Thailand and Dubai
Collected by Kerryn Hayes
333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan, แขวง คลองต้นไทร เขต คลองสาน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10600, Thailand
The best dim sum is at Mei Jiang, the Cantonese restaurant located inside the Peninsula Hotel. My order typically includes the har gow [steamed prawn dumplings with ginger], the drunken chicken with jellyfish, and the snow pea pastries. —David...
503 Thanon Samsen, Dusit, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
The place to go for curries—with lotus shoots or with crabmeat—Krua Apsorn is a favorite restaurant for me and for some members of the royal family. The decor is not very exciting, but the food is. Thanon Samsen, near the corner of Soi Samsen 9...
24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Two of the cooks who worked with me at Nahm in London opened a dinner-only spot named Bo.lan. Bo and Dylan prepare traditional but often hard-to-find dishes, such as stir-fried chicken thighs with bamboo shoots, and red curry of pork hock. —David...
60/1 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10310, Thailand
Or Tor Kor market, on Kamphaengphet Road, has the most beguiling array of fruit: custard apples, jackfruit, mangoes, and lychees. Thais believe desserts are the pinnacle of their cuisine, and the stalls here are a testament to this faith. Durian...
56/10 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 ซอย ทองหล่อ Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
American food journalist Jarrett Wrisley opened Soul Food Mahanakorn, a homey restaurant on the posh street, Soi Thonglor. Look for dishes such as yam makrua yao, a smoky eggplant salad topped with boiled duck eggs. —David Thompson This appeared...
27 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
The Metropolitan by Como is a luxury hotel with 171 large rooms and an impressive spa that includes yoga studios and an outdoor lap pool. At my restaurant, Nahm, I put subtle twists on authentic Thai dishes. You’ll find a whole page of curries. —...
Al Karama - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The crunchy lentil vada and Chennai-style sambar at Woodlands are flavors that have stood the test of time in this rapidly changing city. Long-time residents who know their South Indian fare still flock to this 30+ year old hidden gem in Karama,...
3rd floor, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Road, Al Rigga - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
On the second floor of Dubai's first-ever shopping mall, hidden away in a tower that no tourist would ever come across, is the hugely popular Korean restaurant - Shogun. Shogun's marinated meats (bulgogi and kalbi) sizzle up to perfection on the...
Al Maktoum Street, Al Rigga - Near Clock Tower, Behind Emirates Gas Station - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
This Old Dubai institution serves up some of the most flavourful, authentic Chinese fare - be it spicy chicken gooteys (pan-fried dumplings with a crunchy lace on the underside) and Peking Duck. Their Double Taste Duck is the one to pick, with...
JLT Cluster Y - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
At Marta's Kitchen, a patio café hidden in Jumeirah Lake Towers, you're served by chef Marta herself. The menu frequently changes, but you'll taste exquisite dishes influenced by her upbringing in San Sebastián. Marta's is only open for lunch from...
Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 - دبي - United Arab Emirates
During the many years I lived in Dubai, I must have sipped drinks on the wide, breezy veranda of Bahri Bar hundreds of times. It was the bar I took my many visitors to Dubai—from my Mum to my old school friends—on their first night in the city and...
4 B Street, Al Karama, Behind Park Regis Hotel, Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There is such a mind-boggling variety of food cramped up in the block behind the Park Regis hotel in Karama, that your brains get fried into this chewy schmukaroo of dinner-time confusion. Should you do Ethiopian? Or Sudanese falafel? Or...
24th Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road - Umm Suqeim - دبي - United Arab Emirates
Don't come for the atmosphere or decor, which are usually big draws in Dubai where bars are often extravagant and over-the-top. The interior of this compact watering hole up on the 24th floor of Jumeirah Beach Hotel won't win any design awards. I...
Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeira Road، Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Chefs have come and gone over the years and with them the seafood-based cuisine has changed. One thing that has remained, however, at this over-water restaurant is the enchanting views. In one direction there's the illuminated sail-shaped Burj Al...
