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Voyages to Antiquity: Temples and Treasures of Southeast Asia

Program Number: 20567RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/26/2015 - 3/14/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand/Burma
Price starting at: $5,845.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Voyages
Meals: 41; 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Beginning and ending in the exotic city-state of Singapore, sail to some of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating ports on board the Aegean Odyssey. Experience the bustling, modern cities of Malaysia, the natural beauty of Thailand and the Buddhist traditions of Burma.

Activity Particulars

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

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Singapore, 2 nights; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 6 nights; Bagan (Burma), 1 night; aboard Aegean Odyssey, 5 nights.

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

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

Discover the Marina Bay area and enjoy a panorama of Singapore’s modern architecture. Explore the three main ethnic regions of Singapore — Malay, Chinese and Indian — and visit their gardens, temples and marketplaces. Lodging: Centrally located hotel.

Days 6-7: Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) / At Sea:

Marvel at the record breaking Petronas Towers as you experience the modern metropolis of Kuala Lumpur. Visit the 19th-century Cathedral of St. Mary and historic buildings of Independence Square.

Days 8-9: Phuket (Thailand) / At Sea:

Delight in the local culture of Phuket — Thailand's largest island — before journeying by boat to enjoy the crystal blue waters and scenic beaches of the Phi Phi Islands.

Days 10-14: Yangon (Burma) / flight to Bagan / flight to Yangon to reembark / At Sea:

View the archaeological site of Bagan, and thrill in the panoramic views from Tayoke Pyay. Learn about the gentle, Buddhist way of life as you visit the golden Shwedagon pagoda. Lodging: Four-star boutique hotel in New Bagan.

Days 15-17: Penang (Malaysia) / Malacca / Singapore / disembark / departure:

Admire the historic British settlements of Penang as you walk along the streets of Georgetown. Explore Malacca, Malaysia’s third largest city-state—its historic center recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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.

Meals and Lodgings
   Carlton City Hotel
  Singapore, Singapore 2 nights
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea
Yangon, Myanmar
6 nights
   Bagan Lodge
  Bagan, Myanmar 1 night
   Aegean Odyssey
  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea, At Sea 5 nights
 Carlton City Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Carlton City Hotel Singapore is strategically located nearby China town and the central business district. The hotel can be easily accessed from the airport (20 km distance) and is a brief walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station. The hotel is also near key attractions such as the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay, and Vivocity Shopping Mall. Carlton City Hotel Singapore has 386 inspiring guest rooms.
  Contact info: 1 Gopeng Street
Singapore,  078862 Singapore
phone: +65 66328817
  Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, iron, ironing board, mini bar, bathrobe, bedroom slippers, toiletries, safe box, telephone, TV, Internet access in room.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, sky bar, outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, lounge, air conditioning, laundry facilities, fax machine, sauna, shop, Internet access (computers in lobby, wireless in room or public areas), and a safe box.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 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
  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 ship has an Internet center (open 24 hours) and WiFi is available in the reception area. Fees begin at 10mb for $20. As a rough guide you could send around 200 standard emails with no attachments for $20. However, if you start adding medium size web standard photographs (not hi res), each one would be about 1.5mb. There are no refunds for unused capacity. 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

 Bagan Lodge
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Conceptualized by noted French designer Brigitte Dumont de Chassart, the interiors and grounds of Bagan Lodge are a melding of traditional Burmese design, colonial-era ornamentation and contemporary decor. Bagan Lodge also features an open-air restaurant, Tiffin Box, as well as a spa with eight private treatment rooms and a 30 x 65 foot swimming pool.
  Contact info: Myat Lay Road, New Bagan
Nyaung Oo Township,   Myanmar
phone: +95 (0) 61 65456
  Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, mini bar, safe box, telephone, television, and free wireless Internet access.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, lounge, air conditioning, laundry facilities, fax machine, pay phone, and Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. Program starts at 6:00 PM with lunch in the hotel dining room. You will be staying at Carlton City Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Singapore, Singapore. After breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Aegean Odyssey the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Singapore
  Transportation to site: A taxi from the Singapore airport to the hotel costs approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aegean Odyssey - At Sea
  Transportation from site: A taxi to the Singapore airport costs approx. SGD 25-30 and takes approx. 30 minutes.
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
(Thursday, February 26)
 In Transit: Depart on international flight.

