Asia 2010

ASIA 2010

 

VIETNAM - CAMBODIA - LAOS - MALAYSIA - SINGAPORE

 

November 2, 2010 thru November 18, 2010

 

17 Days / 15 nights

 

 

 

All photos © Bill Bachmann

 

Capture the color of the flower markets in Mekong Delta area of Vietnam with willing models!

We will have beautiful dancer models in the Angkor Wat area of Cambodia. I love to pay local models to pose.

The color and energy all over Asia is amazing. You will photograph everything imaginable as it floats by for sale.

 

 

 

This is a great opportunity to visit this fascinating region of Asia on Bill's 12th directed BTO trip. As usual, we will stop EVERYWHERE and photograph interesting people and places. Our group "invades" small villages, with cameras in hand, and returns with terrific images. Most "tours" don't have the time in their schedule to stop when they see something interesting. Bill believes we are on this Earth too short of a time NOT TO STOP and experience all the joys of an unscheduled photo stop!!

 

For the first time Bill has set-up the international flights separately so we can use credit cards to pay for that flight. That will make it a lot easier for people to pay for the trip.

 


We will need you to fill out the registration form -- CLICK HERE -- along with a deposit, a photo copy of your passport with six new passport photos for the three Visas -- to the following address as soon as you have decided to travel with us. See the price below and all the directions to join the trip are there. This trip will fill up quickly, so don't delay!

 

Carol Evans - Regent Marketing
7230 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg
, FL 33710

 

Make the check out to Regent Marketing --- not to Bill. The company Regent Marketing does all the planning, plane & hotel reservations, and scheduling for most of Bill's BTO trips.

 

Carol's email is carol@harmonyspring.com.

 

Steve Levin, President of Regent Marketing, can be reached at: miracleman@tampabay.rr.com

 

 

 

Vietnam

 

A visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Flowers everywhere in the Mekong Delta.

Countryside child drying rice.

Wonderful portraits of Vietnam locals.

Traditional boats & hats abound.

The energy of Hanoi.

John McCain's prison museum.

Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh City scenic.

 

We are allowed to shoot soldiers!

 

 

 

ITINERARY (Subject to Change):

 

DAY 1 & 2: Fly from USA.  ABOUT 2 days to arrive BECAUSE WE LOSE A DAY WHEN WE PASS THE INTERNATIONAL DATELINE, WHICH WE MAKE UP WHEN WE RETURN TO THE USA.  

 

On arrival in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), we are met and transferred to our hotel.  Relax and overnight in Saigon.

 

DAY 3:  SAIGON   (Meals: B, L) 
The sightseeing tour of Ho Chi Minh City begins with Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the South Vietnam President until end of April 1975.  Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda and the War Remnant Museum before continuing to the bustling Ben Thanh Market. Late afternoon and early evening relax on our own. Overnight in Saigon.

 

DAY 4:  SAIGON  (Meals: B, L)  
We will wander and shoot in the streets all over Saigon together for several hours in the downtown area. An exciting tour of the Mekong Delta and Flower Markets (see colorful photo above!) and a short cruise on the Mekong Delta. This is the famous river that our US Troops used during the Vietnam War. WE STOP FOR A DRINK AND PHOTOGRAPH THE FAMOUS REX HOTEL WHERE THE LAST HELICOPTOR LEFT SAIGON IN THE WAR WITH THE FAMOUS PHOTO FROM THE ROOF. Overnight in Saigon.

 

DAY 5:  HANOI  (Meals: B, L)  
Early morning flight to Hanoi. We will have a 1/2 day tour of Hanoi: shooting the Ho Chi Minh Complex (containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder Ho Chi Minh), the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. This complex also comprises the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origins date back to the foundation of city. We follow this with a trip to the Temple of Literature, which is well known as the first university of Vietnam.  ALSO VISIT TO "HANOI HILTON" PRISON, WHERE JOHN McCAIN WAS HELD FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND THE MUSEUM THERE. We will wander and shoot in the streets together also for several hours in the downtown area. Relax in the evening. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

DAY 6:  HANOI (Meals: B, L)  
After breakfast we will transfer to Halong Bay for exploration of the Wonder of the World candidate 2008.  Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin. This Bay includes some 1,696 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands sites are outstanding scenic beauty and complemented by it's great biological interest.  On arrival to Ha Long we will embark on a four-hour cruise to explore great Ha Long with its thousands of islands and visit Thien Cung Cave & Dau Go Cave.   Enjoy a seafood lunch on board.  In the late afternoon we return to Hanoi and our hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

Laos

The fabulous Golden Temple in Laos.

Downtown Vientinae, Laos looks like Paris.

Religion is such a part of this gentle country.

Playing with Monks.

School children in Laos. BTO stops at schools!

A local lady in her garden.

 

DAY 7:  HANOI - LAOS  (Meals: B, L)
Fly from Hanoi to Laos. After arrival in Lunag Prabang, we transfer to our Hotel and then begin a ½ day city tour where we discover Mount Phousi.   You can climb to the summit have a great view over Luang Prabang and come face to face with the Buddha in the cave.  We will shoot again on the streets with locals as models. Some time in the evening to relax. Overnight in Laos.

