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Sunday, 18 October 2009

Not so far away from madding crowd

2009-10-18 Nasroul Hizam again heads to Temburong. This time exploring the nature in its purest and most opulent form in the company of professors and students of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Faculty of Science for a real “rainforest...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Smelly, fat, seat-kickers worst plane passengers

2009-10-11 SMELLY people, fat people and people who cough and sneeze are the most disliked passengers to be seated next to on an airplane, according to a survey.Almost half of the people polled by website Travelocity said passengers with poor hygiene are the...

EU to end airline ban on liquids in carry-on bags

2009-10-11 THE European Union's top transport official said Friday that restrictions on airline passengers carrying liquids in carry-on luggage will end when new screening technology is introduced.EU Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani said the rules will...

Titanic memorial cruise to mark 100th anniversary

2009-10-11 EXACTLY 100 years since the world's most famous maritime disaster, a cruise ship is to recreate the fateful voyage of the Titanic, complete with dinners and dancing from the era.The Titanic Memorial Cruise will depart from Southampton, England, on...

Sleepy Kiulu wakes to sound of tourism

2009-10-11 MANY people in Brunei head for Kota Kinabalu for a short holiday, but few realise that just 60 kilometres from the Sabah capital is the quiet rural town Kiulu.KIULU, once a small remote town near the virgin jungles of the Crocker Range National Park...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Borneo wetlands prime for eco-tourism

2009-10-04 LOCATED about 40km northeast of Kuching City is the Bako-Buntal Bay, an expanse of intertidal mudflats fringed by mangrove forest with Gunung Santubong lying to the west and Bako National Park on the east.Residents of the two Malay villages in the...

Down at the border town

2009-10-04 A RELENTLESS sun. Dusty, red dirt roads that leave you blinded in the wake of the latest motorbike swooshing off to the edge of the world, the last frontier. For this is a narrow, straight road on a flat stretch of land that leads to where myths are...

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Seeing Hong Kong through kids' eyes

2009-09-27 IT IS usually a bad sign when I take my family out and all three are in tears by the end of the day. We were at Ocean Park, the Hong Kong theme park/zoo that draws big crowds to gasp at wildlife and scream on rides.We started gently, being charmed...

Local tribesfolk nestling among the Madai Caves

2009-09-27 THE Madai Caves are not as well known as the nearby Gomantong Caves in Sabah, or the caves in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak.However, Madai has long been an important area for birds' nest collectors and is now becoming better known among...

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Holiday at the hippodrome

2009-09-20 SECONDS before I cause a fatal chariot-and-Roman legionary pile-up involving horrendous and senseless loss of innocent life, scenes of a happy childhood flash before my eyes.Kitted out in the full dress and armour of a soldier of the VI Legion,...

Whole world on a hill

2009-09-20 FROM enjoying the relaxing mood of a rustic French village to watching sunsets at a Japanese tea house, travellers visiting a little-known resort town in Malaysia are treated to an internationally-flavoured holiday.Crisp, cool air and soaring,...

Sunday, 13 September 2009

India's new attraction: Slumdog tourism

2009-09-13 SINCE the release of award winning filmSlumdog Millionaire, reality tourism is seeing a boom in India.Slum tours are the latest way for international tourists to experience the "real" India.For India-bound tourists not quite enamoured of...

Sky high and fat horses, it is autumn in Seoul

2009-09-13 KOREANS refer to the autumn as the season of "Cheongomabi." Translated literally, this means the season when "sky is high and the horses are fat." In Korea, the sky during the autumn is particularly blue and clear. The autumn...

Sunday, 6 September 2009

The magic of Cairo, without the mess

2009-09-06 A TREE walk in Cairo? What's wrong with doing the pyramids like everyone else? My friend has a point, but I can't convey my answer by text. Instead I switch off the phone and inhale the scents of honeysuckle, mimosa and jasmine that have breezed in...

Contemporary Chinese art finds a luxurious hotel home

2009-09-06 IT COULD have been a scene out of one of those Hong Kong action movies, or so my vivid imagination fancies. There I am sitting comfortably on a plush chair at the Langham Place Hotel lobby waiting for a friend who was running late, and out of the...

Sunday, 30 August 2009

To stay fit during travel: Advice from the doctor

2009-08-30 IN THE heat of midday Cambodia on December 31, 1999, I was standing among the tree-eaten ruins of Ta Prohm, one of the many temples that make up the ancient Khmer city of Angkor. I had come a long way from New York to meet a group of friends and...

Standing on the shoulders of Atlas

2009-08-30 FROM the terrace of our riad in Marrakech they had barely been visible, just a hazy silhouette against the dark mottled sky. But as our taxi peeled away from the city, out into the southern plains, they appeared through the dust: great peaks of...

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Hotel room art expo opens in central Seoul

2009-08-23 INSTEAD of wandering around galleries and museums, head for a hotel in central Seoul this weekend to see some great Asian art.More than 60 leading galleries from Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan are gathering at Grand Hyatt Seoul for three...

Put a spring in your step at Dogo Onsen

2009-08-23 TOURISTS hasten away from their hotels at dawn wrapped in thin cotton robes called yukata. On their feet are bathing slippers, and in their hands little baskets with the essentials. Each hotel has its own yukata style, some crazily patterned, others...

Topping the '-est' factor

2009-08-23 FOR travellers who like a hotel with a superlative attached, online hotel specialist hotels.com has come with a list of record-breaking hotels.The hotels featured by Hotels.com (www.hotels.com), part of the Expedia group, all have the "-est...

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