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From the Ground: New Sunset Hoi An Kayaking Tour

By Jay Austin

Our new Sunset Kayaking Tour in Hoi An provides guests with the opportunity to see Hoi An from a different viewpoint and take in the serenity of life along the river and escape a little of the tourist bustle from old town Hoi An. This is the perfect addition to the beach portion of a tour, as it provides a little activity without intruding too much on your relaxation time at the beach.  This tour also pairs well with our ‘Wander the Ancient Town’ tour, which leads guest through the historical houses and community halls of beautiful Hoi An.

What you can expect from this tour:

Enjoy a leisurely paddle through the palm islands as you explore the Thu Bon River from the islands to the ancient town of Hoi An. The tour starts at 3pm allowing plenty of time to capture stunning images from your kayak of the passing scenery before you reach your sunset location. As the sun goes down enjoy the reflections of the ancient houses in the calm waters, while the area takes on a fantasy-like glow. For the more adventurous guests, there is an option to swap your kayak for a Stand-Up Paddleboard, providing a higher viewpoint of the surrounding scenery.  This tour is guided by an adventure guide, highly trained in safety procedures.

Please note: Dry bags are not provided, so those who are planning on bringing camera equipment should be sure to carry either a waterproof camera or a dry bag for the experience.

Myanmar – Land and Sea tour

By: Andrea Ross

When I first met Andrea Marshall I immediately liked her, she had my name after all and we were attending the same high school in Danville, California where we were immediate friends and known around school as The Andrea’s. Now, almost 20 years later Andrea and I are still friends, but our lives have gone, as they tend to do after high school, in completely different directions, until now.

Andrea went on to get her biology degree and then her PhD on Manta Rays and moved to Mozambique where she founded the Institute for Marine Megafauna Association and Ray of Hope Expeditions. I went on from high school to get an English degree and moved to Cambodia were I founded Journeys Within Tour Company & Boutique Hotel, and Journeys Within Our Community. We both have received some accolades. I am a Conde Nast Traveler World’s Top Travel Specialist and we won a Conde Nast World Savers Award in 2008; Andrea was featured in an amazing BBC documentary titled Andrea: Queen of the Mantas after she discovered a new species of Manta Ray (I know, amazing right?!?!).

Andrea Marshall - Queen of the Mantas

It would seem that our lives were not destined to touch again. Then Andrea did an around the world tour studying and tagging mantas and she came through Thailand and Myanmar. Since I was in Cambodia I caught a quick flight and met her in Phuket. There we caught up on our very different lives, but also realized that we both still shared the same core values: passion for what we do, a deep commitment to conservation and community and a true spirit of adventure. On a night out in Phuket we hatched a plan to develop and run a tour to Myanmar for the following year. Despite our crazy schedules and the fact that we are both hopelessly busy we have now put together this tour.

So Andrea and I will meet up in Yangon in February and I will lead a week long trip through Myanmar, sharing the culture, communities and amazing highlights of this beautiful country. We will visit the orphanage that our company supports as well as meet the scholarship students attending university thanks to our not for profit. At the end of this week I will hand the reins over to Andrea and she will lead a week-long trip on a dive boat out to the Burma Banks and we will dive each day on some of the more untouched reefs in the world. We will meet the Moken Island people and Andrea will give talks at night about her conservation efforts, Manta Rays and their plight and we will then dive with her amazing creatures during the day.

Beautiful Buddhas in Myanmar

Back in high school Andrea and I had a special bond, shared values and a deep sense that we wanted adventure in our lives. It’s so exciting to see that we haven’t lost these core values and that we can now offer a trip that celebrates everything we’ve become in the last 20 years. We have just published the trip on our website and we are looking for 12 travelers to join us on this adventure and let The Andrea’s show them Myanmar Land and Sea!

Andrea Marshall with local children in Myanmar

Contact andrea@journeys-within.com to book this once-in-a-lifetime trip!

Check out the PDF brochure to see a full itinerary Myanmar Land and Sea tour

Andrea diving at Black Rock in Myanmar