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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

Entire books have been written on the subject of languages of Southeast Asia so we’re limiting our post to the above countries and only including languages that are still spoken by at least significant-sized minorities in each country. With a few well-known exceptions – Basque, Sami and Hungarian spring to mind – all modern European languages belong to the Indo-European…

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…

Where possible, rail travel is our preferred means of transport on our various Southeast Asia tours – especially for longer journeys. It’s certainly more environmentally friendly than hiring private buses, it avoids traffic, passengers can walk around – visit the buffet car, chat to other voyagers etc – views are often better than roadside ones and, these days, most Southeast…

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…

Justifiably one of Thailand’s most popular destinations, Thailand’s northern capital is another of those Southeast Asian destinations you could spend a long time exploring or just chilling out in and, if we’re not careful, our best things to see and do in Chiang Mai post could become very lengthy. Consequently, we’re limiting our suggestions to just a few of our…

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…

Since we first published our Thailand World Heritage post there have been additions to the Thailand UNESCO sites list so here’s a brief rundown on existing sites and the new listings. As of 2024, Thailand lays claim to three entries on the Natural World Heritage list and four on the Cultural list with a further six tentative sites in the…

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…

Some photos and a brief description of a day tour to Thailand’s World Heritage Khao Yai National Park. (Or, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, to give it the full UNESCO title.) Covering over 2000 square kilometres of grassland and tropical forest Khao Yai was established back in 1962, subsequently receiving UNESCO World Heritage status in 2005. The terrain consists of…

Visitors frequently get confused between Cambodian and Khmer, aren’t always sure whether they should be saying Burma or Myanmar and we’ve also even heard people referring to the inhabitants of Thailand as Thailandese. However, the small, land-locked and mountainous country of Lao or Laos probably comes out on top of the name confusion charts. The country’s official name is the…

Although the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex – to give the National Park its full name – has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list for nearly 20 years now, we’ve regrettably only just managed to incorporate the fantastic site onto one of our regular Thailand tour itineraries. Until recently, our range of offerings has included north and south Thailand…

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….

The mouth of western Cambodia’s Sangkar (or Sangkae) River lies concealed amid a maze of water-hyacinth clogged waterways, endless reed marshes and clouds of egrets in the far northwestern corner of the vast but shallow Tonle Sap Lake. Anyone with a window seat between Bangkok and Siem Reap may have peered down on these extensive wetlands and unique eco-system where…