Wednesday
Apr072010

hawaii: best movie beaches

hamakua coast, hawaii

Normally, I wouldn’t recommend visiting a location just because a movie was shot there, but in Hawaii there’s a different dynamic at work. It’s expensive to haul the cast, crew and building materials halfway across the Pacific, and the only reason it happens is because backdrops like these are hard to come by on the mainland. 

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Friday
Apr022010

tokyo: best german pub in the world

best german pub in the world

I just spent eight days in Berlin and I thought I’d share with you the best German pub I’ve ever been to.  It’s got great draught beer, good greasy pub food, the typical stale beer pub smell, a kitschy tile mural of a Bavarian family straight out of the 1930’s and it’s packed full of Japanese locals.

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Wednesday
Mar312010

china: hiking tiger leaping gorge

tiger leaping gorge, yunnan

Frame it just right, and Tiger Leaping Gorge is the deepest river canyon in the world, but don’t go bragging to the Grand Canyon defenders back in the US – bar fights have broken out over less.

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Monday
Mar292010

maldives: diving the maldives 

diving in maldives

If you visit the Maldives you must get your hair wet. Diving is one of the top attractions of the Indian Ocean archipelago with a paradise vibe.

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Thursday
Mar252010

top travel tips: sleeping at the airport

sleeping at the airport tips

OK, this is what happens: you arrive at 11.30pm and your connecting flight is like 6am. It's not really worth spending those extra bucks in a pricy airport hotel and yet it's not really comfortable to curl up in a small hard chair, nor pleasant to sleep with your head jerking backward and your mouth wide open.

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Tuesday
Mar232010

wawi: the hill station we forgot to mention

Highland coffee estates, remote hill-tribe villages, exiled Chinese tea farmers—it’s a wonder you’ve never heard of this place. It’s not your fault, though. Doi Wawi’s appeal is carefully guarded by the domestic tourism sector.

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Wednesday
Mar172010

food blog: slice of heaven – the best chicago pizza

the best chicago pizza

Chicago is where the thin-crusted and delicately topped Italian-style pizza took on a new shape as a hearty meal. More like a casserole or pie, the deep-dish and stuffed style pizzas are two Chicago favourites and must-tries when you are in town. Here are a few joints worth checking out:

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Monday
Mar152010

southeast asia: five bang-for-buck destinations

raft house rooms at kanchanaburi

I don't mind staying in five-star hotels; they have their charm. But I would rather make my money go a long way. A very long way. In Southeast Asia, for the kind of cash you could easily blow on a hotel bed in London or San Francisco in a single night, you can stretch into a month-long holiday. 

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Friday
Mar122010

bali: how to do a bali road trip

guide to bali road trip

While Bali is one of Southeast Asia's top tourist destinations, so much of it remains virgin tourist territory. Why is this so? Let’s just say, Bali isn’t exactly known for its excellent public transportation. Trying to catch a bus on the island paradise is a stressful chore most tourists tend to avoid. As an alternative, a Bali road trip is a popular option for those with the gusto and the courage to give it a go on their own – just you, your friends, a roadmap, and a trusty rental car.

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Wednesday
Mar102010

chiang mai: extreme chiang mai 

extreme trips in chaing mai

Extreme sport can sound like a recipe for getting drowned, shot or generally mangled. In a sense, it is – I know, I've explored the field in depth, deployed by past editors gleefully keen to see a reporter suffer. But the stress serves a purpose: it tests your limits and the theory that what cannot destroy you makes you stronger. For a lightning immersion in 'controlled edge' extreme sport culture, visit Chiang Mai, the Thai town 700 kilometres north of Bangkok.

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