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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

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

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

Seven unmissable new train journeys

A new generation of train journeys — from high-speed to high-end — are creating a revived buzz for the mode of travel. Here are seven that should be on your radar for 2015 and beyond

Five great places to celebrate Chinese New Year

The year of the goat will be ushered in on 19 February 2015, but the worldwide celebrations can last up to eight days. Singapore-born David Yeo, founder and CEO of Aqua Restaurant Group, picks the cities that will host the biggest and best festivities

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: 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

Eight of the world's fastest cities

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

Fast and slow cities

Which cities are super speedy and which are more laid-back? Nick Curtis has the results of the High Life survey...

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