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  • 1. welcomeI invite you to step into the pages of our new Indochina, Thailand and Burma brochure to find yourself in a mesmerisingworld of majestic cities, ornate temples and landscapes both rugged and tranquil. For so long a place of mystery,claimed by colonial culture and shaped by historic upheavals, the diverse beauty of the region is at last open to us. I am confident the brochure reflects the highest standards you expect and what we as professionals can deliver.Many Indus travellers tell us the sumptuous, comprehensive and first-class literature we produce is just thebeginning of the adventure. The dream starts when you look into the Indus kaleidoscope and contemplate the landsand cultures you long to discover. Relax and let the images influence your ideas. Then select and let us do the rest,transforming your desires into your dream holiday or to put it simply, an …. Indus Experience.We particularly welcome you to talk to us, to tell us exactly how you envisage your holiday. On our side, werecommend and advise but, above all, we listen. This personal contact with my team of experts, who have travelledahead of you to prepare the very best experience, is the core of the Indus ethos. From sharing comes trust. Ourefforts to ensure that your holiday will be spectacular are paramount in offering all our clients consistent andrepeated satisfaction.At Indus there is no ‘us’ without ‘you’. When I started the company 16 years ago our ‘raison dêtre’ was to put thetraveller at the heart of our understanding of what makes the ideal trip and to provide just that.As is our custom at Indus, we researched, inspected and took time to prepare the next destinations of Indochina,Thailand and Burma. They’re now ready. We don’t do things properly here, we do them perfectly. Talk to ourexperts and we’ll craft an Indus Experience tailor-made for you.Fully bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority, (ATOL 4586) and ABTA (W5240), we are also members of AITOand partners to the government initiative ‘Knowbeforeyougo, ensuring you can book with the confidence that yourmoney is safe with us.I hope you get as much pleasure from our brochure as we did putting it together for you.Yasin M. Zargar B.Sc. F. Inst. TTManaging Director
  • 2. contents Indus Experiences 3 Travel within the Region 4 Map 5 Airlines 6 InDOCHInA InTRODuCTIOn 9 Laos 10 Cambodia 12 Vietnam 14 Thailand 16 Burma 18 TOuRS Ancient Kingdoms of South East Asia 20 indus experienceS Grand Tour of Indochina 22 Essence of Indochina 24 OuR ExpERTISE CuISInE TRAVEL ADVICE AnD DESTInATIOn A Tale of Three Cities 26 Amongst the leading tailor-made specialist tour The regions cuisine is an extravaganza of mouth InFORMATIOn operator in the country and winner of Best watering experiences - a wonderful mêlée of Vietnam Discovery 28 Specialist Tour Operator 2011 – Elite Travel spices and herbs, some hot and pungent, others We are certified strategic partners of the Foreign The Spirit of Cambodia 30 Group Awards, the indus experiences ethos to soft and subtle. Taste Laotian spicy green & Commonwealth Office, which guarantee our Secrets of Laos 32 personalised service, is absolute. papaya salad - Tam Som, or Amok Trey from commitment to ensuring that our clients are Cambodia. In Burma (Myanmar) try Lahpe - fully informed of all relevant government travel Memories of Thailand 34 Our specialist team in London will work with fermented tea. Why not add a cookery class to advice, safety measures and precautions. please A Vignette of Burma 36 you, to ensure you have the best possible holiday the tour or tailor make a tour highlighting the see: at a competitive price, offering advice and ideas cuisine. please ask for details. Land of the Golden Spires 37 to inspire you. HEALTH & InSuRAnCE BOARD AnD LODGInG RIVER CRuISInG 38 The tours in this brochure are guidelines, We strongly advised that all clients talk to their designed to be a starting point for each itinerary Our hotel portfolio is extensive and ranges from Gp or Travel Health Clinic about the various Cruise Ships 39 that can be tailored to your specific preferences. superb deluxe properties to character, heritage, inoculations and medical travel precautions The Mekong Voyage of Discovery 40 Each tour has been individually crafted to give boutique hotels and more modest guest houses. to be taken - including DVT and Malaria. It’s you an insight into the land, to see the beauty, We always use the best available but in some essential that you take out an adequate travel Road to Mandalay 42 history and culture of the region. remote areas facilities can be very basic! The list insurance policy to cover all emergencies. The Irrawaddy Experience 43 is constantly being amended and up graded. If the Our local associate agents are carefully selected hotel you require is not mentioned please don’t FInAnCIAL SECuRITY for their unrivalled local knowledge and are on hesitate to ask for it to be included in your tour. EASTERn & ORIEnTAL ExpRESS 44 hand to respond quickly and efficiently. InDuS TOuRS AnD TRAVEL is a fully Epic Thailand with Koh Samui Tour 46 Each tour price will state the meal plan. bonded and insured company, registered with SMALL GROup TOuRS This can usually be adapted to suit your the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL no AnD SpECIALIST requirements. Most hotels offer a selection of 4586. This means that once you have booked HOTELS TOuRS/ExpERIEnCES Local and International food. with us, you can rest assured that any monies Orient Express 48 paid are secured. We are members of ABTA. Our Specialist Tours are all lead by distinguished GuIDES Our membership number is ABTA W5240, Four Seasons 49 Tours Leaders. new tours are constantly added Anantara 50 and new areas visited. please ask for our latest On tour we use English-speaking guides. They exciting specialist tours in Indochina, Thailand are accredited and experienced. All have a Aman 51 and Burma. passion for their homeland regaling guests with Raffles 52 local anecdotes and amusing tales. Six Senses 53 YOuR TOuR pRICE Indus is a member of AITO. The Association InCLuDES: pRACTICAL represents Britain’s leading independent tour GHM 54 operators and encourages high levels of quality InFORMATIOn Mandarin Oriental 55 • Return International flights in economy class. and service. Indus abides by the Associations • All airport taxes at uK and chosen destination. Current British passport holders Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Relais & Chateaux 56 • All internal / regional flights as per the Visa requirements are: Quality Charter which can be viewed on www. Song Saa 57 itinerary in economy class. Burma Available in the uK or on arrival., or please ask us for more details. • All accommodation and transport as per the Cambodia Available in the uK or on arrival. Vietnam 58 itinerary. Laos On arrival. Cambodia 60 • All transfers and sightseeing by chauffeur Thailand Free on arrival. photo credits: Staffan Scherz; Destination Asia Images; driven private vehicles. (please note: coaches will Vietnam Available in the uK or on arrival. Laos 61 Shawn Hendricks; nick Ray; be used on certain cruise and train excursions). Visions of Indochina - Thailand 62 • Services of an English speaking representative Indus will undertake to arrange your visa for a Burma 63 for all arrival and departure transfers at airports small fee. please discuss with us your passport/ and assistance at hotels. visa requirements. • Services of an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary. • Entrances fees to all monuments as specified in Responsible Tourism...Indus Gives Back 64 the itinerary.two 020 8901 7320 three
  • 3. i n d o C hH nIa N A c i - thailand & burma Putao C H I N A Myitkyina dy ad Bhamo aw Lao Cai Irr Sapa P in Oo Lw Pyin Oo L n Lwin w Moniwa Hanoi Halong Bay Mandalay Kentang travel within Haiphong Salween a Bagan HHouey Heho XXay Mrauk U M Popa Mt Pakbeng Inle Luang Prabang Kalaw Lake Hong Sa the region Phonsavan n Chiang Saen Nay Pyi Daw Vang Vieng S O U T H Sittwe h Chiang Rai Pyay Mae Hong Son LAOS Lak Sao C H I N A (Prome) As with all emerging and developing countries the standard of internal travel can vary tremendously, and Indus N Ngapali Vientiane S E A M Hue endeavours to use the best possible means of travel at each destination. With the advent of tourism Air links have M YA N M A R Chiang Mai g ek Savannakhet Da Nang (BURMA) on become more widespread as distances to travel can often be vast. Gradually each country is building a network Sukhothai a Tak A Hoi An g of Local and International carriers and upgrading airports. Roads are often crowded, congested and provide Ngwe Saung Bago K aiktiyo k ktiyo Kyaiktiyo Ubon an unforgettable experience! Many tours take to the water and use some of the luxurious river cruisers – whilst Yangon Ratchathani h h i occasional trips in sampans add an extra thrill! Trains ply the lands and for Indus guests memorable journeys on the Moulmein THAILAND Pakse Champasak acclaimed Eastern & Oriental Express gives another glimpse into many unseen lands within the region. Ayutthaya Preah Vihear VIETNAM Rattanakiri B A Y O F a Kanchanaburi Battambang Angkor Wat Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Dalat BY AIR B E N G A L Tonle Sap Kompong Nha Trang has an excellent network, Myanmar is slowly still with a few teething troubles after the French Thom Kratie Air travel is the most efficient way of moving within the region. All the major places of upgrading, whilst Highway One in Vietnam from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta is virtually a built it 100 years ago. But no matter – this is what a holiday is about, meeting wonderful Myeik Pattaya C A M B O D I A Cham Kompong go Archipelago Hua Hin P Phan Thiet interest and cities have airports within easy ‘super highway’! Don’t forget there are other people, passing through glorious countryside, reach. The Thai and Vietnam service are forms of transport – ox and buffalo cart rides, feeling the rhythm of the land. Koh Chang Phnom Penh particularly well structured: and the other Remok (tuk-tuk) fun,’ cyclos’ (rickshaws), Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t countries rapidly following suit with an elephant safaris and of course – the buses – BY WATER Kep Doc My Tho increasing choice of carriers and budgets to often fast, loud and manic! All Indus guests Sihanoukville Vinh Long suit all pockets. Myanmar currently does have have an exclusive private car with a/c, and Water, in the area is a synonym for ‘super a more limited schedule of flights, but with the an experienced English speaking driver, well highways’. The mighty rivers of the region, the K thoung o ou Kawthoung Phu Quoc C n Tho Can Tho Con Dao n expansion of tourism, more will soon become accustomed to the local road nuances! For small Mekong and Irrawaddy with their countless Koh Samui available. Flying is the ideal means of transport groups all coaches have a/c and knowledgeable tributaries have been the main source of internal when time is of the essence. Indus choose the driver/guides. transportation for generations. Today visitors Krabi Nakhon Si best possible option available at the time of can take a short cruise through the maze of Thammarat booking for their guests. BY TRAIn waterways scattered throughout the region or spend a few days cruising in elegant luxurious Phuket The rail system throughout the countries varies cruise boats taking in the sights and sounds Songkhla BY ROAD Trang tremendously in style and comfort. In Myanmar of the river bank villages, seeing some of the Driving in the region is an experience in itself. it’s old, slow but cheap and a great way to incredible ancient highlights or simply relax In some places the standard of road is poor meet the locals – choose between hard or soft on the observation deck. Other fun water and in the monsoon season prone to flooding, benches! Contrast that with the most romantic experiences include rafting, long tail power boat however, many new roads are being constructed: way of travelling on a train on the fabled and sampan rides. Indus offers an excellent connecting all the main towns, cities and places Eastern & Oriental Express for a touch of pure selection of cruises and day excursions for their of interest together. Thailand for example luxury or rumble along on Cambodian trains - guest’s enjoyment.four 020 8901 7320 five
  • 4. airlines THAI AIRWAYS EMIRATES Thai airways operates two daily flights between Heathrow and Bangkok, with onward Emirates operates 15 flights to Dubai from connections throughout Thailand & Asia. Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle with onward Royal First Class connections to Bangkok On board, in the privacy of segregated cabins, the degree of friendly, personal hospitality BRITISH AIRWAYS extended by a dedicated cabin crew is exceptional. The innovation in luxury is the newly First Class installed sleeper seating. Electronically controlled, with 180 degrees of recline and almost Freshen up with a mid-flight shower or close Ideal for leisure travel, British Airways offers frequent schedules to Thailand and Singapore, flying daily seven feet of space in which to stretch out, these seats are truly state-of-the-art. Each seat is the door and retreat to your own private Suite. to its main airports. British Airways offer a choice of cabins ensuring your holiday starts the moment equipped with the interactive Audio Visual On Demand entertainment system, plus in-seat Savour five-star delicacies with dine-on-demand you take off. telephone and laptop power outlet. menu, and enjoy over 1,200 channels of entertainment in Emirates First Class. First Club World World Traveller Plus Royal Silk Class The ultimate in comfort and luxury Introducing a new Club World Worth the Difference On board THAI flights Royal Silk class passengers enjoy segregated cabins, with two- Business Class • personal ‘demi cabin’ space creates an • The new seat is 25% wider, has a privacy • A separate quieter cabin with up to abreast seating. On long-haul flights, newly installed shell seats offer 60 inches (five feet) of With flat-bed seats and exclusive Onboard exclusive, private environment screen and converts into a fully flat bed a maximum of 6 rows stretch-out space, with 170 degrees of recline for sleeping. Each electrically controlled seat is Lounge, in-seat phone service and laptop • A 6 6" fully flat bed • Club Kitchen is open between meal times • Wider, more comfortable seats with 7" equipped with telephone and laptop power outlet. The interactive Audio Visual On Demand charging, Emirates Business Class helps you • À la carte dining with menus and with complimentary hot & cold snacks more leg room than World Traveller entertainment system offers literally hundreds of channels, for movies, music, information arrive refreshed and prepared for the next step complimentary bar • À la carte menu with expertly sourced • priority meal service with complimentary and games. of your journey. • Complimentary sleeper suit and wash bag wine list drinks from the bar with luxury skin care products • Access to Departure and Arrivals lounges Economy Class Economy Class • Access to Departures and Arrivals lounges, • Complimentary treatments at the Elemis World Traveller THAI has carried out a massive programme to expand and revitalize every aspect of its personal seatback monitors, thoughtfully including the Elemis Travel Spa at Travel Spa available at London Heathrow Designed for comfort Economy Class experience, giving passengers even more reasons to make THAI their first prepared multi-course meals, telephone and London Heathrow • An ergonomically designed seat, blankets, choice. new, wider seats of the latest design have been installed in many of the THAI email service at every seat are just some of the • Dedicated First Class check–in desks and a cushions, eyeshades, socks, toothbrush and aircraft, with a new interactive Audio Visual On Demand (AVOD) system offering almost features designed with comfort and convenience choice of check–in options toothpaste are also provided for your added unlimited choice of entertainment and information options. in mind. comfort. Enjoy meals and a complimentary bar service, throughout your flight VIETnAM AIRLInES • 4 flights weekly from London Gatwick • 2 flights to Hanoi (Gatwick – Hanoi on Tuesday & Friday) (Hanoi – Gatwick on Monday & Thursday) • 2 flights to Ho Chi Minh City (Gatwick – Ho Chi Minh on Wedensday & Saturday) (Ho Chi Minh -Gatwick on Tuesday & friday) Aircraft: Boeing 777 – 200 ER BAnGKOK AIRWAYS EVA AIR LAO AIRLInES 25 Business Class Seats (Regional) (Regional) • Width: 50 cm Eva Air flies six times weekly non-stop from • Recline: 165° Bangkok Airways styles itself as a "boutique" London Heathrow to Bangkok’s brand new Lao Airlines route network covers the major • pitch : 150 cm airline, aiming at a standard of service that Suvarnabhumi airport. In conjunction with tourist destinations of Laos, and neighbouring • Individual touch screen (27cm) with is above its rivals. Economy passengers have partner airlines, Eva Air also offers convenient countries. Their main hubs are Vientiane and video on demand access to their own business class-style Boutique onward connections from Bangkok to a range Luang prabang. All of Lao Airlines planes • personal travel amenity kit Lounges at airports offering free snacks, hot and of other destinations within Thailand and have only a single class. Coach seating is • Choice of 3 European and Asian dishes cold drinks, internet access and a kids corner. South-East Asia. Eva Air offers 3 travel classes generally comfortable enough. with an open bar 228 Economy Regional Routes Business class passengers have a separate Blue premium Laurel class, Elite class and Economy • priority check-in and baggage handling • Width: 40 cm HAN/SGN: the gateway to Indochina Ribbon Club lounge. class • 60 kg baggage allowance • Recline: 120° • 25 weekly flights from Vietnam to • Access to Business Lounges of Vietnam • pitch: 84 cm 2 destinations in Cambodia (Siem Reap Airlines and SkyTeam • Individual touch screen (15cm) and phnom penh) and 2 destinations in Laos • Choice of 2 European and Asian dishes (Luang prabang and Vientiane using 54 Economy Deluxe • Snacks and drink available throughout A321/F70/ATR72) REGIOnAL DEpARTuRES AnD upGRADES • Width: 40 cm the flight • 2 daily trans-Indochina routes: • Recline: 135° • 30 kg baggage allowance Daily HAn-VTE-pnH-SGn For our clients travelling from regional airports, we can either provide connecting flights to Heathrow / • pitch: 100 cm Daily HAn-LpQ-REp Gatwick or source an alternative scheduled carrier connecting through its own hub. • Individual touch screen (15cm) with Domestic Service video on demand • Extensive network to 20 destinations Indus can offer specially negotiated upgrade supplements for Club and First class travel on most airlines, • personal travel amenity kit in Vietnam please ask your consultant for more details. • Choice of 2 European and Asian dishes • up to 12 daily flights between Hanoi and with an open bar Ho Chi Minh City. • 40 kg baggage allowance • Dense frequency to beach destinationssix 020 8901 7320 seven
  • 5. Four Seasons Chiang Mai. photographer: Robert Miller INDOCHINA Indochina, or Indochine, as it was called by the French Colonists, is a region in Southeast Asia roughly to the east of India and Southwest of China – hence the name – Indochina. Strictly speaking, the title should only apply to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. However, today Thailand and Burma (Myanmar ) are often included in the region. All are quite perfect destinations - holidays alive The history and culture of the lands are As with all ‘indus experiences’ a selection of with discovery, culture and new adventures shrouded in the mists of ages past. Delightful carefully crafted tours have been created to in distant lands: individually tailored for the vignettes of glorious ancient civilisations caress showcase these wonderful evocative countries. discerning traveller. the eye. Who cannot fail to fall under the spell Each has been designed to allow guests to of the incomparable Angkor Wat Temples, be absorb the flavour and gain an understanding Here, life still follows the ancient rhythms intrigued by the mysterious and enigmatic plain of some of the world’s most beautiful and of the land: blessed with a glorious culture, of Jars in Laos or delight, in the breathtaking enigmatic countries – waiting to be discovered outstanding scenery, warm and wonderful beauty of Vietnams Halong Bay? And....... and savoured. The tours are a guideline and can people: - the region is a perfect holiday there’s still romance in the air on a cruise to be tailored – mixed and matched - to individual destination. The true soul of the lands can Mandalay! requirements. be seen through their magnificent treasures – both man made and created by nature: the The cuisine is undeniably superb – it’s mighty Mekong River – the lifeblood of so impossible to resist a spicy Thai delicacy or the many nations – the quiet charm and sense of freshness and natural flavour of Vietnamese tranquillity in Laos, the ancient streets of old cuisine. Yet there’s another side to these Hoi An in Vietnam. Each country is unique. A compelling lands..... where East meets West in a sense of timelessness fills the air. pride is taken in whirlwind of life in Bangkok and Saigon. maintaining cherished traditions: whilst quietly and slowly moving into the modern world – on their own terms! 020 8901 7320 nineFour Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. photographer: Dana neibert
