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Journey to the Ancient Temples of Southeast Asia

20 Nights featuring Siem Reap, Angkor Temples, Singapore, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City

Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Hotel, Tours, Transfers and More!

Start Date: November 4, 2020
(Sailing November 10, 2020)

About This Journey

Nestled within the jungles of Southeast Asia, the Angkor complex is a mystical landscape. Temples intertwine with the surrounding trees, ancient stone carvings seemingly sprout up from the earth, and modern-day monks clad in bright-orange robes meditate on the steps of ancient ruins. On this Journey, discover some of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia, including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and more. Indulge in the local cuisine, accompany a Cambodian family to receive a traditional monk’s blessing, and enjoy a performance of Apsara dance and costume. Then, depart Cambodia for exciting Singapore—featuring a mixture of colonial buildings and some of the most striking new architecture of the modern era. Your multi-cultural tour of this city-state includes Little India, Chinatown and a Malay complex, plus opportunities for stunning city views. Then, board the Newly Revolutionized! Celebrity Eclipse for a 14-night cruise to Thailand and Vietnam. In Bangkok, embark on a three-day exclusive shore excursion, designed specifically for Enrichment Journeys guests. Experience Thailand’s glorious past and present at the stunning Grand Palace complex, where numerous Buddhist temples and intricately carved jade and gold Buddha statues will enchant you. Explore the ancient capital of Ayutthaya—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, cruise the River of Kings, haggle for trinkets at Thailand’s famous floating market and more. This in-depth Journey to Southeast Asia is sure to satisfy your wanderlust!

Visits:Eclipse, Celebrity, Singapore, Hue, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh, Ko Samui, Bangkok, Angkor Temples, Angkor Wat, Vietnam

Journey to the Ancient Temples of Southeast Asia

Itinerary

Start Date: November 4, 2020
(Sailing November 10, 2020)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Siem Reap – Transfer to Hotel and Welcome Dinner
2 Siem Reap – Angkor Temples Tour
3 Siem Reap – Cultural Tour
4 Siem Reap – Angkor Temples Tour
5 Siem Reap to Singapore – Welcome Dinner
6 Singapore – City Tour
7 Singapore – Transfer to Port for Embarkation 8:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 At Sea
10 Hue/danang (Chan May), Vietnam 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Nha Trang, Vietnam 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
13 Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
14 At Sea
15 Ko Samui, Thailand 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
16 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand – Included Shore Excursion 7:00 AM
17 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand – Included Shore Excursion
18 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand – Included Shore Excursion 6:00 PM
19 At Sea 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
20 At Sea
21 Singapore – Disembark Ship, Transfer-Tour to Airport for Return Flight 7:00 AM

**Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at anytime, including port of call changes. Please call a Personal Vacation Manager with any questions.

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Siem Reap

Upon arrival at the airport, meet your Enrichment Journey guide, who will transfer you to the hotel. After check-in, you’ll have time to get settled in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Note: if you wish to arrive a day early, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension, which will add a night to your Siem Reap hotel stay.

Day 2 – Siem Reap

Angkor Thom

After breakfast, embark on an exciting exploration of Angkor’s ancient temples, starting with Angkor Thom. As the last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom was a city of priests, military officials and residents of the Royal Palace, enclosed by gates, walls and moats. Pass through the South Gate, the best preserved of four gates, into Angkor Thom. Our tour includes the magnificent Bayon Temple, one of the most impressive and mysterious temples. Emerging from the jungle as an incredible forest of heads, it is considered to be an architectural masterpiece. Next, visit the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.

Ta Prohm

After our temple visit we will sit down at a local restaurant for lunch. Then, continue to Ta Prohm temple, one of the most beautiful and famous temples in the area. Ta Prohm is the quintessential lost-temple-in-the-jungle: strangler fig and kapok trees entwine themselves around the ruins, their roots bursting apart even the thickest of walls, yet their clinging embrace keeps the walls from crumbling. This evening, enjoy an energetic acrobatics show performed by local artists! (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Siem Reap

Siem Reap Monestry

This morning we will meet a local family who will help each of us to prepare an offering for the monks at a local pagoda. The family will lend you a Khmer costumer and then assist you with dressing. Afterwards, they will escort you to the local pagoda where you will experience a monk blessing. We will then return to the family’s house and share a meal with them. This is a special experience which will provide insights into Khmer traditions and way of life.

Lake Tonle Sap

In the afternoon we will enjoy a boat ride on Lake Tonle Sap. Be transported back in time as you make your way past the floating houses, catching a glimpse of life as it used to be, and the natural splendor of life on the countryside. Enjoy the sunset over the lake as we make our way back to shore. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 – Siem Reap

Banteay Srei Temple

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before visiting Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre temples. Banteay Srey temple is the fabled “pink temple of women,” so called because it is made of pink sandstone and considered a tribute to the beauty of women. Its small size, delicate carvings and remarkable state of preservation make this temple one of the most revered. It was dedicated in 987, making it one of the oldest temples in the region, and it was not rediscovered until 1914. Our next stop is Banteay Samre, a Hindu temple built in the early 12th century. At one time, Banteay Samre, was no more than ruins lost in the forest, but Anastylosis restoration has transformed it into one of the finest monuments of the Angkor group, and one of the most complete. Its ornamentation, exceptional in both quality and preservation, is a wonderful example of classic art from the finest period in Southeast Asian history.

