Luxury Thailand & Malaysia

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Travel 01 Jun 2019 - 13 Mar 2020
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  • 3 nts Shangri-La Bangkok, Bangkok - in a deluxe room with FREE breakfast
  • 2 nts Shangri-La Chiang Mai , Northern Thailand - in a deluxe room with breakfast
  • 5 nts Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang - in a garden wing deluxe garden view room with breakfast
  • Flights to Bangkok, onwards to Chiang Mai and Penang from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.
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3 nts Shangri-La Bangkok, Bangkok
LUXURY

in a deluxe room with FREE breakfast

Shangri-La Bangkok offers lush gardens, elegant rooms, river views and a signature spa from its commanding position on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

2 nts Shangri-La Chiang Mai , Northern Thailand

in a deluxe room with breakfast

A delightful haven within the bustling centre of this culturally rich city.

5 nts Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
LUXURY

in a garden wing deluxe garden view room with breakfast

Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is Penang's finest luxury retreat and nestles enticingly beside Batu Ferringhi beach amid an expanse of tropical gardens.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Flights to Bangkok, onwards to Chiang Mai and Penang from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and prepayable taxes.

Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £165, Belfast from £165, Newcastle from £165, Edinburgh from £165, Glasgow from £165. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.


Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.


3 nts Shangri-La Bangkok, Bangkok
LUXURY

in a deluxe room with FREE breakfast

Experience a few days in Bangkok to explore this vibrant, sometimes chaotic, metropolis. Wherever you look in this diverse city, you'll see the old and cultured mingling with the bright and the new. Whether it's the stunning opulence of the palaces, the chaos of the streetlife or the extremes of the nightlife, Bangkok offers an experience not to be missed at amazing value for money.

Bangkok is most people's first introduction to this fascinating country and there is really nowhere else quite like it. Love it or hate it, you really must see it! There are fabulous hotels, which offer real value for money. Whether you choose one located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River or one located in the Sukhumvit/city, you will never be far from the shops and culture.

Bangkok's chaotic streets are notoriously crowded with traffic so travelling by road can be painfully slow, but taxis are plentiful and cheap while a journey by tuk tuk is a hair-raising experience not to forget. Alternatively, the clean, cheap and very efficient skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) rail systems connect the main shopping, entertainment and business areas of the city making it easy to navigate your way around.

The city's most famous landmark is the spectacularly elaborate Grand Palace complex, which was the former residence of the Thai royal family but is now used for ceremonial purposes. Incredibly well preserved the complex is home to several impressive buildings including the highly revered Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). Other notable temples within the city include the exquisitely decorated Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and Wat Pho which houses the 150 foot long Reclining Buddha.

The Chao Phraya River, with its backdrop of temples and hotels, is a constant hive of activity with longtailed speedboats and water taxis whizzing to different points along the river, or heavily laden barges chugging sedately upstream. Join a tour of the river and explore the ramshackle world of criss-crossing canals (klongs) which are lined with precariously perched wooden houses.

Boasting over 50,000 places to eat Bangkok has just about everything on the menu, so whether you choose to sample appetising delights from roadside food sellers or dine out in style you're sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds. Another notable feature of the city is the nightlife, which in recent years has evolved to offer everything from sophisticated rooftop cocktail bars and jazz lounges to chic clubs, microbreweries and so much more.

2 nts Shangri-La Chiang Mai , Northern Thailand

in a deluxe room with breakfast

Delve deeper into Thai culture by heading north and it will feel like you're in a different country: the landscape, the language, the architecture, the food and the people of this region are quite distinct. The "Rose of the North" and Thailand's second largest city, Chiang Mai is the gateway to the region and the most culturally significant; Chiang Rai is gateway to the infamous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) come together; and the sleepy market town of Mae Hong Son nestles high up in a picturesque valley surrounded by mist-shrouded hills.

Famous for its beautiful women, historic temples, distinctive festivals and handicrafts, Chiang Mai is also a great location for those seeking soft adventure such as elephant encounters, mountain biking and rafting. Its moat-encircled Old City dates back to the 13th century and it's within these narrow streets that you'll find many remarkable temples including Wat Phra Sing, which houses the highly revered Phra Singh Buddha. Not too far away is one of the most holy Buddhist sites in Thailand, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from its spectacular setting atop Mount Suthep. Dating back to the 14th century this awe-inspiring temple is crowned by a gold-plated Chedi (monument) and on a clear day has towering views over the city and valley. Adding to the prestige of Doi Suthep is Phu Phing Palace, the winter residence of the Thai royal family, whose landscaped gardens are open to the public.

