Bring your traveler’s spirit and your closest loved ones to Asia on a trip brimming with exciting experiences punctuated by quiet moments of serenity that just proves that the good times are better shared. See the iconic and historic sights while eating your way through the heart of Hong Kong. Get a lesson on Macao’s Portuguese history by day and revel in the casino glitz at night. Zip through Bangkok’s narrow water canals for an intimate look at local life, then get another perspective of the city from the skies. Walk with elephants in the jungles of Chiang Mai and experience Issan culture through food and handicrafts in the city. Head south to Singapore for a champagne toast aboard a private capsule on an observatory wheel and admire the city’s skyline from the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. Set sail for Bawah Island, an island paradise of crystal clear lagoons and white powder beaches. Get up close to the cultures, lands and people from far away, while getting even closer to your nearest and dearest.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Touchdown in Hong Kong and meet your private guide for your transfer to your hotel, the Peninsula, known as the “Grande Dame of the Far East.” Start off with a splash and choose to have your group roll up in an entourage of Peninsula’s signature green custom Rolls-Royce Phantoms. Freshen up and get ready for this evening’s cocktail cruise around Victoria Harbor which sits between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Take in one of the world’s most beautiful skylines and toast to the beginning of your adventure as the sun sets beyond Victoria Peak. Once darkness sets, watch the city light up with a sensational multimedia extravaganza, known as A Symphony of Lights. From your boat, you will have the best view of the iconic buildings on both sides of the river transformed by the audiovisual show. If you choose to charter a private junk, continue your party onboard with food and drinks into the night. Alternatively, have dinner at one of Hong Kong’s many raved-about restaurants, options range from classic local favorite to world- class fine dining.
Today discover Hong Kong’s culture, downtown sights and people through its food, from dim sum, wontons, and noodles to roast goose, rickshaw noodles, and pineapple bread. Taste your way through old neighborhoods of Central and Sheung Wan, open markets and off the beaten path in Hong Kong’s bustling commercial area on this walking food tour. In the afternoon, head up to Victoria’s peak to survey the island from this famous vantage point. Then travel south of the island to Stanley Market, lively shopping lanes full of clothing and souvenirs stretched to the beach. Take your time inspecting the market’s tchotkes with more snacks in hand, or enjoy the seaside breeze and scenic views while walking on the wide promenade. Finally take a private sampan ride around Aberdeen fishing village and see how local people still live on boats in the harbor, now equipped with modern comforts such as satellite TV, washing machines and refrigerators. In the evening, opt to indulge in late-night revelry on your last night in Hong Kong and head to Lan Kwai Fong or SoHo, a couple of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots. Choose your party style, from wine pairings in chic lounges to brushing shoulders with celebrities at the hottest nightclubs.
In the morning, pack up and take a premier jetfoil across the channel to Macao, enjoying the ride in your own private VIP cabin. Once a Portuguese colony, Macao has a dramatically different ambience from Hong Kong, between the ornate architecture of the old city and the Las Vegas-style glitz of its high-rolling casinos. Spend the day taking in Macao’s iconic sights such as the Macao Tower where daredevils can opt to skywalk or bungee, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, a Portuguese basilica of which only the Baroque facade remains. Take a bike ride around the Coloane fishing village and see the local shops and colorful temples. Don’t forget to try the famous Portuguese egg tarts, a cinnamon flavored custard nestled in a flaky puff pastry crust. For dinner, amongst the many world-class options available, we recommend sampling food from Macao’s colonial heritage at the famed Fernando’s, a farm to table restaurant serving Portuguese favorites and homemade sangria, perfect for a raucous fun time with friends and family. Continue into the night on the ritzy Cotai Strip, lined with luxury hotels, mega- entertainment complexes that house Vegas-style casinos, Michelin-starred restaurants, distinguished shows, shopping, and international class nightclubs. Opt for a car and nightlife guide who can help maximize the good times. Overnight at the Ritz-Carlton Macao, an all-suite property with world-renowned hospitality.
