Set on the shores of the stunning Nam Tien lake, the Elephant Conservation Center is putting Sainyabuli firmly on the visitor map. Established in partnership with elephant NGO ElefantAsia (www.elefantasia.org), the center offers visitors a unique insight into the lives of these majestic creatures.
Adrenalin meets conservation in this ecofriendly adventure in the 106,000 hectares of the Bokeo Nature Reserve wilderness. The Gibbon Experience is essentially a series of navigable 'ziplines' criss-crossing the canopy of some of Laos' most pristine forest, home to tigers, clouded leopards, black bears and the black-crested gibbon.
Lesser known areas of the Palazzo Ducale, including the original Prigioni Vecchie (Old Prisons), can be visited on the Itinerari Segreti (Secret Itineraries) tour. Book tickets ahead for the tour at the Palazzo Ducale ticket desk or online. The 1½-hour tour is an intriguing look at the underside of the palace and the workings of government in the days of La Serenissima.
Visit Japan's iconic Mount Fuji, cruise Lake Ashi and ride the aerial cableway at Mount Komagatake on this popular day trip from Tokyo. You'll enjoy lunch on Mt Fuji and have sweeping views of celebrated Hakone National Park from Mt Komagatake.
Book an exclusive private viewing of Stonehenge. Stepping inside the "inner circle of stones" is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tickets are limited and each group consists of 26 (morning) or 40 (afternoon) with your own guide.
Fourteen miles upriver from DC’s Georgetown, where the central Piedmont meets the coastal plain, the normally placid Potomac cascades 77ft down a series of beautiful, treacherous rapids known as Great Falls. The Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal was constructed to allow barges to bypass the falls.
Before heading to the Nepal border, or as part of a five-day excursion from Lhasa, many travellers make the diversion to iconic Everest Base Camp (EBC; 5150m). The clear vistas (if you are lucky) up a glacial valley to the sheer North Face are far superior to anything you'll see in Nepal.
Explore San Francisco like a pro on this GPS-guided tour aboard a classic Volkswagen convertible Bug! Drive to 40 pre-loaded top San Francisco locations like Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf and Coit Tower, and even cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge! Plus, each car is equipped with a high-definition video camera, so you can capture your entire Sa.
See Paris at your own pace on a one-day or two-day hop-on hop-off tour. With four interconnected routes, this tour is the easiest way to get around Paris and see all the sights.
Colonizing the melted ski slopes in summer and accessed via lifts at the village's south end, this park offers barreling downhill runs and an orgy of jumps, beams and bridges twisting through 200km of well-maintained forested trails.
With nearly 200km of excellent gravel roads, Pilanesberg was designed with self-drive safaris in mind. Although you have a better chance of spotting cats on one of the ranger-led wildlife drives steering yourself is cheaper, and when you do see an animal, more rewarding.
Comprising 38 lifts and almost 82 sq km of skiable terrain crisscrossed with over 200 runs (more than half aimed at intermediate-level skiers), the sister mountains of Whistler Blackcomb were physically linked for the first time in 2009. The mammoth new 4.
Vermont’s prime ski resort is enormous, yet the East Coast’s answer to Vail runs efficiently enough (it has five separate lodges, each with a different emphasis, as well as 32 lifts) to avoid overcrowding. K-1 Lodge boasts the Express Gondola, which transports up to 3000 skiers per hour in heated cars along a 2.5-mile cable and is the highest lift in Vermont.
Treks into the Gunung Leuser National Park require a guide and can last anywhere from three hours to two days. Most people opt for two days so that they can spend the night in the jungle, which increases the likelihood of seeing orang-utans and other critters in the wild.
See the orangutans at Singapore Zoo on a morning tour from Singapore, with the option of enjoying a wild breakfast with these fascinating animals. Singapore Zoo has the world's most successful orangutan-breeding program, and the largest social colony of these highly intelligent primates.