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Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Laos The Final Frontier

By: Pandaw
No visitor to the Loatian capital Vientiane should leave without visiting Pha That Luang, the 45 metre tall golden stupa four miles from the city centre.Only half the height of Rangoon’s early medieval Shwedagon Pagoda, That Luang is also much younger, being a modern reconstruction of the heavily damaged original. That was ordered by King Saysetthathirath in 1566 to mark the establishment of...

A Chance Meal for a Polar Bear?

By: Dr. Martyn Obbard
Like all animals, a Polar Bear’s life revolves largely around finding an adequate food supply. In their case, Polar Bears subsist primarily on seals, which they capture on sea ice where the seals rest and bear their young. If Polar Bears could, they would stay on the sea ice year-round to hunt seals, since seals represent such a rich food source. There are a few areas of the Arctic they can ...

Top 5 Reasons Croatia Should Be on Your List

By: Sara Feeny, Private Journeys Travel Planner
Underrated for many years, Croatia is just starting to appear on the radar of many travellers. A rich history and modern mindset are set against rugged mountains, lakes, forest and clear blue sea. Elegant and sophisticated, here’s why Croatia should be on your bucket list: 1. ClimateThe coast here experiences mild winters and beautiful summers. In fact, many consider Dubrovnik to be a...

5 River Cruise Essentials

By: Laurielle Penny
I’m not a cruise person! The idea of hundreds of people crowded together and regimented activities holds no appeal. So when I travelled on the Upper Mekong researching our charter voyages, I needed to make sure my 5 essentials were met on our Pandaw river cruiser:  1. Small numbers: A maximum of 28 guests means enough variety to make it interesting but never feel crowded. &...

A Daring Adventure and the Trip of a Lifetime in Antarctica

By: Judi Cohen
In the words of Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”. Travelling to Antarctica aboard One Ocean Expeditions’ Akademik Sergey Vavilov was most certainly one such adventure! Beginning in Ushuaia, Argentina, we sailed the infamous Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. We all came prepared with patches, pills and wristbands of all sorts, and when the s...

Greenland meets Vietnam: The Quiet American

By: Colin Donald
As part of our occasional series on the great reads in Pandaw's onboard library, Colin Donald considers the classic novel of the dying days of L'Indochine Francais.For his fans Graham Greene was not just a novelist, he was a literary prophet who foretold the currents of 20th Century history.Much of that perception rests on The Quiet American (1955), Greene's middle-period novel set at the height o...