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Haber Family Journey Through Thailand and Cambodia - Guest Review The Haber family traveled to Thailand and Cambodia with us in December on an epic adventure in Southeast Asia. They asked us to help plan a trip centered around one very important event - a wedding! Jon's brother was getting married in the town of Khon Kaen and they wanted to explore the region before the big day. We had some big shoes to fill and while the wedding was certainly the highlight it sounds like the day with elephants wasn't too far behind :) Here's what they had to say about their trip: What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why? We enjoyed so many parts of the trip. The cooking class in Chaing Mai was excellent, definitely a favorite part of the trip. The day at the Baanchang Elephant Park was wonderful. Spending a day on motorcycles in Cambodia driving through the jungle was incredible. Seeing...

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Happy New Year from Siem Reap! The Doehring family just returned from a Southeast Asia adventure that started in 2015 and spanned Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. They didn't even return to the states until 2016 :) Starting in Northern Vietnam the Doehrings explored the countryside by bike, Halong Bay by boat, and Hanoi by street food vendor (the best way to do it!) After Vietnam, they jetted over to Luang Prabang in Laos where they learned about rice production and spent 2 full days living and interacting with elephants at the Elephant Conservation Center.  Paul says, " Luang Prabang is a beautiful city and one I could see myself living in. The architecture, the food, the people - everything was great!" Janet emebellished on the rice experience saying, "I'll never take rice for granted again!"  The Doehrings continued on to Southern Laos and explored the 4,000 islands. It's a  quick hop from there to Cambodia where...

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Myanmar is spectacular! A group of 6 intrepid travelers just traveled through Myanmar together and had a blast! Here's Judy to tell us a little bit about it: "We loved our trip. Myanmar is a wonderful place to visit. The people are kind, inquisitive, helpful and beautiful. The food is amazing. The country is spectacular. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to discover a country unspoiled by tourists. But that will only last a couple of more years, so get there quickly!" On accommodations: "I loved the Strand - I've stayed at Raffles in Singapore a couple of times, and this was definitely reminiscent. The hotel in Kalaw was lovely, with wonderful food. We had a Burmese meal the first night and a western meal the second. The western food suffered in comparison!" Favorite moments: "I think my favorite thing was the breakfast in the local tea shop. That was so much...

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Climbing a Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka If you’ve been up Huayna Picchu and loved it you may want to start considering a trip to Sri Lanka as your next destination for its fantastic rock fortress – Sigirya. A UNESCO heritage site, this commanding palace was built in the 5th century. 1,200 stairs take you to the top with the final push to the summit guarded by the paws of a giant lion. The top offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, ruins to explore, and a birds eye view of the oldest gardens in Asia. After your early morning hike, you can enjoy some Sri Lankan delicacies prepared by a local family that will allow you to sit and imagine what life was like when this palace in the sky was at the height of its glory. Your friendly Asia expert, Kelsey  Got questions about travel to Sri Lanka? Ask me! PS: You might also like...

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Angkor Wat Voted #1 on Ultimate Travel List The long established travel guide Lonely Planet recently published the "Ultimate Travel Guide," their list of the 500 best places on the planet. While it certainly seems like an impossible question, LP is probably among the best to take on the challenge!  The book is a compilation of the 500 most unmissable sights and attractions in the world, ranked by Lonely Planet's global community of travel experts. Big name mega-sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal battle it out with lesser-known hidden gems for a prized place in the top 10, making this a comprehensive bucket list! As the program director of Asia I could not have agreed more or been happier with what they picked for the #1 spot: Angkor Wat.  I've had the good fortune to visit Angkor Wat more than once and it never fails to amaze. If anything, this mega complex seems to...
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