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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

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...

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...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Rollin' down the Mekong river

2010-05-23 IN THE late morning of Wednesday the 12th of May, I reached Nong Khai (Northeast Thailand), after a whole-night bus trip from Chiang Mai with one change in Udon Thani, about 60km south of Nong Khai.Nong Khai is a small but charming town, lying along...

Stylish hotels at volcanic destinations for your holidays

2010-05-23 ICELAND'S volcano may be wrecking havoc on the travel industry, but not all mountains with a rumble are bad, with boutique hotel specialists Mr and Mrs Smith (www.mrandmrssmith.com) coming up with a list of stylish hotels in volcanic destinations....

Sunday, 16 May 2010

In Chiang Mai, capital of Northern Thailand

2010-05-16 THIS is the longest time I've spent in the same place since I started my trip — one whole week! In fact I arrived here on May 4, by bus from Lampang (about 80km south of Chiang Mai) and I'm leaving tonight on the long bus trip (about 12 hours...

Hong Kong's twin 'peak'

2010-05-16 FOR many, no visit to Hong Kong is complete without getting an overview of the city at night. And Victoria Peak has long been the favoured place to get a bird's-eye view of the colorful panorama.Come October, visitors will have a new vantage point...

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