With so many incredible countries to visit, we understand that choosing your next holiday destination can be a difficult process. Using the real itineraries of our clients, we have put together a series of blogs designed to help you visualise and start planning your very own trip. Please remember that all of our holidays are tailor-made meaning that you have the freedom to do as much or as little as you like during each section of the trip.
Steamy, frenetic and exhilarating, Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok is a legendary travel destination, equally famous for its rich cultural offerings, effervescent nightlife, superb shopping and diverse dining options – your Asian adventure starts here. The city’s attractions are almost limitless but a drive to Wat Pho to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual at one of the oldest temples in Bangkok is a peaceful and authentic way to start your day. Whilst you’re here, witness the famous 45m reclining Buddha in all its glory as well as the original school of traditional Thai massage. Next, head towards the Grand Palace by tuk-tuk passing by the Pak Klong Taland Flower Market and eventually reaching the impressive Emerald Buddha (which is actually made of jade or jasper, rather than emerald). Continue with a walk to the pier for a long-tailed boat ride along the “klongs” (canals) of Thonburi to get a flavour of local life. Stop at Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple of King Rama II.
Accommodation – The Peninsula Bangkok. This ideal riverside hotel perfectly combines Eastern and Western hospitality to provide unmatched service and luxurious comfort.
Cambodia is your next destination, more specifically, the town of Siem Reap. A laid-back town with French colonial and Chinese architecture, the main attraction here is the Angkor complex. Home to exquisite temple structures featuring intricately carved detail - dancing ladies and lotus flowers embellish the walls, five-headed naga (serpent deities) fan out from chunks of rock. Regarded as Cambodia’s crowning glory, this complex stretches out over an area larger than Paris! With so much to see, our expert guides will plan your route and help you to avoid the biggest crowds. Take to the water or even two wheels to explore these magnificent monuments further.
Accommodation – Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor. This authentic and luxurious resort is the perfect place to relax at the end of a thrilling day in Angkor.
What better way to end your trip than rejuvenating on one of Thailand’s most popular islands – Phuket. Swap the cultural, historic sights of Siem Reap for tropical sun, sparkling blue waters and sand-fringed shores. Patong is the hub of Phuket nightlife, with scores of bars and pulsing nightclubs lining the streets, while more relaxed beachside bars and restaurants dotting the coast. Those who prefer nature and serenity should head to the secluded beaches of the north, or to Promthep Cape, a rugged peninsula that forms Phuket’s southernmost point, providing dramatic scenery and breath-taking sunset views.
Accommodation – Banyan Tree Phuket. Less than a half hour's drive from Phuket International airport and located on the island's northwest coast, Banyan Tree Phuket is a glorious spread of elegant Thai architecture complemented with every modern amenity imaginable and cradled within Laguna Phuket's exclusive community.
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