Myanmar continues to represent a Southeast Asian country less encroached upon by tourism development, and having relatively intact cultural heritage. As Myanmar travel and tours expand, however, so too does travelers’ responsibility to approach cross-cultural interchange in a mindful way. Familiarizing oneself with cultural norms and observing them when visiting is not only critical for ensuring the best trip possible, but fundamental to showing respect for this country and its people and for supporting the best future for both.
A rising star among the Orient’s travel destinations, Vietnam is not to be overlooked when seeking authentic experiences in Southeast Asia. Its cities shine bright, foundations of gleaming skyscrapers adjoining those of markets, museums and Buddhist pagodas. The rural villages, with their rice paddies set upon perfectly sculpted hillside terraces, overlook verdant cultivated lowlands and their slowly winding rivers. Limestone karst pillars are scattered through these plains just as they are through the bays of the sinuous coastline, making for surreal landscapes ideal for exploring.
Want to be ready for anything when you’re traveling, no matter what kind of trip you’re on? The best thing you can bring with you is a good head on your shoulders, full of all your previous experience and a mind full of confidence and excitement of all you’ll be seeing and doing … but the next best? The right travel gear.
For many reasons, when people think Indonesia tours, they think Bali. Why? Soaring volcanic peaks, immaculately terraced hillside rice paddies, picture perfect beaches … endless activities and dreamy accommodations welcome every kind of traveler. Indonesia itself is almost unimaginable in its of thousands of islands, spread over an expansive seascape between the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
From the humble bird feeder in our yard to the exhilaration of watching a herd of massive elephants from the back of our safari jeep, few feelings compare to those of having a close encounter with wildlife! There is growing evidence - Scottish doctors prescribing time in nature to their patients, the emerging disciplines of wilderness and animal therapy, and more - that landscapes and their biodiversity are good for our wellbeing. The growth of the safari tour, birding tours and nature-oriented travel back this idea up by their growth year by year, but how can we get the most out of the precious time we spend on our trip in these areas of natural splendor? Let’s dig into how we can learn about the natural environment, especially the wildlife, of the country you’ll be visiting on your trip.