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Southeast Asia through Jewish Eyes

17 days with Pacific Delight  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Jan 2, Tue Depart for Singapore
Evening check-in for flight (not included).
 
Day 2 Jan 3, Wed Departure to Lotusland
Cross the International Dateline and lose one day.
 
Day 3 Jan 4, Thu Arrival in Singapore
You’ll be met and transferred to the Carlton Hotel (or similar), within close walking distance of the synagogue. Free time to adjust to the time change. Afternoon orientation tour including the Cricket Club and Little India with its fragrant spices and joss sticks. Dinner at the historic Magen Aboth Synagogue where you’ll meet a special guest. Rabbi Safman will discuss her experiences as rabbi of the Jewish Community of Singapore. You’ll learn of the Prime Minister of Singapore, David Marshall, who was also president of the Jewish Community. (D)
 
Day 4 Jan 5, Fri Singapore       
Visit Parliament House, the world famous marina incl. a boat ride on the river to the spectacular Gardens by the Bay, and Synagogue Chesed El, built by Sir Menasseh Meyer, patriarch of the Community. You will also meet a local rabbi who is unique in being Sephardic and also a follower of Chabad. Services and dinner at Magen Aboth. (B,L,D)
 
Day 5 Jan 6, Sat Shabbat in Singapore          
Shabbat Shalom. Afternoon visit to the home of a local member of the Jewish Community. This evening enjoy a night safari to see the exotic nocturnal creatures unique to Asia. (B,L,D)
 
Day 6 Jan 7, Sun Botanic Gardens ~ to Bangkok 
Visit  the  exotic  gardens  where  you  will  see  a  spectacular variety of orchids and other tropical flora.   This afternoon, fly  to  Bangkok.  Upon  arrival,  you’ll  be  transferred  to  the Rembrandt Hotel (or similar). (B,L,D)
 
Day 7 Jan 8, Mon The King & You       
Travel by boat on “the River of Kings” to the Temple of Dawn and the shimmering Grand Palace, royal court of the kings of Siam. Lunch at “the backpacker’s shul”. Then visit the museum of Jim Thompson, who made “Thai silk” a household name. A private reception at Bangkok’s leading fine arts gallery where you will meet special invited guests including Ruth Gerson, a long-standing resident of Bangkok and author of the classic text, Traditional Festivals in Thailand. (B,L,D)
 
Day 8 Jan 9, Tue Ancient capital of Siam    
Morning tour of ancient Ayutthya, capital of the kingdom of Siam and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sheer number and size of the ancient temples attest to the former magnificence of the ancient city including the much photographed Ban Pa-In, the “Summer Palace” of the king. (B,L,D)
 
Day 9 Jan 10, Wed Fly to Northern Thailand  
A brief flight to Chiangmai in Thailand’s mountainous north. Check-in at Imperial Mae Ping Hotel (or similar). Evening tour of the ‘old town’ where internet cafés coexist with sacred temples. (B,L,D)
 
Day 10 Jan 11, Thu In Chiangmai 
See  the  countryside  of  dense  rainforest  interspersed  with waterfalls, on your hilltribe tour including rice paddies, Wat Doi Suthep and San Kamphaeng. (B,L,D)
 
Day 11 Jan 12, Fri Fly to Myanmar (Burma) 
Early afternoon arrival  in Yangon  where  you will  visit the historic and spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda covered in solid gold. Check-in at the Park Royal Hotel (or similar). Shabbat at the historic Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, with its soaring ceiling and beautiful columns, within close walking distance of the hotel. Rabbi Safman will discuss her unique experiences in Southeast Asia and reveal why more than 120 Torah scrolls were in a remote synagogue in Burma. (B,L,D)
 
Day 12 Jan 13, Sat Shabbat in Yangon
Shabbat Shalom. You’ll meet the families of the small Jewish community and learn of the escape of the Jewish community from Japanese occupation in WWII. A Shabbat to remember. This evening, visit Bogyoke Market and other sights. (B,L,D)
 
Day 13 Jan 14, Sun Bagan excursion      
Rudyard Kipling called Burma “the pearl of Asia” and having been isolated for so many years, it is one of the few untouched, unspoiled destinations in the world today. This morning, fly to Bagan, the cradle of Myanmar culture and known as “the city of 4 million pagodas” incl. famous Khay Min Ga Temple. Return to Yangon in the evening. (B,L,D)
 
Day 14 Jan 15, Mon Flight to Vietnam
Morning at leisure. Midday flight to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Check-in at the historic Rex Hotel (or similar). From the rooftop, you look over the entire city and the Saigon River meandering through the bustling metropolis. This evening, enjoy a cruise on the Saigon River. (B,L,D)
 
Day 15 Jan 16, Tue Don’t “Miss Saigon” 
City tour including Independence Square and famous Rue Catinat. Ride a cyclo through the marketplace for a unique experience. Stroll through exotic Ben Thanh Market and visit the synagogue for a fascinating talk with the Chief Rabbi of Vietnam. (B,L,D)
 
Day 16 Jan 17, Wed Cu Chi & Rice Paddies
See the lush rice fields and bamboo bridges enroute to Cu Chi to explore the incredible honeycomb of tunnels that housed an army of Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Farewell dinner this evening where Rabbi Safman will summarize the unique Jewish experience in Southeast Asia. (B,L,D)
 
Day 17 Jan 18, Thu Return Home 
Transfer for your return flight home. In re-crossing the Dateline, you’ll arrive this same day. (B)
All This Included
  • all internal transportation in Southeast Asia, per itinerary
  • deluxe 4 & 5-star accommodations in air-conditioned rooms with private bath, double occupancy
  • all meals, kosher or vegetarian (special buffet breakfast plus lunch and dinner daily)
  • exclusive programs with the Jewish Communities of Singapore, Yangon, Bangkok and Saigon
  • memorable Shabbat in Singapore & Yangon
  • fascinating cultural events and get-togethers in each city
  • sightseeing via chartered air conditioned coach with English-speaking guides incl. all entrance fees
  • sightseeing boats in Singapore, Bangkok and Saigon
  • all tips to guides, drivers and restaurant staff, all hotel taxes and services charges
  • porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person (44lbs per person)
  • Southeast Asia guidebook, name badge and luggage tags
Accommodations on this Tour
Singapore: Carlton Hotel
Bangkok: Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok
Chiang Mai: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
Yangon: Park Royal Yangon
Ho Chi Minh City: Rex Hotel 
Notes
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