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

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 …

Starwood skis into Asia-Pacific

With the winter sports season underway in the northern hemisphere, skiers have an exciting new option with the recent opening of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ first dual-branded ski resort in China. The Westin Changbaishan and Sheraton Changbaishan resorts are located adjacent to the slopes of northeast China’s Changbai mountain range, near the border with North Korea, in the province of …

Slope off in China

Skiers still have until late March to enjoy this year’s white powder, and a resort in China offers one of the best options in Asia. The Yabuli Ski Resort, located in the northernmost province of Heilongjiang, is praised as China’s Davos. It is built on Yabuli Sun Mountain, part of the Changbai Mountain Range, about 180-km southeast of the province’s …

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 …