Discover Thailand's treasures as you travel to the bustling capital city of Bangkok and explore Chiang Mai's old city by rickshaw. 

Starting at: $4,592 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Detail from the Emerald Buddha Temple, Bangkok  Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand's River Kwai  Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Vibrant Thailand

With an Optional Extension to Angkor Wat

15 days from $4,592 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover Thailand's treasures as you travel to the bustling capital city of Bangkok and explore Chiang Mai's old city by rickshaw. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Nov 10 - 24, 2016 Departure
Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Jonathan GoldbergBelle

Dr. Jonathan GoldbergBelle serves as Senior Director of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He holds a Ph.D. in South Asian Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin with a focus on the study of the great epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, both in their classical and present day forms.  Dr. GoldbergBelle remains a student of South Asian Literature, particularly contemporary fiction, and of Asian Philosophy and Religion with an interest in the development and spread of Buddhism from India throughout Asia.  

His most recent university courses include “Colonial and Post-Colonial Identity in South Asia”, “The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia”, and “Spaces of Encounter in East Asia”.

Dr. GoldbergBelle has a broad interest in Thailand.  He has made a point of studying the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Ramayana, which plays a central role in Thai culture.  With his experience of the history and practice of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, India, China, Korea and Japan he is fascinated by the Theravada Buddhism found in Thailand.  His study of Europe’s exploration and colonization of Asia has led to his desire to explore how Thailand remained independent while all of her neighbors became colonies.  In teaching on WW II in Asia he has sought to understand Thailand’s role in the war.  And, he loves spicy food and greatly enjoys Thai cuisine!

Dr. GoldbergBelle has been in the field of International Education for over 30 years.  He has organized and led study programs to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  Most recently he has taken groups to China, Korea, Japan, India, and Thailand.

Feb 16 - Mar 2, 2017 Departure
John Freedman

John Freedman

Dr. John Freedman is an avid world traveler, independent scholar, and highly sought after lecturer who has explored over 140 countries on seven continents. Asia has always held a particular fascination for John, prompting him to travel and study the region extensively over the last 30 years, from the icy mountains of North Korea to the dense tropical rainforests of Borneo. A graduate of Brown University and Yale Medical School, John has led numerous medical charity projects in Indochina and greater Asia, and along the way delved deeply into the history, culture, and current affairs of this most dynamic region. He has been an Expedition Leader as well as a featured Expert Lecturer for numerous educational travel programs throughout Asia, with extensive experience in providing a rich intellectual context for travelers to Thailand and the other nations of the Indochinese Peninsula.

John is known for his lively and scholarly lectures which are richly illustrated with his own colorful photojournalistic content. He will share his passion for Asia and his wealth of knowledge and experience both through a destination-focused lecture program and in day-to-day interactions with trip participants as the group explores the many intriguing aspects of Thailand’s fascinating culture, dramatic history, and the especially dynamic “crossroads” situation that the country finds itself in today. 

When not exploring the nooks and crannies of Asia, John resides in the Sonoma wine country of northern California with his wife, Tina, a wine educator. In 1986, they honeymooned in Thailand, and together they have returned many times to the “Land of Smiles” that never ceases to amaze.