Republic of Georgia, September 23-October 6 Sept. 23: Arrive in Tbilisi, transfer to a beautiful small hotel situated in an historic 19th-century building formerly owned by a winemaker. Recently lauded in the NY Times, the hotel regularly hosts international dignitaries and celebrities, from former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to film director David… Continue reading upcoming tour
We’re an Austin artist and chef couple who’ve recently turned our focus towards our passion: travel. Exploring the world and sampling different cultures has always fascinated us. We were backpackers in our younger days, and the adventurous love of travel has stayed with us. But we’re not into roughing it anymore—been there, done that.… Continue reading about us
We were lucky to have writer Carol Flake Chapman on our Thailand tour in 2017. She recently wrote a beautiful article about the trip for NextTribe magazine: Chasing a Dream: Painted Glass and Peace in Thailand . A veteran journalist, she has written for The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Conde Nast Traveler, among other prominent… Continue reading news
A sunset feast while cruising the Mekong river; discovering edible Jasmine flowers, amok, pork floss, Khmer barbecue; staring wide-eyed at red ant offerings on my dinner plate and wondering if I could eat them (I did); tearing in front of Cambodian artist Em Riem’s haunting burlap-bag canvas portraiture paintings of Khmer Rouge victims; winding through the astonishing ruins at Angkor Wat (and other temples); philosophizing on a hilltop about a distant gigantic, disintegrating reclining Buddha; climbing an ever-narrowing stairwell cased inside a three-headed elephant sculpture; learning the art of lotus flower folding; frequent tuk-tuk rides alongside countless families of four riding together on the same motorcycle; and luxuriating in hotels with over-the-top amenities and the kindest of staff.
Thank you, Judy and Emil for these and other remarkable experiences. You two thought of everything!
I loved every minute of ChillAway’s Cambodia and Thailand trip. We visited Angkor Wat, of course, in all its magnificence, but also other smaller, centuries-old temples, still mysteriously entwined in creepers and vines. We spent a morning at a stunning private art and antiquities collection that would have been difficult if not impossible to get into without connections. The dining—both upscale and down—was wonderful in both countries. And the hotels! They were not just beautifully designed but dedicated to creature comfort.