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, Indonesia News
A luxurious way to see Komodo DragonsAlila Purnama (which translates as 'The Full Moon') must be the most luxurious live-aboard ship in Indonesia, providing ultra-modern accommodation for up to 10 guests. The 46m long vessel consists of 3 decks and has been built by hand in the traditional style of a Phinisi, a boat used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi.
Professor Brian Cox has a new TV series 'Wonders of Life' out at the moment and Sunday's first episode showcased a number of natural wonders from the Philippines and Borneo, both countries that we know very well.
General Articles, Laos News
Become a farmer - Lao style! We've teamed up with an organic farm near Luang Prabang to offer you a unique experience to learn about and try your hand at rice farming with the local villagers.
This weekend Thailand celebrates the charming Loi Krathong Festival (24th - 28th November). As the monsoon recedes this is a time of year to give thanks to the goddess of water, to seek forgiveness for past deeds and also to make wishes for the coming year.
Bamboo Team Travels, Borneo News
With very friendly and interesting locals, its own unique culture and endless trekking opportunities, the Kelabit highlands is a destination for those who enjoy the great outdoors and would like to include somewhere less visited in their itinerary.
Bamboo Team Travels, Laos News
Central and Southern Laos offer some of the most beautiful scenery in all of South East Asia and cooler climate from October through to February is a welcome relief.This beautiful part of Laos is included in our Mekong Experience in Laos recommended itinerary and you can see some more images on our facebook page.
Bamboo Team Travels, Vietnam News
Set in mountainous terrain northeast of Hanoi, Ba Be is one of Vietnam's most picturesque and least visited National Parks. The National Park protects three interconnecting lakes which can be explored on a private long tail boat steered by a fisherman. The locals are from the Tay minority, who have adapted their lake side stilted homes to offer comfortable rooms for visitors to experience life with a local family, with a dinner of freshly caught fish from the lake.
Bamboo Team Travels, Cambodia News
Nearly everybody who visits Cambodia will spend some time enjoying the food and culture in the capital Phnom Penh, marvelling at the wonders of the awesome temples of Angkor and perhaps popping down to the south coast for a bit of relaxation. And quite right too, but Cambodia has much more to offer. Far fewer people make it to the stunning rural provinces of Ratanakiri and Modulkiri in Northeastern Cambodia.
The strength of cultural traditions and religion in Myanmar means that there are regular festivals throughout the year, and if you time your visit carefully you can experience authentic ‘Burma' at one of these fascinating spectacles.
China News, Borneo News
In response to a rising demand for wildlife experiences in the Far East, we have launched a special tour of China and Borneo to see some of the planet's most endangered animal species. The 16 day tour includes a day's volunteering at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Research Base in Sichuan, and a chance to see a number of critically endangered species in the wilds of Borneo. For every person who books this special wildlife tour we pledge to donate US$50 to the WWF.
Vietnam News, Cambodia News
The finishing touches are being made to the Jayavarman, a small luxury boat which will be the first of its kind to offer short river cruises on the Mekong that can easily be included within more extensive tours of the region. Named after the Khmer king who ruled Angkor at its zenith, this newly built vessel has been designed to blend French colonial flair with enchanting Indochinese touches to create a sanctuary of style and space. The 27 meticulously designed staterooms feature floor to ceiling sliding glass doors leading on to spacious private balconies, and there is ample public space and facilities spread over 4 decks.
With thousands of islands fringed by sparkling white sand beaches, and legendary resorts such as Boracay and Amanpulo, it is little wonder that the Philippines are often regarded as one of the world's hottest beach destinations. But this exotic archipelago has so much more to offer those who are prepared to dig a bit deeper.