vietnam, cambodia - California Academy of Sciences

vietnam, cambodia - California Academy of Sciences

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With Dr. Chris Andrews

Featuring the Mekong Pandaw | October 20–November 4, 2009


experience the

and lush lan

engage your mind

Dear Academy Traveler,

Cambodia and Vietnam evoke images of illustrious imperial

dynasties, magnificent Buddhist and Hindu sites, and lush landscapes

dotted with patchwork rice paddies.

Join Dr. Chris Andrews, Director of the Steinhart Aquarium

and Chief of Public Programs, on this unique two-week program that

examines the long history of human settlement and its impact on

the Mekong River system. Explore the classical French architecture

and Old Quarter of Hanoi, journey for four nights on a Mekong

River cruise, and experience the misty romance and rich history of

Hué. Enjoy bird watching from the deck during a crossing of the vast

Tonlé Sap, a UNESCO biosphere reserve and Southeast Asia’s largest

freshwater lake. Your journey will culminate in magnificent Angkor and

a stay in the beautiful Sofitel Royal Angkor Hotel.

We will be joined by former U.N. Ambassador Sichan Siv

and members of the American Museum of Natural History on this

private charter. A portion of your program rate will go toward a

group donation for a sampan (wooden boat) or fresh water well for a

Mekong Delta family in need.

I invite you to journey with us to fascinating and unforgettable

Southeast Asia.


Greg Farrington

Executive Director

If you have questions or would like to make a reservation, please

call the Academy Travel Office at 800-853-9372 or email us at Visit

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COVER Angkor Wat at sunset • Women working in

Vietnam’s rice fields Above Woman, Hué • Rice paddies

BACK Fishermen on the Perfume River • Vietnamese

workers in rice fields • Lotus, Vietnam’s national flower

exceptional insight

Your Academy Leader

Dr. Chris Andrews, Director

of the Steinhart Aquarium and

Chief of Public Programs

“Throughout my career I have been

fortunate to visit some wonderful and

exotic locations, many of which are now

undergoing quite tumultuous change. I

have always been especially interested

in the diversity of life in the tropics, and the contrast of nature

and culture in those areas with what I have seen and experienced

elsewhere. I looking forward to this trip in particular, since not only

will we receive an appreciation of the spectacular wildlife and wild

places in this fascinating part of the world, but also because we will

get a glimpse of some old and extremely interesting cultures in a part

of the world that is rapidly changing.”

Additional Expert

Sichan Siv is a former U.S. ambassador

to the U.N. A Cambodian refugee,

Ambassador Siv settled in Wallingford,

Connecticut, in 1976. He earned a

master’s degree in international affairs

from Columbia University and held

positions at the White House and U.S.

Department of State between 1989 and

1993. Ambassador Siv is the author

of the memoir Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in

Cambodia to a New Life in America and brings to the program a unique

perspective informed by his personal experience. His lecture topics

include the history of the region and issues facing Cambodia today.

Reserve your Place now.

call (800) 853-9372 |

photography Painted stork • Tropical fruit

• Bicyclist, Vietnam • Golden Temple, Laos

• Classical tour boat on Hué’s Perfume River •

Monks at Bayon temple • Sofitel Royal Angkor

where enduring tradition meets br

Departs Tuesday 10.20.09 | Returns Wednesday 11.4.09

October 20 & 21: U.S. | Hanoi, Vietnam Depart the U.S.

and arrive in Hanoi the next day (passengers originating on the U.S.

East Coast will depart on October 19). Sofitel Metropole Hotel (D)

October 22 & 23: Hanoi Learn about Vietnamese culture at the

11th-century Confucius Temple of Literature and visit the Museum

of Ethnology, which includes a special welcome from the director.

See Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s

independence from France in 1945. Stroll through Hanoi’s Old

Quarter with a local historian and take in a private performance of

water puppet theater. Sofitel Metropole Hotel (2B,2L,1D)

October 24: Hanoi | Hué Fly to the World Heritage site of

Hué, Vietnam’s capital from 1802 to 1945 and renowned for its

imposing monuments and architecture. Stroll through the peaceful

pine forest and past the lotus-filled lake that surrounds the tomb of

Emperor Tu Duc, the last Emperor of Vietnam to rule independently

before French colonialism. La Residence Hotel (B,D)

October 25 & 26: Hué | Ho Chi Minh City Fly to

bustling Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon), Vietnam’s commercial hub.

An evening tour along the city’s wide, elegant boulevards features

crumbling colonial French buildings, the former Hotel de Ville,

and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the History Museum and former

Presidential Palace, or explore the infamous underground tunnels of

Cu Chi. Admire Thien Hau Pagoda’s intricate ceramic friezes and later

tour the stirring War Remnants Museum. Caravelle Hotel (2B,2L,1D)

October 27: Ho Chi Minh City | Phnom Penh

(Embark) Fly to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital that was once home

to the Communist Khmer Rouge. Today it is a pleasant riverfront city. See

the sparkling Royal Palace, admire impressive sculptures at the open-air

National Museum, and view the spectacular Silver Pagoda’s solid-gold

Buddha. Examine the painful reminders of Cambodia’s turbulent history

at the somber Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng detention

center. Then embark the Mekong Pandaw for a four-night journey up the

Mekong River toward Siem Reap. Mekong Pandaw (B,L,D)

October 28: Chong Koh | Peam Chi Kang After a stop at

Chong Koh village to visit a colorful silk-weaving center, continue

to cruise through a scenic region of riverbank villages framed by

distant hills. Stop at the small settlement of Peam Chi Kang to

glimpse everyday rural life, and continue to the pleasant, tree-lined

capital of Kâmpóng Cham. Mekong Pandaw (B,L,D)

Extend your journey

with four days in

regal Laos.

Sofitel Royal Angkor

Set among tranquil gardens, Sofitel Royal Angkor is located

mere minutes from the stunning Angkor Wat complex. The hotel

comprises 175 elegantly appointed rooms featuring a blend of

French and Khmer architecture. Each room commands superb

views of the beautiful local scenery and is fully equipped with

Sofitel’s exquisite standard of comfort and amenities.

eathtaking beauty

October 29: Kâmpóng Cham Admire the majestic pre-

Angkorian temples of Wat Hanchey and Wat Nokor, where young

monks in saffron-colored robes study Buddhist scriptures. Visit the

twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei and take in

the spectacular views of the surrounding rice paddy plains.

Mekong Pandaw (B,L,D)

October 30: Tonlé Sap Lake Visit Tonlé Sap Lake as it

narrows and winds through leafy swaths of jungle. This site of

an ancient battle between the Khmers and the Chams is now a

UNESCO biosphere and one of the world’s best examples of wetland

development. See modern-day fish cultivation and view Cambodians’

“floating houses.” Mekong Pandaw (B,L,D)

October 31– November 2: Kâmpóng Chhnang

(Disembark) | Siem Reap (Angkor) Disembark the Mekong

Pandaw at the port of Kâmpóng Chhnang and travel by boat to

Siem Reap. Continue to the vast site of Angkor and spend three days

exploring this mystical World Heritage site. Marvel at the 12thcentury

Buddhist Bayon temple, admire nearby carved-stone basreliefs,

and visit the new Angkor National Museum. At sunset, explore

the incomparable Angkor Wat, widely regarded as the apex of classical

Khmer art and architecture. See the ornately carved Preah Khan

temple, built by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century. Gather for

a festive farewell dinner and Khmer dance performance.

