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Vietnam has a myriad of attractive cities famous for engaging culture, mouth-watering cuisine, and other fascinations. Still, there are places somewhat under the rader that can make you fall head over heels for Vietnamese humble charisma. CAN THO The uncomplicated life in Can Tho is rather unique, even though it may look like a typical Southeast Asian suburban way of life. Take a closer look, and you will find one-off appeals of this southern city. Strong Suit: Rustic charm by Mekong Delta Where To: • Cai Rang Floating Market A massive must, and not just for the parade of quaint wooden boats with a backdrop of rising sun. What’s special about Cai Rang Floating Market is that the merchants keep on doing their centuries-old way of trade. Apart from the wholesale of fruits and other local goods, it’s your chance to witness local people in their most natural behaviour. None of them show a sign of hastiness, and it looks like they are comfortable floating off their hometown’s bloodline. • Local Fruit Gardens Even though some fruits are called the same names, they do look and taste different in different parts of the world. Strolling in a shaded fruit garden opens you to the world behind the splashy fruits you see at the floating market, as well as allowing you to savour them so freshly. • Mien Tay Homestay and Cacao Farm Yes, you can learn about the making of chocolate here in Can Tho. Aside from being a tranquil homestay, there are family-sized cacao farming and chocolate production going on, which is open for visitors to learn more about this heavenly sweet. • Mekong Delta Foods When in Can Tho, never miss trying their unique dishes. Can Tho is very famous for Nem Noung Cai Rang, charcoal-grilled pork, which I feel like having ceaselessly, especially at Banh Hoi Ut Dzach, along with its sublime rice vermicelli. The folksy restaurant makes their own vermicelli right in front of your eyes. The recipe is exclusive to the family, and it is one of the best noodles I have had. Another interesting spot is Pizza Hu Tieu Sau Hoai, where you can see the unique way of making noodles as well as the noodle pizza, which can be tried only at this restaurant. You will be surprised by what they call “pizza”, and its taste definitely won’t disappoint you. • Binh Thuy Ancient House The Vietnamese house with French touches is an epitome of Can Tho’s architecture scene. Being built over 200 years ago and with the Duong family as its long-time proprietor, the Oriental and European beauty blends in with one another exquisitely, and time can do no harm to this timeless artistry.   CAM RAHN Even though people mostly landed at Cam Rahn International Airport for the vicinity, it doesn’t mean that Cam Rahn should be overlooked. The city is one of the finest beach getaways with top-notch serenity. Strong Suit: Quiet, white beaches with turquoise seawater and immaculate air Where To: • Beachfront Resort With endless, virgin beaches and gin-clear water, spending nights at a beachfront resort in Cam Rahn is a sheer rejuvenation

Latest Airbnb booking data has revealed growing interest in lesser-known destinations and eco-conscious cities across the globe, as travellers look for new, local and authentic travel experiences beyond big cities. In Thailand, emerging destinations across the country are increasingly appealing to both domestic and international travellers. Case-in-point is Buriram in Thailand’s Northeast saw 383% growth in bookings* year-over-year, propelling it into third place on Airbnb’s top 20 global destinations to visit next year. Here are the Top 20 trending destinations for 2020: 1. Milwaukee, WI, US The host of next year’s Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee makes it to the top of our trending list. This historic gem on the shores of Lake Michigan often slips under the radar but has a terrific bar and restaurant scene and fascinating cultural attractions that include a Calatrava-designed art museum. And with over 105 miles of scenic bike lanes, it’s easy to see why Milwaukee is experiencing an upsurge in interest among guests on Airbnb. 2. Bilbao, Spain Bilbao’s transformation from rust belt city to flourishing culture hub is truly remarkable. The city’s Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum put Bilbao on the map when it opened back in 1997. Since then the Basque city has been on an ever upward ascent, winning the European City of the Year in 2018. Visitors to the area are rewarded with a lively dining scene, breathtaking architecture and an unforgettable cityscape. Next year, Bilbao will also become a top destination for sports fans: it’s one of the host cities of Europe’s most beloved soccer competition. 