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(Gulf of Thailand, Bangkok)
Experience Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand with private tours and an exotic expedition cruise around the Gulf of Thailand. Relax on board the state-of-the-art MV Orion cruise ship while you sail along the coastlines & islands of Malaysia and Thailand. In addition to visiting some of Asia’s major centres, our expeditions provide the opportunity to experience both traditional and modern Asia from a different perspective, often far away from the crowds. This tour offers a balance between learning about the history and culture of the region, and relaxing on some of the finest islands and beaches in the world.
A private vehicle with driver will pick you up and provide a transfer between the pier and the Airport, for 6 people with 2 pieces of luggage each.
Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (5*). Escape into a quiet garden enclave in the heart of the city – steps from Orchard Road shops and entertainment, and just minutes from the financial district. Enter a world that is intimate and exclusive, yet complete in every way, with award-winning dining and 24-hour fitness. A warm, residential ambience showcases over 1,500 Asian art pieces, and thoughtful Four Seasons care elevates every moment.
Your tour will begin with a leisurely bumboat ride along the Singapore River. The Singapore River is a small river with great historical importance. It is the place where Raffles was made as the first trading port in Singapore. The ride will end at Merlion Park at Esplanade Bridge. At Merlion Park, come face to face with Singapore’s very own tourism mascot, the Merlion, standing in the foreground, the Marina Bay Sands. The tour continues with a drive around the Civic District past the Padang, Cricket Club, Parliament House, Supreme Court, and City Hall. Next stop will be one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore, Thian Hock Keng Temple. The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural masterpiece of stone, tiles, dragons and phoenixes, amazing carvings, intricate sculptures, and imposing columns. The last stop is the National Orchid Garden, within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a colourful display of 60,000 orchid plants, with 400 species and more than 2,000 hybrids represented.
Drive through Johor Bahru, the state capital of Johor, Malaysia's southernmost state, and to the countryside on a journey which takes us through rubber, oil palm, cocoa and coffee plantations. You will enjoy the serenity of the rural beauty and lifestyle. The Orchid Valley is set on 100 acres of scenic landscape with lakes, waterfalls and undulating hills. It is the world’s largest tropical Orchid attraction. You will be enchanted by the varied beauty of over 1.5 million Orchids from over 80 hybrids. The tour then continues to Kukup where on arrival, you will be treated to a seafood lunch. After lunch (included), your tour takes you on a boat ride to visit one of the many offshore fishing farms. You will also have time to explore and observe the lifestyle in this fishing village built partially on stilts and planks. Rates include admissions as per itinerary.
Orion II is a private yacht-like expedition cruise ship built by Cantieri Navale Ferrari of Italy. After a number of years as a private yacht, Orion II was relaunched in 2009 following an extensive technical refit. Little expense was spared with this stylish, Italian built, all-suite Mega Yacht. Orion II now offers the finest standards in small-ship cruise travel. She also has an ice-strengthened hull for voyages in the Arctic and Antarctic and is fitted with stabilisers. The expedition equipment includes Zodiacs and fast tender to deliver the Orion expedition experience. Combining luxury and service will require staffing by 68 offices and crew to serve Orion II’s capacity of 100 guests. Excellence of design, craftsmanship and quality materials combined with Orion II’s spaciousness and intimate ambience make her ideal for distinctive cultural and expedition voyages.
The planned landing site today is right in the middle of the city of Kuala Terengganu, beside the famous market and a short walk from the historic buildings of China Town. You will easily be able to access this hustling market city throughout the day.
Today spend your day onboard Orion ship and enjoy the amenities on board.
Today you'll Zodiac ashore and land on the less populated side of Koh Samui. From here you can explore the beaches, take a swim, snorkel or wander through the beach side village with its small restaurants and cafes. Take the inclusive shuttle to Chaweng Beach the main tourist strip on the other side of the island for shopping if that takes your fancy.
Anchor just outside the Ang Thong Marine Park and the Zodiac fleet will allow you to explore the reefs and islands for the day. There are walks to be had in the Marine Park and ample opportunities for snorkeling.
The Zodiacs will take you on an exploration into the interior of Ko Kut following a meandering mangrove river all the way to a small waterfall. Some walking is required to get to the base of the falls over potentially slippery ground. After returning from the falls the ship will relocate to a small offshore coral island, just off the coast of Ko Kut, where a beach BBQ is planned. Snorkelling and swimming over the fringing reef is possible here. The expedition team will conduct snorkelling tours here this afternoon (weather/conditions permitting).
