by Tom Beadle
by Tom Beadle
Image courtesy of Tartatin2009, Flickr
There’s likely no finer place to really get to know the culture of a destination than a market. And when it comes to markets, Asia has some of the best in the world (followed closely by South and Central America!)
Borneo is the world’s third largest island, divided among Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. It's a heavenly retreat for people looking to get away from the city life; packed with cultures, beaches, rainforests and mountains. The best part of a trip Borneo can't be found in your hotel room, but outside where nature's at its finest. Here are four things to do in Borneo that will get the heart pumping and show you the best of Borneo.
1. Climb Mount Kinabalu
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There's simply nothing else like the Kokoda Track. The mountainous spine of Papua New Guinea is a fearsome environment, with swings in temperature, downpours and energy-sapping humidity. It is also a staggeringly beautiful part of the world, and one that just isn't accessible any way other than by foot.
Tuyun Vu is about as passionate a Peregrine leader as you can expect to find. And over the course of the past four years, he’s made loyal friends of many of his travellers, who are blown away by his knowledge and the insight he can offer of his home country, Vietnam.
How long have you been a Peregrine guide and how did you first get involved with Peregrine?
I have been a Peregrine group leader for three years. I was given the opportunity to be a part of Peregrine by Mr.Long when PEAK Vietnam formed in 2010.
Vietnam is known for its culinary splendour. Delicate flavours, complimentary textures and fresh ingredients combine to create some of the most iconic dishes in South East Asia. In fact, Vietnamese cuisine is perhaps the region’s most alluring.
But aside from Vietnam’s more popular exports - pho, bánh mì, vermicelli salads and summer rolls, our knowledge of local Vietnamese cuisine might be limited. The same goes, in an even broader sense, for the food of neighbouring Cambodia.
Documented, lauded and explained by the likes of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell, on first glance Burma seems like a work of fiction. But once you look a little closer, it’s clear that this land is full of real experiences. Real beauty, history, people and culture. In spite of the country’s dramatic past, the locals are welcoming, gentle and good-natured.
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The story behind Halong Bay is a real beauty. Legend has it that when invaders came to Vietnam, the gods sent fierce dragons to protect the Vietnamese people. These brave dragon warriors spat thousands of jade jewels into the water to form a great wall against the invaders. These jewels became the limestone islands and islets that still dot the bay today.