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Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

28-Nights featuring Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Dubai and India’s Golden Triangle plus an 18-Night Cruise. India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers

ONE DEPARTURE ONLY:
April 6, 2018

About This Journey

From the earliest times, the journey of goods and trade in the ancient world became the routes by which man explored his environment and shared his culture. The principal and most profitable goods that were traded were spices – giving the routes their name. As early as 2000 BC, spices such as cinnamon from Sri Lanka and cassia from China found their way along the Spice Routes to the Middle East. On this Enrichment Journey you can revisit history as you follow the old Spice Route from Singapore to Dubai. You will start your journey with two nights in Singapore where you will experience the colonial city that was England’s central hub of the Silk Road. See colonial Singapore and its 21st century architecture, visit the tropical Singapore Botanical Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and enjoy a Singapore Sling, a gin-based cocktail, in the city where it was created. You will then board the Azamara Journey in Singapore, visiting the eclectic mixture of architecture of Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur) and the colorful shop-houses of Georgetown. The cruise also stops in Yangon (Rangoon) where you will visit Myanmar, known as the “Golden Land” because of the pagodas and temples with golden spires reaching skyward, and Sri Lanka’s World Heritage monasteries, cave temples and rain forests. While in Mumbai, there will be a full day tour of the must-see sights. After disembarking in Dubai, tour the gold and spice souks. This evening, enjoy dinner under the stars as you set off on a Desert Safari dinner, which will include some dune bashing (off-roading on sand dunes) on the way. The following day, you’ll be escorted to Abu Dhabi for a full day tour, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. After your time in the UAE, fly to India, where you will experience both Old and New Delhi. In India, you will travel inland to visit the famed Golden Triangle – Jaipur, Agra and Delhi! Along the way you will discover 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Fatephur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city. You will thrill to the almost-incomprehensible experience of the Taj Mahal at sunrise before your return flight home. Rates from $8,699 per person.

Visits: Singapore; Port Klang, Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin, Mumbai (Bombay), Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, India; Dubai, UAE, Siem Reap, Cambodia (optional).

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Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive to Singapore and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Evening Tour and Welcome Dinner
2 Singapore – Afternoon City Tour
3 Singapore – Check out of hotel and transfer to ship for Embarkation 5:00 PM
4 Port Klang, Malaysia 8:00 AM 6:30 PM
5 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
6 Phuket, Thailand 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
7 At Sea
8 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar 9:00 AM
9 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
10 Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar 6:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 At Sea
13 At Sea
14 Colombo, Sri Lanka 7:00 AM 4:30 PM
15 Cochin, India 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
16 At Sea
17 Mumbai (Bombay), India – Exclusive EJ ‘Best of Mumbai’ Full Day Tour with Lunch 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
18 At Sea
19 At Sea
20 Dubai, UAE 5:00 PM
21 Dubai, UAE – Disembark ship, Tour Old and New Dubai, hotel check in, Evening Desert Safari
22 Dubai, UAE – Full day tour of Abu Dhabi with photo stop on Dubai’s Palm Island, Evening at leisure in Dubai
23 Dubai, UAE to Delhi, India – Check out of Dubai hotel, Transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. Hotel check in and evening at leisure
24 Delhi, India – Full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Drive by Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Kotla Firoze Shah, Presidential Palace and more. Visit Raj Ghat
25 Delhi, India to Jaipur, India – Morning drive to Jaipur. Included Tuk-Tuk ride to restaurant
26 Jaipur, India – Full day tour of Jaipur. Drive by Hawa Mahal, visit the Amber Fort by Jeep, visit Jai Singh’s Observatory, the City Palace and museum
27 Jaipur, India to Agra, India – Morning departure to Agra. Visit to UNESCO Fatehpur Sikri. Check in to hotel
28 Agra, India to Delhi, India – Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal, Morning visit to Agra Fort, Afternoon drive from Agra, India to Delhi, India. Check in to hotel
29 Delhi hotel check out and transfer to airport for return flight

Land Package Highlights

DAY 1 – Arrival in Singapore: After completing customs and immigration formalities upon arrival in Singapore, your Enrichment Journeys representative will warmly welcome you. After checking in to your hotel, you will have the afternoon at your leisure. In the evening, take a 30 minute riverboat ride to see the city’s waterfront area. Enjoy dinner in a local Chinese restaurant, then finish the night with breathtaking views from the Skypark observation deck, located 57 stories above the city, atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel. (D)

