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A 2-week+ comprehensive Malaysia and Borneo tour combining the wonderful and varied heritage sites of Peninsula (or West) Malaysia’s historic towns with the exotic flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscapes of the jungles of Borneo. From the contemporary capital of Kuala Lumpur, with its spectacular mix of old and new and the vibrant street-life of Chinatown and Little India, we’ll travel…

Our 8-day, Malaysia World Heritage tour kicks off in the modern-day capital Kuala Lumpur and takes you to on to the coast and the old port town of Melaka (Malacca) before travelling north by local train to historic George Town on the island of Penang. Vibrant Kuala Lumpur, (or just KL to the locals) is in some ways the archetypal…

Current Sites With just 2 cultural and 2 natural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s Malaysia World Heritage list this section is going to be brief. Now, at first glance on a map, the little blob tagged onto the bottom of the Thai-Malay Peninsula does appear quite small, however, once you’ve added Borneo’s states of Sabah and Sarawak to the little ‘blob’…

Malaysia World Heritage Sites includes 2 cultural sites in the Peninsular and a national park each in Borneo’s Sabah and Sarawak States. A further 2 candidates in the tentative section adds a second national park in Sarawak plus the famous Taman Negara in West Malaysia. Considering the country’s rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes that’s a relatively poor return though…

Experience Malaysia’s vibrant mix of cultures and spectacular scenery; discover its rich and varied historical heritage and sample some of the best cuisine Southeast Asia has to offer, on our 13-day West Malaysia tour, The Malay Peninsula. We’ll explore the capital Kuala Lumpur with its eclectic mix of ultra-modern and British Victorian-period architecture and the fascinating street-life of Chinatown and…

Explore the stunning scenery, tropical wildlife, delicious local cuisine and vibrant mix of cultures on this exciting and award-winning Malaysia family tour – Coast to Coast. You’ll discover the mix of old and new in the capital Kuala Lumpur; visit the scenic, former British hill-station of the Cameron Highlands; and Penang’s World Heritage George Town;¬†head into the rarely visited parts…

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…

Spend a day on a tropical island in the South China Sea and do some good for the environment at the same time with a visit to Borneo’s Pulau Dinawan and the Ara Dinawan Research Conservation Centre. Lying a short distance off the coast of Malaysia’s Sabah State – just south of the capital Kota Kinabalu – this tiny island…

A flight from north Sabah’s Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu Town on Borneo’s west coast was an often scenic but otherwise unremarkable flight although it was reassuring to fly over some still extensive forest cover. Alas, from ground level – especially aside highways – it can seem that the dreaded oil palm plantations stretch all the way to the horizon. Of…

A FAQ to our All Points East office goes somewhat along the lines of; “so…if you call yourselves the Southeast Asia specialists why can’t I see any Indonesia tours?” Well, fair question and our only excuse, being a small, family-run business, is lack of time and resources but finally, not before time…we intend to put that right! Our first decision…

Extend your Malaysia tour with a stay at a beach resort on the delightful Malaysian tropical island of Langkawi. Langkawi Island is located off the northwest coast of the peninsula close to Penang as well as southern Thailand and lies in the Andaman Sea at the northern entrance to the Straits of Malacca. Our accommodation recommendation on the isle is…

Malaysia’s wonderful and well-preserved Perhentian Islands lie off the northeast coast within the confines of Terengganu National Marine Park and are easily reached by a 40-minute boat ride from Kota Bharu on the Malay Peninsula. The small islands, with no roads or mechanised transport (apart from boats), have largely unspoilt, mountainous, jungle interiors, and are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs…

All Points East’s private tours to Southeast Asia   In addition to our regular, scheduled itineraries we also organise tailor-made and special interest tours throughout Southeast Asia. Is there anywhere or anything you fancy that we haven’t yet covered in our regular tours – either in terms of activity or destination? Or perhaps you’re after a combination of regions or…

Here you’ll find a wide range of varied tour extensions which you can add before, after, or even on occasions during any of our regular tours. These stretch from a half-day, in the case of a cookery class, up to 5 or 6 days, or indeed for a beach or island extension – as long as you wish. For those…

All Points East, Southeast Asia tours and travel specialist is an independent, fully licensed, UK and Asian based travel company which has been running tours since 1999. Our goal is to produce original and quality trips at reasonable prices with an emphasis on genuinely small groups, off the beaten track destinations and a commitment to responsible travel. Our tours, both…

Khmer cooking has traditionally takes a backseat compared to the more prestigious and much better-known cuisines of its neighbours Thailand and Vietnam and obviously, the population have had far more serious concerns during much of their recent history but Cambodian food is making a strong come back of late and more and more excellent eateries are appearing in larger towns…

Another Asian cuisine that’s sadly little-known outside of the country so here’s a list of 10 Burmese dishes not to be missed on any Burma (Myanmar) tour. You’ll find all the fresh herbs of Thai cooking; lemongrass, ginger, galangal, coriander, chillies, the spices, pulses and bread of Indian food, distinct Chinese influences and plenty of unique local flavours which, combined,…