National Geographic : 2013 Sep
A vacation adventure becomes even more memorable when you approach your destination via the road less traveled—by bike, by foot, and, in the case of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, cliff jumping. Take your trip to the next level by rewarding yourself with comfortable accommodations and long, leisurely dinners. But no matter where you go or how you get there, with Chase Sapphire Preferred® you get 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants. RISING TO THE CHALLENGE IN WALES A well-kept secret beyond the British Isles, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, on the west coast of Wales, is timelessly, exquisitely wild. The stunning landscape brims with sheer cliffs, caves, coves, and pristine waters. No other national park in the United Kingdom boasts so much coastline. But there is something new in the equation, an adventure sport with a 20th-century pedigree. Called coasteering, this adrenaline-rush pastime involves moving along rugged coastline at sea level. Helmets, wetsuits, and buoyancy aids help you navigate a thrilling mix of swimming, rock climbing, diving, riding waterfalls—whatever it takes to press on along the dramatic cliffs. And Wales is where this unique sport was born. Once back on land, enjoy wonderful locally sourced seafood at fine restaurants and hearty fare at cozy pubs. Remember, you get 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants with Chase Sapphire Preferred®. Learn more at chasesapphire.com/preferred. BIKING CAMBODIA’S LOST CITY OF ANGKOR WAT Southeast Asia’s most awe-inspiring ancient temple complex—a UNESCO World Heritage site—takes on new dimension when a bicycle is part of the equation. Rent your wheels in the town of Siem Reap, and head out in the magical light of sunrise for the easy four- mile ride to the temple site. Cyclists get to choose from two biking circuits (one covers ten miles; the other, sixteen) that weave through jungle and forest, connecting the most outstanding among the complex’s 1,000 temples. Amid all the historic architecture, the jewel in the crown is the site’s namesake, Angkor Wat, built some 800 years ago and filled with larger-than- life moss-encrusted sculptures. This moated wonder, originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, remains the largest religious archaeological site on the planet and is immortalized on Cambodia’s flag. To provide a contemporary counterpoint to this back-in-time adventure, stay at one of the close-by luxury hotels and go shopping for locally crafted jewelry, baskets, textiles, and woven-silk shawls. Advertisement ADVENTURE A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON VACATIONS From left: Aerial view of Angkor Wat, Cambodia; tour bike parked outside a countryside Wat, Cambodia; giant cliffs and seashore in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.