Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, June 2019
Alicia Stewart and Casey O’Flaherty
Fifteen students traveled with Social Studies teachers Alicia Stewart, Anne Papineau, and Casey O’Flaherty to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand this June. Their adventures in Southeast Asia began in Ho Chi Minh City where they took in the Vietnam war tunnels, War Remnants Museum, and the sites of the city, including the Reunification Palace and Notre Dame. Students also took in the culture on a Mekong River cruise with stops in a local village. Their next stop was Siem Reap, Cambodia, where they explored the ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Keo, and Ta Prohm. Their travels continued on to Bangkok, Thailand where they visited Wat Pho and experienced the morning chants of the Buddhist monks. They also toured the Grand Palace in Bangkok and explored the local flower markets where they learned how to fold lotus flowers. Their exploration of history continued with a trip to Kanchanaburi to learn about the Bridge over the River Kwai. Their trip included a visit south to Hua Hin to enjoy a beach day along the gulf of Thailand. This adventure explored the complex history, religions, and cultures of Southeast Asia.