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Although the country is famed for its stunning beaches and immense natural beauty, adventure tours in Thailand also offer the chance to experience the hustle and bustle of one of Southeast Asia's most exciting cities – Bangkok. Indeed, according to freelance travel writer Carolyn O'Donnell, writing in an article for the Huffington Post, the city "has so many good things…

Kuching, the ‘City of Cats’, is the capital of Malaysia’s Sarawak State on Borneo Island. (Note, that’s nothing to do with furry animals but the nickname actually derives from a tributary of the Sarawak River along which the city was founded and which in turn was named after a common local fruit, the cat’s eye longan.) Kuching was founded as…

A US marine has spent more than a year walking across Asia in a bid to raise money for the International Children’s Surgical Foundation (ICSF). Sergeant Winston Fiore has covered more than 5,000 miles on his epic trek and raised $70,000 (£43,000) for the charity, using Google Maps on his Android phone in order to guide the way for him….

Those on South East Asia tours can now see the changing of the guard at Istana Negara – the national palace in Malaysia. Twice a day the guards dressed in traditional attire and accompanied by a sound system will perform a ceremonial changing process outside the gates of the impressive building. At 10am and 3pm each day two guards will…

It is wonderful when a South East Asia holiday corresponds with a large national event and this was the case with those travelling to Malaysia at the end of September. The annual 1Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2012 sees people from all of the different cultures that make up the country represented. As well as the impressive large and colourful lanterns,…

Our 9-day Borneo Sabah tour – ‘The Land Below the Wind’ – takes the poetic name for this far-flung Malaysian state, derived from its fortuitously sheltered position just south of the Philippines’ typhoon belt. Sabah covers the northern part of Borneo and contains some of the Island’s most spectacular landscapes and most readily accessible flora and fauna. This varied tour…

Our Malaysia, Borneo tour – ‘Borneo Adventure’ – includes the awe-inspiring landscapes, incredible flora and fauna and lush rainforest of four of the island’s most spectacular national parks as well as allowing you to discover the local culture, history and cuisine.  An optional extension to an unspoilt, tropical island in the South China Sea rounds off this exciting 2-week tour….

Discover a vibrant mix of cultures; spectacular scenery, exotic wildlife, varied activities, some of Asia’s best food and plenty of friendly locals on our 10-day West Malaysia tour, The Malay Peninsula. Visit Kuala Lumpur with its eclectic mix of ultra-modern and British Victorian; UNESCO World Heritage George Town, the tea plantations, (and tea shops) of the delightful old hill-station, the…

Whilst we’re obviously delighted with the overwhelmingly positive nature of feedback for our new Burma tours so far, we have had a few comments expressing surprise at the problems with telephone and internet communications in the country. Initially surprised us that visitors hadn’t anticipated such issues but maybe we were just taking that for granted and fair enough….for tourists used…

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…

Funny, (funny peculiar), how someone travelling half way around the world would expect certain things to be different yet hope, insist, other things would be the same. Now the people have to be different; the photogenic orange clad monks are essential, heaven forbid if all the Lisu, Hmong and Akha started wearing jeans and t-shirts and the Vietnamese have to…

From Mumbai/Bombay to Beijing/Peking, cities, and other geographical features for that matter, are rushing to shed their colonial era names and adopt what we’re led to believe are traditional, pre-colonial versions before oppressive imperialists forced the suffering locals to spell Melaka with an A and two Cs. Yes it can a bit of a goldmine for those of a cynical…

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Following on from our recent aerial pix of Penang’s George Town post here’s a few shots of some of the lovingly restored buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at street level. Actually, first up – the 19th century Cheong Fatt Tze mansion in Leith Street is probably the most iconic of George Town’s Chinese heritage buildings & certainly one…