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La Isla Bonita

Welcome to the beach capital of the Philippines

There’s oohing and ahhing as the island comes into view from the windows of our twin-prop plane swooping in to land. We pass wind turbines and postcard- perfect waters. “Mate, that’s beautiful, that’s […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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The Island of Heroes

From Hell to Heaven on Con Dao

“Con Dao is an island of heroes, a great historical monument… It will be the property of the people and an invaluable asset for many generations,” declared General Secretary Le Duan on visiting the […]

By |November 22nd, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure, Travel Features|0 Comments
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Savage Island

Discover the Remotest Polynesian Island

There are destinations in this world where everyone wants to go (Paris, Tahiti, hopefully Saigon) and those only good for the bragging value of having been somewhere hard to find but worth the effort. Niue falls […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Laidback Lombok

Long overshadowed by Bali, the equally idyllic island of Lombok is quickly becoming the preferred destination for discerning travelers

Wanting to escape the polluted and congested streets of Kuta – Bali’s main tourist hub – our taxi driver takes us to […]

By |November 2nd, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Colorful Colorado

There was a time when Colorado was the Wild West and that spirit stays alive today

Colorado is for the hale and hearty. A place where the elderly boisterously mock passing 4×4s and reminisce about their skills on VW Bugs; where […]

By |October 11th, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure, Travel Features|0 Comments
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Journey to Jaffna

A region once ravaged by strife is now one of Sri Lanka’s must-see destinations

I’m on the mail train to Jaffna, my head stuck out the window with repeated clacking of the rails, sway of the carriage and unstoppable motion into […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure, Travel Features|0 Comments
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Cape Chicken, Colombia

Swap clouds for clear skies, noise for silence and streets for sand at the northernmost point of South America

Pull out a map of the world, find South America, put a finger on the northernmost tip of Colombia – this is […]

By |October 3rd, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Chiang Mai Eating Guide

Before visiting Thailand, I dreamt about its flavors. Reading my guidebook before that first trip, I glanced at where to go and what to do before reading the (brief) food section over and over. I couldn’t wait to be in […]

By |August 14th, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Stilt Standing – Exploring Hong Kong’s Tai O

Thirty miles from Hong Kong’s Disneyland park, a small fishing village offers a contrasting view of the city’s past

LANTAU ISLAND MAY be famous for Disneyland, the Giant Buddha and even Hong Kong International Airport, but today I’m choosing the lesser […]

By |August 7th, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments
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Meet Sapa’s Ultimate Guide, Mama Zu

A few dozen groggy tourists shuffle off the sleeper train and board a transfer bus to Sapa, one of Vietnam’s top destinations. Inaudible slurs on the bus develop into excited chatter as they beam at guidebook photographs of terraced rice […]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Destination, Travel & Leisure|0 Comments