Asia

  • 21 Indigo Pearl Resort: industrial chic in an exotic Thai setting
    The modern architecture of the resort is carefully designed so it never rises higher than the palm trees that surround it and skilfully integrates the tin-mining heritage of the island with evocative...

  • 22 And the word is 'wonderful'!
    On-line, by phone and by text messages, thousands of people around the world have been involved in voting in this initiative launched by the New7Wonders Foundation. Chosen from a short list of twenty-eight,...

  • 23 Autumn colours in Kyoto
    Recently the readers of U.S. magazine Conde Nast Traveler name Kyoto the best Asian city, ahead of Bangkok and Hong Kong in a survey whose result pays tribute to the time-honoured cultural wealth of the...

  • 24 Beijing's Forbidden City: the kingdom of 'The Last Emperor'
    The great Forbidden City of China lived up to its name for five and a half centuries. Originally the imperial residence where no one could enter or leave without the emperor's permission, from 1420 it...

  • 25 The natural wonders of the world
    The idea of listing the wonders of the world is hardly a new thing. The historian Herodotus compiled his own list way back in the fifth century BC, and from then on many have been unable to resist the...

  • 26 Hong Kong, where occident and orient mix and blend
    There are many great views of the cosmopolis of Hong Kong: looking down on it as it spreads out before you as you stand at the top of Victoria Peak, peering over the edge as you sip a cocktail on one of...

  • 27 Treasure islands in the Andaman Sea
    Unlike Phang Nga Bay and the paradisiacal island of Phuket – the two best known and most popular tourist destinations in the Andaman Sea – these secret islands have managed to jealously guard...

  • 28 Elephant polo – colossal fun in Thailand
    Elephant polo, the popular Thai sport whose international rules were established in the early Eighties, offers a unique experience for spectators from around the world. This year is a particularly good...

  • 29 Cool pools around the world
    Imagine an endless horizon as pool, sea and sky blend in a perfect shade of azure blue. Some of the best luxury hotels offer their perfect pools for your pleasure. Will you take the plunge? The Oberoi...

  • 30 Hot spots and cool cafes on the Bosphorus
    A thousand scents and fragrances entice the traveler and a thousand more await you as you pause for a drink or a thick Turkish coffee on one of the numerous terraces overlooking the Canal. Here, exotic...

  • 31 Treat yourself to a celebrity holiday
    Whether it's simply taking time out from their latest filming or tour commitments, a visit to enjoy the nightlife and culture of some of the world's most cosmopolitan destinations or for more personal...

  • 32 The world's best sunsets
    Serengeti, Tanzania People who have had the good fortune to visit the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania say that until you've seen the sun set over the great orange plains you haven't lived. The image...

  • 33 The romance of the Seychelles
    On the map, the name seems to float unsupported in the middle of the blue, but as you zoom in on the Indian Ocean, the islands of the Seychelles archipelago begin to appear. First you'll see the inner...

  • 34 Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, the world's highest hotel
    Located in the heights of Hong Kong's International Commerce Centre, (the ICC) – between floors 102 and 118 – the new Ritz-Carlton is, quite literally, the peak of luxury and flies the flag...

  • 35 It's the year 2554!
    Songkran is always a special occasion, but this year it coincides with the king's 84th birthday. In the Buddhist tradition, based on a twelve year lunar cycle, every twelfth birthday is especially important,...

  • 36 Location, location, location
    The apartment where Mr. Big sighs over Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex in the City, Batman's penthouse suite, the setting for the love triangle featuring Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson...

  • 37 The most romantic destinations for lovers

    It's that time of year again, when Valentine's Day looms and love is on everyone's lips. Maybe you think February 14th is just another date on the calendar, but there are plenty who will be using it as...

  • 38 Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
    Nowhere are the ancient festivities of Chinese New Year celebrated with such gusto and fervour as in the ultra-modern city of Hong Kong where the three main days of celebration will bring everything to...

  • 39 Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
    Nowhere are the ancient festivities of Chinese New Year celebrated with such gusto and fervour as in the ultra-modern city of Hong Kong where the three main days of celebration will bring everything to...

  • 40 Five stars and low cost: a winning combination
    It used to be that five-star hotels were reserved for the rich and famous. But now just about anyone can afford to enjoy the fine service and facilities at some of the world's best hotels. Here are four...



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