Halong Bay

Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational & Physical Therapy, and

Rehabilitation Journey to Vietnam & Cambodia led by Dr. Dolores Battle 

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Vietnam - Hanoi |  Cambodia - Siem Reap & Phnom Penh  | 11 days October 20-30, 2019 | $5,999 

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Day 01-2: October 17-18, 2019 Travel to Vietnam
Depart today from Los Angeles and make your way to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Note: You will lose a day crossing the International Date Line (IDL).

Day 03: October 19 - Hanoi, Vietnam

Arrive today in Hanoi. Transfer to your Hotel De L’Opera and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening. The remainder of the day is yours to relax and acclimate to the local time.

Overnight:  Hotel De L'Opera (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 04: October 20 - Halong Bay, Vietnam
After breakfast depart this morning for your drive to Halong City. On arrival, you will transfer to a junk boat for a cruise on Halong Bay. Sail through emerald waters and past rocky islets and lush islands. A delicious lunch will be served on board. Halong Bay is blessed with numerous grottoes, hidden pools and mystical islands and this afternoon, there will be the opportunity to disembark the boat and explore the region further. Off-boat excursions are usually by ship’s tender although often there is the opportunity to discover the beautiful landscapes of the bay by kayak or bamboo rowing boat. Visits to nearby caves or sandy beaches may also be on the agenda and of course there is always the option to remain on board and take in the glorious vista from the spacious sundeck.

As night falls, the boat will drop anchor in a peaceful spot. Enjoy a refreshing drink and the view from the sun deck before sitting down to a leisurely dinner.

Overnight on board your traditional junk boat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: October 21 - Halong Bay, Vietnam
Early risers may have the opportunity to witness sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, there will be further opportunities to discover the bay with its stalactite and stalagmite filled caves, swimming beaches and secluded coves that are perfect for kayaking.

Available activities are dependent on the specific boat assigned. Lunch and dinner will be served on board today.

Overnight on board your traditional junk boat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: October 22 - Travel to Hanoi and join main program

Breakfast will be provided this morning on the boat.

Sail back to the harbor today where you will have an opportunity to savor the glorious scenery of Halong Bay one final time while enjoying an appetizing brunch back on land.

Arriving back into port you will be met for the drive back to your Hanoi hotel where you will meet up with the rest of the group for the main program.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,833.00 USD
Total $5,999.00 USD
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Every 4 weeks (x 3)$2,299.33 USD
Total $7,397.99 USD
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Halong Bay is a hidden gem that has had a spotlight put on it with the world heritage title as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. In ancient Vietnamese, Halong literally means “descending dragon” and it is originated from a legend of this ancient land. This gorgeous location in central Vietnam is known for its stunning scenery, culture and food.

​​​​​​Leader Spotlight: 

Dr. Dolores Battle

Dr. Battle is Professor Emeritus of Speech Language Pathology at SUNY Buffalo State. She is the former president of both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP).   She has received numerous awards for her work in multicultural and global issues in the profession including Honors of ASHA, Honored member of the IALP, The Diversity Incentive award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science an Disorders.  She is widely published in

communication disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse populations and 

has traveled professionally

to 37 countries on five

continents including in Kenya,

South Africa,  Brazil, Greece,

Switzerland, Denmark, Canada,  and Australia.   

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Day 01-02: Depart for Vietnam
Depart from Los Angeles on your way to Hanoi, Vietnam. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! Vietnam's capital city has a complex personality and impressions of the city can vary depending on a person’s location within it. Like other large Asian cities, busy commercial streets are filled with cars and bicycles and are edged by shops, restaurants, bars and stalls.

Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line. 

Day 03: Welcome to Hanoi

Upon arrival you will be met by your national guide who will travel with you throughout this program. Transfer via private motor coach to the hotel for check in and some time to relax before a welcome and orientation session. Depending on arrival time today lunch is by individual arrangement today (or provided in flight).

