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Vietnam & Cambodia      November 9 – 18, 2018

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Ho Chi Minh – Siem Reap

Faculty Traveler: Bob Kling, Senior Academic Officer, Semester at Sea; Associate Professor of Economics, CSU

We are thrilled to announce Professor Bob Kling will be joining us as our faculty member traveling to Vietnam & Cambodia.

Bob Kling is a microeconomist and environmental economist with a passion for international education and experiential travel.  He has sailed with Semester at Sea as a faculty member on the Fall 1998 voyage (with family in tow), and as Academic Dean on the Spring 2017 voyage.  Since August 2017 he has served as the Senior Academic Officer for the partnership between SAS and Colorado State University, where he has been on the Economics faculty since 1984.  Bob has been visiting faculty member at the University of Montpellier (France), the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary), the University of Naples (Italy), and the Foreign Trade University (Vietnam).

From 2008 to 2017, in partnership with Vietnam’s Foreign Trade University (FTU), Bob directed the CSU-FTU Vietnam Economics Curriculum Program, under which regular CSU courses are taught on the FTU campus in Hanoi, FTU lecturers are mentored in course development, and FTU students transfer to CSU to complete their degrees.  Bob’s research interests have focused on the economics of land management, valuation of historic resources, and regulatory strategy.  He has earned CSU’s Cermak Advising Award, Liberal Arts Distinction in Outreach Award, International Programs Distinguished Service Award, and FTU’s Distinguished Service Medal.

Bob is an amateur stonemason, an adventurous cook, a haphazard gardener, and a casual reader of science fiction.  Bob speaks French competently, Italian just a little, and can order a beer in Vietnamese.

Day 1: November 9

Arrival to Hanoi, Vietnam

Meet your driver at the Noi Bai airport for a private transfer to your hotel, spend the afternoon at leisure. A Welcome Reception will be held at the Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi at 6:00 pm.

Evening Reception | Lodging: Hotel De L’Opera

Day 2: November 10

But Thap, Hanoi

Travel into the quiet and traditional countryside of the Red River Delta to visit one of the finest pagodas in northern Vietnam – But Thap. Vietnam’s first known Buddhist center, the pagoda was first built under the dynasty of King Tran Thanh Tong (1258-1278) with has more than 100 sections with more than 50 statues of different sizes. Enjoy lunch prepared by the pagoda’s resident nuns and learn about their practice, lifestyle, and charitable services. Next, choose between a cooking class or Hanoi capital highlights tour. End the day with a delicious dinner at a local restaurant before being transferred back to hotel.

Meals: B, L, D | Lodging: Hotel De L’Opera

Day 3: November 11

Halong Bay Cruise

Check out of your hotel and take a luxury coach to Halong Bay. There, you will board your own private chartered boat for a Bhaya Cruise on Halong Bay. Enjoy lunch on board before you discover the mysterious Tien Ong Cave, an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, this cave is one of the finest caves in Halong Bay. Admire the sunset while the boat anchors for our overnight stay. Enjoy dinner and the rest of the night free at leisure.

Meals: B, L, D | Lodging: Overnight on board Bhaya Classic Cruise

Day 4: November 12

Tai Chi, Cua Van Village, Ho Chi Minh City

Early start for an optional Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck followed by a light breakfast. Visit Cua Van floating village, an incredibly striking small town. You may then choose kayaking or a traditional rowing boat as you explore local life on the water. A buffet brunch will be served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to harbor. Transfer to Hanoi airport to board flight to Ho Chi Minh City. The rest of your night is at leisure.

Meals: Brunch | Lodging: Renaissance Riverside

Day 5: November 13

Ho Chi Minh City

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a free day in Saigon to explore the many sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of this exciting and active city.

