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									THOMAS P. GOHAGAN & COMPANY

MYSTERIES OF THE MEKONG: SAIGON TO ANGKOR WAT
Vietnam/Cambodia
March 7 - 18, 2010
From approximately $2995 plus air

150-175 WORD COPY
Return to the “Golden Age of Travel” and become enveloped in the mysterious allure of Indochina
while cruising in style and comfort aboard the deluxe, colonial-style M.V. JAYAVARMAN along the
fabled “Waterway of the Nine Dragons,” the Mekong River. Travel from the French colonial
districts of cosmopolitan Saigon to the sleepy pockets of “Old Asia” in Phnom Penh and encounter a
timeless world of tranquil rice paddies, authentic floating villages and grand pagodas and palaces
that recall the glories of bygone kingdoms and empires. Your journey culminates in the lush jungles
of Cambodia amid the magnificent 12th-century Khmer temples and sculptures of Angkor Wat, one
of the world’s most sublime monuments. Special enhancements include an evening of authentic
Khmer dance and cuisine, meetings with local residents—including a survivor of the Cambodian
“Killing Fields”—and a lecture about the evolution of American-Vietnamese relations in the historic
home of former U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge in Saigon. Also offered are the Hanoi Pre-
Program and the Post-Program Option in Bangkok.

100 WORD COPY
Immerse yourself in the mysterious allure of Indochina while cruising in style and comfort aboard
the deluxe M.V. JAYAVARMAN along the fabled “Waterway of the Nine Dragons,” the Mekong River.
Journey from cosmopolitan Saigon to the undiscovered gem of Phnom Penh, a rare pocket of “Old
Asia,” and encounter a timeless world of tranquil rice paddies, authentic floating villages and grand
pagodas that recall the glories of bygone kingdoms and empires. Your journey culminates in the lush
jungles of Cambodia amid the magnificent 12th-century temples and sculptures of Angkor Wat. The
Hanoi Pre-Program and Bangkok Post-Program Options are also offered.

50 WORD COPY
Discover the mysterious allure of Indochina while cruising from Saigon to Phnom Penh aboard the
deluxe M.V. JAYAVARMAN along the “Waterway of the Nine Dragons,” the Mekong River. Encounter
a timeless world of tranquil rice paddies, authentic floating villages and grand pagodas before
concluding in the lush jungles of Cambodia amid the magnificent 12th-century temples of Angkor
Wat.

ITINERARY*
Day    Destination
1      Depart from the U.S.
2      Cross International Dateline
3      Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
4      Ho Chi Minh City
5      Ho Chi Minh City/My Tho/Embark M.V. JAYAVARMAN/Cai Be
6      Cai Be/Vinh Long
7      Chau Doc, Cambodia
8      Phnom Penh
9      Scenic Tonle River Cruise/Kampong Chhnang
10     Kampong Chhnang/Prek K’dam/Disembark M.V. JAYAVARMAN/Angkor Wat/Siem Reap
11     Siem Reap (Angkor Thom/Ta Prohm)
12     Return to U.S.

*This itinerary also operates in the reverse direction.

Activity Level
Moderately Active

HIGHLIGHTS
 Return to the “Golden Age of Travel” aboard the newly launched M.V. JAYAVARMAN, a sanctuary
  of luxury and style that recalls old-world charm and elegance while providing 21st-century
  amenities and comforts.
 Enjoy an extended stay in Saigon, the old French colonial capital and one of Southeast Asia’s
  most dynamic and colorful cities.
 Travel by a traditional sampan (boat) from Cai Be to the Thoi Son Islands to explore the isles’
  legendary pagodas, fruit orchards and colorful markets.
 Cruise to a traditional floating village, a Cham tribal village and catfish farms near the famous
  Vietnamese river town of Chau Doc.
 Discover the sublime beauty of Indochina during a scenic cruise along the Tonle River and the
  wetlands of Kampong Chhnang, where traditional floating houses line the river and picturesque
  landscapes are dotted with tranquil rice paddies and small villages.
 Immerse yourself in the exotic 12th-century sculptures and intricate architecture of Angkor Wat,
  the magnificent complex of Khmer temples where saffron-robed monks still pray by candlelight,
  and the waning light of the Asian sunset creates a mystical beauty like no other.


