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  • Celebrating the Water Festival in Northern Thailand

    Guanaja Island

    By Lille Carter

    Each April sees several of the countries of Southeast Asia welcome the New Year with water, colour and mischief. 

  • Bagan, Myanmar – the process of becoming a UNESCO heritage site

    Temples of Bagan

    by Catherine Evans

    Shock and disbelief best describe my reaction on learning from Khin, my site guide, that Bagan was not one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

  • Birds of Honduras - Trade Mission March 2017

    Honduran Birding Trade Mission

    By Francine Clohosey

    On behalf of Tours of Exploration I joined a small group of Canadian nature tour operators and several Honduran birding experts. The aim of the one-week journey was to assess the potential for expanding avitourism in this Central American country.  

  • Coast to Coast to Coast

    Memories of VIA rail travel in Canada

    When my daughter graduates this spring from the University of Saskatchewan I am leaning towards taking VIA rail. I must convince my husband of the virtues of long distance train travel. The difference in our levels of enthusiasm might be explained in part by differences in our past experience with train travel, and in part by our cultural identity.

  • Greetings from Jinhua, China

    Catherine Evans in Jinhua with students

    I am back in Jinhua for another teaching term, this time only for three weeks as I am teaching a condensed Strategic management course on resorts and hotels to the 3rd year diploma students who graduate soon. My schedule aligns nicely with another Royal Roads instructor – D'arcy Dornan who is here from Brasil. We are collaborating nicely as we teach the same group of students at opposite times.

  • Islands & Diving - The Magic of Southern Thailand

    Koh Lanta diving

    by Lille Carter Pound

    If you find yourself as I did with two months of vacation time, you might consider island hoping around the islands of South Thailand.

  • Maintaining a way of life on Inle Lake

    Myanmar Inle Lake

    By Catherine Evans

    I have returned to Inle Lake, a place I visited 30 years ago as a young backpacker.  In the mid-eighties, a seven day visa was all the time the Government of the Burmese Republic allowed.  

  • News from Bhutan

    Nestled in the eastern Himalayas between India and Tibet lies the sparsely populated mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Roughly the size of Switzerland the nation is fondly referred to by the Bhutanese as Druk Yul – land of the Thunder Dragon.

    For 15 days, our small group of Canadian and US travellers traversed Bhutan from Samdrup Jongkhar in the lesser-traveled eastern area and made our way to Paro in the west. Our journey took us through five of the six main Dzonghags (districts) of Western Bhutan – Punakha, Wangdue Phodrang, Thimpu, Unemployment and Ha. All are located in valleys ranging from 1306 – 2700 m.

  • Sweet water of Guanaja, Bay Islands - Honduras

    Guanaja Island

    By Geoff Davis

    Guanaha, one of the Bay Islands off the north coast of Honduras, is still known for its sweet water and tranquility. My trip there is coming to a close but the memories will last for a long time. 

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