-class lounge and also a great place to experience the high pleasure afternoon tea. Flower elaborately decorated along the wall by British craftsmen brings its in unique interior design. Lots of perfect natural daylight adds the atmosphere livelier and more comfortable to joyously relax in the post meridiem. Address: Mandarin Oriental, Taipei, 158 Dunhua North Road, Songshan, Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +8862 2715 6668 Opening Hours: every day 10.00 am. – 20.30 pm.

YEN CHINESE RESTAURANT Revel in awesome Chinese fine dining experience while enjoying the panorama breathtaking Taipei on the high building. Elegant shade of purple decoration ideally blends with iconic architecture of Xinyi, it will lead the mind image the gourmet journey of great aliments with a wide array of epicurean spectrum of Nouvelle Cantonese cuisine or other best raw seafood materials and special ingredients combine, which passionately serve you at the finest taste with beautiful presentation of dishes. And for who loves to slip away from the crowd, Yen Chinese Restaurant provides five premium private rooms for the most peaceful indulgence. Address: W Hotel 31st floor, 10 Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi, Taipei, Taiwan Opening Hours: Everyday 11.30 AM – 2.30 PM Tel: +8862 7703 8887 58 NOWTR AVELAS IA.C O M N O VEM BER -D EC EM BER 2 0 1 9

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Taipei Find your premium class of your favorite aliments with L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the heart of Taipei metropolis. Let’s touch a wonderful taste of Michelin-starred restaurant, an iconic red and black shade of decoration will magically fascinate your eyes! Recommend to sit at the counter to appreciate the convivial atmosphere at its fullest, there are 32 seats counter around a central kitchen. The premium classical

French-reinvented gastronomy is a taste that your sense will remember the impressive feeling to Michelin Star! Let’s break the rule of the deliciousness to the new one greater at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Taipei. Address: 3F, 28, Songren Road, Xinyi, Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 8729 2626 Opening Hours: every day 10.30 am. – 10.00 pm.


LE PALAIS La Palais, the one and only restaurant that was awarded 3 Michelin Stars in Taipei after opening over 7 years. La Palais provides the finely traditional Cantonese banquet and superb Dim Sum. All material and ingredient are used at its best to come out the smoothest taste that you absolutely can’t escape from the deliciousness of every menu served, especially the flamed duck. From the opulent décor to the ambience is so noteworthy, the elegantly decorative stuffs are beautifully applied with cultural and traditional vintage pieces displayed. Service and manner of staff are very pleasant and hospitable to run your orders. Address: Palais de chine hotel 3, Section 1, Chengde Road, Taipei, Taiwan Tel: +886-2-2181-9999 Opening Hours: every day: lunch 11.30 am. – 2.30 pm., Dinner 5.30 pm. – 9.30 pm.

Greater fire, more the delectably extreme taste of the dish (especially the grill.)

Mountain Sea House The original gourmet recipe with the ultimately classic Taiwanese taste serves to the guest’s favorite. Mountain and Sea House located surrounded by natural mountains and also a peek of the sea. For people who love healthy food, the restaurant provides the freshest and seasonal organic vegetable which are well planted by the restaurant, and guaranteed in the good benefit you’ll have. Mountain Sea House combines modern-traditional cuisines twist to discover the artfully presented dish at its ultimate taste. Deboned chicken braised in pork tripe, which takes six hours to prepare, is highly recommended. Address: 94, Section 2, Ren'ai Road, Zhongzheng, Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2351 3345 Opening Hours: every day: lunch 11.30 am. – 2.30 pm., Dinner 5.30 pm. – 10.00 pm.

Let’s explore the seafood Buffet experience that prepares at its freshest quality!

YA GE Renowned lavish Chinese restaurant that was received the rate of Michelin Star! By the Michelin Guide Taipei for the second consecutive year in 2019. Pick Ya Ge to remember the memorable experience in Taipei with an authentic Chinese flavor that your sensation of food will be fallen in taste! All menu is perfectly crafted with the finest and freshest ingredients and creatively prepared by the seasoned experience of Chef Tse Man and his culinary team. A refined and exquisite dining experience would most satisfy your taste if there is a fine selected list of wine and tea served alongside. Address: Ya Ge, 158 Dunhua North Road, Taipei City, Taiwan Tel: +886 2 2715 6668 Opening Hours: every day: lunch 12.00 pm. – 2.30 pm., Dinner 6.00 pm. – 10.00 pm. N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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Sendai Travel in Season

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Travel: More comfortable to journey, let’s book your seat with Thai Airways, which now launches 3 direct flights per week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) to Sendai from Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok)

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The time of the spirited season is now circling back to winter again as the perfect time arrives for all cool and keen traveler who loves in an ideal snowfall. So, let’s set the destination in this winter in Sendai, Japan, the vibrant town where the hidden beauty of falling snow exists, and the vibrant wind of winter blows. You’ll know all passionate travel in the Sendai’s winter gathers here.


