Why I Love Road Scholar!


Mike and I are now traveling on our own, after our whirlwind tour with Road Scholar, through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And what a tour it was!
My blog couldn’t keep pace with our activities and even now, this summary will only provide a taste of those incredible 20 days.
Here are a few of the many reasons I love Road Scholar.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
Road Scholar made contributions on our behalf to the two village schools and hospital we visited.

One nurse per 500 children at the outpatient clinic of this free hospital

One nurse per 500 children at the outpatient clinic of this free hospital

Look who else visited the hospital--but not while we were there.

Look who else visited the hospital–but not while we were there.

While traveling in Cambodia a few years ago, the Spitlers asked their guide to suggest a worthwhile project. The end result was this village school.
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Sarin, a Cambodian tour guide, and head of the Spitler School

Sarin, Cambodian tour guide, and head of the Spitler School

Prior to the Spitler School, children in this village had no opportunity for education.
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Yes, we were captivated.

Yes, we were captivated.

JAW DROPPING EXPERIENCES

Mike, taking in the majesty of Angkor Wat

Mike, taking in the majesty of Angkor Wat

The demons guarding the bridge to Angkor Thom

The demons guarding the bridge to Angkor Thom

One of the many faces of King  Jayavarman 7

One of the many faces of King Jayavarman 7

Good guys on the left, demons on the right, churning the sea of milk

Good guys on the left, demons on the right, churning the sea of milk with Jayavarman 7 gazing down on it all

And of course, the many Buddha images in Laos and Thailand were unforgettable and impressive.
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WONDERFUL LECTURES

Tony Zola, another former Peace Corp volunteer who settled in Asia, was a fascinating lecturer.  He spoke to us in Thailand and Laos.

Tony Zola, another former Peace Corp volunteer who settled in Asia, was a fascinating lecturer. He spoke to us in Thailand and Laos.

Tara (an American)and a local Lao woman created the Museum of  Art and Ethnology.

Tara (an American)and a local Lao woman created the Museum of Art and Ethnology.

We had an amazing lunch at Fabian's stilt home in a  Laotian village, followed by a lecture.

We had an amazing lunch at Fabian’s stilt home in a Laotian village, followed by a lecture.

GREAT COMPANIONS
Fantastic experiences are even better when shared with like minded companions.
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The jungle temple

The jungle temple

Showing off our Baci Ceremony stringe

Showing off our Baci Ceremony strings

CULTURAL IMMERSION

Elephant Camp

Elephant Camp

Water Puppet Show

Hanoi Water Puppet Show

Lanna dance

Lanna dance

Ancient musical instruments.  That IS an elephant carved on the end of that bow

Ancient musical instruments. That IS an elephant carved on the end of that bow

One of the marriage stories in the museum of Art and Ethnology

One of the marriage stories in the museum of Art and Ethnology

From night markets...

From night markets…

To rice paddies, we saw it all

To rice paddies, we saw it all

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
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INCREDIBLE FOOD
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Judging from their rounded bellies, I think these apsaras just finished a Road Scholar trip!

Judging from their rounded bellies, I think these apsaras just finished a Road Scholar trip!


I’ll give your eyeballs a rest, and stop with the photos.
You’ll just have to take my word for it, this trip was AMAZING!

3 thoughts on “Why I Love Road Scholar!

    • 2 weeks with global volunteers after Mike leaves. I just learned the school only has squat toilets. Good thing I brought skirts!

      Too bad the weather in Hanoi isn’t as great as in HoiAn

      Shelley

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