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

Guilin for the intrepid and bird-watching in Yangshuo

Guilin and Yangshuo fun guide

Cormorant fisherman prepares for the night's catch on the Li River, Yangshuo / photo: Chris McLennan

SHOPPING

Shop till you drop in Hong Kong

Tips for top-notch buys in Asia's busy neon city.

ISLANDS

Just lazing in sultry Langkawi

Top resorts for kids, weddings and manic family fun.

TOP CITIES

Hong Kong business hotels review

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

AIRLINES

Finding wiggle room in economy

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.

FUN PLACES

In sunny Phuket, life's a beach

Wickedly good Tioman dives, Our Bali resorts review, acres of pristine sand in our lazy Langkawi fun guide with a Penang spa wrap and how to pick the top Manila business hotels.

EDITOR'S RANT

How bad ads kill good ones

Author - Vijay VergheseThe curious case of the hotel that couldn't say goodbye. As 'disruptive' advertising takes hold, viewers are switching off, and with good reason. Ads work best when they are contextual, informative, witty, clever and engaging. Interrupting a good browse is bad form.

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

Rajasthan palace escapes, camels

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 all pockets

Beaches north to south plus a jolly Hanoi fun guide with business beds, meeting venues, and an adventurous romp through Angkor temples in our survey of Siem Reap resorts.

HEALTH

Medical tours get going

The best medical tourism options around the region and a look at Asian health risks for frequent travellers.

SPA ESCAPES

Taiwan spa hideaways

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