Angkor Wat Temple

After a leisurely lunch, begin your tour of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s ancient temple city. This temple is part of Angkor World Heritage Site and is the largest religious structure in the world. A masterpiece of architecture and decorative detail, the awe-inspiring ruins survive as testament to the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia’s greatest civilization. According to Hindu mythology, Angkor Wat was designed as a replica of the universe–composed of Mount Meru and surrounded by the continents and the oceans. Etched and carved in the temple façades are stories of Khmer epics and myths. Angkor Wat’s five famous towers rise into the sky, a geometrical arrangement of the complex includes numerous galleries, portals, chambers and courtyards.

Apsara

Or final night in Siem Reap will be celebrated with a traditional performance of Apsara, the national dance of Cambodia. During this cultural show you will enjoy a delicious set menu of traditional Cambodian cuisine. (B, L, D)

Note: the Banteay Srey temple and Bakan Tower of Angkor Wat temple both require the following dress code: shirts must have sleeves, pants must be full-length and loose-fitted (no leggings).

Day 5 – Siem Reap to Singapore

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Singapore. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group for dinner. (B, D)

Day 6 – Singapore

Merloin Statue

Today we will spend the day exploring Singapore, a multi-cultural, cosmopolitan city with a rich history. Start the day at the Botanical Gardens, where the National Orchid Garden boasts a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants. We will then pass by Chinatown, filled with temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop houses, on our way to Merlion Park. Here you will enjoy a spectacular view of Marina Bay, and will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Merlion, a mythological creature that is part-lion and part-fish. We will then continue to Little India, where you will see the lively trading community going about their day. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will pass by Kampong Glam, a Malay enclave with a rich history. This area contains the Sultan Mosque, an impressive structure built in 1928 which brandishes massive golden domes and a huge prayer hall. End the day with a world-famous Singapore Sling at the colonial-style Raffles Hotel. (B, L)

Day 7 – Singapore Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Eclipse for a 14-night cruise to Vietnam and Thailand. (B)

Day 8-15 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 16 – Bangkok Three-Day Shore Excursion (day 1)

After breakfast on board, disembark and set off with your local guide on an incredible three-day shore excursion in Bangkok. This program has been specifically designed for Enrichment Journey guests, so you will experience Bangkok like no one else onboard! Not only will you visit the most important sites, but will also experience historical, cultural and culinary adventures along the way.

Ayutthaya

Once everyone has disembarked, we will depart the port of Laem Chabang and head directly to the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This great center of power lasted for four centuries before it was sacked by the Burmese in 1767. The 400 years of the Ayutthaya period were an importance era for art and architecture, encouraged and patronized by wealthy temple-building kings who saw themselves as the cultural inheritors of previous Southeast Asian empires. The result was an architectural gold mine, plus a high level of achievement in sculpture, painting, and other fine arts. You will spend most of the day visiting this historical park and its famous ruins. Then, we will head to our hotel in Bangkok for check in. This evening, embark on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River and the canals (Klongs). As you dine, you’ll admire the majestically-lit historical sites nestled along the river bank –such as Wat Arun, the Royal Palace, Assumption Cathedral and more. (L, D)

Note: the Bang Pa-In Palace in Ayutthaya requires the following dress code: shirts must have sleeves, pants must be full-length and loose-fitted (no leggings).

Day 17 – Bangkok Three-Day Shore Excursion (day 2)

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Depart for Ratchaburi Province (approximately 60 miles west of Bangkok), home to the colorful Damnoensaduak floating market. Along the way, a stop will be made at a palm sugar and salt farm to learn about these local products. Upon arrival in Damnoensaduak, you will enjoy a long-tailed boat ride to the floating market where you will see local vendors paddling their wares such as fruits, vegetables and trinkets from wooden boats. You will have the opportunity to both observe the market and purchase some of these items as you float by. After the market visit, you will re-board your coach and continue to Phra Pathom Chedi Pagoda, the tallest stupa in Thailand. After visiting the temple we will enjoy lunch at a riverside restaurant. After lunch, head to a local village where we will observe and/or participate in cultural workshops, such as rice farming, weaving, Thai dessert cooking and more. Returning to Bangkok you will have a short break to freshen up, then we will depart for a special dinner. Housed in a richly-decorated pavilion and offering a menu of exquisite Thai cuisine, you’ll enjoy the city’s most spectacular cultural performance and dance show while you dine! (B, L, D)

Day 18 – Bangkok Three-Day Shore Excursion (day 3)

Grand Palace

This morning we will get an early start and explore the city of Bangkok. Our first stop is Wat Pho, the most extensive temple in Bangkok and current home to the reclining Buddha, which is 150 feet long and covered in gold leaf. Then, enjoy a short ride via tuk-tuk to the Grand Palace complex, where you will stroll the grounds while visiting several of the most important buildings. The Grand Palace was the seat not only of the king and his court, but the entire government administration. The architecture is vibrantly Thai, though there are some European designs as well. Brilliantly colored and gilded, and decorated with intricate detail, the overall effect is dazzling. The most famous building on the palace grounds is Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand. Also within the grounds are several palaces, used for various occasions: the Funeral Palace, Reception Palace, Throne Hall, Coronation Hall, and the Royal Guest House. After visiting the palace will have lunch at a local restaurant, then return to the port where you will embark the ship to continue your cruise. (B, L)

Note: the Grand Palace requires the following dress code: shirts must have sleeves, pants must be full-length and loose-fitted (no leggings).

