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Road Scholar World Academy Semester 2: From Japan to India

Program Number: 21081RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/2/2014 - 3/22/2014;
Duration: 48 nights
Location: Japan/Taiwan/Philippines/Malaysia/Brunei/Cambodia/Thailand/Singapore/India/Sri Lanka
Price starting at: $11,996.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 137; 46 Breakfasts, 44 Lunches, 47 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the second semester of Road Scholar World Academy 2014. This seven-week voyage explores Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Uneven terrain and stone stairs without railings will be common. Conditions can be hot and humid.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Tokyo (Japan), 1 night; aboard Voyager, 25 nights; Phnom Penh (Cambodia), 1 night; Siem Reap, 2 nights; Bangkok (Thailand), 1 night; aboard Voyager, 17 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival Tokyo (Japan) / embark Voyager:

Journey to Mount Fuji to experience this icon of Japan. Discover highlights of Tokyo including the Meiji Shrine and Senso-ji Temple. Lodging: Comfortable hotel near airport.



Day 5: Nagoya:

At the Toyota Museum in Nagoya glimpse the company’s technologies of the future.



Days 6-7: At Sea / Kagoshima:

Learn about the active Sakura Island stratovolcano.



Day 8: Nagasaki:

Meet with a survivor of the August 9, 1945 atomic bomb attack on this city.



Days 9-11: At Sea / Naha:

On lovely Okinawa Island, discover the palace and gardens of the independent Ryukyu royal family.



Day 12: Ishigaki:

Learn about the beautiful Yaeyama palm trees, which only grow on this island.



Day 13: Hualien (Taiwan):

Sail south to Taiwan then go ashore to marvel at the spectacular gorges of Taroko National Park.



Day 14: Kaohsiung:

Learn about the lives of Buddhist monks at the Fo Guang Shan monastery.



Days 15-18: At Sea / Manila (Philippines):

Continue south to Manila, capital of the Philipines, where you explore the old walled Spanish city, learn about the World War II history of Corregidor and enjoy an independent day.



Days 19-20: At Sea / Cebu:

Learn about the Spanish colonial history of Cebu at Fort San Pedro and the Casa Gorordo Museum.



Days 21-22: At Sea / Sandakan (Malaysia):

Voyage to Borneo, a large island split among three countries. Take a field trip to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where once-captive apes are prepared to return to the wild.



Days 23-24: At Sea / Kota Kinabalu:

Discover the East Malaysian city of Kota Kinabalu and view tribal artifacts at the Sabah Museum.



Day 25: Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei):

Learn about the small, wealthy nation of Brunei and visit the magnificent Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.



Days 26-30: At Sea / Sihanoukville (Cambodia) / disembark / coach to Phnom Penh / flight to Siem Reap:

A northwesterly course brings the ship into the Gulf of Thailand. Disembark for four nights ashore in Cambodia and Thailand. Learn about Cambodia’s turbulent history and recovery after the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Fly to Siem Reap to explore the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. Lodging: Phnom Penh: Four-star hotel in upscale neighborhood. Siem Reap: Stylish four-star hotel.



Days 31-32: Flight to Bangkok (Thailand) / reembark:

Discover the Grand Palace and ride through the “klongs” (canals) on a traditional long-tail boat. Lodging: Luxurious boutique hotel.



Days 33-35: At Sea / Singapore:

Sail down the coast to Singapore, where you learn about the unique culture of the Peranakan people.



Day 36: Port Kelang (Malaysia):

Begin your passage through the Strait of Malacca, going ashore to discover the spectacular Hindu shrines of Batu Caves.



Day 37: Langkawi:

Take an exciting cable car ride to a mountaintop on this Malaysian island.



Day 38: Phuket (Thailand):

Enjoy an independent day on the Thai island of Phuket.



Days 39-40: At Sea / Andaman Islands (India):

Navigate among the exotic Andaman Islands of India, going ashore in historic Port Blair, a former penal colony.



Days 41-43: At Sea / Colombo (Sri Lanka):

A westward course takes you across the Bay of Bengal to Sri Lanka. On an expert-led field trip, walk through the colorful bazaars of Colombo’s Pettah neighborhood and visit Independence Hall.



