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The Grand Peninsular and Oriental 4x4 Adventure Drive
Seven countries - 30 days - 9,000 km

HERO 4x4xplore’s next event will take you and your 4x4 on a magical month-long adventure drive through South-East Asia’s Golden Crescent: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and southern China. We have chosen the month of February, as this has the lowest rainfall for much of the route.

This will be HERO 4x4xplore’s usual mix of unmissable sightseeing highlights and little-known wonders off the beaten track; good main highways and roads less travelled; and accommodation from simple to sumptuous (with the emphasis on the latter). As ever, you will have a detailed road book, and the support of our legendary back-up team. This time, we are planning to provide more optional loops on 4x4 trails to out of the way places, as well as our regular selection of excursions and evening entertainment.

We check into Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel on Thursday 5 February 2009, to collect vehicles and sign on. Friday evening, there’s a send-off dinner party prior to the ceremonial start next morning. On Sunday 8 March, 30 days and 9,000 km later, we cross the finish line, hand over our cars for shipment and cross the border to Macau’s sumptuous Westin Resort. Here, you can opt to spend a few extra days sightseeing and shopping, or transferring across the Pearl River estuary to our favourite Hong Kong hotel, the Harbour Plaza.

Along the way, we stop at other fine old colonial hotels, like The Oriental in Bangkok, Phnom Penh’s Raffles Le Royal and Siem Reap’s Grand Hotel d’Angkor, all restored to modern splendour. We will be in four or five star accommodation on most nights, with no camping!

We will pause at great capital cities of widely varying character, like Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Hanoi; historic trading ports like Malacca and Penang; lovely traditional hill centres like the Cameron Highlands; and historic ancient cities like Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang.

Other focal points will be a rest day at one of Thailand’s most sumptuous beach resorts, and a day to wander through the amazing wonders of Angkor, Cambodia’s fabulous temple complex, which is just one of many historic wonders we will visit. We will explore Thailand’s magical north-west corner in some depth, spending three nights in Chiang Mai.

We then take a wonderful, little used route across the beautiful mountains of northern Laos and Vietnam, visiting the historic battle site of Dien Bien Phu, the scenic mountain resort of Sapa, the old Viet capital of Hanoi, and the spectacular World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. Finally, we take fast roads across southern China to our ceremonial finish at the gates of Macau.

Don’t miss it!