Cultural Journey to the Great Temples of Southeast Asia

Bagan, Bangkok & Central Thailand, Java, Siem Reap & Temples of Angkor

Duration: 14 nights

Price: From $4,300 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including accommodation, some meals, all internal flights, private transfers and taxes

See some of Asia’s monumental highlights on this all-encompassing vacation around the continent, including some of the world’s most beautiful and famous temples – marvel at Borobudur in Indonesia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the golden pagodas of Myanmar. Visit floating villages and lakefront palaces, trek to a mountaintop monastery and experience a hot air balloon ride over the temples of Bagan. Browse colourful markets and see wildlife from monkeys to crocodiles. You’ll also get to soak up the buzzing city culture of Bangkok and Singapore, and enjoy quality downtime in rooftop bars and tropical gardens.
Perfect forCulture vultures looking to see some of Asia’s top landmarks.
In the knowStaying in Myanmar a bit longer to enjoy a luxury cruise on the Strand boat, which will take you down the Irrawaddy River in style. Relax on deck and soak up the lush green landscapes, dotted with temples.

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  • History & Heritage
  • Couples
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Educational

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2 nightsYANGON

Start your Asia odyssey in Myanmar (Burma), which is home to pristine landscapes, rivers and lakes, dotted with temples. Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and its former capital, is home to some of the most beautiful temples in Myanmar – visit the incredible Shwedagon pagoda, which glitters with around 60 tons of gold. You should also visit the beautiful Karaweik Palace on the shores of Kandawgyi Lake, and there are numerous Hindu temples, mosques, reclining Buddhas and Burma’s only synagogue, as well as museums, green and leafy parks and colourful markets. The elegant Strand Hotel is a nod to the British colonial past, and is full of historic character as well as contemporary charm. In addition to the pagodas nearby, colourful Chinatown and bustling markets are just a short walk away.
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3 nightsBAGAN

Continue your journey into the heart of Myanmar in Bagan, which sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. There are thousands of temples here, each one with its own personality and architectural style. Watch the sunset from the top of one of the temples, or enjoy it from a hot air balloon over the beautiful landscapes – an unforgettable experience. We also recommend a visit to the Nyaung U market and a trek past the monkeys to the monastery on the top of the sacred Mount Popa, which will reward you with panoramic views over Bagan and beyond. Stay at Bagan Lodge, a beautiful retreat near many temples, making it easy to sightsee.
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Your next destination is Singapore, whose rich melting pot of cultures and intoxicating blend of old and new can’t fail to draw you in. Browse the designer boutiques of Orchard Road, stroll along the riverside Esplanade, dine on exquisite cuisine from all over the world and visit a rooftop bar for refreshing drinks overlooking the towering skyline – and a Singapore Sling in the iconic Raffles hotel is a must! Villa Samadhi sits in tropical gardens and is a peaceful haven, with nature trails to enjoy, while still being near all the sights and sounds of Singapore.
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It’s on to Indonesia and Borobudur, whose namesake temple presides over the landscape. Dating from the 9th century, and set against a backdrop of volcanoes, it is the world’s largest Buddhist structure and a majestic sight - it’s well worth the early start to reach the top in time for the stunning sunrise. To see the sun rise over the temple itself, head up Setumbu Hill. Villa Borobudur has a scenic location on the slopes of the Menoreh hills, looking out over the temple and spectacular landscapes of hills, volcanoes, rice paddies and villages. Trek around the verdant hills and rice fields and discover hidden waterfalls, and visit villages to watch local artisans demonstrating crafts such as pottery and batik making.
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2 nightsBANGKOK

Your next country is Thailand and its capital, Bangkok, a bustling hub of gleaming skyscrapers, ancient temples, giant Buddhas, designer shopping malls and colourful markets, with characterful spots such as the little lanes of Chinatown well worth exploring. Boats meander along the Chao Phraya River as it winds its way through the city, and further afield, enjoy a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ayutthaya, the capital of the kingdom of Siam between the 14th and 18th centuries. In Ayutthaya Historical Park, you can explore regal and vast palaces, Buddhist temples and monasteries, which still evoke their past splendour. The luxurious Peninsula hotel sits right on the riverfront, and you can enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the hotel’s own beautifully restored rice barge, before returning for an evening drink on the terrace, looking out over the river and the city beyond.
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3 nightsSIEM REAP

Your final stop is Siem Reap in Cambodia, which is home to yet another famous temple – the ethereal Angkor Wat, which dates from the 12th century and is the world’s largest temple complex – much of it is still enveloped in dense jungle. Admire its sheer size, reflected in the surrounding moat, and get up close to see the beautiful and intricate carvings of gods, heavenly nymphs and mythological scenes. Visit at sunrise or sunset for more unforgettable views. In the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park, there are numerous hidden temples and ancient ruins, where you can find a quiet spot away from the camera-clicking crowds. Around Siem Reap, explore the colonial French quarter and the markets, and visit Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in south-east Asia, where you can see floating villages on the water and a wide variety of wildlife around the mangrove forests, including crocodiles, turtles and macaque monkeys. In Siem Reap, you'll stay at the peaceful Phum Baitang for three nights.
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