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Southeast Asia Travel News

The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

We’d call these life-size dummies scarecrows – once a familiar sight on farms and allotments – yet, while the idea may be similar, the intended target is very different. The purpose of these Ting Mong, as they are known in Cambodia, is also to scare away unwanted visitors but you’ll find them in front of a garden gate or entrance…

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…

Sunbathing in the tropics – to do or not to do? Sure, a dose of vitamin D is good for you, even essential, but this whole sunbathing thing – lying in the sun on a beach or pool-side reclining chair for hours covered in oil – we thought was a late 20th-century phenomenon. Apart from the obvious risks of skin…

Oh my god – they’ve put ice in my drink, I’m going to die a horrible death! Southeast Asian ice cubes are a shortcut to a stomach pump in the nearest hospital! A commonly held myth maintained by certain guidebooks, but these days, in much of the region, simply false Firstly it’s well known that drinking very cold drinks when…