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AWARD­win­ning chef Philip Sedg­wick was born in Lon­don and has spent sev­eral years work­ing in Miche­lin-starred restau­rants in Europe and Hong Kong. Since last year he has been ex­ec­u­tive chef at The Penin­sula Bangkok. When not in the ho­tel’s kitchens, Sedg­wick’s pas­sions take him on trips to mar­kets, farms and vine­yards. This year he plans to visit Hawaii and San Fran­cisco via Tokyo. www.penin­sula.com. PETER PAN RE­SORT, KOH KOOD; FCC ANGKOR, SIEM REAP A visit to the Thai is­land of Koh Kood and its Peter Pan Re­sort is highly rec­om­mended. Re­lax in a pure oa­sis of beau­ti­ful beaches in a laid-back en­vi­ron­ment. Cam­bo­dia’s gate­way to Angkor, Siem Reap, is fast be­com­ing com­mer­cialised but its FCC (which stands for For­eign Cor­re­spon­dents Club) is very nice, with a colo­nial feel and fair prices. www.kokood.com; www.fc­c­cam­bo­dia.com/angkor. DALI GALLERY, FIGUERES, SPAIN My favourite art gallery is the Dali gallery in Figueres, Spain, but while liv­ing in Basel, Switzer­land, I reg­u­larly vis­ited the Teufel­hof, a guest­house and restau­rant that holds ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­motes young artists and de­sign­ers. www.sal­vador-dali.org/ museus/figueres; www.teufel­hof.com. DE­NALI NA­TIONAL PARK, ALASKA Take the bus into the park and stay the night in a tent to see the sun set and then rise over the cold­est moun­tain in the world. If you are ath­letic, then cy­cling in De­nali is sim­ply fan­tas­tic. www.nps.gov/dena. CHATUCHAK MAR­KET, BANGKOK At Chatuchak you can buy just about any­thing, from jew­ellery, house­hold goods and furniture to clothes and or­na­ments. www.my­chatuchak.com. OCEAN TER­MI­NAL, HONG KONG Shop­ping for clothes in Kowloon’s Ocean Ter­mi­nal is a must when the sales start. You can buy a range of brands, in­clud­ing lo­cal de­sign­ers, for great prices. (The Hong Kong Sum­mer Temp­ta­tions sale runs from July 1 to Septem­ber 21, or­gan­ised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.) www.ocean­ter­mi­nal.com.hk. AP LEI CHAU, HONG KONG For home­wares and furniture, go to the Ap Lei Chau ware­house dis­trict near Aberdeen (ask your ho­tel concierge). There are also some dis­count out­lets there. www.dis­cov­er­hongkong.com. GADDI’S, HONG KONG; LA PER­GOLA, ROME Gaddi’s at the Penin­sula Hong Kong is a beau­ti­ful restau­rant with great food and a warm at­mos­phere. It’s cel­e­brat­ing its 55th birth­day this year and they just don’t make restau­rants like this any more. An­other favourite is La Per­gola in the Cava­lieri Hil­ton in Rome. It’s sim­ply stun­ning in ev­ery de­tail; have a glass of Bella Vista prosecco and watch the sun go down. www.penin­sula.com; www.cava­lieri-hil­ton.it. ANDY’S, TOKYO Shin Hi­nomoto (bet­ter known as Andy’s af­ter its Bri­tish owner) is un­der the rail­way tracks in cen­tral Tokyo. It has a su­perb at­mos­phere and sim­ple but very fresh Ja­panese food. One minute from Yu­raku­cho or Ginza sta­tion. +81 3 3214 8021. Sharon Fowler

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