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CONTENTS Thailand......................................................................... 12-53 Indochina Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia........................................ 54-65 Malaysia......................................................................... 66-75 Singapore...................................................................... 76-85 Bali............................................................................... 86-122 Philippines................................................................. 124-128 Hong Kong/Kowloon/Macau................................... 130-141 China.......................................................................... 142-147 Japan.......................................................................... 148-151 South Korea............................................................... 152-154 General Conditions...........................................................155
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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.
Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year, with Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offering service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Delta operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft and is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance.
Delta Cabins BusinessElite® Class offers complimentary pre-flight visit to Delta Sky Club®; multiple seating options & amenities such as personal in-flight entertainment; BusinessElite® seats that lie completely flat; international five-course dining menu; and SkyPriority® special baggage service. First Class delivers pillows, blankets & comfortable cradle seats; Gogo® Inflight Internet access; entrées from renowned chef Michelle Bernstein on select flights; an extensive library of movies, live satellite TV, HBO On Demand, video games & kid-friendly options; and
accelerated security, faster check-in & priority boarding, plus expedited baggage service. And Economy Class brings you in-flight Wi-Fi; power outlets at your seat; movies, TV shows, games & music; and a wide variety of fresh & flavorful menu items with premium products.
Delta Sky Club® Relax or be productive at more than 50 award-winning Delta Sky Clubs® and 35 partner lounges around the world with fully stocked bars, snacks served all day, complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV programming, personalized flight assistance from the expert Delta Sky Club® staff, newspapers and a diverse selection of popular magazines, productivity tools like dataports, fax machines & printers, plus conference rooms available at reasonable rates, and showers at select locations.
Delta SkyMiles Members of SkyMiles® frequent flier program earn miles by flying Delta, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection carriers, Delta Private Jets®, SkyTeam partners, and other airline partners, plus more than 100 worldwide SkyMiles® partners, including Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express®, Delta SkyMiles® Check Card, participating hotels, car rental companies, restaurants, SkyMilesShopping.com, floral & gift retailers, and financial, mortgage & realty services.
Cathay Pacific Airways 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 177 destinations in 44 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 aircraft, including Boeing 747 and 777 and Airbus A330, A340, and A350.
Lounges First Class and Business Class passengers and elite Marco Polo Club members enjoy access to Cathay Pacific and oneworld Alliance lounges worldwide.
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
Frequent Flyer Programs 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 The No. 1 carrier for the entire 21-year history of Travel+Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards – 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!
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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.
PPS Club is for members who travel frequently in 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.
SilverKris Lounges are located at Singapore, Adelaide, Bangkok, Brisbane, Hong Kong, 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.
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ASIA THE GREAT WALL… ANGKOR WAT… SINGAPORE SKYSCRAPERS… MT. FUJI… BALINESE DANCERS… AND THAT’S JUST THE START! Sukhothai Temple, Thailand
Asia is a continent so vast and diverse in its regions, cultures, and peoples that it belies any single description. It is not one destination, but many, encompassing tropical rainforests and broad sandy beaches, magnificent ancient monuments and stunning new man-made achievements, timeless rural villages and some of the world’s fastestgrowing modern cities. And that’s why so many savvy vacationers return year after year. 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, and a melting pot of almost unfathomable proportions. Exploring the whole of Asia is easier and more rewarding than ever, with abundant travel options, affordable 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.
Getting Around Due to the vast distances and expanses of water separating Asia’s different regions, air travel is likely to be the preferred mode of transport between the regions’ many travel destinations.
In Asia, you can take advantage of frequent, convenient, and affordable airline travel both within the borders and between countries across the continent – indeed, there are a half-dozen international airports in Thailand alone. There is all manner of local in-country transportation, such as high-speed rail in Japan and China, motorcyclepowered tuk-tuks in Bangkok, cyclos in Vietnam and Cambodia, sleek subways in Singapore and Tokyo, taxis or trolleys in virtually every city, and buses everywhere from the biggest urban centers to the smallest outlying villages.
The Best of The Continent • Buy a ticket and soar to the top of the Petronas Twin Towers – tallest in the world – in Kuala Lumpur. • Visit the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), a 2½-mile-wide strip of land separating South and North Korea – who are still officially at war. • In Vietnam, get measured up for a suit in one of Hoi An’s Ancient Town tailor shops. • Visit Malaysia’s Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Sabah to meet dozens of these magnificent mammals.
• Dine in Tokyo’s many Michelin-star restaurants. • Marvel at the sprawling splendor and Khmer temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. • Experience a range of attractive climates, from the glorious autumnal days of Tokyo to the long, warm summer of beautiful Bali. • Discover a world of flavors among Bangkok’s street carts. • Explore ancient farming villages in Vietnam. • Catch breathtaking performances by traditional Balinese dancers. • Walk a section of the Great Wall of China near Beijing. • Cruise on a traditional Chinese junk through Victoria Harbor to see the magnificent lights of Hong Kong after dark.
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Guangzhou Hong Kong Macau
Hanoi Gulf of Tonkin South China Sea
THAILAND Bangkok Andaman Sea
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Philppine Manila Sea
Sulu Sea Strait of Malacca
Makasar Strait Java Sea Indian Ocean Jakarta
THAILAND BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, SACRED SITES, BUSTLING STREETS, LUSCIOUS CUISINE, TROPICAL JUNGLES, AND MUCH MORE!
Know Your Destination 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. 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). 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 Regions Bangkok 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 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 increasingly popular, a great getaway for beach relaxation as well as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and other marine recreation.
The North - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai 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.
Getting Around City-to-City 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.
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.
Big Buddha, Koh Samui
Some islands are accessible only by boat.
In-Town 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.
Bangkok Weather Chart
Avg. F° 80 83 85 87 86 85 85 84 84 83 81 79 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
The Islands/Phuket, Koh Samui, Phi Phi Islands Weather Chart
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
Taxi Metered taxis are ubiquitous in Bangkok and starting to become more popular in tourist destinations, 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.
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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
Sukhothai Historical Park
Top Experiences Miles of Isles Cruise by speedboat to explore beautiful, breathtaking Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Ley islands in gorgeous Maya Bay.
Street Beat Dig into sumptuous oyster omelets, stuffed flat noodles, spicy Thai green curry stew, and other local delights at numerous street-food stalls throughout Bangkok.
Stall Order 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.
Sea It All Grab your snorkeling gear and dive into the clear waters of the Similan Islands, the closest thing to being inside an aquarium…
New Look 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.
MYANMAR Chiang Rai
Float Your Boat Visit the colorful Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and shop for tropical fruits and flowers sold from aboard hundreds of small boats.
THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok
Cook’s Tour Don an apron and learn the secrets of Thai cooking – techniques as well as ingredients – at Sompon and Elizabeth Nabnian’s Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School.
Wat a Sight! Immerse yourself in the ancient past and explore Bangkok’s Wat Pho temple to marvel at the famed golden Reclining Buddha.
VIETNAM Koh Pha Ngan
Khao Lak Phuket
Koh Samui Krabi
Up for It Unwind in dozens of rooftop bars in Bangkok, where the cocktails taste better when accompanied by stunning 360° views of the city.
Thai Triple Delight 10 Days / 9 Nights
• BANGKOK • CHIANG MAI • KOH SAMUI Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai
• Private Bangkok City & Temples Tour • Private Floating Market Damnoen Tour • Private Chiang Mai City • Private Chiang Mai City & Temples • Khantoke Dinner Show • Essence Coffee & Jungle Trail • Local Life Samui Street Eats Day 1: Bangkok
Day 5: Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Koh Samui
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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to idyllic Koh Samui, a stunning island oasis.
Join 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.
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. 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 3: Bangkok
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Day 9: Koh Samui
Day 2: Bangkok
You’ll be taken to the famous floating markets for a oncein-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 4: Bangkok – Chiang Mai Transfer to the 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.
Today, experience another side of northern Thai culture in the hills beyond Chiang Mai. Set off in the morning to a rural village, Ban Mae Klang Luang, just outside of the city. Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on lesson in the village’s specialty: coffee making! Afterwards, head off on a gentle trek along nature trails flanked by stretches of emerald paddy fields and verdant rice terraces. Marvel at Pha Dok Seaw Waterfall and Mae Ya Waterfall before heading back to Chiang Mai for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 8: Koh Samui Visit cultural sites and coconut plantations of Koh Samui during the day, and in the evening, sample a variety of snacks at the night market. Learn the art of seasoning noodle dishes, and then taste some traditional Thai desserts. After dinner, end your culinary adventure with a beer at one of Samui’s beach bars.
Visit Angthong Marine Park, which consists of 40 spectacular islands rising from the sea. There will be time for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking. Lunch and soft drinks are included.
Day 10: Koh Samui 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. Transfer to the airport for your departing evening flight. MYANMAR Chiang Rai
THAILAND Kanchanaburi Bangkok Hua Hin
VIETNAM Koh Pha Ngan
Wat Rong Khun Temple, Chiang Rai
Koh Samui Krabi
Thai Island Adventure 15 Days / 14 Nights
• BANGKOK • KOH SAMUI • KOH PHANGAN • KOH TAO Floating Market
• Private Bangkok City & Temples Tour • Private Floating Market Damnoen Tour • Ang Thong Tour by Speed Boat • SITCA Thai Cooking Class Day 1: Bangkok
Day 5: Koh Samui
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.
Explore the stunning island oasis of Koh Samui. In the afternoon, take a cooking class at “SITCA,” or Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts, Southern Thailand’s center for Thai food lovers. Learn the tricks of the trade, using fresh ingredients purchased daily from local markets to make iconic Thai dishes such as Pad Thai, Stir Fried Noodles with Prawns, Chicken Green Curry and Coconut Milk Soup with Chicken. After the class, enjoy a delicious meal of your making.
Day 2: Bangkok Join a private morning tour of Bangkok, including some of the magnificent temples surrounding the city, such as Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace, official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.
Day 6: Koh Samui Visit Angthong Marine Park, which consists of 40 islands offering spectacular scenes as the islands rise from the blue seas. There will be time for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking. Lunch and soft drinks are included.
Day 3: Bangkok Embark on a morning journey on a local train with a guide, and travel past green pastures and tropical vegetation – until the train approaches a market, positioned directly on the railway tracks ahead! Watch the vendors frantically pack away their stalls as the train approaches, and then set up their stalls once again after it passes. Continue by road to Amphawa to visit King Rama Memorial Park and Amphawa Floating Market before returning to Bangkok.
Day 7: 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.
Day 4: Bangkok – Koh Samui
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 9-10: 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.
Days 11-14: 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 MYANMAR one of the most renowned dive spots in Southeast Asia remains undisputed – it’s a great place to learn how to Chiang Rai scuba dive with hardly any currents. Famous LAOS for its rustic and unpretentious vibe, Koh Tao presents a bounty of hip restaurants and Chiang bars toMai choose from. Mekong River
Day 15: Koh Tao – Koh Samui Suitably relaxed, begin your journey back to Koh Samui and on to your next destination.
Day 8: Koh Samui – Koh Phangan
Transfer to the airport for your flight to idyllic Koh Samui. Photo: apiguide/Shutterstock.com
Travel to Koh Samui’s charming “little sister” – Koh Kanchanaburi
V Koh Tao Koh Phangan Koh Samui
Koh Tao Phuket
Thai Escape 11 Days / 10 Nights
• BANGKOK • PHUKET • PHI PHI ISLAND Grand Palace Bangkok
• Private Bangkok City & Temples Tour • River Kwai Private Tour • Phuket Fantasea Show • Pat’s Home Thai Cooking Class • Phang Nga Bay by Junk Day 1: Bangkok
Day 4: Bangkok – Phuket
Day 7: Phuket – Phi Phi Island
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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the alluring island of Phuket, the “Pearl of the South.”
Today you’ll be picked up at your resort and transferred to the pier for your ferry to Phi Phi Island.
Day 5: Phuket
Day 8-9: Phi Phi Island
Today 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. Now that you’ve had plenty of time to experience Thai cuisine, tonight 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.
These two days are yours to relax in the sun, enjoy the gorgeous beaches, sip cocktails, and indulge in a massage.
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 See another side of WWII history when you visit the War Museum (Thailand-Burma Railway Centre), War Cemetery, and River Kwai Bridge. Continue to bamboo rafting, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Take a ride on the historic Death Railway Train, passing over a long wooden viaduct amid sheer cliffs.
Day 6: Phuket Cruise through enchanting Phang-Nga Bay on board June Bahtra Traditional Junk. Visit James Bond Island (where “The Man With the Golden Gun” was filmed), Sea Gypsy Village, Mangrove Delta, and Grotto Cave. A Thai buffet lunch is served on board. Your afternoon is free.
Day 10: Phi Phi Island – Phuket Departing Phi Phi Island, your ferry will transfer you to MYANMAR Phuket, where you’ll spend one last night in paradise. Chiang Rai
Day 11: Phuket
LAOS A private car transfer will take you to Phuket airport for Chiang Mai your departing flight. Mekong River
V Koh Tao Koh Phangan Koh Samui
Phuket Bridge on the River Kwai
Phi Phi island
Krabi Phi Phi
Traditional Thailand 13 Days / 12 Nights
• BANGKOK • CHIANG MAI • CHIANG RAI Wat Phra Kaew Temple
• Private Bangkok City & Temples Tour • Ayutthaya By Cruise • Private Floating Market Damnoen Tour • Chiang Mai City & Temples with Wat Phra That Doi Suthep • Mae Kampong Homestay • Akha and Yao Hill Tribes and Golden Triangle Day 1: Bangkok
Day 6: Chiang Mai
Day 10: Chiang Rai
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.
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 2: Bangkok Join a private morning tour of Bangkok, including some of the magnificent temples surrounding the city, such as Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Palace, official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782.
Day 7: Chiang Mai – Mae Kampong Get in touch with the locals with a homestay in the 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 3: Bangkok Visit the glorious ruins of this Ancient Capital of Ayutthaya, situated 55 miles north of Bangkok. Also visit the “BangPa-in” Summer Palace of King Rama IV, with its charming mixture of Thai, Chinese, and gothic architecture.
Day 8: Mae Kampong – Chiang Mai 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 while en route back to Chiang Mai.
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 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, a delightful market town where vendors from Myanmar and Laos join their Thai counterparts to sell their wares.
Day 12: Chiang Rai With the day at leisure, explore and enjoy the magic of Chiang Rai at your own pace.
Day 13: Chiang Rai Return to airport for your departing flight. Continue to explore the culture of Southeast Asia by heading to neighboring Indochina or extend at the beach to unwind before heading home.
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 5: Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Kanchanaburi Bangkok Hua Hin
VIETNAM Koh Pha Ngan
Phuket Akha Hill Tribes
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.
Koh Samui Krabi
A Selection of Thailand Sightseeing and Hotels CHIANG MAI MIND & SOUL
FAMILY FUN WITH ELEPHANTS
Chiang Mai / Urban Adventures
Khao Sok / Elephant Hills
Khao Sok / Elephant Hills
Be spirited away on this early morning Chiang Mai tour which puts you at the epicenter of Buddhist rituals. Learn to meditate, offer alms to monks, and make an offering at a temple – this is a spiritual adventure for the seekers. Grab a typical northern Thai breakfast and ride in a songthaew (an iconic local public bus).
Elephant Hills’ Jungle Safari is fun for the whole family: Staying overnight in the middle of nature, climbing liana vines in the world’s oldest rainforest, and taking care of an Asian Elephant, including washing, feeding, and watching them roam free. Thailand’s most ethical elephant experience appeals to all ages – and makes the Jungle Safari the best soft adventure package for family and multi-generation vacations.
Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp is one of the only floating luxury tented camps on the planet. Far away from road connections, Wi-Fi, and phone signals, it is all about you and your loved one – the perfect place to spend quality time together. Canoeing, jungle trekking, and a dip into the emerald green waters of the jungle lake are all part of this unforgettable soft adventure.
SENIOR OR SOLO? GO ON SAFARI!
BANYAN TREE BANGKOK
SOFITEL BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT
HHHHH Khao Sok / Elephant Hills
Elephant Hills Beach & Rainforest Nature Safaris are perfectly balanced between soft adventure, guided rainforest exploration, and downtime to relax in the hammock next to your luxury tent. Tents are equipped with wooden floors, comfortable beds, and even an en-suite bath with shower. Solo travelers easily make new friends on our small group tours and love the “no-single-supplement” policy from May-October!
A resort-style hotel in Bangkok’s central business and embassy district, this soaring, all-suite high-rise blends Thai and Art Deco design inside and out. Light-filled guest rooms have minimalist décor, the latest tech amenities, and sweeping city views.
Indulge in a unique blend of French elegance and Thai culture at this high-rise Art Deco tower, close to Bangkok’s worldclass shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. Exquisite guest rooms spotlight floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping city views.
• 325 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center/yoga/aerobics/Pilates • boutique/ cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 345 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/snack bar/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Le Spa with L’Occitane/24-hr fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
TOWER CLUB AT LEBUA
LIT BANGKOK HOTEL & RESIDENCE
PATHUMWAN PRINCESS HOTEL
This all-suite hotel is located in the second tallest tower in Bangkok, overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Spacious guest accommodations have the latest tech amenities and superb vistas. Skybar is the world’s highest-elevation open-air bar.
In the heart of Bangkok, close to shopping and major city attractions, this stunning high-rise hotel puts you in the middle of the action. Individually designed guest rooms, most with balconies, feature floor-to-ceiling windows spotlighting city views.
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.
• 221 ac suites • 8 restaurants & bars/poolside café • Tower Club Lounge • concierge & limousine service/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • spa/ fitness center/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi
ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
• 127 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • 2 outdoor pools • Kiriya Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi
BANDARA SUITES SILOM, BANGKOK
• 455 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bake shop/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/outdoor Jacuzzi • spa/ fitness center/sport court • complimentary Wi-Fi
CENTURY PARK HOTEL BANGKOK
My Time / Preferred Partner
An excellent base for sightseeing, this modern high-rise hotel stands on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, close to Bangkok’s largest antiques bazaar. Spacious guest rooms have teak accents, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ beds, and panoramic views.
Set within one of Bangkok’s most cosmopolitan districts, this modern high-rise hotel with boutique hospitality stands in a quiet, leafy neighborhood yet is close to the city’s major business, cultural, and entertainment districts.
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.
• 726 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/live entertainment • Club Level with private lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • spa/24-hr fitness center • complimentary shuttle to Skytrain Station • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 190 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/pool bar • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Arom D Spa/fitness center/saunas/ Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 380 ac rooms & suites • Executive Club Lounge • 2 restaurants/2 bars/ patisserie • 24-hour room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi • free shuttle service to Mass Transit System/Airport Link
A Selection of Thailand Hotels GRAND SUKHUMVIT HOTEL BANGKOK
MODE SATHORN HOTEL
NOVOTEL SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT HOTEL
HHHH Preferred Partner
This deluxe contemporary hotel stands in Bangkok’s vibrant Sukhumvit neighborhood, known for shopping and entertainment. Guest rooms have a modern style, the latest tech amenities, and sweeping views of the city.
Bangkok’s first “Fashionable Lifestyle” hotel, this modern highrise property enjoys a convenient central location in the city’s renowned entertainment, embassy, shopping, and business district. Contemporary rooms boast awesome city views.
The only hotel directly connected to the Bangkok airport terminal via underground walkway, this modern urban oasis is an ideal base for exploring the city’s numerous attractions. Guest rooms have Thai-inspired design and marble baths.
