This October, Friends Without A Border is organizing a special trip to Southeast Asia. Join us to explore the idyllic charms of Luang Prabang, visit the Angkor temples which first brought our founder Kenro Izu to the region, and learn how your support makes a difference in thousands of children’s lives.
We have a complete one week itinerary with an optional pre-trip Vietnam extension. Trip is limited is limited to 10 persons.
For pricing and further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A second trip with a similar itinerary will be organized in late January 2018. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving further details.
Optional Vietnam Pre-Trip Extension
October 7 – 14, 2017
- VIP arrival and hotel transfer in Hanoi.
- Signature tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, including visits to the Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoa Lo Prison and Temple of Literature.
- Visit to the historic Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh’s house, the World Heritage Site of the Hanoi Citadel, and the unique One-Pillar Pagoda.
- Visit to Danang and the enchanting port town of Hoi An.
- Excursion to My Son and the wonderful open air Cham Museum, were monuments rest in a verdant valley overlooked by the Cat’s Tooth Mountain. Visit to the Thanh Ha ceramics village and Kim Bong carpentry village.
- Delve behind the scenes of Ho Chi Minh City’s urban metropolis, uncovering out-of-the-way eateries and getting an insight into local life.
- Visit to the infamous Viet Cong stronghold at Chu Chi. Optional visit to the War Remnants Museum.
- Accommodation: Metrepole Hotel in Hanoi, Four Seasons Resort in Hoi An, Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Cambodia & Laos Journey
October 14 – 23, 2017
- VIP arrival and transfer to hotel.
- Visit the Angkor temples, built between the 9th and 13th centuries when Khmer civilization was at the height of its extraordinary creativity.
- Morning visit to the South Gate, with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk, the antique capitol of Angkor Thom, and the famous Bayon temple with its 54 towers adorned with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara, the Royal Enclosure, the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper Kings, and the Baphou.
- Afternoon visit to Ta Prohm, undoubtedly the most atmospheric and photogenic ruin at Angkor, with trees growing out of the ruins.
- Sunset visit to Angkor Wat, built in the deep jungle in the 12th century and mysteriously abandoned two centuries later by the Khmer civilization.
- Private boat trip into the mysterious flooded forests and the village of Kampong Pluk.
- Visit to the magnificent pink sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, considered by many to be the most exquisite and best-preserved example of classical Khmer architecture.
- Accommodation: Grand Hotel D’Angkor – Landmark Garden View Room
- Explore the charming town of Luang Prabang, added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1995. The former capital of Laos, the ancient city stands in a northern valley carved from the mountains by the Mekong River.
- Rise early to a golden procession of monks quietly walking down the streets with their alms bowls in hand collecting food for the day from the townspeople.
- Visit to the Pak Ou Caves, a mystical pilgrimage site perched high above the Mekong River, home to more than 5,000 Buddha images, some inlaid with semiprecious stones.
- Be a personal guest of Photographer and Friends Without A Border founder Kenro Izu at a reception for his photography exhibit at the Amantaka Hotel.
- Countryside drive to experience the ethnical diversity of Laos, with visits to Hmong, Khmu, and Lowland Lao villages. Visit to the Kuang Si Waterfall, where crystal water cascades into idyllic turquoise pools.
- Learn all about the planting, harvesting and cooking of rice at Luang Prabang’s Rice Experience.
- Visit Lao Friends Hospital for Children, guided by its Executive Director, Dr. Simon Young, to learn how Friends Without A Border is changing the pediatric landscape of the country, bringing health and hope to thousands of children.
- Accommodation: La Residence Phou Vao – Mountain View Junior Suite