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Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

Luxury travel to India, with private car, private driver, and private guide assures the traveler the very best use of their time in a country that offers a wealth of diverse manmade and natural treasures. One such treasure is the Golden Temple of Amritsar. The Golden...

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Varanasi, India ~ City Of Light

Varanasi, India ~ City Of Light

Varanasi, (Benares), known as the city of light is located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Dating back to the 11th century B.C., it is known as the spiritual capital of India,. Year long, and especially at times of festival, the city draws Hindu...

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Andean Lakes Crossing Tour

Andean Lakes Crossing Tour

Having reached the quaint town of Bariloche, Argentina, a haven for sports enthusiasts in all seasons, it is a friendly town with swiss-styled chocolates a local specialty, favored among both residents and visitors. A true highlight of your visit will be to board the...

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Japan Explorer

Japan Explorer

Tokyo, a city of some 10 million inhabitants welcomes you to a variety of sensory delights with its sleek skyscrapers and vivid neon colors of the Ginza District. Japan displays a stark contrast between its slice of ultra-modern Tokyo and the serenity of its...

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Royal Tombs In Huè, Vietnam

Royal Tombs In Huè, Vietnam

Huè, Vietnam is one of the most picturesque cities in all of Vietnam, known for its beauty, historical importance and scholarly eminence. It is a city not to be missed while touring the country. One of the more interesting visits will be to the royal tombs scattered...

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Bhutan ~ Land Of Enchantment

Bhutan ~ Land Of Enchantment

Primarily a Buddhist nation, landlocked between its neighbor giants, India and China, this cloistered nation of less than one million inhabitants has its focus on the preservation of its gross national happiness. As was viewed on the chalkboard within a neighborhood...

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Safari Should Top Each Bucket List

Safari Should Top Each Bucket List

While on safari, awaken to the brilliance of an African sunrise. The richness of color sets the forest afire with the glowing reds and shimmering yellows of the newborn day. It is this experience of sight, sound, and emotion that causes so many to return and some...

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Travel Insurance – Yea or Nay!

Travel Insurance – Yea or Nay!

One of the more difficult preparatory decisions to be made prior to departure on holiday is whether or not to purchase travel insurance and if so, for what amount. Few would argue that once the floodwaters rise, only the insured would have a peaceful feeling. With the...

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Vietnam ~ A Travelers Paradise

Vietnam ~ A Travelers Paradise

The year 1963 was a tumultuous year. It was the year that we lost our beloved President Kennedy. With vivid memory, I recall landing that year with ten other Marines into Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon. We would soon be heading north, just south of the DMZ...

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Visit China Again, For The First Time

Visit China Again, For The First Time

Travelers may recall the early years when napkins first appeared at the dinner hour and plumbing actually disposed of waste efficiently or perhaps when the majority of the populace wore Mao-styled jackets and in-country flights were often delayed or cancelled. All has...

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Luxury Travel To Southeast Asia

Luxury Travel To Southeast Asia

"Our tour to Southeast Asia with First Cabin was the finest luxury tour that my wife and I have ever taken." - Marty Colby, La Jolla CA Some of the highlights on this extraordinary journey include arrival into Hanoi where a cyclo ride whisks you across the...

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Visa Upon Arrival

Visa Upon Arrival

Not only is it possible to acquire a travel visa upon arrival at certain destinations, for some countries within Southeast Asia, you may also acquire an eVisa, both of which come with great savings. When considering doing so, the first question to ask is whether the...

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Private Touring Reins Supreme

Private Touring Reins Supreme

First Cabin welcomes our clients to make an apple to apple comparison of our private luxury tours with any reputable tour operator in the marketplace, which will show in clear detail why travelers are finding the benefits of private touring so beneficial and so...

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Ta Prohm Temple At Angkor Wat

Ta Prohm Temple At Angkor Wat

The wonder that is Angkor is exemplified by the magnificence of the setting at Ta Prohm temple, where the jungle growth has been sculpted to allow for easy access while maintaining a scenic wonderland of forest and temple grounds. Angkor, the former capital city of...

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Myanmar (Burma) ~ Safe To Travel

Myanmar (Burma) ~ Safe To Travel

Although there are areas that remain off limits, it certainly is safe for travel and remains one of the few global venues where innocence among the populace maintains a foothold. Large hoteliers have invested heavily and there are some grand choices for those seeking...

