Luxury Travel Specialist Rachel Cooper

RACHEL COOPER

Sabbaticals Specialist

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Borobudur Temple in the Java region of Indonesia

INDONESIA - Java & Bali

Begin your sabbatical in epic style on the Indonesian island of Java for an intoxicating cultural immersion, before slowing the pace in the lush rainforest valleys of Ubud in Bali.

  • Take in the unforgettable sight of sunrise over the majestic temple of Borobudur
  • Cycle around the volcanic caldera of Mount Batur, then freewheel through picture-postcard scenes of Balinese rice fields, roadside temples and sleepy rural villages
  • Go white water rafting on the Ayung River, or embrace Ubud’s spiritual side in one of the region’s countless venues for yoga and wellness
Aerial view of the Indonesian coastline

INDONESIA - Komodo & Sumba

Uncover Indonesia’s kaleidoscopic marine world with time exploring the Komodo National Park onboard a luxurious private phinisi. Follow this with a true slice of island paradise in magical Sumba.

  • Hike through Rinca’s rugged landscapes in search of the formidable Komodo Dragon
  • Snorkel with manta rays, picnic on pink sand beaches and enjoy candlelit dinners on deck under an endless canopy of stars
  • Castaway to the magical island of Sumba for surfing, spa indulgence, waterfall swims and the chance ride a Sumbanese stallion along a pristine beach
A Buddhist monk entering a temple in Cambodia

CAMBODIA

Ancient jungle-clad temples, mouth-watering culinary experiences and a sobering insight into the country’s recent history are just of the defining aspects of a visit to Cambodia, where its warm and friendly people will welcome you with open arms.

  • Explore vibrant Phnom Penh, fast becoming one of Asia’s gourmet capitals with its thriving dining scene, colourful markets and hip micro-breweries
  • Experience Angkor Wat at sunrise, and then cycle through jungle trails to lesser-visited temples hidden in the tropical surroundings
  • Take a fascinating cruise on Tonle Sap Lake through its floating villages, and ride vespas through the countryside to meet local families and craftsmen
Tuk tuks driving through the streets of Bangkok a night

THAILAND

Rainbow-coloured tuk-tuks, glittering temples, floating markets and encounters with endearing Asian elephants all come together to make Thailand the perfect place for an accessible and rewarding sabbatical adventure.

  • Take a private long tail boat cruise through Bangkok’s hidden backwater canals, then delve into the city’s vibrant street food scene with an evening tuk-tuk tour
  • Go bamboo rafting in the lush surroundings of Chiang Mai, then shop for trinkets in the city’s buzzing night market
  • Spend time with elephants in their natural habitat from a luxurious base at the Four Seasons Tented Camp in the Golden Triangle
the 4000 islands in Laos

LAOS

Cruise the mighty Mekong from Thailand to Laos in a long tail boat and discover this gentle land of Buddhist monks, cave temples and pristine waterfalls.

  • Discover thousands of gold Buddha statues hidden in the Pak Ou Caves
  • Hike from an ethnic hilltribe village to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and swim in the turquoise pools
  • Step back in time in Luang Prabang, one of Indochina’s most beautiful riverside cities where monks pass through the historic streets at dawn to collect alms
A vendor on the beach in Vietnam

VIETNAM - Hanoi to Hue

In northern Vietnam, history comes alive in the streets of Hanoi where 11th century Buddhist temples contrast with French colonial influences and Ho Chi Minh’s imposing mausoleum. Change the pace in the storied streets of Hue, Vietnam’s ancient capital where the UNESCO-protected Imperial City stands majestically on the banks of the Perfume River.

  • Experience the buzz of Hanoi on a colourful rickshaw tour of the Old Quarter
  • Stop for a drink on Train Street, where the tables and chairs are whisked off the tracks before the 7pm train whistles through
  • In Hue, hear tales of the emperors and their concubines as you wander around the Forbidden City, and take a relaxing boat trip down the Perfume River
Lanterns in a market in Hoi An

VIETNAM - Hoi An to Saigon

Vespas, speedboats and the luxury Vietage train are just some of the modes of transport to be enjoyed on your route south through Vietnam. Recover from the previous days of adventures on a blissful beach before concluding your sabbatical in the pulsating city of Saigon.

  • Lose yourself in delightful Hoi An, with its ancient Japanese bridge opening up to cobbled streets lined with tailor shops, temples and markets
  • Travel by luxury train to the beaches of Quy Nhon– the perfect spot to unwind with spa treatments, snorkelling or pure, unadulterated relaxation
  • Experience Saigon like a local on the back of a Vespa, sampling the city’s most vibrant bars and irresistible street food venues
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