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Eat your way around Shanghai in 7 dishes
Walking The Bund and sailing the Huangpu River are great, but there’s no better way to get a feel for the heartbeat of China’s most glamorous (and populous) city than by following your tastebuds. Here's Dilvin Yasa's Shanghai in 7 dishes...
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Destination South-east Asia
It’s hard to decide on somewhere to go when presented with so many good options, isn’t it? Replete with splendid hotels from Hilton, here are eight of the most exciting destinations in that nearest region of ours: Destination South-east Asia! ***Advertising content by Hilton*** Bali Going to Bali is a safe bet – it’s warm, it’s beautiful, the temples are breathtaking and the food is out of this world. Whether it’s for a wedding, a honeymoon or a chilled-out break with friends, it never disappoints. For the ultimate in seclusion you can really treat yourself with a private villa at Conrad Bali. Or enjoy uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, not to mention some seriously gorgeous, golden-tinted beachfront, at Hilton Bali Resort in Nusa Dua. Late night arrival? Stay at Hilton Garden Inn Bali; it’s right next to the airport providing you with a good night’s sleep before exploring the best Bali has to offer the next day. Bandung Want to cool down in the tropics? Bandung, just two hours out of Jakarta, is cooler than the rest of Indonesia, thanks to its location in a river basin among the remarkable Parahyangan mountains. From the rooftop pool of the Hilton Bandung, you can sit back and enjoy the panoramic views or head out on a day trip to the turquoise-toned Kawah Putih, also known as ‘White Crater Lake. Jakarta Jakarta is a multicultural city bursting at the seams with excitement, vigour and incredible food – not to mention some of Asia’s best nightclubs. Which is wonderful, in moderation; but at some point you’re going to need to get some sleep. With its expansive lagoon swimming pool and beautiful tropical garden, DoubleTree by Hilton Jakarta-Diponegoro will give you the rest you need. There’s even an Island Bar by the pool if you want to add some margaritas to that chill-out sesh. Koh Samui Pamper yourself by your private pool in your own villa at Conrad Koh Samui. Need a moment away from all that chill? Take a daytrip out to the fisherman’s village of Bophut and try some of the famous local food. Hua Hin See a bit of traditional Thailand in Hua Hin (a favourite destination of the Thai royal family) by experiencing one of the newly renovated rooms at the Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, where the décor features handmade furnishings made locally and an interior inspired by local tales. Play a round of golf in one of the nearby clubs, and finish your day with dinner at the gorgeous Chay Had Restaurant And Lounge, watching the sun set over the sea – those famous Hua Hin beaches are right outside the door. Bangkok Bangkok’s night markets are the stuff of legend – don’t miss the street food. Stay at Conrad Bangkok for views of the urban sprawl; at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sukhumvit Bangkok to be in shopping nirvana; at Millennium Hilton Bangkok to experience life on the banks of the Chao Phraya River; and in 2018, go luxe at the new Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. Singapore With 101-hectare waterfront park Gardens by the Bay, Singapore is a picturesque city in which to spend a weekend. Try something different and go to Singapore Zoo in the morning for ‘Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife’, where you’ll eat your brekky with orangutans. Experience world-famous shopping at ION Orchard and Takashimaya Shopping Centre, both just down the road from Hilton Singapore on Orchard Road. Or check out the beautiful new Asian-inspired rooms at Conrad Centennial Singapore in Marina Bay. The Maldives Who hasn’t wanted to visit the Maldives? It’s paradise, plain and simple. Heading off on a one-, three- or five-hour trip with StayInspired.com, you might find yourself watching the sun set on a cruise sailing the Indian Ocean, swimming with whale sharks and giant turtles on a dive or snorkel, or drifting through aquatic gardens. Stay at one of the overwater villas at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to experience the kind of luxury you’ve only ever dreamt about. You even get your own private pool.   Find out the latest Hilton promotions and view other destinations at www.Apac.Hilton.com/Southeastasia
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World Uncovered
At Wendy Wu Tours, we pride ourselves on knowing every vibrant, fascinating and incredibly rich corner of Asia. That's why we are Australia’s leading specialist Asia tour operator, World Uncovered. ***Advertising content by Wendy Wu*** Since 1994, when Wendy personally escorted her first tour to China, her ever-growing team of passionate travellers have been perfecting and diversifying the range of tours to capture the very essence of Asia. Today, over 23 years later, Wendy Wu Tours is a global leader in travel, taking tens-of-thousands of travellers to 25 countries throughout the continent every year. For us, your journey begins from that very first enquiry. You can trust that we are dedicated to expertly guide you through your Asian adventure with exceptional customer service and expert knowledge of your destination. Wendy Wu Tours has now expanded into new magnificent regions of the world, taking travellers to South America and Africa. Using our expertise and perfected touring formula, we have opened up a new world to Wendy Wu Tours’ travellers by offering ‘Worldwide’ tour experiences. Our most proud innovation for 2018 and beyond is the Immerse Yourself range of tours. These offer active, authentic and up-close cultural experiences. They also take travellers to less-explored locations with Epic Journeys bucket-list adventures, such as Mongolia, Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. As well-informed travellers seek out less mainstream travel experiences, Wendy Wu Tours has transformed with this trend to provide an entire range of tours (that can also be booked on a private basis) that embrace inspiring experiences. For example, instead of walking along the Great Wall near Beijing for an hour, travellers can hike along a remote section with no crowds for much longer. Cycle through the rice paddy-lined countryside of Vietnam or hike to colourful minority tribe villages and learn about their traditions. Spiritual experiences also abound with the chance to be part of a sacred Baci ceremony is Laos, meditate with a Taoist master in China, meet the Padaung people of Myanmar or experiencing a Lama blessing in Nepal. Some of the hand-picked experiences include staying overnight in a Buddhist monastery on Mt Koya in Japan, exploring the temples of Angkor by tuk-tuk or bouncing in an ox-cart through Rajasthani villages in India. Our new Immerse Yourself tours peel back the layers of the well-trodden tourist trails to delve deeper into local culture; it’s something that leaves our guest feeling personally enriched.
