Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

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Expand Your Perspective!

Quo’s phenomenal Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand program presents one of the richest, most unforgettable educational adventures on earth!

Encounter an incredible spectrum of experiences, from ancient palaces & ornate French colonial architecture to pagodas & an elaborate network of underground tunnels. You’ll encounter diverse & ancient cultures and meet your peers from a world entirely unlike your own.

Bring a sense of adventure, a curiosity for new and different cultures and an open mind about history from another perspective. Every colorful moment will reward you with fragrances, flavors and friendships that leave you forever changed.

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Smaller Group. Bigger Impact!

Program length:  17 days
All Inclusive Price:  from $7,995
Departure Date: week of July 4th, 2019

Minimum Group: 13 Paying Travelers

Program priced from Leader’s departure airport.


Program Highlights:
  • Help disadvantaged children improve their English
  • “Sail the Ankor” on a Chinese junk boat, marveling at Ha Long Bay
  • Explore water tunnels, hidden lagoons and caves by kayak
  • Visit the famous floating school at Cug Van Floating Village
  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels from the inside!
  • Discover cities that artfully blend ancient, colonial & modern architecture
  • Visit Cheoung Ek, known more famously as the “Killing Fields” of Vietnam
  • Travel through time at ancient Ankor Wat, the most famous spot in Cambodia
  • Experience the diversity and excitement of the Ankor Night Market
  • Learn to cook “Thai Style” in Bangkok
  • Meet jungle elephants at Chaing Do Elephant Camp
  • Explore some of Asia’s greatest Markets & Bazaars
  • Take an overnight train from Bangkok to Chaing Mai
  • Explore a Thai Rainforest by zipline

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Full Program Itinerary

Day One: Bon Voyage!

The adventure gets going as our Hanoi-bound travel group checks in for our international overnight flight!

Day Two: Chào mừng bạn đến, Vietnam!
When we arrive at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our expert, in-country Travel Manager and motor coach driver will meet us as we clear customs formalities.

Then, we’re headed to our accommodation for the evening. After a late check-in, we may want to explore the hotel a bit and stretch our legs, but it will be late – so more than anything we’ll likely be ready to get a good night’s sleep.

Day Three: Vietnam – Another Perspective & An Ancient, Grand City
Today, we’ll enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Hanoi. Hanoi presents an alternative perspective on Vietnam.

  • We’ll begin by visiting Ba Dinh Square. Here, silent sentries guard the marble and granite mausoleum where Ho Chi Minh lies in state.
  • We’ll see the simple cottage where “Uncle Ho” lived and worked.
  • Nearby, we’ll visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, an extraordinary tribute to the life of the ‘father of the country’ and the evolution of Vietnamese independence.
  • French architecture is a feature of Hanoi, and the nearby former Governor’s Residence is a fine example.
  • We’ll also visit the One Pillar Pagoda, and hear the legend of its construction.
  • Later, we’ll enjoy a walking tour through the Ancient Quarter. This densely populated corner of the city was once a center of commerce, where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, we’ll see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with stores in this souvenir hunter’s paradise.
  • Tonight, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner, Hanoi-style!
Day Four: Halong Bay & Junk Boat Cruise
After breakfast, we’ll depart Hanoi for the magnificent and wondrous Halong Bay: 600-square-miles studded with almost 2,000 jutting, lushly forested limestone islands, or karsts.

We’ll board a traditional “Junk Boat” for a beautiful cruise around Halong bay. Tonight will be particularly memorable, as not only will we enjoy dinner as we cruise, we’ll also overnight onboard the Junk!

Day Five: Ancient Floating Culture & Water Adventures
Today, we’ll continue our boating adventure!

  • We will visit Vung Vieng Floating Fishing Village.
  • After exploring this unusual & fascinating village, we’ll have time for swimming and kayaking in the water tunnel and hidden lagoon, and we’ll explore the wonders of Thien Canh Son Cave.
Day Six: Catching Our Breath en route to Ho Chi Minh City
After a few action-packed days, we’ll slow our pace today as we are en route for most of the day from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City.

  • This evening, we’re in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).
  • We are “at leisure” tonight, which means we get to custom-build our plan this evening. Don’t worry, your Travel Manager will present a variety of flexible opportunities, each more enticing than the last.
Day Seven: Same War, Different Name
  • A full day of exploration begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace. The palace, surrounded by elegant palm trees, takes us back to the Vietnam War. It was here that the first Communist tanks arrived in what was then Saigon on 30th April, 1975. The Palace stands as a symbol of the fall of Saigon and little has changed since then.
  • Our next stop is the generic-sounding but utterly picturesque “General Post Office.” This iconic colonial-era structure is constructed with Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. Now a tourist attraction, it is valued as a fine example of the French Indochina era.
  • At the War Remnants Museum, you will see examples of the brutality of the Vietnam War as many interactive displays document the suffering of the Vietnamese people.
  • Next: it may not sound like much, but the “History Museum” will introduce you to the epic evolution of the nation of Vietnam, from the bronze-age Dong Son Civilization through modern times. This museum also features stunning and valuable relics taken from Ankor Wat, a fine collection of Buddha statues and the fascinating mummy of a woman who died in 1869.
  • This evening, we’ll discover the colorful and diverse collision of cultures that happens at the Ben Than Night Market—easily one of the best night markets in Asia! Here, locals of all descriptions can shop for whatever they need and enjoy a wide array of regional and ethnic foods. It’s unforgettable and exhilarating!
Day Eight: The Cu Chi Tunnels
In the Cu Chi Region we will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American War.

