Video: Explore Temples and Cultures of Southeast Asia

Get inspired with this glimpse of Images of Indochina & Angkor Wat, a revealing Luxury Small Group Journey from Abercrombie & Kent. Take in the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia: sailing magical Ha Long Bay, sharing a sunrise over Angkor Wat and exploring lively Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Experience the local culture with insider access to the traditions, cuisine, markets and temples that define this evocative corner of the world.

Follow along as we spend three days exploring the stunning ruins of ancient Angkor with an expert local guide, including visits to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Absorb the mysterious beauty of Ha Long Bay, studded with soaring limestone islands, on an overnight cruise. Delve into Vietnam’s recent history, descending into the Cu Chi Tunnels near Ho Chi Minh City. Experience the vibrancy and color of café culture in Hanoi and Saigon.

You’ll also glimpse the special brand of A&K magic that makes these experiences more than just a collection of destinations — the thoughtful touches that bring our discerning guests back year after year.

 

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Flying the W Flag in Antarctica with A&K

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They say Cubs fans will travel anywhere to cheer on their team…even to the ends of the earth. We made sure of that by celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series win by flying the W flag on a recent Luxury Expedition Cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Two guests from Chicago, Hilary and Elias, even brought the Championship banner to share with some of the locals.

Cubs Fans in Antarctica
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Discovering the Culture of Morocco

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On a recent luxury journey through Morocco, A&K staff writer Bennett Neuhauser found a culture in the midst of transition buoyed by a tradition of inner beauty.

From the crenellated ramparts of its iconic kasbahs to the pastel colors of its desert landscapes, Morocco outwardly plays to certain expectations – a Muslim country with Moorish architecture, an arid land where herds of sheep roam painted hills, Berber men sipping coffee in cafés, women walking on roadsides in scarves and djellabas – all overlaid with the enduring influences of mid-20th-century French rule.

Yet, Morocco is far more than it first appears. Presided over by a progressive king who has opened the door to major reforms, Morocco is a Western-friendly nation with one foot anchored comfortably in the past and the other striding confidently into the future.

One of the souks selling copper cook pots and utensils

The Medieval Medina of Fez

After a first morning spent touring Casablanca and its massive Hassan II mosque, we boarded our spacious, air-conditioned motor coach for the drive to Fez. The next day, our small group of 18 ventured into the souks of its famed medina, to experience a cornucopia of sights, sounds and smells. We walked along narrow, uneven alleyways, with daylight filtering down from above high gray walls, enjoying up-close looks at tables heaped with spices, dried fruits, fresh fish or silk and leather garments. They’ve been selling goods and working metal by hand in the medina since medieval times, and today’s generation works in the same stalls their ancestors once did. And everywhere, there are cats, scrounging, prowling and sleeping – the mascots of the medina.

Part of a university dating to medieval times.

Centers of Faith and Learning

Led by our Resident Tour Director Mohamed Zahidi and his team, we were allowed to enter the Karaouine, the oldest continually operating university in the world. Founded in 859, virtually every surface of its quiet inner courtyard is decorated with highly detailed, delicately carved geometric patterns. Prohibited by their faith to use representational art such as icons, statues and paintings, Muslims employ geometric patterns to evoke spiritual meaning. Entering this graceful place that seemed hidden in the medina was like lifting the veil on an ancient culture that once kept outsiders at arm’s length.
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