A holiday to the Far East will take you on an unforgettable journey, whichever destination you choose. Explore ancient cities and sights to immerse yourself in astonishing history and take the time to visit native hillside villages to fully embrace tribal cultures.
Thailand still remains one of Asia’s most popular holiday destinations, with most visitors starting their travels in Bangkok. If you wish to experience hill tribe culture, head to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north where you can also take an elephant ride through the jungles. Beach lovers will be spoilt for choice too, with wonderful Thai islands to escape to including Koh Samui, Phuket, Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Koh Yao.
Wildlife enthusiasts need look no further than Malaysia, where Borneo’s jungles teem with endemic wildlife including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and the Borneo pygmy elephant. Peninsula Malaysia is where you will find Kuala Lumpur, the country’s high-tech capital and the gateway to the paradise beaches of the Langkawi Islands.
Indochina is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas of Asia, blessed with undeveloped golden beaches, mountainous jungles, historical monuments, and old colonial cities. Spend time exploring the ancient temples and soaking up the culture in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos before recharging your batteries with an island hideaway.
With over 30 UNESCO sites, China is a country that begs to be explored. Beijing is the starting point for most tours and its own not-to-be-missed sights include the Forbidden City and the spectacular Temple of Heaven. The capital city is also the gateway to the Great Wall of China. Admire the stunning gorge scenery with a cruise along the Yangtze River or head to Chengdu to visit their Giant Panda Research Station. Be sure to include a visit to Xian to marvel at the magnificent army of Terracotta Warriors too – it has to be seen to be believed!
Japan is another extraordinary destination, sure to enthral even the most seasoned traveller with its fascinating culture. Iconic experiences not to be missed include a ride on the world-famous Bullet Train, a tour of Kyoto to learn of its geisha culture, some quiet time spent in the breathtaking gardens and a stay in a traditional Ryokan.