Train journeys, most certainly, offer breathtaking scenery, but get ready for spectacular sights when you pull into some of the world’s most amazing train stations – symbols of past empires that have survived wars and the onslaught of urban development.
Words: Efi Eqbal Images: Inmagine, Getty Images & Corbis
When I heard I was going to Ho Chi Minh City for the weekend, images of old Saigon – beautiful French colonial buildings and wide tree-lined boulevards – came to mind. Friends were quick to warn me of the infamous traffic, but I paid little heed to their advice, my thoughts lingering instead on romanticised portraits of the city, stirred in part by Graham Greene’s portrayal of Saigon in The Quiet American.
Words: Chitra Santhinathan
When my car pulled up to the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, I thought there had been a mistake. Perhaps my driver had misunderstood. The futuristic building looked more like something out of Star Trek than a hotel. A cantilevered structure, this incredibly sleek creation was all dramatic glass and sweeping curves. Softening the sharpness of its ultra-modern design were water fountains spraying jets into the cool air.
Words: Beverly Rodrigues
Back on the Formula One grid after a one year hiatus, team Caterham’s newest member, Kamui Kobayashi, is all set and raring to go. The 27-year-old Japanese race car driver talks to travel 3Sixty° about his foray into the world of F1, what happens on race weekend, and expectations for the 2014 racing season.
Compiled By: Chitra Santhinathan Images: Caterham F1® Team
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