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PRINCELY SUM: Prince Hotels is cutting rates at its Japanese properties. In Tokyo, for instance, single rooms are going from $100 at the Shinjuku Prince, $104 at the Takanawa Prince and $119 at the Shinagawa Prince until Dec. 31 (call 65-734-9024 to book). Discount rates for Internet bookings are also available at until March 31.

HAPPY RETURNS: The Peninsula in Hong Kong is toasting its 70th birthday in style. Stay two nights in a deluxe room for $426 per night until Dec. 28 and get the third night for $70. From Dec. 1-28, locals with an ID card can get a deluxe room for $300 the first night and $70 the second--plus roundtrip transfers in a Rolls-Royce. The Pen's reservation line is 852-2366-6251.

TRAINS, PLANES: Save your vacation for April 6-29, when an around-the-world tour leaves London on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, stopping in Venice, Dubai, Delhi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Rangoon and Sydney, with Concorde flights providing the overseas links. The all-inclusive cost is $64,000 per person (double cabin). Call 65-392-3600 for info.


November 23, 1998

The official euro website explains how the phased introduction of the single monetary system will work and gives an overview of the historic changeover

Save your vacation for April 6-29, when an around-the-world tour leaves London on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express

There's something about Insadong, also known as Mary's Alley. The area is the heart of Seoul's arts scene

When 25-year-old Alec Le Sueur arrived in Lhasa in 1988 to manage the city's now defunct Holiday Inn, his goal was not as lofty as scaling Mt. Everest

Dog-owners are a breed apart. With owners so devoted, the travel industry increasingly is hustling to cater to animal needs

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U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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