GREAT ASIA ESCAPES
ON YOUR WAY: Book by May 31 for Cathay Pacific’s one-way winter specials to Southeast Asia; flights can be taken from July 1 to August 10 and sample fares include economy class Sydney to Hong Kong from $549 or Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City via Hong Kong from $593. More: cathaypacific.com.au.
GO APE: The Orang-utan Project is offering ecotourism tours in conjunction with Orang-utan Odyssey to the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo; the journeys are escorted by leading conservationists, include close wildlife encounters and visits to rescue and care centres, and participants typically sleep aboard traditional river boats. More: orangutan.org.au. BANGKOK AIRWAVES: The 192-room Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road has opened in a lively neighbourhood near the Thai capital’s Lumpini Park; there are vertical gardens, streetart style murals and design motifs featuring the humble old wireless as a homage to the area’s original fame as a radio station hub; it’s the 62nd property under InterContinental’s boutique Indigo branding, and its Asian counterparts include properties in Hong Kong and Tianjin, China. More: hotelindigo.com.
SNAP HAPPY: Photographers David Evans and Luke Simon will hold workshops from September 1-6 and 9-14 at the luxury Gili Lankanfushi resort in The Maldives; the property features 45 butler-attended overwater villas and the courses are each limited to 12 guests. Book early for a special rate of $US4435 ($5612) a person twin-share, inclusive of taxes, tuition, return transfers from Male, a dolphinwatch cruise, accommodation and meals; single occupancy, add $US2925. More: maldivesphotoodyssey.com.
WATER WORLD: Indonesia’s Alila Hotels and Resorts operates a traditional Sulawesi-style 10passenger phinisi sailboat, the 46m-long Alila Purnama; the vessel will be running Komodo Island expeditions around the islands of Sumbawa and Flores until September 26 with some six-night voyages available as full charters and others booked per cabin. More: alilahotels.com/purnama.
INSIDER INDIA: Small-group specialist Byroads has an escorted 15-day trip through Rajasthan, northern India, departing February 15, for $3795 a person twin-share (add international airfares); highlights include the classic sights of Jaipur, Udaipur and the so-called blue city of Jodhpur, plus lesser-known settlements such as Bundi, known for its stepped reservoirs, forts, haveli mansions and palaces. More: byroads.com.au.
PAST PROTECTED: On July 15, the former Portuguese territory of Macau will mark the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage listing for its historic quarter; protected monuments in the enclave include the facade ruins of St Paul’s (the church burned down in 1835), a section of the 16th-century city walls, forts, temples and gardens, plus the Protestant cemetery, where the noted British artist George Chinnery was buried in 1852. Download the Macau Government Tourist Office app for a self-guided tour. More: macautourism.gov.mo.