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COX & KINGS S PECIA LIS T BR OC HURES GR OU P TOU RS & TAILOR- M ADE

C H I N A • J A PA N • S . E . A S I A G R O U P TO U R S & TA I LOR - M A D E

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UK OFFICE Cox & Kings Travel Ltd, 6th Floor, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4EE Reservations: 020 7873 5000 Fax: 020 7630 6038 E-mail: sales@coxandkings.co.uk Hours of Business: Mon-Fri: 09.00-18.00 Sat: 09.30-13.00


OVER 250 YEARS OF DISCOVERY 2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Cox & Kings, the longest established travel company in the world. The company’s history stretches back to 25th May 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by his mentor, Lord Ligonier, the Commanding Officer of His Majesty’s Armed Forces. The role of agent included the arrangement of payment of officers and men, the provision of clothing, acting as a go-between for the buying and selling of officers’ commissions, and acting upon any special requests from the regimental adjutant. Regimental agents did not have a very good reputation before Cox, but such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that he made it a respectable business and Cox & Co soon became the agent for the majority of British

regiments. By the end of the 18th century the company served 14 cavalry, 64 infantry and 17 militia regiments. The company’s business grew hand in hand with the British Empire, becoming involved in banking and shipping in addition to its other agency activities. In the late 19th century, Henry S. King & Co was a rival bank and shipping agency, started by Henry Samuel King in 1868 and subsequently run for over 45 years by his son, Henry Seymour King, an MP and renowned mountaineer. The company had particularly strong links with India. After the First World War the two companies merged as Cox’s & King’s and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall (now the site of the Sofitel St James Hotel). In 1923 the business was sold to Lloyds Bank and whilst the banking arm stayed with Lloyds (becoming the Cox & Kings branch, as it is still known), the shipping agency became a separate company, running tours and organising

the passage of people and their belongings around the world, notably to Egypt, India and South Asia. In 1970, Cox & Kings Agency was bought by Grindlays Bank as part of a deal with Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, to develop tourism into the country, and so the modern history of the company began. Cox & Kings has built on the tradition of high quality service and attention to detail established by Richard Cox over 250 years ago and it now provides travel arrangements of the highest calibre in many of the most culturally and naturally fascinating parts of the world. The company has extended its expertise to cover the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and Australia & New Zealand.


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CONTENTS Introduction 6

Cox & Kings - The Benefits

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Cox & Kings Holidays

indo-china & thailand Escorted Groups, Private Journeys, Tailor-Made & Hotels

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Flying in Style

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Grand Tour of Indo-China

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Ancient Kingdoms of Southeast Asia

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Spirit of Vietnam

China Escorted Groups, Private Journeys, Tailor-Made & Hotels

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The Golden Land of Burma

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Southeast Asia Extensions

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China Experience

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A River Journey on the Mekong

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China: The Grand Tour

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Vietnam in Style

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Timeless China

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Jewels of Burma

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Silk Road Explorer

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The Road to Mandalay

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China Extensions

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Thailand in Luxury

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Natural Wonders of China

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Treasures of Thailand

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Grand Yangtze Voyage

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Eastern & Oriental Express Train Journey

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China in Style

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Orient-Express Collection

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Treasures of the Orient

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Cambodia Tailor-Made

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Relax & Explore: Shanghai

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Laos Tailor-Made

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China Tailor-Made

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Hotels: Cambodia & Laos

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Hotels & Cruises: China

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Hotels: Áman Resorts

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Hotels: The Peninsula

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Burma Tailor-Made

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Hotels: China & Hong Kong

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Hotels: Burma

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Hotels: Shangri-La

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Vietnam Tailor-Made

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Hotels: Hyatt

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Hotels: Vietnam

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Relax & Explore: Phan Thiet

NORTHEAST ASIA Escorted Groups, Private Journeys, Tailor-Made & Hotels

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Hotels: Banyan Tree

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Thailand Tailor-Made

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Japan Explorer

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Hotels: Thailand

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Japan’s Cultural Treasures

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Hotels: Mandarin Oriental

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Japan Extensions

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Relax & Explore: Chiang Mai

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Essential Japan

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Relax & Explore: Koh Samui

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Wonders of South Korea & Japan

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Relax & Explore: Khao Lak

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Japan’s Ryokan Experience

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Japan Tailor-Made

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Taiwan: The Beautiful Island

malaysia & singapore Escorted Groups, Private Journeys, Tailor-Made & Hotels

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Mongolia: Land of the Blue Sky

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Splendours of Borneo

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Hotels: Japan & South Korea

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North Borneo Adventure

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Hotels: Taiwan & Mongolia

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Malaysia Extensions

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A Journey Through Malaya

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Relax & Explore: Langkawi

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Malaysia Tailor-Made

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Relax & Explore: Borneo

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Travel in The Far East

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Booking Conditions

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Regional Weather

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Insurance

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Reservation Form

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Documents & Health

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BENEFITS Cox & Kings is an independent tour operator organising holidays to some of the most fascinating parts of the world. To do justice to these regions we publish separate specialist brochures and retain separate specialist teams of experts. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing to travel to the Far East with Cox & Kings: EXPERTS TO THE FAR EAST Organising Travel Since 1758 - Our history gives us unrivalled experience at organising travel to even the most challenging corners of the world. Dedicated Team of Far East Experts - Cox & Kings’ Far East Tour Consultants have all travelled extensively in the region and offer you a vast collective bank of expert knowledge. Whether you are planning to join a brochure tour or design a private tailor-made journey, you can travel with the reassurance that your itinerary will have been fully considered by a regional specialist. The Best Representatives Throughout the Far East - Over the years Cox & Kings has sought out and developed working relationships with the very finest specialist local agents in the Far East. These are all companies who have a detailed knowledge of their own country, a comprehensive network of local representatives,

an understanding of Cox & Kings’ standards and, not least, an appreciation of the expectations of those who travel with us.

accommodation, airline and other services are taken into account. HIGH QUALITY SERVICE

EXCELLENT VALUE Low Price Policy - Cox & Kings does not believe that you should pay a premium for excellent service and outstanding holidays. It is our policy to keep our prices as low as possible and, thereby, to make our holidays available to as many people as possible. Buying Power - Cox & Kings’ low price policy is made possible through buying power established over many years and long-standing relationships in the travel industry generated by the network of associated Cox & Kings companies worldwide. As a result, Cox & Kings is able to contract flights, hotels and ground services at highly competitive rates. Comparing Like With Like - By its nature, high quality long haul travel is not cheap, and when looking at the various holidays on the market it can seem as if there is a big difference in price between what on the surface are similar holidays. Therefore, when weighing up holiday options it is important to compare like with like and we are confident that our tours represent excellent value for money when the standard of

Services of the London Office - In addition to the expertise of your personal Tour Consultant, Cox & Kings aims to provide the highest levels of customer care, from your initial enquiry, through to the detailed itineraries and tour notes sent to you prior to departure and, finally, answering any queries you may have when you return from your travels. Personal Service in the Far East - Whether you are part of an Escorted Group or travelling on a Private Journey you will be met at each airport, train station or quay along the way, you will be transferred to and from your hotel and you will have the details of your itinerary explained to you, unless stated otherwise. Almost all Cox & Kings groups also benefit from the services of a local English-speaking Tour Manager who accompanies the group throughout their stay in the Far East. All Cox & Kings travellers are in the capable hands of someone who can inform and, if necessary, smooth any wrinkles along the way. Expert Local Guides - Cox & Kings uses the services of specially chosen local guides who really know their subject and can bring places to

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life. In addition to providing relevant background information, as detailed or general as you like, they can also explain the local way of life, customs and issues in a way that guide books never can. HOLIDAY PROTECTION & GUARANTEED STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE ATOL Protection - Cox & Kings is a fully bonded and licensed tour operator and the air holidays in this brochure are ATOL protected by the bonding scheme administered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 2815. For more information about the protection offered by the CAA, please visit www.caa.co.uk. ABTA - Cox & Kings is a member of ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents. For more information about ABTA and its members, please visit www.abta.com. Foreign & Commonwealth Office Advice - Cox & Kings receives a great deal of information about conditions on the ground from its local representatives. However, when deciding whether particular countries or regions are safe for travel, the final decision is dependent on the guidance of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If you would like to know the current travel advice for any country you can visit www.fco.gov.uk or call 0870 606 0290. Responsible Tourism - Cox & Kings has been

awarded 5-Stars by AITO - their highest Responsible Tourism rating. This means that Cox & Kings has successfully implemented and continually improved a Responsible Tourism policy and has also undertaken a specific project, which contributes to the economy, culture or environment of a destination. In Cox & Kings’ case this was the raising of funds and awareness for the Magic Bus charity - please visit www.magicbusindia.org . Carbon Responsible - We encourage those who travel with Cox & Kings to offset their carbon emissions via Carbon Responsible. To calculate the cost of offsetting the impact of your flight please visit the website link below to access the Cox & Kings scheme and use the carbon emissions calculator: www.carbonresponsible.com/coxandkings. Cox & Kings offsets all carbon emissions for flights taken by our staff in the course of their work. Cox & Kings is also a member of AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, assuring you of Cox & Kings’ commitment to high quality service and ethical business practises. For more information about AITO and its aims, please visit www.aito.co.uk.

The Aito Quality Charter AITO is an association of independently minded companies specialising in particular areas or types of holiday and sharing a common dedication to high standards of quality and personal service. AITO defines ‘quality’ as “providing a level of satisfaction which, based upon the holiday information provided by the tour operator, aims to meet or exceed a customer’s reasonable satisfaction, regardless of the type of holiday sold or the price paid”. The Association Of Independent Tour Operators Accurate Brochures: AITO members ensure that their brochures clearly and accurately describe the holidays and services offered. Product Improvements: AITO members listen to their customers and welcome suggestions for improving standards. All customers receive a postholiday questionnaire. Professional Service: AITO members are committed to high standards of personal service, maintained by the thorough training of employees. Financial Security: AITO takes care to ensure that all members comply with current UK Government Regulations regarding the protection of clients’ money. Exclusive Membership: AITO has strict membership criteria that must be satisfied before new companies are allowed to join. All members must adhere to a rigorous Code of Business Practice that governs their operational conduct. Environmental Issues: AITO is committed to raising the level of environmental awareness within the industry. In the unlikely event that a dispute between an AITO member and customer cannot be resolved amicably, AITO’s low cost Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and acceptable conclusion.

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There are four different types of Cox & Kings holidays: Escorted Groups, Private Journeys. Tailor-Made and Relax & Explore. Below, we differentiate between the four. Please bear in mind that almost all Escorted Group itineraries may also be taken as Private Journeys and the prices for this option are shown in the bottom sections of the price tables. If you are unsure about which category a particular holiday fits into please refer to the ‘key features’ of the tour just below the title – if it states “Escorted Group or Private Journey” then the tour may be taken as either; however, if it simply states “Private Journey” there are no set group departures for this tour. In a few cases an Escorted Group tour may not be exclusive to Cox & Kings’ clients and in such cases the term “Non-Exclusive Escorted Group” will be included in the key features.

have in common with Escorted Groups, Private Journeys offer the following benefits: Support on the Ground: On arrival in most Far East destinations and at each new place on your journey you will be met at the airport, station or quay by a Cox & Kings representative**. This representative will accompany you to your hotel, help with your check-in and confirm the itinerary for your stay. You will be given the contact numbers of all the relevant Cox & Kings local representatives, so assistance is only ever a phone call away. Transfers by Car: For almost all road journeys you will have your own car or mini-van and driver**.This allows you to travel in comfort and to stop off along the way if you see something of interest, want to take a photograph, or stop for a break. Most cars used on Cox & Kings’ Private Journeys are air-conditioned but you will be told in advance if air-conditioned cars are not available for any section of your journey.

ESCORTED GROUPS All Cox & Kings Escorted Groups benefit from the following features: Tour Manager: Cox & Kings’ Tour Managers are carefully selected for their travel experience and organisational abilities. Your Tour Manager will meet your group on arrival in the Far East and will escort you throughout your journey (unless otherwise specified). Expert Local Guides: On most tours, in addition to the services of the Tour Manager, Cox & Kings’ Escorted Groups also benefit from the knowledge of local guides who accompany each excursion. In some cases, where appropriate, the Tour Manager will also act as the local guide. Where possible, your entrance fees are included in the holiday price. Airport Representatives: For all group departures from London Heathrow or Gatwick, a Cox & Kings representative is available to assist with check-in and any seat requests that you may have during the main check-in period. Scheduled Flights: Cox & Kings only uses the services of scheduled airlines for international and almost all internal flights. All prices are based on economy class flights, however Cox & Kings offers excellent upgrade rates on international sectors and regional connections if required and details of these are shown on the tour pages. Flight schedules to, from and within the Far East mean that some early morning departures or arrivals may be unavoidable. Comfortable Land Travel: For road journeys, Cox & Kings uses air-conditioned buses of a size

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appropriate to the size of the group. On railway journeys, for all countries except Japan, groups are booked in the best class on the train. First Class Accommodation: The standard and style of accommodation varies from place to place and tour to tour, however, Cox & Kings generally uses first class 4 or 5 star hotels, or the best available, on all its tours. Small Group Sizes: To enhance your enjoyment of the tour, we like to keep our groups small and manageable. Therefore, numbers are normally restricted to a maximum of 25. PRIVATE JOURNEYS Almost all Escorted Groups may be taken as Private Journeys and some of the tours in this brochure are only available as Private Journeys - to check which category a particular tour falls into please see the key features of the tour just below the title. Private Journeys are taken by one or more passengers on the date of their choosing, subject to schedules and availability*. These tours operate exactly as per Escorted Groups except that there is no airport representation in the UK and rather than being accompanied throughout by a Tour Manager, travellers are locally escorted in each city/destination. In addition to the services they

Private Guides: Almost all sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private Englishspeaking local guide**. This means that you can ask as many or as few questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace, with the emphasis on your own particular interests. Accommodation Flexibility: If you would like to stay in any hotels other than those featured in the tour itinerary, or if you would like to upgrade the standard of your room, this can easily be arranged and you will be informed of the difference in price. Travel At Your Own Pace: Private Journeys are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose - within reason. Cruises: Please note that whilst the cruises in this brochure are described as Private Journeys, the transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are operated on a group basis with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. * Important Note: Cox & Kings cannot hold allocations for all Private Journey services all year round and, as a result, all the services are subject to availability. If any element of a Private Journey is not available at the time of booking, Cox & Kings will suggest the most comparable available alternative. ** Private Travel in Japan, South Korea & Taiwan: Due to the very high cost of private guides

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and drivers in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, Cox & Kings’ Private Journeys there do not always include private transfers or sightseeing excursions. Instead, excursions for private visitors to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan may be on a ‘seat-in-bus’ basis, along with other visitors, not necessarily booked through Cox & Kings. On arrival in Japan visitors may not be met at the airport, but they will be given instructions for where to meet the regular shuttle bus to their hotel or shown to the platform for their train to a railway station in the city. If a taxi journey is required from the station to the hotel, the holiday cost would normally include the taxi fare or the approximate fare will be advised. If you would like the services of private guides and drivers in these destinations, and you are prepared for the high costs involved, it is recommended that you book a Tailor-Made holiday. TAILOR-MADE JOURNEYS For those who prefer to travel at their own pace or to explore places not included in the brochure itineraries, Cox & Kings has years of experience at organising Tailor-Made holidays to the Far East. Our expert Tour Consultants will be pleased to suggest ideas to complement your own and to organise the most appropriate programme to suit your interests, time and budget. Tailor-Made Journeys operate on exactly the same basis as Private Journeys. RELAX & EXPLORE Relax & Explore is a collection of tailor-made travel ideas for those seeking to combine the thrill of discovery with the simple pleasure of relaxing in stylish surroundings. Based in just one, or sometimes two places, each of the featured escapes offers an array of ‘experience’ options, whether cultural or natural, active or sedate. In addition to the ideas in this brochure, there is a separate Cox & Kings Relax & Explore brochure covering all destinations.

of a Luxury Tour. These tours include the phrase “Includes Luxury Departures” immediately below the tour title. Please refer to www.coxandkings.co.uk for more information about the standards and facilities offered by all the hotels featured in this brochure. HOLIDAY EXTENSIONS Cox & Kings is happy to arrange for you to extend your stay in the Far East. We have suggested possible extension options for most of the tours in this brochure; however, our specialist consultants would also be delighted to design a tailor-made extension, either pre or post tour, to fit in with your particular interests. Group tour extensions are operated on the same basis as Private Journeys unless other members of the main tour group choose to take the same extension, in which case the relevant services may be shared. WHEN TO TRAVEL The changing climate can have a major impact on the timing of trips to the Far East and page 96 has detailed charts showing temperature and rainfall in the various regions. These climate charts are based on historic data and in a world of increasingly changeable weather they should be regarded as indicative of typical conditions rather than guarantees of what you should expect at particular times of year. The Far East is also well known for its festivals. If you are interested in visiting a particular celebration please contact a Cox & Kings Tour Consultant for dates. Some Cox & Kings tours have special festival departures and these are highlighted on the tour page.

“LUXURY” & “DISCOVERY” TOURS Most Cox & Kings tours are based on 5 or 4 star accommodation, or the best available. Where a holiday differs from that standard significantly, either because it is particularly luxurious or more ‘adventurous’ in emphasis, we have highlighted this fact by applying the terms Luxury Tour and Discovery Tour immediately below the tour title. A Luxury Tour will usually feature 5 star de luxe accommodation throughout, whilst a Discovery Tour would be better suited to the more adventurous-spirited traveller as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and in some cases more adventurous activities, such as trekking. On some tours we have designated particular departure dates as Luxury Departures. This means that on those departures we have upgraded the accommodation to the standard you would expect

COMBINING MULTIPLE REGIONS Should you wish to combine multiple regions of the world in a single journey Cox & Kings has a great deal of experience at tailor-making such travel plans, including arranging round-the-world flights. Please contact us for details of the various options and a price quotation. ACCOMMODATION There is not room to describe all the hotels in this brochure in detail; however, many of the best and most interesting properties are described and depicted in the Hotel Portfolio sections, and the grading and facilities of all the hotels are listed on our website at www.coxandkings.co.uk. REGIONAL AIR CONNECTIONS & FLIGHT UPGRADES Most Cox & Kings holidays are based on flights out of London’s Heathrow or Gatwick airports; however, in most cases it is possible to connect with those flights from regional British airports for a small supplement. In addition, Cox & Kings can offer very favourable prices for upgrading to premium economy and business classes. For many holidays this supplement information is included on the tour page. However, where space does not allow this you can refer to another tour that features the same international airline to find the applicable supplement prices. SINGLE & SOLE SUPPLEMENTS Most hotels round the world charge more per person for a single-occupancy room than for a shared twin room because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many singleoccupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms. Most of the price tables in this brochure indicate supplementary charges for single or sole passengers. The difference in definition between the two supplements is that a ‘Single’ traveller is someone occupying a single room whilst travelling with one or more other people, whilst a ‘Sole’ traveller is someone travelling on their own. If you are planning to travel on a group tour as a single traveller you should look at the ‘Single Supplement’ price. However, if you are planning to add an extension to that tour you should read down the ‘Sole Supplement’ column and these prices take into account the fact that you are ‘Sole’ on the extension section only. IMPORTANT NOTE

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When making a booking, if you feel that there is anything Cox & Kings should know about that is essential to your enjoyment of your holiday, please ensure that we have been made aware of this in writing at the time of booking, preferably on the Reservation Form itself (see page 82).

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Your Choice of Scheduled Airlines: It is Cox & Kings’ policy only to use scheduled flights on airlines with strong reputations for service, reliability and punctuality. Our holidays to the Indian Subcontinent feature a number of world-class airlines and on these pages we have highlighted seven of the best, and the different services they offer.

Stretch Out: On long haul flights, a little extra room can make a big difference to your comfort, and Cox & Kings offers a range of upgrade options at great prices. In addition, the faster check-in and comfortable lounges available to most upgrading passengers allow you to pass through the airport with ease.

Regional Connections: Cox & Kings offers excellent add-on prices for those wishing to connect to long haul flights from regional UK airports. For further information please either refer to the table beside the price grid applicable to your tour, or contact your Cox & Kings Tour Consultant.

THAI INTERNATIONAL

British Airways flies from Heathrow non-stop to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore. With most British Airways tickets you can you can check in online or at the Checkin kiosk, print your boarding pass, and take your luggage to the Fast Bag Drop desk.

Club World customers benefit from dedicated check-in desks, departure and arrival lounges and a treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Club World offers 6’ fully flat beds, and the new Club World seats are 25% wider, with a large table. Personal TVs. Excellent local and international cuisine is served, along with a dedicated wine cellar. Hot and cold snacks and beverages are available from the Club Kitchen. For Tripoli and Tunis, Club Europe is available. Upgrade from £2,495 per person return.

• E conomy Class: 34” seat pitch, with 122˚ recline. Complimentary drinks, newspapers and magazines. Choice of Thai or Continental meals with complimentary bar service. • Royal Silk Class: Separate check-in and access to lounges. Flat beds offered between Heathrow and Bangkok, with a seat pitch of 60” and width of 20”. Personal TV screen with Audio Video on Demand. Choice of Thai and Continental meals and open complimentary bar. Upgrade from £1,345 per person return.

31” seat pitch with lumbar support, footrest and adjustable headrest. Personal TV screens with Audio Video on Demand, offering access to 200 film, TV and music channels. Three-course meals with complimentary bar service.

A quiet cabin with a maximum of six rows of seats. 38” seat pitch and wider seat with adjustable headrest, legrest, footrest and lumbar support, offering 20% more personal space than World Traveller. Personal TV. Choice of meals and complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £645 per person return.

Thai Airways International operates two daily flights between Heathrow and Bangkok, with onward connections throughout Thailand and Asia.

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First customers benefit from dedicated checkin desks, departure and arrival lounges and a treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa*. Your exclusive suite creates a private environment. Seats convert into a 6’6” flat bed. Duvet, pillows and sleeper suit on overnight services. Fold-down companion seat. Pre-flight dining is available at London Heathrow. Onboard, choose from a formal gourmet menu or an informal dining option, accompanied by the finest wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £3,995 per person return. World Traveller Plus

*Available at London Heathrow departure and arrival lounges.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways operates daily non-stop flights from Heathrow to Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Virgin operates out of a dedicated check in area at Terminal 3. With Virgin Atlantic, you can check in online or at the check-in kiosk, print your boarding pass, and take your luggage to the Bag Drop..

Emirates operates 14 flights a day to Dubai, from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. There are onward connections to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. • E conomy Class: up to 34” seat pitch with adjustable footrests, lumbar support and headrests. Personal TV screens with over 1,000 channels of on- demand in-flight entertainment (available on selected aircaft.) Multi-course meals with full complimentary bar service.

Japan Airlines (JAL) flies daily directly from Heathrow to Tokyo, with onward connections across Japan, and on to China and South East Asia.

• E conomy Class: Up to 32” seat pitch with lumbar support and adjustable headrests. Personal TV screens with hours of entertainment. Choice of three meals with complimentary drinks. Free amenity kit. • Premium Economy: Separate check-in and a dedicated cabin with a maximum of 40 passengers. Premium economy leather seat, the widest in its class with a width of 21” and 38” seat pitch, adjustable head rests and footrests. Personal TV screens. Choice of three meals and complimentary bar service. Upgrade from £595 per person return.

• Business Class: Complimentary airport Chauffeur-drive service (mileage restrictions apply). Priority check-in, and executive lounge access. Lie-flat beds with up to 79” pitch. Up to 17” personal digital TV screens. Five star gourmet cuisine with award-winning wines. Upgrade from £2,195 per person return.

EVA AIR •U  pper Class Suite: Separate check-in at Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Wing. Quick transfer through Virgin’s Private Security Channel to the Clubhouse Lounge, which offers complimentary meals, drinks and treatments. The Virgin Upper Class Suite is the longest fully flat bed in business class, at 22” wide and over 6’ 6” long. All seats have direct aisle access. The Freedom Menu allows you to dine when you wish. In addition, features include an onboard bar, and a personal 10.4” wide screen TV. Upgrade from £2,695 per person return.

• Economy Class: 31” seat pitch, with adjustable headrest. Personal TV screen with Audio Video on Demand, offering 130 entertainment channels. Choice of meals with complimentary bar service. Self-service corner with snacks and soft drinks. • Premium Economy: Separate check-in and lounge access. 38” seat pitch, with adjustable footrest and leg rest, offering 20% more personal space than economy class. Personal TV screen with noise cancelling headsets. Choice of meals, with complimentary bar service including champagne. Upgrade from £645 per person return. • Executive Class: Separate check-in, access to lounges. Jal shell flat bed seat, offering extra private space and comfort. 61” seat pitch, 6’3” in length when reclined with built-in massage function. Large personal TV with noise cancelling headsets. Choice of Japanese and Western gourmet meals with fine wines and champagnes, snack bar. Upgrade from £2,595 per person return.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES

Eva Air flies six times a week to Taipei, with a brief stop in Bangkok. There are onward connections to Thailand, Taiwan, Indo-China and Japan. • Economy Class: 33” seat pitch, ergonomically shaped seating, with adjustable headrests and footrests. Personal TV screen with Audio Video on Demand and wide variety of entertainment. Choice of Asian and Continental meals with complimentary bar service. • Elite Class: 38” seat pitch with a width of 18.5”. Adjustable headrests and extendable legrests. Personal TV screens with noise cancelling headsets. Upgraded meal service. Upgrade from £445 per person return. • Premium Laurel Class: 61” seat pitch, with a width of 22”, extending into a flat bed. Personal divide screen. Large TV screen with Noise Cancelling headsets. Gourmet meals with complimentary wines and champagnes. Upgrade from £1,195 per person return.

Malaysia Airlines flies from Heathrow non-stop daily to Kuala Lumpur, with onward connections across Malaysia, Borneo and South East Asia. • E conomy Class: 34” seat pitch with adjustable headrests and footrests. Personal TV screen with Audio Video on Demand. Malaysian or Western meals with complimentary bar service. • Golden Club Class: Separate check-in and access to lounges. 58” seat pitch, seats recline into a 6’3” flat bed. Personal TV. Choice of gourmet Malaysian or Western meals. Upgrade from £2,095 return.

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EXPERIENCE Escorted Group or Private Journey • 11 Days / 9 Nights from £1,845 The Great Wall • Beijing, Xian, Guilin & Shanghai • Direct British Airways Flights

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Day 7 To Guilin: Morning visit to the Shaanxi Museum. Fly to Guilin and stay at the Guilin Park Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L)

Hangzhou

Day 9 To Shanghai: Morning excursion to Reed Flute Cave and Fubo Hill. This afternoon, fly to Shanghai and stay at the Radisson Hongquan or similar for 2 nights. (B)

Guilin

Day 10 Shanghai: Morning tour of Shanghai including the Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Gardens and the Bund. Afternoon at leisure or take an optional cruise on Huang Pu and visit the 88th floor Oberservation Deck at the Jin Mao Tower (payable locally). (B)

Enjoy a taste of China on this outstanding tour of the country’s principal sights. In Beijing, see the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Imperial Summer Palace, and explore ancient lanes and parks. See the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xian and discover the spectacular landscape of Guilin. Finish the tour in vibrant Shanghai and witness the huge economic changes taking place in China today. Day 1 To Beijing: Overnight flight from London to Beijing with British Airways. (N) Day 2 Beijing: Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the Novotel Xin Qiao Hotel or similar for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven and the Olympic Green. (N) Day 3 Old Beijing: Morning tour of the Forbidden City. After lunch at a local family’s residence, take a pedicab tour of the hutong, the narrow winding back streets of Beijing and take a boat trip on Shi Cha Hai Lake. (B, L)

Day 11 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Forbidden City, Beijing

Day 4 Great Wall: Full day excursion to the Great Wall at Mutianyu and the Ming Tombs. (B, L) Day 5 To Xian: This morning visit the Imperial Summer Palace. Fly to Xian and stay within the city walls at the Grand New World Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 6 Terracotta Warriors: Full day visit to the Terracotta Warriors, the City Wall and the Old City. Optional evening Tang Dynasty music

Note: The tour involves some long walks and climbing steps, and therefore requires a good level of fitness. Extensions: Extend your stay with an additional night in Shanghai, take a cruise on the Yangtze River or select one of the recommended options on Page 19. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability, and the prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES

china experience Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

CXP

China Experience

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

CXI

China Experience

No of nights

19 Mar 11

02 Apr 11

16 Apr 11

07 May 10 Sep to 24 Mar 11 15 Oct 11 12

9

1845

2095

2195

2095

2195

1995

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

375

n/a

No. of 01 Jan to 15 Mar to 09 Apr to 22 Apr to 01 Jun to 23 Jul to 23 Aug to 01 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 14 Mar 11 08 Apr 11 21 Apr 11 31 May 11 22 Jul 11 22 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 31 Dec 11 From* From*

9

2195

2295

2595

2345

2395

2545

2495

2295

345

645

( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return (BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle *All prices subject to availability

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES

*High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Out (Sat) 19 Mar 02 Apr 16 Apr 07 May 10 Sep

Rtn (Tue) 29 Mar 12 Apr 26 Apr 17 May 20 Sep

Out (Sat) 24 Sep 08 Oct 15 Oct 24 Mar 12

Rtn (Tue) 04 Oct 18 Oct 25 Oct 03 Apr 12

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THE GRAND TOUR INCLUDES LUXURY DEPARTURES

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 16 Days / 14 Nights from £2,695 Great Wall at Jinshanling • Picturesque Guilin • Pandas in Chengdu • Yangtze River & Three Gorges

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“Walk along the Great Wall, cruise the mighty Yangtze River and see Guilin’s stunning landscapes”

Hangzhou

Day 12 Yangtze: Full day cruising the upper reaches of the Yangtze with a morning excursion to Fengdu or Wanzhou. (B, L, D) Day 13 Yangtze: Full day passing through the Three Gorges, with an excursion up the tributary of Shennong Stream. The cliffs here reach up to 1,200 metres and even after the dam they remain hugely impressive. This evening, pass through the ship locks. (B, L, D) Day 14 To Shanghai: Morning visit to the vast Three Gorges Dam. Disembark and fly to Shanghai for a 2 night stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza / The Peninsula Shanghai+. (B)

Guilin

Visit China’s great cities, see breathtaking landscapes and discover historical treasures. The tour includes Beijing and Xian, picturesque Guilin and the Giant Panda Research Centre in Chengdu.Travel along the Yangtze River and see the Three Gorges Dam. The tour finishes in cosmopolitan Shanghai, with options to extend to Hong Kong or Sanya, China’s tropical beach resort. Day 1 To Beijing: Overnight flight from London to Beijing with British Airways. (N) Day 2 Beijing: Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace / Raffles Beijing Hotel+ for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. (N) Day 3 Beijing: Full day visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and take a pedicab tour of the hutong (back streets). (B, L) Day 4 Great Wall: Take a full day tour to the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass, a relatively quiet and dramatic section of the wall. (B, L) Day 5 To Xian: Morning visit to the Imperial Summer Palace & the Olympic Green (optional entry into the stadium, payable locally). Fly to Xian. Stay at the Grand New World / Sofitel+ for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 6 Terracotta Warriors: In the morning, visit the Terracotta Warriors. Afternoon tour of the Muslim Quarter and Grand

Day 15 Shanghai: Full day tour of Shanghai, including Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Gardens, the Bund & a visit to Jin Mao Tower. Optional evening visit to the state acrobatics show (payable locally). (B, L) Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Mosque. Optional evening performance of Tang Dynasty music and dance with dinner (payable locally). (B, L) Day 7 To Guilin: Morning tour of the city wall, Wild Goose Pagoda and the Shaanxi History Museum. Afternoon visit to Hanyang Tombs. Fly to Guilin and stay at the Sheraton / Shangri-La Guilin+ for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 8 Longsheng: Full day excursion to the rice terraces of Longsheng. (B, L) Day 9 Li River & to Chengdu: Take a cruise down the Li River, past Guilin’s landscape of green limestone hills, fishing villages and rice fields. Late evening flight to Chengdu and transfer to the Sheraton Lido / Shangri-La Chengdu+ for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 10 Giant Pandas: Morning at leisure. Afternoon visit to the Giant Panda Research Base and Jinli Street. Optional evening performance of Sichuan Opera (payable locally). (B) Day 11 To Chongqing: This morning, transfer by train to Chongqing on the Yangtze River. Board the Victoria Star / Century Sky+ for a 3 night cruise to Yichang. (B, L, D)

Day 16 To London: Morning transfer to the airport and fly back to London with British Airways. (B) Extensions: Extend your holiday with an extra night in Shanghai or a few nights in Hong Kong or Sanya. Please see page 19 for recommendations. Note: The tour involves some long walks and climbing steps, and therefore, requires a good level of fitness. +Luxury Departure Dates: On these selected dates, the hotels will be upgraded to the Raffles in Beijing, Sofitel in Xian, the ShangriLa in Guilin and Chengdu, and The Peninsula Shanghai. The Yangtze River cruise will be aboard the Century Sky. Please contact your tour consultant for a detailed itinerary. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Superior or Luxury Private Journey, sailing on the Victoria Star or other boats in the Victoria Cruises fleet for Superior Private Journeys and the Century Sky for the Luxury option. Private Journeys are subject to availability and the prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. 

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Guilin China:The Grand Tour Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

CGS

Grand Tour (Superior)

CGR

Grand Tour (Luxury)

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

CGI

Grand Tour (Superior)

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

CGX

Grand Tour (Luxury)

20 Mar 01 Apr to 15 Apr 06 May to 07 Aug to 11 Sep to 23 Mar to 11 10 Apr 11 11 15 May 11 12 Aug 11 21 Oct 11 25 Mar 12

14

2695

2945

n/a

2895

2945

2995

2795

745

n/a

14

n/a

3395

3595

3445

3595

3545

3445

1245

n/a

No of nights

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

No. of 01 Jan to 19 Feb to 09 Apr to 22 May to 23 Jul to 22 Aug to 22 Oct to 21 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 18 Feb 11 08 Apr 11 21 May 11 22 Jul 11 21 Aug 11 21 Oct 11 20 Nov 11 31 Dec 11 From* From*

14

3245

3395

3595

3495

3645

3695

3495

No. of 04 Mar to 31 Mar to 22 Apr to 01 Jun to 23 Jul to 31 Aug to 01 Nov to nights 30 Mar 11 21 Apr 11 31 May 11 22 Jul 11 30 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 18 Nov 11

14

3995

4395

4295

4145

4295

4395

4195

3295 •

745

1145

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

1475

1875

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways To/From London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle *All prices subject to availability

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES Superior Departures Out (Sun) Rtn (Mon) 20 Mar 4 Apr 10 Apr 25 Apr 15 May 30 May 7 Aug 22 Aug 11 Sep 26 Sep 2 Oct 17 Oct 16 Oct 31 Oct 25 Mar 12 9 Apr 12

Luxury Departures Out (Fri) Rtn (Sat) 1 Apr 16 Apr 15 Apr 30 Apr 6 May 21 May 12 Aug 27 Aug 23 Sep 8 Oct 7 Oct 22 Oct 21 Oct 5 Nov 23 Mar 12 7 Apr 12

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timeless

China

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 16 Days / 14 Nights from £2,995 Historical Beijing & Xian • Pandas at Chengdu • Rural China in Yunnan • Cosmopolitan Shanghai

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“Southwest China’s magnificent scenery and the Giant Pandas will take your breath away”

Shanghai

Yichang Chongqing

✈ Kunming

Guilin

Day 2 Beijing: Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. (N) Day 3 Beijing: Morning tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. After lunch at a local family’s residence, take a pedicab tour of the hutong, the narrow winding back streets of Beijing. Evening Peking Duck dinner. (B, L, D) Day 4 Great Wall: Take a full day tour to the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass, a relatively quiet and dramatic section of the wall. (B, L) Day 5 To Xian: Morning visit to the Imperial Summer Palace & the Olympic Green (optional entry into the stadium, payable locally). Fly to Xian. Stay at the Grand New World for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 6 Terracotta Warriors: In the morning, visit the Terracotta Warriors. Afternoon visit to the Muslim Quarter, Grand Mosque and the City Wall. Optional evening performance of Tang Dynasty music and dance with dinner (payable locally). (B, L)

Day 12 Zhongdian: This area was described as ‘Shangri-La’ in James Hilton’s novel The Lost Horizon. Morning tour of the Song Zan Lin Monastery and visit a local Tibetan family. In the afternoon, visit Pudacuo National Park or Bita Lake for breathtaking scenery, with meadows carpeted in flowers between May and June. (B, L) Day 13 To Shanghai: Fly to Shanghai via Kunming in the morning. Afternoon walking tour of the Bund. Stay 3 nights at the Howard Johnson Plaza Shanghai. (B)

This comprehensive tour includes Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and explores the southwest of this vast and varied country. Discover some of the less visited, ethnically diverse parts of China with a visit to the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan.There is a selection of extensions on offer, from a Yangtze River cruise, to Sanya and Hong Kong. Day 1 To Beijing: Overnight flight from London to Beijing with British Airways. (N)

tour and see the first bend of the Yangtze River as it diverts east on its long journey to the Pacific. Continue to Zhongdian and stay 2 nights at the Gyalthang Dzong. (B, L)

Day 14 Wuzhen: Full day trip to the scenic water town of Wuzhen with a boat ride along the Grand Canal. Optional evening State Acrobatic Show (payable locally). (B, L)

Lijiang

Day 7 To Chengdu: Fly to Chengdu and stay at the Sheraton Lido for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to Wenhou Ci Temple, Dufu’s Cottage and the People’s Park. Evening optional Sichuan Opera in traditional teahouse (payable locally). (B) Day 8 Chengdu: Take a full day trip to Leshan and see one of China’s most amazing sights, the world’s largest Buddha statue, which is carved into the cliffs. (B, L)

Day 15 Shanghai: Full day tour of Shanghai including Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Gardens, Huxinting Teahouse and Shanghai Museum. (B) Day 16 To London: Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B) Extensions: Extend your stay with an additional night in Shanghai, take a cruise on the Yangtze River or select one of the recommended options on Page 19.

