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Our fascinating, varied and original Java Overland tour takes you on a 12-day journey by road, rail and boat through Central and East Java to finish at a charming eco-lodge in a little-visited corner of the island of Bali. Beginning in delightful Yogyakarta Town, we’ll travel through emerald paddy fields, lush forests and past towering volcanoes, traditional villages and ancient…

Where possible, rail travel is our preferred means of transport on our various Southeast Asia tours – especially for longer journeys. It’s certainly more environmentally friendly than hiring private buses, it avoids traffic, passengers can walk around – visit the buffet car, chat to other voyagers etc – views are often better than roadside ones and, these days, most Southeast…

Our 1-week mini-tour or extension, Flores and Komodo, is suitable as an add-on to our Java Overland or Sumatra to Bali tours or, perhaps combined with an island stay in Lombok, as a short stand-alone trip. This Flores and Komodo trip includes return flights from Bali to Labuan Bajo and, as both of the above-mentioned tours finish at Denpasar International…

After hiking through the Sumatran rainforest, climbing Mt Bromo before breakfast, exploring Java’s World Heritage ancient ruins and cycling through farms and villages in Yogyakarta, why not finish your Indonesia tour with some quality beach and island time on Lombok’s delightful Gili Air? The 5-day, 4-night extension conveniently begins in Sanur – finishing point of our Java Overland and Sumatra…

This 1-week Sumatra tour includes a stay in a riverside eco-lodge at Bukit Lawang – gateway to Gunung Leuser National Park – part of the World Heritage site ‘Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra‘ and a visit to the old Dutch-period hill station of Berastagi, with a lakeside resort on picturesque Samosir Island, located within the vast crater lake of Mt…

Our 18-day Indonesia tour explores some of the highlights of this vast continent-sized nation and takes in a few of the best-known of the sprawling archipelago’s estimated 13,000 islands. We’ve deliberately avoided including too much on our island odyssey; to keep the tour to a reasonable length, as well as not wasting time and money on numerous domestic flights and…

The vast Indonesian Archipelago is a continent-sized nation in its own right so we’re going to limit this post to areas at present covered in our scheduled tours, namely the islands of Sumatra. Java and Bali. Despite the country’s huge area, UNESCO’s Indonesia World Heritage sites list currently stands at a meagre 5 cultural and 4 natural sites. Furthermore, even…

Now a sunrise visit to Java’s Mount Bromo volcano inevitably entails an early start. Very early. The reward for this short night’s sleep though is a truly unforgettable and we reckon unique experience and some truly awe-inspiring vistas (plus there’s plenty of available siesta time later in the day for the sleep-deprived). We’ve heard a few grumbles beforehand but never…

For those with the time and inclination, why not try our 4-day, 3-night Jakarta extension prior to the start of your Java Overland tour in Central Java’s Yogyakarta? Indonesia’s capital city is certainly huge and bustling, often hectic and congested but, in our opinion, always fascinating. On this exciting Jakarta mini-tour, we’ll show you some of our favourite highlights –…

There must be days when the sun shines and skies are blue. (we’ve seen the photos in the tourist brochures), but it’s somehow hard to imagine Java’s remote Dieng Plateau without its characteristic swirling mists, dark pine forests and brooding, terrace-covered hills. The lush valleys, cascading rice terraces and villages clinging Provence-style to rugged hillsides would certainly look spectacular whatever…

Just a few years ago Malang’s Rainbow Village or Jodipan district was an embarrassing eyesore for city authorities and an unsanitary, squalid slum for residents. This old favella-style quarter of crumbling houses built almost one on top of another along the banks of the Brantas River in the heart of the city was considered a lost cause and slated for…

A FAQ to our All Points East office goes somewhat along the lines of; “so…if you call yourselves the Southeast Asia specialists why can’t I see any Indonesia tour?” Well, fair question and our only excuse, being a small, family-run business, is lack of time and resources but finally, not before time…we intend to put that right! Our first decision…

A Borobudur sunrise visit is definitely going to be one of the undeniable highlights of any Java, or for that matter, Indonesia tour. Certainly, a world-renowned site but just to remind you; UNESCO World Heritage Borobudur is a 9th-10th century Mahayana Buddhist Temple situated around 40 kilometres northwest of Yogyakarta City. A sunrise entrance pass costs extra so keep visitor…

All Points East’s private tours to Southeast Asia   In addition to our regular, scheduled itineraries we also organise tailor-made and special interest tours throughout Southeast Asia. Is there anywhere or anything you fancy that we haven’t yet covered in our regular tours – either in terms of activity or destination? Or perhaps you’re after a combination of regions or…

Hanging around the Phnom Penh riverfront or Siem Reap’s ‘Pub Street’ tuk-tuk drivers will flock to offer you massages with; fish, their sister, grannie, themselves as well as attempt to flog you the gamut of soft and hard drugs – some may even offer you a ride – but turn up in Kampot these days you’re more likely to hear,…