“Explore” takes a look at the five most exciting deals of the week
ONE of the most-visited sites in the world, Angkor Wat is bustling with tourists from dust till dawn. To get the most out of the famed Cambodia complex and beat both the crowds (and the heat), Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa offers guests “Breakfast at Angkor”. While thousands of tourists march through the South Gate of Angkor Wat for the Angkor Sunrise, the hotel escorts guests through the darkened temple compound via a secret shortcut. After sunrise, guests repair to one of the more secluded temples close to Angkor Wat where a personal butler serves a warm breakfast complete with freshly squeezed juice, coffee or tea tropical fruits while the guide shares tales of Angkor today and during its glorious past. Enjoy this stylish archaeological brief before your day trip around the temples. The price is US$115 per person ($135 for two), and includes English-speaking guide, breakfast, transfer and one-day ticket to the Angkor Archaeological Park. For more information, visit www.Anantara.com or check out Facebook.com/anantara
Wild China, a travel agent in China, is offering a 13-day Gastronomic Tour of China led by award-winning author Fuchsia Dunlop. Armed with chopsticks and cups of tea, the explorers will follow the trail of sesame oil, sugar and spices to Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Xian, stopping to savour the best Chinese cuisine has to offer, from Peking duck to xiaolongbao. Dunlop, a cook and Chinese cuisine expert, will take foodies behind the scenes of the Chinese kitchen to discover unexpected gems such as Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter, where savoury lamb skewers are roasted over red-hot coals and sweet glutinous rice is steamed in bamboo. The price for all-inclusive trip is $7,390 per person for a group of 12 people and the tour runs from May 15 to 27. Visit www.WildChina.com.
You’ll need the adventurous spirit of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell – not to mention a well-padded backside – to participate in the upcoming 827-kilometre Bangkok-Yangon bicycle tour. Organised by Spice Road, the trip will last 14 days and heads out of Bangkok on November 13. The route takes cyclists to Mae Sot, Thailand’s gateway to Myanmar. Once inside Myanmar, participants will explore the beautiful countryside around Hpa An, the Golden Rock, Mawlamyine and Yangon’s famed Shwedagon Pagoda. The tour costs $3,595 per person. Visit www.SpiceRoads.com.
Escape the unbearable heat with Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort’s Escape to Paradise package. You’ll stay in luxurious accommodation well away from the madding crowds at Ao Nang, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and a 7,000-sqm lagoon-style pool. Krabi’s islands and lagoons including Koh Hong are easily accessible from the resort. The room rate starts at Bt3,840, and guests can save up to 20 per cent with the Escape to Paradise package. Call (075) 627 800 or email to H6184-RE@sofitel.com.
A hot deal with bed and breakfast at Veranda Resort Pattaya starts at Bt3,832 per night. Enjoy complimentary Internet connectivity and refreshment upon arrival. Located on Na Jomtien Beach and within walking distance of the buzzing neighbourhood, this modern resort with a spacious pool and dining outlets is designed for an escape from city pressure. Call (02) 513 3003 or email email@example.com. Find out more at www.VerandaResort.com.