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Malaysia: Shopping - fake and fabulous

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Kate Shuttleworth gets a bargain, or several, on a Kuala Lumpur spree.

Malaysia: Shopping - fake and fabulousKuala Lumpur's markets sell knock-off designer bags.

I didn't set out to go shopping; it happened by default. I blame the friend who asked for me to look out for a fake iPhone while in Malaysia.

"A friend just got one in Thailand for $80, it works perfectly," they told me.

Sceptical

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Flight check: DC-3

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Elisabeth Easther flies on a DC-3 to Tauranga and travels back in time.
Flight check: DC-3The DC-3. Photo / WTA

The plane: The DC-3 (aka Douglas Commercial) is a fixed-wing propeller plane, and this particular one was manufactured in Oklahoma, flew in the US during World War II and was decommissioned in 1959. It flew in a number of countries after that but was

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Tucson: Free's a breeze in desert city

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It costs nothing to have fun in the cool city of Tucson, Arizona, writes Terry Tang.

Tucson: Free's a breeze in desert cityGates Pass in the Tucson Mountains is a spectacular place to watch a sunset. Photo / Thinkstock

Nicknamed "Old Pueblo", Tucson, Arizona is a city with many faces. It's a college town.

It's an artist town. It's even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern

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Bar/fly: Czech Republic

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Peter de Graaf enjoys a brew in the Czech Republic.
Bar/fly: Czech RepublicLike all traditional Czech pubs, at Na Dvorku the beer comes to you. Illustration / Rod Emmerson

In a country where beer is a national religion and almost every street corner harbours a pub, there's nothing exceptional about Na Dvorku.

That very ordinariness, however, is part of its attraction -

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Cook Islands: Memories of ancient marae

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Atiu upgrades its tourist appeal with a revival of the island's historic sites, writes Jim Eagles.

Tangaroro Beach on Atiu Island.Tangaroro Beach on Atiu Island.

A row of pillars - stalagmites from the many caves on Atiu - barred our way to the Moko Ero Marae.

"What do you think those were used for?" asked Ina Mokoroa, the Cook Islands Government secretary on Atiu.

I didn't know.

"Th

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