As a wildlife fanatic, Tanjung Puting in Indonesian Borneo surpassed all my expectations. It’s not an easy place to travel to and to me, that’s what made it so special. The exhilaration begins as you walk to the orangutan feeding stations, where hopefully you’ll spot a mother with a baby holding tight as she swings through the trees. Taking a cruise on the Klotok Riverboat and mooring overnight in the jungle is magical. On a clear night the sky is lit up by a canopy of stars and bioluminescent plankton lights up the water like a magic carpet.
Alix, Southeast Asia & Italy Specialist
I have held a passion for travel ever since my first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy in 2011. Since then I have been fortunate to have worked both in Florence, Italy and Australia and I have spent nearly nine months living, working, traveling and eating my way throughout Southeast Asia.
Over the years I have gained a passion for planning and exploring new destinations around the world. When I travel I focus on traveling as sustainably as possible, enjoy visiting the areas where I can interact with locals, uncover the sites I learn about in books, practice new languages and my personal favorite — seeking out the best local foods in the area I’m in.
Aside from my passion for travel you can find me practicing yoga or kickboxing, searching my next scuba diving destination, painting watercolour postcards, gardening, or reading with a cup of chai tea.
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Once in Bali, everything was seamlessly organized. We both have agreed that this trip to Bali is the best one yet of all our travels, thanks to Alix and the Audley team.
My coworker and I decided to go on a trip to Bali this year but we didn't want the hassle of doing all the planning. We ended up calling Audley and working with Indonesia country specialist Alix who asked us who we were as travelers, what we like to do on vacation, and what our budget was. She was very detailed and we appreciated that her findings always matched our interests. Once in Bali, everything was seamlessly organized. We both have agreed that this trip to Bali is the best one yet of all our travels, thanks to Alix and the Audley team.
Situated right on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Khao Lak, this hotel is not only romantic, homely and unquestionably Thai, but it has a great story. The hotel survived the devastating tsunami of 2004 and had to rebuild from the ground up with each bungalow named after the men and women who rebuilt them. The bungalows and suites, tropical gardens and exotic dining options make the most of the scenic setting with idyllic views of quiet Thai beaches. You also get easy access to fishing or scuba diving in the Andaman Sea, and the option for cocktails with a vivid sunset view.
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Meeting the mahouts and their families and visiting their homes was a great introduction to the sustainable elephant sanctuary at Elephant Nature Foundation in Chiang Mai. Soon after, we were led to a clearing in the jungle and assured there was no need to be afraid. We were handed bananas and then the mahouts called to the elephants. Within minutes, two large female elephants and a baby came barreling through the trees toward us. It was incredible feeling feeding an elephant by hand, and to top it all off, we were able to touch one of these amazing creatures and feel the 16-month baby kicking in her belly.