Day 19-20 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse (see below for cruise highlights)

Day 21 – Singapore Disembarkation

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Eclipse and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. If your flight departs in the evening, a complimentary tour will be provided during the day. Details of this tour are TBD, depending on flight schedules, but may include a visit to a museum, free time for shopping or other light activities.
Please note that some flight schedules may require an overnight in Singapore. In this case, your itinerary will include a hotel stay in Singapore and transfer to the airport the following morning. Enrichment Journeys will try to ensure that all guests from the U.S. are home for Thanksgiving, when available. We strongly encourage all guests on this Journey to speak to their Personal Vacation Manager about customizing their air arrangements.

For meals not included in your land programs, all hotels chosen include a restaurant on property where you may relax and enjoy a meal. In addition, your guide is available to make suggestions on nearby dining, shopping or sightseeing.

Port Highlights

Imperial Citadel

Hue/Danang (Chan May), Vietnam: The Nguyen Dynasty founded this former capital in the 17th century on the banks of the Perfume River. Today it sits as a massive open-air museum of temples, pagodas, palaces and tombs. Explore the Imperial Citadel, then take a river cruise for a view of the Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda. Pago Pago is the main settlement on Tutuila, surrounded by peaks rising out of deep water harbor rimmed with palm-shaded beaches.

Nah Trang Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam: Nha Trang has a split personality. One takes the form of a smaller Danang – a bustling Vietnamese city humming with commerce but blessed with access to a beautiful beach. The other is a Western resort town encompassing several blocks of hotels, tourist shops, bars and international restaurants. The city is indisputably beautiful, bordered by mountains, with the beach tracing an impressive long swoop along a bay dotted with islands. Topiary and modern sculpture punctuate the immaculately manicured foreshore. Nha Trang offers plenty to keep you dazzled – from island-hopping boat trips and scuba diving, to mud baths and historic sites.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam: Located on the edge of the Mekong Delta, this dynamic metropolis also features the ageless beauty of an ancient culture. French colonial architecture mixes with modern Asian influences, providing a diverse backdrop for the many motorbikes, scooters, pagodas, and street markets. Stroll the wide boulevards of this city, formerly known as Saigon, and visit The History Museum, which houses artifacts from two thousand years of Vietnamese history.

Na Muang Waterfall

Ko Samui, Thailand: This small tropical paradise, lined with coconut palms and white sand beaches and encircled by turquoise water is a perfect place to escape and explore. Gaze up at the Big Buddha, cool off in the natural pool at the base of Na Muang Waterfall and view the astonishing natural rock formations of Hin Ta and Hin Yai.

 

Bangkok, Thailand – Exclusive Shore Excursion: Your Enrichment Journey package includes an exclusive three-day shore excursion in Bangkok. For a full description, see the “Land Program Details” section above.

Journey to the Ancient Temples of Southeast Asia

Included Features

  • Roundtrip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • 6-night pre-cruise land program
    • Siem Reap, Cambodia – 4-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day tour of Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm
      • Evening Acrobatics Show
      • Full-day cultural tour and cruise on Lake Tonle Sap
      • Full-day tour of Banteay Srey, Banteay Samre and Angkor Wat
      • Evening Aspara dinner show
    • Singapore – 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Full-day city tour of Singapore
  • Post-cruise land program in Singapore
    • Transfer-tour enroute to the airport in Singapore
      • For guests with evening flights, a complimentary tour will be provided during the day. Tour activities are TBD, depending on flight schedules
  • Tour Leader throughout pre-cruise land program and Local Tour Hosts during included tours
  • Most meals while on tour (see itinerary highlights) and all meals while onboard
  • 14-night sailing aboard Celebrity Eclipse
    • Exclusive three-day guided shore excursion in Bangkok, specially created for Enrichment Journeys guests
      • Two night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Ayutthaya
      • Full-day tour to the Damnoensaduak floating market
      • Evening dinner show
      • Full-day city tour of Bangkok
    • 10% Off Shore Excursions (see “Special Offers”)
    • SPECIAL OFFER ENDS 11/30! Book a Veranda or higher and receive All 4 Extras: Gratuities, Beverages, Wi-Fi & $300 Onboard Credit

