Thailand & Angkor Wat, Cambodia

15 day tour - February 14, 2015

with Myanmar (Burma) & Singapore Option - NEW!

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Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
Special Guest Educator

The NEW BEST Tour in the World!

The owners of Fun For Less Tours spent almost 7 weeks in January and February exploring Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma. They wanted to make sure we had the best tour possible. From their many trips to this part of the world, along with their explorations this year, they have created a new fantastic tour that includes: Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma) and an option to visit Singapore. 
Here is why this tour is now the BEST TOUR in the World!
This tour has more highlight days than any other tour! On every tour there are days that stand above the rest, days that will never be forgotten, these are what we call highlight days. For example you will love every day on a tour of Peru and Machu Picchu, but two of the days will stand above everything else; the day you explored Machu Picchu and the day you visited the Uro tribe on Lake Titicaca – these two days are what we call the fantastic highlight days. A Machu Picchu tour has two has two highlight days, our tour in China has 5 fantastic days, (the most of any tour until now) – Our new redesigned Southeast Asia tour has 6 fantastic highlight days. 
    

Here is an overview of your fantastic tour!

In Cambodia:
There are two fantastic highlight days in Cambodia, Angkor Wat & Tonli Sap Lake. Angkor Wat is the best ruins in the world, they are unrivaled in beauty and state of preservation! Its mightiness and magnificence displays a pomp and luxury surpassing that of Pharaoh, an impressiveness greater than that of the Pyramids, and artistic distinctiveness as fine as that of the Taj Mahal! Films like Tomb Raiders have been filmed here. Tonli Sap Lake will amaze you with the villages and houses built on stilts, along with the floating villages and houses that live on the lake.
 
In Thailand:
Thailand is Siam, the King & I and Anna & the King. You will have one Fantastic highlight day in Chiang Mai Thailand - One of our passengers this year said. “this has been the best 24 hours in my life” after his day in Chiang Mai area. The day included the holding and feeding baby tigers, petting large tigers, witnessing the best Elephant show in the world, riding elephants over the mountain to visit the Long Neck Tribe. As seen in National Geographic’s, the women stretch their necks by putting metal rings around their neck. In Thailand we also visit Bangkok and the staggering beautiful palace and temples of the King. 
 
In Myanmar (Burma)
There are Two fantastic highlight days in Burma, Bagan ruins and Inle Lake. Bagan is probably one of the most amazing sights we have ever seen. Within a few square miles are the ruins of over 2,500 temples and pagodas. Inle Lake is beautiful, unique, filled with floating villages, floating Gardens, floating Temples and so much more. This is a 10+ in sites to visit in the world. We also tour Rangoon before leaving Burma.
 
Travel & Leisure Magazine list the top 10 cities in the world each year. Three of the cities you are going to visit on this tour have made Travel & Leisure’s Top 10 cities in the world:In the current list, Bangkok Thailand is the #1 city in the world & Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) is #7. In last year’s list Chiang Mai Thailand was also part of the top 10.
 
Singapore Air:We use the number one airline in the world, Singapore Air. There is more leg room, better service and each seat has its own individual television that has over 100 hundred movies that you can start, pause or stop when you want too.

                  

Whisper Perfect Headset Receivers

 

Pricing Information

Package Pricing Includes:

Important Note: Many travel companies show a low price, but by the time you add everything in, they become expensive.
Our pricing is a package that will actually give you more for less!  Below we have listed what is included in our discounted package price.
  • 4 Star Deluxe & 5 Star Luxury Hotels throughout.
  • All transfers to and from airports, hotels and tours.
  • All tours, entrance fees, buses and the best in local English speaking guides.
  • All land taxes and booking fees.
  • 6 inside flights - $1,172: (Rangoon to Bagan & Bagan to Inle Lake & Inle Lake to Rangoon & Rangoon to Angkor Wat & Angkor Watt to Bangkok & Bangkok to Chiang Mai).
  • 1 night hotel in SFO at the end of the tour.
  • Elephant show and elephant ride over a mountain to the Long Neck Tribe.
  • Tiger Kingdom where you can get up close and personal with tigers.
  • All boat rides in Cambodia, & Myanmar (Burma).
  • The best in educators: Dr. S. Michael Wilcox
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff throughout the tour: “We don’t send you, we take you”.
  • Whisper Perfect head set receivers, with them you can hear every word clearly even when you step away from the group to take that important picture.
  • Option to purchase deeply discounted airfare on the number one airline: Singapore Air.
 
