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FEATURING: THAILAND, BALI, VIETNAM, JAPAN, CHINA & MORE


Welcome to worldwide traveler

OUR HISTORY Worldwide Traveler is a part of the global travel company Flight Centre Travel Group, which operates in over 11 countries across the globe.

Margaret Mulholland President GOGO Vacations & Worldwide Traveler

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Together with our sister company GOGO Vacations, which has been in operation for over 60

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our network of travel agency partners throughout the US.

years, we are a travel wholesaler who distributes our locally sourced product solely through

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Worldwide Traveler has sales teams across the country staffed with dedicated and professional

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Travel Consultants to help you plan your ideal vacation, right down to the most meticulous

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detail. We believe that first-hand knowledge of a destination is critical to creating a unique

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experience and indelible memories, and our teams are staffed with travel enthusiasts and

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personal favorite – go shopping on London’s Regent Street, our team of experts at Worldwide Traveler are here to turn your vacation dreams into reality and help create

consultants who have either been to the destination, lived there, or originate from there.

OUR PRODUCT At Worldwide Traveler, we are the complete package specialists, drawing on a global network of partners to create the optimum vacation experience for you, including air travel, ground transfers, tour operators, and more. With an emphasis on personal attention and unparalleled expertise, Worldwide Traveler

memories that will last a lifetime.

presents an exclusive, hand-selected group of hotels and resorts that are renowned for their

For me personally, there is nothing more

outstanding service, amenities, and locations in the world’s most desirable destinations.

exciting than getting on a plane to embark

Worldwide Traveler has an extensive range of vacation options to help you create the

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ultimate experience that you desire. Whether it’s a 4-night city stay or the 3-week trip of a

exciting, somewhere you have always dreamed of going to. Because traveling is an adventure no matter where you go… At GOGO Worldwide Vacations, we created and perfected the vacation package over 60 years ago, and now at Worldwide Traveler we are using that experience to bring you the world and ensure that all of its awe-inspiring adventures are within your reach. You can rest assured that a vacation created by Worldwide Traveler is one that has been

lifetime, our team at Worldwide Traveler is on hand to turn your dreams into reality.

OUR DESTINATIONS Australia and the South Pacific Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti South America Argentina, Brazil, Peru Europe England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Czech Republic

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handcrafted by drawing on our collective experience and expertise to create the perfect trip.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER PROPERTIES In this brochure you will find a selection from our global portfolio of suppliers. At Worldwide Traveler, we hand-pick the hotels as well as the sightseeing and excursions we feature in order to ensure the quality of that particular component and the overall experience of your vacation. If you have a particular property or experience that you would like to include in your vacation plans, please ask your Travel Consultant.

WORLDWIDE TRAVELER ITINERARIES At Worldwide Traveler, we understand that every traveler is different, and every traveler wants unique experiences to create a trip that they will remember for years to come. To that end, we have included a selection of suggested itineraries throughout this brochure to give you insight into what each destination has to offer. These itineraries have been created based on our years of experience in the industry. However, they are only suggestions and can be easily modified to fit your needs, desires, and expectations. Please note, these are not escorted tours; instead they are a collection of independent experiences that have been created to showcase the types of attractions in each

GUIDE TO RATINGS HHHHH Exceptional properties offering the finest accommodations and amenities with an outstanding variety of premium facilities and services. HHHH Excellent properties offering well appointed accommodations and amenities with a superior variety of excellent facilities and services. HHH Comfortable and appealing properties offering dependable accommodations and amenities with a variety of facilities and services. 1/2 star indicates that the property meets all criteria of the assigned rating and exceeds in certain areas.

destination. Use the itineraries as a guide and as inspiration to create your own unique journey.

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THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA… THE EXOTIC TIGERS AND ELEPHANTS OF MALAYSIA… ANGKOR WAT… THE GLEAMING SKYSCRAPERS OF SINGAPORE… FUJIYAMA… THE SEDUCTIVE GRACE OF TRADITIONAL BALINESE DANCERS… There is no shortage of fantastic places to visit and unforgettable experiences to be lived across Asia, home to more people than any other continent, a melting pot of almost unfathomable proportions.

Tropical rainforests and broad sandy beaches, magnificent ancient monuments and stunning new man-made achievements, timeless rural villages and some of the world’s fastest-growing modern cities – the continent of Asia is an extremely diverse place, one that could take a lifetime to explore. And that’s why so many savvy vacationers return year after year.

Exploring the whole of Asia is easier and more rewarding than ever, with abundant travel options, keen pricing, and exotic destinations unlike anything in the western hemisphere, offering all the makings for a fantastic vacation for single travelers, couples, and entire families.

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VIETNAM

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GETTING AROUND In Asia, you can take advantage of frequent, convenient, and affordable airline travel both within the borders and between countries

near Beijing, cruise on a traditional Chinese

“Monk Chat” at Vientiane’s Sangha College,

junk through Victoria Harbor to see the

and marvel at the sprawling splendor and

magnificent lights of Hong Kong after dark.

Khmer temples of Angkor Wat.

Stroll through Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza shopping district, and visit the DMZ

EXPERIENCE ASIA

(Demilitarized Zone), a 2½-mile-wide strip

Experience a range of attractive climates,

of land separating South and North Korea –

from the glorious autumnal days of Tokyo

who are still officially at war.

to the long, warm summer of beautiful

In Vietnam, get measured up for a suit

Bali • Dine in Tokyo’s many Michelin-star

in one of Hoi An’s Ancient Town tailor

restaurants, and discover a world of flavors

shops, and take an adventurous ride on an

among Bangkok’s street carts • Visit dynamic

elephant through the jungle and across the

cities such as fast-growing Shanghai, and

from the biggest urban centers to the smallest

Mae Tang River in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

explore ancient farming villages in Vietnam

outlying villages.

Visit Malaysia’s Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary

• Catch breathtaking performances by

across the continent – there are a half-dozen international airports in Thailand alone – as well as all manner of other transportation like high-speed rail in Japan and China, motorcycle-powered tuk-tuks in Bangkok, cyclos in Vietnam and Cambodia, sleek subways in Singapore and Tokyo, taxis or trolleys in every city, and buses everywhere

THE BEST OF THE CONTINENT Walk a section of the Great Wall of China

in Sabah to meet dozens of these magnificent mammals, learn about the lives, culture, and religion of Laos’ Buddhist monks through

traditional Balinese dancers, and meet welcoming everyday people who are eager to share their way of life with you…

open dialog exchanges at the monthly

CONTENTS Thailand........................................... 8-25 Indochina

Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia......... 26-35

Malaysia........................................ 36-41 Singapore...................................... 42-49 Bali................................................ 50-71 Philippines..................................... 72-75 China

Hong Kong/Kowloon/Macau.... 76-85

Beijing and Shanghai................ 86-93

Japan............................................ 94-97 South Korea................................ 98-101 General Conditions............................103

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choosing your airline Asia richly rewards its visitors with a unique mix of culture, mystery, history, and beauty. Now, there are more flights than ever to Asia’s capitals and largest cities, including several airlines offering direct nonstop service from the US with various amenities and comfort options to make a rather lengthy flight more pleasurable.

UNITED AIRLINES Fly the friendly skies of United! Based in Chicago, United Airlines delivers the world’s most comprehensive global route network, flying more revenue passenger-miles to more destinations than any other airline in the world. Boasting a modern fleet which is the most fuel-efficient (when adjusted for cabin size) among US network carriers, the airline’s operations feature world-class international gateways to Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East with nonstop or one-stop service from virtually anywhere in the United States.

United’s hub cities include Chicago O’Hare, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington Dulles, and Guam, plus Tokyo Narita (Japan). Passengers enjoy a choice of United First, United Global First, United Business, and Economy classes among the airline’s fleet, which numbers 696 mainline aircraft, including: • • •

Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777 jetliners Airbus A319 and A320 planes Brand-new Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, soon to be delivered

The global route network spotlights:

Lounges

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More than 45 United Clubs in 38 airports worldwide offer members complimentary bar service, light snacks, and beverages; business amenities such as Wi-Fi, conference rooms, and workstations; and personalized assistance with reservations, seat selection, upgrades, and boarding passes.

373 destinations (228 domestic and 145 international) – the most of any airline in the world 62 countries served 5,341 daily departures 140 million passengers (2012) – second-most of any airline in the world

Frequent Flyer Program United’s MileagePlus is the world’s most rewarding loyalty program, with a wide array of travel, credit card, and retail partners. MileagePlus members may earn elite travel benefits, including Premier Access airport services, and have access to one of the most extensive merchandise redemption programs in the industry. With United’s industry-leading global route network, no other airline offers more destinations for award travel

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Cathay Pacific Embodying “Great Service, Great People, Great Fares,” Cathay Pacific Airways anchors an extensive route network in Southeast Asia and China, offering service to over 110 destinations worldwide along with sister airline Dragonair. Cathay Pacific was voted “World’s Best Business Class” in the Skytrax 2012 survey of over 18 million passengers worldwide. The airline serves 70 destinations in 32 countries (including cargo) across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. Destinations in the US include New York JFK, Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and (as of March 2014) New York/Newark. Cathay Pacific also offers daily flights from Vancouver to New York JFK as well as side trips within Asia.

Passengers fly in First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class on 136 Boeing 747 and 777 and Airbus A330 and A340 (brand-new Airbus A350 aircraft are on order).

Lounges First Class and Business Class passengers and elite Marco Polo Club members enjoy access to Cathay Pacific and oneworld Alliance lounges worldwide.

Frequent Flyer Programs

The Marco Polo Club is an exclusive loyalty program that offers a range of privileges to the airline’s most frequent flyers, including: • • • • •

24-hour access toll-free Marco Polo Club Service Line Priority check-in and boarding In-flight duty-free specials on Cathay Pacific & Dragonair Guaranteed seats and excess baggage allowances Worldwide lounge access

Asia Miles is Cathay Pacific’s travel rewards program. Members of Asia Miles may earn and redeem miles on Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, or any of the 19 Asia Miles partner airlines. Passengers may also earn and redeem miles with hundreds of other Asia Miles partners, including hotel chains, rental car agencies, and retail stores.

SINGAPORE AIRLINES Topping Travel+Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Airlines” for the 17th year in a row – and hailed for its preeminence in every category from cabin comfort, food, and in-flight service, to customer service and value – Singapore Airlines flies one of the world’s most innovative and modern fleets, covering more than 60 cities in 34 countries. Singapore Airlines now offers A380 service from both the East and West coasts of North America. Daily A380 service from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt and Singapore now compliments the airline’s daily Los Angeles to Tokyo and Singapore A380 service. Singapore Airlines’ Asia Air Pass allows you to fly directly to Singapore, then choose from among sixteen exotic destinations and select up to four flight segments at a low flat rate. Start planning now for a trip that will surely glow in your memory for a lifetime!

Lounges Singapore Airlines Suites, First Class, and Business Class passengers – as well as Solitaire PPS Club, PPS Club, and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members – can take advantage of the airline’s SilverKris Lounges. PPS Club, and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members may also have access to lounges operated by the airline’s affiliates and Star Alliance partners. SilverKris Lounges are located at Singapore, Adelaide, Bangkok, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Sepul, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Melbourne, New Delhi, Perth, San Francisco, Sydney, and Taipei. KrisFlyer Elite Gold members departing on Singapore Airlines Economy Class also have access to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.

premium classes. PPS Club members can expect the highest level of service, personalized attention, and a host of privileges that only membership in an exclusive club can bring. KrisFlyer members can earn KrisFlyer miles by flying on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, or any of the airline’s affiliates and Star Alliance partners, and purchases from our extensive network of over 120 global non-airline partners. KrisFlyer miles can be redeemed for award flights to more than 1,000 destinations in over 170 countries as well as upgrades on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and our world-class airline partners.

Frequent Flyer Programs PPS Club is for members who travel frequently in

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BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, SACRED SITES, BUSTLING STREETS, LUSCIOUS CUISINE, TROPICAL JUNGLES, AND MUCH MORE!

GETTING AROUND Air

Thailand is a large country, and it’s possible to fly pretty much anywhere within its borders for affordable fares. There are several airlines that offer service on domestic routes in Thailand.

Transit In Bangkok, the fantastic BTS SkyTrain elevated metro system provides quick and easy transport around the city, while the MRT subway line serves 18 stations and is currently being extended. Bangkok’s newest public transportation system, the Airport Rail Link connects Suvarnabhumi Airport to central Bangkok.

Bus An excellent option for both price and comfort, the Thai government’s BKS bus company has a terminal in every province of any size.

Rail The 4,000-km SRT (State Railway of Thailand) network covers most of the country, from Chiang Mai in the north all the way to (and beyond) the Malaysian border in the south.

Know Your Destination

increasingly popular, a great getaway for beach relaxation as well as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and other marine recreation.

A fascinating land of culture, history, and charm, Thailand is a panorama waiting to be explored. US citizens need only a valid passport and onward/return ticket, and do not require a visa for visits up to 30 days. In fact, though the official language is Thai, English is widely spoken in major tourist areas.

The North / Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

Thais are known for their tolerance and hospitality, especially in Bangkok. Most restrictions on social behavior concern the monarchy or religion. Dress appropriately when entering a temple (no shorts or sleeveless shirts; pants are considered unsuitable for women). Respect all Buddha images. Respect the Royal Family. Instead of shaking hands when greeting, Thais press the palms of their hands in a prayer-like gesture called “wai.”

The mountainous northern region of Thailand lures you with a charming combination of genuine culture, wilderness adventure, and unbeatable scenery, as well as a range of plush, isolated resorts. Gateway to the North Country, Chiang Mai is culturally significant, with some of its temples dating to the 1300s, and a night bazaar that stretches across several city blocks. Chiang Rai is an excellent base for exploring the exotic Golden Triangle region.

Bangkok WEATHER CHART

THE REGIONS

Bangkok

Rainfall (in.) 0.4 1.1 1.2 2.8 7.5 6 6.2 7.4 12.6 9.1 2.3 0.4

Avg. F° 80 83 85 87 86 85 85 84 84 83 81 79

A sprawling, vibrant city of 8 million people, Bangkok invites you to wander through peaceful Buddhist temples, take an elegant dinner cruise, and navigate traffic-laden streets on the back of a tuk-tuk.

The Islands/ Phuket, Koh Samui, Phi Phi Islands WEATHER CHART

Taxi

The Islands / Phuket, Koh Samui, Phi Phi Islands

Metered taxis are ubiquitous in Bangkok and starting to become more popular in Chiang Mai, but rare elsewhere in the country. Small, lightweight tuk-tuks are plentiful in Bangkok, and recently, four-wheeled tuk-tuks are becoming common in Phuket.

The island of Phuket is famous for its sun-drenched beaches and dizzying array of nightlife; head to Patong to party or quieter Karon to soak up some sun. Koh Samui offers a laid-back atmosphere, great diving, and superb seafood. The Phi Phi islands have also become

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 81 82 83 84 83 83 82 83 81 81 81 81 Rainfall (in.) 1.4 1.2 1.5 6.4 13.7 8.4 10.4 10.3 16.5 12 8.2 2

The North/ Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 71 75 81 85 84 83 82 82 81 80 76 71 Rainfall (in.) 0.3 0.2 0.6 1.8 6 5.3 6.6 8.9 9.9 5.2 1.7 0.6

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP 10 EXPERIENCES Pachyderm Parade

More Offshore

Take an adventurous ride on an elephant through the jungle and across the Mae Tang River in Chiang Mai.

Cruise by speedboat to explore beautiful, breathtaking Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley islands in gorgeous Maya Bay.

Float Your Boat Visit the colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and shop for tropical fruits and flowers sold from aboard hundreds of small boats.

Tiger Town Get up-close and personal with the big cats at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, a Buddhist sanctuary for wild animals.

Views Bar None Unwind in no less than 15 rooftop bars in Bangkok, where the cocktails taste better when accompanied by stunning 360° views of the city.

Buddha Can! Immerse yourself in the ancient past and explore Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple to marvel at the famed golden Reclining Buddha.

Street Smart Dig into sumptuous oyster omelets, stuffed flat noodles, spicy Thai green curry stew, and other local delights at numerous street-food stalls throughout Bangkok.

Buy Buy Bangkok Shop, eat, drink, and have fun at the mother of all Bangkok night markets, Suan Lum Night Bazaar, which boasts more than 2,000 stalls.

Similan Snorkel Grab your snorkeling gear and dive into the clear waters of the Similan Islands, the closest thing to being inside an aquarium…

Weekend Spree Check out Thailand’s hottest young designers at Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, and traditional and new-age art and handicrafts at Nimmanhaemin Road in Chiang Mai.

Longtail boats

MYANMAR Chiang Rai

LAOS

Chiang Mai

Mekong River

THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok Hua Hin

Pattaya CAMBODIA

Andaman Sea

VIETNAM Koh Pha Ngan

Phuket

Koh Samui Krabi

Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi

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Thai Island Explorer 16 Days / 15 Nights

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BANGKOK • KOH SAMUI • KOH PHANGAN • KOH TAO

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Bangkok

Floating market

Trip Highlights • Private city tour of Bangkok • Bridge on the River Kwai • Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple • Bangkok’s floating markets • Koh Samui – elephant ride • Koh Phangan • Koh Tao

Day 1: Bangkok Welcome to Bangkok, where you’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your private vehicle transfer. After checking in at your hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

Day 2: Bangkok You’ll be met in your hotel lobby for a private morning tour of Bangkok, including some of the magnificent temples surrounding the city. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace and delve deep into Thai history.

Day 3: Bangkok Visit the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai, and explore the Allied War Cemetery. Then visit the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, an animal sanctuary and conservation center renowned for the Indochinese tigers that are cared for by the monks.

Day 4: Bangkok You’ll be met and taken to the famous floating markets for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After returning to Bangkok, the afternoon and evening are at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to experience one of the city’s rooftop bars or take a ride in a tuk-tuk.

Day 5: Bangkok – Koh Samui Transfer to the airport for your flight to idyllic Koh Samui.

Day 6: Koh Samui Explore the stunning island oasis of Koh Samui, visit cultural sites and coconut plantations, and even take a short elephant ride through the lush jungle. There will be time to get up close and personal with these majestic, iconic creatures.

Day 7: Koh Samui Pretend you’re Robinson Crusoe for the day! Board a traditional long-tail boat for the journey out to Coral

Island, a rugged and lush tropical getaway. Opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing abound.

Elephant ride

Day 8: Koh Samui The day is free for you to explore, perhaps pamper yourself at one of the island’s many day spas. In the evening, dine at one of the hundreds of restaurants and food stands along Koh Samui’s beaches – a perfect way to enjoy the sunset.

MYANMAR

Day 9: Koh Samui – Koh Phangan

Chiang Rai

Travel to Koh Samui’s charming “little sister” – Koh Phangan! A ferry will take you to this tropical island paradise, and your driver will escort you to your hotel for the next few days.

Days 10 -11: Koh Phangan Enjoy the spectacular beaches and unspoiled interior of Koh Phangan, surrounded by aquamarine waters with a wealth of marine life for the avid snorkeler or diver. After dark, the pace picks up and you’ll find exciting beach parties in Haad Rin, where partygoers can dance until the sun comes up.

LAOS

Chiang Mai Mekong River

Koh Tao

THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok

Days 12-15: Koh Phangan – Koh Tao A short ferry ride takes you to the unspoiled island of Koh Tao, where the startling diversity of sea life lures marine enthusiasts from across the globe. Its reputation as one of the most renowned dive spots in Southeast Asia remains undisputed – it’s a great place to learn how to scuba dive with hardly any currents. Famous for its rustic and unpretentious vibe, Koh Tao presents a bounty of hip restaurants and bars to choose from, so unwind and enjoy!

Day 16: Koh Tao – Koh Samui Suitably relaxed and ready to face the real world again, begin your journey back to Koh Samui and on to your next destination.

Hua Hin

Pattaya

CAMBODIA

Andaman Sea

V Koh Tao Koh Phangan Koh Samui

Phuket

Krabi

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Thai Escape 11 Days / 10 Nights BANGKOK • PHUKET

Grand Palace Bangkok

Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple

Bridge on the River Kwai

Trip Highlights • Private tour of Bangkok including Grand Palace • Bridge on the River Kwai • Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple • Bangkok’s floating markets • Phuket – FantaSea cultural show • Speedboat tour of Phi Phi Island • Thai cooking class at Pat’s Home MYANMAR

Day 1: Bangkok

Day 6: Phuket

Welcome to Bangkok, where you’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your private vehicle transfer. After checking in at your hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

Take advantage of the opportunity to ride an elephant! You’ll have the afternoon to relax before you are picked up for FantaSea, a cultural show that includes a Thai buffet.

Day 2: Bangkok

The day is free for you to explore, perhaps head to Patong Beach and visit the quirky market stalls, or stay at your resort and enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

You’ll be met in your hotel lobby for a private morning tour of Bangkok, including some of the magnificent temples surrounding the city. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace and delve deep into Thai history.

Day 3: Bangkok Visit the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai, and explore the Allied War Cemetery. Then visit the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, an animal sanctuary and conservation center renowned for the Indochinese tigers that are cared for by the monks.

Day 4: Bangkok You’ll be met and taken to the famous floating markets for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After returning to Bangkok, the afternoon and evening are at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to experience one of the city’s rooftop bars or take a ride in a tuk-tuk.

Day 5: Bangkok – Phuket Transfer to the airport for your flight to the alluring island of Phuket, the “Pearl of the South.”

Chiang Rai

LAOS

Chiang Mai Mekong River

Day 7: Phuket Phi Phi island

Day 8: Phuket In the morning, you’ll be picked up and taken to join a speedboat tour of Phi Phi and the surrounding islands. With multiple opportunities to snorkel and swim in the emerald waters, you’ll discover the beautiful sea life as well as pristine beaches and stunning vistas.

THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok

Hua Hin

Day 9: Phuket Now that you’ve had plenty of time to experience Thai cuisine, it’s time to learn to cook it! At Pat’s Home Thai Cooking School, enjoy the divine flavors and aromas, and learn traditional methods to create authentic Thai dishes to share with family and friends.

CAMBODIA

Andaman Sea

V Koh Tao Koh Phangan

Day 10: Phuket

Koh Samui

The day is free for you to explore.

Day 11: Phuket

Pattaya

Phuket

Krabi

A private car transfer will take you to Phuket airport for your departing flight.

