Cultural Touring


"The Vietnamese plant rice, the Cambodians watch it grow, and the Lao listen to it grow."
- French Saying

Laos, seasoned travelers claim, is the true essence of South East Asia. The Lao think that unless an activity, whether work or play, contains an experiential element of muan (fun), it will probably lead to stress.
With this in mind, we land in the capital Vientiane, the "City of the Moon". Vientiane offers an intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, US, and soviet influences. Its tree-lined boulevards and ancient temples impart an atmosphere of timelessness. After lunch at our hotel (Lao Hotel Plaza) we spend the afternoon walking the old part of town, visiting That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos, and taking in the ambience if this old city located on a bend of the Mekong River.
The next morning, we fly to the Pakse and start our Mekong river cruise. Laos boasts one of the least disturbed eco-systems in Asia due to its overall lack of development and population density. Our three-day cruise will offer fascinating glimpses of tranquil, river oriented village life, more detached from time than from the riverbank. With luck, we'll spot some rare, fresh-water Irrawaddy Dolphins.
The Mekong River is one of the world's last remaining untamed waterways. Until 1993 no bridge spanned it, and it is not dammed as of yet. And except in Vietnam's Mekong Delta, no large city or industrial zone is located anywhere along its banks.
After the cruise, we fly to Luang Prabang, a World Heritage site and the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia. Magnificent historic temples are interspersed with French Colonial buildings. In this dramatic setting, members of the Hmong, Mien and Thai hills tribes are often seen on their way to market.
Luang Prabang enthralls even the most jaded of Asian travelers. We spend two days here and then fly to Cambodia


"Go to Angkor, my friend, to it's ruins and to it's dreams" - P Jeanneral De Beerski, Author 1924

Arriving at dinnertime in Phnom Penh, the bustling capital of Cambodia, we head for Le Royal Hotel, a true throwback to the days of luxury Asian hotels.
The next Morning, we visit the Royal Palace and the National Museum, where we will see some incredible treasures of Angkor, giving our imaginations a boost for the days to come. That afternoon we fly to Siem Reap and to the ruins of Angkor.
About the time the French were laying the cornerstone of Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Khmer Kings were finishing the great temple complex of Angkor Wat, an architectural triumph whose central tower is as tall as the spires of Notre Dame. Sacked and abandoned to the jungle in the mid-15th century, Angkor Wat, and the nearby royal city of Angkor-Thom remain among the world's greatest treasures.
Designated as the world heritage site, the Angkor ruins cover approximately 120 square miles. We will spend three days with John Sanday, a premier restoration architect with the World Monument Fund as our guide.
Each night we dine at our hotel, the Grand Hotel d'Angkor, and we lunch at three different restaurants.
On the fourth day we fly back to Bangkok and return to the Thai house for our final two days of cooking lessons. Our palates, having been sharpened on two additional countries subtleties', are ready to venture further into the art of Thai cuisine.
The next afternoon we travel to Bangkok and fly home.

Time - December
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