After our fantastic Gokyo Ri Trek in 2016, we were excited to return to Nepal to visit Everest Base Camp. As with our previous trip, we designed our itinerary to give us the best chance to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by following a conservative rate of ascent. We wanted the trip to maximize our time in the beautiful mountains and to be leisurely in nature, not a rushed test of endurance and pain! Continue reading Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
When we were planning our October trip to Taiwan, the toughest choice was choosing between a multi-day backpacking trip and a hotel-based day hiking trip. We were deciding between a visit to Yushan National Park and hiking to the peak of Jade Mountain (multi-day opportunities galore), and visiting Taiwan’s famous Taroko Gorge and hiking the Zhuilu Old Road Trail (spectacular day hiking). Continue reading Hiking and Hot Baths in Taiwan
Located 97 kilometers north of Kanchanaburi, the 5 kilometer in-and-out hike in Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park (also known as Tham Than Lot National Park) is one of our favorite hikes in Thailand. The trail is not too long or too difficult – it is a perfect relaxing and energizing nature hike. Continue reading Hidden Gem: Chaloem Rattanakosin National Park, Thailand
We originally planned to drive down to Koh Samui for a 7 day visit, but the weather was not cooperating with us! Rain was in the forecast every day, much of it very heavy. Not only would that make the island stay less pleasant, the drive could be treacherous. Continue reading Hua Hin, Thailand – Rainy Season Plan B!
I never thought that a non-whitewater trip would make it onto my Top Three Favorite Trips list, but Gokyo Ri did just that! Gokyo Ri is a peak in the Nepal Himalayas that offers spectacular views of four 8000 meter peaks: Mount Everest (8848), Lhotse (8516), Makalu (8463), and Cho Oyu (8201). Continue reading Gokyo Ri Trek, Nepal
Taiwan has one of the highest densities of tall mountains in the world and is famous for its 100 Peaks list. The list is of the 100 best peaks over 3,000 meters and is used to promote high-altitude hiking. In fact, there are over 260 mountains with peaks over 3,000 meters in Taiwan! Continue reading Taipei, Taiwan – Easy Access Day Hikes
Southern Thailand’s famous beaches are some of the finest in the world. We wanted to visit Southern Thailand’s Phuket and Phang Nga regions with their abundant sandy beaches. We started planning our trip by monitoring airlines for special deals, but it always seemed that when we tried to snag one, it was too late. We started to wonder if it was even possible to get one… Continue reading Khao Lak, Thailand – Off-season Getaway
According to a poll taken by Gallup Korea in 2015, hiking is Korea’s favorite pastime. Wanting to see fall mountain colors, get much needed exercise, and to feel crisp mountain air, we headed to Seoul! Continue reading Seoul, South Korea
This exciting 1233 mile train trip started in Bangkok, Thailand and took us all the way to Singapore! During this unforgettable adventure, we traveled through three diverse countries: Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. We stayed in four amazing cities: Bangkok, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. To make it even more interesting, we had to manage three different currencies: the Thai baht, the Malaysian ringgit, and the Singapore dollar. Continue reading Bangkok to Singapore by Train
Located 2-3 hours from Bangkok, Kanchanaburi is famous for its role in World War II and the start of the Thai-Burma Railway. Known as the Death Railroad, it was constructed in part by Allied soldiers under forced labor by the Japanese in 1943. Continue reading Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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