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Awe-inspiring ancient sites

Taken from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, may we present a bevy of BC (or thereabouts) beauties that have stood the test of time without losing any of their ability to drop your jaw.<p>Pyramids of Giza, Egypt<p>Egypt’s a country rich in both World Heritage sites and tourist clichés, and at the …

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Granada's street art

Granada is a paradoxical city where grit and grandiosity often sit side by side. Most people come here to see the Alhambra, but the city also hides a surrealistic street art scene. Drawing on cultural traditions first fostered by Andalucían poet, Federico Lorca, and abstract expressionist painter, …

Top 10 reasons to visit Singapore in 2015

Peering over the rooftop pool deck of Marina Bay Sands, shopping up a storm on Haji Lane, or ogling at the supertrees in Gardens by the Bay, it’s almost impossible to imagine Singapore was little more than a fishing village just over a century ago. On the eve of its golden jubilee, there’s no …

Europe’s foodie secret: Serbian cuisine

Serbia is not a quiet place. People here are gleefully loud, rambunctious and given to expressing themselves through gesticulations which make the Italians look like wallflowers. The country’s cuisine is equally boisterous, a riotous fusion of Turkish, Hungarian and Mediterranean influences that …

Treasure hunting: where to shop in Marrakesh

Marrakesh has been a trading town since the 11th century, and it can still satisfy the most ardent shopaholic. Its warren of souqs are the quintessential Moroccan shopping experience, but there's more: in-the-know buyers also make a beeline for the design district of Sidi Ghamen or upscale Gueliz …

The world's best places to get a 'yes'

Once you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with that special someone, you’re faced with what can feel like an even greater decision. Where do I pop the question?<p>1. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)<p>Sunrises are inherently romantic, but those in Bagan are truly surreal. The capital of the Kingdom of …

Why Manila is fast becoming one of Asia's coolest cities

The heydays of the 1920s and 1930s saw Manila abuzz with theatres, cabaret, jazz clubs and ritzy boulevards, making it one of the most glamourous cities in the region. This was all brought to a halt during the<p>Battle<p>of Manila in WWII and Manila never really regained its pre-war panache. But in …

Neanderthals bred with modern humans, study confirms

Advanced genetic analysis and statistical modeling have confirmed that early humans mated with Neanderthals.<p>Mating between modern humans and their …

Longer breastfeeding tied to better development | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who were breastfed for more than six months scored the highest on cognitive, language and motor development tests as toddlers, in a new study from Greece.<p>Earlier research tied breastfeeding to better thinking and memory skills. But how it’s related to language …