Dates: Monday, November 7, 2016 to Sunday, November 20, 2016
Tour Leader: Joyce C. White
Embark on a journey through Vietnam and Cambodia, including a Mekong River cruise aboard the new, 12-suite riverboat Mekong Princess, an elegant vessel that accommodates no more than 20 travelers and combines romantic French colonial style with modern comforts. Our program begins with two hotel nights and sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) before embarking the Mekong Princess for a seven-night cruise along the Mekong River. Venturing far from traditional tour routes, the fascinating but seldom-visited region between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap is filled with lush landscapes, patchwork-patterned rice fields, and magnificent Hindu and Buddhist temples. Conclude with two glorious days in Siem Reap, visiting the remarkable Khmer temples and monuments of legendary Angkor, the largest religious monument in the world. An optional pre-trip extension to Hanoi and Halong Bay is available.
Aboard the 12-cabin, all-suite Mekong Princess.
Dr. Joyce C. White, PhD
Dr. White is an internationally recognized archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of Southeast Asia since 1974, especially in Thailand and Laos. She is the world’s expert on the site of Ban Chiang, Thailand, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 due to significant discoveries of a previously unknown civilization. From 1981, she has been Director of the Ban Chiang Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. She continues there today as Consulting Scholar. In 2001, White initiated an archaeological research program in Laos, the first American to successfully sustain a modern program in that country. The Middle Mekong Archaeological Project (MMAP) is exploring the prehistory of northern Laos in Luang Prabang Province, anticipating that light will be shed on precursor societies to the Ban Chiang Cultural Tradition. MMAP combines a cutting edge, international, multi-disciplinary research program with a training and capacity-building program for Lao heritage managers. White’s research over the years has been funded by the National Science Foundation, The National Geographic Society, and the Henry Luce Foundation, among others.