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Thai – the world’s most complicated language? Something we’ve suspected for years and reassuring for our mental capacities! The VDO is referring to written Thai but it’s certainly hard enought just to speak it! Basically, if we’ve understood correctly it’s to do with Thai language having 5 tones and, unlike most tonal languages, those tones being incorporated into the writing…

Infamous Hellfire Pass, or Konyu Cutting to use the original name, is one of the most notorious stretches of the Death Railway constructed during World War II by the Japanese army using Allied prisoners of war and conscripted Asian labourers. The Hellfire Pass Museum is a must-visit for any traveller to Kanchanaburi. In addition to the moving museum, it’s possible…

A few photos from a recent, off the beaten track, tour from Chiang Mai across northern Thailand to Loei Province then hugging the scenic banks of the Mekong to Nongkhai and Udon Thani from where we headed east to rejoin the River at the Mukdahan border crossing with Laos. Logistically such trips to remoter parts, not usually frequented by foreign…

Don’t mean to sound snobby but we reckon many people are put off by the sight of other restaurant customers consuming their meals like total pigs! However whilst every culture in the world has their own accepted eating etiquette these differ widely from culture to culture and what passes for polite and uncouth table manners in one country may well…

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…

Thailand; currently 3 sites on the UNESCO ‘culture’ list, 2 ‘natural’ sites and a further 4 with tentative status. With the kingdom’s spectacular and highly varied landscapes it’s surprising there’s only 2 in the natural list and we’ve a few more suggestions that we’ll come to later but what spectacular sites the two are: Huay Kha Khaeng/Thung Yai and Khao…

We’ve always really liked this off the beaten track South Thai destination and always considered that both the town itself, and surrounding province of the same name, deserved far more visitors than the mere trickle it currently gets so it’s great to see Nakorn Si Thammarat may be about to get some recognition from no less an authority than UNESCO!…

The wooden long-tail-boat was moving slowly through the shallow azure waters. Our captain was aiming for a large orange coloured buoy just ahead of us – all around us was reef. The day’s clear skies allowed for excellent visibility below and the reef was clearly visible from several metres above.  “Here can not cast anchor, marine park not allow it”,…

A great selection of photographs by Brian Smith from Canadian operator Adventurocity who recently joined us on our Mae Salong trek in northern Thailand. The trek covers the border area between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces, beginning in the small, picturesque town of Tha Ton from where we depart by boat down the Kok River. First stop is Ruam…

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…

Anyone who’s been on one of All Points East’s tours will probably know that we don’t generally go out of our way to include traditional dance or cultural shows whether it’s in Thailand, Cambodia, Borneo or anywhere else. Call us cynical but we can’t help but equate such tourist spectacles with over-priced hotel buffet dinners and car-parks full of coaches…

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,…