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Southeast Asia Travel News

The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

As paradisical tropical islands go Southeast Asia provides a lot of serious competition but we can think of very few that are so easily accessible and such great value for money as Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands. The twin islets, Besar and Kecil, (large and small Perhentian) are reached by a 30 to 40-minute speedboat ride from the small port of Kuala…

Malaysia’s contribution to the UNESCO world heritage site list includes 2 cultural sites in the Peninsular and a national park each in Borneo’s Sabah and Sarawak States. A further 2 candidates in the tentative section adds a second national park in Sarawak plus the famous Taman Negara in West Malaysia. Considering the country’s rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes that’s…

Explore the stunning scenery, tropical wildlife, delicious local cuisine and vibrant mix of cultures on this exciting and award-winning Malaysia family tour – Coast to Coast. You’ll discover the mix of old and new in the capital Kuala Lumpur; visit the scenic, former British hill-station of the Cameron Highlands; and Penang’s World Heritage George Town; head into the rarely visited parts…

A splendid each on Perhentian Besar, (big island) in Malaysia’s Terengganu State. (Not an easy one to spell that!) Bit of a blatant effort to rustle up some frozen customers from the Arctic wastes of Europe though it seems like getting planes to anywhere else is a bit problematic at the moment! Also have to confess that the pic is…

Quite why this magnificent region of vast, pristine rain-forest is almost unknown to foreign visitors is both a great mystery and a great pity! The Belum Forest Reserve, abutting Thailand’s Hala Bala National Park, is one of the largest areas of near virgin tropical rain-forest in S. E. Asia, let alone in Malaysia. (Actually it’s either virgin or not isn’t…

The Perhentians comprise of 2 main islands and a few rocky islets located in the Gulf of Thailand off Malaysia’s North East coast in Terengganu State. The imaginatively named ‘Small Island’ is the backpacker’s choice and due to it being small and popular is the least pristine of the 2, however the ‘Big Island’ is remarkably well preserved. Also very…

Spend a day on a tropical island in the South China Sea and do some good for the environment at the same time with a visit to Borneo’s Pulau Dinawan and the Ara Dinawan Research Conservation Centre. Lying a short distance off the coast of Malaysia’s Sabah – just south of the state capital Kota Kinabalu – this tiny island…

A flight from north Sabah’s Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu Town on Borneo’s west coast was an often scenic but otherwise unremarkable flight although it was reassuring to fly over some still extensive forest cover. Alas, from ground level – especially aside highways – it can seem that the dreaded oil palm plantations stretch all the way to the horizon. Of…

A regular, 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 tours?” 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…

Extend your Malaysia tour with a stay at a beach resort on the delightful Malaysian tropical island of Langkawi. Langkawi island is located off the northwest coast of the peninsula close to Penang as well as southern Thailand and lies in the Andaman Sea at the northern entrance to the Straights of Malacca. Our accommodation recommendation on the isle is…

Malaysia’s wonderful and well-preserved Perhentian Islands lie of the northeast coast within the confines of Terengganu National Marine Park and are easily reached by a 40-minute boat ride from Kota Bharu on the Malay Peninsula. The small islands, with no roads or mechanised transport (apart from boats), have largely unspoilt, mountainous, jungle interiors, and are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs…

Don’t mean to sound snobby but we reckon many people are put off by the sight of other restaurant customers consuming their meals like total pigs! However whilst every culture in the world has their own accepted eating etiquette these differ widely from culture to culture and what passes for polite and uncouth table manners in one country may well…

Fascinating background reading for anyone considering visiting Cambodia, this was a serious omission from our earlier Cambodia reading and viewing list. An unusual perspective too in that whilst most Cambodian history books you’ll come across cover either the Angkor or Khmer Rouge eras, Cambodia’s Curse is an account and analysis of events and history post Khmer Rouge up until the…

Khmer cooking has traditionally takes a backseat compared to the more prestigious and much better known cuisines of its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam and obviously the population have had far more serious concerns during much of their recent history but it is making a strong come back of late and more and more excellent eateries are appearing in larger towns…

You’ll find all the fresh herbs of Thai cooking; lemon grass , ginger, galangal, coriander, chillies, the spices, pulses and breads of Indian food, distinct Chinese influences and plenty of unique local flavours which, combined, make for an original and highly varied Burmese cuisine. Varied, due not only to the strong cultural heritages of its neighbours, but also the country’s…

Thailand; currently 3 sites on the UNESCO ‘culture’ list, 2 ‘natural’ sites and a further 4 with tentative status. With the kingdom’s spectacular and highly varied landscapes it’s surprising there’s only 2 in the natural list and we’ve a few more suggestions that we’ll come to later but what spectacular sites the two are: Huay Kha Khaeng/Thung Yai and Khao…

Considering family tours or holidays to Southeast Asia?   We are pleased to offer you a selection of tours designed specifically with families in mind to the following destinations: Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.  In addition, many of our scheduled tours can easily be tweaked to suit your family’s requirements and, for example, our regular Vietnam,  Burma (Myanmar)…