Thailand & Bali
Travel 01 May 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £322 per person
- 4 nts Rembrandt, Bangkok - Room only
- 7 nts Tanjung Benoa, Bali & Beyond - Breakfast
- Flights with Thai Airways from Heathrow. 1st June and various dates between May and June 2019.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
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Rembrandt offers superb value and is within strolling distance of the skytrain, street markets and the shops, bars and restaurants of Sukhumvit Road.
Flights with Thai Airways from Heathrow. 1st June and various dates between May and June 2019.
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.
Part of the sprawling Indonesian archipelago, these paradise islands invite you to share their magic and while they may be well-known for their stunning beaches, there is so much more than swaying palms. Bali's mountains, rice terraces and temples of the northern hills hold a charm all of their own; Lombok offers a Bali of yesteryear with its idyllic beauty and gentler pace; while Java complements perfectly with cultural and spellbinding wonders.
Bali is a name which evokes thoughts of romance, tradition, sunshine, palm trees and blue, blue ocean… and all of this is true. Although the Bali of today is perhaps more twenty first century than those words might at first imply, just a short way from the beach resorts, you'll find a Bali which will match those dreams and more.
The rich assortment of beautiful beaches in Bali include the relaxed charm of Sanur where the beach slopes gently into the crystal waters; the golden sands of the more exclusive Nusa Dua; the rolling waves of Kuta and the darker sands of Seminyak, which is also renowned as Bali's spa capital. An hour inland is the area of Ubud, the island's cultural and artistic heart, where spectacular rice terraces overlook river valleys and intricately carved temples are hidden away in the lush hill country. Perhaps one of the most enduring images of Bali is sunset over the stunning temple of Tanah Lot set on a tiny island in the ocean off the coast.
Delightfully unspoilt, Lombok is separated from neighbouring Bali by the Lombok Strait, although it's a world away. The landscape is of seemingly endless paddy fields, most dotted by palm trees and backed by Mount Rinjani. Just off the north west of Lombok lie the fabled Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air - three exquisite droplets of white sands surrounded by coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Java, Indonesia's fifth largest island and the most populous, is home to the capital of the country, Jakarta. However, at the centre of the island is Yogyakarta, which lays claim to being the cultural and spiritual capital of the island. Just 90 minutes from the centre, you'll find one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, Borobudur. Constructed in the 8th century, it contains over 500 Buddha statues and is thought to be one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world. Watching the sun rise over Mount Bromo is the highlight of any visit to Java.
Let's not forget dragons…. Komodo dragons that is! Rinca Island is part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and one of very few places to spot Komodo dragons in the wild.
When it comes to shopping the markets are hard to beat, particularly for batik cloth, ikat fabrics, woodcarvings, woven baskets, paintings and silverwork. If you wish to try some authentic Indonesian food visit one of the many warungs (street stalls) or Rumah Makans (small restaurants); specialities include Nasi Goring (spiced fried rice), Babi guling (roast suckling pig) and Ayam goring (fried chicken). Within Bali and Lombok the tourist areas also feature plenty of international dining options.
If you're ready for a tropical escape in these incredible islands, let Premier Holidays create the perfect holiday for you…