DAY 5 - MALACCA – CAMERON HIGHLANDS DAY 7 - LIJIANG - ZHONGDIAN DAY 13 - GYANTSE - SHIGATSE
LODGING - STRAWBERRY PARK RESORT LODGING - GYALTHANG DZONG HOTEL LODGING - SHIGATSE HOTEL
JANUARY 27 - B/D MAY 30- B/L/D JUNE 5 - B/L/D
HIGHLIGHTS OF After breakfast, depart for Cameron Highlands (at 1,820 metres above sea level) Drive to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Wedged Visit the citadel, perched above the town of Gyantse. See its most famous
discovered in 1885 by surveyor William Cameron. This highland is picturesque with tightly between enormous cliffs, the Yangtze River is extremely narrow at this location. landmark, the Kumbum, a 15th-century monastery with a golden roof. Let yourself
its mist-covered hills and valleys. Here you will find a few families whose livelihood According to legend, a hunted tiger made his escape to the other side of the river in a be impressed by this multi-tiered, expansive architectural marvel. In the afternoon
depends on weaving bamboo baskets used for packing vegetables. You will not single bound. After lunch at local restaurant, stop at the village of the Stone Drum take the road to Shigatse. The active Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse is the seat
want to miss the Lata Iskandar Waterfalls, an ideal picnic area and favourite where you can experience a dramatic view of the mighty Yangtze's near 180-degree of the Panchen Lama. Tashilhunpo contains the gigantic Maitreya (Future Buddha
stopover. The Waterfalls’ surrounding jungle is home to one of the largest variety of exotic insect and plant grandiose turn. Remarkably, for nearly 20 kilometres the river runs parallel to itself. Statue). At 86 feet (Ken will send conversion in meters) high and 38 feet wide, it is
life in the world. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Malay hotpot dinner at local restaurant. imposing indeed. Visit all major halls including the Gudang Main Chanting Hall, where you will hear a
DAY 8 - ZHONGDIAN chanting service. Round off your day by exploring the bazaar of the old city.
DAY 6 - CAMERON HIGHLANDS MAY 31 - B/L/D
JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 3, 2010 JANUARY 28 - B Zhongdian, at an altitude of 3,200 metres, is the start of the Tibetan world in northern DAY 14 - SHIGATSE - LHASA
This morning, we start with the Mossy Forest Walk. This two-hour walk to Gunung Yunnan. A generation ago, this small town was a frontier trading post on the doorstep of LODGING - LHASA HOTEL
Brinchang at 2,031 metres above sea level allows you to discover how the mossy Tibet. The Ganden Sumtseling Gompa Monastery (a Yellow Hat sect), built some 300 years JUNE 6 - B/L/D
forest play its part in providing the locals with the water upon which they depend – MAY 24- JUNE 12, 2010 ago, is also home to more than 600 monks. It is one of the largest and most well- Continue on a full day scenic drive from Shigatse to Lhasa. Look out for nomads,
water that is clean and mountain fresh. The return journey will take us through preserved Tibetan monasteries in Yunnan. We continue our visit to the Napa Nature sheep and yaks in the vast open grasslands of northern Tibet. Reflect on the
DAY 1 - YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS carpets of manicured tea bushes where some of the best black tea is produced. Reserve for a spectacular view of the mountains and gorgeous landscapes. You will have an opportunity to importance that religion plays in all the Tibetan cities you have visited and the
JANUARY 23 - AIR TRAVEL Refreshments will be served at the Boh Teahouse. visit the local market and even a local Tibetan household. Enjoy lunch and dinner at local restaurants. distinctive culture of this land.
Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kuala Lumpur via Hong Kong.
