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Voyages to Antiquity: Singapore to Siem Reap

Program Number: 21183RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/10/2013 - 1/2/2014;
Duration: 23 nights
Location: Singapore/Indonesia/Malaysia/Cambodia/Thailand
Price starting at: $6,650.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 62; 21 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches, 20 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Sail to the exotic ports of Southeast Asia — Singapore, Bali, Bangkok and more — to find long-hidden temples, experience timeless traditions and absorb vivid scenes of natural beauty that seem to be everywhere you look.




Activity Particulars

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



Itinerary At-a-Glance

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



Days 1-2: Overnight flight from the U.S.A. / cross International Date Line


Days 3-5: Arrival Singapore / embark MV Aegean Odyssey:

Discover the Marina Bay area and enjoy a panorama of Singapore’s modern architecture. Explore the main ethnic neighborhoods with their unique gardens, temples and marketplaces. Enjoy some independent time. Lodging: Four-star city hotel.



Days 6-10: At Sea / Bali (Indonesia):

During your two days in port, experience intriguing Balinese art forms including dance and mask carving.



Days 11-12: At Sea / Semarang (Indonesia):

Take a field trip to the magnificent Buddhist monument of Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Days 13-15: At Sea / Kuching (Malaysia):

Experience culturally diverse Kuching as you stroll the “spice streets” and visit the palace of the White Rajahs.



Days 16-17: At Sea / Sihanoukville (Cambodia):

Discover beautiful beaches and observe local life during your expert-led exploration of Sihanoukville and its surroundings.



Days 18-20: At Sea / Bangkok (Thailand) / disembark:

Learn the fascinating story of silk tycoon Jim Thompson during a visit to his home. Listen to the morning chants of monks at Wat Pho before taking a long tail boat ride through the canals. Lodging: Stylish boutique hotel.



Days 21-24: Flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia) / departure:

Explore the beautiful temples of the ancient Khmer kingdom including marvelous Angkor Wat. Enjoy a boat excursion on great Tonlé Sap Lake. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Aegean Odyssey

The Aegean Odyssey is a premium class ship especially rebuilt for cruising in the coastal waters and among the islands of the Mediterranean, visiting small, uncrowded harbors that large ocean liners can't reach. Public areas include Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, a library, Internet center, sweeping sun decks, outdoor pool, gym and spa.


Meals and Lodgings
   PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
  Singapore, Singapore 2 nights
   MV Aegean Odyssey
  MV Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 14 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
 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 prior:  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: 3:00 PM

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

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

 Tara Angkor Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Tara Angkor Hotel is conveniently located on the road to Angkor, 15 minutes from the airport and a short ride to the center of town. With 206 rooms it is equipped with modern amenities and is elegantly furnished to make your stay luxurious and enjoyable.
  Contact info: Vithei Charles De Gaulle (Road to Angkor Wat)
Siem Reap,   Cambodia
phone: +855 (0) 63 966 661/2
web: www.taraangkorhotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has individually controlled air conditioning, television, free wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, hair dryer, personal safe, 220 voltage adapters and transformers (available upon request), wardrobes with bathrobe and slippers for your convenience, and ironing board and iron.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, spa, lounge, room service, poolside bar, lobby bar, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, sauna, complimentary bicycles, business center, hotel-wide wireless Internet access, gift shop, currency exchange, laundry service, shuttle van, and a shoe shine service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


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


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In transit.
(Tuesday, December 10)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit.
(Wednesday, December 11)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival in Singapore.
(Thursday, December 12)
   
 Morning: Arrival at airport in Singapore. Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: Welcome lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Program orientation and group introductions. Your stay in Singapore begins with a survey of the city. Discover the Marina Bay area and enjoy a panorama of Singapore’s modern architecture. Ride the subway and visit the home of a Singaporean family to get a sense of how locals live.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Singapore, Singapore.
(Friday, December 13)
   
 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 jewelers 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 Centre to learn the story of Chinatown.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore / Embark
(Saturday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time to relax or explore Singapore on your own.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer to MV Aegean Odyssey for embarkation at 3 PM. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: At sea
(Sunday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea.
(Monday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to enjoy a selection of freshly-prepared sandwiches, cakes and scones served in the Observation Lounge. Accompanying these is a selection of refreshing teas and a choice of coffees. Relax as the ship makes its way to towards Bali, Indonesia.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At sea / Bali, Indonesia
(Tuesday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga before attending a stimulating lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: The Aegean Odyssey arrives in Bali in the evening. Your extended stay on this magical island will give you plenty of time to explore its many charms.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bali, Indonesia
(Wednesday, December 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Your full day excursion will include an experience of this unique culture: you will see a Barong Dance performance at Batubulan, a dance that describes the fight between good and evil where all the performers wear unique masks, visit the village of Mas, renowned for its wood carvings and also travel to the pilgrimage site of Gunung Kawi, known for its bathing pools and holy springs.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Bali, Indonesia.
(Thursday, December 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Full day Bali excursion to the North of the island.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture as the ship makes it way towards Semarang, Indonesia.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At sea
(Friday, December 20)
   
