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Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

18 Nights featuring Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi and Hong Kong

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

Land Program: Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

Start Date: Oct 29, 2024
(Sailing Nov 3, 2024)

About This Journey

Adventure takes on a whole new meaning in the heart of Southeast Asia, where ancient temples and lush jungles intertwine to create a tapestry of mystique and breathtaking discoveries. Begin your Journey in Singapore, the lively city-state that is brimming with colonial charm and cutting-edge architecture. Stroll through the storied streets of Chinatown, visit the National Orchard Garden (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and savor the panoramic vistas atop of Singapore’s most eye-catching work of modern architecture. Travel to Siem Reap, where the iconic Temples of Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple await. Unveil the remnants of the Khmer Empire as you take on the sprawling temple complex and unearth the secrets of its intricate carvings and bas-reliefs. Then, embark on an incredible 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice, exploring the gems of Thailand and Vietnam. Renew yourself amongst the bustling energy of Bangkok and delight your palette with an artful fusion of Thailand’s aromatic herbs and vibrant spices. Traverse Vietnam’s stunning coastline, a visual spectacle of historic fishing villages and pristine beaches. In Hanoi, be prepared to witness one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders where thousands of limestone karsts rise dramatically from emerald waters. End your Journey with a post-cruise tour in Hong Kong, where Victoria’s Peak and the tranquil beauty of Wong Tai Sin Temple act as a scenic backdrop to the pulsating rhythm of cosmopolitan life. Join us on this path less traveled, where each moment takes you a step further into the heart of Southeast Asia’s hidden treasures and timeless wonders.

Visits: Celebrity Solstice, 37038, Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Nha Trang, Hue/Danang (Chan May), Hanoi (Halong Bay), Hong Kong.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

Itinerary

Start Date: October 29, 2024
(Sailing November 3, 2024)

Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Arrive Singapore – Transfer to Hotel, Afternoon Tour & Welcome Dinner
2 Singapore to Siem Reap – Flight to Siem Reap and Dinner
3 Siem Reap – Tour of Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple
4 Siem Reap – Tour of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srey, Evening Dinner Show
5 Siem Reap to Singapore – Flight to Singapore, Farewell Dinner
6 Singapore – Transfer to Ship for Embarkation 6:00 PM
7 At Sea
8 Ko Samui, Thailand 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand 8:00 AM
10 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand 5:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 Ho Chi Minh (Phu My), Vietnam 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
13 Nha Trang, Vietnam 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 Hue/Danang (Chan May), Vietnam 10:00 AM 8:00 PM
15 Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam 1:30 PM
16 Hanoi (Halong Bay), Vietnam 7:30 PM
17 At Sea
18 Hong Kong – Disembarkation, City Tour and Hotel Check-in 6:00 AM
19 Hong Kong – Transfer to Airport

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

Land Program

Day 1 – Arrive Singapore

National Orchid Garden

National Orchid Garden

Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel for check in. After free time for lunch, join your fellow travelers for an afternoon city introduction tour and welcome dinner. You will visit the National Orchid Garden, located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Botanic Gardens boast a sprawling display of 60,000 orchid plants comprising of 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids. We will then continue to Chinatown, passing fascinating temples and traditional turn-of-the-century shop houses.

 

Merlion Statue

Merlion Statue

At Merlion Park you will learn about this iconic city sculpture while admiring the view of the city skyline. We will then visit the Skypark observation deck, located 57 stories above the city, atop the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel for breathtaking views. Our last stop before dinner will be at the Long Bar inside the fully restored historic Raffles Hotel for a taste of Singapore’s unofficial national drink that was invented here in 1915, ‘the Singapore Sling’. As the saying goes, “If you have not been to Raffles, you have not been to Singapore”. We will then sit down to a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel. (D)

Note: if you wish to spend more time in Singapore, ask your Personal Vacation Manager about the optional hotel extension – which will add one night to your Singapore hotel stay.

