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GTPP Episode 12 – Cultural Immersion Explored: Adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia with LikeLocal

In episode 12 of the Global Travel Planning Podcast, Tracy and Doug share their incredible experiences with LikeLocal in Vietnam and Cambodia.

They talk about their three unique opportunities to immerse themselves in the local culture, including a visit to a local family in Ho Chi Minh City, a weaving experience in Siem Reap, and attending a wedding celebration in a Cambodian village.

Through their storytelling, Tracy and Doug highlight the enriching and privileged moments they had through these experiences and emphasize the importance of connecting with locals while traveling.

Stay tuned as they delve into their personal encounters, the delicious food, the warm hospitality, and the unforgettable memories made during their travels.

Introduction to LikeLocal Experience

  • Tracy and Doug share their experience with LikeLocal in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • They discuss the unique opportunities to meet locals and immerse in the culture through LikeLocal experiences
  • Introduction to the podcast episode and the host’s experiences with LikeLocal
  • Purpose of the episode: to share the benefits and value of LikeLocal experiences

LikeLocal Experience in Vietnam

  • The Collins’ first experience with LikeLocal in Vietnam, meeting Kim Ho and her family
  • Description of visiting Kim Ho’s house and being greeted by her family
  • Meeting Kim Ho’s family and being welcomed into their home
  • Engaging in cooking with Kim Ho’s family and having conversations about their lives

LikeLocal Experience in Cambodia (Silk Weaving)

  • The Collins’ second experience with LikeLocal in Cambodia, visiting a silk weaver and her family
  • Description of learning the intricacies of silk weaving and enjoying a meal with the family
  • Observing silk weaving and attempting to learn the craft
  • Sharing a meal and conversations with the silk weaver’s family

LikeLocal Experience in Cambodia (Wedding Celebration)

  • The Collins’ third experience with LikeLocal in Cambodia, attending a wedding celebration in a village
  • Description of being welcomed by the locals, observing the food preparation, and participating in the celebration
  • Attending the wedding celebration, being greeted by locals, and participating in the cultural event
  • Observing the local customs, food preparation, and social interactions at the wedding

Reflections and Recommendations

  • Reflecting on the unique experiences and benefits of engaging with locals through LikeLocal
  • Strong recommendations for others to consider similar experiences to enrich their travels
  • Reflections on the enriching experiences and cultural immersion facilitated by LikeLocal
  • Recommendations for listeners to explore opportunities to connect with locals while travelling

Links to relevant articles and podcasts

  • Episode 11 – Interview with LikeLocal CEO and founder Gevorg Babayan