Take an exotic journey to Southeast Asia, traveling through breathtaking landscapes that showcase ancient histories, diverse cultures, and many World Heritage sites. Plus, experience the Golden Age of train travel aboard the elegant Eastern and Oriental Express.

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 Monks at Angkor Wat  Cityscape of Singapore with the Merlion Statue  Singapore in the evening  The Grand Palace, Bangkok  Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok  Statue at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok  Floating market, Bangkok  Thailand's River Kwai  Village along the River Kwai  Sunrise at Angkor Wat  Monk at Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat  The iconic site of Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat  Apsara dancer relief in Angkor Wat, Cambodia  Close up of sculpture at Bayon, Angkor Thom

Singapore, Thailand, and Angkor Wat

Featuring The Eastern & Oriental Express

14 days from $8,790

Take an exotic journey to Southeast Asia, traveling through breathtaking landscapes that showcase ancient histories, diverse cultures, and many World Heritage sites. Plus, experience the Golden Age of train travel aboard the elegant Eastern and Oriental Express.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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Shangri-La Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

The centrally located Shangri-La Singapore, set among lush green space, offers a respite from the bustling city while remaining convenient to shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. The hotel boasts elegant guest rooms and suites as well as a fitness center, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a luxurious spa featuring holistic treatments, a business center, restaurants, a lounge, 24-hour room service, and free WiFi.

Number of nights: 2

Peninsula Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand

The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, with its wave-shaped design inspired by its location on the Chao Phraya River, is consistently rated one of the best hotels in the world by discriminating travelers. Tranquil, spacious guestrooms feature sensational views of both the river and city as well as luxury amenities and indulgent touches. Guests can enjoy a full range of leisure and fitness facilities, including swimming in the three-tiered pool surrounded by lush landscaping and visiting the colonial Thai Peninsula Spa for a chakra-balancing massage. Dining choices range from elegant and chic to fun and fusion. Guests at the Peninsula Bangkok are assured of legendary Thai service. Amenities include complimentary WiFi.

Number of nights: 3



Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Just minutes from the temples of Angkor, this resort hotel is designed in a distinctive blend of Khmer and French colonial architecture and is a peaceful place to relax after a day of touring. Indulge yourself with a soothing spa treatment or a cool, refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Admire the beautiful lake and scenic gardens. Dine on Asian, European or French-Khmer fusion cuisine in any of the three excellent restaurants. WiFi is available and is complimentary.

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active


Expectations: Longer trip featuring exotic destinations with many overnights, including two nights aboard a deluxe train as well as upscale hotels in urban areas. Train travel requires good balance for navigating a moving train for overnight stay. Internal flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This tour features a full and active itinerary with many long touring days. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (uneven walkways, city hills, stairs without handrails, archaeological sites, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Daily activity is between two to five hours with walks less than two miles most days. Travelers should be aware of sun and heat and take care not to become dehydrated.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Train

Eastern & Oriental Express

The Eastern & Oriental Express reflects the Golden Age of rail travel as it winds through some of the most exotic, untouched countryside on Earth. The sister train to Europe’s Venice–Simplon Oriental Express, the E&OE offers an equally luxurious experience. Guests can listen to the sounds of the forest from the open-air observation car, sip a cocktail while the resident pianist plays in the piano bar, and enjoy gourmet cuisine and refined service in the lavishly decorated dining cars. Each air-conditioned Pullman compartment is paneled in cherry wood and marquetry and features large picture windows for excellent views, a banquette during the day and beds at night, 24-hour steward service, and an en suite bathroom with shower. 

 E&O Pullman Cabin Evening  Cabin aboard the <i>Eastern & Oriental Express</i>  E&O State Cabin Evening  E&O Oriental Express Observation Car  E&O Pullman Cabin  E&O Dining Car  E&O Gracious Staff  E&O Bar

Eastern & Oriental Express

The Eastern & Oriental Express reflects the Golden Age of rail travel as it winds through some of the most exotic, untouched countryside on Earth. The sister train to Europe’s Venice–Simplon Oriental Express, the E&OE offers an equally luxurious experience. Guests can listen to the sounds of the forest from the open-air observation car, sip a cocktail while the resident pianist plays in the piano bar, and enjoy gourmet cuisine and refined service in the lavishly decorated dining cars. Each air-conditioned Pullman compartment is paneled in cherry wood and marquetry and features large picture windows for excellent views, a banquette during the day and beds at night, 24-hour steward service, and an en suite bathroom with shower. 

