Khiri Travel Hosts Australian Actor Jack Thompson
Acclaimed Australian actor Jack Thompson travelled with Khiri Travel in Cambodia and Vietnam, 3-8 April 2011.
Thompson starred in “The Man From Snowy River,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” and “Mao’s Last Dancer.” In 1980 he earned the Best Supporting Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Australian Film Institute award for best actor in a lead role for his performance in “Breaker Morant.”
The actor returned to Phnom Penh to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Krousar Thmey (“New Family”) protection centre for orphaned and disadvantaged children. In 1991 Thompson and photographer Peter Carrette rescued 38 orphans from a refugee camp in Thailand, with the assistance of the Krousar Thmey in Cambodia. Thompson and Carrette then helped promote the centre and raise funds for it. Over the last 20 years the Krousar Thmey network has grown to include over 80 different facilities and schools.
Thompson returned to Cambodia in April 2011 to meet the original children from his 1991 journey. All are now adults, some with their own families. Thompson and his wife Leona also attended the opening of the Phnom Penh Thmey School for the Blind and Deaf. Cambodian prime minister, Hun Sen, attended and cut the official ribbon.
During the recent trip Thompson returned to places he visited in 1991, including the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace. He took a cruise on Tonle Sap and the Mekong River.
Khiri Travel provided travel arrangements and logistical support throughout Thompson’s visit. He struck up a very close rapport with Khiri Travel guide, Mr Try, who became a constant companion. The Thompsons even changed their itinerary at the last moment to travel with Khiri Travel to Vietnam for three additional days. Khiri Vietnam arranged all visa formalities, transport and accommodation in Vietnam.
Thompson said he planned to return to Indochina later this year, using Khiri Travel as his preferred service supplier.