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Bangkok to Bali featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express (October 30 – November 12, 2013)

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Bangkok to Bali featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express (October 30 – November 12, 2013)

Embrace Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia on this magical adventure, featuring an indulgent trail journey designed by Eastern & Oriental Express. Begin in Bangkok and explore its exquisite temples, palaces and shrines. Cruise down the River Kwai, visit an elephant sanctuary in the ancient capital of Siam. On the island of Bali, discover both Ubud, the leafy artistic and spiritual enclave that has lured luminaries such as Noel Coward and Margaret Mead, and the island’s sugar-white beaches that beg you to bask in the sun. A feast for the sense awaits you on this soul-stirring journey.

Program Highlights

- Enjoy an exclusive Small-Group journey limited to 28 travelers.
– Ride a tuk tuk through Bangkok and take a cruise of the Chao Phraya River to see Wat Arun and Wat Po, two of the city’s most impressive temples, and a gloating market.
– Experience the golden age of travel on the Eastern & Oriental Express train and see the Thai and Malaysian countryside as you make your way from Bangkok to Singapore.
– Wander through the impressive ruins of Ayutthaya and visit an elephant sanctuary.
– Cruise the River Kwai to see the history bridge built by Allied troops.
– Explore the lively city-state of Singapore.
– Discover both the lush highlands and beautiful beaches of Bali, one of the world’s most idyllic islands.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: And We’re Off!

Depart your gateway city for Bangkok aboard schedule jet service.

Day 2: In Transit

Cross the international dateline.

Day 3: Bangkok

Upon arrival, transfer to The Peninsula Bangkok. Gather for a Welcome Reception in the hotel.

Day 4: Bangkok

Educational Focus: A History of Thailand
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Stop to take a photo of Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, before continuing to the famous Thonburi canals, a floating community with homes, temples, markets and more. As the cruise ends, continue your excursion on land. Visit the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple. Next, take a tuk tuk ride to Wat Po to see the reclining Buddha. This temple also is considered the country’s first university.

Local Flavor: Stop for lunch of Thai cuisine at a restaurant in a century-old historic building. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at one of Bangkok’s most famous restaurants. Savor exotic dishes and watch a colorful Thai dance performance in a richly decorated Thai pavilion.

Day 5: Bangkok / Ayutthaya

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Explore the extravagant royal Summer Palace surrounded by manicured gardens in the ancient capital of Siam. Cruise the Chao Phraya River aboard a rice barge, then continue to Ayutthaya Elephant Palace, a nonprofit center that cares for endangered Asian elephants. Experience an unforgettable ride on an elephant through the ancient temples ruins that dot this fascinating UNESCO city.

Day 6: Bangkok / Eastern & Oriental Express

Excursion: Jim Thompson House
Ponder the mystery of this self-made American legend as you explore the teak complexes that made up his antique-rich home. Enjoy some free time to browse the shop, which is filled with goods made from Thailand’s exquisite textile, silk.

Local Flavor: Enjoy a Thai lunch at the Thompson Bar & Restaurant. This afternoon, board the opulent Eastern & Oriental Express train. As the train departs Bangkok, watch the cityscape fade into a lush rural tapestry.

Day 7: Eastern & Oriental Express / Kanchanaburi

Sip your morning coffee as the E&O departs from Wang Po along the wooden trestle viaduct beside a towering cliff.

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Excusrion: Kanchanaburi
Board a boat at River Kwai Bridge station. As you float down the Kwai Yai river, learn about the Thailand-Burma railway from a local historian. Then, drive past the North Temple and Chinese Cemetery to the Thailand-Burma Railway Center and the Don Rak War Cemetery, where 7,000 Allied soldiers who died while building the railway during World War II are buried.

Day 8: Eastern & Oriental Express / Gerogetown

Excursion: Georgetown
Stroll the narrow streets of colonial Georgetown, capital of Penang. See the Malay, Chinese and Indian influences in this old trading port as you explore historic mosques, churches, temples, bazaars and shops. This evening, sip a nightcap in the piano bar with friends on the final evening aboard the E&O.

