Set off on a private jet to discover a few of the best destinations the region has to offer. Stroll the streets of emperors in Vietnam, visit old-word temples scattered across Southeast Asia, and try your hand at bargaining with the locals at different fresh markets. This trip hits all of Southeast Asia’s must-see destinations, traveling from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. See isolated cities and towns not frequented by the average traveler, made accessible by a private jet.
Why travel by private jet?
Private air travel makes travelling to many destinations in a relatively tight timeframe not only possible, but comfortable and luxurious as well. This is travel at its finest. Skip the lines of customs and forgo waiting in departure halls. The jet leaves when you are ready to go. You don’t have to worry about flights being cancelled or delayed, or your luggage being lost.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.
• Venice of the East: Bangkok gets its nickname from the canals which feed off the Chao Phraya river, where locals live in stilted houses above the rising water.
• Pak Ou Caves: Hidden along the river outside of Laos' Luang Prabang is a cave filled with thousands of castaway Buddha statues.
• Ancient Temple Cities: Cambodia's Angkor and Myanmar's Bagan are two of the most famous, extensive, and fascinating archaeological sites in the world.
Arrive in Thailand’s bustling metropolis - Bangkok. You fly in style on your own private jet - skipping the hustle and bustle of the long airport lines, along with a massive headache. Here you have the day to explore. One of the stunning sites includes the Wat Suthat that is not only covered in remarkable wall paintings, but also vital to Buddhist culture. Take a boat trip down the Chao Phraya river to see the inner workings of the city, and visit the National Museum. Pak Khlong Talat is a fascinating fresh fruit and vegetable market to visit. Come see how the locals shop and view colorful orchids and bright, ripe fruit for the trying. Spend the night sleeping in luxury at either the Peninsula or The Siam.
Step aboard to fly in comfort, convenience and style as you descend upon Sukhothai, a beautiful northern town considered by the locals to be the cradle of Thailand. The name translates directly to “Dawn of Happiness.” The Kingdom once reigned over present-day Myanmar, Luang Prabang and Laos. In this well-preserved ancient city, there are several stunning temples, stupas and elegant elephant stone carvings. Spend the evening relaxing at either the Sukhothai Heritage Resort or the Legendha Sukhothai.
The ancient town of Sukhothai was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. The city is perfect for strolling with timeless city gates, walls, moats dams, ditches, canals and ponds. The head of the site will give you a private tour. Visit the Ramkhamhaeng National Museum, where the curator will teach you the Thai ways of life. Marvel at the beautiful ancient sculptures and other antiquities on display. Return to your hotel to relax this evening.
Hop aboard your private air travel as you jetset to Luang Prabang. Flying gives you extra touring time, so you won’t feel as if you spent your whole trip in transit. Luang Prabang is a charming ancient city in the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia - Laos. Luang Prabang was once the capital of the area. The city overlooks the beautiful Bolaven Plateau and is surrounded by majestic mountains. Settle in for the night at either Amantaka or Hotel De La Paix.
Rise early to catch the monks on their way to the monastery. They collect food donations from locals along the way. Next, take a ride down the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, where you will find more than 10,000 small Buddha statues. The damaged Buddhas are sent here, as it’s considered bad luck to keep a damaged Buddha - and also to destroy a Buddha. That evening, you have the option to enjoy a Laos specialty cooking class. Return to your hotel for the night.
Step aboard the aircraft as you fly on your own time to Hue in Vietnam. The city was the capital when emperors strolled the streets. Take a leisurely ride down the Perfume River - you will see eight royal tombs in near-perfect preserved condition. Dine like royalty at the Tinh Gia Vien - an old Hue-style garden villa tucked away on a side street. Check into the La Residence to relax in style in the ancient city’s center.
Once known as the “Forbidden Purple City,” Hue is full of mysteries just waiting to be discovered. The city was originally only inhabited by emperors, their concubines and members of the household. Get to know more about the city’s fascinating history at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. The 1845 wooden palace contains house relics and fine art from the Nguyen Dynasty. Next, take a tour of the hallmark of Hue - the Citadel. The massive throne was built in 1804 and is protected by a 100-foot wide moat. After an authentic dinner, retire to your hotel room to unwind.
