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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…

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…

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…

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…

Probably the most frequently asked question in respect to this part of Southeast Asia is ‘when’s the best time to visit Laos’. In our opinion, there’s no simple answer so read on for a brief overview of Laos weather and a few of the pros and cons of travel at different times of the year. The landlocked, mountainous Southeast Asian…

When construction of Kellie’s Castle began in 1910 it would certainly have been rather remote – lost among the jungle and plantations of central Malaya – although today it’s rather conveniently placed aside Highway 8, just outside Perak’s booming state capital Ipoh. Nonetheless, the site is now well-preserved, set among gardens and lawns and the ruins still ooze plenty of…

Horton Plains National Park is situated on the southern edge of Sri Lanka’s highlands region and forms part of the eponymously named UNESCO World Heritage-listing Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The Park’s altitude is between 2,100 and 2,300m with vegetation consisting of a mixture of montane forest, gallery forests and heath/grassland. Flora is correspondingly varied and includes several endemic bird…

Unspoilt, pristine tropical islands are wonderful; everyone’s dream – we’d all love to be on one! Well, they certainly sound like paradise but maybe that’s perhaps only true in small doses and maybe the idea is better than the reality? We reckon the novelty may wear off pretty quickly so would you, in all honesty, want to be in paradise…

The Rangri Dambulla Cave Temple – to give it the full name – is located in the area of north-central Sri Lanka known as the ‘Cultural Triangle’ due to its proliferation of spectacular ancient sites such as the nearby, UNESCO-listed rock fortress of Sigiriya, and also World Heritage-listed ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. The series of 5 shallow, principal…

What follows is a brief account and selection of photos of our Cambodia boat trip from Siem Reap to Battambang. I think we first ran this Cambodia boat trip way back in 2000. It was a very different country in those days and the journey across the Tonle Sap and up the Sangkar River to Battambang was an adventurous one….