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Luxury Camping in an Angkorian Temple Complex

Luxury Camping in an Angkorian Temple Complex
Banteay Chhmar is a group of villages in northwestern Cambodia, just 20 km from the Thailand border. Currently among the top-listed sites for nomination to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Banteay Chhmar (The Citadel of the Cats) is one of the great architectural masterpieces of Southeast Asia and the Khmer Kingdom’s epic Angkorian Period. The vision of Global Heritage Fund’s Banteay Chhmar Conservation Training Project is "to save the last great Angkorian Temple in Cambodia that remains unstudied, unconserved and unprotected and in doing so hand back the conservation of their heritage to the Cambodian people."Community involvement in the conservation project is integral to its success and ‘’Visit Banteay Chmar" is a community-based tourism organization that is helping to make this happen. This CBT offers local, English-speaking guides who lead detailed temple tours, boat trips and community tours. Other services enable visitors to explore the local area, including a silk center. Visiting...
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A Life Transformed by Southeast Asia

A Life Transformed by Southeast Asia
I stood at the window on the top floor of the skyscraper in the heart of Bangkok looking out at the chaos on the streets below. It was hot and smoggy, and it had taken us about two hours to travel just a few miles to get here. I loved it.  It was 1995 and I was a university dean visiting Bangkok for the first time to meet with corporate partners and recruit potential students for a new international doctoral program I was overseeing. It wasn’t my first trip to Asia, nor was it the last. I had traveled to Japan in the summer of 1971 to attend an academic conference. It was also hot and smoggy and crowded and chaotic. It was, I thought, the worst example of creeping Western materialism taking over the world. I hated it. What was different between my experiences in 1971 and 1995? Me. I was...
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Exploring the Kuang Si Falls in Laos

Exploring the Kuang Si Falls in Laos
Let me start by saying that seeing the Kuang Si Waterfall was part of an incredible three-week custom trip to Southeast Asia with Wildland Adventures that I just returned from this week. We visited the Kuang Si Falls on our last day in Laos and it was the perfect way to wrap up our time there. The falls consist of a 200 ft cascading travertine waterfall with several small falls and pools found below. The falls are about a 35-minute drive from Luang Prabang and then just a couple minutes of walking will get you there. This is a very easy spot to get to, which means it can get a little busy... So, make sure you get there early to really be able to take in all of its beauty.  Starting from the entrance you'll walk by several pools on your way up to the falls, each one with its own variation of electric turquoise...
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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 hot...
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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 to grow and...
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