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On November 19, 2015, we flew from Las Vegas to Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma). This was the start of a tour with Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). This was our second tour with OAT (the first was to Iceland and Greenland). We really like the fact that they take a maximum of 16 people on their trips and they immerse you in the culture of the places you visit. A portion of the profit from every OAT trip goes to Grand Circle foundation, which gives back to the places we visit, especially to the schools.

This trip was appropriately called Ancient Kingdoms as we explored sites from the ancient kingdoms of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In addition to seeing extraordinary architectural wonders, we had some amazing experiences participating in the daily lives and activities of the people in the villages. It was also amazing that in 30 days, after 15 flights, 10 different hotels in 5 different countries. we had no glitches in our travels.

SE Asia is a fascinating place to visit with cultures so different from ours. The people were friendly, food was delicious and healthy (we didn't see any fat Asians!). In addition to our bus and plane rides, we took 17 different modes of local transportation! We visited families and a school, shopped in local markets and saw hundreds of pagodas and temples. OAT promises an immersion in the cultures of the countries they visit and that promise was kept.

To read about each place we visited and see a few photos from that area, go to SE Asia Newsletters

You can view more photos from our trip by going to the Photo Gallery. And if you want to see a full size picture, just click on the photo.

There is a map of our trip at SE Asia Maps.

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