 

 

 

DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG (LAOS)  (Meals: B, L)
We will have an early start today as we witness the ALMS GIVING, where locals wait in front of their homes for colorful monks who pass by carrying alms bowls and collecting food from all those who choose to give. You will be amazed by this magical experience. Back to the hotel for breakfast and then to start a short boat trip on the Mekong River, where we make our way to the Pak Ou Caves - a mystical place where thousands of Buddhist images were donated by worshipers over a several hundred year period. Enjoy a picnic lunch before we head back to Luang Prabang. Explore and shoot the colorful Laos markets together. Overnight in Laos.

 

 

 

DAY 9: LAOS - SIEM REAP (Cambodia)   (Meals B, D)  
We transfer to Tan San Nhat airport for departure and flight to Siem Reap (Cambodia).   After arrival at our Hotel, we will start our sightseeing tour of the SOUTH GATE of ANGKOR, the famous Bayon and Baphoun, the terrace of the Elephants and the Leper King.  We will then visit one of the seven wonders of the world, ANGKOR WAT, a world Heritage site and we will witness a sunset from Phnom Bakheng hills.  Shoot the Mausoleum.  Tonight we will enjoy an Apsara Dance Show with, hopefully, these same show girls as models tomorrow. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

 

 

Cambodia

 

Hired dancers in Cambodia.

The majestic Angkor Wat, the world's best temple.

Local woman drying SNAKES!

The Monks can be characters.

Angkor Wat through a doorway.

Early morning Monks getting rice.

How magnificent!

I love the beauty of the people

Monks going to work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 10:  SIEM REAP  (Meals B) 
We begin the day shooting those beautiful models from the show last night.  Lots of shooting, lots of dancers in costume (see photo above)
We continue to visit the fabulous TA PHROM TEMPLE  embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, as well as PRE RUP EAST MEBON and NEAK POAN temples.  We next visit the Krovan, Royal Bath of Srah Srang and Banteay Kdei temples.  You may want to return to Angkor Wat for more shooting of Monks and ruins. Overnight in Siem Reap.

 

DAY 11:  SIEM REAP - PHNOM PHEN (Meals B, L) 
After breakfast, we drive a 5-hour trip through the villages of Cambodia towards Phnom Phen. We will stop for pictures at anything that looks interesting. Evening in Phnom Phen at leisure. 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia & Singapore

Tallest twin towers in the world in Kuala Lumpur. A very exciting city to explore.

Famous lion fountain in the beautiful port area of Singapore.

Chinese dancers in costume.

Famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

Old buildings in Malaysia - here the Supreme Court.

Young children everywhere.

Indian influence in Singapore.

As always, we will shoot school children everywhere.

Colorful artwork in both countries.

 

 

 

DAY 12:   PHNOM PHEN - MALAYSIA (MALAYSIA)  (Meals B, L) 
After breakfast we will catch an 11:10 am flight to Kuala Lumpur. Check-in at hotel upon arrival. We will shoot around the city of KL in the afternoon. Night free at leisure. Overnight in KL.

 

DAY 13:  MALAYSIA - KUALA LUMPUR (MALASIA) (Meals B, D) 
Morning depart to the Batu Caves, the famous site of the annual Thaipusam festival where almost a million devotees congregate. The 272-steps climb leads you to the top of a natural limestone cavern which houses a Hindu Shrine. Proceed for a City Tour. Discover the old and the new, starting from where the city began, which is at the confluence of two rivers. Visits include the King's Palace, the National Museum, the National Monument, and the superb buildings at the Independence Square as well as the Moorish-style railway station. Observe the contrast between historical architecture and modern skyscrapers in an abundant setting of greenery. You will also get to visit a local handicraft centre and we will take pictures at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers.

 

Evening meet at the hotel lobby and depart for KL by night tour. Visit the buzzing Chinatown on Petaling Street by night. It's a bazaar of numerous makeshift stalls lined to display their wares ranging from local handicrafts to almost-as-good-as-genuine designer items. Proceed on to a local restaurant for a typical Malay buffet dinner and a vibrant cultural performance. Overnight in KL.

 

DAY 14:  MALAYSIA - KUALA LUMPUR - MELAKA  (MALAYSIA) ( Meals B , L) 
Begin a journey to the historical city and experience the heritage, legacy, and culture of Malacca. Colonized by various powers over a period of time of four centuries. Malacca's landmarks have imprints from the Portuguese, British, and Dutch. You will make several stops for sightseeing in Dutch Square, Christ Church, Clock Tower, and the Queen Victoria Fountain. You will also get to see the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, which is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia founded in 1645. Other places include the Porta De Santiago, the gate to the remains of an ancient fort, St. Paul's Church, and a quick stroll around Jonker Street, a cultural sidewalk that is bustling with activities and antiques. Check-in and the rest of the day is free. Overnight at Equatorial Hotel (Deluxe) Melaka.