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Traditional Thailand 13 Days / 12 Nights BANGKOK • CHIANG MAI • CHIANG RAI

Bangkok

Wat Phra Kaew Temple

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Trip Highlights • Private city tour of Bangkok • Breakfast with the monks • Tiger feeding and training at Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple • Mae Kampong homestay • Wat Phra Kaew Temple • Visit the Akha hill tribes

Day 1: Bangkok Welcome to Bangkok, where you’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your private vehicle transfer. After checking in at your hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

protected villages of Mae Kampong. Enjoy visits to waterfalls, a meeting with the village chief, and time to try your hand at local crafts. Later, experience an herbal sauna and Thai massage before an overnight in simple rustic accommodations.

Day 2: Bangkok

Day 8: Mae Kampong – Chiang Mai

You’ll be met in your hotel lobby for a private morning tour of Bangkok, including some of the magnificent temples surrounding the city. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace and delve deep into Thai history.

Village life begins early with a food offering to the monks, followed by a drive to Doi Mon Lan peak. Return to the village to say farewell to your hosts before visiting a historical cave complex with a large number of sacred objects, en route back to Chiang Mai. In the evening, enjoy the Khantoke dinner show, featuring customary northern-style cuisine combined with cultural folk performances.

Day 3: Bangkok Visit the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, an animal sanctuary and conservation center renowned for the Indochinese tigers that are cared for by the monks. Have breakfast with the monks, and share their morning activities. This extended tour allows time to interact with the tigers, from bottle feeding and bathing tiger cubs to walking tigers of various ages.

Day 4: Bangkok You’ll be met and taken to the famous floating markets for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After returning to Bangkok, the afternoon and evening are at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to experience one of the city’s rooftop bars or take a ride in a tuk-tuk.

Day 5: Bangkok – Chiang Mai Transfer to airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North.” In the afternoon, explore a city where both historical and modern Thai culture coexist side-by-side.

Day 6: Chiang Mai Experience Thailand’s cultural heartland with a city tour, and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, which overlooks the city from its forested mountain backdrop – an iconic landmark well worth the 290 steps to reach its peak (or you can ascend by railcar). The temple’s pagoda contains many relics and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from across the globe.

Day 7: Chiang Mai – Mae Kampong

Akha hill tribes

Day 9: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai Transfer to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai’s quieter neighbor, a traveler’s paradise endowed with abundant natural attractions and antiquities in the heart of the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet.

Day 10: Chiang Rai Explore this bustling province, once the capital of the Lanna kingdom. Travel by trishaw, the favored mode of local transportation, through the charming residential districts and marketplaces. Visit Wat Phra Kaew, regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Day 11: Chiang Rai Chiang Rai’s ethnic diversity will be yours to explore today, visiting the Akha and Yao hill tribes. Then, travel to the banks of the Mekong River and the port town of Chiang Saen. Finally, arrive at Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, a delightful market town where vendors from Myanmar and Laos join their Thai counterparts to sell their wares.

Day 12: Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai

MYANMAR Chiang Rai

Mekong River

THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok Hua Hin

Pattaya CAMBODIA

Andaman Sea

With the day at leisure, explore and enjoy the magic of Chiang Rai at your own pace.

Day 13: Chiang Rai

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VIETNAM Koh Pha Ngan

Phuket

Koh Samui Krabi

Return to airport for your departing flight.

Get in touch with the locals with a homestay in the

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BANGKOK • CHIANG MAI • PHUKET

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Trip Highlights • Private city tour of Bangkok • Bridge on the River Kwai • Bangkok’s floating markets • Chiang Mai city tour • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple • Chiang Mai – Karen Village • Phuket – Speedboat trip to Phi Phi Island • FantaSea cultural show

Day 1: Bangkok Welcome to Bangkok, where you’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your private vehicle transfer. After checking in at your hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore at your leisure.

Day 2: Bangkok You’ll be met in your hotel lobby for a private morning tour of Bangkok, including some of the magnificent temples surrounding the city. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace and delve deep into Thai history.

Day 3: Bangkok Visit the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai, and explore the Allied War Cemetery. Then visit the Kanchanaburi Tiger Temple, an animal sanctuary and conservation center renowned for the Indochinese tigers that are cared for by the monks.

an iconic landmark well worth the 290 steps to reach its peak (or you can ascend by railcar). The temple’s pagoda contains many relics and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from across the globe. In the evening, explore the bustling night markets or enjoy the Khantoke dinner show, featuring customary northern-style cuisine combined with cultural folk performances.

Day 7: Chiang Mai Explore a Karen village, famous for the women who wear brass rings around their necks to give the impression of a longer neck. The Karen people are also known for their elephant training abilities. Included is a quintessential elephant trek, an ox cart ride, and a visit to an orchid farm.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the alluring island of Phuket, the “Pearl of the South.”

Day 4: Bangkok You’ll be met and taken to the famous floating markets for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After returning to Bangkok, the afternoon and evening are at your leisure, a perfect opportunity to experience one of the city’s rooftop bars or take a ride in a tuk-tuk.

In the morning, you’ll be picked up and taken to join a speedboat tour of Phi Phi and the surrounding islands. With multiple opportunities to snorkel and swim in the emerald waters, you’ll discover the beautiful sea life as well as pristine beaches and stunning vistas.

Day 5: Bangkok – Chiang Mai

Day 10: Phuket

Transfer to airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North.” In the afternoon, explore a city where both historical and modern Thai culture coexist side-by-side.

The day is free for you to explore – perhaps head to Patong Beach and visit the quirky market stalls, or stay at your resort and enjoy a traditional Thai massage – before you are picked up for FantaSea, a cultural show that includes a Thai buffet.

Experience Thailand’s cultural heartland with a city tour, and visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, which overlooks the city from its forested mountain backdrop –

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai

Day 8: Chiang Mai – Phuket

Day 9: Phuket

Day 6: Chiang Mai

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MYANMAR Chiang Rai

LAOS

Chiang Mai

Mekong River

THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok Hua Hin

Pattaya CAMBODIA

Andaman Sea

VIETNAM Koh Pha Ngan

Phuket

Koh Samui Krabi

Day 11: Phuket Transfer to airport for your departing flight.

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THE TOWER CLUB AT LEBUA

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This elegant hotel stands along the Chao Phraya River, near the famous Wat Arun temple. Guest rooms are loaded with the latest tech amenities, and views overlook the city skyline. The pool presents a glamorous backdrop for relaxation.

This all-suite hotel is located in the second tallest tower in Bangkok, overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Spacious Club Suites have the latest tech amenities and superb vistas. Skybar is the world’s highest-elevation open-air bar.

This modern high-rise is situated in the heart of the city, adjacent to MBK Center and opposite Siam Square, Siam Paragon, and entertainment attractions. Rooms and suites greet guests with expansive views over downtown Bangkok.

• 370 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar/poolside bar • outdoor pool sundeck • spa/fitness center/salon • 2 tennis courts

• 221 ac suites • 8 restaurants & bars • Tower Club Lounge • concierge & limousine service • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool/poolside café • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi

• 455 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bake shop/bar & pool bar • salt chlorinated outdoor pool/outdoor Jacuzzi • spa/fitness center/sport court

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BANDARA SUITES SILOM BANGKOK

CENTURY PARK HOTEL BANGKOK

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This resort-experience hotel is just steps from the SkyTrain and connected to King Power shopping. Guest rooms have contemporary Asian style, complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bedding, marble baths, and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.

A welcome gateway to the city’s biggest tourist attractions, this modern high-rise hotel provides a practical alternative for guests looking to stay in the center of Bangkok, convenient to Silom shopping.

Conveniently situated in the Victory Monument shopping district of Bangkok, this hotel tower welcomes guests into sleek rooms with the latest tech amenities and city views. Sit down to authentic Thai dishes at Jess restaurant.

• 366 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants & bars/pool bar • outdoor infinity pool • Le Spa & Fitness • free shuttle tuk-tuk to BTS SkyTrain • meeting & banquet services • discount shopping coupons

• 240 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/wine bar • 24-hour concierge & room service • 2 outdoor pools • Arom:D Spa/fitness center/ saunas/Jacuzzi

• 380 ac rooms & suites • Executive Club Lounge • 2 restaurants/2 bars/ patisserie • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi • traditional Thai massage

RARINJINDA WELLNESS SPA RESORT

RATILANNA RIVERSIDE SPA RESORT

SIAM@SIAM DESIGN HOTEL & SPA

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A destination in itself, this ultra-modern hotel is set in Bangkok’s main shopping district. Guest rooms are a treat, with high ceilings, large window bays, and skyline views. Spa Ten emphasizes a holistic approach to well-being.

Set along the Ping River in Chiang Mai City, close to the Night Bazaar, this boutique wellness resort boasts luxurious rooms with antique furnishings and exquisite amenities. Achieve harmony of body, mind, and soul at the spa.

The many attractions of Chiang Mai, including the famous Night Bazaar, are close to this elegant boutique hotel on the Mae Ping River. Guest rooms blend modern and traditional Lanna style, and open to private balconies with river views.

• 203 ac rooms • restaurant/lobby bar & lounge/wine & cigar kiosk • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi • Spa Ten/fitness center/juice bar • easy access to major entertainment & shopping centers

• 35 ac rooms • restaurant • outdoor & indoor pools • spa/hydrotherapy pool/fitness center/yoga studio • free Wi-Fi Internet access • doctor on-site • 15 min. from airport

• 75 ac rooms & suites with private balconies • 2 restaurants/café/ 2 bars/library lounge • outdoor pool/swim-up bar/sundeck • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi

THE SAROJIN THAILAND

RAMADA RESORT KHAO LAK

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Contemporary Asian style courses through this luxurious boutique resort on a stunning beach in Khao Lak. Elegant accommodations have garden views. Go sailing, snorkeling, fishing, trekking, rafting, rock climbing, and much more!

This contemporary resort opens onto a pristine beach close to the outlying islands with their lush green tropical landscape. Retreat to guest rooms decorated in contemporary Thai fashion, with private lanais or balconies and ocean views.

Reflecting modern comfort with traditional Thai hospitality, this all-suite resort is set on eight acres of prime white sands at Lanta Beach. Accommodations have private patios or balconies. Dip into the pool, and unwind at the spa.

• 56 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/wine cellar • outdoor infinity pool/Jacuzzi • Pathways Spa/fitness center • water sports/mountain bikes • tennis & golf nearby

• 116 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/café/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool/children’s pool • spa/fitness center • Thai cooking classes • kids playgrounds

• 196 ac suites • 2 restaurants/bar/beach & swim-up bars • outdoor pool • Vimala Spa/Power Fitness Health Club • Cha-Da Mart & Cha-Da Boutique

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SANTHIYA KOH PHANGAN RESORT & SPA

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This contemporary Thai-style resort is poised majestically on a private peninsula bordered by two gorgeous beaches. Retreat to stylish accommodations with private furnished balconies and ocean views. Dip into Koh Lanta’s biggest pool.

All-Inclusive Only 30 minutes by speedboat from Samui Island, this tranquil, traditional-style beach hideaway embodies the true meaning of natural beauty. Elegant teakwood rooms have sea views from private verandahs, while villas have private pools.

This Thai-style resort is surrounded by unspoiled nature at the south end of the island. Spend your entire holiday with on-shore recreation without leaving the resort. Facilities include two swimming pools, spa, and much more.

• 83 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/pool bar • 24-hour room service • 3 outdoor pools/ 2 Jacuzzis • Infinity Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • water sports • kids activities • live music

• 99 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor free-form pool/ man-made waterfalls • Ayurvana Spa/fitness center • water sports

• 96 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/room service • 2 outdoor pools/ children’s pool • Buriya Spa/fitness center • laundry • free Wi-Fi Internet access

HOLIDAY INN RESORT PHI PHI ISLAND

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Koh Samui

This boutique resort is surrounded by a tropical coconut garden along on a magnificent white-sand beach bordering the turquoise Andaman Sea. Romantic accommodations stretch along the beachfront or in a tropical garden.

This private resort opens to 70 tranquil acres of swaying coconut palms, fragrant gardens, and a sparkling beach on the Andaman Sea. Spacious accommodations have furnished balconies. Learn to scuba dive with help from the PADI dive pros.

This stunning beachfront resort overlooks a pristine white-sand beach and crystalline Thongson Bay. Guest accommodations combine private indoor and outdoor living and recreation space. Go kayaking and snorkeling, look to cook Thai food, and more.

• 126 ac rooms & bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars/room service • 2 outdoor free-form pools • Bu Nga Raya Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI Dive Center • kids club/game room

• 156 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants/4 bars/Internet café • outdoor pool • Wana Spa/fitness center • PADI 5-Star Gold Palm dive center • tennis courts

• 77 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/4 bars/2 pool bars • 2 outdoor pools • spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi

MUANG SAMUI SPA RESORT

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The white sands of Chaweng Beach are just outside the doors of this contemporary boutique resort. Spacious accommodations have hardwood floors, baths with Jacuzzi tubs, and private balconies overlooking the garden and pool.

Set on the quieter northern part of Chaweng Beach, within walking distance of shopping and nightlife, this “Oriental chic” resort delivers sheer comfort and aesthetic harmony. Retreat to accommodations with terraces and sea views.

Set amid several acres of tropical greenery on the peaceful north coast of Samui, this energetic resort is made for both relaxation and recreation. Dive into water sports, unwind at the spa, and retreat to spacious rooms with private balconies.

• 53 ac suites & junior suites • 2 restaurants/bar • outdoor free-form pool • Rai Ra Spa/fitness center

• 49 ac suites & pool villas• restaurant/bar/room service • outdoor pool/ children’s pool • Raya Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 150 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/lounge/beach bar • 3 outdoor pools/children’s pool • Bandara Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI 5-Star Dive Center

CHAWENG REGENT BEACH RESORT

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Immerse yourself in a restful haven where white-sand beaches meet the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Hide away in rooms and suites with private terraces and garden or pool views. Dive into myriad water sports and more!

Envelope yourself in the serenity of Mother Nature at this Koh Samui resort, set right on the beach. Retreat to guest rooms with contemporary Thai architecture and ocean views. Unwind with a massage at Swasana Spa.

This modern “lifestyle chic” resort on Chaweng Beach is in a prime spot for scuba diving and other water sports. Guest rooms and pool villas offer balconies with spectacular sea views. You’re close to Koh Samui’s many attractions.

• 145 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/2 bars/beach pool bar • 2 outdoor pools/children’s pool • Escape Spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports/excursions • library/complimentary Wi-Fi

• 98 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge/beach bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • Swasana Spa/whirlpool • game room • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 79 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/3 bars/wine cellar/pool bar • butler service/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/yoga • PADI Dive Center

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KOH TAO BAMBOO HUTS

CHARM CHUREE VILLA, A RUSTIC RESORT & SPA

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Destined to be the most exclusive luxury hideaway resort on Koh Samui, this sterling hideaway has its own unique style with a “back to nature” concept, set on its own private white sand beach. Dip into the pool, and rejuvenate at the spa.

This extraordinary resort is set on the rocks in the jungle near Jansom Bay. Retreat to rustic bamboo huts that embody the leisurely pace of life on the beach. Experience the undersea world with help from the PADI dive pros.

This eco-friendly dive resort and spa opens onto a private beach near Jansom Bay. Relax in peaceful cottages with stunning ocean views. Enjoy a pampering massage in an open-air pavilion. Experience one of the world’s best dive sites!

• 55 ac rooms & villas • restaurant/bar/wine & cigar lounge • concierge/ 24-hour room service/butler service • outdoor pool/children’s pool/private beach • spa/sauna/steam room • water sports

• 16 ac sunset huts & 3 ac private pool villas • restaurant/bar/lounge • private beach • spa • PADI 5-Star Dive Center • free Wi-Fi • wedding packages available

• 88 ac rooms with balconies • 3 restaurants/bar & lounge • spa & massage • PADI 5-Star Dive Center • wedding packages available

KOH YAO YAI VILLAGE

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Escape to a tropical island hideaway on 32 acres of lush landscape along the Andaman Sea across from the stunning Phang Nga Bay islands. Enjoy maximum privacy in individual villas and bungalows with ocean or jungle views.

This intimate resort’s setting on the edge of Krabi National Marine Park at the heart of the stunning Phra Nang Peninsula sets the scene for spectacular landscapes. Enchanting guest accommodations provide unsurpassed comfort.

Ideally situated in a peaceful haven close of Phra Nang Bay beach, this enchanting hideaway welcomes guests into luxurious rooms with private balconies in Thai-inspired buildings. Rejuvenate with aromatherapy massage at Vimala Spa.

• 66 ac villas & bungalows • 2 restaurants/2 bars/swim-up bar • outdoor free-form infinity pool/Jacuzzi • Wana Spa/sauna • water sports/excursions

• 98 ac pavilions & 4 ac villas • 4 restaurants/2 lounges • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • tennis & squash courts • designer boutique • children’s activities

• 120 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/swim-up bar • 3 outdoor pools/ children’s pool • private beach club with free shuttle service • Vimala Spa/fitness center/sauna & steam room

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Stunning modern Asian architecture and easy access to beautiful Noppharatthara and Ao Nang beaches make this boutique resort the ideal base for your Krabi vacation. Many of the guest rooms have private balconies or direct pool access.

This glistening high-rise beachfront resort is located on Pattaya’s Beach Road, directly across from a stretch of golden sands along the Gulf of Thailand. Hide away in guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, and sea views.

Set amid 27 acres of tropical gardens, this luxurious, contemporary Thai-style resort overlooks the Andaman Sea from pristine Mai Khao Beach. Dive into water sports, take cooking classes, unwind in the spa, and more.

• 38 ac rooms/studio & pool access rooms • restaurant/pool bar • 2 outdoor pools/Jacuzzi • spa & massage • free Wi-Fi • library

• 367 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/deli-bakery/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hour room service • 3 outdoor pools • Tea Tree Spa/ fitness center/sauna • water sports • kids club/live entertainment

• 265 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • 3 outdoor pools/children’s pool/private beach • Mandara Spa/fitness center • cooking school

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Guests hide away in plush villas – each with a private infinity pool and patio – at this romantic, adults-only Relais & Châteaux resort on the Andaman Sea. Celebrate awesome sunsets with a cocktail at the rooftop 360° Bar & Grill.

In a quiet corner of Phuket Island, next to a private beach on the Andaman Sea, this spectacular resort sets the bar for tropical elegance on this idyllic island. Retreat to guest accommodations with private balconies and magnificent sea views.

Experience genuine Thai service and hospitality at this striking beachfront property in the heart of the Laguna Phuket resort. Dive into endless recreational options, unwind at the spa, and retreat to sumptuous rooms with private balconies.

• 49 ac villas with patios & private pools • restaurant/bar • outdoor infinity pool • spa • complimentary shuttle to beach

• 85 ac pavilions, suites, pool villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars • outdoor infinity-edge pool/beach • spa/24-hour fitness center/yoga • tennis/kids club • complementary Wi-Fi

• 226 ac rooms & suites/28 ac pool villas • 5 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor pool • Angsana Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis/pitch & putt • kids club & playground

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MÖVENPICK RESORT & SPA KARON BEACH PHUKET

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Surrounded by tropical greenery, this lively resort opens onto a broad stretch of prime beachfront in Phuket, close to the town’s entertainment district. Tranquil guest rooms are inspired by local architecture and furnished in Thai style.

Lush tropical gardens surround this family-friendly resort that opens onto the white sands of beautiful Karon Beach. Guest rooms and villas, most with their own plunge pools, have sundecks, outdoor rainforest showers, and sea views.

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Just steps from Karon’s white sand beach, this carefree resort is perched on a tranquil hillside amid lush vegetation, ensuring great views. The resort embraces contemporary Asian design, and comprises two wings.

• 68 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/beach bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • Swasana Spa/sauna/steam room • Internet room/complimentary Wi-Fi

• 351 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • 3 outdoor pools/ children’s pool • spa/fitness center • tennis • Play Zone kids club

• 160 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar/pool bars • 3 outdoor pools/ children’s pool • Sontaya Spa/fitness center • indoor-outdoor kids club • cooking class/tour excursion

KAMALA BEACH RESORT (A SUNPRIME RESORT)

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Opening directly onto the white sands of Kamala Beach, this modern adults-only resort is all about good food and wine, wellness, perfect sunsets, and a relaxed atmosphere. Sleek rooms open to balconies with ocean, mountain, or garden views.

Discover all the elements of a perfect island vacation in the heart of Patong at this sparkling resort, close to roaring entertainment, the Night Bazaar, and other attractions, Walk to the beach from your spacious balcony room or suite.

With a style evoking the glamour of 19th-century Southeast Asia, this deluxe resort is just steps from tranquil Karon Beach. Spacious guest accommodations have a sleek contemporary style and private balconies.

• 353 ac rooms & junior suites • 3 restaurants/4 bars/swim-up pool bar • room service • 4 outdoor pools/sundeck • fitness center/yoga • water sports/dive shop

• 249 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • 24-hour concierge & room service • outdoor free-form pool/Jacuzzi • Venus Spa/ Saturn Fitness Center • kids club • excursions

• 184 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/2 bars/2 pool bars • room service • outdoor pool • fitness center/massage by the pool • game room/tour desk & car rental

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Vibrant Laguna Phuket, Asia’s finest resort destination, welcomes you into new residential-style suites and villas featuring kitchens, lap pools and lagoon and garden views. Go shopping nearby, take a cooking class, and unwind in the spa.

Opening onto unspoiled Kamala Beach, this new familyfriendly resort boasts its own restaurants, entertainment, and a host of activities. Accommodations have oversize balconies or terraces overlooking the gardens, pools, or Andaman Sea.

Set on a hillside of coconut groves opposite the lagoon at the northern end of Karon, this excellent value high-rise resort is just steps from famous Karon Beach. Traditional-style guest rooms open to breezy private balconies.

• 65 ac suites & villas with private pools • 2 restaurants/pool bar • 24-hour butler service • spa/fitness center/yoga/tai chi • water sports/tennis • children’s activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 289 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/breakfast buffet/mini-market/bar • 7 outdoor pools • fitness center • kids playground & activities

• 240 ac rooms • restaurant/complimentary breakfast/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa services/fitness center/sauna • game room/playground

HORIZON PATONG BEACH RESORT & SPA

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At this beachfront hotel, lush tropical gardens offer a haven of peace, ideal for absorbing Thailand’s charms. Elegant rooms, many with balconies, have garden or pool views. Patong’s shopping and entertainment district is just steps away.