  • 6. highlights LuAnG pRABAnG VIEnTIAnE until the mid-16th C. Luang prabang was the Royal capital of the country - Lane xang. Today, it Vientiane (Sandalwood City) is a sprawling old retains an air of old world charm and tranquility; graced by its softly faded French Colonial legacy. Colonial city, on the banks of the Mekong, with a A myriad of ancient streets, hidden alleyways and over 30 glorious gilded Temples create a medley laid back and almost serene atmosphere. Locals of culture and history. not surprisingly Luang prabang is a unESCO World Heritage Site. consider it as being ‘mad busy’ in comparison with the other Laotian towns! Originally founded As dawn breaks, a timeless ceremony takes place, when offerings of food are given to the solemn lines of in the 10th C. Vientiane became the capital after saffron robed Monks, coming forth from their Monasteries, to receive alms from the local people. It’s a the fall of Luang prabang. moving and very special sight. Luang prabang continues to be the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos. Like the rest of the country, its history is There are some delightful and fascinating places to visit close to Luang prabang. Take a boat trip turbulent: reflected in the many cultural along the Mekong to the sacred pak Ou Caves. Set high in the cliffs, they shelter thousands of influences from the Siamese, Burmese, Khmers- images of the Buddha, many are gold lacquered and left by pilgrims. Visit a Lu tribal village to see more recently the French. Charming French traditional weaving and dyeing, or go for a swim in the crystal waters of the Kuang Si Waterfall Colonial boulevards and ancient Buddhist (water levels permitting). Temples blend seamlessly together. C H I N A laos Putao Laos is the hidden gem of the region and, after years C unrest N Auncertainty, is slowly emerging like a chrysalis of H I and from its cocoon - revealing its stunning beauty. It’s a country overflowing with spectacular sights, glorious scenery, Myitkyina dy mouth-watering food and truly delightful people. pLAIn OF JARS SOuTHERn LAOS ad Bhamo aw In xieng Khuang province, there lies the For a truly relaxed visit head down to the south Lao Cai COunTRY ESSEnTIALS Irr Wandering mists drift slowly across high mysterious plain of Jars. Myth and legend of Laos home to many ethnic tribal peoples. Sapa mountain peaks. The silence of the dawn w Moniwa P in iso Lw Pyin O L n Oo Lwin abound but, as yet, no clue is forth coming as Explore the incredible diverse countryside from broken by the sound of chanting, as Monks Hanoi Halong Bay Best time to visit: Laotian weather is influenced to why these jars, apparently cut from the solid soaring wild highlands to the Bolaven plateau Mandalay Kentang leave their morning prayers, and Bagan go in search of Haiphong by the annual Southeast Asian monsoon cycle. rock 2-3000 years ago, are there. unESCO is with its tea and coffee plantations, and the S a lw e e n a H Houey Heho X Xay alms in the towns and villages. Popa Mrauk U M Their saffron Mt Pakbeng The best time for visiting most the country is sponsoring projects to help unravel the mystery. countless Mekong Islands. The small city of Inle Luang Prabang Kalaw robes shimmer, in the suns first rays. Mysterious between november and February/March with phonsavan, the capital of the region, is the main pakse is the main focal point of the area. Lake Hong Sa Phonsavan plains are scattered with ancient relics. Mighty Nay Pyi Daw n Chiang Saen cooler temperatures. The monsoon rain is tourist centre. Sittwe villages dotting the Vang Vieng S O U T H rivers, with small isolated h Chiang Rai heavy coming in brief bursts. Then the glorious The main places of interest include the World banks constantly fight back the verdant jungle, Hong Son Pyay Mae L A O S Lak Sao C H I NIf A sun shines! you’re on a cruise november is The mountainous area is one of great strategic Heritage site of Wat phu Champassak – a (Prome) encroaching, on their alreadyN fragile ecological Ngapali Vientiane probably A best time, whilst in January – June S E the importance – both commercially and militarily ruined Khmer Temple. The Si phan Don (Four M Hue Hoang Sa existence. Life is slow. Life is Y A N Mno R Chiang Mai M traditional. A g water levels are low. – located close to the Vietnamese boarder. By Thousand Islands) area of the Mekong River, ek Savannakhet Da Nang mad rush here – the Laotians are laidR M A ) ( B U back. 1964, the north Vietnamese and pathet Lao had with its numerous rapids and waterfalls, on Sukhothai Tak a Fly to Luang prabang or Vientiane via Bangkok Hoi An A established vast tunnels under the plain of Jars, including the Khon phapheng Falls. Watch g Ngwe Saung Bago Kyaiktiyo K aiktiyo k ktiyo Laos is still unspoilt – a gentle country with Ubon as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Local ethnic out for sightings of the endangered freshwater Yangon Ratchathani h h i an ageless charm, and relatively speaking, still Moulmein THAILA ND Pakse Flying time 13 hours via Bangkok tribes live in the remote mountains, including dolphins. Champasak ‘off the beaten track’ of mainstream tourism. the Thai Dam, phuan and H’mong, the largest Ayutthaya Preah Vihear VIETNAM However, for many, this lack of sophistication is Rattanakiri Time difference GMT + 7 hours minority group in the area: all still follow their B withY genuine warmth the attraction of Laos, A the O F Kanchanaburi a Battambang Angkor Wat traditional ancestral way of life. Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Dalat and hospitality of the people. G A L B E N Tonle Sap Kompong Nha Trang Visa Required for uK passport holders Thom Kratie Myeik Pattaya C A M B O D I A Cham Kompong go Archipelago Hua Hin P Phan Thietten Koh Chang Phnom Penh 020 8901 7320 eleven Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t Kep Doc My Tho
  • 7. highlights AnGKOR - THE BIG THREE! BEACH RESORTS KEp AnD SIHAnOuKVILLE Words truly pale into insignificance when you actually visit these amazing Temples – superlatives C H I N A mean nothing as you ramble around Angkor, considered the largest religious building in the world, Kep is a delightful seaside resort (once called and originally built around the 12th C as a funerary Temple for Suryavarman 11. To truly absorb its Kep-sur-mer by the French) – and is famed for stunning beauty visit in the first light of dawn: Angkor has mastered the art of making a grand entrance! its old Colonial heritage, wonderful seafood (especially the crab) and white sand islands. Ta prohm has not been restored and is shrouded in gnarled banyan trees and evocative fallen Temple Sihanoukville or Kompong Som is nicknamed stones. It is totally indescribable as the first rays of dawn caress the land; as tantalising glimpses of this the “Riviera of the East”, with its beautiful wonder of man, emerge from its nights slumber. white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and delightful bars and restaurants sprinkled along Each Temple is unique, individual and magical –none more so than the Bayon with 200 giant smiling the beaches. faces: enigmatic and awe inspiring. The 300 metre long Elephant Terrace with its famous parade of elephants, complete with their Khmer mahouts, is truly magnificent. The Temples have to be seen, Offshore tiny resort islands, like the romantic touched, explored and to let the memories, hidden in the walls, flood over you. For a truly different Song Saa, offer excellent snorkelling, scuba perspective take to the skies and view these indescribable monuments from a helicopter. diving and ocean fishing. Putao C H I N A Myitkyina dy ad Bhamo aw cambodia Lao Cai Irr Sapa P in Oo Lw Pyin Oo L n Lwin w Moniwa Hanoi Halong Bay Mandalay Kentang Haiphong S a lw e e n a Bagan H Houey Heho Xay X Mrauk U M Popa Mt Pakbeng Inle As day breaks a Lake stirs the air as a Luang Prabang awakes the sleeping Temples, breathing the life of a new day into Kalaw rustle soft breeze Hong Sa Phonsavan Chiang Saen n their ancientDaw colours change, moods change and the night slips silently away. Cambodia is a land wreathed in Nay Pyi souls: Vang Vieng S O U T H Sittwe Chiang Rai h Pyay LAOS mystery. A land shrouded with secrets still to be discovered. C H I N A pHnOM pEnH SIEM REAp AnD (Prome) Mae Hong Son Lak Sao OuTLYInG TEMpLES N Ngapali Vientiane S E A Today, phnom penh, after weathering the M Hue Hoang Sa M YA N M A R The land of the incomparable Angkor Wat: Chiang Mai g COunTRY ESSEnTIALS ebbs and flows of history, still has a decidedly Visit Temple sites farther afield including: The ek Savannakhet Da Nang the crown B U R M A ) Cambodia. A single ( jewel of ancient Colonial atmosphere with boulevards, cafes Banteay Srei - The Citadel of Women which has on Sukhothai a glance at this monumental structureTak cannot A Hoi An Best time to visit: Cambodia experiences its and now has a vibrant modern air. It’s noisy, the finest pink sandstone carving in Cambodia. g Ngwe Saung Bago K aiktiyo Kyaiktiyo k ktiyo fail but to take the breath away! Scattered Ubon south western monsoon roughly from May/ June alive from dawn to dusk and full of surprises. The Beng Melea – 11th C. “Lotus pond” Temple Yangon around are other wondrous Temples: many still Ratchathani h h i until October which brings with it high humidity The rejuvenated waterfront is a haunt of the built, by Suryavarman II, as a Hindu Temple, Moulmein embraced by the tangle weave of the jungle. THAILAND Pakse Champasak and temperatures. April sees the start of the ‘in crowd’ with al fresco restaurants and bars. hidden in a maze of jungle. See the stunning Ayutthaya Preah Vihear VIETNAM monsoon continuing until October, with short, Markets are perfect for bartering for hand River of a Thousand Lingas (Kbal Spean) with B Life Y slow O F A is and traditional: tribal people live in Kanchanaburi a Battambang Angkor Wat Rattanakiri sharp cloudbursts. From november to March woven silks, silver and precious stones; ancient its intricate Hindu carvings. the far mist strewn mountains of the northwest Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Dalat temperatures are slightly cooler with little rain. monuments sit comfortable side by side with B E dense G A whilst stilt and floating villages in N jungle, L Tonle Sap Kompong Nha Trang The winter months of november - January are their new neighbours. The pre- Angkorian Roulos Group are quite Thom Kratie on Tonle Sap Lake follow the cycle of the probably the most pleasant. fascinating. preah Ko was built with six towers seasons. For a faster pace of life visit the capital Myeik Pattaya CAMBODIA Kompong Cham The most important places to visit include the dedicated to the Kings and Queens, who, P Phan Thiet phnom penh, a delightfulArchipelago city with a Hin riverside go Hua Fly to phnom penh or Siem Reap via Bangkok Royal palace, home of the Royal family: the in death became Gods. Consecrated in 881 French Colonial air. Koh Chang Phnom Penh Silver pagoda with its floor splendidly covered AD to Siva, Bakong was the State Temple of Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t Flying time 12 hours and 30 minutes with 5,000 silver tiles: the recently restored Indravarman, and the first ‘Temple Mountain’. Kep Doc My Tho Remerging after a long and tumultuous past national Museum displaying superb sculptures, The last Lolei, is sadly in a bad state of repair Sihanoukville Vinh Long Cambodia is a stunning destination; the people Time difference GMT + 7 hours Royal barges and palanquins, dance costumes and was once an island Temple. K always Kawthoung smiling. It’s are quietly welcoming - and thoung o ou Phu Quoc and glorious art ranging from the 6th – 13th C. Can Tho C n Tho Con Dao n a land to savour and to roam. Koh Samui Visa Required for uK passport holders Krabi Nakhon Si Thammarattwelve 020 8901 7320 thirteen Phuket Songkhla Trang
  • 8. highlights BEACH RESORTS AnD TROpICAL ISLAnDS THE MEKOnG DELTA – HALOnG BAY Vietnam might have arrived late at Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, hidden coves, lovely One of the most scenic areas of Vietnam, the lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more glorious beaches. Delta is laced with a myriad of hidden waterways and tributaries of the mighty Mekong: - the Incredibly gorgeous offshore islands astonish visitors with their scenery. Clichés are inevitable! phu lifeblood of the region - a veritable highway of Quoc is quite simply the most stunning island in Vietnam: liberally sprinkled with picture-perfect white life. Cruising the river allows glimpses into the sand beaches and embraced with dense evergreen jungle. Long Beach is sophisticated, Ong Lan Beach traditional daily life of the river folk. romantic, and Bai Sao utterly irresistible. Halong Bay is one of nature’s wonders with its Con Dao is another breathtakingly beautiful area, protected as a national and Marine park. The massive limestone karsts jutting out of the beaches are sheltered by a swathe of brilliant green forested hills, the sea is an unbelievable blue and the Emerald sea. You can feel magic in the air sands..........blindingly white! sailing past these ancient rocks. Feast on fresh seafood, swim in hidden lagoons and unwind The beaches on the mainland vie with their offshore siblings for beauty. nha Trang is an old favourite amidst nature’s incredible beauty. with a hectic nightlife and the beach is yet another gem. Mui ne is an absolute charmer. C H I N A vietnam Vietnam is a palette of colour: greens of every hue cover the craggy mountains of the north with their emerald paddy fields and ancient forests. Down on the coast stunning golden white sands and turquoise seas are almost to perfect to Putao behold! The mighty Mekong River, the life blood of A country, is a rush of colour – whites, blues and greens. C H I N the HO CHI MInH CITY HOI An – HuE - DALAT Myitkyina - HAnOI dy Hoi An, an ancient port, is an extraordinary Dalat was originally built by the French ad Bhamo COunTRY ESSEnTIALS aw The scenery is spectacular, particularly the Hanoi is a city of surprises: delightful Colonial treasure to find virtually untouched with the approximately 100 years ago as an escape Lao Cai Irr towering limestone islands of Halong BayOwith itsP in Oo Lw Pyin o L n Lwin Sapa grandeur mingles with serene Temples and passing of time. Once a pulsating trading centre from the humid summers of the coast,and this w Moniwa awe inspiring beauty. Ancient towns like the sleepy Mandalay Kentang Hanoi Halong Bay Best time to visit: The weather in Vietnam varies magnificent pagodas. The incongruous rustic it was home to merchant and sailors from heritage is still very much in evidence today. Haiphong Sa lw ee n a Bagan H Houey old Imperial City of Hue, and U M Popa Heho An, Mrauk charming Hoi Mt Xay X Pakbeng considerably from region to region. In the north simplicity of the house in which ‘uncle Ho’ spent the world over. Today, Hoi An has a relaxed The landscape is a blanket of pine trees dotted Inle Luang Prabang with its cobbled streets and colourful Kalaw Lake are Chiang Saen Hong Sa Phonsavan markets n the winters are cold and summer can be hot. The his final years contrasts with his monumental and laid back air with numerous art and craft with lakes and rivers. At 1475 metres above sea so delightful - life here is slow and Sittwe Nay easy. Pyi Daw Chiang Rai h Vang Vieng S O U T H central belt coastal strip has hot dry summers Mausoleum. Hanoi is a microcosm of Vietnamese emporiums, delightful cafes, restaurants and level, Dalat offers cool respite from the humid Pyay Mae Hong Son LAOS Lak Sao C H I N A and a monsoon season. The highlands are wet culture – with lively street cafes and shopping some excellent shopping. Visit the amazing lowlands. (Prome) N Ngapali S E A The main cities are fascinatingM Y A N M A R Chiang Mai Vientiane and very but cool. In the tropical south the rainy season is malls, poignant memories of a troubled past and Cham ruins at My Son, a unique unESCO M g Hue Hoang Sa ek Savannakhet Da Nang different: frenetic Ho Chi Minh City R M A ) – Tak Sukhothai ( B U (Saigon) May to november making December to March home to an ancient enduring culture. World Heritage Site, for a fascinating day on a A Hoi An g never sleeps or pauses for breath, whilst Hanoi, Ngwe Saung Bago K aiktiyo Yangon Kyaiktiyo k ktiyo Ubon Ratchathani h h i the best time to visit. excursion from Hoi An. In excess of 70 Temples with its Colonial French chic graced with elegantT H A I L A N D Pakse Moulmein Champasak Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is alive and pulsating and Stupa are a testimony to past golden ages. Preah Vihear VIETNAM boulevards, is relaxed with theYsmell F freshly Kanchanaburi Ayutthaya Battambang Angkor Wat Rattanakiri B A O of a Fly to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (Direct services – a modern metropolis with stylish international baked baguettes minglingBwith the aromas Mergui E N G A L of Bangkok Siem Reap Tonle Sap Kompong Dalat Nha Trang with Vietnam Airlines) hotels, fashionable restaurants, shopping malls On the banks of the perfume River lies Hue, Vietnams amazing cuisine! Pattaya CAMBODIA Thom Kratie and trendy bars. Thankfully, behind the glitz the country’s last ancient feudal capital. now Myeik go Archipelago Hua Hin Kompong Cham P Phan Thiet Flying time Approximately 13 hours Saigon preserves its elegant and unique charm: a superb World Cultural Heritage site: see the Koh Chang Phnom Penh Vietnams complex and poignant history will Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t French Colonial boulevards, the delightful wonderful forbidden walls, magnificent palaces Kep Doc My Tho never be forgotten - and memories linger on – Sihanoukville Vinh Long Time difference GMT + 7 hours riverfront, roadside hawkers and cyclo’s driving and the grandiose Royal Tombs - in complete but one thing never changes.....the warmth andg K thoun Kawthoung o ou Phu Quoc C n Tho Can Tho n Con Dao at breakneck speed! Saigon! A city impossible to contrast visit the demilitarised zone and the Koh Samui friendliness of the people. Visas Required for uK passport holders describe and impossible to forget! incredible tunnel complex at Vinh Moc. Krabi Nakhon Si Thammarat Phuket Songkhla Trangfourteen 020 8901 7320 fifteen Truong Sa uo
  • 9. highlights CHIAnG MAI – CHIAnG RAI BAnGKOK Chiang Mai, the ancient northern capital is now, slowly, being absorbed into a new dynamic modern Bangkok is a city that never sleeps: it simply city juggling its heritage and culture. 300 Buddhist Temples grace the old city including the most sizzles with life! Here you can shop till you famous –Wat phrathat Doi Suthep. Festivals are a passion in the area - the 3 day fragrant flower festival drop.... party till dawn..... But, turn a corner and is beautiful beyond description, whilst the Loi Kratong festival is quite moving with people floating life slows to a traditional pace. Canals meander banana leaf containers (krathong) on the river, decorated with flowers and candles. hither and thither, filled with people following their time-honoured daily life – selling goods, Founded in 1262 by King Mengrai, Chaing Rai became the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and is known chatting to neighbours or visiting a nearby Temple as the ‘Gateway to the Golden Triangle’. The town is filled with Temples including the most famous – all by boat of course! Don’t miss the wonderful Wat pra Keow, once the home to the famed ‘Emerald Buddha’. Take a trip to Mai Sai on the Thai/ historic monuments including the magnificent Myanmar border for a real ‘border town’ feeling. Become a mahout for a day at an amazing elephant Grand palace, once the Royal residence, sanctuary and help ‘rehabilitate’ retired working elephants, or trek through the jungle to visit remote with its towering gold encrusted towers, the tribal people. Then, after lunch river raft back ‘home’. numerous ethnic tribes live in the furthest extraordinary 45cm statue of the Emerald Green regions of Thailand, including the Karen people famed for their beautiful embroidery and unique brass Buddha at Wat phra Kaew, and the Wat Traimit neck rings. with its solid gold Buddha statue. C H I N A thailand Putao Surf, gently breaking on golden shores; picture perfect offshore islands shaded by swaying palms - soft whispering C H I N A breezes cooling the balmy air. Mesmerising mountains soaring to craggy peaks in the north, home to ancient tribal Myitkyina dy ad villages clinging to the jungle covered slopes. Dazzling Temples and venerable monuments echo to the sound of Bhamo aw Buddhist Monks, chanting to welcome a new day dawning. Lao Cai Irr Sapa P in Oo Lw Pyin Oo L n Lwin w Moniwa Halong Bay Mandalay Kentang Hanoi Haiphong SuKHOTHAI BEACHES AnD ISLAnDS Sa lw ee n a Bagan H Houey – AYuTHAYA Heho Xay X Mrauk U M Popa Mt Pakbeng Inle Luang Prabang COunTRY ESSEnTIALS Kalaw Bangkok effervesces with life – the pace is fast Lake n Chiang Saen Hong Sa Phonsavan Thailand is acclaimed for its glory of beaches Nay Pyi Daw Vang Vieng S O U T H and furious. But, saying that, turn a corner Sittwe h Chiang Rai In the 13th C. Sukhothai was the capital of on its offshore islands and Gulf coast. phuket Pyay L A O S Lak Sao C H I N A and find an oasis of calm and tranquillity in N Ngapali (Prome) Mae Hong Son Best time to visit: Thailand’s seasons are S E A the first Kingdom of Siam, with its subsequent is one of the most outstanding and popular Vientiane one of the many beautiful Temples. Close by, reasonably uniform through the country – with architecture evolving to become the zenith of the Thai seaside destinations with some of the M Hue Hoang Sa M Y A N M A R Chiang Mai g ek Savannakhet Da Nang Sukhothai is famed for its glorious classical (BURMA) regional variations. Simplistically Thailand has ‘Sukhothai style’. Set in beautifully manicured best beaches, nightlife and water sports in the on Sukhothai a Tak A Hoi An g Bago Kyaiktiyo architecture and Ayuthaya for its eclectic Ngwe Saung Yangon K aiktiyo k ktiyo Ubon h h i Ratchathani three seasons: summer, rainy and winter – no parklands, the beauty and sensitivity of design of country. Hua Hua - was Thailand’s first beach history........... Ancient and modern sit Moulmein THAILAND Pakse Champasak winter season down south. november to March the monuments is outstanding – classic elegance resort and is more relaxed and laid back. Most contentedly side by side in vibrant Thailand with Ayutthaya Preah Vihear V I E T N A good time to visit: - the north is best from is a M with delicate spires, delightful lotus ponds visitors to Krabi stay at the beautiful beach Rattanakiri B A Y O F a Kanchanaburi Battambang Angkor Wat tradition and modernity subtly entwined. B E N G A L Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Kompong Dalat mid-november to December or in February. The Nha Trang and enigmatic carved Buddha’s make this an resort of Ao nang with its white sandy beach Tonle Sap Thom Kratie south cooler during April to June – Bangkok can incredible experience. Today it’s protected as a framed by dramatic limestone cliffs, amazing Pattaya C A M B O D I A Cham Thailand is incredibly lovely, Chiang Mai, the Myeik Archipelago go Hua Hin Kompong P be insufferable in April. Phan Thiet unESCO World Heritage site. islets, and coral reefs bounded by swaying Rose of the north’, is surrounded by farmlands, Chumhon Koh Chang Phnom Penh Chau Ho Chi Minh City t coconut palms. orchards and framed by forested mountains. Sihanoukville Kep Doc My Tho Fly to Bangkok (British Airways/Qantas/Eva Conveniently close to Bangkok Ayuthaya, was Vinh Long Wonderful national parks rich in wild life are Kawthoung K thoung o ou Phu Quoc Can Tho C n Tho Airways/Thai Airways) for 400 years, the capital of Siam. Here history, Off the Andaman coast Koh Lanta is a small Con Dao n a ‘must’ for the keen birder. Then there’re the Koh Samui religion and nationalism are all inextricably group of islands quieter than most Thai beach fabled beaches of Thailand: a magnet for sun Krabi Nakhon Si Flying time 11 hours 30 minutes non-stop intertwined. Destroyed by its Burmese enemies resorts. Long white sand beaches, with coconut Thammarat worshippers. Think of crystal clear waters and Phuket the mighty city died leaving behind a ruin of its palms rustling gently in the breeze, are perfect Songkhla shimmering sands – phuket the ‘pearl of the Trang Time difference GMT +7 hours former glory. So great was the cities influence, in for relaxing. Koh Samuii, in the Gulf of Andaman’, Koh Lanta Islands, Koh Samuii – uo Truong Sa those far off days, that it literally put Siam ‘on Thailand, has over 60 perfect tropical islets to Hua Hin - all just perfect! Visas not required for uK passport holders the world map’ as the city. explore and are almost too beautiful to be true!sixteen 020 8901 7320 seventeen
