Chris and Jerry explore and discuss in detail western Indonesia especially Sumatra and the smaller islands off its coast. Sumatra, the world’s fifth largest island, has three major cities: Medan, Padang, and Palembang and many neat things to do. You will be impressed with the variety of sightseeing and adventure options available including climbing volcanoes, hiking through jungles searching for gibbons and orangutans, visiting Buddhist temples, spending time at Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, shopping for unique items in Palembang’s malls, river rafting, and many other exciting things that are just some of the experiences you will have in this destination not often visited by US citizens, but by the rest of the world.
Chris and Jerry talk about one of the top ten destinations in the world to visit – Eastern Indonesia. There is something there that will excite and amaze nearly every traveler of any age. The island of Java with its access to Krakatoa volcano, Jogjakarta and Surakarta with impressive Javanese temples including Borobudur and Prambanan, the active volcano Mount Bromo, and the beautiful Tengger mountain chain, Bali which appeals to nearly everyone with magnificent beaches, hill-country Ubud, and a variety of physical activities, orangutans, culture, and festivals in Sumatra, the amazing three hundred Stone Age societies of West Papua, Sulawesi’s Londa burial caves and Kete Kesu, unique home architecture of Troja villages, and other unique sites, and rarely visited East and West Timor with their excellent diving and snorkeling, beaches, and unique cemeteries. You will want to go to this fantastic area of the world after listening to this show.
Chris and Jerry continue the discussion on Uzbekistan talking in greater detail on mosques, mausoleums, markets, and what to do and see. A first time visit itinerary should be fourteen days to get the greatest overview of the country from Tashken to Khiva and it should be overland by private driver and guide or on an escorted tour preferably with fewer than twenty guests. If a visit to Fergana in the east including Osh, Kyrgystan, is included, add at least three extra nights. More details about types and prices of accommodations ranging from guesthouses to five star properties and various mosques, mausoleums, and markets are given. Various types of souvenirs including carpets, clothing, skullcaps, ceramics, musical instruments, and Samarkand paper are discussed to sharpen your shopping urges. Uzbekistan should be a must visit for world travelers and both parts one and two will start you on your way.
Chris and Jerry give an excellent overview of Uzbekistan, one of the world’s top five countries to visit. History, culture, minimum itinerary, length of time to stay, best times to visit, hotel categories and prices, variety of ways to travel the country, discussion of the palaces, mosques, and masadahs, money, and many other things you need to know to move Uzbekistan to the top of your travel bucket list and begin your travel plans to this truly fabulous country.
Chris and Jerry discuss the fascinating, historic, unique, and interesting things to do in this seldom-visited destination. Not many people visit Turkmenistan, primarily because it is bordered by Iran on the south and Uzbekistan on the north, two of the world’s five most exciting destinations and tend to limit their vacation in these two countries. Kow Ata, an underground warm lake, the Karakum Desert and Canal, Daraza with its Door to Hell burning recession, and the ancient, ruined city of Merv near Mary with its Mausoleum and central Asia’s largest minaret are just some of the fabulous things to experience in this land of the Silk Road.
Chris, Jerry, and Jerry’s friend, Siamak Gholami, give advice for traveling Iran, one of the world’s top five destinations to visit, that you should know, but may not even have thought about. Tea, caviar, historical monuments, exotic food, rice, ways to travel, types of accommodations, ghaliyan (hookah), dress codes, geographic areas, when to go, what to do, culture, and many other things that will make your visit to Iran truly one to remember. You will want to return.
Many people are hesitant to visit Iran because of misconceptions about safety, freedom to explore on your own, hotel accommodations, food, and other concerns. Chris and Jerry talk about the reality of visiting this varied, scenic, historic, and fabulous country and help alleviate any misconceptions you may have about making Iran your next travel destination. Listen to get excited about visiting Iran.
Roy Liao of Super Value Tours, supervaluetours.com, Chris, and Jerry explore the hidden gem of Taiwan, a destination that will excite everyone. Travelers who come to explore rank Taiwan as one of the best vacations ever. It is excellent for families, adventurers, lovers of excellent food, and history buffs, just to name a few. The show gives many sightseeing options, length of stay, time of year to visit, ways to travel, and many other ideas which will excite you to visit one of Asia’s most unique and impressive destinations.
Andy Magistrale of AmaWaterways, amawaterways.com, Chris, and Jerry talk about the fabulous Mekong and Irtrawaddy River cruises of Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Truly two of the world’s most exciting, interesting, and educational rivers to explore, Andy explains the unique AmaWaterways style of cruising and the included sightseeing of Ha Long Bay and staying overnight on a Vietnamese junk, majestic, ancient temples, the Killing Fields of Myanmar, Vietnam War tunnels, exotic food and fruit, Hanoi Hilton prison, and many other fabulous sites. You will definitely want to cruise these two rivers soon with AmaWaterways.
Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam are uniquely covered by Dan Crandall of Adventures Within Reach, adventureswithinreach.com, Chris, and Jerry. You will learn when to go, how long to stay, unique travel options and areas, food, getting around travel options, and many other suggestions to make your stay in Southeast Asia even more exciting. Dan’s enthusiasm for the area comes through as he explains why everyone should visit this area, as there is something for everyone, except skiers.