Like all spies that come out of the cold, James Bond just loves being sent on assignment to Asia. Warm weather, exotic destinations, beautiful sights and thrilling escapades to be had. You too deserve a getaway mission. After all, you only live twice right?
Stalk out Scaramanga at Phang Nga Bay, Thailand, location of The Man with the Golden Gun. The Eco Tour transports you via a luxury speed cruiser, where you will see the stunning limestone formations before enjoying a day of swimming, lunch and first class service. The water theme continues with an ocean view room at Avantika Boutique Hotel in Phuket—rest up, lounge by the pool bar, or relax at the spa for an indoor or outdoor treatment.
Not exactly Bond, but the now peaceful and idyllic Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam used to be a hotbed for resistance fighters. They crawled the 200km network of tunnels hiding from air attacks whilst running underground hospitals and schools. The tour takes you through a day in the life of these sub-terranean spies and soldiers. Return to the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon for a martini at the bar and dine at one of their exotic restaurants.
Feel like a true Englishman in the colonies with a visit to High Tea at Carcosa Seri Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Have tea – or something shaken not stirred – in the magnificent landscaped gardens of the former residence of the British High Commissioner to Malaysia. Savor more stunning views back at Berjaya Times Square Hotel. The rooftop park on the 15th floor is perfect for surveying the stunning city sights.
Die another day by expertly landing a 737 plane on one of the world’s trickiest runways at the Hong Kong Flight Simulator experience. Even though Kai Tak airport is no longer in use, you’ll feel the sweat on your brow as you fly over Victoria Harbour, dodging skyscrapers and making corny sexist puns in a real-life Boeing 737-800 simulator. The 45 minutes will leave you on a high to enjoy the regal Empire Hotel Kowloon and a hero’s nightcap at the hotel bar. Oh James.
They say nobody does it better than Bond. Perhaps he learnt his talent with the ladies wandering around the Tongli Water Village and Ancient Sexual Culture Museum in Jiangsu province, China. You too can stroll across the 49 bridges of Tongli and traditional gardens to enter the museum, which includes fascinating antique sex toys and general artifacts that explore 6000 years of human sexuality. Inspired by things that tickle your fancy, run back to the Hongqiao Guesthouse Shanghai and play The Spy Who Loved Me. Or savour the Cantonese and French cuisine and splash about in the steam bath.