Born in Singapore, Tim first came to London to study hotel and catering management, before spending the next 12 years in the luxury hotel industry. His work took him everywhere from Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan to Australia, New Zealand and the USA. It was in Melbourne, however, where he started working in travel, tailor-making luxury holidays and cruises. He returned to London in 2006 and joined Wexas Travel. Luxury and expedition cruising are closest to Tim’s heart, having spent more than 500 days aboard luxury ships, including trips to the Arctic, Antarctic and Alaska. Luxury rail journeys are another of Tim’s passions, with his travels taking him on everything from India’s Maharajas’ Express and Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer to the Golden Eagle, South Africa’s Rovos Rail and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. In between all this, he's snorkelled in the Galápagos, stood on the Great Wall of China, trekked Machu Picchu, enjoyed a safari in Botswana, walked with polar bears and swam with beluga whales.
A pulsating continent full of colour and contrasts and ripe for exploration. Africa contains some of the world's greatest wildlife areas and richest cultures. Headliners like Botswana, South Africa and Tanzania vie for your attention with gems such as Madagascar and Mozambique. Which will you pick?
Such is the size of Asia that it almost defies description. Whether you explore the hi-tech cities and ancient regions of China and Japan, journey across the central steppe or immerse yourself in the culturally rich South East regions, you'll be amazed by the cultural diversity at every turn.
Australasia's two main countries, Australia and New Zealand, offer the traveller a wide range of holiday options and experiences. And, further east, the islands of Fiji, French Polynesia and the South Pacific are as close to perfection as it gets.
The islands of the Indian Ocean are indulgent, luxurious destinations. Whether you're looking for a honeymoon to remember, a holiday in the Maldives, a Mauritius holiday or a trip to the Seychelles, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to slecting a decadent retreat, empty beach or outstandin…
Often perceived as overwhelming, the Indian Subcontinent is full of seemingly strange cultures, boisterous cities and complicated travel networks. In fact exploring the mighty Himalayas, either in India, Bhutan or Nepal, the languid backwaters of southern India and the tropical idylls of Sri Lanka …
Vast and varied, North America may only contain two countries but is home to a whole world of landscapes, cultures and experiences, meaning that you can find whatever you're looking for in either Canada or the USA.
The diversity of destinations and experiences in South America is breathtaking; travel to South America to discover the distinct characteristics and attractions, from the Amazon rainforest to the soaring summits of the Andes, the empty spaces of the Atacama Desert and the pampas of Patagonia. Archa…
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This is your complete overview of the events, exhibitions and interactive trails that are popping up over Singapore in 2019, celebrating 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles first made land on the island.
Singapore mixes in influences from all corners of the globe, from its sky-scraping skyline to its diverse culture. Here we reveal the top five things to do in this city that becomes more exciting each year.
The Singapore Bicentennial, brought on by the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, is set to make this nation one of 2019’s destinations to watch. From events and festivals along with the grand reopening of the iconic Raffles Hotel, it’s a wonderful chance to discover the city’s history.
Tim Tan recounts a recent journey along the Silk Road on The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, a private train that brings unprecedented luxury to the world's greatest railway journey.
Hong Kong makes an excellent stopover destination - there's so much to see and do crammed into a small space that you'll wish for longer to take it all in. In equal parts relaxing and stimulating, what you'll encounter is a feast for the senses and a great way to break up a long flight.
Our well-travelled clients often ask, ‘If I loved driving the Pacific Coast, where should I go next?’ Or, ‘Where can I find that same warm welcome of the Deep South?’ Our USA destination specialists share what they love about travelling in the States, and round up suggestions for where to try next.
Japan’s sociotope is governed by a complex web of cultural codes. We unpick the complexity so you can understand the appropriate behaviour in a variety of situations.
Western Australia is an extraordinary holiday destination for food lovers. Margaret River and the South West is the perfect gourmet getaway but as well as fantastic food and wine, it also has pristine beaches, towering forests and amazing wildlife.
Forget shrimps on the barbie and bushtucker trials, when it comes to cuisine Australia is a country transformed.
The last great outpost of the British Empire, now a shining light of the People's Republic, Hong Kong has long been Asia's commercial and cultural hub. It's a thriving, multi-cultural city with one of the world's greatest skylines and several of its finest restaurants. It's the easiest of all Chine…