Discover the temples and palaces of Bangkok, and relive the Golden Age of rail travel on a luxury vintage train through the Malay Peninsula to Singapore, then fly to 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 $7,390

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

Oct 28 - Nov 9, 2017 Departure
Bryce Beemer

Bryce Beemer

Dr. Bryce Beemer has lived, worked, and researched in Southeast Asia for more than seven years, primarily in Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand. His first visit to Thailand was as an exchange student in 1990, and he travelled to Burma only a few years later. Bryce received his PhD in Southeast Asian and World History from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research is on cultural exchange with a focus on art, religious practices, dance, theater, and music; and on pre-colonial warfare and slavery. He has published numerous articles on the topic of slavery and cultural exchange and received several awards for original and innovative research.

Bryce has a deep passion for the Southeast Asian arts, artisans, and performers and has incorporated interviews and art historical analysis into his work. He enjoys sharing this passion for Southeast Asian culture and history with others and has delivered lectures on these topics to audiences in the U.S., Thailand, Burma, and India.