Sit back in comfort as you fly from Hue to the Kingdom of Cambodia. Cambodia is a tourist Mecca for its friendly locals, fascinating history and what is rumored to be one of the most impressive ancient temples in existence - Angkor Wat. The temple is a protected UNESCO site. An incredible spiritual site and architectural feat, many travelers wander through the ancient city for more than just one day. Sleep easy at either Amansara, Raffles or the Park Hyatt.
Learn about the reigning times of the Khmer Rouge. During 1975 - 1979, the party orchestrated a Cambodian Genocide, forcing agricultural reform that ultimately led to widespread starvation. Travel to see the shocking Killing Fields, and learn about the corruption the Cambodian people suffered for years. The country is still suffering the after-effects, although the organization was disbanded in 1999. This is a day you won’t soon forget. Visit the 10th-century Banteay Srei temple to see further elaborate displays of Cambodian Buddhist temples.
Jetset to Bagan after a short immigration stop in Mandalay. Myanmar has only recently been welcoming travelers. You are far off the beaten path as you visit the ancient capital that is experiencing rapid change. Visit the city’s architectural wonders, such as the near thousand-year-old Ananda Temple and the Shwezigon Pagoda. Check into your hotel in Bagan - we recommend the Aureum Palace Hotel, where you’ll sleep like royalty.
Rise early for the experience of a lifetime: a sunrise hot-air balloon ride. This is the perfect spot to absorb unrivaled views of the lush countryside. Spend the rest of the day visiting the local monasteries, shrines and gold stupas. Climb 777 stairs to reach the top of volcanic Mt. Popa - it’s well worth it for the view and landmarks you find at the top. Return to your hotel to relax after an active day of sightseeing.
Return to Thailand’s pulsing capital. Squeeze in a visit to the Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak, if you arrive early enough in the city. This is the perfect place to enjoy fresh fruit and Thai cuisine. Stock up on local goods, before preparing for your transit home. You’ll be transferred to the airport in time for your onward travels.
Overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the iconic Peninsula’s commanding views of the city’s skyline make it one of the most elegant choices in Bangkok. Designed with a blend of modern and traditional Thai decor, the hotel provides all of the comforts of home with an exotic flair, all with the level of quality service and amenities that define the Peninsula. The hotel boasts three restaurants: Mei Jiang for Cantonese cuisine; Thiptara for Thai home-style cooking on an open-air pavilion; and the River Cafe and Bar, located on the banks of the river. The excellent spa, ESPA, offers state-of-the-art treatments, and an extensive fitness center includes a pool set in a garden complex. The Peninsula is located approximately 45 minutes by car from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
The Siam Hotel is set on 3 acres of verdant lawn along the city side of Bangkok’s main river, the Chao Praya. The Siam is a private 39-room luxury retreat with its own unique historical background located in Bangkok’s royal Dusit district. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, the property is Art Deco inspired with infusions of Thai antiques and traditional architecture. Guests have an array of amenities at their fingertips: restaurants, a cooking school, bar, café, spa, gym, yoga terrace, Muay Thai boxing ring, beauty salon, library/cinema, infinity pool, gift/antiques gallery, conservatory and traditional Thai houses. The Siam’s 39 suites and pool villas are noticeably spacious and well equipped with modern conveniences. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite is individually designed with original turn-of-the-century Oriental artwork and antiquities and is catered for by a personal butler. Complimentary WiFi is available property-wide. Onsite dining options include a Thai restaurant, international cuisine bistro, bar and coffee and cakes shop. The Siam Hotel is approximately 50 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
Amantaka is set south of Phousi Mountain and close to the banks of the Mekong River and the Luang Prabang Night Market. The resort, an old French colonial building, is surrounded by a spacious courtyard, and has 24 suites – eight deluxe suites, four pool suites, eight Khan suites, two Mekong suites and two Amantaka suites, all with spacious interior and exterior living areas. Facilities include a spa, a fitness center, a library and a boutique art gallery. Amantaka is little more than a ten- minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ).
Sofitel Luang Prabang, located in a refurbished French colonial fort, is one of Luang Prabang's most historic luxury hotels. Formerly known as Hotel de la Paix, Sofitel Luang Prabang consists of 25 suites, including the Signature Governor's Residence, all designed in contemporary style with a bathtub, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod, as well as a private terrace/garden area. An all-day dining restaurant serves classic Lao cuisine, and the colonial-style bar is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail by the fireplace. The hotel also has a spa and library.
On the banks of the Perfume River, the boutique Azerai - La Residence Hotel and Spa occupies the former residence of Hue's governor. The hotel is surrounded by lush lawns and looks towards the Imperial Citadel, a picturesque sight in hues of green, red and yellow. The 122 rooms and suites have the spacious feel of a colonial villa, with richly colored art-deco furniture and a river-view terrace. The lavish spa is equipped with Italian products from Comfort Zone. Azerai - La Residence Hue is only 10 miles from the airport (HUI) and is outfitted with a sauna, pool, fitness center, tennis court, and business center. Wi-fi is available everywhere in the hotel.
Located approximately five miles from the famed Angkor Wat, Amansara is sleek, stylish and superbly private. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, the grounds were originally laid out in 1962 and designed to embrace both modern design and the rich artistic legacy of Cambodia. This tranquil oasis is surrounded by beautiful gardens and includes a curved slate swimming pool. The 24 suites are decorated in a classic Indochinese palette of cool gray, pristine white, dark timber and ivory, and all include a private courtyard and soothing water features; 12 suites are equipped with private swimming pools. The Roof Garden, shaded by trees, is the ideal venue for relaxing by candlelight with cocktails, or for invigorating morning yoga sessions. The Spa, which has four treatment rooms, focuses on therapeutic Cambodian techniques using organic products. Every suite has access to its own remork and driver. On the 2007 Zagat Survey list of the world’s best hotels, Amansara was ranked number two for service.
A grand, historic hotel, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor opened its doors in the early 1930s. It is located on the main road to Angkor Wat and was planned so that it aligns on a north-south axis with Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Now sensitively restored, the hotel’s classic style coupled with its renewed modernity complement the grandeur of Angkor Wat. The hotel has 131 guest rooms and suites, each tastefully appointed with Art Deco-styled furnishings and Cambodian objets d’art. Guest services include the Raffles Amrita Spa, a fitness center, and a host of classes in the Raffles Amrita Pavilion, from Khmer dancing to Tai Chi. Elegant dining options range from the formal Restaurant Le Grand, to the Café d’Angkor, to the wide selection of cocktails at the famed Elephant Bar.
The Park Hyatt is a new addition to Cambodia’s select five-star hotel crowd. The hotel was previously Hotel De La Paix, one of the country’s top properties, and has been rebranded after a complete renovation. This new and exciting hotel is situated in one of Asia’s major emerging cultural destinations, providing ultimate indulgence and impeccable service. Designed by award-winning Bangkok-based interior designer Bill Bensley, Park Hyatt won Cambodia’s No. 1 hotel spot in Travel + Leisure and ranked No. 29 in its World’s Best Hotels 2010 list. Park Hyatt Siem Reap features 104 guestrooms, a choice of restaurants, a bar, fresh bakery, two swimming pools, a spa and fitness center.
Set back in 27 acres of lush, tropical gardens, The Aureum Palace Hotel is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Bagan. Spacious villas lace the resort’s expansive gardens and are lavishly appointed with hand-crafted teak furnishings, antiques and local artifacts. Dining options are extensive. For traditional Myanmar and Thai cuisine, visit The Shan, or for Italian cuisine and wines, dine at Casa D’Enzo. Casual cocktails and lighter fare are available at the resort’s many outdoor patios and cafes and poolside dining is available throughout the day. The Spa at the Aureum Palace offers aromatherapy treatments and massage by appointment. There is a swimming pool and fitness center, as well as a business center for Internet access.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. 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.
Other than your long-haul flights (not included), all flights are by private jet charter. Price includes jet charter, ground arrangements, landing permits and any repositioning charges. Changes in landing fees or fuel prices may cause the itinerary price to vary.
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