  • 10. highlights MAnDALAY BAGAn ‘The Road to Mandalay’ – the poem immortalizing Mandalay by Rudyard Kipling - still brings a sigh Bagan, is, as Kipling said about Burma ‘unlike to the lips! It evokes the romance and history so closely intertwined in the former Royal capital and any land you know’ – as indeed it does – simply cultural heart of Burma. The main sights include the Royal palace with its surrounding moat and taking your breath away. Temples and Stupas countless Monasteries and pagodas: all breathtakingly beautiful and demanding a visit. Highlights rise majestically as far as the eye can see – and include the Shwenandow pagoda, with its walls exquisitely embellished with woodcarvings, the further and further... Mahamuni pagoda with its gold leaf covered Buddha and the Kuthodaw pagoda, home to the world’s largest book. It is estimated that 3 out of every 5 monks in Burma lives in the city! Built over a long period the monuments change in style and grandeur as each ruler vied with his no journey to Mandalay would be complete without a climb to the top of Mandalay Hill encrusted predecessors to make his architectural religious with wonderful stupas, and to linger, at the end of the day, watching the magnificent sunset. Much mark. Sunset changes the landscape as the of the cities life revolves around the life giving Irrawaddy River, still a main artery of the country. fading rays linger a moment, caressing the stone Mandalay is also famed for its ongoing traditions of nurturing skilled craftsmen who created the with muti-coloured rainbow hues and filling the “Shwe Chi Htoe” (Golden Weaving) tapestries, and, excel at wood carving and silver and bronze ware. sky with wonder. Then it is gone. The moment passed and night comes with darkness. burma - myanmar C H I N A Burma, or Myanmar as it is now called, is a land full of culture and ancient beliefs. It’s a destination to be absorbed, slowly and without haste. Time is not important here. YAnGOn InLE LAKE Yangon is alive and pulsating – yet it still retains Close to Yangon in the fresh green highlands Gradually emerging from a troubled history, the COunTRY ESSEnTIALS its cloak of turn-of-the-century architecture of the Shan Hills, lies the beautiful Inle Lake in country has, unshakably, held firm to its strong Putao with mansions straight from London and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Small Buddhist beliefs. Wherever you look there’s Best time to visit: The best time to visit is civic buildings in the immortal Colonial style. villages float on the waters, each with its own sure to be a Temple or pagoda: a reflection of C H I between november – March during the mainly N A The extraordinary Shwedagon pagoda or garden tethered in place by bamboo poles – Myitkyina the country’s soul. Burma has some of the most dry season. March to May can bring intense Golden pagoda is totally unique – no building gently rising up and down with the water level. dy outstanding scenery in region - from windswept heat particularly around Bagan and Mandalay. in Yangon dare rise higher than its Golden Local fishermen are known for their distinctive ad Bhamo mountains ranges in the far north to golden In the Shan state it’s cooler. The southwest Spire – and encrusted with gold plate and the rowing style which involves standing on one aw gentle shores on the Bay of Bengal. monsoon begins around mid-May/June with Lao Cai top studded with over 4500 diamonds with leg in the stern and wrapping the other around Irr Sapa w Moniwa P in Oo Lw Pyin Oo L n Lwin heavy downpours, easing off around October. Halong Bay the final stone being 72 carat. Shaven-headed the oar. It evolved quite simply as a means to Mandalay Kentang Hanoi The mighty Irrawaddy River dominates, and Roads can often become impassable. Haiphong monks in chocolate or burgundy robes still walk see where they were going as the lake is covered Sa lw ee n a Bagan H Houey Heho Xay X is the lifeblood of the country. Yangon, the Mrauk U M Popa Mt Inle Pakbeng Luang Prabang solemnly, quietly accepting alms in the misty by reeds and floating plants! Hill tribes live in Kalaw capital is alive and pulsating. Close by Inle Lake n Chiang Saen Hong Sa Phonsavan Fly to Yangon (Thai Airways via Bangkok or dawn. Markets teem with colour - with hawkers the surrounding verdant valleys and soaring Nay Pyi Daw Lake is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Sittwe Chiang Rai h Vang Vieng Vietnam Airlines viaO U T or Saigon) S Hanoi H peddling everything you could possible imagine! mountains. Religious monuments abound Then....... there’s ‘The Road to Mandalay’ where Pyay Mae Hong Son LAOS Lak Sao C H I N A Hidden alleys with amazing architecture are including phaung Daw u with the shapes of (Prome) N Ngapali S E A romance and history are still intertwined. This Vientiane Flying time 12 hours 55 minutes via BangkokHoang Sa truly captivating. Smiling faces and warm its five 12th C. statues totally obscured by the M Hue M YA N M A R Chiang Mai g ek unseen land is truly unique and beautiful, with (BURMA) Savannakhet Da Nang greetings – this is Yangon. offerings of gold leaf rubbed onto them. on Sukhothai Tak a charming and delightful people always ready to Time difference GMTAn 1/2 hours Hoi A +6 g Ngwe Saung Bago K aiktiyo Kyaiktiyo k ktiyo Ubon welcome guests! Yangon Ratchathani h h i Moulmein THAILAND Pakse Champasak Visas Required for uK passport holders Preah Vihear VIETNAM Ayutthaya Rattanakiri B A Y O F Kanchanaburi a Battambang Angkor Wat Mergui Bangkok Siem Reap Dalat B E N G A L Tonle Sap Kompong Nha Trang Thom Kratieeighteen Myeik Pattaya C A M B O D I A Cham 020 8901 7320 nineteen Kompong P Phan Thiet Archipelago go Hua Hin Koh Chang Phnom Penh Chumhon Chau Ho Chi Minh City t Kep Doc My Tho
  • 11. ANCIENT KINGDOMS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA 14 DAYS Discover South East Asia’s fascinating history on this World Heritage circuit tour visiting highlights of early Siamese, Lao and Khmer Kingdoms. Journey through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to explore some incredible ancient sites; travel through beautiful landscapes; meet the locals and taste the wonderful cuisine. Travel is at a relaxed pace, allowing time to fully appreciate the areas visited. London r Sukhothai r Bangkok r Luang prabang r Siem Reap r Angkor Wat r phnom penh r Bangkok r London Day 1. To Sokhathai via Bangkok Morning depart from London Heathrow on direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok and onward connection to Sukhothai. Day 2. Bangkok & Sukhothai Arrive Sukhothai and transfer to the Sukhothai Heritage for two nights. Day 3. Sukhothai Morning guided tour of the unESCO World Heritage Ancient City of Sukhothai, Thailand’s Capital from the mid 13th C. late 14th C. Wat Mahathat, the largest Temple, is surrounded by brick walls and a moat. Among the ruined columns original Buddha images sit in quietness and serenity. Close by is the Ramkhamhaeng national Museum housing a miniature model of the old city (closed Monday/Tuesday). Day 4. To Bangkok After breakfast board flight to Bangkok. Afternoon visit the Grand palace and see the Emerald Buddha. Two nights at the Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel. Day 5. Floating Market & Thonburi Klongs Take a long tailed boat early in the morning to visit the colourful floating market a short distance outside Bangkok. pass along the Klongs – canal – which once gave Bangkok the name ‘Venice of the East’. Glimpse the simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers, then, at the noisy, vibrant Day 9. To Siem Reap – Banteay Srei and market bargain for souvenirs. Ta prohm A Desert Island Dream After breakfast fly to Siem Reap. Afternoon visit Why not add an extension and become Robinson Crusoe on Day 6. To Luang prabang Banteay Srei and Ta prohm. Seemingly miniature an exclusive Desert Island with only the sound of the breaking After breakfast fly to Luang prabang. Afternoon in comparison to the other Angkor Temples, waves and the soft breeze whispering in the palms for company. sightseeing tour of Luang prabang. Visit Wat Banteay Srei is considered to be the jewel of Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living classical Khmer art. Built in pink sandstone, Temple in Luang prabang, dating to 1513. It the walls are covered in exquisitely preserved contains a superb collection of antique wooden carvings of unusual delicacy. Ta prohm is one Day 12. To phnom penh Day 14. To London via Bangkok Buddha’s. Also visit Wat Aham and Wat xieng of the most popular attractions of Angkor, with Late morning flight to phnom penh. Met on Morning transfer to the airport to board Thai Thong, the jewel in the crown of the cities its beauty still partially lost to the jungle. Three arrival with transfer to the hotel. Two nights at Airways flight to London via Bangkok. Monasteries and Temples, featuring numerous nights at the Victoria Angkor Resort. the Raffles Le Royal. ornate buildings with exquisite mosaic and * Extensions can be arranged for beach gold-stencilled murals. Stay three nights at Villa Day 10. Full day guided tour of Angkor Wat Day 13. City tour and ‘Killing Fields’ breaks in Cambodia or Thailand. Maly. & Angkor Thom. Morning explore of this fascinating city, with Please ask for details. Watch the sunrise, then, visit the amazing its graceful tree-lined boulevards and decidedly Day 7. Boat cruise to Tham pak Ou Caves and complex. The pinnacle of Khmer architecture, French Colonial air. The city teems with life and local Villages Angkor Wat is the national symbol and the has a pulsating vibrancy. Visits will include the After breakfast, take an excursion by boat to the highlight of any visit to Cambodia. Angkor Royal palace and Silver pagoda. Afternoon tour Tham pak Ou Caves with their ancient Buddha impresses visitors by its sheer scale and of the infamous S-21 prison and the ‘Killing sculptures. Also visit the Ban Chan and Ban beautifully proportioned layout, as well as Fields’ with a short talk on its poignant history. xiengmane villages. Lunch at local restaurant. the incredible creativity of its carvings. In the afternoon explore the amazing city of Angkor Day 8. Swimming and Village tour Thom with the many faces of the unique Bayon Morning visit Kuang Si Waterfalls. Swim in at its centre. glorious turquoise pools created by the multi- tiered waterfall. Later visit Ban Tha pene, a Day 11. Siem Reap - at leisure nearby Khmer village. Day at leisure to relax or continue your exploration of the outerlying Temples.twenty 020 8901 7320 twenty-one
  • 12. GRAND TOUR OF INDOCHINA 21 days This journey captures the amazing diversity of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In Vietnam explore the ‘paris of the East’, Hanoi, then take an excursion to the stunning Halong Bay. In the south soak up the vibrancy of Vietnam’s commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), before visiting the incredible Cu Chi war tunnels and the Mekong River Delta. Learn some of the secrets of Vietnamese cooking. Continue on to Cambodia and spend time absorbing the majesty and beauty of the incomparable Angkor Wat World Heritage complex: one of mankind’s most inspiring religious structures. Finally travel to hidden Laos, a little-explored country with scenic hill tribe villages nestled amidst breathtaking mountains. London r Hanoi r Halong Bay cruise r Hue r Hoi An r My Son r Ho Chi Minh City r Cu Chi Tunnels r Mekong Boat ride r phnom penh r Siem Reap r Angkor WatTemples r Tonle Sap Lake r Luang prabang r pak Ou Caves r Elephant and Bamboo Raft rides r Hanoi r London Day 9. My Son tour During the pol pot regime, Toul Sleng, formerly on the modern Cambodian flag. Occupied, After early breakfast tour to My Son ruins – the a high school was converted to a detention continuously, by Buddhist monks it’s still well mini Angkor Wat of Vietnam. After a fairly centre known as S21. After interrogation and preserved. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor smooth start the road becomes quite rickety, often torture, prisoners were transferred to the Wat on four sides. Each tells a story - the most cross a bamboo ‘Monkey’ bridge and transfer ‘Killing Fields’ where they were often tortured celebrated of these is the mystical Churning of to a jeep, then walk the last 500m to the main again and brutally killed. Two nights at the the Sea of Milk, located on the east wing. site. There are over 70 classic Cham monuments Raffles Hotel Le Royal. at My Son, dating from the 7th – 13th C. Day 18. To Luang prabang - Set against the backdrop of the Cats Tooth Day 14. phnom penh - cultural visits afternoon sightseeing Mountain, they remained relatively intact until Visit the Royal palace: a number of structures After breakfast fly to Luang prabang. Afternoon 1968 when B52 bombers destroyed most of the within a pagoda-style compound. It was built sightseeing tour of Luang prabang including towers during the Vietnam War. in 1866 by King norodo. The Silver pagoda, the Haw Kham Royal palace Museum and the was named after its amazing 5,000 plus silver Wat xieng Thong Temple. Three nights at the Day 10. To Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon - tiles. Also see the small 17th C. iconic ‘Emerald Maison Souvannaphoum. City visit Buddha’. The national Museum has the world’s Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Later visit largest collection of Khmer art sculptures; the Day 19. Morning Alms giving, River cruise, the former presidential palace (now preserved most notable is the legendary statue of the pak Ou caves as a museum) and see the underground ‘Leper King.’ At dawn witness the daily morning alms giving communications bunkers, the headquarters for as hundreds of monks, of all ages, file silently the Saigon Government during the American Day 15. To Siem Reap - Angkor Thom tour by collecting gifts of food from devotees. After War. Continue to the History Museum, housing After breakfast fly to Siem Reap. Afternoon visit breakfast, take a cruise down the jungle fringed an excellent display tracing the origins of the the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom river, visiting colourful local villages and the indigenous Vietnamese. Visit notre Dame, an – the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. pak Ou Caves filled with hundreds of Buddha impressive neo-Romanesque Cathedral in the Visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the statues. centre of city, the wedding cake styled Hotel Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting D Ville and see the former uS Embassy. Three Bayon with its enigmatic faces. Three nights at Day 20. Day Walking excursion with Elephant nights at the Majestic Hotel. the Raffles Grand Hotel d’ Angkor. and Raft rides Walk in the footsteps of French explorer Dr. Day 11. Cu Chi excursion Day 16. Banteay Srei, Ta prohm and Tonle p. neiss, who once surveyed the local tribes After breakfast drive to the fascinating Cu Sap Lake around Luang prabang. This "safari" starts at Chi tunnel networks, established as a means Morning visit Banteay Srei and Ta prohm. the Elephant village for an overview of the work of waging guerrilla warfare against superior Seemingly miniature in comparison to the other going on - talk with the Veterinarian and feed French, then later American firepower. Angkor Temples, Banteay Srei is considered the elephants. Later take an elephant ride to a Afternoon at leisure. the jewel of classical Khmer art. Built in pink delightful waterfall and stop for a traditional sandstone, the walls are covered in exquisitely Lao lunch. After a short 1.5km trek to the nam Day 12. Mekong Delta Day Trip - preserved carvings of unusual delicacy. Ta Khan River board a delightful bamboo Raft for Cai Be Floating Market prohm, still partially lost to the jungle, is one a fun trip to the landing jetty. Early this morning depart Saigon by road and of the most popular attractions of Angkor. Day 1. To Hanoi Catherine Deneuve. Considered Vietnam’s Imperial Citadel, built in 1804 by Emperor journey into the Mekong Delta. Embark on a Afternoon boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake, the Day 21. To London via Bangkok or Hanoi Midday departure from London Gatwick on greatest treasure, with its spectacular natural Gia Long (the first nguyen Emperor) has a traditional wooden boat, stylishly fitted out with largest freshwater lake in South East Asia. Morning flight to Bangkok or Hanoi with direct Vietnam Airlines flight to Hanoi or from scenery, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands 10km perimeter. Originally made of earth, the bamboo chairs and lounging cushions. Tour the onward connection with Thai Airways or London Heathrow with Thai Airways flight to soaring out of the sea. Explore its caves and ramparts were, in the early 19th C. rebuilt in the colourful floating market of Cai Be, afterwards Day 17. Siem Reap - Angkor Wat tour Vietnam Airlines back to London. Hanoi via Bangkok. cool down or swim in one of the many secluded style of the French military architect Vauban. tour a historic Mandarin house dating from This morning visit Angkor Wat, arguably the bays. Overnight onboard the paradise Cruise. the 19th C. Finally visit an untouched area of largest religious building in the world, with a Day 2. Hanoi Day 7. To Hoi An the Mekong Delta, where life continues, largely volume of stone equalling that of the pyramid Morning arrival in Hanoi. Met and transferred to Day 5. To Hue via Hanoi After breakfast depart for Hoi An. The coastal undisturbed; as it has for generations. of Cheops. Conceived by Suryavarman II, and the hotel. Two nights Hotel de lOpera Hanoi. After brunch disembark and transfer to Hanoi drive from Hue to Hoi An is considered the most generally believed to be his funeral Temple, airport for late afternoon flight to Hue. Two beautiful drive in Central Vietnam passing through Day 13. To phnom penh – The Killing Fields Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. Day 3. Hanoi City Tour nights at pilgrims Village Hotel. a unique combination of rural, mountainous and Morning transfer to the airport to board flight unlike all the other Khmer Temples it faces After breakfast guided tour of Hanoi visiting the coastal settings. Three nights at the Fusion Maia. to phnom penh. In the afternoon visit the Toul west, and was inspired by 12th C. Hinduism Ho Chi Minh Quarter, including the Mausoleum, Day 6. Hue - guided tour Sleng Genocide Museum and Cheung Ek. architecture. Its symmetrical towers are stylized Ho Chi Minh’s house and the One pillar pagoda. Guided tour of Hue including a boat trip on Day 8. Hoi An excursion Continue to the Temple of Literature then see the the perfume River to see some of the famous In the morning, visit the unique, car free trading infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison. sights in Hue - the Thien Mu pagoda and Minh town Hoi An. Virtually cut off by destroyed Mang’s tomb. After lunch at a local restaurant, rail lines and a silted river, it’s a vignette of an Hidden Treasures of Indochina Day 4. To Halong Bay - Cruise visit Tu Duc’s Tomb and the Imperial Citadel. era past with old trading houses in Japanese, In leading museums and conservations departments An early start to Halong Bay. On arrival at Tuan The Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, resplendent in French, Chinese and Indian style. See the Chau Island board the paradise Cruise boat. traditional architecture, is a delight with paved exceptional Japanese covered bridge and a privately meet leading art experts and archaeologists. Halong Bay achieved international fame as a key walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil Chinese communal house. Visit the store rooms to see a plethora of treasures. location in the French film ‘Indochine’ starring lotus ponds and a small forest for hunting. Thetwenty-two 020 8901 7320 twenty-three
