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Park Hyatt Saigon : New Colonial Luxury

In my years of trip planning and travel to Vietnam, hotels have always been the weakest link.  Unlike Thailand where the issue is too many luxury hotels to choose from, Vietnam is very inconsistent.  Hanoi always had the grand colonial Sofitel Metropole, but Saigon never had anything comparable.  This changed in 2006 with the […]

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok: Classic Luxury & Charm On The Chao Phraya River

Bangkok is a city swept up in modernization.  Shopping malls and entertainment bombard you everywhere you look.  New hotels with the latest trends are popping up almost monthly.  How does the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok stay at the top, despite being the oldest luxury hotel in the city?

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Ariyasom Villa: Stay in a traditional Thai mansion in the heart of Bangkok

A common criticism of deluxe hotels in Bangkok is the lack of traditional local Thai style.  The Ariyasom Villa is a 1940’s traditional Thai estate that has been carefully converted into a deluxe boutique resort, in the center of the city.  If you ever wanted to stay at Jim Thompson’s house, this is your […]

The “best” Tokyo luxury hotel

I often get asked what the “best” luxury hotel in Tokyo is.  And for many years my answers made me sound evasive or difficult.   I’m not trying to dodge the question, the simple answer is that there isn’t one.  Instead of one “best”, deluxe travelers to Tokyo have a variety of top hotels to […]