• 386 ac rooms, suites & apartments • restaurant/3 bars/deli/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck/Jacuzzi • Grand Massage & Spa/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 201 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Borisud Pure Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 612 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Thalasso & Spa/fitness center/ sauna/Jacuzzi/steam room • 18-hole golf course/tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi
SHANGHAI MANSION BANGKOK
SIAM@SIAM DESIGN HOTEL & SPA
HOTEL INDIGO BANGKOK WIRELESS ROAD
HHHH My Time / Preferred Partner
Located in Chinatown, this high-style design hotel evokes the 1930s Art Deco look of Bangkok inside and out. Retreat to romantic guest rooms indulgently decorated in Chinoise style, complete with fine linens, plush textures, and rich hues.
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.
It’s an easy walk to restaurants, shopping, local markets and other attractions from this modern high-rise hotel in downtown Bangkok. Retreat to stylish guest rooms with stunning city views. Metro on Wireless serves local Thai cuisine.
• 76 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • butler service (suites) • spa services • library • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary tuk-tuk shuttle
• 203 ac rooms • restaurant/lobby bar & lounge/wine & cigar kiosk • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi • Spa Ten/fitness center/juice bar • easy access to major entertainment & shopping centers • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 192 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/café • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop infinity pool/sundeck • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
ANANTARA CHIANG MAI RESORT
DUSIT D2 CHIANG MAI
RATILANNA RIVERSIDE SPA RESORT
This striking contemporary resort brings riverside serenity to the heart of the city. Retreat to luxurious accommodations that open to private balconies with daybeds and soothing views. Unwind with timeless healing traditions at the spa.
In the heart of Chiang Mai, this modern hotel is surrounded by the city’s bustling night bazaar and entertainment. The hotel’s simple, stylish, and comfortable rooms provide a relaxed place to chill.
The many attractions of Chiang Mai, including the famous Night Bazaar, are within walking distance of this elegant boutique hotel, set on the banks of the Mae Ping River. Guest rooms open to private balconies with river views.
• 84 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Anantara Spa/24-hr fitness center/yoga/ aerobics/Tai Chi • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 131 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Devarana Spa/DFiT Fitness Centre • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 75 ac rooms & suites with private balconies • 2 restaurants/café/2 bars/ swim-up bar/library lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi
DUSIT PRINCESS CHIANG MAI
THE SAROJIN THAILAND
A hideaway in the heart of the Old City, this boutique hotel fuses Thai and Mediterranean architectural styles amid rustic courtyards. Escape to spacious guest rooms with vaulted ceilings, Lanna-style furnishings, and terraces or balconies.
This contemporary hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai offers the experienced traveler a unique blend of local heritage and its association with Thai aristocracy, and also provides a gateway to the region’s stunning scenery, and the Night Bazaar.
This gorgeous boutique resort is set on a secluded beach close to Similan Island dive sanctuaries, forested national parks, and Phang Nga Bay. Join bespoke private excursions, and unwind at the award-winning spa.
• 46 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • The Village Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 198 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 56 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/wine cellar/all-day breakfast • room service • outdoor infinity pool/Jacuzzi • Pathways Spa/fitness center • water sports/mountain bikes/yacht/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Thailand Hotels MAI KHAO LAK BEACH RESORT & SPA
RAMADA KHAO LAK RESORT
LAYANA RESORT & SPA
There’s lots to do at this energetic, family-friendly resort on the beach at Khao Lak. Pools, the outdoor cinema, sports, and activities keep everybody busy. Spacious suites with separate living areas are made for families and open to breezy private balconies.
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, and opening to private lanais or balconies.
Experience the art of relaxation in peace at this elegant adultsonly resort, a delicate combination of unique Thai culture and modern luxury. Guest rooms have contemporary Thai style and large balconies.
• 116 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/café/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center • Thai cooking classes • kids playgrounds • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 57 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • room service • outdoor saltwater infinity pool/wellness pool/Jacuzzi • Linger Longer Spa/fitness center • water sports/nature reserve • library
SANTHIYA KOH PHANGAN RESORT & SPA
PANVIMAN RESORT KOH PHANGAN
• 306 ac suites & villas • 7 restaurants/market/5 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 5 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • Mind Spa/fitness center • water sports/ tennis • cinema/cooking classes • kids & teens clubs • complimentary Wi-Fi
PIMALAI RESORT & SPA
Set amid 100 acres of tropical vegetation, and opening onto a long stretch of pristine beach, this secluded gem is your ticket to island bliss. Gear up for adventure at one of the planet’s great dive spots. Unwind in serene accommodations.
Only 30 minutes by speedboat from Samui Island, this all-inclusive eco-chic hideaway embraces the true meaning of natural beauty in 18 acres of glorious tropical landscapes. Elegant teakwood accommodations have sea views.
Designed to be in harmony with its natural surroundings, this traditional Thai-style resort stands on a steep cliff overlooking Thong Nai Pan Beach. Spacious guest rooms open to private balconies or terraces.
• 121 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • spa/fitness center • tennis • life enrichment experiences • kids club (seasonal) • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 99 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor free-form pools/man-made waterfalls • Ayurvana Spa/fitness center • water sports • library/cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 92 ac rooms, cottages & villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/ room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • spa/fitness center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
BURI BEACH RESORT
HOLIDAY INN RESORT PHI PHI ISLAND
Phi Phi Island
Phi Phi Island
This Thai-style resort is surrounded by unspoiled nature at the south end of the island. Spend your entire vacation indulging in on-shore recreation without leaving the resort. Facilities include two swimming pools and the soothing spa.
The very definition of barefoot luxury, this charming resort is a romantic retreat with only 53 villas on Phi Phi Island’s north coast, blending traditional Thai influences and a charming rustic feel with more contemporary touches.
This boutique resort is surrounded by a tropical coconut garden along a magnificent white-sand beach bordering the turquoise Andaman Sea. Romantic accommodations stretch along the beachfront or amid a tropical garden.
• 101 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Buriya Spa/fitness center • laundry • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 53 ac villas • 2 restaurants/beach bar • room service • outdoor pool • Zeavola Spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 126 ac rooms & bungalows • 3 restaurants/2 bars • room service • 2 outdoor free-form pool/kids pools • Bu Nga Raya Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center • kids club/game room • complimentary Wi-Fi
BANYAN TREE SAMUI
FOUR SEASONS RESORT KOH SAMUI
PHI PHI ISLAND VILLAGE BEACH RESORT
HHHH Phi Phi Island
My Time / Preferred Partner
This private resort opens to 70 tranquil acres of coconut palms and fragrant gardens overlooking a beach on the Andaman Sea. Spacious accommodations have furnished balconies. Learn to scuba dive with help from the PADI dive pros. • 156 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants/4 bars/Internet café • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Wana Spa/fitness center • PADI 5-Star Gold Palm dive center • tennis courts
HHHHH Koh Samui
Set on a hill overlooking Lamai Bay, this boutique resort combines the best elements of a tropical getaway with whitesand beaches and endless sun. Choose from iconic dining venues, and dip into the island’s largest individual infinity pools. • 88 ac villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Koh Samui Discover exquisite serenity and seclusion at this hillside resort overlooking the Gulf of Siam. Escape to idyllic hillside accommodations shaded by coconut groves and featuring private outdoor decks overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. • 71 ac villas & residences • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • The Secret Garden Spa/salon/ fitness center/yoga/whirlpool • water sports/kickboxing lessons/tennis • Kids for All Seasons/library • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Thailand Hotels MELATI BEACH RESORT & SPA
RENAISSANCE KOH SAMUI RESORT & SPA
HHHHH Koh Samui
My Time / Preferred Partner
W RETREAT KOH SAMUI
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, and learn to cook Thai food.
An unforgettable luxury experience is yours at this tropical retreat on the shores of Laem Nan Beach. Breezy, elegant guest rooms have outdoor whirlpool baths and private balconies. Dive into water sports, yoga, cooking classes, and other activities.
Perched on a hillside overlooking Maenam Beach and the Gulf of Thailand, this hip, modern boutique resort surrounds you with ultimate luxury. Step into deluxe individual villas with the latest tech amenities, wooden decks, and private pools.
• 77 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars & 2 pool bars • concierge/ 24-hour room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • spa/fitness center/ yoga • water sports • cooking classes • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 78 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Quan Spa/R Fit fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi/yoga • water sports • cooking classes
MAI SAMUI BEACH RESORT & SPA
PAVILION SAMUI VILLAS & RESORT
• 74 ac pool villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool • AWAY® Spa/FIT gym/Pilates/yoga • water sports/ tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi
ROCKY’S BOUTIQUE RESORT
HHHH½ Koh Samui
This intimate boutique hideaway opens onto secluded Laem Yai Beach and welcomes guests into elegant accommodations that fuse contemporary style with traditional Thai elements and feature private balconies with tropical views.
The white sands of Lamai Beach are right outside the doors of this modern boutique resort, decorated in contemporary Thai style. Hide away in guest accommodations with jetted tubs and private balconies. It’s a short walk to Lamai Night Market.
This private and secluded boutique resort is situated on the beach, with unparalleled views of the Gulf of Thailand. Guest rooms have teak furnishings, hardwood floors, and private balconies. Water sports top the recreational activities.
• 97 ac rooms & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars/wine cellar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Mai Samunprai Spa/fitness center/yoga • Fun Zone for kids/cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 89 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • concierge/room service • Spavilion/fitness center/steam room • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 50 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • room service • 2 outdoor pools • spa/yoga classes/access to fitness center • water sports • game room • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary Internet center • complimentary shuttle to beaches
SAREERAYA VILLAS & SUITES
SILAVADEE POOL SPA RESORT
BANDARA RESORT & SPA, SAMUI
Set on the quieter northern part of Chaweng Beach, within walking distance of shopping and nightlife, this chic resort delivers sheer comfort and aesthetic harmony. Retreat to accommodations with terraces and sea views.
With unique design and stunning panoramic sea views, this sterling hideaway is the most exclusive luxury resort on Koh Samui. Set on a secluded hill above beautiful Laem Nan Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Siam, it embodies a back-tonature concept.
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.
• 49 ac suites & pool villas• restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Raya Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
CHAWENG REGENT BEACH RESORT
• 80 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/bar/wine & cigar lounge • concierge/ 24-hr room service/butler service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/private beach • spa/sauna/steam room • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi
IMPIANA RESORT CHAWENG NOI
HHHH Koh Samui
My Time / Preferred Partner
Immerse yourself in an intimate, restful haven where whitesand 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! • 143 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/beach pool bar • concierge/ room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • Escape Spa/fitness center/ yoga • water sports/excursions • library • complimentary Wi-Fi
My Time / Preferred Partner
• 168 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/3 bars/beach bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • Shine Spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi
NEW STAR BEACH RESORT KOH SAMUI
This contemporary boutique resort opens directly onto the soft sands of Chaweng Noi Beach. Guest rooms feature contemporary Thai architecture and ocean views. Swasana Spa delivers luscious aromatherapy, massages, and other healing therapies.
Situated on peaceful Chaweng Noi Beach this Thai-style resort is a prime hideaway for vacationers seeking tranquility, comfort, and personalized service. Guest accommodations have tropical design and open to private balconies.
• 98 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Swasana Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 74 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor oceanfront infinity pool • Akiira Spa/fitness center • nightly live entertainment/library/tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Thailand Hotels
NOVOTEL SAMUI RESORT CHAWENG BEACH KANDABURI
THE SEA KOH SAMUI BOUTIQUE RESORT & RESIDENCES
My Time / Preferred Partner
Elegantly designed in contemporary Thai style, this upscale resort hotel is close to the energetic Chaweng neighborhood. Modern guest rooms have hardwood floors, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies with spectacular views. • 183 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/beach bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor heated pools/kids pool • Kanda Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
SANTHIYA KOH YAO YAI RESORT & SPA
Koh Yao Yai
Designed in a tropical fusion style, this deluxe resort opens onto a golden-sand beach on the northwest coast of Koh Samui with super views of the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding islands. Contemporary guest rooms have indoor or outdoor hot tubs.
Just a short boat ride from Phuket, this eco-resort on Koh Yao Yai Island opens onto a private stretch of white-sand beach. Guest accommodations blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings and have balconies or patios with sea or garden views.
• 30 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Vara Spa/fitness center • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
PARADISE KOH YAO BOUTIQUE
• 90 ac rooms & pool villas • 2 restaurants/bar/complimentary buffet breakfast • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Ayurvana Spa/ fitness center • kids club • cooking class • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOLIDAY INN RESORT KRABI AO NANG BEACH
HHHHH Preferred Partner
Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, this sparkling resort on Phang Nga Bay is nestled within a national reserve tropical rainforest. Step right onto the beach from guest accommodations with open-air living areas and private verandas.
This intimate resort’s setting on the edge of Krabi’s National Marine Park at the heart of the stunning Phra Nang Peninsula perfectly blends lush foliage, limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches, and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea.
Opening directly onto scenic Ao Nang Beach, this luxurious resort is ideal for family fun as well as romantic getaways. Be spoiled in the spa and catch some rays on the beach while the kids are entertained in their own club.
• 72 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • spa/yoga • water sports/excursions • cooking classes • live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 96 ac pavilions & 5 ac villas • 4 restaurants/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • spa/fitness center • tennis & squash courts • designer boutique/kids activities • private fleet of boats • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 173 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/3 bars/pool bar • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Salila Spa/fitness center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KRABI AO NANG BEACH
THE SMALL HOTEL, KRABI
INTERCONTINENTAL PATTAYA RESORT
The golden sands of Aonang Beach are just steps from this contemporary hotel. Guest rooms reflect a modern and colorful Sino-Portuguese style, and open onto private balconies with garden or mangrove views.
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 lush luxury retreat is set on a cliff headland overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and close to Pattaya’s lively nightlife. Elegant rooms pair traditional Thai sensibility with modern amenities, and open to private balconies with garden or sea views.
• 217 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/complimentary breakfast buffet • outdoor pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 38 ac rooms/studio & pool access rooms • restaurant/pool bar • room service • 2 outdoor pools/Jacuzzi • spa & massage • complimentary Wi-Fi • library
• 156 ac rooms & villas • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • Amburaya Spa/24-hr fitness center • Planet Trekker kids club (opening soon) • complimentary shuttle
SIAM@SIAM DESIGN HOTEL PATTAYA
ANANTARA LAYAN PHUKET RESORT
ANGSANA VILLAS RESORT PHUKET
Unique and dynamic, this family-friendly Pattaya hotel is located in the entertainment district of Thailand’s most vibrant resort destination. Striking, colorful guest rooms feature lofty ceilings, oversize windows, and private balconies.
This charming tropical beachfront sanctuary stands in a tranquil bay setting on Phuket’s beautiful western coast. Contemporary accommodations feature views of tropical gardens or the sparkling bay from your private balcony or terrace.
Vibrant Laguna Phuket, Asia’s finest resort destination, welcomes you into 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.
• 268 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 77 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/ room service • 2 outdoor pools • Anantara Spa/fitness center • water sports • kids club/library • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 45 ac suites & villas with private pools • 2 restaurants/pool bar • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • Angsana Spa/fitness center/yoga/tai chi • water sports/tennis • kids activities • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Thailand Hotels ANANTARA MAI KHAO PHUKET VILLAS
BANYAN TREE PHUKET
Tucked away in the charming tropical beauty of Thailand’s premier island destination, this luxurious refuge opens out onto unspoiled panoramas. Private pool villas feature enclosed gardens and sundecks.
Phuket’s most recognized five-star retreat, this extraordinary resort on the Andaman Sea is perfect for couples and families seeking the ultimate getaway. Sumptuous all-pool villas are set amid landscaped gardens and lagoons.
• 91 ac pool villas • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • Anantara Spa/The Studio fitness center • water sports/tennis • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 173 ac pool villas • 6 restaurants/2 bars/2 dining destinations/pool bar/ dinner cruise • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • Banyan Tree Spa • 18-hole golf course/tennis • Turtle Club kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
CREST RESORT & POOL VILLAS
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Step directly onto the soft white sands of Karon Beach from this deluxe resort, inspired by classic Sino-Portuguese style. Spacious guest accommodations open to private furnished balconies or terraces, all overlooking the breathtaking Andaman Sea. • 262 ac rooms, suites & villas • 3 restaurants/4 bars/2 pool bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/water park/kids pool • Spa Cenvaree/ fitness center • tennis/water sports • Camp Safari & E-Zone • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE NAI HARN PHUKET
Perched on a gentle hillside overlooking Tri Trang Beach and the glittering Andaman Sea, this luxury hideaway is ideal for romantic retreats and family fun. Sleek, modern guest rooms feature hardwood floors and private balconies with daybeds.
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.
• 144 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Prima Wellness & Spa/fitness center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 363 ac rooms, suites & villas • 5 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/kids pool • The Spa/fitness center • tennis • The Play Zone kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE PAVILIONS, PHUKET
PULLMAN PHUKET PANWA BEACH RESORT
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HHHHH Phuket A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this modernist resort overlooking a pristine beach and bay welcomes you into private sanctuaries with minimalist design, cutting-edge tech amenities, and spacious furnished terraces overlooking the sea. • 130 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi
PULLMAN PHUKET ARCADIA NAITHORN BEACH RESORT
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.
Set along sparkling, secluded Makham Bay, this contemporary-style resort is a relaxed oasis. Retreat to posh guest rooms with spacious balconies and stunning sea views. Rejuvenate with traditional Thai treatments at the spa.
• 49 ac villas with patios & private pools • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center • complimentary shuttle to beach • complimentary Wi-Fi
•• 211 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor free-form pools/kids pool/private beach • Talay Spa/ fitness center/sauna • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE SURIN PHUKET
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MÖVENPICK RESORT & SPA KARON BEACH PHUKET
CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT PHUKET
HHHHH Phuket Check in and chill out at this tranquil and sophisticated resort on a headland overlooking the crystal waters of the Andaman Sea. Contemporary guest rooms have breezy private balconies. Dhatri Spa offers aromatherapy and traditional Thai massage. • 277 ac rooms & villas • 2 restaurants/deli/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Dhatri Spa/24-hr fitness center • water sports • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
Nestled on lush Nai Yang Beach on Phuket’s northwest coast, this one-of-a-kind resort marries industrial chic with traditional Thai design. Suites and villas all feature a living area, dramatic lighting, balcony or terrace, and soothing views.
Tucked into a tropical landscape of coconut palms and gently rolling slopes, this stellar resort opens onto white-sand Pansea Beach. Guest suites and cottages sit on the beachfront and forested hillside, and feature private terraces.
• 177 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Coqoon Spa/fitness center • Tin Box kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 103 ac suites & cottages • 4 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • The Surin Spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi
Find a secluded paradise at this exclusive resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Spend the days lounging on beautiful Surin Beach, then hide away in deluxe guest rooms with large private balconies and the latest entertainment amenities.
• 97 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/2 beach clubs • Sun Spa Estherderm/ fitness center • media library • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Thailand Hotels THE VIJITT RESORT PHUKET
LE MÉRIDIEN PHUKET BEACH RESORT
OUTRIGGER LAGUNA PHUKET BEACH RESORT
Located amid a tropical landscape on secluded Friendship Beach, this lively resort features private villa accommodations with outdoor rain showers, large balconies or terraces, private decks with sun loungers, and stunning sea views.
This stellar luxury resort opens onto a white-sand beach on a secluded cove on Phuket’s southwestern coast. Stylish guest rooms and suites feature Thai-inspired décor, handcrafted teak furniture, and private balconies with pool, garden, or sea views.
Set between a tropical lagoon and the sparkling Andaman Sea, this luxury resort features the finest in accommodations, plus an array of activities including swimming, sunning, tennis, kids’ activities, and enrichment classes.
