• Asia

Asia is the world’s most diverse and enthralling continent. Whether it’s exploring ancient temples of Angkor Wat, learning to cook the local cuisine in Chiang Mai, hiking through the forests of Borneo, or watching sumo wrestling in Tokyo, Asia has it all. If you are planning your first trip to Asia, feel free to speak to our travel experts to chat through ideas and countries that suit you. The great thing about Asia is that there is something for everyone – those interested in food and wine, culture, beaches, adventure, cities, history… the list goes on.

 

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Asia FAQs

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What destinations are in Asia?

Travelers tend to cover Asia in three distinct regions. East Asia is comprised of Japan, North and South Korea, China, and Taiwan: all very different cultures, but all influenced by a backbone of the reverent, Confucian tradition. South East Asia covers the former French ‘Indochina’ region:  Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, plus Thailand. Also included however are Myanmar (formerly Burma), Malaysia (plus Malaysian Borneo), Indonesia, the Philippines, and the tiny nations of Brunei and East Timor. The Indian subcontinent stretches from the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan, through India and Bangladesh, and down to the magical isle of Sri Lanka. 

 

Why should I travel to Asia? 

There’s a reason why travelers have seen Asia as a rite of passage for centuries. Quite simply, it is the world’s most exotic, eclectic, and rewarding region. From Seoul to Singapore to Sri Lanka, Asia is jam-packed with buzzing multicultural cities, pristine white sandy beaches, dense tropical jungles, mesmerizing history, and a fascinating rainbow of modern cultures and customs. Thanks to its incredible people, hospitality is first-rate and – best of all – fantastic value, with top-class luxury accommodation roughly half the price of Europe or North America.

What are the key experiences in Asia?

Where to start? Iconic historical sites, such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat or Indonesia Borobudur are a must. Astonishing landscapes like Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Bali’s UNESCO-protected rice terraces, or the rolling tea hills of Sri Lanka. Cities range from multicultural metropolises such as Tokyo or Singapore to atmospheric gems like Chiang Mai or former Laotian capital Luang Prabang. The best thing about a customized tour of Asia is that all of these experiences can be included in just one action-packed tour. And we haven’t even mentioned the food…

 

When is the best time to travel to Asia?

Like most tropical destinations, the core South East Asias destinations – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka – experience three seasons: dry, hot, and wet. The best time for most parts is the drier months between October and April. In Borneo and Indonesia, the seasonality is flipped, with the rains arriving during the northern hemisphere winter and the best weather from March through to November. Japan has a much cooler climate, in which the spring and fall months are best for travel. There are many microclimates within the region, so please speak to your consultant for the best advice. 

 

What is food in Asia like?

Incredible! Experiencing the cuisine is such an integral part of any customized tour of Asia. With so many different cultures and ethnicities present, and such a vibrant and varying basket of ingredients to draw from, you’ll sample a world of delights during your trip. Dishes are typically based around rice (often sticky rice) or noodles, accompanied by delicately balanced and coconut-milk-rich curries, charcoal grilled meats and seafood, tangy and spicy soups and salads, and a rainbow of fiery dips and sauces on the side.

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