DAY 7 - CAMERON HIGHLANDS – PENANG DAY 9 - ZHONGDIAN – LHASA - TSEDANG DAY 15 - LHASA
LODGING - BAYVIEW HOTEL GEORGETOWN LODGING - TSEDANG HOTEL JUNE 7 - B/L/D
DAY 2 - ARRIVE IN KUALA LUMPUR JANUARY 29 - B DAY 1 & 2- YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS JUNE 1 - B/L/D Visit the enormous Drepung Monastery, the largest in Tibet and possibly in the
LODGING - PARK ROYAL HOTEL Following breakfast, depart Cameron Highlands for Penang with a brief stop in Kuala MAY 24 - AIR TRAVEL Take a morning flight to Lhasa, continue by coach to Tsedang, Tibet’s pre-Buddhist world. The main halls are richly decorated and dimly lit with devotional lamps of
JANUARY 24 - D
Kangsar for a tour of the gilded domed Ubudiah Mosque and Iskandariah Palace. Arrive Fly with Cathay Pacific Airways to Kunming via Hong Kong. Lose a day crossing the international dateline. centre of culture. At an altitude of 3,700 metres high, enjoy the beauty and originality yak butter. Drepung means “Rice Heap”, a reference to the scattered white
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. In the evening, enjoy a in Penang in the afternoon and take a tour up Penang Hill by funicular train, visit a of these sites, built since the seventh century. Their rich ornamentation and harmonious monastic buildings on the hillside. Proceed to Sera Monastery, one of Lhasa's two
cultural night tour of the city that will introduce you to the Malaysian way of tortoise sanctuary, and visit the largest temple in Malaysia - the Kek Lok Si Temple. integration in a striking landscape add to their historic and religious interest. great Gelugpa monasteries, famous for its Buddhism Scriptures. Witness monks
life where a harmonious mingling of different cultures and religions can be DAY 3 - ARRIVE IN KUNMING
preparing for monastic exams by staging ritualistic mock debates. Also visit
experienced. Among the highlights will be the Open Air Bazaar of Chinatown LODGING - HARBOUR PLAZA KUNMING Norbulingka (Jewel Park), built for the Dalai Lama during the 1950s. Later, enjoy an
DAY 8 - PENANG MAY 26 - D DAY 10- TSEDANG – LHASA
where you can try your bargaining skills on the wide variety of textiles, clothing, LODGING - LHASA HOTEL evening folklore performance.
JANUARY 30- B/L
shoes, handbags, etc. In the evening, enjoy a typical Malay buffet dinner and a Arrive in Kunming, the bustling capital of China’s Yunnan province, and transfer to JUNE 2 - B/L/D
vibrant cultural performance at Sri Melayu Restaurant. This morning enjoy a trishaw ride and a leisurely stroll in Georgetown, Penang’s capital your hotel. Famous for its year-round mild climate, Kunming is often called “Spring
city. Among the highlights of the day are Fort Cornwallis, Weld Quay, Khoo Kongsi In the morning, visit the Yongbulakhang Imperial Palace. Sprouting from a rugged DAY 16 - LHASA - SHANGHAI VIA CHENGDU
City”. A visit to the popular flower and bird market is your introduction to this LODGING - JC MANDARIN
Temple and Street of Harmony. Lunch will be served at a selected restaurant with the ridge overlooking the Yarlung Valley fields, it is reputed to be the oldest building in
DAY 3 - KUALA LUMPUR beautiful city. Enjoy dinner in the hotel. JUNE 8 - B/D
remainder of the day to further explore the city at your own pace. Tibet and features a prominent tower. Discover the Changzhu Monastery, the market
JANUARY 25 - B/D and the Zedong Museum. Visit the ancient Tombs of the Tibetan Tubo Dynasty Kings in Transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Shanghai, located near the
This morning, depart for our city tour. Despite the fast paced development, DAY 4 - KUNMING, STONE FOREST Chongye, before continuing to Lhasa, arriving in the late afternoon. mouth of the mighty Yangtze river, on the banks of the Huangpu. Begin to absorb
DAY 9 - PENANG – LUMUT – PANGKOR ISLAN MAY 27 - B/L/D
Kuala Lumpur (also known as KL) has managed to draw a fine balance of multi- this modern vibrant mega-city, with its remarkable European “feel”. Enjoy dinner
LODGING - PANGKOR ISLAND BEACH RESORT
storied buildings, skyscrapers and historical sites amid lush greenery. Among Spend a full day at the Stone Forest, one of China's most remarkable natural DAY 11 - LHASA at a local restaurant before taking in a spectacular acrobatic show.
JANUARY 31 - B
the highlights of the tour are the National Monument, King’s Palace, National phenomena, located 98 kilometres southwest of Kunming. It features 80 hectares of JUNE 3 - B/L/D
Mosque, Independence Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and a photo stop This morning, we depart for Lumut Jetty (approximately three and a half hour’s drive) bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion
Experience the Potala Palace, formerly the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. Built DAY 17 - SHANGHAI
at the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers. The balance of the day is at leisure. where we will take a 30 minute ferry ride across to the island of Pangkor, one of the over some 270 million years. The Stone Forest area is the home of the Sani people, a
over the course of 50 years during the 17th-century, with distinctive labyrinth corridors JUNE 9 - B/L
most famous islands in Malaysia. Pangkor Island is an idyllic and beautiful island resort. branch of the Yi tribe (known for their diligence, valour, wisdom, embroidery, songs
Its natural scenery of green hills and palm-fringed beaches of fine white sand lapped and lavish decorations, Potala consists of the White and Red Palaces with more than Explore the famous Shanghai Bund, steeped in history as the “Wall Street” of
DAY 4 - KUALA LUMPUR – MALACCA and dances). Experience culinary delights at local restaurants for lunch and dinner.
by the warm blue waters of the Straits of Malacca is truly magnificent. 1,000 rooms for both secular and religious functions. The Red Palace contains gilded former foreign and local power brokers. Many of the buildings on the waterfront
LODGING - HOTEL EQUATORIAL MELAKA stupas (which were the tombs of eight Dalai Lamas), the monks' assembly hall, predate the Cultural Revolution and contribute to the grandeur of this city. Enjoy
JANUARY 26 - B/L DAY 5 - KUNMING - LIJIANG numerous chapels, shrines, and libraries. Continue exploring Lhasa with a visit to the afternoon at leisure.
