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asia Different Routes to Southeast Asia These tours will treat your clients to experiences that only Southeast Asia can deliver. deserae del campo laos & burma Mark Yacker, director, North America, Insider Journeys (formally Travel IndoChina), says countries like Laos and Burma are becoming very popular for travelers looking to experience exotic destinations in parts of the world that are still in a development stage. "There is enough infrastructure in these countries to make the journey very comfortable," he says, "but step away from the big name sites and you will still find ancient customs and a traditional way of life being practiced by fascinating people who are excited about cross-cultural exchanges." A new Small Group Journeys itinerary is the 13-day Laos & Burma Experience ($3,930 pp). The itinerary begins with a slow boat ride along the Mekong River in Chiang Rai, Thailand, and continues to Laos to see the Pak Ou Caves before traveling on to the city of Luang Prabang for a stop at the Xieng Thong Palace, Wat Mai, and the Royal Palace. Next it's off to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to explore some of the city's most famous landmarks, such as the National Museum and the gold-covered Buddhist stupa, Pha That Luang. Your clients will spend one night in Yangon, Burma, before heading to Inle Lake for a tour and visit to Phaung Daw Oo Ou Pagoda, the lake's main sanctuary, which contains five sacred images of 54 may 2015 54-55 AS SETours.indd 54 Buddah; the tour ends with two nights in Bagan, a city known for its beautiful temples. Accommodations include the boutique lodge, Sala Prabang; the Mercure Vientiane in Laos; and the Summit Parkview Hotel Yangon. indonesia How about a 22-day tour to five of Indonesia's islands? G Adventures' Islands of Indonesia journey ($3,299 pp), one of many new tours to Southeast Asia the operator is offering, explores the best of Indonesia, with plenty of free time for guests to explore on their own. Highlights on this 22-day excursion include spotting dragons on Komodo Island and a boat trip to Rinca where travelers will sleep on a yacht either under the stars or in a bunk; a chance to meet the locals at a Ngada village; stopping at the tobacco plantations of Tebebatu; exploring the multi-colored crater lakes of Kelimutu; savoring local Indonesian cuisine and visiting multiple Hindu temples; and outdoor adventures from snorkeling to taking a swim in a waterfall. By day 10, your clients will be soaking in the mineral waters of the Angseri Hot Springs, and by day 20, they'll be enjoying a full day on the white-sand beaches in the Gili Islands where they can 4/21/15 12:12 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2015

Editor’s Notes
Lodgings Take Comforts to New Heights
Exclusive Group Travel
What’s New in All-Inclusives
Riu Palace St. Martin
Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa
Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Program
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
Andalucia, Spain
Different Routes to Southeast Asia
The Guatemala Travel Experience
New Ships Bulletin
What’s New in Orlando
Orlando World Center Marriott

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