What is the Perahera Festival?

As the August moon waxes in the Buddhist month of Esala, the most flamboyant of festivals takes over the medieval royal city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. The procession includes fire jugglers swinging flaming torches, lively acrobats, a cacophony of percussionists pounding...
Musings from our Vat Phou Excursion

Musings from our Vat Phou Excursion

By Heather Stoeckley Today we fly to Laos, leaving behind our thrilling week of explorations – quasi Indiana Jones style – through the various jungle temples at Angkor Wat.  Once arrived, we enjoy a serene meander down the Mekong River and eventually reach the ending...
Cambodia and Laos: Sacred temples and peaceful pagodas

Cambodia and Laos: Sacred temples and peaceful pagodas

By Malcolm David Eckel For a traveler in Cambodia, Laos, or Thailand, there is no more satisfying experience than to step out of the noise and commotion of the city into the quiet space of a Buddhist temple. Monks in saffron robes move lightly through the courtyards,...
Experience Magnificent Art along China’s Silk Road

Experience Magnificent Art along China’s Silk Road

Follow in the path of merchants, traders, and warriors at China’s Mogao Caves. Caves carved into the cliffs filled with brightly painted murals are some of western China’s best kept secrets. Located in the arid climate of the Gobi Desert, the Mogao Caves have...
South India: A Carnival of the Senses

South India: A Carnival of the Senses

As I unpack my suitcase, the scent of India permeates my room. All it takes is a momentary glimpse of a sparkling blue sari – an impulse buy in Tanjore – peaking out from under the pile of clothes and I am suddenly back to that place of vibrant colors, exotic...