Days 44-45: At Sea / Kochi (India):

Sail to the Indian mainland and explore the Arabian Sea port of Kochi with its iconic Chinese fishing nets. Enjoy authentic South Indian cuisine during a family hosted lunch.



Days 46-47: At Sea / Goa:

Continue up the coast to Goa to discover Idalcao Palace, built for a 17th century sultan, and impressive Portuguese colonial mansions.



Days 48-49: Mumbai / disembark / overnight flight to the U.S.A.:

Complete your voyage in energetic Mumbai. See the Gateway of India, step into Mahatma Gandhi’s Mumbai headquarters and visit the beautiful Prince of Wales Museum. Board your return flight late in the evening and arrive home the next day.



Voyager

Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport Hotel
  Tokyo, Japan 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 25 nights
   Sunway Hotel
  Phnom Penh, Cambodia 1 night
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 2 nights
   Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel Bangkok
  Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 16 nights
 Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Welcome to the Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport Hotel, conveniently located only 10 minutes from Narita International Airport and one hour from downtown Tokyo. Situated on the eastern side of Tokyo Bay, this Narita, Japan hotel is ideally placed for Guests to explore the scenic Boso Peninsula. Admire the stunning sights and soak up a taste of Japanese culture. The excellent central location of the hotel also provides easy access to all the energy and excitement of downtown Tokyo.
  Ship Information: NA
  Contact info: 456 Kosuge
Narita,  286 0127 Japan
phone: +81 -476-331121
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/chiba/hilton-tokyo-narita-airport-hotel-NRTHIHI/index.html
  Room amenities: •Air Conditioning •Lever Door Handles •Non-Smoking •TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN •TV-Standard Network •Alarms - Audible •Electronic Locks •Electronic Smoke Detector •Secondary Locking Device •Wide Angle Door Viewer •Bathroom Amenities •Efficiency •Hairdryer •Hand Held Shower •Mini Bar •Mini Refrigerator •Telephone - Auto Wakeup •Telephone - in Bath •Telephone - with Dataport
  Facility amenities: •Baggage Storage •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Elevators •Florist •Foreign Currency Exchange •Gift Shop •Local Area Transportation •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •News Stand •On-Site Convenience Store •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box •Shoe Shine Stand •Bicycle Rental •Fitness Room •Jacuzzi •Pool •Tennis Court
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA TBA
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Sunway Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located next to Mount Phnom and across the street from the new U.S. Embassy, the hotel is within walking distance of all of Phnom Penh’s attractions and shops.
  Contact info: #1, Street 92, Sangkat Wat Phnom
P.O. Box 633
Phnom Penh,  12202 Cambodia
phone: +855 23 430 333
web: phnompenh.sunwayhotels.com/
  Room amenities: Hair dryer, air-conditioning and safety-deposit box.
  Facility amenities: Lounge, restaurant and sundeck.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Tara Angkor Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Tara Angkor is equipped with modern amenities and elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable. With exceptionally warm hospitality and traditional Cambodian sincerity and kindness your stay will be something not to be forgotten.
  Contact info: Vithei Charles de Gaulle
Siem Reap,   Cambodia
phone: (+855) 63 966 661
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com/facility.php
  Facility amenities: The Tara Angkor Hotel's stylish 4 star property has cemented its status as one of the jewels in Siem Reap’s accommodation sector. Our facilities include 213 magnificent rooms and suites, two restaurants, a lobby bar, and a swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness center and sauna.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel Bangkok
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: 40 minutes by road from Suvannabhumi International airport. River transportation from the hotel's pier to Grand Palace, Wat Arun Temple etc. as well as connections to shopping centers and other hotels along the river is available.
  Contact info: Charoenkrung Rd., Bangkorlaem
Bankok,  10120 Thailand
phone: +6626881000
  Room amenities: Room Facilities: air conditioning, internet access (wireless), bathrobes, coffee/tea maker, complimentary bottled water, mini bar, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms, desk, satellite/cable TV, hair dryer, separate shower and tub, in room safe, television
  Facility amenities: 525 guest rooms: Deluxe, Grand Deluxe, Plaza Suite and Royal Thai Suite Outdoor Swimming Pool • with Jacuzzi • Fitness & Health Club • Steam Room • Aerobic • Traditional Thai Massage • 24 Hours Room Service • 24 hours Doctor Service on call • Airport Transfers • Wheel Chairs • Tailor Shop • Baby-sitting • Beauty Salon • Business Center • Car Rental / Limousine Service • Concierge & Luggage Storage • Conference Facilities • Foreign Exchange Counter • Free Shuttle Boat Service from Hotel Pier to/from Sky Train Station • Tour Counter
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 2 in the late evening with a light dinner at the program hotel in Tokyo/Narita, Japan. You will be staying at Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Day 49 in the very early morning (12am-6am) disembark the mv Voyager in Mumbai. Flights out of Mumbai usually depart midnight or later. Disembarkation time is 9am for those you have later flights. You will be staying at MV Voyager the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on “Already Booked” then “Required Passenger Information” to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended for this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Tokyo
  Transportation to site: The program hotel is located near the airport. There is a complimentary shuttle that you can take to the program hotel. For the group flights, there will be a representative at the airport waiting to take you to the hotel shuttle and transferring you to the program hotel. The group flights are as follows: CX 0504 arriving NRT 2:05PM 03 February, 2014. SQ 0011 arriving NRT 7:05PM 03 February, 2014.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation from site: The mv Voyager will be docked at the Mumbai port. The group flight will depart early in the morning of March 22nd and there will be a group transfer that corresponds to the group flight. Most flights leaving Mumbai depart in the early morning. The group flight is SQ 0423 departing BOM 12:05AM 22 March, 2014. For those on the extension, you will disembark the ship after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Jaipur.
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: Depart for overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan.
(Sunday, February 2)
   
