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Southeast Asia

“Southeast Asia – Exotic Spice Islands & Tropical Countries” is the first in the Travel and Adventure Film Series, at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

MASON CITY — “Southeast Asia — Exotic Spice Islands & Tropical Countries” kicks off the 2016-17 Travel and Adventure Film Series at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the North Iowa Community Auditorium.

The series is sponsored by North Iowa Area Community College.

Set sail with filmmaker Marlin Darrah on a journey to many of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing and alluring countries.

The voyage begins in Hong Kong, traveling south to Vietnam, to the back streets of old Hanoi, the ancient karst limestone mountains rising out of Ha Long Bay, the temples and markets of Nha Trang, and on to Saigon, the dynamic city on the great Mekong.

Next up is Angkor Wat, a 1,000-year-old marvel which is the largest complex of religious temples in the world.

From the ancient to the ultra-modern, the journey continues to the trading center of Singapore, a metropolis of commerce and fine dining.

Indonesia is next with an exploration of the fabled Spice Islands of Ternate and Tidore, the dream of Magellan and other European explorers 500 years ago, followed by the island of Bali, with its terraced rice fields bordered by villages of artists, musicians and dancers.

The journey continues to the island of Java, through the capital city, Jakarta, and then to the Thai isles of Similan, Ko Phi Phi, Phuket and Phang Nga Bay. The tour concludes with a look at exotic Thailand, “The Land of Smiles.”

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, available at the door.

For information, call the NIACC Continuing Education office at 641-422-4358.

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