Just steps from a quiet beachfront in Patong, this excellent value resort lures guests who seek seclusion from the hustle and bustle of the town’s main strip. Step into rooms with breezy private balconies with pool or ocean views.

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• 160 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/2 bars & pool bar • 2 outdoor pools/ children’s pool • Morradok Spa/fitness center • water sports • indooroutdoor kids club • cooking class/tour excursions

• 95 ac rooms • beachfront restaurant/bar • outdoor pool with children’s section/Jacuzzi • Sunset Spa/fitness center • kids club James Bond Island

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chào dón Indochina

Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia

DISCOVER YOUR INNER EXPLORER IN CULTURE-RICH CAMBODIA, BUSTLING VIETNAM, AND LAID-BACK LAOS

GETTING AROUND Vietnam

Four domestic airlines serve Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and connect from there to major towns. Trains are a very comfortable way to travel overland, and a good way to see the countryside; there is one major line, the 1,000-mile trunk between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Long-distance bus service connects most cities, and public buses travel between the cities’ bus stations. And cyclo pedicabs still roam Vietnam’s cities and towns.

Cambodia While domestic aviation in Cambodia has improved, the only airports currently operating scheduled passenger flights (via two airlines) are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Ferries operate seasonally along many of the major rivers, with routes including Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, as well as Siem Reap to Battambang.

Laos State carrier Lao Airlines has a near-monopoly on domestic flights, although its fairly comprehensive network is the fastest way of reaching many parts of the country. Boats along the Mekong and its tributaries are useful shortcuts, mostly in the wet season, when the Mekong floods and becomes more navigable. And it’s easy to get around Vientiane by tuk-tuk; remember to haggle your fare.

Know Your Destination

It’s always an adventure to explore a destination that’s packed with exotic landscapes, vibrant cities and villages, and people as colorful and rich as their environment. But a rewarding vacation in Indochina is way easier to navigate than you might imagine. The US dollar is widely accepted, and English is spoken in the major cities and tourist areas of all three countries. Local culture, customs, and etiquette throughout the region suggest that visitors dress conservatively whenever possible – especially when visiting pagodas and temples. Refrain from flaunting wealth or jewelry, and please ask permission before photographing someone, especially in rural ethnic villages. And remember that “saving face” is extremely important in East Asian social relationships.

Cambodia

A captivating land that has only recently revealed itself to the world, Cambodia warmheartedly welcomes you to marvel at the sprawling splendor and Khmer temples of Angkor Wat – especially at sunrise – then join a guided tour through Phnom Penh’s local food markets and learn how to prepare authentic Cambodian dishes.

Laos The least Westernized, most relaxed, and by extension, most authentic of all Indochinese nations, Laos is a truly special and unique country to visit. Trekking is especially rewarding, as the country encompasses large tracts of tropical monsoon forest, diverse wildlife populations, and stunning limestone formations riddled with caves – all interspersed with remote ethnic villages and the ruins of ancient civilizations.

THE REGIONS Vietnam From the charm of the Mekong Delta in the south to the stunning central coastline, the awesome monolithic islands of Ha Long Bay to the millennia-old city of Hanoi, Vietnam offers the traveler a wonderful mélange of history, culture, and natural beauty. This is a nation that demands to be experienced, not just seen. Snorkel in the turquoise waters off Nha Trang, and stroll the treelined streets and boulevards of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Vietnam – Suit Yourself

Cambodia – Wat a Sight!

Get measured up in one of Hoi An’s Ancient Town tailor shops, and walk out with a perfectly suited outfit!

Witness the breathtaking 12th-century magnificence of Angkor Wat, the largest Hindu/Buddhist temple complex in the world.

Vietnam – Cruise for Ha Long Sit back and soak up the scenic beauty of Ha Long Bay while cruising on a traditional junk between several of the 1,969 limestone islands.

Vietnam – Cooking Classes Take a cooking class and learn how to make stew pork spare tip and other local gourmet dishes.

Vietnam – Rail Ride Grab a seat on the overnight train from Hanoi to explore the picturesque town of Sapa in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range near the Chinese border.

Cambodia – Night Moves Shop for traditional Cambodian crafts, clothing, silk, jewelry, art, and great bargains at the bustling Night Markets of Siem Reap.

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Cambodia – Sunset Scene Take a sunset cruise along the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers for superb views of the Royal Palace, Japanese Friendship Bridge, and floating fishing villages.

Laos – Big-Time Trek Ride an Asia Elephant on a scenic trek along trails in the countryside and rivers near Luang Prabang in northern Laos.

Laos – Café Society Sip Loatian-style coffee and munch on a baguette at a sidewalk café in the quaint, French-influenced capital city of Vientiane.

Laos – Climb Up Below Gear up to scramble up steep rock formations and explore caves set into limestone mountains at Vang Vieng. Elephant ride

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MAYANMAR

CHINA

Ta Van

Sapa

Halong Bay

Hanoi

LAOS

Ninh Binn

Vientiane

Bay of Bengal

South China Sea Da Nang

Mekong River Hue Hoi An

THAILAND Siem Reap Andaman Sea

CAMBODIA

Phnom Penh Tay Ninh Vinh Long

Nha Trang Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnam Experience 15 Days / 14 Nights HANOI • HUE • HOI AN • HO CHI MINH CITY

Ha Long Bay

Hoi An

Trip Highlights • Private tour of Hanoi • 2-night cruise on Ha Long Bay • Traditional water puppet show • Visit to the Nguyen Emperors Royal Tombs • Hoi An walking tour • Cao Dai Temple • Cu Chi Tunnels • Mekong Delta

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 8: Hoi An

Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, and a private transfer will take you to your hotel before you dive into the sights and smells of the city on your private afternoon tour. Famous for its lakes and parks, tree-lined boulevards, and Belle Époque villas, the city will fascinate you with its colonial delights.

Embark on a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of Hoi An’s ancient quarter, visiting historical landmarks such as the Japanese Bridge, one of the only covered bridges to be attached to a Buddhist pagoda. After an included lunch, take a short boat ride to explore a nearby island.

Days 2-3: Hanoi – cruise A quintessential Vietnamese experience begins with a scenic journey to the coast. Board a traditional sailing boat for a 2-night cruise on breathtaking Ha Long Bay and take in wonderful views as you cruise through the emerald waters dotted with limestone outcroppings. A World Heritage Site featured in many popular films, Ha Long Bay offers epic vistas, traditional fishing villages, and limestone caves as well as kayaking and swimming. Enjoy your included meals on the wooden deck of the boat while absorbing this spectacular environment.

Days 9-10: Hoi An

Day 4: cruise – Hanoi

Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City

Take part in an optional morning session of Tai Chi before lunch. You are returned to Hanoi with free time to explore before the evening is completed with a traditional Water Puppet Show.

Day 5: Hanoi – Hue A private transfer takes you to the airport for a flight to the ancient citadel of Hue, home to many World Heritage Sites. Venture out at leisure after your private transfer takes you to your hotel. Consider a walk to Trang Tien Bridge, which is lit up at night and provides a delightful backdrop for the riverside vendors.

Day 6: Hue Explore Vietnam’s royal heritage, beginning at the Citadel before heading out to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside, where you will find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen emperors. View the ornate architecture and splendid landscaped gardens of the rulers’ final resting places.

Day 7: Hue – Hoi An Travel to the peaceful town of Hoi An, a perfect example of an ancient Southeast Asian trading port. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps exploring the pedestrian streets and colorful temples, or even visiting a tailor for a whole new wardrobe.

Two days at leisure give you plenty of time to recharge your batteries with pampering spa treatments, beautiful beaches, and retail therapy.

Ho Chi Minh City

Day 11: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formerly the French Imperial city of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has transformed into a vibrant metropolis. Your evening is at leisure to explore.

Delve into Southern Vietnam’s fascinating recent history. First, visit the Cao Dai Temple, home to a unique blend of religions. Awash with colors and intricate architecture, this structure will inspire and captivate you. Next, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 75-mile-long labyrinth where the Viet Cong hid and based military actions during the Vietnam War. Your evening is at leisure.

Cao Dai Temple

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Ta Van Sapa

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

MAYANMAR Enjoy a relaxing day trip and luxuriant cruise on a converted rice barge along the mighty Mekong Delta. Included is a sumptuous 3-course lunch as well as the chance to see traditional rural life in the villages, a communal temple, and mat-weaving techniques as well of Bengal as a drive through theBay beautiful and iconic rice paddies. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Spend your final day in this enthralling city at leisure. Ho Chi Minh City has many museums to capture your imagination, as well as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Dong Khoi Street, an unforgettable boutique shopper’s paradise.

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City Depart for airport by private transfer.

Andaman Sea

VIETNAM Halong Bay

Hanoi

LAOS

Ninh Binn

South China Sea

Mekong River Hue

Da Nang

Hoi An

THAILAND

CAMBODIA Nha Trang Tay Ninh Vinh Long

Ho Chi Minh City

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Highlights of Vietnam 8 Days / 7 Nights HANOI • HOI AN • SAIGON

Ho Chi Minh City

Ha Long Bay Photo: Teo Boon Keng Alvin/Shutterstock.com

Japanese Bridge, Hoi An

Trip Highlights • Private tour of Hanoi • Ha Long Bay cruise • Don Khoi Street • Cu Chi Tunnels

Day 1: Hanoi

Day 5: Hoi An

Arrive in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, and a private transfer will take you to your hotel before you dive into the sights and smells of the city on your private afternoon tour. Famous for its lakes and parks, tree-lined boulevards, and Belle Époque villas, the city will fascinate you with its colonial delights.

Embark on a guided walking tour through the narrow winding streets of Hoi An’s ancient quarter, visiting historical landmarks such as the Japanese Bridge, one of the only covered bridges to be attached to a Buddhist pagoda. After an included lunch, take a short boat ride to explore a nearby island.

Day 2: Hanoi – cruise A quintessential Vietnamese experience begins with a scenic journey to the coast. Board a traditional sailing boat for a 2-night cruise on breathtaking Ha Long Bay and take in wonderful views as you cruise through the emerald waters dotted with limestone outcroppings. A World Heritage Site featured in many popular films, Ha Long Bay offers epic vistas, traditional fishing villages, and limestone caves as well as kayaking and swimming. Enjoy your included meals on the wooden deck of the boat while absorbing this spectacular environment.

Day 6: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City

Day 3: cruise – Danang – Hoi An

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang, where your private transfer will take you to the peaceful town of Hoi An, a perfect example of an ancient Southeast Asian trading port. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps exploring the pedestrian streets and colorful temples, or even visiting a tailor for a whole new wardrobe.

Your private guide today will help you explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 75-mile-long labyrinth where the Viet Cong hid and based military actions during the Vietnam War. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Day 4: Hoi An A day at leisure gives you plenty of time to recharge your batteries with pampering spa treatments, beautiful beaches, and retail therapy.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi Tunnels Formally the French Imperial city of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has transformed in to a vibrant metropolis. After Ta Van CHINA checking in at your hotel, a private guide will take you to Sapa experience the fascinating diversity this city has to offer. VIETNAM Visit the former presidential palace, the history museum, MAYANMAR Halong Bay Hanoi the Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, and the post office. Finish your tour with a stop at Dong Khoi LAOS Ninh Binn Street, an unforgettable boutique shopper’s paradise. Bay of Bengal

South China Sea

Mekong River Hue

Da Nang

Hoi An

THAILAND

Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City Depart Ho Chi Minh by private transfer for departing flight to your next destination. Andaman Sea

CAMBODIA Nha Trang Tay Ninh Vinh Long

Ho Chi Minh City

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Tunnels, Temples & Tombs 15 Days / 14 Nights HANOI • HUE • HOI AN • SAIGON

Trip Highlights • Private tour of Hanoi • Ngoc Son Temple • 1-night cruise on Ha Long Bay • Traditional Water Puppet Show • Nguyen Emperors royal tombs • Wat Si Saket Temple • Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom • Cao Dai Temple • Cu Chi Tunnels • Mekong Delta

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City

Day 8: Vientiane

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer by private car to your hotel. Formerly the French Imperial city of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has transformed into a vibrant metropolis. Your evening is at leisure to explore.

A full-day tour will begin with a visit to Talat Sao, Vientiane’s morning market, where you can try some local snacks and fragrant coffee. Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple still standing in the city, is your next port of call. View the impressive Friendship Bridge, spanning the mighty Mekong, on your way to visit the unusual Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park) outside the main city. The rest of your evening is at leisure.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi Dive into the sights and smells of Hanoi on your private tour. Famous for its lakes and parks, tree-lined boulevards, and Belle Époque villas, the city will fascinate you with its colonial delights. Featuring museums, temples, and a visit to former president Ho Chi Minh’s residential complex, this tour will guide you around all that Hanoi has to offer. A local Vietnamese lunch is included. Finish your cultural afternoon with a visit to Ngoc Son Temple on Hoàn Kiem Lake and an hour-long cycle tour through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter.

Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay cruise A quintessential Vietnamese experience begins with a scenic journey to the coast, and boarding a traditional sailing boat for a 1-night cruise on breathtaking Ha Long Bay. Take in the wonderful views as you cruise through emerald waters dotted with limestone outcroppings, traditional fishing villages, and limestone caves, as well as kayaking and swimming opportunities. Enjoy your included meals on the wooden deck of the boat while absorbing this spectacular environment.

Day 4: Hanoi Take part in an optional morning session of Tai Chi before lunch. You are returned to Hanoi with free time to explore before the evening is completed with a traditional Water Puppet Show.

Day 5: Hanoi – Hue A private transfer takes you to the airport for a flight to the ancient citadel of Hue, home to many World Heritage Sites. Venture out at leisure after your private transfer takes you to your hotel. Consider a walk to Trang Tien Bridge, which is lit up at night and provides a delightful backdrop for the riverside vendors.

Day 6: Hue Explore Vietnam’s royal heritage, beginning at the Citadel before heading out to the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside, where you will find the Royal Tombs of the Nguyen emperors. View the ornate architecture and splendid landscaped gardens of the rulers’ final resting places.

Day 7: Hue – Vientiane A private transfer takes you to the airport to fly to Laos’ “City of the Moon,” Vientiane. Situated on the Mekong River on the border with northern Thailand, this relaxed city has a French Colonial history. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure.

Wat Si Saket

Day 9: Vientiane – Siem Reap Private transfer to airport for your flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia, gateway to the magnificent and awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat. Take your free afternoon and evening to stroll the bustling markets and relax before you begin your explorations.

Day 10: Siem Reap Arguably the most important religious site in Southeast Asia, the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temple complexes are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First, visit Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmers, with its Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, and Bayon Temple. Proceed to Angkor Wat, with a stop for lunch en route. Watch the dramatic sunset over the beautiful vista before returning to your hotel.

Angkor Thom

Day 11: Siem Reap Hop on board a shaded boat on the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap. Passing between the floating homes and small fish farms, you’ll experience the daily lake life. Upon returning to your hotel, your afternoon is at leisure.

Day 12: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

Delve into Southern Vietnam’s fascinating recent history. First, visit the Cao Dai Temple, home to a unique blend of religions. Awash with colors and intricate architecture, this structure will inspire and captivate you. Next, explore MAYANMAR the Cu Chi Tunnels, a 75-mile-long labyrinth where the Viet Cong hid and based military actions during the Vietnam War. Your evening is at leisure.

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Enjoy a relaxing day trip and luxuriant cruise on a converted Bay of Bengal rice barge on the mighty Mekong Delta. Included is a sumptuous 3-course lunch as well as the chance to see traditional rural life in the villages, a communal temple, and mat-weaving techniques as well as a drive through the beautiful and iconic rice paddies. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

VIETNAM

Andaman Sea

Halong Bay

Hanoi

LAOS

Ninh Binn

Vientaine South China Sea

Mekong River Hue

Da Nang

Hoi An

THAILAND

Siem Reap

CAMBODIA

Day 15: Ho Chi Minh City Depart for airport by private transfer.

CHINA

Ta Van Sapa

Nha Trang Tay Ninh

Ho Chi Minh City

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INTERCONTINENTAL DANANG SUN PENINSULA RESORT

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Danang, Vietnam

This elegant resort opens onto iconic Danang Beach. Guest rooms with large marble baths and private balconies are havens of delight. Dip into the enormous lagoon pool, and learn to scuba dive with the PADI pros.

The first InterContinental resort in Vietnam, this luxurious new beachfront property was designed by Bill Bensley to nestle into the beautiful surrounding landscape. Dine at La Maison 1888, created by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux.

This deluxe hotel is noted for its history as a home for journalists and diplomats during the tumultuous 1960s-70s era. Guest rooms are spacious, furnished with Brazilian teakwood, and have marble baths and superb city or Saigon River views.

• 198 ac rooms with private balconies • 3 restaurants/3 bars & lounges • private beach/infinity & lagoon pools • spa/fitness center/golf • water sports/PADI Diving Center • kids clubs

• 197 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor free-form pool/ children’s pool/Jacuzzi • HARNN Heritage Spa/fitness center/Tai Chi • water sports • Planet Trekkers kids club

• 335 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor free-form pool/ sundeck • spa/24-hour fitness center/sauna • casino • complimentary Wi-Fi

LA RESIDENCE HOTEL & SPA

NOVOTEL NHA TRANG

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Nha Trang, Vietnam

Experience the heart of Ho Chi Minh City at this modern hotel, close to Notre Dame Cathedral, Reunification Palace, and more attractions. After a day of sightseeing, retreat to contemporary guest rooms with city views.

Set on the banks of the fabled Perfume River overlooking the former Imperial Citadel, this enchanting boutique hotel embodies the glamour and style of old Indochina. Guest rooms have Art Deco design and private balconies with superb views.

Just a short walk from Nha Trang city center, this contemporary hotel overlooks the pristine beaches of Nha Trang Bay. Guest rooms have modern style, the latest tech amenities, and private terraces with panoramic sea views

• 186 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

• 122 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • outdoor saltwater pool • Le Spa/fitness center/tennis court • business center • art gallery • La Boutique

• 154 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/poolside bar • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi

SUNRISE NHA TRANG BEACH HOTEL & SPA

SUNWAY HOTEL PHNOM PENH

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The only Nha Trang hotel built in colonial style, this stately property’s charm and ambiance are combined harmoniously. Step into guest rooms with contemporary décor, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies with sea views.

Set in Phnom Penh’s city center, this contemporary hotel is close to the famous Wat Phnom Pagoda and other major attractions. Spacious rooms, most with balconies, have traditional furnishings and magnificent views. Rejuvenate at the spa.

• 120 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/5 bars & lounges • outdoor pool/private beach • Sunrise Spa/fitness center • kids club/baby-sitting service • free Wi-Fi

• 138 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/deli/lounge • concierge/24-hour room service • 12-to-12 Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna • hair & beauty salon • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Hanoi / 10 Days / 9 Nights

Hanoi / 15 Days

See the very best of Vietnam – a “greatest hits” tour of this fascinating country! Explore colonial Hanoi, cruise the waters of Ha Long Bay, and visit the former imperial capital of Hue. Next, discover the charming town of Hoi An, a World Heritage Site. Down south, learn the history of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), take a cooking class, and join a deluxe cruise in the Mekong Delta. (This tour may be customized and can be taken in either direction.)

Experience the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia! See the colonial capital of Hanoi, stay overnight on a Ha Long Bay junk, and visit the historical capital of Hue. Next, discover the charming town of Hoi An, then travel to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. Fly into Siem Reap, Cambodia, and spend three days exploring the majestic Angkor Wat complex, followed by the capital city of Phnom Penh. (This tour may be customized and can be taken in either direction.)

BHAYA CRUISES – THE AU CO (VIETNAM)

Ha Long Bay / 3 Days / 2 Nights Board the Au Co, an intimate state-of-the-art cruise ship, for three days of experiencing the beauty of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise through Ha Long Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay and enjoy swimming, kayaking, resting on gorgeous beaches, a Vietnamese tea ceremony, Tai Chi, and a visit to Vung Vieng fishing village. Next, cruise to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island for a walking excursion, cooking demonstration, and many more activities.

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dialu-alukan Malaysia

A ONE-OF-A-KIND MULTICULTURAL BLEND OF DIVERSE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND TASTES

GETTING AROUND Air

Malaysia is crisscrossed by a web of affordable flights via several domestic carriers, the only practical option for traveling between Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo, as well as the more remote outposts of Borneo.

Rail KTMB provides relatively inexpensive and generally reliable services around Peninsular Malaysia Intercity and international trains arrive at KL Sentral railway station, a large, modern transport hub. In East Malaysia, there is limited service run by JKNS.

Transit In Kuala Lumpur, LRT operates mainly on elevated lines with only the most central stations underground. KL Monorail is entirely elevated and loops through the city center. There is also commuter rail to the city’s suburbs as well as the airport.

Bus The cheapest way to travel in Malaysia is by bus; all towns of any size have a bus terminal offering connections to other parts of the country. Kuala Lumpur has several bus terminals that handle long-distance express services as well as a comprehensive local public bus network.

Taxi In Kuala Lumpur, there are red-and-white budget taxis and somewhat more expensive blue “executive taxis.”

Know Your Destination

If you are looking for a little bit of everything – like a vibrant nightlife, exotic beaches, towering skyscrapers, wooden houses, natural wonders, ancient temples, and gastronomic abundance – then you’ll find a perfect vacation in Malaysia. Malaysia offers an abundance of hotels and resorts at all levels amid a thriving tourism industry. The US dollar is widely accepted, and English is widely spoken. Often described as “Asia in miniature,” Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society, and the many ethnic groups in Malaysia maintain separate cultural identities. And while there are sizeable Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian populations, it remains an Islamic state and so conservative dress and behavior should be practiced.

The Highlands

Malaysia’s Highlands are an alluring mix of rolling tea estates, lush green vegetation, colonial history, and traditional villages. The Cameron Highlands is the largest of these regions, a high-altitude, cooler-climate landscape rich in native and agricultural flora.

Borneo

The nation of Malaysia is located partly on a peninsula of the Asian mainland and partly on the northern third of the island of Borneo, which encompasses East Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), as well as Brunei (a sovereign country), and Kalimantan (part of Indonesia).

THE REGIONS Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a thriving cosmopolis, the financial and cultural heart of the country. Kuala Lumpur boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, excellent shopping, plenty of good food, and the tallest twin buildings in the world – the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Islands There are hundreds of beautiful islands off Peninsular Malaysia (such as Langkawi, Penang, Perhentian, Redang, and Tioman) and Borneo (Lankayan, Selingan, Mataking, and Sipadan). Idyllic and pristine havens ringed with palm trees and sandy beaches, they’re also among the world’s most acclaimed scuba diving destinations.

