Quo Vadis: Cambodia and Vietnam!

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Deeply Impactful.

Cambodia and Vietnam present an incredible spectrum of eye-opening experiences.

From war to peace. From city to jungle. From palaces to pagodas. From modern cathedrals to ancient temples. From ornate French architecture to an elaborately-engineered network of underground tunnels. Open your heart and mind to the grand sights, rich flavors and joyful people of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Consider how impactful it is to learn about ancient global religions from inside their holiest temples.

Imagine how meaningful humanitarian service becomes when you can see the gratitude and joy in children’s eyes.

Picture the ancient capital of Angkor, with 70 magnificent ruins in a forested zone of more than 200 square kilometers… one of the grandest wonders of Indo-China.

Envision yourself immersed in a thoroughly foreign culture as you visit a floating school and shop at a floating market!

This powerful experience builds compassionate leaders, expands world views and creates more actualized global citizens.

Peg Thomas, Quo Vadis Co-Founder & CEO
Quo Vadis Faith Based Student Travel - Faith Education Travel

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Smaller Group. Bigger Impact!

Program Length:  12 days
All Inclusive Price:  from $4,995
Departure Dates:
Week of July 4th, 2019

Minimum Group:  15 Paying Travelers

Program priced to depart from SEA-TAC

  • Meaningful humanitarian service encounters
  • Compare and contrast ancient global religions
  • Examine an American conflict from new perspectives
  • Explore definitions of community in impoverished villages
  • Embrace cultural immersion with locals
  • Gain academic perspective in historically significant settings
  • Contemplate humanity’s dark side
  • Approach a new world with mindfulness & reflection
  • Visit the famous floating school at Cug Van Floating Village
  • Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels from the inside!
  • Visit Cheoung Ek, known more famously as the “Killing Fields” of Vietnam
  • Travel through time at Ankor Wat
  • Learn to cook Cambodian style in Siem Reap
  • Experience the diversity & excitement of the Angkor Night Market

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Full Program Itinerary

Day One: Arrive at SEA-TAC

The adventure of a lifetime begins with a technicality! Your departure date & time is deceptive – you arrive at the airport at 10 pm the day before you actually depart.

Day Two: Depart for Vietnam

In the wee hours of “Departure Day,” you’ll gather your Saigon-bound travel team and board your overnight flight! Takeoff is at 1:50 am.

Day Three: Welcome to Vietnam!
  • Once we arrive in Vietnam, we’ll settle into incredible Saigon—home to nearly 8 million people—as we explore the city and surrounds with our National Guide.
  • Take a “cyclo-ride” to a typical market in Saigon’s “Old Quarter,” which is home to a fascinating array of Vietnamese food culture. The ancient characteristics of this District makes an unforgettable impression!
  • Tonight, a welcome dinner, Vietnam-style!
Day Four: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
  •  Your day begins with a visit to the Reunification Palace. The palace takes us back to the Vietnam War. It was here that the first Communist tanks arrived in what was then Saigon on April 30th, 1975. The palace stands as a symbol of the fall of Saigon and little has changed since then.
  • Our next stop is the picturesque colonial General Post Office, which is constructed with Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. It may be a post office today, but this structure is one of the most famous and important in Vietnam.
  • At the War Remnants Museum, you will see the brutality of the Vietnam War as many interactive displays document the suffering of the Vietnamese people.
  • Next, the History Museum you will introduce you to the evolution of Vietnam, from the bronze age Dong Son Civilization through modern times. (In a bit of foreshadowing, this museum also features valuable relics taken from Ankor Wat, a fine collection of Buddha statues and the fascinating mummy of a woman who died in 1869.)
Day Five: Comparative Religions and Cultures
  • We’ll attend morning mass in one of the city’s many catholic churches. Most churches were closed by the Communist regime in 1975, but today they flourish again.
  • This afternoon presents an excellent Comparative Religions opportunity. You’ll be touched by your visit to a Buddhist Temple, where you will learn about the traditions of the Buddhist faith in Vietnam.
  • 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.
Day Six: The Tunnels of Cu Chi
  • This day will leave an indelible, life-long impression on you, and might shift your thinking about the power of humans’ survival instincts.
  • In the Cu Chi Region, you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during what is known here as 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, meeting rooms. Affirmation of the human will to endure abounds.
  • Our entire group will explore the first level of tunnels; the more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third levels. Prepare to crouch!
  • After lunch, we’ll cross the border to Cambodia and set out for Phnom Penh City.
Day Seven: Phnom Penh City
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.

Your highly-trained local guides will help you assimilate the magnitude of the brutality that occurred in these places. Careful guided discussion and reflection helps students process these acutely sobering experiences. There are vitally important lessons to be learned here, relating to history, human nature, bad governance and the darkest political and social impulses. These experiences present students with the opportunity to decide for themselves what place such lessons have in their world view and personal faith journey.

Careful not to get cultural whiplash as you move to the Royal Palace, which houses the Silver Pagoda, named for its 5000 heavy silver or tiles.

• Next, you’ll trek up the hill to Wat Phnom Temple to observe faithful locals as they come to pray for good luck.

• This evening, your travel group will make its way to the river to enjoy a sunset cruise.

Day Eight: Catholic School 
  • This morning, we’ll spend time with students and teachers at a Catholic School. This is a tremendous opportunity to forge connections with peers whose lives are nothing like our own, and we’ll observe the many ways dedicated educators in this culture contribute to the development of young people. We will teach English, participate in lessons, take time to play with the children and we’ll all have lunch together.
  • Late this afternoon, we’ll fly to Siem Reap and enjoy free time for shopping and exploring the night markets.
Day Nine: Angkor Wat
  • This morning we will take Tuk-Tuks to Angkor Wat, a magnificent 12th century temple.
  • Inside, Hindu mythology is detailed in stone carvings and bas-reliefs, which our guides will illuminate in detail. There is a powerful history lesson here, as well as art and engineering lessons.
  • What is it? Angkor Wat—built by Suryavarman II (1113–1152)—is the earthly representation of Mt. Meru, the Mt. Olympus of the Hindu faith, and the abode of their ancient gods.
Day Ten: Service Day #1
  • This morning, you’ll walk through rice paddy fields to arrive at Kompheim Village. A volunteer from a local NGO will join with our Travel Manager and introduce us to the village, while providing more information about the approximately 600 people living there.
  • Students will enjoy a cooking demonstration and eat lunch with the villagers.
  • Today will be spent working to help improve the living situation of vulnerable families.
  • Our projects will include: thatching walls and other house repairs, constructing a vertical garden, building chicken coops, and planting fruit trees.
Day Eleven: Service Day #2
  • Our time in the village continues today with time spent at the local school.
  • Today’s projects will include: conducting an English lesson, playing games and sports, eating with the children, learning a traditional craft, and participating in storytelling activities.
Day Twelve: Departure Day
  • Departure day is the ultimate moment for reflection, taking time for journaling and integration of all you’ve seen and learned.
  • After breakfast on our last morning in Cambodia, in preparation for our journey, we will join in a touching and personal Buddhist blessing ceremony.
  • We’ll bid farewell to Asia and head to the airport to board our flight back home.