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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.

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