Curious Cruising Tales: Southeast Asia – From Bangkok to Hong Kong with Charles Higham

Curious Cruising Tales: Southeast Asia – From Bangkok to Hong Kong with Charles Higham


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Just before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold, Charles Higham was a featured guest speaker cruising with the Caledonian Sky, a vessel with just 120 passengers. Join us as we re-imagine the international voyage virtually, in a five-part cruise through some of the world’s most eclectic ports of call.
The journey from Bangkok to Hong Kong takes us through a breathtaking array of destinations. Beginning with the Royal Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, we will travel up to Phnom Penh, to visit the Silver Pagoda and be reminded of the awful Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng prison.
Together we will follow the river passage up to Saigon to take in the atmosphere of this reborn city following years of devastation, before we set sail along the coast of Vietnam, calling in on ancient cities of the Cham civilization and places that still reverberate such as Hue and Da Nang, where at China Beach the US Marines landed on March 8, 1965.
For those who have seen Catherine Deneuve’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Indochine, we will explore Hanoi and cruise through the stunning islands of Ha Long Bay before moving through the Taiwan Strait to Hong Kong.
This seminar is designed to be enjoyed as part of a five-part series led by Charles Higham. For more details, please click here. 

Charles Higham is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is an archaeologist with a particular interest in the origins of Southeast Asian civilizations. His excavations in Thailand and Cambodia have greatly increased our understanding of how the great Kingdom of Angkor began, how God-Kings were revered, and with a climatic deterioration, how it came to an end.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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