Sunday, 22 August 2010

Stealth fighters spook White Sands

2010-08-22 BRUNEI'S very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer and their faithful four-wheel drive Toyota Landcruiser dubbed "Jambo", are on their leg of the North American continent.In this edition, The Brunei...

Longhouse life beckons visitors to Uma Belor Leo Dian

2010-08-22 THE exhaustion after travelling a distance of nearly 400 kilometres from Miri city slowly disappeared after listening to the soft tones of the Kayan song at the Uma Belor Leo Dian in Belaga.The quaint rural atmosphere was a welcome relief after the...

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Brunei trekkers now in New Orleans

2010-08-15 BRUNEI'S very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer and their faithful four-wheel drive Toyota Landcruiser dubbed "Jambo", are on their leg of the South American continent.In this edition, The Brunei...

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Rumble on the road to Cartagena

2010-08-08 BRUNEI'S very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer and their faithful four-wheel drive Toyota Landcruiser dubbed "Jambo", are on their leg of the South American continent.In this edition, The Brunei...

Sunday, 1 August 2010

'Jambo' in the land of the giants

2010-08-01 BRUNEI'S very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, are on their leg of the South American continent.In this edition, The Brunei Times presents Norhayati's travel note for her journey entitled: "From...

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Hola Bolivia! ... and braving the ice-cold Andes

2010-07-25 BRUNEI'S very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, are on their leg of the South American continent.In this edition, The Brunei Times presents Norhayati's travel note for her journey entitled: "From...

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Into the land of the 'Pampas'

2010-07-18 AFTER months on road, Brunei's very own global trekker Norhayati Abu Bakar and her husband, Harun Kurt Eichbauer, are on their leg of the South American continent. Norhayati's expedition is in commemoration of Brunei's 25th Independence celebration....

Sunday, 11 July 2010

From the South to Kunming

2010-07-11 ON July 1 at 7.00am I was at the border between Lao Cai (Vietnam) and Hekou (China) after travelling all night on a train from Hanoi. The customs procedures went smoothly and shortly after I was finally in China, the last country of my long journey...

Sunday, 4 July 2010

On dusty trek from Hue to Hanoi

2010-07-04 I ARRIVED in Hue in the late afternoon of the 20th of June, after a three-hour bus ride from Hoi An.Hue is a laid back historical town straddling the Song Huong, the Perfume River, which divides the town into two — the oldest part, the Citadel...

Pack your bags for 'green' escapade

2010-07-04 THE buzz around eco travel has never been stronger but now you can combine sustainability with style, off-set your carbon footprint without sacrificing luxury, and enjoy a wilderness break without having to rough it.Boutique hotel specialists Mr...

Sunday, 27 June 2010

On a memorable stopover in Hoi An

2010-06-27 AT 1.30pm of Wednesday, jene 16, I left Dalat on a bus heading towards the coastal city of Nha Trang. I arrived there at about five in the afternoon, which gave me some time for a walk on the beach and to have dinner before taking the 7.30pm night...

Finding paradise in Sipadan

2010-06-27 There are few places worth travelling across the world for, but Mabul Sipadan Resort, on the east coast of Sabah is one of them, says Australian journalist Annie Hall, who recently holidayed in Sabah with her family.She said tourists from Europe,...

Sunday, 20 June 2010

From Saigon to mountains of Dalat

2010-06-20 IT was Tuesday, June 8, at around 2.30pm that I got off the bus I had caught in Phnom Penh that very morning.A little over six hours to reach Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon, one of the biggest cities in Southeast Asia (more than seven million people...

India's Leh among top places to wed and survive break-up

2010-06-20 FROM the giddy heights of romance and commitment to the best places to be miserable and lonely, Lonely Planet has compiled the top places to "get married and survive the aftermath of a break-up" all in one list.The list, from Lonely Planet...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Through the waterways of Ol' Mekong

2010-06-13 ON Monday, May 31, at 6 o'clock in the morning I was picked up by a van to be taken to the canal that links Siem Riep to the huge lake Tonle Sap.The boat was waiting there that would take us (about ten foreigners, plus a few Cambodians we picked up...

Test your adrenaline, whoops, chills on the world's top rollercoasters

2010-06-13 THE rollercoaster has come a long way since it was first patented in 1885, with the first amusement park ride of this kind appearing at New York's Coney Island measuring 600 feet long and 50 feet high.Travel website Cheapflights.com has come up...

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Roaming around majestic Angkor ruins

2010-06-06 ON Tuesday, May 24, I caught a bus from Nong Khai which took me almost 400km south to Korat, the second largest city in Thailand.Korat used to be a walled city in the past and the moat around its historical core is now a pleasant canal, but there...

Relive Maria Puzo's 'Godfather' at ex-mafia hideout

2010-06-06 HERE'S an offer that may not be so hard to refuse: a few nights' stay at the former hideout of a ruthless mafia boss near the town that partly inspired the "Godfather" books and films.Not sold on a break in blood-stained land?Consider this...

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Beware! Top 10 tourist scams to avoid: VirtualTourist

2010-05-30 AS weather gets warmer and travel season begins to ramp up, so do the efforts and imaginations of street criminals looking to part tourists from their money.Travel website VirtualTourist. com (www.virtualtourist.com) has come up with a list of the...

Weekend getaway to Luang Prabang

2010-05-30 ON Sunday May 16, I reached Luang Prabang, probably the most beautiful town I've visited so far ... It was a long trip by coach from Vientiane (made even longer by a breakdown which luckily happened only ten kilometres before reaching the town...