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JTW 2017 – Asia Gold

19 October 2017 – 4 November 2017

AsiaHighlights

// Tuk Tuk ‘Foodie’ Tour through the streets of Bangkok
// Dinner at one of the world’s top 50 restaurants, Australian-born David Thompson’s NAHM in Bangkok
// Private Chinese Tea Tasting with a Tea Master in Hong Kong
// Day in Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Afternoon Tea at iconic Raffles in Singapore
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Explore the famous Gardens of the Bay in Singapore

Day One // 19th October 2017
Today you will be transferred from your home address to Sydney Airport. Due to our early flight tomorrow morning, we will be spending the night at an airport hotel. Get a good nights’ rest before we take off to Bangkok the next morning!

Day Two // 20th October 2017
This morning we make our way to the terminal to check in for our flight. As we check in early, breakfast will be at your own cost once we have cleared through customs.
On arrival in Bangkok we will be transferred to our accommodation. Our stay in Bangkok is made extra special by staying at the HOTEL MUSE. This luxury, boutique hotel is dedicated to the golden age of travel and the most opulent of art and design. With our Dowadueng Corner Suites, we receive many Club La Boutique Privileges, including canapes and cocktails at Le Salon daily from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Tonight we will dine at the hotel’s Medici Kitchen and Bar, which features Southern Italian home-cooking cuisine.
Meals: In flight, Dinner

GrandPalace

Day Three // 21st October 2017
Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). Today we will explore the city’s’ most distinguished temples in Bangkok, plus our tour will provide a great orientation of the city. Our first stop will be Wat Trimitr, the temple of the Golden Buddha where the statue is made from solid gold weighing 5.5 tons. It is a fine example of Sukhothai art and was discovered by chance from a layer of stucco during construction of the temple.  Passing through Chinatown your next stop is Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha, which is the largest and oldest in Bangkok. We couldn’t take in a day of temples without a visit to the Grand Palace complex – a must see for all visitors to Bangkok! The Grand Palace complex, which includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keow) is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today. Within its enormous grounds is the most exotic Buddhist temple and at the heart of the temple itself is a fabulous Buddha statue, carved from one piece of Jade, which is the holiest and most revered of religious objects in Thailand today. Nearby is the Grand Palace, once the official home for the Kings of Siam built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs.

Tonight we will be treated to a memorable night on board one of Bangkok’s most luxurious restaurant boats. Relax in comfort as you cruise along the Chao Phya River – passing the temple of dawn (Wat Arun) and the Grand Temple.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Four // 22nd October 2017
Today, we will have the day at leisure so you can visit the Chatuchak Weekend Markets. These are one of the largest markets in the world covering 27acres! Containing over 15,000 booths selling goods from every part of Thailand, you are sure to find the perfect souvenir.

Tonight experience Bangkok at its tastiest with a unique 4-hour food tour under the stars. Buzz through bustling Bangkok streets on a tuk tuk to arrive at Bangkok locals’ favourite foodie locations.

Our night will start with trying skewered sausages and Thai style meats as we stroll Phetchburi Soi, where food carts spring up as the day turns from day to night. From there, we continue to Saphan Khao Market to try some local delicacies, including indulging our taste buds at Bangkok’s most famous Pad Thai Restaurant! Sit back and sip on a refreshing cocktail at the Eagle Nest Bar, taking in the splendid views of the Chao Phraya River and the twinkling buildings along the riverbank; before strolling through Thailand’s largest flower market which only operates after dark. We will end the night with a sweet treat before the tuk tuks take us back to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Five // 23rd October 2017
Your journey today commences with a leisurely drive passing through salt fields and rice paddies before arriving at a jetty. Here you will board long tail speed boats to take you to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets. The market is made up of Thai style canoes laden with colourful, succulent fruits, vegetables, sweets and meats. They gently ply their way through the canal selling as they go. From the market, continue west to Kanchanaburi, home to the River Kwai and its infamous bridge. Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant before visiting the bridge, after which a visit is made to the JEATH museum and the Allied War Grave cemetery before returning to Bangkok.

