Elizabeth Coffey

Hong Kong Office

Irish by birth, I first came to Asia on a three month backpacking trip in 2008. Eleven years later and I’m still here! It’s fair to say that I have completely fallen in love with the region and its fascinating mix of cultures, stunning scenery, bustling megacities and tantalising culinary experiences.

I spent time living in South Korea and China before making Hong Kong my home. I was lucky enough to have travelled to every country in the region and some highlights are: biking around the thousands of temples in magical Bagan, Myanmar; spotting majestic blue whales in gorgeous Sri Lanka; and sharing tea with a Buddhist moFank in a temple in the surprisingly lovely Nagasaki, Japan. I look forward to revisiting some of these countries to explore some of the more off the beaten track destinations including the relatively unexplored Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar and the Shikoku region of Japan.

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Travel nuggets

  • When visiting the must see Senso-Ji temple in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, go in the early evening when the crowds have died down and the temple is at its most atmospheric.

  • In the most popular cities in Italy such as Rome and Florence, take a walk from the main tourist attractions and spend the day in the more local areas and side streets as this is often where you’ll find the best quality and best value restaurants.

  • Here’s a secret for you, not all of Thailand has been destroyed by mass tourism! The island of Koh Lanta in the Andaman Sea is a peaceful location boasting stunning, nearly deserted beaches, magnificent views and friendly locals.

My hot picks

Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Aman is a small, exclusive hotel which offers unforgettable views of the Tokyo skyline. After touring Tokyo for the day, return to the beautiful spa, one of Tokyo’s largest, for some pampering or take an early evening dip in the 30 metre city view pool.

Belmond Governor's Residence, Yangon, Burma

This gorgeous property is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Yangon. Return to this colonial mansion after a long day of sightseeing and relax by the lovely pool. Later enjoy a pre–dinner rum sour in the Kipling Bar before dining in the restaurant.

Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta, West coast beaches and islands, Thailand

Perched above one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand and offers stunning views of the Andaman Sea from its infinity pool. You will be whisked away to this paradise by private speedboat before your journey of rest and relaxation begins.

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