A Visit to Vietnam and Cambodia


Several years ago we took an escorted  tour of Vietnam followed by a visit to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom in Cambodia. Because of the history of the 1960’s and 70’s it took many years before we were emotionally ready to make the trip to Vietnam. We were unprepared for the welcoming reception w e received from the majority of the Vietnamese people we met, most of whom were not born at the time of the war. On the one hand, being on an “escorted” tour, we were able to cover a large part of a beautiful country with a wide range of interesting stops. On the other hand, while our escort was very open about the political atmosphere, we were still reminded that this is a communist governed country. The two weeks we spent traveling from Ha Long Bay near Hanoi in the north, to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, made this one of the most memorable trips we have made.

In contrast to Vietnam, which is an aggressively emerging nation, Cambodia is just beginning to recover from its tragic past of the Killing Fields and their war with Vietnam. The temple ruins of Angkor Wat at  Siem Reap are a world class tourist attraction that should be on every traveler’s bucket list, but the memories of the Khmer Rouge genocide are still being felt as the society slowly rebuilds.

This presentation differs significantly from the "old family style slide show" of the past. Using modern digital technology, it includes multiple soundtracks for narration and local background music, pan and zoom effects ala "Ken Burns" (Jazz, Baseball, The Civil War...on PBS), movie clips and animation. It is a truly multi-media show. 

We will introduce the program with a discussion of background information and follow it with a question and answer period. The program includes a brief review of the history of the area. Significant currents events may be included in the discussion. Our large size photographic prints of scenes from the show will be displayed and discussed.  The formal show runs 35-45 minutes and the total presentation from 60-90 minutes.

Some images from the show