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Antiquities of Asia

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PAAA

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Burma, Cambodia, Thailand

Start City

End City

Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) Siem Reap, Cambodia
Antiquities of Asia

Why we love it:

Antiquities of Asia


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Rangoon (Yangon)

Accommodation: Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 2-3: Pagan

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

Day 4: Pagan

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sky Palace Hotel or similar, Bagan

Activities:

Day 5: Rangoon

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Summit Parkview Hotel or similar

Activities:

Day 6: Bangkok

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nouvo City Hotel or similar, Bangkok

Activities:

Day 7-8: Ayutthaya - Bang Pa-In

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Classic Kameo Hotel, Ayuthaya

Activities:

Day 9: Bangkok

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Nouvo City Hotel or similar, Bangkok

Activities:

Day 10: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

Day 11: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

Day 12: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Steung Siem Reap Hotel or similar, Siem Reap

Activities:

Day 13: Siem Reap

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Burma

Please note that visa requirements can and do change. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel. At the time of writing, a visa is required by most travellers visiting Burma (Myanmar) including Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Germans, Irish, British and Canadians. All other nationalities should check the Burma Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to- date visa information/>

Effective as of 01 September 2014, some nationalities including Australians, Canadians, Germans, Dutch, New Zealanders, British and Americas can obtain a tourist visa using a new eVisa system. For information on obtaining an eVisa visit website www.myanmarevisa.gov.mm.

*Important to note when applying for an eVisa: - Passport validity must have at least (6) months validity from date of return. - You will need to present one colour photo (4cm X 6cm) which has been taken within the last 3 months and a copy of your return ticket. - Length of stay is 28 days from the date of arrival in Myanmar. - The eVisa fee is US$50 per person, payable by credit card (note: visa fee is non-refundable should the eVisa be denied) - The processing time is approximately 5 working days for granting an eVisa however we recommend allowing longer in the event of delays. - The validity of an eVisa letter is 3 months from the date of issue. You will be denied entry if you attempt to enter on an expired eVisa. - eVisas are applicable for single entry into Burma only and you will not be permitted to re-enter on an eVisa that you have previously entered on (multiple entries not possible) - eVisas are only obtainable if you are arriving into Yangon International Airport. If arriving into another Burma entry point you will need to pre-obtain your visa before departure via a Burmese Embassy. - Despite having been issued an eVisa Immigration personnel will check the Interpol black list and Myanmar black list and you may be denied entry.

This information was correct as of 21 August 2014 – please check the above website for further information as this new system is further developed.

Nationalities who are unable to obtain an eVisa should contact the Burma embassy in their country of residency.

Note - you may be requested to provide a letter of invitation from a local Burmese ground operator. In such cases please contact Peregrine/Gecko’s to attain this letter and we will forward to you.

Visas on arrival in Burma are currently unavailable - you should obtain your visa prior to departure.

BURMA SAILING: If you are travelling on our Burma Sailing trip ex Thailand (GTYH), your visa will be issued as a group visa on arrival at the border crossing between Thailand/Myanmar.

Please bring: - 2 photocopies of the front page of your passport - 2 passport photos - Crisp USD for fees The cost of a 30 day Tourist Visa on this sailing trip is US$30 and all travellers must pay an additional US$20/day Mergui Archipelago park fee. Please allow approximately US$200 (which should cover any unforeseen increases).

Cambodia
Visas can be organised on arrival, or in advance. If you wish to obtain you visa prior to departure please contact the embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for the visa to be processed.

If you are obtaining your visa on arrival at the airport or at a border crossing you can do so for approx US$30.00 (cost subject to change)- you will need a passport photo if you wish to do this.

Most countries can obtain their visa on arrival including, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA. If your country is not listed above please contact your embassy.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavour to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Thailand
If you are flying into Thailand you will be issued with a 30 day stay on arrival.

If entering by a land border, you will be granted a 15 day stay only (exceptions are citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and Japan who are eligible for 30 day visa at land borders). A visa extension can be obtained in Thailand at an immigration office for approx. 2000THB or alternatively you can apply for a Thailand visa in advance from your embassy or consulate that will allow a 30 day stay when entering at an overland border. If planning to enter Thailand via a land border multiple times during your travels, we recommend you pre-obtain a 60 day multiple entry visa from you embassy or consulate before you travel rather than attempting to obtain a visa at the border on multiple occasions which may result in being denied re-entry into the country.

If you are not from one of the following countries please contact your consulate or embassy for more information on visa conditions for Thailand; Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA.