Day 9 To Lijiang: This morning visit the Giant Panda Research and Sanxing Dui Museum. Continue to Wen Shu Temple and Wen Shu Fang Street. Evening flight to Lijiang and stay at the Crowne Plaza for 2 nights. (B, L)

Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey. Private Journeys are subject to availability and the prices for these options are shown on the price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. 

Day 10 Lijiang: Morning visit the Dayan ancient town of Lijiang, including a guided walk and the Black Dragon Pool Park. In the afternoon, visit Baisha Village and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. See the Impression Lijiang show before returning to the hotel. (B, L)

Note: The journey involves visits and stays in areas of high altitude. The altitude at Zhongdian is 3,200 metres. If you have a history of heart complaints or altitude sickness, please check with your GP that it is safe for you to visit these areas.

Day 11 To Tiger Leaping Gorge & Zhongdian: Tiger Leaping Gorge is claimed to be the deepest gorge in the world. Take a full day

The tour involves some long walks and climbing steps, and therefore, requires a good level of fitness.

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Timeless China Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

TCH

Timeless China

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

TCI

Timeless China

Departures on or between

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of nights

23 Mar 11

13 Apr 11

04 May 11

03 Aug 11

14 Sep 11

12 Oct 11

21 Mar 12

14

3095

3345

3195

3345

3295

3295

3095

No. of 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 22 Apr to 24 Jun to 23 Jul to 23 Aug to 01 Nov to nights 31 Mar 11 21 Apr 11 23 Jun 11 22 Jul 11 22 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 30 Nov 11

14

3545

3845

3645

3745

3845

3795

3645

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

645

n/a

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

725

1425

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle *All prices subject to availability

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Wed) 23 Mar 13 Apr 4 May 3 Aug

Rtn (Thu) 7 Apr 28 Apr 19 May 18 Aug

Out (Wed) 14 Sep 12 Oct 21 Mar 12

Rtn (Thu) 29 Sep 27 Oct 5 Apr 12

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silk Road

explorer Discovery Tour

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 16 Days / 14 Nights from £2,795 China’s Silk Road • The Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass • Terracotta Warriors • Beijing to Kashgar Day 11 Urumqi: In the morning, visit a Kazakh family on Nanshan Pasture. Afternoon tour of Xinjiang Museum. (B, L)

The Silk Road evokes images of camel caravans journeying across deserts and mountains between the exotic cities of the East and Arabia, Persia and Rome. This journey traces one of these routes, from the Tang Dynasty capital of Xian, past the western extremities of the Great Wall to oasis towns in the Gobi Desert and finally Kashgar in the far west.

Day 12 To Kashgar: Morning visit to Tartar Mosque and Southern Mosque. Fly to Kashgar and transfer to the Qinibak Hotel for 2 nights. Kashgar is at the western extremity of China. (B, L)

Day 1 To Beijing: Overnight flight from London to Beijing with British Airways. (N)

Day 13 Kashgar: Visit the Sunday Bazaar, one of the world’s most exotic gatherings with traders from Central Asia, Pakistan and India. Later, visit Karakul Lake. (B, L)

Day 2 Beijing: Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Xin Qiao Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon tour of the Temple of Heaven. (N)

Day 14 To Urumqi: Morning visit to Id Kah Grand Mosque and Tomb of Abakh Hoja. In the afternoon, fly to Urumqi and overnight at the Hoi Tak Hotel. (B)

Day 3 Beijing: Full day tour of Beijing including the Forbidden City, pedicab tour of the hutong (back streets), Prince Gong’s Mansion and boat trip on Shi Cha Hai Lake (B, L) Day 4 Great Wall: Take a full day tour to the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass, a relatively quiet and dramatic section of the wall. (B, L)

Mausoleum, Kashgar

Day 8 Dunhuang: Full day visit to Singing Sand Hill, Crescent Moon Lake and Mogao Caves, the world’s richest collection of Buddhist manuscripts and wall paintings. Take the overnight train to Turpan. (B, L, D)

Day 5 To Xian: Morning tour to the Imperial Summer Palace. Fly to Xian at the beginning of the Silk Road. Stay 2 nights at the Grand New World Hotel. Afternoon visit to the city wall. (B)

Day 9 Turpan: Morning arrival and transfer to the Oasis Hotel for a 1 night stay. Take a tour of Emin Minaret and the ruins of the ancient city of Gaochang. Afternoon visit to Tuyaq Valley, Karez Well and the Flaming Mountains. Evening Uygur music and dance performance. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors: Full day tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Shaanxi Museum. Evening Tang Dynasty show and dinner. (B, L, D) Day 7 To Dunhuang: This morning, visit the Muslim Quarter and the Grand Mosque. Afternoon flight to Dunhuang, an oasis town on the Gobi. Overnight at the Dunhuang Hotel. (B)

Silk Road Explorer Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

SRO

Silk Road Explorer

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

SRP

Silk Road Explorer

Day 10 To Urumqi: Morning tour of the stark Jiaohe ruins. Afternoon drive to Urumqi and stay at Hoi Tak Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 15 To Beijing: Fly to Beijing for 1 night at the Novotel Xin Qiao Hotel. (B) Day 16 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B) Discovery Tour: Whilst a journey through the regions of the Silk Road is an unforgettable experience, standards of accommodation outside the main cities should be regarded as simple. However, all accommodation is the best available and has private facilities. The tour involves some long journeys over rough terrain. The train journey on Day 8 is in a 4-berth soft sleeper (shared compartment). Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey (subject to availability) and the prices for this option are shown on the price table. Departures from the UK are on Tuesdays to coincide with the Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar.

Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room No of nights

24 May 11

02 Aug 11

06 Sep 11

14

2795

3045

2995

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

625

n/a

No. of 01 Mar to 01 Apr to 22 Apr to 01 Jun to 01 Jul to 23 Jul to 23 Aug to 01 Nov to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 31 Mar 11 21 Apr 11 31 May 11 30 Jun 11 22 Jul 11 22 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 30 Nov 11 From* From*

14

3195

3595

3445

3395

3545

3645

3545

3195

550

1295

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. The supplement for exclusive use of a soft-sleeper compartment on the overnight train on Day 8 is £45.00 per person based on twin sharing, and £135.00 per person based on single occupancy. Accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle *All prices subject to availability

2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Tue) 24 May 2 Aug

Rtn (Wed) 8 Jun 17 Aug

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Extensions

China

Hong Kong Harbour

Yangtze River

Marriot Resort & Spa, Sanya

Tour + Hong Kong

Tour + Yangtze

Available with all China tours 5 Days / 3 Nights

Available with China Experience, Timeless China and Silk Road Explorer 5 Days / 4 Nights

Available with all China tours 6 Days / 4 Nights

Low Season from £845 (March) High Season from £895 (October)

Low Season from £645 (May) High Season from £795 (November)

Extend your stay in China with a Yangtze cruise. Tour the colossal dam project and meander through steep gorges on the upper tributaries where rural Chinese communities lead traditional lifestyles.

Spend a few days relaxing on the beach at Sanya on the peaceful island of Hainan Island, China’s emerging seaside resort.

Low Season from £525 (May) High Season from £695 (October) Hong Kong is celebrated for its culture, cuisine, shopping and magnificent skyline, but it also holds many surprises, with spectacular rural scenery, the bays of Sai Kung and many quiet outlying islands. Day 1* To Hong Kong: Fly to Hong Kong and transfer to the Harbour Grand Kowloon or Harbour Grand Hong Kong** for 3 nights. (B) Day 2 Hong Kong: Morning tour of Hong Kong Island. (N) Day 3 Hong Kong: Day at leisure to explore the city, go shopping or take a day trip to Macau. (N) Day 4 Hong Kong: Day at leisure. Evening transfer to the airport. Fly to London. (N) Day 5 London: Early morning arrival. (N) * Day 16 of China: The Grand Tour, Timeless China and Silk Road Explorer, and Day 11 of China Experience. ** Should you wish to stay in the Upper House, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hong Kong, the InterContinental or other featured hotels, or upgrade the room category to a Harbour View Room, please ask for a price.

Day 1* To The Yangtze: Afternoon flight to Chongqing. Transfer to the dock and board Victoria Cruises boat for a 3 night cruise to Yichang. (B) Day 2 Yangtze: Full day cruising the upper reaches of the Yangtze with a morning excursion to Fengdu or Wanzhou. (B, L, D) Day 3 Yangtze: Full day cruising through the Three Gorges, with an excursion up the tributary of Shennong Stream. (B, L, D) Day 4 To Shanghai: Morning visit to the vast Three Gorges Dam. Disembark and fly to Shanghai for an overnight stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza. (B, L) Day 5 To London:Transfer t the airport and fly to London. Afternoon arrival. (B) * Day 11 of China Experience, and Day 16 of Timeless China and Silk Road Explorer.

Tour + Sanya Hainan Island

Day 1* To Sanya: Fly to Sanya and stay the Marriott Resort & Spa** for 4 nights. (B) Days 2 – 4 Sanya: Days at leisure. (B) Day 5 To London: Fly to London, via Hong Kong, with British Airways. (B) Day 6 London: Morning arrival in London. (N) * Day 16 of China: The Grand Tour, Timeless China and Silk Road Explorer, and Day 11 of China Experience. ** If wish to stay at alternative hotels, Cox & Kings can arrange accommodation at Mandarin Oriental Sanya or the Banyan Tree Sanya of any duration, please ask for details. Note: Flights from Sanya to Hong Kong with Dragon Air do not always offer good connection for the return flight to London. You may wish to spend a few days in Hong Kong to take in some sightseeing or shopping.

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Natural Wonders of

China Discovery Tour

Private Journey • 16 Days / 14 Nights from £3,395 Off-the-Beaten-Track • Huang Shan • Giant Pandas • Jiuzhaigou • Shanghai • Terracotta Warriors • Great Wall China’s vastness contains some breathtaking landscapes and this journey visits some of the finest, including Mount Huang, the sacred Yellow Mountain, and the alpine scenery and turquoise lakes of Jiuzhaigou. The tour also visits cosmopolitan Shanghai, ancient Xian and Beijing, with its many fascinating sights. Day 1 To Shanghai: Overnight flight from London to Shanghai with British Airways. (N) Day 2 Shanghai: Arrive and transfer to the Central Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to Yu Yuan Gardens and Xintiandi. (N) Day 3 Wuzhen: Full day trip to the scenic water town of Wuzhen with a boat ride along the Grand Canal. (B, L) Day 4 To Huang Shan: Tour of Shanghai Museum and the Bund with a cruise on the Huang Pu River. Fly to Tunxi (Huang Shan City) and stay at Huashan Hotel for 1 night. (B, L) Day 5 Huang Shan: Morning cable car ride up Huang Shan. Take a walking tour of this scenic area and overnight at the Beihai Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 6 Huang Shan: Early morning excursion to see the sunrise from the summit of Huang Shan. Descend from the mountain and visit the picturesque villages of Hong Cun and Xi Di. Afternoon return to Tunxi and take a walking tour of the charming Tunxi Old Street. Overnight at the Huashan Hotel. (B, L, D)

Huang Shan

End the day relaxing at the popular teahouse in the People’s Park. (B, L) Day 9 To Jiuzhaigou: Fly to Jiuzhaigou and visit Songpan Old City including the City Wall and Guanyin Temple. Transfer to InterContinental Resort Jiuzhai Paradise for 2 nights. (B, L, D) Day 10 Jiuzhaigou: Full day visit to Jiuzhaigou’s scenic lakes and alpine forests. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Xian: Fly to Xian, via Chengdu, and transfer to the Bell Tower Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of Xian’s Old City, Muslim Quarter, city wall, and the Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)

Day 7 To Chengdu: This morning drive to Hangzhou and fly to Chengdu. Stay at the Jin Jiang Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Day 12 Terracotta Warriors: Full day tour including the Terracotta Warriors and Shaanxi Museum. (B, L)

Day 8 Chengdu: Morning visit to the Giant Panda Research Base and Wenshu Fang, an area of preservation with its old style houses.

Day 13 To Beijing: This morning, fly to Beijing. Stay at the Novotel Peace Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon tour of Imperial Summer Palace. (B)

Wonders of China Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code Private Journeys NWC

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Day 14 Beijing: Morning visit to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and take a pedicab tour of the hutong (back streets). Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven and the Olympic Green, entrance to the venue is not included. (B, L) Day 15 Great Wall: Take a full day tour to the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass, a relatively quiet and dramatic section of the wall. (B, L) Day 16 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B) Discovery Tour: Whilst a journey through Huang Shan and Jiuzhaigou is an unforgettable experience, standards of accommodation outside the main cities should be regarded as simple. Hotels on this tour have been chosen for their location and all accommodation has private facilities. The tour involves some long walks and climbing steps, and therefore requires a good level of fitness.Your guide will be able to advise you of the best routes to see the highlights. Please see page 9 for more information on Discovery Tours. BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

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Grand Yangtze

Voyage

Private Journey • 16 Days / 14 Nights from £2,695 The Great Wall • Terracotta Warriors • 6 Night Yangtze Cruise • Shanghai Day 8 Yangtze: This morning, board Victoria Prince for 6 nights and cruise the upper waters of the Yangtze. Afternoon excursion to the recently deserted city of Fengdu, the “City of Ghosts”. (B, L, D) Day 9 Three Gorges: Cruise through the dramatic Three Gorges, with an excursion to the Lesser Three Gorges. Evening sailing through the Three Gorges Dam locks. (B, L, D) Day 10 Dam Project: Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam. Afternoon at leisure, cruising down river. (B, L, D) Day 11 Wuhan: Morning visit to Wuhan, including the Hubei Provincial Museum. (B, L, D) Day 12 Huang Shan: Full day visit to the watercolour scenery of Huang Shan, one of China’s sacred mountains. (B, L, D) Three Gorges, Yangtze River

The mighty Yangtze River has been central to China’s trade and transport for thousands of years. Take a relaxing journey down a major part of the Yangtze’s length, from Chongqing to Shanghai. Travel through the Three Gorges and see the huge new dam project, visit Huang Shan’s misty peaks and the historic cities of Nanjing and Wuhan. Day 1 To Beijing: Fly from London to Beijing with British Airways. (N) Day 2 Beijing: Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. (N) Day 3 Beijing: This morning visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. After lunch, take a pedicab tour of the hutong (back

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Grand Yangtze Voyage

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streets). Optional afternoon visit to the Lama (Yonghe) Temple. (B, L)

Day 13 Nanjing: Full day tour of Nanjing, a former capital of China. Visit Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, a Qing Dynasty bazaar and Confucian Temple. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Great Wall: Take a full day tour of the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass, a relatively quiet and dramatic section of the wall. (B, L)

Day 14 To Shanghai: Morning arrival in Shanghai. Transfer to Le Royal Meridien for 2 nights. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 5 To Xian: Morning visit to the Imperial Summer Palace. Fly to Xian for 2 nights at the Sofitel. (B)

Day 15 Shanghai: Morning tour of Shanghai, including the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Gardens and the Bund. Optional afternoon visit to Shanghai Museum (payable locally). (B)

Day 6 Xian: Full day tour of the Terracotta Warriors, the Old City and City Wall, and the Muslim Quarter. (B, L) Day 7 To Chongqing: Full day visit to the Shaanxi Museum, Wild Goose Pagoda and Hanyang Tombs. Evening flight to Chongqing and stay for 1 night at Harbour Plaza Hotel. (B, L)

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Departures: This Private Journey departs the UK on Mondays from March to November. Cruises depart from Chongqing on Mondays. Private Journeys are subject to availability. Please see page 8 for more information on Private Journeys.

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle *All prices subject to availability

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In Style luxury Tour

Private Journey • 12 Days / 10 Nights from £4,495 China’s Finest Hotels • Luxury Yangtze River Cruise • Beijing, Xian & Shanghai including Shanghai Museum and Yu Yuan Gardens, with a traditional dim sum lunch. Afternoon at leisure and dinner at M on the Bund. (B, L, D)

This luxury Private Journey visits China’s ‘must see’ sites at a leisurely pace, whilst staying at the best hotels and dining at the finest restaurants. Stay at The Peninsula Beijing and take in the city’s phenomenal sights, including the Great Wall and Forbidden City. Visit Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors before joining the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for a Yangtze River cruise. End your journey in the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai.

Day 12 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

recommended extensions

Day 1 To Beijing: Fly from London to Beijing with British Airways. (N)

TOUR + SANYA

Day 2 Beijing: Arrive and transfer to The Peninsula Beijing Hotel for 3 nights. (N)

17 Days / 14 Nights Low Season from £1,095 (May) High Season from £1,195 (November)

Day 3 Beijing: Full day tour of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Evening Peking Roast Duck dinner at Quan Ju De Restaurant. (B, L, D)

End your tour on the beaches of Hainan Island with a 4 night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Sanya.

Day 4 Great Wall: Full day tour of the Great Wall of China at Badaling and the Ming Tombs, with lunch at the Commune. Evening Imperial dinner at Fang Shan Restaurant. (B, L, D) Women in traditional dress, Beijing

Day 5 To Xian: Morning tour of the Imperial Summer Palace.Transfer to the airport and fly to Xian. Stay at the Sofitel for 2 nights. (B)

temple and bustling markets. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors: Full day tour of the Terracotta Warriors. Evening dinner and Tang Dynasty show. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Yangtze: Cruise through the dramatic Three Gorges, with an excursion to Badong, a thriving River port that lies near the confluence of the Yangtze and one of its tributaries, the Shennong Xi. (B, L, D)

Day 7 To Chongqing: Morning visit to the Shaanxi Museum and the Old City. Fly to Chongqing and board the MS Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer for a 3 night cruise to Yichang. (B, D) Day 8 Yangtze: Disembark for a shore excursion in Fengdu, a charming river village known as “Ghost City” and noted for its elaborate Daoist

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Day 10 To Shanghai: Disembark early this morning and visit the site of the Three Gorges Dam Project. Transfer to Yichang and fly to Shanghai. Stay at The Peninsula Shanghai for 2 nights (Upgrade to a Deluxe River Room from £145 pp). (B) Day 11 Shanghai: Morning tour of Shanghai,

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TOUR + HONG KONG 17 Days / 14 Nights Low Season from £845 (May) High Season from £995 (October) Finish the tour with a stay at the Mandarin Oriental or the Peninsula Hong Kong. Day 13 To Hong Kong: On arrival in Hong Kong, transfer to the Mandarin Oriental or the Peninsula Hong Kong for 3 nights. (B) Day 14 – 15 Hong Kong: Days at leisure. (B) Day 16 To London: Day at leisure. Evening transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B) Day 17 London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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Day 12 To Sanya: Fly to Sanya, via Guangzhou, and transfer to the Mandarin Oriental for 4 nights. (B) Days 13 - 15 Sanya: Days at leisure. (B) Day 16 To London: Day at leisure. Evening transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B) Day 17 London: Early morning arrival. (N)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

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Treasures of the

Orient

Private Journey • 15 Days / 13 Nights from £4,095 China & Japan • Great Wall of China • Terracotta Warriors • Kyoto & Tokyo • Mount Fuji This journey combines the iconic sights and contrasting cultures of China and Japan. Begin in Beijing to see the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Visit Xian and see the legendary Terracotta Warriors. A stay in Shanghai offers a chance to see China’s fast-paced economic progress. In Japan, discover the cultural capital Kyoto, see Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park, and travel by bullet train to the fascinating capital, Tokyo.

the Observation Deck on the 88th floor of the awe-inspiring Jin Mao Tower. (B)

“An outstanding journey discovering China and Japan’s highlights.”

Day 9 To Tokyo: Fly to Tokyo and stay at the Hilton Tokyo in the bustling district of Shinjuku for 3 nights. (B) Day 10 Tokyo: Morning tour with a private guide, using the public transport system. Your guide will be at your disposal for the remainder of the day. (B)

Day 1 To Beijing: Fly to Beijing with British Airways. (N)

Day 11 Mount Fuji: Full day shared coach tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park. (B, L)

Day 2 Beijing: Arrive and transfer to the Novotel Peace Hotel for 3 nights. In the afternoon, visit to Beijing’s new landmark, the Olympic Green including the Bird’s Nest Stadium. (N)

Day 12 To Kyoto:Travel by bullet to Kyoto and stay at the Rihga Royal Hotel for 3 nights. (B) Day 13 Kyoto: Morning tour of Kyoto with a private guide, using the public transport system. Afternoon at leisure, with a private guide at your disposal. (B)

Day 3 Old Beijing: Morning visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and take a pedicab tour of the hutong (back streets). Afternoon visit to the Temple of Heaven. Evening Peking duck dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 14 Nara: Travel by train to Nara, home to Japan’s original emperors. Detailed information will be provided for a selfguided tour of the town. Alternatively, the supplement for a private guide is from £200 per person. (B)

Day 4 Great Wall: This morning, take a tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Return to Beijing in the afternoon for a tour of the Imperial Summer Palace. (B, L) Day 5 To Xian: Fly to Xian and stay within the city walls at the Grand New World Hotel for 2 nights. Tour of Shanxi Museum and the Wild Goose Pagoda in the afternoon. (B)

Geisha, Kyoto

Day 6 Terracotta Warriors: Full day tour including the Terracotta Warriors the Muslim Quarter, Grand Mosque and Bell Tower. (B, L)

take the high speed Maglev train to the city centre. Stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza for 2 nights. (B)

Day 7 To Shanghai: Morning visit to the city wall and the historic Hanyang Tombs en route to the airport, and fly to Shanghai. On arrival,

Day 8 Shanghai: Take a tour of Shanghai including Shanghai Museum, Yu Yuan Gardens, the Bund and view Shanghai’s cityscape from

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Travel in Japan: Japan is like no other Far East country, due to the prohibitively high costs of vehicle hire and wages. This tour has been designed for independent travellers using Japan’s efficient public transport system and requires the travellers to navigate between train stations and hotels without guides. A detailed Information Pack will be provided for your journey through Japan. Please see page 8 for more information on Private Journeys in Japan.

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Chinese New Year and National Holidays in China and Japan, please contact Cox & Kings for details. The above rates are not applicable for stays in Japan on 26 Apr - 05 May 10 and 31 Dec 10 - 02 Jan 11 due to the New Year and Japan’s Golden Week. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Newcastle *All prices subject to availability

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SHANGHAI THE PULI HOTEL and SPA

The PuLi Hotel and Spa is a luxury urban resort centrally located at the very heart of Shanghai’s shopping, sightseeing and entertainment district, overlooking the greenery of Jing An Park. In addition to luxurious 5 star facilities, the guest rooms and suites offer 24-hour butler service, bathrooms with rainforest shower cubicles and bathtubs with uninterrupted views of Shanghai’s skyline. An infinity lap pool with views across the city completes the hotel’s spa and wellness centre, while other facilities include a library, wine cellar, restaurant and bar.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at The PuLi Hotel and Spa of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 7 day / 5 night package including international flights with Virgin Atlantic, private transfers, accommodation in a Deluxe Room and breakfast daily would cost from £1,745 in the low season and from £2,045 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Shanghai and flying time is approximately 11 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

SHANGHAI CITY TOUR

THE ANANTARA SPA

SHANGHAI SHOPPING

The tour of the city introduces both the old and the new Shanghai. A visit to Yu Yuan Gardens, the Jade Buddha Temple and the Bund, the city’s historic waterfront, gives visitors a glimpse into its past. Take in the panoramic views of Shanghai’s ever-changing skyline on a cruise along the Huang Pu River or from the 88th Floor Observation Deck of the iconic Jin Mao Tower.

The Anantara Spa at The PuLi Hotel exudes the same sense of luxury that entices you inside for a complete, sensual experience of indulgence and pampering. There is a range of traditional treatments inspired by tea, which is renowned for its healing properties in Chinese culture. Other wellness facilities include a gym, sauna, steam rooms, jacuzzi and lap infinity pool.

Shopping in Shanghai is varied and exciting. There are modern malls and centuries old outlets, luxury brands and speciality goods. Shopping areas are divided into “Four Streets and Four Cities” such as Nanjing Road, China’s number one commercial street, and Yu Yuan City, the venue for specialist Chinese goods. Some of the best buys can be found in open markets like Longhua Market.

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tailor-made

China

In addition to Escorted Groups and Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, which allow you to create a personalised experience of China, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our China experts.

Guangxi Province

Wuyuan

Potala Palace, Lhasa

Pingyao

WUYUAN

TIBET

PINGYAO

In contrast to the busy, fast-developing cities, Wuyuan County in Jiangxi Province is a place where time stands still.The area’s many villages are home to some of the best-preserved ancient Chinese architecture, some dating back as far as 740AD. The traditional buildings and ornate bridges are set against a backdrop of rolling hills, green pastoral land and clear rivers. Highlights of the area include Wangkou village with its elaborate Yu Ancestral Hall, the whitewashed houses with upturned eaves of Likeng village, and Yan and Sixi villages which are home to exquisite former residences of the merchants of Huizhou.

Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World, is the highest region on earth with an average altitude of 4,900 metres. Spectacular snow-capped mountains, rivers and lakes, and open grassland dominate the landscape of the Tibetan plateau. It is an area rich with culture and unique ethnic traditions with profound Buddhist influence. Some of the greatest sights in the capital, Lhasa, include the sacred Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Norburlinka and the Potala Palace, the Dalai Lama’s summer and winter residences respectivley. If you have longer, you may wish to continue towards the Himalaya, staying in Shigatse and Gyantse en route.

The ancient walled city of Pingyao, dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties, is considered one of the best-preserved historic towns in China. In 1997, Pingyao was put on the UNESCO World Heritage List, who stated that “the Old Town of Pingyao is an outstanding example of the Han cities in the Ming and Qing dynasties, retaining all the features of these periods. Pingyao presents a picture of the unusual cultural, social, economic, and religious development in Chinese history”. There are several delightful guesthouses, including the Pingyao International Financiers’ Club, which is a renovated 300 year old merchant’s house.

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Zhangjiajie National Park

Jiuzhaigou

Huang Shan

ZHANGJIAJIE

JIUZHAIGOU

HUANG SHAN

Zhangjiajie, home to magnificent natural scenery that has inspired traditional Chinese painting, is located in Hunan Province. It was China’s first national park and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The area is dominated by over 3,000 pillars and peaks that rise from the dense forest below. Highlights include Tianmen Mountain, the highest mountain in the region and the longest cable car in the world, which leads to Tianmen Cave, a naturally eroded hole in the mountain.

In addition to seeing the pandas in Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the north of Sichuan Province is highly recommended. Located deep in the heart of the Aba autonomous prefecture, Jiuzhaigou’s alpine scenery and dazzling turquoise lakes offer scenery to rival Guilin. Its name means “Valley of Nine Villages” and the villages are inhabited by Tibetan and Qiang people. There is an abundance of beautiful wildlife in the nature reserve and plenty of opportunity for trekking through the alpine forests.

For centuries, Huang Shan, or the Yellow Mountain, has been popular with artists. Overnight on the summit to enjoy sunsets and sunrises surrounded by a mountain range of 72 peaks, mountain streams and alpine flora above a sea of clouds. Dotted around the paddy fields below are charming rural villages with historic Chinese buildings dating from feudal times, including Hong Cun and Xi Di which were made famous by Ang Lee’s epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The picturesque villages of Wuyuan Country are all within easy access.

St Paul’s Cathedral, Macau

Hangzhou

German colonial church, Qingdao

MACAU

HANGZHOU

QINGDAO

From 1557 until the 1999 handover, Macau was a Portuguese enclave. Now a Special Administative Region of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it retains its Portuguese atmosphere with pavement cafés, public squares with pastel coloured colonial buildings and Baroque churches. Macau is popular locally for gambling but there is also a unique cultural heritage and rich history with the oldest, most complete array of European architectural legacy found in China today.

Once described by Marco Polo as the most splendid city in the world, Hangzhou developed as a prosperous commercial city as early as the 6th Century and later became the capital of the Song Dynasty. Hangzhou is now a more peaceful town set around the tranquil and scenic Xi Hu or ‘West Lake’, overlooked by green hills and tea plantations as it is home of the famous Longjing (Dragon Well) tea. Xixi Wetland Park, the only park of its kind in China is less than an hour away.

Located in southeast Shandong Province, Qingdao is a pleasant seaside city on the coast of the Yellow Sea and famous for its Tsingtao beer. Once a German concession, Qingdao boasts a near Bavarian atmosphere and is often referred to as “China’s Switzerland”. Contrasting colours of the red-roofed houses and the lush green hills beautifully offset the blue sea. In addition to Qingdao’s beaches, other sites of interest include Laoshan National Park, which offers scenic views.

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China

The Raffles Beijing occupies one of Beijing’s most historic buildings, with an enviable location minutes from Tiananmen Square and the popular Wangfujing district. In Raffles style, the hotel is elegantly decorated throughout to create the ambience of a bygone Oriental era, with 171 guest rooms and suites. The hotel’s restaurants serve contemporary French and pan-Asian cuisine.

THE RAFFLES, BEIJING

NOVOTEL PEACE HOTEL BEIJING

COMMUNE BY THE GREAT WALL KEMPINSKI, BEIJING

One of the best 4 star properties in Beijing, the Novotel Peace Hotel is within walking distance of the city’s main sites. The 402 spacious air-conditioned rooms offer modern comfort and contemporary decoration. Facilities include an indoor pool and sauna, and 2 restaurants serving Asian and Western cuisine.

Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski features modern Asian architecture amidst the Shuiguan Mountains with private access to the Great Wall. There are 190 individual guest rooms, with a contemporary Asian style, and 11 private villas. The hotel facilities include 3 restaurants, a fitness room and the Anantara Spa.

SOFITEL ON RENMIN SQUARE XIAN

GYALTHANG DZONG SHANGRI-LA

THE CROWNE PLAZA, LIJIANG ANCIENT TOWN

The distinctive Sofitel Xian building is favourably located on the historic Renmin Square in the heart of the old town, ringed by the 14th century city walls. The hotel offers a selection of restaurants serving Asian, European and Muslim cuisine and 2 bars. There is an indoor heated pool, fitness centre, jacuzzi and sauna.

Part of the Angsana group, this boutique hotel is surrounded by mountains, meadows, lakes and monasteries in the fabled lands of Shangri-la. Rooms are decorated in rich indigenous style, with woven Tibetan rugs and drapes, without compromising comfort. There is a restaurant serving local and international specialities and a spa.

Built in the style of a Naxi village compound in Lijiang’s old town, the Crowne Plaza Hotel blends modern comforts with traditional charm. Rooms are spacious and well appointed with a contemporary touch. Two restaurants offer a choice of Chinese cuisine and Brazilian barbecue. There is an indoor heated pool and a fitness centre.

VICTORIA YANGTZE CRUISES

CENTURY CRUISES

The award-winning Victoria Cruises is an American-managed operation, whose boats are regularly refurbished and maintained to the highest standards. Décor throughout is elegant, with generous outdoor space.The cabins and suites are all stylishly decorated, and cabins on most boats in the fleet have private outdoor balconies for viewing the spectacular Yangtze Gorges.

Century Cruises offers a high level of service and standards for a Yangtze cruise. Facilities include an observation lounge, bar with live entertainment, sun deck, gym, sauna, elevators and shops. Cabins are luxuriously equipped with hotel-style beds and have private balconies. Western chefs manage the excellent restaurant on board serving a variety of international cuisine.

MS sanctuary YANGZI EXPLORER The MS Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is the smallest and most exclusive boat cruising the Three Gorges region. It accommodates just 124 passengers in 38 luxurious cabins and 24 suites, each with a private balcony. Speciality suites also feature private butler service. Facilities include an observation deck, spa, fitness centre, and a bar.

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THE Peninsula THE PENINSULA BEIJING The striking hotel in central Beijing is one of nine properties in the ultra-luxurious Peninsula Hotels group portfolio. Just a short walk from the main sights and pedestrianised shopping streets. Subtle Chinese artwork provides an Oriental ambience, while the rooms are equipped with state of the art facilities and service is of the highest standards. Exceptional Chinese and Western cuisines are served in the beautiful Huang Ting and Jing restaurants. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA and Fitness Centre offer hotel guests the opportunity to relax and be pampered or to exercise.

THE PENINSULA SHANGHAI The Peninsula Shanghai, the ninth Peninsula Hotels property, enjoys one of the city’s most desirable locations on the historic Bund with spectacular views of the Huangpu River, Pudong and the former British Consulate gardens. All of the 235 guestrooms and suites blend Peninsula luxury with art décor and “Golden Age” styles of the 1920s – 1930s when Shanghai was the Paris of the East. A collection of 5 eclectic restaurants and bars offer a variety of cuisines. Wellness facilities include The Peninsula Spa by ESPA, a 25 metre indoor pool and a fully equipped gym.

THE PENINSULA HONG KONG The Peninsula Hong Kong is a Hong Kong landmark. Relax in the luxurious pool overlooking the harbour, sample the world-famous Afternoon Tea or even take a cooking class at The Peninsula Academy.  The rooms are some of the largest in Hong Kong and are equipped with the innovative features synonymous with The Peninsula Hotels. The restaurants at The Peninsula Hong Kong have enjoyed decades of iconic status, including Felix, Gaddi’s, Chesa and Spring Moon. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA completes the extensive range of facilities available to guests.

THE PENINSULA BANGKOK Offering panoramic views of Bangkok from every one of its large, luxurious guest rooms and suites, The Peninsula Bangkok blends pioneering technology, traditional Thai hospitality and the legendary Peninsula service. The hotel is situated on the banks of scenic Chao Phraya River, and is within easy access of the tourist attractions and shopping districts of Bangkok. Gourmet dining options include Mei Jiang Cantonese restaurant and Thai home-style cooking at Thiptara. Relax in the three-tiered swimming pool overlooking the river or indulge yourself at The Peninsula Spa by ESPA.

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FOUR SEASONS SHANGHAI

LE ROYAL MERIDIEN SHANGHAI

THE LANGHAM, YANGTZE BOUTIQUE, SHANGHAI

This hotel introduces Four Seasons’ refined style and impeccable service to Shanghai. Rooms are decorated in gentle colours and are furnished with luxurious materials to create a homely atmosphere.The hotel offers outstanding service and a range of first class dining options, including a jazz bar with great views of the city.

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai is located on the historic Nanjing Road pedestrian street, opposite the People’s Square and is the ideal base for exploring this vibrant city.The stylish and sophisticated hotel has an ultra-modern design. Facilities include 6 restaurants and bars, and an indoor swimming pool.

