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Travel Articles: Asia
Epic Landscapes. Amazing Tea. Mouth watering food. Thousands of years of history. China has it all and then some. Take a journey with me as I recount my details of this amazing trip in October of 2015. We'll start in Beijing, hike along the Great Wall and end in Yangshou floating down the Li River surrounded by limestone giants.
Rickshaw Run Through India for Water
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 visibility to the clean water crisis in the world. With the help of partners like Adventure Life, we were able to raise $16,000 for charity: water in essence …
Top River Cruise Destinations
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 incredible destinations. Below are highlights of just a few of these options to help in your decision.
Europe: Boasting dozens of languages, half a billion …
Thailand, The Land of Smiles
Buddhist temples. Burmese historical landmarks. Elephant sanctuaries. Markets. Thai Food. Thai People. Endless islands. Turquoise water. Just a few of the gems of Thailand.
Sawadee ka! Join me as I travel north to Chiang Mai where I visit an elephant sanctuary and some of the oldest temples in all of Thailand. The journey continues to Southern …
Two weeks covering a lot of ground from the historical dry zone of Ayutthaya, to the Northern hill country of Chiang Mai, and south to the beaches of Phuket and Phang Nga Bay. An amazing whirlwind tour leaving this traveler wanting more spicy foods!
Our Thailand Family Adventure
The Skinner family traveled to Thailand in March of 2016. This trip was a true whirlwind of color, people, and culture. The best part was actually watching our boys immerse themselves in the culture, taste (and even cook) new foods, chat with new people, and truly embrace the whole travel experience.
Best Time to Visit Borneo
Borneo is a year-round travel destination. However, there are different seasons and weather patterns throughout the year that may influence your trip. Depending on your interests and desires, it is good to plan your travels accordingly. Learn what to expect during specific times in Borneo.
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 variety of spices and flavors that influence the local cuisine. Borneo cuisine staples include grilled fish, barbecued prawns, fried rice, noodles, and local …
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, which is made up of three countries. The southern half of the island is the Indonesian state of Kalimantan. The northern half of Borneo is split in three, in …
A whirlwind trip of Myanmar, experiencing the highlights of this amazing country. Highlights of Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, cruised the waters of Inle Lake and wandered through temples the ancient capital of Bagan.
Out of the Jungle
Borneo may seem like an unexpected, perhaps even mysterious place for many people. Where else can you encounter pygmy elephants and the world's biggest flower, then dive among coral in pristine turquoise waters? From searching for unique wildlife in the jungle, to sunbathing on bright beaches, this destination beholds a variety of activities and experiences for curious travelers!
Creatures of the Kinabatangan
Ever heard of a pygmy elephant? What about rhinoceros hornbills or pig-tailed macaques? Not only can you find out what these creatures are, but you can actually SEE them in Borneo! Visit this intriguing island that is home to some of the world's unique animals. Truly unique wildlife encounters are sure to await you on a trip to Borneo.
That's a Great Ape
Close-up orangutan encounters are possible in the jungle of Borneo! Observe these fascinating animals in a center that is making every effort to protect this endangered species. With a population that has decreased more than 50% over the past sixty years, the orangutan is in desperate need of protection.
Asia Cruise: When to Go?
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 each comes with unique seasonal festivals.
Fall (September through November) sees foliage that begins to turn brilliant colors in October through …
Wildlife of China
China may not come to mind as a destination for wildlife enthusiasts. However, it should not be overlooked as the home to some of the world's most intriguing creatures! Learn about the wildlife you may encounter on a China trip, and the conservation efforts protecting the precious wildlife.
A large variety of cuisine can be enjoyed throughout the vast country. Seven major schools of cuisine exist and have resulted in dishes that are unique to varying regions of China. Learn more about the specific cuisines, common ingredients & dishes, and the real reason why the Chinese use chopsticks!
Best Times to Visit Thailand
Thailand is a great destination to visit any time of year! However, the "best" time for you depends on your trip expectations and personal interests. Here are some tips to figure out the best months for your travels of Thailand. Learn about typical weather, crowds (or lack thereof), and other factors that may influence when you plan your trip to the "Land of Smiles."
Before your trip, learn about cultural and historic influences on Thai religion throughout the centuries. A mix of mostly Buddhism, animism, and Hinduism, the religion of Thailand is truly unique and an integral part of everyday life. Travelers will also find helpful tips on proper etiquette when visiting temples around the country.
Brief History of Thailand
Formerly Siam, this country has undergone various events and influences throughout the centuries that have helped shaped its current character. This article gives some basic insight into some of Thailand's history. However, the only way to gain understanding of this intriguing nation and culture is to experience it for yourself!
History of Vietnam
A trip to Vietnam takes travelers to a nation with one of the oldest and most continuous histories in the world! The best way to gain understanding of this intriguing nation and culture is to experience it first hand. However, this brief overview gives travelers some insight into ancient and modern Vietnamese history prior to a visit.
Traveling Southeast Asia
From ancient Cambodia to high-tech Hong Kong, there are so many amazing places to explore in Southeast Asia! Check out my adventures!
River Cruising Has Our Attention
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 buffet, and onboard water slides. Traveling by ship can actually provide cultural, historical, and natural insight all while offering an elegant mode of …
Our Stance on Elephant Experiences in Southeast Asia
Many travelers visiting Asiahave come toexpect 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 inform travelers that their options may be a bit limited. Travelers can meet, bathe, feed, and PERHAPS ride an elephant on our trips. Since a ride is NEVER …
Japan is not only a technological hot-spot, it also offers travelers beautiful culture to experience and natural wonders to explore. The country has maintained a mysteriously unique culture - a mix of traditional heritage and customs with an emerging pop scene. See how these influences have shaped Japan's character, and expect the unexpected on your trip.
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