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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Vietnamese Market
May 19, 2016
Blog Post

A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian...

Vietnamese Market
May 5, 2016
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A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian culture...

What is the Silk Road?
April 29, 2016
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Gourmands who liberally grab for the pepper or nutmeg might take pause to think, that at one time in history, those seasonings were worth more than their weight in gold. Spices were such a precious commodity that many a war were fought over them; they helped to build—and topple—vast empires, and led to the great Age of Discovery and founding of new worlds.

The spice trade began more than 4,000 years ago, when Middle Eastern merchants obtained such strange substances as cinnamon...

Alofi, Niue
March 21, 2016
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Given that Zegrahm guests tend to be some of the most curious and adventurous travelers on the planet, we are constantly challenged with creating ever unique, off-the-beaten path expeditions. Of course, that's a challenge we relish wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the ultra-remote islands we’re exploring across the South Pacific and Southeast Asia in 2017. Here are just a few of the far-flung gems you've probably never heard of—but are sure to tell stories about.

 

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Kayaking in Antarctica
February 22, 2016
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Zegrahm travelers are some of the most adventurous on the planet. Those looking for a spine-tingling, life-changing experience this year will discover it in our new guide, Top 5 Destinations for Adventure in 2016.

We consulted with Zegrahm's team of expert field leaders to find out what's on their radar. Leading the list were perennial favorites...

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
August 27, 2015
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Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

One of the world’s oldest theater forms, Kathakali—which translates to “story-play”—is rooted in Hindu mythology, particularly...

June 11, 2015
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama once proclaimed, “In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.” Such sentiment earned a Nobel Peace Prize for Tibet’s spiritual leader and sustained hope for his homeland’s future.

The Tibetan Plateau’s mystical past has certainly been marred by struggle. Bounded by the Himalaya mountain range, the “Roof of the World” was first unified around 600 CE under the rule of Namri Songtsan, king of the Yarlung Dynasty; some 40 years...

What is the Silk Road?
June 3, 2015
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The Silk Road—most of us have heard of it, and many of us can explain where it was located and what it was used for. But often, people are left wondering, ‘What is the Silk Road?’ Here are five intriguing facts that will help you understand the history of this legendary route. Going on our 18-day Silk Road expedition, which...

Bhutan
June 1, 2015
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While visiting Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, the esteemed Indio-Anglian author and journalist Khushwant Singh heard numerous references to what he called “a wandering ascetic who combines preaching religion with sex and liquor.” This “Divine Madman” was, as Singh recounts in his book, The Freethinker’s Prayer Book: And Some Words to Live By, the “most unconventional holy man the world has ever known.”

To be fair, Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) comes from a long line of historic...

Mekong sunrise
May 28, 2015
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As you cruise down the mighty Mekong, just before you get to Khong Jiam, you’ll see a long cliff—Pha Taem—for which the 131-square-mile Pha Taem National Park is named. The hale and hardy can climb to the top for a bird’s-eye view of Laos. Explore the park—the most eastern region of Thailand and one of the most popular attractions in the Ubon Ratchatani province—to glimpse nearly 300 prehistoric rock paintings estimated at around 3,000 years old, as well as spectacular waterfalls.

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