Travel through the languid, beautiful lands of the Mekong as you learn about the multi-faceted history and culture of Vietnam.
This study tour, run in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has a well-paced itinerary, allowing ample time to relax and explore at leisure as well as providing our usual wide range of professional and cultural visits and talks. With our highly experienced national guide, Lam, and seasoned tour leader Michael Knight at the helm, this tour offers many memorable experiences that give you insight into Vietnam's history, culture and modern and traditional engineering. Sail through stunning Halong Bay in a luxury junk, take a spectacular train journey along the coast from Hue to Hoi An, explore the citadel at Hue with a Vietnamese war veteran and enjoy many superb meals. At the time of writing the professional visits are being organised. There will be a range of visits which could include, rail, power generation, food processing, automotive and ship building amongst others. At the end of the tour there is an extension to Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the temples of Angor Wat.
A Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the National Society for Professional Engineers in the USA, Michael spent the major part of his working life with an American Chemical Corporation. He was based in the USA for several years as a Global Project Manager working on projects in Asia, Europe & North America. He returned to the UK in the role of Global Technology Centre Manager for the Corporation and Engineering Manager of a COMAH Site. After ten years in these roles he then spent five years as the Corporations Global Process Engineering Manager.
Since retirement Michael has lectured at the four main Universities in South Wales and has also concentrated on promoting engineering to young people through the Year in Industry Scheme at two of these Universities.
Michael is a past Chairman of the IMechE South Wales Region, followed by several years as Regional Treasurer. He currently Chairs Company MPDS Accreditations for the IMechE and is an interviewer for Institution Membership.