• Indochina Experiences

    Indochina Experiences

    Indochina is one of the last secrets of Asia, a delicate flower unfurling its exquisite petals to the world after many years of hibernation. As with all ‘indus experiences’ a selection of carefully created tours showcase the best of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, allowing the visitor time to take in each country and culture. All are quite perfect destinations - holidays alive with discovery, culture and new adventures in distant lands. Each has been designed to allow travellers to absorb the flavour and gain an understanding of some of the world’s most beautiful and enigmatic countries – waiting to be discovered and savoured.
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Ancient Kingdoms of South East Asia

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Sukhothai Bangkok Luang Prabang Siem Reap Angkor Wat Phnom Penh Bangkok

Day 1. To Sokhathai via Bangkok

Morning depart from London Heathrow on direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok and onwards to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2. Bangkok & Sukhothai

Arrive Sukhothai and transfer to the Sukhothai Heritage for two nights.

Day 3. Sukhothai

Morning guided tour of the UN ESCO World Heritage Ancient City of Sukhothai, Thailand’s Capital from the mid 13th C. to late 14th C. Wat Mahathat, the largest Temple, is surrounded by brick walls and a moat. Among the ruined columns original Buddha images sit in quietness and serenity. Close by is the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum housing a miniature model of the old city (closed Monday/Tuesday).

Day 4. To Bangkok

After breakfast board flight to Bangkok. Afternoon visit the Grand Palace and see the Emerald Buddha. Two nights at the Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel.

Day 5. Floating Market & Thonburi Klongs

Take a long tailed boat early in the morning to visit the colourful floating market a short distance outside Bangkok. Pass along the Klongs – canal – which once gave Bangkok the name ‘Venice of the East’. Glimpse the simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers, then, at the noisy, vibrant market bargain for souvenirs

Day 6. To Luang Prabang

After breakfast fly to Luang Prabang. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living Temple in Luang Prabang, dating to 1513. It contains a superb collection of antique wooden Buddha’s. Also visit Wat Aham and Wat Xieng Thong, the jewel in the crown of the cities Monasteries and Temples, featuring numerous ornate buildings with exquisite mosaic and gold-stencilled murals. Stay three nights at Villa Maly.

Day 7. Boat cruise to Tham Pak Ou Caves and local Villages

After breakfast, take an excursion by boat to the Tham Pak Ou Caves with their ancient Buddha sculptures. Also visit the Ban Chan and Ban Xiengmane villages. Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 8. Swimming and Village tour

Morning visit Kuang Si Waterfalls. Swim in glorious turquoise pools created by the multitiered waterfall. Later visit Ban Tha Pene, a nearby Khmer village.

Day 9. To Siem Reap – Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm

After breakfast fly to Siem Reap. Afternoon visit Banteay Srei and Ta Prohm. Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other Angkor Temples, Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Ta Prohm is one of the most popular attractions of Angkor, with its beauty still partially lost to the jungle. Three nights at the Victoria Angkor Resort.

Day 10. Full day guided tour of Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom.

Watch the sunrise, then, visit the amazing complex. The pinnacle of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. Angkor impresses visitors by its sheer scale and beautifully proportioned layout, as well as the incredible creativity of its carvings. In the afternoon explore the amazing city of Angkor Thom with the many faces of the unique Bayon at its centre.

Day 11. Siem Reap - at leisure

Day at leisure to relax or continue your exploration of the outerlying Temples.

Day 12. To Phnom Penh

Late morning flight to Phnom Penh. Met on arrival with transfer to the hotel. Two nights at the Raffles Le Royal.

Day 13. City tour and ‘Killing Fields’

Morning exploration of this fascinating city, with its graceful tree-lined boulevards and decidedly French Colonial air. The city teems with life and has a pulsating vibrancy. Visits will include the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Afternoon tour of the infamous S-21 prison and the ‘Killing Fields’ with a short talk on its poignant history.

Day 14. To London via Bangkok

Morning transfer to the airport to board Thai Airways flight to London via Bangkok.

The Cost From

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis                      £3,500.00

Single room supplement                                                  £670.00

 

Cost Includes:

  • International & internal flights in economy class.

  • Accommodation in a double/twin sharing room with en-suite facilities.

  • Daily breakfast throughout. Lunch at a local restaurant on Day 7

  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.

  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles

  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.

  • Full ATOL Bonding.