3. Buriram, Thailand The rural province of Buriram is home to some of Thailand’s most treasured Khmer relics. Its best known monument is the incredible Phanom Rung complex which is comparable in grandeur to its much more famous Cambodian neighbor, Angkor Wat. In addition to ancient ruins, the province has also become a sporting hotspot: 2018 saw the inaugural MotoGP motor racing event at the Chang International Circuit which also plays host to the Buriram Marathon each year. MotoGP is scheduled to return in March next year. 4. Sunbury, Victoria, Australia A short drive northwest of Melbourne, the suburb of Sunbury is a popular spot with savvy locals thanks to its wildlife, wineries and Victorian-era architecture. Its biggest claim to fame is as the birthplace of cricket’s most sought-after trophy — The Ashes. In 2020, Sunbury looks to attract cricket fans from near and far as Melbourne will be hosting the ICC T20 World Cup. 5. Romania Romania, with its pristine hills and ancient rural villages, is the perfect destination for anyone looking for something off-the-beaten-track. The country has some of the best preserved virgin forests in Europe and, according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index, ranks 15th globally when it comes to ecosystem vitality. 6. Xi'an, China Often cited as one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization, Xi'an is best known as the home of the terracotta warriors — a vast collection of prehistoric clay soldiers discovered by local farmers in 1974. Today, the capital of China’s western Shaanxi province is a major culinary melting pot while

Kiroro, a pristine gem in the heart of Hokkaido, invites skiers, boarders and winter enthusiasts to book the perfect winter vacation now with several promotional offers. Known around the world for its consistently perfect powder, small crowds and gorgeous setting, Kiroro is offering exclusive ski and play packages that showcase the resort’s luxury accommodations, world-class dining and exciting outdoor activities. Kiroro regularly sees over 20 meters of snow each year, the most in Japan and more than most ski areas around the world. Best of all, Kiroro is an undiscovered treasure with far fewer crowds and shorter lift lines than nearby resorts. The resort offers something for everyone with 23 ski runs, hundreds of acres of tree skiing, a terrain park and dozens of alpine activities from snowshoe tours through the winter forest to onsen in a natural caldera spring. Kiroro offers a choice of luxury accommodations ranging from award-winning resort hotels to private, ski-to-door luxury residences. Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort offers 140 guestrooms and suites along with two restaurants right at the base of the slopes; while The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido offers 282 guestrooms with mountain vistas from every room, world-class facilities and five dining options. Winter specials at Kiroro include the following: Kiroro Ski Package – Enjoy the world’s best ski powder. At least one night for two in the room of your choice Complimentary buffet breakfast per guest 1-day pass at Kiroro Snow World per guest Complimentary daily Onsen Offer starts at JPY 18,500 (approx. THB5,360); offered from December, 2019 through May 6, 2020. Book Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido Kiroro Winter Fun Package – Explore the beautiful wintry scenery of Kiroro. At least one night for two in the room of your choice Complimentary buffet breakfast per guest Complimentary Spectacular sightseeing on Kiroro Gondola (available after Dec 7, 2019) Complimentary Snow Park activities such as sledding, tubing, snow Banana Boat and snow drive Complimentary lunch per guest Offer starts at JPY 19,350 (approx. THB5,600); offered from December, 2019 through May 6, 2020. Book Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort or The Kiroro, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido Kiroro Ski & Snowboard Academy – Learn to ski or board with a private lesson at Kiroro. Full-day lessons offered in English and Chinese. Book your private lesson here. Annie Kids Ski Academy – A day of ski and board lessons for children ages 3 and up. A full day at the new Annie Kids Ski Academy offers a day of fun with other kids learning to ski or board. Tailored group lessons for children of all ages. Book a day for your child here. For more information, please visit www.kiroro.co.jp

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) will launch new roundtrip flights between Bangkok and Sendai, with service to begin on 29 October 2019. Sendai, one of Japan’s historical cities, is located in the center of Tohoku region. Located 300 kilometers Northeast from Tokyo on Honshu Island, Sendai is blessed with its perfect scenery and warm climate. Sendai is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, and is situated 350 kilometers north of Tokyo. Sendai has a population of one million, and is the political and economic center of Japan’s Tohoku (northeast) Region. Although Sendai is a large city, it is known throughout Japan as a modern city in harmony with nature. The city possesses beautiful scenery, such as the Hirose River that runs through central Sendai, and the lush zelkova trees that line its streets. Greenery is especially abundant in the center of the city, which has tree-lined streets and parks. Sendai, also known as the City of Trees, is beautiful year-round, especially in autumn during the change of seasons. The seasonal climate in Sendai is pleasant and enjoyable, especially the falling leaves in the autumn and snowfall views in the winter.  Sendai is also known for its beautiful nature sites, such as Matsushima that has one of three of the best sightseeing views in Japan.  In Matsushima, one can take a cruise around Matsushima Bay and feed the seagulls.  