Discover the women creating Asia’s most captivating boutique experiences

In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re showcasing the female owners, chefs and general managers behind some of our favourite experiences across Asia.

From fine dining in surprising places such as Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, to a royal residence in Bangkok and remote luxury cruises across Indonesia, each of the experiences below have been carefully crafted
for a memorable journey...
Known for reinventing Khmer cuisine for a new generation of gourmands, the “Kimsan Twins” both had mothers who were village cooks and taught them to love their local cuisine. With dishes inspired by seasonal local ingredients found in the many provinces of Cambodia, dining at Embassy Restaurant is a gastronomic journey across the Golden Land.
In the kitchen of Chinese House, a heritage gem built in 1905 by a wealthy Hokkein trader, Chef Ines Marie Samaai brings a culinary flair to the restaurant’s Asian and French identities. Her Pan-Asian menu delivers plates full of contrasts, twists and surprises alongside a drinks menu of refreshing cocktails and fine wines.
New to the Secret Tables family – though not to anyone who follows the Michelin Dining Guide – Paste highlights heirloom Thai ingredients and recipes that have been meticulously refined for fine dining cuisine. Chef Bee Satongu’s dedication to studying ancient techniques and giving centuries-old recipes new life has also earned the restaurant accolades as one of Asia’s 50 Best restaurants.
 Also new to the Secret Tables family, Terra’s “greenhouse” cuisine is inspired by the bounty of their farm and a commitment to celebrate their northern Thai Lanna heritage and local community. The restaurant’s female owner along with the manager, Anantika Ratnamhin, have created a dining experience which goes beyond simply wholesome food to make you feel at home in the heart of Thailand’s northern hills. 
Charting awe-inspiring journeys through the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar, Silolona Sojourns was founded by Patty Seery to embody the spirit of the Indonesian Archipelago. Onboard her luxury vessel, guests enjoy sumptuous amenities, world-class dining experiences and the charms of sailing on a traditional phinisi ship.
 Owners Lorna and Gaye bring you the wild wonders of the Indonesian Archipelago through Wow Borneo Cruises. Their collection of vessels not only traverse scenic waters but provide guests with unparalleled access to wildlife and natural treasures both – above and below the waters – as well as a chance to connect with local cultures.  
An Inle Lake native, Yin Myo Su’s passion is sharing the rich traditions of her home with the world while also giving back to the community. At Inle Princess Resort, guests are treated to picturesque boat rides and cultural experiences as well as introduced to the unique local Inthar cuisine. The sister property, Inle Heritage, offers an even closer look and the lake’s community with its nonprofit hospitality training programme and more.
 At Chakrabongse Villas, Narisa Chakrabongse invites you to live like royalty in the residence built for her grandfather on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Each stylish teakwood villa is richly designed to reflect the regional heritage. The singular resort is also known for serving royal Thai cuisine al fresco just across the river from Wat Arun – possibly one of the best views in all of Bangkok. 
This heritage house is the former home of Prince Souphanouvong, the first President of Lao, which his granddaughter, Lamphoune Voravongsa, has transformed into an elegant boutique hotel. Inviting you to slow down and take in the grace of Lao culture, the French colonial Satri House is a stylish refuge with its own pool, spa, restaurant and antiques library just steps away from the heart of Luang Prabang.
Tugu Hotels are known for history and romance, and owner Lucienne Anhar takes great joy in scouring Indonesia for antiques, and curating hotels and experiences which celebrate local arts. The enchanting Tugu Hotel Bali can be found on the shores of Canggu Beach, but you can also experience rare treasures and soulful style at Hotel Tugu Malang and Hotel Tugu Lombok.
A chic modern property just minutes away from the majestic Angkor Wat, Anjali Hotel was created by Khmer owner, Povnearyroth Phan, and her mother to reflect the closeness to nature, sensory experience, peacefulness and kindness that make so many people fall in love with the ancient city. With the assistance of their female GM, Beatrice Baranger, the boutique experience they design is sophisticated, stylish and second to none.
Phu Chaisai literally translates to “clear heart mountain” and the elegant property in the verdant hills of the Golden Triangle takes your breath away yet also invites you to take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and enjoy the moment. While owner Mrs. M.L. Sudavdee Kriangkrai’s philosophy is one of mindfulness and “less is more,” the luxury lodge she has created exudes rustic splendor and will do doubt leave you excited to learn all you can about this unique region.
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