Asia

Animal Babies Get the Spotlight at Singapore Zoo.

Image of Singapore Zoo courtesy of Singapore Tourism Board. Who says there aren’t enough babies in Singapore? At least Singapore Zoo seems to be working overtime bringing babies into the world. The AFP reports that the Zoo’s breeding program has brought forth about 2,500 animals so far from the 315 species enrolled. 2009 brought forth 142 animals, 32 from endangered species. Not surprisingly (befitting the Singaporeans, the most methodical people in Southeast Asia), nothing is left to chance. The latest star of the programme is a baby Komodo dragon hatched in December — the first born in an Asian zoo outside the giant lizard’s native Indonesia. The hatchling was the culmination of three years of effort by zookeepers watching over every step of its parents’ courtship and mating to make sure everything went as planned, said Tay. Get your chance to see some of … [...]

Thermes Marins Bali Spa, Voted the World’s Best Spa.

Image of Thalasso Facilities Aquatonic® pools (top) and image of Spa on the Rocks (left) © Ayana Resort & Spa Bali, used with permission. Looking for the world’s best spa? Look no further than the Thermes Marins Bali Spa in the Ayana Resort & Spa on Jimbaran Bay, Bali . The Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards 2010 has awarded several key laurels to the Thermes Marins Bali Spa – not only the World’s #1 Spa, it’s also been crowned the Favourite Hotel Spa in Asia. The Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards are based on an international survey of Conde Nast Traveller readers, and were awarded this year in a prestigious ceremony in London. “It’s a great honor to win Conde Nast’s highest award in this … [...]

Past and Present Collide – Hue Citadel, Vietnam.

Image © Mike Aquino, licensed to About.com The view from the Belvedere above the Ngo Mon Gate, the Hue Citadel, Central Vietnam. Directly ahead of me, a tour guide was explaining the history of 20th century Vietnam, and how it unfolded right at this spot. It was here where the last emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai, turned over his government to a revolutionary government. The turnover did nothing to stop the French from coming back to try to reclaim their lost Empire, obliterating much of the Hue Citadel in the process. Despite the ravages of war and time, the little that remains of the Hue Citadel is still wonderful to … [...]