First Announcement: Southeast Asia Odyssey Fall 2020
Posted December 9, 2019
excited to announce Fall 2020 departures for our Southeast Asia Odyssey small group tour.
Priced from $5,997 (air & land inclusive), this 19-day exploration
of Asia takes us through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
trip begins in Hanoi, Vietnam’s history-rich capital city. Perhaps the most
striking attraction on our first full day of sightseeing is the marvelous
Temple of Literature, founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius …
take a walking tour of the city’s historic Ba Dinh Square, including a visit to
the massive granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
next stop in Hanoi is a sobering one: Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the “Hanoi
Hilton,” occupies a grim place in world history as the site where American
soldiers were held captive throughout the Vietnam War and for many years after.
a full-day excursion to Ha Long Bay (UNESCO site) – Vietnam’s legendary
waterway sprinkled with some 3,000 islands and islets – counts as a tour
Days 5-6, we explore Vietnam’s historic port city of Hoi An.
Hoi An’s rich history boasts quite the confluence of cultures. In addition to the Japanese; Dutch, Chinese and Portuguese traders also made their mark on this architecturally diverse port city, which served as one of the most important trading ports in all of Asia in the 17th century.
The second nation we visit on our four-country tour is Cambodia …
An unforgettable tour highlight comes with our visit to the Angkor Wat complex (UNESCO site).
our visit, we have the opportunity to go inside Angkor Wat Temple, the largest
religious monument in the world. We also visit Angkor Thom (pictured below),
the last capital of the Khmer empire.
Our introduction to Laos – the third country on our Southeast Asia odyssey – provides us with a view into how Buddhism informs the rituals of everyday life.
in the morning on Day 11, we witness the time-honored tradition of tak-bat,
where hundreds of saffron-robed monks collect alms from the townspeople.
also get an opportunity to participate in the alms giving ceremony …
Day 12 offers another hands-on experience of Laotian day-to-day life when we visit a community-based rice farm in Luang Prabang’s scenic countryside …
We enjoy an opportunity to participate in rice farming activities on the farm (pictured above); we also get the chance to learn about other trades – including bamboo weaving, blacksmithing, and sugarcane processing – practiced there as well.
two-day Mekong river cruise on Days 13 and 14 puts us in touch with Lao’s
natural beauty: as we embark on our private riverboat upstream, we enjoy views
of the river’s lush banks.
We also make stops at remote riverside villages and tour the Pak Ou Buddha Caves.
Our Mekong river cruise
finishes at the Laos-Thailand border. But there’s still more to see in this
diverse tour of Southeast Asia …
On Day 15, we come face
to face with one of Thailand’s most storied creatures (and one of the world’s
most revered animals), the elephant.
Set across a 40-acre swath of bamboo groves,
forest, grassland, and swamp, the sanctuary provides the elephants with room to
roam as they wish.
And no visit to Thailand would be complete without
time spent in its sprawling capital city (Bangkok is 40 times larger than
Thailand’s next biggest city).
Highlights of our time in Bangkok include visits
to Wat Pho Temple, home of Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images, and
the Bangkok Flower Market.
And for those of us interested, an optional post-tour extension to Singapore is available to close out our trip …
As these highlights show, our Southeast Asia Odyssey will acquaint you with
sites of incredible historical, cultural, and spiritual significance, both to
the Eastern world and worldwide; offer views of majestic waterways and
landscapes (and majestic animals, as well); and provide opportunities to
witness and participate in cultural practices in this most exotic region.
We hope to have you join us in Southeast Asia in