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Asia – Discover A Spellbinding Continent

The Far East

History, culture, breathtaking scenery, nature’s diversity, combined with fascinating modern cities and extremely friendly people make this region a perfect holiday destination. Over the past few years, budget airlines have made multicentre holidays more accessible and open new doors to exciting destinations.

 

Thailand

Ton Sai Bay,Phi Phi Don Island, Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi Naitonal Marine Park, KrabiShop and sightsee in Bangkok, Discover the native peoples in the hill countries around Chaing Mai and Chaing Rai, Amazing Beach resorts and islands scattered around the Andaman and Gulf coasts.

What To Do

BangkokShop till you drop in Siam square but if you want a more authentic experience and you are in the city at the weekend head for the fantastic Chatuchak weekend market where a rabbit warren of stalls sell every conceivable item (and a few more besides) under the sun.

Sightseeing – The Grand Palace is a must along with the fascinating Teak Mansion of King Rama V. The reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is also a must see, take some time to travel on the busy Chao Phraya river and for early risers the floating market is an interesting way to start a day.

Great for: Sightseeing | Beaches |Tours | Golf | Scuba Diving | Multi-centre

 

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur’s twin towers, once the world’s tallest building is a must see, combined with great shopping and cultural quarters, The Cameron highlands encompass a fascinating region perfect for walking and nature, Beach-based islands both east and west of the mainland make this a year round holiday location, further a field discover the nature of Borneo and world class diving locations of Sipadan and Layang Layang.

What To Do

petronas-towerThe Pertronas Twin Towers dominate the centre of this bustling city. Entry into the towers is limited to a few hundred each day so an early morning start is needed to get entry tickets as they soon go. Beneath the towers is a huge shopping centre with all the genuine designer labels you could wish for (as against the street market stalls) and a photo outside the towers is always free.

 

Away from KL Malaysia’s main tourist areas are based around the outlying islands such as Lankawi and Penang in the northeast and Tioman, Redang and the Perhentian’s to the East of the Malaysian mainland. A few hours flight will take you to areas such as Koto Kinabaule on Borneo where the Urang-otan sanctuary’s are a popular attraction.

Great for: Sightseeing | Beaches |Tours | Golf | Scuba Diving | Multi-centre

 

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Indonesia

Encompassing 1000’s of islands, Indonesia archipelago stretches from Banda Aceh in the west to Irian Jaya (the western half of New Guinea) in the east and spanning thousands of miles, famous holiday areas such as Bali and Komodo are well known but it’s an area where exploration can find undeveloped treasures such as the north of Sulawesi, where locals still look at western travellers as the exception rather than the norm.

What To Do

In such a vast country the majority of tourists visiting Indonesia head for Bali of its excellent beaches, superb diving and spectacular scenery in the central Ubud region. Bali is a mostly Buddhist region and the temples are a popular sightseeing trip. To the East of Bali lies Komodo and its world famous national park.

Wildlife here has flourished both above and underwater in this longstanding national park. To the north of Bali lies the Island of Sulawesi the north of this island has become famous over the last few years as an area of natural beauty, Scuba diving has been the forefront of development here and the resorts are still few and far between but this region has excellent excursions such as White-water rafting or Nature treks in search of the Black-crested macaque or the nocturnal Tarsia Monkey the world’s smallest primate. Treks can also be organised to visit the still active volcanoes in the Minohasen highlands.

Great for: Sightseeing | Beaches |Trekking | Golf | Scuba Diving | Culture

 

 

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Philippines

Manila is a sprawling capital city extremely busy and highly populated. Away from the capital the Philippines is a vibrant mix of culture, spectacular scenery and island hideaways. Still one of the best value for money location in the world.

What To Do

Away from the capital of Manila the many islands that make up the Philippines are the main focus for most tourists. Island hopping tours taking in 2 or 3 different islands are a great way to discover the area. Generally, a great place to relax and take in the scenery.

Great for: Beaches | Island-Hopping | Scuba Diving

 

 

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Singapore

Singapore Island state is a bustling non-stop city, Unlimited shopping malls make this a shopper’s paradise. The city is blessed with a great selection of hotels and restaurants, sightseeing in the colonial, Chinese’s and Indian quarters will fill your days.Getting about Singapore is extremely easy with a cheap and very efficient underground system.

What To Do

The Island state of Singapore is a fascinating place to make a stop-over or spend a few nights in a multi-stop holiday. Shopping malls are everywhere but there is a lot more to Singapore than just shopping. The Marina area is a great place to spend the evenings with Boat and Clarke Quays providing restaurants to please any palate. The areas of Chinatown and Little India are a fascinating visit along with the Colonial architecture. Raffles Hotel has to be visited on any Singapore timetable but there are many other examples of new and old in this cosmopolitan city. Golf fans are well catered for with 15 courses on the Island and the Botanical gardens and the night safari provides interesting tours for families. Sentosa Island tops the attraction lists with beaches, cable cars and a Universal studio theme park.

Great for: Shopping | Stop-Overs| Families | Multi-Centre

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a colonial port for so many years has changed little since its change back to Chinese rule apart from now sprawling across Kowloon Island. Hotels with a view of the bay can be very expensive on the original Island but are much more reasonable for the opposing view from Kowloon. The Star ferry and MRT systems make exploring this city an exciting adventure, like Singapore it is full of excellent hotels and restaurant’s and still a shoppers delight.

Hong Kong offers a host of memorable tourist attractions within its compact area. You’ll be amazed by the diverse contrasts and the close proximity of stunning cityscapes and soaring mountains.

Hong Kong’s most popular attraction, The Peak offers spectacular views of the city, harbour and mountains beyond. For an extra buzz, take the Peak Tram. Take the iconic Star Ferry to enjoy stunning views around the harbour, and don’t miss the nightly A Symphony of Lights show featuring harbour-front buildings. Lantau Island features the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha, along with the Po Lin Monastery, Tai O village on stilts, Ngong Ping 360 and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Great for: Shopping | Stop-Overs| Multi-Centre