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Southeast Asia Travel News

The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

One of our very favourite spots in Vietnam, the picturesque town of Sapa lies amongst the high ranges of the ‘Tonkinese Alps’ in the far northwest of the country, close to the border with China. This small, mountain-top settlement became popular during the French era as a cool retreat for colonists from the rigours of the Hanoi climate.   Now…

The term Tai describes the large ethnic group which includes the Thai/Siamese, Lao, Shan, Northern Thai, Thai Lu, Red Tai, White Tai etc who occupy a wide band of Asia from the Assam region of India, through southern China, Burma’s Shan States, Laos, Northern Vietnam and of course Thailand itself. We touched on the migration of Tai peoples into Southeast…

Elephants in Thailand, and particularly the role in the tourism industry of these charismatic giants, can provoke some unusual reactions in people; emotive and misinformed – irrational and knee-jerk – why’s that? We get a fair bit of, undoubtedly well-meaning, but often confused, correspondence on that matter – occasionally by persons perceiving a contradiction with our responsible travel ethos. Been…

The Black Hmong sub group of Northern Vietnam are particularly well known due to Sapa’splace on the well-trodden tourist trail. Although the town itself is actually inhabited by Vietnamese traders and cafe and hotel staff Sapa is totally swamped on most days by Hmong from the surrounding villages. You’ll also come across the distinctively dressed Red Dzao, the more discreet…

After a drive along the much improved road from Laos’s Muang Khua to the Vietnamese border, Wi’s gallant group have now arrived in the remote outpost of Dien Bien Phu. Anyone knowledgeable of recent history may have heard of Dien Bien Phu since it was the site of a famous, and historically very significant battle, (see Wikipedia article),  in 1954…

Well apologies to Wi who is actually leading a Northern Laos and Vietnam tour – ‘Unexplored – the Far North‘ rather than the North Thai, ‘Hills of Mae Salong‘, as I stated yesterday, but since she’s the tour-leader and she knows where she’s going that’s the important thing!  (I’ll just get back to de-worming Charlie, (the dog), and watching Spongebob…

A ‘truly spectacular combination of rocks and water’, the awesome Halong Bay is one of S. E. Asia’s most dramatic and iconic landscapes.  An inlet of the South China Sea situated just off the coast of far North-Eastern Vietnam -nearly 2,000 islands and rocky outcrops fill the bay’s waters with a range of dramatic karst scenery; – sheer limestone cliffs, stalactites, caves, jungle-topped…