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Here’s an awesome Khmer song you can find here on youtube; the fabulous Pich Chenda, (or Meng Keo Pich Chenda), singing the old Ros Serey Sothea song ‘Chop Srolanh Oun Touv’. A translation would be ‘Stop Loving Me’ or ‘Please Don’t Love Me Anymore’, and yes, it’s a real weepy, but unless you can understand Khmer you’re going to have to…

Well since I’m off to Phnom Penh and  currently checking Saturday’s, (disappointing),  UK football results, it seems like an apt moment to introduce you to the CPL,  (Cambodian Premier League). The words Cambodia and football aren’t often used in conjunction and they are currently rated 184th on the FIFA world rankings – which, even without knowing anything about football you…

Dental surgery in the suburbs of Phnom Penh – which caused a bit of light-hearted relief on the return from the harrowing ‘Killing Fields’ site at Choeng Ek. Anyway certainly makes you glad you don’t have such dire toothache that you need to go immediately to the nearest dental surgery! (Couldn’t see any electric cables going to the ‘surgery’ either…

View of the picturesque Chiaw Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani Province, South Thailand. One of the most popular images on our All Points East flickr site, this pic was taken by Wi during a Southern Thailand, ‘Jungles and Islands’ tour, which includes a 3 day, 2 night visit to the scenic park. We now have flickr…

We’re lucky today to be able to offer you an excerpt from Hamish’s forthcoming autobiography ‘Memoirs of a Tour-leader’. Hamish got fed up of living out of backpack a few years back now and gave up tour-leading for the more stable existence of school teacher in Bangkok, but I reckon plenty of past customers will still remember him!

Slight hangover this morning after a lengthy ‘business meeting’ with Andy of Motorbike Thailand last night so a consequently rather late daily post!  However anyone not having abused the Leo Beer last night and waking up early this morning on our current Northern Laos and the Golden Triangle tour would have got a view similar to the above.

Well both! There’s no denying it’s a very unspectacular ruin and whichever way you look at it it doesn’t really amount to much more than a pile of old bricks with a couple of sandstone slabs scattered around for contrast. It’ll be a snowy day in Siem Reap before it’ll rival Angkor Wat or Ta Prom – “Ak Yum postcards…

Today’s stunning shot of an old Khmer lady offering a prayer at one of the Angkor temples, (not sure which one – Nathan?), comes from Nathan Horton‘s files! Nathan’s got a busy month coming up, combining an Images of Indochina tour and a Cambodia photo trip with a truly international group comprising of US, Canadian, South African, British and Australian…

Morning – afternoon or good night, depending upon where you’re reading this! Having just sent in our 2010 application for the Responsible Travel and TAT, (Tourism Authority of Thailand), Green Travel Awards it seemed like a good excuse to include this photo of, (a rather nervous looking),  Lesley at the 2008 awards ceremony which we  are very proud to say,…

Well apologies to Wi who is actually leading a Northern Laos and Vietnam tour – ‘Unexplored – the Far North‘ rather than the North Thai, ‘Hills of Mae Salong‘, as I stated yesterday, but since she’s the tour-leader and she knows where she’s going that’s the important thing!  (I’ll just get back to de-worming Charlie, (the dog), and watching Spongebob…

The Danum Valley, Sabah State, Borneo, Malaysia. Awesome photographic contribution by All Points East, Malaysia manager and tour-leader Marc Modin. During a night trek in Sabah’s fabulous Danum Valley Marc came across this brilliantly coloured, sleeping kingfisher – probably a Brown-winged Kingfisher but impossible to say for sure from this angle! The remote Danum Valley Forest Reserve is one of…

Rafflesia – a spectacular, flowering parasitic plant found in  jungles across Southeast Asia. The above looks like Rafflesia, parasites the same species of vine as Rafflesia but is actually the closely related species called Sapria.  The former have 5 petals whilst the latter have 10. True Rafflesia is found in the more tropical areas of South Thailand and the Malay…