Issue: June 15, 2011   (Archive)
Tuesday, September 1, 2015   

Steppe on it!
A few weeks ago, I was bouncing down a bumpy Mongolian highway, seated in a Russian-made UAZ van with my wife and two friends. Our driver was a larger- than-life character named Oyunbaatar, or Ogii. As he gripped the steering wheel, dodging potholes, he'd occasionally bark out streams of mystifying Mongolian.

Quality times
I am not what you would call an unprepared traveler. I scour guidebooks, investigate websites, talk to friends. Forewarned, as they say, is forearmed. But Scotland still surprised me.

Brighter experience for Virgin fliers
Like its brash founder Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic is constantly reinventing itself. This time, it has two new attractions for Hong Kong passengers.

Credit where it's due
To celebrate voyager of the Seas' first summer season at its new home port in Hong Kong, Royal Caribbean is offering every passenger up to US$100 (HK$780) worth of onboard credit on the six-day Xiamen-Okinawa cruise or the four-day Kaohsiung cruise from the SAR.

Panda-monium in Macau
Kids can learn some nifty moves from Po at Sheraton Macao Hotel's Kung Fu Panda Academy. Available from now until September 30, the five-zone obstacle course challenges children's physical abilities and problem-solving skills, and encourages their creativity.

Take to the streets of London
Take an art tour with street artists as part of 45 Park Lane's Discover Art in London package.

Victorian idyll
Victoria is unofficially the Tearoom Capital of British Columbia, and for good reason - you can't take three steps in this pretty waterfront city without stumbling over a teacup or two. Visitors have long been directed to the tea lobby in the Empress Hotel and the tearoom at the Butchart Gardens.

Island in the sun
I was promised a no-fuss, luxury vacation by the sea and the chance to get the perfect sun-kissed skin I have dreamed of. I was skeptical of the assurance for I would be staying on a tiny island called Dong'ao near Zhuhai.

Ice cold beauty
It's hard to say what's a greater wonder: the remote treasures of Iceland's Westfjords region - or the fact that so few tourists ever visit. It takes an adventurous spirit and a bit of planning to map out this road trip to the upper reaches of the planet, a roughly six-hour drive from the country's capital, Reykjavik, but the reward is an endless and largely isolated panorama of nature.

Kiss and tell
International Kissing Day falls on July 6 this year and, in honor of the day, HotelQuickly is holding a contest with prizes of staycations at J Plus Hotel by Yoo, The Pottinger Hong Kong or The Luxe Manor.

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