Dreaming of Myanmar (Burma)

Black Friday is here and the chaos has just begun. How many times will we be reminded:  “there are only X more shopping days until Christmas” in the coming days? TV commercials and mailings from corporations pushing their trinkets daily…

Being Myanmar travel enthusiasts, we’d rather be shopping in a Shan State Tribal market—a fascinating hodgepodge of brightly colored flowers, flopping fish and tribal people, each in their distinctive traditional dress. It is a feast for the senses and there are photo opportunities galore.

Or at sunrise we’d rather float quietly over the amazing stupas of Bagan (Pagan) in a hot air balloon. During its golden age in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the city of four million pagodas.” While Kublai Khan and several massive earthquakes have reduced that inflated number drastically, what remains is quite incredible, and one of the greatest sites in Asia.

Or better yet, we’d rather spend an afternoon aboard a boat exploring the beautiful Inle Lake. There are so many sights to see: the famous Intha fisherman rowing their fishing boats with a swirling move of their leg; floating gardens where villagers actually grow tidy rows of vegetables on the lake’s surface; and a weaving village to see locals hand crafting traditional wares.

That sounds more like it!

If you would like more information about organizing travel to Burma, please contact one of our Myanmar travel specialists at 800-642-2742.

How Cuisine Influenced My Thailand and Vietnam Travels

By Stacey Schultz, Asia Transpacific Journeys’ Marketing Director

Much of my original fascination with Thailand and Vietnam travel started when living in San Francisco with such great access to a variety of Asian cuisines, most notably Thai, Vietnamese and Indian.

Within walking distance from my house in Noe Valley was Swatdee Thai. Swatdee translates to “hello” and the proprietor of the restaurant was one of the most welcoming restaurateurs you will ever meet.  During my visits there he taught me the basics of Thai culture, so when the time came to plan a Thailand and Vietnam vacation, I took my love of Asian food and canvassed the country in search of the best curry, pad thai, and pho.

Here is one of my favorite Thai recipes:
2 cups. coconut milk
1 cup crushed pineapple
2 tbsp. red curry paste
1/4 cup nampla (fish sauce)
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
8 oz. raw shrimp

Combine all but shrimp and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Serve over rice.

Do you love learning about and trying new cuisines? Have you always dreamed of an exotic tour through Southeast Asia? We’ve designed our Cuisine and Culture of Thailand and Vietnam tour for travelers like you.

This trip features an in-depth cultural immersion liberally spiced with culinary adventures such as cooking demonstrations, meetings with chefs, market shopping, preparing and sampling your own creations, and delectable cuisine at some of Asia’s best restaurants. To talk to a Thailand and Vietnam Travel Specialist, call us at 800-642-2742.

Asia Transpacific Journeys: How to Travel to Cambodia

 

The Banyon is serene, other-worldly

Plan a vacation in stunning Cambodia! Learn about the exciting things to see and do, and plan your Cambodia trip with Asia Transpacific Journeys.

Mysterious ruins amid stunning waterfalls, lush jungles, and sugary beaches are only a few of the wonders you’ll find here, and there’s nothing standing between you and the extraordinary. Planning an exciting and unforgettable Cambodia tour is easier than you think. Follow these steps to simplify your journey to this land of countless beauties.

1. Call Asia Transpacific Journeys to speak with our Cambodia travel agents.  Whether you decide on a small group tour or a custom journey, our team of experts can help with every detail.

2. Decide when you want to travel to Cambodia. The weather is pleasant year-round, but the winter months are the least humid.  Temperatures peak around April, and a wet season from early summer to mid-fall brings heavy, quick downpours that present no problem to most visitors but may hinder travel to remote locales.

3. Before your trip, research Cambodian sites, culture, and history. We suggest starting with our recommended reading list and customized travel guide. A trip to Cambodia is incomplete without standing in awe of Angkor Wat, the ruins of the largest religious structure in the world, and Cambodia is home to many more temple ruins. Lucky travelers can see floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, explore mangroves and waterfalls in the Koh Kong Conservation Corridor, and experience a fantastic mesh of history and innovation in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

Your vacation to the mystical land of Cambodia doesn’t have to be complicated. Contact Asia Transpacific Journeys to book your Cambodia tour today!

Cambodia Travel Destination Voted #1 World Heritage Site

The 12th-century temples in Angkor, Cambodia, stand as astonishing remnants of the powerful Khmer Empire that once ruled Southeast Asia. The ancient site last week picked up a new accolade: most beloved World Heritage Site.

That assessment comes from the travel website TripAdvisor, which partnered with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre to find out which sites travelers would recommend as must-see tourist stop.

Do not hesitate to contact one of our Travel Specialists (800.642.2742) if you want more information on travel and tours to Angkor Wat, Cambodia.