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Voyages to Antiquity: The Wonders of Southeast Asia

Program Number: 20572RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/31/2015 - 2/24/2015;
Duration: 24 nights
Location: Indonesia/Singapore/Malaysia/Vietnam/Thailand/Cambodia
Price starting at: $7,345.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 62; 22 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 20 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

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




Activity Particulars

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



Itinerary At-a-Glance

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



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


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

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



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

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



Days 11-12: Singapore / At Sea:

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



Aegean Odyssey

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



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

Raised in France, Alex Cardoso is of Portuguese nationality, has lived in New York and London, and is now a resident of Barcelona. He studied Portuguese culture at the Portuguese consulate and languages at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Alex is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese – making him truly multi-cultural and multi-lingual! With 10 years of experience as a Road Scholar Group Leader in Europe, South America and South East Asia, Alex has embraced the Road Scholar mission and loves to share his passion for cross-cultural learning and international exploration. His unflagging good humor and incredible knowledge have made him a favorite of many Road Scholar participants.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
  Nusa Dua, Indonesia 3 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 14 nights
   Majestic Grande
  Bangkok, Thailand 2 nights
   Tara Angkor Hotel
  Siem Reap, Cambodia 3 nights
 Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel is nestled within 22 acres of beautiful, lush, tropical gardens. The hotel seamlessly combines modern amenities, luxurious indulgences, and traditional Balinese elegance.
  Contact info: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Lot North 4, Nusa Dua, Bali
Denpasar,  80363 Indonesia
phone: +62 361 771210
web: www.nusaduahotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a private balcony, air-conditioning, telephone, satellite TV, Internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, personal safe, mini bar, complimentary bottled water, and coffee and tea making facilities.
  Facility amenities: This hotel offers a private beach front, a selection of restaurants, a bar and lounge, five pools, poolside bar, spa, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, and game room. The hotel also offers a variety of activities such as beach walking, cycling tour, water aerobics, tennis introduction, rindik music lessons, beach volleyball, and yoga classes.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: n/a n/a
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Aegean Odyssey
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The 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: 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 enjoy 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; 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. Internet: The Internet center (open 24 hours and a charge of $18 for 4 non-consecutive hours is applied, wireless available in reception area). PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of satellite connectivity on board a ship, the internet connection is slow, erratic and may be unavailable at times.
  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:
Bali, Indonesia. Following evening arrivals, transfer to hotel for check-in and light refreshments. Meet the next morning at 9 AM for program orientation. You will be staying at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa that night.
  End of Program:
Siem Reap, Cambodia. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Tara Angkor Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Voyages to Antiquity Guest Registration Form is required.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nusa Dua
  Transportation to site: Taxis are the only way to get from the Denpasar Airport to the Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Taxis must be booked at the airport taxi counter. The cost is approximately IDR 110,000 (approximately USD $13), to be paid at the counter with cash, in exchange for a voucher. Then give the voucher to a taxi driver waiting outside.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Siem Reap
  Transportation from site: Options for traveling from the Tara Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap to the Siem Reap International Airport include a four seat car for $7 or an eight seat minivan for $10; a tuk tuk to the airport is $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
(Saturday, January 31)
   
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Sunday, February 1)
   
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival in Bali, Indonesia
(Monday, February 2)
   
 Evening: Arrive at airport in Denpasar, Bali, and transfer to hotel in Nusa Dua for light refreshments in the lobby.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa

Day 4: Bali, Indonesia
(Tuesday, February 3)
   
 Breakfast: Welcome breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: After breakfast there will be a brief orientation to the program before we begin the day's excursion. Start your day with a traditional Barong and Keris dance performance. This dance describes the eternal struggle between good and evil. Visit the holy spring of Tirta Empul surrounded by a large shrine to honor the God Indra.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Kintamani overlooking the caldera lake of Danau Batur.
 Afternoon: After lunch, visit Penglipuran, a traditional Balinese village 700 meters above sea level and surrounded by bamboo forests and coffee plantations. It is a unique village in Bali because its inhabitants still live according to strict centuries-old rules and regulations (the Adat) just like their ancestors before them. En route back to the hotel, witness age old wood carving techniques at Mas village and exquisite silver works at Celuk.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Balinese meal in a beautiful setting.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Bali, Indonesia
(Wednesday, February 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Today’s excursion will take you to the rural heartland of Bali. Explore Pura Sadha Temple, a charming temple dating from the Majapahit period (14th-15th centuries) and a fine example of brickwork mastery typical of this era. Next, visit Pura Taman Ayun, a traditional Balinese temple whose name translates to "beautiful garden." Continue to the northern part of the island to explore Lake Bratan, a crater that lies in the midst of an elongated valley. A small temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan to honor Dewi Danau, goddess of the lake, can be seen on the lake promontory.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy colorful Candi Kuning market where local fruits, vegetables, and flowers are sold. Drive through Jatiluwih, a breathtaking valley of rice fields, en route to Tanah Lot temple -- one of the holiest temples in Bali -- built atop a huge rock and surrounded by the sea where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the sunset.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Bali, Indonesia / Embark
(Thursday, February 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time for independent exploration or to relax and enjoy the hotel's wonderful amenities before check-out.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration before transferring to the Aegean Odyssey for embarkation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: At sea
(Friday, February 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Semerang, Indonesia
(Saturday, February 7)

