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Voyages to Antiquity: The Wonders of Southeast Asia

Program Number: 20572RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/20/2013 - 2/11/2013; 1/31/2015 - 2/24/2015;
Duration: 22 nights
Location: Indonesia/Singapore/Malaysia/Vietnam/Thailand/Cambodia
Price starting at: $6,185.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 58; 20 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 19 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Discover the colorful heritage and unique customs that thrive within Southeast Asia during this fascinating voyage to Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Discover traditional island villages, colorful and bustling markets, mystical temples and much 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

Bali (Indonesia), 3 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 14 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 2 nights; Siem Reap (Cambodia), 3 nights.



Days 1-2: Flight from the U.S.A.


Days 3-7: Arrival Bali (Indonesia) / embark Aegean Odyssey / At Sea:

Explore Penglipuran, a traditional Balinese village 700 meters above sea level. Unearth the history of the elaborate Taman Ayun Temple. Lodging: Beachfront resort.



Days 8-10: Semarang (Indonesia) / At Sea:

Spend a day at the temple complex of Borobudur — the Mountain of Statues — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Days 11-12: Singapore / At Sea:

Join a local expert for an exploration of Singapore, and enjoy time to experience the city on your own.



Days 13-16: Kuantan (Malaysia) / At Sea / Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam):

Explore Kuantan, a beautiful seaside town on the east coast of Malaysia. See Ho Chi Minh’s main attractions, including Ben Thanh, the city’s colorful, central market; board a private boat for an exploration of the Cai Be floating market.



Days 17-18: At Sea / Phnom Penh (Cambodia):

Walk along the beautiful gardens of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, and view the extensive collection of Khmer art at the National Museum.



Days 19-21: At Sea / Bangkok (Thailand) / disembark:

Delve into the fascinating story of silk millionaire Jim Thompson during a visit to his home. Listen to the early morning chants of monks at Wat Pho before taking an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs of Bangkok. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.



Days 22-25: Flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia) / departure:

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



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium class ship especially rebuilt for cruising in the coastal waters and among the islands of the Mediterranean, visiting small, uncrowded harbors that large ocean liners can't reach. Public areas include Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, a 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.
Alexandre Paiva Cardoso

Raised in France, Alex Cardoso is of Portuguese nationality, has lived in New York and London, and is now a resident of Barcelona. He studied Portuguese culture at the Portuguese consulate and languages at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Alex is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese – making him truly multi-cultural and multi-lingual! With 10 years of experience as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Europe, South America and South East Asia, Alex has embraced the Road Scholar mission and loves to share his passion for cross-cultural learning and international exploration. His unflagging good humor and incredible knowledge have made him a favorite of many Road Scholar participants.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
  Nusa Dua, Indonesia 3 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 12 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
 Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel is nestled within 22 acres of beautiful, lush, tropical gardens. The hotel seamlessly combines modern amentities, luxurious indulgences, and traditional Baliense elegance.
  Contact info: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Lot North 4, Nusa Dua, Bali
Denpasar,  80363 Indonesia
phone: +62 361 771210
web: www.nusaduahotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a private balcony, air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, personal safe, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, and coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: This hotel offers a private beach front, a selection of restaurants, a bar and lounge, five pools, poolside bar, spa, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, and game room. The hotel also offers a variety of activities such as beach walking, cycling tour, aquarobics, tennis introduction, rindik music lessons, beach volleyball, and yoga classes.
  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

 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

 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

 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 after: 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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Program starts at 4:00 PM. Meet in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Siem Reap, Cambodia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel 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:  Nusa Dua
  Transportation to site: Taxis are the only way to get from the Denpasar Airport to the Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Taxis must be booked at the airport taxi counter. The cost is approximately IDR 110,000 (approximately USD $13), to be paid at the counter with cash, in exchange for a voucher. Then give the voucher to a taxi driver waiting outside.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Siem Reap
  Transportation from site: Options for traveling from the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap to the Siem Reap International Airport include a four seat car for $4, eight seat minivan for $10, 15 seat minivan for $30, and tuk tuk for $6. You may arrange a transfer on site with the help of your Group Leader.
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.
(Sunday, January 20)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit.
(Monday, January 21)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight. Cross International Date Line.