The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, in an iconic Art Deco building, is in the heart of Shanghai. There are 96 exquisite rooms and suites, each designed to recapture the glamour and grandeur of the era when Shanghai was famed as the “Paris of the East”. Facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, the Chuan Spa and a fitness centre.

INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT JIUZHAI PARADISE, JIUZHAIGOU

SANYA MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA HAINAN ISLAND

LANGHAM PLACE HONG KONG

InterContinental Resort Jiuzhai Paradise is nestled high in the mountains of Jiuzhaigou Naitonal Park. Its unique design is reminiscent of an ancient city protected under a glass atrium, marrying the exquisite interior with the natural beauty outside. Guest rooms are generously proportioned and well-appointed.

Set along the shores of Hainan Island’s Yalong Bay, the Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa is ideal for swimming, snorkelling, relaxation and rejuvenation. The elegant rooms and suites all feature modern amenities and the 6 restaurants and bars serve an array of cuisines. Other facilities include a fitness centre, 2 pools, tennis courts and the Quan Spa.

Occupying the top floors of a skyscraper in the authentic Mongkok district, this excellent 5 star hotel has panoramic views of Hong Kong Island. Leisure time can be spent at the rooftop pool and spa, or exploring the interconnected 15 storey shopping mall. Hong Kong’s sights can be reached from the adjacent MTR underground station.

INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG

HARBOUR GRAND KOWLOON HONG KONG

THE UPPER HOUSE HONG KONG

Set on the tip of the harbour, InterContinental’s Harbour View rooms offer unsurpassed views of the spectacular skyline. The hotel has elegant décor and facilities include excellent restaurants and a spa complete with outdoor jacuzzi, Upgrade to Club rooms and enjoy exceptional benefits including afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

Enjoying a unique city waterfront location, the Harbour Grand Kowloon, formerly the Harbour Plaza Hong Kong, is close to bustling Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon offering stunning views across Victoria Harbour. Rooms are beautifully appointed and the glass-walled rooftop swimming pool, sauna, spa and pool bar offer relaxation away from the city.

Looking out over the harbour from its hillside location on Hong Kong Island, The Upper House provides a sanctuary of calm in this bustling city. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation with hi-tech amenities and excellent personal service. Guests can opt to dine at Café Gray Deluxe or at the nearby Pacific Place shopping and dining area.

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Shangri-la PUDONG SHANGRI-LA, SHANGHAI One of Shangri-La’s flagship properties, this hotel offers views across the Huangpu River towards the historic waterfront, the Bund, which is spectacularly lit up at night. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, many with floor to ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Bund. The hotel also has an excellent Chinese restaurant and a heated indoor swimming pool.

SHANGRI-LA, CHENGDU This landmark hotel, in one of China’s most affluent cities, is situated in the Jinjiang District enjoying spectacular views of the Jinjiang River and the beautiful Hejiang Pavilion. The Shangri-La has 593 luxuriously spacious rooms and suites, offering a comfortable ambiance combined with modern furnishings and relaxed décor. An eclectic mix of cuisine is available from the hotel’s restaurants and bars.

SHANGRI-LA, GUILIN Overlooking the picturesque Li River, the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is perfectly located for exploring nearby sights. All 449 rooms and suites are furnished to a high standard and have beautiful views of the Li River or the landscaped gardens. Leisure facilities include indoor and outdoor pools and a fully equipped health club. The hotel offers a sensational culinary experience with a selection of restaurants and bars.

SHANGRI-LA, HANGZHOU This hotel is an enchanting lakeside retreat set in 40 acres of lush greenery on the shores of Hangzhou’s West Lake. The hotel features typical classic Shangri-La Chinese styling and offers large rooms with either a garden, mountain or lake view. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, gym, tennis court and nearby golf course, and there is a range of dining options in the 3 restaurants.

ISLAND SHANGRI-LA, HONG KONG Standing on a lofty position on Hong Kong Island, the Island Shangri-La offers outstanding views of the Peak and Victoria Harbour. The world’s largest Chinese silk painting, the Great Motherland of China, spans 16 storeys in its atrium. The hotel is situated next to Hong Kong Park, close to the Peak Tram station, and atop the Pacific Place shopping mall.

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GRAND HYATT SHANGHAI

GRAND HYATT HONG KONG

GRAND HYATT TOKYO

Featuring the highest hotel rooms in the world at up to 88 storeys, Grand Hyatt Shanghai offers stunning views across this exciting city and is one of Shanghai’s most spectacular landmarks. Designed in a contemporary Chinese style, all rooms plus the 11 outstanding restaurants, bars and even the pool and spa have birds-eye views from one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong occupies a prime location on Hong Kong Island in Wanchai district, overlooking Victoria Harbour.The elegant rooms, with good views, are complemented by truly luxurious facilities including the Plateau Spa, a world class residential spa and a heated outdoor pool. Ten food and beverage outlets present a canvas of innovative international cuisines.

Grand Hyatt Tokyo is one of Tokyo’s leading hotels located in the heart of Roppongi Hills, the city’s central business, cultural and entertainment area. It has 389 large luxurious rooms and suites with advanced technology, and a stunning spa and fitness centre. Guests can choose to dine in one of seven exquisite restaurants which serve cuisines from around the world.

HYATT REGENCY Tokyo

HYATT REGENCY KYOTO

HYATT REGENCY HAKONE

Hyatt Regency Tokyo is located in Shinjuku, a thriving business, shopping and entertainment district. It is an ideal base to explore Tokyo’s diversity including Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, Meiji Shrine and the fashionable Shibuya ward. The Joule Spa is a sanctuary of the hustle and bustle of the city, offering spa, fitness and sky pool facilities. Dining options include 6 international restaurants and a bar.

Hyatt Regency Kyoto is an elegant hotel located in the heart of Kyoto near the National Museum and Sanjusangendo Temple, and only 10 minutes on foot to the geisha district of Gion. The hotel offers 189 rooms and suites decorated with a blend of Western and Japanese styles. Facilities include 3 restaurants serving Western and Japanese food, a spa and a fitness centre.

Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort and Spa, is located in the heart of Hakone National Park, an area famous for its natural hot springs (onsens). Guest rooms are contemporary in design and each has either a balcony or sun terrace. A modern restaurant serves delicious French cuisine and Japanese sushi. Spa Izumi and Onsen features 8 treatment rooms and 2 Japanese thermal hot spring baths.

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Explorer Escorted Groups Only • 12 Days / 10 Nights from £3,845 Tokyo & Kyoto • Nagasaki & Mount Aso • Stay in a Ryokan (Japanese Inn) Day 6 To Kyoto: This morning, travel to Kyoto by bullet train. Afternoon tour of Kyoto including Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple and Nijo Castle. Stay 2 nights at the Righa Royal Hotel. (B, L) Day 7 Kyoto & Nara: Morning visit to Nara, home of Japan’s original emperors. Return to Kyoto and take a tour of Kiyomizu Temple followed by a visit to a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) house, where you will experience a Japanese tea ceremony and Maiko dance, followed by a walking tour of Gion. (B, L) Day 8 To Kyushu: Morning journey to Nagasaki. Visit Oura Cathedral and the Peace Memorial Museum & Park. Continue to Ureshino Onsen, a traditional hot spring resort. Experience a hot spring bath before a traditional dinner at Wataya Besso Ryokan where you will overnight. (B, D)

Toji Temple, Kyoto

See the futuristic city of Tokyo and imperial Kyoto before exploring traditional areas of rural Japan and places of great historical importance away from the main tourist path. Journey west to the provincial island of Kyushu to see Nagasaki, a beautiful coastal town with a haunting history from WWII. Continue to the lively city of Kumamoto and witness the spectacular scenery of Mount Aso, one of the world’s largest volcanic craters. Day 1 To Tokyo: Overnight flight from London to Tokyo with British Airways. (N)

“Discover ultra-modern cities, rural artisan towns and natural hot springs.”

Day 9 Kumamoto: Depart this morning for Kumamoto, visiting the Kyushu Pottery Museum and the porcelain shops of Imari town en route. Stay 2 nights at the ANA Kumamoto New Sky. (B) Day 10 Mount Aso: Morning visit to Suizenji Park. Afternoon tour of Mount Aso to see one of the world’s largest calderas. (B)

and Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. Return to Tokyo in the afternoon and visit Shunkaen Bonsai Museum with a Bonsai class. (B, L)

Day 2 Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the Park Hotel Tokyo for 3 nights. (N)

Day 4 Tokyo: Optional early morning tour to Tsukiji Fish Market (payable locally).Visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and cruise on Sumida River. Continue to the Imperial East Garden and visit the National Museum. (B)

Day 3 Tokyo: This morning, take an excursion to Kamakura, home of the Daibutsu, the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple, and Hase Temple

Day 5 To Hakone National Park: Full day tour of Mount Fuji & Hakone National Park. Overnight at Hakone Palace Hotel. (B, L)

Day 11 To Fukuoka: Morning visit to Kumamoto Castle, one of Japan’s greatest castles from the feudal period. Continue to Fukuoka, visiting Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and the Zen Garden at Komyozenji Temple en route. Stay overnight at Hotel New Otani Fukuoka. (B) Day 12 To London: Transfer to Fukuoka airport and fly to London, via Tokyo. (B)

BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT UPGRADES ( BA World Traveller Plus: From £645 per person return ( BA Club World: From £2,395 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS japan explorer

Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

No of nights

26 Mar 11

16 Apr 11

24 Sep 11

08 Oct 11

24 Mar • • 12

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Japan Explorer

10

3845

3995

3845

3845

3845

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645

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n/a

( F rom £95 per person return* British Airways to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester Newcastle • Leeds Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES

*High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Out (Sat) 26 Mar 16 Apr 24 Sep

Rtn (Wed) 6 Apr 27 Apr 5 Oct

Out (Sat) 8 Oct 24 Mar 12

Rtn (Wed) 19 Oct 4 Apr 12

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Cultural treasures Escorted Groups Only • 10 Days / 8 Nights from £2,995 Mount Fuji • Hiroshima Castle • Bullet Train • Stay in a Japanese Ryokan • Festival Departures

“From futuristic Tokyo to imperial Kyoto, speed across Japan on the super fast bullet trains.” Nikko Mount Fuji

✈ Tokyo

Kyoto

Station before heading to Hakone National Park. Travel through the Owakudani Boiling Valleyand finish with a cruise on Lake Ashi. Stay overnight at Hotel Kowakien. (B) Day 6 To Hiroshima: Travel by bullet train to Hiroshima and onto Miyajima Island. Visit Itsukushima Shrine, with the famous red Torii Gate rising from the harbour. Stay overnight at Iwaso Ryokan. (B, D) Day 7 To Kyoto: Optional morning walking tour of Mount Misen (payable locally). Late morning transfer to Hiroshima and visit Hiroshima Castle, the A-bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Park. This evening, take the bullet train to Kyoto and stay 2 nights at the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa. (B, L)

Hiroshima

This journey offers a taste of the fascinating culture of historic and modern Japan, and its enchanting scenery of mountains and gardens. Some departures include Japan’s colourful festivals, sumo wrestling in Tokyo or a tea ceremony. Visit in spring for a chance to see the celebrated cherry blossom, or autumn for warm clear days and the changing colours of the maple trees.

Day 8 Kyoto: Full day tour of Kyoto, the heart of ancient Japan. Visit Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion, the Sake Museum to learn more about Japan’s national drink and the hillside Fushimi-Inari Shrine. After a traditional lunch, visit a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) house, where you will experience a Japanese tea ceremony and Maiko dance. (B, L)

Day 1 To Tokyo: Overnight flight from London to Tokyo with Finnair, via Helsinki. (N)

Day 9 To Nara & Osaka: Morning visit to Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple. In the afternoon, take a tour to Nara, home to Japan’s original emperors, including Todaiji Temple, with its fine wooden sculptures and huge bronze Buddha, the Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park. Drive to Osaka and visit the Observation Deck at the Umeda Sky Building. Overnight at the Sheraton Miyako Osaka. (B)

Day 2 Tokyo: Arrive and transfer to the Park Hotel Tokyo for 3 nights. (N) Day 3 Tokyo: Morning visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and cruise on Sumida River to Hamarikyu Garden. Continue to the futuristic Ginza district before taking a traditional Kushiage lunch. Afternoon tour of the National Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Japanese art and visit the Imperial East Garden. For the 12 May departure, an evening trip to the Sumo Grand Championships is organised. (B, L)

Day 10 To London: Transfer to Osaka airport and fly to London with Finnair, via Helsinki. (B)

Day 4 Nikko: Full day tour of Nikko, home to Japan’s loveliest shrines in a picturesque forest setting. Visit Toshogu Shrine and Rinoji Temple, and drive by the beautiful Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall. (B, L) Day 5 To Hakone National Park: Morning departure to Mount Fuji, Japan’s most famous natural landmark. Visit Mount Fuji 5th

Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

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On

festival departures some elements of the sightseeing programme may be shortened or not included to allow time for the events. Please ask for a more detailed itinerary.

12 May

Aoi Festival in Kyoto & This tour starts in Kyoto and ends in Tokyo, and includes Aoi Festival in Kyoto, dating back to Toshogu Festival in Nikko the 6th century, and the Toshogu Festival in Nikko, with a procession of over 1,000 people dressed as Samurai.

09 Jul

Gion Festival Kyoto’s largest festival spans the entire month of July and is crowned by the beautiful parade, the Yama-boko Junkö, on 17 July.

14 Oct

Kyoto’s Jidai Festival & Toshogu Festival in Nikko

Jidai Festival commemorates the founding of Kyoto.

JCT

Japan’s Cultural Treasures

No of 25 Mar to 15 Apr nights 01 Apr 11 11

8

( Finnair Business Class: £2,495 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F innair also operates flights from Manchester Airport to Japan, via Helsinki, with no additional supplements. Please ask for details.

Japan’s Cultural Treasures Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code ESCORTED GROUPS

finnair FLIGHT UPGRADE

3295

2995

12 May 11

09 Jul 11

3195

3295

16 Sep 11 Nov 21 Oct 11 11

3195

3295

23 Mar • 12

3295

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550

n/a

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Rtn 3 Apr 10 Apr 24 Apr 21 May* 18 Jul*

Out 16 Sep 14 Oct 21 Oct 11 Nov 23 Mar 12

Rtn 25 Sep 23 Oct* 30 Oct 20 Nov 1 Apr 12

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TOUR + TAKAYAMA Available with Japan’s Cultural Treasures From £650 per person Located in the spectacular scenery of the Japanese Alps, Takayama is an artisan town that retains much of the atmosphere of old Japan. The surrounding rural area, with small villages and hot spring resorts, offers good walking opportunities. Day 10 To Takayama: This morning, the bulk of your luggage will be delivered to the hotel in Tokyo - a bag for 2 nights is required. Take the bullet and express trains to Takayama, changing in Nagoya. Stay at the Hida Hotel for 2 nights (or the Haku-un Ryokan for a £60 supplement). Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 11 Takayama: At leisure. (B) Day 12 To Tokyo: Travel by express and bullet trains to Tokyo Shinagawa Station, changing in Nagoya. Make your own way from the station to the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and stay for 1 night. (B) Day 13 To London: Take the airport shuttle bus to the airport and fly to London on Finnair, via Helsinki. (B) Note: No guide or porterage services are included.

Takayama

TOUR + OKINAWA Available with Japan’s Cultural Treasures and Japan Explorer Low Season from £1,725 (April) High Season from £2,275 (July) A stay in Okinawa offers the chance to relax in one of Japan’s most popular beach resorts. Day 1 To Okinawa*: Fly to Okinawa’s Naha Airport. Transfer by airport shuttle bus to the Busena Terrace Hotel for a 3 night stay. (B) Days 2 - 3 Okinawa: Days at leisure to relax. (B) Day 4 To Tokyo: Fly to Tokyo Haneda Airport & transfer by airport shuttle bus to Hotel Pacific Tokyo for 1 night. Day 5 To London: Transfer by airport shuttle bus to Tokyo Narita Airport and fly back to London. (B) * Day 10 of Japan’s Cultural Treasures and Day 12 of Japan Explorer. Note: No guide or porterage services are included. Beach, Okinawa

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Japan

Private Journey • 10 Days / 8 Nights from £3,495 Tokyo & Nikko • Hakone & Mount Fuji • Kyoto & Nara

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Discover the futuristic city of Tokyo and visit the charming World Heritage Site of Nikko. Explore Hakone National Park at your leisure. Spend three nights in Kyoto, Japan’s most traditional city and a great base from which to visit Nara and Hiroshima. Private guides are included for the most significant and complex places of interest. Day 1 To Tokyo: Fly from London to Tokyo with Finnair, via Helsinki. (N) Day 2 Tokyo: Arrive in Tokyo and transfer by train and taxi to the Park Hotel or the Hilton Hotel Tokyo for 3 nights. (N) Day 3 Tokyo: Full day tour with a private guide, using the public transport system. Visit the National Museum or the Edo Tokyo Museum, Ameyoko Market and Asakusa Kannon Temple, and take a Sumida river cruise. See Hamarikyu Garden and futuristic Ginza. Afternoon at leisure, with a private guide at your disposal. (B)

ESSENTIAL JAPAN Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

JPE

Essential Japan

Day 4 Nikko: Full day tour of Nikko, where Japan’s loveliest shrines can be seen in a picturesque forest setting. Travel by train to Tobu Nikko station, where you will meet your private guide for the day. Visit Nikko’s World Heritage sites including Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan Shinto Shrine and Rinoji Temple. (B) Day 5 To Hakone: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, depart Tokyo by train for Odawara, the access point for Hakone National Park. A “Hakone Free Pass” and detailed instructions will be provided for independent exploration of the National Park and Hakone’s museums. Stay for 2 nights at the Fujiya Hotel. (B) Day 5 Hakone: Day at leisure to explore the town and surrounding countryside of lakes and peaks, and ascend a cable car for a bird’s eye view of Mount Fuji. (B) Day 7 To Kyoto: Travel by bus to Odawara station and board a bullet train to Kyoto, Japan’s former capital. Stay at Hotel Okura or the Hyatt Regency Kyoto for 3 nights. (B)

Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room No of 02 Jan to 27 Mat to 05 May to 15 Jul to 01 Sep to 26 Oct to 22 Nov to • nights 26 Mar 11 17 Apr 11 14 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 25 Oct 11 21 Nov 11 13 Dec 11

8

3495

3595

3495

3595

3495

3595

3545

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

800

Day 8 Kyoto: Morning tour of Kyoto with a private guide, using the public transport system. Visit Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple and Zen garden, and Nijo Castle. Afternoon at leisure with a private guide at your disposal. (B) Day 9 Nara: Travel by train to Nara, home to Japan’s original emperors. Detailed information will be provided for a self-guided tour of the town.The supplement for a private guide is from £200 per person. (B) Day 10 To London: Transfer to Osaka airport and fly to London with Finnair, via Helsinki. Afternoon arrival. (B) Travel in Japan: Japan is like no other Far East country, due to the prohibitively high costs of vehicle hire and wages. This tour for individual travellers has been carefully designed to visit Japan’s key sights using the country’s superb public transport network and requires the travellers to navigate between train stations and hotels without guides. A detailed Information Pack will be provided for your journey through Japan. Please see page 8 for more information on Private Journeys in Japan.

1195

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finnair FLIGHT UPGRADEs

*High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. The above rates are not applicable for departures from the UK between 18 Apr to 04 May 11 and 13 Dec - 31 Dec 11, all dates inclusive, due to Christmas, New Year and Japan’s Golden Week holidays. Please ask your Tour Consultant for a quotation. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Regional Air ConnectionS ( F innair also operates flights from Manchester Airport to Japan, via Helsinki, with no additional supplements. Please ask for details.

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south korea & japan Private Journey • 14 Days / 12 Nights from £4,395 South Korea & Japan • Vibrant Seoul • Songnisan & Gyeongju • Kyoto & Tokyo • Mount Fuji and Beomeosa Temple. Overnight at the Westin Chosun Busan. (B, L) Day 8 To Kyoto: Morning flight to Osaka and travel to Kyoto. Stay at Hotel Okura Kyoto for 3 nights. (B) Day 9 Kyoto: Morning tour of Kyoto with a private guide, using public transport. Visit Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple and Zen garden and Nijo Castle. Afternoon at leisure with a private guide at your disposal. (B) Day 10 Nara: Travel by train to Nara, home to Japan’s original emperors. Detailed information will be provided for a self-guided tour of the town. Alternatively, the supplement for a private guide is from £200 per person. (B) Gyeongbok Palace

This journey combines the iconic sights and contrasting cultures of South Korea and Japan. From Seoul journey through rural Songnisan and visit Gyeongju, the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom. In Japan, discover the cultural capital Kyoto, Mount Fuji and the Hakone National Park, and travel by bullet train to the fascinating capital, Tokyo. Day 1 To Seoul: Fly to Seoul with Finnair, via Helsinki. (N) Day 2 Seoul: Arrive and transfer to the Grand Ambassador Seoul for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Seoul: Full day tour of Seoul including Gyeongbok Palace, the Folklore Museum, the Blue House, Namdaemun Market, Seoul Tower, Insadong Antique Street, Hanok Traditional Village and Cheongyecheon Stream. (B, L) Day 4 To Songnisan: Morning, visit to the Korean Folk Village just outside Seoul, where

the traditional styled houses and lifestyle of 18th and 19th centuries are practiced by today’s villagers. Continue to Songnisan National Park and visit Beopjusa Temple. Overnight at Lake Hills Hotel. (B, L) Day 5 To Gyeongju: Morning drive to Gyeongju. Afternoon visit to Cheomseongdae Astronomic Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park and a walking tour in Gyeongju and Bulguksa Temple. Stay at Hotel Hyundai Gyeongju for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 6 Gyeongju: Full day tour of Gyeongju including the Gwaeneung Royal Tomb, Seogguram Grotto and a coastal drive to Guryongpo Port. In the afternoon visit the four-faced Buddha and National Museum. (B, L) Day 7 To Busan: Morning drive to Busan and take a tour of the city. Visit Haeundae Beach and APEC House, Jagalchi Fish Market, Nampodong Street and Taejongdae Cliff Park

south korea & japan Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code Private Journey JAK

Wonders of South Korea & Japan

No of 02 Jan to 15 Mar to 29 Apr to 15 Jul to 01 Sep to • nights 14 Mar 11 18 Apr 11 14 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 10 Dec 11

12

4395

4495

4495

4645

4496

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2050

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Day 11 To Tokyo:Travel by bullet train to Tokyo. Stay 3 nights at the Park Hotel Tokyo. (B) Day 12 Tokyo: Morning tour with a private guide, using the public transport system, including the National Museum, Meiji Shrine and Roppongi Hills. Your guide will be at your disposal for the remainder of the day. (B) Day 13 Mount Fuji & Hakone: Full day shared coach tour to Mount Fuji and Hakone National Park. (B, L) Day 14 To London: Shuttle bus to the airport and fly to London with Finnair, via Helsinki. (B) Travel in South Korea and Japan: South Korea and Japan are like no other Far East countries, due to the prohibitively high costs of vehicle hire and wages. This tour has been designed for independent travellers using Japan’s efficient public transport system and requires the travellers to navigate between train stations and hotels without guides. A detailed Information Pack will be provided for your journey through Japan. The journey in South Korea includes an English-speaking driverguide while airport transfers include drivers only. Please see page 8 for more information on Private Journeys in Japan and South Korea. finnair FLIGHT UPGRADEs ( Finnair Business Class: £2,495 per person return

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ryokan experience 12 Days / 10 Nights from £5,245 Suggested itinerary: Fly to Tokyo and stay for a few nights to explore this fascinating city. Travel to Hakone National Park for a chance to experience Japan’s picturesque countryside before continuing your stay at the cultural capital of Kyoto. Next stop is Ishikawa, on the coast close to the Japanese Alps before returning to Tokyo for your flight home. To experience the essence of ancient Japanese culture, a stay at a Ryokan or Japanese inn is highly recommended. Its origins can be traced back to the Nara Period (AD 710 – 784) as free rest houses for travellers. Today, there are ryokans of varying characteristics where one can appreciate the tradition of hospitality that has been handed down for generations. Guest rooms are usually simply decorated with a low table where a seasonal set dinner is normally served and tatami straw mats on which futon bedding is laid out in the evening for guests. The ryokans featured below have been selected for their particular history, setting or facilities. Should you wish to stay in a different ryokan or a ryokan in another location, please ask your consultant for details and prices.

Mount Fuji

TAWARAYA RYOKAN KYOTO

GORA KADAN, HAKONE NATIONAL PARK

LAMP NO YADO ISHIKAWA

The Tawaraya Ryokan is Kyoto’s oldest traditional inn and ideally located for exploring its sights. The impressive guest book includes Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock and Leonard Bernstein. Rooms are appointed with ikebana flower arrangements and antiques. Guests can sample Japanese tea, followed by an elaborate kaiseki dinner, use the natural onsen or perhaps visit the inn’s library through the unforgettable dwarf-sized door.

Gora Kadan, a member of the Relais & Chateaux Collection, is located in the heart of the Fuji-Hakone National Park, an area well known for its natural hot springs. It is a traditional Japanese ryokan designed to blend in with the nearby mountains, combining Japanese tradition and impeccable service with modern elements. There are two wells from which mineral rich, hot spring water flows and feeds the open-air baths.

Lamp no Yado is a traditional Ryokan located at Yoshigawara Onsen on the tip of the Noto Peninsular in Ishikawa Prefecture. Started in 1790, its name is derived from the fact that it had no electricity and only oil lamps for lighting. The ryokan combines strong traditional architecture with modern luxury. There is a separate onsen for men and women and a swimmming pool with panoramic views of the ocean.

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In addition to Escorted Groups and Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, which allow you to create a personalised experience of Japan, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Japan experts.

HOKKAIDO Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, is one of the few places in Japan where one can feel alone with nature. While Hokkaido makes up one-fifth of the country’s land mass, only 5% of the population lives on the island due to the harsh Siberian cold that descends from November to March. However, winter is probably the peak tourist season when tourists come to enjoy the many activities on offer including the ice sculptures at the Yuki Matsuri and the snow festival that takes place in early February. The Ainu is the island’s indigenous culture, which has shaped its history and there are excellent museums dedicated to the Ainu in Sapporo and Hakodate. Hokkaido is blessed with spectacular natural scenery including Daisetsu-zan National Park, the caldera lakes of Shikotsu-Toya and the Kushiro Wetland National Park, where the red-crested crane, one of Japan’s national symbols, spends its winters. The island’s largest city, Sapporo is an excellent base from which to explore the highlights of Hokkaido and is well connected to Tokyo and other major cities by air.

Hokkaido

MOUNT KOYA Mount Koya is one of Japan’s holiest mountains located in Wakayama Prefecture. The journey to Mount Koya passes through a cedar-filled valley 800 metres above sea level, surrounded by eight mountain peaks. In the early 9th century, the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi founded the first temple here and there are now more than 100 monasteries surrounding the head temple of Kongobuji. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monastic complex offers a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and other major cities. Although you could visit Mount Koya as a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto, it is recommended that you stay overnight in a mountain-top Buddhist temple set in tranquil woodland on the pretty Kii peninsula. During high season, more than a million visitors come to the mountain; staying overnight allows you to rise early and avoid the crowds, enjoy fresh vegetarian food, see the monks at worship and attend morning prayers. Statue at Koyasan

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THE JAPANESE ALPS & YUDANAKA Located in Nagano Prefecture, the Japanese Alps features some of Japan’s most dramatic scenery and picturesque rural villages. The main hubs of the region are Takayama and Matsumoto, home to the famous “Black Crow” Castle, which can be easily reached by bullet train from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Hiking is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the beauty of the Japanese Alps, with walking trails available for all levels of experience and fitness. In addition to the mountains, the area is famous for its many onsen or hot spring resorts, the most famous of which is the Jigokudani Onsen, “Hell Valley Hot Springs”, in Yudanaka where one can observe wild monkeys gathering to bathe in the natural hot spring pools. During the winter months, as many as 200 animated simian come to enjoy the hot springs and they even have their own onsen. A visit to the area will give you an opportunity to stay in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, and onsen resorts. Japanese Alps

SELF-DRIVE Self-drive itineraries in Japan provide a flexible and cost effective way to discover the country at your own pace since the costs of a private guide and driver are extremely high. Our team of specialists will carefully plan your holiday to suite your interest and timescale. The Japanese drive on the left hand side and road conditions are generally good. We can arrange for you to collect your car from the airport upon arrival, railway station or have it delivered to your hotel and we can easily organise one-way hire. Self-drive is recommended in rural Japan especially in Hokkaido, Kyushu, Okinawa and the Japanese Alps.

Hokkaido

To ensure that you benefit from the highest standards of reliability, service and support, our car hire is arranged through Toyota Rent-a-Car, the largest network in Japan. All the cars are equipped with GPS with excellent graphics. Staff at the centre or the hotel concierge can assist you with pre-loading your daily itinerary, accommodation and any interesting sights/ restaurants along the way. You will also be provided with a detailed self-drive pack and route maps to ensure you have all the required information. The services offered include JAF (Japan Automobile Federation) a 24-hour helpline, SOS emergency service and medical/ legal assistance. All our car hire includes comprehensive insurance and a local pay-asyou-go mobile phone with reliable coverage.

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The Beautiful Island

Taiwan

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 15 Days / 13 Nights from £2,795 De Luxe Lalu Hotel on Sun Moon Lake • Taroko Gorge • Overnight Stay in a Monastery • Breathtaking Scenery ✈ Taipei

Taroko N.P. Sun Moon Lake

Hualien

“Taiwan is a hidden gem of the Far East; home to the finest Chinese art and dramatic landscapes.”

Alishan

Stay overnight at the monastery guesthouse. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Alishan: Rise early to the sound of morning chanting. After a vegetarian breakfast, drive to Tainan and visit Chikan Towers, Confucius Temple, Anping Fort. Continue to Alishan Forest Park, one of the most spectacular mountainous regions of Taiwan. Stay 1 night at Alishan House. (B, L, D)

Tainan

Day 12 To Sun Moon Lake: Morning excursion to see the sunrise from the summit of Mount Alishan. Take a walking tour of the forest park and drive through the picturesque Yushan Mountains to the Sun Moon Lake. Stay 2 nights at the Lalu Hotel. (B)

Chihpen Fo Guang Shan Kenting N.P.

Taiwan was named Ilha Formosa by early Portuguese sailors, literally meaning ‘Beautiful Island’, and it is full of breathtaking scenery, exotic cultures and hospitable people. The energetic capital Taipei is home to possibly the best collection of Chinese art in the world, having escaped the ravages of the Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976. The countryside is perhaps the biggest surprise with deep gorges, snow-capped mountains, hot springs, tea plantations and a beautifully rugged coastline. Day 1 To Taipei: Fly to Taipei, via Bangkok, with EVA Air. (N) Day 2 Taipei: Arrive and transfer to the Landis Hotel for 3 nights. (N) Day 3 Taipei: Full day tour of Taipei, including the National Palace Museum, Longshan Temple, National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall (formerly known as the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall), Martyrs Shrine and Taipei 101 Tower. This evening, visit the Taipei Eye for a Chinese Opera performance. (B, L) Day 4 Taipei: Full day tour, including Yangmingshan National Park and the scenic northern coast, visiting Jiufen and Yehliu Geopark with its bizarre Candle Rocks. (B, L) Day 5 To Taroko Gorge: Drive to Taroko across the hilly tea estates of Pinglin and along the Suao Highway, beside cliffs hanging over the Pacific Ocean. Afternoon tour of

Day 13 Sun Moon Lake: Day at leisure to relax in the serene lakeside surroundings of temples and green hills with walking trails. (B)

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the remarkable Taroko Gorge. Stay 1 night at Leader Village Taroko. (B, L) Day 6 To Chihpen: Drive to Chihpen, where the coastal road weaves between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountain Range, with excursions en route. Stay 2 nights at the Royal Chihpen, Taitung. (B, L) Day 7 Chihpen: Day at leisure to experience the hot springs and explore the surrounding area. (B) Day 8 To Kenting: Proceed to Kenting National Park along the coastal highway, visiting the National Museum of Marine Biology. Afternoon visit to Eluanbi Lighthouse, and Kenting Forest Park. Stay 2 nights at Caesar Park Hotel. (B, L) Day 9 Kenting: Day at leisure. (B) Day 10 To Fo Guang Shan: Drive to Fo Guang Shan, the largest Buddhist Monastery in Southeast Asia, visiting Meinyong, known for its folk art, and Maolin National Scenic Area en route. Afternoon tour of the monastery before a vegetarian dinner and evening prayer.

Day 14 To Taipei: This afternoon visit the Puli paper factory, lacquer ware museum, entomology museum and the stunning Chung Tai Chan temple en route to Taipei. Stay overnight at the Landis Hotel. (B) Day 15 To London: Morning flight to London, via Bangkok, with Eva Air. Evening arrival. (B) Private Journeys: Private Journeys include licensed English speaking driver-guide. Please ask your tour consultant for more details. Please see pages 8-9 for more information on Private Journeys in Taiwan. Note: This itinerary, or elements of it, can be adapted as an extension to China tours.

THAILAND BEACH EXTENSION: 19 Days / 17 Nights from £3,320 This extension features a few days at the luxurious Nakamanda Resort & Spa in southern Thailand’s resort of Krabi. Please refer to page 79 for more details of the hotel. Day 15 To Thailand: Fly to Krabi, via Bangkok, and transfer to Krabi for 4 nights. (B) Days 16 - 18 Krabi: At leisure. (B) Day 19 To London: Morning flight to London, via Bangkok, with EVA Air. Afternoon arrival. (B)

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Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan Taiwan:The Beautiful Island Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

No of nights

09 Mar 11

23 Mar 11

09 Nov 11

TWP

Taiwan: The Beautiful Island

13

2795

2795

2845

2845

845

n/a

17

3320

3320

3420

3420

1220

1245

TWPKBV

+ Krabi

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

TWN

Taiwan: The Beautiful Island

14 Mar • • • 12

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

No. of 01 Jan to 15 Apr to 27 Apr to 11 Jul to 29 Aug to 09 Dec to 24 Dec to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 14 Apr 11 26 Apr 11 10 Jul 11 20 Aug 11 08 Dec 11 23 Dec 11 31 Dec 11 From* From*

13

3495

3695

3545

3695

3545

3845

3695

845

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

2295

EVA AIR FLIGHT UPGRADEs ( EVA Air Elite Class: From £445 per person return ( EVA Air Premium Laurel: From £1,195 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £195 per person return* bmi to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Birmingham • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Jersey Manchester • Teeside • Leeds Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2010 / 2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Wed) 9 Mar 23 Mar

Rtn (Wed) 23 Mar 6 Apr

Out (Wed) 9 Nov 14 Mar 12

Rtn (Wed) 23 Nov 28 Mar 12

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Land of Blue Sky

Mongolia Discovery Tour

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £2,645 Untouched Wilderness • Nomad Culture • Naadam Festival Departure • Stay in Gers Lake Hovsgol O L IA MONG Hustain Nuruu N.P. ✈ Ulaan Baatar Karakoram C H IN A Gobi Gurvansaiken N.P. Beijing ✈

Mongolian people have a rich history, stretching back to the empires of Genghis Khan. Their vast country is one of amazing natural beauty, largely untouched by the modern world. From the Gobi desert to snow-capped mountains and grassy steppes, where wild horses and nomads roam, Mongolia is one of the world’s last great wilderness regions. Day 1 To Ulaan Baatar: Evening flight from London to Ulaan Baatar with Korean Air, via Seoul. (N) Day 2 Ulaan Baatar: Arrive in Ulaan Baatar and stay at the Khan Palace Hotel for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Terelj National Park: Travel to the 80-year-old Terelj National Park and see Turtle Rock. Then take a short horse ride on one of Mongolia’s sturdy mounts or stroll through the rolling countryside. Enjoy a countryside lunch at a Ger camp. (B, L, D) Day 4 To Middle Gobi: This morning, leave the city by jeep and travel into the wilderness. See the ruins at Sum Huh Burd Monastery and have lunch at Baga Gazryn rocks. You will spend the next 8 nights in Ger camps. (B, L, D) Day 5 To Gobi Desert: Drive south into the Gobi proper and the Gurvansaikhan National Park. Travel through the Gobi Forest and the Flaming Cliffs. Once a huge inland sea, this area held some of the best fossil finds the world has known. (B, L, D) Day 6 To Eagle Valley: Relaxed walking tour to the steep-sided Eagle Valley Canyon and visit the Gobi Glacier. (B, L, D) Day 7 To Hongor Els: Drive to Hongor Els and walk on the towering sand dunes. The wildlife here includes ibex, wild ram and gazelle.

