Two local ladies will share their unique and exciting experiences to South East Asia as part of this month’s Armchair Travel session at Yeppoon Library on Wednesday, 16 May.
The Armchair Travel series – held by Livingstone Shire Council Library – gives locals the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with the community, while inspiring others to embark on a journey themselves.
Jordana Wilson and Tanya Lynch will team up to present their individual journeys in Siem Reap and Laos.
Jordana described Siem Reap as a small but lively town close to the Tonle Sap Lake, regularly rated amongst the 'top 10' for most best destination lists in popular travel entities.
“Following the journey through Heartprint, an Australian Charity working on the ground in Cambodia, I embarked on a journey to understand the gorgeous Kingdom of Cambodia,” Jordana explained.
“Siem Reap's recent history is coloured by the horror of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Since Pol Pot's death in 1998 however, relative stability and a rejuvenated tourist industry have revived the city and province.
“As an Australian based charity dedicated to raising funds and offering ground support in Cambodia, our goal is to leave an impression on the hearts of impoverished Cambodians.”
Tanya said her time in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos was mystical and moving.
“It’s a peaceful and tranquil town that is the spiritual centre for the people of Laos. It’s a traveller’s delight. With its French influence in food and design, this would have to be Asia’s hot spot to travel,” Tanya said.
“Placed along the Mekong River there is no shortage of things to do. Cooking classes are a must to do, with a majority of restaurants offering this option for tourists to indulge in traditional Laos food.
“My journey continued into the mountains to experience the locals growing cotton to produce their own materials to make scarfs and rugs for self-employment.”
Armchair Travel: South East Asia will take place on Wednesday 16 May at the Yeppoon Library from 6pm - 7pm.
If you’re interested in presenting an Armchair Travel session, please phone the Yeppoon Library on 4913 3850.