We will be dining at Australian-born David Thompson’s NAHM Restaurant! Recently voted one of the world’s top 50 restaurants, this is sure to be an absolute treat. David values the strong, fresh flavours of traditional Thai cuisine, and he delivers surprising tastes and textures in dishes of all varieties, whether savoury or sweet, meat, seafood or vegetable, We will have a set menu, dining ‘family style’ to ensure we can try many of NAHM’s famous dishes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Floating Markets

Day Six // 24th October 2017
Today is more than just a memorable experience but also the chance to take home Thai cooking skills. There is no better way to learn Thai cooking than from its origin. This Thai Cooking School is an ideal home-style learning environment that is different from most of the hotels and restaurants in Thailand. Spend the morning learning how to prepare four authentic Thai dishes. This is a real hands on experience and a great morning, finishing with you enjoying the meals you prepared for lunch!

This afternoon is at leisure to hit the shops or perhaps treat yourself to a Thai massage.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven // 25th October 2017
It’s time to farewell Bangkok and transfer back to the airport to depart for our next Asian City – HONG KONG! Upon arrival we will be transferred to our accommodation, before tonight we take the twinkling lights of the city on a dinner cruise around the harbour.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eight // 26th October 2017
We start our tour of Hong Kong this morning at the quaint village of Stanley on Hong Kong Island’s south coast. The Stanley Markets are a huge hit with locals, ex-pats and tourists for good reason: its enormous selection of brand-name clothing items and accessories, jewellery, home furnishings, souvenirs, ornaments and Oriental knick-knacks are sold at reasonable prices in a picturesque warren of lanes.

After time to explore the markets, we head to the famous fishing village of Aberdeen. Here you’ll see Hong Kong’s junk-dwelling floating community, still very much a part of Hong Kong life. We will board a sampan for a close-up view of waterborne life before stopping at the famous Jumbo Restaurant for a traditional Dim Sum lunch. We finish out day with a tram ride to Victoria Peak, for panoramic views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the surrounding islands.
It takes eight-minutes on the funicular railway ride to reach the top and from here, you will be able to take in the sweeping vista of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers. It’s the perfect spot to truly appreciate the size of this Asian city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Aberdeen

Day Nine // 27th October 2017
Today we will embark on a tour of Lantau Island in Hong Kong and visit the Giant Buddha Exhibition Hall at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery.  Popularly known as the Big Buddha or Giant Buddha, the statue reaches more than 111 feet (34 meters) high, making it the worlds’ largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha. On the way we will discover pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys and soaring mountains; and after plenty of time to explore the Buddha we will have a traditional Buddhist vegetarian meal at the monastery. Our tour of Lantau Island concludes with a descent down the mountain aboard the Ngong Ping 360 sky rail cable car to the Ngong Ping Plateau – a 3-mile (5.7 km) distance away. This 25-minute journey across Tung Chung Bay offers breathtaking panoramic views of the South China Sea along with the awe-inspiring Giant Buddha nestled in the lush mountains landscape.

Tonight we will join a local guide on a culinary journey through the streets of Kowloon for a truly unique Hong Kong evening out. You will get to sample some the famous dishes of Hong Kong and find out why the locals are so passionate about their food. For a cultural experience with a difference, our friendly foodie guide will take us to explore the interesting sights of Jordon and Yau Ma Tei. The tour will take you to visit various hand-picked locations, well-loved favourites, where you can eat as the locals do!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Ten // 28th October 2017
Macau used to be the oldest European settlement in the Orient. Formerly a Portuguese colony, it was reunited with China as a Special Administrative region in 1999. Sit back and relax as we travel from Hong Kong to Macau by jetfoil to start exploring this fascinating city. We will get the chance to see Macau’s historical sites, such as the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ruins of St Paul and A-Ma Temple (Macau Barra), along with visiting modern establishments like the Macau Tower.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

