Saturday, 17 November 2018

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring - Philippines (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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This far-flung archipelago is defined by its emerald terraced rice fields, teeming mega-cities, mountain tribes, smoldering volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, fuzzy water buffalo and laid-back people. Explore desert islands, descend into world-class dive sites, and venture deep into the mountains to visit remote tribes.

- drift among the limestone cathedrals and azure lagoons of the Bacuit Archipelago around El Nido

- trek through the skyscraping rice terraces around Banaue and Bontoc in North Luzon’s Cordillera

- have a night out in Manila, a city that never sleeps

Coverage includes: Luzon, Manila, The Cordillera, Vigan, Bicol, Mindoro, Puerto Galera, The Visayas, Boracay, Negros, Siquijor, Cebu, Bohol, Mindanao, Siargao, Cami-guin, Palawan, Puerto Princesa, Sabang, Port Barton, El Nido, Busuanga & the Calamian Is-lands, Understand the Philippines, Philippines Today, History, People & Culture, Food & Drink, Environment, Survival Guide.
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Friday, 16 November 2018

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Kyoto - Northwest Kyoto (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Kyoto - Northwest Kyoto (PDF Chapter)

Northwest Kyoto contains two of the city’s most important temples: Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, and Ry?an-ji, with its mystical rock garden. Other sights include the shogun’s castle of Nij?-j? and the enclosed world of My?shin-ji.

- be dazzled by the single most impressive sight in all of Kyoto: the gold-plated main hall of the famed ‘Golden Pavilion’, Kinkaku-ji

- meditate on the 15 magical rocks in the Zen garden of Ry?an-ji

- take a stroll through the enclosed world of Zen temples at My?shin-ji

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Entertainment, Shopping, Activities.

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A pipsqueak of a country, Liechtenstein snuggles among mountain ranges that rise steep and rugged above the Rhine. It’s pure fairytale stuff – a mountain principality governed by an iron-willed monarch, embedded deep in the Alps and crowned by turreted castles.

- hike up to the perky turrets of Schloss Vaduz for postcard views of the Alps

- strap on walking boots or skis and head to the slopes of Malbun

- wander the pedestrianised zone of bustling little Vaduz

Coverage includes: Vaduz, Malbun.

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Spirit Airlines launches new Orlando-St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, flight

US Virgin Islands governor Kenneth Mapp has welcomed the inaugural Spirit Airlines flight from Orlando to St. Thomas on touchdown.

Spirit flight 284, with a full flight of 145 passengers, landed at Cyril King International Airport shortly before 15:00 to a traditional water cannon salute.

The Airbus 319 was greeted with a Carnival-themed welcome, Cruzan rum samples for passengers and warm Virgin Islands hospitality.

Spirit Airlines will operate three flights a week between Orlando and St. Thomas, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The service adds to the present daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas.

Etihad celebrates 15th birthday with human mosaic



More than 400 employees from the Etihad Airways Engineering and Etihad Technical teams have gathered together to celebrate the 15th birthday of the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier.

They formed a human mosaic photographed in front of one of the airline’s Airbus A380s at the Etihad facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Vietjet launches new Hanoi-Osaka flights

Vietjet has officially welcomed its first flight connecting Hanoi and Osaka, Japan, at Kansai International Airport.

The latest route for the airline connects the two cities of culture and tourism while meeting the travelling demands of both tourists and locals.

On the inaugural flight, passengers were warmly welcomed with a traditional Japanese performance of Kagami Biraki.

On the return to Vietnam, passengers were treated to witnessing Vietnamese folk dances when they landed.

The Hanoi to Osaka route will operate on a daily basis with a flight time of four hours per leg.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

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New Zealand - Wellington Region (PDF Chapter)

If your New Zealand travels thus far have been all about the great outdoors and sleepy rural towns, Wellington will make for a lively change of pace. Art-house cinemas, hip bars, live bands and endless cafes all await you in NZ’s cultural capital.

