Formula One From Your Window: Luxury Hotels for the Singapore Grand Prix - Travelogues from Remote Lands - April 24, 2018

24 April 2018
Call us: +1-646-415-8092 View in your browser. F1 FROM YOUR WINDOW: LUXURY HOTELS FOR THE SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX It’s a long way off to the Singapore Grand Prix 2018, but smart travelers know that seats to one of the most highly-anticipated sporting events in one of Southeast Asia’s most interesting destinations don’t come easy. For the luxury traveler, Singapore’s Formula 1 extravaganza is a lot more fun when you can watch the action from your hotel window. READ MORE Racing GOBI MARCH IN MONGOLIA: ASIA’S TOUGHEST RACE OF THE YEAR

It’s 250 kilometers from Khar Bukh Balgas to the Erdene Zuu Monastery: a seven-day race across the wastes on foot.

“This year’s special edition of the Gobi March will take place in Mongolia. We are very excited to bring our competitors to this beautiful, untouched and nomadic part of the world.” Zeana Haroun from 4 Deserts tells Travelogues. “The terrain will include sand dunes, great rock valleys, and old forests, while competitors will at times sleep in traditional Mongolian yurts.”

READ MORE > Dining KAISEKI IN KYOTO: 5 FINE DINING FAVORITES Japan has more Michelin stars than anywhere on earth. Here perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, food is rich with both flavor and culture – and no experience compares to kaiseki in Kyoto. The delicate, seasonal art of kaiseki is the most intense dining experience in Asia: two hours and more than a dozen dishes. In Kyoto, it’s important to do kaiseki right. READ MORE > LEONOWENS AND THE KING: 19TH CENTURY LEGACY IN 21ST CENTURY BANGKOK

Before Jim Thompson’s name became synonymous with Thai silk and before we heard Australian medical officer Rowley Richard’s stories from the Burma-Siam railway, there was another foreigner creating history in what was then Siam.

Louis Thomas Leonowens, who came to Bangkok as a child in 1862, spent five years of his youth as a resident in Thailand’s Royal Palace, the basis for a major character in the seminal 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam. After crisscrossing the globe Louis returned to the country of his childhood, where he became a Siamese royal military captain, private timber trading magnate, and eccentric hotelier. Today, his Bangkok is still very much alive.

READ MORE Wildlife OTTERS, CROCS, AND MACAQUES: WILDLIFE SPOTTING IN SINGAPORE Singapore more brings to mind Marina Bay Sands and outstanding real estate prices rather than spitting cobras and porcupines. It’s easy to forget when you’re standing on Orchard Road or in Chinatown, but, once upon a time, Singapore was a jungle filled with tigers and elephants. Today, one of the modern miracles of the Lion City’s development is that, somehow, a little bit of that wild heritage survives in spectacular ways. READ MORE > Vintage Rides TAKING A ROYAL ENFIELD ACROSS THE MONGOLIAN STEPPES

Mongolia is a big, wide open country, one of the least densely populated places on the planet. Anyone who travels there will tell you that, to get anywhere isolated and interesting, you’ll need to drive. For those preferring Asia on two wheels, this is good news.

“All our Mongolian trips are demanding, distances are long, and it means intense riding days,” Denise Wright at Vintage Rides tells Travelogues. “As Mongolia is a very spread out country with few inhabitants, off-road is present everywhere you go.”

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