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Off the beaten track

Pedals test the mettle in a Vietnam adventure

  I don’t know what it was that inspired me to embark on a four-day cycling adventure in Vietnam with my (grown-up) son. We were meeting...

CARGO CULT: Cruising Pacific islands by working freighter

Nothing adds to the pleasure of a holiday quite like watching other people working, discovers  Jimmy Thomson, especially when it's in the most remote islands...

Venice Virgin: A film festival first-timer

Back in September 1999 (was it really that long ago?) My partner Sue and I covered the Venice Film Festival. It was her second time...

Cuba keeps the wheels turning

March 2016 Cuba is on the move. Its government Cuba and the USA are talking about allowing direct flights from American soil, although, while the...

Cuba gets ready to rock as Obama and the Stones roll in

"Compromiso," says Johan Machin Morales, owner of one of Cuba's most popular casa particulares, "that is all we really need." Johan is referring to Cubans'...

Perfumed path from movie madness

Between the Cannes film festival, the motor racing Grand Prix in Monaco and billionaire weddings in Antibes you can sample more glamour along France’s...

Reviews for you

Lose yourself in the amazing Amatara wellness resort

HOTEL REVIEW: AMATARA WELLNESS RESORT, PHUKET, THAILAND 4 / 5 stars THE LOCATION  The resort is high on a cliff face over the ocean at tranquil Cape...

Como Halkin – luxxy London hotel has an unusual history

4.5 / 5 stars THE LOCATION  When the letter comes that you’re being awarded a knighthood, this is the hotel to stay. Only...

Six Senses Singapore retreat with a taste of ancient China

Fifty years ago she was the Kiwi Bond Girl, playing opposite, George Lazenby, the only 007 ever to hail from Australia. Half a...

Budget Bliss

Push the Christmas boat out at Pan Pacific hotels

Christmas is a time for giving, eating and being merry, and the best gift you could give yourself and others this year, is a...

Cycle and save with World Expeditions’ Asia Sale

World Expeditions was the first company to offer cycling holidays in India back in 1977 and in China in 1978, so it knows a...

Save US$1000 on an American Music themed river cruise

Includes free pre-cruise stay, unlimited drinks and shore excursions Discover the sights and sounds of America on a music-themed cruise along the Ohio and Tennessee...

cruising oceans and rivers of the world

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Trip Notes on the hop

The Quiet Australian: Going solo in Saigon

Jimmy Thomson spends almost two weeks in Vietnam's southern metropolis ... and survives to tell the tale. I recently visited Saigon in Vietnam on my...