With Schoolies Week less than two months away, Jane Reddy counts down the options beyond the Gold Coast - from extreme adventures and fun in the sun to getaways with a good cause and holidays with heart.
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.
Leisa Tyler enjoys the lingering French flavours of a capital that balances ambitious growth with timeless Buddhist calm.
Every backpacker's favourite pastime has been ruined by those who love it.
Can you become genuine friends with a local tour guide?
It's poor, dangerous and difficult to travel through. So why is everyone going there?
The recent "tubing" deaths in Laos have cast the freedoms of South-East Asia in a bad light - but please, don't try to change it.
Toby Johnstone discovers a different kind of island escape in budget-friendly Laos.