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A 2-week Central and South Laos tour following the mighty Mekong by boat and by road from the riverside capital Vientiane through rarely-visited parts of southern and central Laos and into remote northeastern Cambodia. The lesser-known central and southern parts of the country hide some of Lao’s – and indeed Southeast Asia’s – most sublime scenery including the awe-inspiring Tolkien-esque…

This fascinating, 2-week guided Laos and Cambodia tour, Indochina Adventure, takes you through the heart of Southeast Asia. Beginning in the riverside capital Vientiane we’ll travel north through the mountains on the brand new Lao-China Railway to the ancient royal city, now World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang to explore the ancient temples and French colonial-era architecture of what is certainly…

Current Sites Laos’s latest addition to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List – inscribed in 2019 and to our minds, long overdue – is the Megalithic Jar Sites of Xiengkhuang, commonly known as the Plain of Jars. Usually associated with adjectives such as mysterious or enigmatic the site consists of over 2,000 giant jars, carved out of solid rock and scattered…

We have covered this topic in earlier posts but, with several Southeast Asian sites having been added to UNESCO’s list in recent times, here’s a brief update of Cambodia World Heritage Sites, as well as some of the candidates on its Tentative List. Current Sites Considering the wealth of unique archaeological and historical sites across the kingdom we can’t help…

The following Cambodian visas information was valid for late 2017, early 18 but bear in mind firstly, that regulations can change at short notice and secondly, that our information is primarily applicable to UK, Australian, NZ, Canadian, US, and Western European nation passport holders. With regards Cambodia, your choice is applying for an e-visa in advance or obtaining a visa…

Our Angkor tour provides a perfect visit to Cambodia’s awe-inspiring World Heritage site, with its vast jungle-clad temples and mysterious stone carvings. We include a comprehensive tour of all the major sites, plus some lesser-known ones, including a short jungle trek to some rarely visited temples as well as both sunrise and sunset visits. We’ve spent over 15 years fine-tuning…

March, being the dry season, might not be the ideal time of year for Lao waterfalls but come May and June when the rains start they’ll be filling out, flowing fast and back to their lushest best so here’s a small selection of waterfall photos taken at sites included on our Mekong Adventure, Lao tour itinerary, beginning with the famous…

Here’s another selection of excellent Burma tour pictures from a recent Discover Burma tour taken by Wi for your perusal.  Burma’s certainly a photographer’s paradise and as usual, Wi returned with literally thousands of images so after making a tricky selection we’ll split our favourites into landscape and portrait posts. So, without further waffle – a few of the landscapes……..

Our popular Northern Laos tour, Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars is an 8-day exploration of some of the fabulous historical, cultural and scenic highlights of this little-known country. The itinerary includes a scenic ride on the brand-new Lao-China express train from Vientiane to Luang Prabang and an exploration of the ancient capital and UNESCO World Heritage town. Discover…

Our 2-week Thailand and Laos tour, Northern Laos and the Golden Triangle is a superb introduction to the spectacular scenery, still very traditional culture and rich history of this truly fascinating, yet relatively little known, region. We’ll begin the tour in Thailand’s northern capital – the delightful and historic city of Chiang Mai – before heading north through spectacular mountain…

Incredible really is the word for the amazing Konglor Cave system, situated amongst the dramatic karst scenery of Hin Boun district in central Lao’s Khammouane Province. Reminded of us of the spectacular scenery of northern Lao’s Vang Vieng but without all the tourists since mass tourism is fortunately yet to hit this remote part of the country. Whilst the above-ground…

Longest, tallest, widest, biggest….superlatives can be deceptive and statistics vary enormously but the little-known Khone Phapaeng Falls in Champassak Province of Southern Laos is certainly right up there on the list! Just downstream of the picturesque Four Thousand Islands‘ region – along the Lao/Cambodian border – the entirety of the Mekong River goes over a 65-foot escarpment so it’s definitely…

A few photos of the spectacular limestone pinnacles area – or ‘stone forest’ – in Khammouane Province of Central Laos. Though much of this region is covered in this dramatic, limestone karst scenery a core section has been designated Phou Hin Boun National Park or National Bio-diversity Area. The following images were taken from a viewpoint on the way to…

Khao Phra Viharn, or Preah Vihear in Khmer – and the famous 11th-century Hindu temple itself is 100% Cambodian, whatever various lunatic fringe Thais might claim! (Since most of the local Thais in that part of the kingdom – southern Si Saket Province – speak Khmer anyway they could have just kept the original name instead of the cumbersome Thai…

King Suryavarman I acceded to the throne of Angkor in 1006 after a 4-year struggle with rival claimant Jayaviravarman. Later inscriptions do backdate his reign to 1002 – presumably to delete any traces of his pesky antagonist – but Jayaviravarman, ensconced in the imperial capital, Yasodharapura, and a close relative (possibly a brother) of the previous monarch  Udayadityavarman I and…

Laos’ Four Thousand Islands, or Si Phan Don, region lies just to the north of the Cambodian border in the far south’s Champassak Province. Here the Mekong River widens and shallows dramatically before crashing over the spectacular Khone Phapaeng Falls. 4,000 is, of course, a guesstimate since islands appear and disappear with the dry and rainy seasons making it impossible…