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Published in 2015 Elephant Complex by English author John Gimlette is not only the best book we’ve read on Sri Lanka but simply one of the best travel books we’ve come across on any destination, anywhere!  This compact yet insightful account covers over 2,000 years of the Island’s complex history, culture and society as well as its peoples, nature and…

We’re delighted to see Cambodia gain a 3rd UNESCO World Heritage Site, after Angkor and Preah Vihear, with the granting of such status to the ruined 6th and 7th century Khmer capital at Sambor Prei Kuk.   These picturesque ruined temples, scattered through forest north of Kompong Thom in central Cambodia, represent the remains of the royal capital, Ishnapura, of…

Congratulations to Wi for winning the silver award at the 2016 Wanderlust World Guides Award!!! Not bad out of 2,500 competitors and certainly a well deserved acknowledgement after years of dedicated Southeast Asia tour guiding.  Wi perfectly encapsulates our ethos; producing tours that are fun, informative, well-organised and with attention to detail yet leaving plenty of room for spontaneity, improvisation…

There’s a lot more to the Maldives than over-priced and hermetically sealed, fancy resorts so we checked out the rest of the country! Charming little inns and guesthouses in local fishing villages; wonderful local food and super friendly inhabitants plus an unusual walking tour of unique Malé City, not forgetting of course your turquoise waters and vibrant coral reefs!

Look out for upcoming details of our new ‘off-the-beaten-track’ South Burma tour starting in Yangon and heading south, via the famous Golden Rock, to the picturesque but rarely visited old colonial ports of Moulmein, Tavoy and Mergui, (now Mawlamyine, Dawei and Myeik). If you’ve visited Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle then check-out parts of Myanmar few other tours reach!

Delighted to announce that our very own Wipaporn has made it into the final 3 of the Wanderlust World Guides Award as recognition of her fantastic tour-leading efforts in Burma, Thailand and Laos. The finals take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 6th October. Congratulations to Wi and good luck for the finals!

If you’re reading this you may have noticed we’ve made a few changes on our homepage recently with live Twitter and Instagram feeds and direct click-through destination windows so firstly a big thanks to Brett at pixelonpixel for his hard work. We’ve also added a livechat option and we reckon between the UK and Southeast Asian offices we should have…

A fantastic Yunnan tour covering a range of scenery, sites and cultures from the borders of tropical Southeast Asia to the Tibetan Plateau and foothills of the Himalayas. This geographical range has a corresponding climatic range though, making schedules tricky! We don’t want you hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge in a downpour or visiting Shangri La with 2m snow drifts…

Looks like the UK FCO, (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), has at last seen fit to remove the central Burmese town of Meiktila from it’s travel warnings so also looks like we’ll be reverting to our original overland journey from Bagan to Kalaw on our Burma tour itineraries.  It’s a fair drive but you get to see a lot of the…

Updated 12 June We are pleased to reassure our customers and friends that life continues very much as normal in Thailand following the declaration last month of a coup d’etat.  Thailand remains a peaceful place and the midnight to 4 am curfew is now only restricted to some provinces and is not affecting tourism.  Beach resorts and many tourist destinations…

We’ve said before the low season – coinciding with the onset of the rains – is a great time to visit the region: no crowds, lush landscapes, dramatic skies, (check our rainy season travel in Southeast Asia post),  and as an added incentive we’re offering a 5% discount on land sections of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam tours during the…