Smart Travel Asia
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An exclusive collection of the best Asian hotels, resorts and spas

Why escape artists head to Bali

Bali resorts review for all occasions

Breakfast on the banks of the Ayung River, Ubud, at Royal Pita Maha resort/ photo: Vijay Verghese

TRAVEL POLL

Best travel brands in Asia: poll

Readers pick top choices in 2014 Best in Travel Poll

BUSINESS

Beijing for suits and romantics

Business hotels review and some boutique picks

AIRLINES

Roomiest seats in business class

Widest economy 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.

TOP CITIES

Dizzying Hong Kong shopping guide

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

FUN PLACES

The thrilla in Manila continues

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

EDITOR'S RANT

The art of hitchhiking

Author - Vijay VergheseRobots that have thumbed their way across Canada – and the galaxy – and one Bot that got away. Whatever happened to the wild art of hitchhiking? Some tips on how to do it, if you've the moxie. And how my brother completely sank Asia's most exciting science project in 1967.

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 beach resorts for families

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.