Meals: B | Lodging: Renaissance Riverside

Day 6: November 14

Ho Chi Minh City, MV World Odyssey

Begin the day with free time before meeting in the early afternoon to board the MV World Odyssey for a private tour. Visit the floating campus for Semester at Sea and experience what life is like for the Fall 2018 voyagers. Enjoy lunch on board and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: B, L | Lodging: Renaissance Riverside

Day 7: November 15

Siem Reap, Angkor Wat

Early morning transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, meet your expert guide and board the private tour bus to visit Angkor Wat, arguably the largest religious building in the world, with a volume of stone equaling that of the Cheops pyramid in Egypt. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to your hotel for check-in. Afternoon is at leisure followed by dinner at a local restaurant with Khmer food.

Meals: B, L, D | Lodging: Memoire Siem Reap hotel

Day 8: November 16

Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm Temple, EGBOK Project

Enjoy a bicycle tour as we visit the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom – the last capital of the Khmers. Explore this 12th century masterpiece that is an archaeological wonder of symmetry and grandeur. Continue your tour to Ta Prohm temple, surrounded by a labyrinth of stone hallways overgrown with the roots and limbs of massive banyan trees. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before interacting with students at the EGBOK project, started by a SAS alumnus. EGBOK enables young adults in Cambodia to be self-supporting by providing education, training, and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry. Dine together before heading back to your hotel.

Meals: B, L, D | Lodging: Memoire Siem Reap hotel

Day 9: November 17

Siem Reap

Wake up to an optional sunrise tour at Angkor Wat. Depart the hotel early in the morning to visit the floating village at Kampong Khleang, a permanent community within the floodplain of the Lake, with an economy based in fishing and surrounded by flooded forest. You will also stop to visit a local house and learn about their daily floating life. After, stop at a local school, before having lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Re-join in the evening for a farewell reception at the hotel.

Meals: B, D | Lodging: Memoire Siem Reap hotel

Day 10: November 18

Siem Reap

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for the Siem Reap Airport.

Meals: B

Important Information

Intimate Group Size

This trip is capped at 25 travelers, ages 18+. One Semester at Sea home office staff member and a faculty member will travel with the group along with experienced local guides.

Alumni & Friends Welcome

While Semester at Sea trips are designed primarily for alumni of Semester at Sea, these programs are open to family and friends who wish to experience educational travel.


This trip is fast paced to include four different hotels in two countries. We offer optional activities and we do our best to build in sufficient free time for personal exploration. Just like on the ship, we encourage independent travel as a part of your experience. Feel free to make it your own while having the comfort and structure of a group program.

Travel Information

Semester at Sea tries to give you as much information as possible, but the onus is on you to make sure you are complying with international regulations. Below are a few suggestions.

  1. Airfare to Vietnam/Cambodia and back home are your responsibility. We do not work with an airline.
  2. A travel visa is required for visitors traveling to Vietnam & Cambodia. We collaborate with Travisa – use their online portal here.
  3. Passports must be valid for 6 months after the date of return to the US. Two blank visa pages are also required.
  4. Medication and vaccinations are your responsibility. We ask that you consult with your physician or the CDC.
  5. Insurance –We strongly recommend that participants also purchase travel insurance, which covers cancellations due to illness, injury, loss of employment, etc. Insurance policies vary widely. We suggest purchasing these policies via a travel agent or insurance carrier.
  6. Medical insurance is included in the cost of the trip.

Itinerary is subject to change. 

Trip Costs & Registration

Trip prices are per person, based on double occupancy and does not include airfare to/from trip, visa fees, or beverages. For single travelers, a single supplement applies.

Itinerary is subject to change. Trip will not be confirmed until 60 days from departure date – subject to cancellation if minimum participant count is not met. 

What’s included:

All group meals
Group tours and excursions
Tips for group meals, drivers, tours, etc.


  • $3,875/person for double occupancy
  • $5,125 for single occupancy

Registration is now closed. However – a spot MAY be available – you must email Sara at to inquire. Registration and full payment would be immediately required.

You may use a credit card or mail a check to

Semester at Sea
Office of Advancement
2243 Centre Avenue, Suite 300
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Be sure to include your selected Alumni Trip in the memo line. 

Cancellation Policy

There is a $500/person penalty for cancellations before August 27, and a 100% penalty for cancellations after August 28, 2018.