There’s a part of Brazil that is mostly void of international tourists. It’s a little harder to get to, it’s more remote than iconic Brazil and English is not widely spoken. But it’s worth the effort because you’ll be blown away by its natural beauty, fascinating history and energetic locals.
I’m a little annoyed. The seat of my rusty old bike keeps shifting and dropping. And it’s uncomfortable. It’s making for extra hard work as I ride through thick, humid air on the back roads of Anuradhapura, the UNESCO World Heritage Listed city in Sri Lanka. It’s supposed to be the best way to see the scattered ruins, but I’m sweaty, tired, and I have to keep adjusting my rump. These ruins are making me work for it.
“His screams stuck in my head,” recalls Sangduen ‘Lek’ Chailert, of an occasion she saw an injured elephant being forced to work. “I looked in his eyes and I couldn’t believe how much they expressed his anger. I had to make a promise to him. And that promise was that I would speak out for and provide a home for these elephants”.
Most people who travel to Malaysia include a beach visit and Pulau Langkawi often gets all the attention.
But on the opposite side of Malaysia exist two little gems that offer pristine beaches, a lush backdrop, ample adventures and are known to have a more laidback vibe – Pulau Besar (big island) and Pulau Kecil (small island), otherwise known as the Perhentian Islands.