MEKONG RIVER EXCURSION, JAN 6-18, 2020
Complete the Travel Request Form now for a chance to join this excursion. Scholarships available for students and teachers. Space will be filled on a first come first served basis.
The Origins Project Foundation will host a group of 36 travelers in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on January 6th, 2020 to embark upon a voyage of discovery along one of Asia’s most significant rivers. Travelers will tour magnificent carved temples, lush landscapes, local cultures, and cities where rich imperial and colonial legacies mingle. We will explore traditional villages and the daily lives of farmers, monks, and local craftspeople. We will enjoy extraordinary culinary experiences with exotic food from local markets and fine dining aboard the riverboat Avalon Saigon.
This is a luxurious 8-day / 7-night riverboat cruise on the lower Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam, with hotel stays at the beginning and end of the cruise – Park Hyatt in Siem Reap (3 days) and The Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City (2 days).**
The cost is $9,950*** per person (dual-occupancy), plus travel expenses to our starting point in Siem Reap and onward from our finishing point in Ho Chi Minh City. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space, once you receive an invitation, after submitting the Travel Request Form.
The Origins Project Foundation has recently received approval from the Internal Revenue Service to be considered a public tax exempt charity. This allows us to use newly available funds to support our educational mission. As a result the foundation can now provide a limited number of Travel Scholarships for students and teachers who may wish to join our travel adventures. For our first expedition, along the Mekong River in January 2020, eight scholarships will be made available for students and teachers to allow them to join the expedition for a cost of $3,500, a 65% discount on the advertised cost of the trip. Eligible and interested students and teachers can fill out the Traveler Request Form to express their interest.
GUESTS & SPEAKERS
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Temple complex of Angkor Wat
Royal Palace and National Museum of Cambodia
Walled city of Angkor Thom
Stone faces of Bayon Temple
Kmer architecture of the 8th century
Cu Chi tunnels
Dine at Wat Athvea Temple and watch an Apsara performance
Wat Hanchey, a hilltop temple dating back to the 8th century
Rural village of Angkor Ban
Ox-cart ride through the beautiful Cambodian countryside to Kampong Tralach, Kampong Louang and Phnom Penh
Guided tour of Phnom Penh
Chau Doc market in Vietnam
Village of Long Khanh A, for a demonstration of traditional cotton-weaving
Guided tour of Cu Lao Gieng Island
Visit a local workshop in Vinh Long
Walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic landmarks
ABOUT THE VESSEL
The riverboat Avalon Saigon has 18 passenger cabins. It is meticulously crafted to offer all modern features, yet still retains a colonial charm fitting. It is designed with modern elegance, floor to ceiling sliding doors in every room, a viewing deck with bar, luxury dining, and two lounges.
*Filling out the Travel Request Form does not guarantee you a space on the cruise, as space is limited.
**Itinerary subject to change.
***Limited Travel Scholarships available for teachers and students