Travellers have always been captivated by the toddy tappers of Sri Lanka. We’re not surprised - we are too! • It’s quite a surreal process to behold and definitely not for the faint-hearted! • Can you spot Indika Suresh the toddy tapper?
Ni Ketut Sari has lived in rural Bali for an incredible ninety-five years and her family says she’ll never stop doing the daily ritual at Pura Kehen. • She loves meeting people from around the world, so if you visit at the right time, you may get to see her elegantly wandering through the temple. • Read the full story in our bio.
There’s so much more to Bali than the overcrowded beaches of the southern coastline. • The rich traditions that made this island so unique are very much alive and flourishing. This is the story of Ni Ketut Sari... • Read more in our bio.
Another beautiful shot from Myanmar’s south captured by one of or ETG team members, @davidgookey • This unique pagoda, Kyauk Kalap, is perched atop a towering rock formation in the middle of a small, man-made lake in Hpa An.
Inle Lake is like a whole other world in Myanmar where stilt houses and temples stand above water, crops float, fishermen row with their legs and sunsets are breathtakingly golden. • Float over the lake in a hot air balloon for a unique perspective, as seen by @davidgookey, our ETG team member.
Chugging gently around the Tonle Sap at dawn is one of our favourite experiences in Asia. It just feels so special to witness the villages come alive as kids row to school, fishermen are at work and fruit and vegetables are transported the floating markets.
From the stilted villages around the Tonle Sap, kids have to row to school; there is no other choice. It’s an incredible sight, but for them it’s completely natural and they learn from a very young age. The teachers and parents row the very young kids, but from about 7 years old and upwards, they generally take themselves convoy. It’s their school run!
The Gardenia Country Inn, set amongst well-manicured gardens which are a haven for a wonderful array of wildlife. • We think the restaurant overlooking the Lokon volcano & serene landscape makes for a glorious spot to relax with a cup of tea or coffee in hand here in Tomohon.
The highland area of Tomohon is home to lush forests, volcanic peaks, beautiful flowers, a pleasant climate and fresh produce. • Here at the Gardenia Country Inn, you can wake up amongst the captivating beauty of this highland region of Sulawesi.
It takes a bit of skill to drive these special cards and the Morris Minor is no exception. • At one point, all the schoolchildren finished for the day and started to flood past the car. It didn’t take long before we were getting a lot of attention!
We’ve always loved experiencing our destinations in unique ways - not only because it’s fun, but it’s a great way to meet some fascinating people. • Driving around Galle in a vintage car is the perfect example of this. The car itself becomes part of the experience and transforms it into something truly special.
Why are there so many vintage cars in Sri Lanka? Some say it’s nostalgia for a bygone time; others say it’s just love for the general aesthetic of it all. • At times, driving around Sri Lanka can feel like entering a time warp! •
Verdant rice fields and quieter temples; in our opinion, Cambodia is often best visited during the ‘green’ or ‘rainy’ season. • The country celebrates the arrival of the monsoon and it is a time of joy as the land responds to the coming of the rain. • Traveling in the low season can be a really special experience, so don’t rule it out!