In northern Laos’ charming UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Avani Hotels & Resorts is bringing its creative hospitality and elegant design to its newly opened 53-room hotel. French neo-classical design combined with modern elegant interiors make this an ideal base from which to explore the delights of Luang Prabang, while enjoying the creative hospitality and satisfying design elements for which Avani is well-known. 

Phare, The Cambodian Circus, is celebrating its 5th anniversary at its Siem Reap location.  From plastic chairs at an outdoor stage to the iconic red big top, changes have come fast to the circus; meanwhile the lives of many young Cambodian artists have been transformed and guests from around the world have been touched by the energy, character, talent and stories of Phare artists. Billed as ‘Uniquely Cambodian, Daringly Modern’, Phare performers creatively meld theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories. Ask us to include a Phare performance in your travel itinerary; you will find the enthusiasm and emotion of the performance infectious. 

In a small Malaysian village, a language spoken by a community of several hundred people, previously unrecognized as a unique language, has now been documented by researchers. Swedish linguists studying another language were the first to recognize this as an entirely unique language. Many known languages remain undocumented and unstudied, but discovering a language whose existence was previously unknown is quite rare. The takeaway? There is amazing diversity out there, in places we are not even looking for it (in linguistics, as in life). Do the fieldwork – go look for it (in linguistics, as in travel!) 

Central Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Phong Nha Ke Bang (PNKB) National Park is increasingly popular among thrill seekers. Home to Son Doong, the world’s largest cave, as well as many other massive caverns, adventure caving/trekking tours are available at all levels of difficulty. The most recently opened tour features Pygmy Cave, recognized as the world’s fourth largest, on a 3 day 2 night trek. PNKB extends to the Laos border, and across the border the geologically similar Hin Nam No National Protected Area is now applying for trans-boundary UNESCO World Heritage status together with PNKB, as part of its effort to improve conservation and develop eco-tourism in the area.

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