The public will be able to view the female panda cub, born to giant pandas Xing Xing and Liang Liang, in another two or three weeks, said National Zoo deputy president Rosli Ahmat Lana. He said preparations were being made by the zoo for the purpose. “Liang Liang (mother panda) is now able to let go of her baby for an hour a day in the isolation room. It will be increased to a minimum of two hours daily to prepare the cub for public viewing,” he told Bernama. He said the cub was now two month-old and healthy, with a body weight of almost five kilogrammes. “She can now run in the cage and the spots on the body are now full,” he added.


Planned rail tours in Vietnam are expected to offer passengers a new travel option. Representatives from 18 tourism firms in Ho Chi Minh City recently took a five-day train tour to four destinations, including Binh Thuan, Nha Trang, Phu Yen, and Binh Dinh. The tour, organized by the Saigon Railway Co. and the Ho Chi Minh City Travel Association, is the first step toward a full rail tour service, to be provided in the near future. Rail passengers need not worry about luggage size, and rail cars for tourism are upgraded with improved toilet areas and more space to move around thanks to a lower seating capacity, while well-trained wait-staff serve a good menu which changes daily. 


Helicopter tours will soon be available for tourists to enjoy an aerial view of the World Cultural Heritage of My Son Sanctuary in the central province of Quang Nam, a local official said. Preparations for the airborne services, launched by the Vietnam Travel Mart Company, have been completed outside the Khe The spring in the heritage’s complex, said Phan Ho, Head of the management board of the My Son tourism and heritage site. Service aircraft departing from the central city of Da Nang will fly around the area to give tourists a look at the mystery and unique architecture of Cham temples lying in the middle of the forest.


The midday sun throws a playful light on the black, red, yellow and orange motorcycles parked outside the Coffee Corner, a café at City Mall in Thimphu. The machines sparkle and shine under the glittering light. It is Sunday. The day is hot. One by one, different models of the Royal Enfield motorcycles arrive to be parked outside the café. A black classic, vintage-inspired, is the last motorcycle to arrive. Wearing a black sweatshirt, black leather pants and heavy boots, with a red bandanna over his head, Kelly Dorji takes off his helmet and gets off the motorcycle. The other riders who are waiting for the rest of the team members greet him. These bikers are the members of the Bhutan Dragons Motorcycle Club, a charity club formed seven years ago by a group of childhood friends.


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