DestinAsian - - PUBLISHER’S NOTE RONALD LIEM - e-mail: pub­lisher@des­ti­ @des­ti­nasian­magazine @DestinAsian_Mag Des­ti­nAsian.Mag DestinAsianMag

In all my years of trav­el­ing,

many of the best rec­om­men­da­tions have come via word of mouth. There’s noth­ing quite like hear­ing from peo­ple who have been there them­selves, shar­ing their ad­vice on where to stay and what to do on your pre­cious time off.

That leads us to the main story this is­sue: our 2017 Read­ers’ Choice Awards, which has been an an­nual fix­ture of our mag­a­zine—and some­thing we look for­ward to host­ing—for 12 years now. A lot has changed over that time, and we’ve brought in a few up­dates to re­flect the cur­rent state of lux­ury travel. While past it­er­a­tions of the RCA put the spot­light on the most pop­u­lar cities around the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, our new coun­try-based rank­ings of­fer a much broader scope. Also making an en­trance this year is a cat­e­gory for bou­tique ho­tels, which we de­fine as those with less than 100 rooms.

Two cat­e­gories that haven’t changed, though, are Best Air­port and Best Air­line. If you’ve ever met me in per­son, you know how much I en­joy keep­ing up-to-date with this as­pect of the travel in­dus­try. The ex­pe­ri­ence of get­ting there is im­por­tant and it’s an area that shouldn’t be over­looked. And of course we con­tinue to gather read­ers’ feed­back on the top spas, ser­viced res­i­dences, city and is­land des­ti­na­tions, and over­all ho­tel brands, making this an in­valu­able sur­vey of the best of re­gional travel.

Else­where in the mag­a­zine, Jonathan Hopfner heads into the streets of Taipei to see how the city’s thought­ful ap­proach to ur­ban plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment is giv­ing its cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties a boost. Mean­while, our long­time edi­tor-inchief Christo­pher P. Hill em­barks on a time­less cruise up Myan­mar’s Ir­rawaddy river from Yan­gon to Bagan, while over in the re­mote Pan­tanal wet­lands of western Brazil, Joe Yogerst re­counts his ad­ven­ture in­volv­ing close en­coun­ters with wildlife and the unique cat­tle-ranch­ing lifestyle of the hardy men and women who call this re­gion home.

We hope you find plenty to in­spire you within these pages, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the ho­tels and air­lines that are rec­og­nized in our Reader’s Choice Awards.

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