Sights and Sounds of Asia

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The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Whether it’s China, Malaysia or Singapore, we’ve got the digs on packages and events in Asia.

Travelers can experience Chinese culture and explore its history with Pacific Delight Tours’ 12-night China Golden Route tour. Featuring FiveStarPlus accommodations at centrally located Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La properties, the China Golden Tour takes guests through Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guilin and Hong Kong. And for bookings paid in full by Jan. 31, your clients can receive $1,000 off per couple.

Highlights of the package include visits to the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing, as well as the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an, cultural shows such as a performance by the Shanghai Acrobats, a cruise along the Li River in Guilin, and bargain-hunting in the open-air markets of Hong Kong.

Rates start at $2,899 pp dbl and include airfare within China, accommodations, escorted sightseeing with guides and meals as specified in the itinerary. For more information, call (800) 221-7179 or visit pacificdelighttours.com.

In Malaysian Borneo, guests pick their choice of five-star hotels with a package through AsiaLuxe Holidays. Starting at $2,980 pp dbl, the package includes 5-night accommodations at one of two five-star resorts, daily breakfast, and roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York or Chicago.

One of the two resorts up for grabs is Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort, featuring a private beach and view of the coral islands—a quiet location perfect for a romantic getaway or an escape from your client’s busy lives at home. The other, situated on Dalit Beach, is the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, catering to nature lovers and adventurers alike with a nearby Nature Reserve, Orangutan Rehabilitation center and championship golf course.

Whichever resort your clients choose, they’ll also enjoy a steam engine train journey from Kota Kinabalu to the rural town of Papar, where they’ll discover the daily life and culture of the locals.

For more information, call (800) 742-3133 or visit asialuxeholidays.com.

Meanwhile, Singapore nearly bursts with celebration in late-January and early-February, when two very different cultural events are celebrated in the area.

Lunar New Year, beginning Jan. 23, is the biggest and most significant event of the Chinese community, causing an eruption of activities and events; games and shopping; lanterns and fireworks. The focal point of the festivities is the Chingay Parade—a carnival-like street parade with floats, dances, magicians and fire-eaters.

On Feb. 7, travelers to Singapore can take part in a Hindu festival known as Thaipusam. On this day, the Indian community is joined also by several Chinese devotees in an annual procession, seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. The ceremony starts in the early hours of the morning with a nearly three-mile walk from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, during which time observers will enjoy the Indian drums, chanting, and colorful attire that the holiday is known for. For more information on events in Singapore, visit yoursingapore.com.

Your clients can indulge their every wish while staying at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. With rates starting at $277 per night, the Marina Bay Sands stands 57 stories tall and offers 2,560 rooms, all equipped with modern in-room amenities. For entertainment, guests can visit the fitness club, Banyan Tree spa, SkyPark pool (at more than 650 ft. high), onsite theater and shopping, all while kids keep themselves busy at Jumperzillas multi-level playscape. For more information, visit marinabaysands.com.