Departure and arrival time from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sendai: 11.50 pm. - 7.30 am. Departure and arrival time from Sendai to Suvarnabhumi Airport: 11.15 am. - 4.05 pm.

Aoba Castle Aoba Castle, the trace of the history and time presents of Date Masamune, the powerful feudal Daimyo lord, the former ruler of Aoba castle. First glance to your eye catch, it would be the big statue of his. Even 400 years passed through, but you can sense the mightiness that has been passed through generation to generation. Currently, only remains the stone wall, the security tower and the wide area of the elaborately stone carved sculpture surrounded. The atmosphere around Aoba Castle is very great vibe, and you can see the officials dressed up in Samurai outfit walking around to provide the convenience to the visitor. At the top of Aoba Castle, the beautiful scene between Sendai and Hirose River was perfectly framed up there, let’s capture with your camera in hands! Address: 1 Kawauchi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Tel. +81 22 222 0218 Opening Hours: 9.00 am. – 5.00 pm.

GOKOKU SHRINE The majestic shrine that was built to remember the honor of Japanese Soldiers who gave their spirits sacrificed in the war including the war-related dead, which is why the place can be politically controversial. The place also sets the monument of Date Masamune, people nicknamed it, “One-Eyed

Dragon, Shinto, God of War.” Not only a shrine, but it also houses the museum which is publicly opened for the visitors. If you’re interested in the story how this greatness of Date clan and Aoba Castle was from, you may take a few hours to find out that.

Address: 1 Kawauchi, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Opening Hours: 9.00 am. – 5.00 pm. Tel. +81 22 222 0218 Admission Fee: 700 JPY (6 USD)

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Zuihoden Mausoleum The Daimyo Date Masamune’s cemetery that becomes the popular and famous landmark attraction in Sendai. It’s said his body and his ancestors were buried here. For architecture lovers, history fans or simple admirers of stunning things, and with the shady cedar pine forest and gardens within the complex surroundings, plus the cool atmosphere that will give you calm in mind. Please be ready for a chilled walk up a good incline, but a little slope down. The scenery, such as the forever-grown pine trees on either side of the steps, while you’re walking up, is so amazing to absorb. Suggest that this should be visited in the early morning. And each season is able to see its different beauty. Address: 23-2 Otamayashita, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Opening Hours: 9.00 am. – 4.30 pm. Tel. +81 22 262 6250 Admission Fee: 550 JYP for Adult (5 USD) / 400 JYP for Children (3 USD)

OSAKI HACHIMANGU SHRINE The guardian shrine of Sendai, it was built with typical Gongenzukuri style of architecture, by the wish of Daimyo Date Masamune, to be a place of worship to Hachiman God. The shrine is very wellknown for a host of amused festival, Dontosai, which this event holds during New Year Holidays, a lot of visitors both local and globe comes

to their wishes for a good health, good luck and victory in next year coming. Osaki Hachimangu Shrine is designated as a national treasure, and the hall was also claimed as an important and tangible cultural property in Miyagi Prefecture. Address: 4 Chome-6-1 Hachiman, Aoba Ward, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Opening Hours: 9.00 am. – 5.00 pm. Tel. +81 22 234 3606

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The best time: Between midFebruary and Early March. Though the end of February is the prime time to experience these frost-covered trees

Sendai Daikannon A huge majestic Guanyin statue in the heart of Sendai, it already conquers the 6th world’s tallest statue, with the height reaching as high as 100 meters. There are the sculptures of 12 guardian deities that divided into 12 stories who each represent one Chinese zodiac sign inside Guanyin statue. Moreover, there is an elevator inside which you can take it up to see the stunning sight over Sendai as well. Only the sight, it would be highly recommended to anyone visiting Sendai shouldn’t be missed because this is purely magnificent!

