Tuesday 03 Oct 2023
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 3): This issue packs enriching and experiential ideas on where to go and what you can do now that travel is the thing to do. Start with Andaz Bali’s picnic afternoon tea, spread out on a lawn or at the beach and let time slip by in between sips of Tanamera coffee or Brew Me tea, both from Indonesia. If you wish to chew on something heavier, visit Denmark’s new refugee museum in Oksbøl, Jutland, set on the site of its largest refugee camp from WWII. Exhibits reveal the universal challenges, emotions, spirit and stories of displaced humans worldwide.

Prepping for a trip can be exhausting, so let tech do the work, whether you’re looking for the best fares, navigating the labyrinthine streets of New York or planning dinner at a halal eatery in Albania, whose Tirana International Airport is named after Mother Teresa (Nënë Tereza), who was of Albanian origin.

If nouvelle cuisine is your thing, France’s wine capital Bordeaux has dining, shopping and leisure options, besides tours within its historic heart. For simpler pursuits, follow the path of pilgrims in Camino, northwest Spain, and walk your way through rural villages and old towns known for thermal water, stone walls, wooden buildings, cathedrals, cottages and farmhouses, where friendly owners eagerly prepare hearty meals for weary guests.

Washington, DC, federal capital of the USA, is a capital destination for different things: food (you might catch a celebrity or more at Old Ebbitt Grill, DC’s oldest bar and restaurant); performances (John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); history and art (Lincoln Memorial and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden); and architecture (Union Station has vaulted interior spaces and a view of Capitol Hill).

Closer to home, Hoi An province in Vietnam offers river cruises, pottery and lantern-making sessions, new resorts, golfing grounds and a casino, fresh seafood and of course, steaming bowls of pho.

Read about these and more in our latest issue of Options, which comes out with the July 4, 2022 edition of The Edge Malaysia weekly.

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