Far East 

 

A holiday in the Far East will captivate all your senses. The Far East has so much to offer with beautiful, tropical islands fringed with white, velvet sandy beaches, mist-shrouded hilltop shrines, and dense rainforests.

Enjoy cruising or rafting on meandering rivers, discover the mystery of the jungle whilst elephant trekking and wonder at awesome volcanoes. Travel to remote villages and watch ancient tribal dances and visit tiny workshops where centuries old crafts are still practised.

Far Eastern cities are full of life, vibrancy and energy.

Dining is a memorable experience indulging in infamous eastern herbs and spices that bring your food to life whether it is from a street side stall selling local dishes and delicacies or a renowned hotel restaurant. Shopping is an art form, practice your skills at haggling at the open-air markets or wander round the enormous air-conditioned malls.  Enlightening cultural museums will add to your Far Eastern knowledge and architectural achievements such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur are a jaw-dropping must see.

Vietnam will astound you with its 3,000 limestone islands of Halong Bay.  A landscape of lush green paddy fields, hazy rivers peppered with gliding traditional sampans and the mighty Mekong, proud owner of the UNESCO World heritage status. French influence is still strong in Hanoi’s old quarter; a European charm can be felt from the architecture to the delicious food. Discover the ancient imperial city of Hue, visit the Khmer and Cham ruins, and palaces then head to one of the many uncrowded beaches around Nha Trang or Hoi An.

Malaysia is a mix of bustling and glamorous city life, to exotic beach life on the tranquil island shores of Langkawi, Penang or Pangkor Laut.  Malaysia brings together a heady mix of Malay, Chinese and India.  All offering amazing cultural experiences and attractions, and delectable culinary experiences.

Explore the jungles and long houses, visit the Orang-utans in Borneo, or the international capital city of Kuala Lumpur home to of one of the world’s tallest buildings.

On the tip of the Malaysian peninsula lies Singapore.  Charming colonial buildings are delightful to stroll around, and soak up the atmosphere of the ethnic quarters before finishing your day sipping a Singapore sling cocktail at Raffles.

Enjoy the botanical gardens, beach island of Sentosa or take a cable car up to Mount Faber and enjoy the amazing views of this thriving city state.

Thailand sits on a vast peninsular bordering Myanmar, Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.  It is probably the most popular tourist destination in South East Asia.  Thailand is a country of contrasts, from the frantic, energetic streets of Bangkok, where many a bargain can be found, to serene, secluded romantic hideaways nestled on the divine shores of Koh Samui, Phuket or Krabi.

Take a boat trip and visit the indigenous monkeys of Phi Phi Island, or venture north to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai and head into the jungle. There is so much to discover when taking a holiday in Thailand,  tropical scenery like no other, divine beaches that stretch for miles, truly charming hospitality and of course, some outstanding culinary experiences.

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago consisting of 13,000 islands that stretch for 3000 nautical miles.  A mix of nationalities adds to the endearing appeal of a holiday in Indonesia.  In particular Bali or ‘island of the gods’, where these luxury, boutique Balinese hotels and spas commence your journey of calm and relaxation.  Whether staying in a beachfront suite on turquoise seas or nestled in the lush green hills of Ubud, Bali is chic and stylish yet retains connections with its ancestral roots and local culture.

Free spirit holiday is a totally independent travel agent specialising in high quality resorts around the world.  Enquire now and we would be delighted to discuss ideas and options to find you the perfect holiday in the Far East.

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