Day 2 – Singapore to Siem Reap

This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and enjoy some free time before re-joining the group for dinner. (B, D)

Day 3 – Siem Reap

Angkor Thom Temple

Angkor Thom Temple

After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, begin your day by touring the South Gate of Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire, was a city of priests, military officials and residents of the Royal Palace. Pass through the South Gate, one of the four gates of Angkor Thom, before exploring the magnificent Bayon Temple. As you pass through the jungle, this sacred site emerges as one of the most impressive and mysterious temples. Visit the Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of Leper King, courtyards of magnificent statues that date back to the 12th century.

 

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

After a leisurely lunch, begin your tour of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s ancient temple city and one of the wonders of the Oriental world. The awe-inspiring ruins survive as a testament to the spectacular achievements of Southeast Asia’s greatest civilization. Etched and carved in the temple facades are stories of Khmer epics and myths. The inside walls are adorned with stone images of celestial Apsara dancers. Angkor Wat’s five famous towers rise into the sky, a geometrical symbol of the peaks of Mount Meru. Take time to savor the intricacies and significance of Angkor Wat and witness a breathtaking sunset over the ancient ruins before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

After dinner, visit Angkor Night Market, the first and only true night market in Siem Reap. Finish your day by browsing an assortment of handicrafts, raw-silk fabrics, hand-made jewelry and custom art from over 100 vendors and shops. Perhaps, purchase a keepsake to remind you of your travels before returning to your hotel. (B, L, D)

Note: While visiting the temples and ruins during days 3 and 4, please dress respectfully by covering your arms and legs. We suggest wearing loose, breathable pants and shirts with long sleeves or 3/4-length sleeves.

Day 4 – Siem Reap

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before visiting Ta Prohm temple. Swallowed by the jungle, Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII. The temple is cloaked in tree roots and moss, creating a poetic picture of nature reclaiming the ruins. We will then visit a local handicraft center, which works with local artisans to promote local and authentic crafts, before enjoying lunch.

 

 

This afternoon you will visit Banteay Srey and Banteay Samre temples. Banteay Srey is the fabled “Pink Temple of Women,” so-called because it is made of pink sandstone and 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. Dedicated in 987, Banteay Srey is also one of the oldest temples in the region.

Apsara Dance performance

Apsara Dance Performance

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. Its ornamentation, exceptional quality and preservation makes it one of the best representations of classic art from the finest period in Southeast Asian history. This evening, enjoy a special dinner with an Apsara Dance performance. This traditional dance style has been a part of local culture since the 7thcentury and is famous for its exquisite costumes. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Siem Reap to Singapore

Enjoy a relaxing morning before transferring to the airport for your flight to Singapore. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before rejoining the group for dinner. (B, D)

Day 6 – Singapore Embarkation

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the port, where you will board the Celebrity Solstice for a 12-night cruise to Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. (B)

Day 7-17 – Cruising onboard the Celebrity Solstice (see below for cruise highlights)

 

Day 18 – Hong Kong Disembarkation

Victoria’s Peak

Victoria’s Peak

Enjoy breakfast onboard, then disembark the Celebrity Solstice and meet your guide. We’ll start our tour with an incredible panoramic view of the city of Hong Kong. To reach this scenic vista point, we’ll take a funicular railcar up into the forests of Hong Kong Island to the summit of Victoria’s Peak. This area is surrounded by natural beauty, as well as Hong Kong’s most exclusive neighborhood. At an elevation of 1,800 feet, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of the city below. After descending the peak, we will then visit the Aberdeen Fishing Village, known for its picturesque harbor and seafood markets. Continue to a local market, where you’ll enjoy some time to shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs.

dim sum

dim sum

After an exciting morning of touring, we’ll rest our legs and treat ourselves to a popular Hong Kong lunch: dim sum. A traditional Cantonese style of eating, dim sum is a wonderful way to try a variety of local cuisine, especially steamed dumplings and buns. After lunch, visit the Wong Tai Sin Temple, a beautiful Taoist temple complex with gardens, pavilions and colorful architecture. We will then end our tour at the Jade Market before heading to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (L)

Day 19 – Hong Kong

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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

Ko Samui, Thailand

Ko Samui, Thailand

Ko Samui, Thailand: You might feel like you’ve discovered a hidden slice of heaven. The island is full of endless stretches of powdery sand and warm waters that shimmer in shades of turquoise, sapphire, and aquamarine hues. Aside from its blissful beaches, you’ll also discover charming fishing villages and impressive golden Buddhist temples. The local food scene is another highlight, with plenty of restaurants offering inventive takes on spicy Southeast Asian cuisine using fresh tropical ingredients.

Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand

Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand

Bangkok/Laem Chabang, Thailand: Bangkok is known as the City of Angels, and it consistently lives up to its hype even as it welcomes more and more visitors each year. Bangkok isn’t a well-kept secret these days, but it has managed to retain its colorful personality, its street style, and a flair that other cities try to replicate. Surround yourself with Thai history and culture every step of the way on your Bangkok cruise, whether you’re a foodie looking to eat your way through the city or a culture seeker who wants to hop from temple to temple, like Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam: Few cities evoke the same mystery and glamor as Vietnam’s Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, where its historic past mingles with an effortless edginess to form a modern city on its way to being a top destination on any Asia cruise. You might know more about Ho Chi Minh City than you think, whether you’re intrigued by the area’s elaborate underground tunnel system used throughout the 20th century or know of the famous Reunification Palace from history books and photographs. Ho Chi Minh City, however, isn’t limited by the past. It is decidedly looking forward and being elevated to a new status as a foodie haven, home to the world’s best banh mi sandwiches, and energetic local markets that rival the chaos and excitement of Beijing, Mumbai, and other metropolises.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam: Discover this bustling resort town, renowned for its turquoise waters and yellow sand beaches. See its grand colonial buildings and stroll across a bridge to a fishing village alive with trawlers and junks. Visit the celebrated Cham Towers of Po Nagar, a spot revered by Buddhists. In the countryside, experience rural life in Vietnam today.

Hue/Danang (Chan May), Vietnam

Hue/Danang (Chan May), Vietnam

Hue/Danang (Chan May), Vietnam: The coastal city of Da Nang bustles with French colonial influence and a low-key, beachy spirit. It’s been overlooked by tourists even though it’s the fifth largest city in Vietnam, but that’s slowly beginning to change as Da Nang grows and evolves. After all, Da Nang is a convenient gateway to other Asia destinations like Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Hanoi, Vietnam: Since being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, Halong Bay has captured the hearts and imaginations of visitors with its floating taxis, vibrant night markets, and proximity to some of Vietnam’s biggest destinations. If it’s your first time in Vietnam, it’s destined not to be your last. Whether you keep close to the limestone structures dotting Halong Bay or venture 100 miles inland to the cosmopolitan Hanoi, there’s something in Vietnam for any type of adventurous traveler.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

Included Features

  • International airfare, transfers and baggage handling
  • Roundtrip airfare from Singapore to Siem Reap, including transfers and baggage handling
  • 5-night pre-cruise land program in Singapore and Siem Reap
    • Singapore: 2-night hotel stay
      • Welcome Dinner
      • Half-day city tour of Singapore
      • Farewell Dinner
    • Siem Reap: 3-night hotel stay
      • Full-day tour of Angkor Wat and Bayon Temple
      • Full-day tour of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srey
      • Evening Dinner Show
  • 1-night post-cruise land program in Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong, China:1-night hotel stay
      • Half-day tour
  • 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
  • 12-night sailing aboard the Celebrity Solstice
    • 10% off shore excursions (see “special offers”)
    • Drinks, Wi-Fi and Tips are All Included on Celebrity Cruises
  • Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/21!
    • Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 Visa Gift Card with Exclusive Tips on 2024 Sailings + Drinks and Wi-Fi—All Included. Learn More ➤

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

Pacing 5 Out of 5

 

5 out of 5 – Land program Includes Full-day Guided Tours on Most Days

The overall pace is active, as most days include a full-day tour. Guests should be prepared to walk a couple miles per day while on full-day tours. Breakfast is always included at the hotel. Some additional meals will be included, while other meals may be at your leisure. All hotels will have a restaurant on property where you may dine. 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. 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. Based on crowds and traffic, order of visits may be changed.

Wheelchair access at many sites is limited to extremely limited. A fold-up wheelchair may be able to be stored on the bus but requires prior arrangements. 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. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters cannot be accommodated on this group program.