 

Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee.

  • Any optional Excursions.

  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

  • Travel Insurance.

 

Private Audiences
Private audiences can be arranged with members of many Royal houses to learn about the history and culture of their homeland.

  • Explore the best kept secret alleys of street food experience through Bangkok’s old town on foot.
  • Take an expert guided tour of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for an indepth insight into the incredible ethnic diversity of the minority groups that inhabit Laos.
  • Escape the crowds by enjoying a sundowner in the jungle against a backdrop of remote temples close to Siem Reap

Meet our Scholars and Trip Leaders

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SarahShawS A R A H   S H A W

Tour lecturer Sarah Shaw is a Faculty Member at the Oriental Institute at Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. One of her key research interests is Indian and Asian influences on British nineteenthcentury writers, of whom Kipling is surely the most famous. Throughout the tour she will give a series of short lectures about Kipling and his work, as well as carefully chosen poetry and short story readings.

 

VibhaJoshiParkinD R . V I B H A   J O S H I   P A R K I N

Dr Vibha Joshi Parkin is  professorial Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Tuebingen University and Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford from where she also obtained her doctorate. Working with the Nagas since 1 985, Dr Vibha Joshi Parkin has conducted extensive fieldwork on their religion and material cultures and will impart her intimate knowledge of the tribes. Her research interests focus on two inter-related themes, traditional religion, conversion to Christianity, healers and  healing practices and ethnographic museum collections, history of colonial collecting (especially textiles), cultural history of the Naga peoples and their self-presentation. She is the author of research monograph, A Matter of Belief: Christian Conversion and Healing in North East India (Berghahn, 2012), co-author of, The Land of the Nagas (Mapin, 2004), co-curator of the international exhibition on the Naga at the Basel Museum of World Cultures  and co-editor of the book, Naga: A Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered (2008).She has authored several articles based on her research among Naga in edited books and journals.

 

david tolleyportrait AD A V I D   T O L L E Y - VISITING ARTIST AND TUTOR IN FINE ART AT THE RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ART

David Tolley is a Visiting Artist at The Ruskin School of Art where he specialises in Photography and Film. He has exhibited in Germany, Australia, Greece (Athens), USA (New York), and the U.K. (London and Oxford), and will be showing work in Poland (Warsaw) and Germany (Berlin) in 2016. He studied English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford (1997).

 

 

Heather Kelly

H E A T H E R   K E L L Y

I am a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years my focus has been on teaching rather than research and I have taught interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. Teaching at both universities has included running field trips on which students learned about assessing biodiversity, the impact of environmental factors on plant growth and processes such as succession. I am really keen to encourage people to look at how organisms interact with their environment, particularly at a time when we can see that environment changing. I would like to do this in Kasmir and Ladakh by looking at how the vegetation changes with factors such as altitude and rainfall and also at how primary succession allows the colonisation of bare ground. The Himalayas, with their natural beauty and the fact that so many British garden plants have their origins here, make an ideal location for this. 

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J O H N    M A C G I L L I V R A Y

Currently I am a part time science tutor at the Open University with over 20 years experience of teaching undergraduate, general science modules. This has including a senior tutor role at OU Residential Schools, leading geology/ecology field trips and similar independently led field trips. I have previously worked in the UK Meteorological Office and National Engineering Laboratory (UK). I hold a first class honours degree in Earth science and a degree equivalent in Physics. Recently I have carried out published research work with Professor Ray MacDonald (Lancaster University/ University of Warsaw) and Professor B. Bagiński (University of Warsaw) on the Tertiary dyke systems of Southern Scotland and NE England, adding to previous jointly published research work I have carried out.

 

 Bobs PictureR O B E R T (BOB)   C O O K

Retired as a Warrant Officer from the British Army after 34 years. His family has a long almost unbroken line of military service dating back alhmost 170 years.

Since retirement from the army Bob has operated a busy Bed & Breakfast in York, U.K. together with his wife. Amongst other interests, Bob is the volunteer curator of the 2nd Infantry Division Kohima Museum Trust also located in York. It was in this role that Bob first visited the battlefields of Kohima in 2008 and has since been back another 8 times leading military and civilian groups to explain and explore the many different aspects of what is probably the most important unknown battle of WW2. During his visits to Kohima, Bob’s knowledge and understanding of the Battle has steadily increased as has his liking for the friendly Naga Hill people of Nagaland in North East India.

