Article Archive for January 2013

Island style on Bali

January 28, 2013 - 1:52 pm | 11101 views

Bali's artistic traditions and craft-centred culture have made the island a magnet for creative souls. In addition to the diverse local arts and handicrafts on offer around the island, visitors will also find a whole host of independent designer fashions and accessories with boutiques in all the main tourist areas showcasing the work of talented couturiers. Here are 5 of Bali's fashion favourites…    ******************************************************* Paul Ropp A Bali base …
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5 Accommodation Problems…solved

January 25, 2013 - 10:17 am | 1367 views

The old addage "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" has perhaps never rung as true as it does when it comes to holiday accommodation. Since the advent of customer reviews on travel websites and hotel booking portals, extreme praise and criticism often hold court in equal measure among the various comments posted by satisfied and disgruntled guests. Common complaints are often repeated, and almost all of them can be avoided by renting a private villa. ************************************** …
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Wellness Travel

January 21, 2013 - 2:50 pm | 2330 views

Travelling well   Speaker, researcher and travel writer Camille Hoheb is also the founder of Wellness Tourism Worldwide, which recently released the "2013 Wellness Travel Trends" report. The findings offer an interesting insight into the way that travel, for many people, has become far more than a just refreshing change of location. Wellness Tourism Worldwide is an organisation dedicated to “improving well-being and economic growth through travel”. The organisation provides marke …
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Beach Read: New World Espionage

January 18, 2013 - 9:47 am | 957 views

When it comes to an enthralling read, there are few contemporary novelists that can and hold your attention like John le Carré. HIs first novel, Call for the Dead, was published back in 1961, and since then he has produced an impressive 21 best-selling works of fiction, many of which have been made into box office hits. A Most Wanted Man will be released as a film later this year and is definitely worth reading before watching. *********************************************************** …
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Nostalgic Nemesis

January 14, 2013 - 1:21 pm | 2431 views

Europeans discovered the wonders of a private villa holiday a couple of decades ago, but the concept has only really taken hold in Asia over the last five years. Destinations in the East may lack the heritage surrounds, quaint village architecture and promenade cafes of say France or Italy, but the villa experience is equally, if not more rewarding when enjoyed amid jaw dropping tropical localities and attended to by smiling, hospitable staff. Our villa expert Max Vee reminisces on the old a …
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Growth and Change for 2013

January 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm | 885 views

Thailand set new tourism records in 2012, welcoming more visitors than ever before, and plans are in place to increase these numbers... …
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F1 Night Race Confirmed for Bangkok

January 10, 2013 - 1:14 pm | 916 views

After considerable speculation and a number of unsubstantiated rumours, F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone recently announced officially... …
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Easy Riders

January 07, 2013 - 10:12 am | 3169 views

Motorcycles are one of the most popular forms of transport in Southeast Asia and a particularly appealing way to get around for visitors in holiday destinations like Phuket, Bali or Koh Samui. Renting a scooter can be a fun and convenient way to travel, but safety on the road should always remain a priority, even when enjoying a relaxed island environment. You don't see many local people walking anywhere in Thailand, except perhaps around the Kingdom's many markets and shopping malls. Des …
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Bangkok tops year end global surveys

January 03, 2013 - 11:26 am | 881 views

Three influencial travel surveys recently placed Bangkok either at or close to the top of the global list as a place to visit, shop and party ... …
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Island Beach Bazaar

January 03, 2013 - 10:12 am | 3076 views

Anyone who spends time on or even close to a beach on Phuket, Koh Samui or Bali will eventually end up in conversation (or negotiation) with a beach vendor. Fortunately, unlike in some other countries, the gentle hospitality of the local people in Thailand and Indonesia means that rather than causing irritation, many of these smiling entrepreneurs are often a joy to meet. The economic opportunities available to commercially minded local people in Southeast Asia's perennially popular islan …
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