Gers

“Unique experiences and spectacular scenery” Evening visit to a camel-breeder’s family, with an opportunity to go camel riding. (B, L, D) Day 8 To Saikhan Ovoo: Head across the mountains of Ikh Bogdo to Saikhan Ovoo. Visit the mountainside remains of the Ongiin Monastery, which now has a small number of novices after years of turmoil. (B, L, D) Day 8 To Orkhon Valley: Continue north to the beautiful Orkhon Valley. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the surrounding countryside. (B, L, D)  Day 10 To Karakorum: Drive to Karakorum, once capital of the mighty Mongol Empire. Explore Erdene Zuu Monastery, the first Buddhist centre in Mongolia. At your Ger camp, take part in an archery competition. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Hustain Nuruu National Park: Drive to Hustain Nuruu Natural Reserve, with lunch en route at Bayangobi. This afternoon, search for the takhi, the world’s last remaining species of wild horse. The reserve has successfully reintroduced the species to the area after facing extinction. Return to the camp for a Khorkhog, a traditional Mongolian stone roast barbeque. (B, L, D)

Day 12 To Ulaan Baatar: Return to Ulaan Baatar and visit the Natural History Museum, with its excellent dinosaur exhibits. Overnight at the Khan Palace Hotel. Evening farewell dinner. (B, L, D) Day 13 To Seoul: Morning tour of the National History Museum, Gandan Monastery and Zaisan Hill for views of the Tuul River Valley. Evening flight to Seoul where you will have a day-use room at the Air Garden Hotel for the transit. (B, L) Day 14 To London: In the afternoon fly to London with Korean Air. (N) Discovery Tour: Please see page 9 for details. Whilst a visit to Mongolia is a vastly rewarding experience, it is a wilderness destination. The accommodation is basic and, except in Ulaan Baatar, you will stay in Gers – large, traditional heated tents with communal bathrooms. Cox & Kings uses the best Gers available. Travelling is over long distances in 4 x 4 jeeps and sometimes over rough terrain. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, featuring private transfers and sightseeing. Private Journeys are locally escorted and the prices are shown on the main price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

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Mongolian women, Gobi Desert

EXTENSION

Naadam Festival: Dating from the Genghis Khan era, the Naadam Festival is a showcase for traditional sporting events and a celebration enjoyed throughout Mongolia from 11-13 July. The most spectacular events for visitors take place at the National Stadium in Ulaan Baatar, where nomads compete in wrestling, archery and horsemanship. Both the 30 June and 9 July tours include the colourful opening ceremony and first day of the festival.

Seoul 3 Days / 2 Nights from £495 This extension offers the chance to explore the South Korean capital, which has a fascinating heritage. Day 13 To Seoul: Morning tour of the National History Museum, Gandan Monastery and Zaisan Hill for views of the Tuul River Valley.

Evening flight to Seoul & transfer to the Grand Ambassador Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 14 Seoul: Full day tour of Seoul including Gyeongbok Palace, the Folklore Museum, the Blue House, Namdaemun Market, Seoul Tower, Insadong Antique Street, Hanok Traditional Village and Cheongyecheon Stream. (B, L) Day 15 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Korean Air. (B)

KOREAN AIR FLIGHT UPGRADE Mongolia: Land of Blue Sky Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

No of nights

MNG

Mongolia: Land of Blue Sky

11

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

MNI

Mongolia: Land of Blue Sky

30 Jun to 05 Aug to • • • • 09 Jul 11 28 Aug 11

2695

2645

No. of 01 May to 29 Jun to 14 Jul to 01 Oct to • • • nights 28 Jun 11 13 Jul 11 30 Sep 11 31 Oct 11

11

3295

3395

3295

3245

( Business Class: From £1,195 per person return

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

275

n/a

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

275

645

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £175 per person return* bmi to / from London Heathrow Aberdeen • Dublin • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2011 DEPARTURE DATES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.”

Out 30 Jun 09 Jul

Rtn 13 Jul* 22 Jul*

Out 05 Aug 28 Aug

Rtn 18 Aug 10 Sep

* Naadam Festival Tour. The 30 June and 9 July departures do not include Terelj National Park. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries.

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Hotels

Japan & south korea

PARK HOTEL TOKYO

HOTEL GRANVIA KYOTO

HOTEL OKURA KYOTO

The Park Hotel Tokyo is a colourful hotel with a truly individual style. The hotel is well positioned in central Tokyo, close to the exciting Ginza district, Hamarikyu Gardens, and within walking distance of the Imperial Palace. Facilities include French and Japanese restaurants, a wine bar and café, and a spa specialising in aromatherapy.

Hotel Granvia is part of the architecturally striking JR Kyoto Station Building, located conveniently close to the city’s tourist attractions. The hotel has 13 restaurants and bars, and an indoor pool and gym. The stylish guest rooms are a comfortable 30 square metres in size and are equipped with either a queen bed or 2 single beds.

Open since 1988, Hotel Okura’s recent renovation has added a touch of modernity to the traditional Japanese ambience. Guestrooms are spacious, featuring contemporary décor and thoughtful amenities. A selection of 7 restaurants offer a range of cuisines from traditional Japanese, Chinese, and seasonal specialities from Kyoto to French and Italian.

THE FUJIYA HOTEL HAKONE NATIONAL PARK

THE BUSENA TERRACE OKINAWA

IWASO RYOKAN MIYAJIMA ISLAND

Open since 1878, the Fujiya Hotel consists of five traditional Japanese houses, comprising 146 guest rooms that combine classical interior design with antique furnishings. The Miyanoshita hot spring at the property means that guests can enjoy Hakone’s rich and smooth natural hot spring water in all rooms.

Located on Cape Busena, surrounded on three sides by the sea, the Busena Terrace offers direct access to the beach. Designed to blend in with its surroundings, the resort makes use of natural light and guest rooms are simply furnished with private balconies. There are 7 restaurants, serving Japanese and international cuisines.

Located in serene woodlands on Miyajima Island, Iwaso Ryokan is a charming traditional Japanese guesthouse that perfectly complements the tranquillity of the island. Guests can enjoy a traditional seasonal Japanese dinner in their rooms. All rooms are en suite and there is an onsen (hot spring bath) available for guests.

GRAND AMBASSADOR SEOUL

HOTEL HYUNDAI GYEONGJU

THE WESTIN CHOSUN BUSAN

Grand Ambassador Seoul, opened in October 1955 as “Geumsoojang”, combines its history and tradition with modernity and style.There are 409 well-appointed guest rooms and suites and 5 restaurants offer cuisines ranging from Korean, Japanese to international specialities. A swimming pool, gym and sauna are available for use.

The 5-star Hotel Hyundai is located on the serene Bomun Lake, a 10 minute drive from the city centre. The hotel features spacious, well-presented guest rooms and suites decorated in subtle tones to provide a comfortable, relaxed and calming atmosphere. Facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, gym and sauna.

Nestled on the scenic Haeundae Beach, the Westin Chosun Busan is an ideal base for exploring in Busan. The hotel boasts panoramic views from its beautifully decorated guest rooms, restaurants and lounges. Facilities include a fitness club, sauna and swimming pool, and 6 restaurants and bars provide a choice of local and international dining.

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Hotels

Taiwan & Mongolia

THE LANDIS HOTEL TAIPEI

LEADER VILLAGE, TAROKO NATIONAL PARK

ROYAL CHIHPEN HOTEL CHIHPEN

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Landis Taipei combines French art deco style with cutting edge technology in the heart of the city. Dining facilities include a traditional French restaurant with an award winning wine cellar.The Landis spa offers a range of massage therapies and treatments.

Located in the heart of Taroko National Park, surrounded by lush green mountains, Leader Village Taroko is an ideal base for exploring Taroko Gorge. Designed in the style of a traditional Taiwanese village, the wooden chalets are set around a courtyard. The restaurant serves local aboriginal and Hualien cuisines with western influence.

The Royal Chihpen Hotel is one of Taiwan’s leading spa resorts, set in prime location in the Chihpen Forest Recreation Area. The rooms are decorated with subtle aboriginal influences and have views over the surrounding countryside.The hotel prides itself on an extensive selection of indoor and outdoor hot spring baths and spa facilities.

CAESAR PARK HOTEL KENTING

ALISHAN HOUSE ALISHAN

THE LALU SUN MOON LAKE

The Caesar Park opened in 1986 as the first 5 star hotel in Taiwan’s premier beach resort and is renowned for its warm and friendly service. The spacious guestrooms are elegantly furnished, some with sea views. Facilities include a large free form pool, serviced beach area, restaurants serving Western and Asian cuisine and a beach bar.

Alishan House is a charming guesthouse in a delightful setting, located on the forested hillsides of Mount Ali. It is an ideal base from which to explore Alishan National Scenic Area, especially during the cherry blossom season. Facilities include one restaurant serving Chinese food and a spacious terrace for enjoying the panoramic view.

Named after an indigenous aboriginal settlement, the ultra-luxurious Lalu is located on Sun Moon Lake, surrounded by misty mountains with pagodas and temples. Modern minimalist design features throughout complement the glassy lake views. Each room in this all-suite property has a spacious balcony and lake view terrace.

THE GRAND HOTEL TAIPEI

KEMPINSKI KHAN PALACE HOTEL, ULAAN BAATAR

GERS MONGOLIA

The Grand Hotel, with its traditional palace style architecture, is one of Taipei’s magnificent landmarks. The hotel’s extensive facilities include a pool, health club and a variety of restaurants. It is located on a hill with views of the city, which are best enjoyed after dark when the lights create a glittering spectacle.

The Kempinski Khan Palace Hotel in the heart of Ulaan Baatar features 102 well furnished, airconditioned guestrooms and suites. Several restaurants serve a good selection of local, Western, Asian and Japanese cuisines. After travelling through Mongolia’s wilderness, guests can relax with a massage or use the hotel’s sauna facilities.

A ger is the Mongolian word for a large, portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed tent used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia, also known as a yurt. Cox & Kings uses the best available traditional heated Gers with communal bathrooms. Electricity is available for limited periods throughout the day.

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Grand Tour of

Indo-China Escorted Group or Private Journey • 20 Days / 17 Nights from £3,795 Luxury Character Hotels • Luang Prabang • Halong Bay • Mekong Delta • Angkor Wat

Hanoi

“The wonders of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia on one exceptional journey.”

Halong Bay

L AO S ✈ Luang Prabang

Vientiane

✈ Hué T H A IL

Bangkok

Hoi An

AND

Siem Reap D IA

O C AMB Phnom Penh ✈ Gulf of Thailand

V

T IE

Day 6 To Hanoi: Afternoon flight to Hanoi and transfer to the Sofitel Legend Metropole for 2 nights. (B) NA

M

✈ Saigon

Mekong Delta

This tour comprehensively takes in the best of Laos,Vietnam and Cambodia, staying in luxury character hotels throughout. The journey begins in Laos, still relatively untouched, discovering ancient Mekong temples and the French colonial legacy. Continue to Vietnam, rapidly developing and highly energised, taking in the highlights between Hanoi and Saigon. The finale is a journey through the captivating kingdom of Cambodia, finishing the tour at the majestic Angkor Wat. Day 1 To Laos: Fly from London to Vientiane, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N) Day 2 Vientiane: Arrive in Vientiane, the capital of Laos and transfer to the Settha Palace for 2 nights. Evening welcome drinks reception. (N) Day 3 Vientiane:Today take a tour of Vientiane, including Wat Sisaket, Wat Ho Prakeo, That Luang Stupa and the central market. (B, L) Day 4 To Luang Prabang: This morning, fly to Luang Prabang, regarded by many as the most beautiful town in Asia. Transfer to the Maison Souvannaphoum for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of the ancient temple district and the National Museum. (B, D) Day 5 Luang Prabang: Morning boat trip to the Pak Ou Caves where over the centuries, thousands of images of Buddha have accumulated as offerings, and visit Ban Xangkhong, a well-known traditional weaving village. (B, L)

Day 7 Hanoi: Full day tour of Hanoi, visiting Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and residence, One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Museum of Ethnology, and take a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter. Evening Water Puppet show followed by dinner. Each year Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed between October and December for re-embalmment of the body and it can only be visited from outside. (B, D) Day 8 To Halong Bay: Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and stay overnight at the Novotel Halong City. (B) Day 9 To Hué: In the morning, board a private junk boat for a cruise around the limestone mountain islands. Return to Hanoi for the evening flight to Hué. Stay 1 night at La Residence. (B, L) Day 10 To Hoi An: Morning cruise on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. Lunch will be taken in a restored royal home from the Nguyen Dynasty. Afternoon drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hoi An, one of Asia’s most beguiling towns. Stay 2 nights at the Life Resort. (B, L, D) Day 11 Hoi An: Morning visit to the former trading port of Hoi An with its historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. (B) Day 12 To Mekong Delta: Morning transfer to Danang Airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Drive to My Tho in the Mekong Delta and take a boat trip to fruit orchards and market. Continue to Can Tho for an overnight stay at the Victoria Can Tho. (B, L, D)

Day 13 To Saigon: Early morning boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, Indo-China’s largest and most impressive. Return to Saigon and stay at the Caravelle Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 14 Saigon: After breakfast, drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Afternoon return to Saigon for a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Square and War Remnants Museum. (B, L, D) Day 15 To Phnom Penh: Transfer to the airport and fly to Phnom Penh. Stay at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal for 2 nights. (B) Day 16 Phnom Penh: This morning, visit to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Wat Phnom. Afternoon optional tour of Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide (payable locally). (B) Day 17 To Siem Reap: Transfer to the airport and fly to Siem Reap. On arrival transfer to La Residence d’Angkor for 2 nights. Afternoon tour of Banteay Srei, Preah Khan and Neak Pean. (B, D) Day 18 Angkor Wat: Full day tour of the Temples of Angkor including Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Phrom and the magnificent Angkor Wat at sunset. (B) Day 19 To London: Morning at leisure. This afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly overnight to London, via Bangkok. (B) Day 20 London: Early morning arrival in London. (N) Room Upgrades: A selection of room upgrades are available, please ask your Tour Consultant for details and prices. Extensions: Please refer to pages 56 - 57 for a choice of extensions. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey, subject to availability, and the prices for this option are shown on the price table. Please refer to page 8 for more  information about Private Journeys.

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Angkor Wat thai airways FLIGHT UPGRADEs Grand Tour of Indo-ChinA Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

LVC

Grand Tour of Indo-China 17

LVCNAP +

Koh Samui

No of 13 Jan to 03 Feb to 10 Mar nights 20 Jan 11 17 Feb 11 11

04 Aug 11

20 Oct 03 Nov 11 19 Jan to • 11 17 Nov 11 01 Mar 12

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

3995

3995

3995

3795

4095

4095

4195

1095

n/a

21

4790

4790

4790

4740

4840

4840

5040

1545

1620

21

4640

4620

4590

4320

4740

4790

4890

1390

1440

LVCKBV

+ Krabi

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

LVI

Grand Tour of Indo-China 17

No. of 05 Jan to 06 Apr to 01 May to 11 Jul to 26 Aug to 26 Sep to 01 Oct to • nights 05 Apr 11 30 Apr 11 10 Jul 11 25 Aug 11 25 Sep 11 30 Sep 11 30 Nov 11

4545

4495

4395

4445

4395

4445

4695

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

1150

1900

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Vietnam’s Tet festival and National Holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,295 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £200 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Thu) 13 Jan 20 Jan 3 Feb 17 Feb 10 Mar 4 Aug 20 Oct

Rtn (Tue) 1 Feb 8 Feb 22 Feb 8 Mar 29 Mar 23 Aug 8 Nov

Out (Thu) 3 Nov 17 Nov 19 Jan 12 2 Feb 12 16 Feb12 1 Mar 12

Rtn (Tue) 22 Nov 6 Dec 7 Feb 12 21 Feb 12 6 Mar 12 20 Mar 12

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Ancient kingdoms of

southeast asia

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 15 Days / 13 Nights from £2,845 Thailand, Laos & Cambodia • Mekong River Journey • Remote Cambodian Temples • UNESCO World Heritage Sites Day 9 Vientiane: Full day Vientiane city tour, including Buddha Park, the Friendship Bridge, Wat Sisaket, Wat Hor Prakeo, That Luang Stupa and Patouxay. (B) Day 10 To Phnom Penh: This morning fly to Phnom Penh and stay at the Amanjaya Pancam Hotel or similar for 2 nights. (B) Day 11 Phnom Penh: Morning visit to Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and its Silver Pagoda and the National Museum. Afternoon tour of the Tuol Sleng Museum of Crime, a reminder of the Khmer Rouge regime. (B) Day 12 To Siem Reap: This morning, drive to Kampong Thom to visit Sambor Prei Kuk preAngkorian temples. Continue to Siem Reap and stay 3 nights at the Victoria Angkor. (B, L) Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Discover some of Southeast Asia’s undiscovered gems on this World Heritage circuit, visiting citadels of early Lao and Khmer kingdoms. Following the Mekong, journey from northern Thailand through Laos’ unspoilt countryside and into Cambodia. Explore ancient sites and beautiful landscapes, encountering warm hospitality and tantalising cuisine.Travel is mainly by land and boat, allowing time to appreciate the areas visited and experience parts of the region untouched by modern day life. Day 1 To Chiang Rai: Fly from London to Chiang Rai, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N) Day 2 Chiang Rai: Arrive and transfer to the Legend Chiang Rai for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Golden Triangle: Morning tour of the Golden Triangle where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet, and visit the ancient Lanna kingdom of Chiang Saen. In the afternoon, visit the Hall of Opium Museum. (B, L)

“Journey down the Mekong River in Northern Laos and discover places otherwise virtually inaccessible.” of images of Buddha have accumulated as offerings. Continue downstream to Luang Prabang, regarded by many as the most beautiful town in Asia. Stay at Villa Santi Resort & Spa or similar for 3 nights. (B) Day 6 Luang Prabang: Full day tour of Luang Prabang, including the ancient temple district, the National Museum and the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. See the sunset over the city from Phousey Hill. Evening Baci, Laos’ traditional welcoming ceremony and Lao dancing followed by dinner. (B, D)

Day 4 Mekong Cruise: Travel to the border between Thailand and Laos at Houei Say. Board a private boat / Luang Say Cruise for the journey down the Mekong to Pak Beng. Stay overnight in the simple Pak Beng / Luang Say Lodge or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Luang Prabang: An optional early start to participate in the daily morning ritual of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings from faithful residents. Morning visit to Phosi market and Ban Ouay Hmong village and continue to the beautiful Khouangsi waterfalls. Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon with a visit to Ban Phonesay, famous for its silk weaving. (B, L)

Day 5 To Luang Prabang: Morning visit to the Pak Ou Caves where, over the centuries, thousands

Day 8 To Vientiane: Fly to Vientiane and transfer to the Settha Palace for 2 nights. (B)

Day 13 Angkor: This morning visit Banteay Samre and Banteay Srei. In the afternoon, visit Ta Phrom where the jungle twists over the ruins, Preah Khan and Pre Rup for sunset over the Cambodian landscape. (B) Day 14 Angkor: At the crack of dawn there is an optional tour to see Angkor Wat at sunrise. Early morning tour of the magnificent temples at dawn before the crowds arrive.This afternoon visit Angkor Thom, the Bayon and the Terrace of Elephants. See the sunset over Angkor Wat at Phnom Bakheng Hill. Evening farewell dinner and dance performance. (B, D) Day 15 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. Evening arrival. Alternatively, depart this afternoon and take the overnight flight, arriving in London the following morning. (B) Note: Accommodation and the facilities in Pak Beng are basic. Extensions: Please refer to pages 56 - 57 for recommended extensions. Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey featuring private transfers and sightseeing. The prices for this option are shown in the price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys.

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Mekong River and Luang Prabang ancient kingdoms Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room thai airways UPGRADEs

Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

AKI

Ancient Kingdoms

13

2895

2845

2945

2995

2995

775

n/a

AKINAP

+ Koh Samui

17

3690

3640

3690

3840

3840

1225

1300

( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,345 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

AKIKBV

+ Krabi

17

3490

3390

3570

3670

3540

1120

1150

Regional Air ConnectionS

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

ANI

Ancient Kingdoms

No of 19 Jan to 02 Mar 02 Nov to 25 Jan nights 02 Feb 11 11 16 Nov 11 12

08 Feb to • • • 22 Feb 12

No. of 05 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 Jun to 01 Oct to 10 Dec to 25 Dec to • • nights 31 Mar 11 31 May 11 30 Sep 11 09 Dec 11 24 Dec 11 31 Dec 11

13

3195

3145

2995

3195

3595

3295

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

645

1000

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas, New Year and public holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

( F rom £200 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2010 / 2011 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Wed) 19 Jan 9 Feb 2 Mar 2 Nov

Rtn (Wed) 2 Feb 23 Feb 16 Mar 16 Nov

Out (Wed) 16 Nov 25 Jan 12 8 Feb 12 22 Feb 12

Rtn (Wed) 30 Nov 8 Feb 12 22 Feb 12 7 Mar 12

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Vietnam Escorted Group or Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £2,295 Hanoi’s Old Quarter • Mai Chau • Halong Bay • Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels ✈ Hanoi

Halong Bay

Hué

“Vietnam is a fascinating country of buzzing cities, historic towns, remnants of war and the magnificent Halong Bay.”

Day 11 To Saigon: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and take a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Square and the War Remnants Museum. Visit a pagoda for a vegetarian lunch and a chance to meet local monks and nuns. Stay at Hotel Majestic for 2 nights. (B, L)

Hoi An

Day 12 Saigon: After breakfast, drive through typical southern Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels. Farewell dinner at the former American Ambassador’s residence (group tour only). (B, L, D)

✈ Siem Reap C AM

Gulf of Thailand

BOD

IA

VIET

NAM

Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

Day 13 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly overnight to London. (B)

Discover the varied sights, sounds and flavours of this enchanting country. Highlights of this tour include the fascinating cities of Hanoi and Saigon, the historic pearls of Hué and Hoi An, the Cu Chi Tunnels and the magnificent landscape of Mai Chau and Halong Bay. Day 1 To Hanoi: Overnight flight from London to Hanoi, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines. (N) Day 2 Hanoi: Arrive and transfer to the Hotel Nikko Hanoi for 1 night. Afternoon cyclo (rickshaw) tour of the old quarter. (N) Day 3 To Halong Bay: Morning Hanoi city tour, including the 11th century Quan Thanh Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and the Ethnology Museum, with a lecture from a local historian (group tour only). Afternoon drive to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Overnight at the Novotel Halong City. (B) Day 4 To Hanoi: In the morning, board a private junk boat for a cruise around the limestone mountain islands. Return to Hanoi in the afternoon and stay at Hotel Nikko Hanoi for 2 nights. (B, L) Day 5 Hanoi: Morning tour of Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Evening Water Puppet Show. Every year Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed between October and December for reembalmment the body and can only be visited from outside. (B, D)

Day 14 London: Early morning arrival. (N)

Boys, Mekong Delta

Day 6 To Mai Chau: In the morning, drive through the picturesque countryside to Mai Chau. Afternoon excursion to Soldier Cave and walking tour of Pom Coong and Lac villages. Overnight at the Mai Chau Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 7 To Hoi An: Morning visit to the Hmong hill tribe village of Xa Linh. This afternoon return to Hanoi and fly to Danang. Transfer to Hoi An and stay 2 nights at the Life Resort. (B, L, D) Day 8 Hoi An: Morning tour Hoi An with its historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. Afternoon optional tour to My Son (payable locally). (B) Day 9 To Hué: This morning visit Cham Museum and drive over the spectacular Hai Van Pass to Hué, the 19th century Nguyen empire capital. Take a tour of the Citadel and Forbidden Purple City in the afternoon. Stay at the Pilgrimage Village for 2 nights. (B) Day 10 Hué: Morning cruise on the Perfume River to Thien Mu Pagoda followed by lunch in a restored royal home from the Nguyen Dynasty. Afternoon visit to the Royal Tombs, and take a stroll in Dong Ba market. (B, L)

Tour + Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc extension 16 Days / 14 Nights Low Season from £545 (October) High Season from £645 (January) Day 13 To Mekong Delta: Morning drive to the Mekong Delta with excursions en route. Overnight at the Victoria Can Tho. (B, L, D) Day 14 To Phu Quoc: This morning, take a tour of Cai Rang, one of Asia’s most impressive floating markets. Fly to Phu Quoc and transfer to mGallery La Veranda Resort for 3 nights. (B) Day 15 – 16 Phu Quoc: Days at leisure. (B) Day 17 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to Saigon. In the evening, fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur. (B) Day 18 London: Early morning arrival. (N) Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey. A luxury option for Private Journeys is also available based on upgraded hotels in Hanoi to the Sofitel Legend Metropole, overnight on a junk boat in Halong Bay, La Residence in Hué, the Park Hyatt Saigon and room upgrade at the Life Resort Hoi An or stay at the Victoria Hoi An. Private Journeys are subject to availability and the order of the itinerary may vary slightly. Prices for Private Journeys are shown on the price table. Please see page  8 for more information about Private Journeys. 

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spirit of vietnam

Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

No of nights

SPV

Spirit of Vietnam

11

2295

2345

2345

2395

2395

575

n/a

SPVANG

+ Angkor Wat

14

2990

3040

3040

3090

3090

790

890

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

PSV

Spirit of Vietnam

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

LSV

Spirit of Vietnam (Luxury)

21 Jan 11 Feb 28 Oct 04 Nov 27 Jan to • • 11 11 Mar 11 11 18 Nov 11 09 Mar 12

No. of 05 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 May to 07 Jul to 01 Sep to 01 Nov to • nights 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 06 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 29 Sep 11 07 Dec 11

11

2845

2745

2695

3145

2745

2795

No. of 03 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 May to 07 Jul to 01 Sep to 30 Sep to • nights 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 06 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 29 Sep 11 07 Dec 11

11

3495

3395

3295

3695

3295

3495

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

595

1145

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

1000

1600

Extensions: Please refer to Pages 56 - 57 for more extension options, including to the temples of Angkor. MALAYSIAN AIRLINES UPGRADEs ( Malaysian Airlines Business Class: From £2,095 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £225 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during, Christmas, New Year, Vietnam’s Tet festival and national holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Out (Fri) 21 Jan 11 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 28 Oct 4 Nov

Rtn (Thur) 3 Feb 24 Feb 10 Mar 24 Mar 10 Nov 17 Nov

Out (Fri) 18 Nov 27 Jan 12 10 Feb 12 24 Feb 12 9 Mar 12

Rtn (Thur) 1 Dec 9 Feb 12 23 Feb 12 8 Mar 12 22 Mar 12

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the golden land of

burma

Escorted Group or Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £2,345 Majestic Shwedagon Pagoda • Mandalay Palace • Ancient Pagan • Leg-rowers of Inle Lake For much of the twentieth century, Cox & Kings Shipping Agency, the company that evolved into Cox & Kings Travel, had an office in Rangoon and we are delighted that we are now able to reintroduce Burma to our range of destinations. Burma, or Myanmar as it is now known, is a culturally rich land with a long history that is relatively untouched by tourism. This journey discovers the highlights of this diverse country, beginning with the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon. The Burmese people’s deep-rooted belief in Buddhism and spirit worship is reflected in the thousands of pagodas in ancient Pagan and the monasteries of Mandalay. The tour finishes at the beautiful Inle Lake, famous for its floating villages and gardens and the leg-rowers of the Intha tribe. Day 1 To Rangoon: Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N) Day 2 Rangoon: Arrive in Rangoon, the former capital of Burma, and transfer to the Chatrium for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Rangoon: Morning excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and Kandawgyi Lake. Afternoon visit to Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market followed by a colonial walk from Sule Pagoda and a trishaw ride along Strand Road to the Rangoon riverfront. End the tour with high tea at the Governor’s Residence.(B, L) Day 4 To Mandalay: Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, take a tour of Amarapura including Mahagandayon Monastery to see monks receiving food. Afternoon tour of Mandalay and see the sunset at Mandalay Hill. In the evening, there is a dinner and cultural show. Stay 2 nights at the Mandalay Hill Resort. (B, L, D) Day 5 Maymyo: Full day trip to Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a former British hill station. Take a tour of the local market, nearby plantations and villages and grand colonial houses Visit National Kandawgyi Garden and end the tour with strawberries and cream or high tea. (B, L) Day 6 To Pagan: Visit U Bein Bridge, Inwa by

Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon

horse cart and Sagaing Hill. Fly to Nyaung U and transfer to the Bagan Thande Hotel for 3 nights. (B, L)

Day 12 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London via Bangkok. (B) Day 13 London: Morning arrival. (N)

Day 7 Pagan: Full day tour of Pagan including Tayoke Pyay, Ananda Temple and local villages. Evening puppet show with dinner. (B, D) Day 8 Pagan: Full day tour of Pagan including Nyaung U Market, Shwezigon Pagoda, Hgnet Pyit Taung, Lawkananda Temple and Dhammayazika Temple. (B, L) Day 9 To Inle Lake: Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake with excursions en route. In the afternoon, take a tour of the floating villages and gardens, and temples around Inle Lake. Stay 2 nights at Inle Resort. (B, L) Day 10 Inle Lake: Morning visit to Nampan market. Continue to a local Intha family’s restaurant for a cooking demonstration and lunch. Afternoon excursion to the pagodas of Indein village. (B, L) Day 11 To Rangoon: This morning fly to Rangoon and visit the National Museum. Farewell dinner at Le Planteur. Overnight at the Chatrium. (B, D)

Note: Due to a restricted domestic flight schedule in Burma, the journey involves a number of early morning flights and requires check-in at least one hour prior to departure.

TOUR + NGAPALI BEACH 17 days / 14 nights from £2,670 Extend your stay in Burma by spending a few days on the pristine beaches of Ngapali Beach, a beautiful resort on the Bay of Bengal. Day 11 To Ngapali Beach: This morning, fly to Sandoway (Thandwe) and take a shared shuttle bus transfer to the Amata for 4 nights. (B) Days 12 - 14 Ngapali Beach: Days at leisure. (B) Day 15 To Rangoon: This morning, fly to Rangoon and visit the National Museum. Farewell dinner at Le Planteur. Overnight at the Chatrium. (B, D) Day 16 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London via Bangkok. (B) Day 17 London: Morning arrival. (N)

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Private Journeys: In addition to the Escorted Group departures, this itinerary may be taken at any time as a Private Journey.A luxury option for Private Journeys is also available based on golden land of burma

Departures on or between

hotel upgrades to the Governor’s Residence in Rangoon, the Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort in Pagan, Inle Princess Resort in Inle Lake and a room upgrade at the Mandalay Hill Resort Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

BTL

Burma

10

2345

2395

2395

315

n/a

BTLNPL

+ Ngapali Beach

14

2670

2770

2770

510

550

BTLLAO

+ Laos

15

3340

3490

3490

640

865

BTLANG

+ Angkor

13

3060

3110

3110

530

615

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

BTM

Burma

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

BTX

Burma (Luxury)

No of 14 Jan to 21 Oct to 13 Jan to • • • • • nights 11 Mar 11 18 Nov 11 16 Mar 12

No. of 01 Jan to 01 May to 01 Oct to 10 Dec to 25 Dec to • • • nights 30 Apr 11 30 Sep 11 09 Dec 11 24 Dec 11 31 Mar 12

10

2595

2545

2595

2845

2645

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

315

545

No. of 01 Jan to 15 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 May to 30 Sep to 10 Dec to 25 Dec to 15 Jan to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 14 Jan 11 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 29 Sep 11 09 Dec 11 24 Dec 11 14 Jan 12 31 Mar 12 From* From*

10

3445

3295

3345

in Mandalay. Private Journeys are subject to availability and the prices for these options are shown on the price table. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. 

3145

3395

3645

3495

3345

995

1195

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays. Ngapali Beach Resorts normally close from May - September each year due to monsoon season. Please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

thai airways UPGRADEs ( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,345 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £200 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

2011 / 2012 DEPARTURE DATES Out (Fri) 14 Jan 28 Jan 11 Feb 25 Feb 11 Mar 21 Oct 4 Nov

Rtn (Wed) 26 Jan 9 Feb 23 Feb 9 Mar 23 Mar 2 Nov 16 Nov

Out (Fri) 18 Nov 13 Jan 12 27 Jan 12 10 Feb 12 24 Feb 12 16 Mar 12

Rtn (Wed) 30 Nov 25 Jan 12 8 Feb 12 22 Feb 12 7 Mar 12 28 Mar 12

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Extensions

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Angkor Thom, Siem Riep

Pha That Luang, Vientiane

Ana Mandara Resort, Nha Trang

Tour + Angkor Wat

Tour + Laos

Tour + Nha Trang

Available with Spirit of Vietnam and The Golden Land of Burma 5 Days / 3 Nights Low Season from £545 (May) High Season from £645 (December)

Available with The Golden Land of Burma 6 Days / 5 Nights Low Season from £975 (January) High Season from £1,045 (November)

Available with Spirit of Vietnam 6 Days / 4 Nights Low Season from £595 (May) High Season from £645 (November)

Explore Laos’ second city, Luang Prabang, home to ancient temples and historic buildings, on this 5 night extension.

Relax at the end of your tour with 4 nights at the charming Evason Ana Mandara Resort Nha Trang, by the South China Sea. Located near town, the resort is set in tropical gardens and is designed in the style of a Vietnamese villlage.

Discover the majestic temples of Angkor on this 3 night extension to Siem Reap, staying at the Victoria Angkor. Day 1* To Siem Reap: Fly to Siem Reap and transfer to Victoria Angkor for 3 nights. (B) Day 2 – 3 Angkor:Tour of the Temples of Angkor. You will have your own private guide and driver and can visit the temples in any order your wish. Recommended highlights include the beautiful Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon, the outer temples of Banteay Srei and the atmospheric Ta Phrom with huge tree trunks and vines snaking around the centuries-old stonework. (B) Day 4 To London: Overnight flight from Bangkok to London. (B) Day 5 London: Morning arrival in London. (N) * Day 13 of Spirit of Vietnam and Day 12 of The Golden Land of Burma.

Day 12 To Luang Prabang: Fly to Luang Prabang and stay 4 nights at Maison Souvannaphoum. (B) Day 13 Luang Prabang: Morning tour of Luang Prabang’s temples and Phousey Hill. (B) Day 14 Luang Prabang: Take a morning boat tour to the Pak Ou Caves. After lunch, visit local villages and see their cottage industries. (B, L) Day 15 Luang Prabang: Day at leisure or optional tour to see the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall (payable locally). (B) Day 16 To Bangkok: Afternoon flight to Bangkok and transfer to the Sofitel Bangkok Silom Hotel for 1 night. (B) Day 17 To London: Afternoon flight from Bangkok to London. Evening arrival. (B)

Day 13 To Nha Trang: Fly to Nha Trang. Stay at the Evason Ana Mandara Resort for 4 nights (Garden View Villa). (B) Days 14 -16 Nha Trang: At leisure. (B) Day 17 To London: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City and connect with a flight to London, via Kuala Lumpur. (B) Day 18 London: Early morning arrival. (N) Other Tailor-Made extensions are available to Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc or to any of our suggested beach resorts in Malaysia. Please ask for more details.

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Krabi

Nakamanda Resort, Krabi

Napasai Samui, Koh Samui

Grand Palace, Bangkok

Tour + Krabi

Tour + Koh Samui

Tour + Bangkok

Available with Grand Tour of Indochina and Ancient Kingdoms 6 Days / 4 Nights Low Season from £525 (August) High Season from £695 (November)

Available with Grand Tour of Indochina and Ancient Kingdoms 6 Days / 4 Nights Low Season from £550 (November) High Season from £645 (August)

Available with Grand Tour of Indochina, Ancient Kingdoms and The Golden Land of Burma 4 Days / 3 Nights Low Season from £225 (May) High Season from £245 (November)

This extension to Krabi in Thailand offers the chance to relax in a luxurious beach resort in the island-dotted waters of the Andaman Sea.

This extension features a few days at the Napasai, a luxurious Orient-Express hotel on the idyllic island of Koh Samui.

Stop over in Bangkok some last minute shopping, explore the sights, or simply relax.

