Ben Groundwater Putting preconceptions aside, The Backpacker joins a Contiki tour through South-East Asia to see what the youth travel company is offering these days.
Historic buildings refashioned as guest houses reflect a region's myriad influences, writes Penny Watson.
Dave Cauldwell volunteers for a literacy program that delivers books and educational games to children in Luang Prabang province.
Helen Anderson finds a beguiling melange of serenity and sophistication in the former royal capital of Luang Prabang.
From tranquil countryside to bustling metropolis, Ben Groundwater names his top 10 highlights for visitors to South-East Asia.