Behind the scenes in Bangkok

In the mid-19th century, when Thailand was still Siam, a rest house for foreign seafarers opened by the Chao Phraya river. It became one of the world’s greatest hotels, the Mandarin Oriental, an inspiration for writers and sophisticates alike. On the hotel’s 140th anniversary, High Life New Talent winner Oli Rahman checks in. Photography by Jasper James

Solo travel: the six best destinations for women travelling alone

Travel writer Alice Tate asked seven jetsetting women to recommend the surprising destinations they’ve most enjoyed as a solo traveller

Thailand: Keemala, Phuket

Treetop hangouts, infinity pools and resident water buffalo. Tick, tick and er… tick. Little wonder this sun-soaked paradise takes the concept of rest and rejuvenation to another level. Katie Gatens chills out

Quiz: Can you guess where these Oscar-nominated movies were really filmed?

New Zealand famously filled in for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But which other Oscar-winning movies have used a doppelgänger destination while filming? Take our quiz below

Simon Le Bon: Five of the best diving sites in the world

The Duran Duran musician and ambassador for the Blue Marine Foundation gives us the inside track on the world’s finest spots for ocean diving

Interview: Comedian David Morgan

The I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here! Now! presenter has had audiences rolling in the aisles all over the world. He talks to High Life about expats in Thailand, plane break-ups and describing Noel Edmonds to a European audience

Eight cities to see in the New Year in style

Love it or hate it, you can’t escape the fact that New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. From San Jose to Sydney, the experts at BarChick pick the best destinations to ring in 2016

Thailand: The Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

It might be a part of a larger hotel group, but this luxury wellness retreat stays true to its Thai roots, says Ianthe Butt. Tom yum and chilli cocktail, anyone?

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Bangkok for vintage lovers

Forget the mega malls. Bangkok is the place to go for all things vintage in southeast Asia

The world’s best villas

An abode in Death Valley, a converted kiln and a palatial property costing £18,000 a night... Issy D’Arcy Clark scours the globe for one-off wonders

Thailand: Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood

With both green surroundings and credentials — plus can-do-anything butlers — this luxury eco retreat is just the place to spoil yourself on a deliciously unspoilt Thai island, says Ruth Metzstein

On the road with… Jamie Jones

The producer and DJ talks about his life on tour, from his first gig abroad in Mexico to partying with P. Diddy in Miami

Hot list 2015: the cities to visit

The most exciting cities to mingle in, explore or simply go back to in the New Year

The art of Thai boxing

Muay Thai is one of the world's most brutal, graceful and exotic sports, featuring moves such as the Crocodile Tail Whip and the Break the Elephant's Neck. Stanley Stewart trains with the best in Bangkok

Where to learn and watch Muay Thai boxing

Keen to learn the ancient art of Thai boxing? Stanley Stewart picks the gyms to train in, plus where to get a ringside seat at a match

Bangkok's best street food

To celebrate the Chowtzer Awards for the world's best fast, cheap and street-style food this weekend, we ask Bangkok food blogger Mark Wiens some quickfire questions about his favourite local mouthfuls

Thailand: Sri Panwa, Phuket

With modern, tasteful villas and a hub of bars and restaurants at its centre, Sri Panwa is the face of youthful, affluent Thailand, says Lucy Thackray

Thailand: Six Senses Yao Noi

With luxurious villas that blend in with the landscape and a pool with a once-in-a-lifetime view, the Six Senses on Yao Noi is a true taste of paradise, says Lucy Thackray

Thailand: The Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok

With renowned restaurants in their own right, beautiful river views and a rare secluded feel in this chaotic city, The Peninsula Bangkok has the wow factor for business trips or a stopover in the city, says Lucy Thackray

Thailand: Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

With luxurious, unique design, a serene atmosphere and every little detail taken care of, Phulay Bay is hard to top for a truly special trip to Krabi, says Lucy Thackray

Five of the best family hotels for 2014

British Airways' Claire Bentley and Mr and Mrs Smith co-founder Tamara Heber-Percy pick five exciting family-friendly hotels for the year ahead

That je ne sais quoi: eight foreign words and phrases that don't translate

Schadenfreude — pleasure in other people's pain — is not exactly an honourable emotion, but a useful addition to the English language. Peter Stewart finds a few more that could enrich our vocabulary

Six affordable retreats with soul

Hip Hotels founder Herbert Ypma chooses six hotels that embody the soul of their location

Family travel: off the beaten track

For travelling families, eschewing the ease of getting to popular destinations can be daunting. Cue our cut-out-and-keep guide by Emily Payne on where to lose the crowds with children, and how to do it

Hotel trend: pets and resident animals

From cats to llamas, hotels all over the world are catching on to the charm of a furry (or wrinkly) mascot. Ianthe Butt reports

Eight of the world's fastest cities

With speedy takeaway coffees and good escalator etiquette, these cities' pulses beat that bit faster

Contemporary Photography in Asia

A stunning new book celebrates modern Asian photography

Christmas cheers: five of the best city bars around the world

Celebrate the festive season with a yuletide tipple or a New Year toast. But where? Jane Dunford ‘researches' the best bars