In the shade of the Banyan: Anecdotes from our travels

For almost 900 years there were elephants at Angkor and in November 2019 the owners of the herd along with key stakeholders in the tourism industry made the incredible decision to stop elephant rides at Angkor and retire the herd, moving them to a place of safety. Now living in 1100 acres of protected forest […]

Jun 29, 2020

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by: Lance

All I can say is that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an absolute privilege to spend a couple of hours at Angkor Wat without the heaving crowds. Angkor Wat, in its beauty and state of preservation, is unrivaled and has an artistic distinctiveness. Built in the first half of the 12th [...]

Jun 17, 2020

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by: Lance

Sunrise at Angkor is famously on everyones ‘must do list’ but we wanted to see something different so we hopped on the bikes pre-dawn and made our way to Srah Srang (a small but quite picturesque baray) located to the east of Banteay Kdei for sunrise and a moment to pause and reflect on the […]

Jun 17, 2020

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by: Lance

In the foothills of Kulen Mountain, lies the Bos Thom Community Forest, 1100 acres of protected forest inhabited by the 14 elephants of Angkor. For 22 years, these elephants have given rides to visitors in the temples of the world heritage site. Today, they roam free in their natural habitat and are living testimony of […]

Jun 16, 2020

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by: Lance

Graceful, historic Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage, and the 21st-century curses of traffic and pollution are almost entirely absent. The face of the Old Town has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant […]

Jun 16, 2020

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by: Lance

As the road curves back and forth, some slight bends, some hairpin turns, drivers are rewarded with spectacular views of misty mountains rising high over the South China Sea, deserted sandy beaches, forests and the twinkling lights of far-off cities. Hai Van roughly translates as ‘Sea of Clouds’ in Vietnamese, which perfectly describes this misty […]

Jun 15, 2020

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by: Lance

The news is awash with it at the moment… the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the dire impact that it is having on the travel industry.

Feb 27, 2020

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by: Lance

In 2014 David and I made the difficult, but principled, decision to focus on ethical travel, and stop working with clients and suppliers that insisted on taking part in inhumane animal interactions, such as the infamous elephant back safaris in Thailand. Over the last 6 years we have endeavoured to find and support people and […]

Feb 14, 2020

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by: Lance

We never determined what insect made that glorious noise that welcomed us to Thailand. In chorus it was loud and fantastic and signalled our arrival in paradise for our honeymoon. We entrusted every detail of our travels to David van den Heever-Liebenberg, travel director at Marmalade Toast bespoke travel and he delighted us with a [...]

Mar 21, 2019

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by: Guest