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JUNE 26, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 25
  TRAVEL WATCH
Open the Door to a Cool Summer Escape
If you're willing to venture a few more miles to escape the summer simmer, there are excellent options on hand.

Detour
Sure, there are white and black swans, bamboo groves and flower gardens, but the lovely views at Taiwan's Tzuhu Lake are not the only draw for the 1.5 million visitors who travel there each year.

Short Cuts
As part of its summer celebration, the Van Thanh Tourist Park in Ho Chi Minh City is launching a weekend program called Gastronomic Inspiration.

Hot Deals
Singapore Airlines is offering a June Internet special on flights to destinations around the region.


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Tweety Snacks
As part of its summer celebration, the Van Thanh Tourist Park in Ho Chi Minh City is launching a weekend program called Gastronomic Inspiration. For just 35 cents you can chow down on batter-fried prawns, grilled beef, fried fish and roasted sparrows‹which, we've been assured, taste like chicken.

Model Runways
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the results of its annual airport survey. The majority of 60,000 interviewees at 57 major airports all over the world picked Copenhagen as the world's "most pleasing" airport. Singapore's Changi ranked second, followed by Helsinki, Vancouver, Manchester and KL.

Virgin E.R.
Virgin Atlantic is arming its flight attendants with a medical kit that measures blood pressure and blood oxygen levels and takes a pic of a sick passenger's face. Via satellite phone the info goes to a medical center where doctors can make a diagnosis. The airline hopes to save some of the $1.2 million it spent on medical diversions last year.


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