2023 Exotic Asia

with Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam
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Exotic Asia

with Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam 21 day tour - February 4, 2023

We love Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) and Vietnam. It is our second favorite area in the world to experience. In our opinion, only China has more to offer than this part of the world. We have designed the best tour we have ever offered that includes all four countries. We have included the best of the best to see in each country and then added a fantastic luxurious cruise down the Mekong River. It is an experience that should be at the top of your bucket list. AmaWaterways Cruise Company recently received the prestigious award for being the BEST river cruise company in Europe AND the BEST river cruise company in Asia – Beating out everyone, including Viking. The AmaWaterways ship we will be using on our cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam is a 5-Star ship. Every cabin is the size of a mini-suite with over 250 square feet. Every cabin has both a French Balcony and an Outside Balcony. The French Balcony’s sliding glass windows open up so you can sit in your cabin OR you can step outside on your other balcony to witness the unique countryside and villages as you sail on the Mekong River between Angkor Wat, Cambodia and Ho Chi Min (Saigon), Vietnam.

Here are some of the advantages that our new 2023 tour and cruise have to offer compared to our scheduled 2022 trip:

  • Myanmar (Burma): The ruins of Bagan are one of the world’s greatest archeological sites. There are literally thousands of temples built within a few square miles. It is a stunning sight to see. We will also visit Yangon with all of its history and temples covered with real gold.
  • Thailand: You will love our two days in Bangkok, Thailand, with its impressive Grand Palace that includes the amazing Golden Temples and Royal Residence. The beauty of the area is truly breathtaking. We will also visit the floating market on a James Bond type boat. Our luxury hotel is located next to the river for easy access to the boats that can take you up and down the river for shopping and exploring during the few hours that you may have free time.
  • Cambodia: Waiting for you in Cambodia is three wonderful experiences:
    • Angkor Wat: It will rival any ruins in the world, including the Great Wall, Bagan, Machu Pichu, to mention a few. There are several ruins you will visit that are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    • Sap Lake: Here, you will go by boat to visit one of the floating villages, where everyone lives on floating structures that includes schools, farms, animals, etc. All are on floating structures on the lake.
    • Luxury cruise on the Mekong River through unique countrysides and quaint villages.
  • Vietnam: In addition to the quaint villages and countryside experienced on our cruise, we have included Ho Chi Min, the Chi Tunnels, Hanoi (our favorite city in Vietnam) and Halong Bay – one of the most beautiful places on earth. We will enjoy a cruise witnessing the fascinating pinnacles of land and islands that stick up in the air out of the bay.

Ship Cabins

Amawaterways Asia cabins are more luxurious and larger than almost any other river cruise ship.

Note: the lower level is for staff, Cat B cabins are on the main level, Cat A cabins are one story above B and Suite Cabins are the top floor two stories above main level.

Package Price Includes:

Our 21 Day Special Package Price:
It is a combination of an AmaWaterways Luxurious Cruise, COMBINED with a unique designed land tour in Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. The total price is the combination of the cruise and land tour:

AmaWaterways Luxurious Cruise Portion of Our Package Includes:

  • 8-day 7-night cruise from Angkor Wat area in Cambodia to Ho Chi Min (Saigon) in Vietnam with AmaWaterways – the BEST cruise company in Asia.
  • Luxurious Cat B Double Balcony Cabin.
  • All taxes and fees.
  • All port charges.
  • Transfer from Siem Reap to the ship.
  • All shore excursions.
  • Three quality meals a day and we do mean quality!
  • Free internet.
  • Free movies.
  • Bottled water, bathrobes and slippers in each cabin.
  • Glenn Rawson as your educator.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Headset receivers for all shore excursions.
  • Option to upgrade to Cat A and Suite Cabins lower than what the ship sells them for.