Journey to the Ancient Temples of Southeast Asia

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Most days during the land portion will include full-day tours. The overall pace is rather quick, as there is much to see in these regions, however there is a healthy mix of both visits to historical sites and time to enjoy the landscape and scenery. Most days include two meals, allowing the third meal to be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine, then have the rest of the evening to relax. If you wish to go out, your guide is available to make suggestions for nearby dining. During the cruise you will have a mix of relaxing days at sea and exciting days on land to explore the port cities. You may choose from optional shore excursions, which will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered active, and includes a considerable amount of walking. Many of the ancient temples have steep steps that must be climbed in order to fully explore the ruins. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses and comfortable accommodations where applicable. However, some areas cannot be accessed by coach, so our drivers will get you as close to sites as is legally allowed. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are strongly recommended. Historical sites often do not have elevators, escalators or ramps due to the age of the building/structure. Steps can be steep and uneven. Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program. Guests must be able to transfer from their chair to the transportation. Guides/drivers are not allowed to lift or push wheelchairs, so guests requiring physical assistance must travel with a companion who can assist. For the cruise portion of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

The power of Southeast Asia’s natural landscape is simply extraordinary, with the ability to turn even the most ordinary of activities into an unforgettable moment. A temple appearing out of the jungle, the aroma of exotic spices suddenly being caught in the wind, or just floating on a serene river can create a memory not soon forgotten. There is a spiritual undercurrent and a sense of calm just under the sometimes-chaotic activity of the cities. In the faith of a monk, or the work ethic of young and old, the smile of a child or the outstretched hand to a stranger, you will realize the people are one of the greatest resources these countries have. You will encounter dishes and ingredients typical to the region that you may not have encountered before, and you will be introduced to local artistry of the region. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes the attractions, beaches and cities themselves can be crowded, especially while on the cruise.

Unique Factors

The weather overall will be warm in November throughout most of Asia with highs in the 80s during the day. However, it can be warm, cool, and rainy all in one day! So pack accordingly with breathable, cotton items that can be layered. Sturdy shoes will be needed during city and nature walks. While visiting temples throughout the region, conservative dress may be required, so make sure you pack clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Some women may want to carry a sarong or scarf with them to temporarily cover up a tank top. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip.

Transportation

Included airfare is from select airports only. To inquire about a different airport, please contact your Personal Vacation Manager.

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, direct/non-stop flights, Business Class upgrades, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting Enrichment Journeys and inquiring about the Custom Airfare Program. There is usually a $50 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be waived for all guests on this Journey!

Please note that some flight schedules may require an overnight in Singapore before returning home. In this case, guests will have a hotel stay in Singapore and will transfer to the airport the following morning. Enrichment Journeys will try to ensure that all guests from the U.S. are home for Thanksgiving, when available. We strongly encourage all guests on this Journey to speak to their Personal Vacation Manager about customizing their air arrangements.

Transportation while on tour:

Siem Reap – Angkor Wat: 20 Minute Coach Transfer

Siem Reap – Singapore: 2 Hour Flight

Port of Laem Chabang – Bangkok: 1.5 Hour Coach Transfer

Bangkok – Ayutthaya: 1 Hour Coach Transfer

Please note that these times are approximate and only reflect the transportation time. Our trip may be longer due to stops for sightseeing along the way.

Journey to the Ancient Temples of Southeast Asia

Ask about receiving 10% off all shore excursions from Shore Excursions Group!

Receive all 4 of the following on the Cruise portion of your Enrichment Journey:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Guests in the same stateroom must select the same option(s). View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer Expires 11/30/19.

There are three optional extensions available on this Enrichment Journey. Please see below for full details.

  • One night Siem Reap extension (pre-cruise)
  • Five night Chiang Mai festivals extension (pre-cruise)
  • Five night Bali extension (post-cruise)

1-night Siem Reap Extension (pre-cruise)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Siem Reap a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $99 per person includes:

  • 1-Night hotel accommodations in Siem Reap with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

5-night Chiang Mai Festivals Extension (pre-cruise)

This optional extension offers an incredible opportunity to experience one of the world’s most awe-inspiring festivals. As thousands of lanterns rise up into the air, travelers, locals and monks alike will join together in wishing for a brighter tomorrow. Airfare, hotel stays, tours and more are all included—all you have to do is show up and enjoy!

  • Airfare to and from Chiang Mai
  • Four-night hotel accommodations (5-star Dusit D2 or similar)
  • Most meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Participate in the Lantern Festival (Yi Peng)
    • Participate in the Floating Lantern Festival (Loy Krathong) Festival
    • Tour Description
    • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Buddhist Temple)
    • Traditional Village
    • Elephant Sanctuary
    • Much More!

Itinerary:

Chiang Mai

Day 1 (Oct 30) – Arrive Chiang Mai
Arrive to Chiang Mai, where you are greeted by a local guide and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers. (D)

 

 

 

Day 2 (Oct 31) – Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Begin the day with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a 14th century temple located on top of a hill 3,520 feet above sea level. After asking Phra That for good luck, proceed to the terrace to soak up panoramic views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside. After a local lunch we will enjoy a coach tour of lively Chiang Mai. Returning to the hotel, you will have a couple hours to relax and freshen up before the evening’s special event.

