Category: Asia



// August 12, 2016

We’re not elephants. But, we’ve picked up a lot while spending time with them over the years, and have a good guess what they would say if they could. You have questions about the best way to protect them. We […]

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The It List: 8 Trips Worth the Hype

// March 9, 2016

We’re sharing the travel destinations you need to know about right now—and disclosing the hidden gems you don’t want to miss once you get there. With the world’s best places to visit and hotel It Lists constantly changing, it’s hard […]

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Textile weavings made from lotus and silk, a specialty of Inle Lake, by Koh Than Laing

Places to go now to protect an artisan tradition

// November 30, 2015

“Sometimes when you travel, you see something too beautiful to not take home,” says Absolute Travel President Ken Fish. Don’t we know it. We’ve lost ourselves in countless souks from Marrakech to Istanbul, been mesmerized by the whirring bobbins of […]

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Travel + Leisure names Holly to their A-List! Her tips will change the way you travel in Southeast Asia.

// September 30, 2015

Holly’s creds come from a year living in Bangkok’s trendiest neighborhood and months traveling across Southeast Asia, from Myanmar to Sri Lanka, scoping out the best new hotels and off-the-radar experiences. She is always on the ground discovering what makes […]

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Beyond Shanghai & Beijing: Why Chengdu should be your first stop in China | By Katie Lotz

// August 25, 2015

I’ve been to China four times in the last five years. I’ve studied Mandarin Chinese in Beijing; taught Chinese University students English in Chengdu; explored Xi’an (going back for the Terra Cotta Warriors), Chongqing (don’t miss the evening river cruise), […]

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Why Big City Dwellers Need Bali

// May 26, 2015

Christa is on a mission: to reset, rejuvenate, bliss-out, and find holistic wellness in Bali. She goes beyond the legendary spas and fabled beaches (although, she’ll certainly squeeze in some of this as well!) to meet with traditional healers, learn […]

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Thailand: 10 Absolute Picks Beyond Your Guidebook

// July 29, 2014

Beyond the breathtaking landscapes of stoic, stepped rice terraces, broad-leafed jungle rooftops, and pillars of rock that defiantly rise from cerulean blue bays; beyond the narrow, bustling city streets pulsing with motorbikes and pungent with the scent of pad thai […]

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Beyond Memoirs of a Geisha: Five Other Great Japan Novels – Discover Japan

// January 17, 2014

On the occasion of his sixth trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, our Japan specialists, Brian Lonergan, offers some of his favorite novels about one of the most exciting destinations in Asia. If you’re inspired by this blog, […]

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From Bling to Buddhism: Why You Should Visit Myanmar Now

// November 5, 2012

Absolute Travel’s Bagan Office Just before President Obama takes off on his first overseas trip since his re-election to the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, our very own Holly Monahan scopes out the scene. Myanmar is fast becoming Southeast Asia’s […]

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Holly Visits Bangkok’s Next Great Luxury Retreat: The Siam

// September 6, 2012

Now that I’m here in Bangkok, I was excited to visit The Siam Hotel, newly-opened and generating a lot of buzz on the hotel scene. Their private longtail boat took me up the Chao Phraya River to the pretty green […]

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Holly Monahan: Based in Bangkok

// August 16, 2012

Absolute Travel’s staff frequently travels the world to stay current on the newest and best experiences for clients. In that spirit, our Luxury Travel Sales Manager, Holly Monahan, is relocating to Asia this month to spend the next year immersed […]

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Four Nights at the Bulgari Bali (how did I get so lucky?)

// January 3, 2012

My most recent trip to Bali may have been hot, humid, and filled with Obama-induced traffic, but the time spent at the Bulgari Hotel made all of that disappear. The hotel was the most welcoming, beautifully designed, luxurious retreat I […]

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My Summer Extension in Samui

// October 18, 2011

Saying goodbye to summer is never easy. Luckily my recent trip to Southern Thailand gave me one last opportunity to soak up the rays before making the transition from flip flops and iced Caramel Macchiatos to flats and Pumpkin Lattes. […]

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Square watermelons, Elvis sightings, the perfect egg and my dinner with a Geisha

// September 28, 2011

There is nowhere in the world like Japan. The delicious culinary surprises, astounding natural beauty, and lasting traditional culture made each day of my trip thrilling, but the people are what truly define Japan and what will bring me back. […]

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Lisa Sun Digs Deeper in Southeast Asia

// August 25, 2011

Lisa Sun and Asia go back a long way. She lived in Beijing for almost a decade, traveling all of China as well as 15 countries in Asia on her own.  Now after fourteen years with Absolute Travel, she continues […]

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In Bali, Green is the New Black

// February 14, 2011

Aside from it being an idyllic place to kick back, there’s another reason to visit Bali: Green School. If you (or your kids!) are not brimming with excitement about the school part, we think you should reconsider. Picture children ranging […]

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Beating the Brrrrrr in Bali

// December 9, 2010

It was early winter and like many New Yorkers, I was reluctant to pull out my winter coat. But as the cold weather and dark days began to creep in, I made an escape, and boarded a plane to Bali. […]

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My Tokyo Fixer

// October 19, 2010

As someone who has always appreciated the art of cooking, design, and presentation, I knew that Tokyo would be a city I’d someday have to see. I have always felt that food reveals so much about a culture, and my […]

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Transported by Burma

// September 1, 2010

When venturing to new destinations, many visitors want to be transported – literally and figuratively – often seeking a land untouched or trodden by outsiders. While such destinations are becoming more difficult to find in our increasingly globalized world, my […]

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Vietnam: Brilliantly in Flux

// August 5, 2010

Tucked away under their distinctive conical hats, you rarely see their faces. Virtually every inch of them covered in hopes to keep the unrelenting eastern sun from darkening their skin, giving away their identity as a worker. But elusive glances […]

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