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Note that these are very much our personal suggestions for what to see and do in Kep and Kampot and not everyone will agree with our inclusions and omissions. While we have been visiting both these Cambodian coastal provinces regularly for some 20 years now, places change – often quickly, sometimes for the better, other times regrettably not – and,…

Conveniently situated between the capital Phnom Penh, a short distance to the north, and the popular destinations of Kep and Kampot to the south, many visitors pass through Cambodia’s Takeo Province but, sadly, few stop. In our opinion – a big mistake. There are some excellent and varied spots to visit, to complement the better-known sites of Phnom Penh and…

Entire books have been written on the subject of languages of Southeast Asia so we’re limiting our post to the above countries and only including languages that are still spoken by at least significant-sized minorities in each country. With a few well-known exceptions – Basque, Sami and Hungarian spring to mind – all modern European languages belong to the Indo-European…

As of 2024, the Cambodian government has seen fit to introduce a new, what they term, E-Arrival system for all overseas visitors arriving in the kingdom so what follows is a brief rundown on the new Cambodia immigration procedures, taking into account the recent changes. This E-Arrival is along the lines of similar schemes, introduced last year, in Malaysia and…

Although official Tourism Malaysia statistics claim more visitors to Sarawak than Sabah, we suspect this is inflated by domestic tourists as well as visitors from neighbouring Kalimantan since, in our experience of running Borneo tours, Sabah clearly proves the more popular of the two among Western travellers. Sabah has well-known Kinabatangan, Danum Valley, World Heritage Mount Kinabalu and a clutch…

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…

As with Malaysia as a whole, its capital Kuala Lumpur – more commonly abbreviated to simply KL – does manage to live up to Tourism Malaysia’s marketing slogan ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ with its rich ethnic mix including many of the myriad various Indian and Chinese cultures along with indigenous Malay, while Indonesian and Thai influences also abound. Their blurb goes…

The relatively small capital of relatively small Laos slips under the radar in comparison to larger and more high-profile Southeast Asian capitals such as Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and even Phnom Penh but, while it is very much a low-key and laid-back kind of city, (so much the better), there are certainly enough things to see and do in Vientiane…

Not for nothing did early foreign visitors name Sri Lanka ‘the Island of Serendipity’ and conveniently, the geography and weather patterns of Sri Lanka mean that our reply to when’s the best time to visit Sri Lanka is…pretty much any time of the year. The pear, or more aptly mango-shaped, island has a broad southern coastline with mountainous areas covering…

Justifiably one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, Thailand’s northern capital is another of those Southeast Asian destinations you could spend a long time exploring or just chilling out in and, if we’re not careful, our best things to see and do in Chiang Mai post could become very lengthy. Consequently, we’re limiting our suggestions to just a few of our…

You could spend a lot of time exploring Vietnam’s fascinating capital but the country holds a lot more to see, including no less than 8, UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sites as well as the sights of Danang and Ho Chi Minh City, (still Saigon to many of its inhabitants), so here’s a few of our favourites things to see and do…

If you were to search for ‘when’s the best time to visit Thailand’, most travel sites and guidebooks will simply say – the cool season from November to February. However, Thailand is a relatively large country with varying climatic zones and our answer would be more complicated – read nuanced. To optimise your Thailand holiday it’s worth thinking a bit…

We have answered several of the frequently asked questions elsewhere but details change and to avoid you having to scroll through a bunch of posts, what follows is an update of Cambodia travel information as per 2024 plus an attempt to group all the principal FAQs into a single post as well as addressing a few of the queries we…

You’ll possibly only visit Cambodia the once – you’re seeking to optimise your tour – so just when is the best time to visit Cambodia? In our experience, most potential travellers’ primary consideration – and most frequently asked question – when considering booking a tour to the small Southeast Asian nation would be, ‘what’s the weather like?’ While this is…