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Koh Tao is smaller and more remote than its larger neighbours, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan

Thailand beach murders: The sinister streak lurking beneath seeming paradise

Killing of pair on Koh Tao takes to 13 the number of British visitors to Thailand murdered in the past five years

Second best: if the Northern Lights are a no-show first time around, you get another try free

Simon Calder: The light programme with a possible repeat

The man who pays his way
Two easyJet airplanes on the ground

Air traffic-controllers strike: Hundreds of flights grounded across Europe

An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 passengers flying between the UK and Italy will be affected

Open skies: a new view from Terminal 4

Simon Calder: Why squander slots on the shortest hops?

The man who pays his way
Look east: Shanghai is new to BA's 3 network

Simon Calder: Places that have fallen from the map of the sky

The man who pays his way
Red route: hitch-hiking is prohibited in Namibia

Simon Calder: Breaking the rule of thumb in Namibia

The man who pays his way
All change: Marseille is to get a new train link

Simon Calder: Trains to Europe on track at last

The man who pays his way
Monkeying around: Victoria Falls station

Simon Calder: Monkeying around with the railways

The man who pays his way

Simon Calder: Lakes & Mountains ... and passport confusion

The man who pays his way
Sign language: Shenfield station’s puzzling board

Simon Calder: A question of travel to Essex and beyond

The man who pays his way
Ready for take off: Norwegian is to fly to the US

Simon Calder: Norwegian's cheap, but Korean's pitch perfect

The man who pays his way
Golden Age? Of the plane, not the train

Simon Calder: Short hop, short notice, high fare? Not always

The man who pays his way
Direct dial: roaming charges are being cut within the EU

Using your mobile abroad: Careless talk costs loads

There can be a high price to pay if you use your mobile phone abroad. Simon Calder helps you tackle the issue, wherever you may roam
Airline bosses are understandably furious at the retrospective recompense they are now obliged to pay

Simon Calder: Today's ruling has airline bosses fuming

“As you have a 3-hour plus delayed flight in the last 6 years. New EU regs say your entitled to £499.76 in cash. Reply DELAY to get it sent out now.”

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