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  1. Emerging from the crystal-clear turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, Hans-Juergen Fercher has just returned from his fourth dive to where mounds of 2,500-year-old wine jars mark the site of an ancient shipwreck – and Greece’s first underwater museum.“This is a combination of diving and archaeological diving. It’s diving into history,” says the 48-year-old psychiatrist after pulling himself onto the deck of the Triton dive boat. “It makes it special and unique.”The museum beneath the waves at…
  2. There’s something endearing about travelling in Laos; its rugged, jungle-clad, mountainous interior provides one of Southeast Asia’s great adventures.Because of a lack of modern infrastructure, though, such a trip can be fraught with frustration and uncertainty, especially for those on a tight schedule. Poor infrastructure also sustains poverty in remote regions.For better or for worse, Chinese-developed and -funded infrastructure is opening Laos up to the outside world. This development is…
  3. Amid all the industry backslapping at the World Golf Awards in October, with its prizes for best golf shoe brand and best golf TV channel, there will be an award for world’s best eco-friendly golf facility in 2021.The Hong Kong Golf Club has been nominated and hopes to win at a gala ceremony to be held at the Park Hyatt Dubai hotel. In 2020, the club achieved certification from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programme for Golf (something achieved by the Jockey Club’s Kau Sai Chau Public Golf…
  4. Even if your affection for animals is confined to little more than your alimentary canal, you can’t help but mourn the imminent, and shameful, demise of Hong Kong’s not-terribly-feral cow and buffalo herds.History is a bit vague when it comes to exact details, but in the general run of things it’s agreed that they were formerly employed as draught animals, then circa 1970 – when New Territories farmers gave up farming and no longer needed fields ploughed or loads hauled – the animals were let…
  5. The emergence of Covid-19 in early 2020 brought an abrupt end to a decade of sustained growth for the Bespoke Travel Company, a Beijing-based business offering custom-designed trips with expert guides.“The team was the biggest it had ever been; we were making the most revenue we’d ever made,” says its British founder, Sarah Keenlyside. “It was on course to be a great year.”But as news of the virus spread and China went into lockdown, she had to put her business into survival mode.“We lost three…
  6. The Indonesian island of Bali is no stranger to Hollywood. It provided the backdrop, cast and folk narrative for 1935’s Legong: Dance of the Virgins, a silent exploitation film whose poster advertised “native customs, native music, native cast”, and in 2010 it was where Julia Roberts found herself in Eat Pray Love.The island could be making more movie cameos after it was revealed at the Cannes Film Festival on July 9 that “Southeast Asian content producer and financier United Media Asia [UMA],…
  7. A travel blogger’s social media accounts have been shut down and police have launched an investigation after he posted pictures of himself in “disrespectful” poses at a cemetery for Chinese soldiers in Xinjiang.Blogger Xiao Xian Jayson shared nine pictures on Chinese social media platform Xiao Hong Shu last week after visiting the Kangxiwa Martyrs’ Cemetery in Xinjiang and captioned them with the Chinese characters for “respect”.However, two of these pictures attracted an online backlash; many…
  8. Richard Branson has been, Jeff Bezos will go on Tuesday and Elon Musk has reportedly booked a seat As for thrill-seekers who aren’t billionaires, they might soon be able to get their own adrenaline kicks and Instagram snaps from the final frontier, as space tourism finally lifts off.All you’ll need is a bit of patience and a lot of money – as well as to be able to overcome any concerns you may have about your carbon footprint.Two companies are offering short “suborbital” hops of a few minutes:…
  9. Cat Rüst and her husband, Stefan, spend hours every day in Hong Kong monitoring websites for the latest updates on travel restrictions. With three of their four children overseas at boarding school and university, managing the kids’ travel over the summer is proving a fraught logistical challenge. “It’s incredibly stressful, every day you’ve got to solve a new problem. What’s today’s battle plan? You wake up and something has changed, or this vaccine won’t work in this country,” says Cat Rüst,…
  10. Like many cities in Southeast Asia that rely heavily on tourism, Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. With no international tourists having arrived for 18 months, most small tourism-related companies have simply gone out of business.Occupancy in 40 Chiang Mai hotels surveyed by the Northern Chapter of the Thai Hotels Association has been less than 10 per cent throughout 2021, according to its president, La-iad Bungsrithong, and more than 70 per cent…