  • 13. ESSENCE OF INDOCHINA 21 days This tour of Indochina and Thailand places an emphasis on luxury, staying in the very best of hotels. Relax on an overnight river cruise and bask in the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay. Feel the pulse of Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Vientiane. Explore the wonders of Angkor Wat and take a helicopter ride to really understand the vastness of this incomparable Temple complex. Experience unforgettable cultures in style and comfort. London r Bangkok r r Angkor Wat r Helicopter flight r Ho Chi Minh City r nha Trang r Hoi An Siem Reap r Hanoi r Halong Bay Boat Cruise r Luang prabang r Jungle Experience r Bamboo Rafting r Bangkok r London Four Seasons Chiang Mai. photographer: Markus Gortz (formerly the presidential palace) and War Day 15. Hanoi - Guided city tour, water puppet Day 19. Morning Alms giving, River cruise, Remnants Museum, before driving to Cholon, display, Evening Dinner at nineteen 11 pak Ou caves the Chinatown district of the city. Bargain in the After breakfast guided tour of Hanoi visiting At dawn witness the daily morning alms giving vast Binh Tay wholesale market for souvenirs, the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, including the as hundreds of monks, of all ages, process before visiting the ornate Thien Hau Temple, Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house, and the silently by, receiving gifts of food from devotees. dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Afternoon One pillar pagoda. Continue to the Temple of After breakfast, take a cruise down the jungle transfer to the airport to board Vietnam Airlines Literature, and then the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ fringed river, visiting colourful local villages flight to nha Trang. Met on arrival and transfer prison. In the evening see a unique display of and the pak Ou Caves filled with hundreds of by road and boat to the Six Senses Hideaway, water puppetry. Evening dinner at the nineteen Buddha statues. ninh Van Bay for three nights. 11 restaurant. Day 20. Shangri Lao Elephant Trek Day 9 & 10. nha Trang Day 16. To Halong Bay – Cruise Follow in the footsteps of French explorer Dr. Two days at leisure, to simply relax and unwind: An early start to Halong Bay. On arrival at Tuan p. neiss, who once surveyed the local tribes walking on the pristine white sands of the South Chau Island board the paradise Cruise boat. around Luang prabang. This ‘safari’ starts at China Sea, maybe indulging in some sybaritic Halong Bay achieved international fame as a key the Elephant village for an overview of the therapy in the Spa or, if feeling energetic, learning location in the French film ‘Indochine’ starring work going on – talk with the Vet and feed the how to windsurf. Catherine Deneuve. Considered Vietnam’s elephants. Later, perched atop an elephant, take greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over a slow journey to a delightful waterfall and eat Day 11. To Hoi An via Danang 3,000 islands soaring out of the sea. The cruise a traditional Lao lunch. Walk 1.5km listening After breakfast transfer to the airport to board is just perfect for exploring the myriad of caves, to the cacophony of sound from creatures great Vietnam Airlines flight to Danang. Met on swimming in one of the many secluded bays or and small before boarding a ‘Rolls Royce’ arrival and transfer to Hoi An. Three nights at simply relaxing on deck watching the glorious bamboo raft, complete with cushions and mats, The nam Hai Resort. seascape. Overnight on the paradise Cruise boat. for the journey back to the landing jetty. Day 12. Morning walking tour of Hoi An Day 17. To Luang prabang – Tai Chi class Day 21. To London via Bangkok After breakfast take a walking tour of Hoi An Before breakfast attend an (optional) early Morning transfer to the airport to board Lao Day 1. To Bangkok – the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. Day 6. To Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – Evening visiting the Japanese covered bridge, Sa Huynh morning Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Airlines flight to Bangkok and connect onto Morning depart from London Heathrow on Visit the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Dinner Cruise Museum with its unique insight into Hoi An’s Disembark the cruise and return to Hanoi to Thai Airways flight back to London. direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. Terrace of the Leper King and the enchanting Morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Evening history, the Tran Family Chapel and finally a board evening flight to Luang prabang. Four Bayon. Two nights at the Amansara. dinner aboard a traditional Bonsai River lantern making workshop. nights at the La Residence phu Vao. * Extensions can be arranged for beach Day 2. Bangkok Cruiser. Stay two nights at the park Hyatt. breaks in Thailand & Vietnam. Met on arrival and transferred to the hotel. Day 5. Full day guided tour of Angkor Wat, Day 13. Hoi An – at leisure Day 18. Luang prabang – Afternoon Please ask for details Evening relax with a 4 course set dinner at the Banteay Srei and Ta prohm – Helicopter flight Day 7. Excursion to Cai Be floating market with Day at leisure, maybe playing a round of golf on sightseeing tour Vertigo Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree Bangkok. Breakfast at Angkor Wat before touring the lunch the 18 hole Colin Montgomerie course, unwind Morning at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing tour Two nights Mandarin Oriental. crown jewel of Khmer architecture, and now, Early morning depart Saigon by road and in the spa or take a dip in the warm sea. of Luang prabang including the Haw Kham the national symbol. Escorted by a personal journey into the Mekong Delta. Embark on a Royal palace Museum and the Wat xieng Day 3. Bangkok – palaces and Temples Tour guide explore the wonders of the World traditional wooden boat, stylishly fitted out with Day 14. To Hanoi Thong Temple. After breakfast visit the Grand palace, once Heritage site, built for King Suryavarman II in bamboo chairs and lounging cushions. Tour the Morning flight to Hanoi. Met on arrival and the main Royal residence, and see the Emerald the early 12th C. Later visit Banteay Srei and colourful floating market of Cai Be, afterwards transferred to the Sofitel Legend Metropole Buddha in the Wat phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, Ta prohm. Seemingly miniature in comparison visit a historic Mandarin house dating from the Hotel for two nights. Thailand’s holiest Temple. to the other Angkor Temples, Banteay Srei is 19th C. Continue the visit to an untouched considered to be the jewel of classical Khmer area of the Mekong Delta, where life continues, Day 4. To Siem Reap – Afternoon Elephant ride art. The pink sandstone walls are covered with largely undisturbed, as it has for generations. to Angkor Thom/Bayon wonderfully preserved carvings of unusual After breakfast transfer to the airport to board delicacy. Ta prohm, with its tree covered ruins Day 8. Ho Chi Minh City tour and nha Trang Private Audiences Bangkok Airlines flight to Siem Reap. Met on is atmospheric and quite beautiful. Finally, Morning city tour through the heart of the Private audiences can be arranged with arrival then transferred to the hotel. helicopter flight over the amazing complex, city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue Afternoon elephant ride from the South Gate of to appreciate the sheer size and beauty of this Catinat), past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh members of many Royal houses to learn about Angkor Thom to Bayon then continue to visit archaeological wonder. Square, Municipal Theatre and the notre the history and culture of their homeland. the monumental magnificence of Angkor Thom Dame Cathedral. Visit the Reunification palacetwenty-four 020 8901 7320 twenty-five
  • 14. A TALE OF THREE CITIES 12 DAYS This journey captures the amazing diversity of Vietnam and Cambodia. In Vietnam explore Hanoi, and take an excursion to the stunning Halong Bay. In the south soak up the vibrancy of Vietnam’s commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), then visit the incredible Cu Chi war tunnels and the Mekong River Delta. Learn some of the secrets of Vietnamese cooking. Fly to Cambodia and spend time delighting in the majesty and beauty of the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat World Heritage complex: mankinds largest and most moving religious structure. London r Hanoi r Halong Bay r Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) r Cookery Class r Cu Chi Tunnels r Cai Be r Angkor Wat r Tonle Sap Lake Cruise r Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) r London Day 1. To Hanoi Midday departure from London Gatwick on direct Vietnam Airlines flight to Hanoi or from London Heathrow with Thai Airways flight to Hanoi via Bangkok. Day 2. Hanoi Arrive Hanoi and transfer to the hotel. Two nights at the Sofitel Metropole. Day 3. Morning City tour - Evening Water puppetry After breakfast guided tour of Hanoi visiting the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, including the Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house and the One pillar pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Literature and the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison. In the evening, see a unique display of water puppetry. Day 4. To Halong Bay - Cruise An early start to Halong Bay. On arrival at Tuan Chau Island board the paradise Cruise boat. Halong Bay achieved international fame as a key location in the French film ‘Indochine’ starring Catherine Deneuve. Considered Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that jut out of the sea, providing a spectacular natural setting. Explore its caves and cool down, swimming in one of the many secluded bays. Overnight onboard the paradise Cruise. Learn how to take the best holiday ‘snaps’! Day 5. To Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) A professional photographer can accompany guests – learn via Hanoi Watch dawn break, feel the fresh sea air and the secrets of the trade and how to get the most from the camera. relax in the gentle breeze. After brunch leave the ship and drive back to Hanoi’s airport for late afternoon flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Four nights at the Majestic Hotel. Day 8. Cai Be Floating Market Day 10. Outerlying Temple excursion Embark on a traditional wooden boat, Today visit three special Temples outside Day 6. Ho Chi Minh City - City Tour stylishly fitted out with bamboo chairs and the main Angkor group. Travel to King Afternoon city tour through the heart of the lounging cushions. Tour the colourful floating Suryavarman II’s 11th C. rarely visited Beng Day 12. To London via Bangkok or Saigon city along Dong Khoi Street (formerly Rue market of Cai Be and visit a historic 19th C. Mealea complex (a prototype for the more Morning transfer to the airport to board flight Catinat), past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Mandarin house. Continue to the undeveloped famous Angkor Wat). Then explore the to Bangkok or Saigon for onward connection to Square, Municipal Theatre and the notre area of phu An, where life continues, unchanged intricately carved ‘Banteay Srei’, also known London on Thai or Vietnam Airlines Dame Cathedral. Later see the Reunification for generations. as the ‘Citadel of the Women’; Late afternoon, palace (formerly the presidential palace) and walk around the Banteay Samre Temple. Watch War Remnants Museum. Drive to Cholon, the Day 9. To Siem Reap - Angkor Thom the beautiful sunset at pre Rup. * Extensions can be arranged for beach Chinatown district of the city to visit the huge excursion breaks in Thailand & Vietnam. Binh Tay Wholesale market, selling everything After breakfast transfer to the airport to board Day 11. Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap with Lake Please ask for details. under the sun, before stopping at the Thien Hau Vietnam Airlines flight to Siem Reap. Afternoon Cruise Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. sightseeing in Angkor by tuk tuk. Visit the Early morning sunrise visit and exploration Bayon ,Jayavarman VIIs mysterious mountain of Angkor Wat. Afterwards, visit the eerie Day 7. Morning Cookery class – with lunch- Temple. Later wander the fortified city of Ta prohm Temple. Shrouded in jungle, this afternoon Cu Chi tunnel tour Angkor Thom which covers an area of 10 square amazing structure has been left untouched ‘Taste of Vietnam’ cookery class designed to km. Enclosed by a wall and wide moats, the city since re-discovered by French explorers in the be fun, easy and tasty at the Vietnam Cookery includes many of Angkors most popular sights. 1850’s. After lunch travel to Tonle Sap Lake, the Centre. Eat the fruits of the morning’s class! After Three nights Hotel De La paix. world’s second largest freshwater lake and cruise lunch visit the Cu Chi tunnel network, established through floating villages. as a means of waging guerrilla war against superior French and later American firepower.twenty-six 020 8901 7320 twenty-seven
  • 15. VIETNAM DISCOVERY 16 DAYS The Vietnam Discovery is the perfect way to experience the highlights of Vietnam. Start off in frenetic Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) exploring the history and culture; the Cu Chi tunnels and the Mekong Delta. next, fly to Danang on Vietnam’s central coast to relax in enchanting Hoi An. Drive to Hue, through spectacular scenery, before flying north to Hanoi and cruising the gorgeous Halong Bay. London r Ho Chi Minh City r Cu Chi Tunnels r r Cai Be Floating Market r Mekong Delta Dalat r nha Trang r Hoi An r Hue r perfume River Cruise r Halong Bay Boat Cruise r Hanoi r London of the turquoise sea. Explore its caves and cool Military History down, swimming in one of the many secluded bays. Overnight onboard the Emeraude. With a personal guide explore the intricate and often poignant history of Vietnam including Hanoi and Saigon Day 15. To Hanoi – Morning Tai Chi class Before breakfast attend an early morning - optional-Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Disembark the cruise and return to Hanoi. in the world. pass China Beach, a famous spot Day 12. Hue – Imperial palace Tour – Overnight at the Movenpick Hotel. for American soldiers during the Vietnam- afternoon to Hanoi American War. Two nights at the Life Heritage Morning guided tour of the Old Imperial palace. Day 16. To London via Bangkok Day 1. To Ho Chi Minh City Day 4. Cu Chi excursion the Valley of Love, Tuyen Lam Lake, the Chinese Hotel. Afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight Transfer to the airport to board Vietnam Late morning depart London Gatwick on direct After breakfast drive to the fascinating Cu pagoda and Bao Dai’s Summer palace. Overnight to Hanoi. Evening watch a unique display of Airways flight to London Gatwick. Vietnam Airlines to Ho Chi Minh City. Chi tunnel networks, established as a means at the Dalat palace Hotel. Day 10. Hoi An Walking Tour water puppetry. Two nights at the Movenpick of waging guerrilla warfare against superior Morning walking tour of Hoi An visiting the Hanoi. * Extensions can be arranged for beach Day 2. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) French, then later American firepower. Day 7. To nha Trang Japanese covered bridge, Sa Huynh Museum breaks in Vietnam. Please ask for details. Morning arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. Met on Afternoon at leisure. Morning drive to nha Trang across the with its unique insight into Hoi An’s history, Day 13. Hanoi City Tour arrival and transfer to the Majestic Hotel for spectacular ngoan Muc pass, then descend the Tran Family Chapel and finally a lantern After breakfast guided tour of Hanoi visiting four nights. Day 5. Mekong Delta – Cai Be floating market to the tropical plains of Vietnam’s south coast. making workshop. the Ho Chi Minh Quarter, including the Early this morning depart Saigon by road and Two nights Evason Ana Mandara & Six Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house and the Day 3. Ho Chi Minh City Morning Tour journey into the Mekong Delta. Embark on a Senses Spa. Day 11. To Hue – perfume River Cruise One pillar pagoda. Continue to the Temple of Morning city tour encompassing the heart of the traditional wooden boat, stylishly fitted out with After breakfast drive along scenic mountain Literature then see the infamous ‘Hanoi city driving down Dong Khoi Street (formerly bamboo chairs and lounging cushions. Tour the Day 8. nha Trang – at leisure roads with spectacular views over the coastline Hilton’ prison. Rue Catinat), past the Rex Hotel, Ho Chi colourful floating market of Cai Be, afterwards Day at leisure perhaps visiting the serene spa to Hue, arriving around lunch time. This Minh Square, Municipal Theatre and the notre visit a historic Mandarin house dating from the for some well deserved pampering, or simply afternoon take a leisurely boat ride down the Day 14. To Halong Bay Dame Cathedral. Tour the Reunification palace 19th C. Continue on to an untouched area of just laze the day away! perfume River, stopping at the iconic Thien Mu An early start to Halong Bay. On arrival at Tuan (formerly the presidential palace) and War the Mekong Delta, where life continues, largely pagoda, an elegant seven-tiered octagonal tower. Chau Island board the Emeraude Classic Cruise Remnants Museum. Explore the enormous Binh undisturbed, as it has for generations. Day 9. To Hoi An via Danang – sightseeing Continue to the countryside to the Imperial boat. Halong Bay achieved international fame Tay Wholesale market, with its beehive of stores Morning transfer to nha Trang Airport to Tomb of Minh Mang, a majestic complex of as a key location in the French film ‘Indochine’ hawking everything under the sun. Finally visit Day 6. To Dalat – Afternoon Sightseeing tour board flight to Da nang. Met on arrival with courtyards, pavilions and Temples in a beautiful starring Catherine Deneuve. Considered the ornate Thien Hau Temple, dedicated to the Morning flight to Dalat. Afternoon sightseeing sightseeing tour of Danang visiting the Cham natural setting. Overnight at La Residence Hotel Vietnam’s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay Goddess of the Sea. tour of Dalat: the City of Eternal Spring, with its Museum, an elegant Colonial building, now & Spa Hue. boasts over 3,000 islands rising dramatically out colourful flower gardens, picturesque scenery of housing the finest collection of Cham sculpturetwenty-eight 020 8901 7320 twenty-nine
  • 16. The Spirit of Cambodia 14 days This is an outstanding tour covering the main highlights of evocative Cambodia from its wondrous Temple heritage at Angkor Wat, beauty of Tonle Sap Lake, and the still recent echoes from the infamous Killing Fields of the Khemer Rouge. Explore the delights of Koh Kong in the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains and end the tour on a wonderful paradise island retreat – with outstanding modern amenities – at Song Saa. Quite perfect relaxation to end the tour. London r Bangkok r Siem Reap r Banteay Srei r Beng Mealea r Ta prohm r Angkor Thom r Ankor Wat r Tonle Sap Lake cruise r phnom penh r Killing Fields r Koh Kong r Song Saa Experience r phnom penh r Bangkok r London Day 9. To the Cardamom Mountains – Koh Kong Morning drive to the Koh Kong region at the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains. Two nights 4 Rivers Floating Ecolodge. Day 10. Koh Kong Exploration Delightful day gently exploring the mangroves by kayak and visiting the stilted village of Koh Kapi. Day 11. To Sihanoukville – Song Saa Resort Transfer to Sihanoukville and then take a 30 minute boat ride to Song Saa Resort for three nights. Day 12. Song Saa Resort In Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. Known locally as Song Saa – the Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’ – the soft name conjures a picture of quiet harmony and sweet romance gently wrapped in pure heavenly bliss. This alluring new resort was conceived for pure relaxation and for guests to become one, with the beauty of the islands – everything created has been built with the deepest respect for the natural environment in this pristine tropical paradise. Day 13. Song Saa Resort Linger in the Spa suspended in the rainforest, Day 1. To Bangkok Day 5. Siem Reap – Angkor Wat in the dry season lofty stilts are revealed and cool down in the gorgeous infinity pool, explore Fly from London to Bangkok with Thai airways. no words can describe the beauty of a sunrise the houses soar skyward. Visit a pagoda, built the reefs or beach comb searching for shells, visit to the mystical Angkor Wat. Then explore on the site of an ancient Temple, to see the wall stargaze, do yoga at sunrise. Day 2. To Siem Reap via Bangkok the incomparable complex, probably the largest paintings. Journey by boat to Kompong pluk, a On arrival connect to onward flight to Siem religious building in the world. Conceived by medieval village, literally floating on the Lake. Day 14. To London via phnom penh Reap. Transfer to the hotel. Remainder of day at Suryavarman II, and believed to be his funeral Space is tight for the residents and animals in Transfer to phnom penh for the onward flight to leisure. Five nights at the Hanuman Alaya. temple, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years this unique place. next see the flooded forest London via Bangkok. to build. unlike all the other Khmer Temples and finally the floating village of Chong Kneas. Day 3. Siem Reap – Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea it faces west, and was inspired by 12th C. Disembark and return to the hotel. Start the day away from the crowds with a visit Hinduism architecture. Today, its symmetrical to the River of a Thousand Lingas, Kbal Spean towers are stylized on the Cambodian flag. Day 7. To phnom penh – Cultural before marvelling at the pristine pink sandstone Occupied continuously by Buddhist monks, highlight Tour bas-reliefs at Banteay Srei. Explore further afield it’s still well preserved and totally charismatic. Morning flight to phnom penh. Afternoon tour taking in the massive temple of Beng Mealea. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat the city including the Royal palace and national Witness here how the jungle has reclaimed its on four sides. Each tells a story but the most Museum. Two nights at the Sofitel. territory with unrivalled ferocity. celebrated of these is the mystical Churning of the Sea of Milk, located on the east wing. Day 8. phnom penh – The Killing Fields and Day 4. Siem Reap – Ta prohm and Angkor Thom Genocide Museum Begin the exploration of the magnificent Day 6. Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake cruise Morning tour to learn about the heartbreaking Temples of Angkor with an exploration of the Boat trip on Southeast Asias largest freshwater history of a nation virtually annihilated by civil Yoga and Meditation enigmatic Ta prohm at dawn; still bound tight lake, the Tonle Sap. First visit Kompong war. Visit the notorious Killing Fields outside For ultimate relaxation, in the company of a Yoga Master by the inexorable jungle. After lunch, continue Khleang, explore the canals (wet season) or phnom penh and the Genocide Museum, a stark with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, streets (dry season) of this incredible town. In record of the violence of the Khmer Rouge. meditate under the watchful eye of a serene Buddha which houses the charismatic faces of the Bayon the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, Afternoon at leisure. Statue, on a Desert Island or in the deepest jungle. . as water gently laps at the verandas, however,thirty 020 8901 7320 thirty-one