 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.
 Evening: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Semarang, Indonesia / Borubodor
(Saturday, December 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Situated on the north coast of Java, Semerang is a former Dutch colonial port. From here you will travel inland to the central mountains and the temple complex of Borobudur. This UNESCO World Heritage monument is about two hours away through the lush Javanese landscape. Said by the historian Arnold Toynbee to be the equal of the Parthenon, Borobudur, the Mountain of Statues, is a truly breathtaking sight and one of the world’s great treasures.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At sea.
(Sunday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. You may wish to induldge yourself with a treatment at the ship's spa.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea.
(Monday, December 23)
   
 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. 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 15: Kuching, Malaysia
(Tuesday, December 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: At sea. Join friends on deck to trade travel stories, reflect on all you have experienced on this adventure, and make plans for your next destination.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At sea
(Wednesday, December 25)
   
 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. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Enjoy a festive dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the holiday.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
(Thursday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Sihanoukville. Originally developed as an alternate to the Mekong River, this deep water port on the Gulf of Thailand is also an aspiring resort with white sand beaches, pristine offshore islands and great seafood. Start your excursion with a short drive through the open countryside, where you'll have opportunities to stop and photograph Cambodia's attractive rural landscape. Then head downtown to the indoor market and discover a melee of images: fresh meat, live poultry, prawns of truly eye-popping size, and local women working ancient sewing machines. After this exotic glimpse into everyday life, discover the wonderful stretches of powdery sand lining the coast.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At sea.
(Friday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy the Observation Deck if the weather is nice, or dive into a good book from the ship's library. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Cool off by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and take in the refreshing ocean air.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: MV Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Bangkok, Thailand / Disembark
(Saturday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Benefit from the advantage of small-ship cruising as the Aegean Odyssey sails up the Chao Phraya River to the heart of Bangkok. From here you will disembark and transfer to the hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A visit to Jim Thompson's House is a must when in Bangkok. This beautiful, riverside, teak mansion was the former residence of Jim Thompson, the charismatic American silk millionaire who spent years filling it with priceless antiques before his mysterious disappearance in 1967. Situated near the museum is Baan Krua, a Cham Muslim village whose artisans used to weave for Jim Thompson. Today, some of the original weaving families still remain and welcome visitors to learn about their history and silk traditions. This community houses a silk shop and gallery which showcases high quality Thai silk products.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Bangkok, Thailand.
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: An early start will take you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 146 foot reclining Buddha. Continue to the Grand Palace and marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Supatra River House.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an exhilarating long tail boat ride through the klongs of Bangkok to Nonthaburi in the far north of the city, where the cityscape turns into countryside. Stop the boat to walk through a bustling local market place and discover a riverside temple with an impressive reclining Buddha far from the tourist crowds. We stop for a fresh coconut juice and chat with the locals before cruising back into town.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Monday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to airport for a flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to hotel.
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom. This city was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman II. This city is surrounded by a 26 foot high wall, with each side of the city being 2.5 miles long, forming a perfect square. Enter the city through the ancient South Gate. Continue to the exact center of the city to find the Bayon Temple. This temple is unique because of the 54 towers with four faces representing the 54 provinces of the then Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and The Terrace of the Leper King are also a must, as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Afterwards, partake in a very special ceremony in which Buddhist monks will perform a private blessing ceremony for you, wishing you health and safety during your journey.
 Dinner: Dinner at Fou Nan restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Siem Reap, Cambodia.
(Tuesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today you will visit the legendary Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carving and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the ways Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around 30 years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is featured on the Cambodian national flag as it symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people.
 Lunch: Lunch at Champey restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, 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.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Tonlé Sap Lake.
(Wednesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: 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. Next, visit the Angkor National Museum, which showcases artifacts from the Golden Era of the Khmer Empire.
 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 four times its original size during the wet season! Visit the small village of Kampong Phluck where you will see houses built on stilts to protect them from Tonlé Sap Lake's ebb and flow. On the way, you will pass floating houses and impressive flooded forests. Before returning to Siem Reap, visit Artisans d'Angkor, an organization that supports Cambodian arts and crafts, and helps young people find work in their local villages by continuing the practice of traditional arts. Learn about Cambodian wood and stone carving, wood and stone lacquering, gilding, and silk processing.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the Viroth restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: In transit / departures
(Thursday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the Siem Reap airport for departing flights.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Singapore Chinatown Heritage Center
The history of Singapore's Chinese settlers comes alive in three floors of an old shophouse on Pagoda Street. Uncover the secret societies, underground gambling rings, and hopeful narratives of settlers during a walk through this unique museum. Be transported back to the 1950s with the reconstructed, private interiors of shophouse tenants.
  Singapore Flyer
Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Marina promenade before getting into the gigantic ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Delight in the astounding views of the Singapore skyline during the 30 minute ride. Reaching 541 feet, this ferris wheel is the tallest in the world.
  Sultan's Mosque
The Sultan's Mosque is often considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. Built by the Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, this mosque was built in 1825 and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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.



Bangkok Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


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



Birds of Southeast Asia


Author: Craig Robson


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



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."



Eyewitness Guide Malaysia & Singapore


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: A visually stunning guide to Singapore and surroundings, featuring hundreds of photographs and illustrations, detailed city maps, and information on history, culture and attractions.



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.



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 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).



Traditional Indonesian Textiles


Author: John Gillow, Barry Dawson


Description: With 200 splendid full color examples of the ikats, batiks and other textiles of the region, their techniques and cultural significance.



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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