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Voyages to Antiquity: Exotic Southeast Asia

Program Number: 20570RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/30/2013 - 2/20/2013; 2/12/2015 - 3/4/2015;
Duration: 21 nights
Location: Cambodia/Thailand/Vietnam/Malaysia/Singapore
Price starting at: $6,534.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 55; 19 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 18 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

On this journey that leads from the temples of Angkor Wat to the vibrant ethnic neighborhoods of Singapore, discover some of the best that Southeast Asia has to offer: the early morning chants of Buddhist monks, the pristine beaches of Thailand, the faded elegance of old colonial buildings and more.




Activity Particulars

Walking over uneven terrain; standing for up to 90 minutes at a time; stairs without railings; hot and humid conditions.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 12 nights; Singapore, 2 nights.



Days 1-2: Flight from the U.S.A. / Cross International Date Line


Days 3-5: Arrival Siem Reap (Cambodia):

Take a field trip to the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey, and thrill in the magnitude of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a boat ride along Tonlé Sap Lake. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Days 6-9: Flight to Bangkok (Thailand) / embark Aegean Odyssey / At Sea:

Pay a visit to the home of silk millionaire Jim Thompson, and experience the early morning chants of monks at Wat Pho. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 10-11: Phnom Penh (Cambodia) / At Sea:

Walk along the beautiful gardens of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, and view the artworks of the National Museum.



Days 12-14: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) / At Sea:

Sample the world famous Vietnamese cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City, and investigate the Cu Chi Tunnels in the Mekong Delta.



Days 15-17: Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) / Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) / At Sea:

In Kota Kinabalu, discover the city’s museum, spice markets and mosques. Explore the Sultan's residence in Bandar Seri Begawan.



Days 18-19: Kuching (Malaysia) / At Sea:

Experience the culturally diverse city of Kuching as you explore the spice streets, the Sarwak Museum and the former white rajah's palace.



Days 20-22: Singapore / disembark / departure:

Discover the Marina Bay area and enjoy a panorama of Singapore’s modern architecture. Explore the three main ethnic regions of Singapore — Malay, Chinese and Indian — and visit their gardens, temples and marketplaces. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium-class ship especially rebuilt for sailing along shallow coastlines, among remote islands and into small, uncrowded harbors that larger ocean liners can’t reach. Public areas include several gourmet restaurants, library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Eleni Petroutsou

