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Christmas in Pyongyang: How devout tourists can worship in North Korea

By |December 29th, 2021|Categories: Christian Tours|Tags: , |

Visitors are not banned from attending church services or carrying a Bible, but proselytizing is strictly off-limits Gareth Johnson December 27, 2021 Image: NK News (file) | Inside Pyongyang's Bongsu Church, May 21, 2019 The following article is the sixteenth in a multipart series by Gareth Johnson of Young Pioneer Tours about being a North Korea tour guide. Views expressed in columns are exclusively the author’s own and do not represent those of [...]

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Orient Express to debut La Dolce Vita in 2023

By |December 10th, 2021|Categories: Rail Journeys, Train Travel|Tags: , , |

Accor-owned Orient Express will launch a new train service in Italy in 2023. In partnership with Arsenale, Orient Express La Dolce Vita will launch more than 150 years after Georges Nagelmackers debuted the luxury express. Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express [...]

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Bangkok’s historic Hua Lamphong train station is closing

By |November 28th, 2021|Categories: Train Travel|Tags: , , , |

Bangkok's historic Hua Lamphong train station is to take on new life under the SRT development plans. The Government is adamant the best of Hua Lamphong will remain, but locals are demanding more (Bangkok Post 28 November 2021) The sound of a station bell faded while a train was about to leave its platform at Bangkok's Hua Lamphong station. Soon the bell will not be used while [...]

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Meet the Kung Fu Nuns of Kathmandu

By |November 20th, 2021|Categories: kung-fu, wellness retreats|Tags: , , , |

October 19, 2021 - Fearless by name, ferociously kind by nature. In the Himalayas, Buddhist nuns aged 8 to 88 use kung fu to empower girls and inspire the world. Living by the message of “Be Your Own Hero”, their story (and moves) are too powerful not to share. It takes poise, and practice, for a 100-pound girl to topple a 200-pound assailant. Once you have become your own hero, [...]

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Neeleshwar Hermitage, North Kerala – A Little Local History around Tellicherry.

By |November 20th, 2021|Categories: wellness retreats|Tags: , , , |

Neeleshwar Hermitage is a serene and stylish retreat set in the dappled shade of a sleepy coconut grove on the pristine shores of the Arabian sea; the blissfully unspoilt Malabar coastline of Northern Kerala. Tellicherry, formerly known as Thalassery, is a little town with a big history about 80 kms down the coast from The Hermitage. The British first established their presence here in 1682, obtaining permission to settle from [...]

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Explore Austria by Train

By |November 9th, 2021|Categories: Train Travel|Tags: , |

Not only is travelling by train one of the most sustainable ways to get around in Austria but also the most comfortable and efficient. Whether you are travelling between major cities or want to discover the smaller villages – the network of the Federal Railways takes them wherever their journey takes them. Three different travel classes (economy, business, first) allows your preferred style of travel. Vienna’s International Airport [...]

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International travel from Australia is returning after 18 months closure

By |November 2nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

The Australian government has lifted its ‘do not travel’ advisory for the first time since the nation’s borders closed more than 18 months ago, with international flights returning from 1 November. Here's the current advice and some of the countries allowing quarantine-free entry. Published Friday 29 October 2021 By Isabelle Lane Source: SBS News Fully-vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will soon be able to travel overseas without an exemption [...]

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Thailand is open – A travel update from the Tourism Authority of Thailand

By |October 9th, 2021|Categories: Discovery Tours|Tags: , |

“After much speculation this week we are so happy to see Thailand come off the travel red list. It’s a very timely boost for Thailand’s travel industry. We’re heading into peak season with our best weather ahead, particularly along the Andaman coast and insights from tour operators tells us there is huge interest in travel to Thailand and 1,000’s of postponed holidays set to be rebooked both for immediate winter [...]

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8 Day Luxury Yacht Itinerary in North Raja Ampat

By |September 17th, 2021|Categories: Discovery Tours, Yacht Cruise|Tags: , , |

Have you ever dreamed of swimming with manta rays, exploring some of the world’s most magnificent coral reefs, or travelling aboard a luxurious yacht? If so, our 8 Day North Raja Ampat Expedition is for you. This journey will allow you to explore the 1,500 island archipelago full of great diversity and unique sights. The diversity of the region is a dream come true for scuba divers and explorers around [...]

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