Today, hotels across Asia are investing big money in art collections; they’re dispatching guests into the environs with knowing guides of the local art scene; and they’re setting up easels for fledgling artists to ply their craft worlds away from what’s familiar.
Vietnam may sound like the antithesis of a honeymoon destination, but the country that once was the subject of war movies has a surprisingly rich and romantic story to tell travelers. With numerous atmospheric corners to explore, a world-famous cuisine and fascinating heritage, Vietnam holds all the elements for an unforgettably exotic honeymoon.
Vietnam's spas have had a big year so far in 2013. Two were listed among the world's top five spas by Travel + Leisure. One of the same was ranked among Asia's top 10 spa resorts by voters a worldwide online poll. For a country that used to be known for gruesome conflict, the path to spa sanctuary has been especially interesting.
The role of coffee is so deeply embedded in Vietnam's social landscape that it's hard to imagine this country without its 'ca phe sua da', its tin drip filters, its plastic lawn chairs facing the ever-changing spectacle of the street. Every morning, sheltered by a leafy branch or tucked into a quiet alley, Saigon's elders, office workers, neighbors, taxi drivers and friends converge on the sidewalks for a leisurely chat over the day's first cup.
Certain hotels around Southeast Asia have done more than just host international tourists and business travelers; they’ve played host to diplomats. At times of peace and war these hotels have housed diplomatic missions where the deliberations have shaped the course of history.