South + South East Asia

WILD AND WONDERFUL

South + South East Asia

The strangeness and shock of
Asia is, for the Westerner, part of its seductive magic; its wild and wonderful chaos has a way of getting right under your skin. More than most others, this region rewards those who persevere.

In this part of the world, the way we make a trip special is usually in the detail of how we select guides or plan different days.

Often it’s down to insisting on a certain room in a hotel – even changing an itinerary around to ensure that a particular room is available, without compromising the trip as a whole.

From the moment we start planning your trip, we are constantly working behind the scenes to improve it, usually without you even knowing it. It is the detail that makes the difference.

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
“All in all I would not have changed anything. For a honeymoon it was perfect … It was such an amazing trip”
Recent Client, UK

destination spotlight

bhutan

best time to visit: Feb-MAy and Oct-Nov

We have been wowing clients with innovative itineraries to this indescribably beautiful mountain kingdom for years. It never disappoints. Recently a new breed of luxury, small hotels has emerged. The road conditions are being constantly improved making it easier to travel between Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang. Our knowledge of the country and network of guides still deliver authentic Bhutan. Few visitors are privileged to experience this. Now, as always, Bhutan is one of the most special countries on Earth.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays £3300 per person excluding flights

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cambodia

best time to visit:
nov-March

We have spent many years making good relationships with some really interesting guides and developing cultural experiences in Cambodia. Clients often return with rave reviews of the c+l specials we have planned for their trip. Particular highlights have been the insight into modern history and access to cultural attractions whilst avoiding the crowds. We have also found particular success taking clients to the coastal hideaways of Southern Cambodia and hidden corners of Phnom Penh. As always with c+l it is the hand-picked specialist guides who really make the difference.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2500 per person excluding flights

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central india

best time to visit:
oct-mar

Most tourists visit Madhya Pradesh for its tiger reserves and beautiful Kipling-like landscapes. However for those who want to see spectacular architectural sights with no other tourists, the ruined temple complex at Mandu and the unique tiled fort at Gwalior are difficult to beat. And because we have seen all of the hotels and lodges and driven the long distances ourselves, we can manage expectations in a part of India where it is important to know the logistical challenges.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2200 per person excluding flights

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laos

best time to visit: nov-MAr

Any visit to Laos is incomplete without Luang Prabang. And it now has some excellent places to stay. c+l really make the difference here with hand-crafted experiences around an otherwise well-trodden path. In the city we can offer private access to museums, monasteries and homes. And further afield we have created some unique ways to see the best of the Mekong River and its tribal peoples. Most clients also combine a visit to Laos with Vietnam, Cambodia or Thailand.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2200 per person excluding flights

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OMAN

Best Time to visit:
Oct-mar

Oman works well as a short exotic break encompassing diverse landscapes from the rolling sand dunes of the Empty Quarter to the dramatic Hajar Mountains and the stunning coastline with its wonderful marine life. With an expert guide we can also arrange cultural trips to Muscat, Nizawa and Sur. Many outfitters claim to offer a great camping experience but where we differentiate is that ours is a mobile, completely private, specially designed tented experience, offering total privacy in remote locations with plenty of creature comforts and excellent food.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2700 per person excluding flights

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Tailormade Luxury Holiday Maldives

The Maldives

Best TIME to visit:
Dec-apr

For those looking for sun, sand and crystal clear sea, The Maldives ticks all the boxes. Each island only houses one hotel, so you can make the most of the private white sand beaches and surrounding turquoise waters. We have visited all the best hotels in The Maldives and we know the owners of the hotels we work with, as well as the chefs, managers and many individual members of staff which allow us to make sure that they go the extra mile for you during your stay. Perfect for honeymooners and families looking to relax.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2800 per person excluding flights

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visit southern india

Southern India

best time to visit:
nov-mar

The overwhelmingly Hindu state of Tamil Nadu has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions from the spectacular temples of ancient dynasties, to the colonial heritage left by the British and the French. South India is renowned for its Hindu art and architecture hence the need for a knowledgeable Hindu guide to explain the complex depiction of over 300 million Hindu gods/goddesses. Combining Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka gives you a true insight into the culture of this fascinating country.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2000 per person excluding flights

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luxury trip to Rajasthan

Rajasthan

best time to visit:
oct-mar

The quintessentially Indian experience lies in Rajasthan. Naturally the magnificent iconic forts and magnificent palaces are a 'must' and we have devised unique ways to show them off to their best at different times of the day or with private access. No trip is complete without experiencing rural Rajasthan which offers a real insight into a more simple and traditional way of life which lets you experience something a little more authentic away from the cities. Luxury Rajasthan is not just about the quality of the hotel but also how we execute each day with little surprises along the way.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2600 per person excluding flights

