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Iconic Indochina

Jan 31 - Feb 14, 2021

15 days | Vietnam | alumni UBC Travel Club

A great option for first time visitors, this engaging trip takes you to the essential ‘must-sees’ of the region with a special stay in one of the most scenic (and still relatively secret) parts of Vietnam.

Start the trip in Vietnam, a country rich with history and brimming with spectacular scenery, both urban and rural. Experience Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), the new face of the country moving and modernizing at breakneck speed and Hanoi, with its mist-shrouded lakes, faded colonial façades, and numerous cafés harboring a rich intellectual and artistic life. Spend time in the stunning panoramas of Pu Luong and Ninh Binh where magnificent ranges of karst hills, stunning rice terraces, and scenic rivers abound.

Travel to Siem Reap, to the landmark sites and the remote temples of the jungle. See the magnificent thousand-year-old monuments of the Angkor complex, one of the truly spectacular wonders of the world. Explore Luang Prabang, laid back and lovely, infused with the burnt orange robes of its active monks, the golden rooftops of its the many temples, and the scent of its brightly coloured frangipani blossoms.

Three-night stays in most places ensures a relaxed pace and time to explore with Paula and on your own. Enjoy marvelous cuisine in food tours, carefully chosen restaurants, and hosted family meals. Walk and cycle (optional) rural paths in quiet valleys. Settle into comfortable hotels and lodges with an authentic sense of place. Come away with a real understanding and appreciation of these iconic sites.
 


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Tour Cost (per person):
US$4995
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants
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What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, three internal flights, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Ho Chi Minh City
2Markets and contemporary art, Cu Chi Tunnels
3Cu Chi Tunnels, fly to Hanoi
4See why Hanoi is a street food lover's paradise, enjoy Water Puppets
5Temples and tai chi
6Drive to Pù Luông's natural beauty
7Picturesque villages and rice terraces
8Trang An Scenic Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage List area
9Short hike to the top of Hang Mu, later fly to Siem Reap
10Explore Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, and Angkor Wat
11Visit temples tucked away deep in the Cambodian jungle
12Fly to Luang Prabang, explore the colourful night market
13Morning almsgiving, Wat Xieng Thong, the city’s loveliest temple
14Travel by boat to visit the Pak Ou Caves
15Depart Luang Prabang
Optional extension: Yangon and Bagan, Myanmar
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions Featured Tours
Tour Cost (per person):
US$4995
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Accommodation, most meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, three internal flights, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest leader.

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