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Serene dream: Ruby Wax thinks big in Thailand and Laos

The landscape of Laos is glorious to behold – and its inhabitants radiate inner calm. Ruby Wax travelled there to discover her spiritual side, by way of northern Thailand, a disobedient elephant and a George Clooney lookalike

Families: 'Any suitable beach resorts near Sydney?'

Q: I will be travelling to Sydney soon and wondered whether there are any beach-style resorts in the surrounding areas. I will be with my nine-year-old daughter and would like to stay somewhere with other children around. Any ideas? S Whitehouse, London

The Active Traveller's Guide To: New Zealand

From bungy jumping to fly fishing, Lucy Gillmore samples the outdoor life

Hotel of the Week: Valley Wing of the Shangri-La, Singapore

I am a very important person. I know this because I am staying in the Valley Wing of the Shangri-La Singapore. Only very important people stay here. We have our own driveway, our own entrance, our own check-in. We are different from those ordinary fellows who stay in the hotel's Tower and Garden wings. If we're so important that we've run countries and corporations, we get our own lift to the very best suite. But even if we're not quite that important, we can still command a chauffeur from the airport, the services of a butler and free champagne at any hour of the day or night.

The Complete Guide To: South Pacific Journeys

They've lured sailors, artists and explorers, but there's more to these islands than tropical beaches, says Martin Dixon

Stick it in your family album: Hemingways head south to Australia

For designer Wayne Hemingway, the best way to bond as a family is to travel together. This year's adventure took them to Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands

The Travel Issue: Alice Springs in September

A police van noses up and down Todd Mall in Alice Springs, past galleries displaying indigenous artworks, past the tourists enjoying dinner alfresco on a balmy spring evening. A group of Aboriginal people are sprawled on a patch of grass, some drinking, some quarrelling. A young police officer jumps out. "Move on," he tells them. "Move on now."

Two states, two time zones, 700 miles. Just one road

Jeremy Hart takes the Tanami Track through the Australian Outback

The Complete Guide To: Australia

As the flags come out for Australia Day, Frank Partridge reveals how to explore this vast nation, from Darwin to Hobart, Sydney to Perth – and everything between

Take a trip to Australia's secret marine wonderland

Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Western Australia, is a destination to rival its better-known Queensland counterpart. Cameron Wilson takes the plunge

Borneo, Malaysia: Stalking holiday

The Sumatran rhino is so endangered that even local guides can't always find them. Would ecology volunteer Iain Fletcher strike lucky on a trek through the jungle?

The Complete Guide To: Tasmania

Australia's island state is full of surprises, with a colourful history, weird wildlife and extremes of weather. Frank Partridge explores a fascinating landscape

Christian Slater: Swimming with sharks in Fiji

Film star Christian Slater saw these fearsome marine predators close up when he went diving without a cage off a remote island in Fiji. Ian McCurrach hears the intrepid tale

Five Best: Outback lodges

Discover the wonderful wilderness and wildlife of Oz in style.

Kapiti: Choral island

Frank Partridge heads to Kapiti, New Zealand, where thousands of birds put on a daily performance
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