Sofitel Royal Angkor (3B,2L,2D)

November 3 & 4: Angkor | Bangkok, Thailand Explore

moss-covered Ta Prohm, an ancient Buddhist monastery surrounded

by tropical hardwood trees. The next day, transfer to Siem Reap for

flights to Bangkok and the U.S., crossing the International Date Line

and arriving home the same day.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel (2B,1L)

Extend Your Journey On a four-day extension to regal Laos,

discover the peaceful UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang

Prabang, the rustic capital of Vientiane’s golden temples, and the

magnificent Pak Ou Caves, accessible only by boat and home to

hundreds of wooden Buddha sculptures. Further details and pricing

will soon be available.

I just can’t say enough about the crew, food, and

architecture of the Mekong Pandaw… ”

– Peter Voll, 2006 passenger

The Mekong Pandaw recreates the

atmosphere and character of the original colonial-era

steamers of the 1920s and affords passengers the

luxury of peaceful cruising through the landscapes of the

Mekong Delta. Fully air-conditioned, the Mekong Pandaw

offers 32 generously sized staterooms, each with private

facilities and finished in brass and teak. With ample

lounge space for lectures and a sundeck for socializing,

the Mekong Pandaw is the perfect vessel on which to

explore the riches of the Mekong Delta.

reserve your place now

Book by April 1st, 2009,

and receive $500 off

your cabin!

Program Rates Include Comprehensive

educational program by study leaders, on-site guides, and local experts

• Three nights at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, one night at

La Residence Hotel in Hué, two nights at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho

Chi Minh City, four nights on a Mekong Pandaw cruise, three nights

at the Sofitel Royal Angkor in Siem Reap, and one night at the Novotel

Suvarnabhumi Hotel in Bangkok • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

• Bottled water on coaches during excursions • All on-tour coach and

boat transportation • Transfers and baggage handling between airports

and hotels for those traveling on group flights • Gratuities to guides,

drivers, ship, and wait staff for all group activities • Complete packet of

pre-departure information including educational materials • Professional

tour management throughout • A percentage donation of one sampan

(wooden boat) or water well to a Mekong Delta family in need

Airfare U.S. domestic and international airfare is not included in the program rates. As of

January 2009, economy-class airfare from San Francisco to Hanoi, Vietnam, with return from

Bangkok, Thailand, is estimated at $1,365 and is subject to change. Cost savings may be available

through our tour operator, who is happy to assist you in making individual travel arrangements.

Potential Fuel Surcharge Every effort is made to keep program costs as low

as possible, and rates do not include allowances to cover possible increases in fuel costs.

Please be aware that the volatile nature of oil prices may make it necessary to assess a fuel

surcharge. We appreciate your understanding.

Upper Deck

317 315 313 311 309 307 305 303 301

318 316 314 312 310 308 306 304 302

Middle Deck

205 203 201

206 204 202

Lower Deck

107 105 103 101

108 106 104 102

Program Rates Double Single^

● Lower Deck $8,395 $10,295

● Middle Deck* $8,645 —


● Upper Deck* $8,845 $10,745


* Upper and Middle Decks cabins feature private outdoor deck space with rattan chairs and table.

^ CATEGORY Special Offer C for Single LOWER Travelers: DECK Need a roommate? $0 Our $0 tour operator LEAST will EXPENSIVE try to find a share

for you and you will be charged the double occupancy rate even if no roommate is found.



Terms and Conditions

Reservations and Payments A deposit of $1,000 per

person (payable to High Country Passage) is required to confirm all

reservations. Please mail the check to Academy Travel Office, 500

Third Street, Suite 455, San Francisco, CA 94107. Final payment

deadline is June 19, 2009, 120 days prior to departure.

Cancellations and Refunds Deposits are fully refundable

if a written notice of cancellation is received by the California

Academy of Sciences within 30 days of receipt of deposit; after that,

they are 100% non-refundable. Cancellations after final payment

deadline: 100% penalty. All cancellations must be made in writing.

