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    Dodging the bullet

    Brunch, Gary Boyle, Published on 07/10/2018

    » One of the best things about travelling in Japan is the fast and convenient Shinkansen. The bullet trains can whisk you from Tokyo to Kyoto in as little as two hours and 20 minutes. Or you could, like 34-year old Gabriel Camelin, a video and photography lecturer at Silpakorn University, do the same trip on your bicycle. The route through the mountains is 570km and can be done, if you're as brave and fit as Gabriel, in just seven days.

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    All That Jazz and More

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 21/12/2012

    » What makes a hotel five-star? For most people it's the service, ideally utterly charming and catering to your every outlandish whim. For others it's the food, with delicious menus conjured up by international kitchen-wizards. For others yet it's the other guests: one's view must be peopled with those of a certain station. Add a concierge who knows how to get you into the best nightspots, or, if sir prefers, the worst nightspots.

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    Asiatique The Riverfront: Eat, shop, learn history

    Life, Gary Boyle, Published on 07/12/2012

    » With all the capital's downtown hustle and jams, it's easy to forget that Bangkok is almost coastal. Heading anywhere south of Sathorn along the Chao Phraya, where the riverside hotels cede the valuable real estate to more industrial enterprises, you are reminded that Bangkok is indeed an active port, a tradition that began over 100 years ago with the opening of the East Asiatic Company's Siam pier. Hans Niels Andersen founded the company to create passenger and freight links by sea between Denmark and the Far East. He organized the construction of the pier and warehouses, the oldest of which date back to 1907, and would hopefully be impressed by a tasteful renovation of the area which is now Asiatique The Riverfront.

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