Department of Political Science
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY BAKERSFIELD
Mon. Jun. 13th: Depart Los Angeles Int’l Airport, CA on Korean Air Flight # 18 at 12:30PM
(Cross Int’l Dateline-Lose 1 Day)
Tue. June 14th: Arrive Seoul, Korea Republic at 5:10PM
Depart Seoul on Korean Air Flight # 683 at 7:40PM
Arrive Hanoi, Vietnam at 10:10PM
Upon arrival meet guide and transfer to hotel.
Accommodations for 3 nights at the Galaxy Hotel or similar.
Wed. June 15th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
After breakfast, visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his residence,
One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as
Vietnam’s first university, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
In the afternoon a visit will be made to the Ethnology Museum with
guide. The museum is surrounded by Vietnamese houses in which the
guide will discuss the diversity of the house of the Viet people.
In the evening, attend a performance of the famous Vietnamese
traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long Theater.
Return to the hotel after the show.
Thu. June 16th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
After lunch drive to Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of
outstanding natural beauty . “Dragon descending to the sea” as it is
known in Vietnamese, picturesque Halong Bay has more than 1,000
limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful
Thu. June 16th: Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through Halong Bay.
Seafood lunch will be served aboard the boat.
After the boat trip return to hotel.
Fri. June 17th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Enjoy the morning at leisure or as directed by group leaders.
Transfer to the Hanoi domestic airport for your flight to Hue,
the former Royal City of the 13 ruling Nguyen dynasties.
Upon arrival, drive to hotel and check in to the Asia Hotel for 2
Afterwards, drive visit the Imperial Citadel and Museum
of Royal Relics and Dong Ba market.
Enjoy dinner at An Binh Restaurant.
Return to hotel.
Sat. June 18th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Group will proceed to the Perfume River for a boat trip to visit
Thien Mu Pagoda, one of the oldest ancient architectural structures
for religious worship in Hue.
Afterwards, drive to Minh Mang tomb.
Dinner at the Club Garden Restaurant.
Return to the hotel in the evening.
Sun. June 19th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning, then check-out.
Group will depart for Danang. The scenic 4 hour drive via
Hai Van Pass offers spectacular views of mountains, the sea, idyllic
beaches and villages. A visit to the Cham Museum will be made enroute.
In the afternoon, continue further south to the charming historic city of
Hoi An was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the
16th century. Hoi An has distinctive Chinese atmosphere with low, tiled-roof
Sun. June 19th: houses and narrow streets; the original structure of some of these streets
(Cont’d) is still virtually intact. Many of the houses were constructed of rare timbers
and decorated with lacquer panels engraved with Chinese characters and pillars
carved with ornamental designs.
During a tour on foot you will visit some of the historic merchant and
community houses, places of worship and famous bridges.
Afterwards, enjoy dinner at Pho Hoi Restaurant.
Proceed to Indochine Hotel or similar for 1 night accommodations.
Mon. June 20th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning, then check-out
Enjoy the morning at leisure of as directed by group leaders.
Transfer to airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh City around noon.
Upon arrival, transfer to Ho Chi Minh city for an orientation tour.
Proceed to the Chancery Hotel or similar for 2 nights accommodations.
Group will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Tue. June 21st: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Drive to Cu Chi province, en route you will have the opportunity to
visit local homes producing rice paper and rice wine. Visit the amazing
complex of underground tunnels at Cu Chi.
Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Group will then continue their tour and visit Chinatown, Thien Hau Pagoda,
History Museum and former Presidential Palace.
Return to the hotel in the evening.
Wed. June 22nd: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Pick up at the hotel in Ho Chi Ming City and drive to My Tho and visit
Vinh Trang Pagoda.
My Tho is a prosperous town of 170,000 inhabitants in the Mekong Delta.
It is famous for its extensive orchards and immense rice fields.
Wed. June 22nd: Enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River and visit an orchard on the island.
Return to Ho Chi Minh City in the late afternoon.
Overnight at hotel.
Thu. June 23th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Depart Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Vietnam Airlines Flight # 827 at 11:40AM
Arrive Sien Reap, Cambodia at 12:40PM
Upon arrival, meet local representative visit the most famous of all the temples
on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive 5 towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered
by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.
Check into the hotel in the afternoon for 2 nights accommodations.
(Hotel name – To be advised)
Dinner at a local restaurant.
Return to hotel in the evening.
Fri. June 24th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
After breakfast, continue your temple tour. Visit the unique sculptures of
Prasat Kravan, the mountain temple of Pre Rup, Mebon Oriental, Ta Som
and Neak Pean. A visit will also be made to Preah Khan temple.
In the afternoon visit Srah Srang, “The Royal Baths” which was once used
for ritual bathing. Continue your temple tour with stops at Takeo, Thommanon,
Chau Say Tevoda and Ta Prohm.
Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.
Return to hotel.
Sat. June 25th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning, then check-out.
Morning transfer to Banteay Srei temple, with a continuation to Banteay
Samre, built in the 3rd quarter of the 12th century. It consists of a central temple
with four wings preceded by a hall and accompanied by two libraries.
Afterwards, visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor – Chantiers Ecoles” of Siem Reap
and time at leisure at the local market.
Transfer directly to the airport after temple visits.
Depart Sien Reap, Cambodia Bangkok Airways Flight # 933 at 1:10PM
Arrive Bangkok, Thailand at 2:20PM
Upon arrival meet local representative and transfer to hotel.
Accommodations for 1 night at the Central Plaza Hotel or similar.
Bangkok is the Orient's most cosmopolitan city and has attractions to stimulate even the most jaded travelers. Created as the Thai capital in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is a national treasure house and Thailand's spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre. A curious blend of the traditional East with the modern West, Bangkok’s every street has a surprise in hold for the visitor. Ramshackle buildings crouch next to exotic temples surrounded by delightful gardens, which are in turn overlooked by modern hotels and offices. The chaos on the roads is mirrored by the busy traffic on the Chao Phraya River, which dissects the city and is regularly crisscrossed by long-tailed boats, river taxis and small rowing boats, all miraculously missing each other.
Sun. June 26th: Breakfast at the hotel in the morning.
Enjoy a city tour in the morning featuring visits to the Golden Pavilion, Wat Benchamabopit, the Ornate Marble Temple, a combination of Italian and classical Thai architecture, Wat Po - with its colossal reclining Buddha image, and Wat Trimit, with its large sitting golden Buddha image.
Afternoon free for independent activities or to enjoy outstanding shopping
bargains in Bangkok.
Transfer to the airport in the late evening.
Depart Bangkok, Thailand on Korean Air Flight # 654 at 1:20AM
(Morning of June 27th)
Mon. June 27th: Arrive Seoul, Korea Republic at 8:30AM
Change planes, luggage will be automatically transferred.
Depart Seoul on Korean Air Flight # 1 at 11:20AM
(Cross Int’l Date Line – Gain 1 Day)
Arrive Los Angeles Int’l Airport, CA at 8:40AM