Tuesday
Aug032010

new york: the statue of liberty

The Statue of Liberty must be the world's most heavily analyzed chunk of marble. Not even the most neurotic Manhattan prima donna can have been so meticulously analyzed by any therapist. 

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Tuesday
Jul272010

goa, pearl of the orient: top five things to see

India's smallest state, Goa is the world's trance music capital and a party hub. Goa's dizzy reputation dates back to the age of the magic bus and dodgy trip, the 60s, when the first waves of its signature hippies arrived.

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Thursday
Jul222010

hong kong: pink dolphins

Chinese Pink Dolphin

Few other animals except pigs and people have pink skin. Another species which boasts that peculiar distinction is the pink dolphin.

The pink dolphin exists in only two places in the world -- China and the wilds of the Amazon basin. The name stems from the cuddly looks of the adults, which are blessed with the bubble-gum-pink colouration that makes such a refreshing change from your average dolphin's dull blue.

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Tuesday
Jul202010

new york: top five things to do 

Time Square - New York City

If any city deserves to be viewed as the world's capital, it must be New York. Even more of a heavyweight than London, New York is a mammoth financial and cultural hub, plus it's physically huge. 

New York consists of five boroughs (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island). Each is the equivalent of a city in its own right and may be split into districts. 

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Thursday
Jul152010

vietnam: adrenaline and adventure in dalat

Dalat Moutain

Though when written in local tongue, the name 'Da Lat' may seem uncompromisingly Vietnamese, the name actually derives from the Latin phrase 'Dat Aliis Laetitiam Aliis Temperiem', which means 'giving pleasure to some, and freshness to others'. This picturesque, high altitude town couldn't be endowed with a more appropriate name. Its temperate weather makes it seem like spring all year 'round, and its nearby cliffs, lakes, and waterfalls make for adventurous fun for the adrenaline-fueled visitor.

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Tuesday
Jul132010

varanasi: the world's oldest living city

Varanasi City

The American writer Mark Twain described Varanasi as, "older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Understand that Twain died a century ago in 1910. So Varanasi, which lies on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is seriously old.

Varanasi, aka Banaras Benares or Kashi is also seriously holy – one of the world's most sacred cities. Find out what there is to do other than ooh and aah over the grandeur of the crumbling maze: not much, to be frank. Varanasi is more about atmosphere. Still, the temple town offers some intriguing diversions.

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Thursday
Jul082010

insider guide: the taj mahal



Despite all the attention that its white-domed marble front gets, the Taj Mahal is much more than that: a string of structures. The merry mash-up of Islamic, Indian and Persian styles is widely seen as the finest architectural statement made by that imperial dynasty known as the Mughals.

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Friday
Jun252010

cebu: philippines paradise

Cebu has all the classic ingredients of a beach paradise: turquoise water, swaying palms, pristine beaches. Like another Philippines resort, beautiful Bohol, Cebu seems made to be a postcard – or a pretty slice of desktop wallpaper. 

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Tuesday
Jun152010

the philippines: top five waterfalls

No feeling is more refreshing than driving up a dirt road on a sticky day then walking into a waterfall. Waterfalls are a byword for paradise and a great day out whether you want to just gaze or get immersed and feel the thunder come crashing down on you.

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Friday
Jun112010

singapore: 24-hour stopover

J’adore Singapore. Fantastic city.  Similar to Hong Kong in many respects but completely different all the same. Twenty-four hours to blow?  Here’s what I’d do.

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