PUB­LISHER’S NOTE

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The more I travel, the more I re­al­ize just how much I haven’t seen. There is al­ways a new up-and-com­ing des­ti­na­tion to ex­plore, or even in places you might re­turn to every now and again, in­cre­men­tal changes that al­low you to see and ex­pe­ri­ence them from a new per­spec­tive.

One il­lus­tra­tion of that is the level of creativity found in Chiang Mai these days. Our Thai­land-based con­trib­u­tor Si­mon N. Os­theimer heads there to see what’s brew­ing in and out­side MAIIAM, the city’s first con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum, and meets the artists who are mak­ing their mark on the lo­cal scene.

Over in South Korea, Pyeongchang is gear­ing up to host the Winter Olympics this com­ing Fe­bru­ary. I still re­mem­ber when it was cho­sen back in 2011, beat­ing out Mu­nich and An­necy in the very first round of vot­ing. For me that seemed like a strange choice at the time—frankly, Pyeongchang was a place I’d never even heard of. But Jonathan Hopfner’s re­port from the county is a real eye-opener, and for fans of both the out­doors and Korean cui­sine, there is plenty to keep one oc­cu­pied be­yond those winter at­trac­tions.

Then we have a fash­ion fea­ture shot by Alexan­der Beer on re­mote Fogo Is­land in Canada. Ad­mit­tedly it’s not the kind of place I would or­di­nar­ily visit, but it looks ideal if you crave an un­con­ven­tional off-the-grid ex­pe­ri­ence with a dash of cul­ture on the side. Last but not least, our cover story this is­sue by Jason Over­dorf cen­ters on Delhi’s grow­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for its built her­itage. I ad­mire the trail­blaz­ers who are bring­ing its ar­chi­tec­tural gems to light and ac­tively con­serv­ing them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

This past year— our 16th, no less—has been a real high­light for us, with two of our big­gest is­sues yet. I’m op­ti­mistic that 2018 will be even bet­ter, and I hope that it will bring you some great dis­cov­er­ies as you jet off into the un­fa­mil­iar.

e-mail: pub­lisher@des­ti­nasian.com

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