 

Ye Peng Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival (Yi Peng) takes place throughout northern Thailand, especially in Chiang Mai, on the night of an autumn full moon. Sky lanterns, decorated with good-luck wishes and prayers, are released into the sky by the thousands. It is a peaceful and hopeful festival. Our evening will begin with a traditional Khan-Toke and Thai meal. While dining, you will enjoy performances of local culture and art. At the end, the grand highlight of the festival is when all participants will make a wish and release the lanterns into the sky. This is done in conjunction with beautiful traditional music being played in the background. After the lanterns are released, fireworks will shoot up to further brighten the full-moon night. The iconic image of thousands of brightly lit lanterns rising into the night’s sky over Chiang Mai is a special memory you won’t soon forget. (B, L, D)

Day 3 (Nov 1) – Chiang Mai

Paper Umbrellas

This morning we will head outside the city to visit a local village that is famous for its handicrafts. This region, Sankampaeng, is well-known for silk and iconic paper umbrellas. Spend the morning admiring the craftsmanship and perusing the various stalls, then rejoin the group for lunch.

 

 

 

Floating Lantern Festival

The afternoon and evening will be dedicated to preparing for, and participating in, the Floating Lantern Festival (Loy Krathong). The word ‘loy’ means to float, while ‘krathong’ is a small container. Before and during the festival, monks will meditate in calm silence, while candles flicker around them. Then, participants release their floating candles on the tranquil rivers and lakes. The experience is one of peaceful serenity. Our afternoon begins with a class on how to make your own Krathong, a little basket/bowl made of banana leaves. You will then decorate your Krathong with candles, flowers and incense. Head back to the hotel for some free time before the festival. Later that evening, spend some time watching the Loy Krathong procession that passes nearby your hotel. We will then enjoy dinner at a riverside restaurant, where we can see the candles floating by as we dine. Finally, head down to the river and light your own Krathong, make a wish for good fortune in the upcoming year, and release it onto the river. (B, L, D)

Day 4 (Nov 2) – Chiang Mai

Elephant Sanctuary

Today we will spend the morning at an elephant sanctuary to learn about these magnificent animals. You will have the opportunity to interact with the elephants by feeding them and observing an elephant “mud spa” and bathing. Then, enjoy a delicious Thai lunch of home cooked local dishes at the sanctuary’s scenic restaurant. We will then depart the sanctuary and head out into the countryside, where we will visit a hill tribe village to get a unique perspective of their local culture and daily activities. Return to the hotel where you will have the remainder of the evening at leisure. (B, L)

Enrichment Journeys is committed to ethical tourism and has carefully chosen an elephant sanctuary that is committed to the welfare of its animals.

Day 5 (Nov 3) – Chiang Mai to Siem Reap
Today you will travel from Chiang Mai to Siem Reap. Transfer to the airport for your flight, which will most likely include a layover in Bangkok. Transfer to your hotel in Siem Reap, where you will have the evening to get settled in. (B)

Day 6 (Nov 4) – Siem Reap
Today is the start of the standard Enrichment Journeys program! You will have free time to enjoy the hotel’s amenities as the other travelers arrive throughout the day. Then, start the tour with a welcome dinner. (B, D)

Price: $1699 per person
Single: $2099

5-night Bali Extension (post-cruise)

This optional extension will introduce you to the natural beauty Bali is known for, as well as its many temples and beaches. Airfare, hotel stays, tours and more are all included—all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself! Highlights of this extension include: Lake Beratan’s Water Temple, a visit to a local Balinese Village, exploration of the Monkey Forest, tour of Tirta Empul Temple and much more.

  • Airfare to and from Bali
  • Five-night hotel accommodations (4-star Puri Santrian Hotel or similar)
  • Most meals
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
    • Tanah Lot Temple
    • Traditional Village
    • Natural Landscapes, including mountains, rice paddies and forests
    • Ubud Palace
    • Monkey Forest
    • Tira Empul Temple
    • Much More!

Itinerary:

Day 1 (Nov 24) – Singapore to Bali
At the end of the standard Enrichment Journeys program you will fly from Singapore to Bali. Arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, where you are greeted by a local guide. Transfer to your hotel in Sanur, known for its beautiful beaches. Check into your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. (D)

Day 2 (Nov 25) – Bali

Bali Beach

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a welcome drink in the morning and spend the day at your leisure, enjoying the beach and hotel amenities. In the evening, transfer from your hotel to Rumah Bali Restaurant where you will try a Balinese Rijsttafel menu. Experience authentic Balinese cuisine in a traditional crafted village setting. Afterwards, transfer back to your hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 3 (Nov 26) – Bali