Born in Athens, Eleni Petroutsou has always been intrigued by the wider world — in school, she learned English, Italian, German and some Spanish. After studying archaeology and history at university, she graduated from the State School of Tour Guides. Her 36 years of experience as a group leader have taken her to Asia, the Middle East and beyond. She says leading Road Scholar programs gives her “the opportunity to share my knowledge with well-traveled, educated, polite and interesting people!”
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
12 nights
   PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
  Singapore, Singapore 2 nights
 Tara Angkor Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Tara Angkor Hotel is conveniently located on the road to Angkor, 15 minutes from the airport and a short ride to the center of town. With 206 rooms it is equipped with modern amenities and is elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable.
  Contact info: Vithei Charles De Gaulle (Road to Angkor Wat)
Siem Reap,   Cambodia
phone: +855 (0) 63 966 661/2
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has individually controlled air conditioning, television, free wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, hair dryer, personal safe, 220 voltage adapters and transformers (available upon request), wardrobes with bathrobe and slippers for your convenience, and ironing board and iron.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, spa, lounge, room service, poolside bar, lobby bar, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, complimentary bicycles, business center, hotel-wide wireless Internet access, gift shop, currency exchange, laundry service, shuttle van, and a shoe shine service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Majestic Grande
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: The Majestic Grande combines contemporary décor and state-of-the-art technology with warm hospitality that is uniquely Thai. It is closely located to major Embassies, banks, and the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, and it is within walking distance to the BTS Sky-train Station, which is linked to the MRT Underground.
  Contact info: 12 Sukhumvit Soi 2
Bangkok,  10110 Thailand
phone: +66 (0) 2 262 2999
web: www.majesticgrande.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, mini bar, personal safe, two daily complimentary bottles of water, coffee and tea making facilities, wireless Internet access, and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, laundry and dry-cleaning services, rooftop terrace, outdoor pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna, gym, and free wireless Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 MV Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MV Aegean Odyssey offers boutique-style cruising at its best. In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from major ports, it is a midsized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. The Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbors and sail closer to the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views.
  Ship Information: Ship’s Tonnage: 11,563 Length: 461 feet Beam: 67 feet Draft: 20.5 feet Cruising Speed: 18 knots Passenger Decks: 7 Stabilizers: 2 Passenger Staterooms/Cabins: 198 Passengers – lower beds: 378 Classification: Lloyd’s Register Society London Ship’s Registration: Malta
  Contact info: Voyages to Antiquity
1800 SE 10th Avenue, Suite 230
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 877-398-1460
web: www.voyagestoantiquity.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are equipped with a flat screen TV, air-conditioning, and personal safe. Particular importance is placed on the standard of bedding in cabins. Luxury bedding, including fine duvets, covers and sheets, ample soft pillows and quality towels can be expected. Also, shampoo, bath and shower gel, soap, and shower cap are provided. Your cabin steward is always available. Cabins and suites feature outlets with 220 voltage, using the “European” two round pin plug. Hair dryers are provided in your cabin and electric rollers, curling irons, electric shavers and other small appliances can be used in your cabin. For safety reasons, travel irons are not allowed.
  Facility amenities: Dining: MV Aegean Odyssey offers many dining facilities: The Marco Polo Restaurant is the ship's more formal restaurant, providing casual country-club elegance for lunch or dinner; The Terrace Cafe offers a combination of indoor and outdoor seating where you can indulge in breakfast, lunch and dinner from the grill or the sumptuous daily buffet. In the evenings, enjoy breathtaking views over dinner at Tapas on the Terrace. *There is a complimentary choice of wine, beer, or soft drinks with your evening meal. There will be a string trio, pianist and casual dancing before and after dinner. You may also wish to partake in afternoon tea, served in the Observation Lounge. Or perhaps an evening snack and cocktail, available in the Lido and Rendezvous bars. A limited room service menu is available. Special Diets: Please advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. The ship can usually meet most general requests such as those made with an air carrier; however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Services: Library; outdoor pool; spa and Jacuzzi; health center, saunas, massage and beauty treatment rooms and early morning yoga on the Lido Deck; elevators; Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, no wireless available); beauty salon; medical center; laundry and pressing services (order form and laundry bag is provided in cabin); lecture theater and cinema and on board shop.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road hotel stands in the heart of the Singapore's Little India district. This location provides the opportunity to closely experience the spirit of this distinct neighborhood that’s brimming with culture and dotted with quaint shops. The friendly staff at the PARKROYAL hotel can recommend the best of the community. In fact, with their personal recommendations, you’ll feel like a local in no time at all. Walk down Serangoon Road and be enthralled by the colors and aromas along the streets.
  Contact info: 181 Kitchener Road
Singapore,  208533 Singapore
phone: +65 6428-3000
web: www.parkroyalhotels.com
  Room amenities: Each room includes air-conditioning, bathrobes, complimentary wireless Internet access, television with cable and movie channels, telephone, personal safe, hair dryer, bar sized refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café and bar, 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, currency exchange desk, dry cleaning and laundry service, wireless and wired Internet access for a fee, and two restaurants. Enjoy a steam bath or work up a sweat in the fully equipped hotel gym, and then cool off on the spacious sun deck around the enticing swimming pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Program starts at 1:30 PM with an introduction to the program in the hotel. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. After breakfast on the last day You will be staying at PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Siem Reap
  Transportation to site: Options for traveling from the Siem Reap International Airport to the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap include a four seat car for $4, eight seat minivan for $10, 15 seat minivan for $30, and tuk tuk for $6.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation from site: A taxi from the hotel to the Singapore airport costs approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight. Cross International Date Line.