Package Pricing: $3,667*
 
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include optional extension, airfare and tips.
 
Airfare will be annouced soon

Itinerary (subject to change as needed)

Day 1- Feb 14: Fly
Today you will fly from your home to San Francisco where you will board the Singapore Airline Jet late this evening.  The new jet boasts roomier seats and the best on-demand entertainment system. Your flight will take you to Singapore and then on to Rangoon.
 
Day 2- Feb 15Flying
Cross the International Date Line and lose a day.
 
Important Note:  Burma (Myanmar) is one of the most impressive countries in the world to tour.  But for many years Burma (Myanmar) has been a country everyone has recommended you do not travel to because of political problems.  It was removed form that list by the US and other countries a couple years ago.  The flood of tourists since being taken off the do not visit list, has completely overwhelmed the country!  During the high season (the best time to visit Burma & the time of our visit) there are 3 passengers looking for rooms for every room available.  Most of the existing hotels are not fully up to the deluxe and luxury hotels you find in other countries.  But because of the demand, they are the most expensive hotels we have on this tour!  It is an absolute fight to get the hotels we need, and this year we had to sometimes split our group into 3 hotels to get everyone taken care of.  Is it worth the headache?  Absolutely!!!!! You do not want to miss the best ruins in the world at Bagan and the experience of a lifetime at Inle Lake!
 
Myanmar Dress Code: should note that the chapel is a national shrine and you will be required to wear proper attire (no bare shoulders or knees.)  Shoes must be removed before entering the temple buildings as a matter of respect. 
 
Day 3- Feb 16: Rangoon Myanmar (Burma)
You will arrive early morning into Singapore, change planes and continue on to Rangoon.  You will arrive mid-morning into Rangoon. Yangon (Rangoon) lies in the fertile delta of southern Myanmar, on the wide Yangon River. The city is filled with tree-shaded boulevards while shimmering stupas float above the treetops.  The city became the capital only in 1885.  We will be doing a city tour.  The most important stop will be SHWEDAGON PAGODA, which is the highlight of any visit to Yangon. Towering over the city, this pagoda is the most sacred spot in the country, built to house eight hair relics of the Buddha. After touring we will head to our hotel.
 
Day 4- Feb 17: Rangoon - Bagan
Today will be another fantastic highlight day.This morning we will fly to Bagan. We consider Bagan to be the BEST RUINS in the WORLD!  Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins.  Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD.
  • SHWEZIGON PAYA: King Anawrahta started the construction of the Schwezigon Pagoda to enshrine some relicts of Buddha. The construction was finished by his successor, King Kyansittha between 1086 and1090. Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar. 
  • GUBYAUKHYI TEMPLE at Wetkyi-Inn: This temple was built in the early 13th Century and repaired in 1468. The great colorful painting about the previous life of Buddha and the distinguished architecture make this temple an interesting site for a visit.
  • ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period.
  • GUBYAUKGYI TEMPLE at Myinkaba: Built in 1113 by Kyanzittha son Rajakumar, this temple is famous for its well-preserved Stuccos from the 12th century on the outside walls. The magnificent paintings date from the original construction of the temple and are considered to be the oldest original paintings in Bagan.
  • MANUHA TEMPLE: The Manuha Temple was built in 1059 by King Manuha, the King of Thaton, who was brought captive to Bagan by King Anawrahta. It enshrines the unusual combination of 3 seated and one reclining image Buddha. It is said that this temple was built by Manuha to express his displeasure about his captivity in Bagan.
  • SHWESANDAW PAYA: In 1057 King Anawrahta built this pagoda following his conquest of Thaton. This is the first monument in Bagan, which features stairways leading up from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the Stupa. This Pagoda is ideal to watch Bagan's magnificent sunsets. 
  • LACQUERWARE WORKSHOP: the villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar.  Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of lacquerware making and decoration.  We will overnight in Bagan.
 
