The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The Myanmar Times

Exploring Kuala Lumpur’s wild side

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.

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Securing the future of Indawgyi Lake

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.

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All aboard the Super Savari Express: an armed tour bus for crime-ridden Karachi

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.

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What is the safest city in the world?

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.

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Getting a buzz out of ink

The needles are sharp, the concentration sharper. Eyes focused, hands busy, The Illuminated Woman is at work.

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Monsoon magic in northern Laos

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.

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Rainy day getaways worth getting wet for

Nature has provided the perfect antidote to the crowds and high prices that have accompanied the sharp rise in tourist numbers in Myanmar over the past few years. It’s called rain.

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International air links to rise

Air links between ASEAN member countries are set to increase in number as the region’s Open Skies policy takes off, industry leaders heard yesterday.

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Mass tourism forces mobbed museums to overhaul welcome

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.

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Are postcards a thing of the past?

We no longer wish you. were here. Or rather, these days, an individual I is much less likely to scrawl such a message on a postcard to a particular You.

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