SOUTHEAST ASIA EXPLORER
Craft Capitals & World Heritage Sites

October 25 - November 4

A trip with great depth and breadth embracing a number of Southeast Asia's most notable World Heritage sites and historic cities in each of the countries we visit. Horizons has been traveling for many years to Southeast Asia and is particularly fortunate to have been able to observe the changes in Burma over the past decade and to have made many friends there during this time. This country, Laos and Cambodia all offer distinct contrasts, yet are just one hour flights from one another, making this richly diverse trip a seamless experience. The tradition of friendliness and hospitality in each of the countries we visit is palpable and a significant part of this special experience. Stay in unique luxury hotels chosen for their history, location and ambiance. Rooms double occupancy, private baths.
• Maximum Group Size 6 people • 10 days • Accommodations, Meals (as noted in General Information), Excursions & Private Guides, Ground Transportation: $3365 • (optional international air package from U.S. available, plus intra-Asia flights) • + Optional ANGKOR WAT ADD-ON

BURMA • LAOS + CAMBODIA ADD-ON

BURMA One of the most exotic countries in Asia, Burma – today called Myanmar – is still largely untouched by tourism and, in many respects, by the 21st century. It is a land of dazzling Buddhist pagodas, colonial buildings of enormous charm and unkempt grandeur, vibrant hill-tribe cultures, and stunning natural beauty. Our trip takes us from Yangon – the colonial era capital whose majestic Shwedagon Pagoda is unforgettable – to breathtaking Inle Lake, studded with villages on stilts, surrounded by floating gardens, floating temples, and an abundance of craftspeople – weavers, silversmiths, papermakers.... Our grand finale will be majestic Bagan where the remains of over 2000 temples cover the stunning Irawaddy plains. Bagan's apex was the 11th century and, in grandeur, is on a par with Angkor Wat – it awed Marco Polo and still awes the visitor today.

LAOS The serene and exquisite town of Luang Prabang can only be described in superlatives. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town is nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, amidst picture-book mountains and studded with remarkable Buddhist temples. This gem is one of the few Southeast Asian cities that has yet to succumb to commercialism, with great care taken to preserve its historic and ecological treasures. Monks in colorful robes stroll the streets and the Hmong night market stretches along the main thoroughfare — a marvelous low-key craft extravaganza.

CAMBODIA Cambodia and, particularly the extraordinary temples at Angkor Wat, has been reborn. At peace after 3 decades of civil war, this beautiful country and the wonderful Cambodian people are open to the world. Angkor Wat is truly a World Heritage Site – here the remnants of the Khmer Empire stand, a city of spectacular stone temples rising out of a lush green landscape which we'll visit with an eminent private guide. Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor and Cambodia's spiritual and cultural heart!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience a breath-taking sunrise balloon ride over the golden temples of Bagan – unforgettable!
  • Burmese lacquer-work is considered the most technically demanding in all of Asia. Private talk & demonstration with an eminent lacquer artist
  • Take a lovely Mekong morning boat trip to an off-the-beaten track pottery village near Luang Prabang.
  • Enjoy a half-day cooking class in Laos – a culinary AND cultural experience!
  • Introduction to one of Laos’ most prominent textile designers whose silks are internationally famous
  • Experience Angkor Wat at sunset with one of Cambodia’s most distinguished guides.

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