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Budget Holidays in Southeast Asia

Tourists enjoy one of Vang Vieng's riverside bars. In the wake of several high-profile deaths, a crackdown by authorities has seen many of the bars closed down.

Party's over for backpacker mecca

Once the party mecca of South-East Asia for backpackers, Vang Vieng has cleaned up its act - but tourists are staying away, writes David Whitley.

World

Ahead of the pack

Sydney Harbour YHA

Ben Groundwater Ben Groundwater puts to rest the age-old notion that to backpack is to slum it with this list of 'poshpacker' hostels.

Travel budgets

Warning: dip ahead

shd travel june 30 dollar proof cook islands hi-res from Gaynor Stanley, On behalf of Cook Islands Tourism gaynor@pepr.com.au

Jane Reddy Our falling currency is no bar to Australian travellers finding good-value destinations, writes Jane Reddy, who has done the homework for you on where the bargains are.

Laos

Asia's new backpacker mecca, from $6 a night

Laos, young woman in Si Phan Dhon region.

Toby Johnstone discovers a different kind of island escape in budget-friendly Laos.

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Photo galleries

World's best free attractions

Where to? Mystery tours are back in fashion.

Backpacker blogger Ben Groundwater names the best free attractions around the world.

Travellers Tips

Travel tips

All the buzz on a budget

Phra Nang beach, Krabi. Thailand.

From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Groundwater picks the new year's best affordable breaks.

Flight test

Flight test: AirAsia X economy class

AirAsia X under

Passengers are advised to be on time - three hours before take-off.

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Map of Southeast Asia

Travel News

Should you be afraid of flying?

Plane flying around a storm. Wing.

BRITTANY MANN 10:52am | The two Malaysia Airlines incidents have not helped those with a fear of flying, but are those fears realistic?

Donald Trump unveil plans for new Washington DC luxury hotel

9:46am | The Trump empire is expanding to include a 270-room luxury hotel in DC that has bathrooms trimmed in gold.

Economic recovery drives more UK, US tourists to Australia

9:31am | Economic recovery in the UK and US has helped drive a surge in overseas travellers to Australia.

Gaol kicks off National Trust 'hotel' brand

CAROLYN WEBB 24 Jul | The public will be able to sleep overnight in Old Melbourne Gaol cells, with the National Trust starting to throw open its properties as hotels.

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