PLAT­INUM SHOP­PING TIP

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Most tourists know about the MBK Cen­ter in Bangkok for good shop­ping. What they might not know is Thai lo­cals pre­fer to buy clothes at the Plat­inum Fash­ion Mall. This mall has a bet­ter range of cloth­ing and you can get an even bet­ter deal by buy­ing mul­ti­ple items. This mall is also well known for re­ally cheap, high qual­ity lug­gage. If you’re keen, I sug­gest you travel to Thai­land with a light carry-on back­pack and then get your­self some lug­gage to fill up with gifts/sou­venirs for the trip back home. VAN HUYNH

TRAIN TRAVEL

When trav­el­ling on the Eurostar from Europe to the UK you can buy your Oys­ter trav­el­card on board from the cafe cars. This will mean you can trans­fer di­rectly to the tube when ar­riv­ing in Lon­don. ROHAN TONER

AIR­PORT LOUNGES

Long lay­overs can put a damp­ener on your trav­els; check out the non-air­line aligned lounges at Bangkok’s Su­varn­ab­humi Air­port. They are sur­pris­ingly cheap – just $40 per 2 hours – and are spa­cious, clean and com­fort­able. With an open bar, snacks, Wi-Fi, and great show­er­ing fa­cil­i­ties, th­ese lounges are well worth a visit. JEROME OTTON

SIN­GA­PORE TRAN­SIT

If you have a few hours to spare in be­tween flights at Sin­ga­pore air­port, pack your swim­mers and head for the rooftop pool in Ter­mi­nal 1. For just $US12 (about $A15) you can cool down, re­lax on lounges and have a shower with tow­els pro­vided. The pool also has a bar and food or­ders. You will then

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