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 pre-cruise program will include visits to numerous temples and local villages, a performance of a traditional dance, and delicious local dishes. 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

Please remember to dress conservatively when visiting temples. If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with your personal vacation manager before booking the trip. The temperature can vary between day and night, so pack accordingly with items that can be layered. Some guests may wish to have a light sweater or windbreaker with them.

Transportation

While on tour:

Singapore to Siem Reap: 2-hour flight

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.

International Airfare:

Included international 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 a $100 per person charge for this service, however this charge will be applied toward any flights or upgrades you choose to purchase. The $100 charge must be paid prior to receiving a custom air quote.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

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

Special Offer for Journeys on Celebrity Cruises—Memorial Day Sale Ends 5/31!

Sail with up to $1,700 Onboard Credit and a $400 Visa Gift Card Exclusively from Us.

Drinks & Wi-Fi are All Included on Celebrity Cruises. 2024 departures also receive Exclusive Tips from Enrichment Journeys!

 

All guests must choose the same package type. View Celebrity Terms and Conditions. Offer expires May 31, 2024 or when sold out.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

1-night Singapore Extension (pre)

Want an extra day to adjust to the new time zone? With this optional extension you will arrive to Singapore a day early and have one extra day to relax at the hotel before the tour starts. Note: tours are not included. Price of $155 per person (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • 1-night hotel accommodations in Singapore with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer from airport to hotel

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

Dates & Prices
10/29/2024 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
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Prices are in USD and are based on double occupancy.

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

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Boston $450 Houston Intercontinental $250 Phoenix $350
Denver $350 John F. Kennedy $300 San Francisco $200
Detroit $500 Los Angeles $0 Seattle $150
Dallas-Ft. Worth $250 Orlando $450 Chicago $400
Newark $300 Miami $400 Vancouver $350
Toronto $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.

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.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

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
JEN Singapore Tanglin

1A Cuscaden Road, 249716, Singapore

Telephone: (65) 6738 2222

Tucked in the tranquil side of Tanglin, discover local secrets on your doorstep – whether a walk to the shops along Orchard Road, a stroll to the UNESCO heritage Singapore Botanic Gardens or a bicycle ride exploring the quaint neighbourhood of Dempsey Hill. Whichever mode of transport you choose- walking, cycling or hopping onto a bus or car- the hotel is centrally located near Orchard Road and a 2-minute walk from Orchard Boulevard MRT station, getting around is oh-so-convenient.

Lotus Blanc Resort

National Road 6, Krous Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Telephone: +855 15 430 222

Beautified by the greenery of an 88-swaying coconut tree garden, Lotus Blanc Resort offers a blissful landscape of the ultimate relaxation for any traveler who’s looking for privacy and serenity to escape and unwind.

Located in the midway of Siem Reap on road 6, only minutes away from the famous Angkor archeological park, the resort is ideally close to some of the iconic sights of Siem Reap such as Cultural Village and War Museum, and provides convenient access within five minutes remorque ride to the vibrant downtown.

Regal Kowloon Hotel

No.71 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China (Tsim Sha Tsui)

Telephone: 00 852 2722 1818

Conveniently located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong’s renowned commercial and entertainment district, the Regal Kowloon Hotel is an exquisite blend of classical European elegance and Oriental hospitality. Catering to the needs of the most discerning travellers, the luxurious hotel offers gracefully furnished guest rooms, and a variety of excellent food, including Cantonese cuisine, classic American grilled fare, international buffets, stylish healthy specialties and refreshing cocktails.

 

Celebrity Solstice

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 contemporary spaces that are at once coolly sophisticated and warmly inviting. Where the culinary experience is influenced by global cuisines and designed by their Michelin-starred chef. Where their staff provides seamless and intuitive service that’s both personal and unobtrusive. Where everything is designed to provide an unparalleled Relaxed Luxurysm resort at sea experience. Celebrity’s 15 award-winning ships offer unique experiences in more than 300 destinations on all seven continents.

