Ha Long Bay - A True Surrealistic Watercolor

August 21, 2014


 Descending the steep, narrow plank, inch by inch, hand over hand along the long pole, I thought: “This better be one hell of a cave!” Exploring the other-worldly interior of Hang Trong Cave was to be one of many surreal experiences I was to have traveling along Ha Long Bay in northeast Vietnam. 

In the 1992 movie Indochine, credited with putting Ha Long Bay on the map, Catherine Deneuve describes it as “the most remote outpost of Indochina.” Today, the bay still retains that end-of-the-Earth, Lord-of-the-Rings-on–water quality. 

The very few guesthouses at that time have now flourished into almost 300 accommodations of every comfort level and the few Chinese junks plying their trade have metamorphosed into more than 400 tourist boats.

I visited as part of a Myths and Mountains Tour, which also included several days in Hanoi and Sapa in northwest Vietnam, an area home to several minority villages. But more on that later.

The almost 600 square miles comprised of thousands of karst (limestone) islands, caves and inlets create a solitary natural environment that belies description and inspires awe. I kept thinking, “How many times can I use the word surreal in one travel article?”    Read more

READ Global - Dancing with the Mountains, An Evening with Melissa Arnot

July 11, 2014

Melissa ArnotDon't miss this amazing opportunity to hear Melissa Arnot, the only non-Sherpa woman to summit Everest five times, at our fundraiser for READ Global on Wednesday, August 6th in Lake Tahoe.  More info here: 
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NBC News - Travelers Inspired To Do Good While Seeing The World

May 1, 2014

READ Global, a nonprofit founded by Myths and Mountains, a U.S.-based, adventure-travel company, which stands for rural education and development, has built 73 community library and resource centers and provided seed money for more than 100 small for-profit businesses in villages in Nepal, India and Bhutan since 1991. Volunteers often provide initial funding, but both the centers and their partner businesses that help sustain the centers financially are owned and operated by the local community, a model designed to generate jobs and encourage empowerment. —Tanya Mohn
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The Active Times - Top Adventure Travel Trips 2014

January 14, 2014

 Veins of the Dragon Tour In Vietnam and Cambodia
The Mekong River is one of Asia’s largest rivers; spanning six countries, flowing more than 2,700 miles and providing sustenance to the surrounding communities. The Vietnamese refer to their rivers as “veins of the dragon,” and they believe the strength and condition of the rivers is symbolic. The Mekong is currently plagued by pollution and is being exploited for hydropower. Myths and Mountains has arranged a 15-day adventure with the purpose of examining the conditions of the river, the people who rely on it, and the ways they produce food along the river. You will have the opportunity to explore caves, islands and canals, in addition to hiking, biking and navigating the river. —Diana Gerstacker
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Myths and Mountains Founder, Dr. Antonia Neubauer, Awarded an "Ambassador of Peace Award"

November 5, 2013

London, England – Dr. Antonia Neubauer, president of Myths and Mountains today was awarded an “Ambassador for Peace Award” by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) for promoting a “Culture of Peace through Tourism” for founding READ Global. The award was presented on the Platinum Stage at the World Travel Market in London, England, as Allie Almario, Vice President of Myths and Mountains, accepted the award from IIIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore on behalf of Dr. Neubauer, who is currently traveling in Myanmar.
Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO Secretary General; David Scowsill, President, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); Mok Singh, Immediate Past President, Skal International; Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP); Martin Craigs, President, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Peter DeWilde, CEO of Visit Flanders all spoke at the event to support the important role of travel and tourism as a vehicle for peace.
Eight organizations were recognized at the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) 25th anniversary commemoration of its First Global Conference, Tourism: A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988. The event took place at World Travel Market’s Platinum Suite stage on Tuesday, November 5 from 1400–1500.
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Myths and Mountains Founder, Dr. Antonia Neubauer, Named Conde Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2nd Year in a Row

July 21, 2013

Incline Village, NV – Experiential tour operator Myths and Mountains is proud to announce that Founder and President Dr. Antonia (Toni) Neubauer has been recognized as Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist for Nepal in 2013. This honor establishes Neubauer as not only the premiere travel specialist for the country of Nepal, but as one of the top travel professionals in the world. This is Dr. Neubauer’s fourth Top Travel Specialist award from Condé Nast Traveler.
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Everett Potter's Travel Report Interviews Vice President, Allie Almario

July 9, 2013

The Interview: Allie Almario of Myths & Mountains
EP: What is your background and how did you get into adventure travel?
AA: I fell into adventure travel purely by accident. My first “real” job was at the Philadelphia Zoo, which had a burgeoning travel program introducing its members to wildlife all over the world. In my early 20s, I found myself leading African safaris or traveling anywhere from Borneo to Ecuador scouting out potential destinations with great wildlife conservation projects. I’ve never quite fit the mold of what a stereotypical adventure traveler might be – I was born in the Philippines but grew up in suburban South Jersey. My idea of a hike as a teenager was grudgingly walking to a friend’s house three blocks away if I didn’t get a car ride. And then in college, I did an exchange program in London, eventually backpacked my way through Europe, went back to live and work in London, then started traveling for the zoo – and I never looked back.
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