 E&O Pullman Cabin Evening  Cabin aboard the <i>Eastern & Oriental Express</i>  E&O State Cabin Evening  E&O Oriental Express Observation Car  E&O Pullman Cabin  E&O Dining Car  E&O Gracious Staff  E&O Bar
Reading List

Highly Recommended

The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha
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Insight Guides Southeast Asia
By: Insight Guides
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The River's Tale: A Year on the Mekong
By: Gargan, Edward

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To Cambodia with Love (To Asia with Love)
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Top 10 Singapore (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
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Thailand - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
By: Culture Smart!, Rotheray, J.
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Bangkok: A Cultural History (Cityscapes)
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Night Trains: The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper
By: Martin, Andrew
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge
By: Chanrithy Him
Chanrithy Him felt compelled to tell of surviving life under the Khmer Rouge in a way "worthy of the suffering which I endured as a child."In a mesmerizing story, Chanrithy Him vividly recounts her trek through the hell of the "killing fields." She gives us a child's-eye view of a Cambodia where rudimentary labor camps for both adults and children are the norm and modern technology no longer exists. Death becomes a companion in the camps, along with illness. Yet through the terror, the members of Chanrithy's family remain loyal to one another, and she and her siblings who survive will find redeemed lives in America.A Finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. 15 black and whtie illustrations
First They Killed My Father Movie Tie-in: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
By: Ung, Loung
Letters from Thailand: A Novel
By: Botan
A Woman of Angkor
By: John Burgess
Praise for A Woman of Angkor:'Burgess has done something that I believe is unique in modern writing: set a credible and seemingly authentic tale in the courts and temples of ancient Angkor to stir the imagination and excite our historical interest.'-John le Carré'A Woman of Angkor is a powerful work of imagination that takes the reader to a faraway time and place and makes the story vividly real. Through the voice of his heroine, Sray, John Burgess conjures a story of a Khmer family whose lives are interwoven with the building of the magical, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. This is historical fiction with a difference--about a people whose history has been obscured and abandoned like the magnificent shrine that for so many centuries lay hidden in the jungle.' -David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of  Bloodmoney'A poignant glimpse into the daily life of Twelfth Century Cambodia. Do you want to know who were the people who built the temples, grew the rice and served in the palace guard? Read A Woman of Angkor.' -Dawn Rooney, author of  Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples'A wonderful and compelling story that vividly evokes the glory, violence, and beauty of the vanished Khmer Empire, as told through the testimony of one remarkable woman. This is a real page-turner of a narrative in which Burgess brings us into the dangerous world of palace intrigues and into the lives of Angkor's ordinary people.'-Michael D. Coe, author of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization.This first novel by former Washington Post journalist John Burgess is historically accurate and a very imaginative telling of the history of World Heritage Site Angkor.'Pure and beautiful, she glows like the moon behind clouds.' The time is the 12th Century, the place Cambodia, birthplace of the lost Angkor civilisation. In a village behind a towering stone temple lives a young woman named Sray, whom neighbors liken to the heroine of a Hindu epic. Hiding a dangerous secret, she is content with quiet obscurity, but one rainy season afternoon is called to a life of prominence in the royal court. There her faith and loyalties are tested by attentions from the great king Suryavarman II. Struggling to keep her devotion is her husband Nol, palace confidante and master of the silk parasols that were symbols of the monarch's rank.This lovingly crafted novel revives the rites and rhythms of the ancient culture that built the temples of Angkor, then abandoned them to the jungle. In telling her tale, Sray takes the reader to a hilltop monastery, a concubine pavilion and across the seas to the throne room of imperial China. She witnesses the construction of the largest of the temples, Angkor Wat, and offers an explanation for its greatest mystery-why it broke with centuries of tradition to face west instead of east.
The King's Last Song
By: Geoff Ryman
"[Ryman] has not so much created as revealed a world in which the promise of redemption takes seed even in horror."—The Boston Globe“Sweeping and beautiful. . . . The complex story tears the veil from a hidden world.”—The Sunday Times“Inordinately readable . . . extraordinary in its detail, color and brutality.”—The Independent"Ryman has crafted a solid historical novel with an authentic feel for both ancient and modern Cambodia."—Washington DC City Paper“Another masterpiece by one of the greatest fiction writers of our time.”—Kim Stanley Robinson"Ryman's knack for depicting characters; his ability to tell multiple, interrelated stories; and his knowledge of Cambodian history create a rich narrative that looks at Cambodia's "killing fields" both recent and ancient and Buddhist belief with its desire for transcendence. Recommended for all literary fiction collections."—Library JournalArcheologist Luc Andrade discovers an ancient Cambodian manuscript inscribed on gold leaves but is kidnapped—and the manuscript stolen—by a faction still loyal to the ideals of the brutal Pol Pot regime. Andrade’s friends, an ex-Khmer Rouge agent and a young motoboy, embark on a trek across Cambodia to rescue him. Meanwhile, Andrade, bargaining for his life, translates the lost manuscript for his captors. The result is a glimpse into the tremendous and heart-wrenching story of King Jayavarman VII: his childhood, rise to power, marriage, interest in Buddhism, and the initiation of Cambodia’s golden age. As Andrade and Jayavarman’s stories interweave, the question becomes whether the tale of ancient wisdom can bring hope to a nation still suffering from the violent legacy of the last century.Geoff Ryman is the author of the novels Air (winner of Arthur C Clarke and James Tiptree awards) and The Unconquered Country (a World Fantasy Award winner). Canadian by birth, he has lived in Cambodia and Brazil and now teaches creative writing at the University of Manchester in England.
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