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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.)…

Relatively small, relatively unknown, Pha Taem National Park – located a few kms north of Ubon’s Khong Chiam, (Jiam) District  marks the picturesque spot where the sandstone of the Khorat Plateau ends abruptly in dramatic sheer cliffs dropping down to the banks of the Mekong River. Despite Pha Taem’s remote location and low profile, as smaller Thai NPs go it’s…

Well fair enough that weather conditions across Northern Europe are worse than usual but isn’t there anything to be done to prevent many of Europe’s busiest airports, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, etc, grinding to complete halts? What’s the problem – lack of snow-ploughs, not enough plane de-icing liquid apparently in the case of Heathrow, insufficient grit? (do you…

We are well chuffed to announce that All Points East was voted the winner in the TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand)/Responsible Travel, ‘Green Awards‘ for 2010 in the ‘Best UK Tour Operator for Local Communities in Thailand’ category!!! Particularly pleased with ourselves since it follows on from our 2008 award in the same competition for best UK specialist tour operator…

Well since I’m off to Phnom Penh and  currently checking Saturday’s, (disappointing),  UK football results, it seems like an apt moment to introduce you to the CPL,  (Cambodian Premier League). The words Cambodia and football aren’t often used in conjunction and they are currently rated 184th on the FIFA world rankings – which, even without knowing anything about football you…

We’re lucky today to be able to offer you an excerpt from Hamish’s forthcoming autobiography ‘Memoirs of a Tour-leader’. Hamish got fed up of living out of backpack a few years back now and gave up tour-leading for the more stable existence of school teacher in Bangkok, but I reckon plenty of past customers will still remember him!

Rafflesia – a spectacular, flowering parasitic plant found in  jungles across Southeast Asia. The above looks like Rafflesia, parasites the same species of vine as Rafflesia but is actually the closely related species called Sapria.  The former have 5 petals whilst the latter have 10. True Rafflesia is found in the more tropical areas of South Thailand and the Malay…

Pai – no idea when this former sleepy little northern town first had the idea to knock up bamboo huts, start fabricating banana pancakes, (and we mean pancakes not the authentic rotis that north Thai Muslims have been making for donkey’s years), dis-intoxicate some local guides enough to lead treks and thrust itself on the backpacker trail? Presumably some time…

Excellent article on Thai street food here! Spot on and really captures the oddities and delights of eating on Bangkok city pavements! For the majority of the food loving Thai people the grub itself, (that’s grub not grubs which are in an earlier blog!), is the number one criteria in choosing a restaurant. Forget the decor, location, floor show or…

Unspoilt tropical paradises are great! ‘Aren’t unspoilt tropical islands fantastic!?’ Well is it true or, are they, like ‘cheesy peas’, better than they sound? Well, being really pedantic if it was really unspoilt you wouldn’t be there or it wouldn’t be unspoilt anymore. You’d throw your cigarette butts on the beach, piss on the plants, damage the coral with sun…