Day 4: Happy International Women’s Day!

 


This morning we travelled from Chau Duc to Ho Chi Minh City, or as it is also known, Saigon. After some normal travel hiccups, we had lunch at a fancy rest stop, and continued on to our hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

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Finally, we visited with a lawyer who represents global companies in Vietnam and the region. She spoke at length about doing business here, including the effects of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It was interesting to hear how it has taken hold over a period of time. According to this lawyer, there are no exceptions for Americans doing business because bribery overseas can and will be prosecuted in the US. The interesting part was how local employees have adapted to talking about bribery openly since the law was passed and implemented. If you are wondering, as I did, how business still happened without “gifting,” it is with corporate messaging that the company will stand behind local employees who may make less money because they do the right thing.

Now we are at an incredible barbecue dinner to end the day!

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Day One in Cambodia

IMG_0692 IMG_0696We arrived in Cambodia after more than 24 hours of travel! We took two very long flights, and it is gorgeous here!

 

Today was an extremely busy day, starting with a tour of the royal palace (pictured above), the S21 detention center, followed by lunch at an NGO (also pictured!). In the afternoon we visited a village and watched women weave silk fabrics on looms. Back in Phnom Penh, we visited the store where these fabrics are sold and learned about the charity of Princess Marie. What incredible work she does in Cambodia and around the world!

After a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, we are back at the hotel and getting ready for a big day tomorrow!