Day 3: Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Morning: Late morning arrival at airport in Siem Reap. Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: Welcome lunch in hotel dining room. Program orientation and introductions.
 Afternoon: After a relaxing break, you will go on a guided visit of the Angkor National Museum, which showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire. Afterwards, explore the Ta Prohm temple which is unique because it has been largely left as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Fou Nan restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Ankor Wat
(Saturday, February 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Travel to the gem of the Angkor area, the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called "Citadel of the Women" was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique because of the pink sandstone used in its construction and which is not seen anywhere else in Angkor. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum where the museum's founder, Mr. Aki Ra, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum also serves as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh's streets or from impoverished rural communities.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Champey restaurant.
 Afternoon: Visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carving and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the ways Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around 30 years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is featured on the Cambodian national flag as it symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. You will be there during sunset, when Angkor Wat is less crowded and the Apsaras (female spirits) will shine in the most beautiful light.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Kanell restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Tonlé Sap Lake
(Sunday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Embark on a fascinating boat ride on the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you will learn about life on the lake. Tonlé Sap is South East Asia's largest freshwater lake and its size varies greatly between seasons, sometimes swelling up to 4 times its original size during the wet season! Visit the small village of Kampong Phluck where you will see houses built on stilts to protect them from Tonlé Sap Lake's ebb and flow. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Cassia restaurant.
 Afternoon: Afterwards, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This city was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman II. This city is surrounded by a 26 foot high wall, with each side of the city being 2.5 miles long, forming a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate. Continue to the exact center of the city to find the Bayon Temple. This temple is unique because of the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and The Terrace of the Leper King are also a must, as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Afterwards, partake in a very special ceremony in which Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and safety during your journey.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Viroth restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bangkok, Thailand
(Monday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for 9:50 AM flight to Bangkok (estimated arrival 11:10 AM). Transfer to hotel. En route, learn about the city, its rich history, and Thai culture in general.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A visit to Jim Thompson's House is a must when in Bangkok. This beautiful, riverside, teak mansion was the former residence of Jim Thompson, the charismatic American silk millionaire who spent years filling it with priceless antiques before his mysterious disappearance in 1967. Situated near the museum is Baan Krua, a Cham Muslim village whose artisans used to weave for Jim Thompson.
 Dinner: Dinner at Curries and More restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bangkok, Thailand
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: An early start will take you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 146 foot reclining Buddha. Continue to the Grand Palace and marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
 Lunch: Lunch at Supatra River House.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs of Bangkok to Nonthaburi in the far north of the city, where the cityscape turns into countryside. Stop the boat to walk through a bustling local market place and discover a riverside temple with an impressive reclining Buddha far from the tourist crowds. We stop for a fresh coconut juice and chat with the locals before cruising back into town.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Bangkok, Thailand / Embark
(Wednesday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: After breakfast, escape from chaotic Bangkok with a short train ride to Chacherngsao, a lesser known historical town. The first stop is at Talaat Klong Suan, a 100-year-old canal side market. Marvel at the old shop houses and stalls selling a variety of items such as food, quaint old utensils, and ancient tin toys. Continue to Wat Sothornwararam Worawiharn with its remarkable resemblance to an Italian marbled temple hall. Take a boat trip on Bangprakong River to Talaat Baan Mai, another hundred year old market and Wat Leng Hok Yee - a Chinese shrine with papier-mache sculptures.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation at 5 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Take advantage of the ship's well stocked library that has a wide selection of volumes covering classical history, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy. The frequently updated collection also includes an extensive reference section as well as modern and classic novels.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Sihanoukville, Cambodia / Phnom Penh
(Friday, February 8)

