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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…

A few photos of the spectacular limestone pinnacles area – or ‘stone forest’ – in Khammouane Province of Central Laos. Though much of this region is covered in this dramatic, limestone karst scenery a core section has been designated Phou Hin Boun National Park or National Bio-diversity Area. The following images were taken from a viewpoint on the way to…

Don’t seem to have posted about Southern Laos for some time so to correct that regrettable oversight here’s a few images and a brief description of the fantastic Pakse market, Dao Heuang – 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, silver, phones, household…

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 and numerous versions). We’ll stay at the small and friendly Nong Khiau Riverside – a charming little spot with individual Lao-style wooden chalets set on…

As even a brief visit to the region will have revealed, small wooden, or increasingly these days cement, spirit shrines are ubiquitous in houses, gardens, cafes, and even bars, banks and offices throughout the Buddhist nations of Southeast Asia. Every building, home and commerce should have one. They’ll feature eclectic collections of statuettes and figurines – many may well even…

Arrive in Laos in style with this 3-day Mekong River Cruise extension taking you by road and river from Thailand’s historic northern capital Chiang Mai to Lao’s World Heritage Luang Prabang. From Chiang Mai, we’ll travel overland through the mountains of the Golden Triangle to the quaint riverside town of Chiang Khong for a night’s accommodation prior to a morning…

If you fancy checking out some ruined Khmer temples in the jungle, island hopping in Thailand’s Andaman Sea or exploring Sri Lanka’s remarkable collection of World Heritage sites then, at present, you have 2 basic choices; joining a group tour or independent travel  We’re hoping our upcoming range of self-guided tours will offer a compromise option and go some way…

Our Thailand World Heritage tour takes you from the bustling and vibrant modern-day capital of Bangkok, via the ancient Siamese capital, now UNESCO-listed, Ayuthaya into the rarely visited northeastern reaches of the kingdom, commonly known as Isan. Varied destinations and activities along the way begin with a tour of some of Ayuthaya’s many spectacular historical sites by boat and a…

China’s impressive UNESCO line-up includes no less than 37 cultural sites, 14 natural and a further 4 mixed entries. While we’re more than happy to consider any destination in this vast nation for potential tour add-ons or extensions, we’re going to stick to Yunnan World Heritage sites in this post as that’s the province our itineraries currently cover.  With a…

Current Sites Thailand World Heritage Sites on UNESCO’s list are at present limited to 3 cultural and 2 natural sites. A rather meagre result we feel, considering the country’s rich history and magnificent and highly varied flora, fauna and landscapes. Of the 3 cultural sites, we’d also point out that early Bronze Age Ban Chiang, while of undoubted great archaeological…

We have covered this topic in earlier posts but, with several Southeast Asian sites having been added to UNESCO’s list in recent times, here’s a brief update of Cambodia World Heritage Sites, as well as some of the candidates on its Tentative List. Current Sites Considering the wealth of unique archaeological and historical sites across the kingdom we can’t help…

Upcoming tours may well sound like an odd title for a blog post, given the current situation, but here’s All Points East’s thinking on the subject  – for what it’s worth. There is, of course, a vast range of opinions in the travel business, (and we do chat regularly with both colleagues and competitors), covering everything from; ‘we definitely should…

A new online, Lao E-Visa system is now in place and valid for entry at the following immigration points: Wattay International Airport Vientiane, Luang Prabang International Airport, Pakse International Airport and land crossings at the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Vientiane and the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II Savannakhet. (Note it is not available at the Friendship Bridge IV which connects Thailand’s Chiang…

Located in north-central Vietnam’s Quang Binh Province, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park consists of over 1,200 square kilometres of primary and secondary forest set amid a particularly rugged and spectacular stretch of the Annamite Mountains. Happily, the area is now protected by both the Vietnamese government and UNESCO who granted it World Heritage status in 2003 as  “one of the…