Every major city has a zoo, and Kuala Lumpur is no exception. Zoo Negara was known as “the zoo in the jungle” when it opened in 1963 in what was then a sparsely populated part of the Gombak district. It now finds itself sitting in the midst of a popular residential area, as years of economic development have led to the inevitable spread of the capital.
In a remote part of Kachin State lies Indawgyi Lake, the biggest lake in Myanmar and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. Every year, from January to March, 20,000 migratory birds from as far away as Siberia take refuge here for feeding and nesting, making this a top destination for bird watching.
DUBBED “the world’s most violent megacity”, armed muggings, carjackings and extortion are part of everyday life in Karachi, where political and criminal forces vie for ownership of the city. The result is a pervasive sense of fear – one that prevents many Karachiites from even leaving their own neighbourhoods, which are carved along wealth and ethnic lines.
It's not a recent initiative, but as far as unusual and effective measures go for improving road-traffic safety, it’s hard to beat mime. In the mid-1990s, Bogotá’s then-mayor Antanas Mockus employed over 400 mime artists to stand guard at pedestrian crossings, showing wordless displeasure to reckless pedestrians and drivers who violated traffic rules.
Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage city in northern Laos, is often named one of the best cities in the world to visit. Most visitors flock here to explore the town’s cultural and natural wonders from November to March, avoiding the monsoon season altogether, but with a light poncho and the local bor pen yang attitude, the rainy season may be the perfect time to visit.
Mass tourism spurred by cheap flights and richer emerging economies is forcing the world’s top museums to rethink their welcome, notably by boosting access, embracing apps and improving ancillary services such as eateries and gift shops.