Disembark MV Orion II.
This tour showcases 3 of the most stunning temples Bangkok has to offer. You will visit Wat Traimit with its 5.5 ton Golden Buddha and Wat Po, which boasts the impressive Reclining Buddha. Wat Po is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes referred to as ‘Thailand’s first university’. Mural paintings, inscriptions, and statues found in the temple educated people on varied subjects such as literature, warfare, archaeology, astronomy, geology, meditation, and is considered to be home of the Thai traditional massage. The tour will end with a visit to the Wat Benchamaborpit (also known as the Marble Temple), a representation of an outstanding success of marriage between Italian Carrara marble and classical Thai architecture. Especially for those interested to know a bit more about Buddhism and its history, combined with the always-busy city life.
The Mandarin Oriental was founded in 1876 on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The hotel is regarded as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels and has accommodated royalty, dignitaries and distinguished travelers for more than a century. The Mandarin offers lavish rooms and suites, exquisite restaurants and bars, and one of the most beautiful spas in the world. It is rich in history and is filled with the stories of celebrated guests who have made this hotel an essential stop on their world travels. Enjoy genuine teak and traditional Thai silks in the elegant rooms with clear views of the River and take advantage of a personal butler that is available at all times to cater to your every need.
This interesting half day tour takes you to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak, situated around 100 kilometres west of Bangkok. It is generally known as Klong Ton Khem Floating Market or Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Damnoen Saduak has officially three floating markets. A narrow canal flanked with food stalls and souvenir shops forms the principal market at Ton Kem. Photographers at Ton Kem will get their best shots from the bridge, which crosses over the canal, and from the produce shed on the right. Nowadays, the market is bustling with activity from very early in the morning until about 11.00 am. For those who want to buy some memorabilia here, be mindful that you bargain.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
Gloria DeWeese ,
October 10, 2013
"A wonderful trip and everything went like clockwork. Thank you so very much for all your assistance. I hope I will have a chance to work with you again."
Wayne Gavioli ,
September 04, 2013
"We just returned from our thailand/cambodia trip. It was fantastic. You did a great job. The guides were excellent as was the drivers. We loved the Victoria Hotel you selected in Siem. Wish we had more time. Thailand met our expectations but our expectations for Cambodia were low and they exceeded them. Loved the places selected for the included lunches. Certainly would use Kensington again"
Santo Filice ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you for arranging our guided trip to Thailand - Vietnam. It was a memorable, and pleasant trip - a 1st for us with Kensington tours and a most enjoyable one. We found that we were able to maximize our visit of the the area without the concern of booking hotels, airline, finding parking and understanding the local language. "
Tim Mesarch ,
August 02, 2013
"Alexis helped us fit in all of the sites we wanted to see on our trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and suggested some more. It was valuable talking with someone who had been there and done that. The planning went pretty smoothly, and so did the trip. The local guides were all top-notch! "
July 25, 2013
"I highly recommend Kesington Tours. The planning of our trip to Cambodia was outstanding. Our advisor Alexis Mayer was unbelievably patient, knowledgeable and responsive. We planned the trip in every possible detail and Alexis was extraordinary during the whole process. Once we were in Cambodia, we had a tiny issue with the car. I was able to get in contact with Alexis right away and the problem was instantly solved. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was very well planned and perfectly organized. The local guides and drivers were great. The hotels were very well chosen.
Great trip. I would definitely travel again with Kensington Tours."
Pennie Quintana ,
August 07, 2013
"Thank you so much for the amazing trip we enjoyed!! All our guides were fantasy. Joseph in Jakarta, July in Jojakarta and Deon in Borneo!! Wow!! Bless you for all your attention to detail and the outstanding communication to all my questions. You made me feel so taken care of and tended too!! "
Denise Abadi ,
June 21, 2013
"We have just returned from our trip to Malaysia and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed the itinerary you put together for us. Our guides were personable and very knowledgeable about the various places we visited. We were amazed by the sights, sounds and friendliness of the people we encountered. Needless to say, it was a most memorable trip and one of the
highlights of our traveling careers!
July 11, 2013
"Sunita, my wife and I had a wonderful time in China. The hotels were superb. Our guides were excellent. They spoke good English, were knowledgeable, and flexible. It was a wonderful trip. We particularly enjoyed the Yangtze River cruise. We will certainly consider your firm for international travel in the future."
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