“Your lips are turning blue,” said the Kiwi pilot, shouting over the roaring chopper. “That’s the first sign of altitude sickness.” If the blades are turned off, the helicopter won’t start again in the thin, dry air.
Phongsali in Northern Laos is beautiful and fascinating, as are the people I was lucky enough to meet here. They gave me an extraordinary insight into their lives, leaving me with exceptional experiences and vivid memories.
In the northernmost nether regions of Vietnam exists a remote destination that has been open to tourism for a mere six years - Ha Giang, a region virtually untouched by the harmful effects of mass tourism and big industries.
On this trip, I was headed once again to Southern Laos, where I would spend time gazing at exquisite waterfalls, zip-lining and abseiling through the lush jungle, and visiting impressive Khmer ruins.
Any good traveler knows that the more challenging destinations are almost always the most rewarding, and this is very much the case with Song-Kul Lake, the second-largest lake in Kyrgyzstan.
A short flight from Yangon sits the very traditional Loikaw, one of the best places to head in Southeast Asia for a window into authentic tribal life. I was the very first foreign visitor to some of Loikaw’s more remote tribal areas.
I recently took a trip to Yunnan, upon which I did as I always do, and strayed as far off the tourist trail as possible. What followed were some of the most incredible memories I’ve ever made in China.
I’d been wanting to visit the Magical Tattoo Festival at Wat Bang Phra in Nakon Pathom, Thailand for years. This year, I finally had the chance, and what a festival it was!
They say that travel is not about the destination, but the journey. I learned the true value of this statement on the long road from Lhasa to Gyantse in Tibet. They say that travel is not about the destination, but the journey. I learned the true value of this statement on the long road from Lhasa to Gyantse in Tibet.
Extreme sports are all the rage it seems these days. But what would it mean if you could go to the Himalayas to engage in Ultra-lite, Para gliding, Ziplining and Mount Everest Flight-seeing?