  • 17. SECRETS OF LAOS 11 days The perfect itinerary for discovering the very best of Laos. Marvel at the majesty of Luang prabang, cruise the Mekong and nam Ou Rivers – perhaps glimpse the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. Join a master cookery class. Learn a little about elephants at an Elephant village. Explore the Temples of Vientiane. Then travel south to the cool Bolaven plateau, the amazing Wat phou and the sleepy islands of Si phan Don (the 4000 islands). London r Bangkok r Luang prabang r Baci Ceremony r Mekong River Cruise r pak Ou Caves r Elephant Trek r Vientiane r Bolaven plateau-Tad Lo Waterfalls r Champasak r Wat phou r 4000 Islands (Si phan Don) r pakse r Bangkok r London Day 1. To Bangkok Morning depart from London Heathrow with direct Thai airways flight to Bangkok. Day 2. Luang prabang via Bangkok Arrive Bangkok and onward connection with Lao Airways to Luang prabang. Barci welcome ceremony with music and dance. Remainder of day at leisure. Four nights at Satri House. Day 3. Luang prabang Dawn visit to observe the long lines of orange- robed Monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Mahout for a day prabang. It’s a unique experience. After Nothing quite compares with working with elephants: breakfast, city tour includes the former Royal spending the day with them, washing, scrubbing, feeding palace, now the national Museum, Wat Mai, and being as one under the watchful eye of the Mahout. a Temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. next see Wat xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed Temple in Luang prabang, and the unique Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its in the hospital and feed the gentle giants. Later philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags take an elephant ride through an interesting the universe. from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat countryside to a delightful waterfall and stop Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa; shaped for a traditional Lao lunch. After a short 1.5km Day 8. To pakse, Bolaven plateau, like the fruit it takes its name from. trek arrive at the nam Khan River – board a Tad Lo Waterfalls charming bamboo raft complete with pillows Morning transfer to the airport for flight After lunch visit the excellent Arts and Ethnology and mats and elegantly sip tea or coffee. It takes to pakse. On arrival start the journey east Centre giving further insight into the ethnic 30-60 minutes depending upon the current to across the Bolaven plateau, passing by many mix and culture of Laos. Also visit the weaving reach the jetty. plantations producing coffee, tea, cardamom and textile villages of Ban xangkhong and Ban and bananas. The area is also famous for its xienglek before returning to the Old Town to Day 6. Luang prabang - To Vientiane many waterfalls; the most beautiful is Tad Fan. climb Mount phousi and enjoy the stunning At leisure until midday flight to Vientiane. During high waters, the scene is spectacular with views across Luang prabang as the sun sets. Two nights at Settha palace. twin waterfalls plummeting into the deep gorge below. Visit the ethnic minority group villages of Day 4. Luang prabang - Cooking Class and pak Day 7. Vientiane Market and City Tour Alak, nge, and Katu. Take a sunset swim in the Ou Caves Early morning visit to the fascinating waterfall. Overnight at Tad Lo Lodge. Another opportunity, if wished, to see the local market of Thongkhankham, where a mainland, visiting Khone phapheng, considered, procession of Monks receiving their food as dawn bewildering array of foods and produce are on Day 9. To Don Daeng via paxuam Waterfall by volume, to be the largest waterfall in South East rises. After breakfast explore Lao cooking, with a offer. After breakfast city tour to include: Wat and Wat phou Asia. Late afternoon return to Don Daeng. masterclass under the expert instruction of a chef Sisaket, the only Temple to be left intact after After breakfast head out of the plateau, stopping from the Roots and Leaves Restaurant. The class the Siamese invasion in 1828. It’s arguably the first at the attractive paxuam Waterfall, then Day 11. To London via pakse and Bangkok starts with a visit to the fresh produce market. most beautiful temple in Vientiane and houses onto Champassak and Wat phou, another Transfer to pakse airport to board Lao Airlines After the demonstration, lunch is an opportunity thousands of miniature Buddha statues within unESCO World Heritage Site. Its ruins were flight to Bangkok connecting onwards with Thai to ‘enjoy’ your mornings efforts! (please note: its walls. next is Wat phra Keo, now a religious once part of a Temple built some time before Airways to London. there will be other guests joining you at the museum, with many Lao and Khmer works of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap - between 7th -11th C cooking school). art on display. Also see the patuxai monument - and contain some of the most Ancient Khmer - also called Anousavari – climb the steps to architectures. In the afternoon boat trip across An afternoon departure by boat up the Mekong the roof for fabulous views; visit That Luang, the Mekong to the island of Don Daeng. Two River to the pak Ou caves, housing thousands of the holiest place in Laos, and Wat Simuang, nights at the La Folie Lodge. Buddha statues, hidden from the looting Chinese the most popular and venerated Temple in Haw in times gone by. The statues range from a Vientiane. Stop at Talat Sao, the morning Day 10. Boat trip to Don Khone few centimetres to the size of a human. market, for souvenirs – look out for silk and After an early morning breakfast, return to the silver jewellery. mainland and drive to Ban Hatsaikhone, and Day 5. Luang prabang – Day walking excursion board a boat for a tour of the 4000 Islands. with Elephant and Bamboo Raft rides After lunch visit the quirky Buddha park, an Reach picturesque Don Khone by lunchtime. Walk in the footsteps of French explorer Dr. enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu Later explore the island by bicycle to see old p. neiss, who once surveyed the local tribes sculptures situated on a Mekong Riverside French Colonial buildings and the lovely Liphi around Luang prabang. First visit the Elephant meadow outside of the city centre. The statues waterfall. Or continue by boat to see to seek out village for a brief introduction into the great were created by a mysterious Monk to spread his the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. Return to the work they do there. Talk with the veterinarianthirty-two 020 8901 7320 thirty-three
  • 18. MEMORIES OF THAILAND 19 DAYS Experience Thailand on this tailor-made journey, combining the highlights of this beautiful country; from the bright lights and frenetic markets of Bangkok, to the verdant rainforests in the River Kwai area. At Sukhothai, marvel at 13th C. ruined Temples, then travel to the mountainous north, home of colourful ethnic minorities and Temples of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai before unwinding on the relaxing shores of Koh Samui. London r Bangkok r Floating Market r Kanchanaburi rBridge over the River Kwai r Train Ride - Ayutthaya Cruise r Sukhothai r Chiang Rai r Wat Rong Kun r Tribal visit r Chiang Mai r Elephant ride r Cookery class r Koh Samui r Anantara Lawana Resort r Bangkok r London See the Summer palace of King Rama V with its mixture of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architecture. After lunch at a local restaurant board the Mekhala Cruise and travel along the Chao phraya ‘River of Kings’. Visit the small village of Baan Saladang, an old Mon community who migrated from Burma in the early 19th C. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional lifestyle, customs and natural surroundings. The Mekhala docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai Temple set in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine is served on the deck. Overnight on board Mekhala Cruise. Day 8. Bangkok - City sightseeing Cruise departs early morning for a visit to the market in pathum Thani. Breakfast is served on board while cruising down the river, passing the spectacular views of the Grand palace and Temple of Dawn. After disembarkation, visit Day 11. Chiang Rai - Tribal visit – Mekong Day 14. Chiang Mai Bangkok’s Chinatown and take a walking Boat ride Cookery class at the Chiang Mai Thai cookery tour to Chinese Shrines and along the narrow After breakfast visit the Karen people and school. Learn the secrets of this wonderful streets (or Sampeng) jam-packed with shops and experience the authentic lives of the Hill Tribe aromatic and visually delightful cuisine. stalls offering an exotic mix of merchandise. people. Take a boat ride on the Mekong River Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight Sukhothai Bangkok. to Golden Triangle where, from a hill top, view the splendour of the mighty Mekong joining Day 15. To Koh Samui Day 9. To Sukhothai - Afternoon Heritage tour with the Ruak River and forming the actual After breakfast private transfer to Chiang Mai Very early departure to the airport for flight “Triangle” with Laos Burma and Thailand. Airport to board flight to Koh Samui. Four to Sukhothai. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon nights Anantara Lawana Resort. guided tour of ancient Sukhothai, considered Day 12. Day at leisure or ‘Day as a Mahout’ the cradle of Thai civilisation where Thai arts, Relax in the hotel or spend an unforgettable day Day 16 - 18. Koh Samui - Days at leisure Day 1. To Bangkok Afternoon, visit the private Thai-style house everything under the sun – paddle the waterways culture, laws and alphabet originated and with the elephants at the nearby camp: becoming A few steps from the beach the luxuriant foliage Morning departure from London Heathrow on of Jim Thompson, the “father” of the famous selling their wares. next head towards blossomed. Overnight at the Tharaburi Resort. one with them – feed, bath, walk and learn to hides beautiful rooms and villas – some with direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. Thai silk industry. The house now serves as a Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and its understand the intelligence of these gentle giants. private plunge pools – Chinese inspired detail museum with a small Asian art collection and infamous bridge, where over 100000 conscripted Day 10. To Chiang Rai - Lake of Kwan, Wat adds a charming air to the elegant property. Day 2. Bangkok some of his personal belongings. labourers and 12000 pOW’s died during WWII Rong Kun Day 13. To Chiang Mai - Mae Ka Chan Dine in a Treehouse restaurant, taste the Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Three constructing the bridge for the Japanese to link After breakfast drive to Chaing Rai stopping Hot Springs - Wat phra Dhat Doi Suthep flavours of Thailand, snack in the laid back pool nights at the Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel. Day 4. Bangkok - Thonburi Klongs the existing Thai and Burmese railway lines. enroute at Lake of Kwan phayo, the largest fresh Mountain Temple Bar or Dine by Design. Feel the serenity of the After breakfast discover the Klongs (canals) Also visit the Thai – Burma Railway Centre and water fish habitat in upper Thailand, which After breakfast drive to Chiang Mai, the ‘Rose Spa. Water sports, deep sea fishing, diving. Take Day 3. Bangkok – Grand palace & of Bangkok and glimpse into the daily life of War Grave cemetery. Take another long tail provides the livelihood for many local people. of the north’ through scenic hillside and jungles. cookery classes. Emerald Buddha the water and bank dwellers – the numerous ride to the hotel. Overnight at the River Kwai Stop at Wat Rong Kun (White Temple), a Enroute visit Mae Ka Chan, famous for its hot After breakfast, visit the Grand palace, an canals gave Bangkok the name of " Venice of Resotel. contemporary unconventional Buddhist Temple springs. In Chaing Mai visit Wat phra Dhat Doi Day 19. To London via Bangkok architectural wonder of golden stupas, walls the East." Also visit the Royal Barges and the designed by one of Thailand’s most noted artist Suthep mountain Temple. Two nights at the Morning transfer to the airport to board Thai and pillars encrusted in shining and colourful Temple of Dawn. Day 6. Kanchanaburi – Hellfire pass Memorial in white with the use of white glass. Three nights Rachamankha Hotel. Airways flight back to London via Bangkok. mosaics. previously the residence of the Kings and Train ride Anantara Golden Triangle Resort. of Thailand visit the different ceremonial Day 5. To Kanchanaburi – Floating Market After breakfast visit the Hellfire pass Memorial palaces; the Reception Hall, the Throne Hall & River Kwai and board the historic Death Railway Train and the beautiful Wat phra Kaew which houses Early start to Damern Saduak Floating Market, for a fascinating train ride through lush forest. the Emerald Buddha. Continue to The Golden stopping at the Railway Market with stalls Overnight Dheva Mantra Resort. Mount, part of the Saket Temple housing actually on the railway line at Samut Songkram Cooking with a Celebrity Chef Buddha relics within its 58-metre high chedi - watch the train approach and the vendors Day 7. Ayutthaya and Mekhala Cruise Learn the secrets of the regional cuisines. Classes and surmount by a golden cupola. From the top of frantically packing away their goods.... Finally After breakfast drive to Ayuthaya and visit demonstrations can be arranged with top Chefs Golden Mount, there are panoramic views of embark on a long tail speedboat to the floating the impressive monuments and great museums Ratanakosin Island. market, where Thai style canoes laden with of this former important capital of Thailand.thirty-four 020 8901 7320 thirty-five
  • 19. A Vignette of Burma LAND OF THE GOLDEN 13 days SPIRES 15 days This is an excellent tour exploring the main highlights of Burma. See the sights of vibrant Yangon and romantic Mandalay. peek into village life, unwind in an old Colonial Hill station and relax on Inle Lake. Visit glorious pagodas and Monastery’s and slip back in This is a wonderful tour exploring the hidden secrets as well as the major highlights of the land of ‘The Golden Spires’. Wander through time with a horse and cart ride. magnificent teak built Monastery’s, see delicate awe-inspiring pagodas, feel the Colonial glow in the air. Cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River and watch the numerous communities dotted along its banks; the people busily going about their daily lives. Visit Mount popa, home to the mysterious nats. Learn traditional cookery secrets. Take a horse and cart ride thought spectacular scenery and a local boat to explore the London r r Bangkok r Yangon r Mandalay Amarapura r Maymyo r Short Cruise on the Irrawaddy River r shores of Inle Lake. This is a delightful tour showing the many faces of this beautiful land. pagan r Sagaing r Inle Lake r Inn Thein pagoda r Yangonr Bangkok r London London r Bangkok r Yangon r Mandalay r Amarapura and Inwa r Irrawaddy River Cruise r Sagaing and Yandabo r pagan r Mount popa r Inle Lake r Indein Village r Yangon r Bangkok r London Day 1. To Yangon Fly from London to Yangon, via Bangkok on Thai Airways. Day 2. Yangon Day 1. To Yangon via Bangkok Arrive Yangon. Two nights at the Strand Hotel. Fly from London to Yangon via Bangkok on Thai Airways. Day 3. Yangon – City tour Morning excursion to Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Day 2. Yangon Buddha, the Shwedagon pagoda, and Arrive in Yangon the former capital of Burma Kandawgyi Lake. Afternoon visit to Bogyoke and transfer to the hotel. Two nights at the Aung San market and bargain for anything Governor’s Residence. from jewellery, to paintings, to antiques and handicrafts or the local ‘longyi’. Later take a Day 3. Yangon – Morning and Afternoon City walk with a ‘colonial’ air from the Sule pagoda excursions and Afternoon Tea to the Yangon riverfront. Morning excursion to Shwedagon pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and Kandawgyi Day 4. To Mandalay – City tour, Amarapura Lake. Afternoon visit to Bogyoke Aung market and Dinner with Show – perfect for souvenirs, paintings, antiques Early morning flight to Mandalay. Tour of and clothing. Later walking tour from the Amarapura, including the Mahagandayon Sule pagoda to the vibrant Yangon riverfront, Monastery, the main centre of Buddhist before returning to the hotel for a traditional learning in Burma. Afternoon city tour ’afternoon tea’. of Mandalay and see the sunset at Mandalay Hill. In the evening have dinner watching a Day 4. To Mandalay – Mandalay palace, Fort, cultural show. Three nights Mandalay Hill Temples and Dinner with Cultural show Resort. Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival visit Mandalay palace and its Fort, once a British Day 5. Day tour to Maymyo and HQ and renamed Fort Duffrin. Afternoon tour national Kandawgyi Gardens of Mandalay’s beautiful Temples, including Day 8. Bagan – Late afternoon Temples tour Day 12. Inle Lake – Indein Village visit and Full day trip to Maymyo (pyin Oo Lwin). Initially Fishin’ for your Dinner Kuthodaw paya and Shwenandaw Kyaung. See Disembark in Bagan this morning. Late Cookery demonstration a military outpost, Maymyo became the summer Go fishing with a local fisherman to help catch the fish for dinner the unforgettable sunset over Mandalay Hill afternoon visit Bagan’s ancient Temples. Morning visit to Indein village with its myriad of Capital during British rule. Visit the Kandawgyi followed by dinner and a cultural show. Two Watch the glorious sunset over the Irrawaddy ancient ruined, yet still captivating pagodas. and enjoy a barbeque on the banks of the Irrawady River. national Botanical Gardens and pyin Oo Lwin nights at the Mandalay Hill Resort. River from a Temple top. Three nights at the nursery, with their wide variety of plants, trees, Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel. Day 13. Inle Lake indigenous orchids, flowers and animals: see also Day 5. Mandalay - Full-day tour to Day at leisure the local pagodas and Temple; the impressive pwe Amarapura and Inwa Day 9. Bagan Kauk Waterfalls, and finally, peik Chin Myaung - Day 8. Bagan Day 12. To Yangon – national Museum visit A full day visiting the fascinating Monasteries Continue the tour of Bagan – visits will Day 14. To Yangon – Visit national Museum an intriguing large Buddhist shrine-cave. Full-day tour of Bagan, highlights include and Farewell Dinner at Amarapura and Mahagandayon. See monks include the Shwezigon pagoda, Gubyaukgyi and Farewell Dinner Tayoke pyay and Ananda Temple - one of the Morning flight to Yangon and visit the national receiving alms. Then onto the u Bein teak Temple, Ananda Temple. Relax over dinner by Morning flight to Yangon. Visit the interesting Day. 6 Irrawaddy Cruise to Mingun finest, largest, best preserved and most revered Museum. Farewell dinner at Le planteur. bridge. next by boat, and then take a delightful candle-light at a pagoda or on the banks national Museum to round off the tour. After breakfast, board a boat for a short of the Bagan Temples. Later visit a local village Overnight at the Strand Hotel. horse and cart ride to the former Royal capital of the Irrawaddy. Farewell dinner at Le planteur. Overnight cruise on the Irrawaddy River to the 18th C. perhaps Minanthu Village with its oil presses Inwa. Visit nanmyint watchtower, the remains Governor’s Residence. Royal capital of Mingun. Explore Mingun on powered by bullocks. In the evening, watch a Day 13. To London via Bangkok of the ancient palace, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Day 10. Day Tour to Mount popa foot, taking in the key sites, including King puppet show with dinner. Morning transfer to the airport and flight back and Bargayar Monasteries. View the sunset at u Full day excursion to the sacred Mount popa, an Day 15. To London via Bangkok Bodawpaya’s unfinished Temple and the to London via Bangkok on Thai Airways. Bein Bridge. Evening market visit. extinct volcano. Climb to the top for stunning Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to mighty Mingun Bell. Visit the enchanting Day 9. Bagan views of the surrounding countryside. The shrine London via Bangkok. Hsinbyume pagoda, with its crisp white Continue the tour ofBagan – highlights include *Please ask for details of beach extensions Day 6. Irrawaddy River Cruise – Two nights is dedicated to the worship of the 37 nats: wave-like roof set perfectly against the deep nyaung u Market, Shwezigon pagoda, Hgnet available. RV paukan- Mingun paya complex Burmese ancient animist spirits. *Please ask for details of beach extensions blue sky. Return to Mandalay for lunch; pyit Taung, Lawkananda and Dhammayazika Embark on the beautiful RV paukan for a 2 available. afteroon at leisure. Temples. night cruise to pagan. Afternoon visit to Mingun Day 11. To Inle via Heho- Lake tour paya a vast uncompleted stupa begun by King Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Inle Day 7. To Bagan via nyaung u – u Bein, Day 10. To Inle Lake via Heho – Lake tour Bodawpaya in1790. Two nights on board. Lake. Later take a tour of the Lake and see the Inwa and visit to Sagaing Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Inle famous leg rowers, floating gardens, phaungdaw Morning visit u Bein Bridge, Inwa - by horse- Lake. Afternoon tour the floating villages, Day 7. Sagaing and Yandabo visits Oo pagoda and nga phe Kyaung Monastery. drawn cart - and Sagaing Hill with its superb gardens and Temples around Inle Lake and Afternoon excursion to Sagaing considered Three nights Inle princess Resort. views particularly, of the almost surreal clusters watch the famous leg rowers in action! Two to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in of pagodas, dotting the surrounding hills. nights at the Inle Resort. Burma and famous for its silversmiths. Also Afternoon flight to nyaung u then transfer visit Yandabo, a village specialising in pottery, to the hotel. Three nights at the Thiripyitsaya Day 11. Inle Lake - Inn Thein pagoda and where the peace treaty of the first Anglo- Hotel. Morning excursion by boat to the Inn Thein Burmese war was signed in 1826. pagoda. Afternoon at leisure.thirty-six 020 8901 7320 thirty-seven
  • 20. cruise ships THE JAYAVARAMAn ORIEnT-ExpRESS THE EMERAuDE Mekong Cruise ‘ROAD TO MAnDALAY’ Halong Bay Irrawady Cruise The Jayavarman, a 20th C boutique style cruise Emeraude is a luxurious replica steamer with liner, has a delightful French Colonial air. The ‘Road To Mandalay,’ by Orient-Express 38 cabins painstakingly designed to evoke the Spread over four decks the ship offers a taste of remains faithful to the graciousness and elegance nostalgic charm of Colonial Indochina. Each luxury and elegance. 27 staterooms, decorated synonymous with Orient-Express. Spacious en stylish and elegant room opens directly onto with classical Indochine charm, with French suite cabins are air-conditioned and exquisitely the deck. Dine on a wonderful melange of windows leading to a private balcony with decorated with beautiful fabrics and handmade Vietnamese ingredients, served with European superb views. Dine in Colonial splendour, be furnishings. Dine on Local and International flair. Relax with a massage or simply sit and pampered at the Spa, relax on the sundeck. fare, sip cocktails in the piano bar, swim in the watch the incredible view of iridescent seas and pool or simply watch the world go by. dramatic limestone Karsts. River cruising “Cruising down the river” takes on a completely new meaning when you ply the waters of the mighty Mekong and Irrawaddy Rivers on a very special voyage of discovery. They’re the pulse of their respective lands –energising the THE JAHAn RV pAuKAn pAnDAW essence of the nations. Mekong Cruise Irrawaddy Cruise Mekong and Irrawaddy Cruises The Jahan is the latest and most luxurious The lovely paukan is a boutique river boat, pandaw, once, the old Irrawaddy Flotilla, was Life, for the myriad of city and village dwellers Occasionally wild elephants can be spotted boutique cruiser on the Mekong River with its beautifully furnished with a unique combination originally a Scot’s company founded in 1865, living along the banks, without the mighty quenching their thirst, imperiously ignoring the elegant Anglo Indian Colonial ambience. The 26 of modern and traditional motifs. Accommodating and now offers exceptional style and comfort on rivers, would be impossible to comprehend – flashes from the cameras of the passing river cabins and suites have floor to ceiling windows only 55 passengers, the timber walled luxury their cruise ships on the Mekong and Irrawaddy they’re the super highways with craft of every cruise passengers! and sliding doors opening onto a private cabins and suites are furnished with Colonial flair Rivers. All the ships were built new, designed and shape and size plying the waterways: from laden balcony. Dine on Western and Oriental cuisine, - whilst ceilings are traditional Burmese. Dine on finished as replicas of Colonial river steamers. barges to bamboo rafts, elegant river cruisers Ancient ruins, gripped by the inexorable march relax in the pool, unwind in the Spa, or take delicious Western or Eastern cuisine, relax with a Staterooms, decorated with brass and teak and bustling ferries weaving their way constantly of the jungle, enveloping all it touches, can still High Tea in the Observatory. massage, watch cultural performances on the Sun fitments are refined and elegant. Dine on Local up and down stream. Along the riverbanks, be seen, silent testimony to past golden ages. deck, or unwind in the bar. and International fare. small villages live as one with the rivers: children pagodas rise above the dense canopy and the laugh and shout as they play, women pound echoes of Monks chanting float gently in the clothes at the washing area and men take their breeze. Today, major cities line the banks - a small boats and fish for their supper. stark contrast to the village life that melds into the rivers - but even here, the pulse of Sometimes the only noise heard is the cacophony the river still reigns supreme as it floods with of sound from the jungle, which at dawn and the torrential monsoons or drops in times of dusk, becomes a riot of colour and noise as birds drought – whatever the mood – the Mekong and of every hue come to roost or take flight in the Irrawaddy still hold sway over the millions who cool of the morning. depend upon them for life.thirty-eight 020 8901 7320 thirty-nine
