Laos is a beautiful and highly authentic country, still relatively undiscovered on the world radar and is perfect for those who have a passion for seeking out untamed destinations. Enjoy spectacular scenery, visit sacred temples and discover the laid back charm of the friendly Lao people. As you travel from the mountainous north to the 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) of the Mekong River in the south, the diversity of the landlocked country of Laos is surprising. 

Focus on TCT: Jhai Coffee House, Laos

Focus on TCT: Jhai Coffee House, Laos
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...
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Eight Diamond in the Rough Destinations for 2016

Eight Diamond in the Rough Destinations for 2016
In celebration of Wildland Adventures 30th (diamond!) anniversary we’ve selected 8 of our hidden, and occasionally overlooked, gems. Some of these are trips that go further, to more remote areas or require a bit more of an adventurous spirit to get to. Others are ones that experienced travelers seek out and relish for their unique opportunity to see a long-established destination in a very different light. Still others are oft-overlooked destinations that really shouldn’t be. Below, we highlight misconceptions that might put some travelers off and what really makes the trip or destination really sparkle and shine. 8)  Ethiopia: Land of Legends Ethiopia is steeped in history and a crossroads of Africa and the Middle-East. This is an adventure traveler’s dream trip. The island monasteries of Bahir Dar, stone churches of Lallibella, the African Castles of Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Axum (the final resting place of the Ark of the...
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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...
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The Ins and Outs of Family Travel to SE Asia

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One of my fondest memories occurred while floating down the Mekong on a slow boat. A two-day journey between Northern Laos and Luang Prabang, this voyage allows for ample time to get to know your fellow passengers. This particular group was a family of 10. Every year one of the 3 kids plans a trip and then the parents fund it. This one was a roaming 17-day exploration of SE Asia – from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam and the travelers ranged from ages 6-75. They told me that this had been a party favorite to date as this area of the world had something for everyone – beaches where kids could build castles and adults could lounge, ancient temples that allowed kids to feel like Dora the Explorer and adults like Indiana Jones, and a great range of choose your own adventure food options depending on if you...
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