DAY 2 – Singapore: After breakfast, the morning will be at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour passing Padang field at the Cricket Club, one of the world’s more picturesque sports grounds. At Parliament House, Supreme Court and City Hall, glimpse at landmarks of Singapore’s colonial past and journey to independence; these buildings have borne witness to many pivotal events in the nation’s history. You will also visit Chinatown’s ancient Thian Hock Keng Temple and handicraft center, a photo stop of thousands of colorful orchid species in the National Orchid Garden (inside the UNESCO Botanic Gardens) and the sights and scents of Little India. You will have the evening at your leisure and dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

DAY 3 – Singapore: After breakfast, check out of your hotel in Singapore to embark the Azamara Journey and begin your 18-night cruise of Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India. (B) (L, D on ship)

DAY 4-20 – Cruising Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and India. While in port in Mumbai you will be taken on an included full-day shore excursion exclusive to Enrichment Journeys guests!

DAY 17 – Mumbai: During this full-day private group tour of Mumbai, you will see all the “must see” sites of Mumbai! Departing the Cruise pier, you will set off on a walking tour of some of Mumbai’s best preserved Colonial buildings from the days of British rule. Sites include the Flora Fountain, built in 1864, a fusion of water, architecture and sculpture, that depicts the Roman goddess Flora; High Court, one of the most distinguished High Courts in the country; Mumbai University; and Rajabai Clock Tower, modeled after London’s Big Ben. You will make an interior visit to the Asiatic Library (Old Town Hall) and St. Thomas Cathedral, the oldest British-era building standing in Mumbai and the city’s first Anglican church. During your morning program, you will also visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (formally Victoria Terminus Station), an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. Experience true grandeur while you have lunch at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the iconic sea-facing landmark in Colaba, South Mumbai. This flagship Taj hotel offers you splendid views of the Arabian Sea and Gateway of India, the most famous monument in Mumbai. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive to see Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai market (formerly Crawford Market); one of the most vibrant markets in the city offering dazzling fruits, vegetables and poultry; Dhobi Ghat, the world’s largest outdoor laundromat; and Haji Ali, a mosque and dargah (tomb) which is one of the most recognizable religious landmarks of Mumbai. You will also drive by Mani Bhawan, Mahatma Gandhi’s home during visits between 1917 and 1934. The leader formulated his philosophy of satyagraha (nonviolent protest) and launched the 1932 Civil Disobedience campaign from this house. No other full day tour covers this many places! See more than you would experience elsewhere!  (L)

DAY 21 – Dubai: After disembarking the ship, you will be met by your Enrichment Journey representative and begin your tour. Your first stop will be a city tour of Old and New Dubai. The half-day tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history – passing royal palaces, visiting historical buildings with their ancient wind towers, crossing Dubai Creek, and exploring the city’s vibrant souks. There will also be a visit to the Dubai Museum, the oldest existing building in Dubai, as well as a photo stop on the beach with Burj Al Arab Hotel as back drop, repeatedly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. In the evening after checking into your hotel, you will have a Desert Safari Adventure! Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, trained safari guides drive 4×4 vehicles over sand dunes, through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert. A feast under the stars includes grilled meats, sweets and beverages at a traditional Bedouin-style camp. At the campsite, you can opt for a camel ride and have a henna design applied on your hands or feet. (D)

DAY 22 – Dubai: After breakfast, drive through Palm Jumeriah Island, a series of artificial archipelagos in the emerald waters of the Arabian Gulf which looks like a stylized palm tree from above, and was originally billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World before heading to Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is a fascinating mix of tradition and progression, from the magnificent Emirates Palace Hotel to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, considered to be the key site for worship in the country. Other highlights include Heritage Village and Museum of Abu Dhabi. You will also pass by the Presidential Palace, Ferrari World and Yas Island. (B, L)

DAY 23 – Dubai to Delhi: After breakfast you’ll have a couple hours in the morning at your leisure. Then, you’ll transfer to airport for a flight to New Delhi, India. Check in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

