Destination: Southeast Asia

Our list of articles tagged with "Southeast Asia."

July 9, 2020

Culture, Food, Nature & Luxury in Laos

Enchanting Luang Prabang on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos is one of our favorite towns in Southeast Asia for deeply traditional culture, well-preserved historic architecture, gilded Buddhist temples and flavorful cuisine.

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June 21, 2020

Meals We’re Dreaming of Around the World

One of the things we love about traveling is the food! Here are some of the meals and culinary treats that Artisans of Leisure travel experts are dreaming about for when we’re able to travel again.

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June 28, 2014

New Authentic Experiences in Southeast Asia: Food, Culture, Art and Style

We’ve recently introduced a number of exciting new activities in Southeast Asia. All of the experiences—including culinary, active and art options—can be incorporated into our private luxury tours. New Artisans of Leisure experiences in Southeast Asia include: Culinary Touring •    Learning to prepare pho (noodle soup) and banh mi (baguette sandwiches) in Vietnam •   Taking […]

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August 22, 2013

Vietnam Cooking Class

Because Vietnam is such a great foodie destination, one of the most frequent requests we receive is to arrange private cooking lessons during a tour. This popular activity provides an introduction to the local food culture as well as a fun (and delicious!) learning experience. A typical cooking class begins in the market, where you’ll […]

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April 3, 2013

A Private Cruise on the Mekong River in Luang Prabang

A visit to Luang Prabang, Laos is incomplete without spending time on the Mekong River. Our favorite way to enjoy this legendary waterway is on a private boat. We especially recommend a private boat excursion to the Pak Ou Caves, about 25 km north of Luang Prabang. Accessible only by boat, these natural caverns house […]

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March 27, 2013

Song Saa: a Private Island Retreat in Cambodia

Song Saa is a great option for travelers wanting a Southeast Asian island retreat that’s off the beaten path. Cambodia’s first (and only) luxury island resort sits on a pair of private islands in the Gulf of Thailand among beautiful, untouched nature. In addition to relaxing on the beach and in the spa, Song Saa […]

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January 11, 2013

Where Do You Want to Travel This Year?

2013 is an exciting year for Artisans of Leisure: it’s our 10th anniversary! We’re proud to be celebrating our first decade of offering the most luxurious and creative private tours available. Where are you considering traveling? For inspiration, we asked a few of our clients to comment on favorite aspects of their recent Artisans of […]

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November 29, 2012

Our Latest Luxury Travel Newsletter

Be sure to visit our website to read our latest Artisans of Leisure newsletter. It’s full of travel ideas for now and the future, not to mention two slideshows from recent trips: • Just Back: Vienna, Prague & Berlin (slideshow) • An Interview with Our Newest Travel Expert • Where to Go Now: India • Expanding Our International Garden […]

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November 9, 2012

Beyond Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is a spectacular temple that should be on every cultural traveler’s must-see list. However, many travelers don’t realize that Angkor Wat is just one part of the vast ruins of the ancient Khmer civilization. Covering 77 square miles of the jungle and plains around the town of Siem Reap, the Angkor […]

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January 17, 2012

Must Buy: Lacquer in Myanmar (Burma)

Many travelers on Artisans of Leisure tours like to shop for items that are unique to the destinations they are visiting. Myanmar, a.k.a. Burma, is one of the best places in Southeast Asia to find high-quality crafts, decorative items, and traditional objects that are used for everyday use. We are particularly fond of Burmese lacquerware, […]

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January 6, 2011

A tasting tour of Hanoi

Hanoi is one of our favorite food destinations. We love exploring the city’s Old Quarter and enjoying traditional Hanoi pastimes such as stopping for strong Vietnamese iced coffee at fashionable cafes, tasting local specialties such as flavorful grilled fish at Cha Ca La Vong, and wandering the backstreets to see baskets overflowing with spices, specialty […]

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October 7, 2010

Culinary touring in Laos

Part of what makes Laos such a unique destination is its cuisine. Travelers can expect to enjoy typical Lao dishes such as Mekong river fish steamed in banana leaves with ginger and coriander; laap, a spicy dish of minced meat or fish marinated with spices and herbs, such as mint; and Luang Prabang Salad, a […]

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August 20, 2009

Traditional Buddhist culture in Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang is a wonderful place to experience the rhythms of a traditional Buddhist culture. The atmospheric town in northern Laos sits on the banks of the slow-moving Mekong River, and traditional wooden houses, French colonial architecture, abundant palm trees, and a lack of high-rise buildings give it a low-key, unspoiled charm. Dozens of modest […]

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June 8, 2009

A unique day with elephants in northern Thailand

It’s not everyday that you have a chance to talk to an elephant, let alone that you get a response. Yet that’s just what we offer our travelers during a private, hands-on day of working with and riding domestic elephants in the forests of northern Thailand. During this special activity, our travelers visit a private […]

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June 2, 2009

Top 5: the most romantic travel destinations

Our travel experts have created a list of our Top 5 favorite romantic destinations–these locations are perfect for honeymooners or anyone seeking a special romantic getaway. 1.) Morocco Our favorite way to experience the most luxurious and romantic side of Morocco is to stay in Marrakesh for several days at luxury resort such as the […]

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May 11, 2009

Luxury beach options near China

Many travelers visiting China often ask us how they can add on a few days at a luxury beach resort after their cultural touring in mainland China. There are several recommended options nearby. For an extraordinarily luxurious and spectacular beach experience, we recommend the Amanpulo resort, located on a private island in the Philippines. A stay at Amanpulo can […]

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April 10, 2009

A walk through Bangkok’s Amulet Market

I grew up in Bangkok as a little girl and I’m always amazed at how much the city changes every time I return. Even with the constant modern expansion, it’s always possible to find the city’s deeply traditional culture, customs, and hidden cultural gems if you know where to look. Whenever I return, I enjoy […]

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April 10, 2009

A conversation with Asian food expert Corinne Trang

The founder of Artisans of Leisure, Ashley Isaacs Ganz, recently met up with cookbook writer and Asian food expert Corinne Trang. Ashley assisted Corinne with her extensive travels and culinary arrangements in Asia when Corinne was doing research for her acclaimed cookbook Essentials of Asian Cuisine. Q: You started your food career at Saveur Magazine […]

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March 23, 2009

The Indonesian Island of Lombok: Culture, Beauty, Luxury

Lombok has been one of our favorite cultural travel destinations for quite some time. Easily accessed by hydrofoil or plane from the neighboring island of Bali, Lombok offers deeply traditional culture and pristine beauty: a volcano, beautiful beaches, excellent diving and snorkeling, waterfalls, and lush terraced rice fields. Our private tours of Lombok include a […]

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February 20, 2009

Our Top 5 Best Adventure Tours

Many of our travelers like to complement cultural touring with soft adventure activities. The following tours in Asia, South America, the Himalayas, the South Pacific and Africa have just the right balance of soft-adventure and culture—and they all include private touring and the best luxury hotels in the world. 1). Journey Through Morocco A highlight […]

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February 11, 2009

Philanthropic travel in Southeast Asia

Artisans of Leisure travelers visiting Southeast Asia—especially Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia—take luxurious, flexible tours that are focused on the cultural highlights of the region (including the ruins of Angkor, markets, temples, elephant camps, historic sites, art and cuisine). More and more travelers are asking us to incorporate philanthropic experiences into their private Asia tours. The most popular […]

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