- Provided by the Friendship Force of Lamphun
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SEEK PEACE FROM CITY LIFE IN LAMPHUN, THAILAND
Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Chiang Rai, Bangkok
January 18 to February 6, 2014
- One week home stay with FF Lamphun
- 2 nights in Chiang Rai, an area of Thail Hill people
- Private bus tour for 9 days through central Thailand including a visit to World Heritage Sites and the bridge on the River Kwai
- 4 nights in Bangkok including a full day city tour and two free days for personal exploration
- Optional extension to a beach city
Exchange begins in Chiang Mai (arrival airport) and ends in Bangkok (departure airport).
This exchange will enable ambassadors to experience cultural extremes from modern Bangkok to the Hill Tribe culture. Lamphun has been described as a popular place for Thai artists seeking peace from city life. It houses two of the most famous temples in Thailand as well as an elephant conservation center. Lamphun is located near Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand and the cultural heart of the country. After our stay in Northern Thailand we will spend a week touring through Central Thailand ending up in Bangkok, sometimes referred to as an Asian super-city. Along the way we will visit historical and cultural sites in the Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi regions.
$2,036 USD. Contact the ED for details.
- There will be no overnight home-hosting but there will be opportunities throughout the program to spend time with local people and share meals with them..
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EXPLORE AND ENGAGE: HUMANITARIAN AID PROJECTS IN MYANMAR
February 20 to March 5, 2014
- Famous sites – Shwedagon in Yangon, Hiawga National Wildlife Park, Scott’s Market, Madnalay’s Mahamuni and Historic Ruins in Bagan
- Inle Lake with interview time with Padaung Giraffe Ladies, and seeing one-legged rowing
- Full-day River Cruise on the famous Irrawaddy River
- Opportunity for humanitarian aid to three schools and three orphanages
- Site visit to water system for NGO Orphanages sponsored by Rotary International
- Four meals with local people interested in becoming part of the Friendship Force-Myanmar partnership
If you want to experience Asia as it was 60 years ago, Myanmar is the place, especially now before the effects of tourism bring more change.
At any spontaneous stop we make, the people are anxious to converse with us by any means. With over 90% of the population being Buddhist, their general philosophy of meritorious deeds come through.
To allow more “off the beaten path experiences,” we have selected the most prominent tourist attractions from my prior 6 trips since 2004. We work with the same people and have gained a network of trusted partners.
The humanitarian aid stops have developed through these prior efforts. These aid opportunities build friendships and thus hope in their process toward democracy. Please see the detailed itinerary with wonderful pictures included for the 2014 program.
If you contact the exchange director, she can send the compiled journal by the Friendship Force Ambassadors from the 2013 exchange. Also, the blog from this year’s program can be found at: www.burmesefriendship.wordpress.com
$3,050 USD. Includes FFI fees, hotel accommodations, travel within Myanmar, English-speaking tour guide, entrance fees, boat cruise and some meals. Does not include international airfare or visa expenses.
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MAKE FRIENDS ALL ACROSS EXTRAORDINARY TAIWAN
Kaohsuing, Tainan, Hsinchu, Taipei and HauLein, Taiwan
March 15 to 29, 2014
- Discover old and new Taiwan.
- Explore the extraordinary city of Kaohsiung.
- Experience the authentic culture of Taiwan with two homestays.
- Enjoy stunning vistas at Tarago Gorge.
- Make friendships to last a lifetime
Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, is our starting point. Kaohsiung has a vibrant FF club in a beautiful city. Picture the old and the new side by side, much of it by the sea. There will be a visit to the old capital at Tainan by bus, a modern steel making plant, the Love River, the harbor and numerous museums.
A bullet train will transfer us to the northern city of Hsinchu and - its newer FF club is eager to host us! Hsinchuis is known for its Science and Technology Park. A trip to Taipei will include the Palace Museum and Taipei 101. An arranged tour to the Tarago gorge is included.
In Tarago National Park, you will see: The Tunnel of Nine Turns, the Eternal Springs Shrine, Swallow Grotto, the Bridge of the Kind Mother and more.
The exchange will begin in Kaohsiung and end in Taipei. Please note there will be a lot of walking and stairs to climb on this exchange.
$1,330 USD, includes FFI and host feeds. Does not include international airfare. Single supplement $115 for Tarago Gorge Tour. Contact the ED for details.
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GREET THE NEW FF CLUB IN MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore
April 1 to 14, 2014
- Meet some of the newest members of the Friendship Force, the new club in Malaysia
- Follow in the footsteps of the adventurous ambassadors who had a great exchange with this club in September.
