The Kathmandu bus station is north of the city centre. It is officially called the Gongabu Bus Park, but is generally known as the Kathmandu Bus Terminal, or simply ‘bus park’. This bus station is basically for all long-distance buses, including to Pokhara and destinations in the Terai. It’s a huge and confusing place and there are very few signs in English, but most of the ticket sellers are very helpful. There’s often more than one reservation counter for each destination. Bookings for long trips should be made a day in advance – Thamel travel agents will do this for a fee.
Opened in 1932, the Raffles Grand d’Angkor has survived all the vagaries of recent Cambodian history and has hosted luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham and the Clintons.
Housed in a mega retail, office, hotel and residential complex, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, formerly known as The South Beach, offers 634 rooms and suites in a pair of shimmering glass and steel towers, with architecture by Foster + Partners as well as Aedas, and interior design by Philippe Starck.
Anantara Rasananda is as lavish as it gets and constitutes a serious challenge to the island’s budget reputation. This well-run five star resort offers sumptuous and spacious rooms and villas, all with deep plunge pools facing the sea or a delightful jungle garden cum lagoon.
Close to the bustle and excitement of the city, Sheraton Hanoi Hotel is surrounded by lush gardens, sweeping lawns and tranquil courtyards. This peaceful oasis features picturesque views of West Lake and is less than 10 minutes from downtown Hanoi. The hotel provides the perfect balance between tranquility and convenience.
Squeaking geckos and singing crickets send you to sleep at this enduring, excellent-value eco-lodge with comfortable chalets set back from the Tatai River. With a resident guide, inviting bar-restaurant, free kayaks, riverside chill-out area and spa pavilion in a jungle setting, it’s a top pick.