 Depart From: Depart from home for overnight flight to Tokyo, Japan.

Day 2: Late Evening Arrival to Tokyo
(Monday, February 3)
   
 Arrive To: Late evening arrival to Narita International Airport. Transfer to the program hotel.
 Dinner: Light dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Tokyo, Japan / Mount Fuji
(Tuesday, February 4)

Note: This is a 3 hour transfers one way. You will be joining a group that has been on the program for the past 33 days.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to the based of Mount Fuji to see this icon of Japan. Perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone, the mountain is a near-mythical national symbol immortalized in countless works of art, including Hokusai's 36 Views of Mt. Fuji. Stop at the Fuji Visitor Center, where informative audiovisual displays on the geology, ecology and cultural history of Mt. Fuji make an interesting diversion before our onward journey begins. On our return, we also make a brief visit to Sengen Shrine - gateway to the easiest and, not surprisingly, most popular route to the summit of Mt Fuji. The Shrine is an ornate structure dedicated to the deity of Fuji, and was traditionally a base for Oshi, proselytising mountain guides, who accompanied pilgrims on the mountain.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the ship to check in and get your cabins. You will meet another group that has been travelling together for a couple of months.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Tokyo Discovery
(Wednesday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Journey to Ryogoku and the excellent Edo-Tokyo Museum for a guided visit. The museum describes well the built environment and life from the Edo period through to post-war Tokyo. Continue to Sensoki, the oldest and most impressive temple in Tokyo. The main was hall was first built in 645 to house a tiny golden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy that had been repeatedly hauled up in fishing nets despite being thrown back into the water.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Nagoya, Japan / Toyota Factory
(Thursday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning take a visit to the Toyota Kaikan Museum, where Toyota's new models and technologies are displayed to the public and robot shows are held periodically.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Toyota Kaikan Museum.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Nagoya port.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At Sea / Presentation
(Friday, February 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #1: Natural History
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #2: Natural History
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Kagoshima, Japan
(Saturday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Discover Mt Sakurajima, an active volcano that rises above Kinko Bay facing Kagoshima, frequently spewing volcanic ash and smoke into the skies. Once known as Satsuma, Kagoshima was the home of one of the most powerful samurai clans, the Shimazu. We visit Sengan-en, the clan’s beautiful gardens and the Shoko Shuseikan Museum that displays 700s year of Shimazu family history. During our excursion we will also learn about some of the most powerful people that were born here including the heroic but fatally headstrong Saigo Takamori; Heihachiro who deafeated the Russian Baltic Fleet in 1904 and was nicknamed the Nelson of the East; and St. Francis Xavier who first brought Christianity to Japan.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Rest of the afternoon is on your own to explore Kagoshima.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Nagasaki, Japan / Peace Memorial Park
(Sunday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore the Peace memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum. Hear first hand from a survivor. Continue to Glover Gardens home of an expatriate Scots businessman, Thomas Glover, living in Japan during the late Edo and early Meiji, modern state, period. The gardens, which provide great views over the sea inlet, now contain period houses of other foreign traders brought here from around Nagasaki.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Nagaski on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea / Presentation
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #3: Natural History.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #4: Natural History.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Naha, Japan
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Discover Shuri Castle – its construction strongly influenced by Chinese architecture. Continue on to Ryukyu Okoku-mura, for displays of local folk music and dance.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Journey to the Okinawan Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum which commemorates the loss of life during the largest campaign of the Asia-Pacific War. Despite the excellent displays, perhaps the most moving aspect of the Museum is reading the accounts of those who experienced the horrors of the conflict; many have been translated into English.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Naha (Okinawa), Japan
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Free morning on your own to explore Okinawa island. Join a ships shore excursion or take a walk on Kokusai dori street.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #6: Natural History
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Ishigaka, Japan
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Take a short ferry ride to Taketomi-jima, a perfectly preserved traditional island villlage. Wander among the old-style houses and soak up the atmosphere of the Ryukyu kingdom before returning to Ishigaki.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore the island.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Hualien, Taiwan / Taroko Gorge National Park
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Visit Taroko National Park Information Center. Taroko Gorge is one of the seven wonders of Asia that no traveler should miss. You will be guided along a 12-mile stretch of highway built into awesome marble cliffs high above the rushing river. Your route will take you through 38 tunnels including the Swallow Grotto, Tunnel of Nine Turns and the marble bridge of Motherly Devotion.& Tien Hsiung. The waterfalls characterize Taroko National Park and the most famous ones are Baiyang Waterfall, Yindai Waterfall, Changchun Waterfall, and Lushui Waterfall. Swallow Grotto and Tunnel of Nine Turns are the most impressive natural scenes in Taroko and the canyons here are the narrowest.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Hualien town.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Kaoshiung, Taiwan / Fokuangshan Buddhist Monastery