DAY 24 – Old and New Delhi: After breakfast, you will have a full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Modern Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, dusty bazaars, and colonial-era town planning. Tour Old and New Delhi with visits to the Red Fort, and Jama Masjid. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Then see New Delhi as you drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, through the impressive Rajpath to the World War I memorial arch and the India Gate. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutb Minar with its 73-meter-high Minaret. Dinner will be at the hotel and you will have the evening at leisure to explore.  (B, L, D)

DAY 25 – Delhi to Jaipur: After breakfast, you will ride by motor coach to Jaipur. Ride an authentic Tuk-Tuk, a 3-wheeled auto rickshaw that is a common form of urban transportation, to the restaurant for dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 26 – Jaipur: After breakfast you will have a full day tour of Jaipur. Eleven kilometers north of Jaipur is Amber Fort, a honey-colored fortress, in the Aravalli hills. The somber exterior belies the richness of the royal apartments, which open on to striking views of the gorge. It also possesses a Chamber of Mirrors. The Hall of Victory presents a galaxy of decorative art – panels of alabaster with fine inlay work. Enjoy a lunch at Samode Haveli with a cooking demo before proceeding for a city tour of Jaipur. Visit the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could view the world outside. Visit-Jai Singh’s Observatory, Jantar Mantar, built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur who, besides being the prince was also a soldier, astronomer and builder. Then visit the City Palace – part of which is a museum displaying Rajput and Mughal paintings, rare manuscripts and Royal costumes. After exploring Jaipur, return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure. (B, L, D)

DAY 27 – Jaipur to Agra: Depart Jaipur by motor coach for the drive to Agra, approximately 125 miles away. Stop for lunch in Bharatpu before a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ancient city that was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Akbar visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque – still in use today – and three palaces for each of his favorite wives, one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian (though Hindu villagers in Sikri dispute these claims). The city was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece and is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Agra. Check in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 28 – Agra to Delhi: Arise early for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631. Construction of the Taj began the following year and, although the main building is thought to have been built in eight years, the whole complex was not completed until 1653. Not long after it was finished Shah Jahan was overthrown by his son Aurangzeb and imprisoned in Agra Fort where, for the rest of his days, he could only gaze out at his creation through a window. Following his death in 1666, Shah Jahan was buried here alongside Mumtaz. In total, some 20,000 people from India and Central Asia worked on the building. Specialists were brought in from as far away as Europe to produce the exquisite marble screens and pietra dura (marble inlay work) made with thousands of semiprecious stones. The Taj was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983 and looks as immaculate today as when it was first constructed – though it underwent a huge restoration project in the early 20th century. Arrive back at the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you will visit Agra Fort. With the Taj Mahal overshadowing it, one can easily forget that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. Construction of the massive red-sandstone fort, on the bank of the Yamuna River, began by Emperor Akbar in 1565. Further additions were made using white marble. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but Shah Jahan transformed it into a palace, and later it became his gilded prison for eight years after his son Aurangzeb seized power in 1658. Return back to the hotel for lunch. Depart Agra in the afternoon and drive by motor coach to Delhi. Check in and have a leisurely dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 29 – Check out of hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

 

Port Highlights

Singapore: This diamond-shaped island off the coast of Malaysia is also the smallest country in Southeast Asia. It’s one of only two cities in the world to have a significant rain forest within its boundaries. Here, you’ll find more than 840 varieties of flowering plants and 500 species of wildlife. Boasting mouthwatering cuisine, incredible shopping, and a thriving arts scene, this island is an exhilarating blend of cultures.

Port Klang (Kuala Lampur), Malaysia: Only 38 kilometers from Port Klang, bustling Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it’s known, rose up from the forbidding jungle terrain to become one of the most fascinating architectural landscapes on earth. A blend of native Malaysian, Chinese Imperial and European influences has created a city that is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is alive with culture. Replete with fine dining, a fertile arts community and plenty of nightlife, KL has earned a reputation as a must-see world destination.

Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia: Often called the “Pearl of the Orient,” this northern gateway to Malaysia is the country’s oldest British settlement. Although this city is best known for its breathtaking beaches, sites such as Khoo Kongsi, a well-preserved ancestral Chinese clan house, and the Butterfly Farm, the world’s first tropical live butterfly exhibition, must-sees on the list for this amazing destination. Also visit Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the finest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, featuring among other things, a tortoise sanctuary.

