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How of­ten do you en­counter ho­tel bath­rooms where there is no place to put your wet pack or toi­letries bag? An easy so­lu­tion is to buy a toi­letries bag that comes with a built-in hook. It can be hung from towel rails, door knobs or on the back of doors. GIL­LIAN LEWIS


Ap­par­ently some Asian coun­tries have a re­cip­ro­cal ar­range­ment about their driv­ing li­cences be­ing ac­cepted in Thai­land, but driv­ers from other coun­tries must have an In­ter­na­tional Driv­ing Per­mit, with photo (we got ours from the RAC). If you do not get this per­mit and there is an ac­ci­dent, your in­sur­ance is null and void. Also, we have been stopped many times at po­lice check-points and asked to show our In­ter­na­tional Per­mits. If you do not have one, it is an on-the-spot fine. MELANIE LEATHER


When vis­it­ing The Lou­vre, avoid the throng of tourists lining up at the main en­trance and in­stead en­ter via the shop­ping cen­tre un­der the pyra­mid for a much shorter queue. KAREN BOURKE


Last year, I re­turned to Viet­nam to visit Ban Gioc Wa­ter­fall – an amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion with very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion found on the in­ter­net.

It is like Ha­long Bay on land. The wa­ter­fall it­self is spread over a vast area with Viet­nam on one side and China on the other. It is truly ma­jes­tic!

We stayed overnight at the Nung’s long­house in Quan­guyen (another won­der­ful cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence).

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