Five adventurous places to see this year, from Josh Gates of 'Destination Truth'
Syfy's "Destination Truth" TV series sent Josh Gates out to spend the night in King Tut's tomb and in the temple at Cambodia's Angkor Wat. He has done time at the nuclear accident site of Chernobyl, in Ukraine, and climbed Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. What does it take to ratchet up the adventure factor on your next trip? Gates will offer his advice at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Feb. 23 and 24 in a session called "From Monster Hunting to Mojitos: A Guide to Adventure in 2013." Until then, here are five destinations Gates recommends to get you started. --Mary Forgione
There's no shortage of upscale hotels and delicious restaurants in Vietnam's cities, but if you really want to see the best of Southeast Asia, grab a motorcycle and retrace the 1,000 miles of the famed Ho Chi Minh trail, posting up at small homestays along the way. Just be sure to learn how to change a flat tire, or you might end up stuck.