This Week in Travel: North Korea Opened a Museum (In Cambodia)

Before we wish you a very Happy New’s Year’s, here are all the stories we’ve been talking about this week.

#1 The Customer Isn’t Always Right

Once it’s on the internet…

Who: A very unhappy passenger who might like the idea of flying in aviation’s golden era.

Where: On Jetstar Australia‘s Facebook page.

What: One passenger took to the internet to rant about the “worst flight of her life” where she sat “… Right next to the toilet, where it smells and you hear everyone flushing. Right behind you is the chatter and rattle of the flight attendants.” Jetstar responded saying they allow customers to book their desired seats, because apparently some people didn’t get the memo. Naturally, the post has since gone viral.

#2 The Island in Star Wars is Real

Skellig Michael, beehive cells and Small Skellig
Instead of wishing you could travel to a galaxy far far away

Who: Only those that have watched Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens because WARNING: minor spoiler ahead!

Where: The island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland.

What: If you thought the location of the final scene (you know, the jaw-dropping one) was made with CGI, well, it’s not. The island is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the 1,400 year-old Christian monastery located on the slopes. Skellig Michael has been pretty under the radar (till now), because it’s so difficult to reach — you have to take a long boat ride only between April to October. We think even that might not stop a true Star Wars fan.

#3 Malaysia‘s First Islamic Airline Takes Flight

All on-board!

 Who: Rayani Air, Malaysia’s first Sharia-compliant airline.

Where: The airline operates domestically.

What: The first flight ever took off to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur last Sunday. If you’re wondering how the airline complies to Muslim law, regulations include only halal meals served, no alcohol, Muslim air stewardesses to wear a hijab and prayers before take-off. Flights are also offered to Kota Bahru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu at very affordable prices.

#4 North Korea Has a Museum in Cambodia (Why?)

So many questions we’ll undoubtedly never get answers to

Who: Curious tourists.

Where: Near Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

What: North Korea officially debuted its Angkor Panorama Museum. Inside there are statues, a 3D cinema and other grandeur that glorify the 12th century Khmer Kingdom. The entire project cost USD24 million and was built by 4,000 people. And as for souvenirs, guests can purchase a USD50 doll designed to look like ancient Khmer dancers.

#5 New on The Luxe Nomad…

A unique contemporary design villa

Who: Groups of eight people.

Where: TVOL Villa 20 in Phuket.

What: Located on the hilltop, the villa is blanketed by topical vegetation while facing the west coast sunsets of the Andaman Sea. The three famous beaches; Layan, Naithon and Surin are located nearby, as is plenty of shopping and dining options. And the infinity pool? It’s right outside the Master bedroom.

 All set for the new year? 

Photo credits: Main, 1, 2, 3 and 4

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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