- drown in a sea of craft beer and top-notch coffee in Wellington, New Zealand’s most artsy, bohemian and political city

- hike through Kapiti Island’s native bush filled with some of the country’s rarest bird species and perhaps even chancing upon a real live kiwi on a nocturnal walk

- struggle to maintain a straight line on your bicycle as you tour Wairarapa Wine Country

Coverage includes: Wellington, Sights, Activities, Tours, Festivals & Events, Sleeping, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Kapiti Coast, The Wairarapa.

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Vueling Holidays launches in partnership with Expedia

Vueling Airlines has launched a new holiday booking service in partnership with Expedia Partner Solutions.

Vueling Holidays will affordable flight and hotel travel packages to the airline’s passengers for the first time.

In an exclusive agreement, Vueling Holidays, powered by Expedia’s white-labelled online template, gives travellers access to flight and hotel package deals, including Expedia Group’s global supply of more than 500,000 accommodations in over 25,000 destinations worldwide.

Vueling Holidays, through its collaboration with Expedia Partner Solutions, will look to expand their travel packages in the future, for example, to include activities and experiences.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Turkish Airlines to launch new London-Ankara connections

Turkish Airlines will be operating the only direct flight from London Gatwick to Ankara, Turkey, from January 9th.

Flights will depart from London Gatwick and will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Celal Baykal, Turkish Airlines general manager, London, said: “We’ve introduced this new Turkish Airlines route in direct response to the rise in passengers looking to travel to this destination.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

New Zealand's North Island - Coromandel Peninsula & the Waikato (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Verdant rolling hills line New Zealand’s mighty Waikato River, and adrenaline junkies can surf at Raglan, or undertake extreme underground pursuits in the extraordinary Waitomo Caves.

- travel remote gravel roads under a crimson canopy of ancient pohutukawa trees in Far North Coromandel

- kayak around hidden islands, caves and bays in Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve

- penetrate the mystical depths of the dense bush in Karangahake Gorge

Coverage includes: Waikato, Hamilton, Raglan & Around, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Matamata, Te Aroha, King Country, Kawhia, Otorohanga, Waitomo Caves & Around, Taranaki & Around, Te Kuiti, Pio Pio, Awakino & Mokau, Taumarunui, Owhango, Coromandel Peninsula, Miranda, Thames & Around, Coromandel Town & Around, Far North Coromandel, Whitianga & Around, Coroglen & Whenuakite, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Tairua & Pauanui, Whangamata, Waihi & Waihi Beach, Paeroa.

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Florida - Orlando & Walt Disney World (PDF Chapter)

Central Florida’s theme parks are the reason most people visit. But at the region’s core is a city: pretty, leafy downtown Orlando, whose great field-to-fork eating scene and world-class museums get overlooked by the hype, sparkle and colors of the theme parks.

- get your adrenaline to sky-high levels on the hair-raising rides at Universal Orlando Resort

- wander Hogsmeade’s streets, fly through Hogwarts and pass through Platform 9¾ at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

- paddle quietly past alligators and blue herons on the Wekiva River at Wekiwa Springs State Park

Coverage includes: Orlando, Winter Park, Winter Haven, Walt Disney World®, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon & Blizzard Beach, Disney’s BoardWalk, Disney Springs, Universal Orlando Resort.

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Bangkok - Chinatown (PDF Chapter)

Chinatown embodies everything that’s hectic, noisy and polluted about Bangkok, but that’s what makes it such a fascinating area to explore. Hit the area’s big sights – Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha) and the street markets – but be sure to do some map-free wandering as well.

- dine alfresco at Nay Hong and the dozens of other decades-old street-food stalls that define this neighbourhood

- feast your eyes on 5.5 tonnes of solid gold Buddha at Wat Traimit, one of the country’s grandest and most famous temples

- watch chaos and commerce battle it out in Chinatown’s frenetic, photogenic fresh-food market, Talat Mai

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Entertainment.

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Maldives - Southern Atolls (PDF Chapter)

Live-aboards explore the south’s pristine dive sites, while surfing boats visit the most remote breaks of the most remote atolls, such as Gaafu Dhaalu and Addu. Welcome to the dreamily perfect world of the southern Maldives.