Day 3: Arrival in Bali, Indonesia.
(Tuesday, January 22)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at airport in Denpasar, Bali, and transfer to hotel in Nusa Dua. Meet in the hotel lobby at 4 PM. Introduction to the program.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 4: Bali, Indonesia.
(Wednesday, January 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Take in a traditional Barong and Keris dance performance in the village of Batubulan. This dance describes the eternal struggle between good (represented by the Barong Keket - a half shaggy dog, half lion) and evil (represented by the Rangda or witch) and ends with scene where the kris (a wavy-bladed, traditional dagger) dancers fall into a trance alternatingly trying to kill themselves and the Rangda. Afterwards witness age old wood carving techniques at Mas village.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Kintamani while taking in breathtaking views of the nearby lake, Danau Batur, which is formed from a caldera (a volcanic crater).
 Afternoon: Explore the pilgrimage site of Gunung Kawi, which is one of Bali's oldest and largest monuments. It consists of 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are cut out of the rock face and measure at an impressive 26 feet tall!
 Dinner: Barbeque dinner in Budaya Theater at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bali, Indonesia.
(Thursday, January 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Unearth history at the elaborate Taman Ayun Temple, which was built in 1634 and served as the main temple for the Mengwi Kingdom. It has three ascending levels of spacious courtyards containing rows of shrines and is surrounded by a wide, elegant moat. Afterwards, quench your thirst with fresh coconut juice at the picturesque Tanah Lot Temple. This temple is one of the holiest in Bali, built upon a huge rock, waves crash at its feet as it is surrounded by the sea.
 Lunch: Lunch at Puri Taman Sari restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer back to hotel and enjoy some free time to explore or relax.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Bali, Indonesia / Embark
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Enjoy some free time to relax.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Lagoon Beach Garden restaurant at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation at 3 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea.
(Saturday, January 26)
   
 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. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Semerang, Indonesia.
(Sunday, January 27)

Note: There is ample time for those who wish to climb the many levels of the temple.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: For more than 1,000 years the fantastic temple complex of Borobudur lay hidden under jungle and volcanic ash. This UNESCO World Heritage monument is about two hours away through the lush Javanese landscape, and it is amazing. Encounter its great succession of stone terraces carved with images of the Buddha and see why historian Arnold Toynbee equaled it to the Parthenon. Archaeologists believe the site was completed around 825AD under Central Java's Buddhist Syailendra Dynasty, then abandoned by later Hindu rulers. In 1814, Sir Stamford Raffles sent an engineer to investigate rumors of a mountain of Buddhas. Beneath jungle vines the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world emerged. With UNESCO assisting in the restoration, the site was finally opened in 1983. Borobudur glorifies the Ultimate Reality, the serene realm of the Lord Buddha. Steps lead up to progressively more enlightened states of being, from carnal desires on the lowest levels to pure abstraction on the highest. To create this vast stone complex measuring two million cubic feet, it took an estimated 75 years and a human army of about 50,000. Mystical, rising out of the jungle, transcending time, Borobudur is a travel experience not to be missed.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion at Borobudur.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea.
(Monday, January 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may choose 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. Relax as the ship makes it way towards Singapore.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea.
(Tuesday, January 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Singapore, Singapore.
(Wednesday, January 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Delve into Singapore's past in Chinatown where soothsayers consult cards to predict the future and the scent of exotic soups blends with the sight of arcane medicinal treatments. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple, where sacred cow figurines crouch on the roof and an annual fire-walking contest is held. Stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens, where terraces showcase the largest orchid display in the world: 60,000 plants, over 700 species and 2,100 hybrids including the National Flower of Singapore, Vanda Miss Joaquim. See the city's Colonial heritage in all its splendor as you drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall. Wind up over 300 ft. to the top of Mt Faber for sweeping panoramas of the city, port and islands where offshore refineries make this an important petroleum center. Whether you view Singapore as a dining, shopping or cultural mecca, this overview reveals there's much to explore in the Lion City.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to continue exploring Singapore. There will be an optional, half day excursion (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At sea.
(Thursday, January 31)
   
 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 Ho Chi Minh City.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Trade stories with fellow travelers while taking in scenic ocean views.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
(Friday, February 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard guest lectures.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: A spectacular arrival in one of Southeast Asia's most exciting cities as the 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).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
(Saturday, February 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Depart with your Road Scholar group for Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. En route stop at the Cao Dai, a temple of the Cao Dai religion which is a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese Spiritualism, Christianity, and Islam. Continue to Cai Be and embark on a private boat to cruise the colorful Cai Be floating market and try bargaining and exchanging goods with local traders. Later, row through the beautiful channels of Tan Phong island on smaller boats and try your hand at net-fishing.
 Lunch: Lunch at Anh Kiet ancient house.
 Afternoon: Continue by boat to visit a handicraft village. Awaken your inner chef during a presentation on traditional methods for making fish sauce, rice-nets for spring rolls, and cooking salt. Learn the method for sewing coconut leaves together for traditional cottages.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At sea.
(Sunday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Pamper yourself in the new spa or explore the on board library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Sihanoukville, Cambodia / Phnom Penh
(Monday, February 4)