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Experience a vacation like no other aboard Celebrity Solstice®. Relax and enjoy unforgettable spaces, world-class amenities, and all of the distinct features that make Celebrity Cruises so extraordinary. Enjoy all of the award-winning onboard experiences as you make your way to incredible destinations. The stylish accommodations include Concierge Class staterooms and spa-inspired AquaClass® with exclusive clean cuisine dining at Blu. The Retreat® experience includes private restaurant dining and 24/7 lounge. Enjoy dining options that include distinctive restaurants with menus crafted by Michelin-starred chefs and the most awarded wine collection at sea. Play your favorite outdoor games, catch a concert, or just take in some sun at The Lawn Club. Invigorate your senses and discover an amazing level of soothing spa treatments at The Spa. Relax, rest, and recharge aboard Celebrity Solstice and let the amazing staff take care of every detail, so all you have to do is enjoy your vacation. Celebrity Solstice is sailing with Starlinkthe world’s most advanced broadband satellite internetto bring you high-speed connectivity for a better onboard experience.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

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.

Journey to Vietnam, Thailand and the Ancient Temples of Angkor

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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. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Note: As of August 2023, U.S. and Canadian passport holders traveling to Cambodia will need to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival. Please visit https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ for details.

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

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

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.

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

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

Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$), currency code HKD

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 always appreciated but not always required. 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.

Tipping is customary in Southeast Asia (including Hong Kong). 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. Drivers can be tipped $5 USD per person, per day. Onboard the ship, gratuities are already included when sailing with Celebrity Cruises.

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
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
Siem Reap 88/71 91/73 94/77 95/79 94/80 92/79 90/78 90/78 88/78 88/77 88/75 87/71
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
Hong Kong 67/58 67/59 71/63 77/69 83/75 86/79 89/81 89/81 87/79 83/75 76/67 70/60

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 keywords and phrases:

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

  • nǐhǎo (Knee how): Hello
  • Zàijiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
  • Shì (Shr): Yes
  • Búshì (Boo shr): No
  • Qǐng (Ching): Please
  • Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
  • Búyòngkèqì (Boo yongsheh): You’re welcome
  • Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
  • duōshǎoqián (Dor sheowchen): How much?
  • Wǒtīngbùdǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
  • kuàizǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick

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

Malaysia: Malay

  • Halo (Ha lo): Hello
  • Terimakasih (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.

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

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

Thailand: Thai

  • Sa-wat-dii: Hello.
  • Sabaai-dii mái?: How are you?
  • Yin-dii thiidairuu-jak: Nice to meet you
  • Karunaa: Please
  • Khopkhun: 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
  • Khỏekhông? (Kwehkohng?): How are you?
  • Khôngsaođâu (Kohng sao doh): You’re welcome
  • Tôikhônghiểu (Toy kohnghee-oh): I don’t understand
  • Biếtnóitiếng Anh không? (Byet noy tyeng ang kohng): Do you speak English?
  • Tôibịlạc. (Toi bee lack): I’m lost
  • Làmơn. (Lam uhhn): Please.
  • Tắc xi! (Tuck see): Taxi!
  • Bao nhiêu (tiền)? (Bahwngew tee-uhn?): How much is this?
  • Sẽ quay lạisớm (Se-ay kway lie-ay sohm): Be back soon

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

Hong Kong: Cantonese

  • néihhóu ma: How are you?
  • hóuhòisàmyihngsīknéih: Pleased to meet you
  • yātlouhseuhnfùng: Bon voyage
  • Nīgogéidōchín a: How much?

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

Fun Facts

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

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).

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 Craseonycteristhonglongyai (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.

China

  • One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is four times that of the United States.
  • The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
  • Hong Kong means “Fragrant Harbor”.
  • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world; double that of New York City.

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

  • 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
  • Cambodia: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
  • Cambodia: History of Cambodia by David Chandler
  • Vietnam: A Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis
  • Hong Kong: The Last Governor by Jonathan Dimbleby
  • Thailand: Dream of a Thousand Lives: A Sojourn in Thailand by Karen Connelly

Travel Guides

Films

  • Singapore: Saint Jack (1979)
  • Vietnam: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Vietnam: Indochine (1992)
  • Cambodia: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was filmed around Angkor, especially Ta Prohm
  • Cambodia: The Killing Fields (1984), also a book

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