An Evergreen exclusive, the ‘You’re Invited’ program offers a unique and exclusive experiences where guests are welcomed into the lives of locals. These programs offer a unique opportunity to immerse in local cultures and have been chosen to provide you with a better understanding of the areas you visit.
KOTO restaurant in Hanoi
Enjoy a lunch at KOTO, a unique restaurant that trains disadvantaged street youth and gives them hospitality skills. KOTO stands for “Know one, teach one and promotes that learning and knowledge are meant to be shared. The trainees often start off as unskilled, insecure individuals with low self-esteem. Through the program they become educated, confident and self-sustainable young adults.
Water puppetry, Hanoi
In Hanoi see a show featuring the ancient tradition of water puppetry. This art from was developed more than 1000 years ago and is still performed in the traditional way. Following the presentation, you will go backstage and meet the performers as well as get a behind-the-scenes knowledge of this age old art form.
Lifestart Foundation in Hoi Han
Visit the Lifestart Foundation, an organisation that assists the underprivileged to become self-sufficient. Meet local people whose lives have been improved by Lifestart and join them to learn the traditional arts of painting and lantern making. Be touched by people and take home a lasting souvenir of your experience.
Cyclo ride through the Dai Noi or ‘Old City’ in Hue
Join locals and immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the city on an authentic cyclo ride through the Old City. Discover the fascinating history and spectacular beauty of this town through the backstreets towards the Perfume River. Visit Thien Mu Pagoda and the grounds where one of the most seizing images of the Vietnam War was taken, in the city then called Saigon.
Dress and dine like an Emperor in Vietnam, Hue
Tonight live like an Vietnamese Emperor of Hue and dress up in royal costume while you enjoy a royal banquet fit for a king.
Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Hi Minh City
In Ho Chi Minh City, visit the infamous Cu chi Tunnels and its immense network of over 200 kilometres of connecting underground tunnels. Learn of the strategies, atrocities and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese. Your tour guide, a Vietnamese Veteran, will share fascinating stories from first-hand experiences and allow a real insight in the Vietnam War.
Cyclo Ride in Phnom Penh
Located on the banks of Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization of Cambodia where you will find a number of surviving French colonial buildings. Meet our cyclo drivers for a city tour. Visit the Royal Palace complex and the National Museum that houses Angkorian and Pre-Angkorian artifacts.
Cambodian Children’s Group in Phnom Penh
Enjoy traditional Cambodian folk dance performances by the local Cambodian Children’s Group.
A traditional shadow puppet show in Phnom Penh
View a traditional Cambodian shadow puppet show performance. Learn about the art and process of creating these puppets and the particular care in telling the story.
Water Blessing, Kampong Cham
On the Mekong in Kampong Cham, visit the ancient hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey. Receive a traditional Buddhist Water Blessing from the monastery’s resident monks. Water blessings are a traditional Cambodian practice that date back to ancient times. The monks will chant harmoniously as they wish you good luck, safe travel, and a long life.
Phare Circus in in Siem Reap
In Siem Reap witness the incredible Phare Circus, a unique circus that involves theatre, story, dance, music and circus arts. These spectacular acrobatics are thematically infused with Cambodian history and culture. Phare provides opportunities to street children, orphans and struggling families by training them in the art of performance and providing them with employment.