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SOUTHEAST ASIA • FEBRUARY 3rd – 17th, 2014

 

 

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HONG KONG, CHINA — Monday, February 3, 2014
City-state, deep-water harbor, darling of empires, engine of global finance, shopper’s paradise, cinematic trend-setter, world’s most vertical city. Whew. Hong Kong with Holland America Line and join the parade into one of the city’s countless markets. Watch the hardworking world of Aberdeen’s junks and sampans. Rise above it all on the tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is where ancient herbal remedies mix with designer fashions, Buddhist monks mingle with businessmen, and Chinese traditions meet modern international capitalism.
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HALONG BAY, VIETNAM — Wednesday, February 5
The great Vietnamese poet and statesman Nguyen Trai called it the “rock wonder in the sky.” In designating it a World Heritage Site, UNESCO describes it as “spectacular seascape of limestone pillars.” It’s name translates as “Descending Dragon Bay.” Geologists call it karst topography, and say it’s what happens when soluble bedrock wears away over millions of years. Halong Bay, located on Vietnam’s northeast coast, is otherworldly no matter what words you choose. About 2,000 limestone islands stipple the vast bay, most of them rising hundreds of feet sheer from the sea. If, as you cruise along, you find words fail to capture the beauty of the place, be at ease. They never do.
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DA NANG, VIETNAM — FRIDAY, February 7
Located on the South China Sea, Da Nang is a major port city and your gateway to the natural and ancient wonders of Vietnam. Gaze upon the five peaks of the Marble Mountains emdash; long a source of inspiration for Vietnamese artisans; visit the palace and pavilions of Hue, the Imperial City of the Nguyen emperors; and explore the charming merchant town of Hoi An and nearby China Beach.
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NHA TRANG, VIETNAM — Sunday, February 9
White sand beaches, turquoise waters, beachfront caf├ęs. Nha Trang’s days as an underappreciated treasure are over. Still very much intact since the 7th century are the venerated towers of the Cham Ponagar Temple complex.
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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM — Monday, February 10
Whether you are on a wide boulevard admiring the French Colonial architectural influence, or in a bustling market haggling with a street vendor, you cannot escape the culture and history of this bustling city. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many colorful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces emdash; including one of the city’s oldest, Giac Lam Pagoda, dating from 1744.
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»» Ho Chi Minh City Shore Excursion Details »»

SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA — Wednesday, February 12
Known for its white sand beaches, warm Gulf of Thailand waters, and laid back atmosphere, Sihanoukville is a premiere beach lovers’ destination. Built in the late 1950s, the town is much newer and more cosmopolitan than most Cambodian provincial cities. Spend the day exploring miles of unspoiled beaches or chose one and swim, snorkel, or simply relax under a beach umbrella.
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»» Sihanoukville Shore Excursion Details »»

BANGKOK, THAILAND — Thursday, February 13 & FRIDAY, February 14
Once a small Khmer trading center, Bangkok has grown into one of the world’s most populous and cosmopolitan cities. Bustling streets and markets stand side by side with serene golden temples and glitzy nightclubs. Explore the architectural marvel of the Grand Palace. Discover Bangkok’s largest Buddha at Wat Pho and shop the spectacular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
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»» Bangkok Shore Excursion Details »»


KOH SAMUI, THAILAND — Saturday, February 15
Looking at the water, the palms, and the plants, you might think the color green was invented on Koh Samui, and then reinvented. Everywhere you look are shades of celadon, smaragdine, and viridian. Located in the Gulf of Thailand about 400 miles south of Bangkok, Koh Samui is an island of towering coconut trees, generous sun, and powdery white beaches. Cruise visitors will enjoy the Big Buddha, an important symbol for the locals, the Na Muang waterfall, and the beaches. Chaweng is the island’s high-energy beach. Lamai is less busy. Maenam is quiet, and closest to port.
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»» Koh Samui Shore Excursion Details »»

SINGAPORE — Monday, February 17
It’s an island city-state, a World War II battleground, a global economic superstar, and a crossroads of the world. Singapore and in the space of a few hours you can relax in a Chinese teahouse, purchase a colorful sari in Little India, and visit the gold-domed Sultan Mosque.
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SPEAKERS

Craig Benjamin, Ph.D.
Sean M. Carroll, Ph.D.
John R. Hale, Ph.D.
John Mattick, Ph.D.
Mark A. Stoler, Ph.D.
Andrew R. Wilson, Ph.D.

speakers

Speakers have confirmed their intent to participate; however, scheduling conflicts may arise.
 


PRICING & GENERAL INFO.

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Cruise prices vary from $1,799 for an Interior Stateroom to $7,099 for a Neptune Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change.) For those attending our SEMINARS, there is a $1,575 fee. Port Charges are $299 per person; gratuities are $11.50 per person per day; taxes and fees are $100 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.

For a detailed listing of the cruise itinerary please review our ITINERARY page.

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The Great Wall of China

PRE-CRUISE: MAINLAND CHINA
Sunday, January 26 –
  Saturday, February 2, 2014

A fabulous, definitive, ultra-luxury six-night, seven-day excursion through China taking in Tian’anmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Forbidden City in Beijing; the Great Wall; and Xi’an and its Terracotta warriors.

Terra Cotta WarriorsThis tour was designed specifically for the Bright Horizons guests and is provided by our colleagues at Imperial Tours.
 
»» Tour Beijing, The Great Wall, and Xi’an »»
 

 

POST-CRUISE: ANGKOR WAT
Sunday, February 17–21, 2014 ($1,899)

Angkor Wat

Visit the ancient Khmer cosmos at Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Amidst the monumental architecture, scenic beauty, and luxuriant trees a symbolic representation of Khmer sacred existence, history, and philosophy hide in plain sight. Astronomical alignments and Hindu concepts permeate Angkor’s mandala layout. Enter the realm of Angkor and experience select temples, significant, charming, and evocative. Learn how ancient craft is kept alive. Observe daily life afloat on Tonle Sap lake. Join the adventure, journey through Khmer history, and relax amidst Cambodia’s cultural treasures and complexities. This tour was designed specifically for the Bright Horizons guests and is provided by our colleagues at Trails of Indonesia.
 
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