Later today, join the leader and national guide at the hotel for an orientation and cultural briefing on Vietnam and Cambodia. You will be briefed on the political and cultural diversity of Vietnam and Cambodia and receive further information on the journey.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  De L'Opera (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 04: Hanoi - Career Enrichment

Begin your day with a meeting with Ministry of Health officials (or representatives from an SLP or similar rehabilitation association). This will serve to provide an overview of the medical system and challenges facing Vietnam today regarding the provision of care in the fields of speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and rehabilitation.

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue your journey with a stop at a local hospital or clinic. Spend the afternoon talking with the staff to learn about how to provide OT, PT and SLP services to people with communication and other disorders.

Accompanying guests:
Accompanying guests will visit the Fine Art Museum to view intricate sculptures, paintings, lacquer ware, ceramics and other traditional Vietnamese fine arts. Drive to Bat Trang. The famous village is situated approximately 15 km outside of Hanoi, surrounded by fertile farmland. Watch the artisans forming, painting and glazing their products, which are then baked for several days in huge kilns.

Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  De L'Opera Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Hanoi - Cultural Exploration
​Today enjoy some of Hanoi’s cultural treasures. Begin your morning with a visit to the One Pillar Pagoda, which dates to the 11th century and was built to resemble a lotus blossom. Next stop is a visit to the lovely Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, located in the heart of Hanoi and to see the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The mausoleum is the final resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary Leader Ho Chi Minh, President of the Communist Party from 1951 until his death in 1969.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant today. 

In the afternoon, explore the Old Quarter of the city, with its colonial French architecture and slower pace of life, during a rickshaw tour. Stop briefly to see Hỏa Lò Prison, which was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. Prisoners of War.

You will have some time to relax this evening with dinner on your own arrangement. 

This evening you will attend an evening Vietnamese cultural show Lang Toi My Village. The innovative performance highlights the poetic beauty of Vietnamese village life using twenty different exotic folk instruments, dance and acrobatics.​
Overnight: De L'Opera Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Career Enrichment and flight to Cambodia
Wrap up your professional program interaction in Hanoi with a visit to a local university such as Hanoi Medical College this morning. Spend time with faculty, and if possible students, to discuss how the various provinces are beginning to provide training for SLP,  OT, PT and rehabilitation professionals throughout the country. ​

Accompanying guests:
Accompanying guests will have some free time this morning to relax and check out of the hotel before heading to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap this afternoon.

Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia this afternoon where you will be met and transferred to the local hotel. Lunch is on your own today at the airport where you will have time to grab something light. Nestled between rice paddies and stretched along the Siem Reap River, this small provincial capital serves as the gateway to the ancient temple ruins of the Khmer Empire. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your local hotel.

Time permitting, explore some of the city’s vibrant markets after dinner at a local restaurant.​
Overnight: Lotus Blanc Resort (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07: Siem Reap, Cambodia - Cultural Exploration
Begin your morning with a visit a few of the unique architectural monuments of Khmer civilization. Explore Ta Prohm Temple, a former monastery conquered by massive trees growing around and through the remains of the complex. Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries, Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. Your visit will also include Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery from the late 12th century, and Srah Srang, also known as the “pool of ablutions”.

Continue onward to see the Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.  Time permitting, visit the Royal City of Preah Khan where the fabulous carved-stone lanterns and impressive sculptures make for a visually rich experience.

Visit and explore the Kompheim Village where you will have lunch in a local village house. One of the biggest challenges vulnerable families face is earning an income. Most of the families we support have no land, they are generally uneducated, perhaps having reached a Grade 4 primary education, and have no skills.  They are reliant on menial & back breaking labor jobs.  Life is hard & extremely physically demanding, when there is no work, life becomes extremely difficult.

