The Wonders and Riches of Southeast Asia

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Laos: Luang Prabang
Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Vietnam: Hanoi


Join the Journey With the Chairman!
This incredible program is led by David Venning - the Chairman and Founder of Rustic Pathways - and is your chance to explore the best of Southeast Asia with an expert on the region. Enjoy special access to some of the region's premiere attractions, stay at some of Southeast Asia's finest hotels, dine at legendary restaurants, and explore some of the region's best kept secrets with our legendary team of local staff. Visit four unique countries during your Southeast Asian adventure, including Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and the Hill Tribe region), Laos (Luang Prabang and Northern Laos), Vietnam (Hanoi and Ha Long Bay), and Cambodia (Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh). Travel by quick flights, luxury vans, first-class trains, and chartered boats - and experience more culture, history, and highlights in two weeks than you could have ever thought possible!

Exquisite Accommodations and Extraordinary Cuisine
Wonders and Riches offers you the chance to enjoy some of the finest hotels in Southeast Asia. Expect special event dinners that will introduce you to local cuisines and delicacies, special greetings from General Managers, and VIP access at some of the most exclusive establishments around. Each day will bring its own surprises, and the resorts at which you will stay along the way showcase the best of local architecture and style, while leaving no amenities to be desired. Gorgeous swimming pools, world-class spas and some of the best service you will ever see - and this is just the beginning!

Leave the Tourist Trail Far Behind
Wonders and Riches is a never-ending stream of highlights with enough 'must see' attractions to make you dizzy. Ride elephants through the jungle, take an overnight luxury chartered boat through the tropical island wonderland of Ha Long Bay, and catch a nationally televised Muay Thai match from VIP ringside seats at world-famous Lumphini Stadium. Tour Bangkok by long-tail speed boat, ride a horse-drawn cart down historic Cambodian roads, explore the bustling alleys of Hanoi's Old Town by rickshaw, and explore the floating villages outside of Angkor Wat on a private boat tour. In each location, our teams of legendary local staff will join the adventure - adding a whole new dimension to each destination. David always makes time to visit the friends and family of our local staff in very remote villages; expect to experience things that are simply not accessible to other tourists. Learn about the beautiful intricacies of Southeast Asian cultures as you meet with monks, village shamans, and long-time friends of Rustic. By the end of the journey, do not be surprised if the people you met have made a more powerful impression than the magnificent places that you saw!

Peruse Incredible Markets and Visit David's Personal Tailor
Southeast Asia has some of the world's best shopping, and David will show you where to find the best deals on the region's specialty items. Hone your bargaining skills while getting great deals on funky artwork, teak-wood carvings, elaborate handicrafts, rare silver workings, unique clothing items and just about anything else you could hope to find. You will have the chance to shop at Chatuchak Market (the largest outdoor market in the world!), the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the Luang Prabang Night Market, the bazaar in Old Hanoi, and the Russian Market of Phnom Penh. You will also have the chance to have some clothing custom made at David's personal tailor in Bangkok - something past students and their parents rave about!

Memories and Insights for a Lifetime
Wonders and Riches is organized and personally guided by David Venning - the Founder of Rustic Pathways - and traveling with him offers the opportunity to learn from an informed and empowering teacher who has lived and worked in Southeast Asia for over a decade. David will make these destinations come alive and will use his extensive connections here to make your journey an extraordinary and life-changing adventure. Successful applicants are required to complete an interview or writing sample prior to acceptance. At the conclusion of the program, parents are welcome to join their children in Thailand, and David will be happy to help arrange a timely reunion.


COMBINE four fascinating countries into one spectacular adventure led by David Venning, the Chairman and Founder of Rustic Pathways. Stay in some of the best hotels in the region, eat at some of Asias most famous restaurants, and gain VIP access to some of the regions finest attractions.

THAILAND: Visit the Royal Palace, see the Reclining Buddha, shop at the worlds largest market, have clothing made by Davids private tailor, explore the wonders of Chiang Mai, ride elephants in the jungle, and meet monks and Hill Tribe villagers.

LAOS: Tour charming Luang Prabang, cruise the Mekong River to holy caves, cool off at serene waterfalls, watch monks go for morning alms, and sample fine Lao cuisine.

VIETNAM: Tour Old Hanoi and shop at the citys exotic bazaars, cruise Ha Long Bay and sleep on a teak boat, dine on beautifully prepared Vietnamese delicacies, and witness the contrast between Vietnams history and its modern reality.

CAMBODIA: Stay at a stunning, five-star resort as you take in the wonders of Angkor Wat and the Khmer culture. See the major temples in the Angkor complex and tour a floating village.

Program Duration

2-4 Week


2012 Departing/Returning dates from the United States: July 17th- August 3rd, July 31st- August 17th

Travel Types

  • Student Tours
  • Tours

Type of Programs

  • Adventure Travel
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Student Tours


  • English
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

Cost in US$:

USD 4,995 + 1,465 Internal Airfare

Program Fees Include:

The above cost includes all ground transportation in-country, 3 meals a day, housing, staff through the duration of the program, and all excursions on the program itinerary not listed as optional.

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants.

Participants Travel

in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-2 business days