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5 Off the Beaten Path Islands in Southeast Asia

2.14.2012

by ali

Koh Rong, Cambodia

After decades of isolation the 60 plus islands surrounding the southern coast of Cambodia remain largely untouched. Koh Rong is the biggest Cambodia island off the coast of Sihanoukville. The majority of the island is undeveloped, though there are plans to develop it into a luxury resort destination. Right now, travelers can visit for a day trip, or stay in one of the few small beach resorts. There is around 27 miles of beaches, one of the most beautiful being Long Set beach. There are seven bays on the island, all offering great snorkeling and diving. There are also several nearby islands, easily accessible by boat. Other activities include swimming, hiking and fishing. From the mainland, it takes a little over 2 hours to reach Koh Rong, but it is well worth the journey to experience this tropical paradise. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this incredible island before it becomes a tourist hot spot!

Koh Rong

Bantayan Island, Philippines

Visit Bantayan Island, located northwest of Cebu, where life is slower and you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful beaches. Until recently, foreigners did not frequent Bantanyan. Though the tourism industry is growing on the island it still retains a secluded feel. There are no large shopping malls, major hotel chains, movie theaters, etc. There are a handful of restaurants and bars in Santa Fe, though Bantanyan is definitely not the place to go if you’re looking for nightlife. Bantayan is a place for travelers looking for a tranquil getaway and hoping to spend most of their days lounging on the beach. The warmth and friendliness of the locals allows travelers to learn about day-to-day life on Bantayan, where locals farm and live simply in bamboo houses. The island is just 7 by 10 miles, and has crystal clear waters. Renting a scooter is a great way to explore the Bantayan.

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Tanzania Safari Dos and Don'ts

2.7.2012

by ali

Tanzania is an ideal safari destination, with incredible wildlife and pristine wilderness. Witnessing the Great Migration is one of the highlights of a Tanzania tour. The great migration is usually in the Serengeti from December to September. During the dry months of December, January, and February the migration is a mass of hundreds of thousands of animals. While in the months of March, April, and May the migration splits up into different groups roaming around the Serengeti in search of fresh grasses. For the best wildlife viewing visit during the months of November/December to February and July to September. To avoid the crowds, consider planning your trip in May, June, or November. Here are a few of our Tanzania travel tips to consider when planning your safari.

Serengeti Giraffe

Dos

Pack light. Be sure your bags are less than 20kg, as that is the maximum weight allowed on most airlines. Bring a light suitcase that is easy to carry, as well as a small day pack to bring with you on safari drives to hold your camera, snacks, water, etc.

Wear neutral colored, lightweight clothes that dry quickly. Clothing in earthy tones does not attract insects and blends in with nature. Avoid black clothing, as it absorbs the heat. Bring a jacket for early morning drives and chilly nights.

Consider staying in a canvas tent, close to the wildlife and under the beautiful Serengeti night sky. Camping allows for great flexibility to explore more remote locations. Nasikia Luxury Camps are mobile camps that shift location, depending on the Great Wildebeest Migration. The luxury camps have ensuite bathrooms, running water, and hot showers. Whether you are looking for a luxury safari experience or are on a budget, we offer a wide range of camping options all allowing for prime game viewing.

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Green Honeymoon Ideas

1.17.2012

by ali

When planning your honeymoon and trying to create the trip of a lifetime, it can be difficult to narrow down the destinations. Below you’ll find some of our green honeymoon specials designed to create a truly once in a lifetime experience for you and your spouse.

Western Tanzania Safari

Greystoke Mahale

Venture off the beaten path in Northern Tanzania to Mahale Mountains National Park, where you’ll find the incredible safari camp Greystoke Mahale. Located on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale offers a beautiful view of the Mahale Mountains, which is home to around 1, 000 chimpanzees. One of the highlights of the stay is tracking the chimpanzees through the forest and observing these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Other species found in the forest include eight other primates, birds, and butterflies. Take a dip in one of the many waterfalls during a hike in the forest. The crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika are also an ideal place for swimming, as well as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.

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The Best Festivals in Southeast Asia

1.15.2012

by ali

Chinese New Year: Throughout Southeast Asia

Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout Southeast Asia, around the end of January or the beginning of February. The celebrations last 15 days and begins on the first day of the Chinese calendar. Families gather, exchange gifts, and decorate the streets with red paper lanterns. Festivals, parades, and all kinds of celebrations take place all over Southeast Asia. There are colorful dragon parades, loud drums and cymbals, which are thought to scare away evil spirits, and tons of fireworks all throughout the night. Chinese New Year is a great time of year to consider planning a China eco tour!

Lion Dance
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A Brief Guide to Malaysia Travel

1.10.2012

by ali

Malaysia is a melting pot of races and religion, separated by the South China Sea, creating a country of diverse landscapes and culture. Malaysia has beautiful beaches, peaceful rainforests, exotic national parks, and bustling modern cities. Relax on a white sand beach, trek through the rainforest, or explore the capital of Kuala Lumpur. Of course you can’t forget about the Malay cuisine, a highlight for any traveler visiting this colorful country. Here a few travel tips and suggestions to consider when planning a trip to Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

When to Visit

Malaysia is typically hot and sunny year round, making it the perfect destination to add to your Southeast Asia tour. Temperatures range between 90 °F during the day and around 75 °F at night. Humidity is also very high in Malaysia. Monsoon season on the west coast is from April to May and October to November. The east coast experiences monsoon season from November to February, with some resorts closing and boat services decreasing. Light showers come and go throughout Malaysia year round.

What to Pack

With the warm temperatures you should be able to travel lightly on your Malaysia trip. If you plan to visit the hill stations, consider bringing a sweater for the evenings. Keep in mind that the country is predominantly Muslim, so you should dress conservatively. If you venture off the beaten track, keep your legs and upper arms covered. When traveling in larger cities, t-shirts and longer shorts are usually acceptable. If you are traveling to the rainforest, bring a light raincoat and be sure to waterproof all your belongings. Long sleeve shirts and pants will help protect you from insects.

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