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How to dive into Palawan
and island-hop on a banca

Palawan fun guide to dive resorts and beaches

Banca berths in the sands at El Nido town amidst picturesque limestone karst hills / photo: Vijay Verghese


Shop till you drop in Hong Kong

Tips for top-notch buys in Asia's busy neon city.


Why Guilin is just for the birds

Family fun in Yangshuo and Guilin + top beds.


How to do nothing in Langkawi

Wickedly good Tioman dives, Our Bali resorts review, acres of pristine sand in our breezy Phuket resorts review with a Penang spa wrap and how to pick top Manila business hotels.


Bangkok business hotels review

A rundown on the best Singapore business hotels plus a guide to small corporate meetings in Asia for your next CEO chinwag, Kuala Lumpur shopping guide and top beds in Shanghai.


Finding wiggle room in economy

Widest business class seats, small planes, budget airlines, open Asia's remotest outposts. Sorting the Frequent Flyer programme muddle plus the Airbus Boeing A380 vs B787 spat.


Terminal Man, the true story

Author - Vijay VergheseThe name is Bond. James Bond. And I’m headed to pick up a Visa on Arrival. Tales of true adventure at some of Asia's snazziest airports where Visas on Arrival are the new thing for harried travellers. So how fast can you get through the teeming pink-eye scrum?


Digital cameras review for the road

Sony A7s offers excellent low-light imagesWe look at DSLRs, rugged compacts, and chic pocket models with top-notch HD video. Our review of the SONY A7s vs the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the svelte Canon SL1 100D, and the super expensive Hasselblad Lunar.


Rajasthan palace escapes, camels

Gulmarg skiing and summer guide with gondola rides, a Bangalore business hotels guide and survival tips for Mumbai. Plus our Kathmandu guide and hot Sri Lanka resorts.


Vietnam beach resorts for all pockets

Beaches north to south plus a jolly Hanoi fun guide with business beds, meeting venues, and an adventurous romp through Angkor temples in our survey of Siem Reap resorts.


Medical tours get going

The best medical tourism options around the region and a look at Asian health risks for frequent travellers.


Taiwan spa hideaways

Taiwan spa resorts, and a Taipei fun guide with 21 must-do things. Plus our Taipei business hotels review.