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Jakarta Holidays: Top Things For The Solo Business Traveller To Do

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November 17 monas in jakarta

“My time here made me cherish respect for people’s differences.” — former US president Barack Obama on his childhood years spent in Jakarta. Diversity is the name of the game in Jakarta, where much of its 10 million-strong population has roots elsewhere. Javanese, Balinese, Chinese, and European influences are firmly knitted into the capital city’s cultural tapestry. Although Islam is a cornerstone of the city’s identity, its secular government has...

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5 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Ningbo

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November 13 ningbo city lights at night

Did you know that Chinese port city Ningbo is the hometown of Tu Youyou, the first Chinese woman to be awarded a Nobel prize? Tu was honoured in 2015 for her discovery of artemisinin, a drug that helped save millions of malaria sufferers around the world. Her momentous achievement transformed her former residence, virtually overnight, into a tourist sensation. Part of a sprawling 37-building complex on 26 Kaiming Street (Haishu...

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Yangon Holidays: Best Places To Eat, Shop, and Play

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November 2 view of shwedagon pagoda at dusk in yangon, myanmar

A decade after having shed its status as Myanmar’s capital city, Yangon is poised for the limelight again. Recent visitors have hailed Yangon as a boomtown in the making, with skyscrapers and megamalls making their presence felt. Yet, the city remains steeped in tradition, giving leisure and business travellers the best of both worlds. Here is our guide to the most popular activities, as well as some fairly unusual things...

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5 Shopping Spots in Hanoi for the Fashionista

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October 20 Woman on a street in Vietnam

Vietnam’s northern city Hanoi harbours couture aspirations, and style watchers are taking note. In recent years, Hanoi has attracted a growing stream of fashion-conscious visitors, who scour the city in search of runway-worthy apparel that packs its punch in heritage chic. “People are looking for something unique,” revealed Vietnamese designer Thao Vu in a Harper’s Bazaar feature. “Value is not superficial; it’s the culture behind it, the story behind it,...

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