Travel with Andy Rotman, Smith Professor of Religion, Buddhist Studies, and South Asian Studies, and Janna White ’07, Writer and Editor specializing in South Asian Works, on a journey that will begin in Bangkok, the “City of Angels” where living Buddhist temples sit next to skyscrapers and where life in stilted houses along winding river canals continues as it has for centuries. As well as discovering the city’s highlights, we will visit magnificent private mansions, enjoy a lecture in the exquisite home of a silk merchant and give alms at a quiet neighborhood monastery.

On leaving Bangkok, we travel across Thailand’s beautiful countryside to Ayutthaya, its ancient capital (and a UNESCO World Heritage site). We continue through the jungle of Khao Yai where tigers, leopards, elephants and bears still roam in the wild. Along the way we will stop to sample some of Thailand’s finest wine in a beautiful 400 hectare vineyard nestled in one of the valleys.

As we journey into the Kingdom of Cambodia along the Ancient Khmer Highway, we will soon reach the majestic temples of Angkor, ornamented by the finest artisans of its time. Throughout our visit to Angkor, we will enjoy the company of Dr. Damian Evans, the Deputy Director of the Greater Angkor Project who will be our personal guide. On our last day we will venture into the mysterious flooded forest by private boat before celebrating our journey with a festive dinner at one of Siem Reap’s finest restaurants.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the private mansion of the Prasart Art Museum in Bangkok where admission is only granted to only a handful of visitors
  • Enjoy cocktails at an exclusive after-hours tour of the famous Jim Thompson House
  • Journey through Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest park and considered to be one of the finest in the world
  • Witness a sunrise at the lake temple of Srah Srang
  • Learn about the restoration work firsthand from Dr. Damian Evans, one of the world’s leading experts on Angkor


Andy Rotman, Professor of Religion, Buddhist Studies, and South Asian Studies; Janna White, Writer and Editor specializing in South Asian and Buddhist Works
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Trip Details

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activity Level: Moderately Active; light walking and hiking on uneven surfaces such as forest trails and gravel trails. Walking in the temple complex and around temples means that you will be standing/walking at times for 1-2 hours. Travelers must be able to get in and out of long tail boats (high stepping)
  • Cost: $4,870 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $890 per person (limited availability)
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to Authentic Asia
  • Co-Sponsors: This is a Smith-only departure
  • Optional Extensions: An optional three-night post-tour extension to The Kingdom of Laos is available

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