• 92 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar • room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • The V Spa/fitness center • kids club • activities programs • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 470 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Le Spa/fitness center • water sports/tennis/squash • cooking classes • kids club • mini golf & driving range
• 255 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • spa/fitness center • tennis center • Koh Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE VILLAGE COCONUT ISLAND
ANDAMAN SEAVIEW HOTEL
BANTHAI BEACH RESORT & SPA
On the tiny island of Koh Maphrao, just off the eastern coast of Phuket, this luxury beachfront resort welcomes guests into spacious suites with private terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis. Dive into water sports, and explore the island on a mountain bike. • 236 ac suites & villas • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pools • The Village Spa/fitness center • kids club • water sports/tennis • 24-hr water taxi service • complimentary Wi-Fi
Small and luxurious with enchanting Sino-Portuguese influence throughout its accommodations, this boutique resort in Karon Beach is just a short walk from the ocean. Breezy guest rooms open to balconies with sea or pool views.
Set amid lush tropical gardens in a prime location along Patong Beach, this lively resort welcomes guests into rooms and suites with contemporary Thai design and private balconies with pool or garden views. It’s an easy walk to Patong’s many attractions.
• 161 ac rooms • restaurant/poolside bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center • water sports • shopping nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi
Offering a full experience of sophisticated style, comfort, privacy, tranquility, and international dining for discerning travelers, this contemporary boutique-style resort opens onto famous Patong Beach. Guest rooms feature private balconies or terraces. • 186 ac rooms • restaurant/2 bars/pool bar/complimentary buffet breakfast • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
KAMALA BEACH RESORT (A SUNPRIME RESORT)
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. • 353 ac rooms & junior suites • 2 restaurants/4 bars/swim-up pool bar • 24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/sundeck • fitness center/yoga • water sports/dive shop
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. • 160 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar/pool bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool • Sontaya Spa/fitness center • indooroutdoor kids club • cooking class/tours & excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi
NOVOTEL PHUKET VINTAGE PARK RESORT
IMPIANA RESORT PATONG, PHUKET
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• 290 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/coffee shop/7 bars/3 pool bars • 24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck • Spanakarn Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi
HORIZON KARON BEACH RESORT & SPA
HHHH Phuket Opening directly onto famous Patong Beach, this boutique resort invites you into low-rise, cabana-style guest rooms and suites inspired by Thai architecture that open to private balconies. It’s an easy walk to Patong’s famous nightlife and shopping. • 66 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Swasana Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE OLD PHUKET KARON BEACH RESORT
Located in the heart of lively Patong, close to shopping and nightlife, this modern resort features contemporary Southeast Asian architecture and welcomes you into guest rooms with modern décor, cool hardwood floors, and city views.
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 sleek contemporary style and private balconies.
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• 303 ac rooms • restaurant/3 bars/swim-up bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • In Balance Spa/fitness center/ Jacuzzi • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 184 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/coffee shop/2 pool bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • fitness center/poolside massage • game room/tour desk & car rental • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
A Selection of Thailand Hotels PATONG BEACH HOTEL
PHUKET GRACELAND RESORT & SPA
SUNWING RESORT KAMALA BEACH
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Sparkling Patong Beach is right outside the doors of this contemporary, family-friendly resort. Stylish modern guest rooms have private balconies with sea, pool, or garden views. You’re just steps from Patong’s lively downtown.
Just steps from Patong Beach, this lively resort offers easy access to Phuket’s buzzing nightlife. Spacious rooms and suites are stylishly furnished and open to private balconies with sea, garden, or pool views. Dip into four amazing swimming pools.
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.
• 245 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/coffee shop/2 bars • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • fitness center • disco • life enrichment classes • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 539 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/3 bars/beer café/2 pool bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/2 kids pools/sundeck/ Jacuzzi • Grace Spa/fitness center • kids club • bowling alley/24-hr library/ cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 317 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/breakfast buffet/mini-market/ bar • room service • 7 outdoor pools • fitness center • kids playground & activities
SWISSOTEL RESORT PHUKET KAMALA BEACH
ANDAMAN BEACH SUITES HOTEL
SEAVIEW PATONG HOTEL
Designed for the discerning modern traveler, this familyfriendly resort opens directly onto the white sands of Kamala Beach. Guest suites feature separate bedrooms and living rooms, and open onto private balconies.
One of the few high-rise hotels on famous Patong Beach, this property is just steps from the beach as well as the excitement of downtown Patong. Escape to sleek, contemporary guest rooms and suites with breezy private balconies.
• 180 ac suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor lagoon pool/kids pool/sundeck • Spatique/24-hr fitness center • water sports • Kids World • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 140 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools/sundeck/Jacuzzi • spa/fitness center/salon • tennis • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
Just across the road from peaceful Patong Beach, this great value modern hotel is a quiet oasis with easy access to Patong’s many bars, restaurants, and shops. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with private balconies and stunning ocean and beach views.
BEST WESTERN PHUKET OCEAN RESORT
HORIZON PATONG BEACH RESORT & SPA
• 141 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/poolside bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Samunprai Spa/fitness center/steam room • library/Internet café • complimentary Wi-Fi
SUNSET BEACH RESORT
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 private balconies.
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 and pool or ocean views.
• 240 ac rooms • restaurant/complimentary breakfast • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa services/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 160 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars & pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Morradok Spa/fitness center • water sports • indoor-outdoor kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 95 ac rooms • beachfront restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool with kids section/Jacuzzi • Sunset Spa/fitness center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
Buddha Statues at Wat Yai Chaimongkol, Ayutthaya
INDOCHINA VIETNAM – LAOS – CAMBODIA
DISCOVER YOUR INNER EXPLORER IN CULTURE-RICH CAMBODIA AND BUSTLING VIETNAM
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. 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.
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 tree-lined streets and boulevards of Ho Chi Minh City.
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.
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.
Hanoi, Vietnam Weather Chart
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 track between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Long-distance bus service connects most cities, and public buses travel between the cities’ bus stations. Cyclo pedicabs still roam Vietnam’s cities and towns, and, along with taxis, make it easy to get around.
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
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
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.
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Mu Cang Chai, YenBai, Vietnam
Top Experiences Cambodia – Night Moves Shop for traditional Cambodian crafts, clothing, silk, jewelry, art, and great bargains at the bustling Night Markets of Siem Reap.
Cambodia – Wat a Sight! Witness the breathtaking 12th-century magnificence of Angkor Wat, the largest Hindu/Buddhist temple complex in the world.
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.
Vietnam – Rail Trail 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.
Vat Phou, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Laos
Laos – Climb Up Below Gear up to scramble up steep rock formations and explore caves set into limestone mountains at Vang Vieng. MAYANMAR
Laos – Café Society Sip Laotian-style coffee and munch on a baguette at a sidewalk café in the quaint, French-influenced capital city of Vientiane. Bay of Bengal
Vietnam – Cruise for Ha Long Sit back and soak up the scenic beauty of Ha Long Andaman Bay while cruising on a traditional junk between several Sea of the 1,969 limestone islands. Splurge on a seaplane experience for a one-of-a-kind view!
South China Sea Da Nang
Mekong River Hue
Vietnam – Suit Yourself Get measured up in one of Hoi An’s hundreds of tailor shops, and walk out with a perfectly suited outfit!
THAILAND Siem Reap
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Nha Trang Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam – Class in Session Take a cooking class and learn how to make stew pork spare tip and other local gourmet dishes.
Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam
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Highlights of Vietnam 8 Days / 7 Nights
• HANOI • DANANG • HO CHI MINH CITY Dragon Bridge, Danang
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Private Hanoi City Tour • Ha Long Bay Cruise • Private Hoi An Cooking Class • Cu Chi Tunnels Day 1: Hanoi 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.
Day 2: Hanoi Head to the coastal port of Halong by private transfer. Upon arrival, board your boat and set off on your cruise. The archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising almost 2,000 islands and jungleclad limestone pillars. Set sail and cruise to Dao Tung Lam Bay, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the world’s most iconic landscapes. Feast on a range of traditional Vietnamese dishes before sailing on to Ga Choi Island. Take time to marvel at the huge limestone karsts rising from the calm waters before arriving at Paradise Cave, a huge grotto of stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 6: Danang – Ho Chi Minh City
There’s plenty of time to relax on the junk’s sundeck and sip a cocktail or two before you return to Tuan Chua Marina and your transfer back to Hanoi, arriving in the early evening. See the beauty of Ha Long Bay from above by upgrading to a seaplane transfer.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Formally the French Imperial city of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City has transformed into a vibrant metropolis. After checking in at your hotel, a private guide will take you to experience the fascinating diversity this city has to offer. Visit the former presidential palace, the history museum, the Neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Post Office. Finish your tour with a stop at Dong Khoi Street, an unforgettable boutique shopper’s paradise.
Day 3: Hanoi – Danang Transfer to the airport for your flight to Danang, where your private transfer will take you to your beachside resort. Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying Vietnam’s most beautiful beach.
Day 7: Ho Chi Minh City
Day 4: Danang
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.
Take a day at leisure to explore famous China Beach, ideal for sunning, swimming, and surfing.
Day 5: Danang Take a Private Hoi An Cooking Class, which was arranged by your travel consultant. Visit Hoi An’s colorful market and learn about traditional Vietnamese ingredients. Then watch as a chef demonstrates the dish first before you prepare the meal yourself! In the afternoon, relax on the beach back in Da Nang.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh City Depart Ho Chi Minh by private transfer for the airport and flight to your next destination.
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Ta Van Sapa
South China Sea
Mekong River Hue
CAMBODIA Andaman Sea
Nha Trang Tay Ninh Vinh Long
Ha Long Bay
Cu Chi Tunnels
Ho Chi Minh City
Experience Vietnam 14 Days / 13 Nights
• HANOI • HUE • HOI AN • HO CHI MINH CITY Ha Long Bay
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • 1N Halong Bay Cruise • Water Puppet Show • Royal Tombs Tour • Hoi An Lantern Making Class • Mekong Delta Tour • Cao Dai Temples and Cu Chi Tunnels Day 1: Hanoi
Day 6: Hue – 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.
Travel by private car to the peaceful town of Hoi An, a perfect example of an ancient multicultural 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.
Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Cruise
The beautiful silk lanterns of Hoi An are one of the most iconic and colorful sights of Vietnam. Visit a small workshop to discover how they are made. Learn the tricks of the trade, and see the way silk and bamboo are expertly combined before trying your hand at the process. Choose from a range of patterns and silks to create a unique reminder of your time in Hoi An.
A quintessential Vietnamese experience begins with a scenic journey to the coast. Board a traditional sailing boat for a one-night cruise on breathtaking Ha Long Bay and take in wonderful views as you float through the emerald waters dotted with limestone outcroppings. Enjoy your included meals on the wooden deck of the boat while absorbing this spectacular environment. Splurge by adding a seaplane transfer.
Day 3: Ha Long Bay Cruise – Hanoi Take a quick swim or a session of Tai Chi before lunch. You’ll return to Hanoi with free time to explore before the evening is completed with the traditional Thang Long Water Puppet Theater show, featuring musical performances of historical legends and folk tales.
Day 4: 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 5: 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: Hoi An
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.
Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City 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.
Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City Depart for airport by private transfer.
Days 8-9: Hoi An Two days at leisure give you plenty of time to recharge your batteries with pampering spa treatments, beautiful beaches, and retail therapy. Or visit a small workshop to see how traditional silk lanterns are made.
Day 10: Hoi An – Ho Chi Minh City
MAYANMAR Transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Your evening is at leisure to explore. Perhaps enjoy one of the city’s many rooftop restaurants and bars.
Ta Van Sapa
Day 11: Ho Chi Minh City
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Visit the former Presidential Palace, the History Museum, the former neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral, the Post Office, and Dong Khoi Street. In the evening, at the magnificent Saigon Opera House, the A O Show is a spectacular showcase of Vietnamese culture and performance art, and combines elements of both old and new in beautiful precision.
Day 12: Ho Chi Minh City
Enjoy a relaxing day trip and luxuriantSea cruise on a converted rice barge along the mighty Mekong Delta. Included is a sumptuous three-course lunch as well as
South China Sea
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CAMBODIA Nha Trang Tay Ninh Vinh Long
Ho Chi Minh City
Highlights of Cambodia & Laos 12 Days / 11 Nights
• SIEM REAP • MEKONG RIVER • PHNOM PENH • LUANG PRABANG Wat Si Saket
• Traditional Monks Water Blessing At Wat Atvea, Local Market and Les Artisans Dangkor • Angkor Temples with Sunrise • 3 Night Halong Bay Cruise • Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & National Museum Tour • Genocide Museum and Killing Fields Tour • Luang Prabang City Tour • Mekong River Trip to Pak Ou Caves Day 1: Siem Reap Arrival transfer, check in to your hotel in Siem Reap, a popular tourism destination due to its proximity to the Angkor temples.
Day 2: Siem Reap After a drive through the countryside, arrive at Wat Atvea, a pagoda on the site of an ancient temple. After a visit to the sandstone temple, you’ll be guided to the active Wat. Afterwards you will receive a personal blessing by one of the monks. Visit a local market as well as a development project that teaches young adults stone carving, wood carving, and lacquer application.
Day 3: Siem Reap Get up very early in the morning (around 5:00am) to enjoy the magic of a sunrise over Angkor Wat, and return to your hotel for breakfast. Next, visit the monumental Angkor Thom, the last capital of the great Khmer Empire. Explore the sprawling Elephant Terrace, the Terrace of the Leper King, and the enchanting Bayon. Following lunch at a local restaurant, visit Angkor Wat, arguably the largest religious building in the world.
Days 4-7: Mekong River Cruise Depart Siem Reap on a boutique ship via the Mekong River. On Day 1 of the cruise, transfer to the ship and begin with a refreshing welcome drink followed by a buffet lunch. Dinner is served in the Dining Hall. Enjoy a spectacular experience on the sundeck, bathing in the glow of the moon and radiance of the stars. The ship will anchor midstream on the Tonle Sap River. On Day 2, start with an invigorating Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by coffee and tea as the ship sets sail along the Tonle Sap River. Disembark for a short bus trip to see Khmer-style pottery, plus the wetlands, floating houses, and fish farms in the region before reaching Kampong Cham in the evening. Take part in an ox cart rally in the afternoon before being introduced to the
Heritage Line pro bono literacy project. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included; overnight in Kampong Cham.
overwhelming array of handicrafts, and climb to the top of Phou Sii hill for commanding views.
On Day 3, visit the pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Hanchery. You can take a taxi or climb 303 steps to the top, where you have breathtaking views. Meet some of the monks in the area, then return to the ship to witness a blessing ceremony performed by orange-clad local monks. Cruise towards Kampong Cham to visit Wat Nokor. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included; spend overnight midstream near Phnom Penh. On Day 4, disembark after breakfast and head into Phnom Penh.
Day 11: Luang Prabang
Day 8: Phnom Penh Depart early morning to visit The Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Continue to the National Museum, the world’s largest collection of Khmer art sculptures, ceramics, and bronzes. Finish the morning with a shopping experience at Toul Tom Pong Market (also the Russian Market). Following lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and Cheung Ek, the best-known of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious “Killing Fields,” and now a memorial site.
Start the day early with one of the most memorable sights of Luang Prabang: At dawn, hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms, (offerings of food). Your guide will explain the background behind this ritual, which is still a part of everyday life in Laos, and you will have the chance to make “merit” (and thereby achieve spiritual redemption). After breakfast, begin a relaxing riverboat cruise on the Mekong to visit the sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. En-route, stop at Ban Xanghai village, where local people produce Lao rice wine. After exploring the caves and enjoying lunch, return to your boat for the journey back to Luang Prabang. Transfer to your private vehicle and drive to Ban Phanom, a village populated by Lu. Lao textiles are still woven here in the traditional manner. Return to Luang Prabang in mid-afternoon, and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.
Day 12: Luang Prabang
Ta Van CHINA Depart for airport by private transfer for your return home. Sapa You may want to consider continuing along the Mekong Day 9: Phnom Penh – Luang Prabang VIETNAM MAYANMAR River into Thailand. Halong Bay Transfer to Luang Prabang, Laos. Hanoi
Day 10: Luang Prabang Begin with a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most beautiful in Luang Prabang, followed by Vat Visoun, the of Bengal site of an impressiveBay stupa, That Makmo. Then, walk to nearby Vat Aham, one of the city’s major shrines. Continue to the National Museum (formerly the Royal Palace), and Wat Mai. Head out to Had Hien, a blacksmith village that produces knives used by local farmers and villagers. Continue by road to Ban Xiang Khong, known for traditional Sa paper-making, which is hand-made from the pulp of mulberry trees, and for weaving. Browse for souvenirs in the small weaving workshops and stores. Andaman Seafeaturing an Take a stroll through the H’mong Market,
Vientaine South China Sea
Mekong River Hue
Nha Trang Ho Chi Minh City
A Selection of Indochina Sightseeing and Hotels ANGKOR ADVENTURE DAY TOUR
HANOI STREET FOOD BY NIGHT
MAI CHAU TRIBAL VILLAGE PRIVATE TOUR
Siem Reap / Urban Adventures
Hanoi / Urban Adventures
Hanoi / 8 Hours / Buffalo Tours Vietnam
Like a good blockbuster, this bestselling Siem Reap tour is entertaining, enthralling, and hard to pass up. Visit the world’s largest Hindu temple, Angkor Wat. Marvel at Bayon with its 54 towers decorated with more than 200 enigmatic smiling faces. Trek through Ta Prohm, the jungle temple made famous in the “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” movie, before devouring a Khmer feast fit for a king.
Travel is all about street food these days, and why not? It’s fresh, fast, cheap, and a great way to explore the local scene. Sample delicious Vietnamese cuisines just like the locals do – on the street. Stroll through the hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s charming Old Quarter. Try local specialties with influences from French and Chinese cuisine. Take in a spectacular night view of Hoan Kiem Lake from a secret café.
Depart Hanoi by road to Hoa Binh city, ascend winding roads that hug the mountainside, and finally descend into a valley where Mai Chau market and the local village Lak are home to local Thai minorities. Vietnamese lunch will be reserved.
LOCAL LIFE – DELUXE MEKONG CRUISE
BANYAN TREE LANG CO
FURAMA RESORT DANANG
HHHHH Ho Chi Minh City / 9 Hours / Buffalo Tours Vietnam
Depart Ho Chi Minh to Ben Tre to enjoy a relaxing cruise around the Mekong Delta on a converted rice barge. Visit a coconut processing enterprise, then journey through winding arroyos by boat, take a short walking tour in a village, and see traditional mat weaving by hand in a farmer’s house. Drive through the rice paddies of Mekong to a local pagoda, then enjoy a sumptuous lunch before the return trip.
Nestled between the East Sea and the Truong Son Mountains, this tranquil and intimate resort welcomes guests into individual villas with private sundecks and pools. Play a round of golf, go snorkeling and parasailing, and learn to cook local specialties.
FURAMA VILLAS DANANG
SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI
• 56 ac villas • 4 restaurants • concierge/24-hr room service • Banyan Tree Spa/fitness center/yoga • Angsana Kids Club • cooking classes • Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole golf course/water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Danang, Vietnam
Part of Furama Resort Danang, this sparkling beachfront property welcomes you into deluxe individual villas with private pools. Dip into the enormous lagoon pool, and learn to scuba dive with the PADI pros. Dine in style at Café Indochine. • 105 ac villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars & lounges • concierge/24-hr room service • infinity & lagoon pools/private beach • spa/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center/tennis • casino • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
SHERATON HANOI HOTEL
This elegant resort is a gateway for exploring Hoi An, My Son, and Hue. 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. • 198 ac rooms with private balconies • 4 restaurants/3 bars & lounges • concierge/24-hr room service • private beach/infinity & lagoon pools • spa/fitness center/golf • water sports/PADI dive center • kids clubs
PAN PACIFIC HANOI
In the heart of the Vietnamese capital, this landmark grand hotel has been welcoming guests since 1901. Rooms in the historic Metropole Wing reflect the heritage of Hanoi’s French Quarter. You’re just steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Hanoi Opera House.
