Welcome to the Bamboo Travel blog where we post our latest news and travel ideas. Please use the filter below to find articles relevant to your interests, and please come back regularly to be kept abreast of the very latest developments in Asia.
General Articles, Bamboo Team Travels, Nepal News
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal on the 25th April 2015 caused untold damage and loss of life. Six months later I flew to Kathmandu to carry out an extensive research trip for Bamboo Travel to launch a new tour programme.
We’re back with another instalment in our ‘Top 5 Things to Do’ series, this time focusing on the many and varied delights of Northern Thailand. It was a hard task keeping this down to just five!
A land that is bound to intrigue, excite and astound - Papua New Guinea has always been surrounded by myths and superlatives, and so it seemed like a good idea to accept a generous invitation from the PNG tourist board to see if the reality really lived up to the hype.
Bamboo Team Travels, Taiwan News
Taiwan is a traveller's gift. This tiny island has everything Asia has to offer in one easily navigable package. From the modern city of Taipei to the old capital Tainan; from the towering mountains and imposing cliffs of Taroko Gorge to the delicately beautiful Sun Moon Lake, a traveller can see how the island has developed while still keeping its natural beauty and cultural heart intact.
Whilst no trip to China would be complete without some mental stimulation in the urban environment, we also recommend exploring some more peaceful areas of China on two feet. We have picked out the following selection of gentle walks, hikes and treks throughout this vast land to inspire your next trip to China.
Bamboo Team Travels, Myanmar News
In the hills about 5 hours drive north of Mandalay you'll find the sleepy city of Mogok. Known locally as ‘Ruby Land', it is the centre of one of the world's foremost ruby and gem mining areas. Until recently Mogok has been closed off to foreign visitors, but it is now possible to visit so long as you have a permit and are travelling with a guide (both of which Bamboo Travel will arrange for you).
Japan offers some of the most varied, interesting, and eccentric shopping one could possibly encounter. All manner of malls and markets can be found countrywide selling the flashiest electronics, the freshest produce, the zaniest fashion, or the most eclectic antiques. All available countrywide, if you know where to look!
A vibrant art scene may not be the first thing that springs to mind when considering China’s capital city. But under Beijing’s occasionally quite austere surface, there is an exciting world of art, music, theatre and culture waiting to be discovered. It is well worth stepping away from the imposing temples and imperial gardens for a moment and taking a look at a different side to Beijing.
We are delighted to report our stable of destinations continues to grow with the recent addition of South Korea: the Land of Morning Calm.
Bamboo Team Travels, Vietnam News, Laos News
The Vietnam War has left traces all over Vietnam and beyond, both visible and more subtle. One of the more dramatic legacies of this troubling period is the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Bamboo Team Travels, Sri Lanka News
The spectacular festival of Esala Perahera takes place over a 10 day period in either July or August (Esala). It is celebrated to honour both the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is kept in Kandy's famous Temple of the Tooth, and also the ‘guardian' Gods Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini. The origins of the festival date back as far as the fourth century AD when a tooth relic from the Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka, from India, and offered to the Kingdom of Anuradhapura.
General Articles, Myanmar News
Burma may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of luxury cruises, but it is fast becoming Asia's premier river-cruise destination. The ever growing selection of cruises on offer mean that Myanmar is now able to rival and arguably surpass the variety of vessels found in India, China and nearby Indochina.