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

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Night Lights

Tour the Petronas Twin Towers – the tallest twin buildings in the world – including the famous Skybridge that connects them.

Join an after-dark tour of Kuala Lumpur, and watch as the city and its famous landmarks come to life in a blaze of light and sound.

Borneo Dive

Night Delights

Bring your scuba gear to Sipadan, off the easternmost tip of Malaysian Borneo, ranked among the best dive sites in the world.

Savor a famous Chicken Rice Ball dish at the lively Jonker Walk Night Market on Jalan Hang Jebat, a street in Malacca’s historic Chinatown.

Meet the Orangutans

The View from Kinabalu

Get up-close to some of nature’s most fascinating – and cute! – creatures at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in East Malaysia.

Follow an expert guide and ascend to the top of Mt. Kinalabu, Borneo’s highest peak, for stunning views of the countryside and beyond.

Street Eats

Hi to the Highlands

Formerly the Red Light district of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Alor is now the city’s street food mecca, packed with hawkers selling local delicacies.

Explore natural wonders, mock-Tudor villages, lush tea plantations, and quaint strawberry farms on a private tour of the Cameron Highlands.

Stop & Shop

Savor the Seafood

Shop ‘til you drop – for fashions, electronics, watches, computer goods, and much more –in Kuala Lumpur’s 66 shopping malls.

Visit any of Langkawi’s many restaurants, stalls, and hawkers for the seafood feast of a lifetime, from lobsters to prawns to catch-of-the-day! Sabah

Kota Bharu

Langkawi Andaman Sea Penang

Terengganu Cameron Highlands

Taman Negara National Park

Pangkor Island

MALAYSIA

Kuantan

Kuala Lumpur

INDONESIA

Malacca

Kota Kinabalu

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Discover Malaysia 10 Days / 9 Nights

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KUALA LUMPUR • HIGHLANDS • PENANG/LANGKAWI

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Trip Highlights • Golden Triangle District • Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary • Cameron Highlands • Penang Island Butterfly Sanctuary • Traditional Steamboat Dinner

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur You’ll be met at the airport and transferred in a private vehicle to your Kuala Lumpur hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure, so feel free to explore the Golden Triangle, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most exciting shopping and dining locations.

Day 2: Kuala Lumpur Join a morning Kuala Lumpur orientation tour, the best way to explore the city’s most interesting sightseeing attractions. You’ll be mesmerized by the interesting architecture of the historical past, as well as the ultramodern buildings in the Golden Triangle. Take note of all the places that you want to revisit, then use your free afternoon and evening to explore the city.

Day 3: Kuala Lumpur You’ll be picked up and taken to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, about 2 hours outside of Kuala Lumpur, to spend time with these majestic creatures in their habitat.

Day 4: Kuala Lumpur Spend the day at leisure to explore Kuala Lumpur and immerse yourself in the Malaysian culture. Why not view the city from the observation deck atop the Petronas Twin Towers or try some of the local cuisine at one of the many street vendors across the city? You can also indulge in some shopping at any of the city’s shopping centers.

Day 5: Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands Embark on a journey up north to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands. Arrive at Tapah town in the foothills, and wind your way up to 5,000 feet above sea level. Along the way, stop at Lata Iskandar Waterfalls and pass gurgling jungle streams. After a break for lunch, your guide will take you on a tour of Cameron Highlands, covering the

Rose Garden, tea plantation, and vegetable farms. After arriving at the Cameron Highlands Resort, you have the evening to explore the resort and its lush tropical surroundings.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Day 6: Cameron Highlands Spend the day at leisure to explore the Cameron Highlands, perhaps visiting the Sam Poh Temple or hiking one of the magnificent walking trails throughout the highlands.

Day 7: Cameron Highlands – Penang Your journey continues as you wind your way down from the highlands through the tropical valleys and majestic scenery. After crossing the 8-mile-long Penang Bridge, arrive at Penang Island and your resort.

Day 8: Penang

Cameron Highlands

You’ll be picked up for your private tour of Penang Island, visiting the Butterfly Sanctuary, museums, and scenic sights of this beautiful island. Take a trishaw ride to Khoo Kongsi clan house to view the art and take in the awe-inspiring views of the island.

Day 9: Penang

Kota Bharu

Langkawi

Andaman Sea

Spend the morning at leisure and explore or simply relax in your surroundings. In the early evening, you’ll be picked up for an experience of Penang that cannot be missed. Drive through the residential areas, passing the State Mosque at the footsteps of Penang Hill, and ascend by funicular railway to the summit, where you can stroll to the quaint Bellevue Hotel and admire the exotic bird life surrounding the property. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city at dusk over dinner on a steamboat. Descend the hill and proceed to Gurney Plaza on the seafront for some night shopping.

Penang Terengganu Cameron Highlands

Taman Negara National Park

Pangkor Island

MALAYSIA

Kuantan

Kuala Lumpur

INDONESIA

Malacca

Day 10: Penang Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

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The heart of Kuala Lumpur’s prime business, shopping, and entertainment district is home to this luxury high-rise hotel. Spacious rooms have marble baths, the latest entertainment amenities, and floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views.

Close to the Petronas Twin Towers and great shopping, this Center City hotel is convenient to Kuala Lumpur’s many attractions. Guest rooms have huge windows with outstanding city views. After sightseeing, cool off in the free-form pool.

It’s an easy walk to the Petronas Twin Towers and other attractions from this modern all-suite hotel, the only urban tropical resort in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Spacious and chic, the 1- to 3-bedroom suites have fully equipped kitchenettes.

• 468 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor & indoor pools • fitness center/sauna/steam room/massage • complimentary Wi-Fi

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• 242 ac suites • 2 restaurants/deli/wine cellar/bar • outdoor saltwater pool • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

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This luxury hotel is centrally located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s prime business, shopping, and entertainment district. Skyline views brighten the contemporary-style guest rooms, which are packed with entertainment amenities.

Set on a pristine, secluded beach on its own 390-acre enchanting private island, this luscious resort commands magnificent view of the Senari Straits. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with breezy furnished balconies.

Designed to evoke the ultimate sense of serenity, intimacy, and seclusion, this resort opens onto a white sand beach on the Andaman Sea. Retreat to sleek rooms with plush bedding and huge windows with garden, pool, or sea views.

• 426 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/lounge/pool bar • outdoor pool • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center • shopping malls nearby

94 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • Ulik Mayang Spa/sauna • tennis/ water sports/marina • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Known as the most stylish address in Malaysia, this ultra-chic Gurney Drive high-rise hotel is close to shopping and dining, beaches, and other attractions. Step into guest rooms with modern flair and the latest tech amenities.

Ideal for couples, families, and singles, this fun luxury resort opens onto the beaches of Batu Ferringhi. Spacious rooms are packed with the latest entertainment and tech amenities. There’s live music nightly at the Hard Rock Café!

• 312 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/3 bars/pool bar/nightclub • outdoor infinity pool/children’s pool/Jacuzzi • Danai Spa/fitness center/ salon • cooking classes/boutique • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 250 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/Hard Rock Café • 24-hour room service • outdoor free-form pool/3 slides • Rock Spa/ BodyRock Gym • kids & teens clubs • water sports

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A pleasant evening begins with a visit to the largest and oldest Hindu Temple in the city – the Mahamarianman Temple. Take a stroll through the night market at Chinatown, where you can try your skills in bargaining for merchandise. Drive on to a Malay restaurant, relax and dine in convivial surroundings, and be entertained by Malaysian cultural dances and dramatists.

Visit St. Peters Church and drive past the largest 17th century Chinese cemetery located in Bukit China. Travel through the Portuguese Settlement followed by a visit to Port De Santiago and the ruins of St. Paul’s Church lined by 17th century Dutch tombstones. Continue to tour the Christ Church, the Abode Merciful Clouds, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, and take a stroll along Malaccas’ Jonker Street.

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SUBURBS & BATU CAVES TOUR

Kuala Lumpur / 4 Hours Start your journey with a trip to the outskirts along the Ambassador Row, Istani Sharif Ali, and Malay villages. See the rural scenery of Kuala Lumpur and gain an insight into some of the main economic activities of the people. Visit a pewterware demonstration center and batik factory. Next, climb 272 steps to reach the cool interior of the Batu Caves and admire the work of nature.

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GETTING AROUND Transit

The MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and LRT (Light Rail Transit) comprise Singapore’s transit system; though they’re run by separate entities, the two lines are seamlessly integrated. The MRT stops at 102 stations throughout the city, and the LRT is a feeder system with 43 stations along three lines.

Bus Buses are by far the most widely available and easily accessible form of public transport in Singapore, with millions of riders on more than 300 scheduled bus services provided by SBS Transit and SMRT Buses, plus several other small operators servicing certain routes.

Taxi Taxicabs are a popular form of public transport in Singapore, with metered fares considered relatively low compared to those in most cities in developed countries. Taxis may be flagged down at any time of the day along any public road outside of the Central Business District (CBD), although they may be harder to obtain in less densely populated areas.

Cable Car Singapore’s only cable car system runs between Mount Faber on the main island of Singapore and the resort island of Sentosa as an alternative means of accessing the island.

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Though full respect must be shown to local laws and to the various groups in this multi-religious, multi-ethnic nation, Singapore rolls out the welcome mat to visitors with legendary cuisine, a multitude of top-flight accommodations, world-class shopping, and new Western-style attractions such as casinos, sporting events, and other entertainment. English is one of the official languages, and most travelers do not need a visa to visit. It’s incredibly easy to get around via modern rapid transit and light rail, and you can even receive tax refunds for shopping in Singapore. The city-state makes a good base for exploring Southeast Asia, with nearly all of the region’s countries and their main tourist destinations less than 2 hours away by plane.

Marina Bay

Just outside the central shopping district, exciting and hip Marina Bay is known for its views, an affable atmosphere, the iconic Raffles Hotel, and the spectacular Marina Bay Sands integrated resort (hotel, casino, shopping mall, convention center, and museum).

Riverside (Downtown)

Singapore’s historical colonial downtown, Riverside is packed with museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping centers, government buildings, and skyscrapers.

THE REGIONS Orchard Road Famous worldwide, Orchard Road is the main retail shopping and entertainment street of Singapore, lined with numerous up-market restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, and major hotels. It’s also the site of the official residence of the President of Singapore.

Sentosa Island An island just off the southern coast, Sentosa is popular among Singaporeans as a quick island getaway. It is home to beaches, golf courses, hotels, shopping malls, and Resorts World Sentosa, an enormous complex comprising Singapore’s first casino as well as Universal Studios Singapore®.

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Singapore is a shopper’s paradise, with high-end designer merch on Orchard Road, vintage shops on Haji Lane, electronics at Sim Lim Square, and much more!

Hit the beaches – Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong – as well as the casino, hotels, shops, theme parks, and restaurants on nearby Sentosa Island.

“Makan”

Starry Safari

…which means “eat” in Malay, and you can find gourmet Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, American, and other cuisines all over town.

Discover the wild life and watch a live fire-eating show at the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo.

Chinatown Jaunt

For the most dazzling late-night recreation in this glittering city, head to Clarke Quay, full of beautiful people and buzzing nightclubs.

Hop into a trishaw and explore Singapore’s vibrant Chinatown on a balmy evening tour including a night cruise on a traditional “bumboat.”

View from the Top Ascend to the top of Marina Bay Sands to the Sands SkyPark, where you can sip a Singapore Sling and scan the city skyline.

Eye Spy Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer – the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel – and be rewarded with panoramic views of the city and as far as Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Market Basket Explore 200 stalls of jewelry, clothing, antiques, calligraphy, and more at the Chinatown Night Market.

Tea Off Pull up a classic bentwood chair in Raffles Singapore’s elegant Tiffin Room, a quintessentially English venue, for traditional afternoon tea – with scones, of course!

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Trip Highlights • City Tour • Ride the Singapore Flyer • Night Safari • Tour of Sentosa Island

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You’ll be met at the airport and transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel in center city. The remainder of the day is at leisure – a perfect opportunity to sit down with a Singapore Sling at the famous Raffles Singapore Hotel!

You’ll be picked up in the morning for a half-day tour of Sentosa Island, just a short drive from central Singapore. Ride the scenic cable car, visit the Images of Singapore attraction, enter a world of colors at the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom, and discover S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest marine life park, before returning to Singapore in early afternoon.

Day 2: Singapore Your day begins with a city tour of Singapore’s highlights. Delve into its rich cultural history, including the mythological Merlion, a world-renowned icon of Singapore. Next, jump on the Singapore Flyer, Asia’s largest observation wheel, and view the city from a unique perspective. In the evening, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Singapore’s famous Night Safari, the world’s first wildlife night park. See the animal kingdom’s myriad nocturnal animals, from fierce predators to timid forest dwellers, in their natural habitat under subtle moon-glow lighting.

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Day 4: Singapore Transfer to airport for your onward flight.

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Set in stunning high-rise twin towers designed by I.M. Pei, this elegant hotel is strategically located in the heart of Singapore’s business, cultural, shopping, and entertainment districts. Enjoy Fairmont’s legendary personalized service.

Known for providing Asian grace, warmth, and care in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, this modern high-rise hotel stands in the heart of the city. Guest rooms have private balconies with views of Marina Bay or Financial District.

Providing easy access to all that Singapore has to offer, this elegant retreat is close to Orchard Road, Singapore’s premier shopping belt. Guest rooms have plush bedding, chic Italian designer furnishings, and city views.

• 769 ac rooms & suites • 12 restaurants/4 bars • 2 outdoor free-form pools • Willow Stream Spa/fitness center • 6 tennis courts • shopping

• 575 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/cafés & bar • outdoor mineral water pool • St. Gregory Spa/24-hour fitness center • direct access to shopping mall

• 206 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • outdoor mineral water pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi/steam room • kids’ amenities • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Overlooking Marina Bay, this classic luxury hotel features well-appointed rooms with magnificent city views. Recreation centers on tennis, the pool, and the new St. Gregory spa. Savor gourmet fare at award-winning restaurants.

Set amid 15 acres of tropical gardens, this deluxe hotel boasts three distinctive wings – the contemporary Tower Wing, the newly renovated tropical Garden Wing, and the exclusive Valley Wing. Indulge in a pampering spa journey at CHI, The Spa.

Inspired by a dynamic cosmopolitan lifestyle, mixed with Sentosa Island’s vibrant natural surroundings, this modern resort adopts this narrative, blurring the line between cosmopolitan city-state and the beauty of untamed nature.

• 790 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center • tennis courts • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 747 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars • butler services in Valley Wing Suites • outdoor free-form pool/children’s pool • CHI, The Spa/ 24-hour fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 240 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • 24-hour room service • Whatever/Whenever® service • 24-hour WET® Pool • AWAY Spa/24-hour GYM Fitness Center • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Established in 1971, this deluxe hotel is a veritable icon in Singapore, embodying rich Oriental charm. Showcasing panoramic views of the city skyline, Mandarin Court specializes in authentic Cantonese cuisine.

This deluxe hotel is near the Orchard Road shopping haven and a short drive from the Central Business District. Indulge in delectable buffet dishes at the award-winning Carousel, then unwind with dazzling cocktails at Heat Ultralounge.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s world-class shopping and entertainment, this stunning I.M. Pei-designed hotel offers unsurpassed panoramic views. Guest rooms and suites are spacious, sumptuous, and packed with hi-tech amenities.

• 1,065 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar/café • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • tennis • Mandarin Gallery shopping

• 511 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hour Internet lounge

• 1,261 ac rooms & suites • 12 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • Willow Stream Spa/fitness center • 6 tennis courts • shopping

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Overlooking the South China Sea and Riau Islands, this lively beachfront resort is set in 740 acres of tropical gardens. Spacious accommodations have balconies facing the sea or gardens. Dive into water sports, tennis, golf, and more.

Located on famous Orchard Road within the commercial and shopping district of Singapore, this modern hotel is just minutes away from Clarke Quay, Chinatown, and other major tourist attractions. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi.

Singapore Vacationers find excellent value at this modern high-rise hotel, set along the Singapore River and close to Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, and other attractions. Cozy guest rooms have contemporary décor and super city and river views.

• 470 ac rooms, suites & villas • 12 restaurants & bars • 2 outdoor pools • Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa/fitness center • two 18-hole golf courses • water & land sports • nightclub/kids club

• 407 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center/spa services/salon • shopping mall • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hour Internet station

• 342 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar & lounge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi • spa/fitness center/steam room • city shuttle bus to Orchard Road & Clarke Quay

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Set in the heart of Singapore within the vibrant Clarke Quay area, this contemporary hotel is located close to the famous shopping paradise of Orchard Road. Sleek guest rooms have the latest tech amenities, plus city or river views.

Located along the riverside in the city center, this stylish Art Deco hotel is within easy reach of Singapore’s vibrant entertainment hubs of Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Chinatown. Step into modern guest rooms with pool or city views.

Travelers find everything they need for a great vacation at this crescent-shaped high-rise hotel, set in downtown Singapore. Enjoy superb dining, the pool and spa, and unwind at swingin’ Club 5, which hosts dance music every evening.

• 403 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool in-room safe/iMac® stations • mini-bar/DVD player/tea & coffee facilities

• 203 ac rooms • restaurant/3 bars • outdoor pool with cascading waterfall • fitness center • business center with iMac® stations & secretarial services

• 343 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/steam room/aerobics • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi

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Set in downtown Singapore next to the city’s Little India district and close to great shopping, this hotel puts you in close touch with the best of the city. Guest rooms feature modern amenities and boast panoramic city views.

Redefining the metropolitan skyline, this Parkroyal Collection hotel invites you into a rooftop lounge boasting 360° views of Singapore. You’re close to Raffles Place, bustling Chinatown, waterfront entertainment, and much more

This modern urban oasis is within walking distance of famous Orchard Road shopping and Singapore entertainment districts. Spacious guest accommodations have the latest tech amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.

• 534 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 367 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/rooftop lounge • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/jogging track • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 407 ac rooms, suites & cabanas • restaurant/coffee bar/pool bar/ 24-hour room service • 2 outdoor pools/Jacuzzi/sundeck • fitness center/ salon • Internet room

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GETTING AROUND Bus

There are private as well as government bus entities with scheduled service between the island’s most popular destinations. These buses connect all towns on the island through local bus stations and can also be stopped at any point on their routes.

Taxi Taxis are the most efficient and convenient transportation on the island. Both chartered and metered taxis are everywhere and quite inexpensive.

Bemo Bemos are minivans which serve as a flexible bus service (also known as “Shuttle Bus”) and are Bali’s “traditional” form of transportation, though they have largely given way to metered taxis in the south.

Rental Car or Motorbike/Scooter Renting a car or motorbike/scooter may be a good choice for long vacations or stays. You will need to show your home country license and an international license to rent a car, or a special permit obtained from police stations to rent a motorbike.

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One of the world’s most popular destinations – not for nothing is it known as “The Island of the Gods” – Bali stakes a serious claim to representing paradise on earth, thanks to friendly and hospitable people, world-class surfing and diving, and numerous cultural, historical, and archaeological attractions. Not to mention pleasant weather and loads of sunshine!

Reachable only by boat, this laid-back string of islands is nirvana for snorkelers and scuba divers. There are also countless little beachside cafés, restaurants, and bars – but no vehicular traffic!

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The island welcomes travelers from all over the world and has a well-developed tourism industry with plenty of facilities to cater to visitors, including an enormous range of accommodations.

THE REGIONS Ubud & The Hills The cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is famous as an arts and crafts hub as well as the center of a beautiful countryside full of terraced rice paddies, waterfalls, and lush, dramatic valleys. Take your pick of museums, galleries, temples, cooking classes, cultural performances, and more.

Nusa Dua Bali’s premiere beach resort area, Nusa Dua spotlights long stretches of soft white sand, calm seas, and cool breezes – ideal for beach and water sport activities like sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and scuba diving.

Kuta & Seminyak Originally “discovered” by surfers, lively little Kuta is all beach recreation, breathtaking sunsets, and after-dark partying, while nearby Seminyak is a more upscale

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Mother Lode

Carve through astounding landscapes as you raft down the Ayung River (Class I and II rapids) and wind through deep valleys with cascading waterfalls and towering cliffs.

Visit the stunning Besakih Temple, Bali’s 1,000-year-old “Mother Temple,” a sprawling complex perched some 3,000 feet high on the slopes of Mount Agung.

Bay Play

Cookin’ Good

Romantic and unforgettable, there’s nothing like enjoying a luscious lobster dinner while cruising around Jimbaran Bay after the sun sets.

Learn all about the fresh herbs, spices, and other ingredients that make Balinese food delightfully tasty, with a visit to a local market and hands-on instruction from a master chef.

Rice Is Nice Explore one of Bali’s most unusual and beautiful landscapes as you bicycle around the sculpted rice paddies of Jatiluwih, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Monkey Business Get up-close and personal with cheeky Balinese monkeys (a/k/a long-tailed macaques) during a tour of the sacred Ubud Monkey Forest.

Night Flight Catch one of the planet’s most awesome sunsets while dancing, dining, sipping exotic cocktails, and chilling out at Ku De Ta on the Seminyak beachfront.

Motorhead Rent a motor scooter and cruise the streets of Denpasar as well as the less-traveled roads of the gorgeous countryside.

Market Watch Drop in to the Kumbasari Market in Denpasar and find unique clothing and kitchenware items at great prices. Don’t forget to haggle!

To Dine Divine Try out some of Bali’s local delicacies, including nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice with a fried egg on top) and gado gado (Indonesian salad served with spicy peanut sauce and prawn crackers).

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Trip Highlights • VIP arrival assistance at the airport • Flight to Yogyakarta and tour including Borobudur Temple • Exotic Bali tour • Full-day Aroma Spa package

Days 1-4: Bali / Uluwatu Your luxury experience begins at the airport as you’re guided through the VIP line to expedite customs and immigration formalities. A private car transfers you to the magnificent Alila Villas Uluwatu, poised on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean. After a couple of days of complete relaxation, you’ll be taken to the airport for a flight to Yogyakarta and a visit to the Borobudur temple, a jewel of Buddhist art and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also visit the Sultans Palace and the Prambanan Temple, a 9th-century Hindu Temple complex, before returning to Bali early in the evening.

