An eclectic mix of scenic wonders and Eastern experiences
We explore a string of idyllic islands, marvel at the world’s largest Buddhist temple, uncover the natural beauty of Indonesia’s active volcanoes, lush countryside and rice plantations, with any luck encountering the fascinating Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards.
SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
Phuket, Thailand - We explore, with a guide, Promthep Cape and the temple of Wat Chalong, the centuries old Sino-Portuguese building at Thalang Road before boarding Boudicca.
Sabang, Sumatra - We explore the city of Sabang and continue to Anak Laut Lake. A visit to the village of Iboih is followed by time at leisure to swim.
Singapore - We first take a ride on the world’s largest giant observation wheel, some 165 metres high, enjoying panoramic views then explore two magnificent climate conservatories. We enjoy afternoon tea at the iconic Raffles.
Semarang, Java - We walk around Tigro Agro Plantation to view the many on-site varieties of trees, including rubber, coffee, cinnamon and Kapuk. After lunch we visit Lawang Sewu, the building of a 'thousand doors'.
Lombok, Indonesia - We walk from the hillside at Kerandangan through Senggigi beach and on to Baun Pusek, where we hope to find endemic reptiles and mammals, butterflies and to meet with the local hill people on their plantations.
Komodo Island, Indonesia - Here we hope to see the Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard on earth. Accompanied by a local ranger we should also see wild buffalo, deer, pigs and various species of tropical birds. Later we can snorkel in the crystal clear water.
Bali, Indonesia - Our time in Bali is spent walking over small hidden paths through rice paddies, past rivers and coconut plantations. A visit to the famous Taman Temple is included, together with the opportunity to watch the wild living monkeys and fruit bats.