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

Surviving in panda mad Chengdu

Chengdu fun guide for families and business travellers

Chengdu's Hejiang Pavilion and bridge links up with a nice river promenade/ photo: Vijay Verghese

TRAVEL POLL

Winners in our annual reader poll

Readers pick top choices in 2014 Best in Travel Poll

BUSINESS

Taipei for suits and romantics

Business hotels review and some boutique picks

AIRLINES

The if and butts of economy class

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.

TOP CITIES

Seoul inside track for road warriors

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

FUN PLACES

The thrilla in Manila continues

Wickedly good Phuket resorts, Our Bali resorts review, 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 decline
of recline

Author - Vijay VergheseWho moved my Knees? Self-help for frazzled frequent flyers and precious millimetres saved aloft. The battle is on as travellers fight for the right to resist recline as others claim their right to flatten people behind them and mash their dinners and laptops properly.

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.