Voyage along the coast of Thailand to Singapore
Phuket, Patong Bay, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand's largest island, lies in the Andaman Sea and is joined to the mainland by a causeway. The landscape is one of lush green hills, coconut groves and rubber plantations, with a coastline dotted with a dozen spectacular beaches. Phuket is a holiday paradise with the lively area of Patong providing the up-beat resort life with its many shops, restaurants and bars, leaving the rest of the island to show off her natural beauty and unspoiled culture.
Ko Similan, Similan Island, Thailand
Ko Similan is rated as one of the best locations for above and underwater beauty- excellent for diving. The Ko Similan National Park boasts a variety of landscapes with massive granite boulders set against turquoise waters. The 5000 year old reefs are said to be the oldest in Thailand so there is an enormous diversity of species, coral fish, turtles, manta rays, moray eels, reef sharks and sea snakes.
Phang Nga, Ko Hong, Thailand
The sheer-sided sea mountains that rise vertically out of Phang Nga Bay form some of Thailand's most spectacular scenery. The islands in this region feature wonderful white sandy beaches and superb coral reefs. Ko Hong('hong' meaning 'room'), part of the Ko Hong archipelago is so named because of its large internal lagoon. One of the prettiest bays in the area, huge monolithic rocks provide shade all day long on a beautiful white silica sand beach.
Ko Hong, Thailand
Mu Ko Hong is a group of limestone islands with fine beaches and coral reefs in both deep and shallow water levels. Ko Hong translates to "Room Island".
Ko Adang, Thailand
The Batong Group of islands is about as far south as you can go on the western coast of Thailand. Protected by the Ko Tarutao National Park, this 61-island archipelago is only a stone's throw from the Malaysian border and way, way off the radar screen of tourist groups. The only habitations on Ko Adang are the Park offices and since there aren't many visitors, the pristine beaches and deserted coves are all yours.
Penang'The Pearl of the Orient' lies off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, and is linked to the mainland by one of the longest bridges in the world. The capital, Georgetown, bears the stamp of a mixture of foreign influences and boasts a 65 story skyscraper called the Komtar, a complex of department stores, restaurants, theaters and squash courts. In total contrast, this beautiful island is home to one of the finest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, Kek Lok Si Temple.
Malacca The Spice Trade.
The two are inseparably associated. From the time of the early Renaissance explorers onward, it was the control of the Malaccan Straits that dictated who would own the most precious treasures of the Orient, its spices. The Portuguese, the Dutch and the British ruled Malacca at one time or another. Explore opulent private mansions built in the distinctive Peranakan colonial style and filled with priceless Chinese antiques.
Singapore is a city-nation dedicated to business. The spires of its skyscrapers look like a big bar graph pointing to the sky. It is incredibly clean and crime is virtually unknown. But amid this obsessive neatness is a madly chaotic welter of peoples and cultures, drawn to Singapore in pursuit of the almighty Singapore dollar. Get a taste of colonial Singapore at the Raffles Hotel, where the Singapore Sling was invented, Emerald Hill, with its charming pavilioned pre-war homes, the Victorian botanic garden and the green lawns of the Padang Cricket Club. And lest you forget, be sure to visit Orchard Road for non-stop shopping.