Day 9: Eastern & Oriental Express / Singapore

Excursion: Singapore
Explore Singapore and see the skyscraping Marina Bay Sands resort and Merlion Park. Drive through the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall and more. Explore Thian Hock Keng Temple, the Temple of Holy Bliss, one of the city’s oldest temples. This afternoon, check in to the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.

Day 10: Singapore / Bali, Indonesia

This morning, depart for the airport for the flight to Bali. Upon arrival, transfer to Ubud Hanging Gardens in the island’s lush hill country.

Day 11: Bali

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Visit Mount Batur, an active volcano. Lake Batur, the larges lake on the island, sits in the caldera. Continue to lofty Besakih, whih sits on the island’s largest mountain. The Mother Temple of Bali, as Besakih is known, is a complex of 24 temples. Visit Kerta Gosa, home to the Royal Courts of Justice and Bale Kambang floating pavilion. See Mount Batur, an active volcano and explore artsy Ubud, a cultural enclave. Visit Agung Rai Museum to see examples of Balinese art. Conclude your excursion with a visit to the Ubud art market. Here, you can shop for jewelry, batiks and other mementos of your journey.

Local Flavor: Enjoy a lunch of Balinese cuisine in Ubud.

Day 12: Bali

Today, descend to the beautiful lowlands to see a different side of Bali.

Excursion: Balinese Life
Have the opportunity to met a spiritual healer before visiting a local school to meet he students and their teachers. Also, visit a traditional Balinese housing compound. Continue to the rice fields to learn about subak, an ancient irrigation system still in use today. If you wish, you can try your hand at planting or harvesting rice. This afternoon, check in to the Jimbaran Puri Bali, a resort overlooking one of the beautiful beaches for which Bali is known.

Local flavor: Savor a lunch of Indonesian specialties during an al fresco lunch by the rice fields.

Day 13: Bali

The day is at leisure to enjoy Bali’s famous beaches or to explore the village of Jimbaran. This evening attend a Farewell Reception.

Day 14: Farewell to Bali!

This morning is at leisure. Later today, transfer tot he airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

Accommodations

The Peninsula Hotel (Bangkok)
Sitting on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, this W-shaped landmark is consistently rated one of the best hotels in the world by discriminating travelers. Tranquil, spacious guestrooms feature sensational views of river and city as well as indulgent touches like silk-clad finishes and marble baths with television above the bathtub. Swim in the three-tiered pol embraced by lush landscaping or sneak away to the colonial Thai Peninsula Spa for a chakra-balancing massage.

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Mandarin Oriental (Singapore)
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore sits in Marina Bay just steps from the Esplanade. The hotel offers many enticing amenities to its guests. Stroll through the garden, unwind at the spa or swim a few laps in the outdoor swimming pool. There is also a fully equipped fitness center. The hotel also a showcase of Asian art; the collection features the works of regional artists. Enjoy everything from cocktails to international cuisine at the hotel’s five restaurants and two lounges.

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Ubud Hanging Gardens (Bali)
Enjoy the lush landscape during a stay in Ubud, Bali’s famous artist enclave. Stay in one of the villas built on the terraced hillside in the style of a traditional Balinese village. Enjoy views of the tranquil countryside from a private terrace. Relax at Ayung Spa, a state-of-the-art facility featuring a variety of holistic treatments. Enjoy alfresco dining and a menu featuring Asian- and European-influenced cuisine at Beduur Restaurant. The hotel also has a cafe and a lounge.

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Jimbaran Puri Bali
This luxurious resort overlooks one of Bali’ beautiful beaches. Enjoy the privacy of your own cottage suite with a private garden and terrace. Venture out to the powder-soft sands of the beach or take a dip in the infinity pool built into the terraced landscape. The hotel has a spa, but you can also relax with an in-room massage or aromatic facial treatment. Savor international cuisine at one of two restaurants, and enjoy a drink and the sunset at the lounge.

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(Travel program arranged by AHI Travel. Contact them at 800-323-7373 for more information and availability of future travel programs.)

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