Note: Please cover arms, shoulders and knees. It is recommended to wear socks as it is required to remove shoes at the Silver Pagoda. Museum photography is allowed only in the courtyard. Backpacks are not permitted in the Royal Palace. On occasion, the palace closes at short notice. If this occurs, the temple will be combined with a visit to the Central Market.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, you will travel to the country's exotic capital Phnom Penh. With its fragrant markets, Royal Palace, bustling riverfront and monks in traditional saffron robes, this is a place redolent of an older Asia. After Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century, Phnom Penh on the banks of the Mekong River became the country's new capital. The city flourished during French colonial rule and much of its current layout dates from this time. Despite horrific suffering during the time of the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodians are a resilient people and Phnom Penh is once again a thriving and charming place.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, discover the majestic Royal Palace, with its Throne Hall where kings and queens once paraded on elephants or in gilded sedans. Visit the Silver Pagoda floored in over 5,000 silver tiles, each weighing over two pounds. This temple is famous for its life sized Buddha in solid gold encrusted with thousands of diamonds. * Please note that the trip to Phnom Penh is a very long day; those passengers wishing a less strenuous excursion can take the Sihanoukville & surroundings field trip instead.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At sea
(Saturday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker. A spectacular arrival in one of Southeast Asia's most exciting cities as Aegean Odyssey cruises up the Saigon River to berth in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. Your central location is perfect for not only exploring Saigon but also gives you the chance to sample one of the world's great cuisines (no visit to Vietnam is complete without trying a bowl of the local noodle soup, pho).
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Called Saigon until 1975, this city is a potpourri of pagodas, modern towers and grand old buildings influenced by its French colonial past. Bicycles and motorcycles speed frantically past carts selling all manner of goods from loaves of French bread to crispy roasted ducks. Get acquainted with the city's incredible mix on this half-day excursion that includes a photo stop at the neo-Romanesque cathedral of Notre Dame. Built in the mid- 1800s, the cathedral is the focal point of the city center. Just across the square, visit the Central Post Office, designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel to showcase French colonial style. High vaulted ceilings, colonial furnishings, and period pieces accentuate the feeling of being in another place in time. In sharp contrast to this vibrant city's colonial past is the newly renovated War Remnants Museum. The grounds are dotted with an array of aircraft, tanks and other weaponry left behind. The museum itself extends over three floors and consists primarily of photos, all labeled in English, documenting the Vietnam War and its aftermath. From the museum, step into the lively world of Ho Chi Minh City today at the Ben Thanh main market, and find everything from coffee beans to bowls of the local noodle soup, pho. If you wish, stay behind to explore and later make your own way back to the ship. Just remember to bring some local currency for shopping – and your best bargaining skills.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Monday, February 11)

Note: The terrain is flat, but uneven and may be slippery. Please wear walking shoes, bring a hat and insect repellant.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy this Road Scholar field trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels in the Mekong Delta. Construction on these tunnels began in the 1940s by the Viet Minh and once stretched for 210 miles. They once contained extensive Viet Cong infrastructure including tactical quarters, storage rooms, kitchens, a school, and even an underground hospital. Most entrances were so well disguised that only a small portion of the system was ever discovered during the American war, despite the fact that some 125 miles ran under a U.S. military base.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The ship sets sail in the early afternoon. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Tuesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and the shipboard guest lectures as the ship makes its way to Malaysia.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to enjoy a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones served in the Observation Lounge. Accompanying these is a selection of refreshing teas and a choice of coffees.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Borneo)
(Wednesday, February 13)

