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Southeast Asia Travel News

The Southeast Asia Travel Specialists Since 1999

A fantastic Yunnan tour covering a range of scenery, sites and cultures from the borders of tropical Southeast Asia to the Tibetan Plateau and foothills of the Himalayas. This geographical range has a corresponding climatic range though, making schedules tricky! We don’t want you hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge in a downpour or visiting Shangri La with 2m snow drifts…

In the one Chinese province of Yunnan alone we’ve found five UNESCO World Heritage sites; 3 natural, 2 cultural plus an additional location on the tentative list. Indeed the fact that China already has over forty inscribed sites with an equal number on the ‘Tentative’ list just emphasizes the total futility of trying to ‘do’ the vast country in a…

The term Tai describes the large ethnic group 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 of Tai peoples into Southeast…

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…

The tiny mountain-top town of Yuanyang lies just south of the steep Red River Valley in the southern reaches of Yunnan Province, not far from the Vietnamese border. Actually been there 3 times without seeing another foreign tourist, yet it is one of the most spectacular, and certainly photogenic landscapes in that part of the world! The rice terraces have…

Since being declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997 the spectacular and beautifully preserved old town of Lijiang has boomed in terms of domestic tourism – weekenders from Shanghai or Beijing – though sadly foreign visitors still seem to have difficulty finding their way here. China’s a vast country with tons to offer yet unfortunately many potential visitors can’t…

And now for something completely different – a China pic! Early morning in picturesque Lijiang, Yunnan Province, Southern China. The whole of the old town of Lijiang – a maze of stream-lined, cobbled alleyways, hidden squares and an eclectic mix of ancient wooden houses, palaces, shops etc ranging in dates from the 14th century onwards, is now a listed UNESCO…