Day 1* To Krabi: Fly to Krabi, via Bangkok, and stay at the Nakamanda Resort for 4 nights. (B) Days 2-4 Krabi: Days at leisure. (B) Day 5 To London: Fly to London, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (B) Day 6 London: Morning arrival in London. (N)

Day 1* To Koh Samui: Fly to Koh Samui. Arrive and transfer to the Napasai for 4 nights. (B) Days 2-4 Koh Samui: At leisure. (B) Day 5 To London: Day at leisure. Evening flight to London, via Bangkok. (B) Day 6 London: Early morning arrival. (N)

* Day 19 of Grand Tour of Indochina and Day 15 of Ancient Kingdoms.

* Day 19 of Grand Tour of Indochina and Day 15 of Ancient Kingdoms.

Alternative hotels and islands can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please ask for more details.

Alternative hotels and islands can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please ask for more details.

Day 1* To Bangkok: Fly to Bangkok and transfer to the Sofitel Bangkok Silom Hotel for 3 nights. (B) Days 2 & 3 Bangkok: Days at leisure, with optional tours available. (B) Day 4 To London: Afternoon or overnight flight from Bangkok to London with Thai Airways. (B) * Day 19 of Grand Tour of Indochina and Day 15 of Ancient Kingdoms and Day 12 of The Golden Land of Burma. Alternative hotels can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please ask for more details.

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A River Journey on

THE Mekong

Private Journey • 14 Days / 12 Nights from £2,995 Luxury Mekong River Cruise • Saigon • Mekong Delta • Angkor Temples

T H A IL

AND

✈ Siem Reap

Bangkok

Gulf of Thailand

C AMB

O D IA

Phnom Penh

AM V IE T N ✈ Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Delta

Explore one of the world’s great rivers on this 7 night “Lost Civilisation” cruise. The Mekong gives life to delta towns in Vietnam and Cambodia, and on this journey you will travel to small riverside villages and past sleepy temples that, being inaccessible by road, are well off the tourist trail. The journey ends at the majestic temples of Angkor.

Mekong River, Cambodia

“Discover life along Southeast Asia’s most important river on a traditional Mekong cruise.”

Day 1 To Saigon: Fly from London to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with Thai Airways, via Bangkok. (N) Day 2 Saigon: Arrive and transfer to the Caravelle Hotel for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Saigon: Morning tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, the underground network dug by the Viet Cong. Return to Saigon for a tour of the city. (B, L) Day 4 Mekong Cruise: Transfer to My Tho for embarkation on the Jayavarman for a 7-night cruise to Siem Reap. Spend the day navigating the waters of the Mekong Delta. (B, L, D) Day 5 Cai Be: This morning, take a boat trip around Cai Be to see the floating market and explore the islands and orchards of the delta. Return to the ship and continue cruising through the Mekong Delta towards Chau Doc. (B, L, D) Day 6 Chau Doc: Morning excursion to a

local market, the floating villages, cat fish farms and a visit to a Muslim Cham village. Return to the boat and continue upriver, crossing the border into Cambodia. (B, L, D) Day 7 Phnom Penh: Full day tour of Phnom Penh including the Royal Palace, the National Museum and Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide. Evening dinner with a performance of traditional Apsara dance. (B, L, D) Day 8 Kampong Cham: Morning visit to Chong Koh, a silk weaving village.Visit the 12th century temple of Wat Nokor. Afternoon tour of Cheung Kok Ecotourism Village. (B, L, D) Day 9 Wat Hanchey: Take a trip to the preAngkorian temple of Wat Hanchey this morning. Dated from 8th century, the temple’s hilltop location offers panoramic views of the river and the surrounding countryside. (B, L, D)

mekong river journey Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code PRIVATE JOURNEY MEL

A River Journey on the Mekong

No of 10 Jan to 01 Apr to 30 Apr to 11 Jul to 26 Aug to 30 Sep to 31 Oct to Single Supp Sole Supp nights 31 Mar 11 29 Apr 11 10 Jul 11 25 Aug 11 29 Sep 11 30 Oct 11 06 Dec 11 From* From*

12

3795

3745

2995

3095

3045

3745

3795

895

995

Day 10 Kampong Chhanang: Morning cruise up the Tonlé River and visit Kampong Louang, a silversmith village. Afternoon exploration of Kampong Chhanang, where the river narrows and reveals banks dotted with temples and villages. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Siem Reap: Journey across the huge Tonlé Sap Lake to Siem Reap. Transfer to the Hotel De La Paix for 3 nights. (B) Days 12 - 13 Angkor Temples: Tour of the Temples of Angkor. You will have your own private guide and driver and can visit the temples in any order your wish, with an afternoon at leisure for an optional helicopter ride over Angkor Wat (price not included). (B) Day 14 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. Evening arrival. (B) Departures: This itinerary is based on departures from the U.K. on Wednesdays, with the cruise departing Saigon or Siem Reap on Saturdays fortnightly upstream or downstream. Journeys aboard Pandaw Cruises can also be arranged on a tailor-made basis, please ask for more details. thai airways UPGRADEs ( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,295 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

Regional Air ConnectionS

*High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Vietnam’s Tet festival and other public holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

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Monk at Angkor Wat

the jayavarman Inspired by the Golden Age cruise liner Normandie, the Jayavarman is Indo-China’s first luxury boutique style river cruise. All 27 spacious cabins and suites are beautifully furnished and have floor to ceiling sliding doors leading to private balconies.

The Jayavarman

All shore excursions organised by the boat operator are included in the price and are on a shared basis, accompanied by Englishspeaking guides.

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vietnam in

style

Luxury Private Journey • 17 Days / 14 Nights from £3,945 Luxury Character Hotels • Overnight Halong Bay Cruise • Victoria Express to Sapa • Hanoi to Saigon Van Pass to Hoi An. Stay 3 nights at either the Victoria Hotel (Beachfront Room) or the Life Resort (Junior Suite River View). Afternoon tour of Hoi An with its historic Chinese, Japanese and European influences. (B, L) Day 12 Hoi An: Morning tour of the Cham empire towers at My Son. (B) Day 13 Hoi An: Day at leisure to explore the town’s shops, tailors and restaurants, or relax on the beach. (B)

Young woman, near Sapa

This comprehensive tour explores an enchanting mix of lush scenery, tropical coastlines and fascinating cities, from the highlands of Sapa and Hanoi in the north to Saigon in the south.With a collection of worldclass hotels, Vietnam’s attractions can now be combined with luxurious accommodation and impeccable service. Day 1 To Hanoi: Overnight flight from London to Hanoi with Malaysia Airlines, via Kuala Lumpur. (N) Day 2 Hanoi: Arrive and transfer to the central Sofitel Legend Metropole for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Hanoi: Full day city tour of Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Temple of Literature, the Ethnology museum and a cyclo tour of the Old Quarter. This evening, see a performance of Vietnamese Water Puppets followed by dinner. Every year between October and December, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is closed for re-embalmment the body and can only be visited from outside. (B, D) Day 4 Halong Bay: Today drive to the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay and board the Halong Ginger or Halong Jasmine for an overnight cruise through limestone mountain islands and emerald blue sea. (B, L, D)

Day 5 To Lao Cai: Rise early to see the sunrise on the bay. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi railway station for the Victoria Express train to Lao Cai. Overnight aboard the train (twinberth cabin). (B, L) Day 6 To Sapa: Morning arrival. Transfer through the mountains to the French colonial town of Sapa for a 2 night stay at the Victoria Sapa. Afternoon walking tour to rice terraces and Tavan village. (B) Day 7 Sapa: Morning visit to Bac Ha weekend market. (B, L) Day 8 To Hanoi: Late afternoon transfer to the railway station in Lao Cai and take the evening train to Hanoi. Overnight aboard the Victoria Express (twin-berth cabin). (B) Day 9 To Hué: Early morning arrival in Hanoi. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Hué. Stay 2 nights at La Residence. (B, L) Day 10 Hué: Morning cruise on the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and Royal Tombs. In the afternoon, visit the Forbidden Purple City and Citadel. Dinner in a restored royal home from the Nguyen Dynasty. (B, D) Day 11 Hoi An: Drive over the spectacular Hai

Day 14 To Saigon: Morning drive to Danang and fly to Saigon. Stay 2 nights at the Park Hyatt Hotel. Afternoon city tour, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office, Reunification Square and the War Remnants Museum. Dinner at the Park Hyatt’s Square One restaurant. (B, D) Day 15 Saigon: Morning drive through the Vietnamese countryside and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. (B, L) Day 16 To London: Transfer to the airport for the evening flight to London, via Kuala Lumpur. (B) Day 17 London: Morning arrival. (N) Departures: This private journey departs the UK on Mondays to take in Bac Ha weekend market in Sapa.

Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Extension 21 Days / 18 Nights from £1,145 Extend your tour with a stay at the delightful Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay, just off the coast from Nha Trang. Alternatively you may wish to stay at the Princess d’Annam in Phan Thiet. Please ask for details and prices. Day 16 To Nha Trang: Drive to Nha Trang and travel by boat to the Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay for 4 nights in a Beach Pool Villa. (B) Days 17-19 Nha Trang: Days at leisure. (B) Day 20 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur. (B) Day 21 London: Morning arrival. (N)

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Cham Temple, My Son

vietnam in style Code PRIVATE JOURNEY VSL

Vietnam in Style

Departures on or between

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 03 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 May to 07 Jul to 01 Sep to 01 Nov to • nights 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 06 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 05 Dec 11

14

4145

3995

3945

4395

3995

4145

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

1345

1975

MALAYSIA airLINEs UPGRADes ( Maylasia Airlines Business Class: From £1,695 per person return

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS

Regional Air ConnectionS

*High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Vietnam’s Tet festival and national holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

( F rom £225 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

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jewels of

burma

Luxury Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £2,895 Majestic Shwedagon Pagoda • Mandalay • Irrawaddy River Cruise • Ancient Pagan This journey through Burma discovers the highlights of this diverse country, beginning with the majestic Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon. Continue to the last royal capital of Mandalay and take a cruise on the Irrawaddy River to see remote villages where life has changed little for centuries. The tour finishes in ancient Pagan where thousands of pagodas fill the horizon in every direction reflecting the Burmese people’s deep-rooted belief in Buddhism. Day 1 To Rangoon: Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N) Day 2 Rangoon: Arrive in Rangoon and transfer to the Governor’s Residence for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Rangoon: Morning excursion to Shwedagon Pagoda, Chaukhtatgyi Reclining Buddha and Kandawgyi Lake. Afternoon visit to Bogyoke Aung San (Scott) Market followed by a colonial walk. End the tour with high tea at the Governor’s Residence. (B, L)

RV Paukan

to visit Sagaing and Yandabo, a village where the peace treaty of the First Anglo-Burmese war was signed in 1826. (B, L, D) Day 8 To Pagan: Disembark in Pagan this morning and transfer to the Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Hotel for 3 nights.Visit a local family for a cooking demonstration. Afternoon tour of Pagan’s ancient temples. (B, L)

Day 4 To Mandalay: Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival, visit Mandalay Palace and Fort and Mandalay’s temples. Watch the sunset at Mandalay Hill followed by dinner and a cultural show. Stay 2 nights at the Mandalay Hill Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Pagan: Full day tour of Pagan’s temples and Nyaung U Market. Dinner on the banks of Irrawaddy River or by a temple. (B, D)

Day 5 Mandalay: Morning, visit to Mahagandayon Monastery to see monks receiving food, and visit Mahamuni Pagoda. Afternoon tour of Inwa by horse-cart and see sunset at U Bein Bridge. (B, L)

Day 11 To Rangoon: This morning, fly to Rangoon and visit the National Museum. Overnight at the Governor’s Residence. (B, D)

Day 6 Irrawaddy River Cruise: Embark the beautiful RV Paukan for a 2 night cruise to Pagan. Afternoon visit to Mingun Paya. (B, L, D) Day 7 Sagaing & Yandabo: Cruise downstream

jewels of burma

Departures on or between

Day 10 Pagan: Day at leisure in Pagan or take an optional day trip to Mount Popa. (B)

Day 12 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. (B) Day 13 London: Morning arrival. (N) Note: This Private Journey involves a number of early morning flights and departs the

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

ESCORTED GROUPS

BJO

Jewels of Burma

10

3045

2945

2895

2995

3295

3095

2995

675

945

BJONPL

+ Ngapali Beach

14

3370

3270

n/a

3370

3670

3470

3370

870

1180

BJOINL

+ Inle Lake

13

3620

3520

3470

3570

3870

3670

3570

925

1345

No of 01 Jan to 15 Jan to 01 May to 30 Sep to 10 Dec to 25 Dec to 15 Jan to • nights 14 Jan 11 30 Apr 11 29 Sep 11 09 Dec 11 24 Dec 11 14 Jan 12 31 Mar 12

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays. Ngapali Beach Resorts normally close from May - September each year due to monsoon season. Please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

UK on Tuesdays. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. 

EXTENSION TOUR + INLE LAKE 16 Days / 13 Nights from £3,470 Extend your stay in Burma by spending a few days at Inle Lake to explore the floating villages and gardens, and see the Intha legrowers and the pagodas at Indein village. An extension to Ngapali Beach is also available, please ask for details. Day 11 To Heho: Morning flight to Heho and transfer to Inle Lake. Afternoon tour of the floating villages and gardens, and temples around Inle Lake. Stay 3 nights at Inle Princess Resort. (B, L) Day 12 Inle Lake: Morning visit to Indein village followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch at a local family’s restaurant. (B, L) Day 13 Inle Lake: Morning visit to a minorities market and the Youth Development centre at Maing Tauk village. (B, L) Day 14 To Rangoon: This morning fly to Rangoon and visit the National Museum. Overnight at the Governor’s Residence. (B, D) Day 15 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to London via Bangkok. (B) Day 16 London: Morning arrival in London. (N) thai airways UPGRADEs ( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,345 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

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mandalay Luxury Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £3,895 7 Night Irrawaddy Cruise • Shwedagon Pagoda • The Governor’s Residence • Ancient Pagan & Mandalay Discover Burma in style while staying at the Governor’s Residence in Ragoon and cruising along the majestic Irrawaddy River aboard the luxurious Road To Mandalay boat. The journey begins in Rangoon at the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda. Continue to the last royal captial of Mandalay and embark on a 7 night cruise to Pagan. Lined with ancient palaces and pagodas, the astonishing Irrawaddy River is perhaps the most pleasurable way to explore Burma.

climate, English style houses, colourful market and beautiful botanic gardens. Return to the boat for a final dinner on board. (B, L, D) Day 11 To Rangoon: This morning disembark the cruise and fly to Rangoon for an overnight stay at the Governor’s Residence. (B) Day 12 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. (B) Day 13 London: Morning arrival. (N)

Day 1 To Rangoon: Fly from London to Rangoon, via Bangkok, with Thai Airways. (N)

Note: Due to a restricted domestic flight schedule in Burma, the journey involves a number of early morning flights and requires check-in at least one hour prior to departure. This Private Journey departs the UK on Sundays. Please see page 8 for more information about Private Journeys. 

Day 2 Rangoon: Arrive in Rangoon and transfer to the Governor’s Residence for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Rangoon: Full day tour of Rangoon including its colonial buildings, Sule Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake and the spectacular Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. (B)

EXTENSION TOUR + NGAPALI BEACH

Day 4 To Mandalay: Early morning flight to Mandalay. On arrival transfer to the Road To Mandalay for a 7 night cruise on the Irrawaddy River. Afternoon tour of Mandalay, and return to the boat for dinner with local entertainment on board. (B, L, D) Day 5 Irrawaddy River: After breakfast, visit a local village for a walking tour. The rest of the day is spent on board as the boat sails downstream. (B, L, D) Day 6 Pagan: Morning arrival in Pagan, where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered over a plain beside the river. Full day tour of the temples of Pagan. (B, L, D) Day 7 Mount Popa: A full day excursion to Mount Popa, believed to be the sacred home of powerful ‘Nats’ (spirits). (B, L, D)

the road to mandalay Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

BML

The Road to Mandalay

BMLNPL +

Ngapali Beach

Departures on or between

17 Days / 14 Nights from £4,420

Sagaing

Day 8 Pagan: After breakfast join the guide to explore some of Pagan’s local markets and a lacquer ware factory. Alternatively, hire a bicycle or horse-drawn cart to explore this enchanting area on your own. (B, L, D) Day 9 Sagaing: This morning the boat sails north to the small village of Shwe Kyet Yet. After lunch take an excursion to Sagaing, considered to be the living centre of the Buddhist faith in Burma. (B, L, D) Day 10 Maymyo: Visit Maymyo (Pyin Oo Lwin), a colonial hill station with a cool

Extend your stay in Burma by spending a few days on the pristine beaches of Ngapali, a beautiful resort on the Bay of Bengal. The itinerary features the Sandoway Resort, but alternative hotels can be arranged. Please ask your tour consultant for more details. Day 11 To Ngapali Beach: This morning, fly to Sandoway (Thandwe) and take a shared shuttle bus transfer to the Sandoway Resort for 4 nights. (B) Days 12 - 14 Ngapali Beach: Days at leisure. (B) Day 15 To Rangoon: This morning, fly to Rangoon and transfer to the Governor’s Residence for an overnight stay. (B) Day 16 To London: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. (B) Day 17 London: Morning arrival in London. (N)

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 01 Jan to 21 Apr to 22 Sep to 31 Oct to 10 Dec to 25 Dec to • • nights 20 Apr 11 21 Sep 11 30 Oct 11 09 Dec 11 24 Dec 11 31 Dec 11

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

10

3995

3895

3895

3995

4335

4145

275

350

14

4490

n/a

4420

4590

5210

5040

650

700

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays. Ngapali Beach Resorts normally close from May - September each year due to monsoon season. Please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

thai airways UPGRADEs ( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,345 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

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Thailand

In Luxury Luxury Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £4,195 Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai • Sukhothai Historical Park • Northern Hill Tribes • Luxury Hotels This tour discovers the varied natural and historical treasures of Thailand. Visit the early centres of Thai civilisation at Sukhothai and Ayutthaya and encounter more recent history at the River Kwai. Spend time in the Thai countryside with an elephant safari to a northern hill tribe village, and discover the Golden Triangle. Throughout the journey, enjoy Thailand’s fine food, exotic culture and friendly people.

“Discover Thailand’s attractions while staying in luxurious hotels with superb Thai service.”

Day 12 Golden Triangle:Take a cookery lesson at the resort’s Lanna Cookery School. (B, L)

Day 2 Bangkok: Arrive and transfer to the Oriental Hotel for 4 nights. (N)

Day 13 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. (B)

Day 3 Bangkok: This morning visit the fascinating Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho’s Reclining Buddha. In the afternoon join the Wan Fah, a converted rice barge, for a cruise down Chao Phraya River. Enjoy the spectacular Siam Niramit Show this evening. (B, L)

Day 5 River Kwai: Full day tour of Kanchanaburi and the bridge over the River Kwai. Visit the JEATH Museum and the allied war cemeteries, travel by train across the bridge along the “death railway” and cruise along the river. (B, L) Day 6 To Sukhothai: Fly to Sukhothai, capital of the Thai kingdom in the 13th century. Afternoon visit to Sukhothai Historical Park. Stay 1 night at Sukhothai Heritage Hotel. (B, L)

thailand in luxury Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

THS

Thailand in Luxury

Departures on or between

Day 14 London: Early morning arrival. (N)

EXTENSION TOUR + KRABI 18 Days / 15 Nights Low Season from £1,595 (April) High Season from £2,295 (December)

Sukhothai

Day 7 To Chiang Mai: Morning road journey to Chiang Mai via Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and the charming town of Lampang. Stay at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi for 3 nights. (B, L) Day 8 Chiang Mai: Travel into the hills and jungle around Chiang Mai for an elephantback safari to Lisu hill tribe village before a gentle cruise on a bamboo raft. Afternoon visit to Doi Suthep Temple. (B, L) Day 9 Chiang Mai: Day at leisure to enjoy

4495

4345

4195

Extend your tour with a stay at the beautiful Rayavadee Resort, Krabi. Day 13 To Krabi:Transfer to the airport and fly to Krabi. On arrival, transfer to the pier and travel by boat to the Rayavadee Resort for 4 nights in a Spa Pavilion. (B) Days 14-16 Krabi: Days at leisure. (B) Day 17 To London: Evening flight to London, via Bangkok. (B) Day 18 London: Morning arrival. (N) Beach Extensions: Alternative hotels and islands can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please ask your tour consultant for more details and a quotation for your preferred length of stay.

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 10 Jan to 01 Apr to 01 May to 26 Aug to 01 Nov to • • • nights 31 Mar 11 30 Apr 11 25 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 09 Dec 11

11

Day 10 To Chiang Rai: Morning visit to Chiang Dao Monastery. Continue into the hills and visit the tribal villages before arriving in Chiang Rai. Stay at Anantara Resort for 3 nights. (B, L) Day 11 Golden Triangle: Take a Tour of Three Countries in One Day, visting Thailand’s Golden Triangle, Laos and Burma. (B, L)

Day 1 To Bangkok: Overnight flight from London to Bangkok. (N)

Day 4 Ayutthaya: Depart for a tour of Ayutthaya, the royal capital of Siam between the 14th and 18th centuries. Explore the ruins of historic temples, elaborate monuments and lavish palaces. Return to Bangkok by boat, passing fields and villages that give way to the modern city. (B, L)

the facilities at the hotel. Dinner at Le Grand Lanna. (B, D)

4245

4695

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

1645

2000

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

thai airways UPGRADEs ( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,345 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

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treasures of

thailand

Private Journey • 14 Days / 11 Nights from £3,195 Rural Northeast Thailand • Phnom Rung Historical Park • Khao Yai National Park • Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camp Day 10 Khao Yai: Full day nature walk in Khao Yai National Park or excursion to Prasat Hin Phimai, the largest Khmer temple in Isaan. (B, L) Day 11 To Khao Sok: Fly to Phuket and transfer to Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Stay for 2 nights at the Elephant Hills Tented Camp. (B, D) Day 12 Takuapa: Full day nature safari to Takuapa including mangrove exploration, canoeing, lunch on board a Burmese junk boat and visit to remote beaches. (B, L, D)

Ayutthaya

Thailand, with its diverse natural attractions, cultural heritage and hospitable people, is wonderful to explore. On this journey see rural Thai life on the doorstep of vibrant Bangkok and in Northeast Thailand (Isaan), Khao Yai and many beautiful temples such as Prasat Hin Phimai and Phnom Rung. Continue south to the mangroves and rainforest of Khao Sok National Park and stay at Elephant Hills tented Camp. Day 1 To Bangkok: Overnight flight from London to Bangkok with Thai Airways. (N) Day 2 Bangkok: Arrive and transfer to the Sukhothai Hotel for 3 nights. (N) Day 3 Bangkok: Morning drive to Koh Kred on Chao Phraya River and take a tour of the island and a Mon village. Afternoon visit to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. (B, L) Day 4 Ayutthaya: Full day shared tour of Ayutthaya, the royal capital of Siam between the 14th and 18th centuries. Explore the ruins

of historic temples and lavish palaces. Return to Bangkok by boat. (B, L) Day 5 To Ubon Ratchathani: Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to Ubon Ratchathani. Stay at the Tohsang Khong Jiam Resort for 2 nights. (B) Day 6 Ubon Ratchathani: Full day tour of Pha Taem and Kaeng Tana national parks, Saeng Chan and Thung Na Muang waterfalls. (B, L) Day 7 To Surin: Morning drive to Surin with excursions to the Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village and Ban Tha Sawang silk weaving village en route. Overnight at Thong Tarin Hotel. (B, L) Day 8 To Phanom Rung & Khao Yai: Full day visit to the majestic Khmer temples of Phanom Rung and Prasat Hin Mueang Tham and Dan Kwian Pottery Village. Continue to Khao Yai National Park and stay for 3 nights at the Kirimaya Resort. (B, L) Day 9 Khao Yai: Day at leisure. (B)

treasures of thailand Departures on or between Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

No of nights

TOT

Treasures of Thailand

11

01 Jan to 01 Mar to 11 Jul to 26 Aug to 01 Nov to • • 28 Feb 11 10 Jul 11 25 Aug 11 31 Oct 11 09 Dec 11

3245

3195

3295

3245

3345

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

845

950

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

Day 13 To London: Morning elephant trekking through the forest and canoe safari down Sok River for opportunities to see wildlife. Transfer to Phuket airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. (B, L) Day 14 London: Morning arrival in London. (N)

EXTENSION Tour + Khao Lak 17 Days / 14 Nights Low Season from £695 (May) High Season from £1,045 (December) Extend your stay in Thailand with a few days at the luxurious Sarojin Resort in the idyllic Khao Lak in Southern Thailand. Day 13 To Khao Lak: Morning excursion in Khao Sok. Afternoon transfer to Khao Lak and stay at the Sarojin for 3 nights. (B, L) Days 14 - 15 Khao Lak: Days at leisure. (B) Day 16 To London: Transfer to Phuket airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. (B, L) Day 17 London: Morning arrival in London. (N) Beach Extensions: Alternative hotels and islands can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please ask your tour consultant for more details and a quotation for your preferred length of stay. thai airwas UPGRADES ( Thai Airways Business Class: From £1,395 per person return Alternatively upgrade with EVA Air’s Elite Class (Premium Economy) or Premium Laurel (Business Class). Please ask for details and prices.

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £200 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

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oriental express Luxury Private Journey • 10 Days / 7 Nights from £3,795 5 Star De Luxe Hotels • Eastern & Oriental Express Train • Bangkok & Singapore • River Kwai & Penang Day 8 Singapore: Day at leisure. (B) Day 9 To London: Evening flight to London, via Bangkok with Thai Airways. (B) Day 10 London: Morning arrival in London. (N) Note: This itinerary is based on Thursday departures from the U.K. It is also possible to travel between Singapore and Bangkok (2 night train journey), with departures from the U.K. on Mondays. The Eastern & Oriental Express has introduced the Chronicles of Southeast Asia, which features four new journeys that reveal Asia in greater depth. Please see Page 78 or ask your tour consultant for further details.

EXTENSION TOUR + KOH SAMUI Eastern & Oriental Express

Travel in style through the jungles, rice fields and cities of Southeast Asia from Bangkok to Singapore, or vice versa, aboard the luxury Eastern & Oriental Express. The train offers refined elegance with fine dining, a piano bar and observation car. Cabins are furnished in fine silk, brass and dark woods. Day 1 To Bangkok: Fly from London to Bangkok with Thai Airways. (N) Day 2 Bangkok: Arrive Bangkok and transfer to the Sukhothai Hotel for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Bangkok: Full day tour of Bangkok, including the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Visit Wat Pho before lunch at Sala Rim Naam, Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Afternoon Wan Fah cruise. Evening Siam Niramit show. (B, L)

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Day 4 Eastern & Oriental Express: Evening transfer to the train station and board the Eastern & Oriental Express for a 3 night journey to Singapore. Dinner is served on board. (B, D) Day 5 Wang Po & River Kwai: Morning tour of River Kwai. Return to the train for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. Dinner is served travelling through the Thai countryside. (B, L, D) Day 6 Penang: Morning arrival in northern Malaysia. Take a tour to colonial Penang. The rest of the day is spent travelling down the Malay Peninsula. Relax in the observation car and enjoy dinner and cocktails. (B, L, D) Day 7 Singapore: After breakfast on board, travel across the Straits of Johor into Singapore. Stay at the Fullerton Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

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This extension features a few days at the Napasai, a luxurious Orient-Express hotel on the idyllic island of Koh Samui. Alternative hotels and islands can be arranged on a tailormade basis. Please ask your tour consultant for more details. Day 9 To Koh Samui: Evening flight to Koh Samui and transfer to the Napasai for a 4 night stay in a Beach Front Villa. (B) Days 10 - 12 Koh Samui: Days at leisure. (B) Day 13 To London:Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Bangkok. Evening arrival. (B) Beach Extensions: Alternative hotels and islands can be arranged on a tailor-made basis. Please ask your tour consultant for more details and a quotation for your preferred length of stay.

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Regional Air ConnectionS ( From £200 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

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collection THE GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE RANGOON, BURMA Arguably the best hotel in Burma, the Governor’s Residence is housed in an imposing luxury teak mansion dating from the 1920s and located within the elegant Embassy Quarter of Rangoon. Surrounded by a verdant garden, it offers 48 beautiful guest rooms and suites luxuriously decorated with teak furniture, tropical cottons and silks.

LA RESIDENCE PHOU VAO LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Set within 3 hectares of manicured gardens on the Hill of Kites, La Residence is a peaceful sanctuary. The hotel’s décor beautifully combines local styles with modern comforts. Each guest room is elegantly appointed. and features a large terrace. The infinity pool has views of the sacred mountains and verdant valley.

LA RESIDENCE D’ANGKOR SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Designed in a Khmer-style using dark woods, bamboo and stone, this delightful boutique hotel is renowned for its intimate and friendly atmosphere. It also benefits from its proximity to the bars, restaurants and shops of Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor. Beautiful guest rooms have private balconies and the Kong Kea Spa provides a place for indulgence and rejuvenation.

THE ROAD TO MANDALAY BURMA The Road to Mandalay cruise on the Irrawaddy River offers a unique and pleasurable way to discover the hidden gems of unspoilt Burma. A range of cruise programmes and durations are available between Pagan and Mandalay as well as an itinerary to the sublime gorges of Bhamo. Cabins and facilities, including a swimming pool, are spread across four decks.

EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS The luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express features itineraries that offer a unique way to discover Southeast Asia. It is the first ever train to transport passengers directly from Singapore to Bangkok, which remains the most popular journey. The new Chronicles of Southeast Asia offers an opportunity to discover this beautiful part of the world. Please see page 78 for further details.

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Cambodia In addition to Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, that allow you to create a personalised experience of Cambodia, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Cambodia experts.

Angkor Thom

Pileated gibbon

Preah Khan

Painted Stork

CARDAMOM MOUNTAINS

BEYOND ANGKOR WAT TEMPLE SAFARI

PREK TOAL BIRD SANCTUARY

Located in southwest Cambodia, the Cardamom Mountains cover over 20,000 sq km and are designated as a conservation area, which is rated as one of the most important eco-regions in Southeast Asia. This pristine mountain region is little explored and is home to more than 100 mammal species, including many threatened species, such as tiger and Asian elephant. The area is connected by boat and by road from Sihanoukville and Phenom Penh and the new 4 Rivers Ecolodge is an ideal base from which to explore the abundant wildlife, waterfalls, mangroves and the rare fauna and flora, or to relax at the end of a tour of Cambodia.

In addition to Cambodia’s most popular temples near Angkor Wat, it is also possible to visit previously inaccessible and relatively untouched ruins deep in the jungles on a temple safari. For an unforgettable adventure, take a temple safari of 2 to 5 nights to visit the remote temples of the north, such as Banteay Chhmar and Prasat Preah Vihear. Other temples that can be visited are the monastic complex of Preah Khan, unrestored temples of Beng Melea, and Prasat Thom and the vast pyramid at Koh Ker. The tents used on the temple safaris are based on the African safari luxury tents and are usually pitched within the grounds of the temples at each destination.

Based on Tonle Sap Lake, Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary is the most important breeding site for large water birds in Southeast Asia and is considered a birdwatcher’s paradise. Many species of birds have been driven away from neighbouring countries and in 2001 the Wildlife Conservation Society set up a local conservation team to protect colonies during nesting season. The sanctuary is now an integral part of bird conservation in Asia. Its inhabitants include indigenous and migrant birds such as cormorant, spot-billed pelican and ibis. Day trips by boat to the sanctuary can be easily arranged from Siem Riep or Battambang.

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In addition to Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, that allow you to create a personalised experience of Laos, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Laos experts.

Pha That Luang, Vientiane

Vang Vieng

Mekong Sun

4,000 Islands

CRUISE MEKONG

VANG VIENG & PLAIN OF JARS

VAT PHOU CRUISE

Cruise Mekong travels through the beautiful countryside of Laos on the mighty Mekong River. The fleet consists of 3 wooden boats, custom-made to navigate the shallow waterways of the upper Mekong River, which allows access to formerly inaccessible areas and villages.The Mekong Sun was built in 2006 and is the only cabin cruiser available between Luang Prabang and the Golden Triangle. Launched in 2009, the Mekong Explorer operates in central Laos between Vientiane and Savannakhet, and the Mekong Islands, which explores the stunning 4,000 Islands region in Champasak Province, completes the collection of boutique vessels.

The small town of Vang Vieng is located about half way between Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Limestone cliffs tower over the Nam Song River, which combined with a stunning mountain backdrop and the laid back atmosphere of the Laotian countryside makes it a worthwhile stop. A visit to the Plain of Jars, near the town of Phonsavan, is also an intriguing sight with more than 250 stone jars scattered all over the Xieng Khouang plain. Archaeologists believe that the jars were used 1,500 to 2,000 years ago but their origins, original use and significance are still a mystery. It is possible to combine a visit to the Plain of Jars and Vang Vieng on the long drive between Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

This enticing river journey explores a remote part of southern Laos in a region known as the 4,000 Islands, one of the most scenic parts of the Mekong. The Vat Phou has 12 simple cabins with twin beds and private bathrooms, a sun deck and restaurant. The boat takes its name from the magnificent temples of Vat Phou, which pre-date Angkor Wat and are considered the finest Khmer ruins outside Cambodia. The cruise includes excursions to the Vat Phou ruins, the forest temple of Oum Moung and several island villages that have changed little in centuries. Other excursions take you to some impressive waterfalls and Khong Island, where the rare Irrawaddy dolphin may be seen.

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HOTEL DE LA PAIX, SIEM REAP

RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL PHNOM PENH

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D’ANGKOR, SIEM REAP

Raffles Hotel Le Royal stands as an oasis of calm and luxury amongst the hectic streets of Phnom Penh. Dating from 1929, the hotel is full of colonial charm and style. The guest rooms are furnished in an art deco style with dark woods, marble and antiques. Sip a cocktail in the Elephant Bar, cool down by the pool, relax in the spa or dine at Restaurant Le Royal.

This beautifully restored hotel, synonymous with Angkor for 75 years, continues to create a timeless atmosphere offering luxurious rooms which combine modernity with classic elegance. The Raffles Grand Hotel’s Amarita Spa offers treatments from around the world and the 35 m pool was inspired by the ancient bathing pools of Angkor.

The Hotel De La Paix, in contemporary Khmer style, is a haven of modern design and tranquillity located in the heart of Siem Reap, just 7 km from Angkor Wat. The hotel is built around a lush garden with tropical plants and a large swimming pool. Enjoy local and international cuisines at the Meric Restaurant, while Spa Indochine offers you a chance to indulge and recuperate.

SOFITEL PHNOM PENH PHOKEETHRA, PHNOM PENH

SOKHA BEACH RESORT SIHANOUKVILLE

4 RIVERS ECO-FLOATING LODGE CARDAMOM MOUNTAINS

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra is one of Phnom Penh’s newest luxury hotels. Set amongst landscaped gardens in the old French quarter, the hotel offers 210 luxurious rooms and suites.There is an array of chic dining options including Chinese, Japanese and Italian cuisine. Leisure facilities include an extensive spa, and a swimming pool.

The Sokha Beach Resort is a 4 star hotel, ideal for exploring Cambodia’s undeveloped coastline and islands. The large, well equipped rooms are decorated in a modern style with some Khmer influences. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, seafood restaurant and gardens leading to a 1.5 km private stretch of white sand beach.

The new 4 Rivers Floating Eco-Lodge is an environmentally friendly property with the facilities of a 4 star boutique resort. Located away from the tourist trail, it is the ideal base for exploring the unspoilt virgin forest, rare orchids and fragrant frangipani. The restaurant serves a range of Western and local cuisine.

SETTHA PALACE, VIENTIANE

MAISON SOUVANNAPHOUM LUANG PRABANG

The Settha Palace is a historical landmark in the heart of Vientiane. Built in 1932, it was restored to its former glory in 1999 to embrace Laos’s French colonial era. French architecture, colonial décor, period furniture and landscaped gardens are complemented by modern hotel facilities. There are 29 rooms and suites, a swimming pool with jacuzzi and Belle Epoque Restaurant.

Once the Prince’s residence, Hotel Maison Souvannaphoum is a distinctive building with a French colonial style and part of the Angsana Hotels & Resorts. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary style using local materials. Ideally located in the ancient temple district, within walking distance of restaurants and night market.