Note: Sturdy walking shoes are necessary for the walk through the Heritage Village, and a high level of mobility is required due to steep steps to enter the longhouses.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Facing the South China Sea with the 13,435-foot-high Kinabalu Mountain as backdrop, Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state on the northwest coast of Borneo. Get to know this fast-growing city which was invaded by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942. Begin with a leisurely drive through town, passing such landmarks as the gold-domed State Mosque, the floating City Mosque and the towering Tun Mustapha Tower before stopping to visit the longhouse-shaped Sabah Museum. Here, the Heritage Village gives an excellent overview of the traditional dwellings and colorful costumes of North Borneo's various indigenous groups. Next, stop by a water village for a short photo opportunity to capture the lifestyle of the Bajau people. The final stop of the day will be at Kota Kinabalu's waterfront market. Mingle with the locals, browse the displays of local produce, or shop for handicrafts before heading back to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Borneo)
(Thursday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Not only is the Sultanate of Brunei a state of great wealth due to its deposits of oil and gas but it is also a country of beautiful scenery with dense forests and steamy mangrove swamps. Brunei was a British protectorate from 1888 to 1984 and it is now an independent monarchy ruled by His Majesty Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah. The large port of Bandar Seri Begawan is the nation's capital and here you will visit the Royal Regalia Museum with its remarkable collection of royal jewels, see the Sultan's vast residence and explore the local waterways.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Due to the distance between Bandar Seri Begawan and the port, you may choose to return to the ship for lunch and a peaceful afternoon on board, or you may opt to remain in the heart of the city for independent exploration. The local market is worth a visit, the Omar Ali Mosque lies nearby, and lunch venues are within easy walking distance of the bus drop-off / pick-up point. A return bus transfer to the ship will be provided mid-afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At sea
(Friday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to enjoy a treatment at the ship's spa. Enjoy a late afternoon Road Scholar cocktail party.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Kuching, Malaysia (Borneo)
(Saturday, February 16)

Note: Kuching's port lies some distance from the town. At the end of the morning field trip, participants will be offered the choice of returning directly to the ship for lunch and a quiet afternoon on board, or the option to stay on in town for free time, independent exploration and the chance to try out the local restaurants. A mid-afternoon bus transfer back to the ship will then be provided.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Immerse yourself in the exotic allure of this city, once the seat of the White Rajah Dynasty, where Malay, Chinese, Indian and Colonial heritages create an ever-intriguing tapestry. The centerpiece of this field trip is a visit to the renowned Sarawak Museum Complex, where you'll discover the Ethnology Museum housed in a colonial building reminiscent of a French chateau. Take the opportunity to explore your choice of several other museums within the same complex. Your exploration takes you to the narrow streets and colorful shop houses of Chinatown, where the Tua Pek Kong Chinese temple is the town's oldest building. Kuching means "cat" in Malay, and en route to Chinatown you'll drive past "Putih" a giant, white cat statue and the emblem of Kuching. Visit Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the town's oldest building and in the fascinating Chinese Museum learn about the origins of migration from China to Kuching. Enjoy a guided stroll through Little India and finish your field trip on Kuching's lovely riverfront, overlooking the historic Astana, the former residence of the White Rajahs.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Kuching. There will be two optional excursions (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea
(Sunday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Singapore, Singapore / disembark
(Monday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark in Singapore. Today a full day field trip takes you to the three main ethnic areas of Singapore - Malay, Chinese and Indian. Your day begins with a visit to the Botanic Gardens to the Orchid Enclosure to admire one of the very best hybrid Orchid collections in the world. Then continue down fashionable Orchard Road to Arab Street. Arab Street is believed to be named after a noble Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed Al Junied, and was a residential "kampong" for Muslims of Arab, Malay, Indian, Bugis, Javanese and Boyanese descents. We take a short walk through this area discovering the local life. The area includes many longstanding textile, carpet, basket and bag shops. Built in 1928, the Sultan's mosque is one of the largest mosques in Singapore and includes the Sultan's Palace, which is known today as the Malay Heritage Center. Moving on, we visit Little India, experience the hustle and bustle of the market place, and see Indian jewellers and flower garland makers at work.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Chinese restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore Chinatown and enjoy a short visit to the Hindu temple, Sri Mariamman Temple. Then explore the Chinatown Heritage Center to learn the story of Chinatown.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Singapore, Singapore
(Tuesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Singapore could be said to be the city that Sir Stamford Raffles built. It was his vision that identified Singapore as the perfect port for British trade and in 1819 he persuaded Sultan Hussein to cede it to the British. Singapore's fortunes flourished until it fell to the Japanese in World War II but, after post-war independence, the energy and dynamism of Singapore's people created one of the great modern cities of Asia. Free time to relax or explore Singapore on your own.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to continue to explore Singapore.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 22: In transit
(Wednesday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time to prepare for the trip home.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Singapore airport for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Singapore Chinatown Heritage Center
The history of Singapore's Chinese settlers comes alive in three floors of an old shophouse on Pagoda Street. Uncover the secret societies, underground gambling rings, and hopeful narratives of settlers during a walk through this unique museum. Be transported back to the 1950s with the reconstructed, private interiors of shophouse tenants.
  Singapore Flyer
Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Marina promenade before getting into the gigantic ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Delight in the astounding views of the Singapore skyline during the 30 minute ride. Reaching 541 feet, this ferris wheel is the tallest in the world.
  Sultan's Mosque
The Sultan's Mosque is often considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. Built by the Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, this mosque was built in 1825 and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
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Suggested Reading List