After breakfast, catch a flight south to Bangkok, the exciting capital of Thailand, known for its golden temples, bold-flavored cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Transfer to the Sofitel So, a trendy contemporary hotel whose interiors were designed by famed couturier and design legend Mr. Christian Lacroix. Spend the afternoon at leisure, whether by the pool, at the spa or venture out on your own to nearby Sathorn, a spirited neighborhood packed with restaurants, bars, contemporary art galleries, and shopping. If you happen to be in town on the last Saturday of the month, join Sofitel So’s hosted SO Pool Party and enjoy casual bites, cocktails and sun-kissed frivolities. In the evening, it would be remiss to not experience Bangkok’s nightlife with a local expert and private car. Far from the heavily-touristed and well trodden Khao San road experience, explore the bohemian and trendy neighborhoods in the heart of Bangkok, flushed with international-quality cuisine, upscale bars, and hip clubs. Try salted firefly squid, locally distilled gin, and crab cake Benedict all in one night if you wish.
Start off the day with an exciting private Muay Thai lesson at one of Bangkok’s foremost gyms. Muay Thai is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand, developed hundreds of years ago as a form of close-combat utilizing the entire body as a weapon. In the afternoon, embark on a private long-tail boat to see how locals live in Bangkok’s canal-side neighborhoods. Stop alongside a small temple and receive an auspicious blessing from the resident monk. Take to the skies in a private helicopter to see Bangkok’s majesty from above, from the Chao Phraya river and its crisscrossing waterways, skyscrapers, and neon tented night markets, to golden temples and green spaces. Tonight, opt for another kind of food and nightlife experience that will take you to the Bangkok streets and close to its people. Explore renowned street food destinations and local favorite eateries from open air night markets to streets lined with carts, hawking charred satays, fragrant noodles, and coconut milk desserts.
Leave Bangkok and take a morning flight up to Chiang Mai, the former seat of the Lanna kingdom and the second largest city in the country, known for its misty mountains and laidback atmosphere. Arrive in town and head to Warorot Market, a busy hive of activity and where Thai locals do their shopping. At a local restaurant, try Issan (northeastern) cuisine for lunch, marked by its fresh and bright flavors. Then, visit Wat Prathat, a Buddhist temple perched at the top of Doi Suthep. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and scenic countryside, and after climbing down, relax at a hidden waterfall at the foot of the mountain. Travel just outside of the city and into the tranquil Mae Rim valley and check into your hotel, the exclusive Howie’s Homestay, where you will be the only guests. This multi-million dollar privately-owned home turned luxury hotel is a Bill Bensley design and boasts open-air pavilions, romantic gardens, Royal Thai Lanna- styled villas. Relish the breezy evening together with an intimate dinner with an array of delicious homecooked Thai dishes, and taking in the mountain and rice terrace views.
Spend the day outdoors, taking advantage of Chiang Mai’s lush forests. In the morning, meet the official national animal of Thailand, the elephant, at one of the elephant sanctuaries that practice rescue and rehabilitation. Start with a brief training session to learn how to interact and care for the elephants, feed them fruits, then escort them to the river where you will learn to properly bathe them. Take a trek into the mountains alongside your new pachydermal friend. In the afternoon, go zip-lining high up in the trees. If you wish, step out at night and stroll the night bazaar, a fun space to pick up unique tchotchkes and sample delicious street fare. If it is a weekend, check out the popular Saturday and Sunday Walking Street Markets where shoppers from around the region gather to shop, eat, and enjoy street entertainment on a long pedestrian-only street.
Today, fly onward to Singapore, a world recognized economic powerhouse yet also the smallest country in Southeast Asia. In the late afternoon, take a sunset flight on the Singapore Flyer, a massive observation wheel with 28 air-conditioned capsules. In your own private capsule, sip a glass of champagne as you take in amazing unhindered views of Singapore and beyond. Once dark, opt to visit Marina Bay Sands, one of Singapore’s iconic sights, a luxury casino-resort megaplex with celebrity-chef restaurants, high end mall, entertainment facilities, and SkyPark. Watch the visually stunning ‘Spectra,’ a short outdoor light and water show displayed along the promenade. Stroll the promenade, shop or check out the casino. Don’t miss the opportunity to take coveted photos at the pool on the 57th floor, named the world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool, with the Lion City’s skyline in the backdrop.
