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New Signature Trip to Vietnam!

New Signature Trip to Vietnam!
If you always travel with a blank journal with dreams of filling it up (but maybe never do), then we have a special trip for you! We are excited to announce a new signature tour, Vietnam: Travel Writing with Dave Fox. Dave is a travel writer, writing coach, and Saigon resident who will be leading the tour along with some of our favorite Vietnamese local guides this March 6-17, 2017.   On this 12-day adventure, you’ll not only explore Vietnam but learn to write terrific travel tales of your own. Visit eye-popping cities and serene Mekong villages, and relax on a two-night cruise through iconic Halong Bay. Highlights include interviews with a retired war veteran, a cooking class in the Mekong delta, blending in with the locals in Ho Chi Minh City on a motorcycle ride through the bustling streets, and a candlelit dinner in one of Halong Bay’s iconic caves....
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Focus on TCT: Jhai Coffee House, Laos

Focus on TCT: Jhai Coffee House, Laos

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One thing I love about working in the adventure travel industry is the small world experiences that seem to happen across the globe. Jhai Coffee is one such example and we're proud to support this philanthropic coffee house in Southern Laos as one of our Traveler's Conservation Trust projects.  Tyson Adams, the founder of Jhai Coffee, grew up in Ephrata, WA. After graduating he worked in Laos at a non-profit where he fell in love with the country and saw an opportunity to create change at the Boliven Plateau in Southern Laos. He returned three years ago and started Jhai Coffee, the world's first philanthropic coffee roaster located at the source. In just three years Jhai has built 15 clean water wells in the surrounding villages, educated hundreds of children on proper hygeine, and brought Laos coffee to international market.  Coffee is the lifeblood of the Boliven Plateau. This region of Laos is...
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Want to Try Vietnamese Noodles with Obama and Bourdain?

Want to Try Vietnamese Noodles with Obama and Bourdain?
To be honest, we can't actually organize dinner with President Obama and food connoisseur Anthony Bourdain but we have long been sending our travelers to Bun Cha, the very joint they chose for their $6 lunch rendezvous on May 23.    Our Vietnam itineraries allow you to dive into Hanoi’s diverse neighborhoods, sample new foods, and experience life like a local. Start the day at Hoan Kiem Lake, where groups of people can be found practicing tai chi and aerobics in the early morning – you’re free to join in if you like! Explore Ngoc Son Temple, situated in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, before walking to a charming traditional coffee shop to sample a Vietnamese classic: Cà phê sữa đá (iced coffee). If you’re feeling more adventurous, try the local delicacy known as “egg coffee,” a fusion of egg yolk, sugar, condensed milk, and coffee. After coffee, stop in at a street...
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Hiking the Himalayas: Can You Do It?

Hiking the Himalayas: Can You Do It?

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The short answer is yes.  Too often when people think of trekking in Nepal they think of Into Thin Air, of impossibly tall mountains, and of glacier-strewn ice fields. Too rarely do they realize that hiking into the foothills of the world's tallest mountains is doable for just about anyone.  Conde Nast contributor, Jen Murphy, recently wrote a piece outlining what you need to know about trekking in Nepal after she hiked to Pangboche on the Everest Base Camp trail this past October. She starts off with, "Suprise! You don't need to be an extreme athlete to tackle Nepal!" See what else she had to say below: Has the country recovered from the April 2015 earthquakes? In Kathmandu, many buildings and stupas remained in need of repair, and tidy piles of rubble lined the streets, but much of the city was back in action. In Namche Bazaar, a hub for trekkers,...
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Why You Should Travel to Bhutan Now

Why You Should Travel to Bhutan Now

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It's hard to describe the raw beauty of Bhutan. Only by traveling to Bhutan can you really get an understanding of the magnitude of its allure. To try to put it in perspective here's a few reasons why you should travel to Bhutan. Define: Shangri La (shang.ruh.la) – a mythical Himalayan utopia enclosed in mountains, shrouded in mist and mystery, a permanently happy land isolated from the outside world. Or is it mythical? Bhutan, aka Druk Yul the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is perhaps the closest we can ever get. It’s a land where snow-capped peaks rise above lush green valleys and primeval forests. Where dzongs and monasteries perch on the sides of mountains and Buddhist culture reigns supreme. Bhutan is a land full of ancient mysticism and surprises, where you’ll find yourself asking if this is reality at every corner. There are a plethora of reasons to travel to Bhutan but here...
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