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Meet the Philippine tarsier: World’s second-smallest primate

Photos: The life of tarsiers Tiny tarsiers: The tarsier is the world’s second-smallest primate — about the size of an adult palm. They are a protected species in the Philippines with just 5,000-10,000 left in the wild. Photos: The life of tarsiers Forest sanctuary: Tarsier hunter-turned-conservationist Carlito Pizarras inspects one of his tiny wards at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in Corella, on Bohol Island in the Philippines. Photos: The life

Ultra long-haul: On board the world’s longest flight

The world’s longest airline routes How real is the hypersonic aircraft revolution? Miquel Ros is an aviation blogger and consultant with a passion for all things travel. An economist by background, he’s worked for for the likes of Bloomberg and Flightglobal and currently covers the airline industry through Allplane.tv. As an independent consultant he advises companies in the travel and technology space.

The world’s most unusual wineries

Photos: Photos MauiWine, Hawaii: Hawaii’s MauiWine isn’t your typical winery experience. For starters, it’s located 2,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of the the Haleakalā volcano. Photos: Photos Former prison: Throw in a tasting room inside a former prison — built in the 1850s to hold inmates awaiting transportation to the larger county jail — and you’ve got a wine-tasting experience unlike any other. Photos: Photos Tank Garage

Luxury dive resorts: 10 of the world’s best

From Chile to Australia to St. Lucia, the world’s most exclusive scuba hideaways serve fewer than 100 select guests. Some cater to a maximum of just 20 diving VIPs. Others tempt groups to reserve their whole private island. I mean, why share paradise when you can have all that pampering for yourself and your friends? Without exception, these premium dive lodges offer the royal treatment for even the most spoiled

The world’s tastiest rail journey

Its oldest carriages were assembled in Parisian workshops 127 years ago to convey Portuguese kings and queens around their realm in high comfort. Now the once-royal rolling stock takes paying passengers on a lavish day-trip through 200 kilometers (125 miles) of stunning scenery from Porto to the grand Quinta do Vesuvio estate on the far eastern edge of Douro wine country. For most of the journey the train hugs the

Airplane foot bins: The key to solving cabin storage problems?

What if you didn’t have to spread your belongings between lockers 10 rows apart and then dodge and weave to retrieve them in the face of a muttering torrent of de-planing passengers. How about your own compartment in the floor to store essential items, free up overhead space and stop the cabin crew telling you off for gear strewn around your feet? This simple solution to airplane storage space has

Ipoh: A guide to Malaysia’s rising tourism star

These days, it’s going through a tentative revival, thanks to the recent crop of hotels, cafes, museums and street art in the historic center. “Before, there wasn’t one place where people gathered,” says Julie Song of Burps & Giggles, a cafe that’s contributed to the city’s new face. But the capital of Malaysia’s Perak state has always possessed the qualities that make places like Penang so compelling to travelers: a

Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted passenger flights

King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — flights for over 21 years. Prior to that he piloted

How Amsterdam cleaned up its sleazy center

Behind the permissiveness, the brothel windows and the cannabis coffee shops lurked rampant criminality — a world of of sex trafficking, forced prostitution and money-laundering — and authorities decided enough was enough. In 2008 Mayor Job Cohen launched Project 1012 (named after the postal code of the area), a 10-year plan to improve the district and attract a different type of visitor. A host of disreputable businesses, such as the

Dubai set to build $1.7b man-made islands

Global investment company Dubai Holding unveiled this week plans for Marsa Al Arab, a four million square feet pair of man-made islands either side of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the city’s iconic sail-shaped hotel. How Dubai became an adrenaline junkie paradise The project, estimated to cost $1.72 billion, will add 1.4 miles of beach to Dubai’s coastline. With ground breaking scheduled for June, Dubai Holding say the islands will