In March we head off on our next international trip -- this time to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand:
MALAYSIA. Our trip begins in Penang, where we spend two whole weeks. Penang is known for its Asian fusion food -- and for its premier medical facilities. We plan to visit Gleneagles Penang Medical Centre for deluxe health screenings. Afterwards we visit Kuala Lumpur -- home to the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world -- and Malacca, a historic colonial town.
SINGAPORE. We spend several busy days in this ultra-modern city seeing the Gardens by the Bay, Raffles Hotel, waterfront promenade, and other key sights. This is the world's only island city-state.
INDONESIA. We only scrape the surface of all there is to see in Indonesia on this trip. First we visit Yogyakarta on the island of Java, a cultural power- house which is home to some amazing temples -- especially Borobudur and Prambanan. Then we fly to Bali for ten days, split evenly between Legian Beach for some R&R and Ubud for another dose of culture, temples, and rice terraces.
THAILAND. So far we've only been to Bangkok, so on this trip we'll explore other parts of the country. We'll start in Phuket, where we'll visit some of Thailand's famous islands and beaches. We'll take full-day excursions to Phang Nga Bay and Ko Phi Phi. Then we'll fly to Chiang Mai in the mountainous north, which is famous for its culture and temples (and popularity with expats). We'll also visit Chiang Rai, known for its beautiful setting (and, yes, its temples). Finally we'll finish up in Bangkok for another taste of the big city before flying home.