The main beach area in Burma is Ngapali (Thandwe). One hour flight west of Yangon, on the Bay of Bengal. Here you have some fantastic soft sand beaches, crystal clear waters and a totally tropical backdrop. It is not just one beach, but a series of coves interspersed with small fishing villages. The area has been earmarked for resort development, but currently it remains wonderfully simple and unspoilt, with gentle pleasures and just a handful of international standard hotels. There are some simple dining options in beach side restaurants.
Owned and operated by Orient-Express, the Road to Mandalay has all of the attention to detail you expect. Luxurious, but in an elegant deliberately understated manner. Just 41 outside cabins, all with en suite showers, you have a choice of superior, deluxe or State in differing locations plus a rather sumptuous Governor’s suite. Facilities include swimming pool, wellbeing and fitness area, observation deck and boutique. The restaurant serves mainly delightful Asian specialities. Dress code is casually elegant, a jacket might be worn for dinner occasionally. The main schedule for the sailings is every Wednesday from Mandalay to Bagan from January to end April and then again from October to December. Following the same seasonal pattern it operates from Bagan to Mandalay each Saturday.
The Mekong River is one of the most spectacular and fascinating rivers of the world. CHIC Locations now offers a selection of 4 and 6 day River and Exploration experiences offering breath taking scenery and a relaxing way to explore regions and villages in Laos the spirit of adventure. virtually untouched by commercial tourism. The boats, or more aptly described as floating hotels, are authentic “boutique“ style converted rice barges, with a maximum of 32 passengers, comfortable with modern amenities but fully capturing the mood and charm of the destination.
Aman resorts were probably the first truly luxurious resorts in the region, and still the most innovative, with a subtle quality that allows the essence of the destination to shine through. Elegantly simple, totally stylish.
All of our arrangements in Burma are totally flexible and are arranged on a private basis. The itinerary detailed below is just an idea and can be tailored to your individual requirements. We suggest you select Bangkok as the international gateway and there are frequent onward connections to Yangon. Tour extensions in Thailand can easily be arranged.
A new level of boutique luxury on the Myanmar Rivers. Just 21 spacious and sophisticated suites, spread over 4 decks. Original Burmese design fused together with contemporary chic comfort.
It is all wonderfully individual, particularly emphasised on the shore excursions, which are tailored to provide you with something totally memorable and unique.
Thailand is a fantastic family destination with so many unique attractions: Wildlife & eco-adventures, superb beaches, great sightseeing and many family focused resorts.
The following Family Travel Tips for Thailand are just a few of Chic’s ideas and suggestions.
The Far East is an incredible region and probably best appreciated with a multi-centre touring holiday. Thailand with its incredible hotels and scenic contrasts. Malaysia and Indonesia with its fascinating cultures. The pulsating action of Hong Kong and Singapore. The variety of Indo China (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) with its amazing culture and diversity of attractions. So many options, easily combinable.
With a total diversity of scenery and cultures, depending, on the region, multi centre touring options within Thailand are popular. There are excellent air links between most of the major cities, as well as good roads. The following are just a few Tour ideas for Thailand and each can be easily modified to suit your personal requirements.
On this option, we are still using converted rice barges, but larger ships with 16 comfortable cabins, all with shower. Accurately promoted as a 6 day (5 night) cruise. It is actually a floating hotel as you return back to your base in Luang Prabang most evenings, following a full day cruise to the upper northern region of the Mekong, with each day discovering a different stretch of waterway, traditional villages and hill tribes, with incredible sights and experiences.
Essentially you have two parts to Malaysia. On the peninsula, running from the southern border of Thailand down to Singapore, you have the lively capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands and Taman Negara National Forest and just off the west coast the famous resort islands of Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor Laut. On the much more sedate and tranquil east coast of the peninsula you have the resort town of Kuantan with the island of Tioman just off shore and further up the coast the even more rural and escapist appeal of Tanjung Jara, close to Kuala Terengganu in the north east corner.
The Mekong and Luang Prabang Gibbon Experience tour is wonderful, but totally authentic travel adventure. You will need to be reasonably fit, and certainly able to walk distances in sometimes difficult terrain. With the exception of the accommodation in Luang Prabang, which is both elegant and luxurious, the remainder is extremely simple, with the emphasis on a truly remarkable and genuine travel event. You will need to be comfortable with the realities of jungle life and find the sight on insects and reptiles fascinating, rather than life threatening!