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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

Now we’re not complete technophobes at All Points East but our passion lies primarily with travel not computers so it’s with some dragging of heels that we’ve been propelled into the 21st century and the really weird, and sometimes wonderful, world of social network sites. (In other words, our IT consultant Marc’s been hassling us for ages and we’re finally…

Various bits and bobs we’ve bookmarked over the last couple of weeks but kind of forgotten about……..kicking off with a request from the UK office to post the following link on UK forests. We’re more used to worrying about deforestation in Laos or the proliferation of oil palm plantations in Borneo but the British government’s plans to sell off national…

Quite why the 100th ‘birthday’ of the famously intellectually challenged, cold-war battle-axe president is worth celebrating is beyond me? Don’t reckon they’ll be much of a party in Cambodia in any case! Reagan, along with many other Western and pro-western state leaders, was very successful at prolonging the war in Cambodia¬† right through the 1980s and early 90s due to…

Been watching some footage this morning that the BBC have gotten hold, of with Khmer soldiers pointing out damage to the temple to a cameraman. Here’s the BBC website article, (though can’t find the footage itself on-line), and whilst various fresh bullet holes could be clearly seen there was fortunately no sign of major damage or the ‘collapsed wing’ the…

A few odds and sods we’ve bookmarked over the last few days starting with this link here on UK forests. Whilst we’re more used, in these pages, to concern ourselves with deforestation in Laos or palm oil plantation proliferation, (try saying that after a few Chang beers!), in Borneo, the UK government’s plans to sell off national forests to private…

Most significant local news today is Friday’s border clash near Preah Vihear Temple between Khmer and Thai forces. It would be laughable if it hadn’t resulted in deaths and injuries and we sincerely hope no damage to the magnificent temple has occurred as well. Here’s a bullet hole, (in the tree), Khmer soldiers showed us from the last outbreak of…

Well firstly an update on the Angkor Car which actually goes at 100kms per hour and not as the typo said 100m per hour! (Kind of guessed that anyway!) Presumably that’s not 100kph on Norodorm Boulevard though? We’ll forget the trespassing, (only a bit), Thai politicians for today, (which is getting a bit dull), to bring you this far more…

Couple more cookery articles we liked; – this one from the Guardian on the amazing diversity of Malaysian food is spot on, though we reckon it’s actually even more diverse than they make out! The point about the ethnic Chinese or Indian communities in Malaysia is that they come from all over China or the subcontinent. Most UK cities have…

Well fair enough that weather conditions across Northern Europe are worse than usual but isn’t there anything to be done to prevent many of Europe’s busiest airports, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, etc, grinding to complete halts? What’s the problem – lack of snow-ploughs, not enough plane de-icing liquid apparently in the case of Heathrow, insufficient grit? (do you…

Battambang’s famous ‘bamboo train’ – a bamboo and wooden platform powered by a small motor, for those who’ve never heard of it (see photo) – much loved by tourists, much plugged by Lonely Planet researchers, much used by locals and a much appreciated earner for those who work on them, seems now to have a limited future. Certainly one of…