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Meet & Greet with Kelsey, Wildland's Asia Program Director

Meet & Greet with Kelsey, Wildland's Asia Program Director
Hello! It’s nice to “meet” all of you! My name is Kelsey and I’m the new program director for Wildland’s trips to Asia . I’m coming into this position with what I like to consider both hard and soft skills. I have the travel experience and academic knowledge (Asian Studies minor in college) to be a specialist for many parts of this sprawling continent. My first of many trips to Asia took me through six different countries in 9 months and it was love at first sight (and taste). I’m always planning my next trip back to Asia and I like to say that we’re in a committed and successful long distance relationship.  I’m also coming in with a lot of enthusiasm, I love traveling and I love connecting with people who are excited about traveling. The people I have met through Wildland so far have been so wonderful and it’s great...
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A taste of Vietnam: Banh Mi recipe

A taste of Vietnam: Banh Mi recipe
In Southeast Asia you can discover a vast and diverse landscape trodden with centuries-old migration and trading routes connecting ancient sites of once classical kingdoms. The shared borders and easy connections between countries present the modern traveler with a unique blend of cultures and languages in a dynamic region constantly adapting and blending traditions. It is a crossroads of influence with deep connections beyond its formerly leonine neighbors of China and India, to the wider world integrating new ideas and institutions within existing traditions. Perhaps the most discernable and delicious example I have from my travels there is the cuisine. Banh mi was a staple for me in Vietnam. You might be wondering what banh mi is and fearing the worst. No, it’s not an insect nor is it some sort of pickled appendage. Rather it’s a French baguette stuffed with pate, chicken or pork, pickled carrot, daikon (radish), cucumber and cilantro, topped with...
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Community-Based Tourism in Northern Vietnam

Adventurers come to us looking for authentic experiences in and amongst local communities and cultures. One of the best ways to achieve this is through community-based tourism and we've been working really hard to support many of these fledgling projects throughout the world.   What is community-based tourism?  It's tourism in which local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalized) invite travelers to visit their communities. The residents earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs, service and produce providers, etc. Part of the income is set aside for projects which provide benefits to the community as a whole. Community-based tourism enables travelers to discover local habitats, wildlife, and celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community becomes aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community-based conservation of these resources. These projects become a healthy way for communities...
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Navigating the Skies of SE Asia

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It seems rare to hear someone say they’re traveling solely to Vietnam...or only to Cambodia. More often than not, people are traveling to the ethereal region of Southeast Asia, combining several countries into one trip. In the past few years, the region has worked hard to increase the number and quality of flights, to expedite border crossings, and to reduce the hassle of getting multiple visas. Until recently, 2 weeks might have only been enough time to see Vietnam due to the hassle of traveling overland or the limitation of just one flight per week to Cambodia. Now, with improved overland routes and abundant air connections, we can offer 12 day itineraries that span Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia without breaking the bank. If you want your next trip to SE Asia to cover a lot of ground, be sure to take advantage of the frequent flights between major cities. The air...
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