In addition to being the curator, Bob is also a Trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust which aims to repay the debt of gratitude owed by the British veterans to the Naga Hill people for their unstinting aid and assistance against the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the ways of repaying this debt of gratitude is by sponsoring the education of the Naga children aged 14 – 16.

Bob is also the deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K. In this role he has also visited Japan in company with a British army veteran of the battle to visit and pay respects to Japanese veterans of the Burma campaign and to visit the grave of Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato who commanded the 31st Japanese Division at Kohima.

Click here to view Bob Cook’s interview with Kohima Museum, York’s Curator

 

Dannys Picture

D R    D A N N Y    C L A R K-L O W E S

Is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world, as well as publishing scientific papers and books. He is also a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He will lead this tour to Nepal which will look at aspects of the geology and geography of the spectacular Himalaya, and will help participants achieve an understanding of how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements.

 

joan

J O A N   P O L L O C K

I am a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years my focus has been on teaching rather than research and I have taught interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. Teaching at both universities has included running field trips on which students learned about assessing biodiversity, the impact of environmental factors on plant growth and processes such as succession. I am really keen to encourage people to look at how organisms interact with their environment, particularly at a time when we can see that environment changing. I would like to do this in Kasmir and Ladakh by looking at how the vegetation changes with factors such as altitude and rainfall and also at how primary succession allows the colonisation of bare ground. The Himalayas, with their natural beauty and the fact that so many British garden plants have their origins here, make an ideal location for this.

 

NaturePhotography TourLeaders Baines R I C H A R D    B A I N E S – ORNITHOLOGIST / ECOLOGIST

Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Nature Guide and in Wildlife Conservation for 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly experienced in bird identification and ecology. He was born in North Yorkshire and lived here for most of his life. He has worked extensively with the North York Moors National Park (NYMNP) including a project in 2014 surveying a large area of open moorland for breeding waders such as Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria). He has travelled extensively especially in Asia, recently spending 3 months birding in Thailand. He returned from Gujarat in December 2015 with a great passion for Indian birds and of course the food! He is currently studying part time for his MSc in Environmental Conservation. Richard is very keen on always increasing his knowledge on the ecology of birds and other wildlife. His greatest asset is his knowledge and enthusiasm, he loves passing on his experience of wildlife to a wide range of ages and abilities.

 

NaturePhotography TourLeaders Race

S T E V E    R A C E – WILDLIFE  PHOTOGRAPHER

Steve is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has been a keen naturalist and birder for over 30 years, lived on the Yorkshire Coast all of his life and believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife. Inspired by the natural world around him Steve captures incredible wildlife images. In 2013 he was “Commended” in the “Wildlife Photographe¬¬r of the Year Awards” and “British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards” in which in 2015 he was “Highly Commended”. His work has been published in national and regional media and magazines, leaflets, websites and publications. Steve has also been featured on BBC Countryfile, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and regional television programmes. He also runs regular exhibitions, workshops, and delivers talks and lectures. Steve has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as Education Officer at Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire and taken part in numerous projects for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust and other conservation organisations.

 

Pravin DangeraP R A V I N    D A N G E R A

Born in the textile cradle of India, Gujarat, Pravin has been an expert guide to travellers in India since 1996. A speaker of several languages and trained by Gujarat Tourism, his expertise lies in textile and village tours. His long standing experience as a textile tours escort has enabled him to develop close relations with local craft and village communities in Gujarat. He has led textile lovers from the UK, USA, Australia and several other countries across textile hubs in India.

 

Mike scott

M I K E   S C O T T

I grew up in a Royal Navy family, first in the Far East, and then near Portsmouth. Having considered, and rejected, following my parents into the Navy I took a degree at Brunel University where I developed my love of History. I also learned that I loved teaching and great passion in education – outdoor learning. I have long believed that it is important to bring History to life in the original environment. My career in education finally led me to a school where I was responsible for co–ordination of all co-curricular activities. However, life in that environment means you miss out on many things. Hence, I chose to leave and did so at just the right time. A range of opportunities presented themselves. I very proudly received my Guild of Battlefield Guides badge in February 2009. I am happy to be one of a grand company of brothers, with a wealth of experience. Being a Badged Guide amongst this group of men and women is a unique honor and a privilege.

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