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Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore 4-Star

Singapore

Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore is a deluxe hotel ideally located near the banks of the Singapore River, next the banks of the Singapore River, next to the North-east Line (NEL) of Clarke Quay Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. The smoke-free hotel is a stone's throw away from Singapore's financial hubs (Raffles Place, Shenton Way and Marina Bay) and is close to many entertainment and dining hotspots at Clarke Quay and Chinatown. The close proximity of the MRT to the Hotel makes Orchard Road and other major tourist attractions very accessible. The 476 guest rooms and suites offer a choice of accommodation options. The Executive floors offer luxurious rooms and suites with upgraded amenities, including exclusive access to the Executive Club Lounge.Facilities include a choice of two restaurants, a bar, Spa & Sport, a free-form swimming pool, a column-less ballroom and 4 function rooms. Morning at the Zoo. Leave the city behind as we head north to Mandai and visit one of the world's top and most beautiful ZOO* is spread over 28 hectares and is a haven to over 3,500 mammals, birds and reptiles including some rare and endangered species. Natural barriers like streams, rock walls and beautiful landscaping are used to from visitors thus creating an 'open zoo' effect. Come and experience a close brush with nature from the comfort of your tram and on foot. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 - 31 May, 15 June - 31 August 2015

3 nights
FROM $679*
3 nights From $679*

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Singapore 4-Star

Singapore

Amara Sanctuary Resort is nestled beautifully on a hillside, surrounded by 3.8 hectares of gardens and natural tropical rainforest, home to peacocks and other native fauna and flora. Amara Sanctuary's unique character derives form and exotic blend of colonia architecture and modern desin concepts, as well as vp, comprehensive five-star hotel facilities that come together to shapean ideal resort experience of peace, tranquility and true luxury. The resort offers luxurious accommodation, several innovative dining concept, a first of its kind spa and gym, a state-of-th-art-pillar-less ballroom that can host large-scale meetings and events and an all-glass wedding pavilion. Night Safari. The world's first Night Safari, set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, will unfold the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk with stunning effects. See the myriad of nocturnal animals, from fierce predators to timid forest dwellers, in their natural habitat under subtle moon glow lighting. Roam the jungle in the complete safety and comfort of your tram which takes you through the East and West Loop. Pass by a large reservoir and weave through selected habitats designed specifically to replicate the natural environment from the Himalayan Foothills to the Southeast Asian Rainforest and Indian Subcontinent. On completion of the tram ride, your tour guide will lead you on a walking trail where you will be able to view some animals at closer quarters. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 May - 30 August 2015

3 nights
FROM $719*
3 nights From $719*

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 5-Star

Singapore

The Fullerton Hotel is a masterpiece of modern comfort and elegance. Transformed from the Fullerton Building which was built in 1928, this luxury hotel features 399 elegant guest rooms and suites with views of the sunlit atrium, city, river or sea. Dynamically located in the Central Business District alongside the Singapore River, the hotel enjoys close proximity to the city's main shopping belt. It is 25 minutes by car from Singapore Changi Airport and a short walk to the Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Station. Its strategic location makes it a preferred choice amongst business meeting and conference organisers. The Hotel offers an array of dining options including Italian, Japanese, Asian and modern Chinese cuisines and the stylish Post Bar. For leisure, The Fullerton Hotel features an outdoor infinity pool, 24 hour state of the art fitness centre and luxury spa. Peranakan Trail Tour. Join us on a colourful journey into the history, lifestyle and unique character of the Peranakan Babas and Nonyas . Take a walk through the Spice Garden which sits on the original site of the first Botanic Gardens and uncover the intricacies of spices and herbs that go into Peranakan cooking. A fascinating display of Peranakan costumes, embroidery, beadwork, jewellery, porcelain, furniture and craftwork provides insight into captivating culture of the Peranakans. Wonder through the bustling enclaves of Katong & Joo Chiat that showcases the rich and baroque Peranakan architecture. Admire rows of colourful traditional shophouses that dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. A sampling of Nonya Delicacies completes the tour. View our great airfares, tours, travel insurance, and car hire.

