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

Sassy Singapore shopping spree

Singapore shopping guide

The rebuilt Scotts Square is packed with designer brands in a quieter setting for an unhurried browse

HERITAGE

Just say bonjour in Pondicherry

Boutique inns and yoga in a sleepy French enclave.

DESTINATION

Macau: a walk on mild side

Macau blends casino buzz with laid back heritage.

TOP CITIES

BIG 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, Seoul stays and mad Kuala Lumpur shopping.

SOUTH ASIA

Bangalore beds for business travellers

Rajasthan palace hotels review with camel rides and elephants, a New Delhi business hotels guide and survival tips for Mumbai. Plus our Kathmandu guide and hot Sri Lanka resorts.

BEACHES

Tioman guide to dives and resorts

Our Sanya fun guide, a detailed all-budget Phuket resorts review, acres of pristine golden sand in our Penang spa resorts article and a Langkawi resorts getaway for lazy beachcombers.

EDITOR'S RANT

And now it's fake festivals

Author - Vijay VergheseBangkok pours cold water on Singapore’s attempts to hijack Songkran. So should Christmas - with all its commercial lustre - be a universal festival, and what about the biggest water splash of all - Holi? We follow water guns, foam parties and beaming mothers.

GADGETS

Digital cameras review for the road

Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs the Sony Alpha A7RWe look at DSLRs, rugged compacts, and chic pocket models with top-notch HD video. Our review of the SONY Alpha A7R vs the Olympus OM-D E-M1, the svelte Canon SL1 100D, and the super expensive Hasselblad Lunar.

AIRLINES

Finding wiggle room in economy

Small planes, budget airlines, and LCCs are extending travel to Asia's remotest outposts. Where to find the widest business class seats plus the Airbus Boeing A380 vs B787 spat.

INDOCHINA

Vietnam resorts for the intrepid

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

Best 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 spas, hot springs

Taiwan hot springs and spa resorts for all budgets, boutique to big, just a short hop from capital city Taipei.