Offering sophistication and luxury, this modern high-rise hotel is within walking distance of the city center and the Old Quarter. Guest rooms blend a modern Parisian aesthetic with Vietnamese charm and have superb views.
• 364 ac rooms, suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/afternoon tea • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/hammam/ sauna/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Hanoi, Vietnam
• 273 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • Santa Spa/fitness center/aerobics/sauna/ Jacuzzi/salon • tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOTEL DES ARTS SAIGON MGALLERY COLLECTION
HHHHH Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Set on the shores of Hanoi’s West Lake with its many local attractions, this modern high-rise hotel is close to the bustling city center and the Old Quarter. Plush guest rooms have marble baths, Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Beds, and lake, river, or city views.
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.
• 299 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Lotus Relax Centre/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi • tennis
• 335 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor free-form pool/sundeck • Kara Spa/24-hr fitness center/ sauna • casino • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Conveniently located in the city center, this stylish retreat is just steps from popular bars, cafés, shopping, and entertainment. Step into rooms with modern Indochine design, floor-toceiling windows, and spectacular city views. • 168 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/rooftop pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop pool • spa/fitness center
A Selection of Indochina Hotels PARK HYATT SAIGON
ANANTARA HOI AN RESORT
HHHHH Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam My Time / Preferred Partner
Hoi An, Vietnam
Everything about this downtown Saigon hotel is sleek, modern, and sophisticated, from the staff’s silky black dresses to the immaculate guest rooms. Accommodations have luxurious beds and bedding, marble baths, and city or garden views.
Experience all that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer at this modern hotel, close to the airport with easy access to Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, and other attractions. After sightseeing, retreat to contemporary guest rooms with city views.
An idyllic blend of relaxation and luxury is yours at this French colonial-style resort, set on the banks of the Thu Bon River and close to Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deluxe rooms open to private balconies or patios.
• 245 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Xuan Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 186 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 93 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/café/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center • cooking classes/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi
ANGSANA LANG CO
INTERCONTINENTAL NHA TRANG
SUNRISE NHA TRANG BEACH HOTEL & SPA
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Wake up to inspiring views of the mountains or the shimmering East Sea at this exceptional beachfront resort. Guest rooms display a unique “zen” décor and open to private balconies with sea or mountain views.
Experience local charm and seamless personalized service at this luxurious urban retreat on Nha Trang’s pristine beach. Elegant, contemporary guest rooms feature earth-tone décor, wooden furnishings, marble baths, and private balconies with sea views.
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 bay views.
• 229 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor free-form pool/beach club • Angsana Spa/fitness center • water sports • Angsana Kids Club • Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course • complimentary Wi-Fi
AVANI QUY NHON RESORT & SPA
• 279 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/whirlpool/sundeck/private beach • Spa InterContinental/ fitness center • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi
BURASARI HERITAGE LUANG PRABANG
HHHH Quy Nhon, Vietnam
• 125 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/3 bars & lounges/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/private beach • Sunrise Spa/ fitness center • kids club/baby-sitting service • complimentary Wi-Fi
LE MÉRIDIEN ANGKOR
HHHH Luang Prabang, Laos
HHHHH Angkor-Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nestled among age-old fishing villages and opening onto Bai Dai Beach, this deluxe, laid-back resort welcomes guests into accommodations featuring medieval Vietnamese décor, open-air showers, and private balconies with sea views.
Reflecting the romance and charm of 19th-century French Indochina, this elegant boutique hotel stands on the banks of the Nam Khan River in Luang Prabang’s Old Quarter. Step into traditional rooms, many with terraces and river views.
The closest hotel to the legendary temples of Angkor Wat, this elegant resort tempts guests to discover the preserved sites of ancient Cambodia. Sumptuous guest rooms and suites are tranquil sanctuaries with textured Khmer stonework.
• 105 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck/private beach • AvaniSpa/24-hr AvaniFit fitness center/yoga/Tai Chi • water sports • cooking classes/kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 21 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/lounge • room service • cooking classes • bicycles available • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 213 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL
PARK HYATT SIEM REAP
RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
An iconic landmark hotel since 1929, this distinctive property stands in the heart of Phnom Penh. Guest rooms, most with balconies, are graced with Old World refinement. The spa offers a range of traditional Khmer and modern treatments.
Set in central downtown Siem Reap, this classic-style hotel is an exquisite retreat, close to Angkor Wat. Deluxe guest rooms feature white Italian marble baths and city views. The spa delivers an authentic Cambodian experience.
• 175 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • Raffles Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 104 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Siem Reap, Cambodia Dating back to 1932, this historic landmark hotel is surrounded by 15 acres of landscaped gardens in downtown Siem Reap. Elegant guest rooms have Art Deco-style furnishings, Cambodian objets d’art, kitchenettes, and balconies with garden or pool views. • 119 ac rooms, suites & villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars/poolside bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • Raffles Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi • 2 tennis courts
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
MALAYSIA A ONE-OF-A-KIND MULTICULTURAL BLEND OF DIVERSE SIGHTS, SOUNDS, AND TASTES
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.
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.
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.
Often described as “Asia in miniature,” Malaysia is a multiethnic, 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, conservative dress and behavior should be practiced.
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.
In Kuala Lumpur, there are red-and-white budget taxis and somewhat more expensive blue “executive taxis.”
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On the mainland, you can rent a car for city-to-city journeys.
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Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s capital city, “KL,” 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.
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.
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
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Top Experiences Stop & Shop Shop ‘til you drop – for fashions, electronics, watches, computer goods, and much more – in Kuala Lumpur’s 66 shopping malls.
Night Lights 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.
Night Delights 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.
Borneo Dive Bring your scuba gear to Sipadan, off the easternmost tip of Malaysian Borneo, ranked among the best dive sites Andaman in the world. Sea
Meet the Orangutans Get up-close to some of nature’s most fascinating – and cute! – creatures at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in East Malaysia.
THAILAND Kota Bharu
Penang Terengganu Cameron Highlands
Taman Negara National Park
Street Eats Formerly the Red Light district of Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Alor is now the city’s street food mecca, packed with hawkers selling local delicacies.
The View from Kinabalu Follow an expert guide and ascend to the top of Mt. Kinalabu, Borneo’s highest peak, for stunning views of the countryside and beyond.
Hi to the Highlands Explore natural wonders, quaint mock-Tudor villages, lush tea plantations, and quaint strawberry farms on a private tour of the Cameron Highlands.
Savor the Seafood 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!
Modern Marvel Tour the Petronas Twin Towers – the tallest twin buildings in the world – including the famous Skybridge that connects them.
Discover Malaysia 11 Days / 10 Nights
• KUALA LUMPUR • CAMERON HIGHLANDS • PENANG Kuala Lumpur
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Kuala Lumpur Orientation Tour • Kuala Lumpur Street Eats• 2-Night Cameron Highlands Tour • Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden Tour • Sunset Tour with Dinner • Pulau Payar Marine Park 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
and the rest of the evening is free to relax. A light sweater is recommended.
Transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Day 6: Cameron Highlands Free day at your leisure.
Day 7: Cameron Highlands – Penang
Join a morning 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 ultra-modern 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.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the hotel. At noon, descend the winding road to Simpang Pulai, continuing the journey up north to the state of Perak. Cross the eight-mile Penang Bridge and arrive at Penang Island. You’ll be at your hotel by late afternoon.
Day 3: Kuala Lumpur
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 aweinspiring views of the island.
Explore the mouth-watering flavors of Malaysian cuisine in a walking tour that highlights Kuala Lumpur’s stunning sights and its best food hotspots. Begin at the gates of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown and take in the sounds and smells of the historic neighborhood. Walk along the Guan Di Temple, an impressive Taoist temple, and enter the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Take a short walk to a local and historic restaurant for Beef Ball Noodles.
Day 11: Penang
Day 8: Penang
Penang island National Park
Day 9: Penang
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 66 shopping centers.
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 Cameron Highlands 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 Langkawi the city at dusk while enjoying dinner on a steamboat. Andaman Sea Descend the hill and proceed to Gurney Plaza on the Penang seafront for some night shopping.
Day 5: Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands
Day 10: Penang
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur
Journey up north to the hill resort of Cameron Highlands. Arrive at Tapah town and wind your way up 5,000 feet above sea level. Stop at Iskandar waterfalls along the way, and pass gurgling jungle streams. After lunch, your tour of Cameron Highlands covers the Rose Garden, tea plantation, and vegetable farms. Check in at your hotel
Take a fast ferry ride to Palau Payar Marine Park, the only marine park off the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Buffet lunch is served at the platform. Facilities include an Underwater Observatory Chamber. There will be an opportunity to do some snorkeling (gear will be provided) and see a multitude of colorful marine life.
THAILAND Kota Bharu
Terengganu Cameron Highlands
Taman Negara National Park
MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur
Highlights of Malaysia 12 Days / 11 Nights
• KUALA LUMPUR • BORNEO • LANGKAWI Batu Caves
• Kuala Lumpur Orientation Tour • Suburbs & Batu Caves Tour • Fireflies & Kuala Selangor • Sepilok Orangutan & Sandakan City Tour • Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - Gaya & Sapi Island • Snorkeling Pulau Payar Day 1: Kuala Lumpur Transfer to your Kuala Lumpur hotel.
Day 2: Kuala Lumpur The Kuala Lumpur orientation tour is the best way to explore the city’s most interesting attractions. You’ll be mesmerized by the interesting architecture of the historical past, as well as the ultra-modern buildings in the golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur. In the afternoon, join a trip to the outskirts along the Ambassador Row, Istana Sharif Ali, and Malay Villages. Stop at the Royal Selangor Pewter and Batik Factory. The last stop will be at the limestone hills of Batu Caves, the shrine of Lord Murugah, a Hindu-deity, where a flight of 272 steps leads up to the temple cave.
Day 3: Kuala Lumpur Proceed to Kuala Selangor town in the quiet hamlet of Kampung Kuantan, one of the largest firefly colonies in the world. On arrival, visit Kota Melawati, formerly known as Fort Altingsburg, and the execution block, royal mausoleum, and colonial buildings. A bird sanctuary at the foot of Bukit Melawati is an ideal place to watch migratory birds. Also found are silvered leaf monkeys, and butterflies. Next, proceed to Kampung Kuantan. Row upstream in a tongkang (small unmotorized boat) in the quiet darkness to witness a scintillating display of fireflies that resembles a flashing Christmas tree. The synchronized rhythmic flashing is produced by the thousands of fireflies found in the mangrove swamp of Kampung Kuantan. The skilled local oarsmen make this experience a memorable and unforgettable one.
Day 4: Kuala Lumpur – Borneo Transfer to Borneo.
Day 5: Borneo In early morning, board a plane for historic Sandakan, one of Sabah’s earliest settlements, where you can visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, the world’s largest. Here,
orangutans are gradually rehabilitated into the wild, and you can see orangutans up close in their natural habitat. A boardwalk leads to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the orangutans are fed twice a day. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant followed by a tour of Sandakan and its market, observation pavilion, Chinese Temple, and water village, before returning to Sandakan airport for your flight back to Kota Kinabalu.
Day 12: Langkawi Return to your hotel.
Day 6: Borneo Spend your day at leisure.
Day 7: Borneo Transfer from your hotel to the jetty to board a boat to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You can picnic, snorkel, and scuba dive, or just relax on the beach – the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. A sumptuous barbeque lunch is offered. There’s an optional trek across Gaya Island through unspoiled rainforest and wetlands, or take a leisure dive for a more detailed examination of the underwater life. Afternoon boat transfer back to Kota Kinabalu and drop-off at your hotel.
Day 8: Borneo – Langkawi Transfer to Langkawi.
Sky Bridge Cable Car, Langkawi
THAILAND Kota Bharu
Day 9: Langkawi A journey by high-speed catamaran will take you to Pulau Payar, the only marine park on the west coast of Malaysia. Discover the multitude of beautiful marine life and corals with a snorkeling excursion (gear will be provided).
Terengganu Cameron Highlands
Taman Negara National Park
Day 10: Langkawi Spend your day at leisure.
Day 11: Langkawi Visit the Oriental Village for shopping, ride the cable car for great views of Langkawi, and visit the Underwater World. (If the cable car is closed for maintenance, it will be replaced with a tour of a crocodile farm instead.)
A Selection of Malaysia Sightseeing and Hotels FIREFLIES & KUALA SELANGOR TOUR
SUBURBS & BATU CAVE TOUR
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Kuala Lumpur / 7.5 Hours / Buffalo Tours Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur / 4 Hours / Buffalo Tours Malaysia
Penang / 3 Hours / Buffalo Tours Malaysia
Journey to Kuala Selangor in the quiet hamlet of Kampung Kuantan, one of the largest firefly colonies in the world. On arrival, visit Kota Melawati (formerly Fort Altingsburg), and a bird sanctuary park at the foot of Bukit Melawati, an ideal place to spot migratory birds. Proceed upstream in a small boat in the quiet darkness to witness a scintillating display of fireflies, whose synchronized, rhythmic flashing is produced by the thousands of fireflies found in the mangrove swamp.
Journey to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur into the surrounding rural Malay villages, and along the way visit the fascinating Royal Selangor Pewter factory and witness the craftsmanship of the work in progress and finished product. Next, visit a batik factory that creates beautiful batik silk cloth and printing. Then, explore the famous Batu Caves with its stunning limestone walls and formations, and climb the 272 steps to the temple caverns past the golden Hindu deity Lord Murugah.
Enjoy an unhurried ride on a trishaw (three-wheeled pedicab), whose driver will pedal you through Little India and the oldest parts of Georgetown. Then, enjoy a fusion Peranakan dinner at Kebaya restaurant in Penang’s Seven Terraces Hotel. The chefs create a menu of classic Indo and Straits Chinese Nyonya dishes, using French cooking techniques and innovative produce to deliver surprising new twists on this already fascinating cuisine.
ROUND ISLAND DISCOVERY
SEPILOK ORANG UTAN & SANDAKAN CITY TOUR
GRAND MILLENNIUM KUALA LUMPUR
HHHHH Penang / 4 Hours / Buffalo Tours Malaysia
Sandakan / 7 Hours / Buffalo Tours Malaysia
This tour takes you beyond Georgetown to the vibrant authentic fishing and Malay villages. A brief stop at a fruit stall will acquaint you with some of the spices and local fruits available in season. Proceed to the famous Snake Temple, followed by the OE (Oeding & Erdel) factory to see how jewelry is created by master craftsmen. Lastly, a stop at Straits Quay, Penang’s seafront retail marina, includes a visit to Royal Selangor, the world’s largest pewter maker.
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the world’s largest orangutan sanctuary, where young, orphaned, orangutans are gradually rehabilitated into the wild and offer an opportunity to see orangutans up close in their natural habitat. Lunch at a local restaurant is followed by a tour of Sandakan, visiting the market, observation pavilion, Chinese Temple, and water village before returning to your Sandakan hotel.
The heart of Kuala Lumpur’s prime business, shopping, and entertainment district is home to this luxury five-star hotel. Spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views. After sightseeing, head to the spa for a relaxing massage.
INTERCONTINENTAL KUALA LUMPUR
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
HOTEL ISTANA KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE
• 468 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants / bar • concierge / 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxurious modern high-rise hotel is just steps from the iconic Twin Towers as well as great shopping and nightlife. Spacious, stylish guest rooms feature marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and city views.
Set amid lush greenery, this luxury high-rise hotel is just steps from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and great shopping, dining, and nightlife. Contemporary guest rooms feature the latest entertainment amenities and views of the city or gardens.
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 pool.
• 472 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck/cabanas • Sompoton Spa/24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
PARKROYAL KUALA LUMPUR
• 662 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/3 bars • Horizon Club • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • spa/ fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room
PARKROYAL SERVICED SUITES KUALA LUMPUR
HHHH½ Kuala Lumpur
My Time / Preferred Partner
• 515 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hour room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Ayer Spa/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi • meeting rooms/business center
TRADERS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR
HHHH½ Kuala Lumpur
HHHH½ Kuala Lumpur
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.
An oasis in the city, this modern apartment hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, close to Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions as well as a myriad of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
In the heart of the city, overlooking the awesome Petronas Twin Towers and close to great shopping, dining, and nightlife options, this modern high-rise hotel welcomes you into spacious, contemporary guest rooms with panoramic city views.
• 426 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center • shopping malls nearby • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 287 ac 1- & 2-bedroom apartments • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool/Jacuzzi/sauna • kids indoor & outdoor play areas • library • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 571 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar/lounge/alfresco café/ rooftop pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop pool • theSPA/24-hr fitness center/steam bath • jogging trail • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Malaysia Hotels HYATT REGENCY KINABALU
LE MÉRIDIEN KOTA KINABALU
SHANGRI-LA’S RASA RIA RESORT & SPA
Set on the downtown Kota Kinabalu waterfront, this modern luxury hotel is close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Retreat to sleek guest rooms featuring the latest tech amenities, plus views of the city or the South China Sea.
Set in downtown Kota Kinabalu, this modern luxury hotel overlooks the South China Sea and is close to vibrant markets and the lively Waterfront Esplanade. Spacious guest rooms feature contemporary décor and stunning views of the mountains and city.
Set amid a nature reserve, this unequaled resort overlooks a white sandy beach and Mt. Kinabalu. Hide away in guest rooms with private balconies. Play golf and tennis while the kids are entertained with activities and nature programs.
• 288 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/snack bar/2 bars/pool bar • Regency Club Lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Avantang Spa/24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 306 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/café/3 bars/pool bar • Club Lounge • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/whirlpool/sundeck • fitness center/sauna/steam room • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 499 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center • 18-hole golf course/water sports/tennis • Cool Zone kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE ANDAMAN, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT
THE DANNA LANGKAWI
Located in Kuching City Centre, this modern, familyfriendly high-rise hotel is close to the Main Bazaar and Kuching Waterfront. Step into spacious, contemporary-style guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular city views.
Set on a white-sand beach along Datai Bay, this unique resort stands in a tropical rainforest. Exquisite guest rooms reflect contemporary Malaysian style and feature rainforest or sea views.
Located at the Telaga Harbour on Langkawi Island, this colonial-inspired luxury hotel opens onto a broad stretch of sandy beach. Guest rooms open onto private balconies overlooking the ocean, beach, marina, hills, or courtyard.
• 178 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor lagoon pool/kids pool • V Botanical Spa/V Fitness/V Salon • water sports • cooking classes • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 125 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/cigar bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • The Danna Spa/fitness center • Kiddies Clubreading room • complimentary Wi-Fi
VIVANTA BY TAJ - REBAK ISLAND, LANGKAWI
THE BLUE MANSION
• 315 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/café/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
TANJUNG RHU RESORT LANGKAWI
My Time / Preferred Partner
A haven designed to evoke the ultimate sense of serenity, intimacy, and seclusion, this resort opens onto a natural white-sand beach on the Andaman Sea. Retreat to sleek guest rooms with hardwood floors, plush bedding, and huge windows with garden, pool, or sea views.
Set along a pristine, secluded beach on its own 390-acre enchanting private island, this luscious resort commands magnificent views of the Senari Straits. Retreat to spacious guest rooms with breezy furnished balconies.