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Burma

best time to visit:
nov-mar

Since the change in infrastructure, Burma has become a more accessible destination for a holiday, but currently still unspoilt by tourism. Given the lack of luxury hotels in the country, we tend to focus on the history, religion and ancient cultures to make your trip truly memorable. The need for an informative and engaging guide is essential to ensure you get the most out of your visit, which will often incorporate the highlights of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Lake Inle. We also use a few luxury boats to discover the less accessible areas, and we have, of course, experienced these first hand.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2600 per person excluding flights

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Vietnam

Best time to visit: North: Nov-May South: Dec-April
Central: Jan-May

Vietnam is interesting in itself but also combines well with its neighbouring countries, Cambodia and Laos. The country lends itself to some of the best cuisine in Asia and we have numerous gastronomic guides to introduce our clients to the wonders of Vietnamese cuisine from the authentic street food to the bustling food markets and actually learning the traditional cooking techniques themselves. As with everything we do, we base our recommendations upon places and people we know and trust.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2600 per person excluding flights

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Thailand

Best time to visit: WEST Coast + Bangkok: Nov-Mar
East Coast: Feb-July

The buzzing metropolis of Bangkok is the main hub to South East Asia and one of our favourite Asian cities for atmosphere. We have developed a fascinating day to take clients through the backstreets of Bangkok by bicycle exploring local neighbourhoods, visiting a kick boxing school and Bangkrachao, one of the greenest areas of the city. Most travellers visit Thailand for its famous beaches, which combine well with a cultural insight into Northern Thailand, Burma, Laos or Cambodia.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2500 per person excluding flights

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Sri Lanka

best time to visit: north-EAST: may-sept south-west: dec-april

Romantic, boutique hotels and private villas open up the interior of this tropical island getaway. Sri Lanka is perfect for getting out in the great outdoors with trekking and white-water rafting to balance the cultural sites of the North and the tranquil beach scene on the South coast. Sri Lanka is also great for families and first timers to Southern Asia as it is full of cultural stimulus but slightly less shocking and more relaxed than India. The Maldives is only a short flight away, making it the perfect beach add-on.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2200 per person excluding flights

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Kerala

best time to visit:
nov-mar

Kerala is the perfect destination for a gentle introduction to India for couples and families alike. The welcoming and relaxed attitude allows you to embrace the sleepy backwaters, the dramatic landscapes of the Western Ghats and the palm fringed beaches along the coast. In Fort Cochin we can organise tickets to a traditional Kathakali dance and private cooking classes in a part of India famed for its fresh ingredients and tasty cuisine. With plenty of new boutique hotels and homestays, we visit this part of India on a regular basis to guarantee we always know the best place to stay.

Tailor-made 10 day holiday from £2500 per person excluding flights

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Nepal

best time to visit:
oct-may

The attraction of Nepal lies in the magnificent Himalayas and the country's tribal heritage. With trekking, it is important to understand fitness levels and expectations of comfort. We often like to organise trekking in the locations where few others tread, combined with a great guide some of the lesser known and more remote routes are well worth discovering. Meet artists, weaving workshops and carpenters whilst exploring the three medieval cities; Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. For those wanting a rural experience Pokhara offers the perfect balance of relaxation and sightseeing.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2500 per person excluding flights

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luxury holiday to Dubai

united arab emirates

best time to visit:
oct-mar

We focus on three of the seven Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras-al-Khaimah. Barren desert and rugged mountains are bordered by two Gulfs and the contrast of these beautiful landscapes with the more brash cosmopolitan cities makes for a diverse holiday destination. The white sand beaches merge into colossal sand dunes, the perfect environment for camel riding, dune bashing or dinner under the stars in our private camp. For those in search of a cultural experience we can take you away from the shopping malls and beaches into the depths of the country to discover local mud house villages.

Tailor-made 7 day holidays from £2300 per person excluding flights

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Northern India

Best time to visit: Oct-Mar
Ladakh: MAY-SEPT

We work with a really special group of village houses in some of the most uspoilt and beautiful foothills in the Himalayan region as well as further North in Ladakh. The mountainous desert in Ladakh or the rolling lush paddy fields beneath the Himalayas create dramatic backdrops in spectacular locations and showcase a way of life which is much as it was centuries ago. As always, we design every itinerary around you and can add in longer in Uttarakhand, perhaps near Rishikesh or to take in the wildlife around Corbett. Or we can take you on an off the beaten track camping experience in Ladakh.

Tailor-made 10 day holidays from £2700 per person excluding flights

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The Culture and Cuisine of Southern India

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