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In 2008 Cambodia’s magnificent mountain top Angkor period temple, Preah Vihear received UNESCO World Heritage status and to our minds justifiably so, even if it did provoke some serious bickering between the neighbours Thailand and Cambodia as to exactly which side of the border the surrounding area belonged to. Whilst Thailand’s Khao Pra Viharn public toilets, snack bars and car…

A selection of photographs of our recent trek through the picturesque Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani Province of northeastern Thailand. We have already blogged about Pha Taem in some detail so what follows is mostly a collection of photos from our last Emerald Triangle tour. We joined up with a bunch of monks from Uttaradit Province who were…

A selection of images of our recent Emerald Triangle odyssey, heading through Northeastern Thailand into Southern Laos and then down the Mekong into Northern Cambodia: a 2 week overland trip from Bangkok to Phnom Penh by road, rail and boat! Things got off to a fairly action packed start on the night sleeper train to Surin where after a rather…

Busy wrapping up an Emerald Triangle tour in Phnom Penh so just a photo of the awesome Phnom Rung Temple in northeastern Thailand’s Buriram Province with a more comprehensive post on this fabulous, yet relatively little known site coming up soon. One of the best preserved Angkor period temples anywhere and spectacularly sited on the summit of an extinct volcano,…

Lying just a kilometre away from Wat Phu, the small Angkor period temple of Nang Sida, Laos, does tend to get overshadowed by it’s prestigious UNESCO World Heritage neighbour. After hiking up and down the steep steps at Wat Phu few visitors are going to be bothered to head off into the dusty surrounding scrub-land to visit a ‘lesser’ temple…

Not quite sure why the ‘powers that be’, (guess that’d be TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand?), decided to call this region – the area where the 3 countries of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand meet – the ‘Emerald Triangle‘ but they have done. Yes it very green, but then so is most of Southeast Asia! Anyway it’s got a ring…

Here’s an updated list, including photos, of the Thai national parks and wildlife sanctuaries either featured in our All Points East tours or regularly included in our extensions or custom designed trips.  (Apologies to the NP in question if we’ve forgotten any!) North-East and Eastern Thailand: 1. Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani.  The Emerald Triangle (Hiking, sightseeing, nature trail.)…

Longest, tallest, widest, biggest….superlatives can be deceptive and statistics vary enormously but the little known Khone Phapaeng Falls in Champassak Province of Southern Laos is certainly right up there on the lists! Just downstream of the picturesque ‘Four Thousand Islands‘ region – along the Lao/Cambodian border – the entirety of the Mekong River goes over a 65ft escarpment so it’s…

Forget Phnom Penh’s Pochentong or Siem Reap International Airport, if you can arrive in the Kingdom of Cambodia by boat then that’s the way to go! We’ll stretch a point by including the awesome Sangkar River trip between Battambang, (near the Thai frontier), and Siem Reap and there’s the increasingly popular trip up the Mekong from Chau Doc on the…

A selection of photos from our current Emerald Triangle tour of Laos and Cambodia; – the picturesque region where Northeastern Thailand, Southern Laos and Northern Cambodia meet being sometimes referred to by this evocative name. Itinerary had to be changed at the last minute due to the UK Foreign office’s Thailand flood warnings (see article here) so we ended up…

Don’t seem to have posted about Southern Laos for some time so to correct that regrettable oversight here’s a few images and brief description of the fantastic Dao Heuang market in Lao’s Pakse town – one of all time favourite Southeast Asian markets! There’s the covered area you can see in the background of above photo – dealing in gold,…

Small but well preserved brick and sandstone Hindu temple complex dating from the 11th century,  lying just east of Surin Town. (The exact reign is unknown but Suryavarman I, or Udayadityavarman II look like good suspects.) The ‘quincunx’ layout of 4 towers surrounding a central tower on a square laterite base is common in Cambodia but unique in Thailand and…

Relatively small, relatively unknown, Pha Taem National Park – located a few kms north of Ubon’s Khong Chiam, (Jiam) District  marks the picturesque spot where the sandstone of the Khorat Plateau ends abruptly in dramatic sheer cliffs dropping down to the banks of the Mekong River. Despite Pha Taem’s remote location and low profile, as smaller Thai NPs go it’s…