Day 5- Feb 18: Bagan - Inle Lake
We have an early start today.  Our flight to Heho departs this morning. Upon arrival at approximately 8:30am we will transfer to the Inle Lake region.  Here we travel by boat to the western shore of the lake.  As you travel across the lake you may glimpse locals going about their daily tasks.  Here we exit the boat and wind our way to the hidden Indein temple complex.  The complex is home to hundreds of stupas in various stages of preservation.  Many are still hidden under the thick overgrowth of moss and vines.  We conclude the day at the hotel.
 
Day 6- Feb 19: Inle Lake
Today we enjoy another boat excursion on Inle Lake.  Inle Lake is beautiful, and fertile with calm waters which are dotted with patches of floating vegetation. The lakes shore and islands are home to 17 villages built on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. We visit one of these villages and a local market.  Along the way we enjoy the scenery and may observe local fishermen using their leg-rowing technique to propel themselves around the lake.   Later we also visit the Phaung Daw OO Pagoda and the Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery.  The day concludes at the hotel where you will have time to enjoy the area at your leisure. 
 
Day 7- Feb 20: Inle Lake - Rangoon
This afternoon we will transfer from Inle Lake to the airport for our flight to Rangoon.  Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. 
 
Day 8- Feb 21: Rangoon - Siem Reap
Today will have another fantastic highlight day. This morning we will Fly to Siem Reap. Upon arrival visit Tonle Sap Lake: Kampong Kleang is located about 50 km from Siem Reap town.  By boat we will explore the floating fishing villages that live at the edges of the lake, passing submerged forests and fishing farms.  We will also visit the local market. The friendly locals make visiting a local market an interesting excursion. We will then transfer to our 5 Star luxury hotel.
 
Day 9- Feb 22: Angkor Watt
Our Visit to Angkor Wat will be another fantastic highlight day! The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, ANGKOR WAT is the national symbol and a favorite of any visit to Cambodia. The largest, best preserved, and most religiously significant of the Angkor temples, Angkor impresses visitors both by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the delicate artistry of its carvings.  To approach the temple you must cross the vast moat, continuing along a broad causeway lined with naga balustrades.  As you enter the main building you will ascend through a series of galleries and courtyards before reaching the central sanctuary, which offers beautiful views back over the causeway and across the surrounding countryside.  On the way we stop to enjoy the intricate stone carvings that adorn nearly every surface, with some 1,700 Apsaras, or celestial dancers, sculpted into the walls.  Along the outer gallery walls run the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which narrates stories from Hindu mythology, including the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk.  Angkor Wat is stunning at any time of the day.
Visit Angkor ThomThe fortified city of ANGKOR THOM covers an area of 10 square km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city includes many of Angkor's most popular sights. Enter by the monumental SOUTH GATE over a causeway lined on either side by statues of demons and gods, each carrying a giant naga. Continue to the TERRACE OF THE ELEPHANTS and the TERRACE OF THE LEPER KINGS, former spaces for public ceremonies, both adorned with dramatic bas reliefs. We will visit the ruined BAPHUON, ROYAL ENCLOSURE and PHIMEANAKAS before continuing to TA PROHM, one of the most popular attractions of Angkor. Much of the jungle has not been cleared and it looks very much as most of the Angkor monuments would have appeared when European explorers first stumbled across them. Tomb Raiders and other movies were filmed here.
 
