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Traveller

South Asia

Hotels

Weddings, parties, elephants

Hotel concierges have seen it all - and they can help with it all, too, writes John O'Ceallaigh.

Worldwide

The big chill: the world's top 10 best places to relax

Sahana Spa

As one of Australia's most successful spa entrepreneurs, Lyndall Mitchell travels to health retreats constantly. On her last trip she visited 60 spas in 15 countries.

The Backpacker

Can you judge a city by its cab drivers?

A bicycle rickshaw on the Ring Road in Delhi, India.

The Backpacker What would any country be without its own version of a dodgy taxi driver?

India

Water world

taj lake palace india

Nina Karnikowski Nina Karnikowski channels her inner Bond girl at Udaipur's historic Taj Lake Palace.

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Photo galleries

Inside one of the world's best hotels

The opulent Oberoi Amarvilas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is rated as one of the top 10 in the world.

The opulent Oberoi Amarvilas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is rated as one of the top 10 in the world.

Asia's best spas: on our doorstep

Six Senses, Naka Yai Island, Phuket, Thailand. Each villa features a private pool, meditation sala and steam shower and comes with an ocean view from either cliff top or beachfront.

Some of the world's best spas are not far away.

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Travellers Tips

Travel tips

All the buzz on a budget

Phra Nang beach, Krabi. Thailand.

From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Groundwater picks the new year's best affordable breaks.

Tips

Case study: top tips on packing your bags

Backpacker illustration

From vacuum packing to cool-weather layering, the canny traveller's luggage mantra is all about economy.

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Travel News

Don't be fooled: 40 tourist scams to watch out for

Parisians and tourists enjoy a drink at a cafe on the Champs Elysees avenue.

SOO KIM 11:04am | Taxi drivers, hotel workers and overfriendly locals are among those capable of tricking unsuspecting tourists.

Queen's Guard plays Game of Thrones theme song

9:22am | A video of the Queen's Guard performing the Game of Thrones tune has been posted to YouTube.

Guests to 'pay what you want' at Paris hotels

8:59am | Five Paris hotels are allowing guests to pay whatever they want, based on their impressions of the hotel, the room and the service.

Airbnb host's horror as squatter takes over

21 Jul | Cory Tschogl says she has an Airbnb squatter - a guest who rented her Palm Springs, California vacation condominium, then stopped paying rent, refused to leave and threatened her with legal action.

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