Take me to #RemoteLands

For over a year, I have been planning a trip to China and Indonesia for my family.  Probably being the most complicated trip I have ever planned for myself personally; between Visas, 4 internal flights, 2 ferry rides, 7 hotels, and the where-when-and how, I reached out to Tour Company Remote Lands, which specializes in Bespoke Travel to Asia.

The trip is now less than two weeks away and I am so excited to embark on this amazing journey.  I can’t say enough about how amazing it has been to work with Remote Lands and really excited to experience their tours and report back.

Thing I am most excited about on this trip?  Visiting a local family for a cooking class and lunch followed by a visit to a local school in Yangshou.  Getting out of the major cities and into the countryside to meet local people is probably my most favorite thing to do while traveling.  But don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait to see Hong Kong!

While I’m away, I will be posting tons of tips, tricks, and photos on my Instagram account, @KaleighKirkpatrickTravel.  Please follow me and travel along!

Weekend at Rough Creek Lodge

Last weekend my husband and I decided to take an impromptu “Stay-Cation” in Glen Rose at Rough Creek Lodge.  This is a hunter’s paradise, so to speak, and with neither my husband nor I avid hunters, we still found plenty to do and explore on this 11,000 acre ranch just a little over an hour from the metroplex.

Rough Creek Lodge offers a variety of activities such as a driving range, fishing, horseback riding, paintball, ATVing, a spa (hooray!), zip lining and ropes course, and a fine dining restaurant.  You can check out all of the activities offered here.

An all-inclusive resort; it is meant for guests to stay and play for the weekend.  The perfect set up for a family where dad and maybe kids want to hunt and mom and wants to enjoy the spa then after hunting the whole family can enjoy the grounds together.  I love that they offer a kids club every evening during dinner so that parents can enjoy their 3 course dinner while children are entertained.

To me, this is a 4-star resort, rooms are nice, but weren’t a WOW factor by any means.  I love that they offer so many different bedding configurations to sleep everyone comfortably.  And although this is the perfect stay-cation from DFW, they do not allow pets in the main lodge, which I found a bit odd.  Because of this, we rented a small cabin about a half a mile from the main lodge.  Cabins were fine for the night and fun if you want some outdoor space and privacy, but the rooms in the main lodge are roughly the same price and better appointed.

For just a little extra, I would recommend bringing a friend (or a few) and renting the George W. Bush Presidential Suite.  On the night we arrived, the price difference between a standard room ($653/night including meals and activities for 2 adults and 1 child) and the Presidential Suite was only about $400 ($1,089/night including meals and activities for 2 adults and 1 child).  Children under the age of 15 stay for free.  Over 15 are priced at the adult rate of $130 per night.

Have you visited Rough Creek Lodge before?

 

Myanmar

I had the great privilege of visiting Myanmar (Burma) on a Study Tour with Abercrombie and Kent in April of 2017.  I honestly can’t say enough how visiting this amazing country changed my life– the culture, the beauty, the people who live there and the people I met traveling with me.

Our journey began in Yangon, the country’s capital, where we stayed at the amazing Belmond Governor’s Residence; which was my favorite hotel we visited in Myanmar.  The pool and the rooms were like a dream (and don’t miss the breakfast on in the gardens).

On to Inle Lake, which is a short flight from Yangon.  Inle is known for its floating gardens.  It truly spectacular to see how the villagers weed, fertilize, and harvest their fruits and vegetables from boats .  After Inle, we took another short flight to famous Bagan- known for its 1000s of Pagodas and temples.  It was here that I so wished I had invested in a better camera; generally I use my iPhone out of convenience, but Bagan is so spectacular I would recommend buying or borrowing a DSLR.

While visiting the land of 10,000 temples, Abercrombie and Kent arranged for our group to visit a novitiation ceremony.  This was one of the biggest highlights of the trip for me and I would encourage anyone traveling to Southeast Asia to add this to their list.

In Bagan we boarded the Sanctuary Ananda to cruise the Road to Mandalay.  This was my first River Cruise experience and after sailing on the Ananda, I think I may be a bit spoiled to river cruising.  The chef onboard was formerly a chef at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok and I had some of the most delicious food onboard that I have ever tasted.  The rooms were very well appointed and the onboard activities were perfect for this short 3 night cruise.

The cruise ended in Mandalay where we spent one night before returning to Yangon.  Although many regard Mandalay as Myanmar’s prettiest city, I preferred Bagan and Inle to Mandalay.   No trip to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is where we ended our trip.

My take away from Myanmar was the kindness of the people, the beauty of the country, and (to my surprise!) the amazing food.  Burmese food isn’t something that it easy to come by in Texas and I find myself craving it often!