Southeast Asian Countries Join Forces to Promote Tourism

The culturally diverse countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam are joining forces in a campaign to promote tourism in Southeast Asia. The campaign will start with a contest to populate a website with user-generated articles, images, text, and videos. This will be supplemented by professional content from …

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Capetown Named Year’s Travel Hot Spot

Capetown, South Africa, has been named the year's top travel destination by British Airways. With Table Mountain, which afford a 360 degree view of the Cape; the rugged cliffs of Cape Point, the southwestern-most point of Africa; V&A Waterfront, a splendid shopping and entertainment complex; world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens; Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was …

In-flight Food – Somebody Gets It Right!

It's been more than a quarter of century since I flew nonstop across the United States from Newark, New Jersey, to Oakland, California, my hometown. I've never forgotten that trip for two reasons. First, it was a newly launched (but short lived) route, the first time that my hometown's airport, OAK, had nonstop transcontinental service. …

All’s Well That Ends Well!

I am in Thailand, otherwise known as the Land of Smiles. So why am I frowning? After arising earlier than usual this morning, I headed for the cafe, where a wonderful breakfast buffet awaited. There were fresh and dried fruits. There were freshly squeezed fruit juices – some to order. There was Chinese dim sum …

Hua Hin – Summer Home of Thai Royalty

While foreign tourists flock to Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui, Thais – especially well-heeled Thais – favour Hua Hin, which is 230 kilometres southwest of Bangkok. The oldest of Thailand's beach resorts, Hua Hin was discovered in the 1920s by King Rama VII, who thought it would make an ideal summer getaway from sultry …