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Kathmandu fun romp: still crazy after all these years

Kathmandu fun guide and hotels review - Swayambhunath Stupa

The all-seeing eyes atop Swayambhunath stupa survey the old quarter as well as Kathmandu from a small hill about four kilometres out of town/ photo: Discover Nepal

BUSINESS

JKT: when the going gets tough

Hop on a bike to get to your luxe business hotel

PROFILE

And it all started with cakes

Novi Samodro on Dharmawangsa role as GM

EDITOR'S RANT

Something
in the air

Author - Vijay VergheseBreathtaking travels in the modern world from Delhi haze and Beijing smog to the Pacific Garbage Patch. Will selfies with masks become the new normal? How to track and beat pollution when it crosses hazardous levels. Live readings from London, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Where to breathe.

AIRLINES

Budget airlines open up new routes

Frequent flyer perks get squeezed, widest seats in economy, the widest business class seats to Asia, and how Small Asian airlines have opened up the region. Plus the A380 vs B787.

ADVENTURE

Plumbing the mysteries of Angkor

Phnom Penh, a detailed Asian cruises review, wickedly good Tioman dives, an insightful Sabah fun guide to jungle adventure plus breathless Himalayan treks in Ladakh and Nepal treks around Annapurna. Plus Bhutan fun guide.

SOUTH ASIA

Cool Sri Lanka resorts for all reasons

Mumbai business hotels review, hot Gulmarg ski resorts, more on Bangalore business hotels, top tips for Sri Lanka resorts review, Goa resorts review. More Kathmandu and Yangon.

SPA ESCAPES

Taiwan spa hideaways

Taiwan spa resorts, and a Taipei fun guide with 22 must-do things. Plus our Taipei business hotels review.

ISLANDS

Best Cebu resorts, dives

Plus our Palawan resorts review for lovers, divers and an exotic Maldives resorts review for all tastes. Boracay dives.

Bali Mt Agung volcano eruption, evacuation and safety update

Bali's sacred Mt Agung continues to rumble with seismic activity and minor eruptions since 25 Nov that continue to cause some flight disruptions. On 27 November 2017 the alert was raised to the maximum Level 4. By end December the government lowered the alert level for Bali, declaring it safe for travel, but the alert level for the volcano exclusion zone remained at Level 4.