Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Thailand/Cambodia

Faculty: Kathy Weiss, Paul Chamberlain
Meeting Time: Wednesday - 6:30 - 9:00PM

Student Cost: $1800

This course will focus on the cultural diversity of Thailand and Cambodia, looking at the diversity of religious faith, ethnic groups, and societal life. Course time will be spent becoming familiar with these and other areas. We will seek to experience aspects of Thai and Cambodian life including learning to speak some Thai and Khmer before we depart on this trip. 

We start our trip in Phnom Phen with a rickshaw city tour. We well explore the history of the Khmer Rouge by visiting the Killing Fields and other sites. Then onto Seim Reap, the base to explore Angor Wat, an extensive complex of Hindu temples built in the 12th century. It was later transformed into a center of Buddhist worship, then they were abandoned and became overgrown. Then we’ll be onto Bangkok exploring historic and religious sites as well as finding canals and back alleys, eating a wide variety of Thai street food. Then we are off to the northeast of Thailand to volunteer with school kids and explore ruins of the 13th capital of Siam by bicycle. On our way to Chiang Mai we will visit an elephant conservation center to watch their handlers at work, see young elephants and even ride! In Chiang Mai we will be going to cooking school to learn how to shop for and prepare Thai food. You’ll have time to explore the city and enjoy the night markets. We head north to Chiang Rai visiting the “White Temple” on our way. Now back to Bangkok and on to the beach to finish out with a little sun and sand.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Day  

1       Depart Portland

2       Arrive Phnom Penh, rickshaw tour

3       Killing Field and S21, free afternoon

4       Drive to Seim Reap, Khmer Dinner Show

5       Angor Wat Complex visit – amazing temples lost in the jungle

6       Siem Reap free morning, afternoon village visits to see how Cambodians live

7       Border crossing, Drive to Bangkok

8       Canal tour and Wat Pho & Wat Arun (Buddhist temples)

9       Free Day, optional Mr T Alleyway tour – see the back alleys of Bangkok!

10     Train to Nakhon Sawan

11     Volunteer work at school - meet and play with Thai kids

12     Say “goodbye” and drive to Sukhothai

13     Cycling tour of countryside & historical park – ruins of 13th century capital of Siam

14     Lampang and Elephant Conservation Centre – you can even ride, for a fee

15     Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep Wat Phra That (both temples), San Kamphaeng (factory stores)

16     Chiang Mai: Cooking class – you have to eat what you cook!, Khantoke dinner

17     Free Day, Optional city walk and markets

18     Bus to Chiang Rai, Wat Rong Khun

19     Fly to Bangkok and on to the beach at Koh Samet – sun and sand!

20     Koh Samet: free day

21     Return to Bangkok, Dinner cruise – see Bangkok lite at night from the water!

22     Fly home via Bangkok