Compass Blog

Compass is a collection of blogs based on the imaginative research the Kensington team undertakes to ensure we find new and better ways to transform travel into a more meaningful and personal experience. In other words, we are always on the lookout for a secret café in Paris, the best spot to find the black rhino, a favorite local dish, a superb hike out of Buenos Aires and the next great hidden lodge. To accomplish this we've enlisted our team of destination specialists. When they are not designing custom trips that wow our clients, they are traveling the world for inspiration. In addition, we have pulled together a team of 'Explorers-In-Residence' - Royal Geographic Society Fellows, Explorer's Club Fellows and leading adventurers with fascinating stories. Follow these explorers and gain a unique perspective from their awe-inducing expeditions.

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Top 5 Treasures of Ancient Japan

Japan has a unique fusion of ancient spirituality, otherworldly sites and sleek modern marvels that has stimulated the minds and stirred the souls of travelers for centuries. On a Kensington private guided Japan tour you’ll gain hard-to-find insight into this unique and enigmatic nation. Delve into the complex history of one of the world’s greatest civilizations and get lost in its dreamlike ancient sites. Read More »

Nature's Splendor

Panda Love in Chengdu, China

While some people tightly cling to stuffed bears each night before they go to bed, those who visit the city Chengdu have the opportunity to sneak a peek at some real-life baby pandas. Adventurous travelers who have a soft spot for these snuggly creatures should plan a trip to the bustling Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province in China. Read More »

Cities & Cultures, Food & Wine

Where to Eat: Beijing's Da Dong Restaurant

Beijing's Da Dong Restaurant is one of the best places in the world serving up Peking duck. Succulent, crispy and perfectly sweet when lightly dipped in a bean sauce, roast Peking duck is pure indulgence disguised as an entree. When in China’s culinary capital, it’s an extraordinary dining experience. Read More »


Where to Sleep: Dhara Dhevi Resort in Chiang Mai

Northern Thailand is the once-capital of the Lanna Kingdom and a bastion of the nation's ancient cultural heritage. Minutes from the old city of Chiang Mai is also one of Asia's finest luxury resorts - the exquisite Dhara Dhevi. Read More »

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Kensington Tours Featured In The New York Times - 36 Hours In Yangon, Myanmar

Ceil Miller Bouchet of The New York Times spends a brief but all-encompassing stint in Yangon, Myanmar to reveal the reasons why the country's major city is hoping to become Southeast Asia's next boomtown. In 36 hours, Bouchet uncovers the time-warped city including a visit to the golden splendor of Shwedagon Pagoda. She endorses enlisting a local guide in advance as being advantageous in that it provides cultural insight and helps support economy. Read More »

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