Explore new horizons on an adventure full of mystical charm, Oriental heritage and tradition in the Far East. Discover exciting and captivating new destinations against the cherry blossom and gold shimmering splendour of ancient Buddhist temples, panoramic rice fields and beautiful sun drenched beaches. Experience the riches and cultural delights of the Mekong River, see the imperial jewels of China and absorb the rich histories of Thailand. Set against an exotic backdrop of mountains, rice fields and temples, Asia is a vast and varied area of different cultures and customs and home to some of the most incredible sights in the World. Asia has many cultures consisting of countries as diverse as China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.
Visit a country that previous cultural explorers found fascinating.
Beijing – Walk across Tiananmen Square and then explore the magnificent Forbidden City’s maze of courtyards, gardens and pavilions. The Summer Palace is the most well preserved Royal Garden in China. Journey along the Great Wall one of the most inspiring wonders of the world and stand in number fourteen watchtower. Look in awe at the Temple of Heaven which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site then enjoy an evening at the Liyuan Theatre
Xi’an – The Terracotta Army will have you amazed for days while the Silk Road will offer you a fascinating insight into the extensive and complex network of trade routes scattered across the Asian continent, connecting Asia with Europe and Africa. Visit the Government sponsored Arts and ceramic exhibition centre where life sized models are produced, the Great Mosque and the Great Wild Goose Pagoda.
Visit vibrant and dynamic Hong Kong and explore the old fishing lanes of Stanley Market for your silk wares and the beautiful hypnotic aroma of the stunning flora at the Flower Market. Experience the scent of incense at Man Mo Temple and visit the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, any budding ornithologist’s dream. Hong Kong’s legendary “dim sum” is also waiting to tantalise your taste buds. Journey on the 130 year old Tram from Garden Road to Victoria Peak and enjoy the views over Hong Kong Harbour.
Visit Spiritual, Historical and cultural diversity in this incredible land. Visit the former home of Mahatma Ghandi or the General Post Office building. Mumbai is the Capital city of Maharashtra here you will see the amazing landmark the Gateway of India. Constructed to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to India in 1911. Located at the waterfront at the Apollo Bunder area it overlooks the Arabian Sea.
Arrive at Bali for the incredible and awe inspiring temple of Tanah Lot, set on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the sea and the supremely calming Ubud Water Palace. Be captivated by the rice paddies and climb the volcanic steps. Experience an enchanting show from the local traditional dancers with their vibrant colourful costumes and golden headwear. The shores of Bali are where the warm water of the Indian Ocean edge up onto the sun drenched sands. Visit Ubud Monkey Forest, the Ubud Art Market and the Batik Workshops
The traditional past of Japan has a calming effect with its Samurai warriors. The vibrant city of Tokyo is great to see; there are theatres, museums and a multitude of flowers and trees.
From the palm fringed beaches of Langkawi to the soaring architecture of the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a treasure trove of treats for visitors. See the glittering Telaga Tujuh waterfalls in Langkawi, the azure blue lagoon threaded together by waterfalls and visit the enchanting snake temple in Penang teeming with poisonous snakes, rendered harmless by incense. Exotic perfumes permeate the air and there are unspoilt landscapes, crystal clear waters and unusual wildlife. Kuala Lumpur is the cultural and economic centre of Malaysia. Visit the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, they are as iconic to Malaysia as the Eiffel tower is to France. They won the International Aga Khan award for architecture in 2004 and act as an inspirational catalyst to the people of Malaysia.
The Maldives consist of 1190 islands and has perhaps one of the finest collections of desert islands in the World. The capital city Malé, has panoramic views of the city. Snorkelling will reveal the amazing rainbow coloured fish and coral formations. Chaaya Island Dhonveli has amazing houses built on stilts straight out of the clear waters. Visit Kuda Bandos for the best uninhabited desert island.
Enjoy great Himalaya trails, the Annapurna Massif in north central Nepal has one peak over 8,000 meters and thirteen over 7000 meters. It is 55 kilometres long. These include the Tharpu Chuli, Hiunchuli and the Singuchuli.
This fantastic part of the world is made up of over 7000 islands stretching from the South of China down to the North of Borneo.
Sit on the exotic terrace at the luxurious Raffles Hotel and experience the tranquillity and celestial ambience.
Enjoy imposing cliffs and secret beaches together with green land and lush tropical vegetation. Look on in awe at the Mokpo Maritime Cultural Festival where a sea battle is played out each year.
This lovely island off the Southern Indian shores has a reputation for being one of the best tropical island paradises for supreme beauty, tranquillity and calm.
Thailand has something for everybody. Step ashore to see the fabulous Grand Palace in Bangkok, the stunning Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) intricately decorated in Khmer-style mosaics and relax on the stunning white sandy beaches of Phuket and Ko Samui, both offering beautiful clear waters and incredible sub aqua experiences amidst shoals of colourful rainbow coloured fish.
Enjoy the tantalising aroma of delicious Vietnamese food. The charming city of Ho Chi Minh, more fondly referred to as Saigon, provides a bustling scooter-filled street scene set against a contrasting French Colonial backdrop. For a more relaxing memory of Vietnam, take a diversion to Nha Trang complete with its pristine white beaches, whispering palms and evocatively chiming temples. Rice terraces are so well etched into the hillside the panoramic view takes in unique endless coastline shaded with palm trees.