LA FOLIE LODGE, CHAMPASAK Located on Don Daeng, an island in the middle of Mekong River, La Folie Lodge enjoys panoramic views of the mighty river and is within easy reach of the ancient Vat Phou ruins. Large and comfortable bedrooms with balconies, decorated and furnished with local materials, are housed in 12 bungalows set in lush tropical gardens. The poolside restaurant offers continental cuisine and Asian specialities.

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Áman resorts AMANPURI, PHUKET, THAILAND Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Andaman, the award-winning Amanpuri is the flagship property of Aman Resorts. Designed to reflect the style and timeless elegance of Thai architecture, pavilions and private villas are set amidst a coconut plantation. Facilities include a private beach, fleet of luxury cruisers, and the first Aman Spa.

AMANSARA, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA Set in a lush garden enclosure, Amansara, formerly the guesthouse of King Sihanouk, was seamlessly converted into an intimate resort. Located only 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, it is a home for travellers seeking to explore the culture and history of Cambodia. The 24 suites are decorated in a classic Indochinese style with private courtyards.

AMANTAKA, LUANG PRABANG, LAOS The luxurious Amantaka is located just south of Phousey Hills. It is housed in graceful French colonial buildings and within walking distance of Luang Prabang’s many historic sites, restaurants and night market. The hotel has 24 elegant suites surrounding a courtyard. The Amantaka Spa incorporates Southeast Asian technique with its own organic range.

AMAN AT SUMMER PALACE, BEIJING, CHINA Aman at Summer Palace occupies a series of historical dwellings just steps away from one of China’s most iconic sites. China’s regal past lives on in the resort’s Ming Dynasty architecture and design. Beautifully furnished guest rooms and suites feature traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds. The Aman Spa offers a tranquil retreat of indulgence and rejuvenation.

AMANFAYUN, HANGZHOU, CHINA Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a serene setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. Designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, the property comprises 47 dwellings. This secluded retreat is only a 20 minute drive from the centre of the bustling city of Hangzhou.

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In addition to Escorted Groups and Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, which allow you to create a personalised experience of Burma, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Burma experts.

Dhammayangyi Temple, Pagan

Amara River Cruise

Pandaw River Cruise

Stupa Myoma Kyaung, Kalaw

AMARA RIVER CRUISE

PANDAW CRUISES

KALAW

Amara River Cruise I and II are charming traditional Burmese riverboats that offer a delightful way to explore Burma and life along the fascinating Irrawaddy River, which has stirred the imagination of some of the world's greatest writers, including Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell. The boats are made of traditional teakwood using expert local craftsmanship. Cabins are well furnished and have a private bathroom with hot and cold shower. Facilities on board include a restaurant, a bar and canopied sundeck. Cruise programmes include the popular Mandalay – Pagan itinerary as well as journeys further north to Bhamo in Kachin State.

The unique Pandaw river expedition concept evolved from the vestiges of the colonial Irrawaddy Flotilla Company and Pandaw Cruises prides itself on being the first company since World War II to offer pioneering cruises on Burma’s famous Irrawaddy River. The Pandaw II is a ship built in a traditional style and furnished in teak and brass and comfortable, air-conditioned cabins have en suite facilities. The ship operates various itineraries including the 14 night Road to Mandalay from Rangoon to Mandalay, Middle & Royal Burmah from Prome to Mandalay via Pagan and the 20 night cruise in the remotest parts of Burma on the Chindwin & Upper Irrawaddy.

Located between Mandalay and Inle Lake, Kalaw was a popular hill station during British rule and remains a beautiful and peaceful place to relax and explore the surrounding countryside. At an altitude of 1320m it offers pleasantly cooler temperatures and is one of the best places for hiking among the rugged mountains and bamboo groves to remote hill tribe villages. Kalaw’s unique ethnic mix of ethnic hill tribe minorities, Burmese, as well as the Nepalese and Indians, who arrived with the British, gives it a quaint and charming atmosphere.You may also wish to visit one of the many Buddhist monasteries, stupas and the colourful markets in and around the town.

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THE SAVOY HOTEL RANGOON

THE CHATRIUM HOTEl RANGOON

THIRIPYITSAYA SANCTUARY RESORT, PAGAN

The Savoy Hotel is a charming boutique hotel with an intimate atmosphere. Classic teak wood décor and polished floors feature throughout the hotel. Rooms are furnished using colonial-style wood with traditional Burmese antiques combined with modern comforts. Facilities include 2 restaurants, a bar, swimming pool and massage service.

Located on the western shore of Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake in the heart of Rangoon, the Chatrium Hotel is a modern hotel offering comfortable accommodation with views of the city, Shwedagon Pagoda or lake.There is a swimming pool, gym, bar and lounge and a selection of restaurants serving Asian and Western cuisines.

On the banks of the Irrawaddy River, the Thiripyitsaya Sanctuary Resort is an ideal base to explore Pagan’s magnificent temples. The 76 rooms and suites are comfortably furnished with private verandas. Thiripyitsaya Spa and the swimming pool provide relaxation and a variety of cuisine is offered at the restaurant.

MANDALAY HILL RESORT MANDALAY

INLE PRINCESS RESORT INLE LAKE

INLE RESORT INLE LAKE

Mandalay Hill Resort lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill with a panoramic view of countless pagodas, the Royal Palace and its beautiful moat. Rooms are decorated in warm colours and fitted with modern amenities. Facilities include a selection of restaurants and bars, spa, swimming pool, fitness centre and tennis courts.

Inle Princess Resort is well located with easy access to Inle Lake and 30 minutes by boat from the gateway town of Nyaung Shwe. Built in traditional Burmese style, the resort is a luxurious base for exploring the area. The restaurant and bar serve local and international cuisine and the spa offers therapeutic treatments and massages.

Set near the entrance to Inle Lake, the Inle Resort is conveniently located for sightseeing. The accommodation blends traditional Burmese architecture with modern comforts. The restaurant serves European, Burmese and local favourites and the Garden Spa provides a holistic range of therapies.

AMARA HOTEL KALAW

AMATA RESORT NGAPALI BEACH

SANDOWAY RESORT NGAPALI BEACH

Originally built in 1909 and restored in 2002, Amara Hotel Kalaw is a colonial residence surrounded by gardens with views over Kalaw and the Shan Mountains. There are 10 comfortable double rooms with open fireplaces, a saloon and separate dining room, where traditional Burmese or European food is served.

Amata Resort is located on a beautiful stretch of the pristine Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal. The resort’s modern design coupled with excellent service ensures guests relax in comfort. There is a swimming pool, a spa, and a restaurant serving local and international cuisine. The resort is only open from October to May.

The Sandoway Resort, Ngapali Beach, provides an intimate and relaxing experience for guests. Accommodation is classically furnished without telephones or televisions to minimise unnecessary noise. There is a pool, a spa, a sunset bar and a restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine and seafood. The resort is only open from October to May.

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In addition to Escorted Groups and Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, that allow you to create a personalised experience of Vietnam, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Vietnam experts.

Market, Saigon

Phu Quoc

Truc Lan Pagoda, Dalat

PANDAW MEKONG CRUISES

PHU QUOC ISLAND

DALAT

The RV Mekong Pandaw and RV Tonlé Pandaw are replicas of colonial era river steamers with ultra shallow hulls that allow them access to previously unexplored areas in the Mekong Delta between Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) and Siem Reap. Several itineraries are available including “Mekong Exploration” which connects Saigon, Phnom Penh, and the stupendous World Heritage monuments at Angkor;“Into the Heart of Cambodia” journeys between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh; and “Mekong Delta Exploration” cruises between Saigon and Phnom Penh.

Located 50 km southwest of mainland Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc Island is relatively undeveloped with beautiful white sand beaches and lush forested hills.The majority of the island is a designated national park and protected marine environment. While the infrastructure is limited, Phu Quoc has a relaxed atmosphere and a choice of unspoilt beaches with crystal clear waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. A visit to the central hot springs, local markets, a fishing village and a pepper garden offer a good insight into local life.

Situated in the central highlands, Dalat is a former French hill station with a somewhat faded elegance. It stands on the small Cam Ly river at an elevation of 1,500 metres and is surrounded by pine hill mountains, stunning waterfalls, picturesque churches and beautiful colonial French buildings dotted along the hillsides. Other highlights include a visit to Lake Xuan Huong and local markets, and sampling local cuisine. Dalat’s moderate temperature and lush setting makes a good contrast to the hustle and bustle of the cities. It can be easily reached from Nha Trang and Saigon.

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SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE HANOI The Sofitel Legend Metropole has been a Hanoi landmark since 1901. Located in the heart of the capital, close to the opera house and Hoan Kiem Lake, it mixes modern luxury and Asian service with French colonial elegance and flair. Facilities include an outside swimming pool and a fitness centre.

CARAVELLE HOTEL, SAIGON

PARK HYATT, SAIGON

The historic Caravelle Hotel is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh’s business, shopping and nightlife areas on Dong Khoi Street and Lam Son, and overlooks the historical Opera House. The hotel has 311 rooms including 8 suites and the a rooftop open-air bar has magnificent 360 degree panoramic city views. Other facilities include 2 restaurants, a swimming pool and health club.

The 252 room Park Hyatt Saigon is a landmark on the central Lam Son Square alongside the attractive Opera House, dating from 1911. The luxurious spacious rooms are attractively decorated in a colonial style, with wooden floors, white marble bathrooms and period ceiling fans. A 20 metre pool and tropical garden terrace creates an oasis of calm above Saigon’s busy streets.

LIFE RESORT, HOI AN

VICTORIA, HOI AN

LA RESIDENCE, HUE

The Life Resort boutique hotel is set on the banks of the Thu Bon River, a short walk from the fascinating old town of Hoi An. The resort is built in a charming colonial style with spacious gardens. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants and a spa. The hotel offers a regular ferry service to the delightful Cua Dai Beach, located 5km from the hotel’s river dock.

The Victoria Hotel is situated 5 km from Hoi An centre on a stretch of fine sandy beach. It is designed in the style of a fishing village with water ponds, clay tile roofs, Chinese lanterns and rooms with balconies. After exploring the busy lanes of Hoi An, guests can enjoy their stay relaxing on the beach, by the pool or even take an elephant-back ride.

A former governor’s residence, La Residence Hue is a colonial building restored into an Art Deco boutique hotel, with views of the Imperial Citadel. After a day exploring the Imperial City, relax in the garden by the outdoor swimming pool or indulge at the Comfort Zone Spa. Vietnamese and international cuisines are served at Restaurant ‘Le Parfum’, using the freshest local ingredients.

SIX SENSES HIDEAWAY CON DAO, CON DAO ISLANDS

SIX SENSES HIDEAWAY NINH VAN BAY, NHA TRANG

EVASON ANA MANDARA RESORT NHA TRANG

The Six Senses Hideaway is located on Con Son Island in the Con Dao archipelago islands in southeast Vietnam. Set along a one kilometre white beach and surrounded by lush mountains, the resort is an ideal place to escape. The 51 elegant villas with private pools and the Six Senses Spa provide a relaxing and revitalising experience.

Located above Ninh Van Bay, the hotel places emphasis on relaxation and impeccable service in an idyllic natural setting. Each of the luxurious Vietnamese-style villas has a spacious living area, private plunge pool, sun decking and personal wine cellar. Indulge at the Six Senses Spa and restaurant, serving Vietnamese, international and fusion cuisine.

Located on Nha Trang’s golden beach, the Evason Ana Mandara is an intimate resort offering 68 rooms including 16 villas set in lush tropical gardens. Rooms have their own veranda, some with a sea view. The Pavilion restaurant serves international and Vietnamese dishes and the Six Senses Spa presents an opportunity to be pampered.

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PHAN THIET PRINCESS D’ANNAM RESORT & SPA

Designed by an award-winning Vietnamese architect, the Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa mixes modernist style with post-colonial ambience. Guest suites and villas are furnished with a mix of old and new, combining a timeless elegance with modern comfort. At The Dining Room guests can sample fine French cuisine and other dishes, from simple barbecues to intercontinental gourmet favourites and Asian specialties at The Terrace restaurant. With its sandy beach and extensive leisure facilities, including 4 swimming pools, a fully equipped gym and a sumptuous spa complex, the resort is an idyllic haven of calm and luxury.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Princess d’Annam Resort & Spa of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 10 day / 7 night package including international flights with Thai Airways, roundtrip transfers from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, accommodation in a Mandarin Suite and breakfast daily would cost from £2,195 in the low season and from £2,445 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Ho Chi Minh City and flying time is approximately 14.5 hours and 2.5 hours to Phan Thiet.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

PRINCESS D’ANNAM SPA

GOLF AT OCEAN DUNES

The extensive Princess d’Annam Spa complex occupies an area of 1,800 square metres. Built around an unusual inner courtyard with intimately spaced corridors and mysterious alcoves, there are 10 treatments rooms and 2 suites with a jacuzzi for couples. Skilled therapists create sensory journeys for guests with a range of treatments using products made from natural ingredients and exotic herbs.

Ocean Dunes Golf Club, located within easy reach of the resort, is designed by Nick Faldo and is one of the best courses in Vietnam. The par-72, 18-hole course affords spectacular views and challenging holes. In addition, there is a twin-tiered putting green and driving range with natural grass tees and individual hitting bays, and a club house offering both Western and local cuisines.

EXPLORE PHAN THIET & MUI NE Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are surrounded by lush green mountains and palm-fringed white sand beaches on the South China Sea. The striking Hon Rom Beach and Dunes offer a Sahara-like scenery and Ta Cu Mountain provides a chance to walk in search of rare birds and exotic wildlife. Venture to Phan Thiet Harbour, fishing villages and markets for an insight to local life.

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BANYAN TREE BANGKOK THAILAND

BANYAN TREE PHUKET THAILAND

BANYAN TREE SAMUI THAILAND

The Banyan Tree Bangkok offers the same standards of style, luxury and relaxation synonymous with their exclusive tropical island properties, in the centre of this frenetic city. Guest rooms and suites are appointed in Thai silks and teakwood with floor to ceiling windows affording natural light and fantastic panoramic city views. Other facilities include the renowned rooftop Vertigo Restaurant and Moon Bar high above the city and a sumptuous spa with extensive treatment menu.

Set within Laguna Phuket and bordered by the golden sand beaches and gentle waves of the Andaman Sea, the award-winning Banyan Tree Phuket is a resort renowned for its exceptional luxury and outstanding personal service. Splendidly appointed with elegant Thai décor, its guest villas, the internationally acclaimed Banyan Tree Spa Phuket, two swimming pools and a golf course provide the perfect tropical retreat for rejuvenating body and mind.

Nestled in a series of cascading terraces on a hill cove, the 78 all-pool villa Banyan Tree Samui combines the best elements of a tropical getaway. The resort, with its pristine white beach on Lamai Bay, is designed especially for the discerning guest and each villa is a private retreat set in lush tropical forest greenery. Pampering features include iconic dining venues, individual infinity pools in the villas, as well as The Rainforest, Koh Samui’s only hydrotherapy wellness spa.

BANYAN TREE LIJIANG CHINA

BANYAN TREE RINGHA CHINA

BANYAN TREE HANGZHOU CHINA

The Banyan Tree Resort in Lijiang, overlooked by the peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, is a collection of villas and suites. The design of the resort combines traditional Yunnan style with contemporary amenities. Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed using rich fabrics and furnishings. Other facilities include several restaurants serving Chinese and Western cuisine, the Banyan Tree Spa Lijiang, offering a diverse range of treatments and therapies, a fitness centre and a library.

Sitting in the heart of Shangri-La at 3,200m, Banyan Tree Ringha cultural retreat is a collection of traditional farmhouses carefully rebuilt to reflect local Tibetan heritage. Intricately furnished guest rooms use the finest materials and feature fireplaces, pine pillars and wooden balconies that have views over the mountains, valleys and rivers. A collection of restaurants offers culinary delights of Yunnan and Western meals. Banyan Tree Spa Ringha provides the perfect base for travellers to acclimatise to the altitude.

Enveloped in lush greenery, Banyan Tree Hangzhou sits within China’s first wetland reserve, the Xixi National Wetland Park. From its tiled roofs and ivory walls, to the elaborate décor of each suite and villa, the resort effortlessly blends traditional Chinese architecture and modern comforts. Dining options include international favourites, local specialties and sumptuous buffet spreads. Health facilities include the Banyan Tree Spa Hangzhou, a swimming pool, Oriental Bath and a yoga studio.

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In addition to Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, that allow you to create a personalised experience of Thailand, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Thailand experts.

Eastern & Oriental Express

EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS Travel in style aboard the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express through the jungles, rice fields and cities of Southeast Asia. The E&O offers refined elegance with well-appointed compartments, fine dining, a piano bar and observation car. The train operates various itineraries offering you a unique way to discover this region. It is the first ever train to transport passengers directly from Bangkok to Singapore, stopping at the infamous River Kwai, crossing the border to Malaysia to visit

colonial Georgetown and Kuala Lumpur before travelling across the Straits of Johor Singapore. Alternatively, travel from Chiang Mai to Bangkok through the magnificent landscapes of Thailand and visit the impressive Buddhist temples in Sri Satchanalai. Recently introduced by E&O, Chronicles of Southeast Asia is a collection of four new journeys that let you experience Asia in greater depth. Fables of the Hills takes you north from Singapore through the beautiful Cameron Highlands and Penang to Bangkok. Another journey from Bangkok to Singapore

is called Legends of the Peninsula and highlights include a visit to Tham Kasae Viaduct, River Kwai and an overnight stay in Trang, a historic Chinese mining town in the southern Thailand. Epic Thailand is a six night journey that explores the rarely visited rural settlements and remote 12th century Khmer temples in Northeast Thailand or Isaan, as well as Chiang Mai and Khao Yai National Park. Discover the hidden beauty of Thailand and Laos as you travel through verdant jungles in Khao Yai National Park, Phimai and across the Mekong River on the Friendship Bridge to Vientiane on the Tales of Laos.

MEKHALA CRUISE: A JOURNEY ON THE RIVER OF KINGS The Mekhala Cruise is a collection of three beautifully restored rice barges, providing comfort and style on your voyage of discovery. Mekhala 1 and 2 each have 6 comfortable, air-conditioned double bed cabins with private western-style bathrooms while Mekhala 3 offers 9 cabins. The itinerary features an overnight journey on Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings, between Bangkok and the ancient capital, Ayutthaya, retracing the paths of former royal processions. The river has long been the lifeline of Thailand and this journey will give you a fascinating insight into the lives of rural communities that are still bound by the ancient waterways.

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THE SUKHOTHAI BANGKOK

SOFITEL SILOM BANGKOK

THE CHEDI CHIANG MAI

One of the most elegant hotels in the city, the Sukhothai creates an oasis within central Bangkok. Designed to reflect the palaces of the Sukhothai period, the layout is based on symmetry, courtyards, reflecting ponds and open-air arcades. The hotel has several restaurants of international acclaim and an extensive spa.

The luxury Sofitel Silom is located at the crossroads of Bangkok’s commercial and entertainment districts. Rooms are spacious and well-appointed with modern amenities and the Anne Sémonin Spa offers personalized treatments. Dining options include a Chinese and Mediterranean restaurants and V9, renowned for its fine wines.

Located on the banks of Ping River, The Chedi, Chiang Mai offers 84 elegantly furnished guest rooms and suites, each with private courtyard. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional northern Thai specialities, Pacific Rim cuisines and innovative Asian creations. Stylish features include a tranquil spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

THE ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE, CHIANG RAI

KIRIMAYA RESORt KHAO YAI NATIONAL PARK

BAAN TALING NGAM KOH SAMUI

Situated 60 km from Chiang Rai, the Anantara offers panoramic views of Laos, Burma and the Mekong River. There is an amazing attention to detail throughout the hotel and the free-form infinity pool is the perfect setting in which to relax after a day’s elephant trekking through the jungle or a visit to the Golden Triangle.

The Kirimaya Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique resort in Khao Yai National Park, two hours from Bangkok. The spacious rooms have outstanding views of the countryside. In addition to wildlife and trekking activities on offer in the park, the resort has an infinity pool, extensive spa facilities and a championship golf course.

Meaning ‘House on the Beautiful Cliff ’, Baan Taling Ngam’s secluded location overlooks the sea towards Ang Thong Marine Park. Rooms and villas are scattered along the green cliffs, with balconies providing great sunset views. There is a cliff top infinity pool with panoramic views, restaurants by the beach and the hilltop and a spa.

THE RAYAVADEE KRABI

NAKAMANDA RESORT & SPA KRABI

SANTHIYA RESORT & spa KOH PHANGAN

The Rayavadee is one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. Located between three beautiful beaches and surrounded by limestone outcrops, accommodation is provided in elegant two storey pavilions.There are huge outdoor pools surrounded by tropical gardens, a selection of excellent restaurants and a spa. It is accessible only by boat.

Nakamanda Resort & Spa is a boutique resort offering tranquillity and relaxation on Klong Muang The luxurious guest rooms are equipped with modern amenities and Naga spa provides guests with opportunities to unwind and be pampered. The restaurant offers inventive fusion food with an outdoor terrace and covered dining salas.

Stretched over 18 acres, Santhiya Resort & Spa is an eco-chic hideaway just 30 minutes by speed boat from Koh Samui. The resort has 99 rooms and villas, furnished with beautiful local materials that reflect treasured Thai heritage. A private stretch of beach, a spa and impressive outdoor swimming pool make up the leisure facilities.

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK

MANDARIN ORIENTAL KUALA LUMPUR

MANDARIN ORIENTAL SINGAPORE

Consistently rated as one of the best hotels in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok offers flawless service in a beautiful setting. Using colonial and traditional Thai furnishings, the hotel’s design reflects its glamorous past. Soothe away the stress of modern life at The Oriental Spa, take high tea at the world-renowned Author’s Lounge or walk through the landscaped gardens on the banks of Chao Phraya River. Nine dining venues offer Thai, French and international cuisines.

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur occupies a prime location in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, next door to the Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. The luxurious rooms feature Nonya gold-leaf screens, copper lanterns, extravagant bathrooms and panoramic city views. The hotel has some excellent pan-Asian restaurants, bars, a café and a cookery school. Other facilities include a fitness centre, an infinity pool overlooking the park and a superb spa, the perfect urban escape offering personalised holistic treatments.

Designed to be the height of modern luxury, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore overlooks Marina Bay. Spacious rooms provide the comforts of contemporary living and have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the marina, ocean or city. A range of facilities including the Oriental Spa, a 25 metre outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts complementing the first class style and service. There is dining from around the world in the diverse selection of restaurants and the hotel is connected to the Marina Square shopping complex.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL HONG KONG

MANDARIN ORIENTAL SANYA, HAINAN ISLAND

MANDARIN ORIENTAL MACAU

For over 50 years the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, the flagship hotel of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, has been offering first-rate standards of service and luxury in the heart of Hong Kong Island. The spacious rooms have a generous sitting area beside the floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views over the city and Victoria Harbour. The hotel’s Michelinstarred French restaurant, Pierre, is one of an eclectic selection of dining venues and bars that are popular with guests and locals alike.

The Mandarin Oriental Sanya is set on 12 hectares of beachfront on Dadonghai Bay. The resort offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere in beautiful surroundings. All rooms, suites and villas are well-appointed and have expansive views over the South China Sea. There are 3 infinity pools set in landscaped gardens, as well as a library, games room, a sumptuous spa with an extensive treatment menu, and a choice of 7 restaurants serving innovative international and Chinese cuisine and seafood.

The newly opened Mandarin Oriental, Macau is a non-gaming luxury hotel on the Nape waterfront alongside the entertainment district and pockets of colonial character, reflecting Macau’s Portuguese past. Sleek guest rooms and suites are contemporary spaces with a distinct oriental calm. The hotel’s restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate atmosphere and the bar is a dynamic space to relax with a cocktail. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers world-renowned, holistic therapies.

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CHIANG MAI MANDARIN ORIENTAL DHARA DHEVI

Boldly designed in Lanna style from northern Thailand, southern China, Laos and Myanmar,  Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi resort is a haven for those seeking luxury with a strong sense of local culture. Traditional wooden rice barns, ornate palace-like structures and magnificent colonial mansions arranged in clusters provide luxury accommodation, restaurants and leisure facilities with an ambience of tranquillity. Guest suites and villas are all decorated with exotic artefacts and feature spacious open terraces and exquisitely designed interiors.   A team of highly experienced Thai and foreign chefs offers the finest Asian and European dining in splendid surroundings.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 10 day / 7 night package including international flights with Thai Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a Colonial Suite and breakfast daily would cost from £2,695 in the low season and from £3,595 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Chiang Mai via Bangkok and flying time is approximately 14.5 hrs.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

ELEPHANT SAFARI

DHEVA SPA

ORIENTAL CULINARY ACADEMY

The most authentic of the elephant camps, the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre enjoys a natural jungle setting. A visit to the camp includes a chance to witness the elephants’ morning bathing in the Ping River and the traditional techniques still used in the training process. Take a 90 minute safari to the Lisu hill tribe village, trekking up through the jungle led by the elephant’s mahout.

The Dheva Spa has 3,100 square metres dedicated to relaxation, pampering and wellbeing. Inspired by an ancient Mandalay palace, the spa’s lobby located at its centre is designed with a striking seven-tier roof symbolising the 7 steps to Nirvana. The Spa offers an extensive range of holistic therapies, healing treatments, residential wellness programmes and a world renowned Ayurvedic centre.

Learn the art of Thai cooking and the secrets of Lanna herbs and spices in the Oriental Culinary Academy, located on the upper storey of a delightful wooden pavilion. It features classroom-style kitchens fitted with modern equipment and individual cooking stations. Students are encouraged to master the preparation and execution of a complete meal, which is served after each class.

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KOH SAMUI NAPASAI by ORIENT-EXPRESS

Napasai by Orient-Express is a secluded luxury beach resort on Maenam Beach, on the fashionable north coast of Koh Samui, ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Set on a hillside in 17 acres of lush tropical landscape, the Napasai has a large private sandy beach, 55 villas and 14 private pool residences all decorated in contemporary Thai design.  There are 2 fine restaurants serving authentic Thai cuisine and seafood prepared with French flair. Facilities include a large swimming pool and the indulgent Napasai Spa.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Napasai of any duration, or include it as part of a multicentre itinerary. A 9 day / 7 night package including international flights with Thai Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a Sea View Hill Villa and breakfast daily would cost from £1,745 in the low season and from £1,995 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Koh Samui via Bangkok and flying time is approximately 14.5 hrs.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

NAPASAI SPA

DISCOVER KOH SAMUI

The Spa at Napasai is a sanctuary of serenity for those seeking to relax and restore body and mind. The Spa offers a wide range of relaxing treatments, massages and indulgences, rooted in Thai traditional medicine and local herbs. Inspired by an Asian healing philosophy, Napasai Spa’s holistic treatments use a combination of natural ingredients to balance physical and psychological wellbeing.

Discover the dramatic tropical jungle of Koh Samui, its hills and waterfalls, secluded beaches and turquoise coves. Other highlights on the island include elephant trekking close to Namuang Waterfall, Big Buddha and Plai Laem temples, and Grand Father and Grandmother Rocks. A round of golf is minutes away from the resort at the Santiburi Samui Country Club or the Royal Samui Golf & Country Club.

ANG THONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK Famed for its natural beauty, Ang Thong National Marine Park consists of over 40 islands. Mostly uninhabited and undeveloped except for sea gypsies on Koh Paluay. A day trip by boat allows the visitor to explore limestone massifs, tropical rainforests, deserted beaches and the abundant wildlife including sea turtle and the Asia long tail monkey.

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KHAO LAK THE SAROJIN

Just an hour from Phuket, the multi award-winning Sarojin occupies a secluded location on one of Thailand’s most enchanting coastlines and is close to the primary forests of Khao Sok National Park.  With only 56 carefully designed rooms set beside an expansive white sand beach, the resort has a natural feeling, with ample space and privacy. Each spacious guest room features a private garden, sundeck, oversized bath and rain shower and some have a private pool. Dining is refined and relaxed, with a choice of two restaurants and there is a well-equipped spa.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the Sarojin of any duration, or include it as part of a multicentre itinerary. A 10 day / 7 night package including international flights with Thai Airways, private transfers, accommodation in a Garden Residence and breakfast daily would cost from £2,295 in the low season and from £3,395 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Phuket via Bangkok and flying time is approximately 14.5 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

PHANG NGA BAY AND OFFSHORE ISLANDS The Sarojin is surrounded inland by 5 spectacular national parks including the magnificent primary rainforests of Khao Lak and Khao Sok as well as one of Thailand’s largest natural mangrove ecosystems. Explore the Similan and Surin Islands Marine National Parks, and Phang Nga Bay, known for its sheer limestone formations, hidden caves and lagoons.

PATHWAYS SPA

“IMAGINEER” EXPERIENCES

Pathways is a secluded spa haven that looks out across the estuary to a coconut grove and beyond to the Andaman Sea. Ancient therapies and massage techniques are combined with modern comforts to help relax and awaken body and soul.There are 4 treatment pavilions, a facial treatment room, a post treatment relaxation lounge and a Yoga and Tai Chi deck shaded by palms and mangrove canopy.

The Sarojin has a team of guides and the inspired “Imagineer” – the ultimate personal concierge, whose role is to create personalised tailor-made adventures ‘just for two’. Guests can charter the luxury boat Lady Sarojin for an exploration of hidden lagoons, quiet beaches and areas of untouched nature in Phang Nga Bay or take a cookery class and lunch by the waterfall.

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Borneo Discovery Tour

Private Journey • 13 Days / 10 Nights from £2,945 Tribal Longhouse • Primary Rainforest • Sarawak & Sabah cruise in search of wildlife and fire flies. (B)

Turtle Island N.P.

Mount Kinabalu Kota Kinabalu ✈ SABAH Tabin Mulu BR UN

Kuching

Sepilok

EI

AK S A R AW Batang Ai N.P. BORN

“Authentic tribal experience and fascinating wildlife in one of the world’s oldest rainforests.”

to the Hilton Hotel for 1 night. (N) Day 3 To Batang Ai: Travel by road to the Hilton Batang Ai Longhouse Resort, located on the shores of the Batang Ai Lake, for a 2 night stay. Afternoon jungle and canopy walk. (B, L, D)

EO

Borneo evokes images of colourful tribal groups, a spectacular diversity of wildlife and wide rivers twisting through the steamy jungles of the oldest rainforest on earth. This private journey explores an astounding variety of cultural and natural attractions in the Malay states of Sabah and Sarawak. Day 1 To Sarawak: Fly from London to Kuching, via Kuala Lumpur, on Malaysia Airlines. (N) Day 2 Kuching: Morning arrival in the charming city of Kuching, with its appealing waterfront and colonial architecture. Transfer

Day 4 Batang Ai: Take a boat journey into the heart of the Sarawak jungle to the Delok Iban Longhouse. Experience an authentic introduction to longhouse life with this friendly and welcoming tribe, and visit the nearby waterfall. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Kota Kinabalu: Full day tour to Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Springs. (B, L) Day 8 To Sepilok & Sukau: Early morning flight to Sandakan and transfer to Sepilok to see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orangutans, which are being gradually reintroduced into the wild. This afternoon, travel to Sukau, located on the banks of Kinabatangan River. Stay 1 night at Sukau River Lodge. Afternoon wildlife exploration. (B, L, D) Day 9 To Danum Valley: This morning, drive south through the Borneo jungle to Danum Valley, visiting the Gomantong Caves en route. Stay 2 nights at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, in an area thought to have the highest concentration of wild orang-utan on the planet. (B, L, D) Day 10 Danum Valley: Explore the rainforest and canopy walkway. (B, L, D)

Day 5 To Kuching: Morning journey back to Kuching and stay overnight at the Hilton Hotel. Afternoon city tour. (B, L)

Day 11 To Kota Kinabalu: Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay at Hyatt Regency for 1 night. (B)

Day 6 To Sabah: Morning flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Stay 2 nights at the Hyatt Regency. Afternoon optional excursion to the Klias Wetlands for a shared

Day 12 To London: This afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines (late check out not included). (B) Day 13 London: Morning arrival. (N)

EXTENSION TOUR + TURTLE ISLAND 14 Days / 11 Nights from £3,220 Visit idyllic Turtle Island to look for nestling sea turtles and new hatchlings disappearing into the sea.

Longhouse, Borneo

Day 8 To Turtle Island: Early morning flight and boat journey to Selingan Island and stay overnight in National Park accommodation. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the island’s unspoilt beaches. This evening, a park ranger will take you to see turtles laying eggs on the beach and release hatchlings into the sea. (B, L, D) Day 9 Sepilok & Sukau: Early morning boat journey to Sandakan and transfer to Sepilok. Continue with Day 8 of the main tour. (B, L, D)

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Other Extensions: It is also possible to extend your stay with a few nights at the ShangriLa Rasa Ria or select one of the options on page 87. SPLENDOURS OF BORNEO

Departures on or between

Private Journeys: Private Journeys are subject to availability. Please see page 8 for more information.

Discovery Tour: Whilst a journey through Borneo is an unforgettable experience, standards of accomodation outside main cities should be regarded as simple.

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

SBN

Splendours of Borneo

10

2945

2995

3495

2995

3495

SBNSGL

+ Turtle Island

11

3220

3270

3770

3270

3770

SBNSRR

+ Shangri-La Rasa Ria

12

3220

3270

3820

3245

3820

3095

395

1095

3370

450

1225

3370

590

1320

No of 01 Jan to 27 Jan to 07 Jul to 01 Sep to 12 Dec to 24 Dec to nights 26 Jan 11 06 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 11 Dec 11 23 Dec 11 31 Dec 11

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

FLIGHT UPGRADE SUPPLEMENTS ( Malaysia Airlines Business Class: From £2,245 per person return ( Malaysia Airlines Economy+ Upgrade Business: From £1,595 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £225 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

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Adventure

Private Journey • 10 Days / 7 Nights from £2,445 Mount Kinabalu • Turtle Islands • Great Wildlife • Primary Rainforest

Blue eared Kingfisher, Borneo

This active private journey uncovers the very best of Sabah’s scenery and wildlife. From the attractive coastal town of Kota Kinabalu, explore reef-fringed tropical islands and Kinabalu National Park, with the option of trekking to the summit of Mount Kinabalu. Stay overnight on the idyllic Turtle Island to observe nesting sea turtles and new hatchlings disappearing into the sea. The wildlife adventures continue with a journey along the legendary Kinabatangan River. Day 1 To Sabah: Fly from London to Kota Kinabalu, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines. (N) Day 2 Kota Kinabalu: Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Stay 3 nights at the Hyatt Regency. (N)

Day 3 National Marine Park:Take an excursion to the nearby national marine park by boat. Explore the tropical islands and relax on the beach. (B, L) Day 4 Kinabalu National Park: Full day tour to Kinabalu National Park and Poring Hot Springs. (B, L) Day 5 To Turtle Island: Early morning flight and boat journey to Selingan Island and stay overnight in National Park accommodation. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the island’s unspoilt beaches. This evening, a park ranger will take you to see turtles laying eggs on the beach and release hatchlings into the sea. (B, L, D) Day 6 Sepilok & Sukau: Early morning boat journey to Sandakan and transfer to Sepilok to

north borneo adventure Departures on or between Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

NBR

North Borneo Adventure

NBRSRR +

Shangri-La Rasa Ria

No of nights

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

01 Jan to 27 Jan to 07 Jul to 01 Sep to 12 Dec to 24 Dec to 26 Jan 11 06 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 11 Dec 11 23 Dec 11 31 Dec 11

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

7

2445

2495

2945

2545

2945

2545

375

895

9

2720

2770

3270

2795

3270

2820

570

1120

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

see the morning feeding of the reserve’s orangutans, which are being gradually reintroduced into the wild. This afternoon, travel to Sukau, located on the banks of Kinabatangan River. Stay 2 nights at Sukau River Lodge. (B, L, D) Day 7 Sukau: Wildlife excursions in the Kinabatangan River area for opportunities to see proboscis monkey, orang-utan, Borneo pigmy elephant and a great variety of birdlife, including rhinoceros hornbill. (B, L, D) Day 8 To Kota Kinabalu: Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay at the Hyatt Regency for 1 night. (B) Day 9 To London. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines. (B) Day 10 London: Morning Arrival. (N) Extensions: Please refer to page 87 for further extension options. FLIGHT UPGRADE SUPPLEMENTS ( Malaysia Airlines Business Class: From £2,245 per person return ( Malaysia Airlines Economy+ Upgrade Business: From £1,595 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £225 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

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Malaysia

Hornbill, Malaysian rainforest

Shangri La Rasa Ria

Langkawi

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Tour + Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Tour + Langkawi

Tour + Kuala Lumpur

Available with Splendours of Borneo and North Borneo Adventure 5 Days / 3 Nights Low Season from £275 (January) High Season from £325 (August)

Available with Splendours of Borneo and North Borneo Adventure 6 Days / 4 Nights Low Season from £795 (April) High Season from £995 (January)

Available with Splendours of Borneo and North Borneo Adventure 4 Days / 2 Nights Low Season from £245 (January) High Season from £295 (August)

Relax and recuperate after exploring the jungles of Borneo at the luxurious Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, set in a lush, 400-acre tropical garden beside exquisite Pantai Dalit Beach.

