Six Senses Singapore retreat with a taste of ancient China

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Fifty years ago she was the Kiwi Bond Girl, playing opposite, George Lazenby, the only 007 ever to hail from Australia. Half a century later she's one of the world’s architectural style icons, with passion and energy to burn. Anouska Hempel ... Bond girl to iconic interior designer

Forget guide books – fiction will help you find your way

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By Jimmy Thomson If you love books and travel, there’s something doubly enjoyable about reading a novel set in the very place that you’re visiting. Author Mark Dapin once told me it was an ambition of his to read all of Graham Greene’s novels in the places they were set. It was an...

New Luxury Tour: Romance and Intrigue of Vietnam

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There are plenty of cheap-as-chips tours of Vietnam on offer at the moment but if you want something with a little luxury, allied to romance and intrigue, Jimmy Thomson is putting together another small-group tour of his favourite country in South-East Asia. Jimmy has written three books set in Vietnam so not only will you be seeing these countries in...

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 of cycling from the coast at Hoi An to the mountain town of Da Lat – albeit with lots of support vehicle time – seemed...

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 ever undertaken...

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

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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 Century...

Magical Myst Dong Khoi puts a sigh in Saigon

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  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 Khoi St, The Myst not only fills a gap between small tourist-friendly hotels and international corporate brands, but adds a spice of old Saigon in...