NATURAL HABITAT ADVENTURES
Since 1985 Natural Habitat Adventures has been a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism. From polar bear tours in Churchill to Alaska grizzly bear adventures and African safaris, their small group journeys, led by professional naturalist guides, reveal the planet's most extraordinary nature destinations. As the world's first 100-percent carbon-neutral travel company - and the conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund - Natural Habitat offer eco-conscious expeditions from Antarctica to Zambia with a multitude of adventures in between!
Unlike other companies, the only trips Natural Habitat run - the only trips they have ever run - are nature adventures, which is important when choosing a nature-focused journey. When it comes to travel, Natural Habitat are "The Nature People" - the world's nature travel experts.
With World Wildlife Fund's top scientists and staff involved in the planning process and guide training, and with years of experience scouring the planet for the world's most captivating nature destinations, Natural Habitat itineraries include access to private wildlife reserves, remote corners of national parks (away from tourist crowds), and distinctive lodges and camps situated where wildlife viewing is best.
NATURAL HABITAT ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES NOT TO BE MISSED
CLASSIC POLAR BEAR ADVENTURE
Regarded as one of the world's most coveted small-group Polar Bear expeditions. Explore the arctic tundra in custom polar rovers, with innovative steel mesh flooring on the outdoor observation platform, which will allow you to come, safely and comfortably, face-to-face with the King of the Arctic.
SECLUDED BOTSWANA SAFARI
Natural Habitats flagship safari, this small group journey offers a truly exclusive adventure into the heart of wildest Africa. Offering an in-depth privately guided safari to Africa's most exclusive nature reserves, designed for maximum wildlife encounters.
SWIMMING WITH MEXICO'S WHALE SHARKS
Alongside Naturalist Expedition Leaders, swim with enormous, friendly whale sharks from in the Caribbean waters. Docile and unafraid, they allow you to swim close enough to observe the checkerboard pattern of pale white dots and stripes covering their thick grey skin. If you're looking for a fish tale to trump all others, this is it!
GALAPAGOS HIKING & KAYAKING ADVENTURE
The Galapagos Islands are a must-see destination for any nature traveller. An active experience focused on nature, this trip offers a secluded, eye-level encounter with the Galapagos, exploring on foot or by kayak. Undoubtedly an exclusive catamaran-based odyssey is one of the most exciting ways to see the islands of the Galapagos.
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When travelling around Southeast Asia you won't fail to come across your fair share of temples and places of worship and just like being in Europe this is not the time to wear your shorts and singlets to explore these beautiful buildings. But in Southeast Asia with the humidity and heat it can be hard to imagine layering yourself up when all you want to do is wear as less as possible. Being respectful in these countries are still important though and check out these tips for dressing and being respectful of the culture.
Rules of Temple Etiquette
When visiting a lot of the major temples and palaces you will find that they sell a lot of temple appropriate options like the classic thai pants with elephants on that you will see nearly anywhere. All of these are great options as they are normally made from light material, so even though you may be layered up you still won't over heat too much compared to wearing jeans and a jumper.
Another important thing to remember when visiting the temples that women may never touch a monk or his robes. Touching a monk on accident requires the monk to perform a lengthy cleansing process so please be aware when passing a monk to keep a respectful distance.
Cambodian food can be often overlooked and appear to be similar to it's neighbouring countries of Vietnam and Thailand, but Cambodia has a lot to offer with their food selections. With their variety of fresh herbs and mix of spices as well as their more weird options. Check out this list of some of the most popular classic Cambodian dishes as well as some more unusual eats.
One of Cambodia most popular dish is the fish Amok, which is a creamy curry like sauce coating the cooked fish. The favours are a balance of ginger, lemongrass, turmeric and coconut milk. The traditional way to cook the dish is by steaming it in a banana leaf shaped into a bowl which it is also served in.
Red Tree Ants with Beef
Thought this meal may sounds weird to try, out of some of the options available this may be the least scary to sink your teeth into. It is a large stir fry using beef, basil, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, and lots of ants. The Red Tree Ants of different sizes are mixed with the beef and are topped with chili and served on top of a bowl of white rice.
Nom Banh Chok
This popular Khmer dish is a popular street food and is often sold early in the morning. This dish is made up of thin rice noodles topped with a green fish gravy with lots of fresh bean sprouts, banana flowers, cucumbers and a wide array of green vegetables.