  • Here, the North Vietnamese waged guerrilla warfare.
  • You cannot help but marvel at the ingenuity and resilience evidenced here: secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms.
  • Affirmation of the human will to endure abounds.
  • We’re all able to explore the first level of tunnels; the more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third levels.
  • After lunch we’ll cross the border to Cambodia and set out for Phnom Penh City.
Day Nine: From Darkness into Light
Nothing creates a more enduring and haunting impression than coming face to face with mankind’s greatest evils.

  • Today, Cambodia’s dark side is on full display for your edification at the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.  This solemn educational center is housed in a former school, which was taken over by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and used as its main detention and torture center.
  • Next, the narrative continues as you visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a moving and important visit. This is a tremendous learning experience and an unforgettable dive into meaningful history.
  • Nearby, we will visit a local humanitarian organization, Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (“For the Smile of a Child”). We’ll learn about the education and job training programs provided to give hope for a brighter future to children who used to scavenge in the municipal dump.
  • We’ll have lunch at the center’s training restaurant.
  • Then, we’ll have to be careful not to get cultural whiplash as we move to the Royal Palace, which houses the Silver Pagoda, named for its 5,000 heavy silver tiles. We’ll view its collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.
  • Next, we will trek up the hill to Wat Phnom Temple to observe faithful locals as they come to pray for good luck.
  • This evening, our travel group will make our way to the river to enjoy a sunset cruise as we watch Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront come to life.
Day Ten: Taking it in, from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
After a few days of heavy and intense encounters, we’ll relax and take in the sights as we travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, an ancient capital of Angkor, with 70 magnificent ruins in a forested zone of more than 200 square kilometers, is one of the grandest wonders of Indo-China.

Day Eleven: Angkor Wat
You’d better have lots of space available on your cameras today! Day 11 is all about Angkor Wat, a magnificent and recognizably-famous 12th century temple (think Lara Croft: Tomb RaiderIndiana Jones: Temple of Doom).

  • We’ll begin our morning riding in Tuk-Tuks into the countryside to reach the temple. Inside these massive, magnificent ruins, Hindu mythology is detailed in stone carvings and bas-reliefs, which our expert temple guides will illuminate in detail.
  • There is a powerful history lesson here, as well as an education in art, religion and engineering.
  • Tonight, we’ll have a traditional dinner and spend time wandering through the area’s famous night market and say Tạm biệt to Vietnam!
Day Twelve: Sa-wa-dee, Thailand!
This morning we will travel from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand!

  • Once we arrive, we’ll take an afternoon ride through the city by Tuk Tuk and spend some time with our local guide exploring the local market and bazaars, learning about local customs and culture.
  • This evening, we’ll don our chef’s hats to learn the art of preparing Thai cuisine under the instructuon of a professional chef. Then we’ll dine on the results of our cooking lesson!
Day Thirteen: Golden Grandeur & Cultural Immersion
This morning, we begin to really discover the magnificence of Bangkok.

  • We’ll begin by visiting the Grand Palace. This is THE “must see” attraction in Bangkok – an architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls and pillars encrusted with shining and colorful mosaics.
  • We’ll tour the Reception Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House, and Wat Phra Kaew.
  • We’ll be on splendor overload as we head to dinner.
  • This evening, there is a feast of Thai culture in store, starting with this nation’s world-renowned cuisine. The spectacular meal will be accompanied by music and dancers who elegantly perform stories and folk-tales from classic Thai literature.
Day Fourteen: Floating Canals, Pagoda-Palooza & an Overnight Train
There are countless floating markets throughout Thailand, but the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is the most famous.

  • Situated 110 km from Bangkok in Ratchaburi province, this market is like a trip back in time to the Siam of old.
  • You will see colorfully-clad merchants paddle along congested canals in sturdy canoes laden with fresh fruit, vegetables and other foods to sell to shoppers on the canal banks.
  • Bargaining is part of the fun!

After visiting the market, we’ll continue on to Phra Pathom Chedi with its’ golden-tiled dome, widely regarded as the largest pagoda in South East Asia.

After lunch, we’ll drive to Hua Lampong Train Station to board an air-conditioned night sleeper train to Chiang Mai!

  • This time honored tradition will include a fun and delicious dinner onboard as the train rolls toward Chiang Mai.
Day Fifteen: A Day with Jungle Elephants
This adventure-rich program continues with a stunning and memorable day of fun.

Set in a beautiful jungle on the banks of the Ping River, we’ll find the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp.

  • In Thailand, jungle elephants have been trained for centuries to work in tandem with humans, much as horses are in North America. At this camp, elephants are paired for life with a human companion.
  • As visitors have for decades, we will watch as elephants and their companion show off a variety of skills as they teach us about their traditions and customs, as well as conservation efforts that save these creatures from extinction.
  • In traditional Thai fashion, we will take an exhilarating and memorable ride atop a very friendly jungle elephant.

This afternoon, we’ll board traditional bamboo rafts to ride the gentle river through the jungle, eventually arriving at an ideal location for a rustic, traditional dinner.

Day Sixteen: Thai Rainforest Zip Adventure
On our final full day in Asia, we will experience the beauty, magic and adventure of Thailand’s ancient rainforest. There is a lot to learn from our biologist guides about this fascinating biosphere, and the rich assortment of species that inhabit the rainforest – but there is plenty of time for fun, too!

  • High in the tree tops of a pristine national park, we’ll glide through the jungle canopy on a thrilling zip line!
  • Scenic sky bridges are connected by 18 platforms.
  • Located next to the quaint Thai village of Mae Kampong, the “Flight of the Gibbon” is an educational adventure sure to be a highlight of your time in Thailand.

Hopefully you will have saved a little spending money for your last night, because after dinner, we’ll explore the busy Night Bazaar and search for last-minute souvenirs and gifts for family & friends.

Day Seventeen: Laa gorn, Thailand!
This morning, we’ll head from Chaing Mai to the Bangkok airport for our flight back to the USA. Jer-gun!
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