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China ~ The Early Years

China ~ The Early Years

The year 1981 was my first entry into China with a group of 18 travelers anxious to experience what unequivocally would be deemed a new-world adventure. Relatively few were allowed access to this cloistered society and it was any wonder what to expect upon arrival....

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Southeast Asia Travel Diary

Southeast Asia Travel Diary

Jan 11 / Arrival Bangkok ~ VIP treatment from the start ~ Early am arrival ~ whisked away to our accommodation, a former 1920’s residence converted to a beautiful hotel in 2009. David, the owner, joined us for breakfast and provided a wealth of local knowledge. On...

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Burma’s Inle Lake Hidden Treasure

Burma’s Inle Lake Hidden Treasure

Vast and beautiful, Inle Lake stretches some 9 miles in length and 4 miles in breadth. It is here that you will find the unique "leg rowers" who, while standing atop their longboat, wrap the lower leg around the oar and paddle both passenger and product to the...

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Luxury Travel Affordably Priced

Luxury Travel Affordably Priced

First Cabin's expertise began in 1963 when its owner Robert Kenyon began his tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps in Southeast Asia, His resulting passion for exploration and travel led him eventually to open First Cabin Travel intent on offering the...

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Journey The Mekong To Ben Tre

Journey The Mekong To Ben Tre

Join your private boatman and guide as you embark on a daylong excursion up river on the Mekong to Ben Tre province, Vietnam, famous for its coconut plantations and peaceful waterways. Upon arrival, enjoy a "Xe Loi" (cyclo) ride through the local village of Huu Dinh,...

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When Planning Your African Safari

When Planning Your African Safari

Location of the Safari Camp: Camps can be found on private concessions, which to many are considered the finest because the number of travelers is so few. Some camps are located outside of park areas and require passage to the entry gate and check-in prior to Safari....

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An Elder’s Love Of Bhutan

An Elder’s Love Of Bhutan

Bhutan may be as close as it gets on this planet to the fictional Shangri-La. Ruled by a benevolent monarchy since 1907, goverance since 2006 is shared with an elected parliament. Fortuitously located on the southern (monsoon) side of the Himalayn Range,...

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Affordable Private Luxury Touring

Affordable Private Luxury Touring

First Cabin Travel, since 1989 has offered the finest in customized luxury travel to destinations worldwide, with the majority of bookings derived from repeat clientele and their ever-so-enthusiastic referrals. Robert Kenyon, owner of the corporation first traveled to...

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Boutique Inns and Hotels

Boutique Inns and Hotels

In recent years, with the loosening of economic regulations within the formerly restrictive countries in Southeast Asia, local entrepreneurs have invested their monies into local, family run hotels and inns, providing travelers with an excellent choice when seeking a...

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Has Anyone Seen My Driver?

Has Anyone Seen My Driver?

If done in earnest, searching for a tour operator or an agency to handle the all-important services required upon arrival in country can be an arduous task. Given the wealth of opportunities on-line from the very large, well-established firms to the cyclo driver...

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Burma Explorer

Burma Explorer

Present day travel to these newly opened destinations, where the infrastructure will take months if not years to improve, will certainly offer a real challenge to those who choose to avail themselves of the opportunity. But with that challenge comes the grand reward....

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Best Priced Luxury Tour

Best Priced Luxury Tour

Best Priced Luxury Tour by First Cabin is a sampling of our finest destinations proven over the last 27 years to be the most popular. These exciting itineraries, offered at our lowest price point ever, could best be described as an incredibly fine, unexpected bargain....

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Best Valued Private Touring

Best Valued Private Touring

One simple way to lower the cost of a tour, yet enjoy the exact same First Cabin excellence of service in transport, reliability, comfort and expertise in choice of itinerary and guiding services is to choose a lesser Star hotel. Choose either a 3 - 4 Star hotel and...

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Battlefields And Cultural Highlights

Battlefields And Cultural Highlights

An incredible journey set to unfold this coming fall highlights the major battlefield sites of Vietnam, known historically for their notoriety, with equal interest allotted to the many cultural sites found north and south across the country. Hanoi will be the gateway...

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Visiting Myanmar – Read Me First!

Visiting Myanmar – Read Me First!

For more than thirty years, travelers to Myanmar were few in number and hoteliers found themselves well pleased to have rooms three-quarters filled during the busiest of times. Not only was it easy to find an accommodation; it could be found well below the standard...