Travel Dates:1 May - 31 August 2015

3 nights
FROM $1,169*
3 nights From $1,169*

Colours of Asia – Singapore to Bangkok

Singapore

Day 1 SingaporeYou can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned. for those who arrive early, check the hotel reception for information and ideas on what to do for the day. Your CEO will have left a Welcome Note at reception detailing the time and place for a group meeting (normally around 6pm). After the meeting you can head out to experience Singaporean cuisine with your group. Although Singapore has a few areas untouched by modernisation, wandering the streets of Little India and Chinatown is a great way to see the old parts of the city.Day 2 Melaka (1B)A reasonably short bus journey takes us to the old port town of Melaka where we can wander the streets and absorb the atmosphere and heritage of this historically important maritime town. With the beginning of trade with China in the early 15th century, Melaka rapidly became the most important trading port in South East Asia. Chinese traders were followed by those from India. With them came Islam and soon the Melaka sultans ruled the largest empire in Malaysia's history. Successively the Portugese, Dutch and British arrived in search of trading wealth. While the effects of recent economic growth is apparent, Melaka remains one of Malaysia's premier destinations. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore. We will also experience a taste of old Asia with a trishaw ride around the streets of old Melaka. Approx travel time: Singapore to Melaka by public bus: 4.5 hoursDays 3-4 Kuala Lumpur (1B)Arriving in Kuala Lumpur at lunchtime by public bus, we have ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. A guided tour of the city's sights will give you a great insight into the capital. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling different cuisine and bargain hunting among the stalls. Don't forget a visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. Approx travel time: Melaka to Kuala Lumpur by public bus: 2 hoursDays 5-6 Cameron Highlands (1B)On the morning of day 5 we head for the hills. The Cameron Highlands hill station is one of Malaysia's most famous. Established in 1885 by William Cameron, a British surveyor, the hill station is famous for its tea plantation and strawberry farms. On Day 6 we take a full day excursion. The Rainforest Expedition includes seeing the Rafflesia, the world's largest flower (depending on season), a visit to an Aborigine Village, a blow pipe hunting demonstration, a 1-2 hour jungle trek, swimming at a waterfall, visiting a tea plantation and a reptile farm. Approx travel time: Private vans from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands: 6 hours.Day 7-8 PenangOn the morning of day 7 we take minivans northwards to the island of Penang. The original Chinese atmosphere of the island still exists today, making it a fascinating place to explore. In your free time you may want to take a bicycle rickshaw tour to meander through the streets of Georgetown, take a funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill, see the colourful bazaars of the night markets or visit some of the many Chinese temples. Food is also a treat in Penang with an impressive variety, from Chinese to Malay and Indian. Estimated travel time: Private vans from Cameron Highlands to Penang: 4 hoursDays 9 Krabi homestay (1D)Cross to Thailand and enjoy a homestay in this tropical paradise. Approximate travel time: Penang - Thai Border : 3-4 hours Thai Border - Krabi : 4-5 hours Days 10-12 Krabi / Ao Nang (3B)We travel from our homestay to the beaches of Krabi (approx 45 min). Our guesthouse is in Ao Nang, close to the beach and provides a perfect spot to mellow out and relax. Weather permitting, you can take a longtail boat out to some of the beautiful islands and snorkel the reefs that have made southern Thailand so famous. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will fill you in on all the other interesting options - such as sea kayaking and rock climbing - that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax! Approx travel time: Private Van Penang to Satun: 2.5-3 hours. Private Van from Satun to Krabi: 3.5 hours. On Day 12, the accommodation is an overnight sleeper train. Beds are dormitory style, with bunks on two layers along the side of the train carriage. There are curtains along each bunk for privacy. Your luggage will be accessible during the journey. The train has air-conditioning and clean bedding is provided for each bunk. There are both western style and asian style toilets at the end of each carriage. Food and drinks are served on the train but you can always bring your own food from the shops and restaurants in the train station. Approx travel time: Surat Thani to Bangkok: 13 hours.Days 13 BangkokArriving early this morning, we make our way to our hotel which is a brief 5 minute walk away. Today we enjoy a one-hour long tail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs, or canals. Our boat trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po. Our included guide will introduce you to Thai Buddhist culture and show you the famous reclining Buddha. When your guided tour ends there will still be time for some afternoon shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll through the backpacker area.Day 14 BangkokYou are free to depart at any time today. We look forward to receiving your evaluation regarding this tour itinerary and your CEO's performance. We value your input into what we could improve to make this trip even better and of course love hearing about what we are already doing well! 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DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 24/12/2016

