until you’ve seen it through the eyes of a resident, which is why we asked Simon Ostheimer, who traded the bright lights of Bangkok for the tropical shores of Phuket three years ago, to pen our cover story about Thailand’s most popular holiday island. Of course, you’ll also read about Phuket’s newest hotels and beach clubs and such, but for me, it’s his anecdotes of life on the island that linger on my imagination, particularly his vivid, gruesome depiction of the local Vegetarian Festival. Another well-trodden (at least by local standards) tourist destination featured in this issue is Myanmar’s Inle Lake, the mere mention of which should conjure images of stilted houses and leg-rowing fishermen. Picturesque it is—just look at the images captured by New York-based photographer Matt Dutile, starting on page 96—but there’s a more pressing story to tell about what you don’t see: environmental and social concerns that could either be ameliorated or exacerbated by continued tourism development. On the other side of the globe, Rio de Janeiro has been tackling issues of its own in the lead-up to this summer’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics (page 106). Judging from the pictures that accompany Robert Turnbull’s words about Brazil’s onetime capital, the “Marvelous City” (Cidade Maravilhosa) certainly seems to live up to its moniker, and visitors should have plenty to keep them entertained on and off the sports field. Lastly, we celebrate a game of another sort in Rajasthan, with a visit to a maharaja-hosted polo tournament in Jodhpur (page 114). Chukkas, camels, and classic cars? Sounds like a jolly good excuse for a party to me.