Friday, August 18, 2017

Hunting for treasure on Pulau Ubin island

During the week or so that the Pokemon Go craze lasted, people around the world could be observed capturing virtual monsters that “existed” only insofar as players were willing to keep their eyes glued to their mobile phones. While I have never played Pokemon Go, I have occasionally indulged in geocaching, which similarly involves relying on a phone app – or a GPS unit – to navigate real-world locations while on the hunt for a particular objective. Here's how it's done.

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Return to Kyaukme

Eight months after the conflict in Kyaukme township made international news, convincing visitors to return hasn’t been easy – but there are many reasons to visit this picturesque region of Shan State.

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Rattanakosin: ‘Island living’ in Old Bangkok

“Did you know Rattanakosin is [an] island?” Phan the tuk-tuk driver hollered over the two-stroke engine’s sputtering cough, as we took a spin around Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, a sprawling oval green park where Thailand’s highest royal ceremonies – and lately political demonstrations – are staged.

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Escape the city on a tour of the Delta

For a close-up of life at the river’s edge, get out of the city and explore the Ayeyarwady Delta’s river system by boat.

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Iran holiday guide: from Tehran to Isfahan and beyond

‘With staggering architecture, exotic landscapes and rich culture, Iran offers endless adventure. Plan your trip with our guide to Persepolis, Yazd, Kashan and more’.

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Luang Prabang, Laos, in three days

The ancient city in the north of the country is a delightful mix of exquisite temples and French colonial buildings – and a great place for cafes, restaurants, bars and shops.

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A river cruise adventure on the Chindwin

Running from northern Kachin State to the Ayeyarwady, the Chindwin River carves its way through picturesque mountains and mist-shrouded forests. A river cruise offers a close-up of village life on the water’s edge.

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Gaya Island: Borneo’s biodiverse treasure trove of jungle and marine life

A short break on tropical Gaya Island is a dream for snorkellers and conservationists alike – just beware of the monkeys.

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Tuck into Tokyo’s lesser-known corners

Travelling in Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolitan area, can be intimidating. For travellers looking to get beyond the “Top 10” lists , here’s five neighbourhoods to explore during your next trip to Nippon.

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Treehouses on top of the world: Zip-lining to lodgings in Laos

Monkey around in the forests with a weekend Gibbon Experience.

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