Phuket, Thailand: Thailand’s largest and most visited island, Phuket offers gorgeous beaches lined with palm trees, plus fabulous coves and bays. Water sports include sailing, diving, and snorkeling. Golf enthusiasts will love the championship courses, while nature lovers will be thrilled by the tropical forests and waterfalls. Tour historic mansions and top off the day enjoying the extensive nightlife.

Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar: Myanmar, called Burma by the British, is the name long used by its people for their homeland. Myanmar is also known as the “Golden Land” for its rich soil and the wealth of minerals and precious stones. The country was consolidated in the 11th century by King Anawrahta with Bagan as its capital. His empire collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols 200 years later. In 1852, the British annexed Burma and gradually transformed Yangon (formerly Rangoon) into a booming trading center for rice, oil and teak. Their colonial rule lasted until 1948, interrupted only by the Japanese occupation during World War II. When General Ne Win seized power in 1962, Myanmar closed its doors to the outside world. The capital became an urban fossil, remaining isolated for three decades. Today it is possible once again to experience this country’s unique culture, relatively untouched by Western influences.

Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka conjures up the exotic and the mysterious. Once known as Ceylon, the island boasts a fantastic landscape that ranges from primeval rain forest to the bustling modern streets of Colombo, the capital. A visitor to Sri Lanka has a wealth of options. Relax on some of the world’s finest beaches. Explore the temples, halls and palaces of the last Sinhalese kingdom at Kandy. Or take a guided tour of an elephant orphanage. Colombo also offers an array of charms, from the Royal Botanic Gardens, once a royal pleasure garden, to the Pettah Bazaar, where vendors hawk everything under the sun. Colombo and Sri Lanka were shaped by Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and European influences.

Cochin, India: Cochin on the Kerala coast of India is an exotic fable sprung to life. The city has been a major seaport and trading center since before the Roman Empire. Cultures from three continents met here in trade, and their legacy is reflected in the city’s rich heritage. Cochin boasts a Portuguese church, a Dutch palace, an exquisite Synagogue with Chinese floor tiles and old godowns (warehouses) still bursting with spices and coir. Cochin is a series of small islands and peninsulas linked by bridges.

Mumbai, India: India’s premier metropolis is a city of stark contrasts, modern towers of steel and glass stand next to stately stone edifices from the days of the Raj. Automobiles race down the crowded streets and everywhere one confronts the paradox of India. The commercial capital of the subcontinent, a large percentage of Mumbai’s population lives in hutments without running water or electricity. Yet the fabled “Gateway of India” is a place of haunting beauty, from the marble serenity of the Jain Palace to the Elephanta Caves, where sculptures of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu were carved out of solid rock over a millennium ago. India’s principal seaport, Bombay is “Mumbai” in Marathi. When the Portuguese acquired the city from Bahadur Shah in the 15th century, they called their new possession Bom Baim, “good bay.”

 

Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Included Features

  • Included round-trip international airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Two nights at 4-star Orchard Hotel Singapore (or similar) including breakfast
  • Two nights at 4.5-star JW Marriott Marquez Dubai (or similar) including breakfast
  • Six nights at Hotels in India (New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) including daily breakfast
    • Three nights at 5-star Taj Palace New Delhi (or similar)
    • Two nights at 4.5-star Jai Mahal Palace (or similar)
    • One night at 5-star Courtyard by Marriott Agra (or similar)
  • Two included tours in Singapore
    • Half-day City Tour
    • Evening Waterfront Tour
  • Three included tours in Dubai
    • Half-day Old and New Dubai
    • Full-day Abu Dhabi
    • Evening Desert Safari with dinner
  • Five included Tours in India
    • Full-day Old and New Delhi
    • Full-day Jaipur City Tour and Amber Fort
    • Fatehpur Sikri
    • Sunrise Visit to Taj Mahal
    • Agra Fort
  • Breakfast daily plus nine dinners and seven lunches while on tour and all meals while onboard
  • Local Tour Hosts with included tours in Singapore, Mumbai, Dubai, Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
  • 18-night sailing aboard Azamara Journey
    • Exclusive full-day shore excursion in Mumbai for Enrichment Journeys guests with lunch
    • Amenities included during your Azamara cruise:
      • AzAmazing Evening event
      • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
      • Gratuities
      • Bottle water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
      • Self-service laundry
      • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
      • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 28-night Journey, you will explore beautiful Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Dubai, UAE by land, cruise, air and motor coach. Start your journey with two nights in Singapore where you will pass through colonial cities with ties to the spice trade routes and the Silk Road. Then, board the Azamara Journey for a 18-night cruise through Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. After disembarking in Dubai, you’ll spend 2 full days in Dubai discovering Abu Dhabi, visiting spice markets, enjoying a desert safari, and more. Then explore the cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi by land.

