InSITE 2020: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences: Online

Jul 6 - 13 2020, Online, not, Cambodia 
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Schedule


July 6

ONE DAY PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR: EXPLORE THE HISTORY AND CULTURAL RICHNESS OF PHNOM PENH & THE KILLING FIELDS

8:30am to 12pm - You will be met at your hotel by your personal guide and driver and begin your tour of this charming capital with a visit to the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom. See the different structures of this pagoda-style compound and stroll in its beautiful garden. Visit the Silver Pagoda so named because of its floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles. Next, you’ll continue to the city's namesake, Wat Phnom.

 


12 to 1pm - Lunch at the Romdeng Restaurant. This is a high quality restaurant which is safe for tourists. The menu is elaborate and will delight every palate. Food is included in this trip.

 

After lunch the group with split into two separate tours. This is because one of the tours will explore the human devastation and misery wrought by the Khmer Rouge and the Pol Pot regime in the late 1970s. This trip might be upsetting for some people, while others will be fascinated by the historical relevance.

 

1 to 4pm - Group: A: After lunch, we will drive to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek (16 km south of Phnom Penh). Between 1975 and 1978 about 17,000 men, women, children and infants (including nine westerners) were detained and tortured at the S-21 prison and then were transported to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek. They were often bludgeoned to death to avoid wasting precious bullets. Fragments of human bone and bits of cloth are scattered around the disinterred pits. Over 8,000 skulls, arranged by sex and age, are visible behind the clear glass panels of the Memorial Stupa, which was erected in 1988. We will then return to Phnom Penh where we will visit the notorious Tuol Sleng Museum. In 1975 Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot's security forces and turned into a prison known as Security Prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such center of detention and torture in the country. More than 17,000 people held at S-21 were taken to the extermination camp at Choeung Ek to be executed; detainees who died during torture were buried in mass graves in the prison ground. Room after room the museum displays photographs of men, women and children covering the walls from floor to ceiling; virtually all the people pictured were later killed. Finally, for a much more uplifting vista, we will visit the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewellery, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs.

 

4pm - The bus will return you back to your hotel.

 

1 to 4pm - Group: B: After lunch, we will visit the National Museum. Built in 1917 this is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures. Hundreds of pieces are housed here including both pre-and post-Angkorian pieces. Next, we will visit the Independence Monument. This is an Angkorian style tower located in the heart of the capital. It was built in 1958 to Sybilles Cambodian Independence Day after winning back their independence from the French protectorate on the 9th of November 1953. Finish the day with visit the Central Market the dark-yellow Art Deco Phsa Thmei (New Market) is also referred to as the Central Market, a reference to its location and size. It was constructed in 1935-37. The Art deco building is shaped in the form of a cross with a nice central dome. And has four wings filled with shops selling gold and silver jewellery, antique coins and other such items. Return back to your hotel.

 

4pm - The bus will return you back to your hotel.


July 7

BOAT TRIP TO THE MEKONG ISLANDS

8:30am - You will be met at your hotel by your personal guide and driver and drive to the port.

9:00am - We will depart from the port and cruise along the Tonle Sap, past Phnom Penh’s riverside buildings and the 150 year-old Royal Palace. Enjoy this relaxing cruise until you reach the point where the Tonle Sap Lake feeds into the impressive Mekong River.

9:30am - Arrive at Koh Dach (Silk Island), the village of the silk weavers. Here you’ll disembark the boat and visit the local village. Wander through the village, observe the silk weavers at work, and learn about the lives of the local villagers and farmers. Afterwards, visit a Pagoda before cruising back to Phnom Penh.

12:00pm - Arrival at Phnom Penh Port and transfer to a local restaurant which is a favourite of Phnom Penh's locals.

After lunch, transfer back to hotel and relax.

2:00pm - Private bus transfer to NUM

2:30pm - Welcome to Phnom Penh by the Minister of Education, and a Welcome to the University by the Rector.

4:00pm - Cocktail reception at NUM.

6:00pm - Delegates make their own way back to their hotels. The best way to travel is by Tuk Tuk, which costs $1 per trip for up to 3 people.


July 8

Key Note Speaker.

Paper presentations.

Plenary session

Conference dinner.


July 9

TBA


July 10

TBA


July 11

Workshop Schedule will be advised shortly.

 

Post Conf Tour - Note, this is an opt-in tour. The cost (all inclusive) will be: $375.

 

One Day Private Guided Tour, South Gate, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat

These temples were built from the 9th to 12th centuries by a Khmer empire that controlled not only Cambodia but large parts of what are now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. With their grandeur of scale and extraordinary meticulous engineering detail, the temples rank among humankind's most supreme artistic expressions.

 

11 July - 5 pm: You will be transferred by bus to Phnom Penh airport

11 July - 7 pm: You fly to Siem Reap on Cambodia Airways

11 July - 8 pm: You will be transferred by bus to the Borei Angkor Hotel Our hotel

12 July - 8 am: After a superb included breakfast, you will be met by your personal guide and driver spend the early morning visiting the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). You will see the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk (this is ancient Cambodian lore which you will learn about at the banquet dinner). Next, you will visit: Bayon temple (this is unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara), Baphuon (recently re-opened after years of restoration), the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. Next, you will continue to Ta Phrom. Built in 1186, Ta Phrom was dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. Its atmospheric dark gray sandstone towers and courtyards exude an aura of reverence and mystery. Unlike most of the other inner temples of Angkor, Ta Phrom has been left to the elements and looks very much as it must have when "discovered" by Henri Mouhot in the 1860s (photo below). Navigating through its narrow passages, immense kapok trees and jungle-covered ruins is an unparalleled experience and one of the highlights of Angkor.

12 July 12 pm: Enjoy Lunch at a Favourite Local Restaurant (included)

12 July 1 pm: In the afternoon and sunset hours (if you have the stamina), explore Angkor Wat, the largest and most breathtaking monument at Angkor. Built as the funeral temple for King Suryavarman II, who ruled from 1112 to 1152, Angkor Wat never fails to reward the first time, or repeat, visitor with its grand scale, surreal bas reliefs and unbelievable attention to detail.

12 July 4-6:30 pm (depending on energy levels): return to the hotel

12 July 8 pm: explore the fascinating and high energy experience of the Night Markets. This is a great place to sample some local delicacies - more of the Tarantula if you missed it, plus some chocolate covered scorpions, and more. Also, sample hand-made tubular ice cream, have your toes nibbled by fish, or have an amazing full body massage for $1. This is also a great place to eat, and sample a variety of beer and drinks on Beer Street. Travel to the night markets will be by Tuk Tuk for $2.

12 July - leave for the comfort of your bed whenever you have had enough.

13 July 9 am: After another delicious breakfast head to the airport and fly back to Phnom Penh. We will aim to arrive at the airport in Phnom Penh at 11 am (to be confirmed).

 

The cost for this trip: $375 includes the following:

  • All bus transfers
  • All flights
  • Two nights accommodation (4.5 star) with Breakfast and WiFi, and in a deluxe room
  • All Tour costs, including entry, and all tips.
  • Lunch on the 12th July
  • Bottled water on the tour