Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos: Legacies and Landscapes

February 17 – March 3, 2019
Led by Dr. Lorraine Paterson

Trip Price: $6,390
Single Room Supplement: $1,630

Although bound together historically by French colonial rule, these three countries possess quite different cultural heritages and our rich program will unravel some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Our itinerary begins in Hanoi where the Temple of Literature honors Vietnamese scholars. Explore Hue, an imperial, tranquil town where the life of the strongly Buddhist population focuses on the 82 pagodas that sprinkle the city. Drive along a spectacular coastal road to Hoi An, which, in the 16th century, was an important trading center and a port of call for Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese ships. Discover the Cham site at Mi Son where the ancient towers look stark against the intense green of the mountainsides. From Saigon explore the bustling Mekong Delta before flying to Siem Reap to visit the magnificent temple complex at Angkor. The central temple, Angkor Wat, is a hand-carved mountain of sandstone, its 12th century walls covered with intricately carved bas-reliefs. End the program with two nights in Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos, located on the banks of the Mekong River. This sleepy town is intensely religious and monks in saffron robes shuffle through the streets each morning, holding out their brass begging bowls to be filled with food by the faithful. Return home from Luang Prabang.

Itinerary

February 17: Sunday. Depart the US.
February 18: Monday. Hanoi. Hilton Hanoi Opera.
February 19: Tuesday. Hanoi.
February 20: Wednesday. Hanoi.
February 21: Thursday. Hue. La Residence Hotel & Spa.
February 22: Friday. Hoi An. Lantana Boutique Hotel & Spa.
February 23: Saturday. Hoi An.
February 24: Sunday. Ho Chi Minh City. Caravelle Hotel.
February 25: Monday. Ho Chi Minh City.
February 26: Tuesday. Ho Chi Minh City.
February 27: Wednesday. Siem Reap. Shinta Mani Shack Hotel.
February 28: Thursday. Siem Reap.
March 1: Friday. Luang Prabang. Satri House.
March 2: Saturday. Luang Prabang.
March 3: Sunday. Return home from Luang Prabang.