It comes with the territory of producing a magazine that we not only know what’s new but also that we stay fresh ourselves. In that vein (and as you may have already noticed), we’ve undergone a complete redesign of our pages to put forward a cleaner, sleeker version of DestinAsian. I hope you will find this issue both as classic and forward thinking as the content it contains. Speaking of what’s up and coming in the travel world, river cruising is trending in that category, and as he recounts in “Life Aquatic,” our editor-in-chief was one of the first passengers aboard the Aqua Mekong, a dream of a vessel that cruises the waterways between Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City in an exploration of Cambodian and Vietnamese river life. Also offshore, Mark Eveleigh reports on a new seaplane service that’s offering the first aerial tours of Vietnam’s storied Halong Bay. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also keep tabs on those places that appreciate rather than weather with time. For that, we have our annual Readers’ Choice Awards—who better to pool for recommendations than our own base of eyes and ears? While there are a couple of newcomers to the list, many of this year’s awards go to repeat winners, which is all the more reason to return to them; they’re like those trusted wardrobe staples that always fit and never go out of style.
In the rest of our pages, we have a journey by foot along an ancient route through Japan, a sensory narration of India’s Golden City, and a tasting of Yunnan’s wine. We also have a compendium of everything one should know about Milan—an archetype of established form and function, presently flowering anew ahead of Expo Milano 2015. Here’s to looking the part.