Special discounted ship package price: $3,898 + $200 port charges and taxes

Less Fun For Less Discount ($700)= Total $3,398 per person

  • You are paying $700 less per cabin less than what the ship charges.
  • You also save the $1,000 per cabin over the ship pricing when you upgrade
    • Upgrade to Cat A, better location on the ship: $400 per person
    • Upgrade to a large suite “Best location” on the ship: only $900 per person

Land Portion in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam:

  • 2 Nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Yangon.
  • 1 Night 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Bagan.
  • 2 Nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Bangkok.
  • 2 Nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat).
  • 1 Night 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Ho Chi Min.
  • 3 Nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Hanoi.
  • 5 Airfares:
    • Yangon to Bagan.
    • Bagan to Yangon.
    • Yangon to Bangkok.
    • Bangkok to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat).
    • Ho Chi Min to Hanoi.
  • Transfers, Tours, Guides, Buses, Entrance Fees.
  • Boat Ride Sap Lake Cambodia.
  • Boat Ride Halong Bay Vietnam.
  • All taxes and fees.
  • Special Guest Educator: Glenn Rawson.
  • Fun For Less Tours Manager.
  • Use of our “Whisper Perfect” Headset Receivers.
  • Not included is the option to purchase our group international Air.

Land Tour Package Price: $2,789

Total Combined Cruise and Land Tour Package: $6,187

Package Price: $6,187*

**Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include visas, airfare and tips.

Day 1 February 4: Fly
Today you will fly from your home to Los Angeles (LAX) where you will board the Singapore Airlines Jet. Your flight will take you to Singapore and then on to Yangon. If you are doing your own airfare you must get your airfare all the way to Yangon.

Day 2 February 5: Flying
Cross the International Date Line and lose a day.

Day 3 February 6: Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
You will arrive early morning into Singapore, change planes and continue on to Yangon. You will arrive mid-morning into Yangon. 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 February 7: Rangoon – Bagan
Today will be another fantastic highlight day. This morning we will fly to Bagan. We consider Bagan to be one of 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 relics 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 February 8: Bagan – Yangon
Late morning or early afternoon we will fly back to Yangon. Overnight Yangon.

Day 6 February 9: Yangon– Bangkok
This morning we will fly to Bangkok. Upon arrival, we will visit 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. Photography is permitted in the Royal Palace Grounds and in the compounds of the Emerald Buddha Temple, but not inside the buildings. Transfer to our hotel.

Day 7 February 10: Bangkok
This morning we will visit the floating market on a James Bond type boat. Our luxury hotel is located next to the river for easy access to the boats that can take you up and down the river for shopping and exploring. This afternoon you will have some free time to explore this area. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 8 February 11: Bangkok – Siem Reap
This morning we will fly to Siem Reap. Depending on our arrival we will visit Tonle Sap Lake. 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 then transfer to our 5 Star luxury hotel.

Day 9 February 12: Angkor Wat – Siem Reap
Our Visit to Angkor Wat will be a fantastic highlight day! The crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, ANGKOR WAT is the national symbol and a favorite of 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 Thom: The 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. Overnight Siem Reap, tomorrow we board our luxury cruise to sail the Mekong River.

Day 10 February 13: Embarkation – Kampong Cham, Cambodia
Transfer via motor coach from Siem Reap to the AmaDara in Kampong Cham for your seven-night cruise. Your afternoon excursion takes you to the Twin Mountains, known as Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei (male and female mountains). In the Khmer legend, the twin mountains were formed as the result of a competition between the men and women of an ancient Cambodian kingdom to resolve which gender would be responsible for wedding proposals. As the story goes, the women lit a fire at night, which made the men believe the sun was rising. As a result, the men stopped working and the women won the competition. Thus, men still need to ask the women’s parents for permission and Phnom Srei is higher than Phnom Pros. Later, join fellow guests for an evening Welcome Dinner. (L,D)

