“Thank you for arranging our wonderful tour. The hotels were outstanding. The food was delicious. The guides were very good. All things considered, it was a great tour. Thanks for everything. I’m looking forward to our next tour.” ~ Group Leader, Michael M.
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14 Days Southeast Asian Sensations offers the beaming smiles of Thailand, the unspoiled beauty of Laos, and the mysterious charm of Cambodia. Savor the sensations of Southeast Asia, an exotic land of friendly people and ancient culture. Follow the expert Mr. Michael Mullooly, the Director of the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.
Depart for Bangkok.
Sawadee! Welcome to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand and a main gateway to Indochina. Meet your local guide and transfer to hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning, explore the colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, and vegetables from small boats. You will also see traditional Thai houses and the way they live and travel by boats. Today is an excellent way to get an insight into the locals life and see the fresh exotic fruit and sample local delicacies.
Enjoy an authentic Thai lunch.
Visit the Grand Palace, which is one of the most beautiful samples of an ancient Siamese court. It used to be the residence of the Kings of Thailand. Here you will see palaces which were used for different occasions: the Funeral Palace, the Reception Palace, the Throne Hall, the Coronation Hall, the Royal Guest House, and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple.
This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Among the “must see” attractions in Thailand is a visit to Ayuthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The principal sights are the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, Wat Phra Srisanpetch and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. Full day excursion includes a boat trip to Bang-Pa-In, the former Royal Summer Residence, which represents a fine example of Thai architecture.
Fly to Chiang Mai. Drive up the serpentine road to the magnificently situated Wat Doi Suthep. Perched on a forested mountain, this most sacred Chiang Mai temple (3,280 ft) provides a superb view over the city, as well as a wealth of images and frescos. You then pass the city’s biggest market, Talat Warorod, before going to two important temples – Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Sing.
Spend your evening at the world famous Night Market.
Explore Hmong Nong Hoi Village and the botanic garden. A beautiful drive north to Baan Hmong Nong Hoi Mai, visit the Hmong Hilltribes Village whose ancestors migrated from China and The Royal Project. On the way back visit to the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and orchid farm.
This afternoon, attend a private Thai cooking lesson. Try a new experience in an old Thai style house classroom that allows you to taste the real ambiance of traditional Thai, whilst you cook. Take a walk to the local fresh market. There will teach you the techniques of how to choose the perfect ingredients for your Thai cooking lesson. Enjoy your own dish.
Free day at leisure or join an optional Sukhothai excursion to see Sukhothai Historical Park, Wat Si Chum and Wat Mahatat.
Fly to Luang Prabang, “Royal Buddha Image”. Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
Today’s highlight is the Elephant Village. Welcome and greeting by the village’s Camp Manager, who will give you a short briefing about how to handle elephants. Enjoy an elephant riding about 30 minutes and continue the tour by taking the traditional boat on the Mekong river. Stop over a village to see the traditional weaving and rice wine distillation.
Enjoy a simple lunch followed by a visit to Pak Ou caves . The Pak Ou (also written Pakou) Caves are one of the most treasured religious symbols of the Louang Prabang Province. Several legends tell stories of this site where, over the years, thousands of statues of Buddha have been deposited. You will see the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang , Vat Xieng Thong, dating back from the 16th century.
Tonight, explore a night market where you will find hill tribes selling their handmade textiles, silk works and traditional garments.
Discover the Royal Palace Museum, housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past and climb up to Phousi Hill. We will then visit the Kuangsi Waterfall and Butterfly Park. On the way, visit the Hmong village Ban Na Ouane. Short walk through the forest to Kuangsi Waterfall. Enjoy the scenery, the tiered limestone pools lies the Khmu village Ban Thapene. At Kuang Si Butterfly Park, study the research about Laos butterflies, host plants and preservation because of environmental issues in Laos.
Lunch at local restaurant near waterfall then back to the city, stop at Ock Pop Tok (The weaving centre). Khmu men are especially good basket weavers.
Early morning, experience the Alms Giving Ceremony at Wat Takbat. The UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. Alms giving takes place daily as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading out to all the side streets. Follow the guidance of the locals by kneeling down ready to give your offering to the monks; most common gifts include rice, fresh fruit and traditional sweet snacks. The idea of the alms giving is for the Buddhist monks to make merit and also to collect food for their one meal of a day.
Fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia, home to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, which literally means the “Defeat of Siam”, is the most prosperous region of contemporary Cambodia.
Get your camera ready for the Angkor Wat Temple, this Cambodia’s ancient temple city is a masterpiece of decorative details as well as of architectural style. The art is amazing and until now, no one knows the secret of crafting this magnificent temple. Enjoy the sunset at Angkor Wat. Visit the world famous Angkor Wat under the full moon.
Begin exploring the Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Kingdom, with a visit to the famous Bayon Temple with its large-scale faces bearing beguiling smiles. Continue to the Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
Enjoy a lunch at a local village with the family.
On a traditional wooden boat, visit the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Tonle Sap is awarded a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997. More than 1 million people live around the lake, whose waters sustain markets, schools, churches, flower gardens, vegetable farms, and even police stations.
Begin your journey visiting Banteay Kdei Temple, a massive Buddhist temple of the second half of the 12th century, naked name as the “Citadel of Women,” Banteay Srei is a jewel of red sandstone, famed for its intimate size and some of the finest, most intricate carvings in Southeast Asia.
Go further to experience “Indiana Jones” feel as you walk through the dense Jungle Beng Mealea Temple.
Free afternoon where you can visit the local Arts workshop or explore the market.
Enjoy farewell dinner with your group members.
Check out. Visit a non-profit organization, Golden Silk Pheach Preservation Center. It is to restore and safeguard the fabulous Khmer traditional methods and techniques of silk making, providing job opportunities for more than 100 local staffs. Fly to your home via Bangkok.