Aerial view of the Tahiti Intercontinental Hotel. Photo: Tahiti Intercontinental Hotel

Four star luxury in a South Pacific paradise

The Tahiti Intercontinental Hotel “Tahiti”. For westerners the name conjures up visions of swaying palm trees, golden sand, sparkling blue lagoons and colours as brilliant as those painted by Paul ...
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The Aranui 5 approaches the narrow Vaipaee inlet on Ua Huka, Marquesas Islands.

Six majestic Marquesas Islands – a different way to cruise

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands We are standing on a raised stone platform, once the home of a chief, looking down at a pit. “Some say it was used to keep ...
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The Aranui 5 passenger/cargo ship unloading at the dock in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands.

The Aranui 5 cargo/passenger ship

Aranui – the great highway In the nineteen-fifties the Chinese-Tahitian Wong family started a shipping company operating the Aranui, a freighter sailing to the islands of French Polynesia. Later the ...
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Scene from the spectacular Badu Gili light show projected onto the Bennelong Restaurant sails at the Sydney Opera House. The scenes represent indigenous Australian mythology, flora and fauna.

Badu Gili – spectacular show lights up Sydney Opera House sails

Badu Gili free light show Sydney's iconic Opera House is instantly recognisable and more than 8 million people visit it each year, for performances, tours, just to look at it, ...
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Poster for 'An Evening of Opera Highlights', the Anna Netrebko concert at the Sydney Opera House, 24 October 2017.

An evening of opera highlights – Anna Netrebko concert in Sydney

Anna Netrebko Anna Netrebko is the best soprano in the world, the reigning prima donna of the 21st Century. She has been thrilling opera fans for over two decades not ...
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The stunning view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House seen from the 31st floor Intercontinental Club lounge.

Staying at the Intercontinental – Sydney’s most iconic hotel

The Intercontinental location We've just returned from a short trip to Sydney and once again we stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Macquarie Street. The hotel is just a few ...
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Happy Thais enjoying Mekong whisky in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (1979 photo)

Bangkok to Chiang Mai: up by bus, back by train – 40 years later

First visit to Chiang Mai Phil and I first visited Chiang Mai in 1979. A long, long time ago. We were staying in Bangkok in the Atlanta backpacker hotel when, ...
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Phil and Wendy enjoying dinner together in Air New Zealand business premier

10 reasons I love Air New Zealand Business Premier

Flying Air New Zealand Back in the days of 767s, Air New Zealand's business class section only had sit-up-and-beg seats. They reclined but not very far. The food and wine ...
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Hanoi street food - preparing prawn cakes at a street stall in Hanoi, North Vietnam

Hanoi street food tour a taste of Vietnam

Hanoi street food tour Food, glorious food. Vietnamese cuisine is famous for its freshness and flavour and there's no better way to find out more about it than to take ...
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The cyclos of Chau Doc did not have much in the way of hand-holds but were fun to ride

Weird wheels and why you should use them

Saigon cyclo The Vietnamese cyclo is a three-wheel bicycle taxi introduced to Vietnam by the French in the colonial period. There used to be thousands of them on the streets ...
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