This extension to Langkawi in Malaysia offers the chance to relax in a luxurious beach resort in the island-dotted waters of the Andaman Sea.

The city of Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot which is today experiencing a renaissance with many new buildings, restaurants, excellent shopping and vibrant streets.

Day 1* To Kota Kinabalu: Fly to Kota Kinabalu and stay at Shangri-La Rasa Ria for 3 nights. (B) Days 2 - 3 Kota Kinabalu: Days at leisure. (B) Day 4 To London: Evening flight to London, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines. (B) Day 5 London: Early morning arrival in London. (N)

Day 1* To Langkawi: Fly to Langkawi, via Kuala Lumpur. Stay at the Andaman for 4 nights. (B) Days 2 - 4 Langkawi: Days at leisure. (B) Day 5 To London: Fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysian Airlines. (B) Day 6 London: Early morning arrival in London. (N)

Day 1* To Kuala Lumpur: Fly to Kuala Lumpur and stay at the Mandarin Oriental for 2 nights. (B) Day 2 Kuala Lumpur: Day at leisure. (B) Day 3 To London: Fly to London with Malaysian Airlines. (B) Day 4 London: Early morning arrival in London. (N)

* Day 11 of Splendours of Borneo and Day 8 of North Borneo Adventure.

* Day 12 of Splendours of Borneo and Day 9 of North Borneo Adventure.

* Day 12 of Splendours of Borneo and Day 9 of North Borneo Adventure.

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INCLUDES LUXURY PRIVATE JOURNEY Private Journey • 12 Days / 9 Nights from £2,945 Singapore & Kuala Lumpur • Colonial Heritage • Cameron Highlands • Malacca & Penang Day 11 To London: This afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur. (B)

In Malaysia, influences from across Asia and Europe have come together to create multicultural customs, dress, architecture and cuisine. After a short break in the cosmopolitan metropolis of Singapore, this journey travels the length of the Malay Peninsula to the island of Penang in the north, visiting the 15th century capital Malacca, the Cameron Highlands and the vibrant capital of Kuala Lumpur.

Day 12 London: Morning arrival. (N) + Luxury Private Journey: On Luxury Private Journeys, the hotels will be upgraded to the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the Majestic in Malacca, the Cameron Highlands Resort, and the Eastern & Oriental in Penang. Please contact your tour consultant for a detailed itinerary.

Day 1 To Singapore: Fly from London to Singapore, via Kuala Lumpur, with Malaysia Airlines. (N) Day 2 Singapore: Morning arrival and transfer to the Park Hotel Clarke Quay / Mandarin Oriental+ for 2 nights. (N) Day 3 Singapore: Morning city tour visiting the Civic District, Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng Temple, the National Orchid Garden and Little India. Afternoon high tea at the legendary Raffles Hotel. (B) Day 4 To Malacca:This morning, drive over the Malaysian border to Malacca, once a major hub in the Orient. Stay at the Casa Del Rio / Majestic Malacca+ for 1 night. Afternoon Malacca city tour. This evening, experience a Baba Nyonya dinner, a special blend of Chinese & Malay cooking. (B, D)

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang

TOUR + LANGKAWI Afternoon at leisure before a traditional Malay dinner. (B, D) Day 7 Cameron Highlands: Morning drive to the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s largest hill station, stopping at an Aboriginal village en route. Stay 2 nights at the Lakehouse / Cameron Highlands Resort+. (B). Day 8 Cameron Highlands: This morning, visit a tea plantation and local market. Afternoon at leisure to take an optional tour, such as a nature walk, or enjoy a game of golf at the resort. (B)

Day 5 To Kuala Lumpur: Morning at leisure. This afternoon, depart by road for Kuala Lumpur and stay 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza / Mandarin Oriental+. (B)

Day 9 To Penang: Depart by road for Penang, once known as ‘the Pearl of the Orient’ and the oldest British settlement in Malaysia. Stay at the Golden Sands / Eastern & Oriental+ Hotel for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 6 Kuala Lumpur: Morning city tour, visiting the National Monument, Independence Square, the Selangor Club and Petronas Towers for breathtaking views of the city.

Day 10 Penang: Morning tour of Penang including Fort Cornwallis, Dragon Mountain Hall and Chinatown, and the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram. (B)

journey through malaya Departures on or between Code

PRIVATE JOURNEY

MLP

A Journey through Malaya (Superior)

Prices in GBP£’s per person sharing a twin bedded room

No of 01 Jan to 13 Mar to 01 Apr to 07 Jul to 01 Sep to nights 12 Mar 11 31 Mar 11 06 Jul 11 31 Aug 11 11 Dec 11

Single Supp Sole Supp From* From*

9

2945

2995

3045

3495

3095

695

Langkawi

13

3590

3640

3690

4140

3740

1170

2140

MLY

A Journey Through Malaya (Luxury)

9

3395

3445

3495

3795

3495

995

1945

MLYLGK

+ Langkawi

13

4190

4240

4290

4590

4290

1490

2520

MLPLGK +

EXTENSION

1645

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & SUPPLEMENTS *High Season Single Room & Sole Supplement are applicable for UK Departures on certain dates, please contact Cox & Kings for details. Obligatory Christmas and New Year dinners are not included in the above prices and accommodation surcharges may be applicable during Christmas and New Year holidays. Ngapali Beach Resorts normally close from May - September each year due to monsoon season. Please contact Cox & Kings for details. Meal Basis: As per itinerary: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner N=No Meals. The prices above, which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of any additional fuel surcharges. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking. Please check www.coxandkings.co.uk for current prices.

16 Days / 13 Nights from £3,590 Extend your holiday with a few days of relaxation or explore the tropical jungles in Langkawi. Day 11 To Langkawi: Transfer to the airport and fly to Langkawi. On arrive, transfer to the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort / the Andaman* for 4 nights. (B) Days 12-14 Langkawi:  Days at leisure. (B) Day 15 To London: This afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Kuala Lumpur (please note that late check out is not included). (B) Day 16 London: Morning arrival. (N) * Your stay is based on the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort on the Superior Private Journey, and the Andaman on the Luxury Private Journey. Beach Extensions: Malaysia has an excellent choice of beach resorts. Travel to Pangkor and Langkawi is recommended year round, although the heaviest rains occur between July and November.  The Tanjong Jara on the east coast is best visited between February and September. Please ask your tour consultant for further choices of resorts and a quotation. FLIGHT UPGRADE SUPPLEMENTS ( Malaysia Airlines Business Class: From £2,245 per person return ( Malaysia Airlines Economy+ Upgrade Business: From £1,595 per person return

Regional Air ConnectionS ( F rom £225 per person return* bmi To / From London Heathrow Belfast • Edinburgh • Glasgow • Manchester • Leeds/Bradford *All prices subject to availability

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LANGKAWI THE DATAI

The Datai is situated on the northwest tip of the pristine island of Langkawi. It is an exclusive natural retreat surrounded by a 500 million year old virgin rainforest. Set above a secluded cove, the resort has its own white sand beach facing the peaceful Andaman Sea. The resort has well appointed rooms, villas and suites with spacious bedrooms, living areas and private verandas with amazing views of the natural landscape. There is a choice of 4 restaurants and lounge bar serving the finest Malaysian, Thai and international cuisine, 2 swimming pools and a private beach.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at The Datai of any duration, or include it as part of a multicentre itinerary. A 10 day / 7 night package including international flights with Malaysia Airlines, private transfers, accommodation in a Deluxe Room and breakfast daily would cost from £2,295 in the low season and from £3,595 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Langkawi via Kuala Lumpur and flying time is approximately 14.5 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

DATAI BAY GOLF COURSE

THE SPA at THE DATAI

KILIM RIVER NATURE PARK

The Datai Bay golf course enjoys a unique setting in the heart of the rainforest, between the magnificent Mat Cincang Mountain Range and the Andaman Sea. Renowned as one of the region’s most exclusive 18 hole golf courses, at Datai Bay golf meets nature to dramatic effect. The putting green and practice range offer good warm-up facilities and professional lessons are available.

Beautifully integrated into the lush surroundings of the tropical rainforest, The Spa at The Datai promises to be special experience for weary minds and bodies. Select from a comprehensive menu of exquisite spa treatments that will relax, rejuvenate and revitalise your senses for overall wellbeing. Signature treatments include The Datai massage, Balinese massage, Warm Stone massage and Rainforest Harmony.

Spanning an area of 100 sq. km, Kilim River Nature Park features a beautiful mix of mangrove forests, isolated beaches and blue lagoons. Abundant wildlife include hornbill, Brahminy kite, giant sea eagle, mudskipper and deer. To explore the park, a cruise along the river is highly recommended.   Kilim River is also a great place for birdwatching during the migratory seasons in September and March.

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Malaysia

In addition to Private Journeys, Cox & Kings also offers Tailor-Made tours, that allow you to create a personalised experience of Malaysia, travelling at your own pace and exploring further off the beaten track. The suggestions below give a taste of the many possible options. Please contact Cox & Kings for full itineraries or to discuss further ideas with one of our Malaysia experts.

Proboscis monkeys, Kota Kinabalu

RV Orient

Green chameleon

Monitor lizard

PANDAW BORNEO CRUISES

MULU NATIONAL PARK

TAMAN NEGARA

Pandaw Cruises’ 8 night Into the Heart of Borneo cruise along the mighty Rajang River aboard the new RV Orient Pandaw offers an opportunity to explore this fascinating region. The 640km river is the longest in Malaysia, flowing across Borneo from Sarawak into Indonesian Kalimantan. Though well known to many from Redmon O’Hanlon’s classic Into the Heart of Borneo, the river attracts few tourists due to its remoteness and lack of facilities. The journey discovers the diverse wildlife, amazing scenery and opportunities to visit traditional as well as modern longhouses upriver. Downriver, the prosperous Chinese town of Sibu with its old shop houses, markets and friendly inhabitants, is a calm reflection of an old China.

Mulu National Park is Sarawak’s largest national park, centred around the peak of Gunung (Mount) Mulu and noted for its landscape of soaring peaks, dense jungle and an underground cave system. The network of huge limestone caves is one of the largest in the world. Highlights include Deer Cave, home to a million bats and best observed at dusk, Lang Cave, and Clearwater Cave. In addition to the stunning scenery, there is an amazing diversity of wildlife and 8,000 species of plant and trees. Mulu is also home to the Penan people, a tribe of hunter-gatherers and one of the few remaining nomads of the rainforest. It is possible to travel by longboat to visit Penan Settlement and witness the lifestyle of the Penan community.

Taman Negara, thought to be the oldest rainforest in the world, was first declared a conservation area in 1937 and is the most extensive protected area of pristine lowland evergreen rainforest in the country. Malaysia's premier national park, located in the centre of Peninsular Malaysia, spans 3 states, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. It is a haven for endangered species such as the Asian elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, and tiger although sightings are rare. More common sights are snake, lizard, monkey, birds and a variety of flora. One of the best ways to explore Taman Negara is by a long boat trip up one of the park’s rivers. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season from February to September.

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BORNEO SHANGRI-LA RASA RIA

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is located on the north coast of Sabah on Dalit Beach, surrounded by 400 acres of lush, landscaped gardens. The resort features 420 well appointed guestrooms in the Garden Wing and the new Ocean Wing, both offering rooms which feature luxuriously furnished interiors and a host of amenities.  There is a selection of enticing restaurants serving popular Malaysian and Asian fare and contemporary Western cuisine. Recreational facilities include a large swimming pool, water sports facilities, a championship 18 hole golf course and a 64 acre nature reserve.

THE HOLIDAY Cox & Kings can arrange stays at the ShangriLa Rasa Ria of any duration, or include it as part of a multi-centre itinerary. A 10 day / 7 night package including international flights with Malaysia Airlines, private transfers, accommodation in a Deluxe Ocean View Room and breakfast daily would cost from £2,445 in the low season and from £2,695 in the high season. The experiences listed are optional extras. Flights from the UK are into Kota Kinabalu via Kuala Lumpur and flying time is approximately 16.5 hours.

The Experiences During your stay you may wish to relax or enjoy the following optional experiences:

THE NATURE RESERVE

THE SPA at DALIT BAY

A stay at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria offers many opportunities to experience the natural wonders of Borneo. The nature reserve has an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, home to rescued animals that stay until they can return to thrive in the wild.The Reserve is also home to wildlife such as 2 species of deer, long-tailed macaque, bearcat, pangolin, pitcher plant, fruit bat and 63 species of birds.

The Spa at Dalit Bay is the ideal place to relax and be rejuvenated. The extensive treatment menu includes signature therapies from CHI, the luxurious spa brand of Shangri-La Hotels & Resort. CHI is a spa concept that embraces a holistic approach inspired by traditional healing philosophies from China and the Himalaya and based on the principles of restoring balance and harmony to mind and body.

TUNKUL ABDUL RAHMAN MARINE PARK The park was set up to protect the habitats and marine life of 5 small islands, fringed by golden sands and coral reefs. Take a guided walk along the nature trails to explore the mangrove forest with the chance of spotting wildlife. The idyllic islands of Sapi and Mamutik offer an opportunity to relax on white sandy beaches and swim in the turquoise waters.

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THE RAFFLES, SINGAPORE

THE FULLERTON, SINGAPORE

Dating from 1887, Raffles is one of the world’s great hotels and a real focal point of Singapore society. All of the sizeable suites are decorated in colonial style, with elegant period furnishings in teak, marble and silk that exude warmth and add to the character of the hotel. Relax in the Long Bar with a Singapore Sling like the stars of years gone by or sample international delights at one of the restaurants in the hotel.

The landmark Fullerton building, located on the Singapore River, was completed in 1928. It served as general Post Office, Singapore Town Club and the Chamber of Commerce before becoming a luxury hotel. The Palladian exterior hides a stylish 21st century hotel with elegant rooms, a number of dining options and roof garden. Leisure facilities include an outdoor infinity pool and spa.

THE MARINA MANDARIN SINGAPORE Located in the heart of the city, the Marina Mandarin overlooks Marina Bay and boasts a 21-storey atrium. Each of the 575 rooms features a private balcony with views of the skyline or across Marina Bay. Facilities include the St. Gregory Spa, a mineral water swimming pool and gym. Restaurants serve Italian, Chinese and international cuisine.

THE MAJESTIC, MALACCA Dating back to the 1920s, the Majestic Malacca, once a peaceful mansion, has been renovated to honour the past, yet provides its guests with the conveniences of a modern hotel.  There are 52 deluxe rooms and 2 spacious suites, each luxuriously appointed with floor to ceiling windows. Set between the Spa Village and the gym, the outdoor swimming pool is a great place to relax with a refreshing drink after a day’s sightseeing.

THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL PENANG

CAMERON HIGHLANDS RESORT CAMERON HIGHLANDS

The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is a historical gem and the benchmark of grand colonial hotels from the early 20th century. It has recently been restored to its former glory as an all-suite hotel with delightful lawns on the waterfront. Other features include a magnificent pool with seafront views, a fine dining restaurant, coffee shop and British bar.

The Cameron Highlands Resort is around 1,500 metres above sea level, in an area of tea plantations and strawberry fields.This boutique resort features 56 colonial style rooms with balconies, offering views of the rolling hills. Other facilities include 2 restaurants, a tearoom serving traditional afternoon teas, a bar with snooker table, an 18-hole golf course and a Spa Village.

PANGKOR LAUT RESORT PANGKOR

THE ANDAMAN LANGKAWI

TANJONG JARA RESORT TERENGGANU

Sitting alone on Pangkor, a private island in the Straits of Malacca, the Pangkor Laut Resort’s villas are built into the hillside, on the beach, and on stilts above the bay. As well as having one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, there are possibilities for jungle, fishing and kayaking trips. The pan-Asian styled Spa Village blends in with the ancient rainforest.

A beautiful property set on the large white sandy beach of Datai Bay, the Andaman is ringed by virgin rainforest. The hotel’s location is ideal for trips into the jungle, island hopping or just relaxing in serene surroundings. The 108 rooms are designed in traditional Malay style and facilities include a large free-form pool surrounded by trees.

The Tanjong Jara is a small and stylish resort, set in tranquil surroundings on Malaysia’s East Coast, an area with wide beaches and rich in Malay culture. The award-winning architecture of the Tanjong Jara is rich in intricate woodwork and fine crafts. Tours into the jungle and river expeditions complement the range of facilities available at the hotel.

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FAR EAST

At Cox & Kings we believe that a good holiday is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in the Far East and to help you prepare for your holiday. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, whilst our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to travelling in the Far East. FLIGHTS

International Flights: On most of our tours the following carriers will be used: British Airways, Japan Airlines, Air China, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways. The name of the airline and the city of the departure and arrival airports are clearly listed in the grid relating to the tour, together with the stopoff airport, should this apply. We do not print actual flight timings in our brochure; however, you will find full details relating to your international flights printed on your confirmation invoice. All flight times as stated on your confirmation invoice refer to local times. Some flight routings involve a change of plane en route to your destination, so please take note of the flight details on your confirmation invoice, as these will show you the amount of scheduled transit time in the stop-off city. Please note that all flight timings are subject to change by the airline. It is important to note the difference between a ‘direct’ flight and a ‘nonstop’ flight. Non-stop flights do not have any scheduled touchdowns en route, whilst direct flights mean that there is no change of aircraft but that stops are possible, and indeed probable, as per the airlines’ timetables. Unfortunately, airlines change their schedules regularly, and although we will advise you of any stops or plane changes at the time of booking, we cannot be held responsible for any changes after this date. Baggage allowances vary according to the destination, flight and class booked, although in the majority of cases, the allowance for Economy is 20kgs, Business is 30kgs and First is 40kgs. Internal Flights: Almost all the internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners, with some internal airliners in Southeast Asia using turbo prop aircraft. Occasionally, when travelling on internal flights with local carriers or on light aircraft, it may be necessary for operators to change schedules at short notice. If this should happen, everything possible will be done to minimise the inconvenience. Such a change may cause a delay to your onward travel arrangements, and require an extra night’s accommodation at your board point; or alternative travel by another airline or another method of transportation may be required. Although these arrangements are at the discretion of the airline, Cox & Kings will endeavour to help in any way it can and ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. (See below for more details). Flight Delays & Insurance: Unfortunately, due to the increase in air traffic, government restrictions and changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with onward connections and / or hotel and holiday arrangements and, whilst the airline will sometimes make alternative arrangements to get you to your next destination at no extra cost, additional costs may well be involved for accommodation in the event of an overnight cancellation and also after your arrival at your next destination.These may be in the form of additional accommodation costs, transfers and onward travel. It is important that your travel insurance covers you against the costs incurred as a result of cancellation or delay to your flight. Unfortunately, since most services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays are non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by

Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities. Flight Amendments: Most of the tours shown in this brochure use special airfares. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict any change of date, route or airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense. Special Requests: Cox & Kings will endeavour to request any specific meals or services, on the condition that we are told at the time of booking. Specific seat requests with most major airlines can now only be requested if travelling in Business or First Class. We are able to request general seating preferences for Economy Class passengers, such as smoking or non-smoking. Most international and domestic flights are now totally nonsmoking. With all special requests, please remember that they are ‘requests’ and as such are at the discretion of the airline and cannot be guaranteed. Airport Departure Taxes: International UK departure tax is included in the cost of your holiday (unless otherwise stated), when you buy your ticket from Cox & Kings. The cost of our tours does not always include other airport departure taxes or overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally and in local currency. Please ensure that you retain enough local currency to cover these taxes. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised to you before your departure from the U.K. These taxes are always subject to change, and if they do so when you are travelling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you on site. The following list should act as a guideline only: China Hong Kong Vietnam Cambodia Laos Malaysia Japan Mongolia South Korea Taiwan Thailand Burma

No departure tax No departure tax Included in ticket price International US$25 Internal included in ticket price Included in ticket price International MYR 51 No departure tax International US$12 No departure tax No departure tax No departure tax International US$10 ROAD TRAVEL

The majority of the roads to and from major tourist destinations are sealed and in reasonable condition. Although many of the city roads are now 4 to 6 lane highways and have had a large amount of investment in recent years, many of the narrower ones and smaller highways are bumpy and pot-holed. Driving rules and regulations are very complicated and it is currently not possible to hire cars to travel out of the major cities within China, and not recommended within the cities. In Vietnam and Cambodia, many of the roads are in poor condition but most of the main highways are sealed. For longer journeys we will nearly always advise you to fly. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour. Generally, the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 1-3 passengers, saloon car; 4-6 passengers, mini van; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. EARLY STARTS

A number of flights within China and the Far East arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Far East; however, in most of the major cities the hotels are of a good standard. Standards will vary much more in some of the smaller cities and rural areas. For our tours in the Far East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in the Far East and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. In Mongolia we use traditional tents, ‘Gers.’ Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (eg. to a lake view or suite etc.) please speak to your tour consultant who will be able to advise about options and applicable supplements. Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in time is normally 14:00 and check-out time is normally 12:00, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked without extra payment. Single Accommodation: Often, the location and standard of single rooms may not be as good as that of doubles. If you are in doubt, we suggest you request a double room at an additional supplement. If you are unhappy with your room whilst on holiday please ensure that you query this with a Cox & Kings representative at the time. In the absence of a Cox & Kings representative, we advise you to discuss the matter with the hotel manager. WALKING

Many of the sites in the Far East necessitate a reasonable amount of walking, either to the site or around it. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous. In addition, at the Great Wall in China there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. Travel to Mongolia involves a fair amount of walking and it can be of a strenuous nature. A reasonable amount of fitness is required. CRUISES

Cruise boats may vary their itineraries with little or no notice if water levels become unusually low, or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are generally very rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark. Cruise itineraries include full board, but all drinks will be charged as extras. FOREIGN & COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) produces a wide range of material about overseas countries that may be visited by British citizens, to ensure that travellers are properly informed about their travel destination, particularly in relation to political unrest, crime and health issues. Where the FCO considers that British citizens would face unjustifiable risks to health, it actually advises either against travelling to the country in question or against non-essential travel to that country. Full details of all FCO advice can be obtained on the FCO website – www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-livingoverseas. Alternatively, you can contact the FCO at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH, 0845 850 2829 (Mon - Fri 0900-1800) (BT - 4p per min. Other networks vary).

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Conditions Once you have decided on the holiday you require, please carefully read the following conditions, plus the Documents & Health (page 99) and the Travel in the Far East (page 93) sections as these form the basis of your relationship with Cox & Kings Travel Limited (‘Cox & Kings’ or ‘us’) and with any supplier with whom you have a direct contract. Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you or, where we act as agent as set out below, arrange for you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking or any of them as applicable (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date). 1) Your Contract a) If you book only one type of arrangement with Cox & Kings (for example hotel(s) only or cruise only,), Cox & Kings acts only as a booking agent for the supplier of that arrangement (for example the hotel or cruise provider). Your contract for that arrangement will be with that supplier (in these conditions referred to as the “Third Party Supplier”) and not Cox & Kings. The Third Party Supplier’s own terms and conditions (copies available on request) will apply to that contract in addition to the applicable parts of these conditions. (b) In all other cases your contract will be with Cox & Kings. (c) When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. 2) Booking, Payment and Confirmation (a) You may book by post, telephone, via our website or through one of our authorised agents. All bookings are subject to our booking conditions. Except for online bookings, the person who makes the booking must confirm acceptance of our booking conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking by signing and returning our booking form or in writing by some other means (such as e-mail) to us or your travel agent. We will communicate with you by e-mail in relation to your booking (including sending you documents such as your confirmation invoice) if you book online or otherwise provide us with an e-mail address. You must accordingly check your e-mails on a regular basis and should print and retain hard copies of all confirmation documents, e-tickets and other important communications. We will contact you by telephone and/or post if you do not provide us with an e-mail address or we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these booking conditions to “send” and “in writing” include communication by e-mail and via our online booking facility where applicable. You may contact us by e-mail for any of the reasons mentioned in these booking conditions (for example, to request an amendment). All e-mails should be sent to sales@coxandkings.co.uk (b) A minimum deposit of £150 per person or 15% of your total holiday cost (whichever is greater) together with any applicable insurance premium (or evidence of alternative cover) (see clause 5) and any applicable visa fees (see clause 11(a)) must be paid at the time of booking. In some cases, the deposit payable will be higher as full or part payment for certain services such as flights may also be required to make a booking – details at the time of booking. If you book less than 8 weeks before departure, full payment must be sent at the time of booking. Where we act only as agent (see clause 1(a)) you will be advised of the applicable deposit and payment timetable at the time of booking. (c) On receipt of your completed booking form / written acceptance of our booking conditions and the applicable payment, and providing your requested holiday is available, Cox & Kings will issue a confirmation invoice. It is at this stage that a binding contract comes into existence between you and Cox & Kings or between you and the Third Party Supplier, as applicable. Please note, though, that if you book a tailor-made itinerary or an extension to a brochure tour, your accommodation, flights etc. will only be requested by Cox & Kings once your booking form together with a deposit has been received. Your confirmation invoice, in this instance, will indicate your requested package cost and you will be advised of any accommodation, flights etc. which are still on request and not confirmed at the time the confirmation invoice is issued. (d) Once payment has been made, any subsequent request to have that payment refunded and to pay by an alternative means may require you to pay an administration fee. (e) It is your responsibility to check the confirmation invoice and any other documents we send you carefully and to let Cox & Kings or your travel agent know immediately in the event of any error or inaccuracy, as it may not be possible to make changes later. Where we act only as agent for a Third Party Supplier we will have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where those errors were made by ourselves. (f) The balance of the cost of your arrangements is payable not less than 8 weeks prior to departure, unless you are informed otherwise. If all payments (including any surcharge where applicable) are not received on time, we (or we acting as agent for the Third Party Supplier where applicable) are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking and will retain the deposit paid. If we do not cancel straightaway because you promise to make payment but you still fail to do so, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in clause 9 depending on the date we (or we acting as agent for the Third Party Supplier where applicable) reasonably treat your booking as cancelled by you. (g) (1) Providing full payment has been received, travel documents will be sent approximately 2 weeks before departure (Third Party Suppliers’ policies may vary) unless your booking is made within 6 weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible, made available for collection or sent by courier upon the payment of a fee. Non-UK residents may incur an additional delivery charge. (2) For some countries you will be handed your internal flight/train/ hotel vouchers by your tour manager/Cox & Kings representative on arrival at your destination. (h) Cox & Kings has included in the relevant prices all government taxes in the amount applicable at the time of booking which do not have to be paid locally. Those that have to be paid locally by you are extra and are your responsibility (such as international airport departure tax). 3) Special Requests / Medical Problems / Disabilities Where special requests for flight seats, room/cabin allocation, diet considerations etc. are required Cox & Kings must be made aware of these in writing at the time of booking. Whilst every effort will be made to pass these requests on to the suppliers concerned (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable), we cannot guarantee they will be met. Where special requests for flight seats are passed on by Cox & Kings to an airline, the confirmation of seat numbers is at the discretion of the airline. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier / Third Party Supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. If you have any disability or medical condition which may affect your arrangements or the booking process, please provide us with full details before booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen arrangements and/or assist you with making your booking. In any event, we must be given full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any material change in the disability or condition occurs. You must also advise us in writing if any such disability or condition develops after your booking has been confirmed. 4) Your Travel Agent (a) Any travel agent through whom you make a booking will relay information from you to us and vice versa. Cox & Kings is neither responsible for any failure by your travel agent to do this properly, or in good time, nor for any advice given to you by your travel agent that did not originate from Cox & Kings.

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(b) Any money you pay to one of our authorised travel agents for your booking will be held by the travel agent on behalf of Cox & Kings / the Third Party Supplier (as applicable) until it is paid to us. 5) Insurance It is a condition of booking with us that you take out insurance at the time of, or prior to, making your booking. If you do not purchase the policy we offer, details of which are set out on page 97 you must purchase an appropriate alternative, and let us have the details of this at the time of booking. If you purchase insurance through Cox & Kings you must notify us of relevant factors that may affect your particular requirements for cover such as pre-existing medical conditions / disabilities. If you do not purchase insurance through us it is your responsibility to ensure that you purchase a policy that provides cover equivalent to that which we offer. Cox & Kings cannot be held responsible if you purchase an inadequate insurance policy or if you fail to notify Cox & Kings of factors affecting your particular requirements for cover. Insurance premiums should be paid at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Non-European Union residents should obtain equivalent insurance cover in their country of residence. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. We do not check alternative insurance policies. 6) Alteration By You (a) If you wish to make any amendments to your holiday after the confirmation invoice has been issued, you must inform us in writing and we will do our best to help. Please note however that if you (i) change to a different departure date, cruise or destination or (ii) change your booking less than 8 weeks before departure, this will be treated as a cancellation and a new booking and you will be liable for the cancellation charges set out in clause 9 (except as set out in 6(c) below). In the event a change can be made, you must pay all costs and charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable) together with an amendment fee of £35 per alteration per booking before the change can be made. (b) If you wish to change any aspect of your holiday after it has commenced, Cox & Kings and/or their agents will do their best to assist, subject to you being responsible for any cancellation charges that may be levied for the arrangements originally booked, for the cost of your new arrangements and for any costs incurred by Cox & Kings and/or their agents in attempting to secure or securing any revised arrangements. All such charges and costs are payable locally. (c) If you wish to transfer your place on your booking to another person (introduced by you), you may do so provided the reason for the transfer is personal illness, the death or serious illness of a close family member, jury service, redundancy or unavoidable work commitments. Requests for a transfer must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to departure and must be accompanied by documentary proof of the reason for the transfer (e.g. a doctor’s certificate), full details of the person who will replace you, any outstanding balance due for the tour, a payment of £35 to cover our administration costs plus such amount as our suppliers (or Third Party Suppliers where applicable) will require to effect the change (if the transfer can be made). Please note that, in some cases, suppliers such as airlines treat name changes as a cancellation, levying cancellation charges and requiring payment for a new ticket. These charges must be paid by you before any change can be made. 7) Changes to or Cancellation of your Arrangements by us or your Third Party Supplier (a) This clause 7(a) applies only if your contract is with us. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in brochure and other details both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings which we reserve the right to do. Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a “significant change”. A significant change is a change made before departure which, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking and which we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a major affect on your holiday. Significant changes include the following changes when made before departure; a change of accommodation to that of a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of outward departure time or overall length of time you are away of twelve or more hours, a change of UK departure point to one which is more inconvenient for you (except between airports serving the same city) and, in the case of cruises a radical change of itinerary. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:(i) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements or (ii) purchasing an alternative holiday from us (paying or receiving a refund in respect of any price difference) or (iii) cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full and quick refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please note, the above options are not available where any change made is a minor one. If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will, where compensation is appropriate, pay you the compensation payments set out in the table below depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or where we have to cancel because the minimum number of persons required to operate your holiday has not been reached prior to the balance due date. No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or if the change made is a minor one. A minor change is any change that does not come within the definition of a significant change set out above. Although Cox & Kings will try to notify you of minor changes, it is not obliged to do so. Minor changes include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) Changes to the confirmed destinations for your holiday but not all of them; (2) Changes in the scheduled date and time of arrival or departure provided that, where necessary, hotel accommodation and reasonable sustenance for the period in question is provided to you at no additional charge; (3) Substitution of a named Lecturer and or Leader for another knowledgeable expert in the same field. All group holidays with Cox & Kings require a minimum number of bookings before they will operate. If an insufficient number of people have booked to make your holiday arrangements financially viable so that we have to cancel, we will inform you no later than 8 weeks before your departure date. In this case, you will be offered the options set out above but no compensation will be payable. Period before departure a significant change Compensation or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent per person More than 56 days £10.00 43-56 days £15.00 42-29 days £20.00 28-15 days £30.00 14-0 days £40.00 As Cox & Kings neither owns, manages nor controls the accommodation / transportation that it uses, it is possible that Cox & Kings may be advised that your reserved accommodation is not available when you arrive at your destination. In this event Cox & Kings will endeavour to secure accommodation of at least the same standard in that destination. Except where the change is caused by force majeure

(see cl 8), if only accommodation of a lower standard is available Cox & Kings will refund the difference between the prices of the accommodation booked and that received, and will pay £30 per person for any inconvenience caused.This amount will be paid on your return from holiday. (b) This clause 7(b) applies if your contract is with a Third Party Supplier. If the Third Party Supplier changes or cancels your booking we will pass on the new details to you together with any compensation that the Third Party Supplier may offer. As agent only for the Third Party Supplier we cannot accept any liability for any changes or cancellations made to these bookings. 8) Force Majeure Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, neither we nor any Third Party Supplier can accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our or the Third Party Supplier’s contractual obligations is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss (as more fully described in clause 12(a)(2) below) as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we / the supplier of the service(s) in question / the Third Party Supplier could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, fire and all similar events outside the control of the party concerned. 9) Cancellation By You Should you wish to cancel your booking you must notify Cox & Kings or your travel agent (as applicable) in writing. Such notification will only be deemed to have been given on receipt by us of your letter, since we can only act on receipt. Please state the reason for your cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. Claims must however be made direct to your insurance company. The following cancellation charges will apply. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges. Insurance premiums and amendment charges are not refundable. Days before departure Amount of cancellation charges notification received. as a % of total tour cost More than 56 days Deposit 56 to 29 40% or deposit if higher 28 to 15 60% or deposit if higher 14 to 08 75% or deposit if higher 07 to 04 90% 03 to day of departure or later 100% No allowance or refund can be made for meals, rooms, excursions etc., included in the price of your tour but not taken, nor can any refund be made for lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers. Part cancellation of a booking may result in increased costs for the remaining party members. 10) Prices Prices are based upon then known costs and exchange rates of GBP£1 = US Dollar 1.53, Japanese Yen 135.34, Hong Kong Dollar 11.85,Thai Baht 49.27, Malaysian Ringgit 4.87 and Chinese Yen 10.33 (as quoted in the Financial Times world value of the pound table on 14 July 2010). For all exchange rates not mentioned, the rate of exchange of the US dollar applies. Where your contract is with Cox & Kings then once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking, we will only change it in the following circumstances. A surcharge or refund (as applicable) will be payable, subject to the conditions set out in this clause, in the event of any change in our transportation costs (e.g. fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline surcharges which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator) or in the dues, taxes or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports or in the exchange rates which have been used to calculate the cost of your holiday. Even in the above cases, only if the amount of the increase in our costs exceeds 2% of the total cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges) will we levy a surcharge. If any surcharge is greater than 10% of the cost of your holiday (excluding insurance premiums and any amendment charges), you will be entitled to cancel your booking and receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us (except for any amendment charges) or alternatively purchase another holiday from us as referred to in clause 7(a). In either case there will be an administration charge of £1 per person together with an amount to cover any travel agent’s commission. Although insurance (where purchased through us) does not form part of your contract with us or of any “package”, we will consider an appropriate refund of any insurance premiums you have paid us if you can show you are unable to use/reuse or transfer your policy in the event of cancellation or purchase of an alternative holiday. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. A refund will only be payable if the decrease in our costs exceeds 2% as set out above. Where a refund is due, we will pay you the full amount of the decrease in our costs. Where applicable, you have 14 days from the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice to tell us if you want to cancel or purchase another holiday. If you do not tell us that you wish to do so within this period of time, we are entitled to assume that you will pay the surcharge. Any surcharge must be paid with the balance of the cost of the holiday or within 14 days of the issue date printed on the surcharge invoice, whichever is the later. We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of the start of your holiday. No refunds will be payable within this period either. Where your contract is with a Third Party Supplier, as we act only as agent, we must pass on to you in full all additional costs and charges of whatever nature imposed by the Third Party Supplier in accordance with its own terms and conditions. Please note, changes and errors occasionally occur. You must check the price of your chosen holiday at the time of booking. We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed. Occasionally our holiday prices are discounted for a limited period for promotional purposes. Discounts cannot be applied retrospectively to reduce the price of a confirmed booking. 11) Your Responsibilities (a) Visas: General information concerning visa requirements applicable to British Citizens is set out in our Documents & Health section. We will notify you of any changes to visa requirements applicable to British Citizens who hold a full British passport which occur before your confirmation invoice is issued but please note that further changes could take place before you travel. You must check the up to date requirements in good time before departure. Cox & Kings will be happy to make any necessary visa applications on behalf of British passport holders, provided applications are lodged at our offices at least 6 weeks prior to departure. We cannot however guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside our control. If a visa is not granted then we cannot accept any liability for the consequences and reserve the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges. Non-British citizens / holders of non British passports should check with their nearest consulate or embassy for visa requirements. (b) Passports: British Citizens require a full British passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of your holiday) for the holidays we offer. Please see our Travellers Advice section for full details, or seek the advice of our travel consultants. Please note: requirements may change and you must check the up to date requirements in good time before departure. A full British passport presently takes approximately 2 to 6 weeks to obtain. If any member of your party is 16 or over and hasn’t yet got