M.V. JAYAVARMAN
Return to the “Golden Age of Travel” aboard the newly launched M.V. JAYAVARMAN, a sanctuary of
luxury and style that recalls old-world charm and elegance while providing 21st-century amenities
and comforts. Designed in a distinctive French Colonial style, the M.V. JAYAVARMAN is uniquely
equipped to navigate the waterways of Indochina and to call in small ports inaccessible to larger
ships. All 27 outside staterooms and suites are extremely spacious (between 225 and 280 square feet)
with private bathroom facilities; are furnished with vintage Vietnamese, Khmer and colonial décor;
and have private balconies. Meals, featuring Asian and European cuisine prepared with fresh local
ingredients, are served in a spacious, inviting dining room. Additional amenities include a stylish
bar, sun decks, library with Internet stations and a deluxe health and beauty spa.

INCLUDED FEATURES
In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
 Two nights in the deluxe Renaissance Riverside Hotel, with breakfast daily.
 Private welcome reception.
 Tour of Ho Chi Minh City featuring the Central Post Office, the War Remnants Museum, the
  former Presidential Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
 A visit to the Cu Chi tunnels, an underground network built by the Viet Cong.

On board the deluxe M.V. JAYAVARMAN
 Five-night Mekong River cruise from My Tho, Vietnam, to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with port calls
  in Cai Be, Vinh Long and Chau Doc, Vietnam; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  Spacious and comfortable outside cabin with private bathroom, private balcony and air conditioning.
  Captain’s welcome reception.
  All meals—buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner—featuring a choice of Asian and European
   foods with an emphasis on local produce, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  Excursion by a traditional sampan (boat) from Cai Be to the Thoi Son Islands to explore the isles’
   pagodas, fruit orchards and colorful markets.
  Tour of Vinh Long, featuring a horse carriage ride and a fruit tasting at a nearby orchard.
  Cruise to a traditional floating village, a Cham tribal village and catfish farms near the famous
   river town of Chau Doc.
  Phnom Penh city tour including the exquisite Khmer collection of the National Museum, the
   Royal Palace, Wat Phnom and the Khmer Rouge “Killing Fields.”
  Special Khmer-themed evening featuring traditional cuisine, music and dance.
  Scenic cruise along the Tonle River and the wetlands of Kampong Chhnang, where traditional
   floating houses line the river and picturesque landscapes are dotted with tranquil rice paddies and
   small villages.

 In Siem Reap
  Two nights in a deluxe hotel, including breakfast daily and one lunch.
  Tour of Angkor Wat, a series of Hindu and Buddhist shrines representing the zenith of Khmer
   architecture.
  Excursion featuring an elephant ride and visits to the National Museum, the ancient royal city of
   Angkor Thom and the temples of Ta Prohm.
  Farewell reception.

 Enhanced Travel Services
  All transfers and luggage handling abroad for all participants who have purchased their air tickets
   through Gohagan & Company and whose arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled
   group transfer(s).
  All excursions and visits, as outlined in the itinerary, with experienced local guides.
  Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions.
  Experienced Travel Director(s) to accompany you throughout the program.
  Hospitality desk in the hotel and aboard ship.
  Travel document wallet, name badge and pre-departure information for each participant.
  Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan &
   Company.

  UNESCO World Heritage site.

 HANOI PRE-PROGRAM OPTION (30-60 WORD COPY)
 Join this special Pre-Program Option to the ancient Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. Enjoy
 accommodations in the heart of the city in the historic deluxe Sofitel Metropole, ride a cyclo through
 the colorful markets of the “36 Streets” and discover Vietnam’s rich Confucian heritage during a
 visit to the 11th-century Temple of Literature.

 BANGKOK POST-PROGRAM OPTION (30-60 WORD COPY)
 Extend your Southeast Asian odyssey with two nights in Bangkok, one of the most captivating cities
 in Asia. Marvel at the elegant grandeur of the city’s magnificent temples and palaces, mingle with
 local shoppers at traditional markets and enjoy deluxe accommodations in the heart of the city.


Thomas P. Gohagan & Company  Eleven South LaSalle Street  Second Floor  Chicago, Illinois 60603-1240  (800) 922-3088

								
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