 

DAY 15: MELAKA - SINGAPORE  (Meals B, D) 
Check out and depart to Johor Bahru Causeway (exclude transfer from Johor Bahru Causeway) to Singapore which to be arranged by Singapore sector. (Malaysian registered coaches are not allowed to enter Singapore. Change Buses.) About 150 miles.

 

Arrive in Singapore from Kul, meet and greet by local tour guide and transfer to hotel. We will have time to shoot all around Singapore, the port, the Indian area, and other areas of interest. Night Safari tour with buffet dinner at Safari Restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Singapore.

 

DAY 16: SINGAPORE  (Meals B,L, D) 
Breakfast at hotel. Half day city tour - visits to Merlion Park, Esplanade, Singapore Flyer, and Botanic Gardens. Buffet lunch at local restaurant. Some free time in the afternoon. Back to hotel, our Farewell Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
 
DAY 17: SINGAPORE  (Meals B)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Johore Bahru and flight home. We arrive home the same day we left, making up the "lost" day. Arrive home on November 18th.

 

 

 

All our BTO groups are "HANDS ON" activities. We stop everywhere and spend time getting to

know the people and getting great pictures. And we all help each other.

We stop at schools on all our trips. Here BTO'er Janet smiles with Cuban students.
 

We invade every small village and photograph locals and children. Our group will get "hands-on" work with Bill as we stroll various locations.

We get images unique to only our group which "wow" our friends back home!

If you shoot digital stills or video, the children.
will surround you to see themselves! Children
are warm and as curious as you are wherever we go.

 

 

 

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Included in the price:

 

Air tickets to and from Hanoi – Hoh Chi Minh City – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang – Bangkok 
4* Hotel accommodations  
- Hanoi :  HANOI or SILK PATH HOTEL 
- Ho Chi Minh : GRAND HOTEL
- Siem Reap : ANGKOR MIRACLE HOTEL or SOMADEVI HOTEL
- Laos:  4 STAR HOTEL YET TO BE NAMED. 
- Malaysia : 4 STAR HOTEL YET TO BE NAMED
- Singapore : 4 STAR HOTEL YET TO BE NAMED

 

All tours, entrance fees and transfers as outlined in program 
14 REGULAR Meals (AND 15 hotel breakfasts) as mentioned in Program. Total 29 meals
 

 

Not included in the price:

 


Visa Fee for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos:  Cost ABOUT $30 EACH, a total of $100 including processing/shipping
Airport departure tax in Cambodia $25 USD. 
Personal expenses, some meals not included, and tips for drivers and guides.

 

Total price of the land portion of the trip: $3995 plus flight to/from Asia.

 

Single supplement is $875

 

I have a special rate out of Orlando on United Airlines to Hanoi and from Bangkok to Orlando for just $1325 at this time (this could change until we pay and confirm flights).  And, believe it or not, since I am keeping that separate you can use credit cards for the intercontinental flight!  THAT IS A FIRST FOR OUR BTO -- TO HAVE FLIGHT SEPARATE AND CREDIT CARDS USAGE -- BUT MOST TOUR COMPANIES TODAY ARE DOING THAT SEPARATELY WITH THE FLUCTUATING  COSTS OF AIRLINES.

 

"TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW, YOU WILL BE MORE DISAPPOINTED BY THE THINGS YOU DIDN'T DO -- THAN BY THE ONES YOU DID DO !"

 

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UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR FORM & DEPOSIT, YOU WILL BE SENT SEVERAL OTHER FORMS TO FILL OUT AND RETURN.

 


THIS IS AN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THESE COUNTRIES WITH THE BACHMANN TOUR OVERDRIVE GROUP AND EXPERIENCE ASIA FROM AN INSIDER POINT OF VIEW! WE ALL NEED TO SIGN UP AND THEN ARRANGE TO GET APPROVED VISAS IN TIME.

 

PLEASE PRINT ALL OF THESE PAGES! EITHER BILL, CAROL, OR REGENT MARKETING PRESIDENT, STEVE LEVIN, WILL RETURN YOUR CALLS WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR NEEDS.

 

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To reserve your space on this exciting trip, you must do the following:

 

1. Check for $500 made out to "Regent Marketing."

 

2. Complete registration form -- 

 

3. Six passport photos for the new Visas.

 

4. Photo copy of your passport photo page..... make sure it does not expire by May 18, 2011.

 

5. Write down your roommate name or tell me if you want a single room or us to find you a roommate!

 

Mail all of this to:

 

Carol Evans - Regent Marketing
7230 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg
, FL 33710

 

 

 

Any questions email me at the studio.

 

EMAIL: bill@billbachmann.com

 

 

 

I thank you for the opportunity to guide you to another terrific region of our wonderful planet. Our BTO groups become friends for life and we all look forward to these travel adventures together. It is in our blood! I am thrilled for the chance to direct you to places that I love and know well. BTO people have two things in common: we love both travel & adventure and we love taking pictures. This trip, and any BTO adventures, is made for your to experience those two things without the hassles of traveling alone and worrying about all the logistics.