Bagan is a totally captivating and truly magical destination, with spiritual architecture and arid, natural landscapes.
Beautiful, in a jaw-dropping kind of way. A must on any tour to Burma. Bagan is home to one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia – probably the world – covering 42 sq kilometres of ruins. It is claimed that at one stage there were over 10,000 temples, pagodas and stupas, of which now just close to 3000 remain intact. That covers 911 temples, 834 stupas or pagodas, 431 brick monastries, 54 ordination halls and 892 still be be excavated!
Of all the Indonesian islands, Bali is the most popular for tourism, and with good reason. Instant culture from the moment you disembark at the temple inspired airport. Incredible scenic contrasts, proud traditions seem to blend almost seamlessly with modern tourism requirements. The most amazing and genuine smiles. Stunning hotels.
Bangkok Thailand – The bustling capital city of Thailand and one of the main gateways for travel around the country and the region. Towering high rises dwarfing ornate and colourful temples. Traditional Klongs (waterways) alongside packed roads. Smartly dressed executives walking alongside saffron robed Buddhist monks, usually with both on their mobile phone. Flying time 12 hours from the UK.
Fantastic sightseeing, incredible scenic contrasts and cultures. A destination to inspire and intrigue you. There are no direct flights from the UK, so Bangkok is the suggested gateway and from there a one hour flight.
Weatherwise – The best time is usually late October through to end April. During the spring and summer months you have heavy monsoon rains which can disrupt travelling.
Cambodia is home to the magnificent Temples of Ankgor, whose very name conjures up images of jungle temples, Asian mysticism and exotic Hindu influence architecture. Built over 1000 years ago, it was then deserted for reasons never answered, and remained undiscovered until 1860 when a Belgian explorer, Henri Mouhot, was hacking his way through the jungle and suddenly came across this fantastic feat of building and design. It is now one of the region’s most desirable destination for the curious traveller.
Chiang Mai is the 2nd city of Thailand, but is just a fraction of the size of Bangkok. It is compact, bustling and despite some recent development, it retains a market town atmosphere. It is the main gateway to the region. Flying time from Bangkok 60 minutes. Chiang Rai is in the extreme north east of the country, even smaller and more traditional, with the focal point of interest being the Golden Triangle, the area where Thailand, Laos and Burma (Myanmar) all meet.
One of the great city destinations. Exciting with a pace of life that has two speeds, fast and faster! Essentially the city is split in two, separated by the harbour. You have either Kowloon side or Hong Kong island, with good connections linking the two, either by Star Ferry or by the highly impressive MTR subway Link. Travel time from UK approximately 12 hours.
Hong Kong is without doubt one of the most charismatic cities, in our view an absolute must on any Far East touring holiday. Superb shopping, either in the upscale malls or the more authentic street markets. Equally good sightseeing, with a visit to one of the many small islands offering a total contrast – but try to avoid weekends or public holidays. Visit the Peak for super views. Fantastic variety of cuisine.
In our view, Bali Indonesia is one of the most romantic islands in the world. Add instant culture & an almost spiritual atmosphere. Despite increased tourism, once away from the busier resorts you still have a wonderful sense of tradition. There are no direct flights from the UK to Bali, so you travel via the main gateways of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Flying time to a gateway city would be typically 12 hours, then a further 3 hour flight.
Inle lake is the 2nd largest lake in Burma, measuring 20 miles long and 7 wide. It is nested within the green cool highlands of the Shan State. This is the place to witness the unique one legged rowing technique of the local fisherman. It is an area of total tranquillity, and of outstanding natural beauty, with floating markets and villages, with gardens that imaginatively produce flowers and vegetables on the water surface.
Khao Lak Thailand is located on the mainland facing the Andaman Sea, linked to the island of Phuket by causeway bridge. Come to Khao Lak Thailand for the glorious beaches with the stunning Khao Sok National Park in the background. You fly into Phuket and then it is a scenic 60 minute road transfer along the coast.
Krabi is located on the west coat mainland facing the Andaman Sea, and Koh Lanta is linked by car-ferry and/or speedboat. Both are wonderfully tropical, with limestone islands emerging from the generally turquoise waters. Krabi is more developed, and has a lively nightlife scene at Ao Nang. Koh Lanta is quieter, with just a couple of good hotels, offering a glorious and real sense of escapism.
Kuala Lumpur, is the proud capital city, with high rise buildings, but just as many colourful older traditional areas. Lively street markets competing with luxurious shopping malls for the attention of your wallet. The prices are some of the most competitive in the region. Fantastic selection of restaurants fully reflecting the diversity of influences found in Malaysia, but with just as many culinary options from around the globe.