Spend time with staff from a non-profit like HUSK, focused on helping the families in rural Cambodia with the challenges noted above. HUSK has a team of eight women all supporting their families (or supplementing incomes) while learning a craft and making not only toys but a range of other items like laundry bags, coasters and simple clothing items that can be sold locally. A donation will be made on behalf of Nanda Journeys to the organization. Additional donations would be warmly welcomed.

Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. 
Overnight: Lotus Blanc Resort (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08: Sunrise Visit to Angkor Wat
​At the top of many bucket lists, explore the fabulous Angkor Wat this morning. One of the most breathtaking architectural masterpieces in the world, the temple was built in the 12th century. The Lost City of Angkor remained undiscovered by archeologists until the late 19th century. Today, it is a legacy of the force that was once the Khmer Empire, and its detailed history has been carved into the many walls of this fortified temple. Enjoy exploring the many galleries containing columns, libraries, pavilions, courtyards, and pools as the sun sets and the crowds thin. 

Depart for Phnom Penh where lunch is by individual arrangement. Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your local hotel for check-in.

Tonight, dinner will be provided at a specialty restaurant. 
Overnight:  Palace Gate Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 09: Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Career Enrichment
Begin your day with a visit to a local hospital like the National Pediatric Hospital which has a new rehab center offering PT, OT and SLP to kids with autism and cerebral palsy.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant this afternoon.

After lunch, continue your interactions with local speech pathologists from a facility like Speech Therapy Cambodia or OiC Cambodia. Staff at both organizations would be happy to meet with the group and explain their various programs, including university education for Cambodians in speech pathology.

Accompanying guests:
This morning accompanying guests will visit Wat Phnom Temple, located in the center of Phnom Penh, a revered place of worship for all Khmers. It is the namesake of the capital and is the focal point for many Buddhist ceremonies, especially Pchum Ben, and is highly revered by Phnom Penh residents. After lunch experience the Tonle Sap Riverfront, the hub for Phnom Penh residents’ leisure activities. Here, you’ll gain insight into the everyday lives of the local people.

Dinner is on your own this evening to allow for some time to explore independently.

Overnight:  Palace Gate Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Cultural Exploration
This morning, explore the notorious Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, to learn why in 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was overtaken by Pol Pot’s security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). The museum displays include room after room of floor-to-ceiling photographs of men, women, and children.

Continue on to experience the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, a concentration camp from the era of Pol Pot that has 129 communal graves, 43 of which have been left untouched. Between 1975 and 1978, about 17,000 men, women, children, and infants detained and tortured at the S-21 prison were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. Take some time to consider these atrocities, why they happened, and what can be done to prevent such actions in the future.

Late this afternoon, visit the Royal Palace, built by the French in 1866 on the site of the old town, and the Silver Pagoda. Located within the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles. The treasures found inside include a solid gold Buddha encrusted and weighing 90 kilos, and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.

This evening, gather with fellow travelers to share your memories of Vietnam and Cambodia at a farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Palace Gate Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: Fly back to USA

Head to the airport this morning for your flight home. Arrival back in Los Angeles the same day.

Meals: Breakfast​

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

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Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city

All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

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Vietnam: Halong Bay |  4 Days |  October 17-22, 2019 | $1,249

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A fascinating cocktail of flavors, Vietnam will delight your senses. Breathtaking landscapes, ancient pagodas, and spectacular jungles will amaze you, even as you witness firsthand this country’s urban awakening as a dynamic world marketplace. In a land of luscious beauty and great natural wealth, the Khmer Empire, at its peak 800 years ago, encompassed Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand as well as modern-day Cambodia. Our Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational & Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation Journey will include career enriching highlights such as: meaningful interaction and collaboration between travelers and SLP, OT, PT, and rehabilitation counterparts  in Vietnam & Cambodia; visiting with officials from the  Ministry of Health to learn about healthcare policy and how it relates to rehabilitation services in both countries; and spending time with a non-profit such as HUSK. Additional highlights include visiting historic sites such as Angkor Wat temple complex, the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh, and exploring the Old Quarter showing Hanoi’s colonial French past.