(Saturday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Drive to Fokuangshan Buddist Monastery and explore the main shrine, Great Budda Land. Founded by Buddhist master Shingyun in 1967, Fokuangshan is the center of Buddhism in southern Taiwan. Long before you reach the main gate to the mountain complex, the giant statues of Buddha can be seen from far off in the distance. Exhibition halls display religious artifacts. The Buddha Memorial Center is affiliated with Fokuangshan and houses the Buddha’s tooth relic presented to Venerable Master Hsing Yun by the Tibetan Lama Kunga Dorje Rinpoche, who had kept the relic in his safekeeping for 30 years. The building comprises eight pagodas in the front, a big Buddha statue in the rear, the Vulture Peak in the South, and the Jetavana Grove in the North. Next, visit the Buddist Culture Museum which was established by Master Hsing Yun in January 1983 with the idea to "bring Buddhism to people through culture." The purpose is to help the general public to familiarize themselves with Buddhism through the exhibition of Buddhist sutras and ritual instruments, and to maintain Chinese history and culture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Fokuangshan Monastary before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: At Sea / Presentation
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #6: Natural History.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Manila, Philippines
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 3, Presentation #7: Natural History.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Visit Rizal park and Intramuros (the old spanish walled city, with SanAugustin church, Manila cathedral, Fort Santiago and Rizal museum). Continue to Makati, a WW2 American cemetery, for a wreath laying ceremony.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Manila, Philippines / Corregidor
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore Corregidor is known in the world for its role in war, bravery, and history; it's strategic location was vital in the defense of Manila during World War II. It was from Corregidor that General Douglas MacArthur left for Australia.
 Lunch: Lunch on Corregidor Island.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Corregidor. Afterwards return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Manila, Philippines / Free day on your own
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Today is left for you to explore Manila on your own. Choose from one of the ship's shore excursion or explore Manila independently.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own or on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your own independent exploration.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At Sea / Presentation
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #1: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #2: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Cebu, Philippines
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore Cebu with visits to Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo, Sto Nino Shrine, Magellan’s Cross, Taoist Temple and the Heritage Monument.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or on shore.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for you to explore Cebu on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At Sea / Presentation
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #3: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #4: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Sandakan, Borneo Malaysia
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Transfer to Sepilok Orangutan Center. The Center helps once captive orangutans learn to climb and fend for themselves in the wild with the hope that one day they may return to the forest. Witness the semi-wild orangutans return to the platform provided by the Center for milk and bananas during the process of returning to the forest. Walk along a jungle trail and observe the tropical lowland rainforest. Numerous wildlife may be seen.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Sandakan on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: At Sea / Presentation
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #5: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Malaysia
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore Kota Kinabalu, Capital of Sabah. Stop at Signal Hill to get a lay out of the city and Atkinson Clock Tower the only remaining colonial period structure not destroyed by the allied bombings. End your visit with a stop at the Sabah Museum to look at their large collection of Tribal artifacts.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Kota Kinabalu on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Muara (Bandar Seri Begawan), Brunei
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning, discovery Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the largest in the Far East, and considered among the most beautiful in the world. It reaches a height of 52 meters and is topped with a gold dome supported by walls of Italian marble, which also forms the mosque’s columns, arches, and towers. Continue on to the Royal Regalia museum near the city centre, which has elaborate displays of gifts received by the Sultan. Then take a guided visit of the Brunei Museum on the Kota Batu road which has an excellent display in the Islamic Art Gallery.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon to explore Bandar Seri Begawan.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: At Sea / Presentation
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #6: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: At Sea / Presentation
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 4, Presentation #7: Lands of the South China Sea: A Chronicle of History and Modern Times.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 28: Sihanoukville, Cambodia / disembark ship / Coach to Phnom Penh
(Saturday, March 1)

