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  • 21 Dive into the world's best scuba sites
    Azores The waters around this remote Portuguese archipelago way out in the Atlantic Ocean are home to an amazing underwater world. The nine small volcanic islands of the Azores are surrounded by waters...

  • 22 Getting to the top in Tokyo
    The cutting-edge Sky Tree construction project is almost complete after nearly four years of work. At the start, it was unclear just what the final height of this stylish free-standing tower would be,...

  • 23 The jungle where Mowgli grew up
    It's the langurs, their black monkey faces surrounded by a shock of white hair, who are the first to sound the alarm when a tiger approaches; they emit a brief, high-pitched squeal, a warning that penetrates...

  • 24 Pimalai, luxury and leisure in a jungle setting
    Imagine an idyllic island with lush greenery, the scent of exotic plants floating on the warm evening air and the clear waters of the Andaman Sea lapping a curve of pale golden sand. That's exactly what...

  • 25 Bo Sang's paper parasols
    Located just nine kilometres from Chiang Mai, the dynamic northern Thai city, where tradition and modernity live side-by-side, Bo Sang may not be the most famous place in the world, but it is the home...

  • 26 The world's best toy shops
    Hamleys, London Established in 1760, the seven-storey toy shop on Regents Street is a treat for any family shopping day in the capital. Rocking horses, dolls and other traditional toys, educational toys,...

  • 27 Indigo Pearl Resort: industrial chic in an exotic Thai setting
    The modern architecture of the resort is carefully designed so it never rises higher than the palm trees that surround it and skilfully integrates the tin-mining heritage of the island with evocative...

  • 28 And the word is 'wonderful'!
    On-line, by phone and by text messages, thousands of people around the world have been involved in voting in this initiative launched by the New7Wonders Foundation. Chosen from a short list of twenty-eight,...

  • 29 Autumn colours in Kyoto
    Recently the readers of U.S. magazine Conde Nast Traveler name Kyoto the best Asian city, ahead of Bangkok and Hong Kong in a survey whose result pays tribute to the time-honoured cultural wealth of the...

  • 30 Beijing's Forbidden City: the kingdom of 'The Last Emperor'
    The great Forbidden City of China lived up to its name for five and a half centuries. Originally the imperial residence where no one could enter or leave without the emperor's permission, from 1420 it...

  • 31 The natural wonders of the world
    The idea of listing the wonders of the world is hardly a new thing. The historian Herodotus compiled his own list way back in the fifth century BC, and from then on many have been unable to resist the...

  • 32 Hong Kong, where occident and orient mix and blend
    There are many great views of the cosmopolis of Hong Kong: looking down on it as it spreads out before you as you stand at the top of Victoria Peak, peering over the edge as you sip a cocktail on one of...

  • 33 Treasure islands in the Andaman Sea
    Unlike Phang Nga Bay and the paradisiacal island of Phuket – the two best known and most popular tourist destinations in the Andaman Sea – these secret islands have managed to jealously guard...

  • 34 Elephant polo – colossal fun in Thailand
    Elephant polo, the popular Thai sport whose international rules were established in the early Eighties, offers a unique experience for spectators from around the world. This year is a particularly good...

  • 35 Cool pools around the world
    Imagine an endless horizon as pool, sea and sky blend in a perfect shade of azure blue. Some of the best luxury hotels offer their perfect pools for your pleasure. Will you take the plunge? The Oberoi...

  • 36 Hot spots and cool cafes on the Bosphorus
    A thousand scents and fragrances entice the traveler and a thousand more await you as you pause for a drink or a thick Turkish coffee on one of the numerous terraces overlooking the Canal. Here, exotic...

  • 37 Treat yourself to a celebrity holiday
    Whether it's simply taking time out from their latest filming or tour commitments, a visit to enjoy the nightlife and culture of some of the world's most cosmopolitan destinations or for more personal...

  • 38 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, Tanzania People who have had the good fortune to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania say that until you've seen the sun set over the great orange plains you haven't lived. The image...

  • 39 The romance of the Seychelles
    On the map, the name seems to float unsupported in the middle of the blue, but as you zoom in on the Indian Ocean, the islands of the Seychelles archipelago begin to appear. First you'll see the inner...

  • 40 Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, the world's highest hotel
    Located in the heights of Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre, (the ICC) – between floors 102 and 118 – the new Ritz-Carlton is, quite literally, the peak of luxury and flies the flag...



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