Note: There is ample time for those who wish to climb the many levels of the temple. The excursion in to Borobudur requires walking one or more hours over uneven terrain and with uphill segments.



   
 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. 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: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion at Borobudur.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Sunday, February 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At sea
(Monday, February 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Relax and take advantage of the ship's spa services.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Singapore, Singapore
(Tuesday, February 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Discover the many facets of this dynamic city-state where centuries-old traditions continue in the shadow of skyscrapers. Visit the oldest Chinese Temple in Singapore, the Thian Hock Kheng Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Marvel at the elaborate façade of the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. Stroll in the city's National Orchid Gardens, where terraces showcase the largest orchid display in the world. See the city's Colonial heritage in all its splendor as you drive past Parliament House, the Supreme Court, Raffles Hotel and City Hall.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time for independent exploration in the Lion City.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Singapore, Singapore
(Wednesday, February 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Free time for independent exploration.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Find your way to one of the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kuantan, Malaysia
(Thursday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Explore the beautiful seaside town of Kuantan including its wonderful beaches. First, stop at the Kuil Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple in the city center before visiting the Masjid Negeri, an impressive mosque and Kuantan's most prominent structure. From the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Tanjung Api, a small fishing village, before ending the morning's excursion at Teluk Chempedak, Kuantan's most popular beach. There will be a chance to stroll on the beach or to survey the wares of local vendors selling handicrafts.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Friday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Trade stories with fellow travelers while taking in scenic ocean views.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Saturday, February 14)

Note: The exchange of $10-$20 into local currency is recommended for the market.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: A spectacular arrival in one of Southeast Asia's most exciting cities as the Aegean Odyssey cruises up the Saigon River to berth in the center of Ho Chi Minh City.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Called Saigon until 1975, this city is a potpourri of pagodas, modern towers and grand old buildings influenced by its French colonial past. See the city's main attractions including Reunification Hall, formerly known as the Presidential Palace, the Old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy Ben Thanh -- the central market for the city and one of its liveliest and most colorful.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
(Sunday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Depart with your Road Scholar group for Cai Be, deep in the heart of the Mekong Delta. En route stop at the Cao Dai, a temple of the Cao Dai religion which is a fusion of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese Spiritualism, Christianity, and Islam. Continue to Cai Be and embark on a private boat to cruise the colorful Cai Be floating market. Later, row through the beautiful channels of Tan Phong island on smaller boats and try your hand at net-fishing.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue by boat to visit a handicraft village. Learn the method for sewing coconut leaves together for the construction of traditional Vietnamese cottages. Awaken your inner chef during a presentation on traditional methods for making fish sauce and rice-nets for spring rolls.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: At sea
(Monday, February 16)
   
 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.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Sihanoukville, Cambodia / Phnom Penh
(Tuesday, February 17)

Note: Please note that the trip to Phnom Penh is a very long day; those participants wishing a less strenuous excursion can take the Sihanoukville & surroundings field trip instead.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: From the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, you will travel to the country's exotic capital Phnom Penh. With its fragrant markets, Royal Palace, bustling riverfront and monks in traditional saffron robes, this is a place redolent of an older Asia. Visit the National Museum with its collection of Khmer art and sculpture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, discover the majestic Royal Palace as well as the Silver Pagoda, famous for its life sized Buddha cast in solid gold.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: At sea
(Wednesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. A relaxing day to enjoy the sunshine and reflect on your adventures thus far as the ship makes its way to Bangkok.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
   
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Bangkok, Thailand / Disembark
(Thursday, February 19)
   
 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 in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: A visit to Jim Thompson's House is a must when in Bangkok. This beautiful, riverside, teak mansion was the former residence of Jim Thompson, the charismatic American silk millionaire who spent years filling it with priceless antiques before his mysterious disappearance in 1967. Situated near the museum is Baan Krua, a Cham Muslim village whose artisans used to weave for Jim Thompson.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Bangkok, Thailand
(Friday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Start the morning with a walk through Pak Klong Talaat, a busy flower market selling many varieties of Thailand's exotic flowers. Then, head deep into the Klongs of Bangkok to view the temples lining Bangkok's waterways. Visit Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to the hotel via sky train. Enjoy free time for independent exploration.
 Dinner: Candlelight dinner on a rice barge cruising Chao Phraya River.
   