14 days
FROM $1,799*
14 days From $1,799*

Southeast Asia Explorer

Singapore

Day 1 SingaporeYou can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned. for those who arrive early, check the hotel reception for information and ideas on what to do for the day. Your CEO will have left a Welcome Note at reception detailing the time and place for a group meeting (normally around 6pm). After the meeting you can head out to experience Singaporean cuisine with your group. Although Singapore has a few areas untouched by modernisation, wandering the streets of Little India and Chinatown is a great way to see the old parts of the city. *Please note: if you have pre-booked the Northern Thai Adventure Bundle your CEO will inform you when you will do each activity throughout your tour: Flight of the Gibbons (Day 14 - Bangkok), Biking (Day 19 - Chiang Mai). For more information on the Bundle see the Optional Activities section.Day 2 Melaka (1B)A reasonably short bus journey takes us to the old port town of Melaka where we can wander the streets and absorb the atmosphere and heritage of this historically important maritime town. With the beginning of trade with China in the early 15th century, Melaka rapidly became the most important trading port in South East Asia. Chinese traders were followed by those from India. With them came Islam and soon the Melaka sultans ruled the largest empire in Malaysia's history. Successively the Portugese, Dutch and British arrived in search of trading wealth. While the effects of recent economic growth is apparent, Melaka remains one of Malaysia's premier destinations. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore. We will also experience a taste of old Asia with a trishaw ride around the streets of old Melaka. Approx travel time: Singapore to Melaka by public bus: 4.5 hoursDays 3-4 Kuala Lumpur (1B)Arriving in Kuala Lumpur at lunchtime by public bus, we have ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. A guided tour of the city's sights will give you a great insight into the capital. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling different cuisine and bargain hunting among the stalls. Don't forget a visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. Approx travel time: Melaka to Kuala Lumpur by public bus: 2 hoursDays 5-6 Cameron Highlands (1B)On the morning of day 5 we head for the hills. The Cameron Highlands hill station is one of Malaysia's most famous. Established in 1885 by William Cameron, a British surveyor, the hill station is famous for its tea plantation and strawberry farms. On Day 6 we take a full day excursion. The Rainforest Expedition includes seeing the Rafflesia, the world's largest flower (depending on season), a visit to an Aborigine Village, a blow pipe hunting demonstration, a 1-2 hour jungle trek, swimming at a waterfall, visiting a tea plantation and a reptile farm. Approx travel time: Private vans from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands: 6 hours.Day 7-8 PenangOn the morning of day 7 we take minivans northwards to the island of Penang. The original Chinese atmosphere of the island still exists today, making it a fascinating place to explore. In your free time you may want to take a bicycle rickshaw tour to meander through the streets of Georgetown, take a funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill, see the colourful bazaars of the night markets or visit some of the many Chinese temples. Food is also a treat in Penang with an impressive variety, from Chinese to Malay and Indian. Estimated travel time: Private vans from Cameron Highlands to Penang: 4 hoursDays 9 Krabi homestay (1B)Cross to Thailand and enjoy a homestay in this tropical paradise. Days 10-12 Krabi / Ao Nang (3B)Our Ferry winds its way through the magnificent islands of the Archipelago arriving at the Thai port of Satun. From there we travel by bus and songthaew to Krabi Province on the beautiful west coast (approx. 3 hours). You will soon discover why Thailand is so famous for its unspoiled beaches. Our guesthouse is in Ao Nang, close to the beach and provides a perfect spot to mellow out and relax. Weather permitting, you can take a longtail boat out to some of the beautiful islands and snorkel the reefs that have made southern Thailand so famous. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will fill you in on all the other interesting options - such as sea kayaking and rock climbing - that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax! Approx travel time: Ferry Langkawi to Satun: 1.5 hours. Bus from Satun to Krabi: 3.5 hours. On Day 12, the accommodation is an overnight sleeper train. Beds are dormitory style, with bunks on two layers along the side of the train carriage. There are curtains along each bunk for privacy. Your luggage will be accessible during the journey. The train has air-conditioning and clean bedding is provided for each bunk. There are both western style and asian style toilets at the end of each carriage. Food and drinks are served on the train but you can always bring your own food from the shops and restaurants in the train station. Approx travel time: Surat Thani to Bangkok: 13 hours.Days 13-14 Bangkok (1B)Arriving early this morning, we make our way to our hotel which is a brief 5 minute walk away. Today we enjoy a one-hour long tail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs, or canals. Our boat trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po. Our included guide will introduce you to Thai Buddhist culture and show you the famous reclining Buddha. When your guided tour ends there will still be time for some afternoon shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll through the backpacker area. Spend Day 14 enjoying all Bangkok has to offer.Days 15-16 Kanchanaburi (2B,1D)Traveling by local bus to Kanchanaburi, the evening of Day 15 sees us staying on basic raft accommodation. The rooms are quite small and contain a double mattress in each room. Groups of over 8 people will be divided onto 2 raft houses. On Day 16 we visit Erawan National Park. The park contains the waterfalls of the same name (seven tiers of blue clear water with little fish that nibble at your feet), is well worth a visit. You can see Erawan, the 3 headed elephant that carries the Hindu God Indra, when you reach level seven (use your imagination!). Situated alongside the River Kwai Yai amongst limestone hills, Kanchanaburi (golden city) is most famous (or infamous) for the death railway that was constructed during WWII using prisoners of war and Asian labor. The bridge on the River Kwai, the war cemetery, Thai Burma war museum all make up the major attractions of this town. Many veterans and descendants of the POW’s return here to honor those that died during the construction of the railroad. Around 100,000 Asian laborers and 16,000 POW’s died during its construction with the track only running for about 20 months. Kanchanaburi province itself is the third largest province in Thailand and possesses some of the best preserved natural sites in Thailand – partly due to the fact that it is still sparsely populated. Our hotel on Day 16 is located on the banks of the River Kwai. Our rooms here are all double / twin share with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. The hotel also has a swimming pool to help unwind after a long days sightseeing. Approx travel time: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, 2 hours.Days 17-18 Ayutthaya/Train (2B)Ayutthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour. Located 86km north of Bangkok, the ruins of this World Heritage Site include various pagodas and Buddha images. We arrive into this spectacular town early in the morning and transfer to our hotel by local songthaew. Once we have checked in, had some breakfast and cleaned up we will visit the Historical Park and look at the wonders of this ancient capital city. Our accommodation this evening is double / twin share with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. This hotel has free wifi available. The hotel is very centrally located within an easy distance of the Historical Site. Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may be upgraded to a flight and extra hotel night in Chiang Mai.Day 19 Chiang MaiWe arrive in the early morning and have free time to explore Chiang Mai. To fill your free time you can chose from a large range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai is the cultural center of Thailand. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and over 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend cooking courses, massage classes or yoga lessons. It is also a mecca of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Late afternoon we set off in private transport to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. Here we can delve deeper into Thai Buddhist culture and we may be fortunate enough to witness the chanting of the monks. Our hotel is located within walking distance to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and other city destinations. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. Free wifi is available. Approx travel time: Chang Mai to Doi Suthep temple: 45 mins each way.Day 20 Chiang Mai (1B)Depart at any time.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 08/12/2016

