P O W E L L, W y o. - A recent change of plans by Northwest College students has opened up a few spots in a field study class to Vietnam and Cambodia March 1-11. Because reservations need to be locked in soon, instructor Woody Wooden encourages anyone who's interested to e-mail him as soon as possible or call (800) 560-4692, ext. 6187, or (307) 754-6187.
Wooden said the travel class is designed to give NWC photography students a wealth of unfamiliar and exotic scenes to hone their skills and develop a more varied portfolio, but would also be an "incredible travel opportunity" for non-students.
In Vietnam, the class will visit Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hue; with Cambodian stops planned at Siem Riep, Angkor Wait and Angkor Thom. Hanoi highlights include Ho Chi Minh's museum and mausoleum, the Temple of Literature (a venerable Confucian sanctuary), the Quanthanh Temple and museums of fine arts and enthnology.
One night will be spent in Halong Bay with plenty of time reserved to explore the oddly-shaped islands full of mysterious caves and caverns. The group will experience first-hand the "controlled chaos of river life" on a boat cruise along the Perfume River to visit the Thein Mu Pagoda and Minh Maung Mausoleum. In Hue, the itinerary calls for stops at The Imperial Palace, the Forbidden Purple City, the open-air Dong Market and several gardens, esplanades and palaces.
The high point of the Cambodia tour is Angkor Wat, the World Heritage Site often described as one of the most impressive religious sites on the planet. This ornate grouping of temples was dedicated in the 12th century to the Hindu God Vishnu. Other destination points include the Terrace of Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, and a royal fortified city complete with a moat and five monumental gates.
Travelers will need a visa and passport and are encouraged to talk to their health care providers about recommended vaccinations.
The travel portion of the trip (not including tuition and fees) is $2,990. This includes round-trip flights, double hotel accommodations, airport transfers, all ground transportation, a travel guide, admission to all sites listed on the itinerary and some meals.
Those interested in signing up for college credit can earn two photography credits. For more information, e-mail Wooden or call him at (800) 569-4692, ext. 6187, (307) 754-6187.