Pura Ulun Danu Beratan

Rise early for a morning meditation at the hotel and feel the fresh morning breeze of Bali. After breakfast, set off to learn the way of life of the Balinese people. Visit a typical Balinese village where you will see how many traditional families live in several homes around a communal patio and with a family temple facing Mount Agung. While visiting a local family, learn how they make the typical Balinese offerings. Heading north, you will begin to see the rice terraces along the hillsides. After lunch, continue north where you will stop to see the colorful market at Candi Kuning. From here, it is a short drive to Lake Beratan to see the Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, a water temple located along the shore. Relax and admire the countryside as you ride to the southwestern coast to perhaps the most photographed temple in Bali, Tanah Lot. One of seven sea temples infamous for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops, Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks. The temple is inaccessible at high tide. (B, L, D)

Day 4 (Nov 27) – Bali

Tirta Empul Temple

In the morning, drive to the village of Batubulan to see the best-known dance in Bali, the Barong. Telling the tale of the fight between good and evil, the lion-like Barong battles the demon queen Rangda, while all the dancers wear beautifully decorated masks. Stop to visit the long-tailed macaques in the Ubud Monkey Forest, where 14th century temples have been taken over by the jungle and these playful characters. Continue on to the local market and the Palace, still used by the Royal family. In Ubud, enjoy a stop at Cafe Wayan, known from the book Eat Pray Love, where a lunch has been prepared. Visit the Tirta Empul Temple, famous for its holy water for more than a thousand years, before driving to some of the most photographic rice terraces on the island. Then, stop at a coffee plantation where you can see the traditional method of preparing coffee, and enjoy a sample. (B, L)

Day 5 (Nov 28) – Bali

Rice Field

After breakfast at the hotel, set off on a day of discovery to see even more natural beauty. You will drive to Kintamani where you will have panoramic views of the mountains and the semi-active volcanoes from a distance. Clouds permitting, you will see Mt. Batur standing majestically over the beautiful Batur Lake. Next, travel to Penglipuran, a traditional village where you can see the Balinese architecture that has been passed down through the generations. Enjoy lunch in the village of Guliang with a view of the local rice fields. After lunch, return to your hotel where you will have some free time to stroll, relax, shop or maybe even indulge in a spa treatment before gathering for your farewell dinner at the resort. (B, L, D)

Day 6 (Nov 29) – Bali
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the rest of the morning at leisure until check out. A transfer back to the Denpasar International Airport will be provided. (B)

Note: most temples, religious sites and official buildings in Bali require the following dress code: shirts must have sleeves, pants must be full-length and loose-fitted (no leggings).

Please note that by taking this extension, guests from the U.S. will be returning home after Thanksgiving. Visa Advisory: As of November 2019, Tourist and Transit Visa on Arrival is available for nationals of 52 countries and territories (this includes the United States and Canada). A transit visa for up to 7 (seven) days costs US $10.00. This is subject to change, so please check Travel.State.Gov for the most up-to-date information.

Price: $1499 per person
Single: $1899

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Dates & Prices

 

11/10/2020 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Obstructed – Veranda (2C) $9,065 $6,799 $2,266 CALL FOR DETAILS
Veranda (2B) $9,132 $6,849 $2,283 CALL FOR DETAILS
Concierge Class (C3) $9,332 $6,999 $2,333 CALL FOR DETAILS
Aqua Class (A2) $9,599 $7,199 $2,400 CALL FOR DETAILS

Prices are in USD.

Included Airfare is from San Francisco. Additional gateways are available upon customizing air.

Due to the proximity of this itinerary to Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the varied flight departure times from Singapore, we strongly encourage all guests on this Journey to speak to their Personal Vacation Manager about customizing their air arrangements. There is usually a $50 per person charge to participate in the Custom Airfare Program, however this charge will be waived for all guests on this Journey!

Interested in the land program without the cruise? Call us for a quote.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary.

Accommodations
Le Meridien Angkor

Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Telephone: +855 63 963 900

Within close proximity to the magnificent Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Méridien Angkor is your gateway to a cultural exploration of temples, carvings and exquisite architecture. The hotel’s pleasing synthesis of colonial architecture, lush gardens and charm celebrate the beauty of Cambodia’s culture.

Park Hotel Clarke Quay

1 Unity Street, 237983, Singapore

Telephone: (65) 6593 8888

With classic architecture inspired by Singapore’s colonial past and a sincere dedication to delight modern international travelers, Park Hotel Clarke Quay is a tropical retreat by the Singapore River in close proximity to Clarke Quay entertainment precinct. The hotel is strategically located in central Singapore and faces the country’s famous historic sea-trading artery, allowing for dazzling views of the city skyline and the River from 336 rooms and suites.

Pathumwan Princess

444 Phayathai Rd, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Telephone: (+66) 2216 3700

At the heart of Bangkok’s famed shopping, entertainment and arts district, Pathumwan Princess Hotel towers magnificently above the city’s iconic MBK Shopping Center and is just minutes away from the city’s dynamic BTS Skytrain network. Boasting a wide selection of 455 beautifully furnished and well-equipped rooms,  Pathumwan Princess Hotel perfectly blends contemporary comfort with the unmistakable charm and elegance of traditional Thai hospitality. The hotel provides a sophisticated ambiance and comfortable refinement in the center of the “city of angels.”

Celebrity Eclipse

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “”X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.

