Experience the magnetism of Southeast Asia's ancient and fascinating culture on this journey into the heart of Vietnam and Cambodia. Begin with three nights in charming Hanoi, whose French architectural details meld seamlessly with the serene lines of its pagodas and temples: take in the city's history through a cyclo (bicycle rickshaw) tour of the colorful Old Quarter, prepare traditional dishes in a hands-on cooking class and meet with officials at the American Embassy to learn about the current state of US/Vietnam relations. Next, visit Hoi An in central Vietnam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an eclectic mix of merchant architecture that miraculously escaped the ravages of war. After a short flight, arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we spend three days exploring the magnificent temples of Angkor, vestiges of the ancient Khmer civilization, including the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat. Conclude the journey in Cambodia's capital city, Phnom Penh, resting on the shores of the Mekong River. For those wishing to extend their Southeast Asian adventure, an optional Laos post-tour is available.
Dora C. Y. Ching *11, a specialist in Chinese painting and calligraphy with particular expertise in Chinese portraiture and Buddhist art of the Silk Road, has served as associate director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University since 2002. Before and during her time at the Tang Center, she has been deeply engaged in book editing and publication, with more than a dozen books to her credit as co-editor or managing editor. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles and has co-curated three major museum exhibitions. During our Princeton Journey, Dora will speak of the cultural and religious significance of the Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites we visit in Vietnam and Cambodia.