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The Best of Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

Discover the people, places and cultures that make Southeast Asia one of the most fascinating places in the world on this exploration of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Program No. 24159RJ
Length
21 days
Starts at
3,999
Thailand/Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos

The Best of Southeast Asia: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam

Discover the people, places and cultures that make Southeast Asia one of the most fascinating places in the world on this exploration of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Length
21 days
Starts at
3,999
Program No. 24159 RJ
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Jan 8 - Jan 28, 2022
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4,199
Feb 5 - Feb 25, 2022
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4,199
Mar 5 - Mar 25, 2022
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Aug 19 - Sep 8, 2022
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3,999
Sep 2 - Sep 22, 2022
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3,999
Oct 8 - Oct 28, 2022
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4,099
Nov 1 - Nov 21, 2022
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4,199
Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2022
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4,199
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 8 - Jan 28, 2022
Starting at
4,649
Feb 5 - Feb 25, 2022
Starting at
4,649
Mar 5 - Mar 25, 2022
Starting at
4,649
Aug 19 - Sep 8, 2022
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4,399
Sep 2 - Sep 22, 2022
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4,399
Oct 8 - Oct 28, 2022
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4,499
Nov 1 - Nov 21, 2022
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4,649
Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2022
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4,649

At a Glance

Experience the very best of Southeast Asia on a once-in-a-lifetime learning adventure in the heart of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam! Beginning in Bangkok, join an expert for an exploration of the Grand Palace before flying to Chiang Mai to visit a local Lanna home and learn about Thai culture and traditions. In Laos, explore the historic city of Luang Prabang and enjoy a study cruise along the Mekong River to learn what life is like along the waterway. Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, to discover the sacred sites of Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei and Angkor Wat, and visit a local school to meet students and teachers and learn about Khmer education. Continue to Ho Chi Minh City where your experts will lead you on a walking exploration of the city, and where you’ll meet students from a local university. Immerse yourself in local culture during a boat ride along the Mekong Delta and explore Ba Dinh Square to learn about its democratic history. Fly to Hanoi to board a Vietnamese junk for an exploration of Ha Long Bay, then discover the geologic wonders of Thien Canh Son Cave during a rowboat exploration led by locals. Along the way, meet locals who share their food, culture and customs during this fascinating look at life in Southeast Asia.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
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…

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Luang Prabang in Laos and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.
  • Meet students at a local university in Ho Chi Minh City and embark on a walking exploration of the city to learn about its rich history.
  • Enjoy a study cruise along the Mekong River and learn what life is like in a local village, and enjoy an overnight voyage on board a Vietnamese junk.
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Art & Architecture of Cambodia
by Helen Ibbitson Jessup
In the World of Art series illustrated overview of Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei and lesser-known recent discoveries in the surrounding jungle.
Bangkok, Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand
by Leela Punyaratabandhu
With 120 recipes and location photography, this deeply personal ode to Thai food features heirloom family dishes, restaurant classics, modern cosmopolitan fare and street eats. A splendid way to experience the food that Thai people eat every day.
Southeast Asia Wildlife, A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Animals
by James Kavanagh
A laminated, pocket-sized reference to 140 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians common to Southeast Asia. Each is profiled with detailed illustrations and easy-to-read descriptions.
Never Fall Down
by Patricia McCormick
An unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge. Based on the true story of a young boy, this novel is about a child of war who becomes a man of peace. It includes an author's note and acknowledgments from Arn Chorn-Pond himself.
Cambodia's Curse, The Modern History of a Troubled Land
by Joel Brinkley
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel Brinkley returns to Cambodia a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime to report on the country's continuing struggle to recover from its past.
The Gods Drink Whiskey
by Stephen T. Asma
Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia.
The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars
by Andrew X. Pham
Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.
A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
by Norman Lewis
A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere and including wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.
Anna and the King of Siam
by Margaret Landon
The enduring, fanciful tale of a governess in mid-19th century Siam, which is the basis for the hit musical production "The King and I".
Angkor: An Introduction to the Temples
by Dawn Rooney
Rooney’s Angkor: An Introduction to the Temples has grown in girth over the years, but remains one of the most important and easy to understand guidebooks to the temples of Angkor. For those looking to gain some insight on the temples before they go, use the maps and legends to help them explore the temples’ features while in the park, or read after returning home to increase their understanding, this is the book to buy.
Arts of Southeast Asia
by Fiona Kerlogue
A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.
First They Killed My Father
by Loung Ung
A heart-wrenching historical autobiography that recounts the brutality of war with vivid detail. A story of political oppression in Cambodia, it is all the more striking and intense as it is told from the perspective of a child, one who is thrust into situations that she doesn't understand, as she is only five years old when the terror begins.
A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia
by J.M. Barwise, Nicholas J. White
A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels.
Vietnam, Rising Dragon
by Bill Hayton
The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.
A Short History of Laos, The Land in Between
by Grant Evans & Milton Osborne
A comprehensive history of Laos from the pre-modern dynastic era to the present day.
The Ravens
by Christopher Robbins
An in-depth look at the American government’s ‘secret war’ in Laos from 1961-75.
Angkor and the Khmer Civilization
by David D. Coe
The author presents a concise but complete picture of Khmer cultural history from the Stone Age until the establishment of the French Protectorate in 1863, and is lavishly illustrated with maps, plans, drawings, and photographs.
A History of Cambodia
by David Chandler
An excellent, scholarly history from early civilization through the rise of Angkor, French colonial period, Vietnamization of Cambodia, Khmer Rouge and Coup de Force of 1997.
Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia Map
by Nelles
A convenient, double-sided map of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam at a scale of 1:1,500,000, with city maps of Hanoi, Vientiane, Ho Chi Minh City, Luang Prabang, and Phnom Penh. Includes the eastern portion of Thailand and Bangkok.
The Road of Lost Innocence
by Somaly Mam
Sold into servitude by her grandfather, Mam recounts the experiences of her early life, her awakening as an activist -- and work to rescue thousands of women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
Birds of Southeast Asia
by Craig Robson
This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide features 140 color plates covering 1,270 species from throughout the region including Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.
The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future
by Milton Osborne
A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.
Bangkok 8, A Novel
by John Burdett
In this gritty, humorous and gruesome thriller, Burdett explores the criminal underworld of Bangkok and a series of mysterious deaths. Burdett's hero, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, becomes obsessed with finding the killer when his own partner is murdered.
The Golden Triangle: Inside Southeast Asia's Drug Trade
by Ko-Lin Chin
The Golden Triangle region that joins Burma, Thailand, and Laos is one of the global centers of opiate and methamphetamine production. Opportunistic Chinese businessmen and leaders of various armed groups are largely responsible for the manufacture of these drugs. The region is defined by the apparently conflicting parallel strands of criminality and efforts at state building, a tension embodied by a group of individuals who are simultaneously local political leaders, drug entrepreneurs, and members of heavily armed militias. Ko-lin Chin, a Chinese American criminologist who was born and raised in Burma, conducted five hundred face-to-face interviews with poppy growers, drug dealers, drug users, armed group leaders, law-enforcement authorities, and other key informants in Burma, Thailand, and China.
Brother Number One: A Political Biography Of Pol Pot
by David P Chandler
A dramatic account of Pol Pot's rise to power in 1975 and his direction of Cambodia's auto-genocide. The book details an absorbing and authoritative portrait of Brother Number One and insight into Cambodia's cruel history.





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