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: $4,692 * 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 $4,692 | 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

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.

Oct 19 - Nov 2, 2017 Departure
Bryce Beemer

Bryce Beemer

Dr. Bryce Beemer has lived, worked, and researched in Southeast Asia for more than seven years, primarily in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. His first visit to Thailand was as an exchange student in 1990, and he travelled to Burma only a few years later. Bryce received his PhD in Southeast Asian and World History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research is on cultural exchange with a focus on art, religious practices, dance, theater, and music; and on pre-colonial warfare and slavery. He has published numerous articles on the topic of slavery and cultural exchange and received several awards for original and innovative research.

Bryce has a deep passion for the Southeast Asian arts, artisans, and performers and has incorporated interviews and art historical analysis into his work. He enjoys sharing this passion for Southeast Asian culture and history with others and has delivered lectures on these topics to audiences in the U.S., Thailand, Burma, and India.

Nov 16 - 30, 2017 Departure
Paula Swart

Paula Swart

Paula Swart is an art historian with expertise in Asian art, culture and history, and has spent most of her professional life as a Curator of Asian Studies. She is a lecturer in the Continuing Education Departments of the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria where she has taught a series of courses related to UNESCO World Heritage.  Paula holds degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology, having spent two years studying in China. She speaks five languages, including Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. One of her recent articles discusses the first World Heritage site in Myanmar, the Ancient Pyu cities. Paula has enjoyed introducing visitors to Asian culture and history for more than 30 years, having participated in well over 50 expeditions by train, ship or private jet.