Ed­i­tor’s Note

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - SHEE­TAL RAS­TOGI EDITORIAL DI­REC­TOR ed­i­tor@wtrav­el­magazine.com

This fun­da­men­tal un­der­stand­ing, how­ever, seems to have strayed from its mark as mar­keters, overnight/on­line I love Asia. From the Suez Canal to the edge of the vast Pa­cific Ocean, home to more than 4 bil­lion of us, Asia is a honeycomb of trea­sure sim­ply im­pos­si­ble to rel­ish in one life time. The di­ver­sity, rich­ness and depth in its cul­ture, land­scape, sights, aroma, mu­sic and of course the food …. The FOOD! In­va­sions have been or­ches­trated and em­pires grown sim­ply be­cause of the Asian flavours that have at­tracted many from far and be­yond. Asia is home to bet­ter air­ports, bet­ter hos­pi­tal­ity, bet­ter re­sorts… I could go on. Com­par­ing the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and I could get in trou­ble.

Tak­ing a sam­ple of ex­pe­ri­ences from South East Asia, a cou­ple of nib­bles from China, town hop­ping in In­dia and surf­ing along the blue coast of par­adise is­lands sprin­kled all over, and one starts to draw broad out­lines of the beau­ti­ful Asia. Men­tion Sin­ga­pore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok & Mum­bai and one be­gins to add all the right curves in all the right places.

Say the word ‘shop’ and the wish list rolls out: Arts & An­tiquing in Bangkok, de­signer clothes – not just the big brands but the tiny boutiques too in Hong Kong, to shop in style then shop in Seoul, shop­ping in Mum­bai with your BFF is mad­den­ingly fun and Sin­ga­pore for ev­ery­thing in be­tween. Asia has got you cov­ered.

The wish list for travel des­ti­na­tions, the manda­tory fields here be­ing style, lux­u­ri­ous, wow fac­tor– yup, Asia has got you cov­ered there as well. Phuket’s Nai Harn, a fine lux­ury ho­tel, Keemala Phuket em­brac­ing eco-friendly with lux­ury, Four Sea­sons Re­sort Koh Sa­mui with its tra­di­tional Thai Vil­lage in an ul­tra luxe twist, Aman­bagh in Al­war near Jaipur in all its re­gal glory & tra­di­tion cui­sine and Shangrila Sin­ga­pore for the quin­tes­sen­tial city ex­pe­ri­ence. Asia’s hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try is sec­ond to none.

The new Asia mantra seems to be Eat-shop-love-travel and pray the cy­cle con­tin­ues!

Koh Sa­mui

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