Study Abroad in Southeast Asia: History, Conflict and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia, Study & Travel Program

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Southeast Asia: History, Conflict and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia Itinerary

AIFS Flight Dates

Outbound: May 22 to Hanoi | Inbound: June 12 from Siem Reap

Southeast Asia: History, Conflict and Culture in Vietnam and Cambodia

Academic Program: May 24 - June 11

Friday, May 22

Optional overnight flight from the U.S. to Hanoi*

Saturday, May 23

Arrive Hanoi. (Including Own Travel Students). Transfer to accommodation.* Balance of day free.

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and second largest city by population, is a place where one can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, museums, nightlife, and culture. It is a city to be savored, steeped in history and the perfect introduction to Vietnam.

Sunday May 24

Morning orientation with AIFS staff. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Vietnam to iconic places in the city, followed by a traditional welcome meal.

Monday, May 25

Morning class. Afternoon visit to Thang Long Royal Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tuesday, May 26

Morning class. Evening cultural Vietnamese Water Puppetry show, a tradition dating back to the 11th century.

Wednesday, May 27

Free day.

Thursday, May 28

Morning flight to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). On arrival, guided tour of important city landmarks, such as Reunification Palace and Museum of Vietnamese History. Ho Chi Minh is famous for its pivotal role in the Vietnam War, as well as being known for its French colonial landmarks, commerce and culture.

Friday, May 29

Morning class. Afternoon visit to War Remnants Museum.

Saturday May 30

Half-day excursion to Cu Chi Tunnels. Synonymous with the Vietnam War, construction of the tunnels began during the war against the French in the 1940s and over the following 25 years improved and expanded into a complex underground network. It Is now a memorial park open to the public.

Sunday May 31

Morning class. Free afternoon.

Monday, June 1

Morning flight to Phnom Penh. Afternoon sightseeing tour of iconic sites followed by welcome dinner. Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, is today a busy city with a pleasant riverfront, hub for Khmer Empire and French colonists. Tarnished by the impact of war and revolution, the city is in a state of regeneration.

Tuesday, June 2

Morning class. Free afternoon. Evening cooking class with traditional Cambodian recipes.

Wednesday June 3

Full-day excursion to Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek, two of Phnom Penh’s most important remembrance sites.

Thursday, June 4

Morning class. Evening cultural performance by Cambodian Living Arts at the National Museum.

Friday, June 5

Travel to Siem Reap by private bus. Balance of day free.

Saturday June 6

Morning class. Afternoon visit to War Museum, the biggest war museum in Cambodia.

Sunday, June 7

Morning visit to Cambodia Landmine Museum and Relief facilities. Afternoon tour of APOPO, an NGO which utilizes “Hero Rats” to detect landmines.

Monday, June 8

Full-day excursion to Angkor Wat, with the services of a professional, English-speaking guide.

Tuesday, June 9

Visit to Ton Le Sap Lake and Cambodian Cultural Village.

Wednesday, June 10

Morning and afternoon class. Free evening.

Thursday, June 11

Morning class and final exam. Farewell traditional meal.

Friday, June 12

Optional return flight to the U.S.*

AIFS reserves the right to modify the itinerary. Dates are subject to change.

* Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.