Physical Activity

The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately active involving walking to numerous historical sites. Walking on different types of land, roads, and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in Dubai and India. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up narrow stairways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer 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

Dubai and India offer a rich culture, and eclectic combination of the old and the new. Dubai is an Islamic country, and while there is a strong expatriate community and relaxed Western influences, it’s still expected that you dress more conservatively in public. Travelers often think they have stepped back in time when visiting Thailand to roam among golden temples once ruled by Thai royalty. This is encompassed by an exotic and lush, green atmosphere that the humble, friendly, and curious Thai people call home. Thailand is a destination that leaves an indelible impression on visitors, as do Malaysia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. These are, after all, lands rich in history, tradition and ritual—something you’ll particularly discover in cuisine that has been freshly and thoughtfully prepared.

A trip of a lifetime through Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India will be unforgettable and very different. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes attractions, beaches and the cities themselves can be crowded, especially during holidays, so we will proceed with caution. In all destinations, you’ll be greeted with respect and curiosity.

New cuisine can be the biggest difference travelers experience abroad. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host or tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking a trip. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals as well. Be respectful and dress conservatively in religious places, especially Thai Buddhist temples and while on tour in India; it will be appreciated.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theoux (Singapore)

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)

Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind by Carol Hollinger (Thailand)

Letters from Burma by Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar)

Island of a Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)

Kim by Rudyard Kipling (India)

Teatime for the Firefly by Shona Patel (India)

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha (India)

Children’s Books

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha (India)

Malaysia by Heidi Munan

The Road to Mumbai by Ruth Jeyaveeran

Travel Guides

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Malaysia and Singapore by Andrew Forbes

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Thailand

Myanmar (Burma) by David Abram and Andrew Forbes (Insight)

Fodor’s Essential India

Lonely Planet India

Blogs

Singapore Mom Bloggers: http://www.singaporemombloggers.com/

Malaysia Blog: http://kyspeaks.com/

Go-Myanmar: http://www.go-myanmar.com

Thai Blog: http://www.thai-blogs.com/

Myanmar Blog: http://myanmartravelblog.com/

Sri Lanka Blog: https://nerdnomads.com/guide-to-sri-lanka

India Blog: http://breathedreamgo.com/

Love Happens Blog: http://www.bykoket.com/blog/travel-my-trip-to-india/

Dubai Blog: http://dubaitravelblog.com/

Videos

The Lady (Myanmar)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Dubai)

Eat Pray Love (India)

Life of Pi (India)

Million Dollar Arm (India)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (India)

India Series: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/discovery-atlas-india-geography/

Myanmar videos at BBC Travel: http://www.bbc.com/travel/asia/burma

Transportation

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, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
USA – Singapore Airplane 34 Hours
Dubai – Delhi Airplane 3 Hours 25 Minutes
Delhi – Jaipur Bus 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Jaipur – Agra Bus 5 Hours
Agra – Delhi Bus 4 Hours
Delhi – USA Airplane 34 Hours

Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Special Offers

Optional 4-day Siem Reap – Singapore Extension

INCLUDES:

  • Airfare from Siem Reap to Singapore
  • 3-night hotel accommodations with daily breakfast (4.5-star Le Meridien Angkor, or similar)
  • Tours and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Theam’s House, Bayon Temple, Terrace of Elephant and Leper King, Ta Prohm temple
  • Angkor Wat temple and Night Market
  • Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre temple
  • Tonle Sap great lake with visit to local floating village
  • Les Artisans d’Angkor and local market
  • and more!

Please Note:

  • Cambodia Visa fee ($20 USD per person. Passenger is responsible to provide 1 passport photo)
  • All entrance fees for the visit mentioned in the program (3 days Angkor Pass)
  • Half-day boat trip on Tonle Sap lake
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals
  • Fresh water and towel during tour

Space is limited.
Please call your travel agent or 1-888-296-1992 for more information and to book!