Honored with a UNESCO Heritage Conservation award, this outstanding grand hotel was built by a renowned Chinese tycoon more than a century ago. Retreat to individually themed guest rooms with period furniture and antiques.
• 94 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • spa/24-hr fitness center • kids club • tennis/water sports/marina • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 18 ac rooms • restaurant • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 136 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/2 pool bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • JivaRhu Wellness & Beauty Retreat • water sports/tennis • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
G HOTEL GURNEY
HARD ROCK HOTEL PENANG
HOLIDAY INN RESORT PENANG
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 honeymooners, this fun luxury resort is located in front of Batu Ferringhi beach. Modern rooms are packed with the latest free entertainment and tech amenities. There’s live music nightly at the Hard Rock Café!
Unwind beneath the coconut trees on the white-sand beaches directly outside the doors of this resort in the heart of Batu Ferringhi. State-of-the-art guest rooms have stunning sea views or scenic hill views.
• 312 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/café/2 bars/pool bar/nightclub • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/kids pool/Jacuzzi • Danai Spa/24-hr fitness center/salon • cooking classes/boutique • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 250 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars/Hard Rock Café • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor free-form pool/3 slides • Rock Spa/fitness center • kids & teens clubs • complimentary Wi-Fi • babysitting • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 350 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar/live entertainment • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • fitness center • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur
SINGAPORE CHECK OUT A GLITZY MULTIFACETED MASTERPIECE OF SKYSCRAPERS, CULTURES & CUISINES
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 citystate 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.
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.
Singapore’s historical colonial downtown, Riverside is packed with museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping centers, government buildings, and skyscrapers.
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.
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.
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®.
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).
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. Weather Chart
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Know Your Destination
Merlion Statue on Sentosa Island
Market Basket Explore 200 stalls of jewelry, clothing, antiques, calligraphy, and more at the Chinatown Night Market.
Tea It Up
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Chinatown Jaunt Hop into a trishaw and explore Singapore’s vibrant Chinatown on a balmy evening tour including a night cruise on a traditional “bumboat.”
Sentosa Selat Pedan Sebarok Singapore Strait Channel
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.
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!
For the most dazzling late-night recreation in this glittering city, head to Clarke Quay, full of beautiful people and buzzing nightclubs.
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 other spots to shop.
Clarke After Dark
Discover the wild life and watch a live fire-eating show at the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo.
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Hit the beaches – Siloso, Palawan, and Tanjong – as well as the casino, hotels, shops, theme parks, and restaurants on nearby Sentosa Island.
You can find gourmet Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Italian, French, American, and other cuisines all over.
Swimming Pool at the Marina Bay Sands
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Singapore Quick Stop 4 Days / 3 Nights
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Singapore City Tour • Morning at Sentosa Island Day 1: Singapore 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 where it was invented at the famous Raffles Singapore Hotel!
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.
Day 3: Singapore 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 4: Singapore Transfer to airport for your onward flight.
A Selection of Singapore Sightseeing and Hotels CHINATOWN FOOD ADVENTURE
RIVER SAFARI TOUR
HHHHH Singapore / Urban Adventures
Singapore / 3.5 Hours / Buffalo Tours Singapore
Discover the fascinating world of “hawker centers” in Singapore. Experience the charm of traditional Chinatown in the heart of cosmopolitan Singapore and learn all about its ogirins. Feast on typical goodies like rice cakes, poh piah (fresh spring roll), chicken rice, and freshly-squeezed sugar cane juice – yum!
Enjoy an afternoon at Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, River Safari. Inspired by the world’s iconic river habitats, this amazing theme park is home to 200 land and aquatic animal species, the world’s largest oceanarium, and the world’s largest freshwater aquarium – the Amazon Flooded Forest.
Set in stunning high-rise twin towers designed by I.M. Pei, this elegant hotel is inspired by the unique culture, traditions, and heritage of Singapore. Spacious guest rooms feature tropical rain showers, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and private balconies.
PAN PACIFIC ORCHARD, SINGAPORE
PAN PACIFIC SINGAPORE
MARINA MANDARIN SINGAPORE BY MERITUS
My Time / Preferred Partner
• 769 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants/6 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor free-form pools • Willow Stream Spa/fitness center • 6 tennis courts • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi
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 the Financial District.
This blissful retreat is close to Orchard Road shopping as well as the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guest rooms have plush bedding, chic Italian designer furnishings, and city views.
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.
• 575 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/cafés • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor mineral water pool • Amarin Spa/24-hr fitness center • direct access to shopping mall • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 206 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor mineral water pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/ sauna/Jacuzzi/steam room • kids amenities • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 790 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center • tennis courts • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE ST. REGIS SINGAPORE
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE
SWISSÔTEL THE STAMFORD, SINGAPORE
Close to legendary Orchard Road shopping and the city center, this sterling hotel is a hallmark of luxury. Guest rooms feature Jim Thompson fabrics, French marble baths, jet massage showers, and city views.
Set amid 15 acres of tropical gardens, this iconic hotel boasts three distinctive wings – the contemporary Tower Wing, the newly renovated tropical Garden Wing, and the exclusive Valley Wing. Indulge in a pampering wellness journey at CHI, The Spa.
Located in the heart of Singapore’s world-class shopping and entertainment district, this stunning I.M. Pei-designed hotel offers unsurpassed panoramic views. Guest rooms and suites are spacious, sumptuous, and packed with hi-tech amenities.
• 299 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/café/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • outdoor pool • Remède Spa/fitness center/ sauna/whirlpool • indoor tennis court • complimentary Wi-Fi
CARLTON HOTEL SINGAPORE
• 747 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/3 bars • 24-hr room service • butler services in Valley Wing Suites • outdoor free-form pool/kids pool • CHI, The Spa/24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 1,261 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants/6 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools • Willow Stream Spa/fitness center • 6 tennis courts • shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi
CONCORDE HOTEL SINGAPORE
HOTEL MIRAMAR SINGAPORE
HHHH Preferred Partner
Just steps from Singapore’s most popular tourist attractions, this modern high-rise hotel welcomes you into sleek guest rooms with the latest tech amenities and city or pool views. After a day of sightseeing, unwind in the rooftop pool.
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’s business hub, popular tourist attractions and landmarks, shopping, and waterfront dining and entertainment venues are all within easy reach of this deluxe hotel. Cozy guest rooms have super city and river views.
• 940 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Lifespa/fitness center • complimentary handy smartphone • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 407 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • fitness center/spa services/ salon • shopping mall • complimentary Wi-Fi • 24-hr Internet station
• 342 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar & lounge • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi • spa/fitness center/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi • scheduled city shuttle bus to Orchard Road & Clarke Quay (Chinatown)
A Selection of Singapore Hotels PARKROYAL ON PICKERING SINGAPORE
ORCHARD HOTEL SINGAPORE
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, Chinatown, and entertainment. Sleek, modern guest rooms have city views. • 367 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/rooftop lounge • 24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/ jogging track • complimentary Wi-Fi
PARK REGIS SINGAPORE
Delivering cosmopolitan elegance and comfort, this hotel commands a coveted location on Singapore’s famous Orchard Road shopping and entertainment district. Guest rooms combine elegant aesthetics and contemporary comforts.
Step out from the bustle of the city center, and into the loving embrace of nature at this modern hotel. Contemporary rooms feature the latest entertainment amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing pool or city views.
• 656 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi • fitness center • kids concierge • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 442 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/kids pool • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary smartphone service • complimentary Wi-Fi
PARKROYAL ON BEACH ROAD, SINGAPORE
PARK HOTEL ALEXANDRA
YORK HOTEL SINGAPORE
My Time / Preferred Partner
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 iconic crescent-shaped high-rise hotel, set in downtown Singapore in the heart of the culturally-rich Kampong Glam district, close to the Central Business District.
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 city views.
• 202 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool with cascading waterfall • fitness center • bikes for rent • business center with iMac® stations & secretarial services • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 346 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • St. Gregory Spa/fitness center/steam room/aerobics • nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 407 ac rooms, suites & cabanas • restaurant/coffee bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/Jacuzzi/sundeck • fitness center/salon • Internet room • complimentary Wi-Fi
BALI THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF VIBRANT COLORS, ROLLING HILLS, PRISTINE COASTLINES, AND VERDANT RICE PADDIES
Know Your Destination One of the world’s most popular destinations – 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! 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, and cultural performances.
but no vehicular traffic! Located just east of Bali, quiet Lombok is beautiful beaches, enchanting waterfalls, and the looming volcano of Mount Rinjani – the tropical paradise that many think is the “real” Bali.
Getting Around Private Driver Hiring a private car and driver for the day is quite common in Bali, considering the relatively short distances to attractions and activities. The cost is reasonable, and you can ask your hotel concierge for assistance or you can pre-book a car with your travel consultant.
Taxi Taxis are the most efficient and convenient transportation on the island. Both chartered and metered taxis are everywhere and quite inexpensive.
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.
Air Reaching hotels on Lombok island requires a short flight. Weather Chart
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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 oceanside resort area with hip fashion boutiques, other designer stores, and art studios.
Lombok & Gili Islands Reachable only by boat, the laid-back Gili Islands are nirvana for snorkelers and scuba divers. There are also countless little beachside cafés, restaurants, and bars
Pura Ulun Danu Temple
Tanah Lot, Bali Water Temple
Top Experiences Mother Lode 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.
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.
Motorhead Rent a motor scooter and cruise the streets of Denpasar as well as the less-traveled roads of the gorgeous countryside.
Buy Now Drop in to the Kumbasari Market in Denpasar and find unique clothing and kitchenware items at great prices. Don’t forget to haggle!
A Raft of Fun 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.
To Dine Divine Try out some of Bali’s local delicacies, including nasi goreng (fried rice with a fried egg on top) and gado gado (salad served with spicy peanut sauce and prawn crackers).
Romantic and unforgettable, there’s nothing like enjoying a luscious lobster dinner while cruising around Jimbaran Bay after the sun sets.
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.
Gili Islands Candidasa
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The Sun Set 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.
Cookin’ Good 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.
Jatiluwih Rice Fields
Exotic Bali 11 Days / 10 Nights
• NUSA DUA • UBUD • SEMINYAK Pura Luhur Temple, Uluwatu
• Uluwatu Tour & Sundown Kecak • Ubud and Rice Field Tour • Tanah Lot Sunset & Cocktail • Lobster Dinner at Jimbaran Bay Day 1: Nusa Dua 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: Nusa Dua Your second day at leisure gives you a chance to explore some culture (between spa 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: Nusa Dua 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 over the ocean in this unique setting.
Day 4: Nusa Dua
Seminyak. This beach location is a perfect place to spend the day treating yourself. In the evening, Seminyak offers a multitude of dining options and nightlife.
Day 5: Ubud
Day 9: Seminyak
Feel free to rise late for your day of leisure in captivating Ubud. Meditate with some yoga, indulge in spa treatments, or simply wander through the delightful marketplace.
First stop on this tour is at Alas Kedaton, home to one of Bali’s famed monkey forests. Featuring towering nutmeg trees that are unique to this area and sacred to the Balinese people, it is also home to monkeys. Go to Mengwi next, making a stop at the former Royal Temple, Pura Taman Ayun. One of the most beautiful temples on the island, surrounded by a moat. Pura Tanah Lot is the last temple that you’ll visit, perched on top of a rock just offshore. Enjoy a refreshing mojito as the sun sets over the ocean.
Day 6: Ubud After an early morning start, travel to the village of Kesiman for a rendition of the famous Barong Dance, which depicts the combat between the evil witch Rangda and the Barong. Afterwards, visit the arts and crafts centers of Ubud, Mas, Celuk, and the stone-carving village of Batubulan (Stone Moon). Stop at Gunung Kawi Sebatu before proceeding to Kintamani. The highlight of this tour is the awesome spectacle of Mount Batur, an active volcano which sits alongside Lake Batur. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch in a restaurant overlooking the volcano. On the way back, visit Ubud’s charming Monkey Forest, where you’ll come in contact with Bali’s cheekiest inhabitants.
Day 10: 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. In the evening, travel to Jimbaran Bay for a sumptuous lobster dinner on the beach with a dramatic sunset.
Day 7: Ubud Spend the day at leisure.
Day 11: Seminyak
Day 8: Ubud – Seminyak
Return by private transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Travel down the mountain to stylish and sophisticated Photo: Tatiana Morozova/Shutterstock.com
A private transfer takes you to cool, cultured, and charismatic Ubud, where vibrant rice terraces and
plunging valleys provide a picturesque artist haven. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Ubud Denpasar Sanur Seminyak Kuta Nusa Dua Uluwatu
Balinese Cultural Adventure 10 Days / 9 Nights
• SEMINYAK • UBUD • CANDIDASA • SANUR Rice Terraces
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Sightseeing Transfer from Seminyak to Ubud • Kintamani & Tegalalang Rice • Elephant Cave & Holy Spring • Lembongan Beach Club Cruise • Uluwatu Sundowner Dinner Day 1: Seminyak
Day 5: Ubud – Candidasa
Day 10: Sanur
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.
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.
Private transfer back to the airport for your departing flight.
Day 2: Seminyak Spend the day at leisure, relaxing on the beach. Or go white-water rafting, horseback riding, or join an ATV adventure through the panoramic countryside.
Day 3: Seminyak – Ubud Enjoy the morning at your leisure. Later, a tour guide will meet you at your hotel lobby for your check-out and transfer to your hotel in Ubud, making various stops along the way. First head to Kayun, where you’ll learn how to make a canang sari (Balinese offering). Learn the meaning behind the different color flowers and why these offerings are important to the Balinese people. Tirta Empul holy water springs is the final stop. Before heading to your next hotel, your tour guide will show you around the grounds; don’t forget to bring your offering along as you will be able to give thanks and offer it to the gods.
Day 4: Ubud Discover many diverse angles of Balinese life, from culture to food to agriculture, on this one-of-a-kind trek to Kintimani in the eastern Bali highlands. Enjoy a Barong dance performance, a classic Balinese art form that narrates Bali’s mythological history. Visit “Elephant Cave,” an ancient sanctuary with creatures carved into the glistening stone. Sample delicious local coffees and hot drinks, including the world’s most expensive coffee, the famous “Kopi Lawak.” Upon reaching Kintamini, take in the stunning views of mountains, lakes, and rice fields; the best view is only a short hike away, at the serene and less-frequented Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
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 quiet locale, the village shops and restaurants, and a side of Bali many never see.
Day 8: Sanur Sail away into paradise and enjoy a day in the pristine bay at Bali Hai Cruises’ private Beach Club on Lembongan Island. Snorkel or just relax to your heart’s content! The resort includes air-conditioned return hotel transfers; fishing on the trip across; soft drinks and light snacks on board; Tropical Barbecue lunch (including glass of beer, wine, or soft drink); semi-submersible coral viewer; snorkeling equipment and instruction; swimming pool; volleyball court; wave skis; glass-bottom boat rides; guided village tour, and unlimited banana boat rides.
Day 9: Sanur Pura Uluwatu is the highlight of this tour, perched over 250 feet above sea level on the edge of Uluwatu Cliff; this is undoubtedly one of Bali’s most photographed temples. Watch as the waves crash up against the cliff below, make sure you keep an eye on your belongings as the cheeky temple monkeys are notorious for their stealing abilities! Head downhill all the way to Jimbaran Bay, where you’ll visit one of the beachfront restaurants, sit back, relax, and sink your feet in the sand, and enjoy the soothing sounds as the waves crash on the shore in front of you.
Ubud Denpasar Sanur Seminyak Kuta Nusa Dua Uluwatu
A Selection of Bali Sightseeing and Hotels TANAH LOT SUNSET & COCKTAIL TOUR
MT. BATUR SUNRISE TREK
UBUD & RICE FIELD TOUR
Seminyak / 6 Hours / Buffalo Tours Bali
Ubud / 8-9 Hours / Buffalo Tours Bali
Ubud / 8 Hours / Buffalo Tours Indonesia
First stop on this tour is at Alas Kedaton, home to one of Bali’s famed monkey forests. Mengwi is your next destination, with a stop at the former Royal Temple, Pura Taman Ayun, one of the most beautiful temples on the island, surrounded by a moat. Pura Tanah Lot is the last temple to visit, perched on top of a rock just off shore.
Begin this mountain trek before sunrise at almost 4,000 feet above sea level, and climb to 5,600 feet. Experience breathtaking views from the top of Mount Batur, then proceed around the still-active volcanic cone to see the crater of its last eruption in 2000. Learn about the area’s volcanic past, then head downhill to an area covered in black lava that dates back to the mountain’s first eruption in 1814 before winding down over breakfast at the top of the volcano.
On this full-day tour, visit the local community of Tohpati, where the famous batik fabrics of Bali are painstakingly created by hand. Next, explore the stunning rice fields of Tegalalang, a site that should not be missed. Enjoy lunch in an Ubud restaurant. No visit to Ubud is complete without stopping in to see the town’s cheekiest inhabitants – the macaque monkeys. Finally, explore the Ubud Market, where you can purchase clothing, jewelry, pieces of art, and souvenirs.
THE SAKALA RESORT BALI
CANDI BEACH RESORT & SPA
RAMA CANDIDASA DIVE & SPA RESORT
HHHH Preferred Partner
Modern contemporary architecture defines this outstanding resort in the quaint fishing village of Tanjung Benoa. Suites and villas feature spacious baths, the latest tech amenities, and private furnished balconies.
Embrace the tranquility of peaceful East Bali at this charming resort, set within a coconut grove on a beautiful private whitesand beach. Deluxe accommodations open to private terraces or balconies. Go diving and snorkeling in amazingly colorful waters.
This deluxe resort stands amid a lush tropical garden with a wide panoramic ocean view. Explore the surrounding villages by bicycle or on a guided excursion for a firsthand look at traditional local culture.
• 261 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • spa/fitness center/personal trainers • water sports • kids program • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 84 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • concierge/room service • Ocean Spa • water sports/tennis/jogging track/treks/PADI dive center • Balinese cooking class • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 77 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Rama Spa/fitness center • water sports • cooking classes/dance lessons • baby-sitting services available • complimentary Wi-Fi
PURI BAGUS CANDIDASA
KOMUNE RESORT & BEACH CLUB BALI
PADMA RESORT LEGIAN
Built in traditional Balinese style, this boutique resort opens onto a white-sand beach with prime scuba diving just offshore. Stretch out on your private terrace and enjoy views of tropical gardens or the Indian Ocean.
This Balinese-style resort opens onto a pristine volcanic beach on Bali’s eastern coast, known as a mecca for surfers. Keramas Beach Club’s outdoor cinema live-streams the latest surfing and sports as well as the latest movies.
A serene paradise under the legendary Legian sunset, this resort is a sanctuary at one with nature, set in extensive gardens and close to the traditional art and fashion market. Luxurious guest accommodations feature spa-style baths and private balconies.
