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

The perfect night in Shanghai

Shanghai business hotels review - and nightlife guide

Old timers' jazz band gets going at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai/ Photo: Vijay Verghese

SHOPPING

Shanghai shopping
in style

A guide to the best buys from malls to street markets.

TRAVEL POLL

Your last chance
to vote

Our poll ends 30 July. Vote now for your top hotels.

AIRLINES

Sorting the frequent flyer muddle

Widest business class seats, small planes, budget airlines, open Asia's remotest outposts. Where to find the widest economy class seats plus the Airbus Boeing A380 vs B787 spat.

TOP CITIES

Guangzhou's 'fair' city explained

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

BEACHES

The coolest escapes in hot Phuket

Our Bali resorts review, wickedly good fun in Phuket, acres of pristine sand in our lazy Langkawi guide with a Penang spa wrap and everything you need for diving in Tioman.

EDITOR'S RANT

Damned lies and statistics

Author - Vijay VergheseWhy travel poll voting is packed with fun, fraud, fixers and friends doing their bit for a noble cause. And how do you tell fake travel pictures from genuine? It's a tough job for travellers in the thankless realm of cyberspace where nothing is quite as it appears to be.

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.

SOUTH ASIA

Musty Raj chic at Rajasthan palaces

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.

INDOCHINA

Vietnam resorts for a spot of romance

A trawl along Vietnam's white-sand coast to spot top hideaways. A Hanoi fun guide with business beds and an adventurous romp through Angkor temples with a survey of Siem Reap resorts.

ISLANDS

Top Maldives resort picks

Where to leave your footprints in the sand. A Maldives resorts review and a Fiji fun guide for romantics.

SPA ESCAPES

Taiwan spa hideaways

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