For those coming with us to India, our 16 page guide on the trip is now available. Like all Angel tours, we provide a comprehensive guide on each location enabling you to get the most out of the holiday. Our India tour is quite special in that, its the last time we’ll visit the Pushkar camel fair, the largest on earth – and quite an experience.
Camels still play an important role of life in Rajasthan, it’s forbidden to kill them and many are decorated in bright colours for the festival. Trading takes place too, where a camel (that can live a good working age up to 20 years) costs between $2,000 – $5,000.
For those lucky ones signed up on our tour to Nepal next week, they’re probably already packing, then repacking – and in a pleasant state of flux about ‘what to bring.’
It won’t be too long now, and they’ll be wandering around in the sunshine through the busy streets of Kathmandu; the end of the ‘hippy trail.’ Next it’s Bhaktapur – an experience as if stepping back in time (the city was used as the setting for the movie ‘Little Buddha’). After we’ll drive south to the Indian border (just 15 miles away) where we’ll ride elephants into the bush, sail down a jungle river, as well as perhaps, enjoy cocktails one or two evenings as the sun sets over the water.
Next it’s Lumbini, cycling (or taking a rickshaw) around home of the Buddha, before driving through the mountains to Pokhara below the Himalaya. Did we mention many will fly by light aircraft over the Himalayas too?
If you want to come on this magical trip in 2019, let us know.
Ho c Chi Minh City is still referred to, by many in its more romantic notion – Saigon. The city was renamed in honour of the communist leader Ho Chi Minh in 1976 – ‘Uncle Ho’ as he was affectionately known, would never had seen this honour, he’d died 6 years earlier.
Uncle Ho was an intelligent man, who divides opinion in Vietnam today, particularly whether patrons are from the North or South. He spoke several languages, including Chinese, English, Russian and French, and was one of the co-founders of the French communist party in 1920.
He vehemently believed in an independent Vietnam, something he never enjoyed in his lifetime; the Americans left – hastily in panic and confusion – in 1975. His body is interred in Hanoi, lying serenely in a displayed glass case; as if in some gentle dream. He’s taken to Russia every two years for continued preservation treatment.
Angel Holidays travellers will be taken to see the body in a solemn military procession – as a fitting prelude to our trip. [This text is taken from the forthcoming Angel Holidays guide to Vietnam].
With Brexit taking place next March, it might be prudent to think ahead regarding travel money for any trips around the March/April period. For example, when the UK announced Brexit a couple of years ago, the pound plummeted in exchange bureaus around the world, many fearing a loss and refusing to exchange them.
For anyone travelling in the Brexit period, it may be wise to build a bank of Euros or $US and not take sterling. This protects you from the risk of such loss.
Playing with currency exchanges, is of course a gamble. But it seems unlikely that the pound will increase in value nearing Brexit, and even in the week leading up to March 29th, rates may be negatively affected. Ultimately the choice is one for each traveller.
For those coming with us to Vietnam next year, you may want to consider staying on longer on the paradise island of Phu Quoc. Angel Holidays can arrange this additional package for you, where you fly to the island and enjoy wonderful beaches, great restaurants and a turquoise sea. An altogether wonderful rest after our exciting tour. If you might be interested, please let us know.
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For those who might want to do something very different next year, you may wish to consider the Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Much like the movies and the BBC documentaries that followed them, Angel Holidays will take you on a real life adventure, to see what retirement in the sub-continent will bring.
Here is a snippet of our website with details. We’ve just 4 places left and, this unique real life experience, might be covered by UK media.
For those wanting to avoid grey skies and shuddering winds this winter, we still have 2 places remaining for our very exotic Laos and Cambodia tour in November.
Starting in Thailand, we fly to the golden town of Luang Prabang on the Mekong, take a fleet of local boats through the jungle towards China, ride tuk tuks through the ancient jungle city of Angkor (where ‘Tomb Raider’ was filmed), take a traditional boat expedition through the seldom seen middle of Cambodia to see how ‘river people’ live, and finish in exciting Phnom Penh – the Pearl of Asia.
Warm, + 30 degrees weather guaranteed. What are you waiting for? Even Sue Perkins has been here….
For those coming with us to India this November, you’ll be staying in several old palaces along the way. In Bikaner you’ll stay in Bhairon Villas; the owner, a cousin of the Maharaja, is a friend of Angel Holidays and you’ll probably spend time with him in the bar. This first picture is the ‘purple suite’ and there are many, with different colour combinations, like it.
In Jaisalmer, you will stay at the Mandir Palace – the Maharaja of Jaisalmer also lives there. This second picture shows the palace’s swimming pool. This old stoned building sits beneath the citadel and just 60km from the Pakistan border.
In Jodhpur, you’ll stay in the old colonial British hotel: the Polo Heritage (Prince Charles has visited) before eventually arriving in yet another palace – the Bissau, the owner is also a family friend of Angel Holidays; our last picture.
Indian palaces, represent a step back into another time; eloquence, style and flamboyant colour, that today is seldom seen. We’ve just 4 places remaining on this unique trip, if you might like to have this experience.
For those coming with us on our tour of Nepal, you may like to bring a torch. In Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, you’ll stay overnight in a monastery (simple rooms are en-suite). This is a simple town, just 15 miles from the Indian border, and largely in the ‘middle of nowhere.’
This means that, with little or no light pollution, the night-sky could be pitch black – perhaps, something unique from the modern world.
Down the road this is a simple track-side bar with plastic chairs, overlooking another monastery, something to ease the dark night away, in quiet contemplation.
The following morning we drive north. An eventful drive, up through the Himalaya, until we reach Pokhara, below the Annapurna range of the Himalaya. And an altogether more lively and different combination. We’ve now just two places remaining, if anyone would like to join this special tour.
Just over a week ago, travel food writer Anthony Bourdain sadly committed suicide. Here is a snippet of earlier – happier – times, with President Obama in Hanoi. It’s interesting how fellow diners continue in conversation without bothering the famous pair.
This small café, is just a walk way from the hotel Angel Holidays will be using on our tour of Hanoi. You too could come here and dine for just around £2.
Upstairs, as a memorial to the visit: they’ve since encased the table, plastic seats and all, in glass. Anthony Bourdain loved Vietnam; its people, its food. God bless him. If you might like to join our mailing list for our tour there next April, contact us on this website.