Laos – Inaugural flight

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Bangkok Airways will fly to Vientiane on 1 December 2012 marking the carrier’s first-ever connection to the Lao capital. The Airbus A319 aircraft will depart Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 8:15am and arrive in Vientiane at 9:30am. The return flight will leave Vientiane at 10.10am and land in Bangkok at 11.25am. The new connection commences …

Hong Kong – Food fit for a palace

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The Michelin two-star Shang Palace has just reopened after an extensive refurbishment and the Cantonese restaurant now offers a 42-sq-m private dining room that is perfect for business events. Situated within the Kowloon Shangri-la in Tsim Sha Tsui, the new restaurant interior features traditional red and gold hues, matched with beige and white for a …

Thailand – Heavyweight contest

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Some of the world’s largest competitors will showcase their skills in the sports of football, tug-of-war, and physical combat in the Thai province of Surin in November. Weighing as much as 5,000-kg apiece, the elephant participants will also showcase their more sensitive nature with a beauty pageant, a table arrangement contest, followed by an elephant …

Travel in Gangnam style

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The viral music video has been viewed more than 150 million times on YouTube since mid-July, propelling South Korean rapper Psy to international celebrity status and launching a dance craze that’s made it socially acceptable for adults to ride imaginary horses in public. (video at the end of the post) Lots of fans are aware Psy is singing about a place but …

Beijing – 798 reasons to visit

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A new China & Asia Travel Service’s Beijing half-day tour titled “The Art of Shopping Beijing” takes guests to the capital city’s cutting edge 798 art district, an area with an abundance and eclectic mix of art museums, gallery spaces, public art and a profusion of shops. Political, cultural, and economic combustion created 798’s edgy, …

Indonesia – Bali steps up a gear

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Bali is counting down to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting next year with a series of measures designed to showcase the best the resort island has to offer. All the island’s tourism stakeholders are gearing up to ensure visitors gain the best experiences and for hotels, this means having professional “liaison officers” on …