• 48 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/ kids pool/sundeck • Jaya Spa/PADI dive center • water sports • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
• 301 ac rooms, suites & villas • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Komune Spa/fitness center/Health Hub • Free Range Kids Park • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 432 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/5 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 5 outdoor pools/kids pool • Padma Spa by Mandara/fitness center/salon/sauna/steam room/yoga • tennis • Wolly Kids Club & Game Centre • live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi
SHERATON BALI KUTA RESORT
BALI MANDIRA BEACH
KAYUMANIS JIMBARAN PRIVATE ESTATE & SPA
This modern resort is an exclusive retreat with unrivaled panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Rooms and suites are equipped with amenities and familiar touches, and open to spacious balconies overlooking Kuta Beach. • 203 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/2 kids pools/sundeck • Shine Spa/fitness center/ sauna • Play@Sheraton kids club • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
A classic Balinese hotel with modern facilities, this deluxe resort is an oceanfront paradise, set on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Wake up in plush guest rooms with Balinese design, exotic wooden furniture, and private balconies. • 191 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/5 bars • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • concierge/24-hr room service • Glow Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHH½ Kuta-Jimbaran Just steps from the beach, this exotic, idyllic retreat is the perfect setting for an escape of pure serenity, privacy, and luxury. Designed for optimal comfort and aesthetic appeal, guest villas feature private pools and terraces. • 19 ac villas • restaurant & lounge • 24-hr room service & butler service • bicycles • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Bali Hotels HARD ROCK HOTEL BALI
KUTA SEAVIEW BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA
Nestled against the shores of Bali’s famed Kuta beach on an impressive eight-acre prime site right in the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district, Asia’s first Hard Rock Hotel features 418 tribute rooms and suites fit for a rock star. • 418 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/deli/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids waterpark • Rock Spa/Body Rock fitness center/sauna/steam room • Roxity Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi
LEGIAN BEACH HOTEL
Situated along the golden shores of legendary Kuta Beach, this boutique resort features Balinese-style architecture, spacious rooms, a relaxing spa, and stylish Rosso Vivo restaurant. You’re just steps from attractions, restaurants, and boutiques.
Surrounded by tropical gardens and parklands, this traditional Balinese-style hideaway welcomes you into accommodations featuring canopied beds, marble baths, and outdoor living areas. A wide range of activities keeps the entire family engaged.
• 84 ac suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Royal Rama Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 230 ac rooms, bungalows & villas • 5 restaurants/4 bars • concierge/ room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Usadha Spa/fitness center • Little Starfish Kids Club • nightly entertainment/cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
PATRA JASA BALI RESORT & VILLAS
RAMAYANA RESORT & SPA
THE MAGANI HOTEL & SPA
Set within walking distance of famous Kuta and Legian beaches, this city boutique resort concept welcomes guests into sleek, modern accommodations with spacious balconies; some rooms and suites have outdoor Jacuzzis or private plunge pools.
An ideal escape into paradise, this restful retreat is set within a serene tropical landscape along the white sands on South Kuta Beach. Modern Balinese-style rooms feature private balconies or terraces overlooking tropical greenery.
Located in the heart of Kuta, this intimate resort is surrounded by lush tropical gardens that provide a relaxing hideaway. Breezy guest rooms have contemporary Balinese ambiance, plus the latest tech amenities.
• 228 ac rooms • 4 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck • spa/fitness center/salon • tennis • activities & lessons/kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 150 ac rooms • 6 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Ambiente Spa/aerobics • cooking & dance classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE ONE LEGIAN
THE VIRA BALI HOTEL
• 108 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • Visala Spa/fitness center/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
RAMA BEACH RESORT & VILLAS BALI
Just steps from Kuta’s famous beach, this idyllic sanctuary is nestled amid palm trees and tropical gardens. Spacious private terraces or balconies have expansive views. It’s an easy walk to shopping, dining, and other family entertainment.
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.
Successfully combining modern minimalist style with gentle Balinese hospitality, this charming boutique resort in South Kuta is just steps from quiet, family-friendly South Kuta Beach. Dine on scintillating Asian-Western cuisine at The Grill Corner.
• 104 ac villas • restaurant/Saturday night BBQ/2 bars • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool with flowing cascades/kids pool • Rama Spa/fitness center • tennis • cooking classes • shuttle bus to nearby shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 300 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/4 bars/2 pool bars • concierge/room service • 3 outdoor pools • The Spa/fitness center • music lounge • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 56 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool with kids pool • Anahita Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BALI KUTA SQUARE
THE JAYAKARTA BALI BEACH RESORT, RESIDENCES & SPA
KUTA LAGOON RESORT & POOL VILLAS
HHH Preferred Partner
Contemporary and stylish, this excellent value hotel is located in the entertainment and shopping hub of Kuta, and is an excellent base from which to explore Bali’s many attractions. After sightseeing, cool off in the rooftop infinity pool.
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.
Kuta An oasis of tropical tranquility and romance, this family-friendly 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.
• 115 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/complimentary breakfast buffet • outdoor rooftop infinity pool/sundeck • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 278 ac rooms & 70 ac apartments • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/whirlpool/kids pool • Puspa Bali Spa/ fitness center • tennis • kids playground
• 72 ac rooms, suites & pool villas • restaurant/2 bars/mini-mart/ swim-up bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor lagoon pool/ kids pool • Kuta Lagoon Spa/fitness center • karaoke/live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Bali Hotels LEGIAN PARADISO HOTEL
MELASTI BEACH RESORT & SPA
SWISS-BELINN LEGIAN, BALI
Located in the heart of Bali’s best shopping, dining, and nightlife district, this family-friendly Mediterranean-style hotel invites you into spacious rooms set in tranquil, landscaped gardens. Catch the warm breezes on your private balcony.
Featuring direct access to one of Bali’s most famous beaches, this great value hotel welcomes guests into spacious accommodations, most with private terraces or balconies. You’re just steps from Legian’s shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Just steps from the white sands of famed Legian Beach as well as the town’s bars and nightlife, this contemporary resort welcomes you into modern guest rooms with deluxe baths. BaReLo serves Indonesian and international dishes.
• 122 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • Jalanidi Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 191 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/3 bars/pool bar • 24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck • Spa Bali • tennis • live music nightly • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 123 ac rooms & junior suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop infinity pool/kids pool/sundeck • Chayana Massage Centre/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
LEGIAN VILLAGE HOTEL
THE OBEROI, LOMBOK
PURI BAGUS LOVINA
Just steps from famous Legian Beach, this Balinese-style resort is an excellent value. Guest rooms open to private balconies. Access to Legian’s shopping, dining, and nightlife is an easy walk.
You’ll find an intimate ambiance amid tropical gardens along a private beach at this idyllic garden resort. Step into thatchedroof villas and terraced pavilions with stunning marble sunken garden baths and beach or garden views.
Set amid lush tropical gardens on the quiet shores of Bali’s northern coast, this boutique resort blends traditional Balinese design with modern amenities. Accommodations feature thatched roof architecture, and open to private verandas.
• 111 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Mirah Spa/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 30 ac pavilions & 20 ac villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/beach club/water sports • spa/fitness center/ tennis/mini-golf • kids activities • amphitheater • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 42 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor free-form infinity pool/kids pool • Jaya Spa • library/entertainment • excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi
AMARTERRA VILLAS BALI NUSA DUA – MGALLERY COLLECTION
THE MULIA, MULIA RESORT & VILLAS - NUSA DUA, BALI
THE ST. REGIS BALI RESORT
Get away to a luxurious, calm sanctuary inspired by Balinese traditions and culture in the heart of Nusa Dua. This exclusive resort embodies the ancient Hindu and Buddhist Dharma philosophy to help you achieve a balanced and harmony of life.
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.
• 39 ac villas with private pools • restaurant & bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pools • Amarterra spa/fitness center • free mini bar & refill daily (except champagne) • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 745 ac rooms, suites & villas • 8 restaurants & bars • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • outdoor infinity pool • spa/fitness center/ yoga/aerobics • tennis/kids club • nightclub
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT BALI NUSA DUA
MELIÃ BALI – THE GARDEN VILLAS
HHHH½ Nusa Dua
This new resort hotel is situated in luxurious Nusa Dua along the stunning coast of southern Bali, just minutes from tranquil and pristine white-sand beaches – an idyllic paradise destination perfect for those wanting romance, relaxation, or a family vacation. • 250 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor lagoon pool/kids pool/designated beach club • C-Spa/fitness center • kids club• complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Nusa Dua This stunning beachfront resort, with its legacy of luxury, features panoramic Indian Ocean views, lush gardens, and a crystal blue seawater lagoon. It’s the only resort in Bali with 10 beachfront villas with pool and direct access to their private beach. • 123 ac suites & villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service & butler service • outdoor pool/kids pool/swimmable lagoon • Remède Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
KAYUMANIS NUSA DUA PRIVATE VILLAS & SPA
HHHH½ Nusa Dua
My Time / Preferred Partner
Located on the shores of Nusa Dua, this property is a unique sanctuary of exotic beauty and tropical comfort. An enormous lagoon pool gently winds throughout its 24 acres of gardens. The All-Inclusive option is an unbeatable value.
It’s just steps to one of Nusa Dua’s celebrated beaches from this intimate adults-only resort that puts the emphasis on unpretentious luxury. Guest villas have private pools with sundecks and tropical gardens.
• 494 ac rooms, suites & villas • 5 restaurants/3 bars/poolside bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor lagoon pool • YHI Spa/fitness center/yoga • lighted tennis courts/water sports • live entertainment • kids club & playground
• 20 ac villas • 2 restaurants/lounge/complimentary breakfast daily • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • spa • cooking lessons • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Bali Hotels NOVOTEL BALI NUSA DUA HOTEL & RESIDENCES
HHHH Nusa Dua
GRAND MIRAGE RESORT & THALASSO SPA
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, and scheduled recreational activities.
Set in a tropical resort where the emphasis is on relaxation, this contemporary resort is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and two expansive lagoon pools. Modern and spacious guest rooms have private balconies or pool views.
• 173 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor lagoon pool/private beach club • Balance Spa & Fitness Center/sauna/water sports • kids & teens activities • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 153 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/coffee shop/bar/poolside bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor lagoon pools/kids pool/sundeck • Serene Spa & Wellness Centre • complimentary Wi-Fi
Dive into water sports, spa rejuvenation, and life enrichment classes at this contemporary resort, opening onto a private beach. Sumptuous guest rooms are appointed with Balinese furniture and feature private balconies with garden or ocean views.
LEMBONGAN BEACH CLUB & RESORT
HOTEL OMBAK SUNSET
• 380 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools • Thalasso Bali/fitness center • water sports/ tennis • live entertainment • Bamboo Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi
HOTEL VILA OMBAK
A romantic white-sand beach, spectacular sea views, and a serene atmosphere make this boutique resort an ideal Bali hideaway. Individual villa accommodations feature Balinese style and open to private terraces with sun loungers.
This laid-back hideaway on the western side of Gili Trawangan features traditional Indonesian style and unparalleled sunset views of Bali’s Mount Agung. Guest rooms are peaceful escapes with private balconies or terraces with ocean, pool, or garden views.
The first international hotel on the magical island of Gili Trawangan balances the comforts of first-class accommodation with natural beauty. Spacious individual accommodations spotlight indoor-outdoor living with huge private terraces.
• 37 ac villas with private pools • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center • water sports • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 155 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • Akira Spa/ meditation classes • water sports/PADI dive center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 148 ac rooms, bungalows & pool villas • 3 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools/sundeck • The Roemah Spa • water sports/PADI 5-Star dive center • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
MAYA SANUR RESORT & SPA
SWISS-BELRESORT WATU JIMBAR
FAIRMONT SANUR BEACH BALI
Set amid lush tropical gardens, this elegant all-suite/villa resort hotel opens onto a stretch of blissful golden-sand beach. Sleek accommodations feature hardwood floors, spacious baths, private terraces, and garden or ocean views.
Embrace the essence of Bali at this stylish beachfront resort, close to an eclectic collection of boutiques, restaurants, cafés, and bars. Hide away in sleek, stunning guest accommodations with marble baths and garden or lagoon views.
It’s an easy walk to Sanur’s beautiful sandy beach as well as a variety of restaurants, shops, nightlife, and tourist attractions from this laid-back luxury resort. Modern, sophisticated guest rooms open to private balconies, some with Jacuzzis.
• 120 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 24-hr on-call butler service • outdoor infinity pool/2 kids pools • spa/fitness center/steam bath/yoga • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 103 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/beach bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Spa at Maya/fitness center/yoga • wedding chapel • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 306 ac rooms • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor lagoon pool/kids pool • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
DOUBLE-SIX LUXURY HOTEL SEMINYAK
HOTEL INDIGO BALI SEMINYAK BEACH
ANANTARA SEMINYAK RESORT & SPA BALI
My Time / Preferred Partner
Opening directly onto Bali’s pristine Seminyak Beach, this exclusive all-suite resort blends a distinctly contemporary design with Balinese and Indonesian culture. Indulge in unique dining experiences at a pair of world-class restaurants. • 60 ac suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools • Anantara Spa/fitness center/yoga • water sports • cooking school • complimentary Wi-Fi
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.
You’re just steps from famous Double Six Beach at this modern resort in Seminyak, close to the town’s vibrant nightlife. Guest accommodations boast private pools and deep-soaking tubs and open to breezy private balconies or patios. (Opening Summer 2017)
• 146 ac suites • 2 restaurants/5 bars • 24-hr concierge, butler service & room service • outdoor pool • Acqua Perla Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 289 ac rooms, suites & villas • 5 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • 4 outdoor pools/kids pool • Sava Day Spa/24-hr fitness center • live entertainment/library • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Bali Hotels KATAMAMA HOTEL
THE SAMAYA SEMINYAK BALI
THE SEMINYAK BEACH RESORT & SPA
Set within walking distance to Petitenget Beach, this deluxe boutique resort is close to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife. Sleek, modern guest rooms reveal contemporary artisanal design and open to spacious furnished terraces.
Opening directly onto the warm sands of Seminyak Beach, this luxury boutique resort rewards guests with spectacular ocean and sunset views. Retreat to posh individual villas with Balinese style and indoor-outdoor living spaces.
• 58 ac suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 52 ac villas with private pools • 2 restaurants/2 bars/afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service/24-hr butler service • 2 outdoor pools • spa/fitness center/yoga • horseback riding/cultural activities • complimentary Wi-Fi
This stylish beachfront resort is all about tropical sophistication, with elegant guest rooms, suites, and villas designed to accommodate the needs of savvy travelers. Spacious rooms feature hardwood floors, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies.
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT BALI SEMINYAK
THE BREEZES BALI RESORT & SPA
• 105 ac rooms, suites & villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/sundeck • The Kahyangan Spa/fitness center • boutique/beachfront wedding chapel • complimentary Wi-Fi
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON BALI, SEMINYAK
Located in the heart of lively Seminyak, just steps from the famous white-sand beach, this modern resort welcomes you into contemporary guest rooms with the latest tech amenities and breezy private balconies or terraces.
It’s an easy walk to famous Seminyak Beach from this familyfriendly hotel, surrounded by the town’s lively restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Contemporary Balinese design courses through the guest rooms, which open onto private balconies or terraces.
Minutes from shopping, dining, and nightlife in upscale Seminyak, this resort epitomizes tropical sophistication. Step into stylish guest rooms that blend Balinese and Indonesian design, and open to private balconies or sundecks.
• 287 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar/pool bar/food truck • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Zanti The Retreat/fitness center • kids club/bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 130 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor 4-tiered pool/sundeck • The Spa/fitness center/ Pilates • tennis • cooking classes • cinema/media library • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 121 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 lounges/bar/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Aswangga Wellness & Spa/ fitness center/yoga • kids club • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
FURAMAXCLUSIVE OCEAN BEACH SEMINYAK
PELANGI BALI HOTEL & SPA
Strategically located at the nexus of Legian and Seminyak, and surrounded by lifestyle, entertainment, dining, and retail offerings, this deluxe boutique resort is the largest all-suite property in this prime destination with direct beachfront access. • 115 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/deli/2 bars/Champagne bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/whirlpool • O-CE-N Spa • complimentary Wi-Fi
Opening directly onto the beautiful white-sand Seminyak Beach, this relaxed resort epitomizes Balinese style. Step into spacious, elegant guest rooms with marble baths and private balconies. You’re close to Seminyak’s shopping and nightlife.
Minutes from popular Petitenget and Batu Belig beaches, this contemporary boutique resort is only a few steps from super shopping, dining, and nightlife. Sleek, modern guest rooms have Balinese design, hardwood floors and private balconies or terraces.
• 89 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor pool • The Siloam Spa & Fitness Center • complimentary Wi-Fi
TONY’S VILLAS & RESORT
• 111 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Raga Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE VILLAS BALI HOTEL & SPA
THE CLUB VILLAS
Just a short walk from Petitenget Beach, this boutique resort spotlights authentic Balinese designed within a lush tropical garden. Retreat to spacious accommodations with marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and private balconies.
This scintillating resort is located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali’s trendiest area, close to chic boutiques, fabulous restaurants, and great beaches. Surrounded by lush gardens, guest villas each have their own private swimming pool.
• 71 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/2 kids pools/sundeck • Frangipani Spa • tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 50 ac villas • restaurant • room service • Prana Spa/yoga • gift shop • complimentary Wi-Fi
Blending a Balinese living concept and a modern touch, this peaceful and intimate resort in the heart of Seminyak welcomes you into individual villas with private pools. You’re just steps from famous Oberoi Street shopping, dining, and nightlife.
• 34 ac villas with private pools • complimentary breakfast • room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa services • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Bali Hotels HOTEL VILA LUMBUNG
KUPU KUPU BARONG VILLAS & TREE SPA BY L’OCCITANE
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.
Resembling a Balinese village, this tranquil haven 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.
Set amid lush tropical gardens overlooking the spectacular Ayung River Valley and rice paddies, this luxury resort welcomes you into accommodations elegantly decorated in classic Balinese style. Indulge in ultimate rejuvenation at the spa.
• 69 ac rooms & bungalows • restaurant/bar/pool bar • concierge/room service • two-level pool with whirlpool/kids pool • Demada Spa • activity center/kids playground • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 56 ac villas • 2 restaurants/swim-up bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Chaya Spa/yoga/meditation • complimentary shuttle to & from Ubud Center • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 39 ac pool villas • 2 restaurants/bar/pool bar • room service/butler service • outdoor pool • Mango Tree Spa by L’Occitane/fitness center/ steam room/yoga • dance classes/bicycles • complimentary Wi-Fi
PADMA RESORT UBUD
THE ROYAL PITA MAHA
THE SAMAYA UBUD BALI
Ensconced within an untouched river valley overlooking the enchanting bamboo forests of Payangan in Ubud, this Balinesestyle resort welcomes guests into deluxe accommodations with private balconies spotlighting awesome vistas.
Gracefully integrated into a setting of sweeping rice terraces, river gorges, and tropical woodlands on the banks of the Ayung River, this sterling resort welcomes you into luxurious Balinese-style villas with their own outdoor environments.
Spectacularly located amid the rice fields and verdant hillsides of the Ayung Valley, this exclusive boutique resort is a harmonious blend of cutting-edge design and lavish comfort. Retreat to individual villas with private pools and patios.
• 149 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars/2 lounges/pool bar • concierge/ room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/track/ yoga • cooking classes • Wolly Kids Club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 75 ac villas • 4 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Royal Kirana Spa & Wellness • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 19 ac villas with private pools • 2 restaurants/lounge/BBQ/afternoon tea • 24-hr butler service & room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room • cooking classes/nature walks • complimentary Wi-Fi
FURAMAXCLUSIVE VILLAS & SPA UBUD
KAYUMANIS UBUD PRIVATE VILLAS & SPA
Exclusive, exotic, and elegant, this outstanding boutique resort crowns a secluded ridge above Bali’s Valley of the Kings. Hide away in intimate individual villas with contemporary Balinese design, private pools, and inspiring views.
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.
Nestled on a serene landscape above the Ayung River, this romantic adults-only retreat welcomes guests into luxury villas with private pools and extraordinary views. The spa is a celebration of traditional Asian healing techniques.
