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Overview

A totally immersive experience

Our popular introduction to this trio of Southeast Asian countries has been a Travel/Study favorite for more than 20 years. Drift amid the dramatic, sculpted-limestone islets of Ha Long Bay. Explore beautiful gold-tipped Buddhist temples in the forests of Laos and meet with local villagers on the Mekong River. In Cambodia, roam the vast complex of Angkor, a monument to Cambodia’s past and the power of the Khmer Empire.

While exploring the region’s rich culture and natural beauty, we also delve into its tumultuous history as well as recent reforms and current events. Enjoy meetings with non-profit organizations and local universities as well as specially arranged visits at museums and other sights.

Dates

January 4–22, 2023

Duration

19 days

Price

From $10,595 per person

Trip size

34 participants

Minimum age

18 years
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Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Margo Horn

History

Margo Horn will discuss the roles of women and families in Southeast Asia, the history of traditional medicine, health care systems and the pandemic response in each country that we visit.

Itinerary

An introduction to Southeast Asia

Begin our grand tour with a comprehensive look at Vietnam—from Ho Chi Minh City in the south along the scenic, coastal Hai Van Pass to Hanoi. Venture out to Ha Long Bay where we spend a night floating among the limestone karsts. Spend four nights in sleepy Laos before heading to Cambodia to explore jungle-ruined temples. Cap off the adventure with a night in glittering Bangkok.

  • Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

    After arriving in Ho Chi Minh City, check in to our hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Accommodations:

    Caravelle Hotel

  • Ho Chi Minh City

    This morning gather for a welcome orientation followed by a visit to the Presidential Palace and History Museum. Visit Ho Chi Minh City’s baroque-styled Central Post Office, a remnant of past French colonialism. This evening cruise along the Saigon River and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner at a local restaurant.

    Accommodations:

    Caravelle Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ho Chi Minh City / Cu Chi / Hue

    This morning journey through the countryside to the Cu Chi area to explore the vast system of tunnels used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate the city during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Take an afternoon flight to Hue, the capital of the feudal Nguyen dynasty in the 1800s.

    Accommodations:

    Morin Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hue

    Tour the picturesque former Imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty, one highlight being the Citadel, at the center of which stands Vietnam’s “Forbidden City,” once reserved for royalty. Take a boat cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda, a monastery and center of Buddhist activism, followed by a visit to the tomb of Emperor Minh Mang. Spend the evening at leisure, trying one of Hue’s many restaurants.

    Accommodations:

    Morin Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Hue / Danang

    Visit the picturesque Tu Duc and Khai Dinh tombs before departing by coach and traveling along Vietnam’s scenic seacoast and through the Hai Van (“Sea of Clouds”) Pass to Danang. Visit the Cham Museum featuring the unique relics of the Cham Kingdom, which dominated this region of Southeast Asia in the 10th century.

    Accommodations:

    Fusion Maia

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hoi An

    This morning tour the nearby town of Hoi An, famous for its classic Chinese-immigrant architecture and thriving artist colony. Spend the afternoon relaxing at our beachside hotel.

    Accommodations:

    Fusion Maia

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Danang / Hanoi

    Depart on a morning flight to Hanoi. More than a thousand years old, this city in the Red River Delta is the cultural and political heart of the nation. Check in to our hotel, located near the city’s traditional center, Restored Sword Lake. Enjoy a cyclo tour of the Guild District with its numerous narrow lanes, each lane devoted to the practice of a single handicraft. This evening enjoy a performance of Hanoi’s celebrated water puppets.

    Accommodations:

    Metropole Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Hanoi

    Visit Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence from France in 1945. His austere mausoleum now occupies the site. Tour Ho’s former private residence and the One Pillar Pagoda, which dates from 1049. Next, visit the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national institution of higher learning established in 1076 and dedicated to Confucius. This afternoon, venture to the Museum of Ethnology to learn about Vietnam’s minority ethnic groups and their customs and lifestyles.

    Accommodations:

    Metropole Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and lunch
  • Hanoi / Ha Long Bay

    Following breakfast, take a scenic three-hour drive to Ha Long (“Descending Dragon”) Bay. Board our cruising vessel and, throughout the afternoon and into the evening, enjoy drifting amid the dramatic limestone islets of the bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay overnight aboard our ship on the peaceful waters of Ha Long Bay.

    Accommodations:

    Paradise Cruises

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Luang Prabang, Laos

    Disembark our ship this morning and drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy a stop for lunch and some free time on the way to the airport before our evening flight to Luang Prabang. This small, charming Laotian town bordered by green mountains and set on the Mekong River gives us a glimpse into the traditional village life of the Lao people.

    Accommodations:

    Luang Prabang View Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Luang Prabang

    Begin the day with a look at Laos’ most traditional wat (Buddhist temple), Wat Xiengthong. Then cruise in a motorized canoe along the upper Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, an important local pilgrimage site, stopping to explore a village en route. Tonight experience a traditional baci (“spirit-calling”) welcoming ceremony.

    Accommodations:

    Luang Prabang View Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Luang Prabang

    Today tour the former Royal Palace of the Lanexang Kingdom. Reflecting a combination of French and Lao traditional styles, the palace is the current home of the precious, golden Prabang Buddha figure. After our tour, enjoy some free time to explore Luang Prabang.

    Accommodations:

    Luang Prabang View Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Luang Prabang / Vientiane

    Following a morning at leisure, fly to Vientiane, capital of Laos, and take a tour the city that includes a stop at the golden That Luang Stupa and a visit to a fascinating weaving shop.

    Accommodations:

    Lao Plaza Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Vientiane / Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    This morning, fly to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, and tour the National Museum with its priceless Khmer art treasures. Also visit the former high school that became the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison where the Khmer Rouge tortured and executed thousands of people, many of whose pictures hang on the walls of what is now the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

    Accommodations:

    Raffles Le Royal Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Phnom Penh / Siem Reap

    This morning visit the Royal Palace grounds and Wat Preah Kaeo, also called the Silver Pagoda. Continue to the airport to board our flight to Siem Reap.

    Accommodations:

    Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Ankgor Archaeological Park

    Situated just outside of Siem Reap, Angkor flourished from the 10th to the 15th centuries, serving as the capital of the powerful Khmer kingdom. The vast complex of temples that remains today represents just a fraction of the city that once thrived here. Tour Angkor Wat, a gigantic, three-level structure built between 1112 and 1152 that is a symbol of the Cambodian state. The construction is dedicated to Vishnu and forms a symbolic “temple mountain” set in the center of a vast complex of walls, moats and ceremonial causeways. This afternoon, tour Angkor Thom, royal city of the 12th-century god-king, Jayavarman VII. Stunning reliefs, towers and giant, carved stone faces make the Buddhist temple known as The Bayon among the most memorable of Angkor’s constructions. Continue on to visit the Preah Khan (“Sacred Sword”) temple complex.

    Accommodations:

    Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Angkor Archaeological Park

    This morning explore one of Angkor’s earliest and most prized sites, Banteay Srei, which displays the most beautifully preserved carvings remaining at Angkor. Depending on the water level, take an afternoon boating excursion on Tonle Sap Lake to observe the unique aquaculture and fishing industry of the region’s “floating villages.”

    Accommodations:

    Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Siem Reap / Bangkok, Thailand

    This morning fly to Bangkok and enjoy the day exploring this beautiful, legendary capital city of Thailand independently. Tonight gather for our farewell reception and dinner at our luxurious hotel on the Chao Phraya riverfront.

    Accommodations:

    Mandarin Oriental Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast and dinner
  • Bangkok / Home

    Transfer to the airport for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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—Carol Lewis ’72

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