Rates Do Not Include International and U.S. domestic

airfare • Passport and visa fees • Immunization costs • Airport

security fees imposed by the government or airline • Meals

and beverages other than those specified as included • Excess

baggage charges • Baggage and cancellation insurance • Transfers

and baggage handling for those not participating in group flights •

Laundry, room service, telephone and fax calls, excess baggage

charges, and other items of a purely personal nature

Health All participants should be in good health and capable of

walking over rough terrain. By forwarding the deposit for passage,

the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any physical

or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for

him/herself or other passengers.

Itinerary, Program, and Cost Modifications The

itinerary, as contained in this brochure, is subject to modifications

and change by the California Academy of Sciences and High Country

Passage. Every effort will be made to carry out this program as

planned, but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is

sent. Costs, although given in good faith and based on information

available upon publication of the brochure, are also subject to

change and revision. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel

surcharge may be added to your tour fee. Details and costs will

be advised prior to your departure.

Insurance Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is highly

recommended and should be considered for your financial protection.

Another important consideration is medical insurance and emergency

medical evacuation coverage. A comprehensive package will be

made available to you upon receipt of your initial deposit. Early

purchase will provide coverage of pre-existing medical conditions.

Membership PolicyTravelers must be current California

Academy of Sciences members to participate in the travel program.

Please call (800) 794-7576 for membership categories and costs.

Responsibility The California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

and High Country Passage (HCP) act only as agents for the

suppliers and contractors providing transportation and/or all other

travel-related services and assume no responsibility howsoever

caused for personal injury, or for personal or property loss or

damage, in connection with any service. Additionally, responsibility

is not accepted for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather,

strikes, terrorism, wars, or other such causes. CAS and HCP reserve

the right to make changes to the published itinerary whenever, in

their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary

for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour. Occasionally,

unforeseen changes in transportation schedules or other pressing

matters necessitate a change in the land portion of the tour or cause

a tour to be extended beyond its scheduled completion; any extra

costs incurred in such cases are the responsibility of the passenger.

CAS and HCP reserve the right at their discretion to alter, change,

omit, and/or feature any part of the itinerary or any reservation,

conveyance, or routing at any time and without notice and for any

reason whatsoever without allowance of refund. CAS and HCP also

reserve the right to decline or accept any person as a member of the

tour, or to require any person to withdraw from the tour at any time,

when such action is determined by their representative to be in the

best interests of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour

group or the individual participant. CAS and HCP reserve the right to

withdraw without penalty any tour announced. Personal effects are

the sole responsibility of the owners at all times.

For further information, contact the Academy Travel Office at

800-853-9372 or by email at

Photography © Steve Raymer / Corbis (Angkor Wat);

© David Noton Photography / Alamy (women); © iStockphoto.

com / Pichai Khaola (rice paddies); © Arindom Chowdhury / (stork); © / Serdar Yagci (tour

boat); © Gina Smith / (fruit); © /

David Mody (monks); © / Keith Molloy (bicyclist);

© / Simon Gurney (temple); © Christina Hebert

(Mekong Pandaw) © / Serdar Yagci (fishermen);

© Roberto Colonello / (workers); © iStockphoto.

com / Hsing-Wen Hsu (lotus)

Printed on recycled paper | CST #2070901-40 | 091020 CMK CAS

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vietnam,cambodia & the mekong river

Featuring the Mekong Pandaw | October 20–November 4, 2009

Please send the completed reservation form, with your deposit check (payable to High Country Passage) or credit card instructions, to Academy Travel Office, 500 Third Street,

Suite 455, San Francisco, CA 94107. You may also fax the reservation form to 415-901-8140. For more information, call 800-853-9372 or email

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family in need. A portion of your

program rate provides a sampan

(wooden boat) or a fresh water

well to a Mekong Delta family.

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H a l o n g

B a y




& the mekong river



M e k o n g

R i v e r


With Dr. Chris Andrews

Featuring the Mekong Pandaw | October 20–November 4, 2009



Siem Reap


Tonlé Sap Lake

Phnom Penh




Peam Chi Kang

Chong Koh


Ho Chi Minh City


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