Expedition Dates: July 30 - August 11, 2024

Cost: $4495 + Airfare

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Vietnam and Cambodia

Ages: Worldwide youth ages 15-19

Trip Pace: Fast

Physical Activity: Moderate

International Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH)

Highlights:

Fly into Phnom Penh and jump right into the Cambodian culture serving and exploring this beautiful and diverse country.  Spend time working at a local orphanage and digging latrines for local communities.  Visit the world famous Angkor Wat and other Buddhist temples.  Visit the Killing Fields and learn of this harsh part of Cambodia's history.  Swim off the island of Kohh Rong in the crystal blue waters and enjoy a relaxing day under the sun. Participate in baptisms for the dead at the Phnom Penh temple (pending availability).

Make your way to Vietnam and discover the waterways along the Mekong Delta.  Shop along Cai Rang floating market and test your bravery eating local cuisine like rat and coconut grub.  Explore the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City where there are more scooters than cars. Visit the Saigon Opera House for local culture, meet local artists who specialize in eggshell art, and enjoy a world famous water puppet show.  Take a bike tour of Ho Chi Minh City and visit the site where Buddhist monk, Thich Quang Duc, fought for religious freedom in the most famous news picture in history and end your evening on a Saigon River Cruise.  Make your way to the top of Bitexco Financial Tower and climb underground through the Cu Chi Tunnels and learn about the Vietnam War.  Visit local islands via basket boats and head back to the border of Cambodia.

Leader
Justin Bowen

About Justin: Even though Justin dreamed of being a sheep herder in New Zealand when he grew up, he is a photographer by trade and has led hundreds of youth across the globe with National Geographic for nearly 10 years and 12 years with youth who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Illuminate Youth Trips. He has worked with the industry greats including Canon, National Geographic, Spin Magazine, and has photographed many stars including Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Michael Jordan, and Paul McCartney. He is oddly obsessed with everything penguin, won’t eat vegetables to save his life, has an affinity for swimming in arctic waters next to his favorite natural wonder that are icebergs. He is a wizard at creating once in a lifetime itineraries and often works his best magic with the help of a few hundred Instagram searches at 2am. Justin’s the guy who woke up one morning and realized that he had visited all seven continents in the span of eight months without consciously trying.  Justin is the co-founder of a non-profit organization, ROAM Humanitarian (https://roamhumanitarian.org/), giving adults and families meaningful humanitarian experiences around the world. Justin’s passion for the world, the youth, and life in general is contagious and captivating.  Justin met his wife Lindsay when he was 14 years old and after over 20 years of marriage still has any adventure with her and their four incredible children at the top of his bucketlist. Justin’s world goes round from Heber Valley, Utah which is remarkably beautiful enough to get this wanderer to plant roots and call Utah home.