Journey Date Price PP Single Rates
4/3/2018 $1,499 $1,999

Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Dates & Prices
4/6/2018 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
Inside (12) $11599 $8,699 $2,900 CALL FOR RATE
Oceanview (8) $11,999 $8,999 $3,000 CALL FOR RATE
Veranda (V3) $12,399 $9,299 $3,100 CALL FOR RATE
Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Boston $300 Los Angeles $0 San Diego $300
Charlotte $375 Miami $500 San Francisco $150
Chicago O’Hare $300 New York-JFK $150 Seattle $150
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando-International $500 Tampa $500
Ft. Lauderdale $500 Phoenix $400 Washington-Dulles $375
Houston-Intercontinental $400
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

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Journey to India, Dubai, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

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. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Orchard Hotel Singapore

442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879, Singapore

Telephone: 011 65 6734 7766

Enjoy the vibrancy of the famous Orchard Road in the heart of the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district when you stay at the 4-star Orchard Hotel in Singapore. Blending style and sophistication, our Orchard Road hotel is home to 656 rooms and suites, well appointed with contemporary conveniences including Wi-Fi access in characteristically unique twin buildings – the Orchard Wing and the Claymore Wing.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai 121000, United Arab Emirates

Phone: 971-4-4140000

Dubai is a city of awe-inspiring ambition and unsurpassed luxury. Home to the world’s tallest building, the largest shopping mall, the iconic Palm and now JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, it is a place where dreams come true. Our landmark 5-star hotel in Dubai is set to become one of the region’s most desirable destinations, offering a spectrum of business facilities and 14 diverse dining options for the most discerning of travelers. We are a brand synonymous with intuitive service and refined taste, a title given only to the finest properties in the Marriott portfolio. Elevated above Dubai’s business district, on Sheikh Zayed Road, our 5-star hotel’s height makes us the world’s tallest accommodation. Spread across two iconic towers, the spectacular hotel features exceptional event settings for celebrations of all kinds, an enticing array of relaxing recreational activities, and the sublime SARAY Spa and Health Club. Experience innovative luxury when you stay at one of the leading five-star hotels in Dubai.

Taj Palace Hotel

Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi – 110 021, India

Telephone: +91 112 6110202

Taj Palace effortlessly wears the mantle of being one of the finest in New Delhi. Excellently located, it is both in the center of New Delhi and on the edge of the Central Ridge Reserve Forest. Commanding 6 plush acres of New Delhi’s prestigious diplomatic enclave, Taj Palace is the favoured destination of distinguished world travellers, head of states and international conferences.

Jai Mahal Palace

Jai Mahal Palace, Jacob Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur Rajasthan – 302 006 India

Telephone: (91-141) 6601111

Set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, this incomparable Palace dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight-grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

Courtyard by Marriott Agra

Taj Nagri, Phase II, Fatehabad Road  Agra  282001  India

Telephone: +91-562-662-7777

Treat yourself to 5-star elegance at the Courtyard Marriott Agra. Completely new and ideally located near the Taj Mahal and other renowned India attractions, our hotel is ideal for a business trip or a relaxing getaway. Our spacious rooms and suites are among the largest in Agra and offer 5-star amenities like high-speed Internet, luxury bedding, and flat-screen TVs. Guests staying at the hotel don’t have to look far for great dining, thanks to our four-on-site options. Sample from the delicious buffet at MoMo Cafe, or MoMo to Go. Enjoy succulent Indian barbecue at ANISE or innovative cocktails at Onyx Bar. Meetings and events at the hotel are extraordinary; our expansive outdoor lawn provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor weddings, our indoor venues are as versatile as they are elegant. Stay fit with our fully-equipped gym, an outdoor pool and a spa. There is an Entertainment zone for unlimited fun. And for those looking to explore, Agra’s most exciting attractions are just minutes from our doorstep.

Azamara Journey

Cruise Line: Azamara

Azamara Club Cruises provides guests with unparalleled service: the finest dining at sea, a glorious spa and wellness experience, and innovations such as Destination Immersion®, making it one of the world’s top up-market cruise lines. With our hallmark of longer stays, more overnights and night touringSM, we’ll not only take you to awe-inspiring destinations, but also give you more time to fall in love with them.