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Luxury Travel ~ Bargain of A Lifetime

Luxury Travel ~ Bargain of A Lifetime

How many times does one visit Africa, if at all? That visit is a once in a lifetime experience for the majority of travelers and twice perhaps, for the very lucky few. Should that trip not be planned then in a manner that makes your dream safari a masterpiece, each...

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Being Last Is Literally To Die For!

Being Last Is Literally To Die For!

It is now some twenty years passed that I first met Rohan Vos.  The occasion was his inaugural promotional tour in California. I was one of many in the travel business who were invited to dinner for a first hand presentation of the newly christened “Pride of Africa,”...

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Nepalese-Styled Safari

Nepalese-Styled Safari

Most imagine that Kathmandu, gateway city to Mount Everest to be mountains high, yet in reality, stands at 4,500 feet. Find me a traveler who cannot handle that altitude. Kathmandu (you recall Cat Stevens), Patan, its sister city, and perhaps the true wonder, the city...

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Hoi An, Vietnam Can Be Luxurios

Hoi An, Vietnam Can Be Luxurios

Hoi An, located some 10 kilometers from the city of Da Nang, centuries ago gained notoriety as a trading post along the Silk Road. It took on importance as a seaport during the golden age of the Cham Kingdom between the 9th and 12th centuries and increasingly so...

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“Jet-Lag” Massage ~ Bangkok

“Jet-Lag” Massage ~ Bangkok

Little doubt may there be that one of the finest accommodations in the world of luxury travel is the Mandarin-Oriental in Bangkok, Thailand. Those who have enjoyed the pleasure of a stay at the Oriental might point to the unparalleled excellence of cuisine at their...

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Arrange Ticketing Before Departure

Arrange Ticketing Before Departure

However enjoyable and exciting a holiday tour may be, particularly when traveling through Third World countries, come the end of the journey, one can feel a bit worn, however grand the experience. On most occasions, should ones schedule allow, it is wise to extend the...

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Luxury Tour ~ A Reality Check

Luxury Tour ~ A Reality Check

If one were to Google Custom Luxury Tour, there are about 340,000,000 reviews to consider, First Cabin being somewhere near the top selection. Can it be that all these millions of reviews truly offer a "Luxury" tour as the word would best be described. Why, there...

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Single Supplement ~ Costly Addition

Single Supplement ~ Costly Addition

A single supplement added to the tour cost is certainly not well-received nor generally considered fair in the mind of a single traveler, however, hoteliers decided that the cleaning of a room used by a single occupant is nearly as time consuming as doing it for a...

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Double-Decker Bus Ride In Asia

Double-Decker Bus Ride In Asia

Lucky to be in Kowloon and convenient if in Central. Lucky in Kowloon because one has the opportunity to enjoy passage by Star Ferry to Central, proceed up the ramp, turn right and walk a mere three blocks to the main bus terminal. Should one already be in Central,...

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“Delhi Belly” – A Simple Solution

“Delhi Belly” – A Simple Solution

For most if not all, there comes a modicum of anxiety while preparing for a holiday tour to the Third World about the possibility of contracting a case of "Delhi-Belly." No doubt, one should avoid certain foods such as dairy products and uncooked vegetables, however,...

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India: Destination Imperative

India: Destination Imperative

Upon arrival into the wonder that is India, one begins to sense a pulsating rhythm that seemingly orchestrates this multi-tiered democracy of over one billion inhabitants. Clearly, it is impossible to look in a single direction and capture all of the colors, sights or...

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Myanmar (Burma) The Time Is Now

Myanmar (Burma) The Time Is Now

Today one can walk the marble tiles surrounding the magnificence of the Shwedagon Pagoda, finding a mere handful of visiting tourists, traverse the plains at Bagan amidst the hundreds of chortans, pagodas and temples, remnants from the time when this site was the...

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A Travelers’ Questionnaire

A Travelers’ Questionnaire

1. King _________ continues his rule over __________, the land of the Thunder Dragon. 2. The __________ Delta located in Botswana comprises ____________square miles of waterborne wilderness. 3. Mount Fuji, located in __________, stands at ____________feet and is...

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Diplomats, Regardless!

Diplomats, Regardless!

Most foreigners look upon travelers not just as individuals, but also as the representatives of the country they call home. Excuse the pun, but it comes with the territory. The good news is that of all western travelers, Americans are likely to be most welcome. While...

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