Remote Lands Celebrates 4th Year as Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist for Southeast Asia

8 November 2018
Call us Toll Free: +1-888-828-5438 View in your browser. Remote Lands Celebrates 4th Year as Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist for SE Asia

Remote Lands, the world’s preeminent luxe and intrepid tour operator focused exclusively on Asia, was honored to be included in Condé Nast Traveler’s “2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust” late last month, a prestigious recognition that includes industry giants from all over the globe. The luxury and lifestyle travel magazine named Remote Lands’ Co-Founder & CEO Catherine Heald as their chosen specialist for Southeast Asia 2018 for the fourth year in a row, advocating her expertise with multi-country trips throughout Asia. 

This newsletter contains some of that selfsame expertise condensed into some of Remote Lands’ most exciting travel experiences in Southeast Asia – be it exploring Vietnam and Cambodia by luxury river cruise or Bangkok and Bagan by private jet. 

Let us help you plan the ultimate South East Asian holiday. Call us toll-free on +1 (888) 828 5438 if you are in the United States, on +1 (646) 415 8092 from outside the United States, or email us at [email protected]


Experience Indochina in style and comfort, aboard a luxury private jet. Starting off in Bangkok, you’ll take in some of the city’s most ancient temples, before taking off for the ever-charming Lao city, Luang Prabang. From here, you’ll head to Vietnam, where you’ll take in some of the country’s most unforgettable sights, including the incredible Halong Bay, which you’ll experience from your own private helicopter. Continue onwards to Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the ancient temples of Angkor. This whirlwind Southeast Asia tour hits all the hotspots, allowing you the ideal amount of time to experience each one.


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.

VIEW MORE > STEPPING INTO SOUTHEAST ASIA’S SPIRITUAL SIDE Though many travel to Southeast Asia simply for a taste of waving palm trees and sandy beaches encircled by crystal seas, it is also home to a vast number of spectacular temples and monuments with expansive religious histories, highly valued by locals and tourists alike. From Thailand to Laos to Cambodia, experience an absorption into the height of Southeast Asia’s spiritually influenced culture with adventures into sacred sites that are sometimes jaw-dropping - such as Luang Prabang’s Pak Ou caves set within extraordinary limestone - or sometimes startling, such as the famed “Hell Garden” of Bangkok’s Wang Saen Suk Monastery. VIEW MORE > EXPLORING THE BEST OF VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA

Pack your bags and head to Southeast Asia a thrilling journey through some of the area’s most incredible sights. Begin the 15-day tour by walking through the streets of Hanoi, a city where timeless French architecture meets elegant Vietnamese pagodas. Continue to Ha Long Bay and sail to picturesque islands and remote caves. On board your cruise ship, learn the calming martial art of Tai Chi and feel your stress melt away. Return to land and travel to the scenic towns of Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Sapa and more. In the gorgeous countryside, prepare to be spellbound by the miles of rich green rice fields, endless forests and misty mountains. Fly to Cambodia and uncover Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Here, you’ll trek through many ancient abandoned temples and learn about Khmer history and culture. 


Often overlooked as a global travel hotspot, yet adored by those who are curious and adventurous enough to take the plunge, the Philippines really does stand out among other Asian countries, both in terms of its quantity and quality of unique selling points. Take, for example, the stunning picture-postcard rice fields of Banaue, or the gorgeous stone cobbled streets of the colonial city of Vigan - both important stops included in this seven-day itinerary. This trip also provides an insightful glimpse of the capital, Manila, as well as excursions to the cliffs of Sagada and tropical forests of Baguio.

VIEW MORE > ONE RIVER, TWO COUNTRIES: SAIGON TO PHNOM PENH BY MEKONG This 5-day luxury itinerary gives you the highlights of French colonial Vietnam, stopping at fascinating historical sites, visiting ornate Buddhist temples and exploring the waterways of the mighty Mekong Delta. This trip includes visits to various markets around Vietnam, giving you the opportunity to engage in some spirited haggling for local handicrafts.
  VIEW MORE > TEMPLES AND DRAGONS: SINGAPORE TO YOGYAKARTA IN STYLE Experience the best that Singapore and Indonesia have to offer on this exciting and luxurious 13-day journey through Singapore’s past and present, and Indonesia’s nature and culture. You’ll go by plane, car, boat, and helicopter, from downtown Singapore, to Bali, Komodo and Rinca islands, and Yogyakarta in Indonesia. You’ll learn about the unique histories of both nations, while taking in the incredible beauty - from the beaches to the buildings, to the volcanoes and the quays - that will seem to follow you upon these travels.  VIEW MORE > COLONIAL SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA Go back in time and uncover the rich colonial histories of Singapore and Malaysia. Experience picturesque colonial towns, rich tea plantations and modern cities with this exciting nine-day tour. Start your amazing journey in Singapore and enjoy some of the best cuisine Southeast Asia has to offer. Next, take a scenic drive to Malacca, a rustic colonial town full of ancient fortresses. Continue to the bustling Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur and take a stroll through historic colonial sites. After, head to the Cameron Highlands and hike through stunning tea plantations. Finish the spectacular tour in Penang and take a trishaw ride to see sacred temples, century-old houses and more. VIEW MORE >   TRAVELOGUES FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA Ultra-Luxe PHANG NGA CHOPPER: JAMES BOND ISLAND AND SECRET LAGOONS Not too long ago the Phang Nga Bay area was a pristine, unvisited region of Thailand – blue water, secret caves, and karst beauty. Those days are over and the whole area can get a bit overcrowded at sea and on land. But in the air? That’s a different story. Whether one is yachting around Krabi or taking a break from a private Phuket island, a trip in a helicopter over the Phang Nga Bay area is a must. READ MORE > Hotels 30 YEARS YOUNG: AMANPURI GETS A MAKEOVER Aman is one of the finest names in luxury travel – with more than 33 destinations and ultra-luxe private jet journeys second to none. In Phuket where the brand first began 30 years ago, Aman recently gave its first destination, Amanpuri, a makeover. With new treatment suites and improved facilities for families of luxury travelers in this Thailand resort, the reinvigorated Amanpuri is a message from the 30-year-old company that Amans don’t get old. READ MORE > Hiking CAMERON HIGHLANDS: JUNGLE JOURNEY TO THE BEST CUP OF TEA IN MALAYSIA The Cameron Highlands can be a strange place to visit. Far in the cool highlands of peninsular Malaysia, one sips hot, milky tea while waiting for a scone complete with clotted cream and jam to arrive at the table. It’s not exactly adventuring.

For an Englishman, this scene was almost disturbingly familiar to me. Visiting Malaysia in search of the unfamiliar, I enjoyed high tea in a quaint, English style pub, and it just all seemed so out of place. Outside, there was a red phone box that would be more at home on the streets of London, a golf course that had been carved from the jungle lay on the other side of the road while Land Rover Defenders drove past. And then, it even began to rain. READ MORE > Sports SI PHAN DON: KAYAKING THE 4,000 ISLANDS OF LAOS AND CAMBODIA

The Mekong is one of the great rivers of the world, a watery superhighway for much of Southeast Asia. The river cuts a wide, sluggish path along most of its 4,350 kilometers but a 14-kilometer-long choke point where modern day Laos borders Cambodia divides the river into the upper and lower Mekong. The narrow channels formed here are steeped with hazardous whitewater and cataracts including Khone Phapheng, considered the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. This hazardous water vexed traders and adventurers until the 21 century when whitewater kayakers with modern technology, mad skills, and nerves of steel more fully explored the area known as Si Phan Don.

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