A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam


Author: Norman Lewis


Description: A classic account of travels and adventure during the last years of French Indochina, strong on atmosphere and including wonderfully detailed descriptions of local cultures and archaeological treasures. First published in 1951.



A Traveller's History of Southeast Asia


Author: J.M. Barwise, Nicholas J. White


Description: A compact history of the region, including the Khmer and the various ancient kingdoms that produced Borobudur, Angkor and other architectural marvels.



Angkor Map


Author: Dawn Rooney


Description: A site plan and pocket guide to the city of Angkor at a scale of 1:40,000.



Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire


Author: Bruno Dagens


Description: An excellent guide to the site, this shirt-pocket encyclopedia of discovery features hundreds of color photographs, illustrations and maps.



Bangkok Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A handy laminated, folded walking map of Bangkok at a scale of 1:14,000.



Birds of Southeast Asia


Author: Craig Robson


Description: This authoritative, masterfully illustrated guide, featuring 140 color plates covering 1,270 species throughout the region, also includes Malaysia, Burma, Borneo and Indonesia.



Culture Smart! Thailand


Author: Roger Jones


Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people.



Eyewitness Guide Vietnam and Angkor Wat


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: Featuring innovative site diagrams, local maps and hundreds of color photographs, this handy companion introduces the culture, history and attractions of Vietnam.



Fodor's Bangkok's 25 Best


Author: Sylvie Franquet, Anthony Sattin


Description: This slim guide to Bangkok includes an excellent pullout map of the center of the city along with essential information on its highlights.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A clear, double-sided map of all of Southeast Asia at a scale of 1:4,500,000.



Stranger in the Forest


Author: Eric Hansen


Description: Hansen's absorbing account of a trek across Sarawak in the company of the nomadic Penan is an entertaining portrait of a little-visited world and vanishing way of life.



The Book of Salt


Author: Monique Truong


Description: An original take on Paris in the 1930's through the eyes of a Vietnamese cook, Binh, employed by rich and famous Mesdames. In a tale of yearning and betrayal Truong explores Binh's youthful servitude in Saigon under colonial rule, to his life as a galley hand at sea, and his encounters in Paris.



The Gods Drink Whiskey


Author: Stephen T. Asma


Description: Asma writes with verve and wit in this eye-opening account of his yearlong stint teaching at the Buddhist Institute in Phnom Penh. His account is both an overview of Theravada Buddhism and a down-to-earth portrait of contemporary Cambodia.



Wild Borneo, The Wildlife and Scenery of Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan


Author: Nick Garbutt, Cede Prudente, David Attenborough (Photographer)


Description: This beautiful oversized book of 250 color photographs and accompanying essays on Borneo's habitats, wildlife, history and conservation (including a chapter on the Heart of Borneo project), published in association with the World Wildlife Fund, is an excellent overview of the natural history of the island.





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