Amenities Included

  • AzAmazing EveningsSM event
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities where available
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations

Ship: Journey

Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!

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Preparing for Your Trip

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. 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 have 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 when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific 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. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance. Should you exceed the baggage allowance, you will be charged additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To easily pass through security screenings, 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 weight and size restrictions.

Labeling

Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

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 are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual 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
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

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.

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 you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

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 beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. 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 will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through 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 check with your Personal Vacation Manager 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 outside the United States. 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.

While on Tour

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.

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 have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, 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 choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Singapore and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is recommended that you also 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

Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. For personal travel of 30 days or fewer in the United Arab Emirates and 90 days or fewer in Singapore and Malaysia, US citizens holding valid tourist passports do not need a visitor visa. Visas to Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India are required by US citizens. It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival. Tourists must apply online and pay the requisite application fee. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and UAE.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, it is most likely you will need a traveler visa for Indonesia prior to departure.

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, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your Journey starts on land.

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

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law, but it is 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 discretion and consider your own personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to get. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:

Singapore – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Malaysia – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Thailand – Short-term travel shots for Tetanus and Hepatitis A

Myanmar – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

Sri Lanka – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

India – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

United Arab Emirates – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure you electronics stay charged. UAE, Thailand, Myanmar and Sri Lanka run on 220v. Singapore and India use 230v, and Malaysia runs on 240v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip. These are the zones of each checkpoint:

Singapore – SGT (Singapore Time)

Malaysia – MYT (Malaysia Time)

Thailand – ICT (Indochina Time)

Myanmar (Burma) –  MMT (Myanmar Time)

Sri Lanka – IST (India Standard Time)

India – IST (India Standard Time)

United Arab Emirates – GST (Gulf Standard Time)

Money Matters

While visiting various countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only necessary for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and the United Arab Emerates:

Singapore – Singapore Dollar
Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 10000
Coins are in 1-50 cent denominations and one dollar
Exchange – $1 USD to 1.39 Singapore dollar

Malaysia – Malaysian Ringgit
Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 50, 100
Coins are in 1, 5, 10, 50
Exchange – $1 USD to 4.41 Ringgit

Thailand – Thai Baht
Banknotes in 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000
Coins represent 1-10 baht, as well as satang (100 satang equals one baht)
Exchange – $1 USD to 34.48 Thai baht

Myanmar – Burmese Kyat
Banknotes in K1, K5, K10, K20, K50, K100, K200, K500, K1000, K5000, K10000, 50
Coins are in K1, K5, K10, K50, K100, 1, 5, 10, 25, 50
Exchange – $1 USD to 1,364 mmk

Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan Rupee
Banknotes in Rs10, Rs20, Rs50, Rs100, Rs500, Rs1000, Rs2000, Rs5000
Coins are in 1 cent denominations
Exchange – $1 USD to Rs151.2

India – Indian Rupee
Banknotes in 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 (Frequently Used) and 1, 2, 5 (Rarely Used)
Coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 100, 1000 (Frequently Used) and 10, p50 (Rarely Used)
Exchange – $1 USD to  65.33 INR

UAE – United Arab Emirates Dirham
Banknotes in 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5
Frequently used coins: 50, 1
Exchange – $1 USD to 3.67 dirham

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not required. In Singapore it is standard to tip 10%. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Asia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
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
Georgetown, Malaysia 88/75 88/75 90/75 88/77 88/75 88/75 86/75 88/72 88/72 86/75 86/75 88/75
Phuket, Thailand 88/71 91/71 93/72 95/74 93/75 92/74 91/74 91/74 91/74 89/74 87/73 86/72
Yangon, Myanmar 91/63 95/66 97/72 99/75 93/75 88/73 86/73 86/73 88/73 91/75 93/72 90/64
Colombo, Sri Lanka 89/72 91/73 91/75 90/77 89/79 87/79 86/78 87/78 87/77 87/76 87/74 88/73
Cochin, India 89/74 89/75 90/78 91/78 90/78 86/76 85/75 85/75 86/76 87/75 88/75 89/74
Mumbai, India 86/64 88/64 90/70 91/75 91/81 90/79 86/77 86/77 88/77 91/75 91/72 90/66
Delhi, India 69/46 75/51 86/60 98/70 103/78 101/82 96/81 93/80 93/80 91/66 83/55 73/47
Dubai, UAE 75/58 78/60 83/64 91/70 100/77 103/82 105/86 107/87 102/82 96/76 87/69 79/62

 

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top fun phrases in Malay, Thai, Indonesian, Hindi and Arabic:

Malaysia – Malay

Hai (Hi): Hello.

