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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Pedal your way to the top 10 bike-friendly cities

2010-01-17 WITH fuel costs soaring and environmental conservation in vogue, the bicycle is making a comeback in many cities, becoming a major part of urban transportation plans. AskMen.com has come up with a list of the world's top most bicycle-friendly...

Brunei's secret underwater garden

2010-01-17 WITH the Heart of Borneo initiative being the talk of the town and more attention being paid to the plight of deforestation and sustainability, very few would take a literal dive into the big blue yonder and realise that the underwater world is also...

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Travel website names top 10 islands off the beaten track

2010-01-10 AFTER a frenzy of family activities over the holidays, peace and solitude is a dream for many people. Upscale travel website Jetsetter (http://www.jetsetter.com) has come up with a list of the world's top 10 islands off the beaten track. This list...

Kayaking on Thailand's hidden lagoons

2010-01-10 LYING back in the kayak, I tried to follow my guide's instructions to make myself as horizontal as possible while he propelled our two-man boat into the mouth of the sea cave and through a narrow tunnel."OK, now turn on your torch," Olay...

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Strolling through the streets of Vientiane

2010-01-03 VIENTIANE is best described as a natural beautiful city yet untouched by the commercialisation of tourism. It is here in this capital city of Laos that one would appreciate the heritage and culture of the people of Laos. Surrounded by its neighbours...

For natural splendour, see Mae Chaem

2010-01-03 IN THE still of the turn of the season, the rice fields are golden against the green hills, and the temple murals tell storiesThere are places with a special magic, and the mystique of Mae Chaem in Chiang Mai begins with its unforgettable serenity....

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Airlines, airport services continue to change to suit travellers' needs

2009-12-27 HAVEN'T flown for quite some time? Be prepared. Things have changed.Airlines continued to adjust to the tough economy. There are even fewer planes in service, and that can make rebooking after a cancellation tougher.Higher bag fees and new charges...

Travellers seek 2010 top destinations

2009-12-27 FORECASTS for 2010 predict that more people will be travelling, but the numbers remain well below what they were before the recession. Still, for people who can afford to get away, interesting events will be drawing visitors to destinations around...

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Scootering around picturesque Goa

2009-12-20 A SMALL state on India's Western coast, Goa boasts of quaint Portuguese colonial charm, sun-kissed beaches and great seafood.Goa is also favorite haunt for domestic and international travellers, and Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help...

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Lonely Planets lists Top 10 places to savour ideal cup of tea

2009-12-13 FANCY a cuppa? From highbrow salons to highland plantations, Lonely Planet lists the world's best places to have a cup of tea in its "1,000 Ultimate Experiences" guide. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.1. London, EnglandLadies, don...

Climate-conscious Copenhagen in 48 hours

2009-12-13 GOT 48 hours to spare in the Danish capital of Copenhagen amid the world leaders, scientists, demonstrators and sceptics in town this December to discuss measures for confronting global climate change?Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help...

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Seoul-searching in 48 hours

2009-12-06 SOUTH KOREA'S frenetic capital lends itself to many things such as round-the-clock dining, soaking up the country's rich, tumultuous history, or watching cutting-edge technology in action.Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get...

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Masjid Sultan of Singapore: A witness to history and faith

2009-11-29 HERE, history stands still, or so it seems. Hundreds of tourists and school children keep the area abuzz. The hustle and bustle on Arab Street, alive with a local market filled with all sorts of wonders, makes Masjid Sultan a centre of activities....

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Inbound to Hainan, China's golf island

2009-11-22 IT'S chilly and wet back home in Sichuan province, but Chen Ming cheerfully tees off in shorts on a sunny palm-lined golf course on China's southern Hainan island."The weather here is very good for playing golf — there's the sun, the sand...

Catching sunrise at Taiwan's Jade Mountain

2009-11-22 JADE MOUNTAIN, northeast Asia's highest peak and Taiwan's sole finalist for a "New Seven Wonders of the World" award, remains an alluring mystery due to its remoteness and tough permitting rules.But even a hastily planned, permit-less...

Sunday, 15 November 2009

From Canada to Southeast Asia and back: Home shock

2009-11-15 MY COMPUTER just crashed, so I write this piece by hand at a ubiquitous cafe with a Hello Kitty pen and a little burgundy notebook on which are printed Jetsons-style cartoons and the following inscription: "Space ships from the beyond may be on...

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Land of Colours

2009-11-08 IN conjunction with the installation of his Royal Highness Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir as the 11th Yang Dipertuan of Negri Sembilan from October 22 to 28, Tourism Malaysia invited media from 11 countries to have a taste of the state for a Mega...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Unveiling Brunei's underwater wonder

2009-11-01 BRUNEI Darussalam is perhaps best known for its oil rich resources but over recent years the authorities of this state and players from its tourism industry have turned their attention towards a greener resource.This new resource is readily...

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Kashmir's famed houseboats hit by conservation rules

2009-10-25 FOR nearly a century, hand-carved houseboats bobbing on a placid lake drew millions of visitors to the stunningly beautiful Himalayan region of Kashmir.But today a grand houseboat where Beatle George Harrison once stayed sits rotting and half-...

On a roller coaster trek to Labi Ridge

2009-10-25 WHAT do you do when you've been to just about every recreational park in Brunei? The Panaga Natural History Society (PNHS) would tell you to take the path less travelled and go for an off-road experience.In today's awareness of health and fitness,...

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