Days 5-7: Bali / Ubud Transfer to Ubud, a village set in a lush environment of scenic rice fields, plunging valleys, charming villages, ancient temples, palaces, and winding rivers, and proceed to the Four Seasons Resort, where you’ll find luxurious ultra-private accommodations, exquisite local cuisine, and Balinese ayurveda-inspired spa treatments.

For those looking for more adventure, there are a range of cultural and nature-inspired activities for you to sample and enhance your stay. On Day 6, you’ll be picked up and taken on an Exotic Bali tour in a convertible VW safari car to explore villages, working rice paddies, temples, and awe-inspiring vistas that are not only iconic, but exclusive to Bali.

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Days 8-11: Bali / Seminyak You have plenty of opportunity to relax and wind down. Head into the bustling village of Seminyak on Bali’s famed west coast. Famous for its markets, shopping, and sandy beach, your oasis in Seminyak is the elegant beachfront property The Legian, the perfect spot for you to explore Bali’s nightlife and world famous surf.

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On Day 9, you’ll be taken to the Aroma Spa Retreat for a full day of pure relaxation. Treatments include massages, body polishes, facials, and aromatherapy baths, along with an organic lunch.

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On your final day, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight.

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Pura Luhur Temple, Uluwatu

Trip Highlights • Private tour of Uluwatu • Visit the Tohpati community • Rice fields of Tegalalang • Elephant trek • Lobster dinner at Jimbaran Bay

Relaxation rises to an art form in the southeastern corner of Bali. Your experience begins with a private transfer to the premier resort location of Nusa Dua. With ample recreational choices, dining facilities, and lush gardens combined with quiet stretches of beach, it’s the perfect venue to spend your first day at leisure.

Day 2: Bali / Nusa Dua Your second day at leisure gives you a chance to explore some culture between massages and the cocktail hour with a visit to Museum Pasifika, devoted to the art of Asia and the Pacific. Alternatively, try your hand at a round of golf.

Day 3: Bali / Uluwatu Your morning is at leisure before embarking on a private tour to Uluwatu, famous for Pura Luhur, a temple that rises 250 feet above the Indian Ocean. Keep an eye out for the monkeys, as they love Uluwatu as much as you will! A highlight of the trip is the kecak, or monkey dance, which features as many as 100 men swaying and chanting to the hypnotic music. Finally, enjoy the sunset in this unique setting.

Day 4: Bali / Ubud A private transfer takes you to cool, cultured, and charismatic Ubud, where vibrant rice terraces and plunging valleys provide a setting for this picturesque artist haven. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 5: Bali / Ubud Feel free to rise late for your day of leisure in captivating Ubud. Meditate with some yoga, indulge in some spa treatments, or simply wander through the delightful marketplace.

Day 6: Bali / Ubud This full-day tour begins with a visit to local community of Tohpati, where you will see how the famous batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created.

The rice fields of Tegalalang are stunning, and a sight that must not be missed in Bali. Then, enjoy lunch before you meet Ubud’s cheekiest inhabitants – the macaque monkeys. Making their home in the shaded forest, where they roam freely from tree to tree, the monkeys will often come down to greet visitors. Your day winds up with a trip to the Ubud markets, where bargaining is a must for all your mementos.

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Day 7: Bali / Ubud Spend the day at leisure.

Day 8: Bali / Seminyak Travel down the mountain to stylish and sophisticated Seminyak. Dominated by luxury day spas, fine dining, and trendy nightspots, this beach location is a perfect place to spend the day treating yourself.

Day 9: Bali After a lazy day indulging in the beach lifestyle of your choosing, join Bali’s first twilight elephant trek. A fantastic way to get up close and personal with some of Bali’s most majestic inhabitants, the safari under the stars takes a specially designed night trail through the forest, culminating in a four-course dinner in the Pachyderm Palm Grove by the lake.

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Day 10: Bali Spend the day at leisure, perhaps at a cooking class to take home some of the fantastic flavors you’ve been experiencing so far. Or go white-water rafting, horseback riding, or join an ATV adventure through the panoramic countryside. In the evening, travel to Jimbaran Bay for a sumptuous lobster dinner on the beach with a dramatic sunset.

Day 11: Bali Return by private transfer to airport for your departing flight.

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Trip Highlights • Mountain community of Tohpati • Rice fields of Tegalalang • Mount Batur • Tampaksiring Palace • Day trip to Lembongon Island • Jimbaran Bay lobster dinner

Welcome to Bali, and the coastal resort of stylish and sophisticated Seminyak. Dominated by luxury day spas, fine dining, and trendy nightspots, this beach location is a perfect place to spend the day treating yourself. After your private transfer from the airport, you are free to explore at will.

Day 2: Seminyak Spend the day at leisure, perhaps at a cooking class to take home some of the fantastic flavors you’ve been experiencing so far. Or go white-water rafting, horseback riding, or join an ATV adventure through the panoramic countryside.

Day 3: Bali / Ubud This full-day tour begins with a visit to local community of Tohpati, where you will see how the famous batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created. The rice fields of Tegalalang are stunning, and a sight that must not be missed in Bali. Then, enjoy lunch before you meet Ubud’s cheekiest inhabitants – the macaque monkeys. Making their home in the shaded forest, where they roam freely from tree to tree, the monkeys will often come down to greet visitors. Your day winds up with a trip to the Ubud markets, where bargaining is a must for all your mementos.

Day 4: Ubud Begin the day with a visit to the village of Batubulan for a rendition of the traditional Barong Dance. While in the village, visit gold and silver workshops as well as woodcarving studios to learn more about Bali’s renowned artistic traditions. Enjoy lunch at the scenic town of Kintamani, which offers a spectacular view of the active volcano of Mount Batur. Next, travel to the water palace of Tampaksiring, where cool water spouts from the mossy walls. Finally, stop at Goa Gajah, the “Elephant Cave.”

This Hindu archaeological site from the 11th century features a mysterious cave, relics, and ancient bathing pools set amid verdant rice paddies and gardens.

Day 5: Ubud / Candidasa Transfer to Candidasa, often regarded as the island’s “retreat in the east” and meant for those who opt for a more serene side of Bali. Known for its access to several world-class diving locations and cultural highlights, this location is a taste of old Bali.

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Day 6: Candidasa Spend the day at leisure to explore Candidasa.

Day 7: Candidasa / Sanur Your private transfer will take you to Sanur, a tranquil coastal village that keeps the true spirit of Bali alive and well. The beach is protected by a reef and lagoon offering year-round swimming. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the quieter locale, the village shops, and restaurants, and a side of Bali many never see.

Day 8: Bali

Batubulan Barong Dance

A full-day cruise today takes you to Lembongan Island aboard the Bali Hai II. Relax on the golden sands and snorkel in tranquil Lembongan Bay at Bali Hai Cruises’ private beach club. Your tour includes morning and afternoon tea and barbecue lunch, plus numerous water activities.

Day 9: Bali

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Spend the day at leisure. This evening, travel to Jimbaran Bay for a sumptuous lobster dinner on the beach overlooking the dramatic sunset.

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Day 10: Bali Private transfer back to airport for your departing flight.

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Discover ultimate tranquility, ocean breezes, and a romantic atmosphere for nature lovers at this beachfront boutique resort on Bali’s quiet eastern coast. Get active with snorkeling, diving, fishing, boating, trekking, and hiking.

Your Bali dream resort come to life, this stunning boutique hideaway opens onto a secluded Indian Ocean beach. Step into traditional Balinese villas with private furnished verandahs. Go scuba diving, learn to cook local favorites, and more!

Escape to paradise at this serene resort amid lush tropical gardens atop a cliff above the Indian Ocean. Play golf and tennis, dip into four scintillating pools, and rejuvenate at the spa while the kids are occupied at their own club.

• 79 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant • outdoor pool/children’s pool • Rama Spa • water sports • cooking classes/dance lessons • baby-sitting services available

• 48 ac villas • restaurant/snack bar/pool bar • outdoor lagoon pool/ sundeck • Java Spa/salon • water sports/tennis/hiking • cooking classes/ movies/library • children’s playground

• 278 ac rooms, suites & villas • 6 restaurants & bars • 4 outdoor pools/ children’s pool • Nirwana Spa, fitness center, Jacuzzi • 18-hole golf course/ tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak

BALI NIKSOMA BOUTIQUE BEACH RESORT

MERCURE KUTA BALI

PAT-MASE VILLAS AT JIMBARAN

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Blending Balinese style and modern architecture, this stunning boutique resort is secluded in spectacular tropical gardens and opens onto the warm sands of beautiful Legian Beach. Guest rooms have sleek contemporary décor.

Located in the center of Kuta, this family-friendly resort is surrounded by fantastic dining, entertainment, and shopping opportunities. Step into guest rooms with contemporary Balinese style and private balconies.

A sanctuary for the senses set in a calm and serene environment, this contemporary Balinese-style resort puts you close to some of the world’s great beaches. Hide away in villas surrounded by landscaped gardens.

• 57 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 2 outdoor pools on 2 levels/ Jacuzzi • spa/fitness center/sauna • boutique gallery

• 130 ac rooms • restaurant/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24 hour room service • outdoor rooftop pool/children’s pool/Jacuzzi • Bale Bengong Spa/salon • 9-hole golf course

• 20 ac 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom villas • restaurant/café/lounge/BBQ • concierge/ room service • outdoor pools/beach club • spa • Complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions & beach

SUN ISLAND HOTEL KUTA

RAMA BEACH RESORT & VILLAS

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You’ll find a blend of authentic Balinese heritage and Western contemporary design at this sparkling resort in Kuta, steps from its famous beach and close to downtown attractions. Serene guest rooms have private balconies.

Just steps from Kuta’s famous beach, this idyllic retreat is nestled amid palm trees and tropical gardens. Spacious private terraces or balconies have expansive views. Discover the emotional serenity and physical rejuvenation of the spa.

Close to the famed beaches of Kuta and Legian, this relaxed resort boasts traditional Indonesian style and is surrounded by the colorful nightlife of Legian Street. Retreat to serene accommodations decorated in Balinese contemporary style.

• 134 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge/complimentary buffet breakfast • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 100 ac villas • restaurant/Saturday barbecue night • outdoor pool with flowing cascades • spa/tennis court • cooking classes • shuttle bus available to nearby shopping

• 150 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/bar/lounge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/rooftop terrace • Giri Loka Spa/fitness center

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THE JAYAKARTA BALI BEACH RESORT RESIDENCE & SPA

THE 101 BALI LEGIAN

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Kuta-Legian

Located in the heart of Legian, close to Kuta and Legian beaches and within walking distance of fantastic shopping, dining, and nightlife, this chic modern hotel provides the ideal getaway for active vacationers.

In the heart of Kuta-Legian, this intimate Balinese-style resort is close to shops, restaurants, bars, nightlife, and the island’s most famous beaches. Minimalist guest rooms open to private terraces or balconies with garden views.

Surrounded by lush gardens, this stylish resort opens directly onto Legian Beach. Guest accommodations have private balconies overlooking the garden, pool, or ocean. Dip into the pool, play some tennis, and unwind in splendor at the spa.

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• 197 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/lobby lounge/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Atma Spa/fitness center • music lounge • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 30 ac rooms • restaurant/sports bar/swim-up bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa

• 278 ac rooms & 70 ac apartments • 4 restaurants/3 bars • lagoon pool/whirlpool/children’s pool • spa & massage/fitness center • tennis court • children’s playground

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An oasis of tropical tranquility and romance, this familyfriendly resort is just a short walk from the white-sand beaches of Legian. Dip into the expansive lagoon pool or step directly into a private pool from your own villa.

You’ll find an intimate ambiance amid tropical gardens along a private beach at this idyllic garden resort. Step into thatched-roof villas and terraced pavilions with stunning marble sunken garden baths and beach or garden views.

Hidden in the jungle-clad hills overlooking Bali’s northern coast, this luscious retreat is dedicated to beauty, tranquility, and acclaimed dining. Surrounded by tropical gardens, secluded individual villas open to private verandahs.

• 84 ac rooms, suites & pool villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars/mini-mart • 24-hour concierge & room service • outdoor lagoon pool/swim-up bar • Club Arena Spa/sauna • karaoke/live entertainment

• 30 ac pavilions & 20 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar/concierge/amphitheater • outdoor pool/beach club/water sports • spa/fitness center/tennis/ mini-golf • children’s activities

• 14 ac villas • restaurant/lounge/24-hour room service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/yoga • water sports/trekking • library/cooking classes

GRAND NIKKO BALI

THE LAGUNA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA

PURI BAGUS LOVINA

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Set directly on a private beach, this traditional Balinese-style resort welcomes you into secluded individual villas ringed by beautiful tropical gardens and opening to furnished verandahs. Go swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more!

Experience a world of personal hospitality at this cliff-top luxury resort, featuring stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Elegant guest rooms and villas are finished in a timeless design and complemented with modern comforts.

Nestled on Bali’s finest beach overlooking the majestic Indian Ocean, this superlative resort features suites and villas with 24-hour butler service, complimentary, a swimmable lagoon, and 3 international cuisine restaurants.

• 40 ac villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor free-form infinity pool • Jaya Spa/2 Jacuzzis/steam room • library/shop/ excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 389 ac rooms & 19 ac villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars • 4 interconnected pools/children’s lagoon & pool • Mandara Spa/fitness center/sauna/tennis • Jungle Camp kids club

• 276 ac rooms & suites/11 ac villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • 24-hour butler service • 7 outdoor lagoon pools/swimmable lagoon • Lagoon Spa/ fitness center

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THE MULIA, MULIA RESORT & VILLAS - NUSA DUA BALI

THE ST. REGIS BALI RESORT

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Located on the shores of Nusa Dua, this property is a unique sanctuary of exotic beauty and tropical comfort for those seeking a dream vacation. An enormous lagoon pool gently winds throughout its 24 acres of gardens.

Explore the dramatic coastline that surrounds this blissful resort, experience the serenity of breathtaking landscapes, and indulge amid magnificent nature escapes. Retreat to beautiful, luxuriously appointed rooms, suites and villas.

The stunning beachfront resort, with its legacy of luxury, features panoramic Indian Ocean views, lush gardens, and a crystal blue seawater lagoon. Guest rooms open onto balconies with pool, garden, or ocean views.

• 494 ac rooms, suites & villas • 5 restaurants/5 bars/poolside bar • outdoor lagoon pool • YHI Spa/fitness center • lighted tennis courts/water sports • live entertainment

• 745 ac rooms, suites & villas • 8 restaurants & bars/nightclub • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center/yoga/aerobics • tennis/kids club

• 123 ac suites & villas • 4 restaurants/bar/pool bar • 24-hour St. Regis butler service • outdoor pool/children’s pool/swimmable lagoon • Remède Spa/fitness center

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NOVOTEL BALI NUSA DUA HOTEL & RESIDENCES

SWISS-BELHOTEL BAY VIEW HOTEL, SUITES, VILLAS NUSA DUA

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Nusa Dua

This resort hotel is set in luxurious Nusa Dua along the stunning coast of southern Bali, close to tranquil white sand beaches – an idyllic paradise destination perfect for those wanting romance, relaxation, or a family vacation.

This family-friendly resort is just steps away from the famous white-sand beaches of Nusa Dua. Dive into water sports, spa rejuvenation, fitness workouts, kids’ and teens’ activities, scheduled recreational activities, and more.

Situated on the stunning hilltop of Nusa Dua Hills, this modern resort welcomes you into sleek suites and luxurious private pool villas with stunning views over Benoa Bay. Dip into two outdoor pools and rejuvenate at the spa.

• 250 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/pool bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor lagoon pool/private beach club • Courtyard Spa/ fitness center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 175 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • outdoor lagoon pool/ private beach club • Balance Spa & Fitness Center/sauna/water sports • kids & teens activities • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 152 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/lounge/bar/room service • 2 outdoor pools/children’s pool • spa/fitness center • complimentary shuttle to nearby attractions

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A seamless fusion of traditional Balinese designs, this exclusive resort was made for the discerning traveler. Step into individual villas with private pools and every conceivable luxury touch. It’s just a short walk to the beach of your dreams!

This beachfront sanctuary of tropical charm recreates the ambiance of a traditional Balinese community celebrating the island’s unique culture. Built for relaxation, breezy cottages and bungalows have private terraces or balconies.

Stroll directly onto the broad white sands of Seminyak’s beach from this modern new luxury resort. Oversize guest suites have the latest tech amenities and private balconies with sweet ocean views. It’s just steps to Seminyak’s famed shopping and nightlife.

• 18 ac villas with private pools • restaurant/lounge/BBQ • butler & room service • spa • tour desk

120 ac cottages & bungalows • 2 restaurants/2 bars/room service • 3 outdoor pools/children’s pool • Spa at Segara/yoga • water sports/ tennis • kids activities/cooking classes

• 146 ac suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hour concierge & room service/24-hour butler service • outdoor pool

THE ELYSIAN BOUTIQUE VILLA HOTEL

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Escape to a romantic haven where you can revel in the privacy of your own luxury villa – with its own private pool – amid leafy Balinese gardens. Go swimming and biking, and rejuvenate with a massage at the spa.

Recreating the atmosphere of a Balinese village, this halcyon retreat commands a long stretch of golden sand beach in vibrant Seminyak. Luxurious villas and lanais, furnished with teak and Balinese artifacts, private verandahs.

Exclusively located in the beachfront enclave of Seminyak, this sparkling resort welcomes you into accommodations with vivid design, cutting-edge technology, and uniquely modern amenities. Rejuvenate in high style at the AWAY® Spa.

• 26 ac 1-bedroom villas/ac 2-bedroom villa with private pool • restaurant & bar • concierge/24-hour room service • Elysian Spa • free Wi-Fi throughout • iPod®/Apple® TV/Bose® Sound Dock

• 60 ac rooms & 14 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar/concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center/tennis court • amphitheatre/ business center • free Wi-Fi throughout

• 237 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/wine cellar/3 bars • 24-hour room service • Whatever/Whenever® service • WET® saltwater pool/ sundeck • 24-hour AWAY® Spa/FIT Gym

THE KUNJA VILLA HOTEL & SPA

THE DUSUN

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Specializing in 1- and 3-bedroom retreats for honeymooners, couples, and families, this all-villa resort is located in trendy Seminyak, close to the island’s best stretch of golden sand beaches. Spacious accommodations have private pools.

Located in the Petitenget area of Seminyak on Bali’s southwest coast, this exclusive resort is just a short stroll from great beaches and roaring nightlife. Guest accommodations have kitchens, private pools, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

While overlooking lush rice paddies, this modern-style mezzanine apartment hotel in located near Seminyak’s bustling nightlife and dining scene. Duplex and mezzanine accommodations have full kitchens and living rooms as well as upstairs bedrooms.

• 18 ac villas with private pools • in-villa dining services/private chef available • kunja spa • Wi-Fi access in villas

• 14 ac pool villas • restaurant/complimentary breakfast/BBQ grills • outdoor pool • concierge/room service • spa services

• 52 ac rooms • restaurant/lounge • outdoor pool • spa

SUN ISLAND BOUTIQUE VILLAS & SPA – SEMINYAK

TONY’S VILLA BALI

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This resort commands a prime location in Seminyak, close to shopping and restaurants. Lavish contemporary villas have private balconies, gardens, and pools. The tranquil spa offers traditional massages, scrubs, body wraps, and more.

A perfect hideaway within a lush tropical ambiance, this luxurious property is all about serenity and friendly service. Designed with a Balinese touch and modern style, accommodations are designed for the ultimate vacation experience.

Relax in a sophisticated resort environment with stylish rooms and recreational facilities near Seminyak’s famous beach and downtown attractions. Experience head-to-toe indulgence through the therapeutic art of touch at Aum Spa.

• 23 ac villas • café & bar/free daily afternoon tea • concierge/room service • outdoor main pool • Island Spa • free Wi-Fi • free shuttle service to Kuta (based on schedules)

• 31 ac rooms & pool villas • restaurant/lounge/bar/pool bar • outdoor free-form pool • spa • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 121 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar-lounge/poolside bar/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Aum Spa/fitness center • complimentary shuttle to beach

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CENTRA TAUM SEMINYAK BALI

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This scintillating resort is located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali’s trendiest area, close to chic boutiques, fabulous restaurants, and great beaches. Step into deluxe villas with air-conditioned bedrooms, swimming pools, and tropical gardens.

Conveniently located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali’s center of leisure and nightlife, this new resort has a trendy atmosphere. Sleek contemporary accommodations have kitchenettes and private balconies or terraces.

Located just off Seminyak, this exotic Balinese boutique resort is surrounded by lush tropical gardens, just minutes from the beach. Lumbung-style guest rooms have breezy private balconies with pool and garden views.

• 50 villas • restaurant/room service • Prana Spa • yoga • complimentary Wi-Fi • gift shop

• 90 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/children’s pool • Cense by Spa Cenvaree/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 70 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant/swim-up bar • two-level pool with whirlpool • spa • activity center/children’s playground • free Wi-Fi

BALI AYU HOTEL & VILLAS

KUPU KUPU BARONG VILLAS & TREE SPA

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Ubud

A villa-style property that combines classic Balinese architecture and modern amenities, this resort is located in the quiet Petitenget village, just a short walk from the beach. Guest accommodations open to balconies or patios with garden views.

The first luxury boutique hotel in Ubud, this exclusive resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and overlooks the Ayung River Valley. Private villas are furnished in Balinese style, with private plunge pools and breezy terraces.

An exceptional boutique villa resort, this adults-only property stands in the very heart of Ubud, close to the town’s many cultural attractions. Step into individual villas with outdoor living spaces, private pools, and sundecks.

• 32 ac apartment studios & villas • restaurant/sports bar/pool bar/room service • outdoor pool/rooftop terrace • Puspa Ayu Spa • tour desk

• 34 ac villas • restaurant & bar • private butler service • Mango Tree Spa by L’Occitane • yoga & Balinese dance lessons • wedding & honeymoon services • free Wi-Fi throughout

• 12 ac villas • restaurant/café/lounge/BBQ • concierge/24-hour room service • 12 outdoor pools • spa services • complimentary Wi-Fi

FURAMAXCLUSIVE VILLAS & SPA

KAMANDALU RESORT & SPA

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MAYA UBUD RESORT & SPA

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Set in a rural village surrounded by tranquil terraced rice paddies, this idyllic all-villa resort blends contemporary chic with a minimalist touch. Lagoon Pool Villas allow private sunbathing, and Spa Pool Villas are built as exclusive duplexes.

