leisure 05.9.08

Out of Town: Trek amfAR

Ring in 2009 on Thailand's Old Elephant Trail.

Join amfAR's Trek Asia from December 27th-January 8th for quite a special journey. The 13-day hike takes place along an ancient trade route in northern Thailand, an area seldom visited by Western tourists. Among the rewards, lush forests, picturesque villages, and stunning mountain vistas.

The greater rewards—funds raised through the trek—go to those in amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) global AIDS programs. Trekkers pledge to raise $10,000 for the cause.

You don't need MUG to tell you about the important work amfAR has been doing for many years. But we do know that people who have participated in previous treks (this is the fourth) have considered them meaningful and memorable in ways that transcend an ordinary holiday.

Check out the trip itinerary, photos, and read about the experiences of past trekkers on their website. You can sign up here. And if you want more information, talk with Cassandra Dawes, at 212.806.1753 or email her here.

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A: Rem Koolhaas

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a) Sushi b) Electronics c) Household goods
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