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Best in Travel Poll 2017 - Asia's top airlines, hotels, destinations

 

Jakarta: when the going gets tough, the bikes get going

Jakarta fun guide, survival tips and top beds

Uncommonly clear skies looking past the iconic blue-tip 262m BNI City Tower also known as Wisma 46 on Sudirman avenue. The tower has been a landmark since 1996. Much of Jakarta remains low-rise with red-tile roofs.

BEACH ESCAPES

Why Sanya means the world to us

Miss World and more at a string of new resorts

TOP BRANDS

2017 Best in Travel winners

Asia's best airlines, and hotels. See Winners album

EDITOR'S RANT

Hello, any humans here?

Author - Vijay VergheseDo guests expect to meet the hotel general manager and is this considered a simple civility any more? We ran a snap poll to find out. Meanwhile the efficiency obsessed Henn-na properties in Nagasaki and Tokyo do away with humans, replacing them with humanoid robots – and even borderline psychotic velociraptors

AIRLINES

Frequent flyer ire: CX ups points

Frequent flyer perks get squeezed, widest seats in economy, the widest business class seats to Asia, and how Small Asian airlines have opened up the region. Plus the A380 vs B787.

ADVENTURE

Plumbing the mysteries of Angkor

Phnom Penh, a detailed Asian cruises review, wickedly good Tioman dives, an insightful Sabah fun guide to jungle adventure plus breathless Himalayan treks in Ladakh and Nepal treks around Annapurna. Plus Bhutan fun guide.

CHINA / MEETINGS

Xian spa escapes and top meetings

Shanghai business hotels, the top Sanya fun guide and Xian, Shenzhen corporate meetings, family fun in Guilin, the best Beijing business hotels, and Guangzhou Canton Fair

SPA ESCAPES

Taiwan spa hideaways

Taiwan spa resorts, and a Taipei fun guide with 22 must-do things. Plus our Taipei business hotels review.

ISLANDS

Best Palawan resorts, dives

Plus our Cebu resorts review for lovers, divers and an exotic Maldives resorts review for all tastes. Boracay dives.

Bali Mt Agung volcano eruption, evacuation and safety update

Bali's sacred Mt Agung continues to rumble with seismic activity climbing and eruptions and ash clouds since 25 Nov causing serious flight disruptions. On 27 November 2017 the alert was raised to the maximum Level 4 (it had earlier been brought down on 29 October 2017).