Savoring Exotic Asia

Downing-Staff is quick to point out that while exotic travel like this was hard “back in the day,” the exotic is still available but its easier to access because the infrastructure has improved so much throughout Asia. “Of course, luxury is now available in some of the remotest regions and so it’s much more user-friendly.… Things have changed quite dramatically in terms of infrastructure, so now you can actually drive on a paved road and spend the night in a very comfortable hotel, if not a luxurious hotel, in most of the locations that are of interest to travelers. So the comfort level and just the ability to get around are tremendously different, so therefore, instead of attracting hard-core, 20-something backpackers who can take the hardships, now it’s attracting older, wealthier people who still have a tremendous curiosity in the world.”