Timeless Cultures of Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

Gain a deeper understanding of the cultures of Southeast Asia, as you visit four countries to discover ancient temples, natural wonders, traditional villages and unique traditions.
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Program No. 21868RJ
19 days
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At a Glance

Sandstone temples soar above the thick jungle canopy. Monks in saffron robes make their early-morning alms walk. Beside the Mekong, villagers live off the river much as their ancestors did. In Southeast Asia, ties between today and the timeless are never far off. Experience the historic, the spiritual and the exotic in four fascinating countries on this expert-led journey.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day in hot and humid conditions; some stairs and uneven terrain. Climbing into and out of small boats. Walking barefoot on temple grounds.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Board a traditional boat for a two-day voyage on the Mekong River and experience life in riverside villages.
  • Attend a shinbyu ceremony during which Buddhist boys, clad in colorful royal clothing, become novice monks.
  • Walk among the ruins of the Khmer Empire including Angkor Wat and the “jungle temple” Ta Prohm.
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Anthony Zola
Anthony is a senior researcher at the Mekong Environment and Research Institute in Thailand. He earned a BA in international affairs from George Washington University, a MA in economics from Syracuse University, and a certificate in French civilization from the Sorbonne. Coming to Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1970-72, he has since lived mainly in Thailand and Laos. He has been active in agribusiness and economic development consulting. His work includes auditing social safeguards and livelihood restoration at infrastructure development projects in Laos.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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