Note: Transfer time is about 4 hours.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join in a village welcome ceremony as you enter Cambodia. This traditional welcome ceremony is a great introduction to the Cambodia people and culture.
 Lunch: Lunch at the village.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the Killing Fields and learn about the recent tragedy that destroyed the fabric of life in Cambodia. Continue to Tuol Sleng the interrogation center and learn about the recent Khmer History, but at the same time, see how the people are moving beyond this tragedy.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Sunway Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29: Phnom Penh Discovery / Fly to Siem Reap / Explore Ta Phrom
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Known once as the “Paris of the East,” discover the charming capital city of Phnom Penh. First visit the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda and finish the afternoon at the National Museum. The National Museum in Phnom Penh is the most significant public repository of Khmer artifacts in the country, displaying many important Angkorian artifacts and rare pieces from later periods.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30: Siem Reap / Sunrise at Angkor Wat / Angkor Thom
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: Depart for an early morning visit to Angkor Wat to experience the sun rising over this magnificent architectural structure. Then return to your hotel for breakfast.
 Morning: This morning, discover the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. This city is surrounded by an 8 m high wall, drawing a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate, an impressive stone gate carved with Elephants and four giant faces. Contineu to Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. Continue to the “gem” of the Angkor area, the pretty temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called “Citadel of the Women” remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art as this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs. Banteay Srey is unique in that it is constructed of pink sandstone, which is seen nowhere else in Angkor.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Explore the magnificent 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 carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars 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 thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. View Angkor Wat at sun set when the temple is less visited and the Apsaras will shine in the most beautiful light.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 31: Siem Reap / Fly to Bangkok
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, explore the highlights of the Small Circuit. Start your tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. Remainder of the morrning free for you to explore Siem Reap or more of the temples before your flight to Bangkok.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok and transfer to your hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant that overlooks Rama 8 Bridge.
   
Accommodations: Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel Bangkok
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 32: Bangkok Discovery
(Wednesday, March 5)

Note: You will be require to get off and on small boats.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Discover the icons of Bangkok with a visit to the Grand Palace. Continue to visit Wat Po, Bangkok’s oldest temple and home to the magnificent reclining Buddha as well as the first school of traditional medicine and Thai massage and is also regarded as Thailand’s first University. Join an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs (canals) of Bangkok to Nonthaburi in the far north of the city, where the cityscape turns into countryside and the skyscrapers give way to teak houses, noodle shops, fruit orchards and rice fields.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time in the afternoon before transfering back to board the ship. (Note: Transfer time is approximately 1.5-2 hrs).
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 33: At Sea / Presentation
(Thursday, March 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #1: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 34: At Sea / Presentation
(Friday, March 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #2: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 35: Singapore / Peranakan Culture
(Saturday, March 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Spend the morning learning about the Peranakan culture, a new culture that evolved from the intermarriage between Malays and Chinese and Malays and Indians. Begin with a stop at the Peranakan Museum, here you would be able to see and understand how the Peranakan Culture evolved and started, their style of clothing, their influence in the arts and pottery and lifestyle. Continue your journey continues to the Peranakan enclave in an area called Joo Chiat. Here you are able to see the influence of the Peranakan Culture in architecture. You would have the opportunity to visit a traditional Peranakan Deli and taste some of the Peranakan delights and see some of the great embroidery works. End the morning with a pedicycle ride through the enclave of little India before for your free time for lunch and returning to the Cruise Terminal.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Singapore on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 36: Port Kelang, Malaysia / Batu Caves
(Sunday, March 9)

