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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sambor Prei Kuk; – the earliest known Khmer city in Cambodia is a superb site, yet one that’s largely overlooked by visitors to the kingdom. Dozens of decorated brick towers dating from the 6th and 7th centuries – some ruinous, some still remarkably well preserved, are scattered through picturesque forest some 30 kms north of the provincial town of Kompong…

We are pleased to report that thanks to KLM and Air France we can now offer flights to South East Asia from 17 UK regional airports – flights from regional airports are often the same price and sometimes cheaper than those from London – please ask.   Spending time at Amsterdam airport may well be preferable than getting to Heathrow/parking…

The sprawling city of Rangoon, or Yangon, is no longer Burma’s official capital but is still the nation’s largest and most important city by far and very much its commercial, cultural, historic and geographical centre. Rangoon is congested, hectic, noisy, grimy, frequently smelly; pavements are obstacle courses, street lighting is to say the least erratic and much of its wonderful…