Issue: June 15, 2011   (Archive)
Saturday, December 20, 2014   




Gangnam style
Business travelers to Seoul now have an additional choice of hotels in the city. Shilla Stay, the business-focused brand of the Hotel Shilla group, officially opened in early October.

Top of the world
Want to swim in the highest pool in Western Europe? The Shangri-La Hotel, at The Shard, in London has opened an infinity Skypool 52 floors above ground level in its Gong bar.

Not-so-plain vanilla
Japanese budget airline Vanilla Air has a flash sale on flights to Tokyo from just HK$1,850 for trips from now until December 25. You don't even have to pay a fuel surcharge.

Eats-tanbul
At a cramped little shop on the edges of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, I balance a small white plate and fork in my hand. Rain pours outside while people keep pushing in the front door, a mass of humid, damp bodies all waiting for caramel custard called trilice. Men shout sharp orders. Money is exchanged. Forks clink on the white counters.

Luxurious Asia
Jacada Travel, which specializes in luxury private guided tours in Latin America and Africa, has expanded its reach. Its team of "travel designers" across nine Southeast Asia countries can tailor off-the-beaten-track tours according to your requests.

Spooktacular cemeteries
Cemetery. Burial ground. Memorial park. Whatever you call it - and Edgar Allan Poe had at least 100 phrases for it - they are home to the dead. I find cemeteries irresistible, and not because they're creepy. You can learn a lot about a place, a time, a culture, from its cemeteries.

Manhattan transfer
It's easy to forget that Manhattan is an island surrounded by water when you're tucked inside a cozy West Village bar. Yet one of the hottest additions to Manhattan's dining and cocktail landscape is actually tied to a pier in Tribeca and floating on the Hudson River.

Be a plane spotter
British Airways has launched a "Spot the A380" competition on Facebook to mark the first anniversary of its A380 service between Hong Kong and London.

Colorful Curacao
It looks like Amsterdam. Or a little bit like South Beach in Miami. With its waterfront and fairy tale-colored colonial buildings, Willemstad shares some similarities with the Dutch city and South Florida. But Willemstad is very Caribbean.

Mystery - and menace
Gaze eastward from the shores of huge Lake Nicaragua, and they seem almost like a mirage: twin volcanoes thrusting out of the water, one of them a towering cone of cinder and ash, the other jacketed in verdant jungle.



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