Road Testing Tours in Vietnam

Want to get a taste of local life in Hoi An? Our team is currently on tour and have been filling us in on their adventure!


Responsible Non-Travel?

The following is a guest post by Lea Trafford.

Post the sentencing in Egypt this week of three journalists I received an email from Avaaz.org to take action to free the journalists in Egypt.


Bottled Water – can we find a silver lining?

We Westerners are told to stop using single use plastic bottled water - it’s an environmental disaster causing cubic miles of plastic waste, and it’s expensive (several thousand times the price of tap water in Melbourne).  Our environmental and ethical duty in Australia is probably to buy a re-usable drink bottle and use tap water to refill it.

But once in a developing country, this can be practically impossible!

Escorted Tour

Cambodia – resettlement destination for refugees?

The following is a guest post by:
Peter Norden AO
Adjunct Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies, R.M.I.T. University & former Jesuit Priest who has worked on human rights issues in many countries

Twitter: @melbournepeter

6th may 3

Friends the Restaurant Phnom Penh Cambodia

Friends the Restaurant and Romdeng are restaurants in Phnom Penh run by Mith Samlanh ("Friends" in English) a local organization working with Cambodian street children, their families and the community.

Mith Samlanh develops creative projects that support the children to become in independent and productive members of the community.

Our Uniting Journeys tour group had great meals at both restaurants during our stay in Phnom Penh.

A non- religious organisation, Mith Samlanh was established 20 years ago by three expatriates - Sebastien Marot, Barbara Adams and Mark Turgesen. 56% of its income is currently raised through its commercial enterprises.

Initially the founders thought they knew (and were providing) what was best for the children. However, after 10 days and with only one child left from an original 20, they began to listen to the children and from then on, the children have been guiding their work.

Over 1800 homeless, vulnerable and abandoned or abandoned children are helped each day from the brightly painted centre behind the restaurant. You can view more info by clicking here: http://www.mithsamlanh.org/history.php?=aboutus

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