Department of Political Science

California State University, Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway

Bakersfield, CA  93311


Phone:  661-664-2141

Fax:  661-665-6075










JUNE 2005


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

                                    nights accommodations.


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.


                                    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