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I’ve al­ways been at­tracted to places that are de­fined by wa­ter. Few things are bet­ter than a sea­side va­ca­tion, es­pe­cially when I can slow down to watch the ocean’s gen­tle ebb and flow, ob­serv­ing the tide on a moon­lit night or as the skies brighten with the first glints of dawn.

One of the rea­sons I love wa­ter is be­cause it is sym­bolic of the pas­sage of time. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we launched Des­ti­nAsian, but this edi­tion marks our 13th Read­ers’ Choice Awards and the mag­a­zine’s 100th is­sue. To mark the mile­stone, our edi­tors have pulled out all the stops to cre­ate a roundup of 100 es­sen­tial travel ex­pe­ri­ences around the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. From lux­ury tented stays and must-try res­tau­rants to new spas and out­door ad­ven­tures, it’s an up-to­date re­source that of­fers plenty of travel in­spi­ra­tion for the com­ing months.

Not by de­lib­er­ate de­sign, the fea­ture sto­ries in this is­sue all share a wa­tery el­e­ment. Claire Knox em­barks on an ad­ven­ture by long­boat through the rain for­est of Cam­bo­dia’s Car­damom Moun­tains—her ac­count gives us all the more rea­son to set aside a cou­ple of days for the area af­ter temple-hop­ping in Angkor.

In Aus­tralia, the surf­ing and beach des­ti­na­tion of the Gold Coast is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing quite the sea change. Con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor Natasha Dra­gun takes stock of how it has evolved in re­cent years, a process that has ac­cel­er­ated in the lead-up to the Com­mon­wealth Games this April.

The South Texan city of San An­to­nio, too, is in a cel­e­bra­tory mood thanks to its 300th an­niver­sary in May, and it is fas­ci­nat­ing to read Joe Yogerst’s story de­tail­ing the re­birth that has been tak­ing place along the banks of its name­sake river. Last but not least, we also have a fash­ion spread shot by Todd An­thony Tyler in Nanxun, a 750-yearold wa­ter town on the Grand Canal less than two hours’ drive from Shang­hai. In all, it should set you up well for your next wa­ter­borne ad­ven­ture.

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