They say a picture paints a thousand words but a thousand words can also paint one incredible picture. Here at Wild Frontiers, we love nothing more than delving into the pages of books about our favourite destinations, so whether you've been before or are planning to go, choose from this eclectic mix of reads all featuring fascinating Jordan. From personal stories to context-setting history, adventurous escapades and even a good old fashioned whodunnit, there's something for every book worm - enjoy!
Whether you want to read up before you visit, feed your curiosity post-visit, or just want to be whisked away to the Silk Road from the comfort of your armchair, we present three great reads featuring Uzbekistan.
The extraordinary Nguyen Hong My is one of the many special characters you can meet with Wild Frontiers in South East Asia. For Hong My went from being a student to becoming one of Vietnam’s first fighter pilots in the Vietnam War. We met up with Hong recently and he told us a little bit about his extraordinary life.
Located in the heart of the Caucasus, this beautiful mountainous land is yet to be touched by mainstream tourism. Whilst its neighbouring countries, Georgia and Azerbaijan grow in popularity, Amerian stayed quiet, but maybe not for long. Here we look at the best things to do in Armenia.
Coldplay are launching their new album on November 22 in Amman, by playing the album back to back live in two concerts in the Jordanian capital, to be streamed on YouTube. The band apparently “chose Jordan for its natural beauty and historical and cultural significance”. This got us thinking about other musicians who had been inspired by some of the world’s wonderful places. We’ve put together a quiz, so step this way and test your musical and travel knowledge…
Baalbek’s Palmyra Hotel is a time warp with a history almost as rich as the Roman site of Baalbek itself. The hotel was originally established by a Greek businessman in 1874. He recognised the appeal of the stunning ruins, which sit just across the road, long before the site was first excavated in 1884. Since then, the Palmyra Hotel has seen two world wars and a brutal fifteen-year-long civil war. Amazingly though, it has never closed its doors for a single day.
Just a mile to the south of Baalbeck lies a quarry from which many of the megaliths used in the building of the Roman site were carved. The size of these megaliths is mind-blowing, with one reckoned to tbe the biggest carved stone in the world. Yet the site was until recently in disrepair until the efforts of one man...