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Must-See Southeast Asia Festivals

Take a look at the list of our favorite Southeast Asia festivals below and start planning a trip that incorporates one or more with the help of our Southeast Asia tour specialists.

Is Vietnam safe to visit?

I get asked a lot if it’s safe to go to Vietnam, the truth is that this question goes much deeper than that. It’s about Americans wondering if those we used to see as enemies are now in fact welcoming hosts?

What you need to know when planning for Loi Krathong, and why you should book it with Wild Frontiers

Loi Krathong is one of the most well-known Festivals in Southeast Asia and has been documented everywhere from National Geographic to Instagram many times over. It had long been on my wish-list and last November, I was lucky enough to be in Chiang Mai to see Loi Krathong for myself.

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel in the “Rainy” Season

Although most travel books say you should avoid the rainy sesason in Laos, we think that they shouldn't be overlooked. Here's why you should consider traveling during Laos' rain season.

Traveling while Pregnant

April gives her personal suggestions and recommendations for staying safe and comfortable if you choose to travel while pregnant.

Upscale shopping in Siem Reap — Kandal Village

Siem Reap’s old French quarter is on its way to becoming one of the city’s fastest growing districts. Now known as Kandal Village, it's home to newly opened shops, cafes and eateries expanding the idea of what it means to be downtown Siem Reap.

Travel lingo: What’s the difference between a Tour Operator and a Ground Operator?

The travel world can be full of confusing insider lingo that’s difficult for ordinary people to understand. Two questions we get asked quite often are, what’s the difference between a Tour Operator and a Ground Operator? And, why would a traveler want to work with a Tour Operator vs. a Ground Operator?

Transitioning Through Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)

Bangkok is such a large metropolitan hub that it has two major airports – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK). Most International flights (and many domestic flights) arrive into Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), so we’ve focused this blog on helpful hints for this particular airport:

Mother’s Day Celebrations In Thailand

We explore the traditions and festivities surrounding the Thai celebration of Mother's Day which is celebrated in honour of their Queen.

How would I decide between Laos and Northern Thailand?

This blog stems from having that conversation with myself – if I was to go back to either Laos or Northern Thailand – two similar destinations, which would I choose and why?

What to expect from Laos’s Visa on Arrival Process

Most travelers will need a visa for Laos, and visas are issued on arrival. Here's what to expect from Lao's visa on arrival process.

“Secret” beaches that aren’t so secret (plus better alternatives)

Our Southeast Asia specialists April, Courtney and Naida had a few other ideas for truly off-the-radar beach destinations that we guarantee only those “in the know” have experienced.

Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Laos

I thought that it might be informative for some of you that are interested in traveling to Luang Prabang, Laos to learn some of the basics concerning Lao culture and the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” associated with the customs of the people’s traditions and daily lives.

Awk Phansa – End of Buddhist Lent and Festival of Lights

If you find yourself in a position to visit Southeast Asia in November, we recommend heading over to Luang Prabang to experience a particularly beautiful and interesting festival – Awk Phansa or the Festival of Lights – which marks the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent.

Journeys Within Merging with Wild Frontiers

I'm thrilled to be working with Jonny and I'm excited to help Wild Frontiers expand to the U.S. Above all else, I'm glad that our team is here and we are now able to offer even more to you, our travelers.

What to Expect from Cambodia’s Visa on Arrival Process

Most travelers to Cambodia, including US citizens, will need visas. We recommend using the visa on arrival system in Cambodia but you also have the option of using the e-visa system.

What is Buddhist Lent?

Often referred to as “Buddhist Lent” or the “Rains Retreat” by westerners, this tradition corresponds to a three lunar month cycle when the region typically experiences heavy rains and farmers are planting their crops.

Snake Wine – Is it legal to bring back as a souvenir?

One popular souvenir that we frequently see in markets is snake (or scorpion) wine, so we decided to do a little research on whether it is legal to bring snake wine back to the US.

Just back from Bali…

Southeast Asia expert April Cole has just got back from sunny Bali and she couldn't wait to share the highlights of her trip with us. From best of's to tips for travellers, here are some things you just won't want to miss.

Two Feet

Two Feet. It’s not far. The distance between your eyes and the screen you’re reading this is probably less. Two feet or 610mm is the distance between the rails, that is the gauge, of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR.

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