Day 10- Feb 23: Siem Reap - Bangkok
Mid-morning flight to Bangkok. Upon arrival we will transfer to your 5 star luxury hotel. Your hotel is located on a river with free boat rides. You will have some time to explore and enjoy the area.
 
Day 11- Feb 24: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
This morning we will visit to THE ROYAL GRAND PALACE, the nation's landmark and most praised royal monument. This is the former royal residence of the Chakri Kings. The palace is a perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Built in 1782 by King Rama I, it was the center of power for more than 150 years.  Today, the palace is Bangkok's major landmark and most popular tourist attraction.  WAT PHRA KAEW, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is located right next to the Grand Palace and together form perhaps the greatest spectacle for the visitor to Bangkok.  It consists of over 100 brightly colored buildings, golden spires and glittering mosaics, and dates back to 1782 when Bangkok was founded.  When you enter the compound you first see Wat Phra Kaew and the nearby attractions, and then move on to the Grand Palace afterwards. Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Later this afternoon we will fly to Chiang Mai. If you saw the show Tangled, you would have seen the fire balloons that filled the sky, this actually happens in Chiang Mai. This evening you will have a chance to light your own fire balloon and watch it rise into the sky. 
 
Day 12- Feb 25: Chiang Mai
Today will be a fantastic highlight day that you will never forget.  We start with a visit to Tiger Kingdom. Here you will be able to see many tigers and if you would like, you will have an opportunity to play with baby tigers or pet the larger ones.  From there we head to see the elephants where you’ll see them perform a fantastic show, then we will ride them over the mountain into the Long Neck Village.   As seen in National Geographic, the women of the Long Neck Tribe put multiple metal rings around their necks to stretch them.  The rings weigh over 20 pounds.  We return to Chiang Mai to overnight.  
 
Day 13- Feb 26: Chiang Mai
We will start our day by visiting the Golden Temples on the hill overlooking Chiang Mai. We will also have time for a city tour, plus a visit to a fantastic wood carving and umbrella making factory. You will have time to rearrange your bags before you fly home tomorrow.
 
Day 14- Feb 27: Chiang Mai - San Francisco
This morning the group will fly to Singapore, change planes and continue on to San Francisco.
NOTE: We arrive at approximately 8:30 pm into San Francisco and in many cases it will be too late to travel to your home. We have included the hotel in San Francisco. If a flight becomes available and you can continue home, then we will deduct $100 per room off your invoice for not using that hotel.
 
Day 15- Feb 28: Home
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Two Day Singapore Extension

Two Day Singapore Option includes:
  • 2 nights in Singapore in a 5 Star luxury hotel.
  • All taxes and fees.
  • Includes hop on hop off bus passes in Singapore (only if you fly on Singapore Air).
  • All transfers. 
  • Fun For Less Tour Staff throughout.
Extension Price:  $399 (Includes all taxes and fees)
 
Extension Itinerary
 
Feb 12 Thu: Fly
Today you will fly from your home to California where you will board the Singapore Airline Jet.  The new jet boasts roomier seats and the best on-demand entertainment system. Your flight will take you to Singapore.
 
Feb 13 Fri:Flying
Cross the International Date Line and lose a day.
 
Feb 14 Sat: Singapore
You will arrive into Singapore this afternoon. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your 5 star luxury hotel.  You will have a free afternoon to explore Singapore, which is not large and easily explored at your leisure. 
 
Feb 15 Sun: Singapore
You will have a full free day to explore beautiful Singapore. Singapore is easy to get around and fun to explore on your own.
 
Feb 16 Mon: Singapore – Rangoon –
You will have a free morning. Late this morning we will transfer to the airport to fly to Rangoon. You will join with the non-extension passengers on the flight to Rangoon.  From this point on your tour will be identical to the regular group.
Note:  The extension group will join with the non-extension group on the flight from Singapore to Rangoon.