Surrounded by majestic mountain scenery Chiang Rai has more than its share of natural attractions and antiquities. Thailand's most northern city, it's a peaceful and laid-back place, which is easy to explore on foot, whether you explore by the Kok River where there's even a 'beach', or head out to the nearby hills and forest parks. Alternatively bicycles are readily available to hire and the river itself is great for rafting or longtail boat rides.

Mae Hong Son is home to a number of attractive temples, the most striking being Phra That Doi Kong Mu, set high up on a hill overlooking the city. Visit at dawn to see Mae Hong Son bathed in the mist or later in the afternoon for panoramic views of the surrounding area. Other notable temples include Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham which sit beside the serene waters of Jong Kham Lake in the heart of the town. Many hilltribes can be found in the area – Shans, Lanna, Thais and Karens, each with their own unique style, language, customs, traditions and cuisine. The most popular villages to visit are those inhabited by the long neck (Padong) Karen tribeswomen, who originated from Myanmar and are so called because of the layers of brass rings worn around their necks.

Trekking is a major attraction in Mae Hong Son and can be done as part of a day tour for a few hours or even longer to fully appreciate the stunning mountain scenery. Alternatively a more leisurely option is to combine an elephant trek through the jungle with a gentle raft trip along the picturesque Pai River. As you glide along, you'll hopefully catch glimpses of the local women washing clothes in the river while children splash and play about nearby.

Chiang Mai is an area rich with cottage industries and it's possible to visit workshops to watch the artisans at work and learn about the production of umbrellas, silk, silverware, lacquerware, furniture and ceramics. At the bustling Night Market, which sprawls along the main thoroughfare, there are countless pavement stalls selling the handicrafts as well as local wares, clothing, authentic Thai cuisine and much more. It's a great place to practice your bartering skills and pick up some bargains. Chiang Rai has its own Night Bazaar, which while a fraction of the size of that in Chiang Mai, you'll still find stalls brimming with hilltribe handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs.

5 nts Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, Penang
LUXURY

in a garden wing deluxe garden view room with breakfast

Linked to the west coast of mainland Malaysia by a four mile long bridge Penang is the most well-known of Malaysia's beach destinations and generally considered an ideal choice if you are looking for entertainment as well as a relaxing beach destination. Embracing modernity while retaining its traditions and old world charm, the island is home to an historic capital, miles of dense, tropical rainforest, paddy fields, hills and of course, sun-drenched beaches. Batu Ferringhi, where the majority of hotels are located, is the best beach on the island and sweeps along a stretch of the northern coast of the island. Do take the time to explore the island's capital, Georgetown, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Most visitors flock to Penang to take advantage of its sandy shores and vast open sea. Batu Ferringhi, where the majority of hotels are located, is the best beach on the island and sweeps along a stretch of the northern coast of the island. Watersports are particularly popular although jellyfish are occasionally washed in on some tides, which can affect swimming, however all the hotels have fantastic pool areas and are right on the beachfront.

Do take the time to tear yourself away from the beach to explore the unique charms of the island's capital, Georgetown. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Georgetown's colourful history is characterised by the colonial architecture, churches, mosques, monuments and tumbledown shophouses. While it's easy to explore on foot you may wish to hop on one of the many rickshaws for a sedate journey around the maze of streets and narrow lanes.

The highest point on the island is Penang Hill and a trip up the 2,270 feet funicular railway is a must and on arrival at the top there are several vantage points offering views in every direction. Other attractions include the Snake Temple, where zesty lime pit vipers can be seen coiled around the altar or hanging from the ceiling; and the magnificent Kek Lok Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia dominated by a seven-tiered pagoda. Natural attractions include Penang National Park, which although one of the world's smallest national parks, is host to an impressive range of wildlife and is a great place to experience Malaysia's rainforest. Follow the hiking trails that run through the park and emerge onto either Monkey Beach or Turtle Beach, alternatively bypass the jungle and take a boat from the park headquarters to either beach.

When it comes to shopping Penang has a good mix of modern malls, quaint antique stalls and bustling night markets. Don't miss Little India or Chinatown in the heart of Georgetown for a slice of local culture. At Batu Ferringhi, the bustling night market sets up along the Jalan Batu Ferringhi and has numerous souvenir stalls, clothing and handicrafts.

Fondly regarded as the culinary capital of Malaysia thanks to the tantalising blend of Chinese and Malay styles, there are no end of dining options available in both Batu Ferringhi and Georgetown. Humble hawker stalls are recommended for trying out local delicacies, such as Char Kuay Teow and Tar Sau Peah, or alternatively an array of cafes and restaurants offer a superb array of international and traditional Malay dishes. Nightlife options are equally vibrant and plentiful, with many pubs, trendy bars, clubs and karaoke lounges to be found, particularly around Georgetown.

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