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Current Sites UNESCO’s Sri Lanka World Heritage list currently stands at 6 cultural and 2 natural sites. The 6 cultural entries are predictable and logical and include the ancient city sites of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the cave temples at Dambulla and the rock fortress of Sigiriya with the historic towns of Galle and Kandy completing the compliment. Anuradhapura, in the…

Some time ago we swapped our safari and camping activities on our Sri Lanka tour from Yala National Park to lesser-known Udawalawe. Both are fantastic Sri Lankan National Parks with Yala being the country’s best known protected area but with the slightly smaller Udawalawe lying a short distance to the west still offering great wildlife spotting possibilities and excellent overnight…

A selection of Sri Lanka wildlife photos from a recent tour. The Island’s varied landscapes and climatic zones and plentiful national parks mean the country’s always excellent for wildlife sightings and although our recent Sri Lanka tour was in no way a specific nature or birdwatching trip we were lucky enough to have a keen-eyed wildlife specialist as our guide…

A random selection of Sri Lanka tour photos from our recent, ‘Island of Serendipity’ tour. These are kind of ‘people doing things’ photos rather than postcard style, pretty pics (which we’ll save for a later post) so apologies for the fuzzy quality of some of the hurriedly taken smartphone shots. Somewhere between visiting the admittedly touristy, but certainly photogenic, stilt…

Our 2-week, Sri Lanka photography tour, fully accompanied by both a highly experienced local guide and a professional travel photographer, takes in the island’s highly varied landscapes from the popular western beaches to the lesser-visited eastern coastline by way of the mountains and plantations of the Hill Country and waterfalls and moors of the Horton Plains. There will also be…

Sri Lanka – recommended reading. Published in 2015 Elephant Complex by English author John Gimlette is not only the best book we’ve read on Sri Lanka but simply one of the best travel books we’ve come across on any destination, anywhere!¬† This compact yet insightful account covers over 2,000 years of the Island’s complex history, culture and society as well…

This fascinating 2-week Sri Lanka tour takes you from our starting point in coastal Negombo, via the spectacular ancient cities and UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites of the Central Plains and Cultural Triangle, through the ancient mountain capital Kandy, the scenic hill country, tea estates and national parks and on to a beautiful and relatively undeveloped section of the southern coast….

Presenting our Sri Lanka Discovery tour, Ancient Cities and the Tea Country. This 2-week tour of central and northern Sri Lanka takes in the picturesque Hill Country with its famous tea plantations, the ancient cities of the celebrated Cultural Triangle, and the unspoilt north-east coast where the stunning beaches around Trincomalee are now opening up to visitors after being off-limits…

A 2-week Sri Lanka Family Tour. Explore the World Heritage ancient city of Polonnaruwa by bicycle, scale the dramatic rock fortress of Sigiriya, raft down the jungle-lined Kelani River, hike across Horton Plains National Park to the spectacular ‘World’s End’, go on jeep safaris through Minneriya and Wilpattu national parks, take boat trips snorkelling or whale watching in the Indian…

If you fancy checking out some ruined Khmer temples in the jungle, island hopping in Thailand’s Andaman Sea or exploring Sri Lanka’s remarkable collection of World Heritage sites then, at present, you have 2 basic choices; joining a group tour or independent travel¬† We’re hoping our upcoming range of self-guided tours will offer a compromise option and go some way…

Our unique Hidden Maldives tour provides you with some glimpses into the authentic country, people and culture that few visitors get to see. The luxury resorts on private, tourist islands and turquoise atolls are world-famous; but what about the rest of the vast, sprawling archipelago nation? On this 1-week mini-tour, we’ll stay in family-run accommodation in a traditional fishing village…

Current Sites Thailand World Heritage Sites on UNESCO’s list are at present limited to 3 cultural and 2 natural sites. A rather meagre result we feel, considering the country’s rich history and magnificent and highly varied flora, fauna and landscapes. Of the 3 cultural sites, we’d also point out that early Bronze Age Ban Chiang, while of undoubted great archaeological…

Cambodia – Street Photography by Jeff Perigois. Getting those picturesque photographs of Cambodia’s sublime landscapes or spectacular, atmospheric shots of jungle-clad temple ruins is a relatively straightforward task. You’ll need someone to ensure you get to the right place at the right time then hope for a fortuitous monk to stroll past the stone carvings or an old ox-cart to…

For our 6-day, 5 night Maldives eco-resort stay, we’ve chosen the excellent Barefoot Eco Hotel on the north Maldives island of Hanimaadhoo. This is a ‘local’ island as opposed to a private resort island, and so the unique Barefoot forms a stepping stone between village guesthouses and the more well-known luxury resorts and provides a lot more than just your…

Tours All Points East’s series of original photography tours to Southeast Asia keeps to our signature style by combining the well-known and off-the-beaten-track destinations as well as both the iconic sights and images of everyday life. All tours will be fully guided by one of our professional travel photographers, Gary Latham or Jeff Perigois. Both of whom highly experienced in…

Here you’ll find a wide range of varied tour extensions which you can add before, after, or even on occasions during any of our regular tours. These stretch from a half-day, in the case of a cookery class, up to 5 or 6 days, or indeed for a beach or island extension – as long as you wish. For those…

All Points East, Southeast Asia tours and travel specialist is an independent, fully licensed, UK and Asian based travel company which has been running tours since 1999. Our goal is to produce original and quality trips at reasonable prices with an emphasis on genuinely small groups, off the beaten track destinations and a commitment to responsible travel. Our tours, both…

Since our recent Facebook photo proved popular we thought we’d post a few more of these wonderful images – the Maidens of the Clouds from Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. So-called because these wonderful frescoes are found halfway up a sheer cliff at the ancient site, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed, Sigiriya rock fortress in Sri Lanka’s ‘Cultural Triangle’. The rock shelters…