Map of trip
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As the next step in the launch of The Global Kitchen I am going to SE Asia to create my first videos for the website. I will be visiting Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand in January and February.

Although I have traveled a lot in Southeast Asia, I have never been to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, so I’m really excited to explore these countries. Of course I love Thailand (and the food!) so I wanted to include it as well. Although 2 months sounds like a long time, it will be a tight schedule to cover all of these areas, and accomplish all I need to. I plan on blogging and posting photos on my trip so you can see what I’m up to, follow along, and write to me.

So far my itinerary looks like this:

January: I will start in northern Vietnam (Hanoi and Halong Bay) and then go to Hoi An in the central area, and the Saigon/Mekong Delta area in the south.

February: I will be in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia. After that I will go to Northern Thailand (Chiang Mai area – not on map) and Luang Prabang in Laos.

Right now I am in the process of researching non-profits that operate in these areas to partner with. I am also learning about the cuisines, ingredients and specialties of these regions and what makes them unique.

How YOU can help

If you know any contacts in these countries – individuals or non-profits, it would be great if you would pass them on. One of the most interesting things about traveling is meeting people who live there. And it’s even better if there is a connection from someone I know.

Or if you have suggestions of where to go or what to do, or what you would like to see, that would be great, too. Do you have a favorite dish you would like to see prepared? Or a specific women’s issue you would like me to research and support?

Follow my adventures on my blog posts. They will be on my new website, which will up before I leave.

I can't wait to start this next step of launching The Global Kitchen!


Comment on this Post


Hi Wendy,

Wow! You're doing it! You're on your way to realizing your vision. I'm so excited for you in your trip to SE Asia to make your first films for The Global Kitchen. I sense that your journey will be so rewarding and I wish you the best of luck! I hope that you'll continue to update the PulseWire community with your travels, experiences and work.

World Pulse did a feature on Cambodia recently, which you can read here:

There are several groups mentioned in the article, including the People Improvement Organization which works with children in Cambodia.

Here are some PulseWire members who are working in the areas you mentioned. Perhaps they can be good contacts for you in your research and travels.

Transitions Global This org empowers survivors of sex trafficking with the opportunity to heal and recapture the most basic of human rights: freedom and hope. They have a center in Cambodia.

DEVI House, a safe place for women to weave together a vision for change in Cambodia. It is an umbrella organization for grassroots women organizations that work for social and economic justice.

TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles brings fairly traded, handwoven, naturally dyed textiles to Canada and beyond from rural women artisans in rural Thailand and Laos. She may have some contacts with the artisans in these regions!

ma.chona lasaca Development worker in Thailand and a Voices of Our Future Correspondent

trickychix Program Coordinator, Room to Grow Foundation (Thailand)

ReaksmeyArun Executive Director, Mekea Strey NGO fighting for women's rights in Cambodia.

Just some ideas to get you started!

Warm regards, Jade

Hi Wendy,

A new member just joined PulseWire who is the director of Bloom Training & Cafe in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. They teach young girls rescued from brothels in the art of cake decoration & sugar craft. Sounds like a great match for Global Kitchen! I encourage you to connect with her.

Ruth Larwill

Hope that your travels are going well. Happy New Year!

Warm regards, Jade