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Discover Thailand’s newest resort brand – Manathai

Discover Thailand’s newest resort brand – Manathai

Located in some of the most stunning areas of Thailand, MANATHAI properties embody the epitome of Thai hospitality. Each of the tropical sanctuaries offers natural splendour, authentic culture and aesthetic refinement. Gracious, heartfelt service makes every visit an unforgettable getaway.We welcome you to explore our collection of boutique retreats, each embodying its own charm and […]

Is it Safe to Visit Jordan?

Is it Safe to Visit Jordan?

We Meet At The Olive Tree By Jon Killpack Bombarded daily by images of a violent interpretation of Islam, Islamophobia is digging deeper into many Western nations. Fear creates a chasm of distrust that keeps us far from one another. Even before we look across to the other side, we associate the other with the […]

Struth! Light dims in Spain

Struth! Light dims in Spain

SOMETHING you’ve always wanted – your own lighthouse. This one at Cabo de Palos near Cartagena is one of over300 being put up for sale by the cash-strapped Spanish Government. (Photo: Keeping-tabs.blogspot) IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says authorities in Spain have […]

The People of Papua New Guinea

The People of Papua New Guinea

by Ann MallardJacaranda Press 1969NLA link When the first Europeans sailed into the Pacific Islands hundreds of years ago, they found many people here, a strange mixture of races whose origins have tantalized historians and anthropologists ever since. Everyone agrees that the Pacific Islanders must have migrated here, probably in several different waves, but as […]

A Corinna Legend: The Lone Ferryman of the Pieman River

A Corinna Legend: The Lone Ferryman of the Pieman River

JOHNNY AHRBURG ‘Yarns – they fell from his lips like ripemulberries from a shaken tree …’ Born in 1839 in Stockholm, Sweden, Ahrburg took to the seas early and his stories of racing tea clippers from China, of cargoes of fossilised bones from South America to Europe for ‘fertiliser’ purposes, of ships frozen in the […]

A Decade of Excellence: Queen Mary 2 celebrates her first ten years

A Decade of Excellence: Queen Mary 2 celebrates her first ten years

Queen Mary 2 celebrates her first ten years, after travelling almost 1.5 million nautical miles and looking after 1.3 million passengers Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 will celebrate her first ten years of service in 2014. Since her spectacular naming by Her Majesty The Queen on January 8, 2004, Queen Mary 2 has undertaken a […]

A Short History of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company

A Short History of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company

(With kind permission of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company) The original Irrawaddy flotilla was a naval task force of paddle steamers and flats (barges) sent from India to transport British and Indian troops upriver in the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. Unlike the First War, when the British were caught out by the monsoon, this war […]

What Ash Cloud?

What Ash Cloud?

Travel Insurance Group Raises Concerns Over Ash Cloud Flight Guidelines “A myth” says Ryanair chief Travel insurance provider WorldNomads.com says safety must be put ahead of profit as airlines push for more lenient guidelines for flying through ash clouds. After clouds of volcanic ash caused the cancellation of 1600 flights in Scotland, England and Germany […]

Out of This World – the Top Five Remote Island Destinations for the Eco-Traveller

Out of This World – the Top Five Remote Island Destinations for the Eco-Traveller

2011 Cruise Passenger MagazineAdventure Cruise Guide Media Release: 4 April 2011 Cruise Passenger Magazine’s Adventure Cruise Guide Names the Top Five Remote Island Destinations Accessible Only by Expedition Vessel. Our planet is transforming every day. The climate is changing, forests are vanishing, endangered species disappear daily and the polar ice is melting at an alarming […]

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