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15 things you MUST do in Saigon

Author and travel writer Jimmy Thomson  has been to Vietnam more times than he can recall without checking his passports. Here is his guide to the best experiences in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – many of which your regular tour guides won’t even know about. GO TOPLESS Take a city tour in an open-topped […]

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Work for free to free the bears

The old moon bear is not for sharing. A cracked open coconut has been tossed into his enclosure and he is alternating chews with muffled growls as the younger bears sidle up .   If they get too close, the cute bundle of fur turns into a snarling flurry of fangs and claws.  This is no […]

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Glasgow’s hidden gems

It’s 3.30 on a fairly typical Glasgow Spring afternoon, and I am standing in horizontal freezing rain in the midst of a fake Neolithic stone circle. Behind me, a 20-storey apartment block – which is actually older than the stone circle – is being nibbled into non-existence by a giant drill. “Look,” says Dr Kenneth […]

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Save $2800 on Holland America Cruises

Expires November 30, 2021 Australia’s online cruise booking platform, Cruise Guru, is offering a red hot exclusive savings offer of up to $2,803 per person on Holland America’s 34-night South Pacific Crossing package departing San Diego on 8 October 2022. Instead of $10,753 pp, Cruise Guru is offering travellers the chance to secure this amazing […]

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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 own, abandoning friends and family over Christmas, partly to aid in my attempts to finish writing my latest novel. The following is based on notes I made and posted on […]

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Advice and info Experiences Favourite places

15 things you MUST do in Saigon

Author and travel writer Jimmy Thomson  has been to Vietnam more times than he can recall without checking his passports. Here is his guide to the best experiences in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) – many of which your regular tour guides won’t even know about. GO TOPLESS Take a city tour in an open-topped […]

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Pay attention! Your guide is talking

Our tour guide Mr Sok looks angry, very angry. “But I have told you this before!” he snaps, not even bothering to try to conceal his irritation. “Were you not listening?” It had been an innocent question about how long Cambodia’s Angkor Watt had taken to build, but Mr Sok takes it as a personal […]

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Luxury Reviews

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 Panwa, 30 minutes’ drive from the busyness of downtown Phuket, and just 55 minutes from the airport with direct flights from Australia. Rooms facing one side look out […]

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Cruise Luxury

Cooking up haute cuisine classes while you cruise

Cooking classes on a cruise are among the top foodie experiences for luxury travellers. Today, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® revealed 16 new Culinary Arts Kitchen classes that will debut during the 2020 inaugural season of Seven Seas SplendorTM, the ship that perfects luxury.  Inspired by Seven Seas Splendor’s inaugural 2020 season sailing the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the new classes are listed on Regent’s website and include: […]

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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 a hop, skip and a jump from Buckingham Palace, you’ll be able to have tea with the Queen and still get back in time for afternoon champagne. On a quiet street in […]

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In the Mackintosh tearooms, dining is a work of Art Deco

Visionary architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s restored tearoom is a living, breathing (and eating and drinking) work of art, writes Jimmy Thomson. When Robert Burns wrote the immortal lines ‘the best-laid plans o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley’ – or “often go awry’, if you must – he was penning an ode to an 18th […]

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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 own, abandoning friends and family over Christmas, partly to aid in my attempts to finish writing my latest novel. The following is based on notes I made and posted on […]

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Travel Blogs

Walking in Portugal – a daily diary

This is an experiment.  Can I keep a daily diary of my trip to Portugal to walk a 120 stretch of the Rota Vicentina? Can I do the bloody walk, let alone write about it. I set off from Sydney this week to meet my writer friend Kieran and tackle the longest walk I have […]

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Featured Articles Travel Blogs

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 own, abandoning friends and family over Christmas, partly to aid in my attempts to finish writing my latest novel. The following is based on notes I made and posted on […]

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Travel Blogs

Walking in Portugal – a daily diary

This is an experiment.  Can I keep a daily diary of my trip to Portugal to walk a 120 stretch of the Rota Vicentina? Can I do the bloody walk, let alone write about it. I set off from Sydney this week to meet my writer friend Kieran and tackle the longest walk I have […]

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