Note: Please cover arms, shoulders and knees (no miniskirts, shorts or sleeveless shirts). 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: Long considered one of the loveliest cities in Indochina, Cambodia's capital is imbued with the feel of Old Asia. It's a lengthy trip, but well worth it to see Phnom Penh's Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and unrivaled cache of Khmer cultural treasures. A morning drive through the countryside takes you past water buffalo, rice paddies and stilt houses to this port at the confluence of the Mekong River and two tributaries. The hellish days of the Khmer Rouge are gone, leaving a city determined to thrive. Vestiges of French colonial times can still be seen in the tree-lined boulevards. Visit the magnificent National Museum to view the world's finest collection of Khmer artifacts and sculptures from Angkor, including the statue of the Leper King. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion. Note: Please note that the trip to Phnom Penh is a very long day; those participants 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 17: At sea.
(Tuesday, February 5)
   
 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 Bangkok.
 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. Attend a late afternoon, Road Scholar cocktail party.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Bangkok, Thailand / Disembark.
(Wednesday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Benefit from the advantage of small-ship cruising as the Aegean Odyssey sails up the Chao Phraya River to the heart of Bangkok. From here you will disembark at the Klong Toey Pier and transfer to the hotel.
 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. Today, some of the original weaving families still remain and welcome visitors to learn about their history and silk traditions. This community houses a silk shop and gallery, which showcases high quality Thai silk products.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Bangkok, Thailand.
(Thursday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: It is just an hour drive south of Bangkok to Samut Songkhram province. First we stop at an amazing country market along the railway tracks, then we will see Tha Kha, one of the many floating markets in the area. We will take a fascinating paddleboat journey through the klongs and stop to enjoy a glass of coconut sugar syrup with a friendly local family. Afterwards, we will take a boat ride through the maze of canals, stopping along the way to explore Buddhist temples before finally arriving at Rama II Park with its Thai style Pavilion Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch at Baan Amphawa.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon in Bangkok.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Friday, February 8)
   
 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: Enjoy lunch at the Supatra River House.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for an evening flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Saturday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at Champey restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the Angkor National Museum, which showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire. 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 Kanell restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Sunday, February 10)
   
 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 Cassia restaurant.
 Afternoon: 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. Afterwards, visit Artisans d'Angkor, an organization that supports Cambodian arts and crafts, and helps young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Learn about Cambodian wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at Viroth restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Tonlé Sap Lake / Departures
(Monday, February 11)
   
 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 four 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.
 Afternoon: Transfer to airport for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 House in Bali


Author: Colin McPhee


Description: A warm tribute to the people, culture and, especially, the music of Bali of the 1930s. It's a literary classic, originally published in 1944.



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.



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.



Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction


Author: Damien Keown


Description: One of a series of very brief, authoritative introductions by Oxford University Press with chapters on The Buddha, Karma, the Mahayana, Buddhism in Asia, Buddhist practices and ethics.



Eyewitness Guide Bali and Lombok


Author: Jean Couteau


Description: A highly visual guide to the history, culture, arts and attractions of Bali with hundreds of photographs, excellent maps and select hotel and restaurant listings.



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.



Island of Bali


Author: Miguel Covarrubias, Adrian Vickers (Introduction)


Description: First published in 1937, this classic portrait of Bali captures the life, traditional culture and customs of the Balinese people.



Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & the Greater Mekong


Author: Nick Ray


Description: This compact practical guide covers the entire Mekong from the heights of Yunnan to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.



Southeast Asia Map


Author: Nelles


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



The Eaves of Heaven, A Life in Three Wars


Author: Andrew X. Pham


Description: Pham recounts the story of his father's life during the French occupation, Japanese invasion and the American War, weaving such momentous events with anecdotes from his childhood and details of family, friends, food and daily life.



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.



The Quiet American


Author: Graham Greene


Description: A classic, this is the most famous Western work of fiction on Vietnam. Greene writes of a love triangle between a war correspondent, his Vietnamese consort and an optimistic young American during the last days of French rule.



Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc


Description: From rain forest and rural countryside to the cities, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore Vietnam's landscapes, myths and changing traditions.



Vietnam, Rising Dragon


Author: Bill Hayton


Description: The veteran BBC newsman covers the tangled politics, rapidly changing economy, culture, history and people of Vietnam with great insight in this timely portrait of a nation in transition.





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