  • 21. THE MEKONG VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY 15 DAYS Discover vibrant Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) visiting the colourful markets and Temples: at Cu Chi explore the intriguing network of tunnels built to assist the Vietnamese in their war struggles, initially against the French and then the Americans. Cruise, for 7 nights, on one of the world’s great rivers - The Mekong – watching the daily life of the riverside dwellers as The Jayavarman glides past. Take excursions to see floating villages, a school and catfish farms. On a sombre note visit the infamous ‘Killing Fields’ of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge. See the glory of the pre- Angkorian Temple of Wat Hanchey, before ending the journey at the incredible Temples of Angkor Wat. This is a true voyage of discovery and gives an insight into the lives of the people of the Mekong River through all its history, travelling to small riverside villages, and past ancient Temples, inaccessible by road. London r Bangkok r r Cao Dai and Cu Chi Tunnels r Tay ninh r 7 nights The Jayavarman Cruise Ho Chi Minh City r Cai Be r Cham Village r phnom penh r Wat nokor r Wat Henchey r Kampong Chhnang r Siem Reap r Banteay Srei and Ta prohm r Angkor Wa r Bangkok r London Day 6. Mekong Cruise – Floating markets and Cham village excursion Early morning Thai Chi lessons on the sun deck. (optional) Boat excursion to the fascinating floating villages and catfish farms. Watch Bassa fish being fed. Shore excursion to the local Muslim Cham Community. Mid afternoon cruise continues towards phnom penh. Day 7. Mekong Cruise – phnom penh City Tour including the ‘Killing Fields’ After breakfast, city tour of this dynamic, historical capital of Cambodia, with its delightful French Colonial charm. Sightseeing in the morning will include the dazzling white and gold architecture of the Royal palace and the outstanding displays of Khmer crafts at Day 10. Mekong Cruise – Kampong Chhnang originally as Rajavihara (Monastery of the the national Museum. After lunch in a local & Kampong Louang Villages King). The Temples central sculpture represents restaurant, explore Cambodia’s heartbreaking Before sunrise, the cruise sets sail to Kampong prajnaparamita, the personification of wisdom. past under the Khmer Rouge regime, with an Chhnang via prek K dam along the meandering excursion to the infamous ‘Killing Fields’: the Tonle Sap River. Take a walk through one Day 13. Full day sightseeing of Angkor former detention, torture and execution centres of the last surviving silversmith villages, and Feel the magic of an Angkor Wat sunrise. The during the Cambodia civil war. Introduction watch the entire community’s involvement crowning jewel of Khmer architecture, Angkor and lecture by a local history professor. Return producing various silver items to sell. After Wat is the national symbol and the highlight to the ship and relax watching a Cambodian lunch, motorboat excursion to see the wetlands, of any visit to Cambodia. Without doubt, the traditional Apsara dance performance. floating houses and fish farms in the region. Temples are magnificent, with breathtaking (note: the cruise does not operate to Tonle Sap artistry and brilliance of design. The sheer Day 8. Mekong Cruise – Chong Koh and during Apr, May and June, as the water level is enormity of the complex is amazing. The tour Wat nokor too low.) will cover the highlights of this World Heritage Depart at dawn from phnom penh with a stop complex including Angkor Thom: Bayon, at the little known Chong Koh: a silk weaving Day 11. Siem Reap Baphuon and Elephant and Leper King Terrace. village. Later visit Wat nokor, a Wat built Morning disembark the cruise, and transfer by within the ruins of an ancient Temple. courtesy coach to Siem Reap. Four nights La Day14. Siem Reap Residence d’ Angkor. Day at leisure or further visits to outlying Day 9. Mekong Cruise – Wat Hanchey Temples can be organised. Early morning embark on a journey upriver to Day 12. Siem Reap – Tour of Banteay Srei and the pre Angkorian Temple of Wat Hanchey. Ta prohm Day 15. To London via Bangkok Located at the top of a hill overlooking the river, Morning guided tour of Banteay Srei Morning transfer to the airport to board Day 1. To Ho Chi Minh City via Bangkok Tay Wholesale market with its countless stores Day 4. 7 night Mekong Cruise – Saigon to it offers some of the best views in Cambodia. -The Citadel of the Women- was built by Bangkok flight with connection to Thai Airways Morning depart from London Heathrow on hawking everything under the sun. Visit the Siem Reap Dating from the 8th C. these ancient structures Rajendravaman II in the mid 10th C., and is flight to London. direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok and ornate Thien Hau Temple: dedicated to the Morning transfer to The Jayavarman cruise. do more than justice to the architecture of the dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. It has onwards to Ho Chi Minh City. Goddess of the Sea. Cruise along the Mekong from Saigon (Vietnam) Chenla Empire, predating the glories of the some of the most intricate sandstone reliefs in to Siem Reap (Cambodia). The ship meanders mighty Angkor. Angkor. Slowly being reclaimed by the jungle * Extensions can be arranged for beach breaks Day 2. Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City Day 3. Day excursion to Cao Dai and past busy ports and waterways, then, after an with huge trees growing out from its ruins in Thailand and Cambodia. Please ask for Arrive Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels abrupt change of scenery the ship enters the the charismatic Buddhist Temple - Ta prohm details. Majestic Hotel for two nights. Afternoon tour Drive to Tay ninh, the birthplace of the unESCO Mangrove Biosphere Reserve of Can was constructed around 1186AD - known exploring the heart of the city: Dong Khoi Street unique Cao Dai religion: a fusion of Buddhism, Gio. Evening cocktail reception at the Funnel (formerly Rue Catinat), past the Rex Hotel, Ho Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam Bar and Lounge followed by a welcome dinner Chi Minh Square, Municipal Theatre and the and native Vietnamese spiritual beliefs. (note: on the sun deck. Drop anchor just outside of Cai notre Dame Cathedral. during the TET festival, ceremonies are often Be for the night. 7 nights on The Jayavarman. cancelled without warning). After lunch visit the Wine and Dine in Memorable Places Later tour the Reunification palace (formerly Cu Chi tunnel network; established as a means Day 5. Mekong Cruise – Cai Be Dine by flickering candle light in the shadow of ancient the presidential palace) and War Remnants of waging guerrilla war against superior French This morning visit the Cai Be floating market Museum. Drive to Cholon, the Chinatown and later American forces. full of colour, noise and vivacity! Temples; listen to the sound of the corks popping as district of the city. Visit the enormous Binh you sip champagne in the glow of evening!forty 020 8901 7320 fourty-one
  • 22. The Road to Mandalay The Irrawaddy 11 days Experience 18 days Board the Orient-Express, ‘Road To Mandalay’ for a very special seven night cruise in elegant luxury. This delightful river cruiser glides in This is a most exhilarating 14 night cruise showcasing the highlights of Burma. Cruise on a pandaw boat, a replicas of a Colonial river style along the banks of the famous Irrawaddy River and offers all the amenities one would expect from Orient-Express including The Road steamer and journey over 600 miles through some of the most beautiful scenery in the land: disembark to absorb local culture - to see to Mandalay Wellbeing’ with fitness room and a range of beauty therapies. Excellent dining, a well stocked bar and regular entertainment magnificent teak Monasteries, superb Stupas, solid gold pagodas and local crafts people at work. Then add some unusual forms of transport contribute to a relaxing journey of discovery. On the cruise explore the many Temples and pagodas of Bagan. Relax and enjoy local river for a ‘different’ way of getting to see the land: step aboard a local speedboat and sampan, then go back in time with a sedate horse and cart life as you cruise the mighty Irrawaddy River. Discover the sights of Sagaing, Mingun and Mandalay and take excursions to the traditional ride. This is an exceptional journey of discovery to a land still unspoilt by tourism. The cruise winds its way through wonderful countryside Burmese village of Shanlay. Visit Mount popa the sacred home of the nats and relax in the beautiful hill station of Maymyo. and around every corner a new discovery awaits. London r Bangkok r Yangon r prome r pyu r Thayetmyo Frontier post r Sale Monasteries r pagan r Yandabo r Mandalay r Amarapura r Mingun r Kyaung-myoung potteries r Tagaung Ancient City r Katha r London r Bangkok r Yangon r Bagan r The Road To Mandalay cruise r Bagan Market r Sagaing r Maymyo Shwegu and the Second Defile r Mandalay r Yangon r Bangkok r London with Shan lunch r Mingun and Mandalay r Village visit r Mount popa r Yangon r Bangkok r London Day 11 Mingun pagoda and Bell At Mingun see the largest working bell in the world and the unfinished pagoda. Visit the Mingun Old people’s Home established with the assistance of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Day 12. Kyaung –myoung and Khan-nyat village Visit the potteries near Kyauk-myoung Then sail upstream stopping at Khan-nyat village with its Monasteries. Day 13. Tagaung Ancient City and Tigyang Hill Explore by foot the ancient city of Tagaung, the shrine of Bo Bo Gyi and the archaeological area. Later climb the pagoda Hill. Day 14. Katha – ‘Burmese Days’ Colonial Katha was the setting for George Orwell’ ‘Burmese Days’. Of interest is the fire station’s collection of IFC ships bells taken from sunken ships in the Second War. Day 15. Shewegu and the Second Defile Travel by speedboat to view the largest of the three Irrawaddy Gorges. Day 1. To Bangkok Day 1. To Yangon via Bangkok Day 6. Sale Monasteries Day 16. Downstream Morning depart from London Heathrow on Take to the Skies Morning departure on direct Thai Airways flight Visit a number of teak Monasteries including En route stop for a Jungle walk. Last direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. to Bangkok. the Yout-saun-kyaung with its spectacular wood night onboard. As dawn breaks take to the skies in a hot air balloon floating carvings, and see splendid Colonial style houses. Day 2. To Yangon – City tour silently over the immortal Temples in Bagan. Day 2. Yangon Day 17. Mandalay Arrive Bangkok and connect to Yangon. Met Arrive Bangkok and connect to Yangon. Day 7. Bagan Disembark in Mandalay. Transfer to the airport on arrival and transfer to The Governors Afternoon excursion to Shwedagon pagoda. Moor at the Tan-Chi-Taung Mountain. to board flight to Yangon. Overnight at The Residence. Afternoon city tour includes the Sule Overnight at The Chatrium Hotel. Afternoon tour a selection of the 3,000 listed Chatrium Hotel. and Shwedagon pagodas. Day 6. Maymyo with Shan lunch Day 9. Full day excursion to Mount popa monuments at this World Heritage Site. A full days excursion to Maymyo, a Colonial national park Day 3. prome and pyu Day 18. To London via Bangkok Day 3. To Bagan and Road to Mandalay hill station, with delightful English style houses A full days excursion to Mount popa the Morning coach tour to visit the 5th -8th C. Day 8. Bagan Monuments Depart Yangon in the morning to Bangkok with Morning flight from Yangon to Bagan. Transfer and beautiful botanic gardens. Dine on a typical sacred home of powerful nats (spirits). On archaeological site of Thiri-ya-kittiya, see the Explore by coach more monuments, visit a lacquer onward connection to London on Thai Airways. to the Road To Mandalay berthed on the Shan lunch. Overnight onboard. top of a rocky crag is a picturesque complex of monumental pyu stupas. Join the cruise. 14 ware workshop and local markets. Sail upstream Irrawaddy River. Afternoon visit Bagan with its Monasteries, pagodas and shrines. Overnight nights on board. with evening walk in Oh ne Kyaung village. awe inspiring Temples and pagodas. Welcome Day 7. Mingun and Mandalay onboard. dinner. Overnight onboard. Cruise to Mingun. Visit the most important Day 4. Minhla Forts and Magwe Day 9. Yandabo Village sights including the lovely Hsinbyume pagoda. Day 10. To Yangon Visit Thayetmyo, a Colonial town that once This rural village specialises in pot making. Day 4. Bagan In the afternoon, guided tour of the key sights After breakfast transfer to Bagan airport for guarded the border between Royal Burma and Visit the pandaw School. Morning tour of Bagan’s local markets selling a of Mandalay regarded as the centre of Burmese onward flight to Yangon. Overnight at The British Burma. Wander the colourful market and pot pourri of treasures! Later sail for Mandalay. culture and Buddhist learning. Overnight Governors Residence. take a horse and cart ride to see the countryside. Day 10. Manadlay and Amarapura Anchor mid-river for the evening. Overnight onboard. Tour Mandalay visiting the Mahamuni onboard. Day 11. To London via Bangkok Day 5. Minhka Forts and Magwe pagoda and Shwe nan Daw Kyaung teak Day 8. Burmese Village and Bagan Morning flight to Bangkok with connection to In Minhla and Gwechaung visit the two Italian carved Monastery. Explore the ancient capital Day 5. Afternoon excursion to Sagaing After breakfast walking tour of a traditional London. built forts constructed to keep the British at bay of Amarapura, ride in a sampan and cross the Afternoon excursion to Sagaing considered to be Burmese village. Discover the Burmese way of from Royal Burma. Climb the Gwechaung hill. u Bein Bridge to see Temple paintings. the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma life first hand - from farming and handicrafts Later visit Magwe to see the magnificent Myat- and famous for its silversmiths. Overnight to spirit houses and tea-shops. Sail to Bagan. thalon pagoda constructed with solid gold bricks! onboard. Evening cocktail party followed by dinner. Overnight onboard.forty-two 020 8901 7320 fourty-three
  • 23. Chronicles of south-east asia eastern & Oriental express LEGEnDS OF THE pEnInSuLA TALES OF LAOS Journey through the dramatic plains of EpIC THAILAnD Explore hidden, off-the-beaten-track treasures, Discover the beauty, history and culture of the Thailand’s remote north east, cross the bridge still unseen by most travellers to the land. Meet Trains are wonderful... to travel by train is to see nature and human beings, towns... and rivers, in fact, to see life most lovely parts of Asia: from the poignant into Laos, over the Mekong River, and onto to local artisans - still following the old traditions. Agatha Christie Bridge over the River Kwai, to the turquoise Vientiane over the only stretch of track in the See the modern face of Thailand sampling wines waters of the Andaman Sea at Trang, the country. Eastern & Oriental Express passengers at a cutting edge ‘new latitude’ vineyard. fascinating Colonial Georgetown on the are among the few to travel this route to Laos. With timeless grace the green-gold carriages of the two stylishly decorated Restaurant Cars. Observation area, with its unobstructed views, island of penang and the vibrant modern, yet participate in a Bai Sii (sacred thread) ceremony; the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train, Breakfast is Continental and served in the cabin. is the ideal place for photography. For memories traditional city of Kuala Lumpur. Experts meet Explore delightful Vientiane. At phimai discover tour the town of Lampang - wild-west style in a sister to Europe’s Venice Simplon-Orient- As the pianist gently plays, sip a cocktail whilst of the Eastern & Oriental Express train visit the guests at each destination bringing it to life. the impressive Angkor-style Khmer Temples. traditional pony trap. Watch Silk weavers and Express, recreates the golden age of travel watching local entertainment. The Bar is open Boutique for exclusive gifts and mementoes. Learn the secrets of Thai cooking; paddle a Visit the vineyards of the scenic Khao Yai hills walk the paddy fields with the farmers. This is taking guests to some of the most beautiful throughout the day and late into the night. The dugout – talk with the elephants! and sample the "new" latitude wines. the real Thailand. locations in the world: Thailand, Laos, cabins with their cherry wood and elm burr ‘Indus Experiences’ has chosen three, of the Singapore and Malaysia. Relax aboard paneling are elegant and well-appointed; each Eastern & Oriental Express Chronicles of watching the amazing scenery slip by; take is fully air conditioned with en suite facilities South-East Asia tours, to explore the highlights excursions to explore golden Temples and and has a large picture window. International and hidden backwaters of this beautiful region. ancient towns. It is an unforgettable and sockets, safe and hairdryer are provided. Relax in the luxurious trains and take delightful fascinating experience, enhanced by superb naturally there is 24-hour steward service. excursions to experience the heartbeat of the service from the delightful staff. Guests can choose from presidential suites, lands:- wander around the ancient Khmer State and pullman Cabins. Temples, discover the secrets of wine production For lunch and dinner dine on the finest in a modern vineyard and watch local craftsmen of Eastern and European fare, created by At the end of the train the Observation at work. Expert guides accompany and explain Internationally renowned Chefs using only Car, with its Colonial ambience is perfect the sights and sounds of these journeys of the finest and freshest of ingredients, in one of for watching the world go by. The outdoor discovery.forty-four 020 8901 7320 forty-five
  • 24. epic Thailand with koh samui 15 DAYS Discover a new style of luxury tour on the Eastern & Oriental Express train. Spend a leisurely six nights and seven days experiencing rarely visited sites in northern Thailand, travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai through fascinating, untouched Thai landscapes. Ahead lies pure adventure: a tour to hidden treasures that only a very few foreign visitors observe. In addition, see the modern side of Thailand at a leading- edge ‘new latitude’ vineyard and taste the excellent wines. Explore the amazing diversity of the land: Khmer Temples, remote settlements, culture rich Chiang Mai and the Khao Yai national park. Experts meet guests along the way and bring each of these destinations to life. There’s also an opportunity to participate in a Bai Sii (sacred thread) ceremony, tour the town of Lampang wild-west style in a traditional pony trap, and have a wonderful opportunity to see villagers at work creating traditional crafts. Then relax in the elegance and beauty of the napasai Resort on the gorgeous shores of Koh Samui. London r Bangkok r Eastern & Oriental Express Train: Isan - Bai Sii ceremony r prasat Sikhoraphum r phanom Rung r Chiang Mai r Lampang r Khao Yai national park r Gran Monte Vineyard r Koh Samui r Bangkok r London Day 1. To Bangkok Morning depart from London Heathrow on direct Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. Day 2. Bangkok Arrive Bangkok. Met on arrival then transfer to the hotel. Two nights Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Day 3. Thonburi Klongs, Grand palace Tour and Lunch After breakfast, discover the fascinating canals (Klongs) of Bangkok with their colour, vivacity and exotic aromas! Visit the Grand palace and see the Emerald Buddha. Lunch at a local restaurant. Day 4. Eastern & Oriental Express Journey Board the gleaming green carriages of the Eastern & Oriental Express. Greeted by stewards in immaculate Thai uniforms on arrival. Later, in the Bar Car there will be a welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Train Manager. Relax over dinner. A pianist tinkles the ivories playing nostalgic melodies in the Bar Car. Overnight train. Day 5. Isan - Village Life, Bai Sii ceremony and prasat Sikhoraphum Excursion to a traditional Isan village. Visits in the village include the local Temple, school, watch women weaving "matmee" cloth (silk elephant camp. 2. Tour one of Chiang Mais Day 9. Khao Yai national park and Gran Day 11 – 14. At Leisure or cotton) or bamboo mats on home looms most revered Buddhist Temples. 3. Spend the Monte Vineyard Set in a grove of cashew trees, napasai is a true and learn about the complex system of rice afternoon shopping at some of the citys best Early morning excursion to Khao Yai national Orient-Express paradise on the north coast cultivation. Also participate in the Bai Sii (sacred boutiques: Chiang Mai is renowned for its park, Thailand’s oldest reserve. A naturalist of Thailand’s Koh Samui. nestling besides thread) ceremony performed by the village crafts. All excursions include a memorable will explain the habitats and wildlife. Take a a beautiful sandy beach with a backdrop of elders. Return to the train for lunch. Lanna-style lunch. fascinating hike along one of the parks leafy lush tropical gardens and turquoise seas. Life Late afternoon visit prasat Sikhoraphum, a walking trails for a close up view of unique is as quiet or as lively as you desire, dip in the beautifully restored 12th C. Khmer Temple. Day 8. Lampang plants and flowers. glorious crystal clear waters, relax in the spa or Sunset cocktail reception. Return to train. After breakfast arrive in Lampang, another simply……. do nothing. northern Thai city rich in history and culture. Continue the tour by coach to the celebrated Day 6. phanom Rung and Village visit, Explore the city in its trademark pony carriages. Monte Vineyard. Gran Monte bottles its Day 15. To London via Bangkok Morning excursion to phanom Rung, a majestic These delightful carts originally were imported own wine under the direction of Thailand’s Morning transfer to the airport to board Thai and highly revered 12th C. Khmer Temple. Visit from England for use by Thai nobility in Bangkok, first female oenologist, Ms. nikki Visootha Airways flight back to London via Bangkok. a nearby village famous for its silk weavers. but, with the introduction of the automobile, Lohitnavy. The tour includes a leisurely lunch, were sent to the provinces. The leisurely wine tasting and a walk through the vineyard. Day 7. Chiang Mai – choice of excursions with carriage ride concludes at Ban Sao nak (House Return to Eastern & Oriental Express in the late Lanna style lunch of Many pillars). Built in 1895 on 116 pillars it afternoon. Evening “farewell” cocktail party. Today discover the northern province of is now a museum. After touring the house and Dinner. Overnight on train. Chiang Mai, the ancient Lanna Kingdom. gardens take morning tea on the lawn before This fascinating region pre-dates the Siamese returning to the Eastern & Oriental Express. Day 10. To Koh Samui via Bangkok settlements further south, including Sukhothai Lunch on board. Dinner. Overnight on train. Morning arrival in Bangkok. Transfer to and Bangkok by several hundred years. There airport for flight to Koh Samui. Five nights are three tours to choose from: 1.Visit a working napasai Resort.forty-six 020 8901 7320 forty-seven
