Romance of the Mekong River

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OCT. 2-17, 2018 From $5,395
Saigon, Sa Dec, Phnom Penh, Chong Koh, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat
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Romance of the Mekong River

OCT. 2-17, 2018
Saigon, Sa Dec, Phnom Penh, Chong Koh, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat
Aboard Mekong Navigator

Once known as French Indochina, Vietnam and Cambodia showcase centuries of history and a fusion of French and Asian cultures. Explore Saigon, formally known as Ho Chi Minh City, with visits to the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Remnants Museum and the Cu Chi Tunnels. In Siem Reap, discover the wonders of ancient Angkor. Explore with expert guides who will bring these archaeological sites to life. Spend seven nights cruising the Mekong River aboard the luxurious, all-suite Mekong Navigator. Visit riverside towns as well as Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh. Visit the city’s Royal Palace, and learn about Cambodia’s troubled past at the Choueng Ek Memorial at the killing fields.

Cost: From $5,395
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Robert Buswell
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
Robert Buswell holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at UCLA, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of UCLA’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies. He is a specialist in Buddhist meditative traditions in India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Buswell was ordained as a Buddhist monk into a Burmese ordination lineage in Thailand and lived as a Buddhist monk in Asia for seven years before returning to academe. He has published extensively on Buddhism, including a recounting of his life as a Zen monk in Korea in The Zen Monastic Experience. His most recent book, Numinous Awareness is Never Dark, explores the issue of whether enlightenment in Buddhism is a product of a gradual process of meditative development or a sudden burst of insight. (Spoiler alert: it’s both.) Buswell has also served as president of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest such professional organization in the world with over 7,000 members, and the first UCLA faculty member to be elected to that position.

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.