Let’s go on the journey on the uphill, Mount Zao, on the prefectural border between Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures in the Tohoku Region. Every winter when the snow falls and the white wind blows, Mount Zao becomes a fun skiing and one of only few places in Japan can enjoy the experience “Snow Monster” or people call, “Frozen Tree.” For who doesn’t want to spend much energy climbing the mount, there is “Zao Ropeway” the cable car which you can take to see the beautiful view from above instead of hiking. You can confidently say that this is the best winter attraction in Japan! Address: mt. zao-san, yamagata / miyagi, Japan Opening Hours: 8.30 am. – 5.00 pm. Admission Fee: 1500 JYP for Zao Ropeway (Cable Car), round-trip ticket (13 USD)

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Ginzan Onsen Before leaving Japan, remember your winter trip with the happiness at the small magical Onsen village, where nestled in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture. Let’s relax and step back in time in the stunning traditional Onsen amidst the white snow, the first sentence may suddenly appear into your mind, it may be “Is this a winter fairy world?” This Onsen village was originally a silver mine, later it was developed to the Onsen as you’re seeing right now. However, the village is remembered by people as one of Japan’s prettiest Onsen towns with historic ryokan. Ginzan Onsen is taken as the inpiration of "Anime" location. Address: 999-4333, Ginzanshinhata, Obanazawa, Yamagata, Japan Tel. +81 237-28-3933 Website: www.ginzanso.jp

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Let’s park your vacation at a wonderful riverine town, and discover the rich culture and elegant architecture in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Pe n h . S i m p l y a n amazing realm with so much to experience and enjoy, and have a memorable time for what you need and more. 66 NOWTR AVELAS IA.C O M N O VEM BER -D EC EM BER 2 0 1 9


Destination

PHNOM a former charm of Cambodia

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ROYAL PALACE OF CAMBODIA The Phnom Penh’s most magnificent landmark and the amazing complex part of the life of Cambodian people. Began the first year of construction since 1886 and completed before World War I. Royal Palace of Cambodia, a century cultural heritage structure, gold and white color parts with the roofs are closed to the public. Moreover, the palace is regularly renovated to keep the architecture maintaining in its beauty and golden exquisiteness, and invite the visitor to catch a beautifully unavoidable glimpse! Also Throne Hall can be visited. The diamond encrusted Buddha and silver floor are very elegant. Additionally, this palace is the official residence of the King of Cambodia. There is plenty to see and admire here, so give yourself plenty of time to take it all in. Address: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia Opening Hours: everyday 8:00 am. – 10:30 am, 2:00 pm. – 5:00 pm. Admission Fee: 40 KHR(10 USD)

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National Museum of Cambodia This where a culturally vibrant Cambodia encompasses. Before going any further, let’s ask yourself, do you have plenty of time enough to be fun here? While the curation is definitely old fashioned, the world collection is more worth. The museum will take you roll back to the cultural side of Cambodian history in the 4th century. Great valued artifacts to take an insight, you can stroll around lots of statues, and the dance performance called Plae Pakaa: the traditional dance and music put on by Cambodian

Living Arts with the story about the effort to keep traditional arts alive and perfectly hand to new generation, which you’ll be so inspired! Address: 227 Kbal Thnal, Preah Norodom Boulevard Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: +855 23 217 643 Opening Hours: every day 8:00 am. – 5:00 pm. Admission Fee: 80 KHR (20 USD)


Do respect: Royal Palace of Cambodia is a Buddhist place, so make sure that you dress properly.

3 THINGS TO DO IN PHNOM PENH. RIVER BOAT CRUISES

INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT A majestic monumental structure that mightily sets a position amidst Phnom Penh city center. Model inspired by the central tower of Angkor Wat. With its captivating and serene atmosphere, which in turn picks as a much soughtafter travel destination for the visitors. Independence Monument was built to commemorate the country’s independence from France in 1952, which around the monument you’ll see lots of wreaths laid here if you visit on the national holiday. The best time to visit here is when the night falls. Address: City Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Let’s get along with the river cruise to absorb the scene of the spectacular sunset. Which a regular time to start is around 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm. If you want something more special, you can rent a private boat to head out on the water (Tonle Sap and Mekong River) at any time of the day.

NIGHT JOY AT THE MOVIE Head to Phnom Penh’s downtown to see the cinema culture. Get ready to grab a bucket of popcorn, book your huge bed-like seat to watch the movie and enjoy over the night!

