Up market, up country Affluent travellers looking to get off the beaten track without getting their hands dirty might wish to try the three-night Adventure Package organised by the Four Seasons Tented Camp (above) near Chiang Rai, in northern Thailand. This remote resort can only be accessed by riverboat and provides such nostalgic luxuries as hand-hammered copper bathtubs and other furnishings 'in styles reminiscent of 19th-century adventure expeditions'. The package includes five-star tented accommodation, airport transfers (from Chiang Rai International Airport), all meals, including wines and spirits, mahout training and elephant trekking, a Golden Triangle excursion and one spa treatment. The nightly room rate until September 30 is a hefty 70,200 baht (HK$18,360) per couple, which works out at a mortgage-friendly 249,561 baht for three nights after adding tax and service charges. To get you in the nostalgic mood, try reading the engaging and often comical Teak-Wallah: The Adventures of a Young Englishman in Thailand in the 1920s, by Reginald Campbell, who spent five strange years in the region as a forest manager. It's long out of print but copies can be found on Amazon.com. Visit www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle for information. Terminal change Cathay Pacific and Dragonair passengers should note that as of March 26, all flights to and from Beijing International Airport with the two carriers will be using the massive Terminal 3, which is scheduled to become fully operational on that day. Check-in counters for both airlines will be in corridor C, which could take some finding, bearing in mind that the new facility is almost 20 per cent larger than all of London's Heathrow Airport. Best to arrive early for your return trip. Tee time Golfers can try out the Nick Faldo course in Siem Reap as part of a deal offered by the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa. The package includes two nights' accommodation, one round on the course (below) with a caddy (non-golfing other halves can opt for the half-day spa treatment instead), airport and course transfers and daily breakfast for US$251 per person, twin-share, inclusive of tax . Faldo describes his latest creation as 'a beautiful tropical course with generous fairways for leisure golfers, but bold bunkers and subtle greens'. The resort is French colonial in style. This package will be available until the end of September and can be booked through www.victoriahotels-asia.com . Remote control British-based adventure travel specialist High & Wild is planning trips to the remote northeast of India, specifically Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, which it will organise to order for groups of four or more (a scheduled tour is slated for November). Called The Last Frontier, the itinerary requires a reasonable level of fitness and a tolerance for discomfort. Highlights include jungle trekking and camping, visits to 'unexplored' villages, a trip to Kaziranga National Park in Assam and the retracing of the 'infamous British expedition of 1911'. This was led by a British official called Noel Williamson, who was murdered by tribesmen while en route to Komsing in Arunachal Pradesh. High & Wild notes that participants can expect a 'warmer welcome than Noel received'. The price for the 15-day trip is GBP2,995 (HK$46,300) without airfares but includes meals, accommodation and two domestic flights. Visit www.highandwild.co.uk . Picture this Postcards were once an integral part of any overseas trip, occupying writers in tavernas, inns and cafes and on board trains and ships. They were also pretty controversial in their early days, often containing images that might be considered normal in their country of origin but illegal, or socially unacceptable, at their destination. Images of statues in Rome or of paintings hanging in the Louvre, for example, were often destroyed by the postal services of conservative countries, and some governments regarded postcards with the same mistrust that the internet is viewed with by some today. One of the most popular countries of origin for avid antique postcard collectors is China, where the lonely life in 19th- and early 20th-century Treaty Ports encouraged regular and prolific wish-you-were-here compositions. The Historical Chinese Postcard Project: 1896-1920 (postcard.ish-lyon.cnrs.fr) has an online library of hundreds of interesting examples, including many from Hong Kong. Deal of the week Cathay Pacific Holidays is offering a two-night weekend break in Shanghai (above), from HK$1,899 per person, twin-share. The package includes round-trip, economy-class flights with either Dragonair or Cathay Pacific and accommodation is offered at the Howard Johnson All Suites Hotel ( www.hojochina.com ), which is in the western part of the city, on Yanan Road West. Closer to downtown Puxi is the JC Mandarin ( www.jcmandarin.com ), where accommodation is available for HK$2,399. Flights for these packages depart Hong Kong every Friday and Saturday, except March 21 and 22, until April 26. The packages include daily breakfast and travel insurance. For further details, call 2747 4388, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cxholidays.com .