SOUTHEAST ASIA JEWISH INTEREST TOUR
BY PACIFIC DELIGHT FEATURES ANGKOR WAT
NEW YORK, NY (June 11, 2018) – Pacific Delight (www.PacificDelightTours.com) has added the archaeological marvels of the Angkor Plains to their second Jewish interest tour of Southeast Asia in 2018. Southeast Asia through Jewish Eyes™ will visit Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. The 15-day program departs on Dec. 11, 2018 and will be led by Rabbi Rachel Safman, an American who lived and worked in Southeast Asia for more than ten years.
Singapore‘s historic Chesed El Synagogue (left) and Cambodia’s Angor Wat.
Featured is Singapore, the only country in the world – apart from Israel – whose first democratically elected head of government was a Jew. Highlights include Shabbat with the Jewish community at Singapore’s historic Chesed El Synagogue, a night safari to observe unique nocturnal wildlife, and Marina Bay as seen in recent news coverage of the historic summit meeting. In Thailand, Jewish teachers are educating the country’s young people and reaching out to its most disadvantaged minorities. A boat ride on Bangkok’s “River of Kings” to the Temple of Dawn and shimmering Grand Palace, lunch at “the backpacker’s shul,” and exploring Chiang Mai’s rainforests and hill tribes are among the many highlights in Thailand.
Modern-day Burmese-Jewish businessmen have made it their mission to preserve Myanmar’s rich Jewish heritage and its opulent, 19th-century Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. Participants will learn why this remote synagogue in this distant corner of the globe contained 126 torahs. Guests will experience Shabbat with the small Jewish community and also travel to Bagan, the country’s ancient capital with its spectacular pagodas.
The program concludes in Siem Reap where an Israeli environmentalist is working to preserve Cambodia’s rainforest. Featured highlights are the fabulous archaeological sites of Ta Prohm, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Bagan (l), cradle of Myanmar civilization, known as the city of four million pagodas.
Torah scrolls in Yangon (r).
The tour cost is $6,798 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes roundtrip group airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) via Cathay Pacific Airways, with premium class upgrades available at additional cost. Add-on fares are available from all major gateways including New York City (JFK) starting at $170 per person.
All intraAsian flights and transportation are included, along with deluxe, air-conditioned four- and five-star accommodations, all meals (kosher or vegetarian) including memorable Shabbat dinners in Singapore and Yangon, and fascinating cultural events and sightseeing, including riverboats in Singapore and Bangkok. Transfers, all gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff, and all hotel taxes and service charges are included in the package. Air taxes, fuel surcharges and visa fees for Myanmar and Cambodia are additional. The tour cost includes a $900 per person tax-deductible donation to FRJC, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational charity that is devoted to preserving and promoting the endangered Jewish communities on the periphery of the Diaspora. Learn more atwww.frjc.org. For other winter tour programs sponsored by FRJC including India and Southern Africa, log onto www.jewisheyes.com
For more information, consult your travel agent, or contact Pacific Delight Tours at (800) 221-7179 or visit www.PacificDelightTours.com.
Rabbi Rachel Safman of Temple Beth El in New London, CT lived and worked in Southeast Asia (northern Thailand and Singapore), while on the Faculty of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Her research, which focused on the societies of Southeast Asia, gave her an insider’s perspective as she traveled extensively throughout the region. Southeast Asia was her Jewish home for a good portion of her adult life and she remains passionate about the region’s Jewish history and Jewish potential.
Rabbi Safman earned a BS in biology from Harvard and a PhD in sociology from Cornell, then served as an advisor to the government of Thailand before accepting a teaching position at National University of Singapore. She became involved with Singapore’s Jewish community and was introduced to the little-known story of theBaghdadi traders who helped open Asia to the West and made significant contributions to the economy and society of the region during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Pacific Delight Tours
For 47 years, Pacific Delight Tours has been one of America’s leading tour operators to China and Asia. Among numerous industry awards, the luxury tour operator is a proud winner of the TravelAge West WAVE Award from 2008-2016, the 2009 Travel WeeklyReaders’ Choice Award, and the Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia for Best Vacation Packager, Asia for 2016 and 2017. The company is also a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).
Pacific Delight remains dedicated to providing unparalleled luxury vacation experiences for its discerning clientele. Its long-standing reputation within the travel agent community is a testament to its unrivaled quality assurance, extensive expertise and customer service.