For a view of Sendai, there is the Sendai Castle Site or Aoba Castle for a panoramic view of the city.  As well, there is a statue of Date Masamune riding on a horse, who built the caste 400 years ago. Despite being the political center and economic hub of Northeastern Japan, tourists may seek peace at onsens, Zuihoden, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine, and many other shrines. In addition, Gyutan is a Sendai must-try menu. Sendai also values history and culture. Many traditional events such as the Sendai Tanabata Festival continue to this day. The Sendai International Music Competition and the Johzenji Street Jazz Festival are also held in the city, along with many theatrical performances. Tourists may choose to fly in comfort with THAI on flights to all regions of Japan. THAI is pleased to serve Sendai and fly to all regions in Japan, as well as support increasing demand for travel to more parts of Japan.  Sendai is THAI’s seventh destination in Japan. Beginning 29 October 2019, THAI will operate roundtrip flights from Bangkok-Sendai at three flights per week, utilizing Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 30 seats in Royal Silk Class and 279 seats in Economy Class.  The flight schedule is as follows: Bangkok-Sendai Roundtrip Flight Schedule Route Flight Number Days Time Departure Arrival Bangkok-Sendai TG 626 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23.59 hours 7.40 hours (next day) Sendai-Bangkok TG 627 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 11.15 hours 16.05 hours For further information, reservations, and ticketing, please visit thaiairways.com, or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day)

Here’s a secret among Disney fans – autumn is one of the best seasons to experience the magic and wonder of Shanghai Disney Resort! A season of Chinese and international festivities and celebrations, with comfortable cool weather, special offers and the incredible value of an Annual Pass, this is truly a magical time to rediscover Shanghai Disney Resort, or explore the resort for the very first time. Worried about the crowds? Here’s another secret – autumn offers lower wait times and higher guest satisfaction! Here are just some of the incredible experiences waiting for you. September is Duffy Month! “Duffy’s Heartfelt Moments” Bring Cute and Cuddly Surprises Following the maiden flight of the Duffy·Friendship Express, guests are invited to indulge in all things Duffy with the resort’s first-ever “Duffy’s Heartfelt Moments” celebration from September 2 - 30. The special month features a new Duffy and Friends-themed morning performance, decorations, a new Rainy Day merchandise collection and a variety of Duffy-themed food and beverage offerings at various locations around Shanghai Disney Resort. With special dining options including afternoon tea at Mickey & Pals Market Café in Shanghai Disneyland, and Lumière’s Kitchen Duffy Weekend Brunch and StellaLou Afternoon Tea at Ballet Café in Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, there’s something cute for the whole family this September. Wicked Fun Disney Surprises Coming this October Celebrate the most haunted of holidays at Shanghai Disneyland this October with resort-wide decorations, a myriad of character pumpkins and a special Villain’s Cavalcade led by Donald Duck beginning October 2. Guests are also invited to the resort’s first-ever late night Halloween party on October 31, featuring a new fireworks show to conclude the spooky day. Throughout October, guests are invited to don their spookiest costumes and delight at “Donald’s Halloween Treat Cavalcade” featuring Donald and Daisy in their Halloween costumes. They lead the way along the parade route for this frightfully fun celebration with Disney Villains, over 50 dancers and of course their pals Mickey and the gang. Guests will also be able to celebrate the return of the hugely popular “Coco”-themed area in Adventure Isle and the return of Jack Skellington and Sally from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the “This Is Halloween” Dance Party in Tomorrowland. A selection of trick or treat locations will also be popping up around Shanghai Disney Resort, where guests can immerse themselves in the wicked Halloween tradition of tantalizing tricks and tasty treats. On Halloween Night, party zones will appear across Shanghai Disneyland, featuring DJs, Disney characters and live musicians, and the night will conclude with the “Halloween Villains Firework Show” featuring music, projections, fire and plenty of fireworks! An exclusive range of special Halloween-themed food and beverages will be sold at a variety of locations throughout the park to keep guests energized for a full-day of fun, while new Halloween Mickey and Pals and Duffy and Friends merchandise collections will act as the perfect souvenir to help guests remember their magical visit to Shanghai Disneyland. Time for Great Events throughout Shanghai Autumn also marks the return of great annual events throughout