Day 2: In transit
(Friday, February 27)
 In Transit: Continue international flight.

Day 3: Arrival / Singapore, Singapore
(Saturday, February 28)
 Lunch: Welcome lunch and program orientation at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Transfer from the airport to the hotel and enjoy free time to rest and recuperate from the long flight.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 6 PM for your program orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Carlton City Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Singapore, Singapore
(Sunday, March 1)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore historic and modern Singapore during this full-day cultural excursion. First visit Merlion Park -- its iconic sculpture, a popular landmark. Next explore Arab Street, home to Singapore's Muslim community with shops selling colorful textiles and other artifacts from throughout the Islamic world. Also visit the Malay Heritage Centre which showcases the culture and history of this sect of Singapore's population.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, explore Chinatown -- an area of rich significant and cultural significance. From here, visit Little India where age-old trades still flourish in its alleys. On to the National Orchid Garden where you will view the world's largest display of orchids. Before returning to the hotel, enjoy a photostop at the legendary Raffles Hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
Accommodations: Carlton City Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore / Embark
(Monday, March 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: The focus of today's excursion will be the way of life in this third most densely populated country in the world. First, visit the Singapore City Gallery which features a finely detailed architectural model of the city. Coach to Toa Payoh, a 'New Town' built in the 1960s to address an acute housing shortage. Here view a characteristic layout of the various towns, as well as the apartments, in which typical Singaporeans live. Next, you will take a subway to a nearby housing complex built in the 1990s to accommodate a wealthier segment of Singapore's population. Here you will have the opportunity to visit with locals in their home.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Transfer to Aegean Odyssey for embarkation. Late afternoon Road Scholar orientation to the ship in the "Observation Lounge."
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Port Kelang / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Tuesday, March 3)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture by a guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: View a landscape of beautiful mosques, grand museums and historic memorials during this exploration of Malaysia's capital. It's all a far cry from the city's 19th-century start as a humble tin mining settlement. Start with an hour's drive along the modern highway to the highlight of your sightseeing excursion, the National Museum, where the superb displays include a life-size exhibit of a Malay wedding, a GoldRoom and a reconstructed village compound.

On your way to Independence Square, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and the fantastical Edwardian Moorish-style Railway Station. Visit Independence Square, where British colonists once played cricket and the Malayan flag was first hoisted on August 31, 1957. The surrounding architectural ensemble includes the Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club, a watering hole for high society during the tin boom. Across the way is St. Mary's Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church.

Before returning to the ship proceed to the Petronas Towers for a photo stop – the most memorable symbol of Kuala Lumpur without a doubt.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At sea
(Wednesday, March 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 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: Enjoy live entertainment in the Charleston Lounge.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Phuket, Thailand
(Thursday, March 5)

Note: If you intend to swim, please be dressed in swimwear before leaving the ship. This excursion is weather-dependent.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: With soaring cliffs, powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Thailand declared the Phi Phi Islands a National Park, Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Don your swimsuit, hop aboard a local speedboat and head for these tropical treasures of the Andaman Sea. Your adventure starts early with a transfer from the ship to Phuket Marina.

