Virtual tour of the ancient temples of Angkor Wat

Thanks to Google, you can now take a virtual tour from your own computer to visit the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  Google Street View now touts around 90,000 panoramic images of the vast 12th century Khmer wonder. Click on the link below to start your tour! http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/angkor/#angkor-wat Note: low-end PC might experience poor performance

Vietnam – Grand entries

The Banyan Tree Group is staging the soft opening of two luxury resorts on 1 November. The first Angsana property in Vietnam, Angsana Lang Co, is part of Laguna Lang Co, a 288-hectare integrated resort and hotel development situated on renowned My Khe Beach, just 60 minutes from Da Nang International Airport. The resort is surrounded by lush countryside, tropical …

Travel in Gangnam style

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 many are still wondering: Where …

Thailand – Park fees rise

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced that the entrance cost at many popular national parks in Thailand will increase because of rising management costs. The new rates will be imposed at 29 “Grade A” national parks and will be effective from 1 October 2012. Eight parks in the North; four in the Northeast; three in …

Thailand – New island airport

Airline Kan Air has invested USD$25 million into the construction of an airport on Koh Phangan Island in the Gulf of Thailand. The facility is due to be completed on the eastern side of the island next year and will have a small air terminal and a 1,100 meter runway. It will provide a non-stop link with Bangkok’s Don Muang …

Thailand – Heavyweight contest

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 buffet with a table virtually …

Thailand – ‘Cleansing the soul’

Thailand will unite to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 when people pay their respects to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on waterways across the kingdom. The word Loy literally means “to float” and Krathong means a raft; and people make small floating rafts from a variety of materials that are decorated …

Singapore – Race still on track

The Singapore Grand Prix is to remain on the Formula One calendar for another five years after organizers agreed a new five-year deal with the sport’s governing body. The race is hugely popular with the motor industry, tour operators and motivation companies. Singapore reportedly enjoyed an average 400,000 race visitors each year for the five years to 2012. The new …

Singapore – Forest of the future

Diners with a head for heights will soon be able to enjoy dinner at “Supertree Bistro” situated atop a 50 meter high “Supertree” in Bay South at Gardens by the Bay. Although its official name has not been declared yet, the 80-seat bistro is scheduled to open in June 2013. It is part of an ambitious project that will boast …

Myanmar – Cushioning beds shortage

Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has announced the supply of 1,670 new hotel rooms over next year to help reduce the acute shortage of mid-range and high-end accommodation in the former capital Yangon. The Ministry’s Directorate of Hotels and Tourism said the 270-room Centrepoint Towers Hotel in Yangon, and the 100-room Nawarat Hotel in Hlaing Township are among the …