When I was a young girl, I was fascinated with the story of a boy named Aladdin, a genie, a princess, and a magic carpet. These stories captured my imagination even though I knew that magic carpets didn’t exist. Or do they?
Southeast Asia. The countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar are home to some of the most unique culture, deep history, and heartwarming people. All of these countries are also home to some of the World’s most stunning temples - in particular temples of Angkor (Angkor Wat) in Cambodia and the Ancient Temples in Bagan Myanmar.
Early in the morning at 5:00am hundreds of monks wake up, leave the temples, and walk through the city streets collecting their morning alms (sticky rice and other simple foods) that is give to them from the local people as a part of a special alms giving ceremony. The monks walk in a single file line down the main streets that lead to the royal palace, where locals kneel by the curbside with their heads bowed and their feet tucked away - showing respect for the monks who are passing by.
Around the world, there are millions of people who struggle because they lack a basic necessity that some of us take for granted: the ability to build a livelihood and provide for their families; simply put, a job. I’m not talking about a fulfilling career or high-paying salary, but the security of being able to feed yourself and family at the end of the day.
The Silk Road is made up of the countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. This part of the world is full of unique culture, ancient history, and delicious cuisine. Here are a few of our top tips on the best time to visit, and everything you need to know before visiting Central Asia
Of all the islands I’ve visited, Bali is my favorite. The pristine beaches, rushing waterfalls, verdant rice terraces, and massive volcanoes create a stunning scene. Bali’s beauty is otherworldly, and you can’t help but feel like you’ve stumbled into a magical paradise. One of the best things about Bali is that it’s more than just breathtaking views—there’s no limit on adventures to be had. Keep reading to learn about my favorite things to do in Bali!
This past September, I explored the tropical paradise of Sumatra. I’ve always wanted to visit this breathtaking Indonesian island, which is home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. Sumatra offers picturesque views and exciting adventures for nature lovers, but it’s the islands diverse wildlife that really stands out. While there, I embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime orangutan trek in Gunung Leuser National Park. This remarkable experience was one I’ll never forget. Keep reading to learn more about trekking with orangutans in Sumatra!
Papua New Guinea is a fascinating country that I’ve always dreamed of exploring. I finally had the opportunity to visit this past September, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. The views were breathtaking, the people were incredibly welcoming, and immersing myself in the culture by participating in local festivals was priceless. Touring Papua New Guinea in September was ideal, as the country’s weather patterns make some months better for travel than others.
BYU alumna and entrepreneur Kylie Chenn loves traveling the world and learning about the people around her. During her undergraduate degree in business at BYU, Chenn spent time studying abroad, which inspired her to found Acanela Expeditions.
As the CEO of Acanela Expeditions, Chenn hopes to give others the opportunity to see what she sees.
Read more about Kylie’s story and how she curates cultural experiences abroad HERE!
I founded Acanela Expeditions when I was 20 years old, a university student, and no money in the bank. My Boutique Travel Company now takes 1000+ people on trips around the world each year, and has doubled in Revenue each year for the past 3 years. Here are my Top 10 Tips on how I grow my business (and how you can grow your business as well).