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Still No.1 - Bangkok displays heart to heal the hurt

Bangkok voted Best Holiday Destination in Asia on 2015 Best in Travel Poll - Smart Travel Asia

Bangkok's revered Erawan shrine with its gold Brahma statue two days after the blast/ photo: Vijay Verghese


Here's 21 must-dos
for Taipei

From birds and fortune tellers to bikes + hotels.


KL plays
the piper after hours

Kuala Lumpur nightlife trail from dining to cool bars.


Bali boltholes for incurable romantics

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 dives.


Starting with the bottom in economy

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.


Wild Hong Kong shopping guide

A review of Hong Kong business hotels and a Kuala Lumpur shopping guide, a look at small corporate meetings in Asia, Kuala Lumpur shopping tips, top beds in Manila and Singapore.


Humans not
hi-tech please

Author - Vijay VergheseWhy readers picked Bangkok and dropped Beijing. They sent a clear message that it is human engagement, not hi-tech wizardry that travellers seek. They consistently picked heritage over humbug. There were some surprises too. Spot some of our 2015 Award Winners.


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.


Shanghai business hotels review

Shanghai shopping, review of the best Beijing business hotels and boutiques, Chengdu whirl, Shenzhen corporate meetings, family fun in Guilin and Yangshuo, and Guangzhou Canton Fair.


Mumbai survival guide for suits

Best Mumbai business hotels, hot tips for Gulmarg skiing, Bangalore business hotels review, top Sri Lanka resorts. More Kathmandu and hot Rajasthan palace hotels. Plus Yangon.


Best Maldives resorts for all

Our Maldives resorts review for lovers, divers and some rather exotic Palawan island escapes for all tastes.


Taiwan spa hideaways

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