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Legends of the fall

Kyoto in autumn. The changing colors of leaves. Rest for the weary. WORDS  CHIQUI JABSON CHUA In the foothills of western Kyoto, towering bamboo trees sway...

Stepping out in style

Photographs of stars stepping out of the plane and onto the airport tarmac are seared into the collective memory. WORDS JOSEPH L. GARCIA The world crawling...

Travel in luxury

By Zsarlene B. Chua TRAVELING has become more than just a simple vacation as there are quite a number of people who have made traveling...

Visiting a future city

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Reporter NUVALI revels in nostalgia, but at the same time, it is forward-looking. Its contradictions allow it to look at...

English Heritage staff reveal spookiest landmarks

LONDON -- Ghosts passing through walls, unexplained screams and children’s laughter: staff at the English Heritage conservation agency published a list on Tuesday of...

Golden getaway: cost, safety prompt more Chinese tourists to stay closer...

SHANGHAI – As China’s army of tourists prepares for this week’s “Golden Week” vacation, the hottest destinations aren’t Paris, New York or Tokyo. Instead,...

Chicago is more popular with tourists than ever

By Nikki Ekstein Bloomberg CHICAGO, described by President Trump and others as a hellish, dystopian crime scene akin to a “war-torn nation” and “worse than Afghanistan”...

The Chicago Cheat Sheet

WHERE TO STAY • The Viceroy: A mix of Art Deco and mid-century flourishes -- with plenty of brass embellishment -- feels at home in...

Bangkok remains top global tourist destination

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter SINGAPORE -- Asian cities -- led by Bangkok -- remain the destinations of choice of global tourists this year,...

Beer, Nazis, and a palaceTaking a tour of Munich

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor Hundreds of thousands head to world’s biggest beer festival in Theresienwiese, Munich every year. This year,...

Open House in Intramuros

By Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter Visit Intramuros Sept. 23 and 24 For two days this weekend, several destinations inside Manila’s Walled City will be free for those who want...

Beatles fans, start planning your pilgrimage to India now

By Patrick Scott, Bloomberg PAUL SALTZMAN was stoned — not on drugs, but on inner peace — as he sat cross-legged in an ashram bungalow...

Tapping into its ‘race-cation’ potential

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Reporter BLESSED with an ideal beach and well-manicured landscape, Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas is a “paradise” for people looking to...

Conquering Fuji-san

By Lourdes O. Pilar, Researcher I HAD to hit the half century mark before I dared scale Mt. Fuji and fully realize what this Japanese...

Morocco tourists make tracks on 007’s ‘Desert Express’

BOUARFA, Morocco – Edouard Kunz knows timekeeping is important but the former Swiss watch precision mechanic admits that James Bond’s Oriental Desert Express in...

Packed with tourists, Ibiza struggles to house locals

IBIZA TOWN, Spain – Gabriel Alberto Andrade has lived in a van for a year, unable to pay for a home in Spain’s Ibiza...

Walking through history

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua Reporter MANILA, the Philippine capital, might have been left behind by other burgeoning cities in the metropolitan area but...

Romblon’s attractions

LONG-KNOWN as the “Marble Capital of the Philippines,” the island-province of Romblon is now one of the country’s emerging tourist destinations. The island province is...

Taiwan: from temples to sex shops

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter “Charming” is how one might describe Taiwan as the island country is a curious blend of religiosity,...

Paris revels in tourism surge, but cautious after Barcelona

PARIS – Paris is on track to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a bumper first half, a senior official said,...

A hot time in Paris

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia Summer is a great time to visit Paris. After all, the days are filled with sunshine, and...

The Paris Air Show

ONCE every two years, Paris becomes the center of the world’s aerospace industry. The International Paris Air Show, held at the Le Bourget airfield north...

Staying at the quiet side of Boracay

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter The hum of cicadas during the evening as I looked out from my balcony at the Savoy Hotel accented a...

Tourists seeking ‘Despacito’ discover Puerto Rico’s La Perla

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO -- Something unusual is happening in La Perla, a poor barrio clinging to a steep hillside between Old San Juan...

The Top 10 museum exhibitions you need to see

By James Tarmy, Bloomberg Museums have a reputation for saving their “serious” exhibitions for the winter, spring, and fall — the Whitney Biennial, the Shchukin...

AirAsia’s Fernandes wants travel tax on outbound Filipino tourists removed

By Carmelito Q. Francisco, Correspondent DAVAO CITY -- AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Anthony Francis Fernandes is urging the Philippine government to look into scrapping...

Why you should never eat food on planes, and other jet-set...

By Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking...

Now airports have gyms, too

AMERICA’S AIRPORTS are where long lines, crowds, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) combine to make life miserable. But once the metal detectors, explosives-sniffers,...

The simple trick to blend in anywhere you travel

By Mark Ellwood  Bloomberg At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking...

Domestic travel dominated by youth demographic

MILLENNIALS were the most traveled within the country last year, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority and Department of...

Eye to eye with death

Hanging out with predators. WORDS ROLAND HANEWALD | PHOTOS UWE JACOBS It has become customary in recent years to classify sharks as “friendly” creatures, as picturesque...

A 37-year history of descent into airline hell

By Joe Nocera, Bloomberg View IF YOU’RE AN airline passenger of a certain age, you remember what it was like in those years before 1978....

Unpacking the mystery of wobbly suitcase syndrome

PARIS — You are rushing to catch a train or plane and suddenly the suitcase you’re pulling starts to rock from wheel to wheel,...

The most interesting late-night room service around the world

By Chadner Navarro WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE: bleary-eyed from a long flight that lands after dark, staring down an even-more-exhausting work trip ahead. You drop...

Place of the Gods

Text and photos by Bettina V. Roc, Associate Editor Try telling a friend you’re traveling to Mexico and the first thing you will likely be...

All dressed up in Jeonju

Text and photos by Brian M. Afuang FROM SOUTH Korea’s international airport in Incheon, the route to the city of Jeonju, some 200 kilometers away,...

Gardening as art goes on show at famous UK festival

LONDON — From the world’s hottest chilli to a garden inspired by music, Britons celebrate their love for gardening this week at the Chelsea Flower...

Korea’s ports are calling

MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music, beauty products, the hanbok, the...

Sailing away

IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced that its flagship, the Superstar Virgo,...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was once known as a honeymoon destination for...

Nature tripping in Tanay

THERE is a place close to Metro Manila where one can enjoy nature at its finest. The Haranah Eco Park, a privately owned 16.2-hectare property...

Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard

PATTAYA, THAILAND — In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta...

Hammock floors take overwater bungalows to a new level of luxury

CLOSE your eyes and think about the most relaxing place in the world. Is it a private pool overlooking a volcano in Costa Rica?...

An ethnographic museum is Baguio’s latest attraction

MUSEO KORDILYERA, which opened on Jan. 31, is an addition to the must-visit sites in Baguio City. Inside, the Museo Kordilyera–UPB Ethnographic Museum is a...

Hotels worth booking for the workout

THE ETHOS that guides those who are permanently fit — other than staying permanently fit — is that working out is a luxury, not...