What is an Encounter?
Palms Australia’s Encounters are ethically run small group tours that provide curious travellers with authentic, hard to come by travel opportunities in Timor Leste, Samoa, and Myanmar. An Encounter is not like any other tour.
You won’t only see travellers like yourself. Each tour has been carefully curated by local guides to give you an insight into sustainable approaches to development and a view into the life and work of communities putting these approaches into action.
You won’t be staying in luxury but you will be given enviable intimacy with the history and culture of Timorese, Samoan, or Burmese communities. Read more about the guiding philosophy of our Encounter trips here.
You won’t tread the beaten path. Few other tours offer travellers the opportunity to see, first-hand, issues of culture, development, poverty, trade, ecology and education in remote areas away from tourist hot spots.
You won’t be fighting for a seat against 30 other travellers. Palms limits Encounter groups to a maximum of eight participants per trip to provide you with a genuine, intimate experience.
Most importantly, you won’t have another travel experience like this.
How Do I Book?
The first step is to pick from our 2019 tours:
- Timor-Leste: April 7-19, 2019
- Samoa: June 7-19, 2019
- Timor-Leste: September 1-13, 2019
- Myanmar: November 16-28, 2019
Next, complete the booking form. A deposit of $750 is required to secure your place.
We also welcome private group bookings from work, school or community groups. If you are interested in organising a group booking, please get in touch.
How Much Does it Cost?
Encounters to all locations are $2900* per person. This includes accommodation, meals, insurance, activities, a local guide and in-country transportation. Flights are not included.
If Palms Australia is forced to cancel a tour, bookings can be refunded or travellers can join a later tour in 2019/20.
*Price subject to change.
Our guides will take you through historical sites, stunning natural wonders and on some of the most remote paths in each country. You will explore sites of rebellion and repression in Timor Leste or relax in the pristine natural pools of Samoa. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, we have your perfect escape waiting.
In each tour, you will be welcomed into local guest houses and treated to delicious local cuisine. The tastes and flavours of the local culture will change as you travel to new villages.
You will meet the local organisations working on the challenges and opportunities in their communities. To see first hand this inspiring work will create a profound appreciation for the dedication and authority of local communities over their own development.
With small numbers, we can adapt our itineraries to suit the group, spending time where you want it most. Participants will receive a more detailed itinerary closer to the date of departure. You can view a sample itinerary for the Timor-Leste Encounter here, and a sample itinerary for the Samoa Encounter here.
At the end of each day, guided activities will help you gain a deeper understanding of the new sights, smells, sounds, tastes, textures and experiences you’ll encounter, and perhaps challenge some of your own ideas.
For more information, please complete the form on this page, call Robert on (02) 9560 5333.