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Voyages to Antiquity: Exotic Southeast Asia

Program Number: 20570RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/7/2014 - 2/28/2014; 2/12/2015 - 3/4/2015;
Duration: 21 nights
Location: Cambodia/Thailand/Vietnam/Malaysia/Singapore
Price starting at: $5,995.00 - 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; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

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, 11 nights; Singapore, 2 nights.



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


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 10-12: Ko Samui (Thailand) / Phnom Penh (Cambodia) / At Sea

Enjoy the pristine beaches of Thailand’s second largest island. Walk along the beautiful gardens of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, and view the artworks of the National Museum.



Days 13-15: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) / At Sea

Sample the world famous Vietnamese cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City and explore the moving War Remnants Museum.



Days 16-18: Kuantan (Malaysia) / At Sea / Malacca

Explore the beautiful seaside town of Kuantan. Walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca and visit the historic British settlements in Georgetown.



Days 19-21: Singapore / disembark / departure

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; 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 1:00 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: Taxis are the only way to get from Siem Reap Airport to the Tara Angkor Hotel. It is approximately a 15 minute trip over 7 km. The cost is approximately USD $7 which can be paid in US dollars. Credit cards are often not accepted as payment.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation from site: Taxis are also plentiful and fares start around SGD $2.40 and are approximately 10¢ for each additional 220m.
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
(Friday, February 7)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Saturday, February 8)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival in Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 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 relaxing at the hotel, 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. This makes the 'Tomb Raider Temple' one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Fou Nan restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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 thave 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Champey restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore 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 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Kanell restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Tonlé Sap Lake
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 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 Square 24 restaurant.
 Afternoon: 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. If time allows, you will go on a guided visit of the Angkor National Museum, which showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Viroth restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bangkok, Thailand
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for a morning flight to Bangkok. 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 in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bangkok, Thailand
(Thursday, February 13)

Note: Modest dress is required to enter the temple grounds.



   
 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: After lunch, board a private long tail boat which will take you onto the peaceful Klong Bang Luang. Pass by shop houses, local temples, and vendors on this waterway which was once a major trading route and lined with impressive homes of aristocrats. The guide will share local landmarks and cultural idiosyncrasies of the area. After observing this lively area, the boat will stop at Baan Silapin, a 100 year old renovated house that is now home to an art gallery. Here, stop to enjoy the gallery, take part in an art workshop, or explore the local community, before experiencing a unique puppet show performed by puppeteers trained under the Joe Louis School of puppetry. En route, back to the city, stop to explore the Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Bangkok, Thailand / Embark
(Friday, February 14)
   
 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 4 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge." You will benefit from the advantage of small-ship cruising as you board Aegean Odyssey in the heart of Bangkok, before sailing down the Phraya River to the Gulf of Thailand.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Saturday, 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. 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
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 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: Your field trip will include the National Museum with its extensive collection of Khmer art and sculpture, and the Royal Palace with its beautiful gardens.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At sea
(Monday, 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. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Cruise 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 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). Visit the city's main attractions including the extraordinary market in Chinatown, the great monument to the French colonial era Notre Dame Cathedral, and the moving War Remnants Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on board, or at a local restaurant on your own.
 Afternoon: You may choose to return to the ship for lunch and to relax on board, or you may stay in town to enjoy lunch and free time on your own.
 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
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time to explore Saigon on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Set sail mid-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
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 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 treatment at the ship's spa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (Borneo)
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia's Sabah State. Dominated by the great 13,000-foot-high Kinabalu Mountain, Kota Kinabalu is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. On a guided field trip, discover the city's beautiful mosques, market, and fine museum. 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.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (Borneo)
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 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 chariots and elaborate costumes, and explore the world's largest water village. Continue with a cruise into the mangroves to spot crocodiles and proboscis monkeys.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy further exploration of the city including Jame Mosque, the city's largest mosque where worshippers at the 1992 grand opening received a gold-embroidered prayer rug from the Sultan.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At sea
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A chance to relax on deck and enjoy the shipboard pastimes.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Kuching, Malaysia (Borneo)
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Once the capital of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, today Kuching is one of the most culturally diverse cities in Malaysia. This mix of Kuching's Malay, Chinese, Indian, and colonial heritage will become apparent on your included sightseeing - including the spice streets, the Sarwak Museum and the former white rajah's palace - of this fascinating place.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Kuching.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Singapore, Singapore / disembark
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark in Singapore. Enjoy a guided introductory excursion of Singapore.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your guided excursion. Transfer to your hotel for check-in.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Singapore, Singapore
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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 local 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: Farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: In Transit / Departures
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Singapore airport for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Kuching Islamic Museum
The Islamic Museum is well worth the visit. It is divided into seven thematic exhibits: weapons; arts and domestic utensils; Qurans; Islamic architecture; science, technology, economy, and literature; music and costumes; and the coming of Islam to the Malay Archipelago.
  Sarawak Museum
Explore the oldest museum in Borneo. The Sarawak Museum holds an impressive collection of artifacts from the indigenous peoples of Borneo and also a natural history collection which includes reptiles, mammals, and birds from the area. An entire wing is dedicated to the history of the petroleum business within Malaysia.
  The Great Cat of Kuching
Kuching is the Malay word for cat and the city's mascot is evidenced around every corner. The great, white cat sculpture is complete with wire whiskers, a raised paw, and a curious face. This is the perfect place for a silly and light-hearted photoshoot.
  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.



Arts of Southeast Asia


Author: Fiona Kerlogue


Description: A handsome guide to the art, architecture, textiles and crafts of Southeast Asia.



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.



Collected Short Stories, Volume 4


Author: W. Somerset Maugham


Description: Maugham can evoke turn-of-the-century colonial Asia like no other. This collection of stories features many set in Malaysia, Borneo and other southeast Asian locales, including the well-known tale "The Letter."



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.



Odyssey Guide Angkor


Author: Dawn Rooney


Description: The sixth edition of Rooney's indispensable guide to Khmer culture and history. Includes monuments, temple plans, color photographs and practical information about Siem Reap.



Phnom Penh, A Cultural History


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: As a one-time resident of Phnom Penh and an authority on Southeast Asia, Milton Osborne provides a colorful account of the troubled history and appealing culture of Cambodia's capital city.



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.



The Skeptical Romancer, Selected Travel Writing


Author: W. Somerset Maugham


Description: Pico Iyer introduces this choice edition of Somerset Maugham's razor-sharp travel writing, set in Spain, China, Burma and Southeast Asia, including a long excerpt from Gentleman in the Parlour, a vivid account of travels from Rangoon to Haiphong by canoe, riverboat, rickshaw and pony. Also included is The Land of the Blessed Verigin (Spain), On a Chinese Screen and The Partial View (diverse places).



Vietnam Journeys


Author: Charles Fields


Description: Photographer and traveler Charles Fields portrays the cultures and landscapes of Vietnam from the World Heritage Site of Hue and the Phung Hiep floating market to its forests and coastline in stunning color photographs.



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.



World Religions: Eastern Traditions


Author: Willard G. Oxtoby (Editor)


Description: A clear and insightful introduction to Eastern religions by a team of scholars, covering Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist and East Asian traditions. Scholarly, but still rewarding for the general reader.





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