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Night Safari for all you nocturnal animals

Night Safari for all you nocturnal animals The first Night Safari in the world is in Singapore -- it's a 40 hectare property with over 120 species of animals; most of them nocturnal and best viewed at night. You take a zebra-striped tram ride deep into the forest, past the dimly lit habitats of all kinds of animals....

The Great Wall of Singapore

The Great Wall of Singapore Singapore is home to the world's tallest indoor climbing wall. Climbing it is unique for more reasons than just its height! The BorderX via ferrata, aka "iron way," aka "traditional European mountaineering activity reputed to have been started in Italy in WWI as a means of...

The Fullerton Hotel - Historic Singapore at its finest

The Fullerton Hotel - Historic Singapore at its finest The Fullerton Hotel is a luxury hotel in the heart of Singapore with a claim to fame that few hotels can boast: it used to be the post office. The historic building is fabulously decked in art deco and features an infinity pool (above), several dining and drinking options,...

Cyclist circles the globe in 174 days

Cyclist circles the globe in 174 days Last weekend, British cyclist James Bowthorpe rolled into London's Hyde Park, finishing an epic ride around the globe, and setting a new world's record in the process. Bowthorpe became the fastest person to circumnavigate the planet by bike, finishing the 18,000 mile ride...

Get out and go: Events around the world this week (September 24-29)

Get out and go: Events around the world this week (September 24-29) Happy Hump Day, Gadling'ers! The weekend is approaching, so it's time to look at the festivals and events happening around the world this week. If you're close and have time, then you have no excuse to get out and go! Kentucky - World Chicken Festival: Did you know the...

Best hotel for traveling alone in Singapore - Quincy

Best hotel for traveling alone in Singapore - Quincy The Quincy Hotel has got to be one of the most surprising hotels I've ever visited. Knowing nothing other than that it was a somewhat modern boutique hotel, I arrived midday on a Sunday to be greeted with a card featuring a hand-drawn picture of myself (they Googled me), and...

Manse away from home - The Capella Hotel, Singapore

Manse away from home - The Capella Hotel, Singapore The Capella Hotels are relatively new to the luxury travel scene, but have already made quite a name for themselves. They aim to create unique experiences for their guests by keeping their sizes small and fostering a home-like atmosphere -- and the seven-month-old Capella...

Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys - Chinatown, Singapore

Remember "The Island of Misfit Toys" from the legendary holiday TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"? It's where imperfect and rejected toys came to life. Well, I have found this real-life island. It's Singapore -- Chinatown, to be exact. Some find it strange that...

High-tech bridge to connect Singapore's Sentosa Island

High-tech bridge to connect Singapore's Sentosa Island Construction began Tuesday on a 620 meter boardwalk that will connect Sentosa Island with Singapore's mainland. The resort's annual 5 million guests will be able to access the island on foot come November 2010. A series of covered travelators will be capable of transporting...

For summer, a banquet of exotic fresh fruits: Bring travel back home

For summer, a banquet of exotic fresh fruits: Bring travel back home So you're at home this summer. Your vacation budget is bust. Sure, there are backyard barbeques with friends and family stretching out into summer, but that tropical vacation feels long gone. Or perhaps, you have never been on a tropical vacation. Perhaps a tropical fruit...

Michael Jackson died and a flood of travel memories

Michael Jackson died and a flood of travel memories Wow! Michael Jackson is dead. Jackson is one of those people who is wrapped up with my traveling life. As a child living in Columbia, South Carolina where wisteria vines draped off trees in our front yard, "ABC" played from my radio, the one I bought when we lived in State...

Festivals and more in Singapore

Festivals and more in Singapore The Lion City (well, island city-state) Singapore, located just 85 miles north of the equator on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, is busting with relaxing beaches, fascinating culture, and crazy-good food, and whether you already have it on your list or not, it's a...

Kids and long airport layovers

Kids and long airport layovers I was wandering the wide halls of Chicago O'Hare's Terminal B early this morning when I spotted for the first time an enormously tall dinosaur skeleton. The parents of a young toddler tried to occupy their daughter by shooting photos of her standing next to the dinosaur's...

10 places to enjoy May flowers for free

10 places to enjoy May flowers for free When my daughter was about five we went on a wildflower hike for Mother's Day. The hike was free and I remember the day's loveliness even though this was over 10 years ago. May's flowers are one of life's great pleasures. It's a visual feast with the world's locations...

Swedish man + Singaporean woman = fine for naked walk

Swedish man + Singaporean woman = fine for naked walk Jan and Eng went through a bar, each sans stitch of clothes. Neither fell down, but they were fined A$1,840 (around US$1,350) each. Jan Philip and Eng Kai Er walked into a bar in Singapore's Holland Village just for laughs after having a few drinks (big shock ... drunk...

Eight Great Food Markets from Around the World

Eight Great Food Markets from Around the World One of my favorite aspects of travel is visiting unique markets in foreign countries. These sometimes charming, sometimes chaotic, always fascinating and entertaining places offer up slices of local culture, unusual foods, and a variety of other goods, both common and...

Talking Travel with GuideGecko.com

Talking Travel with GuideGecko.com A few weeks ago, the world wide web saw the launch of a most useful travel resource called GuideGecko.com. Guide Gecko hopes to serve the dual purpose as an online bookstore and independent travel writing recruiter. The site's mastermind, Daniel Quadt, spent the past year...

Don't pass through Singapore, stay for a bit

Don't pass through Singapore, stay for a bit Singapore doesn't want you to pass through. Instead, they want you to stick around, even if only for a little while. With the "Fabulous Singapore Stopover Package," you can take advantage of a variety of discounts. In fact, six hotels are dropping rates to $1 for the first...

GuideGecko.com launches

GuideGecko.com launches Have you always wanted to write your own travel guide and market it yourself, in a way that is both profitable for you and useful to those interested in your travel savvy? Or are you heading to a single region of a country but don't want to lug an entire country guidebook...

8 tiger prawns cost $239 at an outdoor eatery

8 tiger prawns cost $239 at an outdoor eatery Eating at a hawker stall in Singapore is one of the cheapest dining options--unless you get taken for a ride. This seems to have happened to this American couple who took four friends to Newton Centre, one of the most touristy hawker establishments in the country. Although...

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