Billy Gray strikes east out of Hanoi to Yen Tu, a Buddhist complex on the road to Halong
The granddaddy of exotic vacation resorts is spreading across Asia. Jesse Meadows flew into Singapore to make the quick hop across the Singapore Strait to Bintan in Indonesia.
La Veranda smells like lemongrass. It feels like the home of French aristocrats in 19th-century Vietnam. Fitting, as this Accor-managed, four-star resort on a private strip of Phu Quoc’s Duong Dung Beach was built 12 years ago by a French-Indochine family with four generations of history in Southeast Asia. The resort’s 70 rooms face west onto the Gulf of Thailand, which translates into idyllic tropical sunsets.
Somewhere off Phu Quoc is a privately owned island that, if you’re lucky enough, might just be open for a visit. Jesse Meadows discovered that despite the growing debris in the surrounding seas, here the water remains crystal clear. Photos by Trung Del
My boss and I were discussing the upcoming holiday.
Thailand’s biggest city through a lens
A detour on the route to Mui Ne unveils a getaway only 40km from Saigon. Words and photos by Kyle Phanroy