International Lifestyle Magazine Issue 49 - Page 41

dventure Life is certainly the right name for this company, I have never seen such an extensive list of destinations where I have wanted to visit so many of them. You can plan so easily, starting with where on the planet do you want to go and then you can look at what you want from your vacation by highlighting your passions which could be anything from Horseback Riding to Kayaking or Scuba Diving to Zip Lining or the perfect Spa, the point is, there is something for everyone! Next stop, collections. Do you want something active and extreme, are you looking for luxury and indulgence, is it just you or your whole family or are you looking for volunteer work, the point is, it is all here, so easy! After going through a million options, I finally settled on a trip along the Mekong River, I have no idea why but I think like many things, you are just drawn to that which attracts you most, and this trip looks beautiful, a real cultural experience. The idea of Exploring Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River is just irresistible, you can have access to traditional villages as well as bustling cities, for a panoramic and immersive experience of these two very different countries. You’ll spend seven nights aboard a 48-guest Jahan on this Asian river cruise, an extraordinary riverboat that offers a level of luxury previously unavailable on the Mekong and yet, you keep within the whole essence of the area. Just reading through the itinerary is exciting, 12 days of adventure and travel, who could ask for anything more? Here is an extract, but do go to the website for full details. A B E AU T Y EXPLORED Day 1 Siem Reap, Cambodia Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, and located along the Siem Reap River. Day 2 Angkor / Siem Reap Begin early in order to get to Angkor Wat in time for sunrise. This visionary 12th-century temple, the world’s largest religious monument, represents the apogee of Khmer art and architecture. Crowned by five towers, with elaborate bas-reliefs and a profusion of statues that dramatically depict complex religious tales, along with some 2,000 carved apsaras (beautiful female spirits), Angkor Wat is enthralling. After lunch, take tuktuks (motorized taxis) to the great remains of Angkor Thom, seeing the Bayon Temple, known for its dozens of serene stone faces of King Jayavarman VII, and the Terrace of the Elephants. Day 3 Angkor / Siem Reap Visit the evocative temple Ta Prohm. The jungle has been allowed to continue growing here, framing the structures with the twisted roots and branches of ceiba and fig trees, giving you an idea of what archaeologists encountered when they began their work in the area. In the afternoon venture out some distance from the central sites to the fine temple of Banteay Srei, known for its exceptional carvings.