Eating is a significant part of any travel experience, and whether it’s enjoying a lamb and pear tajine in Morocco, some spicy jerk chicken in Jamaica or a selection of tapas in Spain, there’s nothing better than savouring a dish in its country of origin, plus it’s a great way to meet the locals. MOROCCAN It is said that in order for a nation to develop a great cuisine, it must have four prerequisites. A rich land from which to draw upon an abundant range of ingredients, a variety of foreign cultural influences, a great civilisation and lastly, a refined palace with royal kitchens to inspire the nation’s cooks. Morocco has it all, and is home to some of the most delicious food imaginable. From robust roasts to rich aromatic stews, spiced or sweetened salads to savoury pastries, fragrant mounds of couscous to bastilla, an exquisite blend of shredded pigeon, a spiced onion sauce with saffron and herbs encased in a flaky, filo-like pastry topped with cinnamon and sugar – an intricate dish that epitomises everything that is grand and extravagant in Moroccan cooking. One of the most interesting ways to absorb the delights of Moroccan cuisine is to wander through the souks (markets) of the towns and cities, sampling the food on offer. It’s early morning in old Fés and sunlight streams in slanted rays through the woven bamboo shades covering the narrow alleyways, catching the steam rising from the many cookers. Close to the city gate of Bab Bou Jaloud, one stallholder is busy cooking and serving a typical Moroccan breakfast, miklee – flaky pancakes with butter and honey. In a nearby fruit and vegetable souk, produce of every kind lines the street – juicy oranges from the sun-drenched groves of Agadir, vine-ripened tomatoes, plump mounds of grapes and preserved fruits and nuts. Entire shops are jam-packed with olives of all types; others display hanging baskets bulging with fresh mint, used to make mint tea that is traditionally served before and after a meal. At a spice souk, bright red paprika, rich yellow turmeric, dusty sticks of cinnamon, seeds of cumin, aniseed and caraway are heaped in tubs waiting to be measured into twisted envelopes of paper. These are some of the spices that form the soul of Moroccan cooking, transforming simple dishes to exotic heights. One of Morocco’s most famous dishes is the tajine or tagine. The name refers to the conical-lidded pot in which it is prepared, as well as the intricately spiced stew of meat and vegetables, sometimes with dried fruits and nuts, cooked very slowly over a charcoal fire. Typical tajine combinations include: lamb with pears and chicken with green olives and preserved lemons – simple yet delicious dishes that are often accompanied by thick wedges of crusty Moroccan flat bread, perfect for soaking up the sauce. JAMAICAN From fiery seasoned meat and inventive seafood dishes to oak-aged rums and hearty stouts, Jamaican cuisine is an eclectic mix of African, European and Indian influences – and is surprisingly healthy and varied. Although many

Following its groundbreaking London debut, Standard International, the parent company of The Standard, an American hotel brand known for their taste-making clientele, their pioneering design, and their unrelenting un-standard-ness, announces the opening of The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives. The resort is a short sea plane ride away from Male, nestled between the Raaand Baa Atolls, on a naturally protected island. The resort, featuring 115 private pool villas, marks the brand’s first property in Asia. After Sansiri PLC became a majority stakeholder in late 2017, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives is the company’s next destination within its extensive global pipeline; which includes Koh Samui, Phuket, Hua Hin, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, Bordeaux, Mexico City, and Chicago, to name a few.  “It is such a treat within the same year to show the world what The Standard can be in one of the busiest places and one of the most tranquil places on the planet,” said Amar Lalvani, CEO of Standard International. “What makes me so proud is that despite the vast difference in setting, the culture of both are unmistakably Standard.” While the Maldives has traditionally been a couple’s destination, as always, The Standard has approached the development with a fresh set of eyes. The resort offers an unmatched combination of tranquility, social life and vibrant cultural programming that welcomes groups of friends or singles looking to meet others or just reset and recharge in paradise. The lobby is airy and intimate, and accessible 24-hours a day. Each of the 115 villas features its own private lounge deck and plunge pool, and the six unique culinary offerings range from a beach front BBQ shack serving freshly caught seafood, to our take on Maldivian cuisine that showcases ingredients sourced directly from our island farm. The resort offers guided diving and snorkeling through our naturally protected house reef to sunset boat excursions to uninhabited islands and undiscovered reefs, as well as night fishing and private destination dining. The Standard Spa offers a communal hammam, aroma steam room, daily yoga, personal training and nine private treatment rooms. No Standard experience would be complete without nightlife, from tribal beats at a beach bonfire to a glass bottom nightclub. And a disco ball above your bath tub, for your own private party. Rates from approximately 18,000 THB ($579), including breakfast. Book at standardhotels.com.

