(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 1st trading port in Singapore. The ride will end at Merlion Park at Esplanade Bridge. At the Merlion Park, come face to face with Singapore’s very own tourism mascot, the Merlion, standing in the foreground, whilst the the structural masterpiece of visionary architect Moshe Safdie, 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 temple in Singapore, Thian Hock Keng Temple. The temple was built in traditional southern Chinese architectural masterpiece of stone, tiles and dragons and phoenixes, amazing cravings, intricate sculptures and imposing columns. Next and final stop is the National Orchid Garden, within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which boasts a colorful 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.
One of the most popular tours, bringing you along 3 of the most stunning temples, Bangkok has to offer! It features the “Wat Traimit” with its 5, 5, ton heavy Golden Buddha Image, the Wat Chetuporn (commonly known as the Wat Po), that boasts the over 45-meters long Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is also regarded as the first centre of public education and is sometimes called ‘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 to be considered, home of the Thai traditional massage. We end the tour 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 most, interesting half-day tour takes you to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnern Saduak, situated around 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. It is generally known as Klong Ton Khem Floating Market or Damnern Saduak Floating Market. Damnern 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!
A private vehicle with English-speaking guide and driver will transfer you between the airport and your hotel. The driving time is roughly 45 minutes.
VISA/PASSPORTA valid passport is required. U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need a visa if their visit is for business or social purposes, and their stay is for 90 days or less. Travelers to the region should note that Singapore and some neighboring countries do not allow U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter with fewer than six months of validity remaining on their passport.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality but expensive. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/singapore.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Singapore City State. Government: Republic. Gained full independence in 1965. Language: Mandarin Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Most Singaporeans are bilingual and speak English, which is used as the main language of communication. Religion: Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Muslim. Time: GMT + 8. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Plug fittings of the three-pin square type are in use. Many hotels have 110-volt outlets. Telephone: Country code +65. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Internet: Internet cafes throughout Singapore provide public access to Internet and e-mail services.
VISA/PASSPORTU.S. and Canadian citizens staying for fewer than 30 days do not require a visa, but must possess a valid passport and may be asked to show an onward/return ticket.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Thailand for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/thailand.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Bangkok. Government: Constitutional monarchy. Language: Thai is the official language. English is widely spoken, especially in establishments catering for tourists. Religion: The vast majority adhere to Buddhism (Theravada form), 5% are Muslim and there are Christian and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT + 7. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +66. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns. Internet: There are plenty of Internet cafes, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.
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