The above information has been put together as a guide. We do endeavor to update this information as much as possible but it’s also important that you check for yourself as visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Burma

Lands of Charm and Cruelty - Stan Sesser

Golden Earth - Norman Lewis

Myanmar (Burma) - Lonely Planet

Nat-Pwe: Burma’s Supernatural Sub-Culture - Yves Rodrigue

Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy - Bertil Lindner

Culture Shock! Burma - Saw Myat Yin

The Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh

Freedom from Fear & Other Writings - Aung San Suu Kyi

Cambodia

A History of Cambodia-David Chandler Brother Number One (A Political Biography of Pol Pot)-David Chandler Sihanouk (Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness-Milton Osbourne A Dragon Apparent-Norman Lewis Angkor (An Introduction to the Temples)-Dawn Rooney Angkor: An Introduction-George Coedes River of Time-Jon Swain Angkor Heart of Asian Empire-Sharon AuRick Cambodia-Lonely Planet

Thailand

There are a number of books that make interesting reading and provide insight into the country's history, politics and culture. A few suggestions are: Mai Pen Rai Means Never Mind-Carol Hollinger Monsoon Country-Pira Sudham The Hilltribes of Northern Thailand-Gordon Young Thailand-Lonely Planet Thai Ways-Dennis Segaller Thailand: A Short History-David Wyatt Culture Shock! Thailand & How to Survive It-Robert& Nanthapa Cooper The English Governess at the Siamese Court-Anna Leonowens The Beach-Alex Garland Travelers’ Tales Thailand -Charles Nicholls, Pico Iyer, et al. Borderlines -Charles Nicholls


Important Information

Your Fellow Travellers
On this trip you may link up with passengers on other Peregrine tours.

Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local guides to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.

Mobile Phone and Internet Coverage in Burma
Until recently there was little or no mobile phone coverage or internet access coverage in Burma, but this is also now changing rapidly. Both are now widely available, most of the time and in most locations.

Burma Flights
Although all attempts are made to secure air tickets for our groups, due to the way in which airlines in Burma manage their seat allocations, last-minute changes to internal flights are common and our groups may be re-booked on to an earlier or later flight times than originally scheduled. There may also be instances where the group has to be split over different flights throughout the day. In the event that this happens, group members could be unaccompanied on the flight, but will be assisted by additional tour escorts on departure and arrival at both ends. We appreciate your patience with this unavoidable situation.

Hot-air Ballooning in Pagan
There is a company which operates hot air ballooning flights in Pagan. Such flights only take place around sunrise for about an hour and are entirely subject to suitable weather conditions, especially low wind conditions and good visibility. In the hotter times of the year, the number of passengers who can be carried within required safety parameters reduces considerably. It is not possible for us to make bookings for hot-air ballooning in advance of our arrival in Pagan. If any clients wish to make a booking at that time, we can then provide contact details for the ballooning company who can then advise if they have any vacancies for the following day. As at March 2013 the cost of such flights was about US$300. Such flights are not a part of any service offered by Peregrine and any participants will be required to sign indemnity releases provided by the ballooning company.

Breakfasts in Burma
The standard of hotel breakfasts provided in Burma often does not meet the expectations of many of our travellers. It is certainly not up to the high standards encountered elsewhere in Asia. The food provided in Burma is often basic and plain. Tourism is still in its infancy and much of the country's tourism industry is still learning how to cater for the needs of foreign tourists. We ask you for your patience and understanding with regard to this.

Developing Countries
Please note that you are travelling in developing countries whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards may differ from what you expect in your homeland. Expect poor road conditions and be prepared for some inconveniences such as restaurants and tourist sites being closed from time to time. Sometimes the transportation may be altered or the itinerary may be changed due to circumstances beyond our control. Burma is also presently experiencing an unprecedented rapid increase in tourism. The country does not have the infrastructure to deal with this sudden influx and demand for hotels are outstripping supply, therefore resulting in overbooking and hotels not honouring established contracts. As a result some tour groups may be moved from original hotels to other hotels that can accommodate our groups. We will always endeavour to secure alternative hotels of similar standards, but this may sometimes result in our groups having to stay away from the centre of town.

This is an adventure trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded.

Local Emergency Contacts
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency in Burma, please call the Peregrine Burma (Myanmar) emergency contact number: +95 1 420254468. In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency in Thailand and Cambodia, please call the Peregrine Thailand emergency contact number: +66 898 103 722.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

30 April 2014


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