Day 11 February 14: Angkor Ban – Oknhatey
During the morning we will go on a walking tour to Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970’s. Here, people still live in their traditional wooden abodes and keep their old cultural traditions alive. Hundreds of wooden houses stand intact on stilts, shaded with banana trees, among the hustle and bustle of the daily agricultural on-going of the local villagers. After visiting here, the ship sails to Oknhatey or “Silk Island,” located on the lush banks of the Mekong River. This island is known for its rich tradition of silk weaving. While here, you’ll visit a local elementary school and observe the traditional silk weaving that have been preserved for centuries. Your ship moors in Oknhatey village. (B,L,D)

Day 12 February 15: Oudong – Kampong Tralach
The morning excursion takes you to Oudong, Cambodia’s former royal capital from the early 17th century until 1866. Today, Oudong is a place of pilgrimage for Cambodians. While here, be treated to a memorable Buddhist Blessing Ceremony at a monastery. After visiting Oudong, be treated to a truly authentic excursion, an oxcart ride through a local village Kampong Tralach. Later in the day, experience Phnom Penh via a tuk tuk ride and be enchanted by the city’s French Colonial architecture and tree-lined boulevards set amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. After returning to the ship, enjoy Khmer folk dancing performed by local children in the Saigon Lounge. (B,L,D)

Day 13 February 16: Phnom Penh
This morning’s excursion takes you to Cambodia’s infamous Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge’s grim Tuol Sleng S21 detention center (Genocide Museum). Alternatively, you may wish to shop for unique treasures at the bustling yellow-colored Central Market. After lunch on board, you’ll explore the highlights of the city, followed by a visit to the Royal Palace, the spectacular Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of Khmer crafts. (B,L,D)

Day 14 February 17: Phnom Penh – Border Crossing – Tan Chu, Vietnam
Spend the day cruising the Mekong River as your ship crosses the border into Vietnam. (B,L,D)

Day 15 February 18: TAN CHAU – SA DEC
Visit Tan Chau, a small Mekong River town unspoiled by tourism. You will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentic experience via a traditional “xe-loi” (trishaw) ride around the town, with stops at silk-making and rattan mat workshops, followed by a boat ride through the narrow channels of the Mekong River to “Evergreen Island.” Later in the day, cruise to Sa Dec. (B,L,D)

Day 16 February 19: SA DEC – XEO QUYT – CAI BE
Once ashore in Sa Dec, tour the town where French writer Marguerite Duras spent many years in her youth. Visit a colorful local market and the 19th-century house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, Duras’ Chinese paramour, on whom her prize-winning novel “The Lover” is said to be based. Later, board a motor coach for Xeo Quyt, once used as a military base during the French war and now an important ecological site. You will have an opportunity to visit candy and rice paper making workshops, and the historic Kiet Old House. In Cai Be, cap the day off with a festive Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 17 February 20: Ho Chi Minh City – Disembarkation
This morning we will head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an important Vietcong base during the Vietnam war. Stretching over 120 miles, this incredible underground network, dug by hand out of hard laterite, connected command posts, hospitals, shelters, and weapons factories. We will also tour Ho Chi Min (Saigon). The tour will include Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, and the Reunification Palace. Overnight Ho Chi Minh.

Day 18 February 21: Hanoi
Today we will finish touring Ho Chi Minh and then fly to Hanoi.

Day 19 February 22: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Today will be a full-day tour to Halong Bay with a boat trip. According to legends, Halong Bay was formed by dragons who used their tails to gouge out valleys and crevices and spat out jewels that turned into islands. This is truly one of the most beautiful places on this earth. On a traditional wooden “junk” (boat) we’ll drift through a fairyland of sheer limestone islands that rise from the emerald water. We will pass by unique rock formations and discover caves in the rocks. At the end of a fantastic day, we will return to our hotel in Hanoi.

Day 20 February 23: Hanoi
Our tour in Hanoi will include the mystery and charm of past century’s narrow lanes and traditional shophouses on our walking tour. We also include the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Complex, the Temple of Literature, and the highlight, the Old Town. The Old Town is best seen on foot. The maze of narrow streets dates back to the 13th century. We will also visit the famous Hanoi Hilton (prison).

Day 21 February 24: Departure
Flight back to the US.