KEENE, N.H. -- General Tours' TBI Tours division unveiled the
10-night World Heritage Tour of Southeast Asia, which enables
clients to visit the region's four Unesco World Heritage Sites on
"The reason we did it this year is that it's the first time the
air routes existed that enable you to combine all four World
Heritage Sites in a single itinerary," said General Tours president
The World Heritage Sites are:
• Sukhothai, Thailand -- the first capital of the Thai
civilization. This entire city is a World Heritage Site.
Highlights of the destination include a tour of Sukhothai
Historical Park, the remains of the royal palace and a number of
• Luang Prabang, Laos -- the ancient capital of the Lan Xang
Kingdom. Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers,
it is surrounded by mountains.
The city features more than 20 Buddhist pagodas, including the
Phou Si, which is said to enshrine the footprint of Buddha. After
touring the city and the Unesco office, guests will visit with a
• Hue, Vietnam -- the country's intellectual center with more
than a dozen educational institutions. A complex of monuments in
the city has been named a World Heritage Site.
Included on the itinerary are the Imperial City, the Thai Hoa
Palace, the Dong Ba Market and a ride on the Perfume River aboard a
sampan past pagodas such as the Tien Mu Pagoda and the Tomb of
Emperor Minh Mang. The program also includes an exploration of Bach
Ma National Park.
• Angkor, Cambodia -- the royal seat of the Khmer Empire from
the ninth to the 13th centuries.
The tour visits the Angkor Wat temple complex, which was
dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu by King Suryavarman II, who
reigned from 1131 to 1150. Two other temples in the city are
included, Angkor Thom and Southern Gate of Bayon.
The program is hosted, which means clients are met at every stop
by a local host but are not accompanied on flights as they would be
on an escorted itinerary.
Drumm said the company's business to Southeast Asia is up 10%
over last year but is lagging behind Asia overall, which is up
The program, available year-round, is priced starting at $2,599
per person, double, including roundtrip air and domestic flights,
hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. The price for land
arrangements and domestic air is $1,999. Commission is 10%.
For more information or reservations, call (800) 223-0266 or
visit General Tours' Web site at www.generaltours.com.