Note: This is a difficult day. There are 272 steps up to the cave. however there are many activities at the bottom of the stairs that one can enjoy if you cannot make the steps.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Depart for Batu Caves, the site of the annual Thaipusam festival (in January/February) when over 1.5 million devotees congregate. It comprises of three caverns and several smaller caves. It is the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu deity - a flight of 272 steps lead up to the temple cave. Another cave, called the museum cave, is filled with images of deities and murals depicting scenes from the Hindu Scriptures. While climbing up, beware of the cheeky monkeys that line the way.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Port Kelang on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 37: Langkawi, Malaysia
(Monday, March 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #3: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a 15-minute cable car ride through the rainforest and waterfalls to the peak of Gunung Mat Chincang, one of the highest mountains in Langkawi. Breathe in the cool air as you take in the bird’s eye view of Langkawi Islands and more. Explore the mountain top with stunning vistas of waterfalls amidst tropical rainforests.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 38: Phuket, Thailand / Free Day for you to choose your own shore excursion
(Tuesday, March 11)

Note: Cost of shore excursion at not included in your program cost.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Due to varying interest, Phuket is a port that is left for you to choose your own shore excursions. The ship has many options for you to choose from, or you can also just spend a day on the beach.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your own independent exploration of Phuket.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 39: At Sea / Presentation
(Wednesday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #4: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 40: Port Blair, Andaman Islands
(Thursday, March 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore the capital Port Blair with its old penal colony. Discover the islands’ exotic flora and fauna, or stroll along the meandering coastline where palm trees sway to the rhythm of the seas.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time for you to explore Port Blair.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 41: At Sea / Presentation
(Friday, March 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #5: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 42: At Sea / Presentation
(Saturday, March 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #6: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 43: Colombo, Sri Lanka / Colombo Discovery
(Sunday, March 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join a walking discovery of Pettah. Pettah is a neighborhood in Colombo, located east of the City centre Fort. The Pettah neighborhood is famous for its open air bazaars and markets. Walk east of Fort and arrive at Pettah, probably the most vibrant and colorful parts of the city. Pettah is also of the most ethnically mixed parts of the city and the streets are dotted with several interesting Mosques, Hindu Kovils, Churches and Buddhist Temples. The beautiful, red and white candy-striped, Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque is a popular tourist destination.
 Lunch: Lunch in town.
 Afternoon: After lunch proceed to visit Bandaranaike Memorial International and see the replica of Avukana Buddha. Also visit Independence Hall, and the Independence Square and National Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 44: At Sea / Presentation
(Monday, March 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #7: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 45: Cochin, India / City Discovery / Family Hosted Lunch
(Tuesday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning, explore Cochin with visits to the Mattanchery Palace, Chinese Fishing nets, St Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue and the antique market.
 Lunch: Family hosted lunch on shore.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon for you to explore Old Fort Cochin.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 46: At Sea / Presentation
(Wednesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Participate in a presentation by your on board lecturer. Theme 5, Presentation #8: Topic TBA.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Time to enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 47: Marmagoa (Goa), India
(Thursday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore the sites of Goa with visits to the Idalcao Palace, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception(Main Church), and Braganza Institute. Contineu to Panjim and enjoy an orientation drive past the old mansions showcasing Portuguese architecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader and the rest of your group for a program wrap-up to cruise.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 48: Mumbai / City Discovery / Early morning flight
(Friday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Explore this city highlights. Drive by the “Gateway of India” built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar held in 1911. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully presereved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it, is worth visiting in Mumbai. Continue to Mani Bhawan where Gandhiani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship or on your own in town.
 Afternoon: Free time this afternoon to explore Mumbai.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Late evening flight home for those returning home.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 49: En route / Arrival home
(Saturday, March 22)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive back to North America.