From here, it's about an hour by water to Phi Phi Le, where you'll visit stunningly beautiful Maya Bay, seen in the film The Beach. Swim or snorkel with colourful fish. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. See the Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup. Inside, rock carvings from 3,000-4,000 years old are thought to resemble Scandinavian longboats.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant.
 Afternoon: Surrender to an afternoon of pleasure on enchanting Bamboo Island. Enjoy free time, snorkel amid the coral beds and wonder if those Viking captains ever did drop anchor in these blissful waters.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At sea
(Friday, March 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Find your way to one the ship's lounges for a conversation with fellow travelers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
(Saturday, March 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Stretch your body and mind during early morning yoga as the ship makes its way to Yangon, Myanmar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Continue sailing to Yangon. The Aegean Odyssey will berth in the heart of Yangon in the afternoon. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
(Sunday, March 8)
 Breakfast: Very early breakfast on board.
 Morning: Transfer with your Road Scholar group to Yangon's Mingalardon airport for an early morning flight (flight time is 6:30 AM) to Bagan. With thousands of ancient stupas and temples, Bagan is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites in Asia. From the 11th to the 13th century, when Bagan was the capital of Myanmar, the rulers constructed huge stupas and temples, many of which are still standing today on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic view of Bagan from Tayoke Pyay temple. Next visit Shwezigon Pagoda and learn about Burmese spirituality and Wetkyi-In Gubyaukgyi, a cave temple with exquisite jataka mural paintings. Admire the fine plaster carvings and glazed sandstone decorations of Htilominlo Temple, and then enjoy an opportunity to learn about the process of creating masterworks of Lacquerware.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the hotel for check-in before continuing with an afternoon excursion. Visit the Ananda temple, an excellent example of early-style Bagan architecture. Nearby Ananda Okkyaung is one of the few surviving brick monasteries from the early Bagan period. Pass through Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, and the massive Dhammayangyi Temple noted for its remarkable brickwork.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture titled, "The History of Bagan."
Accommodations: Bagan Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
(Monday, March 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Nyaung U airport for a return flight to Yangon (flight time is 8:05 AM). Visit the awe-inspiring golden Shwedagon Pagoda with its 98-meter high stupa that is covered in genuine gold plates (these are donated by ordinary Myanmar people from all over the country): it is truly a remarkable sight. Unlike many great sites around the world, Shwedagon is visited mostly by local Burmese people. The giant gold gilded Paya serves as a meeting point for families, friends, and teenagers looking to enjoy the cool night air. Please note that though the pagoda is currently undergoing renovations -- bamboo scaffolding covers much of the main pagoda -- your visit will not be hindered. The application of a new layer of gold leaf occurs one every five years so it is an opportunity to see a different aspect of a sacred structure very much at the heart of the Burmese.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, if time allows, explore Yangon and take a close look at the local life of this historical city. Travel to the Sule pagoda in the center of the city and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Mahabandoola Park to see the colonial courthouse and city hall. Transfer to the ship for re-embarkation.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At sea
(Tuesday, March 10)
 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 talk by your Road Scholar Group Leader.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At sea
(Wednesday, March 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Enjoy a rousing board game with fellow travelers. Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: At sea. Attend a Road Scholar exclusive Cocktail Party in the Observation Lounge.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Penang, Malaysia
(Thursday, March 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: The excursion begins with a drive through the streets of the city and along the ‘road of harmony’ bustling with activity. Lining along this road are various places of worship – an Anglican St. George’s Church, the Chinese Kuan Yin Temple and the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Arrive at the Penang Museum which displays a fine collection of old photographs, maps, charts and other historical artifacts.

You will next visit the brightly painted Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses the 108-foot long figure of the Reclining Buddha and the Burmese Temple across the road. Continue driving along Gurney Drive, otherwise known as Persiaran Gurney. It is perhaps one of the most well-known places in Penang. Often referred to as ‘The New Esplanade’ (to differentiate it from the original Esplanade in Georgetown), Gurney Drive is a deluge of hawker delights and exciting restaurants that come alive at nighttime, giving the unique experience of dining by the sea.

Next at the Craft Batik Workshop, the intricate and timeless art of printing cloth with wax and dyes is demonstrated and items are available for purchase. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to the tranquil and green surroundings of the Botanic Garden which is 72 hectares and more than a century old. Lying in a deep valley at the feet of jungle clad hills, the gardens are bound by tropical forest and cascading streams. You may see the wild monkeys roam freely in their natural habitat. Drive past the Old World setting of the Eastern & Oriental Hotel before returning to the pier.
 Lunch: Lunch on board or explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon, take advantage of free time to wander the streets of Georgetown with its historical buildings including 19th century merchant houses, well-preserved colonial buildings and street markets. Alternatively, the ship will offer an optional excursion to Penang's Tropical Spice Garden (additional cost, bookable on board).
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Attend a shipboard guest lecture.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Malacca, Malaysia
(Friday, March 13)

Note: There are approx. 120 shallow steps to reach the ruins of St. Paul’s Church.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: At sea. Attend a lecture given by a shipboard guest speaker.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Discover the history of Malacca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, as you visit a ruined Portuguese fort, picturesque Dutch Square and St. Paul's Hill with its sweeping view of the straits that gave this city its name. Malay history is said to have begun with the founding of Malacca in 1403. This once-sleepy fishing village became a stopover for traders from Asia and then Europe. Centuries of colonization influenced the architecture and cultures.

