Just north of Indonesia and south of Malaysia, the Soverign island state of Singapore has only recently started to shed its reputation as a stopover city and gateway to Asia. In recent years it has deservedly made great strides to becoming a stand-alone destination, experiencing a growth in tourism as people from around the world are drawn in by its evolving and pulsating character.
One of the world’s wealthiest countries by GDP, at first appearance Singapore is all but a maze of tower blocks. Scratch beneath the surface though and you find pockets of enthralling districts easily reached by the city’s excellent transportation system. Little India and Chinatown are perhaps the most atmospheric of Singapore’s historic quarters, both paying great homage to their nations with authentic food and bustling streets. The Singapore Zoo is quite arguably the best run zoo in the world with an ensemble of species from around the globe. A short bus ride from the Zoo will take you to the sprawling oasis of the Botanical Gardens, an idyllic spot for a picnic amongst the orchids.
Another unmissable experience is to trek within the unlikely haven of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Here, tropical rainforest canopies shelter native wildlife including primates, creating a beautiful juxtaposition in the centre of the city. Singapore developed at a staggering pace, but remnants of its not-so-distant past can still be felt on the small island of Pulau Ubin, the country’s sole surviving village which remains largely unchanged in over a century. Off Singapore’s southern coast of the main island is Sentosa, aptly nicknamed ‘The State of Fun’. Relax on golden beaches and explore the island’s attraction including, aquariums, ambitious theme parks and the Universal Studios.
There is no shortage of magnificent hotels in Singapore, nor does there seem to be a limit to the number of exceptional restaurants. Those who choose to stay only one or two nights tend to unanimously regret their decision.
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The names may seem familiar but nothing can prepare you for the epic beauty of Vietnam. From the natural beauty Ha Long Bay to the manmade artistry of the sacred temples and pagodas, to the rice terraces and beaches, Vietnam is more than a sum of its parts. Three days in wonderfully chaotic Ho Chi Minh City will excite even the most seasoned traveller while a final day at sea allows for plenty of R & R on board. (SVS)
October to January departures
Singapore > Ho Chi Minh (overnight) > Chan May > Ha Long Bay (overnight) > Hong Kong
Cruise Holiday Includes
From £4,399 per person
Price based on two people sharing an Vista Suite in Decxember 2021. Cruise operates in varying lengths and itineraries during season. Price includes 10% early booking bonus. Simply enquire below.
Arrive in Bangkok and check in to the luxurious Four Seasons by the River Hotel for 2 nights, where your Riverside room provides stunning views of Chao Phraya River. Enjoy a half day city tour to explore the gleaming temples and remarkable sights of Bangkok. Then, as the sun is setting, board the famous Eastern & Oriental Express, where glamour meets sophistication. Settle in to your sumptuous private cabin - home for the next 3 nights, then indulge in a gastronomic feast of eastern and western specialities, expertly prepared by the onboard chefs. A choice of excursion in Kanchanaburi province Thailand and Kuala Kangsar Malaysia provide the opportunity to explore these spectacular destinations as you prefer. Disembark in Singapore where a private driver awaits to transfer you to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for 2 nights, enjoy a tour of the city & Botanical Gardens followed by afternoon tea at Raffles Hotel. (ATM)
Truly Individual Holiday Includes:
From £6,499 per person
Price based on two people sharing a room/cabin and travelling in February 2022. Any element of this holiday can be tailor-made to suit you. Simply enquire below.