Thank you for participating in The Wharton School’s Program to SE Asia December 2015 – January 2016.
Please fill out the form through the link below, and then make the appropriate payment (the link will be given after choosing your excursion) to guarantee a spot on your excursion(s) in Nha Trang, Vietnam, during the program, and/ or to Siem Reap, Cambodia after the program ends. A shortcut back to this page is: http://tinyurl.com/WhartonSEasia
The Nha Trang options are:
1) Full Day – Boat Trip Island & Snorkeling (minimum 5 people) $100 per person
Jump on board a boat to Hon Mieu Island in the South China Sea. The first stop is Tri Nguyen Aquarium, a quirky building that holds three tanks filled with breeding stock, aquarium fish and turtles. Then it’s back on board to cruise to nearby Hon Mun Island to swim and snorkel in shallow waters filled with coral and colorful fish. Then, island hop to the white sandy beaches of Hon Tam Island. Have lunch at the fishing village of Lang Chai and enjoy the afternoon swimming and soaking up the sun. Later in the afternoon, cruise back to Nha Trang just in time for sunset.
Time: 08:30 AM – 16:00 PM
Inclusions: Transport by car, local guide, private boat cruise (by wooden boat), admission fees, Vietnamese seafood lunch, snorkeling gear, mineral water, cold towels.
Exclusions: Personal expenses
2) Full Day – Vinpearl Land Amusement Park Discovery (minimum 5 people) $100 per person
Discover Vinpearl Land via the longest cable car ride in the world, stretching over Nha Trang Bay. Depart from the hotel at 9 AM by car and local guide to Phu Quy Pier, where you take the cable car to the Park (10 minutes). Spend the whole day: Compact Coaster, Swing Carousel, Evolution, Merry-go-round, Bumper Cars, 4D Movies, Crazy Bull Riding. There is also a new water park open at night. Lunch is included in the package. Tour ends at around 5 PM or at own time. Transfer and guide will take you back to your hotel at 5pm.
Inclusions: Transport by van, local guide (for group of less than 10 pax, local guide will escort for transfer only), cable car, all admission fees at the park, one Vietnamese set menu lunch, 1 mineral water, cold towels.
Exclusions: Other drinks & Personal expenses
*) In Nha Trang, there are many spas that you can go to for massages, mud baths, etc.
3) Cambodia, including one-way flight Hanoi-Siem Reap $550 (flight cost is included and based on availability and subject to change), minimum 5 people
Day 1 – Fri, Jan 08, 2016: Depart Hanoi/ Arrive in Siem Reap.
Estimated departure time will be late afternoon.
Transfer to the airport in Hanoi and check into your flight. (evening of the 9th based on availability). The flight is about 2 hours.
On arrival in Cambodia at Siem Reap Airport, you will clear customs and immigration, getting your visa on arrival for $30. Be sure to bring one passport photo and $30 USD in cash. Exiting to baggage claim, you will be met by our English-speaking local guide, holding a sign with your group name on it. Your guide will take you to the hotel.
Day 2- Sat, Jan 09, 2016: Siem Reap. (B/-/-)
After breakfast, board your own remork (tuk-tuk) with one or two of your colleagues, and your driver will drive you to the temples to begin a full-day visit to discover the ancient, Angkorian temples. 2-3 people per remork.
The ride from the hotel to the hotel is about 15 minutes. From the hotel to the temple complex is another 15-20 minutes. 1-day entrance included.
Start with the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact centre of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself. These colossal heads stare down from every side, exuding power and control with a hint of compassion, just the mix required to keep a hold on such a vast empire. Before clambering upwards, we unravel the mysteries of the bas-reliefs, with their intricate scenes of ancient battles against the Chams and their snapshot of daily life during the Angkor period.
We continue to the jungle temple Ta Prohm where Tomb Raider was filmed. Ta Prohm has been abandoned to the elements, a reminder that while empires rise and fall, the riotous power of nature marches on, oblivious to the dramas of human history. Left as it was ‘discovered’ by French explorer Henri Mouhot in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones, man first conquering nature to create, nature later conquering man.
Take a break for lunch on your own and continue to see more of the temples as time and your energy allow.
The immense walled city of Angkor Thom that was the masterpiece of King Jayavarman VII. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the new king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. The scale is simply staggering and we are immediately overwhelmed by the audacity of Jayavarman on arrival at the city’s gates. The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which the devas (gods) and asuras (devils) play tug of war with a naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality.
The Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death. We continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances and traditional sports. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the reign of Uditayavarman in the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing.
The Mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Built in the 12th century by King Suryavarman II, this is most famous temple at Angkor. We begin by unraveling the mysteries of the bas-reliefs that tell of tales from Hindu mythology and of the glories of the Khmer empire. Stretching for almost one kilometre, these intricate carvings are a candidate for the world’s longest unbroken piece of art.
If you like, take sunset from Angkor’s highest temple.
Return to the hotel, tip your guide (min. $5/ person)
Dinner on own account in Siem Reap town. There are many, many choices near the hotel.
Overnight: Royal Crown Hotel with breakfast (4 star hotel with 2 pools)
Day 3 – Sun, Jan 10, 2016: Siem Reap (Free day) Departure. (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
Day at leisure to explore more of the temple complex, Ton Le Sap Lake, the markets and transfer to the airport depending on your flight time. Hire you remork driver for today. An extra day pass to the temples is $20 per person. Consider getting up early and catching sunrise from one of many excellent locations. Your drive can recommend. We recommend bypassing the sunrise at Angkor Wat because of the crowds.
Inclusions: Transfers from hotel in Hanoi to airport, airport in Siem Reap to hotel, temple tours, back to hotel, one-way flight Hanoi-Siem Reap, local tuk-tuk driver, 1-day entrance to Angkor Complex, Breakfast at hotel.
Exclusions: $30 Cambodian visa, Tips to Tuk-Tuk Driver, 2nd day activities, Meals & Personal Expenses.
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No refunds or changes allowed unless minimum numbers are not met.
Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.
The AEA Team