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2024 Exotic Asia

Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia & Vietnam
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Exotic Asia

Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia & Vietnam 21 day tour - February 3, 2024

We love Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is one of our favorite areas in the world to experience. 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 Line 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 window opens 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 is a small taste of what you will experience on this fantastic tour and cruise:

  • Singapore: Singapore is its own small country. Your tour will include the best Singapore has to offer.
  • Kuala Lumper, Malaysia: enjoy the view from the observation deck of the Petronas Twin Towers. In 1997 it became the tallest building in the world. Although surpassed by other tall buildings since it is still impressive. In 1999 the Movie Entrapment featured the building of the Petronas Towers. In addition to our city tour, we will also visit the Batu Caves.
  • Bangkok, Thailand: You will love Bangkok with its impressive Grand Palace that includes the amazing Golden Temples and Royal Residence. The beauty of the area is truly breathtaking.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand: Many of our passengers have expressed that Chiang Mai was their single best day of touring anywhere in the world. The full day includes a fantastic Elephant show, a ride through the jungle on an Elephant, a visit to the Long Neck Tribe, and a visit to Tiger Temple (where you have an opportunity to hold a baby tiger). It is a huge highlight day.
  • Cambodia: Waiting for you in Cambodia are two wonderful experiences:
  • Angkor Wat: Many consider Angkor Wat to be the most impressive ruins in the world. There are several ruins around Angkor Wat that you will visit; all are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Cruising in luxury on the Mekong River through the unique countryside and quaint villages.
  • Vietnam: In addition to the quaint villages and countryside experienced on our cruise, we have included Ho Chi Min, the Viet Cong’s Chi Tunnels, Hanoi (our favorite city in Vietnam), and Halong Bay – one of the most beautiful places on earth. We will take a cruise through Halong bay to enjoy the fascinating pinnacles of land and islands that stick up in the air out of the bay.
  • Fly Singapore Air: Singapore Air has won more awards than any other airline, as the #1 airline in the world. Currently, they are listed as the #2 airline, just barely missing being #1. We are working with Singapore Air to fly our group from the U.S. into Kuala Lumpur and home from Hanoi.

Package Price Includes:

Your Exotic Asia Cruise and Tour is a combination of two packages: The First: A wonderful AmaWaterways Luxury Cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam, where you will step back in time visiting old quaint villages and beautiful countryside. The Second: Is a Fantastic, and we do mean a FANTASTIC Land Tour that includes the best ancient ruins in the world, Angkor Wat. It also includes Bangkok, Ho Chi Min, Hanoi, and the huge highlight of Halong Bay in Vietnam.

Package #1: AmaWaterways Cambodia / Vietnam Cruise Includes:

  • 8 days 7-night sailing on a 5-star luxury river cruise ship between Angkor Wat Area, Cambodia, and Ho Chi Min, Vietnam
  • Category B Upgraded Double Balcony Cabin with two balconies – A French sliding glass door balcony and an outside deck balcony.
  • A MINIMUM of $700 off the ship’s pricing PER PERSON. Go ahead and compare! On the rare occasion when the ship offers a discount in prime time, it is only a fraction of what we save you.
  • $200 in ship port charges, taxes, and fees.
  • All Shore Excursions.
  • Special Guest Educator on the ship: Glenn Rawson.
  • Fun For Less Tours Staff.
  • Three quality meals onboard the ship every day.
  • Free internet and free movies.
  • Unlimited bottled water.
  • All bicycles and helmets on board are free to use.
  • Option to upgrade cabin to Category A Cabins or Category Suite Cabins.
  • Use of quality headsets.

Ship Package Pricing for Cat B Cabin: $3,898
Plus Ship Port Charges, Taxes & Fees: $200
Total Ship Package Cat B Cabin Pricing: $4,098
Minus Our Member Savings off ship price: ($700)
Our Special Member Package Price: $3,398

 

Land Portion in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam:

  • 2 Nights 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
  • 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Chiang Mai.
  • 1 Night 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.
  • 4 Airfares:
    • Kula Lumpur to Bangkok
    • Bangkok to Chiang Mai
    • Chiang Mai to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat).
    • Ho Chi Min to Hanoi.
  • Transfers, if you booked our group airfare or your flight arrives on or before and departs on or after our Fun For Less group flights.
  • All Tours, Guides, Buses, and Entrance Fees.
  • Elephant Show and Elephant Ride, along with Long Neck Tribe and Tiger Temple.
  • Boat Ride Halong Bay, Vietnam.
  • All taxes and fees.
  • Special Guest Educator: Glenn Rawson.
  • Fun For Less Tours Manager.
  • Use of quality headset receivers.
  • Not included is the option to purchase our group International Air.

Land Tour Price: $2,995
Cruise Package Price: $3,398

Package Price: $6,393 - Total of both packages*

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

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.

Day 1 February 3: 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 Kuala Lumpur. If you are doing your own airfare, you must get your airfare all the way to Kuala Lumpur.

Day 2 February 4: Flying
Cross the International Date Line and lose a day.

Day 3 February 5: Singapore – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
You will arrive early morning into Singapore.  City tour of Singapore and then take an afternoon flight to Kuala Lumper, Malaysia.  After arrival, we will head to our hotel to overnight.  (The flight between Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is NOT included on the tour.  It is part of the Fun For Less Group airfare package.  Own airfare passengers must get there airfare all the way to Kuala Lumpur.)

Day 4 February 6: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Full-day tour in Kuala Lumpur.  Our full-day tour includes Kuala Lumpur’s twin towers – the tallest buildings in the world up until 2003.  The film “Entrapment” was filmed here.  In addition to our city tour, we will visit the unique Buddhist caves. We will then return to our hotel.

Day 5 February 7: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Bangkok, Thailand
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 6 February 8: Bangkok – Chiang Mai, Thailand
This morning we will fly to Chiang Mai.  Upon arrival, we will visit the Golden Temples on the hill overlooking Chiang Mai and also do a city tour that will include a fantastic wood carving and umbrella-making factory.  Overnight Chiang Mai.

Day 7 February 9: Chiang Mai, Thailand
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 thru the jungles of Thailand.  Then we will have a visit to 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 8 February 10: Angkor Wat – 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 19: 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 20: Hanoi
Today we will finish touring Ho Chi Minh and then fly to Hanoi.

Day 19 February 21: 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 22: 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 23: Departure
Flight back to the US.