Tony Wheeler, one of the founders of Lonely Planet, visits Muscat in Oman. Drop your jaw at the over-the-top glamour of the Al Bustan and the Chedi hotels. Do check out the Sultan's Palace on the Waterfront. And if you're up for some shopping, there are plenty of bazaars to visit where your challenge is to purchase the most tacky souvenir. Tony's prize is a mosque alarm clock.