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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

Despite being one of Southeast Asia’s most remote destinations and still – at least nominally – under a communist regime, entry procedures for LPDR, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, are actually some of the simplest in the region. There is no need for advanced application and to our knowledge, no e-visa system is currently in place, but 30-day tourist visas…

This is a round-up of visa and passport regulations for anyone embarking on a tour of, or short break in Thailand and does not pertain to long-stay visitors or expats. Although in so far as most nationalities simply receive a 30-day stamp on arrival and you can dispense with visa on arrivals, e-visas etc, etc in terms of the small…

The following Burma (Myanmar) visa information was valid for late 2017, early 18 but bear in mind that regulations can change at short notice and that furthermore, our information is primarily applicable to UK, Australian, NZ, Canadian, US, and Western European nation passport holders. Visas are required for all nationalities other than those of Asean member states and they are…

The following 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 on arrival….

In the light of a few recent incidents we’ve encountered, we’d like to reiterate some essential passport requirements to check prior to any travel in Southeast Asia. They may seem minor and are easily overlooked but aren’t necessarily so in the eyes of immigration officials or airline staff. We do already mention such requirements on our site but it is…

6 more countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand have now been added to the list of nationalities eligible for the Vietnam visa online scheme.  Rates are $25 for a single entry, 30-day visa with processing time set at 3 working days. Passport holders of 40 countries including the UK and Ireland are all already eligible for such e-visas and…

Thanks for all the fun and sorry to see you go. After a period of increasingly tenuous existence, Battambang’s ‘Bamboo Railway ‘has finally and officially ceased operations. There are long-standing plans to actually upgrade the line and re-open the Phnom Penh to Battambang and Poipet (Thai border) line as part of a (we assume Chinese funded) projected Saigon (Ho Chi…

The following are a few of our thoughts on the current situation in Burma (Myanmar). We wouldn’t claim in any way to understand the entire situation – and it is certainly more complicated than initial appearances – nor would we presume our opinions are necessarily the correct ones. Firstly, we categorically and unreservedly condemn the recent actions of the Burmese…

You can find an ancient Khmer temple marked on a map or dig one up on Google – Cambodia is covered in Angkorian and pre-Angkorian ruins – but for only a tiny fraction, notably, the most famous ones, will you find any accompanying images or explanations. Discovering what these sites are actually like on the ground then is, to say…

The picturesque, lakeside town of Phayao possesses a central position in northern Thailand with better known neighbours Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai lying to the northwest and southwest respectively and historical Lampang situated due south yet despite being, to our minds, one of the region’s most attractive provincial capitals it’s also one of the least visited. The laid-back town is…

An opportunity to post a few pretty photos from our recent visit to the fascinating, highly colourful and still very traditional hill-tribe market at Bac Ha. Every Sunday this otherwise quiet and somewhat remote little town in the mountains of northern Vietnam bursts into life as vendors from outlying villages flock into town to sell their wares; farm produce, household…

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 as its peoples, nature and…

We’re delighted to see Cambodia gain a 3rd UNESCO World Heritage Site, after Angkor and Preah Vihear, with the granting of such status to the ruined 6th and 7th century Khmer capital at Sambor Prei Kuk.   These picturesque ruined temples, scattered through forest north of Kompong Thom in central Cambodia, represent the remains of the royal capital, Ishnapura, of…

Congratulations to Wi for winning the silver award at the 2016 Wanderlust World Guides Award!!! Not bad out of 2,500 competitors and certainly a well deserved acknowledgement after years of dedicated Southeast Asia tour guiding.  Wi perfectly encapsulates our ethos; producing tours that are fun, informative, well-organised and with attention to detail yet leaving plenty of room for spontaneity, improvisation…

A few photos from a recent street photography tour of Phnom Penh lead by Jeff, (Jean Francois) Perigois. Jeff is a long term resident of Cambodia’s capital so can lead you down a few back alleys you’d certainly never find – or dare to go down – yourselves and his great rapport with locals provides obvious advantages for street, market…