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Phnom Penh Central Market
One of the largest and busiest markets in Phnom Penh, the market was built in 1937 by French architects. This market is a good place to purchase silk scarves, silverware, gems and antiques.
  National Library
Located near Wat Phnom, this graceful building, another example of French colonial architecture, was built in 1924 and set in floral gardens. It was sacked by the Khmer Rouge and turned into a stable.
  Russian Market (Psah Toul Tom Poung)
This popular market has a more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks than the Central Market. It also has a good selection of CDs, videos, fabric, electronic goods and the city's best source of objets d'art. Items for sale include wooden and stone carvings, various ritual objects, silverware, and old Indochinese notes and coins, antiquities, Cambodian and Chinese silk and clothing.
  Sisowath Quay
Sisowath Quay is an attractive boulevard running along the banks of the Mekong and Tonle Sap, fronted by a pleasant park. The built-up side of the street houses cafés and shops and the better class of bars, and is extremely popular with tourists and expatriate Westerners. The esplanade along the river is equally popular with Cambodians, who come here in the cool of the evening to enjoy the quasi-carnival atmosphere. It begins at the riverfront park opposite the Palace and is perhaps best experienced in the early evening.
  Siem Reap Akira's Land Mine Museum
During the Khmer Rouge period, Akira's parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge and he was raised by them. Later, he worked for the Vietnamese army and the U.N. force. Now he is removing land mines. The museum houses a huge volume of the land mines removed by him, unexploded bomb shells and photos. Volunteers who lost arms or legs guide you around this museum. TEL: 012-598951. Free.
  Tonle Sap
The Tonle Sap is the largest fresh-water lake in Southeast Asia. Its size changes five-fold from dry season to the end of the rainy season. The lake is home to a number of floating villages; half-day tours can be arranged through the hotel.
  Bangkok, Thailand A Stroll Through Chinatown
One of the best ways to experience the true flavor of a city is to walk its streets. Discover Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the most densely populated, richly ethnic neighborhoods in the city. Walk at your own pace through narrow lanes, peer into the doorways of apothecary shops with their medical herbs and natural cures. Take the opportunity to watch fresh Chinese delicacies being prepared and served while the aromatic fragrance of spice and herbs saturates the air. Pay special attention to the “funeral shops,” where they sell paper models of worldly items that ensure the deceased will have the complete comforts of home on the journey to the afterward. Wonder at the intricate architecture of ancient Chinese Temples, perhaps even donating some coins to the temple “burial society,” a charity devoted to recovering the bodies of unfortunate road accident victims.
  Suan Pakkad Palace
Suan Pakkad was built by Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nakhon Sawan, who moved five traditional Thai houses from Chiang Mai in 1952. The cabbage garden was turned into one of Bangkok’s finest landscaped gardens and is calm in a uniquely Eastern way. The princess was one of the country’s most dedicated art collectors, and the house has been turned into a museum displaying objects such as perfume bottles, betel nut boxes and musical instruments. Antiques including an exquisite Buddha head from Ayutthaya, Khmer statues and European prints of old Siam. Located Prayatahi Road.
  Vimanmek Palace
The Palace is a magnificent, golden, teakwood residence of King Chulalongkorn that houses numerous exhibits, including antiques furniture, glassware, porcelain and many other items of historic interest. Located on Ratchavithee Road.
  Wat Pho
The temple was originally built in the 16th century and covers twenty acres. One of its pavilions houses a 150-feet long reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also home to Thailand’s most famous school of massage. (See listing). Respectful dress required: Shorts, flipflops and bare shoulders are not permitted inside the temple complex and you should be prepared to take off shoes to enter temples. Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission fee of 20 baht. For additional information, visit www.watpho.com
  Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School
In the eastern end of the Wat Pho complex is the country’s most famous school of massage. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is a good idea to start your exploration of Wat Pho here before the line becomes too long. A 60-minute, full body massage costs approximately 300 baht ($8 U.S.) and is done fully dressed. A set of cotton clothing is provided for the 60-minute herbal massage that costs 400 baht ($10 U.S.). For additional information, visit www.watpho.com
  Wat Phra Kaeo
Home of the Emerald Buddha and located within the grounds of the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew is the most sacred and the most beautiful of Thailand’s temples. Open daily 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Admission 200 baht ($5 U.S.). The dress code is very strict: No shorts, no bare shoulders, no slippers or sandals. For additional information, visit thailandforvisitors.com/north/chiangrai/prakeo/index.html
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Suggested Reading List


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.



