BOULDER, Colo. -- Asia Transpacific Journeys here launched an
itinerary that will take travelers to the great monuments of three
ancient civilizations -- Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Pagan in Myanmar
and Sukhothai in Thailand.
The 15-night trip, titled Empires of Southeast Asia, is priced
from $4,695 per person, double, land only. The trip includes
accommodations at luxury hotels such as Bangkok's renowned Oriental
Hotel and the Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Available departures are Feb. 24, Nov. 13 and Dec. 8.
The itinerary begins in Sukhothai, Thailand's ancient capital
from the 13th to the 15th centuries.
Clients will explore the ancient city's central ruins by bicycle or
samlor (bicycle rickshaw) and continue to neighboring towns such as
Sawankhalok, renowned for its ceramics, and Si Satchanalai, which
boasts some of the country's most elegant temples.
In Myanmar, participants will explore the Victorian architecture
and lively markets of Yangon and visit the country's spiritual
center, the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, at sunset.
Three days will be spent exploring the ruins of Pagan, set on
the shores of the Irrawaddy River and known as "the city of 4
The itinerary includes visits to the town of Sale for a glimpse
of Myanmar from days past; Mount Popa, home to Myanmar's most
powerful "guardian spirits," and the National Museum and Scotts
Market in Mandalay.
Siem Reap is the starting point for exploring the awe-inspiring
temples and cities of the Angkor complex, including Angkor Wat,
Angkor Thom, Bayon (the center of the ancient city), the 11th
century Baphuon temple and Banteay Srei, regarded as the crown
jewel of classical Khmer art.
The trip also includes a visit to Ta Prohm, largely untouched by
archaeologists and enshrouded in jungle cover.
The itinerary wraps up in Thailand and includes a side trip to
Ayuthaya, Thailand's capital from the 15th through 18th
The trip ends with a luxury river cruise to Bangkok followed by
a farewell dinner and classical Thai dance performance at the
For information or reservations, call Asia Transpacific Journeys
at (800) 642-2742 or (303) 443-6789; fax (303) 443-7078, or visit
the company's Web site at www.southeastasia.com.