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A brief run-down on what are considered polite table manners in Thailand. 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…

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. While Thailand’s Khao Pra Viharn public toilets, snack bars and car…

Hill-tribes in Southeast Asia. You’ll have me across the term ‘hill-tribe’ in many of our Southeast Asia tour pages, or indeed those of most other operators running tours in the region, or for that matter in most of the relevant guidebooks you’ll find, and refers to the minority ethnic groups inhabiting the mountainous areas of northern Thailand,  Laos, Vietnam, Burma…

Thailand World Heritage sites currently number a mere 3 on the UNESCO ‘culture’ list with 2 ‘natural’ sites although a further 4 have tentative status. With the kingdom’s spectacular and highly varied landscapes, it’s surprising there are only 2 in the natural list and we have a few more suggestions that we’ll come to later but what spectacular sites the…

We’ve always really liked this off the beaten track South Thai destination and always considered that both the town itself and the 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…

Sunbathing in the tropics – to do or not to do? Sure, a dose of vitamin D is good for you, even essential, but this whole sunbathing thing – lying in the sun on a beach or pool-side reclining chair for hours covered in oil – we thought was a late 20th-century phenomenon. Apart from the obvious risks of skin…

One of the best times of year to visit! We can only guess that the absence of visitors during the rainy season in Southeast Asia is down to their own preconceptions of what a monsoon period in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos etc must be like? Constant torrential rain, unbearable heat and humidity, impassable roads and permanent ankle deep (or worse) water?…

Following on from Marc’s recent write-up on the stunning Koh Kradan here’s a post on the equally beautiful, and even more pristine, neighbouring island of Koh Rok, Thailand. This stunning spot, off Southern Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast, is another superb option for our snorkelling and island boat tours featured on both the South Thai ‘Jungles and Islands‘ and Mountains and…

A boat trip to Koh Kradan, photos and text by Marc Rajes 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 a reef. The day’s clear skies allowed for excellent visibility below and the reef was clearly visible from several…

All Points East are very proud to announce we are the 2010 winners of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Green Award, for Best UK Tour Operator for Local Communities in Thailand. The award is given in conjunction with responsibletravel.com, who’s Director, Justin Frances said “All Points East are an excellent example of a tour operator with long-standing commitments to providing tours that work…

Excellent post by our long-time friend and sometime colleague Armin on the controversial subject of Kanchanaburi’s infamous Tiger Temple.. Finally, I managed to escape the city. Just 130 kilometres from Bangkok; life is different, tranquil, without the exhaust fumes of millions of cars. Wonderful! I have decided to take a break to visit my daughter and continue with the planning…

A selection of photographs of our recent trek through the picturesque but remote Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani Province of far 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…

Apologies; minus 10 for repetition! Wat Rong Khun (more commonly known simply as The White Temple) in Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province rears its unusual head again. Now every time we visit we hesitate over leaving the camera in the minibus (as we’ve been there so many times) but every time we take it anyway and end up finding some other…

“But the coffee doesn’t taste the same as at home”. How manky times have we heard that? Funny, (funny peculiar), how someone travelling half-way around the world would expect certain things to be different yet hope, (assume), that other things would be the same. Now the people have to be different; the photogenic orange-clad monks are essential, heaven forbid if…

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.) 2. Khao…

Koh Chang Thailand, located in the country’s eastern, Trat Province,  is the largest island after Phuket and Samui but, though development has proceeded rapidly over the last decade, it remains still much more low-key than either of its larger competitors. Resorts now succeed each other one after the other all the way down the West coast sandy beaches and bars,…