puppets on a boat

Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong

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.

Reaching Out, Hoi An

Reaching Out is an organisation which provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn new skills and gain meaningful employment, helping them to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Visit their workshop and meet local people whose lives have been improved by Reaching Out.

Lion dance performance, Mekong River

Enjoy a traditional Lion dance performance during your Mekong River cruise. 

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.

Silk factory in Hong Ngu

Visit a unique, family-owned silk producing factory in Hong Ngu — Vietnam. 

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.

Water Blessing, Kampong Cham

Visit the Ougong Temples and 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.

Circle Train in Yangon

In the bustling city of Yangon, jump on board the slow moving Circle Train for a true taste of local life. Fruit and vegetable markets, farm land and local villages pass by as you ride the historic train built by the British in 1954. Today, it is predominately used to transport local commuters and produce between villages in the area.

Boat-making workshop at Inle Lake

Visit a boat-making workshop at Inle Lake to see how these iconic vessels are made, and venture through the maze of canals which act as ‘streets’ for the residents of the freshwater lake.

Traditional dance, Irrawaddy River Cruise

On your Irrawaddy River Cruise, enjoy a traditional dance performance and meet the children and schoolmaster of a local school for an insight into life along the river.