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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

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…

There’s a lot more to the Maldives than over-priced and hermetically sealed, fancy resorts so we checked out the rest of the country! Charming little inns and guesthouses in local fishing villages; wonderful local food and super friendly inhabitants plus an unusual walking tour of unique Malé City, not forgetting of course your turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs!

An earthquake measuring 6.8 struck Burma on 24th August with the epicenter being located close to the historic site of Bagan. Fortunately, despite widespread minor damage, no major destruction seems to have occurred and luckily casualties are also at a minimum. Note that Bagan is regularly affected by quakes and the various chedi summits and spires have been replaced several…

Look out for upcoming details of our new ‘off-the-beaten-track’ South Burma tour starting in Yangon and heading south, via the famous Golden Rock, to the picturesque but rarely visited old colonial ports of Moulmein, Tavoy and Mergui, (now Mawlamyine, Dawei and Myeik). If you’ve visited Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle then check-out parts of Myanmar few other tours reach!

Delighted to announce that our very own Wipaporn has made it into the final 3 of the Wanderlust World Guides Award as recognition of her fantastic tour-leading efforts in Burma, Thailand and Laos. The finals take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 6th October. Congratulations to Wi and good luck for the finals!

Delighted and very proud to see our very own Wipaporn, (or Wi to those who know her), make it into the last 8 (out of several thousand we’d add!) of the 2016 Wanderlust Guide Awards. We may be biased but after 15 years of leading tours across Southeast Asia with consistent fun, care, dedication and attention to detail we reckon…

Coming up, and based on some 15 years of leading tours to Cambodia’s UNESCO World Heritage site; a few small tips and suggestions on how to optimise your Angkor visit. Firstly though one very big tip! Try and time your visit for the low season. The awesome, often jungle-clad, temples in Western Cambodia are obviously today a huge draw and…

At long last; – despite several incident free years following on from 2008 border skirmishes between Cambodia and Thailand – the UK Foreign Office has finally seen fit to declare the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of Preah Vihear ‘safe to visit’.  This (mainly) 11th century Hindu temple is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Angkor period temples being located…

So – wretched mosquitos and how to avoid them! First the good news: they are nowhere near as prevalent in Southeast Asia as many first time visitors imagine them to be. Especially in urban areas, particularly during the daytime and certainly outside of rainy season. In fact we’ve been to many European tourist destinations with far higher population densities of…