HAVE FUN WITH LOCAL CELEBRATIONS D o n’ t h e s i t a t e t o j o i n a n d experience the genuine culture of Cambodia. The two festive celebration: Khmer New Year and Bonn Om Tuk (called the water festival), it absolutely gives your mind to enjoy the experience of fun.

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THE RICH STAY

ROSEWOOD PHNOM PENH

Indulge in the timeless hospitality Plan a serene weekend in Phnom Penh, and pin your stay where the world of ultra-luxury refinement a t Ro s ewo o d Ph n o m Pe n h . Iconic 5-starred hotel nestled in 188-meter-high breathtaking Vattanac Capital Tower. The hotel is comprised of 175 rooms including 5 suites with a feature of the refined decoration, exceptionally spacious area and the panoramic view of town and the mighty Mekong. Even this superb design was westernized, but also perfectly

blend with the elegant Khmer touch. Indulge your sense and soul at the spa on the 33th floor of the hotel, you’ll be relaxingly treated by the professional therapist. Discover an authentic taste of Cambodian and international cuisine by the talented chef that provides you with the best dish. Chill out and enjoy your pleasant time at Sora sky bar, a time passes slowly when you’re up there. As a matter of business or leisure, Rosewood Phnom Penh willingly offers the most pleasant 70 NOWTR AVELAS IA.C O M N O VEM BER -D EC EM BER 2 0 1 9

hospitality to satisfy the guest’s bespoke expectation. The sound of gentle wind tells you where the peak Phnom Penh. Address: Vattanac Capital Tower, 66 Monivong Boulevard, Sangkat Wat Phnom, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Tel: +855 23 936 888 E-mail: phnompenh@ rosewoodhotels.com


INTERVIEW

MICHAEL PARKER MD O F R OSEWOOD PHNOM PENH

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TIME TO JOIN IN THE LUXURY UNIVERSE The new luxury page of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts now presents an ultra-luxury hospitality experience in Phnom Penh, the rising capital of Cambodia, under the great management by Mr. Michael Parker, the talented MD. As proven the success in a professional experience, management skills and as the senior hotel manager positions in UK and China more than 20 years to lead the team and guest the satisfaction. And now, it’s a prosperous time to thrive the valued success of Rosewood again in Phnom Penh. A series of luxury experiences have been designed for visitors to indulge in.

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Just a year and a half after opening Rosewood Phnom Penh while the lifestyle travel concept of the new generation within the social change of travel industry, apparently shows that there is a lot of young travelers and the people who love the solo travel from all around the world has the strong passion to start a journey by themselves, and seem to annually increase in the number. And one of the wonderful destinations, which is a favorite pick for their journey, is Phnom Penh! Where the beautiful landmarks and rich cultures await to be discovered! According the reason to approach the lifestyle of new Gen travelers at the present time, so it happened Rosewood Phnom Penh, and it appointed him to hold the position as the managing director. And importantly, his aim is to make the global travel industry growing than ever happened before, by having Rosewood Phnom Penh’s support. With the honor of representative of Rosewood brand’s and “A sense of Place”, a philosophy that has been always held since founding in 1979, which means that through a living canvas of local culture in each area, nature, tasteful manner and unparalleled personal service within the space of the hotel, which makes Rosewood’s brand outstanding over the globe.


Where can provide the sleep soundly at night is the thing that travelers wish for, but the luxury traveler’s demand needs more when they leave their hotel – and, pleasingly, Phnom Penh’s offerings are also one on the up. Besides of that, Mr. Michael Parker added that the hotel building design was inventively inspired by the shape of dragon, which the dragon has the meaning in “the victory.” And with the perfect combinations of marvelous decorations to all details including the service excellence, he believes that it’ll invite the guest to experience the positive emotion, and feel being a part of a great inspiration in Phnom Penh. “Only and only the best hospitality is the best way to win the customer’s mind”, said Mr. Michael Parker. Additionally, to improve the service to answer the desire of worldwide traveler, it needs to catch the world trend perpetually and be productive like a free bottled water. N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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Travel Asia

L KU UM AP LU AR THE ICONIC BOASTING CITY OF MALAYSIA

Let’s enjoy the scene in the capital Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. The city of a beautiful culture, modern architectural building, a hub of activity and commerce, and the world’s greatest sites that will inspire the visitors all around the world.