  • 25. hotels orient express hotels four seasons unashamed luxury, elegance, style and a penchant for the most beautiful and unique settings in the world, is the For over 50 years the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have been renowned for their impeccably high standards. hallmark of the exclusive Orient Express hotels. Guests who expect the best stay at the Orient Hotels. Transforming the hospitality industry with their determination to maintain the highest traditional standards; and carefully ensuring their contemporary guests lack none of the modern essentials whilst away from home. THE GOVERnORS RESIDEnCE LA RESIDEnCE pHu VAO FOuR SEASOnS TEnTED CAMp FOuR SEASOnS HOTEL BAnGKOK Yangon, Burma Luang Prabang, Laos GOLDEn TRIAnGLE Bangkok, Thailand Chiang Rai, Thailand Dating from the 1920’s the romantic, Colonial-style mansion, conjures up Bougainvillea, palms and frangipani surround this hilltop hotel with its calm Taste the richness of the city, from night-life to ancient temples, from chic a bygone era with teak furniture and cooling fans. The rooms and suites and tranquil ambience. The suites are quietly elegant with rich rosewood With only 15 luxurious tented accommodations, enjoy an escape shared by designer shops to busy markets – all from the unparalleled base of Four are stylishly elegant with tropical cottons and silks abounding. Dining is furniture and crisp linen sheets. Delicious Laotian and Continental menus a select few. Amid Thailand’s exotic bamboo jungles, reached only by river Seasons, with its sophisticated accommodations and gracious hospitality in important here with Myanmar delicacies and International flavours. Relax tempt the palate. The relaxed cocktail bar overlooks the gorgeous pool. boat, experience an all-inclusive two- or three-night adventure. Learn to be a the heart of Bangkoks bustling core. in the Kipling Bar. Try a soothing treatment in the Spa. Learn to cook or At the Spa discover traditional Lao treatments. Take a class and learn the mahout then relax and sip drinks in the riverside stilt-top bar. cool down in the pool. secrets of Lao cuisine. THE nApASAI LA RESIDEnCE D’AnGKOR FOuR SEASOnS RESORT CHIAnG MAI FOuR SEASOnS RESORT KOH SAMuI Koh Samui, Thailand Siem Reap, Cambodia Chiang Mai, Thailand Koh Samui, Thailand This secluded hideaway nestles beside a beautiful sandy beach in lush Built in traditional Khmer style, nestled on the banks of the tree lined river, Retreat to the serene Mae Rim Valley, minutes from the artistic and cultural Experience an away-from-it-all hillside resort on the Gulf of Siam. Relax in tropical gardens. The villa and villa suites are relaxed but unashamedly the hotel is a haven of calm. The rooms and suites are a delight - furnished heritage of Thailands northern capital. Overlooking terraced rice fields a spacious Thai villa surrounded by tropical gardens, coconut groves and elegant - decorated with rich fabrics and teak furniture. Dining is a delicious in traditional style with silk and cotton fabrics. Contemporary Khymer and and mountains, the Resort’s spacious Lanna-style pavilions are perfect for the amphitheatre of sky, sea and islands. unwind in the forest spa. Dine experience from zingy Thai to French seafood chic! Sip a cocktail and watch exciting International flavours sit alongside BBQ fare, tapas and light meals relaxing. The wonderful activities of the resort include the Thai cooking on a hill crest or beach side. Swim in the private bay and explore a pristine the sun set.....The Spa is unparalleled for restoring the body – and the pool in the bars. Indulge in the superb Spa or relax in the pool. school and the acclaimed spa. world of beaches, reefs, rain forest and sunshine. – simply divine.forty-eight 020 8901 7320 forty-nine
  • 26. hotels anantara hotels aman The Anantara Hotels are unique: simply beautiful and set in amazing locations. Each is totally spellbinding and offer Small and intimate is the key to the success of the Aman Hotels - a response to a hectic contemporary lifestyle – and guests a truly relaxing experience: from being pampered in the sybaritic Spas to lazing by the gorgeous pool – unless you offering just that little bit extra to leave the guest with an exceptional experience. Great care is taken when choosing want to work out in the gym, go scuba diving, deep sea fishing, learn to cook, sail, become a mixologist or Mahout! the locations of the properties - every detail considered- to make you want to return again and again AnAnTARA GOLDEn TRIAnGLE RESORT AnAnTARA AMAnTAKA AMAnpuRI Chiang Rai, Thailand Phuket, Thailand Luang Prabang, Laos Phuket, Thailand perched on a ridge top overlooking Laos and Myanmar, the resort spells nestling on the shore of a breathtakingly beautiful lagoon, with a beach peace and tranquilly fills the air at this timeless luxury property. Retaining Overlooking the Andaman Sea the luxurious resort reflects pure Thai total enchantment. The rooms and suites are light, spacious and furnished bounded by palms and the air filled with jasmine, the exclusive Villa’s all the grandeur of the original buildings the beautiful suites – many with elegance. The private beach is a tropical dream. The exquisite pavilions are with Lanna silks and Tribal cottons. Thai, Italian and International cuisine have a plunge pool and terrazzo tub – for two! Dine on gourmet flavours of pools- are a symphony of understated elegance. Authentic Lao and French- beautifully furnished - many have ocean views and private pools. Inspired tempt the palate. Snack on the Opium Terrace or Elephant Bar. Luxuriate in Thailand’s, seafood, pasta and beach BBQ’s. Cocktail bar. unwind in the influenced cuisine tempt the palate; next to the wonderful inviting pool at Thai and International flavours delight the palate, and in high season taste the Spa; work out in the fitness centre. Learn to be a Mahout at the amazing Spa, learn to cook, check out the water sport. the pool Terrace taste delicious light meals and relax in the Lounge Bar. The French kaiseki fare. Awaken the senses in the Spa, swim in the pool, learn to Elephant camp. Spa is sheer bliss. scuba dive, cruise the ocean or simply relax! AMAnSARA Siem Reap, Cambodia A classical sixties creation, once the former AnAnTARA BO pHuT RESORT AnAnTARA LAWAnA guesthouse of King Sihanouk, the property Koh Samui, Thailand Koh Samui, Thailand nestles in a garden compound. The low rise suites and pool suites are designed with flair – Tranquil sands, tempting waters and tropical magic set the scene for the A few steps from the beach the luxuriant foliage hides beautiful rooms and each restful and chic. beautiful resort. pool villas, suites and guestrooms are stylish with unique villas – some with private plunge pools – Chinese inspired detail adds a The spectacular dining room serves traditional Thai artwork, ambience and the signature terrazzo tubs - large enough for charming air to the elegant property. Dine in a Treehouse restaurant, taste Khymer and Western cuisines. Sip a drink on the two. Culinary delights include Thai, Italian, seafood and private gourmet the flavours of Thailand, snack in the laid back pool Bar or Dine by Design. Roof Terrace. Try Cambodian massages at the BBQ’s. Relaxed Eclipse Bar. Wonderful massages at the Spa. Water sports, Feel the serenity of the Spa. Water sports, deep sea fishing, diving. Cookery Spa or swim in the delightful curved pool. diving, infinity pool, Kids Club. classes.fifty 020 8901 7320 fifty-one
  • 27. hotels raffles hotels six senses From their roots in Singapore, the Raffles Hotels have grown to become one of the leading luxury international Six Senses is a resort and spa management and development company under the brand names of Soneva by hotel companies. Each hotel or resort, has a special ambience: an individual personality, a story, a sense of time Six Senses, Six Senses Hideaway, Six Senses Latitude, Evason, Six Senses Spas and Six Senses Destination and place. However, each is bound together; fulfilling the original Raffles tradition of delivering thoughtful, Spas. The core of the groups philosophy is “To create innovative and enlightening experiences that personal and discreet service to all guests. rejuvenate our guests’ a love of SLOW LIFE. THE RAFFLES GRAnD HOTEL D’ AnGKOR Siem Reap, Cambodia The graceful Colonial hotel has a genteel THE SIx SEnSES HIDEAWAY SIx SEnSES elegance and relaxed ambience. Cool and Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam Con Dao, Vietnam inviting after a day’s sightseeing. The excellent range of guest rooms, suites and cabanas are Conceived as a traditional Vietnamese village the gorgeous Hideaway A mile of sandy beach, sheltered by the green forested hills behind, cradles all beautifully and tastefully furnished. Dine on clings dramatically to the remote coastline – accessible only by boat. the stunning resort built from sustainable sources. Each villa with its infinity wonderful Royal Khmer and pan Asian cuisine. uncompromised luxury is the key to the pool villas. Food choices are pool is simply elegant: light and cool. Taste authentic Vietnamese cooking, Don’t miss the delicious high teas - relax in the excellent with an ‘East meets West’ theme – dining locations are pure magic! fresh seafood or Asian fusion – all delicious. At the Spa try the therapeutic Elephant bar. Be tempted by a Khymer massage Sip drinks in the Wine cave. The Spa is truly exceptional. Dive, swim, fish signature treatments. Learn to cook, sail, dive, go fishing or just chill out. at the Spa. Dip into the stylish pool. and sail in the magnificent waters. RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL Phnom Penh, Cambodia An inspired blend of Khmer and French colonial SIx SEnSES HIDEAWAY SOnEVA KIRI BY SIx SEnSES architecture lends a delightful charm to this Yao Noi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Thailand Koh Kood, Thailand world class hotel. The guest rooms and suites are elegant yet comfortable, classic yet casual. Spectacular views over the curiously beautiful sugar-loaf islands in the Arrive in the hotels private plane, take a boat ride to the resort; climb Five restaurants and bars offer traditional bay sets the eclectic tone for the resort. Stunning infinity pool villas are aboard your personal buggy and drive to your beautifully furnished pool French, Khmer and International cuisines In the quietly chic and so relaxing. Dining options abound and include Italian, villa. Dining options are delicious from creative Thai and Mediterranean famous Elephant Bar indulge in a Million Dollar Thai, Tandoori and world flavours. The bars are inviting and there’s a well- flavours to gourmet snacks and fine dining. Idyllic bars offer a superb Cocktail. Relax in the luxurious Raffles Spa or stocked wine cellar. no visit is complete without a reviving Spa treatment. selection. unwind the body in the sensuous Spa. Dive, stargaze or take a unwind in the pool. Fun kids pool Simply relax and enjoy. cooking class. .fifty-two 020 8901 7320 fifty-three
  • 28. hotels ghm hotels mandarin GHM resorts and hotels are unique – each is one of a kind - with individual concepts and design, providing oriental guests with a distinctive, unrivalled lifestyle experience. The signature of the hotels is best defined as Asian inspired with intimate touches blending individual concepts and design elements. The Mandarin Oriental luxury brand is a family of individual hotels and resorts, each with their own distinct personality- inextricably linked by their exotic Oriental roots. The core value of the group is to provide a service that is both gracious, sincere and steeped in the values of the Orient. MAnDARIn ORIEnTAL Bangkok, Thailand THE STRAnD THE CHEDI Skilfully blending contemporary luxury with its Yangon, Burma Chiang Mai, Thailand impeccable lineage the Mandarin is one of the world’s legendary hotel. Celebrated personalities The stately Victorian building is one of Yangon’s iconic landmarks. Teak The Chedi, on the banks of the Mae ping River is an elegant understated grace it portals. Rooms and suites – some with floors, chandeliers and a private art collection grace the luxury hotel. retreat, stylishly designed with a contemporary Asian air. Chic rooms and wonderful themes - are delightfully furnished in The guest suites are elegant in soft muted shades with well appointed suites with private courtyards, open balconies have delightful views. Be a variety of Colonial and Thai inspired styles. bathrooms. Take afternoon tea, dine in the Strand Grill, relax in the Café or tempted by Thai, pacific Rim and innovative Asian cuisine. For ultimate nine dining venues offer an unrivalled selection famous Strand Bar. Indulge in the delightful Spa or play golf close by. pleasure visit the serene Spa for perfect revitalisation, unwind in the pool. of delectable dishes, and scrumptious light snacks and refreshment in the relaxed bars. The Oriental Spa is simply ‘the best’. Acclaimed cookery school. THE nAM HAI RESORT MAnDARIn ORIEnTAL Hoi An, Vietnam DHARA DHEVI Chang Mai, Thailand Sprawling in 35 hectares with a magnificent beach frontage the property is one of the top Spread over 60 acres of natural landscapes the luxury resorts in the world. Here everything Mandarin is a self contained world of unashamed harmonizes with nature. The delightful luxury and relaxation. It’s a cultural experience villas and pool villas, in muted shades, are celebrating Lanna architecture and northern unashamedly luxurious. Gourmet dining on Thai antiques. The suites and villas are splendidly fresh seafood and tastes of International and appointed, some with plunge pools. Dining is a Vietnam dishes. Be pampered in the indulgent feast of flavours from exotic Thai to American Spa, swim in one of three pools. breakfasts. Sip exotic cocktails in the delightful bars. Totally relax at the outstanding Spa, cool down in the soothing pools.fifty-four 020 8901 7320 fifty-five
  • 29. h o t e l s relais & chateaux hotels song saa Established over half a century ago, the Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and In Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. Known locally restaurateurs who have set the standard for excellence in hospitality: whilst emphasising holistic experiences to take as Song Saa – Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’ – the name conjures a picture of quiet harmony and sweet guests on a sensual journey by introducing them to a deeper understanding of the Art of Living. romance gently wrapped in pure bliss and heaven. SATRI HOuSE HERITAGE SuITES Luang Prabang, Laos Siem Reap, Cambodia Once the residence of prince Souphanouvong, the exquisite Colonial villa Close to the river the stylish boutique hotel is an oasis of calm, blending is a study in refined taste and elegance inspired by Lao culture and set in naturally into the lovely surroundings. Contemporary Khmer, Asian and relaxed grounds. Glorious four poster beds grace the classically elegant Art Deco flair inspire the stylish guestrooms and suites. Be tempted by rooms and suites. Each has a rain shower. Sample delicious Lao and Cambodian and Western delights in The Lantern Restaurant or cocktails Western cuisine. Indulge in the gorgeous Spa or swim in the beautiful pool. and snacks in the Lobby Bar. Indulge in the intimate luxurious Spa and relaxing pool. SOnG SAA Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia Song Saa private Island, is a perfect romantic hideaway just a 30 minute The dining concept is delicious – drawing its inspiration directly from the boat journey from Sihanoukville or an hour’s flight from Siem Reap – which surrounding environment, and using sustainably produced local ingredients in turn is serviced with direct flights from many major International airports wherever possible; celebrating the natural gifts of the islands in a delectable including Singapore and Bangkok. fusion of traditional Khmer, regional and Western styles. The chef will cook for you in the intimacy of your own villa for that special occasion. This alluring new resort was conceived with pure relaxation and indulgence in mind, where guests can become one with the beauty of these untouched islands. Enjoy a massage or full pamper package in the Song Saa Sanctuary, which Everything created has been built with the deepest respect for the natural is spectacularly positioned in the rainforest and along the waters edge. environment, ensuring minimal impact on this pristine tropical paradise. Cool down in the gorgeous infinity pool. Explore the islands protected reefs or comb the white sand beaches for shells. The unobstructed sky make it EuGEnIA THE RACHAMAnKHA Accommodation consists of luxury overwater, jungle and beach villas, built perfect for stargazing. Do yoga at sunrise or get married in paradise! Bangkok, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand with sustainable materials wherever possible, and furnished with a refined grace and style that is gentle and pleasing to the eye. The Islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters, which provide a haven The late 19th century Colonial style house offers the elegance of yesteryear Set in 2 acres of lovely grounds, in the centre of Chiang Mai, the inspired for marine life. Above all the resort prides itself on its mission of marine with impeccable service. The guest suites are filled with antique furniture architecture pays homage to the town’s golden age, the Lanna period. The views from the villas are spectacular, with guests able to enjoy surreal conservation, safeguarding the islands’ reefs and marine life including and delightful soft furnishings. At D.B. Bradley dine on cross-cultural Sensitively furnished with Chinese antiques and Lanna artwork the suites sunsets and soft blissful dawns from their own balconies or terraces. The dugongs, seahorses and exotic species of tropical fish. delights, or at The Admiral Zheng He Lounge indulge in delicious light and rooms are elegant and refined. 2 dining venues offer distinctive Royal Villa has its own private jetty. meals, afternoon teas and a scrumptious tapas menu to accompany drinks. specialty regional dishes, International fare and light snacks. Excellent wine Relax in the lovely swimming pool. list. Delightful pool Spa and private pool.fifty-six 020 8901 7320 fifty-seven
