Have your cake, and eat it too

celebrate your special occasion abroad with a tailormade tour, a recipe for memories

Like a mouthwatering birthday cake, the thought of celebrating a special occasion with a gallon of your favourite people, a pinch of dreamy flop-and-drop paradise, a dash of your chosen exotic experiences and a VIP dinner, as your cherry on top – a tailormade tour to Asia is the recipe for celebratory success. Personalise every element to your liking, from your dream cities, to your hotel style, to your transport means and your own decadent dining. As rugged or luxurious as you like, a bespoke tour with your chosen companions, is an ideal way to celebrate. Here’s just a few examples of how you could celebrate…

birthday celebration abroad

Turning 40? 50? 60? Take a private short break foodie tour to Hong Kong! Grab your favourite friends and hop on a private short break tour to vibrant Hong Kong. It’s always party time in this city, so it’s the perfect place to celebrate a milestone birthday! On a private short break tour of Hong Kong, you and your favourite people can take a direct flight from Australia to experience ageless Chinese traditions, numerous attractions, and unrivalled shopping. Let’s not forget about the dining and drinking options! Yum cha (known as dim sum) will be the order of the day. One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant is regarded as one of the most affordable. Expect a huge menu with nothing over $5. You can also take half-day foodie walking tours of Central or Sheung Wan to sample local specialities. In the evening, head to Shang Palace or Seventh Son for a private dining or chefs table experience. Find a window seat at one of the sky-high bars, such as M Bar on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, or Ozone in the Ritz-Calton. There are also many bars in Wan Chai or Lang Kwai Fong.

Why you’ll love this?
Take a touch of spice, add private dining, world class bars and your favourite people – and voila! A milestone birthday to remember!

Celebrate with: HONG KONG IN FOCUS PRIVATE SHORT BREAK TOUR

HONG KONG

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Who needs cotton, paper or steel wedding anniversary gifts? Take a Private Tour of Sri Lanka for some spice and romance. Celebrate hand in hand in all of the romantic locations Sri Lanka has to offer – and head back to a simpler time. Start your trip by walking down the waterfront of Galle Face in Colombo, coming face-toface with the street vendors selling crabs stuffed with chilli. Your private drivers will transfer you by luxury vehicle into Hill Country, where you’ll go back in time, dining by roaring fire at the Hill Club – with jacket and tie mandatory! Staying in a tea plantation bungalow, you’ll marvel at the rolling lush green carpet of tea bush, and maybe sample some Orange Pekoe. Going South to National Park country, you’ll jeep safari into Yala or Udawalawe National Park, maybe spotting a young elephant calf fitting perfectly under the body of his mother; like your hand in your beloveds. Finally wander through the cobblestones of the UNESCO listed Dutch Fort of Galle, stopping for High Tea at the luxurious Amangalla.

Why you’ll love this?
Sri Lanka oozes romance at every turn, from the sultry heat, to the snuggly Hill Stations. The options are endless and can be tailored to how much touring and how much relaxing you would like to do.

Celebrate with: SRI LANKA AT A GLANCE PRIVATE TOUR

SRI LANKA

ESCAPE THE GRANDCHILDREN

We all love our grand kids, but sometimes, we just need peace… and quiet. Relieve yourself of babysitting duties during a private tour of Laos. Laos is just the remedy you need for peace, quiet and tranquility. Start by tailoring your trip to experiencing the old-world charm of Luang Prabang, exploring untouched landscapes, and meet the incredibly friendly people. Next, picnic and swim under the delightful Kuang Si waterfalls or wander through the Buddhist architecture in Lao’s capital, Vientiane. Laos is one of the true hidden gems of Asia. Round up your time in Laos by immersing yourself in the majestic mountains, traditional villages, tribal artisans culture and the magic of the Mekong River. Many guests to this magnetic country depart with much more – lifelong memories of the welcoming and curious locals, saffron-robed monks receiving their dawn alms and vibrant night markets where you can search for local wares.

Why you’ll love this?
Laos is the ultimate destination if you’re searching for laid-back Asia. The people are warm and the pace slow. Just the break you need from life back home.

Escape with: LAOS IN FOCUS PRIVATE TOUR

KUANG SI FALLS, LAOS

CELEBRATE YOUR RETIREMENT

Retirement is one of life’s goals and a huge milestone. Take yourself on a tailor-made private tour of bucket list Asia. You work hard to get to retirement, so why not celebrate when you do? Start your adventure in China – walk along the Great Wall and visit the active archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors. Cruise for three or four nights on the Yangtze River and then toast your retirement from a cocktail bar high in Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower. Next, fly to Hanoi in Vietnam and relax on a junk boat as you cruise amongst magnificent karst peaks on the tranquil green waters of Halong Bay. Journey south through verdant Vietnam, stopping wherever and for however long you like – unwind by the beach in Danang or Nha Trang, wander the cobblestone streets of Hoi An, and soak up the hustle and bustle of Saigon. Finally, head to Cambodia, in the magical heart of Asia. See Angkor Wat up-close and discover the unique detail and intricacies that make it a must-see in Siem Reap. Sip champagne as you watch the sun set over the temples.

Why you’ll love this?
Your retirement – your adventure to tailor-make to your heart’s desire!

HALONG BAY, VIETNAM

honeymoon

Meander into marriage – book your honeymoon on a boutique river cruise along the Mekong River. Cruise into married life with a chilled-out honeymoon on the Mekong River aboard a Pandaw River Expedition. From the glorious temples of Angkor in Cambodia to Vietnam’s verdant delta, you’ll get a taste of authentic Indochina as you float on by. Stay in boutique comfort and enjoy the wrapping observation decks where you can take in the panoramic views and sip cocktails with your brand new Mr or Mrs. On this voyage, you’ll explore Kratie, Wat Hanchey, and Phnom Penh. Together, you’ll travel up the Tonle Sap, and explore the villages of Kampong Trolach and Chong Koh. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime as you meet the locals in Chau Doc, a town that’s retained its French style charm with many colonial buildings – and you’ll excursion through the canals by sampan to Sa Dec via Vinh Long. Back on board, enjoy a cocktail, relax with a massage, a workout in the gym or even a cooking demonstration.

Why you’ll love this?
The expeditionary style of Pandaw will get you right into the action, but allow you to return to the comfort of a luxury suite in the evenings – the perfect honeymoon for “grown up adventurers”.

Commemorate with: CLASSIC MEKONG DOWNSTREAM PRIVATE TOUR

PANDAW RIVER CRUISE, MEKONG

epic family vacation

Need some quality family time? Soak up the fun of Singapore on an epic tailor-made holiday! Need a vay-cay to suit everyone in the family from the youngest to the oldest? Not possible you say? Think again! Just an eight-hour flight from Australia, Singapore is the ultimate multi-generational family holiday destination. The country itself is clean, easy to get around and incredibly safe, but don’t be fooled, into thinking it is just for a stopover. Singapore is packed with culture. The kids will go crazy for breakfast with the orangutans at Singapore Zoo and Resorts World Sentosa, which includes Universal Studios and S.E.A. Aquarium. Split your stay between the beach resorts of Sentosa Island, which is one big playground, and the city skyscrapers.

Why you’ll love this?
Parents and grandparents will love the down time – excellent choice of restaurants, cultural landmarks and the fact that it is constantly warm! The perfect way to escape the winter blues. The kids will love the enormous (truly enormous) range of activities on offer.

SENTOSA ISLAND, SINGAPORE

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