A milder and much less spicy than the curries found in Thailand and India. With their use of herbs more spices it creates a more milder and sweeter taste. Commonly made with either, chicken, beef or fish mixed with herbs and diced sweet potatoes; garlic, shallots; turmeric and ginger.
Lok Lak (Stir-fried beef in brown sauce)
A typical stir fry, this dish is made using thin slices of beef or pork in a brown sauce and served atop a bed of lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and rings of raw onions. Often a fried egg is placed on top. But the best part of this dish is the dipping sauce of lime juice and pepper that makes the flavours really pop.
One of the most unusual flavoured snacks you will find in Cambodia is the Balut. It is a fertilised embryo of a duck and is eaten whole, usually from the shell. The popular snack is believed to be nutritious and rich in protein.
Green Mango Salad
Cambodia salads are known for their refreshing favours packed with a bit of spice to get your taste buds tingling. Green Mango salad is crunchy and zesty, and features fresh chili, fish sauce, sliced green mango, sliced tomatoes and shallots, pickled cucumber, onion, peppers and fresh basil or mint.
Snacking on this spider is another Cambodian local delicacy. Commonly deep-fried with chili, the body often containing a warm liquid centre of intestinal juice. Maybe leave this snack for the more daring.
A sweet snack, these can be found sold on the streets, especially in the afternoon. Bananas are flattened and dipped into batter with black sesame seeds, before being deep-fried.
Another delicious dessert is pumpkin custard, or sankhya lapov. Served after lunch and dinner, the dish is a sweet custard that is stuffed inside a pumpkin before being steamed.
Scorpion on a Stick
And last this is definitely a dish that you can only try out of your comfort zone. These can be brought from street stalls and can be commonly found at night markets as a tourist draw. Dare your friends to try these skewered and deep fried Scorpion before they leave to really experience Cambodia.
From the core of Downtown Vancouver now to a constantly growing and developing location of boutique shopping and delicious restaurants. Vancouver's Gastown has grown over the years of it's first development but it still pays tribute to its original humble beginnings, even with all its modern twists.
Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named after the area's first saloon owner, "Gassy" Jack Deighton. He was a Yorkshire seaman and captain who established his bar on his arrival in 1867. The town quickly began to bloom with the Hastings Mill sawmill and seaport quickly became a general center of trade and commerce on Burrard Inlet. It also became an attraction for crews and captains of the many passing ships and the develop of warehouses in 1886 brought workers to the area.
In the 1890s the area fell victim to the Great Vancouver Fire, losing all but two of its buildings, but everything was completely rebuilt and began to thrive again. Merchandiser came to the area and development of department stores and warehouses took place over the many years creating Gastown into the centre of the city's wholesale produce distribution.
Unfortunately like many places across North America the area was greatly affected by the Great Depression in the 1930s and became a largely forgotten neighbourhood of the larger city. It transformed from once blooming shopping and bars to become a continuation of the Skid Row area with cheap beer parlours, flophouse hotels and loggers' hiring halls.
In the 1960s citizens became concerned with preserving Gastown's distinctive and historic architecture, which like the nearby Chinatown and Strathcona was set to be demolished to build a major freeway. A campaign was created that managed to gain enough traction to save Gastown and with the opening of the "Exposition Gallery," an art gallery on Water Street, created encouragement for other business to startup in Gastown's core.
Designated a National Historic Site in 2009, the storied neighbourhood still offers an insight back to the architecture of the 1800s, including the influences of Victorian Italianate, Edwardian Commercial and Romanesque architecture.
Now Gastown offers a thriving fashion district, impeccably curated decor boutiques, one-of-kind galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city. It is the hub of the creative enterprises, with many of the building filled with graphic designers, architects, film students and photographers. It is no surprise that in 2012, Gastown was named the fourth most stylish neighbourhood in the word, setting trends right from the city's historic heart.
Even now Gastown continues to develop and thrive while still preserving their historic past. Make sure your next visit to Vancouver includes the most interesting part of the city, Gastown.
Imagine a tropical paradise of mythical islands fringed by elegant palms, silky white sand beaches and impossibly-blue lagoons. Every island is a masterpiece of colour, and every onboard moment is a marvel made real. There is no better way to discover the fabled islands of the South Pacific than with Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Paul Gauguin is a luxury leader in French Polynesia with winning endless awards such as Conde Nast Traveller Readers' Choice Awards, Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards and Porthole Readers' Choice Awards.
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