Asia


Thai elephant playing in the water
Many travelers visiting Asia have come to expect an elephant ride to be a part of their trip. As we get requests for these types of activities, we want to avoid any disappointment when we …
Local moving cattle through the fields
  Now that you are convinced that your next trip MUST be a river cruise, the difficult decision of deciding "where to?" is upon you.  Adventure Life offers river cruising in some …
Cruising the Kinabatangan River
Best Time to Visit Borneo   Unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors, Borneo lies south of the typhoon belt and enjoys relatively dry weather while the rest of the region is drenched in …
Borneo has great beaches for sipping straight from a coconut
Borneo Cuisine The Malaysian part of Borneo is an ethnic melting pot of Chinese, Malaysian, and indigenous peoples who have coexisted on the island for centuries. The result is a spectacular …
Traditional dress of the Dusun tribe in Sabah
Sabah Culture When considering the culture of Borneo, it is important to keep in mind exactly which part of Borneo you are traveling in.  Borneo is an island, the third largest in the world, …
Cruising the Kinabatangan River
:   Borneo has great beaches for sipping straight from a coconut With pygmy elephants, orangutans, Atlas moths and the world's biggest flower, it's hard to imagine Borneo's …
My first sighting of Bornean pygmy elephants!
   My first sighting of Bornean pygmy elephants! As an avid nature program follower (hence my Attenborough enthusiasm), I thought I had a pretty good handle on the fauna of …
An orangutan enjoys his breakfast above the Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Borneo
An orangutan enjoys his breakfast above the Sukau Rainforest Lodge in Borneo I wearily boarded a Malaysian Airlines flight, cut across the northern peninsula of Borneo and landed in the busy, …
Japan The best time of year to embark on a cruise around Japan can often be decided on travelers’ weather and festival preferences. The climate in Japan falls into four distinct seasons, and …
China travel, once consisting primarily of historic and cultural exploration, is now including opportunities to discover the country's incredible wildlife as well. The country's vast regions, …
The Chinese love food!  Food preparation and presentation in China is known as the ninth art. Chefs combining sight, smell, touch, and taste in their presentation are highly respected. A …
Best Times for Travel to Thailand Thailand is a nice year-round destination without any particular “off seasons” for travel. If a time of year might be avoided, it would be the rainier …
  Thailand's culture incorporates a great many influences as would be expected from its constantly changing government and kingdoms throughout the centuries.  Religious influences have …
Modern History The Thai people established their own states in the early 20th century, with the Ayutthaya kingdom showing itself to be the most dominant for a time. The states were all constantly …
Ancient History Vietnam has one of the oldest and most continuous histories of any nation.  The area has been inhabited by some of the world's earliest societies. The needs to control …
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Sherry Ott
A 12 day, 2,000 mile race in a auto rickshaw across India with absolutely no support besides a starting and ending point – why would anyone do this?  We did it in order to bring more …
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Sherry Ott
Many people dream of visiting India to see the Taj Mahal, roam the bustling cities of Bombay and Mumbai, try out the spicy curries, get lost in the colorful markets, and experience the spiritual side …
A cathedral at sunset from the Rhine
  A cruise does not have to be a 2,000 passenger ship that spends the majority of its journeys in the middle of the ocean.  It does not necessary mean cheesy shows, ice sculptures on the …
An island world separated years ago from its Asian neighbors, Japan has maintained a mysteriously unique culture and is busy paving the way for the future of technology and pop culture around the …
Closed to conventional travelers until only recently, a Russia cruise offers access to a land that is home to a culture that has been largely undiscovered by modern day tourism. With the dissolution …
A Vietnam cruise offers a look into a diverse country, in terms of wildlife, landscape, climate, cuisine, and culture. From the northern mountain regions to the central highlands to the deltas along …
Valentine's Day Around the World
Love is all around us.  Or perhaps it is more truthful to say that boxes of chocolate, heart-shaped balloons, sappy cards, and battles for restaurant reservations are all around us.  The …
South Korea, a country of approximately 48 million people, is widely recognized by its historic attempts to gain independence, which was finally gained in 1945. The country is a fully functioning …