South-east Asia – great value, home of the most delicious 'fast' food on the planet, rich cultural heritage and the most genuinely friendly people you are likely to find anywhere all conspire to lure travellers to this intriguing part of the world.
Book early for winter 2013 - Christmas is a great time to visit as it coincides with the dry season; travellers can expect to bathe in warm sunshine – perfect for making the most of the endless tropical beaches and sightseeing. Shop for exotic yet inexpensive gifts in local markets and enjoy a truly alternative Christmas lunch!
Imagine sitting atop an elephant, steering your way through tropical jungle, to your secluded lodge hideaway. Or floating down a river on a bamboo raft, surrounded by colourful birds and butterflies, as you make your way to meet your tribal village hosts for the night. What will Boxing Day hold…? You could choose a sea-kayaking trip to explore fascinating caves and mangroves, or a trek in the welcome winter heat of the rainforest to a tumbling waterfall for a refreshing dip - or maybe both!
Tailormade holidays in Thailand offer travellers a huge range of activities in the most exotic of surroundings. When you’ve finished your activities, how about sipping a cocktail on the idyllic tropical beaches of Krabi or Ko Samet, with a little snorkelling amid coral reefs and colourful fish thrown in for good measure. There are a number of beach-front properties we can show you to make your Thai break truly special, so why not escape to your very own South-east Asian paradise?
Tailormade holidays in Vietnam are a feast for the senses. Try your hand at typical Vietnamese cooking, or enjoy dinner by candlelight with a local family in Hoi An; this is a very special experience and the Vietnamese are renowned for their generous hospitality. You can canoe among the isolated communities of the Mekong Delta, stopping to barter at colourful floating markets en-route, and arriving at a typical homestay in time for a glass of rice wine with your host.
Or why not cruise beneath the limestone cliffs of Halong Bay on a traditional junk, indulging in fresh seafood carefully prepared by your crew; all after a hard day’s snorkelling or relaxing on deck! Back in Vietnam’s ancient and intriguing capital, Hanoi, pull up a stool and order a beer in one of the old town’s typical back-street bars, if you fancy a tipple, Asia-style. Vietnam’s friendly people, delightful culture and easy-going nature will ensure you’re welcome with some local favourites.
While its neighbours are keen to catch up to the 21st Century and embrace all things western, Tailormade holidays in Cambodia offer a much more laid back experience, with rural villages and remote communities little-changed for hundreds of years. Cambodia is an excellent place to escape to. For an adventure which will stand out from all others, how about spending the day wandering among the ornately carved temple at Angkor Wat - surely one of the most worthy of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Follow that with a trip to mingle with members of remote hilltribes or try to spot pink freshwater dolphins in the waters of the Mekong Delta. Or how about spending some time at an elephant rescue centre? You can assist with looking after injured and abused elephants – a gift that both you and they will never forget.
If all you want is to get away from it all then Burma fits the bill perfectly. With tourism still in its infancy, this ancient kingdom offers the chance for a truly authentic travel experience among its incredibly friendly and welcoming people. On your Tailormade holiday in Burma, don’t miss the amazing golden spires of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, a relaxing boat trip on the Irrawaddy River or time spent on the peaceful shores of Inle Lake where people move their boats by rowing with their legs.
For a truly memorable time, visit the temples at Bagan. Peeping out of the undergrowth and stretching as far as the eye can see, these beautifully carved pagodas are an impressive and moving sight. If you like walking, try a trek to meet some of the hilltribe people and visit the old British hillstation of Kalaw. Or how about taking the road to Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese kingdom, often described as being Burma’s most historical and culturally rich region.