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One to add to your bucket list…

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Gaya Island, Malohom Bay, is set within the Tunku Abdul Marine Park, a group of 5 islands located off Kota Kinabalu.  Fringed with coral reefs, they pride themselves on the marine wildlife and coral reef restoration.

The endangered Sea Turtle is one of the marine wildlife animals that Gaya Island are keen to help and to date they have helped and released four turtles back into the sea – Bobby, Ninja, Carman and Nick Jr all of which have undergone rehabilitation and research.

Guests recently staying on the island were lucky enough to be joined by a gentle green turtle on their Coral Garden snorkelling excursion with the resorts Marine Biologist – This sounds like an amazing experience.

If this is something that you would like to add to your bucket list, why not get in touch to enquire about how you can put together your own holiday and look forward to making amazing memories on an amazing island getaway. Please contact us for more details .

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Star Clippers – Discover the Hidden Wonders of Thailand

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Star Clippers who offer a different sailing experience with the character of traditional sailing but still with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises, are offering an adventurous cruise around the hidden parts of Thailand and Malaysia.

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Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

These sailings explore some of the most iconic and beautiful parts known as the “Pearl of the Orient” with un spoilt beaches and islands that form part of the

National Marine Park here. The people are friendly, the water beautifully clear and the marine life amazing.

 

Nor do you have to bring your own snorkel and flippers, they are provided. If you need other activities as you sale around the islands and along the coast, you can try sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking – all complimentary.

 

 

 

For 7 nights cruising, 2 nights pre cruise in the Sala Hotel in Phuket and flights the cost is from £2179 per person and always subject to availability.

Please call us for more information on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Picture courtesy of Star Clippers

Sunrise Turtle Landing

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Today we received a quick newsletter from one of our suppliers AfriAsia.  This we thought was a wonderful turtle sighting and experience, and something that you yourself could witness if staying at this luxury resort in Malaysia:

 

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

 

 

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

 

 

 

 

This special early morning visit took place on the beach right under one of the resort’s sun umbrellas as the sun began to rise.
Once her eggs had been safely laid, this majestic creature returned to the South China Sea.

The Turtle Hatchery currently holds 25 nests and a total of 2274 eggs – of these, two batches of hatchlings have already been released. Guests have enjoyed witnessing this amazing experience and the Nest Adoption programme has become a great hit.

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels and TanJong Jara Resort

Malaysia

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Malaysia – the very word conjures images of Far Eastern magic, of a delightful mix of culture with stunning beaches, world-class diving and snorkeling, and exotic bird and wildlife.

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Malaysia

Malaysia – the very word conjures images of Far Eastern magic, of a delightful mix of culture with stunning beaches, world-class diving and snorkeling, and exotic bird and wildlife.

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
Day 3: Cameron Highlands
Day 6: Taman Negara National Park
Day 9: East coast beach
Day 15: Depart Kuala Lumpur
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Unmistakably Malaysia

Malaysia – the very word conjures images of Far Eastern magic, of a delightful mix of culture with stunning beaches, world-class diving and snorkelling, and exotic bird and wildlife and using Malaysian Airlines daily direct service, this tropical paradise is closer than you think.

This itinerary concentrates on Peninsular Malaysia – a two week self drive holiday taking you on a journey through the colonial past, with a mixture of city, highlands, rain forest and beach.

Day 1: Kuala Lumpur
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur today – the swift and efficient rail link whisks you into the city centre avoiding the crowded roads. Two nights in the city – and time to explore the cultural mix that makes up this extraordinary city. Take a city tour and visit the royal palace, bird and orchid gardens, and the old station, built in colonial times with a roof carefully designed to withstand at least a metre of snow!!
Kuala Lumpur 2 nights

Day 3: Cameron Highlands
Return to the airport to collect your hire car, and drive north, skirting the city, and into the Cameron Highlands for a three night stay. Re-visit the colonial past in the delightfully cool climate of this hill station, and discover homes that would not be out of place in leafy Surrey, complete with cream teas. Visit tea plantations, and learn of the process’s involved in producing some of the world’s best tea.
Cameron Highlands 3 nights

Day 6: Taman Negara National Park
Driving west today using the new highway, to the river port of Kuala Tembeling. Take the river boat deep into the jungle for a three night stay at Taman Negara National Park. Explore the river and rainforest habitats here, swimming in deserted rock pools, and perhaps walking the treetop canopy walk.
Taman Negara 3 nights

Day 9: East coast beach
Return to civilisation, with a boat trip back to Kuala Tembeling, retrieve your hire car, and head east for a final 5 nights on the beach. The east coast has some of the best beaches in Malaysia – and is relatively undiscovered. If you are a diver, plan to spend some time exploring the underwater wonderland of the off-shore islands – or simply relax in tranquil surroundings enjoying the very best of Malaysian cuisine at your hide-away hotel. You’ll have your car to hand should you decide to explore further.
Beach stay 5 nights

Day 15: Depart Kuala Lumpur
Say farewell to the east coast today, and return across the peninsular to Kuala Lumpur. Skirt the city and head to the airport, dropping your car on arrival.