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COX & KINGS a passport, our recommendation is that you should apply for one at least 6 weeks before your holiday. The UK Passport Service has to confirm your identity before issuing your first passport and will ask you to attend an interview in order to do this. Please also see clause (d) below. (c) Health: Recommended and mandatory inoculations for travel are set out in our Documents & Health section. We will notify you of any changes in these that occur before your confirmation invoice is issued. However, further changes may occur at any time and you should consult your doctor in good time before you depart. Health requirements for your holiday destination are outlined in the Department of Health leaflet entitled ‘The Travellers Guide to Health’ (T7), available from ABTA travel agents, most post offices, by telephone on 0870 1555455 or via the Department of Health website www.dh.gov.uk. If you have any medical condition / disability that may affect your ability to enjoy and pursue fully your arrangements you must notify us in accordance with cl 3. Cox & Kings reserves the right, where appropriate, to ask you to provide written certification of your medical fitness prior to departure. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain all necessary inoculations, take all necessary medication and follow all medical advice in relation to your holiday. (d) Documents: It is the responsibility of the person who makes the booking to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents and have all necessary vaccination certificates before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation or vaccinations / certificates must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry correct documentation or have the correct vaccinations/certificates. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges, expenses or other financial penalty being imposed on us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly. If you are refused a visa we cannot accept any liability. If you are unable to travel as a result you will be liable to pay our normal cancellation charges. The person who makes the booking is also responsible for ensuring that every member of your party has adequate travel insurance (see clause 5 above). (e) Behaviour: You must not behave in a way that may cause distress, danger or annoyance to others or damage to property. When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss (reasonably estimated if not known at the time) must be paid direct at the time to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier. If the actual cost of the loss or damage exceeds the amount paid where estimated, you must pay the difference once known. If the actual cost is less than the amount paid, the difference will be refunded. You will also be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions. You should ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect you if this situation arises. If you are subject to arrest, or are prevented from travelling at the discretion of an airline or other transport or cruise provider, or if you are evicted from a hotel at the discretion of the hotel management, we will not refund any portion of the cost of your holiday, nor will we have any further responsibility towards you, including the provision of any return travel arrangements, or pay you any compensation whatsoever. If we incur any expense as a result of your behaviour, you will be obliged to reimburse us for that expense. (f) Travel advice: For up to date travel advice from the UK Government, visit www. fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo. 12) Our Liability This clause 12(a) does not apply where your contract is with a Third Party Supplier (a) (1) We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers). (2) We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of possessions or enjoyment), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 8. (3) We cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel, cruise provider or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised in our brochure and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion / activities you purchase whilst away. Please also see clause 16 “Excursions/Activities/Suppliers Terms and Conditions”. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any of our brochures or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you. (4) The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract - and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred - will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with the local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holidaymaker to refuse to take the holiday in question. (5) As set out in these booking conditions we limit the maximum amount we may have to pay you for certain claims you may make against us. Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £1,500 per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 12(a)(6) below. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is a refund of the cost of the holiday (excluding insurance premiums and amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total, a refund of any directly attributable expenses reasonably incurred by that person and a daily sum of £72 per person unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 12(a)(6) below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your holiday. (6) Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, rail, sea or road carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you will be limited. This maximum amount will be the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea and the Convention concerning International Travel by Rail (COTIF) as amended for travel by rail). Where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. You are not entitled to make any claim against us which concerns or is based on any travel arrangements provided by any air, rail, sea or road carrier if such a claim is not expressly permitted to be brought against the carrier by the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question. When making any payment, we are entitled

to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request. NB. For international travel by sea, the Athens Convention limits the maximum amount the carrier has to pay if found liable in the event of death or personal injury. The Athens Convention also limits the maximum amount the carrier has to pay if found liable in the event of loss or damage to luggage and also makes provision for valuables. The maximum the carrier would have to pay you if found liable for any damage, delay or loss in respect of cabin luggage under the Athens Convention is currently approximately £800.00 per guest. Once on board ship, all valuable and important items should be deposited with the purser or in the mini-safe in your cabin if available. Please remember that no cabin mini-safe is totally secure and consider whether you need to bring such items on holiday with you. Placing items in a mini-safe is not depositing them with the carrier for safekeeping for the purposes of the Athens Convention. We and the carrier cannot accept any responsibility or liability for any valuable or important items, which are not deposited with the purser for safekeeping. For items which are deposited with the purser for safekeeping, the maximum the carrier would have to pay you if found liable for any item(s) lost or damaged (for any reason) whilst deposited is the maximum which is payable under the Athens Convention in this situation (currently approximately £1150 per guest). (7) Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees or, where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any expenses or losses which relate to any business (including self employed loss of earnings). (b) Clauses 12(b) (1) and (2) below apply only if your contract is with a Third Party Supplier. (1) As we act only as an agent for the Third Party Supplier concerned we accept no liability in relation to the arrangements provided by that Third Party Supplier or for the acts or omissions of the Third Party Supplier concerned. The terms and conditions of the Third Party Supplier will apply to your contract (copies available on request from us). (2) However, in the event that we are found liable in respect of any Third Party Supplier arrangements on any basis whatsoever, we are entitled to rely on the limitations and exclusions of liability and defences set out in clause 12(a). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury which arises as a result of our negligence or that of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment. 13) Transportation (including delay) (a) Air, rail, road and other departure times are supplied by the carriers. They are subject to, inter alia, air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, the need for constant maintenance and the ability of passengers to check in on time. Cox & Kings does not have any liability to you for any delays that may arise (including any at your international departure airport). We regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so. Where applicable, the airline is responsible for providing any assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations (see below). Otherwise, any arrangements in the event of a delay will be at the sole discretion of the airline or other carrier involved. (b) In accordance with EU Directive (EC) No 2111/2005 Article 9, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU Community. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/ list_en.htm We are also required to advise you of the carrier(s) (or, if the carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm flight timings. The flight timings shown in this brochure and detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. The latest timings will be shown on your tickets which will be despatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched - we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (if given) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges except where specified in these conditions. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative, the provisions of clause 7 will apply. (c) If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 - the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Where applicable, you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payment due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If, for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations or otherwise, you must, when requested, make a complete assignment to us of the rights you have against the airline in relation to the claim that gives rise to that compensation payment. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Air Transport Users’ Council on 020 7240 6061 www.auc.org.uk. 14) Complaints and Problems If you have a complaint about any of the holiday arrangements booked with or through Cox & Kings, you must tell the relevant supplier / Third party Supplier straight away. You must also tell Cox & Kings’ local representative or agent on site immediately (if available) or use the Cox & Kings emergency contact telephone number with which you will be supplied before your departure. That number will put you in contact with one of our employees who will take all reasonable steps to help you. It is only if you do this that Cox & Kings has the opportunity to put matters right on the spot. If you fail to do this, any right to compensation, which you may have, will be extinguished or reduced. Baggage is deemed to have been delivered undamaged to you unless Cox & Kings receives written notice in the case of apparent damage immediately upon arrival or re-delivery or within 15 days of the end of using the service in question for any loss or damage which is not apparent. If your contract is with a Third Party Supplier, as we act only as agent, we cannot accept any liability for the arrangements provided by that Third Party Supplier. Any assistance provided in resolving a complaint in relation to any booking of this type is provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as agent. 15) Arbitration If you have a complaint or claim which you wish to pursue, please write to us within 28 days of your return to the United Kingdom. Your complaint or claim will be investigated and a full reply sent to you as soon as possible. As our investigations often involve obtaining information from overseas, it may take a few weeks. In the unlikely event that we do not reach an amicable settlement, the dispute, if you so wish and subject to the Note below, may be referred to arbitration under a special scheme devised by ABTA but administered quite independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on the basis of documents alone, with restricted liabilities on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA

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website www.abta.com. Alternatively, AITO’s Independent Dispute Settlement Service may be called upon by either side to bring the matter to a speedy and amicable solution. Whichever option you choose, neither scheme applies to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking, or to claims which are solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness, or the consequences of such injury or illness. Note. If your contract is with a Third Party Supplier and not us it may not be possible for any dispute arising out of or in connection with the contract to be referred to arbitration under the schemes mentioned above. 16) Excursions / Activities / Suppliers Terms and Conditions (a) The information contained in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of the brochure going to print. We may provide you with information (in our brochure, on our website and/or when you are on holiday) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We cannot guarantee accuracy at all times of information given in relation to such activities or excursions or about the area you are visiting generally or that any particular excursion or activity which does not form part of our contract will take place as these services are not under our control. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. We have no knowledge as to whether such activities or excursions and their operators comply with local legal requirements or have any insurance. Some activities / excursions involve the risk of personal injury. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators/other third parties and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 12(a) of our booking conditions will not apply to them. We do not however exclude liability for the negligence of ourselves or our employees resulting in your death or personal injury. (b) Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions (see clause 12(a)(6)). Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned. 17) Financial Security We are a member of ABTA (ABTA number V2999). We also hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 2815.) The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this brochure and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We provide this security by way of an ATOL (number 2815) administered by the Civil Aviation Authority for flight inclusive holidays. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package or flight* from us you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our ATOL. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing either the person who pays for the booking is present in the UK when the booking is made or the first leg of any flight or flights we arrange for you commences in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk .The price of our air holiday packages includes the amount of £2.50 per person which is the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA.This charge is included in our advertised prices. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. If you have a contract with us for arrangements which do not include a flight(s), ABTA will financially protect your holiday in the same way except where your contracted arrangements with us do not include transport to and from the UK. In this case, if already abroad, you will be returned to the point where your contracted arrangements with us commenced. Please go to www.abta. com for information on ABTA’s travel protection. Please note, our ATOL and ABTA membership does not protect bookings where we act only as agent. 18) Law and Jurisdiction Your relationship (and any contract you may have) with Cox & Kings or with any Third Party Supplier and any dispute or other matters arising from it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. We both agree that any dispute, claim or other matter of any description (and whether or not involving any personal injury) which arises between us must be dealt with under the ABTA Arbitration Scheme (if the Scheme is available for the claim in question and you wish to use it – see clause 15) or by the Courts of England and Wales only unless, in the case of Court proceedings, you live in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In this case, proceedings must either be brought in the Courts of your home country or those of England and Wales. If proceedings are brought in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you may choose to have your contract and any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us governed by the law of Scotland/Northern Ireland as applicable (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply). Date of Issue July 2010 Data Protection Privacy Policy For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, we are a data controller. The following is a summary of our full privacy policy which sets out how we collect and use the personal information (“personal data”) you provide us with directly or through use of our website. Our full, current privacy policy appears on our website which you should read before providing us with any personal data. Depending on what’s required, the personal data we collect may include names and contact details, credit/ debit card or other payment information and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect holiday arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs (“sensitive personal data”). All references in this privacy policy to personal data include sensitive personal data unless otherwise stated. Appropriate personal data will be passed on to relevant suppliers / any Third Party Supplier / any other third party (including banks and/or credit card issuers) who need to know it so that your holiday can be provided, to government / public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, to security or credit checking companies, to other companies who provide services on our behalf (such as mailing brochures and marketing material) or as required by law. We take steps to protect the personal data which is provided to any such party. In making your booking, you consent to personal data being passed on to the relevant parties. Your personal data may be stored, used and otherwise processed within the UK and/ or any other country(ies) of the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or outside the EEA. Data protection laws may not be as strong outside the EEA as they are in the EEA. Personal data will not be transferred to a country outside the EEA unless the conditions referred to in our full privacy statement are satisfied. We would also like to store and use your personal data for future marketing purposes (for example, sending you a brochure or other marketing material). All personal data you give us (including sensitive personal data) will be kept but we will use only names and contact details for marketing purposes (unless you have told us that you do not wish us to do so). If you would prefer not to receive any promotional mailings from Cox & Kings you may inform us at any time and we will remove your details from future mailing lists. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures which are intended to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data. Our full privacy policy contains the procedure for reviewing and amending any personal data of yours we are processing. See www.coxandkings.co.uk for details. ABTA ABTA and ABTA members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration service available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com The above applies only to services supplied by Cox & Kings Travel Limited and does not apply to services featured in this brochure which are provided by any Third Party Supplier where you enter into a contract with the Third party Supplier.

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WEATHER The Asia Pacific region has a range of climatic conditions and it is possible to travel at most times of year and find certain areas that are at their best. The guide below offers a general idea to the best times of year to travel to different regions in the Far East.

CAMBODIA & LAOS These two countries have similar weather patterns, being hot and humid all year. The rainy season falls between late April and September. The best time of year to visit is during the cooler and drier winter months between November and March. PHNOM PENH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY Ave. Max (ºC) 30 31 32 32 32 Ave. Min (ºC) 23 24 25 26 26 Ave. Rain (mm) 28 12 36 104 183

JUN 30 26 155

JUL 30 26 171

AUG 29 26 160

SEP OCT NOV 29 30 30 25 25 24 224 257 127

DEC 30 23 35

JAN Ave. Max (ºC) 32 Ave. Min (ºC) 23 Ave. Rain (mm) 145 KUALA LUMPUR

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Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm)

35 19 37

36 34 32 31 31 32 22 24 25 24 24 24 86 170 186 278 288 233

31 22 72

30 18 31

28 14 11

This area includes Beijing and Xian.The climate here tends to be fairly continental, with warm to hot summers and cool dry winters that bring snow between December and February. These winter months tend to be clear and less crowded with tourists. Most of the rainfall falls in the summer months. The best time to travel is during the spring months of March to May and the autumnal months of September and October. MAY 26 14 30

JUN 30 20 51

JUL 31 22 130

AUG 30 21 93

SEP OCT NOV DEC 26 19 10 4 16 8 0 -5 34 17 8 2

CHINA: CENTRAL This area includes Shanghai and the Yangtze Gorges. Warmer than the North and East in winter and summer, there is more rainfall year-round, with the heaviest on the coast. The best time to travel is during the spring months of March to May and the autumnal months of September and October. SHANGHAI JAN FEB MAR APR MAY Ave. Max (ºC) 8 10 13 20 24 Ave. Min (ºC) 2 4 7 12 17 Ave. Rain (mm) 76 51 94 72 93

JUN 28 22 196

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 32 31 28 22 17 11 26 26 22 17 11 5 117 225 71 59 49 49

CHINA: SOUTH WEST This includes the region of Yunnan, including Kunming and Lijiang. Kunming is known as the ‘city of eternal spring’ and is generally pleasant year-round, although summer can be quite wet. The towns of Lijiang and Dali in the mountains get more extreme weather and can be cold at night. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit. MENGZI JAN FEB MAR APR Ave. Max (ºC) 19 21 25 28 Ave. Min (ºC) 8 10 13 17 Ave. Rain (mm) 15 14 24 35

MAY 28 19 81

JUN 28 20 86

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 28 28 26 24 21 18 20 19 18 16 12 8 133 104 69 40 28 10

CHINA: NORTH WEST This area includes the Silk Road routes around Urumqi and Dunhuang. The climate is extreme continental, with very cold winters and hot summers. The best time to travel is during the summer, between late April and September. URUMQI JAN FEB MAR APR Ave. Max (ºC) -8 -5 3 15 Ave. Min (ºC) -16 -13 -5 5 Ave. Rain (mm) 10 9 14 27

MAY 22 12 28

JUN 27 16 25

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV 29 28 22 13 2 19 17 12 4 -5 32 24 17 17 14

DEC -5 -13 12

JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA Japan’s weather is very mixed due to its length, and there are wide differences between the regions. Generally the country experiences cool to cold but sunny winters and warm, humid summers, with most of the rainfall occurring in the summer. The best time to travel is spring or autumn, when days are relatively mild and clear. South Korea has similar weather patterns, although the winters tend to be around 5°C colder on average. TOKYO JAN FEB MAR APR Ave. Max (ºC) 10 10 13 18 Ave. Min (ºC) 2 2 5 10 Ave. Rain (mm) 49 60 115 136

MAY 23 15 147

JUN 25 19 128

AUG 32 24 125

SEP OCT NOV 32 32 32 24 24 24 164 193 233

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 29 31 27 22 17 12 22 24 21 15 10 5 165 155 201 163 93 40

MALAYSIA Malaysia is generally hot and humid year round, with differing rainfall patterns. The east coast of peninsula Malaysia experiences rainfall between November and January, while the west coast experiences more rainfall from August to October. Downpours throughout the year tend to be short and sharp, leaving the rest of the day fairly clear.

JAN 30 24 64

FEB MAR APR MAY 31 32 32 32 24 24 25 25 50 53 88 146

JUN 32 24 190

JUL 32 24 187

AUG 32 24 223

SEP OCT NOV 32 31 31 24 24 24 208 295 218

DEC 31 24 161

The travelling season in Mongolia is short, lasting from May to September when the temperatures are at their warmest. The rainy season falls between July and September, but rain is mostly short, light and quick to clear. The wind can blow fiercely and cause a temperature range from 30°C down to 5°C in a single day. ULAAN BAATAR

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm)

JAN -16 -26 2

FEB MAR APR MAY -10 -1 8 17 -22 -14 -4 3 2 3 6 15

JUN 22 10 37

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 24 22 16 7 -6 -14 12 10 3 -5 -16 -23 47 46 23 5 5 4

THAILAND Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate, divided into a wet and dry season. For the central and northern areas, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the best times to visit are between November and March, since it is very hot in April and rainy between May and October. The southwest bordering the Andaman Sea, including Phuket and Krabi is driest between November and March, whilst the south eastern coast bordering the Gulf of Thailand is best between May and October. BANGKOK

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm) PHUKET

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm) KO SAMUI

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm)

JAN 32 23 7

FEB MAR APR MAY 33 34 35 34 24 26 27 27 14 33 58 171

JUN 33 26 113

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 33 33 33 32 32 32 26 26 25 25 24 22 118 160 253 207 32 3

JAN 33 24 21

FEB MAR APR MAY 34 34 34 33 25 25 26 26 20 44 78 165

JUN 32 26 145

JUL 32 25 169

SEP OCT NOV 31 31 32 25 24 25 247 245 139

DEC 32 24 48

JAN 29 24 76

FEB MAR APR 29 31 32 25 26 26 47 67 54

JUN 32 26 102

JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV 32 32 32 30 30 25 25 25 24 24 79 99 102 270 333

DEC 29 24 141

MAY 33 26 109

AUG 32 25 209

BURMA The best time to visit Burma is from November to March, when it is not so hot and rains the least. April is very hot and dry and from May to September is the rainy season, during which time some resorts close. YANGON

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm)

JAN 32 18 3

FEB MAR APR 33 36 36 19 22 24 5 8 51

MAY 33 25 307

JUN 30 24 480

JUL 29 24 582

AUG 29 24 528

SEP OCT NOV DEC 30 31 31 32 24 24 23 18 394 180 69 3

VIETNAM Vietnam’s temperatures and rainfall vary widely. Since most tours of Vietnam include both the north and south, and invariably some of the central districts, it is difficult to pinpoint an ideal time to travel. However, the best overall months are probably October to March. The rainy season for most of the country is between May and September. The central highlands have an additional wet season between September and January. HANOI

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm) HO CHI MINH

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm)

JAN 20 15 16

FEB MAR APR MAY 21 23 28 32 16 19 22 25 28 38 81 117

JUN 33 27 169

JUL 33 27 226

AUG 33 26 211

SEP OCT NOV 32 29 26 26 23 20 124 67 37

DEC 22 16 17

JAN 32 22 6

FEB MAR APR MAY 33 34 35 34 23 25 26 26 4 14 42 139

JUN 33 25 210

JUL 32 25 205

AUG 32 25 187

SEP OCT NOV 32 31 32 25 24 23 178 222 89

DEC 31 22 24

Please note the codes on the weather charts indicate the following: Ave. Max, Temp (C) = Average maximum temperature in Celsius. Ave Min Temp (C) = Average minimum temperature in Celcius Ave Rain (mm) = Average monthly rainfall in millimetres.

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MONGOLIA

CHINA: NORTH & EAST

BEIJING JAN FEB MAR APR Ave. Max (ºC) 2 5 12 20 Ave. Min (ºC) -8 -5 1 9 Ave. Rain (mm) 3 4 7 19

JUL 32 24 115

BORNEO

Ave. Max (ºC) Ave. Min (ºC) Ave. Rain (mm)

32 15 8

JUN 33 24 126

Borneo has a tropical climate, being predominantly covered in rainforest. Heavy rains between November and February make travel more difficult as roads and walking trails become muddy. The weather is most pleasant between May and October, especially during the fruiting seson when there is more wildlife activity in the rainforest. In recent years, smoke haze caused by agricultural fires has been known to affect air quality for a few weeks in September, although measures have been taken by the authorities to reduce this practice.

LUANG PRABANG JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

29 14 6

FEB MAR APR MAY 33 33 33 33 23 24 24 24 138 180 151 102


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travel insurance

We have arranged competitive travel insurance from specialist Insurance Brokers Campbell Irvine Ltd and underwritten by the International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited part of Hannover Re, one of Europe’s largest reinsurers. The 24-hour Worldwide Emergency Medical Service is provided by Specialty Assistance Limited, experts in providing friendly and professional emergency help around the clock. Should you decide not to purchase our insurance, you must provide us with details of your alternative insurance with your final payment. A. Medical Expenses In Patient Benefit Criminal injuries Personal Liability

£5,000,000 £10 per day up to £200 £100 per day up to £5,000 £2,000,000

B. Personal Accident £25,000 Permanent Loss of Sight £25,000 Loss of Limb(s) £25,000 Permanent Total Disablement £25,000 Death £10,000 C. Cancellation or Curtailment £5,000* D. Delayed Departure or Arrival Either compensation up to £100 OR cancellation after 12 hours up to £1,000 Hi-jack of Aircraft £100 per day up to £3,000 Failure of flight connections £25 per day up to £150 Interruption of Transport £300 E. Personal Effects £2,000 (Valuables limited to £350) (Single Article limit £250) (Disc Collections £200) Money £500 Tickets £1,000 Passport and Visas £250 F. Legal Expenses £15,000 G. Winter Sports Optional Excesses Under most sections of your policy, claims will be subject to an excess of £75. This means you will be responsible for paying the first part of each claim.

TRIPS OVER 45 DAYS Please contact Cox & Kings Travel direct for a quotation. Optional Extensions Optional Winter Sports cover available on payment of additional premium. TOP UP: An additional premium is payable to increase the standard £5,000* per person cancellation sum insured. For trips costing between £5,001 and £6,000 per insured person For trips costing between £6,001 and £7,000 per insured person For trips costing between £7,001 and £8,000 per insured person

£40 £85 £150

All premiums shown are inclusive of Insurance Premium Tax currently at 17.5% and valid for policies issued up to the 31st December 2011 irrespective of the booked departure date. FAMILY RATE For families travelling together, a special premium applies based on 2 times the adult rate. This provides for two adults under 66 years and up to four children aged 18 years or less. CHILD REDUCTION Premiums are reduced by half for children aged 18 years or less at date of payment of insurance premium, if travelling with an adult insured under this scheme. FREE COVER – INFANTS UNDER TWO Infants aged under two years at departure can be included free of charge if travelling from departure point with a parent insured under this scheme – provided that the insured person request that their name is included on the booking invoice. AGE 66 to 70 YEARS For persons aged 66 to 70 years at date of payment of insurance premium, double the standard rates apply. AGE 71 YEARS & OVER For persons aged 71 years or more please contact Vital Health for a quotation on: 0844 826 2716 ANNUAL MULTI-TRIP POLICY Available upon request at £115 for passengers up to and including 65 years old for worldwide trips including North America.

UK Europe Worldwide excl. Worldwide incl. Australasia North America North America Up to 4 days £11 £17 £45 £55 £40 5 to 9 days £14 £22 £53 £60 £49 10 to 17 days £18 £27 £60 £75 £55 18 to 24 days £22 £35 £65 £82 £62 25 to 32 days £28 £43 £74 £90 £68 33 to 45 days £36 £65 £100 £120 £90

PLEASE NOTE: This is only a summary of cover. Full details of the cover provided are shown on your policy document which will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment of premium. Please read it carefully to ensure you understand the cover provided which includes certain terms, conditions, exclusions and excesses as this insurance is being sold to you on a Non Advised basis from a single insurer. In particular cover is excluded for any pre-existing medical condition for which you or any person upon whom travel depends are suffering such as a relative. If in doubt please contact the insurers medical helpline on 0844 826 2686. Should you wish, a specimen copy will be made available prior to purchase upon request. If the insurance does not meet your requirements you may return the documentation within 14 days of the purchase or prior to travel is this is sooner and providing no claim has been made, obtain a refund.

NB. Europe includes all countries west of the Ural Mountains and countries bordering the Mediterranean, plus Iceland, Jordan, Madeira, the Canary,  Azores and Mediterranean Islands.

Cox & Kings is an Appointed Representative of Campbell Irvine Ltd who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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INOCULATION & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All the destinations featured in our brochure have specific entry regulations, and many have recommended health precautions. The requirements and recommendations in force at the time of publication are detailed below. However, it is your responsibility to double-check the relevant requirements before departure to ensure that you comply with them, and take with you the correct documentation for the country / countries that you are visiting. Please note that the entry requirements listed are only valid for British citizens. All other nationalities should check with Cox & Kings for advice. Regarding any inoculations or health precautions that may be needed, Cox & Kings recommends that you consult your GP or travel clinic for personal advice. A simple classification system has been devised to check the necessary destination requirements and advice. The codes that have been used are interpreted as follows: A Full valid British Passport (minimum six months validity from the intended date of return) B Visa required (see footnote) B* Tourist Card required (see footnote) C Yellow Fever precautions advised C* A Yellow Fever certificate is required if travelling from an infected country if travelling from an infected country C** A Yellow Fever certificate is required for all travellers over the age of 1 year D Cholera precautions E Typhoid & Polio and Hepatitis A precautions may be advised F Malaria precautions advised G Tetanus precautions advised H Areas of high altitude – check with G.P for confirmation that it is safe to visit I Food and Drink precautions advised J Entry prohibited if you have an Israeli stamp, or stamps from other countries’ bordering crossing points with Israel, in your passport K Diphtheria precautions advised L Hepatitis B precautions advised Burma ABC**EFGIKL Cambodia ABC*EFGHIKL China ABC*DEFGHIKL Hong Kong AEFGIKL Japan AL Laos ABC*EFGIKL Malaysia AC**EFGIKL Mongolia ABEGIL Singapore AC**EGIL South Korea AEFIKL Taiwan AC*DEFGIKL Thailand AC*EFGIKL Tibet ABC*DEFGHIKL Vietnam ABC**EFGIL Important Note: The above information is accurate at the time of publication (July 2010). Please note that Cox & Kings will advise you before accepting your booking should there be any subsequent changes to the above recommendations and requirements. Malaria: Malaria is a risk in certain parts of China (particularly in rural areas in the southern provinces of Yunnan and Hainan), parts of Tibet, Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and certain parts of Thailand (the border areas near Cambodia and Myanmar - Burma). In other areas the risk is so low that anti-malarial prophylactics are not advised; however, it is advisable to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. Please check with your doctor on the current precautions advised.

Altitude: Please check with your tour consultant on which areas have high altitudes. If you have any history of heart complaints or if you are over the age of 60, please check with your GP that it is safe to visit these areas. You should contact your doctor or MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad), which operates a travellers health advice line costing 60p per minute on tel: 0906 8224 1000, who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. You can also obtain a leaflet on ‘Health Advice for Travellers (T7.1)’ from the Department of Health by telephoning 0300 123 1002, or find useful health advice for travellers at www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.

GENERAL HEALTH ADVICE In addition to the inoculation advice listed above, we recommend that you observe the following general health tips on your holiday: • Drink only bottled water and check the seal is secure when you receive it. • Do not eat raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit and raw or uncooked seafood. • Avoid food and drink from street vendors and restaurants that might have suspect refrigeration and sanitary practices.

PASSPORTS & VISAS This advice is only valid for British citizens. Any clients who hold non-British passports must contact the relevant Embassy / Consulate (telephone numbers listed below). It is important that you hold a valid 10-year British passport, and we recommend that your passport is valid for six months from your date of return to the UK. Passports can be obtained from the Post Office or online at www.ukpa.gov. uk. A filled-out application form, a birth certificate and two passport photographs (one to be signed by a referee who has known you for two years) are required. The cost for postal application is £77.50 and it can take up to three weeks to obtain from the date of application. Information on visas may be obtained from the respective Embassies / High Commissions at the addresses listed below: • EMBASSY OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR (BURMA) Tel: 020 7499 4340 • ROYAL EMBASSY OF CAMBODIA Tel: 020 8451 7850 • CHINESE VISA ADVISORY SERVICE CENTRE Tel: 020 7842 0960 • THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN Tel: 020 7465 6565 • LAOS, Visas obtained on arrival. • MALAYSIAN HIGH COMMISSION Tel: 020 7235 8033 • MONGOLIAN EMBASSY Tel: 020 7937 0150 • EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA Tel: 020 7227 5505 • SINGAPORE HIGH COMMISSION Tel: 020 7235 8315 • ROYAL THAI EMBASSY Tel: 020 7589 2944 ext 5500 (09.30 – 12.30) • TAIWAN, no consulate or embassy in UK. • TIBET CONSULAR SECTION Tel: 020 7631 1430 (Between 2-4pm Visa section). • EMBASSY OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM, Tel: 020 7937 1912 (09.30 – 12.30)

CHARGES Cox & Kings will be pleased to obtain visas on your behalf (for British citizen passport holders only) provided a minimum period of 6 weeks prior to departure is given to obtain a single country visa. Cox & Kings requires an additional week for each additional country’s visa that is required. The charge to process each visa will be £25 in addition to the cost of each visa. The current charges are detailed below. These prices are correct at the time of publication; however, all governments reserve the right to change these without notice. Cox & Kings will advise of any changes prior to booking. If your itinerary involves leaving any of the countries and re-entering them at a later stage, you will need a double or multiple entry visa, which may cost more. If being obtained by Cox & Kings, your visa fees should be forwarded to us in full at the time of booking. Burma: Single Entry £14 (3 months validity) Cambodia: Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh airport for US$20 (cash) and are valid for 1 month. China: Single Entry £65.25 (3 months validity) Double Entry £80.25 (3 months validity) Laos: Tourist visas are issued on arrival for US$35 (cash) Mongolia: Single Entry £40 (30 days validity, arrival within 3 months of issue.) Same day service £50. You will also need to purchase a double entry visa for entry into China, which costs £79.50. Tibet: China double entry visa £80.25. Tibet entry permit included and processed in Beijing. Vietnam: £44 Single Entry or £70 Multiple Entry

REQUIREMENTS For Burma you will need to complete a visa application form and produce two passport-sized photographs and a valid passport. For Cambodian visas you will need to complete two application forms on arrival and produce two passport sized photographs. A tourist visa application for China requires one completed application form; one recent passport sized photograph; a valid passport and travel information. Please contact Cox & Kings’ visa department for more information. For Laos, you will need a visa application form (handed to you on the plane) and one passport sized photograph. For Mongolia, a passport sized photograph is required with completed application form. For Tibetan permits, a clear photocopy of your passport cover and back page (showing passport number and photograph) and a China double entry visa is necessary. Tibetan visas must be endorsed at the Chinese Embassy at the place from which you depart for Tibet (Beijing for our tour series). Please check with Cox & Kings for full details on endorsing your visa. You must complete the relevant forms detailing Full Name, Date of Birth, Passport Number, Date of Issue, Date of Expiry of Passport, Permanent Address, Occupation and Nationality and these must be returned to Cox & Kings at least 55 days prior to departure. The names in the passport must match with the details supplied to Cox & Kings or entry may be refused. One passport photo is required. For Vietnam, one completed application form, one passport sized photograph, and a valid passport is required.

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Surname

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PASSENGER DETAILS - AS THEY APPEAR IN YOUR PASSPORT

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Date of C&K Expiry Insurance* DD/MM/YY Yes/No DD/MM/YY Yes/No DD/MM/YY Yes/No DD/MM/YY Yes/No

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The following processing fees will be applied to final balances paid by credit card: Visa 1.33% MasterCard - 1.33% Amex - 2.10%. We reserve the right to change the processing fee at any time. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Cox & Kings Travel Ltd’.

I wish to pay by: (tick box) Mastercard* Visa* Amex* Delta* Switch* Cheque

First Class Regional Airport (specify)

Tour Extension

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Your Booking Reference Number:

Tour Code

Your Cox & Kings Tour Consultant:

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Date:

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Cox & Kings Travel Ltd., 6th Floor, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4EE. Telephone: 020 7873 5000. Facsimile: 020 7630 6038 Registered office: As previous Registered No.143904 England

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I hereby accept that I, on behalf of both myself and all the other persons on this booking form have read, understood and accepted the booking conditions, general information, insurance conditions (where applicable) and all other information in this brochure, and, further, that I have the authority of all the persons named on this booking form to make the booking subject to these conditions.All members of the party personally accept responsibility to be aware of, and comply with, health, passport and visa requirements. I am over 18 years of age.

*To pay by credit / debit card please call 020 7808 5690

TOTAL REMITTANCE ENCLOSED Cheque or credit/debit card*

**COX & KINGS VISA HANDLING FEE (payable at time of booking)

VISA CHARGE (cost of VISA) (payable at the time of booking)

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INSURANCE TOP UP for holidays costing more than £5,000 per person

INSURANCE (payable at time of booking) Max indemnity £4,999 per person

£

DEPOSIT 15% of your Total Holiday Cost (or £150 per person whichever is greater) If a larger deposit is required you will be informed at the time of booking

PAYMENT DETAILS

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Address:

TOUR DETAILS

Flight Upgrades Options (subject to availability)

Tour Name / Tailor-Made Journey

Special Requests (subject to availability) - e.g. airline dietary requirements (please specify):

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Type of Accommodation (subject to availability)

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Daytime Tel:

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Designated emergency contact details (not travelling)

Contact details of lead passenger

**VISAS:Visas are required for some destinations. Regulations change, so please check the latest requirements before booking. Cox & Kings can only process visas for British passport holders resident in the UK. If you would like Cox & Kings to obtain your visas there is a £25 per person fee in addition to the visa cost.

*TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is required that every passenger holds adequate travel insurance cover at the time of booking.The details of Cox & Kings’ travel insurance policy can be found on the reverse side of this form.The appropriate insurance premium will automatically be added to your holiday price unless you supply the details of your alternative insurance (which must offer comparable or better cover) in the space below. Insurance Company: Policy Number: Emergency Assistance Company: Telephone No:

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Important: If you have internet access, there are benefits to completing this form and paying online. Please ask your Tour Consultant to explain the advantages and email you a personalised form.

Please read the Booking Conditions and other information carefully before completing this form in BLOCK LETTERS, and return to Cox & Kings with your remittance. It is essential that you complete the sections tinted in pale grey as these include mandatory information.

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