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China: High on a mountain of dreams

China

China: High on a mountain of dreams

In the mountains of Northern Yunnan, Shangri-La — that earthly paradise of fiction — is as real as the cobbles that line its streets. Yet from its Tibetan temple to its cosy courtyards, nothing is…

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Hong Kong: The sound of the sea

China

Hong Kong: The sound of the sea

Just a short distance from the heart of Hong Kong, Tai Long Wan is easy to reach by boat, but choose the more challenging route and the reward is even sweeter

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Thailand: The tom yum test

Thailand

Thailand: The tom yum test

How do you like yours? With river prawns? Pork spine? Bony mackerel? A quest to find Bangkok’s best tom yum soup opens up a world of flavour

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7 ways to haggle like a local

Travel Talk

7 ways to haggle like a local

Ever felt ill-equipped for the task of haggling in foreign markets? These tips — and a dash of determination — will see you stroll away from souks with souvenirs at savvy prices

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Sleep: Singapore

Singapore

Sleep: Singapore

From a beachside hotel with a chic Gallic-granny vibe to an island retreat with a croquet lawn, accommodation in the Lion City is an eclectic affair

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Sleep: Bangkok

Thailand

Sleep: Bangkok

From rooftop pools and space-age lobbies to water limousines and hidden nightclubs, Bangkok’s eclectic array of eye-catching hotels are a big part of the city’s exuberant charm

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City life: Singapore

Singapore

City life: Singapore

A financial powerhouse, a playground for young and old, and rich in history and culture, Singapore is a lot less predictable than you think — and a lot more fun

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Malaysia: In the thick of it

Malaysia

Malaysia: In the thick of it

In Malaysia’s far north lies Belum National Park, a rainforest refuge for birds, bugs and endangered mammals. Yet for all its natural wonders, it’s an uphill battle for survival

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