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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 Cruises
Meals: 42; 14 Breakfasts, 14 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.



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 to allow for a unique combination of ocean and river cruising, whether amongst the islands of the Mediterranean or on the great rivers of Asia. These journeys take you from uncrowded Mediterranean harbors to the African savannah, the Mughal monuments of India to the jungle temples of Southeast Asia. Public areas include Mediterranean-influenced restaurants, a 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
web: www.carltoncity.sg
  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
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

 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
web: www.bagan-lodge.com
  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 2:00 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 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 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: 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.
 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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Singapore, Singapore / Embark
(Monday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time to relax or explore Singapore on your own.
 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: Port Kelang serves as a gateway to Malaysia's impressive capital, Kuala Lumpur. A boomtown in the 19th century due to its rich resources of tin, today Kuala Lumpur is a thriving metropolis. After an hour’s drive from port, visit the National Museum which showcases Malaysian history and culture. En route to Independence Square, pass the blue-domed National Mosque and its unforgettable Railway Station which blends Eastern and Western architectural design. From the square, admire some older wonders such as the 19th century Cathedral of St. Mary—Kuala Lumpur's oldest Anglican church—before a photo-stop at the Petronas Towers, the world's tallest twin buildings completed in 1999.
 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. 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 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: Phuket is Thailand's largest island and although it is a popular resort, Phuket has retained much of its local culture. From Phuket, a local boat will take you to the natural wonders of the Phi Phi Islands. Here you may swim and snorkel in the crystal clear blue waters filled with colorful marine life, astounding rock formations and classic sandy beaches. Explore fjord-like Pileh Cove with its steep limestone walls. Visit Viking Cave, a source of birds' nests for the famous Asian soup.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at a beachside restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue your full day excursion.
 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 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.
 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. 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.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch, 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 shipboard guest lecture.
 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.
 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: Penang, Malaysia
(Thursday, March 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Penang was part of the Malay sultanate until 1786, when Captain Francis Light built a fort at the site of present-day Georgetown and managed to get the island ceded to the British East India Company. The island, along with Malacca and Singapore, was one of the three British Straits Settlements and the capital, Georgetown, was named after King George III. Spend the afternoon exploring the island, surveying the collection of historical artifacts at the Penang Museum and visiting the massive reclining Buddha housed within the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram. Learn about the intricate art of batik at the Craft Batik Workshop before strolling the Botanical Gardens.
 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.
 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: Malacca is a unique experience and its rich historical background earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in July 2008. Malacca was the capital of the Malacca Sultanate and was the center of the Malay world in the 15th and 16th centuries. It fell to the hands of the Portuguese in 1511 and centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch, and the British have influenced the architecture of the town. This rich history will come to life as you discover the main colonial sites including the ruined Portuguese fort "A Famosa," St. Paul's Church that overlooks the Malacca Strait, and Dutch Square. 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. There will be time at the end of the afternoon's excursion 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.
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


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.



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.



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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