Jetlag gags Spoof guidebook company Jetlag Publishing has released San Sombrero: A Land of Carnivals, Cocktails and Coups, a follow-up to its guides to Molvania in Eastern Europe and Phaic Tan in Southeast Asia. Written by Australians Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch, this volume is funnier than its predecessors and seems to have its satirical sights set even more squarely on the sometimes pretentious and patronising tones of mainstream guides, particularly Lonely Planet. San Sombrero, 'a democratic socialist republic - meaning its president may only be assassinated by a two-thirds majority of parliament', is said to be popular for its 'tropical charms, exotic lifestyle and lack of extradition treaties with the outside world'. Offering a blend of 'modern-day charm and old-world epidemics', it also boasts 'the only Nobel Peace Prize winner ever to be accused of war crimes'. Presented in typical guidebook format with maps, photos, dining, accommodation and transportation sections, San Sombrero also comes with a free mini Hot Guide, which is styled on luxury travel magazines and is even funnier than the main book. A great last-minute gift idea for jaded travellers, San Sombrero is available from Page One and other book shops for about HK$145. Mountain high Upmarket hotel Uma Paro (above), in Bhutan, is selling a Bangkok Shopping, Himalayan Haven package for those with pockets as deep as its surrounding valleys. Priced from US$5,154 for two people, it includes two nights' accommodation with breakfast and set dinner at the Metropolitan Bangkok, round-trip flights between Bangkok and Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, three nights' full-board accommodation at Uma Paro, one massage per person and all airport transfers. You'll also get two guided one-day walks with picnic lunch taking in the sights of the Paro Valley, including Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, the National Museum, Drukyel Dzong, traditional villages and a visit to the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang. Twenty per cent tax and service charge are included in the price, which will be available until February 28. Visit uma.como.bz for more details and other packages. Capital transfer Continental Airlines has teamed up with helicopter firm US Helicopter to provide an air link to Manhattan for passengers arriving at Newark airport, including the airline's Hong Kong customers. Baggage will also be checked to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. Flights, which last eight minutes, cost US$159 each way. US Helicopter is a new company (founded in 2003) but such flights began in 1953, when New York Airways became the first passenger-helicopter carrier in the world. At one time, it was partnered with 12 airlines, offering shuttles between New York's various airports and Manhattan. New York Airways went bankrupt in 1979, however, partly because of a horrendous accident that had occurred two years earlier on a helipad atop the old Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building) on Park Avenue. A helicopter was boarding when it tipped to one side. Its rotor blades sliced through four passengers and a section of broken rotor fell 58 floors to the street, killing a luckless pedestrian. US Helicopter's service was the first return to scheduled city-to-airport passenger flights in 24 years. Moving pictures The latest guide to movie locations for travellers is On Location, a 'lighthearted, round-the-world tour of famous movies so you, too, can go 'on location''. Although there is a written introduction by German art-house meister Wim Wenders, many mainstream movie locales are covered, such as the New York of Breakfast at Tiffany's (right) and Harry Potter's London. Off-screen venues such as a nightclub in Rome that was frequented by Matt Damon and Jude Law during the filming of The Talented Mr Ripley also rate a mention. The 15 other cities covered include Beijing, Paris, Sydney, Prague and Berlin. On Location is available in hardback from Paddyfield.com for HK$351. For more comprehensive coverage, try The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations by Tony Reeves, which was expanded and revised in September and features about 2,000 films, many of them shot in Asia. It's available from Paddyfield.com in paperback for HK$156. Deal of the week The Tokyo Easy package from Dragonair Holidays includes two nights' accommodation, round-trip economy-class flights, daily breakfast and travel insurance from HK$3,950 per person, twin-share. Accommodation at this price is at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (below; www.princehotelsjapan.com ), or for HK$4,130 you can stay at the more centrally located Mercure Hotel Ginza ( www.accorhotels-asia.com ). Add just HK$10 to that price, however, and you can stay in the 677-room Tokyo Hilton ( www.hilton.com ) in Shinjuku. Other hotels are also available. These prices will be available until the end of April, with peak season surcharges during Easter and Lunar New Year. Upgrades to business class are an extra HK$1,410 each way. Call Dragonair Holidays on 3193 3388, visit www.kaholidays.com or e-mail email@example.com .