Hawaiki Nui Va’a canoe race

It is touted as the world’s most spectacular, prestigious canoe race. Welcome to French Polynesia’s Hawaiki Nui Va’a. The open-sea event set to unfold between Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 links four islands – Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora Bora – in a feel-good homage to tradition.

Read more at the Adrenalist..


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..

 


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


Five Asian castles

If someone says the magic word ‘castle’, what image springs to mind? Perhaps you think of the mystery-soaked monuments that cast their long shadows across medieval Europe. Or perhaps you think of the English king Arthur and the court of Camelot.

But Europe holds no monopoly on castles. Asia hosts scores. Here are five of Asia’s most striking and strange castles, which transcend bricks-and-mortar, and border on marvellous. Their haunting, massive presence evokes the sound of drums and thunder. Read more at Agoda..

 

 

 


Dancing haka with the all-stars

New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team borders on unstoppable. For well over a century, the team that dresses in black but is far from emo has consistently ranked among the world’s best. This year, on home turf, the All Blacks won the world cup, barely breaking a sweat until the final.
“The team leaves an impression of invincibility and ruthlessness,”says tourism.net.nz. “That impression is in no small part due to the potency with which the All Blacks perform the haka.”

The “haka” is, of all things, a dance, but we are not talking Dancing with the Stars here.

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Basic instinct: 10 stunning facts about base-jumping

If a prize existed for the world’s most extreme sport, base-jumping might win it. Leaping off some towering landmark – as you do in a base jump – gives you minimal time to adjust for your blind date with the ground, which might go okay if you inflate your parachute fast. The thrill of base jumping is its immediacy – it forces you into the moment. No latitude to plan or agonise about malfunctions. But here’s a lightning brief on the adrenaline sport’s highs and lows.

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Scuba superheroes

Meet three sub-aqua teams that pushed the limits of diving. The explorers thrust into the spotlight went way beyond their comfort zone – and then some.

Read more at the Adrenalist.