20 days
FROM $2,449*
20 days From $2,449*

Southeast Asia Uncovered

Singapore

Day 1 SingaporeYou can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned. for those who arrive early, check the hotel reception for information and ideas on what to do for the day. Your CEO will have left a Welcome Note at reception detailing the time and place for a group meeting (normally around 6pm). After the meeting you can head out to experience Singaporean cuisine with your group. Although Singapore has a few areas untouched by modernisation, wandering the streets of Little India and Chinatown is a great way to see the old parts of the city. *Please note: if you have pre-booked the Northern Thai Adventure Bundle your CEO will inform you when you will do each activity throughout your tour: Flight of the Gibbons (Day 14 - Bangkok), Biking (Day 19 or 23 - Chiang Mai). For more information on the Bundle see the Optional Activities section.Day 2 Melaka (1B)A reasonably short bus journey takes us to the old port town of Melaka where we can wander the streets and absorb the atmosphere and heritage of this historically important maritime town. With the beginning of trade with China in the early 15th century, Melaka rapidly became the most important trading port in South East Asia. Chinese traders were followed by those from India. With them came Islam and soon the Melaka sultans ruled the largest empire in Malaysia's history. Successively the Portugese, Dutch and British arrived in search of trading wealth. While the effects of recent economic growth is apparent, Melaka remains one of Malaysia's premier destinations. There are temples, churches and mosques, museums and forts to explore. We will also experience a taste of old Asia with a trishaw ride around the streets of old Melaka. Approx travel time: Singapore to Melaka by public bus: 4.5 hoursDays 3-4 Kuala Lumpur (1B)Arriving in Kuala Lumpur at lunchtime by public bus, we have ample time to see the city's impressive architecture and experience the fascinating cultural mix that gives this city such a uniquely cosmopolitan feel. A guided tour of the city's sights will give you a great insight into the capital. The evening is best spent at the night market sampling different cuisine and bargain hunting among the stalls. Don't forget a visit to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. Approx travel time: Melaka to Kuala Lumpur by public bus: 2 hoursDays 5-6 Cameron Highlands (1B)On the morning of day 5 we head for the hills. The Cameron Highlands hill station is one of Malaysia's most famous. Established in 1885 by William Cameron, a British surveyor, the hill station is famous for its tea plantation and strawberry farms. On Day 6 we take a full day excursion. The Rainforest Expedition includes seeing the Rafflesia, the world's largest flower (depending on season), a visit to an Aborigine Village, a blow pipe hunting demonstration, a 1-2 hour jungle trek, swimming at a waterfall, visiting a tea plantation and a reptile farm. Approx travel time: Private vans from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands: 6 hours.Day 7-8 PenangOn the morning of day 7 we take minivans northwards to the island of Penang. The original Chinese atmosphere of the island still exists today, making it a fascinating place to explore. In your free time you may want to take a bicycle rickshaw tour to meander through the streets of Georgetown, take a funicular railway to the top of Penang Hill, see the colourful bazaars of the night markets or visit some of the many Chinese temples. Food is also a treat in Penang with an impressive variety, from Chinese to Malay and Indian. Estimated travel time: Private vans from Cameron Highlands to Penang: 4 hoursDays 9 Krabi homestay (1B)Cross to Thailand and enjoy a homestay in this tropical paradise. Days 10-12 Krabi / Ao Nang (3B)Our Ferry winds its way through the magnificent islands of the Archipelago arriving at the Thai port of Satun. From there we travel by bus and songthaew to Krabi Province on the beautiful west coast (approx. 3 hours). You will soon discover why Thailand is so famous for its unspoiled beaches. Our guesthouse is in Ao Nang, close to the beach and provides a perfect spot to mellow out and relax. Weather permitting, you can take a longtail boat out to some of the beautiful islands and snorkel the reefs that have made southern Thailand so famous. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will fill you in on all the other interesting options - such as sea kayaking and rock climbing - that are available in the area. This is the perfect place to get active or simply chill out and relax! Approx travel time: Ferry Langkawi to Satun: 1.5 hours. Bus from Satun to Krabi: 3.5 hours. On Day 12, the accommodation is an overnight sleeper train. Beds are dormitory style, with bunks on two layers along the side of the train carriage. There are curtains along each bunk for privacy. Your luggage will be accessible during the journey. The train has air-conditioning and clean bedding is provided for each bunk. There are both western style and asian style toilets at the end of each carriage. Food and drinks are served on the train but you can always bring your own food from the shops and restaurants in the train station. Approx travel time: Surat Thani to Bangkok: 13 hours.Days 13-14 Bangkok (1b)Arriving early this morning, we make our way to our hotel which is a brief 5 minute walk away. On Day 13 we enjoy a one-hour long tail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs, or canals. Our boat trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po. Our included guide will introduce you to Thai Buddhist culture and show you the famous reclining Buddha. When your guided tour ends there will still be time for some afternoon shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll through the backpacker area. Day 14 is free to explore all Bangkok has to offer.Days 15-16 Kanchanaburi (2B,1D) Traveling by local bus to Kanchanaburi, the evening of Day 15 sees us staying on basic raft accommodation. The rooms are quite small and contain a double mattress in each room. Groups of over 8 people will be divided onto 2 raft houses. On Day 16 we visit Erawan National Park. The park contains the waterfalls of the same name (seven tiers of blue clear water with little fish that nibble at your feet), is well