Apa khabar? (AH-puh KAH-bar?): How are you?

Khabar baik (KAH-bar BAEE): Fine

Sila (SEE-luh): Please

Terima kasih (TREE-muh KAH-seh): Thank you

Ya (YUH): Yes

Tidak (TEE-dah): No

Boleh jadi (BO-leh JAH-dee): Maybe

Maaf (Mah’AHF): Excuse me

Maafkan saya (Mah’AHF-kahn SAH-yuh): I’m sorry

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

Myanmar – Indonesian

He (Hey): Hello

Apa kabar? (AH-pah KAH-bar?): How are you?

Baik, terima kasih (Bah-EEK, TREE-mah KAH-see): Fine, thank you.

Silakan (Suh-LAH-kann): Please

Terima kasih (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see): Thank you

Ya (EEYAH): Yes

Tidak (TEE-dah/): No

Selamat tinggal (S’LAH-maht TING-gahl): Goodbye

Tolong! (Toh-long): Help!

Ini berapa? (EE-nee buh-ROPP-uh): How much?

India – Hindi

Namastey: Hi

Alvida: Goodbye

Hum kho gaye hain: I’m Lost

Yeh kaisey diyaa? How much is this?

Kshama keejeeae: Excuse me

Shukriyaa (Bahut dhanyavaad): Thank you (very much)

Hum kho gaye hain: I’m lost

Kya aap meri madad kar saktey hain?:  Can you help me?

United Arab Emirates – Arabic

Marhaban: Hello! Welcome!

Salam!: Hi

Shokran (jazellan): Thank you (very much)

Na’am: Yes

Laa: No

Ma’a salama: Goodbye

Alma’derah: Excuse me (to pass by)

Kam howa thamanoh?: How much is this?

Esmee …: My name is …

Hal tatakallamo alloghah al enjleziah: Do you speak English?

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about Dubai, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore before you embark on your Journey.

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.

Malaysia

  • There are roughly 29.6 million people in Malaysia with everyone adapting to its national topical climate.
  • Shoes must always be removed when entering a Malaysian home.  Sometimes even in shops you have to take your shoes off upon entering.
  • The largest cave chamber in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak, which can easily accommodate a Boeing 747.
  • Malaysia is home to 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees, more than 200 species of mammals, 600 species of bids, 140 species of snakes and 60 species of lizards.

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.

Myanmar

  • Its population of more than 60 million people makes it the world’s 24th most populous country.
  • More than 60 percent of the country’s total cultivated land area is made up of rice.
  • Myanmar produces precious stones including rubies, sapphires, pearls and jade.
  • There are 135 distinct ethnic groups recognized by the Myanmar government, and 89 percent of the population embraces Buddhism.

Sri Lanka

  • Due to its shape, Sri Lanka is known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” and the “Teardrop of India”.
  • Sri Lanka is powered by hydro-energy because of its waterfalls.
  • Until 1972, Sri Lanka was named Ceylon.
  • Sri Lanka is home to approximately 20,000 elephants.

India

  • The national fruit of India is the mango, and the national bird is the peacock, which was originally bred as a food source.
  • 70% of the world’s spices come from India, and India is the world’s largest tea produces with chai as its most popular beverage.
  • India is the birthplace of chess or chaturanga in Sanskrit, which translates to means “four members of an army”.
  • There are six seasons in India’s Hindu calendar: (1) spring, (2) summer, (3) monsoon, (4) autumn, (5) winter and (6) prevernal.
  • India has the second largest population in the world and is the world’s largest democracy.

Dubai

  • Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and has the largest population in the UAE of 2,106,177 people.
  • Dubai is bordered by Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
  • Only roughly 17 percent of Dubai’s population is comprised of Arab UAE nationals
  • Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East,” with more than 70 shopping malls including the world’s largest.
  • Dubai is home to the world’s largest flower garden, the Dubai Miracle Garden.

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