RuinsofStPaul

Day Eleven // 29th October 2017
Reputedly discovered by Emperor Shennong in 2737 BC, tea has been synonymous with Chinese culture for thousands of years. Shiploads of it passed through Hong Kong on its way to Europe, where it would go on to become Britain’s national drink. Today we will have a private Chinese Tea Tasting with a Tea Master. Sample five exquisite teas as you learn about the traditional rituals of tea making, and sipping, from a Hong Kong expert. You’ll pair various brews with two delicious Chinese specialties – rose honey toast and osmanthus flower tea jelly – and leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Chinese tea.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Twelve // 30th October 2017
Today we fly to Singapore – our last Asian city to explore on this incredible adventure! Singapore is a cultural melting pot, a blend of new and old architecture which makes it quite unique and different to the other cities you have experienced so far. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Thirteen // 31st October 2017
We start exploring Singapore with a city tour that explores the Civic District, before stopping at Merlion Park to enjoy the impressive views of Marina Bay. Of course while here we need to take advantage of the picture-taking opportunity with the Merlion, a mythological creature that is part lion and part fish! We continue through to Chinatown – a cultural enclave that delights the senses with a fusion of old and new. There will be a chance to immerse yourself in the colourful and lively centre of culture before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. This afternoon we will discover a world of wonders at the award winning garden attraction – Gardens by the Bay. Spanning 101 hectares, and just five minutes’ walk from the downtown marina bay area, Gardens by the Bay is home to over a quarter of a million rare plants. The entire park comprises three gardens – with the largest waterfront garden in Bay South, the popular Cloud Forest in Bay Central and the unique, pretty pavilion full of natural blooms in Bay East. Our day ends with a ride on the Singapore Flyer to feast your eyes on iconic and historical landmarks; with views from Marina Bay to the Singapore River. At 165m above ground, it is a view you won’t forget quickly.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Singapore Zoo

Day Fourteen // 1st November 2017
Leave the city behind as you head north to Mandai and visit one of the world’s top and most beautiful zoos. The Singapore Zoo is spread over 28 hectares and is a haven to over 3,600 mammals, birds and reptiles including some rare and endangered species. Natural barriers like streams, rock walls and beautiful landscaping are used to separate the animals from visitors thus creating an ‘open zoo’ effect. Experience this new concept in animal keeping from the comfort of your tram or on foot.

This afternoon our guide will recount stories of collective spirits that rose through the darkest times of World War II as we proceed to Changi Chapel and Museum. The Museum inspires future generations to appreciate the heroic and inspirational stories that unfolded in Changi.
We continue through to the Raffles Landing Site, where Sir Stamford Raffles is believed to have first stepped ashore in 1819. Discover the city’s colonial history as you walk past bronze sculptures erected along the river. Next stop, Raffles Singapore – where hives of activities were held for high-society in the 1800s. Here we get to indulge in Afternoon Tea before having a free afternoon to recover from all the sweet pastries and treats.
Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea

Day Fifteen // 2nd November 2017
Today we will take a cable car ride to Sentosa Island. The cabins will give you a bird’s eye view of the Singapore Skyline, Sentosa Island and the South China Sea. Discover the awe-inspiring world of life in the ocean at the SEA Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium. Explore more than 800 species of marine animals through the world’s largest window to the ocean. We will stay on Sentosa Island for dinner before priority seats to ‘Wings of Time’ – a multi-sensory extravaganza show that tells the story of a fantastic journey through time and space.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Sixteen // 3rd November 2017
Our last day in Singapore is yours to relax before coming home, shop for last minute gifts or further explore the wonderful streets of this city. Our overnight flight will take us back to Sydney.
Meals: Breakfast, In flight

Day Seventeen // 4th November 2017
On arrival in Sydney, you will be transferred to your home address.
Meals: In flight

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