Singapore, Thailand and Angkor Wat, featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express

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OCT. 21 - NOV. 3, 2019 From $6,795
Singapore, Kuala Kangsar, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Siem Reap
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Singapore, Thailand and Angkor Wat, featuring the Eastern & Oriental Express

OCT. 21 - NOV. 3, 2019
Singapore, Kuala Kangsar, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Siem Reap

In modern cities and centuries-old ruins, discover the diversity of Southeast Asia during a 10-night journey to Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia. Explore Singapore’s Malaysian and Chinese roots in traditional neighborhoods, and taste homemade dumplings at a cooking demonstration. Embark on a two-night train journey to Bangkok aboard the elegant Eastern & Oriental Express, which transports you back to the golden age of travel in its cherry-paneled cars. Visit Kuala Kangsar, the royal city of Malaysia’s Sultan of Perak, cruise the Kwai Yai River, and learn about the World War II history of the Thailand-Burma Railway. In Bangkok, visit golden temples and cruise the Thonburi canals for a look at everyday life. Explore the ruins of the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Fly to Siem Reap, and discover the serene Angkor temples, and cultural shows introduce you to Cambodian music and dance.

Cost: From $6,795
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Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Robert Buswell
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
Robert Buswell holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at UCLA, where he is also Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies and founding director of UCLA's Center for Buddhist Studies and Center for Korean Studies. He is a specialist in Buddhist meditative traditions in India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Buswell was ordained as a Buddhist monk into a Burmese ordination lineage in Thailand and lived as a Buddhist monk in Asia for seven years before returning to academe. He has published extensively on Buddhism, including a recounting of his life as a Zen monk in Korea in The Zen Monastic Experience. His most recent book, Numinous Awareness is Never Dark, explores the issue of whether enlightenment in Buddhism is a product of a gradual process of meditative development or a sudden burst of insight. (Spoiler alert: it's both.) Buswell has also served as president of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest such professional organization in the world with over 7,000 members, and the first UCLA faculty member to be elected to that position.

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Download the tour Reservation Fohttps://travel.alumni.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019-10-EasternRESForm.pdfrm here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.