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Coming up, and based on some 15 years of leading tours to Cambodia’s UNESCO World Heritage site; a few small tips and suggestions on how to optimise your Angkor visit. Firstly though one very big tip! Try and time your visit for the low season. The awesome, often jungle-clad, temples in Western Cambodia are obviously today a huge draw and…

At long last; – despite several incident free years following on from 2008 border skirmishes between Cambodia and Thailand – the UK Foreign Office has finally seen fit to declare the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site of Preah Vihear ‘safe to visit’.  This (mainly) 11th century Hindu temple is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular Angkor period temples being located…

If you’ve chosen to sign up for a Burma tour; picked an off the beaten track Lao itinerary or plumped for a Thailand adventure holiday then you’re clearly up for discovering new cultures; meeting different people, heading up river, into the jungle or up that mountain – checking out local markets, visiting temples or ancient cities or getting that perfect…

We’ve said before the low season – coinciding with the onset of the rains – is a great time to visit the region: no crowds, lush landscapes, dramatic skies, (check our rainy season travel in Southeast Asia post),  and as an added incentive we’re offering a 5% discount on land sections of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam tours during the…

An isolated and very rarely visited ruined Angkor period temple site, Prasart Kok Roka in Cambodia’s Kompong Thom Province is famous, well locally at least, for being the area’s very own leaning tower. According to some locals the depression in the ground in front of the temple is rumoured to be a bomb crater which supposedly tilted the tower to…

Siem Reap’s Psa Chas, or Old Market, with it’s souvenir stalls, packaged herbs and spices and tourist friendly cafes is well known amongst visitors to Cambodia yet Phnom Penh’s version is rarely included on anyone’s city itineraries even though it’s centrally and conveniently located on 13th Street close to both the riverfront and Wat Phnom. There are no pirate DVD…

Kompong Chnang, Cambodia, a provincial capital lying on the bank of the Tonle Sap River some 2 hours north of Phnom Penh and without a doubt one of Cambodia’s most interesting and photogenic towns. (Yes we’ve already posted a couple of articles about Kompong Chnang but we reckon it’s so good a few more photos won’t hurt!) For much of…

Prior to the construction of Angkor Wat itself the mid-11th century Baphuon  – royal temple of King Udayadityavarman II, (trying saying that after a couple of Angkor beers) – was the largest temple of the Angkor empire and with it’s main tower surmounting the massive sandstone pyramid, said to have been clad in bronze, and its spectacular raised entrance causeway…

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…

Not quite sure why the ‘powers that be’, (guess that’d be TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand?), decided to call this region – the area where the 3 countries of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand meet – the ‘Emerald Triangle‘ but they have done. Yes it very green, but then so is most of Southeast Asia! Anyway it’s got a ring…

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, yet still very common, means of transportation. Just emphasizes what we said in the previous post – there’s always something interesting to see when on a Cambodian road trip! The above photo…