Known as the ‘Fire Mountain’, Mount Merapi in central Java is Indonesia’s most active volcano, which locals believe lies on a mythical axis that keeps our world and the spirit world in balance.
Vientiane may be smaller than most Southeast Asian capitals, but its size belies the variety of cultural attractions to be found, not just in the city, but also in neighboring rural communities.
Historically, Cambodia has always shunned the tacky mass-market souvenir trade, opting instead for its own locally made brands some of which provide a sustainable source of income for those in need.
Indonesian weddings can vary greatly from island to island as one would expect given the many different cultures in a country that has thousands of islands and hundreds of languages. Marriage customs can also be based on long-held traditional culture.
Remote mountain scenery, energetic trekking and helping Balinese people in underprivileged villages add up to a rewarding experience in responsible tourism.