• 25 ac villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Lembah Spa/24-hr fitness center/steam room/yoga • private helipad • boutique/ library • tour desk • complimentary shuttle to Ubud • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 18 ac villas • restaurant/bar/pool bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools/sundeck • Spa Furama • cooking classes/Balinese dance lessons • complimentary shuttle to Ubud Centre • complimentary Wi-Fi
MAYA UBUD RESORT & SPA
• 23 ac villas • restaurant & lounge/pool bar/wine cellar • 24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor pools • spa/yoga • bicycles/hiking trails • complimentary Wi-Fi
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.
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.
Bali’s premier health and wellbeing spa retreat, this boutique resort is set in hillside gardens amid lush tropical forests in the mountains of Ubud. Hide away in posh villas with private verandas and soothing views.
• 108 ac rooms & villas • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • Spa at Maya/fitness center/yoga/ Pilates • tennis/bicycles/putting green • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 100 ac rooms & suites with furnished balconies • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • DaLa Spa/ yoga • Balinese dance classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 26 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • room service • outdoor pool/ sundeck • Sejati Spa/fitness center/yoga/meditation • cooking classes • trekking/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Bali Hotels FURAMA VILLAS & SPA UBUD, BALI
JUNGLE RETREAT UBUD
KOMANEKA AT MONKEY FOREST
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.
An exclusive new wing at Kupu Kupu Barong Resort and Tree Spa, this exclusive property delivers a relaxing ambiance amid Ubud’s tropical splendor. Guest suites have contemporary Balinese style, hand-carved furniture, and private terraces.
Located in the center of Ubud, this tranquil oasis is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and is close to shops, restaurants, temples, museums, and galleries. Step into guest rooms with Balinese style, modern amenities, and private verandas.
• 24 ac villas • restaurant/2 bars/poolside bar • 24-hr concierge/room service • outdoor pool • Spa Furama • Balinese dance lessons/cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 56 ac suites • 3 restaurants/coffee shop/bar • concierge/room service/ 24-hr butler service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • Spa by L’Occitane/ fitness center/sauna/yoga • water sports • cooking & dance classes/tour desk • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 16 ac suites & 6 ac pool villas • restaurant/bar/pool bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor pool/sundeck • spa • cultural activities/art gallery/library • complimentary Wi-Fi
KOMANEKA AT RASA SAYANG
THE PAYOGAN VILLA RESORT & SPA UBUD
THE UBUD VILLAGE RESORT & SPA
Dedicated to giving guests a luxurious Balinese experience, this boutique resort is close to Ubud’s cafés, shops, and cultural attractions. Accommodations have private balconies or patios with garden and town views.
This serene, secluded boutique resort stands on a timeless landscape traversed by two separate rivers, just minutes from downtown Ubud. Traditionally styled individual villas, many with private pools, have elegant furnishings and outdoor baths.
• 30 ac rooms & 2 ac villas • restaurant/bar • 24-hr room service • outdoor infinity pool/sundeck • Akar Wangi Spa • cultural activities/ library • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 45 ac villas • restaurant/2 bars/pool bar/BBQ • room service • 3-tier outdoor free-form pool/kids pool • Purnama Spa/meditation & yoga • jogging & cycling track • library • complimentary Wi-Fi
WAPA DI UME RESORT & SPA
• 30 ac villas • restaurant/coffee shop/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • Kama Karana Spa/fitness center • life enrichment programs • complimentary Wi-Fi
My Time / Preferred Partner
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 private balconies are scattered across the property in the style of a traditional Balinese village.
• 33 ac suites & villas • 2 restaurants/lounge/pool bar/daily afternoon tea • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor bi-level pool/kids pool/ 2 whirlpools • spa/fitness center/steam room/yoga • cooking classes • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 101 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/café/bar/complimentary buffet breakfast • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • Purnama Spa/sauna/ whirlpool • complimentary Wi-Fi
SANTI MANDALA VILLA & SPA
PERTIWI RESORT & SPA
Just outside Ubud, with a breathtaking view of rice paddies, tropical greenery, and Tanaraga Giri Lake, this stylish resort is the epitome of seclusion and serenity. Retreat to individual villas with private verandas. • 27 ac villas • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Dirga Sauca Spa/yoga • cooking & dance classes • hiking/cycling/rafting/excursions • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHH½ Ubud Ideally located in the heart of the Balinese village of Ubud, just a short walk from the Monkey Forest, this Balinese-style boutique resort welcomes you into spacious guest rooms featuring terraces or balconies overlooking the tropical gardens. • 31 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/pool bar • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/sundeck • Rama Phala Spa • snorkeling • complimentary Wi-Fi
UBUD VILLAGE HOTEL
Surrounded by picturesque rice paddy terraces and set within luxuriant tropical gardens, this boutique resort is designed for relaxation, invigoration, and peaceful contemplation. Stunning villas boast marble floors, verandas, and private plunge pools.
RAMA PHALA RESORT & SPA
An oasis of peace 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.
CHAMPLUNG SARI HOTEL UBUD
This contemporary boutique resort is surrounded by a rainforest garden in downtown Ubud. Deluxe accommodations feature private balconies overlooking the garden. You’re just steps from Ubud’s palaces, temples, museums, shops, and nightlife.
This excellent value resort is just minutes away from restaurants and shopping in Ubud. Step into deluxe guest accommodations featuring marble floors, private gardens and balconies, and forest views from the second floor.
• 61 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/lounge • 24-hr room service • 2 outdoor infinity pools/sundeck • Beji Spa/yoga • dance classes • bicycle tours • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 56 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/room service • 2 outdoor pools • Kama Karana Spa/fitness center/yoga • life enrichment programs • complimentary Wi-Fi
Garuda Wisnu Kencana
Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud
PHILIPPINES A MOSAIC OF NATURAL WONDERS, ENDLESS DISCOVERIES, AND AUTHENTIC SMILES
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 Eastern-Western culture like no other, see amazing landscapes, dive into outdoor adventures on land and sea, and meet warm and gentle people who have a great sense of humor.
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
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.
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.
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. Weather Chart
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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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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.
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!
Top Experiences Down Under Visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and explore the world’s largest and longest underground river.
Hit the Streets 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).
In Memorium 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.
Journey of Faith Meander along the Heritage Trail of centuries-old churches, cathedrals, and shrines that makes Cebu a “Pilgrimage City” visited by every Filipino.
Oh Jee! 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.
Scuba Do 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.
Bargain Hunt 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!
Manila Las Pinas
Taal Lake South China Sea Boracay Cebu Palawan Sulu Sea
Choco-Holic Marvel at the Chocolate Hills, a natural geologic formation comprising over a thousand cone-shaped mounds, each 100-400 feet high, on Bohol Island.
El Neato Discover secret islands, marble cliffs, hidden caves, remote beaches, and stunning seascapes in El Nido, part of the province of Palawan.
A Selection of Philippines Hotels MÖVENPICK RESORT & SPA BORACAY
SHANGRI-LA BORACAY RESORT & SPA
THE LIND BORACAY
One of the world’s most beautiful islands is backdrop to this indulgent resort, set on the beach along Punta Bunga Cove. Guest rooms and suites, arranged in intimate, low-rise villagestyle clusters, feature sea-view options and private balconies.
Dramatically set on a lush hillside within an eco-reserve, this spectacular resort is a destination all its own. Guest rooms and villas have outdoor living areas, spacious balconies, and ocean views. Travel+Leisure calls it “a luxury property worthy of its white-sand coastline.”
You’ll be surrounded by an aura of modern elegance at this unique beachside resort on Boracay. Sleek guest accommodations open to spacious balconies with garden, pool, or sea views. In evening, head to the beach for one of the world’s great sunsets!
• 219 ac rooms & villas • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool • CHI, The Spa/salon/fitness center • water sports/PADI dive center/tennis • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 119 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck/cabanas • spa/fitness center • kids club • complimentary airport shuttle • complimentary Wi-Fi
PAN PACIFIC MANILA
• 312 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • outdoor pool/kids pool/beach club • fitness center/yoga/Tai Chi • entertainment • Pirates Cove kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
MÖVENPICK HOTEL MACTAN ISLAND CEBU
This Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel on Mactan Island is ideal for family wellness and leisure activities. Step into guest rooms with contemporary décor, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies with island and sea views.
Set directly on Manila Bay, this modern hotel is close to Manila’s many attractions, shopping, entertainment, and recreation. Retreat to contemporary guest rooms featuring spacious baths with hydrotherapy rain showers.
Set in Manila’s Malate historical and cultural district, this modern high-rise hotel is also close to the city’s Spanish Quarter. Retreat to soothing, sophisticated rooms and suites with views of Manila Bay and the vibrant cityscape.
• 245 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • Ibiza Beach Club • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • Spa del Mar/ fitness center/steam room/yoga/Zumba/aerobics • water sports • kids club • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 347 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/2 bars/café/pool bar • concierge/ room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/sundeck • spa/24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 236 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/3 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service/24-hr butler service • outdoor pool/Jacuzzi/sundeck • VIP Gym 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
Willys Rock, Boracay Island
HONG KONG/KOWLOON/MACAU A FIREWORK OF REVELATIONS, BLENDING EAST AND WEST, ANCIENT AND MODERN, TOWERING SKYSCRAPERS AND QUIET TEMPLES
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. 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.
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.
of the numerous new casinos, with many hotels familiar to Las Vegas travelers. Local customs resemble Western society more than other Asian countries, especially among the younger generations.
Getting Around Transit 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.
Tram 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.
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.
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
Bus Bus service in Hong Kong is operated by a multitude of companies. You’ll find large double-decker buses and vansized 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.
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Know Your Destination
Tai Pak Floating Restaurant
Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong
Top Experiences Float Your Boat 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.
Big Buddha 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.
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 other trinkets.
Macau Hop Hop onto the ferry from Hong Kong or Kowloon to Macau, just an hour away, for an easy day of sightseeing, shopping, dining, and, of course, casino excitement.
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 Macau
Do a 360° 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.
LANATU ISLAND Chung Hau
Victoria Kowloon Harbour Central Mui Wo
HONG KONG Aberdeen ISLAND Stanley
Rolls Right In The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong has been shuttling guests to and from the airport and around town in RollsRoyce automobiles since 1970.
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 Opera 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. Photo: george photo cm/Shutterstock.com
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.
Senado Square, Macau
Tian Tan Buddha
A Selection of Hong Kong/Kowloon Sightseeing and Hotels AROUND KOWLOON IN 8 MARKETS
LANTAU EXPLORER TOUR
LOCAL LIFE – STREET FOOD TOUR
Kowloon / Urban Adventures
Hong Kong / 8 Hours / Buffalo Tours Hong Kong
Hong Kong / 4 Hours / Buffalo Tours Hong Kong
Before supermarkets, mega-malls, online shopping, and eBay, retail trade was conducted solely at markets. Join this Hong Kong tour to get the lowdown on all the market action, from colorful fruits at Yau Ma Tei fruit market, to precious stones at the Jade Market, to fresh ferns at the Flower Market. Wind your way through the world’s most densely populated neighborhood.
Explore the lush landscapes and ancient villages of Lantau Island on this full-day adventure. After a short ferry ride from Hong Kong’s main harbor, take a stroll along idyllic Cheung Sha Wan Beach, visit the Tai O fishing village, and climb the stairs to the giant Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery. Then, wander around vibrant Ngong Ping Village before heading above the clouds on the breathtaking Ngong Ping Cable Car.
Set off on this half-day tour in Wan Chai, and see where many locals get their groceries, and get a glimpse of life in this world city. Next, sink your teeth into sweet, puffy egg waffles, before enjoying a cup of “milk tea” at a Hong Kong café. Hop on a double-decker tram to Causeway Bay for salty and savory clay pot rice, teeming with meat and topped with fresh green onion, followed by youzha gui, or deep-fried sticks.
HARBOUR GRAND HONG KONG
HONG KONG DISNEYLAND HOTEL
THE UPPER HOUSE HONG KONG
HHHHH Hong Kong
Located in the heart of Hong Kong Island, this awardwinning modern high-rise oasis is just a five-minute walk from the MTR underground station. Dine at five distinguished restaurants spotlighting Cantonese, European, Japanese, and international fare. • 828 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants & lounges • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool/Jacuzzi/kids pool • spa & massage center/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
HHHHH Hong Kong
This grand hotel surrounds you with Victorian elegance. Enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, Kingdom Gifts, Mickey Maze, and activities for kids. Disney’s Hollywood Hotel is just a pleasant walk or complimentary bus ride away.
Hailed as “the height of chic” by Forbes, this contemporary high-rise oasis stands in Central Hong Kong across from Victoria Harbour. Huge guest rooms feature deluxe furnishings, gorgeous baths, and awesome city views.
• 400 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor & indoor pools • fitness center/tennis & sports courts • kids activities • live entertainment
• 117 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • fitness center/yoga • bicycles • complimentary Wi-Fi
HARBOUR PLAZA NORTH POINT
HOTEL JEN HONG KONG
DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD HOTEL
HHHH½ Hong Kong
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.
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.
• 600 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/snack bar/lounge/pool bar • concierge • outdoor pool/kids pool/water slide • kids activities • complimentary theme park shuttle
• 669 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/café/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 25-meter outdoor heated pool (seasonal) • fitness center/sauna • free shuttle to Cityplaza shopping mall, Causeway Bay & AEL Hong Kong station
HARBOUR GRAND KOWLOON
HHHH Hong Kong Set in Hong Kong’s Western District, this modern high-rise hotel is close to traditional shops and local restaurants. Sleek guest rooms have city or harbor views. Café Malacca, a Michelin “Bib Gourmet” restaurant, serves authentic Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. • 283 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • Club Lounge • concierge/ room service • outdoor rooftop pool • 24-hr fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
INTERCONTINENTAL GRAND STANFORD HONG KONG
Standing on Victoria Harbour waterfront next to Tsimshatsui, just steps away from MTR Whampoa Station and Hunghom Ferry Pier, this modern high-rise hotel is a private retreat offering deluxe rooms and diverse dining options.
This unique design hotel stands situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon’s shopping and entertainment district. Retreat to modern guest rooms with the latest entertainment amenities and super views of Victoria Harbour.
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.
• 555 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/bar/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor glass-walled pool • spa/24-hr fitness center/saunas/ steam room • complimentary e-newspapers • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 262 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/bar • Club Rooms • concierge/room service • outdoor rooftop pool • Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree/fitness center • complimentary smartphone • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 606 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor rooftop heated pool/sundeck • The Place for Body and Mind • Zanadu Health Spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
A Selection of Kowloon Hotels KOWLOON SHANGRI-LA, HONG KONG
THE LANGHAM, HONG KONG
THE MARCO POLO HONG KONG HOTEL
HHHHH Preferred Partner
This award-winning hotel welcomes you into spacious guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling bay windows with breathtaking city or harbor views. The Michelin 2-star Shang Palace serves chef Mok Kit Keung’s Cantonese specialties.
Cited in Travel+Leisure’s “Top Five Hotels in Hong Kong,” this hotel epitomizes luxury with its timeless European elegance and designer accommodations. Enjoy Michelin 3-star cuisine, Wedgwood afternoon tea, and a Chuan Body + Soul spa.
Overlooking spectacular Victoria Harbour, this upscale hotel stands at the heart of the city’s busiest commercial, shopping, and business hub. Guest accommodations have contemporary décor and harbor or skyline views.
• 688 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/deli/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/solarium/massage services • 24-hr business center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 498 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/bar • The Langham Club special services & privileges • concierge/24-hr room service • Chuan Body + Soul spa with rooftop pool & fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 665 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/lounge • concierge/24-hr room service • outdoor pool • 24-hr gym • complimentary Wi-Fi & handy smartphone
THE MIRA HONG KONG
ROYAL PLAZA HOTEL
GATEWAY, HONG KONG
This contemporary urban retreat in Tsimshatsui features guest rooms with design-led interiors, the latest tech amenities, and personalized service. Indulge in cutting-edge body treatments at the plush MiraSpa.
This modern hotel is situated in Mongkok in the heart of Kowloon, only 45 minutes by rail from China. Elegantly appointed and exceptionally spacious, all guest rooms have traditional style and city views.
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 cultural attractions.
• 492 ac rooms & suites • 6 restaurants/2 bars/outdoor garden lounge • concierge/room service • indoor infinity-edge pool/fitness center • MiraSpa/ sauna/whirlpool/flotation lounge • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 699 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • 24-hr concierge & room service • outdoor pool/kids pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi • complimentary shuttle bus service
• 400 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/complimentary mini bar • outdoor pool on level 6 of The Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel • complimentary Wi-Fi & handy smartphone
HARBOUR PLAZA 8 DEGREES
HARBOUR PLAZA METROPOLIS
THE KOWLOON HOTEL
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.
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 stands at the center of Nathan Road’s Golden Mile shopping paradise. Guests have easy access to the greatest harbor view in the world, as well as thousands of shops, restaurants, and major attractions.
• 702 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • 2 outdoor pools/kids pool/whirlpool • fitness center/sauna/massage services • complimentary shuttle to area attractions • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 819 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/lounge bar/coffee shop • concierge/ 24-hr room service • outdoor heated pool • fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 736 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • indoor pool/Jacuzzi • fitness center • business center • wedding services available
EATON HONG KONG
THE KIMBERLEY HOTEL
Conveniently located in the very heart of Kowloon, this modern high-rise hotel is close to the city’s main markets and other attractions. After a day of sightseeing, unwind by dipping into the heated rooftop swimming pool. • 465 ac rooms • 5 restaurants/bar • concierge/room service • outdoor heated rooftop pool/kids pool/sundeck • 24-hr Exert Fitness Centre/ Tai Chi • complimentary market tours • complimentary smartphone • complimentary Wi-Fi
Centrally located in the bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district, this deluxe hotel is an easy walk from cultural, historical, and entertainment options, plus the Star Ferry and famous Nathan Road shopping. Contemporary guest rooms and suites spotlight city views.
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.
• 546 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/coffee shop/bar • concierge/room service • Club Cavalier Health Spa/fitness center/whirlpool
• 395 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/2 bars • outdoor pool at The Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel • 24-hr fitness center • business center • complimentary Wi-Fi & handy smartphone
A Selection of Kowloon/Macau Hotels THE SALISBURY – YMCA OF HONG KONG
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STANFORD HOTEL MONG KOK
Set on the tip of Kowloon Peninsula with magnificent views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island, this modern hotel is close to shopping, entertainment, and major attractions. Contemporary accommodations feature city or harbor views.
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.
Located 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.
• 372 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/café • concierge/room service • indoor heated pool/kids pool • fitness center/salon/Jacuzzi/sauna/ squash courts/dance studio • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 177 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • fitness center • golf driving range • complimentary shuttle bus to train stations & shopping • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 194 ac rooms • restaurant/bar • concierge/room service • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE ST. REGIS MACAO, COTAI CENTRAL
SHERATON GRAND MACAO HOTEL, COTAI CENTRAL
GRAND EMPEROR HOTEL
The most elegant and sophisticated address on the Cotai Strip, this contemporary hotel is close to Cotai’s numerous entertainment attractions. Step into guest rooms with huge windows, lofty ceilings, marble baths, Remède bath amenities, and pool or city views.
Macau’s largest hotel, this high-rise property combines modern facilities and world-class service in the Cotai Strip, Asia’s very own Las Vegas. Retreat to distinctive guest rooms with marble baths, the latest tech amenities, and pool or city views.