Accommodations: Majestic Grande
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Saturday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: An early start will take you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. After this uplifting and often private experience visit the temple grounds and the famous 146 foot reclining Buddha. Continue to the Grand Palace and marvel at the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Sunday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to the legendary ancient city of 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. Continue to explore Ta Prohm, a temple that is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found, overgrown by jungle vines and trees.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 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. It 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, enjoy 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 a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Siem Reap, Cambodia
(Monday, February 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Travel to the gem of the Angkor area, the beautiful temple of Banteay Srey, which is best viewed in the warm morning light. The so-called "Citadel of the Women" was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. It displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art and this small temple is noted for its truly remarkable fine bas-reliefs depicting the Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srey is unique because of the pink sandstone used in its construction and which is not seen anywhere else in Angkor. On the way back to Siem Reap, stop at the Landmine Museum where the museum's founder, Mr. Aki Ra, was a child soldier during the Khmer Rouge regime and is working today as a de-miner. The museum also serves as a rescue center for a number of landmine amputee children that Aki Ra has brought off Phnom Penh's streets or from impoverished rural communities.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local 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.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Tara Angkor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25: Siem Reap, Cambodia / Departures
(Tuesday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Bangkok Chinatown
Meander the alleyways of Chinatown to discover its temples and markets. Visit Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Chinatown’s most famous Mahayana temple where local Chinese come to pray and Wat Traimit, which houses an 800 year old solid gold Buddha. For those craving the most authentic sights and sounds of Chinatown, visit Talat Kao, a very narrow and bustling two block food market.
  Siamese Royal Art Collection
View the Royal Family’s private collection of awe-inspiring Thai art treasures at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, a former reception hall within Dusit Palace. The impressive renaissance style building is decorated with gold and fresco domes with magnificent interior painting – until recently used only by high government officials or the royal family.
  Singapore Singapore Flyer
Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Marina promenade before getting into the gigantic Ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer. Delight in the astounding views of the Singapore skyline during the 30 minute ride. Reaching 541 feet, this Ferris wheel is the tallest in the world.
  Sultan's Mosque
The Sultan's Mosque is often considered one of the most important mosques in Singapore. Built by the Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore with a grant from Sir Stamford Raffles, this mosque was built in 1825 and can accommodate 5,000 worshippers.
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Suggested Reading List


A Dragon Apparent, Travels in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam


Author: Norman Lewis


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



A House in Bali


Author: Colin McPhee


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



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.



Bali, A Legendary Isle


Author: Patrick R. Booz


Description: This armchair tour around the lush tropical island of Bali takes the reader to its highland volcanic lakes, beaches, ancient temples and bustling villages. A great travel primer.



Borobudur


Author: John Miksic


Description: A professor at the University of Singapore, Miksic includes stunning reproductions of the intricately carved reliefs of the ninth-century monument in this invaluable overview.



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.



Letters from Thailand, A Novel


Author: Botan, Susan Fulop Kepner (Translator)


Description: A prize-winning novel, first published in 1969 and here newly translated into English. Taking the form of a series of letters back home to his mother, the novel follows the fate of Tan Suang U, a Chinese immigrant in Bangkok at the close of World War II, who marries, raises a family and runs a successful business. The novel, among its many pleasures, depicts daily life in Bangkok's thriving Chinatown.



Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand


Author: Nick Ray


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



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.



Southeast Asia, An Introductory History


Author: Milton Osborne


Description: In the 11th edition of this classic, Osborne (The Mekong) traces social, political and economic change in the region since the 18th century.



Temples of Cambodia, The Heart of Angkor


Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup


Description: Jessup (Art and Architecture of Cambodia) provides the accompanying essays to this oversized portfolio of dazzling color images by Barry Brukoff, who has photographed the monuments of Cambodia since 1963.



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.



Vietnam, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: John Balaban, Nguyen Qui Duc


Description: From rainforest to city, these 17 stories from Vietnam's finest writers explore its landscapes, myths and changing traditions.



Vietnam, Rising Dragon


Author: Bill Hayton


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





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