Three luxury beach resort hideaways in Southeast Asia

There’s never a wrong time to plan a romantic beach getaway, especially when you’re planning your escape in Asia. Home to some of the world’s most spectacular sites and breathtaking landscapes, it’s also the region to go for beautiful, relaxing beaches that are significantly more affordable than in other parts of the world. Though places […]

Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi: French colonial luxury in Vietnam

In all of my travels around Southeast Asia, I must say that the Hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is the BEST hotel in this region. The original Metropole, built in the early 1900s, has been recently restored to its old glory with just the right touches of modern design to make the hotel feel contemporary, but […]

The Nam Hai: luxurious secluded resort in Hoi An, Vietnam

Many people don’t think about Vietnam when planning a relaxing, indulgent beach holiday. If you are looking for something different from the usual resorts in Thailand, Malaysia, and Bali, check out the Nam Hai, one of the most luxurious, private places on the beach of Hoi An in Vietnam. With 100 villas, the beachfront Nam […]

Qatar Airways adds more flights to Bangkok, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

Qatar Airways has announced a huge expansion in Thailand with the introduction of a third daily flight to Bangkok, starting 1 November 2010. The increase in capacity comes just three weeks after the airline launched scheduled flights to Phuket. The Bangkok service will meet increasing demand from travelers who want to fly to Thailand and […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Hanoi

What is it about Vietnamese food? I love it and wherever I can find a good Vietnamese restaurant, I’m there. Too bad there aren’t enough good Vietnamese chefs living in other parts of the world where they can open restaurants and banish, once and for all, the gooey, gloppy, fattening, tasteless blubber that passes for […]

Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

I love Vietnamese food so it seems natural for me to include a list of good restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Of course since Vietnam used to be a French colony, you won’t be surprised to find good French restaurants as well. Above is a photo of three Vietnamese women wearing the traditional […]