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The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

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’s only 2 in the natural list and we have a few more suggestions that we’ll come to later but what spectacular sites the two…

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…

Tours   Considering family tours or holidays to Southeast Asia?  No more “mum, I’m bored…”! With 20 years experience in organising travel in Southeast Asia, at All Points East we’re pleased to be able to offer you a selection of unique itineraries, designed specifically with families in mind. We now offer dedicated family tours to the following destinations: Thailand, Malaysia,…

Our 9-day Borneo Sabah tour – ‘The Land Below the Wind’. The evocative name for this far-flung Malaysian state is 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 will…

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 introducing you to the fascinating 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….

“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…

Now beer – there’s a good subject and one that’s close to our heart so here’s a brief rundown on some of the commonly found beers of Southeast Asia you’re likely to come across in this part of the world! International brands aside there’s actually a very limited choice of locally made ales in most Southeast Asian countries so it’s…

As with, for example, Malaysia the wide ethnic mix of Burma (Myanmar) leads to a wide range of Burmese food. Along with regional ethnic groups such as Karen, Shan, Kachin, Thai, Mon etc that contribute towards the indigenous mix, there were, during the British period, large numbers of Nepalese, Indian ((Bengali and Tamil for instance) – and in more recent…

So, what’s in a name? 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…

Itineraries All Points East tour information: We have taken every care to ensure that the details on our website are correct at the time of writing. Please note that itineraries may need to be altered at the last minute due to weather conditions, Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice or other factors beyond our control. Rest assured that any alterations we…

Firstly we’d like to point out that as far as we’re concerned all travel should be as ‘responsible’ and ‘sustainable’ as possible, (it can never be 100% so), and that should go without saying. We don’t like making a song and dance about it and actively object to the use of eco/green or responsible tourism as meaningless slogans or marketing…

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 UNESCO-listed Chinatown Penang (Pinang) at street level. First up – the 19th-century Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Leith Street is probably the most iconic of George Town’s Chinese heritage buildings and certainly one of the most…

Situated in eastern Sabah State, inland from the Malaysian coastal town of Lahad Datu, the magnificent Danum Valley is one Borneo’s best-preserved stands of primary rain-forest. It comprises of nearly 450 sq kilometres of lush, lowland tropical forest – sadly increasingly rare with the predominance of oil palms in the local economy. Danum is particularly rich in flora and fauna…

Many thanks to Dom at Fieldskills for this interesting article on an unusual subject – Conservation and Tourism in Borneo – building bridges for orang-utans in Sabah State! Conservation, green tourism, adventure travel and sustainability are often concepts mentioned in the same breath but actually making them work successfully together can be very difficult.  Fieldskills is an expedition travel and…

Thanks to Sandra in Mulu and our colleagues at Fieldskills for this great shot of the famous Deer Cave in Mulu National Park in Malaysia’s Sarawak State. Now whether it’s still the world’s largest cave is a subject of hot debate and all depends upon what type of cave one’s talking about anyway, but it is certainly one of the…