Smart Travel Asia
Online travel magazine for Asian hotel reviews . airline seat surverys . shopping . spas
An exclusive collection of the best Asian hotels, resorts and spas
 

Old meets new in Saigon as city digs in for the metro

Saigon fun guide and business hotels review - motorcycles off Dong Khoi

The Bitexco Financial Tower soars above a leafy lane not far from the stately Grand hotel/ photo: Vijay Verghese

TRAVEL POLL

Pick Asia's
best travel
brands

Vote for your favourite hotels and airlines...

ADVENTURE

Just say
bonjour in
Angkor

Kid-friendly hotels, temple trails and some cool bars.

CHINA & NORTH ASIA

Chengdu beds for MICE and men

Review of the best Beijing business hotels and boutique beds, Shanghai whirl, Shenzhen corporate meetings, family fun in Guilin and Yangshuo, and Guangzhou Canton Fair hotels.

TOP CITIES

Singapore business hotels review

A look at the best Hong Kong business hotels plus a guide to small corporate meetings in Asia for your next meet, Kuala Lumpur shopping guide, top beds in Manila and Bangkok.

AIRLINES

Wiggle room in economy class

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

EDITOR'S RANT

Better late
than never

Author - Vijay VergheseAn on-time flight is as rare as dragon’s teeth but the mess is manageable. One airline shows how. And how to cope with being strapped into your seat for five hours before take-off for a two-hour hop to China. Far simpler to watch videos at home, or pull out all your teeth.

GADGETS

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.

FUN PLACES

Bali beds for families - and lovers

Wickedly good Tioman dives, Our Langkawi resorts review, acres of sand in our Phuket resorts review with a Penang spa wrap and a Sanya fun guide to beds and beaches. Plus Sabah.

SOUTH ASIA

Mumbai monsoon madness for suits

Yangon guide to beds and bars, Gulmarg skiing tips, Bangalore business hotels review, top Sri Lanka resorts. Plus our Kathmandu guide and hot Rajasthan palace hotels.

DIVES

Our Maldives resorts review

The best Maldives resorts for lovers and dives and some exotic Palawan island escapes.

SPA ESCAPES

Taiwan spa hideaways

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