Although no longer the shining star of Bangkok that it used to be, The Sukhothai still holds a special place in my heart. The hotel's once-unrivaled stature has slipped dramatically in recent years as other, more spectacular hotels have debuted across the city.
When legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha parted ways with Aman Resorts, the brand he founded and quickly established as one of the most exquisite hotel companies worldwide, he kept a piece of Amantaka in Laos for himself. It’s easy to see why.
The Lao Poet Hotel is a haven of joy and charm in a city that lacks much of either. This artful boutique hotel is the perfect encapsulation of time and place in the heart of a city with a complicated past that's now in the early stages of a comeback.
There is a mystical quality to the tea ceremony that becomes clearer only with practice and time, but the art of Chinese tea is fading. Sadly, most of Hong Kong’s traditional tea shops have disappeared. I’ve been thinking a lot about Chinese tea lately...