Mount Kilimanjaro is the “Roof of Africa”. At an altitude of 5,895 meters, or 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the highest mountain on the continent, and one of the “Seven Summits” in the world. In addition, it is the tallest freestanding mountain known to mankind.
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Chobe National Park is the country’s first national park, and one of the most diverse. It covers around 11,700 square kilometers (4,517 square miles) of the northern Kalahari. The park lies along the Chobe River, which borders Botswana and Namibia, and has the greatest concentration of elephants in the continent.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Okavango Delta in Botswana is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of nature’s masterpieces. Spanning over 16,000 square kilometers (6,178 square miles), this vast and virtually untouched freshwater wetland is the world’s largest inland river delta.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Champasak is a sleepy town with a fountain circle in the middle of the main street. Just about everything here is spread along the riverside road, on either side of the fountain circle. It’s hard to imagine this place as the centre of power in the lower Mekong basin once upon a time. There is not a whole lot here nowadays except wooden guesthouses and some small markets, but people flock here for its rich cultural history, the Angkor period temples, and the remaining French colonial architecture from the former royal family.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Throughout my travels in Laos, I have heard many raves about Si Phon Don (4,000 Islands). What’s funny, is that no one could actually tell me why this place is so amazing, “oh the people, the atmosphere… It’s just awesome. Super chill, you just have to go and experience it yourself.” So, before I left Laos, I made sure to stop by Si Phon Don. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this one-of-a-kind destination, and here are 10 reasons why:
Sunday, May 25, 2014
The name Phonsavan roughly translates to “hills of paradise”. This little town in the northeastern part of Laos is a picturesque countryside full of green hillsides and history. It was heavily bombed during World War II by the United States, in hope to hinder the Ho Chi Minh trail. An unimaginable amount of bombs were dropped here, earning Laos the title of the most heavily bombed country in history. Even after all these years, the marks of World War II still remain, and explosions occur even today from bombs that did not detonate. To give a visual, the red dots on the map below correspond to UXO buried in the ground.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Lush green forests surrounded us as we slowly floated through the Nam Ou River. The entire boat ride was a vast and never ending view of untouched nature. Aside from the water buffaloes grazing on the sandy riverbanks and the occasional fishermen we passed by, the area appeared almost entirely uninhabited. It was beautiful.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Luang Prabang is surrounded by lush green jungles and protected on three sides by the waters of the Khan and Mekong rivers. It’s recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site and is full of colonial charm. Here are some of my favorites while traveling through Luang Prabang:
Thursday, May 15, 2014
As my Thailand visa was quickly expiring, I still had no idea where to go next. With no plans, no booked accommodations and no research on the country, I took the advice of other travelers and booked the gorgeous voyage on a slow boat to Luang Prabang, Laos.