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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…

Thai – the world’s most complicated language? Something we’ve suspected for years and reassuring for our mental capacities! The VDO is referring to written Thai but it’s certainly hard enought just to speak it! Basically, if we’ve understood correctly it’s to do with Thai language having 5 tones and, unlike most tonal languages, those tones being incorporated into the writing…

Lesley’s just published the first Southeast Asian recipe on our travel blog and promises/threatens to make it a  regular feature so look out in our food section for some classic Southeast Asian dishes – all of which she maintains are adapted for ingredients found at home. So Thai, Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Vietnamese etc specialities – some of which you may…

Mohinga – Burmese Noodle Soup Questionably the national dish of Burma, Mohinga is a comforting noodle soup available nationwide but especially in Yangon and the Southern Delta region where fish is plentiful. In posting this recipe, I apologise unreservedly to anyone in Burma/Myanmar for whom it is not traditional or “as mother cooked it”, but it works with Western ingredients…

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh has 3 main downtown markets that casual visitors are likely to come across; Psa, Thmei, Psa Chas and Psa Kandal – psa, (or Phsar), being, as you may have guessed the Khmer word for market thus translating as New Market, Old Market and Central Market. A 4th, slightly out of the town centre but very popular…

Burmese ghosts, or nats as they are known locally, are spirits of people who died under tragic circumstances and who have remained earthbound so….what, in English, we would call ghosts. However in Burma/Myanmar they take on a whole other significance and have shrines, statues, images, festivals dedicated to them. There’s even an ‘official’ list of the country’s 37 major recognised…

Mondulkiri: one of the few Cambodian provinces we’d not yet visited but with new road construction easing transportation concerns we thought it was definitely about time we did check out this remote yet picturesque province in the kingdom’s northeastern highlands. The intention is to include the province in a planned, 2 week off the beaten track Cambodia tour but we…

Previous post was mainly to show happy campers enjoying an All Points East Burma tour and so hopefully incite a new booking or two; Burma tour photos II is a more self indulgent collection of our own personal favourite images from our recent tour . So in approximate chronological order………… Another train photo taken on Rangoon’s circular line tour. The…

All Points East are excited to announce that after some time on the drawing board we’re nearly ready to begin offering Maldives island options as extensions to our two Sri Lanka tours.   So after 2 weeks of exploring the classic sites and off the beaten track secrets of this wonderful island a short flight from Colombo will take you…