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Several of our Thai and Lao tours either begin, and/or end, in Chiang Mai as indeed does our brand new short Burma tour from Inle Lake to Kengtung which crosses the border at Mae Sai in Chiang Rai Province before taking you down to Thailand’s northern capital. Chiang Mai’s excellent Karinthip Village Hotel is thus one of the mostly frequently…

An alternative ending to our existing Burma tours is now available continuing further into Shan State and on overland to Thailand instead of returning from Inle Lake and Heho Airport to Rangoon. That means travelling to Kengtung on day 12 of our ‘Burma…quite unlike any land you know about’, tour extending it from a 15 day to an 18 day itinerary…

Thailand; currently 3 sites on the UNESCO ‘culture’ list, 2 ‘natural’ sites and a further 4 with tentative status. With the kingdom’s spectacular and highly varied landscapes it’s surprising there’s only 2 in the natural list and we’ve a few more suggestions that we’ll come to later but what spectacular sites the two are: Huay Kha Khaeng/Thung Yai and Khao…

A great selection of photographs by Brian Smith from Canadian operator Adventurocity who recently joined us on our Mae Salong trek in northern Thailand. The trek covers the border area between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces, beginning in the small, picturesque town of Tha Ton from where we depart by boat down the Kok River. First stop is Ruam…

Actually a private, French language, tour for honeymoon couple Aurore and Jacques with Jean-Daniel tagging along as guide/tour-leader/gooseberry on their Northern Thailand tour, so here’s just a few shots out of the several hundred that the happy couple took! Starting off in Bangkok all went according to plan despite the severe flooding in the city suburbs which thankfully spared at…

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.)…

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 process was hastened during the late 12th and 13th centuries as the Mongol armies under Genghis Khan & Kublai Khan also extended their empire southwards. Ethnic Tai clans and tribes who would…

Posted a few pix before of the famous ‘White Temple’, Wat Rong Khun, in north Thailand’s Chiang Rai province but had a particularly great sky and light on our recent visit with the sun managing to dart a few rays between the brooding dark thunder clouds.   The gardens laid out in front of the temple represent one’s earthly existence…

Pix by guests on this New Year special, North Thailand – Hills of Mae Salong tour. Songkran, the Thai New Year, falls on April 13th each year – corresponding to the Theravada Buddhist New Year, also celebrated in Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Sri Lanka. (The date for the Mahayana Buddhist annual celebration, in Vietnam or China for instance, changes every…

Elephants in Thailand, and particularly the role in the tourism industry of these charismatic giants, can provoke some unusual reactions in people; emotive and misinformed – irrational and knee-jerk – why’s that? We get a fair bit of, undoubtedly well-meaning, but often confused, correspondence on that matter – occasionally by persons perceiving a contradiction with our responsible travel ethos. Been…

According to this article the word for blue and green is the same in Hmong, though I reckon that probably depends on which Hmong dialect one’s referring to and our White Hmong mate says that’s nonsense! There is certainly some confusion between Green and Blue Hmong though, and indeed the aforementioned article also categorizes the Black Hmong of Sapa as…