Mike and Chris look ahead to Dubai’s showpiece year on the global stage, as they play host to the six-month long World Expo 2020. Hyperloop technology looks set to play a starring role, including a 12 minute hyperloop ride between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Plus we look at the latest razzle-dazzle attractions in Dubai including the surge in theme parks that is expanding Dubai’s offering as a family holiday destination.
Fancy exploring one of Asia’s lesser-travelled destinations by Kiwis? Borneo is synonymous with orangutans and the Malaysian state of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, is absolutely packed with sensory experiences. The state capital of Kuching is a striking cosmopolitan riverfront city with a stirring array of Chinese shophouses and colonial architecture, alongside being a red-hot foodie haunt, where the star specimen is Laksa Sarawak. Add in a side or two with nature with Bako National Park and the orangutan rehabilitation centre at Semenggoh, both within an hour’s drive of Kuching. Best of all, Kuching is just a short-hop across the water from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Seduced by San Francisco. If you’ve ticked off the banner attractions like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown, how about taking a deeper dive into some of the Bay City’s beloved neighbourhoods. One of our favourites is North Beach, the city’s Little Italy, where the residents are remarkably community-minded, there’s amazing movie memorabilia to stake out and we’ll tell where the very best pastry shops are! Plus, where should you go to get a completely different perspective on the Golden Gate Bridge?
If you’re heading to Western Australia, after you’ve had your fill of Perth, hit the road for Albany, four hours south. If you’re a history hound, the ANZAC heritage is immense, as 41,000 Aussie and Kiwi soldiers departed for service in World War One from Albany. For 16,000 of them, beautiful King George Sound would be the last glimpse of Australasia they would ever see. Beyond the ANZAC heritage, Torndirrup and William Bay National Parks are blockbusters, intersecting with the pounding Indian Ocean. We’ll tell you about The Gap and Elephant Rocks – two unmissable experiences. Be sure to be into win our Lonely Planet guide on Western Australia.