worth a visit. You can see Erawan, the 3 headed elephant that carries the Hindu God Indra, when you reach level seven (use your imagination!). Situated alongside the River Kwai Yai amongst limestone hills, Kanchanaburi (golden city) is most famous (or infamous) for the death railway that was constructed during WWII using prisoners of war and Asian labor. The bridge on the River Kwai, the war cemetery, Thai Burma war museum all make up the major attractions of this town. Many veterans and descendants of the POW’s return here to honor those that died during the construction of the railroad. Around 100,000 Asian laborers and 16,000 POW’s died during its construction with the track only running for about 20 months. Kanchanaburi province itself is the third largest province in Thailand and possesses some of the best preserved natural sites in Thailand – partly due to the fact that it is still sparsely populated. Our hotel on Day 16 is located on the banks of the River Kwai. Our rooms here are all double / twin share with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. The hotel also has a swimming pool to help unwind after a long days sightseeing. Approx travel time: Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, 2 hours. Days 17-18 Ayutthaya (2B)Ayutthaya served as Thailand’s capital from the 14th to 18th centuries, when it ranked as one of the most magnificent cities in the world. Late in the 17th century its population reached one million, and foreign visitors wrote awestruck accounts of its size and splendour. Located 86km north of Bangkok, the ruins of this World Heritage Site include various pagodas and Buddha images. We arrive into this spectacular town early in the morning and transfer to our hotel by local songthaew. Once we have checked in, had some breakfast and cleaned up we will visit the Historical Park and look at the wonders of this ancient capital city. Our accommodation this evening is double / twin share with air conditioning and an en suite bathroom. This hotel has free wifi available. The hotel is very centrally located within an easy distance of the Historical Site. Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may be upgraded to a flight and extra hotel night in Chiang Mai.Day 19 Chiang Mai We arrive in the early morning and have free time to explore Chiang Mai. To fill your free time you can chose from a large range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai is the cultural center of Thailand. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and over 300 temples. Many visitors come here to attend cooking courses, massage classes or yoga lessons. It is also a mecca of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Late afternoon we set off in private transport to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. Here we can delve deeper into Thai Buddhist culture and we may be fortunate enough to witness the chanting of the monks. Our hotel is located within walking distance to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and other city destinations. All rooms are double or twin share with air conditioning and en suite bathroom. Free wifi is available. Approx travel time: Chang Mai to Doi Suthep temple: 45 mins each way.Days 20-22 Hilltribe trekking/Karen village (3B,3L,2D)Leave early from the hotel. Travel by road in an open pick-up truck, heading north to Mae Malai. There might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek. Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found you will trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these hilltribe villages. You visit a variety of diverse villages along the way, often each will have their own unique language, clothing style and belief system that differs hugely from those of the neighboring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides who take responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying the food supplies. After lunch, you walk for a couple of hours through tropical forest to the first village. You will have time to explore the village before having dinner. The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate, your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic, remember it's all about the authentic and unique experience! On Day 2 of the trek, head out for 3-4 hrs of trekking through rice and vegetable fields. After lunch continue on for 1-2 more hours to a Karen tribe's village. On Day 3 of the trek, board a bamboo raft or an easy ride along the Mae Tang River. Meet some local Lahu people before heading to the Shan village for lunch. After, continue by truck before a short trek to a waterfall and another village for the evening.Day 23 Chiang Mai (1B)Leave the villages behind and take a private van back to Chiang Mai for a free evening in this bustling city.Day 24 Chiang Mai (1B)Depart at any time.

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 08/12/2016

24 days
FROM $2,649*
24 days From $2,649*

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Clean streets, top shopping and fine food

As a city break, shopping in Singapore is serious business. For a one-stop shop, the meticulously-landscaped 2.2-kilometre Orchard Road gives you 6 department stores, 22 malls and a bamboozling 5,000 brands. It's not the only kid on the top tourist block either. Landscaped, cage-free and touted as one of the prettiest in the world, Singapore Zoo is home to almost 3,000 free-wheeling animals on 26 hectares.

The official languages of Singapore reflect its diversity: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. This in turn makes for gastronomic adventures when dining. When drinking Singapore of course does more than a sling, although if you do wish to indulge in the signature drink, Raffles Hotel is the place to do it. Also at Raffles, the locals have kept the signature high tea experience here too.

Singapore: Marina BayMarina Bay

If your holiday in Singapore is brief but you want to make the most of the climate, head to one of the beaches down south on Sentosa Island. Alternatively, the modern marvel of Marina Bay Sands will keep you entertained in the heart of Singapore. The intergrated hotel hosts a range of entertainment options, shops and restaurants, as well as the Sands Skypark featuring an observation deck and rooftop infinity pool.

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