Press Release



Southeast Asia: A Journey of Discovery 
A Tour with Don Mankin – October 19-30, 2019. Four spots remain for the October Journey.



SEATTLE, WA - Explorer X has four spaces remaining for Southeast Asia: A Journey of Discovery from October 19-30, 2019. Join psychologist, educator, and award-winning travel journalist Don Mankin in an exploration of one of the most exotic and seductive regions on earth. In twelve magical days participants will experience tropical landscapes, bustling cities, serene villages, and ancient architectural wonders unlike anything in the Western world. The poignant histories, unique cultures and spiritual traditions of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam will spark traveler’s curiosity and open their eyes to a world vastly different from our own.  Interested parties must confirm their participation by Thursday, August 15, 2019.


Highlights of this trip include:
·         Meetings and meals with locals including a Vietnamese-American journalist and writer in Hanoi
·         Overnight boat trip exploring the limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons and floating villages of Lan Ha Bay, the most scenic and remote section of Halong Bay
·         Private lunch cruise down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang
·         Guided hike to the top of Khouang Sy Waterfalls near Luang Prabang for a stunning panoramic view of the countryside, then swim in the clear, natural pools
·         Early morning moonlight tuktuk ride through the ancient Angkor forest to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Tour the temple with a former Buddhist monk
·         Hands-on cooking class with a chef of an acclaimed Khmer restaurant
·         Ride in a vintage military jeep through the Cambodian countryside to Banteay Srey, famous for its intricate stone carvings and preserved statues
·         Lunch at the home of the leader of a Cambodian project for women entrepreneurs
About Don
Don has filled many different roles in his professional life – psychologist, educator, futurist, writer, business consultant and now, travel journalist. After earning a BS in electrical engineering and a PhD in experimental psychology, he worked for over 35 years as a psychology professor and dean at various universities and consulted for many organizations, large and small. During that time Don authored four books, published by Harvard Business School Press and Jossey-Bass among others, on management and organizational psychology.
His first visit to SE Asia in 1995 transformed Don’s life by opening him up to other cultures, sparking his interest in exotic destinations, and ultimately leading him to forge a new career at an age when most people are well into retirement. Since then he has traveled to the far reaches of the planet, visiting over 60 countries and all seven continents, including Antarctica (three times!). Many of these adventures are described in his most recent book, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler, from National Geographic Press. The Wall Street Journal called this book, "One of the best travel books to cross our desk this year...A wonderful -- and inspiring -- read". Don continues to write for a number of publications on adventure travel and transformational travel for seniors and boomers. His articles have won awards every year starting in 2011 in the annual competition sponsored by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
About Explorer X
Based in Seattle, Explorer X inspires people to transform their lives and create real change in the world through handcrafted, consciously-designed, and fully-engaged travel experiences. Their custom travel experiences and small group adventures feature some of the world's most incredible destinations and landscapes and venture into its most amazing and unique cultures. Their journeys challenge travelers to get curious, putting them face-to-face with contemporary issues and ancient truths while experiencing a journey unlike any other. Explorer X believes that travel is the ultimate tool for growth, learning, and global citizenry, and should inspire purposeful action.
*  *  *  *  *
Tour Name:  Southeast Asia: A Journey of Discovery
Tour Dates:  October 19-30, 2019
Cost:  $4,985.00 USD
Tour Location:  Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos


What's included:
·         All accommodations (11 nights)
·         Breakfast and Lunch every day, 9 dinners
·         All experiences and activities
·         All transfers and transportation
·         All cruises and boat trips
·         All domestic flights: Hanoi > Luang Prabang > Siem Reap
·         Our in-depth Explorer X Wayfinder Packet to help you prepare emotionally and physically

Not included:

·         Transportation to Hanoi and from Siem Reap
·         Travel insurance
·         Expenses of a personal nature




Media Contact: Pam Perry
Phone: 206-617-0102 
Explorer X