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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 December, 2003, 12:00am

Herd times


Ever wanted to herd reindeer the traditional way, using sleds pulled by reindeer? Well, so did many of Lapland's native Saami, who gave up the sleds 50 years ago in favour of skidoos and helicopters. Saamis are among those booking the eight-day 'Moving West' package offered by PolarQuest, which allows groups of up to six people the chance to move the herd 150km by sled across Lapland from Sweden to Norway. Or you can travel by skidoo or on a dog-sled. Trips leave April 23 and April 30, and cost Euro3,950 (HK$38,065). For details, see www.polar-quest.com.


Spa for the course


Australia's largest spa opens in the Hunter Valley, outside Sydney, on January 25. The Golden Door Elysia will have 26 wet and dry treatment rooms, a couples suite, a larger suite for groups, a geisha tub and watsu - an underwater massage in a private pool (www.goldendoor.com.au/elysia).


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The four-year, US$75 million renovation of The Oriental (above) in Bangkok, has been completed, with the restoration of the Authors and Garden wings, Le Normandie restaurant and Regency Room - the original parts of the hotel that opened in 1876. Each of the six suites in the Authors' Wing - named after writers with links to the city, such as Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and Joseph Conrad - has individual decor. For details, see www.mandarinoriental.com.


Pandering to the masses


Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, turns 100 next month, and a year-long series of events is being planned in Britain. Among them is the premiere of a new feature film, starring Jason Isaacs and Richard Briers; a treasure hunt and picnic in Kensington Gardens, which will be turned into Neverland for the event; a second treasure hunt in Jersey; and a new book and exhibition. The celebrations begin with a new theatrical production, which opened last week and will run until March 20 at the Savoy Theatre. For details, see www.gosh.org and www.raymond gubbay.co.uk (for the show).


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