Resembling a Balinese village, this hidden gem is nestled between the green rice paddies and lush tropical valley of Ubud. Individually designed villas have outdoor showers and sunken tubs; private pool villas provide even more privacy.

A blend of modern and traditional styles, this luxurious hillside resort sits between the Petanu River Valley and verdant rice fields of Peliatan. Guest accommodations have private balconies or terraces with superb views.

• 18 ac villas • restaurant/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Spa Furama • cooking classes/Balinese dance lessons • complimentary shuttle to Ubud Centre

• 58 ac villas • 3 restaurants/swim-up bar/pool bar • 2 outdoor pools/ kids pool • The Spa at Kamandalu/Yoga House • complimentary shuttle to/from Ubud Center • free Wi-Fi throughout

• 108 ac rooms & villas • 3 restaurants/bar • 2 outdoor pools/children’s pool • Maya Spa/fitness center/yoga/Pilates • tennis/bicycles/putting green

ALAYA RESORT UBUD

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ELEPHANT SAFARI PARK & LODGE

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Ubud

This unpretentious boutique resort is all about taking time to enjoy quality relaxation in a stylish environment surrounded by natural beauty, designed to reflect Bali as an artistic destination and meet the needs of international travelers.

The only hotel in the world with elephant chauffeur service from your room, this unique resort invites you into beautiful lodge rooms featuring unique elephant-inspired décor and artifacts, plus garden, rice paddy, or park views.

Ubud Sweet seclusion is the essence of this resort, located amid an expanse of serene rice fields and framed by majestic Mount Batur in the distance. Accommodations have Balinese décor and furnishings, plus private plunge pools and gazebos.

• 60 ac rooms with furnished balconies • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • DeLa Spa/yoga • Balinese dance classes • free Wi-Fi

• 25 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • Safari Wellness Spa/fitness center • free Elephant Safari rides & entrance to Elephant Safari Park

• 24 ac villas • 2 restaurants/3 bars/poolside bar • outdoor pool • spa • Balinese dance lessons/cooking classes

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WAPA DI UME RESORT & SPA

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CHAMPLUNG SARI HOTEL UBUD

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This serene, secluded boutique resort stands on a hillside amid acres of timeless landscape, just minutes from downtown Ubud. Traditionally styled private villas, many with private pools, have elegant furnishings and outdoor baths.

An oasis of quiet and serenity, this deluxe resort is only minutes from the cultural and artistic attractions of Ubud. Guest rooms and villas open to terraces or balconies with mountain, courtyard, or garden views.

This restful retreat is set within a verdant landscape at the edge of Ubud’s sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Clusters of comfortable guest rooms with balconies are scattered across the property in the style of a traditional Balinese village.

• 23 ac villas • 2 restaurants/pool bar/BBQ/room service • 3-tier outdoor free-form pool/children’s pool • Purnama Spa/meditation & yoga • jogging & cycling track • library

• 19 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/lounge/pool bar/complimentary daily afternoon tea • room service • outdoor bi-level pool/2 whirlpools • spa/steam room/yoga center/trekking • cooking classes

• 103 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/café/bar/complimentary buffet breakfast/ room service • 2 outdoor pools • Purnama Spa/sauna/whirlpool

A TRUE BALINESE EXPERIENCE

BALI ADVENTURE TOURS

ELEPHANT SAFARI RIDE

Bali / 10 Hours

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Hop into a VW Safari, the coolest mode of transportation, and drive through some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. Enjoy a half-hour elephant ride through the lush landscape along the banks of the Ayung River. Complete your excursion with an exhilarating two-hour whitewater rafting adventure and discover hidden waterfalls, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

Bali Adventure Tours is a long-established, award-winning adventure tour operator with world-class activities, including premium whitewater rafting, jungle trekking, river kayaking, and mountain biking. It’s well-known for its top-notch facilities, such as the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, where you can touch, feed, and ride an elephant through the tropical jungle of Bali. Bali Adventure Tours specializes in both family-oriented experiences and off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Get up-close and personal with these incredible animals in a beautiful tropical park setting. Witness elephants immersing themselves in the park lake, hand-feed them, touch them, take photos with them, and learn more about the elephants’ ancestry and diversity at the park’s historical and graphic displays.

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A MOSAIC OF NATURAL WONDERS, ENDLESS DISCOVERIES, AND AUTHENTIC SMILES

GETTING AROUND Air

Since the Philippines is an archipelago, the easiest way to move between islands is by plane. There are significant domestic operations linking many major towns and cities with Manila and Cebu, plus a few secondary destinations. Several smaller carriers also serve resort and remote destinations. The route networks of most local airlines are heavily centered around Manila, Clark, and Cebu.

Rail Philippine National Railways operates overnight intercity rail service between Manila and Naga, and between Manila and Ligao. PNR also runs the Metro Manila commuter rail system and the Bicol Commuter regional service.

Bus Numerous reliable and inexpensive bus services cover the Philippines, with provincial bus companies offering scheduled trips from Manila to areas in the north and south. Indeed, island-hopping on a bus is even an option!

Boat Passenger ferries and waterbuses are essential for traveling in the Philippines. You can get from major ports like Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, and Davao to just about any of the islands. For short distances the most common passenger ferry is the banca, which can be found at almost every beach in the Philippines. Locally, you can get around Manila via ferry/waterbus along the Pasig River.

Know Your Destination

Beaches, history, recreation, urban delights, great food – there’s no end to the wonder and excitement you’ll find in the Philippines! You’ll be immersed in an EasternWestern culture like no other, see amazing landscapes, dive into outdoor adventures on land and sea, and meet warm and gentle people who generally have a great sense of humor…

Cebu

Fast-growing Cebu (the city) is the major metropolis on Cebu (the island), a surprisingly cosmopolitan city that incongruously offers white-sand beaches, small satellite islands, and myriad opportunities for water sports. Golf, shopping, entertainment, and casinos anchor the landbased entertainment.

There are many direct flights to Manila, you don’t need a visa to enter the country, English is spoken widely (it’s one of the official languages), and the Philippines is one of the least expensive countries in Asia to travel in – which makes shopping an even better bargain!

THE REGIONS Manila Capital city of the Philippines, Manila is the nation’s center of education, business, and transportation. A sprawling, gritty melting pot, it is not only home to jungles, beaches, and congested streets, but also the cultural center and mecca for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Look for old stone churches and gorgeous sunsets over the bay.

Boracay Surrounded by crystal-blue waters, Boracay Island offers some of the best beaches on the planet, world-class dive sites, and a festive ambiance that stretches late into the night. Adventurers take advantage of the natural abundance in this sun-drenched haven, with outdoor activities such as mountain biking, cave exploring, windsurfing, parasailing, and snorkeling.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP 10 EXPERIENCES Jee!

Down Under

Hop into a “jeepney” (a WWII GI Jeep uniquely adorned with colorful works of art) and discover the hundreds of great sights and sounds that make Manila one-of-a-kind.

Visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and explore the world’s largest and longest underground river.

Scuba Do

In Memorium

Boracay Island has great beaches and even better dive spots, including Yapak, where you’ll spot grey reef sharks, manta rays, and vibrant walls of coral.

Pay your respects at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, which contains the largest number of graves of any cemetery for American soldiers killed during WWII.

Hit the Streets

Journey of Faith

Manila is filled with street-food options, so try out some isaw (BBQ pork or chicken on wooden skewers) and kikiam (dumpling with ground pork, veggies, and fivespice powder).

Meander along the Heritage Trail of centuries-old churches, cathedrals, and shrines that makes Cebu a “Pilgrimage City” visited by every Filipino.

Bargain Hunt

Marvel at the Chocolate Hills, a natural geologic formation comprising over a thousand cone-shaped mounds, each 100-400 feet high, on Bohol Island.

Stroll around Manila’s Binondo, in Chinatown, to find real bargains that may be purchased at a fraction of the prices found in common retail stores.

Sing Out! Filipinos love to sing. Out loud. At any time… Karaoke is a national pastime in the Philippines, so join in the fun and belt it out!

Choco-Holic

El Neato Discover secret islands, marble cliffs, hidden caves, remote beaches, and stunning seascapes in El Nido, part of the province of Palawan. Cebu

Manila Las Pinas

Pasanjan

Taal Lake South China Sea Boracay

Sulu Sea Chocolate Hills

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A SELECTION OF Philippines HOTELS and sightseeing BORACAY SANDCASTLES THE APARTMENTS

EDSA SHANGRI-LA, MANILA

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SHANGRI-LA’S MACTAN RESORT & SPA

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Boracay

Manila

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Fronting the broad stretch of sand at Boracay’s White Beach, these ultimate beachfront apartments are built for adventure and fun. Dive into water sports across turquoise waters, all with the dramatic seascape of Boracay Island as backdrop.

Set in lush tropical gardens at the Ortigas Centre in Mandaluyong City, this tower hotel combines attentive service with exceptional facilities. Guest rooms feature contemporary décor with Asian accents and memorable city views.

A beachfront cove, palm-filled grounds, and Chi spa are among the reasons this premier resort is applauded on Travel+Leisure’s 2010 “T+L 500.” Guest rooms have contemporary Filipino furnishings and private balconies with spectacular views.

• 7 ac apartments with terraces or balconies • restaurant/bar/wine bar • spa • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 632 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bars • 24-hour room service • CHI, The Spa/fitness center

• 537 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/5 bars/beach & poolside bars • 2 outdoor pools/children’s pool • spa/fitness center • golf/tennis • water sports/PADI dive center • children’s programs

PANAY 3 DAY/2 NIGHT ADVENTURE

CORREGIDOR ISLAND TOUR

BUSUANGA WILDLIFE, KAYAK & 4X4 ADVENTURE

Boracay / 3 Day/2 Night

Manila / Full-Day

Palawan / 3 Day/2 Nights

Frolic in a whitewater wonderland of waterfalls, rice terraces, and rainforests while kayaking, trekking, biking, and unwinding in kawa hot tubs on this three-day adventure less than two hours from Boracay. Stay in a basic riverside native cottage with private bath, bedroom, and balcony. Hike the Mount Maja, swing like Tarzan into rock pools of the Bugtong Bato Waterfalls, and more.

Visitors to Corregidor Island are rewarded with the opportunity to learn about the historical and patriotic significance of this small tadpole-shaped island, scene of a bitterly fought battle during WWII. Visit the Malinta Tunnel (a network of underground bunkers that served as headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur), the Lighthouse, Pacific War Memorial, the Gun Emplacements, and the Filipino-American Friendship Park. The tour includes roundtrip ferry ride to the island.

Get close to dugong, Calamian deer, giraffes, and zebras on this eclectic sea and land safari in picturesque northern Palawan, featuring snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Snorkel spectacular coral reefs at famous Apo Reef, take a 4x4 safari to Calauit Wildlife Reserve, wander through virgin rainforest and dip into freshwater lagoons. Accommodation is in a beach pavilion with private bathroom and plunge pool.

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huanyíng Hong Kong/Kowloon/Macau

A FIREWORK OF REVELATIONS, BLENDING EAST AND WEST, ANCIENT AND MODERN, TOWERING SKYSCRAPERS AND QUIET TEMPLES…

Transit

Know Your Destination

The world’s first contactless smart debit card, the Octopus card provides instant access to Hong Kong’s public transport system, including the MTR network of underground and suburban rail. There are five underground lines, three suburban rail lines, and the Airport Express, plus a network of modern tram lines.

At once earthy and exotic, Hong Kong is an island of legend, myth, and mystery. And shopping! Once you’ve seen the awesome sights – the towering skyline by day and night, the giant Tian Tan Buddha, the view from atop Victoria Peak, the neon whirlwind of Mongkok – then it’s time to seek out fashions, electronics, wristwatches, jewelry… all without sales tax.

Tram

A former British colony, Hong Kong retains a lasting British influence throughout its society, including place names, institutions, physical environment, and, not least, the language. There’s no visa needed for entry, and getting around is very easy, thanks to the overall density of the islands.

GETTING AROUND

The iconic narrow double-decker city trams trundling along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island have provided cheap transport for over a century. The route along the length of Hong Kong Island’s center covers many places tourists would want to see, and it’s the cheapest sightseeing tour around.

Bus Bus service in Hong Kong is operated by a multitude of companies. You’ll find large double-decker buses and van-sized public light buses. Macau and its districts are served by three bus companies.

Ferry A vast fleet of ferries plies between the many islands of Hong Kong. The granddaddy of them all and an attraction in itself is the Star Ferry, an icon of Hong Kong. Its most popular line travels between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, and offers amazing views. Macau is just an hour away by TurboJet ferry.

Macau

A former territory of Portugal, densely populated Macau sits across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong and retains a visible history from the colonial era. Dive into local cuisine – a mix of Chinese and Portuguese that is irresistible – and immerse yourself in gaming culture in one of the numerous new casinos. Local customs resemble Western society more than other Asian countries, especially among the younger generations.

THE REGIONS Hong Kong As Asia’s world city, Hong Kong has much to offer. A city of charm, it has the sophistication of an international city, cultural diversity, and cosmopolitan lifestyle at the very core of its attractions, and is also a haven of unspoiled natural parkland and spectacular scenery, all fronted by a skyline that’s breathtaking by day or after dark.

Kowloon With over 2.1 million people living in an area of less than 18 square miles, the peninsula of Kowloon is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet, and has a matching array of places to shop, eat, and sleep. Tsim Sha Tsui is Kowloon’s main tourist drag, and Mongkok offers a huge choice of shops and markets.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP 10 EXPERIENCES Culinary Capital

Float Your Boat

With over 11,000 restaurants to choose from, savor cuisines from Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines while taking in striking skyline and harbor views.

Dine on superb seafood – with a side order of amazing views – on the Jumbo Kingdom or Tai Pak, a pair of restaurants that float in Aberdeen Harbor.

Rolls Right In

Do a 360°

The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong has been shuttling guests to and from the airport and around town in Rolls-Royce automobiles since 1970.

On Lantau Island, the Ngong Ping Cable Car travels between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping, revealing stunning panoramic views of the South China Sea, the airport, the Giant Buddha, and beyond.

Michelin Star Tim Ho Wan may be the least expensive Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, a hole-in-the-wall that specializes in dim sum at unbelievably low prices.

Light Show

Hasten to Nathan Get your shopping fix at Nathan Road in Kowloon, epicenter of boutiques selling a wide variety of digital cameras, music players, cell phones, and more.

The best places to see the spectacular “Symphony of Lights” – the world’s largest permanent light & sound show – is from a dedicated harbor cruise, the Star Ferry, or on land from the Avenue of the Stars in Kowloon.

Macau Hop

Big Buddha

Track Time

Set amid lush mountain scenery, Po Lin Monastery is home to the extraordinary 100-foot-tall Tian Tan Buddha statue, which faces north to look over the Chinese people.

Take a quick trip to China in just two hours, thanks to easy rail from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. (Note, you may need a visa to enter the country.)

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND

MACAU TOURISM

Hop onto the ferry from Hong Kong or Kowloon to Macau, just an hour away, for an easy day of sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Tian Tan Buddha

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Macau

Hong Kong / 1-2 Day Ticket

Macau

A visit to this whimsical world of imagination will take you from a fairy-tale castle to an intergalactic mountain, and to a world where you can see jungle elephants on an exotic river! See snakes that hiss and bears that talk, be photographed with beautiful princesses, and ride old-time taxis and spaceage rockets in one day! Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland come together to create a magical adventure everyone will love!

The Macau Government Tourist Office invites you to discover the best of Macau with cultural experiences like visiting a charming historical village, walking through a bustling modern city, and indulging in a mouthwatering culinary tour. Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site, experience world-class entertainment, and celebrate the world’s first fusion cuisine.

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LANATU ISLAND Chung Hau

Victoria Kowloon Harbour Central Mui Wo

Victoria

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East Meets West 6 Days / 5 Nights HONG KONG • MACAU

Lantau Island

Macau

Victoria Harbour

Trip Highlights • Lantau Island tour • Harbour cruise • Lei Yun Mun Seafood Village dinner

Day 1: Hong Kong On arrival in Hong Kong, you’ll be taken to your hotel in Kowloon on the edge of Victoria Harbour. With Hong Kong’s colorful history, there is much to see on this journey, from colonial architecture to the modern Chinese influences that have shaped the city. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure; a visit to the famed ladies market on Tung Choi is a must.

Day 2: Hong Kong In the morning you’ll be picked up and taken by fast ferry to Lantau Island, where you’ll visit Cheung Sha Beach and then make your way to Tai O, a quaint fishing village where houses are perched on stilts. Next, visit Po Lin monastery and view the awe-inspiring world’s tallest seated bronze statue atop a mountain with panoramic views. For dinner, perhaps venture to Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum and experience the cheapest Michelin-star restaurant in the world.

ferry to Macau. An island rich in Portuguese culture with a Chinese and British influence, Macau has long been regarded as one of the most culturally diverse destinations in Asia. You have two days to explore this magnificent island and its ancient traditions. From the Las Vegas style casinos to the cobbled streets, there is much to see and do in this famed hot spot – including the opportunity to try a pastel de nata from a traditional Portuguese bakery.

Day 5: Macau – Hong Kong Board the ferry to Hong Kong Island, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The day is yours to enjoy and explore before joining a harbor cruise to experience the lights and night views of this city before heading to the world-famous Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village for a sumptuous dinner.

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Macau

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LANATU ISLAND Chung Hau

Victoria Kowloon Harbour Central Mui Wo

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HONG KONG Aberdeen ISLAND Stanley

Day 6: Hong Kong Transfer to airport to meet your departing flight.

Days 3-4: Hong Kong – Macau After a transfer to the ferry terminal, board your fast

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A SELECTION OF Hong Kong/kowloon/macau HOTELS GATEWAY HOTEL

GRAND HYATT HONG KONG

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HARBOUR GRAND HONG KONG

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Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island

This modern hotel is situated in Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest shopping complex. Contemporary style guest rooms have the latest tech amenities. You’re just steps from the city’s top arts and culture attractions.

Impeccable service is key at this grand hotel on the waterfront, directly connected to the Convention Centre. Guest rooms have custom-made beds, marble baths with gold fixtures, and floor-to-ceiling windows with harbor or garden views.

Located in the heart of Hong Kong Island boasting a 270-degree view of the Victoria Harbour skyline, the multi-award winning Harbour Grand Hong Kong is just 5 minutes walk from the MTR underground station.

• 399 ac rooms & 50 suites • restaurant/lounge/wine bar/complimentary daily breakfast • outdoor heated pool • Aveda Lifestyle Hair Salon & Day Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 539 ac rooms & suites/Grand Club Residence • 7 restaurants/2 bars • outdoor heated pool • Plateau Spa/24-hour fitness center/400m jogging track • kids playground • meeting facilities • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 828 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants & lounges • outdoor heated pool/jacuzzi/children’s pool • spa & massage centre/fitness center • complimentary shuttle bus to/from major shopping districts

HARBOUR PLAZA NORTH POINT HONG KONG

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND HOTEL

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Worldwide Traveler Select

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD HOTEL

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Located a block from Victoria Harbour between Taikoo Place and Causeway Bay, this modern high-rise hotel is close to Cityplaza shopping mall. Guest rooms and suites have huge windows overlooking King’s Road or the harbor.

This grand hotel surrounds you with Victorian elegance. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, Kingdom Gifts, Mickey Maze, and activities for kids. Hong Kong Disneyland Park is just a pleasant walk or complimentary bus ride away.

Find fun for the whole family at this Hollywood-themed hotel with great value. Enjoy spacious rooms, take photos with classic cars, and relax at the pool. Hong Kong Disneyland Park is just a complimentary bus ride away.

• 669 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/bar • 25-meter outdoor heated pool (seasonal)/spa tub • fitness center/sauna/steam room • 5 minutes to Cityplaza shopping mall

• 400 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar/concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor & indoor pools • fitness center/tennis & sports courts • children’s activities • live entertainment

• 600 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/snack bar/lounge/pool bar/concierge • outdoor pool/children’s pool/water slide • children’s activities • complimentary theme park shuttle

PRINCE HOTEL

HARBOUR GRAND KOWLOON

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INTERCONTINENTAL GRAND STANFORD HONG KONG

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Hong Kong Island

Kowloon

Located on Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, this contemporary hotel forms part of Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest shopping and commercial complex. Step into elegant guest rooms with views of the city or Victoria Harbour.

Standing on Victoria Harbour next to the bustling Tsimshatsui, just minutes from Hong Kong via ferry, this modern high-rise hotel is a private retreat offering deluxe rooms and diverse dining options. The rooftop swimming pool is a stunner.

Conveniently located in the heart of Kowloon, close to Nathan Road, this modern high-rise hotel offers breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. Guest accommodations have traditional style and outstanding views.

• 393 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • outdoor heated pool • 24-hour fitness center • business center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 554 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • outdoor glass-walled rooftop pool • spa/fitness center/men’s & women’s saunas/ steam room • high-speed Internet access

• 570 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • outdoor rooftop heated pool/sundeck • The Place for Body and Mind • Zanadu Health Spa/ fitness center

THE LANGHAM HONG KONG

LANGHAM PLACE MONGKOK HONG KONG

KOWLOON SHANGRI-LA, HONG KONG

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Kowloon

Kowloon

Set along the waterfront, this Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2012” hotel welcomes you into spacious rooms with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. The Michelin 2-star Shang Palace serves chef Mok Kit Keung’s Cantonese specialties.

Located next to fashionable Canton Road, this Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List 2012” hotel boasts rooms with deep soaking tubs and the latest tech amenities. The Michelinstarred T’ang Court delights with authentic Cantonese fare.

Kowloon

This hip hotel in the trendy Mongkok neighborhood is close to excellent shopping. Elegant guest rooms have contemporary Chinese art, high ceilings, chrome-and-marble baths with glass walls and rainshowers, and superb city views.

Worldwide Traveler Select

• 688 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/deli/2 bars • 24-hour room service • indoor pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/solarium/massage services • 24-hour business center

• 495 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar • The Langham Club special services & privileges • outdoor rooftop pool • fitness center/massage services • in-room mobile phones in all suites

• 665 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • outdoor rooftop pool • Chuan Spa/fitness center • DVD library

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THE MIRA HONG KONG

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HARBOUR PLAZA 8 DEGREES

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Overlooking spectacular Victoria Harbour, this upscale hotel stands at the heart of the city’s busiest commercial, shopping, and business hub. Guest accommodations have traditional décor and harbor or skyline views.

