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ACADEMY ADVENTURES: TAIWAN / THAILAND / CAMBODIA + DECEMBER 2017

November 29 - December 13

ACADEMY ADVENTURES: TAIWAN / THAILAND / CAMBODIA + DECEMBER 2017
Tour leader: Paul Sarno, an expert on Southeast Asia and RCLLA instructor. Tour planned for early December.
For more information, visit www.friendlyplanet.com/vacation-packages/ringling-college-taiwan-thailand-cambodia-2017.html.
TOUR DATES: NOV. 29-DEC. 13

PRICE: $7,195 per person (double occupancy);
$1,499 (single supplement)
Prices subject to change until ticketed.
Deposit: $500 due Aug. 1; Final payment: Sept. 15

FARE INCLUDES:

Round-trip domestic flights; Round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Taipei continuing to Bangkok via China Airlines
• Airport transfers on arrivals and departures in all cities
• 2 nights in Taipei (outbound)
• 9 nights’ accommodations in deluxe hotels in Bangkok & Siem Ream
• 1 pre-night and 1 post-night at airport hotel in Los Angeles
• Buffet breakfast daily, lunches, and dinners
• All transfers and ground transportation
• Guided temples tour, all entrance fees in Bangkok
• Professional, English-speaking tour guides in Bangkok & Siem Reap

Day 1: Travel
Flight takes you from Tampa to Los Angeles. Overnight in an airport hotel in Los Angeles.

Day 2: Depart U.S.
Check-in for your flight to Thailand, via Taipei.

Day 3: Travel
Cross the International Dateline.

Day 4: Arrive Taipei
Transfer to your hotel in Taiwan.

Day 5: Taiwan
The tour begins with a panoramic drive through Taipei. You will see the Presidential building, Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall, and the Martyr Shrine. Then it’s on to National Palace Museum to view the largest collection in the world of nearly 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese imperial artifacts.

Day 6: Taiwan / Bangkok
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok.

Day 7: Bangkok
The National Museum contains galleries that take you from the pre-historic period of Thailand, through the early kingdoms, the Ayutthaya period and finally to the modern Thai kingdom established in Bangkok.

Day 8: Bangkok
Tour the Grand Palace where you visit the magnificent throne halls and the Emerald Buddha. Then its on to Lak Muang (the City Pillar Shrine) and Wat Pho (Bangkok’s oldest temple and home to the famous Reclining Buddha).

Day 9: Bangkok
We begin at Wat Saket where you will hear the Buddhism monks chant their morning prayers. A drive through the historical part of Bangkok showcases some of the city’s most beautiful landmarks and temples. The tour ends at Tiger God Shrine, one of the oldest Taoist temples in Bangkok.

Day 10: Bangkok
The first stop is to Suan Pakkad Palace that contain a splendid array of royal antiquities, passed down from generations to generations. Take a walk along the hallway of the palace through the Lacquer Pavilion, the Ban-Chiang Museum, and Marsi Gallery.

Day 11: Bangkok – Siem Reap
Travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap. After lunch, your tour begins at the temples of the Roluos Group (Bakong, Lolei and PreahKo). Then it’s on to the countryside and the Angkor Silk Farm where you can see the silk creation process.

Day 12: Siem Reap
Visit the famous Angkor Wat known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. After lunch, visit the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire. Then it’s on to the Bayon Temple, known for its 54 towers with enigmatic faces representing the 54 provinces of the Great Khmer Empire.

Day 13: Siem Reap
Start with a tour to the temples of the Small Circuit. The most illustrious of these is Ta Prohm, built between the mid-12th to early 13th centuries. Your visit also includes stops to: Banteay Kdei,
a Buddhist monastery, Srah Srang, Thommanon, Chau Say Thavoda, Prasat Kravan, Prasat Ba Chum, East Mebon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, and Preah Khan.

Day 14: Siem Reap
A must-see is Banteay Srey (“Citadel of the Women”) which was built between the 11th and 13th century and remains the best preserved temple in Cambodia. Other stops include: Banteay Samre and Wat Bo, one of the oldest pagodas in Siem Reap.

Day 15: Siem Reap/ Departure
Depart Siem Reap. On arrival to Los Angeles, you will spend the night at an airport hotel.

Day 16: Los Angeles / Tampa
Flight from Los Angeles to Tampa.

DEPART: WED., NOV. 29; RETURN: WED., DEC. 13, 2017

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