Cameron Highlands

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Diving Tenggol Island

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Tanjong Jara Beach

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Every once in a while, we come across a property or group of properties that truly exceed all our expectations, and the YTL group of properties are exactly that. With several properties in Malaysia, and an expanding portfolio in other parts of the world, these hotels deliver in every way, from comfortable rooms, to exquisite locations, exceptional staff and superb dining – we are confident that you won’t be disappointed here.

Tanjong Jara is located near the little town of Dungun on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. A small but delightful property, with an excellent spa, superb restaurant, beach front location and delightful staff. Rooms are spread across the property in three categories, and all are spacious, tastefully decorated with every amenity you possibly need. The property is open all year, but as the monsoon season hits from December through to the end of March, you may prefer to avoid this period.
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‘What a delight – the seven nights spent here at the end of our Australian holiday was simply not enough and if we return, it will be for a holiday split between Tanjong Jara and Pangkor Laut’
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Green Turtles in Malaya

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Green Turtles in Malaya

Courtesy of YTL Hotels – Tanjong Jara Resort

Not far from one of our favourite resorts in Malaya, Tanjong Jara Resort, is a protected beach where the endangered beach green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.

These beautiful turtles are coming on to the beach now and until mid September. Guests have the chance to have a guided tour of the beach to watch this amazing event. Because these turtles are so rare, the eggs are taken to a hatchery to protect them from predators – human or otherwise.

Later in the season lucky guests at Tanjong Jara Resort can help with the release of the newly hatched be returned to the sea.

Green turtles in Malaya

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The Resort also takes diving and snorkelling excursions to Tenggol Island which could you the chance to see these majestic turtles in their natural habitat, along with the beautiful corals and fish.

If you would like more information on this fantastic resort and to make it part of your bespoke tailor made holiday please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

The Far East

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For a value for money winter break, Thailand and Malaysia come top of the list every time. With both direct and in-direct flight options, for Gatwick, Heathrow and other regional airports, the sensory delights of the Far East beckon. From the frenetic hubbub of city life, to the warm waters of the ocean and idyllic sandy beaches – the Far East has something for everyone. Forget the winter days back home, and whether you are a culture vulture, or prefer a lazy beach/spa experience to relax and unwind, perhaps a touring holiday with time to relax at the end – you should be speaking to Experience Holidays.

  • Bangkok – Sprawling and busy, spend a couple of nights exploring the sights and sounds of Thailand’s capital city before heading north, or to the beach
  • Bridge over the River Kwai – take a journey back in time to learn more of the Death Railway – lest we should forget
  • Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle – head north and explore the hilltribes of the Golden Triangle
  • Spend the night on a converted rice barge
  • Visit the paradise resorts of Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – if ever there was a city with no plan, Kuala Lumpur is it. Look at a street map, and you could be looking at a plate of spaghetti!! But arrive at the efficient and friendly KLIA Airport, and you’ll soon be part of this bustling city. This is a melting pot or culture, with sights and sounds from all corners of the Orient
  • Visit the old town of Malacca to the south of Kuala Lumpur with its colonial past and interesting architecture
  • Head into the Cameron Highlands famous for its tea plantations
  • The islands and beaches of the west coast offer all standards of accommodation, with a good rail and ferry service to link them up for an independent option
  • Visit the lesser known resorts of the east coast for some excellent diving and the odd rather lovely spa hotel for a little added luxury

Photographs by David Bowden
davidbowden.travelwrite@gmail.com

Bangkok floating market          Langkawi

 

Turtle Sightings in Pangkor Laut Resort

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Today we received a newsletter from Pangkor Laut Resort about the fantastic news that they are now starting to see turtles around their part of the island.

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Over the last three months both Green and Hawksbill turtles have been spotted by staff and guests of Pangkor Laut Resort in the waters surrounding the Sea Villas and, on occasion, around the Spa Villas.

As this is not a common occurrence, Pangkor Laut Resort’s resident naturalist, Aris believes this may be due to a slight change in the turtles’ nesting patterns, as they normally nest on a beach on the Malaysian mainland, which lies north of the island.

Earlier this year, Pangkor Laut Resort even rescued a juvenile Hawksbill turtle that had been caught in a fisherman’s net. Due to her poor condition, the resort quickly contacted the Malaysia Fisheries Department which had the facilities to look after a turtle suffering from illness and infection. Happily, the turtle made a full recovery and was released back into the sea.

While the resort has had a few small programmes for turtle conservation and rehabilitation in place since 2013, given the increase of turtle sightings they are now looking into setting up their own turtle hatchery and are collaborating with the Malaysia Fisheries Department as well as Gaya Island Resort’s own Marine Biologist, Scott Mayback, who set up the Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre, for technical advice and support on this project.

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia.  With so much to see and do at this luxury resort it makes it a great place to have your honeymoon or any other special occasion holiday. 

If you would like more information on making this part of your bespoke tailor made luxury holiday then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Photographs Courtesy of AfriAsia & Beyond

 

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