Homage to a goddess

Despite raids launched by pirates, the Po Nagar temple complex remains robust. Po Nagar – or Thap Ba as locals call it – stands on a granite knoll just outside the beach town of Nha Trang in south-central Vietnam.

Although I read of a tourist who once hopped in a taxi whose driver did not know of the landmark, and ended up taking her to a restaurant with that name, Po Nagar is easy to find.

The drive from downtown Nha Trang takes just 10 minutes. Read more at the Star..

 


Collision of worlds: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover a Thai town abuzz with culture, history and eccentricity.

HOME to 250,000 people, Chiang Mai has more life than a city with 10 times that number of inhabitants.

No longer treated by travellers as a sleepy backwater en route to the hills, the town steeped in local Lanna culture is booming. Travel and leisure has helped Chiang Mai climb up the ranks as one of the world’s top cities.

At the heart of the north-western town ringed by highways and hills stands the old, moat-lined walled city. One ex-rodeo rider resident I know, who roves the area’s maze-like streetscape by bike, says Chiang Mai is so rich that you never exhaust its potential. Read more at the Star..

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2012/4/28/lifetravel/11146048&sec=lifetravel


Homage to a goddess

Welcome to a captivating spiritual hilltop complex by the Vietnamese seaside.

Despite raids launched by pirates, the Po Nagar temple complex remains robust. Po Nagar – or Thap Ba as locals call it – stands on a granite knoll just outside the beach town of Nha Trang in south-central Vietnam. Read more at the Malaysia Star..

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2012/5/5/lifetravel/11191996&sec=lifetravel


Tiger town: Nha Trang, Vietnam

WILD tigers once roamed Nha Trang which, today, is growing fast in step with Vietnam’s roaring “tiger” economy. The noise of circular saws chewing through cable is unnervingly common.

Still, the seaside town has maintained its charm.

Despite the furious pace of construction, the lush, fog-capped mountains surrounding Nha Trang remain visible. This place lies on Vietnam’s central coast at the mouth of the Cai River, 412km northeast of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). As applies to seemingly every other Vietnamese town, the easiest way to get there is from Saigon.

Read more at the Malaysia Star..


Borneo Bling: inside the kingdom of Brunei

Discover BSB, the capital of tiny, shiny, secretive Brunei.

Story at the Malaysia Star


Bali: paradise within paradise – Bedugul gardens

Strawberry fields, cocoa plantations, honeyeaters – Bali’s mountainous Bedugul has it all.

Read more at the Star


9/11 travel blues

ON 9/11 – or 11/9 as the British say – I was travelling from London down to the west of England for a weekend break. When the news came over the radio, I thought and said that the Twin Towers passenger jet attacks had to be one of the biggest stories in history.

The effect on overseas travel for me was near immediate. When I went to pay my San Francisco-based brother a routine visit later that year, I was stunned by the San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) welcome. The security was even heavier than it had always been at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Inside the terminal, darting-eyed guards had fingers on triggers, apparently expecting a firefight to erupt any second.

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