  • 30. hotels vietnam hotels vietnam SOFITEL METROpOLE MOVEnpICK HOTEL HOTEL DE LA OpERA AnA MAnDARA VILLAS LA RESIDEnCE HOTEL pILGRIMAGE VILLAGE H O T E L Hanoi Hanoi Hanoi Dalat & S p A Hue Hue The charming French colonial hotel boasts a Located in the heart of Hanoi’s business Set in the historic quarter of the city this unique In the central highlands of Vietnam, this unique The charming Art Deco boutique hotel has The charm of this unique Vietnamese property is tradition of hospitality and elegance. All suites district, the Colonial facade complements hotel recreates the ambience of an evening at property consists of seventeen French colonial glorious river view rooms and suites reflecting its rustic village ambience balancing the natural and bedrooms are superbly appointed with the elegant interior decorated with a crisp the Opera. Lavish silks, polished wooden floors villas, with luxury rooms and modern amenities the comfort and atmosphere of a classic environment with modern necessities. The sophisticated grandeur in the Metropole Wing and clean contemporary feel. Suites and rooms and flamboyant furnishings abound. Dine in the - still with a hint of their 1920’s charm. Dine colonial villa. Taste is the key to the cuisine pool houses, bungalows and villas are cool and a chic neo-classical ambience in the Opera Wing. are furnished to a very high standard with all sophisticated Satine or the laid back Lautrec. upon mouth watering Vietnamese and fusion with wonderful Vietnamese and International inviting. Try tempting Vietnamese fusion food Sample delicious Thai, French and Italian cuisine. modern conveniences. Dine at Mangosteen with While away the night at La Fée Verte. Indulge cuisine and taste fine wines and cocktails in the flavours. Relax in the elegant Le Gouverneur or the tastes of old Hue in the dining venues; Relax in Le Club Bar and the lively Met pub. Be its all day buffet or sip cocktails in Lounge 83. in a massage or sauna in the Spa and relax by delightful bars. La Cochinchine Spa is perfect Bar. Spoil yourself in the luxury Spa, do laps in unwind in the peanut or Candle Bars. The pampered in the lavish Spa, or dip in the pool. For unwinding visit the Wellness Studio or work the pool. for revitalisation. Relax by the pool or book a the huge pool or work out in the gym. Verdana Spa soothes, swim or work out in the out in the Kinetic Gym. cookery class. fitness centre. An LAM SAIGOn RIVER THE pARK HYATT HOTEL MAJESTIC VEnDAnA LAGOOn FuSIOn MAIA In LIFE HERITAGE RESORT Saigon Saigon Saigon Hoi An D A n A n G Hoi An Hoi An peaceful and pure: An Lam Saigon River is a Cool elegance is the signature here with an A delightful French Colonial hotel capturing nestled on the shore of a peaceful and serene Located on My Khe Beach the resort is With its tranquil riverside setting the resort captivating luxury lifestyle boutique hotel - an impeccable combination of personalised service true old world charm. The rooms and suites lagoon, life slowdowns here - relaxation is Asia’s first all-inclusive spa. All pool suites, reflects an East Asian and European style. elegant fusion of its own contemporary identity and style. Guestrooms and suites are classically are beautifully furnished and have colonial inevitable. All the villas and bungalows are cool Spa villas and Beach villas have a personal Guest rooms have marvellous views of the river and elegant Vietnamese touches offering furnished in muted shades and mellow wood style bathrooms! Cyclo cafe offers tempting and chic – some on stilts over the water. The pool and superb modern facilities. There’s or gardens and are light, airy and beautifully extraordinary views of the Saigon River. private with all modern amenities. Dine in stylish Vietnamese cuisine, try Serenade for an houseboats are pure heaven. Dine on the freshest a contemporary stylish ambience - yet the furnished. Tastes of Vietnam, Japan and Europe dining in beautiful locations within the grounds restaurants on delicious Vietnamese and Italian international menu. Breeze Skybar is an all day of fish and savour the finest of Vietnamese architecture is inspired by old Hue. Dine on tempt diners. Sip coffee in Cafe Vienna or relax or in the privacy of your own villa. unwind in cuisine. Sip a cool drink in the bars or visit the diner and M Bar the night place to hang out. Be cuisine. unwind in the Cape Bar. Indulge your pan-Asian cuisine, light meals at the pool bar in the Amsterdam or Heritage bars. The Spa is a the rejuvenating spa with exclusive treatments. superb award winning xuan Spa, gym or plunge pampered in the spa and cool down in the pool. senses at the Verdana Spa. or tapas in the Lounge bar. Experience true haven for unwinding. Delightful pool. into the delightful pool. pampering in the Spa. An LAM nInH VAn BAY EVASOn AnA MAnDARA DALAT pALACE THE pRInCESS DAnnAM LA VERAnDA RESORT & VICTORIA SApA HOTEL Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang Dalat Pha Thiet S p A Phu Quoc Island. Sapa picturesque, pristine and off the beaten path, Located on a glorious beach the resort resembles Overlooking picturesque xuan Huong Lake Elegant modernist style and post-colonial With an ambiance of a seaside colonial mansion A delightful mountain resort with stone hearths, ninh Van Bay is a hidden paradise waiting to be a Vietnamese village. The cool chic villas and the hotel, with its distinctive architecture, was a ambiance, blended with traditional Chinese and combined with the necessities of a modern blending perfectly into the natural surroundings. discovered. The gorgeous Villas offer the ultimate rooms are superbly appointed with beach favourite destination for the French colonialists. Vietnamese sensibility makes staying at the resort lifestyle, the luxurious resort is utterly laid back. The cosy rooms have Vietnamese panache with indulgence of luxury lifestyle with serenity, peace, or tropical garden views. Dining options are The rooms and suites are delightfully furnished a true sensual experience. The lavish villas with Gorgeous four poster beds with crisp white linen local decorations and modern facilities. At Ta excellent food and superb service. A stunning wonderful from fusion food to Vietnamese with silk draping, lavish bedding and cast iron state of the art electronics surround the four sheets grace the chic guestrooms. Seafood at Van dine on Asian and International fare. Sit by mountain green backdrop caresses the resort, delights and beach buffets. Relax in the many bathtubs. Culinary experiences include nouveau pools. Dine al fresco, indulge in refined French La Veranda or private candlelit dinners tempt the fire in the cool of the evening at Ta Fin bar. bounded by the crystal waters of the azure sea bars. perfect for children and adults. numerous French Cuisine and Vietnamese delicacies – and cuisine or Vietnamese delicacies accompanied the palate. Restore the body at the delightful Luxuriate in the delightful Spa. Indoor heated and stunning white beach. water activites, pools and diving. The Evason of course to imbibe fine wines. Be soothed at by fine wines. Mellow in the Aquamarine Spa. Spa, dive, snorkel or beach comb on the golden pool and fitness centre. Kids Club play area. Spa is a sublime experience. L’Aquitaine Spa and work out in Hermes gym. Scuba dive, fish, go mountain biking. sands.fifty-eight 020 8901 7320 fifty-nine
  • 31. hotels cambodia hotels laos SOFITEL pHnOM pEnH THE pAVILIOn HOTEL DE LA pAIx THE MAISOn VILLA MALY HOTEL DE LA pAIx p H O K E E T H R A Phnom Penh Phnom Penh Siem Reap SOuVAnnApHOuM Luang Prabang Luang Prabang Luang Prabang The 12 storey colonial style hotel, located in In the historical centre of phnom penh, the The chic interiors and contemporary furnishings With the ambience of a private villa, the hotel, The new, centrally located Hotel offers just the capital’s Old Quarter, sets the standard hotel, with its Khmer and French Colonial harmonise together - balancing modern design The hotel, once a Royal residence, now combines once a noble residence set amid tranquil gardens, 23 luxurious suites all with private gardens, for luxury living in phnom penh. All 201 architectural style was thought to have been built and traditional elements. The hotel offers historical splendour with contemporary style exudes colonial magic. The 33 charming rooms, a pavilion or pool. Traditional Lao design guestrooms, effortlessly blending traditional for Queen Kossamak. The lovely rooms and outstanding levels of luxury and world-class offering the best in comfort and service. The with four-poster beds and ‘rain’ showers blends effortlessly with modern conveniences. and contemporary style, have uninterrupted garden bungalows are crisp and fresh in design. facilities. The 107 guest rooms have hardwood suites are elegant and opulent; the Garden Wing are scattered amongst 5 low rise buildings. Courtyards are a pleasure of pools and river views. Chic bars and restaurants including Dining is eclectic in the nearby hotel restaurant floors, rich textiles and a terrazzo soaking rooms evoke a bygone age. Dine decadently at Continental favourites are served in Le Café, landscaped gardens. Taste the delights of the La Coupole for French flair and Hachi for whilst natural and organic at the onsite naturae. tub. Dining includes a Khymer menu and the Elephant Blanc Restaurant or in the privacy drinks are available at Le Bar. Relax with a cuisine - learn to cook in the school – relax in sophisticated Japanese. Relaxation is the key here. Sybaritic spa and gorgeous pool. Mediterranean tastes. The Indochine Spa revitalizes of your room. Relax at the signature Angsana massage at Le Salon or lazy by the pool. the cocktail bar. unwind in the Spa or bathe in Indulge in the wonderful Spa - dip in the pool. whilst the Khymer inspired pool refreshes. Spa or laze by the pool. the pool VICTORIA AnGKOR HAnuMAnALAYA 4 RIVERS FLOATInG SHAnGRI LAO CLASSIC THE SETTHA pALACE’S AnSARA HOTEL R E S O R T & S p A Siem Reap Siem Reap L O D G E Koh Kong ExpLORER LuxuRY Vientiane Vientiane ELEpHAnT CAMp Inspired by 20th C. Colonial explorer themes, A delightful small property full of character On a bend, of the Tatai River, surrounded Luang Prabang painstakingly restored, the hotel, centrally This small boutique hotel, in the heart of it delightfully blends Khmer cultural and the with an upmarket guest atmosphere. Set around by dense, lush vegetation at the foot of the located in a side street, is the epitome of French Vientiane exudes elegance and charm, and offers nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the a charming pool the en suite rooms are relaxed Cardamom Mountains, the boutique Lodge is an On the banks of the nam Khan River, sleep in colonial chic. The 43 rooms and suites, with personalised attention. Rooms are decorated in French art de vivre. The lovely bedrooms have - decorated with dark woods and deep reds. environmentally friendly property with a jungle delightful four-poster beds and relax in a bathtub all comforts of a luxurious hotel, are elegantly traditional Lao and contemporary Asian style beautiful hardwood floors and stylish furniture. Communal areas are light and bright. Situated ambience. The twelve tented floating lodge is a or whirlpool bath. A spa pool and Jacuzzi add to appointed with four-poster beds and marble with silk headboards and rattan furnishings. Le Bistro Restaurant serves French cuisine and just outside the centre of Siem Reap, it’s only a truly unique accommodation experience; each tent the experience. The dining is excellent. However bathtubs. La Belle Epoch features classic French Suites have a Jacuzzi. Dine at La Signature for LEscale superb International fare. unwind at short tuk-tuk ride to the popular shopping and is well furnished and eye-catchingly decorated. the main attraction is learning to be a Mahout, cuisine and the Sidewalk Café blends Local and International cuisine or The Terrace Lounge for the Le Lotus Blanc with an open-air healing entertainment district. Dine on Western and Southeast Asian fare feeding, trekking and coming up close and very International delicacies. The landscaped grounds a light meal. pop into the Lobby Bar or Ansara massage or the Jacuzzi by the poolside. complement by a fine selection of wines and spirits. personal with these amazing animals! shelter a beautiful swimming pool. Cocktail lounge. TERRES ROuGES LODGE KnAI BAn CHATT SAMBOR VILLAGE GREEn pARK BOuTIQuE LA FOLIE LODGE MuAnG LA RESORT Ratnakiri Kep Kampong Thom H O T E L Vientiane Champassak Muang La Off the beaten track, the Lodge, set in charming Originally 3 villas, the exclusive small hotel Set in lush, fragrant gardens the lovely boutique The hotel captures the delightful, timeless Surrounded by lush gardens on the tiny Don With only four wooden villas and ten bedrooms gardens, is an excellent retreat. It’s elegant - yet is perfect for unwinding. Calmness pervades hotel is ideally located on the river bank of Loa style blended with contemporary Loas Daeng Island, in the middle of the Mekong built in a traditional style, the resort, surrounded totally relaxed. Wide veranda’s are perfect for the air. Dine in the Sailing Club, a former the Stung Seng River. Dine on the wooden architecture: elegantly combined with interiors River, the lodge, is a charming property. The by tropical gardens is perfect for relaxation and simply sitting and enjoying the view.The rooms fisherman’s house or relax with a sun downer house terrace on cuisine cooked for freshness designed with touches of the contemporary and 24 semi detached wooden bungalows are peace. The spa, with its magnificent mountain and suites, creativly designed using Chinese on the terrace. Chill out in the cool bedrooms and flavour. Relax with fresh fruit juices or tradition. The 34 rooms are creatively styled designed in traditional Lao style with rosewood and river views, is enhanced by a natural hot and Khymer influences, are delightful. Try and be pampered in the Spa. The infinity pool exotic cocktails in the poolside bar. Rooms, in and totally relaxing, each has views of either the furnishings. By the poolside the restaurant offers spring. Discover the delights of the largely local specialities, Khymer, French and Chinese has amazing sea views. Hire a Hobie cat or bungalows set in the grounds, are simply but garden or lovely swimming pool. Dine on Local Continental and Lao specialties in its open-aired unknown cuisine of Laos and modern fare fused cuisine. The bar is well stocked. unwind in the speedboat. elegantly furnished in Khymer style. or International cuisine. unwind in the spa or ambience. The bar has a large range of wines with highlights Asian influences. lovley Spa or swim work out in the fitness centre. and cocktailssixty 020 8901 7320 sixty-one
  • 32. hotels thailand hotels burma THE pEnInSuLA SuKHOTHAI SuKHOTHAI HERITAGE THE SAVOY TRADERS HOTEL KAnDAWGYI pALACE Bangkok Bangkok H O T E L Sukhothai Yangon Yangon Yangon Skilfully weaving Thai hospitality with The hotel in the heart of Bangkok is one of Surrounded by rice fields and architecturally A luxurious, charming hotel transporting you Sitting in the heart of Yangon’s economic and Set on the picturesque banks of the Kandawgyi timeless elegance, the peninsula Bangkok is an Thailands most luxurious hotel experiences. reflecting the ancient capital, the 68 guest rooms back to the days of Hemmingway – but with shopping district, the Shangri –La hotel groups Lake, the Kandawgyi palace bedrooms are outstanding city hotel. The 370 bedrooms and Decor in guest rooms is simply sumptuous - are delightful with crisp white linen sheets, Thai modern amenities. Beautifully furnished with 22 story hotel is located close to Yangon’s key generously proportioned, with simple but suites are luxuriously appointed with Thai silk blending dark hardwoods and soft fabrics. Taste silks and modern amenities. Dining focuses on Burmese antiques, polished teak and crisp attractions including Bogyoke Aung San Market, graceful furnishings and en suite facilities. Dine upholstery and a swathe of polished wood. the best of Thai and International cuisines in traditional Sukhothai cuisine region with Thai white linen sheets. Dine in style in the Kipling Chinatown and Sule pagoda. Top dining options on a variety of culinary styles and relax in the Dine on classical Cantonese, Mediterranean or one of the seven restaurants. Drop by the coffee and International favourites. There’s regular Restaurant, the Italian Rossini’s or Cafe Yangon including International, Chinese and Burmese pleasant bar. Swim in the tiered pool, relax Thai specialities; sip cocktails at sunset; swim in shop or lively bar. Gorgeous infinity pool and themed nights, a relaxing bar, two outdoor for afternoon tea. Sip a cool drink in the specialities. All the modern bedrooms have in the Terrace Bar or walk in the delightful the unique 3 tiered pool and be pampered at the health club. For ultimate relaxation visit the Spa pools, massages are available and, in season, Captains Bar. A delightful swimming pool and excellent views over Yangon. gardens. heavenly peninsula Spa by ESpA. Botanica. help plant rice at the propertys organic farm! reading room compliment the property. RIVER KWAI RESOTEL pIMALAI RESORT & SpA RAYAVADEE MAnDALAY HILL RESORT THIRIpYITSAYA AuREuM pALACE HOTEL Kanchanaburi Koh Lanta, Krabi Krabi Mandalay S A n C T u A R Y R E S O R T Bagan & R E S O R T Bagan On the banks of the legendary Kwai River the nestling amidst 100 acres of the islands tropical With its incomparable location, surrounded by At the foot of Mandalay Hill, facing the majestic Set in 24 acres of delightfully serene gardens nestled in 27 acres of tropical landscaped Resotel is the perfect blend of serenity, adventure, forest and overlooking its pristine beach, the sheer limestone cliffs, the hotel pavilions are set Royal palace, the graceful hotel impeccably the hotel is decorated in Myanmar style with an gardens the hotels villas and deluxe rooms are and comfort. The relaxed air-conditioned resort is classic yet contemporary. polished amidst coconut palms. Some have private pools and blends the rich culture of Mandalay with abundance of wood and local materials. Many tastefully furnished in a luxurious style. The thatched-roof chalets blend with the lush verdant wood and neutral tones reflect refined elegance. all are luxuriously and stylishly furnished blending luxurious modern amenities. Superb dining rooms, with modern amenities, have views of the villas are decorated with antiques. The deluxe scenery – some have Jacuzzis. The jungle-styled Four restaurants and five bars offer excellent into the natural beauty. Secluded beaches and options include International, Burmese and Irrawaddy River. All have individual verandas. room complex is self contained with its own restaurant and bar offer Thai, International choices. Sport options include tennis, a gym, emerald seas makes this an amazing destination. Chinese cuisine. Relax in Kipling’s Bar, work Excellent choice of indoor and outdoor dining pool and restaurants. Relax in the Heros Club. cuisine and refreshing beverages. Delightful free- water-sports and on site pADI diving instructors. Experience sumptuous barbeques, seafood and out with a personal trainer, swim in the venues with innovative International and The nature Spa offers wonderful massages and form swimming pool with children pool. White In 2007 the resort gained the World Travel exquisite Thai dishes. Scuba dive, kayak, island hop delightful pool or play golf at the adjacent 18 Burmese cuisine. poolside bar overlooking the treatments. Workout in the gym or swim in the water raft or trek with elephants. Awards title of Thailands Leading Resort. – be pampered in the sybaritic Spa. hole course. river. Superb pool and sybaritic spa. pool. THE SAROJIn KIRIMAYA GOLF SpA MuTHI MAYA InLE pRInCESS RESORT THE InLE LAKE VIEW AuREuM RESORT & SpA Khao Lak R E S O R T Khao Yai Khao Yai Inle Lake R E S O R T Inle Lake Ngpali Beach The Sarojin is an elegant escape in the heart of The 18-hole golf course, designed by Jack The chic, elegant ochre-hued private pool villas Inle princess Resort nestles on the shore of The Inle Lake View Resort is a charming The magnificent scenery of the Bay of Bengal southern Thailand with unrivalled service and nicklaus, is surrounded by gorgeous tropical look out over majestic mountains and forests Lake Inle. 46 traditional chalets are built upon boutique style resort, built on the shores of Inle provides a romantic setting for this elegant luxury, fringing a 11km stretch of secluded forest. The suites and unique tented villas are of the unESCO-protected Khao Yai national stilts in the shallow waters from native woods Lake. The stunning teak architecture blends boutique Resort and Spa. Located on ngapalis beach. The rooms, some with plunge pools are luxurious and elegantly furnished - a fusion of park. At Myth dine on Japanese and Italian and bamboo, each decorated with Burmese seamlessly into the lush green surroundings. 32 famous white-sand beachfront the Resort furnished with a soft modern elegance. Dine in Asian flair. Dine in one of the 4 restaurants on cuisine in your own private space. Listen to live silk textiles. The restaurant serves a variety of beautifully appointed rooms are decorated in offers the ultimate in personal service. Dine on extraordinarily beautiful surroundings on seafood Thai, Japanese or Italian cuisine Cool off in the music. play a round of golf on the championship International, Myanmar and Chinese dishes classic colonial style with unmatched views of wonderful cuisine and relax with outstanding Spa and Mediterranean flavours. Chill out in The pool and indulge at the Maya spa with a Thai course, unwind in the lovely Maya Spa, dip in including local specialities. The Terrace bar, Inle Lake. The indoor/outdoor restaurant serves therapies. Each two roomed cottage, in tropical Cellar, slow down in the unashamedly indulgent massage. Tour a local vineyard. the lap pool or experience a jungle adventure. overlooking the lake, is perfect for relaxing. The an excellent selection of local and International gardens, is surrounded by a private wall and has Spa. Sail, windsurf, beach comb – relax! Spa chalet offers yoga and meditation. cuisine. Relax at the sauna and spa. a Jacuzzi, bathroom and open air shower.sixty-two 020 8901 7320 sixty-three
  • 33. indus gives back Indus’s moral compass is resolutely committed to giving something back to the communities that its tours visit in South-East Asia. We work with selected aid projects on a very transparent and simple platform – that our contributions and efforts should be tangible. Working with our partners in Asia to ensure each Indus supported aid project is, in fact, a vital organisation working for the local people, we will donate £5.00 per person for every booking made to the region. Clients wishing to donate extra monies or items can either get in touch directly with the project or if you wish, Indus would be delighted to assist. Visits to the projects can be arranged (itinerary permitting) whilst on holiday. We are currently supporting the following projects in Indochina, Thailand & Burma: BAn LAO LEE SCHOOL HEART SuRGERY HIV CLInIC FOR Chiang Rai, Thailand HOSpITAL ORpHAnS Siem Reap, Cambodia Ba Vi, Hanoi, Vietnam 100 kilometres from Chiang Rai city, Ban Lao Lee village, in the remote picturesque Vavee The Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), Donations to the HIV Clinic for Orphans in Ba valley, is home to members of Thailand’s supported by ‘Friends Without A Border’, is Vi, Ha Tay province provides support to the Hill Tribe peoples, who survive on a meagre the paediatric department for Siem Reap’s Centre for Labour Education who manage the income gleaned mainly from working on tea provincial Hospital, It also covers neighbouring home. In Vietnam the children, innocents as they plantations. The school with approximately provinces, providing a vital community service. are, bear a stigma of shame for having HIV. 200 pupils, aged from 4-15 years, is of vital The hospital sees roughly 300-400 children per Sadly, all the children at the centre have been importance to educate and give opportunities day and has 50 inpatient beds. All treatment abandoned by their parents who are unable to for the coming generations. Monies donated and inpatient care is provided free of charge as cope. Their ages ranging from virtual new borns are secured by trust type funds set up to sponsor the majority of families are unable to pay even to 16 years. The money is used to improve the children, who show particular promise, or used a modest sum. Monies donated will go towards living conditions of the children - anything from to buy specific items needed – i.e playground specific projects or to pay for a particular antiretroviral treatments to washing machines equipment or books. treatment for a sick child. and fun days out. KALAYWA TAWYA SuAn LuAnG BOARDInG MOnASTERY- SCHOOL Yangon, Myanmar Luang Prabang, Laos Run by the Laos Government, The Suan Luang Kalaywa Monastery is located in the suburbs of Ethnic Boarding High School, with over 600 Yangon. Many orphans and children from poor pupils, mainly from minority tribes, is located families are sent to live in the Monastery, out 25 km south of Luang prabang. unfortunately of necessity, as a novice Monk. Here children, the limited funding does not fully cover the some as young as 6 years old receive the basics running costs. Donations received provide basics of life..... food, shelter and an education. The including bedding and books. Also individual aim of the Monastery is to ensure they become cases are evaluated to grant scholarships to aid well versed in the Buddhist scriptures and to students, who have not received their annual have modern academic tutoring. Due to financial funding. Consequently they have to stop their constraints medical services are limited and studies and stay at home - perhaps midway donations go towards providing medical care; through their school career - until the monies including checkups and medicines. hopefully arrive.sixty-four