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Now you will usually see adjectives such as mysterious or enigmatic preceding the name the Plain of Jars, Laos, with the reason being – since a stone jar in itself is not so mysterious –  that archeologists can’t agree on their date or even their actual purpose so….enigmatic! The stone jars – up to 2m tall and carved out of…

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…

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.)…

A selection of Wi’s photos from her recent Golden Triangle tour – the first part of our Northern Laos overland trip from Chiang Mai to Vientiane. On departing from Chiang Mai heading north the group’s first stop was the local hill-tribe market near Mae Krachan. Apparently it’s stag beetle season, (we never knew there was one!?), and the overgrown insects…

Excellent, albeit brief, recent trip to Vientiane to catch up with a few friends and colleagues and check out some of the new hotels around town. Very nice new hotel caught our eye – the Sengtawan Riverside Hotel – with a winning 5th floor restaurant and bar and some of the friendliest staff we’ve come across in any Lao hotel,…

Our Northern Lao tour continues today with a scenic ride across the mountains to the picturesque town of Nong Khiaw situated on the Ou River. (Or Nong Keow, Nong Khiau – there’s no accepted transliteration). We’ll stay at the small and friendly Nong Khiau Riverside – a charming little spot with individual Lao style wooden chalets set on the banks…

Thanks to Jason Blackwell in Vientiane for today’s pic of the famous Plain of Jars in N. Eastern Laos’ Phonsavan Province. Hundreds of these mysterious, 2,000 yr old stone jars dot the landscape and almost as many different theories exist as to their original purpose. Since similar stone jars have been found in other places – though nowhere near in…

This shot was taken by Wi on her recent Northern Laos and the Golden Triangle tour. Fishermen at the confluence of the Ou and Mekong Rivers. Day 9 of the itinerary is a descent by slow boat of the picturesque Ou River from Nong Khiaw to the ancient capital and now UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang. After 10 years…