Discover the temples and palaces of Bangkok, and relive the Golden Age of travel on a luxury vintage train through the Malay Peninsula to Singapore then travel on to explore the fascinating island of Bali.

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 Enjoying the scenery of Thailand from the <i>Eastern & Oriental Express</i> observation car  The white-sand beaches of Bali  The World Heritage <i>subak</i> or rice terraces in Bali  Bali's rice terraces at dawn  Singapore in the evening  Detail from the Emerald Buddha Temple, Bangkok  The World Heritage site of Ayutthaya, near Bangkok  Thailand's River Kwai  Village along the River Kwai

A Journey from Bangkok to Bali

Featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express

13 days from $7,140

Discover the temples and palaces of Bangkok, and relive the Golden Age of travel on a luxury vintage train through the Malay Peninsula to Singapore then travel on to explore the fascinating island of Bali.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I have been with various travel groups but this trip was better than any I've ever been on. Everything was well planned; these guys had it to down to a science. On most tours at least one thing goes wrong, but not with Smithsonian. They're total experts and professionals and I can't think of anything that they could have done better.

- Valerie, M.

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Nov 5 - 17, 2016 Departure; Oct 28 - Nov 9, 2017 Departure
Dawn  Rooney

Dawn Rooney

Dawn F. Rooney, an art historian specializing in Southeast Asia, is the author of ten books on the art and culture of the region including two guides: Angkor, Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, 6th edition (2011) and Sukhothai, Thailand’s Cultural Heritage (2008). Her latest publication is Ceramics of Seduction, Glazed Wares of Southeast Asia (2013). Dr. Rooney was a scholar in residence at The Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy in 2002. Her website was launched in 2004 with a grant from the James H.W. Thompson Foundation to make three decades of independent research available to the public (http://rooneyarchive.net), including three of her books that can be downloaded in .pdf format. She is an advisor to the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and on the editorial board of The Oriental Society of Australia. Rooney writes for Asian art publications, is a guest lecturer on cruises and tours, and teaches at SOAS, University of London, in the Southeast Asia module of the Post-Diploma Course and at the Janapravaha Centre in Mumbai. She is an American residing in Bangkok and Seattle.

Feb 1 - 13, 2017 Departure
Sandra Cate

Sandra Cate

Dr. Sandra Cate, anthropologist and folklorist, explores the material and expressive culture of Southeast Asia, in such diverse manifestations as Buddhist temple murals, Mien/Yao embroidery, and traffic jams in Bangkok.  Dr. Cate teaches a broad range of cultural anthropology classes, with specific interests in global processes, art in cultural context, religion and ritual, consumption and exchange, conflict, gender and sexuality, tourism, and concepts of heritage. She has also written on the contemporary Asian art market and the changing conditions shaping festival and textile production. While a Fulbright scholar in Thailand, she collected T'ai textiles for the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Dr. Cate’s publications include Making Merit, Making Art: A Thai Temple in Wimbledon (2003), Buddhist Storytelling in Thailand and Laos: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll at the Asian Civilisations Museum (2013) and Building Buddhist Temples Abroad, forthcoming 2015.

A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Dr. Cate is a member of American Anthropological Association and the Association for Asian Studies. Trained at the University of California, Berkeley, she currently teaches anthropology at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley.