Thailand and Singapore

Feb. 03rd-19th, 2019


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LLV wants to invite you to immerse yourself in Southeast Asia at its finest, visiting Thailand and Singapore, the holidaymaker’s dream that boasts an irresistible combination of striking natural beauty, inspiring temples, heart-warming hospitality, tantalizing cuisine and stunning beaches. There is no place on Earth like Thailand and Singapore. Millions from the world over flock to both destinations each year to experience what these magical places have to offer.

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The Journey

This journey begins in Bangkok, you will be able to enjoy exploring the city, visiting some of the most magnificent temples like the Grand Palace Complex, the Famous Wat Pho, as well as authentic floating markets where Thai culture comes to life. Heading north to the city of Chiang Mai, you'll get to spend some time discovering the charming city and then head out into the countryside where we'll get to engage with Elephants in an ethical and responsible way. From Chiang Mai, we'll make our way down to Phuket and spend the remainder of our time in Thailand soaking up the sun on stunning beaches.

Our Journey will continue wit 2 nights in Singapore, where you will be able to explore the city and visit some of the many highlights, including the Gardens by the Bay and fantastic views of the city skyline from the Singapore River. We will enjoy 2 nights on the Orient Express, where we will travel in style through the spectacular countryside between these two metropolises. Visits to the Royal town of Kuala Kangsar and cruising on the River Kwai.

 

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Day by day


+ Sat 2 Feb 2019
Your international flights depart
+ Sun 3 Feb 2019

Your international flights will arrive. Welcome to Thailand! On arrival once you have cleared through customs you will be met at the airport and transferred over to your hotel in downtown Bangkok. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure after your long flights

DETAILS

  • Private Transfer from Airport to Hotel: On arrival, you will be met at the airport by your guide, escorted to your vehicle, and transferred to your accommodation. thai
  • At leisure in Bangkok:There are plenty of temples to visit in Bangkok: Wat Trimitr with its invaluable Golden Buddha (5 1/2 tons of solid gold)

Avoid excursions to Damnoen Saduak floating market however, as this is a big tourist trap! You could also visit Suan Phakkard Palace in downtown Bangkok which houses a fine collection of art and antiques. The landscaped gardens offer the visitor a chance to relax in a very tranquil setting. Another place to get some peace and quiet is the Dusit Zoo. Covering an area of 19 hectares, the zoo is home to more than 300 mammals, 200 reptiles and 800 birds, including some relatively rare indigenous species.


  • The Peninsula - Situated on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, this elegant hotel’s unique design provides all rooms with views out over the river and the Bangkok skyline. With spacious, well-appointed rooms and excellent service, it is a good base for exploring the city. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace, and watch as the river comes to life; take a dip in the three-tiered swimming pool, one of the best in the city, or indulge in a treatment in the superb spa, housed in a Thai-colonial house. The hotel operates a complimentary shuttle boat to and from the nearby Central Pier to connect with the Saphan Taksin BTS or public ferries, giving easy access to the city’s attractions.
+ Mon 4 Feb 2019 - Bangkok City Safari

Today you will be picked up in the morning by your guide who will show you how to navigate Bangkok like a true local using the Sky Train system, riding in tuk tuks, and experiencing a water taxi on your tour. You'll see many of the city's main highlights, such as the famous Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, and Wat Pho.

Bangkok City Safari (Full day) Your guide for the day will meet you after breakfast at 8am, then from your hotel you will head out for an original and full day of sightseeing in the City of Angels.
The first stop will be the beautiful Grand Palace. This is the nation's most revered landmark and houses the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most respected Buddha image in Thailand. Appropriate dress is required (please see the Thailand country fact sheet for advice on temple etiquette). Lunch (at your own expense) may be taken at a local restaurant nearby the palace. In the afternoon, guests can take a Tuk Tuk to Soi Ban Batra, where a handicraft family is famed for the art of making monk’s alms bowls and selling them. Following a trip to visit Jim Thompson's House you will have the opportunity for some shopping in one of the five huge shopping complexes of the area (MBK, Siam Square, Siam Centre, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon), or simply return to your hotel by BTS. Please note, while the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace grounds are open every day when not being used for state functions, the audience halls in the Grand Palace are closed on weekends. You can only gain entrance to see the magnificent thrones on weekdays.

The Royal Pantheon in Temple of the Emerald Buddha is only open one day a year, on 6 April. Whilst much of Thailand has become accustomed to Western tourists, it is important to dress respectfully when visiting religious sites. In particular, the Grand Palace has a very strict dress code and suitable attire must be worn. Shorts, flimsy or skimpy clothes such as tank tops or vests are strictly not allowed and shoulders and ankles must be covered. Closed shoes are preferred although sandals with socks are permitted and long trousers or skirts are deemed appropriate. It is also considered respectful to remove shoes and hats before entering a religious building.

Hotel - The Peninsula

+ Tue 5 Feb 2019 - Introduction to Thai Food

We recommend a very light breakfast today before you are picked up and taken to the best areas of Bangkok to get a taste of the local street eats! As you navigate these vibrant neighborhoods and markets with your guide, you'll sample snacks, and delicious Thai bites from the surrounding local street vendors. Enjoy the local flavors and get a real 'Taste' of Thailand! Tonight you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the Jetty where you will board the luxurious Aspara Cruise ship. As you enjoy a lovely meal aboard the ship, you will pass by the city skyline as it lights up under the night sky. A great way to see Bangkok come to life along the Chao Phraya River! thai food

 

  • Apsara Dinner Cruise on the Chao Praya River: You will be collected from your hotel and driven to the River City Pier, where you will embark on the magnificent Apsara Dinner Cruise Boat. Owned by the Banyan Tree Hotel, this 24 meter long boat was built in 2006, and incorporates classic Thai styles in its design. Throughout your evening cruise, you will wine and dine on the peaceful sanctuary of the Chao Phraya River, leaving the hustle and bustle of the Bangkok streets closely behind for a few hours. If feeling extravagant, you can charter the Apsara Cruise Boat for private use, with your very own Classical Thai band.

Hotel - The Peninsula

+ Wed 6 Feb 2019 - Transfer from Hotel to Airport

This morning have a private transfer to the airport for your internal flight to the historical and colorful city of Chiang Mai, located in the north of Thailand. Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel. This afternoon you have the freedom to relax at your hotel or explore the city of Chiang Mai at your leisure. As you have arrived in Chiang Mai during the weekend, I recommend heading out to explore Chiang Mai's famous weekend Markets at which you can find an amazing variety of delicious Thai cuisine, and local vendors and artisans selling their various goods..

Afternoon Chiang Mai city tour including Doi Suthep (Half day): Take a drive to the beautiful temple of Wat Doi Suthep, the most famous in Northern Thailand. There are wonderful views from this hilltop temple which always make for great photos. From here, head to a local coffee conservation project for a sample. Finish your day with a visit to Chang Khien, a White Hmong village where you can learn about the local inhabitants' culture which has history dating back centuries.

  • Transfer from Hotel to Airport: You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
  • Flight TBA:

    CLASS: Economy

    DEPARTS: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)

    ARRIVES: Chiang Mai, 13:25

  • Private Transfer from Airport to hotel: On arrival, once you have cleared any airport immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
  • Hotel - Rati Lanna Chiang Mai: RATING: Deluxe ROOM(S): 1 x Deluxe View Room for 2 persons. Breakfast is included
+ Thu 7 Feb 2019 - Day trip to the Elephant Nature Park

Today you will spend a day in the fascinating Elephant Nature Foundation, a sanctuary for elephants who were previously abused. You will be able to get up close and feed these magnificent creatures before you head into the river with them for a bath!

  • Day trip to the Elephant Nature Park: The Elephant Nature Park is a non-profit organization that advocates and acts on behalf of rights for elephant in Thailand. The park offers visitors a rare experience to get involved with the elephantthai trip, llvclub, llv, swingers destinations from an educational perspective.
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    Visitors are not there to observe the elephant performing tricks, or to ride the elephant, but are there to observe elephant grazing, playing, interacting, and behaving as they would in the wild. All of the elephant at the park have been rescued from grueling work days, abuse and neglect by uneducated elephant mahouts. Each elephant has documentation listing all that the foundation knows about their past so that visitors can learn about specific cases. The owner, Lek, has received many awards for the excellent work she has done over the years.

    The elephant are left to roam as if in the wild, but do need constant care due to the neglect they have suffered in the past. The organization also runs an outreach program, 'Jumbo Express' where they go out to various areas of Thailand, providing emergency medical treatment to elephant working in remote areas, and building vital ties with communities working with elephant. They are then able to gain the trust of the local people and educate them, with the goal of improving the life of working elephant. Your visit to the organization will help ensure that the organization continues for years to come.

    You will have a full day spent getting to know the assembled herd of elephant who are lucky enough to live here. You have an opportunity to feed the elephants, and listen to tales from the park specialists on the biology, psychology and behavior of the elephant. After lunch you have the opportunity to bathe the elephant in the local river.

  • Hotel Rati Lanna Chiang Mai: RATING: Deluxe ROOM(S): 1 x Deluxe View Room for 2 persons. Breakfast is included
+ Fri 8 Feb 2019 - Transfer from Hotel to Airport

Your guide collects you from your hotel and takes you to the local airport for your internal flight to Phuket, a journey of about two hours. At Phuket airport our driver will take you to your accommodation at the Pullmanthai on Naithon beach. Once you arrive to your hotel, you have the remainder of the afternoon free to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Phuket Island.


  • Transfer from Hotel to Airport You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
  • Flight TBA
  • CLASS: Economy | DEPARTS: Chiang Mai |ARRIVES: Phuket
  • Private Transfer from Airport to hotel On arrival, once you have cleared any airport immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
  • Hotel Santhiya Resorts & Spas RATING: First Class ROOM(S): 1  Breakfast is included

+ Sat 9 Feb 2019 - At leisure in Phuket

Today is at leisure to relax on your beautiful beach. Your hotel has a spa and can organize activities on the sea or inland. With clear and calm waters, you might like to try an organized snorkeling trip.

  • At leisure in Phuket Phuket is seen by many as just another Thai Island with promises of sun, sea and relaxation however there is another side to this part of Thailand. On the main sea trading route between China and India Phuket has amassed a great deal of history and throughout time different cultures have left their mark. This is perhaps most visible in Phuket town itself where excellent examples of Sino Portuguese buildings still exist to this day, providing you know where to look. A visit to the Thai Hua Museum makes for an interesting afternoon and the building it’s housed in is a wonderful example of Sino Portuguese architecture.
  • In the old part of town, Walking Street opens up every Sunday between 4pm and 10pm showcasing ‘Lard Yai’ or big market. Here in among the colorful historic buildings sellers line up to flaunt their rich array of products. It’s a great place to pass an hour or so and perfect if you are looking to do some souvenir shopping. Later in the evening it can be good to take a step back, find a seat and sample some of the gastronomic variance. You will be spoilt for choice with Thai, Chinese, Indian and Malay cooking all on offer and the local specialty of barbequed squid is not to be missed. This is one of the few places in Thailand outside of the big cities where cultures converge and the result is mouth-watering. thai trip, llv, llvclub, lifestyle travel

    Back in the 19th century Old Phuket town took off as a small mining community and the local tin brought with it great wealth over a number of years. A nice example of this can still be seen to this day on Deebuk Road, where the old mine owners residences still stand. Another interesting experience is a visit to the Phuket Mining Museum which lies between the British International School and Loch Palm Golf Club. The museum displays many exhibits charting the rise of Phuket’s mining industry which can be traced back as far as the 17th century and the resulting movement of Chinese settlers. It is evident that without tin, Phuket would not have its vibrant multicultural identity.

    Another interesting way to get a flavor of Phuket is to partake in one of the many local cooking classes. The Blue Elephant Cooking School is one of the best and provides you with the necessary guidance to create your very own Thai dish. If you would rather leave the cooking in the chef’s capable hands then head over to Point Yamu by Como which boasts some of the best dining on the island. A healthy lunch option is the perfect match for the stunning view.

    The azure expanse of the Andaman sea is always a temptation and conditions are perfect for swimming close to shore. Snorkeling can be a little disappointing at this depth and if you are keen to see some marine life it’s best to head out towards some of the off-shore reefs.

    If diving is your thing the nearby Similan Islands offer some of the best sites in the country. A number of day trips operate from Phuket to nearby reefs and the Similan Islands. ‘The beach’ from the film of the same name is also accessible in this way. If this puts you in the mood for some relaxation then the Oasis Spa have a number of locations on the Island to choose from, each offering a varied treatment menu. The mountain top Sky Breeze location is perhaps the most spectacular and its rooftop pool provides you breath-taking views out over the ocean.

    As evening draws near Phuket turns into a lively destination offering plenty of opportunities to party the night away. Surin beach, close by to ‘millionaires row’, has established itself as the go to place for many expats and visitors alike. The high end wine bars and restaurants fill up fairly quickly and make for a great atmosphere in a beautiful location. Catch beach club is one of the most popular haunts. If you prefer a more relaxed evening then journey out to Phromthep Cape where you can enjoy a mesmerizing sunset over the Andaman Sea. This is perhaps the most photographed area on Phuket and the cape can get quite busy during the evening, another option is to enjoy a picnic lunch here in the afternoon before the tour groups arrive.

  • Hotel Santhiya Resorts & Spas RATING: First Class ROOM(S): 1  Breakfast is included.
+ Sun 10 Feb 2019 - At Leisure
+ Mon 11 Feb 2019 - Afternoon and evening cave canoeing under the stars

Spend this afternoon and evening canoeing in stunning Phang Nga Bay. Enjoy a late lunch before you explore some of Phuket's many caves while the sun sets. A Thai buffet meal will be served on board your boat after which you will canoe thai trip, llv, llvclub into one of the many lagoons filled with fireflies under the stars.

  • Afternoon and evening cave canoeing under the stars: Uncover the pristine beauty of Phuket by day and night as you explore the limestone cliffs and turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay. Managed by veteran canoe specialist John Gray, an ex-marine biologist who works passionately to educate both locals and tourists in the conservation of Phuket, you will navigate the bay's nooks and crannies with the team of local guides. A private pick-up from the hotel takes you to the escort boat, where you will meet the rest of the group. As the motor-boat journeys its way around the bay, a scrumptious Thai lunch will be served on board. Spend the afternoon exploring the sea caves and limestone islets as the guides gently paddle you past low-roofed caverns filled with bat colonies and giant stalactites into secluded hongs. A hong is a lagoon surrounded on all sides by towering cliffs.
  • At dusk, set adrift the kratongs that you made as the sun dips beneath the watery horizon, before enjoying a delicious Thai seafood buffet dinner underneath the stars. The final highlight comes when you canoe into a hong beautifully lit by stars, fireflies and phosphorescence, capping your sea sojourn perfectly.
  • Hotel Santhiya Resorts & Spas RATING: First Class ROOM(S): 1  Breakfast is included

+ Tue 12 Feb 2019 - At Leisure

+ Wed 13 Feb 2019 - Private transfer from Hotel to Airport

Today is your final day to enjoy your time in Phuket.

  • At leisure in Phuket
  • Hotel Santhiya Resorts & Spas RATING: First Class ROOM(S): 1  Breakfast is included

Private transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Bangkok after a morning at leisure. From here you will begin your journey home.

  • Transfer from Hotel to Airport You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
  • Flight TBA: Economy DEPARTS: Phuket | ARRIVES: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport: The shuttle van will meet passengers at the area marked 'Airport Services'. Alternatively, it is possible to reach the hotel by the underground walkway, which is open from 6am to 12 midnight.
  • Hotel The Peninsula RATING: Deluxe ROOM(S): 1 x Deluxe Room for 2 persons. Breakfast is included .
+ Thu 14 Feb 2019 - Flight

You will be collected from your hotel, go through the Belmond's check-in service, and be transported over to the Orient Express Platform. Settle into your private cabin as the train rolls through Bangkok City to countryside. Dinner is served in one of the luxurious dining cars. Afterwards, head to the Bar Car to relax with fellow travelers or retire to your cozy converted cabin.

  • Flight
  • Transfer from Hotel to Station: You will be collected from your accommodation in time to travel to the railway station, for your onward journey. Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express Day One The two contrasting cities of Bangkok and Singapore bring together the excitement and diversity of Asian metropolitan life. While one is a lush garden island dedicated to amazing food and shopping, the other is known for its lively street-escapes dotted with golden temples. Yet both are a thrilling mix of old and modern, of vibrant activity and languorous tropical retreats.
  • An ultimate way to discover these cities is to travel between aboard the Eastern and Oriental Express train. Journey through gently unfolding rural landscapes in style reminiscent of a bygone age.

    On day one of your journey, you depart from Bangkok's Hualampong Railway Station in the early evening once you've settled into your private cabin. Heading out of the city, noises of tuk-tuk engines will slowly be replaced by those of nature, as you head into the lush surrounding of the Thai countryside. Savor dinner in the restaurant car, enjoy music by the resident pianist in the bar, then retire to your cabin which will have been transformed into a bedroom by your personal steward. Please note that the itinerary is set by the Eastern and Oriental Express and may be subject to change.

  • Hotel - Eastern & Oriental Express
  • RATING: Deluxe 

    ROOM(S): 1 x State compartment for 2 persons.

    WHAT’S INCLUDED:

    ● All table d’hôte meals on board, which are a combination of Asian and European cuisine

    ● Complimentary tea and coffee in cabins

    ● Sightseeing tours as stated in itinerary

    ● 24-hour on-board service and entertainment

    ● On our Fables of the Peninsula journey house beverages are all-inclusive

    ● WiFi in the Observation Car and Presidential Cabins

    ● From 01 January 2018, house wine, house spirits, local beer and soft drinks will be included throughout the journey. Premium drinks and drinks ordered to guest cabins will be an additional charge

+ Fri 15 Feb 2019 - Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express Day Two

This morning alight at Kanchanaburi for your choice of tour. The Classic includes guided visits to the River Kwai Bridge and Thai-Burma Railway Museum. Tracks to Unseen Thailand tour will have you biking through rice paddies, stopping off at a local farm. The Local Flavors tour explores the wet market, a rice noodle house and combines a raft cruise with a cooking class.' Return to the train and look forward to an exceptional lunch and dinner.

  • Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express Day Two Awaken to the excitement of the train making its way along the trestle viaduct from Wang Po and on to the River Kwai Bridge station. On arrival you will have the choice of three excursions: a classic historical tour of the area, a rural cycling tour or a traditional Thai cooking class including wet market visit. Rejoin the train for a delicious lunch and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, dinner and a wonderful night on board, travelling through beautiful scenery.
  • Eastern & Oriental Express RATING: Deluxe i ROOM(S): 1 x State compartment for 2 persons.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED:

    ● All table d’hôte meals on board, which are a combination of Asian and European cuisine

    ● Complimentary tea and coffee in cabins

    ● Sightseeing tours as stated in itinerary

    ● 24-hour on-board service and entertainment

    ● On our Fables of the Peninsula journey house beverages are all-inclusive

    ● WiFi in the Observation Car and Presidential Cabins

    ● From 01 January 2018, house wine, house spirits, local beer and soft drinks will be included throughout the journey. Premium drinks and drinks ordered to guest cabins will be an additional charge

+ Sat 16 Feb 2019 - Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express Day Three

Spend the morning watching the changing scenery with breakfast in bed as the train travels through Malaysia. After brunch, arrive at Kuala Kangsar. Disembark for a tour of the grand Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Museum of Perak and the Sultan Shah Gallery. Rejoin the train for a refreshing cocktail accompanied by live piano music before a glamorous final dinner on board.

  • Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express Day Three This morning you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast on-board while the train passes through picturesque Northern Malaysia. You will then have some time to relax before disembarking at Kuala Kangsar for a guided tour of this fascinating royal town. The tour will take in a number of sights including the majestic Ubudiah Mosque and Royal Museum before concluding at the Sultan Shah Gallery. Afterwards you will re-join the train as it continues south through Peninsular Malaysia passing lush rainforests, vast plantations and rural towns before nearing Kuala Lumpur. This evening can be spent relaxing in the Bar Car listening to the resident pianist before retiring to your private compartment.
  • Hotel Eastern & Oriental Express RATING: Deluxe ROOM(S): 1 x State compartment for 2 persons.
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED:

    ● All table d’hôte meals on board, which are a combination of Asian and European cuisine

    ● Complimentary tea and coffee in cabins

    ● Sightseeing tours as stated in itinerary

    ● 24-hour on-board service and entertainment

    ● On our Fables of the Peninsula journey house beverages are all-inclusive

    ● Wi-Fi in the Observation Car and Presidential Cabins

    ● From 01 January 2018, house wine, house spirits, local beer and soft drinks will be included throughout the journey. Premium drinks and drinks ordered to guest cabins will be an additional charge

+ Sun 17 Feb 2019 - Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express Day Four

Today you will arrive in the vibrant city of Singapore where you will disembark the train and be driven to your Hotel at the Mandarin Oriental in Downtown Singapore. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon free to explore or relax at your own leisure. I have included some recommendations for your free time this afternoon which can be read about in the day by day section of your detailed itinerary.

  • Bangkok to Singapore on the Eastern and Oriental Express: Day Four Travelling through the lush plantations of Southern Malaysia, you wake up to a delicious breakfast whilst crossing the Straits of Johor, into the island state of Singapore. Arrive mid-morning and disembark.
  • Eastern and Oriental Express to your city hotel: Upon departing the Eastern and Oriental Express you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred to your city hotel.
  • At leisure in Singapore: This cosmopolitan and modern city has much to offer its visitors. Being famous for its fantastic shopping, many visitors head to Orchard Road, which has a plethora of department stores offering everything from designer clothes to electrical goods. Smaller and more characterful areas to visit are Chinatown to the south and Little India to the north of the centre. For evening entertainment there are numerous districts to visit depending on your tastes, but a must for most people is a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel.
  • Museums: For those with an interest in the history of Asia as a whole, the Asian Civilizations' Museum II is well worth a visit. Its displays offer information on ancient culture, textiles and ethnicity of the various tribes of Asia. The museum is situated on Empress Place, a five minute walk from Raffles MRT station. Entrance is SG$8 (price correct at time of writing). The Chinatown Heritage centre brings home the cramped and difficult conditions for those who made the arduous journey from mainland China to Singapore in the early 20th century. The Chinatown Heritage Centre is located on Pagoda Street, only a few minutes' walk from the Chinatown MRT station.

    The Esplanade: A unique feature of the modern Singapore skyline is the Esplanade. This building is a feat of modern architecture and is called 'the Durian' locally, since it looks more like two halves of the infamous spiky fruit than the theatre and concert hall that it actually is. It may well be worth checking the program once you have booked your trip - the concert hall has some of the best acoustic technology in the world.

    Marina Bay Sands: The large development of Marina Bay Sands hotel and its surrounds dominate the skyline, and the rooftop bars are becoming the place to be seen. During the day, visit the SkyPark for sweeping city views. Entrance to the Observation Deck costs SG$19, and guided tours are available daily at 10am, 2pm and 9pm. Register from 9.30am on the day of your visit. The SkyPark is open daily from 9.30am until 10pm (11pm on weekends). As the sun sets, head up to Ce La Vi SkyBar - entrance is free before 9pm. Drinks are a little pricey, but worth it for the view! The ArtScience Museum is another of Singapore's impressive architectural structures, and is home to a diverse collection of major international touring exhibitions. Exhibitions have included Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal, and the Titanic Artefact Exhibition.

    Gardens by the Bay: The newest addition to the Marina Bay development is Gardens by the Bay. Opened in June 2012, Gardens by the Bay is home to two conservatory domes housing exotic plant species from all over the world: Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Entrance to the two domes costs SG$28; however, visitors can explore Bay South Outdoor Gardens free of charge. This includes the Heritage Garden, a collection of plant species brought together to reflect the cultural influences present in modern day Singapore. Other attractions include the impressive 'Supertree Grove', and the 'World of Plants'. Visitors may also explore the OCBC Skyway - a 128 meter walkway suspended between the structures in 'Supertree Grove' (additional cost applies for this attraction). The Gardens are open from 5am - 2am, with the conservatories open from 9am - 9pm. Bayfront is the closest MRT station to this attraction.

    Parks, zoos and safaris: A popular option with families is a visit to Jurong Bird Park. Slightly out of the city, the park hosts a wide variety of birds, from hundreds of pink flamingos to large birds of prey. There are daily shows, and also the chance to learn the art of Falconry! Singapore Zoo is widely renowned as the best zoo in Southeast Asia. The park is situated in the Mandai Rainforest, and is home to over 2,800 animals. The 'open' enclosures show off the creatures in their natural habitats, and visitors can easily spend a whole day exploring the park, and attending some of the wildlife shows. The Zoo is also home to the Night Safari, where visitors can explore the park after dark, and meet some of the nocturnal inhabitants. It is also possible to enjoy breakfast at the Zoo, with some of the park inhabitants including an orangutan. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. The most convenient way to visit these attractions from central Singapore, is to use the Singapore Attractions Express Service. A single journey costs $4.50 SG and there are numerous pick up points throughout the city. For the up to date timetable please visit www.zoo.com.sg .

    Sentosa Island: Once a military fortress and a prisoner of war camp, Sentosa is now home to a wealth of attractions including beaches, Underwater World, Skyline Luge Sentosa and Universal Studios. Just 20 minutes away from Singapore's city centre, the island is perfect for a day trip or a few nights' stay. It's cheap and easy to get around the island itself and it's now linked by the Sentosa Boardwalk to Singapore's largest shopping centre, Vivo City. Visitors can opt for a Sentosa Play Pass for discounted entry to a number of attractions, from $29 SG. All of the above can be organized on arrival in Singapore or can be pre-arranged before departure. www.yoursingapore.com is an excellent resource centre set up by the Singapore Tourist Board and has many more ideas for how to spend your free time. All of the above can be organized on arrival in Singapore or can be pre-arranged before departure. www.yoursingapore.com is an excellent resource centre set up by the Singapore Tourist Board and has many more ideas for how to spend your free time.

    China town walking tour ideas: From the Chinatown stop on North/East MRT, head east down Pagoda Street for just over 100 meters and you come to the Chinatown Heritage Centre (open daily, approximately SG$10 for adults and SG$5 for children). The museum is an old Chinese shop house and cleverly displays the history of Singapore's Chinese settlers. Beliefs fundamental to everyday lives are explained with reconstructions of typical homes and video presentations. Virtually opposite the Heritage Centre is Trengganu Street. Head down here (approximately 50 meters) and turn left onto Temple Street. Temple Street joins South Bridge Street in less than 100 meters and here you find Sri Mariammam Temple (open daily, free). It seems a little strange to find Singapore's oldest Hindu Temple (dating from 1823) in Chinatown. Your first sight will be the tower, constructed in the 1930s, the vivid rainbow of colors cannot be missed. Back on South Bridge Road head north (turn left from Sir Mariammam) and cross over onto Mohd Ali Lane which takes you onto Club Street. If you are ready for a drink or something to eat a host of bars and restaurants can be found by heading right on Club Street. This area has more French and Italian cuisines than local and some of Singapore's best restaurants can be found here. Continuing on from Mohd Ali Lane turn left and take Club Street to the north until you reach Cross Street, turn right and in 120 meters or so right again onto Telok Ayer Street. On Telok Ayer you will find Thian Hock Keng Temple (open daily, free) dedicated to Ma Co Po, Goddess of the Sea. The early Chinese immigrants, grateful for safe passage to Singapore, built the temple which was declared a National Monument in 1973. There are lions and gods at the door to guard against any evil spirits that may try to enter and the two dragons on the roof represent Yin and Yang. The highlight of the ornate interior is the artwork on the ceilings. Also on Telok Ayer Street are Nagore Durgha and Al-Abrar Mosque. If you carry on to the end of Telok Ayer Street to where it joins Cecil Street and turn right then follow the left fork, you come to Maxwell Road. Opposite Maxwell Road is Choon Wallich Street where you find the Tanjong Pagar MRT stop on the East/West line. If after Thian Hock Keng Temple you are keen to explore further turn left and head north crossing Boon Tat Street and Cross Street up to Church Street. On the corner of Church Street and Philip Street is Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple which means 'Calm Sea' (open daily, free). From Wak Hai Cheng Bio you are a short walk from Raffles Place MRT: carry on along Philip Street and at the end turn right along Chulia Street. Take the second right for the station.

    Festivals: Festivals and celebrations are going on all year round and the best option is to pick up an events guide on arrival into Changi Airport. The most famous celebrations are: the Chinese New Year festivities, which occur between 15th January and 28th February; the Singapore Food Festival in July; the Deepavali Festival between mid-October and mid-November which is considered one of the most important of the Hindu calendar and is known as the Festival of Lights; and the Hari Raya Light Up, which comes between 2nd October and 10th November. All of the above can be organized on arrival in Singapore or can be pre-arranged before departure. www.yoursingapore.com is an excellent resource centre set up by the Singapore Tourist Board and has many more ideas on how to spend your free time.

  • Hotel - Mandarin Oriental RATING: Deluxe i ROOM(S): 1 x Ocean View Room for 2 persons. Breakfast is included
+ Mon 18 Feb 2019 - Singapore's Districts and Gardens tour

Today, you will embark on your city tour of Singapore and its many fascinating neighborhoods. Your first stop will be through the civic and Colonial Districts and a visit Singapore's famous Merlion Statue. From here, you'll visit Chinatown and one of the regions oldest temples Thian Hock Keng. You continue on to Little India where you can explore flower and spice markets and the colorful shops in the area. Your final stop will be to Singapore's Botanic Gardens, its first UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will see a beautiful variety of orchids and other exotic plant life. Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your night at leisure.

  • Singapore's Districts and Gardens tour This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Singapore River where your tour of the city begins. The river helped transform Singapore from an obscure fishing village to the great international seaport it is today. You will board a traditional Bumboat and navigate along the waterway towards the quay, along the way you can admire the beautifully restored warehouses that now house lively entertainment venues and chic dining options backed by the contrasting skyscrapers of the financial district.

  • With your surroundings constantly changing you will pass a number of interesting colonial buildings and five grand old bridges before circling round the iconic Merlion statue. You will disembark at Boat Quay and learn about Sir Stamford Raffles - the founder of modern day Singapore. It was he who drew up the towns plan in 1822 and attributed to the accelerated development. From here you will make your way to Chinatown, another of Raffles realizations and home to a thriving Chinese community. The area is lined with shop-houses home to teahouses, medicine shops, acupuncturists and calligraphers. Some of these skills have been passed down for generations and many are alive and well today. You will have time to browse the shops and markets before continuing to Kampung Glam. This area of the city houses a great cultural diversity drawing inspiration from the resident Malay, Bugis, Javanese and Arab communities. The Kampung or “village” is awash color whether it be from the fascinating street art, bright textiles, or glistening mosques. There are wonderful photo opportunities to be had and various souvenirs can be bought originating from all over the Islamic world. The next stop is Little India and be prepared for a real assault on the senses. You will be greeted by a strong scent of spices and jasmine garlands followed by the treasure trove of silverware, brassware, wood-carvings and colorful silk Saris.

    Take a stroll along Campbell Lane, a narrow pathway through a cluster of restored shop-houses full to the brim with Indian clothing, accessories, incense and a rather good Indian sweet shop. From Little India you will be taken to the Marina where you stop for lunch at Satay by the bay, a renowned modern day hawker venue serving up a delicious array or Singaporean classics.

    After lunch you will explore Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 101 hectares this huge horticultural oasis is a spectacular and colorful national icon. You will have time to explore the many gardens, flower dome and mysterious cloud forest before accompanying your guide on the city’s ultra-modern public transport system back to your hotel. Admission to the flower dome and cloud forest are included.

  • Hotel Mandarin Oriental RATING: Deluxe  ROOM(S): 1 x Ocean View Room for 2 persons. Breakfast is included

+ Tue 19 Feb 2019 - Transfer from Hotel to Airport

Today you will be collected from your Hotel and driven to the airport where you will begin your journey home.
-Transfer from Hotel to Airport You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private vehicle to the airport in time for your flight.
-Flight





 

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