Journey from Bangkok into the mountainous north of Thailand before embarking on a cruise through the languid lands of the Mekong into Laos. Visit destinations that provide a rich experience for the visitor, with ancient and complex histories, exquisite art and culture, natural beauty and some of the finest cuisine in the world.
Cruise on the gorgeously appointed luxury riverboat, Heritage Line ‘Anouvong’, through Laos. The elegant decor of this vessel reflects the art and style of the lands it travels through, making this an extremely comfortable and stylish way to experience the Mekong.
Perhaps the greatest treasure of the region, however, is its people with their warmth, culture and welcoming smiles. Learn about the culture, history and contemporary society of this area through meetings and specialist visits throughout the tour and cruise.
There will be a range of professional visits and talks throughout, making this tour and cruise eligible for CPD.
'Anouvong' is the first upper Mekong luxury river cruiser, featuring eight staterooms with floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto a French balcony and two suites with front-facing balconies and indoor Jacuzzis. Traditional Laotian artwork with French-Colonial accents spruce up the ship’s cozy public areas, including a café-bar and lounge and the terrace deck, both prime places to be whilst meandering along the river.
Professor Phillip Dowell is a specialist periodontist and past president of the British Society of Periodontology. He qualified at The London Hospital and after a number of hospital jobs, he entered general practice. Some years later, after working in the West Indies, he won an international fellowship to study at the Eastman Dental Centre in the USA. He continued his post graduate studies at the University of Wales College of Medicine and subsequently taught both undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of periodontology.
Phillip Dowell has lectured both nationally and internationally and is the author of many publications. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey and President of the European Section as well as the International President of the International College of Dentists (ICD).
He is currently Director of Development of the ICD and chair of its Global Visionary Fund (GVF). He has led previous study tours to China, Ecuador, South Africa, Vietnam, Isreal, Cambodia and around the Mediterranean.