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
Photo courtesy of Nguyen Ngoc Chinh, Flickr
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.
Take a look at two of our favourite, can't-miss destinations for 2013. The hardest part is choosing where you'll go first!
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.
Imagine going from utter darkness to watching the sun wash over thousands of temples in Burma, illuminating them before your very eyes. This is the Peregrine experience. And this is why you can't afford to miss the beauty of Burma.
Our image of the week is by our very own San Khoo.
The 2012 Tour de France kicks off tomorrow. And it's bound to inspire more than a few of you to jump on your bikes and get going. Why not do it in style, and head offonto one of the world's most scenic, interesting, adrenalin-pumping or just plain pretty bike routes.
We've picked five of the best (presented here in no particular order). So gear up and get going!
Every year from April 13 to April 15 the people of Thailand celebrate Songkran, or Thai New Year. The name comes from Sanskrit and means 'a move or change', and the date of Thai New Year was set according to the astrological calculations.
In order to celebrate this exciting event, why not whip up this Northern Thai curry courtesy of SBS food magazine Feast.
Today's guest bloggers are the Bohemian Family, consisting of five adventurers - mum, dad and three boys. They started a quest to escape the rat race five years ago in Costa Rica and haven't looked back since. By sharing their experiences they hope others will be encouraged to attempt a life of permanent adventure.