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Just received some excellent Cambodia overland – photos from Gerry who participated in our recent Vietnam and Cambodia tour so, though there are way too many good ones to post here, (he claims to have taken over 3,000 photos in 2 weeks!), we’d like to stick up a few for your perusal! (Gerry’s captions, our comments.) Classic Cambodian shot –…

A brief rundown on our Meas Kong school project providing some educational, as well as sports and games materials to this rural Cambodian school. Some of the hard-pressed teachers at Meas Kong primary school, Baray District in Cambodia’s Kompong Thom Province and below…..some of the kids! Meas Kong is a large school – some 1,200 pupils – serving 5 villages…

The excellent Saray Water Hyacinth project is a community project in Prek Toal village, Battambang Province, Cambodia organized and funded by the NGO Osmose and the Australian Government Prek Toal, a large village – or small town – situated at the point where the Sangker River meets the Tonle Sap Lake is entirely constructed on rafts, floating on the water….

Koh Tonsai or Rabbit Island lies just off the coast from Firstly, there aren’t really any rabbits whatsoever on the island but supposedly the island itself is actually rabbit-shaped if seen from a certain angle, though we reckon that depends on how many Angkor Beers you drink beforehand! The island is at present, pretty much unspoilt – i.e. there’s nothing…

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…

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…

Current Sites Laos’s latest addition to UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage List – inscribed in 2019 and to our minds, long overdue – is the Megalithic Jar Sites of Xiengkhuang, commonly known as the Plain of Jars. Usually associated with adjectives such as mysterious or enigmatic the site consists of over 2,000 giant jars, carved out of solid rock and scattered…

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…

As you’ll discover on our Beyond Angkor tour there are myriad, spectacular, lesser-known Angkor temples (as well as pre-Angkor) lying the length and breadth of Cambodia just waiting to be explored. Of course, iconic Angkor Wat, Bayon’s mysterious carved faces and the roots and creepers of atmospheric, jungle-clad Ta Prom are justifiably world-famous but some of these remoter and far…

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…

A great selection of photos from Jeff Perigois’s recent Images of Laos photography tour. The 2-week, fully-escorted tour kicks off in World Heritage Luang Prabang before venturing upcountry to the small riverside town of Nong Khiaw. Night shot of one of the ancient capital’s stunning Buddhist temples. And a shot of picturesque Nong Khiaw Town on the banks of the…

A Borobudur sunrise visit is definitely going to be one of the undeniable highlights of any Java, or for that matter, Indonesia tour. Certainly, a world-renowned site but just to remind you; UNESCO World Heritage Borobudur is a 9th-10th century Mahayana Buddhist Temple situated around 40 kilometres northwest of Yogyakarta City. A sunrise entrance pass costs extra so keep visitor…

The lush tropical island of Phu Quoc, lying between the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, is our choice for a beach extension to our existing Vietnam tours; Hanoi to Saigon and World Heritage Sites of Vietnam. The island is easily accessible, with its own airport offering several daily Saigon, (Ho Chi Minh City), plus Bangkok flights. Alternatively,…

Costing the Apopo organisation around 6,000 Euros each, including training and importation, these are certainly the world’s most expensive rodents yet when you see the giant African rats – or Gambian pouched rats to be precise, Cricetomys gambianus – in action, you’ll understand why. Easier to maintain and handle than trained dogs (and much lighter so less likely to set…

Seen the sunrise at Angkor Wat and Bayon’s mysterious faces, visited the tragic Killing Fields site, shopped in the Russian Market and had a sun-downer at the famous FCC?  Well here’s an opportunity to discover some lesser-known parts of the Kingdom with this fully-escorted, 4-day, 3-night tour of southern Cambodia’s Kep, Kampot and Takeo Provinces. First off, we’ll discover the…

The now rather remote and rarely visited site of Koh Ker was for a brief period in the early 10th-century the capital of the vast Khmer empire. Lying in the Cambodian province of Preah Vihear, around 3 hours’ drive from Siem Reap Town, this extensive complex of forest ruins is what remains today of the imperial city of Lingapura constructed by…

The vast, ruined temple complex of Banteay Chhmar is well off the regular beaten Angkor path and although only 3 to 4 hours’ drive from Siem Reap sees very few visitors. The somewhat remote location – close to the Thai border in the far northwest of the kingdom – does mean that the elaborate 12th-century site had been, until very…

Surprisingly, some of the most spectacular and best-preserved of all Angkor period temples aren’t even in Cambodia. The magnificent 11th and 12th-century sites of Phnom Rung and Muang Tam – the former spectacularly perched atop an ancient volcano, the latter surrounded by delightful lily ponds – are actually situated in northeastern Thailand’s Buriram Province. Furthermore, one of the most attractive…