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THE travel industry is constantly in a state of flux and change with upgrades, improvements, or different options constantly being tweaked and made available. These are designed to have you arrive feeling rested, improve the ease of making transactions or communicating with loved ones, and connecting with locals on the ground. Here are just some of the trends you may expect to see this year during your travels.
WHILE the 87th Annual Academy Awards were held in Hollywood this week, sadly there were few Asia-Pacific actors, actresses, directors or other professionals in this year’s finalists. However films from the region have been nominated over the years featuring its stunning landscapes, cultures and backdrops, along with its many talented directors, actors and artists. While there are of course numerous other film awards and accolades to be noted, this list below takes us on a stroll down the Asia-Pacific’s Academy hall of fame.
Asia is awash with Buddhist monasteries, temples, nunneries and other sacred places and chances are you will find yourself at one or more of them during your travels. While foreigners and visitors are always welcome in these places, there are some rules of etiquette that you should follow so you don’t offend anyone.
IF you’re looking for a nice brew, a cuppa, a chai or any kind of hot water infused with tea, Asia has you covered. Not only were there enough British colonies in this part of the world to have brought their national drink with them long enough to make it stick, but other Asian nations have a long, long history with the beverage as well, and their own variations. Let’s take a look.
DESPITE Myanmar’s newly acquired status as the darling of the Asian circuit, there is still much about the nation that remains undiscovered. While renowned for its wealth of pagodas, unblemished countrysides, unspoiled coast, quaint festivities and great lakes, it’s also a country of history and has its fair share of fading ancient ruins and tumbledown structures that invoke the dynasties and grandeur of the past. Visiting these places could form part of an excellent itinerary.
ONE of the most controversial ‘tourist attractions’ in Thailand, the tiger temple has been the subject of debate for many years. This is what I found on my visit to the ‘sanctuary’, writes Ruchika Vyas