The trip, up to that point, had been chock-full of wildlife. We observed king-sized crocodiles at close range, photographing the beasts as they sunned themselves on muddy riverbanks and swam ominously through murky waters. We’d seen fruit bats hanging from trees and enough birds of prey to fill an aviary. We even saw a cassowary, […]

The task of observing a particular animal in its native habitat often boils down to a game of chance. When the subject in question is the Southern Cassowary, a flightless and endangered cousin of the emu with a population of roughly 1,000, chances are slim. On a recent tour of the Daintree Rainforest on Australia’s […]

When the public-address announcer spotted the first crocodile peeking out of the water, the deckhand tied a hunk of raw meat to the end of the line. It was time to ring the breakfast bell on the Adelaide River. Standing on the second level of a two-story riverboat, the deckhand raised the pole and slapped […]

On the back side of Angkor Wat, our guide had us stop and sit in the shade atop a short stone wall. My sister and I had spent the morning following Tep Nat’s footsteps up and down a great many flights of stairs as he educated us about the eighth wonder of the world. He […]

We had made it as far into the Phra Nang cave as our eyes would allow when we saw the light. It was dim yet effective, strapped to the head of a fellow hiker clambering down out of the darkness. Up close, the man was thin and wiry, wearing a mullet and backpack over a […]

As tour guides go, Joe Clark didn’t look like much at first glance. He is short and scrawny, half-Chinese and half-white, with a face suggesting an age much younger than the 25 years he claimed. He spoke fast and with a British accent, boiling down the past century of historical events marking the rise of […]

It was an ambitious itinerary, to say the least. The schedule had us zipping up and down the coastline at the top left corner of Luzon, taking in two-dozen points-of-interest in and around Pagudpud, Laoag and Vigan—all within 48 hours. My wife and I stepped out of the shuttle bus from the Laoag airport and […]