Explore Bangkok both on foot and by rickshaw, enter Angkor Wat just as the sun is rising over the ruins and learn about Buddhism through a one-on-one chat with a monk in Chiang Mai.
Connections Worldwide Group Journeys 2013
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Enter the Grand Palace via a secret doorway.
Encounter one of the last masters of Thai traditional puppetry.
Explore Bangkok through a unique rickshaw and walking tour.
Witness a stunning sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Meet a war veteran who shares his eye-opening experience during your visit to the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam.
Travel by traditional cyclo through Hanoi's old quarter.
Experience a private elephant ride at Maesa Elephant Camp.
Chat with a Buddhist monk at Wat Umong.
Arrive in Thailand’s vibrant capital city, where an A&K representative is on hand to greet you and escort you to your hotel.Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Start at the Grand Palace, entering via a secret doorway that reveals oft-missed treasures in the exhibit of royal regalia. Explore its sprawling grounds dotted with over 100 ornate buildings, gardens and statues of mythological creatures. Continue to the Wat Phra Kaew, home to the famous Emerald Buddha. Then visit Wat Pho, where the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha lies. Cruise the Chao Phraya River to an artists’ collective for a traditional performance by one of the last masters of Thai puppetry. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow guests set to traditional Thai dance performances.Millennium Hilton Bangkok | Meals: B L D
Venture off the beaten path onto the opposite side of the river for a rickshaw ride and walking tour. Stops include a local temple to witness Buddhists at worship. Then embark on a long-tail boat ride to a lush, secluded area of the city. Take a ride on a samlor (bicycle taxi) through the greenest parts of Bangkok before returning to the other side of the river. The rest of your day is at leisure.Millennium Hilton Bangkok | Meals: B D
Fly to Chiang Mai. Venture through its streets via rickshaw, stopping at Wat Phra Singh, home to the revered Phra Singh (Lion Buddha), one of the most revered images of Buddha. Later, stroll Chiang Mai’s famous Night Market, a kaleidoscope of merchants and food carts.Le Méridien Chiang Mai | Meals: B D
Meet and chat with a Buddhist monk at Wat Umong, a famed center of meditation. Afterward, visit Wat Doi Suthep. Enjoy lunch in a hill tribe village, followed up by an opportunity to experience a private elephant ride to Maesa Elephant Camp.Le Méridien Chiang Mai | Meals: B L
Fly from Chiang Mai via Bangkok to Siem Reap, near the ruins of Angkor Wat. Visit romantic Ta Prohm, entangled in the surrounding jungle foliage. Climb over its crumbling stonework and marvel at the tree roots dripping down the temple’s walls.Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort | Meals: B D
Travel early today to Angkor Wat to catch the sunrise. Then discover the masterpiece of the Khmer empire, walking amid moss-covered cobbled pathways and marveling at the intricately carved bas-reliefs. Continue to Banteay Srei, a temple constructed with red sandstone. After lunch, board a wooden boat and cruise through the boating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, visiting a local school and perhaps even presenting students with study materials.Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort | Meals: B L
Set off to explore the fortified city of Angkor Thom and Bayon Temple, with its beguiling 172 large-scale faces. Wrap up your day at the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Siem Reap on your own.Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort | Meals: B L D
Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Begin your explorations of the city formerly known as Saigon in Cholon, its Chinatown, home to delis, ancient quarters, old temples and beautiful architecture. Continue to Thien Hau Pagoda and Le Cong Kieu, one of the city’s oldest commercial streets.InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B D
Drive into the countryside to explore the expansive Cu Chi Tunnel network, a key Vietcong resource during the Vietnam War, and after lunch, visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, with its neo-Romanesque façade and bell towers. You also stop at the 19th-century French-colonial Post Office, the largest in Vietnam.InterContinental Asiana Saigon | Meals: B L D
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang and continue to Hoi An. Explore this traditional town, visiting the colorful local market and the 400-year-old Japanese covered bridge. Stop at a local home to see how silkworms are raised. Then visit an artisan’s house for a demonstration on how to make Hoi An’s famous silk lanterns.InterContinental Danang Resort | Meals: B L D
Visit My Son, the former capital of the ancient Cham civilization and considered to be the Champa Kingdom’s counterpart to Angkor in Cambodia. Enjoy lunch near My Son and return to Hoi An for an evening at leisure.InterContinental Danang Resort | Meals: B L
Fly to Hanoi. Start exploring Vietnam’s capital by visiting Ho Chi Minh’s House, and continue to the lotus-shaped One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the Quan Thanh Temple. End your city tour at the famed “Hanoi Hilton” Prison, used by French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by the North Vietnamese for prisoners of war.InterContinental Hanoi Westlake | Meals: B D
Visit the Fine Arts Museum, home to ancient antiquities and contemporary art. Then set off on an exciting cyclo ride into the Old Quarter, where narrow streets dating back to the 15th century bear names reflecting the business once conducted there: Silk Street, Rice Street, Paper Street. After lunch, your afternoon is at leisure. Join your fellow guests for a farewell dinner this evening.InterContinental Hanoi Westlake | Meals: B L D
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Dec. 12, 2013 - Dec. 26, 2013||$5,865||--||Call for Availability|
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