Singapore is the multicultural home of ethnic Chinese, Malays, Indians, Arabs and Eurasians, as well as expatriates from all over the world. Today, discover the the three ethnic enclaves of Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam and learn how these societies blended to create Singapore’s unique cultural landscape. For a special lunch, opt to have a home-cooked meal with a local host at their home, an authentic opportunity to gain insight into Singaporean cuisine and quotidian lifestyles. With a variety of hosts from all walks of life and backgrounds, meet someone who will share stories and food that suit your interests. In the afternoon, head to the Boat Quay area, a historical region that was once a thriving trade port, and get on a bumboat to explore the waterways and see iconic landmarks such as the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles and the Merlion. See the Supertrees, another Singapore icon, at the Gardens by the Bay. Considered one of Asia's best street food scene, don’t miss Singapore’s famed dishes from chicken rice and char kway teow noodles to laksa and chilli crab which can all be found at the many hawker centers, showcasing multi-ethnic Singapore cooking at its best. For foodies wanting the authentic experience, do as locals do and embrace the supper culture of late night dining on an evening food tour that goes beyond midnight.
Leave Singapore behind and head to your final destination, Bawah Island, a true barefoot luxury getaway composed of five lush jungle islands, three crystal clear lagoons, and 13 ivory powder beaches. A quick ferry ride and seaplane will take you to the island resort. Alternatively, live it up and charter a yacht to sail just 160 nautical miles from Singapore to Bawah. Unwind and spend the day swimming and enjoying water sports in the pristine lagoons.
Spend the day as you please and take advantage of Bawah Island’s multitude of guided activities and experiences. Hike the trails and explore the lush environment, play a game of tennis, partake in wellness programs at the yoga pavilion and pampering treatments at the spa, and indulge in holistic meals and fresh seafood.
While away the penultimate day of your adventure at leisure. Hop on your chartered yacht or one of Bawah’s boats and head out to sea for snorkeling and diving in the Anambas archipelago. The resort is committed to environmental and ocean conservation, building according to environmentally sustainable development guidelines which lends to a flourishing reef teeming with marine life. Let the spirit of exploration take you to nearby islands where you can kayak through the mangroves, discover remote beaches, and create lasting memories. End the day with bespoke cocktails from the bar at dusk while taking in the all-encompassing views of the turquoise lagoon and surrounding islands, and an open-air cinema screening under the stars.
After a fresh tropical breakfast, make your way back to Singapore to catch your flight home.
The iconic Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui has been hosting dignitaries and other well-heeled travelers to Hong Kong since 1928 when it was deemed "the finest hotel east of Suez" Guests can stay in the classic structure still standing from that time, or in a room in the 30-story tower rising over the original hotel with sweeping views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour. There are 300 sumptuous rooms and eight restaurants, which are some of the best in the city: Spring Moon for Cantonese, Gaddi's for French, Felix for contemporary international cuisine, and the Lobby for afternoon tea, a Hong Kong institution. The ground floor and first floor constitute the Peninsula Shopping Arcade filled with boutiques offering the world's finest luxury items. The Peninsula Spa is another "must-do" on guests' itineraries, and the property's wellness facilities also include a fully equipped fitness center and indoor pool with sauna. The hotel is also distinguished by its fleet of signature Rolls Royces, painted in a distinctive hue known as "Peninsula green" and which guests may hire. The property is an hour away from Chek Lap Kok airport (HKG).
Reminiscent of the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, sharing its classic lines and restrained opulence, the Ritz Carlton in Macau is complete with little touches that will surprise and delight those familiar with the seminal home of Asian luxury. The all-suite hotel has over 250 large and supremely appointed accommodations, replete with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms and high-tech entertainment systems. Echoing the abundance of gastronomic innovation found on the Cotai Strip, the hotel has four different dining options, presenting a choice of local delicacies, Western favorites and fine dining, to keep guests satiated day and night. To complete the indulgence, guests can lounge in the waters of the heated pool and jacuzzi, and be pampered with a myriad of rejuvenating treatments in the ESPA.
