Travel through the languid, beautiful lands of the Mekong as you learn about the multi-faceted history and culture of Vietnam and Cambodia, while experiencing the vibrant contemporary culture and medical systems of these neighbouring, yet quite distinctive, countries.
This medical study tour has a well paced itinerary, allowing ample time to relax and explore at leisure as well as providing our usual wide range of medical and cultural visits and talks. With our highly knowledge tour leader, Dr Paul Luckin, at the helm, this tour offers many memorable experiences that give you insight into Vietnam's history, culture and medical system. You will also sample many superb meals reflecting the exquisite cuisine of these countries. Paul Luckin will provide a number of talks throughout.
The tour travels from Hanoi, where you meet with former north Vietnamese army doctors to hear of their experiences in the conflict. Continue to the ancient capital of Hue, a city at the centre of much of the Vietnam War. Cruise the Perfume River, visit the impressive Royal Mausoleum and take a guided tour of Hue Citadel in the company of a military veteran. Continue south to Ho Chi Minh City, take a city tour and drive to the Cu Chi Tunnel complex and visit the poignant War Remnants Museum.
Board the lovely Mekong Prestige II to cruise along the Mekong to Siem Reap, stopping at villages, workshops and historical sites in Phnom Penh. Arrive in Siem Reap and explore the spectacular temples of Angkor Wat.
With excellent specialist visits including meeting with former north Vietnamese army doctors to hear of their experiences in the conflict, visiting the War Photographer’s Private Gallery, having a drink at the bar of the historic Continental Hotel (where Graham Greene wrote The Quiet American), and visiting the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia, this is a richly rewarding tour.
Dr Paul Luckin AM MB.BCh.(Rand.), D.A.(S.A.), F.F.A.(S.A.), M.MED.ANAESTHESIA (Natal), FANZCA is an anaesthetist in Brisbane. He started training in rescue as an ambulance paramedic in Tasmania before studying medicine in South Africa, where he spent 8 years in a Mountain Rescue Team. Paul served on the Tasmanian Ambulance Service Medical Advisory Council, was Director of the Advanced Airway Management Training Program and was President of Royal Life Saving Society Tasmania Branch.
Paul teaches Search and Rescue at the state and national level and is on the directing staff of the National Police Search and Rescue Managers Course. He provides advice on survivability during Search and Rescue operations to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and Police Search and Rescue teams across the nation, in PNG and the Solomon Islands.
As a Captain in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, Paul has served in Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, in the Resuscitation and Retrieval Team for the victims of the Bali bombs, in the first medical team into Banda Aceh following the tsunami, and in Afghanistan. He is Medical Director, Medical Services Branch, St John Ambulance Queensland, and has been invested as a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ). For his work in SAR, in 2006 Paul received the Australian National Search & Rescue Award, and in 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for significant service to the community through emergency medicine, and as an authority on survivability in search and rescue operations.
* Visits to the Photography Gallery and the Pasteur Institute are subject to conditions on the day.
$5,320 per person sharing (excludes international flights and transfers)