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K KUALA LUMPUR TOWER

If your journey arrives in Kuala Lumpur, this distinctive one will be drawn as the first scene appeared in front of your eyes! The 7th tallest freestanding tower and popular and recognizable landmark of Kuala Lumpur, people usually call, “Menera Kuala Lumpur.” The gleaming tower’s spindle-like apex is visible wherever you stand in Kuala Lumpur! On 429 meters tall of the building, it hosts the luxury restaurant and where you can also enjoy finest tea along with the spectacular scene of the city, plus a wide range of entertaining activities such as a theater, an amphitheater and the stylish cascading pools. Kuala Lumpur Tower is a must-see landmark for worldwide visitor when the visit is on Kuala Lumpur. Address: 2 Jalan Punchak, Off, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 2020 5444 Opening Hours: every day 9.00 am- 10.00 pm.

FEDERAL TERRITORY MOSQUE

A dreamy picture of Masjid Wilayah, people officially known in name Federal Territory Mosque. Marvelous architecture design was inspired by stunning and gorgeous Ottoman and Malaysian architectural style blends, it’s so much more impressive to give a pleasure to anyone who looks at it! This mosque is home to a school, religious library and a worship hall for Muslim, and it can hold up more than 15,000 people at one time. For the visitor, there are 3 brief reasons to explain why you should add this beauty to a must-admire itinerary in Kuala Lumpur: Culture: learn a mixture of the diversified culture and language. People: meet the most welcoming and friendly people. Architecture: the beauty of its design will make your jaw drop as soon as you step inside! Address: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, Kompleks Kerajaan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 6201 8791 Opening Hours: every day 10:00 am. - 6:00 pm

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Federal Territory Mosque

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PETRONAS TWINS TOWERS

Appreciate and capture the spires of PETRONAS Twin Towers and the wonderful skyline scenes of Kuala Lumpur. This twin amazing skyscraper looks most beautiful when the night falls with magnificent lights illuminated. A large number of visitors recommend taking a nice shot of you and the tower here. If you take a look to the view from the bridge between the tower, you can see most of beautiful Kuala Lumper! You can also name this spot, “Instagram worthy.” Moreover, if you want some souvenirs to remember the experience, there are several premium shops situated in there. Address: Concourse Level, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 2331 8080 Opening Hours: every day 9.00 am. – 9.00 pm.

CENTRAL MARKET

Central Market is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most favorite landmarks of the visitor both local and foreign. Discover a great place to shop, experience creatively craft-making show, get a nice picture drawn by friendly and talented artists, find your favorite piece to remember the fun in Malaysia, and let’s join to be a part of Malaysian culture during their festive traditional celebration. Address: Lot 3.04-3.06, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: +60 3 2031 0399/5399/7399

BATU CAVE

The magnificent Batu Caves are where you can receive blessing and find the natural peace, and there are somethings very unique with amazing sight and its architecture around and you can see the limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. The huge golden Muragan statue in standing position is the distinctive one you can have as the first scene when you arrive Batu Cave. The stairs are so lovely which each step has many shades of a beautifully colorful paint. While climbing the steps going up, there is a mischievous monkey playing around, it’s such a fun scene you must touch with your own eyes! Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 2287 9422 Opening Hours: every day 6:00 am. - 9:00 pm.

The most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Every unique Malaysian souvenir can be bought here. The wonderfully cultural exploration of Malaysia, houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings. The identical tower and identical tower, and one of the places in Kuala Lumpur where you can capture the scene of colorful night, and also the Instagramer’s favorite spot. N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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THE RICH STAY

A fine luxury in Central K uala Lumpur TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR BY SHANGRI-LA

Absorb the vibrant luxury in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, where you also enjoy the elegant highlight of Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumper park and the beautiful skyline mingling. Let yourself be treated by the best hospitality of a relaxing urban haven. Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La brings 571 elaborately luxurious rooms and suites with the fully equipped facilities and amenities to satisfy the guest’s bespoke need. To remember the taste of Malaysia, let’s meet a fine selection of food. Every dish made to suit the wonderful fine dining and wonderful view of city. If you want to stay fit, there is 24-hour gym including rooftop pool, sauna and steam bathroom. The spa which

provides the best angle to admire a dramatic scene of Petronas Twin Towers. Everything you possibly wish for is available. All people pleasantly say it as the promise that it’ll my next stay for my next visit in Kuala Lumpur. Address: Kuala Lumpur City Center, Kuala Lumper, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 2332 9888 E-mail: thkl@tradershotels.com

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CONCORDE HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR

“Where your need comes first”, the hospitable concept of Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the exquisite area of leisure and business, and the hotel where provides the luxury property to meet the guest’s expectation. Those who want to enjoy city sit seeing, this hotel is one of what they’re looking for. Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur offers 581 well-appointed guestrooms with a range of luxury collections: Superior, Deluxe anvd Premier Rooms, plus Classic and Presidential Suites, which will give you the most comfortably restful sleep! From the decoration to the service looks always highly welcoming the guest. At lounge, you can benefit from storage for your belongings, a safe deposit box and a gift store. As the deliciousness of the restaurant, the quality of food is very tasty and delicious with a lot of fine choices, especially breakfast. The hotel is located near public transportation, and it can access anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur will complete your satisfaction! Address: 2 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +60 3 2144 2200 E-mail: kl@concorde.net

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Melaka SMALL FASCINATING CITY

Let’s continue the travel in Malaysia with Melaka, the small city with a valued history hidden and its beauty of the colonial structures. Although much smaller than the capital Kuala Lumpur, but it has a different fun to impress you a whole visit!.

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A final part of note inside the church is the brass Bible stand inscribed with the first verse of St. John in Dutch.

Christ Church Melaka Once when Dutch took over Melaka from the hand of Portuguese, they constructed many buildings to celebrate their honor victory over their enemy, and this Christ Church Melaka, it was one included. With the coral red painted and the area surrounded by lovely landscape with greenery including scented flowers, you’ll perhaps feel like visiting a classical church somewhere in Europe! Although It has been through more than a century, but the church still has its own magnetically high charming identity to attract the visitor both Malaysian and globe, predominantly if Melaka is their first time to visit. Address: Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, Bandar Hilir, Melaka, Malaysia Tel: +60 6-284 8804 Opening Hours: every day 9.00 am. – 4.30 pm.

MASJID SELAT MELAKA A gorgeously inspired gold-domed architectural Masjid on the side of the elegant sea with the windy atmosphere all day and night that has become popular by a spectacular sunrise and sunset picture of worldwide photographers. Masjid Selat Melaka situated in Pulau Melaka or people call, “Manmade Island”, the location that was believed several valued historical artifacts and the treasure of numerous Portuguese ships, all got deeply submerged in the water. To enter inside the mosque, it’s very important to be mindful of the culture and religion, non-Muslim visitors must dress politely and heed the 'no shoe' signs, and women must wear a scarf or something able to close the head. Address: 8 Jalan Pulau Melaka, Melaka, Malaysia Opening Hours: every day 7.00 am. – 7.00 pm. N O W T R A V E LA S I A . CO M N O V E M B E R - D E CE M B ER 2019

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Melaka Maritime Museum Let’s shout “Ahoy!” when you arrive here. An essential symbol of Melaka history, those informative replicas will take to discover the rare scenes of prosperous marine period. Which there are several art paintings and sculptures display the old story, how come the straits of Melaka was an importantly strategic location for a trading business stop from all over the east and west, and brought the treasure of Malaka after being conquered by the Portuguese. Address: Muzium Samudera, Jalan Quayside, Melaka, Malaysia Tel: +60 6 333 3333, +06 282 6526 Opening Hours: Monday –Thursday 9:00 am. – 5:00 pm, Friday – Sunday 9:00 am. – 6:30 pm.

THE SHORE SKY TOWER MELAKA

The romantic evening of Melaka for people who have a heart of romance. The views are superior and spectacular by looking at above Sky Tower!

If you’re the people who aren’t scared of the heights, this one would be one of places you love much. The tallest observatory deck in Melaka with an awesome walking glass, giving you a role of vigorous explorer to catch a spectacular panoramic view of Melaka encompassed in every captivating detail amidst the height of 163 meters above street levels. At dusk is the peak time of the day if you want a nice picture bring to you Instagram, you should come at that time.

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Address: Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Kampung Bunga Paya Pantai, Melaka, Malaysia Tel: +60 16-380 6774 Opening Hours: every day 9.30 am. – 11.30 pm. Admission fee: 71 MYR (17 USD)


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Belle Villa Resort Pai - Mae Hong Son

bkkreservation@bellevillaresort.com Bangkok OfďŹ ce Tel: (66 2) 693 3952-3, (66 2) 693 3999 Ext.161 - 163 Fax: (66 2) 693 3956 Chiangmai Tel: +66 89 4335990 Pai Tel: +66 81 3024151 Khao Yai Tel: +66 86 3408364

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