Angkor Wat and the Mekong River: Life Along the Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam
Learn from professors and students as you sail along the Mekong River, discussing traditional ways of life, spiritual landmarks, modern culture and complex historical events.
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Program No. 19033RJ
15 days
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14 nights
33 meals
12B 11L 10D
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At a Glance

In the 19th and 20th centuries the nations of Vietnam and Cambodia — the offspring of empires that dominated Asia for more than 1,000 years — were beset by imperial warfare and ethnic violence. Today, these modern states are integrating into the global community even as they mend the wounds of an era of atrocity. Consider legacies both bleak and beautiful as you navigate up the Mekong River to access villages and rice paddies where authentic Khmer and Vietnamese culture lives on.
Activity Level
Varies by date
For people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail. Involves walking over uneven sidewalks and stairs without railings. Climbing ramps and stairs to board and get off boat. Hot and humid conditions.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Sail along the Cho Gao Canal and observe local people as they tend the land, fish and travel to and from market.
  • Learn about the depredations of the Khmer Rouge at the "Killing Fields" and the S-21 Interrogation Center.
  • Uncover the story of the Khmer Empire while exploring the Angkor Temple Complex.

General Notes

Please note that some dates operate in reverse. Looking to extend your stay? This program has an extension, Program 14574: Extension: Northern Vietnam Discovery.
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Pheach Davuth
Pheach was born and raised in Siem Reap. After training at Hotel School in 1992 and working as an interpreter for the United Nations national election in 1993, he knew that he was interested in the English language. He thought working in the travel industry would be a great way to immerse himself in that interest. Pheach has welcomed visitors to Cambodia since 1998 and has been one of Road Scholar participants’ favorite Cambodian group leaders. Pheach enjoys reading, playing volleyball, farming and gardening.
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