- Get to know a fascinating multi-cultural nation.
- Explore bright, modern cities and magnificent rainforests.
After a successful exchange in September 2013, the new FF club in Malaysia is eager to welcome another group of ambassadors this coming spring.
Enjoy a 5-day homestay experience with one of our newest clubs, the Friendship Force of Kuala Lumpur. After that, join the 9-day tour around Malaysia, visiting areas like the Cameron Highlands and Penang and then on to Singapore.
Malaysia is a fascinating, multi-cultural nation whose population represents many different languages, religions and ethnic groups. Additionally, its rainforests are believed to nurture 20% of all the earth’s species.
This will be a cultural experience you do not want to miss. This program begins in Kuala Lumpur and ends in Singapore.
$2500 USD. Includes FFI and host fees. Contact the ED for details.
- Provided by the Friendship Force Club of Nanjing.
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NEW - IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE SIGHTS AND CULTURE OF NANJING, CHINA
Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yangtze River, Nanjing, and Shanghai, China
May 13 to 29, 2014
- Five days, four nights with our friends in Nanjing, including three nights in hotel and one night home stay
- Nine-day pre-exchange Best of China tour, including Beijing, Xian, Yangtse River Cruise
- Three nights in Shanghai post-exchange
- Optional five-day post-exchange tour to Lhasa, Tibet
- This exchange begins in Beijing and ends in Shanghai
Arrive in Beijing on May 13. Tour Beijing’s historic Hutong by old-fashioned pedicab and have lunch with a local family. See vast Tiananmen Square and the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. Visit the renowned Great Wall See the stadium built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, and enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. The third full day in Beijing is opportunity to sightsee on your own, visit the famed Summer Palace, or enjoy shopping.
On May 17, fly to Xian, see the Wild Goose Pagoda. The next day view the astonishing life-sized terra cotta warriors and tour the ancient city wall. After dinner enjoy a Tang Dynasty performance. On May 19 fly to Chongqing, see the pandas in the city zoo, and then board a cruise ship on the Yangtze River.
For the next three days we cruise along the river, with shore excursions to new resettlement towns, excursions to view some of the famed small gorges, and on the third day a view of the historic Three Gorges Dam.
Thursday, May 22, we take the bullet train to Nanjing, where we will be met by our hosts for the exchange. While in Nanjing, we will stay in a local hotel three nights, and enjoy time and one overnight stay with our host families during the weekend. There will be a welcome dinner and a Chinese Folk Music Concert. We will learn about Chinese history and culture through visits to a local school and a senior center, and sightseeing including Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum, a Ming tomb and a Confucian Temple.
Monday, May 26 the bullet train takes us to Shanghai. On Tuesday we will visit the Yu Garden, established in 1559 for a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty, and the Bund, the former international settlement dating to 1854. There will be time on Wednesday, May 28 for an optional Zhujiajiao tour, or perhaps a visit to Suzhou, sister city of Portland Oregon.
This part of the tour ends on Thursday, May 29, but we are also looking at a five-day tour to Lhasa, Tibet, with perhaps a two-day stopover in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.
$650 USD. Includes FFI and host fees, three hotel nights, meals and admission costs. Does not include international airfare.
A visa for China is required. Travel Insurance is also required.
Best of China tour: Additional $1800 per person for double occupancy; for single occupancy add $740.
Optional Tour of Lhasa, Tibet: To be determined. Contact the ED for details.
- This exchange does not include a home hospitality component.
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NEW - VENTURE INTO INCREDIBLE INDIA IN THE NAME OF FRIENDSHIP
India: including Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi
September 10 to 23, 2014
- Very highly recommended by previous Friendship Force groups
- Combines dinners with local families with day time sightseeing opportunities and accommodation in quality hotels
- See India with old friends and like-minded travelers in a small group
- All the "must sees" including the Taj Mahal
- High season travel avoids extreme summer heat.
Meet-up will be in Delhi, India's principal international gateway. Delhi has thousands of years of history, New Delhi being the modern planned section dating from the British Raj. The metropolis is a mixture of modern and ancient architecture with 16 million people representing both traditional India and the emerging technological state. Jaipur, (3.6 million) is in the top 10 most popular Asian cities with its forts, temples and luxury hotels.
Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, which is certainly on the frequent traveler's list of sights to be seen at least once in a lifetime. And Varanasi is the city where you will see why Indians worship at the sacred Ganges River. Between these 4 cities are stopovers to highlight as many aspects of Northern India as can be packed into 13 days.
$2,900 USD. Includes FFI and host fees and basic itinerary in India, based on double occupancy.