- dive with rays at Manta Point for an unforgettable experience

- surf or catch some sun at Thoondu Beach, one of Maldives’ loveliest beaches

- descend through the blue to the spot dozens of tiger sharks off the island of Fuvahmulah

Coverage includes: Vaavu, Meemu, Faafu, Dhaalu, Thaa, Laamu, Gaafu Alifu, Gaafu Dhaalu, Gnaviyani, Addu Atoll.

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Singapore - Colonial District, Marina Bay & the Quays (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Singapore - Colonial District, Marina Bay & the Quays (PDF Chapter)

This is the very heart of Singapore: a showcase of iconic, grand colonial buildings, modern architectural marvels, superlative museums, parks and gardens, and pulsating riverside restaurants, bars and clubs.

- admire Southeast Asia’s finest collection of pan-Asian treasures at the Asian Civilisations Museum, while discovering the historical connections among the cultures of Asia.

- ponder Singaporean ambition from the top of one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, Marina Bay Sands

- leap into a sci-fi future at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s spectacular botanic garden.

Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Sports & Activities.

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A winning combination of outdoor activities and culture is on offer here, with historic sites, national parks and long sandy beaches all an easy hop from Bangkok. Kiteboarders will be in paradise.

- spot wild elephants in Kuiburi National Park

- make the pilgrimage to see the illuminated cave shrine of Tham Phraya Nakhon in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

- explore the hilltop palace and underground caves of Phetchaburi while dodging mon-keys

Coverage includes: Phetchaburi, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Pranburi & Around, Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ban Krut & Bang Saphan Yai , Chumphon.

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Sri Lanka - The East (PDF Chapter)

Maybe you’re searching for somewhere a little less developed, a coastline that retains a more earthy, local feel. Or maybe you just want the best beach of your life. Well, the East might just of-fer that place and that beach.

- enjoy the chilled-out beach vibe at Uppuveli

- spot a skittish leopard – or monitor the road to avoid a rogue elephant – in blissfully un-crowded Kumana National Park

- snorkel or dive with reef sharks around Pigeon Island National Park off Nilaveli

Coverage includes: Monaragala, Yudaganawa, Maligawila, Arugam Bay & Around, Pottuvil & Around, Panama & Around, Okanda & Around, Ampara, Batticaloa, Kalkudah & Passekudah, Trincomalee, Uppuveli, Nilaveli.

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Etihad Airways to roll out Economy Space seating on Airbus A380



Etihad Airways introducing Economy Space, a new seating option across its wide-body fleet.

By December, Etihad Airways will have retrofitted its ten Airbus A380s with the new seats, which feature an increased pitch of up to 36 inches.

The redesign increases the number of extra legroom seats in economy from 20 to 80 on this aircraft type.

Jamal Ahmed Al Awadhi, Etihad Airways head of guest experience, said: “We recognise that no two travellers are alike, and today’s customers demand more choice and personalisation during their travels.

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring - Myanmar (Burma) (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Southeast Asia on a Shoestring - Myanmar (Burma) (PDF Chapter)

Now is the time to visit this extraordinary, little-known land, dotted with golden pagodas and monasteries, where the traditional ways of Asia endure. Myanmar is fizzing with a new, hopeful energy, but it remains a unique, magical place still unused to mass tourism.

- be dazzled by the country’s most important Buddhist temple, Shwedagon Paya, and the buzz of Yangon

- spend longer than you planned at Inle Lake, a magical landscape of floating villages, stilt-ed monasteries and aquatic gardens

- witness the beauty of a misty dawn breaking over 4000 Buddhist temples from the upper terraces of one of the paya (temples) at Bagan

Coverage includes: Yangon, Ayeyarwady & Bago Regions, Chaung Tha Beach, Ngwe Saung Beach, Bago, Southeastern Myanmar, Mt Kyaiktiyo, Mawlamyine, Hpa-an, Dawei, Inle Lake, Nyaungshwe, Kalaw, Pindaya, Mandalay Region, Mandalay, Amarapura, Inwa, Sagaing, Mingun, Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw, Bagan & Around, Western Myanmar, Sittwe, Mrauk U, Mt Victoria, Mindat, Kalaymyo, Tiddim, Understand Myanmar, Myanmar Today, History, People & Culture, Environment, Food & Drink, Survival Guide.

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