DAY 10 - PANGKOR ISLAND LODGING - GRAND LIJIANG HOTEL
Take a scenic drive out of the city to Malacca with an en-route stop in Jokhang Temple, the spiritual centre of Tibet and destination of pilgrims numbering in
Putrajaya. Dubbed the “Garden City, Intelligent City”, Putrajaya is a FEBRUARY 1 - B MAY 28 - B/L/D the millions. Visit the surrounding Barkhor area, the spiritual heart of this holy city and the main DAY 18 - SHANGHAI
thoroughly modern and vibrant place. It is a model township that has been After breakfast, explore this beautiful island at your own pace on this day of leisure. Make an early morning transfer for the short flight to Lijiang, a World Heritage Site. commercial district. Discover the ruins of the great Ganden Monastery, located east of Lhasa in a bowl-like JUNE 10- B/D
constructed with detailed planning, innovative urban design and great Take an excursion to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that includes a chairlift ride to amphitheatre. Ganden was the first Gelugpa Monastery and has remained the main seat of this Buddhist Continue your experience of the sights and sounds of this incredible city, in a full
respect for the environment. The name “Putrajaya” is in honour of Malaysia’s DAY 11 - PANGKOR ISLAND – LUMUT – KUALA LUMPUR discover the famous Thirteen Peaks. En route, visit Baisha village, the ancient capital order. Its high altitude offers you incredible views of the surrounding Kyi Chu Valley. day of sightseeing and exploration. Take in the People’s Square and the Shanghai
first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj for his invaluable contribution to the nation. LODGING - PARK ROYAL HOTEL of the culturally rich Naxi Kingdom and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the
Museum, which its priceless collection of bronzes, porcelain and paintings. After
Among the highlights in Putrajaya is the drive through the boulevards and the luscious greenery as FEBRUARY 2 - B/D afternoon, after a walk to the Black Dragon Pond, experience the renowned Moon DAY 12 - LHASA - GYANTSE an eventful day, unwind over a sumptuous farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
you enter the city, a view of the majestic Perdana Putra Building (Prime Minister’s Office), Prime Embracing Pavilion. Do some leisurely sightseeing in the (Old Town) section of Lijiang. The old part is an LODGING - GYANTSE HOTEL
Minister's Official Residence, Putra Mosque, Botanical Garden and Putra Bridge. We continue our Transfer back to Kuala Lumpur by motor coach. There is some free time to take a stroll intimate mountain town of stone and tile, constructed around canals. Enjoy a Naxi concert, following JUNE 4 - B/L/D
tour to Malacca to visit the Dutch Stadthuys, St Paul’s Church and Porta de Santiago, incredible in the city, do some last minute shopping, or just to relax in your hotel. This evening, dinner at a local restaurant. DAY 19 - SHANGHAI - HOME
enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Take the scenic drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. The road climbs to 5181 metres over the JUNE 11 - AIR TRAVEL
landmarks left behind by the Portuguese and Dutch during their colonial rule. Other attractions Kamba La mountain pass. See the dazzling Yamdrok Tso, a high-altitude lake
include Cheng Hoong Teng’s Temple built in 1646 and Jonker Street, famous for its antique items DAY 6 - LIJIANG This evening fly home via Hong Kong or extend your stay in Hong Kong.
surrounded by numerous villages. In clear weather, the lake is a fabulous shade of
and the peranakan handicraft. After lunch, check into your hotel for the night. DAY 12 - KUALA LUMPUR – HOME MAY 29 - B deep turquoise. Further on, breathtaking views of the Nojin Kangtsang Glacier await
FEBRUARY 3 - AIR TRAVEL - B Enjoy a day of leisure and discover the old town of Lijiang at your own pace. you. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon. DAY 20- ARRIVE HOME
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home via Hong Kong or extend your stay in Malaysia. JUNE 12
Meals are indicated with B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner)
HIGHLIGHTS OF MALAYSIA - January 23 - February 3, 2010
YUNNAN & TIBET
YUNNAN & TIBET - May 24 - June 12, 2010
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