Drive to Dutch Square and a visit to either the 17th-century Stadthuys, once the former governor's residence that is now a History Museum, or the Istana Melaka Museum. Ascend the 120 steps up St. Paul's Hill for spectacular views over the waters once plied by schooners laden with silks and spices.

Visit St. Paul's Church, built to honour St. Francis Xavier, who brought Christianity to Malacca. At Porto de Santiago, view the remains of a Portuguese fortress whose 9-foot-thick walls once encircled the entire hill. Continue to the oldest part of Malacca to visit the Nanking-style Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, there'll be time to wander towards Jonker Street, an intriguing area dotted with antique shops, craft stores and colorful restaurants.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
Accommodations: Aegean Odyssey
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Disembark in Singapore / Departures
(Saturday, March 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembark the Aegean Odyssey and transfer to Singapore's Changi International Airport (SIN) for departing flights.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  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 History of Malaysia

Author: Leonard Y. Andaya, Barbara Watson Andaya

Description: This scholarly yet readable work tracks Malaysia’s sociopolitical development from the appearance of the famed Malay empire Srivijaya to its transition into the 21st century. This is a panoramic historical overview of a multicultural society that supports one of the most dynamic economies in Asia.

A History of Myanmar Since Ancient Times, Traditions and Transformations

Author: Michael A. Aung-Thwin

Description: Aung-Thwin takes us from the sacred stupas of the Bagan plains to the grand colonial-era British mansions in this tale of Burma’s storied 3,000-year history and rich culture.

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

Author: Shamini Flint

Description: Flint introduces the bumbling yet endearing Inspector Singh, who is sent from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to clear the name of a famous model accused of murder.

Ancient Pagan

Author: Donald Stadtner, Michael Freeman (Photographer)

Description: An authoritative guide to the art and culture of the ancient Buddhist city on the Irrawaddy, organized by temple group and featuring 250 color photographs, site plans and maps.

Burmese Days

Author: George Orwell

Description: Orwell, a veteran of the colonial police force in Rangoon, writes with irony and insight in this sharp novel of politics, folly and the British.

Culture Smart! Thailand

Author: Roger Jones

Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with practical travel advice and a short overview of the land and people.

Eyewitness Guide 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.

In Buddha's Land

Author: Moe Min

Description: This beautiful, illustrated portrait of monuments, monasteries and rituals is both a striking visual overview of Buddhism as practiced in Burma and a splendid introduction to the country.

Lands of Charm and Cruelty, Travels in Southeast Asia

Author: Stan Sesser

Description: This wonderfully written book is a report on Southeast Asia by a talented foreign correspondent. A heart-wrenching portrait of the politics and potential of what Sesser clearly believes are some of the most fascinating places on earth. With chapters on Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Sarawak.

Letters from Burma

Author: Aung San Suu Kyi, Heinn Htet

Description: A collection of candid and affectionate letters on Burmese culture, daily life and politics written by the country's iconic Nobel Prize-winning human rights leader who was held under house arrest by the military junta for many years.

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.

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.

The Glass Palace

Author: Amitav Ghosh

Description: In this panoramic novel full of tales and anecdote, Ghosh follows the lives and fortunes of Rajkumar and his family over three eventful generations in Burma, India and Malaysia.

The River of Lost Footsteps, Histories of Burma

Author: Thant Myint-U

Description: In this stimulating and important book, Myint-U (grandson of the late UN Secretary General U Thant and author of The Making of Modern Burma) uses Burmese history as a lens for understanding Myanmar today.

What the Buddha Taught

Author: Walpola Sri Rahula

Description: A classic account of Theravada Buddhism by a respected monk and scholar from Sri Lanka. Provides translations from original texts with explanations for Western readers. A good foundation for any visitor to Southeast Asia.

Where China Meets India

Author: Thant Myint-U

Description: Home to 60 million people and bigger than France, Burma -- as Myint-U so effectively argues -- is hardly small or politically isolated: it is the center of Asia.

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