  The award-winning tented camp, Capella Ubud, Bali, today unveiled an exclusive weekend with celebrated architect and hospitality designer Bill Bensley, who invites guests to accompany him on a kaleidoscope of activities perfect for art and design enthusiasts. Having created over 200 resorts, hotels and palaces in more than 30 countries, inclusive of Capella Ubud, Bali, Bensley is known for his eclectic flair and for challenging the way that hotels are built and operate, which in Capella Ubud, Bali’s case resulted in the conceptualization of the camp with minimal intervention to the natural environment as well as preserving the rich history and heritage of Indonesia. Guests will be able to join Bill Bensley on a curated art tour through the camp grounds and Bali, participate in a sketch class, a morning run and two dinners, and will receive one personalized, signed copy of Bill Bensley’s coffee table book “Escapism,” and a drawing of the tent that guests will stay in during the weekend. The tent accommodations include high-end amenities and a relaxing 75-minutes Balinese massage. This one-of-kind experience offers guests a truly unique way to experience Bali through the eyes of one of the world’s most iconic designers. Outlined below is a detailed list of the package offerings, combined with the amenities regularly offered at the property: A curated guided art tour through the camp and Bali by Bill Bensley A visit to Neka museum with a private guided tour to explore a large collection of Rudolf Bonnet’s works together with Bill Bensley who is an avid and passionate collector of Bonnet’s works followed by a picnic lunch will served en-route to the Bensley design Studio in Sanur A trip to Bill Bensley’s favorite antique stores on the island. A sketch class and a guided morning run with Bill Bensley One Rijsttafel dinner at Mads Lange and an Omakase dinner at Api Jiwa hosted by Bill Bensley One personalized, signed copy of Bill Bensley’s coffee table book “Escapism” One personalized, a signed drawing of the tent that will be yours during this weekend A 75-minutes Balinese massage per person 3% of percentage of the revenue that is generated by this weekend package will be donated to the Shinta Mani Foundation, an organization founded by Bill Bensley that seeks to improve the lives of Cambodians and Cambodian communities. Capella Ubud, Bali also gives back to the local community by supporting ongoing corporate social responsibilities programs that create employment, preserve the local cultural heritage, procuring local food and beverage products, promoting education, sustainability and preserving the environment. The package is valid for stays from November 1, 2019 – November 3, 2019 at the one-bedroom tents. Rates start from USD 1300 plus 11% tax and 10% service charge per tent, per night. In order for guests to enjoy all of the activities, they must arrive by 11:00 am on November 1, 2019. Reservations are subject to availability. Cancellation fees of 100% of room charge with taxes for the entire stay will apply immediately upon confirmation. Nonrefundable 100% full prepayment is

Just outside of Tokyo, there are tons of attractions catering very much to almost everyone. The proximity of Chiba to Tokyo makes it a great stop on the way to the city and also makes a perfect place to take a side trip before leaving the country. Last winter I joined Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program for a press tour in Tako, Katori and Kozaki Town, Chiba prefecture. Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program offers free guided tours around the airport. Their tours are great for passengers in transits and tourists who have extra time after exploring Tokyo. The tour started with Michi no Eki Tako Ajisaikan, the roadsidestation in Tako Town with a large facility comprising a restaurant, a service area, and a marketplace offering fresh produce, including the town’s famous Tako-mai rice. You can purchase freshly made rice balls, giant deco sushi rolls and rice cakes, and enjoy a riverside lunch behind the premises. Renting an electric bike was straightforward and probably the best option to reach our next destination, Ten-Suzu, a local tempura restaurant where tempura was served freshly cooked, prepared in front of your eyes. The tour guide showed us to the counter, leaving us with the menu. I glanced over him observing the chef working solo, standing in the kitchen. His movement was unhurried, almost effortless, making the process of batter frying seemed so simple. Each ingredient was cooked separately one by one, delivered to the plate crisp and piping hot. The tempura was light, almost airy and tasted exceptionally good. To round off the meal, we were given rice, miso soup, and pickles with choices of condiments: sea salt, soy sauce and tsuyu for our tempura. To satisfy our sweet tooth we dropped by Shiraishi, a humble shop located just a minute’s walk from the tempura restaurant. Shiraishi offers a casual way to experience traditional Japanese sweets. The shop sold freshly made dango, a Japanese sweet made with rice flour with options including Mitarashi Dango (dango with sweet soy sauce) and Anko Dango (dango with red bean paste). Other desserts on offer were cupcakes, chestnut steamed buns and some classic Japanese bakery. Then we took a ride along the beautiful rice paddies to Nichihon-ji Temple, the tranquil site known for beautiful hydrangeas. According to our guide, it used to be a major training facility for monks where the ancient sutra scrolls were kept. On the second floor, you will find the display of an impressive ancient kimono. The expansive grounds house two Shinto shrines as the temple was built before the syncretism of Shinto and Buddhism. While strolling in a small Japanese garden, you will find a pond with lively carps. Before the darkness set in, we headed to Sawara, a small town in Katori City, an off-the-beaten-track attraction lying in a natural waterway known for its cherished ancient townscape. We checked in at Nipponia Sawara Merchant Town Hotel, a restored hotel comfortably located within walking distance from JR Sawara Station. YATA 103, my room, was previously part of a cotton merchant house. The