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The Backpacker

Don't believe the hype: The places I just don't get

The Backpacker Sometimes, destinations can’t match the hype. These are some of the places that just didn’t do it for me.

Travel deals: Tasmanian retreat

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BELINDA JACKSON Get cosy this winter in the heartland of the cold season, Tasmania. From $99 a night.

South-East Asia

Train travel: Fast track of glamour

Eastern & Oriental Express train.

Megan Holbeck Travelling in opulence by train is a rare treat, writes Megan Holbeck.

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Very nasi done

Preparing fish head soup at Petaling Jaya food area.

Daniel Scott Discovering memorable food is all about tracking down the experts, writes Daniel Scott.

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Photo galleries

Photos

South-East Asia's top 10 highlights

A woman sunbathes along the beach at the Anantara Rasananda resort on the island of Koh Phangan off the coast of Koh Samui .

From tranquil countryside to bustling metropolis, Ben Groundwater names his top 10 highlights for visitors to South-East Asia.

Thaipusam Hindu festival

A Hindu devotee has his back pierced with hooks and weighed down with lime before starting his pilgrimage to the sacred Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves, outside Kuala Lumpur.

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival observed on the day of the full moon during the Tamil calendar month of Thai, and celebrated in honour of the Hindu god Lord Murugan.

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Travellers Tips

Flight Test

Flight test: AirAsia X

Air Asia X

Flight Test Pay the $15 to preselect your seat. We learned the hard way.

Tripologist

Tripologist: By George, Penang's the place for a solo trip

Penang

Tripologist Penang's George Town is one of the most atmospheric and likeable cities in all of south-east Asia.

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Travel News

Why some flights are safer than others

Delta Air Lines jet OK

4:45pm | Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe step aboard an plane. But not all flights are equally safe.

Helsinki airport introduces world's first passenger tracking system

1:38pm | Helsinki's airport will be the world's first to track passengers in real-time from parking lot to takeoff, but the plan has been criticised by civil liberty groups.

Two new hotels at Brisbane Airport

CAMERON ATFIELD 4:10pm | Pullman and Ibis hotels to be built by November at cost of $150m.

Boozy with bad diets but foreigners love the British, study says

12:32pm | Despite a passion for binge-drinking and lousy food, Britain was named the second most attractive country along with Australia, according to a survey.

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