Ship: Celebrity Eclipse

Since Celebrity Eclipse® joined Celebrity’s fleet in 2010, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-traveled cruisers. Like her Solstice® Class sisters before her, she showcases spectacular vistas with 85% of all staterooms having sweeping veranda views. Celebrity Eclipse hosts Qsine®, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world, and Celebrity iLounge℠, a hip, modern Internet café offering guests what they have asked for—easy access to the Internet, inspiring classes and latest tech gadgets. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, and you may never want to set foot on land again.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks, if needed. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.

Credit Cards

During your trip, you’ll find that most major credit cards are accepted. Call your specific card issuer ahead of time to find out its limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Check with your domestic and international carriers regarding baggage guidelines, allowances, and check for additional fees. All bags will be screened before boarding flights and the cruise ship.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Be sure to check the weather in the destinations you will visit, and pack accordingly. There are always unpredictable variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.

Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Sturdy sandals
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)
  • Camera(s)

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines for weight and size.

Labeling

Have all your bags labeled with your name and address clearly marked. Add something to you luggage that is recognizable in the event your bags are misplaced. You may also consider marking your bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for efficiency.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into The States, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you have questions about a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling your carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, in some destinations, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless Internet for free.

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip for a covered reason up until the departure date with a full refund of the Journey.

The insurance covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, and even baggage delay. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period. Please speak with one of our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will meet with the group and go over items such as the daily schedule, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each accommodation varies so you may experience various types of properties throughout your excursions.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you e-mail a copy to yourself and someone back home in the event these documents are misplaced. Also, it may be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

To travel internationally, you must have a passport in good condition, and it must be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of your trip. Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons.As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide visa information, and you should not rely on the information provided below to be the most current and accurate. The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, (Canadian citizens should visit https://travel.gc.ca/, for all other countries please visit your government website or local embassy), which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as Expedited Travel. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: as of October 2019, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Cambodia will need to have $30 USD per person upon arrival at the airport to pay for the tourist visa (issued on the spot). Please carry this cash with you; do not rely on using an ATM at the airport.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have based on your preferences and personal medical history. During your Enrichment Journeys tour, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce.

For a list of recommended vaccinations based on destination, visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel or feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention directly at 1-800-232-4636.

Electric Current

You will need an adaptor for some parts of your trip.  To see what the plugs will look like at your destination, visit https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/ and click on each country from the right menu.

You may also need to use a converter. Most countries outside of North and Central America use 220-240 V, whereas the U.S. and Canada use 110 V. However, most chargers these days have a box which will act as a converter so that it can be used in all countries around the world. If your charger box says “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz” then you do NOT need to use a converter (but you may still need an adaptor so that the plugs fit in the socket).

Some hotels may have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter. However, we recommend having at least one or two adaptors with you, as we cannot guarantee that all hotels will be able to accommodate this.

Local Currency

Cambodia uses the Cambodian Riel (៛), currency code KHR. However, US Dollars are widely used, so we suggest bringing USD with you and deciding once you get there whether you want to exchange some to KHR.

Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar ($ or S$), currency code SGD

Vietnam uses the Vietnamese Dong (₫), currency code VND

Thailand uses the Thai Baht (฿), currency code THB

Please visit https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/  for the current exchange rate.

How you handle your currency and financials while on the trip is up to you. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. We suggest having at least some local currency with you during the trip, at least enough to take a taxi if needed. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to make them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is customary in Southeast Asia. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers, drivers, guides, and baggage handlers. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels, and at airports. The host, guide, or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per person, per day, as can any ship staff member (which is often split at the end of the day by all). Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day.

For more information about when and how much to tip in each country, feel free to speak with your tour guide at the start of your Journey. A good reference for international tipping is https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2008-11-11/etiquette-101-tipping-guide.

Time Differences

Please be aware that you may be crossing through several time zones throughout your Journey. To view a time zone map, visit https://m.worldtimezone.com/m-index12.php.

Climate

With the tour covering various regions, you will most likely come in contact with warm and/or cool weather, occasional rain, wind and/or damp environments. Check the weather online before departing for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

Many countries outside of North America use Celsius. Here is a °C to °F quick reference guide:

-5° C = 23° F 5° C = 41° F 15° C = 59° F 25° C = 77° F 35° C = 95° F
0° C = 32° F 10° C = 50° F 20° C = 68° F 30° C = 86° F 40° C = 104° F

High/Low Temperatures in Fahrenheit:

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Siem Reap 81/77 91/73 94/77 95/79 94/80 92/79 90/78 90/78 88/78 88/77 88/75 87/71
Singapore 87/75 89/76 90/76 90/76 90/78 89/77 89/77 89/76 89/76 89/76 88/76 87/75
Bangkok 90/72 92/76 94/78 96/80 94/79 93/79 92/78 91/78 91/77 91/76 90/75 89/71
Ho Chi Minh 88/70 90/70 92/73 95/75 91/75 88/73 88/73 88/73 88/73 88/73 85/72 88/70

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local vernacular can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some fun phrases:

Cambodia: Khmer

  • Chom Reap Sour (chom-reap-sore): Hello (formal)
  • Susadei (Soos-a-day): Hello (informal)
  • Bah (bah): Yes (male)
  • Jah (chaa): Yes (female)
  • Ot The (ot-tei): No
  • Arkun (Ar-koon): Thank You
  • Som Dtoh (som-toe): Sorry/Excuse Me

Yin-dii Singapore: While English is one of the official languages of Singapore and many of its residents are bilingual, Chinese Mandarin and Malay are also very common.

