Exploring Hong Kong and Thailand | Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket HolidaysIf you’ve been searching for a budget-friendly way to see the sights of China and Thailand, you may want to consider booking the ‘Hong Kong and the Treasures of Thailand’ tour, via Newmarket Holidays. Here, we go through the details of this value-for-money trip in a little more detail.

After taking an overnight flight, via Dubai, to the city of Hong Kong, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kowloon, where you will stay for the next three nights. Over the course of your time here, you can participate in an optional guided tour, or simply explore the city independently.

If you opt for the former, your tour guide will help to bring the city to life, highlighting the most interesting attractions, and bringing you to the stalls of Stanley Market and the floating houseboat ‘city’ in Aberdeen. You can take the opportunity to wander around and admire the sights, as well as indulging in some retail therapy, and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants which line the city’s streets.

The following day, there will be another optional excursion to Macau, a former Portuguese colony which is now a charming, quaint place, filled with cobbled streets and majestic Baroque churches. However, many customers of Newmarket Holidays are surprised to find that, within this very traditional-looking area, there are in fact over thirty casinos (this is why a lot of people refer to Macau as the south-east Asian version of Las Vegas!).

After another day of shopping and sightseeing, you’ll head to Bangkok, for a two night stay in a beautiful, central hotel. There will be a morning tour of the city, beginning on the Royal Island, a place which is home to the famous Emerald Buddha and Reclining Buddha statues, as well as several temples.

A cruise along the Khlong canal will allow you to soak up the stunning scenery and see famous sights such as the Grand Palace. During the evening, you can join the other travellers in the tour group for a traditional Thai ‘dinner and dance’ excursion. The next morning, there is yet another optional trip, to the markets of Damnoen Saduak, where you can admire the colourful produce in the floating markets and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two. After this, your tour guide to take you to the Rose Gardens, where you can enjoy a buffet lunch, before beginning your journey to Kanchanaburi, where you’ll be staying for two nights.

 

India’s Exotic South and Kerala | Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket Holidays offers a wide range of interesting tours to India, one of which is the ‘India’s Exotic South and Kerala’ trip. This allows you to explore one of the most beautiful parts of the country; a place filled with ancient temples and churches, tropical forests, traditional villages and stunning beaches. Day one of this tour begins with an overnight flight to Kochi (or Cochin, as it is sometimes called). Upon arrival at the local airport, your Tour Manager will meet up with you and transfer you by coach to your hotel.

The next day, there will be a guided tour of Cochin, including a trip to its famous port and the Mattancherry Palace, as well as a beautiful Jewish synagogue. A short ferry ride will then take you to Enrakulam; this area is filled with department stores, cinemas and high rises, which serve as a refreshing contrast to the traditional buildings of Cochin. After the day of touring has finished, you’ll be treated to a classic Kathakali performance – a bright, colourful spectacle that combines dance, music and painting.

Newmarket HolidaysThe fourth day will involve a short trip to Alleppey, considered to be the eastern version of Venice. Once you arrive, you’ll hop on board a houseboat, and take a gentle cruise along the Keralan canals, which are lined with temples, coconut groves and rice fields. As the sun begins to set, the houseboat chef will carry out a cooking demonstration and prepare a delicious, traditional meal for you to enjoy on board. Following this, there will be a guided walk through a nearby village.

Day five of the trip begins with a journey into the lush green countryside of Kerala. There will be a short stop in a traditional rubber plantation for lunch, after which you will continue travelling to Periyar, a district which is famed for its beautiful wildlife sanctuary. You and your travel companions will stay here for a couple of nights, during which time you’ll have the opportunity to explore the well-known Spice Plantation, as a tour guide teaches you all about the history of Indian spices and teas. On the sixth day, you can rest and relax in your hotel, or alternatively, take part in an optional excursion (arranged by Newmarket Holidays) to the above-mentioned wildlife sanctuary, where you’ll find elephants and exotic birds, as well as tigers and leopards.

 

A tour of northern India | Newmarket Holidays

India is one of Newmarket Holidays’ most popular destinations. Its tour there is a particular favourite with many of its customers, and includes visits to Ranthambhore Park, as well as the cities of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. It also features two half-day safaris, which will provide you with the chance to catch a glimpse at some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals.

Newmarket HolidaysThe first day of the tour will be spent travelling from the UK to Delhi. When you arrive, you will be greeted by your Tour Manager, after which you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You can then spend a few hours settling in and freshening up before joining your Tour Manager once again for a guided trip around the Old City. During this interesting adventure, you’ll see Ghandi’s cremation site, as well as numerous historic buildings such as Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid Mosque and Red Ford. There will also be time for a thrilling rickshaw ride through the streets of the charming Chandni Chowk.

The following morning, you can take the opportunity to explore the grandeur and elegance of New Delhi. There will be a visit to the Rajpath boulevard, and the India Gate war memorial, as well as the beautiful tower of Qutb Minar. During the afternoon, you will take a coach to the city of Jaipur, where you will stay for two nights. The next day, after a decadent breakfast, you will be taken on a tour of Amber and its historic fort, which dates back to the 1500s. You can opt to reach the fort by jeep or, if you’re feeling brave, elephant. You’ll have the chance to take in some spectacular views from the ramparts of the fort, and to admire the stunning decor of the Royal Halls.

After this, it will be time to tour the rest of Jaipur. There will be a visit to the famous City Palace complex, where you’ll find the ancient observatory Jantar Mantar, as well as several fascinating museums. Later in the day you’ll get the chance to see the Hawa Mahal – otherwise known as the Palace of the Winds. The next day, Newmarket Holidays’ tour group will set off to the beautiful Ranthambhore National Park, for a two night stay. It is here, within this natural paradise, that you’ll see the best examples of Project Tiger, an Indian conservation programme.