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A collection of favourite destinations around the world, in previously unpublished articles

Luxury Tour: Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam

  If you are drawn to the romance and intrigue of books and movies set there, you will love this very special small-group luxury tour of Vietnam. Not only will you be seeing...

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 there to spend a week together anyway but four days...

Magical Myst Dong Khoi puts a sigh in Saigon

  THE LOCATION If you’re in the mood for a little mystery the next time you visit Vietnam, the Myst Dong Khoi hotel will pique your curiosity. Just off the end of Ho Chi Minh City’s Dong...

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 in the Pacific There’s a first time for everything, especially on...

Vietnam… with a side order of Romance and Intrigue

Vietnam has plenty of attractions, writes Jimmy Thomson, but when you travel with The Quiet American by Graham Greene in your pocket, and Indochine on your laptop, a whole new world opens up to...

Tour of duty

With Vietnam increasing in popularity for all sorts of tours, including the recent, chaotic 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, Tunnel Rats author Jimmy Thomson recalls how his first tour as a guide...

Cuba keeps the wheels turning

Cuba is on the move. Its government Cuba and the USA are talking about allowing direct flights from American soil, although, while the USA is gung-ho, the Cubans are more reticent. And the first US-based cruise...

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