Chinese Mandarin

  • nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello
  • Zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
  • Shì (Shr): Yes
  • Búshì (Boo shr): No
  • Qǐng (Ching): Please
  • Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
  • Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome
  • Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
  • duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?
  • Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
  • kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/chinese/ for more phrases with sound.

Malay

  • Halo (Ha lo): Hello
  • Terima kasih (terima ka say): Thank you
  • ya (ya): Yes
  • tidak (ti dak): No

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/malay/ for more phrases with sound.

Thailand: Thai

  • Sa-wat-dii: Hello.
  • Sabaai-dii mái?: How are you?
  • Yin-dii thii dai ruu-jak: Nice to meet you
  • Karunaa: Please
  • Khop khun: Thank you
  • Chai: Yes
  • Mai chai: No
  • Kho thot: Excuse me
  • Thâo’rai’ or kii: How much, how many?
  • A-ròi: Delicious

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/thai/ for more phrases with sound.

Vietnam: Vietnamese

  • Xin chào. (Seen chow): Hello
  • Khỏe không? (Kweh kohng?): How are you?
  • Không sao đâu (Kohng sao doh): You’re welcome
  • Tôi không hiểu (Toy kohng hee-oh): I don’t understand
  • Biết nói tiếng Anh không? (Byet noy tyeng ang kohng): Do you speak English?
  • Tôi bị lạc. (Toi bee lack): I’m lost
  • Làm ơn. (Lam uhhn): Please
  • Tắc xi! (Tuck see): Taxi!
  • Bao nhiêu (tiền)? (Bahw ngew tee-uhn?): How much is this?
  • Sẽ quay lại sớm (Se-ay kway lie-ay sohm): Be back soon

Visit https://www.17-minute-world-languages.com/en/vietnamese/ for more phrases with sound.

Facts and Figures

Check out these interesting facts about the destinations you will visit on your Journey.

Cambodia

  • Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, enclosing 402 acres. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II from 1113-50 to honor the Hindu god Vishnu.
  • The Cambodian flag is the one of only two flags in the world featuring a building (Angkor Wat).
  • In Cambodia, it is considered impolite to point the bottom of your feet towards someone (or something important, like a Buddha statue).

Singapore

  • Singapore consists only of one main island and 63 other tiny islands with a population of 4.6 million people. Most of these islands are uninhabited.
  • Although English is the official working language and the most widely used language in Singapore, the national anthem “Majulah Singapura” is actually sung in Malay.
  • The Singapore Sling was first served in 1915 at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. The ingredients are gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, Grenadine, Angoustura bitters and limes.

Thailand

  • Of the 67 million people in Thailand, roughly 6.9 million live in the capital city of Bangkok.
  • Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai, which means “Land of the Free”.
  • The world’s smallest mammal, the Craseonycteris thonglongyai (the bumble bat), is found in Thailand.
  • Thailand shares a border with four countries: Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the north and west, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Malaysia to the south.
  • In the past, all Thai young men including the kings became Buddhist monks for at least a short period of time before their 20th birthday. Today, fewer young men observe the practice.

Vietnam

  • In an area slightly larger than New Mexico, Vietnam has a population of more than 92 million, with the capital city of Hanoi holding 2.6 million.
  • Vietnam is the largest exporter of cashews in the world, and the second largest exporter of rice.
  • There are 54 ethnic groups in the country (H’mong is one of these). The most populated ethnic group is Viet (88% of the population).
  • From elementary school to high school, students are required to wear uniforms when they go to class.
  • Ruou ran (snake wine), a Vietnamese specialty of rice wine with a pickled snake inside, allegedly can cure any sickness.
  • The Vietnamese language has six different tones. A change in tone changes the meaning of the word. This makes their language somewhat difficult to learn.

Recommended Reading List

Vacation should be easy, peaceful and, most of all, completely stress-free. Let us handle the details, so you can sit back, relax and curl up with a good book as you count down the days to your next Journey! We’ve compiled the following list of books and movies to introduce you to the destinations you are about to visit.

Books

  • Cambodia: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
  • Cambodia: History of Cambodia by David Chandler
  • Singapore: Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux
  • Singapore: The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by Lee Kuan Yew
  • Singapore: Crossroads: A Popular History of Malaysia & Singapore by Jim Baker
  • Vietnam: A Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis
  • Thailand: Dream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand by Karen Connelly

Travel Guides

Films

  • Cambodia: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was filmed around Angkor, especially Ta Prohm
  • Cambodia: The Killing Fields (1984), also a book
  • Singapore: Saint Jack (1979)
  • Vietnam: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

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