Marina Walk,Dubai Marina near the waterfront - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
As places to have a few drinks go, this is probably as good as it gets. With a backdrop of the world's tallest building, and the fountains at Dubai Mall, shaded by palm trees, and sitting on sofas or bean bags. The music wasn't half bad either, as...
Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah - King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Umm Suqeim 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
For a bar located in Al Qasr, one of Dubai's most luxurious hotels, Koubba remains something of a secret. While it may not be Dubai's most buzziest bar, it's arguably one of its most romantic and makes a lovely spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or...
Jumeirah St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jutting out to sea at the end of a walkway at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel marina, 360 offers breathtaking panoramic views from its rooftop lounge-bar: cocktail in hand, you can see the Arabian Sea, Burj Al Arab, and the sweep of the coastline. Arrive...
62/5 Bangkok Rd, ตำบล ตลาดเหนือ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Our driver Khun Kob brought us to this place, and we really appreciated his recommendation! It was a delightful restaurant tucked away somewhere near Phuket town. From the minute we set our sights on the overgrowth of vegetation at the entrance,...
13 Ratsada Rd, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ อำเภอ เมืองภูเก็ต Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This quaint café has an almost high-tea English ambience, but the menu is totally Thai. Located at the intersection of Yaowarat and Ratsada roads in Phuket Town, Anna’s menu mainly features recipes popular in Thailand’s middle region. Beautiful...
48 Dibuk Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
This charming 90-year-old former shop house is famous for its traditional Southern Phuket food. Braised pork belly with black pepper, and crab-meat curry with rice noodles are just some of the favorites that will get you salivating. Very popular...
96 Krabi, Tambon Talat Nuea, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Located in the former governor’s mansion, Blue Elephant opened its doors as both a restaurant and cooking school. Known as the unofficial ambassador of Royal Thai cuisine throughout the world, their sophisticated menu offers fresh ingredients with...
352 Phuket Rd, ตำบล ตลาดใหญ่ Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
If you’re craving Italian food in Phuket, head to La Gaetana. This romantic little spot is family-owned by Giovanni “Gianni” Ferrara and his wife Chonticha, and they take pride in providing exceptionally attentive service. Pasta is made in house,...
1055 State Tower Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
Of course, it’s silly to say that Sirocco only became popular because of the Hangover 2 movie, but the extra publicity helped. It has always been a stand-out destination for lavish drinks with a great view and is ideal for budding photographers to...
Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
Cuiabá - State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
The Pantanal is one of the best wildlife-spotting destinations on the planet. Cox & Kings offers a five-day trip to the remote Jaguar Research Center, where guests may also encounter hyacinthine macaws, anacondas, and giant river otters Brazil’s...
Isle of Skye, Duntulm, Portree IV51 9UF, UK
At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye, which is an island off of the upper north western shore of Scotland, are the ruins of Duntulm Castle. To get there, you have to drive for several hours on narrow dirt roads, but the sense of remoteness...
Jalan Penatahan-Wongayagede, Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Wongaya Gede, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 85125, Indonesia
Pura Luhur Batukaru is one the most important temples on the island of Bali as it is one of the nine directional temples that protects the island from evil spirits. Unlike other Balinese sacred sites, Batukaru sees very few tourists due to its...
E6 80, 9146 Olderdalen, Norway
Situated on the Lyngen Fjord, this timber lodge is well suited for boat skiing. From March through May, a skipper ferries guests to nearby islands, where they hike up peaks and ski back to the beach. From $4,500 per week. 47/ 4762-7853. This...
Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia
For a taste of Miami by way of St. Lucia, look no further than Sugar Beach. Set on a white-sand crescent between the Piton mountains—within a 100-acre former sugar plantation studded with shady palm trees—the resort’s...
Av. Ezequiel Bustillo Km. 25, 8401 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
SP94, 07021 Arzachena OT, Italy
There are few places that blend dramatic scenery, old-world history, and stellar food culture as beautifully as Sardinia. In early summer, wildflowers color the island, cherries are at their juiciest, and many regions are surprisingly tourist...
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