This hip luxury hotel in the heart of Tsimshatsui features guest rooms with design-led interiors, in-room “My Mobile” phones, complimentary Wi-Fi, and personalized service. Indulge in cutting-edge body treatments at the plush MiraSpa.

Located near the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, this modern hotel is just minutes from sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. Intimate rooms – some with balconies – have contemporary furnishings and the latest tech amenities.

• 665 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/coffee shop/bar • 24-hour room service • outdoor heated pool • fitness center

• 492 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/bars/outdoor garden lounge • indoor infinity-edge pool/fitness center • MiraSpa/sauna/whirlpool/ steam/experience shower/waterbed lounge

• 702 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • outdoor pool/children’s pool/whirlpool • spa/fitness center/sauna/massage services • frequent complimentary shuttle service to area attractions

HARBOUR PLAZA METROPOLIS

Kowloon

THE KOWLOON HOTEL

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Kowloon

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Worldwide Traveler Select

STANFORD HILLVIEW HOTEL

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Worldwide Traveler Select

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Worldwide Traveler Select

Adjacent to the Hong Kong Coliseum, this ultra-modern hotel is convenient to Tsimshatsui East, the Duty Free Shoppers Galleria, and other attractions. Retreat to contemporary guest rooms with city or harbor views.

This modern steel-and-glass hotel lies at the center of Nathan Road’s Golden Mile shopping paradise. Guests have easy access to the greatest harbor view in the world, thousands of shops and restaurants, major attractions, and more.

Set in a quiet corner of Kowloon’s premier shopping and entertainment district, this contemporary high-rise hotel puts you close to pubs, nightclubs, and the Star Ferry terminal. The rooftop Skygarden serves up BBQ and spectacular views.

• 819 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/lounge bar/coffee shop • outdoor heated pool • fitness center • Internet access in rooms

• 736 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • indoor pool/Jacuzzi • fitness center • business center • wedding services available

• 177 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • fitness center • golf driving range • complimentary shuttle bus to train stations & shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi

STANFORD HOTEL HONG KONG

CONRAD MACAO COTAI CENTRAL

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Worldwide Traveler Select

THE VENETIAN MACAO RESORT

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Worldwide Traveler Select

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Set in one of the most colorful and vibrant areas of Kowloon, this modern high-rise hotel is close to shopping and transit. Elegant rooms feature city views. The Stanford Bar & Lounge is perfect for relaxing after sightseeing.

With its unique and contemporary Himalayan-inspired surroundings, this modern high-rise hotel puts you in the heart of Macau’s shopping and entertainment district. Hide yourself away in exquisite accommodations with sweeping city views.

Asia’s largest hotel wows with stunning suites, the world’s largest casino, superstar entertainment, dozens of restaurants, and much more! Step into huge suites with marble baths, sunken living rooms, and views of the Cotai Strip.

• 194 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 636 ac rooms & suites • conrad club at 39th floor • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • Bodhi Spa/fitness center/steam room • casino/100 shops

• 3,000 ac suites • 30 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • 4 outdoor pools/Jacuzzis • spa/fitness center/mini-golf • casino/350 shops • children’s activities

GRAND EMPEROR HOTEL

HOLIDAY INN MACAO COTAI CENTRAL

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Combining elegant style with opulent surroundings, this landmark property takes the art of luxury accommodation beyond your expectations. Every single detail is attended to, from interior décor to 24-hour personalized services.

Macau’s leisure, shopping, and entertainment district is right outside the doors of this modern hotel tower. Sleek rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular city views. After sightseeing, sip a cool cocktail at poolside.

• 300 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 lounges • Royal Thai Spa/ fitness center • Club Deluxe Nightclub • Emperor Palace Casino • free Wi-Fi • business & conference center

• 1,224 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/steam room Golden Pavilion of Perfection

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huanyíng China

WITH ITS GREAT WALL AND GRAND TEMPLES, PULSATING CITIES AND SCENIC LANDSCAPES, CHINA IS SIMPLY AMAZING

GETTING AROUND Air

China is a huge country, so naturally there are many domestic flights connecting all the major cities and tourist destinations. Airlines include four international carriers (Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines), as well as numerous domestic regional ones.

Train Train travel is the major mode of long-distance transportation in China, and the country has one of the biggest and busiest rail networks in the world. The China Railway Corporation network covers every province and region in mainland China. Its world-famous high-speed rail is the most extensive on the planet; the longest individual line extends from Beijing to Guangzhou (1,430 miles).

Bus Traveling by public city buses or long-distance buses is ideal for in-city and intercity transportation. Local bus services vary from city to city, and are inexpensive and go almost everywhere. Long-distance buses are often more expensive than trains.

Subway Major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xi’an, have extensive subway systems. The Beijing Subway currently has 15 lines and is expanding its service, while the fast-growing Shanghai Metro has 12 lines. The Guangzhou Metro boasts 8 lines and covers much of the city center.

Know Your Destination

Once again one of the leading nations in the world, the 5,000-year-old Chinese civilization has endured through millennia of tumultuous upheaval and revolutions, periods of golden ages and anarchy alike. The depth and complexity of the Chinese civilization, with its rich heritage, has long fascinated Westerners. And as a practical matter for vacationers to the country, some behaviors that are quite normal in China may be somewhat jarring and vulgar for foreigners…

Though Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou have a higher proportion of English-speaking locals than other areas, English is still mostly spoken only by staff at airlines, hotels, and the main tourist attractions. Otherwise, it is rare to find locals conversant in English. In addition, you must exchange US dollars for Chinese RMB at a bank or currency exchange.

THE REGIONS

China, a teeming, modern metropolis of 23 million, and the country’s main center for finance and fashion. Shanghai’s skyline is fast becoming one of the planet’s most awesome and recognizable sights, with such singular achievements as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai Tower (which will be China’s tallest building when completed), all in the Pudong district.

Xi’an 3,000-year-old Xi’an was the capital for 13 Chinese dynasties and 73 emperors, and is the acknowledged root of Chinese civilization. No surprise, as it is a font of historical ruins, museums, and cultural relics, including the famed Terracotta Warriors and the world’s largest city wall, now restored.

Guangzhou Also known as Canton, Guangzhou is the third biggest city in China, with a population of more than 12 million. Its urban park, Yuexiu, is the largest in China, but it is really known more for its cuisine, including more than 1,000 variations of dim sum – yum!

Beijing Beijing is the capital city of China (and its second largest city after Shanghai), and the political, educational, and cultural center of the country. Rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions, its main attractions include the Forbidden City (home to the Imperial Court during the Ming and Qing dynasties), Tiananmen Square (the world’s largest public square), the Great Wall (just an hour away), and the National Stadium – a/k/a the Bird’s Nest – centerpiece of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

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Top Shop

Bund of Joy

Shop for excellent handmade items like porcelain, jade, art and fine art, furniture, pearls and pearl jewelry. And you can bargain over almost anything…

Take an evening cruise on the Huangpu River for the best views of the Bund, Shanghai’s historic and colorful waterfront district.

Fill ‘er Up

Go for the Gold

Check out some steamed rice rolls, cha siu bao (BBQ pork buns), dim sum, moon cakes, and other Cantonese delights on the streets of Guangzhou.

Go behind the scenes of Beijing’s National Stadium (a/k/a the “Bird’s Nest”), the main venue of the 2008 Summer Olympics – and the world’s largest steel structure.

Wonder Wall Get up close and personal with one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Great Wall, which you can enter near Beijing, among other access points.

War of Terra In Xi’an, don’t miss the jaw-dropping Terracotta Warriors (or Terracotta Army), thousands of life-size sculptures depicting the armies of the ancient emperor Qin Shi Huang.

The Last Emperor Explore the 8,000-room Forbidden City in Beijing, the vast imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP 10 EXPERIENCES

Square Deal Stroll the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square in Beijing – the world’s largest public square – scene of some of the most momentous political events in China’s recent history.

Heaven’s Gate Join a tour of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a complex of religious buildings constructed for prayer ceremonies by the Ming and Qing emperors.

Tiananmen Gate of Heavenly Peace

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A China Experience 10 Days / 9 Nights SHANGHAI • XIAN • BEIJING

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Trip Highlights • Ancient canal town of Wuzhen • Shanghai Bund • Terracotta Warriors • Shaanxi Museum • Tiananmen Square • Forbidden City • Great Wall of China

Days 1-2: Shanghai

Day 6: Xian

Upon arrival in Shanghai, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors, created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. In addition, walk along Xian’s ancient city wall.

Day 3: Shanghai – Day Tour to Wuzhen Visit the ancient canal town of Wuzhen and enjoy a leisure stroll to absorb the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Home to an intricate system of canals, old wooden waterside houses, arch stone bridges, narrow cobblestone streets, and an abundance of local handicrafts, Wuzhen is renowned for its Old World charm and picturesque setting. Return to Shanghai and enjoy a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

Day 4: Shanghai Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to see the superb antiquities and fine arts of the Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of bronze, coins, jade, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy. In addition, walk along the famous Bund, with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area, with its unique 1920s-style “shikumen” buildings. Later, indulge in some shopping along Nanjing Road, and, in the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face.

Day 5: Shanghai to Xian Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

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Day 7: Xian to Beijing Visit the renowned Shaanxi Museum, home to thousands of priceless relics. In addition, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Day 8: Beijing Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing dynasties, housing over 8,000 rooms. In addition, visit the unique Temple of Heaven and enjoy a fascinating Chinese acrobatic show in the evening.

Terracotta Warriors

Day 9: Beijing

Flight home

Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance and admire the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, stretching over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Later, tour the exquisite Summer Palace. Your evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

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Day 10: Beijing to US Transfer to Beijing Airport for your departure flight from China.

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Grand Yangtze 18 Days / 17 Nights SHANGHAI • CHONGQING • CHENGDU • XIAN • BEIJING

Trip Highlights • Three Gorges Dam • Shanghai Bund • Panda Conservation Center • Terracotta Warriors • Tiananmen Square • Forbidden City • Great Wall of China

Days 1-2: Shanghai Upon arrival in Shanghai, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3: Shanghai Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town, as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum. In addition, walk along the famous Bund, with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area, with its unique 1920s-style “shikumen” buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River.

dates back over 1,700 years. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the steep, pedestrian street lined with tea houses, artist studios, and embroidery workshops in old structures made of bamboo and timber – a glimpse of a way of life that has existed for centuries. Next, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province, where you’ll enjoy a dinner of the region’s special spicy cuisine.

Day 13: Chengdu to Xian

Board the 5-star Victoria Cruises Yangtze River ship and spend eight nights sailing to Chongqing.

Visit the famous Panda Conservation Center to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Then, fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise

Day 14: Xian

Day 4: Yangtze River Cruise Embarkation

Enjoy a full-day shore excursion to the ancient capital of Nanjing to visit the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum and the memorial to Nanjing’s Second World War victims.

Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise Visit beautiful Mt. Huang (Yellow Mountain). Take a cable car to the summit to enjoy spectacular views of the oddly shaped peaks, rock formations, 1,000-year-old pine trees, and mysterious ever-changing mist, all of which have inspired local artists for centuries.

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise Enjoy a shore excursion at Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, and visit the Hubei Provincial Museum.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise Spend the day relaxing on board the ship as you continue cruising upstream towards Yichang.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise Sail through the Gezhou Dam near Yichang and visit the Three Gorges Dam, the largest in the world. Then, sail through the Xiling Gorge before entering the Three Gorges Dam ship locks.

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise Enter the Wu Gorge and sail through the Qutang Gorge before taking an excursion to the Daning River Small Gorges.

Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise Join a shore excursion to the Ghost City of Fengdu, with its captivating temples. (Fengdu is also known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.)

Day 12: Disembark Cruise - Chongqing to Chengdu Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Chongqing to visit the ancient village of Ciqikou, which

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Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors, created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. In addition, walk along Xian’s ancient city wall, one of the best preserved in China.

Day 15: Xian to Beijing Stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter and explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city, and visit the unique Temple of Heaven, where locals practice Tai Chi, dance, and gather to socialize over a game of cards or mahjong.

Panda Conservation Center

Day 16: Beijing Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasurefilled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing dynasties, housing over 8,000 rooms. In the evening, attend a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show.

Day 17: Beijing Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance and admire the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, stretching over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Later, tour the exquisite Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Your evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Temple of Heaven Flight home Beijing

Days 18: Beijing to US Fly to the US, arriving home later the same day or the following morning depending on flight schedules. *Yangtze River Cruise itineraries, sightseeing, and excursions are subject to change due to water levels, river conditions, and cruise line. Alternate excursions may be substituted at the discretion of the cruise company and cannot be guaranteed.

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Majestic Yangtze 14 Days / 13 Nights SHANGHAI • CHONGQING • CHENGDU • XIAN • BEIJING

Trip Highlights • Three Gorges Dam • Shanghai Bund • Panda Conservation Center • Terracotta Warriors • Tiananmen Square • Forbidden City • Great Wall of China

Days 1-2: Arrive Shanghai

Day 9: Chengdu

Upon arrival in Shanghai, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Visit the famous Panda Conservation Center to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Then, fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 3: Shanghai Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens and the Old Town as well as a visit to the Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of bronze, coins, jade, ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy. In addition, walk along the famous Bund, with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area, with its unique 1920s-style “shikumen” buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face, and enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine.

Day 4: Shanghai to Yichang – Yangtze River Cruise Embarkation

Day 10: Xian Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors, created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. In addition, walk along Xian’s ancient city wall, one of the best preserved in China.

Day 11: Xian to Beijing

Visit the modern Pudong area with its 21st century buildings, and then fly to Yichang and board the Yangtze River Cruise vessel.

Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the renowned Shaanxi Museum, home to thousands of priceless relics. In addition, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing, China’s capital city.

Day 5: Yangtze River Cruise

Day 12: Beijing

Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping before cruising upstream through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasurefilled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing dynasties, housing over 8,000 rooms. In addition, tour the exquisite Summer Palace, considered a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. In the evening, attend a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show.

Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise Take an excursion through the Daning River Small Gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, before entering the Wu Gorge, taking in forest covered mountains and cliffs. Continue on through the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge.

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise Embark on a shore excursion to Fengdu, the Ghost City. Walk through the town, observing statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill, or the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising water levels, brought about by the Three Gorges Dam.

Day 8: Disembark Cruise – Chongqing to Chengdu Disembark from the cruise vessel and transfer to Chongqing to visit the ancient village of Ciqikou, which dates back over 1,700 years. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the steep, pedestrian street lined with tea houses, artist studios, and embroidery workshops in old structures made of bamboo and timber – a glimpse of a way of life that has existed for centuries. Next, travel to Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province, where you’ll enjoy a dinner of the region’s special spicy cuisine.

Forbidden City

Great Wall of China

Day 13: Beijing Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance and admire the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, stretching over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Later, tour the exquisite Summer Palace. In addition, visit the unique Temple of Heaven, where locals practice Tai Chi, dance, and gather to socialize over a game of cards or mahjong. Your evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

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Day 14: Beijing to US

Flight home

Transfer to Beijing Airport for your departure flight from China.

Beijing

*Yangtze River Cruise itineraries, sightseeing, and excursions are subject to change due to water levels, river conditions, and cruise line. Alternate excursions may be substituted at the discretion of the cruise company and cannot be guaranteed.

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Wonders of China 16 Days / 15 Nights BEIJING • XIAN • CHONGQING • GUILIN • YANGSHUO • SHANGHAI

Trip Highlights • Three Gorges Dam • Terracotta Warriors • Tiananmen Square • Forbidden City • Great Wall of China • Panda House at Chongqing Zoo • Shanghai Bund

Days 1-2: Arrive Beijing

Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise

Upon arrival in Beijing, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Embark on a shore excursion to Fengdu, the Ghost City. Walk through the town, observing statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill, or the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising water levels, brought about by the Three Gorges Dam.

Day 3: Beijing Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasurefilled Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. Take a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong areas and visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Day 11: Disembark Cruise – Chongqing to Guilin Disembark from your cruise vessel and visit the Panda House at Chongqing Zoo. Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin.

Day 4: Beijing

Day 12: Guilin to Yangshuo

Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance and admire the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, stretching over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace, a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design, then enjoy a fascinating Chinese acrobatic show in the evening.

Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and witness the breathtaking landscape of spectacular limestone hills, tranquil fishing scenes, and picturesque villages. Explore this small mountain town, stroll the colorful markets, and people-watch at an outdoor café.

Day 5: Beijing to Xian Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital, and visit the Shaanxi Museum, home to thousands of priceless relics. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 6: Xian Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors, created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. In addition, walk along Xian’s ancient city wall, one of the best preserved in China, and stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets.

Day 13: Yangshuo In the morning, discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo with its pretty hills and local farms. The afternoon is at leisure. Meet again in the evening for a display of traditional cormorant fishing.

Day 14: Yangshuo to Shanghai

Day 15: Shanghai

Fly to Wuhan and transfer to Yichang to board your Yangtze River Cruise vessel.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise

Day 16: Shanghai to US

Enjoy a tour of the Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping before cruising upstream through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.

Transfer to Beijing Airport for your departure flight from China.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise Take an excursion through the Daning River Small Gorges, which are narrower than the Three Gorges, before entering the Wu Gorge, taking in forest covered mountains and cliffs. Continue on through the Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest, and most dramatic gorge.

Xian

Drive to Guilin Airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the “Paris of the East.” See the superb antiques and fine arts in the Shanghai Museum, wander around People’s Square, and enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine in the evening.

Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the beautiful Yu Gardens, the Old Town, and a walk along the famous Bund, with its colonial architecture. In addition, visit the modern Pudong area and explore the restored Xintiandi area, with its unique 1920s-style “shikumen” buildings. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face.

Day 7: Xian to Wuhan – Yangtze River Cruise Embarkation

Tiananmen Square

Guilin

Beijing

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A stunning architectural achievement, this modern hotel is one of Beijing’s most prestigious addresses, and close to the Forbidden City and other attractions. Guest rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning city views.

Set in the heart of the city, this modern urban oasis in Beijing’s famous Wangfujing shopping mecca is close to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and other attractions. Guest rooms have plush marble baths and city or courtyard views.

Chinese opulence meets Western modernity in this sleek urban oasis, cited on Travel+Leisure’s 2012 “T+L 500” and Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2012.” Retreat to posh guest rooms with mahogany furnish¬ings and outstanding views.

• 278 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor heated infinity pool • CHI, The Spa/fitness center • shopping

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• 525 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • indoor heated pool • The Peninsula Spa/fitness center/personal trainers • shopping

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Luxurious rooms and a soothing spa helped place this highrise hotel on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List 2011.” Rooms have antique accessories, marble baths, and floor-to-ceiling windows – some with views of the Forbidden City.

Discover the cultural richness of Beijing on this hotel’s doorstep. You’re within easy walking distance of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Wang Fu Jing shopping. Hot spring water is piped directly to your comfortable guest room.

Located in the Tianhe area, this contemporary high-rise hotel is close to CITIC Plaza, Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou Zoo, and downtown attractions. Rooms have modern style, marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and city views.

• 500 ac rooms & suites • Club Level with private lounge • 4 restaurants/ bar • 24-hour room service • indoor pools/children’s pool • Serenity Spa/ fitness center/Jacuzzi/indoor lap pool

• 700 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar • 24-hour room service • fitness center/sauna/massage services/thermal baths • tennis court • children’s play area • free Wi-Fi

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A FASCINATING, MYSTIFYING BLEND OF MODERN AND ANCIENT, JAPAN LEAVES YOU OFTEN SURPRISED – BUT NEVER BORED!

GETTING AROUND Air

Japan’s high-speed rail network makes domestic air travel more a luxury than necessity, but it’s practical for visiting Hokkaido, Okinawa, and other outlying islands. That said, there are numerous flights from Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda, Osaka’s Itami, and Kobe airports.

Rail A marvel of high technology, Japan’s trains – especially the renowned Shinkansen, or bullet trains – are fast, highly efficient, and cover the majority of the country, making this the transport mode of choice for most visitors. Japan Railways’ bullet train hits speeds of 220mph between Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and other cities, making a pan-Japan tour a snap.

Know Your Destination

There are few people in the western world who have not driven a Japanese car, eaten sushi, or played on a GameBoy® or Sony PlayStation®. Yet Japan itself remains somewhat of an enigma. Perhaps it’s the country’s fascinating mash-up of history, tradition, spirituality, and technology, all bound up with a unique culture and spectacular sights. And perhaps that’s why visiting Japan is such a challenge – and yields such massive rewards.

Outside of major tourist attractions and establishments that cater specifically to foreigners, it is rare to find locals who are conversant in English, but you’ll never meet such likable people one-on-one.

Tokyo and Osaka have extensive subway systems that reach most parts of those cities; Tokyo also has intra-city rail. Kyoto’s subway system is smaller, concentrated in the city center.

On a practical level, Japan has one of the world’s best transport systems, and getting around is a breeze, with the train being overwhelmingly the popular option. And despite its amazing technology, Japan is fundamentally a cash society. Most stores and hotels serving foreign customers take credit cards, but many cafés, bars, grocery stores, and even smaller hotels and inns do not.

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Subway

Long-distance highway buses serve many of the same destinations as the rail network, but with significantly lower fares. There are several private and public companies in service. In Tokyo, there are several bus companies serving areas not reached by subway or rail, and Kyoto’s bus network is the only practical way of reaching some attractions, particularly those in the city’s northwest districts.

fashions), the great food (local sushi and more Michelinstarred restaurants than any other city), the neon nightlife (jazz, reggae, gay bars, dance clubs, and more), and the electric vibe of the streets.

Osaka

Osaka is Japan’s third largest city, and is vibrant, buzzing, sprawling, and fun. It’s famous in Japan for its “kuidaore” (eat until you drop) culture and for being the home of both the historic Osaka Castle – with its stunning backdrop of gleaming modern skyscrapers – and Universal Studios Japan®.

Kyoto One of the few Japanese cities that escaped the destruction of World War II, Kyoto maintains an abundance of prewar buildings, including some of the 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city proper. Gorgeous temples and verdant parks ring the city center, which is a modern urban sprawl.

Tokyo Japan’s capital, Tokyo is the core of the most populated urban area in the world. Vast, wealthy, and endlessly fascinating, Tokyo’s districts vary wildly by character, ranging from hushed and reverential (Chiyoda) to overwhelmingly hyperactive (Shibuya). Go for the high-end shopping (electronics and trendy

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Local Flavor

Game On

When in Osaka, sample local specialties like battera (a variant of sushi) and kushikatsu (skewers with meat, vegetables, or cheese deep-fried in dough).