SO Sofitel Bangkok is a chic and contemporary urban hotel situated in Bangkok’s hip business district on Sathorn Road. The hotel’s interior design is the result of a collaboration of French fashion designer Christian Lacroix and five of Thailand’s leading designers. There are 238 rooms and suites featuring modern amenities and modern décor with panoramic views over Lumpini Park and the Bangkok skyline. All of the 238 rooms and suites are equipped with 40” flatscreen LCD televisions. Broadband internet and free wi-fi are available throughout the hotel and in all rooms. There are five stylish bars and restaurants to chose from. The hotel’s Mixo is a stylish social lounge bar, unique for its innovative cocktails styled by the expert mixologist. The Water Club is situated on the 10th floor and is a playful and fun poolside retreat. The nearby Solarium Oasis Lawn is the place to enjoy sunset picnics with refreshing beverages complemented by a range of savory snacks. The hotel has two concept gift stores, a spa, a fitness center, 24-hour babysitting services, a 33-meter infinity pool and fitness classes including Muay Thai boxing, pilates, stretching, Taekwondo and yoga.
Talk about exclusive: this luxury boutique villa is only offered to one group at a time, ensuring complete privacy, comfort, and care. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains, the hotel sprawls over four acres of lush green space, magnificent gardens, and a trickling river. Seven residential pavilions dot the property, designed with custom-crafted bronze details, golden teakwood floors, and handcrafted furniture that complements the soothing landscape of Northern Thailand. Guests can spend their days relaxing by the outdoor pool or take part in a variety of local activities such as a visit to the Doi Suthep National Park, a trek through a local rainforest or even an adventurous afternoon of bamboo rafting. As well, luxury spas and top-rated golf courses are located nearby for those looking to indulge in a Thai massage or a round of 18 holes before returning to the hotel for traditional, authentic meals.
Upon opening in the summer of 2010, the glittering Fullerton Bay Hotel became one of Singapore’s premier luxury properties. Its 100 guest rooms, five culturally themed suites and one presidential suite have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies overlooking Marina Bay, while the hotel’s interior design by highly sought-after architect Andre Fu features antique nautical maps and newly commissioned art works. Three dining options, also designed by Fu, include the modern brasserie Clifford (named after historic Clifford Pier, where the hotel is located), with an 800-bottle fine wine list and 32-foot windows on the Bay; The Landing Point, a sophisticated lounge with elevated comfort food and creative cocktails served along its 42-foot-long bar; and Lantern, the rooftop bar with an 82-foot-long swimming pool offering skyline views. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center and meeting rooms, while high-speed Internet is available in every room and WiFi is accessible throughout the entire hotel. The Fullerton Bay is approximately a 20-minute drive from Changi International Airport (SIN).
Opened in late 2017, Bawah Island is an island resort that is part of Indonesia's Riau Islands, just a two hour journey from Singapore by ferry and seaplane. Bawah Island promises untouched paradise, composed of five lush jungle islands, three crystal clear lagoons, and 13 ivory powder beaches exclusively for a maximum of 70 guests. The eco-friendly resort is committed to environmental and ocean conservation, crafting its three garden suites, 21 beachfront suites, and 11 overwater villas from natural and recycled materials. Guests can spend the day hiking the forests and water sports in the pristine lagoons, indulge in holistic meals at two restaurants and wellness programs at the Aura spa and yoga pavilion, then end the day with cocktails from the bar at dusk and open-air cinema screenings under the stars.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, private transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, daily breakfast, private VIP cabin on jetfoil HK-Macao. Stay at Howie’s Homestay includes laundry service, high speed internet, and all meals. Stay at Bawah Island includes roundtrip transfers from Singapore (vehicle, ferry, seaplane), all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, in-room minibar, daily laundry service, low-band wifi internet, surface water-sports. Included experiences as mentioned: biking in Macao, 30-minute helicopter over Bangkok, Muay Thai lesson, elephant camp visit, private cabin with champagne on Singapore Flyer. Flights and other optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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