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After some of the more extreme examples of modern transport one comes across on Cambodian roads in our previous post here’s a selection of photos of more traditional Cambodian transport, Just emphasizes what we said in the previous post – there’s always something interesting to see when on a Cambodian road trip! (Note, they were all still very commonly seen…

Here’s an updated list, including photos, of the Thai national parks and wildlife sanctuaries either featured in our All Points East tours or regularly included in our extensions or custom-designed trips.  (Apologies to the NP in question if we’ve forgotten any!) North-East and Eastern Thailand: 1. Pha Taem National Park, Ubon Ratchathani.  The Emerald Triangle (Hiking, sightseeing, nature trail.)  …

Forget Phnom Penh’s Pochentong or Siem Reap International Airport, if you can arrive in the Kingdom of Cambodia by boat then that’s the way to go! We’ll stretch a point by including the awesome Sangkar River trip between Battambang, (near the Thai frontier), and Siem Reap and there’s the increasingly popular trip up the Mekong from Chau Doc on the…

Giant gnarled trees rise from huge piles of sandstone blocks; spreading roots and sprawling vines cloak massive walls, dense foliage obscures crumbling towers and moss and lichen conceal intricate carvings. Cambodia’s Beng Melea; chaotic, decaying ancient ruins and rampant tropical vegetation is a perfect synthesis of man’s handiwork and untamed nature yet, ultimate[y, a complete antithesis of what it was…

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…

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 tourism’ 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…

The term Tai describes the broad ethnic group (the Tai-Kadai linguistic family) which includes the Thai (Siamese), Lao, Shan, Northern Thai, Thai Lu, Red Tai, White Tai etc who occupy a wide band of Asia from the Assam region of India, through southern China, Burma’s Shan States, Laos, Northern Vietnam and of course Thailand itself. We touched on the migration…

Whilst Tai groups had probably been gradually infiltrating southwards into what is now northern Vietnam, Laos and Thailand for several centuries from their homeland in Southern China the migration of Tai groups into Southeast Asia was hastened during the late 12th- and 13th-centuries as the Mongol armies under Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan extended their empire southwards. Ethnic Tai clans…

All Points East About All Points East: Our aim is to combine the best of both worlds with ‘Western’ organizational and logistical skills associated with the in-depth local knowledge and expertise of our locally employed staff. We’re also very proud, and reckon it’s a good sign, that many of our staff, both full-time and freelance have been with us for…

Photos this time come courtesy of Wipaporn (Wi) from her Reefs and Rainforests, south Thailand tour in May. The monsoon had come early this year but judging by these great pix they still had plenty of sunshine. The rainy season sadly puts a lot of people off visiting Southeast Asia but we’ve always tried to point out the advantages of…

A few of Jean-Daniel’s Jungles and Islands tour photos from his recent trip to Southern Thailand. The trip begins in Bangkok before heading up to Kanchanaburi on the famous ‘Death Railway’, followed by a kayak trip down the picturesque Kwai River and a chance to ride some elephants through the jungle. After that a night sleeper train takes us south…