Deeper into Asia We Go!

From Thailand, we traveled to yet another country for a very different addition to our trip. Here, our goal was to encourage a great family living and working in Asia and learn more about their work to help local communities. We adored our time here – and are so thankful for the memories we made!

On the Mekong River, Southeast Asia


Our time here was full of many new adventures too. A dugout canoe took us across the Mekong River to an island called Dong Dang (no, I’m not making that up). What. A. Ride.


Our second exciting mode of transportation was a tractor (Nick would tell you that’s a generous term for this contraption) pulling a pretty primitive wagon. Through the muddy path. In the rain. For about 20 minutes.

The island roads.
This “tractor” is called a dok dok.

When we finally arrived at the temple (a village’s common gathering place), we kind of attracted some extra attention (what are foreigners doing here???)… But it was so neat to see all of this happen…

Unfiltered Mekong River Water vs. Filtered Mekong River Water

Salesmen were hosting this seminar to explain why clean water is vital to a family’s life and health. Many of these people are very poor and have never had access to clean water. For some, this was the first time they were able to link their ongoing medical problems and their dirty water together. And this is just the beginning of what we hope they can share as they build relationships with new villagers.


Later, we got a full tour of the place where these filters are made and met their staff. I think the chemist in Nick really enjoyed this. I on the other hand, relegated myself to photographer for the tour. 🙂




Very used filters… look at all that gunk.

The next day, we met some local families and Nick even was able to make a new friend who also spoke German. (Proof that you just never know where your language experiences will turn out to be helpful!) They were all very kind!

Precious 85-year-old grandmother.
Nick and his new German-speaking Asian friend 🙂

There are so gorgeous places in this country – and we were so thankful to see some of them. We visited a coffee planation with grounds full of beautiful areas to explore.


This country is a butterfly’s haven. They are everywhere – and very beautiful and unique!
I was excited to get some fabulous coffee on the planation!

Nick also made some fast friends with the boys through the week – and memories that we will all cherish for years to come!

Best buddies.
Ninja lessons were a major hit!
Eating passion fruit from a friend’s home farm.
A pretty good description of these boys 😉

Incredibly thankful for this journey and the wonderful memories we bring home.

Step by Step,

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. sarah.flyingkites says:

    LOVED this post!

    1. Amber says:

      Thanks Sarah! And thanks for the great night this week. Nick and I really loved spending time with you guys!

  2. Emily says:

    I loves these pictures! There is something that makes you look “fulfilled.” Thankful you were able to make the trip!

    1. Amber says:

      Thanks Em. Certainly is fulfilling to see all of this 🙂 Can’t wait to share some in person sometime here 🙂

  3. Jaci Gerber says:

    What a neat trip! So glad that you shared with us, and arrived home safely!

  4. Lana says:

    I finally got around to reading this post and it did this sister/aunt’s heart a lot of good! Your perspective as a visitor is insightful and fascinating to me and gives me an even deeper respect for the work being done here. Thank you for documenting this so well! Your words and photos reflect so much:)

  5. Janel says:

    I just now saw these posts of your trip! Wow! So amazing! You did such a fantastic job of rehashing everything!! I can’t wait to hear about it in person!!

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