Every year it becomes increasingly difficult to find unique cultures that are untouched by modernization. In this "age of information," we realize that naming a tiny village on a website can attract "trophy travelers" who care little or nothing about the tremendous loss when once secret places are turned overnight into tourist meccas. So we are cautious about exposing names of remote places on our day to day itineraries, which are never posted on our website.
Even as our research is intensified, our friendships and contacts are broadened, and we try to limit our choice of travelers to those who can share our philosophy of responsible and sustainable tourism. Enjoy Kathleen Fung's Travel Blog.
Far Fung Places, through private organizations, assists needy people in preserving ancient cultures, by elevating standards of living, and by encouraging their creativity and arts to flourish. Every year we invest a percentage of our profits to charities which serve a variety of humanitarian projects throughout the countries we visit. In Bhutan, we contribute to the Loden Foundation®, a non-profit organization which supports young entrepreneurs who are starting businesses in Bhutan.
A few words on our new journeys
Two years ago Far Fung Places launched its exploratory small yacht cruises in eastern Indonesia in conjunction with a renowned Indonesian explorer, art curator, and lecturer. We charter yachts designed for a maximum of 10 travelers, so that our impact on these fragile isolated cultures will be minimal. Unlike larger cruise ships, our shallow-draught yachts are able to access remote islands. The experiences you will have with the local people are genuine, not staged for travelers. The artwork is profound, much of it done in hardwood like ironwood, and not made commercially for tourism. Nightly talks on the cultures, traditions, and artistic creations will expand your appreciation for these indigenous people. We want our footprint to be small; therefore, our exploratory cruises are limited in size and number.
Due to advance demand and the limited number of trips that our cultural expert and the yacht owners can commit to, we do have a waiting list for 2018 cruises. We are currently offering wait-list space on our 2018 Asmat cruise in September 16 to 26, 2018 and an exploratory cruise from the Lesser Sundas to the Forgotten islands including Tanimbar in the remote eastern archipelago, August 24 to September 7, 2018. Cancellations do occur, sometimes late. So, do call our office and place your name on the waitlist for these amazing offerings.
Description of our very special 2019 Exploratory Cruise:
Spice Islands––The Bandas, and Maluku Islands: We have expanded our sailing route to the Indonesian Spice Islands to include the Banda Islands, where the lucrative spice trade was already flourishing before the colonial powers established their foothold in the 16th century. The impressive remains of the Dutch occupation, including forts and ancient cannons—some still found under trees—colorful ports, and a coral wonderland with more than 397 species of coral are a magnet for marine researchers and divers worldwide. The Banda Islands have been nominated as a mixed site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. We are excited to be able to offer both northern and southern trade routes in one exceptional voyage, September 27 to October 14, 2019.