Flex your thumbs and get ready to do battle in one of Tokyo’s numerous video game arcades, all flashing lights, clanging bells, and obsessive gamers.

Cogito Ergo Sumo

Fuji or Bust

Score tickets to a sumo tournament to watch outsize men engage in Japan’s ancient version of traditional wrestling.

Bring a good pair of walking shoes for a unique experience: hiking up majestic Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous landmark.

Take a Bath

Ticket to Ride Fast

Explore a fascinating slice of modern Japanese life with a visit to a public communal bathhouse (or sento). There are hundreds of sento across Japan, mostly in larger cities.

Hop onto a Japan Railways bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, and watch the Japanese countryside whiz by in a 220mph blur.

Catch Some Sushi

Tokyo in a Day

Dine on raw fish at any hour of the day in Tokyo, where sushi restaurants range from hole-in-the-wall joints to Michelin-starred masterpieces.

Join a day-long guided tour of Tokyo to experience the Tokyo Tower observation deck, Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, the Ginza, and much more.

Set the Table

Night Flight

Remove your shoes, plop down onto a soft pillow, and experience a time-honored Japanese restaurant dinner of teppanyaki (steakhouse) or robatayaki (grilled seafood).

Dine, drink, and dance your way through Tokyo’s fabulous Roppongi and Shinjuku districts, both full of late-night delights.

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Rising Sun 9 Days / 8 Nights TOKYO • KYOTO • OSAKA

Trip Highlights Meiji Shrine • Cruise on the Sumida River • Osaka Castle

Day 1: Tokyo You’ll be met at Narita International Airport by a limousinebus that will take you into the midst of the world’s largest metropolitan area. Your day is free to become acquainted with the city.

Day 2: Tokyo Your day begins with a trip to the observation deck of Tokyo Tower, where you can see the landscape of this enormous city, across Tokyo Bay and as far as Mount Fuji. The next stop is the peaceful Meiji Shrine, where you’ll learn about Shintoism, the ancient religion of Japan, and enjoy respite under a blanket of evergreen trees that spans 175 acres. Continue to the Imperial Palace East Garden through Akasaka Guest House, a magnificent Western-style palace built in the Baroque style, and to the National Diet Building (national legislature). Stroll around the Imperial Palace Plaza, where you can savor the splendid view of the moats and walls around the seat of Japan’s imperial household. After enjoying Japanese-style lunch, visit Hama-Rikyu Gardens, a typical “daimyo” (Japanese feudal lord) garden of the Edo period. Next, take a cruise on the Sumida River from the Port of Tokyo to Asakusa, in Old Tokyo. Stroll the Nakamise shopping street to the Senso-ji, one of the finest Buddhist temples in Japan. Afterwards, you’re free to return to Nakamise for market shopping and spend the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Tokyo Today begins early with a visit to Tsukiji, the world’s largest fish market. Then, you have free time for lunch, where you may wish to experience local sushi at its freshest or venture into nearby Ginza for retail therapy at Tokyo’s most famous department stores. In the afternoon, you’ll take in three of Tokyo’s centers of youth fashion and pop culture, beginning with Shibuya, center of youth fashion and culture, and followed by Harajuku (goth, punk, and other fashions) with its pedestrian-only Takeshita Dori (Cat Street), and Akihabara, originally famous for its many electronics shops and now center of anime and manga culture. Finally, enjoy some coffee or tea in one of Tokyo’s famous “maid cafés,” where the waitresses dress up and act like maids.

Day 4: Tokyo – Kyoto Today, journey on the Shinkansen “bullet train” from the present to a former capital of Japan – Kyoto, a modern city with a strong link to the past. Your afternoon is at leisure, perhaps to enjoy kabuki (traditional Japanese drama performance) at its birthplace, Minamiza Theater, or dine and drink in Higashiyama.

Day 5: Kyoto Explore the former imperial capital with a knowledgeable local guide, utilizing Kyoto’s comprehensive bus system to visit some of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Begin with a visit to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, and later a Buddhist Temple and one of Kyoto’s most famous sights. Next, visit the ornamental Nijo Castle, built by the founder of the Edo Shogunate as his Kyoto residence, and surrounded by stunning surrounding gardens. Heian Shrine was built on the occasion of the 1,100th anniversary of the capital’s foundation in Kyoto and is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city.

Tokyo Tower

Next, stroll the Nishiki Market, a narrow street lined with more than 100 shops selling fresh seafood and vegetables, pickles, Japanese sweets, knives, and more. Finally, visit the Kiyomizu Temple, another World Heritage Site.

Day 6: Kyoto Discover two diverse sides of Kyoto, including Toei Eigamura Movie Land, a film set and theme park in one. During the tour, you will see shows and attractions, including Ninja Mystery House and Ninja Show, and possibly some actual filming. Next, visit the Daimaru department store, where you may want to skip the clothing and go directly to the food floor for a phenomenal lunch! Meet your guide to begin an immersion into Japanese culture, beginning with a tour of a traditional wooden house. Enjoy a lesson in origami, which you can take home as a souvenir. Next, take a walk through a traditional neighborhood while wearing your yukata (kimono), before visiting in sake brewery, where you can enjoy a tasting.

Kinkakuji Temple

Day 7: Kyoto – Osaka A short train ride will take you from Kyoto to Osaka, Japan’s CHINAhead third largest city. With your day at leisure, perhaps to Osaka Bay, where the waterfront area boasts one of the world’s largest aquariums, shopping, dining, and even Universal Studios Japan®!

Day 8: Osaka

NORTH Embark on a walking tour that begins at the Aerial KOREA Garden Observatory, where you’ll enjoy a sweeping view over Osaka. After lunch, visit Osaka Castle, built in 1583 as the intended capital of Japan, before it was moved to Edo (now known as Tokyo). Walk through the newly renovated castle while learning about life in old Osaka. From there, walk to the nearby riverboat dock to board the sleek Aqua-Liner for an hour-long cruise around Nakonishima Island. With your evening at leisure, perhaps SOUTH where try one of Osaka’s 4,000 okonomiyaki restaurants, KOREA you receive a bowl of ingredients and cook your own (or Yellow ask for assistance!) on the table top.

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Day 9: Osaka Your transfer takes you to Kansai International Airport where you bid sayonara to Japan.

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Located in downtown Tokyo, this luxury haven is known for cutting-edge style and impeccable service. Contemporary rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views. Dine in style at the Michelin-starred, French-inspired Signature.

Located in Tokyo’s world-famous Ginza, this modern familyfriendly hotel is surrounded by shopping, sightseeing, entertainment, and the cultural attractions of Japan’s capital. Step into sleek, spacious guest rooms with super city views.

Unique architecture characterizes this modern hotel, set in Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, close to bars, nightclubs, shopping, and one of the city’s last remaining geisha districts. Guest rooms have contemporary design and city views.

• 178 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/2 bars/bakery/tea room • concierge • spa/fitness center/sauna/salon

• 206 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/lounge • concierge/room service • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi

• 1,296 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/coffee shop/bar • 24-hour convenience store • sauna • relaxation-Internet room

THE WESTIN MIYAKO KYOTO

NEW MIYAKO HOTEL

KYOTO TOKYU HOTEL

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Kyoto

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Surrounded by 16 acres of gardens on a hilltop, this luxurious resort hotel delivers spectacular views of the ancient capital of Japan. Spacious guest rooms have contemporary décor, baths with Jacuzzi tubs, and gorgeous mountain views.

Friendly service and ultimate convenience are the hallmarks of this great value hotel, Kyoto’s largest. Retreat to guest rooms that range from traditional to Japanese-style accommodations. Kyoyamatoya serves seasonal Japanese cuisine.

Experience the refinement, elegance, and traditional calm of Japan’s ancient capital at this stylish hotel in downtown Kyoto, next to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nishi Hongan-ji temple.

• 501 ac rooms • 6 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor & outdoor pools/sundecks • fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna • tennis court/game room/track • observation deck

• 986 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • massage services • complimentary Wi-Fi • shopping

• 432 ac rooms, suites & junior suites • 3 restaurants/tea room/bar/ concierge • fitness center/salon • art gallery/shops • complimentary Wi-Fi

THE WESTIN HOTEL OSAKA

SHERATON MIYAKO OSAKA

HOTEL NEW HANKYU OSAKA

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This post-modern hotel is set in the stunning Shin Umeda City complex, Osaka’s dominant landmark, close to the city’s business and entertainment center. Unusually large guest rooms have classic European style, marble baths, and super views.

Thanks to its downtown location, this modern high-rise hotel is an excellent base for exploring Osaka. Relax and unwind in guest rooms with modern style, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Beds, the latest tech amenities, and sweeping city views.

This expansive hotel is situated in the Yodogawa neighborhood of Osaka near the city’s many historic sites and attractions. Step into guest rooms with classic style and city views. Dine on Japanese, Chinese, sushi, French, and other fare.

• 304 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar • 24-hour concierge • indoor heated pool • Heavenly Spa/WestinWORKOUT® Gym/Jacuzzi • “Ready, Set RunWESTIN™”

• 577 ac rooms & suites • 9 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center/sauna/spa bath • squash courts • shopping

• 922 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants/café/bar-lounge • concierge/ room service

MT FUJI – HAKONE TOUR

TOKYO GRAND FULL DAY TOUR

TOKYO MORNING TOUR

Tokyo / Full Day

Tokyo / Full Day

Tokyo / 4 Hours

Experience the glory of Mt. Fuji and ride the renowned Shinkansen Bullet Train on this full-day tour. After thrilling to views from Fujiyama’s 5th Station, take a cruise boat across Lake Ashi to Hakone-en Garden. Follow a ropeway up Mt. Komagatake for spectacular views. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch, then it’s back across Lake Ashi to Mt. Komagtake for an aerial cableway ride. Head back to Tokyo aboard the Shinkansen Bullet Train!

Discover the best of Tokyo while taking in the panoramic views from the Tokyo Tower observatory followed by a visit to the Meiji Shrine. Then continue to visit impressive sites like the Imperial East Garden, Akasaka Guest House, National Diet Building, House of Parliament and the Imperial Palace Plaza. Board a river cruise up to the Asakusa and see one of Japan’s famous Buddhist temples.

See Tokyo’s highlights on this four-hour morning tour with a professional guide. You’ll be escorted through the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace East Garden, and Asakusa Kannon Temple. Follow up with a stop at Nakamise Shopping Street, a colorful arcade crammed with tiny food and souvenir shops; and the famous Ginza, Tokyo’s most celebrated shopping and amusement district.

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hwan-yeong South Korea

A UNIQUE BLEND OF GORGEOUS LANDSCAPES, BUSTLING CITIES, ANCIENT RUINS, AND NATURAL WONDERS

Rail

National train operator Korail connects major cities in South Korea. The high-speed Korea Train eXpress (KTX), which runs between Seoul and Busan via Daegu, Daejeon, and Ulsan, uses French TGV technology to zip along at up to 220mph. The special KR Pass, for non-resident foreigners only, allows unlimited travel for a set period on any Korail train (including KTX) and includes free seat reservations.

Bus Express and intercity buses are the most popular way to get from region to region, an extensive network that allows you to get to and from even the smallest towns in Korea. In most cities, bus terminals are located in the downtown area; some even have restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping malls.

Ferry Ferry boats surround the peninsula and shuttle out to Korea’s many islands, mainly from Incheon, Mokpo, Pohang, and Busan to Jeju and Ulleungdo islands.

Subway Seoul’s subway system is the second busiest metro transportation system in the world. There are currently a total of 17 lines, and all signs in the system are in Korean and English language.

Know Your Destination

Committing culinary and shopping sins. Soaking up serenity in a Buddhist temple. Grooving to K-Pop. Training your eyes across the 38th parallel from the DMZ…

There are countless reasons to visit South Korea, but at the top of the list must be the kindness and generosity shown to visitors by South Korea’s people – reserved and well-mannered, yet dynamic, devoted to a vivacious style, and full of great humor. Not only will you love the Korean people, you will become fond of them, and those memories will last forever. South Korea is a very homogeneous country, with nearly all native residents identifying themselves as ethnically Korean and speaking the Korean language, although more and more younger Koreans are speaking English, and English signage is visible everywhere in Seoul, from road signs to subway maps to shop posters.

and South coasts, you can swim and sunbathe, fish and sail, or just watch an unforgettable sunrise and sunset. The East Sea has a fairly flat coastline, with clear, deep seawater and wide beaches of white sand. Gyeongpo Beach, the largest here, is a mecca for water sports, while Naksan is picturesque, with dazzling white sand set against thick pine groves.

The West Sea, with a rocky coastline, shallow seawater, and wide tidelands, is famous for its beautiful sunsets. Eurwangni Beach is a favorite getaway, ideal for sailing and fishing; the incredibly popular Daecheon Beach boasts calm waves and mild waters, making it the perfect family destination.

Jeju Island’s beaches offer a taste of tropical paradise and has unsurprisingly become one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. Photo: Calvin Chan / Shutterstock.com

GETTING AROUND

THE REGIONS Seoul Capital of South Korea and one of Asia’s hidden gems, Seoul is a fascinating mix of ancient tradition and sparkling modernity. From visiting Confucian shrines to admiring the views from inside the city’s soaring skyscrapers and sampling authentic Korean cuisine, there are so many things to do in Seoul you won’t know where to start. This is a vibrant city that more than 12 million residents call home.

Beaches On South Korea’s many beaches along the East, West,

Jeju Island

WEATHER CHART

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg. F° 28 32 42 54 64 72 77 78 70 59 45 33

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WORLDWIDE TRAVELER TOP 10 EXPERIENCES Run DMZ

Take Tea & See

Tour the infamous DMZ, or De-Militarized Zone, the strip of land that serves as a buffer between North and South Korea – and the most heavily armed border in the world.

Take a big sip of South Korean culture in one of Seoul’s many traditional tea houses, where you can sample gukhwa-cha (chrysanthemum tea), gulsam cha (honey ginseng tea), and more.

Come for the Kimchi, Stay for the Bibimbap Savor some of South Korea’s indispensible dishes: kimchi (a vegetable pickle seasoned with garlic, red pepper, and ginger) and bibimbap (rice mixed with vegetables and beef).

Hot Times

It Takes a Village

Temple Tour

In Yongin, an open-air folk museum showcases classical Korean houses with thatched roofs, an herb shop, pottery kiln, bamboo craft shop, and traditional open market.

Visit the Jogyesa Temple, the leading temple for Zen Buddhism in Korea, and witness first-hand how this place provides a calm sanctuary from the busy streets of Seoul.

Royal Flush The “Royal Relics” tour takes you to Changdeok Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Insadong Antique Alley, Namdaemun Market, and the Amethyst Factory.

Look Back South Korea keenly preserves the culture’s past and present in numerous museums, including the National Museum of Korea, National Folk Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, and many others.

Dine like royalty on sinseollo (royal hot pot), in which beef, radish, and various seasonings are all boiled together in a delightful casserole dish.

Gateway to Bargains Shop for hours at Seoul’s Namdaemun Market, the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores, near the main southern gate of the old city wall.

CHINA National Folk Museum of Korea

NORTH KOREA

Gangnam Style! Thanks to PSY, the entire world now knows that Gangnam is one of Seoul’s hippest, hottest neighborhoods, full of soaring high-rises and nightclubs, neon signs and fine shopping.

Pyongyang Sea of Japan

DMZ

Seoul Incheon

SOUTH KOREA Taejeon Yellow Sea

Taegu

Pusan

Gangnam District

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A Beautiful Seoul 6 Days/5 Nights

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SEOUL

Nam Dae Mun Market

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Trip Highlights

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

• Changdeok Palace • Dongdaemun Market • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) • Gyeonbok Palace • Jogyesa Temple

Day 1: Seoul A representative will meet you at Incheon International Airport and accompany you on the journey into the center of Seoul, South Korea’s cosmopolitan capital and the 10th largest city in the world. With your afternoon at leisure, explore the labyrinth of the 600-year-old Namdaemun Market before you dance Gangnam-style in the vibrant Sinchon district!

Day 2: Seoul Join a special morning tour exploring modern and ancient Seoul, starting at Seoul Tower, the highest point in the city, where you can view the dramatic cityscape rising from the mountains. Your next stop is the Changdeok Palace and Huwon Secret Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, depart for the Dongdaemun Market, which features 30,000 shops in 26 malls across 10 blocks, as well as a prime spot in the street food scene. Additional stops at the Ginseng Shopping Centre and Itaewon area will ensure that you’ll have thoroughly shopped ‘til you drop! Later, embark on an evening of royal treatment and elegant court dining at Korea House. Immerse yourself in Korean culture by sampling a delicious Korean buffet and traditional show featuring performers in stunning costumes presenting folk song and dance.

Day 3: Seoul Travel to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – a strip of land which serves as a buffer between North and South Korea – where you’ll witness history in progress. Experience the past at the Bridge of Freedom and the Third Tunnel, and explore the underground site of North Korea’s

attempted invasion of their southern neighbor. Return to the present at Unification Village, where you will gain a sense of understanding as to why this is the most heavily armed border in the world. From Dora Observatory, you can see the picturesque mountains and village within North Korean territory. Imjingak Park represents the desire for a peaceful future between these two nations and is the site of a train station, bound to connect the South to the North, still awaiting its first journey. Return to Seoul with a stop for shopping along the way.

Day 4: Seoul

CHINA

Blue House

Spend the day at leisure, perhaps journeying to a Korean barbecue restaurant where you can savor flavorsome dishes and some soju (a local distilled beverage) for a true Korean experience.

NORTH KOREA Pyongyang

Day 5: Seoul Delve into ancient Korea today, beginning at the President’s official residence, Blue House, where you will be given an opportunity to take photos. Continue to the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty. Learn the fascinating history of Gyeongbok, which has seen royalty, invasion, and fire across the centuries. Your next stop is the National Folk Museum of Korea, which illustrates the history of the culture and people. Then, visit the Jogyesa Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea, where you can appreciate meditation in the 500-year-old temple.

Day 6: Seoul

Sea of Japan

DMZ

Seoul Incheon

SOUTH KOREA Taejeon Yellow Sea

Taegu

Pusan

Transfer to Incheon International Airport.

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A SELECTION OF South Korea HOTELS and sightseeing LOTTE HOTEL

GRAND AMBASSADOR HOTEL

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GRAND HYATT SEOUL

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Seoul

Seoul

South Korea’s largest hotel, this world-class property stands in the heart of Seoul’s central business district, connected to the Lotte World indoor theme park. Guest rooms have European-style baths and state-of-the-art tech amenities.

Attentive service and a range of dining options greet you at this modern high-rise hotel in the heart of Seoul, close to the Itaewon, Namdaemum, and Dongdaemun markets. Retreat to guest rooms with fireplaces, spa tubs, and city or mountain views.

Applauded on Travel+Leisure’s 2012 “T+L 500,” this modern luxury hotel is set amid 18 acres of gardens on historic Mount Namsan in the heart of Seoul. Hide away in spacious guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic city views.

• 1,318 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/3 bars/deli • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna • golf driving range & putting green

• 409 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/massage services • indoor golf driving range

• 601 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • indoor & outdoor pools/children’s pool • The Spa/fitness center • tennis & squash/ice rink • shopping

EASTGATE TOWER HOTEL

IP BOUTIQUE

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WESTERN CO-OP RESIDENCE

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Seoul

Seoul

Seoul

This high-rise hotel is located in the Dongdaemun area, one of the most famous shopping and sightseeing destinations in Seoul. Guest rooms have contemporary style, full kitchenettes, and superb city views.

You can’t miss this Mondrian-inspired modern hotel in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood, close to great shopping and many of the city’s major attractions. Guest rooms have whimsical décor, plush bedding, Bvlgari® bath amenities, and city views.

Seoul’s popular food and fashion markets are just steps from this modern high-rise tower. Fully furnished two-room studios have well-equipped kitchens, hardwood floors, the latest communications tech, and large windows with city views.

• 154 ac rooms • restaurant • 24-hour concierge • sauna • currency exchange

• 133 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hour room service • fitness center

• 45 ac rooms & suites • concierge • 24-hour fitness center

HAMILTON HOTEL

ULJIRO CO-OP RESIDENCE

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HYATT REGENCY INCHEON

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Seoul

Seoul

Incheon

An efficient staff and location in a trendy Seoul neighborhood make this hotel a solid choice. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with contemporary décor and great city views. Choose among Indian, Chinese, Korean, and western cuisines.

This high-rise tower stands in close proximity to major shopping and entertainment venues. Fully furnished studios and studio suites have full kitchens, hardwood floors, convenient tech amenities, and large windows with city views.

Hyatt’s legendary service and style welcome you to this contemporary high-rise hotel in Inchon. Retreat to elegant guest rooms and suites with contemporary décor, plush bedding, granite baths, and oversize windows with sweeping views.

• 155 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar • outdoor rooftop pool (seasonal) • fitness center/sauna/sports massage • nightclub • shopping

• 250 ac rooms & suites • restaurant • concierge • 24-hour fitness center

• 523 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hour concierge & room service • indoor pool • spa/fitness center/whirlpool/sauna/jogging track • casino/cooking classes

ANCIENT KOREA TOUR

Seoul / Full-Day This informative tour will take you to the famed Blue House also known as the Presidential Residence where you will be given an opportunity to take pictures. Continue to Gyeongbokung Palace and National Folklore Museum, (Deoksu Palace on Tuesday), Jogyesa Temple, Ginseng Shopping Center, and complete the journey at a Korean Folk Village.

DMZ AND 3RD TUNNEL TOUR

ROYAL RELICS TOUR – FULL DAY

Seoul / 6 Hours

Seoul / Full-Day

This unique tour takes you to the infamous DMZ, or De-Militarized Zone, the strip of land that serves as a buffer between North and South Korea – and the most heavily armed border in the world. Start out at the Bridge of Freedom, the only bridge connecting South and North Korea. Visit Imjingak Park and Unification Village, Dora Observatory, and the Third Tunnel, followed by Ginseng Centre or an amethyst showroom, and Itaewon shopping area.

This tour takes you to Blue House, official residence of South Korea’s president, followed by Gyeongbok Palace. Next up is the National Folk Museum and Jogye Temple, Korea’s largest Buddhism denomination. After shopping at Ginseng Centre and Itaewon shopping area, head to Changdeok Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, visit Insadong Antique Alley, sprawling Namdaemun Market, and the Amethyst Factory, an outlet for semi-precious stones.

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