Time and time again, the sensuous scents of the Eastern world lure travellers from around the globe. With vibrant and cosmopolitan cities that combine ancient sites and majestic temples with neon lights, sky-scraping towers and unrivalled shopping malls, we can fully see why. So head to The Orient in this city tour that will see you soaking up the ancient cultures and contemporary attitudes of the mesmerising metropolises of Tokyo, Bangkok and Manila.
Temptation in Tokyo
The Peninsula Tokyo awaits you in one of the capital’s prime locations – opposite the Imperial Palace and minutes away from the beautifully blossomed Hibiya Park. The room that will greet you at this special hotel is one of impeccable Japanese design, boasting a walk-in closet and unparalleled views, so take some time to relax before heading out to explore the city.
Always in search of the ultimate souvenir, for your first day enjoy a lesson on samurai swords, given by a former curator of the Japanese sword collection at the British Museum. Visit ateliers to peruse the modern and antique hand crafted swords on offer, before trying your hand at forging a blade with the guidance of a traditional swordsmith. On the following day, learn the complexities of the traditional art of sumo wrestling. Spend the morning getting up close to the action as you observe a training session right next to the ring. The afternoon will see you soaking up the sweat and adrenalin as you attend one of the main Grand Sumo tournaments, prime seats thrown in.
No stay in Tokyo would be complete without a foray to the world-renowned shopping district of Ginza. A place where old meets new and a hub for creativity and fashion; jump into your chauffeured Peninsula vehicle and spend your final few hours before your flight stocking up on some essential designer souvenirs.
Upon arrival in Bangkok, your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to The Peninsula Bangkok for your three-night stay. A beautiful property whose rooms all overlook the Chao Phraya River, you’re just moments from highlights such as the Asiatique Night Market and the Grand Palace. Spend the afternoon freshening up before setting out with your guide for a tour of Bangkok by night. Indulge in Thai delicacies (fried grasshoppers, if you dare), explore the night markets, and absorb the frenetic atmosphere before returning to your oasis of calm at The Peninsula for an exquisite meal of authentic Thai cuisine at Thiptara, situated right on the riverside.
The best way to conquer Bangkok is by taking advantage of the city’s many forms of transportation, and the next few days will see you boarding water taxis, ferries, sky trains, and the tuk tuks that crowd the busy streets. Take to the waterways of the Chao Phraya River as you explore markets and the city’s riverside communities from the comfort of your own traditional longboat. From majestic Ayutthaya-era temples to the golden Grand Palace to the soaring scrapers of the Thonburi area, you won’t leave a single stone unturned as you get to know this vibrant and bustling city. Spend your fourth afternoon packing up your souvenirs and enjoying a spa treatment at The Peninsula Spa before relaxing by the hotel’s beautiful three-tiered pool – your flight to Manila awaits.Read more
Moments in Manila
Enjoy the perfect welcome to the Philippines with a transfer straight from the airport to the Spices Restaurant at The Peninsula Manila, where you will enjoy your first encounter with the hotel’s gourmet offering and impeccable service. At The Peninsula Manila you’ll enjoy four nights of grand sophistication and style in the heart of Makati, a prime location for shopping, restaurants and entertainment. As soon as you enter the hotel for the first time, you’ll be left awe-struck by the grand lobby, one of the most iconic places ‘to see and be seen’ in the city.
Transport is paramount in Manila as well as Bangkok, and your first day will see you touring one of the oldest China towns in the world by bamboo bike. A foodie’s delight – take a pause from enjoying the delicacies on offer to appreciate the stunning Art Deco architecture that survived the Second World War, whilst a traditional jeepney ride will make your transport adventure complete.
Take a break from the big city with a tour of Tagaytay country farm. Located on a ridge 2,250 ft. above sea level, from the heights of Tagaytay you can enjoy the breathtaking sight of one of the world’s strangest wonders – Taal Volcano, a volcano within a volcano and lake within a lake. No trip to Manila would be complete without a splurge in the shops, so use your final day to haggle in the markets and forage in some of the world’s greatest malls. Alternatively, take advantage of The Peninsula Manila’s Academy programmes where you’ll be able to choose anything from a private tour with a historian of the old walled city of Intramuros to an extensive art tour of the city’s galleries.
From its alluring cultures to its beautiful landscapes, we love this Filipino gem and know it will be the perfect location to end your Orient adventure.