Asia West Pacific Map


Author: HEMA Maps


Description: This full-color world region map, with bathymetric tinting, covers the Western Pacific from India and Japan to Indonesia, Micronesia, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at a scale of 1:15,650,000.



Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia


Author: Mark Brazil


Description: Brazil's comprehensive guide, featuring 234 color plates, includes Japan, Taiwan and the islands along with the adjacent areas of Asia from Kamchatka to Korea.



Eyewitness Guide Japan


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: Dazzling illustrations, architectural cutaways and color photographs, along with useful local maps, give this guide to Japan's many attractions a distinct edge.



Hiroshima


Author: John Hersey


Description: Never sensational, this 1946 classic by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hersey puts a human face on the unthinkable. Hersey explores the tragedy through interviews with residents, scientists and politicians.



Hot Sour Salty Sweet, A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia


Author: Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid


Description: From Salsas to Street Foods, Noodles to Desserts, dishes from different cuisines within Southeast Asia appear side by side in this magnificently illustrated cookbook and cultural guide to the mighty Mekong and the foods of the region from Southern China to Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.



Insight Guide Philippines


Author: Bill Williams (Editor)


Description: A volume in the award-winning Insight series, this guide is noted for its wonderful photography, superb production and informative short essays. It is a thoroughly illustrated, comprehensive guide to the history, culture and nature of the Philippines.



Japan Map


Author: Periplus Maps


Description: This convenient map covers the island nation at a scale of 1:2,000,000, with insets of the major cities.



Japan, Its History and Culture


Author: W. Scott Morton


Description: An introduction to Japanese history, people and culture from ancient origins to contemporary society. With selections from Japanese literature and arts, anecdotes and illustrations.



Lonely Planet Bangkok


Author: Andrew Burke


Description: This comprehensive, practical guide includes a good overview of history and attractions, dozens of color maps, and even a section on Thai language.



Philippines Illustrated Map


Author: Odyssey Maps


Description: Featuring dozens of color photographs and a second map showing cultural and historical highlights, this excellent map and guide shows the island nation at a scale of 1:1,950,000.



Playing With Water: A Passion and Solitude on a Philippine Island


Author: James Hamilton-Paterson


Description: In this altogether wonderful memoir, Hamilton-Paterson writes with unusual warmth of his time among the villagers -- and under the water -- on a small Filipino island.



Southeast Asia, A Concise History


Author: Mary Somers Heidhues


Description: A highly readable, illustrated history of Southeast Asia, covering politics, economics, society and culture. With 131 black-and-white illustrations and 11 maps.



Taiwan, A New History


Author: Murray A. Rubinstein (Editor)


Description: This scholarly history of Taiwan by diverse contributors covers the economy, culture, politics and development of Taiwan from ancient time to modern nation.



The Inland Sea


Author: Donald Richie


Description: Richie's masterpiece, more than a travel account, is a beautiful reflection on all things Japanese by one of its most acute observers.



The Malay Archipelago


Author: Alfred Russel Wallace


Description: A contemporary of Darwin, the great British naturalist describes his wanderings throughout Borneo, Java, Bali, Lombok, the Moluccas, New Guinea and remote islands from 1854 to 1862 in this classic of natural history and travel.



The Mekong, Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: A cultural history of the great river from prehistory to European exploration, colonial tensions and modern challenges. It's an engaging introduction to the history of Southeast Asia.



Vanishing Treasures of the Philippine Rain Forest


Author: Jacinto Regalado, Jr., Lawrence Heaney


Description: A richly illustrated account of the diversity, wildlife and threats to the rain forest of the Philippines.



Wild Asia, Spirit of a Continent


Author: Mark Brazil, Art Wolfe (Photographer)


Description: Organized by bioregion, this lavishly illustrated survey covers plants, animals, habitats and landscapes from the Himalayas to India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan and the Russian Far East.



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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