Sunday, March 23, 2008

Cambodia Beyond Angkor Wat

"If you want to see the real Cambodia, round up some friends for a dirt-bike adventure through former Khmer Rouge territory to the stunning mountain temple of Preah Vihear."

...another piece for the guys at This one's a how-to destination guide on a dirtbike trip to a remote temple called Preah Vihear near the Thai border.

Trekking the Mt. Kangchenjunga Circuit In Nepal

"If you'd rather share a cup of sweet tea with a Tibetan refugee than a bottle of beer with another backpacker, this is the Himalayan trek for you."

I've been doing some writing recently for a cool new travel site called that runs destination guides on out of the way spots you might want to visit. This piece is on trekking to the basecamps of Mt. Kangchenjunga, the third tallest mountain in the world. Enjoy!

Independent Trekking in Tibet

"The onslaught of the Chinese tourism machine has most definitely taken its toll on the kingdom at the top of the world, and all-inclusive package tours abound in Lhasa. Tourists pay exorbitant sums to be whisked around the province in Land Cruisers, often by Chinese drivers just as new to Tibetan culture as their clients. For independent travelers there are other more rewarding options available and Lhasa is just a few days hike from a 'real' Tibet adventure."

I did a story recently for a website called TransitionsAbroad on independently planning a trekking adventure in Tibet.

In light of China's recent violent crackdown on protests there, it's probably not even feasible to go at this very moment. If nothing else, though, it should give some insight into why the Tibetans deserve better.