Vietnam

20 Jul 2008

by Marc Passion

VISITING AN ORPHANAGE

So you’ve been getting drunk, chatting up the locals and you haven’t even washed. Feeling pretty bad, huh? Why not cleanse the soul (and the memory of that Swiss girl) by doing something good for a change? There are orphanages all over south-east Asia who would welcome gifts and donations to help continue their good work.

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Where: Kon Tum, Vietnam

Cost: Balls, skipping ropes and games  = 100,000 Dong ( AUS$ 10 / Euro 5 / GBP 4.50)

Passion’s Passage
It’s not easy getting to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. A bum-numbing bus ride from either Hoi An or Dalat is your only option. Once there, you’ll be amazed at how developed Kon Tum and Buon Ma Thuot are with new developments springing up all over. There are plenty of hotels to choose from, but Marc Passion normally stays in the reasonably priced Viet Tram, 162 D Nguyen Hue.

Vinh Son Orphanage in Kon Tum
The Vinh Son Orphanage is a welcoming place and only a short walk from Kon Tum town centre. Take along gifts such as balls, skipping ropes and toys and you’ll be happily shown around. The nuns that run the orphanage will explain the circumstances of the little ones before you hand out your gifts to the 5 to 10-year-olds.

Was it worth it?
It’s amazing the joy a small toy can give to a child. If every traveler did this once then the world would be a happier place. You’ll come away wishing you could do more and maybe you can when you get home.

Other activities in Kon Tum
Kon Tum is a favorite start point for cyclists heading south to Buon Ma Thuot. Karaoke bars and street-side food vendors are everywhere.

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Comments

  • http://nomadicsamuel.com Nomadic Samuel

    Marc, I found visiting several orphanages in Cambodia was such a valuable experience.  The kids were so appreciative and just a few simple things like kicking the soccer ball around leaves a lasting impression.

  • http://www.marcpassiontravel.com Marc Passion

    Very true Nomad Sam! It does remind you of how fortunate we are to have the things we do and the access to move around the world freely.