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 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...

Tips for wannabe travel guides

If you are ever in a position to be a tour guide - official or otherwise - there are a few golden rules you show try to follow ... beyond getting your fellow travellers to follow you. 1. Listen to the local guides These are local people who have first of all gone to the trouble of learning English and then...

Military History: Our Secular Religion

“Our military history is so ingrained in the Australian psyche,” says Mat McLachlan, “You can understand why people have called it our secular religion.” McLachlan, 42, who 17 years ago wrote Walking With The Anzacs, a guide to the battlefields of Europe,  now runs one of Australia’s largest and...

War in times of peace

War is Hell but battlefield tours have never been more popular, with more commemorations than ever battling for the tourist dollar writes JIMMY THOMSON.   What’s the big attraction with battlefield tours? If you’re fascinated by the tactics, heroism and even horrors of ancient conflicts, it’s a thrill to just leave a footprint in a place that made an indelible...

The hidden secrets of smart packing

Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, you’ll always need to deal with the sometimes-daunting task of packing your suitcase. Travel writer Elizabeth Pratt provides these essential tips for Skyscanner Australia on how to avoid common packing mistakes. Know your limits There is nothing more annoying than finishing packing your suitcase, only to get to the airport to find you are over the...

Ten hot (and cold) destinations in Asia

From a ski resort in Japan to and underwater paradise in the Philippines, world travellers are always looking for those perfect destinations that have not yet been over-run by tourists but has all the facilities you want already in place. Accommodation booking webssite agoda has announced the results of its latest Travel Smart study, revealing the top 10 destinations in Asia gaining in...

50 essential tips for happy travel

Do you address someone by their first name in a foreign country? Should you take an antibiotic with you when you travel in case you get ill? Is it ever advisable to eat on the street alongside the locals in a capital city? What's the best way to wash your knickers on the move? Sue Williams (and Jimmy Thomson ... but...