• 400 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars/pool bar • concierge/24-hr room service/butler service • 2 outdoor heated rooftop pools/sundeck/private cabanas/2 whirlpools • Iridium Spa/The St. Regis Athletic Club/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 4,001 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 pool bars • concierge/24-hr room service • 3 outdoor pools/kids pool/private cabanas/sundeck • Shine Spa for SheratonTM/Sheraton Fitness/sauna/steam room • kids activities • complimentary Wi-Fi
Enjoy the ultimate in personal service at this palatial luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Macau’s entertainment and commercial district. Guest rooms showcase handcrafted furniture and furnishings, the latest tech amenities, and marble showers.
• 307 ac rooms • 3 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • Royal Thai Spa/fitness center/sauna • casino/nightclub • complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms
CHINA WITH ITS GREAT WALL AND GRAND TEMPLES, PULSATING CITIES AND SCENIC LANDSCAPES, CHINA IS SIMPLY AMAZING
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. US citizens must obtain a visa prior to arrival, and must have a passport with at least six months’ validity remaining. And as a practical matter for vacationers to the country, some behaviors that are quite normal in China may be somewhat jarring for foreigners.
The Regions 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.
Shanghai Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in 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.
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.
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!
Getting Around City-to-City 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. Fares are reasonable.
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).
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Top Experiences Panda-monium Snuggle with the world’s most adorable animals at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base at Mount Futou in Chengdu.
Bund of Joy Take an evening cruise on the Huangpu River for the best views of the Bund, Shanghai’s historic and colorful waterfront district.
Go for the Gold 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.
The Last Emperor Explore the 8,000-room Forbidden City in Beijing, the vast imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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. Gr
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Shop for excellent handmade items like porcelain, jade, art, furniture, pearls and pearl jewelry. And you can bargain over almost anything… Xian
Fill ‘er Up 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.
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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.
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In Xi’an, don’t miss the jaw-dropping Terracotta Warriors MYANMAR (or Terracotta Army), thousands of life-size sculptures depicting the armies of the ancient emperor Qin Shi Huang.
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A China Experience 15 Days / 14 Nights
• BEIJING • XIAN • CHENGDU • YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE • SHANGHAI Imperial Summer Palace, Beijing
• Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Panda Hall, Summer Palace and Beijing Opera Show • Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Roast Duck Dinner • Terracotta Warrior, Wild Goose Pagoda & Dumpling Dinner • Panda House and Museum Tour • 3-Night Yangtze Highlights Downstream Cruise • Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha, Yu Garden, the Bund & Acrobatic Show • Shanghai Dine Like a Local Day 1: Beijing Transfer to your Beijing hotel.
be at a local restaurant. Then, join a tour of one of the three historical culture protectorates in Chengdu.
Day 2: Beijing
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Meet your local tour guide and proceed to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit the Silk Factory, the Panda Hall at the Beijing Zoo, and the Summer Palace, where you’ll go boating on the lake. After dinner at a local restaurant, attend the Beijing Opera, then return to your hotel.
Depart for a full-day tour of Sanxingdui Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. After visiting the Wenshu Monastery, sit down to a Hot Pot dinner with set menu in a local restaurant.
Day 3: Beijing
Fly to Chongqing and embark on the Yangtze River Cruise.
Meet your local tour guide and start your city tour of Beijing, covering the Ming Tombs, Cloisonné Factory, and the Sacred Way, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Then, visit the Great Wall at Badaling and drive past the 2008 Olympic Village and National Stadium. Enjoy dinner at Peking Duck Restaurant.
Day 4: Beijing – Xian Transfer to Xian, and then to Sunshine Theatre for the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show, a performance of Chang’an music and dance.
Day 5: Xian Begin your city tour of Xian with an excursion to the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, visit a jade carving factory on the way back to the city, then an afternoon tour to Shaanxi Provincial Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening, enjoy dim sum dinner at De Fa Chang.
Day 6: Xian – Chengdu Transfer to Chengdu.
Day 7: Chengdu Depart for a full-day tour to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center and the Jinsha Museum. Lunch will
Day 9: Chengdu – Chongqing – Yangtze River Cruise
Day 14: Shanghai Eat like a local on a culinary night tour of Pudong, beyond the soaring skyscrapers of downtown Shanghai. Visit a frenetic local night market, one of the last in the city. Stroll through the market and pick up a few snacks along the way before arriving at a nearby restaurant. Wrap up your journey over a few helpings of traditional Chinese fare shared family-style with your group!
Day 15: Shanghai Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Day 10: Yangtze River Cruise Continuing the river cruise, take a guided shore excursion to the “ghost city” of Fengdu.
Day 11: Yangtze River Cruise Continuing the river cruise, pass through two of the Three Gorges of towering craggy peaks and intriguing rock formations, with a shore excursion to Little Three Gorges. Drifting along the gorges in a rubber dinghy can add an extra dimension to the trip!
Day 12: Yangtze River Cruise – Yichang – Shanghai After a morning guided shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project, disembark in Yichang and transfer to the airport. Transfer to Shanghai and your hotel.
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Day 13: Shanghai In the morning, visit the Shanghai Museum and take a tour of the Jade Buddha Temple. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a relaxing walking tour through the Bund before heading to the beautiful Yu Garden and the bazaar in Old Town. After dinner in a local restaurant, enjoy a performance of the Portman Theatre Acrobatic Show.
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In the morning, this tour visits Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The largest public square in the world, Tiananmen Square has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) was home to 24 emperors from 1420 until 1924. After lunch at a local restaurant, take an excursion to the Great Wall at Badaling.
This full-day tour begins at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre, where giant pandas, lesser pandas, blacknecked cranes, white storks, and over 20 other species of rare animals are fed and bred. After lunch in a local restaurant, visit the Jinsha Museum, filled with fascinating artifacts unearthed at the Jinsha archaeological site. Next, explore “Size Alley,” one of three historical culture protectorates in Chengdu.
Discover some of Shanghai’s historic districts and lanes, and get a feel of the authentic atmosphere of old Shanghai. Meet long-time residents, and hear stories of China in the past century. Architecture, design, artwork of the courtyards, and other cultural aspects will be discussed as well. Experience the local food market, and try some interesting Chinese street food.
CHINA WORLD SUMMIT WING BEIJING
THE OPPOSITE HOUSE BEIJING
NOVOTEL BEIJING PEACE HOTEL
A stunning architectural achievement, this modern hotel is one of Beijing’s most prestigious addresses, close to the Forbidden City and other attractions. Guest rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning city views.
This striking ultra-modern urban oasis puts you in the heart of Beijing life in the lively Taikoo Li Sanlitun shopping and dining district. Retreat to guest rooms with Japanese soaking tubs, heated oak flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views.
• 278 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated infinity pool • CHI, The Spa/fitness center • shopping
• 99 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • fitness center/steam room • bicycle rentals • complimentary Wi-Fi
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL CHENGDU
HHHH Beijing The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and other Beijing’s landmarks are within walking distance of this modern high-rise hotel. Contemporary-style guest rooms feature city views. Le Cabernet serves exquisite traditional French cuisine. • 402 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/salon/sauna • complimentary Wi-Fi
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL GUILIN
THE WESTIN BUND CENTER SHANGHAI
Located in Chengdu’s city center, commanding stunning views of the Jin River (Jin Jiang) and Tang Dynasty Hejiang Pavilion, this luxury hotel is close to Chunxi Road shopping. Retreat to the city’s largest hotel rooms, featuring great city views.
Set on the banks of the picturesque Li River, this distinctive resort rewards you with indulgent Asian hospitality and awesome surroundings. Spacious guest rooms feature magnificent views of the river and landscaped gardens.
• 593 ac rooms, suites & apartments • 2 restaurants/2 cafés/2 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • 24-hr fitness center/ sauna/steam room/Jacuzzi/yoga/aerobics/massage services • tennis • nightclub/live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 449 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/2 bars • 24-hr room service • indoor & outdoor pools/kids pools • spa/fitness center/sauna/steam room/Jacuzzi • tennis courts • library • complimentary Wi-Fi
The Bund, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, and other Shanghai attractions are just steps from this modern high-rise hotel. After sightseeing, retreat to spacious guest rooms with signature Heavenly Beds®, marble baths, rainforest showers, and city views.
SOFITEL SHANGHAI HYLAND
SHERATON XIAN HOTEL
• 570 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Banyan Tree Spa/fitness center/Jacuzzi/sauna/ steam room • complimentary Wi-Fi
SOFITEL XIAN ON KEMMIN SQUARE
This modern hotel’s convenient central downtown location puts you close to The Bund, People’s Square, and other Shanghai landmarks. Sleek, modern guest rooms feature city views. Mao serves authentic Shanghai and Cantonese specialties.
Just minutes from city center, this high-rise hotel stands near the West Gate of Xian’s City Wall. Guest rooms have contemporary décor, the latest tech amenities, and marble baths. There’s live music and dancing at the Marco Polo Lounge.
• 383 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • Club Sofitel • spa/fitness center • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 418 ac rooms & suites • 3 restaurants/bar • indoor heated pool/Jacuzzi • Shine Spa/Sheraton Fitness/sauna/steam room
HHHHH Xian The city’s iconic Bell Tower and other historical sites are within walking distance of this hotel, a beacon of modern design. Hide away in guest rooms with plush Sofitel MyBeds, large baths with rainshowers, and sweeping city or garden views. • 432 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars • indoor heated pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi • boutique
JAPAN A FASCINATING, MYSTIFYING BLEND OF MODERN AND ANCIENT, JAPAN LEAVES YOU OFTEN SURPRISED – BUT NEVER BORED!
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. 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.
The Regions Tokyo
(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.
In-Town Subway 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.
Taxis are everywhere in the cities, but dense traffic and expensive fares make the subways a more practical mode of transit around town.
Japan’s high-speed rail network makes domestic air travel more a luxury than a 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
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 fashions), the great food (local sushi and more Michelinstarred restaurants than any other city), the neon nightlife (jazz, reggae, gay bars, and dance clubs, 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”
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.
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Top Experiences Game On 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.
Tokyo After Dark Dine, drink, and dance your way through Tokyo’s fabulous Roppongi and Shinjuku districts, both full of late-night delights.
Fuji or Bust Bring a good pair of walking shoes for a unique experience: hiking up majestic Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous landmark.
Local Flavor When in Osaka, sample local specialties like battera (a variant of sushi) and kushikatsu (skewers with meat, vegetables, or cheese deep-fried in dough).
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Hop onto a Japan Railways bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, and watch the Japanese countryside whiz by in a 220mph blur.
Down the Garden Path Stroll through some of Tokyo’s beautiful, precious manicured gardens such as Rikugien and Koishikawa Korakuen, both dating from the Edo Period and both enjoyable during all seasons
Take a Bath 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.
Catch Some Sushi
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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.
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The Other Shoe Drops Remove your shoes, plop down onto a soft pillow, and experience a time-honored Japanese restaurant dinner of teppanyaki (steakhouse) or robatayaki (grilled seafood).
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Score tickets to a sumo tournament to watch outsize men engage in Japan’s ancient version of traditional wrestling.
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Kabukicho Ichibangai, Shinjuku
Goju-no-to Pagoda, Miyajima
Rising Sun 9 Days / 8 Nights
• TOKYO • KYOTO • OSAKA Tokyo Tower
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS • Tokyo Full Day Tour • Kyoto Highlights Full Day Tour • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest • Osaka Full Day Walking Tour Day 1: Tokyo You’ll be met at Narita International Airport by a transfer 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 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 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, 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. CHINA 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 gardens. NORTH KOREA 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 7: Kyoto – Osaka A short train ride will take you from Kyoto to Osaka, Japan’s third largest city. With your day at leisure, perhaps head 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 Embark on a walking tour that begins at the Aerial 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, RUSSIA walk to the nearby riverboat dock to board the sleek Aqua-Liner for an hour-long cruise around NakonishimaSapporo Island. With your evening at leisure, perhaps try one of Osaka’s 4,000 okonomiyaki restaurants, where you receive a bowl of ingredients and cook your own (or ask for assistance!) on the table top.
Day 9: Osaka Your transfer takes you to Kansai International Airport where you bid “sayonara” to Japan. Akita
Day 6: Kyoto Arashiyama is a pleasant district in the western outskirts of Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185), when nobles would enjoy SOUTH its natural setting. Okochi Mountain Villa is the former KOREA villa of the popular samurai film star Okochi Denjiro Yellow (1896-1962), and consists of several beautiful gardens Sea and buildings, including living quarters, tea houses, and a Zen meditation hall. Here you will enjoy some matcha green tea with a snack. Take a walk through Arashiyama’s famous bamboo groves. Check out the Nonomiya shrine. Marvel at Tenryuji, the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama, built in 1339, and one of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. East China Sea
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Journey to Arashiyama, on the outskirts of Kyoto, and explore the famous Okochi Mountain Villa, where you can enjoy some matcha green tea with a snack. Then, stroll through Arashiyama’s famous Sagano Bamboo Grove and visit Nonomiya Shrine, an ancient Shinto shrine. Next, explore Tenryuji, the largest and most impressive temple in Arashiyama and one of Kyoto’s five great Zen temples.
Explore the historic city of Osaka by foot on this guided walking journey through the city’s best sights. Setting off from Hotel Granvia Osaka, this tour connects the dots between Osaka’s best-known attractions, including Osaka Castle, and a leisurely sightseeing cruise aboard the Aqua Liner. Along the way, explore the city alongside a local guide for fascinating stories and history about the city’s best sights.
No, we don’t have a time machine, but you might think we do once you step back into Tokyo’s past! Wander through back alleys and uncover hidden shops that have been selling handcrafted goods for centuries. Snack on tasty traditional treats, from candies to crackers. Learn about classic Japanese arts like music, calligraphy, and incense-making, and shop for the perfect handmade souvenirs to take back home.
JAPANESE COOKING EXPERIENCE (SUSHI)
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While visiting Japan, why not try to learn how to make one of Japan’s most famous dishes? Though it looks simple and easy, making sushi does require concentration and preparation. At this cooking class, an experienced staff will teach you how to make this symbolic Japanese dish professionally. Enjoy chatting with a teacher while cooking and learn about Japanese cuisine. At the end of the class, you can taste what you made!
You’re close to Tokyo’s many and diverse attractions at this luxury high-rise hotel overlooking Tokyo Bay. Contemporarystyle rooms have panoramic windows with views of the city skyline, bay, Sumida River, or Rainbow Bridge.
This modern, sophisticated high-rise hotel, named one of Travel+Leisure’s “10 Best Hotels in Tokyo 2016,” stands in Tokyo’s Roppongi shopping and entertainment district. Retreat to guest rooms with mahogany furnishings, Frette linens, and city views.
ANDAZ TOKYO TORANOMON HILLS
HYATT REGENCY KYOTO
• 328 ac rooms & suites • 8 restaurants/2 bars • concierge/room service • Club InterContinental Floor • spa/24-hr fitness center
• 387 ac rooms & suites • 7 restaurants/3 bars • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Nagomi Spa & Fitness/sauna • nightly live entertainment • complimentary Wi-Fi
THE WESTIN MIYAKO KYOTO
Hailed as “stunning” by the New York Times, this modern high-rise hotel gives you easy access to the Ginza, financial district, and other Tokyo attractions. Step into sleek, spacious guest rooms with unparalleled views of the Tokyo skyline.
The National Museum, the Gion cultural district, and notable temples are just steps from this modern luxury hotel. Blending traditional Japanese design with modern practicality, guest rooms feature the latest tech amenities, granite baths, and city views.
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.
• 164 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/2 bars/pastry shop • 24-hr room service • indoor pool • AO Spa & Club/salon • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 187 ac rooms & suites • 4 restaurants/bar/pastry shop • 24-hr concierge & room service • Riraku Spa & Fitness/yoga/sauna/whirlpool • DVD library • complimentary Wi-Fi
• 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
HHHHH Osaka This modern, family-friendly high-rise hotel is located in Osaka’s entertainment district, close to great shopping, dining, and the city’s major attractions. Contemporary-style guest accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. • 272 ac rooms & suites • 2 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • All That Spa Osaka/24-hr fitness center
Byodo-in Temple. Kyoto
SOUTH KOREA A UNIQUE BLEND OF GORGEOUS LANDSCAPES, BUSTLING CITIES, ANCIENT RUINS, AND NATURAL WONDERS
Know Your Destination Going on culinary and shopping journeys. 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.
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.
Getting Around City-to-City 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
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, 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,
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.
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. Weather Chart
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Top Experiences Run DMZ 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.
Hot Times Dine like royalty on sinseollo (royal hot pot), in which beef, radish, and various seasonings are all boiled together in a delightful casserole dish.
It Takes a Village 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.
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.
Gateway to Bargains
Come for the Kimchi, Stay for the Bibimbap
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.
SOUTH KOREA Taejeon Yellow Sea
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).
Sea of Japan
Take Tea & See 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 others.
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.
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.
The “Royal Relics” tour takes you to Changdeok Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Insadong Antique Alley, Namdaemun Market, and the Amethyst Factory.
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A Selection of South Korea Hotels LOTTE SEOUL
HHHHH Seoul South Korea’s largest hotel, this world-class property stands in the heart of Seoul’s business district, connected to Lotte World indoor theme park. Guest rooms have traditional furniture, European-style baths, and state-of-the-art tech amenities. • 1,120 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/3 bars/deli • indoor pool • fitness center/sauna • golf driving range & putting green
SHERATON SEOUL D CUBE CITY HOTEL
A Beautiful Seoul
HHHHH Seoul You’ll find easy access to all of Seoul’s many attractions from this downtown hotel, a striking addition to the city’s skyline. Hide away in sleek guest rooms with plush Sweet Sleeper® Beds and floor-to-ceiling windows with awesome views. • 269 ac rooms & suites • restaurant/café/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor pool • Aequalis Spa/Sheraton Fitness Gym programmed by Core Performance®/sauna • virtual golf
6 Days/5 Nights
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: Seoul
Day 2: Seoul HHHH½ Seoul Attentive service and a range of dining options greet you at this modern high-rise hotel, located in the heart of Seoul, close to the city’s major markets. Retreat to guest rooms with fireplaces, spa tubs, and city or mountain views. • 409 ac rooms & suites • 5 restaurants/bar • concierge/24-hr room service • indoor heated pool • fitness center/Jacuzzi/massage services • indoor golf driving range
THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL
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 HHHH Seoul Boasting a unique modern design, this boutique hotel in Seoul’s famous Gangnam entertainment district puts you close to the city’s many major attractions. Guest rooms feature sleek contemporary design and city views. • 109 ac rooms • 2 restaurants/café/deli/lounge • concierge • indoor pool • spa/fitness center/sauna/Jacuzzi • water sports/golf driving range • nightclub • Yu Kids Land • complimentary Wi-Fi
• Street Museum in Urban Core • Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and 3rd Tunnel Tour • Street Food 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!
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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 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.
Day 5: Seoul Start your Seoul food tour with a bit of royal history at Gwanghwamun Gate, leading into the historic Gyeongbokgung Palace. From there, walk to the colorful Jogyesa Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism. Head to the neighborhood of Insa-dong, which is filled not only with plenty of art and culture, but also lots of delicious street food. With a local guide by your side, navigate through some of the best stands, finding out what locals love to eat. Take a stroll along the Cheonggyecheon and dig into your main dish of the tour: delicious Korean-style BBQ ribs. Head to Bukchang-dong, a famed alley of beloved eateries and experience Korean drinking culture, rubbing shoulders with locals who flock here at the end of the workday. Sample some makgeolli (Korean rice wine) with a side snack of pajeon (green onion pancake). Finish off the tour at a local spot where you can taste a traditional Korean dessert before heading out to uncover more of the local nightlife.
Day 6: Seoul Transfer to Incheon International Airport
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