Remote jungles, ancient temples, golden beaches, and life-giving energy every direction you look Better still, new kids on the adventure-traveler blockLaos, Cambodia, and Vietnamare giving Thailand's well-trod backpacker classics a run for their money. Here, we present our FAVORITE SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVENTURES.
In a land of happy smiles and enchanting experiences, one visitor discovers the 21st-century face of the NEW VIETNAM.
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Despite concerns over regional instability and worrisome crime stats, the Philippines is a hotbed of adrenaline-filled funyou just need to know where to look. For starters, chekc out the world-class diving on Cebu or the trekking in northern Luzon.
If you're despairing of the Brit-packer-trammeled shores of southern Thailand and some of tourism's less salubrious aspects, escape to the highland sanctuaries of northern Thailand and join an expert hill-tribe guide for A TREK INTO THAILAND'S HIDDEN HINTERLANDS.
Winding a thousand miles from India to China, the Burma Road was built to defend China in World War II, but the atomic bomb made it irrelevant and the jungle reclaimed it.
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INTO THE DRAGON'S LAIR: Witness one of nature's most primeval creatures, the lolloping komodo dragon, as it prowls its realm on Indonesia's Komodo Islands. Then, once you've had your fill of up-close ogling, ply a sea kayak around the islands' spectacular marine environs of reefs, riptides, and mangrove inlets.