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Conrad Centennial Singapore: An icon reimagined
An unbeatable location and beloved tradition of hospitality meet sleek contemporary style full of clever touches at Conrad Centennial Singapore, as one of Singapore’s most popular hotels enters a landmark year. ***Advertising content by Conrad Singapore*** Conrad Centennial Singapore has quietly but confidently asserted itself as a bastion of elegant hospitality in the heart of the Lion City, combining a dress-circle location at Marina Bay with an easy sense of intimacy revered by guests both loyal and new. The renowned hotel has recently embarked upon a significant facelift; engaging renowned luxe hospitality design outfit, Jaya Interior Design to reimagine 511 rooms (some of Singapore’s largest), suites and bathrooms to bring the hotel firmly up-to-date (and beyond) with the latest in design, comfort, technology and style. While there are plenty of fantastic sights right outside your door, it may prove difficult to pry yourself away from the comfort of your newly refurbished room. Singapore conjures up many images; spacious hotel rooms are not necessarily one of them. But here, where the rooms start at 40 square metres, ample breathing space is just the beginning; a beautiful canvas for the new redesign, which hinges upon a modern reimagining of how travellers actually use their space. For example, the Conrad’s new rooms boast comfy daybeds complete with movable tables - allowing you to seamlessly transition from work to ‘chill’ mode in seconds. And little luxuries have been so thoughtfully incorporated throughout, it’d be easy to take them for granted: like the sensors which activate electricity in the rooms; or the 55-inch wall-mounted HDTVs that compete for your attention with stellar views over the glimmering Singapore skyline, perfect for appreciating over an in-room Nespresso. All this is anchored in the new, harmonious room design, which blends Asian elegance with contemporary clean lines and neutral colours to create a soothing aesthetic. The marble-clad bathrooms are, again, spacious and dial up the luxe factor with luxury branded bath amenities; choose between a relaxing bath or rain shower, pamper yourself with your choice of lotions and envelop yourself in a yukata (traditional summer kimono) or plush bathrobe before selecting your pillow of choice from the extensive pillow menu (complete with 15 options for firmness) and settling in for a blissful night’s sleep. A daily turndown service will see you happily returning to your haven in Singapore after a productive day’s work or an action-packed day of sightseeing. When it comes to sightseeing, of course, The Conrad Centennial’s location is unbeatable: right on the pulse of vibrant Marina Bay, the hotel boasts direct access to over 1000 retailers and over 300 dining venues just begging you to eat, drink and be merry. Just 16 minutes from Changi Airport, it’s also a quick trip to Sentosa Island, where everything from beaches to beautiful nature walks, historical coastal forts and waterparks await. Plus Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, the National Gallery Singapore, Marina Bay Sands and many other top attractions are also within easy reach. Don’t miss Conrad’s signature 1/3/5 experiences, which have been carefully curated to maximise your time in the city by suggesting activities to suit your time and tastes – from rooftop sundowners to sartorial spending sprees, or eating your way around the biggest and best hawker centre Singapore has to offer. Whatever you’re in town for, Conrad Centennial Singapore has positioned itself to be your home away from home in the heart of Singapore, ensuring that you stay inspired during your time in this dynamic, dazzling city.   The details Conrad Centennial Singapore, Two Temasek Boulevard Singapore, 038982 ConradSingapore.com Tel: +65 6334 8888.   Conrad Centennial Singapore is offering a special promotion of up to 20% off. Book from 5 December 2017 till 18 January 2018, for stays from 7 December 2017 to 31 December 2018.
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Shopping tips for designer fakes in Bangkok’s MBK mall
For more than 30 years, this Bangkok mall has been known as a temple of shopping for designer fakes. We go shopping for shoes, bags, make-up and more, and see just what this counterfeit haven has to offer. Writes Eloise Basuki.
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Hoi An – one day and one glorious night in ‘Vietnam’s Bath’
Day and night in Hoi An are seriously different propositions. Here’s how to make the most of your 24 hours in this ancient Vietnamese citadel city, writes Daniel Down.

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